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The Good Wife: Episode 12

I don’t know how many times I can keep saying that this show just gets better and better (or how that’s even possible, considering how excellent it’s been since the first episode), but it does, and so here I am, saying it again. After all, sometimes bold statements like that are what’s needed in order to win a case — or a heart.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

Myung-hee meets a tall, handsome, and charming stranger at an art gallery who seems more interested in her than any of the paintings. There’s definitely some reciprocal flirtation going on, and he invites her to dinner with him, hoping to spend some time with her before she finds out too much about him. She questions if his profession is legal, but, unfortunately, it is — he’s a process server, and he hands her a summons.

Lawyer Son meets with the M&J lawyers to discuss the pharmaceutical settlement. He offers $10 million to be distributed among the victims — provided M&J cancel their lawsuit. It’s not as much as they were hoping, but he reminds them that there’s no such thing as punitive damage in Korean law, so it’s the best they would be able to hope for even if they go through the court.

Hye-kyung reminds him that they also want the company to remove the drug from the market and issue an apology to their client. But Lawyer Son says they can take the offer or leave it — his clients aren’t going to agree to anything else.

Suspicious, she asks him if there’s more to this settlement than he’s letting on. But Lawyer Son just reiterates that no one really knows what goes on between a married couple. As she should know — after all, isn’t her relationship with her husband different than what people really think?

Grandma is spoiling the kids with snacks as she tries to eke out some information about what’s going on. The emotional manipulation is overwhelming as she sighs over how much their father misses them and is so sad to be in such a small apartment away from them (hey, Tae-joon had to learn from someone, right?).

The kids rally around, though, and insist that they’re doing fine. Whatever is going on is between their parents is strictly between them. Still, it looks like Grandma might be getting to them.

Dan’s investigation into the settlement reveals that before their meeting, Lawyer Son went to see Han-na’s mother’s psychiatrist, and then requested that he be put on the witness list. They’re surprised to realize that Han-na’s mother was seeing a psychiatrist, but apparently it was a secret to everyone.

Joong-won thinks they can get the witness dismissed by claiming it’s illegal for a doctor to disclose private conversations with a client, and then notes Hye-kyung’s distracted reaction. He can tell there’s something strange going on with the way she’s ignoring Dan.

Seo-yeon shows up unannounced at the law firm, and at first Hye-kyung is worried something happened to her daughter, but Seo-yeon’s just desperate to know if her parents will be getting a divorce. Hye-kyung gently explains that she and Tae-joon need time to figure things out, just the two of them.

Once she realizes Grandma has been filling her daughter’s mind with worries over what parent she’ll have to choose in the divorce, Hye-kyung tells Seo-yeon that Grandma isn’t privy to all the details. She also asks her daughter to keep her notified whenever Grandma stops by the apartment.

Hye-kyung then goes to David Lee’s office. He reassures her that everything she tells him will remain strictly confidential, and she reveals that she’s separated from her husband and wants to know what her options are should she want to file for divorce.

Her first question is about child custody. Because her children are teenagers, they will be old enough to decide which parent they want to live with. That means Hye-kyung better try winning them over if she wants them to choose her. Oh, and grandparents have no say in the matter, either.

However, David Lee recommends that she hold off filing for a divorce until the drama around her husband’s scandal and trial starts to die down. Instead, she should just stay separated and try to decide if she really wants to get divorced.

Myung-hee shows Dan her summons to appear in court for a parole hearing. She defended a rapist ten years ago, believing he was innocent, but it turns out he was guilty. Even though she still defended him, she wasn’t able to muster up the same enthusiasm, and he blames her for his thirteen-year prison sentence.

Dan understands that the summons is actually a threat — Myung-hee is to testify on his behalf at the parole hearing, or worry for her safety in three years after he gets out. She points out that no matter what Myung-hee decides, it’ll be a headache either way, so she recommends taking care of it as soon as possible.

Joong-won studies his $8,000 bottle of wine — a gift from the pretty law student. Myung-hee gasps at the price and declines his invitation to drink it with him, saying she’s too intimidated to appreciate it. He should find a friend to share it with. The first “friend” that he thinks of is Hye-kyung, though. Instead of calling her, he puts the bottle away, still unopened.

Hye-kyung finds her mother-in-law holding court with her friends and of course talking about Tae-joon. She requests to speak to her in private, and Grandma notes that Hye-kyung looks angry. That’s because she is — she tells Grandma that she’s not allowed to come over uninvited. If she wants to visit the kids, then she must call Hye-kyung first.

Furthermore, she has no right to try and take the children away from her. But Grandma insists that Tae-joon deserves to raise his children. Hye-kyung cuts through her boasting of how great her son is, telling her that Tae-joon is someone who took bribes and had an affair — does she really think someone like that deserves to raise their children?

Grandma defends Tae-joon, calling Hye-kyung crazy. Realizing that she won’t make Grandma see the truth about her son, Hye-kyung finally warns her that if she wants to see the grandkids, she must ask permission first.

Tae-joon calls Joong-won, asking if they can meet today. As Joong-won is on his way out, Hye-kyung tells him that the judge in the pharmaceutical case wants to meet with them. Joong-won says she’ll have to go without him because he’s meeting with a prosecutor right now. When she asks which one, he tells her it’s Tae-joon.

Concerned, she follows him into the elevator, warning him to be careful. He reassures her it’s just about a case Tae-joon is working on that is related to one of his clients. But Hye-kyung tells Joong-won that she and Tae-joon have separated, and Tae-joon might have the wrong idea about Joong-won. The way they look at each other during this scene makes me extra angry that she never received his second voicemail.

When she gets back to her desk, she calls Tae-joon, asking to know why he really called Joong-won. Tae-joon says he’s just trying to be a good prosecutor, but she warns him that their problems are just between the two of them.

Myung-hee, Hye-kyung, and Lawyer Son meet with the judge. He’s there to reprimand Lawyer Son for calling in a new witness this late in the trial, and Myung-hee says that the witness shouldn’t be allowed due to doctor-patient privacy laws.

But Lawyer Son says the law allows for revealing information if it’s in the best interest for the public, which this trial is. Finally, the judge agrees to allow the witness, making arrangements for a closed court so the information will remain private for his and the jurors’ ears only.

Tae-joon tells Joong-won that their meeting right now is completely unofficial. It’s to warn him that he believes Joong-won has bribed judges, and Tae-joon is there to ask him for help in getting rid of the corrupt judges. Joong-won denies that he’s ever given or accepted bribes, but Tae-joon says that he’ll not press charges if Joong-won reveals what judges he’s bribed.

Joong-won continues to deny it, informing Tae-joon that no matter how hard he investigates, he won’t find proof of what he’s looking for. Tae-joon warns him that it won’t look good if his wife’s boss is found to be corrupt, but Joong-won asks him if he’s deliberately targeting him.

Tae-joon then asks about Hye-kyung, and Joong-won says she’s doing well. Tae-joon asks if she’s doing well at work, too, but Joong-won just smiles and asks if he was thinking of some other situation. This meeting seems to have been more about what wasn’t said, but at any rate, the gauntlets have been thrown down and battle lines are drawn.

Once she returns the office, Hye-kyung brusquely tells Dan to investigate the witness. Dan tells her she wants to explain what happened between her and Tae-joon. She says it meant nothing to her, and it was before she met Hye-kyung. In fact, until she met her, she’d forgotten the whole thing happened.

But then when she got to know Hye-kyung, she realized how much she enjoyed working with and talking to Hye-kyung. That was when she felt bad about what happened. Hye-kyung angrily tells her that she shouldn’t have tried to befriend in her the first place. Dan simply says that they were friends, and she’s never had a friend before.

