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My Unfamiliar Family: Episode 14

After all the turmoil and revelations our characters have experienced, it’s time for a fresh start. Our sisters are moving forward with greater knowledge of themselves and those around them, living their lives more confidently. Our maknae is grappling with a big life decision of his own. But our family isn’t out of the danger zone yet, and it looks like another storm might be headed their way. Hopefully, they’re strong enough now as a unit to face it.

 
EPISODE 14

At home, Eun-hee cries as she looks through old planners full of notes and goals. She narrates that when she found herself too lacking to date, she “planted a single seed and waited for it to bear fruit.” Eun-hee then permanently deletes the folder with her writing projects on her laptop (nooo) and packs away her old planners and notebooks.

After her break up with Jong-min, she decided to change her life and got her own apartment. She and Sang-shik were both emotional as he helped move her in. That simple separating from her loosely held-together family made her lonelier.

Presently, Tae-hyung arrives at Jin-sook’s. He planned to talk to her alone, but Jin-sook already called Eun-joo who is on her way over. Outside, Eun-joo shares that she didn’t get a chance to tell her mom since it turned into a family gathering. Tae-hyung figured that would happen. Even though his family treated her like a guest, her family welcomed him from the start, so he knows them well.

Inside, Tae-hyung says they’re divorcing and apologizes to Jin-sook. Eun-joo states they no longer have feelings for each other, but Jin-sook wants to hear the reason from Tae-hyung. Eun-joo intervenes, but Jin-sook knows her well enough to know she loves Tae-hyung and doesn’t buy her explanation.

Jin-sook asks Tae-hyung if he’s seeing another woman, which he and Eun-joo both deny. So why? Tae-hyung divulges that he married Eun-joo to escape his family and mistakenly thought she’d married him for the same reason.

Jin-sook is horrified Eun-joo disliked them enough to jump into a marriage and asks Eun-joo if it’s true. They’re both crying as Eun-joo sits silent. Tae-hyung responds that he still has a bad relationship with his family, but he now knows Eun-joo loves hers. He didn’t know her well at all.

Eun-joo looks at him in despair while he continues that he thought they could live as friends, but she needs someone to love her. He’s not qualified to do that and can’t stand to make her even unhappier. Jin-sook turns away, trying to control her emotions.

Once Tae-hyung leaves, Jin-sook wonders if her own marriage graduation had anything to do with Eun-joo’s divorce. Eun-joo assures her mom that’s not it and commends Jin-sook’s bravery in having her in the first place. Wouldn’t it be a shame for such a daughter to live a forced, fake life?

Jin-sook looks at her daughter with pride and suggests they live together. Eun-joo is happy she’s taking the news well, but she’s not about to move in with her mom.

Jin-sook lets her know that Sang-shik is aware Eun-joo found out about her birth situation. She offers to tell him about the divorce, but Eun-joo plans to tell him personally. She encourages her mom to just think about herself from now on.

At home, Eun-joo stares at some jewelry and acknowledges the truth of Tae-hyung’s statement: they didn’t know each other well. Meanwhile, Ji-woo has a video call with a young woman who seems to be teaching him English.

At work, Seo-young speculates to Chan-hyuk that something is off about Ji-woo’s supposed girlfriend in Toronto. Chan-hyuk tells her to ask Ji-woo if she’s so curious, but she feigns disinterest. Eun-hee texts Ji-woo to ask when Chan-hyuk is taking the driving test, and Chan-hyuk looks mighty happy at her interest.

They have some kind of one-on-one consultations at P&F, and we learn that Eun-hee intends to leave the company at the end of the current year. Geon-joo asks if she has a plan to which she succinctly replies “yes.”

Later, Eun-hee meets Chan-hyuk and asks if he regrets what he said last time; it kept her up all night. But he isn’t the type to say things impulsively. What kept him up at night was when she told him she used to think about him before falling asleep.

He admits that, after their falling out, he frequented places he thought she might be, hoping to run into her. But he never did. Maybe if they had, they would be celebrating 1,000 days together.

Eun-hee felt insignificant back then and attributed Jong-min leaving her to her own lacking. She made all sorts of plans to write and read with the intention of changing her life. Looking back through her files, she realized she never finished any of the works she started.

