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EPISODE 13 RECAP

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After So Jung-woo hears Go Cheok-hee’s distinctive ring tone during his conversation with Bong Min-gyu, Min-gyu pretends he can’t hear Jung-woo anymore because his phone is no longer getting good reception. He hangs up on Jung-woo, telling Cheok-hee that Jung-woo called to ask for vacation time as well.

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Jung-woo calls Manager Yoon and finds out she made reservations for Min-gyu at the company’s Healing Condo resort. He rushes to the resort and makes it there in time to intercept Min-gyu and Cheok-hee after dinner.

Jung-woo grabs Cheok-hee’s hand and drags her away. He tries to talk her in to returning to Seoul with him, but she refuses, reminding him that she broke up with him. Realizing she won’t give in so easily, Jung-woo tells her to at least think about it for the night. She can let him know how she feels in the morning.

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Min-gyu finds Jung-woo sitting at the bar a little later. He orders a bottle of alcohol and asks Jung-woo if he knows how to drink. Jung-woo tells him he doesn’t like to drink but he knows how to handle his liquor. Min-gyu pours Jung-woo a shot and when Jung-woo returns the favor, Min-gyu downs his shot like a pro—smoothly rolling the shot glass across his cheek and pouring it into his mouth with his palm open. Then he tells Jung-woo he knows how to drink and enjoys it as well.

He pours Jung-woo another drink and asks if Jung-woo will be okay drinking such strong liquor. Jung-woo takes a jab at Min-gyu being older than he is and tells Min-gyu he’s not old enough to lose to alcohol yet. He feigns concern over whether Min-gyu has enough stamina to drink with him. Min-gyu opens the top two buttons of his shirt to reveal his muscular chest, which hilariously makes Jung-woo’s eye bulge, lol. He assures Jung-woo that stamina depends on how you take care of your body, not your age.

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In the end, the liquor has the last laugh. They wake up in bed together the next morning wearing nothing except their bathrobes, and neither can remember what happened or how they ended up in the same room. Ha! They agree to pretend the situation never existed.

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As they head to the bathroom to wash up though, they’re back to posturing again. Min-gyu pretends he’s hot so he has an excuse to show off his biceps as he’s brushing his teeth. Jung-woo is a little out done at first until he remembers he has youth and good skin on his side. So he splashes water on his face and preens in the mirror until Min-gyu finally gets self-conscious and puts his pecs and biceps away. (They’re wayyyy too much, lol!)

Over at Choice Law Firm, the staff is bored with half of the firm’s employees gone. Woo Yoo-mi is shocked when Manager Yoon tells them that Min-gyu, Jung-woo and Cheok-hee are all at the company’s Healing Condo resort. Yoo-mi correctly guesses that Min-gyu and Jung-woo both like Cheok-hee and went to the resort because they knew Cheok-hee would be there. Not only do Manager Yoon and Lee Kyung not believe her, but Manager Yoon playfully pops her in the mouth for spewing nonsense again. Poor Yoo-mi. Right again with no one to believe her, lol!  

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Back at the resort, Jung-woo is waiting for Cheok-hee when she leaves the condo for a morning walk. He pretends he just so happens to be going for a walk too and follows her. It’s a good thing too because it’s not long before she trips on a rock and almost tumbles to the ground. Jung-woo is there to catch her before she falls and that gives him the chance to ask whether she had time to think about their relationship.

She tells him she spent the whole night thinking, but she hasn’t changed her mind. She still wants to break up. He readily agrees with her, saying she’s free to break up with him, but he won’t break up with her. From now on, he’s gong to have a one-sided crush on her, he announces.

The next day at work, he puts his one-sided love on display, coming into work with the iced coffee she likes and a bagel too. Cheok-hee tries to play it off and pretends she asked him to bring her the coffee and bagel, but everyone eyes them suspiciously anyway.

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Jo Yoo-sang calls Cheok-hee to meet him so he can give her the paperwork he’s drawn up to transfer the Yangpyeong house to his soon-to-be ex-wife Cha Yoo-ran (who I’ve been incorrectly calling Choi Ae-ran). With confirmation that the house contract is in hand, Yoo-ran sends Cheok-hee a clip of the video she promised her in exchange for helping with the divorce. In the clip, it shows Han Mi-ree at the Yangpyeong house angrily demanding to know where Woo Ra-mi (the little boy Cheok-hee saw with the housekeeper in last week’s episode) is.

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They agree to meet later, but when Cheok-hee leaves we see a mysterious man eavesdropping nearby. In the next scene we see that he conveyed what he heard to Mi-ree. She beats Cheok-hee to the café where Cheok-hee arranged to meet Yoo-ran and delivers an envelope full of money to Yoo-ran and asks for the video in exchange. By the time Cheok-hee arrives, Yoo-ran is nowhere to be found and all of Cheok-hee’s calls to her go straight to voicemail.

