Temperature of Love Title: 사랑의 온도/Temperature of Love Chinese Title: 愛情的溫度 Otherwise called: Love’s Temperature Class: Romance, Comedy Scenes: 40 (35 minutes/scene) Communicate organize: SBS Communicate period: 2017-Sep-18 to 2017-Nov-21 Broadcast appointment: Monday and Tuesday 22:00 (2 scenes consecutive) Synopsis In light of the novel “Great Soup Never Picks up the Phone” by Ha Myung Hee which was distributed from …Read More »
Temperature of Love Episode 14 Recap
EPISODE 14 RECAP
Hyun-soo becomes even more defeated when she sees that nobody read her latest script. Kyung cheers her up by taking her to lunch at Good Soup, only remembering that she’s mentioned the chef’s name before, but unaware that she knows him. She gets a clue when Jung-sun visits their table and they speak to each other familiarly, and she makes a speedy exit to leave them alone.
Jung-sun invites Hyun-soo upstairs to his apartment for coffee. He can tell that Hyun-soo needs to talk so he goes into “listening mode.” When she says she asked Hong-ah about them, he asks Hyun-soo to tell him exactly what Hong-ah said so that he can clear up any misunderstanding.
Hyun-soo says she’s jealous that Jung-sun is always so clear and never wavers. He explains that he just didn’t have anyone in his life to pick him up if he fell while wavering, so she needn’t be jealous. Hyun-soo tells him sadly that she feels like she’s fighting with Hong-ah over a man.
Jung-sun tells her that she should give up on him now. He continues, “If your feelings are enough to give up like this, throw in the towel now. I despise confusing emotions. I’ve never confused you once. You go back and forth saying human beings are contradictions. You push away the man who loves you for reality’s sake. What am I supposed to rely on to start again?”
Hyun-soo apologizes, and Jung-sun looks away from her, admitting, “I’m scared.” He confesses that he’s afraid she’ll push him away again, since there’s nothing stopping her from doing it a second time. He adds sadly, “Reality is always harsh,” and Hyun-soo reaches out to clasp his hand. She admits that she was only thinking of herself when love takes two people, and that she didn’t take him seriously. She tells Jung-sun she’ll think about it.
Hong-ah visits Jung-woo at his office, where he explains that since her script was chosen in another production company’s competition, that it will be difficult and complicated for him to produce it. She doesn’t care, saying that she chose his company for a reason. He agrees to think about it and does say that he liked it, saying that birth secrets always go over well. She tells him that she was going for familiarity and that she based the characters on people she knows.
Jung-woo agrees to think about signing a contract with Hong-ah, but she insists on being paid more than Hyun-soo, which he isn’t keen on. She accuses him of having feelings for Hyun-soo, but he nips that in the bud. He tells Hong-ah that there are rules to follow if she wants to work for him, and the first is to earn his trust.
He says that right now, Hong-ah can’t even be compared to Hyun-soo, who has written a drama that has been produced, while Hong-ah has no credentials. She tries to argue that her script is better, but Jung-woo asserts that a written script can’t be measured against an actual show.
On his way home, Jung-woo calls Hyun-soo to go for a walk to get her mind off her troubles. They end up at the corner where the tiny flower usually grows, and Jung-woo is disappointed that it’s gone. Hyun-soo laughs at him, saying that it already did its job and went in to rest, and that flowers only bloom at certain times.
She lets him know that she’s aware of what he’s doing, bringing her to see the flower that gives her strength when she’s down. He tells her that Hong-ah came to him with her script and wants to make a deal, and that he’s interested because it’s a fun script, but he’s equally not interested because of her personality. Hyun-soo says that her personality doesn’t matter, and to do what he usually does.
Changing the subject, Hyun-soo asks if Jung-woo thinks she’s not serious enough. He asks who said that and she just says “someone.” Jung-woo takes her side, insisting that that person is wrong. He tells her that she just thinks too much, especially about love, and that she should follow her heart before she ends up alone.
Seeing an opening, Jung-woo says she should stop thinking of a man she can’t have. He says that she’s realistic about love, and yet not: “Your reality right now is me.”