Chan-hyuk stops her. He’s about to get his license – must she self-reflect now? Ha. Eun-hee says she’s starting to like her predictable, boring life. The ring she gifted herself (Crisis averted! Gah, this drama and its red herrings …) signifies “day one” of her relationship with herself.

After working on her low self-esteem, Eun-hee promises to think about what he said. Chan-hyuk thinks her self-esteem can’t be that low if she so confidently acknowledges it. He wonders if he should gift himself a ring too for “day one” of his relationship with the new her. Ha!

Chan-hyuk looks at peace and says, thanks to her, he finds the driving school less painful. She wishes him luck when his name is called for the test.

Sang-shik and Jin-sook sit with a doctor who explains the surgery process for his brain tumor. (Why can’t anyone just have something mild in dramas?) It turns out even Sang-shik’s memory problems were due to the tumor, not the accident, and they could return without surgery.

Sang-shik is worried about work and wants to delay the surgery, but Jin-sook wants him to follow the doctor’s orders. His reasoning that he should take care of it alone since they’ve already done the marriage graduation doesn’t fly. Jin-sook encourages him to think of the kids and do the surgery immediately.

Tae-hyung’s mother walks by with a group of doctors and politely greets Jin-sook and Sang-shik like they’re strangers. Jin-sook is furious and laments sending Eun-joo into that household.

Chan-hyuk passes his driving test, and Eun-hee proudly congratulates him. She warns him she’ll be a tough driving practice coach. On social media, Chan-hyuk has seen lots of couples coaching each other and then fighting. They should give it a try, too. Oh, he’s loving this.

Elsewhere, Ji-woo looks at rings in a jewelry store. Ooh. At home, he hugs his mom and says, “You know how much I love you, right?” (He’s moving abroad, isn’t he?) It’s about time he starts living independently, and he encourages her to let his dad move back in.

Sang-shik advises Young-shik to return to Ulsan to wait for Yong-gyu’s mother. Sang-shik admonishes him for not treating her better and says he’s just like him. Young-shik was insecure and lashed out because he thought she’d leave him on account of his leg, right? He should wait patiently since she’s important to him.

Eun-hee searches for the lounge in a building housing multiple law firms and finds herself getting help from the supposed male version of herself Yoo Min-woo. Meanwhile, Ji-woo confuses Chan-hyuk by rejecting a permanent position in the company. He wants to stay freelance.

Seo-young cuts in that he must not need things like medical insurance. Maybe he’s not going to be living here. Ji-woo suddenly says he’ll think about it.

In the lounge, Eun-hee overhears some lawyers talking about her sister’s divorce. The guys suggest “comforting her” in her hour of need. Ugh. Eun-hee cocks her head in interest as Min-woo speaks up for her sister and tries to change the subject.

When Eun-joo walks in, Eun-hee bolts up and loudly proclaims, “Lawyer Kim Eun-joo, your sister is here!” Ha! The men look around nervously and file out. Except Min-woo who excitedly joins the sisters uninvited at their table.

He’s been dying to meet Eun-hee, his “alter-ego.” Pfft. Eun-joo sits annoyed as they chat, and it’s clear Min-woo worships the ground Eun-joo walks on. He and Eun-hee carry on about their younger days until Eun-joo stands up and leaves. Heh.

Eun-hee watches amused as Min-woo chases after Eun-joo to give her some info on office spaces he found. She’s apparently going to start her own firm. Eun-joo coolly states she already found somewhere. In the car, Eun-hee pesters her about Min-woo, but Eun-joo insists they were never close.

She found the way he asked her to go easy on him after making a mistake reminiscent of Eun-hee, and she goes on a tangent about how important criticism is. Eun-hee points out that “no one makes mistakes as a hobby,” and it’s hard enough to handle without Eun-joo throwing salt on the wound.

Eun-joo sees Eun-hee’s ring and asks with distaste if it’s from that guy she met in front of her place. Eun-joo is incredulous when Eun-hee says she’s trying to fix her submissive ways and love herself more, so she bought herself a ring. She thinks Eun-hee loves herself plenty and wonders how much more she needs. Ha.

They arrive at Sang-shik’s trailer, and he assures Eun-joo he’ll move to a better place soon. She finally manages to get him to accept the bankbook by explaining that his insistence on paying her back makes her feel like she should be indebted to him for everything he ever spent on raising her.

