Undeterred by low ratings this drama has continued to chart a true course towards honest falling in love between two people who are both brave and deserving of those syrupy happily ever after dreams in life.
The events that string together the narrative in PM smells of the improbable and rings of the absurd if we were to pluck it out of context, but within the world of this drama all those things coalesce into a platform for Da Jung and Yul to naturally and sincerely fall in love. My OTP finally says everything that is on their minds and bravely chooses each other without any artifice or caveats. I knew they would be the type of people who would be all in when they make up their hearts and minds and neither disappointed me in the least.
This episode was so amazingly good with the OTP conversations it might stand the test of time on how to let two people struggling with love discuss things openly with each other without misunderstanding and a boatload of patience. I love Yul and Da Jung so much, together and individually, and through their eyes and interactions I also have grown to care for the people around them.
Joon Ki with his inferiority complex and misapplied anger towards Yul, Hye Joo with her devotion and fierce spirit, In Ho with his torn loyalties and misguided revenge, and Yoon Hee with her lack of love and support from her husband. Yul and Da Jung have treated everyone around them with such understanding and acceptance that it helps me see the supporting characters as less narrative plot device and more interesting folks in their own right. Unless she had amnesia for the last 7 years then nothing can excuse her faking her own death and leaving a grieving husband and kids behind.
I worried that her return would stymie the final relationship push between Yul and Da Jung but thank the drama lords those two crossed the final hurdle at the end of episode I let out a major sigh of relief in between my whooping and hollering in joy. In addition to resolving all the remaining big problems, please let it be filled with lots of kisses between the OTP and a couple of bed scenes.
Da Jung tells Yul that she will never leave his side because she loves him. She thinks to herself that she is like Sherherazade not wanting to leave the sultan after her stories are done. They stand there staring at each other. Breakfast the next morning is simmering in awkwardness that the kids pick up.
Man Se asks directly whether Dad and Da Jung fought but the parents assure the kids that is not the case. Man Se is annoyed they tell him not to fight with his friends and here they are fighting with each other. Yul heads out first and Da Jung runs after him. In Ho is outside the mansion waiting for Yul and keeps thinking back to seeing Na Young outside the hospital.
He tries to convince himself that he was mistaken in who he saw. Joon Ki gets an update from his secretary who did his own research into the accident 7 years ago. Joon Ki then receives the shocking news that Hye Joo quit her post with Yul.
Shall they process it? Does he think she will come back? Did Yul file a missing persons report? If he had filed a report, then after 5 years she would be declared legally dead. In Ho asks about now and will Yul want to file?
In Ho heads out to prepare the paperwork for Yul. Hye Joo is at the gym when she notices Da Jung walking in looking around. Da Jung is so happy to see Hye Joo and grabs her arm and drags her off to have noodles. Hye Joo is curious how Da Jung knew she was working out here and then always came to the same place to eat afterwards. One thing Da Jung discovered was that Hye Joo is a very loyal person and sticks with the same routine for years on end and frequents the same establishments.
Hye Joo agrees she is that type of person so Da Jung asks why the sudden change and leaving Yul. Hye Joo tells Da Jung its not worth trying to persuade to go back. She wants to put an end to her first love now. Hye Joo gets up to leave and tells Da Jung that she always ordered so much while eating here not because she ate it all but because it was embarrassing to be eating alone so she ordered so much.
The lawyer wonders why the need and In Ho thinks she might just be missing. In Ho visits his brother and is told his situation has stabilized. He sits down and wonders aloud whether he saw wrong but he really thinks he saw Na Young.
Da Jung gets called out to meet Yul and she walks through a library and pauses when she sees him reading in the stacks. Yes, your hubby is gorgeous girl so go right on ahead and keep staring. She quietly walks towards him until he notices her.
They head to the university cafeteria and Da Jung asks if he was a good student here? Yul says of course, he was always first place in school. Da Jung never got first place before and pouts. She wonders why this question but Yul is just curious. Yul laughs and asks if that counts as a first love? Da Jung is about to say that her first love is……and then stops to ask why she has to tell Yul.
This feels just like an interview. She said that she likes him, so why does she? Da Jung asks if that is the reason he brought her here? Hye Joo knows he had nothing to do with Yul getting stabbed and she could tell by his expression that afternoon when she chewed him out. But she was so angry that day and wants to clear up the misunderstanding now.
Yul and Da Jung sit in the campus auditorium staring at a piano on stage. Yul explains that his first wife was his first love. A woman who was passionate and sensitive, a woman who needed Yul no matter what. She was completely different than Da Jung. Today all those places Yul took Da Jung were places he has a memory with his first wife. This auditorium is where he proposed to his first wife after her performance.
Da Jung asks if he still loves his first wife? Is that the reason? Joon Ki asks if Yul would forgive Na Young if she did have another man in her life? Yul confesses that he can never forgive Na Young. She fell in love with another man, and though he was in anguish he could forgive her. Even if she wanted to leave him and the kids and go to the US, he could forgive her.
But he can never forgive her for leaving them forever. The last words she left him were that she was very lonely. So she died lonely and without asking for his forgiveness. He cannot forgive her for leaving like that and making him feel so angry at himself for making his wife that way. So could a man like him have the right to love another person again? Da Jung likes Yul? He worries about her being lonely and scared because of him. Da Jung cries listening to all of this.
Yul sighs and leaves the auditorium while Da Jung processes everything. If a hottie overseas finds her she might stay there. Hye Joo gets a call from In Ho and makes plans to see him. In Ho asks the nurse to take special care of his brother and the nurse promises to also tell the volunteer workers to be careful around his brother. In Ho asks about those volunteers and is told they are from a nearby Catholic church. In Ho asks if there is a volunteer named Park Na Young?
Da Jung comes home and peeks into the piano room and thinks about Yul saying that he cannot forgive himself after his wife left him with only the words that she was so lonely.
Da Jung is so sad thinking of how much pain Yul has been carrying around all this time. Da Jung takes the kids to the Discovery outdoor gear store to buy new Winter coats.
She picks out coats for the kids like Yul asked and wants to buy one for Yul. Woo Ri tells her to pick one out for herself and then selects a pretty red one which makes Da Jung happy. Yul calls Woo Ri to explain that he is out for work and not coming home today. Na Ra pokes her head in and asks if Da Jung fought with their dad again? After the kids are taken up to the hotel room, Da Jung confesses that the kids are on break right now so she thought it be nice to take them to the beach while Yul is also here for work.
Da Jung calls the kids over and takes them down to the beach. Da Jung stands on the beach as the kids play in the sand. She wonders if she did the right thing but tells herself not to over think it and just have fun. He pretends to be upset and Da Jung tries to bribe him with coffee. In Ho laughs and assures her that he is just joking. The kids call and everyone goes to play in the water and take pictures. Yul puts on his new coat and heads down to the beach to join the family.
Na Ra wants to take another family picture but Man Se points out that Da Jung is part of the family as well and needs to be in the picture. He makes Da Jung hand the camera to In Ho and then she walks over to join them.
Man Se chides Da Jung for standing to far apart and pulls her close right next to Yul. In Ho snaps a picture of the happy Kwon family.