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EPISODE 10 RECAP  

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Lee Yung-jae shows up at Yoo Min-hyuk’s apartment to take Han Ji-eun home. He barges in and grabs her hand, but she pulls away from him in protest. There’s a tense moment as they face off, but Ji-eun breaks the tension by turning to Min-hyuk, thanking him for his hospitality, and saying she has to go now.

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Once they get to Full House, Ji-eun refuses to speak to him and heads straight to her room. Eventually Yung-jae goes to her room to yell at her for falling asleep at Min-hyuk’s place, but he softens when he realizes she’s really sick. He takes care of her late into the night and apologizes to her as she sleeps. She wakes up the next morning and sees him sleeping on the side of her bed.

At Ilsan, the elders are playing their new favorite game (go-stop) and Grandmother wonders if she should call Ji-eun. Ji-eun is up by then and Yung-jae has left. She goes downstairs and sees that Yung-jae made her porridge just as the phone rings. It’s the elders and she ends up going to Ilsan to visit them. They notice she doesn’t look well, and she admits she had a cold. Grandmother promptly takes her to a doctor who confirms she merely had a common cold. She’s disappointed when the doctor doesn’t have any “other” news for them, but she sends Ji-eun home loaded down with herbal tonics to help with fertility. HA!

Across town, Yung-jae is at Kang Hye-won’s shop for another fitting. She invites him to go to a concert that night, but he turns her down, telling her Ji-eun is sick and he wants to get home early to check on her. She hides her disappointment, assuring him it’s no big deal, and he heads home.

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When he gets there, he sees the uneaten porridge and goes upstairs to check on Ji-eun. He wants to heat it up for her, but she refuses. Instead of admitting he was worried about her, he starts insulting her for getting sick in the first place. She gets upset so he sings the Three Bears Song to cheer her up. He’s totally adorable as he sings what he dubs an American version too and revels in the fact that she enjoys his performance. He then watches as she eats and makes sure she takes the tonic Grandmother gave her too.

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The next morning we see her at the desk laughing as she has a hilarious daydream about the fertility tonic causing her to make a pass at Yung-jae. He comes downstairs as she’s cackling to herself and they have one of those moments—where Yung-jae’s sweet and she starts falling for his charms again.

He looks contrite and tells her he’ll be sure to call if he will be late. He says he’s not used to someone waiting for him or having to explain why he’s late and it’s hard for him, but from now on he’ll call when he’s running late. He tells her she’s not someone who is nothing to him. Ji-eun sits silently staring at the computer screen as he speaks but she turns to watch him walk away as he leaves. She even goes to the door and watches him drive off and tells him to “come back soon.”

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After he’s gone, she wonders why he’s so confusing. The doorbell rings before she can give it much thought though. It’s Yang Hee-jin who confesses she told Min-hyuk about their contract marriage. This news prompts Ji-eun to call Min-hyuk, and she arranges to meet him.

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She (finally) treats him to spaghetti and tentatively broaches the subject of whether her friend said anything “strange” the day he gave her a ride. However, she doesn’t want to go into specifics and drops the subject before he can realize what she’s talking about. He uses the opportunity to ask what people usually do on a date so they go on an unofficial date.

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She takes him for a walk in a busy area where they window shop, eat street food, and drink coffee. Min-hyuk surprises her with flowers and they sit on a bench and chat. Ji-eun says she had fun and notes that Yung-jae can’t go around in public like they just did. She relates that when they go to the movies, Yung-jae has to come in when the lights go down and leave before the lights come back on.

She catches herself talking too much about Yung-jae so she starts thanking Min-hyuk for the flowers instead. She says it’s the first time she’s received flowers from a guy, and Min-hyuk asks if Yung-jae buys her flowers. She makes a stinky face as she complains that he doesn’t think of those kinds of things. She’s not too fazed by the lack of flowers as she just wishes Yung-jae would stop calling her a bird, she says. Min-hyuk smiles to himself and Ji-eun gets sheepish about her hot temper and quick tongue so she thanks him again for the flowers.

He tells her he’s happy that she’s happy, then he gets a bit serious as he tells her he knows Yung-jae didn’t marry her for love. That’s why he always felt bad whenever he’d see her. He says he hates the phrase “what if” because it’s a waste to regret something that’s already happened. But ever since he met her, he thinks about “what if” a lot.

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“What if . . . I had the chance first? What if . . . you had met me first? What if . . . you had not married Yung-jae?” he asks. Then he turns to look at Ji-eun and continues, “What if . . . I do get the chance again, then I wouldn’t let go of it. So if this marriage is a business arrangement, then I’m not too late, right? Will you give me a chance too?”

Ji-eun is speechless and struggles to come up with a response. Min-hyuk tells her to just think about it and answer him later.

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At his agency, Yung-jae meets with the president who tells him his latest film has received poor reviews and tickets sales are low. Dong-wook is waiting outside the president’s office when he comes out. Yung-jae wants to know if they’ve caused trouble again and is rightfully angry when Dong-wook tells him Min-hyuk may know about his contract marriage with Ji-eun. Dong-wook thinks it doesn’t matter that much because Yung-jae can just destroy the contract and hold onto Ji-eun if he’s that concerned. That does nothing to comfort Yung-jae though, and Dong-wook ends up holding onto Yung-jae’s leg begging for another chance again.

