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Perfect Wife: Episode 12

This episode makes my head swim with all of its new information, sideways feints, fake-outs, and U-turns. It’s amazing that Jae-bok manages not just to keep her temper under control when it comes to Eun-hee, but to keep her head clear enough to stay a half step ahead of her nemesis. Jae-bok is turning out to be one of the smartest K-drama heroines in my recent memory, and while I may not always find her the most likable character, I’m constantly impressed with her ability to outthink and outlast a woman who’s had years to plan her downfall.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

Witnessing a woman spanking her child reminds Eun-hee of her own mother’s uncontrolled attacks and sends her into a frenzy. Jae-bok tries to restrain her before she hurts herself or someone else, but Eun-hee fights back, screaming and flinging her arms wildly. Suddenly she collapses to the ground, unconscious.

She’s taken to the hospital, and eventually she wakes from a dream of voices yelling at her to Get lost! (Interestingly, one voice in particular sounds like Jung-hee.) She finds Jae-bok hovering over her bed, worried, then over her shoulder, she spots Hyung-sun entering the room.

The sight of the woman who made her childhood a nightmare triggers Eun-hee again and she jumps out of bed, screaming at her to leave. She tries to physically shove Hyung-sun out of the room, so Jae-bok holds Eun-hee in her arms and tells Hyung-sun to go for now.

Hye-ran and Won-jae rush to the hospital at Jae-bok’s call, but Hyung-sun is standing guard outside Eun-hee’s door and refuses to let them in. Won-jae says that she’s a psychiatrist and offers to go in alone, and Hyung-sun relents.

Won-jae’s attempts to soothe Eun-hee into talking to her fail, though Eun-hee does crack a tiny smile when she sees Jae-bok rolling her eyes as she participates in Won-jae’s breathing exercises. Eventually, Jae-bok softly asks Eun-hee if she was abused by her mother, and Eun-hee confesses that she and her brother were both verbally and physically abused as children.

Won-jae determines that seeing a mother abuse her child is a trigger for Eun-hee, and Jae-bok asks if that’s why Eun-hee refuses to call Hyung-sun “mother.” Eun-hee nods and sincerely thanks Jae-bok for being here.

Na-mi slips into the SJ Construction building to get a glimpse of Jung-hee, despite Eun-hee’s threats to keep her distance. Jung-hee was warned by Sam-kyu that Na-mi would probably pop up soon since she’s badly in need of money, so he’s shaken but not really surprised when he hears her voice call his name.

Tears well in his eyes and he hugs her tightly, grateful to see that she’s really alive. But then he remembers Boss Jo snickering over the things Na-mi did with him for money, and he pulls back from her. He demands to know if it’s true that she was paid to approach him and who put her up to it.

Na-mi hangs her head and apologizes, admitting that that’s how it all started. She tries to tell Jung-hee that she developed real feelings for him, but Jung-hee interrupts to accuse her of showing up again now that he has a better job and makes more money.

His voice cracks as he says that he truly cared about her and that he grieved when he thought she was dead. But he yells that it was all a lie, and he tells her to go away and never show herself to him again.

Left alone with Hyung-sun in the hospital hallway, Hye-ran mentions that she heard that Hyung-sun is Eun-hee’s mother and gets a lecture on gossiping for her trouble. Jung-hee learns of Eun-hee’s collapse and rushes to the hospital, earning a narrow-eyed glare from Hye-ran when he calls Hyung-sun “mother.”

Eun-hee lights up when Jung-hee enters her room, and when she tries to downplay what happened, Jae-bok insists that something did happen, and that it involves their children. She pulls him outside to talk to him, shushing her friends when they make snide comments about him running to Eun-hee’s side.

Alone in her room, Eun-hee thinks back to when she and Jung-hee were together. She remembers being at a concert and feeling like she was the only person in the audience, as if he were singing directly to her. She jumps out of bed and rips out her IV, ignoring Hyung-sun’s pleas for her to stay put and rest.

Jung-hee grows worried for Hae-wook when he hears she’s been wetting the bed from stress over her parents’ divorce. Jae-bok takes him to see Hae-wook, and he hugs her while Jin-wook watches Jae-bok closely.

Jae-bok suggests that she and Jung-hee live together again while the kids adjust to their new situation, though she refuses to move back into Eun-hee’s house. She says she’s found a place they can all stay, but Jung-hee only says that he’ll think about it while looking like he’s hiding something.

Na-mi wanders aimlessly as she thinks about Jung-hee’s rejection earlier today. A little girl runs past her with her mother close behind, calling out the name Eun-kyung. Na-mi suddenly remembers hearing Hyung-sun calling Eun-hee by that name the night she broke into the house, and she hurries home to tell Bong-gu.

Sam-kyu is there bumming ramyun again, so Bong-gu and Na-mi are careful to speak quietly so he can’t overhear. Na-mi tells Bong-gu that Hyung-sun called Eun-hee by the name Eun-kyung, and he quickly calls Jae-bok.

She’s with Won-jae and Hye-ran, and at first the name Eun-kyung doesn’t ring any bells. Then their eyes go wide and they shriek in unison, “Lee Eun-kyung!!

