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My Unfamiliar Family: Episode 15

We’ve reached the penultimate episode, so of course that means some last minute angst and pain. This family has been through it, and they keep pushing on through crisis after crisis. But is there a breaking point? We’ve only got one episode left to wrap things up, so let’s hope there’s some sun after the storm.

 
EPISODE 15

Before he leaves, Ji-woo starts and discards several letters to Eun-hee. He goes to the jewelry shop and buys one ring and three of the same necklace. He texts Chan-hyuk from the airport.

Eun-hee immediately calls Eun-joo once she finds out – no more secrets (progress!). They gather at Chan-hyuk’s office where Seo-young is trying to break into Ji-woo’s office computer. Eun-joo thinks they should just wait. That is, until Seo-young mentions how suspicious it is that Ji-woo sent some woman money before meeting.

At the hospital, Jin-sook clears up yet another misunderstanding with Sang-shik: she wasn’t hiding the fruit. That’s where she always kept the fruit she took to the care facility. He apologizes but so does Jin-sook. She intentionally let him misunderstand, finding it cathartic.

They lived without communicating or making any effort to comfort each other. Sang-shik now realizes he hoarded those pills in hopes she’d find them and regret after knowing of his pain. A nurse comes in to inform them Sang-shik is being moved to another room. It’s Tae-hyung’s doing, isn’t it?

Eun-hee can’t imagine Ji-woo would be conned when he’s so careful with money, but Chan-hyuk shares that Ji-woo frequently treats his friends. Eun-joo and Eun-hee are at a loss, once again realizing that they know little about their brother.

Eun-joo aptly likens their family situation to haphazardly tossing things in a closet only to have them all pour out at once. Eun-hee gets even more worried and wonders what else is going on.

And yep, Tae-hyung is the one who got Sang-shik a better room. Jin-sook will barely look at him as he lets them know Eun-joo and Eun-hee will arrive soon. A confused Sang-shik tries to ease the obvious tension, saying Jin-sook is just nervous about his surgery.

Eun-hee and Eun-joo wait for Tae-hyung in the lobby. He briefs them on Sang-shik’s condition and the likelihood of long-term effects such as amnesia, sight loss and even paralysis. Eun-hee begins to cry, and Eun-joo takes her hand.

They both try to act normal and not worry their parents when they see them. Of course, their parents immediately ask after Ji-woo, so Eun-hee fibs he’s on a business trip with Eun-joo adding he’s abroad. Jin-sook doesn’t want the girls to tell their tender-hearted brother who cares a lot about the family (yikes) since he’d feel compelled to return.

Sang-shik is wheeled into surgery the next day with his family surrounding him. The day before, he’d shared his fear of permanently losing his memory, but Jin-sook had responded he could just forget the bad stuff and make new, good memories. Now, Jin-sook holds his hands until the last moment.

Going on nine hours later, they get the news that it was successful. They’re all relieved when Sang-shik comes to, but then he flatlines. Eun-hee drags her mom out of the room as the doctors try to resuscitate him.

As we see flashbacks, Sang-shik narrates that Jin-sook gave a man with no roots a family. Eun-joo, his first child, made him a father. He thinks of his always-smiling, warm Eun-hee, and the maknae Ji-woo who makes him emotional. Lastly, he thinks of Jin-sook, the strongest and loneliest person.

His eyes open, and he smiles to see Jin-sook and his daughters peering at him through the room’s window. “They are my beloved family.” (How many fake-outs is that so far?)

Tae-hyung gives them an update. There don’t appear to be any complications, but they won’t know if the tumor was malignant until the results of the biopsy. Eun-hee goes out to meet Chan-hyuk who’s waiting in the lobby.

Eun-hee rests her head on his chest and lets him know Sang-shik is okay. She asks if he’s heard from Ji-woo, but he hasn’t. Chan-hyuk encourages her to go back to her family, but she grabs his hand. After all the stress, being with Chan-hyuk makes her feel like she can relax. Eun-hee lays her head on his shoulder.

Meanwhile, Eun-joo sits with Tae-hyung and recalls when her dad came to visit her after her miscarriage. He brought her freshly picked pine mushrooms. Eun-joo muses that Eun-hee would’ve hugged and thanked him before inviting him inside whereas she said nothing. It was the first thought she had when Sang-shik almost died.

Jin-sook stops by home before heading back to the hospital. Ji-woo’s room door is ajar, and she looks inside. Meanwhile, Seo-young notices that Ji-woo’s supposed girlfriend switched social media accounts and tells Chan-hyuk it seems he was scammed. Just then, she gets a call from an international number.

Eun-joo checks out her new office space … and it’s in the same building as Min-woo’s! Heh. He pops by to check if she needs anything, which is good timing since the furniture people are coming, but she needs to leave for a “family matter.”

Chan-hyuk catches on that Ji-woo called Seo-young and gets her to spill after saying Sang-shik had surgery. Apparently, Ji-woo doesn’t have money for the flight home. He charges Seo-young with getting him back as soon as possible without mentioning the surgery.

Jin-sook is taking a hardline on Tae-hyung and acerbically comments that Sang-shik has no idea the one helping him recover isn’t his son-in-law but an “enemy.” Eun-joo plans to tell Sang-shik about the divorce, but Jin-sook insists she’ll tell him when he’s better.

She asks about Ji-woo, and Eun-hee informs her he’s coming back soon. The sisters share a look when Jin-sook sighs that the maknae only cares about family and worries his heart will be broken when he finds out about the surgery.

Jin-sook and Eun-hee take Sang-shik inside to rest while Eun-joo sits with Tae-hyung. He wonders where Ji-woo is, asking if something is wrong, but Eun-joo tells him not to worry about her family matters. Tae-hyung lets her know he’s leaving the next day.

Seo-young gives Ji-woo’s sisters the rundown on his situation. The “girlfriend” baited him by suggesting they live on the lake and open a kayak shop, and Ji-woo sent her all his money. Chan-hyuk apologizes to the sisters for not noticing, but Seo-young observes Ji-woo is hurting the most and probably will be for a while.

Later, Eun-hee hatches a plan for when they see Ji-woo: she’ll run in first with Chan-hyuk behind her. This way, Eun-joo can’t destroy Ji-woo with her words. Ha! Right then, in walks Ji-woo with his suitcase.

Eun-hee can’t even berate him once she sees his drawn face and instead asks if he ate. Ji-woo can barely look anyone in the eye. Eun-joo walks up, and he braces himself. But she just suggests he wait to tell their parents until he can look back on this and laugh. He quietly apologizes while Eun-hee rubs his back and Chan-hyuk affectionately tousles his hair.

At the hospital, Ji-woo finally works up the courage to enter his dad’s room. Sang-shik rushes to hug him, and his parents worry about how exhausted he looks. Jin-sook seems to know something when he says he went to Canada.

In a flashback, Jin-sook finds one of his discarded letters to Eun-hee in his room: “By the time you read this, I’ll have left. I didn’t want to live like father. I don’t want to be bogged down by my family. I want to be free.”

Ji-woo tries to relieve his mom at the hospital, but she won’t leave Sang-shik and tells Ji-woo to go rest. At home, Eun-hee receives a box Ji-woo sent with the jewelry and a letter. He’d written he didn’t have the confidence to live like Sang-shik and wanted to live freely, floating around on a kayak.

He was counting on her to be on his side and explain to Eun-joo and their mom. Once he was settled, he’d invite them for a visit. Now, Ji-woo sits despondently on his family’s couch.

Day after day, Jin-sook watches her children help their father with his physical therapy exercises at the hospital. When they’re alone, Sang-shik reminisces about the last time he was hospitalized. Eun-joo was busy being the breadwinner, and Eun-hee had to stay home and take care of Ji-woo.

Jin-sook single-handedly cared for him, but they didn’t talk to each other at all. In stark contrast to Jin-sook’s melancholic mood, Sang-shik beams as he notes that now she listens to him and his kids visit. He shares that he’ll be moving into an “officetel” (a type of studio apartment) once he’s discharged.

Jin-sook apologizes for not sincerely taking care of him back then – she was resentful. She knows how he felt then. Sang-shik still feels guilty towards their daughters, but Jin-sook suggests they stop worrying about the kids. He should decide his next steps after resting at home. “We only have the two of us now.” Sang-shik acts goofily to lighten her mood.

Elsewhere, Eun-hee and Chan-hyuk worry about Ji-woo as they grocery shop together. They’re both angry with him but can’t let him have it while he’s so down. Eun-hee had hoped at least Ji-woo would get to live brightly without getting hurt.

Chan-hyuk chuckles that it’s not her place to decide that for him. Eun-hee goes quiet after observing that she’s never seen Ji-woo look so hurt. Chan-hyuk moves her between him and the cart as he pushes. He calls family the people who hurt you most yet comfort you when others hurt you.

Eun-hee puts her hand on his, and Chan-hyuk encourages her not to tell her parents about Ji-woo’s situation for fear they’ll be too hurt. When she stops to turn and look at him, Chan-hyuk wraps his arms tighter around her and eagerly suggests they see each other every day. They’re both smiling as she agrees.

She goes to Eun-joo’s and gives her the necklace from Ji-woo. Neither is thrilled at the prospect of wearing matching jewelry, especially with their mom having one too. Ha. Sharp as ever, Eun-joo supposes he included a letter with the gifts and isn’t going to let Eun-hee get away with keeping it to herself.

Ji-woo’s day goes from bad to worse as he tries and fails to reach his girlfriend and then recalls the package he sent Eun-hee. The sisters relate to Ji-woo’s feelings in the letter; they were like that at his age too. Now, he must realize it’s ridiculous to dream of doing nothing your entire life. Then, Eun-joo shocks Eun-hee when she informs her she wants to meet her birth father.

The following day, Eun-joo is surprised when Min-woo pulls up outside her place and offers her a ride to the office. In the car, he gets a call from his hilarious mom who randomly asks if he knows how to identify male and female chicks to which he reminds her he’s a patent attorney. Pfft.

Min-woo clearly gets his joviality from his mother. She criticizes his red pepper paste for being sweet and cracks up when he says it’s actually black raspberry jam. Eun-joo can’t keep a straight face as his mom yells “stop!” to her husband who’s currently mixing it in his rice. HA. His mom is still laughing boisterously when Min-woo hangs up. And I already love his mom.

In the office, Min-woo praises Eun-joo’s furniture placement and shows her the NASA-certified air-purifying plants he bought her. Pfft. As he continues talking non-stop, Eun-joo *gasp* laughs. He figures she’s still amused by his mother and awkwardly chuckles.

Eun-hee attends a seminar on self-publishing (ah, so she is going the author route), and Geon-joo turns out to be the speaker, of course. Afterward, he approaches her and suggests she attend a P&F training program in the States before quitting.

Afraid Eun-hee could feel bad, Geon-joo wants to clarify what happened that week with Ha-ra. He claims they talked things out, and he helped her prepare to return to the US. (He’s staying in Korea.) Eun-hee isn’t worried about it, and they agree that they’ll both probably do better in their next relationships.

Chan-hyuk meets her after the lecture, and she holds on for dear life while the new license-holder drives her car. That night, she confesses that she sometimes lied to Jong-min when they dated. He was petty, so she’d lie she was working if she wanted some free time to herself.

Eun-hee resolved never to lie the next time she dates. That’s probably why it didn’t work out with Geon-joo – the whole relationship was built on a lie. Chan-hyuk finds her resolution extreme and requests some “sweet and warm-hearted lies.”

She reveals that all her lectures for the next three months will be given by Geon-joo. Chan-hyuk smiles and says okay. Eun-hee isn’t kidding about this no lying business and even admits she ignored his call while chatting with Geon-joo.

Chan-hyuk is amused that she’s decided not to lie to him, but she gets awkward at the implication that they’re dating. He laughs that she can take her time and stands frozen when she gives him a back hug. Eun-hee: “Let’s start something.” (Finally!) He agrees and swings her around in joy.

Sang-shik wakes at Jin-sook’s to a fruit platter with a note. She writes it’s better to be a tree than a rock which isn’t stable and can be broken. “Let’s beautifully mature into autumn together.”

Jin-sook thinks of Sang-shik’s aspirational to-do list she found, much of which involves things he wants to provide for or do with her. She heads to meet Chan-hyuk who she hasn’t seen since Eun-joo’s wedding. (I’m so distracted by the décor in the café, which is like Christmas meets a patriotic grandma’s British tea party.)

She was hesitant to call him out, but she wants to tread cautiously. Did Ji-woo really go on a business trip? Ooh, there’s no good way out of this one.

That evening, she breaks the news to Sang-shik about Eun-joo’s divorce. He’s worried about the toll it must’ve taken on Eun-joo (and Jin-sook), but he believes in Eun-joo’s judgment. Jin-sook is in a sharing mood and next divulges that Ji-woo was planning to leave because he doesn’t like them. Oh, boy.

The kids arrive to a super tense house and find their parents reticent. Jin-sook won’t even look at Ji-woo and doesn’t let him put the necklace he bought on her. She sits the kids down and asks what family means to them. Have they ever even thought about it?

When Eun-hee stopped speaking to Eun-joo, Jin-sook wondered for years what was going through her head. Eun-joo got divorced without discussing it with her, but she accepted it despite the heartbreak. Then, she turns to Ji-woo. “Do you know what you’ve done?”

Ji-woo gets on his knees and tears up. “Get out,” Sang-shik says. The kids stare in shock as he says they’ve done enough to their mom, and he’ll make sure she’s done with them. Whoa. Eun-hee narrates, “What is family? I, we still don’t know.”

 
COMMENTS

So the maknae was scammed. I didn’t jump to conclusions last episode not only because this show does so many fake-outs, but Seo-young was the one who said he sent money to that woman; Ji-woo didn’t confirm that. Also, I was hoping he wasn’t quite that gullible. Alas. Why would he send her money before they even met? He’s obviously way too naïve, but what a way to learn to be cautious. He’s lucky to have Chan-hyuk as his boss because most companies wouldn’t hire someone back who just took off like that without giving notice.

I knew things would be bad when the parents found out about Ji-woo. They both think so highly of the maknae, and Jin-sook commented multiple times on how much he cares for the family, so it had to be quite a blow. But I didn’t expect both Jin-sook and Sang-shik to react like this. Clearly, things have been festering for Jin-sook for a while. Honestly, while the kids have all made mistakes, the parents’ mistakes are worse. It’s not fair to act like the kids are the ones ripping the family apart. Jin-sook made one daughter think she hated her and the other think she wanted her to die. Sang-shik hid a crime and secret family of sorts for decades. Plus, they were openly hostile and resentful of each other for years in front of their kids. And yet, Sang-shik is telling them to leave? They’ve all done their fair share of contributing to the state of their family, so no one can really throw stones here. I’m hoping it’s just anger in the heat of the moment, and they’ll all be able to talk things out when Jin-sook and Sang-shik are less emotional.

Poor Chan-hyuk was put in the middle AGAIN. Now that he’s planning to be with Eun-hee indefinitely, I guess that’s going to be his lot in life. Thank goodness he likes her family because that sounds exhausting. Although, her family does seem to fill a void for him left by his own family’s tragedy. This is, of course, assuming they’ll make it through this final hurdle as a unit. Every time this family makes progress, something sets them back again. They’ve come a long way from the start, and I really want them to figure out how to talk this latest issue out as a family. The siblings are finally talking to each other, and the parents are talking to each other. Now we just need to get those two sides communicating, and we’ll be set.

We did have some bright spots this hour, though. Chan-hyuk and Eun-hee are officially dating! No more of the back-and-forth when you know they’re going to end up together anyway. It only took 15 episodes. It also looks like Eun-hee is going back to her writing roots and doing what she actually wants to be doing. But even in this drama, it seems we may not avoid that final-episode-study-abroad trope based on Geon-joo’s suggestion she train in the States. I’m a little confused as to why a self-publishing training would need to be held in another country since I’m assuming she’s intending to publish in Korea, but okay.

And then, there’s Min-woo and his hilarious family. I’m not the type that wants everyone to end up with someone by the end of a show – being single is a valid life choice too, dramas – but after her last mother-in-law experience, I’d love for Eun-joo to be welcomed into an awesome, warm family. Min-woo’s mom is a hoot, and it’s the first time we’ve seen Eun-joo so amused … ever, I think. Also, it’d be kind of amazing if Eun-joo ended up with the “male version” of the sister she insists she dislikes. Either way, I’m glad she’ll have a friend, at least, since he seems like he’ll stick around.

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In some ways this episode was the hardest for me. It is great that Chan-hyuk and and Eun-hee are finally dating- progress at last. But the destructive behavior of the two parents really got to me.

Ji-woo needed them and his parents insisted that what was wrong here was that they had been disrespected. This was the worst moment possible to be bringing that up. It shows a total lack of empathy. Parents are supposed to act responsively towards their children- not switch places with them and ask them to act like the parent: Which is really what Jin-sook did here with our already distraught maknae. Later on, when he has had a chance to recover there will be a moment for pointing out the many things he got wrong - like not sharing before hand the nature of his 'relationship' with his 'girlfriend'. If not with his parents at least his siblings- I can guarantee that Eun-joo would have been all over this situation and would have saved him from at least the financial part of this disaster.

At least we have some hope for Eun-joo. Min-hee makes her smile- and even laugh. He is there for her. The timing is not right for anything beyond friendship at this moment but I agree with Quirkycase that it would be good if in time she were to end up as part of Min-hee's family.

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Totally agree with you about JS's reaction. I couldn't understand her (now and almost on every reaction she's had, she's probably the character I disliked the most). I can also be that I really love JiWoo (Shin Jae Ha's portrayal of maknae is lovely), but I found her reaction too hard, specially for someone who hasn't been honest with her children for so long.

Also agree about MinWoo. I'd love to see EJ enjoying life with someone like him, but so far I'm just happy to see her smile with a friend that seems genuinely fond of her.

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I actually thought the drama would go with Maknae finding out that Jin-sook almost decided to not have him as the final angst. But they went with this, which is realistic but felt flat. I know what he did was wrong in a lot of ways but I felt like the parents forgot that they contributed to their kids growth. The kids not having to think what a family is and not communicating to each other was the result of their parents problem. Mom never questioned or even reprimanded EH for not contacting EJ throughout those years, she’s the mother, she has the right to ask. EJ thought mom almost committed suicide together at a young age, though mom cleared that up, it was only recent. So to put the blame solely on them felt unfair.

Eun-joo~~! That amused smile/laughter when she was with MW was everything! Big Noona can certainly smile!!

Chan-hyuk and Eun-hee, oh you two! It took 15 eps but all that matters is you’re both on the same page.

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You're right! I was expecting the abortion angle to come up at some point. That fit in so perfectly with the makjang flavour. I'm surprised that angle kind of vanished into oblivion.

(Maybe in an imagined sequel, maknae will have more angst awaiting him. But this time, Seo-young will be on his side to help tide over things. :P

Note, however, that my preferred sequel is EJ in her renewed patent attorney avatar, with Min-woo's red pepper paste/blackberry jam fails)

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Me too, add me to that sequel hope.

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I don't need a complete 16 episode drama, but please, give a glimpse of EJ meeting MW's mum and learning to tease him!

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We only got a taste of that makjang.

