Joon-jae's mother did not get hit by a car. Instead we get a very satisfying reunion of mother and son that results in mutual sleuthing into Ji-hyeon's mother and her shadowy past. This plot thread took up the bulk of the hour with very little interference by Cheong's and Joon-jae's romance.
Small tokens and gestures of affection wove their way through the episode, but mostly the couple focused on Joon-jae's past and recovering what little is left of his family. His father is in serious denial about the innocence of his wife of seventeen years. I find it a little strange that he stands by his wife, but he threw away his son. The excuse was made that Joon-jae is a con, but that happened after his father neglected him. Interestingly, his father still neglects Ji-hyeon, which makes his poor treatment of his children habitual. I'm hesitant to support Joon-jae's mother's decision to regain her son's rightful place in his father's home. It doesn't seem like a great place to be and honestly, it just seems like a plot tool.
Nam-doo's wiped memory is niggling at him and I have a feeling he'll be a force to reckon with when it comes flooding back. Very much like how Cheong learns about the past from wiping Dae-yeong's memory and will most likely be very angry about Joon-jae's lies about the past. Their Joseon incarnations were not fine - they died. That's a lot to digest.
More than the romance, I'm curious how Joon-jae will solve his family's issues and perhaps his relationship with Ji-hyeon. Ji-hyeon doesn't have to relive his past incarnation. He can do right by his family despite the fact that his father is the murderous Dae-yeong. Let's see if he does.
Written by: Lisa Espinosa AKA Raine from 'Raine's Dichotomy'
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Journalist, drama lover, and foodie, Lisa enjoys exploring Korea, speaking the language, and soaking in all that dramaland has to offer. Her Korean husband laughs that she knows more than he ever will about dramas and K-pop. Lisa Espinosa can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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