Eun-soo has this really bad habit of using a threatening tone of voice even when she's not actually trying to act threatening. The weird part is that it quickly becomes clear that Eun-soo doesn't actually know anything about what's going on with Jin-woo. She just seems to be gossiping with Deok-in for no apparent reason, except to try and hurt Deok-in emotionally. So that character, at least, remains mostly unsympathetic.
Deok-in's mother has a better episode though. Initially I wasn't sure what to make of her friendship with Bok-rye, but I realized this episode that Bok-rye doesn't actually have any friends. Just children. This is a very important point- Bok-rye can engage in dramatics like attempting suicide because there aren't any peers around to tell her this is a bad idea. Deok-in's mother can provide a sense of perspective on why that's a bad idea- imperfect though the younger woman's advice may be.
And "Make a Woman Cry" definitely does a lot to remind us of that. The inter-family meeting predictably goes poorly precisely because of Deok-in's mother. In all fairness the situation wasn't entirely her fault, or even Eun-soo's. Hong-ran of all people picks a fight by deliberately asking rude questions. The awkward part of this is that while the questions are rude, they're actually good questions. Who is Deok-in's father anyway?
Actually, the better question would be why Deok-in herself hasn't asked this question. But the answer to that is sadly all too obvious. Deok-in has seen enough of her mother to realize that this isn't a question that could possibly have a good answer. Deok-in's mother consistently makes everything more awkward and more unpleasant- and the fact that Hong-ran is indisputably being the real jerk here doesn't change that.
While Jin-woo has come off poorly lately, exchanges like this very nearly present a compelling argument that keeping secrets might be the best course of action. It's not that Deok-in's mother should be ashamed so much as it is there's not really any apparent benefit to getting her to open up about these issues. If Jin-woo were to tell Deok-in what he knows about the accident, would that in any way ameliorate the situation, or accomplish anything except making Deok-in feel even more like garbage? Besides the point, the rich family isn't the real problem here anyway. Hyeon-seo is the one who's one bad day away from ruining everything, and we haven't even seen him much at all lately.
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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