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Perfect Wife: Episode 14

Although it feels like Jae-bok is finally getting the true explanation for Eun-hee’s obsession with Jung-hee, Eun-hee steps up her lies and schemes, determined to get her man at any cost. And Jae-bok’s already complicated life grows even harder to handle when someone very close to her can’t hide their true feelings anymore, forcing Jae-bok to confront the fact that she may very well have some unresolved feelings of her own.

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

When Jae-bok confronts Eun-hee with her past, Eun-hee suddenly becomes terrified and pleads with her not to tell Jung-hee that she was his stalker back in college. When Jung-hee arrives home, Eun-hee drags Jae-bok into a room and throws herself at her feet, pitifully begging her for help. She even offers to leave and never show her face again if Jae-bok keeps her secret.

Outside the door, Jung-hee hears their conversation. He backs away, pretending to be on a phone call, and just leaves Jae-bok to deal with Eun-hee alone. He gets in his car and speeds away, but Bong-gu kept his promise to Jae-bok to stay close, and he follows Jung-hee.

Jae-bok breaks free of Eun-hee’s grip, gasping that it must be all true — that Eun-hee was Jung-hee’s stalker, and that she changed her face and hair and infiltrated their lives on purpose. Eun-hee admits it all, blaming her mental illness on her mother’s abuse when she was a child as she sobs that she never learned how to love.

Having overheard this, Hyung-sun comes screaming into the room. She viciously shakes Eun-hee and spouts hateful abusive insults until Jae-bok throws herself between them and pulls Eun-hee away. Jae-bok says that an attorney (Bong-gu) is outside listening to everything and is preparing a case against Hyung-sun for everything she’s done, which gets Hyung-sun to stop her attack and slink away.

As Jung-hee drives aimlessly, he recalls a day that he and Eun-hee (when she was Eun-kyung) were in her car, with Eun-hee driving. Jung-hee had told Eun-hee that they were over once they got to their destination, and Eun-hee had gone into a sort of frozen daze. Jung-hee hadn’t seemed very concerned about Eun-hee’s feelings and had acted annoyed when she’d stopped responding.

Finally he’d yelled at her to pull over and let him out, but Eun-hee had muttered that he wasn’t getting out of the car. She’d slammed the gas pedal to the floor and ordered Jung-hee to say he would love her forever.

Eun-hee had driven the car onto a dirt road, saying that they’d die together before she’d let him leave her. She’d sped towards a ravine, intent on taking them both over the edge. But at the last second, she’d hit the brakes and thrown an arm out to shield Jung-hee, and they’d skidded to a stop just inches from the edge of the cliff.

Weak and bleeding from a head wound, Eun-hee had reached out to touch Jung-hee’s hand. He’d roused just enough to push her hand away before passing out again.

When Jae-bok can’t reach Jung-hee in the present, she calls Bong-gu, who asks how the talk went. He doesn’t mention that he’s still following Jung-hee, then Jae-bok has to hang up when Jung-hee’s mother shows up unannounced.

She apologizes for being too hard on Jae-bok earlier and cries when Jae-bok asks again if she knew about Jung-hee’s college stalker. She reveals that Jung-hee was hospitalized from the shock of almost dying at Eun-hee’s hands and forgot everything. She begs Jae-bok not to tell him that his stalker is back, terrified of what could happen if he remembers.

What Jung-hee’s mother doesn’t know is that Eun-hee is Eun-kyung, with a different face and name. She asks Jae-bok where Jung-hee’s stalker is now, but Jae-bok doesn’t tell her.

As it turns out, it was Jung-hee who took down all of the photos from Eun-hee’s stalker wall in the secret room. He pulls off the road to burn them, vowing that he’ll no longer be the weak man he’s been. After he leaves, Bong-gu salvages the one photo of Jung-hee that wasn’t completely burned.

In the shower, Eun-hee thinks about her breakdown in front of Jae-bok and starts crying again. But she gets control of herself and decides that she can’t disappear like she promised, not when she’s so close to her goal.

Bong-gu waits for Jae-bok at Won-jae’s place, quipping that he knew where she’d go because he knows her heart. Jae-bok feels bad that he came all this way when she’s too tired to talk, so Bong-gu says that she can take him to lunch tomorrow.

She turns to go inside, but he stops her as he considers telling her about Jung-hee burning the photos. But he changes his mind and sends her in, watching her go with a strange look of regret on his face.

Eun-hee is calm and composed again when Hyung-sun brings her medication. She ignores her mother until Hyung-sun reaches out to smooth her hair, then she slaps her hand away and orders her to sleep somewhere else tonight, because she has special plans.

Jung-hee looks like the last thing he wants to do is go back to Eun-hee’s house. He calls Jae-bok before he goes inside to ask what she wanted to talk about earlier, but she remembers his mother begging her not to tell him about his stalker.

Instead, she asks why he took a year off of college, and he repeats his story that he was working. He admits that he wasn’t well at the time, and that he doesn’t remember that year very well.

