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EPISODE 15 RECAP  

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Some time has passed after Lee Yung-jae’s press conference to announce his divorce. Yoo Min-hyuk arrives at Full House to see Han Ji-eun. He has flowers because he knows she likes them, and she invites him in and settles him at the table. He shares the news that he’s found a director for their movie, and he has an actor in mind to play the lead role too.

Ji-eun doesn’t like the lead he’s chosen though. The actor should be taller, she says. There’s a scene in the movie where the male lead has to reach over the female lead to clean a part of a window she can’t reach. Because of this, she explains, they need a tall male lead. Min-hyuk asks if the lead has to be about Lee Yung-jae’s height. Things become awkward at the mention of Yung-jae’s name, but Ji-eun recovers first and asks if they can cast Yung-jae as the lead. Min-hyuk thinks Yung-jae wouldn’t take the part and changes the subject by inviting her out to eat.

Min-hyuk takes Ji-eun to a nice restaurant for lunch. When she remarks that she really likes the dish she chose, Min-hyuk offers to buy it for her everyday. Ji-eun jokingly tells him he can certainly afford it, seeing as how he’s so rich and all, and Min-hyuk continues the joke, offering to buy her jewelry and flowers every day too. “How about eating together like this, and having tea together, and talking together, and laughing together? How about that everyday?” he asks. He’s proposing!

Ji-eun hesitates and stutters a bit before she says she just got divorced and isn’t ready to get married again yet. Min-hyuk is disappointed, but he says he’ll wait for her.

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She returns to Full House that night and goes to Yung-jae’s room. She stares at the empty bed for a few moments before going to her own room where she sits at the vanity and pulls out her wedding ring. She looks at the ring for a while, then just stares straight ahead with tears in her eyes.

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The next day, Min-hyuk meets with the president of Yung-jae’s agency and offers Yung-jae the lead role in Ji-eun’s movie. The president tells him it’s unlikely Yung-jae would want to do the movie even though he doesn’t have any projects lined up now. In fact, she says, he’s not in Seoul anymore and refuses to see anyone. Min-hyuk asks for her help getting him to do the movie and says he’ll agree to any of their contractual terms.

The president meets with Mr. Choi to discuss how to get Yung-jae to return to Seoul and do the movie. They decide to send Shin Dong-wook to bring him back and tell Dong-wook to get Yung-jae to return any way he can—even if it means tying him up and forcing him to come.

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We see that Yung-jae has been staying in a monastery all this time. When Dong-wook finds him, he insists he’s not interested in returning to Seoul until Dong-wook lies that Ji-eun is sick. Yung-jae wants to know why Min-hyuk isn’t taking care of her, but Dong-wook says Min-hyuk lost interest in Ji-eun and left her soon after their divorce.

Yung-jae spends some time walking around the monastery grounds thinking about what to do. Over at Full House, Ji-eun spends the day thinking too. She walks along the water and paces back and forth in the living room.

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In the morning, Ji-eun gets a visit from Yang Hee-jin (whose stomach is STILL as flat as it’s been throughout the entire series—apparently the producers forgot she’s supposed to be pregnant). She pitches an idea about opening a video store in her neighborhood. She wants Ji-eun to invest in the store, arguing that they’ll have a baby soon (so perhaps the producers haven’t forgotten) and they can’t support a family of three on Dong-wook’s salary alone.

Ji-eun says she doesn’t have the money to invest, and Hee-jin reminds her that she has Min-hyuk and needs to forget about Yung-jae. After all, Yung-jae’s career is over, she says. But Ji-eun defends Yung-jae, saying he’ll make a comeback soon. Hee-jin huffs that that’s unlikely, especially considering he’s holed up on a mountain and refuses to come down.

This is news to Ji-eun, and her reaction makes Hee-jin realize she’s revealed something that was suppose to be a secret. She shrugs it off and tells Ji-eun that Yung-jae wouldn’t even come down when his grandmother was hospitalized. Grandmother’s hospitalization is news to Ji-eun too.

