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Immediately I am pulled into the story, the rain is a beautiful backdrop again and those fantastic umbrellas come out to play once more. In Ha is replaying the scene in the first episode where he fell in love, only this time he is realising his long lost love is still alive.
As he walks past Yoon Hee I wonder if everyone like me can’t help but breathe out the words, hana, tul, set, (1,2,3), of course who cannot think of our beautiful young In Ha in that moment, and as he reaches the other side of the road and the man that In Ha has grown into has lost none of his charm as we see all the emotions he is feeling flicker perfectly across his face until finally realisation hits and just on cue music starts.
PD Yoon has once again picked the perfect accompaniment here, the whole time In Ha is running to catch up with Yoon Hee we are taken back in time with the song that he wrote for her after their first time in the rain together. This is the song where he told her that he loved her and the song where he perfectly describes their rainy encounter with the yellow umbrella, a perfect link back to where we are now with the yellow umbrella he is now chasing. Stopping with the most perfect timing as she walks forward to shelter him under the umbrella in the same way she did once before.
I love the symbolism here. To me this is a perfect beginning to this episode, it starts in the present then pulls you to the past and then back to the present again, and this is how I see the whole episode. It is wonderful I felt like a piece of thread as ultimately the two eras where sewn together gently but firmly. I came to the end of this episode feeling that finally I could see the younger versions of the 70’s characters and older versions as singular characters and their children as separate characters altogether. Until now I had struggled with the concept not in my mind but in my perception, I am glad to say that is no longer the case.
So from the beginning I would say that this episode is about Connections and Contrast, it is about drawing lines between the present and the past, seeing the symmetry and creating a blending of characters by filling in the blanks, but also by showing, I think, that some things that should change don’t, and some things that shouldn’t change, do. I think that this episode is a perfect example of how we should learn from history, but rarely do.
Of course I can’t let this episode pass without talking about the umbrellas, either, ah they are so wonderful, I think I shall never look at an umbrella in the same way again. In this case I think they were used to tell a story, of course this is only my opinion but these are my thoughts on the matter:
To begin with Yoon Hee is holding a bright Yellow umbrella, a clear sign that in her heart she is still back at her their first meeting in the rain, (when they declared their love for each other and set their first date, well before everyone else interfered that is)
and then of course they meet in 2012. I have to say at this point that the sight of a grown man shaking with emotion broke my heart, he is truly the soft spoken In Ha of the 70’s and of course he proves this later when he doesn’t mention that he is unhappy during their meeting because he thinks she is happy. However, I do love the symmetry here as she holds the umbrella out and over the poor dripping In Ha, can this man ever catch a break, dripping with emotion and rain I always feel the urge to pick him up and take him home, he just always gives off that little lost puppy vibe, or is that just me?
So once again In Ha is trying to do what is right for everyone else and the next time we see the umbrellas there are two of them, a clear sign that they are not together once again.
It felt like such a contrast from their initial walk in the rain where you could look down on them squeezed closely under the one umbrella:
to the present where they didn’t even walk at the same pace anymore:
I felt so saddened for the loss of something that started out so beautifully leaving only memories behind, and here faced with a second chance were they going to do the same thing again?
So left with the thought, ‘will these two ever learn?’ My thoughts drifted to In Ha and I was amused to find myself looking at the transparent blue umbrella. My next thought was, in his heart, he is stuck emotionally at the beach, (funnily enough, this was a thought I wrote down before I had any subtitles)
I think my musings were further confirmed when he later confessed that it was as if time stopped at the beach they walked together, what do you think?
So there you have it, a story of love and memories, separation, loss and heartache all told by an umbrella, how will you feel about yours from now on?
But this wasn’t the only umbrella story told in this episode, there was a second one not quite as long as it didn’t have the history but I believe this one was put there as a comparison to In Ha and Yoon Hee, remember I talked about sewing together the two eras, well this is one of the stiches.
Ok so we start this time with Seo Jun and Ha Na. They got caught in the rain and for once we see Seo Jun acting openly gentlemanlike towards Ha Na as he grabs her hand and runs with her to shelter.
