Joined: 08 June 2011
Also Known As: I Miss You
Genre: Romantic Melo-drama
Broadcast Network: MBC
Official Website: http://www.imbc.com/broad/tv/drama/bogo/
Broadcast Period: November 7 2012
Air Time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
Director: Lee Jae Dong
Writer: Moon Hee Jung
Missing You is a love story between a man and a woman who live with heartbreaking memories.
Yoon Eun Hye as Lee Soo Yeon
Park Yoochun as Han Jung Woo
Yoo Seung Ho as Kang Hyung-Joon
Kim So Hyun as younger Soo Yeon
Yeo Jin Goo as younger Jung Woo
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EPISODE 1 RECAP
A girl walks down a residential alleyway, her head hung low, her eyes darting around nervously. I don't think it's jumping the gun too much to identify her as our heroine, LEE SOO-YEON (Kim So-hyun, played in adulthood by Yoon Eun-hye).
Soo-yeon enters the gate and hears a loud thunk! from inside the house. It pulls her short, all nerves. Oh dear, she lives a pretty grim life, from what we see of her shabby neighborhood and her fearful posture.
Cautiously, Soo-yeon makes her way inside and asks, "Mom?" A man roughly grabs her from behind and muffles her mouth. "Be quiet!" he hisses, "Somebody's outside."
He grabs her threateningly, asking where her mother is. Soo-yeon sobs that she doesn't know, and he throws her to the ground, covering her in a blanket. Yikes.
We cut to outside, where a woman shakes as she listens below the window. Are you Mom? Are you really going to just hide there while your daughter screams, "It hurts"? I guess you are.
The man stomps on Soo-yeon brutally, over and over. He smirks, "It hurts? You were happy I was gone, weren't you?" Please tell me this isn't Dad. I don't blame Mom too much for hiding, given that this is what would be happening to her too… okay, I do blame Mom. Lord, woman.
Some time later, Dad sits nursing a soju bottle. Another man enters and addresses him warningly as Lee Tae-soo. Dad flings the bottle at his head and swings with a wrench, but this man is expecting the fight and efficiently restrains him. Ah, he's a cop — he cuffs Dad and rattles off his list of crimes.
More cops drag him off, and Dad yells, "I didn't kill him!"
It's only now that the cop, Detective Kim (Jeon Gwang-ryul), notices the huddle under the blanket. He finds Soo-yeon trembling, saying, "I… was wrong…" It's her constant refrain, the thing she must always say in hopes of calming Dad's rage.
Turns out Mom called the cops on her husband, and she arrives as Detective Kim emerges with Soo-yeon on his back. He says she's hurt, but Mom mutters, "It won't kill her," and hurries inside the house. Wow. The astonished look on his face mirrors mine, and he calls to Mom. She snaps, "If you're so worried, then you raise her!" Is it too much to hope that he will?
The chyron identifies that we're in the summer of 1997. Then, a quick montage of scenes from the future:
We see a loft with a (woman's?) dead body lying on the ground, a man crying by her side. Our hero runs madly to the distraught heroine, whom he embraces. Police cars screech to the scene.
The hero holds up a gun, grabs her bloodstained hand, and leads her away. We see the face of the sobbing man in the loft (Yoo Seung-ho).
A gunshot. Our hero falls with a bloody bullet wound in his temple. Ack! Is this going to bethat kind of drama? Eeek.
The hero lies on the ground in an empty shed, tears falling from his eyes.
We reopen in the fall of 1998 at an American junior high school. HAN JUNG-WOO (Yeo Jin-gu, later played by Park Yoochun) is called away from his football game with news that brightens his whole being: his father's here.
Jung-woo runs through school with a huge grin that immediately disappears once he sees that it's not Dad here to see him, but his assistant. Dad's too busy with the company, as always. Jung-woo's family lives in Korea, and his stepmother has sent him instructions on touring Ivy League schools, even though he's only 15.
Yet it's Seoul's Gimpo Airport he ends up at, surprising not only his stepmother Hwang Mi-ran (Do Ji-won) but also the assistant he followed, ha. Jung-woo doesn't seem to like her much, keeping his words polite but showing little care for her. They're all heading to see Dad for the first time in six months, and he's determined to be part of the reunion.
As their chauffeured car drives by a prison, he catches a glimpse of Soo-yeon on the street, hair hanging in her face, head bowed as always. Something about her strikes him.