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After Hee-jin leaves, Ji-eun goes to visit Grandmother in the hospital. Grandmother is asleep when she gets there. She takes Grandmother’s hand and apologizes over and over and asks her to get bettter. She cries so much that her sobs wake Grandmother up. Grandmother sees that it’s Ji-eun but doesn’t let Ji-eun know she’s awake. When Ji-eun leaves the hospital room, she stays in the hallway cyring by herself and Father walks by and sees her. He doesn’t let on that he’s seen her either.

Later that day, Yung-jae’s mom comes to take Grandmother home. Grandmother tells Mother that Ji-eun came to visit, and they call Ji-eun and ask her to come to Ilsan. When she arrives, Ji-eun just wants to know if Grandmother is alright, but Grandmother is more concerned about Yung-jae’s relationship with his father. Grandmother agrees to forgive Ji-eun if she can get Yung-jae to apologize to his father.

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Ji-eun goes to see Kang Hye-won, whose improvement seems to have continued. She looks sincerely pleased to see Ji-eun and suggests Ji-eun talk to Yung-jae herself and ask him to come back to Seoul.

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As Ji-eun heads back to Full House from Hye-won’s store, Yung-jae is already there. He rushes inside calling Ji-eun’s name and searches for her all over the house. When he realizes she’s not home, he waits for her outside. When she sees him in the front yard when she returns home, she stops in the middle of the street and stares at him as tears start to fall from her eyes.

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Ji-eun lets Yung-jae into the house, and when he sees how messy it is, he’s about to start complaining until his eyes land on a picture hanging where their wedding portrait used to be. Ji-eun brings him a drink and he notices she’s not wearing her ring either. He asks why a sick person is out all day and berates her for not following his recommendation to exercise daily. She says it’s not his business, then she asks where he’s been all this time. He tells her he was staying at a temple and has grown spiritually. Then he puts his hand under his chin, poses, and and asks, “Don’t I look different?” HA! (Methinks you’re still the same, but at least you’re cute!)

Ji-eun wants to know why he didn’t visit Grandmother when he heard she was sick, but he insists that was just a ploy to get him to return home. Ji-eun brings up his relationship with his dad next. She tells him to apologize and ask for forgiveness, but he refuses to do that too. Ji-eun is exasperated and asks why he bothered to come. He replies he merely came home and claims Full House is his. He doesn’t think he should have given it up in the divorce and has decided to stay.

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His statement gets him kicked out of the house. Ji-eun opens the door a moment later only to throw his suitcase after him. It’s a replica of the scene in Episode 2, lol! Ji-eun opens the door again and acknowledges she’s reenacting the scene when he kicked her out. She glares at him and tells him he’s dead if he knocks on the door again. He ends up on the bench in the front year where he puts his time in the monastery to use by meditating while he waits.

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He stays on the bench throughout the day, which Ji-eun sees as she keeps peeking out the door to check on him. By nightfall, he can’t take the mosquitoes anymore and leaves. Ji-eun sees that he’s no longer on the bench and runs outside searching for him. She goes to the backyard and when he’s not there, she starts running down the street looking for him.

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He’s standing on the side of the house though, and he looks up as he sees her run past. His eyes fill with tears as he hears her calling out his name. Ji-eun returns home totally dejected. She listlessly walks to the couch and says to herself he should have left right away if he wasn’t going to stay.   He should have said goodbye first before he left too.

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She goes upstairs to take another look inside Yung-jae’s room. (She must do that a lot.) When she turns on the lights, she sees Yung-jae sleeping in his bed. She gets teary-eyed again and rushes over to wake him up. She asks how he got inside the house and he admits to climbing through the broken window in the kitchen. She just stands there staring at him as he talks, and eventually she starts sobbing.

Downstairs, they sit at the table and have some beer. Yung-jae apologizes again but doesn’t think his sleeping in his old bed should have made her cry.   She tells him she’s crying because she thought he left without saying goodbye. Yung-jae asks if he can stay until he finds a place to live, but Ji-eun says no and tells him to go apologize to his father first.

