I bet Yeong-rang and In-ha just decided this was the crappiest episode of Korea’s Candid Camera EVER!
We start off with re-living the awesomeness from the end of Episode 22, where Yeong-rang finally gave up the store and admitted she killed Dead Burnt-Up Dad to Ji-ho and In-ha. Then the curtain separating the two conference rooms falls to the ground to show a gaggle of reporters descending upon the three like a plague of locusts.
The questions come fast and furious, mostly with them wanting to know if it’s true and did she intentionally kill Chairman Yoo because she hated him so much? One reporter states that since her children already know the scoop, why didn’t she confess ages ago? Another reporter wants to know if there was an accomplice. SOMEONE SAY SOMETHING!!!
In-ha slowly turns towards Ji-ho and glares the CRAP out of him before grabbing Yeong-rang’s arm (*drink*) and dragging her out of the room, reporters nipping at their heels behind them. Even though this was an EPIC WIN for Team Ji-ho, he doesn’t look too happy at how the events transpired.
In-ha rushes Yeong-rang out of Boosung with the reporters still clamoring for a statement. Pushing her into the car, it speeds off down the highway with a stunned Yeong-rang in the back seat. In-ha orders her to come to her senses. She knew this would happen someday, but In-ha is convinced that someone as tough as her won’t crumble over something so trivial. But it’s too late… Yeong-rang is already crumbling.
Nam-joo is helping some customers when the news about Yeong-rang’s confession hits the Interwebs and they stare in disbelief at their phones. Nam-joo just stares at nothing in particular.
Yeong-rang wakes up from resting when EvilStep announces that Ji-ho has returned home, calling him out for knocking over the hornet’s nest. How can he even think about living under the same roof with his family now? Ji-ho says that he doesn’t have a family any more, and that he’s moving out.
EvilStep can’t believe what she’s hearing, as Ji-ho hugs her and thanks her for all her help. EvilStep chokes up as she asks him if he’s really serious. And apparently he is, because he packs up the four shirts and two pairs of pants residing in his closet while EvilStep watches. But then…
In-ha barges in and accuses Ji-ho of living in their house for the express purpose of killing his mother. In-ha thought maybe there might be a shred of dignity left in Ji-ho, so nice way to embarrass their family like that, Bro. Ji-ho says ha ha ha that’s pretty funny coming out of the mouth of the guy who doesn’t even know the meaning of the word dignity.
In-ha tries to remind him that Yeong-rang is still his mother, but Ji-ho claims she gave up her Mother of the Year title when she framed him for Woo-jin’s murder. In-ha does agree with that statement, since he hates her guts as well. But she did give birth to In-ha, so what can he do? Ji-ho says that’s obviously the difference between In-ha and Ji-ho – In-ha can’t abandon Yeong-rang, but Ji-ho sure as hell can. Because she’s already abandoned him big time.
And leaving In-ha to think about that for awhile, Ji-ho asks EvilStep to pack up his remaining things at her leisure and leaves with In-ha demanding that he face the music. EvilStep stops In-ha and reminds him who the person was who kicked out Ji-ho when he was trying his best to live in peace here?
In-ha tells EvilStep to stop butting in, but EvilStep reminds In-ha that he’s the only other blood relation he’s got in this world. If In-ha had ONCE treating him like his hyung (or even a decent human being), Ji-ho wouldn’t have had to resort to such drastic tactics they’re witnessing now. Does widdle In-ha feel better now. HUNH?!? From the look on his face, doesn’t look like In-ha’s taking things too well.
Yeong-rang races out to where Ji-ho is packing up his car. Grabbing his arm, she forces him into his car and says there are still things she needs to say to him. Speeding away and darting in and out of traffic at a high speed, it’s obvious that Yeong-rang wants to wipe them both off the face of the earth. Ji-ho orders her to stop NOW, but Yeong-rang tells him she has no plans on dying alone.
Handing him her phone, she wants him to call Elvin Kim and have him nullify the Geumdan contract. Tell him to put everything back in its place! Ji-ho says he can’t do that and to stop the car RIGHT NOW. Yeong-rang says she can’t do that unless they both promise to not steal Boosung away from her. Ji-ho says that was his main reason to come back to Korea… to get back Boosung.
Ji-ho tosses the phone into the backseat as Yeong-rang puts the pedal to the metal, demanding to know Ji-ho’s relationship with Elvin Kim. Ji-ho snickers and asks if she’s scared – she shouldn’t have made him an enemy in the first place. Yeong-rang says if he’s not going to tell her, then fine. She has no regrets either, and it would be wrong to stay alive just so In-ha can suffer, so she’s going out in style. Like a true mother should.
Ji-ho tells her to stop talking trash and stop running away like a coward. Yeong-rang says it’s time to end their ill-fated relationship, because that’s the only way In-ha can live comfortably thereafter. TIME TO DIE, as she turns into the path of an oncoming truck. Yelling ANDWAE, Ji-ho reaches for the steering wheel and everything fades to white with crashing noises and ambulance sirens sounds right after.
In-ha is still inside Ji-ho’s bedroom aimlessly wandering about. He opens the closet to find it empty, and then slouches onto the bed staring at the left-behind suitcases. With EvilStep’s words about Ji-ho being his only blood relation still ringing in his ears, In-ha’s tears roll down his cheeks as he calls Ji-ho a jerk for leaving.
