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Perfect Wife: Episode 16

No matter how confident Jung-hee is in his ability to control Eun-hee, he’s about to find out that she’s much sicker than he realized. It shouldn’t be a surprise considering their history, and yet the more Jung-hee tries to keep Eun-hee happy, the worse things get. It’s going to be up to Jae-bok to stop Eun-hee from taking everything she loves – that is, if it’s not already too late.

 
EPISODE 16 RECAP

Eun-hee grows so angry at Jung-hee for calling her psycho that she slaps him, then they realize that Jae-bok is filming their argument. Jae-bok says she’s going to use the video as evidence that they aren’t suitable to have custody of her children, so Eun-hee tries to take the phone from her by force.

Jung-hee holds Eun-hee so that she can’t hurt Jae-bok, attempting to pull the two women apart. Eun-hee elbows him in the chest and grabs the phone out of Jae-bok’s hand, then makes a run for it. Jae-bok goes after Eun-hee despite Jung-hee’s cries that it’s too dangerous.

Jae-bok chases Eun-hee down, and they grapple over the phone, Jae-bok finally wrenching it from Eun-hee’s grasp. Eun-hee says haughtily that one video won’t help her case, but Jae-bok counters that she’s gathering other evidence and sarcastically requests that Eun-hee continue cooperating.

When Eun-hee makes her way back to Jung-hee, he’s angry that her behavior tonight could hurt his custody case. He snaps that jealousy is no excuse for violence, asking if she’s going back to being Moon Eun-kyung. Eun-hee wilts, murmuring that that’s not the case, but Jung-hee expresses concerns about living with someone this unstable.

Jae-bok shows the video of Eun-hee slapping Jung-hee to her friends, who worry that Eun-hee will only get worse now that she’s resorted to violence.

Eun-hee makes her own way home, but she’s still furious when she arrives. Hyung-sun stops her from going after Jung-hee, asking if she’s prepared to ruin everything after she’s worked so hard to get here. Eun-hee calms herself before taking tea up to the music room, where Jung-hee is soothing his rattled nerves with angry music.

He opens the door to Eun-hee’s now-familiar meek apologies, but he just takes the tea and tries to shut the door again. Eun-hee grabs at him desperately, tearfully apologizing for hitting him and promising never to lose her temper again. Jung-hee tells her seriously that she can never go back to being Eun-kyung, and she anxiously agrees.

Jung-hee calls Jae-bok later that night to ask after Hae-wook, and she asks him if anything happened after he and Eun-hee left. He says that he’s fine, but she tells him to be careful anyway. After they hang up, Jung-hee starts to drink the tea Eun-hee brought, but something stops him. He pours the tea out onto the plant on his desk instead.

The next morning, Eun-hee waits for Jung-hee’s mother to leave her apartment. Jung-hee’s mother is still scared of Eun-hee, but when Eun-hee says she wants to put that fancy apartment in Mom’s name today, she caves.

Brian approaches Jung-hee after a proposal presentation to tell him that the praises he’s getting aren’t earned — the directors are only praising him because they have to. Jung-hee tells Brian to be respectful since he’ll be marrying his older sister soon, but Brian just laughs. He says that Jung-hee is lucky that he pities his sister and warns him to be good to Eun-hee.

Jung-hee finds Na-mi waiting in his office with a document for him to sign, but when he opens it, there’s a note inside asking him to dinner. He tells Na-mi not to do this, that he won’t be shaken by her anymore, while Eun-hee secretly listens in from her cloned phone and smiles with satisfaction.

Jae-bok rushes to Hae-wook’s school when she gets a call that her daughter wet herself in class. Hae-wook is sobbing when she arrives, bereft because she lost her favorite stuffed rabbit on the playground.

Jung-hee also got a call (from Won-jae), and he shows up with a new rabbit. Jae-bok calls her friend to ask why she called Jung-hee, and Won-jae tells her that Hae-wook is having these issues because she needs her father around more.

Knowing that Won-jae has a point, Jae-bok allows Jung-hee to stay with Hae-wook at Won-jae’s place until the nanny arrives. She asks what he’ll do if Eun-hee shows up again, and he says that he’ll stop her if she does.

He’s unaware that Eun-hee is listening in again, and his words make her furious. She texts him to say that she’s reserved a table at a romantic restaurant for tonight, and he responds that he’ll be there.

When her spy hands over the stuffed rabbit he stole from Hae-wook’s school playground, Eun-hee asks him to find out why Jae-bok still works at Sam-kyu’s office. She tells her mother that if Jae-bok is unemployed, they’ll have an easier time getting custody of the kids.

Hyung-sun is incredulous that Eun-hee thinks she can raise two kids, but Eun-hee decides to worry about that later. She says breezily that they can always send them to boarding school, or just get rid of them.

When Jung-hee tells Hae-wook that he has to go, she latches onto him and begs him not to leave. No match for her big sad eyes, he calls Eun-hee to say that he can’t make it to dinner. Eun-hee ignores his attempts to reschedule their date, instead saying that she’ll wait until he shows up.

Jung-hee calls Jae-bok, who tells him to leave, worried that Eun-hee will show up at the house again. He just says he’ll take care of her if she does. Seeing that Jae-bok is upset, Bong-gu suggests they take their work to Won-jae’s.

Jung-hee immediately bristles when he sees Bong-gu with Jae-bok, and Bong-gu can hardly hide his satisfied smirk. Jae-bok tells Jung-hee they’re just here to work, but Bong-gu gets right in his face and reminds him that he asked if Bong-gu likes Jae-bok. He grabs Jae-bok’s hand in his and says that he does like her, and it’s hard to say who looks more shocked: Jung-hee or Jae-bok.

Jae-bok yanks her hand back and slinks away while Bong-gu tells Jung-hee that he really means it. He reminds Jung-hee that he’s already engaged again, leaving Jung-hee hilariously stymied. Jae-bok shoots Bong-gu a look, but he just grins back like a happy little boy.

Eun-hee resolutely waits at the restaurant that she reserved for the night, intent on staying until Jung-hee shows up, no matter how late. When he calls her after leaving Won-jae’s and tries to reschedule, she says that he’ll just have to eat dinner again, because she’s expecting him.

Jae-bok shoves Bong-gu out of the house before he’s ready to leave, so he asks if she feels awkward. He says that he meant every word he said to Jung-hee about liking her, then he leaves her with a cheeky wink. As she watches him go, Jae-bok can’t help but indulge in a tiny grin.

She heads inside and tries to get some more work done, but she can’t stop thinking about Bong-gu’s shameless confession, and she grumbles that he’s confusing her. She remembers how he holds her when she cries, worries when she’s upset, and takes care of her when she doesn’t even know she needs it, and catches herself smiling again. She admonishes herself that Bong-gu is just like a nephew, and she’s like his aunt.

Jung-hee is surprised when he reaches the restaurant to find Eun-hee smiling and asking after Hae-wook. During dinner she gushes about how much she’s looking forward to Hae-wook living with them, which lulls Jung-hee into lowering his guard.

He thanks Eun-hee for being understanding, and she smiles demurely, but then he notices the way she slowly and deliberately slices into her steak, as if she’s holding something back. He mentions that he saw Na-mi today, and he watches the flash of anger that crosses her face before she plasters on a smile.

Eun-hee asks if Na-mi needed to have something approved, and Jung-hee guardedly asks how she knew that was the reason Na-mi came to his office. He reminds her that Na-mi would have no reason to get an approval from him, since as he said, they work in different departments. He backs off when Eun-hee has no response for that, and tells her that he’s just letting her know so she doesn’t hear about it elsewhere and misunderstand.

Sam-kyu and Won-jae take one of Hye-ran’s aerobic classes, and when Sam-kyu addresses her formally, Won-jae tells him to call her by her given name. He helps her with a pose while Hye-ran glares daggers at their close contact. She comes over to roughly yank Won-jae’s arms behind her back, then drops her to the mat and sneers that she’s acting weak to get Sam-kyu’s attention.

Sam-kyu attempts to soothe their anger by buying beer for them after class. Hye-ran gripes that he’s a cheapskate for getting the beer at a convenience store, but Won-jae simpers that she thinks it’s romantic. The two ladies gulp their beers down like it’s a contest, and soon all three of them are roaring drunk.

Won-jae orders Hye-ran to stay away from Sam-kyu from now on, but Hye-ran scoffs that she can go wherever she wants. As Sam-kyu’s current girlfriend, Won-jae slurs that if Hye-ran shows up on one of their dates again, she’s kicking her out of her house.

Hye-ran says she’ll move out, declaring that she’s not ready to give up on Sam-kyu, and that she didn’t realize what she’d thrown away when she broke up with him. Won-jae chases Hye-ran away from Sam-kyu, leaving him drunkenly praising his mother for giving birth to such an awesome son. HA.

Sam-kyu dances his way home, elated to have two beautiful women fighting over him. He sobers up quick when he hears footsteps, and he seems to relish the idea of a good fight while he makes a show of putting his gloves on.

But one punch from the other guy knocks him flat — it’s Eun-hee’s spy, who kicks Sam-kyu onto his back. He stands on Sam-kyu’s knee, which crunches painfully as the spy growls at him for not firing Jae-bok as he was told.

When they arrive home after dinner, Jung-hee apologizes to Eun-hee for making her wait, and she tells him that she tried hard today to keep her temper. He thanks her for trying and heads up to bed, and after he’s gone, Eun-hee’s expression goes cold.

Jung-hee also drops the loving fiance act once he’s alone, wondering how Eun-hee knew why Na-mi came to his office today. He calls someone from the land line in his room to ask how he can check if there’s a bug on his phone.

In her room, Eun-hee fixates on Jung-hee’s thanks to her for trying, annoyed by his words. She takes out a bag containing the shreds of one of his shirts, finding Hae-wook’s beloved stuffed rabbit in the bottom. With a pair of sharp scissors, she calmly and methodically slices the rabbit to ribbons, asking it how long she has to wait before Jung-hee loves her.

Jung-hee runs a program which finds the bug Eun-hee installed on his phone. He storms down to her room, where she hides the rabbit shreds in the closet before letting him in. Jung-hee lies that he just came down because he missed her, all the while scanning her room for any clues, and he spots some stuffing on the floor by her bed.

He takes hold of Eun-hee’s wrists, noticing a cut on her hand, which she claims she got while opening something. Jung-hee lets go of her wrists and moves his hands to her shoulders, then slowly moves them to circle her throat. But he stops himself and instead cups the back of her head, pulling her in to kiss her forehead.

