tvN’s Valid Love episode 12 – Hee Soo is finally able to poop

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5-Line Recap:

1. Kim Joon asks Il Ri out on a date.

I thought Il Ri turned back and that’s why Kim Joon looked so hopefully at the end of the last episode. Instead, he calls Il Ri out and busts out that question. There’s a bit of a boyish charm to it that’s cute to see. Il Ri shoots him down though and even mentions Hee Tae while doing it. Make sense. Even though she loves Kim Joon, she loves Hee Tae and is still hurt by their break-up. Feelings of guilt and loss would make anyone not want to jump into a new relationship. I know a lot of people want to see them together, but if they do happen it needs to be gradual. Il Ri has some feelings that she needs to get through and going into a relationship so soon would only hurt it.

Kim Joon does say that he’ll do what he wants and tells Il Ri to do what she wants, while he does the kabe-don technique to her. No hammer this time though. But Il Ri’s little sister makes an appearance.

Side point – If you’ve been reading my recaps, you’d notice that the only sibling that I talk about is Hee Soo. Il Ri’s younger sister and Hee Tae’s younger brother both annoy me, so I really don’t like it when they’re on my screen. Hee Tae’s brother is lazy and seems to only have that setting, while Il Ri’s sister is always angry. They might be okay when they’re with other people, but most of the time they’re together and it ends up being my least favourite scenes of the show.

That being said, their scene together as they were putting the food in Hee Tae’s fridge was the only scene of theirs that I liked.

2. Hee Tae’s father calls Il Ri over so Hee Soo can get some relief; meanwhile, Hee Tae is getting sick.

The scene between the father-in-law and the daughter-in-law, while short, was nice to see. He lets her know that he’s disappointed and doesn’t want to believe that she would do something like that, but Hee Soo is more important so he’d rather have Il Ri there and provide some relief to the family than have her gone.

So Il Ri rushes up to Hee Soo and my favourite character finally gets some much needed relief, in her bowels and her heart. After the poop comes out, Il Ri takes Hee Soo out and they run into Kim Joon. He hops in the car that she’s in and invites himself to the movies.

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On the other side, Hee Tae is starting to get sick or feels overly tired due to the stress of the situation. It’s then he realized that even though Il Ri begged for forgiveness and asked him to take her back, she never actually apologized for what she did. Sun Joo is there to watch over him, but it is interesting to see that both Il Ri and Hee Tae meet with others who like them but mention their spouse before anything else.

3. After finding out that Kim Joon is a year younger, Il Ri heads to the washroom and Kim Joon and Hee Soo finally get the chance to spend some time together.

He starts talking about carpentry and she just looks at him with distain. It’s kind of funny how hard he’s trying, but his nervousness is causing him to only talk about his profession.
They go to the movie, but he sits away from Il Ri and watches her watch the movie. I thought they were going to see an American Drama, but I only saw Asians so I guess they went with something else. It doesn’t really look all that funny, but Il Ri is laughing up a storm while Hee Soo tells Kim Joon that he’s no match for her brother.

Il Ri remembers her first movie date with Hee Tae, but more importantly I think we saw Hee Soo’s old boyfriend. He gives her a sad look, but doesn’t say anything. I wonder what their history is. It’s kind of hard for me to see Hee Soo with anyone, not because she’s sick, but I kind of feel like she’s too fabulous for anyone  to handle.

4. Kim Joon and Hee Tae’s place gets invaded by women.

It was their special place. *tear* I wonder if they’ll ever become friends again. I hope so. I really miss their scenes together. Before that can happen, they need to get over their woman hurdle though. I get it, but it was still their special place.

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Il Ri is with Kim Joon and Hee Tae is with Sun Joo, but unfortunately the dinner isn’t much fun for Sun Joo and Kim Joon. Both Il Ri and Hee Tae get drunk and act like miserable people. I feel bad, because Hee Tae and Il Ri still have some things that they need to work out and they’re not good company right now. It’s only been three since Il Ri left. Still, I feel bad for Kim Joon and Sun Joo because they want to be the ones who help the other get over the divorce, but it’s too early for that.

Plus, they’re both kind of like the rebound at the moment and they don’t really deserve that. Even though you want to be with the one you love, give them some time to properly mourn and heal before rushing for a relationship. It’s only been three days. It’s too soon for either of them to start anything.

Before leaving, Il Ri says that her husband of seven years couldn’t understand her so why could anyone else. So she’s not sorry about what happened. Cheating is wrong, but there are usually things that happen to make it easier for the cheater to cheat. Before anyone says anything, I don’t condone cheating and will always blame the cheater. It doesn’t matter what the reason is, the moment you want to be with someone else is the moment you should simply end your relationship and then jump ship. Unless the person is holding you captive and you’re only with them because they said that they’d kill your family…basically unless it’s a virtually impossible, extremely rare circumstance cheating is always wrong.

