Thirty Nine Episode 5 Recap: Jeon Mi-do Hides a Heartbreaking Truth

Thirty-Nine (서른 아홉) is a Korean drama TV series directed by Kim Sang-ho and stars Son Ye-jin, Jeon Mi-do and Kim Ji-hyun, alongside other cast members. The series has 12 episodes and Thirty Nine episode 5 is titled Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 and has a runtime of 64 minutes.

Netflix describes the series as:

Leaning on each other through thick and thin, a trio of best friends stand together as they experience life, love and loss on the brink of turning 40.

– Thirty Nine episode 5 recap contains major spoilers –

And we’re back with all the feels imaginable with the most heartbreakingly relatable series yet. Thirty Nine episode 5 starts with child Mi-jo learning about Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, thinking that it’s warm. As this sweet moment comes to pass, we jump straight to Seon-u and So-won having a tiff in front of the bar. Although he implores her to come with him and he promises to help her, she declines and goes inside. He looks across and finds Mi-jo and her friends but the former decides to leave him alone for the time being.

The next morning, Mi-jo meets Seon-u, who refuses to make eye contact with her. They discuss So-won, but Seon-u closes up before too much comes out. As patients start coming in, Mi-jo tells him that she will go out in the afternoon. After meeting a therapist, she wonders about the good times when she met Chan-young for the first time. Sitting there alone, she notices that her best friend is sitting opposite her, looking rather heartbroken – almost crying. Without saying much, they go out to eat.

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At the restaurant, they discuss life and heartbreak and Chan-young tearfully asks Mi-jo to not go away. She promises that she won’t leave her alone and Chan-young tells her that she’s scared. Chan-young tells her what she thinks about and fears most for the people whom she cares for. But when it comes to Mi-jo, she says that she already misses her. That night, Chan-young meets Jin-seok and he tells her that he will spend more time with her and that he has already made arrangements for it. Although Chan-young is annoyed with him, he is undeterred and asks her humorously to stop being so nosy.

Meanwhile, Seon-u tries to desperately get in contact with So-won. Although she refuses to pick up the phone or answer him, she looks somewhat pleased at finding the watch. At the clinic, poor Seon-u looks like he’s having a hard time. Mi-jo invites him to have lunch with everyone, but just then So-won takes him out.  He asks her to live with him and not work. But So-woon asks him to never mention about playing the piano again and assures him that she has a lot of money. She further adds that she quit her job, much to Seon-u’s relief.

The three friends get together to discuss what else they can do to keep it happy and fresh and although Joo-hee comes up with some options. Chan-young hates their ideas and proposes that she’ll find Joo-hee a boyfriend and will find Mi-jo’s birth mother. Both are shocked and although they protest, Chan-young refuses to budge. Seon-u, meanwhile, meets his father and it’s a nightmare that will boil your blood.

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Jin-seok, meanwhile, decides to leave his house to spend more time with Chan-young. Before leaving, though, he promises his son that he will call soon. Chan-yeong, however, wishes to reconcile him with his cheating wife. The next morning, Chan-young and Mi-jo go out to meet the former’s parents. They are both apprehensive and Chan-young is more annoyed with her friend when Mi-jo tells her that she’s unsure whether setting Joo-hee up with the young chef is a good idea.

At her parents’ place, Chan-young almost tells them about her diagnosis but doesn’t go through with it. Although Mi-jo is uncomfortable, she doesn’t say anything. Chan-young almost looks like she’ll start crying at any moment. That scene where she hugs them got me crying. Mi-jo later tearfully promises to Chan-young that she will hold memorial services for her parents sicne she’s an only child. Chan-young says that it just now hit her that her life is coming to an end after meeting her parents – man, I felt that.

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Anyway, as Seon-u falls sick, a concerned Mi-jo visits his apartment and they chat about her experiences with dealing with an adoptive family. She tells him that there’s no reason to feel guilty because of the way he’s looking at things, she probably isn’t. When he mentions that his father had hurt her sister, Mi-jo tells him to protect her at all costs. Seon-u asks her, quite shyly whether he can introduce her to So-won as his girlfriend. Mi-jo agrees and these two look so adorable together!

Mi-jo and Seon-u plan to go out for a meal with So-won and he is extremely thankful for her. The next day, Seon-u asks his sister to meet them, giddily calling Mi-jo a bit of an eccentric and that he needs his sister’s help to finally go beyond first base. She promises to come over in the evening, but Seon-u’s little secret discussion is caught by his girlfriend and is left rather flushed.

That night, Mi-jo and Chan-young are beyond themselves when they find out that Joo-hee helped Hyeon-jun to patch up with his girlfriend. And as if the heartbreak doesn’t end, Seon-u’s abusive father comes in unannounced as Seon-u, So-won and Mi-jo hang out at the clinic. Just as he’s about to start his tirade and So-won is about to leave, Mi-jo stops her, as if to say that everything will be ok.

Final Thoughts: Thirty Nine Episode 5

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Thirty Nine episode 5 is just so heartbreaking! And also, so much going on. I feel for all of these characters. Chan-young, right now, is the most relatable for me. Regardless of her tough exterior, poor thing is just going through so much. Her interaction with her parents is the most heartbreaking thing ever and just so so sad. I felt her sadness in every scene and every moment.

On the other hand, Mi-jo and Seon-u just work off each other so well. It’s almost criminal how adorable they look together. Their stories intertwine with each other well and never feels forced or impossible. I am interested to see Mi-jo’s interactions with So-won since they both share something sad together. Poor Joo-hee gets the least attention in the series but her whole schtick is that she doesn’t have a boyfriend so I guess in that aspect it’s going good.

The series is arresting at just 5 episodes. I’m dying to know what else is there up this series’s sleeve!

Thirty-Nine is streaming on Netflix.

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Thirty Nine Episode 5 just keeps on getting sadder and more relatable and we love it for it.

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