Too much Jung-ae in this episode. It felt like a super set-up episode. Based on my limited weekend family drama experience, we're getting to secondary plot introduction time. So too much Jung-ae and not enough Joon-ho/Soon-shin cuteness.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 23.0%.
episode 15 recap
It's time for mommy showdown between the mommy in the know, Jung-ae, and the blithely smiling mommy, Mi-ryeong.
Mi-ryeong introduces herself and doles out the basic compliment: you raised her well. Jung-ae reigns in her anger as Mi-ryeong explains why she's there. She hopes Jung-ae will support the depressed Soon-shin because the girl is doing very well. The acting biz is unstable, so it's reasonable to worry, but Mi-ryeong wants a chance to take care of Soon-shin.
That incites Jung-ae's self-righteous anger and she accuses Mi-ryeong of knowing nothing about her daughter. But Mi-ryeong says she reads people well and Soon-shin is a rare cookie: she's innocent and honest. It's the charm she needs to succeed in the acting field.
When Jung-ae thanks her for the compliment, Mi-ryeong makes the wrong comment: you gave birth to her, it's thanks to you. She even looks like you when she smiles.
This of course brings out the pride in Jung-ae, if but for a moment, and she says Soon-shin resembles her most. Mi-ryeong understands why she worries about Soon-shin so much with this kind of love for her child.
But Jung-ae lays down the law. No acting. Even though Mi-ryeong says she usually doesn't do this and Soon-shin is a special case, Jung-ae asks her to stop. Don't touch Soon-shin. She won't act.
Mi-ryeong thinks she should let Soon-shin choose her life's path, but Jung-ae says that it's her prerogative. She leaves Mi-ryeong shocked. The actress reels at the treatment.
In the end, it bothers Mi-ryeong so much that she meets Soon-shin at the restaurant to admit that she couldn't convince Jung-ae. Soon-shin sighs that she knew it wouldn't be so easy and apologizes for wasting Mi-ryeong's time. But Mi-ryeong is more concerned with whether or not Soon-shin will continue acting - Mi-ryeong wants to try out of spite. The audition will allow her to debut and show her mother. They will start daily intensive training.
At home, Jung-ae relives the conversation and sneers at Mi-ryeong's compliments of Jung-ae's mothering. Then Jung-ae starts to cry, the insecure mother/woman that she is. Hye-shin comes in and Jung-ae asks after Soon-shin. Hye-shin hopes this means Jung-ae will let her act, but she only wants to know where Soon-shin has been staying.
She stalks out after hearing she's staying in a practice room at her company.
Guh, this can't be good. I'm sick of Jung-ae and her selfishness. She's jealous of Mi-ryeong and pissed at her lying husband so she takes everything out on Soon-shin and her family. Just not cool. I need Joon-ho/Soon-shin time now to cool my temper.
Soon-shin enters her temporary living quarters to practice and recites a linen about waiting for a phone call, which makes her wish her family would call. Just then Candy's theme pierces the air and Soon-shin jumps to answer it. Hye-shin suggests Soon-shin come home to assuage Jung-ae's foul mood. Soon-shin begs for a few days in order to prepare for her audition and Hye-shin promises to handle things at home.
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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