To be honest, I was slightly worried about Se-gi’s appearance this time, because he was getting stronger the last time he appeared, and it would be even easier to take control of Do-hyun’s body now that the host is battling his own self inside. He might cause problems that would be impossible for Do-hyun to deal with later but this episode proved that there was a big issue Do-hyun had to deal with first, that was his lost memories. The Pandora’s box and the secrets inside it…can he handle them all? Or will he continue to hide and let Se-gi takes care of his pain, just like what he always did?
As Do-hyun realized that there was another person with him in the basement back then, Se-gi woke up from his long sleep, demanding to know why Ri-jin was there with Do-hyun. Ri-jin came clean about her being Do-hyun’s personal doctor, and Se-gi was thinking that she had agreed to kill him. She tried to talk some sense into him, saying that she’s only helping the two of them to make peace and communicate with each other, but Se-gi knew that Ri-jin had already made her choice. He was disappointed, especially that Ri-jin had been completely fooled by Do-hyun, who wasn’t as innocent as what she thought.
Instead of watching the video Se-gi showed her, Ri-jin chose to follow after Se-gi, who changed into his style, thinking that he should conduct a good punishment for Do-hyun since Do-hyun broke his rule. Ri-jin refused to back off, demanding to know what he meant by the rule and Se-gi told her that Do-hyun made her as a hostage to control him. Ri-jin hugged him, latching herself to him, but he reminded her “not to touch him if she’s not thinking of having him.” Hehehe Se-gi and his cheesy lines! He walked out and locked Ri-jin inside the house (look at the number of locks on the door!), taking the red sports car and headed off somewhere.
Ri-jin recalled Se-gi’s words about her being trapped by Do-hyun and she went to watch the video of Se-gi’s warning. She then realized that Se-gi was probably on his way to meet Chae-yeon as his way to get back at Do-hyun. Hurry up, Ri-jin! As for the lady in danger, Chae-yeon was home with Ki-joon, who formally proposed to her after apologizing for his mistakes and presented her with an engagement ring. She didn’t really look happy, though. At least Ki-joon’s in his best behaviour on a meaningful day like this! Secretary Ahn went to Do-hyun’s house and Ri-jin took his car, knowing that Se-gi would be heading to Chae-yeon’s house.
Ki-joon was not going to stay there for the night and he left, but not without noticing the red car parked in front of Chae-yeon’s house. He didn’t realize that Se-gi was inside the car, monitoring their moves and had his eyes focused on Chae-yeon. Chae-yeon received a call from Do-hyun and she tried to ignore it, but ended up picking up her phone. It was Se-gi, saying that he’s there to meet her because he missed her, and he chose the time well, because Ki-joon had left moments ago. Arghhh don’t turn Do-hyun into a stalker, Se-gi! Chae-yeon heard the doorbell rang and she approached the door cautiously, asking repeatedly whether it was Ki-joon.
She’s really fearless, because she opened the door despite not knowing who was at the door…and Se-gi was standing in front of her door, showing no signs of backing out. He was amused upon hearing what Do-hyun warned Chae-yeon but it was all useless, because Chae-yeon was affected when Se-gi expressed his wish to put his engagement ring on her. He teased her for thinking that he’s crossing the line when he only wanted to have some wine with her…and they entered the house. Uh-oh!
Ri-jin reached Chae-yeon’s house and saw Se-gi’s car there, before Se-gi himself walked out of the house. She demanded to know what he had done but he told her to use her imagination. Nope, I don’t want to imagine anything! He didn’t allow her to touch him but Se-gi followed her words like a good puppy, getting in the car Ri-jin brought, switching to the passenger’s seat, and wearing his seat belt. He refused to tell her anything, saying that she should imagine what happened with the amount of trust she had for him. He knew that the curiosity made her crazy, because that was exactly what he felt when Do-hyun was with Ri-jin…and she had betrayed his trust. Awwwwww you manchild! Ri-jin had enough of his request to kill Do-hyun (and his question, “Do you have a single digit IQ?”) and drove back home.