Hye-ran comes to visit Jae-bok as she’s getting ready for work in the morning, and she sees the bag Bong-gu bought for Jae-bok. She leers and says that a man who buys a bag for a woman wants something, laughing when Jae-bok vehemently denies it.

Eun-hee decides to dress Jung-hee for the day, though he asks where his favorite striped shirt went. Eun-hee pretends not to know, but Jung-hee doesn’t seem to believe her.

Sam-kyu is beaten so badly by Eun-hee’s spy that he ends up hospitalized. Jae-bok thinks it’s because of her, though Sam-kyu swears it’s not. They know he’s lying, so Bong-gu orders him to admit what he refused to do for Eun-hee that led to this. Instead of answering, Sam-kyu asks if Na-mi is okay — Eun-hee’s spy had told him to warn Bong-gu to keep Na-mi under control, because she’s also on his list.

Bong-gu and Jae-bok call Na-mi to meet them immediately, but Jae-bok asks to talk to Na-mi alone first. She finds Na-mi waiting in a cafe and quips that this feels familiar, and they both remember their first tense meeting.

Jae-bok gently tells Na-mi that she still hasn’t repaid her debt for seducing her husband and breaking up their family. She asks that Na-mi repay that debt now by giving up on getting revenge on Eun-hee and by moving on with her life. She holds out her hand and they pinky-swear.

They find Bong-gu waiting outside the restaurant, and Na-mi gasps adorably as she asks if they’re dating. Jae-bok leaves them to speak privately, and Bong-gu is uncharacteristically serious as he promises to be a real brother to Na-mi from now on.

He asks Na-mi to stop working at SJ Construction and come to work for him, worried that something could happen to her. He admits that he was devastated when he thought she was dead, telling her not to do anything dangerous again. Na-mi realizes that he means it when he says he’ll be a real brother, and she goes straight into annoying-little-sister mode, hee.

Jung-hee’s mom calls him while he’s at work to gloat about the fancy new apartment that Eun-hee bought her. Despite his shock, he keeps his comments flattering to Eun-hee, knowing that she’s listening in. After they hang up, he tries to open the report his employee brought him regarding Eun-hee’s assets, accidentally cutting his thumb in the process. The wound looks exactly like the one he saw on Eun-hee’s hand.

While out jogging, Eun-hee’s phone alerts her that Jung-hee is heading for home. He gets there first and enters her bedroom, sure that she was hiding something from him last night. He hits the jackpot in Eun-hee’s closet, where he finds the bag containing the leftover scraps of his favorite shirt, and Hae-wook’s mutilated stuffed rabbit.

Eun-hee rushes home and catches Jung-hee in her room, holding the remains of his daughter’s beloved toy and shaking with fury. He orders her to explain this, and Eun-hee stammers that she was jealous of Hae-wook. Jung-hee says it’s ridiculous for a grown woman to be jealous of a child and asks if Eun-hee’s forgotten why he left her when she was Eun-kyung.

He screams at her to shut up, saying that she knew the rabbit was Hae-wook’s most precious thing, and that Hae-wook is his most precious thing. He shrilly asks how she could do something this horrific, then walks way.

Eun-hee grabs his arm, begging him not to leave. But Jung-hee says that he can’t live with Eun-kyung again, trying to shake her off. Eun-hee refuses to let go, insisting that she’s not Eun-kyung anymore, but Jung-hee growls in her face, “You are Eun-kyung. You haven’t changed at all.”

He drives until he has to stop and throw up, sickened by Eun-hee’s behavior. Left behind, Eun-hee pours out a handful of pills, deciding that if she can’t have Jung-hee, then she doesn’t want to live. But she stops when her phone alerts her that Na-mi is calling Jung-hee.

Jung-hee answers, and Na-mi says this is the last time she’ll call him. She’s leaving, but she wanted to say that she genuinely loved him. Even though he knows Eun-hee is listening, Jung-hee asks Na-mi if they should just run away together.

Jung-hee ends the call and takes everything out of his pockets, including his phone, and leaves it all in the seat of his car. With nothing but the clothes on his back, he walks away.

Na-mi gets dressed up and leaves a meal for Bong-gu, then goes out. She lies to Bong-gu that she’s at home when he calls, cheerfully turning down his dinner invitation. Before he hangs up, she thanks him for being a real brother to her.

Jung-hee finds her, and they sit inside a restaurant, where Na-mi tells Jung-hee that he looks tired. She takes his hand, sincerely wishing that he could be happy, not like he seems now. Tipped off by her spy, Eun-hee watches them from outside, where it looks as though they’re having a lover’s reunion.

She intercepts Na-mi as she leaves the restaurant, and a few minutes later, Na-mi calls Jae-bok. She says this is a good chance to get more evidence that Eun-hee is crazy, ignoring Jae-bok’s pleas to get herself somewhere safe.

When Eun-hee finally decides to talk, she asks Na-mi what Jung-hee said to her. Na-mi takes great pleasure in telling Eun-hee that Jung-hee thinks she smothers him, and that he’s willing to leave Eun-hee and her money to run away with her.

Intent on making Eun-hee lose her temper, Na-mi lies that she agreed to go with him. She’s surprised when Eun-hee remains deadly calm and just wishes her well. She turns to go, which is when Eun-hee attacks.

Eun-hee viciously beats Na-mi over the head with her purse, but the most frightening part is that her face never betrays an ounce of emotion. Na-mi grabs Eun-hee’s arms, and they wrestle until Eun-hee gives Na-mi a huge shove, pushing her over a railing and down a rocky hill.

