Excellent performances supplement real depth of character as See You in My 19th Life begins to open up its premise a little more.
This recap of Netflix K-Drama See You in My 19th Life Season 1 Episode 4 contains spoilers.
In its fourth episode, See You in My 19th Life is really beginning to unpack Ji-eum’s previous lives to great effect.
It occurs to me that it would be easy to ruin this premise, to make it too silly or complicated, but the show is making the most of it so far by remaining deeply rooted in character and allowing the performances to do most of the heavy lifting.
I say “most” because there’s still a snappy screenplay underpinning all this, which is keeping the narrative progressing at an entertaining clip and embellishing the premise and characters without losing focus.
It’s a nifty balancing act that deserves real credit.
See You in My 19th Life Season 1 Episode 4 Recap
Ji-eum’s memories of her past life resurface, vividly recalling her untimely demise and the loss of her mother. Despite her repeated efforts to reconnect with her, Ji-eum’s attempts at establishing a relationship with her mother proved futile. However, in her 18th life as Ju-won, something changed. She made a heartfelt promise to her mother, vowing to be by her side forever. This unexpected confession left her mother bewildered, leading to a profoundly emotional moment of connection and understanding between them.
Meanwhile, by a stroke of fate, Seo-ha catches sight of Ji-eum, and she instantly reminds him of Ju-won. Acting on impulse, he calls out her name, but before they can fully process the encounter, Cho-won’s mother appears on the scene, prompting a hasty retreat.
What’s going on with Seo-ha?
Later, during a taxi ride with Seo-ha, Ji-eum starts to manifest in unusual places, causing him to question the nature of reality. As he arrives at Do-yun’s place, they sit down for a meal together, and Seo-ha opens up, sharing how Ji-eum consumes his mind.
The following day, both Seo-ha and Do-yun find themselves at Cho-won’s garden, only to be taken aback when Ji-eum suddenly materializes before them. Engaging in a casual conversation, Cho-won casually mentions her late sister, Ju-won. Startled by the name, Ji-eum accidentally drops the tray of cups, the clatter drawing Seo-ha and Do-yun’s attention to the commotion. Unbeknownst to Cho-won, they reveal that she has been recruited to work as a florist for the hotel, further complicating the already tangled web of relationships.
Why does Do-yun reject Cho-won?
Those relationships are developed further in this episode in a way that both deepens individual characters but also hints at different motivations and backstories that are yet to be revealed.
Seo-ha attempts to distance himself from Ji-eum, but his efforts prove fruitless. No matter how persistently he rejects her advances, Ji-eum continues to express her feelings, refusing to give up. Undeterred, she boldly requests three more chances, exuding confidence in her ability to win him over.
Meanwhile, Cho-won musters up the courage to ask Do-yun out on a date, sensing a mutual attraction between them. However, Do-yun, concerned about the potential impact on their professional relationship, reluctantly declines. Nevertheless, he clearly likes Cho-won back, and there’s presumably something else determining his decision.
See You in My 19th Life Season 1 Episode 4 Ending Explained
Later, after playing hero in an encounter between Ji-eum and her brother, Dong-U, which was quickly becoming physical and unpleasant, Seo-ha shares a meal with Ji-eum. Her affectionate demeanor persists, despite Seo-ha’s attempts to evade her advances.
However, Seo-ha gets, to put it mildly, absolutely legless. Finding themselves seated by a canal, he confesses that Ji-eum reminds him of someone he once knew, an enigmatic statement that hangs in the air.
Cho-won appears rather suddenly, and she and Ji-eum take a very drunk Seo-ah home. In his stupor, Ji-eum’s face reminds him of the accident, and he calls out to Ju-won as the episode ends.
You can stream See You in My 19th Life Season 1 Episode 4 exclusively on Netflix.