They arrive to pick up Dad, who has served time for some kind of white-collar business-related crime, and Stepmom Mi-ran wades through a crowd of reporters hounding her with questions. Jung-woo has been ordered to stay in the car as Dad emerges in a wheelchair. Jung-woo darts through the crowd to join his family as they're loaded onto a waiting ambulance.
Meanwhile Soo-yeon's mother joins her outside, saying wearily, "It's over. Let's go." Soo-yeon looks over to see a dead body being loaded into another ambulance. (We'll find out later, but that's her dad who's just been executed.)
Jung-woo's father, Han Tae-joon, is a cold, gruff sort who finds Jung-woo's presence here unnecessary and unwelcome. Apparently they'd kept the prison stay a secret from Jung-woo, who says he came because it's been so long that he's heard from his father. Stepmom takes on a suddenly doting attitude and defends him, saying he's old enough to know what goes on in the family now.
Han Tae-joon orders his family to go home, then takes a detour. We come to a large mansion, where another body is loaded onto a stretcher while a woman wails in distress. Lordy, drama, how about a little anchoring here? If I weren't flipping over to the character chart every other minute, I'd be totally lost; I'm having enough trouble keeping all these bodies straight as it is.
This sickly man is a chairman, and the woman is his new wife, Kang Hyun-joo. She growls at Han Tae-joon that she'll call the cops on him, because if something happens to the chairman, he's a murderer.
There's no love lost between Hyun-joo and Han Tae-joon. He snipes, "What, so you'll put me away for murder this time?" He tells her he feels like he just got bit by his supposedly tame dog, accusing her of stealing money from him during his absence.
Hyun-joo bites out that he'd better stop treating her like a dog: "I gave birth to your father's son!" Ah, I see. He thinks of her as a gold-digger who seduced his father, and she blames him for her husband's collapse. This makes her… Jung-woo's step-grandmother? Okay, got it. This is getting convoluted, and fast.
Han Tae-joon warns, "For your child's sake, you'd better not make me angry." She freezes at the threat. He smirks that the boy "won't be dead yet."
Seized with fear, she runs for her son's room—in a separate cottage—screaming, "Joon-ah!" But the only thing inside are two dogs that leap at her. BANG! One dog falls to the ground, shot by Han Tae-joon, who asks menacingly, "Who do you think is next? Where is my money?!"
Hyun-joo is dragged away screaming for her son. But then the men see that a window is broken and stained with blood—the boy escaped. Han Tae-joon orders him found immediately.
That boy is Kang Hyung-joon (future Yoo Seung-ho), who limps away whimpering for his mother. (Ha, so Yoo Seung-ho is technically Yoochun's uncle?)
The sound of barking dogs keeps Hyung-joon on the move… but then, someone grabs him.
By the waterside, Soo-yeon recites listlessly, "He'll come… he won't…" Her mother dumps her husband's ashes into the lake and urges her to say some last words. Soo-yeon confirms, "Dad's not coming back anymore, is he? It's really over, right?"
Mom screams out the lake, cursing her hateful husband and bursting into sobs. A third visitor, Detective Kim, hangs back at a distance.
Mom gets drunk over dinner and toasts to their new life, while the other diners gossip about how Dad was executed for the murder of a child. Her loud behavior attracts stares, but Mom tells Soo-yeon not to mind them.
Jung-woo can't sleep, and he wanders out in the middle of the night, bored. A creaking noise makes him lose some of his nerve, but upon coming to a playground he finds Soo-yeon mindlessly rocking back and forth on a swing. He recognizes her and joins her on the swings, noting, "Ah, so this is what you look like."
She eyes him warily, but he just smiles at her and introduces himself. She expects that he knows who she is since everybody's gossiping about her family. Blankly he asks if she's famous—a celebrity? What?
In his momentary distraction Soo-yeon hurries away, but he calls after her, "Red uniform! Famous girl!" And then, "Lee Soo-yeon!" (It's on her school nametag.) That stops her, and she returns to the playground. He keeps prodding her to answer—who is she then?
When it starts to rain, Jung-woo ducks under the slide and gestures for her to join him. Instead, she tells him to wait and darts back home to look for an umbrella. She excitedly tells Mom about the weird kid who keeps talking to her and calling her name, already smiling as she describes Jung-woo.
