The Law Cafe: Episodes five-six
Our top lady’s aggressive appreciate confession has opened the door for our characters to talk about their feelings, but when 1 is unwilling to open his heart and the other is questioning the morality of her rash behavior, it appears unlikely that they will make any substantial progress.
EPISODES five-six WEECAP
Following final week’s kiss among Jung-ho and Yuri, the query on everyone’s thoughts was: will Jung-ho smooch and run? And whilst most of us predicted that he would hold up his noble idiocy like a shield in battle, none of us anticipated him to stumble mid-makeout since of a poorly timed neck cramp. But yeah, that is precisely what occurred, and when his neck seizes up, he rapidly makes use of it as an excuse to abort the kiss and scamper off to an acupuncturist.
Yuri follows him to the medical doctor since — as opposed to Jung-ho, who prefers to bottle up his feelings and let them ferment for 17 years like an aged wine — Yuri tackles her feelings like a linebacker and wrestles them into the ground till she has beaten all the answers out of them. So whilst Jung-ho lays prone on a hospital bed and a medical doctor locations needles in his neck, he has the added torture of listening to Yuri monologue about her newly found feelings. But Jung-ho’s neck cramp purchased him sufficient time to drop down from the clouds the kiss initially had him floating on, and as soon as he returns to reality, he does what we all anticipated: he rejects Yuri.
Even although her assertiveness and perseverance is decidedly her, Jung-ho is thrown off kilter, largely since he’s secretly held onto his unrequited crush given that higher college and can’t relate to how rapidly she acknowledged and confessed her feelings for him. Is not she afraid of losing their friendship? No she is not — largely since she trusts in her tenacity to hold on and not let go.
Following the rejection, Yuri redirects her feelings and goes just after the civil servant who failed to take away Soo-ah and her sister from their abusive mother, but the resolution to the youngster abuse story arc flares up and extinguishes rapidly and anticlimactically. Jung-ho as soon as once again actions in to assist Yuri see the large image: the blame can’t be placed on a single civil servant who hesitated to take away Soo-ah and her sister from her mother’s care without having apparent indicators of abuse to justify separating them from their only household.
The entire method is flawed, and thanks to Yuri’s (un)civil disobedience at the police station, she’s invited on tv to talk about the challenges and rectify her earlier misconception. And whilst she does get in touch with on the government to raise funding for the applications that have failed young children like Soo-ah, there’s no satisfying resolution or suggestion that alter will be implemented. So in the end, the large takeaway following her tv look appears to be that the airtime drummed up much more organization for her cafe.
And that influx in cafe patrons is how she acquires her subsequent client: a lady looking for to reestablish her innocence just after she was unjustly convicted of assault just after fighting off her lecherous employer. The case itself is only marginally critical to the plot since — like just about every other case featured in this drama — it mostly serves to open Yuri’s eyes to a private or societal problem she was previously ignorant to. And in this instance, the subject at hand is sexual harassment and consent.
Though I’m not a fan of the rushed setup, I entire-heartedly appreciate seeing our top lady query her personal actions (i.e. the kiss she planted on Jung-ho without having his consent) and have an open discussion about the appropriate way to pursue somebody and not cross boundaries. In my opinion, this was a beautiful exploration of the subject, not only from a societal point of view, but with how consent — or lack thereof — is generally portrayed in K-dramas. I feel there are a fair quantity of us — myself integrated — who generally appear the other way when it comes to the questionable actions of our favored characters since we viewers are privy to much more information and facts than the characters are.
Case in point: we are conscious that Jung-ho has been harboring a 17-year crush and is receptive to the kiss, but Yuri does not have that expertise. She initiated the kiss primarily based on the assumption that Jung-ho liked her since he was good and protective of her, but as Seo-yeon so bluntly reminds Yuri, “nice” is a simple requirement for getting a decent human. Someone’s niceness shouldn’t be viewed as the green light to sexually assault them.
