Little Women: Episodes 1-2





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Small Females: Episodes 1-two

From the delightfully unsettling opening credits, to the beautifully dark twist it puts on Louisa May well Alcott’s novel, Small Females’s 1st two episodes are a treat from start out to finish. 3 sisters face a brutal corporate planet that appears made to make them fail — and a conspiracy that threatens to swallow them entire.

 

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Little Women: Episodes 1-2

We start in the humble Oh family members flat, exactly where OH IN-JOO (Kim Go-eun) and OH IN-KYUNG (Nam Ji-hyun) prepare to celebrate the birthday of their younger sister, OH IN-HYE (Park Ji-hoo). It is markedly unique to their birthdays of yore: for one particular issue, they can afford cake, rather than a plate of boiled eggs with a candle. A great deal like the tiny girls of Louisa May well Alcott’s novel, our protagonists grew up with nary two coins to rub with each other. Nevertheless, their mother, AHN HEE-YEON (Park Ji-young) is a dark parody of Alcott’s loving Marmee: blusteringly selfish, a pall is cast the minute she enters the area.

Nonetheless, there’s area for birthday cheer. In-joo and In-kyung have rustled with each other sufficient income to send In-hye on a trip to Europe — courtesy of the fancy arts college she attends on scholarship. In-hye considers it also very good to be accurate.

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Sadly, she’s not incorrect. Hee-yeon’s currently kicking up a stink about becoming unable to pay a visit to her husband, whose gambling debts sent them spiraling into poverty. Confident sufficient, subsequent morning, each Hee-yeon and the envelope of money have vanished, leaving a sanctimonious note and a heap of homemade kimchi.

In spite of In-hye’s quiet teenage resignation, the elder sisters are determined to raise far more income. Much easier stated than accomplished. In-joo receives nothing at all but a delicate sneer of disdain when she begs her boss for an advance. Surrounded as she is by cliquey co-workers with the exact same flashy smiles and flashier family members connections, our heroine is isolated — but not very alone.

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Granted, her fellow workplace outcast, orchid enthusiast JIN HWA-YOUNG (Chu Ja-hyun), insists they hold their friendship a secret. For all that they’re every other’s refuge from endless corporate snobbery, openly lunching with each other would only make the other individuals shun them far more. Nonetheless, she’s content to lend In-joo the 1.25 million won she demands.

Meanwhile, In-kyung has her personal workplace demons to face. It is really hard at the ideal of instances to be a reporter covering harrowing stories of poverty. It is tougher when you can not quit crying on camera. In-kyung struggles to make it by means of the day with no heading to the bathroom for a swig of… most likely not mouthwash.

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A great deal as Hwa-young insists on not lunching with In-joo at operate, this does not protect against them from dining out — at a snazzy hilltop restaurant, exactly where they can dress up and dream with each other. In-joo is adamant that her low-priced pink skirt operates fine, but her pride crumbles when her shoe heel snaps. Hwa-young, with gentleness belying her brittle workplace persona, assists spruce up her friend’s appear, lending In-joo her personal pair of highly-priced — however comfy! — Bruno Zumino heels.

As they laugh with each other more than steak, Hwa-young shares a scheme. She’s patenting her accounting application Bookkeeper From the Future — a plan she’s adamant will revolutionize the workplace, and consign their insufferable colleagues to the dustbin of history. Intrigued, In-joo indicators the type.

Little Women: Episodes 1-2

Something’s a tiny off, although — for one particular issue, the wait employees recognize Hwa-young. Apparently, she came right here with the business director, just after operating with each other late — rendering them the topic of scurrilous workplace rumors. Nonetheless, it gets stranger: In-joo encounters a lady wearing the exact same Bruno Zuminos. Turns out, it puts them in the exact same hyper-exclusive club: only 3 pairs are offered in Korea.

That evening, In-kyung, just after a fortifying gulp of unquestionably-not-mouthwash, meets with her estranged — and affluent — Fantastic Aunt, OH HYE-SUK (Kim Mi-sook). She maintains steely best posture, as K-drama’s answer to Lady Bracknell expounds on how a gloomy male housekeeper is aesthetically preferable to a cheerful one particular. (I uncover this lady unironically delightful.)

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Fantastic Aunt Oh presents to spend for In-hye’s trip, in exchange for In-kyung going to her weekly. This small business as a result concluded, she hustles In-kyung out the door — making sure she bumps into her childhood buddy: HA JONG-HO (Kang Hoon).

From In-kyung’s reaction, this is not the 1st time she’s thrown them with each other — and what superior way to prove that familial affection nevertheless holds sturdy than meddling in your grandniece’s appreciate life?

