I guess one unforeseen benefit of a super creepy main couple is that the typical drama angst is not nearly as painful as it usually is. When Da Ran lies about her growing feelings for Gyeong Jun, I’m less inclined to call her stupid, than I am to congratulate her on her fine choice. And when she wonders whether she’s going crazy for having these fluffy bunny feelings for her former student, the answer is an unqualified yes.
I had said earlier that Gyeong Jun seemed like some kind of victim to me since he was relying solely on Gil Teacher, but now I also have to wonder whether Da Ran isn’t another kind of brainwashed person herself. She is already predisposed to like this Yun Jae-shaped human bean, so when the soul inside is super nice to her, how could she not fall for him all over again? She started to lose her grip on her sanity as they watched a scary movie together – well, she was watching it, while Gyeong Jun was staring at her. For that sneaky guy had turned off the cassette player at the perfect time, and heard her sort-of-confession earlier. He confronted her about it after the movie, asking if she liked him, since she said as much while looking at him with intense eyes, but she tried to brush this off by saying that the face he saw was her “I’m thirsty” face. That actually could be true with her – do you remember how happy she looked eating that expired squid a few episodes ago?
Gyeong Jun wasn’t as excited by this turn of events as I thought he would be – I guess the wedding ring is a good reminder of the whole Yun Jae issue. But he still took her out to his uncle’s restaurant, where the couple had a pretty nice conversation with Uncle. I guess he’s turned out not to be so bad, just a little scoundrelly – he couldn’t have liked Da Ran’s mom and been that bad, right? He also told them about Gyeong Jun’s mysterious dad, who was probably married already, so Gyeong Jun and Da Ran had a movie-dinner-undercover investigation date. They also had one last arts and crafts project to do together, which was to make fake Chinese souvenirs. They probably enjoyed coloring white bears way too much (and playing with them afterwards), but I now know that a panda wears a super cropped belly shirt, and no underwear.
Ma Ri seems to be the only one who realizes that these two are in love. She went with Chung Sik to spy on the newlyweds, and a terrible sight awaited her. Da Ran was scolding her husband about his picky eating habits, forcing him to eat the beans she had woken up so early just to make for him. Ma Ri knew that Gyeong Jun hated beans, so she delighted in the thought that Da Ran would be losing points by insisting on the beans. How little Ma Ri understands of love – if you love someone, you will eat beans. I will skip over gross beans-are-good-for-your-heart jokes here. Chung Sik also found this morning visit very illuminating – he’s now convinced that Ma Ri likes his brother-in-law. So close, Chung Sik, so close.
Now that Da Ran has a better sense of her inappropriate feelings, she’s doing everything she can to be rid of them. To that end, she is trying to remember those giddy feelings she felt for Yun Jae, but they are nowhere to be found. Out of body, out of mind? Gyeong Jun should be sensing these changes, since they’re so obvious, but he just thinks he’s confusing her with his body, and gets all down because of it. I guess he thinks highly enough of her not to automatically assume that she’s fallen for a teenager.
I wonder if his low spirits led him to switch back again, for a longer period. This should have been more exciting, but for some reason it felt so ordinary – will we get incremental switches until the last episode? And is his pain at switching back really just Yun Jae’s body getting sick again? Anyways, Da Ran rushes to find him when she hears the news, and bursts into tears when he tells her that he’s sorry that he’s still Gyeong Jun.
She cried more out of relief, I think, since she doesn’t want him to leave, but these were also tears of disappointment at her changing heart. Gyeong Jun just thinks she’s upset that Yun Jae isn’t back, and while normally I’d hate him for his denseness, I have no problems with him not understanding the lay of the land yet. So even though he’s at that painful I’ll-stay-away-when-this-is-all-over stage, I wouldn’t mind him hanging out there for few more episodes. But everything will probably come to a head on his upcoming birthday (especially since the eighteenth year seems to be the mystically significant one), which is being loaded with so much significance. Does investing one thing with so much importance ever end well?
We also got more info on Yun Jae’s mom’s evil science experiment, which just left a really bad taste in my mouth (which I guess was the point). Se Young was actually pretty straightforward (even after sneaking around and stealing bits of Yun Jae’s mom’s hair in order to perform a paternity test) and asked her straight-up whether Gyeong Jun was her son. But she already knew that they were related since the results of the DNA test had been pretty positive (so wily!). I like how the typical evil person trick of getting paternity tests by stealth was put to good use here.
And I don’t know if his mom was lying to Se Young, or just misinformed herself, but she said that Gyeong Jun was the son of her husband and his lover, Gyeong Jun’s mom, who was only born to save Yun Jae. So this really was a Never Let Me Go set up, which seems too cruel and ugly to be in a lighthearted drama like this. Yun Jae’s mom supposedly couldn’t have more kids, so was there a secret surrogate thing going on? And how could Gyeong Jun’s mom agree to this barbaric set-up? I can’t believe that she would have given birth to a kid, blood or not, just to have him become a health farm, ripe for the harvest, for his older brother.
And their dad may be the cruelest of all, I think. Sure, he seems to care about finding Gyeong Jun and everything, but I find it chilling that he was the one who wrote that Miracle book, and maybe lied to his wife. And why the random inclusion of an art professor all of a sudden? It’s one thing to perform a morally ambiguous act like breeding children just to save another child, but it’s another to make a picture book about it, featuring little cherubs. Did he think what he did was so laudable that it merited immortalization in a self-published work? This might be the most messed up thing in this drama, and that’s saying something.