The Family is coming 떴다!패밀리 (2015) Episode 6 Korean Drama Recap

The Family is coming떴다!패밀리(2015) Episode 6 Korean Drama RecapWhat happened last Episode?



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Introduction
Hello. This is Professor AKIA Talking and this is a recap of episode 6. The title of this episode is

Heirs, Race Start




Okay… it is at least descriptive.

Starting with episode 5, “The Family is coming” (2015) felt like it with starting a new chapter. Prior to that episode, many of the minor subplots were completed to the best they would ever be completed. As a result, episode 5 felt more like setup.



Starting with episode 6, the show displays an explosion of new subplots. It also shows a shift in focus as Jung Kkeut-Soon loses more of her mystery as a character. The show is starting to more heavily focus on the two “soon to be love birds”. As a result of this, the nature of the show’s humor seems to shift from the “absurd” to more generic slapstick.  

Personally, I think this change is rather disappointing because I actually liked the concept of an old actress centric show. However, what we seem to be getting now is not bad. The actress Lee Jung-Hyun and actor Jin Yi-Han who play the soon to be love birds work off each other well and seem to have decent degree of comedic timing. I will have to give a huge amount of props to Lee Jung-Hyun in that area.

I haven’t seen her before and her filmography is not very thick. I think she is the big find of the show.
In any case, let’s get to the episode.



 Jung Kkeut-Soon’s main plot
The plot starts with Jung Kkeut-Soon, her husband, and their old acquaintance at the wake of the acquaintance’s wife.  You see a lot of shouting on the part of the Jung Kkeut-Soon and her husband. Jung Kkeut-Soon is crying out that the acquaintance ruined her life and she was exiled to America. The old acquaintance is rather hesitant to be confronted by the two and delays talking about the whole matter to after he gets through his wife’s funeral.



Sometime after this, Jung Kkeut-Soon brings Na Joon-Hee / Susan Johnson and Choi Dong-Suk to a bank to pay off her son’s impending debt that has a claim on his house because Choi Dong-Suk was able to find the old acquaintance as agreed upon before.

That subplot has ended!



Jung Kkeut-Soon and Choi Dong-Suk all dress up to make an entrance into the bank which coincidently was the bank that Choi Dong-Suk was kicked out because he was causing a scene before.

Thus, we get a scene of his lording over the loan officer who was just doing his job and Choi Dong-Suk was fully at fault before. This is hypocritical for someone who talks about the dangers of money all the time as if he was above it all.  Just saying that the script is not self-aware enough to even acknowledge this fact.



As a side note, Koreans tend to love lording over people.
It is rather a shameless hobby.

Back to the episode, Jung Kkeut-Soon, for an instant, forgets that they went to the bank which triggers Choi Dong-Suk interest. This leads to the creation of a subplot for Choi Dong-Suk! After a google search, Choi Dong-Suk find out that Jung Kkeut-Soon has Alzheimer.

Yes, The Family is coming” (2015) is that kind of show.



Let’s call this subplot “only he knows about the Alzheimer and no one knows that he knows” subplot. It is what it sounds like. We have Choi Dong-Suk looking worried. We have Choi Dong-Suk comforting Jung Kkeut-Soon without her knowing why. These scenes are scattered throughout the episode.

Back to the main plot!

If anyone is older than 45 years old in a Korean drama, they end up suffering from something and for half a decade now that something was Alzheimer. While I’m not totally against this as a plot device, it just rams nails into the coffin of the character of Jung Kkeut-Soon. She goes from being this wacky mysterious old lady to a literal crazy old lady.



In any case, Jung Kkeut-Soon goes back to confront her old acquaintance and they have a heart to heart. Via flashback, we see how things happened 50 years ago.



It was the old acquaintance who made Jung Kkeut-Soon, who was illiterate, sign a letter falsely informing on her husband out of jealousy towards them.  He thought that, once the husband was out the picture, he could have her. However, the word of her name got out and he just stood by in cowardice while she was exiled to America.



He confesses everything and says that he thought of looking for her in America for a long time but never could get enough money or the courage follow through. He cries while she chastises him. Everything is your typical Korean drama cry session.   Jung Kkeut-Soon leaves while his looks longingly at her fading figure.



This is when The Con plot contributes to the episode.

The Con plot
Compared to the previous episode, the Con plot is barely in the episode as a separate plot line. You have Jung Joon-A catching the old acquaintance at a weak point after Jung Kkeut-Soon left and plying him with alcohol.



While this plot is not heavily focused on, it did present another huge melodramatic bomb into the mix. It is actually the second bomb of the episode with the first being the whole Alzheimer thing. And this is not actually the last one the episode comes up with.



Jung Joon-A finds out what happened between them or more accurately the old acquaintance’s side of the story and later crashes a family meeting with the old acquaintance in tow. Jung Joon-A says that the father/son, Choi Dal-Soo, was illegitimate because he was the love child between Jung Kkeut-Soon and the old acquaintance. The old acquaintance claims the same thing.




This is an interesting development since we had assumed based on what the show has shown that Jung Kkeut-Soon not informing on her husband and not having an affair was a package deal of which she was innocent of. However, this is not really so. We just assumed it was. Whether all of this is so is still questionable since Jung Kkeut-Soon is still saying that it is not true. In any case, the family erupts over this reveal.

At this point, a new subplot with Na Joon-Hee / Susan Johnson kicks into gear.




The new Na Joon-Hee / Susan Johnson “The Sting” subplot
Once reason that the Con plot was almost nonexistent in this episode was that Na Joon-Hee / Susan Johnson was on her own subplot for most of the episode. For most of the early half of the episode, she was doing slapstick comedy bits as she continuously tried to sneak out of the house with her stuff but was always interrupted by the family members.

It was some amusing bits.





Na Joon-Hee / Susan Johnson became freaked out from all the pressure and the weird knowing attitude of Jung Kkeut-Soon. It also did not help that the granddaughter’s, Choi Dong-Joo , divorce was looking more like it was going to court and Na Joon-Hee / Susan Johnson was not actually a lawyer.

Interesting enough is that oddly this should not be a problem in real life. Corporate lawyers or property lawyers are different specialty than divorce lawyers. But this is comedy. Real life logic is not a priority.

After leaving behind her stuff and she stopped by her brother’s before skipping town but was stopped by the pleading of her brother. He has loan sharks on his tails.



Using the real lawyer she was impersonating who Jung Joon-A is currently blackmailing, Na Joon-Hee / Susan Johnson studies up as best she could to look the part and then tag teams with the real lawyer to confront Choi Dong-Joo’s mother in law who was suing her.

This is actually quite amusing as these things go.



The Choi Dong-Joo’s mother in law is an interesting villain who does not seem to know what “folding” is. So, the legal stuff goes ahead which makes Na Joon-Hee / Susan Johnson go off script with her own Con for getting out of this predicament.

This is where we get into “The Sting” (1973) territory.  She gets a crew to stage a fake car accident and have a fake doctor diagnose her with partial amnesia. Even a member of the crew said it was too elaborate but   Na Joon-Hee / Susan Johnson went for it as a “hail marry” pass of getting out of the mess her brother got her in.



In addition to the outrageousness of the scheme, we get some backstory for Na Joon-Hee / Susan Johnson. She seemed to have some kind of cancer before and her brother, Jung Joon-A, donated his bone marrow which saved her.  It is also reconfirmed that he was her biological brother. I keep thinking that this may not be the case. But the show says different.



The episode actually ends on a cliff hanger with Na Joon-Hee / Susan Johnson lying on a hospital bed looking up at Choi Dong-Suk who rushed to the hospital after hearing of the accident and saying the line all amnesia characters say.

” Who are you?”

Choi Dong-Suk and Na Joon-Hee / Susan Johnson romance subplot
In this area, there was a lot of development for one episode. With the only he knows about the Alzheimer and no one knows that he knows” plot, Choi Dong-Suk is very worried about everything including Jung Kkeut-Soon and what she is intending to do.



Thus, we have your “drinking together and doing something they should not” scene. After Choi Dong-Suk liberates some homemade alcohol from his house, Choi Dong-Suk and Na Joon-Hee / Susan Johnson sneak into a side room and get up to drinking a lot and sharing personal information. However, this is not the thing that they should not have done.




What they should not have done is get drunk, kiss, and loose consciousness. Both of them wake up together on the floor of the room they were drinking in the next morning.

Do not get exited!
Both are fully dressed.

The two awkwardly leave the room while not trying to be seen by the other family members.

The family subplots
 Once again, the family did not do much in this episode. We just get montage scenes of them trying to live off $10 for a week and being observed by the yellow jacket wearing personal who ends up being students who were patronized by Jung Kkeut-Soon before.



We also get some other scenes showing why at least the father should not get the money. He will lose the whole $20 million in a year according to the show and all the testimonials of the other family members.

 One thing I find interesting about these family members is that they oddly get along for the persons they are. Even though they keep saying they are in competition with each other, nothing really aggressive has occurred up to this point. I think the show is really going for the loveable trouble maker thing with these characters. They are not defined enough to be called lovable. However, I oddly do not dislike them.

Think of the characters of “Seinfeld” (1989-1998).  

The two TV families are cut from the same cloth! Oh and the cop “boarder” character makes his one scene or so appearance again. I still have no idea what that character is meant to do in this show.

Concluding
In a lot of ways, episode 6 is a game changer for The Family is coming” (2015). The show is definitely a Korean drama “Makjang” comedy with just a sprinkle of Japanese influences now.

It is clear that the rest of the show will mainly focus on the two “soon to be love birds”. Also, the pace of the show will be task posted by the “missions” given out by Jung Kkeut-Soon over the remaining 14 episodes.

I am not sure how to think about it. At least the show seems good at what it does and has some structure.


So, let’s see how the next episode goes. 


Thank you for reading this recap of episode 6 of “The Family is coming” (2015).

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Episode 5 Korean Drama Recap
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