Recap: The Heirs Episode 2
It’s that moment when you feel the butterflies in your stomach, the stirrings of your heart, and the chimes in the wind.
Written before live recap
America, the land of the exiled and dashed dreams…
Kim Tan, told by his brother to have no dreams, watched Eun Sang’s last bit of hope and dreams get dashed on the beach boardwalk. He saw a young girl abandoned by her older sibling, and perhaps saw himself sitting on the sidewalk crying his eyes out too after being exiled by his older sibling. But he also saw Eun Sang cling on, try, and beg as much as she can, unlike him, who quietly did as his brother told him too.
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Tan drives up next to Eun Sang, and time seems to move slowly for just a brief moment. Tan asks Eun Sang, “Do you want to go to my house?”
Eun Sang asks, unsure, “Are you safer than here?”
Tan replies, “I don’t know if I am safer, but my house is better than here.” I’m glad you know, Lee Min Ho, how dangerous you are to many female hearts out there.
Eun Sang enters Tan’s house and as the lights come out, her mouth opens even wider. She looks around the large, clean, white space as Tan grabs a drink. Eun Sung realizes that no one else in this house, and she asks, “What about your family? Do you live alone here?” Tan: ” Yeah, I live alone.”
Eun Sang’s eyes widen. “What are you? Are you a drug dealer?” (Eun Sang starts speaking to him formally, or in jondaemal). “Are you in the mafia?”
Tan snorts. “Are you at least sure I am a drug dealer?” Eun Sang replies that things are lining up.
Tan nod and gets up. “But why do you think I am only a drug dealer.” He walks closer and closer to her, cornering her. Looking her up and down, “Do you still have two kidneys?”
Eun Sang looks scared, but Tan has only backed her up to the door of her room. “Call me if you need anything.” Tan saunters off, cool as a cumber.
Eun Sang sits on the bed and massages her tired body. She remembers back to earlier in the day with her sister. But despite the downs of life, our bodies want us to keep living, and Eun Sang’s stomach grumbles. Last time she ate was in the airplane. ES cautiously opens her door room and peers into the hallway.
Tan hears footsteps from his study room above the living room. He sees Eun Sang creeping around in the house in the dark.
Eun Sang opens the refrigerator. She only sees food labeled in English and canned products. It’s not to her taste, but can the hungry be choosy?
Eun Sang is eating in the dark of the kitchen, when Tan turns on the lights. Tan asks, “What are you doing in the dark?” Eun Sang doesn’t look at him. He’s caught her in another embarrassing moment. “I’m sorry I ate without permission. Since I only ate expired things, just charge me this amount.” She pushes the five dollar bill on the counter.
Tan checks the cans’ expiration date and wonders who she can eat this stuff. Eun Sang is about to leave, when Tan calls her back. She thinks he is about to get angry at her for eating the food, but what he asks is , “Aren’t you going to clean this?”
Tan stares at Eun Sang as she cleans up. He asks her for her name. What do people call her?
Eun Sang is reluctant to reveal her name. She replies instead, “I didn’t get to say this before, but thank you for letting me sleep here.
Tan snarks, “That’s a long name.”
Eun Sang still doesn’t want to tell him his name, and he decides not to push it. He tells her she doesn’t have to be thankful since he is just paying her back for the lost powder. She was planning on giving it to her sister, right?
Jae Ho and Won walk down the Jeguk office hallway. Jae Ho has bought the ticket for Won to go the U.S. and reserved a hotel. As soon as he did, however, Zeus Hotel called wanting Won to stay at their hotel. Won notes that Zeus Hotel is acting like a stockholder of Jeguk already since it is marrying with RS International. At this, Jae Ho stops in his tracks. Ah, there is something between him and Esther in the past! Jae Ho snaps out of it and tells Won he has refused Zeus’ offer.
Jae Ho tries to hand Won a guest list of the family party that Won is to attend in the U.S. Everyone is coming with family. He notices Won give him a hard look, and adds that he has also sent him the list through email. Won wonders why, then, Jae Ho bother printing it out. Jae Ho explains it is a habit left over from serving the CEO. He’s also given this list to the CEO.