EvilStep rushes into the bedroom but doesn’t say a word. It slowly dawns on In-ha that something bad has happened… (Don’t worry, kiddies. It’s too soon to officially kill off one or two of the Leads.)
At Gangnam International Hospital, Yeong-rang awakens to the foggy images of In-ha and EvilStep standing over her. Yeong-rang asked what happened, as In-ha bitches at her for driving over the centre line. Good thing that truck stopped short, or she would be deader than a doornail. In-ha crabs that’s no way to meet his dead father, that’s for sure! Yeong-rang realizes no one is talking about Ji-ho. Is he maybe…?
Yeong-rang wanders into another hospital room to see the covers pulled up over the bed. With actual fear in her eyes, she pulls back the sheets to see… nothing! (Hee!) Ji-ho comes up from behind and says he’s just like a Boy Scout – always prepared. Looks like Ji-ho got the worst of the accident injuries, as he’s in a sling and scratches all over his face.
Yeong-rang says why did he do that when she demanded they end their lives in a fair and proper way. Ji-ho tells her it’s not her time to die yet; she needs to do these things in order: (1) first confess all her crimes; (b) pay for them all; and (iii) THEN go off and die. Yeong-rang says she’s now going to be the laughing stock of the Chaebol World for what she’s just confessed – what more does Ji-ho want out of her?
Ji-ho says that as soon as she’s discharged, she needs to go straight to the police. Absolve Da-mi’s father of his alleged crime, and confess everything she’s done wrong since the dawn of time. And then go ask Da-mi’s family for forgiveness. That’s all Ji-ho wants.
Yeong-rang wants to know why Ji-ho is going through so much for That Family, as he says he promised Woo-jin that he would reveal the truth in his memory. Yeong-rang is flabbergasted, saying it looks like she raised a tiger. Is this the thanks she gets for her biting her tongue while raising him under her roof all those years?
Ji-ho reminds her that she didn’t raise him as a mother should – Yeong-rang was just waiting for the time when she could chew him up and spit him out. That sets her off, as she yells at Ji-ho how he can do this to her? Ji-ho calmly states that he ain’t no fool… ya fool.
Nam-joo, Da-mi and Jung-wook are watching the nightly news as the announcer voices over about Yeong-rang’s recent confession about killing Dead Burnt-Up Dad and her overnight car accident that sent her to the hospital… along with her son Yoo Ji-ho sustaining multiple injuries as well. The announcer continues on saying that even though the statute of limitations on the killing has expired, public opinion is forming for a re-investigation of the Seongbuk-dong fire that killed Chairman Yoo.
Jung-wook reminds them that the re-investigation will take place soon, so they should prepare themselves for the guano hitting the rotating circular device. Nam-joo is only interested in clearing Dead Deaf Dad’s name, so she doesn’t give a fig about what happens to Yeong-rang in the end. Da-mi says it’s good that Yeong-rang is in a world of hurt, as Jung-wook says he’ll go over to the hospital, scope out the situation and report back immediately.
And Jung-wook does that very thing, carting a fruit basket and standing over the sleeping Yeong-rang as her words to him about the story of their missing baby rings in his ears. EvilStep wanders in and tries to explain to him that it was an accident after she and Ji-ho got into an argument, so please try to understand Yeong-rang’s intentions. Jung-wook mutters under his breath he is SO trying to understand her intentions…
EvilStep takes things a step further and scolds him to break off their relationship if he thinks this little incident is going to affect their future, especially since she doesn’t approve of Jung-wook’s relationship with Nam-joo. Is she really a regular at his coffeeshop? Jung-wook says that he wouldn’t lie to either of them, but that’s not really the point now. Both of them need to step outside and discuss a matter. (Oh poopie!)
Taking her to the roof of the hospital, Jung-wook proceeds to chew EvilStep a new one by her keeping Yeong-rang’s pregnancy a secret. EvilStep tries to explain her actions by saying it couldn’t be helped – all seven members of their family were in the poorhouse after Yeong-rang’s father passed away. There was no way EvilStep could have allowed her to marry an orphan (him) with no family (him again) and no money (him in spades).
Besides, it’s all in the past now… what’s more important is to find that child now! Jung-wook counters with the fact that Yeong-rang’s search showed no child was left in the entire country’s orphanages carrying Jung-wook’s name. EvilStep squirms and fidgets while Jung-wook tells her she needs to think long and hard and do something about finding that child!
Attorney Choi explains the Hanguk contract fine print to In-ha, saying that it requires Boosung to pay a penalty for breach of contract to the tune of three times the costs. Apparently the university has broken their contract with Boosung and have started renegotiations with Gloria Instruments. In-ha says no way that Hanguk could do that, but then he gets a call that one of the Geumdan attorneys is there to meet with them.
In-ha pleads for a little more time to satisfy the conditions of the Geumdan contract; maybe just a month… maybe only 15 days and the money will most definitely be paid back to Geumdan. The Geumdan Attorney tells them that their President ordered him to hold Boosung to the terms of their original contract, which means that if they can’t perform, In-ha needs to sign over 30% of his personal Boosung stock. Pulling out the paperwork and a pen, he requests In-ha to sign on the dotted line.
