Sweet Munchies Episode 11 Recap

Sweet Munchies Episode 11 Recap

Chef Park Jin Sung (Jung Il Woo) tells Designer Kang Tae Wan (Lee Hak Joo) 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.  Assistant Director No Jae Soo (Park Sung Joon), Writer Yoo Sung Eun (Kim Yi Jung), and Director Kim Ah Jin (Kang Ji Young) 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 stares at each other.  Jin Sung starts to tell Ah Jin the truth. Tae Wan interrupts and says they should talk outside. Both men head outside leaving a confused trio behind.

Jin Sung starts to explain why he lied. Tae Wan interrupts and tells him they’ll talk about it later. He tells Jin Sung not to let on to the others. Tae Wan and Jin Sung reenter the eatery.  Ah Jin makes an excuse to leave, Sung Eun and Jae Soo concur and the trio leaves.

Alone in the eatery, Tae Wan asks why Jin Sung lied. Jin Sung admits he needed the money. Tae Wan asks if Jin Sung realizes what he was about to do. Tae Wan declares Jin Sung did something terrible. He rushes out.

Ah Jin wonders what the situation between Tae Wan and Jin Sung was.

The next day at the station, Ah Jin meets Manager Cha Joo Hee (Kim Soo Jin) in her office. Manager Cha says there is no reason to be nervous. Ah Jin admits Jin Sung hasn’t agreed to a second season. Manager Cha tells her she’s going to get a permanent employee position. Ah Jin is shocked, then thrilled. Manager Cha urges Ah Jin to convince Jin Sung to earn the position.

Director Nam Kya Jang (Yang Dae Hyeon) hovers around Sang Young’s desk. He asks why Sang Young deleted video. Director Lee Sang Young (Kim Seung Su) is angry that Director Nam snooped in his computer.

Jin Sung arrives at Tae Wan’s design studio. Tae Wan asks why he’s come. Jin Sung wants to apologize. He knows last night was a shock. Tae Wan agrees to talk. Jin Sung explains he had no other way to find the money needed and Ah Jin’s suggestion he cook for a TV show seemed like his only option. He apologizes to Tae Wan for hurting him. Tae Wan asks what Jin Sung will do. Jin Sung knows no matter what he’ll hurt more people with the truth. Jin Sung admits Tae Wan deserved the truth.

After meeting with Tae Wan, Jin Sung heads to his mother’s memorial marker. He tells his mother it has been too long since he visited. Tears well as he says he misses her.

Jin Sung’s father finds the eatery closed. He calls his son. He asks Jin Sung why he went to visit mother.

Father and son meet. After a long silence, his father brings up the show. Jin Sung knows his father knows. Jin Sung’s father knows Jin Sung is hurting. He declares this is because of his incompetence and apologizes. Jin Sung counters this is his fault. His father points out his accident created the situation. He vows to tell the station this was his fault. Jin Sung tells him no. Jin Sung says people will be hurt with the truth. His father points out Jin Sung will hurt himself terribly if he continues to lie.

When Jin Sung enters the station, Manager Cha suggests they have dinner. She invites Sang Young, who declines claiming a prior engagement. Jin Sung says he must get to a meeting and leaves. Manager Cha chides Sang Young about his behavior. She asks what is wrong.

Jin Sung arrives at the show meeting. Ah Jin looks at Jin Sung with concern. Tae Wan and Jin Sung look at each other. Director Nam announces Krystal will appear on the show. Director Nam ends the meeting. Ah Jin asks to speak with Tae Wan. Jin Sung leaves.

Ah Jin calls to report she’s had another break in. Jin Sung rushes to her apartment. He enters to find everyone there in party hats. Jae Soo puts a hand on Jin Sung. Everyone sings happy birthday to Jin Sung. He looks at the smiling faces. Tae Wan urges him to blow out the candles. Sung Eun reminds him to make a wish. Jin Sung does so. He blows out the candles. Everyone sits down to enjoy food. Ah Jin declares she’ll be the chef. She grills the food. Sung Eun asks Jin Sung what he wished for. Tae Wan says he can’t tell. Jae Soo counters Jin Sung has to tell for the wish to come true. Jin Sung admits her wished that they’d always get along like this.

