Just two more episodes left of Marry Him If You Dare (Mirae’s Choice) before this drama puts everyone out of their misery and releases me from any obligation to watch and recap its mind-numbing dreariness. This is a drama for the dead of Winter, when there is nary a green speck outside and the world is cold and dry and you feel like crap, because this drama keeps trying to make me feel like crap after I watch it. I believe the final mystery is out now in this episode, which leaves the final two episode left for resolution? I sure hope so, and the solution might be as simple as a time-travel conceit. Turns out future Mi Rae’s future will remain unchanged no matter what she does in the past to change Mi Rae and Kim Shin’s fate. It’s the time-travel idea of multiple timelines and multiple realities. Time being an infinite element, then with each change in the past a new timeline is created so that in this universe there are multiple versions of Mi Rae and Shin living their multiple fates.
But if Mi Rae and Shin fell in love in this present timeline despite Mi Rae’s disruption, are they truly destined to be with each other no matter what? I believe so, but it doesn’t appear that Se Joo and Yoo Kyung have a similar destiny since Se Joo has been thoroughly disrupted in this timeline. To the very end, future Mi Rae remains one of the most hateable side characters ever especially considering she’s supposed to be a good person. At least she took her confession train to the very end with Shin and admitted to him that he was a good man and she was not a good wife in the future so the entire purpose of this trip is not to prevent Mi Rae from marrying Shin but to prevent Shin from marrying Mi Rae. Ferrsakes, woman! You are such a piece of shit for coming back and lying through your teeth for the majority of the drama and breaking up Se Joo and Yoo Kyung and trying to paint Shin as an asshole of the first order. I like to believe that all her machinations are worth it in the end because she saved Oppa’s life and changed Mi Rae and Shin for the better so they don’t make the same bad choices.
Episode 14 recap:
Shin gets up at the conclusion of the successful New Year’s broadcast to claps from the crew. He pauses before walking off the stage to announce that this is his last broadcast, and he’s leaving Pandora’s Box as well as YBS. He looks at Se Joo and says he will hand in his resignation letter tomorrow and apologizes for dropping the news so abruptly.
Shin walks off and Mi Rae gets up to follow him. Se Joo blocks her and she has to tell him that she’s not going to try and convince Shin to stay but to say goodbye. Da hell? Why does Mi Rae need to explain to Se Joo? And who is he to try and get in her way in any capacity? She can be running to tear Shin’s clothes off for all anybody cares. He nods his consent and tells her to come back after saying goodbye.
Mi Rae stops Shin in the hallway and asks if he’s leaving because of her? Shin says no. Mi Rae reveals that she heard everything from future Mi Rae and Shin’s face falls. Mi Rae apologizes profusely for her future self saying such a thing to him. Shin says again he’s not leaving because of her, but because he wants to succeed and he can’t do it here under the Park Se Joo run YBS. Mi Rae asks if he’s going to NTN and if that was the reason he met with that lady? Was it to succeed?
Shin looks so heartbroken and doesn’t answer her, instead looking down. Mi Rae tells him this is a good choice for them and wishes him the best. Shin finally raises his head and thanks her for coming back from the future to prevent them from dating. Because of her, he has a chance for a different life. He wishes her the best with Park Se Joo, that is his sincere wish.
Shin walks outside and sits down on the curb against a pole because he’s just so emotionally exhausted. He gets a call from the NTN lady who asks if everything is taken care of? Shin says yes and she asks why he looks so sad? He turns around and she’s walking towards him.
Mi Rae walks back into the studio and looks at Shin’s empty anchor chair. Se Joo comes over because he’s been waiting for her to come back like she told him she would. He asks if she said her farewells to Shin? He thinks Shin did a bad thing since this program is Mi Rae’s and now he’s left the program without a head. Se Joo hands her one red rose as congrats for doing her first main writing role for a program. She takes it with a smile and a thank you.
