Author: Nandini Pradeep J from ECI
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WARNING: If you haven’t watched this episode, please be aware of spoiler from reading this article.
Episode 14 begins with the surfacing of a watch which, in a sense, overturns Dokgo Ma Te’s destiny itself. There he was, imagining himself to be the illegitimate heir to a business conglomerate and here, “time” draws up a new card: he’s, in fact, the child of the Chairman’s second wife, who was the stepmother figure until then. So now, not only is he his worst enemy’s son, he is left with the realization that he is unwanted by his mother, even after all these years.
She tells him how Hong Yu Ra, who figured out this secret, uses it as a bait to ask a favor of Na Hong Ran. However, Yu Ra’s attempt to intimidate Na Hong Ran fails, given the kind of power the lady has. Na Hong Ran poignantly calls herself as “MG” itself, i.e., she reminds Ma Te (and Yu Ra), that she’s not just a person but a position and an enterprise itself.
Ma Te’s search for his father, thus, takes him into the uglier realms of truth: that his birth mother hates him for being as beautiful and attractive as his father, who took advantage of his mother and got her pregnant, knowing that she’s the daughter of a Chaebol household.
Na Hong Ran gives two options to Ma Te: either to leave the country or disappear forever because otherwise, she herself will make a hellhole out of his life. Ma Te is overwhelmed by his situation whereas Hong Ran remains unchallenged but with a drop of glistening tear hidden somewhere beneath her mask.
On the parallel scene, David is helping Bo Tong move – yes, even her painting of Ma Te. They are as always bickering and cute, but both sad to leave each other.
Lady No.7 Yeo Mim follows Ma Te and offers to drive as he is not in a state of mind for anything sane.
Bo Tong moves in with her family; her mother and brother, who prepared a beautiful room for her, is worried about David and his loneliness now that Bo Tong is gone.
But Bo Tong, as always, worries about her “Yeppeun” oppa!
Ma Te confronts and interrogates Hong Yu Ra only to realize how business-minded that person can be. Now that Ma Te doesn’t fit into her scheme of things, she is no longer concerned about him; she’s as cold as Na Hong Ran, which reminds us of Ma Te’s comparison of the two in the previous episode.
Bo Tong and Choi David exchanges texts at night and it displays how adorable those two are, especially Bo Tong with her naive comments.
The conversation between Na Hong Ran and Ma Te was recorded – the room was bugged by Yeo Mim. But the lady is quite unsure of how and where she should make use of this or if it’s useful at all.
Meanwhile at Hong Ran’s house, Park Ki Suk wants to put everything and everyone in their right places but Hong Ran doesn’t want anything to alter her plans. For Hong Ran, Ma Te is a scar that reminds her of the horrible past – the disloyal brothers, the man who abandoned her, the pain she went through.”But the past is a thing of the past”, says Park Ki Suk – her husband.
Bo Tong goes to Ma Te’s house to find him. On not finding him there and seeing his mother’s photograph, she guesses where he could be.
On reaching the crematorium, she finds Ma Te talking to his mother’s photograph placed near the pot of her ashes.
Bo Tong realizes that Ma Te is not his mother’s son. (P.S. He looked so damn handsome in that scene: looking melancholic yet profound. My PEELy body wasn’t ready for this *dies*)
On a serious note, we meet a Ma Te struck by the existential crisis: “If mom is not mom, then what does that make me?”, he asks Bo Tong as tears trickle down his cheeks.
He tells Bo Tong that his mother is Na Hong Ran (they should’ve just hugged omg :'( !!) In the next scene he tells her how he feels like an actor who acts his part as if it’s reality and later realizes that it’s an all act. That he realizes how much of a fool he must have looked like. Bo Tong tries to comfort him by saying that Mi Sook was really his mother but Ma Te cannot unsee the hatred in his birth mother’s words; the mother who doesn’t have even one kind word for a son whom she lost once and found after years. Instead, she wanted him to get lost forever. But in this chaotic mess, Ma Te understands that the one constant thing in his life is Bo Tong herself- someone he wouldn’t want to lose.
Hong Yu Ra wants Park Moon Soo to bring in Choi Jooh Ha / David (his step-brother) and she reveals Hong Ran’s secret to him.
In the following scene, David puts up a big framed picture of Bo Tong in his room and this moment his brother calls him for a drink. He tries to scout Joon Ha but the latter describes the ugly face of MG and tells him that it’s the sole reason why he hates MG. Moon Soo is taken aback.
Although initially he is confused, after watching a video sent by Bo Tong to make him feel good, Ma Te makes up his mind on what he should be doing.
Ma Te sends back the watch to Hong Ran, severing all ties with her. Back at Bo Tong company, he asks why David joined the company and he cheerfully replies that it’s because of the capable CEO with a vision.
This gives Ma Te enough perspective to confidently do well in his SS Company presentation.
Bo Tong makes a surprise visit to David’s place and finds her photo there. She takes this opportunity to turn down David’s proposal as she can’t see anyone other than Ma Te. In his reply, David tells her about this novel his mother loved (Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy). He never understood its meaning or the significance of the passages she marked out. But today, he thinks he can relate to it: That to meet someone whom you can love is a miracle in itself, that that someone loving you back is not an impossibility but just something ‘extraordinary’. David decides to wait.
Ma Te invites Park Ki Suk to dinner. They discuss Mi Sook and Ki Suk tells him not to give up on the password and on his mother. He also discloses that he took care of Ma Te out of love for Hong Ran. Meanwhile, Moon Soo goes head on at Hong Ran, cancelling out the decisions she had made in the case of the cleaning socks and also, tells her that he’ll bring Yu Ra back. Hong Ran accepts the challenge.
There’s a shift in Ma Te’s style at this point: profound sadness on the face, unruly hair, tired attitude, and relatively passive-shaded outfits.
While Yu Ra sets up a meeting with Choi David, Bo Tong brings Ma Te to a skating rink to reminisce the beautiful past.
Hong Yu Ra warns Joon Ha to quit following the path of unrequitted love and to take up his position in MG. But he curtly tells her to shut up as he replies: “Right now, I should LOVE.” But then Yu Ra tells him why Bo Tong cannot be separated from Ma Te….She’s his password!
Something commendable about this drama is its use of metaphors. In the subsequent scene, Bo Tong uses the skating rink as the metaphor for their life and asks Ma Te to master the slippery floor and that if possible, she wishes to be his skating shoes! Like a baby, she walks towards Ma Te but Ma Te realizes that it’s time he took his first steps towards her instead. Ma Te embraces Bo Tong – whom Yu Ra describes as Ma Te’s password (to Joon Ha).
At that moment, the perfection and warmth of love spreads and makes you feel like the ice would break apart and a new sun would emerge. At that moment, there’s no one else but Ma Te and Bo Tong – what we were waiting for, right?!
Can’t believe this will end soon! What will happen next? How will David react now? What will be Ma Te’s fate? How would MaTong couple fare? Episode 15 would be nothing less than a pandora’s box! Stay tuned!