At the station, Manager Cha asks Sang Young if he’s eating at his desk. He confirms this. She’s surprised when he declines her offer of dinner. Manager Cha guesses something is stressing him. She asks what it is. Sang Young doesn’t want to say. Manager Cha suggests he is holding a big secret. Sang Young agrees. He’s worried that he’s worried about his show.

With everyone tipsy, Jae Soo suggests they play truth or dare. Tae Wan says drinking is sufficient. But Sung Eun wants to play to. They spin the bottle. It lands on Tae Wan. Sung Eun asks if he’s dating. Tae Wan says he’s not dating.  The next question is Tae Wan again. Jae Soo asks if he has feelings for someone in the room. Tae Wan admits he does. Tae Wan spins the bottle to Jin Sung.  Sung Eun asks Jin Sung if there is someone he likes. Jin Sung admits there is. Jae Soo asks if he’s in a relationship. Jin Sung says that person doesn’t know about his feeling. Sung Eun asks if he’s confessed his feelings. Jin Sung says he hasn’t. Ah Jin asks why. Jin Sung says if he confesses his feelings, that person will be hurt.

When everyone is drunk Jin Sung stands and declares he loves all of them. While he takes a bathroom break, Sung Eun and Jae Soo leave. Tae Wan puts his jacket on. He tells Ah Jin to take care of Jin Sung. He leaves.

Jin Sung realizes he and Ah Jin are alone. He looks at her intently. He hugs her. He apologizes.

Tae Wan drinks alone in his studio.

Ah Jin watches Jin Sung sleep. She wonders why he drank so much. She wonders about his earlier words and actions.

Jin Sung rouses and find Ah Jin sleeping next him. He looks at her. He puts the blanket on her. He Leaves.

The next morning, Ah Jin wakes alone.

At the eatery, Jin Sung watches video birthday wishes from the previous evening. He can’t help but smile. He calls the owner of the eatery. With tears in his eyes, he says he’s selling the eatery.

At the apartment, Jin Sung’s brother Jin Woo gets a call.

Jin Woo is all smiles when he arrives at the station. He meets Ah Jin she tells him the others are there. Director Nam and Sang Young see Jin Woo. Director Nam tells Sang Young he recognizes Jin Woo from a video on Sang Young’s computer. Sang Young downplays it. Director Nam asks Sang Young why he deleted the video. Ah Jin says that was Jin Sung’s brother. Sang Young leaves. Director Nam follows.

Ah Jin remembers Sang Young asking about Jin Sung. She wonders what “I know everything” he was talking about.

Ah Jin meets Sang Young. She asks if he knew she likes Jin Sung. Sang Young confirms this. The asks what “I know everything” meant. Sang Young is relieved when he gets a call.

Jin Woo texts Jin Sung that he’ll be on the new show.

Ah Jin arrives at the eatery. Ah Jin declines a drink. Jin Sung asks why she’s there. She asks if something happened between him and Sang Young. Jin Sung is surprised. Ah Jin shares that Sang Young’s show involves hidden cameras, and there was footage involving Jin Sung and Jin Woo, but Sang Young won’t say what and he’s not supportive of the second season of the show. A customer asks Jin Sung for a beer. Jin Sung turns and fills a glass. Ah Jin notices that Jin Sung is distracted.

At her apartment, Ah Jin visits the show’s viewer forum. She remembers Director Nam bringing Jin Sung’s ex-girlfriend to the eatery. She reads the posts about Jin Sung not being gay. She ponders. She remembers Jin Sung not wanting to continue the show and starting to confess something. She remembers Director Nam’s doubts about Jin Sung’s preference. She remembers Jin Sung’s interest in the show when she revealed how much it paid.

