You really are beautiful, precious reader, but that's also an English-language title for a Korean miniseries I just finished. (Sometimes. it's referred to as "He's Beautiful".) The premise is that a girl raised in a convent has to substitute for her twin brother in a Korean boy band. One of the band members, Shinwoo, senses from the beginning that Minam is a girl, but keeps it to himself. Another, Taekyung, finds out early on and confronts her, while the more oblivious Jeremy is in the dark until well into the series. Naturally, all three fall in love with her.
I found "You're Beautiful" unsatisfying as a series, but the Jeremy character is pretty amazing. He's a bleach-blond straight guy with a dog named Angelina Jolie. Perpetually upbeat & clownish, Jeremy's the best at cheering up the boy/girl Minam as she copes with her many challenges. Ah, but how does Jeremy overcome his own dark moods? In an early episode, he shows Minam his secret-- there's a usually empty city bus designed for tourists that takes an hour-long circular route. He gets on this "Treasures Bus" at one stop, rides the bus for an hour to brood, then gets off at the point he got on, refreshed.
Now we flash forward about ten episodes. Minam has divulged to the band that she's really a girl and Jeremy's decided to make his big play for her. He's scheduled to be part of a live radio program that Minam will be listening to. At the beginning of the two-hour show, the host announces that Jeremy will sing a special song at the end of the program. Then he finds out that Minam and Taekyung are dating. He goes nuts and disappears. His manager and Minam search frantically for him because he's promised to close out the radio show and Minam feels awful. Of course, she remembers the bus, which is where this heart-wrenching 7-minute video clip picks up.
Minam finds the right Treasure Bus. Jeremy tells her to get off his bus because she's breaking his heart. She stays. They ride for a bit, both glum. He gets out his cell phone and calls the radio station just at the end of the live broadcast, telling them he'll sing over the phone. The song he's chosen is a cheerful ditty about the Korean words for "I Love You". He gives it a chirpy start, breaks down while singing that his heart is "thumping with joy", but soldiers on. He finishes the song and hangs up, then tells her that, after they get off at the next stop, he'll be "fun-loving Jeremy again" and she must forget everything said on the bus or he won't be able to regain his former self. He deboards. She hesitates. He turns around, smiling big, and beckons. Once she deboards, he throws an arm around her and asks, "Go Minam, do you want to go get ice cream?"
Using a near-empty tourist bus as a place to brood for an hour before picking yourself back up? I feel Jeremy deserves some kind of special award for that, for all of that.