A flashback to the three friends in high school shows them sneaking out of night class to go to the movies (HA, they’re planning to see Beat, one of Go So-young’s early movies). On the way they pass a gang of girls harassing a nerdy student — the girl they knew as Eun-kyung.

Jae-bok had waded confidently into the cluster of girls, ignoring their smack talk (“What’s with the hair? Who do you think you are, Go So-young?!” Hee) and taking them on all by herself. Soon the thugs were pacified, and Eun-kyung had gazed at Jae-bok with an adoration verging on hero worship.

Eun-kyung had fawned over Jae-bok after that, bringing her food and gifts monogrammed with their initials, “K&B.” She’d been obsessed, so eventually Jae-bok had asked her to stop bringing the gifts. She’d suggested that they all just be friends, but Eun-kyung had refused, unwilling to risk “losing” Jae-bok to Won-jae and Hye-ran. She’d screamed “Get lost!” over and over at the two, then she began leaving nasty notes and pulling pranks in an attempt to scare them away from Jae-bok.

Remembering that the Eun-kyung they knew was plain and awkward, the three friends wonder if she had surgery to change her looks. But Won-jae remembers Eun-hee mentioning that she went to college in Canada, and they all recall that Eun-kyung’s stalking only ended when she moved away to Canada.

Before she’d moved, Eun-kyung had thanked Jae-bok for being her first and only friend, and said she would never forget her. She’d promised to come back and live with Jae-bok forever, rejecting the idea that she might meet a man and get married, “Because you’re the only one for me.”

As they think about it in the present, Hye-ran wonders why Eun-hee’s target seems to be Jung-hee and not Jae-bok. Won-jae thinks she must be out for revenge on Jae-bok for not returning her feelings.

Jae-bok puts Hae-wook to bed and asks if she wanted to stay with her daddy like Jin-wook chose to do. Hae-wook admits that she did, a little, but she thought her mommy would be lonely without her. Jae-bok hugs her little girl, telling her that she’ll never be lonely as long as she has her children.

Na-mi meets with Brian and tells him that she wants to go back to work for SJ Construction to be near Jung-hee. Brian decides that it’s not a terrible idea and offers to make it happen, though he clarifies that he’s not doing it for her love for Jung-hee. He says that he wants her where everyone can see her, in order to save her life. To himself, he adds, “…So my sister can’t sin anymore.”

The following morning, the company bigwigs wait outside to greet the Director of Planning, who also happens to be the chairman’s son. It’s Brian of course, suited up and looking every inch the businessman. Jung-hee tries to introduce himself, but Brian just acts as though his outstretched hand is the “paper” in a game of rock-paper-scissors, and he tosses out scissors with a wry expression.

In his office, Brian declares Jung-hee’s work subpar, quipping that it’s probably because he only got the job through his connections. He introduces Jung-hee to his new assistant, Na-mi, and the atmosphere goes chilly when Eun-hee comes to see Brian and spots Na-mi there.

It’s a brilliant idea, to make Na-mi very visible so that Eun-hee will hesitate to harm her again. In private, Eun-hee asks Brian if he distrusts her that much, but instead of answering, he asks her for a favor.

A while later, Na-mi is attacked and shoved into the stairwell by a raging Eun-hee. She warns Eun-hee that she can’t do this, reminding Eun-hee of Brian’s request not to touch her because he has feelings for her. But she yanks Na-mi by the hair anyway, saying that she doesn’t care about her promise, and she warns Na-mi not to step out of line or she’s dead.

After Eun-hee leaves, Na-mi remembers searching Brian’s villa when she’d been sequestered there. She’d found a photo of a young Eun-hee with Hyung-sun and Brian, and she’d pocketed the picture. She looks at it now, vowing to use them the same way they’ve been using her.

Jae-bok asks Jung-hee how he feels about having Na-mi back at work. He says honestly that it’s strange now that he knows her true nature. He adds that he plans to stay living in Eun-hee’s house, though he stumbles over his answer when Jae-bok asks if it’s because he has feelings for Eun-hee.

Jae-bok questions his commitment to his children if he’s willing to continue living away from them, knowing that it’s hurting them. But he argues that having their parents live together isn’t necessarily the best thing for them… and besides, he likes living in that big fancy house. He asks Jae-bok to move back into the house, determined to show her what a great person he is.

Hye-ran calls Jae-bok, certain that she’s found the Lee Eun-kyung they knew in school, and as they suspected, she had her face totally redone after moving away. She sets up a meeting where “Eun-kyung” thinks she’s going to see a mutual friend, and at the same time, we see Eun-hee also heading to meet with someone.

Eun-hee finds the restaurant and chooses a table. The three friends enter a few minutes later and approach from behind. Jae-bok calls out, “Eun-kyung-ah,” and she turns her head… but it’s not Eun-hee. It’s a completely different woman, though she behaves as though she knows Jae-bok, giving her a big hug.

