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Brilliant Legacy or Shining Inheritance or Chanranhan Yusan — episodes 34 to end

October 12, 2011 Leave a comment

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.

So now we have Granny Jang Suk-Ja (Ban Hyo-Jeong) out of immediate danger in the boardroom, the scriptwriters allow the dust to settle. Buttons Park Jun-Se (Bae Soo-Bin), bless his cotton socks, reassures the Ugly Sister Yu Seung-Mi (Moon Chae-Won) he will not report her to the police for trying to blackmail him. He also faces down his father Park Tae Soo (Choi Jung Woo) who’s a mite peaky that his son was less than loyal. Finally, Buttons goes round to see Granny and asks her to allow his father to resign with dignity. It’s good to see Granny smile. She’s sad a hard-working director proved to be a bad egg, but delighted to see he raised a son with high-minded principles. This prompts Granny to sweep the false accounting under the table. So long as Director Park returns the money, there will be no police report. He’s free to go. In turn, Director Park reassures Evil Stepmother Paek Seong-hee (Kim Mi-Suk) that he will shield her. No-one will ever know she was the one doing all the market manipulation, spreading false rumours and driving down the share price.

Evil Stepmother (Kim Mi-Suk) gives back the money

Cinders Ko Eun-seong (Han Hyo-Joo) searches for Buttons to comfort him in his hour of need yet, when she eventually catches up with him, his pride gets in the way. He did what he did with no expectation she should feel obliged to return the favour. When Granny calls for a family meeting including Cinders, she repeats her intention to give the company to Cinders. At this point, Cinders tells everyone she will not accept. She never was in it for the money and lacks the confidence she can do all the boardroom stuff. Granny is discombobulated. She has no Plan B. Cinders speaks up for the Brat Seon Woo-Hwan (Lee Seung-Ki) and they agree he’s maturing. There must be others, says Cinders brightly.

Ko Eun-Woo (Yeon Jun-Seok) back with Cinders (Han Hyo-Joo)

Meanwhile, Ugly Sister is even more deeply troubled by her conscience and so tells mother she will confess to the Brat she’s been lying. All she wants now is a quiet life. This is adding to the family woes. Dead Dad Ko Pyeong-Joong (Jeon In-Taek) has finally seen one of the flyers showing his son is missing. He’s also announced he’s going to give himself up to the police and gives the family a day or two to put their house in order before having to return all the money. Accepting the end is nigh, the Ugly Sister calls the Brat. Using her birthday as an excuse for a meeting, she agrees to meet him at the bar where her brother-in-law Ko Eun-Woo (Yeon Jun-Seok) plays. As she approaches, she sees the Brat taking her brother out to buy him some chocolate milk.

She tells her mother and this triggers intense activity. Having confirmed where the boy can be found, she contacts Cinders and tells her she will give her an air ticket and a chunk of cash to take the boy to America. When Cinders says she doesn’t trust Evil Stepmother, an actual ticket and cash is handed over. The route is through Japan. Evil Stepmother promises to hand the boy over in Tokyo. If she fails to deliver, Cinders has the cash to turn round, come back to Korea and let loose the dogs of war. To spend the last days in Korea, she says goodbye to Granny and takes the Brat out on a date — if you count discount cinema seats at 0900 a date.

Cinders (Han Hyo-Joo) says goodbye to Granny (Ban Hyo-Jeong)

The next day sees Cinders on the way to the airport and a private investigator picking up the boy. Unfortunately, before he can deliver him to Evil Stepmother, he jumps out of the car and runs away. The Brat goes into work only to find Cinders has resigned. He’s now running around to find out what happens to her and, in desperation, contacts Buttons who just happens to have Lee Hye-Ri (Min Yeong-Won) standing beside him. She tells the Brat that Cinders has taken her passport. Now he too is headed for the airport looking for answers. Because this is close to the end, Dead Dad also turns up at the restaurant to ask Buttons for his help. Lee Hye-Ri looks at him strangely but the scriptwriters do not allow her to blurt out, “But you’re dead!” or other helpful comments on his appearance. She must be serving tea before the penny drops. Coincidentally, what he says as he sits down also has Buttons in full shock mode. Now, as by magic, everyone is in the airport and it’s the Brat who manages to drag Cinders back through the gate — very poor airport security as no-one challenges the Brat’s behaviour. Then there’s an amazed but tearful reunion and everyone repairs to Granny’s house. Being a wily old bird (like the Roadrunner) she has Waster Daughter-in-law Oh Yeong-Ran (Yu Ji-In) call Evil Stepmother for a meeting. Confronted by Cinders and Dead Dad, she denies everything and leaves with our loyal retainer Pyo Seong-Cheol (Lee Seung-Hyeong) trailing behind. Now she’s packing and getting ready to do a runner. Meanwhile the Brat acts as only scriptwriters in Korean drama can dictate. A sane young man asks to see a photograph of the boy and confirms his identity. But no, he must run off to the bar without a word of explanation, get an admission from his sidekick that the boy has disappeared and is not a relative. Now he runs around the piano schools and shops in the area until he checks a local church. Again, with no word by telephone to reassure Cinders and Dead Dad, he loads the boy into a car and takes him home. This goes beyond absurd because the script has Cinders and Dead Dad leaving. He’s only “just in time” to stop them.

Buttons looks on with Dead Dad and Cinders finally back together

Well, we’re in meltdown mode now. Ugly Sister is able to stop Evil Stepmother from jumping off the nearest tall building. With Director Park (ex-lawyer and only just avoiding jail himself) by his side, Dead Dad gives himself up. Rescued from the ledge, Evil Stepmother gives back all the money to the insurance company and sells everything up to give every cent she has to Dead Dad. He doesn’t have the heart to send her to jail. Cinders also lets Ugly Sister off with one slap and a sad smile. Now we’re all set up for Cinders to confirm a relationship with the Brat. After some negotiation, this is all arranged. Cinders will go to the US to complete her studies and the Brat will follow to research opening a beef soup outlet close to wherever Cinders is. Granny gives Dead Dad the building contract for accommodation blocks to house the workers. She also converts the company to a co-operative and gives away all her shares to the workers. Ugly Sister and Evil Stepmother end up in the countryside not completely unhappy with the simple life, while sidekick bar owner is black and blue having been beaten by both the Brat and Cinders for lying about Ko. Oh yes, and Waster and the loyal retainer will probably marry, while Daft Granddaughter Seon Woo-Jeong (Han Ye-Won) starts looking for work.

Cinders (Han Hyo-Joo) tells the Brat (Lee Seung-Ki) she loves him

The story itself has been quite good but the the reliance on coincidence to manufacture completely unnecessary drama has been embarrassingly bad. It’s a shame. The performances from Han Hyo-Joo, Bae Soo-Bin, Kim Mi-Suk, Moon Chae-Won and Ban Hyo-Jeong) have been outstanding. Lee Seung-Ki has been slightly less impressive. The themes of virtue triumphing over evil and the need to look beyond money and status to the value in people have been reassuringly modern in feel. Overall, it’s been a slightly better than average serial except the music. Other Korean dramas have spent the money to produce a reasonable range of different music to push out as background. This serial has one or two songs and they are belted out regardless whether the fit the mood of the scenes.

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.

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

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.

Well, here we are at the seaside and Buttons Park Jun-Se (Bae Soo-Bin) makes his big pitch for love. He’s already declared he can’t stand by and be a “brother”. He wants it all and, to seal the deal, he walks himself and the three other interested parties up to the top of a cliff (just in case there’s a desire to try a lemming-style suicide leap) and offers Cinders Ko Eun-seong (Han Hyo-Joo) a share in running his expanding food empire with a cruise restaurant on the horizon. This puts a distinct crimp in the good humour previously enjoyed by the Brat Seon Woo-Hwan (Lee Seung-Ki). Buttons then marches them back down the hill to a caravan park where he’s booked them into two caravans — but the Brat is back in everyone’s good books when he remembers Cinders is allergic to clams. He’s an observant little Brat after all. The Ugly Sister Yu Seung-Mi’s (Moon Chae-Won) makes a vague gesture at a peace offering but is roundly rejected.

Cinders (Han Hyo-Joo) and the Brat (Lee Seung-Ki) kiss on the bridge

Granny Jang Suk-Ja (Ban Hyo-Jeong) has a bad headache and is amused when she learns all four are by the seaside. Sharing a caravan with the Ugly Sister is too much so Cinders walks out into the night. Equally, the Brat was not inclined to sleep alongside Buttons so is lying on a bench outside. He follows. Then the Ugly Sister wakes and now the cat is among the pigeons. On a romantic bridge, the Brat finally kisses Cinders who, by the way, has decided to wear the necklace he gave her. She then pushes him away. To cut a long story short, everyone is now depressed. They make their pitch for the contract, then the Ugly Sister collapses from “fatigue” and has the Brat drive her home. Buttons drives Cinders home but he’s even more hang dog. In a later confrontation with the Brat, Buttons hits the Brat twice and tells him he will only hurt Cinders unless he clarifies the relationship with the Ugly Sister. This man has a great future as a relationship counsellor.

Han Ye-Won and Yu Ji-In for once not the comic relief in hospital

Interestingly, the Evil Stepmother Paek Seong-hee (Kim Mi-Suk) is almost honest with Director Park Tae Soo (Choi Jung Woo) but then switches gear and tells him the Brat fancies Cinders. What will happen, she asks if the Brat marries the heiress. She’s out to incite Park to depose Granny. Meanwhile, the loyal retainer Pyo Seong-Cheol (Lee Seung-Hyeong) is digging into the past for Granny. He’s got interesting news that seems to confirm what the Evil Stepmother said about paying off the creditors, but he’s gonna keep on digging until he gets to the bottom of it all. Some servants are really useful.

The Brat now returns the necklace lost at Granny’s house and tells Cinders he’s seen a young piano player wearing something similar. Unfortunately he’s still caught up in the story it’s his sidekick’s cousin and not Ko Eun-Woo (Yeon Jun-Seok). The Brat now has an epiphany as he delivers a single serving of soup to a poor couple. He finally appreciates how fixated he was by money. Working for and among the peasants is good for the rich boy’ soul.

Granny and Director Park have a row. He’s upset she sidestepped him on the bid. Meanwhile the Evil Stepmother is out spreading rumours about Granny giving the ownership of the company away. After Waster Daughter-in-law Oh Yeong-Ran (Yu Ji-In) manages to cook a great evening meal, Granny congratulates her and then collapses. This prompts a telephone call to the Brat who was just about to introduce Cinders to her brother. Funny how these things happen in Korean drama when the scriptwriters want to make fake drama. Now we’re coming into the final section of the race and Granny is out for the count. It will be down to our heroes to save the day. It doesn’t start well with three loud voices (Daft Granddaughter Seon Woo-Jeong (Han Ye-Won), Waster Daughter-in-law and Director Park) telling Cinders to leave the hospital. She loiters tearfully outside and then hears the Brat berating the loyal retainer for not telling the family Granny has early stage symptoms of Alzheimer’s. The loyal retainer shoots back that, seeing the way the family was treating her when they thought she was “normal”, how would they have responded if they had thought her mad.

Ban Hyo-Jeong as Granny at bay in the EGM

The serial now descends into hopeless melodrama as Granny surfaces then passes back into a week-long coma. Various people come and go, asking desperate questions about Granny’s health and fighting over whether there should be an early challenge to the will. In the end, the Brat sneaks Cinders into the ward. They both weep all over the blankets (as if the humidifier was not throwing out enough moisture into the room). She’s followed by the Brat who wails even longer and louder telling Granny how he came to cause his father’s death. In the morning, our pair are sleeping by the bedside as Granny wakes up. Hard to tell whether Granny is pleased with this development — the tea cosy she’s forced to wear just makes her look silly rather than wise. Independently, our love birds now clear the decks for real action. The Brat finally tells the Ugly Sister she’s never cut the mustard and, anyway, he thinks she’s lying through her teeth about Cinders. He gives her chapter and verse about past events as evidence. Meanwhile, Cinders is finally rejecting Buttons and his offer of shared glory in a new restaurant venture. More importantly, Cinders also rejects a tearful Ugly Sister who begs for help in getting back into the Brat’s good books.