Jae-bok calls Bong-gu in a panic to tell him that Na-mi is confronting Eun-hee. They both rush to the spot Bong-gu thinks she may be, and Jae-bok gets there first. Na-mi doesn’t answer her phone, so Jae-bok runs around calling her name.

Eun-hee is horrified to see Na-mi lying at the bottom of the hill, having hit her head on a large rock. Still conscious but fading fast, Na-mi tries to answer her phone when it rings, but she passes out. Eun-hee makes her way to Na-mi’s side, but Na-mi doesn’t move when she touches her, so Eun-hee takes her still-ringing phone and runs.

Jae-bok finds Na-mi’s purse on the sidewalk and looks down to see her lying unconscious. She runs to Na-mi’s side, reeling when she sees the blood surrounding Na-mi’s head.

 
COMMENTS

I’d like to hope that Na-mi is just badly injured, but something tells me that she’s not lucky enough to survive a serious head wound a second time. I’ll be sad if she’s really dead this time, but also angry that she didn’t listen to Jae-bok and Bong-gu, or keep her promise to stay away from Eun-hee. Na-mi doesn’t know what Eun-hee is capable of, since her interactions were mostly with Hyung-sun, so she doesn’t know that Eun-hee is much more dangerous than her mother. Na-mi is just young and stupid, and she should have listened to those who knew better.

I started out this drama thinking that Jae-bok was a very strong character, if abrasive and somewhat unlikable, but over the course of the show she’s slowly won me over. I’ve learned that she’s fearless and smart, that she’ll do anything for her family, and that she loves her friends deeply. She’s outspoken and sometimes a bit too blunt, but she always tells the truth as she sees it and she never speaks out of cruelty. She doesn’t tolerate misbehavior (like from Jung-hee) or being manipulated (as Eun-hee tries to do), but she never considers retaliation or revenge on those who have hurt her. She just holds her head up, takes the high road, and moves on. So it’s really no surprise, despite Na-mi’s role in the dissolution of Jae-bok’s family, that Jae-bok still tried to protect her from Eun-hee. She’s seen how Na-mi is just a lonely little girl without much in the way of family or friends, and she wanted to keep her from being seriously hurt by Eun-hee. Even though it didn’t work, I love Jae-bok for trying.

On the other hand, I feel very little sympathy for Jung-hee. Whatever happened between him and Eun-kyung in the past (I know we haven’t seen the whole truth yet) wasn’t his fault, but the situation he’s in now is entirely of his own making. He went into this relationship with Eun-hee knowing exactly who she was and how dangerous she can be, yet he chose to take advantage of a mentally ill woman for her money, not to mention putting his ex-wife and children in danger at the same time. So I find it unforgivable for him to want to just walk away from the mess he’s created now that Eun-hee has spiraled out of control. There were so many other, more reasonable ways to handle Eun-hee that didn’t involve prodding her to lose what little sanity she has left.

I’m going to gush about Bong-gu again now — sorry if it’s getting old. What I love about him today is how perceptive he is, and how he works hard to help solve Jae-bok’s problems without ever being overbearing about it. Like the way he decided they should work from home when he saw that she was worried that Eun-hee might show up at Won-jae’s house, or how he just happens to show up whenever he worries that Jae-bok might need support. Bong-gu knows that Jae-bok is too strong-willed to let a man make decisions for her, so he does his best to either make it look like his being there is her idea, or to give her an alternate excuse for accepting his help that doesn’t make it look like he thinks she can’t handle things on her own. I do think that often, or maybe even usually, Jae-bok knows what Bong-gu is up to when he goes to great lengths to hide his true intentions. But he’s so good at respecting her need not to acknowledge it that she feels safe accepting his help so that she can still feel like she’s in control of her life.

Until this episode I was happy just to see Jae-bok and Bong-gu become friends, and to watch the positive effects Jae-bok is having on Bong-gu. And I still am, because their friendship is just so honest and open. But now that we’ve seen Jae-bok reacting to Bong-gu’s confession and how she seems to like the idea, I can’t help but hope that they end up together. I know better than to pin my hopes on a second lead character getting the girl, I really really do. But at this point I just love Bong-gu so much, and I think Jae-bok is so amazing that I really want to see them build a future together. Even an open ending where they discuss giving it a shot would make me happy. I don’t think that a woman needs a man to be happy and fulfilled, and I think that Jae-bok could take on the world all by herself and kick its ass without breaking a sweat. But after all the changes he’s made in himself, Bong-gu would be so much more than a consolation prize for Jae-bok. He’s already proven that he’s an excellent business partner and a loyal, supportive friend — it’s not that much of a leap to something more heartfelt and lasting.

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jaebok and bong goo just make me "keeheehee" I can't help it.

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Even if I seriously dont like curly bangs on a guy, I still find him eye candy anytime and would cheer for him and Jae Bok

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I think the ship has safely sailed, people!! Even if it turns out to be only friendship boat.. It's okay.
Anw... JH... Smh... You stupid fool. What makes you think you can handle a crazy obsessed woman with money and power??

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@JustAlee
I cracked up at your mention of the "Friendship Boat". I'll take that too. I'll even take an open-ended "maybe we should date?" at the very last minute of the last episode of the show. something. anything. I just need them together, somehow.

but heavens forbid that Jae-bok ever gets back with her ex-husband. As quite a few people said in the comment section on Ep.15: "I'll seeeeriously flip a table in rage!"

