Sunday, 2 March 2008

Bad Love - Episode 17

In this episode, Kang Yong-gi and Na In-jung rekindle their romance while Lee Su-hwan's health is slipping away...

Kang Yong-gi
(Kwon Sang-woo) arrives to the "secret spot" to meet Na In-jung (Lee Yo-won) but she isn't there. He finds a note and the food In-jung cooked for him. Feeling a little disappointed that she isn't at the house waiting for him, Yong-gi decides to take a walk to the bus stop and sees his beloved Na In-jung still there! They go back and have dinner together and spend time together.

Yong-gi gets a kiss from In-jung

Lee Sin-yeong (Cha Yae-ryeon) is in trouble. She owes loan sharks money and they come to threaten her to pay them back. Lee Su-hwan (Kim Sung-su) who now no longer has any use for Sin-yeong (since their plan has been foiled) asks her to take the money in the account he'd promised her, and leave. Sin-yeong tears up the papers, refusing the money and tells Su-hwan that she is in love with Yong-gi now, and will not leave.

Su-hwan: Go away! Take this money and leave.
You are not wanted here anymore.
Sin-yeong: I do not want your money.
I am in love with Yong-gi. I will not leave!

Yong-gi still does not like Sin-yeong in a romantic manner, but unlike Su-hwan, he does not kick her out, but let's her stay at Daehan Construction.

Two handsome Korean men. One can act, the other cannot.

In the meantime, Su-hwan's illness is getting worse. His migraine attacks are getting more frequent. His faithful driver Euntaek is concerned and thinks it is a good idea to let In-jung know Su-hwan is gravely ill.

Su-hwan gets another migraine attack
when he hears his ex-wife nagging over the phone.

Yong-gi and In-jung are enjoying their time together. Since they have decided to make the most of their relationship before spring (make beautiful memories then separate), Kang Joo-ran has shown her displeasure and is even at the brink of losing her sanity. Yong-gi sees all these and is troubled, but he does not let that spoil his precious time with In-jung.

Yong-gi is overjoyed when he gets the news that corrective
surgery can enable In-jung to play the cello

Upon hearing the news from the specialist that In-jung's severed nerves can be repaired by an operation, Yong-gi and In-jung celebrate by going out to buy a cello. They go to a musical instrument shop and In-jung explains to Yong-gi that the older the cello, the deeper sound it produces. However, old cellos are very expensive.

Take your pick. Which cello do you like?

You should be glad your boyfriend is loaded...
i will buy you the best cello.

Yong-gi takes his girlfriend shopping...again

Merely buying expensive gifts for his girlfriend is not enough. Yong-gi further expresses his love for In-jung by designing a beautiful pendant for her. The pendant's inherent shape is a cross, which i think implies that Yong-gi's anchor and strength to sustain the romance lies in his faith in God. Right in the middle of the pendant is a purple heart-shaped stone and a single tear-drop diamond hangs below the heart. How apt, the tear signifying their painful love affair.

Yong-gi can't keep his artistic side hidden
as he
crafts an exquisite pendant for In-jung

Yong-gi and In-jung each think of the inevitable day when they have to separate.

Yong-gi makes the pendant for his dear In-jung from scratch in his workshop
Yong-gi: I'll give this to her the day we part.

In-jung: I will play a song on the cello for him when we part

Up until now, only Samchun knows In-jung and Yong-gi's little secret - that they promise to be together until spring. Kang Joo-ran (Kim Ga-yeon) comes to confront In-jung and asks her to stop seeing her younger brother. In-jung then tells her not to worry as they will part in spring. News travels fast. Joo-ran then tells the very aggitated Lee Sin-yeong.

Psst...i'll tell you a secret. Do not worry,
you will be able to get your hands on Yong-gi

after In-jung leaves him this spring. Be patient.

The ever romantic Yong-gi treats his girlfriend to a string quartet. They decide to go on a date and he will meet her after work. He also plans to present her with the necklace he made with his bare hands! Whoa...what a man (no one ever made a necklace for me from scratch!).

Yong-gi and In-jung makes a date to go to a string quartet together

It seems that fate is against In-jung and Yong-gi going for a normal date. On the way to the theatre, In-jung meets Su-hwan who then collapsed and had to be sent to the hospital. While there, Euntaek (Su-hwan's driver) finally gets to tell In-jung that Su-hwan is dying and even an operation cannot save him now.

