I loved today's episode title -- love in a damaged (or broken) home. Not one person that comes from a broken home is the same as another. For some, a broken home is caused by a divorce, abuse, neglect, or extreme poverty, as in the case of Ja Sung. For others, a broken home is the only thing they know. It comes at a young age and a high cost to who they would become. No definition explains what it feels like or what it means to be so broken. But then it's the same for Young Won, Editor Nam, Editor Eui Joo, Chief Editor Go, Mi Ra (Yoo Young), and even Shin Gyeom.
Trust, love, friendships, all these are earned rather than taken for granted. Loving someone from a broken home can be hard work, but once they trust and love, they cherish those they love with all of their heart because to them, they are that safe place they worked so hard to achieve. And that's what I saw in Ja Sung's love for Young Won -- trust, hope, foreverness, and fear of losing what means the most to him -- a safe place and heart.
It was great hearing Ja Sung shout out a "yes" rather than his typical no for a change; his reaction and dazed look at Young Won walking into the office was the best. I loved it. As much as I like his new in love side, I love the crude yet unbelievably cute side better. I think what I like most about Ja Sung is that there is no middle ground with him. He is the kind of person that either gives it his all or nothing at all. On the other hand, as much as I like Chief Editor Go, his behavior at times infuriates me to no end. I know he has a lot of issues at home. I would rather he divorced his mean wife than let her make him seem so petty.
My heart was in pieces for Editor Nam; I can completely understand his denial, but I wish he realized that person moving on from him means she's left leaves room for someone even better to come into his life. I hope the same for Shin Gyeom: he realizes there is someone out there for him much better than Young Won. I am still in awe at how much having Young Won return Ja Sung has affected him and for the better. One day spent with someone one loves can change everything, that's for sure. Just as losing them could as well; poor Editor Nam. As they say, true life is lived when tiny changes occur. And just because people are products of their past doesn't mean they have to be prisoners of it.
What I love most about Ja Sung is his ability to turn any situation to work for him quickly. Chief Editor losing his cool at everyone calling him by his given name was to die for, as much as he incenses me at times as much as I love his antics. I like that the show made him redeem himself with Editor Nam this episode; it was worth the while. Young Won's narration couldn't have said it any better, likening a home to a relationship. It's so true a home is a long-standing relationship; the longer the connection, the stronger it becomes, healing in a way.
I swear this show brings up the best of things -- couple condiment dating set at the movies is one of the best so far. I felt so bad for Ja Sung and Young Won this episode. If it's not one thing, it's another; I don't think they've even been on one proper date since they started dating. I like that Editor Yeo stood up to Ja Sung even if it was misplaced. So, I understood why Editor Yeo would be upset, but as a true friend, I knew she would be happy for Young Won, no matter the situation. I love the simplicity of this drama; even in the sad moments, it's a blessing to watch. I love the Story of US OST. It describes Ja Sung and Young Won so beautifully. Watch Episodes 9 & 10 here.