That Winter, The Wind Blows is so beautiful its like a Winter watercolor painting come to life. But for some reason it leaves me cold when I watch it. This is rather apropos for the title, but not good for making me addicted. A melodrama needs to hook my heart to care about its central conflict for it to work. Right now only my brain is entertained, enjoying the con that isn’t really a con and the various interplays of deceit and sincerity. Jo In Sung is acting suitably engrossing and Song Hye Kyo is bringing on the quality acting nuances, but neither get me right in the gut in caring about them. I think one big disconnect for me is the sense of deja vu, that I’ve seen this all before and quite recently at that. TWTWB is so much like Nice Guy in set up and structure I’m constantly reminded of it. We have the con man hero with ulterior motives in approaching the rich heiress, who has an abandonment complex and is angry and bitter at life with a death wish, we have the supportive best male friend, the annoying little sister like distraction, the gangster guy who poses a threat, and the male lead falling in love with the heroine despite his initial reasons for approaching her.
Yes, the details are different but with so many overarching similarities my interest in the story is decreased and I find myself watching for the pretty cinematography and the well-written dialogue. I think this drama leaves me cold the same way some viewers have said NG leaves them cold – it’s a bit clinical in its preposterous set up and leaps of logic execution. I’m not comparing which drama is better, only that TWTWB airing after NG makes it difficult for me to really get into it. The ratings are decent and it leads the Wed-Thurs pack, but it hasn’t hit the high teens the way NG did and I’m wondering if viewers in Korea feel the same sense of been there-done that? One thing that does stand out for me in TWTWB is the characters and interaction of the second leads Hee Sun and Jin Sung. Their relationship with each other and with Oh Soo is intriguing in how unpredictable it is to watch. I love how the two of them speak their minds to each other and to Oh Soo, and how complicated their feelings are towards each other. I find myself more excited to see where they are headed than the main OTP.
Episode 6 recap:
Oh Young asks Oh Soo for the pill, knowing full well what it is. Looks like she still has a raging death wish. He’s understandably upset and yells at her making a crazy request of him, especially since the pill is his. Ha, its like a game of who wants to die more.
Oh Soo storms out back to his own room and Oh Young comes by to ask him to sleep in the same bed with her again. He pretty much says “hell no!” and explains adults opposite sex siblings DO NOT sleep together in this society. She apologizes, explaining that the blindness has turned her into a self-centered person. She also sees him as the brother who left her at 8 and has a hard time understanding that he’s an adult man.
Moo Chul confirms that his minion is treating Jin Sung’s sister as a VIP and also giving her spending money. His boss comes by, the man who So Ra swindled money from and blamed it on Oh Soo, wanting to know why the Oh Soo situation hasn’t been resolved. He calls Moo Chul a bastard and Moo Chul says he’s taking care of it and then spits on him before walking away. The boss is physically restrained from beating up Moo Chul. Wow, this guy answers to nobody.
Oh Young opens her window to allow the wind chimes to lull her to sleep. Oh Soo hears it and goes over to close the window. Oh Young asks him to keep it open since she has chronic insomnia, otherwise he can sleep in bed with her. Oh Soo choses the latter and Oh Young revels in the victory. As she falls asleep, she hands him the new will that names him as sole heir if she dies without any conditions, but the kicker if that she wants to share the pill with him. It’s like killing two birds with one stone except Oh Soo is falling in love with the bird and can’t kill it. She then hugs him and says he smells really nice.
Morning arrives and a pissy Hee Sun storms into the house. Jin Sung does a double take when he sees her but can’t stop her before she barges into Oh Young’s room. Jin Sung, Secretary Wang, and Hee Sun stare at the tableau of Oh Young and Oh Soo chastely sleeping together. Jin Sung accidentally knocks a painting aside and sees a hidden safe behind it.
Jin Sung drags Hee Sun out while Secretary Wang wakes up Oh Soo. Outside, Jin Sung asks why Hee Sun is ruining everything now, when Oh Soo’s life is on the line and she doesn’t want him to die either. Hee Sun is pissed they are sleeping together so Jin Sung says he sleeps with his sister, too. Oh Young comes out and Hee Sun takes her away to have coffee.
Secretary Wang rages at Oh Soo for sleeping in the same bed as Oh Young and he rages back that Oh Young is in stunted growth since the day he left. She is still 6 and sees him as an 8 year old, plus Secretary Wang has kept her sheltered for so long that she doesn’t understand that she can’t sleep in the same bed as her brother. When Oh Soo brings up Young’s chronic insomnia and needing someone to keep her company, Secretary Wang one ups him and says the wedding with Myung Ho should be pushed up then.
Jin Sung tells Oh Soo that Hee Sun took Oh Young away and is about the reveal the truth to her about the con. Hee Sun and Oh Young sit down at a coffee shop and Hee Sun gets enraged when she learns that Oh Soo rode a motorcycle with Oh Young. She reveals her older sister died in a motorcycle accident and Oh Soo vowed never to ride one again, refusing to take Hee Sun no matter how many times she begged. Oh Young apologizes since she didn’t know about that.
Hee Sun tells Oh Young that there are two Oh Soos, which Oh Young already knows. Hee Sun doesn’t out Oh Soo as pretending to be Young’s brother, but she does tell her that her brother this current Oh Soo is a con man and swindler and he’s back in Young’s life because he needs a large sum of money.
Oh Soo and Jin Sung run to the coffee shop and Oh Soo pulls Hee Sun aside and slaps her. Jin Sung drags her out and asks loudly why she is telling these lies, is it because she’s jealous of Oh Young since Hee Sun likes Oh Soo?
