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High Society Episode 1-4 Quick Summary and Character Introduction
Working in a food market as a lowly part timer, Yoon Ha seems like an ordinary girl just trying to make ends meet but even her best friend/co-worker, Lee Ji Yi doesn't know she is actually the youngest daughter of a powerful chaebol family.
Blamed by her mother for everything bad that has happened in her life, Yoon Ha is the ultimate scapegoat even to her siblings (except her brother who is actually very good to her.) Dreaming of one day taking control of her own life, Yoon Ha works at various part time jobs to save enough money so that she can start a business with Ji Yi.
Despite "playing" an ordinary girl at the food market, it is obvious that Yoon Ha's privileged upbringing still runs through her blood since whenever she encounters unreasonable customers (which is often) her temper comes through (as oppose to Ji Yi who has learned to just toss her pride aside for survival) and thanks to her oppa, anyone who picks on her eventually has to come begging for her forgiveness.
An extremely capable man, Joon Ki has never allowed himself to forget his childhood memory of watching his security guard father bowing and apologizing even when he did nothing wrong. The interesting is that Joon Ki's parents actually has an awesome relationship despite being poor.
Compartmentalizing all his relationships into beneficial or not, Joon Ki is quick to cut off any association that he deem to be useless... even if it's his girlfriend. To be fair, the ex-girlfriend was a jerk and tries to give Joon Ki money so when she marries Joon Ki she wouldn't have to do her duty as a daughter-in-law. Sneering at his girlfriend, Joon Ki laughs and say "Your family business is only moderate furniture store chain and on top of that your short sighted father won't be able to grow it. In other words, you are not worth my effort."
The wheel of fate starts to turn when Yoon Ha is forced into a marriage meeting with Chang Soo. Having no intention of letting her family dedicate who she marries, Yoon Ha puts on a sloppy facade to meet with Chang Soo. Unfortunately, Chang Soo sees right through Yoon Ha's plans and dumps a cup of water on her for daring to mess with him.
I also really love the 2nd female lead, Ji Yi who is surprisingly wise when it comes to love and is trying very hard to not fall for Chang Soo when she knows it will obviously be an dead end. I love the classic line Ji Yi told Chang Soo "I like to day dream of catching a chaebol and become Cinderella but if that dream becomes too real then it is not so good."
Steeped in her new romance's sweetness, Yoon Ha giggles over Joon Ki's texts and smiles when Ji Yi tells her how glad she finally found a man who can make her lose her cynicism towards this world. Sigh... I think Joo Ki might actually end up doing the opposite.
Happily planning her date later that night, Yoon Ha all the sudden receives the devastating news from her family that her brother's yacht went down and he is presumed dead. Rushing home, Yoon Ha is greeted by her grief stricken mother who yells "WHY are you here? Why are you alive?! You did this! You killed my son, you should die too!!" Remember that part about Yoon Ha's mom blames everything bad on Yoon Ha?
Breaking down in sobs, everything comes pouring out of Yoon Ha from her wealthy background to her poor brother who should've had the whole world but is now dead.
Well... Yoon Ha's whole breakup plan obviously didn't work and Joon Ki has official become her only hope in a sea of people who wants to use her. Poor girl, it is going to hurt when she realizes he is just like the rest of her family.
The first two episode surprised me since the two leads (especially our hero) were not what I was expecting at all. However, by the end of episode four, I am really intrigued. It is nice that all four leads are very interesting people in their own right and I am almost just as interested in the two second leads' romance as I am of the two leads.
I do think it is ironic that the two second leads are actually your more typical k-drama leads, with a chaebol guy who needs to be taught a lesson and an ordinary girl who is just spunky enough to teach it to him. So it seems like watching a k-drama reversal where the greedy guy is actually the hero and the chaebol lady is the heroine.
While I was a bit put off initially by a hero who for all intents and purpose is just out to use an innocent girl because of his greed, I am intrigued enough by episode four that I want to find out who Joon Ki really is. On the surface Joon Ki is just someone who is plotting every step coldly to further his own agenda but there are enough moments (especially when he is with his mom) that one can catch a glimpse that maybe he is not as cold and heartless as he comes off.
I am counting on the fact that our heroine Yoon Ha is going to rake Joon Ki over the coals once she finds out about his true intention. Judging from a few hints that has been dropped, I suspect Yoon Ha is going to be a formidable woman to go up against once she is pushed past her limit.
ps. Lee Sang Woo!!! (Heroine's oppa) I hope you are not really dead... unless you are off being the hero in another dram then I will gladly have you disappear from this one.