Episode 11 of Twinkling Watermelon has to be one of the most emotional episodes of the show. It’s finally the day Eun-Gyeol can change his father’s future, but how will he do it? Additionally, even though it’s a slice-of-life show that is more entertaining than anything else, it still has some prominent life lessons and realistic messages beautifully presented in the storytelling. So, the question remains: if Eun-Gyeol does change his father’s future (and past), what is the show trying to imply by fixing his hearing? Maybe we shouldn’t be going so deep into this, but in reality, there’ll be different consequences for Eun-Gyeol’s actions that are just as bad. Despite this one setback, the show is still one of the top contenders for the list of the best of the year for many. With that, let’s quickly get into Twinkling Watermelon Episode 11.
What Happens In The Episode?
With two days remaining for the festival, everyone is agitated and excited at the same time for their big performance. Of course, more than that, everyone (not just the band or Yi-Chan and Eun-Gyeol) is curious about who Se-Kyung is going to choose. Episode 11 of Twinkling Watermelon is more focused on band member Hyun-Yul’s story than anything else. To get to the crux of the matter, it’s Hyun-Yul’s past that matters the most. Hyun-Yul was part of a gang of thugs who used to beat up high schoolers, aka the guys who beat up Yi-Chan. But their leader got caught and is in prison at the moment. Rumor has it that he’s going to be out on parole soon, and the gang threatens Hyun-Yul after he beats them up for messing with the band’s frontman.
Bandwork is in full swing, with the t-shirts printed and Se-Kyung finishing up the photoshoot. Everyone is ready to put on a fabulous show, and the music shop owner decides to treat the band to a barbecue meal as good luck for their debut. At the dinner, they discuss how Ma-Joo is the backbone of the band and why he should become a producer in the future. Eun-Gyeol even gives him the suggestion to name his entertainment company with his initials MJ (just like he knows in the future). That’s when he remembers that he did hear about the day the big accident happened through the mouth of Yoon Dong-Jin, who was a band member in the original past.
Hyun-Yul is actually worried about the gang leader Do-Jin returning because he stabbed him in the back, which is why he went to prison. There’s a junior he had previously saved from the gang, so he follows Hyun-Yul, making him feel surprised. This kid is going to come back a little later, so keep that in mind. On the other hand, the wheels are turning fast in Eun-Gyeol’s mind, and he desperately requests that Yi-Chan not rehearse the day before the festival. Yi-Chan doesn’t understand where any of this is coming from and has a huge fight with Eun-Gyeol. This leaves Eun-Gyeol with just one option: asking Se-Kyung to help him convince his father not to have rehearsals so that the accident doesn’t occur. Se-Kyung invites Yi-Chan to a remote island on the pretense of needing to shoot his solo images again. After she promises he’ll be back in time for 3 p.m. rehearsals, he agrees.
Yi-Chan shows up on the island, but instead of Se-Kyung, he’s greeted by Eun-Gyeol. Eun-Gyeol tries to tell him again not to rehearse and to stay with him there. He tells Yi-Chan how he had no choice but to deceive him to make sure he didn’t make the blunder. Nothing he says seems to be going through with Yi-Chan, though. Eun-Gyeol even goes on his knees and ultimately tells his father the whole truth about how he’s from the future and how there will be an accident, but obviously, Yi-Chan thinks it’s some kind of dramatic joke. They’re on a high cliff, and Eun-Gyeol’s last resort is to jump off as blackmail. Yi-Chan tells him to do whatever he wants but is shocked when Eun-Gyeol actually jumps.
This is the most beautiful scene of Twinkling Watermelon episode 11, when young Yi-Chan saves Eun-Gyeol, but Eun-Gyeol feels like his young self again, all those years ago (in the future), when his father saved him from drowning. He had told him that he had a third eye, and the scar on his back was proof of it, but now the scar has disappeared. When they’re out of the water, Yi-Chan informs Ma-Joo of what has happened. When Ma-Joo goes and tells the band members who are waiting for rehearsal, they step off the stage to give Ma-Joo a beating on the other two’s behalf. But this act saves them from a stage equipment disaster.
Eun-Gyeol cries like a baby, hugging Yi-Chan, when he finds out about rehearsals being cancelled. Yi-Chan is surprised and reluctantly consoles him. When they get back home, Eun-Gyeol rushes to meet Se-Kyung, who had asked for a movie date in return for her help with Yi-Chan. At the same time, the whole band is at Yi-Chan’s house, eating his grandmother’s food. She suddenly decides Yi-Chan needs to deliver some dumplings to the school security guard, and this gives the boys the idea to rehearse for real. Elsewhere, we see Do-Jin beat up Hyun-Yul’s junior because the rehearsals were cancelled, even though he had made him cut the supports of the lights so that they fell and hurt the boys. The junior confesses he has no idea why they cancelled, and ultimately Do-Jin stops beating up the boy when he hears about the rehearsal happening at that moment in school.
What Does Do-Jin Do?
Eun-Gyeol and Se-Kyung’s date hasn’t even started, and Eun-Gyeol gets a pager notification from Yi-Chan. Se-Kyung is in the washroom at that time, but Eun-Gyeol runs to the school immediately, knowing that disaster is going to strike. Se-Kyung sees him go, but she’s too late to know why he’s running off. Do-Jin goes to the school with his full gang, ready to beat up Hyun-Yul and the band. A fight breaks loose, and the boys try really hard to fight off Do-Jin’s guys, who have wooden sticks as weapons. Yi-Chan is a good match for Hyun-Yul, and they fight off as many guys as possible, but Do-Jin runs out of patience and decides to join the fight by hitting Yi-Chan in the back of the head. As Yi-Chan falls to his knees, he realizes this is what Eun-Gyeol was telling him about and suddenly thinks what he said might be true.
At the same time, Eun-Gyeol meets with a minor car accident, and it seems like he’s not going to make it in time, but just as Do-Jin is about to hit Yi-Chan once again, Eun-Gyeol rushes through the doors and kicks him hard in the chest. Eun-Gyeol tells Do-Jin to stay away from Yi-Chan and manages to throw some punches. By this time, the junior has called the police (thankfully), and Do-Jin and the gang make a run for it. Eun-Gyeol immediately gets to his father and asks if he can hear him. To his relief, Yi-Chan gives him one of his usual sarcastic replies. Eun-Gyeol is brought to tears a second time on the same day as he sees the clock go from 11:59 to 12:00 a.m., meaning he’s actually changed the future.
With the preview of episode 12 of Twinkling Watermelon, it is evident that some huge conflict is going to occur now (obviously, it’s a 16-episode show; everything can’t be done so soon). It looks like everyone needs to take a break from each other in order to come back together for good!