Young Jin: “Someone said the most violent words in the world are labeling people as manly, womanly, motherly, doctor-like, student-like, things like that. Everyone lives life for the first time. So we’re clumsy and should be pitied. And allowed to make mistakes.”
They did it! However, immediately afterwards, Hae Soo did have a breakdown, which is expected. A girl can’t just get over so many years of anxiety towards intimacy for it to be magically cured because she met Jae Yeol. We do learn later that, although Hae Soo thought of her mom, for the first time ever, she didn’t see mom as disgusting or evil but she thought mom looked beautiful. She finally understood mom’s side of the story and how hard it must have been for her to take care of dad and her two daughters as well. It’s nice to see Hae Soo not lash out at her mom every time she see’s her now. She even knew that mom was talking with Jae Yeol behind her back but instead of getting mad, she just made it known that she doesn’t like it. Hae Soo really has found her soulmate, hasn’t she?
I do have to say that it was really sweet for Jae Yeol to tear up because he saw that Hae Soo was so distraught after sleeping with him. Oh yeah, and he told her he loves her numerous times in this episode. How great it that? There are so many dramas where couples get together and they never say those three swoonworthy words. Of course, Hae Soo would nitpick the timing of his “I love yous’ but we all know she loves hearing him tell her that. I’m still curious to know what the confession that Hae Soo was too afraid to tell Jae Yeol on the beach was and if it was the same confession she told Young Jin that she will have to tell Jae Yeol first.
It was also really moving that Jae Yeol ended up sleeping on the beach with Hae Soo. He probably didn’t want to interrupt her sleep and thought that he could handle a night away from the safety of the bathroom but of course, he needs a lot more help than he thinks. Seeing the worry, fear, pain and hurt pass through his face as he experienced his way too vivid nightmare/hallucinations was, as always, difficult to watch. His mind still can’t grapple with the idea that Kang Woo might “die” and no longer exist in his world. How will he react when he finds out that Kang Woo is sick? Then there was that stab from hyung and the look Jae Yeol had was heartbreaking. It was as if his spirit was crushed from that stab aimed to kill, which he still believes hyung is not capable of carrying out. Also, what was that memory of his mom all about? What was she burning? I was just glad that HS was there with him and was able to comfort him. It was great that she apologized immensely for forgetting about his compulsion and understood that this need to sleep in the bathroom stems from a lot of hurt.
It was sweet to see Hae Soo making his “bed” and then staying next to him as he slept. Although Hae Soo understands Jae Yeol’s need to sleep in the bathroom, she’s well aware that that’s not healthy so she knows that Jae Yeol’s needs to treat his OCD. She wants to sleep with him in a bed. I’m really proud of writer Noh for making it clear that since Hae Soo is Jae Yeol’s girlfriend, she can’t be his psychiatrist since she wouldn’t be able to treat him objectively aka she needs to avoid a dual relationship. First there’s patient confidentiality and now this? Daebak!
When Hae Soo and Jae Yeol returned to Korea, Jo sunbae and Soo Kwang were pressuring Hae Soo to give So Nyeo some sex education but she was reluctant. It was so cute and hilarious when Jae Yeol tried to speak up for Hae Soo saying that he could understand why Hae Soo wouldn’t want to take on this burden and she just outright said, “Don’t take sides”. HAHAHA! They’re precious. (Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire)
Jae Yeol: “She’s not a jerk, she’s just scared of giving her heart to someone.”
Jo Sunbae: “Hae Soo is using a cold defense system. But in reality, she is such a hot person. What I’m saying is right, right?”
Jae Yeol: “A little.”
At the end of the episode, I really felt bad for Hae Soo. She comes home, excited to see her “honey” but was instead greeted by the sight of her unashamed ex-boyfriend. She goes into Jae Yeol’s room to talk to him and the only thing he could say was a curt, “I’m writing right now”. It was obvious that his tone hinted at the fact that she should leave. When Hae Soo made it clear to her housemates that she doesn’t want Choi Ho to be going in and out of their house, I thought it was a legitimate plea, yet they were all teaming up on her for various reasons. I was so happy when she told them to fuck off, she doesn’t care if people think she’s a bitch or not. That a girl!
Although Jae Yeol immediately felt bad about the way he treated Hae Soo, I’m curious to know why is he having such a difficult time writing his novel. Does it have something to do with Kang Woo’s deteriorating condition? His annoyance towards Hae Soo’s disruption just seemed to have stemmed deeper than the fact that she keeps distracting him from writing. He seemed too angry and bothered for it to be just that. Almost like he was angry with himself. He’s capable of writing entire novels through Kang Woo yet he’s unable to do it as himself so I’m curious to find out what Kang Woo’s novel, “Rain Shower of Youth”, is about…
And no, no no! I don’t want Jae Yeol to move out! I love that they all live together in that one house!
Choi Ho is an unfaithful jerk and I’m scared to see the things he will dig up about Jae Yeol now that he’s determined to do a segment about Jae Yeol and Jae Beom….
Also, it seems like mom’s memory of the murder doesn’t explain much. She walked in as Jae Beom was removing the knife from his step-father so I think she really does believe that Jae Beom killed him. It doesn’t seem like she was trying to protect Jae Yeol so she implicated Jae Beom. But then again, she was really shocked to hear that Jae Yeol visited his childhood home (aka Kang Woo’s home). Does she know more than she’s letting on? And I know being positive is great, but after receiving the note from Jae Beom with the threat about what he’ll do to Jae Yeol, I hope she’ll be more aware of the danger that Jae Yeol’s in.
The “secret”, if you can really call it that, about Jae Yeol’s hallucinations and illness is soon to be discovered since the police saw the CCTV video where Jae Yeol was fighting with no one. Hopefully, Tae Yong doesn’t keep the video a secret from Jae Yeol….
Lastly, it is still unclear as to whether or not Jae Yeol has ALS. When he ran to meet with Kang Woo as soon as he landed in Korea, he coughed, which could indicate that he is sick or it could just show that he was out of breath after running or something got stuck in his throat. I’m still hoping all of this is a red herring.
Song from the closing credits:
Song from ep. 6 when Jae Yeol runs out to meet Hae Soo
It’s Okay, It’s Love OST Volume 1
How appropriate for Jo In Sung to take on the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for ALS aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease (which his character in It’s Okay, It’s Love may or may not have)? You can also see the goatee that he’ll be sporting soon for the show -_-
If anyone is interested in the poem from ep. 8, here’s the english translation: