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

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.

Now the misunderstandings of the relationship between Cinders Ko Eun-seong (Han Hyo-Joo) and Buttons Park Jun-Se (Bae Soo-Bin) break out into the open. It’s all Buttons’ fault. He invites her round to his home to cook the meal she made for Granny Jang Suk-Ja (Ban Hyo-Jeong). He proposes to put this dish on this restaurant’s menu and wants to know how it’s done. This is the couple relaxed and sharing the preparation of the food. Rising to the occasion, he then asks whether she will become his girl. She refuses saying she cannot have anyone in her life while her brother Ko Eun-Woo (Yeon Jun-Seok) is still missing. They agree to stay as they are. Unfortunately, Draft Granddaughter Seon Woo-Jeong (Han Ye-Won) has seen them go into his condo block and is devastated. Returning home, she wails and moans. Even Granny is upset because she has long hoped Buttons could marry her granddaughter. She cools towards Cinders when she returns. Worse, Waster Daughter-in-law Oh Yeong-Ran (Yu Ji-In) and Daft verbally abuse Cinders. Amazingly, the Brat Seon Woo-Hwan (Lee Seung-Ki) comes to her rescue. “Have a little self-respect,” he tells the hysterical duo.

Han Hyo-Joo as Cinders cleans up after the Brat Lee Seung-Ki is tripped

The Brat’s now definitely conflicted when it comes to Cinders and, the following day, he gets into close contact with her on a crowded bus, shielding her from the men who would otherwise lean on her, and then when putting up posters. There are definitely stirrings in his loins. Evil Stepmother Paek Seong-hee (Kim Mi-Suk) is overjoyed when she hears Cinders has apparently blotted her copybook and is actively encouraging everyone who will listen to throw her out of the house. Equally Buttons is getting earache from his Dad Park Tae Soo (Choi Jung Woo) who now believes he refused to join the company because he was seducing the heiress. Buttons tries to repair the damage by going round to see Daft. “I can never see you as anything other than a sister,” he tells her, “this has not changed because of Cinders.” Can’t see how this is going to make Daft feel any better, but it’s worth a shot.

The Brat Lee Seung-Ki finds balloons going to his head as Grannies eat for free

We now come to the big day when the masterplan goes into overdrive at the second restaurant. The world comes to their door as their children-friendly, bring an old person with you for free meal promotion takes off. Everyone is there as either staff or a volunteer. Buttons and Cinder’s friend Lee Hye-Ri (Min Yeong-Won) turn up from his restaurant, Ugly Sister Yu Seung-Mi’s (Moon Chae-Won) is there to keep an eye on her man. Shame about that because she sees she’s losing out in the Brat stakes to Cinders. Indeed, after a karaoke session, the tension between Buttons and the Brat produces a confrontation. Buttons accuses the Brat of being in love with Cinders. The Brat is so outraged at such an absurd suggestion, he plants a fierce right hook on Buttons’ upper lip. With remarkable restraint, Buttons walks away. All this is witnessed by Ugly Sister whose day is now a total loss. She goes home to cry herself to sleep. Meanwhile, back at the Granny house, Granny’s squared the circle and remembers Cinders is the adopted granddaughter and the real granddaughter walked out of the house, swearing never to darken the door again. It’s not for her to referee a dispute if the girls want to fight over a man. She’s therefore back to sunshine and smiles with Cinders. But when she hears the Brat worked his tail off, she waits for him to fall asleep and then washes his feet. Love is thicker than water.

Granny (Ban Hyo-Jeong) tells Park (Choi Jung Woo) he's greedy

The next day, our dynamic duo are out and about promoting the second restaurant, looking for group sales. Cinders has a blister on her foot, but she’s gamely smiling and pushing ahead. There’s a nice moment when the Brat insists on Cinders taking the back seat on the bicycle while he drives her back to the restaurant. This forces them to hold each other as she wobbles on her perch. Naturally, the Ugly Sister sees them arrive. She’s going into depressed jealousy but comes out of it long enough to agree to smuggle accounting information out of the company so that the Brat can understand how the business is doing.

Back with Dead Dad Ko Pyeong-Joong (Jeon In-Taek), the Ugly Sister has been corresponding with him as Cinders, claiming to be ashamed of her father’s fake death and being unwilling to come back to Korea from the US to see him. Evil Stepmother uses this as a wedge to persuade him to move out of Seoul. She offers to set him up as a subsistence farmer in a remote valley. Eventually he gives in and, buying Buttons a thank-you meal, he is readying himself to leave. Except, with one of those coincidence we have come to know and love so much in this Korean drama, he’s on his way to the bus station to collect his ticket and the address of the farm, when he sees Cinders drive by in a bus. Now he’s determined to leave no stone unturned in Seoul. Evil Stepmother is overjoyed at this development. And her mood is further darkened when the Ugly Sister predicts the Brat will fall for Cinders. Without going into details, she despairs at her disappearing chances of marrying.

Brother (Yeon Jun-Seok) in his element as as bar piano player

It’s the death anniversary of Granny’s son and all hands are called to help prepare the meal. Because he’s been studying abroad, this is the Brat’s first chance to join the family at this time for many years. Cinders is moved to see how much the Brat actually cares. Indeed, you can see her hostility melting away as she watches him cry in the garden after the ceremony. The next day, we’re back in the race to promote the second restaurant. Cinders and the Brat are beginning to co-operate more effectively but, trying to help from behind the scenes, Buttons steers orders their way. Sadly, this is detected and it provokes a big argument between our pair. How can this be a fair competition if Buttons is helping Cinders? Well she’s out of the car in a flash and standing in the road giving as good as she gets. So preoccupied is she, the imminent arrival of a truck goes unnoticed.

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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