Visiting Yeong-rang in the hospital, Secretary Oh reports that the situation ain’t looking good. In addition to signatures on a petition to reopen the Yoo Mansion fire, the Boosung Group stock holdings are in free-fall. Yeong-rang says to let time work in their favor right now. Besides, there’s no way she can be arrested because of the statute of limitations expiring.
Secretary Oh then drops the bomb that at the emergency Board of Directors meeting earlier that day, a resolution was submitted to shit-can the entire executive committee. If Yeong-rang doesn’t come up with a plan ASAP, their whole family may lose their control on Boosung.
Yeong-rang asks Secretary Oh why he’s not chuckling with glee over these recent developments – he supported Dead Burnt-Up Dad all his life, so now that he knows all her secrets, why isn’t he leaving the sinking ship? Secretary Oh submits that he’s only following through on Chairman Yoo’s request to not leave Yeong-rang’s side, even when she’s in a crisis. The day will come when he must leave her, but for now, this is not that time. Yeong-rang is puzzled by that revelation, especially being made by her dead husband…
Attorney Choi and Jung-wook discuss the latest going-ons at Boosung, with Attorney Choi asking how far Jung-wook is going to take things. Attorney Choi waited a whole 15 years before starting his attack, but Jung-wook deals the blow in less than one hour. Attorney Choi is now left to twist in the wind with nothing to threaten her, and if it was Jung-wook’s intent to leave Boosung to him in the condition it’s in, everything will be ruined.
So Attorney Choi wants something of value instead of a company not worth the paper it’s printed on, but Jung-wook reminds him he will get hurt if they act in haste. Jung-wook had everything all planned out, but Attorney Choi’s impatience will cost him greatly. Attorney Choi tells Jung-wook he has no trust in him anymore, so bring him something tangible… or he will reveal Elvin Kim’s real identity to Yeong-rang right now!
That statement makes Jung-wook laugh, and confirms that he has no business with Attorney Choi if he is going to talk petty like that. Jung-wook gets up to leave, as Attorney Choi tells the air that he plans on playing him like that? He thinks not.
In-ha is on the phone with someone, requesting they steal the Gloria construction notes that give up the process for manufacturing the substitute wood. And they must do this before Ji-ho is released from the hospital, so hurry up or else.
After the night watchman does his rounds at Gloria, a shadowy figure enters Ji-ho’s office looking for the construction notes. Not seeing anything of interest laying out in plain sight, he notices a picture on the wall that is hiding a safe behind it. Taking out his special safecracking tools, the combination is breached and the construction manual just happens to be lying on top for all to see.
The next day, Shadowy Thief sits on a park bench with the notes. He walks away, leaving the package on the bench just as In-ha pulls up on his bicycle and carts the envelope away. (And wearing the standard Korean Disguise of a black jacket and hat. Ha!) Returning to Boosung, he sits down to read but upon opening the book, we see that each and every page inside IS BLANK. That makes for one not-so-happy In-ha!
A still not-so-happy In-ha storms into Ji-ho’s hospital room, where Ji-ho surmises In-ha is not-so-happy with the little present he left him. In-ha says it’s not time for jokes, as Boosung is this/close to being completely ruined now. Is Ji-ho happy to see all their father’s hard work go down the tubes like that? In-ha humbles down to beg and plead for Ji-ho to stop his torture right then and there… pretty please with sugar on top? (Holy cow, is that really an ASCOT In-ha is wearing? That’s a Fashion Don’t!!! Wardrobe Director, I really need to have a word with you…)
Ji-ho turns to him and asks what In-ha will do if he refuses to back down? In-ha stares at him, and then very slowwwwwwwwly drops to his knees to beg for the last time. Ji-ho can do whatever he wants to In-ha… just please save Boosung. Please? HYUNG?
It’s all Ji-ho can do to break out laughing, saying he doesn’t believe In-ha’s sincerity in calling him hyung through his tears. In-ha claims he’s sincere in his request, and he will spend the rest of his life making it up to Ji-ho. Being jealous and doing wrong by Ji-ho will never happen again if Ji-ho can please save Boosung.
Ji-ho asks him if there’s wax in his ears – did In-ha not hear him earlier saying he doesn’t feel like helping? In-ha says this is the first time EVER he’s been on his knees to anyone, let alone his hyung. Can’t Ji-ho stop being so cold and earnestly look at his request?
Ji-ho leans down to In-ha’s level and reminds him of In-ha’s many actions and crimes committed over the years… and In-ha expects to be forgiven with just one tear? (A tear that is making his stage makeup run, in fact.) In-ha is too shameless and pathetic to shed tears for what he’s going through right now.
Commanding In-ha to leave, Ji-ho tells him that even if he gets on his knees a hundred or thousand times, Ji-ho’s answer is still going to be the same. He has nary Intention One to help In-ha or Boosung in any way, shape or form. Ji-ho turns away, leaving In-ha a shaking, blubbering mess on the floor. Finally rising to his feet to leave, Ji-ho gets a lump in his throat but quickly recovers to begin Phase Seven of his Evil Plan.
Da-mi gets ready to leave home early, since she’s now in charge at Gloria due to Ji-ho’s hospitalization. Nam-joo hands her a lunch pail, and as Da-mi protests that she always eats with the other employees, Nam-joo cryptically tells her that if one is sick, only home-cooked food will make a person get better. Da-mi thinks about that for a couple seconds until it dawns on her Nam-joo means she’s to give that to Ji-ho, ya big duncehead!
