Curtain Call: Episodes 13-14
At long last, our entire family learns what has been going on under their noses this whole time. But, with our grandma’s health worsening, tensions are running even higher than usual. As a new player joins the mix, we can only sit back and watch to see whether or not the big lie was for better or for worse.
EPISODES 13-14 WEECAP
After what we all thought was the big confession, we see that Se-yeon meant that she “liked” her cousin, Moon-sung — not the stranger known as Jae-heon. And this is one tease that I’m okay with, considering this confession scene felt abrupt and a bit forced, as if the drama was trying to play catch-up. Still, Jae-heon’s confession stands, and he seems sad and ardent at the same time.
The morning after, Yoon-hee surprisingly asks Se-yeon if she likes Jae-heon. She denies it, which leads to Yoon-hee telling her that she likes him. I like this interaction between the two of them. However, I wish Yoon-hee acted the same when talking to Jae-heon. She tells everybody else her feelings but him.
Attempting to meet the real Moon-sung, Se-yeon strings together a plan. To lure Moon-sung into meeting her, she has Yoon-hee lie to Ji-won telling her that Geum-soon has moved to the hotel to spend her last days there. Ji-won relays this information to Se-joon who sees it as an opportunity to introduce Moon-sung to Geum-soon. To his surprise, when he knocks on the door, Se-yeon is there. Meanwhile, Jae-heon pulled Geum-soon away on a short trip.
Upon meeting Moon-sung, Se-yeon asks him to leave politely. She explains that this is bad timing and offers to give him money if he leaves. Shocking Se-yeon, he responds by saying that he doesn’t want money — he just wants to give Geum-soon pain to repay the pain she has caused him.
While Geum-soon and Jae-heon are getting their quality time in, Se-yeon shows up to add to the fun. Over dinner, Geum-soon echoes a remark she made last week: Jae-heon looks uncannily similar to Moon-sung’s grandfather. We have only been given the bare bones of Jae-heon’s backstory so I’m interested to see if the drama will try to tie Jae-heon’s bloodline to the family’s bloodline considering they have mentioned this two weeks in a row now.
During their leisure escape, Geum-soon falls unconscious and becomes unresponsive. Rushing her to the hospital, Jae-heon and Se-yeon are told that she has passed the critical stage but is still unstable. As the family members slowly pack into the waiting area, Se-joon arrives and instantly punches Jae-heon, blaming him and leaving him with a busted lip. Picking up Jae-heon and loading up for another round, he is stopped by Secretary Jung.
Due to the chaos at the hospital, Jae-heon and Yoon-hee figured it was time to tell everybody the truth. Feeling betrayed, Se-gyu and Ji-won have fits of frustration while realizing that nobody else is as shocked as they are, since they were the only two that didn’t find out beforehand. This scene hits well, considering how fond Se-gyu grew of Jae-heon. He seemed genuinely let down and I hated seeing that.
But now, the whole family finally knows the truth. As the real Moon-sung moves in, the siblings begin to realize they don’t like him much. He treats them like strangers (which they are to him) while Jae-heon treated them like family from the start. Missing the warmth of Jae-heon, Se-gyu reaches out as he has hit a brick wall with Moon-sung.
Despite Geum-soon being in the hospital, Se-joon plans to push forward with his plans to sell the hotel. Se-yeon pleads with him to stop and wait for Geum-soon to wake up. He replies telling Se-yeon that she may never wake up, and he’s going through with it. Even with Dong-je’s shares, she wouldn’t be able to beat Se-joon in their battle because he has Moon-sung on his side.
I wonder what their relationship was like before the loss of their parents. I also wonder what their relationship would or will look like in the future if the hotel does end up being sold. Se-joon seems so intent on selling it that I don’t know if I’d be able to believe a full turnaround, if he changes his mind in our finale week.
Jae-heon has moved out of the mansion and back into his humble abode while also quitting his job at the hotel. Going to say his goodbyes, his exit is suspended when Se-yeon begins to cry and talk about her regrets and sadness regarding Geum-soon. With the walls coming down on her from all directions, Se-yeon lets it all out with Jae-heon, proving to him that she does trust him and he was never a stranger to her. She is willing to be vulnerable around him.
Watching from the background is Dong-je — heartbroken to see the two together in such a heartfelt moment. Dong-je’s facial expressions tell all. As I’ve said in previous weeks, he does care for her, so I wonder if he will try to sabotage the blooming relationship between Se-yeon and Jae-heon.
As Jae-heon and his laundry room friends all quit their jobs to go back to acting full time, Jae-heon has a light go off in his head to start a passion project – a play about the “show” they put on for Geum-soon, titled “Curtain Call.”
After reaching out to Jae-heon, Se-gyu meets him over coffee and tells him that he feels unfulfilled. He asks Jae-heon about acting and says he’s interested in trying it. After some persuading, Jae-heon adds him to the cast for the play and introduces him to the crew members.
To end this week, we see Geum-soon dreaming about how she met Moon-sung’s grandfather which sparks some life into her, leading to her fingers twitching in the hospital room.
As I asked for last week, we did get some good plot developments: Geum-soon’s health concerns, the power struggle within the family becoming more relevant, the reveal of Jae-heon and Yoon-hee, and Moon-sung’s introduction to the family. A lot of these developments were fed to us early on, but not much happened after them which is my gripe with this week. There was a lot of fluff that padded the big important plot developments and took away from the scenes that did feel climactic.
With next week being our finale, there are a lot of answers we’re still waiting on, so I’m crossing my fingers that we get them all addressed next week. Also, as Geum-soon seems to be clinging to life, will the sale of the hotel actually happen? How will that plot line will be resolved? Honestly, I don’t know what or how much is going to happen to our characters in the remaining episodes, so despite the slow-moving story, I admit that I’m interested in how this drama will conclude.
- Kang Haneul is ready for his close-up in KBS’s Curtain Call
- New Curtain Call teaser intros our characters and looming love square
- New stills and a poster for KBS’s Curtain Call
- Kang Haneul and Ha Ji-won fulfill Go Du-shim’s last wish in KBS’s Curtain Call
- Kang Haneul and Ha Ji-won are on the stage for KBS’s Curtain Call
- News bites: September 24, 2022
- News bites: September 21, 2022
- News bites: June 11, 2022
- News bites: April 30, 2022