Trolley Season 1 Episode 6 Recap – why does Seung-hee dislike Hye-joo?

January 4, 2023 (Last updated: 3 weeks ago)
Nathan Sartain 0
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Another fantastic installment that intricately weaves subtle plot developments amongst the heated drama.

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Another fantastic installment that intricately weaves subtle plot developments amongst the heated drama.

We recap the Netflix K-Drama series Trolley Season 1 Episode 6, which contains spoilers.

Not only does Trolley maintain a consistent level of quality, but it also manages to inject its episodes with a seemingly unending intensity. Gripping from minute one, some moments of this installment may be on the subtle side, but the big moments really felt important.

Trolley Season 1 Episode 6 Recap

At the end of his seminar on digital sex crimes countermeasures, Joong-do encourages Jin-seok to have Assemblyman Ko resign from his office, so he can take responsibility for his wife’s hit-and-run. In an unhappy coincidence though, it’s Hye-joo’s husband who soon bears the brunt of his colleague’s words, thanks to their vocal opinions on how it’s hard to trust a politician who can’t discipline troublesome children. Nevertheless, Jin-seok stands up for Joong-do, stating a “truly competent politician should be able to turn crisis into opportunity.”

Next, we arrive at Ilhwadang, where Joong-do had agreed to meet Ki-young for a meal. There, he happens to come across Seung-hee, but before pleasantries can be exchanged, Hye-joo turns up at the restaurant entrance.

As Ki-young informs Seung-hee that Joong-do is the politician who raised the issue of Yoo-sin’s land purchases, his wife checks to make sure he wasn’t previously aware the assemblyman was the husband of Jae-eun. What then follows is an extremely taught meal, one punctuated by the constant asking of questions pertaining to Hye-joo’s life. Yet particularly striking are Seung-hee’s comments on how the most “excruciating” pain someone can experience is the loss of a family member, with these statements especially shaking the book conservator.

While Soo-bin questions how Yoon-seo can know her father is righteous, Seung-hee takes Hye-joo to the restroom. Unprompted, the conservator tries to make excuses, explaining how she doesn’t involve herself in Joong-do’s work, so wasn’t aware of his acquaintanceship with Ki-young. But Seung-hee isn’t interested, instead wondering if Hye-joo is only worried things will get more complicated for the assemblyman if her secret is exposed.

Continuing, Seung-hee expresses her confusion at Hye-joo being able to marry Joong-do so quickly after the incident with Seung-ho. “If I went through something bad enough to take to the police, I wouldn’t have been able to date or get married for at least ten years,” she adds. Then, Seung-hee tells Hye-joo she now wants to make things fair, annoyed the conservator has appeared to be living a “happy life” while hers has been ruined. As such, the assemblyman’s wife is instructed to come to Youngsan tomorrow and apologize to Yoo-sin, or risk having her past with Seung-ho publicly revealed.

In a flashback, it’s first established how close Seung-hee used to be with Hye-joo. The two would regularly eat together, the latter being a source of comfort to her friend, who was often neglected by her mother for the high-achieving Seung-ho. Following that, it’s shown how this relationship quickly changed, due to the narrative planted in Seung-hee’s head that Hye-joo framed her brother for tuition money, leading him to commit suicide.

After Ki-young promises Joong-do he will respect Hye-joo’s want of privacy, he questions his wife’s intentions to clear her brother’s name. “She’s living the life as an assemblyman’s wife after killing someone with her lies,” Seung-hee says of her foe, adamant she should do something to ensure her own family no longer “live in misery.” Still, Ki-young appears doubtful Hye-joo actually framed Seung-ho, despite his partner’s insistence that she did. Interestingly, a subsequent flashback shows us it was the cynical Yoo-sin who created this elaborately falsified story of the orphan using the high-achiever for a scholarship, a tale that was so extravagant it swayed Seung-hee into believing her brother’s innocence.

When an upset Hye-joo asks Joong-do if he’d still “call out” Seung-kyu on the news if he knew what’d happen, the assemblyman wonders if his wife regrets marrying a politician. The conservator’s inner voice admits she does, though out loud she assures her husband of the opposite, accepting she was happy to have fallen in love with him at one point.

As Soo-bin bites back at Joong-do, calling him “one to talk” when he asks if she can take responsibility, the assemblyman prepares to head to Sangju, where he will be visiting the family of Ji-hoon’s mother. Later, the pregnant youngster becomes frustrated and frantically scribbles over her ‘JD’ tattoo.

While Joong-do discovers it was Seung-kyu’s father who vandalized his car with posters labeling him a murderer, Hye-joo tasks herself with clean-up duty. Elsewhere, Seung-hee tries to get her mother to guarantee she will return home by 4 pm so the property investor can be present for the conservator’s upcoming apology.

In his office, Joong-do tells Woo-jae of his worries regarding his wife’s nervous behavior in front of Seung-hee, in addition to how she was “oddly uncomfortable” with Ki-young. Then, he gives his right-hand man the task of looking into his concerns, wanting to find out more about his wife’s guarded history. “It’s a protective measure for what might happen,” Joong-do says to justify his sudden snooping. Concurrently, Hye-joo misses the chance to apologize to Soo-bin.

Next, Soo-bin visits a women’s clinic, hoping to get an appointment for an induced abortion. On her way out, she sees Yeo-jin, who prods into the youngster’s potential reason for being where she was. Naturally, Soo-bin is prickly due to this, but her attitude does end up getting in her in hot water, given she basically tells the restaurant owner she doesn’t care for her empathy. Meanwhile, a stressed Hye-joo ends up picturing herself labeled a murderer on a poster, in the same vein as her husband.

At Youngsan Children’s Home, Woo-jae — posing as the future husband of Hye-joo — goes inside, looking for any information he can find on the early life of Joong-do’s wife. Elsewhere, Gwi-soon discovers through the news that Seung-kyu did in fact upload revenge p**n, so she calls the book conservator in an upset panic. This is new news to Hye-joo too, however, leaving her needing to find out what happened through Woo-jae.

As Woo-jae successfully manages to get a nun to begin to open up about Hye-joo’s history, the book conservator drives out to Youngsan, despite her disappointment in not being able to get ahold of Gwi-soon to inform her of the efforts being made to remove the revenge p**n video. Elsewhere, Joong-do candidly talks with Ji-hoon’s grandfather, who wishes to cut ties with the assemblyman now his troublemaking grandchild has passed away.

Ending Explained

Alone with Hye-joo, Seung-hee talks about the fact her house is the “same as it was 20 years ago,” causing the conservator to feel upset. “Go wash your face. And wipe your tears off. Don’t you dare try to make my mum feel sorry for you,” Seung-hee states in response to her foe’s onset distress before none other than Joong-do turns up. “Open the door right now,” the assemblyman angrily says, desperate to enter the house his wife is inside as the episode ends.

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