Secretary Ahn greeted Se-gi, thinking that he’s changed back to Do-hyun, but that only made Se-gi wonder if he was getting older for him not to tell Do-hyun apart from Se-gi. He sent Secretary Ahn away but told Ri-jin that Do-hyun won’t come back in the mean time. He was convinced that Do-hyun won’t be able to handle the hidden memories once they were released and he could remember it all (he was also created to handle those memories!), but he refused to tell Ri-jin anything when she asked whether she was also there in the memories, but his reaction said it all: she was there. He would only tell her everything if she took his hand, but she should make up her mind faster…or Do-hyun’s life would only get destroyed further in his hands. And what did he tell Chae-yeon for her to be shaken like that?
Ri-jin slept on the couch, probably to monitor Se-gi, and someone put a blanket on her. It was Do-hyun! He told that she shouldn’t sleep there and Ri-jin’s eyes opened wide, realizing that Do-hyun came back. She expressed her worry over him and asked when he returned, before admitting that she couldn’t stop Se-gi anymore. But then, Do-hyun didn’t say anything except for thanking Ri-jin for what she had done up until now..and Ri-jin woke up from her dream. Gaaaaaahhh! She jolted up awake and went to Do-hyun’s room looking for Se-gi, but he already left.
Se-gi drove Do-hyun’s car to Chae-yeon’s house as he wanted to take his red car…and he told Chae-yeon he would come back on the following day to take the other car. He’s sure trying to drive her crazy! Se-gi went to the company in his usual do and driving the car like a racer, and Ki-joon recognized the red car from the night before, the one he saw in front of Chae-yeon’s house. Uh-oh! Se-gi was literally handing out hearts to the female staff (there’s a dramatic explosion of his lovely charms and he’s enjoying the attention LOL) before going straight to Chairman Seo’s office. He sat like a boss behind the table, greeting his grandfather or Chairman Cha Gun-ho.
Ri-jin couldn’t find Se-gi in Do-hyun’s office and Secretary Ahn only saw his car parked in front of Chae-yeon’s house. They were running around the company looking for Se-gi when Ki-joon’s secretary said that Do-hyun arrived at work like a walking fashion model and they knew that Se-gi was there! Well…the manchild was yawning in front of the staff in the middle of a meeting, acting like it’s not a strange thing for a handsome man to yawn. Hehehehehehe! Ri-jin acted like he was getting ready early for the party later tonight and tried to take him away from the room, but he refused to let her touch him…so Secretary Ahn dragged the chair out with Se-gi making his leave in style. Pwahahahahaha!
Se-gi was being his prickly self but Ri-jin had enough of his constant “Don’t touch me!” reminder and started touching him just to annoy him. Hahahahaha! They looked like bickering kids and Secretary Ahn stopped them, since they’re still at the company. Se-gi stated that he’s the Vice President in the company and that he shouldn’t be stopped from attending the meeting..before pushing himself on the chair, entering the room with not so much style. Hehehehehe! Secretary Ahn decided that they couldn’t simply take him away since it was a meeting Do-hyun should attend, and they could only take extreme measures if any emergency took place. He suddenly received a call and it was Madam Shin, looking for Ri-jin.
Ki-joon had joined the meeting, discussing about the company’s plan to secure Rocking (Yo-na’s favourite group!) for their music festival and asked Se-gi to report about the progress of Writer Omega’s copyright issues. Se-gi was too engrossed in his work..that was drawing hearts all over a piece of paper with the phrases “Oh Ri-jin ❤ Shin Se-gi” “Oh Ri-jin, you’re a star, my heart’s star”, not to forget “Cha Ki-joon = attention seeker” and “Boring jerk!!”. Secretary Ahn snatched the paper away and Se-gi grew even more irritated when Ki-joon kept asking him about Omega (“Do I really have to catch a tuna for you?” Kekekeke!). Secretary Ahn saved the moment, showing the contract signed by Omega and Ki-joon transferred the work to another staff, causing Se-gi to criticize Ki-joon directly in front of others. Ohhhhh~! Se-gi won this time, because Ri-on had stated that he would only have Do-hyun as the person in charge. Ki-joon had met his real opponent!
