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No surprise that this was another gorgeous ep, though I confess wishing just a tiny smidgeon more time was spent on our young lovers (I am clearly insatiable when it comes to them).

You can tell how much Hana throws Jun off-kilter and despite his trying to fight it (not picking up her call, 'showing off' by having model shoots when she shows up, etc.), his fight is hopeless. He does all sorts of things he normally never does - apologizes, chases after her, ditches nightclubs and pick-ups. You are a goner, boy!

But I confess my favorite scene in this episode did not involve them - it was the heart-stopping last scene between In Ha and Yoon Hee, when they pass each other on the street, and who she is registers just a bit too late for him, but then he takes off running and they meet. So much emotion and longing there. While with Hana and Jun it is a start of a romance - uncertainty, prickliness, one step forward and two steps back, with In Ha and Yoon Hee it's old love denied, and it's immensely powerful.

One of the things I really love about LR is the way it shows the fall-out of a love affair gone wrong. In a lesser drama, YH and IH's unfulfilled romance would have existed in a vacuum, but it is not the case here. We don't really know much about Yoon Hee's husband and married life other than he's dead and, seeing how warm and well-adjusted Hana is, Hana's upbringing and family atmosphere must have been good. But it's different with In Ha. The fact that he could not let go of Yoon Hee, could not open up again, wrecked more than his life. I never liked Hye Jung and she certainly went into the marriage with eyes wide open - she knew In Ha loved Yoon Hee and still went for it, and that is after crazy secondary girl antics. But Hye Jung of 70s was a fun, hopeful girl even if spoiled and solipsistic. The Hye Jung of 30 years later is a (sort-of-former) alcoholic who has been robbed of any promise of her youth by incessantly yearning for and trying to manipulate the man who feels no love for her. No wonder Jun has trust issues and views romantic love with all the enthusiasm of a man finding a bug in his soup - he grew up with an emotionally distant father (that scene with Yoon Hee is the first time we see older In Ha truly there) and a manipulative, desperate mother who did not respect herself because of love and who used her son as a way to try to get her ex-husband back. Yeah.

Date: 2012-04-18 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karened.livejournal.com
Oh what pretty screencaps! Thanks for them!

And yes, somehow, things make sense. Joon is not who he is because drama law requires the guy to be a jerk with no trust in love and the gal to be cheery and bright to melt his icy cold heart. No. Joon is like that because of how he grew up. Like Hye Jung, I kept asking, "What happened to the tender-hearted, gentle In Ha of the old?" He's still a nice guy, but he feels so distant. I wonder how he and Hye Jung ended up married in the first place. Was it due to a night's folly? I simply cannot In Ha marrying someone he didn't love enough, whom he subsequent would have the heart to divorce. I'm really curious about the vacuum period of 30 years, and hope that there'll be space to elaborate abit, though not at the expense of Joon x Hana. They're cute, but hopefully their relationship would soon develop into a moving story like their parents' did. I'm hoping, against all odds though, that the scriptwriter won't pull a full melo cliche on us to have the young ones break off because of the older generation's love story. I can totally imagine Joon distancing himself from Hana when he finds out that her mother is the person who caused the breakup of his family. No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, ep 8 here I come!

Date: 2012-04-19 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I don't know how he married her, but divorce made sense to me. You got the sense even in the 1970s, In Ha was a very contained person, not easily emotionally engaged (except with Yoon Hee). In an odd way, it's similar to Jun, even if Jun's issues/shields are different.

I found ep 8 quite gorgeous as far as Jun/Hana are concerned. This is moving quite fast.

Date: 2012-04-18 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penny-lane-42.livejournal.com
In my head!canon, Yoon Hee has only ever used yellow umbrellas since the day she met In Ha.

I laughed out loud when Jun said the whole "If you go with him and abandon me again, we're over" line. WHAT. It just shows how completely invested he is in his own mind that he would think of them in those terms when reality doesn't reflect that at all. I remain totally enchanted by how completely gone Jun is over Hana and how completely unprepared he is for dealing with that. He just does not know what to do with himself, and it is the most delightful thing ever. But you're absolutely right when you think about why that is, it becomes heartbreaking: his home life must have been terrible. I like that we're getting enough information to know how terrible said home life was, without resorting to flashbacks or heavy-handed dialogue. We can fill in the blanks.

Hye Jung kind of fascinates me. I feel like her 70s personality had a lot of flaws, yes, but they were the kind that mostly come from immaturity. If she'd married someone who loved her back or maybe stayed single but focused on her career (which she seems to be very good at), she might have grown past them and become a really good person. But the choice she makes to hold onto In Ha has festered and twisted those flaws into something ugly. I feel sorry for her even when I know how much of what she's going through is her own fault--though I will say that In Ha chose to marry her, too, so it's not like she was the only one making bad decisions. Bad decisions everywhere, really.

Date: 2012-04-19 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
The world in his head has no connection to reality as far as Hana is concerned. To her, they are just discussing a quick part-time job but for him...what? :)

HJ and IH must have had a horrible marriage - a man unwilling to engage and a needy unscrupulous woman are a horrible combination. I just bet she used Jun in her attempts to get IH in line. Fun times.

I agree, In Ha is partially to blame. But yes, I feel bad for her potential even if she grew into a horrible person.

Date: 2012-04-18 02:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mindy (from livejournal.com)
I love this scene too. Normally, I will fast forward the parents' scene in a lot of drama but i need to watch this because i want to know what happen to In Ha and Yoon Hee. The last scene was really moving.

My only complain is i need more Seo Joon/Ha Na. i love the young bickering couple. Every time i see them, i feel happy because they are so fun to watch. It is fun to see Seo Joon falling in love. To see Seo Joon changing because of Ha Na is so cute. However, i hope that towards the end of the series, we will also have very moving/romantic scenes for this couple.

I would also love to have more scenes that involves Seo Joon and In Ha. I am interested in their father and son relationship.

I don't really hate Hye Jung. I totally understands her feelings and i think i can understand her actions. She loves In Ha and i can really see her putting in a lot of efforts to win his heart. However, her actions resulted in an unhappy marriage, 2 unhappy person and an unhappy child.

Lastly, i hope they put less make up on JKS. He looks better with lesser makeup.

Date: 2012-04-19 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Ep 8 should satisfy your Jun/Hana craving. There were so many great scenes and the chemistry is out of the world.

I can understand how HJ ended up where she did. I wish she found someone else to love.

Date: 2012-04-18 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanaenam.livejournal.com
OMG! The older OTP is Lee Mi Sook and Jung Jin Young? Wowza! I may have to see this! I thought it was epic when Lee Mi Sook and Kim Kab Soo were paired for Cinderella's Unni, but this? The meeting of Titans.

Date: 2012-04-19 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yes. I love seeing an older couple with meaty scenes on screen.


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