For many ex-lovers, one of the most dreadful and awkward moments to ever exist post-breakup is running into each other again for the first time. If things ended on a pleasant note, this scenario could just pass by like a gentle rain of bittersweet memories and unfulfilled promises. Otherwise, one can only hope to have prepared enough for the emotional storm that’s coming.
Lovestruck in the City episode 9, What If You Run Into Your Ex?, shows us all the emergency techniques that our lead characters have employed to survive this particular split-up aftermath.
Rin-yi’s sly act
Before Choi Kyung-joon (Kim Min-seok), Suh Rin-yi (So Joo-yeon) dated a man who was too much of a coward to quit the relationship in person. Instead, he just went off the grid one day and avoided her since. But, as what others would say, it’s a small, small world, so unless you have migrated to the opposite side of the planet, the odds of running into your ex again is almost guaranteed. What’s awful about Rin-yi’s case is that when she and her ex-boyfriend have unexpectedly come face to face in the café where she was working, he shamelessly pretended to be a stranger. Probably because his new girlfriend was waiting for him at their table. Now, you might be thinking that our girl Rin-yi, the kind and sweet darling that she is, just peacefully walked away from the scene, right? Not. A. Chance. On her way out, she makes a quick stop at her ex’s table and acted like she’s currently his girlfriend, too, a poor victim of his wicked love games. Naturally, the real current one lost her cool and beat the cheater out of the guy. Can’t stand tasting a dose of your own medicine? Rin-yi tips, “Break up properly before you date a new one.”
Sun-young’s flight vs. Kang Geon’s fight
This former pair claims to have handled their first meeting as exes quite nicely. It happened on a day when Oh Sun-young (Han Ji-eun) was chasing after her runaway student at the intersection that Kang Geon (Ryu Kyung-soo) was also about to cross. Thinking she was some random woman in need of help and not his crazy ex-lover, he grabs the student and tumbles down with him. When Sun-young was able to catch up, Kang Geon watches her as she lightly reprimands her student to never run away from home again, makes him apologize to his parents, and shouts at him as he walks away, not to scold him but to greet him a happy birthday and remind him to celebrate by eating seaweed soup at home. “That’s why I fell for her,” Kang Geon tells himself, followed by a customary exchange of the infamous greeting, “It’s been a while.” Okay, pretty cool, but don’t be fooled because, after a few bottles of sake, Sun-young’s chill vibes came flying out the window. She transforms into the investigator girlfriend that she was before, who was obsessed with making Kang Geon confess about his romantic feelings for either Rin-yi or Lee Eun-oh (Kim Ji-won).
Luckily, that time around, Kang Geon had already become an expert at avoiding the familiar trap that’s been laid in front of him. He is no longer the pitiful guy who got stripped off his clothes one winter night. He knows exactly how to fight now. For every yell Sun-young gives him, he wails back with equal intensity—plus the crying face, of course, as he wants to be seen as the injured party here. If there is anything certain about these two, it’s the fun fact that only after they’ve broken up have they become each other’s perfect match.
Eun-oh’s lies meet Jae-won’s rage
The previous episode closed with Officer Oh Dong-sik (Choi Min-ho) taking Eun-oh into police custody. Remember the part where she was cuffed? Park Jae-won (Ji Chang-wook) could not stand seeing her mortified and shocked so he cuffs himself with it, too. Inside the station, Officer Oh interrogates Eun-oh about the complaints Jae-won had filed against her, but she denies all of them and says that the cameras were gifted to her, that she did not steal a thing. LIES. Anyway, for fear of seeing her behind bars, Jae-won decides to go along with Eun-oh’s statement and says that he will not press charges. At this point, we almost thought that Eun-oh is going to get away again. Nope, not today. Police protocol states that she must put her resident registration number on record, which means she needs to show her ID, and we already know what exactly her ID will show. Lee Eun-oh, not Yoon Seon-a. Just imagine the anger that comes out of Jae-won when he finds out about Eun-oh’s biggest secret. It was like confusion, disbelief, humiliation, and misery slapped his face one after the other.
In tears, Eun-oh tries to return the cameras, but Jae-won smashes them down the pavement and says, “How can I take them back? Whenever I see them, I’ll think about our time together and the girl I fell in love with. How can I possibly take them? I don’t care if you stole them or I gave them to you. I hope we never see each other again.” And oh, he also throws the ring into the water. Took him an entire episode, but he finally did.
The tables have turned, ladies and gentlemen! *Director cues end-credit scene* Or not.