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High Society: Episode 14

What’s a few mental breakdowns when we finally have a hero to feel for, am I right? Or does it reflect badly on us if we’re willing to live and let live when it comes to Joon-ki putting the dimmer switch on his classism so he can turn up the charm instead? Y’know what, I’m not going to let myself feel bad over this one. It’s been fourteen episodes, and if Sung Joon needed twelve of them to wake up, then that’s just our cross to bear now. Better late than never, even though I desperately wish it had been sooner. So much sooner.

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EPISODE 14 RECAP

Joon-ki makes up an excuse to get Ji-yi out of the bar before she can spot Chang-soo closing in on Yoon-ha. But though their lips come close, they don’t meet, since Yoon-ha says flatly, “Move.”

Chang-soo’s not torn up about the rejection, since he wasn’t trying to kiss her because he liked her—which he finds weird now, in retrospect. He used to be able to toy with girls he wasn’t even attracted to, but in a post-Ji-yi world, that’s just not fun for him anymore.

He reiterates that Yoon-ha’s not a woman to him, but a dongsaeng, before he asks her how she fell so easily for Joon-ki when she claims to have had relationship experience before. She claims she doesn’t know, but that she attributed most of it to fate.

She blames the fact that she thought love was fate while Joon-ki believed love was a choice as the reason they are the way they are now. “But Joon-ki truly loved you,” Chang-soo corrects her.

Before she found out about him, Joon-ki had even told him that just because he met Yoon-ha under false pretenses doesn’t mean that the process of wooing her had also been false. Yoon-ha doesn’t see the point in him saying this now—what’s done is done.

Outside, Joon-ki decides to stick with Ji-yi for the evening since the alternative would mean going back into the bar and facing Yoon-ha. Neither of them notice Chang-soo watching them looking all chummy.

Yoon-ha calls Ji-yi to ask where she is, only to find out that Ji-yi had brought Joon-ki with her and left when he saw the two of them together. Yoon-ha makes sure that it wasn’t Ji-yi but Joon-ki who saw them, and Ji-yi doesn’t make an issue of it.

In fact, she’s still so loyal to Yoon-ha that she’s willing to send Joon-ki home before going to meet her, since Yoon-ha doesn’t want to see him. But Yoon-ha doesn’t show her the same courtesy when Chang-soo comes stalking back into the bar, and makes up some excuse to escape hanging out with her.

Ji-yi believes that something legitimately came up with Yoon-ha, but it’s clear from Joon-ki’s expression that he knows better. At least he has the heart not to tell her.

Chang-soo and Yoon-ha both commiserate about how comfortable Ji-yi and Joon-ki are with each other, both convinced that their ex-partners will do well no matter who they marry.

Joon-ki’s ex inevitably comes up and Yoon-ha claims with certainty that he didn’t love her, but whether she believes herself or is just trying to say what she wants to believe, even she doesn’t know. But she has to return to a job she only got through her connections and is terrible at. (Seriously, when did she go from zero self-awareness to having self-awareness in spades?)

While Joon-ki and Ji-yi work together on a new marketing strategy, Ye-won finds out from her secretary that there could be a chance Kyung-joon is still alive.

Madam Min finds out the same from Butler Hong, who thinks that Kyung-joon might have intentionally staged his death so he could disappear and live a new life. The thought that he’d do that to his family has Madam Min horrified.

Joon-ki returns to work later that night to see Yoon-ha’s also burning the midnight oil, and explains to his mother that he’s helping Yoon-ha out with her work because she literally doesn’t know how to do anything.

Mama Lee seems relieved to hear that her son is doing something out of the goodness of his heart, since she’d begun to suspect that he was… well, not so nice.

They share news about their lives, ranging from Mama Lee returning to work for Lady Kim and her pity for Yoon-ha, who grew up with all the money in the world but no love from her family. She wants to see Yoon-ha since she’s still at the office, but Joon-ki gently tells her no—Yoon-ha’s weak when it comes to her.

But Mama Lee picks up on how her son’s demeanor has changed, which he attributes to finally being able to be honest and open. He’d been shielding his heart from a young age, allowing himself only surface-level relationships. Having Chang-soo and Yoon-ha in his life broke down his barriers, which his mother sees as a good thing.

To that end, she asks how Chang-soo’s doing, since we can’t leave any stone unturned. “He’s hurt,” Joon-ki says. When Mama Lee asks how, he tells her honestly that they’re all suffering because they’re all maturing belatedly.

Mama Lee waits until Joon-ki’s headed back to his office to call Yoon-ha down to see her, resulting in Yoon-ha and Joon-ki meeting at the elevator. She asks him if he saw her and Chang-soo together at the bar, and begins to explain…

But he knows there’s nothing between them. Both Yoon-ha and Chang-soo are the same, and will act when they like someone. A bit petulantly, Yoon-ha asks how he’s so sure Chang-soo doesn’t like her, to which he replies: “It’s not that he doesn’t like you. But he gave so much of his heart to Ji-yi that he doesn’t have space for anyone else.”

Ji-yi walks home that night and voices her conflicting feelings about Chang-soo to herself, unaware that he’s around the corner listening. She brings up what he’d said about never having lived outside “the neighborhood” he knows, while she’d moved around quite a lot.

“It’s difficult to move,” she says to herself reassuringly. “It’s good to be able to live in one place.” Hearing her trying to justify his worldview after the fact is enough to bring both of them to tears.

Mama Lee appreciates that Yoon-ha comes down to the lobby to see her, since she knows it can’t be easy for her. Yoon-ha apologizes for not contacting her, but Mama Lee is nothing if not the most understanding person ever: “You broke up with Joon-ki. Of course you couldn’t contact me. You didn’t do anything wrong.”

Still, Yoon-ha knows that Mama Lee liked her, and the feeling is reciprocated. “I’m sad that this is the end for us, but I’m happy I met you,” Mama Lee says proudly. Tears spring to Yoon-ha’s eyes at her kindness and understanding.

Chang-soo returns home stinking drunk and tears up his room in his angst before his mother comes in. His expression immediately morphs into a worrying smile as tears stream down his cheeks: “I’m really losing my mind.”

His mother doesn’t understand why, even when Chang-soo grips the space over his heart and cries at the pain he feels there. He crumples to the couch and sobs, “I can’t do this. I really can’t do this.”

“I thought I could get married even if I wasn’t in love,” he continues in a choked voice. “Even if I didn’t love her, I thought I could live.” But now he knows he can’t, and doesn’t want to live if that’s his future. He thought marriage was simple, that he could just go through the motions without feeling anything.

“Everyone marries like that and lives,” his mother says, very un-comfortingly. “I can’t do that,” Chang-soo cries. When his mother asks if this is all because of Ji-yi, he says yes. “Do you like her that much?” she asks darkly.