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Later, In-joo presents In-hye with the income — only to be rebuffed in the flat manner of a teenager with a thing to prove. In-hye can not stand her sisters suffering for her sake.

Apart from, she’s nothing at all if not entrepreneurial: In-joo discovers she’s earning income from a classmate’s mother in exchange for painting with her daughter. In-hye is proud — In-joo, appalled. To her thoughts, it is tantamount to begging: she’s insistent her sister will not be pitied.

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Back at operate, In-kyung has a new case — one more tearjerker. Mayoral candidate PARK JAE-SANG (Eom Ki-joon) has issued a heartfelt apology to a man framed — and tortured — for espionage in 1987, on behalf of his father-in-law, who headed Defense Safety Command at the time.

For when, our heroine’s eyes are dry: obtaining followed the income, she is not fooled. The lawyer-turned-politician when represented Bobae Savings Bank, who profited from the military regime. As she digs deeper, what she discovers stinks to higher heaven: in the course of the case, 4 defendants took their personal lives. All had been represented by Jae-sang. Additionally, all left income unaccounted for — to the tune of 140 billion.

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Hwa-young prepares to go overseas, leaving In-joo encyclopedic guidelines on caring for her plants — which any individual who’s attempted to hold an orchid alive will recognize as optimistic. She’s sent some light reading, also: a dossier detailing the secrets of their workplace nemeses. Plus, yoga videos. In-joo should enhance her posture!

Alas, it is awkwardly mid-video that a buddy of Hwa-young’s discovers In-joo: CHOI DO-IL (Wie Ha-joon), whose unflappable manner suggests he frequently encounters girls on tables in a wobbly approximation of tree pose. Superior nevertheless — he asks for her quantity, with a blink-and-you will-miss-it smile. He’s charming, and she’s charmed, but it is only prudent to get ahead of the gossip. She tells him upfront: she’s a divorcee with only a two-year course in accounting below her belt. He’s superbly unconcerned — Hwa-young currently told him about her fellow outcast.

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In spite of this hopeful starting, items go abruptly awry for each sisters. At a charity launch, In-kyung confronts Jae-sang about the Bobae Savings deaths. She receives a bland smile and a noncommittal answer. Later, the gloves come off: Jae-sang ambushes her in the foyer, noting loudly that she’s crying. As In-kyung’s jealous colleague discreetly films them, he declares he can smell alcohol on her breath.

In-kyung returns to the workplace in disgrace the video of Jae-sang shaming her has gone viral. In complete view of her colleagues, her coworker checks her mouthwash bottle: it is tequila.

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Meanwhile, In-joo is swiftly expanding concerned for Hwa-young, who ought to have returned by now. Going to her flat, she finds no sign of its inhabitant: the rooms are strewn with boxes of garments and accessories, but all is nevertheless.

Then, she catches sight of a thing gruesome in Hwa-young’s wardrobe: the flash of a red heel. Horrified, she moves forward, only to uncover a physique dangling, half-hidden by garments — with Hwa-young’s blue orchid tattoo on its ankle.

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The aftermath of Hwa-young’s death is a blur of news. Disgusted by the shameless workplace gossip — her suicide note! Her plastic surgery! Her purported affair! — In-joo elects to quit in a blaze of outrageousness worthy of her buddy. As whispers fly to and fro, she stands — and, to the awe of the employees, reads from Hwa-young’s dossier, revealing that her boss was sleeping with a subordinate.

It is precisely at this point that DIRECTOR SHIN (Oh Jung-se) strides into the area, Do-il at his heels. He requests a word with In-joo. It is not to reprimand her — it is worse. According to him, Hwa-young stole 70 billion won from their business, killing herself just after he confronted her. He demands that In-joo reveal every thing she knows. In-joo refuses to be intimidated: it is clear he demands her aid to recover his illegal slush fund. She slaps her resignation letter on the table.

Little Women: Episodes 1-2

Afterwards, she receives a get in touch with. It is Jayz Yoga Studio, informing her that Hwa-young has transferred her membership to her. Utterly numb, she lets them give her the essential to her friend’s locker. It requires her a whilst to muster the will to open it.

When she does, she finds a heavy duffel bag. Inside are yoga garments. A pair of Bruno Zuminos. A note thanking her. And — two billion won in money.

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Elsewhere, In-kyung is subjected to the humiliating course of action of a disciplinary hearing. Just after admitting to her alcohol dependence just before flanks of disapproving superiors, she receives a month’s suspension.

