Wok of Love Episode 35
Seo Poong (Lee Joon Ho) takes an exhausted Sae Woo (Jung Ryeo Won) to his room. He lays her on the bed. He takes her jacket off. They stare into each other’s eyes. She asks if this is a dream. He assures her this is real. She says it is a good dream. He tells her not to sleep. He asks her to sleep with him. He goes to kiss her. She falls asleep. Seo Poong watches the city lights.
He bursts into the kitchen to get distance from the sleeping Sae Woo. He exits the hotel to get distance from the sleeping Sae Woo.
He recalls Sae Woo’s father calls requesting that Sae Woo to stop working in the kitchen. Her father arrives per their agreement. Sae Woo’s father wants to see his daughter. Seo Poong says she’s in the off-duty room.
Seo Poong and her father are surprised to find her undressed under the covers. Sae Woo’s father demands confirmation that this is the off-duty room. Seo Poong confirms that AND that he and Sae Woo haven’t sleep together. Sae Woo’s father orders Seo Poong to leave the room. Seo Poong suggest they talk upstairs.
Sae Woo’s father enters the kitchen with Seo Poong. Sae Woo’s father learns that Sae Woo is the fifth fire cook. Seo Poong says it is a hot, male dominated pace to work. He explains the physical rigors of the job. Seo Poong declares Sae Woo loves to cook. Sae Woo’s father admits being released from prison he wants to make up for the hardships Sae Woo suffered while he was gone. Seo Poong asks him to allow Sae Woo to continue working at the job she loves.
Doo Chil Seong (Jang Hyuk) visits his mother (Lee Mi Sook) in the hospital. He brings flowers. They both smiles. Chil Seong struggles to say what he wants to say. His mother doesn’t want to make him sad. She tells him to go. Chil Seong lays on the other bed. His mother feels because she abandoned him so long ago she has no right to ask for his care now that she’s sick with cancer. She admits when he didn’t know who she was she could see him freely. She explains his career choices burden her. She asks him to stop being a gangster and loan shark. Chil Seong tells her she’s too sick to lecture him. He turns his back to her. She promises in her next life she’ll devote herself to taking care of him. In the next life, he can leave her in an eatery. She struggles to say she doesn’t deserve a son like him. She cries. She says she should beg for his forgiveness and doesn’t deserve to look at the sky because of abandoning him. Chil Seong cries. She tells him not to cry. She declares she won’t die easily or quickly.
The next morning, Chil Seong makes in what she thinks is the off-duty room.
At the house, Sae Woo’s father claims Sae Woo left early. Chae Seol Ja (Park Ji Young) and Im Geok Jung (Tae Hang Ho) look hopeful as Seol Ja explains she’s made them not only breakfast but lunch and dinner too. She promises to cook them three meals a day if they’ll allow them to work at the hotel eatery. Sae Woo’s mother (Lee Mi Sook) puts down her cutlery like an unhappy child.
At the eatery, Seo Poong stares at the quaint kitchen.
At the hotel eatery, Sam Seong isn’t kind to Chil Seong from the get go. Seo Poong calls Sam Seong and tell him to send over Sae Woo.
At the eatery, as Seo Poong posts the closed sign, a father and young son are bummed they can’t eat the food there anymore. Seo Poong declares they are open. He seats the father and son. They order. Seo Poong goes into the kitchen to prepare the food.
The vet purchases iced coffees at the convenient store. Her credit card doesn’t work. Chil Seong stands next to her and offer to purchase her items and a pack of cigarettes. The vet asks if he recognizes her. Chil Seong retorts he’ll never forget her scolding him not to forget him. The vet notes cats don’t like smokers. Chil Seong counters his cat loves him no matter what he does. She asks why his eyes are smoking. He tells her it is none of her business.
But our intrepid vet won’t give up. She follows Chil Seong and tells him that they’ve met four times due to luck. She says if they meet one more time they are fated. Chil Seong asks who says so. The vet says she says so. She hands him one of the iced coffees. She warns him to avoid her unless he wants their lives to intertwine. She smiles and leaves. Chil Seong watches her walk away.
Seo Poong server the father and son his tasty good. He smiles as they enjoy every bite. He invites them to come to the hotel’s eatery. The father says he can’t afford the hotel eatery. Sae Woo walks in surprised to see Seo Poong cooking.
Sae Woo and Seo Poong cook. She asks why he came her. Seo Poong says he wanted to cook her breakfast. He suggests they still work her. Seo Poong teases that working for Sam Seong is too hard. Seo Poong agrees Sam Seong is difficult. Sae Woo apologizes about last night. Seo Poong tells her to keep her distance. She apologizes about falling asleep last night. Seo Poong startles her with her father’s visit last night. Seo Poong admits her father scared him with his concern about her getting involved in another relationship so soon after her divorce. Sae Woo suggests they date carefully. Seo Poong says it is time to eat breakfast. Sae Woo says Seo Poong doesn’t have to bet careful with her. She reminds him she liked him first. They eat breakfast. Sae Woo says he’s better than all other been even though he’s frustrating. They smile and eat.