Shin and the NTN lady stand on the rooftop looking out at the Seoul skyline. He says it’s beautiful and he never had time to view it like this. The NTN lady knows that Shin has been working nonstop since graduating from college and he’s led a very tiring life. She won’t rush him to start and wants him to enjoy some time off.
The Pandora’s Box team meets the next morning and hears that Writer Bae’s son is fine after surgery and then discuss Shin quitting so abruptly. They wonder if he’s been scouted by another network. Yoo Kyung brings up Mi Rae and Shin’s interaction yesterday at the studio was as seamless as a couple who had been married for 20 years. PD Lee keeps kissing up to Mi Rae and says to clap for her.
Oppa meets with Shin and apologizes for being mean to Shin recently. It was because he heard that Shin would cause Mi Rae to be unhappy in the future. Shin retorts that Oppa never liked him to begin with. Oppa counsels Shin to change no matter where he goes because he’ll be dealing with the same issues elsewhere as well. Oppa guarantees that Shin won’t change his personality no matter where he goes. Shin thanks him for the advice and says he recommended a good dude to take over the Pandora’s Box anchor role.
Shin leaves YBS network and stops in the lobby to look around at the giant screen. When he walks out, he turns to look back at the front door and remembers all the recent events starting with Se Joo joining, his battle with Miranda over the layoffs, taking Mi Rae for a tour and working on scripts with her, and finally their subway fire incident. He smiles and then turns to walk away. Mi Rae is standing to the side watching him and wishes him well.
Mi Rae goes back to her desk and opens her journal to remove some of the post-its inside. Se Joo comes by and asks her to have a drink with him. She’s not in a good mood so declines but Se Joo persist and says drinking now is even better because she’s not in a good mood.
Se Joo and Mi Rae go drinking and she asks if he’s ever hurt someone because of something he didn’t do? Se Joo has a few instances of that but Mi Rae says she can’t even figure out if she did it but the harm and pain was so great so she feels terrible. Se Joo asks if its Shin but Mi Rae says she doesn’t know because it’s too complicated now. But she touches her heart and says it’s shattering here and so painful. She tries not to cry anymore because she feels bad towards Se Joo. He hands her a handkerchief and she takes it and says today is the last time she’ll cry in front of him.
Mi Rae goes to work the next morning and her employee badge isn’t working. The security guard lets her in and greets her very respectfully. Mi Rae then hears other employees gossiping that she is Director Park’s girlfriend.
Se Joo is meeting with the Board who question him about all the changes he’s making at the network. Turns out that JK Group wants to end their CF partnership because they don’t have trust in a young leader like Se Joo. The Board tells him to solve the problem.
The Pandora’s Team meets with their new anchor who is the hilariously incompetent young news anchor who took over Shin’s spot at the primetime news slot. Oppa is pissed Shin saddled him with this chump. New anchor starts to suggest program ideas that they have done before already. PD Lee snarks that he can’t believe he actually misses Kim Shin. Mi Rae passes out some script ideas and new anchor starts editing it as terrible. He gets the 411 that Mi Rae is dating Se Joo and quickly changes his tune.
Mi Rae sits down with Writer Bae and asks if she’s feeling awkward because Mi Rae got a lot of recognition from the last broadcast. She’s not going to take over Writer Bae’s role as the main writer. But that is not what Writer Bae is worried about, she thinks people will see Mi Rae as getting all her success because of her Oppa looking out for her and Se Joo helping her. She doesn’t want to seem petty but she thought it best to tell her.
Future Mi Rae meets with Time Cop and asks why he’s not aging when she is? Time Cop is a guide and travels back and forth to bring people back. Future Mi Rae wants to know why Mi Rae has an ankle scar and she doesn’t? Time Cop lies that it’ll appear after she goes back to the future. He wants her to return now but she asks for time to do one more thing.
Future Mi Rae goes to the same matchmaking service to set Oppa up and wants to start from the A book. She flips through list and wonders why all the girls look identical like they are photocopies? She puts the list down and asks for a nice girl who is a good cook. Future Mi Rae is cleaning the house from top-to-bottom and offers to cook him a big meal. She hears that Oppa will have his surgery after the new anchor is settled in. Future Mi Rae worries about who will take care of him after she’s gone back. Oppa tells her not to worry.