Telling a tribunal is one particular issue. Telling her sister is one more. More than an annoyingly tasty bowl of their mother’s guilt-kimchi, In-kyung drops the news: she’s scared that, like their father, she’s an alcoholic. As each sisters choke back tears, In-joo insists that she’s nothing at all like their father, who was indecisive and weak In-kyung is strong… and cold. It is an unexpected blow. In fairness, In-joo is cycling by means of all 5 stages of grief in a single immediate — landing squarely in angry acceptance: her sister should inform her when she demands aid!

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It is a bold assertion from an individual about to stuff her secret fortune into kimchi containers. But, In-joo’s not inclined to unburden her personal troubles however. For now, she’ll drown her feelings in binge-purchased ice cream — all the whilst, questioning why an individual with Hwa-young’s wealth would abruptly kill herself… and no matter whether, certainly, she killed herself at all.

In-kyung receives a pretty unique sort of help from Fantastic Aunt Oh, who reckons a morning glass of whiskey under no circumstances impeded her operate as… erm, a healthcare experienced. Yikes. In-kyung has no such illusions. She’s dependent on drink to dull her anxiousness on camera. Furthermore, journalism was under no circumstances her dream — she nevertheless resents her excellent aunt for barring her from studying Economics. But family members spats are a quite a few-splendored issue: turns out, In-kyung was a dab hand at investment, spinning income by the millions all through the course of her teens. In any case, right here they are now: In-kyung biting her tongue more than breakfast for the sake of a month’s spend Fantastic Aunt Oh, lonely sufficient to obtain her business in the 1st spot.

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In-joo, meanwhile, armed with the new goal of solving her friend’s murder, agrees to help Director Kim in his significantly less-than-legal investigation — in exchange for a cushy function at the International Orchid Society. She’s derailed somewhat by Director Kim’s disconcertingly private commentary on her low-priced footwear.

His personal are dark green and immaculate. He advises she invest in superior ones: just after all, if we’ve discovered something from this show, it is that footwear are a complicated marker of social class. The cruelty of poverty is that it begets poverty low-priced footwear destroy your feet. Meanwhile, wealth accumulates wealth. Highly-priced footwear signify comfort, status — and aspiration.

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Elsewhere, In-kyung gets critical about the pursuit of justice. 4 years prior, she let go of a lead: the nephew of one particular of the dead defendants from the Bobae Savings case. While she and Jong-ho reminisce more than salad about her wild-kid schooldays, she receives a get in touch with — now that she understands the extent of Jae-sang’s malevolence, her make contact with is prepared to meet once again.

In-joo’s personal investigation is a tiny far more private. Below the watchful eye of Do-il — whose motives stay cloudy, but whose chivalry extends to guiding her away from underfoot cockroaches — she should scour the apartment of her dead buddy. Hwa-young’s assistance echoes in her ears: every thing starts with income. It is a matter of survival to recognize the stories numbers inform. Eager to study involving the numerical lines, In-joo starts cataloging the pricey garments and handbags boxed up about the flat.

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An eerie tale emerges. As a bookkeeper, Hwa-young usually warned In-joo to thoughts appearances. Put on shabby garments. Construct a persona cost-free from suspicion.

A tiny digging reveals Hwa-young’s alter ego: Jin Mi-gyeong, glamorous Singaporean socialite, whose outfits had been flawless, and whose fine dining habits had been meticulously documented on social media. But her 70 billion won — or rather, 68 billion of it — remains unaccounted for.

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It is right here that In-joo is interrupted by Director Shin — and the show reaches new heights of disturbing. Boxing In-joo against the wall, he whispers to her of income. Of luxury. He can give her each these items: and what’s far more, he can eyeball her foot size to the nearest centimeter. It is nastily intimate — In-joo is also frightened to push him away. Nevertheless, just after spotting a jar on Hwa-young’s wardrobe, he recoils of his personal accord. It is a blue orchid.

The flower’s sinister symbolism becomes clearer when In-kyung goes to meet her make contact with. She’s far also late: the wreckage of his car or truck lies broken by the road. Nearby is his nevertheless-ringing telephone — and one more blue orchid.

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In-joo nevertheless has footwear on her thoughts: she requires a trip to Bruno Zumino, exactly where she encounters a beneficial shop assistant with a familiarly handsome face. At least, to the viewer.

You know a show’s got self-assurance in its rock-strong cast when it can afford to throw away Song Joong-ki on a cameo. (Incidentally — verify out his nametag…!) Anyway, Vincen— erm, that is, the shop assistant, confirms the purchaser of Hwa-young’s exclusive heels: resident creep Director Shin.

