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3 Moments We Beloved & 3 That Damage In Episode 17 Of “My Dearest”

We have now a truncated week this time round as “My Dearest” aired solely episode 17. However this heartrending drama is again to creating viewers weep as Yoo Gil Chae (Ahn Eun Jin) and Lee Jang Hyun (Namgoong Min) endeavor as soon as extra to search out pleasure in the course of societal and political upheaval. Right here’s what we beloved and what damage on this week’s episode!

Warning: spoilers for episode 17 under.

1. LOVED: Gil Chae’s energy

It’s no small feat for a girls to comply with a divorce in Joseon. Girls have been already handled like second-class residents, and to relinquish their husband, aka their solely technique of social forex, resulted in divorcees being handled like pariahs. To make issues worse, Gil Chae can be seen as unclean on account of getting been captured by the invaders. Her solely technique of earning profits was her ex-husband Goo Gained Moo’s (Ji Seung Hyun’s) forge, and now, even that’s misplaced to her. So she decides to go away to the outskirts of city to construct a house of her personal.

Her finest buddy Kyung Eun Ae (Lee Da In) sobs and pleads together with her to not go, however Gil Chae factors out that she will’t danger Eun Ae and her sister being affected by Gil Chae’s rock-bottom popularity. So she and her maid Jong Jong (Park Jong Yeon) reside with the opposite poorer people. Gil Chae scrapes each penny she has to buy a ramshackle home, and so they attempt to make ends meet. She bravely retains her head up by way of each insult in her course and tries to reside life proudly in order that Jang Hyun’s efforts on her behalf gained’t be wasted. Alas, Jang Hyun has no thought of the scenario she’s in and is in a fantastic pickle of his personal.

2. DISLIKED: Jang Hyun being confused concerning Gak Hwa

That is a kind of moments the place the writing appears to be attempting fairly arduous to fabricate a battle right here. Jang Hyun has been stabbed, threatened, and manipulated by Gak Hwa (Lee Chung Ah). He has witnessed her attempting to kill the girl he loves and spherical up slaves for promoting as a result of she will. He has refused her time and time once more. There isn’t a manner that this man out of the blue has a disaster the place he wonders if he feels one thing for Gak Hwa. But, that’s precisely what the present does.

It’s a beautifully-shot and acted second the place Jang Hyun wonders why he retains pondering of Gak Hwa regardless of her being “evil, silly, and egocentric.” The present appears to be attempting to distinction Gak Hwa’s proud entrance with Gil Chae’s and making Jang Hyun confused as a result of Gak Hwa is about one p.c just like Gil Chae, however the comparability simply doesn’t monitor. Seeing him hesitate for a protracted second when she kisses him once more doesn’t sit proper, particularly as a result of it leads him to an much more harmful resolution.

3. LOVED: Jang Hyun conserving his promise to the freed slaves

With Crown Prince So Hyun (Kim Moo Joon) lastly getting to go to Joseon after a couple of years, the freed slaves beneath Jang Hyun’s care are ecstatic, believing that they will go house too. Till the devastating information drops that the Prince can’t take them. His father King Injo (Kim Jong Tae) has gone from paranoid to downright insane, and he fears that the incoming slaves may very well be a military to oust him from his place. He’s seeing conspiracies in his sleep. The Crown Prince, who has formed as much as develop into a fantastic human being, is aghast and needs to take the slaves with him, however each him and Jang Hyun know that they danger civil battle by doing so.

To maintain his promise to the slaves, Jang Hyun vows to move to Joseon first and put together a path for the slaves to be smuggled out. His longtime mentor Goo Yang Chun (Choi Moo Sung) agrees to stick with the slaves as a present of religion and show that Jang Hyun isn’t going to desert them. Sadly, that signifies that Jang Hyun requires a favor from Gak Hwa. And the value he guarantees is that he’ll be together with her as soon as he returns. Uh oh. 