Eun-hee is actually meeting with Bong-gu, ready to tell him what she wants from him. She offers him SJ Construction’s entire legal department to run as a reward for completing a task. Bong-gu repeats that he’ll do anything she asks, and as they discuss what Eun-hee wants from him, Hyung-sun takes picture of their conversation from a nearby table.

Jae-bok and her friends leave their meeting with Eun-kyung, impressed with how different she seems now. Jae-bok just smiles a tiny little smile, since she secretly kept in touch with Eun-kyung ever since high school. Jae-bok had worried when they lost touch, but Eun-kyung said she’d just been busy with her husband and children and thanked Jae-bok for helping her through hard times.

The friends come across Bong-gu leaning on his sports car, offering Jae-bok a ride. She jumps in while Won-jae and Hye-ran gape jealously, wondering if Jae-bok has something going on with the young, handsome lawyer.

Jae-bok asks Bong-gu how things went with Eun-hee, and he says it went well but won’t give her any details. That’s because Eun-hee tasked him with seducing Jae-bok, and he struggles to hold his usual carefree mood in place. He tells Jae-bok that she’s a good friend to him, but when she turns her attention away, he looks uncomfortable and worried.

The first thing Jae-bok notices when she arrives at Eun-hee’s house is that the massive wedding photo of Eun-hee and Kyung-woo is gone. Nobody answers Jae-bok’s calls, and she stands at the top of the stairs, determined to uncover every single one of Eun-hee’s secrets.

Behind her, Eun-hee silently creeps close, but just as it looks like she’s planning to push Jae-bok down the stairs, Jae-bok whirls and sees her there. Flustered, Eun-hee says that she heard Jae-bok calling her name, and Jae-bok points out that she was calling the name “Eun-kyung.”

All innocence, she tells Eun-hee that she heard her mother call her Eun-kyung and asks why she changed her name. Eun-hee says she just likes this name better, and when Jung-hee arrives home right then, Jae-bok suggests they all talk.

Jung-hee again suggests that Jae-bok and the kids move back into the house. Eun-hee is so eager to be alone with Jung-hee that she actually offers to pay for Jae-bok to get another place. Jae-bok pulls out her lease, proving her right to live here if she wishes, and agrees to Jung-hee’s plan to share joint custody of the kids.

Hye-ran finds Mrs. Park in the locker room of the gym where she works, yet again slandering her to anyone who’ll listen. She bars Mrs. Park from running away again, and the two go out for some competitive drinking.

They make a bet that if Mrs. Park gets drunk first, she’ll never show her face to Hye-ran again. Mrs. Park triumphantly downs an entire bowl of alcohol in one go, and when Hye-ran tries to match her, she passes out cold.

In the music studio, Eun-hee shows her irritation to Jung-hee and tells him that Jae-bok makes her uncomfortable now that the two of them are together. Jung-hee mumbles that it’s for the kids, so Eun-hee reminds him of the promise he made to her the day she promoted him: that he would do as she says from now on.

She instructs him to make Jae-bok and the kids move somewhere else. Jung-hee begs Eun-hee to allow them to stay, so she asks him for a different promise — to marry her. Jung-hee balks, so Eun-hee coos that it would make her feel more secure in their relationship if they were engaged.

Hyung-sun isn’t happy to see Jae-bok and the kids back in the house or Won-jae and Che-ri, who came for a housewarming party. Dinner downstairs is a silent, tense affair as she and Eun-hee listen resentfully to the laughter coming from upstairs.

The party is interrupted by a call from Mrs Park… haha, she’s piggybacking the too-drunk-to-walk Hye-ran but doesn’t know where she lives. Jae-bok directs her to Eun-hee’s house, where they’re all surprised when she greets Hyung-sun. She even recognizes Eun-hee and calls her by her real name, Eun-kyung. Moon Eun-kyung.

Eun-hee refuses to acknowledge Jae-bok’s questions, though Jae-bok and Won-jae both feel the name is familiar. Won-jae asks if Jung-hee knows the name Moon Eun-kyung, but he says he’s never heard it before. Both Eun-hee and Hyung-sun let out pent-up breaths at that, though Jung-hee throws Eun-hee a strange look before going back upstairs.

At work the next day, Bong-gu practices his lock-picking skills, and Jae-bok has to laugh at how cute he looks when he’s concentrating. He finally pops the practice lock and stands on his desk to celebrate at the top of his lungs.

At work, Jung-hee thinks about Eun-hee’s proposal the night before, and he seems to make a decision before putting away his picture of himself with Jae-bok and the children. A few days later, Jae-bok finds him on his way to work on a Sunday, and though he starts to say something to her, he stops himself. As he gets in the car, he guiltily turns away from the happy faces of his children waving him goodbye.

Jae-bok is also called in to work, but before she goes, she sneaks to the third floor and tests the door to the craft room. She uses Bong-gu’s technique to pick the lock, and soon finds herself in front of the mysterious curtain once again.

She pushes aside the curtain, and just like last time, she finds nothing suspicious behind it. At least, until she notices something sticking out from behind the piece of plywood that holds innocent crafting ideas. She removes the board, and what she sees behind it makes her blood run cold.

Below a piece of cloth monogrammed with “K&H” are pictures of Jung-hee, dating all the way back to before Jae-bok knew him. There are even photos of private moments between Jung-hee and Jae-bok, such as the time he was frantic with worry over her in the emergency room.

But the pictures that really scare Jae-bok are the ones from their family trip to the amusement park several years ago, and she remembers Jung-hee asking a random stranger to take the pictures. That “random” stranger was Eun-hee, who was following them as she’s evidently been doing for years and years.

Jung-hee isn’t going to work as he told Jae-bok — he’s on his way to his engagement party to Eun-hee. Bong-gu is there too, and he calls Jae-bok to give her a heads-up on what’s about to happen behind her back.

As Jung-hee and Eun-hee head into the party, Jae-bok comes running into the hotel lobby to confront them, with Bong-gu right behind her.

 
COMMENTS

Once again, Perfect Wife simultaneously surprises and confuses me. So clever, to show us Jae-bok’s entire high school history with a stalker named Lee Eun-kyung, only to have her turn out to be a red herring all along. So who is Moon Eun-kyung, and why do both Jae-bok and Won-jae find her name so familiar? And while I’m asking questions, why was the current-day Lee Eun-kyung played by Lee Yu-ri, who cameo’d in the first episode as Bong-gu’s divorce client? Maybe there’s an innocent explanation, like maybe that was when she and Jae-bok reconnected after losing touch. But this show doesn’t seem to make mistakes or do things for no reason (like repeat a cameo), so I can’t help but wonder if there’s more to that scenario.

Backing up to the top of the episode — I think it was very compassionate and very true to Jae-bok’s nature, that her immediate response to Eun-hee collapsing was to take care of her and protect her. Jae-bok seems at first to be gruff and even slightly cold, but before anything else, she’s a mother. As calculating and devious as Eun-hee has been to Jae-bok, there’s also something very lost and vulnerable about her, and I think it’s natural for Jae-bok to respond to the abused child in her. It’s the same thing Jae-bok did with the other Eun-kyung back in school by wanting to use her personal strength to shield someone she deemed needful of protection.

As frightening and dangerous as I think Eun-hee is in her current state, the more we learn about her past, the more I think that instead of seeing her punished, I would love to see Jae-bok help her get well. Mental illness isn’t a crime, and while Eun-hee is absolutely responsible for her harmful psychological manipulation of Jae-bok and her family, if you think about it, she hasn’t actually done anything criminal. She’s only played mind games, confusing and coercing Jae-bok and her family, and she’s even issued threats, but nobody has been physically hurt yet (even Hyung-sun’s attack on Na-mi that led to her supposed death was an accident). So far I see nothing in Eun-hee’s behavior that indicates that she intends to actually harm anyone, because even her threats have yet to actually go anywhere. I’m not saying she couldn’t escalate to hurting people, but as of yet, she hasn’t crossed that line. It would be wonderful if Jae-bok could find a way to support Eun-hee while she seeks treatment, the same way she kept in touch with Eun-kyung and helped her with her problems, and be the friend that Eun-hee needs so badly. I think she could be exactly what Eun-hee needs — firm and strong enough to withstand Eun-hee’s shenanigans, but compassionate enough to offer the love and support Eun-hee never received from her own mother.

As for Jung-hee, I don’t even know what to think of him anymore. He claims to want to show Jae-bok that he can be a good husband and father, yet the very next day he agrees to marry Eun-hee — why? He doesn’t even seem to like her very much, and in fact, he looks very uncomfortable around her, as if he senses that something isn’t right but can’t quite put his finger on it. With his ex-wife telling him that Eun-hee is volatile and possible dangerous, why would he turn around and marry her? He’s going to get quite a shock when he realizes that she’s the same girl he dated once before. And I still think that something pretty terrible happened between them, something that may have even caused him to suppress his memories of her.

But right now I’m most worried about Bong-gu and his involvement with Eun-hee. I truly believe that Bong-gu’s main concern is to help Jae-bok, and that he only offered to work for Eun-hee in an attempt to discover her true intentions. But Eun-hee has the ability to cut straight to people’s deepest desires, and I couldn’t help but notice the spark of greed that flashed in Bong-gu’s eyes, just for a second, when she offered to hire him to run her legal department. It’s what Bong-gu has always wanted — money, respect, power. Not only that, but I don’t think he’s even opposed to seducing Jae-bok, because he obviously finds her attractive. I’m scared that he could decide that doing something he would probably like to do anyway is a small price to pay for a high-powered, highly paid dream job, and I fully expect the show to make us believe that Bong-gu has been coerced by what Eun-hee is offering. But so far he’s still on Jae-bok’s side, as evidenced by his warning to her about the engagement party. I can only hope that Jae-bok’s positive influence has had enough time to alter Bong-gu’s priorities so that he can resist Eun-hee’s siren call and avoid becoming her latest conquest in her plans to bring Jae-bok down.

