20th Century Boy and Girl Title: 20세기 소년소녀 / 20th Century Boy and Girl Also known as: Twentieth Century Boy and Girl / Boy and Girl From the 20th Century Formerly known as: No Sex in the City Chinese Title: 20世紀少男少女 Genre: Romance, Comedy Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode) Broadcast network: MBC Broadcast period: 2017-Sep-25 to 2017-Nov-14 Air time: Mondays & …Read More »
20th Century Boy and Girl Episode 3 Recap
It’s tough to be famous! Things go from bad to worse as our heroine deals with rumors that spiral out of control that make it hard for her to keep her head up. But when you’re confident in the knowledge that you’ve done nothing wrong and have a solid support system around you, you’ve got everything you need to come out the other side stronger than ever.
EPISODE 3: “Love story”
It’s 1999, and Jin-jin sits in class, flipping through a notebook full of photos of her friends and their favorite idols. She barely pays attention to the lesson, in which their teacher goes line by line through the English lyrics of the song “Love Story,” from the 1970 film.
A note on one page from Ah-reum asks what she wants to eat tonight, but Jin-jin writes a response that she’s going to “Oppa’s” office tonight. A grumpy scribble from Ji-won asks why he has to participate (in the group notebook) when he has nothing to say, though I notice he’s still complied.
We come back to the present, as Jin-jin is confronted by a sea of reporters asking questions about her alleged sex tape. Suddenly, someone takes her by the hand and steps in front of her, and she’s stunned to see that it’s Ji-won, her old friend.
Ji-won leads Jin-jin past the reporters, out of the airport, and all the way to the curb where her team is waiting. CEO Jang pulls Jin-jin into the van, and Ji-won gives her a tiny nod, then sends her off. The reporters turn on Ji-won, asking about his relationship with Jin-jin, but he quickly hails a taxi and leaves without a word.
There’s a thick, awkward silence in Jin-jin’s van until she eventually asks, “What video?” CEO Jang starts to ask if it’s her, but she says no firmly, and everyone relaxes.
Young-shim is in the middle of her uncomfortably silent job interview with a lawyer, KANG KYUNG-SEOK (Oh Sang-jin), and as he takes forever reading her resume, she notices that the office is a bit run-down. Finally he asks what kind of lawyer she wants to be, but he’s not satisfied with her stock answer that she wants to fight social wrongs.
He’s about to dismiss her, but Young-shim blurts out something that was said at her law school graduation—that a lawyer is someone who listens attentively to people. She says that she wants to be a lawyer who listens to her clients, and it gives her interviewer pause. He writes something on a slip of paper, calling it her homework to figure out while he steps out for a break. Young-shim sees that he’s written “your desired salary.”
Still recovering at the hospital, Ah-reum has been texting Jin-jin and getting no response. Her old classmate and now-doctor, Woo-sung, asks her about Jin-jin, and she tells him to worry about his patient instead (ha, he just blows her off: “You’ll be fine”). He shows her an article online about Jin-jin leaving the airport with a mysterious man.
In the taxi, Ji-won calls his assistant in Hong Kong, who asks why he’s going back to live in his tiny childhood apartment. Ji-won says flippantly that the jjajangmyun tastes better there. His assistant admonishes Ji-won, telling him to call his mother, which wipes the smile off his face.
As it turns out, Jin-jin and her parents also still live in their old building, her parents in their same old apartment and Jin-jin on the floor above them. When she arrives home, Jin-jin pushes the elevator button to her place on the fifteenth floor, but changes her mind and goes to her parents’ apartment instead.
They’ve been eagerly awaiting her return home, but when she walks in, they both pretend they were doing other things. Gah, they’re so cute. Mom offers to make her something to eat, so Jin-jin requests bulgogi. On her way out, Jin-jin stops and says, “It wasn’t me, Mom. You have nothing to worry about.” Her parents finally breathe in relief.
She’s been pretending to be fine ever since the airport, but once Jin-jin is alone in her home, the memory of the aggressive reporters comes back to haunt her. Later, she finally texts Ah-reum and Young-shim, who are relieved to finally hear from her. Ah-reum whines that she’s lonely, begging her friends to come visit her.
Young-shim is in the middle of dinner with her parents, which is an utterly silent affair. Her mother keeps pushing bites of fish towards Young-shim, and every time, her father grabs the bite before Young-shim can eat it. He finishes and wanders off, grumbling that the food was terrible, but Young-shim just smiles and tells her mother that the vegetables are delicious.
In the friends’ chat, they ask who the man at the airport was. Jin-jin gets so distracted thinking about his swoonworthy rescue that she drops her phone on her face, LOL.
Ji-won is thinking about Jin-jin too, in particular one day back in school when he and Jin-jin ended up in their building’s elevator together. He’d lived on the thirteenth floor, one floor below her, and the ride had been full of awkward silence and quick, shy glances at each other.
