Great Seducer Episode 21
Kwon Shi Hyun (Woo Do Hwan) brings a drunk Eun Tae Hee (Joy) home. He tends the cut on her hand. He leaves the outer part of his mother’s necklace (he already gave Tae Hee the inner part of the necklace). He strokes her hair and tells her that things will get better for both of them…with time.
Tae Hee wakes to a splitting head. She spies the fresh bandage on her hand. She finds the outer part of Shi Hyun’s necklace. She goes across the hall to talk to him but he’s getting into the elevator. She rushes outside and manages to catch him. She demands to know why he bandaged her hand and why he left the other half of his mother’s necklace. She doesn’t believe that he dislikes her. Shi Hyun lies he pities her. Tae Hee urges him to be honest. Shi Hyun admits that his mother was the hit and run driver that struck her 2 years ago. Tae Hee assures him that he has nothing to feel guilty about. She asks him to give them another chance. Shi Hyun’s heart won’t let him suppress the truth. He cries and hugs her.
Later in his apartment, Shi Hyun apologizes for his bad behavior. She accepts his apology. He tells Tae Hee that he found out who his father was seeing on the side. He admits he plans to meet with this woman. Tae Hee understands the anger he must feel for this woman. She hated the man that held her mother’s heart from loving her father. She asks if Shi Hyun really needs to see this woman. He believes he must.
Shi Hyun drives to Tae Hee’s mother’s studio. He tells her who his father is. Tae Hee’s mother is stunned. Shi Hyun tells her that his mother hit a young girl 2 years ago driving to see her. Tae Hee’s mother has no words. Shi Hyun leaves. Tae Hee’s mother rushes after him and apologizes. Shi Hyun drives away with tears in his eyes. Tae Hee’s mother puts it together. Shi Hyun’s mother hit Tae Hee. She’s floored by the tangled web.
Shi Hyun meets his father (not bio-dad). He accuses his father of using him and Soo Ji’s mother to secure his power in the company. He admits he met his father’s lover. Shi Hyun’s father stuns Shi Hyun with the news that Soo Ji asked him not to marry her mother so she could marry Shi Hyun. Floored, Shi Hyun can’t believe it.
Meanwhile, Choi Soo Ji (Mun Ka Young) meets Lee Se Joo (Kim Min Jae). He suggests that they stop hurting each other and start supporting each other. He notices Soo Ji is driving again. Soo Ji admits the car has been sitting in the garage for 2 years. Later Soo Ji almost hits Tae Hee when she dashes into the road to retrieve her school project. Tae Hee stares at the car. She wonders about the car.
Soo Ji’s mother meets with the assemblyman to ask him to facilitate the next round of drug testing. He agrees for a price. Soo Ji’s mother is forced to agree. She needs the successful drug testing to marry Shi Hyun’s father. Shi Hyun’s father’s assistant (who is in love with Soo Ji’s mother) promises to help her should the lie that Shi Hyun’s mother hit Tae Hee come to light. Soo Ji’s mother tells him the car is secure in her garage. Little does she know that Soo Ji is driving it.
A moment of levity is provided when Park Hye Jung calls Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend a lying leech. Her brother laughs at his sister’s bold spot-on assessment.
Summary – Excellent episode. The younger actors were more truthful than the adults.
Great Seducer Episode 22
Shi Hyun meets his father (not bio-dad) and drops the bomb that he met his lover. Shi Hyun offers additional scathing words before leaving. Shi Hyun’s father calls Tae Hee’s mother but she doesn’t pick up.
Shi Hyun goes to the trio’s hideout to find Soo Ji and Se Joo with a birthday cake and festive decorations. Shi Hyun demands to know why Soo Ji asked his father to allow them to marry. On the defensive Soo Ji points out the prize of their bet was marriage. She demands to know if Shi Hyun no longer wants that. Shi Hyun confirms his feelings have changed. Stunned, Soo Ji demands to know if Shi Hyun pretended to break up with Tae Hee to learn his father’s lover’s name. Shi Hyun admits that his mother was the hit and run driver that hurt Tae Hee. He says the guilt of that was the reason why he broke up with Tae Hee. He says Tae Hee refused to accept his guilt and they are reunited. He tells Soo Ji and Se Joo the easy carefree days are over. He leaves and remembers a previous birthday celebration where they were happy.
