I Love Lee Tae-Ri ( I Love Italy) Episode 7

Character Ledger:
Geum Eun Dong (GED)
Hwang Min Soo (HMS)
Lee Tae Ri (LTR)
Choi Seung Jae (CSJ)
Ha Soon Sim (HSS)
Hwang Min Gook aka COACH (HMG)
Na Hong Sil (NHS)

Just inches away from each other, HMS says he has to confess something – “I think that a true mistake should not be concealed. All the more because Lee LTR is the only friend I made after I grew up. I’m actually a kid. I mean a kid who has just been living for mere days in the adult world. I had wanted to protect LTR like a man. But now I’m losing confidence in myself. And I keep crying like this…I really feel useless. That’s why I’m depressed.” LTR commiserates with him. She’s a child too. There are so many things she doesn’t know. Not unlike HMS. Even though she may appear confident and arrogant, she’s pretty tired too. HMS points out that at least her life is real. And since we’re in confessing mood, LTR tells him she’s adopted! Oh? She found out on her 14th birthday from her uncle. And in her fear and confusion, she didn’t even dare blow the candles on her cake. She reminds him how he once told her the happiest moments in his life was when he was 14 years old. That was what piqued her curiosity. In a way, it felt like he was sent to her side to compensate those lost days. HMS wraps her in a hug comfortingly and apologizes. LTR tells him not to waver and stay by her side. Her most depressing 14 year old days plus his happiest 14 year old days – they will be good friends. Reassured, HMS tells her he’d be spending the night at her place then. LTR is caught off-guard and asks quizzically, “Here?”. HMS doesn’t realize her discomfiture and excuses himself to wash up.

In the bathroom, HMS tells his reflection to buckle up. A man’s tears are only shed once in a lifetime. From now on, he is Hwang HMS and he must protect this woman.

Meanwhile, LTR is fretting over HMS’s request to stay the night and considers kicking him out. She freezes and waves awkwardly when HMS opens the bathroom door with his boyish smile. Cue seductive music and HMS walking towards her looking for the world like a man about to join his lady love in bed.

MS: Why don’t you lie down?
TR: No, it’s fine. I can only fall asleep after counting some 500 plus sheep.
MS: With this bright light, it’s no wonder the sheep wants to come out and play with you. Today, I’ll make sure you get a good night rest.

HMS tucks a flustered LTR in bed. LTR closes her eyes nervously…but as the lights goes off, HMS settles himself on the floor by her bed. He offers to hold her hands since his mum told him that an insomniac yearns for a human’s warmth. His hands are warm so she should be able to sleep well. LTR asks if he’s comfortable on the floor. He replies that he’s fine. Even if he sleeps on a cactus bed tonight, he’d feel comfortable because he’s able to protect her. His fixation on protecting her makes her curious but he replies simply that she’s a good person. Now at ease, LTR falls asleep, and HMS too, with a big satisfied smile.

Paul greets CSJ happily, pleased to see him after they parted in Milan. CSJ wastes no time in telling Paul to return to Milan. Paul is surprised CSJ is siding with LTR’s uncle. CSJ maintains that the best way to reconcile with LTR is to gain power through VP. Paul thinks he will only suffer and regret his decision but CSJ is confident he can deal with it. Paul informs him he can’t leave. He has to help LTR- it’s his last promise with the late president. Knowing that he can’t convince Paul otherwise, he bows respectfully since it would be the last time he stands before him as his student.

HMS wakes up first the next morning and gazes affectionately at the sleeping LTR. NHS walks in on him caressing LTR’s hair. When HMS finally notices her presence, he shouts her name in recognition. LTR is awakened by the commotion and NHS points to HMS asking who he is. HMS introduces himself and she suddenly breaks down in tears. LTR explains anxiously that they were only holding hands and HMS parroted her explanation cheerfully. Hah.

HSS trying to stop grandma from conducting a press conference to reveal that GED is her fiancé. HSS blurts out that he has a boyfriend already. GED denies being anyone to HSS. An uncomprehending NHS demands to know who he is exactly and why does he dictates her life. She further explains how HSS threatens to out her secret if she does not bring him to her. LTR orders him to bring HSS to her. HMS arrives at HSS’s place just as she was being chased by grandma. HMS hugs grandma in recognition, totally forgetting his identity again. HSS points to him and declares that he’s her husband candidate. A stunned grandma stands rooted to the spot while HSS drags HMS off.