Over at Good Soup, Jung-sun and Won-joon discuss the restaurant, and how they hope that the TV show is a hit so that it draws in business. Won-joon thinks that Jung-sun should market his looks, adding that he’s miserly towards women with his emotions, which adds to his mystery.
Jung-sun says that’s just because he was raised by people who spent their emotions too easily. Won-joon says sadly that when a woman as beautiful as Hong-ah has feelings for him, he should at least consider her, but Jung-sun thinks his friend is strange for saying that when he likes her himself.
Won-joon mopes that he loves Hong-ah and is waiting for her, confessing that sometimes he wishes for Jung-sun to be cruel to her, but then he feels bad for her. Won-joon jokes that if Hong-ah were a man, it would’ve been over long ago because he’d have beaten her up, and the friends share a good laugh.
When the cooking show airs, Jung-sun’s popularity goes through the roof. He tells his excited staff not to get their hopes up, but it’s futile, as they read online comments about how much everyone wants to eat at Good Soup.
Hyun-soo isn’t having such a good night—the latest episode of Unruly Detectives airs, and it’s completely different from what she’d written. Kyung tells her sadly that there are other writers already attached to the project. Determined to get some answers, she finds CP Yoo, who says that Director Min has been using other writers besides Writer Park for some time now.
CP Yoo pleads with her to just endure it, since it will still air under her name and she’ll still get the credit, and her next drama will go easier. Incredulous, she goes for a run, with all of her struggles and everyone’s opinions about her racing through her mind.
Kyung goes to see Jung-woo in desperation, and although he says that things won’t be easy for Hyun-soo because the ratings have gone up with the ghostwriters, he reassures Kyung that Hyun-soo won’t be fired (and HAHA, I’m dying at how Kyung’s chair seems to be trying to swallow her throughout the entire conversation). Kyung flounces off when Joon-ha arrives, so she misses the fact that he’s bringing Jung-woo information on the situation.
He reports that there’s a team of three writers working on the show, and that Hyun-soo can’t be fired… she’d have to quit. He thinks that she should hang in there to reap the glory when the show’s ratings go up, but Jung-woo grumbles that glory is pointless when you’ve been ripped to pieces.
Jung-woo goes to see Jung-sun, congratulating him on his sudden popularity. Jung-sun isn’t so sure he deserves congratulations when he didn’t do anything to earn it, so Jung-woo shamelessly takes the credit. While he’s there, he asks Jung-sun for help in planning a proposal dinner at Good Soup, and Jung-sun enthusiastically agrees that whoever his love is, she’s a lucky lady.
In the morning, Hyun-soo is visited by her whole family, which now includes her sister Hyun-yi’s adorable four-year-old daughter, Bo-ra. Hyun-yi is a lot more reserved since getting married, though she still acts mildly hostile towards Hyun-soo, who credits her brother-in-law with taming her sister.
Bo-ra pipes up about an article written about Hyun-soo, and when she looks it up, it’s about her being replaced by a ghostwriter (which is supposed to be a secret). Even Hyun-yi takes pity on her and says that at least she got her debut, as her parents look on pityingly.
Good Soup is packed to the rafters, and the chefs are exhausted by the time they get a break to eat. They’re excited to learn that they’re booked solid for the next week, so they decide to celebrate after the dinner service.
After giving it a lot of thought, Hyun-soo goes to CP Yoo and tells him that she’s quitting the show. He tries to change her mind, but she respectfully insists on quitting, even when he warns that she’ll regret it. On her way out of the building, she thinks about Jung-sun’s fear that she’ll push him away again, and she tries to call him. But he’s out playing ball with the guys (and girl!), so he misses her call.
Jung-woo gets the news from CP Yoo and calls Hyun-soo, ordering her to his office. She braces herself for punishment since she couldn’t stick it out, but Jung-woo insists that he never asked that of her. Hyun-soo asks if he knows how hard it is to admit that you can’t see something through to the end.
She tells him, “Everyone told me to endure, but that’s not the script I wrote. That’s not the story I wanted to tell. But everyone is saying it will be okay if I endure. Does that make sense?” She says that she ignored the signs that things weren’t going well because she wanted to debut and see her name on the screen.
