Bubblegum Episode # 8 Recap (aka And you Kissed me like You meant It)
(and I knew that you meant it.)
[disclaimer – this post was written by kipzizz for dramajjang.co only]
Ri Hwan leaves after telling his mother she shouldn’t oppose to him and Haeng Ah, and she shouldn’t blame Haeng Ah for the hardships she went through when “Uncle” died.
Haeng Ah comes out of hiding and Seon Yeong explains to her about her disease. She wants Ri Hwan to marry into a big family because they will take care of him if he ends up having the disease, as opposed to her who is the only remaining member of her family. Haeng Ah wants to stay the night to take care of her but Seon Yeong orders her to leave leaving no room for that.
Haeng Ah walks the streets in the rain, when Seok Joon drives there and sees her. When she falls down he pickes her up and gets her to her apartment.He calls Ri Hwan, who at the time is picking up a dead pigeon with Ji Hoon from the streets and informs him of Haeng Ah’s situation.
Ri Hwan gets there immediately and demands to know why Seok Joon is still there- Seok Joon tells him he called him for his doctor abilities and he implies that he won’t back down from pursuing Haeng Ah if she shows signs of wanting him back.
Ri Hwan calls Tae Hee to find out if Haeng Ah met anyone that upset her, and Tae Hee replies “Is there anyone else in the world that would make her feel like that, except your mom?”
The following morning, Haeng Ah wakes up and immediately tells Ri Hwan she is alright now. He doesn’t push her to tell her what caused her that, even if he thinks to himself that she’s suffering in silence and he wished he would do something about it.
“What a way to start off your birthday!” he tells her and he asks her if she has to go to work. She tells him she can’t skip work since everyone knows it’s her birthday cause of Se Yeong announcing it the day prior but she will see him at home when she returns- she has decided to move to the third floor.
Haeng Ah brings her stuff and is ready to start unpacking when she sees Auntie entering the third floor- she tells Haeng Ah she should leave before Seon Yeong sees her and gets upset. Haeng Ah doesn’t want to leave as she wants to take care of her Aunt but eventually she does leave.
Seon Yeong, later, tells Auntie that she must not forget, not matter what happens that her father is sick and should apologize to him, that Ri Hwan should be with someone he doesn’t need to protect but they need to protect him and for that one particular day she was the happiest in the entire world.
Seok Joon calls Haeng Ah and ask her to meet because he wants to talk to her about something.
Seon Yeong meets Yi Seul’s mother and has made notes on her cellphone not to forget what she has to tell her. Yi Seul’s mom makes it clear that she won’t let anyone marry Yi Seul and then dump her and use her money but Seon Yeong clarifies that her son doesn’t care about money at all. Yi Seul’s mom is not really happy with that either, since they’re not on par in status but she implies she will think about it.
Seon Yeong meets Yi Seul and asks her if her feelings for Ri Hwan are genuine. Yi Seul says she does care about him but that won’t lead anywhere as Ri Hwan is with Haeng Ah. Seon Yeong says that they don’t have a future together and she would much prefer her for her son- she wonders how she must come across to her, but Yi Seul reassures her that she is used to that behavior and it is not that strange, since sometimes that is the role of a mother.
Seon Yeong tells her about her disease and Yi Seul promises she will do anything to help her.
Jeong Woo calls his mother to tell her to stop looking for groom candidates anymore and recalls what Yi Seul told him about Ri Hwan- he wants Yi Seul to get her share of true happiness.
Seok Joon apologizes to Haeng Ah about the times she were sick and wasn’t there for her- he tells her if she is ever in a difficult situation, or needs him he will be there for her. He would like a second chance to make up for all the lost time. She thanks him but she turns him down.
Tae Hee asks Jo Dong to give her an answer to her question if she likes her but screams from another room interrupt him- Se Yeong is going through her drama lines with Joon Soo and admits that even if the role wasn’t to her liking at first, she warms up to it.
It is now her aim to become the most hated in the nation and she won’t stop until they kick her out of a restaurant!
Tae Hee insists on asking Jo Dong about a reply and he finally tells her he will reply to her but it is not revealed what he told her.
Ri Hwan goes to visit his mom but finds out that she has taken a leave- His mom’s colleague doctor finally reveals the truth to him which shakes Ri Hwan- he also finds out that his mother attempted to kill her life more than once and he wonders if that was when she was pregnant with him.
