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People with Flaws: Episodes 27-28

These two are killing me dead – can’t they just decide if they’re going to be together or not? They can’t seem to get on the same page at the same time, and there are those who are just waiting to take advantage of any crack they detect. Meanwhile, everyone else’s relationships are progressing at a quick pace, while I wish they’d slow down a bit and let us enjoy the romance.

 
EPISODE 27

Seo-yeon tells Kang-woo that she loves him, and he kisses her… but he suddenly jumps back, appalled at his behavior. He feels that he’s the reason for her parents’ accident all those years ago, and that he has no right to be loved by Seo-yeon. He hurries into his house and locks the door, leaving Seo-yeon begging him to talk to her.

She goes home and sits down Mi-kyung and JM, demanding to know which one of them told Kang-woo about the accident. Mi-kyung says that she was going to tell him but decided it would be disloyal to Seo-yeon, and JM admits that she went to see Kang-woo, but she only gave him sad puppy pictures of Seo-yeon (like the ones she gave Seo-yeon of him) then left.

Seo-yeon asks Won-jae, but he says truthfully that it wasn’t him… which leaves Won-seok. Won-jae tells Seo-yeon not to be mad because Won-seok only did what he thought would help her. He adds that if Kang-woo lets himself be chased off by her past then he wasn’t right for her, anyway.

We see that Won-seok did call Kang-woo and tell him about the accident, and that Seo-yeon was on her way to see him when it happened. Won-seok had been very clear that the accident was not Kang-woo’s fault, only that it was the reason Seo-yeon was crying and avoiding him lately. But Kang-woo still feels guilty and responsible.

As it turns out, it was Doctor Kim’s doppelganger who found Kang-woo’s phone after he dropped it. He answers when Doctor Kim tries to call Kang-woo, and says that the phone’s owner is picking it up soon. They each comment that the other has a nice voice, unaware that they also look exactly alike, ha.

Seo-yeon shows up to retrieve Kang-woo’s phone and when she notes the man’s disheveled appearance, she offers to buy him a meal. He insists on simple convenience store food, and turns away any other compensation.

Kang-woo refuses to open the door to Seo-yeon, even to get his phone back, no matter how desperately he wants to see her. Hyun-soo lets her in and Kang-woo nearly rips his head off, HA. He kicks Hyun-soo out and listens as Seo-yeon apologizes for how she’s been acting towards him, though he stubbornly refuses to look at her.

When Seo-yeon says she didn’t tell him about the accident because she was scared he’d act this way, Kang-woo retorts that he was even more scared, having been abandoned and not even knowing why. But he says he agrees now that they shouldn’t be together, and that she was right to dump him.

Seo-yeon finally leaves and runs into Min-hyuk, and he takes her to a coffee shop and buys an entire tub of lollypops to cheer her up. Seo-yeon tells Min-hyuk that she didn’t like him at first because he’s handsome, and he only now realizes that her comment about looks being important was meant the other way.

Min-hyuk admits that he’s really curious why she likes Kang-woo, since he’s also handsome. Seo-yeon says that it’s because of Min-hyuk, who taught her that handsome men can be good people. Min-hyuk tells her again that he likes her, and that he’s incapable of lying, so when he says it, he really means it. Seo-yeon asks why, and he says it’s the same reason she doesn’t like him — it’s just how he feels.

He continues with his original plan to go pick a fight with Kang-woo, petulantly refusing to give him a lollypop, hee. He informs Kang-woo that he likes Seo-yeon and intends to do whatever he can to get her, and when Kang-woo hesitates, Min-hyuk snaps that he’s being an idiot even though he has the upper hand.

During their tutoring session, Seung-joon has a temper tantrum at Joo-hee over her job at the karaoke bar, though all of his (very loud) objections are vague since Ho-dol is there. Joo-hee shrugs at Ho-dol that she has no idea what this is about, and Seung-joon bellows from the restroom, “Of course you know!” LOL.

When their session is over, Ho-dol finds Won-seok waiting to take him home. When they drive away, Won-jae comes out from where he was feeding Antoinette the Invisible Stray Cat, to watch them go. He gets a call from Kang-hee, but he doesn’t answer.

As Won-seok drops off Ho-dol, they’re both grinning like idiots… awww, these two kill me, they’re the cutest thing. Ho-dol is surprised to see his father waiting outside his door. His dad says with a worried but loving expression that he trusts Ho-dol and that Ho-dol has never disappointed him, then leaves to catch his bus. Ho-dol sees from the pile of cigarette butts that his father had been waiting for him for a long time.