Bae Soo-Bin as Buttons deciding how to vote

We then have a drunken Buttons unloading his sadness on to the shoulders of Dead Dad Ko Pyeong-Joong (Jeon In-Taek). It’s wholly consistent with the rest of the absurdity in this serial that he never once gives sufficient details to enable Dead Dad to identify Cinders. This is one of the worst moments in the serial so far. How can two drunken men fail to mention the key girl by name?

The conspirators of Evil Stepmother and Director Park then reach the climax of their planning with the extraordinary general meeting to oust Granny. Cinders and the Brat get all the loyal staff to agree to a pay cut and rush to the meeting with proxy forms signed. Meanwhile, the Ugly Sister has discovered the false accounting and tries to blackmail Buttons into voting Granny out. It’s either Granny out or she’ll blow the whistle on his father’s false accounting and send him to jail. At last, she’s living up to her mother’s high expectation of evilness. When it comes to the vote, Buttons abstains and Granny triumphs.

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.

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

September 24, 2011 Leave a comment

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.

With Cinders Ko Eun-seong (Han Hyo-Joo) standing the middle of the road, we’re allowed a brief flashback as the Brat Seon Woo-Hwan (Lee Seung-Ki) comes to her rescue. He snatches her from in front of the oncoming truck (Korean drivers never seem to slow down or try to take evasive action — it’s death or glory for them). Now we have a better view of how his father came to die, we’re expected to be even more sympathetic to the poor boy. Fancy having to carry all that angst around inside for so long. Not that his father’s death was insignificant, you understand. But this is all very convenient psychology by the scriptwriters.

Han Hyo-Joo and Lee Seung-Ki showing their close working relationship out in the field

Now our happy couple-in-waiting are alerted to mutual physical attraction, they have an issue to nip in the bud. So, in later discussions, we have Cinders telling the Brat he’s been promised to Ugly Sister Yu Seung-Mi’s (Moon Chae-Won) and she’s not going to come between them, while Buttons Park Jun-Se (Bae Soo-Bin) formally tells the Brat he’s in love with Cinders and would prefer it if the Brat lived up to his nickname and kept his distance. The best the Brat can do is confess his love to Ko Eun-Woo (Yeon Jun-Seok). He calls the girl “Spy” which our heroic piano player thinks is a pretty name. It’s just frustrating scriptwriting to have the future brothers-in-law sit down for a meal and watch the Brat fail to use Cinders’ real name. I know the whole plot would be short-circuited, but that would be better than this artificial rubbish. This is not Korean drama at its best!

Lee Seung-Ki and Yeon Jun-Seok discuss Spy over drinks

Now we’ve got another of these pesky coincidences. Of all the beef soup shops in all the towns, in all the world, an ex-friend of Dead Dad Ko Pyeong-Joong (Jeon In-Taek) walks into the second restaurant and happens to recognise Cinders. He asks why she’s working there when there was such a big insurance payout. This puts Cinders into a tailspin. She goes round to the insurance company and finds out how she was cheated. When she was in grief, Evil Stepmother Paek Seong-hee (Kim Mi-Suk) asked her to write out a power of attorney, “for the funeral arrangements”. When making the claim at the insurance company, Evil Stepmother had a minion at the end of a telephone number pretending to be Cinders and confirming the power’s validity. When she confronts Evil Stepmother, the story is that all the money went to pay off her father’s creditors and there’s nothing left. Depressed, she sits in a park as night draws in. The Brat panics when she misses a meeting with him and doesn’t come home. He rings Buttons and he goes to see Cinder’s friend Lee Hye-Ri (Min Yeong-Won). Finally, he gets a little more of the backstory from her. Eventually, Cinders goes back to Granny’s place to find the Brat pacing anxiously outside.

