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A Couple’s World: Episodes 5-6 Open Thread

To say the cat is out of the bag is the understatement of the year, because this drama plows through its reveals at a staggering pace. This week our heroine shows her hand perhaps a little too readily, but that’s what happens when your world is crumbling beneath you and the only thing around you are lies.

 
EPISODES 5-6 WEECAP

I’m not sure if there’s ever been two episodes of a drama that packed quite as much story into its time slot as A Couple’s World did this week. And with all the gasping and shrieking and holding of breath that this drama elicits, I can’t say I’m surprised they’re raking in the ratings.

The story is told with both suspense and speed, and it really grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. It’s a complete adrenaline rush, but there’s also something genuinely nauseating about it, as if you really are being grabbed by the throat. Or maybe it’s the feeling of the unthinkable ups and downs we endure with our heroine?

Plots and scenes escalate so quickly into violence and rage and pandemonium — you can’t look away, as if you’re staring at a horrifying accident. What is this? I can only explain it to myself as the clash of epic tragedy inserted into a seemingly normal present-day tale.

Last week we saw our heroine Sun-woo making some crazy choices to outplay her husband. As if her emotional wounds and betrayal weren’t enough, every day the stakes get higher for her. Playing along with Tae-oh’s lies is taking everything out of our heroine, and we see her hanging on by a thread until the divorce proceedings are ready to go.

But it gets worse. Sun-woo’s patient with the psychiatric issues (I call him itchy patient), goes totally ape in her office. He smashes stuff, injuring her in the process, but it’s his statement that she really wants to kill her husband instead of divorcing him, that really gets to her. On top of that (and her subsequent fainting spell) she’s got Hyun-seo’s ratty boyfriend breathing down her neck and threatening her. Oh, and loverboy Je-hyuk is threatening to blackmail her too, unless she sleeps with him again.

The pressure is high, and Sun-woo is starting to crack. It’s the drama’s quiet moments that show this best, though, and there’s a really heartbreaking scene where Sun-woo just curls up in a ball on her kitchen floor and sobs (with Tae-oh secretly watching from the stairs).

And then the strain finally gets to her. She takes Tae-ho to Chairman Yeo’s house for a surprise dinner with his family, and the scene quickly escalates from discomfiture to the equivalent of Sun-woo setting off a bomb. She sabotages Chairman Yeo’s investment in her husband’s film, tells Da-kyung’s parents that their daughter is pregnant, and then calmly tells the table that her husband is the father.

Words can’t do justice to the agony and anger contained in this scene. Da-kyung’s parents are horrified, Tae-oh is livid (hold onto your hat for this man’s true colors!), and for once that smug expression finally comes off Da-kyung’s face. Sun-woo is the only one with a semblance of composure in this scene, and she walks cooly off, leaving disaster behind her.

But A Couple’s World is becoming famous for this sort of chain reaction horror show where one powerful scene, rather than standing on its own, leads to yet another. And the tension keeps growing. So, after the dinner from hell where all is revealed, Sun-woo and Tae-oh endure an even worse scene outside afterwards. This is when it becomes clear (to Sun-woo and the audience) what Tae-oh is truly like.

Befitting the weakling that he is, Tae-oh puts the blame solely on Sun-woo and can only see the harm she has done by revealing his affair (say what!?). It’s another gut-wrenching scene, and we see Sun-woo struggling to grasp who her husband has become. She even tells him about her affair with Je-hyuk, trying to get him to understand her feelings by inverting them on him. It fails horribly, and things continue to worsen.

Tae-oh returns to Da-kyung and is served with divorce papers and a suitcase, but we’ve learned that he’s too horrible to let it go that easily. With Tae-oh willing to do anything and everything to best his wife, the battle for Joon-young begins, and it’s the dirtiest fight you can imagine.

It’s also rife with a serious dose of foreshadowing — as if the drama needs yet more tension? Tae-oh, in the creepiest bit of acting ever, says he is worried that Sun-woo will become like her mother (who ostensibly killed both herself and her husband in a car accident).

