This is part 2 of our live recap for Dinner Mate!
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How we do this: This live recap will be in two parts and we segment each post around every 10 minutes. Sometimes sooner, sometimes later depending on the scene. There will be typos which we have fantasies of fixing once the episode finishes airing. Also, if there is a preview then we will try and translate it. Look for that at the bottom or on a separate post!
KOREAN DRAMA DINNER MATES RECAP EPISODE 25 & 26 – PART 2
GUN WOO’S PLACE
Keanu shows up at Gun-woo’s place and says that Kim Hae-kyung sent him. Gun-woo accepts him in and asks how long he has ben like this. Gun-woo says that he hasn’t moved since last night.
Keanu tells Gun-woo that he can go about his business toay and he will be with him. So Gun-woo heads out.
at the clinic, BJ peeks in to Hae-kyung’s office to see how he is and then goes in and asks about what happened yesterday? What if people know? It was difficult to explain it to the reporter. How come you hit someone?
Hae-kyung tells him that it is too noisy right now, go away.
BJ is worried about them closing their clinic. Hae-kyung quietly tells him to just go. BJ reluctantly leaves and mutters, why are you like that, you are like a zombie.
Hae-kyung keeps thinking about Do-hee telling him that she is so uncomfortable right now. She is not sure if she can eat dinner comfortably. He remembers telling her that they should not force each other to eat an un-tasty dinner.
Elsewhere, Do-hee goes to her mothers place to chill out. They chat about how Do-hee took a day off. Her mother is surprised at that since Do-hee is a workaholic.
Do-hee tells her that they should eat some chicken. They start to talk about chicken and beer and maybe just beer.
Jin-kyu is sleeping at his desk so Ah-young asks Jung-whan why he is doing that? JW tells her that No-euls program put him to sleep. AY tells Jung-whan that Do-hee took the day off so you will run her program. He is a bit scared but says he will do it!
Sora pulls Ah-young to the side and asks what happened to Do-hee. The boss tells her that nothing happened.
Then we cut back to Do-hee at her moms place. It looks like they are drinking beer and eating side dishes. They chat about side-dishes and beer. Then Do-hee asks about appa. Are you done with him?
Umma says she is done with him. But he didn’t want to get a divorce. They start to talk about the divorce and fake divorce and how he isn’t an NIS agent so do whatever you want.
She also says that she had a consultation with the doctor on her program. You know, the handsome psychiatrist. Do-he is super surprised and then thinks back to Hae-kyung telling her about the woman he had a consultation with.
Do-hee asks, did you say that you would stop the daughter from dating if she was dating him? Ah, it was there. Romeo and Juliet and secrets and parents opposition. I did not even expect this, but it is my story. Cheers.
Meanwhile, Hae-kyung is still bummed at the office. BJ comes in and tells him that the patient who he helped get married is actually going to get married soon. Hae-kyung congratulates them. Then the client starts to talk about how she is worried about what his fiancé eats since she is eating a different countries meal. She is from Vietnam so he is learning how to make Vietnamese food.
Hae-kyung is all sad face about it since it makes him think about Do-hee and how she can’t eat comfortably with him anymore. The patient asks if something is wrong? Hae-kyng says no, it looks really good and tries one.
Everyone starts to eat one. Hae-kyung starts to cry and eat his but really tries to hold it back.
Jung-whan creates his show which is to have all the smelly foods like fermented foods together on one plate, like smelly fruit and cheese and fish and everything that is fermented and has a strong smell.
The people behind the scenes can barely sit there. The MC tries to talk about all the food that is there. But it is hard.
Jung-whan thinks that they need to really deliver the smell! Then it will be a bit hit! Ay-young thinks Jung-whan is so crazy. What is wrong with your mind? Open all the windows!
The MC starts to put two of the foods together to eat. He looks miserable and opens his mouth, a tear falls. Everyone looks on in anticipation.
The patients leave happily. BJ wonders what is wrong with Hae-kyung, he helps his patients but wont get married himself. Of course Hae-kyung overhears him and tells him to get him a coffee.
At Gun-woo’s place, Jae-hyuk finally wakes up. Keanu tells him that he slept well (or something like that).
Elswhere, Noeul runs outside in a rainbow outfit. She thinks about what Hae-kyung told her, how it was difficult for a long time but he is all cured now. You will be okay as well.
Back at the studio, Keanu tells Jae-hyuk to eat. He heard about Dr. Kim and the hospital. He says that he instigated him, that was the problem. Jae-hyuk says that had nothing to do with Do-hee.
Keanu tells him it does. JH tells him that it is all about his father, you know that. Keanu says that is why he was obsessed with Do-hee that became a disease.
Jae-hyuk explodes and ays that him loving Do-hee is not a disease. Keanu says that loving Do-hee is the disease. The love itself is a poison that made it into a disease.
Jae-hyuk yells that that is not it! You can leave, doctor, just leave. He starts to cry. Then he says it is right. My heart hurts, but when I get consultation and treatment then everything will be okay, right? But doctor….I really love Do-hee….I didn’t hurt Do-hee on purpose….I don’t need anything. I love Do-hee! I love Do-hee!!