Yeong-rang puts up a fight with EvilStep and refuses to eat her lunch, as In-ha comes in (still in ascot regalia) and Yeong-rang demands to know in order (1) what’s going on with Boosung; (b) what’s going on with the Hanguk contract; and (iii) what’s going on with the Geumdan situation? In-ha says that she doesn’t need to worry about everything since she’s in the hospital; In-ha will take care of everything, so just get better or else.
Yeong-rang says it’s bad enough that public sentiment about Boosung is in the crapper, but she’s more worried about the Boosung stock price, which seems to be in free-fall at the moment. In-ha tells her to calm down, since that too shall pass when people get tired of whispering about them. So quit being such a baby and eat something so she can get out of that bed and back to work – he’s tired of doing everything by himself!
He shoves a spoon into her hands as Yeong-rang finally gives up and shovels a chunk of rice into her mouth. EvilStep aigoos the scene, saying there’s nothing scarier than a child having such command over a parent. So make sure Yeong-rang finishes that bowl of rice while she leaves the room. In-ha finally breathes a sigh of relief.
Ji-ho is also picking at his own yummy-looking lunch, as EvilStep arrives to ask him why HE’s not eating. EvilStep says that ain’t gonna happen while under her watch, as she loads up a spoon with some sautéed spinach. Ji-ho says to be careful, since he has spinach allergies and doesn’t eat the stuff. This is obviously news to EvilStep, as Yeong-rang cannot eat spinach either for the same reason. How weird is that, but maybe since they lived under the same roof for 15 years, maybe he picked up such a habit. (Uh huh… and if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you…)
As he takes a walk around the hospital grounds, Ji-ho suddenly looks up to see Da-mi standing in front of him. She smiles, but he gets uncomfortable instead. (Cue OST Part.1 yet one more time.)
They retire to a park bench, still unsure of themselves. Da-mi pushes the lunch box towards Ji-ho saying that her mom packed it for him. Ji-ho should find it more appetizing than that hospital food for sure, as he tells Da-mi to relay his thanks to her. Da-mi thanks him back for saving her and clearing her father’s name to the world… she’s especially grateful for the latter more than the former. Ji-ho says he didn’t do that for fame and glory – he did it so he can sleep better at night.
Meanwhile, back at Gloria HQ, Da-mi instructs the underlings to get everything ready for the pianos to be shipped to Hanguk. She will personally oversee the final soundchecks, and the President will visit the factory the first moment after he is discharged from the hospital. A knock at the door, and In-ha enters her office.
Looking quite dismayed, Da-mi asks why he’s there bothering her again. In-ha says he’s come by to ask a favor – he wants her to stop Ji-ho from going through with his Evil Revenge Plan. Da-mi says she doesn’t know what In-ha is blabbering about, as he tells her Ji-ho is not in his right mind because all he thinks about is taken revenge on In-ha and Yeong-rang. If Da-mi doesn’t step in and stop Ji-ho, then he, Ji-ho and Yeong-rang will probably all — wait for it — end up dead. Da-mi asks what if she doesn’t want to help In-ha with his request? In-ha can’t believe she wouldn’t help; aren’t the two of them still in love with each other?
Da-mi orders In-ha to leave her office STAT if he’s going to continue spouting such nonsense… just seeing In-ha’s face makes her stomach turn over. In-ha attempts one last request, but Da-mi puts that fire out saying In-ha has some cojones to come walking in there without apologizing first over what he has done to her family. In-ha is pained to hear those words from her lips, and asks why she’s being that way, as Da-mi yells at him to LEAVE NOW or else she’ll call security. In-ha says fine, be that way. If she’s not going to help him, he has no choice but to go all Mawang on her now. If it means pushing Ji-ho to the end of a cliff, In-ha has nothing to be afraid of if he falls off.
EvilStep meets with Nurse Kang (the nurse who helped deliver Yeong-rang’s baby boy). Nurse Kang explains the events the same way she told EvilStep in the past – meeting the Somang Orphanage person at dawn and handing over the child to “that man.” EvilStep asks what man and where? Does she remember the man’s face, as Nurse Kang says she’s a master at remembering people that way. But dammit, it’s been 25 years – how is she supposed to remember every little detail from so far back?
EvilStep wants to know why she doesn’t remember, as Secretary Oh suddenly runs up saying that Yeong-rang is checking herself out of the hospital earlier than expected and they need to leave to stop her. Nurse Kang stops and stares at Secretary Oh like she’s seen him before somewhere… she can’t quite place the name, but he looks suspiciously like then man she met on the night she turned over Yeong-rang’s child.
EvilStep begs to differ over her recollection, saying that Secretary Oh is the employee of Dead Burnt-Up Dad and Nurse Kang must be spouting nonsense. Nurse Kang says that’s why she cannot fully remember since it was so long ago and it was raining so much. EvilStep demands that Nurse Kang soak her head in a bucket of oriental medicine and come up with a name and a face pali pali, arraso?
In-ha sits brooding at his desk, flashing back to Ji-ho telling him to pound sand and Da-mi calling him out for making such a ludicrous request of her and Ji-ho. In-ha finally rouses himself and picks up his phone to call Ji-ho. Reminding him that their mother is still the only mother he has, and the Boosung Group that Ji-ho despises so much is still under his control, take note that In-ha will protect both of them with his life. Ji-ho duly takes note as instructed.
Back at the McMansion, Jung-wook carries Yeong-rang to the couch while admonishing her about the early exit from the hospital. Yeong-rang says she’d rather finish recuperating at home, while EvilStep says it must be a trend to get out of a hospital early – Ji-ho has also discharged himself. And where is he going to go all beat up like that, hm? Yeong-rang says not to worry about Ji-ho; if he has to chew mails to survive, he will.
Jung-wook says he’ll leave so Yeong-rang can rest, but at that moment Attorney Weasel Choi arrives, wanting to see how she’s doing and to convey some news: Elvin Kim has arrived in Korea. Yeong-rang says to arrange for an immediate appointment with Elvin Kim, as Attorney Choi says he will do that and also find out what Mr. Kim’s real name is. Soon she will find out about everything… as Jung-wook gives him the evil hairy eyeball right back.
Jung-wook orders his minion to assign 5% of the Gloria stock that Geumdan owns over to Attorney Choi right now. It’s a shame he had to tip his hand like that, but Attorney Choi is acting too rashly and they cannot help but shut his mouth this way. Minion scurries off and Jung-wook thinks about his next move.
Ditching Fugly Ascot #1 for Fugly Ascot #2, In-ha is giving a statement to Investigator Kang at the police station, saying that he definitely saw Dead Deaf Dad steal something from their house the night of the fire. Investigator Kang doesn’t believe it, since In-ha is now just telling him that. In-ha says that since he was little, he blocked out the details of his father’s death. But lately, little bits and pieces have been returning to his memory. He wanted to keep covering it up to keep the peace with Da-mi’s family, but the gloves are off now.
Investigator Kang tells In-ha to start at the beginning with his recollection of the events of that day. In-ha says he woke up suffocating because of the smoke and ran downstairs to see Dead Deaf Dad with something in his hands from Dead Burnt-Up Dad’s study. Dead Deaf Dad grabbed In-ha and covered his mouth so he couldn’t scream for help. The chandelier then fell, and if it wasn’t for Dead Deaf Dad laying on top of him, In-ha wouldn’t have been burnt like that. In-ha then flashes back to the actual event, which makes his eyes go dead.
Yeong-rang pretties herself up and then pours a glass of raspberry juice, as EvilStep wants to know why all those reporters are sitting outside their house – did Yeong-rang call them? Yeong-rang says that since Boosung is suffering because of her misdeeds, she needs to sway the public opinion back in their favor.
EvilStep wants to know why now, since everything is done and dusted, does she want to revisit that hell? Yeong-rang slams down her glass and reminds EvilStep that it’s not all about them for a change – there’s over 100,000 people employed by Boosung. Does she want them to be chased out into the streets? The only way for them and the company to survive is by Yeong-rang going out and eating some crow.
Jung-wook arrives at Ji-ho’s office to ask why the heck In-ha is giving false testimony to the police about Da-mi’s father. Ji-ho says it’s In-ha’s last attempt to warn them to not go after Boosung, but Ji-ho tells Jung-wook not to worry. He’s already predicted In-ha would be so desparate to do this very thing. Jung-wook asks Ji-ho if he perhaps has a card hidden up his sleeve – maybe bringing Chairman Yoo back from the dead? (BWAHAHAHA! Not like that thought hasn’t crossed our minds several times, dude!)
The reporter Yeong-rang called out is grilling her about agreeing to an interview after confessing she killed her husband. Yeong-rang says Dead Burnt-Up Dad would have lived if it wasn’t for the fire, and the interviewer says it was CrazyGran who set the fire, right? Yeong-rang corrects her to say the cause of the fire was never conclusively proven… she still believes it was Dead Dead Dad’s idea to start the fire to cover up his thefts from their home!
The show leaps back-and-forth between Nam-joo at the police station still claiming Dead Deaf Dad’s innocence and Yeong-rang claiming him stealing the clothes and jewels the day before the fire. Nam-joo protests about receiving allegedly stolen goods, and what about the piano that had Yeong-rang’s name on the receipt, hunh? Yeong-rang further nails in the coffin about the grudge the Hong Family continues to this day, making the Yoo Family suffer for so long. Etc. etc. etc., ad infinitum.
Nam-joo pleads for the interrogator to believe that Dead Deaf Dad was not the horrible beast Yeong-rang makes him out to be, as Yeong-rang lays it all on the line by saying that even though her dead husband was a womanizer and brought in an illegitimate child, all she did was guard her family like a mama tiger. Acting like she’s bucking for a Baeksang, Yeong-rang whispers that if such actions are a sin, then she’ll accept the punishment. (*clapclapclap*)
Secretary Oh runs up to whisper into Yeong-rang’s ear that In-ha went to the police station all by his lonesome to confess that he witnessed Dead Deaf Dad stealing from their home. She’s stunned over why he would do such a thing, as she flashes back to the day In-ha told her when Yeong-rang was more worried about saving Ji-ho, how Dead Deaf Dad saved him the night of the fire. She orders Secretary Oh to get ahold of In-ha to have him recant his testimony NOW!
Yeong-rang runs into the police station to confront In-ha as he leaves, telling him he shouldn’t have done that since she’s taken care of everything. Just then, Nam-joo runs up behind In-ha and smacks the crap out of the bastard with her purse. Yeong-rang orders hands-off, Scum Woman, as Nam-joo says like mother, like son – both are scum-sucking pigs as well.
In-ha turns to Nam-joo and says that if she wasn’t there to witness, she has no cause to complain. Did she know that Dead Deaf Dad grabbed him while he was trying to escape and pushed him into the fire? Da-mi grabs his arm (*drink*) are demands In-ha stop his filthy lies, but In-ha manhandles her out of the way and looks Nam-joo straight in the eyes to remind her that her husband is a thief, arsonist and murderer.
In-ha finishes by saying that if their family wants to live a proper life going forward, accept his shortcomings and be purged of his sins for the rest of their lives. Nam-joo goes all mental and screams that he’s lying, as Da-mi tells the lying bastard to shut the fuck up. Yeong-rang tells In-ha that he’s done enough and drags him out of the police station.
But before they can get out the door, Ji-ho appears in front of them. Asking why he’s there, Ji-ho says there was something she forgot to give to the investigators the last time he was there… a present that CrazyGran had given him. Yeong-rang wants to know what tricks Ji-ho is playing on them now. Ji-ho’s eye twitches in response.
Now everyone is crammed into a conference room as Ji-ho pushes a thumb drive towards Investigator Kang, saying it’s a video from Min Ban Wol, the mother of Dead Burnt-Up Dad. In-ha starts squirming in his seat. The video shows Ji-ho bringing CrazyGran a cake and then asking about the deaf guy who sold hoddeok in the neighborhood – does she remember him?
Claiming she has a headache and wants to go home, Ji-ho calms her down by saying there’s nothing to be afraid of. So CrazyGran goes off and spills her guts, saying it’s her fault the nice man died. She gave him all those clothes and jewelry and the piano because she felt sorry for them being so poor. But Ji-ho wants to know how Dead Deaf Dad ended up at their home the night of the fire?
CrazyGran tells him it was because she begged him to save them because her son was inside the fire. Dead Deaf Dad couldn’t yell out to be saved himself, so CrazyGran is besides herself in grief to Da-mi’s eomma because of that. Investigator Kang turns off the video, as Nam-joo profusely thanks CrazyGran for saying such nice things about her husband. Yeong-rang and In-ha sit there waiting for the earth to open up and swallow them whole.
Investigator Kang states that it doesn’t make sense to blame Dead Deaf Dad for starting the fire that night because the fire was already in progress. Ji-ho explains further that he entered to save Dead Burnt-Up Dad at his grandmother’s request. If someone wants to label Dead Deaf Dad a thief and murderer, then that person should NOT. BE. FORGIVEN.
Yeong-rang says this cannot be possible because CrazyGran is suffering from dementia and her testimony is not credible. Ji-ho then produces a statement from her attending physician, saying that her memories of the past have been duplicated in detail on several occasions and the doctor believes her statements to be the truth.
In-ha pipes up and says that Ji-ho could have threatened CrazyGran to force a statement out of her. Ji-ho then produces another envelope with declarations from the lawyer and the nurse that attended their meeting. Investigator Kang has had enough, and orders all of them to leave while their team reviews the evidence and comes to a decision.
Driving back to Boosung, Yeong-rang finally figures out why Ji-ho was making weekly trips to visit CrazyGran… that slimy so-and-so! She looks over and asks In-ha why he’s so lost in thought, as he says all this crap started the day Dead Burnt-Up Dad brought Ji-ho home to live with them… and he unwillingly set both boys up for the scariest game in the world. Only one of them will be left standing when it is over.
Yeong-rang reminds him that she’s trying to take care of everything, so In-ha needs to lay low and chill. In-ha says that’s not possible, now that he’s become the Devil Incarnate. Isn’t that the image of him that she wanted?
At Jung-wook’s nightclub, Ji-ho is introduced to the sister of Ji-ho’s alleged birth mother. She soundly denies that her eonni was ever involved with Chairman Yoo since she never saw them meet or anything – he was just a patron and nothing else. Ji-ho wants confirmation, as she can definitely confirm that her sister has never given birth to a child EVER. They live in the same house and she would know, dammit!
Jung-wook wants to know what’s up, since this girl’s sister is the only known rival pianist to Chae Young Rang. Ji-ho looks dumbfounded and has no answers to that question.
Ji-ho returns to his new officetel digs to find EvilStep there unpacking and arranging his things. She scolds him for not coming back home quicker, but Ji-ho asks her if it’s possible EvilStep might know who his birth mother may be. EvilStep says there’s no way she’d know – didn’t his father say something when he was still alive? Ji-ho repeats the “he fell in love with her at first sight” story told to him all his life, but EvilStep says there’s so many pianists in Korea, it would be like looking for a Mr. Kim in Seoul (‘Kim’ being the most common surname in Korea).
Ji-ho reaches into his suit jacket and takes out the handkerchief Dead Burnt-Up Dad gave to him the night of the fire. EvilStep takes a look at it and wonders if Ji-ho can find her with such an item… geez, that man was a nutcase to just give Ji-ho a piece of cloth and no other clues. (Nice nails, lady! *making notes*)
Ji-ho sits and sighs that the mother who raised him was only a mother in name, and the mother whom he thought gave birth to him doesn’t exist. How could this be happening… maybe things would have been better if Ji-ho was never born. EvilStep pulls the poor teary boy into a hug, saying that having a child is the best thing ever. She’s sure Ji-ho will be able to meet her someday.
