4 Things We Loved & 1 Thing We Hated About Episodes 11 & 12 Of “When My Love Blooms”

Things are getting real in the latest episodes of “When My Love Blooms.” While the first episode this week requires viewers to draw out their tissues, the second episode has its fair share of fluffy scenes between the characters. Here are the things we loved and hated about episodes 11 and 12.

Warning spoilers for the newest episodes ahead. 

1. LOVED: Jae Hyun and Ji Soo mourning together

The scenes that take place in the 1990s for “When My Love Blooms” always have a way of pulling on your heartstrings. Instead of seeing fluffy, romantic scenes of Yoon Ji Soo (Jeon So Nee) and Han Jae Hyun (GOT7’s Jinyoung) we’ve been getting angst scene after angst scene. This week had a touching scene where Jae Hyun spends his time playing the radio outside of Ji Soo’s home after his father passed. Unbeknownst to him, Ji Soo appears behind the house’s gate and listens with him.

If you love the mutual pining trope, you will absolutely love this scene. The little details really add up. The way Ji Soo’s hand slowly reaches out to Jae Hyun’s, the way the focus changes between them, and the music softly filling the background sells every feeling in this scene.

2. LOVED: Jae Hyun asking Ji Soo to recognize him

The drastic change between past and present Jae Hyun (Yoo Ji Tae) has been both a selling and moot point of the drama. This week, we finally get to see how and why Jae Hyun decided to abandon his values and convictions. After discovering the reason behind his father’s death, he vows to become different. During this inner monologue, he hopes that Ji Soo will recognize him when they meet again.

While the scene is rather somber, it becomes optimistic when you consider their reunion in the present timeline. It is a callback to all the scenes where Ji Soo (Lee Bo Young) reminds Jae Hyun what he had taught her in their college years and the actions he’s taken to change. While it has sometimes been difficult to reconcile his past self with his present self throughout the drama, this scene confirms that his hopeful and passionate behavior wasn’t all lost during that time.

3. LOVED: Yoon Hyung Goo apologizing to Ji Soo and Jae Hyun

Is there any greater feeling than getting a well-deserved apology? With his death approaching, Yoon Hyung Goo (Jang Gwang) finally decides to atone for his past sins. In this week’s episodes, he not only confesses to his crimes and wrongdoings towards Jae Hyun’s father but he also apologizes to both Jae Hyun and Ji Soo.

It is touching and relieving to see him finally give his apologies, especially to Ji Soo. Her relationship with her father showcases the complicated and painful relationship that many children have with their parents. Realistically speaking, apologies like these don’t happen often in real life so it is great to see Hyung Goo own up to the agony he’s caused.

4. LOVED: The amusement park scene

Is a K-drama complete without a cute amusement park scene? While having lunch with Joo Young Woo (Lee Tae Sung), Young Min (Ko Woo Rim) asks Ji Soo what she wanted to do with her mother and sister once she was out of school. She lists off a few things and ends her list by admitting they were supposed to go to an amusement park. On a whim, the three go together.

These scenes are simple and fun, and they provide relief from all of the other drama that has been stirring nonstop. After watching Ji Soo and Young Min sit through hardship after hardship, it is endearing to see them with large smiles on their faces as they brave different rides. It is also heartwarming to see that Young Woo still has a strong friendship with Ji Soo after they seemed to have parted momentarily after he confessed.

5. HATED: Ji Soo’s home being marked for demolition 

Throughout this week’s episodes, Ji Soo quickly pieces together her own happiness after years of suffering. Aside from allowing herself to admit she doesn’t want Jae Hyun to leave her, she rents a new home to start her own piano school. However, the 12th episode comes to a jarring end as Ji Soo discovers her new house has been marked for demolition.

Judging from the preview for the next episodes, this is no doubt Jang Seo Kyung’s (Park Si Yeon) doing. While it’s not surprising her tactics are escalating, it is still annoying to watch. Ji Soo suffers every episode and this week it finally seemed as if the writers were going to let her reclaim some happiness for herself. Instead, it was ripped away. With any luck, she will hopefully gain some stride next week in her battle against Seo Kyung.

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kaityv spends most of her time watching K-dramas even though she should be writing. If she’s not watching a drama then she’s for sure dying over BTS’s and Red Velvet’s music and videos.

Currently watching: “When My Love Blooms
All-time favorite: “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon,”
Looking forward to: “So I Married an Anti-Fan,” “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay,” “Flower of Evil

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