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EPISODE 6 RECAP 

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Lee Yung-jae’s father finds Han Ji-eun standing outside Kang Hye-won’s hospital room and ushers her inside. Hye-won is surprised that Ji-eun’s been at the hospital all this time and is visibly uncomfortable that she’s there. Ji-eun feels equally out of place as she witnesses Yung-jae’s dad being kind to Hye-won and sees how much Yung-jae is worried about her. His father tells Ji-eun not to feel bad or misunderstand their relationship with Hye-won, who is like family to them, but Ji-eun assures him she’s fine. After dad leaves, Hye-won encourages Yung-jae and Ji-eun to leave too. She looks at Ji-eun and admits she’s uncomfortable with Ji-eun being there.

In the car ride home, Ji-eun tries to comfort Yung-jae. She tells him the doctors say Hye-won’s illness is caused by stress and she’ll be fine soon. She remarks that they seem very close. Yung-jae says they’ve been friends since childhood and takes offense to Ji-eun comparing their relationship to her relationship with her long-time friends. Once they make it to Full House, he drops her off and heads back to the hospital to check on Hye-won. Once there, he holds Hye-won’s hand staring at her as she sleeps (right in line with the rest of his stalker-like behavior so far).

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Ji-eun gives us a glimpse into her growing feelings for Yung-jae. She can’t sleep and ends up outside waiting for him to return. By the time he makes it back to Full House, she has fallen asleep on the front porch and he asks why she’s outside. She smiles to see that he’s back.

Inside the house, she gets him a drink and asks if he went to the hospital. He says he went to make sure Hye-won was okay because, unlike Ji-eun, Hye-won can’t sleep in strange places, like airplanes, subways, and front lawns. Ji-eun says she wasn’t outside sleeping, she was thinking, and says she wonders why he bought her house of all places. He says he liked the name, because it seemed to refer to a house teeming with love. Ji-eun says her dad named the house and Yung-jae becomes pensive as he remarks that he thought he’d grow old with the person he loves in the house. Ji-eun asks who that someone is, but Yung-jae doesn’t hear her. Instead of repeating the question, she starts rambling about the land teeming with ghosts before Full House was built. She pretends she’s a ghost and calls Yung-jae’s name until he gets peeved and goes upstairs.

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The next morning, when Ji-eun wakes up to prepare Yung-jae’s breakfast, he’s already in the kitchen cooking. Ji-eun gets excited until he tells her he’s making porridge for Hye-won. She gets a bit jealous and asks if he’s going to make her porridge if she gets sick. He calls her dumb again and reminds her that he made her porridge already. She doesn’t mind the insult though and smiles when she realizes he’s right. Yung-jae tells her she’ll have to deliver the porridge because he’s busy all day.  

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However, Hye-won ignores the porridge when Ji-eun shows up at the hospital. Hye-won uses the time alone with Ji-eun to throw her relationship with Yung-jae in Ji-eun’s face. She asks if it makes Ji-eun uncomfortable that she calls and sees Yung-jae, then takes it a step further by bragging that Yung-jae’s getting married didn’t change their long-time friendship. She says that Ji-eun is the person who came between their relationship. Ji-eun is offended but manages to hold her tongue. She joins Yung-jae’s mother in seeing Hye-won to a car to take her home.

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Ji-eun goes to Ilsan with Yung-jae’s mother from the hospital. She ends up gardening while Grandmother sits contently on a bench overseeing her progress. Grandmother constantly criticizes her, particularly degrading her “improper” upbringing, until Ji-eun defends herself and tells Grandmother that Yung-jae is the one who wasn’t raised properly. She also chastises Grandmother for speaking harshly and hurting her feelings.

Grandmother has nothing to say for herself so she feigns a blood pressure spike and grabs the back of her head as if she’s about to collapse. Ji-eun panics and tries to piggyback Grandmother back to the house. Grandmother is way too heavy for her though, and she drops her several times and makes her bump her head before they make it inside.  By the time they get to Grandmother’s room, Ji-eun has to tend to her scrapes and bruises instead of her headache.

When she leaves, Mother walks her outside and gives her food to take home. She asks Ji-eun what’s her favorite dish so she can make it next time Ji-eun visits. Ji-eun says she’s not picky so Mother tells her she’ll make jellyfish salad, which is Yung-jae’s favorite. Ji-eun is touched by Mother’s kindness and walks away smiling.

