Author: Ormkwan Sanasen from ECI
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WARNING: If you haven’t watched this episode, please be aware of spoiler from reading this article.
As we were kept holding on to our breath from the last scene in episode 11, we wondered what exactly has just happened. Dokgo Ma Te denying the secret code that he has been working so hard for, didn’t only took Hong Yoo Ra by surprised but also us, the viewers. Ma Te was obviously curious of why Hong Yoo Ra has given up the secret code so easily upon David Choi’s request.
What does David Choi has that Ma Te doesn’t? But why did he suddenly rejected what he has been yearning for all these time? Right there, in front of him, with a click of a button, he will get everything he was hoping for but he chose not to. The answer was simple and straight from the heart, how could he possibly live with himself knowing that the code he wanted so much was traded with the love of two people.
I believe what Ma Te is trying so hard to protect is none other than his own heart, Bo Tong. From the beginning of the series, Dokgo Ma Te’s character has been one arrogant, self-absorb, and icy cold, especially toward Bo Tong. The poor girl was subjected to all sort of humiliations and harsh words by Ma Te. But no matter how nasty he was toward her, she has always been there for him. For Dokgo Ma Te, this simple girl is family, the only constant and true thing in his life, something he has been keeping so close to his heart. For Ma Te, he has always been safe because Bo Tong has always been there. But his heart is now being challenged by David Choi. If Choi can give up his own life for Bo Tong, Ma Te has to give up something equally important, the secret code.
For Ma Te, love never really existed except the love he has for his late mother. I don’t think he realises how much he actually loves Bo tong and the invisible thread that binds them together is undeniable. Right at this very moment, Bo Tong has always been his and he would not give her to anyone so easily. Telling Bo Tong that he loves her, then said that he actually lied might have saddened poor little Bo Tong but I believe that there is some underlying truth in what was being said.
Maybe he is too shy to say it straight perhaps? Or maybe too arrogant to accept his true feelings. You never truly knows the value of the things you possess until you lose them, my dear Dogko Ma Te. Still, one thing is for sure, once Ma Te has found out what true love is, the only person he wanted by his side is Bo Tong.
As the plot heated up, David Choi is not only revealed as Ma Te’s rival in love but also in search of his true identity as MG’s heir. The secret of what is David Choi has been kept so well even from the sharp eagle eyes of Na Hong Ran who has been plotting to strike down Park Moon Soo from the MG’s board. By giving up his identity, Choi has saved his half-brother’s position in the company and severely shook Na Hong Ran’s plan.
So who really is this David Choi? This sweet, innocent man who always wears his heart on his sleeves has not only managed to sway Bo Tong’s heart, but also won over us the audience. The son of Park Ki Suk from his earlier marriage, his true identity has been kept from the world for his own protection but forced him to live a bitter and lonely life. His love for Bo Tong is direct and without any pretence, the total opposite of Dogko Ma Te. Could he really change Bo Tong’s faithful heart?
Should Bo Tong choose David Choi over our Dogko Ma Te? “Stay with the one who loves you”, that’s mama’s advice to Bo Tong, “and you’ll wake up with a smile every day of your life.” The right choice perhaps, but as you know, life is a funny thing. Sometimes, you know exactly what you have to do but you follow your own heart and ended up in the opposite direction. Although choosing David Choi may seem like the right choice but personally, I hope that Bo Tong will never change. I grew to love this character so much…..she’s so sweet, cute, honest, sincere, loyal, innocent and pure. Dogko Ma Te would be a fool to give her up!
This is why I like this series so much. The credit, of course, must be given to the author of the original Manhwa and a huge round of applause to the script writers who managed to squeeze everything into just 16 episodes. Normally, it is very difficult to make an adaptation out of a successful book, as so many details can be lost in translation/transition. In this case, however, I am glad that I cannot read Korean, and that the original Manhwa has not been translated into English. Even so, I believe that I would have enjoyed the series as much as the original Manhwa as each actors were perfectly cast to represent each character. Attention to details were given to give this series a little something special. The funny little moments, the unexpected awkwardness, all adds up to make this one of the most wonderful series of the year, in my opinion – without bias.
