I suspect that Shin will remember for a long time walking along this tree-lined path (“that place”) on the day he took Kyu-won away (“that time”).
EPISODE 11: “At That Place, At That Time”
The title for episode 11 is “그자리에 그시간에” (“At That Place, At That Time”). It’s a 2006 song by the popular ballad singer, Sung Si Kyung. The lyrics is one of regret, as a man laments on whether he could have done anything different “at that place, at that time” to have avoided breaking up with his lover, or whether their parting was simply their unavoidable fate.
“At That Place, At That Time”
Song by Sung Si Kyung
Lyrics translated by Blue1004
As we live, there are so many happenings
That lose their meaning in the name of coincidence
Those small, hard-to-believe miracles
At that place, at that time,
We were placed as if by fate
If we had just brushed past by, looked elsewhere
Or if we were seeing someone else
Would we not have fallen in love with each other?
As we love, there are so many words
That push us to the end that is farewell
Only once it has passed, do we realize
At that place, at that time,
We were placed as if by fate
If I had held you, not made you cry,
what would have become of us?
At that place, at that time,
Were we placed there cause it was our time to part?
If I had held those words back,
talked about something else,
Do you think we would have avoided goodbye?
Like a lost ring that can be found again
I will have searched a long time
But we can’t turn it back around
If I had held you, not made you cry,
what would have become of us?
Would we really not have broken up?
As Shin kisses her, Kyu-won looks shell-shocked, whereas all the girls in the audience scream and panic out of jealousy. The Windflowers girls walk in and witness their kiss as well.
Once their lips part from each other, Shin looks at her and tells her, “Now you’re in big trouble.” He smiles.
Shin returns to sit at the center of the stage, and starts singing his song “You’ve Fallen for Me.” He never turns his eyes away from her as he sings.
Like a coincidence, that was our start
At first, I never knew this would be love even in my dreams,
Who would have thought that it would be
Your heart keeps going thump thump
You can’t help but smile when you look at me
And without even realizing it,
You have started to love me
You have fallen for me, fallen for me,
Melted in my sweet love
You have fallen for me, fallen for me,
Mesmerized by my charming gaze
See your eyes, just look at me
See your eyes, I love you
Forever and ever even after this moment passes
Without knowing it, you have fallen for me
That night, Shin and Kyu-won hold hands as they walk home. At her door, he asks if she’s not worried about getting her hair pulled.
Kyu-won: I think I will have to go around wearing a swimming cap.
Shin: Nothing bad will happen. Just trust me.
As Kyu-won still looks worried, he asks, “You can’t trust me?”
Kyu-won: (smiling) I trust you.
Shin: Go on in. It’s late.
Kyu-won: I want to see you leave first.
Shin: You go on in first. It’s too dangerous.
Kyu-won: What can be dangerous, when I just have to open the door and walk in?
Shin: You can trip and fall. Anyway, hurry in.
Kyu-won turns to walk in, but Shin calls out her name. Taking a step forward, he kisses her on her forehead and wishes her a good night. She frantically says “you too” before running in.
Once back in her room, Kyu-won can’t hide her delight as she giggles lying in bed. Shin also returns home in a great mood, whistling as he walks in the door.
Shin’s mom offers him two tickets for an art exhibit, and he quickly takes them, saying he’ll ask around to see if anyone would be interested in going with him. (By the way, don’t you all agree that his mom knows or at least suspects that Shin is dating Kyu-won? I think she offered him two tickets so that he can take Kyu-won, and perhaps this was the reason why she was so quick in rejecting Kyu-won’s dad in Episode 10.)
Shin calls Kyu-won and asks her out on a date tomorrow morning, as he got some free tickets from his mom. Kyu-won nonchalantly agrees to go: “Well, it’s not like I really want to go, but it would be a waste to throw them away.” They agree to meet in front of the house tomorrow morning.
But once off the phone, she giggles to herself. She then realizes that she has nothing decent to wear on her date. She texts Shin to meet him there instead, lying that she has to first run an errand for her grandfather.
