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Little Women: Episodes 9-10

With the mayoral election drawing close, our heroines have their sights set on taking down their wealthy nemeses. Our eldest has her tormentor at gunpoint, but said tormentor has plenty of tricks up her immaculately-tailored sleeve. Meanwhile, our middle child is prepared to risk everything to save her sister — even at the expense of the truth.

 

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In-joo only gets the momentary satisfaction of leveling a gun at Sang-ah. Then, Sang-ah gives a signal, and a handful of flunkies overpower her. By now, death looks inevitable. Sang-ah is spectacularly indifferent about losing the 70 million won — after all, can you really put a price on art? But, In-joo’s saved by, of all things, the doorbell. Plus, Do-il, with a fire extinguisher. He takes out the majority of the flunkies without pausing for breath — only to be stopped short when Sang-ah raises the gun.

Still, Do-il has another impromptu weapon: Jae-sang on the phone. Sang-ah pouts as her husband tells her to put down the gun, dear; we’re in over our heads. In-kyung is with him. She’s here to trade the slush fund ledgers for In-joo’s life. With her fortune at stake, Sang-ah must cut her private theater piece short.

Now, Do-il and a drugged In-joo are left alone. With hitherto-unseen tenderness, he cradles her in his lap, as she hazily apologizes for betraying him. She’d wanted so badly to see Hwa-young. But now, she’ll trust him with everything, including the location of the cash. She tangles their fingers together, handing over the key to the safe in which she stashed it. If she dies here (you’re not going to die, Do-il assures her) she knows he’ll help her sisters get their share.

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In-kyung, meanwhile, is busy watching her entire world fall apart. During their meeting, Jae-sang revealed a nasty little tidbit of information: her boss at CBN — whom she viewed more or less as a father — is a member of the Jeongran Society. Her entire career was an exercise in manipulation. Natural disasters, family suicides — all these stories were assigned to her in the hopes of breaking her spirit. And now, she must watch Jae-sang burn the ledgers that could have wrecked his career, and made hers.

Later, she commiserates over drinks she shouldn’t be drinking with Jong-ho, who has an unexpected solution to her crisis of faith. Move abroad with him. Leave everything else behind. In-kyung realizes this is a repeat of the flippant proposal he made to her years ago. It angered her then, and it doesn’t impress her now. You can’t just fly away to the States every time you hit a roadblock! Besides, she hated how easily he could use money to escape. Jong-ho admits, ruefully, that he shouldn’t have tried to turn it into a joke, back then. He should have told her outright that he loved her. This stops In-kyung in her tracks — for a second. Then, she rationalizes. What they have isn’t romance. It’s kinship. When she’s with him, it’s peaceful… not heart-pounding.

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Dispirited, she turns to Hee-jae and his truckload of excessive weaponry. That assassination scheme he’d pitched? She’s in. However, before she can really commit to a life of crime, she receives an email from an unknown address, telling her she’s on the right track — but asking the wrong questions. The sender? “Dantès.” It seems that Won Sang-woo, wrongfully-imprisoned Dumas fanboy, hasn’t given up yet.

Back in their favorite hangout spot, the mystical orchid basement, our teens console one another over recent revelations. Parents — who needs ‘em? Especially when they’re serial killers. Hyo-rin makes an offer strikingly reminiscent of Jong-ho’s: let’s run away together. Unlike In-kyung, who’ll commit to the bitter end, In-hye yearns for escape; she agrees without hesitation. It’s settled: first school, then theater club — then, they’ll leave their families in the dust.

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If only it were that simple. Hyo-rin gives her money to In-hye for safekeeping — only for In-hye to ditch her mid-Macbeth rehearsal, taking the train alone. Or at least, that’s what Sang-ah wants her to think. In actuality, In-hye never left the house. Still clad in her Lady Macbeth attire, she wakes in the worst place one could possibly wake in this drama: a closed room. Inside its wardrobe are years’ worth of scratched tally marks, and a message painted in blood — run away. The advice is redundant. Sang-ah has already found herself a new doll. In-hye knows this is the very center of Sang-ah’s psyche: the closed room that haunted her for years. The place where her mother was kept.

