Author: Susann McGovern from ECI
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WARNING: If you haven’t watched this episode, please be aware of spoiler from reading this article.
‘Beautiful Man (Bel Ami)’ has been like delving into a large, beautiful box of chocolates. From Episode 1 when the first chocolate candy was unwrapped, and we started to explore each of the characters, I have been captivated by Dokgo Ma Te and his journey from a beautiful, self-absorbed young man to the man that he evolves into. We are carried through each episode watching the upfolding and blossoming of a strong, intelligent, self-sacrificing man, who will give up everything to protect the girl he loves.
I will now look at a few meaningful moments in Episode 15. I especially liked David walking, dejected knowing BoTong is MaTe’s password and thinks back why she likes President Dokgo and she says: vegetarian Oppa that likes kalbi, I just do, just how I like my mother and brother. She can’t explain the all-encompassing feeling of loving another person… She just accepts it and does.
I feel for David, he looks at BoTong’s huge photo, he can not accept or face the reality that he will never have her by his side. He covers up his feelings with laughter which at times is too much. But we all try to deal with life’s curves in the best way possible, and this is Davids.
Ferrino’s shoot, this is our boy at his most charming and the “wink”… we see our confident, assured Ma Te. A complete success for SS, all products sold out. And we see during his press interview that through Ma Te’s efforts, he has gained the consumer’s trust with his inventive marketing strategy.
Yeo Mim coming to Ma Te to warn him about Na Hong Ran and sharing her personal birth information how her mother was raped and she was given up for adoption. This was poignant, how she tried to show him his birth mother’s feelings would be similar to her own mother’s pain in being raped. Warned him not to go to businessman’s party. Ma Te goes and gives Na Hong Ran a weapon… Ma Te had said he has nothing to lose, but he had someone precious to lose.
The kidnapping of BoTong at vacant amusement park and Yeo Mim sending David as the prince to the rescue. At the hospital Ma Te realizes that he cannot continue to be with BoTong. In order to protect this new found love of his, he must walk away from everything that has meaning in his life to protect this love. We see the personal growth of Ma Te from a beautiful boy into the truly Beautiful Man. He has evolved full-circle. His mother would be extremely proud of the thoughtful, responsible man he has become. When he arrives at his apartment, he confronts BoTong waiting for him. He is like ice to her, she doesn’t understand, to hammer the point home, he takes his beloved photograph of his Mother and Chairman, Park Ki Suk and tears it into bits. She is destroyed and leaves. The ultimate sacrifice has been made to protect his love.
I really liked Chairman, Park Ki Suk. He is trying to put everything back in its proper place. Ma Te finally telephones him and says he has the password and will bring her to him. When MaTe fulfills his Mother’s wish to bring Chairman the password (which is her son’s happiness) then she had asked Chairman to treat him as a son. I think he will do this. He is very ill, I believe, he will give Ma Te all of his shares in MG.
He also visits Drop Top to see Hong Yu Ra. I believe that he is trying to tie up all the loose ends before he dies. He recounts how when his son, Park Moon Soo, first introduced them, he thought she was an angel, both kind and pretty. It is now time to rest, it is important to live while loving because time won’t wait. Yu Ra can do this now because she did everything to protect her love i.e. her daughter is smiling, holding her father’s hand.
Before Yu Ra leaves, she makes her apologies to Ma Te with a series of notes ending with BoTong’s picture at Drop Top Cafe.
Lastly, I loved Ma Te sitting on the couch talking with BoTong’s mother and what she wants in a son-in-law for her daughter. Love and someone to take care of her, this triggers thoughts of his mother and finally he realizes that BoTong is his password. He goes out to the alley and meets her coming back with chestnuts for him. He reaches out and draws BoTong to him and whispers BoTong, his password. The expression on MaTe’s face says it all…. heartfelt joy, he has found his home.
There is one last layer of chocolates to unwrap in Episode 16 before we close the box. Each chocolate had it’s own character. It’s own tale to tell. It’s own reasons for being but in the end each and every bite into this box of Beautiful Man Chocolates has been rewarding and thought provoking.
Thank you the chance to express my thoughts on this captivating drama, Beautiful Man, which could be played by no other than Korean actor, Jang Keun Suk.