Terrified that Tae-oh will take her son from her, she snatches Joon-young from school and drives on a restricted road until the road literally ends beneath them and they’re at the edge of a cliff (agh, metaphor). The beautiful vista and space are the first breath of air she’s had in weeks, but this encounter with her son does not go as Sun-woo had hoped.

This scene is also a great example of the drama purposefully withholding information from us (what happens when their son slips on the edge of the cliff) — or conversely, pumping us with information to hint at what is possible (that Sun-woo, based on her family history, is also capable of murder). In other words, this drama knows how to create drama.

The story hits a crazy climax in the following scenes, and the interactions between Sun-woo, Tae-oh, and their son, are fraught with even more tension because they point right back to the drama’s source material — the Greek tragedy Medea by Euripides.

In Medea, the heroine is similarly wronged by her husband when he marries a local “princess” that will guarantee his future success. The tragedy looks deeply at rage, betrayal, and the lengths to which a person will go to return pain and betrayal on the person that inflicted it. For Medea, that means blood — no matter how much she hurts herself, she only cares about hurting her husband more.

It’s exactly this dynamic we see at play at the end of this week’s episodes, and it’s as electrifying as it is terrifying. “I am capable of doing anything to make you suffer,” declares Sun-woo. She leads Tae-oh on to believe that she murdered their son — and by gosh, for a second there I believed her.

A Couple’s World is a really gutsy drama, not only with what it shows and where it goes, but with how it tells its story, too. We had a reveal that would normally take 16 episodes happen in Episode 1. We had enough plot (and stress headaches!) in the drama’s first three weeks to fill the entire drama. And now, at the end of Episode 6, we have an interesting break in the story.

Sun-woo has won her divorce on her terms, with sole custody of her son and a restraining order against Tae-oh. Two years go by, and we see her as the dust settles. She seems to be the Sun-woo we knew at the beginning of the story (or as close to it as she can be after the lines that she crossed) — but what about the two thirds of the drama that still remain?

The episode ends with a (creepy) formal announcement that Tae-oh and his new wife and baby are moving back into town. This is upsetting, yes, but we’ve already reached such a horrifying peak with the Joon-young storyline that I can’t imagine what can top that. *Shudder* In the meantime, one thing is for sure: this drama is only just beginning.

 
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I know the story and it is not a story I would ever choose to watch but I can't look away..This drama is done so well and I am really curious how Kdrama interprets this story in the end.

It is extremely stressful to watch. I keep pausing it every few minutes to shake off my dread. I keep thinking I should not watch it for my own mental health but I can't wait for the next episode.

The husband is despicable but I definitely worry about Sun woo's sanity. She is manic and it is scary to watch.

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I am curious how the Korean social media is handling it - this is so much unlike your usual kdrama. I can read about 8 words in Korean, but but the fact that the ratings are so high indicates that Korean audiences might be ready for something a little more gritty than Forest (and clams).

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Forest evokes fond memories of a time when I was either dozing or falling off my chair, laughing. If ever Oppa wandered into this madness, he would be devoured alive.

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The ratings are sky high.

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I guess those who read this recap knows «A Couple's World» based on BBC's «Doctor Fostor», which based on «Medea» by Euripides. What's more interesting is Mike Barlett, the screenwriter of «Doctor Fostor», who has also written plays and TV dramas never short of twisting plots and controversial twists. His another famous play «King Charles III» (also a BBC mini-series in 2017) imagine a day Prince Charles of Great Britain becomes king succeeding Queen Elizabeth, and initiate a constitutional crisis because of a bill restricting media freedom. He is good at using Shakespearean English to write current issue into his stories. I appreciate «A Couple's World» has basically followed her original one by one (only breaking the Episode 5 of the source into 2 episodes, in terms of having a cliffhanger?) So I guess after they used up the Season 2, they still have 4-6 episodes to write their own story?

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I read a comment that this show condensed the first season into 6 episodes of this show. The British series (Doctor Foster) with S2 is 10 episodes in total. Plus this show is a half hour longer than DF. Curious to see where it goes from here. I really hope that the momentum continues, and does not stagnate which most K-dramas can falter too.

