This episode has two main plots and a slew of minor ones, all of them enriching the already existing relationships. This ensemble show continues to shine by not fixating on one or two stories but endeavoring to develop the overall picture–the web-like relationships that define family, neighbors, co-workers, etc. But what I appreciate most is the show’s continual attempt to deal with a serious issue that is nicely balanced by a silly story.
The serious issue for me that was explored with this episode is Korea’s insistence that all Koreans learn to speak with a Seoul accent. Seung Yoon’s misery and puzzlement about this need echoes a growing concern that the Seoul accent is valued over any other provinces’ accents. It’s definitely a sad state of affairs if one feels pressured to bury one’s hometown accent simply to survive and make a living in Seoul. Where’s the diversity and the celebration of Korea’s diversity here?
On a lighter note that unexpectedly had a deeper meaning, Kye Sang’s playful teasing of Ha Sun conveys a life lesson: know when to stop. At first, Kye Sang starts to tease Ha Sun because he enjoys her over-reactions in much the same way that Jin Hee always rises to his baits/jokes. However, he doesn’t realize that Ha Sun is of a different nature than Jin Hee, who has never really retaliated in a mean way. With Ha Sun, she demonstrates no control over her actions when she’s in a panic state and reacts without thinking…much to his detriment and ultimately to hers when she pushes her fellow teacher out of the window in her attempt to silence him from revealing that she and Julian are living in the same house.
Overall, the episode left me fully entertained and with some nice little nuggets of life lessons to mull over. 🙂
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