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KOREAN DRAMA WHERE STARS LAND KOREAN DRAMA RECAP EPISODE 31 and 32
It is a standoff between the security officers and the gangsters. The officers are surrounded by gangsters and Soo-yeon is sandwiched between them all. Moo-ja radios DK and tells him to leave and not say anything, just follow my orders.
DK does not want to leave, but Soo-yeon tells him that the security issue should not happen inside the airport. Soo-yeon leaves with the gangsters. Inside, we see that MJ is keeping tabs on everything and knows that someone is following.
Later on, DK is upset that they could not help Soo-yeon as he puts on his civilian clothing. While walking out, he overhears IW talking about Soo-yeon and where they took him. He ends up hopping into the elevator with IW and also asked his hubae if he could borrow his car.
TITLE: WE ARE JUST PASSING BY
Inside the airport, the husband of Je-in and Je-in are not there because she is in labor. Another man has taken his place at the counter.
Meanwhile, DK followed IW all the way to an abandoned looking warehouse. He tries to go inside, but it is locked. The NIS guy watches. IW is led to where Soo-yeon is. He is angry and wants Soo-yeon let go. But the head gangster says that he will not ruin the deal and he will kill him with no trace left.
IW mentions the hard drive and says he can show it from 12 years ago. The gangster says that it is gone, but IW mentions that this is their insurance policy for him and Soo-yeon. He will ruin 10 years of work.
But then IW gets punched and the fight breaks out. Soo-yeon is outnumbered and IW is held back so he can’t help. Soo-yeon fighs all the gangsters while IW yells for them to stop. But then IW gets hit in the head with a plank and is knocked out. Soo-yeon tries to fight his way to him, but is unable to.
IW is carried out of the warehouse where DK is. DK hides and sees the gangsters and IW get into their cars. The head gangster tells his people to throw IW into the sea. The NIS guy asks what he should do to his leader. the leader tells him that they will call the police and they shuold follow IW.
Inside, Soo-yeon keeps fighting. He tells them to all go away or they will be injured. But of course they keep fighting him, so Soo-yeon sends them all flying.
The stalker gangster from earlier tries to run away and manages to get outside, but DK gets him and throws him to the ground. Soo-yeon also comes out right at that time. He slowly opens the metal door and stares at the two of them. Then he throws up off of its tracks revealing all the other thugs on the ground.
He walks over to the stalker thug and raises him very high over his head.
SY – Do you know where IW went
G – i will tell you, I will tell you….
DK looks on in alarm.
Everyone is quiet in the offices. The manager whispers, what happened? But no one says anything. But then the cops call MJ and let him know that they arrested 20 thugs but they don’t see any aiport employees. There aren’t any here.
Cut to the sea, the thugs are there with IW in the car. But then Soo-yeon drives up right then along with DK. The gangsters get poles out of they trunk to beat up Soo-yeon and DK with. But Soo-yeon just keeps walking to them undeterred.
IW looks out the back of the car in the same way that he did 12 years ago. But this time he does something about it. He puts the car in reverse and drives it right at the thugs walking to Soo-yeon. He is able to almost run over the thugs, which sends them fling. But he also sends the car to the edge of the peir and is precariously hanging off the side. he is about to fall in but Soo-yeon saves him by holding the car by the engine and pulling it back onto the peir.
Everyone sees this.
Soo-yeon really uses all his muscles to pull the car back onto the pier. It looks like he is in serious pain as he does it. His brother yells for him to let it go, but Soo-yeon keeps pulling and pulling until the car is all the way on the pier. DK looks on in wonder.
Soo-yeon lets go of the car and both he and his brother breath a tearful sigh of relief. The camera scrolls out to them both happily smiling at each other.
In the airport, Yeorum gets word that Soo-yeon is headed home now. She runs out, but tells SK that Soo-yeon is going home.
SK walks to MJ, they talk.
SK – I heard an update from Yeorum, how are things going?
MJ – Everything is going well, DK is with Soo-yeon and we have IW also. *chuckling* I thought he was bluffing but he took care of it in a way ~.
SK slaps him hard.
