Alright! We're getting nowhere in this episode, but in a good way. This is what this drama does really well: satisfy us. Why? No, it's not the kisses. For that, you have to go watch It's Okay, It's Love (does SBS think it's cable?! Hot damn! *fans itself*). But I think it satisfies some moral need we have: that bad people get punished the way they deserve to be punished. It's slow punishment, but that makes it all the better. And it satisfies because the good people get rewarded. Slowly as well, but seriously, it's the slowness that is half the fun.
JoAnne: I've said before that I'm surprised at how I never ever ever get tired of Min Jung's antics and the Anti-Min Jungers thwarting of same, but it bears repeating. That's a tribute to the writing, which is actually pretty good - but so is the acting, believe it or not. The bad guys are playing very much against type, it turns out, and the good guys were always adorable so that's not much of a stretch. It's a happy set. I'm a happy gal.
Finally! Bori sees a picture of Eun-bi as a child. But what is this? It's her, Bori! Did her mother know that she, Do Bori, is in fact her, Jang Eun-bi?! Bi-dan is sent out of the room and Bori is very, very, VERY upset with her mother for lying to her - and for not even saying sorry. Veggie repeats over and over that she didn't know (come on now), until Bori says so it was Min-jung unni that knew it all, destroyed the pictures etc. Mention of Min-jung awakens the vicious mama-animal in Veggie and she immediately defends the devil's spawn.
JoAnne: I do understand that Veggie feels regret (some) and sadness, but mostly I think she feels fear about the repercussions, and even her sadness is as much for herself as it is Bori. She is a very limited woman. It's hard to even imagine how Bori feels. She's not who she thought she was - an abandoned infant from Jang Heung, she's been disregarded at every possible step by the woman she loves as a mother, plus she actually knows her true family, who aren't exactly the nicest people either.
JoAnne: Money is part of what Min Jung wants. What she wants is not to be looked down on as 'less than.'
kakashi: And I think she wants to rule the world, too.
There's lots of wailing and crying - all in all, almost 7 minutes long. The sad thing is that Veggie is in fact serious when she says she was afraid of losing Bori too. Yes, I believe her - but we also know that the whole thing is also due to a load of fear; Veggie thinks she has to go to prison because of the accident and because she "stole" a child.
JoAnne: There's a part of me that thinks she has it coming, and there's a part of me that recognizes she has belatedly realized that she feels actual affection for Bori. Both of those parts think she should just go turn herself in, do the two weeks jail time that would come out of it, and start fresh.
JoAnne: I so loved him in this scene. He's like, 'Go on, go in, they're alllllllllll waiting for you.' and she has balls, this girl. She really does. On some level people like this must convince themselves that their reality is real, right? Because how could you sell the bullshit so convincingly and know you were wrong?
JoAnne: This part wasn't subbed when I watched it - she said he did it? Hahahahahahahah... I was just impressed that her hair dried on the way from the yard to the house, I thought that's what she was doing when she started messing with it.
JoAnne: I always look for the hand print. I rarely find one... But yeah, Bong2 swung for all of us, there.
JoAnne: Because Bori has a strange picture-stealing fetish? Because Bori can't stand to see the child that they lost, for some unknown reason? Because Bori once again is just out to make Min Jung look bad? Oh wait, no - nowadays, the reason is because Bori wants to steal Bi Sool Chae.
Bong2 has a clear head (see? he listened to you, JoAnne) and says "why would she hide her own pictures? If she had seen them, she would have known who she is right away". Min-jung goes *gulp, my Daddy knows!* and the other two women conveniently didn't hear him say it. Oh drama... you're a crazy mess.
JoAnne: Seriously, the amount of 2 plus 2s that are not added together in this drama could.... I don't know, buy me a big enough bottle of whiskey not to kill Min Jung?
A bit later, we see
that she is suspicious of the Troll too - she remembers seeing the red
suitcase in Min-jung's possessions and knows she was lying about Bori putting it there.
JoAnne: I am actually very, very curious about the resolution of the relationship between BaDIL and Bori. Because that woman has been incredibly hateful; even if Bori becomes her pride and joy, Bori's always going to know what an evil person her mother is, and that can't be good.
Alone at the honeymoon suit, Jae-hee hears from his thug that the brown envelope was given to Min-jung. Think! Dig! It's too late, but still! Better now than in 5 years!
JoAnne: Figure it out before she steals your sperm and gives birth to the prince of darkness!
JoAnne: I wonder if she has a list. She must have a list.
JoAnne: That feels about right, but I don't know. This is my first 50-episode drama. Oh, no it's not, there was that IU thing, which very noticeably DID piss me off by going back and forth back and forth back and forth.... so it's no help. I'd say anywhere from 4-6 episodes, but that still leaves 8-10 for WHAT?
(Yes, he does, but his pant waists are a bit high for me, and his noodle-y body is very unappealing to think about undressed. Whereas Kim Ji Hoon undressed... well.) Anyway, Bori worries for nothing, because her mother is already walking back, slowly, after looking at the hotel that Min-jun is staying in (and she knows that because ...)
JoAnne: They've got that mother-daughter DNA-dar that always has them meeting up at a moment's notice because they just happen to be quite nearby each other.