In the car, HMS berates her for using him but HSS retorts that it’s his fault for showing up at that particular moment (yeah right). And since it’s come to this, HSS pleads for him to help her convince grandma to give up on GED. He refuses and she starts going all aegyo and promises to repay his efforts. HMS suddenly clasps her hands and agrees but with a condition. He wants the payment first since he needs to pay off some debts. HSS’s face falls.Is that an act?

HSS thanks LTR insincerely for letting HMS go to her. LTR assures her it’s nothing, since she’s done much to promote the museum. HSS reminds her bitterly she’s got the short end of the deal having lost her leader spot and ordered to stay home for self-reflection. LTR is sorry for the scandal but promises to help her solve her predicament – she would be her sponsor. The sharp HSS realizes that LTR is just making sure she stays away from NHS and HMS. This way she’d be her puppet and has to follow her orders. LTR tells her to lose the attitude and accept her conditions – news of her sponsorship will eclipse whatever scandal she had.

HMS gives her the thumbs-up and LTR smiles right back. Unwilling to surrender quite so easily, HSS demands a change to her previous contract. Instead of CSJ, she wants HMS. Catfight. HSS implies annoyingly that she’s got a date with HMS tonight and request to have him by her side the whole time, the better to “culture” their relationship. LTR looks at him questioningly and he replies nervously that he’s in charge of training her for the museum ambassador activities. HMS drags HSS to his work place (near the Sun Clock), unhappy she’s creating misunderstandings between him and LTR. HSS admits she’s unsure why she did it. She confesses to having confused feelings over him and he stresses that she cannot have feelings for him. Well, it’s not like she wants to either. Changing the subject, HSS asks about the nature of his job. HMS proudly announces that he’s a human CCTV. Hah. Isn’t that a guard? He replies defensively that his job is the most important one in the museum. HSS grumbles that he should be asking for money from LTR. HMS maintains he never spends a woman’s money. What of her? In his eyes, she’s not a woman. Hah. HSS threatens to destroy the clock but HMS stops her by lifting her off the ground. LTR catches them in this position and starts in surprise. HSS makes the situation worse by hugging him even more tightly. LTR leaves quietly while HMS tries to free himself from HSS’s death grip. LTR later monitors the two through the CCTV. They appear to be rather cozy with each other to her, playing games and all. LTR knows HSS is trying to irritate her. She instructs Secretary Hong to book a restaurant, the better to send HSS away after meal. HSS is having a whale of a time having HMS at her service, by threatening to harm the clock at every chance. Her latest trick? Spitting gum in his hand…which is a pretty intimate action considering it involves saliva and all. And this is exactly what LTR sees when she walks in asking HMS out for lunch. HMS explains that he can’t leave his station and HSS deliberately irritates her more by inviting her to join them. Feeling outcast, LTR excuses herself. HMS finally loses patience with HSS and runs after LTR. He tells her to pay no heed to HSS who’s just being a brat. LTR assures him she believes in him. She looks a little unnaturally cheerful and he’s not fully convinced.

LTR sighs at the table-full of food and who else should show up but our stubborn CSJ. Here to spout the same nonsense. He warns her against trusting HMS- he who almost drowns once but turns out to be a good swimmer, who claims he can’t drink but can down a lot of soju. He’s suspicious of his past but LTR doesn’t care. He reminds her that HMS could be his uncle’s spy. LTR’s trust in HMS in absolute but CSJ continues to plant doubts in her head, for instance the timing of HMS’s appearance in her life. He leaves and LTR heaves a sigh of frustration, her appetite totally ruined.

At home, LTR couldn’t help thinking back to HMS and HSS, in particular how she spitted gum in his hand. She’s definitely upset, more so because that reassuring hand she held turns out to be other people’s dustbin. She flips on the TV where Marriage Scheme is being shown and mutters contemplatively that the ultimate romantic gesture is to win the heart of the lover’s family. Which is exactly what HMS is doing? Grandma is pretty much won over by HMS- from his good looks to his considerateness and sweet mouth. And HSS is a goner too – judging from her bashful smile and stolen glances. Meanwhile, LTR is doing some homework of her own. She reads about Coach family background right up to his ideal woman – a glamorous woman. Just then, the doorbell rings. It’s Coach and he’s here to own up about receiving her uncle’s money. Anyway, he’s here to plead his brother’s case and begs her not to sack him. And LTR learns about her devious uncle’s manipulations.

