Private Lives episode 11 recap – Lee Jeong-hwan offers a hopeful future to Cha Joo-eun

November 11, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
K-Drama, Netflix, TV Recaps


Episode 11 has reverted to convoluted storytelling to try and explain an overly complex story again; this k-drama has a bad relationship with the writing.

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Episode 11 has reverted to convoluted storytelling to try and explain an overly complex story again; this k-drama has a bad relationship with the writing.

This recap of Netflix K-drama series Privates Lives episode 11 contains significant spoilers.

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The opening

Continuing from the previous episode, Bok-gi approaches Kim Jae-wook’s residence. The man sees her on the CCTV as she approaches. Rather than entering the residence, Bok-gi uses her lipstick to write on the fence before walking off. Kim Jae-wook looks surprisingly shaken. When Kim Jae-wook heads outside, he sees her message — “Beware of the dog”. Kim Jae-wook heads down to his secret basement to see that his money is still safe.

“I want to show you off in a crowded place”

The complicated romance between Lee Jeong-hwan and Cha Joo-eun continues in Privates Lives episode 11.

Lee Jeong-hwan rings Assemblyman Kwon about Assemblyman Yoo Byung-jun — he wants to give him information on the opposition. When Cha Joo-eun returns to her apartment, Lee Jeong-hwan is already there, and he offers her food. She tells him she wants to go to a crowded place so she can show him off, but obviously, that isn’t possible. Cha Joo-eun is frustrated, learning she could be sent to prison for fraud because he is alive — she used his death benefits to pay the debt. She doesn’t believe that they can go back to what they were. Lee Jeong-hwan tells her it isn’t over. He’s offering her a glimmer of hope.

Acting as civil servants

Kim Jae-wook texts Director Kim to tell him the pawn is in place so prepare the news. A press conference is organised. Meanwhile, Cha Joo-eun and Kim Jun-beom are posing as civil servants, and Detective Kim Myung-hyun is concerned. Cha Joo-eun tells him that she is the bait to catch President Park of One Line because he is Assemblyman Kwon Hyuk-jang’s new head sponsor. She tells him that GK Technology planned all this to make Kwon Hyuk-jang fail because GK chose Yoo Byung-jun — “This is a game of Kingmaker”. They’ve bugged and set up distractions at the police station to carry out the ploy to stop a Chinese spy from handing himself. It’s a rather elaborate plan and one that needs to work perfectly to be executed.

Delaying the announcement

Cha Joo-eun and Kim Jun-beom drive off with their target — Director Kim and Kim Jae-wook learn that the Chinese spy Jin Gounam did not show up at the station and they are now fretting. The announcement of the industrial spy investigation results are underway with the press — they have to delay the announcement due to Jun Gounam not showing up. Cha Joo-eun and co have themselves right in the eye of the storm.

Kim Jae-wook tries to find the spy

Cha Joo-eun and the team interview Jin Gounam and ask him if he’s an actor. They show him a photo of Kim Jae-wook and tell him that he’s a serial killer. Jin Gounam says that Kim Jae-wook put him up to this. Kim Jae-wook is now on a mission trying to find the spy and the others, asking his team to check out locations. Kim Jun-beom warns Cha Joo-eun that Kim Jae-wook’s men are in her location. They are getting fake passports in an underground black market. Kim Jae-wook’s men find them, and they run away.

The meeting with the assemblyman

Lee Jeong-hwan meets Assemblyman Kwon. He explains that to bring down Mr Park, his head sponsor, they executed the industrial spy scheme and they want to frame him as a traitor who sold technology to China — this is two conglomerates fighting against each other. Kwon asks Lee Jeong-hwan what the alternative is. Lee Jeong-hwan references Cha Joo-eun, the owner of Spy Detective Agency and that she needs to be proved innocent as part of their arrangement. He then says if the industrial spy leak is proven to be fake, then his opponent will not succeed. Episode 11 sees rather complex politics at play.

Cha Joo-eun then enters the room and shows them a burner phone and states she’s an investor who was interested in One Line’s core technology — Mr Park tried persuading them to invest. Lee Jeong-hwan tells Kwon to sue Yoo Mi-young for conning them.

The ending

In the police station, Cha Joo-eun pretends that her mother is her lawyer. As the episode draws nearer the end, Cha Joo-eun’s mother asks if her father has contacted her. Cha Joo-eun asks her mother if things can go back to normal. Her mother avoids the question and states that they need to stop this case from going to trial, and that should be their only focus. Lee Jeong-hwan tells Assemblyman Kwon that the case should not go to trial. Kwon asks Lee Jeong-hwan to be his clandestine from now on. He doesn’t seem comfortable with it but accepts the offer.

Lee Jeong-hwan and Cha Joo-eun meet up for a drink. He holds her hand and tells her to be patient and wait for the case to be over. Lee Jeong-hwan then explains that he’ll have to take Kwon’s offer to make sure she is safe. As the episode ends, Lee Jeong-hwan meets Director Kim.

Privates Lives episode 11 has reverted to convoluted storytelling to try and explain an overly complex story again; this k-drama has a bad relationship with the writing.

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