'Was it Love?' Episode 2: Ae-jeong had broken Dae-o's heart in the past and he believes it's his turn now
'Was it Love' Episode 2 sees author Cheon Eok-man's identity get revealed as Ae-jeong's ex-boyfriend and college junior
The second episode of 'Was It Love?' sees Ae-jeong approach author Cheon Eok-man to pitch the idea of working on his debut novel's adaptation into film together. The author is a figure of mystery, who lives behind his pen name, so Ae-jeong is not aware of the fact that the celebrated and mysterious author is none other than Dae-o from her past. The two are college classmates where Dae-o is Ae-jeong's junior. In episode two, we see flashes from their past and learn that the two were in a romantic relationship.
It begins on a night when Dae-o gets sloshed and ends up confessing to her, but then the relationship doesn't end too well for them. Turns out, Ae-jeong had dumped him without telling him why. Rumors spread that she did so because Dae-o did not have connections, wealth, or even talent and this ends up traumatizing Dae-o.
After getting his heart broken by Ae-jeong, Dae-o has always wanted to exact revenge and this time, he feels is the right time. He is at the top of his career and his life, which is quite far from where he was at college. From seeing the desperation in Ae-jeong to work on his book, he comes to the conclusion that she is not only doing bad in terms of work but is at the bottom rung when it comes to life.
All he cares about is taking revenge for the feeling of being abandoned. Now, he has the perfect chance and that's why he refuses to work with her and slams her pretty hard about being a desperate person. He isn't aware of the fact that Ae-jeong dropped out of college without a word to him because she was pregnant.
His debut novel is in fact inspired by events in his life and Ae-jeong ends up attending the book concert that coincidentally is set to reveal Eok-man's identity. Here, Dae-o continues to be horrendous about his past with her, but he ensures that he presents all of it in the third person to his fans and believes that he is about to pull the rug from under Ae-jeong by putting her in a spot. He asks her how she would have felt were she to be abandoned, and if someone were to take everything that she is away from her.
Instead, Ae-jeong responds that she feels horrendous for the girl who no one thinks about. She says that it could have been the male lead who had taken away everything from his lover. Considering the two are speaking about themselves, it is clear that Dae-o had done something unforgivable to her. However, it is unclear if he abandoned his girlfriend and his baby. Is the baby even his?
The episode also hints at the possibility of the baby's father being Ha-nee's school teacher Oh Yeon-woo. Ha-nee who had given up on the possibility of meeting her father in this lifetime, chances upon a diary addressed to 'My Future Baby' from her mother and her father. Her father's column in the diary notes the name Yeon-woo and this shocks Ha-nee because it was just that day that she had learned of her mother having known Yeon-woo from 14 years ago.
With new proof, Ha-nee will now set on a journey of finding her father. In the meantime, we will also see how Dae-o will respond to the fact that his assumptions in the last may just have been incorrect.
New episodes of 'Was it Love?' will air on JTBC at 9.30 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays and will be available to stream on Netflix.