We experience the apex of this series. How will it turn out?
Another Miss Oh Episode 17 Recap “So Happy I Could Die Today”
Oh Hae Young (Seo Hyun Jin) and Park Do Kyung’s (Eric) walk together in the rain. She mock complains about not sharing one umbrella. Do Kyung gives his umbrella away and they walk together. Do Kyung says the big three words…”I Love You”. She stops walking. He stops walking. She stares at him. She smiles. He smiles. They hug and continue to walk. Do Kyung asks if Hae Young has a response. She’s willing to yell her response. He stops her. They both smile. On the bus, Hae Young is all smiles. She practically bursts to utter her response but Do Kyung asks her not to. But emotional control is not a strong suit of our Hae Young. She opens the window, puts her head out and yells “I love Do Kyung”. When she’s done, Do Kyung has moved to the back of the bus. She joins him and puts her head on his shoulder. He takes her hand. Smiles all round. They are so darling when they are happy. Eric’s smiles, Eric’s smiles, they get me every time.
Hae Young’s parents spot Hae Young saying goodnight to Do Kyung by repeatedly kissing his hands. Hae Young suggests they return to Do Kyung’s house. Her mother kicks something altering the couple. Hae Young sends Do Kyung away. He politely bows to her parents as he leaves.
Inside the house, Hae Young darts into the bathroom avoiding her parents stares. Her mother calls her an idiot. Her father is more open to the situation.
On the bus, Do Kyung opens the window, thinks of Hae Young’s words and says “Thank You.”
The next morning Hae Young declares she looks prettier. When she misses the bus, she doesn’t mind, love is what matters.
Do Kyung finds his best friend Lee Jin Sang (Kim Ji Suk) asleep in his office. Do Kyung takes him to the sauna. Jin Sang is guilty about walking away from Do Kyung’s pregnant sister. He surprises Do Kyung when he states he would have married her but she didn’t want him out of obligation. He cries. He asks Do Kyung to hug him. Do Kyung hugs him. No way Do Kyung from the initial episodes would have been willing to hug an upset friend. I like the emotional growth.
Do Kyung’s sister Park Soo Kyung (Ye Ji Won) does yoga at work telling her unborn baby that it doesn’t matter the baby won’t have a father. Between herself and the baby’s uncles, there will be father figures. She promises if an actual father is needed, she’ll find the best on out there. A knock on the door has her do the quick change back into work mode with her subordinate none the wiser.
Do Kyung’s crew declares they will start their own business so they can continue to work with Do Kyung. His mother interrupts. She asks him to apologize to Chairman Jang. Do Kyung refuses. She yells that Do Kyung is punishing her for the loan that is crippling the business. Do Kyung tells her this is all his fault, she did nothing wrong. That’s a lie but one the kinder Do Kyung is willing to tell because he knows Chairman Jung and Tae Jin are actively pursuing his downfall.
Upset at Do Kyung’s lies, his mother calls his sister demanding to know why Do Kyung is acting so weird.
Hae Young is surprised when Do Kyung suggests they have dinner with his sister (Hae Young’s boss). Hae Young and Do Kyung’s sister share a taxi back to the house. Do Kyung’s brother, Park Hoon (Heo Jeong Min) and Do Kyung arrive at the house together. After the women go in the house, Hoon tells Do Kyung he is crazy to date Hae Young. Do Kyung tells him to keep his opinion to himself. Interesting that Hoon considers Hae Young a bad choice. Wonder what his family would say about his own girlfriend?
Do Kyung, Hae Young, Hoon and Soo Kyung have dinner together. Soo Kyung asks Hae Young to take care of Do Kyung. She asks if she can take him home. After a pause, Soo Kyung approves of Hae Young taking Do Kyung home and suffocating him with her love. Hae Young wonders where Jin Sang is. Soo Kyung says he’s left.
Hae Young wants to know what’s going on with Jin Sang. Do Kyung promises to tell her later. Hae Young asks Do Kyung to sing for her and record it. He surprises her with a bracelet. She’s pleased and scared that he is treating her so well. Do Kyung tells her to enjoy it, not be afraid.
Jin Sang is partying hard with this friends. Hoon interrupts yelling “brother-in-law, think about your child”. Jin Sang chases Hoon until he leaves…but he doesn’t leave. Hoon reenters the room and yells at Jin Sang not treat his sister poorly. This time Jin Sang chases Hoon down the street. Hoon yells that his sister loves him. Jin Sang gets him in a headlock. Jin Sang returns to his friends. He watches them dance. He thinks about how Soo Kyung should be eating, and leaves.
Do Kyung says goodnight to Hae Young. She waves the bracelet at him as she enters the house.
As Do Kyung drives home he sees a drunk Han Tae Jin (Lee Jae Yoon) staggering down the street. He drives past but he can’t just leave him, so he returns to where he last saw him. He gets out of the car and searches for Tae Jin. He spots him on an overpass. He recalls the premonition of Tae Jin running him down. Will Do Kyung save the man that may kill him? Tae Jin staggers backwards and almost over the overpass railing, but Do Kyung pulls him back. Tae Jin only sees the man’s shoes as he lies on the ground. Does Tae Jin even know how close to death he came?
Do Kyung tells himself that he won’t regret saving Tae Jin, even if he dies because of Tae Jin. Atta Boy!
Original Hae Young (Jeon Hye Bin) disappoints Chairman when she requests his help. She says “she wants to help him, even by doing this”. What is her request?
Tae Jin drives up as Original Hae Young exits the house. She chides him for joining hands with his enemy. Tae Jin counters that Original Hae Young probably wants Do Kyung and Hae Young to break up more than he does. She says that may be true but she is forcing herself to support them and wish them happy. Tae Jin advises her to be honest about her feelings and act accordingly. Bluntly she says that she regrets losing Do Kyung but Hae Young doesn’t regret losing Tae Jin. She tell Tae Jin he cannot compare to Do Kyung. This may be true, but it may not be the wise thing to tell him. It is only whips up Tae Jin’s hatred of Do Kyung.
Jin Sang visits Soo Kyung at work but she ignores him. He persists and in French tells her not to cut him off. She tells him they’ve made a baby and cannot continue their friendship. Jin Sang isn’t happy as she strides away. He follows her to the elevator and asks to kiss her. The coworkers scatter. The doors open and every one sees them kissing with passion.
Original Hae Young tells Hae Young what she did. Hae Young is grateful.
Do Kyung has a strong premonition of the car accident at work. He knocks over a coffee cup. When he exits the office he has the premonition again.
Do Kyung goes to see the doctors. His doctor wants to hypnotize. Under hypnosis he has the premonition again. His doctor tells him to leave the country. Instead Do Kyung drives away. He thinks he must tell Hae Young everything.
Hae Young reads the text from Do Kyung to come outside. She bursts out the door to see him. They hug. They smile. He takes her to his room. Do Kyung reminds Hae Young the first time they meet was on the street. She thinks hard and remembers. She asks if he fell for her at first sight. Do Kyung tells her that before he saw her in person, he’d seen her in his mind, like a memory. He explains that originally he thought he was seeing the future but now he knows why he sees her. Hae Young wants the explanation. Do Kyung states he’s seen his last moments of life. In those final minutes, he only thinks of Hae Young. He says his doctor says final moment memories can happen. Do Kyung says in those moments he knew they were no longer a couple, and he regretted it. He questioned his life – why did he protect his heart? why did he stress about unimportant things? Then he thought, what did he want to tell Hae Young? We see flashbacks of Do Kyung saying he wants her back in his life, that he got ill because he suppressed his need for her, etc. He explains his need to be honest about his feelings allowed them to get back together. This openness is a departure for him. Her fearlessness startled him…but he liked it. That is a great way to describe Hae Young, fearless. He wants to experience that kind of love, and now he has. Now he can die without regret. Hae Young smiles declaring his story is awesome, if she could believe it. Then she considers, he got her up in the middle of the night to tell her this. She asks him, is this true? He confirms. She decides to believe him. They hug on the bed. She shares that loving him fills her in a way she’s never experienced. She’s happy. He’s happy. They kiss. They make love. More excellent participatory kisses!
