The relationship between Lee Dong Wook and Min Hae Rin which was ended in the last episode by the earlier saw a minor spark in the ratings with many curious as to who will be Hae Rin’s new man in the drama.
Dong Wook had been avoiding Hae Rin since the latter’s parents warned him to stay away from her. They met by chance at their former teacher’s home and decided to thrash it out before it got worse. Dong Wook said, “I have thought it over for a long time, it’s better that we do not meet.” Hye Rin tried her best to salvage the situation, “I have waited so long for you to forget your first love (Ji Hyun) and now you are saying this. I won’t exchange Lee Dong Wook even for Daehan Daily. To Dong Wook-sshi, what’s Min Hye Rin to you?” Dong Wook replied coldly that Hye Rin was just a friend which left her in tears.
With the end of the Dong Wook and Hye Rin relationship, viewers are piqued to know who will be the new man in her life. Will it be Baek who has been holding a torch for her or will it be Dong Chul? Viewers are curious and anticipating.
This brings us to our next couple Dong Chul and Young Ran who had been separated by the seas with the latter in Macau. Thanks to Dong Wook for being at the wrong place at the wrong time, Dong Chul who had been leading a normal life is once again thrusted into dangerous political games.
While in Hong Kong, Janice brings Dong Chul to a mental hospital as he is shocked to see Young Ran bounded on the bed, looking lifeless. Dong Chul blames himself and starts tearing, feeling sad at how things have turned out. As Dong Chul is outside of her cell ward, Young Ran feels his presence and calls out for him. But Dong Chul restrains himself and thus they did not meet.
Viewers showed sympathy for Dong Chul and Young Ran on the website, “I cried together with Dong Chul”, “the scene has displayed how deep Young Ran’s love for Dong Chul is. She is so pitiful”, “Song Seung Hun tears really amazed me while Lee Yeon Hee’s acting is getting better and better.”
Young Ran does get better in Episode 26 as she is able to move around on a wheelchair. She catches a glimpse of Dong Chul’s back view as he leaves her without seeing her face-to-face. In his heart, Dong Chul hope that Young Ran would stay alive just like what she had said to him earlier when she was kidnapped by thugs (anything is possible as long as you are alive). But it looks like they will meet again from the preview of next week’s episodes.
According to AGB Nielsen, the rating for Episode 26 was 26.6%, an increase of 2 percentage points compared to the previous. Ratings have been hovering in the 20s and something is missing for East of Eden to break the 30% barrier.
Nice collage of pictures for Dong Chul and Young Ran lovers.
There have been rumors of Song Seung Hun dating Lee Yeon in real life. It sounds like a PR news to me and not really true until proven otherwise since it’s just talk. Lee Yeon Hee replied in an interview that she has no time to date.