True Beauty: Episodes 9-10 WTF happened
Alright, this post had to be made because Episode 10 was so frustrating that I'm boiling over. Firstly, I'm finding it increasingly difficult to relate to Ju Gyeong. Episodes 5-8 had me generally on her side, because she was so cute in her (supposedly unrequited) crush on Su Ho. But following Su Ho's confession in episode 8, she's become increasingly strange and downright unlikeable.
You can listen to our discussion of how the show went downhill here:
Let's start with her response of trying to hide her relationship with Su Ho. I guess I just don't buy why anyone would go to such extremes to hide a relationship, even with the supposed fear of other girls. The whole sequence of her fake rudeness to him and her requests for him to hide at every moment in public felt really frustrating and exaggerated. Like girl, just let it be. Your classmates will deal with it.
Now let's get into the most frustrating element of the episode, the Su Jin drama. Su Jin generally has become a caricature second lead villain, maintaining a crazy obsession on Su Ho and refusing to accept that her friend may actually have a good relationship with him. That's on her, but Ju Gyeong's response is frankly even more immature and offputting. The key to any relationship is communication, and it seems like Ju Gyeong's lacks any common sense or general competence in this department. Why would you blame Su Ho for the fact that a girl likes him? Why wouldn't you talk it out with either or both Su Jin and Su Ho? This passive aggressive meanness to Su Ho had me so frustrated that I pretty much lost all regard for Ju Gyeong after this.
Su Ho after all went out of his way to try to understand and communicate with her - he found her at work, he waited for her in the cold, he tried to call and initiate conversation, and every time Ju Gyeong just shut him down like a wall. This reminds me of something I learned recently, which is that the #1 sign of a marriage that will end in divorce is stonewalling, aka when one or both people refuse to communicate and give each other the silent treatment. It's a very childish and unhelpful response in real life relationships, and it literally seems to be Ju Gyeong's go-to response to any challenging situation. She doesn't even try to hear her own boyfriend's explanation, and instead weaves narratives in her mind and festers over them.