Money Flower Episode 19

My Thoughts: Money Flower Episode 19

Cast of Characters with Nutshell Details

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.

My Thoughts.

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.

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19 comments on “Money Flower Episode 19
  1. Beez says:

    “He clarifies that out of wedlock children are often eliminated in this family and …” kjt recap

    I wonder if “eliminated” just means pushed aside and hidden or if it means the Jangs killed other illegitimate offspring too? That is just too harsh and evil. Imagine, most peoole with scum for dads just suffer embarrassment, abandonment, or having to put up with a deadbeat dad who borrows money all the time. But the Jangs spread their scurrilous seed and then come back to kill them off. I’d rather have a hyena for a father.

    This is not the first Kdrama that has made me curious about the Korean internet. The idea of blocking or taking down things from the internet is ridiculous here in the west. We know that if something only appears for 1 second, somebody copied, downloaded, and shared it already. And if you block something, how do you keep media sites (or whomever) from just posting it again? \_(ツ)_/¯ 

    “…she states her certainty that he loves her, but not enough.” kjt recap

    Thank you, kjt, the way you put that makes for a better scene than the subtitles that I watched rendered.

    “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.” kjt “My Thoughts” section

    Then that leaves Baby Boo no other choice but to kill Pil joo (unless his humanity and affection for Pil joo manifests itself). Because I’m sure Ol’ Git will stipulate in his will that only (legitimate) blood -related kin can inherit the company. I’m rooting for Baby Boo to do the right thing. It’s not like we haven’t seen him choose love over money before.

    I think Mo heon could’ve stayed with Boo cheon if the only baggage was finding out about the pre-arranged set up for marriage but include the chick-on-da-side and it’s all just one straw too much. I think she would’ve stayed even with her own fathers betrayal because that’s not Baby Boo’s fault. She’s never held the things that were not Baby Boo’s direct doings (or out of his control) against him. I was disappointed in Baby Boo. The impregating Seo won before he met Mo heon is not the betrayal but instead of only caring for his son, he continued the physical relationship with Seo won (which also, in effect, makes him the villain to Seo won as well, as it fostered her hope that Baby Boo had feelings for her and only married Mo heon for business reasons and that she’d eventually take Mo heon’s place.

    Jang Hyuk continues my fascination with his acting. When Mo hyun came ever closer, and he realized she was going to kiss him – the SHOCK was evident but it showed in his eyes and subtle facial muscles in keeping with this character that suppresses his emotions. BRAV…O! *slow awesome amazed clapping*

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    • Drama Fan says:

      I don’t think NMH was ever much in love with JBC. She saw him as a sweet puppy to protect. She was either attracted to KPJ’s story and words through JBC (the first phase) then it was her savior complex that kicked in, since JBC has always had this clueless “please save me” thing going on about him. And she obviously has an inclination to save others. But their connection never went beyond that. With KPJ she has more of a reciprocal connection in that she has saved him but he has also saved her. She has felt “safe” around him even after learning of his betrayal. She is an interesting one with her contrasting warm and cold reactions to different situations too. She would be perfect for KPJ if they weren’t “star crossed lovers” , since they are both cool headed but warm hearted and have a romantic side (she never saw KPJ’s taking pictures of her as stalking, she always perceived his love behind his actions, this takes a very romantic person or a very deluded one) They also share a strong loyalty to their family, love nature and watching birds, etc

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    • I wonder if “eliminated” just means pushed aside and hidden or if it means the Jangs killed other illegitimate offspring too? …the Jangs spread their scurrilous seed and then come back to kill them off. I’d rather have a hyena for a father.
      We’ve seen both methods (kill and hide) but killing seems to be the favored method. LOL, instead of a Jang bio-dad, you’d take a wild hynea. At least the hynea would kill you himself instead of hiring someone else to do the job.

      Then that leaves Baby Boo no other choice but to kill Pil joo (unless his humanity and affection for Pil joo manifests itself).
      It looks like Boo Cheon is walking into the the pit of hatred and jealousy and his humanity is being scorched away. Too bad, Boo Cheon is more like his mother than I’d hoped.

      it’s all just one straw too much…She’s never held the things that were not Baby Boo’s direct doings (or out of his control) against him.
      Good point. Mo Hyun was fair to Boo Cheon. She loved him. But his messed up family imploded any chance at a future.