(Okay, his acting is really good, but this scene is annoying)
He keeps crying. Keanu tells him that they should not live like this anymore.
Jae-hyuk keeps crying.
Meanwhile, Do-hee is laying on her moms couch doing nothing. Her mom is trying to vacuum and tells Do-hee to just leave if she is going to be like that all day.
Do-hee tells her that they should release their stress.
Cut to Sora and Ah-young walking into a video game house. Sora says that she is here so Ah-young and her spit up to find her.
They find her at a dancing game with her mom having a fun time. So they leave them to it until the game is over.
Elsewhere, Noeul going to Hae-kyung’s place and sees a note that says do to personal reasons they will only take appointments right now. She walks up to Hae-kyung and asks if he is closing the hospital?
HK – I told you not to come
NE – I am done, I give up. I just wanted to tell you that.
HK – Noeul
NE – I know. I was fighting and I give up so it doesn’t mean anything to you. I saw that you went back to the pension.
Flashback to the first kiss at the pension. Noeul saw it.
NE – I wanted to punch you because I was so jealous. I actually thought about breaking everything. But if you die then it doesn’t matter.
HK – *says something*
NE – Don’t be stupid. It made me so mad that you were suppressing yourself because of me. I’m off.
She walks out and walks up the road in contemplation. She stops and tears up a bit then cries.
Do-hee walks to her house sadly. Hae-kyung is waiting for her. She stops and looks at him. He looks at her. She keeps walking and ignores him.
HK – Be careful.
HK – For you to eat dinner comfortably, I will make it that way. Don’t worry and wait for me.
He turns to look at her. Her back is to him.
HK – Don’t worry at all.
He pats her on the shoulder and turns to walk off.
She stays standing there but doesn’t turn around.
Do-hee calls Ah-young and tells her that she can take more than 10 days off if she uses all her vacation hours. Ah-young tells her that work is the best remedy when you have trouble.
Do-hee says she will clean her place. Then she mentions that she knows the company can’t run without her. Ah-young says they don’t even notice that she is gone.
Hae-kyung’s mom asks where Do-hee is. He says she is busy, I will bring her often after the surgery ends. She tells him that he can’t lie. He says, maybe he is like aboji. But she says he is like her, I can’t lie but your father is great at lying. He ate my really bad noodles and said it was so tasty.
Hae-kyung says he heard it from abogi, I want to try it. She tells him that she can make one for him when she is discharged. So cheer up, it does not seem like she does not visit because she is busy, it seems like you aren’t taking her here on purpose. She should have a reason for not coming.
She tells him he is bad at dating. Just hold her and she will stay next to you. Don’t regret. When you come back next time, come together. She holds his hand. He says he will.
The nurse comes in and tells her that it is time to go. She tells her son that she is afraid and didn’t tell him one thing. He tells her she can tell him after the surgery (uh oh, we know what that means).
Hae-kyung waits outside the surgery room. BJ asks him how long it will take. He says 3 hours. So BJ tells him that he needs to eat something since he didn’t eat since morning.
But Hae-kyung says it is fine, you don’t have to wait. BJ tells him he is okay since they haven’t even opened their clinic today.
The nurse gives Hae-kyung a note and says that the patient told her to give it to her son when she went in for surgery.
He opens it.
Note – I lived my entire life as a writer. This is the most difficult thing to write. I cannot explain it in any word or any sentence. Just in case this is the last thing, in case I don’t tell you this. I am sorry. I forgot that you are the most precious thing to me. I love you, my most precious thing, Hae-kyung.
He bows his head for a moment and then looks at the surgery door.
GUN WOO’S PLACE
Jae-hyuk is calmly lounging and reading a book on the couch. Gun-woo comes up and asks if he is okay? He says he is fine.
Gun-woo tells him he will buy him a coffee, tell me what you want to drink. Jae-jyuk tells him an Americano so Gun-woo goes off to do that.
Jae-hyuk keeps reading his book (The Great Gatsby)
At the hospital, Hae-kyung gets the bad news that his mom did not make it out.
Gun-woo gets back to his place with the coffee and cookies, but Jae-hyuk is not there.
At the hospital, Hae-kyung thinks about his mother telling him that she is afraid and to go with him o the hospital. He remembers all the times she said that to him and he didn’t listen to her.
He is in a state of disbelief and has to brace himself against the wall. He falls into the bench and sits in stunned silence. Then starts to cry. Long crying session. He grips his mothers letter and keeps crying.
The camera shows Do-hee’s empty apartment.
Then we go back to Hae-kyung crying.
Uuuuughhhh, what even is this show anymore. It has fallen straight into nonsense and pain. Still trying to stick with it, but each episode is more difficult to get through than the last, ugh!
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HK – He didn’t hear me say that I love her and I’m sorry.
JK – Why are they holding hands?
DH’s Mom – Who?
DH – Nothing
HK – Tell me why your mom hates me.
DH – I am the daughter who she does not want to date the doctor
HK – She should know that I am the guy who will devote my life to you.
DH – Really?
HK – Yes!
Keanu – He has the will to get better by himself so let’s watch him.
JH – Maybe I went crazy back then. Don’t hate me too much.
DH – Hae-kyung!