Also, as @LollyPip said, Na-mi's sorta been asking to be killed. I have no clue how someone who survived being killed by scheming crazy ladies STILL decides to prance around in the open after being warned by EVERYONE, from her half-brother to Jae-bok to Bryan himself !! like, GIRL, STAY HOME! but noooo....

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Haha I was scanning the comments to see if table flipping was mentioned! I am a potential table flipper. I will be totally ok if there is a friendship boat. What will be table flip worthy is, if they put Jae-bok and Spinless-assface-moron back together. This dude has jumped from one lady to the next and back to the previous lady within what seems like a space of a few weeks(?).

I feel like recent dramas are showing me a glimmer of hope of not penning characters into well-trodden drama paths. Chief Kim was a classic example, where the male and female leads were friends/coworkers and nothing more. And I loved that the hint of maybe romance was with the “second lead”.

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Still a mistery why JH, the spineless dude, so popular among the ladies... I will definitely join the group of fliping tables if they make JB and JH get back together :'D

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@sfgirl I was VERY impressed with Chief Kim and how it was so much more about friendship and witty camaraderie than forced lovelines.

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I've been saying this because this episode made it seem like Jae-bok and Jung-hee were both thinking about the past. But NO. Don't do it show. That would be ridiculous.

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Every episode I reach new levels of lost patience with Jung-Hee. Every week I think that's it, he cant get worse, but then he goes and does it. I can't stand how he's wilfully putting his children in danger by seeking custody and staying with Eun-Hee. Not only is he endangering them by forcing them into the orbit of Eun-Hee, but he's clearly not all that responsible of a parent himself because he can't see that raising the kids without Jae-Bok's input would be ten times worse than if HE wasn't around as much. If he really cared about them, he'd know it would be best for them to be brought up by Jae-Bok, regardless of her financial status, and he would maintain limited visitation rights. His refusal to leave Eun-Hee and the promises of a luxurious life are the only things stopping the children from having a reasonably stable upbringing. Jae-Bok only felt the need to demand full custody because of the threat of Eun-Hee, which was totally fair enough. I just don't understand what good he thought would come of knowingly manipulating someone with obvious mental health problems in an attempt to get some financial gain from it. He's definitely ended up just making everything worse and putting everyone around him at risk. This is not to say that Eun-Hee is completely blameless by any means, but Jung-Hee has shown that despite being aware of the circumstances, he consistently makes bad judgements to the detriment of himself and everyone around him. Needless to say, I had no patience for him from the start with his insipid personality, but now he's overtaken Eun-Hee in my opinion in the ranks of antagonists on this show. I hope what has happened in this episode will show him that he can't control things, and he'll give up this dangerous game before more people get hurt...

On another note, super happy Bong-Goo finally confessed his feelings, and the casual way he went about it too. I WANT THEM TO BE TOGETHER SO BAD!!! Can something please go our way show for once??!!! I want some romance amongst all the crazy!!!

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I wanted to reach into the screen and strangle him when he was on the phone with Nami near the end. He knows that Eun Hee has his phone bugged and is so possessive of him that she is even jealous of his own daughter and had cut up Hae-wook's beloved stuffed animal - and yet, Jung Hee responded to Nami by saying he wanted to run away with her and asked for her location. He was all "I can't live without my kids" these past few episodes and now he's going to run away with Nami again, abandoning his kids? He was all like "I'm going to use Eun Hee for a year and be the one in control", but can barely pretend to be in love with her for a day. Wow he barely tried to appease her. So many layers of stupidity! I can't even...!

I know Nami is dumb, but why should she be the one who is in danger of dying and not Jung Hee?

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He knew his phone was bugged, but why did he still take a call from Na-mi? Should have him gotten a new phone? I don't know if he's being stupid to still use that phone. Seriously, I lost words on Jung-hee. He still loves Na-Mi, and at the same time he couldn't live without his kids, and at the same time being jealous on Bong-gu and Jae-bok...

Man, he's one of the worst characters ever written in K-drama...

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I could be wrong, but I don't think he actually planned to run away with NM. To me it sounded like a kind of escapism, like he was just fantasizing about it in order to comfort himself. And I think NM knew that. When they met afterwards, it sounded like they were saying goodbye to each other, not planning on running away together. That being said, I totally agree on how stupid it is to say that when he knows EH is listening in. Ugh.

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Yes to all this. If Na-mi's dead, I'm putting the blame on him. The final nail in the coffin was him asking her to run away with him even knowing Eun-hee was listening in, even professing how much he loves his children and wants to take care of them, like what the heck??! Ughhhhh I don't even want him to be redeemed, just for him to rot away somewhere. . .

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Nami made a super stupid decision to confront Eunhee like that, but she was genuinely trying to help. I'm sad for her. I hope she doesn't die. I would love to see her getting the chance to move on with her life and be a sister to Bonggu.

Aww, it was adorable how Jaebok liked the idea of Bonggu having a crush on her. I would be okay with her staying single or pursuing a relationship with him. Both would be good endings for the character.

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I also hope she doesn't die, but I get this sinking feeling that she may really be dead this time since I'm not sure how likely they're going to pull a "she's dead. Oh, she isn't." again. And it seems like having Bong-go agree to be her real oppa and that happy moment together was her send-off.

