Bubblegum Episode #2 Recap [aka I’m Loving Angels Instead]
The episode starts with Ri Hwan heading to his car angry, thinking what has previously happened in Seok Joon’s apartment- Ri Hwan demanded to know why would Seok Joon would leave Haeng Ah to deal with moving her stuff all alone and then asks for the bracelet while he starts collecting Haeng Ah’s remaining items from all around. Seok Joon asks if Haeng Ah is okay to which Ri Hwan replies “do you even know Haeng Ah?” only to be responded back “if you knew Haeng Ah then you would know that she wouldn’t like this behavior.” In the end, the bracelet remained in Seok Joon’s apartment.
The following morning, Jo Dong appears in a suit and recites with Haeng Ah the Christmas Horror special that scared people away (“Hello Sydney!) and how they got many complaints due to that.
Ri Hwan goes to his mother’s house as she told him to drop by and asks him to do well on the date set up with Hong Yi Seul; she tells him that his grandfather has high expectations for him and Ri Hwan asks her when she’s gonna make up with him to which she avoid to reply suggesting there was some bad blood in the past with his father and his grandfather.
Hong Si Yeul’s mother drops by her dentist office and ridicules her outfit that is not deemed appropriate, according to her, for a marriage set up. Hong Si Yeul has no time for that as she’s gonna be late while Ri Hwan asks Ji Hoon how Seok Joon seems like.
Yi Seul drives there to meet up and confuses Ri Hwan as the valet giving him the keys to park her car. Back in the radio station, Se Yeong asks Haeng Ah how things went down to prior’s day incident and Haeng Ah informs that everything went well- Se Yeong then says she has to depart for her interview, having Woo Yeon as her “agent” since it won’t do good to her image if she does there alone.
Si Yeul meets with Ri Hwan and after telling her he’s not the valet, she tells him she didn’t recognize him because he looked so different than the picture of him she saw. He says it’s the same for him as he analyzes her old graduation picture in a funny way
Si Yeong wonders how Woo Yeon cannot drive and he tells her he didn’t have the time to have a license as he had to work part time jobs to which she thinks “where are all the people with rich parents who lie around doing nothing?” then she teaches him about old school series. Meanwhile Ji Hoon is taking pics of Ri Hwan and Yi Seul and she thinks her mom sent that guy to check up things on her when Ri Hwan declares him “the neighborhood idiot” and proceeds to make him leave.
Haeng Ah and Tae Hee are talking about things in the station and how the president might be changed next year, when Haeng Ah storms off when Seok Joon appears.
Yi Seul says the hammock looks nice and comfortable and Ri Hwan invites her to sit in there. She reluctantly agrees only to fall down seconds later.
Ri Hwan is relieved to see she doesn’t have any scar and while cleaning her up he compliments her shoes. He then asks her if she wants to try again with the hammock.
Tae Hee tells Haeng Ah she should stop running off whenever she sees Seok Joon, which is exactly what Haeng Ah does when she sees him again. Jo Doong tells Tae Hee that he didn’t know anything about them after she asks him if he is the one that hooked them up but he gives it away accidentally when he recounts an incident where he saw “Haeng Ah” being written in Seok Joon’s back with a marker in the sauna.
Haeng Ah is still trying to avoid him but her shoe falls off in the stairs and is then forced to face Seok Joon.
In the rooftop, Haeng Ah tells him all the reasons which led her to break up with him, that she never wanted to be his number one priority as she knows he’s very busy but she wasn’t even in the top-10. She was tired of feeling like a petty person waiting for his call or text and finally realizing the reason he never told her that he loves her was because he didn’t want to lie to her. Seok Joon replies “To you, do I seem..” but the scene is then cut off.
Haeng Ah contemplates what Seok Joon told her while sitting in the radio room, looking sad and pensive.
Ri Hwan makes a call to Secret Garden and asks “Auntie” if Haeng Ah is there and when he hears her negative response he says he’s heading there. Yi Seul goes to a lingerie store where her brother, Jung Woo, is the Vice President. He tells her he’s suprised she would shop there and asks if the date she had went well.
Ri Hwan is ready to leave when he realizes that Haeng Ah is there, but Auntie brings him forth. She asks him if he has a hairpin, and he says he didn’t see any hairpins “there” and that gives away his visit to Seok Joon’s house.
Si Yeul goes to a shoes store and when the sales clerk tells her that she only wears flat because her boyfriend is not really tall she asks Si Yeul what height her boyfriend is. She shyly replies he is taller than her and ends up buying what the clerk recommended her to.
Back in Secret Garden, Haeng Ah is mad at Ri Hwan for meddling with her business saying if she had forgotten anything she would go back herself. He says he did it, so she wouldn’t have to go back there.
