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Perfect Wife: Episode 18

Bong-gu is on the rampage, determined to find Jae-bok and exact painful revenge on the people who hurt her. He’ll go to the ends of the earth to bring her home safe, though it may not be necessary — after all, this is Jae-bok we’re talking about. If ever a damsel was capable of rescuing her own damn self, it’s Jae-bok, and she’ll even take a moment to snag herself a prince while she’s doing it.

 
EPISODE 18 RECAP

Jae-bok and her family ride a carousel at an amusement park, smiling and happy together. But the next time the carousel turns, Jae-bok is alone and the park is empty. Suddenly, she wakes up in a strange bed with a rubber ducky squeaking in her face.

The carousel was a dream but the ducky is real. A wild-haired girl looms over Jae-bok (third cameo’s the charm for Lee Yu-ri, ha), shushing her and warning Jae-bok that she has a microphone in her ear. Ooookay then.

Slowly, Jae-bok remembers the staged car accident, her abduction, and being drugged by the evil-looking nurse. She realizes that she’s in a locked room and begins screaming to be let out. In a brief moment of lucidity, the wild-haired girl tells Jae-bok that they’re in a mental hospital before retreating back into her madness.

Bong-gu rushes to the police station when Jae-bok’s abandoned car is found. He and the detective realize that she must have been abducted, as all the CCTV cameras in the area were broken. Bong-gu is told that they have Eun-hee’s spy in custody, and he bursts into the interrogation room to grab the man.

He yanks the spy up by the lapels, screaming at him to tell what he did with Jae-bok, but he only smirks at Bong-gu. They call Eun-hee, who innocently claims to know nothing, but Bong-gu grabs the phone and accuses her of having Jae-bok kidnapped, threatening that this is the end for her.

He calls Sam-kyu to update him on the situation and to ask for any help he can give. As he drives home, Bong-gu imagines Jae-bok smiling next to him, but he’s all alone.

Jae-bok huddles in bed while her roommate dances around the room. She reminds herself to keep it together for her children, and tries to think of a way out of this. Eventually, she introduces herself to her roommate, who says her name is Lee Yu-ri. She stage-whispers that she used the name Yeon Mi-jung when stalking her oppa, and Jae-bok is suddenly afraid that this loony girl is just like Eun-hee.

Jung-hee calls Eun-hee from his U.S. business trip, asking repeatedly if everything is okay. He seems to be waiting for her to mention something, but she cheerfully pretends that things are normal.

Jung-hee hangs up and calls Bong-gu, who’s been keeping him informed during his search for Jae-bok. Jung-hee reports that Eun-hee didn’t mention Jae-bok, but Bong-gu says that he’s meeting someone who can influence her: Brian.

After hearing of the situation, Brian asks Bong-gu for evidence that his sister kidnapped Jae-bok, though he says he wouldn’t report her anyway. Incredulous, Bong-gu asks if Brian wants to see Eun-hee go to prison for Jae-bok’s murder like his mother, who is currently in prison for Na-mi’s murder.

He shows Brian a picture of Jae-bok with her kids, asking what he thinks the children should do with their mother gone. He’s screaming at Brian, who still says there’s nothing he can do to help. Bong-gu snaps that he expected as much and vows that he’ll beat the truth out of Eun-hee himself if he has to.

As it turns out, Brian has already tried to convince Eun-hee to stop all this before she ends up in big trouble like their mother. But Eun-hee had only said that that’s why she needs his help, and she’d begged him to use his power to get rid of Jae-bok.

Brian had said that if she keeps up this behavior, he’ll have to have her committed again. But his plea had fallen on deaf ears as his words gave Eun-hee a horrible idea. Now, Brian realizes that Eun-hee must have somehow had Jae-bok committed.

He runs after Bong-gu to tell him his theory. Bong-gu knows that a person can’t be committed without their family’s agreement, which means that Jae-bok mustn’t be in a legal hospital. He has Sam-kyu look into unlicensed facilities while he goes to visit two hospitals Brian suggested.

In her locked room, Jae-bok lies in bed listening to the growls and screams of the other patients. She overhears a pair of guards in the hallway, the experienced one telling the new one that Lee Yu-ri is the one with glasses. He says that Lee Eun-hee (really Jae-bok) isn’t actually mentally ill, but stops himself before he says more.

Up in her craft room, Eun-hee replaces the pictures that were removed from her stalker wall with new photos of Jung-hee. She happily chirps that Jae-bok is in a psychiatric ward, the kids are gone, and Jung-hee is all hers.

The kids are still staying with Won-jae, and soon Jin-wook loses his patience and demands to know where his mother is. Won-jae tries to stall him, but Che-ri comes in and takes over, asking her mother for the truth.

Jin-wook is overcome with guilt for the way he treated his mother. He sobs to Che-ri that he feels terrible that he always took Eun-hee’s side. Che-ri says he can apologize when Jae-bok gets home and be good to his mom from now on. She says that the best way to make amends is never to do the hurtful thing again.

Che-ri tells Jin-wook not to worry, that Jae-bok is strong and smart, and that she believes in her. He cries even harder, which sets off Che-ri, and she pats him on the back as they cry together. Awww, we see that Won-jae left them alone some time ago, knowing that Jin-wook was in good hands.

In the mental hospital, the guard’s comments give Jae-bok an idea, and in the morning she asks Yu-ri for help by promising to take a message to her oppa in return. Later, the newer guard comes to get Yu-ri for her treatment, and she follows him out. But it’s actually Jae-bok wearing Yu-ri’s glasses, counting on the fact that the new guard can’t tell them apart.