The next day at the station, Sang Young meets Ah Jin on the roof. He asks why she’s so serious. Ah Jin asks what he’s hiding from her. Sang Young claims he isn’t hiding anything. Ah Jin says he knows something. She asks if Jin Sung is not gay. She asks why he didn’t tell her. Sang Young says there was no point. Ah Jin says they can’t continue the show. Sang Young recommends she complete season 1. He says honesty is swell but this is not the time. He says she’ll be ruined when the truth comes out. Ah Jin cries. Sang Young knows Ah Jin likes Jin Sung. He tells her not to hurt Jin Sung by admitting she knows. Ah Jin doesn’t want to hurt Jin Sung. She cries.

Ah Jin walks and remembers moments with Jin Sung discussing the show. She realizes she pressured him to help her out. She remembers his supportive moments. She cries.

Ah Jin arrives at the eatery. Jin Sung can she she’s upset. Ah Jin asks if he was ever going to tell her. Ah Jin says this is her fault because she pressured him. Jin Sung counters this is his fault. He says he started this. Ah Jin counters he liked to help her. Jin Sung demands to know why she’s being like this. He’s ruined her first show. He deserves he censure. Ah Jin snaps she hates that she’s liked and known he could ruin her. But she’s more worried about him.

Jin Sung admits he’s selfish, but he loves her. Ah Jin stares in shock. Jin Sung pulls her into a hug. She cries. She pulls away. She looks into his eyes. She presses a kiss on him. She pulls back. He cries. They kiss. Then they heat it up.

My Thoughts

Ah Jin realizes Jin Sung lied. Writer Park Seung Hye turned the focus back to Ah Jin and Jin Sung, leaving Tae Wan to offer quiet acceptance that his feelings for Jin Sung can never be. When Ah Jin figured out that Jin Sung wasn’t gay, she didn’t rail at him. She realized she had put pressure on him. Jin Sung correctly stated he started the lie. What will the ramifications at the station when the truth is revealed?

Chef Park Jin Sung (Jung Il Woo) didn’t make excuses. Jin Sung was lucky that Tae Wan accepted his confession without malice. Jin Sung’s father realized his accident and the subsequent hospital bills created the situation where Jin Sung was desperate for money. Jin Sung was in a daze most of the show feeling the fall out. Then Ah Jin surprised him by not berating him, rather offering understanding. Jin Sung couldn’t help himself, he admitted his feelings. She showed him hers. Then they both intensified the moment with kissing that turned from sweet to heat.

Kim Ah Jin (Kang Ji Young) realized Jin Sung isn’t gay. Ah Jin figured it out. She didn’t overhear it, Director Nam didn’t tattle it, nor did she see Sang Young’s secret footage. Ah Jin put the pieces together and realized the truth. She confronted Sang Young who advised her to finish the show and not reveal the truth. He pointed out her career would be ruined. Manager Cha offered Ah Jin a permanent position IF she secures Jin Sung for a second season. Ah Jin has a level head and 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 him not returning her feelings.

Kang Tae Wan (Lee Hak Joo) faded to the background. Tae Wan was stunned by Jin Sung’s revelation but quickly recovered telling Jin Sung to keep it to himself. When Jin Sung came to his studio to offer a formal apology, Tae Wan was gracious. He’s a classy guy. Tae Wan realized that Ah Jin and Jin Sung could be a couple. He knows there are feeling between them. While I’m sorry Tae Wan loses his shot at love, he’ll live to love another day.

What’s my Wishlist for the final episode?
* Jin Sung reveals his truth instead of being outed.
Director Nam continues to sniff around Jin Sung believing there is something amiss. I’d prefer Jin Sung to be honest with the production team and the viewers rather than continue to lie and be discovered.
* Jin Sung and Ah Jin give it a go as a couple. Neutral feelings abound for this couple. I like them but I don’t love them.
* Ah Jin doesn’t lose her job. That’s a big ask. But she didn’t knowingly perpetrate fraud. She cannot wait to reveal the truth or she becomes a liar. I’m hopeful Manager Cha will understand Ah Jin was clueless and give her another chance. Manager Cha may be forced to revoke the permanent employee position for Ah Jin.
* Tae Wan is at peace. He won’t end up with a love interest, but he has found a cadre of friends that I’m betting would accept his truth should he care to share it. His father’s demand that he marries a woman would likely continue even if he told his truth. Tae Wan is the character that I care the most for. If he’s happy at the end of the series, then I’ll be fine.

