The wait is over for episode 11! Honestly, the last few days felt extremely long for me, especially after the absence of preview at the end of episode 10. That didn’t make the wait any better, but it does make me anticipate this week’s episode even more. While I’m enjoying this episode and cackling, I can’t ignore the fact that we’re really getting closer to the secrets of the drama, and it doesn’t seem that we’re in for a beautiful childhood story. Maybe I should get ready and buy lots of Kleenex for the next few weeks…
“Why did you bother me? Did you know how hard it was for me? My father..”
Those lines were uttered by Se-gi, as he paid a visit to his father and his hand reached for the oxygen tank..
..but when the guards sent by Chairman Seo arrived at the nursing home, Se-gi had disappeared, bringing along his father with him. The CCTV there were all destroyed by Se-gi. Ri-jin was still at home, making some coffee as she recalled her conversation with Dr. Seok earlier. She wondered if Do-hyun was abused during his childhood, because both Se-gi and Madam Shin’s reaction suggested so, but Dr. Seok only knew that Do-hyun had extreme fear of the basement but that was the limit of Do-hyun’s memory. Ri-jin was sure that Se-gi was holding on to Do-hyun’s lost memories, and it was possible that Se-gi was born out of Do-hyun’s strong desire to seal the memories of his childhood. She received a call..and it’s from Do-hyun!
Ri-on was in the middle of burning his documents and pictures of Do-hyun when he overheard Ri-jin talking to someone else outside the house…and it was Se-gi, who somehow found his way to Ri-jin’s house. He asked her, if she would like to take away Seungjin and he offered to give it to her. Or if she didn’t want it, then he could take it away and destroy it with his own hands. Ri-jin only thought that he was trying to cause trouble again, but his eyes were different this time.
Se-gi: Then, don’t kill me. I don’t want to disappear. It’s okay for me to be Cha Do-hyun’s illusion too, as long as I can stay beside you. Let’s go..with me. Let’s go.
Ri-jin didn’t say anything; her tear rolled down her cheek and Se-gi held out his hand. She held his hand, but Ri-on stopped her before she could do anything. Ri-on warned Se-gi not to cause any problem but Se-gi could only recall Ri-on’s words before tearing up. Unlike his usual demeanor, Se-gi let Ri-jin’s hand go and didn’t even stop Ri-on from bringing Ri-jin into the house. Se-gi yaaaa ㅠㅠ
Ri-jin demanded to know why on Earth Ri-on was acting like that, not to mention his strange actions lately, but he only explained that he’s doing it for her sake. Although he used to tell his sister that he will always believe her, Ri-on was firm with his decision this time, pleading for Ri-jin to have some faith in him, because she would thank him later when she remembered the moment in the future. Awwwh Ri-on, stop torturing yourself!
The secret investigation by her bodyguards at the nursing home yielded a single CCTV recording there, showing Se-gi entering the place and passing through the camera…but he noticed it and knew that someone would be watching it, and pointed out at the person, who was Chairman Seo. That was…kinda creepy, and Chairman Seo probably felt like that too, since she fainted out of shock after watching that recording.
Ri-on didn’t actually lock Ri-jin inside her room and later that night, Ri-jin went to his room and apologized, knowing that he’d be listening to her.
Ri-jin: Sorry. No matter how I think of it, I have to go. You said it to me back then, “You’re pro, so you have to make the choice.” I’d like to be responsible of my choice until the end. Although I don’t really know how this will turn out, to me, it’s impossible for me to quit this game. It might be that I have been immersed into the game. It feels like I have a responsibility too.
Ri-jin decided to leave without saying goodbye to their parents as she might change her mind after looking at them, so she asked for Ri-on to help her this time. Ri-on mulled over her words on the other side of the door and Ri-jin walked out…before Ri-on smacked her head, offering to give her a ride to Do-hyun’s house since she didn’t bring her car. Ri-jin tried to make him piggyback her but failed. How can you not love these two siblings?! They arrived in front of Do-hyun’s box house and Ri-jin suggested that they did something they used to do back when they were kids, but Ri-on refused to do it…
..but he did the ‘opening’..and was that a parody of Team Rocket from Pokemon? I LOVE THESE TWO.
