Everyone has a past they want to remember and a past they want to forget.
Things We Want To Forget
No matter how lucky you are in life, there will always this one moment in our lives we hate so much we want to erase it.
The Civil Court Department 44 is handling an unusual case of a public figure insisting a photo of him during his college days be taken down. At first, it might look like he was trying to hide something but it turned out he wanted to protect someone from the things he couldn’t change and he couldn’t even forget. His story was used to make our main characters think about their own imperfect pasts.
Even the seemingly bubbly Park Cha O Reum (Go Ara) wanted to keep parts of her past to herself. She seemed to be blunt about things she believed in but it’s not easy for her to open up to another person. Although she considers Im Ba-reun (Infinite L/Kim Myung-soo) a good colleague, she couldn’t just spill out all her secrets to him.
Things We Want To Remember
Brief encounters we want to remember forever are part of the same memories we wanted to forget. The first time Ba-reun saw O Reum was etched on his memory. They weren’t even in a relationship; just a collection of awkward smiles and small talks. But Ba-reun knew what he felt back then was sincere.
When Secretary Lee Do-yeon (Lee Elijah) brought up the subject of Ba-reun’s past affection during their drinking session, I kind of agree on her point. How could someone declare they like someone if they don’t really know them well. It made me wonder if we want to know a person well because we like them or we like them because we want to know them better (does this even make sense? lol). I think I still can defend Ba-reun on this one. He knew it wasn’t love. It was a crush during his puberty days. But no one else has the right to question whether it was real or not. He was the only one who knew what he really felt. The same goes for everyone. No one has the right to invalidate what you feel. It is your feelings after all.
Things We Regret
There are words we wish we said and wish we didn’t. I’m not yet sure whether Ba-reun will regret the moment he confessed his feelings to his workmate (this is why I hate office romance in real life but love it in fiction tho). I’m sure O Reum would not try to avoid Ba-reun. It was the latter I’m worried. He might be uncomfortable seeing the girl who rejected him every day and every minute of his working hours. They even develop an after-work drinking session with their neighbor Judge Jung Bo-wang (Ryu Deok-hwan).
Am I the only who love how simple that confession was? It was like something that would happen in real life. Ba-reun was so honest in that moment. It wasn’t out of character. He was still calm and collected even when O Reum was trying her best to reject him properly. She clearly explained she doesn’t have the time to prioritize her heart because of everything happening in her life. This just makes me excited to see them together now because it wouldn’t be an instant love. Don’t get me wrong I don’t hate those love-at-first-sight moments. I just prefer stories where people take their time to get to know each other better and let time change their relationship.
Maknae’s Episode Verdict
This is one refreshing episode. They took a break from dealing with big outside issues and decided to address their inner turmoils. I like how they use the congressman’s case to tell the main character’s backstories. The gravity of the issues they previously handled made me somehow forget about my interest in O Reum’s past. It is good to know they won’t bombard us too much with their hard-hitting arguments on society issues. This series really know how to balance things up.
– Afterall, he is a human being too (lol).
– When my oppa is beautiful than a rose:
– This episode is filled with lines we need to remember:
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