Shuk: We are coming down to the end, but the writers are still delivering surprises along with the cute and the angst. Our Kitten Prince finally gets his head on straight, but will our Evil Women Brigade get what they deserve?
Shuk: Smirky plays The Root of All Evil’s confession to Kitten Prince, and he realizes this was the axe hanging over his mother’s head. Smirky demands that he schedule another press conference, or the recording will be leaked to the press. He tells her in an emotionless voice to stop hurting people; but she keeps barreling ahead. He sneers that they have him tied up, but thanks her for his decision to clean up the mess he’s made. He tells her to come with him; after all, if he chooses to end it all, they both fall.
JoAnne: Did that seem like maybe she should be a little worried?
Shuk: While Smirky takes ChoiDad his medicine, Kitten Prince meets up with a sadly diminished ChoiMother, who apologizes for her part in the fiasco. He tells her that he will bear the burden of the secrets, and not to tell ChoiDad the truth. He’s more afraid of hurting his father than he is of his own punishment, especially since Dad has been living in his own pain for all these years.
JoAnne: Is it weak that I sort of feel bad for this woman?
Shuk: Ahjumma chats with Smirky in the kitchen, gossiping that the couple must have had a fight prior to the press conference. Smirky slams the tray down and gives the older woman a set-down; she needs to know her place as only a servant in the household. Ahjumma is taken aback; she was just worried. Smirky sneers at her to mind her own business. She is still shell-shocked when Ahjussi shows up. She muses that, aside from her appearance, Miss is completely changed in personality and behavior.
JoAnne: That woman is a ditz but still. And it's amazing to me how much I like Na Doo Rim and yet when I see Yi Kyung I want to scratch her.
JoAnne: Her comeuppance better be HUGE.
Shuk: Flunkette shows up in Kitten Prince’s office, and tells him he doesn't have to pretend around her that everything is okay. In a calm voice, he tells her he has no intention of jeopardizing the family business for a fake girl, so everything is fine.
JoAnne: And I'm also surprised that I ended up liking this skinny little minny.
Shuk: At her insistence, Smirky and Kitten show up at JangOppa’s hospital room. Empty pleasantries are exchanged, but Yi-hyun isn't in the mood and tells Kang-ju to leave. Once he’s gone, he lights into his sister: are you happy with chaining that man to your side? She’s upset that all he can do is yell at her, and wonders why he worries more about Doo-rim than his own sister. She tells him to run far away and take that girl with him.
JoAnne: She's very jealous of Doo Rim, I'm noticing.
Shuk: Kitten Prince is wandering the hallway and spots Bubbles. They have a charged moment staring at each other, until Smirky shows up. She goes possessive on his arm, and the two of them walk past the girl without a word.
JoAnne: Their sad little smooshy faces...
JoAnne: Are you getting the impression that she actually thinks that in time they'll have a real marriage?
Shuk: Yi-hyun teases Bubbles for the dark circles under her eyes. She fakes anime tears with a tissue, then gives him a present. It’s his tie; the dry cleaners did their best, but they were not able to completely remove the stains. He tells her that her warm smile was gift enough, so she shouldn’t feel bad. He tells her to follow her heart and her path.
JoAnne: I'm glad they never even gave him a moment's hesitation from always doing the right or generous thing, you know? What a nice man.
Shuk: At ChoiEstate, Dad is already suspicious of his son and his fiancée. It’s different between them; Ahjussi mentions that his wife is saying that Miss Jang seems to be a different person, and that she overheard a conversation about another woman between the couple.
Shuk: ChoiDad shows up at work, and after work-related conversation, goes into the reason why he showed up. Is his son seeing another woman? Any response is stopped when Smirky showed up, and goes into Brown-Nose mode, and invites him to share lunch.
JoAnne: I cheered! It won't be long now!
JoAnne: She really does think that in time they'll be ok together. Wow.
JoAnne: You know, not for nothing, but yes. You don't die from a broken heart.
Shuk: JangMa drops the temperature down to 0 degrees Kelvin when she visits Kang-ju in his office. He tells her he will show up for the press conference tomorrow. She’s happy, reminding him of the publicity bomb she has over his head.
JoAnne: Please tell me he's going to do what I think he's going to do.
JoAnne: I thought for sure they'd completely kick him out of that family, so this is surprising.
JoAnne: Wait, so I was seeing things? He wasn't planning to expose the Jangs? He was going to go along with it?
Shuk: I think that he thinks it's not worth the effort.
Shuk: Bubbles is waiting in his hospital room when he makes it back. She starts scolding him, but he just pulls her into a hug and wonders out loud what he should do with her.
JoAnne: Both of the guys in this give good hugs.
Shuk: She’s outside her restaurant when she spots Kitten waiting. She tries to ignore him and walk past but he stops her and asks one final time: Should they run away together and go somewhere far away? She throws up the Nonchalance armor and calls him crazy, and he wonders if her heart is bulletproof. She drops the act and sincerely talks.
