This episode wasnt nearly as zippy as the last two, but it continues to showcase some fun school scenes that make it all worthwhile. Tan and Young Dos gradual resurrection of their friendship felt like it arrived without a big making up scene, but then I felt like one wasnt needed. Tan was never that angry with Young Do, and the moment the latter stopped being an antagonistic ass they could easily fall back into their comfortable banter and mutual understanding. I suppose the arrival of evil dad and Won at the school for the parent teacher conference was a stark reminder that they have very difficult family situations and perhaps their friendship is the lesser of two evils at present. The scenes where they are washing the windows or watching Eun Sang instead of the book report movie are the bits of throwaway amusing interludes I actually want more of in this drama. Eun Sangs matter of fact behavior with Young Do was also nice to watch, showing us that this drama doesnt have to be all intense crazy emotions and heightened melodrama. Rachel and Hyo Shin took over the what the hell? crown in this episode, though shes way more gone than he is. That she would kiss Hyo Shin to try and ruin his friendship with Tan is both bizarrely nonsensical as well as just lame. That he would kiss her back again to make Hyun Joo jealous is equally as pointless, though hes dealing with lots of stress so Ill give him a pass. Rachels tears over her broken engagement was laughable as well, because if she genuinely liked Tan is debatable but even giving her the benefit of the doubt she sure has a no-means-yes way of showing it. I wish the drama did something with the Won-Hyun Joo relationship other than as a fly by mention with zero emotional heft. Its a giant waste of a plot line not to mention it renders Hyo Shins crush on Hyun Joo just as ineffectual. Its like those three are staging a mime performance off to the side of the stage without a script.
This episode had too much Chairman Daddy, and also kept Tan and Eun Sang away from each other for much too long. At least it jump started the corporate battle for Empire Group, what with the outing of Tans illegitimacy as well as the transfer of shares that has been discussed for so long. Chairman Daddy is intense and scary like we expected, and the choice he gave Eun Sang at the end is way more dire than the usual take money and leave my son cash toss. Im guessing Eun Sangs choice is the latter, spend time now with Tan and get exiled forevermore. I doubt the Chairman will sell her into prostitution or anything horrible like that, more like he might send her to a developing country with limited funds and a second tier school. I wonder how the parents always think they know what is best, when there is still so long a road for the kids to walk until major life decisions need to be made. Its not like Tan is marrying Eun Sang tomorrow, and whats wrong with them dating for now? I guess the idea is not to give Tan any opportunity to have something that comforts him, because this rich world needs to have its leaders be cold and ruthless people. But its nice to see that some of the kids are showing kid emotions in this episode, with Rachels acting out and tears, Hyo Shins resignation, and Young Dos playful assistance. I wonder if the ending is all the kids rising up like Children of the Corn and staging a coup and removing their parents and becoming the rulers rather than the heirs. LOL, Im just joking of course, but I think weve got a pickle in our hands for Tan and Eun Sang and its time to see if they have the guts, brains, and fortitude to fight for what they want. It might not be a lifetime of a promise, but at least they deserve to have the now be with each other. Sadly Young Do doesnt have his own Eun Sang-esque safe harbor like Tan found, and perhaps his happiness will have to come in another story in another drama.