Liar and His Lover Episode 11
- We get more grandma, but I’m sorry I wished for it (please get better!)
- A few scandals break loose
- Han-Kyeol continues to be an awesome boyfriend and a support of strength
- We don’t get much actual singing, oddly enough.
Oooh, yay! We get dropped back in a few minutes before the kiss, to So-Rim confessing against Han-Kyeol’s back. Why is it I find his tightening his hands around hers so dang sexy? *goes back and replays the kiss again*.
Some unspecified time later that morning, So-Rim sneaks back into the vacation house alone, giddy. She almost makes it back to her room—but Jin-Woo is there to pepper her with questions, and it’s not long before everyone else pops their heads out too, bent on figuring out what So-Rim’s been doing, hmmm? Han-Kyeol slips in and immediately get put to the irons as well—I find it ironic that Shi-Hyun, who’s asking the questions, popped out of his room with Soo-Yeon in tow (who’s been getting up to what now? Hm? 😉)
Han-Kyeol gives the same excuse So-Rim did, he was out on a lone walk… and then Chan-Young enters in a bad mood, stating sourly he was on a walk too. Ha, he didn’t mean to back up our OTP’s alibi, but thanks anyway. The group loses interest that “nothing happened” and they disperse until breakfast.
It’s time to leave, then, and Han-Kyeol looks like a beaten puppy when Chan-Young monopolizes Mush & Co. to his van. And that’s how he ends up under interrogation from Crude Play once again, the boys all suspicious about him and So-Rim’s relationship. Han-Kyeol turns the tables just as quickly, asking if there’s really nothing between Shi-Hyun and Soo-Yeon. Well, that got a few cute looks. The boys laugh about it and Han-Kyeol looks like he dodged a bullet there for a moment.
In Mush & Co.’s van, So-Rim gets similar treatment, Jin-Woo asking So-Rim to confirm she was really alone for her morning walk. She looks flustered until Chan-Young speaks up for her—she was alone, he saw her. No Han-Kyeol. Jin-Woo is pleased, and we transition.
It’s another mini meeting between Yoo-Na, Choi, and a planning member, planning out the schedule for the show Mush & Co. scored a spot on. Yoo-Na’s pleased with the results, but Choi’s head isn’t anywhere near the planning—he’s still brooding over In-Woo’s refusal to take revenge on President Yoo and Yoon-Seok. Even when he’d pressured In-Woo with Han-Kyeol, the man hadn’t given in. Yes!
Yoo-Na calls Choi back to the present, but she thinks our CEO is distracted because of her—that he’s worried Yoo-Na might take up president Yoo’s offer to join WHO entertainment. She reassures him she’s not going anywhere, but CEO Choi tells her that’s because of Han-Kyeol (not him). She replies CEO’s the one who brought Han-Kyeol to the company, after all—but Choi’s starting to doubt his abilities in that I think, since he wonders if Hna-Kyeol was rather a coincidental gift, instead.
It looks like there are more people in early morning meets, though, and we transition to President Yoo and a very disgruntled looking In-Woo—he’s happily unhappy about being dragged out of bed so early, to such a bright café. President Yoo cuts their cute banter to get down to business—is he going to produce an album with her or what? He tries to brush it off—his music won’t sell—and President Yoo tells him in the most roundabout way that she likes his music. Ope wait there you go—she said it straight out, too.
Meanwhile, Mush & Co. has arrived back in their own neighborhood, and the two boys take off first, leaving So-Rim to talk with Chan-Young. She wants to confirm—did she see him and Han-Kyeol that morning or not? But Chan-Young obviously dodges the question, asking if they should just hang out some more instead. So-Rim follows him, not realizing a text from Han-Kyeol has arrived on her phone. Chan-Young leads her to a lookout point off the road, enjoying the lazy atmosphere of the morning: a rarity now that he’s famous. But abruptly the conversation turns more serious—he asks So-Rim if she’s dating Han-Kyeol. So-Rim nods, tentatively ecstatic, and then promptly apologizes:
“I’m sorry. Mr. Choi told me the same thing. He told me not to like Han-Kyeol.”
“Then why do you?” Chan-Young asks bitterly.
“I couldn’t give up on him—I like him so much.” But that’s not what Chan-Young’s asking.
“Why does it have to be Han-Kyeol? I wish you liked someone else. Why… why did it have to be Han-Kyeol?” Oof.
So-Rim wants to know she hasn’t lied, liking Han-Kyeol when she’d promised to focus on music… but Chan-Young just reminds her Mush & Co. is still his band, and we leave it at that.
Han-Kyeol, meanwhile, is still waiting for a reply to his text—did So-Rim get home safely or not?! She finally replies—she just got home, and he calls her immediately, smiling while he protests that he’s mad—she responds so slowly! She reveals she was with Chan-Young the whole time, and he’s curious what they talked about—but Chan-Young had made her promise not to tell, so she just waffles it was this and that.
When Han-Kyeol’s content to accept that So-Rim’s surprised—he doesn’t want to know more? But our hero has decided to trust what she says, it was nothing serious. This makes So-Rim happy, and even happier when Han-Kyeol says he wants to get a license so he can driver her around, not Chan-Young.
We skip through the rest of the day to that night, when Se-Jeong meets up with Gyoo-Sun for a mini-date. Or an interrogation, really, and she asks him who went and did they take pictures and can she see? Gyoo-Sun bends down to tie his shoes and aaaaaah I’m worried.
She keeps flipping through the photos, but Gyoo-Sun stops her from looking too far: it wouldn’t do for her to see Crude Plays private pictures, after all. Se-Jeong lets it go, but I have a feeling…
Ah-ha. Yup, later that night in the study area she pulls up his kakaotalk on her laptop again—we see she had gotten the password when Gyoo-Sun had tied his show earlier. Really, Se-Jeong? You’re mildly terrifying.
She’s displeased at how close So-Rim looks with all the guys, but even more curious about the unfamiliar face—Han-Kyeol, who she’s seen a couple of times before. She doesn’t connect the dots thank goodness (that’s K!!), and we leave her thinking he’s a manager.
The next day, Han-Kyeol meets up with the band after morning practice, offering to by them all snacks—everything she wants to eat, he’ll buy. They don’t get far however before Se-Jeong arrives for more snooping, and Jin-Woo herds the others into the café while Gyoo-Sun talks to her outside (good man, Jin-Woo!)
She’s not very subtle about her inquisitions, and when Chan-Young arrives Gyoo-Sun takes his appearance as an out: Se-Jeong is left speechless and primping as he walks past her to greet the rest of the band (just exiting the store now). Chan-Young doesn’t even acknowledge her, more intent on making Han-Kyeol jealous as he makes a big deal of the fact he got to hang out with So-Rim alone. Everyone enters the company—off limits for Se-Jeong, and Gyoo-Sun hangs back for a moment like a good boyfriend to say goodbye.
After some PPL Mush & Co. get back to work, heading into the practice rooms. Han-Kyeol, unfortunately, is stopped rather rudely by Chan-Young, who asks pointedly if he’s there to listen to the band practice or look at So-Rim. Han-Kyeol settles for the middle ground: he wants to listen to her sing, which earns him a few more jabs from Han-Kyeol and a dismissive wave through the door window.
Han-Kyeol does not look impressed at all with Chan-Young’s behavior (neither am I), but he has more discipline than I would’ve and waits until they’re singing to enter the hallway and watch So-Rim longingly through another door. Hehe, he shakes a fist at Chan-Young as he leaves, wishing he were the band’s manager now.
The next day at school So-Rim arrives to cheers of her classmates—but her mood quickly turns when someone asks if she’s really dating Chan-Young. The paparazzi scored pictures of her at the river with Chan-Young and now there’s news all over the internet about a possible relationship. Chan-Young and Han-Kyeol get the news at about the same time, and So-Rim gets an immediate phone call from the company.
Jin-Woo guards the classroom exits while So-Rim makes her escape, but Se-Jeong still manages to slip past and confront So-Rim outside: what is she? what’s her relationship with Chan-Young? She’s already got a boyfriend, what’s she doing with Chan-Young? So-Rim quickly cuts her down to size, however: It has nothing to do with Se-Jeong, so she’s not required to answer. Se-Jeong doesn’t reply to that, but I think So-Rim just gained an anti-fan or two.
At the company, it’s damage controle time, and Soo-Yeon sits the three of them down and confirms So-Rim did nothing but talk at the river. Chan-Young has been called in to talk with CEO Choi, and Han-Kyeol stops him on the way, angry that Chan-Young would be so careless: So-Rim isn’t famous so she can get away with public appearances, but Chan-Young is different. I don’t think Chan-Young has looked displeased about the scandal once since he found out, and he makes another subtle jab that he always ends up standing in for Han-Kyeol.
CEO Choi thankfully arrives before things boil over, and the two leave to talk things over. Han-Keol’s next stop is So-Rim herself, who’s busy looking over all the hateful comments the pictures have generated. Yoo-Na, from a nearby room, is able to look on as our hero arrives to console his girlfriend.
“If you have time for this, just look at my face one more time.” (aaw!)
So-Rim: “Aren’t you upset?”
“Why would I be?”
“Because I had a scandal with another man.”
“I told you already. I’ll listen to you only, and trust you only. Things like this will happen many times from now on. No matter who you actually are, you will be blamed, and hurt, and wounded.”
That’s a lame prognosis, but true. They agree to only listen and trust each other from now on, and Han-Kyeol strokes So-Rim’s hair gently. From inside the room, Yoo-Na looks a bit heartbroken—her spot really has been taken.
Elsewhere, CEO Choi tells Chan-Young he’s taken care of things—but that he really ought to apologize to So-Rim, as the comments from his fans have been vicious. And one more thing: there really isn’t a relationship between them, right?
Aww, Chan-Young looks so defeated as he admits there’s no relationship… with him, at least. Uh-oh.
Uh-oh is right. Se-Jeong has posted her own news on the net: she knows who So-Rim’s real boyfriend is, and has the pictures to prove it. Aaaand up go all of Gyoo-Sun’s hacked photos. CEO Choi gets the news and brings the team back together: how are they going to calm the flames now that public thinks she’s two-timing?
Everyone wants to know how personally taken, private pictures got on the internet, and a video posted appears to give the answer: it’s of In-Ho, Crude Play’s drummer, and features Gyoo-Sun’s voice in the background.
Thankfully they don’t jump right to accusations, and Mush & Co. is sat down for another talk with Soo-Yeon and Chan-Young about the new photos. Gyoo-Sun is flabbergasted how any of his private film or pictures made it to the forums, and thankfully they believe him. When asked about hacking, he reveals there have been a few odd things—and it doesn’t take them long to figure out that dododo0818 hacked his account. Soo-Yeon knows the username from Se-Jeong’s hate comments on Real Crude Play earlier, and the next thing we know Gyoo-Sun is storming out of the company to confront his girlfriend.
So-Rim knows it’s probably her Se-Jeong hates and volunteers to come with him—which leads to Jin-Woo joining for moral support, and Chan-Young tagging along as chaperone.
That night, they meet with her on the school steps. She tries to fake innocence at first, but before long they break through her walls and she starts raising her voice. Gyoo-Sun hits the nose on the head, then, when he says she did this all for her love of Chan-Young, right?
“It’s annoying. All three of you irk me. You guys get on my nerves! Why is it that only you guys get to do everything you want?” It keeps going for a while, but she stops short when a deep voice askes her a question:
“What do you get from ruining your friends’ future?”
Bam. It’s Chan-Young, who’s stepped out from his ‘watch from a distance’ post to confront the girl himself. And man, does it feel good.
“Do you think you’ll become closer to me in their place? […] look at me in the eye. Turn around and see how I’m looking at you. Get a good look at it.”
Se-Jeong looks terrified and ashamed, but she turns her head slowly to see what kind of face her actions have earned her. That’s disgust, right there.
She takes off running immediately. With a superhuman heart (I wanna date Gyoo-Sun, seriously), the young man chases after his girlfriend, brushing off her cries that she doesn’t like him—she used him—and taking firm hold of her wrist (the sure sign of kdrama love, lol).
“I want to stay by your side for now. I mean, we’re not broken up yet.”
She breaks down in tears, and Gyoo-Sun pulls her in close, tentatively comforting her.
The next day CEO Choi has a fun time raking everyone over the coals—from So-Rim and her “two men” to Gyoo-Sun and his girlfriend. He makes an executive decision: Mush & Co. is living in industry dorms now, and Soo-Yeon is to take charge of their cellphones until further notice. And then he dismisses everyone else, leaving him to have a private chat with Han-Kyeol and Chan-Young. Ooohboy.
Neither boys want to look at Choi, but they sit up straight when the first words out of Choi’s mouth forbid them from seeing So-Rim for the time being. Chan-Young objects immediately, and Han-Kyeol isn’t so far behind… but this just earns them both a tongue lashing, Chan-Young for not focusing on Crude Play and Han-Kyeol for dating a girl who just debuted.
They sit quiet now as CEO Choi lays out the new rules: no So-Rim, and no complaining about it either.
At home, grandma watches the scandal news on tv, but turns it off hurriedly when So-Rim comes home. Our heroine breaks the bad news—she’s moving out now—and takes grandma to her room to pack. So-Rim begs for a family “date” tomorrow and though it takes a bit, grandma complies.
At his house, Han-Kyeol fills his desire to see So-Rim in person by listening to her sing while looking at pictures of her on his phone. This is so adorable, I just can’t. ^^ Ohmygosh and it gets better—In-Woo sneaks up behind him, peering over Han-Kyeol’s shoulders to see what’s making his son so giddy. Han-Kyeol jumps a mile and then tries to play it cool, denying that he was looking at her pictures for musical inspiration. She and his music are separate things, separate. We’ve been working on this, remember?
In-Woo just laughs, suuuure his love song is just work. Can he hear? Lol that’s a no, but after some mile teasing Han-Kyeol agrees on one condition: In-Woo can’t offer any advice after he hears it. He doesn’t want to be swayed. In-Woo chuckles at that—why would Han-Kyeol care about what he says? This song carries Han-Kyeol’s sincerity, Han-Kyeol himself to an extent, so why care what others say about it? That seems so backwards, but I think In-Woo’s onto something there.
Han-Kyeol doesn’t think he’s just another person, though. I don’t know if it’s because he’s family or if it’s because In-Woo is so in tune with music (heh, pun), but Han-Kyeol says bitterly he’s glad he’s nothing like his father… except for his love for music.
In-Woo taps at Han-Kyeol’s poster of K, faceless in his work like In-Woo himself, and turns thoughtfully back to his son. Pulling him close he states it’s fine if Han-Kyeol were to take after him in all other aspects… but please, don’t be like him when it comes to music. He has to clear his throat as he leaves, saying he’ll listen to the song in a bit.
Left alone, Han-Kyeol looks at K’s distorted face himself and mulls over his father’s words.
So-Rim has a lot on her mind, too, as she finishes packing—but she spills all her worries to her favorite bird charm instead, missing the mother who made it and letting a tear slip as she falls asleep.
The next morning she and her grandmother wander the streets, playing games and pulling clothes from a roadside vendor. They find a little alcove of claw machines and So-Rim is ready to spend bigtime on them… but grandma convinces her once is enough.
While changing the bills, So-Rim is recognized by some nasty high schoolers, who talk bad about her close enough for grandma and our heroine to hear.
So-Rim grabs her grandma by the wrist and pulls her away, but grandma’s on her own warpath—she lies she left her phone behind and returns to the machines, giving the students an earful before they escape. So-Rim arrives once they’re gone, upset that her grandmother had confronted the kids: didn’t she know they’d left so grandma wouldn’t hear?
Upset that grandma heard and she can’t pretend otherwise, but probably more hurting from the students themselves more than anything, So-Rim runs off, not heeding grandma’s please for her to wait. But it doesn’t take her long to reconsider, and So-Rim races back just as quickly, hugging her grandmother from behind. I wouldn’t want to argue on my last day with family, either.
Grandma comforts her, telling So-Rim she doesn’t mind in the least and wrapping her in a proper squeeze as the cherry blossoms fall around them.
Later they pack up side dishes for So-Rim, and then So-Rim drags her things outside: it’s time to say goodbye. So-Rim drags out leaving, but when the rest of Mush & Co. arrives she perks up, happy to chase her dreams with her friends.
At the dorms, Gyoo-Sun sits Jin-Woo down for a private chat: this is Jin-Woo’s chance to make a move on So-Rim. He might like Han-Kyeol alright, but Jin-Woo is a real friend and Gyoo-Sun’s rooting for his success with our heroine. Lol.
Soo-Yeon is having some unnie time with Soo-Yeon, and that’s when Jin-Woo makes his move: bwahahahahahahahahahaha it’s shortlived, but the Hawaiian music makes a comeback as Jin-Woo stands sexily against the doorframe, ready to help… or not, since So-Rim’s got it all handled, thankyouverymuch.
President Yoo meets with CEO Choi that night, and she’s not as angry as I’d expect—rather, she sees this as a rocket to fame for Mush & Co., launching them directly into the public square. This means their show with Yoo-Na and Crude Play is more important than ever.
Grandma’s more worried for So-Rim’s personal welfare than business success, and worries over her granddaughter the next morning. I’m more worried for grandma though, who stumbles in the sunlight and then collapses. Oh noes!
It’s perhaps the worst transition ever, but we jump from there to Chan-Young and CEO Choi, discussing the upcoming show: CEO wants Mush & Co. to perform a new song, but Chan-Young is adamant they stick with Shiny Boy. Ostensibly it’s because they deserve a normal debut like other singers… but really I think he just wants to filibuster Han-Kyeol’s song making it to So-Rim, since we all know that’s CEO’s top pick for the show.
There’s no time to dwell on this, however, as Soo-Yeon bursts in with the news about grandma. The next thing we know So-Rim is racing down the hospital halls, band and unnie and Chan-Young in entourage. It’s thankfully nothing serious, but So-Rim still looks scared as she takes her grandma’s hand. Out in the hallway, Soo-Yeon gives the boys of Mush & Co. their cellphones and sends them on their way home, so their parents don’t worry. They won’t all fit in the room, anyway.
I think that point has more to do with making sure there is enough room for Han-Kyeol, though, who she calls immediately after the boys leave.
Inside the room, Chan-Young tells her it’s ok to cry if she’s anxious and worried, but So-Rim holds herself together well, unsure if it’s the fear or something else… Chan-Young covers her hand with his, and she smiles at him.
Downstairs Han-Kyeol arrives, and I’m anxious for Chan-Young to get out of there. I think he realizes his comfort isn’t working and offers to get her a warm drink instead. Just as he runs for the elevator down Han-Kyeol’s opens to the floor, and he runs to meet So-rim.
His presence is the key, and So-Rim breaks down in front of our hero, standing for a much needed hug. Han-Kyeol pats her back and strokes her head… while Chan-Young watches from the hallway, shoulder’s down.
Han-Kyeol stays to comfort her for the afternoon, and that evening after So-Rim has fallen asleep he slips his hand from hers, covers her with a blanket, and turns to leave. In the hallway Chan-Young is still there, waiting, and Han-Kyeol asks what he’s doing at the hospital.
In a perfect mimic of their earlier conversation, Han-Kyeol tells Chan-Young he’s being greedy too, asking if Chan-Young is there to see his artist or So-Rim as a person.
“I promise you I won’t get involved with Mush & Co. So don’t get involved between So-Rim and I.”
Chan-Young takes a deep breath and stands, face to face with our hero.
“Why can’t I? You always got in my way… why can’t I do the same?”
And we cue the filters, because that’s a wrap!
I’ll admit, for the first half of this episode I had lost some interest in the show. I don’t know if it’s the lingering effect of finals or me trying to brace myself for the end (I don’t want it to end!!) but either way I’m relieved and impressed Liar and His Lover brought back all its magic for that second half. It probably has something to do with the ratio of OTP cuteness to plot, but let’s get some thoughts out, first. ^^
Some Quick Thoughts:
- As expected, more things are revealed when we look at lying in regard to our OTP’s new relationship. In the public eye, their image ceases to be even what they make it, and there are plenty of people out there willing to make their own image for our couple based off a limited perception. I’m glad Han-Kyeol recognized it was what they thought of each other that was really important, and that trusting their good perceptions of each other is incredibly important.
- In-Woo continues to impress me, because I think he’s getting closer than anybody now to the balance between image and soul in music. From his conversation with Han-Kyeol, he recognizes mistakenly only valued the “soul of music” in the past, and even that still hasn’t led to an honest connection with his audience—his music was stolen. Han-Kyeol’s been swallowed up in the mask of K and the industry, so that’s not the answer either. And while Han-Kyeol’s a step closer in trying to separate his work from his relationships, I think it’s still ok for him to speak through his music—it’s an important outlet, like writing or sports or art.
- In an earlier episode, I mentioned how hard it is to love something so much and yet hate it at the same time, mentioning a book I wrote as example. If I can add to that, I’d mention I think In-Woo is right too—our works all carry a bit of ourselves in them, and that makes those conflicted feelings harder, separating my own and other’s feelings for the book with my view of myself. I think the way out of this dilemma then (soul vs. industry and separating relationships while still speaking through it) is to recognize that while we do put pieces of ourselves into our work, they aren’t us. We are more than a sum of our parts, and there’s no substitute for the real thing.
- A final thought on In-Woo and Han-Kyeol’s talk: I realized another reason why we make music—perhaps a more clarified and truer reason than what I’ve said before. Yes, you want to connect with the audience, but that leads to all sorts of trouble when they don’t feel the way you do. More correct then is to say music is a chance to share happiness you’ve gained through something. There’s no guarantee they’ll feel the same way, but like In-Woo said that shouldn’t stop us.
- Now that Se-Jeong has made her trouble, I do hope she’s given a chance to redeem herself. Everyone deserves a chance to grow, even if she doesn’t take it in the end.I think it’s important she felt safe enough to cry in front of Gyoo-Sun, because like So-Rim showed at the end that doesn’t happen with just anyone.
A Longer Thought:
It’s a bit tangential to the real Liar and His Lover themes, but I’ve thought a lot lately about the different ways people process things. It took me a few years of hard reflection to realize there isn’t a “right” way to feel about something, that societal norms don’t mean you have to be sad when hearing bad news or get stressed when under pressure. It’s ok to be a stress-free person (like I normally am) or a guilt-free one, like a friend I know. So long as you keep it in perspective and recognize when you’ve done something wrong and work to correct it, or when something is important and work to take care of it, that’s good enough. (I think this is one reason I still root so hard for Min from I Remember You, btw). Anyway, I was really impressed with the way a few of our characters reacted this episode, and I wanted to give them a shout out here:
- Han-Kyeol, for immediately trusting So-Rim both when she first said she’d hung out with Chan-Young and later when the news hit the media. It’s easy to let something like that get to your head, and kudos to him for staying cool. Similarly I was very proud of his temper check when Chan-Young shut him out of So-Rim’s practice.
- Soo-Yeon and Chan-Young for not immediately accusing Gyoo-Sun of causing the scandal—it looked like CEO Choi was almost ready to, and I’m glad they were professional about it.
- So-Rim, for not expecting everyone to like her in the public eye—and being ok with that. It takes a strong woman to step back and not let other’s bad opinions affect you, even—and perhaps especially when—they don’t know you.
- Gyoo-Sun, for running after and staying with Se-Jeong while she cried. Everything in the norm would say to leave her, to break up with her then and there or just not run after her in the first place. But he didn’t, because even while hurt he wanted to look out for someone having a bad day. I aspire to be like him.
- So-Rim, for running back immediately to Grandma. Like Han-Kyeol, So-Rim is quick to acknowledge when she’s done something wrong, and not too proud to work immediately towards making things right.
Basically, I know we all like to think when push comes to shove that we won’t act out like you see so often in dramas and tv shows—that you won’t be the noble idiot, or falsely accuse, or lash out, or act proudly. But the truth is things like that happen all the time on one level or another, and are even accepted as normal. I’m glad our characters aren’t afraid to be different from others, both in their relationships and their music, and I look forward to seeing how they’ll handle hardship in the future.