This episode opens up with another dumb rich person argument...of course. Well, they're not all dumb. I find I'm liking the Eun-soo / Hyeon-seo conflict. A well-to-do mother wanting to keep her son from getting involved with some woman without a pedigree, that much I can easily understand. Eun-soo no doubt has an inferiority complex about marrying into wealth. But there's just something awfully petty about Eun-soo trying to keep Hyeon-seo from hanging around Kyeong-tae. You pay no mind to that boy, he's from a lower economic class.
Kyeong-tae is especially fun because he's just...fun. His motivation this episode is literally just to drive around in a kicking rad automobile. And that just turns into a kind of zen money question- what's the point of owning a kicking rad automobile if you never ride around in it with your friends? Kyeong-tae brings out the best in Hyeon-seo, and even if Kyeong-tae's motives are kind of goofy, it's clear that Hyeon-seo enjoys the mutual rapport and attention.
Elsewhere, Deok-in and Jin-woo enjoy a generally pleasant day together. I like what "Make a Woman Cry" does with food. It's not "Let's Eat" style food porn, but the drama's still fun in its own way because it shows off how Deok-in is able to use the cooking process as a method to get her mind off of troubles. It's something that works particularly well when Jin-woo is around, because he encourages Deok-in to, well, to not mope around being depressed.
At times that much is unavoidable, like when a major crisis at home forces Deok-in to reverse a previous decision. It's unsettling the way that "Make a Woman Cry" has pivoted from making Deok-in seem unreasonable to suddenly pointing out that there was a valid, non-selfish emotional basis behind her decision. Deok-in probably understands her mother-in-law better than any of the actual blood siblings. At the very least, she definitely has a better understanding than Kyeong-cheol.
All of this works together to make for a reasonably strong overall episode of "Make a Woman Cry". The weaker bits of the drama are definitely still here, lurking around in corners, but for the most part the concentration of genuinely interesting storylines is fairly high. Provided you can tolerate some of the more extreme family drama tropes, the cast in "Make a Woman Cry" makes good use of their material, providing a generally pleasant experience that offers a promise of healing.
Review by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
"[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 11"
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