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Friday, September 29, 2023

Open Thread: Heard It By way of The Grapevine Episodes 29 & 30 [Final]

Welcome to the Open Thread, everybody! It’s surreal to suppose that we’re actually on the finish of this journey. Thanks for becoming a member of me on this watch, you guys.

This shot of In Sang and Bom headlines this ultimate publish, as a result of this seems like the proper summation of the place we arrive, on the finish of our story. 🥰

SOME IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS, earlier than we start:

1. There will probably be no spoiler zone this week, since these are the ultimate episodes.

2. As an alternative, I will probably be placing up a publish the place we will talk about what you guys wish to do subsequent, with this group watch slot. You’ll be able to go to that publish right here!

With out additional ado, listed here are my reactions to this set of episodes; have enjoyable within the Open Thread, everybody! ❤️

My ideas

Episode 29

It seems like a battle of wills this episode, with everybody selecting the trail they need to take, and it appears like a lot of these paths are taking our characters away from the Han family.

In actual fact, it seems like increasingly more of our “non-elite” characters are coming collectively and placing their heads and fingers collectively, to perform what they consider in, by no means thoughts what Jung Ho or Yeon Hee say.

I don’t suppose Yeon Hee is in any respect cognizant of the truth that Yi Ji, Secretary Lee and Housekeeper Jung are literally working collectively to secretly pack In Sang’s stuff and get every little thing to him, when she orders them to eliminate all his issues.

If she’d identified, then this may be her cooperating with them with out letting on that she’s cooperating with them.

The sense I get, although, is that she doesn’t truly understand that her order occurs to align completely with their plan to get In Sang’s issues out of the home.

I do really feel a bit of sorry for Yeon Hee, as a result of she appears distinctly lonely, and I largely have seen her extra as a sufferer of her restricted mindset and the social construction she’s been introduced as much as ascribe to, fairly than as somebody who’s overtly malicious.

Which means, positive, she could be petty, and he or she does put means an excessive amount of emphasis on social standing and appearances, however I don’t see her as notably evil.

Additionally, I’m pondering that maybe her basic sense of unhappiness is making me really feel sorry for her as nicely. I really feel like she desires to be completely satisfied, however is trapped by her personal limiting beliefs.

That stated, I do really feel a stab of satisfaction, at seeing everybody come collectively to assist In Sang get his issues; even Hyun Soo and Min Jae are roped into the mission, which is fairly cool.

The best way everybody sneaks a go to to Jin Younger’s daycare middle, in hopes of attending to see Jin Younger, is sort of foolish and hilarious, which is strictly the sort of stuff that I prefer to see, from this present.

It’s nice that Yi Ji will get a lot of good footage of Jin Younger to point out the workers at residence, and it’s someway fairly humorous, that each Yeon Hee and Jung Ho try sneak visits, however are completely discovered.

I suppose they’re each not excellent at being discreet or spy-like? 😁

I’d imagined that maybe one or each of them may change their tune, spurred by their each lacking Jin Younger as a lot as they do, however.. that’s not the way it shakes out.

I’m considerably upset, however not truly shocked; in any case, it’s all a matter of what they worth extra.

And, although it’s true that they each miss their grandson and want to see him, they nonetheless worth their pleasure and their chosen stance extra, and due to this fact received’t again down.

It’s all a matter of priorities, ultimately, and it’s unhappy however true, that they worth their pleasure greater than they worth their grandson.

In actual fact, each Jung Ho and Yeon Hee categorical, in their very own methods, that they’re shocked and upset that Bom isn’t displaying any repentance, even when she meets Jung Ho on the daycare middle.

That claims an excellent deal, doesn’t it? That in any case this, they each nonetheless really feel they’re in the best, and that it’s Bom who must be groveling for forgiveness.

Ooh, I really like the little element that we get, that Instructor Park and Secretary Lee are planning to get married. Aw, YAY. I’m actually completely satisfied for them. 🥰

I’m interested in what they imply although, in asking Bom and In Sang about their plans for his or her research.

