A New Saturday High for “My Golden Life” 2017.11.18

The audience rating for “My Golden Life” continues to rise. Saturday November 18 it reached a new high of 35.0%!

Park Si Hoo as Choi Do Kyung

Do Kyung talking with Ji Soo about Ji An without avail

Although I have read fans were disappointed with last night’s episode 23, I don’t agree. Write So Hyun Kyung is a keen writer who knows how to build momentum and connect past with present and give a peep into future happenings. It may seem dragging to some, but it also connects the audience with all characters in the drama. We already know which couples are or will have been formed at the end of the drama, i.e. episode 50. Question is when it will crystallize. In the mean time we come to know about all what has happened in their past developing into the present! I really love this writer’s way of writing and building up the drama “My Golden Life”!

Episode 23 "My Golden Life"

Scenes Episode 23 “My Golden Life”

Episode 23 in a nutshell:

  • Hyuk learned about Ji An’s attempt to suicide and the fear she might try again if being left alone. As Hyuk can’t persuade Ji An to return with him, he stayed by her side keeping an eye on her.
  • Ji Ho telling his mom the truth about how her lie ruined the lives of the whole family, especially his two sisters Ji An and Ji Soo.
  • Ji Soo is driving a wedge within the Choi family with her maladaptive behaviour.
  • Also Ji Soo continues holding grudges towards Ji An for not having told her of mother Seo’s lie immediately. Do Kyung’s talk with her couldn’t change her mind about this.
  • Do Kyung continues worrying about Ji An’s disappearance and does everything to find her again. It is not enough Hyuk had messaged him that Ji An was safe. Moreover, he is not happy, when Hyuk messaged that Ji An doesn’t want to talk with him!

The preview of episode 24 will give us hints to what to expect within an hour from now!


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The table with updated audience ratings:

DateEpisodeNielsen - NationalNielsen - SeoulTNmS - NationalTNmS - Seoul
2017-09-02119.7% (1st)19.5% (3rd)20.7% (1st)17.5% (4th)
2017-09-03223.7% (1st)23.5% (1st)22.5% (1st)20.0% (1st)
2017-09-09322.4% (1st)22.2% (2nd)23.2% (1st)19.4% (2nd)
2017-09-10428.4% (1st)28.2% (1st)29.6% (1st)26.0% (1st)
2017-09-16525.3% (1st)24.5% (1st)25.2% (1st)20,9% (1st)
2017-09-17629.7% (1st)29.7% (1st)28.8% (1st)24.5% (1st)
2017-09-23726.2% (1st)25.6% (1st)25.8% (1st)22.0% (2nd)
2017-09-24830.9% (1st)30.5% (1st)31.2% (1st)28.4% (1st)
2017-09-30925.4%(1st)24.3% (1st)24.4% (1st)21.0% (3rd)
2017-10-011029.6% (1st)29.8% (1st)28.1% (1st)23.9% (1st)
2017-10-071127.2% (1st)26.7% (1st)24.8% (1st)20.3% (3rd)
2017-10-081230.9% (1st)30.1% (1st)30.3% (1st)27.4% (1st)
2017-10-141327.4% (1st)26.5% (1st)27.9% (1st)23.3% (3rd)
2017-10-151432.4% (1st)31.7% (1st)31.2% (1st)27.5% (1st)
2017-10-211529.7% (1st)29.5% (1st)30.2% (1st)27.8% (1st)
2017-10-221635.0% (1st)34.8% (1st)34.2% (1st)31.4% (1st)
2017-10-281730.2% (1st)30.2% (1st)30.3% (1st)26.8% (1st)
2017-10-291834.5% (1st)34.2% (1st)34.2% (1st)30.3% (1st)
2017-11-041931.2% (1st)30.8% (1st)31.1% (1st)27.1% (1st)
2017-11-052036.0% (1st)36.0% (1st)35.5% (1st)31.3% (1st)
2017-11-112132.3% (1st)32.1% (1st)32.2% (1st)30.1% (1st)
2017-11-122237.9% (1st)36.6% (1st)37.1% (1st)34.0% (1st)
2017-11-182335.0% (1st)34.6% (1st)31.4% (1st)27.9% (1st)

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“My Golden Life” Episodes 19 & 20 English Subs

Kiss Scene "My Golden Life"

Episodes 19 & 20 are an emotional roller coaster. The lives of Do Kyung,
Ji An, Ji Soo and their families are turned upside down. First the goodbye kiss, the awkwardness of both Do Kyung and Ji An the day after, the brutal behaviour of Do Kyung towards Ji An when she had asked for a meeting, but wasn’t able to say the reason for her request because of this, Ji An doing the confession alone and the aftermath resulting in Ji Soo slapping
Ji An in her face!

Episode 19


Episode 20

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Preview Episode 23 “My Golden Life” 2017.11.18

Do Kyung: “Where did Ji An go”?

