POV DISCUSSION: One Warm Word Episode 17 & 18


I wonder how long is this drama – 20 episodes? 24 episodes? It’s almost near the end, but I never felt unhappy with the pace of the drama. I loved each episode, and how every episode seems to make me think a little bit about something. I’m not sure how the writer will manage to wrap up everything if it ends at 20, but I trust the writer would do well, right? Since it has been good so far~

I feel like this drama is very well-planned. Each episode feels as though it was carefully written and it’s not like those absurd dramas which goes haywire towards the end because of live shooting and bad ratings and blah blah blah. This is probably a drama which you would either hate or like – no in between.

Since it covers a very sensitive topic, and is unlike other dramas, it’s really either you like it or you don’t. I love it of course. It’s about marriage and affairs – but unlike other dramas of similar theme, this is entirely different because it isn’t as dramatic (you know…husband has an affair, wife takes revenge, mistress is an ass…etc). It covers those topic but each episode shows us how the character deals with it (and in a very realistic and human way, no killing or make-over revenge, etc). It’s interesting and thought-provoking.

vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h55m42s85Let’s talk about Mi Kyung and Jae Hak’s current situation first. Mi Kyung is slowly moving on, and she’s learning to live for herself instead of living up to what others’ expect of her. She still loves Jae Hak, and I get sort of a feeling that she still hasn’t forgiven him, but I think she’s coming to terms with everything and is accepting reality.

When she mentioned to Jae Hak about them not having any memories as a couple, I realized again how different this married couple was from Eun Jin and Sung Soo. Eun Jin and Sung Soo are the kind of married couple who married after countless dates, and this couple married after just a few meetings (I assumed, since it seems that way from flashbacks). After they married, Jae Hak focused on his career, and Mi Kyung on her housewife role.

Jae Hak is starting to realize what Mi Kyung means in his life – I’m not sure if he’s just feeling the pinch because she’s no longer doing things to please him and make everything perfect, or if he really feels the gap after Mi Kyung leaves. I still believe that Jae Hak never really did love Mi Kyung. Or this couple didn’t had a chance to love properly.

Jae Hak is probably having a rough time because this is a problem he cannot solve, no matter how he tried. He has always been solving problems and he look at things objectively. Perhaps most of the time, he manages to tackle every problem, but this time, he is unable to thus he is disturbed and affected badly by it.

He took Mi Kyung for granted – thinking that everything she did was something she was supposed to do. He liked how she maintained peace in the household, yet he gave his heart away to another woman, because he was suffocated with Mi Kyung’s obsession over perfection. His mistake also cost Min Soo’s mistake against Eun Jin, and Min Soo’s love.

vlcsnap-2014-02-08-00h00m15s254vlcsnap-2014-02-08-00h00m20s48Anyway, Mi Kyung is going ahead with the divorce, and they’re already starting to talk about the division of assets. This is an interesting turn, because I never thought the drama would go in depth about the division of assets for divorce. It will be fun if the next few episodes show us the process of their divorce and how couples fight over assets.

It’s not like I want to see them fight – but it’s realistic. It’s money. In front of money, humans turn into calculative and selfish monsters. Since the drama covered the part on affair and marriage problems, it would be good if they go all the way and show us the ugly side of divorce and probably the hardest part of divorcing.

vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h53m12s122vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h53m10s93On a side note, I really appreciate Anna and Mom-in-law’s relationship. It’s cute 🙂 I think it’s just added in for a fun factor, because as a whole the drama’s mood is sad and gloomy so this relationship actually helps to brighten up the mood a little and it balances the drama as a whole.

vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h54m39s217vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h54m55s127vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h54m48s58Now let’s talk about Eun Jin and Sung Soo. Eun Jin is suffering a rough patch in her life right now – and I think she’s given up. She knows she did something wrong, and now that everything is twisted, she feels guilty and there is nothing she could do to help with the situation.

Her negativeness throughout both episodes seems like she has surrendered to everything. She doesn’t want to try anything any more – she just wants to get away from all this mess, and do what she can. Her decision to ‘leave’ her family for Eun Young is understandable – but it is something that won’t help Eun Young at all.