Moon Chae-Won starting to see she's losing the race

After a day working to sell meals to a Church when they clean the public spaces without being asked and impress the Pastor who watches unobserved, the Brat brings lunch for Cinders and then sees her home. Surprisingly, Evil Stepmother and Ugly Sister now appear demanding to talk to the family. They tell a version of the truth which has Cinders picking out Granny Jang Suk-Ja (Ban Hyo-Jeong) as a target and then wheedling her way inside. They produce documents to “prove” their case including the power of attorney in Cinders’ own handwriting. Waster Daughter-in-law Oh Yeong-Ran (Yu Ji-In) is so outraged, she slaps Cinders and with Draft Granddaughter Seon Woo-Jeong (Han Ye-Won) egging her on, they demand she leaves. Rather than stand and fight for her good name, she packs a small case and goes to Lee Hye-Ri (Min Yeong-Won) who, in turn, calls Buttons. He’s all ready to sue everyone in sight — it comes of having a law degree and an inflated idea of his ability to litigate even though he’s never actually sued anyone in anger before.

When Cinders tries to resign, Granny brushes it aside and demands she prove herself at the second restaurant. This forces her back to working with the Brat and, as further evidence they will get together, she complains she has lost her mother’s necklace. Not only does he buy her a replacement, but also gets up at the crack of dawn to deliver her bicycle. Now that’s love in action. As it’s his first payday, the Brat is persuaded to buy Granny a present and Cinders guides him. Granny is overcome that the boy has shown such kindness. Even the Brat is beginning to see the upsides of a healthy emotional interaction with his family. When talking with the loyal retainer Pyo Seong-Cheol (Lee Seung-Hyeong), Granny says she’s on a mission from God to establish the truth about Cinders. It’s going to interesting to watch what she does.

Kim Mi-Suk feeling not everything is going her way

When the dynamic duo hear they have won the Church contract, Cinders takes the Brat out for a drink and a snack. Unfortunately, for reasons only the scriptwriters seem to understand, she returns the necklace and leaves. He stays on and drinks himself into a state. Cinders is therefore disconcerted when he batters on her door and then collapses on top of her. After a disturbed night with him on her bedding and she sleeping in a chair, she leaves him with breakfast. A nice touch of thoughtfulness there.

Now we’re into the big deal that will lift the second restaurant over the 20% margin — being old, I don’t understand any of this because a small outlet can’t produce and supply bulk food orders. I would expect the food to come from the factory. So attributing the turnover to the restaurant looks decidedly screwy. Anyway, Cinders has found out about a big contract to bid on and wants to modify the official proposal produced by Head Office. This is just as well because Park Tae Soo (Choi Jung Woo) is out to sabotage the deal and has already leaked the proposal to a rival. Granny refuses to decide when Cinders makes her pitch but has a minion redraft the proposal in secret. Now our dynamic duo are off to the coast. Granny sends the Ugly Sister after them with a copy of the amended proposal. Buttons will be there as well. A big crisis is on the horizon.

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.

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

September 20, 2011 Leave a comment

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.

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

September 14, 2011 Leave a comment

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.

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

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

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.

So Buttons Park Jun-Se (Bae Soo-Bin) is ready to tell Cinders Ko Eun-seong (Han Hyo-Joo) he’s rich, but he doesn’t have the chance as the news is blurted out by Daft Granddaughter Seon Woo-Jeong (Han Ye-Won). Now he’s in the dog house for not telling Cinders immediately the lies became unnecessary. I’m completely lost on this issue. Cinders comes from a rich background that paid for her to study abroad. The whole family lived in relatively luxurious circumstances. How come she’s suddenly so down on a man for pretending to be poor? It seems somewhat hypocritical after only a few days of poverty. I’m also uncertain as to Korean accents and behavioural norms. Does Cinders not speak and act in a way that shows her as being from a privileged background? Could she not equally place both Granny Jang Suk-Ja (Ban Hyo-Jeong) and Buttons as being similarly well-off? The whole set-up feels fake.

Han Hyo-Joo — down but not out

Meanwhile, back at the plot, Buttons has found a part-time job for Dead Dad Ko Pyeong-Joong (Jeon In-Taek). That’s going to count for something when he gets to Heaven’s Gate. In another part of town, the Brat Seon Woo-Hwan (Lee Seung-Ki) is putting up at a hotel without any credit cards and not enough cash. That means a trip to view the inside of a police cell. Granny hardens her heart and refuses any financial help, so Buttons is summoned to bail him out — he’s a useful guy to have at the end of a telephone. Now the Brat is caught between humiliation and pride. Forced to agree to work in the restaurant, he takes a premium cab and arrives without enough money to pay the fare. This means he’s sponging off Cinders again except, this time, he accuses her of knowing she’s going to inherit everything. Wow! That’s a big surprise! He then spends a miserable day finding out just how hard the work is. When Cinders gets back to the ranch, Granny admits the plot to Cinders and gets her to agree to confirm the inheritance to the family. In return, she doubles the number of men searching for the missing brother Ko Eun-Woo (Yeon Jun-Seok).

