Our males leads explore what makes each other tick. The truth may not be what they hoped it would be.
High Society Episode 7-8 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 are dating.
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 7-8:
Yoon Ha and Joon Gi are surprised when Chang Soo reveals he knows they are dating. They confirm. Yoon Ha is not happy when she learns Ji Yi knows she’s a rich. Yoon Ha frets she should have been the person to tell Ji Yi. Yoon Ha is not happy when she learns she is the subject of articles about working part-time in the grocery store. Little does she know that Joon Gi is the informant for the articles. He assures this kind of press can only enhance her status in the family. Yoon Ha could care less about what her family thinks. She’s moving out. She told her father. She admits that because of her family, she’s wary of others and few get past her defenses. But for those that breach her barriers she’s loyal to the end. Joon Gi wonders if she ever doubted him. No, Ji Yi liked him, Chang Soo is his friend, his mother is fabulous, she has complete trust in Joon Gi.
Yoon Ha hurries to be by Ji Yi’s side. Ji Yi is forgiving. I must say, Ji Yi has the most logical head on her shoulders. She is honest and kind and without twisted rationals. Yoon Ha is also honest and forthcoming with Ji Yi. I liked when she admitted “I have a twisted heart, but meeting you makes me feel lighter.” Yes, their friendship is solid and nice to watch.
Yoon Ha calls Chang Soo and tells him to come over. Joon Gi is surprised to see Chang Soo and he is surprised Joon Gi. There is definitely an undercurrent of mistrust and uneasiness between them. I like that Chang Soo suspects Joon Gi of having an agenda. It makes his character smarter and more interesting.
Double date time! Yoon Ha wants to fulfill Ji Yi’s wish to wear fancy clothes and go out. So a trip to the Yoon Ha’s house and closet, a limo ride to their two waiting men is the solution. LOL the different in the rides the girls take in limo – it is fun and joyous. While the guys, not much joy. Chang Soo admits Joon Gi’s old girlfriend was bad mouthing him but he refused to listen. We end the episode with both couples eyeing each other appreciatively.
Dysfunctional family – Everyone suspects Yoon Ha of having a secret master plan once they find out that presumed dead brother gave her 1% stock in the company. Yoon Ha doesn’t know what they are talking about. Finally Yoon Ha remembers what her brother told her. Take this key and find the truth. She goes to the annex and big sister Ye Won is there ready to move in. Older sister So Hyun and Ye Won work together against Yoon Ha…as it always as been. Her mother is solo guardian in brother’s will. Yoon Ha wants to make peace with her mother, they are both grieving, but anger and blame is all her mother gives Yoon Ha. Realizing she needs to find out the truth about her brother’s death, she surprises her father with the news she will work at the company and live at home.
Chang Soo finds out that Joon Gi is the one leaking information about Yoon Ha to a reporter, who in turn is writing articles.
After the dancing part of the date, everyone heads to Chang Soo’s villa for convertible driving at night, beach frolicking, and cooking out. Our couples are having fun.
Chang Soo warns Yoon Ha not to give her whole heart to Joon Gi. Too late she says, I already gave him my whole heart. Chang Soo asks if she’ll marry him. “Of course, he’s the man I want” is Yoon Ha’s reply.
Chang Soo asks Joon Gi when he knew who Yoon Ha was. Joon Gi answers Chang Soo’s question with a question – why are you curious about this? Joon Gi asks why Chang Soo didn’t share information with him. The mistrust and suspicious between them is palpable. Joon Gi calls Chang Soo an elitist. Chang Soo counters that Joon Gi’s relationship is calculated not sincere. Joon Gi counters that how he is choosing his wife is his business and not that different from Chang Soo’s. Quietly angry, Chang Soo says that Joon Gi has hidden his true nature. Joon Gi counters that Chang Soo saw what he wanted to see. Chang Soo takes the first swing. Joon Gi gives as good as he gets. The girls pull the boys apart. They leave separately.
Joon Gi has flashbacks of meeting Chang Soo in school and knowing their social tiers were different. The jealously and desire to climb into society started then for Joon Gi.
Yoon Ha asks Ji Yi to work for her at her father’s company. Ji Yi asks for time to think about it. She’s worried they’d have the same dynamic that Chang Soo and Joon Gi have. Yoon Ha says their work relationship would be equal not tiered.
Chang Soo is bummed his relationship with Joon Gi is based on calculations.
Joon Gi’s mother tells him that love is not calculated. She gives him the business card Ye Won’s right hand man left for Joon Gi when he visited earlier. She tells Joon Gi the man cannot be trusted because he lied. She tells him a person that lies from the beginning can never be trusted. Terrific exchange. Unknowingly, she skewered Joon Gi multiple times.
Joon Gi finds out Chang Soo changed his phone number and he does not have the new number. At work Chang Soo suggests they maintain a boss-subordinate status. When Chang Soo asks what Joon Gi thinks, Joon Gi asks if Chang Soo wants a response for his friend or employee. Joon Gi nails it when he tells Chang Soo he is mad because “your partner can also become my partner.” Joon Gi tells him that’s why he kept Yoon Ha’s identity a secret. He knows what Chang Soo is capable of. He further states Chang Soo needed his approval and reassurance. He then goes for the juglar and states “I predicted this. You are immature, just as I thought.” Joon Gi leaves. Chang Soo declares him childish.
Dysfunctional family – Dad schemes to lower his taxes by keeping his son missing not dead. Mom does not take the news well. Big sister Ye Won schemes to get Mom on her side. She takes Mom out and flatters her. Depressed Mom wonder why youth is short but old age and nastiness lasts forever. Mom gets drunk and yells at Dad for his callous treatment of their son. Dad tells her to stop drinking. Fed up, Mom declares she wants a divorce. Wow! That surprises me. She leaves telling Dad “I’m tired of hating you.”
1. Our couples got closer with their dancing / villa date.
* Yoon Ha and Joon Gi – Yoon Ha is all-in in her relationship with Joon Gi. This is too quick but our emotionally battered Yoon Ha needs a safe haven, and she’s decided Joon Gi is it.
* Chang Soo and Yi Ji – They are cute but Chang Soo believes they have limits in how far their relationship can go. I like how Yoon Ha calls him on his limited view of potential marriage partners.
2.The highlight of these two episodes was the exploration of the “friendship” of our male leads. They suspected each other’s motives, fought, talked around each other, then Joon Gi took a verbal jab at Chang Soo at the end of episode 8. I like Chang Soo. He seems more honest. But is he? Does Joon Gi have a valid point that he is elitist, likes Joon Gi but doesn’t trust him? On the other hand, Chang Soo is right about Joon Gi’s calculated moves when it comes to Yoon Ha. Joon Gi decided to pursue Yoon Ha knowing who she was. She easy pickings for him. Her neediness gave him the advantage to match his strong and silent moves to build her belief and confidence that he is her forever man. Well played Joon Gi. However I totally enjoy Chang Soo jabbing at his perfect persona and unveiling Joon Gi’s mask. Finally Joon Gi’s mother (who I adore) totally nailed her son when she declared love should not be calculated and earlier liers never reform.
3. Dysfunctional family means divorce. I was surprised when Mom declared divorce was the next step to Dad. I think he was surprised too. Did we see a glimmer of caring on his face? Probably wishful thinking on my part.