Brilliant Legacy: Episode 14

Up to Episode 13, I merely liked Brilliant Legacy a lot, but I wasn’t addicted to it. My feelings have now changed after watching Episode 14.

On the surface Brilliant Legacy is a pot filled with ordinary ingredients. Imagine that weekly or fortnightly trip to the supermarket. You cruise the aisles and drop whatever catches your fancy into the cart. Perishables, toiletries, a squeaky toy for the dog, that latest edition of Time magazine, rice. Nothing in the cart suggests you’re planning a special feast for six. Brilliant Legacy is the same; it doesn’t break new ground with its plot devices, themes or characterization. Yet somehow, magically, it takes these common drama elements and weaves them into an intoxicating whole.

Episode 14 is where it hit me and I had to laugh at the irony of it all: that I was now officially in love with the drama and the one responsible for my change of heart was none other than the guy I had affectionately (not!) called a royal jerk in Episode 1. Hwannie, what have you done?

As is usual in this drama, Episode 14 picks up from where the previous episode left off, from where Hwan and Eun-sung are on the rooftop of the restaurant. He has come to make his intentions clear: He will prove himself to Grandma. He will not allow his inheritance to go to Eun-sung.

As I’ve said previously, Episode 13 marks the turning point for Hwan. He has heard his grandma’s scathing condemnation of him and he has seen that she isn’t kidding about giving all her assets to Eun-sung. Something kicks in within him, like a light that keeps flickering and then all of a sudden it works, emitting a brighter and steadier glow than before. The Hwan that we will see in Episode 14 is startlingly different from the Hwan just two episodes ago.

It isn’t just that he has decided that he will fight (in a non-physical sense) Eun-sung for the inheritance. It’s also how contemplative he has become, a change that became more apparent in Episode 13. He doesn’t react as impulsively; he mulls over what he hears and sees. And, in a subtle and most natural way, he is observing Eun-sung and seeing her differently, not as an irritant but as that new constant in his life. He is spending more time with her than with anyone else. (Two people can’t be together so much and remain unaffected by the other.) See how he walks behind her, how he watches her (from the upstairs balcony, for example), how acutely aware he is of her.

(I love how slowly their relationship is developing. The pace feels exactly right; it makes every little progression all that much sweeter and credible.

But one thing still hasn’t changed, though. Hwan needs to be more sensitive, to be as astute as Jun-se. Look at the image below and tell me whose neck needs a scarf more. In another drama the leading man would have untied his scarf and wrapped it around his beloved’s neck. Hwan, you still have much to learn!)

But even if he is still unschooled in matters of the heart, our leading man has decided to turn his life around with immediate effect. The next day, before leaving for work, he wakes up early for a run around the neighborhood. It’s a scene that underscores how seriously he considers Jun-se a rival. Jun-se made all the girls squeal in Episode 13? Ha! Think I can’t work up some sweat, too? Just watch me!

(I love what Hwan is wearing, don’t you? He looks smashing in black, devilish even. Haha.)

Running only long enough to work up a few barely noticeable drops of sweat (you can spot them if you peer hard enough with a magnifying glass), Hwan pauses for breath and scans the surroundings. Hmm, what’s with the furtiveness? Checking to see if Eun-sung is around?

What follows takes us completely by surprise. Thinking the coast is clear, Hwan practises bowing and saying (with a smile!) “Welcome!”

But the poor thing does not know the world’s fastest woman is in the vicinity. One second ago she isn’t there and now she’s right in front of him, smiling in amusement at this man bowing to her.

To his credit, Hwan does not let a little embarrassment deter him from his goal: the Most Friendly Employee of the Month award.

So he goes back and continues to hone this new and oh-so-difficult skill, standing before the mirror in his room and forcing his mouth to stretch sideways. His muscles, unused to the strain, protest feebly. The result of all that effort? A grimace smile. A smile soon to be patented.

(Hwan is adorable in this episode, making me giggle repeatedly. Finally the noticeable changes that we’re looking for, the signs that our snooty guy is softening. The humanizing of our Hwan is so funny to see!)

All that practice pays off.

Look at how spontaneously our reformed employee smiles at the customers, how quickly he jumps to serve them. It’s as if he’s born doing this, as if being a waiter is his life’s calling. The wondrous sight is enough to make you weep. If you have ever despaired about anything, take heart from this miracle. Nothing is impossible!