I know it's very unlikely but in one of the makings, the casts were joking about having a S2.

Add CH & EH's married life xD

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You are so right about what you said about JS.
Last Tuesday (I remember because it was my last day of vacation, hehe) I was talking to my dad about family and relations, and he told me (as many times before) if he ever found out that my sister and I didn't talk to each other, he would lock us both in a room and would never open the door until we solved the problem.
So when EH didn't talk to EH, mum could have done something, but she chose not to. And now she throws it back to EH?
Also, when she told EJ that she didn't talked to her about her decision to get a divorce... what? It's EJ's life!! And the situation was already complicated (if mum ever learns TH is gay she may have a stroke).
I know this may be more related to the Asian culture, but...

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Right? And she could have also talked to EJ or suggest/force the daughters to talk. It went on for five years. Well, she did keep a lot of things to herself. I'm not blaming JS for what happened to the sisters but I guess, I wanted her to realize that the communication problem in the family started with them, the parents. She talked with SS about the miscommunication and how they never expressed themselves in the family but never with the kids. So as much as I want to understand JS, I'm with the kids this time. Maybe it's the daughter in me that's talking.

JS feelings and reaction to the divorce can be an Asian thing or idk. But I understood why she was angry. She was also hurting because EJ must have had a hard time for the marriage to end up in divorce, buuuut she was never the type of mom EJ could share her feelings with.

Soooo Miss Sook, I'm so sorry for being this mean to you xD I know you've worked hard for past 40+ years and I feel like the ungrateful maknae now *hides* *hearts to Miss Sook*

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With JS, I get why she was frustrated with dad, her life, and now the kids but she frustrates me so much I have a hard time sympathizing.

I have been more sympathetic to SS and he's just as bad at parenting and is more problematic overall. I think maybe it's the acting. The actress playing JS is good but JS is just so frowny. Or I'm just programmed to be harder on mothers.

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JS was by far my least favorite character in the drama. I couldn't relate to her, although I really want her to find her path and heal their wounds.
It was easier to connect with SS, first because we met the young man he once was, and then because he really learned from his mistakes and realized how wrong he had done to his family and to himself.
I really didn't like JS asking the children What is a family as if she had taught them all those good values (love, communication, respect) and they had thrown them all away.
Sincerly, considering that their parents didn't really talk to one another before JiWoo was born, they are really good kids.

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Sang Shik was violent, not outright violence but he had temper and threw things when they had arguements. It boggles me that Jin Sook is made the biggest culprit when we have years of Sang Shik being problematic to the max by admission of Eun Joo. Even Eun Hee argued her father did not abuse Jin Suk. And Eun Joo only admitted to it when she felt a bit good about her mother. Does physical trauma, signs only sign of abuse? And why are the women always made to be more responsible in any given scenario. The whole misunderstanding started with Sang Shik's lie yet Jin Suk gets blamed here for everything. Are we viewers that much subconciously conditioned that we end up blaming the mother/woman even in fiction?? Sang Shik amnesia was a convenient plot device that spared viewers from observing some very negative aspect and dark phase in Jin Suk and Sang Shik's marriage. Remember episode 1's Sang Shik. That was Jin Suk's reality for years. But everybody keeps saying Jin Suk should have done this, done that? What about Sang Shik, so does he get a pass because he is male? Because guys aren't supposed to be a good role model, they just need to earn because that is how all 3 kids treated Sang Shik, Dad lived a sorry life, what about your mother? You don't feel for her, she gave birth, kept, put meals on the table, laughed with you, cared for you.....lived for you but Dad lived a horrible life, moms are just supposed to give, give and give, that's their job so if it kills them from inside who cares, who cares if they gave up a whole chunk of themselves to do that, moms don't get sympathy......I really need to understand this part.

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@gem28 oh SS has equal blame on this whole thing. And you may be right that we are programmed to have that image of mothers. I, for one, wanted more understanding from JS. Since she knows more about the kids than SS. Maybe because no matter what her decisions were SS would go with it.

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@gem28 I also got mad at SS reaction, and I found it even worse because he did it just because he wanted to support JS.
It's not that I like any JS o SS, tbh. Because I don't, and totally agree with you that he was abusive.
I'm just talking to JS reaction in that moment. I didn't understand it at all. I was really shocked, specially with her words to EJ. I felt I was watching a new character in a new drama. It has nothing to do with her being the mum. It just felt out of character to me and I didn't like it (nor that I liked JS or SS characters at all).

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@eazal well in episode 16, this gets elaborated but she didn't blame Eun Joo, more like this general trend with 3 kids who like springing information on to her and expect understanding but neither parents especially Jin Suk never got the same treatment back for it...she elaborated why though....Jin Suk is lonely, she is terribly lonely and had been without any support system even to vent for the longest period of time, I felt like at some point she didn't even speak because she just accepted that nobody would listen...but that conversation happened in episode 16. And overall, Eun Joo and mom are in better place. Ji Woo also really needs to grow up. But all of that happened in 16. I think an overall message of this show has been you need to be happy being yourself to be a good parent, good wife or good in any relationship and need to live a little for yourself and they did end on that note

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Bless you Quirycase for being so quick with your awesome recaps. Wow, does this family overreact much?!? Yikes! "From "I live for my family" to "Get out". I think I have emotional whiplash from these parents and I wouldn't blame the kids from suffering from it too. And was that a true grin from Eun-Joo? Her interaction with Min-woo is gold.

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We need more of EJ laughing, no? I demand it.

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ACKKK I JUST LOVE THIS DRAMA SO MUCH!
And honestly I'm not even mad at those fake-outs lmao

First things first, perhaps Eunjoo had only smiled for 2 or 3 times for 14 Episodes that those huge and wide smile because of Minwoo's mom is so amusing??? I didn't realize that until this episode how miserable having to not show her feeling freely up til this recent when her problems attacking her nonstop, Eunhee helping her, and finally she realize not showing her feeling is probably not the right answer. I just love how smiley and relaxing she is right now.

Jiwoo and his entire hijinks first felt like an unnecessary last minute problem, but thinking about it, we have been saying Jiwoo needs a hug for the last few episodes. This felt like him having been resisting all those years subtly being everyone's punching bag and mediator. Then he met someone who offers her a free life, it's not confusing at all that he took it. Although, yes he is TOO naive. We were shocked because we kept in the dark about it until few minutes of last episode, but we had been hinted at his girlfriend and his money saving self right from the start, that means he had been planning since then, even probably much longer. He IS naive, he IS in the wrongs, but like how his noonas felt the minute he came back with those dark circles (and am i imagining it but he also looks thinner somehow???) I just can't help but wants to hug this sad puppy. Also how cute that he bought matching necklaces?