Soo Ji can’t believe what Shi Hyun just told them. Se Joo encourages Soo Ji to be truthful that she likes Shi Hyun. He points out all her actions only drive Shi Hyun away. He admits his own lack of courage to pursue what he wants. Soo Ji leaves upset.
When Soo Ji returns home, her mother demands to know why she asked her marriage to be set aside so she and Shi Hyun could marry. Soo Ji’s mother drops the bomb that Shi Hyun is not biologically related to Shi Hyun. Soo Ji grapples with the past clues and her clueless state over this revelation. Her mother won’t give up her plan to marry Shi Hyun’s father.
A moment of levity is provided when Park Hye Jung studies with Tae Hee and her boyfriend arrives singling cute jingles about math equation to help her remember. Tae Hee can only chuckle at the young love.
Shi Hyun drives to his apartment to find Tae Hee waiting outside for her. Tae Hee has a flashback of finding an injured woman in a similar car (Shi Hyun’s mother) and rushing down the dark road to find help only to be hit by another car. Tae Hee doesn’t understand what the flashback means.
Shi Hyun and Tae Hee walk under the blossoms. One falls in Tae Hee’s hand and she declares that means her love for him won’t fade. Shi Hyun holds out his hand but the blossoms won’t fall in his hand. He wonders if his love is doomed.
In her apartment Tae Hee sings Happy Birthday and they share his candles each making a birthday wish. Tae Hee admonishing Shi Hyun to keep his wish a secret. She presents him with a photo album of the two of them.
Later in his apartment Shi Hyun sketches Tae Hee and admits that he wished that Tae Hee not be saddled with him for a lifetime when he reveals all. He doesn’t believe he deserves her forgiveness but rather banishment.
Summary – Shi Hyun has an aurora of foreshadowing around him.
Our couple reunited. Tae Hee stopped Shi Hyun from walking out of her life. Shi Hyun admitted the truth. She forgave him when he apologized. But their happiness torpedoed Soo Ji’s hope that she and Shi Hyun would be a couple. Se Joo pointed out her actions drove Shi Hyun away. But the glow around our couple is tainted with foreshadowing of something to do with Shi Hyun. The ratings for this show may be dreadful, but I’ve enjoyed the last several episodes and consider these two episodes strong.
Kwon Shi Hyun (Woo Do Hwan) admitted his truth. He told his father he met with his lover. His interaction with Tae Hee’s mother was surprisingly kind. He told Tae Hee that his mother was the driver that hit her. He apologized for his mistreatment of Tae Hee. He gratefully reengaged with the Tae Hee. He told Soo Ji their bet to marry was no longer an option and that further bets wouldn’t happen either. This was a strong episode for Shi Hyun. He finally wondered who his bio-dad was. The camera lovingly captures Woo Do Hwan’s beauty. Shi Hyun cried multiple times as he grappled with the emotions of meeting his father’s lover (and Tae Hee’s mother), his mother’s crime against Tae Hee, etc. His birthday wish was honest but sad. He believes Tae Hee is better off without him.
Choi Soo Ji (Mun Ka Young) realized Shi Hyun has slipped through her fingers. She assumed Shi Hyun would be available when she finally decided to reel him in. But he told her he loves another and their games were over. She deserved that. Soo Ji’s concern for Shi Hyun’s pain after her mother told her that Shi Hyun isn’t biologically related does show she loves him. Soo Ji doesn’t know she’s driving the car that hit Tae Hee.
Lee Se Joo (Kim Min Jae) was supportive of Soo Ji. He pointed out her machinations were driving Shi Hyun away not closer. He admitted his own cowardness in not admitting his feelings. I like this character but don’t see happiness in the near term.
Eun Tae Hee (Joy) reunited with Shi Hyun. She boldly demanded he listen. She told her truth. He told his truth. She accepted his apology just like the elderly woman in the nursing home advised. Tae Hee’s love is sweet, pure, and easy to watch. Will she realize that the memory of the woman in Shi Hyun’s car is the prelude to her hit and run accident? Will she realize the unconscious driver she found was Shi Hyun’s mother?
Ranking the episode (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode 21 as terrific and episode 22 as very good. My episode ranking chart is below.
The fourth song of the OST “Side” by Yang Da Il is another pretty ballad. Check it out: