KAIROS (2020)

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Drama: Kairos (카이로스)
Network: MBC
Episodes: 16
Release Date: October 26 – December 22, 2020
Runtime: Monday & Tuesday 21:30

Plot
Kim Seojin lost his wife and child due to a kidnapping attempt. Han Aeri loses her mom in the hospital. A chance phone call between the two makes then realize that Han Aeri is living one month in the past. They strike a deal: Han Aeri will help Kim Seojin prevent the kidnapping in her timeline while he helps Han Aeri find her missing mother in the future. Will they be able to change the future by changing the past? Or are they doomed to meet the same fate?

Main Cast
Shin Seung Rok – Kim Seojin
Lee Se Young – Han Aeri
Ahn Bo Hyun – Seo Do Kyun
Nam Gyuri – Kang Hyun Chae
Shin Goo – Chairman Yu
Kang Seung Yoon – Im Geun Wook
Lee Joo Myoung – Park Soo Jung
Hwang Jung Min – Kwak Song Ja
Cho Dong In – Lee Tae Kyu
Ko Kyu Pil – Kim Jin Ho
Lim Chul Hyung – Park Ho Young

Review
This was one of the better and tightly written Kdrama about bending time! Every episode was tense and fast paced. I didn’t know what I was expecting at the end of each episode as they try to change the past which results to a new future. How many times did Han Aeri and Kim Seojin die or get arrested? LOL! I loved the idea that no matter how much they try to change or react to the current situation, it will still repeat until they address the main issue, which is who is trying to kill them and why?

One of the toughest thing to do in a time travel or time bending kind of drama is making sure the story and the rules remain consistent all through out the show and not changing the rules in the middle or at the last part to drive the resolution or actions of the characters. I’m happy to say that the time bending rules in Kairos were mostly consistent. If there were any plotholes, (i can’t think of any), these were trivial to the overall story. I appreciated that they put a date mark every time they switch the months so we don’t get confused, esp in the last 4 episodes when every day of both time lines were crucial and we kept switching from past to present. Sometimes i would forget what has happened because the past is being changed every other episode.

Terrific acting from everyone, esp Shin Seung Rok and Lee Se Young. Shin Seung Rok was amazing as the cold Kim Seojin (in August) slowly transitioning to the nicer Kim Seojin (in Sept). While Han Aeri’s raw emotions whenever she cries after losing her mom or finding out what happens to herself and Kim Seojin in the future was so gut wrenching to watch! I don’t know which is worse — Aeri who is in the past knowing people will die in the future if she doesn’t do anything in the present, or Seojin who is in the future knowing what happens to everyone and having the burden of telling everyone who dies or lives while desperately choosing which past action they need to change to make it right.

I thought we’ll see a better future if we changed the past. Do you regret getting a peek of the future after meeting me? – Han Aeri

In the past, present and future, I never expected to live my life without any pain. However, there won’t be any hope unless I face the truth. That’s one thing I do know. -Kim Seojin

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There was a lot of trial and error because every time they change something in the present, it triggers another bad change in the future. That’s why I love the team work between the leads, plus Aeri’s friends, her mom and Kim Jinho because everyone is crucial to their success. They were only able to communicate once a day at 10:33pm for 1 minute, and it took a lot of effort for them to both investigate and share clues from both sides, all the while convincing their other selves to listen and cooperate.

I was frustrated with Aeri’s mom at the start. She was not talking and not telling Aeri what is really happening because she wants to “protect her daughter”. Keeping information from Aeri was the worst she could do given that it’s a life or death situation. Good thing she realized that later on.

The main bad guy is the Chairman, and I already made that guess early on because (1) old chairmans are always bad in kdramaland and (2) he was too nice to be true. He was so evil to intentionally kill people just for his company to flourish and to hide his crime. His answer to everything is: KILL THEM. Kill Kwak Song Ja, Kill Kim Jin Ho, Kill Kang Hyun Chae, Kill Han Aeri, Kill Kim Seojin. LOL. How did this guy become a CEO when he wasn’t that creative? It’s so creepy that he knows where everyone is at anytime of the day.

