It’s been way too long since I’ve answered one of these, so when I found myself procrastinating while doing some work today, I decided that it was high time for me to formulate an answer to today’s Challenge Question. In all honesty, I was thisclose to skipping this question completely because I couldn’t think back to one “I love you” that I really loved. Which was totally weird, considering the number of Kdramas I’ve watched in my short lifetime. But after telling myself to sit down and wrack through my brain for an answer, I finally found one. However, it’s not exactly an “I love you,” though it comes as close as any in my books.
I originally chose Jang Geun Seok’s “Go Mi Nam, I give you permission to like me” as my favorite “I love you” from a Kdrama, but then decided against it since I realized that I had already written that as an answer to another Challenge Question. I chose this answer next because it was a sweet, memorable scene that I can still recall a year later, not to mention that it really is one of the highlighted moments in a Kdrama I’ve watched.
When Kim So Yeon‘s Yeon Woo finds Jung Kyeo Woon‘s Ji Heon waiting at her house at the end of episode 8 in Dr. Champ, I was expecting him to tell her that he had forgiven her for causing him to get off the judo team and then leave. To be more fair, Yeon Woo had written up Ji Heon a doctor’s report for a resting period of six weeks, but his coach used it as an opportunity to kick Ji Heon off the team. So her role in his dismissal from the team was completely unintentional, since she only wanted to prevent him from injuring himself anymore and she hadn’t known that the coach was looking for an excuse to cut down the team’s number of players. In reparation, she offers to help him with his training schedule, but he flatly refuses. The next thing you know and a fast forward to a couple scenes later, he’s back at her place, ready to make amends.
While I expected him to forgive her, what I didn’t expect was this:
I don’t want to forgive you. I also hate being like this. But I like you. Crazily.
“I like you. Crazily.” Kyaaaaahhhhh! That scene in the drama still gets to me every freaking time.
It may not sound all that romantic, but it actually is when it’s watched in context to the entire episode. What I love about this line is that it’s so relatable. In fact, the more that I think about this scene, the more I love it. Sometimes we like someone and it literally drives us crazy because they may not always deserve our affections. Yet it doesn’t negate the fact that we still like them for who they are, imperfections and all.
Ji Heon’s been the one pursuing Yeon Woo for the longest time, and despite her character flaws and immaturity, he’s always been devoted to her. Just when it looks as if their relationship is on the rocks, Yeon Woo begins to have epiphanies left and right, which causes her to mature as an individual. It’s definitely a perfect moment when he finally confesses to her and she gets his sincerity. I also love that, although she’s at fault for getting him off the team and perhaps ruining his entire athletic career, he still does end up forgiving her.
He can’t completely disregard his feelings for her either, because it’s the one thing he can be entirely sure of in his life. Everything else is uncertain for him — fulfilling his dreams of winning a gold medal, getting back on the judo team, and the chances that his physical treatments will go well — except his feelings for her. Despite her mistakea, he continues to trust her and accepts her offer of help in his physical treatment.
This was pretty much the point where I fell in love with Jung Kyeo Woon as an actor because he was amazingly perfect in his line delivery — the tone was just right and his sincerity was there. Goodness how I love him. ♥
Photo Credits: Dr. Champ’s official website