Now this episode wasn’t as painful as the previous one. I agree with reader Fraulein, it’s nice to see Na In-jung happy together with Kang Yong-gi. There are so many obstacles that keep these two lovers apart. Whenever they are together, circumstances just aren’t on their side. Okay, now on to the episode recap.
Yes, the scenes in sepia (in episode 15) was a dream. It was Kang Yong-gi (Kwon Sang-woo) dreaming that the problems between Na In-jung (Lee Yo-won) and him, would just disappear and she would come to him, and they would live happily ever after.
Back to reality…In-Jung visits Yong-gi at his bachelor bungalow in the mountains to tell him that she wants to be nice and rekindle their romance until they really have to part ways in spring (she’s taking Christian’s advice, to leave Yong-gi gently).
At first, the passionate and emotional Yong-gi is against this idea. To him it is preposterous and he screams at her to leave. He kicks her out and In-jung is left outside his doorstep. Suddenly she is attacked by vicious stomach pains and Yong-gi, upon discovering her plight, carries the half unconscious In-Jung inside so that she could rest.
While she sleeps, Yong-gi reconsiders In-jung’s idea and you see him drive off to a church where he prays. He prays that he will have the strength to leave her when the time comes. He prays that he will have a heart of stone with In-jung and not get too attached. He prays that there will be no bitterness or hatred between them when all this is over.
Yong-gi then heads back to In-jung and tells her okay, they will soothe each other and spend good times together before breaking up for good. He makes her promise that she will not shed any tears or have a heavy heart during these precious last days together before spring. She agrees.
be happy together until springtime, when they have to part
After making up, Yong-gi and In-jung spend most of their waking hours together. Yong-gi takes her to another house of his in the city. It is his workshop and the house is filled with his paintings. They call it their “secret spot”. Both lovebirds spend time cleaning up the place and they enjoy the time spent together.
In the meantime, Lee Su-hwan‘s (Kim Sung-su) health deteriorates but he refuses to go for brain surgery. He is plagued by severe headaches which are happening more and more frequently. Instead of concentrating on curing his terminal disease, the selfless Su-hwan thinks more of his beloved In-jung. He wants to repair the damage Kang Joo-ran (then his wife) caused In-jung.
Five years ago, in anger, Joo-ran slashed In-jung’s wrist, causing her nerves to be severed and making it impossible for In-jung to play the cello. Su-hwan found a reputable neurosurgeon who can operate on In-jung’s damaged nerves and if successful, she might be able to play the cello again.
Su-hwan wanted to tell the good news to In-jung, but discovers that In-jung and Yong-gi are together again. He decides to tell Yong-gi instead, and asks Yong-gi to bring In-jung to the hospital for a consultation.
After Su-hwan and Yong-gi talk, the former suffers a serious migraine attack and is brought to the hospital in an ambulance. Yong-gi finds out about Su-hwan’s illness. Su-hwan begs Yong-gi not to tell anyone especially In-jung.
Word got out to Joo-ran that Yong-gi is seeing In-jung again. Joo-ran goes insane and the drama queen claims that she cannot bear the thought of her younger brother seeing the woman who caused her so much pain and who ruined her life.
At home, she drinks and her daughter Miso sees that her mother is distressed because of a woman named In-Jung. Through Joo-ran and Miso’s reaction, we get a glimpse of how difficult things would be should Yong-gi and In-jung stay together.
Joo-ran is so distressed that she goes back to her bad habit of stealing. Yong-gi had to bail her out from the police station one night.
While Yong-gi was busy dealing with Joo-ran’s case, In-jung waits for Yong-gi at their “secret spot” and cooks curry noodles. As Yong-gi delt with his family matters, In-jung who did not know what was happening waits patiently for her boyfriend. She waits till late and finally decides to walk to the bus stop – the spot where they have agreed to part ways each night.
My favourite scene in the epidose is when In-jung stands at the edge of the sidewalk as the buses go by. One by one, the green buses go by, but she does not get on. She waits. She recalls the promises they made to each other. She waits…then finally Yong-gi appears and calls out her name. She turns to him and they smile at each other. So sweet.