I really don't think we need any more exposition on how Eun-soo is a genuinely terrible person. "Make a Woman Cry" is overdoing it at this point. It's not just making her look evil but also kind of socially retarded. Deok-in didn't accept the proposal from Tae-hwan when he was acting nice about it, so why in the world would she accept it from Eun-soo in full-on bitch mode? Eun-soo's back-up plan is equally terrible, and predictably falls apart completely by the end of the episode.
The issues regarding Eun-soo mostly kill any meaningful impact by the climax. While I do get that Eun-soo's situation is unfortunate and not really her fault, at the same time, Eun-soo's behavior is so terrible it seems to retroactively justify every bad thing that has ever happened to her. Kyeong-cheol lost his son. That mitigated his attitude. Eun-soo doesn't really have any comparable excuse. Eun-soo at least had a choice about the kind of world she was going to live- and now she has to lie in it.
This doesn't just mess up the Eun-soo plotline. The storytelling in "Make a Woman Cry" is now at such an extreme melodramatic point it's difficult to take the overall story all that seriously. To some extent the writing does at least acknowledge this fact- the big confrontation between Deok-in and her mother is notable precisely for its childishness, because there's not really any way to resolve the situation in a way that lets the characters maintain the illusion of behaving in a civilized way.
But what this leaves us with is a drama that's very difficult to look forward to. Is it just going to be more hopelessness and despair next episode too? There's still plenty of episodes left over that I know the story can't be coming to a complete resolution. Even so, when the major plot point is just on how Deok-in can't easily get over her grief, there's no direction to really go from here.
I don't see how Jin-woo could possibly win her back given the enormity of these issues. This conflict is, of course, intentionally made out to be impossible to resolve, given the issues with his personality. But aside from that all we have to work with is the rich family conflict. While that plot point is definitely more interesting now than it was at the beginning of the drama, Eun-soo being at the center of it only makes that story that much more difficult to watch.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
"[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 28"
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