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Wonderful World: Episodes 9-10

Utterly exposed, the double-crossing deceivers can no longer hide behind their silence. Our heroine’s family may be crumbling around her, but she remains resolute in her resilience and unwavering in her beliefs — and her conviction might just save our anti-hero from his own crusade.

 
EPISODES 9-10

Wonderful World: Episodes 9-10

Decades ago, Soo-hyun had extended a compassionate hand to the battered and starving Yoo-ri, sheltering her from her abusive mother. Showered with Mom’s love under the roof of a warm household, the two girls had grown up like real siblings — which makes Yoo-ri’s betrayal cut twice as deep.

In the present, Mom chases the violent abuser away, protecting Yoo-ri like her own daughter. The nasty woman leaves, stealthily slipping the affair photo into Yoo-ri’s pocket. It sends Yoo-ri into a panic, but before she can salvage the situation, Soo-hyun reveals that she already knows. Instructing Yoo-ri to keep quiet until she clears her head, Soo-hyun bitterly declares that she can’t forgive her.

Wonderful World: Episodes 9-10

Once she’s alone in her car, Soo-hyun breaks down into devastated sobs, and at home, she hurls their family photo to the ground. It’s not their infidelity that hurts her, but their deceit that cuts deep. She’d endured the public scorn and picked herself back up for both their sakes, only to find out that they’ve been lying to her face.

All this while, both Soo-ho and Yoo-ri have had multiple opportunities to come clean — from the morning after their drunken tryst, to the days following Soo-hyun’s return. The affair photo hadn’t even included Yoo-ri’s face, as if giving them the chance to do the right thing and own up. Instead, they chose to double down and conceal their entanglement. They’ve been hiding behind the excuse of protecting Soo-hyun from the ugly truth, when they’re really doing it for their own sakes, in a cowardly attempt to detach themselves from their impulsive mistake.

Wonderful World: Episodes 9-10

Still, Soo-hyun is far too compassionate to completely turn her back on her loved ones. For Mom’s sake, Soo-hyun tells Yoo-ri that she won’t abandon her. Soo-hyun may be distancing herself from others once again, burned by her broken trust, but that doesn’t mean she’ll hang them out to dry. She won’t give Seon-yul the satisfaction of seeing her crumble.

As a last resort, Seon-yul resolves to target the one remaining person that Soo-hyun cares for. Soo-hyun arrives at Mom’s restaurant to find it in a mess, and when she frantically calls Mom, it’s Seon-yul who answers. By the time Soo-hyun arrives at the hospital, Seon-yul has left, and Mom has a concussion but is otherwise fine.

Rattled by the thought that Mom could be in danger, Soo-hyun heads out in search of Seon-yul. Coincidentally, his door lock has been picked by Soo-ho’s detective friend, so Soo-hyun sneaks in. A bit of snooping leads her to accidentally discover Seon-yul’s secret darkroom, where she finds herself stunned by the extent of his stalking and the countless photos he’s taken of her.

When Seon-yul drives home, he finds Soo-hyun waiting outside, bringing us back to the scene that opened our drama. For a moment, it almost seems like he’s going to run her down, but he stops short in front of her. It’s another tense confrontation, with Soo-hyun revealing that she knows his identity and Seon-yul derisively sneering that it must have hurt to see her mom hospitalized.

Refusing to rise to the bait, Soo-hyun leaves Seon-yul with the revelation that what happened to his mother hadn’t been a mere accident. It renders him stunned, having never considered that possibility, mired as he was in shock and grief.

Armed with the information that his detective friend has uncovered, Soo-ho confronts Seon-yul at the junkyard. Infuriated by what he perceives as unjustified vengeance, Soo-ho staunchly defends Soo-hyun’s actions — if she hadn’t killed their child’s murderer, he would have. Once his anger subsides, he entreats Seon-yul to direct his ire towards him, instead of Soo-hyun.

As it turns out, Soo-ho ought to be more prudent with what he wishes for, because Seon-yul’s vendetta extends to him too. A timely tip-off from Seon-yul allows Joon to blockade Hye-geum’s path and threaten Soo-ho with the affair photo, effectively thwarting their whistleblowing plan. The broadcast proceeds in Joon’s favor, earning him public approval and stoking the flames of Soo-ho’s frustration.

Wonderful World: Episodes 9-10

Seon-yul may have hardened his heart in the pursuit of revenge, but he can’t deny his humanity. Soo-hyun eventually learns the truth of Mom’s collapse from a guilt-ridden Yoo-ri; Mom had read her like an open book and realized her part in the affair. In a flashback, we see Seon-yul entering the restaurant with an envelope in hand, only to rush Mom to hospital when she faints. To keep an eye on Mom, Seon-yul had become a frequent regular at her restaurant, and the sincere kindness Mom extended to him every time wound up moving him deeply.

This week, we end off on a pivotal moment — after years of hanging on by a thread, Seon-yul’s mother breathes her last. Shattered by immeasurable grief, Seon-yul can barely look Soo-hyun in the eye when she pays her respects. He may not be able to recognize her kindness yet, but hopefully the information within his mother’s phone will open his eyes to the truth.

Seon-yul has a very strong, albeit warped, sense of justice — he views Soo-hyun’s crime as a deliberate and unrepentant act of malice that deserves to be punished, since he hadn’t been privy to his father’s lack of remorse. To him, his father’s misdeed was an accident that the court pardoned, and his mother’s accident was a cruel twist of misfortune. Now that he may soon discover evidence proving the contrary, perhaps he can finally redirect his arrow of retribution towards the right target.

Wonderful World: Episodes 9-10

 
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This drama is predictable from the very beginning, but I still enjoy watching it. I've even gotten used to over the top music that accompanies many scenes. Generally, it is a drama that is supposed to bring tears to your eyes because bad things happen to the main characters, but I enjoy watching this drama because it doesn't involve me emotionally. Because I know what the events in the drama may be, I watch it as a study in playing on the viewers' emotions.

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This is well said. The music is so over the top there is no way you can take this drama too seriously, but it is still enjoyable in its twists and turns.

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I don’t even watch this but I read the recaps religiously. Wild stuff.

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haha

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There are no surprise. The rythm is very slow and the characters are not so interesting. It's stupid that Sun Yool knows every secrets around Kim Joon but never questionned the past with his father and his mother's accident.

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sorry but I'm enjoying this show so much, everything is not predictable wtf rythm is not slow it looks like you're desperately commenting negative here you don't even watch the show.

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I'm happy for you if you enjoy the show. But yes, I watch it and I think it's boring. There were no surprise with the affair, with Seon-Yool's identity, who is the big villain...

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@bittu
I don't know why anyone would torture themselves watching shows and actors they don't like. Such masochism is quite perplexing.

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Ok, this is coming from a completely external perspective. But I'm giving Seon-yul the benefit of the doubt for knowing traceable secrets that he suspected were probably exactly where he looked.

The drama seems to imply that he never suspected there would be any secret behind his father's past & death (and now mother's too)... which is infuriating but also fairly realistic when it comes to human flaws. Of course, everyone else is evil but his family is not, because if he didn't have this mindset, he wouldn't have started a vendetta. Also, I suspect that somehow the desire for revenge kept him going (and helped him discover a range of fascinating stalking skills, ready to land his first job at Dispatch) and allowed him to handle his grief. I'm getting ready for his inevitable emotional fall. Admittedly, he is a little more dedicated to revenge than Soo-hyun (it takes a lot of time and effort to build what he built) but revenge with a deeply personal sense of justice is definitely a commonality between the two.

(I'm pretty sure that running people over is not quite what you're supposed to do in her situation. And because we've been given only insight into her pain at the time, we cheered for her while we condemn Seon-yul, who's essentially is doing the same thing while working on building up a new career as a professional stalker...)

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His mother accident was weird for everyone. He gave the article to Soo-hyun, the same article who made her investigating and discovering some issues with this accident.

He should know that Kim Joon is not a good person, he's not a teenager anymore and he's smart. I understand that the fact he helped him and his mother during the funeral was important to him but being so naive...

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Good point! Seon-hyul actually hit the break before really running over Soon-hyun, whereas Soon-hyun never stopped. I think it is pretty clear who has more humanity.

On top of that she still goes to the mother's funeral, advising Seon-hyul on how to live/feel in this moment. How awfully patronizing is this!

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The writer wanted us to think that Seonyul is oblivious to the fact that his mother's accident was intentional. But I'm sure he knows. And about never questioning the past, this is wrong. We never had a glimpse of what he thinks most of the time, he's a mysterious character, and he only lets us see what he wants us to see. So it's just a matter of time. And I think they did a great job of making us second-guess his character the whole series.

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Have you noticed that in about 94.5% cases, Seon-yul walks in slow motion? His super-power of slowing down time also extends to people around him, because they too move in slow motion when they are around him.
Other than this, I admit that I can't imagine how the show will end, so I'll just keep watching!

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I am really loving this drama! Is it predicable? Yes it is and to be honest I found the first couple of episodes overwrought however I am finding the themes of revenge, justice, forgiveness and ultimately redemption (I suspect ) between our two protagonists compelling. They are not cookie-cutter stereotypes as just when you think they are going to go to familiar territory they pivot in a different direction. Happy to go along for the ride!

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WonderfulWorldEp10 is a tearjerker. Cha Eunwoo once again showed how to deliver sorrowful emotion perfectly. The way his tears just fall down effortlessly without having the need to twist all the muscles on his face is so heartbreaking and satisfying at the same time

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@solstices thank you for your recap once more! I think we are all suspecting that there will be incriminating evidence on Seon-hyul's mother's phone connecting Joon to the child's death and subsequent cover-up. If she had discovered this Joon would not hesitate to take her out. Seon-hyul doesn't completely trust him but in the absence of hard evidence there is nothing to be done so best to keep him close. (remember the flash drive in the painting) Joon also conveniently steps in at times when they need help like at the funeral, paying for Seon-hyul's education and his mother's medical care etc. Seon-Hyul knows that Joon is not a good man he has done his fair share of dirty work for him in order to progress his political career not to know. Looking forward to the next instalment this weekend!

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Suho and Yuri had more than one opportunity to tell the truth about their involvement but decided not to so Soohyun felt very betrayed that they should have at least told her the truth. The 2 people Soohyun trusted let her her down.

It was devastating when Seonyul's mom passed away and he wasn't able to see her one last time even though he tried his best to get there on time. Seonyul suspects Kim Jun in all of this but Jun always keeps an eye on things so he is waiting for the right time to take action.

Suho, the neighbor and his friend Han Sang worked well together and planned everything except security for the neighbor, Hye Geum., which was very unfortunate. Kim Jun outsmarted them and an opportunity was lost. We hope they can continue to gather information.

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“I hope a beautiful world will come while you overcome your pain.”

- wonderful world 원더풀 월드 (2024)

Can't stop crying. WonderfulWorldEp14 was beautiful. Heartbreaking yes but mostly healing. Seeing Kim Joon pay for his crimes and each and every character find peace and a new purpose in life was so heartwarming.
What a wonderful, wonderful, project it was

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