Hye-kyung points out that lying and deceiving isn’t exactly friend-like behavior, and Dan apologizes. She’s never really been afraid of being hurt or hurting others. Remorse never meant anything to her, but with Hye-kyung, she doesn’t want to see her get hurt on Dan’s behalf.

But Hye-kyung is still angry at the thought of being used, of being the fool who discussed her private life with one of the women who had an affair with her husband. She tells Dan that, in order to survive working together, they should just pretend like they don’t know each other. But Dan says that she’ll quit instead.

She immediately goes to Joong-won, telling him she’s quitting. He assumes it’s just one of her ploys to demand a raise, and sits back in surprise when he realizes that she’s being serious. He tells her that he was actually considering her for a promotion, but Dan reminds him of one of her hiring conditions — to be able to quit whenever she wants.

She doesn’t explain what happened, just that her past has finally caught up with her. She promises to at least stay until he can find a replacement. Oh, and did he know that Hye-kyung and Tae-joon are separated with little chance of reconciliation? She hopes he doesn’t have any regrets this time.

Myung-hee’s out grocery shopping, and as she looks through the produce, she’s startled to find the handsome process server suddenly appear. She suspiciously asks him if it’s just a coincidence that he’s there, and he swears it is — he’s actually there to serve paperwork to someone else. Aw, Myung-hee’s so cute as she giddily smiles to herself while watching him serve a very reluctant client.

Lawyer Son questions Han-na’s mother psychiatrist, who reveals that she was afraid her husband was trying to kill her. She told him that she thought he was seeing another woman. The psychiatrist apologizes, explaining that he thought it was just a delusional disorder at the time, not really believing it would come true.

He also adds that, in his professional opinion, it’s not unusual for a couple to have deep emotional turmoil — passionate love can so easily turn to passionate hate. Gee, I wonder if Hye-kyung knows anything about that.

As Hye-kyung prepares to cross-examine the psychiatrist, Han-na nervously grabs her arm, begging her to leave it alone. Noting Han-na’s distress, Myung-hee tells the judge that they didn’t have time prepare for this witness and requests an extension.

Back at the law firm, Han-na admits that she thought her father might be having an affair. But because he was so good to her mother, she just assumed she was wrong. She’s now worried that this lawsuit was started for no good reason, and asks about the settlement. Hye-kyung tells her that if they give up now, then the pharmaceutical company wins — the drug will remain on the market and possibly cause others to commit suicide, too.

But Han-na’s sacrificed enough already for this trial, and now she’s done. As Hye-kyung follows after Han-na to try and convince her to stay, Dan tells Joong-won that she’ll find a way to make sure the psychiatrist’s testimony will be excluded — no matter what. He can think of it as her parting gift.

Hye-kyung begs Han-na to keep going for the trial — to think of her family and friends. But Han-na says that her parents’ honors are already tarnished, and if she continues with the trial, it will only get worse. Hye-kyung reminds her that if she stops now, then that will be the memory everyone has of her parents — but if she continues, she can give them the justice they deserve.

Han-na confesses that she didn’t know her father was on antidepressants in the first place. Even though she thought he was having an affair, she didn’t try to find out if it was true because everything seemed fine and her parents seemed happy. But apparently she didn’t know anything at all. That’s normal, though, as Hye-kyung points out that everyone would rather take happiness than face the truth. But avoiding the truth won’t change anything, and she’s confident that Han-na will one day understand her parents.

Hye-kyung reports back to Joong-won that she’s convinced Han-na to stick with the trial. She wonders if they should have settled though, just to wrap everything up, but Joong-won, in his unending confidence, says there’s no point in settling when they can just win the case.

He offers her a drink, and he pours his fancy expensive wine into a couple of coffee mugs. Hye-kyung asks how his meeting with Tae-joon went, and Joong-won says he just gave a statement regarding a case. He told Tae-joon that she was doing well, and Hye-kyung sighs, wondering if she made the right choice for her children.

Joong-won pours her some more wine, and Hye-kyung compliments it, asking if it’s expensive. He says it is, and then tells her that it was about $80 for the bottle. Sure, if you drop a few zeros. He watches her leave and his longing gaze continues to kill me.

Dan calls, letting him know that she’s got enough evidence to get rid of the psychiatrist. Yeah, a whole backseat full of evidence. Joong-won tells Myung-hee they’ve got some big intel to discredit the witness, but using it would be illegal.

At the trial, Hye-kyung cross-examines the psychiatrist, asking why he waiting until the trial was nearly over to contact Lawyer Son. He explains that he only just discovered the deceased was his patient. Hye-kyung suddenly changes tactics, asking him about the sexual assault cases at least two of his prior patients have charged him with.

He squirms a little but insists he’s innocent. Lawyer Son objects to the line of questioning, and this time Myung-hee steps up to ask if he recorded his sessions with Han-na’s mother. She requests the recordings be submitted as evidence and when the judge asks the psychiatrist about the recordings, he nervously explains that last night a thief broke in to his office last night and stole all his files and recordings relating to Han-na’s mother.

Thanks to Dan, we know he’s telling the truth, but everyone else — including the judge and jury — seems to think that’s a pretty convenient excuse. Myung-hee presses the issue, pointing out there’s no way to verify the psychiatrist’s claims. Lawyer Son asks for an extension so they can figure out who stole the records, but the judge is annoyed by how ridiculous this trial has been and dismisses his request. He’ll allow enough time for the lawyer’s final arguments and then the jury will decide.

Lawyer Son requests a recess to discuss settlement terms, and Myung-hee seems satisfied that they’ve won. Hye-kyung sees Dan sitting in the back of the court, and it seems like she might have an idea how those files mysteriously disappeared from the doctor’s office.

Myung-hee is thrilled that the pharmaceutical company is meeting all their demands, and Joong-won is also thrilled that they’ve made enough commission to put the firm in the black. Hye-kyung walks Lawyer Son out after signing the settlement agreements, and he tells her that he’s had fun and hopes to see her again soon.

She tells him not to be disappointed about the results of this trial, but he just laughs, pointing out that Hye-kyung is nowhere on his level. In fact, she actually lost. The pharmaceutical company was more concerned about making sure there wasn’t any bad press to damage the launch of their new antidepressant (with fewer side effects). In fact, they were willing to pay as much as $30 million — twice what was agreed on in the settlement.

But Lawyer Son tells her that even though she lost, he can tell that she’ll be a lot of fun to go up against next time. Dazed, Hye-kyung just watches him walk away.

Dan’s found a potential new place to work, thanks to her friend (girlfriend?) who works in the Prosecutor’s Office. She happily tells Dan that they need a new investigator, and they really wanted her since one of the companies they’re investigating is M&J.

That stops Dan in her tracks, and when she sees who she’ll potentially be working for, she turns on her heel and walks away. Angry, she asks her friend why she didn’t tell her that she’d be working for Tae-joon. She immediately returns to M&J and marches into Hye-kyung’s office, cooly apologizing for the fact that she can’t quit just yet.

The pretty law student calls Joong-won to invite him to dinner to meet her father, but he excuses himself because he’s too busy. He then thanks her for the wine — he shared it with a friend, and suggests that next time, the “three” of them should have a beer together. Well, at least he’s being kind of clear that he’s not interested, especially since his “busy” plans mean getting a celebratory beer with Hye-kyung.

Myung-hee tells Dan that she’s decided to be honest in her testimony at the parole hearing, even if it only postpones her problem for another couple of years. She’s surprised to see the handsome process server at the firm, and she asks if he’s there to serve someone or if it’s just coincidence. Actually, he’s there to drive her to the parole hearing, and then take her dinner afterwards, if she wants.

Over their beers, Hye-kyung wonders if, even could she go back in time and change things, she would still have regrets. She’s decided that, from now on, she’ll follow her heart, since it seems like there will be regrets no matter what. Joong-won offers the advice that someone (aka Dan) gave him, which is to just go for what you want right away, no excuses, and then sort out the consequences afterwards.

She asks if he’s still dating the pretty law student, and Joong-won says he’s not ready to see anyone else right now. Hye-kyung studies him thoughtfully, then asks why he left her that voicemail. He tells her it was because he likes her, but she’s confused, because she only heard the first one, where he said they shouldn’t be together.

He tells her he left another one, asking her to meet him and they could make a plan in person. He said he’d wait for her call. He’s affronted when it seems like she doesn’t believe him, and she says their timing has always been off. He suggests that they can reset their timing to be on the same page now, and he takes out his phone, setting the timer for thirty seconds.

The seconds tick down and they sit, silently staring at the phone, but at the literal last second, Hye-kyung hits the stop button. Joong-won takes her hand.

They go to the front desk and Joong-won is surprised to find out the hotel is completely sold out, except for the costly royal suite. Undoubtedly feeling his timing to continue to tick away, he says he’ll take it and hands over his credit card. As they get on the elevator to take them to the top of the hotel, they discover that some kid has pushed allllllll the buttons.

The elevator stops at every single floor as they slowly make their way upstairs. It’s just the two of them in the elevator, and Joong-won gently takes Hye-kyung’s hand, followed by a quick kiss. As the doors continue to open and close, they lose themselves in their embrace and hungrily kiss each other.

By the time they reach the hotel room, Joong-won sighs in exasperation because the key card isn’t working. Of course. He tells Hey-kung he’ll be right back to get it fixed, but she just grabs his wrist to take the key from him, and manages to unlock the door. She opens it and Joong-won follows her into the hotel room.

COMMENTS

Instead of butterflies in my stomach, I think they must be hummingbirds. No one is going to judge me if I rematch those last few minutes of the episode over and over and over again, right? To finally have that tension between them released and in such a wonderfully shot and edited scene makes me so happy. Although, I’m pretty sure the use of elevators in this show is going to kill me. First it was the elevators of lost chances, where Hye-kyung and Joong-won would just miss each other as one is leaving and the other arriving. Then it was the elevator ride down, filled with realizations and secret longing. And then, most gloriously, the elevator ride up, filled with unfettered kissing and the release of pent-up of aforementioned secret longing.

Myung-hee gets a love interest, too! Although I’m probably just happy to see her outside of her legal life. She goes to art galleries! She shops for groceries! She’s a real person who does more than run a law firm! While the parole summons may seem like a minor thing (perhaps just to introduce that Clark Gable lookalike love interest), I did enjoy seeing her anguish over figuring out how to respond, and regret how she handled it in the first place. In a way, I felt like I got a glimpse of Hye-kyung in another ten years, since I could definitely see her believing in her client, only to be horrified to realize he’s actually a habitual rapist after all and then losing her will to defend him (and no doubt being secretly glad he got those thirteen years in jail). So much of this episode helped to ground Myung-hee as a well-rounded person who does so much more than sit at a desk and worry about how to pay her staff, and I am grateful.

As much as I could gush about the women on this show (and I could probably do that all day), I find myself appreciating Joong-won more and more. I loved that he never once held it against her that she really mentioned his voicemails (even though he didn’t know she only received the first one). He gave her the choice, and by his estimation, she made it clear they won’t be together. He respected her space and did everything he could to make sure they maintained a proper employer-employee relationship. But as soon as he found out — directly from her — that she was separated from Tae-joon, he decided to take his chance. It’s pointless to pine from afar when you can get a direct answer, even taking the risk that it might not necessarily be the one you want to hear.

I feel like I ought to be concerned about Tae-joon’s determination to prove Joong-won is accepting bribes and exert some sort of control over him, but given the choice about worrying over that or rewatching kisses, well, I think it’s pretty clear what choice I’m going to make.

 
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I bet those were the best 4,300 won Joongwon ever spent ;)

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Lol he couldn't even open the door. Way to kill the mood Joong-won. Almost another missed opportunity or is it going to be another?
I bet a dollar that the kids called and they didn't make it to the bed. I'm so cruel to Joong-won. Shoot me but he is shady too.

I think Hye-kyung is better off single until she figure out what she really really want. Maybe she and Dan needs to kiss and makeup. Dan is the best investigator out there and Hye-kyung wouldn't have won some of those trials without her help imo.

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Everyone in this drama is a little shady, which makes all the characters interesting.
Hye-kyung's single since her husband was arrested. She just didn't want to admit to yourself or disappoint her family, she has struggled with this decision since the first episode.
Good for her, she's have some fun and we know that she needs.

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There are other ways to have fun too without adding another relationship to her already complicated life.
She can have fun without involving a man and sex right? Oh well, this is dramaland and we saw it coming.

Idk, don't mind me I'm too much of a safety girl lol.

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The only complication to her life that she is willing to live with is keeping her children happy after the divorce. Im fine with HK choosing to be selfish, follow her heart for once after giving away too many years to horrible man.

JW is hardly just another man she picked for sex, he is an old friend, a man she wanted even before she separated from her husband. Have fun? She has thrown away her terrible lying cheating husband and choose a better man. The timing is not perfect before the divorce but losing 15 years to TJ she can hardly waste more time in her eyes.

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I don't see her children as a complication. She clearly loves them and want to be there for them.

I'd wish she was legally free of him first for her own sake.

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More like 4,350,000.00 won really ;)

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I knew I forgot a few zeros lol

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I feel like I need to see this hotel room that costs $4k/night.

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:)

anyway women in this show are all amazing. And this show is done so refined and smooth/polished. btw That kiss scene was submitted to K-broadcasting whatever committee.

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-that is Korea Communications Standards Commission (which used to be the Information and Communication Ethics Committee)

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wahaha.THIS!

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YEP \o/ He told her about the message that was never heard. Only needed another version to happen...
elevators is always a thing in the story about this couple, whatever the version, I loved that. but you forgot to mention about their first scene in the elevator, when Hye-Kyung cried in Joong-won’s arms, probably still one of my fav scenes between them.
I like how Joong-won is respectful of Hye-Kyung’s feelings and decision and knows how to give her a space. But at the same time, he can be very direct, something that always bothered me about Will.

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So true! This scene was the beginning of me rooting for the JW camp. I got the feeling that with him she gets to be emotional and letting her guard down.

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And don't forget the scene last episode where Hye-Kyung used the elevator to tell Tae-Joon to get out of her life: the closing of the elevator symbolized the ending of their relationship (and, by extension, the beginning of a new relationship with Joong-Won.)

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I remember that's the moment I started rooting for this two. Now, I really just want her to be happy even if that means she doesn't end up with anyone in the end.

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This show is just getting better and better! The elevator scene was hot, I keep falling for Yoon Kye Sang. It surprises me that he has never been on my radar before... And how he couldn't get the hotel room opened 'cause he was just too nervous - so cute!
I'm getting excited for the next episodes especially how the situation with Taejoon in the prison will unfold.

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Same here. Never noticed Yoon Kye Sang before although I watched Crazy For You/In Love years ago. When this drama started I began to watched all of his dramas and Poongsan Dog movie. He's quite a versatile actor and talented too.

Saw the original version of TGW and I'm glad that they made some minor changes.

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Never thought the day when I support adultery would come, yet here I am. Horrified at myself yet I say YEEESSSSSSSSSS when they finally get together.

Tae Joon, eat your heart out! First you were used for stud service then you see your wife falling in love with someone else MUAHAHHAHAHAHA

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Like odilettante (and I think most of the rest commenters here), I looooove all of the female characters of this show, and I think the only reason that's possible is because the production team clearly loves them, too. All of the women are complex, nuanced, and just plain interesting--not a two-dimensional character in sight!

Even Mother-in-Law is allowed to transcend the usual "mean older woman" trope by showing that she really does love and want the best for her son and grandkids, and only thinks that Hye-Kyung is torpedoing her marriage because Mother-in-Law doesn't know the whole story and therefore can't imagine that her son might be the one at fault.

Of course, the awesomeness of the female characters isn't the ONLY thing that makes this show great. However, it does show just how much life good writing, acting powerhouses, quality character development, and, ahem, snazzy outfits can give a show. I hope the rest of dramaland is watching and taking notes.

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Really!? Do you really take the time and appreciate that awful mother-in-law?? She's only a tool in the son's hands, and she's making herself useful by helping him achieve his dream of entering into politics! That's her only purpose in the film: to persuade the children to come to their father, that way the wife won't be able to drift away from the husband and she'll have to stick with him if she wants the kids. Because without a family beside him (more like a buffoonery, not a real family) he knows he can't get into politics, which is the new toy that he wants right now. He's only been using the wife all his life from the very beginning, she has only been a tool that served his selfish purposes, and everybody else around him for that matter.

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I might have been squealing a little bit too much and too loud in the final 5 minutes...and I think I was more nervous than JW, afraid someone/something will ruin it in the last second. But kyah, my ship is sailing - probably until the next episode comes and most likely will be crashing it but until then eeeehhhhh. ?

And drinking an $8000 wine not only out of mugs but also with the giver's love rival, you're killing me, JW! ??

Btw I don't know whether I'm imagining things but I've had the feeling for quite some time now and the apology this episode fortifies it that Dan might have more than just platonic feelings towards HK? (I know she won't try to take it further since she knows her feelings won't be reciprocated.) Or is Nana just too convincing in her role? ?

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Regarding your last point: I've been thinking this as well. While Kalinda (Dan's American counterpart) was never romantically interested in Alicia/Hye-Kyung (at least, not that I remember), that kind of seems to be what's happening here, which adds a more tragic element to the dissolution of their friendship.

But here's a thought: if the writers choose to have Dan be a lesbian (rather than bisexual, as she was in the US show), I could see her romantic feelings for Hye-Kyung being the bridge that leads to Hye-Kyung's forgiveness.

Right now, as far as the audience knows, Dan used sex to bribe Tae-Joon so that she wouldn't get fired. However, we didn't see any scenes from the past ourselves, so we don't know precisely what occurred. What if instead of Dan actively trying to bribe Tae-Joon, it was instead Tae-Joon was pressuring her to have sex, and she had to do it or else she'd be arrested? That would explain why Dan hates Tae-Joon so much, which wouldn't be the case if the sex bribe was purely a business transaction (which is the way it's been described up to this point.)

If Dan likes Hye-Kyung and Hye-Kyung finds out, this could open the door for Hye-Kyung realizing that her husband's adultery isn't Dan's fault. And then everyone can hate Tae-Joon together!

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I like this take. I agree.

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Don't we all hate Tae Joon together already?

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I felt sorry for Dan. She has clearly been romantically interested in Hye Kyung. Too bad the reveal with her relationship with Tae Joon to Hye Kyung was really done in a bad timing. They still could've been good friends/partners.

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I think that's what's great about Joong-won and makes him a perfect partner for Hye-kyung.

Tae-joon would have saved that wine and made Hye-kyung wait while he hired a whole restaurant and laid out gold plates or whatever and called in all the networks to take pictures while they drink the wine.

But Joong-won just gives her what he has and even serves it to her with a mug in a comfortable place and makes the drink special by keeping her company. Which is the only thing Hye-kyung really wants from Tae-joon.

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I'm probably the only one who wasn't impress with the final scene of Hye-kyung and Jong-won. I mean, it's like Hye-kyung and Jong-won reverted back to two shy teenage high schoolers in the elevator. (The music playing really didn't help at all either). The US version showed more passion between Alicia and Will. I am disappointed with the way Hye-kyung and Jong-won go about to consume their love. I have nothing against a more conservative approach but it was just underwhelming for me as I am comparing it to the US version...

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I'm with you, it was a bit underwhelming, but I think it's because I'm disappointed in Jeon Doyeon's acting, she doesn't seem to do much, she doesn't show any emotions, she's very cool and calm, as if this happens to her every day. At least Joong Won was a bit of a scatter brain about it, understandably since he's been waiting to be with the woman he's been in love with for the last 15 years, so his emotions must have been overflowing now that his dream was finally coming true, the cost didn't matter. If that's not true love, I don't know what is. And to his spending that huge amount of money just to be with her, afraid he might never have the chance in the future, she was a bit too cold, too self-assured, not impressed, not overwhelmed, nothing. A block of ice. I'm a bit disappointed in Jeon Doyeon's acting on the whole in the series, not just this episode.

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Very late I know, but i have to say Alicia (Juliana Marguiles) in the US version was also rather cold and not excitable.

i think we're used to female characters being portrayed a certain way in dramas be they American or korean and Jeon Do yeon's character doesn't fit into that mould.

Even in other roles, she's an actress who I feel you don't really know what she is thinking and I don't think that's a bad thing.

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This drama really has a thing for elevators.. ❤

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elevators of lost chances, realizations and secret longing

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moat elevators are full of farts and uncomfortable silence

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Every week looking forward to this drama- best so far, love all the cast, great acting and interesting storyline

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My mind go lalallalallalalaa

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Really loved this episode - especially the elevator scene. Actually, what I really like is that Hye Kyung seems to finally be making decisions about her own life. She's not just reacting or in stasis. (While moving Tae Joon out is something it's not a decision.) I've heard from a few friends that when a husband has cheated, they no longer feel desirable or feminine. So I can understand why she didn't wait for the divorce (please). Not to mention Joong Won has behaved beautifully and is very easy on the eyes.

Loved Myung Hee's scenes with the process server! They just make me smile.

The actress who is playing Dan is excellent! I hope they can become true friends.

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I saw that Process guy pics with Myung-hee and thought, "That's the asshole grocery manager from Awl! RUN, MYUNG-HEE!"

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He's also in "Working Mom Parenting Daddy" where he is a 'zero points' dad and husband. Great show, BTW.

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Tq odi.... !

wondering scriptwriter toying with digit numbers $8000/- versus $ 4350 /- With wine you gulp it with ready mugs but with royal suite (curious to see it purple color ? ) you might get your trophy if the timing is ..........

BUT will it happen ? Lets watch tonight ? i guess they didnt bother about CCTV as one of the evidences if the divorce suit takes place and both are professional lawyers !!.

David lee knew she can't win the lawsuit ? That is why he pacify her to sit on the massage chair instead of giving her ginseng candy?.

Jong won starts telling lies too that is not a healthy relationship. Dan has been accepting bribes in almost all her assignments. It must be expensive to keep another woman ya ?

Sorry to say but her facial expressions (dan) is very stiff - same expressions all the time need to take up acting lessons.

Ps - when jonng won said three i thought it meant with her intern father ! That is if his relationship with hye khung falter - back up plan ha ?

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Nana is pretty green. This is probably her first or 2nd project to date.

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the song that played in the end was so perfect

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Yes i love that they talked about the second voice mail and just decided to move on with what they wanted to do from now. Simple, no drama. That being said, the long elevator ride could have been prevented had they pressed the unwanted floor buttons twice, right? Or the elevators work differently from those in my office? A drama still needs to be dramatic, though, and it gives us chance to see them proggress from exchanging longing looks to a peck on the lips to hot, steamy kisses.^^

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Totally Totally AWESOME this drama, every single minute was PURE JOY!

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Anyone know the background music during elevator kissing scene? Please tell me :"") I really want to hear the full version

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