At Boosung, Yeong-rang is dressed like she’s going horseback riding and grilling In-ha over turning over 30% of his stock to Elvin Kim to stave off the interest charges from the Geumdan loan. In-ha says it couldn’t be helped to keep Boosung afloat, but isn’t Elvin Kim in Korea? Yeong-rang says she must go meet with him right now leaving In-ha sitting there wondering what fresh hell he’s stepped into now.
Yeong-rang arrives at Geumdan Construction to see Attorney Choi enter the building, wondering why he got there before she did… or even why he’s there at all.
EvilStep paces to Nurse Kang’s voiceover that her seeing Secretary Oh again seemed familiar, since she thinks he’s the same man she saw the night Yeong-rang’s child was spirited away. EvilStep thinks again about Ji-ho’s spinach allergy, and his words about Dead Burnt-Up Dad’s love at first sight comment. EvilStep decides to make a phone call…
… as Secretary Oh comes over upon her beckoning. EvilStep says she’ll get right to the point with him – has he ever been to the Picasso Gallery, especially around 27 years ago? Secretary Oh doesn’t remember that he has, as EvilStep tells him to think really really really hard if he ever ran an errand for Chairman Yoo at that time. He still doesn’t remember frequenting that place, but EvilStep dismisses him regardless.
Secretary Oh takes his leave, as EvilStep asks if she’s really sure that man was the one she remembered from that rainy night? And out of the shadows steps Nurse Kang, saying she’s still not really sure – in some ways he does remind her, and in others he does not. EvilStep thinks to herself that it makes no sense that Secretary Oh would take the child she sent off to the orphanage. If Dead Burnt-Up Dad ever found out, there would never have been a marriage – it would have been a joint funeral after he killed both her and Yeong-rang. (Bwahahahahaha oh how that made me laugh!)
Yeong-rang throws a folder in front of Attorney Choi, demanding he explain how he owns stock in Gloria Instruments. Has he been playing on the side against her knowledge? Attorney Choi looks a little stunned for once, but tries to explain that he did meet with Gloria as they tried to scout him. She’s not to worry, since he immediately turned down their offer.
Yeong-rang is seeing right through his bullshit, since receiving company stock for a scouting offer is unheard of. She’s apparently had enough and orders Attorney Choi to submit his resignation letter and get the hell out of her sight. Attorney Choi reminds her it’s not a good idea to cut him loose like that, since he shares her secret about Woo-jin’s death… a secret like that will get out if he’s thrown out of Boosung on his hinder.
She asks if he’s threatening her now, but Attorney Choi just reminds her that she could never ever ever kick him out of Boosung since he knows where all the bodies are buried. Of course he will take that secret to his grave, but because they can no longer trust each other, they’re going to have to make another blood pact to reinstate their trust.
Attorney Choi says that in order for him to stay silent, he’ll accept her gracious offer of the Dongtan Shopping Mall. Yeong-rang calls him nutso for even thinking about going after that property, but Attorney Choi reminds her it’s only a shopping mall… it’s less important than her Precious Son losing control of Boosung.
Jung-wook wants to know why the police are is stalling on the investigation now that CrazyGran’s testimony has been presented. Ji-ho says he asked for a postponement in order to get everything in place first. Jung-wook asks why, as Ji-ho says it’s time to take Yoo In Ha down. Jung-wook wonders if that’s going to be difficult since at one time he was Ji-ho’s family. Ji-ho says he’s already prepared himself for the consequences.
Jung-wook gets an urgent call that requires him to leave the office, leaving Ji-ho puzzled. In the meantime, Yeong-rang and In-ha are off somewhere sharing a meal. (And who sits and eats with their legs crossed like that?) She tells him she’s still pissed off that In-ha gave up his Boosung stock like that, but maybe it’s for the best and they can start over again. Little Petulant Boy just shovels food into his mouth and ignores Yeong-rang, until a waiter comes over with a car key.
Saying that their driver had to attend to an emergency and leaves the key with them, In-ha he drove over personally so that’s not his car key. The waiter confirms that he’s Yoo In Ha and that his license plate number is 3213, correct? And it looks like someone is watching them from behind the wine rack…
After the waiter walks away, In-ha suddenly remembers that 3213 is the license plate number of Ji-ho’s car that he drove to the warehouse the night Woo-jin died. Yeong-rang says that’s impossible, since she car was sent away to be scrapped when Ji-ho left for the States. How can it appear again? Is it SUPERCAR?!?
Suddenly they both receive an SNS at the same time containing the footage from the accident scene, along with a text saying “It’s far from over.” Yeong-rang drops her phone on the floor as she and In-ha both look at each other, saying IT’S HONG WOO JIN!!!
And conveniently hiding behind that wine rack is Ji-ho, holding a cell phone and looking especially devilish. And there we end Episode 23!
