Little Women: Episodes 7-8


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Our sisters are left grieving and confused in the wake of their Good Aunt’s death. Nonetheless, there’s tiny time to mourn, as they need to prepare for a trip to Singapore that’ll ascertain their fortunes one particular way or a different.



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Aunt Oh’s death is hard on all of the sisters. In-joo, wracked with guilt more than how her orchid-induced blackout might have somehow been accountable, receives a pep speak from the world’s worst unqualified therapist, Sang-ah. To wit: barricade all the undesirable feelings behind a door. Ideally, in no way unlock it.

Meanwhile, In-kyung receives a vast inheritance… of debt. Aunt Oh left the bulk of her assets to her financially-savvy terrific niece, but their worth is outstripped by what she owed. In-kyung recognizes the painful effects of Jae-sang’s sabotage, and blames herself. As her other relatives hem, haw, and disavow the inheritance, she resolves to rebuild the family members small business from scratch. It is only when she discovers that the supposedly unsentimental Aunt Oh kept a handmade card from In-kyung in her desk for decades that she breaks down and cries.

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Later, the news is all abuzz as Aunt Oh’s murderer, her housekeeper, confesses. He’s an extremist with a homicidal grudge — but, much more importantly, he’s a stooge of the Jeongran Society. Spurred into cooperation, the sisters investigate. In-kyung is in particular keen to resolve the mystery of a secret essential card she inherited along with the rest of Aunt Oh’s possessions. A frantic sweep of her workplace reveals a secret door… and an empty secure. Judging by the blue orchid lurking on the scene, it is not really hard to guess which hidden society cleaned it out.

In-kyung, taking a hefty sniff of the flower — heedless inhalation of unknown substances need to be a family members trait — musters her resolve after much more. She’s going to take down the Jeongran Society by means of the press. But, In-joo’s mic drop trumps hers: she owns 70 billion won. The sisters make a deal — they’ll go to Singapore, In-hye integrated, and withdraw the money. Afterwards, In-kyung will be totally free to create the best exposé.

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Elsewhere, Jae-sang rises to the seat of Mayor on a wave of public acclaim. His acceptance speech is revoltingly populist — and strikingly familiar. In-kyung wheels out the video of Common Won’s virtually identical speech to the troops in Vietnam. Speak about dog-whistle politics! In addition, there’s a familiar face in the Vietnam video: Aunt Oh — who, as it turns out, served as a Lieutenant. The twelve founding members of the Jeonran Society met at a hospital for the duration of the Vietnam War. All but one particular are dead. The survivor? CHOI HEE-JAE… father of Choi Do-il.

Jae-sang’s mayoral victory has performed practically nothing to dull his temper. He swiftly flips from sweet-speaking his wife to caging her against the wall when she rejects him. Quickly following, In-hye wakes to the sound of Hyo-rin hyperventilating — and to Sang-ah’s screams, as safety wrestle her back into the home. In-hye proposes a distraction: why do not they investigate the attic space? The miserable lump that is Hyo-rin beneath the duvet stirs in interest.

Our teens Nancy Drew their way by way of Sang-ah’s old photo albums, discovering empty reduce-outs of a missing figure strewn all through. There’s also a box — one particular Hyo-rin employed to play with as a kid. Unlatching it, they find out a best replica in miniature of Hwa-young’s death… appropriate down to the red-heeled legs dangling from the closet. Sang-ah’s tips to In-joo was shockingly literal. The box was an exhibit from her days as a theater graduate, titled ‘The Closed Room’: a doll’s home with no door.

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Subsequent morning, Hyo-rin is summoned for a cheerful father-daughter breakfast… exactly where she is serenely informed that her mother is sick. She’ll be recovering in her space for the foreseeable future — behind a locked door.

