Great Seducer Episodes 29-30

Great Seducer Episode 29


Lee Se Joo (Kim Min Jae) tells Eun Tae Hee (Joy) every dreadful detail about their plan to use her. Cold as ice he shows her the video of their planning session. Stunned she staggers out of the hideout. A security guard sees her distress and answers her phone when she cannot. The security guard tells the caller, Kwon Shi Hyun (Woo Do Hwan), that she’s unwell.


Shi Hyun comes to the building and sees Tae Hee stagger out of the building. He asks why she’s there. Her look tells him all he needs to know. She demands to know why he didn’t let her go when she wanted to break up. Why did he keep reeling her back in and allowing her to forgive him over and over? She guesses the secret he was going to share was the genesis of their relationship. Watching Tae Hee cry rips Shi Hyun’s heart to shreds. He admits that he should have told her earlier but he wanted to cherish who they were before the truth destroyed them. He pleads with her to understand that every day only wanted one more day with her. Tae Hee tells Shi Hyun she doesn’t know who he is and never knew him, only the façade he offered. She declares she never wants to lay eyes on him again. She staggers away.


Shi Hyun finds Se Joo in the hideout. Se Joo is unrepentant for his oversharing that gutted Tae Hee. Shi Hyun hits him once. Se Joo stares at his former friend and leaves. Shi Hyun sits in the empty hideout and cries.

Tae Hee goes to her mother for a safe haven and comfort. The next morning, she tells her mother that she wants to leave Korea when her father exits the country at the end of his trip.

Se Joo finds Choi Soo Ji (Mun Ka Young) still sleeping. He notices the sleeping pills beside her bed. When she wakes, she dismisses his inquiry about the pills. Soo Ji is shocked when Se Joo reveals he told Tae Hee everything. Upset that his friendship with Shi Hyun has been destroyed Soo Ji tells him to blame her for giving him an order to tell Tae Hee everything.

Park Hye Jung calls Soo Ji and explains she ran away from home. Se Joo takes Hye Jung and her boyfriend to the hideout. They are suitably impressed. Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend and the hand picked future husband for Hye Jun, tells Hye Jun’s mother he’ll help her hide that her daughter ran away. But he wants to marry Hye Jung and get the money and power that joining their two families will provide.

Soo Ji’s mother gets a call from the assemblyman she owes at favor to for the new round of testing on the drug the company hopes to launch soon. His favor is inconvenient and she puts her head in his hands. Soo Ji sees her mother struggling and offers support. Soo Ji’s mother tells her that Shi Hyun’s father’s surgery is underway and it will take all day.

Soo Ji finds Shi Hyun in his father’s hospital room. She lies that she told Se Joo to tell Tae Hee everything. Shi Hyun claims not care. He confirms the trio’s relationship is over. He declares they are monsters. He tells Soo Ji their relationship is over. He suggests if they see each other in the future, they ignore each other. Soo Ji stares at Shi Hyun in shock. She can’t believe their relationship is in tatters.

Summary –Tae Hee was destroyed be Se Joo’s truth bomb.

Great Seducer Episode 30

Tae Hee’s mother calls her father to come pick her up. As they drive back to Seoul Tae Hee tells her father she’s leaving the country with him when he leaves at the end of his trip. Tae Hee’s father agrees with her decision.


Tae Hee and Soo Ji run into each other at college. Soo Ji apologizes to Tae Hee for almost running her over in the parking garage. Tae Hee says that finding out that her mother was her hit and run driver must have been a shock. Tae Hee doesn’t want to hear Soo Ji’s apology. She tells Soo Ji she knows all about the trio’s plan to mess with her. She asks Soo Ji how it feels to lose Shi Hyun, the most important person in her life? She calmly tells Soo Ji that she hopes she suffers. Soo Ji points out that until Tae Hee came along, she thought her love for Shi Hyun was mutual. Soo Ji tells Tae Hee that knowing her heart and having the freedom to act on her feelings is a luxury that she doesn’t have. Tae Hee declares she’s going to live a good life and forget about the trio. She wonders if they will be able to forget about what they’ve done.

Soo Ji’s mother gets a call informing her the assemblyman she did a favor for has been arrested on bribery charges and she’s been implicated. Soo Ji is hurried when she sees her mother’s office under search and seizure. Her mother tells her to go home and she’ll handle it.

Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend and the hand-picked future husband for Hye Jun find out where she’s hiding. He takes Hye Jun’s brother, Se Joo’s brother and goes to the hideout. Blissfully unware of the trouble that looms, Hye Jun and her boyfriend enjoy a meal together. The pleasure ends when Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend arrives. Se Joo’s brother bashes Hye Jun’s boyfriend with a golf club and his head bleed profusely. Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend find the bulletin board that detail the original three targets – himself, Hye Jun, and Tae Hee. He calls Se Joo to come to the hideout. Se Joo’s brother bashes him when Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend doesn’t get satisfactory answers. Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend calls Shi Hyun and orders him to come to the hideout. When Shi Hyun arrives, he tells Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend to let the other go. Hye Jun, her brother and her boyfriend are allowed to leave the hideout. Hye Jun calls Tae Hee and explains the dangerous situation Shi Hyun is in. Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend hits Shi Hyun repeatedly until his fists hurt and her turns Se Joo’s brother lose and videotapes the beating.

 Tae Hee calls Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend. He holds the phone in front of Shi Hyun and taunts him. Shi Hyun loses it and starts hitting him. Se Joo’s brother throws a side table but Se Joo warns Shi Hyun who avoids it.

Summary – Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend takes the spotlight this episode. He’s worse than the terrible trio.

My Thoughts

Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend is ready to blow everything to bits to avenge his hurt feelings. I can’t stand this guy. The earth can swallow him whole and I would not care. But he found the proof that he, Hye Jun and Tae Hee were targeted by the trio. Hell hath no fury like a spoiled rich kid scorned.

Kwon Shi Hyun (Woo Do Hwan) was rejected by Tae Hee and this time she won’t take him back. Tae Hee read him the riot act for the trio’s plan and Shi Hyun’s part in it. Shi Hyun couldn’t and didn’t defend his actions. He admitted he withheld the truth even when he knew he had to come clean because of the certainty their relationship would be destroyed. Shi Hyun’s tears didn’t affect Tae Hee this time and she told him she never wanted to see him again. Shi Hyun came to Se Joo’s rescue when Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend called. He got a beating for his troubles.

Choi Soo Ji (Mun Ka Young) was rejected by Shi Hyun and this time he won’t allow her back in his life. She saw her mother’s distress when her office was searched and had to listen to her mother assure her she could handle it. Soo Ji knew differently but walked away as her mother asked. Her apology to Tae Hee didn’t garner any points with Tae Hee.

Lee Se Joo (Kim Min Jae) offered his hideout to Hye Jung. Little did he know that favor would cause him pain.  When his brother based him in the back on Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend’s order it was another data point on how dysfunctional Se Joo’s family dynamics are. Se Joo supported Soo Ji and worried about her. Even the knife he plunged in Tae Hee, I still like this flawed unloved but desperate to be loved guy.

Eun Tae Hee (Joy) rejected Shi Hyun and this time she won’t take him back.  Tae Hee’s father and mother quietly supported her. I’ve got to give Tae Hee credit for taking a licking and still going forward. Her discussions with the trio showed her backbone and mostly level-headed thinking. I loved it when she told Soo Ji she hoped she suffered.

What’s my wish list for the final episode (split episodes 31 and 32)?
* Everyone lives.
*
Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend doesn’t dominate the final episode. He’s scum.
* I don’t foresee a happy ending. All the characters are in a tangled mess.

Ranking the episode (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank these episodes as very good. My episode ranking chart is below.

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12 comments on “Great Seducer Episodes 29-30
  1. Beez says:

    Not one redeemable person among the bunch.
    They can all cry buckets of tears and I don’t feel sorry for them. Only exemptions are Hye Jun and her poor unsuspecting innocent bystander boyfriend.

    “Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend…He’s worse than the terrible trio.” kjt
    I gotta disagree with you on this one, kjt. Ki young (aka Loser X) may be a total azzhat but a person can see that and decide whether he’s worth getting/staying involved with, even marrying. (Meaning he’s not plotting and conniving and playing games other than the game all the 1% play and acknowledge that they marry for M&A so it’s not deceitful.)

    But there’s something wrong at the core of the Toxic Trio. Even Shi hyun’s “growth” only pertains to Tae hee. I don’t think that he understands you shouldn’t “F” with anyone’s emotions and very lives because you wouldn’t want it done to you or somebody you care about so if you’re not evil incarnate you shouldn’t purposely inflict pain on anyone. The growth doesn’t extend that far, IMO. No one matters to the Toxic Trio except themselves and the few people they care about.

