Welcome to the Open Thread, everyone! I’ve got this screenshot headlining our post today, because it’s the one happy shot of cute Jin Young, this pair of episodes. How cute is he, right? 😍
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Without further ado, here are my reactions to this set of episodes; have fun in the Open Thread, everyone! ❤️
I realize that just about everyone in our drama isn’t having a good time this episode, with the only exceptions being Jin Young, because he’s too young to know any better, and Secretary Lee and Secretary Min, who seem to get a kick out of the proceedings, for different reasons.
As for me, I realize that I enjoy Show most, when Bom and In Sang – but really, Bom in particular – are doing well in navigating the Han household.
And because, this episode, they aren’t doing as well as they’d like to be, I also find this episode less enjoyable, for that reason.
Last episode, I’d wondered about whether Jung Ho and Yeon Hee would adjust their strategies, this episode, and they both do – just not in ways that I’d expected nor hoped for.
They’re both so upset that apologies wouldn’t suffice – and apologies aren’t even what In Sang and Bom have in mind, because that would mean retracting their stance on the whole issue, and they really don’t want to do that.
As for Secretary Lee, how very shrewd of her, to take this opportunity, when Bom’s seeking her input on their situation, to let on that she’s not happy with how Bom had forcefully taken the upper hand with her before, and therefore can’t offer her sincerity to Bom.
I have to admit, it’s a little unsettling to see Bom so perturbed, that she would ask In Sang for a hug, when she’s usually so calm and in control of her thoughts and emotions.
However, it does make sense that Bom would make mistakes and need to learn from and recover from them, in her journey to gaining the power that she now desires.
I’m glad that she is quick to apologize to Secretary Lee, the first chance she gets, and I’m glad that Secretary Lee is quick to accept that apology, because Bom needs every ally that she can get, and Secretary Lee is a pretty great pick, as someone to have on your side.
It feels like just about everyone is fishing for information, this episode, and often speaking in riddles to each other.
It strikes me all over again, how the relationship between Secretary Yang and Secretary Min appears cordial on the surface, like they’re close work partners, but when push comes to shove, they are standing on opposite sides.
The way they each smilingly hide their individual agendas from each other, while trying to fish for useful information, is low-key amusing to watch, but probably exhausting to have to experience. 😅
The fact that Secretary Yang goes so far as to pay a visit to Bom’s parents, bearing that very expensive bottle of liquor as a gift, tells us just how big of an issue this has turned out to be.
It’s not just about In Sang rebelling against his father and talking back to him; the hunt is now on, for the people who must have fed In Sang the information that had bred this type of thinking.
What a dilemma this is turning out to be for Bom’s family.
On the one hand, Chul Sik has been treated unfairly and deserves to be given a just compensation for the injuries that he suffered. And on the other hand, Chul Sik fighting for that right, is going to inevitably hurt Bom, because Chul Sik would be going up against Hansong.
Noo Ri is honest in stating that it would be helpful to her too, if Jung Ho and Yeon Hee like Bom, but at the same time, it feels hugely unfair, when she turns on Chul Sik so accusingly.
I do feel for Hyeong Sik. You can practically see the blood drain from his face, when he hears Chul Sik out, and realizes how much pain Chul Sik’s been holding in, all this time.
The only small victory that we see In Sang gain, this episode, is when Jung Ho declares that he and Bom should move out.
It’s pretty epic when In Sang responds by pointing out that Jung Ho doesn’t have the legal right to do so, because the house is under the ownership of the company that Jung Ho set up, Hantrasta, of which In Sang and Yi Ji are listed shareholders.
That effectively puts the brakes on Jung Ho’s plan to intimidate In Sang into groveling for forgiveness, but because the larger issue isn’t resolved, this feels like an interim victory at best.
But, on the upside, Jung Ho does look like he’s about to explode from frustration – but can’t, ha.
And, it’s enough of an interim success, that Secretary Lee makes the tongue-in-cheek suggestion to Secretary Yang, that she consider holding hands with her enemy after all – which is saying a lot, coming from Secretary Lee, yes?
As if In Sang doesn’t have enough on his mind, Hyun Soo starts badgering him too, because of her mother’s involvement with his father.