Does anyone else think this is slightly reminiscent of the scene in which Dong Wook manages to sway her mother to agree to go out with him?
Clearly it’s a good move, but then we are already aware Seo Jun has the moves, or does he? I guess we shall carry on with our story to find out.
Actually I think it’s kinda funny, most little boys are always mean to the girls they like when they are small, and if this is Seo Jun’s first love it’s no wonder he doesn’t know any other way to handle it, most boys have already gone through that stage in school and then grown out of it through experience, so all things considered, I think he’s doing rather well.
So our lovely photographer, as seems to be his thing, takes one step forward and three steps back. First he asks Ha Na “let’s end it all here and start again”, and we all cheer, and then, when asked “why?” he just ties himself in knots again because he is too proud to come out with the simple truth. Something that he has been denying to himself more than anyone else, the fact that he likes her, subsequently upsetting Ha Na to the point that she decides she is just going to leave, and we discover that she has had an umbrella all along.
At first it seems that Seo Jun asks her not to leave because he doesn’t want to get wet but in the end he tells her he will be nice and hints that there is a much deeper reason.
Finally, we see them under the umbrella together and we are all taking a deep breath in anticipation, waiting to see what will happen, and in so many ways I am not disappointed. The first thing I notice is the colours, PD Yoon’s attention to detail never fails to amaze me and here is no exception. If you wanted to shout out that the 2012 couple were going to be in complete contrast to the 1970’s version how better to do it than with colour. Notice that it is now Ha Na wearing the bright yellow, and the blue shirt In Ha was wearing is now reflected in the colour of the umbrella. I also love that the yellow umbrella was chosen by a man and the blue one was provided by a woman, unusual choices and yet I think that the colours themselves reflect aspects of each of the characters personalities. I personally think that certain colours can mean different things on a man than they do on a woman, and I think PD Yoon is using that to highlight differences in his characters, for instance, Ha Na’s strength, vitality and brightness with the yellow and the light blue contrasted with In Ha’s gentleness, shyness and passiveness with the same two colours. I could play around dissecting the imagery of this beautiful drama all day but you understand my meaning now so I will move on, besides, interpretation is an individual thing and that’s what makes this drama so appealing. There is so much art beneath the surface that the viewer can be a part of, that you can’t help but be swept away with the imagery of it all, each person having their own unique and wonderful experience, if it was meant to be the same for everyone it wouldn’t be art.
So after the colours fade and we are left with the two scenes they are indeed quite different, the cosy scene of the 70’s occurs after she tells him to come closer but initially there is the gentlemanly space left as he holds the umbrella out over the girl to keep her dry.
In the modern version there is no such stigma from standing to close to the girl and Seo Joon is half doing the gentlemanly thing by holding the umbrella, but despite the lack of space between them he is still calmly allowing Ha Na to get soaked, unlike his father who was more than willing to get soaked to keep his lady love dry. I think this is one of those scenes that leave the women wishing for times gone by and the men thanking God that they’re gone, well some of them anyway.
The difference is brutal but it’s not just the guys that have changed, the women have too, we can see that Yoon Hee, was not remotely happy that In Ha was getting drenched and tried to push the umbrella over to him,
whilst Ha Na in the same situation was demanding that Seo Joon cover her and not let her get wet.
Gone are the days of gentle love, and sweet loving gestures it seems. However it appears some things will never change. In the end both boys arrange a date, of sorts, and then make an excuse to run away, either to do a little victory dance, or have a heart attack that they managed to achieve that much, leaving the girl standing alone with the umbrella.
So it seems that walking in the rain under an umbrella however wet you get is the perfect way to get a confession and a date, or at the very least a date disguised as a job, which I guess would be a bonus because then you would get paid to spend time with your dream guy and well, it just doesn’t get better than that. Just don’t let anyone else catch you under the umbrella after the one you love has departed, or you may just end up in the sticky situation of having two dates, like Yoon Hee did, well I guess that’s one good reason to go out and get soaking wet in the rain.
