Sweet Munchies Episode 10 Recap
Designer Kang Tae Wan (Lee Hak Joo) takes a bottle to Jin Sung’s eatery. Tae Wan presents the bottle. They drink. Jin Sung encourages Tae Wan to say what he came to say. Tae Wan says this drink was used when a man confessed his feelings for another man. Tae Wan says he never thought he’d be able to do this. Chef Park Jin Sung (Jung Il Woo) says he didn’t think he’d tell him like this. Tae Wan declares he’s gay and in love with Jin Sung.
I’m so proud of Tae Wan for being direct and vulnerable. What happens next is unknown, but this moment was lovely.
Jin Sung is shocked. Tae Wan realizes he won’t get the response he hoped for. Tae Wan tries to salvage the moment. He says he’s felt this way for a while. He asks if Jin Sung had no idea. Jin Sung hedges and says it is too much. Tae Wan offers an out and tells Jin Sung he can respond at another time. He departs.
My heart is aching for Tae Wan.
Jin Sung remembers moments with Tae Wan, clues that he didn’t see are now revealed.
The next day at the station, Jin Sung runs into Tae Wan on the elevator. They are both there for the show meeting. Tae Wan tells Jin Sung not to be awkward around him. The door open forestalling a response for Jin Sung.
Director Kim Ah Jin (Kang Ji Young) tells Director Nam Kya Jang (Yang Dae Hyeon) not to needle Jin Sung at the show meeting. Director Nam claims he won’t. Writer Yoo Sung Eun (Kim Yi Jung) calls to Ah Jin. They turn and see Sung Eun and Assistant Director No Jae Soo (Park Sung Joon) walking towards them. Director Nam makes the motion that he’s watching them. Recall Director Nam has blackmailed Jae Soo to do his bidding in exchange for his silence out Jae Soo dating Sung Eun. Smiling Sung Eun takes Jae Soo’s hand with a nonverbal dating announcement. Director Nam is shocked. Ah Jin smiles. She tells Director Nam she knew all about it. Director Nam is annoyed.
That was satisfying.
Tae Wan is distracted in the show meeting. Ah Jin notices the looks between Jin Sung and Tae Wan. After the meeting Jin Sung asks Tae Wan to stop by the eatery.
Tae Wan has dressed with care. He tells himself he’ll be okay.
Tae Wan arrives at the eatery. Jin Sung suggests a drink. Jin Sung reminds him that when they first met, Tae Wan criticized his outfit. Tae Wan counters they first met on the stairs at the station. Jin Sung says Tae Wan is a good person. Jin Sung says he can’t hold a candle to him. Jin Sung says he must to learn from someone like Tae Wan. Jin Sung claims his focus is survival through impulse, sometimes things he shouldn’t do. Tae Wan asks for an example. Jin Sung struggles to say what he should. Tae Wan admits hearing “you are a good person BUT” tells him everything he needs to know. He tells Jin Sung they can drink another time. Tae Wan stands to leave. He says he’d thought if Jin Sung had feeling for him it would be enough. Now he doesn’t believe Jin Sung has any feelings for him. He leaves.
My heart is aching for Tae Wan. Jin Sung needs to speak his truth.
Ah Jin sees Tae Wan drinking alone at another eatery. She wonders if she should interrupt. She sits next to Tae Wan. She asks if something happened with Jin Sung. Tae Wan says he just wanted to be alone. Tae Wan says he wanted to be alone, but seeing her he’d like her to stay. She asks if something happened. Tae Wan admits he confessed his feelings but was rejected. Ah Jin can’t believe someone would reject him. Tae Wan describes the person he likes. He admits being with that person, makes him smile and be more open. Tae Wan admits it was love at first sight. Ah Jin asks if he regrets admitting his feeling. Tae Wan doesn’t regret it.
Jin Sung drinks alone. He struggles with what to say to Tae Wan in a text.
Ah Jin admits she has a crush too but it hasn’t worked out. She admits she was foolish to ask the man out, because she knew he’d say no. Tae Wan wipes tears away. Ah Jin says she wasn’t good enough. Tae Wan wants to ask if her crush was Jin Sung but decides not to. Ah Jin asks what he’ll do next, give up or wait. She says not giving up may be best. She says he’s good looking. Tae Wan cries. She gives him tissues and assures him he’s charming. Tae Wan cries more.
That felt raw and real. Tae Wan is in pain. Ah Jin was a friend in need.