In-joo experiences a less perilous awakening, beneath a downy duvet and the placid gaze of Do-il. Granted, she’s a bit creeped out that he was watching her sleep, but, ever dry, he explains he was keeping watch in case she died. He’s arranged everything: they’ll fly to Greece, split their illicit billions — and part forever. It’s all a bit much for In-joo, who thought they’d at least stay Facebook friends. (Do-il doesn’t dignify this with a response.)

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But, priorities change. In-joo gets a panicked call from Jong-ho, who has discovered Aunt Oh’s house ransacked by Jae-sang’s people — and In-kyung missing. Do-il begs In-joo to let him work out a plan, but she’s already on the move. Korea might as well be barred to him now he’s betrayed Sang-ah. Helpless, he watches her leave, looking for all the world like a man whose meticulously-constructed emotional armor has been reduced to the state of a leaky colander.

Turns out, In-kyung has checked herself into St Benedictus. Using Hee-jae’s scarily effective infiltration tips, she plots a dark, spidery route through the vents, dropping in on a startled Sang-woo. Only momentarily fazed by the presence of a very dusty reporter in his ceiling, he offers tea and a frank discussion about the Bobae Savings Bank case. The Jeongran Society deliberately ran the bank into the ground, pocketing the money from their unpaid loans. As mayor, Jae-sang could approve dozens of such projects for his cronies with impunity. In-kyung is resolved: Sang-woo must testify.

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In-joo and Jong-ho trace In-kyung to the hospital, but their search is cut short by Su-im and her team, who are out for blood — In-kyung’s. Bravely, In-joo improvises. Pulling the fire alarm, she screams for her sister to run, as she and Jong-ho are chased to the roof. Here, brandishing an iron bar, In-joo gets payback for the five hideous blows she received from Su-im. Armed and dangerous is a great look on our girl, who is taking back control, one rich sadist at a time! It’s a short-lived victory, with Su-im’s backup on the way, but it gives In-kyung ample time to escape, with Sang-woo in tow.

Besides, Do-il hasn’t failed In-joo yet, and he doesn’t intend to start. Throwing smoke bombs in all directions, he marches into the hospital to free her. He’d tried to come up with a better plan, he confesses. But, he couldn’t… so, he just came here anyway.

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Our heroes reconvene at Hee-jae’s safehouse — another woodland cabin. Here, the sisters reunite, and scold each other lovingly. Do-il ignores his father with blistering disdain. Jong-ho pulls In-kyung into a deep hug: if it’s what she wants, he says, then peace is all he’ll ask for.

They strategize. In three days, Jae-sang will hold a large rally in Seoul. Hee-jae plans to be there, gun (or, more realistically, several kajillion guns) in hand. In-kyung has renewed hopes for taking her findings to the press. Sang-woo, however, quietly determines to take matters into his own hands.

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Later, Jae-sang receives a call. Gentle as ever, Sang-woo makes his old friend an offer: in exchange for money and one last meeting, he’s willing to disappear. They rendezvous by the sea, where Jae-sang once talked him down from taking his own life — and, where now, Sang-woo brandishes a gun to his brother-in-law’s head. He calls Su-im, demanding that she wire him money in exchange for her boss’s life. But, he’s too slow; Jae-sang wrenches the gun away, pulling the trigger. No bullets. Sang-woo laughs as Jae-sang beats him, ranting about how far he had to go, how many people he had to kill, to reach where he is now. The last thing Sang-woo sees is Jae-sang’s true, merciless face, as he is bludgeoned to death.

Back at the mansion, we witness new, immeasurably terrible depths to Jae-sang’s marriage, as Sang-ah congratulates him on successfully murdering her brother. However, she is not precisely unaffected. After dosing her husband with sleeping pills, she drops in on her teenage captive, where she tells an unsettling tale. When Sang-ah was nine, her mother threatened to go public with General Won’s murderous dealings, only to be locked up in retaliation. Sang-ah bitterly resented her mother’s pesky morals: why couldn’t she prioritize family? Why couldn’t her brother beg forgiveness? Now, through tears, she insists that In-hye paint a new portrait: one of three children. Herself, Jae-sang and Sang-woo.

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Halfway through the initial sketch, In-hye receives a reprieve. Hyo-rin, too jaded to be fooled by her mother’s cover story, helps In-joo and Do-il find her friend. The closed room is battered open. Both teens finally escape the house.

