That must be exactly how Shin Hyuk feels when he watches from a distance as Hye Jin and Sung Joon share an intimate moment.
Shin Hyuk walks away looking shattered, and we see his bike overturned on the corner of the road. This is a startling image and we can’t help but wonder, just what happened to him on his way speeding over to Hye Jin?
At least now we know Hye Jin wasn’t the one involved in the car accident. We can tell she’s all flustered by Sung Joon’s sudden appearance, his surprise embrace, and then in the car, when he’s all considerate and even gentle.
When Sung Joon drops her off home, Hye Jin can’t help but go over the moments of tenderness from Sung Joon, both past and present. She belatedly spins around to go back to him, but he’s driven off.
So what does she do? Jumps into a taxi and goes after him, of course.
This drama should simply be renamed, “How to be in a Love Triangle, and Not Even Know It“, because it’s just getting so jumbled up in my head right now!
Ha Ri loves Sung Joon, who’s falling for Hye Jin, who’s into Sung Joon, and so forth. And two out of three of them, have no clue that one of them (Ha Ri) is guilty of being two-faced, literally.
Surely this can’t go on indefinitely?
Ha Ri is standing in the foyer of Sung Joon’s apartment building, and it looks like she’s been waiting all this while.
Could be she’s determined to face Sung Joon with the truth – but yet again her plan is nipped in the bud.
A drawn looking Sung Joon quietly apologizes to Ha Ri, and asks that he be allowed to just go up and rest.
Ha Ri can see he’s not himself, as he must have had a rough day. And so she does as he asks while squeezing on the letter in her hand, the one in which she’d written her ‘confession’.
Unseen by them is a shocked looking Hye Jin, watching the exchange between Ha Ri and Sung Joon.
Hye Jin trudges home, her mind in a whirl.
She slowly reaches the realization that Ha Ri is that ‘girlfriend’ Sung Joon was rumored to have.
She is so thunderstruck, she walks in front of fast-moving traffic without a clue what she’s doing.
She finally gets on the bus and somehow, in her disarray misses her stop and ends up at the final bus terminal. That’s where she is when she gets a call…
My heart is uplifted the moment I hear Shin Hyuk’s voice! For some reason, it feels like a light in the tunnel. He wants to know where “Jackson” is, and she gives a dazed reply, that has him speeding right over to her side.
We have a glimpse of an empty hospital bed, which gives us a clue as to Shin Hyuk possibly getting hurt from his crashed bike earlier. They’re definitely not the safest modes of transportation are they, especially while speeding, on the freeway…in the rain.
But he risked all that for Hye Jin, and once again it looks like he’s only thinking of her and not himself, as he quickly goes to meet her at her point of need.
He pulls up in a red sports car, and walks over to Hye Jin who’s crouching on the ground like some homeless soul.
Exactly my face when Hye Jin says she’ll wait for Ha Ri to tell her everything…
He finally gets the whole story out of her, and asks her what she plans to do now that she knows the truth?
Not surprisingly, Hye Jin takes a stoic front, which makes Shin Hyuk seem irritated yet resigned.
When he gets her home, she thanks him for being a good friend.
It’s obvious to us she can’t even tell that being her ‘friend’ is the last thing Shin Hyuk wants!
Then she not only friendzones him to oblivion, she just has to add salt to the wound – by gushing her feelings for Sung Joon, and how she knows it’s reciprocal.
Shin Hyuk gives his trademark dimpled grin and tells her, go for it – while in his heart, you can tell he’s forlorn at the prospect of his one-sided feelings.
Sad on the inside, smiling on the outside…Hye Jin is home with Ha Ri, who’s trying to fix her old shoes. I wonder how long Hye Jin can keep from confronting Ha Ri with the truth?
Sung Joon and Hye Jin have an impromptu coffee date the next morning, when they bump into each other close to the office.
Hye Jin is back to being the flustered, ditsy female who can’t seem to be in the same vicinity as Sung Joon without acting jumpy and breathless.
She rushes out with some excuse, and there’s Shin Hyuk right there to play along with her ruse. While Sung Joon watches on, with a look on his face I can only describe as ‘pissed’. Ahhh, I enjoyed this bit of comic relief!
At work, it’s no different for Hye Jin, who’s just as jittery around Sung Joon. And can’t be alone with him, without thinking of that moment of his hot embrace in the rain.
In my dramas, I like a woman who’s confident in her skin, and who’s bold enough to go for what she wants emotionally. I obviously don’t get that with Hye Jin right about now! But it’s sweet to watch her overly coy demeanor, knowing she can’t help herself.
Now that she knows or at least, highly suspects Sung Joon’s feelings for her, it’s no wonder she’s all in a tizzy!
Kim Ra Ra blowing Sung Joon a kiss, as they make plans to meet a vital client tomorrow. He’s not particularly amused…
My ‘rooting for the second-male-lead’ game is getting stronger this episode. It’s just not ready to go away!
The editing team guys decide to go out for lunch, but Shin Hyuk is nowhere in sight. So they decide to go without the ‘crazy guy’ anyway.
But Hye Jin is not so fickle, and decides to call him up. And what does she find out?
Remember when Shin Hyuk went to that bus terminal to get Hye Jin, and we see him favoring his injured arm? Looks like he went back to hospital to have it checked out again.
Ooouch!! You can see Shin Hyuk’s grimace of pain as Hye Jin unwittingly grabs his injured arm, but he blows her off and suggests they go get some food. Yep, food answereth all things, as I normally tell myself from time to time.
