‘The Atypical Family’ Episode 3 Recap & Ending Explained: What Is I-Na’s Power?


I don’t know if I’m wholly enjoying The Atypical Family or if I’m just pretending to like it because it stars Jang Ki-Yonf and Chun Woo-Hee. Of course, some parts are quite entertaining, but others are quite mediocre. The concept itself is quite interesting, but I can’t help but feel like something’s lacking. The Atypical Family tells the story of the Bok family, who are meant to have supernatural powers. They’ve recently lost their powers to trivial human nature, but only one woman seems to be able to bring their powers back. She goes by Do Da-Hae (not to be confused with “My Demon’s” Do Do-Hee), but she’s not as angelic as the family matriarch Mrs. Bok seems to think. Will she be won over by this family’s charm? Or will the family realize what she’s scheming? I suppose at some point it’ll be both, but for now, let’s find out the more pressing matters of The Atypical Family episode 3.

Spoiler Alert

Why Did Gwi-Ju and His Wife Become Estranged? 

Episode 3 of The Atypical Family begins with Gwi-Ju’s return to the mall and then his trying to go back to the moment I-Na was born. Gwi-Ju quickly learns that he can only go back to where he was with Do Da-Hae. Moreover, he’s especially confused about the part where he’s meant to go back to only fond memories, but it doesn’t seem like he’s had happy times with Da-Hae thus far. The next day, he immediately tries to berate the woman for troubling him, wondering if she’s hypnotized his family into believing that she’s special, but she’s obviously stoic and then a wee bit afraid of him. In the meantime, his mother has completely different plans. She wants to invite Da-Hae to live with them and become In-A’s live-in tutor. 

In many flashbacks, we learn that on the day of In-A’s birth, Gwi-Ju, who was a firefighter, lost one of his close seniors from the squad. During the man’s funeral, Gwi-Ju felt the urge to go back to the past, to the moment In-A was born, not because it was a fond memory but because he wanted to know what happened to his friend. To Gwi-Ju’s shock, though everything is black and white around him, the room door at the hospital is yellow, and he can actually touch it and open it. This makes Gwi-Ju obsessed with that one moment, and soon, he doesn’t realize it, but he keeps returning to that moment constantly to try and save his friend. If the door’s colored and he can open it, there’s obviously some kind of meaning behind it, no? What should’ve been the happiest moment of his life ended up being his worst memory as well. 

What Gwi-Ju didn’t realize is that, amidst his fervor to find out what he could do in the past, his present was completely ruined. He was never there for his daughter, In-A, and suddenly, seven years had passed. His wife, Se-Yeon, grew tired of waiting for him, and then one fine day, she told him that if he went back again, she would leave with In-A. Somehow, Gwi-Ju’s mind decided that that was the moment he would go back to the past. Remembering his wife’s words, though, Gwi-Ju decides not to cross the yellow door and return to that heinous moment in the car. Unfortunately, the moment he found his closure, it was already too late. 

In the present day, Da-Hae makes her way to the Bok household with a bouquet in her hand. She tells everybody that it was Gwi-Ju who gave her the flowers. This shocks the guy, who hasn’t even seen the woman, never mind given her flowers recently. Apparently, it’s yet another moment from his future but from Da-Hae’s past. Da-Hae quickly tries to get adjusted to the Bok family. Though she prepares food for them to share a meal every night, nobody shows up. 

What’s In-A’s power? 

At school, In-A always averts her eyes from her peers. We do know by now that the secret of her power lies in her eyes, but what is it exactly? There’s a girl who wants to befriend In-A and get her to join the dance club, but In-A tends to push her away because she’s afraid of her powers. One night, Da-Hae does In-A’s eyebrows, telling her that she doesn’t need to hide behind anything because her eyes are beautiful and they’re the way to someone’s heart. This is what In-A’s problem is. For a few seconds, In-A looks straight into Da-Hae’s eyes, and she hears the words, “She is the key.” So basically, In-A can hear people’s thoughts when she looks into their eyes, which is why she doesn’t make eye contact with anyone (I don’t need this special power to do so). At school, the same girl notices In-A’s eyebrows and tries to remove her glasses, In-A pushes her hand away, only for the girl to drop In-A’s glasses. That’s when Joon-Woo, the boy, picks up the glasses to help her out. He speaks to her by directly looking into her eyes. In-A hears him “think” that she’s pretty (how adorable), and suddenly it seems the world’s a better place. 

On the other hand, we get a sneak peek into Dong-Hee’s past, too, when she was an envied rookie model and could also fly. Of course, Dong-Hee’s only dreaming, and she goes from her old self to her present self and falls to the ground. As if she hadn’t had enough nightmares, she finds out that her mother’s selling her apartment because they’re desperate for the funds. You know when you’re down and it just feels like the universe is kicking you in the gut repeatedly? Well, that’s what’s actually happening with Dong-Hee, because she then sees her fiance in a hotel with Grace. Of course, this is all planned by the Do family, but even so, I thought it was quite low for them. So, when Dong-Hee finds them, Grace and the doctor are making out until Dong-Hee simply walks away, which shocks Grace. The next day, Dong-Hee has packed her fiance’s bags before he’s woken up, ready to throw him out (yes, girl! Get it). 

Back at home, Gwi-Ju and In-A share a meal with Da-Hae. They seem to be getting along well with her, and Mrs. Bok’s plan is actually working out. However, Dong-Hee arrives later at night and asks for a cup of tea too. Da-Hae’s just poured a cup of tea with the sleeping pills for Mrs. Bok and vehemently stops Dong-Hee from drinking it. But, Dong-Hee’s determined to rat on Da-Hae to her mother. So, to prove her wrong, Da-Hae drinks the tea herself and struggles to stay up while Dong-Hee watches her like a hawk. At the same time, Gwi-Ju heads out of the house and finds the flowers Da-Hae claimed he gave her. Gwi-Ju wonders if what Da-Hae said about him was true, and when he’s pondering about buying the bouquet, he returns to a moment earlier in the week when he was supposed to meet Da-Hae on a date. 

Da-Hae’s about to get hit by a bike, so he pulls her into a hug, apparently something he was vehemently against before going there. Again, he’s shocked to know that he can hold her and she can touch him too when he’s time-traveling, but nobody else can. In the meantime, Da-Hae follows Dong-Hee into a room where it looks like she’s trying to steal from her own family. Da-Hae’s taking a video of her as evidence for the future, but to her shock, she sees Dong-Hee levitate ever so slightly. She freaks out and runs out of the room, climbing up the stairs like a mad dog. In the meantime, Mr. Bok is dancing at some club, and Da-Hae’s brother takes a video of him. 

At the end of The Atypical Family episode 3, Da-Hae almost crashes into Gwi-Ju at the top of the stairs and loses her balance. Gwi-Ju catches her and stops her from falling, but when she looks in the mirror, he isn’t there. She then wordlessly gestures for him to let go of her so she can stand upright because she feels like she’s completely lost her mind. The episode ends with her turning around and screaming like a maniac. I wonder why Gwi-Ju’s dripping at this moment, though. Did he get wet in the fountain back when he gave Da-Hae the flowers? We’ll probably find out in tomorrow’s episode.

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Ruchika Bhat
Ruchika Bhat
When not tending to her fashion small business, Ruchika or Ru spends the rest of her time enjoying some cinema and TV all by herself. She's got a penchant for all things Korean and lives in drama world for the most part.

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