Rocky road to redemption
When Sung Joon finds out the truth about Ha Ri’s charade, he doesn’t spare her another moment, but rushes off.
He can’t wait to be with the real Hye Jin, leaving a devastated Ha Ri standing there.
Meanwhile, Shin Hyuk is asking for a chance with Hye Jin, but all she can do is gape at him.
When her phone rings and it’s Sung Joon, you can feel the tension rise. Shin Hyuk’s eyes seem to be pleading with her to stay.
Something in Sung Joon’s voice on the phone, tells Hye Jin that he just might know the truth. When Shin Hyuk stares into her face and says softly, Don’t go, it’s so painful to witness.
Even more painful is watching her leave, unable to stay away from Sung Joon who is calling for her. It didn’t take her even a moment to make her choice!
Too many broken pieces of unrequited emotions on the floor this episode. In one night, Ha Ri and now Shin Hyuk, have had to face the reality that the one they love, chose someone else.
I’ve found you
At last, Sung Joon faces Hye Jin knowing she’s the first love from his past.
We can collectively heave a sigh of relief now, right? This is what we always hoped for, and now it’s finally happening.
Sung Joon and Hye Jin are both happy and sad. For their mistakes, lost time, and needless heartache.
Hye Jin thinks Ha Ri happened to be the one to clue Sung Joon in. But no, he tells her he had to figure it out himself.
So Hye Jin rushes home to Ha Ri, who brushes everything off airily. She leaves, supposedly to meet up with another one of her ‘oppas’.
But when Hye Jin secretly follows her, she finds Ha Ri crying and heartbroken in the park.
Hye Jin had picked up Ha Ri’s confession letter in the bin, and now watches on with compassion.
It’s a good thing Ha Ri got to write that letter. Because at least, now there’s a little proof that she did intend to come clean, sometime.
And, even more important, it gives Hye Jin an inkling of how deeply Ha Ri fell for Sung Joon.
Ha Ri and Shin Hyuk aren’t the only ones having a disappointing week. Han Seol finds out her target chaebol is actually the son of a dry cleaning mogul, nothing more. No sweet life as a chaebol WAG for her, alas…
Oh well, guess who rolls up driven in a fancy car? Shin Hyuk! Are we getting closer to finding out if he’s the mystery heir or what?
Sung Joon is back to being cold and distant to Hye Jin.
Well, first he tried to be all lovey dovey when they met up that morning…but Hye Jin firmly stated they had to stay professional. After all, they were just old classmates.
Only we know the reason why Hye Jin is putting the brakes on any romance between them. Because of course, she wants to put Ha Ri first, now she knows Ha Ri loves Sung Joon…
Noble idiocy at its finest, I’d say.
To make matters worse, Sung Joon overhears some teasing comments about Hye Jin and Shin Hyuk, and it looks like Sung Joon gets jealous!
He remembers seeing Hye Jin riding piggyback with Shin Hyuk. And then of course, Shin Hyuk stating he likes Hye Jin. Is it a wonder Sung Joon is far from happy?
Oooh, Sung Joon isn’t taking rejection very well, is he?
But just as Hye Jin turns to go, Sung Joon blurts out, I can’t do it. He tries to explain to Hye Jin that he can’t keep his feelings for her separate. He doesn’t understand why he would have to.
Before Hye Jin can think of a reply, they are interrupted by Editor Cha, who strides in breaking the strained atmosphere.
While these two are having their issues, Shin Hyuk isn’t doing so well himself. He begins to wonder if it isn’t time for him to be on his way.
Much later, Hye Jin intercepts Ha Ri from going off at night with a man she hardly even knows.
Hye Jin tells Ha Ri she saw her crying that night in the park.
Hye Jin just wants Ha Ri to talk to her, and just be open about her pain.
Ha Ri lashes back, and tells Hye Jin to be open about her feelings of betrayal. In the end, Ha Ri just sighs and says she wants to end things and disappear.
No, I will, Hye Jin blurts.
As Hye Jin packs up her things, she looks hurt that Ha Ri doesn’t try to stop her.
Hye Rin and her outlandish skincare contraptions, heh heh
Hye Jin shows up at her folks’, to the surprise of everyone. They keep asking for Ha Ri and each time Hye Jin goes I don’t know!
Hye Jin is shocked to come back from her stroll and find Sung Joon in her house! Her parents almost can’t believe he’s the same chubby kid they knew back then.
When Hye Jin’s father asks if Sung Joo has a girlfriend, Hye Jin is beyond embarrassed!
Mr. and Mrs. Kim decide to break out the quince wine in celebration, after Sung Joon indicates his interest in Hye Jin.
But of course, son-in-law Sung Joon passes out within seconds of downing a glass of the stuff.
Sung Joon wakes up later and has his little talk with Hye Jin. He lets her know he fell for her for her not because she was his first love.
And when she brings up Ha Ri being in love with him, Sung Joon firmly says he’s only ever been drawn to Hye Jin. It’s Hye Jin he wants, no one else.
The next morning at work, the rumor flies round that Shin Hyuk might be headhunted to a rival company. Shin Hyuk appears, and does not necessarily deny it. He just might be heading out the door anytime soon. Bye bye, Most?
So it looks like both Shin Hyuk and Ha Ri might be leaving it all behind…
Shin Hyuk is going off to a new post somewhere maybe – while Ha Ri might choose to leave with her returnee mother.
But no…looks like Ha Ri at least, might not be taking the easy way out by running away.
In two days, her mother would leave for Japan again. Will Ha Ri go with her or stay?
That’s not the only thing we have to worry about though! Most magazine is second place again, and now there’s just a month left to hit the top spot. Sung Joon must be feeling the pressure, and Hye Jin tries to convince him not to bear it all alone.
Next, we see Sung Joon doing an online search on Kim Shin Hyuk.
What he finds out, leads him to the classy hotel Shin Hyuk stays. The two cross paths, and end up at the bar for a talk.
Sung Joon wants Shin Hyuk to stay on at Most and help through this one month left to salvage the magazine. But it doesn’t seem like Shin Hyuk is in for doing anyone any favors. Not when his mind looks all made up.
Sung Joon actually saying ‘please’ must have been one heck of a surprise…
When we’re back at the Most offices, we see Shin Hyuk’s empty seat. He’s been absent for two days now and everyone seems resigned to the fact he’s gone.
Or isn’t he?
Shin Hyuk isn’t the type to just cut and run, right?
But looks like Ha Ri is, because Hye Jin gets to find out that Ha Ri cleared up her stuff and left.
Hye Jin rushes to the apartment, which is empty of both Ha Ri and her stuff. Then Hye Jin rushes to the airport, on the slim chance she might catch up with Ha Ri?
There in the midst of the swirling airport crowd, the distraught Hye Jin sinks to her haunches and cries for her lost friendship. Now it looks like it’s really through.
Another satisfying episode
Episode 11 did everything I wanted it to, awesome! I like that Shin Hyuk doesn’t try to keep his game face on. He lets Hye Jin see he’s hurting. And he doesn’t seem ready to stick around making things even more awkward and unbearable.
Ha Ri too, needs a break from…everything. Even if she’s only gone a brief while, the time away would do her good.
Same thing goes for Shin Hyuk. He must have fallen really hard for Hye Jin, which means he just might need a lot more recovery time.
If only Hye Jin would stop holding back with Sung Joon. That really, really irks. There’s just no concrete reason. Hye Jin has already missed a lot of opportunity for love, when she first asked Ha Ri to appear to Sung Joon in Hye Jin’s place.
Yeah, too nice. Nice enough to sacrifice her happiness for others. Sometimes, you really have to put yourself first girl!
After all Hye Jin went through hiding her true identity from Sung Joon, how can she bear to spend even a minute apart?
Let’s see how it irons itself out next week! Are there any more shocks left in store?