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Yung-jae sits at an editing session for the movie he made in Shanghai. He seems distracted and we learn why in the next scene. He stops by Yoo Min-hyuk’s office and invites him out for a beer. Min-hyuk tries to make small talk, but Yung-jae cuts right to the chase. He tells Min-hyuk that Hye-won has been sick because of him, and he doesn’t want Min-hyuk to hurt her again. Min-hyuk doesn’t miss a beat though. He asks what Yung-jae could possibly do for Hye-won aside from visiting her in the hospital when she’s sick. He tells Yung-jae to get a grip and think about Ji-eun, the person who’s next to him right now. He adds that Hye-won will get over it soon.

When Yung-jae gets back to Full House, Ji-eun is working. She tells him she went to Ilsan and tells him about Grandmother falling when she talked back to her. Noticing Yung-jae’s mood, she asks if he wants to eat ice cream and they silently sit at the table with their bowls of ice cream. Ji-eun decides to tell jokes to help his mood, but they’re so lame he can’t take it and leaves the table to go to his room.

The next morning, he tells her he’s going to see Hye-won and will stop by the office but will be home early. She checks his hand before he leaves and makes him put on his wedding ring. Then she walks him to the car and tells him she’ll make something delicious for dinner that night. He asks what she plans to make and gets excited when she says she’ll make his favorite jellyfish dish.

Yung-jae goes to a fitting with Hye-won. While showing him accessories, she sees his wedding ring and pauses for a moment before asking if he can take it off to try on the ring she chose for the outfit he’s wearing. She puts the wedding ring aside and Yung-jae gets a call from Ji-eun. Hye-won listens as he tells Ji-eun he’s done and will be home soon. After he leaves, she realizes he left his wedding ring behind. She goes to call him from her cell phone just as the shop’s landline rings.  

Back at Full House, Yung-jae tastes the jellyfish dish Ji-eun spent the day making. It’s not good, but Ji-eun insists it’s perfectly edible even if it tastes a bit strange. He tells her to eat it all then, and she notices that he’s not wearing his wedding ring. He says he left it at Hye-won’s store and Ji-eun makes him call Hye-won to ask after the ring.

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However, when Yung-jae calls, Hye-won doesn’t like that he called her just to ask for the ring.  She starts to tell him she hasn’t seen it, but before she can finish her sentence Yung-jae cuts her off, saying it’s okay if she didn’t see it, and he ends the phone call. Ji-eun presses the issue and Yung-jae tells her to stop making such a big deal about it when he can just buy another one. She says it’s not just a ring–it’s their wedding ring, and she berates him for being afraid to ask Hye-won about it. She asks if Hye-won is that great and points out that Hye-won is arrogant, neglects him, and acts like a princess.

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Yong-Jae can’t handle anyone criticizing his beloved and yells at her, but she goes on. She says the ring is a symbol of the promise they made and is not something that can simply be replaced. Yung-jae reminds her that they have a contract marriage and tells her all she needs to do is cook, clean, and get paid. She asks if she’s just someone to take orders from him and he says she’s just a rice cooker. He asks if she likes him or if she’s misunderstanding something. She calls him the lowest scum of the earth and says for them to really end it this time and walks away.

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She goes to her room and starts packing while Yong-Jae goes to his room and takes his frustration out on his bed spread. In her room, Ji-eun sits beside her packed suitcase and cries. That night, Yung-jae tosses and turns in his bed.

The next morning, Yung-jae goes downstairs and looks around as if he’s looking for Ji-eun. He sees the jellyfish dish recipe taped to the refrigerator and the notes Ji-eun took on how to make the dish properly. He realizes how hard she worked and goes to her room and looks around. He’s a bit melancholy until he notices her suitcase is on the top of her bureau. Then he smiles to himself and leaves the room.

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Ji-eun is at Min-hyuk’s office. He’s looking over her latest story. She’s quiet and dull so he asks if there’s anything wrong. She says she’s fine and smiles awkwardly. He hilariously tells her to stop pretending she’s okay because she looks like a fool. His bluntness only replaces her awkwardness with sheepishness though. He rejects her story again and asks about the character she’s trying to write about. She calls the character an ordinary person so Min-hyuk takes her on an outing to people watch. He uses the outing to teach her that there are no ordinary people in the world if you look below the surface.

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Shin Dong-wook, up to no good as usual, gets caught trying to steal food from his landlord’s kimchi jars. She threatens to rent his place out if he doesn’t pay rent soon. He tells Yang Hee-jin and they decide to go to Ji-eun and Yung-jae for the money they need. They arrive at Full House just as Yung-jae is about to leave. He hurriedly locks the door so they can’t wait inside, but when he’s gone Dong-wook climbs through an open window in the back and they let themselves in. They snoop around the house in Yung-jae’s absence and find the marriage contract on the computer.