Won fumes. Did Jae Ho not think that Won wouldn’t do it himself? “I was curious from the beginning. Who do you work with now, Secretary Yoon? Do you work with me or the CEO?”
Jae Ho replies, “Always for Jeguk group…” Won cuts him off. “I see.”
Jae Ho comments that Won is acting like boyfriend angry at his two-timing girlfriend. Won says Jae Ho has got it wrong. He’s advising to Jae Ho, who he finds too ‘pure,’ that he should two-time. Or he is in danger of getting fired when the CEO retires.
Jae Ho is not fazed and this pisses Won off even more. “Father taught you wrong.”
Won walks away, and Jae Ho says the typical, polite greeting. It sounds sincere, like Jae Ho is really on Won’s side.
(How come my only reaction to Choi Jin Hyuk is always, “Oh my god, Choi Jin Hyuk”? He could be saying the cruelest things, but none of that registers.)
Tan’s father, the CEO of Jeguk has suffered a health crisis recently, and that is why he is in his wheelchair. Despite his physical feebleness, this man is still cold, calculating, and always speaks with a faked sincerity that makes your skin crawl.
His current and second wife, Ji Sook, is just as cruel, but more human in her bitterness against her husband who cheated on her. She can’t have children. She is the one that brought Tan’s birth mother inside the house, wanting to make sure that Ki Ae is always in her reach and control. She’s also never going to grant her husband a divorce. She knows her worth, and she is not going to give her husband the satisfaction.
Ki Ae is outside trying to eavesdrop on the two’s calm but bitter conversation, when Won finds her standing there. She doesn’t seem to be that embarrassed, telling him that they are only talking badly about her, not about him. She announces Won, and tells him that his mother is inside.
Won says, “I have no mom in this house.” Ki Ae: “Right, the ahjumma who raised you.”
Won enters the freezing cold room. Ji Sook waits a beat before saying hi to Won. Won then acknowledges her. Ji Sook notes, “You never say hi first. I raised you ten years before you left for America. I didn’t take raise you with affection but I did raise you diligently. Don’t make me an any ol’ stepmom.
Won’s sarcasm gun is always locked and loaded. “I’m sorry for growing up like this even after you raised me with care for ten years.”
Kim Nam Yoon stops this fight before it escalates, and Ji Sook leaves.
CEO Kim tells Won to bring Tan to this meeting that Won is going to in the U.S. since the Americans think highly of family business. Won: “I will take care of it. It’s my business.” CEO Kim interrupts Won, “I’m taking care of it. And I mean that it is not your company yet.”
Outside, Ki Ae and Ji Sook are having the same ol’ fight they’ve probably been having for years. Ki Ae wants to know why Ra Hael’s family wants to meet with Ji Sook. She wants to at least be informed as Tan’s birth mother. Ji Sook reminds her that she is actually listed as Tan’s mother, and even though Ki Ae is being called “little ma’am,” all she is is her husband’s live-in girlfriend.
Ji Sook leaves after cutting up Ki Ae’s heart with those words. Ki Ae, upset, tries to call her son- the reason for all this suffering. Her only hope.
Tan’s voiceover: “Another woman’s bag. Another woman’s house. Another woman’s man. An unhappy person because she always wanted what someone else had. That person is…”
Tan looks at his missed calls. They are from his mom.
Eun Sang is in her room talking to her mom on the phone. She is trying hard not to cry, lying to her mom the same way Ra Hael was, that sis has gotten taller and tanned, and Eun Suk is living in nice house with a yard. Eun Sang tells her mom not to worry.
Tan overhears this conversation behind the opened door. He holds half a sandwich in his hand.
When Eun Sang hangs up, Tan opens door. Eun Sang jumps up. “Don’t you knock?” Tan knocks. Tan hand her the sandwich and chips and jokes that the food is good for the kidneys. ES finds this joke a little too scary and tells him to stop.