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Yeah. Sadly, it's unlikely that she didn't die this time.

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yeah, especially with the ominous way she told Jae-bok "I can only die once" over the phone...

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Last thing I want in the show is that Jaebok and Jung-hee back together. He thinks that he decided to get himself involved with the psychopath in order to give his kids good life. But in fact this is a lame excuse. He does it for all his sake. He is one selfish bastard and a greedy one as well. Even if Jaebok and Bong goo may not be together in the end, as far as she and her lame x-husband are not together, I should be satisfied. Lollypip's comment on Bong goo is on point. I can see how much Lollypip want jaebok and bong goo together in the end. I feel the same but we know that this is the Kdramaland, so we cannot have a high hope for a second lead( is Bong goo a second lead?). but we cannot help being hopeful!

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you'd be surprised: wasn't Sung Joon's character in "I need Romance 3" not a 2nd lead?

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Nope he is the lead character in I need Romance 3 which is also a noona romance

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ah the beauty of noona romances.

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Of course not. He was a complete 1st lead. Namgoong Min was the 2nd lead and I was very sad when he got dumped. On the other hand, the 1st lead was adorable.

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thanks for the correction

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I am a bit horrified now that EH has resorted to violence with her own hands, but not entirely surprised. Her/her mother's spy certainly roughed up enough people on EH's behalf, so EH has had no qualms about benefitting from its use. And now that EH feels so desperate, her desire for a certain outcome seems to outweigh her disinclination toward causing physical harm (and yes, I don't think she's someone who enjoys violence

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That is for sure yet as her health situation was going down and under ultimate stress it's no wonder that it had just a trigger to make her harm someone,she is a sick person and she finds it hard to keep her tendencies under control...

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I almost feel sorry for her since it seems like, from this episode, she wants to be a good, non-violent person, but just can't control herself.

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Na-mi-ya... T_T Even tho the chance is slim, am so hoping the show won't kill her.
If ever Eun-hee get any treatment, Jung-hee shud seriously get one too. Will these two unhinged people end up killing each other..?
Thankfully Jae-bok now knows she has Bong-gu if she ever need extra strength.

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I'm wondering now how unhinged Jung Hee will be if Na Mi is really dead because of Eun Hee. That moment when his hands encircled her throat suggests that he is starting to considerate desperate actions in order to control EH.

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Nami...... I hope she is miraculously save for the second time but I dont put too much hope on it. Her interaction with JB and BG sounds too much like a permanent goodbye. I hate JH already so it is easy for me to say JH did had a hand in Nami demise. He knows that his phone is bugged, why you saying all I miss you lets run away together sh$t for EH to hear. Urghhh... how can people be this stupid really?

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I know, right?! And where the heck was Bryan?! He has been shadowing Nami like crazy throughout this series.

It's sad that Nami died because of that piece of trash, Jung Hee. I sort of wished that she and Bryan would really get together by the end of the series. Her animated expressions and his stoic expressions provide a cute contrast.

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I guess Eun-hee craziness got to Jun-hee as well,as he does so many unreasonable things and he is even suprised everytime he find new things about EunHee,as if he didn't know first hand what kind of sick person she is and even now was told multiple times by JaeBok to get away yet his greed makes him think he can control a dangerous women like her...It was a matter of time till Eun Hee did something really bad seeing her go darker and darker...It's sad to see that even Bryian doesn't take a firm stand to help her for real yet i can understand why he does it and for some reason i think he is just as shattered inside but not to his Noona level,he loves her and sees her as his savious wanting her to be happy but that is not the solution...She needs serious treatment...On teh other side Jaebok and Bong Goo are cute,loved that he was plain simple telling both he liked her..Now i'm curious in the long run if the writer will make them be together...

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One of the creepiest things i saw in dramaland: EunHee maniacally snipping the bunny's ears and heads. This really gave me the chills.

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Those were the sharpest scissors I have ever seen!
Cutting the bunny up was so deliberate and horrifying.

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Sewing scissors. You do need those if you have to cut fabric, as it makes them blunt very quickly.

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My sewing scissors were never that sharp even when they were new. They should do some ppl with those scissors. What brand are they....?
Much more interested in them and not so much in that fancy washer.

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I was watching this episode with one of my stuffed animals. Had to cover his eyes! That scene and the one of her cutting the steak, which I couldn't tell if it was just really rare or covered in a reddish sauce.

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Seriously, the next thing we know she'll be going all Fatal Attraction and boiling the family bunny. That was very much a sign of our dangerous she is. The next thing we know she will be hurting the kid instead of only the stuffed animal.

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For me, this was the weakest episode so far. Nothing important happened, and it was mostly told from JH's point of view, a PoV I'm not particularly interested in: I've given up with him months ago and because he is just such a dense and banally evil person, there isn't even much to see from his PoV.

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I really don't see or understand Jung Hee at all. Eun Hee is mentally unstable, what is his excuse?? If Nami dies, the blood is on his hands, he let Eun Hee become more unhinged and confident at the same time. But the show is getting weak. Jae Bok and Bong Gu so far haven't consulted with a psychiatrist. The both along with Nami are treating this more lightly than I had expected. I hope she is not dead and I hope Bong Gu sues Jung Hee and Brian and Jae Bok gets her fat alimony check. Jung Hee, he can rot in his self made hell penniless and without companionship. He is the lowest of the low here.