      Jang Hyuk continues my fascination with his acting. When Mo hyun came ever closer, and he realized she was going to kiss him – the SHOCK was evident but it showed in his eyes and subtle facial muscles in keeping with this character that suppresses his emotions. BRAV…O! *slow awesome amazed clapping*
      I just rewatched that scene and it was a top notch moment from Jang Hyuk. He was torn, saddened, then resolute he must continue his revenge quest even though it meant losing Mo Hyun. What does that say about his priorities? He needs to realign them! But the whole show is anchored by his willingness to spend his life to get the revenge the way he wants to get it.

      BTW, Mo Hyun and Pil Joo are pretty criers in this series. A tear gently slides down their cheek.😢

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      • Beez says:

        “At least the hynea would kill you himself instead of hiring someone else to do the job.” kjt
        This had me giggling like a hyena. lolololol

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    • Jane Tilly says:

      Beez, I’ve wondered about Seo Won’s relationship with BB🍼 since he married Mo Hyun; what makes you think Seo Won was a “chick-on-da-side”⁉. Did I miss something BB 🍼 did, because I thought all we saw was BB🍼 being a dad to his son.

      “she [Mo Hyun] never saw KPJ’s taking pictures of her as stalking, she always perceived his love behind his actions, this takes a very romantic person or a very deluded one” -DF Very onpoint observation. Mo Hyun may be both.

      “JBC has always had this clueless “please save me” thing going on about him.” -DF. That is why I refer to him as Baby Boo 🍼 and Yeo Cheon calls him “weak”. I hate to see him lose his humanity. Even if BB 🍼 eliminates Pil Joo, PJ’s right hand man or Mo Hyun would likely spill BB’s 🍼 birth secret. I’m convinced this truth will be revealed before the series is over.

      The Ol’Git 👴 is digging in his heels about denying Pil Joo/Eun Cheon his birthright. I wish Pil Joo would have left with Mo Hyun. “Who would be happy that person they love chooses revenge over them?” -KJT I don’t think revenge and happiness can coexist, unless living well is your revenge. ✳SIGHING DEEPLY AND REMORSEFULLY✳

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      • Beez says:

        @Jane Tilly – Seo won being the chick-on-da-side is inferred the same way that Scabs and Pil joo’s relationship was inferred. The hidden taboo drinking together on the plane of two wine glasses (had it been two coffee or tea cups it would be more ambiguous). If he had not kept her as a chick-on-da-side, he could’ve almost easily told Mo hyeon, “I impregnated this girl before I met you”. And unfortunately, 95% of men in that situation, on this hemisphere or the other – that’s just what they do. He’s weak and can justify it in his mind that he 1) has to take care of his son (which he should, but do so honestly to his wife and his son’s mother); 2) if he doesn’t continue to string Seo won along, she’ll tell his wife about the kid (which if he did it himself, honestly, this excuse goes away); 3) unconciously justify in his mind because he, like most people, get turned on by the illicit “I’m not supposed to be doing this” sex.

        The focus the Kdrama camera put on the two wine glasses on the plane, showing the glasses after BB & Seo won left and lingering on them when Mo hyon walked in (if you recall, we all speculated at the time on did Mo hyeon notice the wine glasses) you can almost infer BB & Seo won joined the mile high club. Well, that might be stretching it but it was definitely done in a guilty way by BB and Seo won, and she had that “I’ve got one up on my rival” expression on her face.

        Also, they haven’t portrayed Seo won as crazy (other than not catching the clue of how dangerous the Jangs are) so her hanging on, playing house when BB shows up by having a homey yet romantic dinner and the homemaker apron on, is also indicative of their relationship. Unlike other kdrama characters where the rejected female villianess creates the homemaker image in a deluded bid to seduce the man of her affections, but he refuses. BB has spent many evenings with Seo won playing his “second common law wife”. No, they didn’t show BB sit down and eat but they made sure we knew this was very common part of their lives and he usually did. He didn’t pick up his son and go eat or hang out (probably afraid they’d be spotted) but painted a complete family picture in Seo won’s mind by continuing a sexual relationship with her. I think it was Pil joo’s sidekick who referred to it as “Mo hyeon being devastated upon learning BB was keeping another apartment”. Whereas if BB was up front, that apartment would’ve just been the cost of upkeep of his son. But it had a different connotation since he didn’t set it up as child support or give Seo won enough money to buy her own apartment.