At the exact moment when her guard’s attention is elsewhere, a nurse opens a nearby door, and Jae-bok is off like a shot. She hides in a closet until her pursuers pass, then slips out of the building and hides in the back of a truck. The driver pulls away from the hospital, just as Bong-gu arrives to search the premises.

The man at the desk seems to recognize the picture Bong-gu shows him, but he insists they have no patient named Shim Jae-bok. The nurse who drugged Jae-bok when she was brought in runs up to report that it was “Lee Eun-hee” who escaped, and Bong-gu realizes that it must be Jae-bok under the wrong name.

Jae-bok jumps out of the truck when the driver stops for a call of nature, but she accidentally steps on a twig and alerts him to her presence. He chases her into the trees as she runs as best she can, even after badly twisting her ankle. She finally shakes him by hiding behind a large rock and waiting until he gives up.

She limps through the forest, gasping her children’s names in a desperate attempt to give herself strength. She nearly loses all hope when she discovers she’s been walking in circles, but she forces herself to keep going. She hears footsteps behind her and begins to run, but soon a hand grabs her.

Jae-bok fights and screams, and it takes a minute for her terrified mind to realize that the person who’s caught her is Bong-gu. Ohthankgoodness. When she finally sees him, she throws herself into his arms, sobbing uncontrollably.

Later, she video chats her friends from a rented cabin to let them know that she’s safe, though she won’t be home until tomorrow since she’s feeling too sick for the long drive back to the city. Seeing her kids on the phone makes her cry again, especially when Jin-wook desperately apologizes for his behavior and says that he loves her.

Hye-ran wants to call the police on Eun-hee right away, but after talking to Bong-gu, Won-jae decides they need to gather more evidence to make certain Eun-hee won’t be released once she’s arrested. Jung-hee calls Hye-ran then, so she goes out to meet with him.

Hye-ran angrily informs Jung-hee that Jae-bok has been in a mental institution, put there by the woman he plans to marry. She says that he’s not allowed to see his kids from now on, because he can’t be trusted to act in their best interest. She yells that this is all his fault, asking how much worse it has to get before he wakes up.

Bong-gu brings Jae-bok ice for her ankle and something to eat, though she’s not hungry. He insists on doctoring her ankle himself, pulling her foot into his lap and grumbling at her for making him worry.

Jae-bok notices that Bong-gu is crying, which he hotly denies even while wiping away his tears. Awww, you sweet thing. She softly tells him that he’s okay, and he admits that he was scared she would leave like Na-mi did. Jae-bok scoots closer, saying again that she’s okay as she tells him not to cry anymore.

Jae-bok realizes that it’s usually Bong-gu who’s comforting her, happy that she finally gets to return the favor. Bong-gu looks into her face and they share a charged moment, each exquisitely aware of how close they are. Jae-bok eventually pulls away slightly, and Bong-gu finds his voice again.

He says that this situation has made him realize that she’s a very important person to him. With no trace of his usual joking manner, he asks Jae-bok to stay by his side, and in return, he promises to protect her. She doesn’t answer, but Bong-gu can read her expression clearly. He gives her the sweetest smile and pulls her into his arms, holding her tight while she cries happy tears.

An informant inside SJ Construction calls Eun-hee to tell her that Jae-bok escaped. She yells at him to earn the money she pays him, then realizes that Jung-hee is standing close by, listening to her every word. She goes back into sweet mode, but he’s not fooled.

He yanks the phone from her hand and dials the last number she’d called, surprised when he finds himself speaking to his own secretary, Mr. Oh. He asks Mr. Oh if he was sent to the U.S. so they could lock up Jae-bok, but he doesn’t wait for an answer.

Eun-hee drops the act and says that she thought he went to the States knowing that she was planning something. She taunts him for checking up on her behind his back, then uses his concern for Jae-bok as proof that she has every right to try to get rid of her rival.

Something Eun-hee says makes Jung-hee realize that she overheard him telling Jin-wook that he wants to reunite their family. Eun-hee snarls that she saved him from a wretched life, but for once Jung-hee speaks up and says that may be true, but he’s decided that he can’t live with Eun-kyung.

Eun-hee warns him not to call her by that name, but he leans close to say that she’s still just Moon Eun-kyung, the crazy psycho. He leaves the room but she follows him to say that he provided her alibi when Na-mi died, which makes him an accomplice.

She asks in a silky voice who will be seen as worse — a woman with a mental illness, or the perfectly sane man who ignored the death of his mistress then had his ex-wife committed? Jung-hee says that he didn’t know about Jae-bok, but Eun-hee wonders out loud what Mr. Oh will say when the police ask him about it.

She purrs that Jung-hee is in the same boat as she is, and that she’ll never set him free until the day he dies. Scared out of his wits, Jung-hee runs upstairs to his room and locks the door, gasping that Eun-hee is crazy.

In the morning, Eun-hee knocks on Jung-hee’s door to have him choose his tie like nothing ever happened. After a long moment, Jung-hee decides to pretend everything is fine, and he apologizes for last night. This time, Eun-hee doesn’t seem convinced by his act.

Bong-gu and Jae-bok discuss their plans on the drive back to town. Bong-gu thinks they should concentrate on having Eun-hee locked up, but Jae-bok says she’ll just use her money to free herself. She thinks that they need to use the thing Eun-hee loves most to punish her: Jung-hee leaving her and going back to Jae-bok.

Bong-gu hates this plan, so much so that he pulls over so they can discuss it face to face. He asks if Jae-bok really plans to get back together with Jung-hee, and when she asks why not, he squeaks, “You can’t! We’re finally… we… You can’t!!