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The friend is a psychiatrist, right? And... you cannot go to a psychiatrist to consult for a third person whom the psychiatrist has never seen - what on earth could he tell you, only based on your accounts, without examining the person?

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No, not to get counselling on behalf of Eun Kyung/Eun Hee but rather to have somebody to testify on their part who obviously has no emotional attachment to all the parties involved (I don't think court will recognize Jae Bok's friend as disinterested party and hence can throw her statement out the window). In addition to that somebody who could warn them on how to handle her or the perhaps the severity of the situation. Her violence has escalated along with her delusions. The casual disregard for personal safety that everybody shows here is a bit jarring to me. I just don't want NaMi's death to be the wake up call. But I doubt she is like a cat that has 9 lives.

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After scratching my head for several episodes for the weird choices Jung-hee made, am wondering whether the show is trying to portray Jung-hee as another psychologically disturbed person like Eun-hee, because he actually did have a trauma in the past. So far it looked like it was never resolved coz his brain "chose" to forget. Now he has inner conflict coz on one side, he needs Eun-hee, but on the other side, after his memory came back, he fears and loathes her. I think his subconscious desire to hurt Eun-hee is surfacing now.
But might be reading too much on this, coz it's weird to have two psychos running around in one show -_-'

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is there any app that can listing in your conversation even when you are not calling
in this ep what I can say about it is:
na mi= stupid
Jung hee= fool
eun hee= amusing evil as always
bong gu= adorable
jea bok= powerless

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If you go by spy movies, then yes. Plus, as was recently revealed, even your tv can listen in on you!

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Bryan was the only thing keeping Na Mi alive. Like he said, if his Noona found out that they weren't dating he couldn't guarantee her safety. Girl, you ain't got two lives so why joke with it ? I hope Na Mi doesn't die.

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Nooo, not Na-mi. :( I really hope this is another fake-out, but from the way she got closure to all her relationships, I have a bad feeling it's not. NM and Bong-gu aren't really related, but neither of them seem to have any family other than their stepmother, and I get the impression that both of them kind of wanted that family connection in their life. It was touching how happy NM was when BG said he'd be her real brother - I think both of them have been lonely. But that just makes it more sad that NM will never have that and BG will have to go through the grief of losing her right when he decided to open up to her. :( I am glad though that NM seemed to have finally gotten over Jung-hee. Writer, couldn't you have killed that worm off instead??

JH finally gets a clue and realizes he is in way over his head with Eun-hee, but it is too little too late. His greed and stupidity already put everyone around him in danger. I also feel zero sympathy for him since he brought it on himself. Plus, is he absorbing EH's violent tendencies along her craziness? That moment when he put his hands around her neck was one of the more disturbing moments in ep 15, along with EH cutting up that stuffed animal. EH was really scary this episode, with the way her anger kept leaking out from behind her calm mask.

I love this drama, but the one thing I would criticize about it is that the PPL has been getting pretty clumsy lately. They need to work on making it stand out less because it's distracting.

Anyway, to end on a positive note, I'm glad BG finally confessed to Jae-bok, since we needed the cuteness in this rather dark episode. Their relationship continues to makes me smile.

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See, I already sense something bad with happen to Nami since ep 7 and this episode... why Nami... you should listen to JB & BG. I hope she is alive but I dont put too much faith on it. If only Nami didnt met and felt for that spinless and repulsive JH.....
I dont understand why JH act all surprise when he find out that EH had his phone bugged and she went crazy with the scissors really. I thought he get all his memories back? Sure he knows how unhinged EH was as Eunkyung? Stop acting so surprise, it pissing me off. Jeeze...
And why is he saying all that to Nami when he know full well EH is listening? You only makes it worse and Nami is the one who received it. Sure, Nami is aggravating Eh but without that phone call she probably wont go that far & just simply ask her minion to deal with her.

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The stupidity of some characters in this drama is rather fascinating than annoying to me. It has been episodes ago when i stopped taking its plot and characters seriously. It is also more fun. The characters really need to learn from rebel's gilhyun on how to use a psychopath in their favor even while secretly hating them, although that character himself is in an "edge".

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I'm a rareity but I have always liked Jung-Hee and despite everything I do hope he gets a happy ending. And I need Jae-bok and Bong-goo to be a thing, I just neeeeed it.

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Hi wingedswan,
You are not the only one who likes how Jung-Hee is potrayed here. I am also a great fan of Yoon Sang-Hyun who plays the part. I always feel that we need characters in dramas who make you want to keep watching the drama because we question their actions.
How many times have we all wondered why 3 females are trying to be with him because he does not seem to have much going for him?
I feel this shows real life as well, we have seen friends, female family members who chase after and stay in relationships with men who are not good for them. So no matter how much we hate Jung-Hee and his character to me it is a reflection of what happens in real lfe.

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You are not alone wingedswan! I like Jung-Hee too, at least I don't hate or loathe him like everyone else on here does! I just don't think he is a bad person at heart and I think he, along with everyone else deserves a happy ending. Does he make very stupid, irresponsible, irrational, even dangerous mistakes, heavens yes! Does he make me continually ask WHY JH??? Yes! But so do many people in real life, some I'm sure we all personally know. But I still find him interesting and hoping more light will be shed on his past and more of an explanation of his actions. I'm just so happy to see him standing up for himself and to EH! But his caving and saying he wanted to run off with NaMi again did confuse & anger me again, but still waiting & hoping for him to redeem himself. I find it interesting that he was jealous of JB & BG too. But all I really want to say is how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE BG/Sung Joon!!!! Omgoodness I simply can't get enough of him! And EH I do not feel sorry for, she is just plain evil/psychotic, I don't care what her past was, no excuse, look at Bryan, he had the same past but came out of it. I am really getting tired of her sweet/evil split personality, sorry it's getting old and doesn't work anymore! She needs help and to pay for all the lives she's destroyed, not to mention her mother too! You can't save them Bryan, face it! And JH's mother makes me ill too, and his son! Ugh!

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I love your description of Jae Bok, lollipip. Rather than a set of traits, Jae Bok's character feels very lived-in. We have a strong sense of her personality, her principles, values, motivations, and how she handles challenges. I love Bong-gu too. I love his scenes with JB and that scene with Nami when he agreed to be her real brother.

4 more episodes to go. I don't think I can handle Jung Hee's sniveling for 4 more episodes. I just know he's going to be crying in episode 17 going "Nami-ah... Nami-ah..."

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Lollypip, hope you don't mind me correcting you, but Jae-bok calls herself Bong-goo's uncle, not aunt. She's his uncle, and he's her nephew ^^

Just when I think Jung-hee couldn't get any worse, he goes ahead and does something to sink him even lower. At this point, I just want him gone. Everyone else is awesome though, and I feel I can't sing my praises enough especially for Eun-hee's actress for how much emotion she portrays. I'm going to have to watch every drama she does now X)

Sad though that Na-mi's dead. Again. Damn, girl, didn't you learn anything from that first time?

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JB/BG shipper here. Just wanted to post my observation which I think helps clarify the wording JB used after the confession in episode 16.

"Nephew. If you keep this up, your uncle will get angry."
"He's like your nephew. Bong Goo is your nephew. I'm just his uncle."

From the top of my head I don't recall the terms nephew/uncle being used in any prior episodes, hence why the sudden use may seem out of place. However, the reason it shouldn't be random is because the key JB/BG moment where it's first mentioned was actually cut in episode 13 (53min). The parts cut from the scene can actually be found in the preview for episode 13 (see below), where a second hug takes place and Bong Goo at some stage would have said "Never forget that there's nephew Bong Goo right next to Uncle Jae Bok". It does make me sad they didn't air the second hug :( But, alas, at least we get some context to the whole nephew/uncle usage.

https://youtu.be/rpgapo825nc?t=16

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"Bong-gu knows that Jae-bok is too strong-willed to let a man make decisions for her, so he does his best to either make it look like his being there is her idea, or to give her an alternate excuse for accepting his help that doesn’t make it look like he thinks she can’t handle things on her own." - LollyPip

Along the lines to what LollyPip said, my personal interpretation is that BG placed the nephew/uncle wall to give JB justification to their relationship where he's allowed to comfort her so openly. So when she's reiterating that he’s just a nephew it’s JB trying to convince herself that there's nothing more to the relationship and the wall to her heart hasn’t been breached so to speak. I personally think she's in denial and the wall is already slowly crumbling :tongue: Her facial expressions when remembering interactions with BG, the fact she switched back handbags after the confession and her reaction which shortly followed when teased say a lot :)

I do agree with JB that she already has enough to deal with currently, so it's clear from a narrative POV any potential JB/BG coupling will only happen after everything else is resolved. She'll have to ask herself again if there's really nothing more to the relationship and... fingers crossed :wub:

But in regards to how JB is currently feeling, in the simplest terms, I think BG summed it up perfectly when he said “You know you like it.” :lol:

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Wow, thanks for finding that about the uncle/nephew line. I did notice that JB has called him nephew in earlier episodes, like in the cherry blossom scene in episode 15, but it wasn't translated. It's weird that they cut the part where it originated though if they were going to use it later on. Now I really want to see that scene!

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I feel like it's impossible to explain this drama to anyone who isn't watching it already! There's so much packed into every episode and most of the characters? Never has there been a cast that got under my skin (not necessarily in a good way--although ultimately it keeps me hooked to the story!) to this extent.
JH and Na Mi seem to be competing for who can make the most dangerous decisions when it comes to interacting with the mentally unstable. It makes me think they are both almost as damaged as EH in certain respects.
I am curious if we will ever find out the exact nature of EH's mental illness--did it form as a result of her mother's abuse (in which case, why does Bryan seem to be fine) or was it somewhat innate. She has made terrible decisions throughout this story by honestly I still sympathize with her more than JH. I would really like to see her get real help away from JH and also from her mother who doesn't seem to be much help, even if she isn't an active abuser anymore.

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Hi weekly reminder that I love Bong-gu and want him to be with Jaebok bye

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I may be wrong, but I thought this episode really nailed the comfortable friendship between an older woman & younger man. Kang-bo stepped up to make Jae-bok's ex-husband wildly jealous (oh, that little wink!), after changing his plans so that she could ensure crazy lady would stay out of her house. And Jae-bok's face afterward - I don't care how old you get, a young man flirting with you is a pleasurable experience, even when you have to remind yourself that it's *only* friendly flirting. Jae-bok reminded herself, but still smiled because it reminded her she is someone beyond a mother. Awww.

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Not 'Kang-bo'; Bong-gu. What is wrong w/my brain this morning?

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