Woke up a little later.. so I missed the first few minutes!! Sorry. 😦
Bong Soo and Dad are talking in the office. (I missed everything here and before, because I’d just rushed out of bed to start watching. XD From what I can tell, there was some talk before about how “that employee’s dad works here too”.. referring to Tae Gang. But then Na Ri tries to excuse it noting that Park Tae Gang is a star designer who’ll be leaving for America soon.)
In any case.. apparently it’s the latest boom lately to try to find out who Ji An’s baby daddy is.
Ji An walks in to her office and pulls something out of the fridge… but Tae Gang doesn’t approve, so he takes the drink out of her hand… saying that Ankle is precious, so he has to carefully check the expiration date for the milk carton first. She looks a little exasperated.
He goes to the couch and lays out a blanket. He goes to her seat and coaxes her over. She resists at first with a small whine.. but then allows herself to be led over. She lays down and pulls up the blankets.. and he impulsively gives her a peck on the cheek, surprising her. He walks out. She smiles and settles.
He goes back out and Na Ri calls him out.
He goes back in and leans over the couch. “Ankle’s mom.” She jerks awake, surprised. He apologizes, and says that the VP tells him he has to go to an event. She says, OK. He walks out.
Na Ri is driving with Tae Gang. She says he looks cool in those clothes. He says it looks good even on him.
Ji An gets a call. She says, yes, this is Hwang Ji An.
She sits at a cafe with a guy. The guy notes that he read the single mom article, and he was impressed by it, so he called. He tries to recruit her to his company. He tells her that they’ll provide support for her. They even have maternity leave, he notes as she reviews the papers. She bites back a little, what should I do? What should I do to work in such great circumstances? The guy asks about the designs for the season.. She accuses him of always being number two because they always just imitate somebody else.
He asks if she has the luxury to be saying such things right now.
He takes his leave. Ji An is left in her chair, stunned.
Later she sits in her car, still stunned, thinking back on his words. The president’s words. Na Ri’s words. She tells Ankle that she thought she’d be fine, but she’s so sad.
She calls her mom. She asks if her mom has anything to eat. Nobody’s around to help. Her mom asks if she’s crying, but she denies it and hangs up.
Na Ri calls after Tae Gang as he turns to leave, chasing him down as he’s walking down the stairs in anger. She notes that he was rude in front of everybody. But he’s annoyed of the lie that he’s the genius that is the primary for this collaboration. He says it’s all fake.
Ji An has a check-up with Eun Seong and she listens to Ankle’s heartbeat.
He tells her that she’s a mother, too, isn’t she. When she’s depressed when she’s comforted by the sound of her baby’s heartbeat.
He comes back in, offering her something. She looks at the box and sees pink shoes. She asks what it’s for. He asks, what could it be. Could it be a girl? she asks cautiously. He confirms. She smiles, noting that she was worried, not knowing how she would have raised a boy.
Bong Soo and Dad go for a drink at Chung Baek’s restaurant. Bong Soo asks about if Tae Gang gets married. Dad notes that would be great. Bong Soo asks, what about the VP. Dad says he shouldn’t dream, but Bong Soo says… Embrace the dream!
Dad imagines… coming out of a high class car, attended by people. He takes his sunglasses off, coolly.. then you hear, “Fatheeeeeeeeeeeeeer”. Out comes Na Ri, giggling like a schoolgirl as she runs out to greet him. They dance in a circle for a bit, gleefully.
But then Chung Baek comes by to tap him on the shoulder. A guy comes in, asking if he’s Park Kang Sook?
Ji An puts the pink shoes in her shoe closet next to the other children’s shoes. (It looks bigger than the others). Her doorbell rings, and in comes Tae Gang. He asks if she has ramen. What? she asks.
She goes to the kitchen, and starts preparing stuff… then he comes over and hugs her from behind, a hand on her belly. He says he wants to stay like this for just a minute. He notes that he thought being a father is kinda hectic. She says, of course, you thought it’d be easy? They’re starting from now. She notes that she’ll make something delicious for the two of them. He says, no, it’s OK. She wonders why. He rushes off, wide-eyed.
Dad is taken to an office.
Na Ri is talking on her phone… about a house? (I missed this part. Typing too much about Tae Gang in the kitchen XD)
He eats some ramen, deliciously. She tells him that she thinks Ankle is going to be a designer because even her heartbeat is “shoes shoes shoes shoes.”