Jung-hyun marches in to her brother’s room, already having heard the news of her brother’s kiss earlier this evening. (Wow, they really weren’t kidding when they say Shin’s popularity is like that of an idol singer!) But before she can continue, Shin agrees to give her the allowance himself that she used to get from selling his autographs. He hands her 20,000 won (approx. $20) and tells her not to tell their mom. She takes the money and tells him this amount is enough… for now.
Jung-hyun realizes that this might be good business. The next morning, Jung-hyun greets Kyu-won as she walks out the door. She threatens to tell Kyu-won’s grandfather about Kyu-won dating and kissing Shin. “Because of you, I can’t sell my brother’s autographs to my friends anymore. What am I going to do about my allowance now?”
Kyu-won catches on to what Jung-hyun is getting at, and takes out a 5,000 won bill (approx. $5). Not finding this sufficient, Jung-hyun again threatens to see her grandfather. Kyu-won stops her, and this time hands her a 10,000 won instead. Satisfied, Jung-hyun takes the money and walks off. Kyu-won waves goodbye, and through her clenched teeth, mutters that she’s putting up with this because of Shin.
Yoon-soo finds Suk-hyun writing a postcard to a close actress he knew from the States.
Yoon-soo: The same actress you had a scandal with back in Broadway?
Suk-hyun: Have you been doing a background check on me?
Yoon-soo: I heard it from Tae-joon sunbae. Was it serious between you two?
Suk-hyun: Is that important now?
Yoon-soo: It’s not important to me at all. You know that’s not why I’m asking. Don’t you know that Tae-joon sunbae has been trying to find some dirt on you? I’m just worried that some talk will come out of it.
Suk-hyun: Don’t worry. I’m not scared of anything like that.
Meanwhile, Tae-joon schemes up a plan to lie that Hee-joo was never notified by Suk-hyun about the impromptu performance in front of the sponsors because he wanted to push for Kyu-won as the lead instead. The other traitor professor wonders if they really have to go that far, but Tae-joon reminds him about his tenure evaluation next year. That shuts him up and gets him going along with Tae-joon’s plan once again.
After shopping for a new outfit to wear on her date, Kyu-won shows up at the art exhibit wearing her new clothes and finds Shin already there waiting for her. But when she turns to go in, Shin notices the price tag still hanging on her clothes.
Realizing that she went shopping beforehand, he asks her what was the errand that she had to run for her grandfather. She lies about going to pick up some music sheets for him. He then smiles as he inquires about her outfit. He’s never seen her wear it before and wonders if it’s new. Again, she lies: “What do you mean. I always wear it.”
Shin: Then, you must have always worn that price tag too.
She panics as she reaches back to grab the price tag. Embarrassed, she quickly walks off and into the exhibit, while Shin chases after to tell her to remove the price tag first.
The art exhibit is one for illusion arts. They enjoy their date, taking photos of each other posing with and within the artworks.
After their art date, they go out to grab something to eat. When the food comes out, Shin lays out the utensils for her first. Smiling, Kyu-won remarks that her dad always does the same thing as well when they go out to eat.
Shin: Is it ok to ask this?
Kyu-won: What is it?
Shin: Why do you live apart from your dad?
Kyu-won: You must have caught on already, but my dad and Grandpa are not in good terms. If we all live together, they fight too much so it becomes too tiring for me.
Shin: (hesitating) Jung-hyun and I have different fathers.
Kyu-won: I know.
Shin: After finding out I was dating you, Jung-hyun is in a lot of shock. She was whining so much about not being able to make spending money that I had to give her $20.
Kyu-won: What? I gave her $10 this morning as well. Wow, she’s a smart one! We were both tricked.
Shin: Aish, Lee Jung-hyun!
Kyu-won: What is this, Lee Shin? You just look tough on the outside, but it turns out you’re really just a “heodang.”
(“Heodang” is a regional satoori/dialect from Kangwon-do, a province in South Korea. It refers to useless or fruitless acts done in vain. For example, digging a well where there is no water. It became a common household term after Lee Seung Gi earned the nickname “Heodang” on the KBS variety show, 1 Night 2 Days, because he always appears smart and seems to know what he’s doing but the end result always lacks that 1%.)