SK – Do it one more time. Put him in danger one more time and I will really sign my divorce contract.
MK – (smiles) Hey, this thing, for this matter, IW said he would take care of it. He did not want the security team and gangsters to fight in the airport.
SK – I do not like what you did, I am letting you know.
She storms off, but he chuckles a bit. Then the NIS guy calls. He tells him that they do not have to worry about Lee Soo-yeon, they just fought. The gangster also does not want this matter to get too big so he is quieting his kids. You need to make a proper report about Lee Soo-yeon and IW to the main office (NIC main office). When are you coming back to the main office?
MK – Yeah, I will take care of it later.
He hangs up and chuckles.
DK walks Soo-yeon home, he asks him if he is okay. Soo-yeon looks at him and tells him he is okay. He also thanks him for walking him home. Soo-yeon hobbles to the courtyard and smiles when he sees Yeorum waiting for him. But he falls to his knees and his eyes grow blurry as Yeorum runs to him and keeps him from fully collapsing onto the paement.
Flashback to the pier.
IW – Why did you follow me all the way here?
SY – If I did not follow you then I would not know your true heart.
IW – What is my true heart (mind).
SY – For the last three years as a brother, you prepared more meals than my mother. You were always like that. you complained but you took care of me and worried about me because I became like you.
IW – That is good that you didn’t become like me.
SY – But this time you followed me, you know that?
They both smile.
Cut to UW looking for a new watch for Soo-yeon’s college. But he gives it to his mother to give to SOo-yeon becuase he would not take it if he gave it to him. IW asks if she is getting married again? She says yes, she is going to America. I told him to come with me but he wants to stay in college here.
VO – Only after two years, the mother ran away from her disabled son to find her own life. His life was always in priority (the father), the kids became second place in their parents life and did not even know how to love themselves because they did not learn it from their parents. (IW watches his father is in the hospital).
Inside, everyone looks at Soo-yeon sleeping in bed. But they all end up leaving, only Yeorum stays. She thinks back to Jang telling her that she should stop him, that way he can live his own life. She holds the disabling remote and looks at him.
At the airport, all the team leaders give Hee-seung bad looks as he walks through the office. SK asks him if he is still going on with that plan? HS says he has no reason to stop. WT comes up on the conversation as well. HS asks if they know anyone who loves this airport more than him? He spent all his life there and put everything into that place.
HS – Don’t evaluate my life and my effort by yourself. I did not get this position for free.
SK – If this is your decision then I will call the union in the morning.
HS – Do what you want. (he walks out)
WT – Yang, I will talk to him, okay?
WT walks out to talk to HS. They speak using banmal as friends.
WT – Are you really mad?
HS – I am not doing this for myself only. It will happen anyway in the future. Whoever loves it more should decide.
WT – It is not the right time. But if you push it, then someone will get hurt and I don’t want that person to be you. We are just people passing by this place. The people coming later can decide, our job is protecting and keeping this place. That is what we should do.
They both keep looking out the window at the airport.
Yong-joo checks Yeorum’s room, she isn’t there. So she pulls out her phone and orders food for delivery.
Yeorum slept with Soo-yeon in his bed with him. They both wake up together. She asks him if he is okay and checks to see if his fever went away. It did. He asks her if she stayed the night? She says that Jang was here until early in the morning. But she says that she will go get something to eat. he puts his arm around her and tells her that they should stay like this. He likes this better.
But there is a ding dong delivery. Young-joo calls Yeorum and tells her that she got them a delivery. Young-joo got one herself (product placement). They both warm up the pizza delivery. Soo-yeon prepares the table.
Yeorum looks at him and smiles, but then we are shown a flashback to last night.
Jang – He used too much force so his hamstring burnt. We changed it so it was okay, but inflammation is a big problem, do you still have what I gave you?
YR – Is using it the right thing?
Jang – Right or wrong, we have to save his life. He wont last another week. If you cant do it then I can do it. I want to save him.
In the present, Yeorum put the food on the table and looks longingly at Soo-yeon.
VO – Can someone else stop this life he chooses against his will?
In his room, Soo-yeon grabs a letter that looks like a resignation letter.
