What makes the action scenes in "Make a Woman Cry" feel odd is that, first and foremost, this is a family drama. It's been over a dozen episodes since Deok-in has ever fought anyone. It's one of the odder parts of her background as a cop. In a more conventional story this stuff would show up all the time. But purporting as it does to be at least partially be a representation of real family life, "Make a Woman Cry" has to show much more restraint in this department.
Beyond that there's just the obvious irony of Deok-in risking her to life to save Yoon-seo while being unaware of Yoon-seo's role in what happened to her son. It's an issue that Jin-woo in particular can't particuarly grasp, which is why he continues to drift away from Deok-in without explaining why. Any character development on Yoon-seo's part is going to take a little longer to show up- although beyond the theatrics of the fight scene there's not too much explosive material.
Conflict avoidance is generally the rule of the episode, as Hong-ran quickly returns to the house. Evidently writer Ha Cheong-ok realized that having Hong-ran out of the house made it difficult for her to interact with other characters. I've never been a very big fan of the rich family storyline, though, so any disappointment on that front is fairly muted. It's just the usual petty infighting, with no major changes being prompted.
Kyeong-cheol continues to be sympathetic. I really do have trouble hating the guy that much when the universe appears go take an excessive delight in just mocking him. Moments after Kyeong-cheol has finally resolved the big plot point that's made up most of the conflict in "Make a Woman Cry" up to this point, the man discovers he's been snookered as part of an elaborate scam. Really, the guy has a point. Isn't Kyeong-cheol a person too?
The episode overall is relatively weak, though, precisely because so many important plot points are left in general vagary. What little energy there is right now is dedicated to the question of whether or not Jin-woo is going to make a serious effort to resolve his differences with Deok-in. Given the wistful looks he keeps shooting over in the general direction of Deok-in's snack shop, it seems likely that something is going to have shake this relationship up. At least that's what I'm hoping.
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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