Tan notes that Eun Sang is a good liar, and Eun Sang realizes that he heard her phone call. Tan notices the dollar bill on the table, and Eun Sang tells him its for the phone call. Tan comments that she spends her money recklessly, and Eun Sang, pouting, hands him a dreamcatcher.
It’s for the room rent. Eun Sang was going to decorate her own room in the U.S. but she will give it to him now. Tan asks what it is, and Eun Sang explains that it is a dreamcatcher that chases away bad dreams and allows only good dreams through the circle.
Tan jokes, “How about pretty ladies?”
Eun Sang is about to take it way from him, but Tan likes it. He tells her to rest and finish the food. It’s good for the kidneys!
Tan leaves, and Eun Sang is suspicious. Did he put something in the sandwich??
In the living room, Tan picks up the plate with the other half of the sandwich for him. He hangs the dreamcatcher on the door on his way outside. He can see Eun Sang in her room from outside, and he sees her barricading her door with chairs. This offends Tan, until he sees her start to undress. He scurries away, brushing past the dreamcatcher on his way inside. Me thinks he’s caught a pretty lady with that dreamcatcher already. Plus, it’s hanging on a sign that says Surfer Boy.
It’s a new morning. Eun Sang wakes up and steps out. Tan’s house has a wonderful ocean view, the sky is crystal clear, and the sunlight twinkles through the air.
Eun Sang goes outside and takes in the view. Tan steps outside and takes in his view.
Tan has felt something, and he doesn’t know what to do with it so he doesn’t say good morning to Eun Sang as he comes down the stairs. Eun Sang speaks first, and the two joke around about him being a student and going to school. He makes her laugh, and Tan notices. “You’re laughing again. It means you normally laugh a lot.”
Eun Sang want to leave when Tan leaves to go to school to find her sister. Tan doesn’t want her to leave, and tells her that her sister’s diner isn’t open yet. She can stay here until he comes back or go to school with her, since she was curious.
Inside Tan’s car, he offers Eun Sang sunglass. He tells her its not fashion here but a necessity. Yeah, I haven’t really worn my Cali glasses since arriving here in Korea. Eun Sang takes the glasses and says to Tan: ES: I’m going to stretch my hand outside the window. If you are embarrassed, let me know. Tan doesn’t stop her, but says, “Just one minute.” He smiles along with Eun Sang.
Tan in class listening to the lecture. Eun Sang is sitting outside waiting. She’s looking around at the other students.
Professor talks about the most beautiful English word in the world that was chosen by 102 non-English speaking countries. The word was “mother.” Next were passion, smile, love, and eternity. Professor asks, then, what is the saddest English word?
We don’t hear the answer but for Eun Sang, who is looking through her mother’s notepad again, perhaps the saddest English phrase is “dry cleaning.”
It’s the end of class, and the Professor asks the students to turn their in their essay, but Tan doesn’t. He replies, “It’s not for turning in.” Professor replies, “Don’t you think you might find a new purpose if you turn in it?”
Tan steps outside expecting to see Eun Sang, but she is not at the bench. Tan looks for her, worried. He finds her watching Korean Americans with a bit of sadness in her face. Tan runs up to her and asks, “What you are looking at?” Eun Sang: “Kids who were born with good parents.” She sounds a bit wistful as she talks about the parties these international students might have, but Tan reassures her that they are not fun. Sweet.
Eun Sang is determined to go back to her sister and get the money. She thinks she can find her way herself, but Tan, worried and not wanting to see Eun Sang goes, says he will take here there. Besides, he can skip class that way. It’s math class, which he hates, but Eun Sang like math. He calls her crazy.
At the diner, Eun Sang and Tan find out that Stella has quit the diner too. She has really run off with the money. Stella’s boyfriend shows up, and it seems she’s stolen money from him too. The boyfriend gets aggressive so Tan holds back his arm. The boyfriend’s friends show up, and trying to help Kris, start to run toward them. Tan starts to say, “At the count of three…,” but Eun Sang grabs his arm ands starts to run.
Tan is wondering why they are running so hard and far. Kris’ friends can barely keep up. Tan meant for her to come behind him at the count of three because he was going to let Kris go.
