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A Couple’s World: Episodes 13-14 Open Thread

We’ve got episodes rich in pathos this week as we follow our heroine through some of her deepest lows as she comes face to face with the consequences of her and her ex-husband’s actions. But those lows also lead to new victories, as the wheel of fate continues to turn.

 
EPISODES 13-14 WEECAP

A Couple’s World was busy crushing cable ratings last week, and hit some pretty impressive numbers. It’s a worthy success for the drama, which is not only riveting, but merciless, twisty, and fun. Our penultimate episodes this week were top-notch, and I’ll be shocked if the ratings don’t hit the roof before the drama concludes next week.

Last week we ended with the shocking (but not so shocking) act of Sun-woo and Tae-oh sleeping together, and we pick up there this week, in that tangle of passion, anger, and hurt. Both characters are so conflicted, still drawn to each other and dealing with the lack of closure for their years-long marriage — but we also hear Sun-woo asking herself what brought them together. “Was it a familiar habit, or an act of reconciliation aroused by pity?” she muses. The idea of pity, or pathos, between our characters is an apt one, and we see how it plays out in dangerous (but oh so thrilling) ways.

But Sun-woo and Tae-oh getting together also has an important secondary effect — after all, A Couple’s World does love to show us the ripple effect, as one moment of drama spawns a hundred, each of them equally intense.

This week we focus a lot on Joon-young, and we see how all the emotional trauma he has endured is affecting his behavior. There were warning signs that Sun-woo didn’t notice, but they reach a quick crescendo. Sun-woo and Tae-oh are forced to play parents when they’re both called to the school to deal with Joon-young’s bad behavior. Watching them as a (briefly) united front adds quite an intensity to what is already going on between them. All of Joon-young’s anger is unilaterally towards Sun-woo, and when he finally admits that he saw them “together” that night — well, it is a rather destructive reveal for everyone.

As if the trouble (and reveal) with Joon-young isn’t enough, Da-kyung also sticks her nose into things. She’s as cunning as ever, and I don’t believe for a second that she cares about Joon-young’s well-being. Indeed, this thing plays out horribly as Da-kyung usurps the role of Joon-young’s caring mother, ironing out the drama at school.

Sun-woo is on her knees apologizing for her son’s behavior when Da-kyung flits in and brushes away the whole situation like it’s a mere mosquito thanks to her father’s connections. It’s positively galling, and even Tae-oh feels for Sun-woo (in a shocking act of humanity for him). But now our heroine has not only lost her precious son, but she’s been utterly humiliated by the woman that took everything from her.

Sun-woo is brought to all-new lows after all this incident, and the culmination of her son’s seeming hatred towards her. All it takes is an incident at the hospital to get her to resign once and for all. We see a Sun-woo that has reached rock bottom.

The funny thing here, though, is that while Tae-oh now has everything he’s been hoping/plotting for (Seo-woo has lost her position, her son, and her home), the man is still so unhappy. In fact, the more things even out for him, the less he is interested; he’s consumed with thoughts of Sun-woo, and concern for her.

Sun-woo goes AWOL and no one knows where she is. Her friends are worried, but no one is as worried as Tae-oh. And he should be. Sun-woo is in a dark place; she tells her friend (and previous psychiatrist colleague) that she has lost everything she tried to protect, and that she is too tired to fight on.

Is A Couple’s World playing us? Do they want us to think she’s suicidal? Or is Sun-woo playing us, like she did in the past, when she made us (and Tae-oh) think that Joon-young had been killed. The team behind this drama are masters at this kind of tension and intensity. We’re led to believe things and ask questions we don’t want to ask. Sometimes it’s for a twist — but sometimes it’s not.

Such was the case for Sun-woo this week, and some of the most intense drama-making I’ve seen in awhile. Sun-woo walks along the shore for hours, and while there’s no dialogue or narration, we know everything she’s wrestling with because we’ve been alongside her from the beginning. She seems to find some even ground and looks more peaceful for a moment… but no, she takes off her coat and calmly heads for the roaring winter waves.

This whole sequence is as terrifying as it is electric. As both Yoon-gi and Tae-oh drive around like maniacs combing the shoreline for her, we see a montage of her past, and the family that she lost under equally tragic circumstances. We’ve had foreshadowing around this before, but A Couple’s World pulls it right out of its back pocket just to make our hearts beat a little bit faster.