Ri-jin went inside the house without looking back and Ri-on was there, sending her off with teary eyes and a smile. Gosh, stop it 😥 You’ll break your heart, Ri-on!
The house was quiet and Ri-jin thought that Se-gi had already went to sleep, but he was sitting in the living room. She wondered why he was still up…and Se-gi was afraid that he would disappear if he slept. Ri-jin recalled her conversation with Dr. Seok again, this time about her getting confused between Se-gi and Do-hyun. She used to, but now she didn’t, because Se-gi would become Do-hyun and vice versa in the future. They resembled each other and she’s hoping that they would come to understand and make up with each other. After all, wasn’t Se-gi the broken piece of Do-hyun’s wounded self? Perhaps, the scar Do-hyun wanted to hold hands with and give a hug the most was Se-gi, after all.
Se-gi then asked Ri-jin the reason she returned; was it for Do-hyun or him? He concluded that she was still unable to make up her mind, but Ri-jin offered her shoulder for him to lean on and told him to just sleep. He coolly refused her offer, saying that a man shouldn’t borrow a woman’s shoulder. Heh, trying to be a real men, Se-gi? He hid his face from her but Se-gi looked so calm and closed his eyes with a smile plastered on his face.
They slept in the living room (I hope their legs won’t be asleep when they tried to stand up!) until the next morning and Se-gi went “Guess Who?” at Ri-jin when she woke up. Ah, as if she couldn’t tell it’s him from his voice alone! Se-gi’s all smiles after the good sleep, but Ri-jin wondered if Do-hyun would never return at this rate. Please don’t lose hope, lady!
The news about Chairman Seo reached Ki-joon’s father, who told his son about it. Ki-joon was advised to try and bring some more people to their side, as it was the best time to do so and it would be more helpful with his upcoming engagement. Secretary Ahn talked to Ri-jin through the phone and decided that he would make the excuse for Do-hyun not to come to the office, but Ki-joon overheard everything and told him to bring Se-gi to his office. Yeeesh.
Meanwhile, at the house of Do-hyun, now co-owned with Se-gi…
..Ri-jin was presented with a wheel of fortune to help her in making her decision, choosing between Do-hyun and Se-gi. LOL it was nowhere near fair but because Se-gi insisted on turning the wheel together with Ri-jin, so she played along with him, giving it a try..and the pointer landed on Do-hyun’s tiny, tiny region. HAHAHAHA! That’s what people call karma, Shin Se-gi! And his changing face? Hilarious.
(Some kids need to learn their lessons the hard way)
Ri-jin had to make Se-gi calm down after the sudden turn of event and consoled him that it was void. Hahaha! He totally looked like a kid whose toy had been taken forcefully from him! But then, Ri-jin made a proposal to him: how about giving it a try to persuade her with his best point? He refused to do so at first and Ri-jin demanded to know why he posed as Do-hyun and tried to destroy Do-hyun’s life, and Se-gi insisted that Do-hyun destroyed his world first by taking her away. LOL Ri-jin shouted that she’s not his yet and he should try to maintain Do-hyun’s pride as long as he’s there. Who knew, maybe he could fare better than Do-hyun? He had to follow three simple rules: not to get angry, not to use violence when he’s angry, and not to tarnish each other’s reputation, or else..she would treat the unfair wheel’s result as the final outcome. Se-gi stopped her (like Do-hyun did!) and agreed to her conditions, albeit being so reluctant about it. Do it for her! Hahaha!
First step: to abandon his golden jacket and bling-bling shirt for Do-hyun’s boring suit for the sake of Do-hyun’s reputation, and the boy couldn’t even tie his necktie. Hehehe. Luckily Ri-jin’s there to help him..and it’s kinda cute to see them like that! Awwwwwh~! Ri-jin suggested that they toned down the hair a bit but Se-gi wasn’t going to let her touch even a single strand of his perfect hair. That’s his joy and pride, and their negotiation would end if she mess with his hair. Nope, no one could mess with Se-gi’s signature hair except he himself!