    I think we all should step back from the fact that the show had us spend time with the Toxic Trio and empathize with their home lives. Would we have sympathy with Loser X if we’d been shown minute of his backstory, spent more time with him (and if he liked like Woo Do Hwa💦👅💦)?

    I truly believe if we were shown (or not shown) equal time with all of these characters, we’d feel like Loser X was the righteous (but obnoxious) one, giving the real (or worse) bad guys what they deserve!

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    • I gotta disagree with you on this one, kjt. Ki young (aka Loser X) may be a total azzhat but a person can see that and decide whether he’s worth getting/staying involved with, even marrying.
      I don’t see much difference in his self-center behavior and Soo Ji’s self-centered behavior. It’s why he understood her, they were alike in that regard. His willingness to have Se Joo’s brother be his muscle was a real turn off.

      Shi hyun’s “growth” only pertains to Tae hee. I don’t think that he understands you shouldn’t “F” with anyone’s emotions and very lives because you wouldn’t want it done to you or somebody you care about
      Shi Hyun demonstrated restraint and respect with Tae Hee’s mother and Soo Ji’s mother during emotionally charged conversations about being his father’s mistress (Tae Hee’s mother) and lying about hitting Tae Hee and manipulating his mother (Soo Ji’s mother). His control was based in his caring for Tae Hee and Soo Ji.

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      • Beez says:

        Right, but it didn’t extend to anyone outside people he cares about. (Plus, he said he went to see Ceramic lady specifically to “hurt her” – to cause her to carry guilt about the situation. But in her case, IMO, his wanting to hurt her is understandable and normal human emotional reaction. Before Tae hee, he and his crew just enjoyed the mayhem on random people.

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  2. Jane Tilly says:

    “Not one redeemable person among the bunch.
    They can all cry buckets of tears and I don’t feel sorry for them. Only exemptions are Hye Jun and her poor unsuspecting innocent bystander boyfriend.” -Beez

    Tae Hee 🏺, Kyung Joo 🤩, Hye Jung 🐰 and her boyfriend are the unsuspecting innocent bystanders in this series. Beez may have a valid point that if we were given the backstory on Soo Ji’s ex, Ki Young 💩, we might have pity on him too. But since we don’t and we have seen him bully Hye Jung 🐰 and her brother throughout the series, he is an easy target to hate.

    Ki Young 💩 is dispecable❗ Ki Young 💩 has tried to manipulate and control Hye Jung 🐰 and her emotionally challenged brother. Ki Young 💩 was deceptive to Hye Jung’s 🐰 family to win their favor to marry Hye Jung 🐰 as a way of improving his status. Hye Jung 🐰 has had Ki Young’s 💩 number for a while. Ki Young 💩 has bullied Hye Jung 🐰 and her brother throughout the series and revealed his true colors to Hye Jung’s mom in these episodes.

    While Ki Young 💩 may not be as deceptive as the Toxic ☣️ Trio, but I think he is not far from the same level as them.

    I have mixed feelings about Shi Hyun 🕺🌹; since he seems to have remorse for his initial intentions and actions AND was planning a full confession, I feel like he MAY BE redeemable. I do not think Shi Hyun 🕺🌹 deserves to get Tae Hee 🏺. Since the inspiration story Dangerous Liasons, does not have have a happy ending, I don’t expect one for this series.

    I think KJT’s wish list is very reasonable to have all the characters live and Ki Young 💩 not dominate the episode. I would add would be that the innocent bystanders, Tae Hee 🏺, Kyung Joo 🤩, Hye Jung 🐰 and her boyfriend find peace ☮️. I want the rotten adults (Young Won ⚱️, Seok Woo ✌️❌ and Mi Ri 👩‍⚕️), Toxic ☣️ Trio and Ki Young 💩 to take responsibility for their evil actions.

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    • While Ki Young 💩 may not be as deceptive as the Toxic ☣ Trio, but I think he is not far from the same level as them.
      Yep, he is cut from the same cloth as Soo Ji. Two sides of the same coin.

      I have mixed feelings about Shi Hyun 🕺🌹; since he seems to have remorse for his initial intentions and actions AND was planning a full confession, I feel like he MAY BE redeemable.
      I believe in Shi Hyun’s growth. As I noted above to Beez, Shi Hyun was kind to Tae Hee and Soo Ji’s mother during difficult conversations. He learned to be more honest in his conversations. He was considerate to his Grandmother. And when he fell in love with Tae Hee…that was real and raw for him.