Ji Hoon is trying to track down Ri Hwan who hasn’t been at his clinic at all, all day and doesn’t answer his phone either- he calls Tae Hee to ask if Haeng Ah knows where he is.
Tae Hee goes to the editing room and tells Haeng Ah that she revealed to Ri Hwan that she met with her Aunt. He advises her to get out of the relationship, admitting defeat because the whole thing will hurt her more. Haeng Ah tells her that her Aunt is sick and Tae Hee tells her that is all the more reason to end things with Ri Hwan before she gets her heart broken.
Ri Hwan is still in still in shock sitting at the same spot, and recalls all the clues he didn’t notice that pointed to his mom’s disease. He then recounts the moments he shared with Haeng Ah in the patio the previous day.
They agreed to go on vacation together but Haeng Ah said she wanted to invite her Aunt too, as she would like to see her smile and happy for once. Ri Hwan tells her that he is the happiest right now when he is with her and Haeng Ah seems to think the same thing.
After Haeng Ah blows a bubble Ri Hwan kisses her- she returns the kiss and then initiates another one before she embarassingly cover herself with her shirt.
Ri Hwan is silently happy and he blows the bubble he stole from her during their kiss.
Ri Hwan texts Haeng Ah to ask her if they should meet but she says she has to stay with her colleagues some more- he wishes her happy birthday and she thanks him but their text are opposites of their sad expressions.
Ri Hwan recalls a childhood memory where he wanted to see his mom but she couldn’t leave her work behind- she advises to start counting to 10 when he feels a bit scared which is what Ri Hwan is doing at the moment.
Haeng Ah returns to the radio room and finds out that there is a surprise birthday party for her. She breaks down crying, which surprises everyone but she reassures them it is because she feels happy. Tae Hee understands and comfors her.
Ri Hwan is out drinking his pain away with Ji Hoon by his side- as they’re ready to return Ri Hwan is starting to feel dizzy but manages to see Haeng Ah at the opposite end. He rushes to her and they hug each other.
Seon Yeong reminisces about her happiest day- she meets Haeng Ah’s father and tells him he will wait for him as he has said earlier that when the time is right, they will be together.
They’re interrupted when Ri Hwan and Haeng Ah return from school arguing about each other’s “crushes”.
The last scene shows Seon Yeong going to meet Haeng Ah’s father after he sent for her through her pager.
Reflection Corner :
First of all, Ri Hwan must have really wanted that bubble, huh?
Well, that was some kiss. And a double one at that! Yep, they’re officially in love and their hearts are racing for each other and everything else that comes with it! (that pic can read HAPPY TOGETHER and imagine me and you and you and me etc etc etc)
But of course, it wouldn’t be so easy, would it?
Here’s the deal, I can get a bit from where Seon Yeong comes- she does want the best for her son, that is for sure. But, what the ffff, how can she not listen to him, when he, himself tells her he is the happiest with Haeng Ah? Not just good with her, not just content with her, but the happiest with her! I didn’t really like that she “led on” Haeng Ah to think that she wouldn’t be enough for Ri Hwan, and the way she worded the whole thing, clearly got into Haeng Ah’s head; because yes, in theory if Ri Hwan would go through the disease, he would need many people with him that would care for their image too, and would have to take care of him. But what about Haeng Ah, Ji Hoon, his Secret Garden “family”? Shouldn’t it be someone that loves and cares for Ri Hwan (not that Yi Seul wouldn’t but that was not his mom’s point) and who has/have been there for his whole life? Eh.
It is a mother’s role to take difficult calls when she thinks that is in the best interest of her children but Seon Yeong is stubbornly project her own unhappiness and sad ending with Haeng Ah’s father to both Ri Hwan and Haeng Ah- and that is not fair to them.
That hug at the end was a killer- I was thinking “oh crap, please don’t do that noble idiocy thing and tell her to go away, that would be uncharacteristic at this point ugh ugh ugh” but I’m so glad that Ri Hwan initiated the hug. It’s a shitty situation they’re both in at the moment, but it seems like they will stick together and work through all the issues so I’m hopeful about them.
Se Yeong’s life goals are unreal, couldn’t stop laughing! The episode was quite heave at some parts so it needed that comic relief. I do wonder what Jo Dong said to Tae Hee though.
Oh, my ultimate old school bias sneaking in his “Love in your Embrace” glory; sadly I couldn’t find that particular scene where he pointed out his finger and everyone fell in love with him but here’s a swag picture of him just cause.
Onwards to episode 9 then!