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Thank you! I was trying to remember where I had seen a similar story line. Dr Foster was a very exciting drama and I hope they paid royalties, or whatever production companies do, so they don't get charged with plagiarism.

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Sure they did, the fact they adapt the story from «Doctor Foster» is stated right at their first Korean trailer.

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I think Mike Barlett was drinking too much scotch when he was writing the script. So wicked lol.

Dinner from hell scene: "B.... is right. I'm a wolf tonight."

The scene with the son was totally Medea except she didn't kill him. Misleading her almost ex was a calculated move so she can get a restraining order against him.

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For once, i'm hoping the kdrama tendency to have a happy enough ending will cause this drama to veer from the dr foster storyline.

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I'm hoping for a real closure and not an open ending like the original.

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Same here.

For «Doctor Foster», I guess they are planning a Season 3, thus the cliffhanger in the end of Season 2, but news states that the leader actress decide not to participate ...

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Alright if this show continues at the pace that it is going at, I am going to be very curious to see how this might change the drama landscape. As @missvictrix said, for K-drama standards a lot of things that would have happened occurred by episode 1 and so on. And S6 solidifies a big change as well.

I am curious if the show which is highly successful right now will continue to go. I imagine the ratings will be through the roof, and how most audiences will take to the fast progression of the plot that would otherwise taken the whole series like V.I.P. If that happens, it might create a challenging but interesting dilemma in the root of this shows success of how to move your plot quickly and create new challenges.

Also P.S I found that the actor who plays her cheating husband is married in real life. Must be an interesting dynamic for both actors (ML and FL) who are both married, and doing a show about this. I am fascinated by how actors can turn it off and on!

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just want to comment that I have a soft spot for the actor who plays the cheating husband, Park Hae Joon, since he plays the role of Dong Hoon's best friend in My Ajusshi. His character in My Ajusshi (a monk !), was seen by Dong Hoon as his moral compass, and he was so convincing :) so it's really something for me to see him here starring as a despicable husband, such a good actor :)

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Also that trusted and able general of Tagon of «Arthdal Chronicles». Trust me, I can't even believe they are all played by the same actor until I read some news reports.

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You remember all those Cinderella doctors from last few years of Kdrama? Well this is them a few years later :)

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First, can I say how totally kick a** this drama is. I am hooked. When I first saw the drama trailer, I thought it was a rip off of the K drama VIP but this is so much better.

Now my thoughts. I love SW and episode 5/6 definitely were a whirlwind. SW at the dinner table was so BOSS!!! I will never understand how that concubine feels so entitled to disrespect SW. However, I will say that in SW was wrong for how she secured her divorce and got full custody of her son. I don't blame Tae Oh at all for what he did because if someone said that they did that to my kid, I would attack them too. A very small part of me understands why SW did what she did, I mean the woman obviously has PTSD and she was about to lose everything... I mean literally everything, her home, her money, her husband and her son. So I do think she would have killed herself if JY left her to go live with his dad.. because that would have killed her but she took it way too far, I mean have these people ever heard of joint custody? but I guess anger, hatred, and bitterness is blinding them from seeing more obvious solutions.
Next, people blame JY for choosing his Dad but is he really wrong for that? I mean Tae Oh is a crap husband but a really great dad.. and as JY so correctly pointed out, Tae Oh abandoned SW not him. Even when that concubine asked Tae Oh to let go of his son, he never considered it for a second. That lets me know that Tae Oh (although selfish) really does love his kid. I think SW knows this and used it to hurt him which is again messed up because the only person who truly gets hurt out of this is JY. As JY pointed out, SW was never there, Tae Oh raised him but this was due to Tae Oh not being a good provider so SW had to work hard to make money. Its a sad situation folks, all around.
That being said, I think Tae Oh is going to be on full revenge mode!! Personally, I don't think Tae Oh is in love with the concubine all like that, you can tell when he stayed the entire night and he looked very uncomfortable being there. Tae Oh wasnt even going to get a divorce but SW was pushing for it and then it started to turn nasty between these too. I honestly, think Tae Oh was using the concubine for her Dad's investment and he wanted to end things with her or keep her on the side but he never wanted to break up his family but things got super twisted. What kills me is how weak Tae Oh is, which SW accurately pointed out at the dinner table. Tae Oh blames SW for everything not taking the slightest responsibility in his role of destroying his family. At first when they got the divorce, I thought oh the drama is over already? Thats the ending? So I googled it and saw that its 16 episodes.. that means alot of crap is about to go down over the upcoming weeks. It has me very scared to be honest and a little excited.. Anyone else hoping SW hooks up with the handsome psychiatrist..