Meanwhile, while Shin and Kyu-won are enjoying the bliss of young love, Tae-joon’s plan has been put into action. Suk-hyun is left speechless at the accusation that he purposely did not contact Hee-joo. He insists on speaking to Hee-joo herself, but she has not shown up to school today and Hee-joo’s mom refuses to allow Suk-hyun to talk on the phone with her daughter.
Soo-myung and Ki-young feel wronged, Soo-myung showing Suk-hyun his call record of how many times he tried calling Hee-joo. He insists on going over to Hee-joo’s house and talking to her himself, but Suk-hyun stops him, saying that Hee-joo probably lied because she was afraid of her own mother.
Ki-young remembers seeing Hee-joo going somewhere with Joon-hee that day, and they decide to ask him to be their witness. But before they can get to Joon-hee, Hee-joo gets to him first.
She lies to him over the phone that because her mom was so upset about her being with Joon-hee and wouldn’t even let her go to school, she had told her that she was not with him that day. Hee-joo asks that he does the same when anyone asks. He agrees to do as told.
Once off the phone, Hee-joo calls Joon-hee a fool.
Shin and Kyu-won return to campus from their date, still holding hands. As they go their separate ways, it’s cute how Shin insists on watching her go first. Kyu-won points out that there’s nothing dangerous here, and is surprised to find Shin so easily comply. “Okay, then I’ll go on my way first.” Or so he pretends, but he turns back around and tells her to go first. She smiles and waves goodbye, and Shin stands there until she is no longer in sight.
Shin learns from Soo-myung about the misunderstanding with Hee-joo, while Joon-hee looks guilty that his lie is putting Kyu-won and Suk-hyun in an awkward position.
The rumor that Suk-hyun tried to push out Hee-joo to help Kyu-won play the leading role has spread to other students as well. As Kyu-won walk on campus, the Three Mean Girls confront and accuse her of being the sly one who seduced not only Shin, but Suk-hyun as well.
Kyu-won doesn’t understand what’s going on, but the Windflowers girls run up to her and help explain the situation. They try to convince Kyu-won from going to the musical rehearsal. If Kyu-won stands in for the leading role because Hee-joo is not there, it will only add fuel to the fire. But Kyu-won retorts back that she shouldn’t have to run and hide when the rumor is not true. She insists on going; if she doesn’t go, it will look bad for the director as well.
Meanwhile, Yoon-soo meets with Suk-hyun.
Yoon-soo: See. What did I say? I told you to be careful. Go to Tae-joon now and…
Suk-hyun: (interrupting her) I’m going to rehearsal.
Suk-hyun: I don’t care what others say. Don’t you know? That I made it to where I am after encountering jealousy and envy of others. But it’s cowardly and childish to make a talk out of young Lee Kyu-won. I won’t let them.
At musical rehearsal, everyone assumes Kyu-won won’t show but is surprised when she does and accuses her of being thick-skinned. Ki-young is the only one to greet her warmly, while Sa-rang loudly remarks for all to hear that the two leads are getting along just fine by themselves. Shin looks on with displeasure as his girlfriend gets such mistreatment.
As Hee-joo is absent, Suk-hyun calls Kyu-won to stand in for the lead. Sa-rang loudly remarks again that at this rate, Kyu-won will play the lead on the actual show as well. Suk-hyun replies, “And why not? What is the understudy for then, otherwise?”
After the rehearsal, the Three Mean Girls purposely bump against Kyu-won as they leave. Kyu-won makes a fist at them, and Suk-hyun, walking out of the rehearsal just then, tells Kyu-won to not hold back and just hit them once.
Kyu-won: I’m not in the mood to joke around.
Suk-hyun: You’ve heard, right? I’m sorry.
Kyu-won: It’s not true, anyway. Hee-joo will get over it soon.
Suk-hyun: Normally before a show…
But before Suk-hyun can finish his sentence, Shin walks out of the rehearsal, grabs Kyu-won’s hand, and whisks her away from Suk-hyun.
Only after taking her to the field on campus does he let go of Kyu-won’s hand. Shin asks her if she can just not do this musical.