I like how much Sung Soo have changed, and how he focuses all his attention to Eun Jin only. This was what he should have done the first time she had post-natal depression. I’m happy that he wants to start over and he tries to convince Eun Jin, because clearly now, his pride no longer matters in front of her. vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h45m42s225vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h45m46s5vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h45m59s142vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h46m02s164Adorable Yoon Jung cannot be heart-broken can she? Hahaha – I’m expecting this couple to stay married. Maybe all they need is a little time to get over their scars, and to accept the present. vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h56m06s69vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h56m06s61vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h56m15s157

It’s true that both of them had betrayed each other, said harsh words and fought a lot – but in the end, they still care for each other. Accept the things you cannot control. I think this applies here. What has happened already did, and if they continue to harp on it, they won’t be happy. Once they accept everything and move on, I think they’ll be a stronger couple.

vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h43m25s136vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h43m30s181vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h44m06s35And our heartbreak couple 😦

vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h47m46s180vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h48m17s236vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h49m15s53vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h49m52s167Eun Young cannot accept the fact that they have to break up because of Eun Jin’s affair. She tries to convince Min Soo that it doesn’t really matter. Min Soo tells her about his involvement behind the hit and run – and Eun Young is shocked. She lies to herself that it doesn’t matter, but Min Soo tells her to regain her senses. vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h50m08s70vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h50m49s227vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h51m39s208vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h51m50s62vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h51m57s133Eun Young finally accepts the break up, and tells Min Soo that no matter what he did – he’s still a good guy. </3

vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h57m14s238vlcsnap-2014-02-07-23h57m30s134Right now, Eun Young is heartbroken over the fact that everything is twisted. She tells Eun Jin that she no longer wants to try living hard at life, and she wants to just give up. I wonder if this pair of sibling can repair their relationship. The only way is for Eun Young to accept everything, and to forgive Eun Jin.

As for Eun Young revealing that she was jealous of Eun Jin all along and Eun Jin saying the same thing – I think it’s only normal. Sometimes we feel a little jealous at our siblings who seem to do everything well, when we feel our life isn’t perfect. However, the thing is – that is what we see. We do not know what problems the person is facing, and we are only judging by what we know and see.

It’s our own insecurities we need to fix, and to stop comparing our lives with others and to just believe in ourself.

I don’t know if this couple can actually get together or not – and honestly I’m 50-50. They might eventually get together after everyone accepts their relationship, which I find is a bit too much of a stretch. No matter how we look at it, it’s really weird if they get together because everyone would be uncomfortable with the fact that Eun Jin once had an ‘affair’ with Mi Kyung’s husband.

Min Soo will never be able to completely forgive Eun Jin for the pain she caused to Mi Kyung, and how can he stand being her brother-in-law? Unless really drama finds a way out to make this possible – and I don’t really mind because I really love them together.

Or they maybe won’t end up together after all – maybe the last few episodes would show us how they slowly move on from this break-up and find back a balance in their life (because first loves don’t work in drama-land. hah.) and further down the road, they find other partners, or maybe even when they bump into each other, they have moved on. I think this is fine too, but it’s really…heartbreaking for us. They’re so CUTE! I don’t want them to break up honestly.


4 thoughts on “POV DISCUSSION: One Warm Word Episode 17 & 18

  1. Thanks for your impartial and thoughtful take on the drama. I too wonder and look forward to how the writer will conclude the series. Sometimes the conclusion can make or break the entire series and I’m really hoping it would be a stupendous end, one which leaves you saying, “that was pretty awesome”!
    Eps 19 and 20 may be postponed due to the coverage by SBS on the Winter Olympics so that could mean a longer wait for us to see the end!! TT TT

  2. My heart breaking for MS and EJ in these eps. I love the way MS deals with the heart break. I can clearly see his agonizing, but really approve with the way he tries his best to pick himself up and deal with it himself, not keep on blaming the others or make the others worry for his state of mind. That’s how I think a mature, responsible, considerate adult should act in time of crisis, unlike both EY and EJ in here.

    No matter how I try, I can’t feel any sympathy for EJ character. In fact, I feel very angry at her. She’s so stubborn, so dull and so out of mind in dealing with the mess she created. She stubbornly clings to the noble idea of she needs to do anything to help EY; she stubbornly refuses to open herself up seeking SS’s forgiveness and trying to built up their family together. Instead, she just wanders around with her head low, mopping, saying sorry to everybody and making all kinds of bad ridiculous decisions. She refuses to give SS and herself a chance to get back together by keep on saying it’s no use. She insists on helping EY with the stupid idea of cutting tie with her family, so what’s the heck she thinking here, giving up her family and her young daughter for an unrealistic coupling? I hope she’s better come to her sense soon to set the priority. Right now, her priority is her little daughter who really needs the mother she loves next to her (by person, not by thought). Her priority can’t be on an aldult sister who fully capable and should learn to take care of herself to live life as not a worrisome person to the love ones.

    Phew, so sorry to let it out here. Thank you so much for your blog and the awesome POV as usual.

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