Future Mi Rae goes to see Mi Rae and remembers Yoo Kyung asking her whether she thinks present Mi Rae is happy now? Future Mi Rae asks Mi Rae this question, if she’s happier now than working at the call center. Mi Rae curtly answers that she is happy, is that what she wants to hear? She asks why future Mi Rae hasn’t gone back yet? When she goes back, will she and Kim Shin become strangers? Future Mi Rae doesn’t know and Mi Rae wonders how she doesn’t know since there must be people who have time-traveled before? She asks a good question and future Mi Rae looks contemplative.
YBS is holding reporter auditions and Yoo Kyung participates. She’s in the bathroom stall and hears two ladies gossiping about how dare she come to audition and the entire audition has been rigged anyway with the reporter already pre-selected.
Se Joo is chewed out by Miranda for trying to change YBS when the employees only care about getting a salary and not about the future of the network. She shows him a packet of insider news leaked to a CF partner and says he hasn’t done anything yet.
Se Joo leaves Miranda’s office and sees Yoo Kyung waiting for him. She reveals that she went for the reporter audition but thinks she will be cut. He asks if she wants him to help keep her in the running? Yoo Kyung says yes, she has the most ability but there is already someone pre-selected. Se Joo is surprised to hear that. Yoo Kyung says a revolution can’t happen because of his proclamation and if he doesn’t know that then he’s just a hothouse rose. She leaves him mulling that over.
Mi Rae gets a call from Se Joo asking to meet. She suggest they not meet at the network since it’s awkward. He knows she’s not comfortable about it but he can’t hide that he likes her. Mi Rae suggests they meet outside in the future. Se Joo likes that and says he has a place he wants to go.
Mi Rae comes home with Se Joo in tow. Oppa, the two Mi Raes, and Se Joo sit down for a home cooked meal. Se Joo breaks the ice by saying to stop using jeondaemal and he goes to dig in. Mi Rae gets some beet for Se Joo while Oppa and future Mi Rae fiddle with the wine bottle. It’s a happy meal that Se Joo takes in.
After dinner, Se Joo goes to tour Mi Rae’s room. Mi Rae tells Se Joo that she is planning to go work at a different company. She went to an interview already and has been thinking about it. He asks if she’s doing it because of him? Mi Rae says its not totally because of him, she’s been thinking about her own life. Right now she feels like writer Na Mi Rae on the surface but still call center Na Mi Rae inside.
Se Joo says in the past he would keep her but not now. He’s changed a lot since he met her and he just wants her to be happy. Today he is very tired and heard some words that hurt him. He felt shamed and wanted to run away, but he didn’t know where to do. But he feels comforted being at her house. Se Joo lays down on her bed and says her room is like he imagined, warm and comforting. Her parents must be good people to create a house so inviting. He asks to sleep for a bit before leaving. Mi Rae covers him up with her coat.
Future Mi Rae asks Oppa to go with her somewhere tomorrow. Shin is sitting in his car outside YBS studios and says this is for the best. He then realizes the only two places he ever went was home and the network.
The Pandora’s Box team gets the good news that their program as won an award and everyone gets a bonus. The director tells each of them to suggest what else they want to do as a reward for succeeding at the last program. Writer Bae asks Mi Rae what she wants to do but Mi Rae just smiles.
The director calls Oppa up to the roof and says that an position has opened up for a documentary show and that’s his dream. Oppa declines and wants to stay at Pandora’s Box and then asks for some time off, revealing he’s going in for a medical procedure.
