The cliffhanger ends up going rather anticlimatically. There's no larger discussion this episode regarding bullying or proper filial piety. It's just kind of a weird opening gag about how sometimes punches go wrong and then it's time for everyone to go scooting off. Beyond that one punch, by the way, this episode is mostly a pretty nonviolent one. At least from Deok-in's end. She's had a stressful enough time lately to not be going around looking for trouble.
Trouble does find her, and while Deok-in remains calm, it is beginning to sink in that she can't keep doing this. A very sweet conversation between Deok-in and Jin-woo clarifies for both ends what exactly they're going through. Jin-woo now knows that Deok-in's resistance to the divorce is mainly a result of the drama involving her son's death, and Deok-in now mostly has a picture of why Jin-woo's relationship with his son is on such skittish territory.
We also get a better visual on the strained, complex relationship between Deok-in and Kyeong-cheol. In many ways this marriage dispute is a reflection of their very different reactions to the death of their son. Kyeong-cheol desperately wants to move on, but he isn't willing to create a crisis just to selfishly resolve his own personal issues. Deok-in can sympathize with this- and yet at the same time, she's just selfish enough to prioritize her own lingering attachment over the well-being of everyone else.
It's a fascinating contrast because it's clear that in any other context Deok-in is a very giving, loving person willing to do whatever she can for anyone. Once again, it makes me curious about her history. Has Deok-in always been like this- or has this change in attitude been a sort of penance for what happened to her son? Either way, it's easy to see why Kyeong-cheol wants a divorce. Deok-in is not, at present, a particularly satisfying partner.
What he wants from Jin-hee is less clear- Jin-hee at her best often seems childish, although I suppose Kyeong-cheol does balance that out as long as Jin-hee isn't in morally indignant mode. Most of the rich family stuff is dull, although I admit I'm warming up to the immature romance storyline. It's just funny to see a young woman act so immature in a dating context- and we know that's what she's doing because "Make a Woman Cry" does a good job showing us how mature adults act. Even if it doesn't always go that well.
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 7"
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