In-kyung and In-joo’s subsequent investigative quit is to prison, exactly where they meet with Do-il’s mother, AHN SO-YOUNG (Nam Gi-ae). She’s understandably hostile. But, In-kyung knows all about her. Extended ago, So-young confessed to the murder of the Hongsin-dong Resident Compensation Committee’s chairman: a brutal killing, involving blunt force with a bloody hammer. It had all the hallmarks of a crime of passion, but the hammer was bought a month beforehand — and the murder only sped up the redevelopment she supposedly hated. In-kyung goes straight for the jugular: the only explanation is that So-young was acting her portion in a show — at the behest of an unknown director.

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It is when In-joo name-drops Do-il that she baulks. Her son, she informs So-young, is subsequent on the list to be framed — almost certainly for In-joo’s personal murder. Will she aid them expose the Jeongran Society now?

It is adequate. In-joo meets Do-il at their usual bar armed with information and facts. So-young has a message for her son: an answer to a query he asked her twenty years ago. The answer is “no.” The answer is also an address on a sheet of paper, which In-joo dutifully hands more than. But, no sooner does she utter the words, “I went to see your mother,” Do-il’s defenses spring back up. He’s performed. Their deal is off. In-joo is on her personal, and she’d greater not get in touch with him once again.

In-joo presses. She knows about Jae-sang’s father, PARK IL-BOK — a tidy man, who hated suffering. So-young was a very first-time killer, but the murder scene was immaculate. So, here’s her supply: after she withdraws the 70 million won, In-kyung will publish all they know. That’ll involve exonerating So-young by revealing Il-bok as the genuine culprit.

Do-il responds by handing In-joo a pen drive: the place of Aunt Oh’s murderer’s ex-wife. He insists that he disdains revenge. Then once again, when he flatly states he’s providing this information and facts due to the fact he no longer cares that it’ll place In-joo in danger, it surely smacks of retribution. In-joo gets the final word, although. She was in danger from the commence. She nonetheless believes that her horse — Do-il — can jump the fence.

Each Do-il and In-kyung (the latter with Jong-ho, as ever, in tow) converge on the address provided to him by So-young. In-kyung observes Do-il method a forest shack to speak with the man inside (Kim Myung-soo).

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The subsequent day, she enacts a gambit worthy of the fearless reporter whose whole profession can be summed up in one particular creed: rope your self to a pole in the centre of a hurricane. She taunts the man’s dog into biting her, gaining admission to his cabin even though he bandages her wound. Right here, she addresses him by name: Choi Hee-jae. She demands his aid as witness to take down the Jeongran Society. But, Hee-jae’s deadpan disdain puts even his son’s to shame. In-kyung is ordered out, but she leaves far from empty-handed Jong-ho has been secretly filming.

Meanwhile, it is In-joo’s birthday. Her present from In-hye? The dashcam footage she and Hyo-rin hid. It appears someone’s observed previous Jae-sang’s facade. But, Jae-sang’s got surer schemes up his sleeve. Do-il is issued an ultimatum: kill In-joo, or be subsequent on the hit list. Really, very first on the hit list is Hee-jae, whose address Do-il surrendered — but, forewarned by his son, the ex-soldier has rigged his home to hell and back with explosives.

In-joo treats herself to drugstore makeup and a swanky dinner, in the one of a kind ensemble of a princess skirt, Bruno Zumino heels, and a baseball cap. Right here, she’s interrupted by Do-il. He’s right here to show her a current photo from the International Orchid Society. It is of a lady supposedly named Oh In-joo. Her back is turned, but her ankle displays a prominent orchid tattoo. Could it be Hwa-young?

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Elsewhere, Hyo-rin reveals that her correct talents lie, not in art, but infiltration, as she tampers with the house’s CCTV to stop by her mother’s space on the sly. The teens, In-joo, and Sang-ah have been collaborating on an escape scheme to Singapore. Nonetheless, practically nothing lies in the locked space but disappointment. Sang-ah’s arm is bruised and scratched like Hyo-rin’s, but her smile is beatific as she explains she produced up with Jae-sang. Hyo-rin, defeated, listens as Sang-ah gently whispers in her ear.

