Jun 3, 2020
(500) Days of Summer (2009) (part 10 of 10)
And now, it’s Day 488. Tom is sitting on a bench at his favorite spot, wearing a suit. Someone calls out his name, and because there are only five characters in this movie, it’s Summer, who just happens to be sitting there on another bench directly behind him.
They have a little reunion, with Summer saying she’s always loved coming here since Tom introduced her to this place. And… where’s her husband right now? Does Summer even have a job? Does she just sit in this park all day? We never find out. They talk about how Tom quit the greeting card company, and how Summer got married, and Tom can’t believe it.
“Yeah,” Summer says in her usual bland, emotionless tones. “It’s crazy, huh?” It comes out that she was already seeing this guy when they danced at Millie’s wedding. Well, I should hope so, seeing as how she was engaged to him a week later.
Tom asks why she danced with him if this other guy was in her life. Summer says, “’Cuz I wanted to!” And there’s that free Summer spirit we’ve all come to know and love. Tom and Summer spent that whole day together, and yet Summer never once bothered to mention she was seriously dating some other guy. But that’s Summer for you! Hey, man, you can’t expect rational behavior from a wild, untamed soul like Summer.
And then Tom points out how she kept saying she didn’t want a boyfriend, and now she has a husband. She says she just woke up one day and she knew. And the thing she knew was “what I was never sure of with you.”
So Tom goes into a dumb speech about how “destiny and soul mates and true love” are all total bullshit, but Summer says he’s wrong. She talks about how she was at a deli one day, reading Dorian Gray (wow!), and some guy came up to her and asked her about the book. “And… now he’s my husband.” Well. Thanks for the recap, Summer. But you know what’s really odd? She never once mentions the guy’s name in this scene.
She wonders what would have happened if she had gone to the movies that day, or if she had gone somewhere else for lunch that day. “It was… it was meant to be!” Summer assures him he was right about destiny; he was just wrong about her. And then the scene ends with them on the bench, and she puts her hand on his, showing us the wedding ring. And I believe this is where we came in.