Ki-tae thinks confrontation can be avoided, but Jang-mi has learned a thing or two about relationships, and knows that there is no difference between marriage and dating when it comes to Mom.
Hyun-hee calls that a pipedream and asks how two women who love one man can ever get along. Did she just sum up all mothers and daughters-in-law in one pithy statement?
Jang-mi calls on his way out, concerned that they ought to go see Mom and explain things, but he just tells her not to worry about it.
She still thinks Jang-mi is frying chicken all day, and finally hears that she opened a restaurant with her friends. Jang-mi is distracted all day at work, and the team sighs that business has slowed severely after their grand opening. Pfft, that is the worst lie ever. Yeo-reum calls Ki-tae to tell him as much, and reports that Jang-mi fell for it and ran off crying. Ha, of course she did. Mom seethes and asks if Jang-mi really expects her to give up her kimchi so she can take it to that other man.
Mom bites back that her idea of careful seems to be dating instead of marrying and seeing two men at once. That seems to land sincerely and Mom looks up at her. Jang-mi closes up the bar alone, and Ki-tae comes to pick her up. She gets him to massage her legs again and starts to say something haltingly, and he interrupts to say that she should let him say this stuff first.
He brings up marriage and says that since he broached the topic, she can say honestly if she wants to get married. She laughs and says that she does want to get married… eventually.
She wants to try her best instead of just sitting by and doing nothing, clearly trying to nudge him to do the same. She does such a great job that Ki-tae gives her a thumbs-up and a wink, and even Mom seems pleased. Dad knows no shame, and baldly lies that Ki-tae called him here Ki-tae: Jang-mi watches all of this unfold with makgulli in her hand, and starts to coax herself to calm down as we catch up to the opening scene.
Everyone gasps in horror and Jang-mi cackles insincerely that she tripped and fell… but then she snaps out of the reverie and we see that she was just fantasizing about it.
Ki-tae watches his mother dejectedly and follows her home for a confrontation. He brings Mom to tears, and thankfully Grandma interrupts to throw Ki-tae out. Aunt shows Grandma the magazine interview that Ki-tae did and when she reads the part about why he loves being in that apartment his best memories are of being there alone as a child , she decides to go pay him a visit.
He wonders why he remembers it differently, and she says that though he might not see her in his memories, his mother was always beside him, like air. Mom sits at home alone, when Jang-mi shows up with drinks knowing that Mom needs one right about now. They proceed to get sloshed on makgulli, and Jang-mi muses that Mom must still love Dad to cover for him like that. She says that she wants to see Ki-tae for a long, long time and Mom seems to finally understand.
Mom tells her to go before they get even drunker, and then casually tosses out a figure for how much her kimchi will cost them. He laughs that they really are similar, and it worries him. But Ki-tae says he heard bells and skips off to do the deed, and Hoon-dong ends up cheering him on in the end. He puts the flowers in her hand and looks up with his best puppy eyes, and pwahahaha, he does this… wiggle.