Technically speaking I think Hong-ran is supposed to be the bad guy right now. She knows where Jin-han is, and is withholding this information from the rest of her family out of sheer spite. There's just one problem- Eun-soo has proven herself to be a substantially more unlikable person. It's actually pretty enjoyable just watching Eun-soo squirm, because this isn't a problem she can't solve through browbeating and threats. Not like that ever solved any problems in the first place, mind you.
Eun-soo is pretty smart, though. Her deductions sounds like something Hercule Poirot might come up with. Of course, finding another path to Jin-han that doesn't go through Hong-ran isn't all that helpful, because Eun-soo has managed to make an enemy of nearly every other character in the drama. And it's delicious watching Eun-soo receive these explanations in very slow, measured terms. It's not a genuine apology if you only make it because you obviously want something.
Elsewhere Kyeong-cheol manages to come off much more sympathetically, even though he too was a total jerk earlier in the drama, because the man's willing to admit to some vulnerability. It's hard to imagine Kyeong-cheol getting back together with Deok-in, but there's still an emotional connection there. Kyeong-cheol is scared, and somewhat paradoxically, he cares too much about the rest of his family to want to worry them about this.
It's a genuinely noble sentiment on his part. Which makes it kind of hard for me to care that much about Jin-woo at this point. He does close the episode out with a pretty genuinely heartfelt scene, but even so, Jin-woo has been a long time coming in terms of managing real character growth. Even as he's now the only obvious avenue for anyone finding out where Jin-han is, beyond that, his story lacks much urgency. Should Deok-in really be pushing to try and get him back?
I don't know whether "Make a Woman Cry" has been all that convincing on this point. Although I suppose that's a big part of the leap of faith required by love in the first place. Is a horrible betrayal something that can be forgiven with time, if only because the longer you think about it, the more you really miss this other person? It's not like Deok-in has much else going on in her life at this moment. Maybe that's enough- it's not like Jin-woo is a bad person.
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 30"
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