EPISODE 3 RECAP
Paparazzi swarm as Lee Yung-jae kisses Han Ji-eun. With the recent proposal scandal still fresh, the media assumes the couple have announced their engagement. Agency staff whisk the pair away as Yoo Min-hyuk reprimands Kang Hye-won for being so rash and mean-spirited. Back at the office, the agency president lectures Yung-jae about the possible repercussions of this latest scandal, especially considering that this scandal involves marriage. He quips that if it’s a marriage scandal, at least it will be the last one and storms out. Ji-eun follows him, and they return to Full House together.
Yung-jae hadn’t spoken to Ji-eun after the kiss or explained why he kissed her. She gets progressively angrier as she prepares for bed and bursts into Yung-jae’s room to demand an explanation. He shocks her into silence by responding, “Let’s get married.” She refuses at first, but she starts to reconsider when he says he will hire her to marry him, pay her a salary, and return Full House to her when they divorce. Later that night, both are pensive as they think about his offer.
In the morning, Ji-eun presents Yung-jae with a contract, explaining they will need an actual contract because it’s a contract marriage. The terms: respect each other’s privacy, no physical intimacy, divorce in six months, and Full House will revert to Ji-eun upon divorce. Yung-jae adds a non-disclosure provision with the caveat that the breaching party pays the other alimony. They sign, and then it’s time to officially announce the news at a press conference.
Ji-eun gets glammed up before the event, and Yung-jae obliviously likes what he sees when she joins him outside the press room (his eyes bulged when he saw her). However, he stays true to the I’m-a-jerk routine and scoffs at the idea of her being attractive. Luckily, agency employee guy gives her the compliment she deserves before she enters the press conference. Once inside, Yung-jae handles most of the questions and shocks Ji-eun with his seemingly sincere and heartfelt answers.
To prepare for the wedding, Ji-eun goes to a spa. She overhears a pair of customers badmouthing her and, just to lower her self-esteem a teeny bit more, she runs into Hye-won in the salon. They sit down for tea, and Hye-won asks her how she met Yung-jae. Ji-eun responds that she doesn’t know but says Hye-won can watch Yung-jae’s interview to find out. Hye-won is just as bewildered as we are by this answer so Ji-eun attempts to cover up her slip by saying it’s too long of a story to tell.
Ji-eun confuses Hye-won even more when Hye-won remarks that their engagement is a bit surprising to her because she’s never seen Yung-jae interested in anyone and Ji-eun agrees and starts to complain about his bad personality. Ji-eun has to cover up her slip again by saying how great it is that someone like him loves her. She’s saved when a spa employee calls her away for a manicure.
Hye-won leaves the spa with a lot on her mind. She calls Yung-jae, who is at the gym, but he does not answer. He spots Min-hyuk playing racquetball as he finishes his workout, and they sit down to talk. Yung-jae is hostile as Min-hyuk asks him how it feels to get married before his hyung and tells Yung-jae he feels bad he’s giving up on Hye-won so soon. He encourages Yung-jae to reconsider but wishes him well either way. Yung-jae thanks him for his concern before he gets up and walks away.
Meanwhile, Ji-eun’s “friends” Shin Dong-wook and Yang Hee-jin discover she is engaged to Yung-jae. Hee-jin is sewing on doll eyes as Dong-wook tells her the news. They think Ji-eun’s marriage to a rich celebrity will save them and head over to Full House. When Ji-eun opens the door, they act as if nothing has happened and invite themselves in.
Ji-eun seethes as they walk around admiring how nice the house looks. They talk and talk until she loses it and attacks Dong-wook. This time, at least, she attempts to give him a real beating. Hee-jin steps in to break up the fight and reprimand Ji-eun. Ji-eun asks how much money they have left over from selling her house and running up credit card debt in her name. There’s nothing left, and Dong-wook starts to whine about his money troubles so Ji-eun starts beating him again.
She asks how they could have defrauded her like that, but they tell her she would not be marrying Yung-jae if it weren’t for them. They think her upcoming marriage is the silver lining to their misdeeds and congratulate her on the engagement. She starts faux-crying, and they have the nerve to tell her to stop or they’ll start to feel bad. They say she’s marrying into a rich family, and she learns that Yung-jae’s dad is a doctor.
Yung-jae’s dad is indeed a doctor, and the scene shifts to him in his hospital examining a patient who mentions hearing a rumor that he’s Yung-jae’s father. The patient thinks he’s too short to really be Yung-jae’s dad (heh) and brings up Yung-jae’s engagement. This is the first he’s heard of the upcoming nuptials, but he smoothly ends the consultation and saves his anger for the newspaper he reads in his office. Yung-jae’s engagement is front page news, and he slams the paper in disgust.
While he stews, Ji-eun frantically cleans at home. She hears the doorbell, and there’s a driver at the door. The next thing we know, Yung-jae comes home to an empty house. The vacuum is in front of the door and the house is half cleaned. He gets angry until he calls Ji-eun and she tells him she’s in route to see his family. The driver delivers her to Ilsan, the Lee family home, and his mother greets her a bit formally at the door, then takes her to Yung-jae’s Grandmother.
Ji-eun enters Grandmother’s room and bows slightly as she introduces herself. Grandmother asks her if a nod of her head is how she greets her elders for the first time and Mother tells her she should have formally bowed in greetings to Grandmother. Ji-eun’s lack of home-training shines through as she awkwardly bows.
With that over, Grandmother’s interrogation begins. Grandmother learns that Ji-eun is twenty-three, lost both of her parents in middle school, and was a bad student who did not go to college. These are not traits the Lee family expected in their daughter-in-law, and the fact that Ji-eun and Yung-jae live together sends Grandmother’s blood pressure up.
Yung-jae arrives to smooth things over though. As soon as he enters the room, it’s clear that she dotes on her grandson. The hunter becomes the prey as Yung-jae scolds her for dragging Ji-eun to Ilsan when he’d told her he would introduce them another time. Mother has no such bias in favor of Yung-jae (or any inclination to pretend that she approves of Yung-jae’s marriage) because she berates him for continuing to disappoint the family.
Yung-jae grabs Ji-eun and hightails it out of there before things go any further. (Another glimpse into Yung-jae’s heart? Did he get Ji-eun out of there to protect her feelings or to avoid the nagging from his mother?) As they leave, they see Father coming into the house. Yung-jae greets him awkwardly, and Ji-eun barely has time to introduce herself before Father goes inside without speaking to either of them.
In the car ride home, Ji-eun admits she never considered that Yung-jae might have a family. She wants to know why Yung-jae’s relationship with his family is so strained. He tells her to be quiet and follows through with his threat to kick her out of the car if she doesn’t stop talking. He leaves her on the side of the highway, and she is forced to slowly make her way home . . . on foot. Not totally heartless (but still a jerk though), he goes back for her but can’t find her.
Back at the Lee family house, Yung-jae’s grandmother and mother ask his father if he’ll go to the wedding on Sunday. He has no intention of going until Grandmother and Mother lie and say Ji-eun was near tears as she asked Father to walk her down the aisle. He doesn’t respond, but he looks like he will consider it.
Yung-jae makes it back to Full House but spends most of his time worrying about Ji-eun. He paces in the front yard until he sees her walking down the street. Then he hurries inside, falling up the steps before he makes it inside. Ji-eun comes home and tries to sleep. However, she’s so pissed that she jumps up from her pallet on the floor and packs her bag. She’s leaving with plans to never return. Again.
She shows up at Dong-wook and Hee-jin’s place with plans to crash there and enlist their help to get her house back. It’s her wedding day, and they offer to hide her at a hotel so Yung-jae can’t find her. They rush her into a room and leave with professions of bringing her back a meal. She turns around thinking she can finally relax and is shocked when a glam squad immediately surrounds her to prepare her for the wedding ceremony. Her “friends” have conned her again.
Outside the wedding hall, Hye-won is the center of attention among a group of guys, but she pouts when Min-hyuk arrives and pretends she wants him to leave. He jokes that he’s too old to escort the “Queen” when there are so many other servants available. She’s not amused and gets up and walks away. She goes to congratulate Yung-jae and also greets his mother. Min-hyuk sees Mother and Grandmother inside and asks after Father.
