Getting revenge is all well and good, especially if you’ve been mistreated and unappreciated for so long. But, seeing the object of your revenge break down can also be hard. Jung Ah goes all the way with her revenge as does Choong Nam. Wan realizes that her aunts live in their own form of reality and it’s not all roses and fairytale, and then gets truly inspired to tell their stories. Seok Gyun finally comes to the realization that he’s been treating his wife horribly but it might just be too late.
Top 10 Moments:
- Everyone’s surprised that Jung Ah really did leave the house
The next morning has Choong Nam receiving some fresh air as the aunties fill Wan in on the news that Jung Ah has decided to really leave Seok Gyun. Whilst Wan cheers at the good news and Choong Nam mutters her support, everyone else is against the move except for Grandmother who is back playing her game and saying it is none of her business. Whilst the aunties wonder exactly when Jung Ah will make her move, Seok Gyun who had woken up to soup and rice that would last him for days and no Jung Ah sets out to calling each of her friends who all deny having any knowledge of where she’s at (hahaha. Nobody had better say anything for a long while. Let Jung Ah get some peace and quiet). When Seok Gyun starts to yell, whilst talking to Nan Hee, Wan whispers to her mother to tell Seok Gyun the truth just so she can see how Seok Gyun will react (hahahaha. Wan is spoiling for trouble. A girl after my own heart). When Seok Gyun calls Choong Nam, Choong Nam being her no-nonsense self spells it out for him: Jung Ah has left the house because she’s done with him and wants to get her revenge (hahahaha. And her deadpan delivery makes it even all the more hilarious. Hahahaha. We love you Choong Nam. Thank heavens Wan is right beside you giving you a befitting round of applause). Seok Gyun of course simply calls Choong Nam senile as he can’t phantom exactly why Jung Ah would leave the house (yeah, because you’re such a sterling example of what a husband should be). He hangs up the call and then starts muttering to himself that Jung Ah is overreacting because of one memorial service and she’s probably gone around badmouthing him. He wonders why she was born a woman then if she’s only going to complain (seriously Seok Gyun? That’s what you can say in this scenario?).
2. Choong Nam the softie & Seok Gyun is in denial
Although she continues to ignore the calls of her professor-artists-friends because she’s still planning her revenge against them, Choong Nam can’t stay angry for long with her nephews who adorably have their heads bowed as they apologize for not being there. She watches their faces for a while then asks them exactly how sorry they are. Taking that as the first step towards forgiveness, her nephews immediately drop to their knees as they explain that they’d never thought she would get sick. When they promise to never go to the noraebang again, she tells them that they can go, but they just have to promise to pick up their phones when she calls (awwww. Choong Nam), because an old person can fall ill at any time. But because she’s Choong Nam and she’s amazing, she informs them that she won’t be leaving them the cafe after she dies (hahahaha) and no matter how much they try, she refuses to allow them help her. They finally go kneel in the middle of the hallway that she’s to pass to get to her rooms, but Choong Nam just turns around and goes another way, muttering to herself about how they’re such big jerks (Hahahaha). Meanwhile, Seong Jae is getting an idea of why exactly Jung Ah left Seok Gyun who instead of helping Seong Jae prepare dinner, spends the time watching television, leaving Seong Jae to do all the work. When they finally settle down to eat, Seong Jae advises Seok Gyun to go plead with Jung Ah, but our resident miserly old man is convinced that Jung Ah is just sulking and would be back in three days tops, after all why else would she have made him three days worth of food (um, maybe to give you the time you need to hire a cook so that by the time the three days are up, you wouldn’t start starving to death?). Seong Jae gives Seok Gyun the look of you know nothing about your wife, and then tells him that Jung Ah did all that because she is naturally a good person and she’d made him the meal as his last feast. But Seok Gyun is convinced that since he’s not been given divorce papers, then that means Jung Ah will never divorce him.