Oppa uses his reward bonus to take Shin out for a meal, though Shin asks if Oppa is feeling bad that the team split Shin’s bonus as well. Oppa asks how Shin is going and he’s keeping busy with working out, watching movies, and reading books. Shin suggests Oppa find another place to work as well but teases that no one will take him. Oppa knows that which is why he’s staying, but he’s also busy going in for cancer treatment. He reveals it’s early stage and treatable. Shin finds out Mi Rae doens’t know and Oppa is going to lie that he’s off for a European vacation when he goes in for surgery. Oppa thanks Shin because had Shin quit even later, Oppa’s cancer would be second stage by then. It was the stress of recent events that put him in the hospital where the cancer was discovered.
Shin gets a call from the NTN lady and meets her at the department store where she wants to buy him clothes for his first NTN broadcast since he’s the face of their network. Shin asks if this isn’t something a man does for a woman? She just wants to do it for him and asks if he’s given a lot of presents to women in the past?
Se Joo is out shopping with Mi Rae and wants to buy her an outfit. Mi Rae laughs that this will make her feel pressured and then teases that she was planning to say that but won’t. She knows about all the rich guys who take girls shopping and the make over scene. She’s decided not to be stressed about it. Se Joo laughs and tells her to pick an outfit. As Mi Rae is shopping around, Se Joo spots Shin walking with the NTN lady and quickly drags Mi Rae out of the boutique.
Mi Rae laughs that Se Joo is such a cheapskate chaebol. She takes him to places she would shop and its at the street stalls. They end up at an outdoor clothing store where Mi Rae wants to buy something for Oppa. Even if Mi Rae doesn’t say it, he can tell she cares a lot about Oppa. Mi Rae says he’s the only family she has. She offers to find him something today as well. Se Joo plans to pick the most expensive item since it’s her treat.
Future Mi Rae and Oppa arrive at a fancy restaurant and be balks at going on a matseon date. She begs him to go in. Oppa agrees and asks if she is pretty and what she does? He hears that she’s a writer for a TV programs and then tries to bail since he’s sick of being around people all day long in the TV industry. Future Mi Rae ends up pushing him inside.
Future Mi Rae calls Shin out for a meeting and reveals she’s going back to the future. She wanted to see him one more time. She wants to counsel him not to sign the contract with NTN. The male Vice-President is going to be so terrible to Shin despite being all nice to him when scouting him. Shin is confused since in this timeline, the person scouting him is the female Vice-President. Shin tells future Mi Rae that what she is worried about won’t happen because he will change. He will not lose his temper, he will accept what people want him to do, he will lay low and do what he needs to do to get by. Shin wants future Mi Rae not to worry about him anymore.
Future Mi Rae stares at Shin and says that even though they did not have a good marriage, he was a good man. It was she who was lacking. Now that she thinks about it, she didn’t come back to prevent herself from marrying him, she came to prevent him from marrying herself. Shin hears this and looks sad.
Oppa is texting happily on his phone and when future Mi Rae asks who it is he quickly puts the phone down. Mi Rae comes home with new clothes for Oppa and a bag for future Mi Rae that matches the same one for herself. Mi Rae says this is payment for future Mi Rae cooking and cleaning for her every day. Future Mi Rae thanks her and asks if they’ve made up now.
Future Mi Rae tells Mi Rae to take good care of Oppa even if she’s not around. She wants to take a picture holding this purse and do it as a family. The camera is set up and the two Mi Raes flank Oppa and take a family portrait.
Shin and the NTN Vice-President are meeting with the NTN Chairman (also her dad) but he’s not very happy with scouting Shin. He wants his daughter to find someone else because Shin’s face pisses him off. He has an expression like he would rather die than not be able to say what he needs to say. Shin says this is the basis of being a new anchor but he will change. The Chairman brings up the contract has a steep penalty for breaking it, since he’s making Shin the primetime anchor he wants Shin to do something in return for him. Shin asks what he wants him to do? The Chairman says he’ll have to think about it.
After the Chairman leaves, his daughter says her dad does like Shin and is just being overprotective. Shin says the Chairman sure has a unique way of showing his concern for his daughter. She hands him the contract and tells him to read it over carefully at home. Shin flips through it and asks what a certain provision means. She says that is just standard and not to worry. Shin remembers future Mi Rae saying he quit because he couldn’t bend his principles at NTN and they suffered through the penalty.