So that’s my little deviation into umbrellas finished, I shall go back to drawing lines now, of course the obvious ones are the join the dots. I love these; this episode has been great with the little titbits of information filling in the blanks which show just how much the lost relationship between In Ha and Yoon Hee has unknowingly affected not only the characters in the 70’s but those right up until the present day.
I shall start with the rain; I love the little mentions that keep getting added about rainy days. Clearly, neither In Ha nor Yoon Hee ever forgot their walks in the rain, I imagine that may have had something to do with the beautiful song in which In Ha confessed his love, but still I find myself hoping for that one romantic moment in the rain that can make you remember it forever. Ha Na spills the beans on how her mum loves the rainy days the most and how she would take her out walking on those days, so we know Yoon Hee is still holding them in a special place in her heart and she even mentions to In Ha when she meets him again in 2012, it always rains when I see you, so we know that she is once again thinking on the rain, despite the fact that she is once again covering up her illness and her feelings because she thinks it is the right thing to do to save In Ha pain. You would think that she would have learnt from all those years apart that she should grab happiness with both hands whilst she still could, however she remains the same character she was in the 70’s and she quietly pretends she is happy without him.
Dong Wook is the one that spills the beans about In Ha, making the comment that they always used to drink on rainy days, showing just how much In Ha was affected that he felt the need to drink away his sorrows. An interesting concept considering the fact that it is his unhappiness that led him to create such and unhappy marriage with Hye Jung, leading her onto the obvious drink problem that she now displays.
Well the rain stops and we get the semi confession where Seo Joon tells Ha Na that he is going to stay with her until he knows what it is he likes about her. Of course that is until Ha Na stomps all over that Idea by telling Seo Joon, ‘You want me to forget I heard that? Don’t worry about it I wasn’t worried about it either. Don’t worry I forgot it all’. So here I see Seo Joon clearly telling Ha Na how he feels and she just dismisses it completely causing him to take it all back
it makes me think of the scene where Yoon Hee finds her portrait and in In Ha’s locker, a clear a confession that he is in love with her, one they were both ready to hear until In Ha sees Dong Wook and backs out of a confession that has essentially already been given, and says it was nothing.
I think at least in the past Yoon Hee knew that In Ha liked her despite him denying it quite vehemently and yet in the present poor Seo Joon is doing his upmost to confess and keeps on getting met with utter disbelief however many times he blurts it out to the unsuspecting HaNa. I almost screamed when she jumped to the wrong conclusion after all the guts he took to get it out and she just casually says she will forget it all. In comparing both these confessions that were made and then taken back I don’t know which is worse, taking it back over wounded pride or taking it back to save the feelings of a friend who you know is going to get hurt in the end anyway when you can no longer be part of his life, especially when you know he won’t even get the girl as she is clearly hung up on you. What I do know is that this father and son, desperately need lessons in communication, but couldn’t you just hug them both for their bumbling attempts at love anyhow.
In addition if we want to add another similarity to these two scenarios, we only have to look as far as seconds after Seo Joon takes back his confession for Ha Na’s love rival to literally come flying into the picture. Now of course due to the cosy conversation these two had it’s no wonder Ha Na leaves feeling somewhat less than enthusiastic for reasons she just can’t put her finger on. I’m so excited I’ve been waiting for Ha Na’s love rival and she seems like she will be much more entertaining than Hye Jung but I guess we will have to see.
The next connection we have is Seo Joon and Sun Ho sitting and talking in a very familiar way. It is not a great surprise to find these two such close friends as their fathers have been best friends since school and I love the symmetry here despite the fact that Seo Joon clearly has issues with his Father.
We move on in the story to another stich while Yoon Hee is making her connection to the past, via the medium of her old diaries. I can’t let this pass without saying how much this amuses me that this woman continues to write diaries, I mean it’s not like she has the best hiding skills in the world and everyone knows what they look like because she has this random obsession with sitting outside on a bench when she is writing in them, and is there a single person left who hasn’t secretly read them? Ok I’m joking, I love the diaries, but she could be a little less obvious with then.
