What Do You Do With The Memory Box After Breaking Up?
This simple question encapsulates the entirety of Lovestruck In The City episode 5 as we deep dive into the ensuing after-effects of a painful break-up and what to do with memories you hold dear with that person.
Specifically, we begin 3 years ago where we follow Kang Geon and his girlfriend. Well, ex-girlfriend given they’ve broken up. In a very public area, she makes him remove his shoes, socks and jumper. It’s a bitterly cold night too and he’s forced to stretch and jog on the spot to warm up.
However, he winds up in a chance encounter with a fellow soccer player for his old high school team called Dong-Sik. He rocks up with a jumper and shoes for him. Given what a crazy coincidence this has been, they eventually wind up together getting drunk.
Meanwhile, we catch a glimpse of Kyeung-Jun meeting Rin-I after their break-up to return her things. He refuses to throw her trinkets away and admits, with a box of their things in his hands, that he doesn’t want to break-up.
He thaws away at her icy façade and convinces her to hear him out. With bunny ears on and a hilariously ridiculous hopping stunt outside, she remembers how much fun they had together and agrees to give him another chance.
In yet more flashbacks we see Jae-Won and Seon-A taking photos together and enjoying their time down by the shore. Their honeymoon phase is in full swing as the pair continue to get along really well.
As we soon find out though, Seon-A has all 3 of his cameras and after they broke up, sold them. Speaking to the camera in the present, Jae-Won leaves a message asking exactly what Seon-A did with the money. Although he admits he’s angry…he also asks her to contact him too.
Anyway, Kang-Geon is actually living with Eun-O and notices camera rolls in the fridge. She’s pretty protective over them though and she eventually heads off to get them developed.
As fate would have it, Jae-Won contacts the owner of the shop asking for his photos to be developed. Only, given Eun-O is in there developing a stack of her own, he tells Jae-Won to return the following day. After hanging up the phone, he glances over at Eun-O and notices the photos being developed, instantly recognizing Jae-Won.
While Eun-O heads home and looks over the various photos she’s had developed, Jae-Won admits that he didn’t actually give her his camera. In fact, she actually had his camera bag that day at the airport but Jae-Won assumed she’d be seeing him again so didn’t say anything.
As we soon find out, she left a voice message for him when they were supposed to meet, telling him they shouldn’t meet again and admitting that stealing the cameras was her intention all along. It doesn’t seem right and Jae-Won too believes there’s more going on here than meets the eye.
The Episode Review
Lovestruck In The City returns this week with more background for our various characters. In terms of content, there really isn’t a lot going on here aside from Eun-O’s deception and what she could potentially be hiding. I still think there’s more to her story than she’s letting on but for now we’re left with a pretty conflicted character that deceived Jae-Won and broke his heart.
The poor guy is clearly confused and reeling over what happened and understandably so too – Eun-O completely deceived him all summer and essentially led him on. If she wasn’t happy with being a different person she should have severed the relationship there and then or at least told him the truth. Anything else just feels cruel and ill-placed.
Still, the format here is very unusual for Korean dramas and to be honest it does work pretty well to help this one stand out from the masses. Ironically, the supporting characters are actually more interesting than the main couple and I hope the show starts to showcase their stories a bit more than they currently are.