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April 27, 2013

Seoyoung My Daughter – Episode 49-50

HERE BE SPOILERS

EPISODE 49
Oh wow. Check out Sam Jae’s past life review. Who would have guessed that he actually cyber-stalked Seo Young to her home with Woo Jae? I figured he just looked it up in the phone book.

The hand and foot close-ups at emotional climaxes throughout Seoyoung My Daughter really detract from the flow of the drama. It’s a shameful waste of the actors’ talents to confine them to this form of expression. Seriously, director Yoo – that’s what faces are for!

At first I thought Woo Jae’s angst was over being ejected from the family group by Seo Young (just when he was making progress by catching her as she fainted! rats!). All about himself again, so no sympathy from me. But oh, yeah, Sam Jae was injured rescuing him, so I became more sympathetic. For about 5 seconds.

It turns out he’s not so concerned about whether Sam Jae lives or dies, but about what that means for his chances with Seo Young (who, may we just pause to remember, is his ex-wife). Once again I’m thinking fiercely at a Kang family member, “This isn’t about you! Get over yourself!” Could self-centeredness be genetic? Maybe, but that’s no excuse.

And then Woo Jae eavesdrops, and receives an eavesdropper’s punishment, hearing only what he most fears. He and Ho Heong should form an eavesdroppers’ support group. Is it just me, or is the writer saying, if you’re going to eavesdrop, don’t quit too soon?

As for Sang Woo, who claims to be such an expert on what his sister can’t survive, why does he keep telling her to go home? Doesn’t he know she’ll regret it for the rest of her life if Sam Jae dies in the hospital while she’s not there? I’m having a hard time buying fragile-basket-case-martyr Seo Young. I hope she’s over soon.

Min Seok and Gang Sun reconcile over a sum[ptuous breakfast
Ji Seon and Ki Beom discuss family matters in their new double bed
The Gang Sun/Min Seok and Ji Seon/Ki Beom reconciliations are way too neat. The rather overwhelming personality defects of Ki Beom and Gang Sun have just melted away. Too bad. I couldn’t help wondering who would’ve come out ahead in a contest. Wouldn’t they make the perfect couple? Min Seok and Ji Seon seem like a good match too, come to think of it, as long as they have sensible children to handle practical matters for them. Materialist with materialist, and intuitive with intuitive.

Ho Jeong comforts Sang WuAw, what a sweet Ho Jeong/Sang Woo moment. Reminds me of the wedding night of Nyeon and Ha Jin in Emperor of the Sea. There are deeper intimacies than sex. Luckily, they are also more acceptable to show on family television :)

There’s a certain irony to Sung Jae ending up as a manager, albeit a manager of actors. He’s his father’s son after all.

The detail of Ji Seon’s flashbacks is remarkable. Does anyone really remember their regrettable past words as they were heard by others?

I had forgotten that Gang Sun still didn’t know about Seo Young. I’m amazed that she got as far into the meal as she did before she told all. Not that I think the secret should be kept. But once it reached Gang Sun, any chance of that was over.

Shim Deok the philosopher: “Life is so ruthless. It doesn’t let us live in peace.” Not really an “up” kind of person, is she?

But she shouldn’t blame “life.” It’s writers who never leave characters in peace, because they have been taught that only conflict is interesting. This is what comes of overspecializing. If psychology and literature weren’t such widely separated disciplines, word might get back to them what an extremely dysfunctional assumption that is.

Wow, I thought Seo Young was a guilt-wallower, but Woo Jae trumps her with his re-enactment of Sam Jae’s accident. For a minute, I thought he might get hit by another car while absorbed in his regrets. It would be karmic, right? But no.

On the other hand, Seo Young’s conversation with her father’s voicemail was one of the more touching moments in their relationship, perhaps because he wasn’t actually present. For most of Seoyoung My Daughter, one or both of them was being so annoyingly dense about one thing or another that it was hard to care about their pain.

And once again, Woo Jae quits eavesdropping too soon. See, I told you that was the moral. But even though he scolds his parents for expecting Seo Young to think about anything besides her dad right now, he ignores his own advice, assuming the worst, and torturing himself with it. Pabo! He was so wrapped up in his own self that he completely missed the fact that Seo Young wasn’t agreeing about their relationship being over.

But could the elder Kangs be right about what it will take to bring Sam Jae back from his boat ride on the Styx? To see Seo Young and Woo Jae together again? Well, send Woo Jae a sign then, for goodness sakes! He can hardly hold his coat up! I want to feel his pain, especially so they’ll stop all those eerie reflection shots of him, but isn’t he just making it all about him one more time?

So, Seo Young finally found her tongue again. Not that she’s making a lot of sense. If Woo Jae understood her so well, he wouldn’t be schlumpfing around like his dog died in the overest oversweater ever. At least we finally found out why she was taking the pill. And then welling music and whirling camerawork try to inject some juice into another glue-faced Kdrama kiss. It doesn’t help. Totally immobile liplocks just aren’t passionate.


EPISODE 50 – FINAL EPISODE
Let’s see, is there anything left that anyone doesn’t know? Have we abandoned all the peripheral characters? Good riddance to Seon Woo, but I kinda held out hope for Eun Su and Sung Jae, once he got over the whole seeing-himself-as-she-saw-him thing. But we never really got to know her except from his (deluded) point of view, so I guess a reappearance isn’t in the cards.

Then there’s Mi Kyung and Gyeong Ho. Mi Kyung has renewed her commitment to medicine like she was taking the veil, so I don’t know whether Gyeong Ho has a chance.

Well, it seems the kiss, however bloodless, at least set dad’s heart racing, sort of a Sleeping-Beauty-by-proxy arrangement. And Sang Woo welcomes him back to the world of the living by scolding him? Ki Beom can’t seem to decide if he wants Woo Jae and Seo Young together or apart. Or maybe it doesn’t matter, as long as he’s boss.

Hah! Even Seo Young says Woo Jae is “a bit of a jerk!” And “pompous”! And Sam Jae said he was stubborn and had to get his way. But as with Ho Jeong, persistent true love overcomes any minor obstacles of compatibility or preference.

Sam Jae raises a good point when he wonders where Seo Young and Sang Woo got their smarts. Must’ve been mom.

Sheesh, all these if-onlys and coulda-beens. How far back are you gonna go with that? And you don’t really know how anything would’ve turned out. And now Seo Young blames herself for being born, because it interfered with her father’s career plans?! Like little embryo Seo Young had a choice about that?!

Ki Beom speaks very respectfully to Sam Jae, using polite speech, and addressing him as an elder. This can’t be the real Ki Beom. It must be the Stepford husband who replaced him. Ah, but now he’s planning other peoples’ lives. That’s more like the Ki Beom we know and hate.

Americans hug to say hello? Why didn’t anyone tell me? So, what do we do for good bye? See, this is why it’s important to watch Korean drama. I’ll bet all you anti-Kdrama snoots didn’t know you were supposed to be hugging either, did you? Come on now, admit it. I’ll accept your apology and we’ll hug, like Americans.

And Woo Jae proves Seo Young’s assessment of him. Didn’t someone say “cocky” in the last episode? Wait, he said that himself, right? I think he’s been reading Agent Booth’s belt buckle. But returning to Korea, it isn’t independence if someone else gives you permission, dude! It would serve him right if she called his bluff and went out with the yummy fashion photographer. But instead, she proposes to him. Sigh. Slow, slow learner.

Sang Wu offers Ho Jeong a large bouquet of flowers in front of their ornate front gate
Someone please explain to me what is so heart-melting about a gift of high heels? Is a trip to the podiatrist included? And seriously, Sang Woo never bought flowers for Mi Kyung?! Good thing he’s pretty.

Do you love Toms Everton as a substitute for Johns Hopkins as much as I do? It took me a minute, but once the penny dropped I was ROFL. So it looks like the Gyeong Ho/Mi Kyung connection remains professional, which is OK by me, because Gyeong Ho really is too smug for prime time. For a moment there, I could’ve sworn he was channeling Woo Jae.

Seoyoung's mother as a young woman visiting a temple
Brr, personally I do not like to sit on frozen things. And can the spirit of oma even hear them when her ashes are under ice? Note to guys: despite this romantic tale, wrecking a woman’s stuff is not actually a good way to meet your future wife. And being proposed to isn’t enough for Woo Jae? If he wanted a stalker, he had his chance with Seon Woo.

In case you’re wondering, strength is not considered to be a positive feminine trait in Korea, so when Sang Woo says Ho Jeong isn’t strong, he’s chivalrously defending her femininity. This is completely ridiculous since Ho Jeong is the most determinedly persistent and optimistic character in the whole drama, but that’s sexism for you.

If you thought the fact that the two couples are already married would prevent the drama from ending with a double wedding, you grossly underestimated Kdrama. But I didn’t even recognize Park Hae Jin at first. What a difference a part makes! Plus the white gloves on all the men were rather distracting. I kept expecting them to break out in a group mime dance number.

But wait, it’s NOT the end. It’s a timeslip!

Poor So Ri. I’d hoped Sung Jae would’ve reunited with her by now.

Don’t you love the way they show that Mi Kyung is in the US by putting a cheeseburger in her hand, and (this is my favorite part) an American flag on the wall? What, no American Pie sound track?

So Ho Jeong needs a baby so she won’t look single? I don’t even know where to start.

I wonder whether it would be as OK for Seo Young to leave Sol at home with Ji Seon if she was a cut-throat corporate lawyer rather than a defender of at-risk youth. Sol is looking around like she’s trying to find her real mom and wondering, “who are these strangers who keep touching me?” Why did Seo Young and Woo Jae get rid of their western-style bed? So we wouldn’t worry about the baby falling on the floor while they slept? Is that even the same baby? She seems to have shrunk.

Small faces are considered beautiful in Korea, so only your family and your enemies would tell you your baby has a big face. Seo Young feels stiff, moved and sad when she looks at her daughter?? Subtitle check at this table, please! And was Ho Jeong really crying tears of happiness about the surprising news, or did she suddenly realize what she had gotten herself into by marrying a twin?

Alright, so everyone is married off, sprouting offspring, in good health, and/or successful in their career, plus they’re all one big combined happy family like the Brady Bunch. No scope for drama in marriage, child-rearing or business, right? So it must be time to say….
Seoyoung rocks in the chair her father made for her with her babay asleep in her lap as the sun sets behind the trees in the background
and they all lived happily ever after. The end.


Related posts:
My Daughter Seoyoung – Episode Reviews

4 comments to Seoyoung My Daughter – Episode 49-50 – Final episodes

  • lee hye ri

    what is the song in the ending title of the final episode ????

    • Mihansa

      Hi Hye Ri. That is an old and very well known song in the US. It is called Home, Sweet Home (although sometimes people call it “No Place Like Home,” which is a line in the chorus). It is most popular as a slow-paced, sentimental ballad, but it has has been performed in many styles. I can’t tell whether the Korean lyrics are the same as the English lyrics or not – here’s what they are in English, along with the history of the song.

  • lee hye ri

    Mihansa , thank u very much , i almost wasted all yesterday looking 4 it …. <3

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