Here we recap and discuss episode 18 of Fashion King. Caution, spoilers below. Don’t read if you don’t want to know what happens.
Ga Young, for some reason, is still surprised to find out that Young Gul is incredibly vindictive. He tells her to not pay attention to stuff like that and they can just sit there and talk pleasantly. Suddenly, Ga Young is in no mood for drinks and just stares sadly at Young Gul while he watches soccer. She asks him if she can leave, but Young Gul ignores her. She then stands up to leave, but Young Gul grabs her and pulls her back down to the couch and goes back to enjoying his soccer. Okay, he might have officially joined Jae Hyuk’s level of douchery.
Meanwhile, Jae Hyuk is watching a movie in his own apartment. I guess I gave him too much credit last time and he calls Ga Young to tell her not to do this to him. Back in Young Gul’s apartment, he’s fallen asleep, but Ga Young is just blankly staring ahead as she ponders what to do about the idiot beside her. She thinks back to their conversations, and eventually decides to leave. After she does, Young Gul wakes up and realizes maybe he messed up. Gee, ya think?
When Ga Young gets back to Bong Sook’s apartment, she thinks about one of the many times that she was about to leave, but was stopped by Young Gul. While crying, she texts him that she came back so that Bong Sook wouldn’t worry and that she’ll see him tomorrow. She then listens to her voicemail and hears Jae Hyuk’s plea, causing her to feel more guilty.
The next day, Young Gul takes Anna to the office that Il Gook found for her. Young Gul says that she looks like a different person here compared to the factory, causing Anna to joke that it feels like she’s kicking her out of the factory. Well, half-joke, I’m sure. Anna suggests they have a party to celebrate, but says that the only friend she has is Jae Hyuk. Young Gul tells her that it’s her party and she can do what she wants, and then walks away. Meanwhile, at the factory, Bong Sook and the other ahjummas are gossiping about Ga Young, who is trying hard not to listen to them as she sits literally behind them. When Young Gul and Anna show up at the factory, Ga Young greets them happily, but neither look pleased that she’s there. Young Gul then calls her into his office so they can talk alone.
As soon as they’re alone, Ga Young asks if she can live like she did before: staying in the factory and working on designs. When she tells him that she was probably happiest while she lived here, Young Gul gets mad and asks if she heard anything she told him yesterday. He wants her to just go back to his place and think about her upcoming fashion show. Ga Young says that she’s not comfortable there, and tells Young Gul that that she’s going to stay here whether he likes it or not. Anna then comes in and asks if Ga Young is really going to be working there. Young Gul is in no mood to talk and just tells her to not worry about it.
Meanwhile, Jae Hyuk is still trying to contact Ga Young, who declines to answer her phone when she sees him calling. He rips up her letter of resignation and storms out of his office. Rather than wait for his assistant, he has a serious case of road rage and drives himself over to Bong Sook’s apartment. She’s not there, of course, which only infuriates him more. Back at the office, Dad has found the torn up resignation letter, kind of annoyed that he apparently blew off their meeting. He’s not happy at Jae Hyuk’s assistant either since he doesn’t know where Jae Hyuk went. Dad suspects that it’s because of Ga Young, and gets even more pissed off that Mr. assistant here allowed Jae Hyuk to buy the diamond necklace and car on the company dime, even going so far as to start kicking him. Before walking out, he tells Jae Hyuk’s assistant that he needs to use his experience to keep someone as young as Jae Hyuk in line.
As Young Gul and Anna are out to lunch, they bump into Jae Hyuk’s dad. Though he’s not pleased about it, Young Gul lets Anna formally introduce them to each other. They have lunch together and Jae Hyuk’s dad proposes a partnership with Young Gul. Surprisingly, Young Gul actually seems to agree to it. Afterwards, Anna asks Young Gul if he purposely took her to that restaurant because he knew that Jae Hyuk’s dad would be there. She also asks him if he’s planning to sell GG to J Fashion, but Young Gul says he just said that to be polite. Anna then asks why Ga Young quit and reminds him that she already said that she’s not going to work with her. Young Gul immediately turns to Il Gook and tells him to cancel the contract on the office since Anna says she’s not going to work there anymore.