Of course Hwan’s astonishing behavior does not escape the sharp eyes of his colleagues. And of course he’s embarrassed that they’re staring at him dumbfounded. His smile switches off instantly and he runs off to the rooftop for refuge.

Poor Hwan. It truly is excruciating to be this friendly, isn’t it? More so when you have to do it in front of the manager and Eun-sung, both of whom have seen you at your most scowly. You, the rightful heir to the company, now having to behave in this servile manner.

And still the ordeal continues, as if part of a master plan to break him, to test his every resolve. Help out with valet parking, the manager orders Hwan during their lunch break. Sure, Hwan replies matter-of-factly, causing Eun-sung’s eyes to once again threaten to pop out of their sockets. Did the sun rise from the west today?

Even when he’s almost violated during valet duty (two women customers press a tip into his palm and one of them even pats his bum!), Hwan grits his teeth, swallows his pride, and makes Eun-sung gasp. All her training finally paying off!

Let’s leave Hwan and Eun-sung aside for now and catch up with that delicious subplot twist that I was telling you about in the previous episode.

Hwan’s mom and sister have left home and are now making themselves comfortable in the witch’s house. As expected, the witch puts on an impressive show, welcoming her guests warmly, cooking up a storm for them, and tidying a spare room for Hwan.

(The witch is a fascinating creature, don’t you think? On one hand she is so conniving, plotting one evil after another. On the other hand she is so credulous, to the point of being stupid even. C’mon, would Hwan move into this closet?)

It’s already midway in the drama (14 out of 28 episodes) and it’s high time we begin to see the witch and the witchling suffer. Our wishes are answered that night when everyone retires to bed, opting to co-sleep according to age instead of the wiser (on hindsight) option of familiarity. Thus Jung sleeps with Seung-mi while their moms sleep together.

Showing that she’s learning fast from her mom in the art of insinuation and instigation, Seung-mi hints to Jung that she should quickly get herself wedded to Jun-se. What if he falls for another girl? Jung wails in response, even as she dismisses the whole notion. Of course Jun-se would not date anyone but herself!

A different drama, sans conversation, is unfolding in the next room.

The witch can’t sleep because Jung’s mom is snoring like a porker. Now we know the real reason why Baek Sung-hee doesn’t want her husband back. It’s not because he deceived her by playing dead, it’s because he snores and she’s a light sleeper! The secrets you unearth in the middle of the night.

A new day dawns.

Hwan’s mom complains that she didn’t sleep a wink last night, causing the one who really didn’t sleep a wink to roll her eyes. When the witch and her daughter leave for work (Jung leaves as well, no doubt to check on her Jun-se), Hwan’s mom pokes listlessly around the house, opening wardrobes and drawers as though they are her own. Hmm, strange that there aren’t clothes or photos of Sung-hee’s husband. Is he really in Vietnam, like Sung-hee says, or did they divorce?

Those questions immediately tire her out. (Any attempt to think will always do that to her. Also, she didn’t sleep at all last night, remember? Oh, the suffering!) Thus, the witch returns later to the sight of her friend of long ago, soon to be enemy if this keeps up, lying on the couch and everything in a mess.

(The above is another reason why I love this episode. The witch is getting so flustered, hurray!)

To get Hwan’s mom and sister out of her house, the witch suggests to her friend that it’s unwise to leave Hwan and Eun-sung alone in the upper stories of the mansion. What if some hanky-panky happens while you are staying here, in my house? Haha, her friend hoots back, Hwan doesn’t regard Eun-sung as a woman at all! (Haha, ya right!)

But the scare tactics work and Hwan is summoned to bring them home. He shows up at the house (and it’s amusing to see how polite he is around Seung-mi’s mom) and is given a tour of Seung-mi’s bedroom. The occasion allows us a rare glimpse into Hwan a few years ago.

(No, that is not a shrub growing on Hwan’s head.)

While packing (how funny that the mom-and-daughter duo should actually unpack, as if planning for a long stay), Jung chances on one of Seung-mi’s bags and demands that the latter give it to her. Seung-mi is reluctant, because the bag is a gift from Hwan.

(We have learned since the first episode that Hwan is generous with the people he cares about. He brought gifts home from New York and he pays for drinks when out with his friends. Or was it because he had a constant supply of money then and could afford to throw it around? Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt, shall we?)

