An interesting episode that cleverly adds a new character to add to the drama.
This summary of the Netflix K-Drama series Once Upon a Small Town Season 1 Episode 8 contains spoilers.
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After yesterday’s chapter Once upon a time there was a small town refocuses on his leads in episode eight, but this time with a slight twist. The addition of a new character to the herd, one who passed away with Ji-yul, ramps up the drama at a time when it seemed like Ji-yul was on the verge of finally expressing his feelings for Ja-young. As such, there’s a decent amount of intrigue out there now, particularly about how things might change in the future.
Once upon a time there was a small town Season 1 Episode 8 Summary
After watching a distracted Ja-young reminisce about the events of the previous night, borrowing a bike from Ji-yul, who expressed his delight at seeing the policeman, we go to the vet to see at work. Here he overhears what Mal-geum said about his friend during the heated argument between Huidong and Majeong over hosting the national singing competition. This leads to a mental toughness test for Ji-yul, as he is asked to look at a village rep’s mother’s dog, which he is now upset about, a task that would require quite a long commute.
Concerned about traveling to where he’s supposed to be in case of an emergency, Ji-yul struggles to agree to go to Gupyeong to check on the sick dog. That, and he also wonders if Ja-young rejects Mal-geum given that she always says hurtful things and then feigns kindness when she wants something. However, the policeman soon leaves her acquaintance with no other choice and agrees to make the journey so that the dog can be treated.
Along the way, Ja-young dismisses Mal-geum’s negative traits and instead focuses on the fact that she’s not a bad person after all. Against this background, Ji-yul makes it clear that he primarily goes to Gupyeong because of the dog, but also because he’s worried about the old lady. Humorously, the tone soon changes, and the pair frivolously discuss how formally (or informally) they should speak to each other now that their age difference has been remedied.
After treating the dog, the two friends encounter a problem when Ji-yul notices his truck’s flat tire. What follows is a 90-minute wait for a replacement, although this positively allows the pair to spend some alone time together. So the vet can talk about not liking his life in Huidong even though nothing is going according to plan. Satisfied, Ja-young smiles warmly before the duo enjoys some time at the beach to unwind from their busy lives.
As the two head back to the village, they are interrupted by a car that we soon discover belongs to a woman who claims to have traveled to the remote destination because she misses Ji-yul. Awkwardly, Ja-young decides to leave the couple alone to talk. Elsewhere, Yun-hyeong also arrives in Huidong and makes his way to the vet clinic, to the surprise of Yeong-suk, who has no idea who the Seoul-based worker is.
Ji-yul is curious as to why his ex showed up in Huidong when they broke up a year ago and learns how Min wishes the two would get back together. “Let’s start over with the good things. Right,” she says, only to be interrupted by Yun-hyeong, who comes to visit. It turns out it’s the Seoul-based worker’s fault that Min is here, as his livestream preview of a visit to Ji-yul’s vet clinic informed the vet’s ex on where to find him.
Ji-yul continues, frustrated that his friend is talking about him on a stream without permission, but this is quickly dismissed as Yun-hyeong wants to know what will happen to “stubborn” Min. We see that the response tries to send her home, as Ji-yul ignores comments about how he’s become more manly and instead requests that his ex travel back before dark. However, such a remark falls on deaf ears as Min says she will stay in the village for a week and will do her best to win over the Huidong veterinarian during that time. She then gets ready to leave the hospital after saying everything she needs to do for a day.
Thanks to a burst pipe at Se-ryeon’s house, Ja-young has to offer her place to the “bed and breakfast guest,” which the cop unfortunately discovers is Min. When Ja-young hears the Huidong Women’s Association talk about the person they soon believe to be Ji-yul’s girlfriend, she’s obviously discouraged, especially considering there’s nothing the vet can do about the truth in the face of all the hubbub to clarify the situation.
When it is discovered that Min has already met Ja-young, with the former being curious as to how the policeman knows Ji-yul, Sang-hyeon arrives and is immediately dubbed the popular Huidong resident’s “soul mate”. Naturally, this leads to Min confusing the peach farmer as Ja-young’s girlfriend (Sang-hyeon cheers himself up about this label, however, and puts an arm around his longtime friend), adding even more tense embarrassment to an already unique situation.
As the two women get to know each other a little and talk about Ja-young’s clean, simple home, Sang-hyeon has a chat with Ji-yul. Here, the vet admits he doesn’t have a girlfriend as the peach farmer smugly mentions how much Min must have missed him, but points out that Sang-hyeon is also without a partner, referencing his wrongdoing earlier. “I think you’re wrong,” replies the President of the Young Man’s Association, who now apparently believes he has won Ja-young’s affections.
Next, in an attempt to be helpful, Yun-hyeong explains that he thinks there is “room for reconsideration” when it comes to Ji-yul getting back together with Min, the vet’s first love was. “It’s not like your relationship has broken down and burned,” he adds, trying to rationalize the broken relationship’s reboot. However, Ji-yul doesn’t seem to accept any of this, although Yun-hyeong points out that he seemed offended by the idea of someone else hugging Min. Then the conversation changes when the vet’s guest is interested in how old Yeong-suk is.
As Ja-young is being raised by Yun-hyeong, Ji-yul seems to realize that he is thinking about the police officer, not Min. While Ja-young takes Nurungji for a walk with Sang-hyeon, ready to answer the confession of the peach farmer, the vet intervenes. Ji-yul bluntly states that he doesn’t have a girlfriend and ends the episode looking into the eyes of Ja-young, who seems ready to express his own feelings.
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