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Perfect Wife: Episode 19

Though things seem to be back to normal now that Jae-bok has handled her little Eun-hee problem, she can’t help but feel like it’s only the calm before the storm. A mother’s instinct is stronger than logic, and no matter how many times she’s reassured that Eun-hee can no longer hurt anyone, nothing can convince Jae-bok that there’s not something even worse looming on the horizon, threatening to harm her children.

 
EPISODE 19 RECAP

Jae-bok goes to visit Eun-hee in the hospital, insisting even when the nurse seems reluctant to allow it. Jae-bok watches Eun-hee through the barred window in her door, and she goes pale with horror when she sees Eun-hee playing with Hae-wook’s favorite stuffed rabbit.

But when she calls Eun-hee’s name, the face that turns to her is a stranger’s. Jae-bok yells that this isn’t Eun-hee and looks for help, but she sees her own children standing in the hall a short distance away. This has got to be a dream.

In her white patient’s gown, Eun-hee moves to stand behind the children, smiling and caressing them possessively. Jae-bok runs after them when Eun-hee leads the children away, but when she turns the corner, they’re gone.

Little Hae-wook wakes her mom from the nightmare, which seems to go on when Jae-bok doesn’t see Jin-wook in the bedroom. Thank goodness, he was only nestled under the blankets. Jae-bok hugs her children tightly, grateful that it was only a dream.

Jung-hee gets ready for work that morning, haunted by memories of Eun-hee being carted off to a mental hospital. He even sees her downstairs for just an instant, though it’s only his mother, who asks if he’s sure Eun-hee is locked up tight. Jung-hee tells her that he verified it, and after he leaves, she wonders greedily if she and Jung-hee will be able to remain living in this grand house.

His day starts out badly when his driver quits, then gets worse when he finds his office being cleaned out by his assistant, Mr. Oh. Mr. Oh informs Jung-hee that his position at SJ Construction has been eliminated, taking satisfaction in telling him that he’s nothing now that Eun-hee is gone.

Jae-bok calls the hospital to reassure herself that Eun-hee is still there, unsettled after her horrible dream. Bong-gu and Sam-kyu both hover, worried about Jae-bok’s distracted state of mind. Bong-gu reassures Jae-bok that Eun-hee has to stay and receive treatment so that she can be questioned.

But Jae-bok thinks it’s strange that every time she calls, the nurse says the same exact thing. Even when Sam-kyu says that he checked on her himself, Jae-bok can’t shake the feeling that Eun-hee’s not really at the hospital. To ease her fears, Bong-gu decides to take her to see Eun-hee.

Jung-hee arrives back at Eun-hee’s house after being fired to find his belongings packed. He’s handed a phone with Brian on the line, who tells Jung-hee to vacate the house now that Eun-hee is gone. When Jung-hee barks that he’s engaged to Eun-hee, Brian scoffs, aware that Jung-hee was disgusted by his sister. Unfortunately, Jung-hee has nowhere to go, since his mother gave his brother her fancy apartment to sell and start a business, assuming she would be moving into Eun-hee’s home.

Bong-gu and Jae-bok are allowed to see Eun-hee, who looks weak and helpless in her hospital pajamas (and she’s in a much nicer hospital than she locked Jae-bok in, I was mistaken about that). She meekly comments that Jae-bok doesn’t look well, asking if it’s because of her. Jae-bok admits that she had been anxious, and that she came to confirm that Eun-hee is safely in the hospital.

Eun-hee offers a more sincere apology than any Jae-bok has seen from her, but Bong-gu is unconvinced. Eun-hee tells him that she genuinely regrets her actions, as well as what happened to Na-mi. Turning to Jae-bok, she adds that she’s sorry to all of the people she hurt, but Jae-bok tells Eun-hee that her mental illness doesn’t grant her an automatic pardon.

Bong-gu wants to know if what happened to Na-mi was truly not of Eun-hee’s doing, but before Eun-hee can answer, the nurse steps in to end the visit. Before she goes, Eun-hee tells Jae-bok that she’s not the same person anymore, but Jae-bok still doesn’t believe her.

Eun-hee’s taken to music therapy, and Jae-bok and Bong-gu watch for a minute. Jae-bok says that Eun-hee is just putting on a more elaborate act than before, but Bong-gu is more concerned about Jae-bok. She says that she’s fine because she has to be in order to face Eun-hee.

Sam-kyu buys an expensive purse for Won-jae via a lengthy PPL scene, then waits for her in a fancy restaurant. She stops for a moment to admire him from afar, looking infinitely sad, which makes sense when Hye-ran shows up and discovers that Won-jae is setting her up with Sam-kyu.

Hye-ran refuses, telling Won-jae to go date Sam-kyu, which sparks a loud argument. Sam-kyu comes running to see what the commotion is about and throws his arms around their shoulders. He looks pleased as punch to have two beautiful ladies fighting over him, hilariously unaware that they’re trying to give him away, ha.

Jae-bok confides to Bong-gu that she’s exhausted because her nightmares are keeping her from sleeping well. He makes her sit on a bench and wraps her in his jacket, telling her to sleep for just ten minutes. He grumpily pushes her head onto his shoulder, and Jae-bok smiles and closes her eyes.

The close contact makes Bong-gu nervously chatty. He tells Jae-bok how he raised himself after his parents split up, and that he used to get nightmares sleeping alone in a basement apartment. He says that hearing about her nightmares upsets him and makes him wish he could go into her dreams and fight for her. Awww.

Jae-bok gently chides him for talking and keeping her awake, so he puts her head back on his shoulder and promises to be quiet. He watches over her, holding vigil while she finally gets some sleep.

That night, Jae-bok soothes Hae-wook when she calls for her daddy in her sleep. It makes Jae-bok worry about Jung-hee, so she calls him. He and his mother are staying the night at a sauna, and he doesn’t answer Jae-bok’s call.

A month passes, and Eun-hee seems to be doing well in the hospital and is, by all accounts, a model patient. Jung-hee is back working construction jobs, clumsy and fumbling as ever. Some boys about Jin-wook’s age walk past the job site, which makes Jung-hee miss his son terribly.

He goes by Jin-wook’s school to see his son walking home with Che-ri, and they accidentally spot him. He manages to hide again, then Jin-wook denies that that scruffy man could be his dad anyway. They go on their way while Jung-hee watches them with tear-filled eyes.

Later, when Che-ri and Won-jae are grocery shopping, Won-jae is surprised to see Sam-kyu waving at her from a nearby aisle. Che-ri shocks Won-jae by handing Sam-kyu their shopping list and leaving them alone, but not before reminding her mom that love is all about timing. HA, love this kid.

Jae-bok goes to see Jung-hee’s mother, who now lives in a tiny one-room apartment in a bad part of town. Jung-hee’s mother asks to borrow some money, promising to pay it back when Jung-hee finds a steady job.

Jung-hee arrives home early and is shocked to find his ex-wife there. They go to the roof to speak privately, and Jae-bok offers to have dinner together to let him visit with the kids. She explains that she only forbade him to see them because of Eun-hee and that they miss him. Jung-hee declines, ashamed to see them when he’s such a mess, but he promises to visit when he’s more settled.

Jae-bok asks if Jung-hee resents her for having Eun-hee locked up and causing him to be in this position. Jung-hee admits that he did blame her at first, but then he realized that none of what he lost was ever really his, anyway. He apologizes for temporarily losing his mind in regards to Eun-hee, explaining that he just wanted to be the cool dad for once.

Jung-hee sees Jae-bok off toward home, but a call from Bong-gu telling her that Eun-hee has been released from the hospital stops her cold. Jung-hee sees her upset and comes running, so she breaks the news to him. Jae-bok is scared that Jung-hee will see Eun-hee again, or that she may try to hurt Jung-hee to get back at him, but he tells her to just keep the children safe.

Eun-hee arrives home and calls for her mother, seeming to have forgotten that she’s still in jail after confessing to killing Na-mi. But then Eun-hee realizes that she has the house to herself, and she goes up to her craft room. She stares at the now-blank wall that used to hold Jung-hee’s pictures and caresses it as if she can still see the photos there.