… And indeed, the country. It’s not long before In-joo contacts Sang-ah: the kids have skipped town. Hyo-rin left a heartfelt letter of apology for her mother. In-hye left a torn-off piece of paper saying she’ll call once they’re settled. Both girls have decided to escape the suffocating clutches of their families. Trading smiles on the ferry to Japan, they hold hands and dream of a new life as artists. And, In-joo? Well, she’s willing to let them be free. Sang-ah, of course, wants to send people to spy on them, but every parenting style is different. She’s lets In-joo leave with a parting barb: can In-joo really trust Do-il?

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It’s suspiciously timely advice. Do-il is up to his ears in parental abandonment issues, and the strain is beginning to show. He’s already on edge when Hee-jae tries to turn assassination prep into a father-son bonding experience. He offers Do-il his inheritance: an inventory of the wildly illegal armaments he has stashed in his trusty vehicle. Do-il, whose entire MO revolves around avoiding violence, is scathing. However, soon, he receives worse news: his mother, already dying of cancer, is in hospital following a “suicide” attempt.

At her bedside, he is inevitably met by Jae-sang. He’s offered a deal: give up Hee-jae, and he and his mother can go free. Oh, and betray In-joo, while he’s at it. Do-il accepts the terms without flinching, and a plan is set in motion. First, he’ll manipulate In-joo into signing over power of attorney, relinquishing the 70 million won. Sure enough, he hands In-joo a document in English to sign — although, In-kyung and Jong-ho, reading it, seem to think it a “necessary step.”

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Next, he sends In-joo to broker a deal with a military contact willing to purchase the Weapons Truck of Doom. His father will drive it to the location… seemingly unaware of the bomb ticking beneath it. In-joo arrives in time to watch the truck explode into flame. Hee-jae stumbles, burning, onto the road. Screaming in grief, she follows him to hospital.

Jae-sang is midway through gloating to an equally smug Sang-ah about his upcoming electoral victory, when he catches sight of the news. It’s In-kyung… and Do-il’s mother. With her tongue sutured after Su-im’s attack, So-young relies on In-kyung to be her voice, revealing how she was framed for murder. The true culprit is Jae-sang’s father. In-kyung promises further details of Jae-sang’s duplicity — ones that touch on the man himself — the next time she’s on air. Afterwards, she approaches Jae-sang. The last time they were surrounded by cameras, she was humiliated. This time, she faces him with pride unbroken.

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In-joo, meanwhile, receives the fright of her life when the supposedly comatose Hee-jae sits up to peer over her shoulder. Naturally, Do-il never betrayed them. Instead, he arranged an eleventh-hour sting of immense proportions. Using a fake document to communicate with In-kyung, he finagled a pretend attack on Hee-jae — relying on In-joo’s authentic reaction for verisimilitude. In-joo’s understandably miffed. But, Hee-jae assures her that Do-il insisted she be protected. And, he says — lifting a bag that no doubt contains silly quantities of guns — there’s no safer place than by his side.

… Seconds later, the police surround them. Hee-jae is arrested for illegal possession of weapons — no doubt on the Jeongran Society’s dime.

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The day of the rally dawns. Things are looking positive for Team Political Corruption. It’s a shamelessly grandiose affair, with Jae-sang surrounded by a light show, crowing about his triumph over adversity. The crowd goes wild — then, falls silent in confusion. Projected on the screen behind him is blurry video footage… of Sang-woo’s death. Sang-woo’s final act was a clever, desperate gamble: using a secret camera, he goaded Jae-sang into revealing his true colors. Jae-sang’s face is hideous as he brandishes a gun — then, even more cruelly, a rock. The narrative has finally shifted. In-kyung, flush with pride at having harnessed the power of the press, holds another conference, explaining the circumstances of Sang-woo’s death.

Public reaction to Jae-sang being outed as a murderer on the national news is depressingly realistic. Opinions shift… a little. He’s still ahead. All he needs to do is invoke phrase “deepfake technology,” and he’s riding high on 48% in the polls. However, Sang-ah’s expression is resigned.

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In-kyung is live on air when the news hits. It’s footage of Jae-sang… jumping off an abandoned building. Reports of his death come streaming in. In-kyung falls into silent shock when asked whether she feels responsible for his suicide.

Meanwhile, Sang-ah exits the mortuary, stony-faced, where Jae-sang lies — a blue orchid curled in his palm — and calls In-joo. Sang-ah warned her there’d be repercussions. In-joo had better be looking forward to what happens now. Horrified, In-joo checks her bank balance, only to find that her billions have disappeared. What’s more, there’s a harsh hammering at the door. It clicks open. She gasps.

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Last week, I talked about how Little Women poses the question, who controls the story? — and this week, we’re getting multiple answers. With the power of money and the media, Jae-sang has, up until this point, managed to stay in control of his narrative. In fact, he’s been manipulating In-kyung’s, through his hold over her boss, in a similar fashion to how Sang-ah tried to turn In-joo into a character in her own “70-billion won blockbuster.”

The thing is, their stories are stale. Jae-sang’s speech at the rally was practically identical to his speech from last episode — which, in turn, was plagiarized. The Jeongran Society are committed to telling the same old tale each time: one where the rich reign triumphant, and there’s no beating them — only joining them. Sang-ah, meanwhile, is trapped in an endless retelling of her own trauma, imposing her mother’s fate on the women she believes she can control.

In-kyung is determined to stand her ground and rewrite the narrative by revealing the truth. But, she only made a dent in Jae-sang’s popularity — and now, the story of his death may overshadow all. Meanwhile, In-hye’s answer is to exit stage left. It feels like no coincidence that she and Hyo-rin hold hands over a ferry in a manner reminiscent of the heroines of The Handmaiden — whose response to patriarchal oppression was also to make their escape. In-joo seems tempted by this option too. Will she, like In-kyung, try to effect real change, or will she decide that a new life is the only way forward?

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Aiyooo, the Shakespeare references.

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Definitely very Shakespearean especially the couple of all crimes.

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Thank you, @alathe, for the weecap. I was late in starting this drama but binge-watched until the latest episodes. I'm hoping that In-kyung will get her day in front of the cameras narrating the truth about Jeongran society. And maybe when things have calmed down, the two runaways can come back and there will be 4 sisters later.

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Thanks, @geminirat! Glad you're enjoying it. :D

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For some reason when Sang-ah was cutting the apples, I just knew Park Jae-sang was sooo dead.

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I thought she poisoned the apple until she ate one, but I knew she planned to finish him off.😂😂

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The orchid-ery apple but she knows which slice is edible.

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Yeah, based off of his expression looking at the offering in front him, i thought his loving wife had presented an orchid along with the apples, silently ordering him to perform the ultimate test of faith for their messed up society.. poisoning is just too tame for the drama loving SH 💅💅💅

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Jae-sang's death shocked me. I didn't think he would die. I am suspicious of Jong-ho. There is something about him that I am not trusting. When they rescued In-hye, It was emotional. Episode 10 was intense. It looks like episode 11 will be an emotional one.
Kim Go-Eun is such a phenomenal actress. I think she will win another award for her performance here. I enjoy the little comedy she brings into this dark drama.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FeEcgswVUAA--h9?format=jpg&name=small

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I agree regarding Jong-ho...I don't trust him 100%. And yes, this drama does have some humorous moments in between all the darkness and murders.

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These last two episodes were even more insane than the previous ones.
And why do I have the feeling that the writers took Trump's statement that he could shoot someone and still not lose voters as an idea and spun it even further?

If I were In-kyung, it would have all been over by episode 9 at the latest, as I would never have made it up the vent.

My favourite character is In-joo, despite how gullible she is, or maybe because of it. I had to laugh out loud when she raised her hands like a little kid when the police showed up in the underground car park.
And I celebrated every punch she delivered to Go Su-im.

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I loved that moment with In-joo putting her hands up--straight up!--like a kid. There's so little humor in this show that when it does show up, the laugh it imparts feels especially well earned.

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There’s a good line in Ep 10. Not exactly humorous but a good relief amidst all the high intensity - when Jae-sang said he won 500 won from Ms Go for not believing Do-I’ll is into In-joo.

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the first thing I thought about when I saw the video of him killing the guy being broadcasted was that trump thing - that can be extended to a lot of right wing politicians all around the world. I think its a direct reference or at least it can be used as one bcs these people found a way, especially through fake news, to manipulate to a point this scenario is not even that crazy to think about, unfortunately.

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Oooh. I am not american, so I did not know it was a reference to Trump's statement, but the public still upvoting him to be a mayor and him finally winning the election was absurd. Even if it is deepfake, the public's reaction to not question the credibility is just lame writing.

