Not expecting much any more, but still loved some bits of this episode so I shall do a recap anyway! I’m anticipating lots of screenshots and lesser words this time.
Whatever Jung Joo narrated the previous episode was actually all sent as texts to Geun Woo – I feel like I’m going crazy now that you’ve left. I didn’t believe you. I wasn’t confident enough to believe your words. You were as desperate for me as I was for you, weren’t you? Baek Geun Woo, where are you? Regardless of how you feel, I will keep on loving you.
However, those texts weren’t read, not even until a year later.
A year later, we are shown the Warm and Cozy v2.0 with Poong San as the new chef, and two other helpers. Jung Joo still hasn’t caught an octopus but the other lady diver tells her to take care of the baby. Mayor comes in with the baby and they take photos to commemorate the baby’s first vaccination shots.
They even joke that the baby really takes after Jung Joo – trying to make us think that this is her baby with Mayor? No way.
Geun Woo returns after a year to Jeju because of the problem which Jong Bae had posed. Jung Joo brings the baby to the resort to meet his father and when he cries, she picks him up but doesn’t notice that he drops his rattle.
Guess who comes out of the lift?
Geon Woo is stunned but struggles to keep his calm as he helps Jung Joo into the lift. He comments that the baby is really cute and asks if he looks like her.
She nods, “Yes he does look like me, doesn’t he?” Oh gosh look at his sad face.
After the doors close, he turns to leave but notices the rattle on the floor. Cues exciting music as he dashes up three floors to find Jung Joo – but to no avail. I know that the baby isn’t Jung Joo’s, but I like it that even Jung Joo is playing into the this-is-my-baby game because it does make me doubt myself for a few seconds.
Turns out the baby, Han Byul, is actually her nephew.
Geon Woo sits outside the rooms and wonders if the baby is really Jung Joo’s, since Poong San would have uploaded something onto SNS if Jung Joo had gotten a baby…right?
His hopes are dashed when he sees a photo of Jung Joo and Han Byul right on Poong San’s SNS.
Han Byul’s mum points out that Geon Woo must have been over Jung Joo if he didn’t follow her into the lift, but thankfully, Jung Joo v2.0 has a little more sense to run out of the room to find Geon Woo. Why are you even so nice to someone who cheated your money:<
She runs into Geon Woo just outside the rooms but realises that Geon Woo seems to be very bothered about the possibility of Han Byul being Mayor’s son (“Is his name Hwang Han Byul?”) or that she could have gotten married to someone else. She tells him that everyone thinks Han Byul looks like her and doesn’t take after his dad.
“Who is his father?” “You have seen him before, a very long time ago.” Well not really a lie.
Over tea, she apologises for not believing his words over a year ago. Even though she sent him texts, she knew he hasn’t read them. He explains that he has turned off his phone ever since he left Jeju. Jung Joo is glad that she has the chance to apologise anyway and even frankly admits that she hopes he would visit her. He knows that the story of Han Byul’s dad was a bait and takes the rattle away as a punishment.
He quickly returns to his room and charges his old phone, but realises that he has lost the messages. He desperately calls the phone company to ask them to restore the messages, “It’s only been a year ago, is it that difficult?”
Jung Joo tells Poong San about the un-received messages. She did send them but they were never delivered – it’s like a heart floating in the air? She doesn’t want to re-send them since Geon Woo will be leaving soon anyway. Poong San learns that Geon Woo didn’t bite the bait of Jung Joo being married, so he intentionally posts a photo of Mayor and Han Byul on his SNS.
True enough, this spurs Geon Woo to take the rattle and run to every room on third floor to find Han Byul hahaha. Because of that, he also learns from the mum that he was Jung Joo’s first love.
Mayor zooms in on his photo with Han Byul with an air of a pleased and shy man, but it’s revealed that he’s no longer wooing Jung Joo. Hee Ra returns to Jeju (unknown to her brother) and is told that she’s banned from alcohol when she lives at the resort. That’s because she was almost arrested for committing assault while intoxicated the last time she broke up with her boyfriend. She pretends to throw a tantrum and gets out of the car for air, but actually sneaks off to drink.
As expected, Mayor comes along to pick thrash and demands that she gets out of the cultural property. She rebelliously throws nut shells on the floor and accidentally chokes on a nut hahahaha.
She squeaks and looks at Mayor in desperation.
In a somewhat comical, shouldn’t-be-repeated manoeuvre, Mayor gets the nut out.
Mayor makes Hee Ra picks up all the trash and learns the reason why she’s drinking in broad day light. Her heart is still broken by the ex-boyfriend so she drinks to sterilise her wounds. Mayor realises that her skirt is torn and quickly wraps his jacket around her waist, “Other people cannot see that your heart is torn, but they can see that your butt is torn.” Haha.