Jae-bok storms into SJ Construction in a cloud of fury, determined to get some answers from Brian about Eun-hee’s release. When Bong-gu tries to calm her by saying that Eun-hee really seemed to have changed, she rounds on him angrily. She asks if he actually believes that, and Bong-gu wisely shuts his mouth.

Brian explains to Jae-bok that their father had Eun-hee released when the hospital reported that she was improving. Taking Jae-bok’s side now, Bong-gu says that it’s ridiculous to think that she was cured in a month. Even when Brian promises to check on her, Jae-bok says that it’s not enough to reassure her that everything is okay.

What’s interesting is that Brian seems as worried as they are, and he does go to check on Eun-hee. She’s happy to cook for him the smiley-face omelette that she used to make when he was a child, which he recalls was her attempt to make him smile after their mother’s beatings.

Brian is almost desperate to believe her when Eun-hee swears that she’s really cured this time. He asks her to visit their mother, and Eun-hee agrees that she should go and make up with her in order to forgive her and find peace.

Brian breathes a sigh of relief, but instead of going to see Hyung-sun, Eun-hee shows up at Jung-hee’s job site. He consents to speak with her, if only to tell her that he’s not going back to her, even when she bemoans the way he’s living. He says that it may be tiring, but he feels at ease.

Eun-hee says that she’s changed and promises to be a good wife if he comes back, but Jung-hee’s heard that line before. He tells Eun-hee that if it’s true that she’s changed, then she should go and live a good life. Eun-hee asks tearfully how she can do that without him, but Jung-hee only tells her goodbye.

Jae-bok’s friends are alarmed to hear that Eun-hee is roaming free, though they vow to be there for her no matter what happens. Jae-bok even seriously considers leaving the country, too scared to live where Eun-hee can get to her and her kids.

The doorbell gives them a good scare, but it’s just Sam-kyu and Bong-gu, offering to stay with the ladies for a few days and guard the door so they can sleep. Okay, that’s got to be the sweetest thing ever. Won-jae and Hye-ran shoot silent raised-eyebrow glances at Bong-gu’s utterly transparent attempt to act casual, though they let themselves be convinced.

Jae-bok has another nightmare about Eun-hee stealing Hae-wook that night, only this time when she wakes, the terror refuses to let go of her. It takes several minutes for her friends to calm her enough to stop her screaming while Bong-gu can only look on helplessly.

Once the kids are asleep again, Jae-bok confesses to her friends that seeing Eun-hee meek and quiet was terrifying. Won-jae confirms that it’s a bad sign if Eun-hee is suppressing her mental issues, and they agree that they need to keep an eye on Jung-hee, since he’ll probably be Eun-hee’s target again soon.

Eun-hee drops in on Jung-hee’s mother at her janitorial job to tell her that she’s cured and that she’ll be a good daughter-in-law now. Jung-hee’s mother initially tries to shoo her away, but eventually she succumbs. When she calls Jung-hee later, she tells him that Eun-hee has brought her back to live in her big fancy house, making a big deal about how Eun-hee is cured and how they should forgive her.

Jae-bok arrives at work to find Eun-hee waiting for her. They let her in, but she’s faced with Jae-bok, Bong-gu, and Sam-kyu all glaring daggers at her as she tries to make her apologies. Jae-bok makes it crystal-clear that she doesn’t believe Eun-hee is cured, and Bong-gu snaps at Eun-hee to stop pretending to be a nice person.

He says that if she’s truly better then she’ll let the police investigate her involvement in Na-mi’s death. Sam-kyu even helpfully provides her with a handy file of all the cases they’d like the police to look into. Eun-hee quietly agrees to cooperate, then promises Jae-bok that she won’t hurt her children.

She starts to leave with a polite bow, but Jae-bok says one more time that she’s not falling for this. She tells Eun-hee that she’ll be watching her closely.

After she goes, Bong-gu sees Jae-bok shaking with rage and goes to her, while Sam-kyu turns on the CCTV cameras outside the office to see how Eun-hee behaves once she’s alone. They all watch Eun-hee stop to wipe away a tear, but Jae-bok is sure it’s all an act and that Eun-hee hasn’t changed.

The fear and stress overwhelm Jae-bok and she crumples, so she’s taken to the hospital to rest. When Jung-hee comes to see her, Bong-gu tells him that she’s exhausted from anxiety and lack of sleep. Jung-hee says this is all his fault, and as he leaves, he realizes that he’s the only person who can do something about it.

He marches straight to Eun-hee’s house, thinking that if he wants to protect Jae-bok and his children, he has to step up and stop Eun-hee. He tells himself that even if he’s sacrificed, it’s the least a real father can do to save his family. It’s pathetically easy for him to convince Eun-hee that he wants her back, and as she hugs him happily, there’s a new resolve in Jung-hee’s expression.

He reclaims his position at SJ Construction, and when Mr. Oh whines that he was only doing as he was told, Jung-hee says kindly that he understands. He finds his office back in perfect order, and he thinks back to last night.

Eun-hee had told him that she removed the bug on his phone and fired her spy. She’d promised not to track Jung-hee or record his conversations anymore, vowing to trust him because she loves him. Jung-hee had thanked her and promised to cut ties with both Jae-bok and his children. He’d pulled Eun-hee in for a searing kiss, though his eyes had stayed open, hard and determined.

Jung-hee cuts off the memory there as a look of disgust ghosts across his face. He takes out a notebook to begin a secret observation log on Eun-hee. He admits that he can’t tell if she’s cured or not, but for Jae-bok and his children’s sake, he’ll do whatever he can to stop her. When he’s finished, he locks the log away in a small safe.

Jae-bok hears that he’s moved back in with Eun-hee and insists that they meet to talk. He says that Eun-hee is different, but Jae-bok refuses to believe it and urges him to move out. She’s beside herself with fear that something could happen to him, but Jung-hee only says that there’s nothing he can do.

She assumes that he’s gone back out of greed, and to protect her, Jung-hee lets her believe it. She nearly collapses again as she breathes that she thinks he’s gone crazy too.

They’re interrupted by Bong-gu, who snarls at Jung-hee. Jae-bok recovers enough to tell Jung-hee that there’s nothing more she can do to help him. But she says that she’s still his friend, so if he needs anything, he can always call her.

She leaves, but Jung-hee stops Bong-gu from following her. He asks Bong-gu to take care of Jae-bok and his children, admitting that he plans on not seeing them again. Confused, Bong-gu follows Jae-bok, and Jung-hee looks back only once to watch them go.

That night, Eun-hee creeps into Jung-hee’s room to watch him sleep, then sneaks back out again. He opens his eyes, having known she was there the whole time. Eun-hee heads downstairs to a locked door, which leads downstairs to a mostly empty basement. The only thing in the room is a large ornate chair, almost a throne, covered in cobwebs.

Jae-bok wakes from another bad dream that night, and while she’s awake she thinks back on the meeting she, Bong-gu, and Sam-kyu had with Brian earlier. Brian had reported that Jung-hee’s work is slipping and he has no drive, and he’d admitted that he’s worried Jung-hee plans to do something drastic.

That statement from Brian clicks with Jung-hee’s comment that there’s nothing he can do if something happens to him. It makes Jae-bok afraid for him all over again, so she tries to call him. He sees her calls but doesn’t answer them.

Meanwhile, Eun-hee works happily in the locked basement, decorating it with her creepy monogrammed “K&H” items. She spends hours cleaning the room, taking particular loving care with the throne.

When she can’t reach Jung-hee by phone, Jae-bok enlists Bong-gu to drive her to the house. She calls again while Bong-gu rings the doorbell over and over. Jung-hee goes downstairs but doesn’t open the door when he realizes that it must be Jae-bok. And in the basement, Eun-hee looks at the monitor to see who’s at the door.

 
COMMENTS

What on earth is Eun-hee doing now? Is she setting up a murder dungeon? A freaky love nest? Actually, I think it’s a place to hide her kidnapping victim. The way she’s lovingly cleaning and setting up opulent decorations feels like the space is for someone she cares about, but the way it’s in a locked space deep underground definitely gives me the chills. My bet is that it’s for Jung-hee and that she’s setting that room up to lock him away so that he can’t leave or be tempted away from her again. Whatever she’s planning, it’s been her goal for a very long time, judging by the cobwebs on that chair/throne. Finding out that the room is meant to be Jung-hee’s new home wouldn’t surprise me one bit, while at the same time, it terrifies me.