Last but probably the most important is... that last confrontation (intervention?). Every little minute from the moment Eunhee came in and sense the tense up to the end of this episode, it felt so private that I don't think I should be there watching THEIR family meeting. In a way, I don't know if it's because I can somehow relate to its similar experience, but it's so hard to watch........

But like how @quirkycase mentioned, yes, the sibling had their hand on these family mess but they didn't tell every little thing to their parent to make sure their parents don't need to think about their problems. Also.... them doing all that probably started because how unhealthy their family interactions were, starting with their parent's. Eunjoo shutting her emotion starting far back to having to watch and perceive that her mother tried to poison her as a child (it's a false perception but the truth isn't any better, it wasn't her Jinsook tried to poison, it's unborn Jiwoo). For the same horrifying childhood event Eunhee started to appease to everyone, starting with their mother because she THOUGHT she was not favored, she doesn't mean as much and that continued all the way throughout her life. Jiwoo didn't even born into a harmonious family, he felt like he HAD to mediate everyone so that the family can be kept together when it wasn't even his responsibility. It wasn't even that long since the parents started talking again. Yes, Jinsook was hurt in so many ways, but it...

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Thanks for the fast recap, Quirkycasae!

Oh! I am so over these parents. I hought there was hope in the beginning of the episode when Ms. Sook finally admitted that she had pruposely hung onto her unhappy situation and had in fact acted in a way to continue it. All through this drama I have felt that she has been playing the "woo is me" martyr card so heavily and no one calls her on it. Don't get me wrong, she got dealt a really tough hand, but her way of dealing with things was so focused on hwow hard done by she was, rather than trying to find the joy in the situation she found. And then that ouburst at the kids, so self-serving! Where does she think they learned that behavior?
We've seen zero evidence that she ever did anything to encourage actual communication from or between the siblings. I mean Sang Shik, he just reacts with his emotions first. That's been pretty consistent, so his outburst didn't really surprise me. I feel that he'll get past it quickly, but she really just poured a whole gravy boat of guilt and long held resentment over all three.
Maknae definitely screwed up, they all have every right to be angry and hurt, but the parents are the only ones who didn't ask WHY he did it.
On the bright side, as others have mentioned seeing Eun Ju smile gives me hope that she could maybe learn to be less phlegmatic and abrasive. And Eun Hui couldn't be cuter with Chan Hyeok. He knows what he is getting with this family and he seems to be all in for it, so ready for some adult communication and healthy functioning from those two!

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The parents never did earn any sympathy from anyone, I think... They messed up royally on every imaginable front (and continue to do so!)

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I am gonna have to disagree with the assessment here. Jin Sook and Sang Shik have been aware of their failings, shortcomings of parenting for most of the drama. Hence, they never called the kids out on their behavior. Eun Joo, Eun Her not speaking, Eun Joo and her whole mean attitude for most part of the drama, they put up with it out of guilt. They shouldn't have to...Maknae's mistake was obviously too much. What if Sang Shik had died while he ran off with that girl. He didn't do the right thing. It was the final straw that broke both mom and dad. Jin Sook and Sang Shik are humans. They are not robots. I think frankly its healthy that Jin Sook spoke up. The kids are adult. Its time they act like that, there is a point past which you can't blame others for your mistakes. This was that point of no return. So, instead of bottling it up, for this particular family, veing honest about feelings perhaps is the best thing that could have happened. Chan Hyuk is too nice. Ji Woo needed to be fired. Loved Min Woo. I could see a whole show where Kwon Yul eorms his way into Eun Joo's heavily gaurded heart. His family dynamic and brightness is exactly what she needs. Yayy for Chan Hyuk and Eun Hee too.

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Agree with you that the parents needed to confront the kids on their bad behaviour. The parents are in no way blame free but they do need to have a dialogue on how this family can move forward now that they've all done a lot of self work. They need this airing out and a time out from each other probably isn't a bad idea.
*JW- I was soo sure we were in for a fake out,that maknae wasn't falling for a scam but had moved abroad to pursue something but seeing he just ran away to be with this rando girl's offer of an easy life,smh. Don't forget he banked the move by living at home rent free,have all his chores handled by mom and after all that leaving behind a letter(unknowingly ofc) saying he wanted out of the family like an entitled teenager! I'd be livid if I were the mom.
*EH-EJ fall out...(I am continually irked that everyone attributes the fallout solely on EH,btw. Yeah she started it,but EJ sure a heck didn't make a move for 5 years). Anyhoo, the parents also have to assume some responsibility for modelling the whole silent mode that their children chose to mimic in their adult lives in many ways.
*EJ's divorce- She obviously doesn't owe her parents every teensy tiny details but she should've made more of an effort to clue mom in. Now this is the daughter that had OPINIONS about their parents graduation and JS particularly bore the brunt of a lot of EJ's resentment over that decision. So it's not unreasonable for her to feel hurt that her daughter then chose to turn around and just drop the bombshell on her without giving her any heads-up.

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I would actually have been interested to see how the show handled EJ's parents' reaction to the real reason for her divorce. The show tried to, I think, posit two generations and their responses to TH in the form of EJ+EH+CH and TH's mom. But instead of typecasting the older generation through TH's mom, the show could have ventured into how SS and JS reacted. Maybe that's the subject of another makjang though...

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“ EJ's parents' reaction to the real reason for her divorce.”

Real missed opportunity. I wonder why? Surely it must have occurred to the creative team...

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Too late in the game, I suppose. If this were a 20-ep drama, maybe we'd have seen more of this. I mean, we all know that this is a potentially never-ending makjang.

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I would have liked to have seen how SS and JS reacted too, but I think it made sense that they didn't go there. TH wasn't ready to completely come out and EJ keeps things to herself.

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Thanks for another fun,thoughtful recap @quirkycase. I also gasped out loud when EJ laughed.😂
Really loved the progression on EJ-EH relationship. These sisters have always reached for each other first at their time of need but could never quiet speak the same language. Thanks to the turmoil and constant crisis mode they have been on, they have finally learned to be there for each other without getting side tracked by their fundamental differences. And I love that they were able to do that without changing their individual core traits. Esp. EJ, she still maintains her straight shooter,cool headed persona but is learning to temper her words and be more accepting of other's world views. EH also has retained her sunny,open nature but is now being more open about her insecurities and has really gotten better at valuing herself.
The parents too -- I was apprehensive of them shoehorning some sort of resolution but their journey of clearing up years worth of misunderstandings and bad faith has felt authentic so far. I did appreciate JS resisting SS idealising her and spoke of her own flaws and honest thoughts during those hard years. Sure there's plenty of work that they have to do but what with their newly discovered honesty mode ,I have faith these two will not allow their autumn years to go to waste.