3. Jung Ah’s daughters are enablers
With Seok Gyun making a pest of himself at Seong Jae’s (who is probably wondering how the hell Jung Ah had lived with the man for so long), Jung Ah’s daughters come to convince their mother to come back home, making their defense that their father can’t cook and clean and their mother is in the wrong for leaving (girls, that is not even a good defense to convince her to come back home). When Young Won tries to caution them, Soo Young keeps right on going, saying that Jung Ah is responsible for the way her husband turned out (say what? Last time I checked, he’s a grown adult and not a child. He is responsible for the way he turned out. It has nothing to do with his wife) as they’d warned her before they got married to keep Seok Gyun in line (girl, can you even hear yourself right now?). Jung Ah though just keeps ignoring them as she washes her clothes, all the while Soo Young is bitching about the fact that all the women in her family are divorced and it’s such a huge embarrassment to her (girl, shut the fuck up and sit your ass down. How the hell is this about you at this moment? Ungrateful brat).
4. Seok Gyun’s still doesn’t know how to ask for things nicely
Wan is at her mother’s restaurant when she picks up her mother’s call without checking, only to have Seok Gyun ask her to tell Nan Hee to come to his house and cook for him (why that delusional… Hahahaha). When Nan Hee considers going, Wan stops her and tells Seok Gyun to ask his daughters to cook for him. He replies that his daughters are busy and then asks Wan, the same girl he’s never said a nice thing to, except insult and curses, to come and cook for him. Wan hangs up the call after telling him that she’s busy. Next, Seok Gyun calls Choong Nam who tells him that she’s just had surgery and would kill him should he call her again (hahahaha. This is just too good). So, his daughters end up coming to the house to clean and cook, and Seok Gyun as usual acts like the lord of the house, not volunteering to help or even willing to get himself water as he makes them answer to his every beck and call. When Soo Young tells him to go beg Jung Ah for forgiveness, he’s bullheaded enough to refuse, convinced that she would return, after all he’s been a good husband to her (bah! If you’re the definition of a good husband, I don’t ever want to get married). He’s even rude to Choong Nam and Young Won when the former brings him food and the latter does his dishes, because they both tell him that it’s the one and only time they are coming to help him. When they tell him to go beg Jung Ah, Seok Gyun insists on not going as he holds them responsible for convincing Jung Ah to get a divorce. Choong Nam who can’t stand the thought of her head exploding decides to leave (I’m right with you there Choong Nam. Life’s too short to spend more than a minute in the presence of Seok Gyun).
5. Jung Ah asks for a divorce
Whilst still grumbling at Young Won, Seok Gyun leaves telling her that Jung Ah called for him to come to her house. Thinking she wants to reconcile, Seok Gyun gets there, only to start running his mouth again about him not having done anything wrong in being a good son to his parents and taking care of his siblings. When he wonders why Jung Ah left instead of getting a divorce, and then rubs it in her face that she’s probably scared of getting a divorce, Jung Ah hands him the divorce papers as she tells him that she’s signed it, so Seok Gyun should sign it as well and then hand it in. Seok Gyun immediately claims that he would grant her a divorce but that the present house she’s living in, whilst in her name, is still his (hahaha. This man’s a dreamer). Jung Ah’s answer is simple, she will take it to court. At the words, Seok Gyun makes to leave, only to sit right back down as he demands to know what he did wrong, claiming that all he’s done so far is be a good son and even when his parents harassed Jung Ah for not having given birth to any sons, he left the house and abandoned them instead of siding with them (firstly, are you claiming ignorance of the fact that your mother harassed and beat her over that very same issue? And Secondly, I’m guessing you’re ignorant of the fact that you pass down the Y chromosome buddy, meaning it’s your fault that she didn’t have any boys). Jung Ah corrects him though as he didn’t abandon his parents, he merely moved in next door and had Jung Ah cleaning his parents’ house where they proceeded to harass her. When Seok Gyun goes back to him just having been a dutiful son who has done nothing wrong, Jung Ah throws the words back at him that she too is being a dutiful daughter and is following her mother’s dying wish which had been for her to live a comfortable life. Seok Gyun grumbles as he leaves, only to come back and scream that she wasn’t a great wife either (yeah whatever. Just leave buster).