I just can’t get over how Jae-bok’s response to anything that upsets or scares her is to barge in, guns blazing, and confront it head-on. Even when she was suffering from crippling nightmares over just the thought of Eun-hee getting out of the hospital, when it actually happened, she went into full-blown rage mode and demanded answers. And I love even more the way Bong-gu lets her rage, supporting her to the end (even if he does add some eye-roll commentary) and never jumping in to take over a battle for her or try to change her mind. He does his best to talk her down when he can, but once that switch has flipped, Bong-gu knows his lady well enough to understand that she won’t stand for anything but his complete support. And it’s so awesome how it’s all instinctive for both of them — Jae-bok just knows he’s right behind her without even asking, and it never even occurs to Bong-gu to try and take charge. They just know where they belong with each other.

I guess that watching dramas for years has acclimated me to seeing characters who avoid problems, which just leads to silly misunderstandings and unnecessarily drawn-out conflicts. Creating a character who charges forward fearlessly makes more work for a scriptwriter, because when you solve issues quickly, you have to think of more roadblocks in order to give your characters more to do. But it sure does make the show more interesting for the viewers when we aren’t forced to watch the characters circle around the same issues for several episodes in a row, or blow up what would be a minor setback in the real world into a supposedly insurmountable problem.

That’s not to say that the show hasn’t had its fair share of plot holes along the way—we did see the same character killed off twice, and in roughly the same way. (Not to mention, whatever happened to Kyung-woo after he was pulled into that van by those thugs?) The show has been far from perfect, and as much as I’ve enjoyed it, there were a few glaring issues that did pull my focus at times. The worst offense is Jung-hee’s professional capability — or lack thereof, whichever the plot seems to call for at the moment. We were used to seeing him barely holding a job for most of the show, unable to even work a simple manual labor position, which went along with his weak personal character. But then he suddenly became confident and commanding when he got a big boy haircut and a nice suit, which was jarring. Even though the show told us that he was only getting respect at work because of his association with Eun-hee, he also lost all of the meek, subservient demeanor that defined his entire character. But even if we explain that away by saying that he found his confidence when he was given some responsibility, it doesn’t help that when he lost that position and went back to construction, he instantly reverted to the old, bumbling Jung-hee.

That said, the Jung-hee who’s decided to put himself in the line of fire to try and save Jae-bok and his children from Eun-hee is finally the Jung-hee I’ve been waiting to see. I was never a fan of his giving Eun-hee what she wanted for money and prestige, because that smacked of exploiting a mentally ill person’s vulnerabilities for personal gain. But I think he was correct when he realized that he’s the only person who can make Eun-hee stop her relentless pursuit of him, and the only way to do that is to sacrifice himself and give her what he wants. I wasn’t on board with his actions when they were for selfish reasons, but to see Jung-hee walk back into that lion’s den, knowing the danger to his own personal safety yet still willing to do it for the people he loves? Now that I can get behind.

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This show should've ended with Eun Hee locked up, period! They are beating a dead horse at this point, I mean this is completely forced conflict for the sake of ending the drama.

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that's exactly how I felt after watching the episode. They could have compressed it to 16 episodes. 18 at best. It really could have ended last week.

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That's exactly what I thought, but then I realized that more episodes means more Jae Bok - Bong Gu moments!
That's why I don't mind that much...

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I think they were trying to do one of those "just when you think it's over" twists you see in movies, which doesn't work well in drama format when you have 2 hours left. I agree with kethysk that it could have been compressed to 16-18 episodes, but I think the writer didn't have to stretch too much to make it 20. The pace for episode 19 was pretty slow, but 17, 18, and 20 moved at a good pace.

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1. Euw, I'm feeling very turned off by Jung Hee's mother. Money and greed sways her all the time.

2. Poor Jae-bok for being saddled with Jung Hee & MIL.

3. Jae-bok & Bong-gu is the first noona romance I like.

4. Eun Hee is luminous in her cray cray moments, which add to the creepiness. I really enjoy the character and performance.