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In-joo requires a gamble on trust and reports her findings to Do-il. A deep dive into Hwa-young’s telephone records reveals that she and Director Shin had planned a small business trip to Switzerland. Prior to she left, Hwa-young reported the director for embezzlement, submitting proof she’d collected more than the years, making sure he was held in Korea whilst she transferred the slush fund. But, Director Shin identified out, and threatened that they’d each go down with each other. That she’d endure the exact same fate as a lady named Yang Hyang-sook.

Turns out, Director Shin has a penchant for seducing vulnerable operating-class girls into white-collar crime sprees — only to leave them carrying the can when the police come sniffing. Hyang-sook was Hwa-young’s predecessor. Her story is chillingly related, ideal down to the red heels she was wearing when she killed herself.

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In-joo is determined to make contact with the police. Nevertheless, justice proves an insufficient motivator for her income-minded compatriot. Do-il’s 1st concern is the missing 70 million — and, what’s far more, he’s convinced that Hwa-young would agree. The two of them shared the exact same ethics — or, arguably, the exact same lack of them. Revenue is all that matters.

Meanwhile, In-kyung opens up to Jong-ho. She possesses empathy in spades. It goes into overdrive when she reports on a challenging news case. She can not handle her reaction — it is why she drinks. All this to say that she knows Jae-sang is corrupt as they come: she can sense his full lack of feeling. Jong-ho elects to test this empathetic superpower he challenges her to guess what he feels for her. Alas, even a reporter’s sixth sense is no match for romantic obliviousness! In-kyung senses comfort, concern, and a specific quantity of fluster… but, adorably, the sum of these components eludes her.

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She returns house to uncover that her sister has been attempting Do-il’s income-is-all philosophy on for size. The table is a veritable smorgasbord of consumerist delights: creams, perfumes, and no significantly less than 5 separate shades of scented lip gloss. None of it stops In-joo from collapsing into tears. More than a round of highly-priced ice cream, she confesses every thing to In-kyung… every thing, that is, in addition to the two billion won concealed in their bathroom.

They’re interrupted by an unexpected delivery. Director Shin has sent In-joo a pair of vibrant red heels.

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Meanwhile, the third Oh sister is living her personal double life. In-kyung turns to the Television in time to see the Grand Art Prize announced at In-hye’s prestigious college. The winning painting is a portrait of a seventeen-year-old girl in the style of Van Dyck, evoking old nobility. It is the exact same portrait In-hye has been operating on for weeks.

The winner is her schoolfriend, Park Hyo-rin — daughter of Park Jae-sang. In-hye may possibly have consented to this scheme, but to judge by her furious pencil-scribbling, she’s far from content.

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Director Shin has taken a step also far this time. Unable to turn a blind eye like Do-il, In-joo leaves to confront him with all she’s discovered. He is scathing: embezzlement is apparently just element and parcel of operating a small business.

Hyang-sook’s suicide was — complex. But, the one particular who found her was Hwa-young, who quickly turned to him and asked for Hyang-sook’s old job. There was no affair if something, she had the upper hand more than him.

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As for him — he’s leaving for the prosecutor’s workplace. Bargains will be created he’ll get 5 years at most. The option is a thing that does not bear considering about… due to the fact, like it or not, he’s not the one particular at the prime of the meals chain. There’s an individual he’s scared of, also.

With very good purpose. As In-joo watches him drive away, something’s fishy: his car or truck brakes are not functional. The final issue Director Shin sees on his dashboard as he goes soaring off the side of the multi-story car or truck park is a vibrant blue orchid.

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This drama may possibly properly be my new obsession. With its intricate exploration of financial inequality, and its laser-concentrate psychological horror, Small Females is a show that knows specifically exactly where it is going. I’m in appreciate with the lush, eerie planet it creates — with one particular foot in dark realism, and the other in a sprawling practically-fantasy that refuses to apologize for itself. They definitely did make a decision, if we want a sinister orchid garden in the middle of a corporate developing, then by golly we’ll have one particular! I respect this immensely.

As for the characters — they’re currently drawn so deftly. In-joo is a delight, with her impish hair-tossing and stubborn resolve. In-kyung has such intelligence and visible strength of will, in spite of her struggles. And In-hye remains an intriguing mystery she’s so self-contained, but clearly has all quantity of secrets up her sleeve.

Meanwhile, the supporting characters are strong gold, from Do-il’s calm cynicism, to Fantastic Aunt Oh’s properly-guarded loneliness, to Director Shin’s delightfully creepy antics. Most of all, although, Chu Ja-hyun has unexpectedly stolen my soul as Hwa-young. Her partnership with In-joo is so compelling — my heart melted the moment she handed more than her footwear. I’m calling it now: odds are about even that she faked her death. Or, perhaps that is just wishful considering? Either way, bring on subsequent episode — I’m currently craving far more!

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