Meanwhile, In-joo arrives in Singapore. Do-il escorts her to a blindingly attractive hotel, all marble and gold. Right here, In-joo receives a confusing reception from the employees. They seem… deferential? Her English is spotty, but following some fumbling with her phone’s translate function, she realizes it is due to the fact the name Oh In-joo has currency. Apparently, she routinely frequents this location… as the world’s foremost collector of uncommon orchids. In-joo’s eyes widen in wonder — and hunger — as she is treated like royalty, getting a tour, a palatial suite, and an assistant on 24-hour get in touch with.

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Back in the far much less golden confines of Aunt Oh’s household, In-kyung descends the stairs to obtain an intruder. It is Hee-jae, choosing at her show board on the Jeongran Society. In-kyung, evermore fearless, just asks if she got something incorrect. Strictly speaking, he tells her, Aunt Oh was in no way portion of the society she just looked following them. He recognizes the work In-kyung place into this investigation, but, to be blunt, she’s an alcoholic — with, to be blunter, no access to the national news. If he’s going public, he demands credibility. In-kyung remains unfazed. Quickly, she calls up her ex-boss: she has a witness who can give proof of the orchid murders. He agrees to let her on air.

Hee-jae has a much less orthodox suggestion. Or rather… he has a van complete of artillery weapons. If he guns down Jae-sang, certainly that’ll make the news. In-kyung stands her ground: the slush fund ledgers will kill Jae-sang’s profession far quicker than a bullet. He agrees to hold fire — for now.

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In-joo strolls by way of Singapore as if in a dream. Everywhere, she is recognized as the glamorous Oh In-joo, orchid billionaire. It need to be Hwa-young. What if she survived — with In-joo’s paperwork and her face? Plastic surgery tends to make something attainable. But, Do-il is unconvinced — it is all also improbable. (Recalling my Episodes 1-two recap, I really feel as if he’s admonishing me personally…)

He has larger fish to fry: namely, getting the Henry Higgins to In-joo’s Eliza Doolittle and dressing her up for the International Orchid Festival. The outcomes are amazing: In-joo emerges in a sleek blue dress and starry silver earrings, hunting just about every inch the billionaire she’s playacting. When the very first lot at the auction — an orchid appropriately named the Princess of Thieves — is announced, Do-il urges her to bid. In-joo does so: very first, with hesitation, and then with escalating tenacity, even as the numbers come to be so big as to sound unreal. She wins, standing to rapturous applause.

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Nonetheless, the bliss of the afternoon is shattered when one particular of the socialites lets slip that she saw a lady who appears precisely like In-joo. In-joo races down the hall, desperate to obtain her pal — only to study she just missed her. A message was left. I was constantly curious how a lot you would shine when you bloom. It is precisely what Hwa-young told Sang-woo.

Back in Korea, Jae-sang speaks to In-hye. He heard Hyo-rin visited her mother. Was this In-hye’s scheme? She need to try to remember, they can not run away: he has guys in Singapore. But, In-hye’s courage knows no bounds. Jae-sang, she says, after asked her if she could betray the people today who loved her. She could. Just after all, that enjoy brought her closer to death. But, Hyo-rin is dying, also — and, for her sake, In-hye hopes her pal becomes capable of betrayal. Alas, it seems Hyo-rin is capable of no such factor but: at her mother’s suggestion, she surprises Jae-sang onstage for the duration of an interview. Afterwards, she receives practically nothing but shouted abuse — as Jae-sang realizes Sang-ah sent her daughter as a distraction, to help her personal escape.

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The Singapore auction has served its objective: In-joo now has a public profile. She and Do-il ought to have no challenge withdrawing her funds in transportable money. They have two hours to stop by a number of banks with out suspicion. But, a text from In-kyung causes In-joo to waver In-hye informs her Jae-sang has people today in Singapore. The old query emerges: can In-joo definitely trust Do-il? Do-il, with masterful poise, hands her surety — in the kind of a purse-sized pistol. He’d enjoy it if In-joo trusted him, but the subsequent very best factor is if she trusts no one particular but her money and her gun.