I also love the fact that each character has their own side of the story, just like what Ma Te said to little Wi Ji, there are always two pages to everyone’s life story. One side is for everyone else in the world to see and another one is the story you slowly write for yourself. Whether it’s Wi Ji or Na Hong Ran, they all play their part in the society.
Being rich does not always mean happiness and certainly doesn’t mean that they can get everything or get away with everything they want in life. As the little princess Wi ji found out in this episode that there are things that cannot be bought with money and there are people who will not yield to her silly power game.
On that note we say good bye to little miss Wi Ji, who is being packed up by her father to study abroad. Kicking and screaming won’t do her any good as one of these days, she has to play the part in her society as the sole heiress of SS Group. Her father has made a deal with Ma Te, ignoring her request to marry him.
Ma Te has taken on a mission to win over something that even money, no matter how huge the amount, cannot be bought….woman number six in Ma Te’s life, the woman with power, aka Chaebol killer, prosecutor Lee Kim.
As the deal goes, Ma Te has to win over Lee Kim, and somehow make her drop all charges against Wi Ji’s father in return for SS Home Shopping. But she’s not easy. This woman does not believe in corruption. She lives her life being faithful to what is right. She lives in a small apartment alone, and seems content. What can Ma Te possibly do to convince this woman? Using his good looks perhaps? But following her home in the bus and trying to impress her didn’t seem to work.
Lee Kim is on a different level and way ahead of him. She seems to know exactly what Ma Te wants and invited him for a drink. He got drunk and fell asleep not knowing that Lee Kim has taken some of his hair, most probably to get DNA test to proof his identity. She definitely knows a lot more than we think. Could Ma Te be just a decoy after all?
Failing to impress, Ma Te is determine more than ever to win over Lee Kim. But he has to approach this particular woman from a different angel, she is different from other women he met prior. If his good looks doesn’t work what does? She lives alone, eats alone…..perhaps she is lonely? Lonely people sometimes build up wall and make other people believe that they are tough, and they don’t need anyone help. They go through life depending on themselves maybe because they do not have anyone in their life that they can depend upon.
So Dogko Ma Te did the unexpected and bought her a big doll. He knows that to win her over is not to negotiate a deal but to gain her trust, by being caring. For this tough and independent woman, maybe all she needs is someone to care for her, the real and vulnerable woman on the other side of the page, not Lee Kim the tough prosecutor. No deal was to be made but honest attention to the person should be given.
He left a pair of his own shoes on her doorstep. For a woman living alone, there is a sense of comfort, having a pair of men shoes as though there is a man in the house. It might seem like childish and silly for Lee Kim, but she did not deny his gifts. I think Ma Te’s charm is working and this iceberg is slowly melting.
Back to Na Hong Ran. The truth about the true identity of David Choi has been revealed by Park Ki Suk’s own lips. It must have been like a sharp knife stabbing her right in the heart. Is Dokgo Ma Te, only a decoy? But most importantly, how many illegitimate sons does her husband has?!!! She seemed genuinely hurt and upset by the truth.
“Serve her right!!!” I am sure many people must have been saying, but Imagine how you would react if your husband kept popping up with news of illegitimate children. I would be livid!! Could this be the reason why this woman is so scornful? There must be some sort of explanation why she ended up being the way she is. After all, we all know that she also has her own little secret, her son.
The question is, could her son be our Dogko Ma Te? Little clues were given at the end of the episode connected two identical pocket watches. One which is now in the possession of Bo Tong and another one which is owned by Na Hong Ran.
If this is the truth, how heartbroken would Ma Te be? The poor and pitiful Dogko Ma Te, my heart goes out for him. It will be like a big blow. I really do feel for his character. Actually, reflecting back, I feel sorry for every single characters in the series. They all bear scars and wounds in different ways. They all have their fair share of loneliness and unhappiness. I never thought that one would find something meaningful from a TV series. It is not something you expected, cos after all, it is purely for entertainment. But I can’t deny the fact that there have always been something for me to think about in every episode. Nothing so deeply profound but the simple truth about little things in life. I will truly miss this series once it is over but for the mean time, I will be holding on to my breath until the next episode!