I loved the entire series! I wasn’t able to do another review anymore because I ended up watching (marathoning) the rest of the episodes in a couple of days. I liked where each character and couple ended by the end of the episode.
Dong jin and Yunshil
We found out that Gi Pyo has been lying to Yunshil for 10 years – saying that he donated his kidney to her father but the father died in the operating room. I didn’t like him for the entire duration of the series, even at the end, but I’m also happy that they were able to resolve this issue in a nice way. Yunshil finds out the truth, tells Gipyo she will never forgive him and to leave her alone, Donjin and Gipyo have a drinking session where Dongjin tells Gipyo that if he really loves her, he should do something that would make Yun shil happy. What he eventually did – which is to threaten Hyosang with the recorded tape and to give the CEO post to Dongjin is so-so, i wish he did a better gesture and i wish Yunshil found out about it so at least she wouldnt feel so much hatred to him (at least). I also liked how Gipyo’s mother apologized to Yunshil – i know she was just helping her son so I can understand why she did those things to Yunshil – and i’m glad that she didn’t let Gipyo det away with what he did and still took him back with her to Anseong to live a better life. with Gipyo out of the way, Dongjin goes back to Meesa and saves the company. It was an interesting idea to put Hyosang in the tailor shop – so that he can learn the basics of men’s suits and given a chance to become humble and to work hard. (I’ll write more about Hyosang in the next paragraph). On the other hand, it’s nice to see Yunshil going back to school and Dongjin strongly supporting his wife. The annoucnement of her pregnancy was also a nice surprise! i guessed early on that she was pregnant when she kept craving for steamed buns and had a huge appetite. (I wonder how the actress felt when she later on find out she became pregnant in real life with the actor!) These 2 couples are one of the nicest couples i’ve watched in kdramaland – sweet romance, fighting, supporting each other and taking care of each other.
Dongsook and Taepyung
At the start both of them were annoying – Taepyung looked like a loser most of the time while Dongsook was so foolish. By the middle of the show, they wre married and both have matured. I loved their little family with Dajeong and was happy to see Taepyung because successful again. The part about lying that he is still single and not married to Dongsook i guess is a big deal to korean fans, though, for me, i didn’t think it should matter since he is not an idol and he’s older so people would expect that he would have married by now and it wouldn’t be an issue. I didn’t expect her first love to come back and become the CEO of his agency, and I dont think it was a big issue again since Taepyung is so over her. I’m just surprised that the first love is still so girlish despite her age. another funny scene is when they finally got their family certificate and Taepyung found out that Dongsook is older than him. haha. can’t he see that she looks old?
Samdo and Sunnyeo
The storyline for the second half of the series wasn’t as fun as the first half – mostly because they just kept fighting and misunderstanding each other. they have been married for so many years yet they act as if they dont know each other. When they moved to Seoul, i was really hoping that Sunnyeo can start her own store because she is such a good cook so after the storylines about jealousy and fake pregnancy and dying and divorce, we see Sunnyeo getting hired in a bank. And the magnificent Sunnyeo worked so hard that she had no time for any sexytime with Samdo, which infuriated him. It’s refreshing to see this side where we see Samdo is the one wooing his wife and we see how much he loves her despite how she looks or acts. Eventually she got employee of the month and the best part of the show, she got pregnant!! yay! i didn’t like how Yunshil and Sunnyeo were pregnant and gave birth at the same time but i guess it is a little funny. I like this couple because we see another side where both are older and they have different issues such as money and menopause and trying to get pregnant. Months later Sunnyeo gives her and she now owns her own shop and she finally wins the union presidency (something she has been wanting for so long). Samdo, on the other hand, becomes one of the great tailors and sees the tailor shop cooperative prosper and get recognized.