Soo-yeon finds the umbrella and runs back in the rain, offering it to Jung-woo. He thanks her and tells her he'll return it tomorrow. She asks, "You'll be back tomorrow?" He replies, "I have to return your umbrella." Cute.
Jung-woo fights with the floppy, broken umbrella all the way home, getting soaked anyway. Ha. But he's got a big grin on his face and embraces the wet.
The next morning Soo-yeon hurries out, eager to meet Jung-woo again. As she passes a house, a bowl smashes through a window and she sees a little kid inside who seems to by trying to break out of the barred window. The boy hides under her covers and doesn't answer Soo-yeon's questions, and she notices the padlocked gate.
Han Tae-joon is informed that there's been no sign of the runaway boy. Hyun-joo keeps asking after him, but he's willing to make a deal only under one condition: the boy gets returned in exchange for the stolen money. He orders his assistant, "So bring him back, even if it's a dead body." Yeesh. So Jung-woo's dad is a bullying asshole; amazing that Jung-woo's sunny nature escaped that, though maybe he has his overseas education to thank for it.
Jung-woo starts to head out to meet Soo-yeon, while his little sister Ah-reum whines that she wants to go with him. Stepmom Mi-ran stops him, though, informing him that Grandpa's dead. It's not emotional news since he's never met the man, but it is surprising. (For clarity's sake I'll call Dad Chairman Han now, since he will be soon enough.)
Soo-yeon arrives at the playground and waits around, resuming her recitation of "He'll come… he won't…"
Unfortunately Jung-woo's stuck at his grandfather's funeral while his dad is off being villain-in-chief. Stepmom talks to Chairman Han on the phone, belatedly realizing that Jung-woo has overheard the conversation and is suspicious—they told him Dad collapsed, but he isn't in the hospital. Why?
Jung-woo asks what Dad's doing. Stepmom retorts that Dad went to prison to protect his money: "That's the only thing your father knows." Meaning, he only cares about his money, not bonding with his curious son. Jung-woo gets angry and tells her not to call herself his mother, and she replies that he should return to the States since she doesn't enjoy having him around either.
Chairman Han is currently looming over the hospital bed of Hyun-joo. But she has deduced that he doesn't actually know where her son Hyung-joon is, and calls him on the bluff.
He growls that if he can't have that money, then nobody will. At that, she bursts out that the chairman gave her that money. She didn't steal it—it was to protect Joonie from him. "If anything happens to our Joonie, you won't receive one penny of that money!"
That tips him off that the boy must have the money, and he orders his man to find him asap. As he leaves, a nurse rolls a cart into the room—it's the dead chairman's nurse, who happens to be Hyun-joo's confidante. She deliberately soils the bed to give them an excuse to shoo out the bodyguards while they clean up.
The nurse, Hye-mi, whispers to Hyun-joo that she has Joonie. She's fearful and wonders if they should just return the money, but Hyun-joo tells her fiercely, "The chairman is dead. Now the only thing we can trust is that money." Without that money, she warns, they're all dead.
Hyun-joo gives her an order: "Take Han Tae-joon's son." Yikes. An eye for an eye, izzat it?
Chairman Han finds his son nodding off at the funeral hall, and takes him aside for a scolding. Don't act of his own accord again, such as skipping out on school and flying here on his own. "I forgive just once. Keep that in mind."
Jung-woo agrees, and asks if he can still come back for vacation. His father relents, and tells him he doesn't have to go abroad if he doesn't want to: "I'm different from my father. I don't trust other people—I only trust my son, Han Jung-woo."
Overhearing this is Stepmom, who understandably looks upset since she's excluded from his trust.
Jung-woo returns to his room, seeing the umbrella and realizing he forgot to meet Soo-yeon. It's past ten o'clock, and she's only now walking back home after waiting all day.
Soo-yeon passes by the same house with the scared boy inside, and peers inside. Hyung-joon's huddled in bed, whimpering in pain, and she asks if he's sick. Nurse Hye-mi grabs her meanly and warns her to mind her own business.
At the police station, Detective Kim hounds his superior to reopen a case, and comes up against a brick wall. His boss says the case is closed, but Detective Kim says the real criminal confessed: "I can't just bury this! From here on out, I will take responsibility for my mistake." Hm, does he mean Soo-yeon's dad was executed for a crime he didn't commit?