Kris’ friends are still panting their ways towards them, and Tan yells back in Korean. Eun Sang wonders if the friends will understand, but Tan explains that he is speaking in Korea for her, so that she isn’t afraid. Sweet!
Tan’s phone rings, and it’s Ra Hael. His face darkens. Eun Sang sees Kris’ friends getting closer so she tries to grab Tan’s hand, which he flings away. Eun Sang feels embarrassed, and Tan, trying to make amends says that he is getting a call for an order of drugs. Organic drugs. He grabs her arm. “Let’s go. I think we need to run for real now.”
Ra Hael is not getting through to Tan. She stares her phone wanting it to ring and it does. But it’s from mom, not Tan. Ra Hael keeps lying to her mom about Tan, and we learn from this phone call that Tan and Young Do used to be best friends. Wonder what happened?
Young Do drives up to his dad’s hotel, and tries to smooth his helmet head.
He is doing the is dishes in the kitchen. He is forced to do this every summer as training. Does this make him one of those humble princes? NO. The manager comes to lecture Young Do, but Young Do threatens the manager saying that when he becomes boss in ten years, the manager is going to need the experience he is accumulating for his new job.
Lee Hyo Shin is having lunch with his family, which is made up of the Public Prosecutor General and other lawyers. Hyo Shin can only drink water at this meal, with is family talking about his grades, his school, and their expectation for him to become someone great.
Young Do comes in to greet this prestigious family and serve them water. Here we learn that Lee Hyo Shin is one year older than Young Do, being his sunbae at Jeguk High.
Young Do, being the smart-ass that he is, fills Hyo Shin’s cup to the brim. “It seems you are very thirsty.”
Young Do lives in the hotel. Hyo Shin knocks on his door and asks to use the bathroom. HS pukes into the toilet.
Young Do asks, not really concerned because he knows why Hyo Shin was puking, “Was the food okay?” I can imagine. I would want to puke too after sitting with that family and all that pressure. Hyo Shin thanks Young Do for letting him use his bathroom. “I don’t want to get caught by dad.” Young Do smirks, “But I’m okay?:” Hyo Shin smiles in returns, “I know some things about you too.”
Young Do laughs. “You’re voice is really nice when you threaten.” Hyo Shin, “It sounds even better when I’m cursing. Do you want to hear?”
Eun Sang brings over the coffee. She overreacts to how it great it taste, which Tan makes fun off. But Eun Sang just wants to appreciate an Americano in America (but who drinks Americano in America? I didn’t). She doesn’t want only bad memories.
Tan looks at her. “YAre you sure youou only have bad memories?” Eun Sang gives a small smile. “If I think more about it…” Tan looks at her expectantly.
But Eun Sang doesn’t think over what Tan wants her to thin over. She changes subject and asks how long he’s been here. Tan pouts at this. Aw, he cares so much already.
Eun Sang realizes that she can borrow Tan’s phone to log in to her SNS account and message Chan Young. Tan gets all jealous as he hears that it is boy…friend, and someone Eun Sang respects.
Inside the taxi, Eun Sang wants to know if a reply has been posted yet. Tan is still pouty and want to know if she’s dating this guy or dated him when he finds out she and that guy have known each other for half their lives.
They’ve arrived back at the house, and Tan gives the house keys to Eun Sang. He is going back to get the car at the beach.
Inside the taxi, Tan checks for a reply to Eun Sang’s message. Through this inadvertent snooping, he learns that her name is Cha Eun Sung. He reads through her statuses and learns that Eun Sang likes scary movies like Freddy and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Tan also sees she has a lot of part-time jobs. He also reads messages between Chan Young and Eun Sang, and with Chan Young being so sweet, Tan concludes, “They can’t just be friends.” Tan sees one final text that immediately hardens his face. “I don’t like my mom having a hard time. I hope Jeguk group goes under.” Uh oh.
Tan gets Eun Sang’s passport back.
Scene between Bo Na, Young Do, and Myung Soo. We learn Myung Soo is part of law firm family, but he is not that smart. These three like to tease each other and are good friends. And Myung Soo seems to like Bo Na too. Or Young Do.
