I Miss You: Episode 11 Recap
Because we still live in the society that tells girls “Don’t get raped.” Instead of teaching men “Don’t rape.”
The belittlement and injustice are what drive many victims to take matters to their own hands whether it be ending their attackers’ life or their own life.
This is yet another realistic approach from the writer. Though I know it’s a melodrama but I’m starting to feel weary with the heaviness of it.
We opened up with the unconscious Jungwoo lying on the floor as the cleaning lady grabbed his phone. There were text messages from his partner warning him about the ajumma… but it’s a little bit too late now. The texts revealed that her daughter, Choi Bora, was raped and later committed suicide.
The police station was also chaotic. Everybody was running around, searching for Jungwoo. Ah Reum was crying like a lost baby for her oppa. The team leader also sent police to Eunjoo’s house for investigation.
The police followed the track from Jungwoo’s phone to the dumpster and they heard his Magic Castle ringtone. The team leader finally found the phone with “My daughter is dead.” written on it in red. Detective Joo searched for his partner hysterically
Jungwoo woke up to find himself all tied up with the familiar red rope and black duct tape. The cleaning lady came in and told him he should have waited a few more days so she can finish her job and disappear. She told Jungwoo that he is luckier than her coz Sooyeon is still alive while her little girl is dead. She had a bottle of pills with her… it appeared that she’s going to overdose him with drugs. When she pulled the tape of his mouth, Jungwoo begged to hear Sooyeon’s voice one more time and the lady agreed.
Cut to Harry who’s still standing in front of Joy’s room. Joy was covering her ears to block the angry voice of him. Her phone rang (Why is her ringtone no longer Magic Castle? Isn’t it just last episode that it is?) at first there was only heavy breathing and Joy obviously thought it was a prank call but then Jungwoo talked. The intoxicated Jungwoo was still clever enough to hint Sooyeon of his whereabout using their flickering light to indicate and he also told her he missed her. I was surprised he didn’t use this opportunity to apologize or confess to her considering he might have died regardless of Joy admitted she’s Sooyeon or not. He passed out after the call. She tried to call back but no vian. So she called his number and of course Joo picked it up.
Joy told him she got a call from Jungwoo and he told her that Jungwoo was following Kang Sang Deuk’s murderer. Harry burst in (He has a key?) and tried to snatch the phone from her but she won’t let him. She told Joo about what Jungwoo said with an unlit street lamp and 15 steps. So the searching began.
Harry was upset with Joy’s reaction. She remembered her past and was worried sick for Jungwoo and this made him jealous. Seeing her distress, he eventually told her they should go together. He ended up saying she’s no longer a helpless 15-year-old anymore. This is what I like about Harry. The subtleness.
Next, Director Nam was reporting to Han Tae Joon about Harry’s bio. Since he’s a double agent, Nam claimed he found nothing suspicious about Harry. But the young Secretary Yoon showed up with more detailed information. Now I wonder… did Nurse Jung and Hyung Joon come up with fake background details just in case or is this trusted secretary also a spy of Harry’s? Chairman Han was not pleased with Nam and told him to GTFO. But before he left, he saw Yoon gave Chairman an electronic drive of Company’s financial records.
We heard Ah Reum’s cry outside the office. She asked her dad to look for Jungwoo but was rejected and scolded at. Though appearing to be unaffected, Taejoon seemed to worry about his disowned son nonetheless.
The police were flocking in the neighborhood, they found the unconscious Jungwoo. So the lady didn’t kill him (Or maybe he was fortunately found before he’s dead.) she also left Bo Ra’s suicide note with him. Harry and Joy arrived as Jungwoo was carried into the ambulance.
Harry stopped Joy from going out and told her to hold back. He’s also holding back himself. Harry looked both pissed off and fed up at this point. I feel you, bro. but you’re still scary Harry.
Though he told her not to, Joy came out of the car anyway and you could see Harry was very very furious to see her worry over another guy.
At the hospital, Joy was waiting in front of Jungwoo’s room. She hesitated to go in but eventually did. At first she was confused to see the empty bed but Jungwoo came out of the bathroom with his shirt up, showing off his toned body. Joy gasped in shock and was going to leave but Joo Jung Myung opened the door and he also cried like a girl when he saw Jungwoo semi-naked. And he asked the question all audiences would probably said yes.
“Should I not come in just now?”