In the morning, Kang-hee shows up as Won-jae is leaving for work, since he’s not answering her calls. She asks if he’s rejecting her offer to date, but he just warns her that since she’s coming to him after he gave her a chance to run, he’ll stop her if she wants to leave him later. Kang-hee grabs Won-jae and plants a kiss on him, and leaves him happily stunned.

Kang-woo is distracted during a work meeting with Hyun-soo, and gets lectured for letting his personal life intrude on work. Then Hyun-soo gets a call from Mi-kyung and can’t run out of the meeting fast enough, ha.

Meanwhile, Mi-kyung goes to the infirmary and finds Min-hyuk’s snack drawer completely empty. Seo-yeon wonders if he’s not stocking snacks for her anymore, but they discover that Vice Principal Park is the real culprit — he found Min-hyuk’s stash and took absolutely everything.

Seo-yeon yells at him and takes what’s left to Min-hyuk in the main office, and she tells him to keep them in here from now on. Min-hyuk takes this as encouragement that Seo-yeon cares for him, and he asks Mi-kyung if she’s still on his side, but she says firmly that she’s on Seo-yeon’s side.

She explains that she was considered weird back in school, but Seo-yeon became her friend anyway, so she’ll always be on Seo-yeon’s side. Min-hyuk sighs that if he has met Seo-yeon back then, he’d have liked her first.

EPISODE 28

Mi-kyung checks with Seo-yeon just to make one hundred percent sure that Min-hyuk has no chance with her, and Seo-yeon says firmly that it’s Kang-woo or nobody. But he’s still determined to avoid Seo-yeon, even though he himself can hardly believe it.

Jung-ho finally shows up to idol practice, and he tells Seung-joon that he’s jealous of how adored he is for doing nothing. He warns him to enjoy it while he can, greatly confusing poor simple Seung-joon.

When Kang-woo gets home Seo-yeon is waiting for him, and when she calls him “Kang-woo-yah,” he snaps at her not to call him that. She asks if he lied when he said he’d forgive her anything as long as she called his name that way, and if this means he hates her now. Kang-woo invites her inside, though he says that if she comes in he won’t let her go home tonight (rawr?).

She hesitates, and Kang-woo says that he can never hate her, but he tells her to stop feeling him out (in other words, decide one way or the other if she wants him). He goes in, and a little while later he calls Won-jae to make sure Seo-yeon got home okay, since he couldn’t take her home.

On his way to work, Won-seok finds Ho-dol sitting outside his gate, looking upset. Ho-dol bursts into tears and wails that he thinks his father saw the video of him being outed as gay, and that he’s not ready to tell his family yet. They go to a cafe, but poor Ho-dol can’t stop crying.

Won-seok takes off his watch, making Ho-dol cringe, thinking he was going to hit him (awww). Instead, Won-seok shows Ho-dol the scar on his wrist that’s usually hidden by his watch band, and tells him the story of how his family found out he’s gay.

When his parents were still alive, Won-seok had tried to commit suicide, but his father had found him in time. In the hospital, Won-seok had apologized, but all Dad had to say was that he hopes the guy Won-seok brings home to meet him talks more than Won-seok does (Oh, my heart. Dad would have loved Ho-dol).

Won-seok had apologized again, but Dad had said it’s not something to be sorry for (being gay). In the present, Won-seok asks Ho-dol not to put his father through the same thing he did.

Doctor Kim is still imagining Kang-woo attacking him when he learns that he’s a fraud, and not a doctor at all. But Kang-woo just says he has nothing to say at his session and gets up to leave. He freaks out Doctor Kim by asking for the scissors, but he only wants to cut off a loose thread from his shirt. Doctor Kim offers to do it and his shaking hands accidentally cut a huge hole in Kang-woo’s shirt, HAHAoops.

Later, a knock at the door reveals Doctor Kim’s doppelganger, and at first Doctor Kim thinks he’s a ghost and slams the door in his face. But he opens it again, and he’s thrilled to see his twin alive and well.

Chairwoman Han shows up at the high school (and gets the “Pretty Woman” treatment, lol). Seo-yeon sees her bent over looking at the flowers, and, having no idea who she is, she assumes Chairwoman Han is sick or injured. She piggybacks her to the infirmary and fetches Min-hyuk, who tries to tell her who this is, but Chairwoman Han stops him.