Dong Sik puts in the application to have the right to bid at the auction for the hotel. The bank teller tells him he’s the fourth interested party.
Dong Sik reports there are three other buyers. Chil Seong is concerned that they won’t be able to outbid the other buyers. Chil Seong puts in a call to sell his building.
Seo Poong exits the eatery with his wok and ladle. He recalls leaving the hotel eatery vowing revenge. Seo Poong declares now he’s returning to create yummy food at an affordable price. Sae Woo agrees hotel food is overpriced. They agree it is time to change the hotel eatery premise of luxury food at luxury prices.
Wok of Love Episode 36
Seo Poong posts the closed sign at the hotel eatery. He thanks his kitchen team for the good work. He announces his vision. Sam Seong and the hostess don’t like it. The hostess points out this will garner a different kind of clientele. Seo Poong counters that lunch should be relaxed and dinners can be upscale. Those that worked for the hotel don’t like it. Seo Poong points out they have to no lunch crowd and this plan will change that. Seo Poong says this hotel caters to VIPs and if they taint their lunch service they’ll lose their upscale clientele. Seo Poong refuses to make inexpensive food. Seo Poong points out that it doesn’t matter where you work, it matters what you cook to make customer happy. Seo Poong says they need to bring more customers into their fold. Sam Seong refuses.
In the locker room, Sam Seong tells Seo Poong that his plan blows. Seo Poong counters that the hotel doesn’t have a broad enough clientele base. Sam Seong won’t work for an eatery that sell cheap food. He won’t waste his skills. He leaves.
Good riddance Sam Seong! I don’t know why Seo Poong puts up with you!
A drunk CEO Yong Seung Ryong (Kim Sa Kwon) spies Chil Seong and Maeng Dal drinking in an outside snackery. He tries to punch Chil Seong, who easily avoids the blow which sends CEO Yong flailing to the ground. Maeng Dal advises CEO Yong not to bother them. CEO Yong declares Chil Seong has no right to aspire to wealth. Chil Seong calls off Maeng Dal before he hits CEO Yong. The drunk man throws down his jacket. Chil Seong drinks a shot in front of CEO Yong. He itemizes CEO Yong’s shoddy business practices. Maeng Dal notes his less than stellar personal life. Chil Seong tosses CEO Yong to the ground. CEO Yong asks if he’s doing this because of Seo Poong. Chil Seong concurs and says that bullying his brother isn’t acceptable. CEO Yong calls him a loan shark. Chil Seong says he’s no longer a loan shark or gangster to honor his mother. He leaves CEO Yong on the ground.
Sae Woo sees Seo Poong in the kitchen alone. She calls him and they discuss the resistance to his plan. Sae Woo wishes she could make everything better. Seo Poong offers Sae Woo a ride home. Sae Woo points out her parents are in bed. Seo Poong admits he doesn’t like that her parents look down on him. He worries that one day she’ll think the same. Sae Woo counters her parents are hard on him because they find her lacking. Sae Woo says she sees things clearly. She encourages to focus on her. He hesitates. She insists he focus on her.
Seo Poong goes to the old eatery. He sees the sign stating they work at the hotel eatery. He puts up a new sign announcing fair lunch prices at the hotel eatery.
Sae Woo’s father review an appraisal of the house.
Sae Woo’s mother scolds Sae Woo for trying to sneak out. She wants her to go on a blind date and find another man. She tells her to ditch the kitchen. Sae Woo counters she likes Seo Poong. Her mother claims a blind date may make her reconsider. Sae Woo refuses and leaves.
Chil Seong asks Maeng Dal how the hotel eatery is doing. Maeng Dal declares they need to strip the money from the walls to help them get over this rough patch. Chil Seong says this money already has an owner.
A couple sees Seo Poong’s sign about fair lunch prices at the hotel eatery. They decide to eat there.
Many key cooking staff refuse to come to work and abandon Seo Poong. Bo Ra worries they won’t be able to handle the lunch crowd. The orders start to come in. Seo Poong is excited that his plan is brining in customers. Seo Poong puts Bo Ra on cutting. Everyone works together. Bo Ra order Maeng Dal to work with her. Seo Poong orders Sae Woo to work with him on the wok. Seo Poong barks they have 25 orders. Everyone goes into high gear. They establish a rhythm.
Sae Woo’s mother goes to the hotel eatery. She requests to speak with Seo Poong. The hostess hesitates because Seo Poong is busy.
But the hostess brings Seo Poong to Sae Woo’s mother’s table. Seo Poong is surprised to see her. Sae Woo’s mother says they need to talk. She declares she’s come for her daughter. She can’t stand Sae Woo working so hard. She knows the kitchen is hard work. She doesn’t want Sae Woo working. She threatens to drag her out herself.
