I Love Lee Tae-Ri ( I Love Italy) Episode 9

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)

It’s a pretty chaste and short kiss, after which LTR asks for HMS to stay. And HMS assures her he won’t leave and hugs a teary-eyed LTR. Whilst the new lovers embrace, the Sun Clock is still glowing rhythmically. The two of them walk hand-in-hand back to the 1st floor. HMS asks worriedly if the Clock has fully been restored. LTR happily informs him that it is, and offers to go check it out. HMS would rather not. He would rather focus on her now. He gives her an affectionate peck on the forehead which is witnessed by CSJ. Displeased but undeterred, he marches resolutely to them. He asks for a private chat with LTR who refuses to comply. Then he gets all worked up and grabs her arm roughly, demanding that she listens to what he has to say. It has to be today, the things that she needs to know. Is she not curious? Why he acted the way he did? Too bad for him, she reiterates that she’s not the least interested. She’s only interested in the now. A speechless CSJ watches them leave dejectedly.

HMS escorts her back home and wishes her a good night sleep. He kisses her hand lovingly, and calls her by her name. LTR smiles in pleasant surprise at his affectionate address and waves him off happily. HMS is hardly able to suppress his glee, thinking back to the kiss on his drive home. He suddenly thinks of something and makes a U-turn. Meanwhile, LTR is basking in the giddiness of her new found love, giggling to herself in bed. Her hand phone rings and it’s a text from HMS, who’s parked right outside her home.
MS: Have you slept?
TR: Not yet. Have you reached home?
MS: Yes. Why haven’t you slept?
TR: I don’t feel really sleepy today.
MS: I will be protecting you. So don’t worry and go to sleep. If we want to meet up earlier tomorrow, you’re going to have to sleep earlier tonight.
TR: OK, I will. In future, when we’re together, just call me Tae-ri.
MS: Sleep well, LTR ah…

LTR hangs up with a silly smile while HMS gives his hand phone a loud kiss.

The next morning, LTR takes extra care in her looks, even winking at her own reflection in her good mood. She steps out of the house, surprised to find HMS sleeping in the car. As he drives her to work, she’s concerned if he’s tired. He insists that he’s fine and blabbers about the nice weather and how good she looks, still struggling to call her by her name only. She agrees with him and suggests that they do something different for the day to commemorate the change in their relationship. LTR instructs him to turn right.

Meanwhile, the loser of the love triangle, CSJ fondly goes through old photos, love letters and mementos from his past relationship with LTR. He comes across a building plan drawing of some sort and comes to a decision. In the next scene, he tenders his resignation letter to VP. VP sighs heavily and tells CSJ not to feel too guilty. It’s always been beyond his ability to stop LTR and handle the construction of Time Park anyway. He only needed CSJ to antagonize LTR. CSJ declares he will not be part of VP’s schemes any longer but VP astutely guesses that LTR has totally abandoned him. VP mocks that without his help, CSJ can’t win her over. CSJ insists he can. Smiling derisively at his conviction, VP dismisses him : “See you again, CSJ-ah…” He’s confident CSJ will come crawling back to him.

Out of sight, in the privacy of his car, CSJ loosens his tie in frustration. He receives a call which informs him that HMS has another lady. The real HMS?!

HMS and LTR are enjoying their first date spooning each other ice-cream and take a photograph as remembrance. While LTR admires the photo, HMS glances speculatively at a small hand mirror with Minnie Mouse design. HMS is proving to be quite a ladies’ man – initiating the hand-holding, giving her gifts and uttering sweet nothings.
MS: It (the mirror) represents me…A mirror to prove how pretty and cute LTR-is. When you’re upset, think of it as me. That way, LTR would be the most blissful woman in the world.
Elsewhere, amidst snacks and empty soju bottles, Coach wakes up to find NHS sleeping at his side. What happened? Coach scrambles up acting like a ravished victim, waking NHS in the process. NHS freaks out, muttering that “she doesn’t know anything” repeatedly. Coach thinks that should be his line. A panicked NHS is almost in tears now, wailing that her life is ruined. A calmer Coach tries to make sense of the situation. He’s not the kind of person who’d devote his body to a woman without any emotional connection. He cannot recall anything and tries to ask the wailing NHS if she could. She just continues crying, wailing that her socks were removed.

