Welcome to dead guy angst central, feel free to park your sanity gut-check and critical analysis at the door and just go with the flow. I promise Who Are You won’t drink your tears for breakfast, but it might have some for a midnight snack. How the heck does Kim Jae Wook play a character who in the present time line has one expression (sad longing) and make it feel so alive is the miracle that is good acting. Contrast that to bad actors in many a drama (who shall remained unnamed) who are required to show many expressions and end up with one that feels so dead. Taecyeon’s Gun Woo isn’t that type of acting here, he doesn’t look one-expressed and actually runs through a nice range of emotions and presentations. The problem is that Kim Jae Wook is so nuanced as to split a hair, while Taecyeon is as subtle as an elephant drinking tea at Harrods. Episode 8 swung this drama over the fence for me and I’m officially rabid for it. MOAR, GIMME MOAR! Writer Moon Ji Young, who did I Love Lee Tae Ri, is doing an increasingly competent job of doing more with not a lot. The entire mystery surrounding Hyun Joon’s death and Si On’s accident that night and her coma isn’t all that interesting.
Clearly it was a police bust undermined by internal corruption and Hyun Joon and Si On were the collateral damage. Or maybe they were the intended target and the entire bust was to take them out, it matters not because as police procedurals go this one is constructed like a kid using popsicle sticks. But WAY isn’t about the police stuff, unlike Cruel City, and is instead all about the bittersweet fact of life that people die and the living must move on. The writer dovetails the two so that if a deceased has an unfinished matter or an injustice to overturn, then Si On’s role is to make it happen. It’s needn’t be overly complex and the writer has smartly gotten better at the ghost stories, though it appears to be taking a break since the only ghost in the last two episodes have been Hyun Joon only. I love even more how the writer didn’t present the love story past of Si On and Hyun Joon linearly like we are idiots and need to see them all in love in order to emotionally connect with the present then they are divided by death. The measured reveals of their relationship is an even more effective way to make us torn between wanting Si On to find happiness again and then wanting to bawl our eyes out that it can’t be with Hyun Joon. *sniffles* This drama hurts so good.
You know, having Gun Woo around is like having a human Golden Retriever (with extra large ears). He’s comforting to have around, and is useful in bailing out Si On in a pinch, because she is one terrible police woman. But of course, when Si On looks at him with the “what am I going to do with this?” expression, it’s hard to imagine them tumbling into love (yet). But a Golden is perfect for healing and cuddling with.
I’m relieved the dead boyfriend mystery is starting to bubble to the surface for Si On. She finds the file about the death of decorated police officer Lee Hyun Joon, and then sees a picture of him receiving an police award and realizes her hot ghost apparition is dead former cop Hyun Joon. She goes to his last known address and looks in the window and sees a slew of awards and a cute little blond girl doll.
She tracks her boss Detective Choi and starts to suspect him in the death of Hyun Joon, but the slippery sneak has a sob story about how Hyun Joon was the mole and knocked him out before the whole she-bang went down so he totally was not the baddie who gunned down Hyun Joon. Riiiiight. This is terrible, he actually pins his misdeeds on a DEAD GUY. Grrrr.
Si On goes back to Hyun Joon’s house and sits outside, while he looks at her from inside the yard. Poor babies.
Gun Woo takes Si On out to get her mind off all this ghostly and mystery stuff. They head to the movies and once they go inside, we see poor Hyun Joon all distraught looking on as his still living girlfriend who doesn’t remember him or their shared past goes on a date with another man. Cut to flashback to adorable movie date scene, when he teases her that her smile is ugly therefore she is only allow to smile in private……in front of him.
Gun Woo, who really is quite a solid dude and a very considerate partner, drops Si On home. She goes in and notices a little boy doll on her TV.
Turns out to be his-and-her dolls when she and Hyun Joon were dating. He leans in for a kiss, teasing that she clearly wants to kiss since she placed the dolls kissing. Can I get a “awwwww…”
She left her phone in Gun Woo’s car and he turns around and goes back to return it to her. He teases about wanting a payment for all the effort he put in to return the phone and she one-ups him and asks if he wants a kiss from her. He’s all flustered and turns around to leave…… And then he calls her on her bluff and finally acts on his growing feelings for her by turning back and pulling her in for a kiss. The kiss is short and they pull apart, with Si On looking shocked and perturbed but she doesn’t push him away, so he leans in slowly this time and pulls her in for another kiss.
The camera pulls back and we see Hyun Joon standing a few feet away staring at the kiss. His eyes are red-rimmed, and then he averts his face because he can’t endure watching it anymore. If ghosts had guts, this ghostly spectre of male perfection just got his innards ripped out. Proverbially speaking, of course. And in case your heart wasn’t also stomped on already, let’s review it all once more below.