But! Sometimes it does happen and sometimes it’s due to what’s lacking missing in the current relationship. I still don’t condone it, but it seems like the show is going to put some of the blame on Hee Tae for not understanding his wife. For some reason I’m fine with this as long as they don’t use it to justify the cheating.

5. Il Ri’s mother goes on strike and Hee Tae and Il Ri go help out.

Sun Joo calls him while they’re together and then Kim Joon does, but since he hears Hee Tae’s voice he heads over to the hospital as well.

Police/security are brought out to stop the ajumma’s from protesting, so Il Ri, Hee Tae, Yi Ri and Gi Tae all rush out to help the mothers. While everyone is fighting, Kim Joon throws…saw dust (?) on them. The fighting finally stops after that happens.

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Show, I see what you did there. Just like Kim Joon was able to stop the fighting and get the others to cool off, he was also able to stop Hee Tae and Il Ri from fighting by making his presence known and being there. Seeing Kim Joon with Il Ri’s mom made Hee Tae realize that he still has feelings for his wife. Considering how strong both Kim Joon and Sun Joo came off in this episode, I think it’s clear that Il Ri and Hee Tae are end game. Not because I like them together, but because Kim Joon and Sun Joo looked more like the rebound relationship and not the actual main course. If that makes sense.

They both tried so hard to get their respective love interest to look at them, but both Il Ri and Hee Tae remembered the past. At this point in time, we haven’t really seen their relationship. If Hee Tae starts letting Il Ri in then maybe we’ll get to see why they love each other so much, because the show did skip out on their romance. I don’t really care if they get back together or not, but I do want them to talk like adults. They can hate each other after that, but at least talk about what happened.

Then again, if someone cheated on me would I want to talk about it? I don’t know if I’m that nice, but I still want to see Il Ri and Hee Tae come to some sort of understanding. If they get together after this, that’s fine. If they don’t, then at least there’s no baggage and they can start their new relationships in a good way. Not like how it is now though.

Preview: No preview this week.



7 thoughts on “tvN’s Valid Love episode 12 – Hee Soo is finally able to poop

  1. yana

    After this episode, I thought there was no way Hee Tae and Il Ri could get back together the way things are now. Like Il Ri will always be reminded that she cheated if she stays with Hee Tae. And how the drama spent most of its time building Il Ri and Kim Joon’s relationship. But seeing your thoughts, I could be wrong.

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  3. missjb

    If they start it now, then it’s too late… Because the audience is already Invested in another couple. Just like I said, there is lack real connection between them.. If you want to build this couple, you have to build it from the start, at least, give it a glimpse of hope. It’s just doesn’t work.

    I Don’t want to make Ohlala COuple as a refference because I hate that drama. I love Alone in love as refference a good drama that shown about a broken couple. They always fight, but I can see they are still have conection to each other… from their countless fight, there is that subtle moment that showing they have connection.. despite they always fight almost the entire drama.
    This drama? I don’t know… It seems they are really neglecting the built up between Joon – and Il RI, force me to believe their love is the puppy type of love..
    Just let see though either I can buy their reconciliation from now on..
    But I think what’s more important is the message the writers are trying to convey,

  4. Nana

    Thanks for the fast recap! Really don’t know what to expect of this drama! I also thought the sibling couple was weird…. Yi ri and Gi Tae kissing isn’t that like incest?!!! Maybe they were tryna put across that Il Ri isn’t the only one committing mistakes and in life everyone makes mistakes…

    Until episode 11 I wanted Kim Joon and Il ri to end up tgt but after this ep. I think I’ve given up on any rooting. I want nobody to end up tgt.. Il ri and Hee Tae should just break it off and il ri should just go somewhere far for awhile, everyone needs to cool down. Sun joo needs to chill too. Hopefully it ends with Il ri and Hee Tae’s family being friends again, you don’t always need to be deeply in love for a happy ending. I think as long as everyone is happy, I’m happy. I hope show gives Kim joon and sun joo some happiness at the end too! The perfect ending in my opinion hahaha!!

    1. mochirochi Post author

      I’m fine with no one ending up together either, as long as everyone still gets a happy ending. It’s still nice to see that the second leads are likeable and not cliched. Sun Joo doesn’t want to hurt Il Ri and Kim Joon is kind of like that with Hee Tae as well. They just need to calm down and work on being a good friend before pushing for a relationship. It’s only been three days. It’s too soon.

  5. Boon Ang

    Again we see IR’s hesitance to end her affair with KJ. She allowed KJ to force his way into her cinema outing with HS despite HS being HT’s sister. She could have put her foot down if she really wanted it. But seemed like she enjoyed herself at the cinema and didn’t appear guilty or bad about it at all. Later, she even had dinner with him at her usual restaurant. Can you understand her behaviour? Can she wait until her divorce is finalised in two or three months to date KJ openly? I don’t know. But her actions spoke louder than her words.
    Later, KJ will learn this too. She was unfaithful to HT and unfaithful to him too.


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