      I would add would be that the innocent bystanders, Tae Hee 🏺, Kyung Joo 🤩, Hye Jung 🐰 and her boyfriend find peace ☮. I want the rotten adults (Young Won ⚱, Seok Woo ✌❌ and Mi Ri 👩‍⚕️), Toxic ☣ Trio and Ki Young 💩 to take responsibility for their evil actions.
      Agreed that the innocent bystanders deserve happiness in the end. The adults have never been held accountable in the series and I don’t expect that to change.

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      • Beez says:

        I can’t believe I’m defending Ki Young, lol, but here goes –
        Ki Young wasn’t trying to fool anybody. His behavior is acceptable within their social stratosphere. He’s no different than Hye Jung’s mother (and everyone else in that world) in that they all know they marry for A&M. He never pretended any love or even affection for Hye Jung. He appeared in Hye Jung’s life as part of this parental agreement. The only time he came close to the Toxic Trio’s methods was in his pretending with Shi joo, and he did that at the behest of her mother. Hmmmmm, Shi joo didn’t like someone stringing her along and playing with her emotions. How ironic. I would’ve felt sorry for her by but we’d already seen her be a full participant in helping Shi hyun & Se joo treat women that exact same way. No, correction not the exact same because I don’t think she had a full sexual relationship with Ki young whereas Shi hyun and Se joo were notching bed posts and not even dumping women in person.

        Just call me Beez, Champion of Slimeball Ki Young. 💪

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  3. Table122000 says:

    Real life intervened, but I was finally able to watch the last episodes of this drama. I didn’t understand Ki Young’s sudden transformation from annoying asshole to violent psychotic, until a poster on another board pointed out that this is writer’s lame tie-in to original source material. Once again, not really working for me, writer. Shi Hyun & Se joo both get “punished” by Ki Young, so where is Soo Ji’s punishment, huh? Call me mean or bloodthirsty, but I really wanted to see her get backslapped by Ki Young in the name of vengeance for Tae Hee. Tae Hee’s little talk with Soo Ji was very unsatisfying on the payback scale for me. It seemed that even now after losing Shi Hyun, Soo Ji still really doesn’t understand what was wrong about her behavior.
    I agree with KJT that of the Trio, Shi hyun did show some personal growth and possibility of redemption since he clearly showed that he understood his actions were wrong and his past behavior was cruel. He showed remorse for his past behaviors and actions. And when the opportunity came with Tae Hee’s Mom and Soo Ji’s Mom, he showed some restraint.

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    • I didn’t understand Ki Young’s sudden transformation from annoying asshole to violent psychotic, until a poster on another board pointed out that this is writer’s lame tie-in to original source material
      The writer ignored the source material most of the time. No need to try and tie in at the end.

      where is Soo Ji’s punishment, huh? Call me mean or bloodthirsty, but I really wanted to see her get backslapped by Ki Young in the name of vengeance for Tae Hee. Tae Hee’s little talk with Soo Ji was very unsatisfying on the payback scale for me. It seemed that even now after losing Shi Hyun, Soo Ji still really doesn’t understand what was wrong about her behavior.
      Soo Ji didn’t “get” what she did wrong nor did she suffer except for the loss of Se Joo and Shi Hyun. It was unsatisfying.

      Shi hyun did show some personal growth and possibility of redemption since he clearly showed that he understood his actions were wrong and his past behavior was cruel
      Shi Hyun’s growth was the best part of the series in my book. The romance worked for me too.

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      • Jane Tilly says:

        I concur the source material was practically irrelevant; I did read that was “loosely” based on Dangerous Liasons … they were NOT kidding on that point. “Goodbye Mr Black” was supposed to be based on “The Count of Monte Cristo” … another “loosely” based drama.

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  4. Table122000 says:

    Yes, the drama was definitely a loose adaptation and many of the original novel elements often felt like they were shoehorned in. It felt like the producers came to the writer and said “hey we’re doing an adaptation of Cruel Intentions, will you write the script?” Writer; “Sure”-
    Later writer thinks to self- “I’ve already written a youth melodrama about parents who have a history together and their messed up kids. I can just tweak a few things and use it for this project! So I don’t have to write from scratch-Score!”

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