Yes, Detective Joo. Yes, you came in too early.
When Jungwoo nudged him, Joo hugged Jungwoo tightly. The bromance made Joy laugh and a faint smile crept up on his face. And of course, Harry had to come in at that moment. He wanted to have a word with Jungwoo.
Harry must realize Joy is slipping away and he decided to go threatening Jungwoo instead. He told Jungwoo that instead of giving him reasons why Joy is not Sooyeon, he’s going to find Sooyeon for him. But what if Sooyeon doesn’t want to come back because she doesn’t want to see Jungwoo? Jungwoo said he still wanted to see her nonetheless. He wanted to ask Sooyeon if she didn’t want to come back herself or if it’s because of Harry. Oh, I love when men banter.
Harry pressed him more by saying that he’s unlike Jungwoo who throws something away when he doesn’t want it and pick it back up when he wants to. Harry would never run away and leave Joy behind. Ouch. He said that his mom also abandoned him and he would never forgive her even if she came back. So Jungwoo should also ask Sooyeon if she can forgive him. Jungwoo countered this by saying that he planned to stay by her side till she forgive him anyway. Harry baby, he’s not doing things your way eh?
Outside of the room, Joo was teasing Joy about how she likes men based on their looks since both Harry and Jungwoo are gorgeous-looking. (Let me take a second off to wipe my drool xD) Eunjoo showed up and interrupted them. I’m a bit surprised to see Sooyeon being so cold towards Eunjoo since they were quite close during their youth and technically she didn’t do anything to her but I guess Sooyeon wasn’t too happy that Eunjoo is now her mother’s “daughter” instead of her.
Jungwoo came out and the detectives left to do their job. Eunjoo yelled after him saying their mom was having nervous breakdown instead of him so he better go see her before he’s kicked out of the house. This is new to Joy. She didn’t know they were all living under the same roof.
When they were in an elevator, Joy tried to initiate a conversation but Harry asked her not to say anything. He said it’d be the first time they fight in 14 years together. And he called her Sooyeon again. It seems like he calls her by the state of mind and personality she is at each specific moment.
In his secret room, the frustrated Harry called Nam and told him to bring the finance records to him. He’s losing his temper. He later talked to his chat friend about leaving to France with Joy because she’s starting to waver. She’s the most important to him after all. And his friend told him to think of the day when Jungwoo handcuffed his own father to cool himself down. And indeed, Harry was cooling down.
Detective Joo and Jungwoo were in the car, they’re chasing after the ajumma. There were 2 rapists in Bora’s case. One was still in prison; the other was released and just came back to Korea.
Though Joo told him to step on it, the cleaning lady beat them anyway. She picked her daughter’s rapist up in the taxi. And once she declared that she’s Bora’s mom, the rapist went panic. Ajumma brought out a taser and the police cars caught up with them. She tried to get rid of them but the rapist knocked her head to the wheel and the car stopped. She stunned him with the taser and stabbed him in front of Jungwoo who was yelling madly at her.
Obviously, she’s immediately arrested. We heard Bo Ra’s voice from her suicide note, telling her mother she’s sorry. She’s sorry that she didn’t listen to her mom and come home late. She’s sorry that she got all the bruises. She’s sorry that she messed up her clothes. Bo Ra was struggling through her nightmare but the monsters who assaulted her would get out only in 5 years. The cleaning lady took off her mask in front of the media and told them that her daughter is dead. Those men didn’t just rape her, they also killed her. Sooyeon was also watching her from the TV.
This is a perfect example of a rape case and how each victim reacted differently and healed differently. However, it reflected the same social norms in today’s society. As a girl, a woman, we are told to not go out when it’s dark, what to wear or not to wear, who to hang out with, and so on. And when something bad happens, it’s because we didn’t listen to what we were told. I’m a self-admitted feminist. And I don’t think this is okay. Don’t tell me what to do or what to wear, but teach your sons better.
Sooyeon received a text from Jungwoo saying Thank You. He thanked her for making it possible for him to wait because she chose to live. Harry came in and there was this unfamiliar awkward silence between them. Harry confessed that he’s jealous and asked her to erase the bad memory of his getting mad at her. He sharply told her he couldn’t live without her, making it harder for Joy to leave him. As they sat in silence, she got a phonecall.