Shin: Hee-joo will go up on stage anyway. Why go through all this just to be the understudy? Just quit.
Kyu-won: I don’t want to!
Shin: Listen to me. Why receive insults over crap like this?
Kyu-won: Crap like this? I told you last time – that it’s fun and I like it.
Shin: Then do it next time. You really don’t know why I am saying this?
Kyu-won: I know. But if I drop out now, what does it make out of Director? And it would be absurd to drop out now.
Shin: Why should you worry about Director? I will tell him that I told you to quit.
Kyu-won: You always think from your point of view. Am I your puppet who just do as you tell me? Whether I keep doing the show or not, it’s for me to decide.
She walks off, leaving Shin to call after her. But just then, he gets a call from Suk-hyun asking him to see him.
Shin walks into Suk-hyun’s office. Suk-hyun asks what was so urgent earlier. If anyone else saw, they would have thought Kyu-won was being kidnapped.
Suk-hyun has called Shin over to hear the musical ending song that Shin has worked on. But after listening to the song, Suk-hyun suggests that they add some piano music before the guitar starts.
Shin: Do you know anything about the guitar?
Suk-hyun: (laughing) I know something about the piano. And I’m the original songwriter.
Shin: I’m the song arranger. And besides, the music director said it was good.
Suk-hyun: And I’m the director in charge of the musical. So go fix it.
Shin gets up to leave, but he turns to face Suk-hyun again and asks whether Kyu-won can just drop out of the musical.
Suk-hyun: Lee Kyu-won wants to drop out?
Shin: No. I don’t want her to stay.
Suk-hyun: Don’t overreact. You two are a couple just starting out. Don’t try to control Kyu-won as you wish. If you understood, you may leave.
Next, Tae-joon comes to stop by Suk-hyun’s office, saying he doesn’t want there to be any misunderstanding between the two. Suk-hyun smirks.
Tae-joon asks for something to drink at the very least. But when Suk-hyun steps out to get something to drink, Tae-joon finds Suk-hyun’s cell phone lying on his desk and uses it to text Kyu-won pretending to be Suk-hyun. He asks her to meet him at Munhwa Hotel tonight, and not to let anyone know of their meeting since people will talk if they find out.
After sending the text, he quickly deletes it.
Meanwhile, Kyu-won’s dad visits Kyu-won at home. He has stopped by while he was in Seoul for some business matters. He suggests that they go out to eat dinner together, but she offers to cook him something instead. He probably always eats out when he’s home anyway.
Kyu-won receives the text while eating, and tells her dad that the director must wish to see her to discuss about the musical. She shares with her dad about how great it felt to go up on stage as the lead the other day. His dad suggests that she continue doing the musical, and he will support her even if Grandpa opposes. In fact, he is planning to move back up to Seoul, so she will always have his support.
With Kyu-won dragged in, next is Suk-hyun’s turn. Hee-joo’s mom texts Suk-hyun to meet her at Munhwa Hotel tonight to discuss the matter regarding Hee-joo. Again, she tells him not to tell anyone as she doesn’t want weird rumors to keep spreading around. Suk-hyun wonders, “What is it now?”
Yoon-soo walks in then, as they had a date planned for tonight. Suk-hyun cancels their date, explaining that he had an important matter come up. He lies to her that it is to meet some reporter.
Just as Kyu-won is walking out of the house with her dad, they run into Shin. His dad takes off first, so that the two can talk.
They are still awkward since their disagreement earlier. Shin asks Kyu-won if she was heading out, and Kyu-won says she was going to meet a friend.
Kyu-won: Bo-woon is not the only friend I have. It’s someone else.
Shin: Go ahead and continue doing the musical if you want. I just didn’t want to hear others saying ridiculous things about you.
Kyu-won: I know. But it doesn’t matter.
Shin: I’m worried.
Kyu-won: When is your birthday?
Shin: Huh? November 17.
Kyu-won: When I was rolling over and babbling, you were just born. You are younger than me, so stop worrying and acting like a grownup. I can do well on my own too.
Shin: Then don’t do things to worry me.