In a press conference, LTR announces that the Sun Clock is restored and efforts are being made to preserve the national treasure. At the end of her announcement, she cheekily reflects the light at HMS using her mirror, blinding him for a moment. HMS directs a chiding look at her but Secretary Hong is looking rather warily at him. His hand phone rings – it’s Coach. Coach rushes over to check on him, surprised that he still hasn’t reverted back to GED. HMS admits that he didn’t do it. He thinks it’s the right thing to remain as who he is now. He wants to be LTR’s Polaris. A determined Coach runs to LTR’s room, ready to spill the beans on everything. HMS follows close behind, trying to stop him. Just as Coach is about to divulge his true identity – LTR suddenly declares that she knows! LTR explains that she knows that HMS is innocent and child-like and that Coach has suffered much trying to raise him well. She thanks him for his efforts yesterday and for attending her birthday party. A speechless Coach could only nod modestly at her praise. LTR plans to repay his kindness. She instructs Secretary Hong to find a suitable position for him at the museum, as befitting his status as an ex Asian Games Gold Medalist. Coach shakes her hand respectfully, all other thoughts escaping his mind for the moment.

A man is updating CSJ of the existence of a girl who’s very close to HMS. They’ve been an item since their University days and are no different from a husband and wife. She was looking for HMS at one point, but is currently missing as well. And she’s also acquainted with Coach. CSJ wants her found and instructs the guy to investigate further, and fast.

NHS is distracted at dance practice, disturbed by scary images of evil-laughing Coach. HSS calls for a halt impatiently and she explains that she’s been having strange hallucinations. The girls think she might be unwell due to extreme dieting and offers her a snack. HSS thinks that there is more to it –she didn’t come back to the hostel the night before, she’s late for practice and she smells of alcohol – is she dating? One of the girls suspects that it’s HMS who rescued her the other day from HSS. HSS asks menacingly if she’s dating HMS. Panicked, NHS inadvertently reveals that she’s not the one dating HMS.

LTR tells HMS he doesn’t have to drive her every day. HMS is more than willing – his brother told him that a man being his woman’s feet is the basic thing to do. LTR thinks that Coach is a nice person and the two brothers closely resemble each other. HMS agrees with her, somewhat uncomfortable with the lie. LTR feels that their parents should be so glad with two handsome and kind sons. At the mention of his parents, Min-so says regretfully that he’s caused much worry to them. LTR reassures him that his parents are sure to stand by him and support him. In his heart, HMS misses his mum.

In fact, he goes back to home right away, even admitting outright that he’s missed mum. He applies hand cream for her, claiming it’s a gift from GED. GED thinks mum’s hands are the gentlest and warmest in the world even though they’re rough. GED contacted Coach and revealed that he’s doing fine and wants her to cease worrying over him. He’s going through a special kind of experience that even money can’t buy. Mum couldn’t help worrying and asks if GED will come home. HMS assures her GED will be back and advices her to believe in her son. HMS hugs an inconsolable Mum and whispers “I love you”. Mum pulls back and looks at him questioningly. HMS quickly explains that it’s what GED wanted him to say as well.

Meanwhile, HSS is singing a sad love song, looking like she’s moping. She stops abruptly, unable to believe that HMS is dating LTR. That’s more like her. She wonders at her depressed feeling and the possibility that she’s fallen for HMS alarms her. Manager-nim shows up, uneasy at her sudden summon. She wants him to find out LTR’s schedule. She wants to ascertain something.

CSJ is busy drawing plans, still unsure what they are now.

Coach is fretting over his expensive suit and wonders at his luck. Why is he being tempted with money at every turn? Still, he couldn’t help anticipating his new job and the presumably large pay. Will he get a million a year? His thoughts are interrupted by the return of the subdued HMS.

Coach is surprised that HMS went home. HMS reveals that he told mum he will return soon and Coach berates him for not sharing his plan sooner. Then he wouldn’t have spent so much on the expensive suit for the new job. HMS wonders if mum would believe what’s happened to him. Or for that fact, would LTR? Coach catches his informal use of her name and muses that they’ve gotten much more intimate. Coach is uneasy with this development and suggests that he hugs LTR before the clock, but HMS refuses. Coach concedes that they may love each other very much but the problem remains that he’s lying to her. HMS’s solution? Make it real then. His current self is also him and he wants to stay at her side with this body. Coach sighs heavily as HMS’s hand phone beeps. It’s LTR texting that she misses him. Coach watches open-mouthed as HMS kisses her text in reply. LTR receives a text but it’s not from HMS. It’s that same application asking for your wishes. LTR switches off the phone without responding.

Mum happily applies the hand cream but thinking back to HMS’s words, she frowns in confusion. Those words sounded eerily like the way GED would phrase them.

At work, LTR is not satisfied with the proposals regarding promotion of the traditional experience project. She wants more innovative ideas.

Just then, CSJ shows up with an architecture model, which I assume is the one he’s been working on lately. It’s a design of a memorial hall for the Sun Clock, just like he once promised if she ever takes over the museum. LTR is wary of his ulterior motive but CSJ informs her he’s quitted the Group and gave up everything. Everything but this. LTR is not interested even as he reminds her that he’d promised to build her the memorial hall even though they’re separated. LTR doesn’t think much of his honor, due to his backstabbing tendency. CSJ insists that he’s doing this as much for her as for himself. After this, there are no longer unfulfilled promises between them. CSJ bumps into HMS on his way out and mocks that he’s looking mighty well recently. HMS boasts that he’s so blissfully well that time just flies. Unperturbed, CSJ tells him to enjoy himself while it lasts leaving HMS a little puzzled. As CSJ walks away, Secretary Hong beckons to him.