I gotta say, I’d thought Hyun Soo was pretty neutral and level-headed, but she’s coming across as anything but level-headed, this episode.
The way she lashes out at In Sang, when he asks her if telling him hadn’t been enough, that she’d had to tell Yi Ji too, is very personal and cutting.
When In Sang asks her not to contact Yi Ji, Hyun Soo’s remark, that oh, it must be because Bom is now like a sister to Yi Ji, lands angry and spiteful, to my eyes.
Also, I have to admit that I was not very taken at all, by the scenes of her rocking out to music, and pointedly avoiding eye contact with her mother. This made her come across more like a prepubescent tween, than a young adult.
I mean, I understand that Hyun Soo feels upset and helpless, but at the same time, these reactions of hers, are not endearing her to me, unfortunately.
The final arc as we close out the episode, feels like a disaster coming together in slow motion, eep.
The way all the secretaries scramble to find a way to prevent Young Ra and Yeon Hee from crossing paths at Hansong, where they’re both due to be, is ridiculously stressful.
And, might I point out, the fact that Jung Ho seems to understand that a meeting between Young Ra and Yeon Hee would not be a good thing, indicates that he knows that his interactions with Young Ra have been improper, despite his self-righteous bluster.
Because, if he truly believed that he had nothing to hide, then why try to hide the fact that Young Ra’s there at Hansong to see him in the first place, right?
Clearly, Young Ra doesn’t care about making Jung Ho’s life easier, because she willfully ignores Secretary Kim’s request to move downstairs to the conference room.
I feel like she sticks around in the executive lounge, just to see what kind of reason Jung Ho had, for wanting her to leave.
How breathtakingly awkward, when Yeon Hee arrives, and comes face to face with Young Ra. You can practically cut the tension with a knife, as they pretend to play nice with each other – at least for the time being.
The thing that stuns me the most, though, is Jung Ho’s reaction, when he’s informed that Young Ra and Yeon Hee have come face to face with each other.
Instead of going up there to deal with things personally like Secretary Yang suggests, he refuses, and instead, stays put in his office, so that he can receive the intel and hear about what happened, after the fact.
UGH. That’s such a cowardly move, isn’t it? I mean, I’ve known for a while now, that I shouldn’t have any expectations of Jung Ho, and that he’s a coward at heart, but I’m still flabbergasted, that this is his chosen reaction. 🙄
Maybe he’s afraid that if he shows up, both women might join forces to kill him..? 😏
Watching this episode, it occurs to me that I have no idea what would constitute a satisfying ending, for our story.
In an ideal world, Jung Ho and Yeon Hee would realize the error of their ways, and change for the better, and everyone would live happily ever after.
But.. this doesn’t strike me as that kind of drama world, so I’m just rubbernecking at everything that unfolds on my screen, while wondering where this is all ultimately going to end.
That said, I have to admit that I got a good amount of gratification, watching Yeon Hee wipe away her genteel facade, and start pelting Young Ra with those ice cubes. Ha! That is so epic, by Yeon Hee’s standards.
I half thought Yeon Hee would end up throwing water at Young Ra as well, in true makjang fashion, but she doesn’t.
That said, I gather from Yeon Hee’s expression, that she’s far from done, so I wouldn’t brush Yeon Hee aside just yet, if I were Jung Ho.
The way Jung Ho makes to leave his office to go to the scene, and then makes a U-turn to back into his office, over and over again, just makes him look even more pathetic, because it shows so clearly, that he doesn’t have the guts to face the mess that he’s created.
It’s Yeon Hee who takes control of the situation, and summons Jung Ho to the executive lounge instead. Pfft. Serves Jung Ho right, for being too chicken to go up there on his own.
In the end, it’s Yeon Hee who makes the decision to change the way things are run in the house, in order to address the problem of insubordination. Jung Ho’s just.. going along for the ride, so to speak.
And, for the record, it looks like Yeon Hee hasn’t forgiven him yet, because later on, when he makes a big show of calling her in the middle of the day, she won’t even deign to answer. Ha. Have I said that it serves him right? 😏
The new rules – which, apparently, are really the old rules, from the time when Jung Ho’s mother had run the household – are even stricter and more suffocating than the ones we’ve seen thus far.
