18 vs 29 – Episode 8

Yeah, this episode is like that.

Episode 8

Sang-young and Manager Ahn meet with the aunt about the upcoming movie, and she is understandably reluctant to use a fallen star.  Ji-young talks to him outside the office, but his heart isn’t into his acting career anymore.

Kim Noon goes over everything he knows about Hye-chan, and decides he wants to know the truth about her relationship with Sang-young.

Hye-chan sneaks to the house to apologize to Sang-young, but when he catches her, she says she just here to pick up her stuff.   She tries to find excuses to stay a bit longer, but can’t cough up the apology.  Finally Sang-young demands she leave; it’s better to live alone than to watch her go back and forth and hurt his heart over and over again.  She leaves, vowing never to come back.


Kim Noon is waiting outside the house when Hye-chan leaves, and asks her point blank if she was married.  She admits it readily, but is puzzled by his reaction: sadness.  He goes to the bus stop and broods, but comes to Hye-chan’s rescue when one of her bags breaks open. They end up on the bus together, using his book bag to hold her things.

Manager Ahn stops by the house to convince Sang-young to publicize his wife’s condition, but he adamantly refuses, even while eating a sad, lonely bowl of ramyun.  Manager Ahn tries to convince him, but it’s an NG.

Hye-won is shocked when Hye-chan shows up with her bags, and rightly deduces that Sang-young kicked her out, repeating what Sang-young had said: who wants a wife that keeps coming and going?


Hye-chan returns Kim Noon’s bookbag with thanks for helping carry her stuff.  He states she needs to do something for him.  What is it?  Sitting on the curb at a drive in movie; it’s Hayao Miyasaki’s “Howl’s Moving Castle”, and Hye-chan relates to the character Sophie who is a young girl trapped in an old woman’s body.  Kim Noon points out that the more Sophie loves Howl, the younger she gets.  Hye-chan may be 29 years old to everybody else, but to him, she’s just 18.

She finally shows back up at Hye-won’s house, where her sister and her husband’s manager stage an intervention.  She declines and runs into the bedroom, refusing to leave until Manager Ahn is gone.  When she comes back out, Hye-won is watching the next episode of Sang-young’s series, and Hye-chan hears the exact dialogue that she overheard on set.  Hye-won tells her in no uncertain terms that it’s her doubts and behavior that is causing this rift.  She puts her head in her hands and wonders what she can do about this mess she’s caused.


The next day she is at her house, and Manager Ahn is coaching her through an interview where she plans to out her amnesia.  Instead, Manager Ahn wants her to say it’s depression in order to increase sympathy, and she goes along with it, at least until Sang-young shows up.  He is understandably angry and cuts the interview short.

Talking to Hye-chan, Sang-young insists that he wasn’t fired, and his career problems had nothing to do with her.  She immediately brightens up, and runs to her bedroom to call the Dictator.  Grandfather is getting his hair died, but tells her he’ll call back.

Hye-chan and Sang-young are sitting at home when they receive a call from Grandfather that he won’t be over tonight for dinner.  It was news to Sang-young that she had invited him, and he asked if it was an excuse to come back home.  He’s happy she’s decided to move back.


When the interview airs, the Stalker Girls lose no time in showing it to Kim Noon, spends his class time lost in thought.  Hye-won pulls him aside after school, and he spills his heart regarding an older woman.  She sympathizes with his plight, having no idea he’s pining for her sister.

The auntie producing the film meets up with Sang-young and Manager Ahn, and suggests he lose a little weight. Which is a shame because Hye-chan created a full spread for dinner; he just drinks water.

Hye-chan talks about the film script and Sang-young’s work with her sister the next day, and that the screenwriter was Sun Mee.  Hye-won wonders about Hye-chan’s scripts; she used to constantly write before the accident. She boxes up the food and goes to her sister’s academy.  Hye-won confirmed she used to do a lot of writing.

Leaving the school, she meets up with Kim Noon, who gives her a lemon balm plant as a herbal remedy for depression.  He asks her, why stay with someone you don’t like and uses you as an excuse?  Hye-chan hedges but doesn’t refute his misunderstanding, and leaves.


At home, she makes ray soybean paste lettuce wraps, which Sang-young can barely choke down.  Then, who should appear, but Ji-young, bearing gifts of weight loss supplements.

