Our rich/poor couples progress in their relationships. Is everyone being honest?
High Society Episode 5-6 Recap.
Four key characters comprise our young romance quadrangle: Rich unloved daughter Jang Yoon Ha (Uee, lead), poor Choi Joon Gi (Sung Joon, lead), rich chaebol Yoo Chang Soo (Park Hyung Sik, 2nd lead), poor part-timer Lee Ji Yi (Lim Ji Yeon, 2nd lead). Rich Yoon Ha and poor Joon Gi, but wants to be rich, are dating. Rich chaebol Chang Soo and poor Ji Yi agree to date.
Yoon Ha comes from a dysfunctional rich family – cold Dad (Jang Won Sik, played by Yun Ju Sang), grieving Mom (Min Hye Soo, played by Ko Du Shim), presumed dead kind big brother (Jang Gyeong Joon, played by Lee Sang Woo), manipulate big sister (Jang Ye Won, played by Yoon Ji Hye) and bitchy big sister (Jang So Hyun, played by Yoo So Young).
Nutshell Summary Episodes 5-6:
Yoon Ha and Joon Gi enjoy time together. They dine at his apartment. Yoon Ha decides she does not want to return to her house. They go out shopping for essentials for her. As Yoon Ha lays in Joon Gi’s bed she is nervous. Obligatory after shower scene for Sung Joon, who looks chiseled. Joon Gi tells the mirror that he wants to be equal with Yoon Ha, “her reality is my dream”.
Ji Yi and Chang Soo have a date. He shops with her for the perfect dress. She relishes the high end sushi and she can understand the Japanese sushi masters! Chang Soo takes her home. Ji Yi kisses Change Soo who in a revolve reversal is the wide eyed surprised person in the kiss. He kisses her. At home, we are treated to the obligatory shower scene for Hyung Sik. Chang Soo calls Ji Yi who admits she misses him. He jumps in the car and heads to her rooftop and talk about dating. They kiss and have playful banter. The Joseon fantasy is cute. The two actors, Ji Yeon and Hyung Sik, play off each other well.
Dysfunctional family – Mom is drinking heavily. She visits the mistress and gives her a physical smack down. She visits Dad in his room and tries to rip hair for his head. He’s got too little hair! Big sister Ye Won is ready to take over dead and king big brother’s turf in business. She tries to weasel the names of the companies investigating if her brother is dead or alive. She weasels her way into her mother’s graces pretending to want to share the burden of the search for her brother.
Yoon Ha and Joon Gi commit to being together. She declares she wants to be with him forever. Good grief, that seemed a little fast but Joon Gi takes it in stride. She quits her part-time job at the grocery store. Her Dad tells her she must join the company. She tells him no, she’s moving out. Dad tells her you can move out but with nothing that you’ve received from this family. Yoon Ha tells Dad for all the pain and suffering she’s taken being a member of the family, she deserves to take what she’s been given. Yoon Ha boldly states she’s in love and dating. Dad orders the man in her life investigated.
Chang So finds out from his brother that Joon Gi is dating Yoon Ha. Stunned, he remembers enough moments between Joon Gi and Yoon Ha, that he knows it is true. He offers Joon Gi multiple chances to tell him the news. Joon Gi does not. The episode ends with Chang So and Joon Gi talking and Yoon Ha arrives. Chang So stuns them with the news he called both of them so they could talk.
Dysfunctional family – Dad tells his mistress she’s no longer restful. She gets the advice to soften her stance. Big sister Ye Won tells Mom and Dad she’s divorcing her husband, he gets full custody of the kids, and she’s moving into presumed dead Gyeong Joon’s quarters. She is cold! Sisters Ye Won and So Hyun are surprised Yoon Ha has substantial stock in the company. They wonder what her game is.
1. These two episodes focused on the strengths of this series – the interwoven relationships.
* Yoon Ha and Joon Gi – Yoon Ha is one of the more subdued female leads I’ve ever seen. But with the cruddy family she’s been dealt, perky would not be in her repertoire. Joon Gi is one of the more subdued male leads I’ve ever seen. But his agenda is power through relationships so subtle is his methodology.
* Chang Soo and Yi Ji – The sparkle in the show are Chang Soo and Yi Ji. In the first 4 episodes Chang Soo was simply a pretty rich guy but he’s more than that. He has a sense of right and wrong. He was disappointed when he found out Yoon Ha and Joon Gi were dating. He was disappointed when Joon Gi did not share the truth given the opportunity. I agree with Chang Soo. His friend is lying to him. Doesn’t that make the friendship suspect? I loved it when Chang Soo told Joon Gi “there are 2 reasons for a friend not to express themselves. 1 – they don’t like the other person. 2 – they don’t like the other person but they don’t want to leave”. Bam! Chang Soo has put thought into his relationship with Yi Ji. She makes him happy. But he knows dating her is a risk for both of them. He is not promising forever.
* Dysfunctional family – Yoon Ha’s family in a word…yuck. I liked Yoon Ha’s quiet confrontation with her Dad when she told him for all the awful treatment she’s received by her family, she deserves the money and items she’s gathered along the way. Yoon Ha’s sisters – worthless human beings so far.
2. The second song of the OST is by Jung Yup “Noonbooshin Haru” is a upbeat ballad. Check it via the link or the embedded video that focuses on episodes 1 and 2 below: