My Thoughts: Money Flower Episode 19
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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 recovers enough to demand why Pil Joo waited 20 years to make this claim. Pil Joo calmly states he needed time to prepare. LOL! He clarifies that out of wedlock children are often eliminated in this family and he needed power to protect himself from that fate. Love it! Pil Joo provides volumes of Jang’s dirty dealings. He tells Chairman/Grandfather Jang if he can purchase shares of the company, he won’t release the dirty dealings to the press and prosecutors. That’s a bold move to blackmail the wily Chairman/Grandfather. Not pleased to be blackmailed, Chairman/Grandfather Jang demands a DNA test establish if Pil Joo is his illegitimate grandson. They go to the hospital the next day. The DNA test reveals that Pil Joo is Chairman/Grandfather Jang’s eldest grandson. Pil Joo gives him until the banks open the next day to agree to allow him to purchase a large block of company shares.
Jang Boo Cheon (Jang Seung Jo) isn’t happy when Chairman/Grandfather Jang strips him of the power to make appointments for the next 3 years because he reinstated his cousin Yeo Cheon without Chairman/Grandfather Jang’s consent. But when Pil Joo convinces Chairman/Grandfather Jang to allow the reinstatement of his cousin to stand, Boo Cheon rages inside. He doesn’t want Pil Joo to help him anymore, he wants to rule the company on his own. Boo Cheon decides he must transfer Pil Joo far away.
Jung Mal Ran (Lee Mi Sook) transfers a large block of shares to Pil Joo as a reward for working and achieving Boo Cheon’s appointment as the President of the company. When she signs the contract to finalize the sale, her assistant, take the pens and puts another in its place. This will undoubtedly be significant later. Mal Ran is unmoved when her brother-in-law advises her to get rid of Pil Joo before he causes trouble.
Kang Pil Joo (Jang Hyuk) keeps his promise to release Jang dirty dealings to the press. But Chairman Jang effectively blocks every article. Thwarted, Pil Joo smiles at the counter move of his wily Grandfather. He warns his Grandfather that he’ll have to resort to Plan B which will be more unpleasant. Unfazed, Grandfather tells Pil Joo to bring it. He surprises Pil Joo with the knowledge that he knows that Mo Hyun’s father is alive and stashed in a secret location. Grandfather is indeed wily.
Na Mo Hyun (Park Se Young) tells Pil Joo she’s going to take the recording of Chairman Jang urging her father to commit suicide to the prosecutor. Pil Joo reminds her that because her father is alive, the charge would only be encouraging someone to commit crime, a misdemeanor versus a felony of inciting suicide with a resulting death. Mo Hyun is shocked to find out that her father agreed to the machinations that led to her marriage in return for cash. She finally sees her father put his political aspirations before her and sold her to the highest bidder. Disgusted and resigned she tells her husband, they can’t recover from this latest blow. She returns her wedding ring and request they mutually dissolve the marriage. Boo Cheon is upset. He loves Mo Hyun. He can’t give her up.
Mo Hyun goes to Pil Joo and reveals what she knows and her request for a divorce. She reminds him that he promised to be her attorney. Mo Hyun tells Pil Joo that if Boo Cheon won’t agree to the mutual dissolution, then suing him for divorce is the next step. Her price? Half Boo Cheon’s assets gained after marriage. That will exceed the original $20M that Mal Ran offered. Mo Hyun looks into Pil Joo’s eyes says she may never be able to forgive him for manipulating her into this marriage. She knows he used her in his revenge quest for the death of his younger brother. But she can’t just walk away without asking him to stop his revenge quest and leave with her. Not surprised when Pil Joo doesn’t jump on the offer, she states her certainty that he loves her, but not enough. She gently kisses him goodbye. As she turns to leave, Pil Joo takes her hand and stares into the eyes of the woman he loves. Pil Joo’s eyes fill with tears, he can’t deny that his revenge is more important and he can’t walk away. Pil Joo lets Mo Hyun leave knowing the love of his life just walked out of his life.
Boo Cheon tries to ship Pil Joo to New York. He complained to his biological father (though he doesn’t know the chauffeur is his bio-dad) that Pil Joo must be eliminated. He believes that Pil Joo will reveal his birth secret to eliminate him from the company and take over as President. In the red haze of anger and jealousy, he doesn’t see that illegitimate children will never be granted the keys to the company as long as Grandfather Jang lives. Boo Cheon was honestly upset when Mo Hyun requested the divorce. But Boo Cheon sees her as cherished toy that he and Pil Joo both want. Boo Cheon would be unwilling to give up his power for Mo Hyun (not that she’d ask him to). Boo Cheon’s push to move Pil Joo to New York was thinly veiled banishment. He and Pil Joo both knew what it was. Is Boo Cheon wrong to flex his power to relocate Pil Joo? No, but I’m betting that Pil Joo will thwart him.
Mo Hyun emotion-based actions finally earned my respect. Mo Hyun finally got it, her father sold her for money to become president. Others had told her this was the case, but she couldn’t believe it. But her father’s assistant was clear, her father agreed to the arranged marriage for cash before she and Boo Cheon met. I liked her calm cool request for divorce. I liked that she played the recording of Grandfather Jang coercing her father to commit suicide for Boo Cheon. Her statement that their marriage was caught in the net Pil Joo, Grandfather Jang, and her father created was correct. She earned my admiration when she a) asked for half of Boo Cheon assets, b) asked Pil Joo to be her lawyer and sue if a mutual agreement wasn’t possible, c) told Pil Joo that she loved him but may never be able to forgive him for manipulating her for his personal revenge, d) told Pil Joo that she understood his need for revenge, e) asked Pil Joo to chuck his revenge and run away with her, f) accepted Pil Joo’s refusal to deviate from his revenge quest, and g) kissed him goodbye. I’ve been wavering whether or not Mo Hyun was worthy of Pil Joo. She proved she is in this episode.
Pil Joo couldn’t outmaneuver his Grandfather. Pil Joo had to respect his Grandfather’s effective counter moves that thwarted his blackmail attempt. What is his plan B? Pil Joo had to respect that his Grandfather knew the Mo Hyun’s father was alive. He told Mo Hyun to be on her guard with the secret known by their biggest enemy. Pil Joo had to respect Mo Hyun when she asked him to be her lawyer while she exited her marriage. He agreed. Mo Hyun has the best lawyer she could hope for. Pil Joo had to respect Mo Hyun’s acceptance of his love and the higher priority he put on revenge versus loving her. Pil Joo considered her suggestion they run away together, for a minute. But then the need to finish the 20-year revenge quest, reasserted itself and he let her go. Mal Ran didn’t find out Pil Joo’s birth secret this episode. No matter when it happens, I betting it will be epic. Jang Hyuk’s sorrow when Pil Joo couldn’t/didn’t accept Mo Hyun’s offer begin a new life was palpable and a shining moment of the episode.
Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as terrific. My episode ranking chart is below.