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Posted by beansss AKP STAFF Tuesday, April 17, 2018

[Drama Review] 'Great Temptation' - episodes 21 & 22

Moon Ga Young, Joy, Kim Min Jae, Woo Do Hwan

If 'Great Temptation' airs as scheduled without any changes, the drama should continue for another 3 weeks after this week. This means the final episode will air on May 8, and it also means that there's quite a bit more of the story to unfold in the lives of our characters! But... I'm a little worried about what more story there will be left to tell? I don't mean this in a bad way, because I've been pretty content with 'Great Temptation's pacing so far. Things happened pretty quickly without dragging, and so much happened between the main characters that the side characters were more or less lost/discarded... 

In episodes 21 and 22, everyone's favorite character Lee Se Joo (played by Kim Min Jae) meekly tries to stop Choi Soo Ji (played by Moon Ga Young) from going any further with her malicious schemes, for fear of Soo Ji getting any more hurt herself. However, it's just way too late at this point, with the trio's friendship barely hanging on, and both Se Joo and Soo Ji know this. 

Poor bb Se Joo so saddd T^T

The decisive factor in our friendship trio's ultimate downfall? Kwon Si Hyun (played by Woo Do Hwan) and Eun Tae Hee (played by Red Velvet's Joy) get back together, after their dramatic breakup only... one episode ago. 

You break up with the guy, you get butt drunk, and the next morning, y'all are back together again:

Si Hyun finally confesses to Tae Hee that the person who caused her hit-and-run accident from a year ago was his very own mother, the owner of the necklace that Si Hyun gave Tae Hee as a sign of their love. Tae Hee, who seems to consider her feelings for Si Hyun more important than anything at the moment, decides to accept that even if Si Hyun's mother caused her dangerous accident, Si Hyun is not at fault. 

All jolly and happy again from getting back together with Tae Hee, Si Hyun goes and gives Seol Young Won (Eun Tae Hee's mom, even though neither Si Hyun nor Tae Hee know this yet) a piece of his mind. Now, Young Won does deserve this confrontation with Si Hyun. Both Si Hyun's father Kwon Suk Woo and Tae Hee's mother Seol Young Won are in the wrong for considering their relationship more important than their children, especially when they were both married to other people. So watching Si Hyun tell Young Won off, did feel pretty good, from a viewer's perspective. 

/Trying to decide if the son looks like his father while being scolded/

But as soon as Si Hyun and Tae Hee "settle" the ordeal involving Si Hyun's mother and the car accident, the drama reveals to us viewers the real, real truth of what happened that fateful night. 

Now, it's a matter of who will be able to put together the pieces and solve the mystery first. Will it be Si Hyun, who stopped digging into the accident case files even since he was told that the assailant was his mother? Or will it be Soo Ji, who has so far always been the one to discover the dark truths first? Or will it be Tae Hee, whose lost memories from that night have begun resurfacing? 

Okay Do Hwan, so for this scene, you're gonna ugly cry real hard. 

Okay Do Hwan, and this next scene here, we need you to ugly cry... real hard.

Also in episodes 21 and 22, Soo Ji and Si Hyun finally confront each other about their relationship. Soo Ji becomes angry and yells at Si Hyun for changing, for having real feelings for Eun Tae Hee, for considering Eun Tae Hee more important in his life than the friend trio. Soo Ji doesn't pretend like she doesn't notice Si Hyun's change in attitude any more, and Si Hyun in turn comes out and directly tells his friends that he wants to stop their "games", so he can be with Tae Hee. 

Who knew the meaning of 3 measily candles could be so heartbreaking... /SOBS/

With some of the development we saw in episodes 21 and 22, it seems that from here on, the story will adopt a more evident divide between the "good guys" and the "bad guys" than it has previously. We categorize Si Hyun and Tae Hee as the "good guys", because in this case, these two are the most victimized of others' schemes and faults. In the biggest "bad guys" category, we have poor Soo Ji and her mother. Two people who fell to evil schemes because of their own loneliness and inner scars, and ended up inflicting a lot of damage on others. In the middle, we have Si Hyun's dad Kwon Suk Woo and Tae Hee's mom Seol Young Won, but honestly, we don't really like them either, so they're more "bad guys" than "good guys". 

Funniest line from these two episodes: "Just looking at this dress will give people diarrhea!" LOL.

(And btw, no one literally has any clue what the heck is going on with these two above, right? Like is Hye Jung engaged to Lee Ki Young by force from her mother, or what? Because she has like the cutest boyfriend ever. But all of these characters only come out for a total of 30 seconds every couple episodes so we have no idea who's who and what's what.)

Still, considering the good pace of the storytelling and my personal involvement with each of the characters, I'm happy to give the overall score a bump up for episodes 21 and 22! Even if we continue to see poor Soo Ji going down the wrong path again and again and turn evil-er(?) in the next episodes to come, I'll give her my best sympathy and stick it out through the end, so we can all enjoy like 2 minutes of fluff where she finally, finally accepts Se Joo's feelings for her at the end. 




  1. Moon Ga Young
  2. Joy
  3. Kim Min Jae
  4. Woo Do Hwan
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