Secretary Hong asks about the nature of his relationship with LTR, to which he answers “ing”, meaning in the process. She warns him to step away if he intends to fools around but HMS replies that he’s serious. He’s confident of it and pledges to treat LTR well and not make her cry. Secretary Hong is not impressed with his child-like conviction. Instead, she wants him to make himself useful to LTR. She wants him to come up with something innovative for the traditional experience program. Anyway, HMS is more than eager to prove his worth.

LTR is on her way somewhere when she bumps into HMS. He addresses her formally and asks where she’s going. She hesitated a little before telling him she’s going out for a Curators’ meeting. He asks shyly to meet up after work at the museum, because he’s on duty today. Then, he kisses a surprised LTR on the cheek before moving away.

LTR is at a SPA for some facial treatment, allegedly good for youthful appearance. HSS slips into the room after the beautician left, teasing her for making the extra efforts in maintaining youth. Understandable since she got herself a younger man. LTR is surprised HSS knows her whereabouts. HSS admits to have checked her schedule since she wants to discuss something in secret with her – HMS. LTR explains maintaining good looks is a woman’s responsibility, it’s not for HMS.

So LTR asks her for the reason she’s picking a fight with her. HSS admits outright she likes HMS. LTR mocks that she’s finally got better taste in men now. Well, that is beside the point. HSS wants to break the nightmarish curse – all the men she likes are flocking to LTR’s side. CSJ knew LTR first so she’s got no argument with that. But HMS is hers – she wants to make him her man. LTR admires her confidence but thinks she’s got no case. HMS is her Polaris – unchanging 365 days in the year.

CSJ recalls the investigator’s words and calls up Coach.

Meanwhile, HMS is hard at work, still racking his brain to come up with a good proposal, which is how LTR finds him a moment later. She watches him quietly from afar until he finally notices her presence. He notes that she’s looking different – her face glows and her skin looks silky smooth. LTR is pleased her “efforts” are noticeable but explains that “Curators’ meeting” can make the skin glow. Sweet HMS also adds that she’s looking much younger too, at which LTR says that she’s going to attend the “meeting” regularly from now on.

HMS wants to finish his proposal first then he’ll send her home. LTR wants to discuss something with him. HSS?

Across town, CSJ finds Coach at the stall he works at. He chucks the soju aside and goes straight to the point. HMS used to have a woman right? A woman no different than a wife. Coach warns him to stay clear of his brother but that’s like telling a fish not to swim. CSJ is determined to get to the root of the matter. His brother must be pretty perverted to be involved with a woman like that. A money-minded elder brother and a womanizer younger brother – were their parents too busy with the horse stables to bring up them properly. Coach grabs his lapels in anger while a defiant CSJ stares right back..

LTR shows CSJ’s design to HMS, asking for an opinion on what she should do. HMS takes her hands and asks if she’s wavering. LTR replies that she’s not because she has HMS. In that case, HMS wants her to accept it, since it’s a gift for her. But before that, she must hand over CSJ to him, so he can make sure CSJ is not up to some hanky-panky. HMS surprises LTR by inviting her for coffee since she knows he’s not fond of it. However, HMS wants to try it now. Since they’ve already started dating, he wants to show that he’s changed a little too.
TR: Things uttered when drinking will disappear the next day just like the morning dew but the conversation over coffee will linger.

He buys an instant coffee, thinking that it’s no longer bitter to him. He finds the Sun pendant necklace in his pocket and it glows. Curiously, there’s some more light coming from the direction of the clock? LTR realizes that she’s forgotten to inform HMS she can’t take coffee with sugar at this hour. She wants to call him but her handphone shuts itself off. As she heads off to find HMS, her phone lights up again with the wish application. HMS is before the Sun Clock, thanking it for enabling the change. He’s very happy now just being LTR’s man. LTR finds him and approaches him slowly.


What did just happen? OMO. LTR back hugged HMS.. waa, how about the wish of the moon and the sun? how about the love story of LTR and HMS? Let’s see what’s going to happened next.

I really like this episode, start from the last episode the story is going to the straight line that I’m seeing, I mean, I’m starting to see the highlight, the ups and downs of the story. The drama is EVOLVING. Lool. It’s getting better and better. I hope that they’ll continue it.

Loving the NA HONG SIL and COACH’s love story. OMG. Next to LTR and HMS’s love story. Nice one writers, KEEP IT UP!

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