All three sit alone with their thoughts and pain.
The next day Tae Wan struggles to focus on his work.
Ah Jin finds Jae Soo and Sung Eun arguing in the break room. She asks what the problem is. They smile and say there were rehearsing dialogue Sung Eun wrote for a newly submitted drama. Ah Jin is relieved.
That evening, a drunk Tae Wan arrives at the eatery. He puts his hands on Jin Sung’s shoulders and falls forward. Jin Sung grabs him in hug to keep him upright. He tells Jin Sung he isn’t okay. He can’t let him go. Tae Wan cries.
Ah Jin spies this from the window. Jin Sung locks eyes with her. She runs away. Jin Sung looks at the sobbing Tae Wan and sighs.
Ah Jin tries to process what she just saw. She remembers moments between Jin Sung and Tae Wan. She realizes Tae Wan’s confession was about Jin Sung.
At her apartment, Ah Jin remembers moments with Jin Sung including the kiss and his claim that he didn’t know why he kissed her. She tells herself she’s delusional and needs to snap out of it.
The next day at the station, Director Lee Sang Young (Kim Seung Su) replays the secret footage of Jin Sung and his brother arguing in the break room. He smiles at Ah Jin when she smiles at him. He struggles with what to do. Manager Cha Joo Hee (Kim Soo Jin) enters and calls a meeting in her office.
Manager Cha proposes a team dinner. She wants Director Nam and Ah Jin to produce a second season. Sang Young objects saying it will take away his chance to make a series. Manager Cha approves 6 episodes for Sang Young’s hidden camera series. His reaction is subdued. He leaves the meeting in a glum mood.
Jin Sung calls his father and invites him to stop by his eatery. His father agrees. He sees an advertisement for his son’s show. He googles the show. He’s surprised by what he reads.
Sang Young enters Jin Sung’s eatery. Jin Sung is surprised but welcomes him. Sang Young asks if Jin Sung and Ah Jin are close. Jin Sung confirms this. Sang Young states Ah Jin believes Jin Sung is the man that saved her career. Jin Sung asks why Sang Young is there. Sang Young counters that Jin Sung knows the answer.
Jin Sung’s father guesses Jin Sung took the job to pay his hospital bill.
Sang Young states it took Ah Jin 4 years to create the concept for Sweet Munchies. Jin Sung knows this. Sang Young asks why Jin Sung did this. He asks if Jin Sung dislikes Ah Jin. Jin Sung asks if Ah Jin knows. Sang Young asks if that matters. Jin Sung claims he has no excuses. Sang Young knows that if the truth is revealed, everyone that worked to make the show a success will suffer. Sang Young orders Jin Sung not to tell the truth until the show is over. He leaves.
At the team dinner everyone says Sang Young is acting strange. He listens to Ah Jin, Director Kang, and Director Nam discuss the recent cancellation of a show due to the star’s misbehavior. When they discuss increases Jin Sung’s profile, Sang Young declares if scandal arose, they’d all be sunk. He leaves the table.
Ah Jin follows Sang Young outside and asks if he’s not supportive of a second season because of her. She asks if he knows about Jin Sung. She asks what he knows. Sang Young declares he knows everything. Ah Jin assures him she can keep her personal feelings for Jin Sung separate from work. Sang Young is taken aback. Ah Jin promises she’ll stay professional. Sang Young is sure she can.
Jin Sung remembers moments with Ah Jin and the Sweet Munchies production team. He cries. He calls his father and asks where he is.
Jin Sung finds his father drinking alone. He scolds his father for drinking. His father orders Jin Sung food. When Jin Sung doesn’t dig in, his father gets snippy. Jin Sung asks what is wrong. His father says he believes Jin Sung still needs him. He demands to know why Jin Sung pretends everything is okay. Jin Sung knows something is wrong.
The next day at the station, Director Nam goes to Sang Young’s desk to watch footage of Sang Young’s hidden camera show. He opens the file of Jin Sung and his brother. He plugs in the earbuds and listens. Sang Young arrives and shoos him away. Director Nam goes back to his desk.
Director Nam wonders what got Sang Young riled up. He directs Ah Jin to engage with Jin Sung.
When Jin Sung arrives at the eatery, Ah Jin is waiting. He starts to tell her about Tae Wan. Ah Jin says she has no business in Jin Sung’s private matters. Ah Jin says even though he doesn’t like her, they can still be friends. Jin Sung asks why they have to be friends. Ah Jin stares into his eyes, surprised by his tone. Jin Sung apologizes. He asks why she came. Ah Jin states it would better to talk another day.