4. DISLIKED: Gil Chae feigning being pregnant

Communication has by no means been this couple’s robust swimsuit, however Gil Chae almost goes right into a tailspin with this tactic. She learns that Jang Hyun is returning to Joseon with the Crown Prince and may’t bear for him to witness the squalor that she and Jong Jong reside in now. Gil Chae has at all times had a ton of delight, and it comes out in full pressure right here. She rents costly material from a disapproving Ryang Eum (Kim Yoon Woo) and a palanquin as well, and he or she stuffs material in her gown to faux that she’s pregnant and that her husband dotes on her.

Jang Hyun buys it hook, line, and sinker at first. He’s devastated but in addition eagerly runs from retailer to retailer to assuage her “being pregnant cravings.” It’s cute and a heartbreaking glimpse into what their life may have been life in the event that they have been on the identical web page on the similar time. Gil Chae retains the act up all the way in which, and if it weren’t for Jang Hyun’s buddy Goo Jam (Park Kang Sub) discovering the reality and revealing to Jang Hyun that she’s divorced, then these two may have fallen aside as soon as extra.

5. DISLIKED: Gil Chae not being direct together with her emotions

Jang Hyun is heartbroken to see how little Gil Chae has now however tries to present her an opportunity to return clear in a single final assembly. He invitations her to considered one of Ryang Eum’s exhibits, the place he sings the identical music that introduced her to tears years in the past, when battle wasn’t even a speck within the distance and Jang Hyun had barely realized that he was in love. He says it’s the very last thing he’ll ask of her, and Gil Chae goes, ready to say farewell. However she begins sobbing when Ryang Eum sings, pondering again to all the great instances and arduous instances and the way they almost had happiness.

Jang Hyun follows her as she runs out (leaving a heartbroken Ryang Eum, who is aware of the place that is going). He reveals what he is aware of, and Gil Chae and her delight take it poorly, saying that she needs nothing extra of him. Ryang Eum storms by afterwards and rightfully calls Gil Chae out for being a coward. It’s painful seeing him in close to tears as he factors out that if he had even a nook of Jang Hyun’s coronary heart, not to mention his complete coronary heart like Gil Chae does, he’d accomplish that way more. And he has some extent. Gil Chae’s energy is so quiet, and he or she’s held on and brought care of people that haven’t taken care of her for therefore lengthy that she actually doesn’t know learn how to attain out for her personal happiness. However fortunately, Jang Hyun is aware of and loves her by way of every little thing.

6. LOVED: Jang Hyun holding Gil Chae

He comes again to her, and he or she makes him a meal, and it’s like they’re husband and spouse in an area the place no king or nation can come between them. He locations all his playing cards on the desk, saying that her being divorced modifications every little thing. He’s going to struggle arduous for her now. She tears up, however when he asks why she obtained divorced, she will’t deliver herself to inform him what she informed Goo Gained Moo: that she gave her coronary heart to Jang Hyun. And Jang Hyun tenderly begins what’s probably probably the most romantic speech of all time, lastly revealing simply how a lot and the way lengthy he’s beloved Gil Chae in each imperfect, excellent iteration of her.

He’s simply superb. He doesn’t shrink back from her or disgrace her however gently hugs her and commiserates with how a lot ache she will need to have been in. It’s probably the most swoon-worthy second, and when Jang Hyun follows up by asking if he can maintain her (aka keep together with her) any longer, Gil Chae lastly simply goes for it.


We’ve machinations a lots happening the background. Nam Yeon Joon’s (Lee Hak Joo’s) position in all this stays unclear. The king is insane, his spouse is a schemer who’s glad to kill harmless palace maids if it means unseating the Crown Prince (which doesn’t bode properly for Gil Chae and Jang Hyun), and Gak Hwa is about to seek out Jang Hyun to make him keep together with her ceaselessly. However lastly, lastly having our leads get a well-deserved second of happiness appears like an incredible second to go away off on. All bets are off subsequent week although!

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Shalini_A is a very long time Asian-drama addict. When not watching dramas, she fangirls over Ji Sung, and spins thrillers set in more and more incredible worlds. Comply with her on Twitter and Instagram, and be happy to ask her something!

Presently Watching:  “My Dearest,” “Moon within the Day,” “Every day Dose of Sunshine,” “The Killing Vote,” “Track of the Bandits,” and “Twinkling Watermelon.”
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