Soo-yeon meets with SK and gives her his resignation letter. SK asks him if he is going to America with Mr. Jang? SY says there is only a thin chance that he will be cured there. He is giving this to her just in case he will not be able to come to work one day. If that happens, can you process it?
they look at each other for a moment, then the manager comes in and tells Soo-yeon to do something. He smiles and gets up to do it. SK looks pretty sad. She takes the letter to Yeorum and tells her that Soo-yeon just gave this to her. Did you know his decision? Yeorum says that she guessed this was coming, but she did not think he would resign.
She sits and tears up as she asks SK what she can do.
VO – i might not be able to see him anymore.
In the airport, Soo-yeon works next to a line and tells the passengers to go forward one at a time. The manager is at the booth again because the father did not come to work again. Two other empolyees talk about how they are doing this today though? It looks like the manager is retiring today and is also filling in for the father.
Soo-yeon stops the manager in the hallway and tells him that he heard he is retiring today, he just wanted to tell him hi. The manager says that retiring is nothing, time just passes like this. We are nothing different than our customer. Like those people passing by the airport. We also just pass by without any special meaning. Thank you for your gratitude. The manager keeps walking off contently.
Soo-yeons radio goes off, it is Yeorum asking him where he is.
He walks over to her at the windows and asks what is up. She tells him that she heard he submitted his resignation letter, why? He says that he thought it would be better to do that.
YR – Can you just be next to me? I can be your arm and legs.
SY – (Reality is more difficult and heavy than what you think.)
YR – I can do it, just let me do it.
SY – (But if you confront this reality, you will get tired of it.)
YR – So take off your wearable and please get the treatment, okay?
SY – (I don’t want to take you that far).
YR – Don’t leave me alone. Without you, I dont’ think I am okay.
SY – Can you just let it pass, Yeorum? To you, I am just someone passing by.
YR – No! DOn’t say it like that!
SY – Lets do it like that, okay?
They both tear up as she hugs him.
YR – I can’t! I can’t!
She keeps crying as she hugs him and he starts to cry as well.
SY – (To you, I should just be someone passing by. The summer, a short period of time that is bright and happy. Just remember that I was there with you. If I can live in your memory, that is all I need).
He runs his hands along her hair as she keeps crying.
SK shows MJ Soo-yeon’s letter. She is depressed about it because she wanted to do better to Soo-yeon than she did for her brother. When they were young, they wrapped things up differently. Today, these kids quit and cut themselves off from the world. I really feel like S**t. MJ pats her on her shoulder as she keeps drinking.
In another cafe, Soo-yeon buys drinks for DK, Young-joo, Eun-sub and Yeorum. While they drink, ES asks when DK and YJ became a couple. YJ is all like, cough cough, what? Cough, watch your mouth, cough. But DK is happy that they look like a couple. They all decide to keep drinking and start doing a lot of drinking games. DK wants to be Young-joo’s Black Night, but Young-joo does not accept it. So she gets super drunk.
Later on, DK helps her walk off though she wants do such help. But he helps her anyway as she sits on the bench. He tells her that he figured her out. He figured it all out with her boyfriend and drinking and everything. She drunkenly asks, how did you figure it out when no one else has figured it out. Then she says, since you already figured it out, should I let you figure out some more? He asks, what? But she just falls asleep on his shoulder.
He is so stunned that her body is that close to his body. he does not know what to do.
Elsewhere, Yeorum and Soo-yeon walk home. Yeorum asks him if she can be with him tonight? She wants to stay with him tonight. They look at each other, it looks like Soo-yeon might say no, but then Yeorum kisses him and smiles. They keep kissing in their courtyard.
SY – (Yeorum, do you know what kind of dream I had?)
Dream of Yeorum and Soo-yeon living a normal life together shopping and cooking and kissing in the kitchen. They watch a soccer match together and celebrate a goal on bed as they laugh.
SY – (Everymoring, we will wake up together.)
Yeorum wakes up the next morning in Soo-yeons arms. She lightly touches his face and then gets out of bed and walks to her jacket where she grabs the discharge remote.