When Bong Sook gets back home, she’s surprised to see Jae Hyuk sitting in his car outside her apartment. Meanwhile, at the factory, Ga Young is busy cleaning up. As she lies down in bed, she smiles as she thinks about her first night there when Young Gul accidentally sat on her. The smile disappears though when she thinks of her last conversation with him. Bong Sook then gives her a call to ask what’s up, right as there’s loud banging on the door. Of course, it’s Jae Hyuk still being a creeper. Ga Young is reluctant to let him in, but eventually does so.
He asks her if she was hiding out in here and why she wasn’t answering her phone. Ga Young tells him that she was just busy, which he doesn’t buy for a second. Jae Hyuk asks her again why she came back to this place after resigning, and Ga Young reiterates that it’s something that she decided on her own and not something that Young Gul told her to do. He’s not in any mood to listen and tries to forcibly kiss her. Yeah, okay he overtook Young Gul again for biggest douchebag. However, he does have a semblance of dignity left and stops, asking her to rethink her decision and what she’s doing to him.
Of course, right as Jae Hyuk gets outside, who does he bump into but Young Gul. For once, the two don’t exchange angry words and just walk by each other silently. Young Gul does notice the downcast look on Jae Hyuk’s face and smirks at him. He goes inside and happily brings out the dinner that he bought for himself and Ga Young, even breaking apart her chopsticks for her. Eventually, he does ask about Jae Hyuk and Ga Young tells him that Jae Hyuk wants her to come back. Young Gul, surprisingly, doesn’t make a big deal about it and says that he’s planning on staying in the factory with her. Ga Young is surprised that he actually called Il Gook to bring him another bed and blanket, causing Young Gul to joke if he should share her cot.
Lo and behold, that’s exactly what they do. Ga Young complains that it’s narrow and uncomfortable, but Young Gul says that he’s fine. Yeah I’d be fine too sharing a bed with Shin Se Kyung. She tells him that he should just go back to his apartment, but Young Gul doesn’t want to leave her alone like this. Since she knows she won’t win this argument, Ga Young eventually gives in and says that she’ll go back to his place. Young Gul calls Il Gook to cancel bringing the bed, but Il Gook shows up right then with it in hand. Hah.
The next day, Dad grills Jae Hyuk on the relationship between Young Gul and Anna. He’s not happy that Young Gul seems to know everything about Jae Hyuk, while Jae Hyuk knows nothing about him. He then mentions meeting with Young Gul at the restaurant and asks Jae Hyuk what he thinks Young Gul is up to. When Jae Hyuk is just dismissive of Young Gul, Dad scolds him saying that he’s completely underestimating him. In his opinion, Young Gul isn’t someone that Jae Hyuk can deal with and tells him once again to somehow arrange a meeting with Young Gul for him.
Meanwhile, Young Gul is meeting with some people telling him that J Fashion has fallen for their bait and is about to buy one of their companies in Europe. Back at the factory, Chil Book shows up with a shoe designs and shows them off to Ga Young to get her opinion. She admits that she’s not good with shoes and that he should just wait for Young Gul to come back. Chil Book then asks him if she knows what Young Gul’s been up to since everyone’s been saying he’s acting weird lately.
Apparently, Young Gul did accept Jae Hyuk’s invitation and he’s meeting with the whole family. Mom immediately asks him about his relationship with Ga Young, which immediately makes things awkward. Dad says that it’s not their concern and immediately proposes that they partner together. However, mom’s not done and asks why they brought him in after he’s taking both of Jae Hyuk’s women away. Hah. She yells at her husband for not only dealing with Jae Hyuk, who’s incompetent with women, but also Young Gul who took in both the women that Jae Hyuk dealt with.
After the meeting, Jae Hyuk asks Young Gul how he could turn down a partnership with his dad, but Young Gul says that the offer was just too low. Jae Hyuk snaps and asks Young Gul what his endgame is, but Young Gul doesn’t take the bait and calmly says to watch out since they’re being watched by the CCTV. Jae Hyuk, knows he’s been beaten and can’t focus even as he goes to work. His assistant is trying to brief him, but Jae Hyuk isn’t listening. He then starts talking about all the stuff that Ga Young’s been doing lately and recommends that she be fired. Yeah, pretty sure she quit already guy. Anna then gives Jae Hyuk a call, but he doesn’t want to answer and hands it off to his assistant to answer. Apparently, she actually is inviting him to this office opening party she’s throwing.
Over at Madam Jo’s boutique, she’s being told that her minions still can’t find any dirt on Young Gul. Her attorney advises her that it’ll be better for her to just settle outside of court rather than go through with the lawsuit. Before she can say anything, though, she gets a call from Anna.
Back at the factory, Bong Sook asks if she’s invited to the opening party for the office, and Anna says that they can come if they want, but they have to have formal attire. Bong Sook takes this as a personally challenge and tells the other ahjummas to come by later and she’ll have clothes waiting for them. Meanwhile, Ga Young is preparing for the party, even though she doesn’t want to go. For some reason, Young Gul has a bunch of women’s clothes in his closet and lets her try them on. She eventually decides to go with a little black dress, which I actually thought was one of the least attractive ones. As Ga Young’s looking at herself in the mirror, Young Gul finally decides to give her the necklace. He asks her if she remembers now, but Ga Young has no idea what he’s talking about. When Ga Young says she doesn’t want to wear it because it doesn’t match the dress, Young Gul pouts and says he’ll wait for her in the car. When Ga Young is taking the elevator down, of course she runs into Jae Hyuk. He says nothing to her and just goes up to his apartment to indulge in his favorite pastime: getting wasted.
At Anna’s party, she’s going around being the gracious host. It looks like she’s invited most of the design team, along with Madam Jo, Jung Ah, and Director Kim. Bong Sook and the other ahjummas also show up while wearing way too much makeup. Of course, Madam Jo isn’t happy to see Ga Young and Young Gul arrive, and even less so when Ga Young purposely sticks her arm under Young Gul’s. Anna, however, grabs Young Gul away, saying that someone wants to meet him. After he leaves, Madam Jo once again pretends to be nice and makes small talk with Ga Young. She tells her that she’s actually here to see her and they go aside to talk alone.
Madam Jo admits that Ga Young is entitled to the store and says that she’s willing to give her half of it after she dies. Ga Young, since she still doesn’t know about the suit, acts confused, and Madam Jo takes this to mean that she wants the whole store. She tries to play the sympathy card and says that all the fame that she’s built up must mean nothing to her.
At this point, Jae Hyuk shows up drunk off his ass. He immediately starts calling for Ga Young at the top of his lungs, right before passing out on the floor and cutting himself on some broken glass. Ga Young immediately goes to him and covers his wound with a handkerchief. Young Gul then shows up and tries to throw Jae Hyuk out himself. However, Jae Hyuk fights him and confesses to Ga Young that he loves her at the top of his lungs. Anna hears him as well, and presumably is not please because she mentions earlier that Jae Hyuk is always sincere when he apologizes or says he loves someone.
Another day, another terrible episode. It’s pretty much the same crap that we’ve dealt with all series, and even the one glimmer of hope I had for it last episode disappeared when Jae Hyuk apparently didn’t decide that Anna was the one for him and is still going after Ga Young. If you want to know what I think of this episode, just go back and read my other recaps since once again, nothing of actual substance happens in this episode. If you need me, I’ll be playing Diablo 3.