Cinderella’s Sister Episode 10 Recap
Theme: “너 아니면 안돼 (It Has to be You)” by 예성 (Yesung of Super Junior)
Family and friends gather to mourn the loss of Goo Dae Sung. Jung Woo is watching Eun Jo silently, hurting to see her hurting. Eun Jo struggles to maintain composure and is going about business as usual even though it is her stepfather’s funeral. When her calls ends, Jung Woo tells her to stop behaving this way. Eun Jo says she has loads of work to do and Jung Woo scolds her and tells her not to be like that. Eun Jo has other things to tend to first. Kang Sook is a mess, crying and wailing while her son Joon Soo stares on, unaffected. Why? Apparently he doesn’t understand that his beloved father is dead and will never be coming back to play with him.
Where is Hyo Sun? Sitting in her room drinking alone and crying. Ki Hoon goes to find her and is unhappy to see her drinking alone. Hyo Sun tells him that no matter how much she drinks, she just can’t get drunk and accept the fact that her father is gone. Ki Hoon tells her to stop and takes the dipper out of her hand. Hyo Sun tells him to stop and fights him for the alcohol. How can he take away her alcohol when she’s lost her father? Seriously, Hyo Sun is already a borderline alcoholic the way she drinks like a fish whenever she’s upset. Ki Hoon pulls her into a hug and Hyo Sun says how much she hates Eun Jo as it is all Eun Jo’s fault that Dae Sung died. If Eun Jo hadn’t insisted on doing that huge order, the mess and problems wouldn’t have happened and Dae Sung would have survived. Who knows? This makes Ki Hoon feel even guiltier as he believes it was the shock of learning that Ki Hoon’s family intervened in the order that killed Dae Sung, but he does not say this to Hyo Sun.
Jung Woo takes Eun Jo to the entrance to the house. She sees the people milling around and going in and out and turns back to leave, saying she has to go to the factory and lab. Jung Woo grabs her arm and refuses to let her go. He tells her that work isn’t important right now. The funeral of President Goo Dae Sang is in shambles. Kang Sook is totally out of it and Hyo Sun has disappeared, nothing is being done properly. Right now, no one is in their right minds – they need the capable, calm Eun Jo. Jung Woo is right, but you do feel bad that Eun Jo isn’t allowed to wallow in mourning and misery like her mother and stepsister. She is desperately holding back her tears and is doing all she can not to cry. Jung Woo’s words finally sink in and Eun Jo keeps repeating “president of the company” versus father. She finally bucks up and goes into the house to take care of all the arrangements and greetings since she is the only one who can.
An angry Ki Hoon goes to see Ki Jung who is talking to Japanese clients on the phone. He hangs up and Ki Hoon says that no matter what others believe, he did what he did to keep Dae Sung’s company out of Ki Jung’s hands. He never wanted the company for himself. His goal was to ensure that Ki Jung couldn’t acquire it and hand ownership back to Dae Sung. But thanks to Ki Jung’s meddling, that can’t happen now. Ki Jung sits down and tells Ki Hoon to sit as well. Ki Hoon keeps standing and says that Ki Jung better get his sights of the winery as Ki Hoon will do everything in his power to stop his eldest brother from taking it over. Ki Jung tells Ki Hoon to talk where he can see him and sit down. Ki Hoon does not and asks why Ki Jung did “that” to his mother. This surprises Ki Jung (and admittedly me, I at first thought that Hong told Ki Hoon that Dae Sung had something to do with Ki Hoon’s mother’s death and that is how he got Ki Hoon to work with him). Apparently, after Ki Hoon had moved in with the Hongs, his mother came begging to see him and Ki Jung ran away from her and she followed him. Ki Jung never expected Ki Hoon’s mother to follow (her condition was too weak to allow running) and that is what caused Ki Hoon’s mother to die. It wasn’t intentional, but apparently Hong made it seem like it was. Now, I don’t like Ki Jung because he is sneaky and underhanded, but even I wouldn’t believe him of doing something so cruelly vindictive as a child. I buy the story that Ki Hoon’s mom wouldn’t listen to Ki Jung when he said that he was not hiding Ki Hoon and that he ran just to get away from her, without expecting to hurt her. Ki Hoon says that he will never forgive his brother. No surprises there. Ki Jung has also deduced that it was their father who told Ki Hoon. Something is rotten in Denmark. Looks like Hong is playing is sons against each other to get what he wants.
