Reel to Real? Translation of JHW’s confession and YIN’s reaction
So I spend eight hours off the internet, focusing completely on the final recap. I hit “publish” and finally go searching for reactions to the episode, since I have tried to remain completely spoiler free since last night.
Then I see this. (Transcribing on request)
Ji Hyun Woo confessing to Yoo In Na. In public. In front of hundreds of people. In a digital age where this this will spread like a wildfire burning through the internet cables and the hearts of fans everywhere.
Ji Hyun Woo: (Something that was cut out here in the audio)…. I received a present. From Yoo InNa-shi, the thing I am so grateful for, is that…You know the scene in episode 14 where I confess? The scene when I am crying. In the script direction, it said that I should just cry a single tear because I feel like I have become an orphan. At that time, it was really hard to cry. I had to cry within a short time frame. So I tried to gather my emotions and called for a time out. I was sitting on the bench by myself when suddenly, InNa-shi sat down next to me and put an earphone in my ear. The ost of our drama. All of a sudden at that moment, tears just started to fall. Uh..So…(Ji Hyun Woo gives a pause that indicates he is saying something that is hard to say)… Yes…I…yes..I want to be truthful.
(Audience shouts. So do I. I want to know if Yoo InNa had continued to sit next to him and shared the earphone.)
Ji Hyun Woo: The charm of our drama is ‘men boong,’ right? (Audience laughs) Right? There is ‘men boong’ in every episode. The thing that will make you (referring to the audience)’men boong’ today is…I love InNa-shi.
(Men boong is a current Korean slang that is the shortened phrase for ‘men-tal-boong-gaeh’ which is a combination of the English word ‘mental’ and the Korean word ‘boong-gaeh.’ Boong-gaeh means collapse, or breakdown, so ‘men-tal-boong-gaeh’ means mental breakdown. It is a way of describing so much shock, your brain shuts down. And shut down it has for me.)
Yoo InNa’s reaction:
The host has been talking when the audio finally cuts in.
Host to InNa: I’m not saying that you guys are/will date but you can say something, right?
InNa: Uhm..you see…I had a lot of crying scenes and I listened to the ost then. Isn’t the ost very good? (The audience replies yes.) Very…so at that time…
Host: We aren’t curious about that. Since he said he loved you, you should reply or you should tell us if you are dating or not, since the fans are curious.
InNa: It’s not that..I think I need to talk to him after this finishes…(“We need to talk about…”) with what kind of heart he would say something like this. (InNa giggles and turns to JHW.) (“We need to talk about…”) what this person is saying right now…(The host starts to talk but InNa adds…)This is really a ‘men boong’ drama.
She passes mic to Kim Jin Woo. I think Kim Jin Woo is trying to help out InNa. He says, “I wore those earphones too. Didn’t the director wears those earphones also?:
Okay, my two cents.
From what I can tell, JHW seems to be really confessing to YIN. Those pauses are so loaded with meaning. YIN seems geniunely surprised but I don’t think she sounds unhappy or upset about the sudden confession. She definitely is surprised and is trying to diffuse the situation, but she doesn’t sound exactly reluctant.
I don’t RL-ship during a drama but when an OTP do get together in real life, I am happy for them. Since we don’t know if this couple is dating or will date, I am content to just let these two work it out and keep my feelings from bubbling over so that if they don’t end up dating, I won’t be too disappointed.
For now, I’m just gonna take my Hee-Jin and Boong-Do.