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The next day, Yung-jae visits his dad at the hospital and they go out to eat. His dad is shocked Yung-jae made the first move and asks what he wants. Yung-jae apologizes and asks for forgiveness. His dad asks him if he’s apologizing because he thinks what he did was wrong, and Yung-jae says no. He says he’s apologizing because Ji-eun told him to. He takes up for Ji-eun, telling his dad she’s not the type of girl he thinks she is and explaning that Ji-eun truly loves Father, Mother, and Grandmother. He begs his dad to forgive Ji-eun too. Father says if he truly loves Ji-eun, he should have married her for real instead of having a contract marriage. Yung-jae’s only explanation is that he didn’t know how much he’d love her then. But now he doesn’t want to lose her and is going to marry her for real.

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Yung-jae goes ring shopping to propose to Ji-eun. Back at Full House, he approaches her as she works on the computer.   He hesitantly tells her that Dong-wook will be moving his things back into the house. She exclaims against him living there until he tells her that he apologized to his father like she told him to do. She asks what happened when he met his dad, and he claims his father hit him again. He reverts to his man-child mode as he points to his face and arms and claims they hurt because of his father’s beating.

He uses her concern to segue into asking her to dinner. He says he has something he wants to say, but Ji-eun thinks with his career in such shambles, he should save his money. She tells him to just tell her at home. He’s about to protest when the phone rings.

It’s Min-hyuk! And he’s on his way to Full House. Ji-eun tells him that Yung-jae is there, and he looks pained to hear they’re together. But he says he wanted to speak with Yung-jae anyway, so it’s good that he’s there.

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When Ji-eun hangs up, Yung-jae asks who was on the phone. He’s shocked to learn Ji-eun and Min-hyuk are still seeing each other. (It’s hard to see how much the news upsets him. His body language speaks volumes as he sits and waits for Min-hyuk to come with his head down.) The doorbell rings and, when Ji-eun gets up to answer the door, Yung-jae insists on opening it and greeting Min-hyuk first.

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Min-hyuk has groceries with him and cooks spaghetti because Ji-eun mentioned before that she likes it. Yung-jae sits on the sidelines and makes derisive faces at Min-hyuk and Ji-eun in the kitchen. Yung-jae tells Ji-eun to make him rice because he doesn’t want spaghetti. She tells him there’s no rice in the house so he ends up with black bean noodles instead.

While they’re eating, Min-hyuk asks Yung-jae to take a role in the movie he’s making. He tells Yung-jae the writer specially requested him. Yung-jae refuses when he finds out that Ji-eun is the writer. Ji-eun tells him to decide after he’s read the script, but Yung-jae doesn’t listen and they bicker back and forth until Min-hyuk interrupts them. He says they can discuss it later.

Min-hyuk turns to Yung-jae and says he can’t stay with Ji-eun indefinitely. He offers to find him an officetel and says he can move out over the weekend. Yung-jae asks Min-hyuk who is he to look for a place for him? And Min-hyuk responds that he doesn’t like Yung-jae staying beside his woman. His words shock Yung-jae and Ji-eun, but Min-hyuk doesn’t back down and looks Yung-jae squarely in the eyes as if he wants him to know he’s dead serious. Ouch!

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Yung-jae and Min-hyuk go to the backyard to talk while Ji-eun is busy with the latest draft of the movie script. Min-hyuk encourages Yung-jae to read the sript and reconsider accepting the role. Yung-jae points out that Min-hyuk doesn’t want him to take the part though. Min-hyuk doesn’t deny it but says business is business. He tells Yung-jae he proposed to Ji-eun and told her he’d wait for her when she said she needed more time after the divorce.

Min-hyuk stares at the water and says he never thought he’d get married. He thought marriage was for fools, but now he’s a fool. He turns to Yung-jae and tells Yung-jae if he’s already decided to let Ji-eun go, he should just leave. “Are you going to let her go through a difficult time again? She can only come to me with peace of mind when you leave,” he says.