Eun-hee meets him wearing a killer red dress, saying it’s their engagement celebration. She pours some wine, thanking Jung-hee for being her man. He thanks her in return, then she pulls him close to slow-dance.

After a moment, Eun-hee looks up, and instead of Jung-hee as he is now, she sees the shaggy-haired rocker she fell for in college. She breathes a happy, “Oppa…” then hugs him tight.

It triggers another memory for Jung-hee, this time of Eun-hee standing in front of him with blood dripping from her mouth. She’d gasped, “I love you, Oppa,” before collapsing, and an empty pill bottle had tumbled from her hand.

Still in Eun-hee’s arms, Jung-hee goes cold and his hands drop from her waist. Eun-hee doesn’t notice and tilts her face up for a kiss. But Jung-hee comes back to himself just in time to turn his face away.

He says that he thinks it’s too soon, but Eun-hee reminds him that they’re engaged and all alone. Jung-hee thinks just quickly enough to claim that he won’t be able to control himself, and he asks Eun-hee to wait until after the wedding.

Looking at him suspiciously, Eun-hee asks if he actually plans to marry her, adding, “You won’t leave me, right?” Her words, so close to those she said when she almost drove them off a cliff, rattle Jung-hee so badly that he can barely nod.

But it works, and Eun-hee hugs him again, her suspicion gone. She whispers that she would do anything for him, but over her head, Jung-hee looks like he’s doing his best not to scream.

The next morning, Eun-hee ties Jung-hee’s tie and says that she’s going to talk to her father about putting him in charge of a major shopping center project. Jung-hee doesn’t think he’s ready for something that big, but she says he has to do well so her father… but she doesn’t finish the thought.

They head downstairs to find Jae-bok and Hye-ran waiting at the bottom of the stairs wearing matching disapproving expressions. They’ve come with movers to fetch Jae-bok’s things, which scares Jung-hee as he reminds Jae-bok of her promise not to move out. Jae-bok says that she refuses to raise her children here and tells Jung-hee to visit the kids at Won-jae’s.

Jae-bok insists on speaking with Eun-hee alone to confront her over the fact that it was because of Eun-hee’s stalking that Jung-hee took a year off school. She says that she knows Eun-hee has been watching her and Jung-hee all this time, waiting for her chance.

Jae-bok asks if Eun-hee really plans to leave them alone, and Eun-hee demurely says she will. Jae-bok warns her not to break her promise and tells her to go to counseling with Won-jae. Eun-hee balks at that, claiming that she’s better now, but Jae-bok disagrees.

Jae-bok finds Sam-kyu in his office and boldly comments that she knows she makes him feel guilty. He plays innocent, but she mentions all the overtime and work trips he sends her on, and how he even helped plan Eun-hee’s engagement party.

She says that she knows Eun-hee is behind it all, but that she knows he’s a good man, and that she hopes that side of him wins out. They clean the office together, then Jae-bok suddenly remembers that it’s Bong-gu’s birthday.

Eun-hee shows up for therapy with Won-jae as promised, and Won-jae starts by asking her to talk about Jung-hee. A dreamy look comes over Eun-hee’s face as she mentions the first time she ever saw him. They were in the same class, and Eun-hee sighs that that’s when he fell in love with her.

She says that he left a note in her textbook asking her to lunch, but we see the reality, which is that she left him the note. She’d nodded when he looked her way, and he’d nodded back, but he’d looked pretty weirded out.

Eun-hee says that after that day, Jung-hee loved her so much, he even held a concert just for her. In reality the theater is packed, and Jae-bok is even there, but in Eun-hee’s mind she was the only person in the audience. She giggles that he loved giving her backhugs, and again we see Jung-hee hugging and snuggling her after the concert.

But the truth is that the girl Jung-hee was hugging and kissing wasn’t Eun-hee… it was Jae-bok. Even though Eun-hee remembers it as a beautiful time when she and Jung-hee were in love, it was always Jae-bok.

Bong-gu bursts into Jung-hee’s office to wave the half-burned photograph at him. Angry that Bong-gu was following him, Jung-hee asks if Jae-bok put him up to this, but Bong-gu says that he hasn’t told her anything yet. He asks why Jung-hee lied about getting his memory back, and Jung-hee interprets that as a threat.

He yells at Bong-gu to tell Jae-bok if he wants, so Bong-gu calls his bluff, asking if he really means it. Jung-hee immediately takes it back, and when Bong-gu asks why, Jung-hee snarls, “Because you like Jae-bok.” Bong-gu flippantly says he’s wrong, but he quickly leaves the room.

Jung-hee’s words follow Bong-gu all the way back to his office, and by the expression on his face, they hit close to home. The lights are off when he enters the office, and Sam-kyu and Jae-bok pop up with a birthday cake.

Overwhelmed, Bong-gu complains that they’re embarrassing him, but Jae-bok teases that she knows his birthday is why Bong-gu was angling for her to buy him lunch. Bong-gu protests that he never did that, so Sam-kyu fusses at him for being ungrateful.

