As our world begins to warm up for spring, deep winter still buries this Hyecheon village. With new revelations behind Mok Hye-won’s (Park Min-young) bitter past with her friend Bo-young (Lim Se-mi), we learn more about why Hye-won is as distant as she is. Meanwhile, Eun-seob (Seo Kang-joon) is everyone’s mountain-climbing savant and savior, much to his family’s (and Hye-won’s) discomfort. Oh, and along with our resident Anna singing Elsa’s “Let it Go,” we have our beloved trope of forced shared living arrangements! Join Wendilynn-unni and me as we learn about and deliberate the cloudiness in the characters’ hearts in the next episodes of “When the Weather is Fine”!
Wendilynn: I’m laughing at you calling the little sister Anna. I did not surprise me when she called herself the school outcast. Lol. When they revealed that she likes the smartest boy in school, I couldn’t help but think of “Playful Kiss.” All she needs now is to have her house destroyed so she can move into his home. Lol. He’s already rejected her. Isn’t that the next step? Seriously, though, despite her petty thieving, she is a fun little sister. Our Eun-seob is so reserved. He needs someone lively in his life.
Pamela: She takes after her brother in the “school outcast” department. But I’m guessing she’ has to be weirder than him to get attention. Maybe if her bike gets destroyed, Mr. No.1 in the School can give her rides. I think she’d enjoy yelling for people to move from her royal carriage. (It’d make her feel more like a princess than the belting did.) During one of the book club meetings, Eun-seob mentioned the story of “The Wolf’s Silver Eyelash.” It seems that story could tell us a lot about how he sees the world around him.
Wendilynn: I think that legend tells us where both Eun-seob and Hye-won are in their lives.
We got to see what really happened between Bo-young and Hye-won, and I still don’t feel forgiving. But I understand why a kid would do what she did. The resulting bullying, though, was not okay. I wonder what stopped her from drowning herself in the river. Things got worse for her. I don’t blame her for putting up walls to protect her heart. I wonder what Eun-seob’s story is.
Pamela: While I also understand Bo-young’s decision, as shortsighted as it was, Hye-won’s made a significant point. She asked Bo-young to promise never to tell anyone, and she broke that promise. Bo-young’s heart was in the right place, but that won’t be enough after what Hye-won went through. Thankfully, something or someone saved Hye-won that day.
As for Eun-seob, his story is probably one of the most intriguing aspects of this drama. Against his mother’s wishes, he is so well-acquainted with the mountains he even has a little shack. Nobody can find it but him, and he’s the only one people trust in the mountains. I can’t help but feel a little pain for him after he saved the city hall employee.
Wendilynn: Solitude is both a friend and an enemy. I like what he said about how people sometimes lock up their feelings. He’s well-acquainted with this and recognizes it in Hye-won. And her aunt, for that matter. It’s probably why he’s such patient support in Hye-won’s life. He gets why she is the way she is. He would know her history just like all the other kids in school, but he never turned on her. It probably has to do with whatever story he’s got.
Pamela: He knows as much of her history as the rest of the village. But before her return, Hye-won didn’t seem to think very much about Eun-seob. He was the lonely kid at school who was off daydreaming about a “Good Night’s” sleep.
We can tell Eun-seob has liked Hye-won for a long time. Even writing about her and giving her the codename (“Irene”). With what we’ve seen so far, they didn’t interact much in the past, despite living nearby. I mean, that’s all changed now that they’re in closer proximity and temporarily living together. Eun-seob seems comfortable keeping his distance from everyone. (Or at least he did before Hye-won threatened to move back to Seoul after her house became a Disney movie set.)
Wendilynn: I’m just going to say it. I laughed a lot when I saw that the aunt had killed their house with water. A blow torch … oh my gosh, that was both horrendous and funny as hell. It’s fun watching Eun-seob crush over Hye-won. I was glad he convinced her to stay in his home. Even if it’s an old trope, I am still rooting for him. I think he’s my favorite character in this show so far.
I’ve been trying to figure out how the show’s title reflects what is going on. I couldn’t see how it applied to the tension between them. She’s falling for him now too. When she told Bo-young, “I’ll meet you when the weather is fine,” I realized this title is really about forgiveness. We have a host of very hurt people here. I think this show is going to take us on a journey of forgiveness and acceptance. People tend to hold grudges. You have to let them go to move forward.
Pamela: We have to follow Im-hwi’s (Kim Hwan-hee) lead and “Let it Go” so the snow will eventually melt. I didn’t initially think about the title that way. Especially since “I’ll go back to Seoul in the spring” is Hye-won’s chosen excuse for staying in the village and not meeting Bo-young. During my first viewing, I thought the title was sort of connected to the characters’ avoidance of their issues. But I think I agree with your prospect of “forgiveness,” Wendilynn-unni. This will be the winter that hopefully leads our Hyecheon friends into an everlasting spring.