Explosive demolition is only for abandoned buildings like this that are vacant. How could you deliberately blow up a building that was full of people? – Kim Seojin

Everyone’s bound to die. I just helped them not die in vain. That building may have collapsed that day, but Yujung rose. Compared to the number of lives lost at Taejung Town that day, countless more have been able to make ends meet thanks to Yujung. And even more have found safety in the houses we’ve built. The moment I feed those people who accuse me of being immoral is when I become their savior. That’s the way of the world. – Chairman Yu Seo Il

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I also hated Lee Tae Kyu from episode 1, his hunching walk, his smirk, his evil laugh was so annoying. And he was getting away with all his misdeeds with no one catching him and reporting him!!! Argh!!! His only redeeming scene is when Lee Tae Kyu told Seo Do Kyun that Kang Hyun Chae is playing him and he should drop her.

Speaking of Seo Do Kyun, I both hated and pitied him. He made the wrong choices because of his obsessive love for a selfish woman. I didn’t feel bad when he died, Lee Tae Kyu and Kim Seojin both told him he will die and he should stay away from Hyun Chae but he loved her too much. I didn’t like how his death became “hero” like because he definitely did not act like one the entire show. He was sabotaging Aeri and Seojin at every turn. Honestly, i thought he will be the bad guy who will become good in the end. But somehow he became an unnecessary nuisance in the latter part of the show. It felt like he and Hyun chae has a separate story on the side that didn’t necessarily jibe with the main story (more on this later). Which i thought was unfortunate and disappointing. I didn’t like him, but I kept on hoping his ending will be to let go of Hyun Chae and start anew. Because he deserved a better woman.

What would you do if you could foresee the future, and the ending wasn’t what you wanted? Would that make a difference? Don’t you regret your decision? – Seo Do Kyun

I don’t. – Kang Hyun Chae

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As for Kang Hyun Chae – where do I start? She was equally evil b*tch. I have to say, the whole premise of the kidnapping was very misleading, since Hyun Chae and Do Kyun’s plan was actually not related to the main story after all! I also think that Hyun Chae’s story with her father was unnecessary. Hyun Chae was so bad, I’m not sure if anyone pitied her when she was being harrassed or killed by her dad. Yes, she was beaten up by her father, but she still tried to burn their house down at 7 years old, used a guy’s love for her for more than 10 years to manipulate him, married a guy for his money and privilege, tried to kidnap her own daughter, hired someone to kill her husband, and tried to blackmail Chairman Yu (something that was way over her head). Whew! Truly rotten. I’m surprised she survived instead of Do Kyun. On one hand, I thought she deserved to die after all that she did, but on the other hand, maybe living but losing everything she has is even worse than death.

It was all because of my greed. You see I was only there in the university to drop out. As I was getting sick and tired of living with a poor guy, that’s when you came into my life. You looked like a savior who’d help me retrieve everything that I had lost. I tried so hard not to lose anything. But I lost everything that was dear to me. – Kang Hyun Chae

You have no right to pity yourself. People who are in worse, no, not everyone who’s in the same situation as you would make the same choices. You ruined yourself. Now take responsibility. – Kim Seojin

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Overall, the ending was satisfying because they were able to neatly wrap all the characters’ stories. I loved that Han Aeri and Kim Seojin’s family became one happy family. Kim Seojin has always been alone since his father died. So it’s nice to see him and his daughter have a mother like figure of Song Ja, and good friends like Aeri, Soojung and Gun Wook. Both Aeri and Seojin also learned to cherish their present and the appreciate the people around them. Still laughing at Gun wok becoming rich because Kim Seojin gave him the lottery numbers (haha). At least they won’t have to worry about money anymore. and I’m sure Kim Seojin will be generous to them.

What would you wish for if you were to make contact with the future again? – Kim Seojin

I’m done with that kind of wishful thinking. I learned that turning back time isn’t the key that solves all. I now know that changing the past has its consequences. – Han Aeri

I’ve lived my life only going forward. Doing so, had me take for granted those precious in my life. – Kim Seojin

Then we both have no need to know what the future holds. – Han Aeri

I don’t know what awaits me in the future, but I’m no longer afraid of what’s to come. – Kim Seojin

For the last few months, I spent my days only waiting for the time to tell 10:33 pm. So I wished that I can cherish every minute of the day now. – Han Aeri

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Rating: 9/10 (Story is 9.5, but minus 0.5 because I didn’t like how Dokyun and Hyunchae’s story ended)

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Just when they finally admitted their feelings go beyond the Geumganggo, we get another roadblock, this time it’s deadlier.