Hwang Mi Ran showed up at their house. Harry left the women together and they chitchatted. While he wasn’t around, Mi Ran told Joy that Jungwoo was disowned by his father and left house 14 years ago. Joy added it up and realized Jungwoo did it for her. She told Miran she had an appointment and hurriedly left.
Craig and Harry were talking in the car. Joy is now able to leave the country. Craig also asked Harry what he’s going to do with 20 million won. Harry said he’s using money to resolve annoying issue.
Cut to that annoying issue, Nam’s finally ready to go against Han Tae Joon. He’s stealing the flash drive from his office but ran into Ah Reum on his way out. And she immediately called her appa. He came back home and found out that the drive containing their company’s account records is missing. Nam can’t go back now. Han Tae Joon is out for his head. Interesting though… if the young secretary is Harry’s spy as I predicted, Harry could easily have him made a copy of it right? But on a second thought, this would actually benefit Harry on a long run. With Nam outwardly betrayed Chairman Han like this; he can’t really blackmail Harry anymore. So Harry just paid him off in one go.
They met at a river’s bank. Harry came on a bike again. Harry gave him the money and Nam gave Harry the drive. Nam mockingly asked if Joy, who is more important to Harry than his money, knew that she’s put in that unfortunate situation because of Hyung Joon’s mother. And Harry told him to not say anything about it. Nam better run away now before he died in either Taejoon or Harry’s hands.
After Harry left, Nam made a reservation message for Jungwoo in case he flees the country.
At the police station, Bora’s omma was interrogated. She made suspicion remark about the red towel used to cover the nose and mouth of the dead rapist. Maybe there’s another accomplice? She then asked to talk to Jungwoo.
But Jungwoo was waiting for Kim Myung Hee. She packed his clothes and a few belongings in a box and brought it to him. Jungwoo tried to make her laugh and get her attention but Sooyeon’s omma ignored him. Sooyeon was watching as they walked into the station.
Myunghee told Jungwoo to move out of their house but he refused to. Sooyeon eavesdropped their conversation and realized he’s been looking for her for the past 14 years and her mother was also waiting for her return. She was never forgotten as she always thought.
Jungwoo tried to do aegyo but he got serious once he noticed she really meant it this time. She asked him to leave because seeing him reminded her of so many things she wanted to forget. He firmly denied her request, saying he would wait for Sooyeon as a crazy bastard, a detective, and a man. Myunghee finally told him Joy doesn’t want to live as Lee Sooyeon. It’s better for her if no one knows who she was. Jungwoo was shocked and they both cried hysterically. Joy also cried a river as she covered her mouth to prevent any screams.
Harry came home and found out that Joy wasn’t there. He thought she went to the street vendor again and lamented she should have gone together with him.
Myunghee later went into the interrogation room to offer food for Bora’s mother. She treated KSD’s killer with a big meal as she promised. She then thanked the cleaning lady for killing her daughter’s rapist and apologized as she should have been the one killing that man. The two moms sympathized with each other and they cried, holding their hands.
Jungwoo opened the box Myunghee packed for him and found the yellow umbrella and their name tags. He kept reading the name tags.
“Lee Soo Yeon. Han Jung Woo.”
Their cell phones rang at the same time. Is it alarm clock? Since Joy’s ringtone is a different one. This made Jungwoo realized Sooyeon was there. He saw her foot and asked her if she hates being Sooyeon that much. And Joy ran away. He followed her out of the station and repeated the questions.
“Do you hate Lee Soo Yeon that much? Should I not wait for you?”
Joy can’t answer him and he pulled her into a hug. She tried to break free but he hugged her even tighter since he knew that seeing his face made her sad.
And of course, the troll PD and writer just had to end it here.
Overall, I’m content that the writer has raised more awareness regarding sexual assault and its penalty. In many countries, the law is just ridiculous. Those who attacked or killed others could walk free in a few years’ time while those put in jail were mostly convicted of minor theft or drug.
But I’m still not ever pleased that they didn’t explore more about Sooyeon. Right now, it’s as if the worst thing had happened to her was abandoned by Jungwoo and her family (which arguable is) but nothing had been mentioned further about her being assaulted as a child.
I like the episode in general despite its heavy theme but I just don’t think the graph is accelerating.
PS. Sorry for the very late recap. I have been very busy for the past couple weeks. I’ll try to finish Ep12-13 before the new episodes come out.