Things continued to move full speed ahead for Seo Jun (Jang Geun Suk) and Jung Ha Na (Yoon Ah), right as we reach the halfway point of this drama (yay!). We also got more scenes of Jun’s mom behaving very badly, which does not bode well for our main (younger) couple. But instead of worrying about angst to come, I choose to focus on the increasingly hard to read Han Tae Sung (Kim Young Gwang), and the strange combination of the Lee siblings.
Since nothing in this drama ever goes that smoothly, Jun and Ha Na finished their “date” and returned to the White Garden, where the strangely intense Lee siblings, Lee Mi Ho (Park Se Young) and Lee Sun Ho (Kim Si Hoo), were waiting for them (they seem really close – was growing up in that kind of family suffocating at all?). Mi Ho said what was on everybody’s mind when she wondered at the propriety of Jun and the girl who looks like a high school student sharing a space, where there weren’t even locks on the door. I liked how she only looked at Ha Na, without ever really addressing her, and how everyone accepted that as normal behavior. Poor Ha Na – I especially felt for her when she was locking up by herself and made a mad dash after turning off all the lights (how realistic!). The Lees enthusiastically invited Jun over for a sleepover at their house (was that supposed to sound as sinister as it did?), even though Sun Ho knew that Jun probably wanted Ha Na close by.
Jun decided on a hotel (maybe he already knows how weird Lee sleepovers are), and the siblings tagged along, all so that they could all see Tae Sung as his alter ego, the chaebol second son of Juam Group, with his parent approved fiancée. The Lees knew him, since Mi Ho is friends with his sister, but this was the first time Jun saw him in his non-anorak look. I actually felt bad for Jun when Tae Sung passed by without even noticing him – what a low blow (by the way, are those two actors really the same age?). The Lees caused a scene (they are so embarrassing!) when Sun Ho noticed the dirty look his friend gave Tae Sung, and asked in one of those loud, carrying voices, “Do you know him?” Tae Sung just kind of looked annoyed at seeing Jun, and maybe having his secret revealed, but I couldn’t really get anything else out of his expression.
But at least Sun Ho was restored to his former graces, even though I have to accept that he won’t be wooing Ha Na any time soon. Or if he does, you know he’s going to suck at it. He thinks this new couple is so cute, and he expresses his approval by messing with Jun – pretending to flirt with Ha Na, and things like that. I’d probably find him more creepy if he wasn’t so funny and old man-like.
Also, Sun Ho shouldn’t run a boring neighborhood clinic (though this does allow him to provide Ha Na with free health care), but a detective agency, since he’s showing some mad skills of basic deduction. Watch him root through his dad’s library and find incriminating photographs! It looks like he’s already solved the mystery of the past, and he appears to be creeped out (but not as creeped out as he seemed when his drunk dad talked about his radiant first love – parents just don’t understand!). But maybe he’ll turn out to be a more viable romantic interest in the end, since at least he’s not playing games with her the way Tae Sung is.
Is Tae Sung stringing her along, since he always intended to do his filial duty, or is he actually conflicted, and you can’t tell since he doesn’t have a wide range of expressions? He got her mother a job at his arboretum (no wonder he thinks he’ll have no trouble getting Ha Na a job there too), and he seems to take an interest in that family, doing that confused face thing when he saw Yun Hui getting called into the meeting with his dad. He also stopped by the White Garden at the end of the episode to drop off some herbs for Ha Na, and was so bold as to say that he had missed her. Does he really not like her that way, or is he starting to get kind of cruel now?
It looks like Ha Na doesn’t know her sunbae’s secret, since she got confused face when Sun Ho said that they saw each other at a hotel. Perceptive Sun Ho caught the look of panic on Tae Sung’s face (at least it must have been panic – Sun Ho’s better at reading faces), and didn’t go into the subject further. He knows how to keep drama secrets very well, it seems. Jun’s sudden arrival caused Ha Na to grab Tae Sung and sneak him out the back way, where they had a kind of resolution. I think Tae Sung’s face fell when she told him that she didn’t feel uncomfortable around him anymore (what any boy lives for – for a girl to tell him that he makes her feel uncomfortable), and that she wanted to stay at the White Garden. He looked further put out when Jun showed up and went all caveman, saying that Ha Na was his, and that Tae Sung should stay away, before grabbing her wrist and dragging her away. I think we’re all wondering what Tae Sung is thinking at this point.
While Tae Sung might not be able to break them up, the 70s generation will probably be more successful. While Hye Jung has the potential to be really annoying by getting Yun Hui fired (what more does she want after telling everyone she was dead, when you know she knew the truth?), it will be In Ha and Yun Hui themselves who will throw the biggest wrench into the Jun-Ha Na Couple Train. After literally throwing himself in front of a truck for her, In Ha got rewarded by having a tearful Yun Hui come and hug him. I won’t recover from the image of Yun Hui hugging a neck-brace wearing In Ha any time soon, I think.
But for now, nothing could derail the Jun-Ha Na Couple Train, as they sped forward to couple rings by the end credits. Jun continued to be open about his feelings, even rushing back to the White Garden when he worried that Ha Na was in danger. She was in danger – from a peeping tom who tried to get in through the terrace as she took a shower (in addition to boiling milk). I knew Peeping Jun would show up again. She didn’t even mind being caught in her pink bathrobe, but at least she did mind the bookshelf peep-hole, when she caught Jun staring at her. Good for her, for covering up all of the spaces, but leaving a window for the exchange of goods.
They continued with the public displays of their affection: leaning on each other in the garden, texting like two 21st century kids in love, exchanging gifts of diamond snow necklaces (which Ha Na accepted mighty quick), and stuff like that. So that at the end, when she gave him her answer, and the couple ring, it was kind of anticlimactic – hadn’t they already been dating for the entire episode? But whatever, they are in love! Oh, and deal with Jun’s heeled boots for a moment. I hope I don’t have the same pair – because that would be embarrassing.