They smile at each other. He asks her to eat dinner together, but she tells him she really is meeting someone and has to go.
Shin: Should I take you there?
Kyu-won: I told you I was your noona by 3 months, didn’t I? I can go by myself. I’ll call you later.
She walks away, and as he looks at her go, he laughs as he says, “That little thing… noona, whatever!”
Suk-hyun is at the hotel cafe waiting for Hee-joo’s mom, when he sees Kyu-won walk in. He calls her over, asking what she is doing here. To his surprise, she replies that he was the one who texted her to meet her there. Suk-hyun realizes that something is not right.
Lest Kyu-won worry, he lies to her that he must have sent her the text by mistake when he meant to text his friend. Kyu-won says that she did think it was weird that he’d ask her to meet her at a place like this, but tries to tell him to stay for something to drink at least. Suk-hyun hurries her out.
But it’s too late. On Hee-joo’s mom’s order, Kyu-won and Suk-hyun are photographed as they are sitting together and then again as they walk out of the hotel. Due to Suk-hyun’s nervousness, they look even more suspicious.
Hee-joo’s mom is notified that things are going as planned. Hee-joo asks her mom what she plans to do next. The mom explains that she plans to make Kyu-won take a break from school for one semester. In 6 months time, Hee-joo would have settled and found her place. And as for Suk-hyun, ideally he would stay, but if he insists on defending Kyu-won till the end, there’s no choice but to switch directors.
Suk-hyun is giving Kyu-won a ride back home, and Shin calls Kyu-won right then. She lies that she’s with her friend and will be returning home soon.
During the car ride, Suk-hyun looks tense as ever. He asks Kyu-won if anyone else knows that she came out to meet him today, and she says no one knows but her dad. And even the dad doesn’t know they were meeting at a hotel. Kyu-won didn’t tell Shin either because he doesn’t have good feelings towards Suk-hyun at the moment.
In fact, ever getting off the phone with Kyu-won, Shin has been waiting for her outside her house. Seeing her pull up in Suk-hyun’s car, Shin quickly hides himself.
Suk-hyun: I’m sorry.
Kyu-won: For what?
Suk-hyun: Even if anything happens because of me, don’t worry. You have me. Got it?
Kyu-won: Including what happened today, it’s something bad, right?
Suk-hyun: No. I really just sent the wrong text. Don’t worry, and go on in. I’ll see you tomorrow.
Kyu-won goes in, and Shin watches as Suk-hyun walks away.
Kyu-won comes home, and her grandfather asks if her dad had stopped by earlier. He says he knows her dad has been encouraging her to do the musical, but although he allowed her to do so this time, there won’t be a next time.
Once in her room, Kyu-won texts Shin to let him know she came home safely. When he doesn’t reply, she sends him another text – “Are you sleeping?” He replies, “Yeah.” After wishing him a good night, she wonders to herself why he sleeps so early; he’s not a child.
What she does not know is that Shin is still standing outside her house.
The next morning, Jung-hyun waits outside Kyu-won’s house with the intention of get some more money out of Kyu-won. But this time, Kyu-won is prepared.
Kyu-won: Do you know what is my grandfather’s wish?
Jung-hyun: How would I know?
Kyu-won: As soon as I graduate from college, he wants me to get married and have great-grandchildren for him.
Jung-hyun: How can you get married so young?
Kyu-won: I know. That’s why he’s always searching for a grandson-in-law, and he tells me to get married right away if I’m dating anyone. Oh! He likes your brother a lot because he reminds my grandfather of himself when he was younger. If you want to tell on me, go right ahead. He’s inside. You want me to open the door for you?
Jung-hyun: Are you crazy?! I was just saying.
Jung-hyun walks away. Kyu-won wins!
Noticing that Shin is not waiting outside her door as usual, Kyu-won wonders if he left for school already.
The photo of Kyu-won with Suk-hyun in front of the hotel has already started to circulate all over the internet. Shin hears it himself from the Three Mean Girls. They say they feel sorry for him to be cheated on so soon after he started dating Kyu-won. “Oh, your eyes will flip when you see the photo!”
