The rich family conflict between Jin-myeong and Hong-ran finally comes to a head. Their differences have become so irreconcilable that divorce would appear to be inevitable. The irony of the situation is rather obvious- all this time we've had families arguing over divorce and whether or not this should be the proper basis for long term decisions. And yet here, Hong-ran is treated like the bad guy because...well, as far as I can tell because she's not a blood relative.
One might think that Eun-soo, who also married into this family and is not a blood relative, would be sympathetic in some way. To the contrary- she revels in sheer spitefulness, on account of the fact that Eun-soo never much liked Hong-ran anyway. There's just one problem- now that Eun-soo can't be vindictive toward her sister-in-law, she takes out her petty aggressions on other people who deserve it even less. Eun-soo's a complete fool if she seriously believes that anyone's going to put up with this behavior from her for very long- she might be able to kowtow her son but not her older in-laws.
Elsewhere, in the main plotline, Jin-woo continues to mull about ineffectually, not really sure what to do with his information regarding Deok-in's son. Deok-in finds Jin-woo's behavior a little odd, but beyond that she manages to get wrapped up in some new problems that mostly put her mind off of all that. That much was predictable enough- from the beginning of the drama Deok-in has usually avoided her problems by trying to solve someone else's.
This time, though, she might have gone in a bit too far. And that about does it for all the actual stuff that happened this episode. "Make a Woman Cry" tends to be more interesting from a character angle rather than a plot one but most of that material is just a retread. Kyeong-cheol is still a sympathetic jerk who's barely able to contain his disgust at the blatant hypocrisy he's feeling from his family.
I do hope we're supposed to be seeing Kyeong-cheol as sympathetic. His character just doesn't work as a villain at this point. Eun-soo acts spiteful just for the sake of acting spiteful. Kyeong-cheol really just wants to marry his girlfriend. It's not a particularly noble goal, but it's not an ignoble one either and it's getting to be painful watch this situation simply not resolve due to personality clash.
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.
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