Soo-jin has been juggling a lot of lies and deceit towards different people currently in her life, so it was only a matter of time before it all came crashing down. Different truths are revealed to different characters, and a meeting takes place which has been a long time coming. Jin-hong becomes the next shelter for our heroines, and I finally see the value of his role in Soo-jin and Hye-na's life at a time they need him the most.
The meeting between Soo-jin's (Lee Bo-young) biological mother (Nam Gi-ae) and her adoptive one is more surprising than I expected. It is clear that Yeong-sin (Lee Hye-young-I) has great fondness of Soo-jin, but the degree of her attachment keeps being revealed as deeper and deeper with each moment of bonding they face together. Seeing the person responsible for the pain of a loved one she has been trying to bond with for half a lifetime is a challenging moment.
This meeting between Soo-jin, her biological mother and Yeong-sin will eventually become one of healing. One about facing the past and the reasons behind their struggles. At the moment, however, it is a meeting bringing back old scars still bleeding to this day. This is why Soo-jin taking a break and reassessing how she faces her past and her current situation is such a pivotal part of the series. Her upbringing and trauma are luggage she needs to sort before her trip with Hye-na (Heo Yool).
This is where Jin-hong (Lee Jae-yoon) comes in as perhaps the most surprising character to me so far. I had fully written the man off as a simple innocent bystander. I thought that he would just be a nice person the duo will briefly stay with. Seeing his brilliant, sensitive and insightful approach to Soo-jin and Hye-na makes me appreciate his role, and its importance in their lives and this narrative greatly. Jin-hong is exactly what Soo-jin needed right now. He peels back her layers so effortlessly, and gives her sound advice.
I am less pleased with the development of Ja-yeong (Ko Sung-hee), who is back to celebrating her freedom after what seemed like a moment of realization and perhaps regret. I understand that her character is removed from our heroines in many ways, but she is someone I would have liked to see more development from so far. On the other hand, going slowly and carefully with the development of the single most important person in shaping Hye-na's life aside from Soo-jin is smart.
This fateful meeting between the four women feels like the start of an important journey for all of them. They fall on different sides and under different circumstances of being a mother or daughter, but their stories rely so much on one another for their future. Each of them carries their own chain and their own key to unlock that of others. While Soo-jin's crime and Hye-na's abuser are catching up, addressing the shackles between them is something our ladies need to do.
Written by: Orion from 'Orion's Ramblings'
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