Se Joo reaches out…
Chicago Typewriter Episode Recap 8
Jeon Seol (Lim Soo Jung) can’t believe that she’s walking in the rain with Writer Han Se Joo (Yoo Ah In). None the less, she pulls away under an alcove and demands to know what’s going on. Se Joo mentions her clichéd actions in the rain and the inappropriate alone time she had with another man. Jeon Seol sputters in surprise. She stares at Se Joo and asks if he likes her. Now he stares at her in surprise. She asks if someone put him up to this. Se Joo’s eyes flick to Jin O (Ko Gyung Pyo) a ghost friend from his past that Jeon Seol cannot see. Se Joo knows that Jin O demanded Se Joo remove other men from around Jeon Seol as a condition to write together. Tentatively Se Joo asks if Jeon Seol believes in ghosts. Jin O slaps his head. LOL! Jeon Seol doesn’t want to hear about ghosts again and makes to leave.
Se Joo stops her and says he’ll answer her question. Jeon Seol warns him to be honest. Se Joo admits that when he’s near that his heart flutters. Jeon Seol stares in surprise. He admits he doesn’t know if it is her or a woman from his past. Jin O can’t believe what Se Joo is saying. Jeon Seol wonders if she’s just a substitute for a past lover. Se Joo stares in surprise. Jeon Seol strides away heedless of the rain. Se Joo stares at Jin O and asks why honesty didn’t satisfy. Jin O can only shake his head.
No girl would call that a dream confession of a man’s interest in her!
Walking in the rain Jeon Seol recalls the pained confession Se Joo made about seeing her in his dreams. She wonders if a strong resemblance to his past lover is the basis for their present attraction. She deflates thinking it isn’t her Se Joo likes, but a woman from his past.
If she only knew. I can’t wait for Jeon Seol to have more flashbacks and realize the man whose face she hasn’t seen yet is Se Joo. This is a sticking point for Jeon Seol.
Se Joo is still confused when he and Jin O arrive at his house. Jin O practically has to hit him over the head to get him to see no woman wants to be compared to another, that’s ample grounds for anger. Se Joo says but it’s the truth. Jin O tries again. Jeon Seol doesn’t remember her past self, so she thinks Se Joo is talking about a different woman, hence the again. Jin O asks if Se Joo has ever dated anyone. He bristles that basic dating rules include not talking about former relationships and providing unwanted comparisons. Not one to take criticism well, Se Joo predictably yells at Jin O to leave his house.
When Jeon Seol wakes from a dream, she feels a hand on her forehead. She sees a fuzzy image of past Se Joo but can’t make out his face. That morphs into her friend Ma Bang Jin (Yang Jin Sung) who asks if she’s okay.
The next morning Se Joo tells Jin O he can’t get involved with Jeon Seol even to thwart another. He tells Jin O the deal’s off. Jin O holds an adorable stuffed puppy dog and asks Se Joo to try. Se Joo walks away. Jin O appears in the closet and bath with the stuffed puppy dog. Se Joo shakes his head at Jin O’s persistence. LOL!
Se Joo asks if Jin O liked Jeon Seol in their shared past. Jin O doesn’t answer directly. Se Joo tells him he has no chance with Jeon Seol. Jin O retorts that a man in love doesn’t stop trying just because the odds are stacked against him. Se Joo points out that Jin O is a ghost and Jeon Seol cannot see him. Jin O counters that’s why he needs Se Joo to thwart other men until he can be seen. Se Joo asks what Jin O will do if Jeon Seol falls for him. Jin O denies the possibility. He chuckles that Se Joo’s crazy behavior has cooled an ardor Jeon Seol might have felt. Irked, Se Joo declares he won’t help him and orders him to leave. Jin O calls his bluff and agrees their deal ends. He reminds Se Joo that blasting through his writer’s block is now solely his responsibility. Jin O starts to fade away. That reminder changes everything. Se Joo agrees to Jin O’s stipulation.
Love it! I’m surprised (but not surprised) that Jin O can’t see the obvious connection between Jeon Seol and Se Joo. Jin O’s biggest rival isn’t Tae Min, it is Se Joo.
Knowing Se Joo’s propensity for flip flops, Jin O states they must write a contract about living and working together. They form the term of the contract jointly – they will live together, Se Joo will not order Jin O to leave, Jin O will not freak Se Joo out with his ghostly ways, Se Joo will not use physical force against Jin O, no more startling from Jin O, Se Joo will find a way for Jin O to appear to humans and protect Jeon Seol from other men until that time, Jin O will never possess Se Joo, etc.
That was loads of fun! All the terms and conditions were spot on and the flashbacks as each man realized their actions towards each other had been over the top at times…perfect!
They sign the contract. Jin O asks if they can be friends. Se Joo says no. But he offers a weak handshake to seal the deal. That makes Jin O smile.
These two actors have marvelous comedic timing with each other. Their scenes are zippy!
Publisher Gal Ji Seok (Jo Woo Jin) tells his staff they’ll have to cancel the writer’s camp; the refund cost be dammed. They suggest continuing with just one author. Publisher Gal’s snaps that Se Joo’s fame was the draw. Unbeknownst to him, the other featured author, Baek Tae Min (Kwak Si Yang), overhears. He clenches his fist in anger and jealously.
Jeon Seol calls Tae Min and tells him that his cat (who he injured by throwing against a wall, but no one knows that) is ready to leave the vet clinic. Tae Min puts on his friendly tone and says he’ll be there shortly.
Tae Min is all about the mask that hides who he really is.
Jeon Seol recalls Se Joo confusing confession and smiles.
Too cool for school, Se Joo and Jin O strut down the street enjoying the admiring females. Se Joo reminds Jin O that the women are looking at him. Jin O reminds Se Joo that back in the day, he was more popular. They end up at a store to replace Jeon Seol’s purse that got ripped. Se Joo chatting with a ghost draws unwanted attention so he fakes a phone call. Jin O relents and promises to keep the clauses in their contract.
Be still my heart! Was Yoo Ah In the best-looking man on the planet in that outfit?
Jeon Seol heart leaps when she sees Se Joo outside the vet clinic. She schools her face to be impassive. He offers the bag. She sees the purse. He apologizes for destroying her other purse. Jeon Seol asks if he’s admitting that he ripped her purse. Se Joo states that he might have been the culprit. Jeon Seol smiles, accepts his apology and declares their business is done. Se Joo cajoles her for a reaction. She coughs. Concerned, Se Joo puts his hand on her forehead. Se Joo stares at him in shock. Affected, she pushes his hand away and rushes inside.
It’s just like her dream! She’s affected by his touch and he’s affected by his concern for her. Love it!
As Jeon Seol tries to gather her wits, her veterinarian friend spies the purse and gushes at its beauty. Jeon Seol agrees it is perfect and just what she’d buy herself (if she could afford it).
I love that Se Joo bought the purse he spied in the window in a past episode. He ignored Jin O’s pick. Unbeknownst to Se Joo, his selection was spot on.
Se Joo can’t believe Jeon Seol didn’t like the purse. Jin O chides Se Joo for not giving his purse selection. That immediately riles Se Joo’s ire and Jin O reminds him of the contract clause forbidding physical force. Desperate, Se Joo asks if Jin O has another suggestion for a gift. Jin O smiles, he knows something she’d love.
Se Joo struts into the vet clinic with the shaggy dog and a rakish smile. Se Joo murmurs this is the last suggestion from Jin O he’ll listen to as he watches the women cluster around the dog and ignore him. LOL!
How Jeon Seol didn’t swoon on the spot when Se Joo swept into the clinic is beyond me.
Tae Min arrives to get his cat. He stares at Se Joo. Se Joo stares at Tae Min who quips they cross paths often. Se Joo strides out with the shaggy dog in tow. Jin O joins him not happy that Se Joo passed on the opportunity to ask Jeon Seol out. She doesn’t let the grass grow under her feet and follows Tae Min outside. Se Joo and Jin O watch her invite Tae Min to join her for tea. He accepts. Jin O suggests he inhabit the shaggy dog and go bite Tae Min. Ha! Se Joo walks away much to Jin O’s dismay. Se Joo reminds him he made progress and now it’s Jin O’s turn to keep his side of the contract and write the novel with him.
Jeon Seol tells Tae Min that working together in his office is necessary. He asks if Se Joo is the reason she’s putting distance between them. Jeon Seol denies this stating that she’s used to working independently. Forced into a no-win situation, Tae Min must agree to maintain contact with Jeon Seol. She’s relieved. He pastes a false smile on his face.
Whew! I’m glad Jeon Seol listened to her gut and took herself out of direct interaction with Tae Min.
Back in his office, Tae Min drinks, not happy with Jeon Seol’s choice and Se Joo’s stance that he wouldn’t allow Jeon Seol to be with him. He throws his glass in anger.
The writing doesn’t go well. Jin O shows Se Joo three top celebrity pictures and requests that he ask Jeon Seol which one she likes best. He’ll try and possess the selected one. Ha! Se Joo snaps he won’t do it.