The next day, Kang Sook goes through all of her paperwork. Looks like she is checking on the status of the money she has squirreled away in her eight years of marriage to Dae Sung. It should be a pretty considerable sum by this time. Meanwhile, Eun Jo meets with the family members who loaned them money. She apologizes saying that she cannot repay them immediately, but once the winery is back on its feet, they will all be getting their money back. The family is unhappy with this announcement. All of them want their money back – now. Why? Dae Sung is gone, how can two little girls carry on the winery? Eun Jo says that they have already sold half of the botched shipment to merchants in Japan. The other half has come home and is being made into vinegar and the rest of the leftovers, she will drink herself. Eun Jo, when the family members start getting out of hand and reiterate that they don’t trust her, says that she will repay them by giving them stocks in the company. This way, it is Dae Sung’s family who will be running and benefiting from it. Eun Jo says that decision would make the late president happy. Yes, Dae Sung was a good person who would rather see the winery turned over to family than have it stolen from under him, then again, who wouldn’t?
Joon Soo goes to Kang Sook who tells him to go play by himself. He then looks for his “big noona” and sees her busy with the elders. So he seeks out Hyo Sun who is lying in bed sleeping. He wakes her up and she tells him to leave and Joon Soo says that Hyo Sun only plays with him a little while mother and big noona don’t play with him at all. Dae Sung was the only one who would spend a lot of time playing with Joon Soo. This touches Hyo Sun, especially when Joon Soo asks when dad will be back. Heartbreaking, really. Hyo Sun gets dressed and takes Joon Soo to the river to play. Eun Jo follows them and sits while they throw rocks. When Joon Soo goes to get more rocks, Hyo Sun goes and sits by Eun Jo and asks why she didn’t cry if she liked Dae Sung. Eun Jo asks what sincerity is. Not the right answer, but Eun Jo is contrary by nature and rarely says what she really feels – especially to Hyo Sun. This angers Hyo Sun who says that Dae Sung’s death is all Eun Jo’s fault. Eun Jo asks “so what?” Even if it is her fault (which it wasn’t, it was truthfully no one’s fault really), its not like Eun Jo can do anything to bring back Dae Sung, no matter how much she wants to. Hyo Sun starts crying and yelling and Eun Jo to bring Dae Sung back and asks how could this have happened, it doesn’t make sense. She breaks down and lays her head on Eun Jo’s lap, startling Eun Jo who longs so much to comfort her little sister, but that is not in her nature. She pushes Hyo Sun off her lap and tells her to grow up and stop crying. Eun Jo does have a point. Hyo Sun yells at her for not even trying to comfort her. Eun Jo walks away and Joon Soo runs up and throws a rock at his eldest sister for being so mean to his little noona. Oi. Eun Jo didn’t need that. She feels bad enough as it is.
Eun Jo goes back to the winery and sees the workers just sitting around. She asks them why they are not working and the head asks if there is any work to do as there are no orders coming in. Eun Jo says that they need to continue on. The worker points out that they are almost out of Dae Sung’s yeast – does Eun Jo have the confidence to make it herself? Eun Jo says she will and then yells at the workers for getting paid and not working. She feels a hand on her shoulder and imagines all of the times that Dae Sung would put his hand around her to try to calm her and comfort her. When she turns her head, it is not Dae Sung, but Ki Hoon! He tries to save the situation, but the workers say they will leave as they will not be treated so disrespectfully by a child. Ki Hoon tells Eun Jo, once again, to be more like Hyo Sun who is nice, energetic, and “chirpy.” Hyo Sun can draw people in and protect their feelings while Eun Jo tends to push people away and hurt their feelings (whether intentionally or not). I do kind of like the fact that Ki Hoon is stepping in and doing the things that made Eun Jo come to care and rely on him. So this way, even if Dae Sung is gone, there is someone caring for and watching over Eun Jo like he would. Jung Woo watches over her as well, but I don’t think he can provide the fatherly comfort that Ki Hoon seems to be doing in this scene.
Hyo Sun comes home with Joon Soo only to face Kang Sook’s wrath for the two being out all day without telling her where they were going. Kang Sook’s attitude shocks Hyo Sun. She apologizes and says she will go in and clean Joon Soo up, but Kang Sook grabs him and takes him to wash. Hyo Sun goes into the bathroom, but Kang Sook ignores her. While Joon Soo is being put to bed, Kang Sook talks to God, Devil, and Buddha about what they have taken from her. She vows to take them down if she does. Hyo Sun comes in, startling Kang Sook. She wraps her arms around her stepmother, but Kang Sook throws them off and tells Hyo Sun that she hates it when she clings to her like that. Hyo Sun just doesn’t know what to do. She wants comfort and the woman who has been her mother for the past eight years and who has always comforted her and babied her is now being so distant and cold. What to do? The signs were all there for eight years – Hyo Sun just didn’t want to see them, though, admittedly, Kang Sook is definitely a good actress.
The next morning, Kang Sook gives food to Eun Jo and Joon Soo, but ignores Hyo Sun again, even when Hyo Sun calls her name. Eun Jo could care less about the food as she is proofing the article she had worked on all night upon Ki Hoon’s request in trying to save the winery’s image. Ki Hoon reads the article and says that it is too emotional and passionate and long. Only reading a few sentences he grows bored and tired of the article. This upsets Eun Jo who demands him to explain fully, sentence by sentence, what is wrong with it. Ki Hoon says he has no time as he couldn’t convince the ahjussis to stay. He tells Eun Jo to go and beg them after she has rewritten the article. Eun Jo asks if he is crazy as she has done nothing wrong to beg them. She says she will just hire new people. Ki Hoon tells her good luck finding experienced workers who will be able to do what she wants. Meanwhile, Jung Woo is out ring shopping of all things. Uh, can we say jumping the gun a whole lot? Even though Eun Jo likes him (as a brother or a kid), they haven’t been around each other for very long after an eight year period apart.
Ki Hoon finds his father at the winery and is upset that he dares to show his face there. Hong apologizes for not being able to come sooner to pay his respects. Yeah, right. I have my doubts to how much he could respect Dae Sung to propose such methods to acquire the winery for himself. That’s right. Hong isn’t there to pay his respects to the dead Dae Sung, but to tell Ki Hoon that he is cashing in on the loan – meaning they have to repay it all or forfeit the company. Obviously, the company just doesn’t have the money to repay the loan at the moment. Ki Hoon asks for more time, but his father refuses and tells him to convince the women to sell the winery to Hong for a good price before he takes it from them. Hong also chides Ki Hoon for going and blowing up at Ki Jung. Yeah, you can definitely tell Mr. Hong has been playing both sides of the fence. Perhaps this is why Ki Jung is trying to take the company from his father – like father, like son. Though I do hold out some hopes of Ki Jung not being as bad as Mr. Hong.
Eun Jo goes to her mother and begs for money. Kang Sook says she doesn’t know what Eun Jo is talking about. Eun Jo says that she knows her mother has been putting away money in all of these years and she wants it to help save the company and pay off the debts. Kang Sook refuses and Eun Jo says she will take the money and pay it back with interest. Kang Sook starts screaming back at Eun Jo saying that she won’t give up the money as they don’t know what will happen and that is insurance that her, Eun Jo, and Joon Soo will be taken care of. Eun Jo stays collapsed on the floor where her mom shoved her and Hyo Sun comes in asking if that is how it was, shocking Eun Jo. Hyo Sun asks Eun Jo to tell her it is all a lie, that Kang Sook isn’t really like that. Eun Jo says nothing, looking the same way she did when she learned that Dae Sung had overheard that her mother was just using him for what she could get out of him.
Kang Sook goes to the aunty and grandma who work in the kitchen (whom she always liked to yell at and boss around when she got married to Dae Sung) and fires them. They ask why, but Kang Sook just tells them to leave and collect their final pay. Hyo Sun urges them not to go, not understanding why they are leaving. Eun Jo sees Hyo Sun with the women and all three of them are crying and Hyo Sun is urging them both to stay. When she learns that Kang Sook fired them, she goes to Kang Sook and requests that she keep them, especially the grandma who was like a mother to Hyo Sun. Kang Sook makes a snarky comment about Hyo Sun having a lot of mothers and leaves. Ouch. She runs to her room crying. Eun Jo comes and tells her that the aunt and grandmother have been hired into the winery as there are currently no workers. Eun Jo desperately wants to comfort Hyo Sun and do things for her little sister whom she does honestly love, but again she can’t. She says that Hyo Sun is no longer the family princess and needs to grow up and realize that she won’t be getting pampered. Kang Sook will not hesitate to kick Hyo Sun out if she becomes a bother, so she needs to stop crying and bugging Kang Sook.