5. Eun Hee getting out of the hospital so quickly highlights the fact that I see so often in real life: how some people (in this case, her father, IF he's really the one who takes her out) doesn't take mental illness seriously and expect it to be like curing a broken arm where 1-2 months are sufficient.

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+1, I love when Eun Hee acts cray cray too, she is delightfully unhinged that its unnatural to see the actress in this scenes.

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Ditto to Jung Hee's mother. I call her "ka-ching". She supposedly is disgusted with Eun Hee for stalking Jung Hee but she adores her money too much. Sigh, money can definitely change people's minds and heart. I cannot fathom the risk that Jung Hee and his silly mother has been taking dilly dallying and flipflopping with Eun Hee.

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Jung-hee's mum is a hopeless case. I have no words for how ugly her heart is.

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Completely agree.

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Yeah, she's a real piece of work! She truly sickens me to the core! Jung hee however, I am so happy to finally see him step up to the plate, a little too late maybe, but I had faith & hope he would redeem himself somehow, I never hated or despised him like everyone else, knew that deep down he had a good heart and when all the chips are down, would do the right thing! I am so scared for him though, and still don't think going back to EH will solve anything, but she will never be cured, period!

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I didn't think I could hate anyone more than I hate Jung Hee, but I really hate Jung Hee's mom. So that's where Jung Hee got his greedy, entitled personality from. She will endanger her son and her grandchildren. I can't wait till she's poor again after this is all over. It also looks like she has 2 loser sons.

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Jae-bok and Eun-hee are such great characters (for obviously different reasons) that I don't really mind any plot holes. This show is all about the characters. Both our women appear as fully formed humans, albeit one does need some serious psychological counseling.

I loved how they developed Eun-hee, they never forgive her of her crimes or say it's ok, but they do shed some light onto how she may have become this way or exacerbated any psychological condition she may have been predisposed to. I always hate when shows play the "she/he was abused as a child or insert X trauma therefore it's ok that they are like this" No, it is not ok; it may explain why but it does not justify the action. So, I am releaved that so far this show has not gone this route.

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you're right. it's all about being accountable for one's actions. I really liked that as soon as Eun-hee claimed to be mentally well, Bong-gu & his stingy (lol) Lawyer friend immediately set her up to answer questions with the police.

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Agree so much! I really like how this drama dealt with Eun Hee. Yes she's mentally ill, but that doesn't excuse her for her crimes. More importantly, she needs help because she has been and still is a possible danger to a lot of people. And it takes more than a month to heal.

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Thank you for being one of the few people that has actually made a constructive comment about Eun Hee. Some of the comments I've read about Eun Hee (here and elsewhere) have been downright nasty. What do these people expect, that one day she's going to wake up and suddenly her mental illness is gone? I don't think so! I'm glad that when she left everyone was suspicious. Even though she's mentally ill, it doesn't excuse the things she has done to Jae Bok and her family.

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Who else thinks that even though Eun Hee adores Jung Hee to the bones, she will probably attempt to kill him on the last episode? I suppose this is what Jung Hee is aiming for in order to keep Eun Hee locked up for good?

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I don't think it's murder, although it wouldn't be out of character for Eunhee to do so since she's done it before. It seemed to me that Junghee willing to be a victim of Eunhee's psychotic episodes for him to be able to log it down & provide evidence

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I don't think Eun Hee is actually planning to kill Jung Hee but I think she will if it means losing him. Murder suicide is something she almost went through with before so...

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I don't think it's noble or even as a sincere a sacrifice as it's being presented. Jung-hee sucks at life. Death is the easy way out for him. It gives an opportunity to cast himself as the hero when he's actually a selfish coward.

Crazy as it sounds, killing Eun-hee and spending the rest of his life in jail would be the more noble sacrifice.

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My heart broke into smithereens at the scene where Jae Bok wakes up from her bad dream yelling for her children. It's horrifying to see the trauma she's developed from losing her kids to Eunhee and so heartbreaking that she has to be put through such an ordeal. No one deserves to have to go through this mess. That being said, I really love that Jaebok keeps on fighting to protect everyone around her from Eunhee's crazy. Not all heroes wear capes ?