Because of Bo Na’s nagging, Chan Young finally checks his SNS account and the message that Eun Sang left him. He looks worried and immediately calls Eun Sang’s phone. But of course she left in Korea.
Inside Tan’s house, Eun Sang is lugging her suitcase so she can leave, but, uh oh, Ra Hael is here with groceries. Eun Sang asks who she is in formal speech but Ra Hael immediately talks down to Eun Sang. “That is my questions. Who are you?” Eun Sang and Ra Hael both recognize each other from the airport.
Ra Hael reveals she is the fiance of the landlord here. They got engaged when they were 17 last year.
Eun Sang explains that she had a situation and slept over one night here. That is not what Ra Hael wanted to here. She notices the key in Eun Sang’s hand and shushes Eun Sang who is trying to explain that nothing strange happened. Wow, she shushed Eun Sang. I already want to slap her.
Eun Sang tries to leave, but Ra Hael pushes her suitcase down the stairs causing the case to crack a bit. Ra Hael tells her it is mistake, like Eun Sang running into her here in this house.
Eun Sang tries to contain her anger, saying it’s in consideration of the landlord. Ra Hael stops her. How can she trust her to not have stolen anything from this house. She wants Eun Sang to open her suticase. Now I want to pull Ra Hael’s hair out.
Eun Sang says fine, finally dropping the jondaemal. She asks what will happen if there is nothing in it. Ra Hael says, “There is no chance of that.” Omg, evil incarnate.
Ra Hael dumps the contents of the suitcase and walks over it her shoes, calling it trash and telling Eun Sang to get out before Tan gets back.
Eun Sang packs up and goes, holding back her tears. She sits at the harbor, watching the happy families. I think she misses her mom and sister too.
Back at the rich kids’ hangout, Bo Na is upset Chan Young hasn’t gotten back to her. Young Do and Myung Soo joke around like teenager would do. Myung Soo also mention Tan’s name, saying Ra Hael went to Tan, and the name immediately makes the smile on Young Do’s face disappear. The name is not welcomed by Bo Na either.
Eun Sang tries to buy a ticket home when she remembers she doesn’t have her passport.
Tan is interrogating Ra Hael about Eun Sang. “She left? With all her stuff?” Ra Hael is upset that Tan asked about Eun Sang first, not her. He offhandedly says, “You’ve gotten prettier,” and immediately starts asking about Eun Sang again. “Did you chase her out?” Ra Hael: “I get to as your fiance.” Tan: “You told her we are engaged?” Ra Hael: “You should have told her about this first.” Tan: “Then you should have just let her stay so I could introduce you.” He walks away, frustrated.
They continue to fight, Ra Hael upset that Tan doesn’t care, and Tan making not effort to seem like he cares. He says to her, “I got engaged to you so I don’t have to marry you later.”
Eun Sang is back to get the business card of the cop. She didn’t expect to see Tan at the door, so she tries to leave, but Tan stops her.
Ra Hael tells Eun Sang that she threw out the card while she was cleaning. Eun Sang starts to go the trash where the card is and runs off before Tan can tell her he has the passport already. He turns to Ra Hael. “You threw it out?” Ra Hael confesses she didn’t even see it.
Tan sighs. “I know this is an annoying situation for you, but that girl had her passport taken away because of me.” Ra Hael: “How is that any of my business.” Tan: “It’s not, but it is mine so stop butting in.” Tan walks away to Eun Sang.
Inside the house, Ra Hael hears Tan’s phone ring. She sees Chan Young’s reply. He wants Eun Sang to call him immediately at the number he gives.
Eun Sang is digging through the trash and Tan walks up behind her. He says, “It’s not there.” Eun Sang holds back tears. “Yeah, it’s not here.” Tan asks, “Are you crying?” Eun Sang replies, “I came to the US to live better, but here I am next to the trash. Tan quietly says, “I’m sorry.” ES picks herself up. “Why would you be sorry?”
Tan hands her the passport and Eun Sang is relieved to see it. Suddenly, a taxi drives in and off comes the girl that hit of Tan in the university and a couple of boys. They are looking for Tan, and now Tan and Eun Sang really have to run away.