Mi Rae calls Writer Bae out to talk but Writer Bae announces first that she’s moving to another team. It isn’t because of Mi Rae, she wants to move to a different team where she can regain her energy for writing after she sees Mi Rae working so hard. She thanks Mi Rae for reminding her of her younger self. Mi Rae reveals that she’s planning to quit as well and it has nothing to do with Shin. She wants to do it on her own for once.
Se Joo attends a chaebol party and runs into the NTN Vice-President. They know each other and he calls her noona. He complains about her stealing his talent. He notices she sees different and asks if noona is dating someone these days? She says yes and will introduce to him soon.
The Pandora’s Team is having a dinner out. Oppa thanks Writer Bae for teaching Mi Rae. The young news anchor is stuck sitting next to PD Lee and asks to change seats. Se Joo arrives and is seated there. He tells everyone to relax since he’s here as the former VJ of the team. Mi Rae takes a drink of her beer and remember Shin pouring her beer the last time the team was out celebrating.
Future Mi Rae leaves with house with Time Cop and they head towards the time-travel elevator. She takes a final look at her old house before leaving.
Mi Rae and Se Joo are walking back and he’s very happy to have a chance to drink like this. Mi Rae tells him to leave but he wants to keep walking her home. Mi Rae says he keeps saying that and sometimes she thinks he’s being so silly. Se Joo is holding Mi Rae’s hand and asks her if they can sit for awhile?
Time Cop brings future Mi Rae through a warehouse to a new elevator which she recognizes as being different than hers. He says this is a better version used solely for guiding people back. Future Mi Rae calls Mi Rae and says she doesn’t regret coming back to the past and letting her meet Park Se Joo.
Se Joo asks what future Mi Rae wanted? Mi Rae shares with him the story of how she first met future Mi Rae – she helped her win a company contest that was a trip to Jeju, she went and swam in the ocean at night but doesn’t know who plucked her out and put her in bed. Se Joo asks if she wants to know who that man is since he saved her life?
Shin walks up to the news anchor desk at NTN and looks around. He sits down and the Vice-President walks up to him. Se Joo tells Mi Rae that he is the one who save her life in the Jeju ocean. He asks if she remembers their first meeting at YBS and for him he was so happy to see her again. Shin tells the Vice-President that he’s ready to sign the contract.
Time Cop calls in a report that says future Mi Rae doesn’t know that this present Mi Rae’s life has nothing to do with her in the future. As they get into the elevator, Time Cop takes out his code book to fiddle with the controls and future Mi Rae steals it as hostage to demand that he explain what he just said. Future Mi Rae asks if its true that she’ll get a scar when she goes back to the future? Time Cop confesses that no matter what she does in the past, it won’t change the future. The moment she came to the past, a new Na Mi Rae appeared. There is nothing she can do about her own past. Future Mi Rae runs away while Time Cop is stuck inside the elevator as the doors close.
Se Joo takes off a ring he was wearing on his pinky. He was planning to give it to her when she was ready so he always wore it. The Vice-President hands Shin a pen to sign. Future Mi Rae runs and tries to call Mi Rae but she doesn’t pick up the phone. Se Joo asks Mi Rae if she will accept his heart?
