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————————————————– Thoughts by Aphrael ———————————————–
Episode 9 is an episode about love …. Oops, am I repeating the obvious?
Seo Jun says, fate (or fated love) does not exist in the world (33:15 mins, ep 9 at disco).
I must admit that I am as cynical as Seo Jun, but at least in the drama, we have to agree that fated love does exist for him fortunately.
Miho claims that Seo Jun is her fated love, because since the moment of her birth, besides her family, Seo Jun is the first man outside her family that she had laid eyes on. Fate has given her and Seo Jun the chance to know each other since their childhood. Although fate brings people together, in the end it seems to be chemistry that does the trick.
Seo Jun is a reputed playboy, yet he often looks at other women (at least those we have seen) as if he’s very bored; there is simply no chemistry between Seo Jun and them.
At the beginning of ep 9, it should be the first time that Seo Jun has genuinely declared his love for a woman. After revealing that it is the first love declaration that she has received, Seo Jun reacts instinctively with his smart-alecky comment about Hana’s lack of popularity despite her age, and Hana retaliates with a dig at Seo Jun’s love history. Hana’s mother interrupts at this inopportune time, and Hana tells her mother that Seo Jun is no one (important), which gets him offended and too impatient to wait for Hana, he leaves. Just back in his car, he decides to go back to get an answer from Hana. The two are interrupted again by Hana’s mother walking past, but Seo Jun grabs Hana’s hand and insists on her answer. Just as I was about to applaud Seo Jun for knowing how to seize the moment, he gives up again when Hana hesitates and gives a reason that she does not understand Seo Jun well enough to accept his declaration. What a lack of perseverance!
Round Two: fate once again throws Hana in his path – bringing her directly to Seo Jun’s house where she has accepted Sun Ho’s employment to work on their garden. Not just to his house, but to a bedroom that is next to Seo Jun’s bedroom and the best thing is, there is no wall between their bedrooms – only bookshelves and a non-lockable sliding door that now bear the Herculean task of keeping their relationship chaste ^^.
No one has really gained Seo Jun’s interest until the appearance of Hana, and it is so apparent how Seo Jun becomes alive when Hana is around. Not being able to predict Hana’s thoughts, actions and reactions makes a whole plethora of emotions cross Seo Jun’s face in their interaction – anger, amusement, anxiety and genuine laughter. Just look at the way Seo Jun looks at Hana, and the answer is clear – the right combination of fate and chemistry makes for love!
Another cosy scene occurs after Hana gets drunk at her welcome party and is lying down on the armchair to wait for Seo Jun. Totally uncharacteristic of his usual self, Seo Jun shows his gentler side by draping a blanket over Hana (I’m sure he would have dragged other women off the armchair and kicked them out of his house, LOL).
The drunken Hana demands an apology from Seo Jun for accusing her of pretending to be innocent when she is really innocent, never ever had a boyfriend and never having been kissed before. Of course, this practically is an invitation for Seo Jun to sneak a kiss, and he wakes up the next morning with a happy smile just remembering the kiss. Successful innocent seduction by Hana!
These pics just show how much Seo Jun is in love with Hana!
(sorry, also for me to drool over JKS)
And when Seo Jun has an unpleasant run-in with his mother over his mother’s infidelity and the fact that Hye Jung attributed the cause of her unhappy marriage to her expecting Seo Jun at that time, Seo Jun turns up for the date with Hana feeling very down, and they sit on a bench by the fountain.
We can see how Seo Jun is so comfortable being around Hana, and he asks Hana to tell him a joke to cheer him up. One thing leads to another, and a hot, romantic kiss ends the episode.
At the end of my thoughts, I would like to return to the beginning of Episode 9 with its parallels of In Ha and Seo Jun (father and son) demanding answers from the women they love. In Ha’s love is declined by Yoon Hee who tries to relegate him to a memory. It seems to signal the end of their love – with the passage of time, is it true that their innocent love of the 1970s is now merely a memory? We know, though, that this is just an excuse from Yoon Hee, and In Ha’s new-found perseverance leads to a break-through in episode 10, though my guess is that they will face even more obstacles. Does their reunion spell a new beginning or the end?
On the other hand, the love between Seo Jun and Hana is beginning, and together, they create new memories of their romance which we hope will blossom and strengthen in future (on the condition that Seo Jun learns to keep his acerbic tongue in check, of course. Just turn on more power from his electrifying eyes and dazzling smile 🙂 ). However, the test of their love will not be any easier than that for In Ha and Yoon Hee.
Love Rain is not just about a romantic moment in the rain, but perhaps the rain also represents the obstacles that the two main pairs of lovers will face, and through perseverance and continuing to share the same umbrella, whether their love will be able to endure until rain is over and the sun shines.
P.S. After trying to write my thoughts, I realise how not-easy it is.
Many thanks to all writers for taking the time and effort to share on past and future episodes of Love Rain~!!
It’s been great to watch the drama from all the different perspectives!