At first, I thought the outrageous speed with which Tae-hee is trying to set up a wedding is a little off-putting. Then I realized that, you know what, this guy loves plans. And a convoluted plan to set up a wedding on Christmas on short notice is exactly the kind of exciting convoluted prospect he can only ever hope to run into once in a lifetime. Tae-hee really is a fun protagonist. The man's just so upbeat, so in a hurry to get the job done, because why waste a single minute of this amazing experience called life for boring dramatic reasons?
It really puts the sheer pettiness of the villains into perpsective. They spend most of the episode trying to prevent a wedding quite literally for no good reason. I really don't think Min-hyeok has thought the situation through well at all. If Tae-hee marries Sara, obviously Min-hyeok doesn't have a shot at her. But more importantly, If Tae-hee is distracted by married life he'll have no reason or impetus to fight Min-hyeok for control of the company.
Kang-joon is also hilariously short-sighted. His attempts at intimidation ultimately fail because Sara just gets up and points out the obvious- if he wants to play the blackmail game, she can hit him harder than he can hit her. I confess that briefly I was worried that writer Yoon Yeong-mi had finally used a contrivance to make the villains seem more intimidating than they really are. Luckily that moment passed.
But a real threat does come over here- Chae-yeon's plan actually works. But note that it's not working for the reason she thinks. Chae-yeon thinks that her testimony has power because she's making herself out to be the poor victim. In actuality, the reason Yeo-sa is worried is because Chae-yeon is making Sara out to be some kind of cruel manipulator. Which is actually totally true, regardless of the justice involved in Sara's motivation. The essential missing context is the fact that Sara's given all that up. Chae-yeon, by contrast, is just starting.
The cliffhanger here is pretty harsh. Ultimately, though, I have faith that Tae-hee will prevail on the power of loyalty and love. The only real issue here is that Geum-ran hasn't been telling Tae-hee everything that's been going on. I think this is mostly because she doesn't want to ruin his wedding plans. But this better not be an extended separation. One of the main enjoyable parts of "Birth of a Beauty" is how unusually resilient its main characters are to obvious lies and scams. It would be just awful if that much were to come to an end.
Review by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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