I don’t know where Yoon-gi stands at this point, but his rescue of her was quite something – and so was Tae-oh standing in the distance in a mess of emotion, making sure she was okay before he disappeared.

This whole sequence was the dramatic peak of this week’s episodes for me, and possibly of the entire drama. But rather than linger here for more than a moment, A Couple’s World bangs right back to business. Da-kyung’s fake stepmom shell finally cracks, and there’s a horrible scene with her, Tae-oh, and Joon-young. It ends with Joon-young getting hit by his father (WTH!) and then calling Sun-woo sobbing, asking her to come get him.

Oh, it’s all so diabolically satisfying! Sun-woo, after enduring this horrible nadir, is now on a new high. It’s almost as if her near-death experience was a rebirth, and she’s stronger than ever. It sure feels that way as she marches up to Da-kyung’s house, takes Joon-young, and then tells Da-kyung flat-out that she slept with Tae-oh.

Karma? Poetic justice? Just some damn good storytelling? Either way, A Couple’s World has outdone itself this week. And there’s just enough mayhem left for our final week. I don’t know where our characters will land, but if there’s anything we’ve learned so far, it’s that anything is possible in A Couple’s World.

 
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This show truly deserves it's ratings and plaudits.

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Some of the things I observed:

1. In Episode 13 and 14, I started to feel sorry for JY. I can see how he compensates his longing and loss with stealing.

2. Da Kyung was subtle and cunning. Truly her father’s daughter. But why a chaebol daughter is not busy handling business but indulging herself in stealing a married man and somebody else’s son?

3. Tae Oh slapping his son was a way to make the son goes back to his mother. After witnessing Sun Woo’s attempted suicide, he realised he had taken away her life, their son. I don’t think he believes that JY pushed the toddler sister, but he just used that opportunity to push JY away.

4. Sun Woo revealed the “one night stand” coz that’s the only way to get Da Kyung to stop her incessant schemes. The moment Da Kyung discover that her efforts were futile, she will let go of using Joon Young as a bait in keeping Tae Oh faithful to her.

5. Glad Dr Joon Gi got to save the lady. He was missing in action and I am glad to see him in Ep 14.

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3. But he did not have to slap his son!. Physically hurting your child? That was an all time low - a crime deserving years in prison.

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That’s certainly very harsh. But maybe he did that to make the son angry enough to leave him. The sight of him assaulting his wife was what drove the son away in the first place.

I don’t think slapping a son once would put someone in jail. Usually one will have to show extensive injury or prolonged abuse... anyway I am not a lawyer, I dunno what warrants an arrest and jail time.

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That slapping scene was a bit off for me. I felt it was put in to make us dislike Tae oh, to hint that this is not the man for Sun woo to end up with. There had been such growth in the last two episodes, he reconnected with his wife, showed remorse, realised that he had gained the world at the loss of his ex wife, whom he has since realised he cannot live without, a habit without whom he cannot breathe.

So, that slapping scene was a shocker. It did not fit with what I had assumed were positive changes in him. It made me reel, to be honest. You think you've worked out the character, you're pleased with the way they are tying up all the loose ends, bit by bit, and then this scene comes out of nowhere and you're gobsmacked. So my conclusion is that the show wants us to view Tae oh as the villain, disregard all the softening that we have felt toward him, and just tell ourselves, this man is a jerk. A cheat can never be redeemed. He deserves to be punished tenfold. Because he started it all, he basically destroyed everyone's lives through his act of betrayal. So I guess I'll just forget about a reconciliation between Tae oh and Sun woo - I actually wanted it, how odd was that, considering how much I hated him, this show messes with your head.

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i think you are correct in that he hit Joon Young to give him reason to go back to his mom, after seeing her on the beach and realizing the depths of her despair.

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@reionline - that slap shocked me too, when your explanation makes a LOT of sense.
Tae-oh has been going through so many emotions, so that I started to feel sorry for him. The slap was a surprise, but thinking he did it to push his son back to his mother would certainly fit.
At least that is what I want to believe.

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I rewatch the slapping scene followed by Tae Oh telling off his son basically how much of a nuisance he is to everyone. That sounds more like an excuse than an accusation.

As far as I could recall Tae Oh never once put down his son or gets abusive with him. Even when he stole things and got into the school fight, Tae Oh was always understanding and supportive. And never once he ever condemned Joon Young.