Unknown to Seung-mi, her mom had earlier hidden their family photo (all five of them together, taken when Seung-mi and Eun-sung were still in school) in that bag. But Jung gets her way and trots off happily with it.

(This episode reveals so much about Jung and her mom, doesn’t it? Under his mom’s “positive” influence, what would Hwan have become if Eun-sung hadn’t entered his life and turned it upside down? I shudder at the thought. Also, I’m both disappointed and relieved that the two clowns are leaving so soon. I want them to torture the witch longer, but at the same time I’m glad this little “crisis” is not dragged into the next episode. The drama’s pacing has been perfect so far and I don’t want unnecessary shenanigans to ruin it.)

The witch, overwhelmed that she has gotten rid of her pests, offers to drive everyone home. No one has any idea of the storm that awaits them.

In Episode 13 we saw Grandma in tears, berating her family for taking her for granted and kicking up so much fuss over the inheritance. Now we see her at her angriest.

Outraged that her daughter-in-law and granddaughter should have the audacity to return home, Grandma chases them out of the living room. She even follows them to the porch, yelling and crying. The two returnees, no longer jolly, cower in fear. This is not the contrite grandma they are expecting, thrilled to see her lost sheep home. This is a grandma so angry the butler fears she is tottering on the edge of a dangerous collapse. Talk about a backfired scheme. It’s a lesson the clowns won’t easily forget.

We learn a few more facts about our grandma from this episode.

1) She’s scary when she’s mad. (Ban Hyo-jung is an awesome actress and this is easily her best scene so far. No wonder everyone stares at her, because the script calls for it and also because she is simply mesmerizing.) 2) Blood ties are immensely important to her. The conduct of the ingrates hurt so intensely because after telling them how much she loves them and after having provided for them for so long, they still dare to walk out, insisting they are cutting off their ties with her unless she revokes her new will. 3) Contrary to her expressed disappointment with Hwan, she really is soft-hearted with him. As a result of his plea, the outcasts are given a reprieve. But this is the last chance, Grandma warns. Pull the same stunt again and you’re out of here forever.

In the midst of the storm, allow me to divert your attention to a fleeting moment that made me laugh. (You must watch to the end of the episode to appreciate the mirth in the image below.) See the two guys looking at each other, the older one with more tenderness than usual? A certain kitchen scene later may reveal the reason.

You see, after being so soundly chastised, Hwan’s mom knows better than to ruffle her mother-in-law’s feathers again. The next morning she is merely ten minutes late waking up for breakfast duties.

Butler Pyo, fashionably decked out in a bandana and wearing his trademark rabbit-ears tie, is waiting for her. They engage in banter, he chiding her for being late and she suggesting that he should be happy without her presence since that will mean he can date without her watching his every move.

Me date? Whatever gave you that idea? Hmm, she replies, I saw you coming down from Eun-sung’s room a few times so I thought the two of you were… I don’t go for younger women, he snaps. But why not? our busybody asks.

Because I like older women!

More than the butler’s confession (anyone saw that coming?), what makes this scene so funny is how Hwan’s mom reacts. It never once occurs to her that Pyo’s unrequited love might be her and you know why? She doesn’t see herself as “old.” An older woman must be someone the age of Grandma! (How many episodes will it take for Hwan’s mom to grow up? Any guesses?)

Butler Pyo, thanks for spilling the beans. (His revelation is one more reason why this episode is so delightful. An unexpected comical twist to counter the scenes of tears and rage last night, a new development that reveals the layers of characterization even for a supporting role. Love it!) Your every act is going to be so closely watched by us from now on. Can’t wait to see if your feelings will be reciprocated!

Let’s go back to Eun-sung. She has been taking quite a backseat in the plot lately, hasn’t she?

The night of the tempest, after dropping her guests off at the front of their gate, the witch spies Eun-sung walking home and asks to have a little tete-a-tete. (Eun-sung, for once please just ask her to leap off a cliff or something. Why must you always agree to her or Seung-mi’s requests for a chat?)

See what you have done to Hwan’s family, the witch says. But the Eun-sung sitting next to her on the park bench has her own counter-accusations.

I know why you abandoned Eun-woo. Because he has a photographic memory and you don’t want him to tell me your new address or phone number. If Hwan is so important to Seung-mi, don’t let me be a hindrance, just let them marry. But Hwan will never get his hands on Grandma’s inheritance, it is mine. I will make sure of it.

(Han Hyo-joo is so good in this scene. She really is owning her role and it’s a joy to watch her.)

We now move back to the second branch to see what Hwan and Eun-sung are up to next.

Our wonderful manager continues to test Hwan and this time he asks Hwan to call Eun-sung to him. Our Hwan obeys politely and then proceeds to summon Eun-sung with a “Hey, the manager wants to talk to you.”

Hearing that, the manager marches over and ticks Hwan off for his rudeness. The culprit and Eun-sung react with surprise to the manager’s scolding, so used are both of them to each other’s curtness and impolite speech. So off to the rooftop the two troop, to iron out yet another kink in Hwan’s ongoing training.

Try calling me “Chief,” Eun-sung urges. But “chief” sounds similar to “master” and it’s the latter that comes out of Hwan’s mouth. What’s so funny? snaps Hwan when Eun-sung bursts out laughing.

But even though he seems outwardly annoyed, a strange thing is happening to Hwan. Somehow the sight of Eun-sung throwing her head back, covering her mouth, bending over in uncontrolled laughter, holds him spellbound. He stares at her, lost in the moment and forgetting he’s supposed to be angry. Unknown to him, it’s yet another addition to his growing collection of “Favorite Eun-sung Moments” that he’s storing in his heart.

Let’s leave Hwan to his musing because a most urgent task awaits. Nearly three thousand words and I have yet to unveil a pic of Mr. Soulful Eyes? I ought to be spanked!

The scene before us is of Jun-se and his dad, sitting in that glorious garden cafe that belongs to the younger Park. Park Senior is still mad about Grandma’s new will and he wants Jun-se to help him secure his hold on the company. How? By joining Jinsung Food.

But I enjoy what I’m doing here in my cafe, Jun-se replies. It’s what Granddad wanted me to do when he left the business to me.

(Two asides. First, ever since Jun-se’s dad started giving the witch the come-hither eyes, I’ve disliked him. Second, I can’t read subtitles when it’s a Jun-se scene. Surely he owns the most beautiful pair of eyes in kdramaland! I can’t stop staring at them.)

Jun-se’s refusal to follow his father’s wishes leaves the latter fuming.

Speaking of fathers, Eun-sung’s dad continues to be hoodwinked by his wife and stepdaughter. (It’s astonishing that a man who used to own a large and successful company should be so easily misled. I wish the whole subplot with the dad can be speedily resolved. It stretches credulity, honestly. But of course the drama is far from over and having the father-daughter reunion now might be too soon.)

Seung-mi is impersonating Eun-sung (who’s supposedly in America with Eun-woo) and writing e-mail messages to the dad, implying that his reappearance is upsetting to her. The father replies, imploring her forgiveness. His tone is so sad, even our witchling can’t help but feel a slight twinge of remorse.

Seung-mi will soon have troubles of her own. Remember the bag that Jung poached from her? Well, Hwan has gotten it back and now he’s about to meet Seung-mi to return the bag. The two will have dinner and watch a movie together.

As he’s waiting for Seung-mi, Hwan passes a roadside stall selling trinkets. Imagining how delighted Seung-mi would be if he bought her one, he proceeds to pick a handphone dangler…

…that matches his T-shirt!

Hwan, Hwan, you never fail to make me laugh in this episode.

But like I wrote earlier, there’s trouble ahead for Seung-mi. Hwan opens her bag to put his little gift and finds a photo inside. Curious, he takes it out. Staring up at him from that old photo are three familiar faces: Seung-mi, her mom, and… Eun-sung.

How will Hwan react and how will Seung-mi extricate herself this time? Stay tuned to the next episode!

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30 thoughts on “Brilliant Legacy: Episode 14

  1. I still like reading your recap even though I already saw the episode. I LOVED THIS EPISODE!!!!! I rewinded the part when he greets the customers and serves then sooo many times because it was so freaking funny how the rest of the staff acted. LSG can go from sexy bad boy to sweet cute boy in mini-seconds and I love it!!

    Anyone else hoping they have their first kiss on the rooftop? I mean it has practically become their special place…well for bickering right now but later it will be for smooching..hehe

  2. *glomps Thundie* If you laugh at Hwan’s antics, I am totally loling over your recaps! It’s hilarious!

    BL is owning me these days. Sunday was only 2 days ago and I am already scratching myself trying to make Saturday comes faster. Geez..

    I gotta say tho, however dashingly handsome Junseh is, with or without his clothes on, I’ve come to accept that I will always be on Hwan’s camp. Sure, he needs to have at least one shirtless scene sometime this century (I vote for the obligatory pondering in the shower scene!), but more than that, his character is just compelling as he continues to evolve. With Hwan’s character, I think Lee Seunggi’s acting is also developing really well. He’s more expressive, yet subtler in delivery. His awkward moments are less and less now. Plus, don’t you just want Hwan and Eunsung sitting on a tree kissing? I like LSG and MCW, but in my heart LSG and HHJ’s chemistry is the total winner.

    BTW, I have officially become a fan of the residents ditz Mother Daughter duo. They are forever cracking me up!

  3. Thundie,
    I love reading your recaps. How could you think of linking the dangler and the t-shirt. I could never do that. You have a very good eye with minor things and you add a lot of humor to it. You never fail to make me smile so often.

  4. Thundie, thanx for the recap!
    Again, you just amaze me with your writing abilities. Thanx to Hwan should I say? hahaha..

    Lee Seung Gi has improved a lot I must say. Especially in the most recent episode (Ep18- pali pali catch up!)… I was really blown away by his acting in one particular scene (no matter how ridiculous it was, deeta will know HAH!). I think it was Seung Gi’s most impressive acting to date… what will all types of emotions fused into one. Was a riveting scene..

    And haha, I liked your take on Hwan’s scarves..
    I’m trying to take a blind eye to his scarves, but too bad they’re always right below his adorable face. They really need to do away with that style… I hate it!!

  5. Thundie, I really enjoy your prattle! You have such a wicked sense of humor…hahaha. Have you ever thought of writing your own T-Drama?

    I was reading one of Seung Gi’s latest interview (credit to Eloise@soompi for x’lating), “…at the beginning, there was feedback from some viewers that they were unable to immerse in the drama because of his acting. He thought it could be due to his excessive desire to do well that the danger arose. From then onwards, he adjusted his acting…”

    If only he knew that apart from his acting (which in my opinion is now impressive), we are still distracted by his scarves and his hair =)

    Deeta, if you want a shirtless LSG you can always watch 1n2d. They’ve already shown the obligatory shower scene (no need for the century to be over)…lol

  6. Thanks again, everyone. *blush*

    By the way, a question. Are the recaps getting too long for you? I’ve been averaging 3500-4000 words for the last three recaps and it’s scaring me! But I can’t seem to rein myself in. The last few episodes have been so juicy and getting even more so. (psst, ripgal, I’m all caught up with ep 18; would a BL addict be lagging behind, lol?) Let me know if you have a hard time plodding through so much text. On the other hand, if you salivate seeing so many words and you want the recaps to be even longer (are you serious?), let me know as well. Thanks!

    Hi Sugar and Spice, your first comment here, right? :) Did you pop over from the 1N2D blog? I can’t write a drama unless it’s a docu-drama. Can’t write fiction to save my life. Am more of an essayist. Oops, let me amend that. Am more of an aspiring essayist. Hoho… *runs*

  7. I think your recaps are perfectly fine…cos I can never get bored with your humor and witty remarks. I say bring it on!

    You’re not the only one who’s obsessed or addicted to BL… our very own deeta can’t even rein herself in too! Ask her and she’ll tell… BL’s on her mind 24/7..hahaha..

    Sighz, we’re all Hwanified huh?

  8. Hi thundie,

    Thanks for another haha recap. YAY. Another Hwan (aka LSGi converter). And what do you think of his singing? keke.

    Hwan’s road to self-discovery has been very nicely paced. Things happened when they should; even the sequence of how things fall in place feels right. HwanSung could not have happened until Hwan is where he is now at E18. So hurray for 28-episode drama. Oh yes, what impresses me most about Seung Gi’s acting is how he intuitively understands the character Hwan. He gave me a Hwan that reacts and acts exactly the way I envision him to. OMG, he’s a new breed of singer-actor. LOL.

    I agree with deeta. The side characters in this drama crack me up. Hwan’s mom and Jung’s clothes/jewelry needed to be eBay. Like soon!

    One of my fave shot:
    http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn272/bedifferent2/Brilliant%20Legacy/snapshot20090516154431.jpg

    For thundie, just because:

    http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn272/bedifferent2/Brilliant%20Legacy/SSI_20090531120505_V.jpg

    http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn272/bedifferent2/Brilliant%20Legacy/5-3.jpg

    http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn272/bedifferent2/Brilliant%20Legacy/3-3.jpg

  9. Yup that was my first comment. I learned the existence of your blog from the BL soompi thread =) Needless to say I’m also a great admirer of Bee’s blog for 1n2d.

    LSG, 1n2d, BL = LOVE

    About your question, I have a complaint…if you can just make your recaps twice as long (let’s say a minimum of 8000 words) then it would be just perfect! *ducks as Thundie throws her computer* =)

  10. LOL, Thundie, I’m with Sugar and Spice on this matter. If you’re up for writing longer recaps, I am totally up for reading them!

    Also, Sugar and Spice, you can hardly call that above the shoulder shower scene a good shower scene. Now, if you remember that shirtless back, the cameraman generously and sneakily shot for us, that’s more like it, but umm…you know, he needs to turn around. Alright, I’ll stop there before I spoil my reputation further

    Ha, Jo, like you’re the one to talk! Hahaha.

  11. Have I mentioned lately that I love you, unni? Because I do. :D

    I don’t think I even need to watch the drama at this point – I’m enjoying myself tremendously just by reading your recaps. :D Onward ho!

  12. Eight thousand words? Sure! (On the condition Hwan serenades me first. ^^) But never say never, so don’t regret asking, LOL.

    Beeee… I love you, I do. Look at what your “gifts” did to me. One thing led to another and soon I was watching his YouTube clips (my first time) and omo, I had no idea BSB was in Jumong! He is sooooo beautiful, even more than Lee Jun-ki in King and the Clown! Jumong, here I come!! (And Emperor of the Sea, too!) :)

    Dahee, watch the drama! (You didn’t get the subliminal message behind that tweet? *bonk*)

  13. Hey thundie, no, I’m not asking for a recap, but was just wondering if you got a chance to watch The Man Who Can’t Get Married, Kekkon’s kor version?? Any thoughts on it?

  14. Woot! Hair comment accounted for. Every time you mention it I can’t help but crack up. The length is perfect, even if lengthened I’d still read it. It’s always a fun read and very insightful. I always miss the details because I’m a shipper at heart and all I see is the blossoming romance between E/H. It’s nice to read into the other nuances that I’ve overlooked due to my obsessive fangirl tendencies. I hope our soulful eyes Jun Se stays pure. I’m starting to see the shift especially with his dad luring him to the dark side.

  15. Hi deeta

    I haven’t had a chance to watch The Man Who Can’t Get Married. Has it already aired? :)

    Just kidding. I know at least two episodes are out. *sigh* Been snowed under lately, but I should have more time to catch up in the coming month. My priority now is to really work on the BL recaps so that I’m not lagging too far behind. I also want to write about other dramas and movies. Will be taking a break from subbing so that I have more time for the blog.

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  17. You’re in good company! Ratings for episode 20 hit 39.9%, apparently. :P

    I’m finding the convoluted lying a little too hard to swallow, but the acting is pretty good.

  18. Wow, sevenses, that’s as good as 40%. Holy cow!

    I haven’t been tracking the ratings. Am working on the next recap, so have been staying away from Ep. 19-20 spoilers as well as (soompi or blog) discussion of the episodes before that.

    Psst, I’ll have lots to say about the “convoluted lying” in my upcoming recap. :)

  19. Omo! Omo! i’ve watched eps 19-20 twice, soundless at that since my speakers has decided to go all gay on me *pffft*
    I can’t believe i’m hooked on your recaps as much as i’m obsessed with anything that has LSG in it.

    Ep 20 *tsk tsk* major nosebleed!!! lol

    And just so you know i’ve been popping in here like a dozen of times a day to see if you’ve posted a new recap. I find that reading your recap, although it made me all excitable and always ends up with me giggling like a loon, it also helps to curb the craving for the next coming eps! I’ve never been so excited over weekends till BL came along. ^_^

  20. The thing is Hwan’s not the usual protagonist as he starts of as an anti-hero of sorts. Eventually he discovers as he matures that his own worst enemies are his mother and his sister who will continue to prod him to join them in their schemes.

