It finally dawns on Kang Ja and Princess Han that perhaps they are dealing with much bigger fish than they ever thought.
Taken back by Bok Dong's request, but Kang Ja just chides him for not asking politely and ties his shoe for him anyway. The sudden voice of Dong Chil talking to Jin Sang (Kang Ja's husband) sends Kang Ja hiding in the corner with Bok Dong. No clue why he is squatting with Kang Ja, but Bok Dong couldn't care less since he is too busy smelling her hair. I was totally pounding the table with laughter here. I love this kid. If it wasn't so obvious that Kang Ja only sees Dong Chil as another kid like her daughter, I would be cheering for noona romance here.
Just when Kang Ja thought the coast is clear, her husband all the sudden popped out of no where and discovers the big secret. Stunned to see his wife dressed up as a high school student, Jin Sang tries to drag Kang Ja home but is stopped when Bok Dong accuse him of being a pervert buying "services" from underage girls.
However, Kang Ja's attention is soon drawn away when she notices No Ah pounding at his chest. Assuming No Ah has indigestion, Kang Ja drags him to the mysteriously always empty nurse's room. Ignoring No Ah's protests, Kang Ja deftly pulls out her needles to prick his thumb... both of them. Not stopping for a moment, Kang Ja nags as she is pricking No Ah but quickly stops in surprise when she looks up to find a crying No Ah.
Having flash backs of his father doing the very thing Kang Ja is doing, No Ah tells her "I have always thought it was okay to lose or to not be strong. But when my weakness means someone has do something wrong in order to help me survive in this world then I am not okay anymore." Poor kid, that was sure a rude awakening to the realities of the world that his father has been so careful to protect him from.
Kang Ja meets with Ae Yeon (her classmate/friend who once betrayed her) and is aghast when Ae Yeon shows her the many wounds on her back. Furiously asking how Chairman Hong could do such a thing, Kang Ja could find no comforting words when Ae Yeon just calmly tells her that there are many things one does for money.
Ae Yeon goes on to warn Kang Ja to stop what she is doing before it becomes deadly for her. Determined to finish what she started, Kang Ja just asks Ae Yeon to continue to ignore her presence like she has been doing.
The next morning, Jin Sang and his mother forms an united front in trying to stop Kang Ja from going to school with her daughter. Pushing Jin Sang out of her way, Kang Ja walks out of the house without her shoes.
Wearing Ah Ran's shoes and carrying her daughter on her back, Kang Ja and Ah Ran's relationship seems to be improving drastically.
Thinking quickly, Kang Ja calls Jin Sang and gets her to come take Grandmother Oh away. In a very cooperative mood once Jin Sang mutters "do you want to see me fired!" to her, Grandmother Oh plays along and pretends to be a confused old woman.
Knowing she is quickly running out of time, Kang Ja sneaks into Chief Do's office to find more evidence to prove that all the baddies are benefiting from the school renovation. However, Kang Ja is surprised when she finds copies of her own information used as a fake identity for the renovation project thanks to her husband.
Is it bad that I am secretly ... okay, not so secretly happy that Jin Sang is turning out to be such a jerk after all. He is not bad exactly, just spineless and you definitely get the feeling that he and his mother doesn't see Ah Ran as a member of their family at all. Judging by how easily the mother and son is ready to mention divorce I am assuming once Kang Ja's past comes out there would be no saving the marriage.
Dong Chil kidnaps Ah Ran and sends a threatening text to Kang Ja for her to come.
Completely shocked by the sight of Ah Ran calling Kang Ja mom, it didn't long before Dong Chil and Kang Ja's conversation turn violent. I about rolled my eyes when Kang Ja points a knife at Dong Chil again. That didn't work out last time so why is she repeating her mistake again??!
Horrified, Kang Ja watches as the force of No Ah slamming into Dong Chil sends the knife right into No Ah's back. The all too familiar scene sends Dong Chil screaming "He won't die, he didn't die" as he stumbles out.
Fortunately, history didn't repeat itself in all it's entirety and No Ah was soon patched up at Princess Han's place.
Having witnessed the whole thing between her mom and Dong Chil, a dazed Ah Ran asks Princess Han "Did my mother kill someone? Is Dong Chil... my father?"
Despite Princess Han's vehement denial to both of Ah Ran's question, Ah Ran doesn't seem convinced.
Confessing to Kang Ja he might not be a teacher for too much longer, No Ah tells her that his biggest fear in the little time he has remaining as a teacher is to lose another student. Earnestly, Kang Ja tells No Ah that in her opinion he is the best teacher out of the whole school and that he needs to stay so the kids would have the courage to keep fighting.
Bok Dong follows the duo to the medical room and jumps to the wrong conclusion the moment he sees Kang Ja with a half dressed No Ah. Dragging Kang Ja away with him, Bok Dong tells her not to trust honest looking men like No Ah.
Walking home (back to Bok Dong's, where he lives with Dong Chil), Bok Dong all the sudden tries to do the wall slam... expect he did it first on the tree branch then the stone wall post. (Wall Slam = the thing a guy must do when he is trying to put the moves on the girl he likes according to the drama gods.) Putting on his best manly voice, Bok Dong asks "Jo Bang Wool, do you like me?" When Kang Ja just burst out laughing, Bok Dong continues "I li...." Unable to make himself finish his confession, Bok Dong just stumps away.
No Ah's dad (Judge Park) runs into Kang Ja near his house and is surprised to find Kang Ja all dressed up as a student. Sitting with No Ah at the dinner table, Judge Park is amazed at how good of a cook No Ah's student is. Judge Park did start to wonder if maybe Kang Ja might be No Ah's student but when No Ah tells him the student's name is Jo Bang Wool, Judge Park shakes his head at his own wild imagination. Judge Park tells No Ah about meeting Kang Ja and No Ah nods with remembrance since Judge Park sponsored Kang Ja for a long time.
I love Princess Han's outfit! So hilarious.
Jumping off or rather it looked more like falling off, No Ah gives a cute proud smile when he lands on the ground.
Dong Chil comes home while Bok Dong is urging Kang Ja to leave and a furious Kang Ja tells him "You never cared for your brother or Bok Dong. If you loved them you wouldn't beat them or boss them around. You are just a gangster to the bones." Coldly, Dong Chil asks "Jo Kang Ja, are you done?"
Stepping into the room, No Ah asks "Jo Bang Wool... you are Jo Kang Ja?"
Mid Series Review:
This show was kinda slow the last few weeks... not to mention just all out depressing at times since every move Kang Ja used to fight the baddies were useless. However, episode 9 and 10 was AWESOME! I loved almost everything about it. The show is doing a great job dealing with the issue of social corruption and school bullying. While there were a few times the bullying just seemed a bit over the top, but I think the writer is doing a good job balancing the bad with plenty of warmth.
I wasn't placing too much hope on the romance front for this show but my hope is flaring up now that it looks like Kang Ja's husband will probably ditch her the moment her past comes to light. Ok, the plot hasn't gone there yet, but doesn't Jin Sang look like the type to insist on divorce if he is already pulling on the divorce paper over Kang Ja's masquerade?
Anyhow, I am dying with curiosity to find out next week how our two leads' relationship will change now that No Ah knows the truth about Kang Ja. Also, since the show is more than half way over I am guessing we will start to see the baddies start to get their dues.
|NG shots of when Kang Ja was trying to seduce Chief Do|