Great Seducer Episode 31
Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend, Se Joo’s brother neutralize Lee Se Joo (Kim Min Jae). They lure Kwon Shi Hyun (Woo Do Hwan) to the hideout and beat me. When Tae Hee calls Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend, he taunts Shi Hyun by holding the phone up displaying her name. When things go from bad to worse, Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend calls Tae Hee and promises he’ll hurt Shi Hyun to payback the pain she was put through. Eun Tae Hee (Joy) orders him not to hurt Shi Hyun. That’s not what he wanted to hear and Shi Hyun is hurt even more. Tae Hee rushes to the hideout to find Shi Hyun battered and bloody. She rushes to his side. Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend can’t believe she’s on Shi Hyun’s side. Tae Hee retorts she’s not on the side of criminals that batter others. She calls the police. Horrified Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend grabs the golf club to teach Tae Hee a lesson. Shi Hyun throws his body in front of Tae Hee and his head receives the crushing blow from the golf club. Shi Hyun crumbles to the floor. Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend and Se Joo’s brother leave the carnage behind them and flee.
Shi Hyun is rushed to the hospital and into surgery. A distraught Tae Hee waits for Shi Hyun to survive surgery. After the surgery the doctor tells Tae Hee that the swelling on his brain will take time to dissipate and he’ll remain in a coma state until then.
Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend visits Choi Soo Ji (Mun Ka Young) and says her mother will be released that day. He offers his family’s law services. Soo Ji orders him out of the house. He gleefully shows Soo Ji picture of the batter Se Joo and then the bloodied Shi Hyun. He correctly points out that Soo Ji is the instigator of this mess. He KNOWS she plotted against him, Tae Hee and Park Hye Jung while Shi Hyun and Se Joo did her bidding like always. Soo Ji can’t deny the truth and says nothing.
Soo Ji visits Se Joo whose hand is bandaged. They visit the comatose Shi Hyun where Tae Hee faithfully waits for him to wake. Soo Ji cries.
Tae Hee tells her father she can’t leave Korea until she knows that Shi Hyun has woken and is physically healthy. She understands her father’s long standing one-sided love for her mother. She admits she can’t stop her heart from loving Shi Hyun.
Se Joo takes Soo Ji home and watches her take sleeping pills to fall asleep earlier. He bid her sweet dreams. Soo Ji stares at the bottle of pills and swallows many more pills. She hallucinates Shi Hyun giving her flowers. She goes to the bathroom and fills a glass vase with water. The vase slips through her fingers and shatters on the floor. Soo Ji ends up on the floor with her wrist slashed. Her mother finds her and cries.
Se Joo cries when he visits the sleeping Soo Ji in the hospital.
Hye Jung returns home. Her mother grounds her. Her mother tells her she doesn’t have to marry Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend. Hye Jung is stunned that her mother broke the engagement.
Shi Hyun’s Grandmother visits her son, Shi Hyun’s father in the hospital. His brain surgery was successful and his vision is good. She shocks him with the news that Shi Hyun IS his biological son. He flashes back to Shi Hyun’s mother giving him the doctored DNA results during their divorce settlement discussion. He visits the comatose Shi Hyun in his room.
Tae Hee goes to Shi Hyun’s house to get familiar items to bring comfort to Shi Hyun. She finds photos of them, the album she gave him and finally THE album he made for her. She packs it all into a suitcase and heads to the hospital. She finds Shi Hyun’s father crying over his sleeping son. She steps out of the room to give them privacy.
Summary –Shi Hyun takes a blow to the head to protect Tae Hee and ends up in a coma.
Great Seducer Episode 32
Tae Hyu unpacks the belongs she bought from Shi Hyun’s apartment and talks to him while he languishes in a coma. She promises to stay by his side and implores him to wake. Tae Hee finally THE album he made for her. In it she finds drawings of her along with words of remorse for the wrongs he did to her and love her felt for her. He admits if he could go back in time he wouldn’t tempt her with lies, treat her badly and make her cry. Instead he would be sincere and honest about his feelings for her. He hopes he never forgets the beautiful memories they made together. Tae Hee cries and tells Shi Hyun that she liked him. She smiled for her because he was in her world. She implores him to wake so she can smile once again.
