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Heirs: Episode 14

Now it’s time for the girls to duke it out, because why let the boys have all the fun? Rachel starts poking around and generally being smarter than we’d all like her to be, and begins her reign of terror. You know she’s scary when Young-do is trying to reason with her. Yeah, think on that. But just when you expect it to be more of the same, Eun-sang shows that she’s not as toothless as she seems.

There are mixed reports that Heirs is considering an extension, to which I say: Please omg no no no no no no no. It’s likely something that SBS is promoting now that the show has reached 20% ratings, but producers have been pretty clear about it being a 20-episode project. Some reports say it’ll end on 20 as planned, while others say it’s still undecided. It’s likelier the show won’t extend, but anyway, just a warning that there’s a chance it will.

 
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EPISODE 14 RECAP

Tan arrives outside the broadcasting station at school to find Eun-sang pinned against the wall by Young-do, as he tells her that he’ll be messing with everyone but her, including himself.

Tan screams through the window and then just starts kicking at the door until it busts open, and goes crazy, grabbing the nearest chair to swing at Young-do. Eun-sang has enough presence of mind to get in between them, and hugs Tan, crying for him to stop. He calms down and ushers her outside so he can talk to Young-do privately. Uh, is that such a good idea?

Tan reminds him that he’s a dead man if he touches Eun-sang, and Young-do finally spells out his convoluted plan: Tan lets go of Eun-sang, and only then will he stop terrorizing them all.

Tan sighs that he’s tired of this fight, and asks how far he’s going to take it. Young-do has no plans to quit, ever, and explains that he lost his last opportunity to see his mother because he was fighting with Tan. “I want to kill myself every time I see you! How can I stop this fight now?” Are you scared it’ll be meaningless if you don’t see it through?

Tan tells him to stop being a child, and says he’ll bring himself down just to bring down others—he always has. Tan: “How can you not change at all?” Young-do: “And you? Are you happy that you’ve changed on your own?”

Young-do calls Tan’s bigger fight a senseless one (You’re one to talk. Please don’t bring sense into this, for your own sake.) and that he’ll end up kneeling in front of his father anyway. Tan says it does matter, and that if he has to kneel, he’ll kneel, but he’ll get back up again.

He tells Young-do to stay here all he wants, while he moves on to fight the big fight. I’d care more if this weren’t the seventy-billionth time you guys were having this conversation, but good for you.

Rachel comes by to ask Young-do what his deal is and why he’s always fighting with Tan. Young-do points out that she’s always fighting with Tan and hanging on even though he’s made it clear from the start that he didn’t have feelings for her. Young-do says she knows she’s in the wrong but hanging on anyway, and he’s doing the same.

Eun-sang asks Tan the same thing, and he jokes that it’s because of their love triangle. Well, you’re not wrong. Tan: “I’m in the middle of regretting, and Young-do is in the middle of hating himself.”

Eun-sang: “I think you and Choi Young-do are the ones dating.” If only. It would solve so many of our problems. She smiles to see he’s wearing his uniform again because she cleaned it herself, and when he starts to complain about the lack of care, she orders him to take it off.

He immediately jumps on the innuendo: “Right here? You want me to take it all off?” I love that she covers her eyes and then peeks anyway. Ha.

Bo-na and Chan-young are still on the outs, and this time when Chan-young passes her by without a word, Bo-na calls out to him. When he still doesn’t answer, she plops to the ground and cry-acts in her adorable, terrible way that she broke her leg. He smiles to himself, but keeps walking ahead, and she pouts.

Ye-sol comes up to Eun-sang in the hall and timidly asks if she’ll bring her the script she left at Myung-soo’s workshop, since she’s scared to step foot in there. She’s surprised that Eun-sang so readily agrees to help, and meekly apologizes for being so terrible before.

Eun-sang heads to the workshop to find Young-do sitting there glumly, and when he gets up to leave, she hands him a band-aid for his bruised lip. He turns it down and trudges out without a word.

Bo-na comes by soon after, looking for Ye-sol’s script, and Eun-sang smiles to see that she cares about her friend after all. And when she steps out, Young-do is outside waiting for her, and sticks out his hand to ask for the band-aid.

Eun-sang calls Chan-young to tell him about Bo-na thinking of her friend, and he admits that he had a hard time keeping himself from turning around when she was being so cute today with her fake injury. Eun-sang tells him to let it go before he loses Bo-na to someone else.

Madam Han comes into the kitchen to find Mom writing a list of things that the new housekeeper ought to do, and freaks out that Mom’s jumping the gun on leaving. I love that she takes it so personally like she’s being dumped.

But they’re interrupted when Rachel makes a surprise visit to see Madam Han, acting the part of the sweet fiancée. She says she has no intention of breaking her engagement to Tan, and calls her “mother” respectfully, which shocks Madam Han.

The thing Rachel really wants to know is why she posed as Eun-sang’s mother at the PTA meeting, and Madam Han just says the two moms are friends, which is why Tan is nice to Eun-sang at all.

Rachel seems to buy the explanation for the time being, except on her way out of the house, she sees Eun-sang’s school uniform hanging on the clothesline, with her nametag in the pocket. Argh.

Eun-sang panics when she finds her uniform gone, and marches over to Rachel first thing in the morning to demand her stuff back. Rachel says it’s in the trash, and watches spitefully as Eun-sang digs her way through the school trash to find the uniform her mother bought her.

She finally finds it, and Rachel confronts her about everything—being the housekeeper’s daughter, living under one roof with Tan, and playing the nouveau riche at school. She acts like it’s a personal affront to her that Eun-sang is poor, and orders her to clean up the trash with the skills she learned from her mother.

At that, Eun-sang slaps Rachel across the face, and when Rachel raises a hand to retaliate, she blocks her hand defiantly. I’m sorry—Fesity Eun-sang, where have you been all this time? Suddenly you can fight your own battles? Okay, I won’t dwell on it. I’m just happy you’re here.

Eun-sang growls at her that nobody insults her mother, and bites back, “Is that what your mother taught you?” Rachel fumes and tells her that she’ll do whatever it takes to make her transfer out of this school, including telling the whole world about Tan’s birth secret.

Rachel says that Young-do might not want to share the secret, but she has no such qualms, and will make them both pay if she can’t have Tan. Eun-sang realizes she’s cornered if she wants to protect Tan, and says through gritted teeth that she’ll think about transferring.

Suddenly Tan shows up, having overheard, and orders Eun-sang to walk away so he can talk to Rachel alone. Ugh, I seriously hate you when you bark orders at her.

Tan basically tells Rachel he’d have hit her already if she weren’t a girl, and that he thought he could salvage a friendship with her, but he’s fine letting that go now.

He’s mad at Eun-sang for treating him like he doesn’t matter in the equation, and she counters that he’s got it bad enough with his family. He points out that his whole life has been that way, and none of this is her fault. Eun-sang: “It isn’t yours either, Kim Tan.”

He asks if she wants to just run away together, but Eun-sang knows they can’t abandon their mothers a second time.

Tan and Young-do get punished for fighting, and this time Director Jung puts her foot down and tells Young-do to bring his father and Tan to bring his hyung. Eep.

Hyun-joo gets tasked with their counseling session where they have to write down their wrongs, and when they each insist it was the other’s fault, she tells them to fill the pages with what the other guy did wrong then.

They both sit in silence for a while, each thinking about all the things the other guy did to him. But in the end they both end up thinking about that last day that Young-do’s mother asked Tan to bring him to her. And they each think to themselves:

Tan: “I should’ve brought you there no matter what, if I knew it’d be the last chance.” Young-do: “I should’ve followed you till the end, if I knew it’d be the last chance.” Hyun-joo comes back to see blank pages, and asks if they did nothing wrong to each other, why are they fighting?

Bo-na sits in the broadcast booth chatting with Eun-sang, and asks if she’s telling Chan-young about how much she’s repenting. Hyo-shin comes by and sneakily puts her on air, and Bo-na gets broadcast all over the school, telling Eun-sang that she can’t breathe because Chan-young is her air and she feels like she’s in outer space right now. Hee.

It does the trick and gets Chan-young to come looking for her, but this time it’s Bo-na who’s running away because she’s mortified.

Hyo-shin finally runs into Hyun-joo for the first time at school, and she asks him to congratulate her on her new job. His face falls and he tells her he can’t really be that happy about his first love getting one step further. Aw.

Myung-soo asks Young-do how his first love is going, and Young-do asks if Eun-sang is really his first love. Myung-soo: “She is, if Tan isn’t.” Myung-soo asks what he’d do if he fell into the ocean with Eun-sang and there was only one life raft. Young-do chooses to die to save her, so that he’s forever in her heart and she can never be with Tan. Pfft. Myung-soo sighs that he always chooses the sad ending for himself.