    Of course we see why the wicked stepmother and Hwan’s mother are close friends- they’re both alike.

    Sideline: Hwan’s mother looks like some aunt I hate though. As for the grandmother, she looks like one of my second degree aunts who recently passed away.

  21. The thing is I don’t understand why grandma welcomed Hwan back home even after he really messed up with a large hotel bill, I mean that was more than a day compared to the walking out of Young Ran and Jung from their home for just a day. I guess it has to do with her mind really messed up because she explained how much she loved them and that she doesn’t make decisions lightly.

  22. If I did not remember wrongly, Eun-woo was in the family photo yeah ? Hwan saw this photo but fail to recognise Eun-woo when he subsequently meet him at his friend’s bar ?!

  23. To Sean A.
    The mess up with Hwan was fixed by his own mother, borowing money from Junse to get him out of jail. I hear it often on Kdramas that children, especially boys are expected and quickly forgiven for going to jail at least ones in their youth for misjudgment and immaturity. They are allowed that to learn a lesson. If this was the first time for Hwan then that’s no big deal.

    The Mom and Jung…another story..They walked off in rebellion, they were demanding that Grandma change her will or they will disown or cut off ties with her forever. Imagine that! To disown your only surviving elder who raised them and supported them all their lives just because of money..

    To Clarence
    It’s common when you look at pictures to focus only on the things or people that attracts you at that time. ES and SM were at the top of the picture and when H saw it, it shocked him already. I was surprised that his eyes even ventured down a bit to see SM’s mom. It was shocking enough for him to see ES, SM, SM mom together and just stopped there. That was very understandable.

  24. “The Mom and Jung…another story..They walked off in rebellion, they were demanding that Grandma change her will or they will disown or cut off ties with her forever. Imagine that! To disown your only surviving elder who raised them and supported them all their lives just because of money..”

    Well to Senajang, I get it. Well think about it, Hwan just walked away in rebellion didn’t he without threatening to cut off his ties with grandmother, maybe that’s why Grandma Jang cried all night thinking about Hwan in jail even if she pretended not to care in front of Mom and Jung. Hwan I mean may be arrogant and all but I think his arrogance was a result of insecurity and repressed sadness while I think Jung is just plain arrogant with no trauma whatsoever. I hardly sympathized with Jung’s pain compared to Hwan who later admitted he hated beef noodles at first because he got reminded of his father’s death so he’s willing to do anything not related to beef noodles.

    Let’s face it- Hwan could have continued to punch the manager to all he pleases for reprimanding him in the later episodes but he doesn’t answer back at him anymore as the series progresses, in fact he got his respect in episode 18 and the manager well apologized for giving up hope (how nice). I mean, who can remember the manager ticked off by Hwan’s rudeness and when he properly rebukes Hwan, does Hwan attack the manager? He remains silent proving he’s not really a bad guy, he’s a jerk with a heart of gold but denies it. If it were Jung, she might have punched him harder than Hwan despite her being a girl. I mean, just imagine if Hwan’s mother or Jung were the one who punched the manager in episode 3- I think the manager would have been punched more than once and landed in the hospital knowing how evil she was back then.

    Mom and Jung were just greedy weren’t they? I mean, as you said they demand she change her will or cut ties. I guess grandma was giving the two of them what they wanted- changed will or cut off ties forever. Well that’s worse than Hwan who walked away in rebellion but didn’t threaten to cut off his ties. I mean, Grandma wasn’t going to throw them out even if she gave her assets to Eun Sung because she feared for her employees who would soon be jobless and that’s 1173 of them- think about the countless sorrows it will cause. Also it’s as if the two don’t know the laws on inheritance. I mean, if I’m not wrong, they could still live in the house even after she died but they’re just greedy enough so it’s normal they’re friends with Jun Se’s father who wanted to kick Grandma later.

  25. In the end, Eun Sung takes everything including the rightful heir. Hmmm… she just wasn’t able to keep her promise not to intervene with Seung Mi’s marriage to Hwan, because she got it all! Hee hee.

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