Perhaps finally TO realised that living with him and da kyung may look like a perfect family but in reality, it’s dysfunctional. Why does he need a stepmom when he has such a sacrificial and loving mother?

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asian child rearing can be physical and if you've watched Coffee Prince, the grandmother whacks gong yoo with her purse repeatedly over the head, etc...

maybe less so with the younger generations. i grew up in the old generation and my daughter has received a single whack on the bottom when she was being truant.

off topic, but funny story about when she was 2 yrs old and in a coop preschool. i had to take her out of the room and wanted to swat her (double cloth-diapered) bottom, but knew the other moms were listening... so i pinched her thigh and she walked back into the room rubbing her thigh and turning back to give me stinkeye...
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Yes it’s common in Asia. Spare the rod and spoil the child. Hitting the bottom is good coz they don’t feel so much pain and they forget easily. Good parenting 👍.

Two scenes hit me hard. The suicide attempt at the beach and the sorrow unleashed. Second, the slap with the anguish that followed.

I felt painful when he hit joon Young on the face but with the sound bite echoing Sun woo’s condition that JY must be happy to live with him, I guess he was very much aware of the implication of the slap. It was a deliberate cruel move to make the son unhappy enough to leave him.

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Thank you for your weecap ! Episode 13 was hard to handle with a humiliated Sun Woo who knelt down for the sake of her son. Episode 14 was such a rollercoaster of emotions. I cried a river during the beach scene. Kim Hee Ae deserves multiple Daesang. Fortunately, the last scene was so refreshing with DK tasting her own medicine haha. I hope Sun Woo will leave Gosan with her son and without TO. Some people thought that he hit his son because he rejected his mother. But the reason his son is insecure and broken is 90% his fault. TO is such a psycho, a selfish man, a liar who does not take his responsibilities and blames others. He never puts himself in question. I cannot understand how Sun Woo fell in love with such a loser LOL.

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At this rate it will end as the English series...

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Yep.

I wish they'd have a different ending but we'll see.

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Yes, this drama continues to slay us every episode. I think Sun Woo going AWOL was exactly what Tae Oh and Joon Young needed. They needed her gone to realize how much they actually need her. What is that saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. Well I think that we had a real dose of that this episode because TO and JY realized how important SW is to them I think. Also, it gave them time to reflect on their mistakes.
JY crying had me crying literally especially when he was sitting on the bed eating the stolen chips with tears rolling down his eyes. That poor kid is so lost and hurt and he wants his Mom but feels that she would be happier without him ( thanks DK, cow!). DK has thoroughly convinced JY that his mother leaving would be best . JY is even more confused when he sees his parents making love. I mean if I was in his shoes, I would be angry too, like WTF did you get a divorce for.. This is very confusing for JY and I can understand why he is lashing out at his parents. At this point, JY is tired of being used as the excuse in his parents relationship. This boy needs guidance and all the adults in his life are acting like children.
I actually felt sympathy for TO this episode ( not just because he’s my favorite fool on the show ) but because TO himself is starting to unravel. TO actually won.. he won the battle between himself and SW and did everything he set out to accomplish, her career, JY, and driving her out of town but TO took absolutely no victory in it. I also found it interesting how TO knew something was wrong on some level. Even before Dr. Kim got the call, TO was the only one really worried about SW because he KNEW her.. I think that comes from being married to someone for so long that you just know when something is off. TO called SW over 23 times, went to her house, etc.. he was literally FRANTIC looking for her because he knew she was on the edge. TO looked so devasted when he saw Dr. Kim holding her and SW crying after walking into the sea. Whew, emotional overload guys!! TO hitting JY was his own anger at himself and he took it out on JY ( which he will probably regret). TO was saying the things to JY that he felt about himself and the whole situation. Like I said before, TO cares for DK, he really does but he needs SW. He cant breathe without her. Even when he lived in Seoul with DK for 2 years, he was still spying on SW. There was never a moment that she was really gone for him except this past episode and when she left, he basically was losing it
I actually felt sorry for DK ( don’t hate me) but I understand why the little viper was doing what she did. DK was coming from a very insecure place because she knows that TO doesn’t love her. I think I said in previous comments, JY is the tie that binds everyone. JY means Tae Oh to Sun Woo; JY means Sun Woo to Tae Oh, and JY means Tae Oh to DK. This is why DK was going crazy when JY left and she begged her father to stop him from...

