The Golden Spoon: Episodes 9-10


The Golden Spoon: Episodes 9-ten

Our protagonist tends to make a triumphant (or need to I say wayward?) return, and he’s got extra than a couple of tricks up his sleeve. His spoon counterpart has largely settled into his humble life, but this unexpected comeback will definitely shake up the playing field — and set unforeseen consequences in motion.



We catch up to our characters right after the ten year timeskip, and they appear to have settled into their respective areas. Tae-yong, who’s been living as “Seung-cheon,” is presently unemployed, but he’s filled out his resume with many jobs and even a webtoon award (yay!). His newest job interview has him placing a haughty interviewer in his spot by responding in fluent French, which is as satisfying as it is endearing.

Joo-hee’s managed to choose herself back up, and she’s undertaking fairly properly as an investigative reporter at a broadcast station. Her existing scoop is the illegal gambling inside Amicus, which leads to an undercover operation to collect proof (with Tae-yong’s support). However, her group gets busted fairly speedy, and Joo-hee’s on the verge of getting caught as well — till a person pulls her into a tent.


That a person is Seung-cheon, who’s returned from the States as an incorrigible celebration animal and greasy womanizer to boot. It is an awkward reunion for Joo-hee and our spoon boys, even though it rapidly escalates to a confrontation when they all get caught by Yeo-jin, Joon-tae, and the snobbish interviewer (simply because of course he’s Joon-tae’s buddy).

The Seung-cheon of the present is a loser with a capital L, and he’s firmly beneath his fiancée Yeo-jin’s thumb. The purpose? Joon-tae, of course. Although Seung-cheon was in the States, he’d been plagued by numerous vehicle “accidents” and shooting attempts, courtesy of his dearest uncle. Badly injured and fearful for his life, Seung-cheon had voluntarily offered his golden spoon to Yeo-jin as collateral, pleading for her to save him.


Nicely, it turns out Seung-cheon’s Casanova persona is a ruse to reduced his opponents’ guard. He intentionally lets himself get photographed stumbling into a hotel, drunk and with a lady by his side — except that lady is a crossdressing Moon-ki. HAHAHAHA OMG. Assistance, he’s so disgruntled but so fairly!

Behind the scenes, Seung-cheon has gathered a group to uncover Doshin’s organization secrets and take down Joon-tae. Seung-cheon manufactures a drug scandal to make Doshin’s stocks plummet, right after which he buys an exorbitant quantity beneath the name of his corporation.


At Doshin’s board meeting, Seung-cheon exposes Joon-tae for embezzlement and bribery, revealing all the proof he’s collected more than the years. That gets Joon-tae ousted from his position as CEO of Doshin Hightech, placing “Tae-yong” in the vacated spot with his newly-acquired corporation shares.

Of course, Joon-tae will not go down that quickly. Joo-hee’s nevertheless determined to reveal the truth of her father’s death, and Joon-tae leverages on that, informing her that CEO Na’s bloodstains have been found on “Tae-yong’s” jacket. Just after a decade of fruitlessly chasing dead ends, Joo-hee latches onto this new piece of details like a lifeline.


Meanwhile, Tae-yong’s facing however an additional issue. Charges have been filed against the undercover reporter group for disrupting the Amicus celebration and obstruction of organization, saddling Tae-yong with a hefty fine. In exchange for possessing the charges dropped, Tae-yong has no decision but to humiliate himself in front of the Amicus members, and it is an awfully challenging scene to watch. The nasty interviewer sneers that he’s letting him off effortless, considering that he just scored a profitable organization deal with Doshin Group — “Seung-cheon” ought to be grateful that he’s mates with “Tae-yong.”

Afterwards, a drunk Tae-yong calls Seung-cheon out for a heart-to-heart, saying that he attempted to comply with Seung-cheon’s suggestions these days. He avoided beginning a fight, rather obeying every little thing that was demanded of him, considering that he’s poor and can not spend the price tag of defiance. However in spite of his efforts, he was let off not simply because of his actions, but basically simply because of “Tae-yong” and his wealth.


Tae-yong’s poverty has clearly been weighing on his shoulders all these years, even even though Mom and Dad now have a steady revenue from their homemade side dishes shop. Not only does Tae-yong really feel guilty for getting unable to assistance his loved ones, but he’s also broken up with Joo-hee considering that he can not forgive himself for losing her dollars. They’ve spent the previous decade as finest mates who share a comfy rapport, even though Tae-yong clearly nevertheless has lingering feelings.

A flickering light in Joo-hee’s apartment creates an chance for Tae-yong, and he confesses that he nevertheless likes her, however he can barely do something for her. Tae-yong asks her to only give him her reply later on after he succeeds in finding hired, he’ll confess once more.


