I just freaking love the last 5 minutes of episode 7 so much! SY has done the thing I wanted her to do for such a long time and after realising what a double-faced jerk JW was, she told him all the things he needed to hear. SY might be timid and kind-hearted most of the time but when she gathers her courage ishe is really something, just like MS has said several time. I think he sensed her inner strength under the glasses, low self-esteem and social awkwardness and it was one of the many things which has drawn him to her. But JW has never noticed because he never bothered to look. My heart was aching for MS who could only helplessly listen while SY had to go through all the pain from which he so desperately tried to protect and spare her. He can feel her pain like it was his own, he feels anger at the man who did this to her. It’s so symbolic that he witnessed her fall and then runs from all his might to catch her before she hits the ground like her very own knight in shining armor white jacket he is.
Oh, you tormented, awesome, beautiful and imperfect, JW! My heart cries for you! That memory from his childhood! I hate his father so much! NO wonder he has such trouble trusting anyone - if it had happened to me I’d be in a far worse condition than him. Normally, I don’t even feel sorry for second male leads in Kdramaland (unless, it’s someone epic like Moon Jae Shin or Tahwan), however, like the rest of the show, JW defies the usual rules and expectations of kdrama clichés. He is complex, well-acted(Lee Soo Hyuk, what a revelation for me ), and even if not downright likeable he is very human, with strengths and flaws which make him someone who is very easy to empthize with. If he were the main lead and MS weren’t so winning and adorable and awesomely functional with SY I would have shipped him with her.
I think that whole shoe accident and what followed was the his first, truly genuine interaction with SY. It was warm, friendly and it made him really happy. In that moment, he didn’t think of her being a means to an end, he didn’t pretend interest to gain anything; he smiled so sincerely and warmly because he liked it and it was apparent that he was loathe to end it. I love how cute he was when he saw that mud-like congee that SY prepared for him. I think if he would have given up his ambitions and grudge in that moment he would have had a huge chance to win SY and be happy with her.
Because until the moment when he shattered the last of SY’s illusions and his chances with her (THAT EXPRESSION ON JW’S FACE WHEN HE OPENS THE DOOR!!! It’s like something shattered inside him, like something clutched his heart! LSH is absolutely INCREDIBLE IN THAT SCENE! AND THE ABS!), he had a huge advantage against MS - he had her. He had her affection, her admiration and her loyalty but in one moment he has lost it all because he couldn’t overcome his father complex - he’s lost his one shot at salvation, at peace, at happiness. He made a mistake that will probably haunt him for the rest of his life and deep down he already feels that he lost something he didn’t even know he had until it’s gone. That shot at him so alone and desolated, in that cold, modern, impersonal flat looking at the reminders of the warmth and happiness SY brought him so briefly broke my heart (on a second thought, isn’t it the fate of all kdrama second male leads to watch the food the heroine brought him/cooked for him and cry?
By the way, am I the only what who thought that he will cherish that shoe that SY cleaned for him like the most precious thing he owns? It would be so symbolic - something he was ready to throw way/ use now becoming so important to him.) His whole life JW has wanted to prove himself to his father but during his visit to his mother I’ve suddenly realised that he resembles her more than in looks - he has her kindness! I wish that he would realise that he is nothing like his father and would live for himself and the ones he loves and not waste his life trying to be loved by a monster who can’t love anyone but himself in his own vanity.