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As to the last scenes..I kinda get where the parents are coming from. Esp JS..maknae's letter was harsh at the best of circumstances but coming when it did...even when they got sooo much wrong JS and SS always held on for their kids. JS must also be feeling extremely hurt on SS's behalf when she has only recently learned how much he silently suffered and now he's on his sick bed and she finds a letter from one of the kids saying he never wants to be like dad! It's gotta stink and she's acting out of shock, hurt and betrayal. The parents are both feeling sorry for each other and themselves and thinking that their children seem to have largely taken them for granted are trying to shield themselves from further pain.

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I've loved watching the sistership heal and strengthen as well. As someone living in a different country right now from her own beloved sisters, my heart squeezed a lot when I watched their scenes. I really loved the dinner/sleepover night they had ca. episode 13 (?) - it was so real-life to me. They're learning from each other and learning that they can depend on each other, which is really beautiful.

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I think there will be some major truth telling in episode 16. It's as @quirkycase says, the siblings are now being honest with each other and the parents are also, but the parents have to face up to the ways their willful misunderstandings and mutual bitterness have impacted their children. There also needs to be some respect for each other's truth and a realisation that you can never assume you know those closest to you. I liked it when Chan-hyuk (I think) said that in families we can hurt each other the most and can forgive most quickly (something along those lines). All up it's been a deep exploration of "knowing" those you love, especially family. Amazing stuff.

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Well, secrets and assumptions to the very end--what is a family?  It's a foundation to build lives on.  Sometimes the lives don't turn out so well, and other times they turn out beautifully, but they can't survive when there are secrets and assumptions used as mortar.  I"m watching three Kdramas right now about dysfunctional families: "My Unfamiliar Family", "Brilliant Heritage", and "Once Again," and I rank them in that order when it comes to how much I like them.  It's funny that the parent/parents in the three families tend to jump to conclusions without much discussion of the facts.  Two of the overachievers in the three families are daughters that have suffered miscarriages, and the third overachiever is a son that is a single father.  The youngest child, in each of the families, knows almost nothing about the world--such naivety.  Divorce figures into the angst in all three families,  Two of the families are middle class, and one is wealthy.  In each family there is much yelling and hitting--in two of them there's lots of drinking.  The mothers are the dragons in the mix, except for "Brilliant Heritage," where the father is the ogre.  After watching these dramas it's a wonder any of them know what a family is.

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"The family is the primal scene of violence"

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I love this comparison you draw! I also have deep respect for you to be able to watch all three simultaneously. It must be so draining, keeping track of so much chaos...! :D

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I watched Once Again when I was waiting for new eps of MUF but somewhere along the way I couldn't get into the main OTP's story, maknae did interest me but that wasn't enough to keep me going.

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I'm currently on episode 20 of "Once Again," and I'm finding it hard to continue--there are too many characters in this drama that I don't like.

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It’s hard to continue a drama where you don’t like most of the characters.

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Thank you, @quirkycase for the recap! Yes, I agree that the parents also made a lot of mistakes which made the children feel they don't have a happy family. Speaking as a mother, I think they should also rethink the actions they have shown their children.

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Thanks for the speedy recap, @quirkycase! I'm coming later to this show, having binged the first 14 episodes over the course of last week - the recaps and discussions helped a lot while I excitedly waited for this week's last two.

You guys, Eun-joo smiles! She LAUGHS! Watching her slowly thaw throughout the show has quietly lovely, but this was dazzling. I'm so happy that life put Min-woo in her path. I also like that, while he's jovial and gregarious, he's no push-over. She needs that counterbalance, too, in a friend, ally or whatever he ends up being.

I felt really, really bad for Ji-woo, and I felt bad that everyone was so tough on him. Ji-woo was cast in the role of Family Golden Child, whether or not he liked it. Sweet and loving, never making trouble - that's a heavy burden to to carry in a family. And because he was never a "problem," he got ignored an awful lot. About halfway through the show, I remember thinking that he must be lonely. I'm not surprised that he wanted to cash it all in and start someplace new. There may even have been a part of him that thought no one would really notice he was gone, because it's not like they paid much attention to him anyway.

I had a really hard time with the last scene. The parents spend basically their entire marriage openly being crappy to each other and modeling to perfection how to keep secrets and NOT communicate, and then Mom turns around and berates her kids for...keeping secrets and not communicating? Wow, no thanks. My reaction may also be partly due to the fact that I'm strongly identifying in my role as a daughter and sister when I watch this show, so I'm clearly filtering everything that happens through that lens. As my family's Eun-joo (minus the marriage debacle), I would have felt myself turning to ice had I been in that room.

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I totally agree! This show was EJ's story more than anyone else's. I know it sold EH-CH as the OTP from the start, but - I've said this before - EJ was by far the most complex, grey and interesting character. Her growth arc has certainly been the most satisfying. I'd be the first to sign up to watch a sequel to see her thaw further.

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Ji Woo is a full grown man. I actually was very annoyed with him. He could have gone to his girlfriend, lived with her the right way. I don't think Jin Sook would have held him back. What he wrote in that letter was hurtful. He did not raise himself, none of the kids did. In fact, he was dependent on his family directly for longer than both the noonas. The parents had an unhappy marriage but that is a paper thin excuse for the level of insensitivity he displayed here. He ran like a coward and he is not 12 or 16. All the children throughout the span of the drama have used "you guys were horrible parents" card to hurt Jin Sook specifically. Sang Shik thanks to the amnesia was spared. How long do you expect a women who is clearly emotionally exhausted, physically exhausted can take this. Or should she just keep on taking crap from all 3 children on that account for the rest of their natural lifetime?? They barely ever ask their mom, "You Okay"....these kids had tough time growing up but thats no excuse for some of the broader behavior shown throughout the drama. They are adults. Also Sang Shik was violently irritable for a good chunk of their marriage as Eun Joo pointed out. I can't believe Jin Sook gets this much crap despite him clearly being more on the wrong, You don't have to hit somebody to leave a scar. The show casually side stepped this part. Is it a South East Asian thing?? Dads are more respected or revered even if they are more in the wrong just because he is the man?? Sure, felt that way. Again they casually mentioned it and then never went back to it. This did not sit well with me.