Tan and Eun Sang keep running, chased through the city. They run into a theater to hide out finally.
Tan takes a breath while Eun Sang looks around. She’s learned from movies that usually the killer is lurking behind. Tan tells her to stop watching weird movies.
Eun Sang asks why Tan is running. “Are you really a drug dealer?” Tan replies, “My life is not so bad I would want to waste it that way.” Eun Sang: “Then why are your being chased?” Tan: “What about you, before?”
Tan tells Eun Sang to watch the movie since they are here while he rests. Eun Sang watches but it is all in English. Tan starts translating. “I had to come to make sure he wasn’t after you too.” “If I am going to trust, I need to know who you are.”
Eun Sang: “You weren’t sleeping.”
Tan continues to talk, but he isn’t translating anymore. “He met a girl yesterday. And that girl’s name is Cha Eun Sang.”
Eun Sang: “How did you learn my name?”
Tan: “But now he has something he wants to know from Cha Eun Sang. Perhaps…”
Tan turns to face Eun Sang. “Do I like you?”
Preview for Episode 3:
Eun Sang: It’s really Hollywood!
Tan: The words I said in the theatre can’t be less strange than that Hollywood sign.
Choi Dong Wook: Do you know I measure you?
Choi Young Do: Because I am like mom instead of you.
Tan: You’re kinda cute.
Eun Sang: I’m glad you know.
Won: Did you think this was a place you could come to?
Eun Sang: Are you okay?
Myung Soo does cute v-sign.
Young Do: I’m gonna kill you.
Eun Sang: Is the goal to be mistaken for a couple.
Tan: Don’t even dream about it.
Chan Young: Cha Eun Sang!
Eun Sang: Chan Young!
Chan Young: I was worried.
Bo Na: He wouldn’t have forgotten about me. Tan won’t sue Chan Young, right? Because he got beat up by him?
Tan: Do you know me?
Chan Young: Do you know me?
Tan: Just stay here. All you have to do is borrow money.
Eun Sang: There is no reason to stay here.
Ki Ae: You heard everything?
Tan: If I go there, I think she will be there.
Ra Hael: Let’s see if it is coincidence or fate.
Seems Tan has caught himself a pretty girl through that dreamcatcher, just like he wanted.
I like how our hero and heroine don’t start off or last very long as bickering or in denial. I think they feel and recognize their attraction to one another, and have built a rapport to become friends. Now that is something that would be nice to see. A couple that likes to tease each other, not piss each other off. Their relationship is building fast, and that is good, considering the gigantic cast and the need to deal with all those different relationships, marriages, and business transactions.
Both Myung Soo and Hyo Shin are from law-related families, and while Myung Soo lives happily in acceptance of the fact that he is not smart enough for law (or at least pretends to be), Hyo Shin is barely withstanding the pressure. Yes, if you want to wear the crown, bear its weight.
How will each of these privileged kids bear the wealth, prestige, and responsibility given to them? Will they rebel, change, harden, give up, or take it in stride? Do their wear their status like a second skin, or a heavy chain? How will these young kids find who they are, discover their strengths and weakness inside the constrains and wings provided by their wealth? It’s also interesting to see how the weight bears on the kids, really, in the form of their parents, who must have been young themselves. But they live brainwashed of their childhood anxieties and troubles, overbearing and difficult to their own children.
I like Eun Sang. She does cry a lot, but her youth adds a sense of optimism and energy to her character, which I hope the writer allows her to keep when the story later descends into the darkness of melodrama. Because you know this writer will try to make us cry.
Once again, I love the low-key vibe of this drama, allowing the actors to act, instead of just talking their heads off. The drama has its precious moments thanks to the cliched situations and bad acting of the American cast, but the director has a light touch that doesn’t try to hit our head over and over again with the significance of the scene when we already know. We can’t just enjoy the space creating by the underlying emotions and the scenery, because otherwise, the actors could be filming inside an empty box.
And thank you, writer, for making the boy fall in love first.