As we enter into this maze that is Chicago Typewriter, we are gifted with so many hints, and twists and turns. Yoo Jin-oh (Go Kyung-pyo) is apparently not the ghostwriter’s name (or is it?). His knowledge of Han Se-joo’s (Yoo Ah-in) 1930s vision still remains a mystery, or how his manuscript mirrored Se-joo’s dreams. Also, it is revealed in this episode that the name of the ghostwriter hired by Se-joo’s publisher Gal Ji-seok is Yoo Chang-myung, a very unfamiliar name to us and even Se-joo himself. So when Jin-oh disappeared from Se-joo’s writing room unscathed (even after being tied “like a dead man”), I know there is something off about him. How did he manage to escape that he even hid himself from Ji-seok? I thought they were both in this together.
We also see Jin-oh following our heroine Jeon Seol (Im Soo-jung) on her way home. And when asked by Se-joo how did he met Seol, he said it was love at first sight at the airport when he arrived in Korea from the US. Hmm, interesting.
I am starting to like Se-joo’s personality with his faux cold-blooded nature. Nothing much has changed with he way he connects with Seol from 10 years ago until today. At least now, he remembers that Seol used to be a part-timer at the Subway branch where he used to write his first manuscript. We get to know a little bit more of the simple Se-joo through flashbacks of his conversation with Seol. We learned that he was still struggling and trying to make a living out of writing. It may be hard at first for Se-joo, but look at where he is today. From being a no-namer, he became the Stephen King of Korea after a decade of hard work.
Se-joo’s growing closeness with Seol might also help him recover from his writer’s block. I feel so bad for him whenever he suffers from his slump, especially when he tries his hardest to writing something out of his busy thoughts. So much has happened since he got the typewriter, and the frustration of not letting it all out is just too painful for our Han jagganim. The similarities of the events from the 1930s and the present might also trigger something in Se-joo that can help him regain his talent in writing.
It is also disclosed in this episode that our hero stayed in the Baek family because Tae-min’s author-father Baek Do-ha (Cheon Ho-jin) took care of him. Apparently, Se-joo’s mother is Do-ha’s first love. No wonder Tae-min’s mother is very determined to ruin Se-joo’s career. In their very tense conversation, Se-joo reveals he harbors no ill feelings towards Tae-min’s mother, and the one he resents most is Do-ha. He mentioned that the person whom he trust the most and whom he thought of as a father stabbed him in the back. Ouch.
I will just take a moment to appreciate the cuteness in Jin-oh and Bang-jin’s meet-cute. I wonder what does Bang-jin’s mother mean by the “evil” she foresees in one of our two male leads.
Seol also made me tear up in this episode. Her reason for quitting her profession as a vet crushes the animal lover in me. I can really empathize with her when she said that she had euthanized more animals than she had saved. I can only imagine what she felt when she violated the very main core of her profession which is to treat and protect animals. Someone told me that a person who mistreats an animal is evil, and I can honestly say that Seol is a good soul. Her constant worry of being able to “kill” dreads her so much. Maybe this is a premonition of her killing someone in her past life.
Baek Tae-min (Kwak Si-yang) also continues to puzzle me as a character. I want to know more about his real motive for asking Seol to be his assistant. And the show has definitely more in store for us after this cliffhanger. Jin-oh discovers the first draft of Tae-min’s first novel “Fate” in Se-joo’s library, which prompted him to ask Se-joo if he used to be Tae-min’s ghostwriter before. Is this the major betrayal that scarred his relationship with the Baek family?
Props to Yoo Ah-in, Im Soo-jung, and Go Kyung-pyo for pulling off the complex scenes this early in the series. Their acting skills are setting the bar high in the dramaverse. Yoo Ah-in’s portrayal of Se-joo as a writer suffering from a slump is so believable that I cannot see him as a celebrity anymore. I have watched them in their previous projects, but whenever Chicago Typewriter is on, I forget who they are and see their character reincarnations. It may be hard to get hooked on this show at first, but I am staying because of our three main leads.