6. Wan learns that the elderly are easily distracted but gains inspiration for her book
Seong Jae comes to visit Hee Ja and takes note of how disorganized her house is, even though she has no idea who is making the mess. Then Choong Nam and Young Won join, followed by Gi Ja, and soon the house is filled with her aunts and an uncle all of whom are there so Wan can interview them for her book. When everyone is chomping at the bits to tell her their stories, Wan clarifies that she’s there not to write about their sad lives but to interview them for her book (hahaha). Except, everyone gets derailed telling her what to write and leaving Wan frustrated as she listens to them ramble. She finally snaps and leaves to take some time to herself. By the time she returns, she tells them about wanting to write about their beautiful lives and how they’re always thinking about their children. Except, Hee Ja interrupts to say that’s a lie because her kids disgust her (wow! That’s harsh) and if Wan is not going to write about how lonely she feels 24 hours a day, she doesn’t want to be in the novel. When Young Won cuts in that Wan doesn’t want to write about parents getting revenge on their children but about how parents who sacrifice for their children are beautiful, Gi Ja cuts in that life isn’t beautiful but is instead a battle between parents and their kids. Choong Nam tosses in her own cents that life is a battle between the young and the old, which Jung Ah agrees with. Soon the conversation diverts to them all wanting to live together and Gi Ja resuming her life story leaving a frustrated Wan to yell that their life stories feel like it’s a soap opera to which everyone tells her that life in itself is a soap opera. When she insists on wanting to write a beautiful story, they tell her that reality in itself is a cruel, miserable thing and what they’re telling her is the truth. Not able to deal with it all, Wan runs away, leaving everyone calling after her to finish telling their stories. They all think she’s done with them, except she actually found nuggets in their conversation that she can use and her fellow writers at her publishing house agree with her. Soon, they’re plotting how the story will be told. And Wan narrates that she decided to tell their story as the truth and seeing as they’re the protagonists of their own lives, it’s only fair that they get to choose how their story will be told.
7. Even till the end, they think of others and not themselves
With Wan having decided to tell their stories with their truths, all the aunties start changing their minds about what story they want Wan to tell. Starting with Hee Ja who calls Wan to re-write the story and instead of telling the world that the reason why she makes rosaries for days on end is because she’s lonely, Wan should write that she does it for the community. All because she doesn’t want her kids to get hurt. Wan though wants to tell the story as is because Hee Ja spent all her life caring for others and now it’s time for them all to know how lonely she actually is. Next up is Jung Ah who doesn’t want Wan to write that she moved out of the house in order to get revenge, so as not to hurt her daughters. She tells Wan that right now she’s drinking her beer alone and sure it tastes sad and bitter but she wants to spare her daughters the hurt of knowing. Wan though knows that Jung Ah slaved away for her in-laws, her husband and her daughters, and so her moving out had to do with herself and the freedom she nows enjoy and is not about revenge.
8. Choong Nam gets her revenge
After not telling her professor-artists-friends about being in the hospital (and the assholes didn’t even come to her house to check and see if she’s alright), Choong Nam invites them to her house to entertain them, and the first order of business is a mixed fruit punch which she serves them in one of the pottery pieces, Professor Park had sold her for a whole lot of cheddar (Hahahahaha. His face. His face. Hahahaha). When the Professor points out that that’s his work of art, Choong Nam tells him that it’s perfect as a fruit bowl (1 point to Choong Nam) and Professor Park looks like he’s just about to start crying. Next, one of her nephews accidentally breaks another of the pottery pieces she’s bought (this one costing 300 dollars) and Choong Nam just says that he should trash it and tells him to replace it with the 3000 dollars piece of pottery on the other side of the room. Whilst Professor Park stammers that the piece meant a lot to him, Choong Nam’s nephews brings out some paintings and Choong Nam informs the professor-artists that she intends to sell them for half the price, if they’re interested. The professor who had done the painting storms off dejected, whilst Professor Park is still fixated on his pottery being used as a fruit bowl. Although he does make sure to mention that he can’t pay for the painting with cash and would like to use his credit card instead. Choong Nam merely answers that he can pay her back in 12 months installment and the words has the other professor-artists storming off (good riddance). Choong Nam then gets a call from Young Won who is surprised at the high prices interested buyers are quoting for the art pieces Choong Nam had sent to Young Won to have appraised. Choong Nam isn’t selling though because she just wanted to confirm that she was right and the pieces are worth a lot more than the professor-artists themselves think.