Tan walks Eun-sang home and then sits in the hotel lobby waiting for Won, and Won even voluntarily sits down next to him for a brief moment. Tan muses that it’s pretty funny they’ve both left home, and asks hyung why he hates him so much.

Won doesn’t have an answer so much as, “What’s there to like?” and Tan says he’ll do better. Won shuts that idea down, thinking it’s more uncomfortable when he tries too hard.

At school, Bo-na runs around handing out invitations to her Back Together With Chan-young Party. Hahaha. You would have a party for that.

Young-do tells her that boys hate that stuff and it’s like advertising to the world that you’re a moron. Says the guy without a girlfriend. Just sayin’. She makes sure to invite Ye-sol, and they have a cute fight over who’s sorrier.

Hyo-shin gets dropped off for his college entrance exams, and why do I get the feeling he’s not even going to walk through those doors?

Tan spends the afternoon hanging out in his brother’s hotel room, and catches a glimpse of a list of employees. He calls Manager Yoon, perhaps to start discussing this stock war, but Manager Yoon is busier with the sudden announcement that Won has fired all the people on that list.

Chairman Dad gets the word and boils over with anger, while Won calmly asks Manager Yoon to make his choice: join his side or be the next person on that list.

Tan goes out to meet Eun-sang, which turns out to be a trap by Madam Han. It’s cute the way she grumbles that she needs hostages to get face time with her own son. She tells them about Rachel and warns them ineffectually to break up, and Tan hilariously informs her that she needs an envelope of money for a conversation like that.

He sweet-talks his mother like he always does, gets a winter coat out of the deal, and takes Eun-sang out for a date all without budging an inch.

They go for a walk and he whines that he wants to hold her hand, so when she offers it, he throws his arm around her instead. When she cuts the date short to go to work, he back-hugs her to hold her back, and then hugs her again, wrapping her in his coat for extra-warm snuggles.

She finds money tucked in his coat, and he jumps for joy and lets her go instantly, which she pouts at. I do like that the tables are flipped and he’s the money-obsessed one now.

He gets called to a meeting with Manager Yoon, who confirms that the battle has begun. And once Won is done fighting Chairman Dad, Tan will be next. Manager Yoon reminds him that this isn’t a war he can avoid—he was born into this responsibility, and there are sacrifices he’ll have to make.

Rachel tries to squeeze Bo-na for information about where Eun-sang works, and when that doesn’t pan out, she texts Young-do with the threat that she’s standing outside Eun-sang’s workplace right now.

He takes the bait and goes dashing off to rescue her, only what he actually does is lead Rachel right to Eun-sang’s café. He sticks around and gives her the warning that Rachel found out, and tells her to call him if anything happens.

She reminds him using his words that she’s got plenty of black knights on her side, and he notes that that’s likely the moment that he started to like her, when he said that the first time.

When she gets to work she’s told she has a catering order tonight, and on a hunch she calls Chan-young to ask where his party is tonight. She confirms that it’s the same address and guesses what Rachel is up to.

She lets Tan know that she’s headed to the party, and then shows up to fulfill the catering order anyway, dressed in her apron and ready to confront all her classmates. Rachel smiles while all the other kids wonder what she’s doing here, and then when she’s about to say it, Tan storms in to stop her.

She insists she has to stay here until all the coffee is dispensed, so he overturns the table and says she’s done. Good grief. Was that really necessary?

He brings her downstairs and asks why she’s doing this when she knew exactly what she was getting into. Eun-sang says she came here ready to tell everyone the truth, because what she was really ashamed of wasn’t that she was poor—it was that she lived the lie that she was rich.

He asks why they can’t just take the easy road, and she argues that going straight ahead knowing she’ll get hurt is something she learned from him. She sticks to her plan and goes back to get more drinks so she can do it all over again.

By the time she gets back, Tan has come around, and he tells her that if she gets scared she can quit and run into his arms.

So she braces herself to face the crowd, including Young-do who arrives behind her. She tells the whole group that she works part-time jobs for the money because she’s not rich.

This time Tan even stops Chan-young from running to the rescue, and they sit back as the kids all scoff. They ask Tan if he knew, and he pretends to be fooled just like everyone else. It seems like a weird choice, until he walks up to her and reacts like he doesn’t care in the least, which is a pretty good way to play it.

And then the lights dim and they get a spotlight above them, which is so unnatural I stopped and laughed for a good minute. He tells Charity Case Eun-sang that it’s nice to meet her, and introduces himself as Bastard Child Kim Tan. Rachel reels, and Young-do leaves.

Tan tells her it’s time to join the party now, and puts his arms around her to untie her apron. He undoes her hair and ties a corsage to her wrist, and everyone just stands around still watching them, because that’s not awkward or anything.

And then he kisses her on the forehead sweetly.

 
COMMENTS

It’s strange that Rachel and Young-do’s lives both revolve entirely around Tan—whether they get to have him or not, whether they come first in his life or not—and they basically spend all their energy fighting for the right to be relevant to Tan. It’s sad, really, that they value themselves so little… you know, except for the part where they’re both so mean and terrible that I feel no actual pity. But I guess it is fascinating in a dysfunctional way—they’re both clinging so desperately that they’d rather be Tan’s enemy than become irrelevant to him, and Young-do feels more hurt that Tan might grow up without him and decide their fight isn’t worth fighting anymore. And Rachel would rather be hated than inconsequential to Tan’s love life, even if she’s hurting Tan and herself just to keep one foot in his life. I’d pitch in for some group therapy, but I’m pretty sure you two could afford it.

At least Eun-sang coming clean about everything takes the power out of Rachel’s hands. And her hands are really not ones that should hold any power, over anything. Ever. I was scared that Eun-sang was going to be a noble idiot and transfer schools to keep Tan’s secret, because she’s exactly the kind of person who would do that, and I’m fairly certain she would’ve considered it seriously if he hadn’t overheard Rachel’s threats. I’m not always behind Eun-sang’s logic with everything, but I like that she decided to hell with ridicule and scorn from her peers—she’d rather take her life into her own hands than have the bitch on a power trip lord it over her. Now that, I can get behind.

What’s even better is that she doesn’t need Tan to rescue her or do anything at all except back off, and for the first time ever, she puts her foot down, and he listens and offers support in a—gasp—supportive way. Go figure. If you just let her stand up for herself, she’s all the stronger for it. It took way too long, but I’m glad she finally came around and realized that she’s only as scared and powerless as she decides to be.

The only thing I dislike about it is the fact that we had to live with Scaredy Eun-sang for the first, oh, two-thirds of the show, when Awesome Eun-sang was an option. I suppose I ought to thank Rachel for bringing it out of her, since she only seems capable of being feisty around her. Not that I trust this show to be consistent with keeping Feisty Eun-sang around. Let’s not go crazy with the expectations. Now that feelings, socioeconomic statuses, and birth secrets are all out in the open, let’s try moving forward, shall we? I’ll take baby steps over backpedaling any day of the week. Or yunno, just more of them:

 
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Woah! What number will I be...

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Oh, my gosh. It's the Schindler's List theme?!?! That's so random. *laughing*

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What is the Schindler’s List theme?

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It's the main theme/music score from the movie Schindler's List. You can hear it when Tan is talking with Manager Yoon about the war between Won and the dad. It was a pleasant surprise to hear it but somewhat random, haha.

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Oh, I see. Thanks for the info. I did hear that song when I rewatched the ep., and I wondered what that background music was.

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Hah I noticed that too! I thought it was weird and funny because this is around the time Won is firing everyone

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hahaha I thought I was the only one that had a 'Whoa!' moment when I heard it.

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Eun Sang slapping Rachel... best ever!!!

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Oi agree completely😃

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Bout time! Especially when Rachel tried to slap her back and she stopped her. It drives me crazy in k-drama when the girl just stands there and takes it. There's a difference between turning the other cheek, and not having any self respect.

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Not that I'm advocating catfights. Haha. I actually think it's admirable how Eunsang has tried to be sympathetic towards Rachel since that first day at the airport. Even Tan has done a good job of turning the other cheek with Youngdo. But it is nice to finally see the ever passive Eunsang finally stand up for herself.

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The more I think about it, this show’s OTP has shown a lot of forgiveness to people who don’t deserve it. ES with Rachel. Tan with his brother. Both of them with Youngdo. There’s something quietly strong about that, in our crazy world where people lash out at the slightest thing. So please disregard my first comment. Self-respect is still good. But so is, taking a deep breath before acting. Turning the other cheek is best, no matter how much fun it is to see Rachel get slapped : ) OMW, who would have thought Heirs would have me thinking deep, moral thoughts on my way to work. LOL.

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Good for you. That's the best thing about any drama...

I love this episode. This drama is finally doing something right. And there were some really brilliant exchanges, besides!

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Thanx for the fast recap..!

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MORE FEISTY EUNSANG! MOAR!!

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I agree as long as she don't turn out to be a gansta xD

GANGSTA EUNSANG! FOOOOO~~!

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wow...first time im the second to comment....thanks for the recap now i'm off to read

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only that you are actually the 6th lol

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lol

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I have no idea why this made me laugh so much XD ahahahaha

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Wow! A lot actually happened in this ep., and I loved it. When I watched it raw, I didn’t realize that this much was actually happening. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the ending.

QUESTIONS:

1—If anyone knows when the song in the end (when ES and KT are at the party) is on YT, please let me know.

2—What is LTE wireless? (KA said that ES’s mom is as fast as LTE wireless)

3—I can’t help but be curious as to who Rachel talk to, to find out why ES was living at KT’s house. Anyone knows?

4—Did HS cancel the broadcast so BN and CY can make up and talk?

5—When KT said, “the plan is to go to school together,” did he mean to arrive at school together, or go to the same school still? (I was a little confused there, since ES said she would consider transferring).

6)—HS didn’t take the test, did he? (We will find out next week, I know)

7)—Why were the people at the test place calling HS’s name?

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LTE is a mobile signal. Faster than 3G or GSM

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It is often called "4G" outsided of Korea, though it's not really 4G.

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Madam Han Ki Ae (KT Real Mother) is Miss Korea 1988 when she was 21 years old.

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3 - She didn't talk to anyone. She figured it out by herself with Eun Sang's uniform. Since it was on the line to dry in front of Kim Tan's house and since Kim Tan's mom pretended to be Eun Sang's mom.

4 - I don't think he canceled the broadcast; we don't see the broadcast because it is irrelevant. He just broadcasted Bo Na's confession of "Chan Young is my air..." I think his quip of "I didn't broadcast her speech for this." was just a joke.

5 - He meant both.

6 & 7 - I don't think he did and that's why they were calling his name.

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in koalas,,answer to no.5 is 'go to school together with Tan's hyung"

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7-In Korea, when students go take the entrance exam, their hoobaes (the underclassmen) go and cheer them on and wish them luck. It's almost a school pride thing

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Thanks for explaining. I was like W.T.F! Now it makes sense and is way less creepy.

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Even making sense it's still creepy.

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university entrance exams are a big affair in South Korea.

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Wow! I didn't know that. Thanks!

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moimoi,
thank you for explaining. I was puzzled when I saw that.

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interesting, I didn't know that aswell. It's weird though xD

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# 5 - I think he was referring to the school incident when he was ordered to bring Won and YD to bring daddy Choi. He is hoping that Won will come to represent him. Tan is more excited than afraid by this punishment.

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Hello Eileen,

You know, I don't think that's it. KT talked about "going together to school," and made it sound like something that would happen repeatedly. Because he was walking with ES, I thought he meant ES and him going to school together, which confused me, because I wondered, "why? They are not coming from the same direction, they could just meet at school." Now I see that it is actually his plan to have his hyung (KW) bring him to school, like KW did after the 1st night he spent in his hotel room. And actually, that would make sense, since he doesn't want to come home without his brother. As a commenter said, he is building up a rapport between them.

Did you see how when KW was going to his room, he just followed him? He seemed happy about it, and scoffed at his brother's negative comment. It's like he is not afraid or intimated by him any more, the way he was in ep. 2, when he saw him at the Almond farm.

You know, some moments were quite interesting to me, in this ep. Did you have any stand-out moments? I thought it was interesting that KT and YD both had red eyes, when they were talking to each other, as if they were about to cry. I know the situation was tense, but it was interesting to me to see that both got emotional (in a raw way/sense) as well.

Also, I am still not liking that KT yells at ES (when is that going to stop, KT?) and that he manhandles her quite a bit. That being said, I LOVED the honest conversations KT and ES had in this ep. I am hoping that they will continue to communicate that way, going forward. I also loved their cute bantering and flirting. It is nice to see KT grow and change, through the episodes, and I loved that for once, ES learned something from him, standing up, being courageous, and persevering in the face of adversity and fear. Now, KT has to become a better student, so he can be successful in whatever he chooses to do in life.

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You know, I haven't been the biggest fan of this show but I have weirdly enjoyed it from the beginning. I watched the first 4 eps back to back and despite feeling "huh?!" a lot of times I have never hated it. One of the main reasons - besides the veeery slow pace - for that is that I can't really connect with the OTP. It's not that I don't want them to be together but their romance got lost on me. I have been very indifferent to their relationship and I truly do hate Tan's controlling ways. Any romantic act he does, he undoes times 10 in my eyes with his yelling and manhandling and helicoptering every time.

However, one thing this last episode did was make me feel genuinely happy about them in that last scene. I think I may still be able to get on board with their relationship if show keeps this pace and developments.

Other things I really liked:

1. Despite all rational reluctance I have, I am feeling for YD. He doesn't deserve much sympathy with his rapport sheet but seeing him quietly back down little by little, I wanted to hug him.
2. Tan and Won. It feels very underdeveloped to just be here all of a sudden but I don't care. I like it.
3. Bo-Na. There's nothing I can't like about her.
4. Tan's mom and her internal conflict between supporting Tan and ES and pushing for Tan's and Rachel's reconciliation. She is the most awesome adult in the show for me.
5. Kick-ass Eung Sang! She may have a lot to do with my sudden happiness with the couple. If she continues to fight with this intensity for it, how can she not deserve it?
6. Finally, my favorite scene was just for the funny, not because it was poignant or anything. When Young- Do and Myung-Soo where discussing how much YD likes ES. I couldn't stop laughing at YD's expressions. "How would I know? With a ruler? A scale?" Ha!

All in all this was a very good episode and I am looking forward to next week!

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Oh wow..you took the words outta my mouth! I agree with everything you mentioned. YD's expressions while trying to answer MS was priceless. He's like "How would i know? I'm new to this dude". And the band-aid scene was another heart clencher for me. I never saw him use it in any of the succeeding scenes but why do I get the feeling that near the end he's gonna take it out and look at it..

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3. It was kim tans step mom or fake mom or whatever you want to call her that she called when she walked our and saw thw uniform

5. Didn't he mean having his brother take him to school was his first step, I.e. bonding time with brother/ getting closer to him is his first step

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Hello mel,

3)-I think you are right about # 3, and that makes sense, because Rachel said "mother," when she was addressing the person. It would also makes sense that KT's "fake" mom would tell the truth to Rachel, since she is trying to get back in their good graces (Rachel and her mom).

5)- -And here, you are right again.

Did you have favorite moments in this episode? Here are some of mine:

1)-BN faking to fall and hurt herself, and later on, revealing her feelings on the air. BN running away from CY, so he won’t break up with her. And their party, Awww… CY and BN FTW! Also BN, for being such a cool, loyal and caring person. Her scene with YS was funny.

2)-The forehead kiss: so lovely, so intimate, and yet so chaste. Loved it.

3)-I love how MS is straightforward and honest when he talks to YD. He is never afraid to confront him, and he gets YD thinking. I like that.

4)- Love that KT wants to bring his hyung home, and that he purposefully stays with him in the hotel, and kind of follows him around, at times. He is so cute when he does that.

5)- I have come to realize that LMH’s voice can be soft at times, when the scene calls for it. It is very nice. KWB’s voice is deeper, and he seems to tend to drag on his words a little bit. He has a nice voice too.

6)-YD, having it bad for ES, (running out of his hotel, without fixing his hair)..

7)-KT and his mom, their interactions. And KT, for inviting ES out to eat, even though he has no money, which means that ES would be the one paying the bill, LOL, which I am sure he would pay back later. .

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Hi Ivoire!

Re #1 favorite moment - Bo-Na fake-falling was both hilarious and kind of sad. Poor girl just can't stand being apart from Chan-Young. I am really loving Krystal's character. Who would have thought an idol actor would be so good?

Re #3 - I love the MS-YD relationship as well! At least there's one person who isn't afraid of him, doesn't hate him, and "keeps it real" for YD.

Re #7 - I thought that was a nice little exchange. It really highlighted the mindset change Kim Tan has to undergo. He's literally never had to thought before about the need to pay for a meal if he wants to go out - the money's just always been there.

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Re#3: BN is the same way. I noticed out of all people only MS & BN can get away with speaking so bluntly with YD and he won't say anything. Those 3 really have a pretty good friendship. I always love when YD gives her advice on what she's doing wrong or going overboard. His whole "Oppa is telling you this because I care..." thing is just cute.