Sang-shik thinks she should look for her birth father, but Eun-joo isn’t interested. Her mom never reached out to him for a reason. Sang-shik speculates that could be because of his insecurities. People would talk about why Jin-sook was with someone like him, and he started fixating on Eun-joo’s birth father. He knows Eun-joo’s the type who needs to know everything, so she should look for him.

Back at Eun-joo’s place, she admits to Eun-hee that she couldn’t tell their dad about the divorce since he was already blaming himself for everything. As always, Eun-joo tells Eun-hee to leave – she wants time alone.

Eun-hee finds Chan-hyuk waiting outside her apartment and jokes that he must miss her. Why did he come all this way? Chan-hyuk unabashedly says that he may not be able to see her that often, but he wants to spend whatever time he can with her. It’ll help her make her decision.

Chan-hyuk enjoys watching her get flustered before he admits he’s actually there because of Ji-woo. She’s shocked to hear Ji-woo no longer wants to be a permanent employee. Eun-hee didn’t know about his girlfriend, but that’s natural at his age. Plus, family is usually in the dark about each other’s love lives. She doesn’t think it’s a big deal.

Chan-hyuk suggests getting some food. As they walk, their hands brush, and they both try not to notice. When a group of kids almost bowl Eun-hee over, he pulls her out of the way and uses that as an excuse to hold her hand as they walk.

She lets him for a while but then pulls away getting all awkward, which he finds cute. They eat, each placing the dishes the other likes near them, and Chan-hyuk can’t stop grinning.

While Jin-sook nervously signs the surgery consent form at the hospital, Eun-joo stops by the clinic where Tae-hyung is packing up. She returns the jewelry box to him. He comments on her clean break, and she calls what he did to her a “mistake, bad lie and fraud.”

Tae-hyung understands and apologizes. Eun-joo leaves after telling him not to do that to anyone else. On her way out, her (ex) mother-in-law calls.

Jin-sook enters Sang-shik’s hospital room to find him stretching. He tries to assuage her worries by insisting he’s healthy; he’ll be fine. He’s still against telling the kids, though, since he doesn’t want to burden them.

Eun-joo meets with Tae-hyung’s mother who is much more compliant since Eun-joo accepted the alimony her lawyer offered. She asks Eun-joo to keep quiet about the reason for the divorce.

Eun-joo comments that Tae-hyung is still shielding the family, but to do that, he got on his knees in front of her mother. Giving his mother much more credit than she deserves, Eun-joo believes she’s in more pain than even Eun-joo herself. His mother can’t stop the tears from falling.

Man-ho takes Jin-sook to Sang-shik’s truck which she plans to sell. He knows how much buying this truck meant to Sang-shik and worries he’ll be livid if they sell it without his knowledge. Jin-sook claims she’s scarier when she’s mad. Heh. She’s afraid he’ll want to drive it even though it would be unsafe, and people could get hurt.

In the truck, Jin-sook finds a notebook with Eun-joo’s wedding invitation and a list of names. Sang-shik had wanted to invite a hundred people, but he deflated when Eun-joo allotted him only 10 invitations. He told Jin-sook to use his invitations – he wouldn’t invite anyone.

Jin-sook also finds his patient journal where a picture of her smiling prettily in a hanbok falls out. It’s a daily log of what made him happy, sad and angry. The first two vary with each entry, but the third is always “me.” One day, he wrote about her hiding the fruit.

He’d been exhausted from driving and found the fruit under the sink. Sang-shik tossed the bag and smashed the glass he was holding on the table (ah, so that’s where he got confused thinking it was a glass pane). In the present, Jin-sook cries, her eyes lingering on the entry, “I want to die.”

Tae-hyung’s mother recalls how much Eun-joo has always respected her father for working so hard for the family despite having no advantages. She reveals she saw her parents at the hospital and could tell it was something serious.

Eun-joo calls Tae-hyung to have him find out what’s going on. She suddenly recalls her father taking pictures with her and Eun-hee on their recent visit.

Elsewhere, Seo-young catches Ji-woo coming out of the bank looking chipper. She asks about his girlfriend who was an elementary and middle school classmate. They reconnected coincidentally through an online game. So why’d he send her money? Ji-woo draws the line, calling it personal business.

At the office, Chan-hyuk notices Ji-woo’s desk looks unusually empty and panics to see it’s been cleared out. Just then, Ji-woo texts him that he’s at the airport fulfilling a long-time plan he’s kept to himself. He thought his family would hold him back if they knew. Leaving them doesn’t feel as good as he thought it would.