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This is exactly what the Trump followers are doing - it is happening in real life left and right in the US. And far right around the world is using fake news to gain followers. This is not dramaland and I applaud the writer to piece all these ironies into this drama.

No lame writing here but a nuanced depiction of cult.

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Let's leave American politics out of it, and focus on our mutual enjoyment of this drama. I really don't think you want to go down that rabbit hole.

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@PYC: I’m glad you made your point about the revolting and frightening strategies and tactics of the global far right. These are existential threats and should not be forgotten even when we watch for pleasure.

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I can think of at least two other K-dramas this year that showed the Horrible Rich and Powerful Guy finally being finished off with a live broadcast of a video of them murdering someone.

The difference between those shows and this one is that the murder video did not prevent him from being elected to office. (And the saddest thing is that it's pretty believable.)

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They left it too late though. A murder video right before the election is not going to leave people who are decided voters enough time to change their mind. People are not rational operators who use logic to make their decisions. All they have to do is yell 'deep fake' and everyone will sigh in relief and vote how they always wanted to vote. When it comes out later, they'll be angry. But that doesn't matter, the die is cast.

If they'd revealed it even a week earlier it would have worked. Although it would have just meant a slightly earlier suicide in this case.

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Given the amount of twists and turns, I've shut down my brain while watching this show and just wait it out for the story to unfold.

The most complex character and acting in this show is actually Won Sang-a, the crazy lady, and not any of the sisters.

Wi Hajoon is SO HOT. Seriously, why is this guy not an A-list leading man yet?

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So with you on your first point. I'm acutely aware of not trying to follow all the details as I watch - waaaay too demanding! - but just enjoying the, "Ooooh, didn't expect that!" It is a twisty one, and that brings me back intrigued each week.

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my weekly comment about how I want injoo and doil scenes because the tension? the chemistry? so on point. hajoon has no business being this hot and charming

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Agreed about Ha Joon. lol, it is a little uncomfortable because he is clearly bad business, but he is so FINE. He gives a lot of sexy.

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Do-il would be hotter if some of that simmering tension actually boiled over a bit. He's sooooooo stoic and self-contained.

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yes! I know this drama is not about romance, but I would like a little bit of him losing his cool more lol the comment from his dad said everything about how he feels about her, but I would like maybe a locked together in a tiny space for a night type of thing by now hahaha

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I appreciate that they used In Joo's dumbness to play their trick on Jae Sang. lol. Also they need to tell those children to come back finish school and then go be young lesbian artists when they are legal. Even though to be fair it isn't particularly safe for them.

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For a dark show that is nonetheless hard core pretending sex doesn't exist, I have to give it props for portraying two young queer artists within the scope of the weirdly sexless landscape it's operating in.
But it's nice to know somebody in this show's love is true.

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I snorted at this comment.. I dunno if school has much to offer those two though! Between HR’s inadvertent hacking skills, lovingly siphoned slush funds erm, i mean generational wealth (🙄🙄🙄) IH s know-how the kids should be alright in their quaint little world for a while, no?? #teamditchschool #richbrokeartistelife

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Great recap! You boiled down a series of dizzying plot twists so well. I could not stop watching for a second, but there were so many moments where I wanted to take a moment to digest. There's rich symbolism and allegories in nearly every scene. And yet the show is also very watchable and absurdly entertaining. I love it.

I'm not sure, however, that Do-il's plan could have truly gone as smoothly as it did, especially since he was clearly caught off guard by his mother's suicide attempt and the resulting negotiation. And after weeks of this show hammering home the point that In-kyung would never be able to use the news media to get the truth out, how did she manage to pull off that surprise evening news appearance? It's also a bit of a head scratcher that so much of the early part of the narrative dealt with the abject poverty of the sisters and now, lack of money doesn't seem to be a concern at all, even though the two oldest are unemployed and the aunt's inheritance was only more debt. And yes, In-joo technically will have access to a great deal of money in the future, but she doesn't now, right?

All that aside, and the incredibly dark tone, it does seem like good will ultimately triumph over some very obvious and malignant evil (not to mention rampant mental illness). So the narrative does hold together overall.

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There was a lot to love this week, but one of my favorite moments was In-joo delivering the note Hyo-rin left for her mom, and then revealing that In-hye only bothered to leave a scribbled line on a piece of scrap paper. Of course, lol.