Oh Young asks Oh Soo if what Hee Sun said is true? Oh Soo says no but Oh Young just walks out, clearly not believing him. She tells him that he can kill her anytime and all the money will be his, but he won’t get a dime from her when she’s still alive. The coffee shop folks see Moo Chul outside keeping tabs on Oh Soo and wonder if Oh Soo is a gangster? Oh Young’s friend texts Secretary Wang that Oh Young and Oh Soo had a falling out because Hee Sun claimed Oh Soo was back to get money from Oh Young.
Oh Soo follows Oh Young all the way home. She trips on a bike and he wants to help her but restrains himself. Moo Chul watches all of this from his car.
Oh Young gets dressed up to go on a date with Myung Ho, saying her brother wants her to get married before he leaves.
Oh Soo calls Hee Sun out to talk and she slaps him around a few times. She cries that she likes him and it hurts her to see Oh Soo so clearly falling for Oh Young. She doesn’t think she did anything wrong – she didn’t reveal he was pretending to be the brother, but did reveal he needed money and asked Oh Young to just give it to him. She doesn’t want to see him die. Oh Soo pulls Hee Sun in for a hug, while we see Jin Sung off to the side watching this.
Myung Ho drives Oh Young who asks to go see a movie and then grab a drink. He hands her the business card from Moo Chul saying this man knows how to contact the other Oh Soo. He asks her to pass it on to Secretary Wang.
Oh Soo stands outside the restaurant owned by Jin Sung’s parents. Mom walks out and tells him to come in and eat. Dad comes out and is annoyed to see Oh Soo since he’s the reason Dad sold the cows and now they are here working their backs off in Seoul. Mom shoos him in and calls Oh Soo son, saying that she worries about him.
Jin Sung comes back from making a delivery and ignores Oh Soo. When he comes out with another delivery, Oh Soo asks why Jin Sung is ignoring him and apologizes for slapping Hee Sun. Jin Sung says his life is on the line, the slap Hee Sun deserved. So should Oh Soo be apologizing about that or about hugging Hee Sun? Jin Sung says they are all just his lackeys so he ought to figure out how to keep on living rather than worried about them.
Oh Young drinks with Myung Ho and discuss the action movie they just watched. Myung Ho is texting and totally not into her at all. What a dickhead. After he goes to the bathroom, Oh Young calls Oh Soo and tells him that she is drunk now and he can come kill her because this is the perfect time. She tells him where she is at.
Jin Sung gets a call from Moo Chul once again recruiting him. Moo Chul reveals he gave Oh Soo a poison pill to off Oh Young and end the charade quickly. If Jin Sung stays with Oh Soo, he’ll become an accessory to murder. He also reveals that So Ra is onto Oh Soo and will destroy him this time for good.
Oh Young keeps trying to get Myung Ho to drink while he asks if she loves him because doesn’t just want to be the guy her dad picked for her. He leans in and steals a kiss which Oh Soo witnesses from outside the window.
Oh Soo walks in and takes Oh Young away. She thanks Myung Ho for the date and the kiss. Myung Ho takes Oh Young out to the car and Oh Soo sees his phone ringing on the table and answers it to hear a woman calling Myung Ho honey. She quickly hangs up when Oh Soo asks who she is?
On the drive home, Oh Young tells Oh Soo that she’ll unbuckle her seat belt and he can cause an accident to kill her. Oh Soo tries to tell her that Hee Sun lied but she gets out of the car. He follows her and yells that she is so easy to kill and he could have killed her many times ago if he wanted to, such as at the train station or at the lake. He’s right on that point.
Oh Young collapses on the ground and cries that she wants him to ask her to trust him. There is no one she can trust so she just wants to be able to trust him. He tells her to trust him.
Jin Sung storms to Oh Soo’s room and searches until he finds the poison pill. He walks out and sees Oh Soo coming home. Oh Soo carries Oh Young upstairs and puts her in bed, telling Secretary Wang to leave and he will tuck her in. Oh Soo wonders what the heck he is doing, a man who has no good reason to live lying his ass off to this little blind girl? He touches Oh Young’s hand and she’s not yet asleep and talks with him.
Later when she falls asleep, Oh Soo leans in as if to kiss her but stops himself at the last minute.
After Oh Soo goes back to his room, Jin Sung confronts him about the poison pill. Jin Sung has always unconditionally supported Oh Soo – when he left the orphanage and came to their home he was always getting into trouble and had to be bailed out at the police station, how he took their dad’s cow money and gambled it away – Jin Sung never castigated Oh Soo. But he draws the line on murder. He tells Oh Soo about the safe and how Hee Sun can crack it. Can they just break the safe and take the money and leave, that way neither Oh Soo or Oh Young needs to die? Oh Soo agrees to crack the safe.
Oh Young and Oh Soo watch a melodrama movie with him narrating for her what is happening. She’s especially keen on how the lovers look at each other. She shares her recent first kiss experience with Myung Ho and how it was totally lacking in meeting her expectations. They feed each other chocolate as they watch the movie.
The next day, Oh Young is driven to the parental meeting ceremony for her engagement to Myung Ho. She’s happy until Oh Soo calls that he won’t be going because an emergency came up. Oh Soo meets up with Jin Sung and Hee Sun and takes a bag to go crack the safe. He hurries back to the house and sneaks in past the maids.
At the parental meeting, Oh Young overhears Myung Ho’s parents refusing to attend. They castigate Myung Ho for doing something dishonorable, he already has a girl they all treat as family plus how could he marry a blind girl even if she’s filthy rich? They see Oh Young and know she’s overheard. Oh Young makes an excuse and leaves.
Oh Soo cracks open the safe after a few tries and finds gold bars inside and some documents. He closes it quickly when Oh Young returns home. Secretary Wang tucks Oh Young into bed and turns to see Oh Soo hiding behind the door. Neither say anything and just stare at each other. The con can’t be up that quickly?