Jae-bok calms his fears, saying that she can never go back to Jung-hee. She adds that she’s held a lot back because of Eun-hee’s mental illness, and because Jung-hee was so pitiful. But they don’t appreciate how much she’s overlooked, so now she’s ready to punish them.

She doesn’t seem happy that this is necessary, but as they continue their drive, it seems as though a heavy weight has lifted from Jae-bok’s shoulders. Bong-gu notices it too, and he smiles at her, earning a relaxed smile in return.

Jae-bok’s homecoming is noisy and tearful, with Hye-ran, Won-jae, and all the kids going in for a huge group hug. Bong-gu watches as Jae-bok is surrounded by everyone she loves, looking a little bit jealous.

Later, Won-jae decides it’s time to take care of something, so she visits Sam-kyu at his office. She withdraws her request for them to date, explaining that it’s not worth losing her best friend over. They’re hilariously dramatic as Sam-kyu tries to change Won-jae’s mind, even wrapping her in a backhug. Although she’s tempted, the memories of all the years she and Hye-ran have been friends overwhelm her, and she runs away.

Jae-bok meets with Jung-hee, and after establishing that they aren’t being watched, she asks if he plans to continue living with the woman who sent the mother of his children to an insane asylum. Jung-hee swears that he wants to reunite their family, but Jae-bok isn’t so sure.

She touches his cheek gently, then wishes him luck ending things with Eun-hee. Before she goes, she mentions that their anniversary is only a few days away and that she can’t seem to forget it, even though they’re divorced.

Of course they were being watched, and Eun-hee’s spy sends her photos of Jung-hee and Jae-bok together. Eun-hee goes to visit Hyung-sun, though she says she was just here on other business and heard that Hyung-sun was being transferred. Hyung-sun starts to tell Eun-hee not to visit her again, but Eun-hee cuts her off and says she’s not planning to.

As she walks away from the station, Eun-hee thinks that after tormenting her and Brian, her mother deserves to be locked up. She laughs crazily as she weaves back and forth, looking not-quite-sane to other pedestrians.

Bong-gu gets the news that Eun-hee’s main spy was released due to lack of evidence. Jung-hee calls Jae-bok to tell her he has a new (not bugged) phone, and to ask her to dinner since it’s their anniversary. She agrees, suggesting they go for a drive first.

Bong-gu whoops happily to see Jae-bok all prettied up, joking that he’s paying for her to look gorgeous for her ex-husband. He says a bit more seriously that he’s only letting her go for today, and she agrees that it’s just for today.

Jung-hee and Jae-bok head out for their drive as Eun-hee follows close behind them, looking furious to be betrayed this way. Jung-hee compliments Jae-bok on how beautiful she looks, and she agrees that for many years, she was too busy to make much of an effort. She says sadly that he cheated on her then, and Jung-hee looks sheepish.

They drive for a while, ending up at a small, remote park. Jae-bok suggests they get out to dance, and though Jung-hee is confused, he complies. He tells Jae-bok that he regrets his actions and asks her for another chance.

Instead of melting like he expects, Jae-bok says that just because she came with him on their anniversary doesn’t mean she forgives him. She asks if he thinks he even deserves forgiveness after everything he’s done. Jung-hee agrees that he doesn’t, but he was confused because she’s been so nice to him lately. Jae-bok tells Jung-hee that this is his problem — he’s too soft.

Suddenly, Eun-hee’s car races up and guns straight for them, and Jung-hee tries to shield Jae-bok with his body. Eun-hee slams on the brakes at the last second, then gets out to laugh at them. She grows serious in a flash and asks Jung-hee how he could do this to her, then threatens to have Jae-bok locked up in the asylum again.

Instead of backing down in fear as Eun-hee expects, Jae-bok advances on her and says that she needs to come to her senses. She says that it’s Eun-hee’s turn now, and suddenly Eun-hee is surrounded by suited men. She kicks and screams as they take her away.

Jung-hee belatedly realizes that Jae-bok asked him here to lure Eun-hee and accuses her of treating him like bait. Jae-bok retorts that she was used as bait by Eun-hee to lure Jung-hee into her clutches.

She smiles when Bong-gu arrives, and Jung-hee asks if they planned this whole thing. Bong-gu cheerily tells him that Brian also helped by giving consent to have Eun-hee committed.

Jae-bok makes it clear that she hasn’t forgiven Jung-hee, and that it could be a very long time before she does. He’s so pathetic that he tries one last time to talk her into reconciling, shamelessly using the kids in an attempt to convince her, but Jae-bok stops him mid-sentence. She says they should go their separate ways and just be the best parents they can.

She asks if it made Jung-hee happy to gain the whole world in an instant, and his frustrated sigh proves that it didn’t. Jae-bok says that he’ll lose everything again, then wishes him luck starting over. She goes to Bong-gu, and they leave together.

At the same filthy hospital where Jae-bok was wrongly locked up, Eun-hee sits alone in a tiny room. At first she laughs incredulously, but then she stops laughing and clutches the bars on her door, screaming for someone to let her out.

 
COMMENTS

Have I mentioned how much I love Jae-bok? I don’t think I’ve said it this week yet. I should have known that she would just go ahead and rescue herself from the insane asylum instead of waiting for a knight in shining armor (no matter how handsome and heroic Bong-gu may be) to do it for her. I was lulled into thinking that she was weakening in the previous episode, but looking back, Jae-bok was about due for a meltdown. I don’t think that her collapse makes her any less strong, it just shows once again that her children are everything to Jae-bok. Seeing them threatened, even temporarily, broke her, especially when she hadn’t even had time to recover from being arrested on suspicion of murder. But it’s very like Jae-bok to shake off her fear and just get going with what needs to be done.