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Back at the firm, Jung-woo and Cheok-hee have a consultation with their latest prospective client—a domestic violence victim whose husband has physically abused her for ten years. Her husband is an orthopedic doctor and he’s well-versed in the law too it seems. He has a special method of beating her to prevent leaving bruises or marks—so even the few times she’s called police to report the abuse, they’ve released her husband because there’s no physical evidence to corroborate her claims. Without any medical reports, police reports, or physical evidence to back up her story, it’s unlikely she can get divorced so Jung-woo and Cheok-hee tell her to lay low for a few days while they try to find an eye-witness.

They go see her husband, Han Dae-man, first, who of course denies hitting her and refuses to consent to a divorce. As they’re leaving, they decide to talk to the residents who live in the apartment directly across from the couple’s apartment in hopes that someone may have seen Dae-man hitting his wife. The room facing the apartment belongs to a teen girl who’s traveling abroad though. Her mother promises to let Jung-woo know when she gets back home.

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With their work duties over, Cheok-hee rejects Jung-woo’s offer to see her home and hurries away. He’s standing outside her building when she gets there though. He tells her he wanted to make sure she got home safely. Now that he’s sure she’s safe, he’ll be leaving, he says. He starts walking away, but Cheok-hee calls after him. She wants him to just treat her as the office manager from now on instead of his girlfriend.

Unfortunately for them, her father walks up just in time to hear her refer to herself as the office manager. He learns that not only is her law license suspended, but Jung-woo is actually the attorney for whom she works.

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Cheok-hee drops down on her knees in apology, and her father takes things too far for my tastes—he tells her after using her mother’s surgery fee to go to law school, even if she didn’t become the best lawyer in Korea, she should have at least held onto her license. I know it’s disappointing news to get, but where was this guilt trip when your youngest daughter sold your business and ruined your ability to make a living, huh!?

The next morning, Cheok-hee seems to have gotten over her issues with her father and is back to worrying about her relationship with Jung-woo. She corrals Kyung into giving her advice on how to move on after a breakup. He tells her to write down wise affirmations to help her through the day so she covers her computer with post-it notes with phrases such as, “Love is a crazy thing,” “There’s an end to everything,” and “All men are players,” to help her out.

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She uses them right away when Jung-woo stops by to give her a handheld fan for her to use if she gets hot and invite her to dinner. She glances at the messages and turns him down, insisting that she doesn’t need the fan either.

Undeterred, he sweetly delivers her favorite chicken to her house after work, and even takes a box home for his mother. Jo Soo-ah is there when he arrives, having stopped by to pick up some more of her clothes. They invite Soo-ah to stay for dinner, but she ends up rushing away when he asks about the mint candy lady and his mom excitedly asks for the mint lady’s contact information too. Mom wants to thank the person who’s responsible for saving her beloved son. Knowing that person is Cheok-hee, Soo-ah wisely hightails it out of there, even leaving the clothes she packed behind.

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The next morning, Cheok-hee is busy writing more affirmations to add to her computer screen when Min-gyu makes his obligatory five-minute office appearance. He sees the post-its and asks if she’s broken up with Jung-woo. She refuses to tell him, but he’s not fooled and he leaves the office in a good mood.

He goes to meet Lee Ha-jung and her horrid aunt Ma Dong-mi and tells them outright that he wants to break the engagement. Ha-jung says that his behavior makes her not want to let him go. Dong-mi agrees, and when Min-gyu leaves she calls a reporter and leaks news of the engagement to force his hand.

Min-gyu goes to his father the next day anyway and announces that he likes someone else and is calling off the engagement. CEO Bong In-jae has been fielding congratulatory calls all day and thinks Min-gyu is just fishing for a gift. He offers to buy Min-gyu another villa, but Min-gyu turns him down and insists he won’t be marrying Ha-jung.

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Over at the office, the staff has seen the engagement news as well and they offer to take Cheok-hee out after work to cheer her up. She finally catches on that they think Min-gyu dumped her and assures them she’s fine, but they don’t believe her.

After work, Jung-woo joins them when they take her to a pojangmacha for a late night meal. Their sympathy totally turns to amazement when Jung-woo doesn’t hide the fact that he likes Cheok-hee. He even admits that his liking her is one-sided. Kyung feels betrayed while Manager Yoon wishes them well and Yoo-mi declares Cheok-hee has to be her teacher from now on.

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They all go to a noraebang after the meal, and Jung-woo takes things even further by singing a song just for her. It’s Infinite’s Be Mine, lol! Cheok-hee is not amused though. After they see the other three off in a taxi, she tells Jung-woo that her suspension will be lifted the following month. She’s going to leave the firm so she won’t have to see him again. She asks him to get rid of his feelings for her and stop expecting her to change her mind.