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oh, that scene!
I was very pleasantly surprised that it was her Faithful Quirky friends who came to the rescue with hugs when she woke up crying and NOT Bong-gu. I mean, I had assumed that the men insisting on staying at the house would be the show's "excuse" to add in the skinship that we are all dying to see for our OTP.

but nope! Best Friends to the rescue, which is sooo in line with the strong independent women that we've come to love on this show.

Like! Like! Like!

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Yes!

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Yet another way this drama has defied a trope! I like how her friends aren't drama accessories, but real friends who knew she had been having nightmares, are keeping one ear out for Jae Bok, and are ready to move to protect and comfort her.

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high five to awesome kdrama friends !

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this episode was maybe not quite as tense as some of the ones before it but i was still completely on edge! i'm wondering what kind of thrilling melt down EH will give us in the finale--she's been putting on a show this whole time that having JH will "fix" her and make her happy, but i think she's finally going to realize that's not true. for all that she hates her mother, EH's life is kind of empty without someone to constantly blame, and she keeps awkwardly calling out to her in the empty house. how is she going to react when her fantasy finally breaks? i kind of want to believe that she can recover someday but nothing about this story suggests that she ever really will...

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@lollypip as usual: thank you for making your recaps my lunchtime entertainment!
Your last 2 screencaps had me laughing a little:
1) Jae-bok trying to sleep while Bong-gu very animatedly tries to open his heart and childhood to her, in his best super-hero-loveable-puppy way. "How am I supposed to sleep if you talk so much?" LOL. killed me.

2) Jung-hee's opened eye kiss. He was literally chewing on the "poor (?!?) woman's lips. I've chewed gum with more enthusiasm. From an actor's point of view, they must have had a really serious laugh filming this, because it's the most ridiculous/unenthusiastic kiss I've EVER witnessed. lol

and lastly: this show really should have ended last week... really... oh well...

ah! wait! one last last thing: folks, I'm sorry to say but I truly don't think our fav OTP are gonna go past just being best buddies. There were so many occasions missed in Ep 19, and I doubt the show will take the time to create any romantic progress in tonight's last episode. this ship will stay at the harbour and never sail.

Any bets? (just for fun, come on!)

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They are kind of in an 'understanding' right, though there wont be any swoony Kisses. It's such a waste, that you have sung joon but there aren't any kisses. well i would like it if we could get a leading lady of his own age to kiss in his next project.

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such a waste of possible swoony kisses, but I kind of get it. I do.
If you're looking for Sung Joon opposite a leading lady of the same age, look at "High Society" and "Madame Antoine", I suppose.

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Han ye sul was elder than him and Uee also was older to him by 2 years old. Sung joon himself told that UEE was the costar who was most close to his age.

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a 2-yr age gap barely counts, seriously. He has an age gap of 18yrs with Ko So-Young!!

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@amylovesoppa you should follow with bang sung jun on twitter! They have all of his latest updates on everything.

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Yes such a waste of good lips! But there was no way it was going to happen this late in the series. And yes can we please just have him in a drama with someone his OWN age who is young, beautiful & sexy like him! I so want that for him! High Society was the closest with her still two years older (and the kisses in that drama were amazing!), and SUFBB the girl was a year or two younger, first time that ever happened (I loved her btw)! I loved his & JB relationship in this, but PLEASE, it's time for him to play his own age with someone his own age, and just be steaming hot ok! Is that too much to ask? This drama has just been a teaser for us Sung Joon fans! Lol! And yes, this was the draggingest episode yet!

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I'm not sure that chemistry & kisses have much to do with him acting w a female lead who's the exact same age as him...
Aside from this specific show (where there's a an 18yr gap & her kids and husband maybe would rather not see their mum/wife swapping spit w iur lively puppy), the actors' age really isn't a factor.
I mean: how would him being with a 27-yr old compared to a 25 or 29 yr old help?

Just sayin'...

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Yeah, even though Uee was only 2 years older than him, I felt like his chemistry with her was off, while both of them were capable of great chemistry with other actors/actresses.