Since they’re each speaking about quitting their jobs, may they be pondering of beginning some new enterprise collectively, and pondering of getting Bom and In Sang to affix them, perhaps..?

It’s a troublesome query for In Sang and Bom to work by way of, as a result of there are such a lot of sensible issues. Like, what about cash? And what about Jin Younger?

I do recognize that In Sang’s intuition is that if solely considered one of them ought to examine, then it must be Bom as a result of she’s at all times accomplished higher on the mock exams.

This feels very teamwork-y to me, like he’s actually pondering of who the stronger participant is, between them, fairly than pondering of himself and what he’d love to do.

I’ve to confess that I’m not vastly serious about Jung Ho’s plan to place a shady Prime Minister in place for his personal shady causes, however I get the concept extra of our characters are in opposition to him, fairly than for him, in comparison with once we began our story.

Even Secretary Kim, who’s normally so frightened of spy-type work, leaks data to Secretary Min, in an effort to assist her.

Additionally, that’s an fascinating element, that Jae Gained principally buys Jung Ho over, with an introduction to his hair transplant physician. Say, what?!?

So, due to Jung Ho’s love for his hair, he’s going to let Jae Gained off, who had been the deliberate scapegoat. Which means that they want a brand new scapegoat, proper?

All of a sudden, I feel Secretary Min’s comment about Secretary Yang’s brother turning into the scapegoat, may truly come true.

I do fairly love the concept of Instructor Park becoming a member of Legal professional Yoo and Je Hoon of their non-profit enterprise, although that does appear to imply that my earlier considered him beginning his personal enterprise and getting In Sang and Bom concerned, is off the mark. Hmmm.

As we shut out the episode, it appears like everybody within the Han family is seeking to go away – apart from Jung Ho and Yeon Hee, that’s.

Not solely does Instructor Park go away, we see Secretary Lee hand in her resignation, AND we see Yi Ji telling Butler Park and Housekeeper Jung, that they will’t go away till she’s left.

ANDDD. Housekeeper Jung even tells Secretary Yang – politely and pleasantly in fact – to not attempt to lord it over the workers, and to come back and discuss to them on their degree.

Oohhh. It positive appears like we’re on the cusp of a giant exodus, aren’t we..?

If that’s the case (and it positive appears like that’s the case), then what is going to Jung Ho and Yeon Hee do?

Episode 30

All in all, I feel that Present manages to reach at an ending that seems like a very good steadiness between plausible and satisfying.

I discover it plausible in that not everybody has a change of coronary heart, and a few of our key characters select to stay with their beliefs, even when the social and emotional price is excessive.

I additionally discover it plausible, that the query that Instructor Park poses to In Sang and Bom, truly results in some stress between the 2.

What Bom says to Yi Ji over the telephone has such a hoop of reality and pathos to it, “I suppose fights do occur even once we each really feel sorry for one another.”

I’m so glad that this works out ultimately, when it seems that Instructor Park wish to supply private scholarships to the each of them.

This may not be suuper real looking, as a result of, how usually does somebody like Instructor Park come alongside in the true world?

I imply, he’s prepared to go away his previous high-salaried life behind, and embrace a brand new life, the place he’s not solely sponsoring a pair of teenybopper dad and mom to the bar examination, but in addition, incomes minimal wage at his new job, as a result of he feels that he’s earned sufficient from his previous job?

That’s fairly dang particular and unbelievable.

However this feel-good, sunshiny a part of the finale, although requiring some suspension of disbelief, is basically the stuff that makes my coronary heart sing.

Certain, I don’t know how Instructor Park is discovering the time to personally tutor In Sang and Bom, when he’s now obtained a brand new job with Je Hoon’s non-profit agency, however the concept is so heat and comfy that I roll with it anyway.

And, I truthfully simply love the concept the family workers all go away, however select to stay collectively, to make a brand new future collectively.

I LOVE the concept the condo that Instructor Park and Secretary Lee get, is simply upstairs of the condo that Butler Park and Housekeeper Jung get, and that they principally weave their lives collectively, and share meals, and spend time collectively frequently.

I additionally love that these two flats are just some minutes away from Bom’s dad and mom’ home, so that each one of them can simply transfer between these three areas.