Her doorbell rings, and she gets up to see who it is, followed by Tae Gang. It’s her parents. He gets ready to introduce himself to them, but she shoves him into the shoe closet instead. He falls in, and she shuts the door.
Her parents come in, bearing her food. As they unwrap the food.. her mom notices the bowl of ramen. As they all look at it, a phone rings. Ji An reaches over on the table and grabs her phone… but it’s not her phone that’s ringing. XD;
In the shoe room, his phone is ringing. He takes off the battery because it wouldn’t turn off. Her dad walks in the shoe room, having followed the sound, and sees him there surprised. He asks what he’s doing there. Mom comes after Dad.. then Ji An.
He says, Mother, Father.. He kneels down, then says that they had met at the company before. Then says, “Mother, Father, I’m Ankle’s Dad, Park Tae Gang.”
They kneel in front of Dad and Mom in the living room. His dad asks, this guy’s the father? Tae Gang tells him that he’ll be leaving for America. He starts to note that he’ll be going for a while to slowly become a father to Ankle. Her dad asks about his parents. He notes that he has a father. They ask what he does for a living. He says that his dad is a patterner.
Ji An slowly tells her dad that they’ll just be doing their roles as mother and father, she has no plans to marry him. Her dad looks like he’s about to have a heart attack, as he’s about to start yelling again.
Tae Gang walks out of the apartment, dejected.
She repeats to her dad she won’t be marrying him. He’ll be leaving for America soon.
At the storeroom, Tae Gang’s dad shows him some pictures of an apartment (house?). He gushes about how the VP is nice and cute.. it would be nice if Tae Gang married her.
Then he stops his dad and says.. Dad, you know the father to Manager Hwang’s child… What about it, he asks. Well you see… he raises a pillow up to hide his face behind it.
Outside in the VERY BUSY restaurant, you can still hear Tae Gang yelling in pain, as pots and pans clatter.
Dad is yelling at him, didn’t I tell you not to get somebody pregnant while you’re drunk? He’s supposed to go to America. How could something like this be good? Tae Gang notes that everyone says love is blind… he notes that he was able to see with his own eyes what it is that he should do. He says that if it hadn’t been for him, he wouldn’t bring such troubles to his dad. He says he won’t let his own child feel that way. He wants to make the child feel the happiness of having a mother and a father, that the child made their parents happy. His dad says, Is that so.. Do that then. He says he’ll definitely do that then.
Later, he sits in the dark (with just one lamp lighting up the room), and writes a list out on a notebook. Like making her eat some more pig’s feet before he leaves. He’ll do his best from now on.
At the office, he has left something on Na Ri’s desk with a note.
Ji An is walking through the hallway the next day, and runs across Bong Soo and Tae Gang’s dad. All 3 stop, and his dad tells her to please wear longer skirts and to wear a cardigan. She shouldn’t let herself be cold. Then he tells her to contact him if anything should happen (if she should need anything).
He hands her a note and walks away. Bong Soo wonders what he’s doing. Does he like Ji An? But they just continue walking.
She opens it up, and tilts her head in confusion. (She doesn’t know what that was all about) The two men enter the elevator.
Manager Ma tells the others that the VP will be in charge of the collaboration.
Snarky girl and guy minion gossip later about how she’ll be the poster model.
Na Ri walks in on them. They get up in surprise.
Tae Gang’s dad and Bong Soo are in the patterner office. They note that another unwed mother is being kicked off from work. Dad says that he had heard from Tae Gang.
Bong Soo’s eyes widen, accusing dad of knowing. Dad says, don’t say Tae Gang’s name anywhere! Bong Soo’s eyes widen some more, Tae Gang? Tae Gang is the father? So he’s planning to leave wife and kid and go to America for work?
WHY DON’T THE TWO OF THEM NOTICE THAT NA RI IS STANDING BY THE OPEN DOOR?
Na Ri takes his dad out to eat for lunch.
Later, in her office, Na Ri remembers how Tae Gang had lent her his shoes, hung out with her, danced at the party with her, responded Yes when she asked if he likes Ji An. She leans back in her chair, ready to cry.
