Bubblegum Episode # 10 Recap [I see a Red Door and I want it Painted Black]
disclaimer – this post was written by kipzizz for dramajjang.co only-
Ri Hwan tells Ji Hoon he has to go gome, because his mother is up and she remembers him. Ji Hoon encourages him in a funny way, and tells him to take care on the streets. Ri Hwan arrives home to find his mother asleep and removes some of his stuff in fear she might get confused if she sees stuff she won’t recognize. Auntie wonders if Haeng Ah will be able to keep up with all that.
Yi Seul’s mom decides to visit Ri Hwan in his clinic something Yi Seul doesn’t want her to. Her mother tells her she does thing she doesn’t want either, so she will go and meet him anyway. She confuses Ji Hoon for Ri Hwan and her questions along with his replies, don’t match and they are both confused by each other. In the end she figures out what is going on, and leaves but Yi Seul thinking that she met Ri Hwan, rushes to the clinic.
She apologizes to him on behalf of her mother but he says it is alright. She asks him if Haeng Ah told him what she said to her the other day and Ri Hwan’s reaction prompts her to confess that she told Haeng Ah to break up with him. Ri Hwan doesn’t want to argue with her and tells her to leave since he has to go back to work.
She grabs onto his jacket and tells him that even if Haeng Ah is in his heart right now, if he broke up with her, she would be with him if he allowed her to- she tells him he’s a good person and she likes him and even his mom likes her.
Yi Seul returns to her office and gets ridiculed by her mother once more, but when she starts calling Ri Hwan “an ordinary punk” she talks back- she tells her that he is much better than all those company guys that inherit fortunes and treat others like dirt. Her mother is surprised she talked back and tells her she will have to do something about her being so crazy over a guy.
Ri Hwan talks to his mother’s friend doctor and tells him that his mother is still obsessed with Haeng Ah and doesn’t remember him or doesn’t want to remember him. The doctor asks him how he is dealing with the trauma that his mother tried to kill herself when she was pregnant with him, but Ri Hwan says he knew he wasn’t that welcomed into the world and he has acknowledged that fact. The doctor tells him not to brush that aside and to get treatment- he asks him if he has someone to lean on in this difficult time.
Haeng Ah says she has to go the bathroom for a bit and she tries calling the station to tell them she will be late but Seon Yeong gets anxious and calls for Haeng Ah to come back and scolds her for only thinking of herself.
Se Yeong is doing her live program and reads a letter that says they were rejected from a job interview and “they have to be strong.” She wonders if those words have any meaning whatsoever, but when Jo Dong doesn’t reply, she announces to the audience they have a fill in for producer Kim that couldn’t make it today and the reaction is slow, because the fill in is excited to be near her. Jo Dong is embarrassed by her words and thinks back to the previous night when he met Ji Hoon.
They talk about women problems- Ji Hoon says he wished he had another chance with her and would gladly give up alcohol, which was his life long companion until now. Jo Dong wonders if someone is playing a camera joke on him, since the woman that apparently likes him now, is pretty, a good worker and young as well- in fact she’s good friends with Haeng Ah. They both figure out they talk about the same person, Tae Hee.
Haeng Ah goes to the station to finish up the program and afterwards she thanks Jo Dong for filling for her lately- she’s gonna have to ask for leave for some time. Jo Dong tells her it is okay, and he doesn’t mind filling for her, since he prefers that than being alone in his dorm and he actually likes her team. He gives her advice on how to deal with her Aunt, since he knows from experience.
Ri Hwan meets Haeng Ah outside the house and asks her if she had a hard day- she tells him that she didn’t really, since everyone is helping her out with work, making sure to ask her if she ate and all that. He tells her he is grateful for her good friends.
Haeng Ah starts narrating a story about a man that has a different sort of Alzheimer’s than Aunt, and how he proposes to his wife every day, just like that. Ri Hwan “tells” Haeng Ah to get married, “just like that”, and then tells her he loves her.
They later text each other, “wondering” if they should go those vacations they talked about once- they should take Seon Yeong together with them, to start having happy memories again.