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First of all, can I just say how much I dislike JH? Ugh. He is the worst. Such a spineless idiotic fool. He basically threw away his marriage for his 'love' for NM, yet he easily believed what SK told him and did not even bother to get NM's explanation of what had happened. A stranger's word over one you supposedly love? Seriously? I won't even get into his engagement with EH because it is greed and all sorts of crazy. Bleh.

And just as I dislike JH, I also dislike his mom. What a greedy nasty woman. In the previous episode she willingly left her grandson at home alone just to go shopping? What kind of grandmother does that? Then she accepts her son's engagement so easily when the divorce isn't even final yet? Where are your values woman?

As for BG, it seems like he is on a very dangerous path and his discomfort is quite evident. I'd like to believe that his relationships with JB and NM will keep him on the right track though.

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I, too, didnt think I could dislike JH more and each episode just keeps egging me on :( But now we see JH has been fooled and this is why he cheated (gag me with a spoon!) on JB.
And omg- don't even get me started with his mother. She is beyond bad, despicable. I hope we don't get to see why she's the way she is - was she abused too, mistreated so she it makes sense that she behaves badly? I can't even go there.

Thank goodness for girlfriends! JBs friends are fantastic.

BG cannot be an accessory to EHs crazy-making. I too want to believe that he has a crazier plan to 1-up EHs crazy, if that's possible.

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The thing that had me boiling? Dudes all pearl clutching about being used for money in the process in getting engaged to a woman do that he can use her for money/prestige. I'm at the point where I want hi to end up with her and watch her lose her mind and take him out in a murder / suicide thing over something stupid like him forgetting her birthday. I need violent justice for this turd.

Or alternatively they get married and she takes his useless self away from his children and they all live happily ever after with no grandma nor father in sight.

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Seriously. He is doing the exact same thing as NM by agreeing to date EH in exchange for wealth and success. Way to be a hypocrite, JH.

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Initially I thought that they would never put JB+BG together, they'd patch things up between JB+JH so we keep the holy family thing intact, but as god is my witness I think I'll go a little EH bat shoot crazy if they do that after all! I can't stand how weak and spineless and yes, hypocritical and needy EH is!

I figured JB would never seriously give BG a look (fine as Sung Joon is) because she's already raising 2 children, she wouldn't need another, but I revise that statement - she is raising 3 children and the baby girl might be the most mature of the bunch. IF BG is not playing JB false because he's succumbed to his greed he might just prove that he's both morally and intellectually worthy of JB (cause god knows she deserves a real man). Plus, another point in BG's favor: he's only got a step mother who's not gonna cause any trouble. JB might consider that an upgrade.

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'as God is my witness'
lol!!

Jung Hee is hypocritical. Remember when he accused Jae Bok of cheating and even suspected that Jin Wook may not be his son? The guy's self-esteem is so nonexistent that, he probably doubted his participation in the baby making process( maybe he thinks Jae Bok later hypnotized him to believe he actually got his uncertain,unsure peen to work)

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THIS EFFING SHOW. I totally freaked out when they showed the stalker Lee Eun-kyung from Jae-bok's high school days. Even though it turned out to be a red herring, that was a great fake out, to make all of us think that this whole thing went back even further than Jung-hee's rock band days.

why was the current-day Lee Eun-kyung played by Lee Yu-ri, who cameo’d in the first episode as Bong-gu’s divorce client? Maybe there’s an innocent explanation, like maybe that was when she and Jae-bok reconnected after losing touch.

It's so strange... At first I thought that it was the same character and that when Eun-kyung thanked Jae-bok for "helping her through hard times" she was referring to her husband's infidelity from the first episode... but then I actually checked the episode and Lee Yu-ri's character had a different name. If they intended her to be the same person why would she have a different name in that first appearance?

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Every single episode, I like Jung-hee less and like Jae-bok more. Jung-hee really is the worst: still acting like a spoiled child instead of the man he is. He expects everyone to cater to him, and refuses to bend at all to accommodate the person he's wronged. UGH.

Contrasted with Jae-bok, who is a fundamentally decent person; who takes care of people in trouble even when they're her husband's lover or the creepy bitch who keeps encroaching on her family.

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Right? How was Jung Hee EVER good enough for Jae Bok? The guy is such a loser I don't even have the vocabulary to properly describe it. I want to see him lose everything. Just end up far, far away from Jae Bok and the children.

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Yep, bad feelings about Bong-gu falling into EH's clutches confirmed. Am disappointed because it looks like JB won't get her own Sweet Potato. I feel like the analysis is spot on, that EH has been watching BG's treatment of JB and also concluded that he wouldn't mind getting closer - in EH's mind, she just needs to dangle a prize big enough to overcome the scruples preventing BG from making a move.

However, I can totally see JB reacting level headedly despite such a painful betrayal and asking if BG is being paid like KW and NM and now even JH. She might be smart enough not to go for it, gorgeous though Sung Joon may be. And I think she deserves a good long break from being surrounded by people who are being bought by EH. I mean, even Jin-wook got bribed!

Maybe if EH doesn't mend her ways, Brian and the mysterious Chairman will cut her off? A girl can hope, right?