She continues, “I gave up on the story I wanted to write in order to endure. But if I endure this time, I think I won’t be able to come back to the version of myself I most want to be.” She asks if that’s wrong of her, tears streaming down her face.
Jung-woo steps closer and raises a hand to her face, wiping her tears. Hyun-soo is caught by the tender look in his eyes, but then she snaps out of it, brushing his hand away. But Jung-woo grabs her hand and holds on tight.
When we first began this journey, I assumed that when we got to the present times, that the main reason for Jung-sun and Hyun-soo’s missed connection when they first met—their careers—wouldn’t be an issue anymore. I just figured that with five years under their belts, that they would have that part of their lives under control and would be able to focus on their relationship in a way that they couldn’t before. But that’s not the case, and in fact, you could argue that their fears are even more justified than they were five years ago, because now they’ve had a taste of success and know what they’d be missing if they lost it.
Hyun-soo is in a much more precarious position than Jung-sun, but they’re both in danger of losing everything if they make just one wrong move. But that just makes their relationship that much more interesting this time around, because with time and maturity, hopefully they’ve learned that professional issues don’t have to mean giving up on love. I’d say that Jung-sun already knows this, since he was ready to wait five years for Hyun-soo if she would wait for him. He’s been nothing but crystal-clear about how he feels about Hyun-soo, and he’s even been honest regarding his misgivings about giving her another chance, because he’s scared she’ll hurt him again. I just love that about him, that no matter how difficult the subject, you know that he says exactly what he feels.
It’s Hyun-soo who has trouble compartmentalizing work and love, and not letting one affect the other. What’s different about her is that she’s more self-aware now, and she’s taking this very seriously this time around. She knows how much she regretted her choice five years ago, so now she’s taking her time to decide whether or not to be with Jung-sun because she doesn’t want to make the same mistake again. I respect that she’s not impulsively jumping back into things with Jung-sun without thinking about it, because I believe that on some level she knows that this is for keeps with him. She’s not taking his feelings lightly anymore, and she’s considering the fact that once she decides to be with him, it will be permanent.
Something that really bugs me in dramas is when the second lead gets it in their head that they have some claim on the object of their affection, especially when the other person isn’t interested. Hong-ah is terrible about this—Jung-sun has been telling her for years that he’s not interested in her, and he never will be, yet she continues to pout and pitch fits whenever she pushes the issue and he has to draw that line again. But what I appreciate about this drama is that for the first time I can remember, the guy she likes isn’t having any of her shenanigans.
It’s incredibly frustrating when a second lead has this attitude and for some inexplicable reason, the person they like lets them get away with it. But Jung-sun gets annoyed and frustrated with Hong-ah instead of letting her manipulate him. He makes his feelings crystal-clear, about Hong-ah and about Hyun-soo. Nobody can say that he led Hong-ah on, and he even says that to her flat-out. I nearly cheered when Jung-sun told Hong-ah that he’s never done anything to make her think she has a chance with him, and that her feelings are her own responsibility. Hong-ah’s bad behavior is completely her own delusional thinking that she can have him just because she wants him, and for once, the only one who thinks that’s reasonable is her.
Not that Jung-woo is any better when it comes to Hyun-soo, though I like him a lot more as a person right now. But he’s got this whole fantasy built up around Hyun-soo, to the point that he plans to propose marriage, when they’ve never even been on a date! I mean, is that even a thing that people actually do? Granted, she’s never turned him down in so many words, but you’d think after five years (and her crying over another man when he confessed) that he’d get the message. But Jung-woo has the same problem what Hong-ah has—they both think that wanting someone is all it takes to own them. It’s ironic that Jung-woo tells Hyun-soo to stop pining for a man she can’t have, when the truth is that she can have Jung-sun the moment she makes up her mind. It’s Jung-woo who’s hung up on someone he can’t have, yet he doesn’t even see it. I’m getting really scared for the moment when he finds out about Hyun-soo and Jung-sun, because although he’s a good person who truly cares for them both, there’s definitely a dark side simmering under the surface. I’m not looking forward to that part of him being woken up.