He wants Chan-hyuk to break the news to his sisters and comfort them so they in turn can do the same for his parents. He apologizes. A stunned Chan-hyuk tries calling, but he can’t reach Ji-woo. When Seo-young comes in, he shows her the text.

Eun-hee calls, so he goes over to her place to show her the text. She wants to go to the airport, but Chan-hyuk reasons he’s already on the plane, likely to Toronto. Seo-young is digging through social media for more info.

Eun-hee is hurt, wondering if this is all she meant to her brother. He really wanted to leave them so badly? “We didn’t know anything about each other.”

When she starts to cry, Chan-hyuk moves to sit beside her and takes her hand. Ji-woo is an adult, so it’s his prerogative to leave if he wishes. Chan-hyuk rubs her back comfortingly.

Later, she and Eun-joo wait with their mother while Sang-shik undergoes surgery. It’s successful, and they gather around his bedside. His eyes open momentarily, but then he falls unconscious. He flatlines, and the family is forced to wait outside the room as the medical team tries to revive him.

 
COMMENTS

Of course, we can’t evade the cancer/fatal illness trope. I knew it’s where we were heading, but I find it unnecessary. His accident was enough of a catalyst (and could’ve been the official reason for his memory loss), and the family has been through all kinds of disasters already. I’d have preferred to just focus on the upswing rather than adding this into the mix. Although we’ve had a lot of dramatics in this show, they haven’t felt manufactured for cheap emotional twists. Everything had a purpose for character development and growth. This late in the game, though, I’m not sure how much this one will contribute to our characters’ journeys. Maybe it’ll be used well, and I’ll take my complaint back next week. But as of now, I’m not a fan of this plotline.

If Sang-shik does die, Ji-woo might not forgive himself for leaving without saying goodbye. *Sigh* Poor decision making really does run in the family. He may technically be an adult, but he has some growing up to do. If you want everyone to respect you and see you as a grown up, you don’t run away and leave your mess to someone else. Chan-hyuk should not have to play middleman between Ji-woo and his family. Ji-woo has every right to leave and live whatever life he wants, but he should’ve taken responsibility for his decision and personally told his family. Not only that, but he didn’t even officially quit his job! You don’t get to ignore all professionalism and protocol just because your boss is a family friend. I’m quite disappointed in the maknae. I thought he was more responsible than this. Goes to show that age an adult does always not make.

Between Ji-woo up and leaving and her dad’s possible passing, Eun-hee is definitely going to need someone to lean on, so it’s good timing with Chan-hyuk. As I hoped and expected, the ring was indeed a red herring. Eun-hee’s reaction to his confession, though, is better than I had anticipated. I’m so glad she isn’t pushing Chan-hyuk away like I thought she might. These two are such a great fit, and I doubt either could find someone they’d connect with better. He’s practically giddy at his new almost-boyfriend status. Just imagine how happy he’ll be when she’s all in.

Now that we know Eun-hee is leaving her current position, I’m curious what her plan is. She deleted all her writings at the beginning of the episode, but maybe she just wanted to start over with a new project. We keep hearing that she’s a writer and even won an award, but we haven’t actually seen anything she’s written or seen her write. If we’re supposed to view her as a writer, it would’ve been nice to see actual evidence of her writing somehow rather than hearing about it secondhand. Then again, maybe she’s planning to move onto something else, so it won’t matter.

It looks like both sisters are embarking on new career paths. Eun-joo will do great with a law office of her own, I imagine. I loved the scene with Eun-joo sandwiched between Eun-hee and Min-woo, hating life. I really enjoy the late addition of his character, and I hope we see more of him. He’s like an eager puppy that follows her around begging for attention while being endlessly sunny. Ooh, maybe they could open a firm together! They’re both in patent law, and with their contrasting personalities, they could court a wide range of clientele. And she’d get to throw all the shade she wants his way while he remains impervious and adoring.

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Thanks for the recap, @quirkycase! This episode reminds us that our decisions not only affects ourselves but also those who love us - our family. Eun-hee said she knows she started things but never finished them so I think after she resigns, she'll start writing something and finish it! Eun-joo has gotten really cold even to people who wants to help her. I hope she can still be friends with her ex-husband.

