I guess I’ll be doing recaps for this show, mainly because the first two episodes were absolutely charming. Even though I’m wary of the cheating aspect of the show, I am curious to see how it all plays out and if the show will actually take it all the way and not white wash it.
Hopefully it’s good though. In any case, here’s your 5-Line Recap of episode 3
1. After not seeing each other for seven years, Il Ri proposes to Hee Tae and he agrees.
Both parties promise to protect each other. We know Il Ri clearly had feelings for him when she was in high school and he feels guilty about what happened. So I didn’t expect him to agree to her proposal so quickly. Maybe they did date each other, but we’re already straight to the wedding.
I’m a little bummed by this, because I wanted to see more of their relationship being developed. Once they get married, we don’t even get to see them together since we go forward seven more years.
2. Il Ri heads to a job and meets Kim Joon, the man she’ll have an affair with.
It’s sad that their meeting starts with Hee Tae narrating that his wife found a new poem. This makes me sad.
Unlike Il Ri and Hee Tae’s meeting where it was more goofy and lighthearted, the meeting of Il Ri and Kim Joon came across as more adult. I mean, Il Ri meets Hee Tae after he got his circumcision while she meets Kim Joon after he throws a dirty shirt on her and she sees him half naked.
They also don’t get along with each other at first and bicker over this and that. Kim Joon seems very cold and prickly and Il Ri can’t really deal with that. They do come to an understanding though, which is to be expected. For some reason, this meeting and the interactions between Kim Joon and Il Ri seemed to fall in line with how typical love stories start with kdramas.
If you’re wondering where Hee Tae is, he’s in the middle of the sea doing fish research. Since he’s MIA at the moment, I’m guessing that this episode and the next one will chronicle how Il Ri fell in love with Kim Joon.
3. The more they work together, the more Il Ri starts to notice Kim Joon more and more.
She’s lonely with Hee Tae, so it’s understandable for her to look fondly at someone else. Plus, she finds him handsome, so it makes sense for her to catch a glance here and there. She still loves her husband though and she can’t wait to see him again.
4. Il Ri has to rush home because her in-laws are fighting again and she has to hide the knives, because their spats can get to that level.
Her mother in law doesn’t like her and blames her for Hee Soo collapsing and going into a paralyzed state, since it happened once Il Ri and Hee Soo came back from their honeymoon. She may love Hee Tae a lot, but life at home isn’t as glamorous as they could have been.
Even though Hee Soo is paralyzed and can’t do anything, I like that we get to see her inner thoughts and her acting healthy. I’m pretty sure that Il Ri can’t hear her, but it still seems like they’re interacting with one another. It’s a nice touch and one that I greatly appreciate. I bet she’ll be the one who first learns about the affair, but can’t say anything because she can’t. But even if no one can hear her, I’m sure her thoughts will be conveyed to Il Ri.
5. Il Ri has a nosebleed, which probably means that she has a terminal illness or got so hot and bothered by taking about Kim Joon that nose couldn’t take it anymore – it’s probably the former though, because this is a kdrama and not an anime.
The first two episodes were a lot better than this one, mainly because we’ve jumped an extra seven years into the future and now seeing how Il Ri and Kim Joon started their affair. Interesting to see that he knows that Il Ri is married and will get to meet Hee Tae in the next episode. Even though he knows of her situation, the previews have him doing a kabe-don and then kissing Il Ri. He’s definitely the pursuer here, so I’m not sure how I feel about that.
The show is establishing that Il Ri isn’t as happy as she seems. Her life is stressful, her in-laws don’t care for her, her husband is gone a lot, and she’s incredibly lonely. To have someone then come into her life and make her feel like alive again is the route I think the show is going to go with.
And then she’ll die and both men will remember their time with Il Ri.