Tae Gang leads Ji An in to an office (that I thought was Bong Soo’s.. since that’s where Tae Gang meets him all the time and does some shoe work.. must be an unused conference room?). He walks over and uncovers a chair.. with a pink cushion and a foot rest. Ta-dah~ She smiles, pleased. He tells her that she can take naps on it from now on. Nobody comes there. He tells her to try sitting. She’s still smiling as she sits. It’s nice. She can think about Ankle and sometimes even him in here.
He wonders if he should really go to America. She tells him that they’re prepared anyway. She notes that it’ll be better if he went over there. He says that if he does she’ll just dig her heels in and won’t let him be involved, right?
She notes that she wants to eat some pig’s feet. She leans back and notes that this is comfortable.
He gazes at her seriously, hovering a bit. She asks, what. He gently tells her that she’s not just some woman. She gave him a dream, a way to live. He won’t stray from the path anymore… just like her. He wanted to thank her for the first time.
She holds his hand.
He starts leaning over slowly… slowly.. she looks his way. He read in a book that skinship like this is good during pregnancy; it’s good for the baby, the book says… endorphins are released. Is that all true? He asks if they should test this out. She asks if the door is closed.
He leans over to kiss her. (But we never get to see it.)
Later she comes in to the team office, flustered. Guy minion calls out to her. Minion tells her that the VP is at her office. She walks straight past him, overly conscious. Tae Gang comes in to the team office after Ji An, smiling and merry afterwards. He wonders what’s up with him.
At her office, she wonders if Na Ri is there for the collaboration. Na Ri says she’s here to help her only this once. She asks who the baby daddy is, but Ji An remains silent. However, Na Ri is there to tell her that she knows Tae Gang is the dad, even if Ji An won’t tell her. That’s fine, she notes, but rumors will soon spread in the office. The office has noticed. She notes that if Park Tae Gang is found out to be the father, the win, the career, and even the training in America will be gone. She remains silent.
Na Ri notes that she thinks she’s the only one who knows. Ji An asks, is that so.
The world is the same as it was 20 years ago.. she asks Ji An to quit.
Ji An is taken aback.
Then they won’t have to fire Park Tae Gang or his dad. Na Ri gives her until the next day to think about it.
Eun Seong is at home. Somebody comes calling, carrying grocery bags.
The woman says that Park Tae Gang had sent her over, and asked that she show Eun Seong how to make pig’s feet. She wonders where he is, as she walks in looking for the kitchen.
Tae Gang is spending some time with an old lady in the hospital… who starts yelling at him and screaming. He gives her a lollipop and he’s able to help her then.
The woman goes into Eun Seong’s kitchen and unpacks groceries. She starts showing him how to make pig’s feet, while he takes notes.
Meanwhile, Tae Gang is washing clothes diligently.
Tae Gang sits in Eun Seong’s kitchen.. and has him taste the pig’s feet. He asks Tae Gang how it is. He tried to make it just like the lady from that place. He says he’s sorry, but it’s not quite right; the taste is only below halfway there.
Eun Seong tells him to make it then. There’s so much more that he needs to do. He’ll get used to it.. but Tae Gang notes that he won’t. Eun Seong lays out all the “Do nots” from here on.
Tae Gang has a request for him before he leaves for America.
At her office, Ji An looks over the offer letter from the rival company, sadly.
She walks out to the team office, Na Ri’s words echoing in her head… about if her relationship with Tae Gang gets found out. That Tae Gang stands to lose everything… even the recruitment. She asks if she could do that.
She shreds the offer letter, stone-faced.
Eun Seong is on the phone, asking where she is.
He comes over, bringing her the food at work. She asks if he really made it. He says yes. He notes that Tae Gang is leaving soon, isn’t he. She says yes. He tells her to come to the hospital, and bring the father. The baby daddy wants to greet the baby.
Tae Gang and Ji An go to see Dr. Yang at the hospital, who starts the ultrasound. He looks attentively at the screen, as Dr. Yang points out the parts of the fetus. The head. The body. The feet.
Tae Gang starts talking to the baby. “Is that you, Ankle? Don’t you look like me? Ankle, it’s your dad. Hello.”
[UPDATE +6HRS]: I just realized something that I didn’t note down earlier. The old lady in the hospital is the mother-in-law of the lady who makes the pork feet. Her store had been closed because her mother-in-law had gotten sick.. so I guess Tae Gang is watching her MiL and doing her work, while she goes and teaches Eun Seong how to make the pork feet. Extra cute!!