Misty: Episodes 11-12 (Open Thread)
odilettante: My favorite scene this week, hands down, was the shot of Hye-ran in her closet (which is definitely large enough for me to live in). My other favorite scene was Hye-ran getting all suited up because it was like she was preparing for battle, so now I’m considering her pantsuits like suits of armor.
mary: Those are very gorgeous and comfy-looking armors. But we need to crowdfund more of them for Hye-ran, because her enemies are piling up, and she might have found something she wants to protect now.
odilettante: Like *gasp* actually falling in love?
EPISODES 11-12 WEECAP
Hye-ran finally tells Tae-wook what happened nineteen years ago when Myung-woo found her leaving a loan shark’s place at night looking disheveled. Myung-woo, ignoring her pleas that nothing bad happened, ran in and stabbed the loan shark in anger, killing him on the spot.
In the present, Hye-ran admits to Tae-wook that she still asks herself “Why didn’t Myung-woo believe what I said? Then no one would’ve died, and he wouldn’t have gone to jail, and we wouldn’t have suffered all these years.”
When Tae-wook meets up with Myung-woo, he says he realized while in prison that he killed that loan shark for his pride, not for his love for Hye-ran. Myung-woo approached Tae-wook to observe if he’s protecting Hye-ran or just his pride. But Myung-woo already knows the answer to this, as he told Hye-ran earlier that Tae-wook loves her very much.
Tae-wook visits Hye-ran at work and takes back what he said earlier about regretting waiting for her. He loved her seven years ago and he still loves her now. Hye-ran kisses him back and they end up sleeping together.
Their happiness is very short-lived though, as Hye-ran finds a letter from court the next morning, informing her of her indictment and first hearing two weeks from now. She decides to accept her Vice President’s offer to steal Director Jang’s position and shorten the coverage of Congressman Jung’s scandal. In exchange, Kang Yool Law Firm must represent her AND win in the murder case. The deal is set and she’s immediately reinstated at work while Director Jang gets ignored by the Vice President. Jang begins to nitpick at her during staff meetings and piles work on her despite the looming trial.
Tae-wook hears about the trial and Hye-ran using a different lawyer than him. He asks to be put back on the case and reassures her that he’s fine with handling gossip about her affair, but Hye-ran admits that she’s the one who’s not okay with it. For once, all the accusations that she’s hurting Tae-wook are also hurting her — meaning she might be in love with him after all. She breaks up with him, not wanting to be like her mom who gets hurt over and over because of love.
Hye-ran misses Tae-wook after he moves out but she stays out of contact with him, and even Reporter Yoon is surprised that Hye-ran doesn’t act selfish as usual and hold on to what she wants (aka Tae-wook). But all that doubting is moot since Tae-wook joins Kang Yool instead to work on Hye-ran’s case.
It’s unclear if Kang Yool is trying to screw Hye-ran (and Tae-wook) over, but Kevin’s ex-manager Dong-hyun joins in to give his best effort. Consumed by guilt after his sister’s funeral and Eun-joo’s unlimited kindness towards him, Dong-hyun goes on a rampage and tries to run Hye-ran over. Eun-joo reports these attempts to the police — after being ignored by Tae-wook — and even Myung-woo joins in on hunting Dong-hyun down. But Dong-hyun goes even crazier after realizing Myung-woo and Tae-wook are working together. He ambushes Tae-wook on the morning of the trial, causing Hye-ran to panic in front of Detective Kang and drive like a madwoman to the hospital.
Thanks to Myung-woo’s help, Tae-wook escapes with a minor head wound. But the fear for Tae-wook’s safety is enough for Hye-ran’s composure to crack and hug him and call his name over and over. Myung-woo decides this is where his role ends, and he walks away, but not until Detective Kang gets a glimpse of him. Kang calls his hoobae detective for the timeline of Myung-woo’s release and rushes to tip off Prosecutor Byun about something.
The trial starts with Hye-ran’s side pleading not guilty to murder. Prosecutor Byun opens with his own witness, the one who claims to have seen someone fighting with Kevin Lee that night. Remembering Detective Kang’s tip, Byun asks the witness if Kevin fought with a woman. The witness says no, it was a man. The Dramatic Violins go crazy in the background, and everyone in court is shocked, except Tae-wook who stares intently at the witness and clasps his hands tighter.
mary: How can a simple hand-clenching worry me so much? Tae-wook, please tell us you just ate a bad piece of egg for breakfast, and you’re not guilty of Kevin’s murder.
odilettante: I definitely joined the “Tae-wook killed Kevin” train this week, particularly when the show hammered into my head the parallel of Hye-ran insisting nothing happened and the men not believing her. Teenage Hye-ran (who looks an awful lot like a young Ha Ji-won) insisted she wasn’t raped at the jewelry store, and adult Hye-ran insisted nothing happened between her and Kevin. But Jail Oppa didn’t believe (or care) and killed the jewelry store guy anyway, so maybe history repeated itself with Tae-wook going in all rage-induced to kill Kevin.
mary: Also, what’s up with the prosecution’s witness saying a man fought with Kevin Lee? Wasn’t the indictment based on his statement? How the fork did they manage to get to the trial without asking that important piece of info? This is like the Ji-won-called-Kevin-last all over again! A sloppy case based on non-evidence. No wonder Tae-wook was so confident he’ll win this trial.
odilettante: Is this a real witness, though? Or was he planted by the prosecution? But then why would Detective Jang specifically request the prosecution ask the gender of the person fighting with Kevin, knowing it would reveal it wasn’t a woman? Is the prosecution now secretly on Team Hye-ran or are they really that just inept? I don’t know what to trust anymore!
mary: Speaking of broken trust, I never thought Hye-ran would engage in Noble Idiocy by breaking up with Tae-wook. Isn’t her M.O. Selfish Brilliance instead?
odilettante: I didn’t really think of it as Noble Idiocy. More like she could see that the people around her are getting hurt so in order to protect them, it’s better to distance herself from them. I also think she’s used to doing everything on her own, so it scares her to be vulnerable and need someone else. I mean, the last time someone came to her defense, he ended spending nineteen years in jail.
mary: Tsk… tsk… men and their useless pride. Do you think nothing really happened with the loan shark? Or did Hye-ran just want to forget things and move on to a better life? I feel I’m like Tae-wook. I love her, but at the same time, I keep doubting her.
odilettante: I actually think that while there might have been an attempt at sexual assault, nothing really happened — or Hye-ran managed to fight back enough to get her assailant to stop. I may have doubted Hye-ran’s earlier assertions that nothing happened between her and Kevin, but now I believe her that nothing happened beyond what we saw already (admittedly those kisses weren’t “nothing” but I now believe that’s as far as it went).
mary: I can never be sure how much of it is true. I’m not even sure if Hye-ran really declared war against Director Jang or they just hatched a secret plan to lull their enemies into complacency. Or, knowing this is Hye-ran, it could be a fake war to bring down Kang Yool and Hwanil, but she might be using it to get the Director position at the same time (which she deserves, to be honest).
odilettante: Yeah, I’m not sure exactly what’s going on with that, but I’m totally rooting for her to become the first woman news director, especially one who refuses to be bribed by rich powerful men and who then empowers her fellow news women to carry on her legacy after she smashes that glass ceiling with one of her exquisite stiletto heels.
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