Episode 5 really delves into the vicious circle of not experiencing closure, and how it can truly impact one’s life.
This recap of Netflix K-Drama series Lovestruck in the City episode 5 contains significant spoilers.
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Episode 5 opens up with the question – what do you do with the memory box after breaking up? Answers from the reality participants range from keeping the precious memories to throwing them away. This chapter delves into memories and what they can mean for exes. A scene follows Kyeong-jun returning things to his ex, and it’s emotional between them both — he apologises and blames himself for the break-up. Their meeting brings them back together.
Jae-won talks about the film cameras he used on that holiday, while Lee Eun-o states she threw everything away regarding her relationship with him. Flashbacks show Jae-won using different cameras to take photos while near the beach — he also records his own video; a tutorial on making your own surfboard. He’s interrupted by Seon-a (Lee Eun-o), and he shows her how to use the cameras. The couple then rides out together and enjoy their company. Episode 5 continues to show that holiday romantic bliss.
He gave away the cameras
In the present day, it’s revealed that Jae-won gave Lee Eun-o all three film cameras away. Apparently, she sold all of them. The others say he was too romantic. Jae-won is frustrated and looks at the camera and asks what she did with the money. Every episode shows how frustrated he is with their sudden break-up — there’s no closure, no answers.
Developing the photos
Back in the flashbacks, Jae-won talks about developing his cameras. He was obviously passionate about them. In the present day, Lee Eun-o gets some photos developed. One of the photos is her and Jae-won near the beach. The photoshop staff recognise Jae-won who visits often, but she quickly departs before talking to her about it. Jae-won reveals he didn’t give Lee Eun-o the film cameras; he forgot them and left them with her at the airport — he thought he would see her again, so he didn’t think much of it. Meanwhile, Lee Eun-o, checks out the photo of her and Jae-won, and then watches a video of him from one of the cameras — her eyes well up. He’s showing people how to make a surfboard.
In the video, Lee Eun-o walks in, and she doesn’t know the camera is recording. He shows her around the surfboards workshop. He’s made matching surfboards for them from scratch. Lee Eun-o stops the video as it’s getting too much for her.
Lee Eun-o left a voicemail for Jae-won and tells him they shouldn’t meet again; she says she’s stolen the cameras and it was her plan from the start. This last message has played with Jae-won’s mind since.
Lovestruck in the City episode 5 really delves into the vicious circle of not experiencing closure, and how it can truly impact one’s life.