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That might sound weird, but I am actually rooting for Eun Hee's character, not in the sense that I want her to marry Jung hee or succeed with her schemes, I just wish she would get treated and loved. From what this episode showed us, she has some serious mental health problems related to her childhood and lack of love, she does not even seem to know what she is doing wrong! Sure, Jae Bok is the victim but at some point, I could not click with Jae Bok's character anymore, it would be fair that she get to know the whole story but I wish she would not judge Eun hee too quickly, like when she learned that the maid was her mum but the girls were quick to judge Eun hee on why she wd not call her mom mom (bcz of the abuse actually) I just find Eun hee so pitiful, it's quite heartbreaking
Anyway, Jae bok should live a free, independant life, Eun hee get treated, and Jung Hee well... I don t see any potential redemption for his arch..Mmmh, maybe get back with Nami?

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While I wouldn't go so far as to say I am rooting for Eun-hee, she definitely does need professional help and a loving environment. She was probably predisposed to have psychological problems (based off of crazy mom) that were severely worsened by her childhood and subsequent life. Her panic attick was very sad actually. They said she was committed previously, I am going out on a limb and say she needs to be committed again before she harms others or herself. She be cray!

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Jae Bok judged Eun Hee too quickly?
Like, how many chances has Jae Bok given Eun Hee? Even when Eun Hee was overstepping boundaries and doing weird stuff, Jae Bok always heard her explanations and accepted her apologies. She didn't even think the worst of Eun Hee till thinks were started getting out of hand. Many people were saying that Jae Bok should have gotten her children and bailed out there like a bat outta hell. And Jae Bok STILL took care of Eun Hee when she had the breakdown in the streets despite knowing that Eun Hee can fake( and has done so) illness on the spot just to trap her victims (because Jae Bok IS a victim, not anymore, hopefully).

I think we should all remember that Jae Bok is human too. And its because we have the luxury as viewers of being removed from the whole stormy mess. Its a genuinely creepy feeling, knowing that someone's being playing your whole life, including your kids, with an end goal that's not even clear to you. Some would have gone to the police, Others would have gone on a church revival for deliverance from all evil weapons (hint: me lol). Its not even funny oh, this type of manipulation with somebody's life....I'm just imagining if it was me...*shudders*.

I do hope Eun Hee gets the help she needs, really do, before she causes more damage to people and her self( cause girl surely can).

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Agree with you. There is no single evidence to show Jae Book judge Eun Hee quickly. She is definitely a very rationale woman and can be too-good-to-be-true lol.

I want Eun Hee to get treated soon, before she becomes more worst like commit crimes.

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THIS. DRAMA. The conflicts are amazing omg.
Will we ever know how far in details Eun Hee as planned everything? Will Bong Gu and Na Mi go to the dark path? Can Jung Hee possibly be even more a worm? Lol.

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My short version of the answer to your last question: Yes. :)

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I hope the end game would be:

Jaebok x Bonggu
Nami x Bryan
Samkyu x wonjae @ samkyu x hyeran
Eunhee x her mother (since her mental illness rooted from her childhood past, so i hope they get reconcile and heal each other)
jinwook x chaeri

Junghee X whoever that could cater or please him. please leave jaebok alone.i'm sure the children will understand one day

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To be honest ever since like... episode 5 or something I gave up on watching and have only been reading the recaps because of how annoying I find Jung Hee and how much I just couldnt find myself enjoying any scene that didnt have JaeBok and BonGu in it...

I might try and watch the last couple of episodes but because of HungHee's spinelessness I can't even freaking deal with how he jumps from one thing to another it legit freaks me out how well he can convince himself he is doing the right thing. Like I think either one of the recappers or one of the commenters in a previous episode mentioned that he was able to convince himself he really was going to leave NaMi but in the end he still went to her and when he told Nami that he would run away with her, he truly meant that in that moment.

Honestly apart from JungHee I have found none of the other characters hard to watch. I freaking adore the kids and I also really enjoy watching EunHee despite how creepy she might be at times. I just can't find myself enjoying any scenes with Junghee in it which kinda kills me

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I swear, the forehead makes all the difference!! I don't understand the whole man bangs, it's not that attractive comparatively speaking.

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Couldn't agree with you more. I had to pause to catch my breath when Bryan stepped out of the car. The suit+ the hair+ the wry comment+ one upping Jung Hee made it the best moment in the episode.

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wow i hope this drama have a good ending :D

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urghh... I agree with everyone here, JH and his mom really pissing me off, more than EH tbh. I still cant get over how easily JH forgets NM and just do whatever EH ask him to do. Why, because she gives him an audio room? cheap spineless man.
EH is crafty and knows how to manipulate people weaknesses and sometimes I wonder how she can keep her poker face even when JB confronting her with evidences. Fascinating psycho, she is.
I hope this drama wont make JH and JB get back together cause I'll flip if JB take JH back. They can just remain civil and take care of their children together, that is it. JB can rock the world like an awesome person that she is with her friends and BG (and probably NM)~