Seon Yeong calls Haeng Ah and urges her to track down a woman with a specific outfit in the Respiratory Clinic- Jo Dong tells Haeng Ah he will fill for her and she should go about her business. Joon Soo tries to cheer her up too.
Jo Dong calls Seok Joon and tells him they can’t meet since he has to fill in for Haeng Ah- he tells him he’s worried about her since she hasn’t been eating well.
Haeng Ah, after going back and forth enters the clinic and asks the reception about the woman she’s supposed to be looking for. The nurses tell her that’s not enough to track down a person and tell her to wait aside, since they’re busy with patients- Haeng Ah passes out when she sees a cloth full of blood. Seok Joon calls her at that time, and the nurse inform him that she fainted.
Seok Joon asks Ri Hwan how long Haeng Ah will be passing out when he’s supposed to take care of her. Ri Hwan stays by Haeng Ah’s side, and when she wakes up, he tells her they’re on the ER and she will probably see blood again. She asks him to help her get out of there as soon as possible.
Ri Hwan checks old photos to see if he can find that person his mom is looking for. He sees a picture of her with that specific dress and realizes the person she has been trying to track down, was her own self in a happy day. He breaks down and cries and thinks on what the doctor told him- that this situation must be really hard for Haeng Ah, too.
He takes out his remote control car and while playing around with it, he thinks of all the people telling him how hard it must be for Haeng Ah. Tae Hee tells him all the hardships that Haeng Ah had to endure and how she has to at least be happy now, and requests of Ri Hwan to let her go because the situation right now makes things difficult for her again. He also recalls Seok Joon’s words about Haeng Ah deserving complete happiness.
Ri Hwan “talks” with his mom and tells her he won’t see Haeng Ah anymore. She asks him if Haeng Ah won’t come by anymore and how she hasn’t seen her for a while. He tells her he can live without her, and she shouldn’t forget that.
He meets Seok Joon, and says he doesn’t think of him as the best solution- Seok Joon replies that when there is no best solution, at least erase the most wrong one. “I will erase myself, then” says Ri Hwan.
After that, he sits her down and announces that he moved her stuff from the third floor to her old apartment- Haeng Ah wonders if Aunt got upset with that and Ri Hwan tells her, if she did get or she didn’t get upset, she won’t have to worry about it now.
Haeng Ah doesn’t understand and Ri Hwan explains she was right about them not being able to be together right now- he can’t leave his mother alone and hold her freely and from now on they won’t meet anywhere since he said his goodbyes to all the common places they had. Haeng Ah tells him that this is not the same as just breaking up, and he tells her that there’s no breaking up halfway.
Reflection Corner :
Uuuum, what? Wait a second to get this straight-
Ri Hwan made a resolve last episode; that he will fight alongside Haeng Ah, that he will cry alongside her, he will laugh alongside her, they will be doing all sort of things together. And a day later he decides to take all that back, and completely disappear from her life? What the hell, how does that even make sense? And what did change? His mother was sick when he promised her that, nothing new happened there. Is it because Haeng Ah fainted? Is it because of what Tae Hee told him? Is it because of Seok Joon’s smooth talks? So what, everyone will have an opinion. The point is, what Haeng Ah wants. And Haeng Ah wants to stay by her Aunt’s side, and his side. But apparently nobody cares what Haeng Ah wants, not even Ri Hwan!
And now, he tells her he will disappear completely from her life, but oh, even that decision is half-assed since it is clearly what he doesn’t want as it is evident from him crying his guts out as he says his goodbye.
And for argument’s sake, let’s just say that they should break up for reasons x and y. Does this mean they won’t have to meet AT ALL? Legit question posed right there from Haeng Ah, herself.
It’s not even noble idiocy device we’re dealing with here, it is simply inexplicable. I guess the writers intended to color Ri Hwan as a “martyr of love” or something, but just an episode ago, he, himself kicked out the “chance” for unnecessary angst (and I was so happy to see that happening, because everything he said last episode made absolutely sense) and now it’s up there again. /sigh
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Anyway, forever forward is my motto so onwards for episode 11 and hopefully that one won’t give me as much as a whiplash as episode 10 did!