I still feel bad for Laur--I mean, Jong-ho. He's so good to In-kyung; I wish she loved him, but she merely likes him ok. In-joo and Do-il on the other hand, seem to clearly have mutual feelings neither wants to admit to. But after all the near death experiences these two have been through together, I'm surprised one of them hasn't cracked yet and just admitted they're in major infatuation.

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Things seem picking up for Laur… Jong-ho as the Fredr… editor proves to be an assxxxx

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I enjoyed seeing all of the sisters being able to pull something off (however fleeting) and finding more of a role-standing up to an enemy, pulling off a big new story or a great escape, even Injoo’s naivety being useful. It’s great to see their growth.
I know it’s unlikely, but after not really betraying them this time,I’m wondering if Do-il might stay on their side. (Except that bank account is telling a different story at the end) I feel like either he will give the ultimate last second betrayal or the last second fake betrayal.
This show reminds me of a tension I’ve noticed in recent fiction. Do you save yourself or your family? In- joo is more concerned with their family and In-kyung society. I feel that the more modern story these days is to ensure safety of your love and family, in tumultuous times rather than trying to save society. Everyone else might die in the zombie apocalypse or pandemic, but you and your partner/child make it. I don’t think saving your family is in any way wrong, but it is a telling difference as to where we are. In-joo asking In-kyung if she would run away with her and the younger sister’s flat denial was a great example of this tension.

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Love your analogy of saving the family or society. And In-Kyung’s answer to In-joo is so true to her character. I was not optimistic at all about her able to find a news channel to carry her story but she did. She’s a conviction person through and through - Jo’s spirit!

And I don’t think it’s Do-il’s doing to turn the billions into zero. It’s Sang-ah as she warned In-joo while this was happening. Guess the trick was well planted in her dollhouse script long before the character of Hwa-young was born.

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inkyung not making copies of the ledgers (we live in the digital age too girly pop bffr) was my 13th reason.

But aside from that, the rest of the eps was such a rollercoaster of emotions! Its so well written and captivating. I still cant trust do-il and my trust in jong-ho is starting to waver, imma be real honest with yall. I live in fear of the men close to the FLs stabbing them in the back (figuratively and literally)

Im so curious as to how the show is gonna wrap up as we are down to the last 2 eps

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In Inkyung's defence, copies of the ledgers would have been worthless. Only the originals could have been used as evidence. Copies can be easily faked.

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Ehh...These two episodes lost me. I knew Won Sang Woo was filming Jae Sang, so I thought they would pull a last minute twist like Ep 8, but alas, the story fell prey to makjang because everything from Do-Il's fakeout plan to public revelation of Jae Sang's true identity, seems like plots recycled from other dramas. If they maintain this theme then I am going to write off the entire series, irrespective of the good acting, directing and cinematography.

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It's kinda funny to me how often people bank on In Joo's naiveté or openness for their plans. Honestly, I would probably be alot like In Joo because she was thrust into this ridiculous and crazy world when all she was trying to do is survive and take care of her sisters. How exactly are you supposed to know who to trust or how you're supposed to act. She got on the sadistic woman's radar just by interviewing for a job!
While some of her actions often make me go "why?" (I really have no words for when she lugging around the money in that big bag), I recognize some realness in her actions.

The girls leaving was... I don't even know. After everything, they can just take off and go? And we already know how quickly they can be found once Sang Ah wants it done so I guess the purpose of that was to not have them around to see Jae Sang committing murder and then dying or what badness is about to befall the sisters.

I think the actress playing Sang Ah is really good at playing delightfully menacing. She does it in such a creepy way and it's so unsettling yet kinda fun to watch.

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I’m warming up to In-joo’s character more and more. Not the brightest tool compared to her other sisters. She has definitely learnt her lessons and getting smarter by day - but her lugging around the money again puts a smile to my face. The old In-joo remains intact, talk about writing consistency. Gullible, as described by many viewers of her character, is most apt.

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first time commenting!! some of my thoughts:
- CAN we trust do-il? I wanna say I whole-heartedly trust him at this point (he has literally never shown any reason not to trust him), but the fact that Park Jae-sang has helped raise him since he was 9 makes me suspicious. I think I do trust him but how can we tell he’s not a crazy wacko like the people he grew up around? How has he managed to keep to his morals after all this time? I’d love to know what’s going on inside his head throughout the show. Also, when he instantly chose the option to take his mother and run, I was a tiny bit disappointed, but mostly I kinda agreed. Who could choose otherwise? Do-il said his main reason for helping In-joo was for the money (which we now know isn’t true) so Jae-sang’s deal would have given him that. I wouldn’t blame him if he actually did abandon her, Jae-sang offered him everything he’s ever wanted.