Seung-cheon invites Tae-yong to dinner at Alex’s restaurant, providing him a position at a reliable corporation, but Tae-yong rejects it. Ten years ago, Tae-yong also rejected Alex’s present to perform beneath him for ten years, even even though Alex promised a handsome salary that would cover Joo-hee’s lost dollars.

Seung-cheon also invited the complete Lee loved ones, but CEO Hwang finds out and shows up at the door as well. Cue an awkward dinner table, exactly where CEO Hwang disparages the Lee family’s challenging perform and suffering. It is clear that he despises the thought of Tae-yong and Seung-cheon so a lot as interacting, a lot significantly less getting mates.

Nevertheless, Dad respectfully but courageously stands up for his son, pointing out that poverty is not contagious. You go, Dad! Can Tae-yong please remain as his son forever and ever?


In order to snoop for proof about her father’s death, Joo-hee requests for an interview series with Seung-cheon, and Seung-cheon agrees simply because he misses her as well a lot. Through an interview at Seung-cheon’s home, Joo-hee slips away, sneaking off to his area and opening his protected.

Inside, she finds his drawings of Joon-tae’s shirt — turns out the college shooting flashback from final week was a memory that resurfaced in Seung-cheon’s thoughts. Joo-hee has no thought what to make of the sketches, but she does obtain some thing that she recognizes all as well properly.

It is the book of answers she gave to Seung-cheon as a present ten years ago. Seung-cheon walks in just then, catching her in the act of rifling by means of his issues, and she angrily demands to know why “Tae-yong” has Seung-cheon’s book.


Meanwhile, Yeo-jin has identified out about the interviews, and she is not the least bit content. In truth, she’s jealous that Seung-cheon keeps spending time with Joo-hee behind her back the individual he loves clearly is not Yeo-jin. Getting ultimately had adequate, she calls Tae-yong out for a meal, handing him Seung-cheon’s golden spoon to consume with.

See, there’s 1 final rule of the golden spoon that Seung-cheon does not know about. Even right after ten years have passed, if a person else eats with the golden spoon, they will achieve the memory of its owner. In other words, the jig will be up.


Will Tae-yong consume with the golden spoon? Will he not? We’ll get the answer subsequent week, even though my bets are that he will. Earlier, though clearing out his area, Tae-yong found Seung-cheon’s diary — in which he wrote down all the particulars about the golden spoon. Not the most intelligent thought on Seung-cheon’s element, but I’m really in favor of it, simply because I’m hoping this suggests Tae-yong can ultimately achieve some agency.

Nevertheless, I wonder if Tae-yong will really be in a position to comply with by means of with the golden spoon magic. As a lot as he desires to turn into wealthy so he and his loved ones can afford to reside with dignity, it is clear that he loves his parents deeply. They’re so supportive of him — Mom and Dad even gave him art supplies and encouraged him to pursue his artist dreams — and I can not see him providing them up as quickly as Seung-cheon did.


Honestly, with every single episode I develop to like Seung-cheon significantly less and significantly less. Yook Sung-jae is nevertheless delivering a compelling efficiency, but I can not root for Seung-cheon wholeheartedly. Although Seung-cheon may possibly not be selfish, he’s self-centered — as demonstrated when he sold off his corporation with no so a lot as a word of warning to the staff who helped him in his quest. I do not doubt that his actions stem from sensible intentions, not maliciousness, and he does show moments of compassion (such as when he stood up for Yeo-jin against Stepmom’s disparaging comments). Nevertheless, he’s not specifically likable.

I want we spent extra time in the heads of our other protagonists, simply because they’re equally (if not extra) exciting and sympathetic. Yeo-jin is the most intriguing and competent character by far, with her ruthlessly cutthroat measures and endless ambition. Her moment of vulnerability this episode was fairly telling she strikes me as a person who’s lashing out very first to guard herself from finding hurt once more, even though she frequently goes overboard. It is why I felt for her in the moment when Seung-cheon kissed her just to prove a point, and why I rooted for her when she pulled him into a second kiss that she really had agency more than.


Nevertheless, I’m nevertheless not totally pleased by the drama’s makjang tendencies — okay, I get that Yeo-jin is furious more than getting belittled and passed more than for Joo-hee, but is she seriously ruining ten years’ worth of meticulous preparing just like that? She’s currently on the line to marrying into Doshin Group, even if Seung-cheon’s heart is not in it. Yeo-jin is frequently manipulating other individuals and behaving vindictively, and it is a tiny as well a lot. Plus, we obtain out this week that Joon-tae is really Stepmom’s son, even though he does not know it (however). Of course, CEO Hwang knows, and he’s holding it more than Stepmom’s head. Sigh.

I’m also unsure about the necessity of the ten-year timeskip, but I do obtain the new setting fairly exciting. There’s a lot extra possible to be mined, and I’m searching forward to watching Tae-yong fight for what’s his — no matter whether that is dollars, or a loving loved ones. Truly, can he have each? I know that is wishful considering, but fairly please?


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