HMS successfully charms the socks of grandma, so much so that even HSS couldn’t help but be impressed. HSS asks for his bank account number but he’s changed his mind. He doesn’t feel right accepting money for grandma’s kindness. And he advises her to drop the fake husband-to-be nonsense. Grandma obviously cares a lot for her and she shouldn’t be repaying her with lies. He pinches her cheek lightly and leaves. A smitten HSS gripes that he shouldn’t have touched her so and wonders if he might really end up as grandma’s grandson-in-law.

HMS finds Coach who’s now working at roadside stall, both missing each other terribly. Coach tells him how LTR has forgiven him for accepting the money. Now all HMS has to do is to stay by her side and hug her when the Sun Clock is restored. But HMS is having doubts. Learning that she’s adopted has strengthened his resolve to protect her, especially since he’s the only person she trusts. Coach mocks his heroic instincts. HMS explains that he feels uneasy leaving her like this. Even if he successfully returns to his 14 year old self, he would not feel happy. He will worry over her and his heart will be all over the place like pop corns. It finally occurred to coach to ask where HMS slept the previous night. HMS informs him he slept at LTR’s but them only held hands. Coach declares ominously that hand holding is the beginning and end between a man and a woman. A semi-drunk HMS smiles affectionately at the image of LTR in his drink.

Morning. LTR puts on a necklace with a moon-shaped pendant and recalls her missing sun-shaped necklace.

Then she confronts her uncle, returning the money Coach took. And she’s confident that she would not lose HMS to him over money. One CSJ is enough.

HMS calls her and they meet up at the park. HMS apologizes and thanks her for his brother’s matter and she realizes that this was the betrayal he was referring to previously. She also felt that his attitude to HSS was out of the ordinary and wonders if it’s related to money as well. HMS admits he was just carrying out managerial duties in order to clear his debt and return to her side. Relieved, she assures him that their friendship is strong enough to withstand money problems. LTR brings him to a car showroom. She wants to buy him a car. HMS is affronted. LTR chides his melodramatic defense of his bruised pride. She’s just buying it for him as a friend. HMS is not satisfied.

She’s not mad, believing that it’s better to solve any misunderstandings between friends. And the second principle of friendship dictates that he shouldn’t refuse a friend’s earnest heart. He shouldn’t feel burdened by the gift and just accept her well intentions. Defeated, he asks her to teach him how to drive. LTR is surprised since she’s seen his driving license. He admits sheepishly that he’s never driven before. And thus begins HMS’s first driving lesson under the LTR’s tutelage. Ominously, the Sun clock turns again.

Meanwhile, VP is impressed with CSJ who had predicted LTR would come to him with the money. She’s got no one trustworthy by her side so she’d definitely protect HMS. VP implies that LTR seems to cherish HMS a lot – she turns all serious when speaking of him. CSJ, still delusional, insists that it’s just normal LTR. Paul informs LTR and HMS that the Sun clock is slowly showing signs of recovery. The fact that it moved means that some unknown power is restoring it naturally. As long as there is no human intervention, complete restoration is imminent. And all the changes that came with it, will also be restored. LTR is delighted but HMS looks a little conflicted. He excuses himself to the washroom. Alone, Paul asks LTR if she’s over CSJ. LTR assures him she’s fine, thanks to HMS.

In the washroom, HMS starts worrying about the restoration of the Sun clock. He really wants to remain as HMS. In fact, as long as he doesn’t hug her before the clock, he wouldn’t revert back to his 14 year old self, right? He worries intensifies when he notices that his mustache is not coming out as usual and thinks that he’s getting less muscular as well. If the clock is fully restored, would he revert back to his old self at once?!!

Meanwhile, the despicable CSJ has taken to blackmailing NHS next in his delusional operation get-back-LTR. He implies that NHS has a hand in his break-up with LTR. But when NHS tries to explain, he cuts straight to the point – HMS.

HMS rejoins LTR asking tentatively if the clock needs to be repaired right away. He’s uneasy of the changes it might bring. LTR assures him nothing will change – she would not let him be kicked out from the museum. Somewhat reassured, he agrees to her suggestion to clock out early from work and get a bite, in order to “culture” their friendship. Hah. As she turns, her necklace falls with a loud clunk to the floor. HMS picks it up and inquires about it. The necklace is a gift from her grandpa – a talisman for her to meet her Mr. Right.
TR: He says fate has legs. Even if he is far away, if they are fated to be, he’d find a way to her side no matter what.

