My Beautiful Bride 아름다운 나의 신부 ~ Ep 5
New faces in this episode:
Lee Jin Sook – a woman with ties to the loan shark underworld
Lee Jang Ho – second under Song Hak Soo; LJH, fled to China, but is back
High School Days backstory
His classmates call him straight and narrow, but even in high school, Do Hyung is a force to be reckoned with, his military madness traits already in place. First-year student, Joo Young, is mortified when her mom sells fruits on a corner near the high school. She doesn’t want the other kids to know. Do Hyung stops by the stand and buys a basket of clementines, and when Mom throws in a free apple, he righteously takes a second basket. Joo Young tells him not to spread rumors that it’s her mom on the corner selling fruits.
Do Hyung can’t keep his eyes off Joo Young. She is not sure how to take that. She is grateful he hasn’t spread rumors that her mom’s a vendor, but he tells her that it’s her friends, not her mom, she should be ashamed of. When he tells her to live a life to not be ashamed of, she throws back that he should be ashamed that he and his friends solve all their problems with money.
Do Hyung drags Joo Young by the arm to mom’s fruit stand in front of the school gang. As expected, they mock Joo Young, and she feels Do Hyung has embarrassed her. He finds her sitting alone on the steps that night, and sits down beside her. She confesses that she hates everything, and that it’s true, she is ashamed. She wants to go live someplace where nobody knows her, to wipe the slate clean and rewrite everything. He tells her that he doesn’t know her (meaning he doesn’t know anything shameful about her).
In the gym storage room, some boys tease Joo Young with a note they grabbed from her hand, but they get angry when she tries to get it back and pin her down. Do Hyung barges in and goes ballistic, fighting them 4 to 1. He moves her outside the storage room, locks the door, and takes the bullies on full force. As a result of the ruckus, the bullies and Joo Young get transferred or expelled. But, Do Hyung’s mother steps in and, even though he is not happy about it, uses her position and power to get rid of all the “problematic kids.” Turns out Joo Young was about to hand Do Hyung that note earlier in the day, but as the school gang approached, she told him to meet her at the gym after school – she had something to tell him. In that note, the cause of the fight, she says that she wants to start over so that he can really get to know her. She asks if he wants to be her boyfriend. He manages to slip the note into his pocket after the fight, but it is too late.
Do Hyung finds Joo Young sitting inside a bank. She tells him it is her favorite place, that even when her father died, she came here. She likes the money, everything about it. If only it was all hers. She tells him she is going to earn money, as much as the bank, and that he won’t even recognize her. Do Hyung says he will always recognize her, no matter what. As she leaves, he catches up with her, and tells her the answer is “yes.” To her question in the note, “yes.” She leaves, saying she is going to change.
That’s the last we know about Joo Young and Do Hyung’s high school days. Their next encounter is when Do Hyung stumbles into her in a drunken stupor on his preenlistment binge, throws up all over her dress, and wakes up in a room. When he opens his eyes, she is sitting there, obviously a hostess, and he offers to pay her for another hour. But she says she has to go, and once again, their encounter ends in parting ways.
Joo Young gazes across that water at the pier in Incheon, thinking, “Forget me, Do Hyung, that’s the only way you’ll be happy.” The loan sharks show up at Lee Jin Sook’s sushi restaurant – a woman with obvious ties to the underworld in some way – and demand to know the whereabouts of Joo Hee. Just short of driving an iron into her eye after her sassy answer, one of the beaten employees gives away that she is at the pier. Do Hyung races to reach her first. Lee Jin Sook is rather intrigued by the bank guy who is looking for Joo Hee (Joo Young), tips him off that she is on the pier and the gangsters are after her. But, he is too late – the baddies get there first. They knock her out, drag her to a van, and toss her in. I am underwhelmed with Jin Gi’s inability to handle things – seems like he has surrounded himself with dolts who just can’t quite get the job done. But for now, they’ve managed to nab Joo Young (for whatever reason, why is she important to any of them at this point with Song Hak Soo out of the picture?)
3 years ago in 2012 – the Song Hak Soo sting
Joo Hee meets with Yoon Mi and agrees to secretly record Shadow boss. In return, she will get anonymity to start anew. She taps the room where he is about to meet with second-in-command, Lee Jang Ho. However, when she goes to retrieve the recorder, it is not there. Who should walk in with recorder in hand but it Gin Ji. He knows she bugged the conversation, and actually doesn’t have a problem with that, not being a Song Hak Soo fan himself. However, there is a problem: his voice is also on the tape. He tells her he will doctor it up and give her a recording to turn in to the police. She is beholden to him to keep that she betrayed Had Soo a secret – something he can forever hold over her head. They both have something on each other which is both good and bad. He erases his voice, gives Joo Hee the new version, and big Shadow boss goes down with a 10 year sentence. With that, Joo Hee hopes to start over as Joo Young with a clean slate and rewrite her life with her first love.
There’s a series of phone calls – After receiving a panicked phone call from Joo Young that is cut short when the sharks get to her, Kang Jung Hwa (hostess friend) calls Yoon Mi, who calls the police station for backup. Do Hyung arrives on the pier just in time to see Joo Young tossed into a van. While his efforts to fight off her captors are grand, that lead pipe to the back of the head does it every time – he goes down. Somehow he manages to drop his phone in one of the thug’s pocket for tracking.
He is all but left for dead and, as he reaches for Joo Young’s fallen shoe on the stair, sobs uncontrollably at the futility of it all. He crawls to the phone booth and contacts Yoon Mi, tells her Joo Young has been kidnapped, and to track his phone. Yoon Mi finds a bloodied Do Hyung in the booth, but all he wants to know is if she tracked his phone and found Joo Young.
Meanwhile, Joo Young has come to in the van and puts a few choice thumb screw-stranglehold moves that she learned from Do Hyung to practice. The van swerves out of control and somehow she escapes. Police backup arrives. Joo Young hides behind large barrels under the pier – as the echo of footsteps grows louder in the dark she grabs a pipe. Just as she goes to strike, a hand grabs hers – it’s Do Hyung. In one of those raw romantic moments, they are together – face to face – having gone through so much and desperate not to lose each other again.
- Except for the high school backstory, this episode didn’t really make that much progress. The first four episodes were great; I hope this drama doesn’t start to lag. Creating the picture through flashbacks is okay, just so it’s not overdone because it gets hard to want to follow after a while.
- Why does everyone care so much about Joo Young (Joo Hee), anyway? I mean, why is she such an important player in the underground crime scene now that Song Hak Soo is dead? And does she even know that he is dead, yet? I don’t think she does.
- The escape-the-bad-guys-again scenes are kind of hard to believe, I mean the thugs in suits are just too stupid even for the bottom feeders that they are.
- Really don’t like Jin Gi, but he sure is in the thick of things, now.
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