My Thoughts: Money Flower Episodes 5-6
Cast of Characters with Nutshell Details
Yoon Seo Won (Han So Hee) feigns fainting from pregnancy in front of Mo Hyun. It earns her a trip to the hospital with baby daddy Boo Cheon and supportive Mo Hyun. Seo Won wants one thing…Boo Cheon back in her life. Pil Joo takes a firm grip around her throat to convince her to back off. He provides a bag of cash, but she won’t go away. Boo Cheon crushes her bubble. While he promises to support the child, he claims it is over between them.
Jang Kook Hwan (Lee Soon Jae) is incensed when he learns that Pil Joo bought company stock without his knowledge. He throws Pil Joo out of the company. He doesn’t listen to the pleas of his daughter-in-law (Mal Ran) or his grandson Boo Cheon to reinstate Pil Joo. Things heat up when illegal doings implicate Kook Hwan. But when Boo Cheon turns himself into the prosecutor instead of his grandfather, Kook Hwan agrees to bring Pil Joo back into the fold.
Jung Mal Ran (Lee Mi Sook) feigns turning her back on Pil Joo but it is all part of his plan. Mal Ran can’t get the marker to Pil Joo’s brother out of her head. She sicced her chauffeur to find out who placed the marker in the temple. The question of who Pil Joo is brought to light. She orders a DNA test. At the end of the episode she reads the results of the DNA test. Will it reveal that Pil Joo is actually blood related and the eldest grandson?
Jang Boo Cheon (Jang Seung Jo) loses focus with the pregnant Seo Won in the picture. When Pil Joo is kicked out of the company, he’s distraught. Pil Joo is his lifeline to power and stability. Only when he turns himself into the prosecutor in lieu of his grandfather, do things turn around. Pil Joo is returned to the company. He says goodbye to Seo Won. He asks Mo Hyun to marry him.
Na Mo Hyun (Park Se Young) runs into Pil Joo while bird watching. They sit through a rain shower companionably sharing memories of childhood. Little does Mo Hyun realizes that she’s talking to the grown-up boy she fondly remembers. When Boo Cheon is released from custody, she’s happy when he proposes and slips a ring on her finger. Mo Hyun vows to stand by Boo Cheon now and forever.
Kang Pil Joo (Jang Hyuk) is crowned master manipulator. His plan to get thrown out of the company works perfectly. The condition of his return is give Mal Ran control of the slush fund. She’s grateful. His unexpected alone time with Mo Hyun bring him pleasure and pain. He’s memorized by her but must be hands-off. He can’t control Mal Ran’s pursuit of his origins. Is the jig up? Has she learned that he is the eldest grandson?
Slow and steady pacing is a signature of this series. Struggle for power is the centerpiece. Every character manipulates to position either grandson Boo Cheon or rival grandson Yeo Cheon into the heir apparent position for the chairman. While these two episodes didn’t grip me was much as the first four the plot pacing stayed measured but not boring. The music and cinematography of this series is muted but pleasing.
Pil Joo is the chess master. He set his own firing in motion complete with the reentry plan that garnered more power. But Mal Ran’s suspicions of his origins fueled by her faithful chauffer couldn’t be controlled. I don’t see how Pil Joo can survive the reveal of who he really is this early in the series. What else can the DNA test reveal? Is Pil Joo aware of the testing? I had to chuckle when Pil Joo left his living quarters with only a carry on sized rolling suitcase. The next day he’s bird watching in a fabulous cashmere coat that he wasn’t wearing the previous day. My thanks to the costume designer who is dressing Jang Hyuk impeccably. In fact, the entire cast is decked out beautifully. This is a lux look series. Thank you, Director Lee, for the gratuitous “clad only in a towel” scene where Jang Hyuk displayed his fine physique.
Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank these episodes as good (ep 5) and very good (ep 6). My episode ranking chart is below.