Seo Poong returns to the kitchen, turns off Sae Woo’s fire and tells her they need to talk. He tells her to go home with her mother. Sae Woo points out she’s needed because they are shorthanded. Seo Poong lies that he doesn’t need her. He tells her to go. He walks back into the kitchen. Seo Poong cooks. Sae Woo stalks away.
Maeng Dal, Seol Ja, and Geok Jung eat together. Maeng Dal complains how understaff they were at the hotel eatery. He asks them to return. Seol Ja says they can’t do it unless Sae Woo’s father agrees. She points out that she owes Sae Woo’s parents.
Sae Woo visits buster the horse. She apologizes for not visiting. She ignores a call from Seo Poong.
Sam Seong demands that Seo Poong lose the lunch menu or he and the rest of the crew won’t return to work.
Seo Poong calls Sae Woo. She ignores the call. Worried he calls Seol Ja who reports that Sae Woo isn’t home yet. Seo Poong asks the kitten where Sae Woo is. She finally calls. She tells him to meet her at the bus stop.
Seo Poong anxiously waits at the bus stop. Sae Woo gets off. They stare at each other. Sae Woo asks if Seo Poong will break up with her if her mother asks him to. She says she’s coming back to work tomorrow. Seo Poong won’t agree. Sae Woo declares they must break up if he won’t stand up to her mother.
Seo Poong struggles to make his vision come true. The established kitchen team didn’t like the cheap but delicious lunch menu Seo Poong wanted to establish and walked out. This left Seo Poong in a bind. But the remaining team managed until Sae Woo’s mother demanded Seo Poong force Sae Woo out of the kitchen. Seo Poong complied. Sae Woo walked. She told Seo Poong if he wouldn’t support her cooking for him and wouldn’t stand up to her mother, they were over.
Chef Seo Poong (Lee Joon Ho) can’t catch a break. He struggled with the kind of eatery he wanted to run. He came up with a hybrid concept, part old eatery with inexpensive simple food at lunch and part hotel eatery with upscale food and pricing at dinner. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get the hotel staff to agree. Sam Seong lead the walk out. I said it last episode and I’ll say it again. Sam Seong is a bully. Sam Seong is a lying cheater that sabotaged Sam Seong and NEVER felt bad about it or even offered a token apology. I REFUSE to believe that he’s the only game in town. I know Writer Seo is creating the situation that won’t be resolved until Seol Ja and Geok Jung return, but it is false problem and that isn’t the only solution.
Dan Sae Woo (Jung Ryeo Won) was forced out of the kitchen by Seo Poong acquiescing to her mother’s wishes. She was frustrated that Seo Poong wouldn’t let her make her own choices. Sae Woo is completely right in this matter. This is her life. If she wants to work in a kitchen, that is her choice. She wants to work with Seo Poong. She is capable. Seo Poong needs to put the woman he loves BEFORE her parents. Sae Woo isn’t cow towing to her parents. Seo Poong needs to follow suit.
Doo Chil Seong (Jang Hyuk) struggles to deal with his mother’s illness. Writer Seo penned Chil Seong as a man struggling to juggle his mother’s illness and the need for cash to purchase the hotel. He ordered his building sold to raise the cash. He told the drunk and sneering CEO Yong that he did pursue the hotel because of CEO Yong’s mistreatment of Seo Poong. I liked how Chil Seong didn’t apologize in any way for that. In fact, he showed it was the noble things to do in the name of friendship. Chil Seong is crystal clear what to do for Seo Poong but he struggles what to do for himself. Color me relieved when Chil Seong happened to see the vet again. Color me relieve he admitted remembering her per her edict. Color me relieved that she told him that were almost fated if they had one more chance meeting. I LIKE that she pursues him. He deserves someone WANTING HIM before others. Finally, Chil Seong struggled to deal with his cancer ridden mother. Frankly I’m not thrilled about his twist. Chil Seong and his mother were migrating to a decent relationship. But his mother needed the opportunity to apologize profusely for abandoning Chil Seong and that happened today. But Chil Seong sees the obvious. If his mother dies what does it matter?
What’s my wish list for the final episode?
* Seo Poong has a competent staff that supports his dream for the kind of eatery he wants to create.
* Sae Woo gets to pursue her dream of cooking in the kitchen next to the man she loves.
* Seo Poong and Sae Woo come to the realization that their love and support for each other is what matters. Forget what other’s think they should do or be.
* Chil Seong comes to terms with his mother. I don’t want her to die. That would be a major bummer.
* Chil Seong succeeds in purchasing the hotel and tosses CEO Yong out.
* Chil Seong realizes that maybe just maybe the vet is a woman worth exploring and decides to pursue her.
* The show ends with a Seo Poong, Sae Woo, and Chil Seong happy and comfortable in their mutual friendship.
I rank these episodes (on a scale from 1-10) as very good. My episode ranking chart is below.