That evening with no one at the office, Director Nam heads back to Sang Young’s desk. The folder is empty. Director Kang enters and is startled to find Director Nam at Sang Young’s desk. He asks what Director Nam is doing. Director Nam claims nothing. They both leave.
Tae Wan remembers Jin Sung’s declaration that being yourself should not be something one apologizes about. He texts Ah Jin, Sung Eun and Jae Soo to come to the eatery.
Tae Wan arrives at the eatery and tells Jin Sung he invited the others. Jin Sung asks why. Tae Wan says he’s going to admit he’s gay and apologize for not being honest before. Jin Sung asks why he’s doing this. Jin Sung points out that Tae Wan himself told him his life is challenging. Tae Wan says Jin Sung showed him the brave path. Tae Wan says he fell for Jin Sung because he is brave. Now he wants to acknowledge his truth. He hopes Jin Sung will respect him. Jin Sung tells him not to do this. Jin Sung says he’ll lose everything. Tae Wan counters that Jin Sung was brave and didn’t lose anything. Tae Wan counters if he could be having as brave as Jin Sung, he’d be happy. Jin Sung hesitates then tells Tae Wan if he wants to be like him, then he’ll have to keep hiding his truth. Jin Sung says what he should have said long ago…I’m not gay. Tae Wan stares in shock. Jin Sung declares he’s a fake. Tears fill both their eyes.
Jae Soo, Sung Eun, and Ah Jin arrive. Jin Sung looks at the trio who sense something is wrong. Tae Wan wipes a tear from his eye. Jin Sung and Tae Wan stare at each other.
Tae Wan stole my heart. Writer Park Seung Hye penned beautiful scenes for Tae Wan to speak his truth. Finally, Jin Sung admitted to Tae Wan he wasn’t gay. After Tae Wan bravely shared his feelings, Jin Sung HAD to tell Tae Wan. I hate to say it, but I feel little to no sympathy for Jin Sung. His initial reason for doing the show could be justified – he had to pay his father’s hospital bills and the deposit on the eatery. But he continued to lie to save Ah Jin because he liked her as a friend and romantically. The ramifications from his lie effects everyone he cares about. Jin Sung was right, he is fake when it comes to living his own truth. The day of reckoning came with Tae Wan. Shout out to Lee Hak Joo for his touching portrayal of Tae Wan, the conflicted brave man that decided to admit his truth to the man he loved, staggered in pain from the rejection of his feelings, and then decided to share his truth with others.
Chef Park Jin Sung (Jung Il Woo) realized he has made a royal mess. Jin Sung can’t have Ah Jin, she thinks he’s gay. His father found out about his son’s lie and and was upset. I shake my head that Jin Sung let his father find out instead of telling him. It is a repeat of his lie of omission with his brother. Jin Sung’s impulsive decision to lie, the decision to continue the lie to save Ah Jin, the period of the series he pretended it would be okay, led to the long-awaited moment…the initial phase of reckoning. Jung Il Woo isn’t justifying Jin Sung’s actions, his performance is clear, Jin Sung has to come clean and take the consequences.
Kim Ah Jin (Kang Ji Young) realized Tae Wan’s heartbreak was about Jin Sung. Ah Jin has level head and a kind heart. She dealt with the shock of seeing Jin Sung and Tae Wan together. She was a friend to Tae Wan when he poured out his heartbreak of being rejected. When she realized Tae Wan’s affection was Jin Sung, she handled that well. She told Jin Sung they could be friends. She told Sang Young she could handle Jin Sung not returning her feelings.
Kang Tae Wan (Lee Hak Joo) was the star of the episode. Tae Wan had a series of terrific scenes that Lee Hak Joo slayed a) his realization and retreat when Jin Sung didn’t react positively at his declaration of love, b) his second attempt with Jin Sung ended when he realized Jin Sung would never accept his feelings, c) his drinking scene felt real. I was glad he had Ah Jin to share his pain with, d) arriving drunk at the eatery declaring his pain to Jin Sung, e) his brave decision to reveal his truth only to have Jin Sung admit he wasn’t worthy of Tae Wan’s admiration because he was a fraud and a liar.
I rank this episode as almost excellent, 9.5 on a 10-point scale.