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I totally agree with you that JW is a full-grown adult and what he did was 100% sh*tty and hurtful to his family, and there should absolutely be consequences to his actions. I also agree that those three kids could have been more attentive to their individual relationships with their parents. JS has every right to call out her kids on behavior that is hurtful to her. I'm just struggling with why she doesn't she address these things at the time. Aside from the JS situation, which has obviously just come to light, she didn't say anything to EH and EJ for 5 years about their rift? Really? And also, my reaction was probably a little stronger since we've just watched nearly an entire show where she and her husband are exhibiting the exact same behavior and now are supposed to swallow her berating her kids for it.

No, those kids didn't raise themselves and, no, there are many ways in which children do not appreciate all the things their parents do for them, and, no, bad parental behavior is not an excuse for kids to behave badly. But I still don't think her outburst was entirely fair - even if it was understandable of a woman clearly at a breaking point.

I 100% agree with you on the dad thing. When he told JW to get out, I was like: Dude, you don't have a leg to stand on here.

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It was fair from the perspective of a frustrated parent who has had enough. Like I said, Jin Sook and Sang Shik overcompensated for the lacking in their upbringing by completely taking a no interference policy in their children's lives. That is rare in Korean society. So, this was bottled up frustrations all flowing in one go. What we've seen in the span of 16 episodes is a very relatable story of human relation driven by small things pent up that became huge overtime. So, in that perspective, this was probably 10 years in the making and Ji Woo just caused a release. Also, I don't think Jin Sook meant she opposes Eun Joo's divorce. Its just that she wanted to let her children know that even she is hurting for their failed relationships even though she never shows it to them. More like, I am hurt when you guys get hurt. I can't discuss more without talking about episode 16. But I believe Ji Woo got a pretty easy way out of his situation given in reality, he would've been broke, totally broke without a job and any other parents really would have thrown him out of the house and it would be justified in my opinion.

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I'm not sure to understand the mother. The last conversation was really unfair with Eun Joo. A divorce is not something that your parents can judge, it's not like the divorcee was happy to fail his/her marriage in the first place. The mother didn't show a lot of empathy pushing Eun Jo to have kids when she already misscarriaged and suffered for trying. She made the divorce about her when it's not. Why Taehyung should be an ennemy when Eun Joo has no issue with him?
For Eun Hee, she's the mother, she was the one who could talk to her daughters to understand the situation and help them to talk to each other. But she didn't. And for Ji Woo, he was completely wrong to leave without a word but was it really surprising that he wanted to leave his home when both parents realized how toxic they were with each other?
All the family has a communication issue but it's the big part because of the parents.

I love to see Eun Joo more relaxed with people around her, like Eun Hee, Ji Woo and Min Woo. She's still the same but she's trying to understand the other people and not judge them directly.

Aaaaah EH and CH! Finally! They're so cute together! I love their relationship, they understand, care and know about each other. There is no reason they don't date because they have feelings too!

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She meant it hurts her when her children are hurt or not in speaking terms with each other or feel burdened by them...even though she doesn't say it. I don't think she meant how dare you get a divorce. More like, I no I said I understand but it still hurts that you have to go through this. I wanted you happy and thought you were happy. Eun Joo did marry for all the wrong reasons remember. She didn't deserve to be a beard for that but it was still a marriage she started for wrong reasons. And Jin Sook was led to believe that it was that reasoning that led to the divorce, not Tae Hyun's orientation.

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No, she doesn't say it because she never expresses herself. She made this conversation about her. The fact EH didn't speak to EJ made her upset, the divorce ached her... She make them feeling guilty because they hurt her. But EH didn't speak to EJ because she was very sad, EJ divorced because her husband doesn't like women... It's not like they were hurting her willingly. They never shared things with her because of her behavior. EJ thought she wanted to kill her and EH thought her mum abandonned her.
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By the same token, wouldn't it have eased JS's heart if she had know the actual reason why EJ got a divorce? Once again a failure to communicate. I think this is why JW left like he did because his family doesn't communicate, so why should he.

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I don't think the reason could help the mother and I guess it's Taehyung's secret, EJ doesn't want to spill it. It's a sensitive situation.

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It was Tae Hyun's secret, Eun Joo did the right thing there but that does not by any means excuse Ji Woo behavior, he had plenty of chance to move out, do what he wants and make a life different than his father/mother.....Eun Joo and Eun Hee did and their parents didn't utter a word so why couldn't he own up...this is immaturity...you lived with your mother and father, ate with them and then ran saying they did nothing by stymie your growth....that is not on your family once you are an adult, that is on you if you couldn't do that.

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And Eun Joo has emotionally abused her mother for years as a result of that....up until recently and Jin Sook put up with it, I would say they are even now and its not Jin Suk's fault that they painted that narrative to protect Tae Hyun's orientation...Eun Joo didn't have to but she did and it did hurt her mother more...difference between then and now is, they are more open which is progress at least.

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She didn't abuse her mother. She did everything her mom wanted for her : study, marriage in good family, trying to have kids. She didn't warn her family about the divorce because she had to deal with it personally, with all her feelings and the TH's family. It wasn't easy for her.

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She studied because it was the only way forward, she married because she wanted to escape being around her family, she berated her mother up to the point she revealed her biology every step of the way making her feel small for not contributing financially to her family's income, then after she revealed her identity acknowledged that Sang Shik used to throw things at Jin Suk and up until that point she didn't feel that was a red flag....let me tell you something, I like Eun Joo but she is deeply flawed character who came a long way in 16 episodes...it wasn't easy for her, it wasn't easy for Jin Suk either.

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EJ didn't have an issue with the fact her mother was not working. EJ didn't work anymore after she married so clearly she doesn't have an issue with that. EJ wanted her mother to say something about the fact she was working hard for the family. Just a little bit of encouragement. But again, JS said nothing about it because she didn't dare and it created another misunderstanding between them.

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It's hard to talk about the final scene without talking about ep 16. I think it was less an organic outcome of this family's past than a device to take them where the writer wanted them to go next ep. It's Jin-sook's excuse to start living for herself.

For me, there were three standout developments in this episode:
1. The car ride with MW, his hilarious mother, and EJ cracking up afterward in her own subdued way. I have no idea why MW likes her and puts up with her coldness, but she really needs someone like him in her life. I want to see more of this.
2. EH realizing how important CH is to her, that he is the person she can relax with and find comfort.
3. The sisters accepting JW back compassionately.

The cliffhanger tendency has led to some jarring moments, but has not spoiled this drama for me. I still want more of this family. They've come so far, and I'm rooting for them.

