Side dish: Apropos of nothing, today I went to Rasta Pasta to have jerk chicken for lunch. If you can’t make it there, make your own jerk chicken following this recipe from BBC Good Food, and tell me how it is. I suspect it’s delicious.
With his memories returned, Lee Gun (Jang Hyuk) drives to see his wife, Kim Mi Young (Jang Na Ra), but doesn’t talk to her. Instead, he drives to Dr. Octopus for reassurance that his memory loss episode wasn’t his Huntington’s rearing its ugly head. Dr. Octopus has no words of comfort to give, unfortunately, and Gun is disconsolate.
Mi Young visits Daniel (Choi Jin Hyuk) to finally pick up the mug she made for Gun, and learns that he’s selling the café, and moving to France, having given up on finding his sister. She leaves to go to her prenatal class, which Gun surprises her by attending. Their task is to compose a letter for their baby, which Gun dictates. Clearly believing that he’s going to die, he composes a letter full of practical life advice for his child.
When they go out to eat afterwards, Mi Young reminds Gun of the fun they had together, assuring him that he’s a good husband, and that she’s trying to become stronger so that they can be together once his memory returns. He’s moved to tears when she gives him the cup he requested for his birthday.
Gun spends the rest of the afternoon looking at videos of families of Huntington’s patients and crying, until Secretary Tak shows up with a plan to make Mi Young feel better. Gun lets slip that his memory has returned, but prevents Secretary Tak from telling Mi Young. Instead, he goes to meet Se Ra, and breaks up with her. Se Ra is crushed, and blames Mi Young.
Daniel drowns his sorrows at a club, where he meets a drunk Se Ra. Daniel remembers Se Ra from when he ran into her in an earlier episode, and advises her not to take her misery out on other people. Since she has nothing else left in life, Se Ra refuses to comply.
Gun meets with his lawyer to go over the divorce agreement. He tears up the agreement stating that Mi Young and Gun are to raise the child together as a family, and instead, instructs the lawyer to give Mi Young parental rights, money, and in case of his death, Mi Young and the baby will inherit his fortune.
Mi Young and Se Ra meet at a café, where Se Ra lies to Mi Young that Gun intends to break up with her, and shows her a fake divorce agreement. Mi Young doesn’t believe her, but is summoned by Gun immediately afterwards to a restaurant, where he returns the Dog Poopie mug to her, and tells her about his plans for the divorce. She’s crushed, but walks away with some parting advice from Gun that gives away the fact that his memory has returned. Mi Young belatedly realizes this, and runs back to Gun, but gets hit by a car before she can catch up to him.
In the hospital, it comes to a choice between saving Mi Young or the baby, and Gun chooses Mi Young. When he breaks the news to her, Mi Young breaks down then passes out. Gun blames himself for the accident and vows to his dead parents to abandon Mi Young in order not to hurt her anymore, even though he wants to cling to her.
In the hospital, her brother-in-law and President Park come to apologize for starting the entire mess, followed shortly by a visit from Daniel. She tells him that she blames herself for what happened, since she’s been so wishy-washy, and lacking in strength. To make her feel better, Daniel gives Mi Young art supplies.
After she’s discharged, Mi Young moves in with Ji Yeon, then goes to confront Gun about his lying about his memory loss. She asks if they can stay together, but Gun apologizes then turns her down. Mi Young was clearly prepared for this, because she serves him with divorce papers, and gives him back the ring, walking away with her dignity, if not her heart, intact.
Afterwards, Mi Young visits Daniel, who gives her a brochure for an arts school in Paris, encouraging her to start over and live for herself.
Mi Young’s mom and Gun meet in the restaurant so that Mi Young’s mom can return the money he invested in her business. He asks to see Mi Young one last time, but finds out that Mi Young has gone abroad to start afresh. Gun chases Mi Young down at the airport, but he’s too late and she’s gone.
Three years later, at the same airport, a red headed Mi Young arrives in Korea, passing by a newly-shorn Gun. He stops and turns around, unsure if he is seeing his ex-wife, but is interrupted by the excited arrival of Secretary Tak. Mi Young, instead, is greeted at the airport by Daniel.
Junggugeo Kaenada 중국어 캐나다: Rarely before have I been so grateful for a fast forward. Before the three year time skip featured at the end of this episode, my mind started drifting as I contemplated another eight episodes of misery and miscommunication.
Only 만: In the past two episodes, we’ve had amnesia, noble idiocy, and a time skip. Which of my least favourite tropes shall we go through next, do you think?
중국어 캐나다: The exes who hate each other then start rekindling their love?
만: Dare to dream. To start with, I didn’t hate this episode, but I do want to have a small rant: not having incorporated much of Mi Young’s growth in the rest of the drama, it’s a bit of cheat, dear writer, to just use a traumatic event and a time skip to do it. Rant over.
중국어 캐나다: I don’t think Mi Young was going to undergo any transformation while she remained with Gun, because she had no reason to change. I could tell after the miscarriage that she was determined to finally change, and I got a little excited.
만: Right, but then, why rush right through the couple falling in love and living together? Why not pace that and then incorporate the growth through that? Okay, this time, the rant is really over.
중국어 캐나다: Episode 12 was not showing much improvement over episode 11, so I am just grateful for the time skip, however cheap it may be. What did you think about Mi Young miscarrying the baby?
만: Well, the writers seem to have written themselves into a corner, and the miscarriage was the only way out. In terms of the plot, it might not have been necessary, if the plot had moved forward at a different pace. I don’t mean slower, but maybe a little more spaced out.
중국어 캐나다: Well, the pacing is at a break neck speed in this drama, so it is understandable that they do not allow for any time to allow characters and scenarios to develop. The writers are also playing fast and loose with medical issues.
만: Yes. I’m not sure why Gun was presented with the choice of saving the life of either Mi Young or the baby since at three months, the fetus had no chance of survival without Mi Young. As for his family history of Huntington’s, as one blogger pointed out, it isn’t a disease where he has to wait for symptoms to develop; Gun could have done a blood test at any time, if he wanted to know.
중국어 캐나다: I speculate that Gun was presented with the choice of either having Mi Young go into surgery and probably lose the baby, or not having Mi Young undergo surgery and increasing the chance of the baby surviving long enough that it can survive independent of its mother.
I have no explanation for the show’s approach to Huntington’s. It just seems sloppy, because they could have consulted any number of doctors or medical researchers before giving Gun an unidentified genetic condition.
만: Shall we talk about what we liked about this episode?
중국어 캐나다: Before I sing the praises of time skips, an arts education in France, and Daniel’s hair makeover, I just want to say how disappointed I was with Se Ra this episode. This was the first time she has been a mean bitch towards Mi Young. Hopefully, the time skip will be kind to her, and return her to the tomboy ballerina we were first attracted to.
만: Se Ra’s transformation from Episode 11 onwards was pretty awful. I think the only thing that can be said in her defence is that she has no idea that the marriage between Gun and Mi Young was not as it was presented in the press. But, it’s a weak defense, frankly.
중국어 캐나다: At the risk of getting hated on the way Se Ra has been attacked by some viewers, I will say that I am not sure I would have reacted differently. If my boyfriend of six years impregnated and married another woman after one major fight, I would have been pissed.
만: Pissed is one thing. The way she’s been acting is another.
중국어 캐나다: Yes, I would like to think I would have more self-respect than Se Ra. Speaking of self-respect, Daniel can now hold his head up high with a new, improved dye job. Did that just appear this episode? I cannot recall seeing this transformation.
만: Yep, it’s fresh and fabulous for episode 12. It’s great, because it was about time for everyone to get their mid-drama makeover. His fabulous new do is right on schedule.
중국어 캐나다: I guess the darker hair colour was more suited to the somber tone of this episode, but I have to say, I’m surprised they didn’t just save it for the skip forward, so that the transformation would make sense.
만: Yes. Since they had a built-in reset button for the show, why not save the hair makeovers for then? How did you feel about Gun’s future hair?
중국어 캐나다: I liked his original, crazy Gun hair, but he looks cute with the shorter hair. More importantly, I loved how Mi Young looked: bold and confident like a fashion industry insider. I hope she will have the personality to match.
만: Or, at least, the backbone to match. On the other hand, I predict that Gun will be much the same as when we left him, if a little sadder.
중국어 캐나다: I hope that Mi Young will be sassier, Gun will be sadder, and only she will be able to bring back the crazy laugh.
Fated to Love You (운명처럼 널 사랑해)