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VIP was very emotional for me, my heart hurt so bad watching some of the scenes, I remember tearing when Jang Nara broke down. This show makes me more ANGRY than sad. And more scared than sad. Sun Woo on that cliff was terrifying. And she provoked the husband into beating her up, by making him think she had killed their son. The lengths she would go to, just to bring him to his knees...I was in shock.

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I totally agree.. Sun Woo was very scary in that moment, even I thought she did it. Honestly, I don't blame Tae Oh for beating her a**, I am not saying I support domestic violence but if I think someone has harmed my child, all bets are off.. but she strategically planned it. I honestly don't care that SW planned defeating Tae Oh so that she could get what she wanted in the divorce settlement like the house and the money, she deserved those things but oh man, her methods to get everything was truly wicked. JY loved his Dad and she robbed him of his father because she was spiteful but to be fair Tae Oh threw the first punch when he tried to get her evaluated as insane so he could take away JY.. so to be fair Tae Oh did start the fight but Sun Woo finished it. Again, her methods were truly messed up though.. I think both of them are crazy AF and they should have shared custody..
Yes, VIP was emotional for me too but I was very unsatisfied with VIP especially the ending. The concubine in that drama didnt get any punishment. However, I think we will get plenty of shock and satisfaction in this drama. I am still on Sun Woo's side (right now) but I wish she hadn't gone that route. Again, Tae Oh did start this mess by going to her job and trying to have her declared insane but shoot she just might be insane considering what she did. I cant wait until next week.

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Spoilers from VIP.

This show is doing something VIP stopped short of. The Jang Nara character stopped herself from going all the way. She decided that she was hurting herself from her revenge. So she just let go. The difference is that the husband in VIP loved his wife, it was clear in the scene where she fell and hurt herself. And in the final scene, when he looked at her with the umbrella over his head. That was such a sad show. My heart still hurts thinking abiut it. The scene of her sobbing alone in the nursery...heartbreaking. How could he cheat on her???? Unforgivable.

But this show, that scene with the son, I really, really thought she pushed him off the cliff, I was so sick and so scared. And that she made the husband think that, she wanted him to beat her up, and that he beat her up, and he wanted to kill her, oh, man, the whole scene was so AWFUL and HORRIBLE and I couldn't stop watching. Honestly, this show is so dark, and I am so afraid of what's going to happen next. I won't be surprised if she orchestrates her ex husband's murder by manipulating the mistress.

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Hey, if the screenwriter of «A Couple's World» so choose, they can go all the Greek tragedy way. After all Mike Bartlett who wrote the source («Doctor Foster», I mean) admitted that the story is inspired by Medea, that Greek tragedy, and killing her own son is just the first set of that whole bloody dinner.

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im surprised to see some comment who justify TO beating cruely SW due to she provoking and manipulate his emotion. Nothing-nothing justify hitting other people unless defending yourself. Why TO did is attempting murder and pur crulety. SW is almost lost insanity yes but that doesnt mean TO can do that to her

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I dont justify domestic violence but if someone said they killed your kid. I am not sure if you have children but that person is as good as dead for most people. Sun Woo crossed a line that you don't cross. She could have done other things. Tae Oh is a douche bag who tried to say she was insane but he never insinuated that he killed their kid. That is really deeply twisted. Domestic Violence is never okay but certain situations.. All bets are off!! That situation was one of them!!

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I haven't seen this episode yet, but I don't think justifying TO beating SW because he thought she hurt their son is right. TO hurt his son first. I knew from the episode #1, that the son knew about his dad's affair, and couldn't figure out how to tell his mother, so he dropped clues here and there, (his dad's secretary having a boyfriend, and then leaving the restaurant because he had to sit across from the mistress). What at terrible thing for TO to put his son through.