Yuri is wracked with guilt, so when Joon, Eun-kang, and the neighborhood ajummas encourage her to drink with them, the alcohol causes her to verbally vomit her pent-up feelings on her unsuspecting audience. Their mood dampened by her mopey behavior, the group turns her more than to Jung-ho, not realizing he — and the truth that she broke Post 298 of the criminal code with him — is the trigger of her existing emotional state.
Jung-ho patiently — and I imply patiently — requires care of her, and in the morning, Yuri apologizes for her drunken behavior and for not having his consent when she kissed him. But Yuri is not prepared to let go of her feelings for him, so she asks if it is all proper for her to hold attempting to win his heart — the appropriate way.
Just as their connection appears to settle into a comfy understanding, Dohan Building rises to the forefront of the story when Jung-ho tracks down final week’s dog murderer, beats him to a pulp, and drags him to Pyun-woong’s posh apartment. (Yes! Justice for doggo!) There, Jung-ho warns his uncle to keep away from the individuals he cares about.
Though Pyun-woong cowers to Jung-ho’s violent and colorful threats, he does not obey Jung-ho’s command. As an alternative, Pyun-woong shows up at Yuri’s cafe, supposedly with a job offer you. Jung-ho is on edge the entire time, and it is pretty apparent that Pyun-woong’s retaliation check out is a pointed reminder for Jung-ho: Pyun-woong knows Jung-ho’s weaknesses. How would Yuri react, for instance, if she knew Jung-ho was his nephew?
Pyun-woong’s check out somehow tends to make Yuri sick — seemingly from a mixture of anger and wounded pride — and whilst she recovers, she reads by way of the book that CEO Hwang gave her on the down-low. It is 1 of Jung-ho’s novels that he secretly published beneath the Whistleblower pen name, and the book paints a story that is related to the fire that killed her father. One thing written in the text compels her — fever, what fever? — to meet with 1 of her father’s former co-workers. He explains to her that the fire didn’t kill her father and the other workers. As an alternative, they died since the majority of the exits have been blocked, which prevented them from escaping.
The news has a profound impact on Yuri, and when she runs into Jung-ho, she confesses that portion of her doubted her father even although she knew Dohan Building had shamelessly lied about his character. Jung-ho attentively comforts her in the aftermath of her emotional breakdown, displaying her he loves her without having verbalizing it, and Yuri points out how his actions clearly telegraph how a great deal he treasures her. She just wishes he would cease getting a coward about his feelings.
One thing inside Jung-ho adjustments, brought on by the realization that even although Yuri may possibly tilt at windmills and slay giants, she’s not normally confident beneath the surface. That evening, he updates his Korean Bar registration, and the subsequent day he shows up at the cafe wearing a suit, ready to take the cafe seriously.
Amongst the cafe’s guests is 14-year-old KIM MIN-KYU (Kim Jung-chul), and even although Jung-ho supposedly has a photographic memory, he fails to recognize Min-kyu from the day just before, when he and the rest of Group Cafe came to his defense just after they witnessed some bullies push him into the Han River. Eun-kang, on the other hand, was specifically impacted by the encounter, so when Min-kyu tentatively orders a coffee, Eun-kang pays particular interest to the boy and knowingly directs him to Jung-ho.
A great deal to Jung-ho’s annoyance, Eun-kang sits in on his consultation with Min-kyu, who asks some pretty pointed inquiries about the laws defending juvenile offenders — specially in circumstances of critical criminal offenses. Jung-ho, on the other hand, does not connect the dots, so he’s perplexed when Eun-kang unexpectedly hangs up his apron and ends his shift early to stick to Min-kyu out of the cafe.
That evening more than dinner, Jung-ho breaks his silence and admits to Yuri that he likes her as well, but for factors he’s not prepared to disclose, asks her to wait for him. Yuri is ecstatic, but she also lacks self-restraint. So she declares that they are no longer permitted to see each and every other at evening since she’s not confident in her potential to hold her guarantee to wait. Hah!