But he does. Se Joo shows Jeon Seol the three top celebrity pictures. She’s dumbfounded at his request. Jin O looks on waiting for her response. But Se Joo tosses the photos in the air and asks if he’s the one for her. Jeon Seol remarks if he doesn’t have anything else to discuss, she’ll go back in the house. Se Joo is direct and asks if Jeon Seol has a romantic interest in Tae Min. Jin O rolls his eyes. Jeon Seol doesn’t directly answer. Se Joo says he’ll assume she does not like Tae Min romantically and turns to leave. Jeon Seol asks what kind of person the woman in his past life is. Se Joo suggests they go for a walk.
The three of them, Jin O, Jeon Seol, and Se Joo, stroll down the sidewalk. Se Joo tells Jeon Seol that his past life woman is bold, brave, and an excellent shooter. She encouraged him to write quality books. Jeon Seol names her past counterpart. Se Joo is surprised. Jeon Seol explains that’s the name of the character in Chicago Typewriter. Jeon Seol asks if the character has a happy ending. Se Joo says he doesn’t remember. Jeon Seol steps forward and trips on her untied shoelace. Se Joo steadies her then pulls away like she’s a hot potato sensitive to Jin O. Jeon Seol muses that an untied shoelace means that someone is missing her. Se Joo ties her shoe and says there is a man that is waiting for her. Se Joo stands and tells her that man is watching her. Se Joo looks at Jin O and smiles. Jeon Seol asks if the man is a magical being. She suggests they get noodles.
I like how sensitive Se Joo is to Jin O’s longing for Jeon Seol. Se Joo isn’t known to think about others first. He’s willing to step aside for a friend, even if he doesn’t remember the friend.
Over drinks and noodles, Se Joo has a flashback to past Jeon Seol. She realizes that he’s thinking of the woman in his past life. She grouses that it feels like she’s at a table for three. The camera reveals Jin O sitting there. Ha! Se Joo asks why she gave up shooting. Jeon Seol admits that the secret has cost her. When she tells it, people (like her mother) leave her behind. A bit tipsy she doesn’t see a need to hide her secret any longer. She says when she holds a gun, she has visions of her past life. Se Joo and Jin O are stunned. Her vision is killing someone. She can’t see their face because their back is turned to her. Jeon Seol admits the killing bothers her, saddens her, and makes her hands tremble. Jeon Seol asks if this revelation frightens Se Joo. She smiles and passes out.
Great scene! Lim Soo Jung nailed Jeon Seol’s sadness at the murky memory that haunts her.
Jin O realizes that Jeon Seol doesn’t realize that it’s her in the past life. He wonders if Jeon Seol killed one of them. Se Joo questions whether they should continue writing Chicago Typewriter. Jin O invokes the contract clause that states they must write it. Se Joo states they’ll have the option to publish or keep it private once they are done. Se Joo asks Jin O how they all met.
1930… Jeon Seol’s father aided the resistance and was killed for it. Wearing masks, Jin O and Se Joo watch the Japanese came to capture his only daughter, a young Jeon Seol. She runs away. Se Joo shoots her pursuers. He gives her a Carpe Diem matchbook and tell her to find Jin O, who will help her. Young Jeon Seol cries. Se Joo tells her to not be guilty that she survived. She tries to unmask him but he stops her. Young Jeon Seol asks his name. He doesn’t give it.
Jin O tells the young Jeon Seol she’ll need to stay dressed in men’s clothing to avoid notice. He says she’s brave. Se Joo bursts through the door. He asks who the boy is. Jin O says this is the new errand boy. Se Joo teasingly says the errand boy looks like a girl. Young Jeon Seol punches him. They chase each other. Jin O smiles and watches.
Fast forward in time. Se Joo chases Jeon Seol who holds his writing just out of reach. Jin O smiles and watches.
Present…Se Joo muses that he and Jeon Seol frequently fought in this past life. Jin O confirms this. Se Joo asks about when Jeon Seol was shot. Jin O reminds Se Joo that per their contract, they tackle one story each day.
Reporter Song tells Tae Min’s mother that Se Joo is no longer writing…for now. Tae Min’s mother directs Reporter Song to spread the rumor that Se Joo has quit writing permanently. She wants to break Se Joo’s ability to ever return to the public’s eye. She calls her lawyer and wants to know if Se Joo defaults on his writing contract, how big is the penalty fee.
Tae Min’s father sees the announcement that Se Joo is taking a break from writing for undisclosed personal reasons. He recalls seeing the first draft of Fate under Se Joo’s table in his writing room. He gets a call reporting that Se Joo has quit writing permanently.