“No,” Chang-soo replies, looking his mother straight in the eyes. “I love her.” That’s the last coherent thought he can put to words before he folds in on himself in absolute, abject sorrow. It’s truly heartbreaking, though I’m worried he made a mistake in being honest with his mom.

Yoon-ha works late that night, and finds a little pick-me-up hanging on her door from Joon-ki. She finds him still in his office and returns the gift, only to find that he’s done a bulk of her work for her.

He has the list of contact numbers for her but jokes that his services aren’t free—though the only payment he requires is for her to enjoy the drink he’d given her. He also offers her some useful advice for doing her job at all competently.

His expression changes when Yoon-ha confesses that she met his mother, and he admits, “I was wrong.” Likewise, she admits that she acted childish with her whole revenge scheme against him. Joon-ki just shakes his head, amazed at her ability to listen and reflect upon her own actions. Because that’s a thing she does now.

Now that the ice caused by their breakup has broken somewhat, the two go out for some night air. Yoon-ha muses that all she ever wanted was an ordinary life, while Joon-ki had that sort of life but was never interested in it. Yoon-ha: “Do you know that you have what I dream of, and I have what you dream of?” Joon-ki: “I know.”

He figures there’s no harm in asking if she’d like to hold hands, acting all innocent when she checks him for going over the line. It’s funny how bluntly honest he is about her having no applicable work skills at all, and their open banter causes Yoon-ha to remind him that she still hasn’t forgiven him yet.

She admits that the conversation they’re having is strangely comfortable, though she attributes that to their familiarity, having communicated previously with their bodies more than words. She has no idea that what she’s saying can be construed sexually, which gives Joon-ki something new to smile and shake his head about.

Chairman Jang is happy to have his whole family at the breakfast table again, especially because of the announcement he has to make: Ye-won will become the sole successor to Taejin Group. He’d had higher hopes for Yoon-ha, but she needs to work harder. And So-hyun can just keep doing whatever it is that she does.

Afterward, both Chairman Jang and Madam Min hear the same information from different sources regarding the possibility that Kyung-joon is alive. And though this is the first Jang is hearing of it, he doesn’t act at all surprised to find out that his son could be living under a fake identity somewhere.

It all adds up, as his secretary tells him. His disappearance happened after Chairman Jang put a stop to him coming clean about the cosmetics scandal, and the coverup was all thanks to Ye-won.

Speaking of, Ye-won flashes back to when she’d confronted Kyung-joon about the USB data he’d been collecting that could damn Taejin Cosmetics. How could he do that as the company heir? “I didn’t choose to become heir,” he’d reminded her.

Ye-won hated him for that fact, since there was nothing she wanted more than the position he was given, but didn’t want. She’d suggested that he throw away everything he was given and step down so she could ascend the throne, but he’d maintained he couldn’t. Orrrrr could he?

Yoon-ha gives her unni as fake a congratulations as one can give when dressed as a disco ball, and confronts her about stealing her USB. Ye-won doesn’t deny it, but is amazed that her little sister didn’t even bother to check the security cameras. If she hadn’t been born into this family, natural selection would’ve weeded her out of the food chain by now.

Yoon-ha defends that she’s been more guarded lately, but Ye-won disagrees, saying it was only days ago that Yoon-ha walked around like she owned the place. (Thank. You.) But that seems to have changed now that Yoon-ha’s living in reality as opposed to avoiding it by working part-time jobs.

“I didn’t avoid it, I was confronting it in my own way,” Yoon-ha tries her hardest to sound sure of herself, but it’s doubtful Ye-won buys it. To that end, Ye-won mentions that Yoon-ha’s awfully easy on Joon-ki, who used her and then came to work for Taejin.

“He didn’t use me to get ahead, he’s just ambitious,” Yoon-ha replies. Ye-won’s look can best be summed up as: Bitch, please.

Chang-soo’s mother tries to get through to her son the next morning, and even concedes that she won’t force him to meet with Yoon-ha or that other chaebol daughter he hates.

She only grows more concerned when Chang-soo mentions that nothing terrible would happen if he were to die—she’d have two children left, after all. His suicidal talk has her horrified, for which he blames her: “You started this.”

At work, Yoon-ha admits to Ji-yi that she lied the night before when Chang-soo had re-entered the bar, though she makes sure to tell her that it was only because he’d seen her and Joon-ki together. Ji-yi comments on how comfortable she and Chang-soo look together, which Yoon-ha finds funny since her and Chang-soo said the same thing about Ji-yi and Joon-ki.

Yoon-ha guesses that they just found their similarities in each other the night before—she and Chang-soo are losers when it comes to love, while Ji-yi and Joon-ki are losers when it comes to money. “In the end, we’re all losers,” Yoon-ha half-jokes.

But Ji-yi brings up a scenario for Yoon-ha to think about: because she forgave Chang-soo’s rude and immature behavior toward her in the beginning due to him being a chaebol and not some nobody, does that make her love a lie? Yoon-ha knows exactly what she’s getting at, and wonders how her friend can be siding with Joon-ki more than her.

“It’s because we’re from similar backgrounds,” Ji-yi replies cheerfully, adding that she can’t help but root for him. And because she and Joon-ki are the only ones doing actual work, she proposes the cosmetics marketing idea they came up with (whether rich or poor, makeup is the same) to Yoon-ha.

Despite their conversation last night, Yoon-ha ignores Joon-ki at work and refuses any request to hang out. In a voiceover that sounds curiously from the future, Yoon-ha says that she once loved Joon-ki and was full of ambition when it came to the company and the future.

But when she found out what love was only to lose it, she lost her nerve and her competence as well. Now she looks back on the time where she was in the early stages of her false love with Joon-ki as the time when her inner self shined the brightest.

While Lady Kim refuses to take Madam Min’s offer to set her up in the United States and finds her connections to the chairman blocked, Chairman Jang informs his wife that he’ll appoint better people to work on Kyung-joon’s case.

Madam Min can only hope that it isn’t true that Kyung-joon disappeared voluntarily—and if it is, how does her husband expect to get him to reappear? As for the Lady Kim issue, Madam Min lays down the law that her husband is to have no more mistresses. My, how the power dynamics in this relationship have changed.

A supposedly unwilling Chang-soo joins Joon-ki for lunch at the Taejin cafeteria after all other attempts to get his friend out of the building fail. Ji-yi sees him and ducks out of sight, while Joon-ki jokes that he and Chang-soo can go ride their bikes—he’ll even lose for him, just like old times. Chang-soo quips back that fake winning is worse than the idea of just losing fair and square.

After a bit of friendly banter, Joon-ki finally admits that he’s sorry to Chang-soo. “I think I thought only about myself before,” he claims. Chang-soo’s determination not to forgive him seems to be quickly melting away, especially when Joon-ki notes that he actually likes Chang-soo more now than before.

Chang-soo calls him a weirdo for liking their relationship now that he doesn’t, and Joon-ki doesn’t quite know why that’s so either. “Maybe it’s because we were separated, or because I changed.”

But more to the point, he knows Chang-soo came to see Ji-yi, despite Chang-soo pretending that he’s fine just hearing that Ji-yi is doing well. He leaves, and Ji-yi follows from a sad distance until he disappears from view.

While Ye-won rests easy with the knowledge that Kyung-joon wouldn’t have chosen to disappear if he ever planned on coming back, Chang-soo comes home stinking drunk again. “Remember, Mom,” he slurs. “I chose you.”

That doesn’t make her feel any better, and she just makes things worse when she reassures her son that he doesn’t have to live like a beggar—he can have anything he wants. “Lee Ji-yi too?” he asks. “Let me have Lee Ji-yi. Let me have Lee Ji-yi too,” he begs before promptly passing out.

Now it’s Yoon-ha’s turn to tell her mother she’d rather be dead, suddenly agreeing with everything her mother ever said about her—like how she shouldn’t have even been born and how she’s always the problem. She cries as she says all this and beats her chest. Why does this emotional meltdown feel like it’s coming from nowhere?

“My life is cursed,” Yoon-ha cries. “Is it too much to ask to want a normal life? Is it so wrong to want to live giving and receiving love? Even the mother who gave birth to me hates me, so who would love me?” She’s back to her jinx-talk, saying that everyone she loves leaves her.

“Oppa died because of me, and the person who used to pretend that he loved me says he loves me now. Does that make sense? Mom, I’m sorry. I’m sorry for being born.” This continues until Madam Min tells her to stop blaming herself—Kyung-joon isn’t dead, and they’re in the process of looking for him.

But Yoon-ha’s not ready to pull the plug on this pity party just yet, so she still goes on blaming herself even if Kyung-joon is alive. Her mother consoles her by saying that it’s not her fault, which is still super weird. When did she start caring about Yoon-ha again?

Madam Min spends the night on suicide watch while her beleaguered daughter sleeps, while Chang-soo’s mother does the same with her son. The next morning, she calls Ji-yi to request a meeting.

Yoon-ha finds a sandwich in her office the next morning with a note from Joon-ki that reads: “I’m not kind to just anyone. I’m kind to you because you’re Jang Yoon-ha.”

Meanwhile, Yoon-ha’s parents are given concrete evidence that Kyung-joon is alive and living well under an assumed identity, meaning that he planned extensively for this. Chairman Jang falls to his chair, his hand gripping his chest again.

Yoon-ha squints in the bright sunlight until a bit of shade moves over her in the form of Joon-ki and his extended hand. He’s happy to be her shade, and chipperly asks her if she enjoyed the snack he sent her, all the while walking backwards as she continues to walk forward.

But since he doesn’t have eyes in the back of his head he stumbles a bit, causing Yoon-ha to rush forward and steady him. He smiles, wondering if this means she’s worried about him.

“Why would I worry about you?” she shoots back defensively. “Besides, it’s unsafe to walk next to me.” Quiiiit.

It’s then that she gets a call from Butler Hong saying that her father’s gone to the hospital again. Joon-ki doesn’t ask, and just takes her by the hand so they can run together to his car.

 
COMMENTS

Phew, that was a lot of chaebol tears for one episode. I’m sure it says something that the only characters who could afford real breakdowns were the chaebols, since people like Ji-yi and Joon-ki have actual work to do. And even though Joon-ki has to work for two, he still doesn’t feel sorry for himself—and anything he may have felt got turned into positive, proactive energy as he sought to mend the fences he’d broken.

It’s almost bittersweet to see the current iteration of Joon-ki’s character, because it means that we could’ve gotten behind him and liked him for more than just the final two weeks of the show if his arc hadn’t spun in a dark and hateful place for so darn long. Even if his exact moment of change could’ve been mapped out a bit smoother, I like that we can see how free he feels now that he’s finally allowed to just be himself. Where he stands with his ambitions is still a bit of a mystery though, since it’s unclear whether he’s taken his goals down a notch or whether he’s learned how to be content with what he has when he has it.

At least for this episode, he was something of an emotional anchor for both Chang-soo and Yoon-ha, whether they liked him for it or not. (And they did.) But then came the histrionics, which I doubt I’d have such mixed feelings about if we hadn’t gotten two major meltdowns in a relatively short span of time. And by that I pretty much mean that Yoon-ha’s great big crying scene felt shoehorned in and timed so arbitrarily that it sapped some of the emotional heft from Chang-soo’s great big crying scene(s).

Because really, did both Chang-soo and Yoon-ha have to be so lost in their own despair that they both felt like dying? It makes me feel bad for Chang-soo, whose road to complete and utter desolation was actually paved and well-maintained for the journey. Yoon-ha, comparatively, had a dirt path with too many sudden stops and turns to lead her to the emotional breakthrough I can only assume she was supposed to be having. I’m honestly still a bit mystified as to how she could hear what should have been shattering news—that her previously dead oppa was actually alive—and still somehow make it all about her. That takes talent.

As for Chang-soo, feeling sympathy for him came as a double-edged sword this round, which was an enjoyable quandary to be in as a viewer. His heartbreak was certainly real and his feelings true, but instead of taking action to change what he saw as a life not worth living without Ji-yi, he just… didn’t. He’s drinking to numb the pain and raging against the system, but it’s like Joon-ki said—there’s nothing actually holding Chang-soo back but himself. He’s not willing to live without Ji-yi, nor is he willing to give up his wealth to live with her.

Right now it’s looking like his mom’s finally going to step in and fix things to stop her son’s self-destructive warpath, but I’m almost wishing that that doesn’t happen. It’d feel too much like a deus ex machina and would absolve Chang-soo of the responsibility of having to make a decision. But then again, this is a chaebol mother we’re talking about, and there are still two perfectly good episodes she can use to inflict psychological torture on her possible/maybe/probable future daughter-in-law. Either way, good luck. Everyone’s gonna need it.

 

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Thanks for this!!! ☺

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Thanks for recapping^^ I had no patience to watch so I read :) thanks!

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Same :) I couldn't bear to keep watching, but I'm still curious as to how everything pans out in the end. So adding on another thanks for the recaps! <3

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thanks for the recap!

phew, did the characters get possessed? totally agree that Yoon-ha's depression just came from nowhere. I can understand her mom might transform because of worries over her husband whom she loved very much, but as for yoon-ha, i really don't understand.

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You find out the one person in your family whom you thought loved you actually faked his death and left you with people he not only knew didn't give a damn about you, but actually intentionally made your life miserable... Yeah. I'd keep crying, too.

Joon-ki doesn't have any reason to cry that's why he can keep working. Nothing's happened to him. He has a better job than he started with. He's actually friends (on the verge anyway) with Chang-soo. He's still "romancing" Yoon-ha. His mom is still cut from the k-drama "greatest mom ever" mold. He's picked up a confidant in Ji-yi. That same mother, despite finding out that her son actively pursues rich women for the purpose of improving his station in life still thinks he's great. What's there for him to be sad about?

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My bad. I realize the 2nd part of that has absolutely nothing to do with what you wrote. I was thinking of the recap comparison between Yoon-ha's breakdown and Joon-ki's lack of one.

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I thought the same. The scene between YoonHa and her mom was a good improvement on their relationship - bringing scars out into the open - but it seemed to be just thrown in there randomly. So much so that I had to rewind to see if I had missed a scene that would have caused YoonHa to be so depressed all of a sudden.

It'll be interesting to see how they wrap everything up in the final 2 episodes.

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Me too love the scene between en yoona and her mom

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thank for the recap, I haven't watched this drama yet, but I really plan to watch it just for Chang soo and Jiyi. They just look like the sweetest couple ever.

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I am confused. @[email protected] But I enjoy cheeky Joonki.

I also want Changsoo to choose Ji-yi and not rely on his mom to give everything. :( Ji-yi is so mature and practical about the whole thing, he could at least man up a little bit and prove he is a match for her.

Thanks for the recap~

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What you, Heads and some others find CS being this way frustrating is the thing making me like him more(Am I that weird 0__o) Because he feels... real?! Actually it amazes me how we'r as viewers complains about dramas' lack of reality and then when there is a little reality or characters that feels more real we say "wth is that..man up..it is booriinng" etc... I’m doing this too XD

But really, how much time has passed since this immature "man" understood how deep his feelings for JY? 1 month? 2 weeks? 1 week.. or only a few days? Give him a little time! He now understands what he has got into. It is not like months has passed and he is still in this state.

Yeah it would have been an heroic and romantic act if he would have given everything up and go to Jy but is it realistic for a char. like CS? For me, it is a bs even for mature ones... It happens in dramas, it is not like this in RL.(well talk about reality like a chabol falls for a commoner everyday..lol) And more importantly it is not like he was unhappy in his world who gets cold shoulders(like YH) from his family, or has mommy or daddy issues like other chabols in dramas. And I dont think the reason why he cant leave is money, or wealthy life but his mothers love, fathers love(we can guess he loves his son?) and his love for them. And didnt JY tell him she cant be with a man whose family oppeses her? We know JY is a stubborn girl and she wants in-laws that loves and appreciates her which is the thing what CS cant give her. What makes me curious if JY was in CS’ shoes would she leave her loving family that easily?

Left aside all this, even through CS is an immature and naive person, he isnt an idiot. He knows what he can do what he cant(well at least that is what he thinks). But more than that he doesnt have the confidence in himself. His declaration about himself after JK told CS him being the one who is bw him and JY’s unite, was pretty weak. He doesnt trust himself... So he chooses to stay with her mother but cant give up on the love he feels for JY which is what leads him to his desperation.

Yeah, he needs to grow up, he needs to man up but for this he needs ups and downs and he needs time more than JY. Which I doubt it will be the case given remaining epis..

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Did I see a half-smile on Chang Soo's teary face when Ji Yi was bitten by a mosquito?

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Chang Soo is so ominous! It's scaring me! Man up, grow up! Have some back bone! Fight for what you want!

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Yoon Ha's breakdown makes sense to me on paper because what she said matches up with the first few episodes, and I did feel for her, but I was a bit taken aback that it seemingly came after no buildup. I think they wanted to make a parallel with her and Chang Soo and that's why it comes off that way (I'm not even going to talk about the mom's sudden 180. What she saif may be touching but I was there when she had a slapping party and told Yoon Ha to go die)

I think Chang Soo could get away with having his cake and eating it, his breakdown looks to me like he's doing it for his mom to see/he doesn't care if his mom sees it, so she allows them to date. I don't think him (consciously or unconsciously) manipulating her to get what he wants is a bad thing though, why not convince the opposing parent if he can do it. Maybe another chaebol lead guy in another show wouldn't break down like that, without a care in front of his parents. I don't think the mom is meeting Ji Yi to terrorize her (although I could be wrong) Seeing it from the pov of the mom, I think the only realistic solution that could work is 'allowing' them to date, then making up something work-related abroad and sending him away.

Joon Gi waking up is probably the reason I've enjoyed this more the last couple weeks, it's good to finally see him speaking his mind and showing emotion on his face.

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OMO! I'm still watching the episode right now, but I just wanted to share how Chang Soo's scene with his mom is tearing my heart. I did not know he is capable of heart tugging tears, considering he is a newbie. This boy isn't just all heart fluttering, he is showing such promise. My Chang Soo oppa

I'm so glad I was able to be one of the earliest comments haha

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It's true that Jang Omma turned 180 degree from hating Yoon Ha to actually showing concern and care or dare I say love. It is the most wierd turnout at the moment. I have a mom who' much like Jang Omma and her being like this can only be explained by a change in scriptwriter, or some memory gap from the scriptwriter.

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Everything in this drama gets resolve too easily, no tension. It is indeed just a romance story. Perhaps True Romance ( the previous title ) suits this drama better.

Got to say PHS did great in his crying scene. It was a difficult scene but he nailed it. If I were CS's mom, i will also let him have everything.

Won't be expecting CS to fight for JY, CS's mom will be the one giving in.

It is also unrealistic to give up everything for JY. Even if he is willing to give up his wealth, he will be unhappy and JY won't like it. I am also very against character who gives up their family for their gf/bf. From their interactions, we know he is the most doted son, we can also see that CS loves his mom (lol how he ask his mom to divorce his dad and the two of them can be together) , he would be an unfilial son if he leaves with JY.

Since there is no way to show his character growth within the next 2 eps, I will just accept that his mom gives in. Realistically, it is really the best solution. Anyway, he is the 2nd lead, cannot dedicate so much time on him.

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Good points! Although I dont think Chang Soo is the second lead, given that he has been having so much screentime. My impression is that in this show both couples are leads and the 4 actors are lead. But you said there are only 2 more episodes? Is this series only 16 episodes?

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The series only has 16 episodes.

I think it is obvious the female lead is Yoon Ha. She has the most screen time and everything revolves around her family. (Not surprising, since the original title is Chaebol's daughter). JK perhaps has a little more screen time than CS, though not that obvious.

The story does revolves around these four person, but i still think they focus more on the main couple. We can see that almost every episodes ends with YH/JK, with very few exception.

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Even though it seems like from the comments that the leads are the couple that viewers care the least about.

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Thanks for the recap!
I'm glad I'm not the only one who was totally surprised at Yoon Ha's emotional meltdown. That really came out of nowhere. At first I thought the translation was bad and that was why I could not make the correction. What is up with the writing? It has been quite good; full of cliche yes working, but that meltdown of Yoon Ha was just random.
At this point although I'm still enjoying the show or I've invested enough in the characters to go on, I do get a bit annoyed and disappointed with UEE playing Yoon Ha. She's so limited in her facial expressions, body language and even speaking tones! It was nice to see her having a good time in the early episodes, but now when she has to display more complex ambivalent emotions, she is completely wooden! As a fan of Sung Joon I have to admit that although he is showing more emotions in the 2 last episodes and hence it feels like there's more acting going on this is not the drama that his acting skills show best. I wonder if it is partly due to his co-star, UEE. He was so much better in SUFBB, Can We Get Married, and even Discovery of Romance!
Apart from that I still like the Chang Soo - Yi Ji couple. I did get annoyed when Chang Soo cried so dramatically (hahah the actor does not know how to act crying) because it reminded me of Heirs! But, I did like it that he was making a point to his mom (unconsciously or not), 'I chose you, Mom'. Hopefully Chang Soo would take another step up to really make it possible for him to be with Yi Ji. Judging from how his mom was like an iron-lady while he cried and from this huge social status gap they were always talking about I guess it would take more than crying and suicidal thoughts to get things work. Or, if the writer does let the mother change her mind after seeing crying I would probably be happy (for Chang Soon and Yi Ji) but find the writing weak.

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Still mystified by Yoon Ha's mother's transformation... too much, too late. I prefer Chang-soo's mother, although I am getting a little annoyed by the "remember Mom, I chose you" line. What exactly does that mean?

This drama is attempting to tie too many loose ends too quickly, they could've saved Yoon-ha's breakdown for next episode, and let Chang-soo have his good cry. As of now, I'm still scratching my head as to who the main character is. Joon-ki still feels like he's in the background and Chang-soo in the foreground.

UEE's frozen eyes just give me chills but not for the reason of being unfeeling and cold. Even when she's supposed to be talking warmly with Joon-ki's mother, only her eyebrows do the expressions for her. *shudders*

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Chang Soo can't let go of money and he can't live without Ji Yi either so he is basically throwing a tantrum that involves hurting himself directly /indirectly to get what he wants. He gets his money and gets to marry Ji Yi. Its nothing even remotely heroic, its a sad and pathetic method. But I have seen people do it in reality so I know that its perfectly possible scenario. So, I guess we have to accept a flawed hero who basically blackmails his way into marrying his love in this case. Its not ideal but its perfectly in character with Chang Soo. I just hated seeing him cry and I am sucker for happy ending. And Ji Yi although she deserves better can handle the mother and make something for herself on her own. She is a little bit too perfect for Chang Soo so I guess it works. There I've said it and its done.

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glorious chaebol angst... they can afford to self-destruct in style, viz. getting drunk on champagne regularly!
of course chang soo needs his inheritance for that. like 'devdas' in indian cinematography.

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Well, he doesn't want to let go of his family (understandably), leaving his job and finding a salaried job would be terrifying, and Ji Yi has already said she won't marry a guy whose parents disapprove. So he's stuck.

It's very true to character, for him. Things happen and he internalizes them and then tries to work through them as best he can so he can continue living the way he was before. That's how it's been with Joon Ki - Chan Soo took all of that in and spent a long time not just thinking about Joon Ki but thinking about his own actions.

In this case, he's trying hard to live up to what's expected of him, but this one he can't reconcile and it's breaking him. Not everyone is a hero, and those who are heroes don't always end up well. Chan Soo may not be making the big moves but Ji Yi knows he loved her, and his mom knows he's trying to do what she wants.

I think the important part here is that it doesn't feel like Chan Soo is playing his mom - I don't think he is. It's being played like after trying multiple times to get around her, now he's defeated, and for the first time she's getting a taste of what a totally defeated Chan Soo is like. He's probably been disappointed in the past but managed to work things out in his head so he can live with it. This time he can't, and it's the first time his mom's seeing fallout.

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Bravo!! Very well said...

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Is it such a tragedy when a grown man with an excellent education and work experience in a corporate setting has to go out and find a job on his own? It is not like Chan Soo couldn't find a good position somewhere.

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No, not a tragedy but he's been trained to work in a specific role, one he's apparently quite good at. That role is executive in nature and relies on a lot of horse-trading with other chaebols.

He's not going to find another position like that until he's 50, and that would require working up the ranks like Joon Ki to even get there. He doesn't have any of the lower-level skill sets, he'd probably be genuinely worse at lower-level jobs than a college kid. And of course all the bargaining skills he's built up mean nothing if the doesn't have something to bargain with.

It's like when an exec's deputy is out for the day and it suddenly becomes clear he doesn't know how to use a vital piece of software, doesn't know how to reload the printer and has never used PowerPoint before. In most cases it's because the exec came up through the ranks long before PowerPoint existed, but for someone like Chan Soo it's worse because his age indicates he SHOULD know these things - but he doesn't because he parachuted in. But if he's competing for a lower-level job with other people his age, those gaps will be incredibly evident.

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+100 (to this one and the 12.1.2.2.1 below)

I'm sure if a decision took a person from comfortably middle class to Walmart-public-assistance-subsidized-wage living they'd want to sit in a corner and cry. I don't understand why people are having such a hard time understanding this.

It appears that poverty-tinted-glasses see the world just as obscured as those rose-tinted glasses of the wealthy.

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How in the world are they even going to wrap up everything in 2 episodes? It seems impossible to me!! (I don't know about you people) There are so many things left hanging. Like Yoon Ha and Joon Ki's relationship, our second lead, Ji YI and Chang Soo's relationship, how their parents/family will accept their relationships (god knows how), Kyung Joon's disappearance, Ye Won's status and position (still heir?), Joon Ki's family, the missing USB, the shares, Tae Jin Group, Yoo Min Group....... list it all out peeps!

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I think this may go down as one of those shows which appears that at the end, didn't have any major conflicts to begin with. The brother left willingly, Ye Won gets the money, Yoon Ha gets her love, the irrelevant little sisters gets to be Paris Hilton, Chang Soo gets Ji Yi and Joon Ki and Ji Yi both get what they want. Its just the character had minor developments.
If we rate character developments in 1 to 10 scale then,
Yoon Ha = 0.5
Chang Soo = 5.5
Joon Ki = 7.5
Ji Yi = 8(with special browny points for being the most level headed and realistic)

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Although,@Gem I don't agree with your point of view 100%, I love your scale and I wish we could discuss about other dramas plus other factors as well using this.
If we can set a few basic criteria right and allow some well meaning and reasonable personal perspective, we may be able to understand each other faster and easier.
+1 from me!

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I don't think we can discuss the criteria here because it going to get really lengthy. Truth is I had high hopes for some of the character but in a nutshell sometimes the writing, sometimes the actors and other times the directors have completely ruined it for me. This had potential, all four characters had potential to be truly spectacular. And by spectacular I don't mean saints and angels, even really despicable characters can be totally awesome and can make you root for them, like Senator Francis Underwood in House of Cards or Hannibal from Hannibal, obviously it can't be that good but you get the idea right. But I feel cheated mostly by the sloppy writing. I can forgive a lot of other things if the writing and plot progression is done right. Sadly, this isn't the case here.
On the other hand, I now fully understand why Park Seo Joon, Moon Geun Young and Han Groo let this go!
And I'm still watching. The sparks of a great drama that I saw initially is gone but still it was enough to make me care about the characters to see where they end up.

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You do realize of course that the "artistic competitor" of kdramas is not House of Cards (Hannibal is so-so). Shouldn't we have so realistic perspective about what exactly we're watching, what audience (or better yet) what mood of the audience kdramas are addressing and the restrictions of each genre. Maybe all things aren't supposed to be judged by the "objective" criteria.

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I don't expect kdramas to have writing or depth of House of Cards, I merely drew a parallel as to what good writing can turn a character into along with good execution. The thing with High Society is even by Korean Drama standards and even if you lower your expectations to the lowest point, it just fails.

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So true on the "gets to be Paris Hilton" part. Sometimes you just gotta wonder why some characters are even in the plot, so I guess that is why the irrelevant little sister is there.

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Just curious, which kdramas are your favorites? Or which ones have the best char. developments and plot for you?

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Hogu's love and this drama are the best for 2015

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But JiYi is same the JY she was in epi 1? No? So she didnt have any character develompment..lol

I actually wanted her to turn a little bit crazy so she could have been more interesting for me. But I get why ppl like her so much. I think she is a little bit too perfect for my liking and I obtained that peculiarity through watching kdramas for a few years... Shame on you kdramas=p

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This.

I agree that Ji Yi was the most levelheaded of all of them, but she didn't have much of character development at all. The only character development she has had so far is subtly trying to find her own success (and loyalty to her job) instead of settling for a day-to-day living from her part-time store job.

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I don't think JiYi had any character developments. She was the character who remained the most consistent in her views and behavior. Although her character really annoyed me, it's good to have someone stable in the cast.

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I cannot. I'm not watching this show with a lot of heart except when it comes to JiYi. :P

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I really don't understand Yoo Na and Joon Ki but at least, I get the sorrow of Chang Soo. I feel that finally, I get why he keeps saying he can't leave behind his wealth and his background. It's not so much because he likes being rich than because abandonning his background means abandonning his mother.
When he said to her that it didn't matter if she lost a child, it was because leaving everything for Ji Yi is like dying to its chaebol family.
I fell that he bears since he is born a horrible burden. He is the most loved child. He is favored despite the fact he isn't the first child of the family. How can you not feel the pressure of having to be, to stay, and to act like the most beloved child to your mother ? The others don't see how she has a wondrous influence on him. They keep asking what is the obstacle to his love with Ji Yi. But it is his mother.
And that's why he says he chose her. Because that's true. And that's the only thing he can actually do to survive.
Chang Soo needs his mother, and he needs his love. Because that's who he is. He needs to love and be loved.

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I'm just curious about YH oppa.. Hopefully he is still alive

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Oh, he's alive all right, for the moment. But Ye-Won is going to find him first and kill him so that she is the heir to the company.

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Here's hoping Ye Won will fall in love with her man friday.

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I like where this Chan Soo story is going. I know it's nice and dramatic to have the chaebol defy his family and follow true love, but let's face it: unless the chaebol is extremely talented and self-confident, he's going to have a tough time downgrading to civilian life. Chan Soo seems to be pretty good at his job, but as we've seen, his job involves making a lot of deals with other chaebols. If he entered the workforce as a salaryman he'd have a hard time.

So for me at least it's much more interesting to have him choose to be the filial son and then basically have a mental breakdown trying to do it. He may be drinking to horrify his mother, but I don't think he's putting the emotional dissolve on for show. And for his mom it must be awful to see this untouchable, sweet, loyal son crumbling inwardly and it really is due to rules she set in place.

Because when it comes down to it, chaebols leaving their families should be a last resort - the real problem is their families' grip on their lovelives. So I'm totally okay with Chan Soo knowing enough about himself to not do the big hero move and instead try to live up to his family's expectations, and then his mom having to watch him struggle with the cruel limits she's been enforcing. Is it really worth it to have him marry the daughter of a conglomerate if he's a drunk, miserable mess who strongly dislikes his mother, even though he obeys her?

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I agree. People want him to leave home and his family to prove his love for jiyi and that he deserves her, but romantic love is just one type of love you have in life, and it shouldn't be the most important one either. He loves his family too, and he is unwilling to lose them. I don't think it's just the money. and he isn't having a tantrum, he's having a legitimate breakdown because he's having a hard time. I don't think anyone should judge him on that. Indeed, I think this breakdown will do good for his family in realizing just how unhappy they are making their kids.

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Commoners marrying/romancing chaebols is one of the most common k-drama tropes, even though it almost never actually happens in real life. Korea has a love/hate relation with chaebols, which is probably one reason it is so common as a plot device - everyone knows that many or most are corrupt, but everyone wants to be part of it.

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Hahaha Miranda, what you have said here pretty much the same thing I have written just before up there=) So, I dont need to say I agree with you;)

cliffy, I agree with you too... Why I liked Kdramas more than any others in the first place was because of them being about feelings not about bedding like US dramas(ugh). But now it becomes annoying because they making it like there is no other important things in life. Likely this is why I like Historicals more than modern dramas where characters at least have much more purposes. Speaking sageuks everyone probably melted when they was watching PrincessMan's "love" but I was like "wth with your head, your love for a girl who you knew so new and discovered she lied you just before is more important than your father, brother, your so called love and devotion for your country and the king? And the girl didnt get a free pass. lol

Why I'm liking CS love for JY here is because it has been and will be a catalyst for his growing up and see things. And it is not the only thing that provides it, his bumpy friendship with JK is a reason too.

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"Yoon-ha gives her unni as fake a congratulations as one can give when dressed as a disco ball, and confronts her about stealing her USB. "

I laughed so hard. This is why, while feeling badly for HeadsNo2 when she gets a clunker drama, I get a little more excited to read her recaps. Snarky HeadsNo2 is the BEST. And every once in a while, she gets rewarded with a good drama, like Liar Game. :-)

HeadsNo2, fighting!

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Definitely!
"Bad" drama + HeadsNo2 => this is gonna be fun. Like you, I almost feel bad about it ...

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we love you, Heads!

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"I’m honestly still a bit mystified as to how she could hear what should have been shattering news—that her previously dead oppa was actually alive—and still somehow make it all about her. That takes talent."
This is the part that just was plain unbelievable to me. Yoon Ha in general as a character is mystery to me. I think she needs a therapist, she has emotional problems that won't go away just by getting her back together with Joon Ki or by getting her Oppa back. This girl has unnatural way or reacting to important and possibly life changing news.

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Imo she has a reason she got so emotionally damaged she can't understand that not everything is her fault. yes she made her oppa dying all about her but let's not forget she was blamed for it by the woman who told her she shouldn't have been born and she should die. YH thinking that them finding out he's alive is her fault since she lost the USB and she was suppose to keep it safe. I'm probably the only one who gets it cause in my head YH did spend a few hours alone in the timeline so she must have started thinking (I do it and become depressed)

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Yoon Ha is one of the most poorly written parts I have seen in recent k-dramas, and the constant deadpan expression of the actress just reinforces it.

Almost none of what she does or how she reacts makes any sense.

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People are really giving this girl a hard time. How does someone who was raised by a dysfunctional mum react? I think it would be erratic and self-involved as her entire childhood has been about survival in an unloving household. It would actually be perfectly normal for her to be very unstable and unpredictable even when trying to be strong and levelheaded.

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Thanks for recapping, I don't have the patience to watch this! Especially when you compared it to the brilliance that is "I Remember You".

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I think CS's mom never hated JY, actually she was impressed by her personality since their first meeting (for the same reason CS fell for JY :D), and that impression got stronger with their last meeting. the only problem she have with JY is she can't take her as a daughter in law due to her lack of education and social status (but CS himself never did once thought of marrying JY, until their last breakup that made him realize he can no longer live with any woman other than her), right now the mom might be forced to accept JY, but after spending sometime with her she'll for sure grow to love her, and we all know how JY's expert in winning other's heart.

CS has already overcome his elitism and his love for money. But the only thing remaining is his mom,he can't abandon or go against her, the bond he shares with his mom is just as strong as his love for JY. He can't live without both of these two woman. the only solution is to get these two woman together, and there is a possibility it'll happen. after all CS's mom isn't an evil person, she's a caring mom and extremely fond of her son, like some other moms she can turn to a selfish person for her child's sake, but at the same time she won't hesitate to sacrifice her own happiness for him.

also I don't think JY'll agree to be with CS going against his parents (remember family's opposition was the main reason why she broke up with her ex), she'd rather accept CS's mom offer than be with him after he opposes his mom (she totally understands CS's personality and how he can't go against his mom no matter how much he loves her) so she might be okay with the offer coming from the mom.

even though everything is against this ship, I still feel a happy ending is waiting for them :) ~ please writer-nim pleeeeease ~

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Agree completely. And I would have thought that Joon Ki would sympathize with the difficulty Chang Soo has rejecting his mother and (invisible) father given Joon Ki's own loving relationship with his mother. But Joon Ki's contemptuous attitude towards chaebols gives him blinders. It's great when Joon Ki does things like making Chang Soo carry the shopping basket but Joon Ki repeatedly underestimates Chang Soo.

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Chang soo crying tugged at my heart, Yoon Ha crying confused me. Like she was fine before, what happened that suddenly she felt like the need of dying or she is just dying for attention? But she have got plenty from joonki. I liked the series up until now since it's my cheap guilty pleasure show. But I got a weird Heirs vibe and the whole crying and throwing stuff until mommy / daddy gives in is just so old it shouldn't be used in shows anymore.

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he didn't really ask mom to see his throwing stuff breakdown... she kinda just entered his room, plus he was drunk so his self control was 0. Also, getting drunk is a believably adult way of coping haha, no matter how immature it looks when you think about it.

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I too keep getting that weird & awful Heirs vibe - I have not looked but wonder if the same writers and/or directors are involved.

The lead girl in Heirs had two expressions - crying and not crying. Lead girl here has two expressions ... well, OK, just one. :P

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There's only 2 episodes left??

There will be lots of unresolved issues sprinkled with rainbow dust if they are going to force to fix everything in the span of two episodes. I think I will be left high strung with this drama. I expected great things but I only got a shallow story with poor characterization; almost all of them are. The growth of the characters are off-putting with some turning 180° at all times and others are just hopelessly superficial.

I am highly disappointed though I shouldn't have had high hopes for a typical chaebol drama in the first place. Still like the actors although I'm still iffy with the Ji Yi actress.

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The title of this drama should be changed to "First World Problem".

I don't know if it's just me but I feel like the "I want to die" phrase that both Changsoo and Yoonha spoke was so freaking annoying. If they say "Life is so hard and why does it hurt so much", it'd be way better and real-er.

What they have to do is simply just grow up and get their acts together instead of drinking and crying like a baby -_- I have just no emotional sympathy to any crying scene both from Changsoo and Yoonha, at all.

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It's called "High Society". Isn't that an acknowledged euphemism for "1st World Problem" anyway?

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And that's how difficult adulthood is: You come to realise that whetever you took for granted or hated passionately (as a matter of fact the two sides of the same coin) is not safe after all. Childhood dreams and adolescence plans stay forever on paper because reality crushes them; that's pretty much how we all become adults.

Being filthy rich may slow down the process but none will escape it after all. Young working people who have faced reality sooner , they have usually adopted earlier, while the rich kids (like these two here) they" want to die" because it just hit them that "life is so hard". Only because their plans didn't work out? Who does that? Anyone who has never dealt before with failure and serious problems whatsoever.

So yes, they finally snapped out of it and realised that there're no such things as absolute guarantees in real life for anyone; no matter how rich, smart (like JG, for example) or down to earth (well. we can all see poor JY) one is, one learns the most valuable lesson that nothing goes so smoothly as it was planned, EVER!

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Cs is between a rock and a hard place and paying thd price for it. Not sure what he means ehen he keeps reminding his mum that he chose her - it sounds pretty sinister to me! She shoukd keep him on a suicide watch ! But i totally undersrand his despair - this is what heartbreak kooks like - i like the realistic potrayal. But yh? Why is it about her herself and her all the time ? This girl really confuses me with her weird crying spells and pity parties at the drop of a pin !

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Every episode I watch, I keep expecting the brother to come back from the dead. Don't ask me why, but i just felt his death was too clean cut. And i feel that it just wouldnt be a kdrama without some fake death twist.

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oh lol. totally missed that part where oppa is alive :P i think i need to stop reading the recaps on my phone, i keep missing things :P haha

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I loved CS's first crying scene. The way he admits being in love with Ji Yi was heartbreaking. I'm so glad they didn't show that bit in the previews, because it came as a surprise and PHS acted that scene so well.

The second break down scene of his was a bit too much for me. It felt more like a tantrum and guilt trip more than anything. I really wanted him to stop being a child and grow up. He made the decision to choose his mom over JY, he really should stop rubbing her nose in it.

Yoon Ha's reaction to "Oppa's back to life" was hilarious.

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I kind of get the feeling that this show is filled with 28-60 year old children.

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This drama is so hard to watch, even looking at the screencaps is not easy.

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Nah - in recaps you can make snarky comments about how bad it is.

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Show I feel like you are trying to make me forget about how abusive Yoonha's mother was..only i wont. im not going to give her a free pass just because she has suddenly had a character transplant.

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Uee as an actress she never disapointed me.truly the best actress and her acting is so touching. Also i love the way tjat jongah couple express their feeling.

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this drama......it's so bad i don't even know whether i want to laugh or cry anymore when i watch it. :P i'm just sticking with it to see what happens to chang-soo and ji-yi.

thanks for the recap, HeadsNo2! <3

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Can we take a moment to talk about Park Hyung Sik's acting? That breakdown scene was some of the strongest acting we've seen on the show. He's come such a long way from What Happens to My Family.

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I don't know, but for me Yoon-ha's mom's change of attitude is really not that surprising. Maybe because she experienced the "death" of a beloved son, and her "unbreakable" dear old husband suddenly collapsing can change even the hardest person. A mothers love can be complex, but at the end of the day she is still a wife, and a mother even if she sucks at it.

I agree, with what some of you mentioned regarding chansoo's breakdown as "playacting" He mentioned towards the end of episode 13 that he has a mission he has to accomplish.. whose to say that this playacting might be what he has planned to get his mom to soften up.

With regards to yoon ha's cry-fest I also think that its been a long time coming. She has experienced a loss of "love" and as a result she lost herself in the process. She believed so hard that there is true unselfish love out there and she bet her life and morals in it, and to have that belief to be a lie has got to be destroying her inside. Changes are happening right in front of her, Her mom's sudden comfort, JoonKi's sudden change of heart and also her own change in her views in life and love has gotten so much that she just needed to wallow in self pity.

So, I am actually excited to see how the end is going to wrap up into pretty little ribbons.

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There hasn't been that much of a plot. The change in JK came too late, though I sort of understand him. YH has not shown any change.
See how it all ends next week.
Thanks for the recap.

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This drama kinda starting to remind me of "Bali Story" A lighter and less angsty version though... But still could not help but think the two are kinda similar...

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What's up with Yoon-ha's Guillotine inspired necklaces/neckbands? A return of a French Revolution Fashion trend?

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I'm glad it's almost over. I'm tired of watching Uee. Her next gig will require a super special leading man and a sterling cast to ever get me to watch her again. The writing in this show has been all over the place. How could they do that to our leads? The second story won everyone's heart mostly due to the darling young people playing them, great casting. Problem is you can't short change your leads when you write a story and you can't cast lovers with no chemistry. It's a drama flat tire. Oh well, it wouldn't hurt my feelings if our two leads went their separate ways in the end. Somehow I think they'll work it out.

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I scrolled quickly to the end to the comments just to say, I AM OVER THE MOON WITH PARK HYUNG SIK'S crying scene. WOW - his acting!!!!! I rarely cry in dramas and he wrenched the tears right out of me in those two minutes. Just wow!!!

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You people and the crying scene. You wouldn't have cared at all if he hadn't already pulled off hours of screen time being charming. Get over the hanky party when it comes to judging an actor's skill. Most people can pull a good cry, even sociopaths. It's hard to be funny, and it's hard to be likable when you're basically playing an *sshole. Which he did. You aren't wrong about him just wrong about what made his performance so good. I'm with you he's my new granny crush.

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I scrolled quickly to the end to the comments just to say, I AM OVER THE MOON WITH PARK HYUNG SIK'S crying scene. WOW - his acting!!!!! I rarely cry in dramas and he wrenched the tears right out of me in those two minutes. Just wow!!!

I predict that Ji Yi is going to turn up pregnant from their trysts and the mean mom will be forced to accept her as a daughter-in-law because there's no way Chang Soo's going to wimp out on claiming his woman and his child. Sorry way to make it work but reality could jump in and play a big part here.

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Ha good point, I looked it up not the same but it's called mainstream entertainment lol .

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PSH acting wasn't that good. He made the faces but tears were not dropping. Plus I can't help but see a kid crying because he can't have his toy anymore.

I wish JY had someone better tbh.

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I think you did not watch carefully. Tears were already dropping the moment he starts talking to his mom.

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Are chaebol tears made of gold??
Lol. Thank you for the recap.!

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i have watched many crying scenes by the heroes (lee min ho, hyun bin, ji sung, soh ji sub, bae soo bin, kim soo hyun etc) and i must say that PHS first crying one in ep 14 is up there with the greats!. yes, it was melodramatic and childish. but it's exactly what you would expect of a spoilt 20 something cheabol who , for the first time in his lift, cannot get the thing he wants most . but he is honest and dead serious about it. even if he can date jy openly, they may not get married in the end rt? i mean, they are 20 somethings and they have lots more to live for. this entire drama is about maybe a year in the life of these young privileged (one of the titles is "the privileged") so yeah, i get that they can do anything and get away with it since they have the money, looks and connections! that's life! i am just enjoying the ride and the hotness of phs and cuteness of sj! :P

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I'm a big Sung Joon fan (damn, I started watching and willing to stick because I believe in him) but yes I couldn't root for him (well, maybe just a bit) for 12 episodes.

Now Joonki is officially in the game of 'stealing our hearts' and I'm all happy with this change.

P.S. I wish I would feel the same for Yoonha. She still kinda feels so faraway from my heart, unlike Jiyi who's carving her charm into it.

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I assumed that Chang Soo was doing something – using emotional manipulation for his Mom to realize that Ji Yi is the best option. And it seems to be working.

I'm not advocating for emotional manipulation at all, and suicide threats in that regard are abhorrent. But in this fictional instance, it doesn't seem so bad. It's actually refreshing for the kid to be the one doing it to his parent for a change.

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hmm.... if CS is really play acting for for the benefit of his mum to make her change her mind about jy, then i would seriously advise jy to reconsider taking him back! who's to say that he will not manipulate her in future if he has a change of heart and finds another jy? oh wait, i believe he HAS been manipulating her since day 1? u know, when he hid his chaebol identity from her initially, then he fixed the streetlamp, and tried to promote her to a full timer, not to mention the fancy dinners and shopping sprees and all the sweet talking? like she asked yh - would she have fallen for him if he was not a chaebol but just a charming unemployed player? food for thought.... i guess this is the beauty of this drama - there are no perfect characters and no perfect endings! ?

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Never like the character of both leading actor and actress
especially Yoon-ha,she looks very plastic.

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I don't know why the hate yoona caracter i love it.and her acting is so touching. By the way she's very beautiful

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She's not plastic. Make it sure she only has done eyelid

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Yes you are right uee's acting is so touching don't know why people,all they talk about her is her physics and all that she has done is her eyes not like other idol.uee fighting i have watching all her drama ???

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Sorry to say it but the cast here has done their best and i love all the four couple especialy uee and sung joon they are cute and hot.if there is any problem here it will be the writer and not yoonah.her caracter was so good but the writer didnt know how to treat it.love high society it is a good drama truly worth to watch

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