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I have issues with Joon Young....he is 14 right...is that too young to be understanding basics of right and wrong? He basically called his mother a bad mother for providing for the family, asked her to suck it up and live with father even though he has a mistress. I mean he was more angry at Sun Woo than Tae Oh...14 is not too young to get it... right. I had wished Sun Woo to just let go of the son too. I think Joon Young is inherently selfish like his father....Sun Woo as a human being doesn't deserve this. But she did things too far but than again Tae Oh was using her vulnerability to settle scores. I know how Doctor Foster went. This is not VIP but I just wished Sun Woo would walk away...husband, child do not need to define you especially when both are so hopelessly self centered.

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I didn't like that he guilt trip his mom for working hard to provide for the family. He doesn't acknowledge that. Instead he loves his dad more because he spent time with him.
Of course he does, his mother goes to work , comes home and cook etc. Her husband has all the time to hangout with him.

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I think he doesnt know the full picture.. he just knows that both of his parents are successful.. His mom is a doctor and director at a hospital and his dad runs an entertainment company.. to be fair ,I dont think a 14 year old will have a grasp of the full picture.. he doesnt know his dad is a loser.. Heck, even Sun Woo didnt know until recently how bad everything was financially. We cant expect JY to know..

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Okay fair enough....how about him seeing his father having a relationship outside marriage....it literally means nothing to him...the fact that this may hurt his mother...he blamed his mother and his only concern is his own comfortable little world falling apart...just that....he thinks his father did nothing wrong...this blows my mind.

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I was so, so angry with the son that part. My heart broke for her. How could he reject her? I don't want you. I want Father. I was fuming mad. It was even worse than the rage I felt watching the mother-in-law making up excuses for the useless son.

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I almost wished Sun Woo would say yes, go live with you dead beat dad who stole your college funds and see how rosy things are when you have zero money. I mean lets assume she gives up custody, gets money and house instead and Joon Young goes to live with Da Kyung and Tae Oh. Would Da Kyung's parents be willing to provide lifestyle to Tae Oh's son or Da kyung be motherly enough to cater to Tae Oh's son with Sun Woo........unlikely.......sometimes you need to give people exactly what they want to make them appreciate what they had. I wish Sun Woo had done that. Those meals at the end of the day, properly done house, clothes, laundry, pocket money.......Sun Woo not only provided financially but made a home for his son and his father. Neither appreciate it to the slightest. I know this isn't that sort of story but part of me wished Sun Woo would let Tae Oh go to live his dream with his son, mistress and unborn child. A guy like Tae Oh would likely screw all that up anyway. But it won't happen. Also, when a father provides for a family, their absence is not held against them but God forbid the mother who provides and pays for your food and makes that too does it, she is not good enough. That double standard grated my nerves.

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"Also, when a father provides for a family, their absence is not held against them but God forbid the mother who provides and pays for your food and makes that too does it, she is not good enough. That double standard grated my nerves."

Thank you <3.

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I understand but I am not angry with Joon Young he is a kid and his parents who he love is getting a divorce which he doesnt want. Plus, Sun Woo and Tae Oh are both messed up using their kid as leverage for their fight. They should have split custody but they are both psychos..

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im surprised to see some comment who justify TO beating cruely SW due to she provoking and manipulate his emotion. Nothing-nothing justify hitting other people unless defending yourself. Why TO did is attempting murder and pur crulety. SW is almost lost insanity yes but that doesnt mean TO can do that to her

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The dinner scene. Wow.

And I only mention this scene because I still haven't watched episode 6!

*Bracing myself for what's to come*

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That was the Red Wedding of Korean dramas. https://gameofthrones.fandom.com/wiki/Red_Wedding

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A terrific recap, @missvictrix. You drew a wonderful parallel between the literal and the metaphorical - in that throat-grabbing scene, oh gosh, I couldn't breathe, and that cliffhanger scene, literally, ended on the edge, and oh, my goodness, I thought she had really done it, the unthinkable, to actually kill her son to destroy her husband. I felt sick and revolted and so raw.

The scene where she crumpled, crying on the floor, and he watched her. I wasn't sure what he felt. Did he feel pain at the sight of her so broken? I was sure that he knew that she was on to him then, but he would never admit to it, he had too much to lose.

The scene where the son rejected her was heartbreaking, but, on hindsight, so clever, it totally fooled me into drawing the worst assumption. This show keeps doing that, and I am not sure who to trust anymore. I have even begun to suspect the nice doctor of ulterior motives.

This show reminds me of Fargo the TV series, where a single random act impacts every other character; no one is immune. Every single person is drawn into the madness and mayhem, and everything descends into chaos.

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Ohhhh same, I'm so distrustful of everyone, and nice smiley protective psychiatrist seems like a giant red flag in the world of this drama.

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i know, right?? don't know who to trust... everyone seems to be untrustworthy!

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I was even suspicious of the abused girl. There were moments when she looked at the mistress with sympathy, as if she understood her pain, and I wasn't sure where her loyalties lay, until the final moment on the bench with Sun Woo.

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She was the only one I trusted actually.

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I am too but if there is going to be one genuine person in this drama, I would like it to be the new psychiatrist. He is from out of town and he is divorced. They have some things in common.

I am tired of this dang town hating on Sun-woo behind her back except for poor Hyun-seo.

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im surprised the drama managed to get over the huge plot point that was about her getting a divorce in the first place in less than half the episodes of its total run.
It is a fast past and it has kept me extremely engaged so far, my worry now is that the drama will lose tension and momentum and get us bored like a lot of kdramas do.
I am also confused cuz for the first 6 episodes i was rooting for sun woo (as everyone should) cuz tae oh was being mean and rude and stupid and despicible. but now we are seeing this other maniac side of her and its kind of scary and idk who to relate to or root for.
i hope all the character's development continues well and the plot allows for regrets and flaws and doesn't spoil how good the drama has been so far

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Thank you for the recap!!
My emotions are all over the place with this show, one minute I'm feeling happy for sun-woo that she has got some justice, but I'm horrified at the lengths she is going to win to destroy the husband. He is so manipulative and a gas-lighter, he continuously puts the blame onto Sun-woo and doesn't take any responsibilty. I think now that the honeymoon phase is over with the mistress, he will start to play the same tricks again.

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Do you think he loved her? That scene where he stood on the stairs and watched her wailing, do you think he was sad and sorry that he had hurt her so? He knew, didn't he, that she knew everything. He knew that she knew that he was lying. And the scene where she told him she slept with his best friend, he looked devastated. I want to know that at least he did love her, that it's not all hate. I need to know that it's not all dark and twisted.

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I think Tae Oh loved Sun Woo.. What is it they say in the movie Alexander? You hurt the ones you love the most. I think there is deep love and resentment for both Sun Woo and Tae Oh. Tae Oh resents that SW is cold and successful. Sun Woo resents that Tae Oh is weak and unsuccessful but they also love each other. When Tae Oh saw Sun Woo crying his expression was unreadable but I felt like he wanted her to suffer, he wanted to hurt her in this scene (twisted love) but Rewatch the scene where Tae Oh stayed the night with the concubine, you could tell he didnt wan to be there. Even after Sun Woo stated she slept with his friend, he initially ripped up the divorce papers. Tae Oh was NEVER going to divorce her. I think they both have a twisted love, the kind that's I will never let you go, so I see this unfolding two ways. 1. They end up killing each other 2. Or they get back together on some " Gone Girl" type of stuff.. but I dont think Tae Oh ever loved the concubine like he does Sun Woo.. I think he just loved the idea of her and the idea of being in love but deep down, he didnt love the concubine or he would have left Sun Woo already and it was Sun Woo who left him..

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Oh, I just love what you posted. It made me sad...something that the drama hasn't made me feel these two episodes. I have a feeling they will get back together, and have an affair, because it's clear she is still affected by him. What he felt for the mistress is probably a momentary lust, and prompted by his feelings of inadequacy? Like you said, he felt inferior to her in every way, he could never measure up to his ex wife, in his own eyes, and in everyone else's too. The thing is now things are different, he is different. He is a new man, he has become successful on his own, he is now on par with her. He doesn't need an adoring young girl to soothe his dented ego anymore.