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him from leaving. JY leaving means TO leaving to DK. DK feels if she loses JY then she loses TO. Its so weird but you can see it when DK started shouting at JY. DK was saying everything she wanted to say to TO (poor JY everyone was taking everything out on him this episode). DK was doing everything to kick SW out because she is so scared of SW taking TO from her, she was literally shaking. However, SW giving her the truth serum at the end was her just desserts (imo). DK has been stepping on SW for a couple of episodes and I am happy SW got her mojo back and told her the truth.
I literally cried with SW when she was contemplating suicide. I mean this woman has been through so much so its natural that she breaks. However, watching her break actually hurt TO just as much as it hurt SW. What I find interesting is SW said JY life would be better if she disappeared, but so would Tae Oh’s life. The fact that she even cares enough about Tae Oh to contemplate disappearing for him, says a lot to me about her feelings for him. I think SW was tired of the fight but I am so glad that she cried and got over this hump because we need her back in fighting form. My favorite part of the episode was when SW heard JY call her name in her head. I wanted to cry because that is a Mothers love, it defys logic. In your soul, you just know if something is wrong with your child. That call that SW got was her wakeup call to me. I do think SW and JY leaving town will destroy TO, he loves them, he needs them, they are his real family and he can’t be without them I think. TO wont let them go so easily and I think his marriage with DK will pretty much be over now.

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Felt everything you said. I know what you mean about the show talking to you. I also felt a connection so many times, it was like this drama understood a woman's heart so well. The different points of view - the wife, the mother, the daughter, the stepmother - were just so thoughtful and so thought-provoking. I understand Da kyung's pained wailing. It spoke of a woman desperate to hold onto her husband through his son, and I think she did want to establish a cordial relationship with her stepson. She is uneasy because she doesn't know him, but she masks this by treating him more like an elder sister than a mother, advising him, and speaking to him as if he were an adult. But in that telling scene, she went berserk, she was afraid that Joon Young had hurt Jenny, and really, you can't blame her, this is a sullen, disturbed boy who has serious issues, and she would not trust him alone with her daughter. She does not know him well, he is a stranger to her. And Da kyung's mother's constant nagging at her to leave the boy with his mother, why would she want to burden herself with a grown and resentful stepson is again so real. She is a mother who loves her daughter who wants to protect her. This is a drama that is just so powerful and emotional, the best drama I have watched in years.

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I didnt believe for a second JY hurt Jenny though..she didnt even ask what happened and started screaming at him.. she blamed him for ruining the party when it was she who ruined it. Its a mess but your right your can see the pain and position of everyones POV in this drama.

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The only victims that I especially feel for are Jenny and Joon Young.
Joon young is already facing his own problems but Jenny is still going to face a lot of things. In a society like that, she literally can’t escape being gossip about even if her mom finally get remarried to a better man, the stigma will always be there.
Those poor kids suffering from the mistakes and wrong decisions of their parents🤦‍♀️

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If I had to guess, DK is going to raise Jenny abroad so it won't be as bad. I am not sure where but if she grows up in America or Canada, no one will really care about that stuff.

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This week is my favorite week. I love our focus on Joon-young. My poor boy is so unhappy and hurting and hating his life, I just want to put him out of his misery. I knew Da-kyung would accuse him of hitting Jenny. Joon-young would never. When his dad slapped him, I shrieked, "Leave their house!! Sleep at the PC bang!" I cried when Joon-young cried on the phone with his mom, "Can you come pick me up?"

I wish Joon-young was the one who committed suicide over Sun-woo's suicide attempt, so Sun-woo, Tae-oh, Da-kyung, Da-kyung's mom, Hae-kang, and Hae-kang's mom can live with guilt for the rest of their lives. Hae-kang can keep his fake concern "I was worried about you," when Hae-kang is at fault for talking shit about Joon-young's mom. "I was the one who stopped the school violence committee." Well, that's your responsibility as his stepmom.

Can we commend Joon-young for going to his mom's house on his own? Thank goodness he didn't see his parents naked.

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I know its fictional..and may add more drama, but I would rather have no suicides please.

Someone should just adopt JY and get him out of it. Yes, including his mom.

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I would rather relieve that Sun-woo is the first one comes out of the relationship, and get her salvation. It is true that her telling to Da-kyung on herself slept with Tae-oh have some elements of revenge, but I can see her eyes when she tells Da-kyung, she has sympathy to the woman who stole almost everything from her, and experiencing the exact same thing she did experience 2 years ago; this is a way more glorious victory. I always believe the greater victory is not taking back everything you have been stolen (if you can, certainly that would be greater), but you are relieved from all those hatred and care, as Hyun-seo warned her just last week episode, and I am glad that she has finally get to that stage: being free from that mess.

On the other hand, I may have been too kind, but I start to feel pity for both Da-kyung and Tae-oh. They really should wake up, and stop hurting others for their own silly pride. When I hear Da-kyung saying "Everything is so perfect, except ... (and by the way, Tae-oh did say that before, to Sun-woo)" I can see the cycle is still going on, and they both are so silly and sad.

I still have doubt on Yoon-gi (his connection with Dr. Ma whom Sun-woo decided to fire in Ep.2 is one of those reasons: how can he has so many connections?), but looking at Sun-woo being saved, and finally getting care from him is some kind of relief for me. I don't know what is his background, which is still somehow a bit unsettle to me.

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Thank you for the weecap! And now Joon-young is telling the parents to be honest with him. But now, he sees how his father bows to Da-kyung's decisions, specially when he was slapped by his father. I feel for Sun-woo when she tried to go to the water - the desperation she felt when she learned even her son hated her ... Ye-rim and Je-hak maybe together but Ye-rim still can't get him out of her life even tho she says they should move on.

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I'm a little bit worried that the moment Yerim gets her happiness of being a happy couple with Jehyuk, the drama will give her a terminal ilness what's with her stomach pain (╥﹏╥)

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Daebak!

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I am just going to take a second to appreciate, I mean really appreciate the work of Kim Hee Ae. She is such utter perfection in this role. You can feel what she is feeling with just her expression. AHHHHHHH, this drama is why I watch TV.

These episodes were bonkers. I don't believe for a second Joon Young hurt Jenny, he was probably trying to comfort her. I actually almost felt bad for Da Kyung, her suggestions funnily enough weren't even terrible, but her intention was bad and so everything came to roost. This drama is the most glorious mess. I loved every second.

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his "friend" put jenny in his room, that's what i think... i don't like that boy...
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I admit that I hated Kim Yoon Gi (and all of the drama characters) on last week episodes, he seemed rather suspicious but it's only a misunderstanding (Can we really see him as a good guy now?)

I want him to get a happy ending, maybe a happy little family along with Sun Woo and Joon Young? Or did that not happen in the original show? It's alright if it happens years later when everything is calmer. I think he deserves that much, he genuinely cares about Sun Woo after all.. Don't forget that without him, we won't get to see Ji Sun Woo alive in the last 2 episodes (◠‿◕)

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> did that not happen in the original show?

I guess Kim Yoon-gi is an original character solely in the Korean remake. A similar character may have been appeared in «Doctor Foster», but not the same as Yoon-gi here.

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Ooh, yes.. May I know if Sun Woo's character in Doctor Foster also attempted suicide or not?

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no spoilers, please...

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Not that I know of (I mean in Doctor Foster). But that's ok, I heard from some news reports that the ending of A Couple's World will be different from Doctor Foster because of the social norm is different in British and South Korean society, so go ahead to watch Doctor Foster to find out (I stopped after watching 2 episodes, some mentioned Doctor Foster is darker, but A Couple's World, I think, is more human.

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Thank you, I'm just curious but I guess I'll have to check them out myself 😊

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i just recall beanies asking everyone not to say what happened in the BBC original version... i agree with you that the BBC version was very harsh. and this remake has taken its story on its own...

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Hi, where can I watch Dr Foster? Thanks

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Dr. Foster is on netflix, search the title.