JoAnne: I think he's just overwhelmed at the difficulty of what they face... plus, he knows she was Eun Bi now, right? (No, he doesn't. He's a bit slow) So I think he feels a lot of sadness over the difficulties she's had.
JoAnne: That was cute.
JoAnne: Hurry up with the baby making! Yes!
JoAnne: I do get it. I mean, as much as I can as a person who's always been who she is, with the family that actually is hers. How does she reconcile these two realities, given the history?
JoAnne: I know but... look at their faces. They're so cute.
JoAnne: Not quite yet. Probably the same episode where does the big reveal.
Jae-hwa asks Matron to be a consultant for the hanbok-line, but Matron suggest he should ask Bori since she isn't feeling well (if she is dying, like JoAnne suggested a while ago, it's a slow death). (She's dying of amKNEEsia.) Jae-hee's attempts to sabotage his brother don't work - thanks to Moony. Moony realizes Jae-hee hasn't yet seen his "footage" and tells him to do anything to get it from Min-jung. Since it was the only copy. Come on, show. it was a flash-drive. A flash-drive is NEVER the original copy. But seriously, Moony is my favorite character, I don't care if he sprouts nonsense.
JoAnne: Moo-ny! Moo-ny! Moo-ny!
JoAnne: I was actually very interested in that whole conversation about exactly what the difference is between Eastern and Western patterns for Hanbok. Good stuff!
JoAnne: For real. And you can see she would have tried to answer in a more diplomatic way, had she known.
( I THOUGHT that seemed suspicious.) And when Bori says she will go get a DNA test (she knows through Moony that Min-jung tried to destroy all evidence of her being Eun-bi), Min-jung looks really creeeeeeepy, smiles and says: just go ahead! You'll learn about skeletons in the closet ... And Min-jung thinks to herself that she knows much more than Bori ... for example, that her real mother killed her uncle. Stepping up behind them: Bong2, listening to the heated exchange with round, curious eyes.
JoAnne: So now we know what comes after... Bori turning on BaDIL just like BaDIL turned on ...well, everyone. I don't mind that.
Jae-hee first shows Min-jung her new office (and nameplate) and then
takes her to a fancy restaurant, where they're just by themselves. Well,
plus some musicians and waiters. Jae-hee swears to always be there for
her, whatever happens (are you sure, dude?!) The romantic evening
continues, with steak of course - and a cake. Min-jung calls it pretty
and than says "why are there 6 candles on it"? - Well, the waiter
answers: today is your daughter's sixth birthday.
JoAnne: and I start SCREAMING: OMG Moony is AWESOME he is so AWESOME, oh my God you are BRILLIANT, Moony! And then I laugh really, really hard.
Of course, Jae-hee thinks somebody
played a prank on them, but then, the musicians starts playing
Rachmaninov - a song Jae-hee never ordered. But which Moony wanted to play at his own wedding, as Min-jung remembered . It's
"their" song, so to speak! That's clever ... Min-jung gets up and wants to go, but Jae-hee
says to wait - if this is all Moony's doing, he wants to hear what Moony has to say.
JoAnne: Sure, why not.
there he is! Moony! Pretending to be a cook. Min-jung falls of her
chair. When she looks again, it's not Moony at all. She is cracking. She
JoAnne: Do you think this ends with Jae Hee visiting her in the mental hospital, where she's been living for years?
(They had to get him out of there and they were on a deadline. It happens.), Moony makes
his move. From under water, Min-jung sees how somebody takes her
"clutch" (bag). Moon Ji Sang took it! She tells Jae-hee (who is already
back from writing his important email). Their wedding rings were in the
bag! He hugs her close and says they will get through this together!
JoAnne: Ten bucks says the bag is in their room when they get back, nothing missing. Operation Let's Make MinJung Look Obsessed With Moony has begun.
Well. Didn't that slap feel good? And her increasing paranoia? I don't mind if this drives her mad, that's punishment enough for me. And I think we've said it before: She already is punished. A LOT. The last straw will be losing everything she has worked for for so many years. Gone, in the blink of one lying eye.
JoAnne: Yes, and the thing is, nothing she has is anything she couldn't have gotten HONESTLY, you know? Well, not being the daughter of Bi Sool Chae, but the degree, the career, the hot namja.
That Bori is struggling with her two identities is well done. At the moment, she believes that her choice for either of them will bring harm to people she cares for. But since she cares more for Veggie and Bi-dan, she is quite reluctant to reveal herself. And who would choose BaDIL as a mother?! Only dye-addicts.
JoAnne: On that front it's not like she's got a winner on either team, really.
JoAnne: Troll does stuff that benefits BaDIL plus she believes some of the lies. Don't think for a minute that she wouldn't toss that ho aside if she needed to. The thing is, with Veggie, Miin Jung, and BaDIL - when they get caught in a lie their response is to just push ahead harder.
The second thing I don't like: Jae-hwa gets zero character development. A while ago, he decided he is totally in love with Bori - and no matter what, he would marry her. That's noble and great, but it's also extremely boring. He also managed to go from genius-prosecutor to genius-manager in two days, and I don't like that either. Too easy. And yes, I want more Kim Ji-hoon on my screen.
JoAnne: I'm not sure what I want from him but yeah there should be something... I dunno... maybe he should start looking at his mother's death? Don't you secretly want GooDIL to marry Bad Dad?
PS: Sung Hyuk, we love you too! OMG yes we do.
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