Chae-yeon was having a fitting session for her wedding dress (or engagement dress?) with her mother and Madam Yoon, but her mind was not entirely with her enjoying the moment like a normal bride should be. Her mother could see that something was off with her but she made an excuse to use the washroom, and we got to hear what Se-gi told her on the night he went to her house. He basically poured Do-hyun’s heart content and congratulated her for her engagement, but made an irresistible offer: they could still meet each other secretly, even after she got engaged to Ki-joon. It was a temptation that wasn’t easy to ignore!
Se-gi and Ri-jin made it to the office safely but Se-gi loosened up the necktie once they entered the building. Heh. He tried to make Ri-jin throw away the bribe bag (the one she received from Madam Shin) and took off the necktie. These two were rapping/arguing in the middle of the building’s lounge and thank God for the kindergarten teacher Secretary Ahn, as was there to save the day from the two kids. Se-gi needed to meet Ki-joon at that moment and the obedient kid chanted his motto of the day: no anger, no violence, maintain the reputation as he headed towards Ki-joon’s office. Trust Ri-jin to control him!
Se-gi was all ‘I’ll show you the sole of my shoe!’ at Ki-joon, sitting like he had all the time in the world, while Ki-joon was giving him the next task he needed to complete: to renew the contract with Rocking’s leader, J.I. The problem was the idol demanding the leading role in a movie under their company as his condition to sign the contract, and it was impossible since his acting was not the best. Se-gi had to make it happen since the contract was worth 80 billion Won. Dang, that’s a lot of money! Se-gi thought that Ki-joon was trying to mess with him but he’s holding his anger, at least this time around.
This Rocking was the same group whom Yo-na was a big fan of and Ri-jin was worried since Yo-na and her had a brawl in front of the group during their fanmeeting, so the leader might be able to recognize them. Se-gi was focusing on getting his job done and went to meet J.I. (LU:KUS J-one), whom he called as Nae-ai (my child?). HAHAHAHA! Not a good way to start the conversation with a wrong name! J.I. soon realized that the person in front of him was the fanatic ahjusshi fan he saw before and thought that Se-gi disguised himself as a fan to make him sign the contract. Ohhhh you don’t mess with, or point your finger at Se-gi like that!
J.I. walked out of the room after deciding that the discussion was over, but Se-gi chased after him and grabbed his collar, threatening to bury him underground silently if he didn’t comply with him. Ri-jin walked out…and Se-gi switched into his gentle self, grabbing J.I.’s arm like he was so in love with the idol. LOL for one second, I thought Yo-na had appeared! J.I. wondered if Se-gi really liked him and Se-gi, putting on his best puppy eyes as he could, asked if the idol really wanted to act in the movie.
I couldn’t believe that Se-gi actually gave J.I. the chance to show off his acting chops (he had none) and even complimented the kid as matching the latest trend of bad acting. LOL did Se-gi spent most of his time watching gag shows? He walked out after ordering both contracts for the movie and the renewal to be prepared with a satisfied look on his face. Ri-jin followed him out and she blurted out that Do-hyun would be the one facing the consequences later, causing Se-gi’s mood to turn sour at once. He was disappointed that after what he had done, she still brought up Do-hyun’s name in front of him. He had enough of playing Cha Do-hyun at the company and decided that it’s time to play with Ri-jin.
Off they went to the arcade, playing virtual fishing (Ferry would like this!) and car racing games. Why did they look like students ditching school? It had to be those coats! They fooled around in the photo booth and couldn’t they be any cuter?! They doodled over the photos, with Se-gi writing “You’re my star” and “Choose me!” while Ri-jin drew ears on his photos. Kekekekeke! Se-gi then kept staring at Ri-jin and decided to bring her to a place..