At the final bank, In-joo receives a secret note, urging her to flee from Do-il. Poker-faced, she follows its guidelines to the letter. As Do-il is held up by an employee, she wheels the suitcase of money by way of the side door, rushing into a waiting car or truck. It speeds away, while agents drive following them in pursuit. In-joo critiques the final instruction: go to the apartment beneath her name. But, as the car or truck swerves, they’re hit by — yes — the Truck of Doom, Singapore Edition.

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Bloodied and battered, In-joo drifts in and out of consciousness, determined to die. A lady approaches and urges her to wake: Hwa-young. Crawl if you like, she says — but you need to maintain the money. In-joo replies that she does not want it. With the final of her strength, she clutches Hwa-young’s arm. The only cause she came to Singapore was to see her pal once again. Just after.

I’m dead, says Hwa-young. So, get it with each other. Run as far as you can. And certainly, when In-joo wakes — alone, in hospital, with her suitcase of money — nearby are a pair of walking footwear. They’re the very same ones Hwa-young after lent her.

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With just about every final reserve of strength, In-joo pulls the suitcase across the city. She demands to know why — why did Hwa-young pick out her in the very first location? Just after getting provided the revenue, who was she meant to come to be? Ultimately, she reaches the apartment. There’s an iced blue drink ready for her, which she guzzles gratefully. Just after that, there’s practically nothing to do but sit and wait — as a lady in Bruno Zumino heels runs across the street.

Meanwhile, In-hye approaches Hyo-rin with a terrifying discovery. Just after hacking into Jae-sang’s CCTV files, she knows who killed Hwa-young. It is —

Sang-ah. That is who arrives at the apartment. It is also whose fur coat Hwa-young was wearing when she died. Now, delightedly, she reminds In-joo that she’s constantly loved secret plays — and In-joo is her favored character. The best doll. The people today in Singapore who recognized In-joo? All actors. In-joo’s life at the organization, as an outcast? All stage-managed by Sang-ah. Her friendship with Hwa-young? Sang-ah was pulling the strings. Hwa-young was a favored character also — and by way of her meaningless death, she accomplished the best narrative.

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At this final portion, In-joo snaps: that is not who Hwa-young was! But, Sang-ah has a best death choreographed for In-joo, also: suicide, following effectively conning the people today of Singapore. In-joo struggles to protest, but finds her limbs are weak — the moral of the story getting, in no way drink a suspicious blue beverage. It might include orchids.

Stroking her cheek, Sang-ah assures In-joo this is her fault: she was born poor, and dared to aspire. Slurring, In-joo asks to see the suitcase of revenue one particular final time. Sang-ah leans down to oblige — only to obtain the suitcase is complete of bricks. She turns. In-joo aims Do-il’s pistol at her head.

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So, the unseen director is Sang-ah. From the doll’s home that fascinated In-hye, to the abundance of wide shots all through the drama of characters in the middle of stage-like rooms, it is been nicely foreshadowed. Try to remember the lesson from a number of episodes ago — that when you are wealthy, you can handle the incredibly space in which you exist? Effectively, Sang-ah is the ultimate expression of this: she creates locked theaters wherever she moves. I deeply enjoyed the way she poured tea while explaining the story she’d crafted to In-joo — it was a good reminder of the show’s Louisa May possibly Alcott-like aesthetic, and a symbol of Sang-ah’s author-like handle. If something, Sang-ah is positioning herself as an updated Alcott: a creator who utilizes sets and cameras rather than pen and ink.

Nonetheless, In-joo’s vision of Hwa-young was a reminder that escape is attainable — as extended as In-joo can run. Although Sang-ah might have stage-managed In-joo and Hwa-young’s partnership, I feel it is implied that an genuine friendship existed involving the gaps. In-joo’s defense of her was touching: Hwa-young wasn’t the straightforward, tragic figure Sang-ah attempted to turn her into. She was clever adequate to teach In-joo to distrust the wealthy. Do-il, in addition, cares at least adequate to inform her to trust herself. Meanwhile, probably In-kyung can wrest some handle from Sang-ah and Jae-sang more than who gets to inform the story, but that remains to be seen…

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