She leaves Jung-woo sitting on the park bench stunned, and when she gets home she finds her little sister eating the mint candy their mother liked. She gets nostalgic, recalling her mother’s last words to her that if she felt sorry towards her, instead of trying to pay her back she should pay it forward. Once she had an opportunity to pay it forward—it was during the subway accident when she saw someone who looked liked her. He was holding a civil law book and looked like he really wanted to live, so she helped him. She thinks her mom wouldn’t have let that person die.

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The next day, Jung-woo drops off the bag of clothes Soo-ah left at his place a few days ago. He gets a call from the teen girl whose room is directly across from his new client’s apartment. He starts to head over to her house, but Soo-ah stops him in his tracks. She asks if he and Cheok-hee broke up, and he tells her to think of this time as a rough patch in their relationship. She accepts his answer, but she also lets him know that she hasn’t given up yet either. Smh.

It looks like Min-gyu hasn’t given up either. He meets Cheok-hee for dinner and announces that he’s called off his engagement. The news shocks Cheok-hee, especially considering they just released news of the upcoming nuptials. Min-gyu drops hints that she’s the reason for the end of his engagment, saying he broke up with his fiancée because he saw a gem (i.e. Cheok-hee) that didn’t belong to anyone (i.e. Jung-woo). Cheok-hee of course has no idea what he’s talking about and looks at him incredulously.

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Jung-woo finally makes it to the apartment complex to question the teenager about whether she witnessed any domestic violence between the couple in the apartment across from her room. She looks over to the apartment, and they both see the husband choking the wife and Cheok-hee arriving to try to stop him. It seems the husband lured the wife to the apartment under the guise that he’d consent to the divorce and attacked her instead. She had just enough time to call Cheok-hee before he cornered her in his office.  

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Jung-woo rushes over to the apartment to intervene. In the meantime, Cheok-hee manages to grab the husband’s arm long enough to give the wife time to run away. But the husband is still enraged so Cheok-hee picks up the nearest object she can find—a trophy from a nearby display—and she throws it at him. The husband falls to the floor, and when Cheok-hee crawls out of the room she finds him lying unconscious on the floor bleeding from the head.

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Jung-woo and the police arrive within seconds of each other, and the couple’s daughter points to Cheok-hee as the culprit. Without waiting for an explanation or asking any questions, the police put Cheok-hee in cuffs and prepare to take her away.

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MY THOUGHTS

Another suspenseful cliffhanger! It seems like the show is pulling out all the stops to make these last few episodes go out with a bang. I have to admit, throughout most of this drama I was getting a little tired of the constant cheating husband storylines. There are other legitimate reasons to seek a divorce after all. It was a little refreshing (at least narratively) to see the show dealing with a more weighty topic in this episode, but it was still hard to watch. Domestic violence is such a serious issue to address, and it was particularly difficult to see the level of malice the wife had to endure as the husband abused her for the past decade.

As much as I applaud the show for addressing a very real issue, there were still some holes in the plot that bothered me. The most glaring hole was Cheok-hee’s impending arrest as the episode ended. It certainly made for an interesting cliffhanger, but I don’t like that it requires us to suspend all rational thought to believe she would have been arrested so quickly in that situation. Recall, Cheok-hee called the police on her way to the apartment. So the police were responding to a domestic violence situation in which they knew a husband had attacked his wife. With that in mind, when they arrived, even when they saw that the husband was injured, it’s unlikely they would have arrested her so suddenly. They didn’t inquire of any of the witnesses there—like the wife or Jung-woo. Instead, they just relied on the child’s pointing to Cheok-hee as the culprit.

It’s Policing 101 to talk to people at the scene to at least get a basic outline of what happened before making decisions. With the teen eyewitness at the apartment across the courtyard as well as Jung-woo and the wife available to tell the officers that the husband was the aggressor and had attacked the wife as well as Cheok-hee, it seems counterintuitive that Cheok-hee would have been arrested like that. The only reason I can think of for her being arrested almost immediately is that putting her in danger of going to jail makes for more interesting tv. If that’s the case, I guess I’m willing to roll with it and see how things pan out in the next episode.

We already got a hint in this episode that something is not quite right. We didn’t actually see the trophy that Cheok-hee threw hit the husband in the head. Also, the camera panned out when Jung-woo came into the apartment to show some sort of silver pin or key under his foot as he crossed the threshold. This is dramaland and they don’t include small details like that for nothing so I’m guessing it’s all a set up to eventually exonerate our heroine. Otherwise, is the rest of the show going to take place within the confines of a prison!?

Aside from that conundrum, I must admit there were some really laugh out loud moments peppered throughout this episode that I enjoyed. Min-gyu is always a pleasure (even though his complete cluelessness in thinking he still has a chance with Cheok-hee makes me sad for the heart break to come). For me though, it was Jung-woo who was the stand out here. His noraebang performance was legendary, and I loved the look on Kyung’s face as he watched in horror as he lost his hyung to his nemesis Cheok-hee. I hope the writers don’t waste the opportunity to milk Kyung’s anger at Jung-woo’s defection to the other side in the upcoming episode. That’d be a pity.

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