Jung Ha Na’s angsty time was pretty uncomfortable, but not nearly as bad as I had feared. Even with all of her tears, she mainly got angry at her horrible boyfriend, and never stopped believing that Seo Jun really cared about her. It helps that Yoon Ah seems too sensible to get really distraught over lame behavior, and that Jang Geun Suk just doesn’t seem like he can actually hurt her feelings. For someone who’s never been in a relationship, Ha Na seems to know what she’s doing.
Usually the second guy is the one who won’t accept a break-up, but in this drama it’s the women who will not be ignored. When Hye Jung does it, you want to yell at her, but when Ha Na refuses to accept Jun’s resignation – well, you still kind of yell at her, but you also think that she’s bright enough not to be fooled by his jerky behavior. I probably wouldn’t have even hated this part of the drama – her heartbreak, that is – if she didn’t endure so much public humiliation in front of the White Garden residents, who are really the rudest voyeurs ever. After having a good cry or two, she was feeling up to sassing Jun, hosing him and another girl, and telling him that even though he called things off, her feelings haven’t ended, so now he has to brace himself.
She is also refusing to move out, which makes her either really clingy, or really thick-skinned, or possibly both. I think she’s supposed to be so full of love that she wants to stay near him, but I’m getting the vibe that practical Ha Na just cannot give up on the good set-up she’s got going on for her at the White Garden. I respect that – it’s better than her mom, who’s staying at a motel, and fielding inappropriate requests from In Ha (“Send me a picture of yourself,” indeed). Anyways, now would have been a good time to move on and try her luck with another boyfriend, but here Ha Na “corrects” the mistake her mother made back in the 70s, when Yun Hui started to date Dong Wook out of spite (I don’t think it was a mistake, really, but whatever), and brushes off three potential rebound guys.
She’s not even considering Lee Sun Ho (Kim Si Hoo) at this point, even though Jun sent him to tend to his ex-girlfriend, but for now he’s content just to stay and watch everything play out. Even though he offers to leave when Jun and Ha Na are about to have it out about the living situation, he doesn’t need much nudging to stay and watch the uncomfortable conversation between the two. If that’s what it takes to get him to like a girl, then fine.
Bachelor #2 was Chang Mo’s nephew, Kim Jeon Sul (also played by the young Chang Mo actor, Seo In Guk – the family resemblance in that clan must be strong), whom Farmer Ha Na (seriously, you’re working on a small garden, not fields and fields of crops), saw as he performed with his band in Hongdae. He’s crashing at his uncle’s, and it sounds like he terrorized the Jun-Sun Ho-Mi Ho set when he used to spend his vacations in Seoul (another reason Ha Na shouldn’t regret not having been a part of that club early on). He mistook Ha Na’s Jun-fueled tears for her being intensely moved by his song, and has decided that she is the girl of his destiny. I hope that Ha Na puts him down easy, since he seems like a total spaz with a potential violent streak. But I wonder if he’ll end up as a consolation prize for Mi Ho.
Bachelor #3, Han Tae Sung (Kim Young Gwang), made more of an effort to woo Ha Na, but it was too little, too late. He arrived at White Garden, fresh off a plane from New York, and still in his suit, thereby giving Ha Na a clue to his little secret (in case the fancy meal which followed wasn’t obvious enough). This grand romantic gesture was kind of ruined by the fact that the first person he approached at the studio was Jun – um, do you care more about making Jun jealous than being with Ha Na? At least the White Garden crew witnessed Ha Na getting whisked away by this total hunk (their words, not mine), while Jun just steamed and scowled. Jun didn’t have to worry at all, though, since he’s the lead, and Tae Sung’s not.
It helped that Ha Na felt more betrayed than excited (Ha Na, yes, Yoon Ah, no – she seemed to be more into Tae Sung than she was supposed to be) that her sunbae was all of a sudden the CEO of the resort, and had broken things off with his fiancée. It was kind of bad when he explained how his family didn’t even seem to mind him ending things – if they wouldn’t have cared, why the hell did you wait so long? Is it because you’re lame? He must be lame, since his sweet talking amounted to “Be with me, Ha Na.” We didn’t hear her answer, but I think we can guess what she said.
She probably just misses her old sunbae, the one she knew in Japan, who got her mother a job at the resort, instead of this new jet-set one, who is breaking hearts in New York instead of being in Korea to prevent Ha Na’s mom from getting fired and evicted (pretty much) from her home. You know, we see the heroine get humiliated all of the time by the second girl or the mother-in-law, but when you see an older woman like Yun Hui having to take that kind of crap, it’s all just very degrading.
Since no other contenders appeared, Ha Na decided to be proactive and go after Jun herself. She wasn’t completely deluded – she knew that he had carried her to her bed when he thought she was asleep, so she guessed that he still cared about her. In her scheme to win him back, she was aided by the jeweler, the one who had fallen in love with her diamond snow image. He showed up with an impromptu piano performance, and a new ad concept he wanted her to star in: Aphrodite (not everyone can be Don Draper, I guess). Hoping to dazzle Jun with her model good-looks, she agreed, and proceeded to have the worst photo shoot ever, even though Jun wore a belted outfit that showed off his figure to perfection.
He yells, it’s windy, and she covers the jewelry with her poses. But she’s nothing if not tenacious, and ends the day by making a last bold play: she says she’s staying at the beach until tomorrow. Jun can’t resist, and runs after her (if you had made up your mind sooner, you wouldn’t have had to run so far), just as a bus pulls up, bearing In Ha and Yun Hui, looking to relive their past. So I’m thinking, double date, right? Right?