- Am I the only one who thought Park Jae-sang didn’t actually die at the end? I thought the 140p video was telling us that he fabricated it and that the drawer he was being put in was a cryofusion-type thing. It’s incredible how people believed that video more than the literally heads-on perspective of Jae-sang killing Sang-woo with a rock to the head. So did Sang-a kill him? I don’t really see how she gains anything from that.

- I find it ironic that of all the parent-child relationships we’ve seen in the show, the most healthy one is where the mom is imprisoned for 20 years of murder and her son is a money-launderer for a serial killer lol. The Choi family deserves the world :(

- I really liked how they portrayed In-joo’s naivety as a strength instead of a weakness; she believes things too easily and trusts people more than she should, but that also makes her so completely genuine. I feel like that’s one of her strongest traits too: she’s completely trustworthy because you know she always tells the truth

AH I’m hyped but also terrified for the end of this show (I don’t trust kdramas to not have bad endings any more..) it’s gonna be a wild ride.

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Agree on the Jaesang death - as soon as I saw it, I jumped to the conclusion the video was faked. They'd just made the point about Inkyung's video being deep faked, and my brain went straight there. When Sangah was in the mortuary, she nodded at the assistant, which I thought was more a sign of an agreement to use this corpse as evidence of Jaesang's death and keep quiet about what's really going on. Whole thing felt dodgy. But maybe I've just fallen into the writer's trap of *expecting* twists at every turn...

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The Sang-ah that came back from Singapore. I am sure she's capable of killing him or asking him to jump to his death. The dynamics in their conversations has changed. She's having the upper hand now. And the conversation they had after his mayoral poll was announced, it seemed like Sang-ah had more things in store for Jae-sang to do. Pushing him to his death can't be one of them but I ain't pushing it aside either. It's either a fake out, or it was his turn to fall victim to the Father Tree.
I don't want it to be a fakeout though. But it seems like we'll be getting another manipulator in the shadows. One that Sang-ah isn't aware of and they have no hold on each other.

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Huh, i never once thought to question PJS’s death! I waa anticipating him doing it in the last ep and SH taking over her rightful mantle of the big bad but now that we have it on ep 10, i am excited to see what the last 2 have in store!! I always thought SH had barely concealed toleration for PJS as a necessary toy that she had to have in her more elaborate ploy outside her doll-house shenanigans. I am now wondering if the original baddie Major waking up from his long comma would be part of the finale twist 🤔

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If I need to bet on one of the character, I bet on In-Hye, she doesn't care about her sisters that much and nothing seems to affect her.

I love In-Joo! Her naivete and naturalness make her so cute. She's trying to survive with her weapons, but she's not from their world.

In-Kyung is trying so hard to get the truth out. After the betrayal of her mentor, I really hope that Jong-ho is not a bad guy.

Do-Il chose his mum over In-Joo?

Wie Ha-Joon is really smexy in this role.

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Jong-ho is another Jeongran in hiding. I had this thought earlier but ditched it immediately. I know I shouldn't since we have In-kyung's trusted boss as a member but he couldn't have been a member of Jeongran when he asked In-kyung to move with him to the States. I am not banking on anything or any clue that says whether or not he's a Jeongran member directly. But I'm not shaking off an indirect membership or affiliation of some sort. Whatever it is, I just don't want him to be a bad guy.

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Thanks @alathe for your exquisite recap and your humor.

I continue to love this show and know very well that another drama of this caliber is not likely on the horizon in the foreseeable crop. I hope some kind and intelligent soul would write a thesis to do this drama justice. Love the comments here. It gets me thinking how this drama is blending Shakespearean, cult, and the rich-poor divide elements into into one intense and multi-dimensional piece is nothing short of spectacular.

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Thanks, @epyc2010! Agreed -- there's so much going on in this one, isn't there?

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Okay! That was some intense 2+ hours.
What magic did Sang-ah work on Jae-sang upon her return from Singapore that made him this obedient to her. This is jarring in the positive sense of it when I think about the Sang-ah from episode 3-8 who cowered before Jae-sang and was even locked up in her own house. She's changed and it's interesting. It's like she went to gain amour and it's working. Never did I expect Jae-sang to take sleeping pills at Sang-ah's behest with contest or question. I'm stunned, and surprised. Was she role playing all this time? Her hidden cards scream danger from afar.
I wasn't equally expecting that she'd be affected by Sang-woo's death, one of the few who declined in it's entirety the possibility of playing a character in her doll house. His passing, however heroic, isn't what I'm willing to let pass by just like that. It hurts. I wanted more of him. He just got to breathe fresh air.

Taking away the capability of Sang-ah or Jae-sang to hurt In-hye, I really admire the fact that she knows how to match their psychology, and even throw them off it at times. And her confrontation with Sang-ah in the closed room last week was another reminder and attestation of that fact. In-hye is strong. Real strong. Between the sisters, I don't know who I enjoyed the most this week cause the eldests stepped up their game this week.

I'm going to put my faith in Choi Do-il till the end. He's been faithful all this while. It should count right?

I really miss Kim Myung-soo on modern screen. I'm so glad he isn't a cameo appearance. His father vibes with Wie Ha-joon is fun to watch. The funniest part for me was when he said he was contemplating whether or not he would surrender Hee-jae to Jae-sang and Hee-jae responded with a hand drop and side turn. Even if it's small, I like that Do-il's finally got a father figure he can throw a tantrum on.

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I find that what I am most worried about going into these last two episodes is the possibility of Choi Do-il being in any way "bad." I swear - I will be pissed-off/disappointed/heartbroken if he doesn't end up continuing to be the fantastic breath of fresh air he's been so far in this phenomenal series.

Please don't break my heart, Little Women.

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Not just Choi Do-il but Jung-ho as well.
The beauty of Do-il for me is that he's given us reason to call him a dependable character despite all odds in form of temptations(his loyalty to money). And this temptations have been real strong as the episodes progressed. For each test I'm willing to trust him one more time and it'll hurt if it is ruined when the 'galloping' is nearing it's most needed time.

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I am more worried about him making it till the last credits roll! I want the Choi family safe and happy somewhere, papa Choi’s murder-y instincts aside, they deserve a break. Just like our Oh sisters+Hye Rin.. Sang Woo was a bitter loss though, i was holding out hope that the odd gang would all make it to the end and would have their own version of peacefully by pulling a fake death that they have been hinting multiple times throughout the show! 😔

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I think she's always been in control. She allowed JS to "punish" her now and then to add credence to her innocent image and gain sympathy from her daughter. And probably because of her own twisted craziness. They both know he's where he is because she from the wealthy powerful family married him.

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Another brilliant weecap, @alathe - you write so well! My favourite alathe-ism this week: "Helpless, he watches her leave, looking for all the world like a man whose meticulously-constructed emotional armor has been reduced to the state of a leaky colander." My days, colleagues wanted to know why I was streaming tears of laughter over my laptop.

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Thank you so much, @kate88hammond! Ngl, I was pretty proud of that line, so this made me grin. :D

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I'm getting incredibly annoyed here lately. I need to sign in to DB literally after every time I like a comment. And even if I check that I'm signed in before writing a comment, I'll hit submit and often discover I've been signed out again. Please I hope this is temporary as I enjoy DB recaps and discussions!!

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When this happened to someone else they were advised by one of the DB staff to flag it directly to get tech support. I can’t remember which tag that is so you could check out the support tab.

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@goyangi rather than comment here if you're having tech issues, please email us at hello @ dramabeans.com so we can escalate your issue! :)

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Thanks for flagging this important info for all of us to keep handy, however, as it is on an old thread a lot of people will miss it. I am wondering as new people join all the time if there would be some merit in doing a tech post about the different tags to raise awareness of issues. We are not all tech savvy and there are a couple of regular problems that can be easily addressed if DB tech support are aware; the random posts spamming the site, people losing posts on their fan wall or frequently getting logged out.

I only found out by chance that someone I recommended the site to stopped accessing it as she kept having tech issues and I am sure there are others like her. It would be a shame to have people miss out on the joy of the community due to a problem that can be addressed once it’s been logged.

The last time there was a major change on the system there was a tech related post which was really helpful to advise on what was happening and what to do if there were ongoing issues.

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