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I am not Joon Young's biggest fan but boy, he has every right to be mad. Tae Oh and Sun Woo turned his world upside down by almost killing each other and then Tae Oh got divorced, left them, moved to another city with his girlfriend, had a child, came back, got married and now they forgave each other. This is so ridiculous and frustrating for an adult...case in point...Da Kyung's dad and their neighbours...imagine how enraging it is for a juvenile delinquent. But his response was to direct all of it to his mother as always. This is SK's patriarchy at play, they give father's or son's way too many free pass. And Da Kyung, that sly fox shot herself in the foot. I knew her insincerety bordering on obsession around Joon Young won't end well and that is exactly what happened. Tae Oh is an ass. He truly wanted to carry on being married to Sun Woo while keeping Da Kyung on the side. Because Sun Woo did not allow it, he did what he did and now after getting everything he wished for, Sun Woo out of Kosun, Joon Young in his house, Father-in-law happy, he is more miserable than ever. I get why Sun Woo almost killed herself. She was a hardworking, capable doctor who got humiliated over and over again because of Tae Oh, Da Kyung, Da Kyung's father and adding Join Young to it was last straw. She clearly had a hard time growing up, made a life out of nothing and other people ruined it in a second. Kim Hee Ae is getting her 5th Daesang. But it was like rebirth for her too. Moment Joon Young called on to her, she was back to being lioness that she is. I don't think she meant to tell Da Kyung about Tae Oh and her tales of passion. Its just after all the stunts Da Kyung pulled, that lecture was too much. I think she got angry and just wanted to hurt her back. I am glad. Da Kyung deserves it. Taste your own medicine girl, see how that feels.

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Kim Hae Ae is truly, in a class of her own. I would not be able to imagine this drama without her as Sun Woo.

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That particular shrilling scene at the funeral parlour. That's the best of ep 14 for me. It was so brilliant and heartbreaking.

And i love Sun Woo's words to Da Kyung.
"A married couple can get shook up, flipped over and break, over nothing"

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To be honest, I stepped away from the drama after ep6. It has nothing to do with the story. The story was fantastic but I just can’t seem to watch Sun Woo not having the upper hands over Tae Oh. I literally binge watched ep7-12 and when last week rolled I was ready. Oh god, this drama. So much emotion. Joon Young is so good at his role. I want to hate him for ditching his mother yet I can understand where he comes from. And when he cried while asking his mother to come and pick him up, I cried too.

The whole scene at the beach was intense. Not a moment of dullness in this drama. With only 2 episodes to go, I wonder how they’re gonna end this. Tae Oh seems like a changed man, I want to have empathy on him yet he’s the initial reason that caused all of this spiral in the first place. It’s satisfying to see him having a realisation of his actions.

And Yoon Ki. They’re not gonna leave him just as a side character right? He’s too good for that!

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The conversation Sun Woo had with her old colleagues resonated with me.
“Pain is still painful, even after time has past”
And then the psychiatrist replied with some beautiful quotes regarding life.
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Yes yes yes ! I want Kim Yoon Ki to get all the good things at the end of the drama, including a healthy relationship with Sun Woo AND Joon Young 😄

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Agree. Bring around Tae Oh is toxic. It’s better for Sun Woon and Joon a young to be with Dr Yoon Gi.

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That was a terrific weecap, @missvictrix. Just so thoughtful and insightful and really, just lovely.

I am so drained. Like I have watched 14 episodes frenziedly for the past crazy, insane weeks. Episode 14 left me exhausted. I feel like Sun Woo, as though I have come full circle, and seen the whole drama finally, for what it is, that hate begets hate, that revenge is never-ending, that love is, ultimately, the only saving grace, the only light in this bleak, bleak drama.

I cried so much in Episode 14. I was crying when she wailed soundlessly, kneeling in the sand. I was crying when she walked out to the water. I was crying when the screen froze on Yoon Jong's tearful face, staring at her. From the moment she heard his voice calling her, my heart started to break. When she answered the phone, and there's a silence, and then she hears Joon Young's sob on the other end, I cried. And when Joon Young stepped into her arms with tears running down his face, I cried again. That Tae oh wasn't the one to save her is telling, he could only stand and watch her weeping in another man's arms. That he walked away was probably the most unselfish act so far. It is obvious that he loves her here. But he has still not apologised to her.

The confrontation with Da kyung is real and painful. We see her crack, and reveal her feelings finally. "I tried, I really tried. I worked so hard." This is what the Other Woman has to do. The moment she steps into the shoes of the ex-wife, it is a battle to win over the children. She has to constantly prove that she is as good as the ex wife to the children. Da kyung tried, she treated Joon Young as an adult, thanking him, but, in the end, she reverted to controlling mother mode, and it didn't work, predictably.

When Tae oh struck Joon Young, it spelled the end of Joon Young's love for him. Ironically, Tae oh said all the things meant for himself. He came across as a selfish jerk, and then he walked away. I thought Tae oh had changed for the better. He hasn't. Why am I disappointed?

