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United Effort to Accomplish One Thing: Episodes 7-8 Open Thread (Final)

United Effort to Accomplish One Thing takes an interesting turn in its final week, putting its full attention on wrapping up the mystery, and giving us the context for a strong finish. Rather than the shroud of mystery we’re used to, our final episodes are pretty straightforward, focusing on the why once we know the who, and giving us everything we need for a meaningful conclusion.

 
EPISODES 7-8 WEECAP

We left off last week with a suddenly suspicious Bit-na, and Jung-wook’s huge reveal on live TV. While Bit-na’s mother works hard to prove her daughter’s innocence (which leads to a truly touching mother/daughter moment — I love these two actresses!), Jung-wook’s plot all but blows up in his face. At first, his statement that he was In-ho’s ghost painter drops jaws, but then it comes with a bit of a reversal: Hae-joon has released the audio recording from his father’s murder, and it’s pretty clear that Jung-wook is guilty as he flees from the stage.

Everyone at the house finds out about this pretty quickly, and Jung-wook marches into the house like a madman, ripping “his” paintings off the walls, confronting Sul-young over the documentation he has of their entire devious plan — and he leaves breadcrumbs for the younger generation, as well. For Hae-joon, the location of his father’s body; for Bit-na, the clues she needs to expose the other half behind the murderous plan: Sul-young.

There are a lot of things I enjoyed about this drama — like its slick way of passing us information, delivering twists, and sprinkling in some great humor. But hands down, what really sold this story for me was the richness of the characters. Rather than being two-dimensionally “good” or “bad,” we see so many sides to all of them through well-executed reveals. Especially our plotting murderers.

First, we see their plotting, and learn the details of how they carried it out. It’s been meticulously planned, from the identical letters that Sul-young delivers, to the nicotine injection by Jung-wook, to the terrible moment when In-ho goes into shock and dies an excruciating death. Good God, what a scene. It made my skin crawl to watch him suffocating, with Sul-young sitting there watching and crying.

It would have been easy to leave Jung-wook and Sul-young as horrible and disturbed people that decided to get rid of their tormenter. But our drama adds some flashback sequences that contextualize and throw light on our murderers. We see their torment, like Jung-wook guilty, threatened, and belittled all his life, and Sul-young, heartbroken after her miscarriage, and buried in hatred for her ex-husband. (The scene where she was weeping over the family portrait was one of the strongest in the dramas — my hat is off to Kim Jung-young.)

But what makes this drama great is that they don’t give us insight into our murderers until later. First, we’re left to dislike them, whether it’s Sul-young’s creepy plans and hateful ways, or Jung-wook’s infinite self-pity. Then, when the drama shows us more of them — their pain, their hurt, and their history — it adds so much dimension that we are left with pathos for their characters. These are not baddies we can write off without a second thought.

With our two murderers and their plot out in the open, what does our story have left to tell? I was glad that solving the murder wasn’t the end of our story — instead, we get a great final episode where all of our “innocent” housemates joins forces for one last hurrah. When we think of where we’ve come from at the start of the drama — so much conniving and back-stabbing amongst our characters — to where we end up at the close, it’s quite satisfying. Hae-joon becomes particularly heroic, telling Bit-na he has no interest in the inheritance. She agrees, and then Hae-joon shares a plan to ensure that no one gets the money.

Scam artist that he is, Dokko Chul has run off with In-ho’s painting and set up a fraudulent, money-making memorial exhibition. Rather than let this be the end of the tale, our characters (even Sul-young) come together to deliver a final stroke of justice. And even better — that justice not only means everyone working together (yay, cousins!), but everyone agreeing to render the entire fortune null and void.

We knew our characters were good at plotting and being suspicious of each other, but turns out they’re even better at working together. Their caper-like operation to pull a fast one on Dokku Chul was a great way to wrap up our drama.

Part of my brain was holding on for one final gasp of a twist as our drama closed — but instead, we got a strong moral at our finish line. Sul-young is calmly taking responsibility for her actions in prison, Dokku Chul is ruined, Hae-joon has been able to grieve and get closure on his father’s murder, and Mrs. Park moves on trying to find “detachment” (lol).

Our mother and daughter have also grown from this situation — Bit-na’s confronted her past, and her mother (now working as a part-timer at a convenience store, hah) is no longer mired down by her greed. They are lighter, happier, and more at ease. Bit-na and Sul-young were also able to resolve their fear and/or bitterness towards each other, and Sul-young leaves Bit-na with the wish that she enjoys her life, and not waste it in hatred like she did.

In the end, I suppose the final twist was that the fortune that everyone was vying for evaporated into thin air — and that they chose that solution willfully. While I don’t think I expected such an even-keeled ending from this drama, I actually like that they pulled a meaningful message from a dark tale of murder, money, and mystery.

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Questions:
1: Did Jung-Wook commit suicide or did someone poison him?
2: Did Sun stay in the house?
3: Are they plotting a season 2 where everyone goes back to Sun's house to accuse each other of murdering Jung-wook?? (sorry)

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1: It was suicide. Sul-young mentioned he'd developed an allergy to red paint, so Jung-wook's taking and "fixing" the sun painting was where he exposed himself to that allergen.
2: It looks like it! She wins by sheer virtue of being the only one left who can stand that house haha
3: lol, that'd be a family reunion

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Am still puzzling it until the end about Jung-wook's death, thanks much for the answer!

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1. Both?! My gosh, it was all combined.
2. Sun still stays... probably.
3. No way for second season, no longer by now, so real writers for this miniseries might be indefinitely enough soon to focus on other TV/movie projects with different crime or other genres' (e.g: horror, non-crime drama, comedy, action, musical) plots either during or after covid-19 pandemic.

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This was such a fun drama to watch. These last couple episodes really tugged on my heartstrings and I love how everyone was multidimensional. Out of everyone though, Haejoon's backstory hurt me the most and I was near tears when he was crying over his father's burial site.

That last episode was a treat to watch. I loved how everyone teamed up and it was such a nice way to end the show.

It may not have been the perfect drama, but it was definitely well written and I appreciated the Clue-ness of it!

Thank you missvictrix for your recaps!

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Thank you for all the recaps missvictrix! Overall, this week was a strong finish and I'm pretty happy. I've been pleased with how multidimensional the characters have been, especially for a drama so short and with so many characters. I genuinely wasn't expecting to have my feelings towards Hae-joon and Sul-young in particular flipped around so much but wow what great characters. I find it hilarious that Sun walks away as the most innocent/least secretive member of the family for some reason (minus the questionable sense of humor and social media doxxing lol).

I also really loved Ji-hye stepping up to the plate in episode 7 to try and clear Bit-na's name. Their relationship really stole the show for me that episode and then that scene in the epilogue where they're so much more content together made me so happy. In a similar family relationship vain, I liked that Sun was upset at Bit-na's secrecy but Bit-na did apologize and they were able to patch their relationship up. I've enjoyed Sun & Bit-na's teamwork so much throughout the show, I'm glad to think they still stay in contact (despite Ji-hye's best attempts).

And while in practice I'd be screaming about evaporating all that money, there's something satisfying about the dysfunctional family coming together to ruin the legacy and inheritence of a man who'd caused them all so much grief that was super satisfying. And I love a good heist so I was having so much fun during that last episode. Also Bit-na's puppy eyes/aegyo was so hilarious

One question if anyone caught it: Did Jung-wook throw the pottery at Bit-na as well as do the golf club and injection? I may have confused myself/missed something

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He said he did it all but it wasn’t clear honestly, if it was him or Sul young that did it since she pretty much told him to confess to the family and that sounds like a cover up for herself.

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In some ways, the show was unremarkable. With it consistently drip-feeding information, it was often easy to guess what was happening before the characters knew. But this show also has characters that you feel that you understand right from the introductions, and they only get more interesting and complex from there.
I didn't get that feeling of satisfaction after the mystery was finally solved, unfortunately. Maybe because it wasn't that much of a surprise, although I don't think it was supposed to be by this point in the story. Looking back, we've spent a while trying to get into Sul-young's head. Anyway, I didn't expect to get so much out of episode eight!
I'm going to remember this show for its ending. To focus the attention on the three most important women (Bit-na, Ji-hye and Sul-young) talking with each other, working out old resentments and forgiving each other? And then to end on a final flashback, rewriting a moment Bit-na thought was traumatic only to find that Sul-young loved her and cared for her and saved her life? I loved that. I'm so profoundly touched by it, I don't think I can properly explain why.

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I love how you put it! I had suspected it but that final flashback really hit hard

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I didn't realize that sulyoung saved bitna, I thought bitna was thinking of what could have happened if the miscarriage didn't happen. Who was the little girl standing next to sulyoung?
Either way it was a very sweet ending.

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I don’t know if that’s her imagination or what really happened but it was nice to see nonetheless.
The girl standing next to sul young is bit na’s cousin, Dokko Sun.

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That was really the last twist for me, the reveal that Bit-na's childhood memory is not menacing one but actually a time she felt that Sul-young cared. Maybe it's because she feels sorry to Sul-young that she remembered it as an awful memory...

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@frabbycrabsis Completely agree on that seashore flashback -- "profoundly touched" is a great way to put it. I am too.

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I LOVE this show! It's really rare to get a black comedy, and a good one! I was laughing almost the whole show regarding the inheritance war.

Every character has a place in my heart, including our Mrs. Park... This is the first time I saw her in the small screen (is a musical actress?), and I love how she interpreted "Mrs. Park." and the scene in the art gallery during the exhibition was HILARIOUS!

I love how at the end no-one gets the inheritance, because no-one has the right to... In-ho accumulates the wealth from the paintings he didn't paint.... So, it's just the right thing that NO ONE gets it... :D

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I cracked up so bad when Ahjumma screamed the house down when the paintings are stolen ><

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She really pissed me off in the earlier episodes, but by this point it was just funny 😂

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True! She and Ji-hye were quite detestable in the beginning but somehow became cute by the end, they even got kinda chummy, LOL.

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Exactly! especially when Ji-hye called her "Unni..", LoL.. These two are just too funny...

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Show started like something out of British Classic Crime series but ended up in a very kdrama way. Love how the show ends with a hopeful note, especially the younger generation of three cousins rebuilding their ties after all the mess left by the adults.

Am loving the poetic justice of outing In-ho as the evil human he is, thus robbing him of his wish to live on as a great painter. Although a bit confused as to where Hae-joon got clips of Jung-wook painting...

Thank you @missvictrix for the weecap. All in all, a yummy show with great cast and plot, and just the right numbers of episodes!

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I think those clips were on the flash drive he gave Bit Na. We never saw directly what was on it, but that's my guess. It makes sense he secretly kept video proof as well as keeping a journal, considering his long plans to prove his authorship.

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Ooh, yea, from the usb is pretty reasonable. True about his plans, he might even have prepared the vids himself for that unfortunately cut tv interview, nice!

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I enjoyed this drama a lot. I liked that the family finally came together in an united effort to accomplish one thing - Make sure no one gets the inheritance. I might have liked a darker ending, but it was still nice to see everyone (well, maybe not Dokko Chul) move forward a little lighter.

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Whaaat :O I've been meaning to pick this up. Didn't realize it's short.

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A great liitle drama. You should.

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