Hae Sil actually follows after Hee Ra but warns the secretary not to tell Hee Ra that she’s in Je ju.
The secretary comically complains about how people in that family is always telling him not to tell the rest about their whereabouts.
Jong Bae has told Geon Woo his theory before – that his father took the blame for his mother. He’s the kind of man that would throw away his life for the woman he loves. Although Geon Woo doesn’t believe it, he decides to meet his father to clear up this one in a million possibility.
Geon Woo pops by Warm and Cozy and the town workers see him. They quickly inform the Mayor about his appearance and how he seems to think that Han Byul is his child.
Actually Geon Woo knows that it’s a bait but still demands to see Han Byul’s father. Jung Joo fesses up and Geon Woo says that Han Byul couldn’t have been Mayor’s son anyway, since he’s exceptional, cute and classy.
This is why he was really bothered, “Doesn’t he look too much like him?” “Who?” “Me!”
Hahaha. Jung Joo quickly brings him up to her room to stop him from yammering about “that night”.
Although she claims to remember all the nights she has spent with him, he teases about the night she cannot remember. She tells him that the Mayor has already told her that he was really there that night. If she could remember what he said, then she wouldn’t have sent him away like that. “Can we start talking through these misunderstandings?” YES. Jung Joo v2.0, why did you appear only in the second last episode?
Geon Woo is about to tell her what really happened that night, but gets interrupted by Poong San and leaves, much to Jung Joo’s disappointment.
Mayor comes to Warm and Cozy to find Geon Woo and forcefully brings him away hahaha. Turns out he got over Jung Joo the day Geon Woo left Jeju, but he didn’t drink in the public because he didn’t want people to criticise Jung Joo. Awww. So this is his chance to drink with Geon Woo.
Geon Woo dismisses the few bottles on the table but is taken aback when he’s told that there’s a box more in the fridge.
Even Jung Geum is back and tells the secretary not to tell Hae Sil that he followed her. Haha. He tells the secretary that he’s going to hide gifts around the house and asks the secretary to try and find them. Poor secretary, probably over-worked and underpaid.
Jung Geum pranks Hae Sil and gets whacked on the face. As she tends to his injury, she tells him not to give her any more surprises. The other time, he almost burnt all the curtains. Lol.
Poong San wonders if Mayor and Geon Woo will end up fighting, but Jung Joo thinks they won’t since both of them are over her. Poong San assures her that Geon Woo still likes her very much. Just like how phone covers can be changed but the substance remains the same (essentially product placement), Geon Woo’s heart is the same and she should trust Geon Woo.
Back to the duelling guys. They are just red and woozy but not that drunk yet. Mayor tells Geon Woo that ever since he left, there were twenty five guys who asked Mayor to set them up with Jung Joo. “Five of them were handsome…like you….seven of them…were tall…and even two..were superr…rich.”
“It’s hard to possess all these qualities like I do.” Mayor declares his intention to match make her with all 25 guys and get her married within a year.
Geon Woo hits the table and asks if he’s some match-making services. Hahaha somehow this talk amuses him. Mayor gives Geon Woo a challenge – for every huge cup of drink he finishes, he will remove a guy from the matchmaking list. “Twenty-five guys, do you want to have a go at it?”
Later, Mayor brings Geon Woo back to Warm and Cozy and wanders off himself.
He takes out the ring that he bought for Jung Joo and throws it into the sea, finally letting Jung Joo go.
Geon Woo wakes up from his drunken stupor and tells Jung Joo straight out, “I miss you. I think about you all the time…what do I do?”
Wow wow, it takes a drunk Geon Woo to be Geon Woo v2.0. “I really want to see you…I miss you, Lee Jung Joo.”
Jung Joo starts tearing, “I miss you. I really missed you too.”
He laughs, “Thankfully.” He places his hand on her cheek and whispers, “I love you.” A tear rolls from his eye.
Okay I might be really strange, but I really like this scene??? The fact that a tear rolls out from his eye just makes the scene much, much more tender…I don’t know why hahaha.
Any way he drops back off to dead-drunk land, wakes up the next day with no memories of who brought him back. Until he sees the band-aid on his hand and also has the vague memory of Jung Joo looking at him in tears.
Mok Ji Won calls him and tells him to check out some sight with her. She’s getting married and she’s not sure if the sunflower fields will cut it. But it doesn’t matter, “I can get married any where. Since he’s the heir of Young Seok Group.” She smiles with a kid-ish air, which okay, kind of amuses me too (and she looks really pretty here!)
The truth was Jung Joo brought him back to the resort with the secretary. She knows that Geon Woo might not remember what he had said the night before but it’s okay – she will keep on liking him now.