Se-gi walked away after the meeting ended, wondering how on earth did Do-hyun manage to live his life being treated like that by people around him, and Secretary Ahn told him that it was responsibility, instead of Se-gi, who put his responsibility on other people. Se-gi thought that Do-hyun and Secretary Ahn matched each other well, but it was unfortunate since Do-hyun would never return. He realized that Ri-jin was nowhere to be found and grew furious when he learned that Ri-jin and Do-hyun’s mother were meeting each other at the moment. What did he mean by “What will happen if they meet each other?”…?
Madam Shin had tricked Ri-jin into receiving her bribe in the form of a pretty handbag because she wanted to hear from her about Do-hyun. Ri-jin told her that Do-hyun was eating well and she seized the opportunity to ask about Do-hyun’s lost memories. She wondered of something bad happened to Do-hyun when he was younger and whether he had any friend his age because he kept looking for a child in his sleep. Madam Shin was trembling at the mention of the child and Se-gi arrived there to take away Ri-jin, but not before threatening Madam Shin not to meet Ri-jin anymore. Seeing how cold her son was in front of her, Madam Shin thought that he had remembered everything about the past.
Se-gi wanted Ri-jin to stop meeting Madam Shin and he opened up a bit about the real face of Madam Shin: she took part as a witness in an abusive scene and she had been using it as her way to stay with Seungjin. Ri-jin realized that Do-hyun might have been abused as a child and Se-gi asked her, whether it was possible for him to call the woman who made him like that his mother. Gaaaahh everything was a mess in that family ㅠㅠ
Ri-on went rock climbing with his editor but he kept thinking about Do-hyun, from the chaebol’s worry over his identity to Ri-jin’s explanation about his symptoms before she became Do-hyun’s secret doctor. He was also aware of the headaches Do-hyun experienced and the different sides of that guy he saw on the plane. Ri-on seemed to have caught on something as he told his editor about the scenario: a perfect man on the outside but suffering from mental disorder, meeting a woman who would change his life forever.
Se-gi brought Ri-jin home, urging her to pack her belongings since they should leave the place. Ri-jin asked the reason why he wasn’t going to tell anyone about the memories he had and Se-gi used the usual reasoning of Do-hyun’s inability to handle the truth, but soon stressed on the fact that they, the alters, would all die if Do-hyun could overcome the painful memories. Since they were all the products of Do-hyun’s pain, they would disappear if the pain disappeared, so Se-gi had to make the choice, between letting Do-hyun live without overcoming the pain for them to live, or they would die forever once Do-hyun could get over his pain. Ri-jin asked about her being in his memories again, but Se-gi didn’t say anything and retreated to the bedroom.
The doorbell rang and Ri-jin went to see who it was..and Ri-on was there to bring her home. He had concluded that Do-hyun was suffering from DID and he threatened to tell the world about it if Ri-jin didn’t follow him this time. He wasn’t going to leave his sister there together with a potentially harmful man, and he’s being serious this time. Se-gi walked out and Ri-on could see that he wasn’t the ordinary Do-hyun, causing Se-gi to be aware that Ri-on also knew about Do-hyun’s issues. Ri-on insisted on taking Ri-jin away and he would pay the penalty fees for breaking Ri-jin’s contract with Do-hyun. Se-gi warned him not to brag about his rights as a brother when his eyes said otherwise, but Ri-on’s counterattack left him speechless.
Ri-on: Then you have no right to do anything. Because you’re…Seungjin Group’s son.
He didn’t even try to stop Ri-on and Ri-jin; instead, he just stood there, with Ri-on’s words on his mind.