O’gong, Ms Ma and Devil King realize that Seon Mi has the death bell and it has rung – which means one has to kill the other in the end. I’m quite curious how they will resolve this main conflict. While O’Gong loves Seon Mi, it seems like he is not yet so fully committed that he is willing to die for her, which makes sense since he has lived and so long being ruthless when it comes to survival. I’m not sure how he thinks he can get Samjang killed given the circumstances since based on the rules of the Geumganggo, he will feel as much pain as Samjang feels – just like how at the end of episode 11, when O’gong was so angry at the 2 goons for killing Zombie girl and Seon Mi rushes to stop him, his heart was suddenly squeezed so tight by the thorns that he actually bled blood. I feel pained seeing O’gong’s look of astonishment and Seon Mi’s look of horror as they try to decipher what has happened even though they dont know how. I really hope they can complete the storyline in a good way coz i will feel totally let down if they just skirt away from this issue a few episodes from now.

On the other hand, these 3 episodes gave us a glimpse of how much Seon Mi finally appreciates the special skill that was given to her, even though it may also cost her the love of her life. All she wanted since she was young was to feel ordinary and not see or interact with any ghosts – and when the bookseller took her child’s soul away, she was able to live and try how it is to be normal. The first few times she felt sad, coz suddenly from being a special and doted by the monsters, she is now a nobody and useless. I dont know exactly how long she spent living an ordinary life – but i’m disappointed that it felt too short though – probably just 1 day for her to realize she wants it back. I think it’s a combination of wanting O’gong back to her side, to helping Zombie girl and feeling special again by helping other people get rid of the evil spirits. it’s like saying you quit smoking for a day or you will start dieting then go back to your habit a day after. And honestly right now, she is getting rid of evil spirits – but these are mostly the little monsters – she hasn’t dealt with the big ones that can really wreak havoc to the world and make a difference – though i think we are gearing up for that.

Another interesting storyline is the sacred tree – i dont know what the Professor saw when he touched the coffin – all we saw is a glimpse of a woman wearing a veil. I dont know how powerful she is or how she is important to the monster’s group world and Samjang – but definitely another storyline that is interesting.

finally after several episodes, Zombie girl finds out her identity but she gets tricked by the 2 goons and pushed from the rooftop. I am so so so angry now. I like Zombie girl and i really wished she lives longer – but i also dont know how. It seems like her storyline has ended. and i love her she was so brave to say goodbye to everyone and make a decision to ask Ogong to burn her before she rots away and become an evil spirit. I really really wish she comes back! and I’m sure PK will feel totally devastated once he hears what has happened to Zombie girl. As for Jade Dragon, right now i feel like he/she doesn’t really do anything to the storyline except argue with PK. I hope we see his/her power later.

I also feel like Devil King has become more of a side character without any real storyline aside from helping Ogong and Samjang, which is kind of disappointing coz i was really looking forward for him to complete his own mission of rescuing his love (which i dont know if she is still alive or dead). At this point, he is a big ally to the team, and i’m not sure if he will ever betray them for his own interests. I love the bromance between Devil King and O’gong, i guess they have lived long enough to like each other and even talking about forming a hotel or restaurant together. hahaha. face it Devil King, despite you trying to get away from Ogong, you will always protect him, the way i’m sure Ogong will protect Devil King when needed.

I’m not sure how long the drama series will be since i’m already in episode 11 – but i still feel like we’re just in the middle of the whole story and there’s still a lot to tackle.

the best hit (2017)

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Drama: The Best Hit (최고의 한방)
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 32
Release Date: June 2 – July 22, 2017
Runtime: Fridays & Saturdays 23:00 (35 minutes each / 2 episodes per day)
Country: South Korea

Plot
In the year 1993, pop idol Yoo Hyun-Jae accidentally travels through time to 2017. Discovering that he mysteriously disappears in 1994 and is presumed dead, he begins to investigate into the reason for his disappearance while trying to adjust to life in the future. Meanwhile, Lee Ji-Hoon is an aspiring musician and is secretly enrolled as an idol trainee at Star Punch Entertainment. Ji-hoon struggles to hide this from his parents, who believe he has been studying for his civil service exams.