Evil Stepmother Paek Seong-hee (Kim Mi-Suk) has persuaded Director Park Tae Soo (Choi Jung Woo) to help by getting her a franchise selling upmarket furniture. She’s doing her best to get him into bed but Ugly Sister Yu Seung-Mi (Moon Chae-Won) is unhappy her mother is so quick to forget Dead Dad. Evil Stepmother bewails she must do all this to keep her daughter in the running to marry the Brat and makes her feel guilty, but Stepmother is having nightmares Dead Dad will ruin everything.

Lee Seung-Ki and Moon Chae-Won — just good friends

Buttons tries to get back into Cinders’ good books by saying he’s angry with himself for not having the courage to tell her he’s the son of a rich father. He feared what actually happened, namely she would reject him for lying. After thought, she agrees to treat him as an elder brother dropped from Heaven. Meanwhile Cinders is acting as a loan shark and demanding repayment of all the Brat owes. She’s started by extracting taxi and bus fare. This is going to be tough for the Brat particularly as she’s told to mentor him at work. Ugly Sister turns up with lunch which makes the Brat feel better. Paranoia infects Evil Stepmother who fears Granny may be trying to make the Brat and Cinders a couple.

Cinders tells the Brat the day he messed her around not returning the bag was the day her father died. She cries for him which penetrates his selfish head. He then hears her talking on the phone and mentioning the Ugly Sister’s name which puzzles him.

To move Cinders out of temptation’s way, Evil Stepmother offers our girl a studio apartment. This is rejected. Cinders explains that Granny is searching for her lost brother as condition of her residence. Naturally Evil Stepmother tries to turn Cinders against Granny, saying her men won’t try hard to find the missing boy. But our girl asserts trust in Granny and refuses to move out. Now Ugly Sister has found out the apartment where they live is in her name. This is a shock. Evil Stepmother is clear. She drove Cinders and her brother away because she won’t sacrifice herself for anyone other than her daughter. After consulting with the Brat, Ugly Sister decides to stop being the obedient daughter. Her decision to put the apartment up for sale is a masterstroke of rebellion. Independently, Evil Stepmother decides she will get her autistic stepson back but, as you expect in Korean dramas, she hits a problem.

Bae Soo-Bin on the right side of the bars

The Brat burns himself at work, inspiring Cinders to help him, an act of kindness he repays by pulling her off a ladder. As a result, Cinders sprains her ankle. Granny uses this as an excuse to force him to drive Cinders to celebrate her mother’s death anniversary. Buttons makes himself useful by helping her buy the food for the death anniversary celebration. Dead Dad is also headed that way, as you would expect in a story relying so heavily on coincidence. At least Dead Dad now knows Cinders is still in the country. This frustrates him because Evil Stepmother promised to email him with news, except there’s been no email. Now if only he hadn’t the defective eyesight evidenced by his continuing failure to see notices reporting his autistic son missing, he could have noted down the licence plate number of the Brat’s car as it drove away from the cemetery and we could have bought this drama to a merciful end. Meanwhile Evil Stepmother is doing well with her franchise selling furniture. More generally, the Brat has no concept of service at the restaurant, splashing kimchi sauce over a customer.

Jeon In-Taek and Kim Mi-Suk — married while hubby is dead

Daft Granddaughter wangles out of working for Granny and lines up for work with Buttons at his restaurant. He’s unsympathetic and offers her less pay than she earned at Granny’s. Cinders’ friend Lee Hye-Ri (Min Yeong-Won) is also working there and will give a good as she gets. Waster daughter-in-law Oh Yeong-Ran (Yu Ji-In) thinks she’s on to a winner when Granny agrees to let her stay home and do the housework. Unfortunately, the loyal retainer Pyo Seong-Cheol (Lee Seung-Hyeong) wants her up at six to set the table for breakfast, and then there’s the vacuuming and washing to do.