Writer Baek visits Se Joo who tells him these visits will only upset his wife. He asks Se Joo if he’s quit writing permanently. Se Joo reminds Writer Baek that he wanted him to quit writing. Writer Baek states that’s wrong. He wonders if he told Se Joo to keep writing, would he? Se Joo tells Writer Baek that he’s no longer a naïve teenager that is grateful to Writer Baek.
Flashback, 10 years ago…Se Joo tells Writer Baek that Tae Min’s novel wasn’t written by Tae Min. Writer Baek asks if Se Joo wrote Fate. Se Joo thinks Writer Baek is lying that he didn’t know this. Writer Baek asks Se Joo if he has proof he wrote Fate. Writer Baek thinks Se Joo is jealous of Tae Min’s success. Writer Baek can’t believe that Writer Baek won’t believe him. He says Writer Baek is a liar like just like Tae Min after all. Writer Baek feigns ignorance. Se Joo agrees to keep Tae Min’s theft a secret. He vows never to enter the house again.
Present…Writer Baek states he wanted to believe his son. He admits that he never had a warm relationship with Tae Min. Se Joo says Writer Baek never should have let him trust him if he was going to betray him. Se Joo says he once considered him his father and savior. Se Joo states he keeps the original draft of Fate to remind himself not to trust others or accept their help. He’s become an island because of what Writer Baek taught him. Writer Baek wishes Se Joo would continue to write.
Later in the day Jin O finds Se Joo who wants to be left alone. Jin O encourages him to seek out support. He asks if Se Joo is happy. He wonders if Se Joo allows himself the full gauntlet of emotions. Who is the real ghost between the two of them?
Taking a walk, Jeon Seol frets that her words have driven Se Joo out of her life. She thinks another person has abandoned her.
When she arrives home, she’s surprised to find Se Joo waiting for her. He puts the medicine he intended to give her when she wasn’t feeling well in her hands. Jeon Seol cries. Se Joo quips she didn’t cry when he gave her a beautiful purse.
Jeon Seol admits she was afraid her confession frightened him away. She admits she hoped he’d come see her, at least one more time. Jeon Seol asks if he sees only her, or does he see the woman from his past? Se Joo says he sees only her. Jeon Seol cries in earnest. Se Joo slowly hugs her. He envelopes her. Jin O watches wishes he were the one comforting Jeon Seol.
We learn Jeon Seol’s backstory. Writer Jin showed us how Jeon Seol came to be with Se Joo and Jin O. How interesting that it was Se Joo’s excellent marksmanship that saved Jeon Seol’s life. How interesting that he was drawn to her (not romantically) even when she was young. I’m surprised that Jin O didn’t see the chemistry between them in the past. It’s glaringly obvious in the present. Does Jin O realize his destiny isn’t to have Jeon Seol’s heart because she’s given it to Se Joo?
Tae Min lost in person contact with Jeon Seol. I was relieved when Jeon Seol stopped working in his office. But then Tae Min’s mother rears her ugly head back into the story hoping to eliminate Se Joo from writing again with rumors.
Jeon Seol (Lim Soo Jung) shared her secret that she imagines a past life when she touches a gun. She confessed and feared that he’d pull away from her just like her mother. It was manna from heaven when she found him waiting for her. Tears streamed down her face as she realized he hadn’t abandoned her. Instead he enveloped her in a lovely hug.
Jin O (Ko Gyung Pyo) told Se Joo how they all met. While I respect Jin O has feelings for Se Joo, he’s got blinders on and can’t see the obvious pull between Jeon Seol and Se Joo…yet. He asked the right question; did Jeon Seol kill one of them in the past? I loved it when he quipped he should possess the shaggy dog and bite Tae Min. I loved it when he forced Se Joo to ask which mega star appealed to Jeon Seol so he could possess them to win her heart. Ko Gyung Pyo comedic timing is excellent. His rapport with Yoo Ah In is solid.
Writer Han Se Joo (Yoo Ah In) agreed to write with Jin O. I enjoyed their bantering and when they formulated the writing contract between them. Se Joo tried to honor Jin O’s request to keep men away from Jeon Seol while not becoming involved himself. But that was easier said than done. The pull between Se Joo and Jeon Seol cannot be denied. Writer Baek keeps visiting. Se Joo keeps telling him that he no longer trusts him. Writer Baek and his family need to be eradicated from Se Joo’s life. They bring him nothing but misery. No, I don’t care about his mind when I say Yoo Ah In looked fabulous in the brown suede coat, sweater and jean outfit.
The pace of this show is now leisurely. That crackle of the early episodes seems to have quieted down. While I’m still enjoying this show, there are stellar scenes in every episode, on the whole these later episodes are not as compelling. I hope Writer Jin can ratchet things back up. We are half way through this series.