“You can't disappoint the people who depend on you. You’re going to be an even greater leader for Taeyang Group than your father and grandfather. I guarantee it. You have an incredible amount of confidence and brains. I'll admit, you are a bit rough on the edges but you have a lot more positive traits than bad.”Shuk: She pauses for a moment, but before she can say anything else, he pulls her into a tight hug. She hugs him back, tells him the scars will quickly fade as he gets through this, and that she will always root for him. They pull apart and she asks him to leave so she can show him a smiling face. He turns and does a zombie walk down the hill, while she cries.
JoAnne: This was probably the most convincing speech for Noble Idiocy that I have ever seen. Her love for him and her willingness to sacrifice for his family, who she also loves, came through loud and clear.
Shuk: The next day she finally tells her Grandma how she acquired the restaurant, and want to return, move back to Namhae, and live an honest life again. G-Ma is on her side, as always, and the decision is made.
JoAnne: Didn't you kind of expect JangMom to take it back anyway?
Shuk: Bubbles hands the restaurant deed back to JangMa, who is singularly unmoved at the gesture. Bubbles asks her not to say anything to OppaNotOppa until he’s fully recovered.
Shuk: Press-con V2.0! Same sh...uh...stuff, different day. Kang-ju starts reading the prepared script, then closes it and tells the reporters that he wants to say his own words. He explains that they met because of an arrangement between families, but gradually his indifference evolved into love. As he recites this, we see flashbacks of all the amusing and significant interactions between Kitten Prince and Bubbles. He continues that they nearly broke up several times because of his family’s rumors, but she refused to leave his side. They staged their own private wedding with just the wind and trees as witnesses. And the name of the person he wants to spend the rest of his life with is.....Na Doo-rim!
Shuk: The place goes abuzz as the flashing cameras catch the seniors reactions: ChoiMother facepalms; JangMa stands up and shoots eyeball daggers his way. Smirky goes all blinky-eyed. He turns and heads out, but not before he gives the Jangs a little smirk himself. I love her being out-smirked.
JoAnne: Someone's gonna lose their shit, you watch.
Shuk: In the back of the room, Flunkette is all secret-smiley, as her nemesis is humiliated. At ChoiEstate, the butler hands ChoiDad a dossier containing everything regarding Na Doo-rim. Thanks for being more proactive with your son’s marriage than with your own! The news floors him though, and down he goes, but only to his chair.
Shuk: Kitten Prince arrives as home to find out about his dad’s collapse. He sits with him and apologizes for the mess, but ChoiDad tells him he didn't do anything wrong. There are a lot of obstacles they have to overcome, but Prince is ready.
JoAnne: I am so glad they didn't kill yet another good dad.
Shuk: At the office, however, he finds out that his mom had already transferred her stock to Smirky without anyone’s knowledge. Just something else he has to clean up. Thanks, Mom.
Shuk: Smirky is all crazy faced as she goes over the events of the night. Dark Lady shows up in her cheval mirror, and tells her that one is the Light and one is the Dark. Guess which one she is! Smirky refuses to believe this, and Lady says she needs to forge her own path lest she ends up as nothing at all. She reacts by shattering the mirror and screaming like a madwoman.
JoAnne: Le shit, she eez, how you say? lost?
JoAnne: Time for more cute? Yes, I think so.
Shuk: Her destination is the hospital, where JangOppa is finally getting discharged. She adjusts his tie, and helps him into the new loafers she purchased, beaming the whole time. Kitten Prince arrives and is not amused - why can’t he tie his own tie? JangOppa just says with a smile that she used to do it all the time for him, and she’s better at it. LOL. Huffy huffy Prince. They walk out and leave him to follow.
JoAnne: He's cute when he's jealous.
JoAnne: Thinking about a red shoe and that perhaps his name means something to Grandma.
Shuk: Kang-ju asks for a glass of water, and fetches it himself. Next to the pitcher, though, are posters announcing the restaurant’s closing. He grabs one and confronts Doo-rim. Yi-hyun stands up and realizes it too, and Doo-rim admits she was going to tell him after the party.
Shuk: Kang-ju tells her under no circumstances will he allow her to leave without his permission, And for the first time, he uses her name to her. “Na Doo-rim, if you won’t come to me, then I will go to you,” He apologizes for taking so long, and formally introduces himself, sticking out his arm for a handshake. She still bemused, and, since she didn’t react fast enough for his liking, he pulls her into a hug, right in front of everyone.
JoAnne: They are so cute it's ridiculous.
Shuk: Coming down to the final three episodes, our couple is finally together as their real selves,. There’s still a lot to overcome, not the least is Smirky The Crazy Woman and her mother the Ice Queen. But no obstacle is too big for them together. I hope,.
JoAnne: Of course they'll overcome all the obstacles. We'll bask in 30 seconds of relief and happiness and then BAM! The Truck of Doom. F-U, KDrama.
Shuk: This show has had a lot of fun playing with Kdrama tropes as it played with our hearts, and I find myself looking forward to the final episodes. I hope for a satisfying explanation of the past, especially with the assumption of birth secrets and twins, and matching Red Slippers. Our players are connected in a multi-generational, convoluted way, and I can’t wait for the final reveal.
JoAnne: I'm actually quite looking forward to the end myself, and although it sounds like I can't wait to be done with the show, that's not it at all. I'm just really curious.