The next morning Hae Young does the walk of shame into the house. Her mother tells Hae Young to invite Do Kyung to breakfast. Ah, Hae Young’s mother puts meat on Do Kyung’s rice. He eats it. Folks, we have parental acceptance! I love Do Kyung’s happy smile.
Tae Jin drives his loser partner to the airport. Recall Tae Jin does not know his partner is a loser. He remembers seeing shoes like his partner’s at Chairman Jung’s house. Buy a clue Tae Jin, realize your partner is working with Chairman Jung behind your back! He goes to the office and sees the prosecutors seizing documents. He learns his partner stole and ran. He learns Chairman Jung pulled the investment and they sent him to jail. Tae Jin clinches his fists. As we’ve seen, those are often fists of fury. Finally Tae Jin gets a wake up call about the business!
Tae Jin is turned away at Chairman Jung’s house. His loser partner does not answer his phone. He spots his loser partner and approaches him. His partner walks away. He tells Tae Jin he always planned to steal everything. He runs. Tae Jin catches him and those fists of fury fly. He asks if his partner manipulated the investors into throwing him in jail. His partner yells Tae Jin should have resigned. Tae Jin yells back that the company bears his name, he is the CEO. His partner sneers and calls him clueless. He calls him Chairman Jang’s puppet. Tae Jin asks what he means. The partner puts it well, Do Kyung and Tae Jin are game pieces that the Chairman has manipulated. He taunts that Do Kyung got love while Tae Jin got nothing. Tae Jin beats his partner up. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy! I’m thrilled that Tae Jin’s anger finally spilled on the right man.
Do Kyung calls Hae Young a suggests an overnight trip. She suggests the weekend. She thinks back to multiple moments ending with Do Kyung telling her that he won’t leave her until he dies. That sends a shiver down her spine. Tae Jin texts her and apologizes. Then we got a dose of symbolism as her flowers from Do Kyung fade and the petals fall off.
Here we go….
Do Kyung exits his office. He’s wearing the outfit. Tae Jin is in the car. They spot each other. But we have a new person to the scenario…Hae Young runs down the street, willing herself to get there and stop what is about to happen.
Tae Jin recalls Hae Young’s words that she liked Do Kyung and begged him to like her. Then he recalls her begging him not to hit Do Kyung. Then he recalls his partner’s taunt that Do Kyung got love while he got nothing. Then he recalls original Hae Young telling him he cannot compare to Do Kyung.
Do Kyung stares at Tae Jin. He calls Hae Young but she doesn’t pick up. He leaves this message “I recorded the song. I love you. We never got a photo taken together.”
Tae Jin revs the engine. He puts the car in drive. He presses the gas and aims for Do Kyung.
Do Kyung turns and runs.
We hear the song Do Kyung recorded.
We see Hae Young running.
We see Do Kyung running down the road, looking back and seeing Tae Jin coming for him. He stops and turns to face Tae Jin. The car stops.
Tae Jin gets out of the car. He walks to Do Kyung. He sees the shoes! OMG! He sees the shoes that Do Kyung wore when he saved his life!!
Tae Jin realizes it. Frustrated but heeding his conscience Tae Jin slowly turns and gets into his car. He backs up and drive away.
Do Kyung sags in relief.
Do Kyung walks and sees Hae Young. They run into each others arms.
The other doctor says to his patient (the singer) “try living some more”. Recall that Do Kyung “died” on the day the singer died. So the singer did NOT die (and neither did Do Kyung).
Do Kyung and Hae Young hug a thousand hugs in that hug. They kiss.
We end the show with the flashback to Do Kyung recording the song Hae Young requested.
*Do Kyung saved himself when he saved Tae Jin. I’m fine with the writer weaving the singer into the mix and the other doctor saving the singer from suicide, but I’m not buying this as anything but ancillary. Do Kyung saved his own life when he pulled Tae Jin away from toppling over the overpass railing. I loved how Tae Jin only saw the shoes and you didn’t know if he’d realize who saved his life. We now know Tae Jin did realize it and turned away from murdering Do Kyung because of that. Besides this pinnacle moment, this episode had some lovely moments for Do Kyung: Dinner with his family, dinner with her family (especially her mother putting meat on his rice) and hugging Jin Sang. I was relieved to see Do Kyung finally tell Hae Young about his premonitions. This led to them finally connecting completely.
*Our Hae Young accepted Do Kyung’s explanation without doubt. You can point to this moment as confirmation that her absolute love for Do Kyung gave her the choice of believing him and being unflappable when she listened to his story. Awesome!
*Original Hae Young made a request of Chairman Jang. I don’t know what it was but it didn’t make Chairman Jang happy. I was worried that the request would exacerbate the situation. At least Original Hae Young and Hae Young were on the same page regarding her actions. I like that the women have buried the hatchet. I had to give it to Original Hae Young for her bold statements to Tae Jin saying Hae Young did not miss him and then comparing him as lacking versus Do Kyung. Of course that flamed Tae Jin’s anger, but Original Hae Young hit the mark with her comments.
*Tae Jin learned the truth. Tae Jin FINALLY learned that his loser partner was in cahoots with Chairman Jang and had robbed his company and run it into the ground. I liked that the writer respected this character and during the reveal. Tae Jin was true to himself…he got angry at the betrayal and took action. You’ve got to say that Tae Jin has not been passive, he has taken actions because of his anger. He has not suffered in silence, something he noted to original Hae Young. I was worried that Tae Jin would be too drunk to remember the shoes of the man that saved him. I liked that the writer used his memory of the shoes at Chairman Jung’s to see that his partner was lying to him. Two sets of shoes clarified everything for Tae Jin.
* Do Kyung’s sister was ready to be a single parent. She had pushed Jin Sang out and was working on being a healthy pregnant lady without malice for the man that impregnated her. I’ve loved from the get go that Soo Kyung and Jin Sang communicate in french effectively cutting others out. That is clever and has not been overused in this series. That was the only way Jin Sang’s tirade at her work place could have worked (otherwise it would have been inappropriate by Jin Sang to reveal Soo Kyung’s pregnancy without her consent).
* Jin Sang got drunk, got mad, and got Do Kyung’s sister back. Jin Sang returned to drinking to excess and partying. But underneath he couldn’t let go of the fact that he was a father to be. His fear of this combined with his fear of a real relationship with Soo Kyung paralyzed him. Until he broke free from the fear (this is a theme for this show) and then he boldly approached Soo Kyung at work. I liked how he demanded another kiss from her. I liked how they both got into the kiss. This show has plenty of participatory kissing!
* Do Kyung’s brother called out Jin Sang. He went to the nightclub and reminded Jin Sang that he was a father to be and he owed his sister more.
* Do Kyung’s mother was unsettled by Do Kyung taking responsibility. I liked that she called her daughter upset that Do Kyung was acting weird. It says a lot that she turned to her daughter to straighten out Do Kyung. She regularly asks her children to solve her issues doesn’t she?
* What do I want from the final episode of this series?
** Frankly, I got what I wanted in this episode. Do Kyung lives. Hae Young knows about his premonitions. Tae Jin found out about his loser partner and Chairman Jung. They could have ended the series at the end of this episode and I would be satisfied.
** I believe the last episode will be a victory lap for Hae Young and Do Kyung. They’ve earned it.
** Other loose ends the writer could clean up: Will Chairman Jang face punishment or anything negative for his manipulations? Will Jin Sang and Soo Kyung become a real couple and raise their child together? Will original Hae Young find peace and happiness? Will Tae Jin find peace and happiness?