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I agree the addition of Min-Woo is a terrific late addition to the drama. In a show where all the characters harbor secrets great and small, I don't think this guy is capable of keeping anything hidden even if he wanted to, which makes the character a wonderful counterpoint to everyone else.

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Yes, what fun it will be to see him worm his way into Eun-joo life!

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I really need more of him in the last two episodes. Whether he become a work mate to EJ or even his love interest, his interactions are going to be fantastic. He's such a cheerful puppy!!

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I like Min-woo too - such a breath of fresh air! And EJ needs this change of scene now more than ever!

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Agreed...I loved how EH and him got all competitive over how many drinks they can put away with minimal banchan just for him to completely disavow drinking when EH gleefully told him her sister hates drinkers 😂

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Thank you quirkycase for your quick and through recap. I really appreciate your full and descriptive summary of this family's dynamics. Show I am warning you, Dad better not DIE, or I am grabbing my pitchfork and heading your way. What's with Ji-Woo? Just when his family is starting to feel like a real family, he takes off? What's with that....

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This was exactly what's been going on in my head. Show better not mess with the last two episodes. I get that it's a makjang and all, but please don't mess with what's been an awesome ride so far.

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It'll such a shame if the last two episodes dive deep to disappointment land

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Every time I watched EH was so flustered after bombarded by CH's cheesy teasing. Hmmm that serve you right Eunhee-yaa! 😏

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It was uncharacteristic of CH, even I felt awkward for EH. But... Teehee.

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Maknae ahhh, Oh Ji-woo ya. I was disappointed at how he went through with his leaving. Like quirky said, he shouldn’t have let CH be the middleman. Though I do understand his actions, wanting to leave your family that treats you like a kid and sometimes ignores you could pile up and eventually you just want them to feel that you’re needed. I get that. I’d leave too but don’t place that responsibility on someone, why not leave and don’t tell anybody? I know that‘s no better but it’s like you want them to find you or not. In any case, it’ll be a lesson for maknae.

I liked how EH got all embarrassed during the hand holding and that CH’s giddy/cheeky look is a delight to see.

I know we’re only left with two episodes but I want to see more of Min-woo!

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I love how cheeky is getting CH. Now that he's confessed he's all playful and sassy with her, which I think confuses and flatters her in equal parts, hehe.

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I love the reactions in EH! We're finally in this stage of their relationship!

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I'd want to leave if I were Ji-woo too, tbh. I didn't have issue with him leaving. It's just the fact of him getting scammed. that's not sitting well. Ah well, everyone's gotta learn their lessons, I suppose. It'll be a shame if Dad's passed on by the time he returns, though. JW will feel plain miserable then.

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I also was ok with him leaving, he knows how protective is everyone with him and that he's never considered a "real" adult, so to take such a bold decision, he had to do it the way he did. I'm ok with it. I'm not ok with him being hurt in anyway, whether it's his "girlfriend" faking her love or him being away if his dad dies.

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I love that we're all protective of maknae. Like he became our maknae too xD

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NGL...I felt as betrayed as EH when maknae ran away without telling anyone. I get that he wants to get away and poor guy must've thought the coast is finally clear what with the parent's getting along etc. The Noonas have kept him in the dark about their messy love lives: ehm EJ's divorce so the maknae probably thinks everything's finally coming up roses for the family. Totally did not dig the way he used CH though. He could just as well have left that message to both Noonas. I also don't love that he basically left CH in the lurch work-wise. In as small a set up as theirs, the loss of one person can translate to a lot of pain for the company!

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@ashes2ashes Yes, he should have done those. Not telling the noonas, I can forgive that xD There are just times that you want to runaway from the family. I admire his courage. But to place that responsibility of telling the family to an outsider? granted he's a family friend, still, that felt wrong to me. Then also him being irresponsible at work.

Maknae will be learning a lot from this experience.

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Ah the scam, that has a realistic touch in it. It'll definitely be a lesson for maknae. I also hope that Dad does not die while he's gone. That will leave some scar on our maknae.

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Ji-woo's leaving just showed again how little you can know about those closest to you, which I think is the take away from this drama. Not one member of his family had any idea what was going on in his life. Just the same as with everyone else - no matter how much you think you know the people you love, you really do not know and should not presume that you know what is going on for them. "Knowing" in MUF seems to be about projecting your own issues onto others and missing their real issues.

