The above illustrated poster for Nice Guy came courtesy of the official KBS page for the drama. For a drama that is at times intense and grim, there is a certain amount of levity about it that this illustration captures and highlights why I love it so. Maru is at the head of the pack because his decisions have driven which direction this drama has gone down. He’s not terribly happy but he seems content, and then we look back and realize why. It’s because Eun Gi is following behind him, holding his hand in a very cute and bubbly way. It’s post-memory loss Eun Gi, but at the same time I glimpse original flavor Eun Gi who was always her most feminine when around Maru. Next comes Joon Ha being all gung ho, but it’s Jae Hee and Eun Seok that bring a big grin to my face. I wish we got more Eun Seok in the drama, because the child speaks truths that are undeniable and many a character would do well by acknowledging. Here he is copying his beloved Eun Gi noona’s body, hand, and leg pose as he follows behind his mom. Too cute! KBS has set the premiere date of November 21st for upcoming fantasy sageuk Jeon Woo Chi starring Cha Tae Hyun and UEE, which means its confirmed that NG will not get extended. Whew! On an aside, Baidu NG fans have been going atwitter today with a Sina news article where a reporter was analyzing NG and wrote that the drama was wrapping up its convoluted plot as it headed towards a happy ending. Of course its just speculation but that reporter makes a convincing case for it and provided all the nervous finger-biting NG fans in China a much needed source of hope and elation. LOL, I love how watching NG has turned us all into jittery wrecks, anxiously waiting for the other shoe to drop at anytime.
For those of you confused about recovered-memory Eun Gi’s seeming guilt towards her dead dad and her anger towards Maru, let me try to crack open her tough nut of a brain. Eun Gi has always felt ambivalent towards Maru – she was crazy in love with this random stranger in mere days, but her whip smart mind knew he was not right for her and likely bad news. Jae Hee warned her, Maru warned her, Joon Ha warned her, she tried to warn herself, but in the end she couldn’t help herself. She wanted to be with him. Even when she knew he was just using her, a part of her harbored the hope that Maru had developed genuine feelings for her during his manipulation of her to get close to Jae Hee.
At that beach, Eun Gi was trying to force Maru to acknowledge that he did have real feelings for her, and if he did, she wouldn’t care about why he pursued her and would be willing to be with him. But on that beach, Maru decided to stick a knife into her heart (for her sake) and lie that he never had feelings for her. What’s more hurtful for Eun Gi isn’t Maru’s intentions when he approached her, because he didn’t know her at that time so she was just a stranger to him. What broke her heart was seeing Maru destroy her heart now, even after she told him she didn’t care. She was too heartbroken to realize that Maru was lying for her sake, to get her away from him.
So when she learned that her father had collapsed, she headed back towards the beach. Was she heading back towards Maru? How could she? How could she have known he would have stayed on that beach the entire time? He could have left the beach right after she did, at which point she wouldn’t be able to find him. If she wanted to kill herself and take Maru with her, the best choice is to wait for him at his house, no? So where was she headed? Was she headed back to her family house, the one where she witnessed Jae Hee with Maru? It’s possible.
Until we see what happened from Eun Gi’s perspective, all we know is she turned around and drove back, for what ultimate purpose is still unclear. In that tunnel she came across Maru driving in the opposite direction, and at that moment she made a split second choice. It was not pre-meditated, either her suicide attempt or taking Maru with her. At that moment she was shattered and wanted release. So when her memories came back, she’s face with utter despair at seeing her father gone, Jae Hee running the company, and Maru beside her. The very same Maru who told her to bugger off because he never wanted her.
What is truth for Eun Gi? How does she discern truth in all the lies told to her. Post-memory loss Eun Gi is angry, and it’s a cold silent rage that is going to be frightening to behold. But in that anger its because she still has feelings for Maru, and Maru knows she has remembered hence every gesture on his part is sincere and selfless. He realizes it’s finally time for him to pay his penance to Eun Gi, and whatever she decides he’ll just accept willingly. Can these two break the vicious cycle between them? I know they can, because Lee Kyung Hee has also laid the foundation for that as well. We’ll just have to wait and see.