I wonder how many episodes Valid Love is expected to have? At 11 episodes, most Kdramas are nearing the end and yet it feels like we’re only at the halfway mark here. Not knowing makes me slightly nervous, because I don’t know if this will get a rushed ending or if the writers have enough time to finish the story the way they want it to. If anyone knows how many episodes are left, let me know!
1. Stuff happens, but minimum wage in Korea is 4.70 per hour!
That’s kind of crazy, considering the cost of living in Korea is quite high. 4.70 is pretty much peanuts. I wonder how taxes are there, because right now I’m looking at this from a Canadian perspective and it’s not pretty. Hopefully their tax rates are low, because if it isn’t and the cost of living is high, then a lot of people are probably struggling just to make ends meet.
As for the show, Il Ri says that she’s the guardian of Kim Joon and Hee Tae. She’s showing a bit more backbone here, but I think she needs to if she wants to have a proper conversation with Hee Tae. So she takes both of them to XYZ cafe so they can all talk. The entire scene is awkward, because Il Ri is letting it all out which makes both men uncomfortable. A husband doesn’t want to hear that their wife had feelings for someone else. And the other man doesn’t want to hear that their relationship was just a moment of excitement and not as important as the love she has for her husband. Ouch.
She also tells Hee Tae that she never slept with Kim Joon, but that was never the problem. At least I don’t think so. If she did and it was just a fling, I think Hee Tae would have been angry but not as angry as he is now. The fact that she fell for Kim Joon is what’s causing the most pain.
When he asks her if the situation was reversed, would she have tried to understand? She replies that she may have been even more tormented, but she’d try to understand at least once. Easier said than done, but at least she got Hee Tae to consider doing just that.
Kim Joon then brings up her words again, because the entire conversation was putting down her relationship with him so obviously he’s going to get hurt by it too. I don’t think this was her intention, but I think at this point we all know that Il Ri lays everything out even when she shouldn’t. He tells her to give all of her heart to Hee Tae, because he doesn’t want half of it and then leaves. He does have a point though. What was the point of having him there, if this was a conversation between Hee Tae and Il Ri?
2. Hee Tae’s family finds out and the mother-in-law completely blanks Il Ri.
She even goes as far as calling her a strange ajumma and completely ignores her. The family deals with pain like this, but you can tell that it’s hurting her. She loves Il Ri, but she never wanted her son to go through what she did. Once Il Ri and Hee Tae leave, the mother-in-law comes rushing out to attack and yell at Il Ri. The scene lasts for awhile, but you could see how much the cheating and divorce is hurting the mom. I’m not trying to say that she’s a saint, but you can tell that she feels betrayed by Il Ri. Il Ri doesn’t fight back during this and is left crying on the street.
Meanwhile, Il Ri’s mom meets with Kim Joon and tells him not to come near Il Ri.
3. Sun Joo tries and fails at getting Hee Tae’s attention.
In the entire house scene between Sun Joo and Hee Tae, you could tell that she’s completely smitten by him. The way she looks at him. The way she smiles. She loves the guy. Only, Hee Tae never really looks at her in a way that suggests more. When he looks at her, he isn’t looking at her. And when he smiles, it’s the same smile he gives to everyone. They’re friends, so he cares for her, but not in the way she wants. Good acting from both of them.
I felt for her though, when she says that she won’t go on the blind date if Hee Tae doesn’t want her to. He says that she shouldn’t go and her face lights up, only for it to fall when he tells her not to go for a divorcee and that he’ll look into it. I wonder if he knows that she likes him and he’s being oblivious on purpose, or if he’s truly unaware.
In other news, we now know who the mystery texter was. It was Park Min Ki. Hee Tae catches him in the act and starts chasing after him. Il Ri sees this happening and chases after both of them. She can’t run well anymore though. Oh snap, I hope she didn’t get another attack. Hee Tae continues his pursuit, but can’t seem to catch the speedy kid. Thankfully, Kim Joon is there and catches him.
It looks like Min Ki has a lot of anger towards woman, especially those who cheated. Looks like his mom being away did a number on him. He does tell Il Ri that he took the pictures, but didn’t send them. If that’s true, then did the dad send them?
4. Il Ri tells Kim Joon what happened with Min Ki and his jealousy starts to show more.
I don’t blame him for being annoyed. Everyone keeps telling him how great Hee Tae is and Il Ri said that her (ex) husband was her soul mate, so he definitely has a reason to be jealous. If he’s feeling bad, he should probably check out the comment section of most video sites. Most are rooting for him. Lol.
So why did Min Ki take the pictures? His relationship with his mom isn’t great. Before, when he was in elementary school, his mom went abroad to study and his dad let her take him there. Unfortunately, while there she met another man and wanted to live with him. So she sent Min Ki back home by himself. Ouch. He now dislikes woman, but loves taking photos and as he was taking them he coincidentally took one of Il Ri with Kim Joon.
5. Kim Joon walks Il Ri home, while Hee Tae defends his wife’s cheating to his mother.
I really liked the scene between Hee Tae and the women in his family. His mom is sick and complains about the pain Hee Soo is in, even though she’s talking about herself at the same time as well. We also get a look at her feelings. During her marriage, she started to rot away from the pain of her husband’s cheating but Hee Soo was always there to console her. When she collapsed, the mother was broken. Then Il Ri came in and filled up that empty space. She was mean to Il Ri, everyone knows this including her, but she also loved her like a daughter. Hee Soo is still sick and Il Ri is now gone, so she feels lonelier than before.
Hee Soo doesn’t say anything, because she’s constipated. She does fart, but it provided any real relief to her.
The episode ends with Il Ri going home and Kim Joon looking at her. He walks away, but then turns around which probably means that she came back. We don’t see her though, but we do hear Hee Tae’s narration about how Il Ri missed her chance at a love story in her twenties because she married him. Ah, I lied. The episode really ends with Sun Joo asking Hee Tae if she could have tea at his place.
Preview: Kim Joon and Il Ri get closer. Hee Tae and Sun Joo may be getting closer, but it still looks like they’re just friends. The two couples do meet up at Hee Tae and Kim Joon’s favourite restaurant, or at least they sit behind each other. In all accounts and purposes, it looks like episode 11 is romance heavy as two new couples take shape.
In that sense, this kind of reminds me of OohLaLa Couple. On that show, the husband cheated with a woman he cared and stuff happens, but in the middle of the series the husband seemed to be with his mistress while the wife was starting a relationship with an old flame. It is a different show, and OohLaLa Couple was a romcom with body swapping, but in the end, the married couple got back to together. It didn’t really make a whole lot of sense, but I feel like Valid Love will go this route as well.
If Hee Tae and Il Ri do come back together, I hope it’s gradual and I hope it makes sense. Not because I want to see the new couples, since romance doesn’t really do anything for me, but because there’s still a lot of unresolved feelings there that need to be worked out. That’s why I’m worried about how many episodes are left, because I don’t want the ending to be a rush job.