I rank this episode as very good, 8 on a 10-point scale.

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5 comments on “Sweet Munchies Episode 11 Recap
  1. Jane Tilly says:

    I could hardly believe Tae Wan 👔🧵🧷, Ah Jin 🍭🎬 and Jin Sung’s dad all let Jin Sung 👨‍🍳🔥 off the hook so easily anout his fraud. Hopefully that means Jin Sung 👨‍🍳🔥 will have some support when all hell breaks loose about his true sexual preference. I would also like Jin Sung 👨‍🍳🔥 to be the one who spills the truth, rather than be outed.

    I concur that Tae Wan 👔🧵🧷 was very classy about Jin Sung’s 👨‍🍳🔥 apology. I wonder if he will come put of the closet in the ladt episode. I concur that Tae Wan 👔🧵🧷 seems to have a cadre of friends who will accept him as a gay man. I found Tae Wan 👔🧵🧷 to be an endearing character and would like him to find support. Could there be happiness with Jin Woo🚶‍♂️🔦 or would that be too weird❓⁉️

    I agree with your wish list KJT, but I don’t feel strongly about Ah Jin 🍭🎬 and Jin Sung 👨‍🍳🔥 giving their relationship a go. “I like them but I don’t love them.” -KJT. YEP❣ A part of me doesn’t want Jin Sung 👨‍🍳🔥 to find love with Ah Jin 🍭🎬 … almost as a punishment

    I think Jin Sung 👨‍🍳🔥 is a good person overall, but I have a hard time accepting his fraud, especially as being the brother of a gay man, he should be more sensitive to the issue.

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    • I could hardly believe Tae Wan 👔🧵🧷, Ah Jin 🍭🎬 and Jin Sung’s dad all let Jin Sung 👨‍🍳🔥 off the hook so easily anout his fraud.
      Writer Park glossed it over way too easily for Jin Sung.

      I think Jin Sung 👨‍🍳🔥 is a good person overall, but I have a hard time accepting his fraud, especially as being the brother of a gay man, he should be more sensitive to the issue
      Well said.

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  2. DramaDazed says:

    I have a slightly different perspective on Jin Sung being ‘let off the hook’. Jin Sung is a very kind person, evident in many ways. It makes sense to me that it comes from his family – his father and his brother acted kindly toward him, and clearly understood his well intentioned Gigantic Error of Judgement. And it makes sense to me that Jin Sung attracted other kind people to his life and brought out kindness in people he came across. Jin Woo expressed disappointment at his brother’s mistake (sure wish we had seen more of him in this series), Dad expressed disappointment. Tae Wan’s attraction is largely to JS warmth and kindness, and expressed grave disappointment. As seen in Ah Jin’s memories JS made many efforts to pull away in as kind a way as he could. All this disappointment from people he cares about IS a consequence. It was a bad decision, disrespectful to gays in general – and – no lives were lost. I imagine the final episode will show more painful consequences, some that will be long term, and I like the idea that JS could receive forgiveness, at least from those who are close enough to know his heart. Jmo.


    • I like your thought process. JS is kind. Dare I say he’s a “pleaser” and didn’t want to disappoint anyone but ended up doing so anyhow? I expect to watch the final episode soon and we’ll know how things sort out.


    • Jane Tilly says:

      Good point DS, those close to Jin Sung are more likely to let him off in his “Gigantic Error of Judgement” as they are familiar with his kind nature. I think that was why I hoped he would have the support of his friends and family to deal with the TV station and public aftermath of him coming out of the closet as straight … South Korean netizens are not known for their kindness.

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