I feel quite sorry for Yoon Hee here, she is connecting with the only thing she thinks that she has left for her which is her memories, once again we find ourselves watching many of our favourite characters making bad decisions because they mistakenly think that is what’s best for everyone else. Enter Ha Na who sees that her mother has been reading her diary and squashes all her own feelings to comfort her.
Of course that gives us a little insight when the following day In Ha finally gets the courage to do what he perceives as the selfish thing, and go and tell her that he’s not happy with his life, and that he can’t live without her. So knowing as we do that she is once again sick, when he tells her that he can’t lose her like that again, and he asks her to help him, all I can do is cringe and think, what should have been exactly what any woman would have wanted to hear, was nothing but the worst thing he could have said. And so the smallest part of me almost understands when she tells him that she loves her husband and daughter, and will only make him unhappy. Then to further push the point home she tells him, I’m sorry. This, unlike in the apology earlier in the coffee shop where she apologises for not telling him she was alive, finally hits a nerve, and he responds curtly, I really don’t want to hear that from you.
I can’t help but feel for In Ha as he too goes to connect with the past, now thinking that for a second time, this is all that is left for him. His walk down memory lane is through the trees that they walked together and then to sit on the beautiful beach that they sat on side by side. I feel like I am another stitch as I watch this beautiful scene. You find yourself longing along with In Ha for that day long ago on the beach, happier days. I think the scene was set perfectly to pull feelings of nostalgia from even the youngest of viewers.
From such a pure scene we switch straight to the scene with Chang Mo and Hye Jung in the bar, highlighting all the more how nasty the deception is when we hear Hye Jung asking Chang Mo to keep it quiet about Yoon Hee being alive and the fact that she is a widow.
But don’t judge her too harshly, in complete contrast to the scene we have just watched, we have Chang Mo in his younger self doing the exact same thing to Hye Jung when he asks her to not tell Dong Wook about Yoon Hee going to see In Ha.
And the 70’s version uses the same concept where the layout of the scenes is concerned. PD Yoon’s attention to detail is truly a thing to be admired. The pure innocence of the two on the beach, switching to the scenes of anger, lies and betrayal amongst their friends. The baser emotions magnified because they were placed directly between the scenes of love and romance at the beach, stunning!
More stitches and we are taken to the photo shoot which was fantastic, Seo Joon is finally on his own turf here and he knows how to act, however nervous, this is something he’s good at. Ok you might laugh that I used the word nervous to describe Seo Joon but let’s face it, it’s true. Ha Na put’s him on new ground, where he has no experience, add that to his pride and he is forever messing up even the simplest of things. I actually find it cute, though I think Seo Joon would be offended at being cute rather than sexy. Ok so the photo-shoot, I actually think this is almost a play on the painting that In-Ha made of Yoon Hee.
I think whereas In Ha would only ever paint the one person he loved, Seo Joon had no such inhibitions and would take photos indiscriminately. However the one thing Seo Joon makes clear is that he would never scrimp quality; there are a number of references that he only photographs models but even without that that you get the feel he is making an exception for Ha Na, just with all the extra effort he is putting in.
So this makes me think of In Ha and his painting proving that actually the apple doesn’t indeed fall far from the tree, but it also makes me think of the first time Seo Joon photographed Ha Na. We all realise that Seo Joon only really sees the world through the lens of his camera and there was that initial moment during the diamond snow escapade where he saw how beautiful Ha Na was. Of course that was until she turned toward Seo Joon and he realised that her feelings toward him were less than pleasant.
So after the shoot I love that they have him making fun of her clothes again despite his vow to be kind, and you have to wonder what is going through his mind; is he looking for a way to give her free clothes? Is he just looking for a way to tease her? or is he just trying compliment her on her choices during the shoot without being too obvious? Regardless he can’t help himself when his friend says he likes her clothes as they are determined to prove him wrong he picks up the camera, his weapon of choice, or at least it was that is, until he sees something he wasn’t expecting to through the lens.
Ha Na’s feelings have changed, clearly it’s only us and the camera that have really cottoned on, because we all know what happens in the next scene, but it’s a cool development nonetheless.