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The ship has sailed in my la-la land up there and that is my reality, amen.

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I had an eye doctor appointment so I am late to the comments! aah my eyes are all numb and weird too. But on the plus side, my eye doctor was crazy hot. ANYWAYS

1) This was a slow episode, but that's okay, I expected that from a 20 episode drama and especially after episode 19.
2) I've seen 20, the action comes back so hang in there!
3) I definitely think our OTP ship has sailed, just not in the traditional passionate love affair type of way. Like our ship is not this MAGESTIC PIRATES OF THE CARRIBIAN SHIP WITH PASSIONATE KISSES AND SMOOOZIE INUENDOS, it's like a nice safe little reliable ship filled with hugs and mutual respect. Maybe it has a tiny flag too.

4)I have come to realize, while I like this drama, it is not my favorite drama of all time, but I can see very much so, why it would be some one else.

5)Also Jae Bok and her friends are seriously squad goals! Have a freakish nightmate? Whose the first one by her side? Her girls!

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hahaha point 2. I was totally loving the way the actor was able to emote like that while his lips continue to chew on EH. It was one of the best hidden agenda kiss I've ever witnessed. Kudos to EH for responding so well to the kiss so I don't have to see no dead fish kissing. I can feel JH's inner turmoil and determination from his eyes. And his lips were on a mission of its own.

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This was the most dragging ep of perfect wife, maybe that is because one of the trademarks of the show was how it never lingered on one thing for long compared to many other shows out there. And also many of the plot holes mentioned in the recaps are justifiable enough for a rom- melodrama. I didn't had much difficulty accepting Jung hee's actions because i somehow expected it from him and I didn't even considered him as the lead character. That must have helped too. Was yoon sang hyun really the hero? Because in their interviews he was given the most time second to Go so young while Sung joon had it least. but in the drama, it is the opposite.

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+100% on the "Draggy episode" comment

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For some reason i think the worst possible punishment for Eun hee would be that she herself ends up harming Brian in a serious way or end up killing him by mistake even if JunHee is the instant posibility as she is the center of her obsession...Don't know why but the bad feeling that someone might be really hurt or die is flooting in the air after the last episode...

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My only thought is - Who is going to die?

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I take that back - Eun Hee kept saying she wasn't the same person anymore, I agree. She was only mostly unhinged before; now the door is completely off and she is a total psychopath.

Oh - and I don't care whatever he does but if this ends with Jae Bok getting back with the wimpy whiny ex I am in fear for the safety of my laptop.

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lol @ "door completely off"

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Me and my mom's reactions:

1.Jaebok getting nightmares and paranoia
-Is she going to be crazy too?

2.Junghee starts imagine about eunhee
-is he going to be crazy too?

It's like everyone finally lost mind

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...and that my friend is how you properly use NOBLE IDIOCY! Go JungHee!

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The calm before the storm is what I would have titled this entire episode. The pacing was a bit of a miss for me this time around.

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I'm not buying Jung-hee's redemptive arc. Not at all. Also, I said it awhile back, but Jung-hee definitely got at least some of his phu**boy tendencies from his mama.

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Grr, ever since I de-lurked I can't post long comments. My comment just got deleted for a 2nd time...aargh!

Here's the gist:
- I prefer a steady bonfire rather than fireworks, so JB/BG relationship is great in my eyes.

-JH is going to make all hell break loose with his latest scheme.

- Brian and the Chairman need to stop enabling EH. Can't say that enough.

- JH has PTSD and I'm so sad for her even as I'm proud of her strength and how her friends are still her core people.

Kind of doubt the show can tie everything up well in one remaining episode. Here's (faintly) hoping.

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What is the point of Brian if he's going to be enabling her at the very end? He should be pushing for Eun Hee's dad to put Eun Hee in the hospital. Or keep an eye on her 24/7. Hire people with your gobs of money. Move in with her or something!

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Eun hee is realy something.this show has the best noona romance ever am loving this even with all those holes in the middle

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@lollypip Thank you for the recap and your ode to Jae Bok. It's so refreshing to see a character NOT avoid things and seek out to prevent misunderstandings

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