‘Perfect Wife’ Episode 18 (2017-04-25)

Viewer ratings (Nielsen)
Episode 1   @3.9%            Episode 11 @5.3%
Episode 2   @4.9%           Episode 12 @5.6%
Episode 3   @5.1%            Episode 13 @4.8%
Episode 4   @4.9%           Episode 14 @5.4%
Episode 5   @3.5%           Episode 15 @5.0%
Episode 6   @4.7%           Episode 16 @5.7%
Episode 7   @3.5%           Episode 17 @4.8%
Episode 8   @4.4%          Episode 18 @4.9%
Episode 9   @6.4%           
Episode 10 @6.1%
As I had been expecting more dark deeds from Eun Hee, this episode is a bit of an anti-climax. I even thought she might be driven to hurt Jung Hee or the children and is prepared to die with him if she could not have him. Hence the abrupt ending left me puzzled. Is that it? Everything seems nicely wrapped up now for everyone except for Jung Hee who might lose everything while Jae Bok finds her happily-ever-after with Bong Gu.
For a moment I was unsure whether the drama has been cut short due to the low ratings and perhaps episode 18 is meant to be the final. But then there are still unanswered questions circling in my head ….. what really happened between Jung Hee and Eun Hee in the past that had left him so traumatized? Is there something he is trying to regain even if he has to endure his tormentor and marry her? Is Jung Hee so hungry for success that nothing else really matter anymore? With Eun Hee safely locked away, are there any surprises left in the final 2 episodes?

Jae Bok is horrified to find herself locked up in a mental hospital. It’s a good thing that she had the presence of mind to make an attempt to escape.
Side note: In this drama, Lee Yu Ri plays a cameo role as a divorce client (episode 1), as Jae Bok’s former classmate Lee Eun Kyung who was obsessed with her (episode 12) and the mental patient she’s now locked up with (episode 18).
Eun Hee had intentionally sent Jung Hee away on an overseas business trip when she schemed to have Jae Bok kidnapped. He finds out from Bong Gu that Jae Bok is missing. 

As Brian seems to be the best person who could stop Eun Hee, Bong Gu tries to get his help to locate Jae Bok before it’s too late. Brian is at first reluctant as he could not possibly report his sister but perhaps Na Mi’s death had made him realize the seriousness of Eun Hee’s mental condition.  

To make her escape from the mental hospital, Jae Bok masquerades as the other patient who is brought out for a check-up. She dashes out through an open door and hides in the back of a truck leaving the facility. When the driver stops for a toilet break, she makes a run for it into the forested area.


Bong Gu finally finds Jae Bok when he catches up with the truck driver. It is fortunate that he was at that moment checking out the mental hospital where she is confined. From Brian’s conversation with Eun Hee earlier, it seems most likely that her plan is to lock Jae Bok up in such a facility.
Bong Gu is relieved that Jae Bok is safe. Having lost Na Mi, the thought that Jae Bok could have met the same mishap made him realize that she is someone who matters to him. 

Could their relationship be moving onto a new level or is it just that they treasure their friendship so much more? Bong Gu’s previous relationship with women had always been rather shallow but Jae Bok made him realize he is capable of really caring for someone.
Jung Hee finds out that Jae Bok was confined to a mental hospital and is filled with remorse that she could have been hurt because of him.

He overhears Eun Hee’s conversation with his office assistant which confirms that she is responsible for Jae Bok’s disappearance. As she had listened in on his earlier phone conversation with Jin Wook and knows that he is thinking of getting back with his family, Jae Bok has become a threat to her. She had bribed his assistant to arrange for Jae Bok’s kidnapping and to put the blame on him should there be an investigation.
 
Knowing that Eun Hee had planned to set him up to take the blame for being her alibi during Na Mi’s murder and Jae Bok’s kidnapping fills him with horror. Is he in too deep and unable to get out of the trap she has set for him? Eun Hee might be a mental case but she’s certainly devious. 
Jung Hee seems on the verge of a breakdown. Is this reminiscent of what he had gone through in the past?

Perhaps Jung Hee has thought through on a way to handle her threat as he appears nonchalant the next morning. His apology and unexpected cheerfulness makes her wary.


A rare tender moment for Jung Hee as Jae Bok expresses her concern for him. Knowing that they are being watched, this is probably Jae Bok’s ploy to use him as a bait to draw Eun Hee out..


Jae Bok is non-committal to Jung Hee’s wish for them to reconcile but since she did not reject him either, it gives him hope that they could get back together.

Jung Hee and Jae Bok goes on a dinner date on occasion of their wedding anniversary. He is unaware that this is merely part of Jae Bok’s plan to make Eun Hee show up as she surely would.


Jung Hee expresses his regret and hopes to be given another chance but Jae Bok tells him that she has not really forgiven him for everything he did.


As expected Eun Hee turns up and almost rams them down, but thankfully she stops short of hitting them.


Brian had probably realized by now that Eun Hee is a danger to herself and those around her. With his permission, Jae Bok and Bong Gu had made use of this date with Jung Hee to draw her out.
A thought which comes to mind is why do they need to do it in this manner when Brian could have simply sent those people to Eun Hee’s house to get her. Is it because they need to catch her in the act of causing harm to others? If she had not stopped the car, Jung Hee and Jae Bok could have been badly hurt. How would this plan have guaranteed their safety?


For the sake of their children, Jung Hee hopes Jae Bok will give him another chance but she is unable to forgive him right now. Even if he might lose everything, she hopes he can make a fresh start.

Eun Hee is finally committed to the mental hospital. It is doubtful if she can ever get over her obsession with Jung Hee but as long as she is confined here, she will not be able to torment him further. Hope she is not going to escape and get to him again or do something much worse.
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