Wow. And we’d thought that these people were already doing things in over-the-top, exaggerated ways. 😅
Of all the things that Secretary Lee details for everyone, the one that I think makes the least sense, is having Jin Young dressed and ready at 6:30am. I mean, he’s just a baby! Surely babies should be allowed to sleep..?
The other thing that feels more extreme than the others, is the demand that Yi Ji lose 10kg. Poor Yi Ji. She’s not even directly involved in the issue that had resulted in the rule change, and she’s being targeted for drastic weight loss. That sucks.
Of course, the staff themselves also have to suffer as a result, and I feel bad for Housekeeper Jung and Butler Park, who suddenly have to wear their old uniforms, and do things differently.
That bit about Housekeeper Jung and Secretary Lee having to stand alongside, while the family has their meals, is another thing that feels like a step too far.
The silver lining to this, I think, is that Bom checking in with Secretary Lee, to see how she’s doing, goes down well. Secretary Lee’s expression softens for a second, and it makes me feel like she appreciates the gesture of concern. That’s a positive, yes?
I’m intrigued that after firing Teacher Park, Jung Ho’s now looking at getting him back, with a tenfold pay-rise.
The condition, however, appears to be that Teacher Park become “someone whom [they] can rely on.” Doesn’t this imply that he can have his job back, with 10 times the pay, if he’ll be the kind of voice that Jung Ho wants him to be..?
But.. wouldn’t that go against Teacher Park’s decision to be a better man..?
Gosh, I’m actually quite curious to know how Teacher Park decides, on this one.
It’s such an interesting conundrum, that Hyeong Sik and Jin Ae find themselves reaching for the idea of possibly sending Chul Sik away, to farm an empty plot of land that Jin Ae’s mother has.
That’s exactly what Jung Ho and Yeon Hee has once offered them, and they’d reacted very angrily to the idea.
And now, when they find themselves in a difficult position, they find themselves essentially thinking of doing the same thing to Chul Sik, which they’d hated, when it had been done to them.
At least they’re self-aware enough to realize the irony of this, and feel conflicted about it, which is still more than what we saw from Jung Ho and Yeon Hee.
But also, this whole thing does reinforce the idea that it’s easy to judge – until you find yourself in the same situation.
Poor Hyeong Sik. The way he weeps in the dark, because he feels so stuck between his brother and his daughter, is really heartbreaking. I wouldn’t know what to do either, in his position.
As it is, though, Chul Sik’s lawsuit is already in progress, so it seems like there’s nothing that Hyeong Sik can do anyway.
On this point, it does look like Jung Ho is underestimating Je Hoon’s ability to fight Chul Sik’s case for him, judging by how pleased and relieved he is, to find out that Je Hoon is the one taking up the case.
I can’t wait to see Jung Ho’s face, when he realizes that Je Hoon’s got a stronger case than he thinks.
Also, how like Jung Ho, to tell In Sang to come by the office, so that he can show In Sang how ignorant he is – and then send In Sang to Je Hoon instead, and with no prior instruction to Je Hoon either.
It’s becoming painfully clear that Jung Ho’s quite useless, when left to his own devices.
Like when Je Hoon excuses himself from dinner, and Jung Ho ends up just sitting there with In Sang for an hour, and not saying anything at all, except to keep up his loud blustery act of being a jovial father, when in front of the staff.
It must’ve been painfully awkward for In Sang to sit through that. And, to think that Jung Ho literally tells In Sang to sit there, at least for an hour, so that the staff won’t think poorly of him.
Pfft. That is so lame.
On a final note, I still think that Hyun Soo’s being a pain, with the way she keeps going to In Sang for anything related to his family, even if it’s not his direct doing.
I’m not surprised that In Sang eventually explodes at her a little bit, telling her that she’s the crazy one, to bother him like this, because he’s a married man.
Yep. I do think that Hyun Soo’s romantic interest in In Sang is definitely driving her behavior, at least in part.
But, now Hyun Soo drops a new tidbit of information, that her dad’s company’s secret funds have everything to do with Jung Ho.
This isn’t surprising news, but it does look like it’s something that In Sang hasn’t thought about.
I wonder what he’ll do with that information, and whether it’ll end up helping his case against Jung Ho..?