'It's Okay to Not be Okay' Episode 9 takes a dark twist after Sang-tae accuses Kang-tae of wanting to kill him
In 'It's Okay to Not be Okay' Episode 9, we see Kang-tae taste true freedom for the first time in his life. He runs to Mun-yeong to tell her that he is now ready to have fun with her. He also tells her that it is time for him to take up on her offer to run away with him. What we expect is to see the two of them off on an impulsive romantic getaway. However, what we get is Kang-tae regret getting suspended just minutes after and this frustrates Mun-yeong. She asks him if they should go to Europe or maybe the Serengeti when Kang-tae tells her that he doesn't really have a passport. This shocks her more than expected and it is hilarious because she wonders if he is actually a normal human. She asks who doesn't have a passport these days and he says, "Me!" He is unexpectedly funny and charming all at the same time but even running away with Mun-yeong is something that he needs to plan keeping Sang-tae in mind.
Mun-yeong is not happy but she accepts his plan and the two head out the next day. What was initially just a day out extends to a night out and Kang-tae ends up lying to Sang-tae about having to stay out for the night. He also tells his brother that he went to Seoul alone when in reality he had gone out with Mun-yeong. Sadly, Sang-tae learns the truth from someone else and all of his buried anger at his brother for something that has happened when the two of them were young resurfaces. Sang-tae confronts Kang-tae about lying to him and the first thing he asks him is if he likes Mun-yeong more or his brother. It is ironic that Sang-tae would ask this, because this is a question that Kang-tae would ask his brother usually and Sang-tae never responded. However, now, he expects his brother to do what he didn't and answer the question.
Kang-tae does manage to answer and tells Sang-tae that the answer is obvious because he likes his brother more. However, Sang-tae is not ready to believe anything that his brother says and even tells him that he is a liar who wanted his brother dead. As he says this, he also brings up the incident that occurred when the two were younger and Sang-tae had slipped and fallen into a river that was frozen. For a split-second, Kang-tae hesitates and even turns away from his brother. However, he returns to save his brother but is left behind by Sang-tae. Just moments before, Kang-tae had told his mother that he wished his brother was dead after he was yet again ignored by his mother who was only worried about Sang-tae.
During his fight in the present, Sang-tae brings all of this up and accuses his brother of having wanted to kill Sang-tae. Mun-yeong was the witness in the past and that's how she had managed to save him too but listening to Sang-tae also shocks her into silence. For once, she had nothing to say but look at Kang-tae completely broken down by his brother's claims and the smile that we had seen just a bit earlier had completely disappeared as well. An episode that began with light breezy romance ends on a dark and twisted note. It also makes us wonder if Sang-tae and Kang-tae can go back to how they were before Mun-yeong's appearance.
'It's Okay to Not Be Okay' originally airs on tvN on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 pm KST in South Korea and can be streamed on Netflix.