A Couple’s World: Episodes 7-8 Open Thread
Our heroine might have won the first battle, but it looks like there are many more ahead of her. With her ex-husband and his new wife back in town, things get complicated (read: spiral out of control) real fast.
EPISODES 7-8 WEECAP
I hope everyone enjoyed the short break from the whiplash that was this drama’s first six episodes. Now, as we begin “Act II” (as it’s so appropriately being called), it’s time for the crazy to start again.
Sun-woo might have gotten the divorce on her terms, but it cost her a heck of a lot in scars. Although when we meet her again two years later she’s still successful and relatively intact, I’m sorry to say that doesn’t last for long. Tae-oh and Da-kyung and their toddler Jenny (really?) are back in Gosan, and their return is truly nauseating. Rather than show even a teaspoon of shame or humility towards their actions, they come back on the top of the world.
Tae-oh’s transformed into an incredibly successful producer, and his mega hit film Good Life (pfft) is the talk of the nation. As if the manner in which they return to Gosan isn’t bad enough, it soon becomes clear that Tae-oh has some ulterior motives for moving back beyond the ridiculous “We want to live near Da-kyung’s parents” or “We missed our hometown.”
The gossip in Gosan is out of control, and though Sun-woo slaps a look of nonchalance on her face, we know she’s shaken by their return — and so does her new confidant, psychiatrist KIM YOON-GI (Lee Moo-saeng). “You kind of look okay, but not really,” he tells her honestly.
Can it be? Is there a true-hearted character emerging out of the trash heap of humans that are portrayed in this drama? As a viewer, I’m really beginning to rely on Yoon-gi, his sound advice, and his mature behavior — and if I’m relying on him this much, how much more is Sun-woo?
I can’t find a reason to doubt him yet, and this week we found out he’s not only been counseling Joon-young (poor boy sorely needs it!), but has pretty much made a habit of watching out for Sun-woo. I’m beginning to see glimmers of some shining armor, but I don’t know… This drama doesn’t let me trust anyone easily.
Speaking of horrible humans, Sun-woo is still surrounded by two-faced people at every turn. I’m honestly not sure how they are still friends, but this week Myung-sook does what she’s so good at: acting like Sun-woo’s friend, and then playing up to Tae-oh on the side. Why am I so surprised that she’s still doing it? In fact, Myung-sook, and Doctor Gong, the hospital director, both lie straight to Sun-woo’s face before rushing off to attend Tae-oh’s welcome party. Because that’s what Tae-oh and the Yeo family do — throw a gaudy house party in their new McMansion.
This party sequence is ghastly, and feels almost like part two of the infamous birthday party scene that opened our drama so many
ulcers episodes ago. It’s full of pomp, lies, and fake people. I didn’t think Gosan was too terrible before, but now I’m convinced that the most awful, greedy, and vile people in all of creation live in this town.
A Couple’s World really knows how to pull off stand-offs with nail-biting tension, and the welcome party is just bursting with them. It starts with Sun-woo and Yoon-gi getting “greeted” by Tae-oh, and then we’ve got a swift succession of horrible encounters like the showmanship of their welcome speech and kiss (for Sun-woo’s benefit), Sun-woo’s running into Myung-sook, and Sun-woo’s harried search for Joon-young in the house.
Oh, and we can’t forget the weird “moment of recognition” that Sun-woo has after she’s accidentally stepped into the couple’s bedroom. We don’t realize the significance of this until a little later, but it seems the bedroom closet — and even the lingerie — is the exact same set-up they had when she was married to Tae-oh. In other words, Tae-oh just left dirtbag territory, and entered the all-new category of psychopath.
Tae-oh has a plan to bring Sun-woo down, and that includes getting her ousted from her hospital, luring Joon-young away from her, oh, and trying to terrify her senseless with threatening notes, rocks through her window, and even home invasion. What’s crazy is that when she confronts him, he doesn’t even deny it — he just tells her to leave Gosan.
What this drama does with amazing deftness is deliver this archetypal wronged-but-innocent heroine — and then just heap on the wrongs. It’s more than the everyday injustice scenario we’re used to in dramas. It’s a thousand times more intense, and the more wrongs she suffers, the more rage we feel.
It’s completely galling — but don’t worry, that’s exactly what we’re supposed to be feeling, because it puts us in the same seat as Sun-woo. It helps us to understand and forgive her (like we did for that horrible stunt from two years ago), and it also gives us a helluva roller coaster ride.
As for our side characters, Je-hyuk and Ye-rim still live next door. Je-hyuk is playing the happy faithful husband to the nines, and even had me fooled, but it doesn’t take long for him to return to his philandering ways. Ye-rim, however, is a little more interesting — she’s starting to see behind the phoniness of the powerful Gosan women. She even looks out for Sun-woo, and plays a big part in saving her when she’s being attacked. I’m interested where their relationship will go from here, since it seems they have more in common than not, when you think about it.
I was so happy to have Hyun-seo return to the story too, and loved the stylish reveal of her identity. Sun-woo is going to need all the people she can get on her side, because she knows first-hand what her opponents are capable of. From psycho-stalker Tae-oh, to ruthless Da-kyung, to Da-kyung’s parents, and even the horrible Women’s Association — Sun-woo has some really powerful, and even vicious, opponents to deal with.
At the end of this week’s episodes, Sun-woo has all but declared war on the Women’s Association with their backstabbing agenda. It’s sure to get even more berserk from here on out, so I’m bracing for impact like Sun-woo armed with a shopping cart full of six bottles of Bordeaux. It’s as good for drinking as it is for concussing home invaders. Take note, everyone.