We have reached the cliff drop to angst territory in Super, as Mi-rae announces her intention to join the Noble Idiot ranks in ep10. (and oh, suddenly she is so altruistic) Juz as the weepies are brought along by Mi-rae’s desire to conceal her illness from her family and friends, the hilarity and warm fuzziness that had juz gone by are also results from that same desire.
Making a Family
Call it selfishness, or a primal need to protect her child, Mi-rae definitely did not agree to a re-union with Yul on a voluntary basis. Had it not been her terminal illness, and had she not be saddled with a little girl, I’d bet Mi-rae would have juz crawled into her quiet corner to die. However, since she needs to make sure her little girl gets a guardian (and who needs to love her as a parent) after she passes on, she has to go on a Daddy Hunt. And to prevent the potential Daddy from running away, Mi-rae chooses to conceal the real reason behind the reunion.
It has always been Mi-rae (and Sa-rang) as priority (as many viewers have pointed out), Yul doesn’t even get a chance to disagree to setting up house with her. Although he clearly doesn’t mind her waltzing back into his life again. While you may condone her morally, having Mi-rae actively force a family out of Yul drives the whole story. It isn’t juz about Mi-rae changing Yul from being a can’t-be-bothered slob to a caring, responsible family man; Mi-rae’s action also force everyone around her to change. From the hotheaded, wilful Sa-rang to even Mi-rae herself.
I very much enjoyed the hilarity that follows when Mi-rae and Sa-rang move in to Yul’s bachelor pad. Suddenly everything Yul does/owns is dirty and inappropriate, and he has to make huge sacrifices to his diet, his musical preference and even dresscode. Likewise, the girls also have to adapt to living with a man within their midst — a messy and sometimes, emotionally blunt one at that. Poor Sa-rang has to endure her classmates teasing her for accidentally bringing porn to school (and note that she doesn’t really make a big fuss out of the porn incident after), and Mi-rae, has to help the rash Yul do the pandering to his bosses, in order to help him keep his job.
Obviously the upside of having the girls enter Yul’s life is Yul becoming less impulsive, more caring and sensitive. I like how Yul changed around his father, who (as we saw earlier in eps1/2) has the tendency to annoy Yul and bring out the worst in him during every encounter. With Mi-rae’s placating influence and becoming a father figure himself, Yul begins to understand how a parent operates, and sees that sometimes, trying to be a good father is not an easy task. Since Yul’s dad like to gatecrash their home (he uses a visit to Mi-rae as pretext), the father-son actually got to spend quality time together. Such as playing Go-Stop! with Mi-rae and later sharing the same bed.
Sa-rang and Mi-rae also become less (annoyingly) stubborn with Yul around. Sa-rang begins to appreciate Yul’s frankness in relationships. While she appears to be tactless and blunt, Sa-rang is actually a rather sensitive and vulnerable child. Her aggressiveness is probably a defense mechanism to shrug off those comments about her coming from a single Mum family. While she relies heavily on Mi-rae, she also understands that her mum may have too much responsibilites to bear. So she keeps things to herself (like how her shoes bought by Mi-rae actually don’t fit). With Yul, Sa-rang is unconditionally frank (and sometimes rude). But Sa-rang needs an adult whom she can voice her worries and fears with. Her breakthrough comes when she appeals to Yul as a father to rescue her when she freaked out on stage.
Mi-rae too, recognises she has changed when she constructed this temporary family. Suddenly, she desires the temporary to become permanent. She admits to herself, and Dr Shin, that she has loved Yul and her love for him had never dampened. Her initial choice to choose Yul isn’t entirely cos he is juz “potential father figure” or “happens to be around”, but something much deeper than that. Yul has always been that 100% in her mind.
Breaking a Family
While we haven’t really slide into Angst last week, we are peering into its abyss. Mi-rae’s condition has worsen. To the point that she cannot hide it anymore. And juz as her secret is about to be spilled, things start to unravel. The more Mi-rae tries to salvage and keep her secret a secret, the faster the unravellings.
First to go is Yul’s dad, who finds out about her condition when he overhears Dr Shin discussing it with his colleague. Yul’s dad suffers a massive heart attack, and never pulls through. (shucks, juz when i am starting to adore him) Despite that, he manages to console Mi-rae with his last breath, and encourages her to tell Yul.
Ironically, even though Mi-rae has achieved her objective of creating a Dependable Dad, she is choosing to break up the family now. While previously she has been hiding her illness to attain her objective, suddenly she realises she has been a selfish prick. And single mindedly (again) decides that Yul should not be saddled with responsibiities that aren’t his in the first place. So she decides to leave Yul. I’m not sure exactly what will happen to Sa-rang then, but likely she will break up Yul’s bond with her too?
Frankly, I don’t think plans will go her way that easily. For one, Sa-rang is fairly bright kid. Although Dr Shin sorta assured her that Mi-rae is fine, she may still harbour a nagging feeling that something is not ok. And having her mum do a 180 about turn will definitely spark a torrent of questions. Yul too, won’t let go of Mi-rae again that easily. Despite being hotheaded and likely to shoot his mouth off, Yul has shown to be rather tenacious.
If only Mi-rae will juz admit to being sick… (and i am still harbouring some hope that she will have a miraculous recovery…i really hate seeing the cute family break apart)