Of course, Chairwoman Han guesses that that was the girl Kang-woo likes. From the sad way she looks at Min-hyuk, she knows his feelings, too, but she doesn’t say anything. She mentions the trauma That Min-hyuk is obviously still suffering from when he worked in a hospital, and says that it looks like things aren’t getting better with time like she’d hoped.

She invites Min-hyuk to be more like Kang-woo and express his feelings, saying that they’re both precious to her. Min-hyuk doesn’t respond, but he remembers a woman begging at his feet when there was nothing he could say to comfort her.

Seo-yeon sees how upset he is and checks to make sure he’s not sick, and Min-hyuk looks shaken to the core by her concern. He recalls Chairwoman Han’s advice to express his feelings, and wonders if he should tell her everything.

Chairwoman Han goes to see Kang-woo’s dad, to tell him that Min-hyuk has feelings for Seo-yeon. They’re both worried that Kang-woo’s mother will find out (didn’t Min-hyuk already tell her?), and they have no idea what to do about the situation.

Despite being determined to avoid Seo-yeon, Kang-woo keeps checking his front door camera just in case she’s there. He startles when he actually sees her, but when he runs outside, she’s already gone. Seo-yeon is actually hiding just around the corner, waffling over Kang-woo’s statement that if she shows up again, she won’t be leaving.

On the way to meet Mi-kyung for a date, Hyun-soo spots Won-jae looking very fine as he waits for Kang-hee after a date. Hyun-soo tries to scout Won-jae as a model, belatedly recognizing him as the guy he saw with Seo-yeon at the dealership. Mi-kyung arrives and confirms that this is Seo-yeon’s oldest brother. Hyun-soo comments that they don’t look alike, and Mi-kyung drags him away before Won-jae bites his face off, hee.

Kang-hee returns and he tells her that Mi-kyung is a friend of his sister’s, and they bond over annoying younger siblings. Kang-hee goes back to work and Dad is in her office, upset that she didn’t research Seo-yeon like he asked her to do.

She looks at the file he left on Seo-yeon, and sees Won-jae’s name among her siblings. Kang-hee realizes that she and Kang-woo’s significant others are brother and sister, and suddenly all the pieces fall into place.

Seo-yeon tosses and turns all night thinking about all of her sweet moments with Kang-woo, from childhood until now, and his recent ultimatum. Finally she gets up, having made her decision, and tries to sneak out of the house… and runs right into JM and Joo-hee. She slips past them, only to find Seung-joon practicing his dancing in the living room.

She manages to get out of the house, even creeping past Won-jae as he feeds Antoinette the Invisible Stray Cat. She runs all the way to Kang-woo’s house, a huge smile on her face. When he sees her, he asks if she thought he was joking, but she says determinedly that she’s not leaving this time: “I won’t go home. I’m staying with you.”

She reaches out and plucks his sleeve, suddenly shy, and asks him to stay together. Kang-woo warns her, “I can’t stop myself now,” and he grasps her hand and leads her inside.

 
COMMENTS

I wish I could feel confident that this means Kang-woo and Seo-yeon are finally together, but I’m sure they’ll find some way to misunderstand or guilt trip each other, and that the conflict isn’t over yet. But they’ve never done things quickly — it’s taken them fifteen years just to get this far — and they’re getting there slowly but surely. Thankfully, the show offers so much great content regarding the side characters, and this episode gave us a lot of information about nearly everyone.

One of the best things about People with Flaws is the theme of family acceptance that runs through every family in the show. No matter how flawed these people are, they all receive nothing but love and support from their families, and it’s so lovely to see in a genre that has been known to thrive on family conflict. It would have been easy for Won-jae and Won-seok to resent Seo-yeon for her involvement in their parents’ deaths, but they have always been loving and protective of her, without reservation. Kang-woo’s family is a bit more mired in tradition, being a conglomerate family and thus more concerned with social norms, but half of them already accept Seo-yeon without even knowing her, and the other half, I think, will quickly come around once they get to know her and understand why Kang-woo loves her so much.

Won-seok and Ho-dol’s stories particularly touched me in this episode — despite being gay, which is still very much considered wrong in their culture, their fathers showed nothing but unconditional love and acceptance of their sons just the way they are. It’s no wonder that Won-seok is so confident in himself now, knowing that wherever he is, his father is proud of him. I’ll bet that’s why he feels drawn to Ho-dol… he sees his former self in the insecure young man. I’m sure Won-seok will pass his own self-assurance on to Ho-dol as they grow closer.