Air Date: 3 November 2012
Ratings: AGB Nielsen Nationwide 12.6% (5th) / Seoul 13.7% (5th); TNmS Nationwide 11.4% (8th) / Seoul 12.6% (6th)
Flowers and Brickbats
YAWN. Wasn’t this drama about Pianists? And Classical Music? And the Corporations who provide the Instruments to play such Classical Music? And Hot Pretty Boys who could sing? (Woops, sorry for getting off track there.) When did the Scriptwriter-nim take that Left Turn at Albuquerque and decide to cobble together an episode full of nothing going nowhere fast, punctuated with way too many flashbacks from our characters? Even though there was a slight uptick in the ratings, I believe this episode was the Webster’s Definition of “Phoned In.” I found my grumpy brain wandering off more often than not, even going as far as to count the paisley spots on In-ha’s Fugly Ascot #1. (36 shown, if you’re so nosy.) Thank goodness the producers decided to not go for the 50 episodes contemplated at the first mention of casting, because being close to that halfway point, I bet the viewers would have checked out… permanently. With seven episodes to go after this one, it becomes a bit more palatable. So apologies for not having much meat to chew and review this time around, and on with the babbling. *grumble*
In-ha now decides that Mommie Dearest isn’t doing enough to get revenge on Ji-ho, so he’s taking matters into his own hands? Yeah, that’s the ticket — that boy couldn’t find a clue using a GPS unit! I felt a small pang of sympathy for him deciding it was his last chance in dropping to his knees and beg his hyung for help in saving Boosung; if anything, In-ha knows the intrinsic value of the company to the FAMILY and in keeping up appearances being a member of said family. But the look on his face wasn’t sincere enough and Ji-ho saw right through his actions. I’m not sure if it was a flaw in Chang-wook’s delivery or the scene was written in a weird way, but I didn’t believe him for a second. (I told you I was grumpy!)
But once In-ha finally realizes Da-mi isn’t coming back to him whatsoever (or does he – I still haven’t felt any sense of closure in his demeanor), shoving her aside at the police station showed he’s still an asshole. Major kudos for Da-mi to grow a spine and eventually yell back at In-ha, but why do I feel that’s the last bit of feistyness we’re going to see out of her? Where was that fire in her eyes when she vowed Holy Revenge on the person(s) who killed Woo-jin? Sorry for all you Jin Se-yeon fans out there, but as the show trundles along, I’m losing any respect I had for her acting ability. Gave her the benefit of the doubt at the beginning of the Show for jumping in after the whole Eunjung mess, but now… meh. As I mentioned earlier, why the hell do costume directors insist on an actor playing a rich character be dressed in wool jackets and sporting said ascots? Instead of them assuming to show off his wealth that way, it made In-ha look more like a nimrod than anything else. Fortunately, this was the only episode where such a faux pas was committed. So far. BLECH.
The only saving grace was the blossoming of the EvilStep character, further defining how well Cha Hwa-yun is nailing this role! What I thought was originally drawn as a one-trick pony in looking out for herself while sponging off the only stepchild with money, we’re now seeing the shrewdness behind her actions. More survivalist than selfless, EvilStep knows what she wants but isn’t going to get it through dirty tricks like she’s witnessing her Yeong-rang plowing through at the moment. She’s just shown off the Tiger Mom simmering under the surface by saying she would protect her child in a knife fight first before any of her grandchildren or other family members. I truly appreciate that when given a small piece of information, she doesn’t take it at face value but verifies before proceeding to use it for her advantage. I also look forward to more of those crazy idioms spouting from her mouth; after I get through the finale, I’m thinking about compiling a list of her little bon mots. (But that means I’d have to go back through and watch every episode again. Urgh, maybe not…)
This episode’s “I Call No Way Moment” came when it was only two days after the accident with Ji-ho, and Yeong-rang’s face scrapes are miraculously and completely healed. What are the Korean putting inside their BB creams anyway? I want some of that! *snerk*
Music Nerd Ramblings: Nothing classically-related worth discussing from Episode 23, which is a shame but given the way the storyline was headed, it may have been an insult to stick in a snippet or two. I’m sure Chopin would have sued to take his name off the credits if that happened! (500 points if you catch the inside joke reference.)
We’ve already heard a teensy bit of the instrumental version in Episode 21, but playing under the end credits and throughout the preview we finally hear Part.5 of the OST entitled “I Could Die” (죽을 만큼) by a single artist who bills himself as The Position. In actuality, this guy’s name is Lim Jae-wook and he was born in 1974, making his singing debut in 1996. Especially well-known during the last 1990s and early 2000s, he spent the last six years in Japan (in his words) acting “like an ordinary brother and uncle” until returning to Korea in September 2012 and lending his voice to the 5F OST as part of his comeback. His past works include several other OST offerings (“The Last Empress,” “Seo Dong Yeo” and “The Great King Sejong”), but I remember him the most from his OST song for “City Hall.” His main claim-to-fame was a song from 2000 entitled “I Love You” and has become his trademark tune ever since. My friends over in Korea say that you couldn’t attend Wedding One and not hear that song being sung during the ceremony. Jae-wook has also shown up on a few of the recent episodes of KBS’s “Immortal Songs 2” and I must say I’m very impressed with his musicality… and it’s nice to see the older idols come back to present day to sing for us again. (I’m especially lookin’ at you, Moon Hee Jun — welcome back!)
The preview for Episode 24 made my head hurt. I’m gonna go suck down a beer (or five) before starting in on it. Stay tuned!