The twins reached home and Ri-on reminded Ri-jin to explain things carefully and beg for their parents’ forgiveness, but she shouldn’t mention either Do-hyun or Seungjin. Dr. Seok was there with her parents when she entered the house and Mama Ji almost hit her with a pineapple after listening to her. Luckily Dr. Seok was there to save her but Daddy Oh was more disappointed that Ri-jin didn’t tell them the truth. Dr. Seok explained that she made the decision because she put her patient’s anonymity first and she taught him something important, that was a doctor should turn his back on his patients. Ahhhhh I love Dr. Seok!
Ri-on was the only one who didn’t look too happy and he brought out the folder with newspaper clips, browsing through the news about Seungjin and Do-hyun’s photos. He sighed, noting that Do-hyun didn’t really lead a happy life, considering how he’s living with fragmented identities all this while…
Dr. Seok and Ri-jin had a talk outside over cups of coffee, discussing about Do-hyun. Although Ri-jin was worried about Do-hyun not coming back forever, Dr. Seok knew that there was a possibility for Do-hyun to come back stronger after gaining his lost memories. He could be defeated by Se-gi, but he could be making his comeback stronger than before. They could only trust him and wait for him, since it was his inner battle and his own memories that he had to overcome first. Although Se-gi continued to call Do-hyun, challenging Do-hyun to stop him from dealing with the people who turned them into monster, but there’s no sign of Do-hyun anywhere, not even in the reflection.
Se-gi paid a surprise visit to his dearest grandma, Chairman Seo, waiting for her in the dark study. He followed her words from before: living quietly as if he was dead, avoiding other people’s sight. That made the chairman believed that he had recovered his memory and Se-gi just grinned, thinking how everyone believed that he had forgotten everything. He wanted to have Seungjin and taunted her with his father’s photo. She was mad when he broke the photo frame, but Se-gi made a suggestion: should he end the affection she had for her comatose son?
His next destination was the nursing home where Cha Jun-pyo was, greeting the comatose man like a stranger before calling him father. Se-gi remarked that his father didn’t really look well, and he shouldn’t have saved him, because Jun-pyo might be the reason why he became a monster. He offered to let him rest in peace, reaching for the oxygen tank.
“Why did you bother me? Did you know how hard it was for me? My father..”
[END of Episode 10]
I did make a guess that Do-hyun was physically abused when he was young and I was hoping that it wasn’t true, but Se-gi’s words and the fire in his eyes when he talked about it made me think that it did happen, and Do-hyun probably created Se-gi when he was as early as seven years old. If Madam Shin only witnessed everything without doing anything, did she find Do-hyun worthy of her love recently because he was the potential heir? Se-gi’s coldness and indifference towards Seungjin family members could be because of the hate…or could it be that he wasn’t even part of the family in the first place? Who are you exactly, Cha Do-hyun?
Se-gi showed more of his vulnerable side this time and he did not hesitate to show Ri-jin his real emotions, although he refused to tell her the complete story yet. This episode made me realize that there are still more questions left to be answered and 16 episodes might be too short for the drama to solve everything, plus we haven’t seen the other two alters: Nana and Mr. X. Learning about the lost memories made it clearer why Se-gi was so eager to protect his own rights. The pain he had to experience in Do-hyun’s stead while watching Do-hyun following faithfully the people who made him suffer..it’s understandable why he acted like that, but I still think that he needs to understand Do-hyun a bit more.
Since he possibly started to appear when Do-hyun was 7 years old, Se-gi’s way of dealing with the problems can be more like a young boy, throwing tantrums and causing more troubles when he feel unhappy. He might have represented the unhappy part of Do-hyun, living silently in a corner inside Do-hyun’s mind..until he had the chance to jump out when the ugly memories started to come out. It’s possible for him to be feeding off Do-hyun’s attempt to avoid the memories: each time Do-hyun tries to bring up those memories, Se-gi will come to the ‘rescue’, helping him to hold the pain in his stead without the need for Do-hyun to recall it. It might appear to be selfish of him, but it was probably a natural reaction from Se-gi at first to protect Do-hyun , but now that he felt threatened with the risk of losing his life, he started to become Do-hyun’s rival.