Sam-kyu offers to eat the seaweed soup Jae-bok made if Bong-gu doesn’t want it, but Bong-gu hilariously snatches it away. He gets choked up, and though he complains that he doesn’t even like seaweed soup, he reverently drinks every drop.

The moment is shattered when Bong-gu’s sugar mama bursts into the office to accuse Bong-gu of throwing her off for Jae-bok. Jae-bok says they’re together a lot because of work, but Sugar Mama sneers that she’s trying to seduce Bong-gu since she’s divorced now.

She screeches that everything Bong-gu owns was bought by her. Bong-gu looks embarrassed and tries to take her out to talk, but she keeps yelling, asking what Jae-bok can do for him. Jae-bok scoffs, telling the girl she should be ashamed of herself.

At the end of Eun-hee’s therapy session, she promises Won-jae that she’ll come back. But in the car she smirks to herself, offended that Won-jae thinks she’d open up to her. She goes looking at a house to buy, telling the realtor that it will just be her and her husband living there.

Jae-bok is strangely taciturn when Bong-gu comes back to the office apologizing for Sugar Mama’s fiery temper. He looks confused at Jae-bok’s stiff response, and his voice cracks as he inexplicably insists on showing her all the rich women’s numbers in his phone. It’s like he wants to shut up but he can’t stop talking, going on and on about how much money each of them has.

He’s so anxious, as if he’s trying to get her approval so he can stop feeling so guilty, but Jae-bok doesn’t give it. She just blandly says that she knows what he’s like: “Very pitiful.”

Bong-gu can’t hide how much that hurts, so he leaves the office, muttering that he’s going to join that other legal practice. On the way out he notices that his shoe is untied again, which just ticks him off even more.

After he’s gone, Jae-bok thinks about all the times Bong-gu has been there for her, even when she wasn’t very nice to him. She asks herself with a sigh what exactly she was expecting.

Won-jae listens in while Hye-ran talks to Sam-kyu on the phone, and Hye-ran reports that he’s got a tiny touch of flu. Sam-kyu sits in his office coughing and shivering, seeming more than just a bit sick. But he jumps up and pretends to be fine when Won-jae enters the office, claiming that she came to give Jae-bok a ride home.

She feigns surprise when he starts coughing, and she stays to nurse his fever. Sparks fly when their hands touch, and Sam-kyu leans in for a kiss. They fly apart when they hear Hye-ran’s voice in the hallway, and Sam-kyu quickly throws a blanket over Won-jae.

Hye-ran brings Sam-kyu some medicine, but she catches the scent of Won-jae’s limited edition perfume. She follows her nose to the blanket and whips it off, gasping when she finds Won-jae huddled underneath. She asks incredulously if they’re in a relationship, which they both loudly deny.

Na-mi gets a text from Jung-hee, asking her to meet him at their usual coffee shop. She goes, secretly thrilled that he wants to see her, but it’s Eun-hee who shows up. She raises her arm to strike Na-mi, but Brian comes out of nowhere to stop her hand.

He asks Eun-hee how she knew he and Na-mi are dating, introducing Na-mi as his girlfriend. Na-mi thinks fast, throws an arm around Brian’s waist, and confirms that they’re seeing each other. Eun-hee can feel that something isn’t right, but she leaves without creating a scene. Na-mi explains to Brian that she thought she was meeting Jung-hee, and Brian warns her to stop falling for Eun-hee’s tricks or she’ll really end up dead this time.

Back at Won-jae’s house, the three friends sit glaring at each other, and Jae-bok learns what happened with Sam-kyu through the barbed comments that Won-jae and Hye-ran fling at each other. Won-jae goes too far by comparing Hye-ran to Eun-hee, obsessed over an ex, so Hye-ran ties up her hair for a real fight.

Jung-hee walks into the middle of a three-way catfight, with Jae-bok trying to physically block Hye-ran and Won-jae from hitting each other. He’s come to see the kids, and he reads them a bedtime story until Hae-wook falls asleep. Jin-wook asks how long they have to stay here without even their own room, and Jung-hee just takes his hand, having no easy answer to give his son.

Eun-hee shows up next with a gift basket for Won-jae, and she asks to speak to Jae-bok. She shows Jae-bok a plane ticket to Canada and says she’s leaving Saturday night, by herself. Jae-bok isn’t confident that Eun-hee truly means to leave them alone after stalking them for over fifteen years.

Eun-hee hides the ticket when Jung-hee comes out of the kids’ room, telling him that she came to see the girls because they’re all friends now (Hye-ran’s expression, I’m dying). She and Jung-hee leave together, and when they get back to her house, Eun-hee leads Jung-hee to the bedroom she’s had redecorated just for him.

Jung-hee pretends to love the room, but when Eun-hee says they’ll decorate their new house even nicer, he can’t hide his surprise. She says she wants to start fresh in a new home, throwing her arms around Jung-hee’s neck as she thinks that she will never leave him.

Bong-gu goes out clubbing, chatting up a random girl then blowing it when he awkwardly shows too much interest in her father’s money. He tries way too hard to have fun, but he can’t drown out Jae-bok’s words echoing in his mind, calling him pitiful.

Sam-kyu surreptitiously follows Eun-hee around town as she shops for a wedding dress and rings. He reports Eun-hee’s activities back to Jae-bok, even telling her about the house, which proves that Eun-hee has no intention of leaving.

Jae-bok calls Jung-hee and asks him to meet her at Eun-hee’s house. On her way out Bong-gu tries to act like nothing has changed, but she ignores him. In front of Jung-hee, she confronts Eun-hee about her obvious wedding plans, and Eun-hee stammers that she was just pretending that she was still getting married so she wouldn’t be too upset.

Jae-bok informs Jung-hee that Eun-hee promised to leave for Canada this week, and stay gone this time. As Eun-hee trips her way through more flimsy explanations, Jae-bok says that it won’t work anymore, then holds out a paper to Jung-hee. Eun-hee makes a desperate grab for it, but Jae-bok blocks her.

It’s a copy of the article Eun-hee wrote about Jung-hee’s band, from back in their college days. He stares at Eun-hee as she says that she was going to tell him, but Jae-bok pulls out her phone and plays a recording of Eun-hee swearing to leave if Jae-bok promises not to tell Jung-hee the truth.

Just in case Jung-hee doesn’t understand, Jae-bok makes it clear that Eun-hee is really Moon Eun-kyung, the girl who stalked him back in college. She tells him that she’s been watching him all these years, and that she tore their family apart to get to him.

Jung-hee is in shock, horrified tears welling in his eyes. Eun-hee promises to leave, and let Jung-hee go, for real this time. She explains breathlessly that she just loved him too much to let go, but Jae-bok stands and orders her to shut her mouth. “Every time you open your mouth, you lie. So please shut it, and please get lost. Get lost!!

 
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I know I say this often, but yet again the show has twisted the truth on us, showing just enough so that we make certain assumptions then pulling back so we can view the big picture, which is never what it originally seemed to be. Seeing the truth of how Eun-hee and Jung-hee met, it becomes obvious that Eun-hee’s psychosis is rooted even deeper than we’ve been shown. First I thought that her memories of dating Jung-hee and being happy together were real, And that Eun-hee wanted revenge for being thrown over for Jae-bok. Then we learned she’s an abuse survivor, so I thought she was starved for attention and built up a semi-casual relationship with Jung-hee into more than it really was, and that when he broke up with her, she took things too far.

But the truth as we see it now is so much more sinister — nothing happened the way Eun-hee remembers it. She’s not just emotionally unhealthy from being abused, but really, truly, dangerously mentally ill. She’s so delusional that she even managed to switch the players around in her romantic fantasy, making it so that Jung-hee was the one who pursued her, when in actuality she was the one doing the pursuing. And Jung-hee apparently never dated Eun-hee at all — Eun-hee was inserting herself into Jae-bok’s place in reality, truly believing that she was the one he loved when it was Jae-bok all along.

What’s even more frightening is how Eun-hee keeps convincing me as a viewer that she’s just a lost, hurt little girl, in need of protection and help, when I should know better. I keep falling for her performances, like when she cried and promised to leave Jung-hee and the family alone if Jae-bok kept her secret. But then she goes ice-cold, making plans to buy a house for herself and Jung-hee, and trying to seduce him into sleeping with her. Even after seeing her break her promises over and over, I keep falling for her promises that this time she means it, this time she’ll really stop.

I don’t know how she does it, but even when I know intellectually that Eun-hee isn’t going to stop until she either wins Jung-hee or someone makes her stop, something about her makes me want to believe she’s just a poor lost lamb instead of a cold-blooded psychopath. It really hits home how in real life, people can manipulate others into bending to their will even when they know they’re being played, because I can’t even manage to remember that Eun-hee is a psychotic mess when I know she’s a fictional villain in a television show! I give all the credit to Jo Yeo-jung, who is really killing this role, playing Eun-hee to chilling perfection.

I was hoping that Jung-hee’s newfound confidence would lead to positive things like him doing the right thing, but once again, I give a character too much credit. What is it about this show that even the characters who behave the worst, still make me want to see them redeem themselves? I was wishing for Jung-hee to find the strong part of himself that he lost along with his memories of Eun-hee, and become a better man. Instead he seems to be out for revenge, possibly planning to draw Eun-hee in until she trusts him, then enact some sort of vengeance on her. I do understand why Jung-hee probably blames a lot of his past and present problems on Eun-hee and her scheming. If she hadn’t traumatized him to the point that he became weak and useless, then manipulated his family until he lost his wife and children and destroyed his career, his life might be very different now. But hurting Eun-hee won’t change the past, and it won’t make everything between Jung-hee and Jae-bok magically better. I hope he figures that out before it’s too late.

I’ve tried really hard not to fangirl over Sung Joon in this drama, but I can’t help it anymore — Bong-gu is quickly becoming my favorite role of his. And I can say that with authority, because I have seen every single drama he’s been in. He’s always been a very good actor, at times even brilliant, though he can lose energy at times and has never consistently carried that brilliance through an entire drama. But something about Sung Joon’s portrayal of Bong-gu is different, though I can’t exactly put my finger on it… he’s more subtle, more in tune with what’s going on internally with Bong-gu, than with any other role he’s played. He’s relentlessly excellent, never letting his character drop energy, even when the focus isn’t on him.

Some of my favorite scenes have been when Bong-gu was simply watching from the background (such as the confrontation at the gala, or when Jae-bok stopped the engagement), but you can read every single thing Bong-gu is thinking as he watches the main action of the scene play out. I learn more about Bong-gu from the things he doesn’t say than the things he does, because they way Sung-joon lets his thoughts play over his face, making it clear what he’s feeling even when his words say the exact opposite, is really masterful. I’ve known that Bong-gu has feelings for Jae-bok from the second episode, just based on how he looked at her in one tiny scene, even though his words and actions have primarily indicated nothing more than loyal friendship. I think this role will be a turning point in Sung Joon’s career, and rightly so.

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Sung Joon has always been an excellent actor????? He is good in certain things, absolutely weak in others. There's nothing in between for him. Bong Gu is thankfully him shining which I hope he can keep up.
Agreed on Eun Hee, also people's need to stip enabling Eun Hee. She needs to be committed. The sooner the better. I strangely felt the last scream saying 'Get Lost' was cathartic for Jae Bok. All her frustration, disappointment and anger finally reaching tipping point.

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I agree. He's one of the most bland and underwhelming actor. I can never connect with his characters, not sure if it's his acting or the writing. I only manage to see a glimmer of life in him in this role.

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Wow, I have to totally disagree with all the haters here! And totally agree with lollypip about Sung Joon! I think he's always been an amazing actor, but is totally killing this role! I just don't understand or agree with the criticism regarding him. I think he has portrayed each character he's played beautifully, I got him every time. Not all his characters have been dramatic or bombastic, or over the top, I don't know what people are expecting? The main ones he's been criticized for was for a role where the character was more subdued or deep, not showing a lot of feeling or emotion outwardly, which again he portrayed that character exactly! I love his subtlety, expressions, and I think he shows plenty of emotion when the character or role calls for it! I just don't get it, I could go on and on and on, believe me, lol, but he has never let me down, and he has totally blown me away on this one, more in love with him than ever! I've said it before and will say it again, he's why I came and why I'm still here!!

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Sung Joon has been rocking this part. I have loved him since Shut Up Flower Boy Band (great drama, but the tile still makes me cringe). However, he has been weak in some roles. Glad to see him doing well here.

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I have always had a soft spot for him. No matter what the haters say...

Side note/Test: can anyone make paragraphs when commenting? It seems to me that it just blobs it all together.

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It's a glitch! They're working on fixing it as we speak :)

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Thanks Lollypip! I am glad that it is getting fixed. It makes for very interesting reading otherwise.

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I feel similarly about Sung Joon. I don't know why I like the guy but it might be because I loved White Christmas and he was in it.

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I've loved him since White Christmas and Shut up Flower Boy Band. Those particular dramas make it very hard for me when he gives a lacking performance. I do think he's the kind of actor that absolutely needs good writing and directing to really shine, but hopefully he'll be able to continue improving.

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I wonder how Jung-hee is going to react now that Jaebok has told him about Eun-hee's past? I thought it was a little strange how shocked he looked in that last scene, given the fact that he had already figured out the truth. Maybe it's the shock of having it confirmed? Maybe part of him was in denial? But everything hinges on his response. Is he going to continue to pretend not to know? Will he be forced to dump Eun-hee? Will he get mad at Jaebok for telling him? He's become a wild card. I think he's doing all of this to show everyone that he's a capable, successful man, as if he's trying to prove himself to others and himself. Maybe a 'revenge on the naysayers' type of thing? With Jung-hee, the only thing I know for sure is that he loves his kids and wants to give them the best lives possible. Other than that, I can't tell what he's thinking.

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You're right it's so hard to tell how he's going to react but I can't wait to see!! I really hope he wont turn on Jaebok so that he can continue to use Eunhee for her money and connections. Or maybe he has another plan up his sleeve...

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I believe he realized Eun Hee's past when he went into the room with the pictures. (I knew he had to be the one that took them down!) I think his reaction is shock that Jae Bok knows, having it confirmed, and figuring out how he wants to deal with it. I have this strange idea that he's going to say he knows who Eun Hee really is and is ok with it. I imagine he just wants to use her for money and power - basically pump himself up.

I think I might be ok with them staying together; however, he has to visit the kids elsewhere since they should never be alone in the same house with EunHee. Oh, and they both get lots of counseling.

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I get the feeling that's where we're headed too. He may feel like he's in too deep to turn around. And what's the alternative? Reject her and he will be jobless. Jae Bok is unlikely to take him back, especially after he had taken Eun Hee's side.

Jae Bok was right that his new status was not going to come for free. He may feel ashamed and even defensive that Jae Bok was right all along, like she was right about so many things.

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It seems like Jae Bok has finally had enough and is not willing to put up with the lies anymore. I felt bad for Eun Hee quite a few times this episode especially in that scene where she hides behind Jae Bok to protect herself from her mother. She looked like a scared child and that was great acting. The actress does a such a great job of using her facial expressions to quickly change how I feel about Eun Hee.
I am glad we a little more of Bong Goo in this episode. The club scene was kind of heartbreaking. I saw the immense dislike that he seems to have for himself. Things fell apart and we witnessed the clash between Bong Goo's real self and how he portrays himself to the world.
It seems unlikely that there is going to be anything between Bong Goo and Jae Bok and that's ok with me. Anything is ok as long as she does not get back together with that pathetic husband of hers. But I do want a happy ending for Bong Goo however they choose to make that happen.
Like LollyPip, I have watched every single show that Sung Joon has been in and I didn't think there was anything particularly special about his acting until this show. I am glad he got to show his skill in this role.
This show has a lot of failings but it has managed to keep me intrigued about this crazy plot-line for 14 episodes and that's pretty good. I hope it can keep that up until the end.

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Eun-hee is truly a scary character. What is she willing to do in the name of love? When she was relaying her first meetings with Jung-hee everything she said was a twisted and perverted version of the truth. But, in her mind their love was real and true. How do you convince someone who believes so fully in their own delusions that they are wrong??

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I don't think you can ever truly convince the self-delusional. I've tried and just ended up letting that issue slide away.

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If you are in a situation with an abusive/manipulative person, do NOT follow them or meet them like Jung Hee did when Eung Kyung promised she would stop stalking him. There are abusers using these types of lines to lure people into a false sense of security and then attack them (as EK did with the car accident). Please tell someone what is happening and seek help.

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YESS!! This! People don't really realize how dangerous they can be until it's too late.
And Eun Hee, no matter how sympathizing her past was, is too unbalanced in her mental illness to change without the aid of professionals and lots of time.

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YES! Jae Bok finally lost her calm attitude! After awhile around lying deceiving people, you will eventually lose it when it becomes just too much.

I can't believe this show has kept my intrigued this long. I'm even enjoying the little side stories. As for Bong Gu's realization of his feelings- oh- no words needed; you could just read his face. Excellent!

Thanks LollyPip for the excellent recaps and spot on side notes and commentary.

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Jung-hee snarls, “Because you like Jae-bok.”
This is the only intelligent thing that Jung Hee realized on his own. I want to be kind to him seeing how much he suffered because of stalker Eun Kyung but he has not done one single right in past 14 episodes. Instead of ignoring the after effects of stalking and almost death scare, he should have sought help. Same for Eun Hee, who chose to ignore the obvious and live in ignorance, scheming crazy ideas at every step. It doesn't hep that both moms decide to shield their kid in wrong way and it affected their mental health in long run. Eun Hee who is delusional and Jung Hee who hides away from every problem and takes the easy way out.
Also, I can't believe he left his wife (ex) with crazy Eun Hee even when he heard the commotion and knew how dangerous Eun Hee (Eun Kyung) can be.

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Still hoping for Bong gu and JAE Bok to get together....

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I am soooo glad for what you said about sung joon. I hope he keeps it up. I think Bong-gu likes older woman because of mother issues. He was abandoned at a young age so he likes getting such attention. Even though he says that Na mi's mother is not his mother he keeps getting dragged on to her. I was afraid that the rift b/w jae bok and bong gu is going to happen through Eun hee, but this is better for me. Because this is better than the feeling of betrayal and jae bok will love him more when she gets to know the real marshmallow bong gu.

I don't know if it is too much to say, but Jung-hee seems to take advantage of a mentally ill person which makes him worse than all other characters in the show.
I think the show gives a lot of importance to different relationship roles of women. There is the concept of woman as mother, which is shown through Moon-hee sun (an abusive mother), shim jae bok (strong and independent mother) and won jae. And also there is Bong gu's stepmother who abandoned him (he has to live alone in a basement and it was sam kyu's mother (again a mother figure) who helped him). Woman as a friend which is portrayed through Jae bok and her friends and also with Bong-gu. Women as a partner and lover, through Na-mi, jae bok, eun hee and even the landlord lady.

I dont know if it is over analysing but I think Perfect wife portrays the 'different shades of women.' Every character, even jae bok's stalker in high school is unique.

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This was super well thought out and I totally agree with you!

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Agreed with your analysis! From the beginning, BG is just like a puppy to motherly JB.

I guess in the past, this guy hurt so much. And what it's driven him to get sugar mama. To be honest, I feel really sorry to BG in this episode how he's really embarrassed to JB and tried to give 1001 excuses which at the end JB ignored. And, the scene in the bar is breaking my heart. Oh my puppy BG :(.

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I agree! I love how female-centric this drama is and how layered, lived-in, and intriguing these female characters are. Even the loud lady who has been harassing Hye-Ran for having an affair with her husband ended up being sympathetic and now it seems like the loud lady and Hye Ran may be approaching some sort of friendship.

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Even if Junghee blames Eun-hee for his problems and failed marriage wth Jaebok, its not true. Yes, she stalked him and yes, she manipulated things to cause issues in his marriage but every step of the way he had a choice ( as did Jaebok ) to make their marriage work. If he felt neglected or unhappy in his marriage he should have tried to fix it. He should have found work he enjoyed and could succeed at in order to be fulfilled internally and strengthen his self confidence. He also made the choice to have an affair with Nami! Eun hee only told Nami to approach him, Jung hee made the CHOICE to cheat on his wife. Yes, you can blame Eunhee for meddling and you can blame Nami for being a bad person but the choice was ultimately his to make. He didn't have to cheat, he didn't have to throw away his marriage. Jaebok had her own issues as well and she should have worked with him to resolve it but she also gave him so many chances and he failed her every time. Eun hee is insane but Junghee is his own worst enemy.

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So true. There is no way JH can claim he was just a victim, especially now that he decided to go along with EH's plan even after finding out she is his stalker. I hope and trust the show is doing this intentionally in order to cut off any possibility of JB taking him back ever.

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+1

Even until now, I think JH still has feelings for Na-mi. I don't know if he still has feelings for JB left. All I want from this series is that JB is not going back to JH, even if JB will be a single mom. I don't think it will be a problem to JB at all. She's a strong and independent character. She's just so real. Even when she still married to JH, it's more likely that JB put the majority responsibilities on her shoulder for so many reasons.

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What I didn't understand: Why didn't BG tell JB about JH already knowing who and what EH is? How exactly did "because you like her" stop him from that? It doesn't make any sense to me no matter how much I think about it.

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Yeah, I was confused by that as well.

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I think we can chalk this up to a case of Kdrama logic, but the underlying idea (best I can tell) is that he knows that Jae Bok is still under the believe that Jung Hee is an essentially good if weak man who is being taken advantage of by Eun Hee. When the actual fact is that Jung Hee is fully aware Eun Hee is his stalker, he's using her for his own gain and to keep his new position, and that he actively gaslighted Jae Bok over the photos even though he had seen them. I think Bong Goo thinks it would hurt her to know that he's that kind of person and he doesn't see any benefit in telling her right now, because all it would do is sting and doesn't change the situation or Jae Bok's current course of action. He's hanging back and seeing what Jung Hee and Eun Hee will do next, because it might not be necessary for Jae Bok to know.

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I can imagine that this was what they were trying to do, but ...

Doesn't BG already know the first thing about JB? She's literally a superwoman. She _will_ face the truth, she _will_ force others to face the truth, and she is the strongest person who ever existed in Dramaland.

He already knows that she is trying to tell JH about EH. The only thing he achieves by not telling her JH already knows is to hurt her. He lets her fight a futile fight and sets her up for a much more devastating end this way. And he's not nearly stupid enough _not_ to know this.

Then again, this seems to be in line with the K-drama concept of "love": Make sure your loved ones suffer as much as possible (which, in JB's case, probably only makes her stronger).

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I feel like I understand why JB married JH, she was convinced that he was committed and decided that's what she wanted. (And she realized he wasn't she decided he wasn't worth it.) And EH I understand because she was never in love with JH as a real person, she just had a complete fantasy about who he was and what their relationship should be. But what I don't understand is Nami, why would she fall for him? Had she really never been treated with basic kindness before so that JH seemed like some kind of prize? Does she not care that he is entirely uncommitted to anyone or does she just not know? I realize in the scheme of things, that Nami isn't super important but it still bugs me because we keep having scenes of her pining for reasons I cannot comprehend.

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JH treated her sincerely and somehow his kindness got through her. Pretty sure her other married exes treated her differently, showered her with gifts but not so much on decent treatment and would not say no to the opportunity to sleep with her.
Silly girl (and I believe others can get into this trap as well) forgets that kindness is only one facet of a character. If you tick that box it doesn't mean you're good overall.

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I agree. I wonder if Nami and Jung Hee just connected on the level that they're both dim, "wear-their-heart-on-their-sleeves" type. I can feel JB's and Bryan's inner eyeroll every time she pines for JH.

JH may be a man in his late thirties, but he has the maturity of someone much younger.

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I am so so glad someone else is failing to fangirl over SungJoon. The man's on fire in this role, limited though it is. Good thing he got much more screen time this week! And speaking of the men, I really enjoy seeing Yoon SangHyun on my screen, but usually I can find a way to root for his characters. Not this time though; he's consistently deplorable (which is a fun change ?). I mean I still can't believe that even though he remembered who EunHee was and how ill she was and is, JungHee actively is seeking to use her for his own ends. But despite being a terrible excuse for a husband and human being, I'm with JaeBok in wanting him to wake up! If BongGoo can become a better human, why can't JungHee?

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Oops, failing to avoid fangirling!!

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It's such a wonderful change to hate Oska oppa!

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The next time someone tells me that the plots of Batman vs Superman, or CA: Civil War are crazy and complicated I will point them in the direction of this drama hahaha.

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JB continues to rock and that confrontation at the end, finally! Being a compassionate person, she keeps giving EH chances but man.... I feels so good on her behalf during that scene. Finally~ And I happy that JB kinda have certain feelings about BG.. oh yeah~ It makes things even more interesting.

But EH really knows how to play into people weakness. I, too keep on wanting to gives her a chance to stop. EH is such a fascinating and scary character on how good she is at manipulating people around her. She just know how to pick their weakness and play at that.

Props to you for continue to be generous towards JH tho. I long abandon any hope that he can change to be better man or even a glimpse of his 'charismatic' past that droves EH to pursue him even till this day.. I still cant see his charm (past or present) or probably my distaste towards him preventing me from seeing it.

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I knew Bong-gu had feelings for Jae-bok since the beginning. He was like a child with a crush the way he picked on her. I have been shipping these two together because Jae-bok has the tendency to bring out the best in people and I think they would be a good fit!

I was so happy that Jae-bok went off on Euh-hee. Enough is enough! She keeps going to far. Jae-bok has been so patient with her. She needs some help. Seriously.

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I don't know what kind of game Jung Hee is playing, but I do know that he is scared sh**less. He's walking a tightrope between trying to take advantage of the situation for his family's benefit. And at the same time he's trying not to vomit every time Eun Hee starts to seduce him. He's terrified that EH will see his disgust. I think he is actually stepping up the only way he can at this point.

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i don't get why people think sung joon is bland cause a few dramas I've watched I think he did fine, like I need romance and shut up flower boy band. Maybe cause he shined in these dramas and slacked a bit in others?

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Thank you musicnmelody, me neither! I've loved him in every drama, even the ones he was criticized for like High Society & Madame Antoine! They were some of my favorites actually, I've watched them both 2 or 3 times, and they get better every time! The character he played in those was more serious, and guarded emotionally which he portrayed beautifully. Then you had a completely different character in INR3 & SUFBB which I loved him in both! Again this character is completely different, and it's allowing him to shine even more, but his talent & acting ability has always been apparent to me, not to mention his stunning looks and charm & voice! Lol

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I love sung joon and his noona crush. I hope he gets a happy and deserved ending

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What exactly will Jung-hee's reaction be after that little meeting at the end? That's the big question. ....... I almost wouldn't be surprised if he gets furious with Jae-bok rather than Eun-hee. He may conclude that, once again, he has been undermined by Jae-bok, and denied the opportunity to have a victory in his life with information he learned all on his own. ....... Recall the marital dynamic we've seen between Jae-bok and Jung-hee, he was meek and wishy-washy on the good days while Jae-bok was pretty much running the show. I think Jung-hee often felt like one of their kids, receiving orders and being told what to do day in and day out. Jung-hee made a reference to this and how deminished he felt as a man while he and Jae-bok were having that argument about why he got involved with Nami. ....... This time, he saw the photos Eun-hee had been keeping, he took the initiative to take them, he connected the dots and it appears he has a plan to use this information to his advantage. It may be an ill-advised plan, but a plan nonetheless, engineered all by himself. But here came Jae-bok to set up a meeting, bring proof, and to once again have the upper hand. Granted, she's coming from a very different place, as she's looking out for her children and Jung-hee but he may not see it like that.

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I get the feeling he will dig in his heels and take Eun-Hee's side just to show up Jae Bok.

I wonder if JB and JH just got married too young for JB to realize that JH wasn't going to grow up with her. Seems like they got married like 2 years after college? I'm sure JH was also wishy washy and oblivious in his youth. But that's only cute when you're young.

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Thanks for the recap, lollypip! Your reflection, "What’s even more frightening is how Eun-hee keeps convincing me as a viewer that she’s just a lost, hurt little girl, in need of protection and help, when I should know better." - that's what makes Eun Hee so fascinating to watch. And Jae Bok definitely struggles with it. Yes, she is a lost, hurt little girl, but she definitely does not need protection. On top of that, she is willing to victimize other people. I was glad when JB was pretty much like "enough is enough".

Who else thinks that Jae Bok has the best elementary school teacher demeanor? She is strict but fair, protective, and warm and gives even the rotten apples many chances.

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Won-Jae, Hye-Ran and Sam-Kyu are so funny! I LOLed so hard at that scene with the three of them. And can I just say that I love the friendship between those three women: there for each other, they can fight and make up, they laugh, they have each other's back, take care of each other... Really, squad goals.
I feel bad for BG...I hope the show will make him and JB end up together. And I agree with Lollypip: SG is killing that role, and I am truly convinced by his portrayal of BG.

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This drama reads WAY better than it watches. I don't know why or if that makes any sense but yeah. That's how I feel.

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I just hate this drama. The character if I can put it correctly are way too stupid.. and the story line is so crazy

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sung joon fighting!!!!! he is the reason that am watching this drama ....

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I can't believe it myself, but I felt sorry for Eun Hee when I saw the flashbacks.
Oh, and for Kang Bong Goo as well. He really needs to get a hug.

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