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Brilliant Legacy or Shining Inheritance or Chanranhan Yusan — episodes 15 to 20

This is a spoiler-rich discussion of what happens in these episodes so do not read this post if you want the experience of watching the serial unfold onscreen. Further, these episode numbers are based on the terrestrial broadcasts I have seen and not on downloaded or DVD episodes. It’s possible that these numbers do not match your experience.

Cinders Ko Eun-seong (Han Hyo-Joo) accuses the Brat Seon Woo-Hwan (Lee Seung-Ki) of being a parasite, living off his Granny Jang Suk-Ja (Ban Hyo-Jeong) and says she’s now prepared to accept the inheritance. To her surprise, she’s immediately summoned to Head Office and then posted to the factory. The other staff at the restaurant speculate as to whether this is a punishment for failing to teach the Brat manners.

Draft Granddaughter Seon Woo-Jeong (Han Ye-Won) is a pathetic performer at the restaurant run by Buttons Park Jun-Se (Bae Soo-Bin). Curiously, she seems to be mooning after Buttons while Waster Daughter-in-law Oh Yeong-Ran (Yu Ji-In) struggles to persuade the loyal retainer Pyo Seong-Cheol (Lee Seung-Hyeong) she doesn’t have to handwash the towels or mop the floor after vacuuming. Life is tough all round except I’m now able to revise the guess made in my first review and confirm the loyal retainer is secretly in love with Waster. Only in Korean drama could this happen. She’s the second most self-centred and unlovable person in the serial after her daft daughter.

Han Hyo-Joo and Moon Chae-Won as loving stepsisters

Cinders cooks for the family to thank them for allowing her to live there for a month. She also spends some of her first month’s pay buying presents for Granny and the loyal retainer. The Brat can’t bring himself to work at the restaurant without Cinders there to tell him what to do so, when he kicks the customers’ shoes out of the way, the Manager sends him to the factory. Joy unconfined for Cinders!

Finally! Granny’s detectives show the photo of Ko Eun-Woo (Yeon Jun-Seok) to the right old couple and they confirm he’s staying with them. Except, of course, by coincidence the boy is passing one of the places where he plays the piano only to find it’s being moved. This distresses him so he stows away with it. Cinders gets the story of his detection in this distant suburb. The boy was abandoned by the gate of the house with a carton of chocolate milk. He said his mother gave it to him. Now Cinders is on the warpath. She confronts the Evil Stepmother Paek Seong-hee (Kim Mi-Suk) but, when put to the test, she has no conclusive evidence of abduction by the mother. Everything about the boy’s disappearance fits but, even if they find the boy, who will take his word against the Evil Stepmother’s denial. So we’re back on the guilt blackmail trail. If Cinders makes unsupported allegations about her that later prove wrong, Ugly Sister Yu Seung-Mi’s (Moon Chae-Won) chance of marrying the Brat will be gone forever.

Han Hyo-Joo and Ban Hyo-Jeong at work

Granny now comes out swinging. She’s decided to perfect the legalities of the transfer of her inheritance to Cinders. The lawyer comes to the house and reads out the new will. The bequest is subject to the condition that Cinders takes over management of the second restaurant and raises its gross take by 20% in two months. Granny is distraught it has come to this. She desperately wanted her useless family to learn some responsibility but they have failed to show any real inclination to change. She believes Cinders will look after all the employees and run the company for their benefit. She explains to Director Park Tae Soo (Choi Jung Woo) why he will not get the shares. He has ambition and skills, but she thinks him too greedy. He wants to expand the business for profit and not for the benefit of the employees. He too is distraught and tries to persuade his son, Buttons, to come into the company. He believes his son will win Granny’s heart and get the inheritance for their family. Buttons, however, decides he’s living for pleasure not money, and refuses to give up the restaurant. This boy is a great disappointment to his father for all the right reasons.

There’s then a wonderfully comic episode where Waster Daughter-in-law and Daft Granddaughter decide to make a grand gesture of defiance and move out of Granny’s house. Unfortunately, they have no plan. Fortunately, Evil Stepmother is there to take them in, planning to make them feel indebted and push forward the Ugly Sister’s marriage with the Brat. Except, when she discovers the Brat may not inherit, she‘s trying to think of a way to blight Cinder’s push for the money. Before the worthless pair move in, Evil Stepmother hides all the photographs she can find, pushing some into one of Ugly Sister’s handbag. Naturally, Daft Granddaughter covets this bag. Both drive Evil up the wall and she immediately starts a campaign to get them back to Granny. Fortunately, they agree to crawl back home when the Brat refuses to join in the jail break — the bag goes with them.

Han Hyo-Joo and Lee Seung-Ki as the happy couple at work

Meanwhile the Brat has decided to eat his pride and goes to work at the second restaurant. After he starts greeting and serving the customers properly, all the staff decide to let him work there on probation.

With dire results, we have the coincidences mounting up over Ko Eun-Woo. Having stowed away with the piano (so, conveniently, he could not be found), he’s picked up by the Brat’s hanger-on, Jin Yeong-Seok (Jung Suk-Won). He’s a man with a piano in need of live entertainment which the boy provides free of charge. So when the Brat calls the Ugly Sister to meet him at the bar, he just has time to mutter darkly about an underaged pianist and have the boy removed, literally as the Ugly Sister walks in. That way she only sees her stepbrother’s back. This is just getting silly. There’s enough interest in the underlying situation without having to contrive these pointless moments where people just fail to see something significant.

Bae Soo-Bin really feeling the strain from all sides

Now the Brat has recovered the bag and, intending to return it, finds the key photograph showing the Ko family with the two stepsisters. This puts a completely different complexion on the situation for him. He doesn’t know who to believe. He demands an explanation from the Ugly Sister and she comes up with a convoluted spew of lies, ending with a plea the Brat do not tell anyone else. This places him in a difficult situation because he really wants to know what’s really happening so, when he and Cinders are sent out to promote the second restaurant to the neighborhood, things are tense. However, there are two moments with obviously long-term significance. The Brat finally asks Granny what Cinders did that saved Granny’s life, and Buttons tells Cinders that the Brat was traumatised as a boy by witnessing the death of his father.

Things are active on the the romantic front. Evil Stepmother is buying a shirt for Director Park and suggesting she would take it off for him if he asked. Director Park and Waster Daughter-in-law make an in principle agreement for Daft Daughter to marry Buttons. Boy, is that going to come as a surprise to him! And Cinders goes out for a bicycle ride with Buttons to cheer him up. Naturally, those that only act in these dramas don’t know that Buttons never gets the girl. Yet there are enough people prepared to swear he and Cinders are an item. Boy, is that going to make Daft Granddaughter happy!

For all the reviews, see:

Brilliant Legacy or Shining Inheritance or Chanranhan Yusan — episodes 1 to 4;

Brilliant Legacy or Shining Inheritance or Chanranhan Yusan — episodes 5 to 9;

Brilliant Legacy or Shining Inheritance or Chanranhan Yusan — episodes 10 to 14;

Brilliant Legacy or Shining Inheritance or Chanranhan Yusan — episodes 15 to 20;

Brilliant Legacy or Shining Inheritance or Chanranhan Yusan — episodes 21 to 24;

Brilliant Legacy or Shining Inheritance or Chanranhan Yusan — episodes 25 to 28;

Brilliant Legacy or Shining Inheritance or Chanranhan Yusan — episodes 29 to 33.

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