The boss points out that this isn't a matter so easily set to rights—he's risking his own job. Lee Tae-soo (yup, Dad) had a long history of prior convictions, so they needn't feel too guilty for letting him take this fall.
Still, Detective Kim's guilt eats at him and he seeks out Soo-yeon's school, again keeping his distance.
Soo-yeon is pushed around and mocked by the other students. On the other hand, the girls are quick to preen at the sight of a new student, Jung-woo, carrying a familiar yellow umbrella. When he asks after Soo-yeon, her name barely rings a bell until one girl recalls, "Oh, Number 27." Then she shuts up, realizing this is awkward.
Jung-woo comes upon a crowd in the hallway, where someone wonders, "Why doesn't Number 27 transfer out?" Inside the home ec classroom, Soo-yeon stands alone—everyone else refuses to go near her. They tell the teacher that they can't share space with that shameful Number 27, the daughter of a murderer. What if she stabs them with the kitchen knife?
Jung-woo's eyes widen. Soo-yeon has heard it all, and with head hanging she walks out of the class. She tells the teacher she's sick and gets dismissed to see the nurse.
As the class files into the room, Soo-yeon meets Jung-woo's shocked eyes. She calls his name and steps toward him—and he steps back in fear. Oof. That's terrible. You can't blame him for his reaction, but man does that hurt. He even hides the umbrella behind his back, like he wants to eliminate his excuse to talk to her.
None of this is lost on Soo-yeon, of course. She gets it. Without another word, she walks away.
Jung-woo is quickly recognized as popular kid material and bombarded with attention. The kids busily fill him in on Soo-yeon's history and how her father killed two people, warning him to be careful around her.
Jung-woo attracts more adoration in gym class, while Soo-yeon sits off on the side, a thorough outcast. He takes out his personal frustrations in the basketball game, and his aggressive body-checking pisses off the other team.
Three boys corner him after the game, and the ringleader throws a punch. Jung-woo's temper flares and he returns the punch, but he's outnumbered and soon getting thoroughly kicked.
After a few moments, the boys are stopped by a barrage of basketballs rolling by them. It's Soo-yeon, dragging along the ball cart and looking like the freaky Ring girl. She starts picking up the balls and whispers to Jung-woo to stay still—if he doesn't fight back, they'll lose interest.
I love that Soo-yeon uses her fearful reputation to spook the bullies, who quickly leave. But Jung-woo's still shaking in rage and he hurls a ball at the leader's head, ordering him to keep fighting.
He gets a few good blows in, but once again he ends up on the ground, getting stomped on. It's an experience Soo-yeon can relate to, and the flashback to her abusive father has her huddling in fear, trying to block out the memory.
At her locker, she finds the yellow umbrella. As she leaves school, she finds Jung-woo standing at the entrance, keeping out of the pouring rain. She offers him the umbrella and again he flinches, like he thought she was trying to stab him. Tears fill her eyes.
"It's not me," she starts to cry. "I won't kill anybody."
But he backs away slowly, shaking his head no. When she calls his name, he bursts out, "Why are you doing this to me? If I pretended not to know you, you should've caught on—just go!"
Rather than getting angry, Soo-yeon says ruefully, "You got all wet because of me. I'm sorry. It's okay, I'm not crying because I'm sad. It's because of the wind, getting in my eyes."
Soo-yeon walks away, leaving Jung-woo uncomfortably facing his conscience. He stands there in the rain, thinking of her words.
On her walk home, she recalls their first meeting, reinforced by the sight of the playground swings. It's where he sits a short while later, getting drenched as he broods.
Soo-yeon walks by Hyung-joon's window, and this time she hears Hye-mi pleading, "If you go outside and get caught, you're finished! Don't you want to see your mother?"
She peeks inside, and Hye-mi barks at her to get lost.
Mom comes up to her in the street and grabs at the umbrella. Opening it, they see a little note attached on a string, which reads: "Property of the most famous kid in the neighborhood, Lee Soo-yeon." It brings a little smile to her face.
Meanwhile, Jung-woo stays out in the rain, swinging higher and higher, thinking of Soo-yeon. Finally he leaps off and goes running through the neighborhood, asking the neighbors for Soo-yeon's house, passing Detective Kim on the way.