There are only two episodes left, but we still have a lot of ground to cover for all of our characters. Kang-woo and Seo-yeon still have a ways to go before their relationship can be considered healthy and lasting, and from what we learned about Min-hyuk today, he’s still got a lot to unpack regarding his past. Joo-hee is still struggling with family issues, Seung-joon is about to get hit with a betrayal by someone he thinks is a friend, that could very well end his idol dreams. We still don’t know why Doctor Kim’s twin is living homeless, or why Doctor Kim assumed his identity. And I worry most for JM, who has nothing to go “home” to but a future of being sold off to whoever can offer her father the most advantageous business proposal. I’m concerned that there’s not enough time to give everyone a satisfactory ending, but I suppose we’ll find out soon enough.

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Thank you for the recap. It was detailed and insightful (as always).

I do appreciate the accepting nature of Seo-yeon's family. It still hurt to see Won-seok's past, because I've been there, but I'm petrified that Ho-dol's father may not be cool with the whole thing, because why would Ho-dol instinctively think he's going to be punched just because Won-seok raised his hand? And react with profuse apologies? Perhaps I'm reading too much into things, but is he accustomed to being disciplined that way? Clearly Ho-dol's father loves him, but yeah... some parents can take these things like a personal betrayal, which will only hurt more the more they love their child.

I'm really worried about the baby chick in Seo-yeon's family, Seo-joon, and the betrayal he's about to experience. Hopefully it makes him stronger in a real sense of being more sensitive to human frailty, rather than trying to be tougher in a false sense by shutting people out.

Kang-hee being flustered is gonna be delicious. But Won-seok's confession will crush me. Looking forward to the last couple of episodes!

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I guess i am not the only one who thought Ho-dol's reaction to wonseok taking off his watch was odd. I hope the writer explains that in the last two episodes. His reaction was too severe to be ignored.
Also, it could have been just me but the conversation with his dad didn't seem all that accepting. He almost appeared to be in denial. When he said " you have never dissapointed me" , I became worried. I hope I'm wrong though.
Kanghee kissing wonjae made my day.
I have a question: Why is working in a karaoke bar a bad thing? Why is there such a stigma attached to it?

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↑This. It felt like love and denial. I devoutly hope I'm wrong.

Coming from an Asian country (though, of course, Asian culture is not homogeneous) I would say a girl who works in such a place is seen as little better than a streetwalker, if you'll forgive the antiquated term.

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Thanks for the recap and comments, you nailed it!

I have to talk about WonSeok in this episode. Oh, how I cried. It was such a moving scene the one in the hospital. Dad was so supportive and caring and WonSeok was so relieved when he heard there was nothing to be sorry about. After all, he’s a precious son to his parents. I know that dad would have loved HoDol, he is the talkative guy that will make his son happy. I bet WonSeok knows that.

And we get to know why WonSeok has that photo of the Rocky Mountains in his room and why WonJae turned it down, because it reminded of his brother attempt of suicide. And it so beautiful and painful if you think what this family has been through and how they have grown stronger together.

WonJae and KangHee are a beautiful couple. And I have to say they naturally belong with each other. They have been taking care of their families and have lots of love to share.

I wished this show was longer. We need to learn more about the reason why MinHyuk doesn’t want to be a doctor in a hospital anymore (I wasn’t expecting that) and I am worried about JangMi. I still don’t know what his part in this story is. I guess these two may end up together, but as far as I can remember they haven’t shared a moment together. It would feel like the “one year later” epilogue I never like.

And finally baby SeoJoon, I’m also worried about him, although I hope HyunSoo can do something to help him with the possible scandal, the fact that a person he trusts and cares can betray him, will affect him so much.

And regarding KangWoo and SeoYeon, well, I wish we had spent less time with them and more with all the other wonderful characters of this show.

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I LOVE the discussion btw Won-seok and his dad at the hospital - so simple yet so powerful.
I don't think we should read too much into Ho-dol's unfounded fear of being hit when Won-seok took out his watch: based on his lack of friends at Uni, I think there is a strong possibility that he's been an outcast at school for a long time, and maybe bullied before. What he needs is support and confidence, and guess who'll provide for that? 😁

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Yes, I think so too. I think he may have been bullied not by his family but in school and so called friends. And after all he’s had a rough time because of the video.
His dad looked concerned and caring so much for his son. Remember that when WonSeok went to see him to college he said he couldn’t miss a class because his parents works so hard in the countryside he wouldn’t let all their effort go away by missing a class.
HoDol is just learning that it is ok to be gay and you are completely right: he can’t get his confidence from no one better 🥰

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One can hope. I mean the preview has me worried, but I really do hope it isn't what I fear it is.

