Whether it’d be a person, event, or self-actualization, the moment that we need something to believe in, life has a funny way of giving us exactly what we want at its own timing. Just when Dan Oh felt depressed for being unable to change her fate, No. 13 makes his presence known and gives her hope that perhaps if they live in a comic book world, then anything is indeed possible.
Dan Oh gets another preview of the storyboard of her getting lost in a forest, further developing Nam Ju and Ju Da’s romance, and having Baek Kyung find and scold her. Despite being with Sae Mi, she goes on her monologue rant towards the writer. No. 13 is seen exploring the forest himself and goes through an off limits section, though what he saw was not yet revealed.
Nighttime comes and the students prepare for the couple trekking activity. Dan Oh decides to get things over with and she gets Baek Kyung to go to the forest with her already. As the stage is set, Dan Oh’s heart starts to ache and Baek Kyung leaves her alone. Once back in the shadow, she explores the forest a little bit until she gets to the spot that she saw in the storyboard. She screams really loudly from there so that right on cue, Ju Da leans on Nam Ju for comfort.
Despite memorizing the forest routes, Dan Oh still gets lost navigating her way among the woods. No. 13 eventually finds her, scared out of her mind, and they end up going to the place that he found earlier. Dan Oh realizes that the story was altered because it was supposed to be Baek Kyung who finds her, but she’s with No. 13 now. The off limits section turned out to be a beautiful secret spot where red flowers bloomed and a waterfall was situated. Dan Oh scoots down near the water and slips while trying to get up, No. 13 also slips and they end up lying on the grass beside each other. She calls him “Ha Roo” (Yes, he finally has a name!), meaning one day, because he has the power to change her day😍 He looks at her intently but before he can respond, a page turning sound is made and Dan Oh switches to another stage scene altogether.
It is the following morning and the class are visiting a temple this time. Being in the shadow, Dan Oh wonders why Baek Kyung is telling her the lines he was supposed to say in the stage if he found her last night, he even asks her if her heart is okay. Ooohh, looks like someone is slowly becoming self aware too🤔 Dan Oh finds Ha Roo and she reintroduces herself again, still thinking that he has probably forgotten about her. She ends up following him and they find a treasure box with a keychain inside. Dan Oh observes that it’s adorned with the same flowers they saw last night in the forbidden area, and Ha Roo suddenly drops it, seemingly getting hurt by touching it.
Another stage scene interrupts their moment and Dan Oh is transported to the train station. Ha Roo and her lock eyes and she feels like he remembers her but doesn’t jump to any conclusions. On their way home, Baek Kyung looks at Dan Oh while she looks at Ha Roo. Once she turns away, Ha Roo looks at her as well.
Dan Oh’s friend, Su Chul, took polaroid pictures of their trip and sells it to his classmates. Sae Mi takes two pictures for Dan Oh and she is excited with one picture of her that has Ha Roo in the background. Baek Kyung asks her why she won’t keep the other picture, one with her and him, and the look of confusion is apparent on his face of her hot and cold behavior towards him. Dan Oh doesn’t understand why Baek Kyung storms off but she just continues to adore her photo with Ha Roo😏
Do Hwa and Dan Oh hang out at the school bridge and he asks her how she deals with their set-up of being extras. Dan Oh is firm that things can change and she tells him to talk to Ju Da since he is complaining that he always just sees her back. He does chase her down and is just glad to see and talk to her. Meanwhile, Dried Squid is informed by Dan Oh of her changing her fate with Ha Roo and he isn’t happy about it. He warns her ominously that naming an extra is dangerous but our favorite heroine isn’t deterred by his words.
Dried Squid is reading the comic book in the library and he notices papers of drawings getting scattered on the floor. He follows the trail and discovers a wall filled with Ha Roo’s drawings. Back at the classroom, Dan Oh admires the polaroid picture while looking at Ha Roo. When he acknowledges her gaze, she is caught by surprise. she mouths the words “What are you looking at?” and he responds with a “You”. They also interact with each other in the library and Baek Kyung gets annoyed with them. He pushes Ha Roo against a bookcase and his head starts to bleed. Dan Oh faints from this encounter and wakes up in the hospital again. Her doctor is hesitant to tell her about her condition getting worse but she speaks ahead and admits that she knows she doesn’t have much time left.
A memory of Dan Oh as a kid is her planting flowers with her mom in their garden. She comes home from school one day and is shocked to see that the flowers are gone and that her father also doesn’t have that memory any longer too. She begins to think about the incident where Ha Roo also got hurt and becomes discouraged. She cries to Dried Squid (Because she is slicing onions, haha) that things are indeed worse because of her and that she will stop talking to
Ha Roo No. 13 altogether.
A family dinner between Dan Oh’s dad and Baek Kyung’s family is held sans Dan Oh. Baek Kyung’s father gets annoyed at him because this puts a damper on their business deal with Dan Oh’s dad. He punches his own son because Baek Kyung tells off his stepmother as well and he gets a cut on his lip. As usual, he takes out his frustrations on Dan Oh the next day at school. Out of nowhere, Ha Roo punches him for disrespecting her and takes her hand to get away from Baek Kyung. Down on the ground, Baek Kyung yells out who the hell he is and Ha Roo replies that he won’t remember anyway because:
Sometimes I don’t know on whether I should include the main couple’s, Nam Ju and Ju Da (At least in the comics), development in my recaps!😅 I’m not a fan of Nam Ju’s leading man prototype character of being the aloof jerk who is really a good guy; while Ju Da is tolerable, her innocent doe eyed character is not sitting well with me. Technically, they aren’t this kdrama’s leading characters but I just want to commend the show for doing a fantastic job of balancing their exposures and storylines on screen. With Do Hwa being self aware and having a nice personality, I’m kind of rooting for him and Ju Da. I don’t think that’s possible though, even if Ju Da becomes self aware, so I hope that Do Hwa also gets his own happy ending without a romantic partner.
Is Dan Oh selfish for wanting to change her status in the comic book? I honestly don’t think so because like I said in my recommendation post, it’s not like she’s trying to replace Ju Da as the main character of the comic. She just wants her own story — a life that she voluntarily chooses to have, and not dictated by the writer. She just doesn’t realize the bigger ramifications of her actions yet but with what happened in these 2 episodes, she is making an impact more than she thinks. It can be tedious to watch her go from giving up to immediately having a shred of hope, but given her status of fighting an unknown force of destiny and meeting Ha Roo, I think it’s understandable🥺
I really don’t like Baek Kyung’s character but yes, it is his set-up to be a jerk and getting pressured by his family. I’m not sure what he’ll really feel towards Dan Oh once he learns the truth of being self aware though! Maybe a love triangle is possible but given his crude and selfish nature, there’s no way in hell I am rooting for him and Dan Oh.