At home, Soo-yeon writes a letter to Jung-woo she doesn't intend to send, which thanks him and wonders whether they could have been friends if not for her father.
Someone pounds on their door. But it's not Jung-woo, who arrives at the house to see a commotion already in full swing. Soo-yeon's mother rages wildly at a crowd of ajummas, screaming, "How much longer will you do this? Did I kill your husband? Did I kill your child? What do you want me to do?!"
The lead ajumma is the mother of the victim, and she cries, "Give me back my son!"
To which Mom grabs Seo-yeon—who is pleading with her to stop—and shoves her at the ajumma. "Then you take her! Kill her or let her live, do whatever you want!"
Seo-yeon grabs her mother's leg, sobbing, and Mom just shoves her away, yelling, "Kill her! Die! She says you have to die for this to end!"
Jung-woo watches in horror, and then Detective Kim arrives as well. Seo-yeon begs for mercy, resorting to her go-to plea, "I was wrong, I'm sorry."
To be fair, Mom's not literally offering up her daughter for murder; it's her fury at the ajummas and the injustice that drives her. Still, it's cold comfort when Mom goes on to scream that they're better off dead than living this way.
Seo-yeon crawls away on her hands and knees, and only then does she meet eyes with Jung-woo. Ouch. That's another blow on top of everything else, and she runs in the opposite direction, away from him.
Jung-woo follows, calling her name. He loses track of her but doggedly keeps searching—until he hears that telltale creaking sound. He runs to the playground, and deflates to see the swings empty.
But he turns and smiles to see a foot peeking out from under the slide. She's crouched there crying, and he tosses her the shoe she lost: "Found you!"
He addresses her, "Flower print dress. Famous girl. Lee Soo-yeon." She looks up at him finally, and he adds, "Murderer's daughter Lee Soo-yeon. Let's be friends."
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EPISODE 2 RECAP
Jung-woo finds Soo-yeon hiding under the slide and asks her to be friends. The first thing out of her mouth is, "Why?" He says he can take it back, and then suddenly dashes away.
Panicked that he's really rescinding the offer, she chases him, and finds him leaning over a neighbor's wall to steal a clothespin. He sticks it in her hair to sweep it out of her face and smiles, "Ah, so that's what you look like."
He tells her to wear it like that from now on. "I won't ever pretend I don't know you again. I'm sorry." Aw.
She starts to tear up again, just as the wind kicks up, so he adorably sticks his arms out to be a shield from the wind and tells her not to cry. Can I keep him?
She finally smiles back. As they walk, she sort of trails behind him shyly like a puppy, so he runs at full speed just to get her to chase him.
Soo-yeon's mom cries in the aftermath of the neighborhood ajumma attack, as Detective Kim stands in her doorway. She cries that they can't blame her—she's the one who turned that monster in.
Detective Kim hangs his head, "I'm sorry… the real killer… was caught." Mom's jaw drops in disbelief, and Detective Kim gets on his knees to tell her that he's sorry.
Little Joonie (Hyung-joon) stares out his barred window, bowl at the ready. Poor kid is just trapped in there. He shrinks back when he sees Soo-yeon pass by, and notes Jung-woo with her. I wonder if they've ever met. They're family, but this isn't exactly a gather-for-holidays sort of bunch.
Her house is just a few doors down, and she shows it to Jung-woo who agrees that it's really small. He brags that his house is really big in a jokey tone, but then adds somberly, "It's so big that the wind blows through it, making me cry. Not because I'm sad, but because the wind gets in my eyes." He uses her line, but you can tell it's sincere.
Nurse Hye-mi sneaks back into Joonie's room at the chairman's compound, and takes out a duffle bag full of cash from the piano. She shudders as she thinks of Mom's orders for her to take Jung-woo, as leverage to get the rest of the chairman's money.
But she doesn't get very far, because as soon as she returns home with said bag o' money, Chairman Han is sitting in her living room waiting for her. He threatens her, expecting that she'll lead them to Joonie if she's got him stashed somewhere… but leaves without questioning the giant suspicious bag at her feet. Ha.
Soo-yeon finds Mom being thrown out of a restaurant, drunk and screaming as usual. She crumples in the middle of the street, crying and wailing in the aftermath of finding out that her husband never killed anyone, but died a killer anyway.
Soo-yeon doesn't know this, and just pleads with Mom that she'll be good, as if to make up for all of the bad in their lives. She breaks my heart.