9. Wan learns more about Young Won
Whilst grandmother is vomiting in her house and causing her son and husband to panic (and me too. Hope she’s alright), Young Won is paying Wan a visit with a bouquet of flowers in one hand which she drops as she accepts the wine Wan offers her. Turns out the flowers had come from her first husband who she still loves. When Wan wonders why Young Won wouldn’t go and see the man, Young Won confesses to having married her second husband to get over her first and the only reason why she’d left her first husband was because his first wife had drugged herself and the man had to go be with her. Wan’s fear therefore is that she might be disappointed in the man he’s become and that she is now old and no longer as pretty as she once was. Wan though tells her that she’s still beautiful (and I agree with you Wan), to which Young Won asks Wan if she should go and meet him. Wan is in full support of the decision. She’s in such a good mood that she even admits to Young Won that she’s seeing Yeon Ha again, that she went to see him in Slovenia and she intends to move back there the minute she finishes her book. Young Won, not wanting to rock the boat or say anything for that matter just leaves and tells Wan to call her. The minute she leaves, Wan turns to her chat with Yeon Ha (who keeps looking soo good every time I see him. Like seriously Jo In Sung, you’re aging well).
10. Seok Gyun breaks down
After getting paid his salary, Seok Gyun stops by a travel agency and remembers his myriad of conversations with Jung Ah when she’d keep pressing and laughing about them going on a trip only for him to dismiss her requests. He then talks to his siblings who try to scrap together the little they have left of what he’s given them and tell him to go and bring Jung Ah back and treat her better (you hear that Seok Gyun. Bring her back and treat her like a Queen). Except, when Seok Gyun presents Jung Ah with his chequebook and says that they can go on their trip, Jung Ah is no longer interested, and even him telling her that it’s 60,000 dollars in cash is not enough to convince her otherwise as she tells him to leave because he’s annoying her. The words get to Seok Gyun who drinks at Seong Jae’s house and asks Seong Jae exactly how much more he’s meant to beg. When Seong Jae tries to get him to go to bed, Seok Gyun claims that Jung Ah is evil and then begins to cry as he wails that she’d trained him so he won’t be able to do anything without her. He adds that she’d acted like she would do everything for him just like his mother had, and when he’d begged her and offered her money and a chance to travel, she’d tossed it back at him, claiming that she doesn’t need it anymore. Instead, all she does is sleep, proving that she’s truly left him behind. And with that, Seok Gyun bursts into heartbreaking sobs (Awwww Seok Gyun).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because this little twat is the one who can’t clean her house and has mother come around to clean all day long, and yet never has a kind word to say to Jung Ah when she’s around. And now what? She thinks she has an insider perspective into her parents’ marriage? Urgh! I hate it when people just run their mouth, all the while standing on a high pedestal and having no idea as to how things actually are. Annoying.
Headache inducing moment:
Because I really really like grandmother and I’m keeping all my fingers and toes crossed as I hope she survives. She’s just a kickass woman and I don’t want her to die yet. Plus, her husband still hasn’t finished writing the apology letter yet. You hear that Grandma? You still have an apology letter to receive from your husband.
This episode’s an orange-ginger margarita in that in as much as it was sweet to see Choong Nam and Jung Ah in particular get their revenge, seeing Seok Gyun, break down in tears gave it that kick and burn and turned the drink salty with tears. Like seriously, he’s just a big baby spoilt by his mother and now I can’t believe I’m saying this but I want him happy too. I want him to be a better man, yes, but I also want him to be happy.