My Thoughts: Money Flower Episode 16
Cast of Characters with Nutshell Details
Jang Boo Cheon (Jang Seung Jo) can’t believe it…Pil Joo is his non-biological father’s son and eldest Jang grandson. He recalls Pil Joo’s support of him through the years and his claim that the eldest Jang grandson is dead. He can’t believe his longest friendship is predicated on a lie. It makes him sick to his stomach. He goes to Pil Joo and they discuss Pil Joo’s loyalty and Boo Cheon’s determination to become President of the company. Boo Cheon declares no one will stop him from reaching his goal. Boo Cheon tells his wife that it is time for them to create a test tube baby. Boo Cheon tells his mother that he’s going to live his own life without her interference. Boo Cheon declares he will not divorce his wife and his mother must stop her efforts against his marriage.
Jung Mal Ran (Lee Mi Sook) plays it cool when she finds Pil Joo and Mo Hyun alone in an obviously charged moment. She tells her daughter-in-law to leave. She tells Pil Joo to regain his strength through ginseng drink she brought. She reminds her daughter-in-law that she should not be alone with Pil Joo. She is shocked and proud when Boo Cheon declares he will make his own choices. She tears up the divorce papers that Pil Joo prepared. That $20M settlement won’t be in Mo Hyun’s pockets any time soon. Her goal remains the same, Boo Cheon must become President of the company. She’s willing to do anything to make that happen.
Jang Kook Hwan (Lee Soon Jae) agrees with Pil Joo that a new President must be elected now that his son has been forced to resign. But the wily Chairman doesn’t hand the presidency to one of his eager grandsons, Boo Cheon and Yeo Cheon. Instead he informs them they’ll have to compete against other qualified internal candidates. The dismay on his grandsons’ faces is evident. The jockeying for the position begins. Pil Joo tells Boo Cheon that he must reveal the success of his projects for positive press and favor from his Chairman Jang. Yeo Cheon hangs his head and slinks back to his father for help. His father tells his son that he discounted his father too quickly. Yeo Cheon comes up with a plan to discredit Boo Cheon publicly.
Yoon Seo Won (Han So Hee), the mother of Boo Cheon’s son, find herself face-to-face with Yeo Cheon’s father after he leaks that Boo Cheon has a long-standing affair and illegitimate child to the press. Seo Won is promised help in legitimizing her son. Pil Joo fights his way through the security team keeping her captive and takes her to a penthouse hotel suite. She marvels that she’s never seen the view from the top floor. Pil Joo tells her to think carefully before holding a press conference to reveal herself as the mother of Boo Cheon’s son. Yeo Cheon’s father manages not to let his head explode when he learns that Pil Joo extracted Seo Won from his security team. He’s livid when Seo Won says she needs to decide whether or not to hold the press conference. Seo Won isn’t surprised when Boo Cheon visits her.
Na Mo Hyun (Park Se Young) visits her father who has been moved to her mother’s house. She tells her mother that they must keep father’s status a secret until he wakes and recovers. She decides that keeping the truth from Boo Cheon is necessary. She stares at the photo of her younger self that she showed Pil Joo when she asked if he still loved her. Mo Hyun wonders what Pil Joo’s answer is. As she stares at the locket she retrieved from the fire barrel at a younger Pil Joo’s house, the housekeeper brings her the honey tea she loves. The housekeeper sees the locket and declares that is Boo Cheon’s father’s locket. The housekeeper is pleased that Boo Cheon’s father gave it to his son. Mo Hyun reels in shock. Boo Cheon’s father gave the locket to his son, but it wasn’t Boo Cheon.
Kang Pil Joo (Jang Hyuk) is blissfully unaware that his birth secret has been discovered by Boo Cheon. He feels the competitive vibe from Boo Cheon but this doesn’t faze him. One day he’ll take all that Boo Cheon has, regardless of what Boo Cheon believes. He’s irked with Yeo Cheon’s father leaks the news that Boo Cheon has an illegitimate child. With cool precision he dispatches the security team and extracts Seo Won. He’s sympathetic to Seo Won and again treats her with respect. Pil Joo knows Seo Won is in the same situation his own mother was, mother of an illegitimate child. He’s surprised when Mo Hyun visits him and they are once again alone. When she shows the locket, she retrieved from the fire barrel at his house years ago, Pil Joo admits that his father gave him the locket. He doesn’t realize that he’s confirmed Mo Hyun’s deduction. Mo Hyun calls him by his true name Jang Eun Cheon. Pil Joo stares at her in shock. He can’t believe his long-hidden birth secret has been discovered.
Another character knows who Pil Joo is. The ramifications begin.
* The discussion between Pil Joo and Boo Cheon with the knife and apple was a riveting dance filled with subtext. That scene showed not only the superb acting of Jang Hyuk but Jang Seung Jo too. As the series has progressed Boo Cheon has been less of a mess and more of player. These two actors have sold their friendship that is tinged with other forces. This isn’t a bromance for the ages, but it is a fascinating relationship between two men that essentially want the same things.
* Frankly I was surprised that Mo Hyun put the pieces of the puzzle together and confronted Pil Joo about his birth secret so quickly. Another masterful cliff hanger from Writer Lee Myung Hee.
* Will Boo Cheon keep Pil Joo’s secret in his back pocket and strike Pil Joo with it when he needs an ace to best his friend/foe? What does Mo Hyun want from Pil Joo? Does she want him to take her away? Does she want an affair? Does she only want an admission of love? Will she ever get mad that Pil Joo is the one that imploded her life by targeting her for inclusion in the Jang family or will she remain blinded by his efforts to save her? Who will discover Pil Joo’s secret next? Will it domino through the remaining characters?
Pil Joo’s power of tower can topple with his birth secret. Mal Ran would kill him in a second if she learns who he is. Nothing is more important than Boo Cheon’s power and anyone that threatens it is a candidate for elimination. Yeo Cheon’s father would probably kill Pil Joo. He hates Pil Joo and couldn’t abide with a new nephew that would threaten his son’s power. Would Chairman Jang kill him if he learned Pil Joo was his illegitimate grandson? Legitimacy is the crucial component to Chairman Jang. He enjoys using Pil Joo but considers him a tool to toss when no longer needed. Would the fact that Pil Joo is his illegitimate grandson change Chairman Jang’s mind about Pil Joo? Finally, what does Pil Joo want now that the sands of his life have shifted again? Does Pil Joo’s love for Mo Hyun alter Pil Joo’s path of revenge? Is it even possible for them to extract themselves from the messed-up Jang family and live a happy life?
Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as terrific. My episode ranking chart is below.
The fifth song of the OST “Waiting Here for You” is sung by Min Kyung Hoon. Check it out below: