As Do-woo has to deal with the fallout from a second funeral, I do find myself wondering whether "Road to the Airport" is taking matters a bit far in the whole "make Do-woo sad" department. In order to maintain sympathy for the lead characters as they edge into an affair, Do-woo really has to break down completely with regards to emotional support. Given how unresponsive Hye-won was when it came to her own daughter, it's little surprise the woman is similarly unhelpful with the death of her mother-in-law.
The mysteries regardng the more defective aspects of Hye-won's personality are the high point this episode. The whole scene in the car was fascinating, because we see Hye-won justifiably freaking out, realizing who Soo-ah is, yet Hye-won's main motivation seems to be acquiring blackmail material. Hye-won seems to enjoy being a proper wife more than she does the actual intimacy that's supposed to come with being a life partner. Bear in mind that even before Soo-ah was a factor Hye-won clearly did not trust Do-woo.
For that matter, no one has ever seemed to trust Hye-won. Eun-hee's letter is rather unnerving, because all the context behind Eun-hee's borderline senile mental state appears to indicate that even she thought Hye-won was a major drag on the household now that Annie is gone. Likewise, Min-seok is nonplussed about the fact that he is now an unrelated man living in a married couple's house, and for good reason. Somehow his presence makes matters less awkward.
But right now "Road to the Airport" is doing a better job making Do-woo and Hye-won look wrong than it does making Do-woo and Soo-ah look right. It's rather unnerving how Jin-seok, general jerk that he is, does do a good job erecting scarily tight boundaries between potential extramarital liasons. If something ever happens between him and Mi-jin, it will not be very easy to justify.
Although right now I'm much more worried about Hyo-eun, who unexpectedy loses her main coping mechanism for dealing with Annie's death. On one end Hyo-eun comes off as fairly whiny. On the other I really wish Soo-ah was more proactive when it comes to finding some sort of solution. This is Seoul, after all, and I find it fairly difficult to believe that the situation is as impossible as Hyo-eun thinks. Soo-ah should have learned that much from Annie's death- a daughter can disappear in an instant, and should not be taken for granted.
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] "Road to the Airport" Episode 7"
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