But I also adore that, as strong as she is, Jae-bok is also someone who always thinks of others and offers the benefit of the doubt, even when those people are out to hurt her. I thought her little speech about why she’s ready to punish Jung-hee and Eun-hee was a very interesting turning point for Jae-bok’s character. It’s true that she let things slide for so long and gave Jung-hee and Eun-hee so many chances to stop their bad behavior towards her only to be repeatedly disappointed. But they’ve crossed a line by actively attempting to harm her and take away her children, and Jae-bok can no longer look past it or forgive. She’s realized that it’s time to make them pay for what they’ve done, though I thought I was very true to Jae-bok’s nature to seem unhappy about it. She’ll do what must be done to make their torment stop, but that doesn’t mean she has to take joy in it.

Even though Eun-hee is locked away now, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of her, not by a very long shot. She has too many people in her pocket and too much influence to stay locked up for long, and when she gets free she’s going to be out for blood. I don’t believe that Eun-hee was ever fully recovered, she only got better at hiding her crazy, especially when she was channeling all of her energy into stalking Jung-hee and planning to steal him back. Now that she sees Jae-bok as a current threat to her claim on Jung-hee’s heart and not just a past one, I’m scared that Eun-hee won’t be satisfied with any resolution that leaves Jae-bok still alive. I have a strong feeling that this is going to end with the death of one of them.

If there was any lingering doubt in my mind about the growing feelings between Bong-gu and Jae-bok being of a romantic flavor, those doubts were blown away by their moment together in the cabin. Bong-gu may as well have shouted his love from the rooftops when he asked Jae-bok to stay by his side, and I found my heart pounding during that scene as much as it ever does for an actual kiss scene. I love how their bond has grown so naturally, forged by their traumatic circumstances and yet allowed to take its time progressing. The show still would have been good without a loveline, but I think that Bong-gu and Jae-bok’s quiet romance has given us something really special to watch in the background, and I’m glad it’s been used as sparingly as it has. The rarity makes these moments between them that much more special. Whether or not they’re together by the end, I still think their romance will end up as one of my favorites in dramaland.

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After JaeBok and BongGu, may favorite character in the drama is Che Ri!

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I love Che-ri too! She's way more mature than Jin-wook!

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She's also way more mature than Jin-wook's father!

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God, true that. Cheri is badass and I hope Jin Wook learns to be like her. Also, somebody needs to give her an Oscar for pretending to be sick. I personally feel Jung Hee is a bad influence on his kids. If Jae Bok wants what is best for her kids, she will restrict how much Jung Hee has access to them. His pathetic self-pity and selfishness is contagious and it has already affected Jin Wook a lot more than I'd like.

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I appreciate the fact that Jin-Wook came around. I still called him an ***hole (with a forgiving smile) while he cried to his mum. lol

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@witchyromance I guess you finally got the resolution you wanted: someone finally talked to the kids! :-)

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Che-Ri's going to grow-up like Jae-bok.
Bad-ass, no-nonsense and smart! Unlike Jin-wook who is a lot like Jung-hee, easy to fool and manipulate!

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I hope when Che-Ri grows up, she won't get saddled with a guy like Jung Hee! I really like her sense of loyalty (like how a few episode back she commented on how her mom and HyeRan were going to sacrifice their friendship for a man). Jin Wook has no sense of loyalty.

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I agree he may love his kids but he's a pretty bad father since he knowingly brought them back to the house where his crazy ex stalker, mistress murdering and current fiancée lives.

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Even his "love" for his kids is suspect. He's been willing to leave them at least 2x with a 3rd possible. Not only did he know that Eunhee murdered Nami, he remembered that her crazy ass had tried to kill him. What person that really loves their kids would subject them to something like that?

Nope. Junghee is actually a prototypical shitty father. They look good on the surface, but can't really be counted on for anything. And if a dad can't be counted on, he might as well be an uncle.

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Aaah! I have waited all morning to talk about this episode! Thank you so much @lollypip. This post comes in 3 parts! My love Jae Bok, Sung Joon's acting, and my feelings on the relationship between Jao Bok and Bong Gu.

1) Okay, I'll be honest I came into the series about half way through, and mostly only because of Sung Joon and that god dam jawline. But, I fell so madly in love with Jae-Bok. As I've gotten older and mature in real life, I have noticed I have less tolerance for immature or petty female characters in korean drama's, which kind of kills a lot of dramas for me. But Jae-Bok is /everything/. She is confident, doesn't let misunderstandings happen, and truly cares about those she considers family, while still being very feminine. I think I read somewhere earlier, that her character just feels so well "lived in" and real! I hope we can get more characters written like her, and not these plucky but helpless pretty faces.

2) In regards to Sung Joon and his acting, I found Madame Antoine to be weak and am ecstatic that he's back in his stride! I am wondering if it was that long break he took in between Madame Antoine(and the 9 other productions he did three years prior to Madame Antoine) and this drama that helped him so much! I am VERY excited for his movie coming out in June and Motijto later this summer. Hopefully he does well in those too. I think he is definitely the type of actor that needs decent writing to do well in. I don't think he so talented that he can just make something horrible look good. I also think he does much better with adorkable roles such as I Need Romance 3. I also think he is just someone who needs a good strong female actress next to him as well.

3) THEY ARE MY OTP! My reason more so again, my age and sort of feminist views on relationships. He just lets her shine and do her own thing but is there for her when she needs him to be. That's what real life relationships are like. My boyfriend doesn't come in and fix my problems for me when I have them, he just listens and offers suggestions for me to fix them myself if I ask for it. And they have this magic word that I find very few other drama couple have for each other, and that is RESPECT. Like deep immenseful respect. She isn't just this cute girl who for some unknown reason he can't stop thinking about. He think's she awesome because she has shown him and proven to him that she is awesome! His loyalty to her as also earned her respect. Unlike her ex- husband Bong-Go has proven to be /reliable/ and consistent in his actions.

Okay sorry for the spelling mistakes, I kinda of just rambled, but, just, YES TO THIS EPISODE! Maybe we'll get a little peck at the end of 20!!

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Seems like you like sung joon. Me too. I have watched one of his interview and oh my god, he is painfully shy. he is really different from his screen persona. I thought of adding the details here but then again it is possible that you have already watched it.

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I have actually only seen one of his interviews before but he was totally painfully shy in it too! My love for him stems from my obsession of I Need Romance 3. It's was like my de-stress drama during my first year of teaching(which always has TONS of stress) and now has this like pavlovs dogs effect of me where I watch it and just feel happy and lovely inside.

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@amylovesoppa Sorry, I am new to drama beans now sure how this responding things works.

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Love your comments Euley! I've actually watched from the beginning but only because of Sung Joon all the way! I agree he has blown me away in this role! I first saw and took immediate notice of him in Jekyl & Hyde which he stole the show for me, then what sealed the deal was I Need Romance 3 for sure!!! But I have LOVED him in everything I have seen him in, which have been most everything he's done (still haven't caught up yet), but I have to disagree with you & so many others on one point, Madame Antoinne sp.? was one of my favorites! As well as High Society! I loved his acting in both and think he portrayed both those characters the way they were meant to be. I will say I enjoyed & appreciated both of them even more after a second watch! And just for the record, he's the best kisser I have seen in a Korean drama period! Had to get that out there! Lol! Sorry for the SJoony rant, but like I said I'm only here for him! Oh and that cabin couch scene was the hottest non kiss scene ever, could he get anymore sexy or adorable? And Amy, so true about his interviews, I have seen all of them, and he is the shyest, most timid, soft spoken, modest, even self conscious, most adorkable person ever! So it's even more amazing to me to see him pull off these confident, cocky, sexy, emotional characters that he has! To me his acting comes across as completely natural and real! Aww just love him!!

And I'm always late to these discussions & recaps because they don't show up on my feed till a day later! Really disappointing!

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My preference for female characters also changed as I got older. I'm able to enjoy a drama with immature female characters, but I have a better appreciation for those who actually have jobs and are good at it/use their skills from it. The same skills she has developed as a paralegal and her work in law are being used in her actions and thought processes. You really see her as a whole person. She is Jae Bok at work. Jae Bok with her friends. Jae Bok with her family. In dramas, sometimes characters have their "professional persona" and then their "romantic lead persona".

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I love this!!! @asianromance Your comment on her "Jae Bok with her family, Jae Bok with her friends" is so super spot on! There are lots of characters who have romantic lead persona and their professional persona. It describe the point I was making earlier about feeling like her character being "lived in" in a more concrete way!

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I loved this episode! Jae-bok has become one of my favorite dramaland characters. She's strong and resilient. Also very loyal and loving. I loved that moment in the cabin between Bong-gu and Jae-bok but also because the look on Jung-hee's face when he realized he would never get Jae-bok back! It was great. I cackled.

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I still can't get over the fact that he still thought he even had a dust speck's chance of Jae Bok taking him back! Does he think she has NO self-respect?

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I yelled at the screen so loud "You can't seriously think for one second she would consider getting back with you?!" that I scared my dog. Jung Hee is such a punk I wanna slap his face.

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Well, he doesn't have any self-respect, so I guess he assumes she doesn't, either. Jung-hee is just the worst.

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I come to realize how I suddenly understand of Jung-hee's fear to Eun-hee. I can relate that to my real life experience. Just because of this drama, I remember it all of sudden.

I had a friend who's really obsessed with me a few years back. We used to be friends because we're classmate, then suddenly I started to feel something is off. So, I slowly left her. Then that she started to stalk me in my social media or getting some information about me through the people around me (that made some friends felt really annoyed). Or suddenly she appeared in front of my door. I was so frightening that I did not want to leave the house that day as that she guarded my door for several hours.

It was one of hell moments in my life. I could not go somewhere in peace without checking if I could run into her. I was living in a such constant fear. I tried to avoid that person for about 4 years, then a good friend of mine gave me an advice just to meet her "accidentaly" so she would stop obsessing over me and terorrizing people around me. In what so called class reunion, I met her, and I said hello first. Strangely, she could not even speak a word. She's just quiet.
And after that moment, she stopped stalking me, and my life started to be so peaceful again.

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Such a scary situation to be in. Good to know that your life is peaceful again.

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that is hella scary! guarding your door for hours?! I'm glad things are okay now!

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Thank you @lollypip for the speedy recap, once again! you're my hero !
DEAR @euley : You just totally "stole my thunder" with your amazing recap of your feelings about this show. damn! (lol) it's like we're perfectly #twinning on this one, the coincidences are so many!!!

I started the show when it was already at ep 8 and really only because of Sung Joon (because he's so gorgeous in a rough puppy way and he won me over in "I Need Romance 3") and my! my! How I fell in love with how real and feminist Jae-bok is !!! fiiiiiinally, a REAL strong female character!

She single-handedly flipped every possible misunderstanding "right side up" with her straight forward talk and no-nonsense attitude! Take THAT, KDrama tropes! she got me hooked!

As @lollypip graciously mentioned, our dear heroine was due for a meltdown and I applaud her for allowing herself that. and then she gets to the loonie bin and I thought, "Please, against all odds, keep your head together!" and bam! she DID !
I mean... can I hug someone?

Bong-gu & Jae-Bok on that couch... oh the sizzling electricity! I actually found myself talking to my tv screen:

Bong-gu: I've come to realize you're a very special person to me
ME: omg ! you can kiss her! if you don't, I won't be mad, but I totally am behind you on it!
Jae-bok: (silent but staring deep in his teary puppy eyes)
Bong-gu: stay by my side
ME: AAAAAAAAAH!!!!!! Jae-bok, he may be young but.. but... really, KISS! it's OK!! *more high-pitched squealing*

*cough cough*

my point: I'm glad that the mental hospital stint (totally makjang, by the way) didn't last long and that our OTP is ZE BOMB, even without a kiss.

I have only 1 question left: what are we going to do for a whole TWO episodes, now that crazy Eun-hee is "gone"?

PS: Bryan is a stoic ***hole.

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Bryan is useless. I'm more mad at him for letting Eun Hee roam free and for letting Nami die than at Eun Hee for killing Nami. Wasn't Bryan guarding Nami like practically 24/7? Why was he gone at that crucial moment especially as Eun Hee keeps spiraling out of control? I was really hoping they can be a couple afterwards.

I still can't believe the writer is getting away with writing a character who clears up misunderstandings all the time.

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Exactly, Bryan showed up conveniently out of nowhere at even the slightest confrontation, then he just disappears into thin air when he's really needed? Knowing how dangerous the situation was getting? Completely useless!

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Dear @kethysk,

First of all, let's be best friends because your re-cap of the cabin scene made me laugh hysterically. I am very excited to fan girl with you and @amylovesoppa and @katsue over Motijto (Sung Joons next drama!) this summer!!! I am new to drama beans and usually comment on reddit but they don't have the community there like they do here!

Second of all, I Need Romance 3 is my favorite drama of all time ever and ever! It just always makes me happy and de-stressed!

Third, I totally love the point you and I think it was lollipop made that Jae-Bok got out of the mental instution her self was so very true to her character! She didn't need anyone to save her at all, and I am glad it was short.

Fourth, in regards to the last 2 episodes. I feel like there is still the big issue of who is going to get blamed for Na Mi's murder. She was institutionalized, but her brother never confessed her to Na Mi's murder. My theory is, she is going to get out and try to directly kill Jae-Bok and go so bat shit crazy she confesses to Na-Mi's murder, and then, ideally, she'll go back to a REAL hospital and get treated for her REAL illness.

Fifth, As an adult, and someone who is trying to think critically of this drama, I don't think Jae-Bok and Bong NEED to kiss for this drama to be good. They have basically already confessed their deep love for each other, and if it ends with them just getting dinner, and maybe a peck on the cheek, that would be, a satisfying ending and I also think inline with Jae-Bok's character.

And finally, BUT LETS TAKE A MOMENT TO TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH OF AN ACTUAL WASTE IT WILL BE IF THEY NEVER HAVE A REAL KISS BECAUSE SUNG JOON IS THE BEST KISSER IN ALL OF DRAMALAND AND IT'LL BE A SIN AGAINST HUMANITY IF THEY DON'T!

Sincerely,
Euley
PS: Brian is useless. You rock.
P.S.S: I hope you get to see this comment so you know that I appreciated your comment on my comment. I am not sure how notifications work with drama beans yet.

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hahahahahahahaha!
that's it! Best Dramabeans Friends! Done !

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Yesssssss!

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Also today I learned it takes a while for comments to show up! I actually wrote this letter to you twice because I thought the first one didn't go through! my bad!

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Aww yes, @euley I will definitely be fangirling all the way over anything he's in, so glad to find a like mind on that account! Lol!

Yes, INR3 is the most feel good drama ever! AND this deserves a huge repeat:

"And finally, BUT LETS TAKE A MOMENT TO TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH OF AN ACTUAL WASTE IT WILL BE IF THEY NEVER HAVE A REAL KISS BECAUSE SUNG JOON IS THE BEST KISSER IN ALL OF DRAMALAND AND IT'LL BE A SIN AGAINST HUMANITY IF THEY DON'T!"
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Haha, You took the words right out of my mouth! I'm happy just to see Sung Joons dreamy sultry sexy drop dead gorgeous gaze/stare/jaw line, or his beyond adorable boyish grin and charm, BUT COME ON, to waste his incomparable kissing ability, would be dramalands greatest sin ever!

And I hope you see this because it takes forever for comments to show up on my feed, so I don't know if anyone actually sees them or I'm just talking to the air or not! Lol. They need to come up with a better way to see comments or especially when someone replies, if there was a way to be notified?

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I doubled the comments again cause I got a 504 error. :;sigh:: Drama beans!! Work with me here!

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I saw it! But only cause I came back to see if my second/doule post showed up yet so I can delete it(still hasn't.)
Also! Yah for Sung Joon Fan Girling! ヘ( ^o^)ノ\(^_^ )

I think drama-beans just got updated recently right? Maybe they are still working out the kinks.
I totally agree there should be a way to be notified. It encourages conversation.

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Yay, you got it!

Yes I agree, the conversation is usually done by the time I get here. I see it's posting 3 hours behind me too, so must be the time difference is part of it. I do hope they improve it though.

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Hey! I've been "eavesdropping," wanted to let you know that everyone *should* be getting notifications when they get a response. But we're still working out some kinks, so please be patient with us!

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I dont get a notification even if somebody responded to my comment so I go back and search my user name with ctrl+f

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@lollypip No worries! Transitions are hard. You guys are the best! Like seriously. In fact how can I give you my money? Is there a dramabeans t-shirt or mug I can buy somewhere?

Also @amylovesoppa I do the same thing :-p.

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YASSS. 1000% agree on this. Sung Joon needs to kiss SOMEONE before the end of this drama for all of us thirsty SJ fans. Don't waste his talent, Show! **runs away blushing**

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I want a happy ending for Sam kyu and won jae......

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Thanks Lollypip for the re-caps. I have really enjoyed reading your analysis every week.
A few of my own thoughts:
Jung Hee had to be a spineless opportunist in order for most public opinion to be OK with Jae Bok refusing to take him back.

I would hope Eun Hee is not in that same sketchy mental hospital that Jae Bok was in. It was way to easy to escape from.

I've enjoyed all the actors in this drama. They were great!
I have to compliment Jo Yeo Jung doing yoga! She is a perfect tiny doll woman but not quite a "perfect wife".

Why is this story not ending after ep 18?

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I had to look it up to see if I remembered the episode count correctly since I was so happy.

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"Scared out of his wits, Jung-hee runs upstairs to his room and locks the door, gasping that Eun-hee is crazy." O_o Is he, like, Dory? I can't even!
Bong-gu spluttering by the road side is the cutest ever.
Finally Eun-hee is where she's supposed to be, but there are 2 eps more, am curious how they going to fill them. This really shud've been a 16 eps drama...

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I'm still enjoying this drama at 18 episodes, but I agree that a 16 episode count would have been ideal for this drama. I'm guessing episode 19 and 20 will just be EUn Hee escaping and doing crazy things again until she is finally and truly caught redhanded for Nami's death or until she is finally dead.

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yes, that's my thought too! We still have 2 more episodes, and it's possibly for EH to escape from the mental hospital. She's not the type to stay quiet, especially when she thinks that JH left her and plans to put her in the mental hospital.

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I'm hoping it's two episodes long enough to give us Jae Bok/Bong Gu romance!

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I keep refreshing the page because I didn't want to watch the episode until I know @lollypip posted the recaps. I really like this show. This was a surprise for me since I didn't expect it to capture my interest so well.
I guess it's Jae-Bok and Bong-Gu's characters are the attraction. They're soo good for each other that I can't help but wish they were real.

Also, I agree with most people, Che-Ri is the next best character after JB and BG!

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I didn't expect to like it so much either! These kind of thriller dramas aren't really my stile but I kept coming back because of Jae-bok and Bong-Gu too!

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As far as I'm concerned, that could have been the last episode and I would have been happy.

I just loved it when Hye Ran told the whale dump that they would even go to jail before they let him have access to his kids again. Great friends!

I was totally with Bong Gu when he stopped that car and looked at her like she was crazy. Although I have to admit it's an effective plan.

Thanks for the recaps and great commentary LollyPip! Although I think the one who may die is probably Jung Hee. (possibly by all the beanies here)

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Thanks for the recap. I really love Jaebok and Bonggu too. This is my first time watching Go So-young and I am now a fan.

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Am I the only one still wondering what happened to Cha Kyung woo? I mean Eun hee totally got rid of him somehow didn't she?

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I think he appeared on an "as needed" basis. They obviously had some sort of agreement that whenever Eun-hee called him, he came and did whatever she ordered him to do --- in exchange for being compensated of course. ....... If I remember correctly, Eun-hee gave him a building as payment for coming over to the house, which was the last time we saw him. She just hasn't called him since then.

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He is happy in the building he got out of sowing the "Jin-wook may be my kid" drama.

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Arahime, RIGHT?! Last we saw of him he was getting kidnapped off the street right across the street from Jae Bok.

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I'm still wondering that too! Yes he was just kidnapped and forgotten!!?

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I asked that a couple episodes ago because I want to know what happened to him...seriously since he was kidnapped does he have nobody who would be concerned he has gone missing? Family? Coworker? Someone?!?

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Yas! No table flip needed!

I totally loved that Jae-bok rescued herself. I also thought it was cute that she was comforting Bong-gu after she went through a traumatic episode herself. They have such a comfortable relationship. They naturally fell into this rhythm.

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This was such a satisfying episode in so many ways! I'm scared for what will happen next given that there's still more episodes to go and it's unlikely that we'll get 2 whole episodes of happy. (Although I think we deserve it, at this point.)

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After this very adventurous episode, all I can think that; I want to shave Junghee's feather duster that he calls a mustache, and wash Eunhee's very very oily looking face with a bar of soap.
I <3 Jaebok.

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After last episode I got so angry I didn't watch this one; I'm glad to see it's back out of crazy-making territory.

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i actually only read the recap for the last one and was upset that Nami really did die and the whole committed to the mental hospital against one's will was so weekend-makjang. I watched this episode and I'm glad that it's back to form.

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Thanks for the recap! Jae-bok is such an awesome character and I also love how they developed her and Bong-gu's relationship. Like everyone else, I love Che-ri too, she reminds me so much of my best friend in grade school. There were lots of good things in this episode, but whyyyy Brian would you put your sister in that sketchy hospital instead of a legit one?

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I don't get that either since Brian, as family, has the right to commit her to a legit hospital and shouldn't need an unlicensed one.

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With two more episodes, I'm really curious how this show will give closure to the side-characters we don't know their whereabouts.
1. Cha Kyung-woo: Where is he? Is he alive or dead? He did not even can give explanation to JB.
2. Mr. Park's wife: where is she now? Is she done with Hye-ran?
3. Nami's friend: where is she now? Was it a closure when she was meeting HS in the cafe when BG suddenly caught them?

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Yeah, I hate it when they don't tie up loose ends or just drop characters like that!

And what about Nami's mother, who Bryan also promised her to take care of, and I wonder if BG will now reach out to her and be a son to her just like he said he would be a real brother to NaMi? I hope so.

And with two more ep I hope we get the complete story of what happened between EH & JH in the past.

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Oh yes.. the mother too! Forgot to mention... hopefully, the writer do something with them.. We, they just don't vanish into the thin air.

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Also, Nami's mother has not been notified if Nami passed away :(

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Yeah, twice now!

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Lee Yu-Ri is so awesome in this cameo. I loved the yellow gloves and duck! She doesn't hold back when it comes to portraying c-r-a-z-y ladies!

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That Jung-hee thinks he still has a chance with Jae-bok ...... absolutely clueless, that guy.

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I don't think the writers did a good job in this drama. They wrote the female lead's character arc very well (how she goes from gullible and apathetic to strong and proactive), but plotwise, there are serious flaws.
Firstly all the makjang stuff.
Secondly the loopholes (where to begin), unrealistic reactions and fortuitous coincidences. Thirdly, there were at least two characters who were put there just because it was convenient: one is Cha Kyung Woo and the other one is Brian. Even if they give them some hurried motivation towards the end, it will still be sloppy writing.

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Che-Ri was the BEST character hands down. That little girl has been on point all 20 episodes- she called it like it is and straighten ut folks along the way. She definitely #1 then Bong Gu and Jae Bok.

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I'm thinking the last two episodes should be about how Jae Bok's ex-husband pays for being complicit and the last one 20 we can do the usual kdrama time jump to see JaeBok and BongGu happy together and married with a baby on the way. The two other besties still friends with the other lawyer still moping. Che-Ri has a boy interested in her which cause all kinds of angst in JaeBok's mini-me ex-husband behaving son. He'll have to grow up or permanently shut up near Che-Ri and her new guy.

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BG's "But we're finally...!" made me laugh and grin. It did have me wonder briefly what really happened during the cabin sleepover. Do I feel a little cheated that Hye-Ran and Won-jae didn't tease JB about being overnight in a cabin with BG? Though with BG as he is, I can just picture him fussing rather than needing to control his impulses, and JB finally telling him to buzz off with the ice and liniment and just let her sleep, haha.

I think I am just as disappointed in Bryan as I am in JH, if not more so. He has given EH and HS even more chances than JB has, which is unreasonable given that he knew what they were capable of, whereas JB didn't. I commented before that Bryan needed to step up to the plate and stop his noona from ruining others' lives and her own, but he hasn't, and even BG's straight-talk didn't bring him around so...I have possibly even less respect for him than for JH. JH is pond scum, but pond scum that is beginning to show a bit of remorse. Not seeing any of that from Bryan - and not convinced that he's going to send Noona anywhere beneficial or keep her there long enough to help, since she's in the rather unsanitary, unprofessional, minimum-security, unlicensed facility.

Also in agreement with the commenter who said we need a fast-forward. My own list of wants for the fast-forward includes: Sam-kyu's wedding (I'll be satisfied with it being Won-jae, Hye-ran, or BG's sugar mama from Ep 4); BG and JB in an adorable relationship; JH as a casino-show regular performer being cheered on by adoring and somewhat frightening ahjumma fans; EH and HS getting the help they need; Bryan living off his slush fund on a private island where his apathy can't harm anyone else; and Che-ri as the leader of the badass high school group like the one JB was leading.

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I'm not alone. I saw that and wondered if something had happened between them that night.

To be honest, I was very disappointed in Jae-bok in several episodes after she found out Eun-hee was a "psycho". When she brought her children back in that home, my wide-eyed admiration of her as a strong female character hit the floor; because she did it "for her children" but in reality to protect a worthless, greedy, no-loyal man. I was glad she stayed strong and freed herself. I hope this lesson also helps her greedy son who is very much like his worthless father.

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honestly my jae bok x bong gu ship is sailing and i couldn't be any happier (please give us all the cheesy drama stops with them being an old married couple... they already act like it anyways!)

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I have to say that I totally ship them. However, I was expecting to see more of them developing a relationship as the synopsis said that she would find love.

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Although Jae-bok and Bong gu are my favorite characters in this drama, the writer had some behaviors for Jae-bok that disappointed me and seemed out of characteristic for her. When she discovered, was horrified to learn, that Eun-hee was a stalker and had stalked them for hears which gave evidence to her mental instability, I was shocked when Jae-bok knowing this brought her children back into that home to "protect" that lowlife ex-husband. The ex-husband who she had caught in a number of lies. The writer provided the excuse that Jae-bok was doing this 'for her children's mental health'. The fact that Jae-bok's friend who is a psychiatrist didn't warn Jae-bok the dangers of this type of personality, especially one that went to the length to break up their marriage, is extremely surprising and disappointing. As I said on another thread, in order to stay remotely in line with the synopsis for this drama, episode 17 and 18 should have been episode 7 and 8. I've been very disappointing in Jae-bok's world revolving around her husband and Eun-hee instead of moving on and getting her life together with her children; being able to find a steady job and a place to live with her children. I also wanted to see more of Bong-gu as he continues to mature as a man--not taking advantage of those women to buy his expensive gifts. Now I wonder what will we see in the last two episodes.

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Am I the only one who caught the Jang Bori is here reference? Lee Yu Ri said her name was Yoon Min Jung like in the drama and that she was stalking Seok oppa. Plus she had the yellow gloves because she badly burned her fingers at the of the drama! I just love her!

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