You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin: Episodes 45-46 [Open Thread]
I suppose we could’ve all seen this coming based on last week’s shenanigans, but here we have it: A WEEK WITH NO HIGHLIGHTS. You see that deathglare Soon-shin’s shooting? Yeah, that’s my face too.
Still, I suppose I can tryyyyyy to rustle up some silver lining somewhere. If I look real hard. Maybe squint a little. Take mind-altering drugs, perhaps. Anybody got a spare set of rose-tinted glasses lying around?
Lowlights (aka everything)
So Jun-ho breaks up with Soon-shin, who protests and reminds him of the promise he made her make. At least she tries to argue, knowing it has to be driven by outside forces, but he just insists in his sad way and pushes her away, ignoring all her calls. Sorry, I’ve got no pity for you today, noble idiot man.
He tells Yeon-ah to back off Soon-shin now that he broke up with her, per her twisted request-demand-blackmail order, and warns her to keep her trap shut about everything she knows about Soon-shin’s father’s death.
Then he actually tells Yeon-ah to value herself more because she was bright and shiny on her own, without him or anybody else. I suppose that is the sort of thing she needs to hear the most, since everything does seem to be a twisted superiority-inferiority complex with her, driven by a thirst for love. Is that being too generous? Ah, well the show’s almost over so I guess everyone’s getting a bit of a redemption edit, logic be damned.
Grandma actually worries she was too mean to Bread Man and goes to apologize, only to see him flirting with Hye-shin, and then she’s terrible again. Bread Man even asks her for an honest chance to date Hye-shin, saying that he’s working hard to put himself through college and is saving up money for his business, but she’s been Terrible Grandma for practically forty years and Terrible Grandma she will remain.
Hye-shin even appeals to her her mother and grandmother in a refreshingly open, earnest way, saying that her father already knew of her divorce and that Bread Man makes her feel happy and at ease with herself in a way nobody ever has. Woo-joo overhears and throws a fit, and vows to live with her father now.
Soon-shin and her family visit Dad’s gravesite, and that puts her in a melancholy mood that night as she sits down to drink with Mi-ryung. Which you know has got to be the first indicator of trouble. Referring to her father and Jun-ho, she cries and asks why everyone ends up leaving her. Is it just me or is that kind of a tacky thing to ask the mother who’s been begging you to have a relationship with her?
Still, it’s sort of a nice bonding moment because Soon-shin advises Mi-ryung not to drink so much—Dad always told her drinking when you’re sad is poisonous, so only drink when you’re happy. Mi-ryung admits that she drinks to sleep, and because she’s ashamed of herself.
Then Soon-shin asks to sleep in Mi-ryung’s room that night, not wanting to be alone, and it’s this terrible wondrous thing for Mi-ryung.
Woo-joo, who is temporarily staying with Dad now, catches him talking with his mistress, who is clingy and pouty and super immature. Gah. She’s the kind of ditzy fool whose voice makes you cringe just from hearing her talk. Bastard Ex Dad hisses at her to leave before Woo-joo sees, because his mother refused to give him business funding if he doesn’t reunite with Hye-shin (aha!)… and Woo-joo hears the whole thing and storms out.
She calls her father a bad person and walks home sobbing, then stomps into the bakery to rail at Bread Man for being the source of all that is wrong with her life. Any other day her misplaced anger can be hard to take but today I cut her slack because dude, her dad, dude. And Bread Man is just a stand-up guy and he just absorbs the hits from her tiny little fists like he wishes he could absorb her pain, and hugs her, and lets her cry.
He piggybacks Woo-joo home to her frantic family, and it’s almost worth it for the world’s most uncomfortable reaction from Grandma, who now has to thank him. Awk! Ward!
Despite Soon-shin zoning out on the job due to her heartbreak, she’s doing well enough to attract movie offers for her first leading role. Mi-ryung gives her a gift, which are rosary beads that an orphanage nun once gave her. Mi-ryung says she’d never thought of herself as pretty, so she scoffed when the nun said she had a pretty face and heart (ha!) and said she’d be successful. So when she got nervous on her first day shooting a movie, she kept those beads and they lent her strength.
Dinner gets cut short because Dr. Shin has bad news: Reporter Park has put together the whole story and even knows he was the witness to the accident that killed Soon-shin’s dad. Dr. Shin plays dumb for now, but Reporter Park intends to take this to the police, who’ll want to look at the black box in his car.
Dr. Shin knows the black box caught everything, and warns Mi-ryung about it. Soon-shin overhears, and the whole house of cards comes crashing down.
So Mi-ryung admits that Dad died saving her from the hit and run driver, and she got scared and ran away. Soon-shin’s initial reaction is denial, but she soon moves along to rage and starts throwing things, screaming at Mi-ryung for lying to her face and calling her daughter while knowing the truth the whole time. She calls her terrible and frightening, which, by the way, are exactly the words Mi-ryung used to describe Yeon-ah.
Mi-ryung begs for forgiveness. Soon-hin, understandably, isn’t ready to give it.
And then because her boyfriend was a poopypants stupidhead, she can’t even talk to anybody about it because it’s too big to tell her family and she can’t call Jun-ho. So while Jun-ho gazes sadly off into the distance and heaves sighs, I still don’t feel sorry for you. (Some noble idiots are mostly noble, and those are the ones you can still feel pain for. Then there are the ones who are just idiots in noble clothing, and they are named Jun-ho. [I still love you, Jo Jung-seok!])
Then Soon-shin misses a bunch of days on set, mostly wandering the city being miserable, and her team barely gets her excused with lies about being sick.
Dr. Shin sorta-kinda starts thinking of his family, after thirty years, which I guess is progress. For what it’s worth I believe him when he tells Jun-ho that he never thought of Mi-ryung with adulterous thoughts, and that he was way too old and knew better. His excuse about needing space sounds like just that—a bad excuse of the mid-life-crisis kind—but he finally adds that he needs the alone time to figure out what he’s lived his life for, which sounds a lot more reasonable. It’s more of an existential thing.
So Dr. Shin returns to the house, and I guess the show is going to play this whole thing for humor now, because why not? The wife is huffy but secretly glad to see him, and he’s secretly glad to be home but because of her huffiness he blusters that he’s just here to pack his clothes, and because of his lie about clothes the wife gets even huffier and it’s just this big merry-go-round of stupid.
You know how stupid it is? It’s so stupid that Yi-jung tramps downstairs and tells her parents they’re being immature. If ever there were a moment you needed to reexamine your life choices and think, “Oh crap,” this is the one, when Yi-jung is being more reasonable and sensible than you are.
Soon-shin returns home (to Mi-ryung’s) just long enough to start packing, and Mi-ryung begs her to stay, offering to do whatever she asks. So Soon-shin gives her the chance, by telling her to come clean to her family and receive their forgiveness. Then, help the police catch the hit-and-run driver.
Mi-ryung starts shaking and says no, she can’t do that, she can’t let the world know what she did (even though you did nothing wrong, remember?). Soon-shin gets angry and asks if that’s more important than anything else, and Mi-ryung says yes, that it’s all she has. Which, I guess, is true enough.
But it means Mi-ryung won’t apologize or help catch the criminal, so Soon-shin is done with her. (For now. C’mon, we’ve got two weeks left.)
Woo-joo doesn’t tell anyone about her father’s mistress, but Hye-shin knows something’s wrong and meets with the Bastard Ex, who tells her enough. Hye-shin says they’ve both been pretty bad parents (points for awareness!) and asks Bastard Ex to do a better job, and so will she, because Woo-joo should have parents she’s not ashamed of. Well, at least we got to this point somehow.
Reporter Park continues his crusade to ruin the lives of everybody, and while I’ll grant that outing the truth and catching a criminal isn’t a bad thing, I can’t exactly give him too much credit for being a good guy since he’s so motivated by malicious intent. You get the sense he’d do anything to ruin Mi-ryung, and accomplishing anything good is just a fortuitous byproduct of the spite mission.
Anyway, so he goes to the police and gets them to reopen the investigation into the hit and run death. So just as Mi-ryung decides that she’ll do as Soon-shin asked and beg the family for forgiveness, Mom gets called in by police with the good news that they got the killer’s license plate from the black box footage. Oh, and does she know that her dead husband was with Mi-ryung that night?
As always, timing is a bitch.
Highlights (if you squint real hard through that half-empty glass)
Somewhat on a whim, Mom brings kimchi for Mi-ryung. She admits to hating her at first because she turned her life upside-down, but these days she sees Soon-shin on television and is grateful to Mi-ryung for all her help. Two moms bonding? Let’s see how long that lasts.
In-sung continues to flirt with Chan-mi and invite himself over to her parents’ chicken restaurant, where he sucks up to Chicken Ajusshi. This is largely irrelevant to anything, but is good for about two minutes of cuteness.
Rumors circulate about Soon-shin stealing away Yeon-ah’s man, and then getting dumped herself. Jun-ho overhears and sets the gossipy brats in their places, then loudly makes Yeon-ah confirm that they’re not dating either, in front of the whole crew. I mean, he still ignores Soon-shin’s calls and lies to Young-hoon that he broke up with her because he got bored of her, but this kind of counts as a highlight, right? (I’M TRYING.)
After the day when Bread Man comforts Woo-joo, Woo-joo seems to soften in her antagonism. She’s still not warm and fluffy, but she is much less harsh when Bread Man tries to be friendly. He tells her that her mother loves her and will do what she wants, and therefore if Woo-joo puts her foot down, Mom will break up with him. And Bread Man doesn’t want to make Woo-joo unhappy either. So don’t think of it as getting her Mom stolen away, he says, and she seems to listen to that. Tiny, slow, tiny steps. Progress is progress, right?
And finally, Jun-ho hears that Soon-shin learned the truth about her father’s accident (which makes his whole noble sacrifice pointless, might I add) and goes running back to her. I’m happier about this for her sake than his (I’m still gonna be huffy about him for another, oh, half-episode or so) because she needs the shoulder to literally cry on, and she finally gets it.
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