I'm glad today... Nara took the good decision... she's so stubborn!
AnNyEoNg HaSeYo HaNnEuNiM!...."I like strawberry ice cream"... What means strawberry ice cream for you.... I thought I could get anything in this world if I had enough money, but I can't buy time... There's something in this world that's more painful than death... It's letting you go..... Should I ask you to wait until I can get into your heart!
It's really great. It reminds me of the movie "Enchanted April," the Joan Plowright character. A woman who had a sense of superiority all her life and cut herself off from human feelings, growing in bitterness--then in her old age she had a little emotional rebirth and became the kindest and warmest person.... Very nice. I wouldn't have thought it believable that Nara could do that, too (though I don't think her personality will change--she will just do nice things and be more open, but she will still act snobby most of the time). But the actress is so good. Remember that last moment before she goes to the hospital to plead with Sukhyun? She's standing alone in her room after Minsook begs her, and she pounds at her breastbone a couple of times. Not to be corny, but to me that looked like she was breaking the hardness around her heart
Yes, I'm so happy about her change, too. It's a relief to see some happiness for Jongnam and Sukhyun. Was Nara kidding with Jae-ok? She seemed twinkly when she said she's in charge of her daughter-in-law.
I've been missing a few episodes, so I was really shocked when I saw Nara do a complete turn-around from her cold, critical self. Maybe it's because all this secrecy around SH's birth and adoption finally came out to be discussed. It seemed as though this was a family secret where every older adult kept silent. Maybe Nara saw the pain that SH's birth mother was feeling over the years, then as SH was facing death, and then realized that SH considered her as his mother who raised him. Maybe Nara really wasn't that bad because it takes a lot of effort to always remain emotionless and stoic.
I think JN will be a match for her mother-in-law because JN is independent and self-sufficient, so Nara will grow to appreciate her. It's a toss-up if Jae-man and Nara will reconcile. He probably strayed because of her cold behavior toward him. If she warms up to her family, lessens her control of them, JM will enjoy coming home to a family with his son, daughter-in-law and upcoming baby.
Now that TBB is over for us in Hawaii, I can now say that I love Nara too. Her transformation in the last 3 episodes seemed like a miracle but I'm glad that she did change. I think that the idea of losing someone she loved perhaps more than life itself, for sure more than her husband, was what caused her to put her pride on the side and to give in to the feelings she was feeling but wouldn't allow herself to show. Again, the love between a parent and a child is the strongest love there is! Also, how damaging it can be when someone has that kind of pride. I'm so glad the writers allowed us to see Nara at her best and in a good relationship with Jongnam and grandchild. Now I can say that I love all the characters of TBB, even Nara!!
Katie -- who would have ever thought that Nara would end up being such a big softie, "She's [Jongnam] always spanking that girl." Speaking of spanking, I'm thinking this probably stunned some in the American audience. Conversely, I would bet if an American soap opera was shown in Korea... wait, I can't picture that. There's a certain charm to seeing the disclaimer: "Not suitable for audiences under 15" before these Korean dramas, and to find out that the unsuitable part of that episode was that a youngster got mouthy with his/her elder!