Main Cast
Yoon Shi-yoon as Yoo Hyun-jae
Lee Se-young as Choi Woo-seung
Kim Min-jae as Lee Ji-hoon
Cha Tae-hyun as Lee Gwang-jae

Review

I started watching the first episode without reading the synopsis so I was surprised that this was a time traveling series. The first part was very interesting – Hyun Jae from 1993 time travels to 2017 and he finds out he disappeared in 1994. He tries to find Lee Gwang Jae and when he does, he realizes the one of the kids who rescued him as actually his son. The rest of the series shows his bond with Gwang jae and his family, old time girlfriend Bo Hee, new romance with Woo seung and finding out what actually happened to him.

I had a great time watching the show (took me less than a week to consume all 32 episodes!!). I think it took too long to set up the show – Hyun Jae spent so many episodes doing nothing and just waiting at the rooftop – It was only when he decided to take action that things started moving along. And halfway through the show I realized that the whole time travel and his mysterious disappearance wasn’t the key point of the show, it was more on making new friends and changing from an arrogant and selfish popstar to a sweet and thoughtful friend, father, boyfriend – hence the slow pacing at the didn’t matter as much anymore. Plus, i had a great time watching Hyun Jae’s 90s fashion style and being so shocked at all the amazing gadgets.

Lots of romance did took centerstage in the middle of the series, which i didn’t mind because he was so sweet and had great chemistry with Woo seung. I like that they started out bickering and fighting but then later falling in love and supporting each other. I loved how Hyun Jae was attentive and just knew what to give and do with Woo Seung – and i think that is why he got the girl over Jihoon. I dont think that the only reason that Woo Seung didn’t return Jihoon’s love is that she doesn’t want to lose his friendship, i think she really doesn’t thing of him as a man. Besides, even if Jihoon and Wooseung had been childhood friends, he didn’t seem to understand Woo seung as much as Hyun Jae did.

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As for Hyun Jae and Ji hoon’s relationship, it was strange that they became father-son-friends and I could underestand why Jihoon was angry at him at first. He didn’t know he was his dad, he just saw him as the guy that is stealing his love from him. They eventually made up and while they’re not in the real father-son relationship like Jihoon and Gwang Jae has, it was good enough that became mentor-mentee. and it’s nice to see Jihoon having 2 dads that he can depend on.

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Gwang Jae and Hyun Jae – i loved this team – i wish they had more interactions and more fun scenes. Gwang Jae seems so serious and carried the entire family’s weight on his shoulders. I’m glad they made up too and i loved the ending when they said to grow old together (though of course Gwang Jae will die earlier since Hyun Jae’s body is still 20 years younger than Gwang Jae).

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Something i wished had a better resolution  was Young Jae and Hyun Jae’s friendship. They were a team even for a short while. Even though Young Jae did take advantage of Hyun Jae by using his songs, he did think Hyun Jae was dead anyways. It wasn’t enough that young Jae could just pay him and Hyun Jae continually talk down on him and do anything he wants, I wished Hyun Jae sincerely apologized for treating Young Jae like crap when they were younger. They had a short talk where Young Jae even cried that he was never taken seriously and he was betrayed when Hyun Jae just upped and left him with all their money, but it helped more that the scene wasn’t taken seriously. Hyun Jae just said, really, didn’t realize that, I’m sorry then that was it. While eventually Young Jae was nicer to them, they could have collaborated and Hyun Jae helping him in some of his songs.

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I really felt the whole Bo Hee and Hyun Jae loveline was strange – and i guess it’s because we met Hyun Jae in 1993 when he barely knew Bo Hee so it didn’t made sense that they were secretly dating and even had a son. So when exactly did they start to date?? and technically he left her and their son when he knew he was dying – and now that Hyun Jae knew what really happened, i wished they could have had a better talk. Was it wise to really not tell Bo Hee that he was the real Hyun Jae and just let her think he just looked like him? at least she would have known that Hyun Jae loved her and it wasn’t a waste to wait for him. Though I think it wouldn’t have mattered because by then she already loves Gwang jae and i am sure Bo Hee can answer all of the outstanding questions like how they started dating, im guess she never knew he was sick, even though we saw the 1994 Hyun Jae was so sickly (more on him below). I also liked the relationship between Gwang Jae and Bo Hee, it may not be passionate, but this is a relationship that you know will last a long time.

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Grandpa and Malsook were a sweet addition to the family. I loved their cute scenes together. Malsook was so cute – even though it was weird that she had a boyfriend  and was thinking of love at such a young age. i thought 1993 Grandpa was a jerk but he has since mellowed down. I felt so sad seeing him when he got lost and he hallucinated and talked to his daughter and Gwang Jae finding him in the police station. and I love Grandpa’s fighting spirit! i believe that he can overcome his illness!

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and speaking of illness — probably the most WTF moment in the show is finding out what happened to Hyun Jae. i will say it again. WTF. that storyline came out of nowhere and didn’t really make a lot of sense. there are a lot of unexplained timeline and it’s mostly because the whole trying to find answers started too late in the series (probably almost episode 24 or 25). So arrogant Hyun Jae left the agency, took everything and went away. we still dont know what happened for almost a year. then we find out he was actually sick.. so does that mean he knew he was sick so he left with the money for treatment? or did he leave because he was arrogant then later on found out he was sick and undergone treatment? and i still dont understand how the 1993 Hyun Jae can go to 2017 and “split” his body and meet the 1994 Hyun Jae? that also didn’t make sense. like he became two persons – in one of the episodes, Gwang Jae said to Hyun Jae (or was it the other way  hearound) that he had to go back or else the future will be changed. so did go back and didn’t change anything (mostly because 1994 HJ didn’t want to) but then how can 1993/2017 HJ came back alive – so i guess that really meant that he became two persons. And his 1994 disappeared, looks like it’was because 2017 HJ took 94 HJ to the rooftop and 94 HJ never showed up anymore – he either dead or lived a private life. It was surreal seeing 2017 and 1994 HJ talking to each other. and kudos to Yoon Shi Yoon -such a great actor – i was amazed that he can play 1 character but totally different from each other – it was like watching two different actors.

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Finally, another lost opportunity is MJ. at first i thought he was a jerk, but he turned out to be a really nice guy. I’m happy he had the courage to tell everyone that he didn’t write the songs. But then nothing happend to him in the end. he moved to World Entertainment but was just taking a break. i was hoping by the end of the show he would have written a song and released it and redeem himself but all he did was wait for Hyun Jae. also, i thought Hyun Jae and MJ were so similar to each other – i was even hoping that he was his actual son, not Jihoon.

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Well, we eventually found out that Jihoon was  as talented as his father – and i would have loved to see him on stage with MC Drill – they only showed the two heading to the crowd and not the performance. and what’s up with Hyeri? i also thought Jihoon and Hyeri would get together in the end but that didn’t happen too.

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As for Woo seung, i loved that she had her own romance (after her pathetic ex boyfriend). I thought she was just so so during the first part and it was a bit unbelievable why 3 hot guys would like her – she wasn’t that great, very clumsy, always needed help, etc. but the actress was super pretty and sincere and that is why the guys probably fell for her. Honestly, i was ok if Hyun Jae died in the show and Woo Seung and MJ got together in the end. I thought the two were also cute. and i love how the 4 of them ended up being really good friends.

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But of course, i would prefer alive Hyun Jae than dead Hyun Jae. I think he was the best part of the show. I loved how his character really changed and became mature. and I was so happy that he eventually found the family that he so longed for. and the intro was right – he was like a man from the future – he was ahead of his time and probably that’s why he was so at ease with living in the 21st century. He adapted to his surroundings, was very smart and thoughtful. However what i wished we had more of? it looked like Jay 2 only had 1 hit song (Tell Me), they won their first Golden Cup and he disappeared yet he was remembered by everyone 20 years from now. they should have made me super popular to be more believable. And i wished they could have shown more (rather than tell) how musically good he was! We only got to see him write/produce a few songs – i wish they had more and i wished that he got credited for MJ’s songs. Young Jae could have said it was Hyun Jae’s unreleased songs and gave him the proper farewell and credit for his fans’s sake (since everyone else thinks he died).

And Hyun Jae’s so hot .. whether he was the 1993 version or the  2017 version.

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I admit, the show had a few flaws but overall, i loved it! i wish there is a season 2 because i’m not yet ready to say goodbye to the whole gang! Dabong!!!!