Oh and guess what, Hye Rin rang Sung Joon to take him up on his offer to buy her nice stuff to eat sometime. They meet up and the wily female is all demands. Cute as a button, she easily makes Sung Joon smile.
But once he mentions her similarity to her sister at that age, she acts offended – though she does admit her sister is a nice person. To which, Sung Joon echoes the same view, while looking somewhat regretful. Does he feel guilty for falling for someone else? Oh, this tangled web they’re all in!
Hye Jin is having lunch with Shin Hyuk, who plays up his injury shamelessly and makes Hye Jin wait on him hand and foot. Aww, why do I have such fun watching them together?
They’re the kdrama couple of my dreams, but of course things never go the way you want to with dramas sometimes, do they?
Shin Hyuk is so gosh darn happy to get Hye Jin to ‘baby’ him, and he doesn’t hide it! Hye Jin won’t let him rest till he tells her about his injury, so he finally confesses he got hurt riding his motorbike.
Hye Jin is a bit of a wreck right now. She’s been enlisted to get Sung Joon’s forgotten suit back to him – the one he needs for the important meeting the next day!
Hye Jin tries to dump the suit at his apartment security post and bolt, but Sung Joon is right there to catch her before she leaves. He invites her up for some tea (oh, how genteel of you, Sung Joon!) and once there, he confesses his heart.
The sweatshirt Sung Joon gives Hye Jin to change into says “courage” but it’s the least thing Hye Jin seems to have when it comes to her emotions.
He’s so sweet, rolling up her big sleeves for her, while you can see the gooey eyes Hye Jin gives Sung Joon. Yep, she’s totally smitten with the guy.
While Sung Joon it seems, is more the restrained type, who is all too good at holding himself back. Not sure that’s my kind of style, but hey, it’s Hye Jin’s choice, not mine. I think it’s clear who I ship her with in my heart! Alas, I see no hope coming from that angle.
Speaking of which, Shin Hyuk doesn’t look pleased when he learns Hye Jin is at Sung Joon’s place on an errand. Will he disrupt their cozy little setting?
Shin Hyuk does show up at Sung Joon’s, but Hye Jin is gone. However, Sung Joon isn’t fooled by his sudden appearance, and they have a little confrontation, which I like because I see Sung Joon show some real emotion for a change.
Still, I’m sad how Shin Hyuk is labeled by Sung Joon. I don’t think Shin Hyuk is a coward. He’s just too good at respecting other people’s feelings. He’s not ready to come between Hye Jin’s love for Sung Joon, not yet.
One thing I’m beginning to figure out, is why Hye Jin seems to be keeping Sung Joon at arm’s length. Irritating though it is, I now see that until Ha Ri tells her the truth herself, Hye Jin can’t pursue any relationship with Sung Joon. There’s just so much aggravation ready to erupt if one is not careful.
The following day Hye Jin concludes her interview with the author, who gifts her a book and encourages her to pursue her forgotten dream to be a writer of children’s books.
Later on Hye Jin spends a reflective few hours, and we watch her enjoy some time reading, and then visiting a gallery, where she runs into Sung Joon. Isn’t it funny how this happens a lot between these two?
They do enjoy a bit of unplanned ‘couple time’, where they get teased by a bunch of little kids, have their picture taken together, and just chill. But when Hye Jin tells Sung Joon “see you tomorrow,” he’s somewhat perplexed, since the next day is Sunday. But Hye Jin just gives him an enigmatic smile.
Hye Jin gets back to the Most office to do some work on her article, and that’s when she learns that Shin Hyuk had dashed on his bike in the rain to find her that night, in Yadong-dong. She adds two and two together, and realizes he got hurt because of her.
When she catches up with him to ask, he finally admits that yes, he did get hurt going after her. Does she feel burdened by it, he teases, noticing that she does. How sweet he looks, when he tells her that she should go ahead and feel burdened, because he wants her to be worried about him too.
Heh heh…I just love it when he pulls this card. Too bad he’s on the last wish…
I’ll be honest…I do get more tingles with Shin Hyuk’s heart-felt confessions, than I ever do when Sung Joon is making his straight-faced declarations of intent. For me, Shin Hyuk is the far more compelling suitor/admirer, but hey, what do I know?
What I didn’t seem coming, is that Sung Joon gets to find out the truth about Ha Ri, the fake Hye Jin!
The episode makes a big production about Sung Joon going to a dinner meeting with a VIP client, and guess what, that’s the same night Ha Ri works overtime at the hotel.
There’s a surprise when Ha Ri hears someone call her name from behind, and when she turns around, it’s Sung Joon!!
He has this look of disbelief and confusion, as he asks the shocked Ha Ri, “Just who are you?”
Thank youuuuu, drama! You gave me a whole lot of what I wanted this week – Shin Hyuk feels!!
I was literally in squee heaven when this hug happened…gaaaahhhh (me drooling effusively)
I know I’m in the minority with this wish for a Shin Hyuk-Hye Jin pairing, but at least he’s a worth contender, unlike some second leads we get in dramas.
No, he’s not perfect, and he’s hiding a few secrets of his own. Yet he just seems so right for Hye Jin – which means he’s all wrong for her, too. Because she’ll go for exactly the guy that her heart knows carries a lot of emotional risk – Ji Sung Joon, the man her best friend is also in love with!
I don’t want to overthink the next episode, or what it holds for all four. At least I can be sure that Sung Joon knows Ha Ri is not Hye Jin…so it follows that soon, he’ll find out just who the real one is.
Maybe then, we can see the true romance the drama promised us. Let’s see if episode 11 gets to open up new possibilities, as our favorite drama draws closer to the finish line.