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Thursday, June 5, 2014

[mslee's thoughts] Big Man Episodes 11 and 12 Review

How can Ji Hyuk win against the dirty tricks of Dong Suk? Whenever he is close to getting back Hyun Sung Distribution another scheme comes up, making it more difficult for him to help the workers and the people who trust him.

President Cho was fooled into thinking he can buy the company at a price he decided. He even liquidated most of his assets to come up with the money. But here is Dong Suk, very calm and controlling the situation as he delivered his bomb! He just filed for Chapter 11! I already explained it in my previous blog. The company filed for bankruptcy. 

It can still operate but will need a new legal administrator who will run it. It will undergo reorganization of debtor's assets and business affairs. A fresh start for the company. President Cho is clearly angry loosing his money invested in the company. His shares has turned to nothing. A twist Ji Hyuk has not seen coming. Asking President Cho for another chance, he signed a document in front of the cunning old man. His life is at stake. 

While knowing Mi Ra was the one who gave Manger Choi a document that made the man turned his back on Dong Suk, still, Dong Suk let go of what she had done. She is soon to be family. Although Ji Hyuk felt down, Manger Gu and the union labor are behind him. He is giving it another try for these people.

Mi Ra heard Dong Suk telling Myung Ho about making someone charged of another embezzlement, because that person is currently ill.Hearing this made her wonder if the same scheme was done to her father. She started to investigate. She asked help from Manager Gu where she will start looking and told she needs to find accounting books. Because Dong Suk announced to his team that Mi Ra is family and should be treated like him, she used that opportunity to go inside a room where a regular employee can't enter. She found what she was looking for and brought it to Manager Gu.

With a traitor in the union labor's team, Ji Hyuk and the President of the Union was denied appealing for a new legal administrator. When they found out it was one of them who betrayed them in favor of Dong Suk, everyone was so mad at the man but he cried telling them he only did that because he wants to buy a ring for his wife. He is getting married and he knows that there is no certainty that they won't get cut off in the company. Ji hyuk with his big heart understood him. He even get the whole union workers to appear at his wedding. Ji Hyuk has a way of touching one's soul with his forgiving heart that's why he gains their trust and their support in the end in the midst of crisis.

Mi Ra's family dined with Dong Suk's family. They were discussing the wedding plans. Dong Suk's mother wants to arrange all but Mi Ra's mother cut her off insisting she also wants to be a part of the preparations. In the end, they were looked down when Dong Suk's mother suggested that they will introduced her deceased father someone else than what he was, their driver. By this time, Mi Ra and her sister both felt insulted. the timing was also good when Manager Gu confirmed that her father was someone they had to blame because he was already dead to stop further investigation. I guess dirtying someone's name who won't be able to defend himself is much more easy and a good escape fort he real culprits. Mi Ra promised to avenged her father. 

She helped Ji Hyuk got the dual contract Dong Suk keeps on his safe at his room. But after getting the file, Ji Hyuk has learned by now how tricky Dong Suk can be. He can say that it was fake. They need to find ways to make him be the one who will give the contract to the person handling their case. Just as expected, the illegal documents were handed and was revealed.  But the battle for legal administrator was not yet over. With Ji Hyuk's previous charges and currently on probation he is not fit to administer the company. Dong Suk wins again. Outside the lawyer handling their case saw how the workers despite their failure to get what they want, cheered for Ji Hyuk, expressing support. This made the man changed his mind, calling Dong Suk to give up Hyun Sung.

Mi Ra started her revenge by mounting a new painting in Dong Suk's office. It has a hidden camera. She then began to be close to his mother by putting nail polish on her toe nails, which Dong Suk finds a bit uncomfortable. He was beginning to be suspicious of Mi Ra. He tested her once more, telling her he is holding documents of Ji Hyuk's previous cases and that he will turn all of those to the prosecutor. He put the documents on his safe in Mi Ra's view. He then asked her to get some files on his safe a few days later. He told her the combination numbers are her birthday. He wants to surprise her and catch her at the same time. But Mi Ra did not bite the bait.  She left the fraud/forged documents of Ji Hyuk at the safe.

While Ji Hyuk is busy finding ways to appeal again to the court, Jin Ah accidentally learned the truth of what her family did to Ji Hyuk. She confronted her father and asked about it. She was shocked to know that her family could do this kind of scary thing. She left. She is not coming back, she said.

To make it up to Ji Hyuk, she cried while hugging him and the next day completely changed from being a spoiled rich girl to a woman who is cleaning the house for a start. She told Ji Hyuk that she will be good to him for the rest of her life. She even found a new business. A restaurant. I presume she bought it. She was so busy cleaning in the store she did not immediately noticed Sang Ho standing there, telling her to come home. She told him she hates him. Her father and mother comes next. She told them to apologize and kneel in front of Ji Hyuk but her mother felt so offended with just the thought of doing that.

Outside, Ji Hyuk met Sung Wook, told him he would get all the things they took away from him, will make him beg for his life. Sung Wook answered he is not as easy as Ji Hyuk thinks he is.

The problem with the supermarket is that the suppliers won't deliver anymore. Dong Suk together with Myun Ho and other second generation chaebols pressured the suppliers. The shelves are empty and it should not be that way or the company will soon go down. The reason behind it was because if Ji Hyuk will be able to succeed in making the company profitable again, Board of Directors might blame him for what happened to Hyun Sung Distribution.

Ji Hyuk remembered the old man who had a misunderstanding with Manager Choi. The old man who Ji Hyuk gave another shot at continuing running his business with Hyun Sung. His products are diary farms. At first the man evaded him but in the end, with Ji Hyuk's persistence he gave in. Another soul Ji Hyuk won over..

The shelves at the supermarket are full and they used media as a means of marketing their Supermarket and Hyun Sung Distributions. But it was short lived because Dong Suk was so pissed off that he again planed another way to make Ji Hyuk fail. A man they hire who will drink milk from Soon Jin. The first drink was tainted the secind one he bought inside the store and drink a little then fainted. Food poisoning. There was chaos again, asking for the Seo Jin products to be recalled. Then Dong Suk called IRS for tax audit of Seo Jin. Another dirty trick that he does not care even if it kills.

Not only it kills Ji Hyuk's progress but possibly made the old man from Seo Jin kill himself because of what happened. 

Is Ji Hyuk too late? Will another soul be sacrificed because of dong Suk's greed to defeat Ji Hyuk?
Dong Suk has everything but what Ji Hyuk has are people who matters to him. Dong Suk knows this and this is his weapon to make Ji Hyuk feel the pain everytime he thinks he wins.

The episodes this week are very interesting. It was like every turn, there is a no entry sign. Every episode ending is a cliffhanger. The interesting part for me is that all through out the episodes I was tearing up. Dialogues are simple but some hit me right through my heart. Even the wedding scene of the traitor worker I felt myself crying when Ji Hyuk supported him as family with the rest of the workers. Ji Hyuk's big heart and his love for the people around him is very heartwarming.

I guess this is the appeal of this drama. Not surprised that the ratings are climbing up. 


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