        The whole scene where he frightened Seo won with the knife is typical of intense relationships culminating in domestic violence. He had strung her along so it took something drastic to make her really believe he was through and she would never become mistress of Mushywon. Which, his actions have made her believe would someday become her place. And through it all, he could justify that “I never told her that”, not realizing (admitting) that not making a clean break and continuing to have sex with her, would leave her to her own lovestruck conclusion-delusion. Happens everyday where women don’t know how they ended up in that situation.

        Not that Seo won is not culpable as well because I’m sure the idea of a fortune is within her grasp if she holds on to what she views as “should’ve been hers” before Mo hyeon came along.

        Just my almost 60-years old take on things. Reach a certain age and you’ve seen so much that it’s oh-so-common and you can see where human beings delude themselves. Oh to have had this knowledge when I was 22! lol and smh

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        • Jane Tilly says:

          Beez you make a compelling case for Seo Won being a chick-on-da-side. When you spell it out, it is logical. I was in denial, hoping Baby Boo 🍼 was a better person. When you look at the self absorbed elders he grew up with, it only makes sense he would be the same. 😟😦

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          • Beez says:

            Unfortunately, in our culture, there are a lot of guys who are not “bad guys” (although I, personally, wouldn’t excuse them).

            The reality is we used to say of our politicians “if he’d cheat on his wife, he’ll cheat on ethics”, etc. But now we say “just because he has a large libido doesn’t mean he can’t run the country honestly”. smh

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            • Your case is compelling for Boo Cheon’s physical relationship with Seo Won.

              Agreed that excusing a second family is not acceptable. Yet society plays dumb when unethical behavior is clearly displayed. People reveal their true selves through their actions. It’s just that simple.

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  2. Drama Fan says:

    Hi KJT, thanks for this recap as usual. I don’t think NMH asked KPJ to leave his revenge. On the contrary, she said something along the lines of “I wish I could ask you to leave everything and come with me but I know I shouldn’t or I know I can’t”. She was emphasizing the fact that she understands his revenge and I daresay she is even cheering for him. She knows those Jangs need to be stopped and that’s what Piljoo is trying to do. I think she is the one who let go of his hand in the end, at least that’s how I see it.

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    • Beez says:

      Verrrry interesting, DF. The subs that I got did confuse me because it had Mo hyun saying “I know I can’t ever forgive you but come with me” all in the same breath. I just chalked it up to a translation thing that I would never understand.

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      • Drama Fan says:

        Viki is being funky with subs lately. I noticed it while watching Lookout and now with I’m not a robot. I recommend you watch Money Flower on Kocowa. They are free on the desktop if you watch it on the same day it airs. They have the subs only a few hours after air and they are pretty good.

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        • Beez says:

          Thanks for the recommendation, Drama Fan.
          You’re watching Lookout! Such a great and believable female lead! Unlike how some shows make a capable female martial artist into an unrealistic superhero that can take down every man they fight. She’s a force to be reckoned with but it’s very realistic.

          By the way, kjt did her “thoughts” brief recaps on that show. I know you don’t comment often, but I’m sure we’d all love to see what you think as you go thru the episodes. Your thoughts on each episode will show up in our emails if you decide to comment.

          And Kim Young-Kwang showed some great acting chops toward the end.

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          • Drama Fan says:

            I finished Lookout. It’s not my favorite drama but certainly it wasn’t boring. I liked both leads and the main team but there were some far fetched situations, some extremely melodramatic moments. I guess Im also tired of corrupt dumb cops. The team leader frustrated me. The villains were boring to me. So yeah, it was fun but I didn’t really connect with that one in a deep level. I guess I liked it as much as Voice. It was alright but I wouldn’t rewatch. The leads however, I liked and will be glad to see again in the future. Overall I’m glad I watched it I guess.

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    • On the contrary, she said something along the lines of “I wish I could ask you to leave everything and come with me but I know I shouldn’t or I know I can’t”.
      I rewatched the scene, which is totally worth a another look. Mo Hyun wants to tell Pil Joo to run away with her. But she doesn’t fully understand the depth of his pain that set his path on revenge so she can’t ask him to leave with her.

      She loves him. She wants him to leave with her. But she respects his right to pursue revenge. Considering Pil Joo is taking his life in his hands (car accidents, assassins) I don’t see her cheering him on. Who would be happy that person they love chooses revenge over them?

      Agree on the hand release.👫

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      • Drama Fan says:

        NMH is so hard to read for me 🙂 so I guess I’m projecting a little through her. I am certainly cheering for KPJ’s revenge but I hope he gets to live and even find peace afterwards.

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