Hye-chan starts him on an exercise regimen she learned on the internet, including a full body wrap.  It gets a little heated when she massages his upper legs, but Grandfather shows up.  When he finds out all this is for a film, he yells, beats, and finally storms out.

Thanks to the bean paste, we get our standard gratuitous bathroom shot.  Since his tummy hurts, Sang-young asks Hye-chan to spend the night with him, so she can rub it and make it feel better… [snerk]


She spends some time getting ready and getting into her couple pyjammas, and then slides in.  He snuggles in, then starts snoring in her ear, so she goes back to her room.  In the middle of the night, she catches him sneaking food, and they get into a little tiff.

Kim Noon finds Hye-chan outside the academy, and both head off for dukbokki.  Hye-chan complains that she is starving and suffering at home (since she’s supporting Sang-young’s efforts), but Kim Noon interprets that as abuse.  Hye-won spots them leaving from her office window, and realizes Kim Noon’s crush is her sister.  She calls her back to the school, and yells at her; Kim Noon’s grades are failing because he’s too distracted with her situation.


Sang-young comes home with roses, only to be stopped by Kim Noon, who tells him to stop picking on Hye-chan and giving her a hard time.  Hye-chan shows up just as Kim Noon walks off, and Sang-young throws the roses down and stalks into the house.

They have an argument over Kim Noon, and Sang-young tells her to stop meeting with Kim Noon.

More bad news piles up.  Auntie has discovered that the film’s screenplay was directly plagiarized from a Hollywood film, but production has already started.

They call in Sun Mee, who comes clean: she didn’t write it, Hye-chan did.


Sang-young goes to his computer to do some print-outs and finds the house printer jammed. He pulls out the sheets, and recognizes the wording as matching his copy of the screenplay.  He shows them to Hye-chan, who is puzzled as well.  She meets up with Sun Mee, who finally comes clean that Hye-chan wrote the screenplay, but Sun Mee accepted the payment and took the money to pay off her debt.  Hye-chan had written it under Sun Mee’s name, but she doesn’t remember thanks to the amnesia.

Sun Mee, that little so-and-so, fails to mention that it’s a stolen work.  [Honestly, with friends like this, you might as well jump into the Han River…]

The family is celebrating at the house when Sang-young gets the phone call from Ji-young.


Flashback time:  Hye-chan and Bong-man are at a dance hall, where they sit and watch because Bong-man can’t dance.   She convinces him to go out there, and in the end, Bong-man gets to show off some moves.  Hye-chan gets pushed out by the admiring crowd, and Bong-man has to chase after her.  In the street, he confesses!  From there on out, he’ll only be with her.  Cue happy smile!

~   ~   ~

Well, we’ve reached the middle of the run, and, although the couple hasn’t reconciled completely, I guess it’s time to lay the heavier plot points down:  frustrated puppy love, jealousy on all sides of the love rectangle, angry relatives, criminal charges, loss of career, etc. etc.  I hope with all this crashing down in one episode, the writers leave more time for the cute stuff in the final episodes.  I did notice there’s a lot of finger-pointing by a lot of different characters.  The blame game  goes into overdrive!

I’m a little disappointed in Hye-chan. With everybody pointing out her actions, she still doesn’t understand that complaining to a third party can have repercussions in a relationship.  Or that there can be grave problems when you don’t think things out before acting on them.  This would be a good time to have her lightly smacked with maturity stick.


About Shukmeister

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Posted on September 11, 2012, in 18 vs 29 (2005) and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m disappointed in Hye-chan too. She frustrates me with her immature actions. I get that it’s because she has the brain of an 18 y o but still.. I want to splash icy water on her.

    When Bong-man/Sang-young was asked to lose weight I was thinking, is this a nod to RSY’s fleshy-ness?
    RSY did manage to lose weight though. I almost couldn’t believe that it was him in Okjakgyo Brothers.

    I need more teen Hye-chan and teen Bong-man! They’re so adorable.

    p/s love that big “NO Sun-mee” picture. That, conniving fox!

    • The first thing I saw him in was OB, so I can’t say he looks all that different to me. Remember (brief moment fantasizing about JDG and CSW…okay wipe drool), Korean actors seem to get a more angular face as they get older.

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