A few days earlier, we rejoin Ki-tae and Jang-mi mid-kiss. Jang-mi looks startled when Ki-tae swoops in, but soon her eyes flutter closed. Having gone for help, Yeo-reum finds Hoon-dong drunk and alone in his room and tries to wake him, and Hoon-dong suddenly sits up and grabs Yeo-reum for a long passionate kiss.
Yeo-reum manages to flail his way out of it, and carries Hoon-dong outside to dunk him in a barrel of freezing water. Hoon-dong finds Hyun-hee praying at the temple, and starts a weak apology. But Hoon-dong is still Hoon-dong, and their embrace changes tone quickly and he starts to take their clothes off.
Hoon-dong on the street outside his house in only his socks and tiger boxers. The manager warns Jang-mi not to bring personal issues to work again or there will be consequences.
Well, I guess it does sound bad if you say it like that. He looks thrilled to see her, but she reels in horror and runs back to the table.
Ki-tae follows her to say that if she keeps acting like this, she may as well announce the kiss. Aaaand now Hoon-dong thinks Ki-tae is gay. She flat-out asks Ki-tae if he likes her, and his giant grin is precious. Jang-mi asks why Ki-tae kissed her, and he bluffs that it was to shut her up because she was talking too much. He accuses her of liking it too much, she calls him a bad kisser oh honey, we all saw it and NOPE , and they both agree that of course it meant nothing at all, nope not even a little bit, uh-uh.
She asks how he knew she was here, and he leans in close to whisper that he knows everything she does, no matter where she is. Pretty sure she just invented a whole new level of passive-aggression. He leans in but her phone rings, and she shoves him away to freak out that someone is calling her, OMG, what strange timing! He refuses to let Ki-tae talk to Jang-mi, so Ki-tae tells Yeo-reum that her mom is choosing a wedding date. Jang-mi bursts in, and the fortuneteller immediately says that luck follows her, and suddenly Ki-tae looks more interested.
Dude, her mom is right there. On their way out, Jang-mi fusses that she thought Mom was against the marriage, but Ki-tae is all smiles as he fawns over Mom.
She runs home and gives her husband her best aegyo to get his attention Dad: He offers to get a loan with the house as collateral, but Mom says she already applied for one and they also need one on the restaurant.
He tells Jang-mi to actually say that to his mother when she asks. Jang-mi agrees, since it would be a clean way out of the fake engagement. Hoon-dong and Ki-tae drink and have pretty much the exact same conversation — except Hoon-dong thinks Ki-tae is in love with Yeo-reum. Ki-tae staggers home to find Jang-mi asleep on his couch, and he watches her sleep for a moment. He starts to get upset, but his mother finds them and tells him to hide his facial expression and voice, or everyone will find out.
Ki-tae is devastated to know that his father is a cheater and his mother knew. They stand in that moment, neither speaking, and neither of them notices that Se-ah and Yeo-reum have walked in. When they arrive, Ki-tae says that since this is the last time, she has his permission to make the biggest scene she can. Ki-tae, Jang-mi, Aunt Mi-jung, and Grandma all sit in uncomfortable silence while Mom casually cleans a trio of large ornamental stones. Grandma asks if Jang-mi is really here for the pink diamond, which Jang-mi confirms, and Mom blandly says that she finds her request quite bold.
Everyone looks shocked, not knowing how Mom got the pink diamond. Jang-mi asks if the ring truly has special meaning for her, and Mom says that it is and asks her to treat it as precious. Jang-mi takes the ring and sets it on the table, then suddenly grabs one of the stone ornaments and raises it over her head. Before anyone can react, she smashes it down onto the ring.
Everyone gasps in shock, but when Jang-mi lifts the stone, we see that the pink diamond is dust — it was a fake. Mom asks Ki-tae what his intention was to have Jang-mi ask for the ring, for the first time showing some emotion as her voice starts to shake. Her voice gets high and strained as she says she understands that Mom wants Ki-tae to be happy, but that she needs to be happy first, and not just look happy. Mom tries to hold her carefully neutral expression, but her iron control slips and tears start to fall.
Grandma tries to interrupt but Jang-mi has one more thing to say. Mom gets up without a word and goes to her room, and for the first time in probably many years, gives in to her emotions and cries great, wracking sobs of pain. Jang-mi cries outside, but when Ki-tae finds her she slaps on a happy expression and asks how her final performance went.
Jang-mi says that this was the last time, and holds out her hand for him to shake. Ki-tae silently takes her hand, then pulls her in for a hug.