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True, very true. It makes you think back and reflect on yourself if you know about the people closest to you.

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Although sad, I really liked the scene of EH and TY telling mom they are getting a divorce, and he acknowledging his responsibility. It was bittersweet because like he said before, he was part of this family, they treated him like family, and divorcing Eun hee is divorcing them as well, and he was facing it, showing his face.
In my country, people get together and separate and divorce and if ever for family members is just gossip, as if they would even "rejoice" about someone else's failures. In German there is a word for it: Schadenfroh.
Now that I am an adult, really I feel disappointed about my upbringing. People from my family and old neighborhoods are not sensible.
A divorce is such a sad and traumatic experience! And I really feel bad for Eun hee, because she really got to love her husband, and now she will be alone in her late thirties. At least, she is regaining connection with her family and rekindling with a sunny sister... 😊
Really, the relationship that I ship the most in this story is hers with her sister.
And the writer is not disappointing me in that regard.

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Maybe you got confused - Eun-joo is divorcing Tae-hyung, not Eun-hee.

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I am not confused, I know she is divorcing ty, her husband, but she has been rekindling her relationship with her sister for a few episodes already. I liked that, so that she doesn't feel so bad in this time of divorce

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I meant you confused the names of the sisters - the couple's names are Eun-joo and Tae-hyung. Eun-hee is single and she's with Chan-hyuk now.

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Ahhhhhhh, that yes, now I see I wrote it wrong in the first line 😅😅😅😅😅
But I meant Eun joo and Tae hyung, of course. Lol....

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Sooo, show, right now you are like the boy who cried wolf. You left us with a kiss in the air, but never delivered. You stunned CH and us with EH's ring, but she gave it to herself. And now you show us SS with zeroes on his monitor as the team seems to have given up on their resuscitation efforts. Should I believe you? I just can't. I'm looking forward to seeing SS in more than flashbacks next week.

I want to see cute, shy, happy JS making up for lost time with her husband and children. I also am looking forward to SY playing a major role in rescuing a suddenly penniless JW from his "girlfriend's" scam; to EJ allowing Min-woo some kind of role in her life -- she needs that sunshine; and to EH finally admitting to CH that he's the love of her life -- and acting on it. Let's close the final episodes with a lot of heart, as our characters deserve.

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Fingers crossed for the last leg! hope it doesn't mess up!

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YES to all of that!

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I was totally happy to see Min Woo again.
He was like a ice cold drink on a sweltering day. So refreshing! I liked that he stood up for Eun Joo in a seamless way and steered the talk towards the meeting topic. And I like how he easily chatted and connected with Eun Hee.

Chan Hyuk and Eun Hee were really cute this episode. His little happy expressions vs her awkward, shy ones.

I wasn't happy with Maknae's and Dad's current stories. Dad's dramatic cliffhanger didn't leave a strong impact. Guess I got used to all the red herrings and fake outs. He better not die though. Ji Woo's girlfriend seems like a scammer after seeing him at the bank to exchange money. Hope this story turns out more interesting than the typical formula.

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I also loved the way Min Woo stood for EJ and I found that scene so realistic. It happens so many times when a couple gets a divorce or they split that when others know about it, it's mainly the woman who gets that kind of comments: I can comfort her, I can show her how a good man is, we can take advantage because now she needs a good... as if women were things. I loved Min Woon trying to change subjects and standing for EJ. Also, I think he would have been the same for any woman who was being talked like that in his presence. So I'm rooting for you, Min Woo.

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So SS wasn't entirely wrong when he remembered smashing something. Still JS shouldn't have lied to make him feel less guilty. Agreed, it wasn't as bad as compared to breaking a window but who knows whether it was a one off incident or one of many? She could've lied about that too.
I hope he survives. But I don't want them back together, atleast not so soon.

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Beanies, this drama has been tricking us so many times (Dad's other family, Fruit Ahjussi, and so on) that Jiwoo's girlfriend could be - maybe- not an horrible scamm? When I first watched the episode, I was super sure he's being scammed, but then, this drama is about people assuming the worst and has proven us wrong several times

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Ah interesting theory. So she's the real deal, then? Or JW has an altruistic streak and is helping her out, just like Dad helped out the kid whose leg he injured? History repeating itself and all.

