Once again, the show provides an uplifting episode that is thoroughly enjoyable from start to end because every moment is so lovable and meaningful. In fact, we could just watch Bok Joo and Joon Hyung for the whole episode and not be bored because there’s just such explosive and playful energy between them that you cannot anticipate what antics they will come up with next.
That’s not to say that the other characters in the show are not as engaging. In fact, the writer manages to flesh every character and relationship to the right extent, so that we care enough about them to smile along with their joys and cry along with their pains. While the romance between Joon Hyung and Bok Joo is extremely well done, I’d say the friendships fare very well too. The sister-hood between Bok Joo, Nan Hee and Seon Ok is so tight and heartwarming and seeing Seon Ok come back really brought a smile to my face. It’s so refreshing to see such youthful energy and lack of restraint in how they express their love and concern for each other. On a similar note, I really love the brotherhood shared between Joon Hyung and Jae Yi too – they tease each other about their weaknesses, understand each other so well and are genuinely happy for each other.
While Jae Yi doesn’t get much screen time in this episode, I liked the scenes with him. Joon Hyung was able to predict how Dr Go would react to Jae Yi, which pushes him find Dr Go and ask to date her. His proposition to her to date is almost exactly the same proposition that Joon Hyung earlier made to Bok Joo, but what Jae Yi lacks is that sincerity and sensitivity. He phrases it to her like he’s returning a favour for her, because he knows she likes him and has been there for him. It’s just like what Joon Hyung told him about being overly nice, which makes others feel even worse. What I like too about this show is that every character has some growing up to do, even the adults. Jae Yi is a charming guy with a great heart, yet he isn’t fully aware of the impact of his words on others – just like how he wasn’t aware that Bok Joo’s questions revealed she had a crush on him. When it comes to matters of the heart, he’s also too passive and meek – not taking action fast enough or being clear in expressing his feelings and affections. Nonetheless, we know that Dr Go and him will end up together just because that’s what happens in shows like this, so there will certainly be good things happening.
Beyond the friendships, the camaraderie within the weightlifting team was also extremely moving and I teared when Coach Choi returned and when they had their celebration dinner at Bok Joo’s dad’s restaurant. It was almost a foregone conclusion that both Coach Yoon and Coach Choi would come back because of the team’s determination, but that didn’t stop it from being so heartwarming and touching.
Coming back to Bok Joo and Joon Hyung, they enter into a phase of jealousy in this episode as Joon Hyung tells Bok Joo to throw away the hair pin she bought when having a crush on Jae Yi and Bok Joo gets jealous over Joon Hyung’s interactions with Si Ho. Bok Joo does all the things that she tells others she can’t stand, like being petty and jealous and also putting aside her friends to go dating. They can’t keep their hands off each other and get all physical and touchy, which is exactly how young love is like. Joon Hyung continues to be charming and while he can’t talk her into telling her why she’s angry, he softens her heart simply through his actions. The scene of him putting feet warmers for her and then covering her with his coat and scarf is so touching, because of the wordless glances they exchange and how he’s meticulously thought of everything possible to keep her warm, from head to toe. I really appreciate how this show portrays such their romance in such a mature manner, without being cheesy at all. Thus far, we’ve seen quite a lot of Joon Hyung being there for Bok Joo and supporting her through her difficult times – I do hope we get to see more of Bok Joo also supporting Joon Hyung as we know his psychological issues have not been fully overcome.
With only three episodes left to go, one can’t help but feel that this series is ending too soon. We will certainly see both Bok Joo and Joon Hyung dealing with their family issues in the upcoming episodes and that can only draw both of them closer as they both understand how it feels like growing up without a mum. Si Ho’s story is definitely not over, as she takes significant steps ahead in this episode – she’ll mostly end up being paired with Joon Hyung’s senior, Ki-seok, but what’s more interesting to watch is her emerging from her shell and making friends as she’s spent most of this series being isolated and also her handling her family issues. There are also several pairings which are emerging that will certainly be more fully fleshed out like Coach Choi & Dae Ho and Seon Ok & Tae Kwon. I hope we haven’t seen the end of Woon Ki’s storyline too as the show shouldn’t introduce a teenage pregnancy storyline without exploring it further.
So much to look forward to and only three episodes left – I’m sure it’s going to be a fun, heartwarming ride till the end!