HMS remarks that the pendant looks familiar. LTR explains that the pendant is designed based on the Sun Clock. The Sun symbol on the clock jogs his memory of that other pendant he picked up and he takes off immediately in search of it.

Mum is going through GED’s stuff, worried sick over his whereabouts when HMS calls out to her. He claims he’s here on behalf of the Coach to get something GED is keeping. Then he tears off the button on his suit and request that she helps him sew it back. While she’s distracted, he rummages stealthily through the traditional hanbok he was wearing on the day he picked up the pendant and finds it! HMS is not the only one with a hidden agenda. Mum is trying to figure out how to examine his shoulder. The button all done, mum now insists that all the buttons on his shirt needs to be re-sewn. She practically tries to rip the shirt off him which is how dad finds them.

Only in dad eyes, HMS appears to be the devilish perpetrator making a move on his wife. The spell is broken when HMS calls him dad, which sounds insulting to dad. Because it implies he’s much younger. Mum shields HMS from dad’s wrath and HMS barely manage to escape. At least, he got what he’s here for! He recalls the moment he hugs LTR and wonders about this real fate thingy.

HMS finds CSJ waiting for him outside LTR’s place. CSJ punches him without a word and he almost retaliates, only stopped by the pendant in his hand. CSJ is pissed with HMS for forcing LTR to confront her uncle face to face because of him. And so he presents his twisted arguments again. He’s been making LTR suffer because he wants to prevent VP from dealing with her directly. He wants to prevent VP from cruelly stamping on all her weaknesses. HMS tells him to stop VP then. CSJ continues his crazed talk. The restoration of the Sun Clock needs to be stopped. And he expects HMS to do it. Only then will LTR be spared from VP’s wrath. Oh for heaven’s sake, why is VP so bloody scary? Then again, this might be right up HMS’s alley since he’s been having doubts over the restoration as well, though for completely different reasons. I see him wavering and this is a potentially bad move.

Particularly since CSJ also has NHS badmouthing HMS in front of LTR, claiming he’s her uncle’s spy what with the timing of his appearance in her life and all. Jeez, don’t you guys have anything new to add? Though if HMS is really tempted by CSJ’s suggestion… Anyway, it’s all within his plans. NHS continues to convince LTR that HMS is just biding his time. As soon as she announces that the restoration of the clock is complete, he would sabotage it, thus resulting in her being kicked out of the museum for good.

Meanwhile, HMS spends a sleepless night considering the matter. Coach finally asks what’s bothering him. HMS confesses that the Sun clock is going to be restored soon but he has to destroy it. Coach is flabbergasted – that would mean him destroying his own life. HMS actually bought that crap CSJ was preaching. He believes he’s helping LTR. Coach wonders if he’s just using LTR as an excuse. Is he reluctant to return to his 14 year old life now that he’s “spend the night” with LTR?

HMS shows him the Sun pendant necklace, which belongs to LTR, something that came into his possession before his change. He further explains how it’s a talisman to find true fate. Coach looks at him suspiciously, asking if he considers LTR his destiny. HMS seems to be in a trance and coach worriedly tells him to snap out of it. It’s just a plain accessory not some love bridge between him and LTR. But HMS is past listening. He grabs the pendant and runs off. Coach is delayed in chasing after him since he’s still in his boxers.

Meanwhile, LTR is driving to work, unable to ignore NHS’s warning completely, especially when coupled with HMS’s strange questioning about the timing of the restoration.

On the other hand, HMS has already reached the museum. He walks purposefully towards the Clock exhibition room, hesitating for a moment at the door, before letting himself inside. CSJ’s words and Coach’s words occupies his thoughts and he approaches the Clock. LTR is right behind him and calls out his name. HMS hides the pendant behind his back. She walks to him and both pendants and the clock begin to glow as they stare at each other.

Ohh dear lord! Don’t do it HMS! My mind was saying that but, I don’t think that he can do it, he’s just protecting LTR, for the sake of LTR’s protection HMS can do anything, but, the sundial is the thing that can protect him and LTR don’t you think? For this time, the sundial move, and I think the time that HMS is expecting is nearly coming. Aww, he can’t protect LTR anymore, ottoke?

And what’s with VP? He’s scaring all of his people, getting rid of HMS, destroying the sundial? I don’t think so. Get over with it VP, HMS is not that kind of guy; he will protect LTR and the sundial too.

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