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That night, Yung-jae sits at the table drinking beer. Ji-eun sees him and joins him downstairs. She asks if he really apologized to Father and whether Father said he’d forgive him. He answers yes, and she wants to go to Ilsan the next day to thank them and have dinner. Yung-jae reminds her that they’re divorced now and she’s no longer a part of the family. Beside, he says, he’ll be moving out tomorrow. She asks why, and he answers that he heard she’s marrying Min-hyuk. Ji-eun starts to stutter, and Yung-jae admits he was worried about her because he thought they’d broken up.

He tells her Min-hyuk likes her a lot. Although it hurt his pride when she said she’d go to Min-hyuk, he knows it’s actually a good thing for her. He says Min-hyuk is rich, smart, and handsome. Although he can’t understand why Min-hyuk likes someone as stubborn, stupid, and messy as she is, he says she’ll do just fine. He gives an “Aza aza fighting!” chant and downs his beer.

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The next morning, when Ji-eun wakes up, she finds a note on the refrigerator from Yung-jae. In the note, he tells her not to get sick and to take care of herself. He jokes that she sleeps mighty late for poultry and says she needs to exercise in the mornings. Ji-eun reads the note, then she dashes up the stairs. She pushes the door to his room open and cries to see he’s not there.

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She meets Min-hyuk at a park later. She tells him Yung-jae left and she doesn’t know where he went. She’s upset because he didn’t even say goodbye. Min-hyuk says she can see him again later and she says, “Later when?,” and asks how she’s supposed to wait until then. She tells him when Yung-jae’s not around, she always waits for him. Even if she knows he’s not coming, she still waits. When they meet, it’s not even that great. They fight and she’s always upset, but when he’s not by her side, it doesn’t feel right. She says she keeps telling herself not to wait for him, but she keeps thinking about him anyway. She says waiting is hard work so he should not wait for her any longer either. She apologizes to him and says she should have told him not to wait for her from the start.

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When Ji-eun returns home that night, she’s shocked to see Yung-jae. He says he’s there because he forgot something and has something to say to her. Then he (finally . . . FINALLY!) lays his heart out for her.

“I promised myself I’d never lose you again,” he says, “But I keep losing you at every crucial moment. That’s just not fair. I’m so mad at myself. I don’t think I can stand it any longer.”

“Like you said, I always hurt you and I can’t even protect you. Like you said, I don’t know how to love other people, and I don’t know how to express love. Because I don’t know how to love, I don’t know what to do to make you happy very well either. So I’ve been thinking, because I don’t know, I’ll do anything you tell me to do. Anything you teach me, I’ll do it all. If you tell me to wait, I’ll wait. If you tell me to sing, I’ll sing. And if you tell me to dance, I’ll dance. I’ll buy you flowers if that’s what you tell me to do.”

He continues, “I’ll do anything you tell me to do. I’ll do anything you want. So Han Ji-eun . . . Ji-eun-ah . . . here [he takes out the ring] wear this.”

Ji-eun is speechless and flustered. She finally asks, “What is this?” (And I totally feel Yung-jae’s pain in dealing with her eternal cluelessness in this moment.) He handles it well though and says, “Can’t you see? It’s a ring.” Lol!

Then he gets right back to the point: “Han Ji-eun, let’s get married. Will you marry me?”

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MY THOUGHTS

Awww. That ending was so sweet. And the fact that Yung-jae finally mustered up the nerve to confess his feelings to Ji-eun makes it sweeter.  We really got to see how much he’s grown from the early days of the drama. When we met him, he’d pined over Hye-won for almost two decades without ever saying how he felt about her out loud. The fact that he confessed to Ji-eun after pining for only a few months is a huge leap forward for him.  He still has a long way to go, but it looks like he’s on the right track.  

The only thing that tempers my satisfaction in our OTP being a little closer to a final reconciliation is Min-hyuk’s heartbreak. He handled it like a champ though.  

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