Jung-woo runs to school the next morning, armed with a new hairpin for Soo-yeon, and walks into class to find the bullies painting her desk red and covering her chair in glue.
She walks in just in time to see Jung-woo shove the boys and the desk, ready to start another fight. The other kids warn that the teacher is coming, and Soo-yeon uses that chance to swoop in between the boys… and hug the bully. Ha.
Now the teacher is scolding the bully and Soo-yeon for dating, while the class ooohs and Jung-woo gapes. Are you jealous?
They spend the rest of class sneaking peeks at each other, but Jung-woo can't get her make eye contact. He grabs her after class and asks what's going on—didn't they decide to be friends?
She says that everyone hates her here and knows whose daughter she is, so they can be friends outside of school but not here. "Secret friends." He calls bullshit (thank you) but she won't budge.
During lunch, the mean kids decide to pelt her with their milk cartons, calling it "throwing trash in the trashcan" and the winner gets cash. Jung-woo seethes in his seat and then makes a move to get up anyway against her wishes, but Soo-yeon beats him to it.
He watches as she picks up a trashcan, throws the cartons in, and then goes to each student and redelivers their milk. I love that she can defend herself. Jung-woo watches starstruck, totally impressed.
She sticks the trashcan up on the teacher's desk with her scariest Ring-girl look, and Jung-woo pitches his carton in and takes the cash prize. He stops in the doorway, "Hey Lee Soo-yeon, aren't you coming?"
She looks at him in alarm but he just beams and waves the bill wildly, "Snack shop!" So cute. They sit outside as the entire class watches from the windows, and she argues that she wanted to be secret friends.
Jung-woo: "And I said I didn't." He pulls her over to sit down next to him, and then comes the rain of trash over their heads. Soo-yeon gets to say I told you so: "Now you're an outcast too."
He scoffs that he's never heard of an outcast with a friend, reminding her that she's the one who said all she needed was one friend. He says this is nothing and promises to ignore her if things ever get too hard to handle, and that seems to ease her worry enough to relent.
On their way home, he teases that she's just mad because he's more famous than her now, and then asks her to take the post-its off his back. They tell Number 27 and 41 to hold hands and get lost, and call him a murderer's daughter's boyfriend.
She sighs, wondering what she's going to do with him, when they're suddenly interrupted by a loud popping sound. They run towards it…
It's a fire, in the house where Joonie is trapped. The door is still locked from the outside, and Jung-woo grabs a nearby brick to smash the lock open. Joonie comes tumbling out on top of him, and immediately runs away in fear.
Jung-woo tries to stop him to help, and sees his leg covered in blood. He reaches out and accidentally yanks the necklace off his neck, and it breaks in two. He tells Soo-yeon that the kid is hurt, and she catches up to him, but he struggles to get away.
Finally Jung-woo comes up and just picks him up, kicking and screaming. They rush him to the nearest doctor, who can't believe the condition his leg has been left in. Yeah, you and me both, doc.
Jung-woo calls his stepmother and pleads with her to come help him just this once, but she coldly tells him to get out of there before he has to take responsibility for anything. Dad takes the phone and says he'll send someone over. Eep!
At the same time, Nurse Hye-mi gets the call about the fire and sneaks out, taking care not to be caught by Chairman Han's men. But when she gets to the doctor's office to find Joonie, it's Jung-woo she sees standing outside.
She recognizes him from the picture of Chairman Han's family and hides. She watches as he gives Soo-yeon the broken necklace, with a portrait of Mom and the inscription: "To Joonie, the one I love most in this whole world –Mom."
And dangling from the other end of the string is a key. Cha-ching!
Joonie stirs awake, crying out for Mom. But when he opens his eyes, it's Soo-yeon who's sitting at his bedside. He panics, grasping for the necklace, and she gives him the broken pieces.
She introduces herself as "unni," thinking him a girl, ha. He mutters under his breath, "Stupid. I'm not a girl." She asks what he said until he finally repeats the "Stupid" part. She tells him her name, but that's as far as they get before Hye-mi runs in, pushes her aside, and rushes Joonie away.
Soo-yeon and Jung-woo chase after the cab, and Joonie cries to be taken to Mom. Hye-mi snaps at him that he risked everything: "Do you know who you were with? That's Han Tae-joon's son!" He looks back at them.