Taeyang and Hyewon
I honestly think they are too young to get married but they’re so cute and mature so I didn’t mind. All series long Hyowon was rich and help him out whenever she can while Taeyang was a simple guy who wanted to become a teacher. Despite being poor, he made up for it by being super nice guy who always treat Hyewon and her mom nicely. When Hyowon’s family became bankrupt and had to move out, we see the kind Taeyang taking the modelling job and using the money he earned to buy Hyowon and her family a house for them to live. Now who wouldn’t love this guy?? He is such a keeper! This is also another great case of a couple who may not be rich but have lots of love and support for each other. Hyowon’s mom is still hilarious – when she saw the house that she was moving into and couldn’t breathe and sticking her face in front of the fan while eating ice. lol. she eventually gets a job in Sunnyeo’s store and she just keeps eating the food. haha. Taeyang passes his teacher’s exam and gets assigned to a school. Taeyang and Hyowon get married the traditional way – which was interesting to watch. All his students go crazy over the ex-model teacher but he ignores them because he has only eyes for Hyowon. I was hoping Hyowon will continue to have a career outside of Meesa – i thought her art teaching suited her but i guess she needed to be back at Meesa since it’s her family’s company.
Hyosang and Yunjin
I disliked them so much that i wished them awful things — but when Hyosang went bankrupt and lost his job (his constant screeching was a bit exag), I felt bad for him. When Yunjin didn’t want to move in to the house and stayed with her friend.. it made us all ask.. so did she really marry Hyosang for money or did she really love him? When Hyosang told Yunjin that they were celebrating his dad’s death anniversary and if she doesn’t come then they will separate, i felt relieved when she came and okay.. maybe just maybe i will like this couple too. Working at Wolgyesu changed Hyosang – he learned about discipline, and actually liking sewing and working at the tailor shop and he became less arrogant. Yunjin became nicer and more sincere. Months later after all the hardwork, Hyosang was finally moved back to Meesa headquarters. I hope he learned his lesson well and will be a better manager in the future.
She made the mean girl in the show – and it was mostly because she felt like the Min family took over her family and her life. when she successfully kicked them out, she realizes how much she misses the family and how lonely and quiet the whole house was. She still felt upset everytime she saw Dongjin and Yunshil together – especially when she found out Yunshil was pregnant. Dongjin is so mature. At the start he was really awful and cruel to her, but in the end Dongjin spoke to her nicely without demeaning her love for him and said to move on, she deserves someone better than him. I was thinking maybe she will meet someone in the end so that she can get over Dongjin, but didn’t expect that her future was to go to Europe, study and travel around the world. But in a way it made sense – it gave her freedom to be who she wants to be and to get away from all of them and make a fresh start. I also liked how she became closer to the Min family – especially the stepmother. Even from the start, Hyowon’s mom was concerned for her and treated her like her own daughter but she was so hurt with what happened she failed to see that she does have a family who will willingly come to her when she needs it. And with Hyowon out of the country, Madame Ko, Hyosang and Yunjin get to live in the big house again.
Last but not the least, Master Lee and Madame Choi
They decided to leave the house and move to the province to live on their own – as Master Lee explained, they want to live together and be together before Master Lee goes blind. the last few episodes we no longer see Madame Choi -i have a feeling this is when her cancer came back 😦 Master Lee eventually lost his eyesight and agreed to move back home so that they can take care of him. it’s quite fitting that the last scene was of Master Lee and the gentlemen of Wolgyesu and imparting a nice message.
Master Lee: I like the sea breeze.
Taepyung: isn’t frustrating now that you can’t see the view of the ocean?
ML: i dont know. i thought i’d feel uncomfortable once i lose my eyesight. surprisingly, it feels like i can see a whole different view now.
Taeyang: What is it you see, Mr Lee?
ML: I can see my life. When i had good eyesight, I only saw what was in front of me. Now that I can’t see and forget what’s surrounding me, the images of my past seem to unfold in my head like a beautiful painting. So there’s no need for me to feel frustrated.
Dongjin: What was your life like, Dad?
ML: It was dazzlingly beautiful. Luxurious beyond measure for me. The trade I’d learned as a child was to see and make grand suits. I couldn’t love my job more. Now those times stretch before me like a roll of beautiful fabric. The verb we use to say we make clothes means “to form”. We use the same verb on building houses or cooking food. The verb goes for cloths, food and shelther. That means clothes aren’t a mere accessory. Making clothes means we make a life that goes with it. A Gentleman isn’t someone who wears expensive or grand clothes. It’s a man who lives a life that suits his outfit. That is a true gentleman.
Overall, it was a great family show – very long but worth the watch. I loved the cast, the storylines, there were not a lot of boring scenes/episodes and each character got a good ending.