Father surprises Ji-eun by meeting her inside the room and giving her his arm to walk her down the aisle. He too is not as gruff and cold-hearted as he appears. He smiles and tells Ji-eun truthfully that she’s pretty then gives her advice about Yung-jae.
After the wedding, Yung-jae and Ji-eun go on a honeymoon. They take a ride on a yacht and can’t get through even one day without arguing. When Ji-eun calls Yung-jae childish, he approaches her and gives her a seductive look as he unbuttons his shirt.
She backs up until she falls overboard and Yung-jae has to save her from drowning. She berates him for her near death experience and admonishes him to work on his manners before he regrets it. She tells him life isn’t easy, but he turns the tables on her and tells her the same thing as he makes her carry all of their things to the bungalow they’re staying in at their next destination. He uses the line again as he claims the sole bed in the room and she is forced to sleep elsewhere.
The bickering continues the next day until Yung-jae sees Ji-eun sitting glumly inside the bungalow. He offers to take her sightseeing so she changes clothes and meets him outside. He has two bikes for them to ride around the island. She doesn’t want to get on the bike though, and Yung-jae discovers she never learned how to ride one. They walk the bikes to town, and Yung-jae tries to teach her how to ride.
His lesson doesn’t last long because it’s hot and he loses his patience quickly. When Ji-eun falls and starts crying, he tells her not to cry and says he’ll buy her ice cream (because she’s five). She yells at him that he’s got to be joking offering her ice cream as if she’s still a child. However, she takes him up on the offer and before long they’re happily licking ice cream cones as they sightsee.
They end the day with a leisurely bike ride on the water. Ji-eun sits on the back of the bike while Yung-jae pedals, and later they fall asleep on a bench as the sun sets.
Back in Korea, Hye-won is at work at a photo shoot for a fashion magazine and does not like the main model. She contemplates what to do just as we see Ji-eun and Yung-jae return to Full House. Ji-eun discovers that Yung-jae has furnished her room as a wedding present, and Yung-jae gets a call from Hye-won asking if he will model for the photo shoot. He says he’s busy, and she seems shocked that he didn’t come running just because she called.
Ji-eun goes to thank Yung-jae for the bedroom furniture, but he ruins her excitement by assuring her he’ll deduct the cost from her pay. But he has another surprise waiting outside. She runs out excitedly and exclaims over Yung-jae’s car in the driveway. She thinks he bought them matching cars. He wonders aloud how she can be so dumb as he shows her he bought her the bike parked next to the car. Ha!
He gives her another bike riding lesson and Hye-won pulls up to the house and stares at them as they celebrate Ji-eun finally learning to ride on her own. Apparently, she was so angry that Yung-jae turned her down, she drove all the way to his house (unannounced no less) to see things with her own eyes.
She gets out of the car with a pissed off expression on her face, and Yung-jae turns and freezes as he sees her standing there.
Although quite subtle, this episode contains the first buds of romance between the OTP. Neither are aware of it, but if you squint out of your right eye sideways, you will see that Ji-eun’s inability to hold a grudge plus Yung-jae’s inability to suppress his humaneness will eventually equal love.
I firmly believe Ji-eun’s attraction to Yung-jae requires more of an explanation than Yung-jae’s attraction to her. She’s decidedly pretty, although this is dramaland so we all have to pretend otherwise. She’s also a cute blend of ditzy helplessness, feisty independence, and fierce loyalty. Yung-jae has little to recommend him in my book so far. Yes, he’s thoughtful (i.e., surprising her with the bike) and has more roar than bark. However, I’ve never been one to bother with peeling back fifty-million layers of meanness to get to the inner nice guy. I prefer immediate adoration to misdirected mistreatment. I know there’s always the excuse that he’s just protecting himself because he’s been hurt in the past. But the thing is, no matter how much you’ve been hurt in the past, that just doesn’t justify you hurting me in the present. And for me, the possibility of future romantic happiness is not enough to tempt me to delve into misery with you today.
Ji-eun has no such qualms though and, luckily for us, the next episode will push her further down the path to happiness, even if there’s lots of hurt to endure to get there.