At Full House, Ji-eun puts her flowers in a vase and thinks back to Min-hyuk’s words. She hides the flowers behind her back when Yung-jae comes home. Later, they have dinner and Yung-jae asks about the flowers. Ji-eun reluctantly admits that Min-hyuk gave them to her, and Yung-jae gets mad and wants to know why they met again. Ji-eun says she wanted to ask him something but doesn’t elaborate. This causes Yung-jae to get even angrier. Ji-eun reminds him that they have a contract marriage and it ends soon anyway. She tells him he can see Hye-won and she will do as she pleases.

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The next morning, Yung-jae waits until Ji-eun is busy doing chores and starts searching the house trying to find her copy of their marriage contract. He even looks in her room and has to hide in the wardrobe when she comes in to answer her phone. Because this is tv we’re dealing with, she coincidentally decides to change her cardigan before she leaves her room. Yung-jae valiantly tries to stop her from discovering him in her wardrobe and holds onto the door knob from inside, but she proves too strong for him and eventually he tumbles out. He pretends he was just trying to surprise her and gets a beating for his efforts. He ends up at the table holding his cheek and looking appropriately chastised.

Having failed to secretly destroy the contract, Yung-jae changes tactics and tells Ji-eun that they need to change the contract terms. He claims it’s necessary to address some things they failed to consider and to change the provision voiding it if a third party found out about it.

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They each get a chance to write down new terms and conditions. When it’s time to present the terms they each want to add, Yung-jae has only one condition: the marriage must last at least three years. He’s so intent on lengthening the contract term, he agrees to Ji-eun’s 100+ additional conditions without reading them. He goes to his room grinning from ear to ear and hugs the new contract before he safely tucks it away in a drawer.

He’s in for a rude awakening the next morning though. Ji-eun makes toast for breakfast and he learns that the new contract allows her to make toast three days a week. He has to do the dishes and help with chores too. The pièce de résistance is that he now has to buy her roses once a week, and she reminds him not to forget the flowers when he gets back. HaHa!

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Yung-jae goes to Hye-won’s shop for clothes to wear to an interview scheduled for later that day. During their chat, she wonders where his “bodyguard” Dong-wook is hiding, and later she sees him near the dressing room. Dong-wook is on the phone with Hee-jin and she overhears them talking about Ji-eun’s contract marriage with Yung-jae. Uh-oh!

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Hye-won goes straight to Full House to speak to Ji-eun about it. She admits she’s only just now realizing how much she depended on Yung-jae even though she loved someone else. Ji-eun tells her it was unfair to make Yung-jae stay by her side while she liked someone else, but Hye-won says she’ll only look at Yung-jae now and asks for Ji-eun’s help. Ji-eun visibly struggles to decide what to do in this situation, but she ultimately decides to suppress her feelings for Yung-jae and tells Hye-won that Yung-jae loves her.

Long after Hye-won is gone, Ji-eun remains in the same spot. She keeps repeating that she shouldn’t have told Hye-won the truth and has tears in her eyes as she contemplates what will happen next. Sure enough, Hye-won wastes no time calling Yung-jae. He meets her at their usual spot. However, he calls Ji-eun to tell her where he is. Ji-eun holds onto the phone after he hangs up, and she’s sad as she says, “Yung-jae, don’t meet Kang Hye-won. Come home. Come home now.”

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At the bar, Hye-won starts talking about a childhood rival they knew. The kid stole her eraser and Yung-jae tried to get it back but ended up getting beat up. Min-hyuk had to step in to help. Hye-won says she thought it was Min-hyuk who always protected her but now she realizes Yung-jae was her real protector. She thanks him for being there for her and tells him she wants to go to him now if he’ll accept her.

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We don’t get to hear his response. He returns to Full House where Ji-eun is on the front porch waiting. He chides her for waiting up when he’d told her not to, but he follows up the reprimand by sweetly presenting her with a bouquet of roses. She’s touched that he remembered and they go out to the deck in the backyard and have a drink together.

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Out back, Ji-eun tells Yung-jae about the conversation she had with Min-hyuk the day he bought her flowers. Yung-jae looks stricken as she repeats what Min-hyuk said to her, and he asks what Ji-eun said in response to Min-hyuk asking for a chance with her. She says she hasn’t answered yet. Then she asks Yung-jae how she should respond and asks if it’s okay to like Min-hyuk.

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MY THOUGHTS

I know I’ve been harping on Yung-jae a lot in my comments. It’s no secret how I feel about how he treats Ji-eun. He has a long way to go, but I’m glad he’s finally coming around and being a little nicer. But I still find myself frustrated with him. My frustration stems from his total lack of awareness of his feelings—at least when it comes to Ji-eun. Most of his reactions have been pretty common for a guy who likes a girl. For example, when he found out the girl he likes was with another guy (a guy who has the hots for her no less) he stormed in and dragged his girl away. When he found out a guy bought the girl he likes flowers, he got angry (and jealous). When the girl he likes got sick, he took care of her. All of his actions point to one thing: he has feeling for the girl. So why doesn’t he realize he likes Ji-eun yet!?

What’s worse is that Ji-eun can’t see that he’s interested in her either—despite the fact that she likes him too.

Min-hyuk can.

Even Hye-won can see it.

But the two that matter most remain oblivious.

Ugh.

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