My Thoughts: Money Flower Episode 18
Cast of Characters with Nutshell Details
Jang Boo Cheon (Jang Seung Jo) arrives at Pil Joo’s personal office to stop the reveal that his initial interactions with Mo Hyun were scripted by Pil Joo. He gets no answer when he calls Pil Joo. He investigates upstairs. He gets no answer when he calls Mo Hyun. But he hears Mo Hyun’s phone rings BEHIND a bookcase. Just as he’s about to investigate, Pil Joo’s right-hand man asks what he’s doing. Forced to leave the bookcase, Boo Cheon isn’t surprised when Mo Hyun and Pil Joo come downstairs. Livid that Pil Joo has spilled the beans Boo Cheon is ready to pummel him. But Mo Hyun orders her husband to come along.
Na Mo Hyun (Park Se Young) tells her husband that while their love is real, he has disrespected her by manipulating their initial relationship. She goes home and gets drunk. Boo Cheon puts her to bed and internally rages when she calls from Pil Joo in her sleep. Mo Hyun acts in haste and interrupts her mother-in-law’s meeting with Chairman Jang. She plays the tape of Chairman Jang recommending her father accept the blame and kill himself. Mal Ran is shocked by this stupid maneuver. Chairman Jang demands to know why Mo Hyun dishonored her father’s memory by playing the recording. Stunned to be on the defensive, Mo Hyun can only sputter in surprise. Chairman Jang declares Mo Hyun is no longer allowed to visit him. He orders her to go. Mo Hyun withdrawals wondering how the tables were turned so easily.
Jung Mal Ran (Lee Mi Sook) demands that Mo Hyun explain why she played that recording in front of Chairman Jang. Mo Hyun states she must know why her father took money from the company. Irked that the obvious answer hasn’t occurred to Mo Hyun, Mal Ran delivers the blunt truth; Mo Hyun’s father wanted the win the presidency above all else and he sold his ethics to the company for cold hard cash to help buy him a victory. Mal Ran orders Mo Hyun to get a grip.
Jang Boo Cheon and his mother are stunned when Pil Joo and Chairman Jang make a $500B donation a requirement before Boo Cheon can become President of the company. Knowing this is the only shot her son will ever get, Mal Ran agrees. She glares at Boo Cheon willing him to agree. He does so grudgingly. Later when Pil Joo explains the donation will garner good press and Chairman Jang needed to see their true reactions, Mal Ran accepts the explanation. Alone, Boo Cheon warns his mother that Pil Joo could betray them. Mal Ran claims she can read Pil Joo like a book and he would never betray her. But Boo Cheon knows Pil Joo’s true identity and that the betrayal has been underway for years. Boo Cheon feigns poor marksmanship and asks the chauffeur (his biological father though Boo Cheon doesn’t know this) to kill Pil Joo when he asks him to. He does all this to position himself to best Pil Joo. Boo Cheon’s dream comes true and he is crowned President of the company. Proving he can orchestrate surprises too, Boo Cheon brings his cousin back from banishment and declares they will work together.
Kang Pil Joo (Jang Hyuk) realizes that Boo Cheon’s actions are no longer simply competitive but antagonist. He and his right-hand man review the hospital footage of Boo Cheon visiting Pil Joo while he was comatose. Pil Joo sees Boo Cheon cute a lock of his hair. He realizes Boo Cheon had a DNA test done. He realizes Boo Cheon knows he’s the oldest grandson. He recalls the pointed interactions he’s had with Boo Cheon lately. There is only one thing to do…
Jang Kook Hwan (Lee Soon Jae) gets the shock of his life when Pil Joo visits him and shows him the necklace he once gave his eldest son (Pil Joo’s biological father). Pil Joo claims the right to bow to his Grandfather. Pil Joo declares that he is the eldest grandson, Eun Cheon. Chairman/Grandfather Jang, the man that likes to surprise others, is speechless.
Boo Cheon wins the crown of President. He basked in the moment. He continues to harden his heart with greed and jealously. Becoming President was the number one goal. Mission accomplished. Now Boo Cheon will turn to his second goal…eliminating Pil Joo.
Mo Hyun’s emotion-based actions make her lose ground. I was surprised when she went to Chairman Jang and played the recording. She was surprised when Chairman Jang banished her from his presence. Her lame excuse of wanting to know why her father took the cash was answered succinctly by Mal Ran. Does Mo Hyun believe that her father sold his personal ethics to become president? I’ve got to credit Mal Ran for correctly characterizing Mo Hyun as a boiling pot that could scald all of them. Mo Hyun acts rashly and without a plan. I’m worried that Pil Joo may be burned by her.
Pil Joo finally buys a clue. Pil Joo’s inability to see that Boo Cheon’s greed and jealousy put a target on his back drove me nuts. Finally, Pil Joo realized that Boo Cheon’s actions were atypical. He saw that Boo Cheon took a hair sample which could only mean a DNA test and his birth secret was known. Bravo for the bold step he took to reveal the secret himself. I CANNOT WAIT for Mal Ran’s reaction next episode!
Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as very good. My episode ranking chart is below.