‘손 꼭 잡고, 지는 석양을 바라보자’ Episode 3 & 4

Viewers ratings (Nielsen Korea)
Ep 1 & 2 (2019-03-22)       2.1% & 3.4%

Ep 3 & 4 (2018-03-22)      2.7% & 3.0%
(Write up with some parts re-edited)
Do Young feels torn between not wanting to take on JQ’s project and Hyun Joo insisting that he should as she believes this is the break he needs to make a comeback. It’s probably not easy for her to put aside her unease about Da Hye, not when the latter had been so blunt about her intention to get Do Young back. But then she does not want herself to be the reason to hold him back now that he has the opportunity to succeed.
It is brought up again that Do Young had married Hyun Joo out of pity and in spite of Da Hye being the one he loves more. It’s intriguing but I will not attempt to make a guess. A thought which did come to mind though is that perhaps one needs to look beyond first impression. New love does not have to be found somewhere else, does it? Maybe it’s about looking anew into someone’s heart and discover that the most precious thing had always been there all along.
 

Upon reviewing JQ’s contract again, Do Young finds a disturbing clause regarding a heavy penalty should the project be aborted and not receiving compensation if the final design is rejected by JQ’s head office. He’s furious with the unfair terms ….. just what is Da Hye up to?

As Do Young reflects on his promise to Hyun Joo to protect her no matter what happens, he is filled with anguish. He has to keep his promise and not let her down (flashback below).

Hyun Joo is upset that Do Young does not want to take on the project. She does not want him to be a failure but to pick himself up and be successful. 

Knowing Do Young’s concern about her feelings regarding Da Hye, she tells him that he is free to meet up with the latter over work or if he simply wants to do so. How it must have hurt to say that.  

Do Young finally accepts the project but is upfront with Da Hye that their meeting again would be strictly work related. He can see through her attempt to seduce him with that ‘please bring me my bath robe’ ploy.

I am a bit confused about this scene in which Da Hye seems bent on getting back at Do Young for some past grievances. Did I get it wrong that she is giving him this opportunity to pick himself up so that she can knock him down again? What had Do Young done in the past that makes her so vengeful?
Da Hye kind of reminds me of Moon Eun Kyung (Jo Yeo Jeong), the psycho lady from ‘Perfect Wife’ who’s obsessed with Jung Hee (Sang Hyun). Instead of a psycho, we now have a witch out to extract her pound of flesh.

Da Hye’s threat only serves to harden Do Young’s resolve to succeed for his family, even if he has to undergo humiliation.

Hyun Joo is pleased that Do Young will be going ahead with the project after all and encourages him to do his best.


Dr Jang discovers that Hyun Joo’s mum had a benign congenital tumour but a secondary growth had turned malignant. He is unsure if Hyun Joo’s condition is a coincidence or hereditary.
Hyun Joo asks Dr Jang out for a date. Though the reason for doing so is unclear to me, it doesn’t look like a romantic date. He admits to having an obsession on wanting to save her life. It’s probably something to do with his late wife who had succumbed to the same ailment.

Do Young is perplexed that he had been unable to reach Hyun Joo all day and even her dad did not know where she is. When he finally gets through to her, he wonders if there is something she is not telling him.


“I’m in love with someone”.
No, I don’t believe that either. My guess … she’s telling this white lie to hide her illness from him. She’ll leave him (the mentioned divorce) to spare him the pain of watching her die. His first love has returned and he is probably better off with the other woman who has the means to help him rise up again. She will let him go because she knows that he loves that woman more than her.
Sigh, such a depressing thought and it’s only just beginning.

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