Thoughts of Mine:
I have to keep telling myself MHIYD is just a drama and the denizens of that world are just characters, otherwise I will already be jailed for throttling future Mi Rae and Se Joo. Not sure which character is more annoying and pathetic at this point, but it might be a toss-up. Hilariously, maybe the younger version of future Mi Rae would have been perfect for this Se Joo. She falls in love with the Kim Shin that rear-ended her and ended up in a fairytale marriage. That is the simplicity of that Mi Rae, making her as easy pickings for Se Joo as any girl he can pluck off the street. I’m ever so thankful for this version of present Mi Rae, who is more complicated albeit still flawed and insecure. At least she is brave enough to let Kim Shin go, just as he is brave enough to let her go. Both of them are being manipulated by a future neither has the courage to confront. That they think alike and would make the same choices in each other’s shoes is what continues to confirm that they are the OTP in a soul connection way more meaningful than anything Se Joo can hope to ascribe his own feels to. Se Joo’s entire arc in this episode was a backfired fan service if you ask me. Jung Yong Hwa is actually pleasant to watch onscreen but in an effort to prolong Mi Rae and Shin’s angst as well as give him more screen time with her, the writer has turned him into a bona fide douchebag. Jung Yong Hwa is not a douchebag, the character he plays in this drama has become one now. He has done nothing to break up Mi Rae and Se Joo, who are now being selfless towards each other all on their own. The problem is that Se Joo keeps pushing and pushing his way into Mi Rae’s life as more than a friend. When all along she has told him that she just sees him as a friend. How many times has she rejected him? I’ve lost count. Either he’s a glutton for punishment or he actually thinks it’s appropriate to pursue a girl he considers a good friend at a time when she’s heartbroken over another guy. That is just lame. If he wins her then it’s based on scooping her up when she feels lonely, lost, and sad.
Along the way in this drama, Yoo Kyung has become the much better and more interesting female lead. No shade to Yoon Eun Hye, who I love dearly through thick and thin, and this one is thinner than the ice floes that manage to make it to the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Yoo Kyung was criminally underused in this episode but she once again arrives to deliver the a startling truth to Se Joo that wakes him up from his self-satisfied smug way of running YBS. He’s a kid trying to be an adult all at once, rather than taking small steps and working within the system. It’s hilarious that his response upon being challenged by the Board, chewed out by Miranda, and had some hard sense knocked into him by Yoo Kyung was to run to Mi Rae for comfort. LOL, if he married Mi Rae in this lifetime just watch YG Group go down the drain. Future Mi Rae said that future Se Joo was a successful chaebol managing entire industries in the future world. I’m positively convinced that all came about because of Yoo Kyung by his side. Se Joo lives in a world of ideals coupled with arrogance that is not yet backed by experience. He’s got the drive and smarts, but he needs a woman who challenges him by his side. Mi Rae only cares about Shin, she doesn’t even notice when Se Joo is sad or troubled. What does he see in her other than as a projection of his own fantasies is beyond me. Some second male leads carry torches that truly move me, even when I know they won’t get the girl. Here the writer has written Se Joo into some sort of hydra-beast of male possessiveness coupled with little boy neediness. It’s truly off putting and hardly the fault of the actor that his character is so distasteful now. When a girl tells you she just sees you as a friend, and has stuck to her feelings, he needs to respect that and love her in his own way without taking advantage of her weak moments to sneak in a proposal that is as laughable as it is incomprehensible. One needs to actually be dating before a proposal even comes up, Se Joo.
I can’t believe this episode has one Shin-Mi Rae scene and that was it. This is so aggravating I can’t even. It’s like the writer just wants everyone to give up and not care. I wish I could jump ship but Lee Dong Gun was so awesome in acting out Shin’s controlled pain in this episode it would be a major shame to miss the remainder of his performance. He doesn’t need to cry or act sad, by the tiniest of expressions of the eyes and lips he conveys a world of hopelessness. I don’t blame the OTP for giving up on each other, because who has the confidence to battle against a future of death and marital warfare. The idea of multi-verses due to different choices leading to different timelines make sense in the context of time-travel mythology, but right now it feels like a cop out on the part of the writer even though she probably intended to resolve things this way. I just feel like she writes in such a ham-fisted way nothing she has presented hits the audience the right now. Instead of angst, we feel annoyance. Instead of excitement we see tedium. Instead of satisfaction we feel cheated. The storyteller has failed when the audience needs to read until the very end to understand the point of her story, and to receive the enjoyment that should have been delivered part and parcel with the journey. Let’s see what is in store for the last two episodes. I’m keeping my expectations under my seat because it deserves to remain in a place where the sun don’t shine.