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Yung-jae has gone to the gym. After he finishes his work out, he stops by the agency and Mr. Choi gives him the wedding photo of Ji-eun and him. Yung-jae tells him to just hang the picture at the agency but changes his mind when Mr. Choi thinks it’s a good idea. He arrives home with the painting and is shocked to see Dong-wook and Hee-jin lounging on his sofa.

Ji-eun and Min-hyuk are done people watching and walk back to his office together. He asks when she’ll be treating him to spaghetti and she says she’s free today because she’s on strike. She asks him if she looks like a rice cooker and tells him that Yung-jae calls her a rice cooker. He laughs, and they prepare to go to lunch just as she receives an urgent call from Yung-jae. The call causes her to cancel her lunch plans with Min-hyuk and head back to Full House.

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When she arrives, Dong-wook and Hee-jin lecture them about making a mockery of marriage, and they try to blackmail Yung-jae into joining the management agency they’re trying to start in exchange for them keeping quiet about their sham marriage. They also demand an apology from Yung-jae. He refuses and Ji-eun apologizes on his behalf. However, she refuses to give them money.

After some negotiation, Yung-jae decides that Dong-wook can work at his agency, but he has to give Ji-eun a portion of his salary. They begin protesting (because they want money, not employment) but Ji-eun begins recounting how she felt when she returned from Shanghai to find they sold her house. She tells them how scary she found the police station and remarks that jail would be even scarier. That shuts them up, but they’re not pleased when they leave. Hee-jin declares that their friendship is really over this time (I’d hope so).

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After they leave, Ji-eun sits at the table calculating how much money she will be receiving from Dong-wook once he starts working. Yung-jae brings her a beer and sits at the table with her. He tells her he ordered another ring and should receive it next week. He’s a bit bashful as he says he won’t lose the ring again and, to hide his embarrassment, he points out that he didn’t get angry when she lost the recorder he bought her.

She tells him she found the ring and he gets excited until he realizes she’s just joking. The “found ring” is actually the pen in her hand that she uses to draw a ring on his finger. She draws a watch too and chases him around the table saying she wants to draw sunglasses as well.

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They end up relaxing on the back porch with more drinks. Ji-eun is in a philosophical mood and says there are all kinds marriages and theirs is a marriage too. She says even though they fight and she packs and leaves, she never thought it was really over. She tells them they should do their best until they separate. She ends her speech by shouting, “Fighting.” Yung-jae wants to know why it’s always, “Fighting!” He prefers “Aja! Aja!” so they happily combine the two phrases.

Later, Yung-jae sits in his room admiring his “jewelry.”  The next morning, he takes care not to wash off the ring as he cleans up while Ji-eun is downstairs and finds their wedding picture.

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Meanwhile, Hye-won sits with Yung-jae’s ring in her hand. She contemplates calling him as he and Ji-eun choose a place to hang the wedding picture. Hye-won finally calls and when Yung-jae answers, she tells him she has something to give him and asks him to meet her. He agrees to meet her and hangs up. When Ji-eun asks who was on the phone, Yung-jae lies and says it was the office.

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MY THOUGHTS

This episode marks the beginning of our second leads ramping up the tension within our love square.  Although neither one has outright declared their interest in their preferred partners, I’d say the gauntlet is definitely in hand and ready to be thrown.  In Hye-won’s case, she deserves a good dressing down for the passive aggressive way she attacked poor Ji-eun about her ongoing relationship with Yung-jae.  For someone who ignored him for almost two decades and who only marginally likes him now (and only because her first choice rejected her), she has a lot of nerve coming at Ji-eun like that.  But she’s clueless and has a huge sense of entitlement, so I guess I shouldn’t be too shocked at her behavior.

Min-hyuk was a lot less annoying, and a lot less intrusive in his dealings with Yung-jae.  I like that he has a backbone and standing up for himself is not even a second thought with him.  It’s just who he is.  But when it comes to Ji-eun, he’s clearly got a hankering for her and that tough facade falls away.  There’s obviously something about her he likes—he finds her amusing and he enjoys spending time with her, but he keeps his romantic interest (which may just be mild curiosity at this point) in check because she’s someone else’s wife.  But to see Yung-jae still nursing feelings for Hye-won ruffles his feathers.  Yung-jae totally deserved to be put in his place, it’s just too bad he wasn’t in the frame of mind to receive the message.

I love Ji-eun’s growing attachment to Yung-jae’s family.  They were a big part of why I liked this drama initially too. I find Grandmother generally hilarious, Mother sweet, and even Father isn’t so bad once you get past his slightly stoic persona.   

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