We count down the days to Christmas by unveiling 24 magical Kdrama moments. Next up, “Heirs”.
Episode 5 of Heirs
Chaebol teenager, Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho) brings out a crowd of his peers upon his return to school after a period of exile in the US. Tan nonchalantly greets his ex-girlfriend, then the girl his family has arranged for him to marry, then his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend, Chan Young. A friend watching from above correctly identifies it as a gathering of the damned.
Choi Young Do (Kim Woo Bin), the reigning bully since Tan left for the US, saunters into the circle of students who have come to witness Tan’s arrival. Instantly, Young Do and Tan are sizing each other up. What follows an exchange of sarcasm and veiled threats. “You’re going to scare the kids,” quips Young Do. The teenage audience shifts uneasily.
Destitute teenager, Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye) is busy texting Chan Young, and walks right into the middle of Young Do and Tan’s staring contest. Eun Sang must feel the heat of the lasers coming out of their eyes, because she finally looks up and realizes that she has walked into the middle of a bitch fight.
Having been acquainted with both Tan and Young Do, Eun Sang is taken aback to see both of them at the same school. As Eun Sang looks at each of them, Tan’s expression doesn’t change, but Young Do’s turns wolfish and he is practically smacking his lips.
This scene crackled with potential on so many fronts: a bitchy rivalry between Tan and Young Do, and multiple love triangles involving the main characters present at this showdown. Sadly, it was unfulfilled potential, but at least, viewers had a peek into what could have been. One final note: Only and I fell in love with Kim Woo Bin as Young Do. Lately, he has been making the regrettable decision of marketing himself as the boy next door for every ad campaign possible. We will always have the memory of thuggish, smart mouth, Young Do.
Check out our series review of “Heirs”.