Scandal Episode 21 Review
I know, it wasn’t going to be a flowery reunion between everyone, but all the undercurrents of tension and future forebodings of bad are making me tremble. Will Eun Joong ever get his smile back?
The cat’s finally out of the bad because Jang Tae Ha finds out Eun Joong is his son. Unfortunately, the realization comes a little too late-just after he’s shot him. Talk about bad timing.
But the best part is that even as the stakes come out and heartbreak lurks around each and every corner, the game is going up and we’re finding out that we’ve yet to see Jang Tae Ha’s worst. And dude, does it make you shudder!
Hwa Young begs Man Bok-who’s listening to the whole conversation play out between father and son, to call Tae Ha and ask him to stop but the sound of a bullet sends everyone reeling. Eun Joong is wide-eyed with disbelief, even as the wound registers and he falls. Myeong Gun, having arrived in time to see his son be shot before his eyes, cradles him close and calls out to him again and again. And as Tae Ha stands there and gloats to him, Myeong Gun reveals the truth.
Tae Ha can’t believe it and one look at Eun Joong’s scar on the foot is proof and suddenly, he’s on all fours, approaching Eun Joong and calling his name. But then his hands get stained with Eun Joong’s blood and he stares at it, horrified at the realization of what he’s done.
Alone with his grief, he keeps asking himself what he’d do if the blood on his hands is really his son’s blood. Joo ha listens in stunned horror. Over and over Tae Ha stares at his hands and mutters a denial.
At the hospital, Hwa Young unleashes her anger at Myeong Gun by telling him to go and die alone, but then retracts her statement, saying he doesn’t have the right to die either. All the while, Man Bok watches.
Although Eun Joong recovers from the wound and is sent home to rest, he doesn’t speak a word to anyone-the doctors citing he probably has aphasia. So Young begs him to speak, to say her name, to scold her, to do anything. She tells him his life isn’t only his, but hers and her father’s too and begs him to quit the dangerous police work. It’s heartbreaking because you realize that is the very philosophy Eun Joong lived with, to this day, but now his whole faith in his father is shattered and he doesn’t know how to react. The way he jerks away his father’s touch is proof enough of his changed thoughts.
Before anyone can realize what he’s up to, Eun Joong quietly packs a bag and leaves the house. As soon as he exits the gate, he instinctively reaches out to straighten his father’s name card there, but pulls his hand back and walks away. Watching him leave is Hwa Young, who immediately rushes to urge him to rest but he walks away from her too. And the expression of despair he wears then… *cries*
Jang Tae Ha is still in his dazed state, trying to come to terms with the reality around him. Man Bok comes to him, begging him to make a decision but tells him that all he’s ever known is this family, and he desperately wants to be the son he was to him, citing that he’d not do a thing differently even if they were given a second chance. Tae Ha tells him there’s no need to kneel, but instructs him to call him Chairman from now on, since he will bring back his real son now.
Joo Ha, ever the smart girl, realizes Hwa Young purposely brought Man Bok to the house even though he wasn’t her real son and rails at her for carrying on the lie this far. “Not even knowing he was my younger brother, I liked him! If he were to ask me to date him, I would have accepted!” She cries.
Listening in, and turning a steely heart towards Hwa Young is Jang Tae Ha. What sets Tae Ha even more on fire is getting confirmation that Eun Joong is his son and Jok Pal eggs Tae Ha on, saying this solves all his problems since knowing Tae Ha is his real father, Eun Joong will not go against him.
When he confronts her about it, she owns up to it, letting out all the anger she’s held up inside for years about everything and he wonders if she meant to take revenge on him like that.
On pins and needles, Myeong Gun constantly waits for Eun Joong to return. Jang Tae Ha musters up the nerve to come and face Eun Joong, but runs into Ah Mi. Recognizing her, he offers her an apartment in exchange for not suing him, and then asks after Eun Joong, bringing out the gifts he’s brought for him. Enraged, she takes a bag of waste lying nearby and dumps it on him.
“My husband was someone’s precious son. Ha Eun Joong was also someone’s precious son when you shot him. Just like how your son’s life is precious, same goes to other people. Now you’re worried about him? Now his life is precious to you?”
Ah Mi, like the whole family, is also anxious and wishes Eun Joong would return. For that matter, she even charges up his cell phone and carries it with her, which is how she finds out where he really is. When he makes a withdrawal through his credit card and the receipt shows on his phone, so Ah Mi goes to find him.
He’s out in the wild, so to say, as he’s set up camp on an island. It’s such a contrast when seen with his emotional state-he’s in peaceful and quiet surroundings, but his whole being is shaken up and he’s at the point where he feels lost and angry and betrayed.
He smiles when he sees Ah Mi and she mutters that she was sure he’d object to her coming. Finding him cooking and making patterns with Go Stop cards, she asks him to come back home with her. She tells him how worried his father is but it only seems to spark his anger as his jaw tightens but he never says a word.
Finally, she calls up Myeong Gun, only wanting to let him know she’s found Eun Joong and that he’s well but Eun Joong snatches the phone away. When she insists on it back to make the call, he yells at her.
“Don’t do it! Don’t do it when I say not! I said not to do it! I said not to call THAT PERSON!”