Jin-han has clearly recovered some of his memories. It's not totally clear which ones or how many. But what we do know is that this recovery was prompted by Eun-soo's blatant attempt at emotional manipulation. Eun-soo has frequently demonstrated intelligence, but she appears either unwilling or unable to process the significance of this. Jin-han isn't rejecting his family because of his current wife. He's rejecting his family because they consider Eun-soo to be his de facto wife, and Jin-han is completely unwilling to tolerate Eun-soo's presence.
It's useful, I think, to consider Eun-soo's character in comparison to everyone else. In the earlier portion of the drama Kyeong-cheol was the villain of the drama. He has since reformed, and is trying to live out his life with dignity and respect for family. In the mid-portion of the drama Deok-in's mother seemed like a villain, but she was really just couthless. Treated with kindness and properly nudged, Deok-in's mother is actually a reasonably pleasant person to be around.
More than that, though, Kyeong-cheol and Deok-in's mother were both dealing with trauma that clouded their actions. Eun-soo claims special traumatic circumstances every time she acts vicious, but what's obvious at this point is that these are just excuses. Eun-soo is a serial emotional manipulator and abuser. Jin-han's family has been giving her the benefit of the doubt this entire time under the assumption that Jin-han left her in a bad place, but it's increasingly looking like Eun-soo was the one that really forced the meltdown here.
The contrast between Jin-han and Hyeon-seo is also an interesting one in this context. Hyeon-seo is nearly at the breaking point with his mother, even though it completely defies his personality to act angry or mean-spirited. The connection between Hyeon-seo increasing lack of patience and Jin-han's absolute lack of patience gives the clear impression that they have a similar relationship with Eun-soo, at different points of development.
While the Eun-soo storyline has gotten kind of pulpy, I can't really call it unrealistic. Let's not kid ourselves- we've all known someone like Eun-soo at some point in our lives. She manipulates narratives to keep people from calling her out. Eun-soo's exaggerated histrionics are a far cry from the genuine grief and recovery we see from characters like Deok-in and Jin-woo. It's a testament to the patience of the production that these markers have only just recently become so obvious- if the rich family couldn't figure it out in twenty years, why should we get it right away?
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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