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Oh, I love this theory, but I have the feeling it's all wrong. I know they were school mates, but the fact that he kept it secret and that they began dating online... I know people can date online and that you can meet someone you actually love online, but moving to another country, running away... it's not the best beginning. If he hadn't told anyone it is because he knows people would suspicious about their relation, would make him question certain things... Oh, I wish you were right!

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Hoping? At first, I actually thought he would study abroad xD

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Oh, no, show, no, no, no. When I said I wanted more maknae I didn't mean like this. No, no, no. Because I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks our lovely maknae has been scammed, am I? Sweet JiWoo, who's always observer, who takes notes of the slights details and he's fallen for the wrong girl and he couldn't read the signs... The minute I saw stepping out of the bank, I knew.

Regarding SS, I hope he can recover. He's almost made amends with JS and his daughters, but he can't die while JiWoo is away... what a terrible burden for him, I don't think he could ever recover from that. And this family really needs to have sweet moments together, because they deserve them.

On a lighter note, I loved CH and EH together. CH waited so long to confess, but now that he did, he's not going to step back a little bit. I also liked EH's reaction. I was afraid she would push him back, but she isn't so I can see that ship sailing to the horizon.

Also, I LOVED Min Woo meeting EH and driving EJ crazy!!! Please, let's have more of him!!!

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If maknae has made a mistake, IMO, he should learn from it. It'll be a jolt into adulthood for him, I suppose. I agree with CH that he should be let be.

Still, I wonder if EH has told unnie and eomma about this (and. what they think of it), seeing as only the three of them were in the post-surgery waiting room.

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I'm totally agree with maknae having to deal with the consequences of his acts. When you're an adult and you take a bad decision... well... you have to live with it, because that's what free will is.

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Yep, I am sure that Maknae has been scammed. I hope that I am wrong.

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Maybe Maknae got half-scammed: the girl is real and likes him, only she's no longer in Toronto but back in SK and didn't dare tell him

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I'm afraid for JW. There are no real traces of his girlfriend like phonecall and not only text. I have no issue with him leaving but not like this. It was pretty coward from him. I wonder if he didn't want to say he was leaving or if he didn't say why, for a girl he never met since school... Maybe even him knows it's a little bit stupid.

I love EH and CH's relationship. EH can't hide her feelings, her face is like an open book. So seing CH teasing her to make her feels nervous was pretty fun and he was really enjoying it. It was sad that when she didn't do anything wrong she felt so pathetic after her relationship, her sister didn't really help with her comments and she lost her best friend. Now, she has her family and CH to find a new path for her.

The meeting EJ-EH and Min Woo was pretty fun. EH saying EJ's words are more like arrows :p EJ deserves to be happy and MW could give her fresh air in her life as colleague, friend or more.

For the parents, I'm more interested that the fact they talked about their misunderstandings and by this fact their childreen too.

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Seeing MW, so sunny and hard to offend, makes me wonder if EJ and TH ever smiled when they were together, or if their whole marriage was like a long gray day. I'm waiting for EJ to realize how life- changing sunshine can be. I wish we had more than 2 episodes left to watch that arc develop.

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I was thinking of EH and TH's first meeting and how much it contrasted with the one she had with MW. How TH's answer to EH asking what he liked bout her beloved unnie was "she's not like other girls" 🙄 With MW, even before they said hi, she got to hear how much MW respects EJ. Also dad and MW would get along super well..Now MW would give a more than satisfactory answer to dad's question of how much he adores EJ...

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I really loved how EH told her sister that no one makes mistakes as a hobby and they don't need her rubbing salt in the wound. I think this is the one area EJ really needs to grow. Not every mistake needs to be pointed out and put on display. I think she took that criticism well, and I'd love to see her start practicing that with MW!

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Min-woo has long had a crush on Eun-joo, but messed up 10 years ago (possibly out of an inferiority complex) because of his immature behavior then. He still feels intimidated but notice how much of his conversation with her had as its object proving that he has changed. If nothing else the point may simply be that Eun-joo's future need not be a lonely one.

Sang-shik flatlining. Even the best written shows have flaws. I agree with Quirkycase on this being one of those times.

Whatever was going on with Ji-woo has finally surfaced. I suspect that his situation will be a major part of the final episodes.