But she is hesitant and goes back to the bed to look at Soo-yeon even longer. Then she reaches over to his arm with tears in her eyes and grips the remote tightly in her hands. But she can’t do it.
But then he wakes up and grabs her arm lightly.
YR – Please live. Even though it will be difficult. Can you do it one more time for me? i will wait for you.
She leans in to kiss him. He closes his eyes and she taps him with the remote deactivator.
Flashback to the cafe from years ago. Soo-yeon is in his wheel chair.
Yeorum’s father – My daughter….she is pretty right?
SY – She does not look like you at all.
YRD – She has two eyes, one nose and one mouth, that is why she is pretty. She doesn’t look like me, that is why she is pretty.
Jang comes in at that moment. YRD tells Soo-yeon that “he” came. Soo-yeon turns around and sees Jang standing there behind him.
Jang – I heard a lot about you from the owner.
VO – There are no coincidences, everything happens in your life for it’s own reason.
Cut to Soo-yeon sitting at the airport looking out the window.
CHRISTMAS (MAYBE ONE YEAR LATER?)
Soo-yeon walks around the airport looking confident and capable. She helps several older customers find WiFi (commercial). Cue cameo explanation of WiFi.
Elsewhere in the airport, DK and YJ continue patroling. But a pretty woman recognizes DK and starts talking to him. She tells him he is super cool right now, do you have a girlfriend? He clears his throat and says not formally.
But then YJ speaks up and says that he has a girlfriend. DK looks at her stunned. But they get a call about a lost child they have to find int he airport. She walks off and he happily walks up to her smiling. He asks her if she is okay (she looks pissed) and then very happily smiles as he walks next to her.
Another employee find the boy near the restrooms and lets everyone know.
In the offices, the merchant leader sits at the execute desk. But she was just sitting there, actually SK is the executive. YR tells her that she was only cleaning SK’s desk until she came. then they jokingly bicker as they did before.
Cue team leader meeting. The manager is the new service team leader and is also late, but he says they had to find a missing kid. they ask him if he found the kid, he is all like OF COURSE.
Cut to the kid being reunited with his parents. Yeorum happily reunites them and then leaves.
YR – it has been a year since he left.
She leaves work and goes to the Fox Bride Cafe. But it is closed.
The next day at work, she talks to Eun-sub about Soo-yeon and if there has been contact. She basically answers all his questions which is that he has not contacted her and there is no word. But she tells ES to have a good trip and be careful in the Middle East. Just consult and come back.
She starts to walk away, he tells her that he thinks he will be next to her as a friend or anything else. In whatever way she wants. She smiles and tells him to have a nice trip. He also tells her to keep this place safe.
Yeorum walks off to work again. But there is a big commotion about someone breaking a pole. Yeorum asks, who did this? The workers tell her tht it was a drunk looking Russian mafia looking person who threw his bottle and a pole. But there was this one young guy that chopped the pole with his arm.
yeorum asks if it was Lee Soo-yeon? The lady says that she just started working there so she is not sure. The other person says that this guy just arrived and is in the arrival section.
Yeorum runs off. The camera cuts to a man going through the motions of getting past security but we only see snippets of him. Yeorum sees his back, but he is too far away. She keeps trying to run after him to find him. But seh lost him in the crowd. However the cleaning robot comes back out and kind of alerts Yeorum to Soo-yeon. The robot follows him around saying “dusty, dusty.”
Yeorum looks at him and gets filled with emotion. He turns around but seh still don’t see his face. His arm looks okay though. She runs to him and throws herself into his arms . He hugs her very tightly around the waist.
VO – Today, a lot of starts passed by and pass by again. To the Fox Bride Star, he came back.
Cut to the lights turning on at the cafe. The Fox Bride Cafe is open again.
What? They don’t show us his face? We know he didn’t go to the military, drama, you can at least show his happy reaction to see Yeorum again. That is so strange.
This drama was best when it focused on the cuteness between the people that worked at the airport and less than stellar once they introduced all the gangster things.
I will remember the happy opening episodes and the crazy not making sense robotic wearable that can stop a flying car with a bare hand.