Won-seok's scene is devastatingly powerful.

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the post suicide scene of won seok with his dad at the hospital is simply delivered. The dad's comment was lighthearted and reassuring that he is ok with won seok's gender preference.

On the otherhand, the parting line of ho dol's dad may sound like he is not so cool about the gayness of his son; but i sense that the dad is more concerned about how ho dol survive each day — the gossip, teasing and heckling of other people — after the video was posted.

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I think that HoDol’s dad is more concerned about what is going to happen to his beloved son when everybody knows he’s gay in a country in which being gay seems not to be easy, and let’s not forget they live in a rural area. Or at least that’s what I want to believe. Had his father been an abusive one, after watching the video would have been more violent or definitely not having the sweet reaction of bringing his son food and just be there for two minutes to check he was ok.

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you're right. i was also thinking about that — a brainy gay son of a countryside farmer studying in a seoul-based uni — am sure that a lot of people will feel disappointed or frustrated…

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We're one week away from the end of this show and I've weirdly come to love it. However, what was wrong with the first episode of the drama is still wrong with it over the duration: there are far too many characters.

And I'm saying that because I love all the side characters so much that I'm annoyed that they do not get the air time they deserve - and that I want. Actually, I begrudge all the time that the main leads get, because that means I will not get proper closure for the other characters. It's as if the writer had set out writing a 30-ep family drama (or 50) and then had to cut it down to 16 episodes to fit into this format.

Also, the scene with Won-seok in the hospital, post suicide-attempt, had me in floods of tears. I think his story line is so important and so moving, that I'm utterly grateful it remained in the drama.

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Totally agree with you!

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While the supporting cast all have compelling storylines, Won-seok's is really breathtakingly compelling.

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I have to say that the hospital scene was even more touching considering Cha In Ha is no longer with us 😔

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His brilliant portrayal of the quiet but intense protective older brother is part of what will be his enduring legacy to his fans and to kdrama lovers.

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Cha in Ha's character, the way that i see it, didn't just protect his siblings but those who are close to him as well. He may not talk much but his actions definitely speak louder. (You may say I was way too touched by the ho dol-won seok scenes.)

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Its much more fun to read your recap than to watch the painful episodes of these characters go back and forth. Not talking and discussing with each other and sorting things out!! Obviously the entire drama of 16+ episodes could collapse to 1 episode IF IF IF IF these drama characters would just sit together and talk it out for just 10 minutes clearly without inhibitions. ha ha ha ha :) :D I find this as gist of possibly 75% of dramas. My advise to people, in real life, please talk, have courage to say your thoughts and feelings aloud. At the most the person in front of you will decline or may be momentarily angry, do not be stupid like these drama characters.

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Won-seok's story is ♥️ and showing some parents that your love and support for your child shouldn't be conditional and influenced by any social expectations. He has such a strong presence and a warm sad smile, he will be missed. I hope he will find in his next life what he was looking for.

Jang-mi's parents remind me of those who have had their young kids successful in entertainment business and force them to make more money by any costs even when their star is not shining anymore. They've forgotten that they're not some beautiful puppets on their hands but are rightful human beings deserving love and warmth of simple gestures.

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It really does. Their ambition is more important than their child. What is her mother's deal? At first I thought she wanted to marry her off, but she seemed angry that Jang MI allegedly ran away and eloped with a man.
There are still so many questions. Can they all be answered in 2 episodes?
Fingers crossed.

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I am not after a second season for Love with Flaws but i could appreciate extra episodes where the writer and director (and all the wonderful production people behind it) get to project the near future status of the couples involved — let say a few years after kang woo established himself as a designer and as a husband to seo yeon; when kang hee finally and officially manages the family company; when ho dol gets to be firm of who he really is and gets accepted by his dad (i dont mind if he ends up with won seok…); and when Mi-kyung and Hyun-soo finally get married… something like an epilogue.

well, there are still few episodes left so we'll never know if the production can get to clear and straighten things up within the remaining 2++ hours. but as i stated, i don't mind having extra episodes just to satisfy — flat and out — my 'dream' ending. :)

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