Haeng Ah tells him that it is because he always act like this, that people think weird things about them; that his mother might stop seeing her and Ri Hwan says if that happened he wouldn’t let it slide that way. Haeng Ah responds “you’re like a gas mask” and the fact that he worries about her for every little thing is suffocating to her. Ri Hwan resigns by telling her “go on and see that toxic-like person again.”
That conversation prompts Ri Hwan to think about how his mom must have felt through the years, when he once needed her by her side, then telling her to mind her own business and “converts” to his younger self saying that this hurts. Seok Joon and Jo Dong are drinking in a bar where Jo Dong narrates about his own shortcomings compared to his. Seok Joon asks Jo Dong if he knows “who that guy is to Haeng Ah, that acts like her brother?”
Both Haeng Ah and Ri Hwan are thinking about their fight on Secret Garden and while Ri Hwan is trying to find a suitable text to send him to get them to talk again, Ri Hwan decides to go see her.
He stops by a street seller to buy some shaped-fish buns for her and at the same time Seok Joon recalls how he left her alone at her birthday, and then goes to a cake store to buy her a cake anew.
In her apartment, Haeng Ah recollects the continuation of her conversation with Seok Joon. “Do I seem that generous to you that I would stay with you if I didn’t want to?” He tells her if he wanted to, he could find someone else and if he could go on with his life without seeing her, that he would do so. But he can’t do that.
The light flickers on and interrupts her thoughts. Ri Hwan is ready to enter her apartment when he sees Seok Joon parking his car outside.
Ri Hwan states all the reasons Haeng Ah broke up with him and Seok Joon asks him who is he to tell him all that. Ri Hwan replies “I’m her older brother.” Seok Joon tells him that he’s gonna give him a choice to reply honestly- “Either don’t act like her man, or don’t act like her big brother.” Ri Hwan then asks him for a favor and that line opens up the ending childhood segment.
Haeng Ah’s father is seen teasing a young Ri Hwan about his studies and then telling him that he is a grownup now and he trusts him to always take care of Haeng Ah. He is asking him that as a favor and Ri Hwan says that of course he will do that.
Then we cut to the ending scene, where the doctors are trying to save Haeng Ah’s father but fail to do so, while Ri Hwan’s mother and a young Haeng Ah are seen watching the inevitable happen. Ri Hwan arrives after the sad incident and overhears the doctors saying that his abdominal wall collapsing suddenly could only happen if he had drunk earlier- that makes Ri Hwan collapse to the ground as he recounts his previous meeting with him that involved alcohol and feeling guilty over it.
Reflection corner :
Can I first start by saying I love Tae Hee and Se Yeong? They’re polar opposites and I just adore the way they deliver their lines; the first stoic and serious while saying jokes (“do we really need to have a spring and a summer next year?”) the second with a serious wondering frenzy! (“who the president does he think he is to order us around? It’s not like he’s the head of the station right?”)
Now on our bubblegum duo; I am glad they had that confrontation on the Secret Garden backyard. Haeng Ah has every right to be pissed off with Ri Hwan meddling with her life like this, when she didn’t ask him to. It only made things worse for her and it’s good that she let out that his worry at times is smothering her. The way she worded it of course, was harsh and she didn’t need to go that far to get her point across.
Ri Hwan on the other hand, realized (albeit a bit late, after he did it lol) that him going to Seok Joon’s apartment wasn’t the right choice. It was a naive (borderline stupid) thing to do and the aftermath would only leave a bad taste. He has good intentions in heart though, and that redeems him but he’s still overprotective to the maximum and that can be seen as asphyxiating, and rightfully so. I like the fact he took the initiative to go see her in the end, to work things out.
In a way, they were both right and wrong but sometimes it’s how you will get your point across to the other person (don’t they say “if you want a truth to be heard, be ready to express it in a graceful way?..or something) that makes a difference so I look forward to see how they will work those issues.
Seok Joon wasn’t bad this episode; yes, he can be seen as harsh and cynical, but he is a fair person. His words towards Haeng Ah in the rooftop scene (and thank God they finally talked, that running thing half+ the epi) were sincere if only a bit misplaced though. He could have said those things when they were actually in a relationship. I am not sure if he wants to have a second chance or he feels a bit at fault? It is a bit unclear, guess we will have to wait and see.
Yi Seul, well, she got her bit of happiness this episode, and that girl needs it with that nasty mother of hers. I liked her reply when her mom told her that “it is ladylike to make the man wait some” to which she replied “It’s not polite.” At that point, she didn’t wait anything to come out of the set-up date, but her response shows an honorable person that likes to do things right. Ri Hwan treated her nicely and warmly, and with his compliment towards her shoes, that her mom had dissed earlier (among other things), seems to have won her over. Are we looking at a love triangle, no wait…1,2,3,4 people involved, that means love rectangle right? Oh boy, then.
Onwards to next week!
[disclaimer – this post was writen by kipzizz for dramajjang .. jeez, do I have to write this everytime someone steals something? ahh]