After last week’s rather disappointing episodes, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this week’s but I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with the way things played out, even if some bits felt a bit anti-climactic and others were painfully predictable. How can this be, you ask? Well read on and find out!
Picking up where we left off last week, I was incredibly curious to see what Dr. Yoon had planned when he walked into Seo Jin’s version of Fort Knox without so much as raising suspicion or tripping an alarm. Seriously, that man must be a ninja or something, to pull off a stunt like that! I mean chloroform can only get you so far… However the man did it, walking into Seo Jin’s house to take him and Ha Na hostage was an incredible feat and one I feared would take a turn for the worse but it didn’t. In fact, this was probably the most anti-climactic hostage scene I’ve ever watched. There were no threats, no demands, no torture, nothing to actually give this scene any real suspense other than Dr. Yoon’s unstable mental condition and the possibility of Seo Jin suddenly turning into a monster… or Robin. (Apparently either is just as bad these days but I digress.) This whole hostage scene was nothing but a whole lot of talking that eventually led to more talking which led to even more talking and then it ended with some more talking. Wow. Talk about exciting! It’s amazing to me that Dr. Yoon can have such a profound breakthrough without actually doing anything. I mean he saw that tattoo and suddenly the whole world fell into place. Incredible! What I’d really like to know is, if seeing that tattoo was all it took for Dr. Yoon’s memories to trigger, why didn’t that happen last week, when he was dragging that poor man through at least four levels of hell in a desperate attempt to clear his father’s name? One would think a tattoo in such an obvious place would be easy to see but I suppose in his rage, Dr. Yoon never bothered to notice something as insignificantly significant.
The good news is, all this nonsense with Dr. Yoon seems to be resolved. It seems remembering the truth has had quite the calming effect on our dear, delusional doctor and he seems to have given up all his nefarious ways. Even better, Seo Jin seems to have had a very significant breakthrough on his own, thanks in part to Ha Na for forcing him to deal with everything on his own, rather than turning to Robin for help. It seems to ma Ha Na cares a great deal for Seo Jin, even if she refuses to admit it but more on that later. First we have to applaud Seo Jin for making incredible progress as he journeys down this path towards healing. He really has come a long way and I’m happy to see that he’s making an incredible effort to not only right the wrongs of his past but to overcome his pain and learn from his mistakes. In short, he’s trying to become a better person and how can anyone be upset about that?
I do wish Ha Na would give Seo Jin more credit for his effort. I understand that she’s trying to convince herself that what Seo Jin says is love is actually nothing more than a confused feeling of gratitude but c’mon lady! This man has been living in solitude for the past five years and has been living in his own personal hell for the past twenty-two years. Cut him some slack, will ya? After everything she’s just helped Seo Jin through, you’d think Ha Na would be a little bit more understanding and accepting of the feelings of a man she’s been caring about since childhood. I wish Ha Na would just accept the fact her feelings for Seo Jin are more than just friendly concern but if she did that, we wouldn’t have this lingering conflict with Robin, now would we?
Oh Robin! I’m beginning to feel a little bit sorry for this guy, I mean all he really wants to do is live a life of his own. The problem is, he’s not actually his own person. Yes, he thinks and acts independently of Seo Jin (well, the thinking part is becoming a bit blurred these days, what with their sharing memories and all) but he’s still just a fragmented part of Seo Jin himself. No matter how hard Robin tries to convince the world that he’s his own person, he’s really not and I think he’s slowly resigning himself to that fact. Not that he wants to, really. It’s just that he’s beginning to see that Ha Na is feeling more for Seo Jin than she is for him (in a very weird way that she doesn’t really understand herself, which just makes everything even more confusing) and he’s beginning to lose faith in his own reasons for existing. No matter what Robin says, I think he knows that he’s only around because people need him and he’s trying desperately to make people need him so that he can survive. It’s really the only way he can stay around and he knows that. The problem lies in the fact that it’s not really working out so well.
I find it interesting that Seo Jin is the one keeping Robin around now, not really for his own sake but for the sake of Ha Na. Actually, I find it just plain sweet. That poor man! All he wants to do is love and be loved but he doesn’t feel worthy of either so he’s keeping the fragmented part of himself around because he thinks that’s the only bit that can really be loved. If only he knew the truth! You’re loved Seo Jin! You really are! Even if no one else in the world loves you, I do! (Sorry, was that going too far?) Actually, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who loves Seo Jin, I’m just the only one willing to admit it. *ahem* I’m looking at you Ha Na! One of these days Ha Na is going to realize all of her “concern” for Seo Jin is actually love and I have a feeling that moment of realization is going to come alongside her imminent departure.
Wait! What? She’s not going anywhere! She’s gonna stick by Robin, no matter what! Sure, that’s what we all thought at first but I’m willing to bet that’s no longer the case. Not now that she’s beginning to realize she’s fallen in love with a man who doesn’t actually exist. I know this is a very difficult concept to grasp, after all they’ve shared so many moments and have made so many memories but the truth is (and Ha Na knows it) Robin isn’t real. He’s a fragment of a personality that is slowly losing its purpose and eventually he’s going to disappear. Ha Na is also beginning to realize that by sticking around, she’s not actually helping anyone. Her presence is only prolonging the inevitable and she’s beginning to see that the longer Robin sticks around, the more of a threat to Seo Jin he becomes; which wouldn’t be a problem if she still hated the man but those feelings have long turned to love. If only she’d admit that! (Geeze! I’m starting to sound like a broken record! How long is it going to take for this woman to admit the truth and move on!?!) The point is, Ha Na is going to leave, not because Chairman Goo asked her to but because she knows it’s for the best. (And also because this is a drama and it’s always absolutely necessary for one side of a relationship to leave with four episodes left so we can have a legitimate excuse to throw things at our computer.) The question is, how long is it going to take for Seo Jin to get his life back together so he can go after Ha Na as one whole and complete person? The other question is, how much drama are we going to have to endure before that actually happens? (I’m guessing three and a half episodes worth but I guess that remains to be seen.)
So tell me, what did you think of this week’s happenings? Were you happy with the way things resolved with Dr. Yoon? Were you expecting such a peaceful resolution or were you expecting something a bit more tense and exciting? What do you think of Seo Jin’s breakthrough and his quest to become a “normal” person? Do you think he’s going about things the right way or should he try something different? Do you think Ha Na is really as unmoved by his efforts as Seo Jin thinks she is? What did you think of him asking her permission to love? (I thought my heart was being ripped out of my chest at that moment but I’m kinda sappy that way.) Do you think my prediction about Ha Na leaving is right or am I making a gross generalization? What do you think is going to happen to Robin? Is he going to fight for his “life” or is he going to quietly back down as Ha Na falls more for Seo Jin? Is Ha Na even falling for Seo Jin or am I just wishing that were so? I have so many questions and you know I love hearing from you so be sure to let me know what you’re thinking by leaving me a comment below!
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