“The Strife of the Three Brothers” gives Young-woo a personal case as she debates her future.
This recap of Extraordinary Attorney Woo season 1, episode 4, “The Strife of the Three Brothers”, contains spoilers.
Young-woo having handed in her resignation at the end of the previous episode isn’t about to stop the drama in Extraordinary Attorney Woo, and “The Strife of the Three Brothers” puts her right back to work, though admittedly in a slightly more personal and close-to-home case than the ones that pass through the system.
Side note: The case-of-the-week structure works well here, without sacrificing characterization and detail. It isn’t always a good fit, and sometimes I long for more serialization, but in these early days, the episodic approach is a good fit.
Extraordinary Attorney Woo season 1, episode 4 recap
Anyway, living up to its title, this episode begins with a land dispute between three brothers. The land is worth a lot of money, but a hefty tax bill hangs over the ownership stake, and one of the brothers, the youngest, Dong-sam, is left shafted by the arrangement and in debt to the tune of 260 million won. Through the connection to Dong Geu-ra-mi, Young-woo is enlisted, along with her father, Gwang-ho, to resolve the issue.
Geu-ra-mi and Young-woo have been friends since their school days when the former intervened in the bullying of the latter. And the case, at least initially, seems pretty cut-and-dry legally speaking. Since all three brothers are entitled to an equal share of the inheritance under law, Dong-sam getting short-changed is technically fraud, and he can sue. But the deception needs to be proved, which is something that Jun-ho and Myeong-seok, whose legal expertise Young-woo sends Geu-ra-mi to enlist, are skeptical about.
You’ll notice that Extraordinary Attorney Woo has temporarily sidestepped the matter of Young-woo’s resignation here and kept her in the loop, which was to be expected. But it allows for some nurturing of the relationship between Young-woo and Jun-ho, which is quickly becoming romantic. When he asks why she quit, and she reveals she sees herself as the weak link, he explains that he wants to have an attorney like her next to him.
I’ll bet he does!
Anyway, Myeong-seok was right about the difficulty of proving that a deception took place, especially since the two brothers unite against Dong-sam. A ray of hope appears in a nosy neighbor named Jin-hyeok, but he doesn’t reveal anything in his testimony, presumably having been paid off. Luckily, Young-woo is able to find a loophole thanks to a heated argument and an assault that allows Dong-sam to receive the money, pay off the tax, and distribute the remainder as he sees fit – which is, righteously, equally among the brothers.
The success compels Young-woo to return to work, as well it might, but I for one am much more interested in the personal dynamic that is beginning to emerge between her and Jun-ho, as well as the familial backstory that we’re constantly being teased about. I’m sure there will be more to come from both of these things in coming episodes.