Geon Woo calls the secretary to find out what happened but Jung Geum picks up the call instead. They meet, and Jung Geum tells him that he can return to Jeju because he’s planning to move to Japan with Hae Sil. Anyway, he wants to tell Hae Sil the truth on their first wedding anniversary. Geon Woo doesn’t want to pose trouble and tells Jung Geum not to try too hard. He leaves, and Hae Sil sees him, but Jung Geum lies that Geon Woo didn’t come when she asked.
Geon Woo tells Jong Bae that he will leave Jeju that day because he doesn’t think that his father is going to show up any way. Again?? Are you guys just trying to boast about how convenient it is to go from Seoul to Jeju? Hahaha kidding.
Hee Ra meets Bo Ra and sees Mayor at the cafe. Bo Ra points out that the two of them have already met before at Warm and Cozy and Hee Ra suddenly recalls. Through her flashback, we see the Mayor sobbing away after Jung Joo ran to the airport.
Aww</3 Hee Ra murmurs that his heart was also being torn apart at that time, and is even more interested in joining the lady diver school.
Jung Joo goes to the resort to see Han Byul and runs into Hae Sil, who wants her to tell Geon Woo not to be uncomfortable around him.
Geon Woo tries to find her at Warm and Cozy and realises that the band-aid on his hand comes from Jung Joo.
Jung Joo visits Geon Woo’s room and is stunned to find Ji Won inside.
Ji Won is already engaged to Geon Woo’s friend but still likes to play her games in front of Jung Joo, “Geon Woo and I met in New York and also came back to Korea together. He didn’t tell you? I’m also getting married.” Jung Joo blinks and looks a little taken aback, but don’t forget, this is a improved version of Jung Joo.
She asks, “Who are you getting married to? You are not marrying Geon Woo.” Ji Won chokes as she continues about how she wanted to teach Ji Won a lesson for a long time since she has always led her to misunderstandings.
“Geon Woo likes me so much! We were together here last night, who do you think you are fooling!”
She chases Ji Won out, “Aren’t you leaving!” Ji Won gets thrown out of the room, with the tea cup still in her hand haha.
(‘wow look I’m enjoying tea outside my room~’)
Jung Joo gets a call from Jong Bae who tells her that Geon Woo is leaving again. She runs off immediately to the airport. I will never let you go again. Don’t go, Geon Woo! I…I love you too.
She didn’t get to see Geon Woo though and returns dejectedly to Warm and Cozy.
She looks at the unsent messages which have been retyped in her message box. She sends them out again, thinking that they won’t be received, but a second later, the messages are read.
Are these the texts I didn’t receive a year ago?
She replies desperately asking where he is, and he appears behind her.
He asks if she was the one who gave him the band-aid and stayed by his side last night. She nods. He remembers that they sat there last night talking but when Jung Joo asks if he remembers what he said, he replies, “Forget everything that some drunk guy told you.”
Jung Joo sighs but he continues, “Hear it again while I’m sober.”
“Jung Joo ah”
“I love you.”
Whoooo~ okay on hindsight, this drama has its really terrible points. Like how I didn’t recap Episode 14 but actually feel like there was nothing much that lapsed in between Episode 13 and 15 anyway. I love the version twos of characters – they should have appeared way earlier? This is not a 16 episodes drama. It could have been cleanly dealt with using 10 episodes to be honest, showing that this drama really lacks any sense of conflict at all.
But since I’m liking the version twos, I will persist and continue recapping this till the end. We only have one more episode left anyway.
I really don’t see the point of the main conflict (Geon Woo’s dad/mum killing Hae Sil’s husband) and why Jung Geum has to shift from Jeju to Japan blahdiblah. In my view, the larger they make the problem sound, the more ridiculous it becomes. But enough hate on it since you guys already know I dislike it.
But I really like the scene where Geon Woo confessed to Jung Joo – sincere, heartfelt words. No holding back, no misunderstandings. Just straight answers and feelings and ahhh that tear really touched me for some reason. It was so unexpected? This is what I love about improved versions – they are so much smarter, straightforward and honest. Although this is because of the one-year lapse as well as the fact that Jung Joo finally realises how silly she was for not believing Geon Woo, I do think that the fact that shift happened so easily proves that there was no real conflict ultimately. It’s all just verbal miscommunication. And if this couple pairing cannot even get themselves sorted out to be honest, clear and trust each other, then obviously they aren’t going to work out.
Usually I would end off recaps at this stage of the drama with “I can’t wait!” “Let’s see what they give us!” but this time round I won’t since we already know what they are giving us – happy endings, sorted out misunderstandings and along those lines.
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