The varied scenes that we get, of oldsters hanging out at Bom’s dad and mom’ home, consuming collectively, and chatting, is simply splendidly heartwarming, and the noisy chatter appears charming and welcoming, a lot in order that I’d like to affix in too, if I may, heh.

On the similar time, I discover it plausible, that Jung Ho and Yeon Hee don’t budge, even on the prospect of In Sang and Bom taking over Instructor Park’s supply, and due to this fact agreeing to carve a path for themselves that may don’t have anything to do with the likes of Hansong.

Successfully, it seems like Jung Ho and Yeon Hee are chopping ties with In Sang and Bom, although there’s nothing in Instructor Park’s circumstances that stipulates that.

It’s simply that Jung Ho and Yeon Hee are so set of their methods, that they received’t take into account compromising with In Sang and Bom, in an effort to have extra of a relationship.

When In Sang provides Yeon Hee that hug, telling her that she will be able to come and go to them anytime, it feels so.. ultimate, actually, as a result of Yeon Hee declines immediately, and says that it received’t occur.

I’m nonetheless glad that Bom provides Yeon Hee room to alter her thoughts, so for Yeon Hee’s sake, I hope she does.

It feels a bit of excessive that Secretary Kim additionally resigns and finally ends up becoming a member of Je Hoon’s non-profit agency, however y’know, by this level, I’m simply rolling with the inclusive, feel-good vibes that Present’s serving up.

Even Min Jae finally ends up doing an internship there, ha.

It’s time that these characters go away that poisonous Hansong surroundings behind and get an opportunity to begin afresh in a brand new place that’s extra life-giving.

Along with her brother in hassle identical to Secretary Min had predicted, Secretary Yang is obtainable the possibility too, however declines, saying that she’ll cope with it on her personal.

Once more, I see that is as considered one of Present’s extra real looking touches, on this finale. Not everybody chooses to begin over, ultimately.

And it is smart that Secretary Yang chooses to not, as a result of she’s principally spent her total life in Hansong, and doubtless is simply too entrenched to see herself leaving.

Talking of leaving, I assumed it was a fairly good contact, for Hyun Soo to go away with Yi Ji, in order that they’ve one another for firm, as they examine overseas. This seems like a very good transfer for each of them, since they each have to get away from suffocating, poisonous dad and mom.

I’m additionally glad that Hyun Soo and Bom get to have that awkward however fairly optimistic goodbye, the place they even share a fast hug, and Hyun Soo blurts out that cute-awkward, “Thanks, a bit of bit.”

I wasn’t fairly ready although, for Yeon Hee’s departure, the place she simply packs her luggage and informs Jung Ho that she plans to journey for a bit.

This feels fairly ultimate as nicely, as a result of Jung Ho’s first response is, “Are you coming again?” and Yeon Hee’s response is a really non-committal, “Possibly.”

I really feel like there’s a very good probability Yeon Hee received’t come again, since she’s not notably keen on Jung Ho, and he’s now the one particular person left in the home.

However, maybe with a while and thought, Yeon Hee may simply discover it in herself to compromise and go to In Sang like he’s invited her to.

I truthfully don’t really feel all that sorry for Jung Ho, as he turns into the one particular person left in that large ol’ home, as a result of that is what he’s chosen for himself.

In selecting to stay to his means of doing issues, and in selecting ambition over relationships, he’s misplaced everybody; that was a acutely aware determination that he made. And since that was a acutely aware determination on his half, I’ll simply shrug with perhaps the tiniest little bit of passing sympathy.

He’ll reside the life that he selected, and he’ll benefit from the success and energy that he selected. There’ll at all times be individuals who will probably be keen to play by his guidelines and bow these deep bows as he comes residence.

However, I’m glad for all the parents in our story who made the selection to stroll their very own paths and do issues their very own means, as a result of they truthfully look so very completely satisfied and content material, the place they’re at.

You’ve chosen nicely, pals, and I’m rooting for all of ya. 🥰


A contact meandering, however quirky, totally different and fascinating sufficient, to really feel refreshing.


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