Hometown Cha Cha Cha (Ep 13&14) | What is Du Sik's past? Will Hye Jin get the answers she is looking for?

a person flirting with his gf

Episode 13 of Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha begins with Hye-Jun preparing for Du-Sik’s birthday by making homemade food. The trouble is, Mi-Seon knows how bad her cooking is and skips out on trying it.

With Hye-Jin’s seaweed soup safely tucked in a flask, Hye-Jin heads out to see Du-Sik, where she finds the whole village has gathered for his yearly celebration.

When Du-Sik does finally get to try it though, he enjoys the taste. Only, it would appear that Mi-Seon actually tampered with the dish and helped spice it up.

While the pair flirt, Hwa-Jeong notices and decides to let them have some privacy. All the villagers flamboyantly decide to call it a day, with some pretty bad acting in truth, as seaweed soup is exchanged for wine. The two have a lovely evening, which eventually paves way for another day in Gongjin to arrive.

The usual society meeting gathering

This day is graced by Du-Sik meeting Seong-Hyeon again, who’s down in the dumps about what happened to Hye-Jin. The thing is, it’s clear that Ji-Won likes him and it would appear her absence is causing Seong-Hyeon to reassess the way he looks at her, especially if Du-Sik’s little quips are anything to go by.

It takes a while but there’s a nice moment during the latter period of this chapter where the pair end up sitting and eating together.

Did Du Sik impress Hye Jin's friends?

Meanwhile, Hye-Jin’s friends show up in town to check out her dental clinic. Given it’s so unannounced, Hye-Jin is caught off-guard and scrambles to put on better clothes to meet them out at the bar. Once there, Du-Sik shows up and he’s invited out to play golf, which he hastily agrees to.

After playing a few rounds, Hye-Jin questions Du-Sik about his past determined to find out what he did back in Seoul before moving to Gongjin. He has no plans to return but remains quiet and reserved about what actually went down, refusing to divulge much beyond telling Hye-Jin it was a “desk job.”

She senses there’s more to this story than that but doesn’t pry further for now. Future flashbacks in the episode do hint that it involves a fancy event of some description, especially when he reminisced over a suit in his closet that he’s been unable to throw out.

Hye Jin addressed Du Sik as her boyfriend in front of her friends

Meanwhile, Hwa-Jeong continues to work hard, dozing off while waiting for more customers late at night. When she awakens though, all the dishes have been done and everything is cleared up.

Now, given Yeong-Guk was there earlier, realizing how much he’s taken her for granted and how much his ex cares for him, he’s actually the one responsible, which we find out later in the episode.

What Big Steps Eun-Cheol Take For Mi-Seon?

Elsewhere, Eun-Cheol continues to take big steps with Mi-Seon, deciding to skip out on taking it slow. He leans forward after their dinner date and gives her a big hug. All of this is the calm before the storm though – quite literally.

There’s a typhoon bound for Gongjijn and all of our residents prepare for the storm. Yeong-Guk decides to head over and help Hwa-Jeong, catching her when she’s about to fall and helping to touch up the windows to prevent big draughts from getting through.

When the pair do sit down to have a coffee together, Hwa-Jeong apologizes wholeheartedly and tells her she should find someone that treats her right. Well, he’s in luck (or not, given his reaction) as Hwa-Jeong has a blind date coming up.

What happens between Yun-Gyeong and Geum-Cheol?

Another big storyline in the midst of all this involves Yun-Gyeong and Geum-Cheol. Now, given Yun-Gyeong is pregnant, she’s not happy that Geum-Cheol isn’t helping and isn’t particularly receptive to her needs.

after a big argument, Geum-Cheol leaves, just as Yun-Gyeong’s water breaks. Du-Sik and Hye-Jin work together to help take her to the hospital, but with the rain hammering down around them, Songjin has blocked thanks to a rock slide. With little other alternative, they decide to take her over to Hye-Jin’s place, suggesting she give birth there instead.

While Yun-Gyeong starts to go through labour, Bo-Ra wakes up sobbing, worried about her Mum. I-Jun is there for her though, encouraging the girl to pray and make a wish on the lightning for good health. She does too, and Yun-Gyeong eventually gives birth to a beautiful child.

As the sun comes out and the storm passes, Du-Sik and Hye-Jin hold Yun-Gyeong’s beautiful child and welcome him into the world. With her house taken up, Hye-Jin heads over to Du-Sik’s where the pair lie in bed together and discuss the future and what it may hold for them.

The female lead helding her friend's baby for the first time

As Hye-Jin mentions children to him, Du-Sik falls asleep and tells her he’s never really thought about it. Hye-Jin though decides to look through his bookshelf and finds a photo of two people with Du-Sik.

He’s very standoffish and gives vague answers about his past, struggling to open up again. Hye-Jin calls him out for this too and questions just why it’s so difficult for him. Is it something related to his nightmares?  Will she get the answers she is looking for?

What happens in Episode 14 of Hometown Cha Cha Cha?