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Yes, I think he will now realise what he had with sun woo and his new life and mistress doesn't compare. He and sun woo had finally begun to enjoy their life, going on holidays, dinner parties etc.

Now, he is facing the pressure of being the sole financial provider, with his reputation in tatters, being together with a young wife he doesn't love, changing dirty nappies and juggling childcare, pressure from his in laws. The husband isn't used to putting in effort, working hard at anything.
God this show makes my blood boil.

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I really want to believe that he felt sad and hope he is mourning their marriage too. They spent all those years together, built a family, I can't bear to think all of that was a lie, surely he must have some affection and compassion.

I think the only person he has loved truly, is himself. He spent years feeling underappreciated in their marriage and instead of doing something about it, like communicating, he used the mistress to make him feel like a man.... I hate that phrase and I hate how selfish he is, he would have kept the mistress on the side. The mistress definitely needs to be responsible for her actions, I believe that she is a victim too because the husband is using her for the father's money.

He knew she had found out, he wanted to be the one with power, he may have even wanted sun woo to try and plead with to save the marriage. I think he wanted sun-woo to say she can't be without him, to soothe his ego. He never imagined her to sleep with the best friend.

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Yes, I think that her cheating on him really got too him especially since it was with JH.. a guy he was frenemies with and someone he knows was in love with his wife ( think everyone knew JH liked SW).. so yeah that had to BURN...

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@ayaan It hurt a lot to hear the venom he spewed at her in the chief's office. And I just need to know that he did love het once. When he proposed to her. When he married her. When he came home right in the beginning. They had sex, and he seemed to enjoy it, and she, too. I think she lied when she said sex with his friend was better. And the scene where he hugged her and thanked her after the funeral, and the scene where he told the friend he loved both his wife and his mistress. Urgh. I hate that word, too, ayan. I hope to see more of this love...call me a romantic, but it's the only redeeming thing about this dark, gritty drama.

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@yyishere oh she was most certainly lying when she said she enjoyed being with his friend..she hated it... the whole scene was very sad..

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It's hard from me to believe that he loves anyone, and only cares about his self gratifications. He uses the same song, the same lines with both women--he's just play acting in order to get sexual fulfillment. And he's so dumb! Getting both women pregnant--why didn't he learn from his experience with Sun Woo???

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@Titus, I too saw Doctor Foster, I will say the acting and the way the story is weaved is much better. Can't wait for the next episode.

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Is it only me feeling cold after watching an episode... there no warmth to the story, or character. They all are bunkers and awful. Not sure I want to spent more hour with this people. My limit was when they started to use their son as a ball they can throw between them. I guess since here in my country expert have been all on how to not to use your kid in your couple dispute. Seeing them using their son like this made me sick. I am afraid he gonna be the collateral damage... I just hate seeing innocent kids watching their parent treating each other like garbage...
I see people enjoying. But after watching this weeks episodes my blood was really boiling and had to went someplace.

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Well, when the person you're married to treats you that way, it's hard to have any warmth. I can relate to SW as I had to lurk around to actually see with my own eyes what my husband was up to--I had to keep lurking in order to serve him with court papers for a divorce. But the worst I treated him in fact was to pack up all his belongings and leave them in the garage for him to pick up when I wasn't there. Never wanted to see him again, and 25 years later, to this very day I've not seen him again, and we have three children. I felt so much like a fool because he sucker punched me right in the heart after being married for 29 years.

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I hurt, reading your post. I am so glad that you have cut him out of your life. Many of my friends have chosen to close their eyes to the cheating, because of the children involved. I would have done the exact same thing if I were in your shoes. He is the fool for betraying you.

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I want to start with, her setting him up was terrible and awful. That being said I find it far and away more disturbing that he believed she would kill their only child to get back at him. He lived with her for years, claimed to love her, but thought her capable of killing their child. He is a very disturbed individual. The full on gaslighting and then he almost killed her. She was right to run away from him. That was DISTURBING.