When they’d gotten to Ji-won’s floor and the doors had opened, he’d just stood there, unwilling to leave just yet. He’d said stiffly, “I’ll take you home,” and closed the elevator doors.
Jin-jin’s mom goes shopping with Ah-reum’s mom again, but this time when they get to the makeup counter, they both gasp in surprise. Jin-jin’s ad has been taken down. Damn, that was fast.
Jin-jin sneaks out after dark wearing a mask, and she takes a taxi to the women’s hospital where Ah-reum is recovering. She calls a nurse to let her in, and nearby, someone takes covert pictures of her entering the building.
Up in Ah-reum’s room, Ah-reum and Young-shim chow down on junk food, but Jin-jin feels under the weather and declines to eat. Ah-reum tells her friends that she saw their old classmate Woo-sung, and she calls him into the room to show them how… well, different he looks these days.
Jin-jin and Young-shim shoot each other looks wondering How is this the same guy? Ah-reum just nods ruefully and tells them that Woo-sung performed her surgery, confirming that he did indeed get all up in her business. He tells them not to get any weird ideas, because he’s a professional.
He sits next to Jin-jin, excited to see his old classmate who’s now a star, though he’s worried if she should be here after her scandal. He starts asking her questions about celebrities’ personal lives, but she says she doesn’t know.
The next morning, Jin-jin’s mom brings her tea in bed. Mom hesitantly tells Jin-jin that her poster was taken down at the store, but Jin-jin gets exasperated and asks what she’s supposed to do about it. Her voice gets louder as she yells at her mom to stop being so interested in her: “Stop caring so much. I’m tired enough without you bothering me!”
She throws herself back in bed, accidentally sending the tea flying and spilling everywhere. Jin-jin looks horrified at what she’s done, but can’t say sorry and just hides under the covers.
Mom goes back downstairs, worried about Jin-jin. Little brother Min-ho sees a new article about his sister on his phone and exclaims in shock, then makes up a lie that he was reacting to a message from a friend because he doesn’t want his parents seeing it.
Jin-jin goes to see CEO Jang later, since they have an appointment with a director to talk about her next movie. All of a sudden, absolutely every phone in the place begins ringing, and manager Hong-hee asks Jin-jin if she went to an ob-gyn yesterday. Oh no. This is very bad.
The latest article features photos of Jin-jin entering the hospital last night after hours, then leaving seven hours later. While the article simply states the facts, it looks really bad, especially on the heels of the sex video, and CEO Jang loses his cool.
Jin-jin protests that she was only visiting Ah-reum, so CEO Jang explains the truth to the reporter who wrote the article. The reporter refuses to retract the article, saying that they didn’t speculate on why she was there, they only reported that she was there.
When Ah-reum learns of the article, she goes online and reads the netizens’ comments, horrified to see that everyone is assuming that Jin-jin went to the hospital to get an abortion. Even Jin-jin’s young rival, Da-young, gleefully takes pleasure in Jin-jin’s downfall.
Jin-jin grows increasingly downcast as she listens to CEO Jang fighting with reporters. Though his protestations fail, he still tries his best to cheer her up for her meeting with the movie director. But just as they’re heading out, the director calls to cancel.
Doctor Woo-sung finds Ah-reum, worried that he may have said something to upset Jin-jin last night. Ah-reum snaps at him for caring more about Jin-jin than her, his actual patient, but he just asks for Jin-jin’s number so he can apologize, hee.
As CEO Jang fields another call from brands threatening to sue Jin-jin for breach of contract, Jin-jin stands to leave. Hong-hee explains that her van is being camped by reporters, so he got her a “limousine,” which turns out to be stylist Mi-dal driving a compact car, and doing it so badly that Jin-jin fears for her life, ha. Mi-dal reassures Jin-jin that she has nothing to worry about because this isn’t her first time driving a car—it’s her second.
Young-shim calls Jin-jin to warn that there are reporters swarming her building, and Mi-dal gets an idea. A little while later, Jin-jin drives up to her apartment on a delivery scooter from her father’s restaurant, her face hidden by her helmet’s visor. Smart!
But the reporters are smart, too, and one in particular eyes her with suspicion. When she slips into the building, he and a couple other reporters follow Jin-jin inside and into the elevator.
The reporters know she lives on the fourteenth or fifteenth floor and push both buttons, figuring to try both. So Jin-jin chooses the thirteenth floor just to get away from them and steps off quickly. The one persistent reporter follows her using the excuse that he’ll walk up the stairs, watching her closely, and Jin-jin panics and rings the first doorbell she sees.
When the door opens, she slips inside without even checking to see who answered—and freezes to find herself face to face with Ji-won.