I have to admit, the more I watch this drama, the more I like it. I’m not sure if it’s because I see so much of myself in Ha No Ra or it it’s just because each week’s episodes are becoming more fun to watch but whatever the reason, I’m officially hooked. Now that I’ve got that off my chest, let’s dive into this week’s rather event-filled episodes, shall we?
So we left off last time with Woo Chul walking into Hyun Suk’s office to find No Ra hard at work, sorting through papers for this massive project. While we were left wondering what good could possibly come from Hyun Suk’s seemingly mischievous shenanigans, the truth is, he was actually doing No Ra a favor. By introducing her to Woo Chul as an assistant on this project, Hyun Suk was giving No Ra an excuse to be on campus without raising suspicion with her husband. While Hyun Suk’s method of helping out was a bit ornery, it really was a good idea and I thought he was sweet for trying to come up with a way to help No Ra remain at school without worrying about being caught by her family.
Unfortunately all of Hyun Suk’s efforts were for naught when No Ra got caught by her son after her first club meeting and threw a gianormous hissy fit. Seriously! How old is this kid? 12? It’s sad that Min Soo is so upset with his mom for going back to school and it’s even more sad that he has to be a complete jerk as he expresses his frustration. Would it really be all that hard for Min Soo to take two seconds to put himself in his mother’s shoes? Would it kill him to try to understand where she’s coming from? Has it never occurred to him that his mother has put her life on hold for him for the past 20 years? Would it be so awful if, after 20 years, she decided to do something for herself? I guess this is what happens when one jerk raises another. Poor No Ra, what in the world did she ever do to be treated this poorly by the men in her life?
We’ve known from the beginning that Woo Chul is a massive jerk so none of his actions this week surprise me. He’s a petty, selfish, egotistical, brat who thinks the world revolves around him and it’s coming as quite a shock to him that his wife has a life and mind of her own. What kills me, when it comes to Woo Chul, is how entitled he thinks he is to run No Ra’s life. Just because he’s her husband doesn’t mean he has the right to tell her how to live her life. It’s like Hyun Suk said this week when he made his comment about women and marriage. He said something along the lines of women still being human beings, even after marriage, so why do so many stop being themselves when they step into the role of a house wife? Maybe this struck a chord with me since I am a house wife and there have been so many days in the past 12 years that I’ve been one, when I’ve asked myself this exact same question. Where is it written that a house wife has to give up everything she was before she was married to cater to the needs of her husband and children? What I’ve come to realize myself and what No Ra is beginning to understand is the fact that we, the housewives of the world, are still people. We still have hopes and dreams and thoughts and plans that extend far beyond the four walls of our homes and it’s perfectly okay to do what you have to, to make those dreams come true. I think the problem with No Ra is that she’s not quite sure what her dream is so she’s floundered a bit, at least at the beginning. The good news is, No Ra’s dream is slowly coming to her and I don’t think it’s going to be long before she realizes what it is she really wants to do, not only with her education but with her life afterwards.
I think a lot of what’s going to drive No Ra to find her dream is going to be directly linked to Woo Chul. As much as I hate that guy, he’s serving a purpose and that is to drive No Ra to keep going. The more awful Woo Chul is to No Ra, the more determined she’s going to become to rid herself of him. Well, this is my hope anyway. It’s why I cheered when No Ra found out her husband is cheating on her and it’s why I’m happy (in a very disgusted way) with the way he’s treating No Ra at home. The more awful and selfish he is, the more I cheer because he’s giving No Ra an endless number of reasons to leave and she needs to leave. Now. After 20 years of being unappreciated, unloved and miserable, No Ra deserves to be happy. She needs to get out, away from this poisonous environment she’s been forced to endure for so long, and start over someplace where she can be herself, enjoy life and be happy. Honestly, at this point, I don’t even care if Hyun Suk ever becomes more than a friend because No Ra doesn’t need a relationship right now. She needs freedom. She needs someone to believe in her. She needs someone to care. She needs someone to cheer her on and the truth is, her friends will be the ones to give her that, not a lover. Of course that doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying watching Hyun Suk rekindle his feelings for No Ra (because I totally am), I just hope he gives her the space she needs to find herself before he tries to pursue anything more than friendship.
So tell me, what did you think of this week’s episodes? Did you enjoy that little trip down memory lane for No Ra and her friends? Wasn’t Hyun Suk just adorable in this old high school uniform? Did that moment on the bus make your heart beat as fast as it made mine? Do you think Min Soo will ever warm up to the idea of his mom attending the same school as him? Will he ever stop being a jerk? How do you feel about the way No Ra is handling this affair business? How in the world can she be so calm? Do you think she’s going to be able to keep this calm demeanor for long or will she eventually crack? You know I always 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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