Knowing she kissed him the previous evening while drunk, Dentist Yoon Hye Jin (Shin Min Ah) asks Hong Du Sik (Kim Sun Ho) if anything happened between them. Du Sik claims nothing happened. Hye Jin knows he’s lying and walks away.
Hye Jin avoids Du Sik, puts distance between them, and is cool towards him. Du Sik realizes Hye Jin remembers the kiss. He tells her to get over it. They are friends. It’s not that easy for Hye Jin.
Du Sik escorts a woman around the village. The cadre of villagers watch and report to the village chat room. Hye Jin can’t help but hear about it.
Coffee cafe owner Mr. Oh has communication issues with his daughter, Joo Ri. She wants to get braces for cosmetic reasons. Mr. Oh won’t give his consent or money. Joo Ri “runs away” with the safe. She ends up at Hye Jin’s house. Hye Jin allows Joo Ri to spend the night. Hye Jin calls Mr. Oh stating his daughter is okay and will be returned in the morning. Frantic about his missing daughter who he worries has been kidnapped, Mr. Oh begs Du Sik to search. Du Sik finds Joo Ri at Hye Jin’s apartment. Hye Jin calls Mr. Oh and explains the situation. He texts her tips on his daughter’s habits.
Mrs. Kim is taken aback when the unknown to her photographer food aficionado admires her house. Du Sik intervenes and smooth over the tension. They all share a meal. Later Du Sik tells the man how to get to the guest house, but he walks in the opposite direction.
The village’s singing contest has plenty of locals sharing their vocal talents including Ms. Jo, Mr. Choi, and Mrs. Kim. Joo Ri hopes the prize money will pay for braces if she wins. Unfortunately she’s limping with a sprained ankle. Du Sik pulls Hye Jin out of the crowd to assess the ankle. Hye Jin points out she’s a dentist, but agree the ankle looks painful. Joo Ri is determined to sing and dance but can’t manage it. Hye Jin and Du Sik join her on stage and act as her dancers. They shouldn’t quit their day jobs. Hye Jin’s best friend Mi Seon realizes that Hye Jin’s heart is engaging with the village.
The village is surprised when the boy band DOS (that Joo Ri is a huge fan of) arrives and performs a song. Joo Ri is thrilled. After the singing contest, Mr. Oh tells his daughter she sang well. He even gives her a piggy back so she can talk to her favorite boy band member, June. He teases that he remembers her cute teeth and her claim he was a fraud when he ate at the coffee shop. Joo Ri is in alt. After the boy band leaves, Mr. Oh offers his daughter the funds for braces. Joo Ri declares she no longer wants braces since June remembered her. Father and daughter hobble home, harmony restored.
Hye Jin walks through the village and remembers when as a teenager she left home for the day and came to the village beach. She was upset because her father was dating. Recall her mother died when Hye Jin was a young girl. She understands the divide that can happen between father and daughter. She calls her father and thanks him for the plant he sent for the opening of her dental clinic that is now blooming. He father is pleased to get the unscheduled call and tells her it is rare for the plant to bloom, it is a sign of good luck. Hye Jin sees Du Sik walking towards him. He joins her. He tells her she did well helping Joo Ri and her father.
Fireworks start over the water. Du Sik and Hye Jin watch together. Actually Du Sik watches Hye Jin watch the fireworks.
Afterwards, the photographer food aficionado and Hye Jin save Du Sik from falling into the sea. Hye Jin and the photographer recognize each other. In flashback we see that the photographer saw Hye Jin in town (when he ignored Du Sik’s directions) but couldn’t catch up to her.
Other village happenings:
- Mi Seon sits next to Officer Choi at a meeting and misses him at the singing contest.
- Mr. Chang notices his first love still wears the bracelet he gave her years ago. It makes him hope. But the first love includes Ms. Yeo and doesn’t slight her.
As a teenager Hye Jin takes a bus to the village. In the convenience store, Hye Jin is embarrassed when she doesn’t have enough money to pay for her selected snack. A teenage Du Sik pays the difference and tells her to enjoy the food. They both end up at different sections of the beach where they sit and stare at the sea.
Du Sik isn’t pushing romance with the skittish Hye Jin. Writer Shin Ha Eun’s featured seaside village inhabitants Mr. Oh and his daughter Joo Ri. Their struggle to communicate provided Hye Jin the opportunity to support the teenage girl without a mother, knowing the pain of not having a mother in those awkward years. Hye Jin didn’t rubber stamp Joo Ri’s wishes. Instead she listened and offered her opinions which aligned with Mr. Oh. It was a sweet gesture when Hye Jin offered to act as dancer for Joo Ri at the singing contest. Du Sik joined in too because that’s who he is. The push and pull between Du Sik and Hye Jin seemed to abate by the end of the episode. Is the photographer food aficionado Hye Jin’s first boyfriend? Will he vy for Hye Jin’s affections? Writer Shin provided another connection between Hye Jin and Du Sik when they met in the village as teenagers. The second meeting offers a bit more of the “fated” vibe, but it isn’t heavy handed.
Yoon Hye Jin (Shin Min Ah) distanced herself from Du Sik. Hye Jin knew Du Sik remembered this kiss, so she pushed him away. Hye Jin worked through some issues with her father when she helped Joo Ri. Du Sik liked seeing Hye Jin engage and help another. I did too.
Hong Du Sik (Kim Sun Ho) realized he had to admit to remembering the kiss. Du Sik took the awkward kiss out of hiding when he chided Hye Jin for distancing herself because the the kiss. That helped defuse some of the embarrassment about the the kiss. Du Sik was willing to dance on stage to support Joo Ri and Hye Jin. He was a friend to Mr. Oh. He puts others first. The moment when Du Sik stared at the picture of his mother and shed a tear felt genuine.
The second song of the OST is the upbeat “One Sunny Day” sung by Kassy.
I rank this episode as very good, 8 on a 10-point scale.