Chairman Han fumes that they lost Hye-mi's trail, and Jung-woo comes home to hear him kick his minions out in a rage. Stepmom tells him not to interrupt and sighs when she sees his bloody hand.
She snaps at him that she's the one who gets blamed for his missteps, and he asks if they can't try to make an effort to get along. How can they live like this every day?
She calls him greedy for having everything from his father and wanting her too, and tells him not to blame her—Dad made it this way. I don't like her, but she's not wrong.
Soo-yeon comes home and Mom bolts up, deciding that they can't live this way anymore. She starts to pack a bag, and declares that they're going to move into Detective Kim's house. Er, just like that? Does he know you're coming?
Soo-yeon puts up a fight, but Mom says she can't feed them—what else are they going to do? So the only thing you could think of was to use Detective Kim's guilt to your advantage? I mean, I'm happy for Soo-yeon because it'll at least mean she has a slight chance at normalcy, but still.
By morning they're standing in Detective Kim's yard, while his daughter Eun-joo pitches a fit that Dad's sullying Mom's memory, thinking that he's brought a girlfriend and her daughter here to live with them.
I love his confusion. He swears it's not what it looks like, but Eun-joo's like, yeah right. Mom tells him that it's just until Soo-yeon grows up—they'll stay here and she'll cook for both daughters.
He just sits there flabbergasted, and suggests that if she gives him time he might be able to find her an apartment or something, but Mom doesn't even give him a chance to refuse.
She adds that they'll have to keep the whole Dad-wasn't-really-a-murderer thing a secret between them. Did she just move into his house and not let him argue? Whaaa?
Meanwhile, Jung-woo panics when he goes to Soo-yeon's house and finds it empty. The landlady tells him they moved in the middle of the night. He heads to the playground dejectedly.
But Soo-yeon is there on the swings, kicking a little bucket of water to play her he'll-come-he-won't-come game with ripples in the water. She hums a song and he lights up at the sight of her.
He asks if she's going to move schools too, and she wonders if she should, not giving away how much she pleaded with Mom to let her stay at her school. She tells him that the clothespin was the first present anyone's ever given her (So. Sad.) and that she has a present for him too, but will only give it to him on a rainy day.
He walks her to her new house and asks about her new family. She says there's another girl there the same age as them, and Jung-woo pouts that she can't ignore him just because she makes a new friend.
They sit on her front stoop and he touches her foot asking if she isn't cold, making her shrink back in embarrassment. He puts her at ease by showing her all the scars he's accumulated over the years, on his back, his leg, and teasingly starts to unbuckle his belt, making her turn away wide-eyed. You cheeky.
She shows him the scar on her foot and says she got it while running away from Dad. She stepped on a piece of glass in the snow, and didn't even feel the pain because it was so cold.
"But strangely, every time I see it, it hurts. Even though it's healed."
He listens to her story and then puts his hand on her foot to cover the scar, "It doesn't hurt now, because you can't see it, right?"
With his other hand he waves it in front of her face like he's casting a spell, "All bad memories erased! Now you can make new ones—good memories."
They're interrupted when Eun-joo comes home. I love that the cop's daughter talks like a gangster; she's hilarious. She's mean to Soo-yeon, until Jung-woo pops up behind her, slaying her with The Pretty.
Eun-joo gapes and her inner voice marvels that a boy so cute could have a voice like that. As he approaches, she thinks, "Don't smile, don't smile, don't smile…" He smiles, and she practically faints. Hahahaha.
Chairman Han checks out the room where Joonie was hiding out, and his minion reports that Jung-woo was the one who rescued him and took him to the hospital that day.
Dad reels at the missed opportunity, and the minion confirms that Jung-woo didn't seem to know the family connection and just happened to be nearby.
His right-hand minion is actually a double agent, and reports to Joonie's mom (or he's working both sides—it's unclear at the moment). He promises to take her and Joonie to safety, but she doesn't trust him.
He warns that Joonie's leg won't make it much longer if they keep hiding, and Mom thinks it's just a ploy. He tells her to give it up before she loses Joonie, but she refuses to budge.
Meanwhile Nurse Hye-mi hides a briefcase in a train station locker and forces Joonie to take his meds. He wants to be taken to Mom, and she warns him menacingly that his life and his mother's are no longer in Chairman Han's hands—they're in hers.