..which turned out to be the cosmetics shop, because he thought that her makeup was horrible. Hahahaha! He offered to buy the whole set for Ri-jin and she accidentally brought up her worry over Se-gi spending Do-hyun’s money. She tried to cover it up, offering to pay it herself but Se-gi was still annoyed to hear Do-hyun’s name again. He suddenly got curious about the lip gloss and applied some on his lips. Hehehehe was that Yo-na unconsciously making him pick up one for her?!
The two of them passed by the place where Ri-jin told Do-hyun about her reason to help him and her wish to see his personalities to merge into the one and only Cha Do-hyun. She made a request to Se-gi, suggesting that it’s time for him to share with Do-hyun the memories and the pain he had all this while, so that both Do-hyun and him could be at ease. Unlike Se-gi, Ri-jin thought that Do-hyun grown stronger and Se-gi should give him a chance. Se-gi decided it’s time to go back to the company since it felt like he’s in a love triangle with Ri-jin and Do-hyun. Awww did you just realize that now?
Ri-jin apologized for her mistake of being too nosy when they got off the car and Se-gi seemed to have recovered from his anger, but Secretary Ahn approached them with the news that Chairman Seo was looking for Se-gi. Se-gi made the decision to drive back home Secretary Ahn, while Ri-jin was to stay at his office. But then, Ri-jin received a call from Mama Ji, threatening to come and find her wherever she was if she didn’t come home at once. She was let off the hook thanks to Daddy Oh and she showed the cosmetics she bought earlier. When asked about the chaebol she worked for, Ri-jin made her mom promise that she won’t tell anyone about it. Gosh, really?! But then, Ri-jin only told her mom that she couldn’t tell her. Phew!
On their way to Seungjin mansion, Secretary Ahn wondered if Se-gi had something to do with Chairman Seo suddenly losing her consciousness the night before. Se-gi didn’t even try to deny it and the secretary warned him that it won’t benefit him at all if the fact about Do-hyun suffering from DID was known to the elders, so he should be careful. Se-gi was curious on who would be at more disadvantage if the truth was unveiled to others: Do-hyun or him? Chairman Seo was alive and well, going into her chamber of secrets behind the huge portrait of her late husband to retrieve a document of the company with a 50 billion Won cheque. So…would Se-gi get Seungjin to fall into his hands??
The chairman was expecting Se-gi when he arrived at the mansion and he went into the study alone, asking about her decision. He remained nonchalant when asked about his father’s whereabouts and Chairman Seo grew agitated at Se-gi, who turned a blind eye on his father who saved his life because of his greed. Se-gi exploded when his grandma brought up the fire incident 21 years ago, pointing out that he shouldn’t be the one saved; instead, they should had saved the child to be considered humans. Chairman Seo made up her mind not to hand over the company to him and Se-gi bid his goodbye, since his grandma had chosen Seungjin over her own son’ s life. Chairman Seo had her bodyguards ready to follow after Se-gi this time.
Ri-jin was looking for Ri-on and entered the messy bedroom of her brother. While she was trying to clean up the mess, she knocked down a box on his desk, revealing his notes and documents related to Seungjin, complete with pictures of Do-hyun. Ouch. Ri-jin confronted Ri-on, demanding to know the reason why he was following after Do-hyun with such interest. She could sense that it was related to Ri-on’s warning for her not to bring up anything about Seungjin in front of their parents. Uh-oh! What are you going to say, Ri-on??
Se-gi drove back but his mind was still focused on the thoughts of the child, repeating over and over again that they should have saved the child instead of him. Chairman Seo’s doubt about his memories sent him into another fit of headache and Do-hyun started to take over his mind, waking up in the basement again. Do-hyun saw his young self with another child there, but someone opened the door to the dark basement, ready to hit the child. Little Do-hyun protected the child, and the dark figure was revealed to be his father, Cha Jun-pyo (Ahn Nae-sang)…
Se-gi somehow ended up safe and sound on his father’s bedside but it was Do-hyun, finally regaining his consciousness after a while. He was taken aback when he realized that he was there with his father, but he grew restless when his father’s fingers started to move. Do-hyun put his arms over his head in a defensive mode and he fell from his chair, begging for his unconscious father’s mercy like a helpless child..