Ugly Sister has sold the apartment, proposes to give the proceeds of sale to Cinders, and ask for forgiveness. This is fortuitous timing because Dead Dad has the address and comes to demand information about Cinders. This shocks the Ugly Sister who thought him dead, and all she can do is stand there and listen to her mother lie. Dead Dad has tracked Evil Stepmother down from the car. Fascinating inconsistency that he can’t do the same with the Brat’s car.

The Brat finally sees Cinders as a woman wearing a short dress and high heels. This turns his head. Jin Yeong-Seok (Jung Suk-Won), the closest thing the Brat’s has to a friend among all the hangers-on, opens a bar. By coincidence, it has a piano in the corner that no-one has played for years. Now all we need is the right person to play it.

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.

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

Well, Brilliant Legacy or Shining Inheritance or Chanranhan Yusan does seem to be improving slightly, but it’s still bedevilled by coincidences so I propose to lose some of the reverence in this spoiler-heavy review.

Let’s start with the more interesting stuff. Granny Jang Suk-Ja (Ban Hyo-Jeong) falls and is injured. The stress of dealing with the Brat, Seon Woo-Hwan (Lee Seung-Ki) has proved too much for her and, for a day or so, she loses her memory. Our Cinderella, Ko Eun-seong (Han Hyo-Joo) doesn’t hesitate and takes the poor old thing in. The first day, they run the stall together but, when talking about the money, Granny remembers. She calls home to reassure the butler she’s alright (in other series, the old retainers are always in love with their master/mistress — I’ll await developments on this front even though their ages look wrong). Thereafter, she’s playing the fox, deliberately provoking our good-hearted girl. There’s an impish look in her eye as she demolishes the landlady’s garden and sabotages the girl’s plan to go for a job interview. When it all blows up, Cinders says she regrets having met the old lady. But then thinks better of it and says Granny can stay as long as she wants. The girl knows what it’s like to be homeless and abandoned. She could never do that to Granny. In many fairy stories, we find Grannies who are reported as having big eyes and big teeth. At times, this old lady is tough, manipulative and not very nice to know. In other stories, we have a single act of kindness rewarded with riches. In this case, she puts the girl through the wringer to find out what she’s made of. This is a calculated and sustained test lasting a week. Her intentions may be good, but I can’t say I like Granny’s methods.

Lee Seung-Ki and Han Hyo-Joo showing it will all come out right in the end

Meanwhile, Evil Stepmother Paek Seong-hee (Kim Mi-Suk), is applying to Granny’s company as a franchisee and has her eye on Director Park Tae Soo (Choi Jung Woo) as a prospective mate. Independently, Ugly Sister, Yu Seung-Mi (Moon Chae-Won) applies for a job in management at Granny’s company — what with her being an MBA student and ambitious to marry the Brat.

Meanwhile, on the streets, Dead Dad, Ko Pyeong-Joong (Jeon In-Taek) continues to live in a vacuum. In some shots, there are posters reporting his son, Ko Eun-Woo (Yeon Jun-Seok) missing plastered on every on every lamppost and bus shelter for miles around the Seoul centre. His fake death has obviously affected his eyesight. To keep the contrivance going, he’s shown at the soup kitchen run by Buttons, Park Jun-Se (Bae Soo-Bin) and, but for the careful placement of empty eating vessels, he would have seen the posters waiting to be put up.

Ban Hyo-Jeong as Granny with her faithful retainer

So now Granny disappears from Cinders’ lowly pad and our heroine reports her missing at the local police station. Then the butler turns up and takes her to the family home. Wow! Is this a bombshell for everyone! Granny offer Cinders a home and promises to look for the missing brother. Mother and daughter are shocked. When the Brat finds out, he’s outraged and throws her out. Such is the path of true love in Korean drama. To everyone in the family, money is all that matters. All Granny need do is give the girl some cash to thank her for the good deed. Granny looks beyond the money and sees the girl did her good deed without any hope or expectation of reward. That makes her “special”. From the office, Granny has her staff call up Cinders and invite her in for an interview. What a surprise when she realises Granny is the owner of the business. Worse, Granny makes it a condition the girl moves back into the house before she will employ a team of investigators to look for her brother. She’s a real bully albeit with a heart of gold, I suppose. Another way of looking at all this is that Granny is using the girl as a lever to teach her lazy, thoughtless family a better attitude about life.

Bae Soo-Bin as the third wheel

Evil Stepmother is visiting the company to drop of her application for a franchise when she sees Granny and Cinders. She hides and then gets the inside dope from Director Park. Meanwhile, Ugly Sister finally sees a poster announcing the loss of her stepbrother. Her conscience is troubled. Now we come to the reunion. It’s the death anniversary, so Stepmother heads for the cemetery with her daughter in tow hoping to meet our girl. What a surprise! Stepmother is full of honied words explaining everything away and asking solicitously about her stepdaughter’s health. Ugly Sister is more sullen, demanding to know what’s happened to her stepbrother.

There’s a nice moment in Granny’s house where our girl demands to know whether the Brat was swopped at birth. How can such a nice Granny have a worthless creature like you? Later, after a second exchange, she prevails upon the sullen one to return her bag. I like the casual way Cinders punches the Brat. It shows an appropriate lack of respect, knowing he’s too much of a gentleman to strike back. Now she has to recover his bag from the Ugly Sister who’s strangely reluctant to give our girl the new address.

Kim Mi-Suk as the Evil Stepmother

Evil Stepmother swings into action. She bins the franchise application and corners our girl for a tête-à-tête. She explains the boy the Ugly Sister has been mooning about for years is the Brat (incredible this bit of information has been kept a secret for so long). Sooner or later, a marriage is expected, but it will never take place if our girl reveals that her father died a bankrupt. The family would not be of the right status to marry into the beef soup empire. So our girl agrees to keep it quiet for the sake of her stepsister. Sucker!

So everything is looking great for Stepmother until Dead Dad materialises in the car park after her beauty treatment. Now that’s a shocker but, maintaining her calm, she’s fast with the lie that his two kids have left for the US with their share of the insurance money. See what I mean about those invisible posters. This is just carrying plot contrivance too far. If Stepmother had anything about her, she would give Dead Dad a poisoned apple and send him to sleep for a hundred years (or until a frog kissed him).

After a rousing induction into the company, our girl is sent out as a trainee to the same restaurant where the Brat made such a strong impression. And she’s determined to become financially independent, delivering milk before setting off for work at the restaurant. And refusing pocket money from Granny. Except, lazy mother gives her the task of returning a mobile. Little does she know. . . Fortunately, Ugly Sister is as quick with the lies as her mother. Now it’s all down to Stepmother to pay Dead Dad to go away. He’s stunned she could be so heartless and refuses the money. The lies are flowing thick and fast now. Can it really be so easy to manipulate people?

Events accelerate. Granny has another indication her health is failing, gets further evidence of the Brat’s thoughtless behaviour, and sees the waste of all the clothes bought by her own daughter and granddaughter. Now’s the time to shake things up. Granny issues instructions to the wastrels they must either work in the company or be cut off without a penny. More importantly, she tells them (but not Cinders herself) that the girl is to inherit the company. Director Park is consulted and advises the family should cooperate for now and get back into Granny’s good books. Needless to say the Brat is distinctly unhappy and deeply suspicious of the girl, believing she must be conning Granny.

Meanwhile Buttons is taking Dead Dad in hand — he’s definitely looking peaky and in need of help. He also buys our girl a bike and seems ready to tell her he’s rich. They arrange to meet on Sunday. When she arrives “home”, the Brat is leaving, having refused the instruction to return to the restaurant where he behaved so badly. His mother and sister have decided to cooperate, but are outraged when Granny takes their credit cards and gives them a small amount in hand against their wages. It turns out the daughter cannot cut radishes to make kimchi and the granddaughter is useless at waiting on tables. This leaves the Brat wasting his cash on a karaoke session with useless hangers-on and then staying in a hotel. Ugly Sister offers him her credit card. Stepmother reckons this is the Ugly Sister’s chance to get the Brat dependent on her and so marry her.

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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