So Ha Na goes on her own merry way and is looking once again for somewhere to live when we come across the next connection. Sun Ho is out on his doctor’s rounds and Ha Na helps him with a frightened patient who she stopped to help in the street. Sun Ho buys her a beer for her trouble and discovers her need for a job and a room, as well as her talent in gardening and her ideas for the café garden. Of course the offer of the room and a job are inevitable at this point and sure enough Sun Ho plays his part perfectly to Ha Na’s obvious delight.
Meanwhile Seo Joon is busy having Ha Na hallucinations, coincidently doing all the things she would be doing if she did live and work there.
I love this; it’s like an open statement that he actually knows her well enough to know what she would be doing. Let’s leave him to do his connecting all by himself.
Let’s go and check back on In Ha who is just arriving back from his sojourn to the beach. He is tired and we all know that his emotions are stretched to their limit but Hye Jung is determined and creates a forced situation in the form of a late night dinner. Now we all know that Hye Jung is trying to get In Ha back before he finds out that Yoon Hee is alive, and this dinner is her ultimate play. She asks In Ha to explain to Seo Joon that they are getting back together so that she won’t look pitiful and tells him that Seo Joon has moved out to hammer the point home. All I can say in this situation is that I was finally proud of In Ha’s reaction, after years of bad choices he finally did the right thing, maybe the trip to the beach had fortified him, or maybe it was just the knowledge that Yoon Hee was still alive, either way I felt I was seeing him say something he should have said to Hye Jung years ago. Once again I feel the past is being sewn in here, I think of Hye Jung here, she was never given a chance to find someone who would love her because In Ha married her without love. So my thoughts trail back to the cheery young girl she was and compare that with the sad, lonely, bitter woman she has become and it should break my heart. It saddened me that Hye Jung was resorting to emotional blackmail but I was unsurprised, her character had always seemed a bit that way inclined to me, but I could have cheered when she started venting her anger, which was not remotely undeserved I might add, and that crucial bit of information was brought to light, Yoon Hee is also alone.
An additional piece of information we gather from this dinner is that Hye Jung is planning on arranging a marriage between Seo Joon and Mi Ho, I love In Ha’s response here, that his son’s opinion is important, it seems he truly has learnt his lesson, but we know Hye Jung will not give in so easily. Personally I can’t wait to see how Mi Ho interacts with Seo Joon but I guess that’s just me.
Speaking of Seo Joon, this is just about the time he is arriving to see Ha Na. Flip back a little while and Sun Ho is bringing him the copy of the contract that he and Ha Na set up, one that she stopped just short of signing because of Seo Joon. What I love here is that in complete contrast to his dad when he was young he goes rushing straight to Ha Na to sort it out. He asks her outright “why do you think I wouldn’t like it?” and finally confesses as much as he himself has figured out, in a way that says, don’t throw this back at me this time. “Listen! I will only say this once. I think I like you.” I just died at this; I would be over the moon if I were Ha Na but bless her she just looks a little scared.
Before Ha Na can respond however she is interrupted by her mother, who we are led to believe also at this moment has someone rushing to her, last I saw of In Ha he was in a car. Maybe the older version of In Ha is more like his son?
So has In Ha finally learnt to go and sort things out straight away?
Does Ha Na really decide to go and move in with Seo Joon?
Will Hye Jung get her way and sort out an arranged marriage with the more than willing Mi Ho and her son, leaving Ha Na in the same position she was in with Tae Sung?
Will Tae Sung finally get Ha Na to speak to him and convince her that he is sincere despite the arranged marriage?
Will Ha Na and Seo Joon find out about their parents first love and what will that do to their relationship?
Will Yoon Hee finally let herself be loved despite her illness?
All these questions and a million more and I am on the edge of my seat, I absolutely cannot wait until the next episode. As for this one, well I loved it, can you tell? My theme as you know was connections and contrasts, with a little detour into umbrellas because it had to be done, and I didn’t cover even half of what was in there, but I hope you enjoyed my thoughts and I’m sorry if this went on forever but in my defence there was just far too much to say. So I hope you enjoyed the episode as much as I did and I hope you enjoyed my musings on the matter too, save me a seat for the next episode and I’ll see you there.