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Agree Faye. Re #3 the friendship he has with them is my hope for his future. Also, when YD did the fake aigoo to mock BN I LAUGHED!

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The way KT looked at his cute, ditzy mom when he said she asked for such delicious meals. I loved just about everything KT did in this episode. I loved the way Eun Sang stood up for herself, but I didn't like the times when she was mean and unsupportive towards Kim Tan when he was at his lowest-cold, hungry, and homeless. He always came to her rescue when she was in the same condition, so when the reverse happened, I don't know why they made her mean and stingy towards him.

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The official OST hasn't been released yet. And I'm not sure if this is even the title of the song--it might just be a generic description. But for sure, it's sung by Lena Park or Park Jung Hyun as some people might know her!

Here is a 0:59 second clip of the song. I'm sure the full version will be released sometime soon!

http://bgmstore.net/view/loWIX

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애절한 발라드 translated as "sad ballad"

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Hello eselee,

And thank you soooo much for this. I have been having this song in my head for the last two weeks. I asked about this song in yesterday's recap as well (ep. 13) because I believe it is played in the beginning of ep. 13, when KT and ES are in MS studio.
It is such a beautiful song, and Lena Park is such a gifted singer, with a lovely voice. I just love this song. Also, many of the songs for this drama seem to be sad, (the lyrics, that is), so I find it interesting that the title is "sad Ballad."

Thank you again for this, I really appreciate it.

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Hello Cari-Dee,
Thank you so much for this. This will carry me until the full version is released. I appreciate it.

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Thank you all for all your responses and comments. There is more that I would like to say and comment on, so I will be back later...

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1. "Don´t worry about me", sung by Lena Park.
http://youtu.be/NQ_BFO6aGLc

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Oh thank you!

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#3. I think Rachel was talking to Tan's fake mother. How else could she know exactly that Eun Sang was the maid's daughter?

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Loved this episode.....especially the last scene :)

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Loved this episode and KT+ES make a cute couple

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oh no! that hug's now just a cliché!... what a shame..

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"I’d care more if this weren’t the seventy-billionth time you guys were having this conversation, but good for you."

ROTFL Exactly what I was thinking!! Is there anyone else no longer phased by these scenes between KT and YD? or is it just me? x)

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I'm just glad that they are no longer scored with that obnoxious heavy metal riff.

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HAHAHA! ditto

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Lmao my thoughts exactly! xD

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kim tan is an awful character...

he knows he is an illegitimate child and still started that bullying rule for the social care group in school. remember, he was supposed to be 'worse' than young do in middle school.

when kim tan saved the male student in earlier episodes - people are saying he did that because he was mad at young do for what he did to eun sang.

now, he is saving ye sol...but he probably did that to abolish the bullying rule by the time the rest of the school find out that eun sang is the daughter of the maid.

kim tan supposedly changed... but there is no explanation whatsoever WHY he changed. and kim tan 'helping' other kids now is stupid - what he is doing now is because he has other purpose which concerns eun sang.

if kim tan truly changed, if he truly feels regretful of his past actions - then he should show remorse and at least apologize to his past victims. and he should have been proactive in stopping the bullying that he started BEFORE eun sang came into the picture.

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I believe the character of Young Do is waaaay more interesting than Kim Tan. He is soooo boring and clichéd and predictable. His whole persona seems forced. I prefer Young Do and Won's character depictions because they seem really struggling with what life has dealt them. Most teenage boys I have encountered have been the chip on the shoulder Young Do type, where life has shit on them and they feel like the world owes them. It is more believable than Kim Tan's poor me, poor Mom but I am such a good looking guy and have girls all over me but I am sooo hot for my after school special girl friend that is another sad cliché. I wish Eun Sang would blow of beige boy Kim Tan and take a ride with a wild guy.

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I agree completely! Kim tan is so lame. I was so into the show before because she wasn't that into him, but now she wont even think about Young do. HE IS WAY MORE INTERESTING. She needs to get away from boredom central and be with the sexy Young Do.

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and why are people so quick at making judgements about rachel?

rachel was bitchy at eun sang because eun sang was listening in on her phone conversation and then laughing AT her.

rachel was bitchy at eun sang again because kim tan was avoiding rachel at the same time eun sang is staying at kim tan's house.

rachel and kim tan are officially engaged with a proper ceremony and announcement. if there are any issues about rachel being a bitch because of the engagement, that should be addressed to kim tan... kim tan is the one engaged to one girl and yet pursuing another girl in public. did kim tan already break the engagement? NO, he did not. his father is still ordering his second mom to convince rachel's mom to continue the engagement. if kim tan is really serious, he should have formally made an announcement breaking the engagement... an action that he should have done that at the very least BEFORE pursuing another girl.

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And this highlights one of the biggest flaws in prototypical Candy plot lines: the idea that the heroine is always in the right, no matter what kind of crap she pulls, because she's poor and cries a lot. This is actually a problem with a lot of Kdramas--they frequently have no capacity for nuanced perspective. Rachel is a bitch, yes, but her actions are not unprovoked, and a lot of her spite rests in the shitty way Tan has treated her for years and years. All I'm gonna say, if Rachel was the one pulling moves on Tan and he were engaged to Eun-sang, the same viewership that cheers Eun-sang on now would judge her. Harshly. I mean, situationally, she's the Chae-rin to Rachel's Choon-hyang (although this melodramatic garbage can't compare to Delightful Girl Choon-hyang). Similarly, Kdramas often want us to take reassurance and even enjoyment out of male leads spurning or being outright cruel to second female leads. It's a perverse and disingenuous way of testing and then showing his devotion to the female lead. So they displace the guilt that squarely rests on Kim Tan's shoulders onto Rachel because she's a "bitch." But it's Kim Tan that agreed to the engagement but half-assed it, ignored her and judged her while ostensibly cheating on her, and ultimately ended the engagement by humiliating her and dumping his shit on her without taking responsibility for it. Despite this, the drama wants us to hate her and think she's evil, because she's in the way of their cheating asses, and slaps Eun-sang and makes her cry a bunch of times. What about Rachel's tears? The drama doesn't care, because it's too busy trying to make her into a scapegoat for Tan. It's best not to look too hard at the gender dynamics at play in Kdramas (or the perverse forms heteronormativity takes in these things, for that matter).

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can not believe this writer is ruining rachel's character just because the OTP needs some conflicts to prove how true their love is.

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Because this KES writer-person is a MISOGYNIST!
How's that for twisted? Is she also into S&M?

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I'm annoyed at what they're doing with Rachel's character too. She's basically just a plot device now

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I posted on the open thread that either KES is really a man or she is a masochist because she writes her female characters terribly. Actually it's beyond reproachable. With the exception of ES's mother and BN, all the other women are portrayed as either weak, a bitch, gold diggers, or hypocrites.

ES is supposed to be the heroine, but she is too much of a hypocrite with how she allows herself to be treated. First off, in the beginning episodes I found her very rude to her mother. She was willing to leave her handicapped mother all alone because she was ashamed of her life. And yet we are supposed to believe that she is a strong, feisty, and independent girl who stands up for herself? You are not strong if you runaway from your problems. In the beginning episodes we saw her able to stand up for herself when it comes to guys heckling her on the job or even to Rachel at times, but when she is confronted with bullies in her school (YD) she freezes and can't do anything?! and needs a guy to save her(KT)!! HUH! Now in this episode, she is willing to show who she really is, but it is never really explained to us why she suddenly had the courage to do it. If anything it was because she probably knew she was going to be outed anyway and decided to do it herself as opposed to Rachel doing it first. But I still don't think that this is truly standing up for yourself if you are placed in a position where you can't escape. It was like she reluctantly did it. At least Geum Jan Di in BBF showed what it was like to be a strong person who stood up to the bullies.

Rachel, Madame Han, and Madame Jung are borderline characters for me because Rachel and Madame Jung are portrayed as bitches, but had help showing their claws. Rachel by ES, and Madame Jung by Madame Han. I don't excuse Rachel's slap happy behavior, but ES really never said to Rachel "hey listen, it's your fiancé that is chasing after me, not the other way around." To top it off, once ES started to like KT, she seemed to forget that he did still have a fiancé, and if ES were really a strong female character she would have told KT to clear up his engagement situation first because what makes a person strong is treating others the way that you want to be treated. Rachel has no self respect and chases after a guy who treats her like she is trash. I can understand her anger, but I can't support her because she gives women a bad name by thinking that bitchiness=power and allows a man to walk all over her.

Madame Jung treats Madame Han like crap, but can you really blame her? She shares a house with the woman that her husband cheated on her with, and treats her better because she gave him a son. Yeah, I don't think that they will be exchanging Xmas cards anytime soon. She don't have any respect for herself either because she could have walked away, but because she likes her position as head of the school she doesn't want to give up that position of power. Also, by agreeing to be KT's fake mother, she is in essence helping out the person who wronged her in the first place(her husband)

Madame Han is borderline for me as well because I like her comic relief and her relationship with her son and ES's mother, but she ruined a marriage. She knew that Chairman Kim was married but she continued her relationship with him anyway. Obviously Chairman Kim doesn't respect her because he has kept her a secret but she is fine with it as long as KT inherits Jeguk group...

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so in essence what has she really gained from this life besides money?

Esther Lee is the quintessential gold digger! She married for money not for true love, she is willing to marry someone who treats her like crap also in the name of "Zeus Hotel" shares and stock. She doesn't seem to care about her daughter's happiness because she wants her to marry for Jeguk Group shares and not for her daughter's true happiness.

I do not care or like any of these characters whatsoever because they all put women in a bad light IMO.

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Like how some people can so oddly understand Young Do's weird and violent ways, Rachel deserves just as much understanding for her actions.
Unlike Young Do however, most of her actions are done because ger pride is hurt and tbh for a girl like her where money and pride is basically all she has; it must be pretty painful.

to top that, I'm not sure how her family is but it does seem dysfunctional as hell. The rumours that she might be an illegitimate child of Esther and Sec Yoon is something we should all think about. In a marriage where they'll totally be harmed by divorcing their partners, how messed up was it to actually reach divorce?

She is a smart girl and I'm sure that if there was smth really wrong about her parents, she would know. And knowing your parent's problems are very difficult to handle esp at such a young age.

and I dont know if people rmbr this but her character description back then said that she wasnt so much of a bitch before her parents got divorced. And then I thought abt it and I rememberred how she only has 50 percent of her company in line for her. Yoing do said smth to myung soo abt rach and bona rejecting his love - so im guessing they were all friends when they were kids? So I wonder if her friends left her after knowing that she's only half as rich? And when everyone left, her supposed friend Kim Tan is exiled to America; who does she have? No one. Always alone. A mother who is probably a broken girl herself cannot take care of her broken daughter and so money is the only thing she can take care of. A father who left and probably doesn't care about her anymore. The girl is completely alone. And sad. And scarred. So this is why the point up there is right about how she doesn't mind being a bitch to get recognised since if she just quietly be nice to everyone, she would be even more alone. In a twisted way, it is better to have enemies rather than no one at all on your lofe.

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Years and years? They were only engaged a year ago. She's holding on though he's never lead her on. She's being mean though he clearly has had intentions of breaking the engagement and told her. She's using her money as an answer to everything. No sympathy for her. As for cheating on her..ha.. doesn't count when you are engaged at 18 and it's done against your will.
Don't overthink it. If she wasn't evil, then she would have silently backed out no? Everyone has family problems..

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And yet it's okay for Chan young to spurn his girlfriend for Eun Sang, while Tan has to be cruel to Rachel. Seriously, what?

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Yep, I'm with you all on this one. She really was horrible and not likable at all on this episode but come'n. She has grown up spoiled through no fault of her own, she is humiliated, her pride is hurt and she is what, 17?18? That is really not an age when you are fully mature, even if you should know better. Even if Tan never gave her hope as YD said, he had a public engagement with her! Is that not enough reason for her to get deluded into thinking it was going to happen?

Not neglecting how big of a bitch she was but from her perspective her world must be falling apart. She is not doing it just to have fun, she is deeply hurt and acting out as the child of privilege she is.

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I agree. Frankly, I like Rachel's toughness in the face of everything she has deal with. I like that Rachel at least is an equal opportunity offender. Yeah, she slapped ES, but she also slapped KT, and she holds her own against YD and everyone else in the drama.

On the other hand, while it was fair for ES to slap Rachel, why doesn't ES stand up for herself when it comes to KT and YD? ES lets KT force himself on her and order her around on a regular basis. ES also doesn't seem to care that YD has bullied her worse than Rachel has (throwing her in the pool, kicking her, shoving her, threatening her, etc.) but she gives him a band-aid? Why?

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I am not sure would call some showpiece business "engagement" at the age of 16 a real engagement. And honestly, nobody in Korea really does that anymore, unless they are about as backwards as some Afghan tribesman living in the remotest village in the world. Basically the whole setup is a sham.

And the whole idea of an engagement for a "business merger" is just totally stupid. Would you base YOUR business on who your kids marry? That whole trope is outdated yet it keeps getting used over and over by writers that cannot come up with something more original.

And yeah Rachel really IS a bitch.

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Forgot to mention that yes, some chaebol marriages are for "strategic" reasons, but a lot of them go wrong. And there have been some pretty ugly scandals also such as this from 2006 "On the suicide story, rumors abound that Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee refused to allow his youngest daughter, Lee Yun-hyung to marry an "ordinary" man. She committed suicide in New York last year".

But that is an exception, the vast majority do NOT involve business reasons.

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That's...really sad. I just did some poking around and I can't believe her family told the media she died in a car accident to try and hide that it was a suicide. It's distributing, can't believe these things actually happen.

I'm not sure if this counts, but I thought the "strategic" marriage in Empire of Gold was done pretty well. Although, that is a COMPLETELY different drama. It's technically not a merger but Seo-yoon marries Tae-joo for his $2 billion and it was win/win for the both of them (at the time).

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BTW, if you want to read about the whole scandal Google "Lee Yun-hyung".

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it still happens. Marriage of kids for business and to solidify connections.

it happens in India, in the UK, in South Korea, and even with the elite people in a developing country like the Philippines.

this is why parents send kids to elite schools and even in boarding schools in Europe, to establish connections with the right people.

I have friends like rachel whose parents/family dictate who they should date and marry. When asked if they will rebel, they won't because they don't want to be disinherited. When asked if they will fall in love with someone "unsuitable" (ie different race or different social class or no noble bloodline or new money instead of old money), they cannot really comprehend it as for them, it is not possible/not a viable option of living their lives.

Those arranged marriages are taken seriously because it concerns businesses, conglomerates, family connections, etc.

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I agree that it still happens - and India and the UK are probably the worst offenders. But ultimately it all comes down to a choice - it all depends on what you are willing to give up, and many ultimately choose money and/or power and status.

While researching some of these type marriages I was astounded at how many end in divorce, suicide, living apart, etc. So even if it is the norm among some elite you have to question how well it is really working out.

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There's only one reason for businesses to merge: to maximize profits. If it's in both businesses' interests to merge, they will do so even if there is no marriage. If it's not, they won't do so even if there is a marriage. And "solidifying business connections" is done through contracts, not marriage.

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@ Sandy - but the problem I have with those marriage for business tropes in dramas is that they usually make no sense at all. Your kids being married off to another chaebol is not a merger. Who your kids marry has no legal standing whatsoever for any of the businesses concerned.

A merger is a business contract, and has nothing to do with who your kids are married to, at least in the legal sense.

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Oh I was completely agreeing with you. Marriage has nothing to do with business mergers.

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Businesses have limited liability. The "joining" of families through marriages add extra protection.

You may fight with family and relatives for greater control or share, etc. but at the end of the day, it's better if they get more businesses and connections than someone else because you are related to them and can take advantage of said businesses and connections.

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It is not touted as marriage for businesses because, like i said, it involves more than the business. But businesses are part of it.

If you research actor Leo Seo Jin's family (the youngest in grandpas over flowers) and check who his grandparents (and that line married) and then who his parents and uncles and aunts married, and then who his siblings married ... You will see the daughter or don of conglomerate so-and-so. Then if you check company mergers or partnerships and ownerships of stocks, those things just went around all those involved.

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first of all, business engagements and marriages still happens in a lot of countries in asia. especially in elite classes. and already know about the scandal, what's your point exactly? because that is only evidence that business marriages still happen.

and rachel and kim tan had a formal ceremony exchanging rings in front of the families of both sides - that is 'proper' engagement leading to marriage regardless of their ages or reasons.

not negating rachel is a bitch - used the word twice in rachel's interactions with eun sang. but to outright call her evil? why?

rachel is a flawed character - but she is realistic given her situation. she does not do anything unprovoked. rachel's interactions with ye sol proved that. rachel knows about ye sol, yet she never said anything. when she heard ye sol talking about her engagement to bo na and then talking bad about her family/mother to her face, that is when she retaliated with the information she knows.

why do heirs watchers judge rachel as evil and rachel's actions as evil? and yet kim tan, young do, and eun sang all get a pass. when young do were bullying kids just because those kids are poor - excuses of young do having a bad family situation. when kim tan knowingly manipulated young do's dad to beat him up (ugh!) - excuses of kim tan has no other choice. when kim tan and eun sang have their progressing romance despite kim tan being officially engaged to rachel - excuses of it's just a business engagement, or but it is true love.

both kim tan and eun sang are aware of the situation in kim tan's family - kim tan's dad being married to one woman and yet the mistress is the one living in the house. so what is kim tan's excuse in pursuing a different girl despite being engaged to another girl?!

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Yes those "business" marriages do still exist - but near to the extent that is portrayed in dramas. Some family lines are a lot more lenient about what their kids do.

Some chaebols have been involved in many scandals - like Samsung - but not all are like that. Lots of interesting stuff if you just Google "chaebol marriages". BTW, she was not the only suicide in the Samsung Heirs line, a grandson committed suicide in 2010.

But back to Rachel - still don't buy that the engagement is legit - if for no other reason that neither was of legal age to make a contract.

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THIS IS SO ACCURATE. I will never understand the amount of hate for Rachel's character. Maybe she is trying to save Kim Tan. Maybe she knows her mum used to date a guy of a different class and how they end up breaking up. She knows that if Tan forces and not think about consenqueces (bc he says he's gonna fight the battle but he doesn't actually think about it), maybe she's scated abt eun sang since she is smart and knows about the chaebol life.

judging her while she doesn't even get that much screen time to show her true intentions is so wrong

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@Windsun. Even putting aside for a minute whether this engagement is legit within Korean society, it is an engagement that is legit within the drama. That is, the drama accepts it as legit, both families and both parties-- hell, even Tan--accept it as legit, so there's little reason for the viewer not to accept its legitimacy as well.

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Agreed. The sexism in this show is too much.

@windsun33 the engagement is legit with parental permission.

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I think Rachel is a bitch and it's for the very reasons you mention. Her issues are not with ES they are with KT. He is the one that is engaged to her so she should take her complaints to him.

She chooses to attack ES because of the differences in their social standing and her belief that it's OK to do what she wants to ES. That's why she is a bitch. I don't even feel she cares about KT that much, it's more about her pride and her feeling of superiority to ES.

The only reason any woman attacks what is considered the other woman is because they fear the outcome of going to the man direct.

Truth is Rachel abusing ES will change nothing between her and KT

ES doesn't owe Rachel anything, and she is not the source or KT treatment of Rachel. From what I see he has always been dismissive of her and her antics, which have nothing to do with ES.

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Regardless of how realistic the scenario is in Real-World korea... it's realistic in the Korea of this Dramaverse, which is what we're discussing. According the the rules of this universe, Rachel and Tan's families arranged for them a union that would also merge their companies. According to Rachel, the companies would be sharing technologies, information, stocks, etc. It's a formal engagement, no matter how much Tan didn't want to do it.

It seems to me that he always planned to break the engagement at some point (Hence his "I got engaged to you now so that I wouldn't have to marry you in the future"). What I think most people have a problem with is the fact that he DIDN'T BOTHER to break of his engagement before pursuing another girl. He pretty much just told Rachel "Hey, I'm gonna chase after this girl. Be cool about it, OK?" I would have no problem with Tan (actually yes I would, I have A LOT of problems with Tan) if he had gone public about wanting to break up before he ran after Eun-San. Even when he finally addressed the issue he totally orchestrated it in a way that put the onus on Rachel's family instead of just refusing to go through with it himself and facing whatever backlash comes.

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No, Rachel did not keep Ye Sol's secret. She found out about it at the fashion shoot from her mom, and it was almost the next day that she outed her and tried to put her in the chair.

I'll agree the engagement was legitimate enough, but since then, Kim Tan has told Rachel more than once that he's not going to marry her, he's breaking the engagement, he just wants to be friends, but if she's going to be nuts about it, he won't even be friends. He told her in California the only reason he agreed to the engagement was so he wouldn't have to marry her- which was a dumb reason, I agree, but he couldn't have made it any plainer that he doesn't love her and is not interested in continuing the relationship.

And, as Young Do reminds her, in arranged marriages there are rules, and she's already broken all of them. He tells her she broke the rules, not Kim Tan, and she doesn't disagree with him.

That's why she's hated- she's that stock drama character who tries to hang on to the male lead no matter how many times he tells her he doesn't love her, doesn't want her, won't marry her no matter what. It's tiresome and more than a little insane.

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@ Z - You are correct - I keep getting the real world mixed up with the drama-verse, and there is no real relationship. :D

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@Windsun33, I'm with you.

@diba, you really don't understand the hate for Rachel? She's worse than a mean girl. How many times has she harassed and abused ES, even before ES started dating KT? Then throwing her clothes in the trash and humiliating her at the party?

YD also said yesterday that KT never gave Rachel false hope. Also how many times has KT tried to end it?

You also say the engagement is legit. YOu really think a FORCED engagement between two 16-year-olds is legit? I doubt they had a choice in the matter.

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are you even watching the same show?

rachel and eun sang first met at the airport - eun sang was laughing at her.

rachel and eun sang met again at kim tan's house - kim tan was ignoring rachel's calls all this time, and yet he has another girl staying at his house.

rachel is acting out at eun sang, yes... unprovoked? definitely not!

rachel is better than kim tan and young do at least... lest you forget, kim tan and young do initiated the bullying of poor kids just because they were poor as early as middle school... seriously, how can kim tan and young do justify that?!

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what? are the viewers supposed to feel sorry for eun sang just because she is the lead and poor?! heirs watchers justifying the eun sang character is just that... take out the fact that eun sang is supposed to be the lead in this drama, then analyze objectively if you will still be rooting for her... in fact, do the same for kim tan character and young do character too... and imagine this three main leads as nobody actors while you are at it too. *rolls eyes*

none of you would rave about how good this drama and these characters are for sure. none of you would even watch this.

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I don't know why most people are blaming KT that he should be a man to break the engagement properly with Rachel, before pursuing ES.

Being such a young kid, KT has no power to say no to his "authoritarian and forceful" dad. KT Dad never accept no from anyone, his dad is so selfish. Whatever dad do, he only think of himself. Whether it is marry to one woman and keeping another woman at home, or making Won suffer when he has another son outside for many years before bringing KT officially back home, using KT to get a better footage of his business.

No one outside the family except Secretary Yoon know about KT, not even his office high level staff. Dad has to bring KT to the office to introduce to his management staff that he actually has another son. He wait for Won to come in to the meeting room and tell straight to Won face. Dad care less if Won will be hurt. Only KT fake mother's brother whom KT address as uncle know about it.

We never know the real reason Won mother died in US. Maybe too heartbroken to marry to a man like Won father.

If KT break the engagement with Rachel, do you think Rachel will ever listen to KT? KT told her many times, KT tested the water but Rachel reaction is "well, KT can say all he want, but that day will never happen! Hah! Rachel is another spoil brat that never take no for an answer. She think that she is rich and pretty and everyone has to suck up to her. Rachel never smile at anyone from the bottom of her heart. She just sneer at them.

Even if you are rich, that doesn't give them right to look down on people. What goes around come around. Riches is not forever. Life has its up and down. So is riches. Nothing is guarantee and eternal in this life. Not even life itself is eternal, let alone riches. But humility will shape eternal character to one, even after that person leave this world.

ES for one will be humble even after she become rich in future. ES value money as she work hard for it. Unlike Rachel who never need to work for it. Rachel simply throw money into people face. If one doesn't value money, how will they value people? As money come from people. People work those money you spend so lavishly, dear Rachel, but Rachel may never get it or understand. She'll be like damn, it's your fault poor people that you are poor, that you do not have rich parents, serve you right that you need to work your butt to pay for living expenses.

Whether Rachel acknowledge it or not. If people do not work for her, she'd be penniless. Money do not drop from the sky. Yes, Rachel is a bitch, I must say. Family background is not an excuse to be a bitch. It is true that Rachel mom did not teach her right. Never teach Rachel how to be a person. Rachel is not a victim. She know where KT come from, from day 1, why KT react this way. Rachel shouldn't be surprise. KT has been warning Rachel long ago that he won't marry her, just that KT do not know himself when he will act out what he say.

Rachel only not rebellious as she doesn't want to lose her inheritance. That is the only way her mum is making Rachel obedient to her in a way. That is not the right way to teach a kid how to be a person. But KT is willing to give up his inheritance that he wasn't interested in, in the 1st place. KT rather have Won anyday. KT value people like ES is. That is why they click. They have the same mind.

At least KT change for the better after he met ES. KT used to be a brat too. But Rachel not even once...

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At least KT change for the better after he met ES. KT used to be a brat too. But Rachel not even once has a drop of pity, understanding, or generosity and she never communicate with people, all she does is yell and scream if thing not going her way. Throwing people thing into dustbin.

Being in late teen, if you have a sense of leadership, being the future leader in your own company, doesn't it make sense to communicate and understand the situation before drawing your own conclusion. Rachel, you are not a kid anymore, throwing tantrum like that.

Rachel like KT need to start standing on her own feet if mum decide not to give her inheritance to her, Rachel without money is nothing, worse off than ES. At least ES has friend, supporting mom and has been working all her life.

If one never use their riches or their good fortune to make friends but enemies, if they ever become not-so-wealthy or penniless, life will be hell for these people. Life is a win-win situation. Riches doesn't make a person right to bark at people to take their order. Politeness doesn't cost a cent. Respect need to earn, not money can buy. If fake respect is what rich people want, then these people won't be loyal and easily sway sides.

KT say in the beginning say that he is too lazy to do anything. Not even to rebel against anything that not his wish. KT just live life that other plan for him. It is until ES enter his life, this laziness begin to fade. KT saw how hardworking ES is, how hard a life ES has to make a living. KT saw ES as his motivation to do something for himself in his life. He always lie on his bed thinking. I'm sure he think alot but doing nothing about it all this while.

Until ES left US back to Korea that KT decided to do something. KT decided he doesn't want to live in exile anymore, he doesn't want to lead this kind of life.
ES is KT drive for KT to take baby-step to begin to take charge of his own life rather than follow thru what his dad and Won want him to become.

ES just so happen to enter his life at the point where he is lowest in US. He is lonely, he has no aim in his life, no purpose. He is just a living corpse. Until ES become the reason for KT that he wanted to become alive again. No one else give his this reason, not even his real mum, or his "fiancée" Rachel can give him such motivation. KT is lukewarm towards them. But ES to KT is like a burning fire in his heart that he now desire that he want to do this and that now. KT for the 1st time has planning and strategy in his life. 1st time KT stood up against his controlling dad.

Won saw how KT stand up for his love that Won has no courage to do for his own dear girl. Won sort of admire his little brother for his courage to stand up against their father and him. KT now learn not to listen entirely what dad and Won tell him to do, but now KT has a mind of his own and doing it.

I think that's how Won now see KT in a different light and begin to accept his little brother, slowing warming up to KT charm.

Won begin to see himself teaming up with KT to go against their controlling dad whom he now know dad hire people following them all this years. How can a dad has no trust in his own sons? How can you face a dad like that? Won feel this is an insult to him. You can't live with a person you can't trust. Both sons hate their father, that's what KT told to dad face. Dad know but just smile bitterly.

Won told Secretary Yoon to buy shares under KT name...

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Won told Secretary Yoon to buy shares under KT name and not under the fake company dad created under Sec Yoon name. Won want KT to officially step into the company. The brothers will combine forces. Only then they will become stronger, no longer a nothing in their dad eyes.

The episodes onwards will deal with the title of this drama - The Inheritors. How Won and KT will fight and earn them their heir rights to the Jeguk Group that dad continuously tell Won that the company is not officially Won yet. Therefore Won has no right to make any decision in the company, or straight he has no say in the company even though he is the President Won but dad is the ultimate Chairman.

Won feel now is the right time, for KT to be part of the company and not as an observer. Won see that KT is no longer under the influence of their dad nor is KT siding their dad. KT now has the drive to make things happen. Won need people to side with him. He fire all those staff that side with their dad. Only then Won can control back his own life and his love life, to be able to protect the one he loves. Won want his little brother to get his own lasting happiness too without their dad breaking the lovers up. Won does not want dad to keep on manipulating the brothers life as their dad puppet and control, to get what dad want and not what they want.

See how trusting Won is towards KT. Won just left the name list of staff he's about to fire on his work desk in his hotel room that Won now share the room with KT. Won never once thought of hiding his important company stuff, even now that KT stay in his room. Won trust KT will not leak any info to their dad. Won trust KT more than their dad, who never listen to whatsoever the brothers say all their life. Trust bring people together. Like how KT trust ES will bring a better person out of him.

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Won do not want outsiders like Secretary Yoon and Rachel mom to gain access to Jeguk and make use of the situation to gain more shares in Jeguk Group.

Won know KT engagement with Rachel will break no matter what, Won saw his little brother determination that he didn't see before. KT in the past do not bother about anything, so Won may not know what KT think, but now KT has ES, all KT actions now will take into consideration of ES.

It is better to work together with his little brother than with Yoon whom may still side with dad. He is shocked Yoon has so many shares in his name. At least KT faithfully love Won plus Won trust his brother and KT may not be interested in running the company. So KT is no longer a threat to him but his own dad, Sec Yoon, Rachel mom and other uncle is or even fake mom is a threat.

To Won Jeguk is important to him that he is not willing to lose, so much so that he didn't stand up for his own love. For that Won salute his little brother for protecting his love with ES. Won now is planning to do the same for his own love. But before that, he need to gain footing on Jeguk 1st. He need his little brother help for that. Yay for joint forces.

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Even if KT tell Rachel nicely, politely, gentlemanly to please break off the engagement with me, will you, chaebal? Rachel will never ever do that. Rachel will just sneer and roll her eyes. She will say over my dead body. KT ignoring her call is way before KT met ES. KT even ignore his own mom calls, so what make Rachel more special than omma?

KT know very well that if he treat Rachel nicer, it will be more difficult to break off the engagement later. Rachel won't let him go. Will you let such a nice man to go? KT will only act worse so that Rachel will let him go, but KT do not know that Rachel inheritance is at stake if she let him go. As KT told Youngdo, KT has no choice in all his actions.

Rachel do not talk sense, even if KT talk to Rachel sensibly about breaking the engagement. Rachel won't listen to KT. KT know it is pointless to talk to her. Only by action, doing it, making her see for herself, that KT is serious about the issue, then it will make sense to Rachel. KT know Rachel since young, he know her character very well.

Rachel won't allow KT to break the engagement, Rachel mom won't, KT dad won't, fake mom won't. Real mom has no say, no power, just follow the flow where riches and comfortable life is.

One of the terms and conditions for Rachel to get her inheritance is to agree to the engagement and marry KT, be obedient to whatever mom say. Do you think Rachel will forgo all that? She is too smart to let go of her privileges that she has been enjoying all her life.

Rachel is not a victim, she is smart. Rachel hate her mom re-marrying for more money. Her mom controlling her life is enough. Now with 1 more fake dad to control her life, is too much for her to bear. Knowing Youngdo character is such a mean person, fake dad won't be better of. If not worst of.

If by holding onto KT make Rachel behave so badly, then it is only wise that Rachel let go KT in the first place, even before ES come into picture. Only then Rachel can be a better person. A union between 2 person, will make each other better, if it make each other worst, then there is no point. It will be miserable whole life.

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KT has to order ES to do this or that, not so much of a male chauvinist. As KT know ES has no confidence in their relationship. Their social status and wealth gap is too great to ever dream of being together. They have not even gain acceptance by Chairman dad.

So before dad confront them together or separately, both of their mind has to be solidly strong in their stance and in one mind. They must boldly have this motto that they will be together no matter what happen.

In order for ES not to have 2nd thought and to lose confidence half-way to future pressure especially from dad, KT has to take charge and be firm with her. KT do not want ES to waver and doubt herself. KT has to do this to make ES realise that this is not a midsummer night dream. But that the dream really come true. That it is no longer a dream but reality.

KT know ES is a strong lady, who has a strong mind of her own. KT has to be stronger than her in order to lead her to him. That is true man. That is leadership. KT has slowly grown up. Not in his dad shadow. But he is his own man.

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Normally I'll take any Young do/Rachel scene I can get but the narrative telling me that she's wrong to be angry at Tan's behaviour has me fuming.

It doesn't matter how the engagement came into being he owed her some basic respect and he's been treating her like trash. Pile on the amount of lying the Kim family has done and would have continued to do and I'd have my bitch on too.

And Tan acting like the benevolent injured party? Give me a break!

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Oh yes, and he acts like he's the one injured and that she's breaking their friendship.

Jackass.

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Sometimes for me it is hard to believe that this writer is a woman. I am finally truly enjoying the show but KT may very well be the least swoon-worthy hero I have seen in a drama. It doesn't rise to the level of absolute despise for me but he is really a WTF guy that I would advise my friends and daughters to stay away from.

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lmao I was basically in disbelief when he said that he wanted to salvage his friendship with her but it couldn't be done anymore. It's like he doesn't understand the idea of a friendship. You can't ignore Rachel and all of her feelings 99% of the time and then think a friendship was going to somehow come out of that.

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@Patch - I agree that KT did R wrong in actively pursuing ES while he was engaged. It does not matter whether the engagement was arranged or not. Using the arranged engagement as an excuse to date another girl is like saying just because people have arranged marriages, it gives them the right to cheat on their partner. It is ridiculous. I do think R is a mean girl but most of, if not all, her anger and frustration towards Tan and ES is understandable; and Tan wronged her! [I feel like a hypocrite writing his because in another drama, when I saw a similar plot line, I was on the guy's side (Or more like, I didn't care to think the other side's perspective). But there, the girl kept on saying that "It's just business. My emotions are not involved. You can date whoever you want." She said that until he started liking someone. Then she went crazy and sought revenge. Lol. Here, I am supporting R because she never told Tan that he can date whoever. Also now I understand why that other female character was angry and felt wronged too.]

@Eileen - I don't like Tan's character either. Many are only finding flaws with YD and saying Tan is the sweetest guy ever. I don't know if they miss all the ordering around, manipulation, stalking, and controlling of ES, and disrespect to his fiancee. Oh and Tan picked up a chair to hit YD this episode!

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The chair! If that is not psychotic I don't know what is :-/

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I agree. KT's character treats ES, Rachel with such disrespect. He can say he's over the fight with YD, but he's one hot-headed guy. I would tell my daughter to stay away from him. He always throws the 1st punch. And then says; It wasn't my fault. WTF who's fault was it? YD, while making sure ES was safely behind him while KT kicked in the door, reached over and grabbed your hand to punch him? I think not. Take responsibility for your actions.
I'll say it again. YD is the most interesting character on the show. He is the little boy who is still pulling her pigtails to get her to look at him. But he never actively seeks out KT to fight (like KT does).
I'm not sure I'd want my daughter to date YD either, I'll have to see how his character grows. but he is overall more respectful and more honest about who he is and what he feels than KT.
I like LMH, but not in this drama for reasons (other than his behaviour that I cannot understand). I actually liked him better when they were in USA. He was more relaxed.
Go back and watch the scenes with YD and ES or Rachel. see the little signs/ show of respect. watch KT, it's missing.
for example, the pool scene. yes, YD let's go of ES at the pool's edge. and if the drama hadn't shown it 4 different angles, that would have occurred in a milisecond. But KT doesn't even see if she is okay; he's ordered back to his room and he strides by her without a word, a touch, a glance. NOT TO Flipping mention, he just totally pretended he wasn't with her. While he didn't have to admit he was with her, he could have remained silent. Do you think YD got up to go after ES because HE knew she would be hurt by that remark. There is inherent goodness in YD. Watch when he walks pass ES, he puts the towel on her head (okay, that's iffy), but he also pats her.

And CY and BN cutest couple ever. Every one is growing and changing because of ES 's presence.

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Agreed on both your posts and Grumpy's below.

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Good point. I do not like Rachel's psychotic episodes at all but I do see where she came from. And I do think Tan should be blamed for the start of it. He's such a bad man in general. Just like girlfriday I hate it everytime he barks orders at Eun Sang. It's a bit disturbing to think about it since so many are crazy about Tan, largely because he is played by the hot LMH that they overlook the character's terrible personality.

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Arg dont know what went wrong but I meant to reply to kdramaddict's comment above.

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Protagonist centered morality. That's my biggest beef with stupid Candy girl dramas like this one. That every girl who is positioned as a rival to the protagonist IS WRONG NO MATTER WHAT, JUST BECAUSE. Of course, guys who pander to the oh-so flawless heroine even to the point of antagonizing other people are completely fine. Pfffft.

In the first place, Rachel had every right to be mad at Eunsang: for mocking her and for disrespecting her engagement to Tan. It was of course, wrong for Rachel to respond with slaps, and many a viewer seethed with righteous indignation.

And yet, when Eunsang slaps Rachel, it's something to celebrate, because yay--Rachel deserves it. Nevermind that Eunsang had her own slaps coming as well, because she's not the innocent little lamb she believes herself to be. She went around carrying a teenage love affair with an engaged dude, her only qualm being their social divide, rather than the fact that THE DUDE IS ENGAGED.

And no, it doesn't matter if it was a loveless engagement, because an agreement is still an agreement. Love doesn't justify everything, some things are also as important, like coming your promises and not treating your fiancee like total crap.

But try to tell that to 90% of the viewers of this show.

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Completely AGREED!

C'mon, it doesn't matter if it's a loveless engagement, but damn WHAT IF Rachel did fell in love with KT? Is it WRONG to have feelings to your FIANCE?

RH is a bitch, yes. She is spoiled too, yes. But she never uses the information that she has until she's forced to do so. Case in point, Ye Seol. She wouldn't have outed about her mother if she did not outright badmouthed RH and her own family. She is by every definition, not a sociopath nor evil. If anything, her hating the entire marriage of her mother to YD's father for the sake of money shows that yes, she doesn't care about just the money, she's disturbed by her own situation too. And damn, in a narration POV that's what I called nuanced character.

And before you people start yapping about pre-arranged marriage, do know that 16 is the age of consent to some countries, some even younger.

RH deserved to be slapped? Wut? Up to this point she has remained silent and only ever acted upon reactively whenever KT and ES is concerned. She doesn't terrorize ES 24/7 because she hates her, in fact she tries to stay away from her. But alas, they always end up meeting and on the most embarassing ways too for RH. Surely, she'll be pissed given her character.

And it's good that someone finally pointed about ES not being okay about dating KT because of the threat that both she and her mother will be kicked out on the street, yet she doesn't give an rat's ass whether KT is engaged or not.

Seriously this Candy crap it's disgusting.

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In some countries the age of consent for sex is 12 - but in some cases the age of consent for marriage is even lower with parental consent, but that does not make it right. But we are talking about Korea here, not Sudan.

The legal age for consent in Korea for both is 18, 16 with parental consent of BOTH parents. But in fact the AVERAGE age for marriage is nearly 32, and has been continually rising for years. And some estimates put the percentage of women that never (legally) marry as high as 15%. Some charts and stuff here if you are really interested http://www.jejuweekly.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=3234

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This is all happening because this KES writer-person is like a misogynist with tunnel-vision. Plus, she probably has self-persecutory delusions. In a nutshell, she's mentally-ill!

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You just said everything I have always thought & wanted to say. Rachel is just as much the "victim" like Tan is if not more. He was the one who treated her like crap since they got engaged & then pursued Eun Sang publicly like it was no big deal. This is why I can't get behind the main OTP because it's ridiculous how everything is being written & how we're suppose to hate Rachel. I've never hated her, she's very interesting & you can see she's only acting this way because of Tan. Had he been nicer to her then I doubt she'd be this spiteful. Had he formally ended the engagement then he wouldn't be dealing with the aftermath of her anger. It's because of him and it's so irritating seeing him play the victim card like she's the one who started it all.

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In Rachel's words:

“What were you doing while my affection turned to hate?"

Cheongmal!

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Good point. And it just underscores how KT will end up treating ES if he ever loses interest in her. She'll go down the way Rachel did. One important rule of life that I've observed is whenever one gets into a relationship: pay particular attention to how the man treats the other women in his life (mother, sisters, girl friends (platonic) and exes) because he's gonna end up treating you the same way, especially when the first high of love is over.

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Nope. Your're not the only one. Downright repetitious, I'd say. Yawn.

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Ikr but u guys do realize its just a show right this isn't happening in real life smh I wonder bout some of u smh evn harder😆

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Oh my god, that bring your dad and bring your hyung is making me laugh so hard. Really cute.

And the Myung-soo answer "She is, if Tan isn't" is gold. Woohoo.

From episode 10, I've been skipping Heirs because its getting too-crazy, but it seems I have been missing the funny.

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Not really. I think this was the first one to have any funnies in for about 5 episodes.

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Myung-soo is spot on about Young Do's first love.

Young Don X Kim Tan. Period.

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Urge, why is a first love such a big deal? If I ever saw my first love, at most I'd be mildly annoyed.

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Because it's their first love.

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And also because their in high school, and their only 18 (17, western).

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In k-dramas it is a standard trope, used over and over. It seems that writers cannot get away from it, even though - like you - few take it seriously in real life. And actually, there was not a single girl in my high school days that interested me.

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First Love rarely ever works out in the end. Eventually they break up and end up with someone else.

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I don't care of plot inconsistencies anymore
I can rewatch the last min of this episode forever
Can i say that he was literally and mentally undressing her
That is sooooo HOT n suggestive
Or do I have a dirty mind hahahaha

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The last scene... yes! I was like: omo, he's totally undressing her!! H-O-T!!

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Same here, lucky #€*$¥ :)