Soo Ji walks alone and wonders where Se Joo is. She remembers the endless times he offered her support. She wishes she could be by his side so he wouldn’t be alone.
When Tae Hee arrives at the hospital with Kyung Joo they see doctors rushing into Shi Hyun’s room. Afraid she asks Kyung Joo to see what has happened. Kyung Joo hugs her and reports Shi Hyun has woken. They both cry.
Shi Hyun is examined and physically healthy by the doctor. They leave. Shi Hyun notices all the items from his home scattered around the room. He knows Tae Hee brought them.
Tae Hee tells Kyung Joo now that Shi Hyun is physically healthy she’s going to leave. She hopes one day in the future they can see each other without emotional pain. Tae Hee thanks Kyung Joo for her friendship. She exits the hospital. She wishes Shi Hyun to be heathy and well, for he was her first love.
Kyung Joo gives Shi Hyun the flowers from Tae Hee and informs him that Tae Hee stayed by his side until he woke. She leaves. Shi Hyun cries.
Tae Hee and her father prepare to leave the country. Tae Hee hugs her mother and says she understand the heartache of love. Her mother declares Tae Hee will be stronger than she was.
Shi Hyun walks outside and imagines Tae Hee. He looks at the photo album Tae Hee made him. He smiles.
Soo Ji wishes Shi Hun a happy birthday by herself. Se Joo wishes Shi Hyun happy birthday by himself.
Tae Hee is scolded by her boss for staying late and falling asleep. She is full of ideas. He calls her a workaholic. One her desk is one of the pictures Shi Hyun drew of her.
Shi Hyun’s father’s assistant visits Soo Ji’s mother. He has been promoted. She’s paid for her crimes. He tells her if she ever wants to return to work to call him. They smile.
Tae Hee’s mother prepares for a big exhibit. Flowers are delivered for her. She can’t help but smile at the flowers.
Tae Hee briefs her progress to her coworkers. She talks about a job she’s doing for a building owner that only communicates via email and at 3am in the morning. Her boss tells her to go visit the site. Tae Hee’s mother calls her about the exhibit. She thanks her for the flowers. Tae Hee says she didn’t send flowers. Tae Hee’s boss brings Tae Hee a bouquet of flowers. They are identical to the ones Tae Hee’s mother received. There is no card. Tae Hee can’t help but smile at the flowers.
Soo Ji practices and remembers Shi Hyun sharpening her pencil in high school. She receives a bouquet of flowers. She reads the card. She smiles.
Tae Hee emails the building owner at 3pm with her progress. She says they’ll meet in 2 days.
Tae Hee celebrates Shi Hyun’s birthday by herself. She wonders what birthday wish he made this year. She makes her own wish and blows out the candles.
Se Joo plays Soo Ji’s music while he works in the eatery (in Japan?). The patrons know he’s mourning his first love when he listens to that music. After the eatery closes, Se Joo drinks alone. Soo Ji enters the eatery. He can’t believe it. They stare at each other. She smiles. She hugs him. She tells him that Shi Hyun revealed where he was. Se Joo hugs her and thanks the “Queen” for coming to him.
Tae Hee goes to the site where the new building is. She enters the lobby and admires the drawings and the building. She really looks at the paintings. They feature places from her relationship with Shi Hyun. She is flooded with memories of their relationship. She rushes upstairs. She finds the owner on the rooftop. He turns. It’s Shi Hyun! She stares in shock. He walks to her and says it’s been too long. She can’t believe she didn’t see the obvious, that he was the building owner. He smiles. She chides him for waiting. He reminds her of the words she said at the hospital, to not interact until they could see each other without pain. He smiles and declares he’s a man now. She hugs him and cries. Shi Hyun declares it’s wonderful to see her. He smiles. She smiles. They hug.
Summary – It’s a happy ending for all.
This series which was mired in jealously, lies, and pain ended happily for all the characters. I’m surprised by this. I’m pleased that the series took a different path than the book. Time heals all wounds. Maturity makes one see the truth about yourself. New opportunities create growth. Writer Kim Bo Yeon wrapped up this series with a big happy ending bow. Amazing.
My nitpick was the reveal that Shi Hyun’s mother did give his father a false DNA report that showed that Shi Hyun was not his biological son. That seemed out of character and cruel for a woman to stoically stayed married until he wanted a divorce. But the sting of divorce if unwanted by her, could have made this cruel act the perfect revenge. Nope, I can’t convince myself that is true. She loved Shi Hyun. She wouldn’t have hurt him like that.
Kwon Shi Hyun (Woo Do Hwan) took a hit for Tae Hee and stirred her heart to him again. The whole confrontation with Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend and Se Joo’s brother was a bit silly but it created the situation for Shi Hyun to demonstrate his willingness to sacrifice for Tae Hee. She knew absolutely that he saved her. That rekindled her heart. I liked that Shi Hyun was able to move on without her and that he subtly pulled her into his orbit when he hired the architecture firm to build a building for him. I liked the bouquets of flowers he sent to the women in he cared for to facilitate their love. I liked Shi Hyun’s evolution and Woo Do Hwan’s portrayal hit the right notes for me.
Choi Soo Ji (Mun Ka Young) heard the hard truth from her loser ex-boyfriend and she couldn’t deny it. While I disliked Soo Ji’s ex-boyfriend he summed the situation up perfectly – Soo Ji was the mastermind to hurt three human targets because she was mad at him for dumping her. Soo Ji convinced her faithful minions – Se Joo and Shi Hyun – to do her bidding. IT WAS ALL HER IDEA. Soo Ji could not and did not refute it. I thought the many sleeping pills was a suicide attempt. I was glad that she focused on her music and graduated. Then she was ready to reach out to Se Joo. Shi Hyun was her fairy godmother in hooking her up with Se Joo.
Lee Se Joo (Kim Min Jae) finally got the girl. When his brother and Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend’s tied his hands behind his back, I was surprised how little he did to help Shi Hyun when he was being beaten. He was distraught when Soo Ji ended up in the hospital after the accident due to the overdose of pills. He did visit Shi Hyun in the hospital. He wished Shi Hyun and Soo Ji well even when though their relationship was dissolved. Writer Kim granted Se Joo his fondest wish when Soo Ji pursued him and hugged him. Se Joo could hardly believe it as his arms went around the woman he loved.
Eun Tae Hee (Joy) couldn’t leave Shi Hyun’s side until he was recovered. I liked that Tae Hee had a decent relationship with her mother at the end of the series. She admitted to her mother that loving someone could put you in a situation that made you do unexpected things. She also told her father she understood that you couldn’t control your heart. I liked that Tae Hee stuck by Shi Hyun but stepped away when he woke. She was right to give them time to heal. I liked that she didn’t leave Korea, instead she finished school and pursued a career. Shi Hyun’s drawing of her on her desk signaled he was still her love. I liked Tae Hee. She took many lickings and still moved forward. She was more honest and forthright than any other character. She didn’t play the games the trio indulged in making her a breath of fresh air to Shi Hyun and sparking his love. This unlikely couple worked for me.
How did I do on my wish list for the final episode (split episodes 31 and 32)?
* Everyone lives. GRANTED. Writer Kim veered from the book and Shi Hyun did not die.
* Soo Ji’s loser ex-boyfriend doesn’t dominate the final episode. He’s scum. GRANTED. He did have a valuable moment when he correctly told Soo Ji she was the mastermind whose actions created this mess.
* I don’t foresee a happy ending. All the characters are in a tangled mess. NOT GRANTED. I’m pleasantly surprised that Writer Kim granted everyone a happy ending.
Ranking the episode (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank these episodes as very good. My episode ranking chart is below.