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So cute that they actually showed the music video for Tell Me.

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Laurel tree tailors eps 41-54 (end)

I loved the entire series! I wasn’t able to do another review anymore because I ended up watching (marathoning) the rest of the episodes in a couple of days. I liked where each character and couple ended by the end of the episode.

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We found out that Gi Pyo has been lying to Yunshil for 10 years – saying that he donated his kidney to her father but the father died in the operating room. I didn’t like him for the entire duration of the series, even at the end, but I’m also happy that they were able to resolve this issue in a nice way. Yunshil finds out the truth, tells Gipyo she will never forgive him and to leave her alone, Donjin and Gipyo have a drinking session where Dongjin tells Gipyo that if he really loves her, he should do something that would make Yun shil happy. What he eventually did – which is to threaten Hyosang with the recorded tape and to give the CEO post to Dongjin is so-so, i wish he did a better gesture and i wish Yunshil found out about it so at least she wouldnt feel so much hatred to him (at least). I also liked how Gipyo’s mother apologized to Yunshil – i know she was just helping her son so I can understand why she did those things to Yunshil – and i’m glad that she didn’t let Gipyo det away with what he did and still took him back with her to Anseong to live a better life. with Gipyo out of the way, Dongjin goes back to Meesa and saves the company. It was an interesting idea to put Hyosang in the tailor shop – so that he can learn the basics of men’s suits and given a chance to become humble and to work hard. (I’ll write more about Hyosang in the next paragraph). On the other hand, it’s nice to see Yunshil going back to school and Dongjin strongly supporting his wife. The annoucnement of her pregnancy was also a nice surprise! i guessed early on that she was pregnant when she kept craving for steamed buns and had a huge appetite. (I wonder how the actress felt when she later on find out she became pregnant in real life with the actor!) These 2 couples are one of the nicest couples i’ve watched in kdramaland – sweet romance, fighting, supporting each other and taking care of each other.

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Dongsook and Taepyung

At the start both of them were annoying – Taepyung looked like a loser most of the time while Dongsook was so foolish. By the middle of the show, they wre married and both have matured. I loved their little family with Dajeong and was happy to see Taepyung because successful again. The part about lying that he is still single and not married to Dongsook i guess is a big deal to korean fans, though, for me, i didn’t think it should matter since he is not an idol and he’s older so people would expect that he would have married by now and it wouldn’t be an issue. I didn’t expect her first love to come back and become the CEO of his agency, and I dont think it was a big issue again since Taepyung is so over her. I’m just surprised that the first love is still so girlish despite her age. another funny scene is when they finally got their family certificate and Taepyung found out that Dongsook is older than him. haha. can’t he see that she looks old?

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Samdo and Sunnyeo

The storyline for the second half of the series wasn’t as fun as the first half – mostly because they just kept fighting and misunderstanding each other. they have been married for so many years yet they act as if they dont know each other. When they moved to Seoul, i was really hoping that Sunnyeo can start her own store because she is such a good cook so after the storylines about jealousy and fake pregnancy and dying and divorce, we see Sunnyeo getting hired in a bank. And the magnificent Sunnyeo worked so hard that she had no time for any sexytime with Samdo, which infuriated him. It’s refreshing to see this side where we see Samdo is the one wooing his wife and we see how much he loves her despite how she looks or acts. Eventually she got employee of the month and the best part of the show, she got pregnant!! yay! i didn’t like how Yunshil and Sunnyeo were pregnant and gave birth at the same time but i guess it is a little funny. I like this couple because we see another side where both are older and they have different issues such as money and menopause and trying to get pregnant. Months later Sunnyeo gives her and she now owns her own shop and she finally wins the union presidency (something she has been wanting for so long). Samdo, on the other hand, becomes one of the great tailors and sees the tailor shop cooperative prosper and get recognized.

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Taeyang and Hyewon

I honestly think they are too young to get married but they’re so cute and mature so I didn’t mind. All series long Hyowon was rich and help him out whenever she can while Taeyang was a simple guy who wanted to become a teacher. Despite being poor, he made up for it by being super nice guy who always treat Hyewon and her mom nicely. When Hyowon’s family became bankrupt and had to move out, we see the kind Taeyang taking the modelling job and using the money he earned to buy Hyowon and her family a house for them to live. Now who wouldn’t love this guy?? He is such a keeper! This is also another great case of a couple who may not be rich but have lots of love and support for each other. Hyowon’s mom is still hilarious – when she saw the house that she was moving into and couldn’t breathe and sticking her face in front of the fan while eating ice. lol. she eventually gets a job in Sunnyeo’s store and she just keeps eating the food. haha. Taeyang passes his teacher’s exam and gets assigned to a school. Taeyang and Hyowon get married the traditional way – which was interesting to watch. All his students go crazy over the ex-model teacher but he ignores them because he has only eyes for Hyowon. I was hoping Hyowon will continue to have a career outside of Meesa – i thought her art teaching suited her but i guess she needed to be back at Meesa since it’s her family’s company.

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Hyosang and Yunjin

I disliked them so much that i wished them awful things — but when Hyosang went bankrupt and lost his job (his constant screeching was a bit exag), I felt bad for him. When Yunjin didn’t want to move in to the house and stayed with her friend.. it made us all ask.. so did she really marry Hyosang for money or did she really love him? When Hyosang told Yunjin that they were celebrating his dad’s death anniversary and if she doesn’t come then they will separate, i felt relieved when she came and okay.. maybe just maybe i will like this couple too. Working at Wolgyesu changed Hyosang – he learned about discipline, and actually liking sewing and working at the tailor shop and he became less arrogant. Yunjin became nicer and more sincere. Months later after all the hardwork, Hyosang was finally moved back to Meesa headquarters. I hope he learned his lesson well and will be a better manager in the future.

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She made the mean girl in the show – and it was mostly because she felt like the Min family took over her family and her life. when she successfully kicked them out, she realizes how much she misses the family and how lonely and quiet the whole house was. She still felt upset everytime she saw Dongjin and Yunshil together – especially when she found out Yunshil was pregnant. Dongjin is so mature. At the start he was really awful and cruel to her, but in the end Dongjin spoke to her nicely without demeaning her love for him and said to move on, she deserves someone better than him.  I was thinking maybe she will meet someone in the end so that she can get over Dongjin, but didn’t expect that her future was to go to Europe, study and travel around the world. But in a way it made sense – it gave her freedom to be who she wants to be and to get away from all of them and make a fresh start. I also liked how she became closer to the Min family – especially the stepmother. Even from the start, Hyowon’s mom was concerned for her and treated her like her own daughter but she was so hurt with what happened she failed to see that she does have a family who will willingly come to her when she needs it. And with Hyowon out of the country, Madame Ko, Hyosang and Yunjin get to live in the big house again.

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Last but not the least, Master Lee and Madame Choi

They decided to leave the house and move to the province to live on their own – as Master Lee explained, they want to live together and be together before Master Lee goes blind. the last few episodes we no longer see Madame Choi -i have a feeling this is when her cancer came back 😦 Master Lee eventually lost his eyesight and agreed to move back home so that they can take care of him. it’s quite fitting that the last scene was of Master Lee and the gentlemen of Wolgyesu and imparting a nice message.

Master Lee: I like the sea breeze.

Taepyung: isn’t frustrating now that you can’t see the view of the ocean?

ML: i dont know. i thought i’d feel uncomfortable once i lose my eyesight. surprisingly, it feels like i can see a whole different view now.

Taeyang: What is it you see, Mr Lee?

ML: I can see my life. When i had good eyesight, I only saw what was in front of me. Now that I can’t see and forget what’s surrounding me, the images of my past seem to unfold in my head like a beautiful painting. So there’s no need for me to feel frustrated.

Dongjin: What was your life like, Dad?

ML: It was dazzlingly beautiful. Luxurious beyond measure for me. The trade I’d learned as a child was to see and make grand suits. I couldn’t love my job more. Now those times stretch before me like a roll of beautiful fabric. The verb we use to say we make clothes means “to form”. We use the same verb on building houses or cooking food. The verb goes for cloths, food and shelther. That means clothes aren’t a mere accessory. Making clothes means we make a life that goes with it. A Gentleman isn’t someone who wears expensive or grand clothes. It’s a man who lives a life that suits his outfit. That is a true gentleman.

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Overall, it was a great family show – very long but worth the watch. I loved the cast, the storylines, there were not a lot of boring scenes/episodes and each character got a good ending.