Eun-soo is at it once again with her terrible and blatant emotional manipulation. But the blowback ends up being more immediate than anticipated. Hyeon-seo has always been a thoughtful, considerate young man, and meeting his father answers a lot of questions. Namely, why Hyeon-seo is thoughtful and considerate when everyone else in his family is so mean. Jin-han is thoughtful and considerate too. He doesn't go for all or nothing. Which is why for all Eun-soo's outrage, Hyeon-seo really is satisfied with just a heartfelt hug.
I've been very critical of Jin-han's lack of involvement in the story but Jin-han himself provides a pretty good argument for that. He's not, in any meaningful way, an heir to a major corporate empire. Jin-han runs a street snack stand with a wife who's fairly dependent on him. It's hard to imagine what good could possibly come out of Jin-han returning to the family home. These people are quite simply completely dysfunctional- even if, ironically enough, from Jin-han's point of view they've gotten along fine without him.
There is an odd edge to Eun-soo's behavior, though, which makes me wonder what was really going on with her and Jin-han. Eun-soo is deliberately being emotionally manipulative in a way that's much less strategic than with anyone in the house. Eun-soo sounds hurt, and she genuinely seems to believe that she's been hurt, even though up until now we've seen that Eun-soo has had little-to-no interest in what happened to Jin-han compared to what happened to her scheming.
My suspicion is that we are going to get a lot of this better explained in backstory, and that Eun-soo's original motivation too is going to be a lot less benign than was originally implied. At the very minimum long ago scheming on Eun-soo's part would explain why she has it in for Hyo-jeong in the present day. We know, and Hyeon-seo knows, that Hyo-jeong didn't want to get involved with Hyeon-seo at all and in fact deliberately discouraged him in a way that could not possibly be interpreted as playing hard-to-get. Yet Eun-soo is unwilling to give anyone benefit of the doubt.
As for the alleged main characters Deok-in and Jin-woo...well, more of the same old really. They have curt conversations without ever actually communicating anything while other plot happens in the background. I doubt at this point that their storyline is going to have a very satisfying conclusion, but I suppose that can't be helped. At least the rich family storyline is taking up the slack.
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.
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