Regrettably, in the morning our lovebirds are not provided a great deal time to send each and every other secret flirty glances since each Min-kyu and Eun-kang are nowhere to be identified. All of a sudden, all the pieces fall into location, and Jung-ho realizes that Min-kyu is organizing to harm his bullies just before he turns fifteen and has to face the complete weight of the law.
The truth that Min-kyu is most likely with Eun-kang is added worrisome, although, since Eun-kang’s sister was actually bullied to death, and Eun-kang went to prison just after he locked her tormentors in a storage area and set it on fire. Though Eun-kang couldn’t bring himself to kill his sister’s tormentors and sooner or later opened the door so they could escape from the fire, he hasn’t let go of his anger, which he channels into assisting Min-kyu. Regrettably, his techniques — albeit much less murderous — are hazardous and unethical, and he does not give Min-kyu a great deal of a say in the matter.
Following the bullies arrive at an abandoned warehouse exactly where they’re set to meet Min-kyu, Eun-kang lights a fire and locks Min-kyu in a area with directions to climb out the second floor window. From a nearby spot, Eun-kang makes use of his telephone to film the bullies fleeing the fire and record Min-kyu jumping to security the video will serve as proof to corroborate Min-kyu’s lie that the bullies trapped him and set the developing on fire.
Yuri, Jung-ho, and Joon arrive on the scene just before the police, which provides Jung-ho sufficient time to scold Eun-kang. Not only was his program reckless and unlawful, but his criminal background is going to make the police query his story, even with the video “evidence.” And certain sufficient, when Eun-kang and Min-kyu feed the police officer the fabricated lie, the officer inquiries why Eun-kang would be wandering about late at evening in an abandoned location all by his lonesome. For a couple of tensely charged seconds, the police officer stares him down, but then Jung-ho comes to his rescue and surprisingly delivers Eun-kang with an alibi.
I’ve got to say, I do not like the path this final case took. I’ve been wanting to know much more about Eun-kang, so I’m disappointed that our initial actual introduction to him was so sloppy. Not only have been we fed a rush-job explanation for his mysterious prison stint, but his remedy to Min-kyu’s bullying trouble was just plain stupid. Yes, by all indicates, lock the bullied kid in a burning area and make him jump out a window since that is soooo not traumatizing or hazardous.
The entire circumstance left such a sour taste in my mouth that I was really disappointed in Jung-ho for backpedaling and lying on Eun-kang’s behalf, and that is just before I take into consideration the legal implications of the circumstance. Jung-ho, a former prosecutor properly-versed in the law, just offered an alibi for an arsonist who — great intentions or not — set fire to a developing with children in it!
In common, this final case highlighted the ongoing trouble I have with this drama: the “law” portion of the entire law cafe schtick. All of the circumstances aim to pull on our heartstrings, but they fail at this job since we are not really provided sufficient time to connect with the characters and really feel emotionally invested in their issues.
As an alternative, I’m much more interested in what occurs just after each and every case wraps up, as our hero and heroine understand a thing about themselves or society about them. For instance, this week I didn’t really feel something for the lady who was sexually harassed by her boss, but every little thing Yuri went by way of afterwards as she questioned her personal actions towards Jung-ho was quite damn groundbreaking for a K-drama.
This certain gripe is not sufficient to make me hate The Law Cafe since there are several enjoyable points that I do take pleasure in, but I strongly suspect the story would have been much better if Yuri had quit practicing law to run a regular cafe. We nonetheless could have had the nosy neighborhood ajummas, the flower boy workers, and the track-suited landlord to give laughs and hijinks. And without having a series of legal issues to resolve — and rapidly — Yuri’s character could have reflected on critical subjects and evolved much more organically. Not to mention, without having all the circumstances cluttering up the plot, perhaps Kim Seul-gi would have gotten much more screen time. This drama is truly undertaking her dirty. #justiceforkimseulgi
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