Soo-myung and Ki-young have seen the photo as well, and they suspect it’s a trap set up by the one person who has the most to gain by this scandal – Hee-joo.
Joon-hee sees Hee-joo as she finally returns to school. She confirms with him that he did as she told, and did not tell anyone that they were together on that day of the sponsors’ visit.
She tells him she can’t stay long with him. If her mom catches her with him again, she won’t be allowed to come to school. He wonders how long they would have to keep it up, and she says at least until the show ends. Once he leaves, she says she’s sorry to him.
After hearing about the photo, Shin looks everywhere for Suk-hyun and finally finds him as he drives up to the parking lot.
Shin: There is no time, so I’ll make it brief. I saw you drop off Kyu-won at her home last night. You two met up, right?
Suk-hyun: Don’t misunderstand. What happened was…
Shin: I told you there was no time. Did you two really meet at a hotel? It’s all over school now.
Suk-hyun: So it turned out like this after all. Kyu-won and I were both tricked.
Shin: That is why I asked you to take her out of the musical. What are you going to do now?
Suk-hyun: I will take care of it. I came to do that.
Shin: How are you going to take care of it? You can just leave once the show ends, but Kyu-won has to continue attending school.
Suk-hyun: I told you I will resolve it.
Shin: Give me your car keys. Kyu-won hasn’t come to school yet. No, I won’t let her come today. I will keep her away, so in the meantime, please resolve everything.
Shin grabs the keys and gets ready to drive off. But before he gets in the car, Suk-hyun tells Shin, “Take good care of Lee Kyu-won.” Shin turns around and asks, “Are you only worried about Kyu-won? Shouldn’t you think about how Professor Jung might feel?”
Driving Suk-hyun’s car, Shin calls Kyu-won and finds out that she is in front of the school. He locates her and tells her to hop in the car. Kyu-won wonders what he’s doing with Suk-hyun’s car, and Shin lies that Suk-hyun asked him to take Kyu-won out for some fresh air while he tries to cheer up Hee-joo himself.
While they drive off, Bo-woon calls Kyu-won. Shin guesses it’s Bo-woon for she’s the only one who would call at a time like this. He doesn’t let Kyu-won answer the phone, insisting that he will confiscate it for the day.
Suk-hyun returns to his office and finds Yoon-soo waiting for him. He apologizes to her, and explains that he and Kyu-won have been tricked. Yoon-soo figures what happened, explaining that Kyu-won should have never performed in front of the sponsors that day. Hee-joo’s mom feels threatened by Kyu-won’s talent.
He says he’ll quit, but Yoon-soo explains that it won’t end just by him quitting. She asks Suk-hyun to pull Kyu-won out of the musical team. He protests, “Why should I? I don’t want to.” But she points out to him the other kids doing the musical. What will happen to them once Suk-hyun quits?
Suk-hyun eventually does as advised by Yoon-soo. He goes to Tae-joon and tells him he will be pulling Kyu-won out of the musical. But Tae-joon, whose main goal is to kick Suk-hyun out, says that the problem won’t get resolved so easily. They will be holding a meeting among the professors, and he will have to attend.
Unaware of everything that is going on back at school, Kyu-won is enjoying her break from school. At a rest stop, she and Shin enjoy a meal together and play arcade games.
They finally reach their destination. And as they take a walk down a tree-lined pathway, they have a heart-to-heart conversation.
Shin: But you don’t look like your dad.
Kyu-won: Yeah, I look like my mom. You take after your dad, right?
Shin: (nodding) I saw him for the first time, and I knew it was him as soon as I saw him. My dad was a guitarist too. I have his album at home. I’ll show it to you next time.
Kyu-won: Okay. I’ll look forward to it. Next time you come to my house, I’ll show you photos of me and my mom.
Shin: Call me when Grandpa is not home.
Kyu-won: Huh? Then it’ll be just the two of us there.
Shin: Don’t think dirty thoughts. I just want to stop listening to your grandfather’s gukak life story, that’s all.
Shin: No, never mind. Call me over when your grandfather is home.
Kyu-won: You said you wanted to stop listening to his gukak life story.
Shin: I’m afraid I might turn devilish against my will.
Kyu-won shyly looks away, and he grabs her hand and they continue walking.
At the meeting of the professors, the university president confirms with Suk-hyun that there is nothing between him and Kyu-won. If so, they can just proceed with Kyu-won dropping the musical.
And OMG, I just want to wring Tae-joon’s neck for what is to come next!
Tae-joon starts by saying that once a rumor starts, it won’t subside until the parties involved in the rumor disappear. Since Suk-hyun has to direct the musical and stay at school, he suggests that Kyu-won temporarily leave school. The university president agrees that the rumor should subside by then.
And of course, Tae-joon knows fully well that Suk-hyun won’t just stand to watch an innocent person leave school because of him. Suk-hyun runs over to Tae-joon and grabs him by his collar. “It was you who texted Kyu-won with my phone.” Tae-joon denies it.
The president asks Suk-hyun to quit it, and Suk-hyun agrees, “Yes, I’ll quit. But leave Lee Kyu-won alone.” He storms out.
Yoon-soo chases after him to a balcony. And then she asks, “Suk-hyun, will you marry me?” She reasons that if they get married, neither Suk-hyun nor Kyu-won would have to drop out of the musical. This is the best option available for them.
But Suk-hyun probably does not want to use Yoon-soo for such a purpose. He answers he’s sorry and walks away.
Hee-joo is practicing singing, but she struggles as her voice doesn’t sound as she commands it.
Joon-hee storms in to the room where Hee-joo is practicing, and asks for her permission to tell the truth that she was with him on the day of the sponsor’s visit and that she did not answer the phone because her phone was turned off. He feels guilty that the issue with Kyu-won and Suk-hyun grew to this extent because he kept silent. (You think?!!!)
Shin and Kyu-won are still taking their walk. Kyu-won takes a rest on the bench while Shin leaves to go to the restroom. Worrying that her grandfather may have called, she looks through Shin’s bag to look for her cell phone and finds many missed calls and texts from Bo-woon. Kyu-won calls Bo-woon to find out what’s going on, and learns that Suk-hyun has quit the musical.
Shin arrives just then, and Kyu-won frantically tells him that they need to hurry back. Suk-hyun has quit. But Shin calmly tells her to sit back down. She won’t listen, only repeating that Director has quit.
Shin admits that he saw her coming home with Suk-hyun last night.
Kyu-won: I will explain that.
Shin: There’s no need to explain. I brought you here to take you away from school. Director knows as well, so don’t go. Even if you go, you won’t be of any help.
Kyu-won: Then Director took all the blame by himself? If so, that’s even greater reason for me to go back. I’m going to go and say it’s not true.
She starts to walk away, but Shin holds her arm and stops her.
“Don’t go. If you go now, it’s over between us.”
But as Kyu-won still turns to go, Shin grabs her and pulls her into an embrace. Holding onto her tight, he pleads, “Lee Kyu-won, don’t go.”
I guess I could talk about all the different characters who have annoyed the heck out of me this episode. Joon-hee for his blind obedience to Hee-joo. Hee-joo for… well, being herself. And as for Tae-joon, I understand that he’s a petty, jealous, manchild. It’s one thing to direct that jealousy at Suk-hyun to harm him. But he’s a damn professor at a university! To use a student at the school as a means to make Suk-hyun pay for his jealousy… Well, that’s low, really low. But let’s quit here before my blood pressure rises.
And as for Shin, he really turned out to be the ideal boyfriend that any girl can ask for, did he not? Despite knowing that Kyu-won has lied to him, I love how once he found out she was in trouble, his first instinct was not to focus on her lie or that he feels cheated. Instead, it was to “rescue” her from the mess she’s in.
I guess the million dollar question is on whether Kyu-won will have stayed at the end. And I think the answer is a resounding no. It’s just not in Kyu-won’s personality to sit back as Suk-hyun (or anyone for that matter) suffers alone for something they did not do. It was foolish of Shin to have given her that ultimatum, and if the title of this episode is any indication, Shin will regret for a long time thereafter for not having “held those words back” at the tree-lined path that day.