How can everything fall apart so quickly? It’s scary, really.
We left off at that stupid cliffhanger. I hate reporters. They make everything so complicated. I especially hate this reporter, because he’s opening the floodgates to disaster, and he’s having a field day doing it.
So what was Ji-hyuk’s answer? No, he’s not living with the girl, but yes, he does have a girlfriend. This shocks everyone, especially the band. You can just see the betrayal on their faces. Things are going to get nasty.
It’s not hard to guess that the girl is Su-ah. At school she’s eyed with judging eyes. When Seung-hoon approaches her, pretty much begging her to deny it. But she merely nods.
More consequences for the boys. Hae-ri announces that all of their activities have been halted. She tells Ji-hyuk point-blank that because of this scandal, Eye Candy is pretty much ruined. It’s his fault. It only registers then in Ji-hyuk, and he’s left stunned.
They’re confined to their dorm, but as soon as they arrive, Ji-hyuk heads out to find Su-ah, despite the protestations of the other guys. It’s no surprise that he finds reporters lying in wait at his rooftop room. He calls Su-ah and tells her not to go back there. Crap. Now she’s homeless. Again. Time for Seung-hoon to step in with that room he offered?
The boys guess immediately that it’s Su-ah, feeling that betrayal. Why didn’t he tell them? He can only apologize for not telling them. And they’re right to be furious. He pretty much betrayed them.
Do-il just makes it worse by stating the terrible truth: Ji-hyuk didn’t trust them. He goes to say: “I’m really disappointed in you.” Oof.
At school reporters are questioning the students about the identity of the girlfriend, who reportedly goes to the same school. Most feign ignorance, and when one student hesitantly gives Su-ah’s name, Su-ah’s best friend swoops in to deny the claim.
Hyun-soo is called n for a recording session, which just so happens to be for Ye-rim’s duet. Hyun-soo declines quickly, but Hae-ri says it’s only for the guide, since they haven’t found someone to do the second part. He reluctantly agrees. His initial surprise at hearing her voice slowly starts to change to interest, and it’s obvious that he’s starting to enjoy himself just a bit. Uh oh… Foreboding…
Seung-hoon goes to Hae-ri and practically begs her to stop the scandal from getting worse. Hae-ri is surprised, knowing how much he hates Eye Candy, but he says that other people could get hurt too. The only other person who could get hurt is the girlfriend. Hae-ri connects the dots, guessing that Su-ah is the girlfriend. This is one case where I am totally on his side. Please, you witch, stop the scandal! If not for Eye Candy, do it for your little brother and his one-sided love!
Hyun-soo and Ye-rim get stuck having dinner alone because Hae-ri backed out last minute. Ye-rim’s thrilled, Hyun-soo… not so much. He gets his excuse to leave, which is a call from the hospital. Oh crap. He bolts out, but can’t get a cab, so is forced to take Ye-rim’s offer when she pulls up in her van offering him a ride. We can tell it’s something really bad, from the way he fidgets and frowns (moreso than usual, that is).
Being the silent and brooding type that he is, Hyun-soo doesn’t tell his fellow band members what’s going on in his personal life, so it takes a phone call from his mom for Ji-hyuk to find out, who takes the call for Hyun-soo, who is busy. Well, at least one person knows now, right? RIGHT?!
But it might be a problem if the other guys don’t know… Case in point:
Ha-jin and Kyung-jong are back at the studio, chatting with Ye-rim, when Kyung-jong recognizes Hyun-soo’s voice on the track, which Ye-rim confirms. To make matters worse, Seung-hoon tacks on that Hyun-soo’s preparing for a solo album. Dammit, I take back every nice word I said about you, Seung-hoon.
Ha-jin flies home in a rage, accusing Hyun-soo of going solo, and calling him a traitor. Hyun-soo confronts those accusations, but Ha-jin refuses to trust him, since he never tells anyone what’s going on in his life.
And then… My worst nightmare comes true.
Ha-jin says exactly what I’ve been dreading, the thing that was foreboding the minute it was said. What breaks up a band? Money and girls.
With glare at Ji-hyuk, he scoffs that what their teacher/manager said was true after all. T_T I knew that was foreboding.
Even when Ji-hyuk approaches Hyun-soo later on about his sister, he’s tight-lipped and refuses to talk about it. Hyun-sooooooooooooooooo! Why are you so frustrating?!
Ji-hyuk meets Su-ah by the river (where nothing good happens, I might add), where she wonders if they should break up, to avoid anymore scandals and such. Ji-hyuk refuses to hear of it, giving her a hug and saying she’s no trouble to him at all.
Ha-jin gets into a fight, which lands in the newspaper, along with the story that Do-il’s dad is a mob boss.
Emotions fly high, nasty comments are thrown between the band members, and things are looking more and more dreadful as we approach rock bottom.
Ji-hyuk goes to see Hae-ri, and, knowing that at this point, there’s no hope for Eye Candy, asks her to take Hyun-soo on with a solo contract. But Hyun-soo won’t leave his friends, as she points out. So Ji-hyuk will make him leave.
Oh no. Ji-hyuk, what are you going to do? You’re scaring me.
And sure enough, he plays the noble idiot. He finds Hyun-soo at the pool hall with Do-il. He plays the bad cop, saying that Hae-ri offered a contract on the condition that he would break up with Su-ah, something he couldn’t do. This angers Hyun-soo, who demands to know if he’s choosing a girl over the album, and therefore the band. Ji-hyuk just says that Su-ah is more important to him that the guys are.
It breaks my heart so much to see Hyun-soo’s little faith in Ji-hyuk wiped away in an instant, especially since he’s practically begging Ji-hyuk to explain himself, something that Ji-hyuk stubbornly refuses to do.
And he just lets Hyun-soo punch him repeatedly before stalking home to pack his bags.
Kyung-jong begs him not to leave, but Do-il is still smarting, and tells him to leave. Hae-ri calls to say that the solo offer is still available.
When Do-il asks Ji-hyuk if he really had to go that far, Ji-hyuk says simply that if he hadn’t, Hyun-soo wouldn’t have left.
And then he breaks into tears.
Back home in his room, Hyun-soo also breaks into tears.
If things don’t get better soon, I think I’m going to die of depression.
The one thing I’m trying desperately to cling to at this point is that Do-il knows that not all is what it seems with Hyun-soo. That he’s not leaving because he wants to, but because Ji-hyuk is forcing him to. And at the same time, understands why Ji-hyuk is pushing him away.
If things don’t get better, I swear…