Part 2 focuses on the id and superego to Dong Hoon’s ego – Ki Hoon and Sang Hoon. From the beginning, they could sense that their brother was different around this strange girl, Lee Ji An. Much more alive. Much more involved. Doing things he’s never done before. Even though they don’t spell it out, their looks reveal that they know how much Ji An means to Dong Hoon. And they’re willing to support their brother through everything, including his relationship with Ji An.
First off: What makes Dong Hoon, Dong Hoon?
According to his brothers, Dong Hoon is so shy around women that he doesn’t even look back to acknowledge Yura when she congratulates him.
And, as one of the Saman E&C directors describe Dong Hoon, he is someone who never even has “a cup of coffee alone with a female employee”. So Do Joon Young correctly assesses that if Dong Hoon chooses to eat and drink with a woman alone, night after night, it is a big deal. And his brothers know that very well.
Park Dong Hoon alone with a woman? At night?
Yeah right, Dong Hoon. We’re not buying that.
Park Dong Hoon noticing a woman? AND making conversation with her?
Girl, you’ve got our attention.
Park Dong Hoon saying Thank You to someone who helps him breathe = A confession
Ki Hoon notices that Dong Hoon gets a text from Lee Ji An, but gives him some space.
Ki Hoon only speaks up when Dong Hoon doesn’t text her “Thanks”, but strangely says it aloud. What’s the big deal about a simple text message anyway?
Thing is, Ahjussi doesn’t think of it as just a thank you, but as a confession. And he wasn’t ready to confess to her (or himself) at this point.
Still, Ki Hoon thinks Dong Hoon is “allowed to do that much”. He recognizes how involved his brother has gotten with this woman, and how much she means to him (“She helps me breathe.”)… but doesn’t consider this inappropriate.
And so, after a little push from Ki Hoon, Dong Hoon really confesses… to himself (or so he thinks).
Something is off… could it be because of her?
The next morning, when Dong Hoon calls out of the blue, Ki Hoon senses something is really off with him.
Uh oh, you did not bring her up!
Ki Hoon and Sang Hoon add two and two, considering Dong Hoon’s uncharacteristic call that morning. She must be the reason you’re so down.
Thanks for spelling it out. -_-
When Dong Hoon looks like he’s approaching breaking point, Sang Hoon diverts the conversation away from Lee Ji An by making a toast, and even hugs Mr. Non-hugger Dong Hoon to show his support.
Hang in there, mate!
Once outside, Dong Hoon does his nightly landscaping survey, almost habitually. Sang Hoon’s head drops when Lee Ji An comes up yet again. Dong Hoon smiles his Mark Darcy smile. Ki Hoon is so frustrated by Park Dong Hoon holding it all in that he goes for a smoke on his behalf.
She’s back?! Hold up, we gotta let Dong Hoon know ASAP!
Sang Hoon checking out Dong Hoon’s consort
See you again? More like, See you every-day-from-now-on (with Dong Hoon)!
After the whole gang drinks with the 30,000 year-old Ji An, Sang Hoon senses that he’ll be seeing her a lot from now on. Saying “See you again” to Ji An is underdoing it, he thinks… and Dong Hoon doesn’t even protest.
He brought her up? To Omma?!
It’s not pity, but love.