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honestly they are both pretty F'fd up characters.. I am getting weird vibes with these two.. its seems to be going in a we are going to die together or we are going be together and be miserable.. I get alot of Gone girl vibes with these two.. like they are teaching each other " lessons".. I don't think he cares for the mistress all like that.. she was just a side piece that got pregnant. he loves the idea of her but deep down I think he loves Sun Woo.. they are both crazy AF.. btw when he was watching Sun Woo cry.. that was a chilling and weird scene for me.. his face was totally unreadable.. Good acting though

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His face was so blank. It disturbed me. I was expecting sadness, and what we got was just that blank stare. It was unnerving. This show is disturbing on many levels. It haunts me.

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Oh I agree they are both f'fd up, but him almost immediately believing she killed their child is either massive projection or he never understood his wife at all. Despite the false flag, i never once thought she would kill their kid. hmm maybe it just me, lol.

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I didnt think she did but then I got scared to be honest .. I kept waiting for Joon Young to come out and he didnt and I started to get nervous, After Tae Oh snapped and Jin Young finally came back, I was just like Tae Oh saying Oh Thank God... then I realized what she did and I was like OMG.. She's crazy!!

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lol, gotcha.

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that doesnt justify a bit what he did

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With all the buzz this show is getting, I am now curious. Is it worth it? Is it better than VIP? I don't really like the you cheated so now I'll cheat too aspect this story went with but is it worth watching besides that?

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Wapz, watch it. It is so different, and the speed at which the drama proceeds just leaves you gasping for breath. So many things happen, every line counts, you can't take your eyes off, because you don't want to miss a thing. It is more than a cheating drama, it's a clever ptschological thriller, with so many twists and turns, and actions that appear random at first, but take on great significance later. If you want taut, nailbiting suspense, this is it, peppered with red herrings and cliffhangers that make your jaw drop. VIP is more realistic, sadder, more emotional, with poignant, human characters.

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This “2 years later” time skip is actually where season 2 of “Doctor Foster” takes place... So far, it seems like the Korean version has basically fast tracked all the events of season 1 of the original, so it’ll be interesting to see how deep and cray of a direction it will take from here on out and how close it’ll stick to season 2 of the original, since the original season 2 only has 5 episodes

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This drama is so stressful to watch. I literally can’t watch it all in one sitting! I am interested to see how the story will continue to unfold. We have already seen how awful Tae Oh is even when didn’t have a penny to his name. There’s no telling how he will act once he has some money and status. He and Da Kyung truly deserve each other.

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i am reeling!! i started this drama last night and today watched thru ep 6 so i could read this open thread recap...

i love the pace and now i wish i waited so i could burn thru all the eps at once...

the confrontation at home -- i was almost convinced she did something crazy, but then, as a mom i knew she wouldn't. so then i'm thinking "Damn, she's GOOD!" and i anticipated the son walking in. she is creepy good at getting back at her cheating louse of a husband...

it's a great revenge story, but it's so scary now that he's back cuz there will be more... GACK!!

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That was so messed up. They were both messed up. I wonder how worse it will go from here. But the episodes will no longer be rated 19 right? I wonder how it would affect the drama. Also will it be able to keep its pace?

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It depends on what they are taking from the original. There is one rated 19 stuff from season 2 that I remember.

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i know, right??? i also worry about how they can keep up this pace they have established... it is total CRACK!!!!!

i hope they don't slow down and make it a mushy soggy flat mess!!!! it is so good, please keep the pace!

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Thanks for the weecap.

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Which one to watch first - this drama or Dr Foster??

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im surprised to see some comment who justify TO beating cruely SW due to she provoking and manipulate his emotion. Nothing-nothing justify hitting other people unless defending yourself. Why TO did is attempting murder and pur crulety. SW is almost lost insanity yes but that doesnt mean TO can do that to her

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I LOVE this drama. I LOVE that it gets right to the meat of the situation. I LOVE the lead actress, she's so wonderful. I sympathize with Sun Woo, because I've been there twice, in two marriages, and it hurts so much when your spouse is not loyal.

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