The ending was a twist. And just like that, the drama switches back to dark and gritty with the reveal that Tae oh slept with Sun woo. I have a feeling that Tae oh will be left alone in the end. He deserves to be abandoned. He started this, and he deserves to be punished, and left to regret his actions for the rest of his life.

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Yes.. he deserves all that. There is no redeeming factor for him, there is no sympathy, no empathy left. He is just plain selfish.. he wants everything for himself.

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Oh my... Thank you so much for the weecap and the comments! I couldn't watch this drama head-on coz I'm already stressed as it is but the weecap and the comments made it feel like I'm already watching it that even I found it engaging, I actually follow it through you guys hahaha! Looking forward to the last week! Bring it on Beanies! <3<3<3

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Thanks for the weecap.

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This week's eps were really good. The writing manages all the twists never forgetting to be true to every character's motivations, they are complex, realistic and one minute you feel for them, the next you detest them, then you're back liking them, and yet their actions are always logical. This is a rare quality on kdramaland, I feel maybe people that haven't tried this yet might think it's makjang or too melo and it's none of that.

I'm kind of surprised most posts don't comment on SW being her crazy self. I know she is the heroine but she is much more unstable than TO, though maybe, just maybe, still gets to be a better person. It's doubtful. I was told what she would do and was thinking show would use it for dramatic value but once again drama surprised in a good way, making her trajectory seem like a natural consequence. I liked that last conversation between her and DK because they both get to show the best and the worst of each personality and they are both right and wrong at the same time. Great moment.

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I cannot come up with a single scenario where in the end everyone is not a loser - I see no winners in this mess.

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Hmm everyone is shocked by the slapping scene. I don't know, I was surprised but I did not think Tae Oh was the most awful person in the World. I knew he was taking his frustrations out on JY and that he didnt mean it. Plus, I have seen kids get slapped, a gazillion times in K dramas. Even by " Good parents". I think Tae Oh is such a disliked character that him slapping JY was the final straw but I felt that what he did was wrong but human, we all snap or lash out at people sometimes. I honestly think he made a mistake and he realized it as soon as he did it ( because he could hear SW words in his head to protect JY). Like I said, TO was unraveling in this episode and so was DK. I mean DK was screaming at JY like a damn maniac without knowing if the boy did anything wrong. I just felt the Adults were at their limits and took it out on JY. No, its not right but I dont feel like what he did was so unforgivable and Lord knows JY needed a slap for other reasons ( the way he spoke to his mother, stealing, fighting in school). IDK, maybe its just me but I am not that mad at TO for what he did.. I don't think it was right but to me it wasnt soooo unforgivable.. 🤷‍♀️

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It was very understandable. Not sure why anyone would be surprised. Every moment led up to that, both TO and SW had an idealized version of JY and they are bad parents for different reasons. They also feel guilty, treat him as a child and don't know how to deal with this rebellious, complicated JY that steals and yells back at them. At the beach TO realized he was also partly guilty for SW getting to that point but when DK made that scandal his first reaction was to take out on JY blaming him for rejecting his mother.

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Fingers crossed for an awesome end plsss

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It certainly is foul for Tae Oh to slap Joon Young no matter what but yeah, maybe he did it so Joon Young would be forced to run back to his own mother. But, man I felt that shock too when his hand connected with Joon Young's cheek. That's all time low even for Tae Oh.

Also in the same breath of "all-time-low" is Joon Young letting Sun Woo kneel to Hae Gang's family and let Da Kyung solve it for her. God, kid! no matter how angry you are with your mother, you don't embarrassed your mother like that. It's horrifying to watch. I remember he keeps getting into fight with Hae Gang because Hae Gang badmouths Sun Woo and yet here is Joon Young letting his mother kneel. Then we have Tae Oh, offering a hand to Sun woo to rise. Hello writer-nim, are you trying to endear us with Tae Oh because at that moment he is winning me. See, there are lines that shouldn't be cross and Joon Young was just to cruel to his own mother.

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I have long wanted to slap Joon Young for the his horrible ways and his disdainful looks he give his mother as if Sun Woo is the lowest of the lowest creatures. I wanted him also to stay with Da Kyun as they deserve each other. The tears he shed when he got slapped by his father and running back to his mother did not move me at all. I may be harsh but I feel he needed all that to finally realize how precious his mother is.

It would be best for Sun Woo to lea e Gosan woth her son to that place where a good job awaits her. I also wish that the ending would give her and Dr Kim a chance to a fulfilling relationship.

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