My Thoughts: Money Flower Episodes 7-8
Cast of Characters with Nutshell Details
Jang Boo Cheon (Jang Seung Jo) is clueless of his own birth secret. A DNA test reveals that Boo Cheon is NOT a Jang. His mother (Mal Ran) is wily for perpetrating this secret for his lifetime. Pil Joo tells Boo Cheon the truth. Needless to say, Boo Cheon is upset as his solid family structure turns to sand. Pil Joo recommends Boo Cheon tell his fiancée (Mo Hyun) but keep the secret from everyone else.
Na Mo Hyun (Park Se Young) is unfazed by Boo Cheon’s revelation that he is not a Jang. Mo Hyun vows to stand by Boo Cheon now and forever. They marry. Four years later they don’t have a child yet. Little does Mo Hyun know that Boo Cheon already has a son.
Yoon Seo Won (Han So Hee) is surprised when Boo Cheon comes to her inquiring about the baby (upset after he learns he isn’t a Jang). She regroups and happily shares the baby’s status. They forge an “under the radar” relationship. Mo Hyun doesn’t know about it. But Pil Joo finds out as episode 8 ends.
Jang Kook Hwan (Lee Soon Jae) is happy that the marriage between Boo Cheon and Mo Hyun will bring him closer to actualizing his dream of a high tower office building to forever mark his legacy.
Jung Mal Ran (Lee Mi Sook) sics her chauffeur to find out her husband’s illegitimate son (Pil Joo). He’s unable to get the job done. Mal Ran turns to Pil Joo to find the son. With the knowledge that Boo Cheon is not blood related Pil Joo realizes that Mal Ran will want the chauffeur to try and kill him again, to eliminate the competition. Mal Ran surprises Pil Joo when she tells him that loving Mo Hyun is waste of his time and something he must eradicate from his heart.
Kang Pil Joo (Jang Hyuk) realizes that it was the chauffeur that literally threw his mother, his younger brother, and him off the boat into the lake (killing his brother). Pil Joo manages to fool Kook Hwan’s son (Boo Cheon’s uncle) who suspects that Boo Cheon is not a Jang by swapping his own blood for Boo Cheon. Pil Joo keeps Mo Hyun’s father in line with a cash payout on the wedding day. Pil Joo swallows his desire for Mo Hyun and watches Boo Cheon marry the woman he loves. When his assistant urges him to support the other grandson to ease the mental strain of the precarious balancing act Pil Joo must maintain, Pil Joo refuses. The one thing that drive Pil Joo is the knowledge that one day he’ll pull the rug from under the murdering Mal Ran…just when she thinks she has everything, he’ll rip it from her greedy fingers.
Outside looking in. Pil Joo is a Jang. He was forced to watch Boo Cheon (not a Jang) marry the woman he loves. But in his priorities, Pil Joo values revenge against Mal Ran over love. The pain is of his own making. I was surprised at the reveal that Boo Cheon isn’t a Jang. That makes it easier for Pil Joo to stake his claim. Boo Cheon isn’t the complete idiot he began as. He used his brain several times and seems to care for Mo Hyun as much as he’s capable of. I didn’t think I’d feel empathy for Boo Cheon, but I did this episode. I’ve been enjoying the subtle humor of everyone’s disdain of the Kook Hwan’s “friend” and her desire to be made a family member. When he gave her an eatery instead, I barely recognized her with the non-traditional hair style she sported. So much has been revealed, yet there is a long way to go. Now that we’ve jumped forward four years, it feels like the second chapter of the story is beginning.
Pil Joo controlled the chess board except for knowledge of Seo Won. I have to quibble with this plot point. I don’t believe that Pil Joo would let her slip through his fingers. It made for an effective cliff hanger but it doesn’t ring true for the master manipulator. Pil Joo even had to sleep with the enemy. Pil Joo personifies “the long game” and the phrase “revenge is a dish best served cold”. Jang Hyuk reveals Pil Joo’s internal struggle and feelings with his eyes and subtle twitches of his lips. Pil Joo is cold and calculating yet I feel for this character who only wants his birthright and to squash the woman the killed his younger brother.
Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank these episodes as good (ep 7) and terrific (ep 8). My episode ranking chart is below.