This week spirits were crushed, identities were revealed and love confessions were made, which can only mean one thing; we’ve reached the penultimate week of Pretty Man and it’s time to dig in!
So I’m not really sure what Ma Te was expecting when he walked into the shareholders meeting at SS Home Shopping Network but did he seriously think a group of shareholders would warmly welcome a young, pretentious, uneducated stranger into their company? If he did, he needs a serious reality check because what company’s shareholders would ever do something so ridiculous? Still, I suppose Ma Te’s naivety is part of his charm and the determination that follows his rejection as head of SS Home Shopping Network proves that he’s grown up a lot since this show began. Unfortunately, when Ma Te takes one step forward he usually ends up taken two back and this time he let the combined attack of Hong Ran and Yu Ra get to him so badly, he was nearly incapacitated by the shock of it all. (Though really, can you blame him? Finding out your mother is actually the evil woman who’s been out to destroy you from the very beginning isn’t an easy thing to deal with). However, Ma Te’s depression doesn’t go unnoticed and it provides the perfect opportunity for Bo Tong to step in with her unusually plucky charm and cheer up her oppa.
I have to say, Bo Tong was just adorable this week, doing her best to cheer Ma Te up and on. While it took her efforts a while to kick in, they were effective and we were all happily rewarded by being allowed to witness the sweetest and most sincere moment in this entire series, the warm-fuzzy inducing ice skate hug. *Aww!*
Of course, before we could get to such a sweet scene, we had to endure quite a few painful ones, most of them involving Ma Te and Hong Ran. Seriously, what kind of woman treats her own son like trash over and over and over again? Doesn’t Hong Ran have any sort of moral compass at all? Geeze woman! You threw this boy away all those years ago and now you’re threatening to stomp him out of existence forever!?! Someone needs to put Hong Ran in her place and I’d like for it to be Ki Suk; after all, he is married to the woman and at one time, at least, he did love her. If for whatever reason, Ki Suk decides to leave Hong Ran be, I hope Moon Soo picks up the torch and burns that witch to the ground. (Oh wait, did I say that out-loud?)
I have to admit, I’d like to see Yu Ra burn as well. I swear that woman becomes more like her mother-in-law with every episode. I’m happy David was able to see through all of her manipulative crap and put her in her place. I just wish that in retaliation, Yu Ra hadn’t hit so far below the belt by telling David the truth about Ma Te’s secret pass-code. Poor David! As if it wasn’t hard enough for him to hear Bo Tong herself tell him she’d only ever love Ma Te, he has to hear that he has no hope whatsoever of being with Bo Tong from one of the world’s nastiest people. Someone need to give that poor man a hug… NOW!
At least David got to enjoy some happy moments this week, though they weren’t as frequent as they once were. Having Bo Tong move back in with her family may have been the best thing for David in the long run but that doesn’t make it easier to deal with in the present. If that giant picture of Bo Tong doesn’t tell you just how big of a hole Bo Tong is leaving in his heart, I’m not sure what will. Still, it’s not like Bo Tong has left his life completely, just his house, and the open invitation he’s been given by Bo Tong’s mom has to make things a little easier for him. Plus, as a bonus, David got to celebrate Bo Tong’s mom’s birthday with Bo Tong and her family without any interruption from Ma Te, which I think was good for him. It gave him a chance to enjoy a little one-on-one time with one of the sweetest families around and really, after growing up in such a broken home, David really needs that. (And we really needed that extra
Hoon, Dae Shik time, because let’s face it, he’s just plain adorable.)
So now that we know the secret behind Ma Te’s birth, David’s true identity, Bo Tong’s feelings for Ma Te and Ma Te’s feelings for Bo Tong, I suppose the only thing left is for Ma Te to figure out Bo Tong is his pass-code and this show will be over. (Good thing since it ends next week!) Of course we still have to figure out what lessons Ma Te was supposed to learn from Woman #6, #7, #8, #9 and #10 and we need to figure out what’s going to happen with both SS Home Shopping and MG Group and with the sinister sisters, Hong Ran and Yu Ra, but surely the writers will have no problem getting that all crammed in to the next two episodes. Right?
So what are your thoughts on this week’s episodes? What did you like? What didn’t you like? What would you like to see happen before the show ends? I’d love to hear your thoughts so be sure to share them in the comments below!