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It was pointed out a few times during the show that EJ is actually more sensitive than EH, and I get the sense that her aloofness is a self-defense mechanism that she's honed since she was a child (and that misunderstanding with her mom that day). Maybe MW is one of those perceptive people who can see through those things? He clearly paid close attention to her back in the day when they were both trainees.

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If we are to buy that MW really is female EH, we already have a reason for MW's attraction from EH's mouth . She said in a previous episode that every time she had a crisis, she reached out to unnie coz she knew that even if EJ made her feel as skewered as a shish kebab at the moment, her cold hard words provide her with the way forward once she's recovered. (I'm paraphrasing, obviously) MW did playfully allude to similar appreciation for EJ's thoughts even when he felt bruised by the words she chose to deliver them. Or ye know he's an emotional masochist 🤷
Whatever the pull is it seems to work for him and I am realllyy rooting for them to date.

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OMG you are spot on. It totally just clicked when I read this!

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Chan Hyeok has basically signed up for the role of family counsellor and secret keeper, now and forever. I hope he realizes the consequences of his decision :p

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He'll get lots of kisses as a reward.

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OMG Min Woo's mom is my favorite character, where is that drama? Raspberry Jam indeed, plus her laughter was so infectious. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Also, I too was disappointed in Jin Sook. Her resentment had been festering and she took it out on the kids. She was planning on aborting the maknae, com on. Also although he should have told his parents, their reactions were over the top. Sometimes you just want to get away.

As for for Chan Hyuk and Eun Hee, they are Adorable😍

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I also declare MinWoo's mum my favorite character in the show!!!

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Min Woo's mom was my ONLY laugh during this drama--so she gets my award for Mom of Year.

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Family drama aside, I'm loving Min-woo and Eun-joo and as it was pointed out in the recap it would be awesome for Eun-joo to have warm and welcoming in-laws. Also maybe I'm being petty, but don't we deserve a kiss between Eun-hee and Chan-hyuk at this point? I mean come on she had two full make-out sessions with the guy who wasn't even endgame. We deserve the kiss after 15 episodes. We've earned it!

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Lol.. right now we have a back hug and many incidents of hand-holding as the most romantic gestures so far. But I like that they take it slow tbh. It kinda makes this couple a bit more special for me.

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Yes agreed. They are definitely one of my favorite drama couples too.

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Min Woo's mother and the jam lol. It was great seeing EJ genuinely smile and laugh.

The parents didn't communicate with each other or their children and their kids clearly learned that behavior. I may have said "Oh please" at Jin Sook, but she's human, and I understand why Ji Woo's behavior was the tipping point. That letter had to hurt.

Ji Woo was SO naive. Looking back through the series, Ji Woo strikes me as a bit lonely, lost and floating through life; I can see how he fell for the scam. He probably deserved more consequences than just losing his money, but I'm glad EH and EJ were kind to him.

Yay for EH and CH! It took 15 episodes, but I have to say, for me, this was one of the best executions of friends to lovers I've seen.

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This episode contains the sweetest hand-holding ever. They are so lovely together I almost cried.

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So I was right and our poor maknae got scammed. My heart aches for him. No matter what his sisters, parents or friends can tell him, no one will be harder on him than himself. Maknae has grown up all of a sudden. It's happened to us all, maknaes. The minute you're not longer the little girl...

I didn't understand mum's reaction. Neither dad's. What's family to EH, EJ and JW... well, they had a hard time learning what it was from their parents, that's for sure. I can understand the disappointment, but then, they haven't been the best parents ever: look at all the mess their kids are at...

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The crumpled paper which JS read and the letter which EH received had the same words but the way in which it was delivered gave 2 different meanings completely to me. JS read the letter which gave the impression that JW considered his family a burden. But the same words written in EH's letter came out as he didn't have the courage to live like how his dad did, supporting and raising 3 kids while doing such a tough and I'm assuming not a very well paying job. To me, the wording made a lot of difference. What he did was wrong no doubt. But I think mom was more angry because of the tone that the drafted letter carried. Maybe she needed to read EH's letter to know that JW wanted to be free, but didn't consider his family a burden. Of course this is just how I interpreted the whole thing.

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Well, now I see that these kinds of things do happen in other families too (even in a TV series)..

I think Asians do have complicated cultures. I am not representing all Asian families and such, but I can see the duplicated version of these situations happening in my family. We didn't talk much. Our mother is a stay-at-home mom and always expected her family members (and everyone in the world) to behave the ways she thought were right for them. The thing was that we couldn't make her understand that such thinking was wrong and unnatural because she was too emotional she couldn't take any criticism. Ofc I didn't blame everything on her, but a lot of damage was done later on, and somehow it made her realize her mistakes (and even almost apologized to us.)

That helped me to understand that we really shouldn't sacrifice our lives for other people. It's not healthy to do so, because then you'll end up expecting all sorts of things from those people because you think you've done a great deal for them. Sometimes, it almost looks like some people can't just be happy by themselves. Expectations without even telling them what you expect are so burdensome.Those will drain all their energy because they'll always have to guess and tip-toe around you.

In all, I came to a conclusion that without proper trust in the other party, you'll never be able to communicate. The sad thing is that we are so afraid to be honest with people whom we love because of so many made-valid reasons. It's just go talk, and that's all.

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Another thing I want to mention is that I was surprised at how well Han Ye-ri acted here. I have only seen one of her work (Six Flying Dragons) and was pleasantly surprised at how very well she acted as a middle child in this family. It really did surprise me at how well she and the person who played EJ acted as sisters here. They are like real sisters and that shows how awesome their acting abilities are!

And I nominate EH and CH as the cutest friends-to-couple ever. They look really good together, really.

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Han Ye-Ri was also very good in, Nokdu Flower. I've seen Six Flying Dragons and Road No. 1, and heard her voice in Imaginary Cat. I look forward to her next drama.

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Han Yeri is really good in this drama. She's a character who lets her face showing all her emotions and she did really well.

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Han Ye-ri and the whole ensemble really did so amazing in this drama!

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Love, love, LOVE, the way Eun Hee and Chan Hyuk went from friends to lovers. At first, I wasn't excited about both of them being involved romantically. They just looked better to me as friends. But, I just love the way the writer built up their relationship. It just feels so pure, natural and organic, with no unnecessary time-outs, or unreasonable back and forth. This is i think among my amongst my favorite friends-to-lovers portrayal in my K-drama watching history.
Also, I was also hurt by maknae, and I would have been if I was Sook shi.

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