Yong-gi too got detained. He had to beat off the loan sharks that have been threatening Sin-yeong. Instead of being thankful, Sin-yeong gets mad at Yong-gi for meddling in her business and promptly rushes off without noticing on-coming traffic and gets knocked down by a motorcycle. She suffered a minor concussion and Yong-gi never left her bedside, until she came to. While beating off the loan sharks, Yong-gi dropped his mobile phone and In-jung could not reach him.

Gosh, i'm late for my date with In-jung

Despite the delays, Yong-gi and In-jung meet and enjoy the string quartet together. In-jung is surprised to find that they were the only ones in the audience. Yong-gi had booked the entire concert just for her!

I made arrangements so the quartet only performed for you...

After the concert, they have a romantic candle-light dinner. Yong-gi presents the necklace he made to In-jung. They are happy in each other's company and fall in love all over again. How romantic.

In-jung admires the necklace Yong-gi made

Meanwhile, Su-hwan is very ill and his ex-wife Joo-ran rushes to his side to comfort him. But instead of calling our her name, Su-hwan calls out to In-jung. Joo-ran is noticeably hurt and begins to hate In-jung even more.

Joo-ran: I hate In-jung! Even on his deathbed,
Su-hwan calls out her name and not mine.

Yong-gi and In-jung visits Su-hwan at the hospital after their night out but only finds his pajamas neatly folded on the bed. No Su-hwan. Is he dead?

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6 Comments:

Arin said...

I'm going to admit that in this episode, I was busy feeling sorry for Su-hwan. Seriously. T__T
I think he is.. already.. dead..
or at least in a very critical state and is in the emergency room or something.

ahh. okay, after this, the only thing I could wish for is for Joo-ran to back off! I'm not feeling sorry for her.. sorry!

fraulein said...

Like Arin, I also feel super sorry for Suhwan and wish Joo-ran will back off.

After the heavy stuff that has happened lately, ep 17 was much lighter and happier -nice cosy dinner, shopping together, doc’s appt etc. And Yong-gi briefly goes back to his playful little boy antics which I cannot get enough of . It looks like an continuation of ep 7 where Yong-gi and In-jung first hooked up ; )

Despite the semi happy mood, I cannot help but feel a sense of foreboding….

At the start of the ep where Suhwan starting talking fondly about his late father in law, I wondered what he was doing trying to score points with Yong-gi by talking about the latter’s mother? What’s the point of the conversation ? Anyone ?

Suhwan is definitely a more cool headed character compared with Yong-gi who is more hot headed and tends to raise his voice/get angry more.

In the scene with Joo-ran and her mother, we learn the source of her mother’s real bitterness ; it makes them seem vulnerable and human after all. What’s more, their situations with their husbands seem to mirror each other.

I found myself asking more than once – is In-jung’s guilt that great? The reason she cannot be with Yong-gi is because Joo-ran is his sister – it’s not so much because of Suhwan anymore. WOW!

Yong-gi understands In-jung’s need to clarify things with Suhwan for closure more than anything else before he dies and does not stop her from going to see her.

Bad Love has all the stereotypical ingredients of a bad drama – over lovelorn characters, terminal illnesses, pining /excessive melodrama, missed opportunities to see/say/do things but I still like it ! So dramatic !

The most poignant scene for me in this episode when when Yong-gi and In-jung agreed that they may not be together but will always love each other. That’s the premise the writers are making and one that most people will not understand, myself included, until now. Earlier, I didn’t understand but now I think I do.
That said, I still want this to end happily with them together for good.

Wanda said...

I'm really looking forward to seeing Bad Love. I love, love, love Kwon Sang Woo AND Kim Sung Soo. Two hotties at once!

Anonymous said...

er, i think the necklace is supposed to represent their see-saw chair.

Orchid said...

anonymous...yeah now that you mentioned it, the center piece looks like a see-saw. =)

Anonymous said...

Intense!! Su Hwans so hot, why is she going for the Sappy guy? I may be the only girl in the universe who would be offended if he did all that crap, I hate sappy guys!!!
Thanks for posting I feel like I watched it!
~A

 

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