Ri-on’s words affected Se-gi not because Ri-on was aware of his real identity, but at that time, Se-gi realized something: no matter how hard he tried to live as a separate entity named Se-gi, he knew that physically, and deep down in his heart, he was still the son of Seungjin Group’s family, Cha Do-hyun. He didn’t even try to deny it, because it was a fact. Moreover, he might felt guilty towards Ri-jin for whatever that happened between tem during their childhood, and that made him even more determined to get rid of those people who messed up Do-hyun’s life. If Se-gi comes to realize that he can live through Do-hyun if he helps him to get over the painful past, then it will be better for both him and Do-hyun.
Se-gi is the product of Do-hyun’s hidden pain and I feel that Do-hyun still needs some time for him to make his comeback stronger, bolder, and..better. Hence, it won’t be a surprise if Do-hyun produce another alter that is a stronger version of him but not really his real self. It is too soon for Do-hyun to recover the whole memories and he might be getting fragments of them, but I will be happy if Do-hyun can come back faster! I miss the puppy! Still, Mr. X might be Se-gi’s opponent among the alters…which will make it even more important for Do-hyun to gain control over his mind and body, once and for all.
EDIT: What if Ri-jin was the one who was abused instead of Do-hyun? Ri-on’s musings about the boy and his fear of the basement like the girl because of his love towards the girl affected Do-hyun more than what we thought initially. He might have put himself in Ri-on’s shoes, putting the reason of his own fear of the basement as Ri-jin’s fear, but we’re to put the puzzle pieces together, the picture might be bigger..and even uglier. If he could have mistaken other person’s fear as his own, then it was also possible that he’s getting the images of himself getting abused just because he confused himself with little Ri-jin. He might have witnessed Ri-jin being hit and he couldn’t do anything to stop it from happening, so he continued to put the blame on himself. Remember that Se-gi always came out in the beginning when he felt threatened and had the urge to protect himself? Se-gi might have been created not only to protect the pain, but also protect Do-hyun and people around him. This might the result of his inability to protect Ri-jin back then.
Little Ri-jin was probably hidden in the basement by President Min away from the prying eyes of Jun-pyo and Chairman Seo, but Chairman Cha might be aware of the child’s existence. Do-hyun met her by chance and he continued to visit her, becoming her one and only playmate. Someone (Chairman Seo? Jun-pyo?) might have found out that Ri-jin was there in the basement and she was hit repeatedly, with Madam Shin doing nothing to stop it. Do-hyun saw everything but he was unable to do anything, so he kept blaming himself and putting him in Ri-jin’s shoes for his inability to protect her. It could be a traumatic experience for such a young child like him, and he migt have imagined himself as a stronger version of himself to protect other people…and thus, Se-gi appeared.
The fire might have been Do-hyun, or even Se-gi’s doing, as his way to take Ri-jin away since her mother was dead, but the fire made him believe that Ri-jin died in the incident. As if the guilt of being unable to protrct her was not enough, little Do-hyun might have believed that he killed little Ri-jin, so he blocked all the memories he had about her, thus the one year’s worth of lost memories. Do-hyun would imagine himself afterwards: as the suicidal Yo-sub when he feels the need to escape from his depression; Yo-na when he feels trapped in his agony and have the urge to run free just like what he pictured little Ri-jin would be feeling when she was trapped in the basement; Se-gi when he senses danger or harm around him and there’s a need for him to save someone (or even himself); Ferry when he feels the excitement in his heart which might be a hidden desire of him to run away from the stifling life of a chaebol and live his future as a free-spirited man; and Nana as he pictures himself in little Ri-jin’s stead.
(Don’t judge me, I just can’t stop thinking about it. Sorry….)