Chan-hyuk has finally stepped up to the plate with Eun-hee- and in a big way. It was about time. Maybe that is another point to this series:

As much has failing to talk about things and holding things in has been a theme of this drama it seems to me that another theme has been the effects of time and the wasting of time. What if Sang-shik had talked to his wife about his feeling of inferiority and his fear that Eun-joo's biological father might re-appear some day. Because he did not that anxiety was a festering wound that -over an extended period of time- altered his very personality and destroyed their happiness.
Eun-hee wasted nine years on a boyfriend who was a dead-end- and then five more years separated from Chan-hyuk. This was time very much wasted. Letting time pass always makes things worse.

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Oh maknae, I'm so disappointed he ran away like that, proving to no one of his ability to be independent or mature..:(
Reading Dad's diary is a great insight to his thoughts, i'm thinking he and mum should've written letters to each other since they had such a hard time talking together.. I also want to know why Mum hid the fruit like that in the first place.

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Min Woo is the greatest late addition in a drama minus Kim Soo Hyun in Hotel del Luna. Oh Maknae, sigh, this is going to crash and burn, but hopefully Sang Shik will be okay.

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Aw thatnks for the recap!
I love every second of this episode until the Jiwoo thing came at the end *sigh* It feels too sudden (well, to their defense it IS how we're supposed to feel) but.. it's too sudden!

Every week, Eunjoo and Eunhee took their relationship to a new level that I can't believe we started this drama with them not talking to each other for YEARS. I really love it how Eunhee practically screamed and call to Eunjoo that her SISTER is here then glared at those disgustang men. Also they managed to speak out their very different views on the same matter now (instead of holding it in like they both used to) but also knows where to stop and agree to disagree. That will definitely help both Eunhee and Eunjoo towards their new life.

On Eunhee and Chanhyuk side.. Finally! Eunhee asking him to open up to her and Chanhyuk actually tells her his very personal story definitely shifted something in their relationship, and I just REALLY love it how Eunhee is welcoming the idea but still rather hesitant and shy about it.
Even when I believe that afterall, with how everything ended Taehyung and Eunjoo actually ended up being each other's family. They're not romantically invested in it (at least for Taehyung) but somehow, they ARE a family. I just love it when Jinsook asked for the reason, Taehyung was somehow seems ready to lay it down but Eunjoo gave the subtliest cue for him not to come out.
I'm not a fan of tying a woman's happy ending by having a man next to her, but like Taehyung said Eunjoo does need someone who loves her that she could easily depend on. Cue, the cutest Kwon Yul! err I mean Minwoo. Be it as a very supportive friend or a romantic interest, it'll probably nice having someone outside her family that could actually support her no matter what and listen to her stories. Of course, Eunhee is the closest person to that as of now, but like Chanhyuk said sometimes there's something you tell your friends that you can't even bring up to your family. And what's better than having a not-family-Eunhee-like person that support her and happily annoy her <3

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CH and EH were adorable. The progression from friends to lovers is perfect so far.

Sang Shik's diary broke my heart with the "Me." If only he could have overcome his insecurities and not spent the most of his life angry at himself.

I want to see more Eun Joo and Min-woo in the final two episodes. Pretty please, writer.

Not cool Ji Woo. Not cool. I hope he's not being scammed, but however it turns out, I imagine it will be a learning experience for him.

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Sang Shik's story has been so sad and in my view typical of many men of that generation who have very low esteem and are generally inarticulate in situations of conflict. This drama's depiction of him, as typical of that sort of man, is unique, and it is so well acted by Jung Jin-young. While the relationships between the women and their individual stories are fantastic, it seems like a story about men who are not able to talk about their issues/desires/fears - Kim Sang-shik, Kim Ji-woo, and Park Chan-hyuk.

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SS's diary was soo gutting to read...Notice how most of his happy moments were consuming his wife's banchan while out on the road..I thought that was a wonderful moment for JS as she realized how her labor for her family was appreciated(albeit silently.)

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Aigooo, uri maknae.......that was so immature of him....I don't fault him for wanting to seek out a different life for him away from family drama but that is not how you do it....Meet everyone, explain it to them, say your goodbye....that is how it should've been done. Also, he had no right to drag CH into this. Other than that, I liked this episode especially Kwon Yul, he is a such a good late addition. I can totally see how he may fit into Eun Joo's life. She needs somebody with extreme positive outlook and energy to balance her out. And he already adores her as is. Lets see, two more episodes, then we say goodbye to this.

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