Episode 14 of Hometown Cha Cha Cha begins with Hye-Jin confronting Du-Sik about his past. Receiving no definitive answer, she walks away. Only, she walks right into Hwa-Jeong who happens to be out walking.

When Hye-Jin begins crying, she tries to pass it off as not paying rent but Hwa-Jeong senses there’s more going on here. She doesn’t pry for now and instead takes her back to the restaurant to feed her seaweed soup.

2 women eating food together

Hye-Jin does eventually probe about Du-Sik’s past, but Hwa-Jeong too is in the dark and unsure of what actually happened. All she knows is that when he returned to Gongjin following this incident, he did so shell-shocked and reserved; a completely different person for a while.

However, Hwa-Jeong also comments on how happy Chief Hong is now – partly thanks to Hye-Jin. She’s also sure that he’ll open up to her when he’s ready to, pointing out that what’s easy for some people is hard for others.

Off the back of this, Hye-Jin decides they should spend some time apart from one another. Not to break up of course, but simply to allow Du-Sik time to work through his problems.

Who Is Seon-Ha?

While this is going on, a woman named Seon-A heads into town to meet Seong-Hyeon. The two get along well but it turns out she’s been meaning to visit for a while, given she heard so much about it from someone else in town. As we find out later in the episode, that someone happens to be Du-Sik.

As all of this is going on, Mi-Seong begins to feel uncomfortable at the back of Eun-Cheol getting her so many gifts. The pair have a few humorous moments together, as Eun-Cheol tells her that every day is special to him.

That evening though, Mi-Seon spies on Eun-Cheol and finds him selling toy guns, believing them to be real. As the pair do eventfully head down to the shore and clear the air, Eun-Cheol decides to skip some steps and leans forward, giving her a kiss.

Cho-Hui has gone under the radar a bit over the weeks but she returns to help clean up rubbish with Yeong-Guk. As they stop and talk, Cho-Hui reflects on how special his marriage was with Hwa-Jeong, paying specific attention to the banter they had while out at a restaurant together.

This single conversation helps to show just what he’s missing, as he remains determined to try and make good by Hwa-Jeong.

What Did Hwa Jeong Notice?

Hwa-Jeong notices them talking and laughing together, suspecting the worst. Eventually, she drowns her sorrows in alcohol that night. Nam-Suk stops by and notices her though, prompting the pair to start talking.

It turns out Hwa-Jeong’s love for Yeong-Guk started years back when he was looking after her mum while in the hospital. As she passes out from the alcohol, Nam-Suk messages Yeong-Guk and tells him that Hwa-Jeong is out drinking with her blind date. Only, this is completely false of course; an excuse to see Yeong-Guk rush over to take care of his ex.

When Hwa-Jeong awakens, Yeong-Guk happens to be sitting opposite her. Eventually, though he opens up and tells her not to go on her scheduled blind date.

He asks her for forgiveness, pointing out that he didn’t know what he’d lost until they were no longer together. It does the trick too and eventually, the pair let down their defences and hug tightly, weeping.

The two male leads having a heart to heart

Seong-Hyeon learns about Du-Sik’s issues involving Hye-Jin and heads over to find out what actually happened. Du-Sik mentions how inadequate he is and that they’re going through a rough patch. Seong-Hyeon offers some encouraging words though, pointing out that he knows Hye-Jin really well and he’s confident they’ll get through this together.

The male lead reminincing his past memories

As Du-Sik reflects on his past, he remembers a moment in school when his upperclassman Jeong-U joined him as they paid their respects to his grandfather. This friendship extended across to work too, as Jeong-U bought him a suit that was pretty expensive.

It’s all smiles and happiness…until the next scene. Jeong-U has passed away, with Seon-A – his wife – lashing out at Du-Sik. Tears stream down her face, she claims it should have been him instead. This explains the significance of the picture Du-Sik clutches in the present – the same one he snatched off Hye-Jin last episode.

Why Did Hye JinHeads Over To Du-Sik's House?

Hye Jin compromised with Du Sik

Impatient, Hye-Jin heads over that night and decides she’s okay to be with Du-Sik if he’ll one day open up and admit the truth about his past. For now, she’s okay with the vagueness but wants Du-Sik to promise this. When he does, their break is lifted and the relationship is back on.

While Gam-Ri gives Du-Sik some words of encouragement, later on, telling him not to lose what he has with Hye-Jin, she’s offered a new job back in Seoul.

Hye-Jin keeps this a secret for now, as Du-Sik decides he wants to entertain her for an afterparty at his. He warns that there will be a long story to tell, which seems to hint at him opening up and admitting the truth about the past.

When they return to the party all the villagers are gathered at, Kim Do-Ha learns that Chief Hong’s real name is Du-Sik. He immediately approaches Du-Sik when he returns, questioning if he used to work at YK Asset Management.

Du-Sik looks like he’s seen a ghost, and as Do-Ha’s father, Gi-Hun, is mentioned, he smacks Du-Sik across the face. Is this what has been haunting Du Sik for so many years?

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