After firing the kitchen workers, Kang Sook goes to Hae Jin and tosses him out as well. He asks her why she wants him to leave and she says its because she can’t stand to look at him. Why is that? Every time she does she thinks about how he is to blame for Dae Sung’s death. If it wasn’t for Hae Jin making the bad wine and hurting the company’s image, then Dae Sung wouldn’t have had to take on the order and overwork himself, thus leading to his death. Kang Sook leaves a hurting and stunned Hae Jin. Jung Woo is waiting outside of the house with a big smile, waiting to see Eun Jo to give her his present. He sees her, but she is with Hyo Sun, so he is unable to give it to her then. He goes into the office where he overhears Ki Hoon talking on the phone. Ki Hoon is talking with Chairman Hong about his solution to the loan problem. Ki Hoon will sells his shares of the Hong company. This is definitely not what Hong wants and Ki Hoon knows it. It is his way of trying to get the upper hand. I think it may work. Jung Woo asks if Ki Hoon is related to the Hong company and Ki Hoon denies it, but you know that Jung Woo doesn’t believe this. This worries Jung Woo, of course, because if Ki Hoon has anything to do with the giant Hong corporation, then that will mean trouble for his beloved noona.
Hyo Sun wants to know what Eun Jo wants. Eun Jo opens a jar of wine and takes a dipper out for Hyo Sun who takes it and tries it. Eun Jo wants to know how it tastes. Hyo Sun says she knows the taste of her father’s wine. This shocks Eun Jo. She asks if Hyo Sun really means it, that it is her father’s wine. Hyo Sun gets annoyed and said she would know her father’s wine anywhere. Eun Jo then says that it isn’t Dae Sung’s wine, it is wine that Eun Jo made. This shocks Hyo Sun who can’t believe that Eun Jo was able to replicate Dae Sung’s taste. Eun Jo warns Hyo Sun that if she doesn’t wake up and work hard, Eun Jo will take the company away from her along with everything else. If Eun Jo can remake Dae Sung’s wine with the same taste, then there is hope and Eun Jo can save the company. Eun Jo also warns her that she is even worse than her mother, so Hyo Sun better watch out. Eun Jo takes the jar of wine and leaves Hyo Sun with eyes full of tears.
Jung Woo is waiting for Eun Jo, but she tells him to leave her alone. He goes to say something, but she again tells him to please just leave her be right now. So Jung Woo doesn’t get to give her the present or tell her what he overheard. Eun Jo goes into Dae Sung’s office and pours him a cup of wine. Even though Hyo Sun gave it her seal of approval, Eun Jo still wants Dae Sung to try it and tell her what he things. She then says that she has often thought since his passing, about turning back the clock, but she just doesn’t know when she should turn it back to. At what point could she alter Dae Sung’s fate? She finally manages to choke out the word “father” and starts calling him father and apologizing while crying her heart out. At last, even though it’s too late for Dae Sung to hear it, our broken Eun Jo could at last get the word out that she so desperately wished that she could actually call him.
My thoughts: Despite still being a kid at times, Jung Woo is actually very mature and very caring. He knew exactly what Eun Jo needed to snap her out of her denial funk. I still feel bad that everything was thrust on Eun Jo’s shoulders, forcing her to be the calm and collected one, but Jung Woo doing that, also kept Eun Jo from running away by burying herself in work, so that was good.
I must say I could do away with all the self-blame and hatred. Eun Jo blames herself solely as does Ki Hoon while Hyo Sun unreasonable blames Eun Jo and Kang Sook unreasonably blames Hae Jin. Finger pointing and self-blame gets us nowhere and just adds to the emotional burdens of the characters – which they don’t really need.
I do wonder if Jung Woo will reveal to Eun Jo what he overheard. He kept it a secret about Hae Jin’s operations for a long time because he honestly didn’t know anything was wrong, but he had his doubts. In the end, that silence hurt Eun Jo and the company and her family. He wouldn’t want that to happen again, but can he turn Ki Hoon in without any proof beyond an overheard conversation that Ki Hoon adamantly denies?
I am glad to know why Ki Hoon agreed to help his father. I do feel bad for Ki Jung a bit being used as a scapegoat to further his father’s schemes, but despite Ki Jung more than likely being innocent of maliciously harming Ki Hoon’s mother, we know that now he will stop at nothing to get what he wants, no matter who he destroys or hurts. What a family.