Potential romance begins to blossom finally, but revenge is still the first order of business here.
This recap of Remarriage & Desires season 1, episode 4 contains spoilers.
The high drama of the masquerade ball that closed out the previous episode amounts to very little, predictably, with a bit of commotion emanating from the removal of Selena’s mask delaying Hye-seung’s efforts to expose the truth about Yoo-hui’s past and their relationship. It makes the big dramatic cliffhanger feel like a bit of a fake-out, but we’re only just hitting the halfway point here, so some things have to be saved for later.
Remarriage & Desires season 1, episode 4 recap
As Ms Choi explained at the tail end of the last episode, the ball was designed so that everyone could get to know someone authentically, and that would ultimately lead to them picking someone they’d like to date. Like the ball itself, this is all shrouded in complete secrecy, even among the Rex staff. It can’t be manipulated for all the Chanel bags in the world, leaving everyone to deliberate over who to choose, especially given some of the post-mask realizations.
To recap, Yoo-hui knows who Hyung-ju and Seok-jin are and that they switched places; Hye-seung has previous with Seok-jin and developed a connection with Hyung-ju, which explains why he picks her for his date. The much-talked-about Zeus barely gets a look in for all the fuss that was made about the mask.
But anyway, ethics. When Hye-seung meets with Ms. Choi, she ponders how, knowing everything she has shared about Yoo-hui, Rex could continue to work with her. The answer, really, is like it or lump it. Or, alternatively, do something about it, but be smart about what. Money makes the world go around, after all, and this is just the way things are. Being emotional and dramatic won’t help, even if morality is on your side.
Through the dates, we see that Ms. Choi is playing games, matching Hye-seung up with some boor and Yoo-hui up with Hyung-ju, which it’s worth mentioning he isn’t exactly stoked about given how she treated him at the party. Needless to say, what we’re really pulling for is Hye-seung being matched up with Hyung-ju, which fate conspires to make happen in an unexpected way, through her tutoring his son. In the meantime, we get a little time between Hye-seung and Seok-jin, whom she calls to bail her out of her terrible date, and he shares a little of his background with her, especially his father beating his mother.
At the halfway point, we’re finally beginning to reach a stage where we’re seeing credible potential romances develop here, which I suppose is to be expected in a show titled Remarriage & Desires. But the notion of revenge still looms large over everything, and the soapy melodramatics remain the core focus. We’ll have to see if that changes in the back half of the season.