[END of Episode 11]
I wanted to believe that it was Do-hyun, but a tiny part of me was still in doubt, thinking that it could be Se-gi, whose fear might have been triggered when he saw that his father could move, even just a twitch. For now, I’m still hoping that it’s Do-hyun, because he needs to prove to himself that he will be able to stick with his promise, that is to face his own fears and be honest with himself.
Chairman Seo’s words got me thinking: what if Se-gi’s memories were not accurate? Human brains tend to believe what they want to believe and there’s a possibility that the memories were somehow twisted along the line. What if Do-hyun’s guilt made him believe that he was also abused although he was just a witness at that time? It’s not clear whether he himself was the victim, but the abuse did take place and it didn’t matter who became the victim; it was very unfortunate, and I just feel even more heartbroken with more clues being unveiled about the secret past.
It was worth wondering too, about the reason why Chairman Seo kept hiding her son Jun-pyo from the other family members. Was he declared dead officially, or was he hidden for the sake of covering the ugly past? Was she afraid that Madam Shin, or even Do-hyun, would do something to her precious son, especially after Do-hyun regain his long-lost memory, like what Se-gi threatened to do?
EDIT: 4-hour sleep was probably enough…right?
I like how Ri-jin sees Do-hyun and his broken pieces; instead of treating them like different persons, she knows how to deal with them, because she has gotten to know more about Do-hyun when she was beside him. She tries to be rational with Se-gi and tolerate his behaviour, but she knows when to be persuasive and when to be submissive. She has to be given the credit to be focused on bringing the broken pieces of Do-hyun together, especially in persuading the most difficult one, Se-gi. She never give up. Although she can be seen as slacking when she follows his every wish, that is probably one of her ways to make Se-gi at ease. Why she picked the place Do-hyun kissed her as the place to convince Se-gi? I think that it was a brilliant move by her, because deep down, Se-gi is still a part of Do-hyun and he did seem to be tamer than usual. Although he’s still avoiding the subject, at least he didn’t do anything and decided to walk away from the place with the ‘love triangle’ vibe.
It might be a bit of a stretch to believe that Ri-jin is the only person who can control Se-gi and wrap his around her fingers at times. Se-gi existed because of Ri-jin in the first place; she was his world, and he’s basically orbiting himself around her. Se-gi insisted that Do-hyun made him to become his pain vessel but it could be that Se-gi was ‘born’ out of his earnest desire to protect Ri-jin. She was the reason he could exist, so there’s no wonder why only Ri-jin could appease him, and he would somehow become weak in front of her. That’s why..he wanted to stay beside her no matter what it takes. He probably hated Do-hyun for being too weak and unable to protect Ri-jin. He wanted to replace Do-hyun not only because he wanted to live as the one and only Shin Se-gi and escape Do-hyun’s shadow, but also to make up for his mistakes and his shortcomings when he was young.
Who doesn’t miss Do-hyun? I am missing him a lot (LOTS!), but I think the drama did well in giving Se-gi as much screen time as Do-hyun. It’s time for us to realize that in the end, they’re the same person with different faces, under the name Cha Do-hyun. No matter how much Se-gi wants to run away, he can’t deny that it will be impossible for him to escape from Do-hyun and his past. Instead of picking one out of the two personas, the drama is trying to talk some sense into us the viewers, persuading us into choosing them all – Do-hyun and his alters – instead of only one, just like what Ri-jin did. All of them deserves a big hug! And Ri-jin too!
(Because they’re precious!)
Ri-on, oh Ri-on, the hunter Orion! What will you do now? Will you protect your sister with your lie again, or will you spill the beans..one by one? It will be even more heartbreaking if he doesn’t have any connection to the whole secret except for being Ri-jin’s adopted sibling but he ends up with more scars. Am I really going to see lots of tears (and shed even more) in the next episodes??