Soo A tries to find a way out of the mess she made…will she consider drastic measures?
Cheer Up! Episode 10 Recap
At the stop of the stairs, Kang Yeon Doo (Jung Eun Ji) encounters Kwon Soo A (Chae Soo Bin), who is livid that Yeon Doo distributed the video. She slaps Yeon Doo. She grabs Yeon Doo. She shakes Yeon Doo. She threatens Yeon Doo with death. Kim Yeol (Lee Won Geun) and Ha Joon (Ji Soo) start up the stairs. Soo A pushes Yeon Doo down the stair. Kim Yeol breaks her fall and they tumble down the stairs. Yeon Doo pushes herself off Kim Yeol. He doesn’t move. There is blood on his head. Ha Joon stares at his inert friend. Yeon Doo yells for someone to call an ambulance.
Yeon Doo and math teacher, Yang Tae Bum (Kim Ji Suk) ride in the ambulance with Kim Yeol.
The Principal is shocked to learn of the incident and Soo A’s theft of the USB device.
Soo A’s mother learns of her daughter’s actions. She tells the college counselor they must send Soo A abroad and make sure her records do not mention this incident. She starts out calm but escalates to anger.
Kim Yeol’s father and Yeon Doo’s mother are talking about their children finding out they are dating and potentially getting married. Kim Yeol’s father jokes that their children will become brother and sister, with Kim Yeol being the older sibling. Yikes, can’t wait to see Kim Yeol’s and Yeon Doo’s faces when they learn their parents may join them into a family. Kim Yeol’s father gets a phone call from Teacher Yang that Kim Yeol is in the hospital.
Yeon Doo frets to Teacher Yang that Kim Yeol isn’t waking up. Teacher Yang assures her the doctor’s said the medicine would knock him out for a while. Yeon Doo sits by Kim Yeol’s bed worrying that he won’t wake up. He stirs and tells her he’s awake. What’s she going to give him for his troubles. She kisses him on the cheek. Kim Yeol and Yeon Doo are surprised at her boldness. Kim Yeol pulls Yeon Doo into a kiss. Just as Ha Joon arrives, he sees them kissing. Shaken, he leaves to clear his head.
When Kim Yeol’s father arrives Yeon Doo is in the room with his son. They meet and she leaves. It is awkward between Kim Yeol and his father. His father remembers Yeon Doo’s mothers advice to say thank you, I’m sorry and I love you to his son. He starts small and thanks his son for being safe and not getting hurt.
Soo A confesses all to her mother who blandly states she’ll make everything ok. She tells Soo A she never needs to return to that high school. A fresh start abroad is what she needs. Leave everything to mother.
Soo A is relieved when she calls the hospital and learns that Kim Yeol is fine.
Floating on cloud nine from the kiss, Yeon Doo doesn’t see Ha Joon sitting in the lobby. After he sees Yeon Doo leave the hospital, Ha Joon visits Kim Yeol who chides his friend for taking so long to visit him. When Kim Yeol tries to tell him that he likes Yeon Doo, Ha Joon cuts him off telling him to share his news another day.
Ha Joon pulls away a bit from Yeon Doo. She wonders why.
The students are all talking about Soo A. Dong Jae and Yeon Doo realize returning will be difficult for Soo A.
Soo A is distressed and returns to school only to imagine everyone talking smack about her. She recalls everything she’s done. She goes to see her sister’s memorial and pours out her pain.
Soo A writes a note and takes it to the hospital. She sees Kim Yeol’s room filled with the members of the cheer leading squad and realizes she would not be welcome due to her actions. She tucks the note in the door and leaves.
She runs into Dong Jae and asks him to spend the day with her. They have fun. Yes you read that right, Soo A has fun playing video games, bike riding and eating ice cream. She regrets not taking the time for fun whenever Yeon Doo invited her. She thanks Dong Jae for a lovely day. She apologizes for having him roughed up on the basketball court. He’s impressed she apologied with sincerity.
Yeon Doo finds the note and reads it. She is immediately concerned the note that says goodbye may be implying suicide. She shares the note with the cheer leading squad and everyone heads out to search for Soo A.
Soo A’s mother meets with Principal Choi and wants her daughter’s records not to mention the incidents. She throws in some blackmail to get Principal Choi to understand how serious she is.
Everyone searches but no one finds Soo A. They refuses to give up and continue the search. Soo A is tired and dazed flooding with guilt for her past actions against her class mates.
Soo A’s mother learns Soo A has gone missing. She’s upset and concerned for her daughter’s safety.
Soo A ends up walking the cross walk into a busy street. As an on coming car comes close, Dong Jae runs out into the intersection and pulls Soo A to him and safety. He’s stunned he touched her voluntarily. She’s stunned, relieved, and bursts into tears.
Soo A’s mother whisks Soo A to a private hospital room and bans visitors.
The cheer leading squad tells the other students to stop bad mouthing Soo A.
Teacher Yang tells the cheer leading squad that Soo A will not be returning to school because she’s moving abroad.
Everyone makes cute videos sending them to Soo A asking her to return. Ha Joon’s attempt to show feeling is cute. Kim Yeol’s is sincere. Soo A is touched at the slew of videos. Will she change her mind about moving abroad?
Episode 10 focused on Soo A dealing the consequences of her actions. Kim Yeol’s trip to the hospital finally jarred Soo A to realize her quest for number one student had hurt so many – Dong Jae, Kim Yeol and Yeon Doo. She decided one fun day with Dong Jae was the tonic she needed before she said goodbye. Whether suicide was her intent was somewhat murky. She didn’t walk into the intersection to get hit…she was dazed and confused. Will Soo A return to the cheer leading squad to compete?
What were the pluses this episode?
* Yeon Doo – She was bold when she kissed Kim Yeol on the cheek. His kiss surprised and pleased her. I especially liked when she played hookey from school to bring Kim Yeol lunch. They are cute together.
* Kim Yeol – Glad to see Kim Yeol’s injuries were minor from the tumble down the stairs with Yeon Doo. Nice move to kiss Yeon Doo. Typical young love lip press kiss. With Ha Joon seeing the kiss that effectively called dibs on Yeon Doo.I also liked how Kim Yeol admitted that he had pushed Soo A hard holding the USB over her head.
* Ha Joon – Poor Ha Joon saw the kiss between Yeon Doo and Kim Yeol and his hopes for a relationship evaporated. But that didn’t stop him from being a friend to both of him. That was nice. He didn’t start plotting to lure Yeon Doo away or something silly along those lines.
* Dong Jae – He had a fun day with Soo A. Dong Jae is one of the few people that are direct with Soo A. I was impressed that he was willing to use touch to save Soo A and conquer his aversion to touching. Seems unlikely that he’d be completely “cured” from his aversion to touch with a single incident. But that’s what they implied.