I think both Kim Soo Hyun and Oh Jung Se just submitted their names for the 2021 Baeksang Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in the drama category with today’s episode 9 performance It’s Okay to Not be Okay. The last 5 minutes are insane, absolutely a gut punch heartwrenching tour de force from both Kang Tae and Sang Tae. Oh Jung Se already won Best Supporting Actor this year for When the Camellia Blooms and Kim Soo Hyun also won Best Actor for The Moon Embraces the Sun, so what this shows us is that it’s never a fluke, these two men are artists of the highest order and worthy of all the accolades and awards. I’m a little cried out this week from some J-ent bad news otherwise I probably would be curled up in a ball at the end of episode 9, instead my tears fell like Moon Young cried knowing that the truth is messy, dirty, complicated, hurtful, but above all it’s real and raw. Just as Kang Tae broke free (for a day) of his lifelong obligation it’s come back to grab hold of him stronger than before. But one can never find freedom by shortcuts and escapes, only by addressing all the pain of the past can our wonderfully complex characters move forward.