Damn, I knew you'd turn on them. And then someone else (her partner in crime?) takes that briefcase out of the locker. The next day that same person is parked outside, stalking Jung-woo with his family photo in hand.
Jung-woo accompanies Soo-yeon home by bus, and he prods her for his present while she nods off to sleep. He gets in her face to nag her about it, just as the bus lurches forward…
…landing them in a kiss. It stuns Jung-woo, and Soo-yeon doesn't even know it's happened. He blinks without moving, and then scrambles back to where he was as she opens her eyes.
She turns to him wide-eyed and he starts to protest, "It wasn't me!" but she tells him to hurry—this is their stop. Heh.
They walk up through her neighborhood and he keeps avoiding her, and she asks if he's mad or something. Finally she stands in his path, and he goes googly-eyed, suddenly seeing her differently and feeling short of breath. It's so adorable.
He whirls her around so he doesn't have to look at her (Ha—if only it worked that way, kid) and marches her ahead of him. She keeps turning back around, and he just keeps spinning her forward each time with a gulp.
Soon they're running, and he stops at a curious lamppost that blinks on as they pass by. Soo-yeon counts, and on cue it goes back out. She thinks it's creepy, but it's been that way since she moved here and no one will change it, and she can't reach.
Jung-woo thinks he can, so he reaches up, using her shoulder to get a little more leverage. It's then that Soo-yeon starts to feel something too, as she looks up at him.
He twists the bulb into place and beams, and then looks down. Their eyes lock in the charged moment and they stand there, frozen.
And then we see that someone is watching them… oh it's Detective Kim. He peers at them from around the corner, and from his perspective, it totally looks like they're making out, and that Jung-woo is reaching up to turn off the light.
He goes running up like he caught them red-handed and grabs Jung-woo away by the ear. LOL. I love cop ajusshi.
But as they run off, we see that the creepy stalker is there after all, watching from his car.
Jung-woo sits at the dinner table nervously, as Mom peers up at him, amused. Then Detective Kim brings out both girls wearing matching sweaters. Omg that's so cute. He's adorable. Eun-joo naturally balks, but Dad insists on it and they all sit down to dinner.
Eun-joo claims the seat next to Jung-woo and fawns over him, and Dad actually tells her to have some pride. Heh. And then he proceeds to awkwardly lecture Jung-woo about hormones and how he never even looked at a girl until he was twenty.
Eun-joo quickly corrects him that he met Mom in junior high and even kissed her. The trigger word sends Jung-woo into a coughing fit, and when Detective Kim catches him making googly eyes at Soo-yeon again, he drags him out by the ear in the middle of dinner. Hee.
Outside, Detective Kim gets thrown against a wall… only he's acting, and trying to teach Jung-woo how to fight like a man. This ajusshi is making my day. He teaches him everything down to the attitude and the lines, and Jung-woo eagerly learns.
Soo-yeon sits on the stoop watching them, and Eun-joo joins her, wondering if the umbrella she found is THE umbrella that Mom mentioned at dinner. Soo-yeon grabs it and Eun-joo asks if she can't have that, can she have Jung-woo?
Eun-joo wonders what she did to make him like someone like her, and Soo-yeon hangs her head, saying that she's right—she likes Jung-woo on her own and he just probably felt sorry for her.
But Eun-joo isn't actually a mean girl, and when she sees Soo-yeon react that way, she puts her arm around her and tells her to buck up—they're detective's daughters, after all. Awww.
Mom witnesses the moment with a bittersweet smile, and sits down next to Soo-yeon. She leans in and says the sweater looks better on her. It's probably the first nice thing her mother's ever said to her, and Soo-yeon lights up. Mom prods her to go join the others.
Detective Kim tells them all to attack, and sticks Soo-yeon's clothespin in his own hair. Ha. The four of them run around and play keep-away in the street, like a happy little family.
We fade into Soo-yeon sitting alone, and carving a message into a wall: "I miss you." And then she turns around at the sound of a voice calling her name. It's Jung-woo, but the grown-up version.
Jung-woo: "Are you smiling? I'm so angry it kills me. So angry I'm going crazy. I'm just going to wait today. Just today."
And then we see that he's all alone, and Soo-yeon was the vision, now gone. A tear falls, "I really might go crazy this way."
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