I was actually wondering why Cha Jin-wook (Sung Hoon) held a grudge to Lee Yoo-mi (Song Ji-eun). It turns out that it was about his wool coat. No, I’m kidding. It isn’t just about his freakin wool coat. It’s more than that.
After Jin-wook finally revealed his identity to Yoo-mi, our lovely nutritionist started a game of cat and mouse. But girl, if you want to avoid a guy you hooked-up with make sure you’re not working at his company. Jin-wook ordered Yoo-mi to personally deliver his meals, leaving her no choice but to see him three times a day. So Yoo-mi decided to do what any (in)sensible human would do, pretend you don’t remember anything.
Yoo-mi confided her situation to her author-friend Jung Hyun-tae, who found Yoo-mi’s situation interesting. Before he even said it, I really thought Hyun-tae would want to write Yoo-mi’s story in a book. And (drum roll) I was right (smug face). Yoo-mi then asked if Hyun-tae do such escapades while writing his books. He refused to comment and it annoyed Yoo-mi so much she walked out. Hyun-tae (and I) was left wondering why Yoo-mi became irritated. Hyun-tae refused to believe his hunch but I would stick with my prediction. Yoo-mi feels something for her friend.
On the other hand, Jin-wook leveled up his game on making Yoo-mi’s life in Daebok miserable. He teased her with things that could definitely make her remember the night they spend together. I find it really adorable that Jin-wook remembers the smallest of detail like the wine brand and the song that was playing while they were on the beach.
I was actually expecting Jin-wook’s teasing would at least last an episode or two but Yoo-mi couldn’t take it anymore. She finally acknowledged that something happened between the two of them. And when Yoo-mi told Jin-wook it was just a one-night stand, my heart ached for Jin-wook. He didn’t say it per se but his expression made me think it wasn’t just an ordinary one-night stand for him. I also kind of understand Yoo-mi’s reason for leaving. She was afraid as she was not used to those kinds of feelings. Plus, both of them were still young back then.
As if Yoo-mi’s day couldn’t get any worse, she found her mother (Nam Gi-ae), who is now separated, and her little brother Dong-goo (Joo Sang-hyuk) at Hyun-tae’s coffee shop. She was frustrated with her mother but in the end, she still let them stay with her. The next day, Yoo-mi was already prepared to get fired and was so gloomy at work. The cafeteria head (Kim Si-Young) made pancakes and told Yoo-mi to bring some for Jin-wook so he would be kinder to her. Aw, she is nice and caring afterall.
A rom-com would not be complete without the annoying girl who would insist it was her rightful place to be with the male lead. I wasn’t bothered at all by Joo Hye-ri’s presence in the past episodes but I totally want to kick her out of Jin-wook’s office as soon as she called him oppa. Of course, Yoo-mi saw Hye-ri acting so clingy to Jin-wook. Yoo-mi suddenly noticed stains on her uniform and recalled how she was bullied at school. The scene triggered Yoo-mi to remember every little thing that is wrong with her. Poor girl.
Hye-ri was so irritating up until the last scene where she acted like Jin-wook’s girlfriend and ordered Yoo-mi to use everything she bought for Jin-wook’s meals. But our Jin-wook suddenly intervened and told Hye-ri he only ate food that Yoo-mi prepared. This is why I don’t easily get mad with male leads in dramaland. Because as much as they are jerk and childish in their way of getting a girl’s attention, they would do such thing that would make someone’s heart pounding.
I was really curious with how the story would progress now that the major plot was established. My Secret Romance kept its storytelling slow-paced and just dropped glimpses of the characters’ hidden insecurities that held them back. I’m getting impatient to see some character development. But it’s a good sign I guess because that means I want to watch more of it, right?