Bury the Past – Trolley Ep 4 Kdrama Recap

Kim Hye Ju’s past comes back to haunt her due to a television appearance during Ji Hoon’s funeral. Assemblyman Nam decides to fully pursue his political career.

I’m a little late getting to my review of Trolley Episode 4, but this episode definitely did not disappoint! Kim Hye Ju’s past is coming back to haunt her, and it seems there may be more to Soo Bin and Assemblyman Nam’s relationship than we originally thought!

Soo Bin’s JD Tattoo

I feel like I speak for everyone when I say: I hope Soo Bin’s JD tattoo doesn’t stand for ‘Joong Do’.

As I pointed out in an earlier recap, Soo Bin seemed like she already knew the layout of Ji Hoon’s home during Hye Ju’s tour. I simply wrote that off as maybe Soo Bin had actually been there before Ji Hoon’s incarceration, but looking back that wouldn’t make much sense, either.

Woo Jae told Soo Bin that there was a possibility that Ji Hoon wasn’t the father of her unborn baby, and she agreed. I took it as an insinuation that Soo Bin was a prostitute, as that is what I initially thought about her character anyway. That may be terrible to say, but I immediately thought she was an opportunist who saw a news story about the Assemblyman and wanted to exploit the situation.

Or as I mentioned before, maybe Soo Bin did sleep with Ji Hoon, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the two were in a relationship. Maybe Soo Bin was running away from a former boyfriend with the initials JD like we saw her jump while at the convenience store before being taken by Woo Jae.

Now I wasn’t going to go here…but Trolley is beating us over the head with how much Joong Do loves his wife. While I did initially believe Joong Do was incapable of cheating on his wife, given the revelation that he has Blue House ambitions and his hostility toward Soo Bin…now I’m wondering if the father of Soo Bin’s baby is Joong Do.

Joong Do Has to Choose

Assemblyman Nam experiences an increase in conflicts as he begins to run for office
Assemblyman Nam experiences an increase in conflicts as he begins to run for office

It seems the campaign officials are getting tired of Hye Ju being a hermit while her husband runs for public office. As they tried to pressure Assemblyman Nam to involve his wife, through flashbacks we learn that Joong Do kind of just sprung his political career on the very private Hye Ju.

Under the condition that she would be left out of the spotlight (and always told the truth) Nam Joong Do has been able to make his political career and marriage work.  Now that circumstances have changed, Hye Ju’s past is being exposed, Ji Hoon has died, and Soo Bin has made an appearance – I’m sure things will now change for the worst.

Although, I wonder why Joong Do felt so sure that he could “have his cake and eat it too” by keeping his married life pristine and still being able to run for office. Maybe Joong Do holds more secrets than he lets on…

Hye Ju’s Past Exposed

Hye Ju becomes increasingly paranoid as her past is exposed and her happy family life is threatened
Hye Ju becomes increasingly paranoid as her past is exposed and her happy family life is threatened

Hopefully, I won’t make this a weekly thing. Even though it appears Hye Ju’s past is central to this story’s plot. But as more is exposed concerning Hye Ju’s past, I think it will affect her relationship with Joong Do accordingly.

I don’t know why I was surprised to learn that Hye Ju had changed her name after leaving Youngsan. Given her secrecy, it completely makes sense. What was even worse was just how recognizable she was to her former classmates and associates.

Yeouido is primarily a business and finance district in South Korea but really – what are the odds that the family Hye Ju is trying to escape has an in-law into politics her husband sees almost every day.  

Judging by Lee Yoo Shin’s ceaseless clinging to her deceased son’s belongings and treatment of her living adult daughter Jin Seung Hee…I really doubt Ms. Lee will just let bygones be bygones when learning Hye Ju is close by.

Either way, I think I’m going to wrap it up here.

But, tell me your thoughts.

Why is Soo Bin's lip balm becoming central to the plot? Does she have incriminating evidence hidden in it somehow?
Why is Soo Bin’s lip balm becoming central to the plot? Does she have incriminating evidence hidden in it somehow?

Do you think it’s a coincidence or fate that Hye Ju lives only two hours away from the people she was running away from?

What do the initials on Soo Bin’s tattoo stand for?

And…is Assemblyman Nam hiding even more secrets from his wife?

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