It was soooo satisfying seeing Lee Ji Young and Kim Joo Han be exposed for what they truly are: criminals who play dirty, using insidious means to for personal gains regardless of whom they may hurt along the way.
Into the slammers you go~~
But what wasn't so satisfying was Ha Neul's readiness to forgive them so quickly. I don't get it...Lee Ji Young and Kim Joo Han put him through what probably felt like hell on earth yet he somehow found it in his heart to put it all behind him. Lee Ji Young and Kim Joo Han made Ha Neul out to be a rapist (one of the worst kinds of criminals which sits right up there beside child molester and animal abuser). Plus Ha Neul shared no close ties to Kim Joo Han...and it was Kim Joo Han's bright idea to frame Ha Neul for everything. If it were up to me, I would make certain they rot in the darkest cell in the slammers. But I guess Ha Neul possesses too generous a heart, so generous, in fact, that it may even be considered his biggest fault.
What an 'eggsellent' scene! Ha, I'm so punny.
Lee Ji Young and Kim Joo Han were antagonists you couldn't really empathize with no matter how hard you tried. Yes, Lee Ji Young came from an impoverished background and you may say that she was following her dreams...but everything she did was just so hateful and self-fulfilling that you couldn't even feel an inkling of pity toward her. Kim Joo Han was much the same, and I was just waiting for his downfall. I think the only time I actually liked Kim Ji Young was when she pulled Kim Joo Han down with her. So I certainly wasn't clapping and going, "You go, dude!" when Ha Neul forgave them. After all this waiting, all I can say is...it was a bit disappointing. Maybe the writers hoped to achieve a bigger impact with this twist and show that forgiveness and love trumps all and blah blah blah. I didn't really but it. Few people in this world would be as generous as Ha Neul was in this episode.
Ha Neul looking uncharacteristically happy after he just forgave the people who framed him for a rapist. *sighhh*
Though I didn't feel that Lee Ji Young and Kim Joo Han deserved any kind of redemption, I started to see Lee Joon Seok's point of view and understand why became the way he is now. As the CEO of a company, you are sometimes faced with tough decisions; no gains come without some sort of sacrifice (this, of course, does NOT mean those sacrifices can be condoned, especially if others' welfares are concerned).
Lee Joon Seok slowly falling into the depths of psychopathy...
But I can sort of understand Lee Joon Seok better now that I've learned a bit of K-Top's history. The drama delved very shallowly into the sordid entertainment world where mega conglomerates rule the scene and the little guys don't have a chance at survival if they don't play along. As the 'little guy' at the time, Lee Joon Seok was left no choice but make certain sacrifices for the sake of himself and his company. He may be left with a twang of guilt but the money will pour in and the world will just keep on going 'round and 'round. What he may not have realized at the time is that with every action there is an equal and opposing reaction. That opposing reaction to Lee Joon Seok's sacrifice of Jo Sung Hyun may not have manifested yet...but I have a feeling it will soon!