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I feel really out of step with others in my reactions to this show. Back when we found out that Na-mi wasn't really murdered but just had an accident, I was thinking what the recapper is thinking now, that Eun-hee doesn't actually intend to harm anyone. I thought she was just manipulating everyone to make the couple divorce, but that she had it together enough to know that committing murder is a bad idea. But this week we see that she is becoming more and more unhinged as her plan progresses, and she actually engaged in violence several times this week, which she hadn't done before. She attacked Na-mi twice and threatened her to kill her. She was violent in her response to seeing the child abuse. Worst of all she actually was going to try to kill Jae-bok by pushing her down the stairs (and that was after she sincerely thanked her at the hospital). So now I'm back to thinking that she is dangerous. I feel sorry for her as well, since she is obviously pretty disturbed and unhappy, as well as being a victim of abuse, but I don't think this is the moment to start thinking she's not so bad, because her behavior has actually gotten worse. My opinions on so-called mental illness and how others should respond to it are too long to fit in a comment, but I don't think anything anyone else can do will help her unless she realizes herself that she needs to stop what she is doing. I hope she does so and starts looking for her own happiness instead of trying to make everyone else bow to her wishes.

As for Jung-hee, I see him and have seen him since the beginning as someone who is completely lacking in self-esteem, and therefore craves validation from others. He wants to be treated as someone important rather than the loser he is, and he doesn't seem to know or care that there is nothing deserving of respect in getting a promotion due to the chairman's daughter being his stalker. As long as he has the outward trappings of success he is happy, because for him the way others view him is all that matters.

I'm not actually worried about Bong-gu, although I do find it annoying that he didn't tell Jae-bok everything. I like it better when the good guys work together rather than keeping secrets in order to protect each other or whatever. But I don't think the drama would build up their bond over all these episodes just to have him turn to the dark side in the end. It'll probably be a fakeout where the drama makes us think he has succumbed to EH's manipulation, when actually he has just been pretending the whole time. I do wish we had gotten more scenes between him and JB this week though!

The other thing I find frustrating is Na-mi continuing to be hung up over JH. Please get over him already, he is so not worth it. I think Brian is an interesting character though - hope to see more of him.

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Ok Gwinna, I think you hit the nail on the head on every account, couldn't agreee more! EH definitely dangerous & unhinged, and there is no helping mental illness, or any illness for that matter, no matter what the cause, unless they are aware they have a problem and want help! And yes, I would have loved to have seen much more of Bong gu, and I'm not worried about him either! He's still the best part of this drama, can't express how much I love him!!

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Agreed! Eun-Hee needs to seek help but I also think stalking and threatening to this level needs to have legal repercussions as well.

I am like 85% sure Bong-Gu won't be taking the bait and is laying a trap for Eun-Hee but I also reserve 10% to the flipped scenario and 5% to the drama writers reeking havoc.

My perfect ending is everyone ends up happy except for Jung-Hee cause well frankly I loath him. He doesn't even deserve Na-Mi at this point IMO.

This show. It's a rollercoaster.

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I respectfully disagree with the recapper re: Eun Hee not being dangerous. She assaulted NaMi and I think planned to push JB down the stairs. I do think the actress does a good job playing spooky, vulnerable and psycho very well because we all should feel sympathy for her due to the abuse. However, no excuses for not only the manipulation but the moments that have escalated to violence.

I finally got an answer to one of my questions and that is how long this has been going on, and we now know at least since the daughter was a baby. It's apparent in the flash back that Jae Bok & family were happy so I now think that the whole destruction of this family is the fault of Eun Hee. Sure if Jung Hee were a stronger, more capable man things might have not gotten to this point but sometimes we don't know who people are really deep down until the rubber hits the road.

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Just to clarify, what I meant was that Eun-hee hasn't been violent *until now*, and that I don't believe it was ever her intention, when she was thinking more clearly, to physically harm anyone. I think she only ever planned to manipulate and control them to get what she wanted, but never to hurt or kill anyone. I definitely think she's escalating dangerously, and what I was trying to say was that I hope Jae-bok can help her before she crosses that line of intentionally harming someone.

Hope that makes more sense!

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So agree with your comment: "...we don't know who people are really deep down until the rubber hits the road." It is true that EH or Moon Eun Kyung manipulated to destroy a family. But during the challenging times, JH revealed who he really is to JB: weak, unfaithful, etc. And JB should absolutely believe this, without a doubt.

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I hope Jae-bok took pictures of the wall o'crazy before she went scurrying to the engagement party! You're gonna need hard proof she is crazy if you wish to sway your mealymouthed ex that the woman he intends to spend the rest of your life with is an insane stalker.

I don't think Bong-goo is turning to the darkside. This show is so good at leading us one direction and then completely turning things on their heads. I am assuming he is playing some sort of long con. And what is gonna use his newfound lock picking skills on?

Jung-hee's mother!! Yes to everything previous commenters have said. She is a terrible greedy bitter woman!!! That whole family is awful. Well, I guess we can see where he gets it from.

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Haha, totally agree with everything you said!

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Jae-bok is my superman!

oh my god....as i have said before I REALLLLLLLY DO NOT LIKE JUNG-HEE!!!! he is such a ciward until now oh my god....... i even think he will NEVER HAVE A GROWING-UP TIMELINE in this drama as in ZERO MILLION PERCENT!

what kind of grandma also does that leaving her granchild alone? when grandparents in the real world will spoil so much their own grandchildren to the point of SUPER SPOILED LOL.

ah Eun-Hee so mysterious.....i hope WE REALLY GET A FLASKBACK of what really has happend in the past whether it was good or bad! so that we can atleast solve some mystery questions here!

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My head hurts with all the Eun-kyung flying about. Was thinking that Eun-hee somehow paid the Eun-kyung who appeared in front of Jae-bok & friends, but apparently it's the real Eun-kyung? It's a very mean red herring then, considering Jo Yeo-jung played the Lee Eun-kyung of the flashback, hmmph!
Am loving the last screencap, Na-mi & Bong-gu reporting on duty to derail Eun-hee's plan ^^ So far they have been like loose cannon, but am hoping they will firmly be on Jae-bok's side soon. Na-mi has my blessing to torment Eun-hee in any way she can, and crossing fingers dan Bong-gu will come clear to Jae-book about his "mission", and work together to deceive Eun-hee.

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"Na-mi has my blessing to torment Eun-hee in any way she can, and crossing fingers dan Bong-gu will come clear to Jae-book about his “mission”, and work together to deceive Eun-hee."

yesyesyes! me too *fingerscrossed*

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So much yes to the hope that NaMi and BongGu can throw some well-placed wrenches into EunHee's plot workings. Not that I want to see Eun Hee tormented, but I dont think she has any good excuse for tearing apart a family and I would love to see the two siblings bond by stopping EH.

I still want more direct action from Brian before I will decide he's a "good guy".

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I think Jae Bok may just be my ultimate ideal heroine. She is strong yet vulnerable, she falls down but knows how to pick herself up, she is not immune to occasional pettiness but she knows how to respond the right way each time and rises above it. One word, human but not whiny little helpless/ annoying person that we are so often used to seeing on screen. She is also a mother first in every situation. I think even Eun Hee isn't totally immune to that. After her outburst at her actual mother, Eun Hee actually found comfort in Jae Bok. I think she did mean it when she thanked her then.
Now Eun Hee, she definitely has some sort of personality disorder. Her childhood abuse has obviously contributed to that a lot. I think Jae Bok better get her kids out of that house. I wouldn't keep them where Eun Hee is. We know she is manipulative, pathological liar, stalker, obsessive and prone to violent outbursts at times, I wouldn't keep my kids near somebody like her. She needs to be committed. My problem is a psychiatrist is around them yet nobody pointed that out to her. I get that as the father of her children, Jae Bok feels the need to shield her ex-husband from Eun Hee's craziness. Yet, its too dangerous to keep her children close to Eun Hee. And Jun Hee is another point of amazement for me. I know he is well aware of the fact that Eun Hee possibly isn't right for him but he is ignoring that or has accepted for reasons completely unknown to the viewers. Is he scared of her because he recognizes her or is he too cowardly to confront his inner discomfort at Eun Hee, time will tell I guess.

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Jae Bok judged Eun Hee too quickly?
Like, how many chances has Jae Bok given Eun Hee? Even when Eun Hee was overstepping boundaries and doing weird stuff, Jae Bok always heard her explanations and accepted her apologies. She didn't even think the worst of Eun Hee till thinks were started getting out of hand. Many people were saying that Jae Bok should have gotten her children and bailed out there like a bat outta hell. And Jae Bok STILL took care of Eun Hee when she had the breakdown in the streets despite knowing that Eun Hee can fake( and has done so) illness on the spot just to trap her victims (because Jae Bok IS a victim, not anymore, hopefully).

I think we should all remember that Jae Bok is human too. And its because we have the luxury as viewers of being removed from the whole stormy mess. Its a genuinely creepy feeling, knowing that someone's being playing your whole life, including your kids, with an end goal that's not even clear to you. Some would have gone to the police, Others would have gone on a church revival for deliverance from all evil weapons (hint: me lol). Its not even funny oh, this type of manipulation with somebody's life....I'm just imagining if it was me...*shudders*.

I do hope Eun Hee gets the help she needs, really do, before she causes more damage to people and her self( cause girl surely can).

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I am late but basically I agree with everyone! Jung Hee and his mom are the worst, I dont know why Nami loves him when she can find other better man. Eun Hee is starting to become more violent lately, probably due to everything didn't go as she planned. I dont think Bong Gu will be bad, but he is probably calculating something in his mind. The offer is something big, and for someone like him, this is something that he always want.

Cannot wait for next epi!

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I was a little confused by JH's reaction when EH's real name was said. Or should I say, non-reaction (save for the little bit of confusion). I mean, it's one thing not to recognize someone because they look different, but it's another to not even recognize the name of someone you supposedly were in a committed relationship with.

Which makes me wonder: Have we seen any evidence that he and EH were together outside of EH's flashbacks? See, I'm beginning to wonder if they ever actually were together, or these were all purely delusions on EH's part.

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