Park Si Hoo as Choi Do Kyung

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Ji An is still alive, but what has happened with her in the period after she took the pills? There is a gap of four days, at least. Although Ji An is still alive, she is traumatized a lot and doesn’t look like a bit of the Ji An we knew before the dramatic turn of her life.


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Do Kyung keeps worrying about Ji An and I think he can’t understand why Ji Soo doesn’t seem to care about her disappearance. It is obvious that
Ji An’s disappearance has put Do Kyung’s world upside down!

Although mother Choi has vowed to turn Ji An’s life into hell, she doesn’t seem to accept Ji An isn’t Eun Suk. She is going to double check the DNA  with Ji Soo’s tooth brush and hair. Her sister Jin Hee doesn’t know yet that Ji An isn’t the real Eun Suk and Myung Hee isn’t going to tell her. Most probably it will be an emotional episode again!


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“My Golden Life” OST Part 3 & 4

Two more songs have been added to the OST of “My Golden Life”!


Part 3: Maybe Tomorrow (어쩌면 내일은) by Dream Girl (동경소녀)


Part 4: The Wind Blows (바람이 불어와) by Park Sun Ye (박선예)

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Top Rating 37.9% “My Golden Life” 2017.11.12

Sunday November 12 “My Golden Life” reached highest viewer rating of 37.9%. The expectation is that it will only be a matter of time before 40.0% or higher will be registered.

Scene episode 22 "My Golden Life"
This episode showed a split personality of Ji Soo who entered the home of the Choi family “as she is a daughter of this family”. Her behaviour within the family is rude and harsh.


When Ji Soo is working at the bakery she looks like the Ji Soo from before the truth was known, although her mind seems to be far away often times. Has Ji Soo really changed or is she trying to protect the Seo family with her harsh behaviour towards her real parents? She is angry with both of them and doesn’t hide her anger.

Scene Episode 22 "My Golden Life"

This episode centered around the disappearance of Ji An. Everyone is looking for her except Ji Soo. When oppa Do Kyung asked if Ji An was safely at home, she replied she wasn’t and probably still wasn’t. It didn’t upset her at all. Do Kyung is worried though and doesn’t stop searching for Ji An. He even gets drunk because of his worries and blames himself not having helped Ji An, while he knew she was scared.


The writer didn’t keep us worrying about Ji An till next weekend. At the end of this episode Hyuk found Ji An working at the beach drying seaweed. Although we don’t know what has happened with Ji An after she took the pills, at least we know she is still alive. Her eyes are not sparkling anymore though.

Scene Episode 22 "My Golden Life"

Most likely the next confrontation is in the air already. Ji Soo is on her way back to Hyuk with the cab he called for her. How will she react when she sees that Hyuk has found Ji An? Will she leave the cab and go to them? Or will she silently watch, but tell no one, not even oppa Do Kyung, that Ji An has been found? We all know Ji Soo is in love with Hyuk. We didn’t forget how she treated Ji An during their last meeting. Coming weekend we will know more!

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“My Golden Life” Episode 22: Will Ji An Survive? 2017.11.12

Shin Hye Sun as Seo Ji An "My Golden Life"

This is what we saw last of Ji An at the end of episode 21. Deep inside
Ji An must have known that she isn’t the source of all unhappy circumstances after she had left the Seo family to live with the Choi family. Ji Soo’s last words though, accusing Ji An she only lived for the money and didn’t act as a real sister to Ji Soo by not telling everything as soon as she knew, had so much impact on her already weak condition that Ji An decided to take that last final step, because: “I can’t forgive myself”.

Preview Episode 22


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Will Ji An survive this attempt to commit suicide? The preview doesn’t give us an answer to this question. Given the place Ji An has chosen for her last rest, only a passerby would be able to find her by coincidence.

Many people are worried Ji An has disappeared. Do Kyung too, but he has no right to be worried at all, as his behaviour during their last meeting is one of the reasons Ji An decided to take her final step. And Ji Soo? She has turned into a heartless bitch. She asked her oppa: “Why would you worry about Ji An? She is not even your sister!” The Choi family will get to know who their real lost daughter and sister is. Despite of what they have done to Ji An, I feel sorry for the Choi parents. Ji Soo’s behaviour within the family is totally out of line!

DateEpisodeNielsen - NationalNielsen - SeoulTNmS - NationalTNmS - Seoul
2017-09-02119.7% (1st)19.5% (3rd)20.7% (1st)17.5% (4th)
2017-09-03223.7% (1st)23.5% (1st)22.5% (1st)20.0% (1st)
2017-09-09322.4% (1st)22.2% (2nd)23.2% (1st)19.4% (2nd)
2017-09-10428.4% (1st)28.2% (1st)29.6% (1st)26.0% (1st)
2017-09-16525.3% (1st)24.5% (1st)25.2% (1st)20,9% (1st)
2017-09-17629.7% (1st)29.7% (1st)28.8% (1st)24.5% (1st)
2017-09-23726.2% (1st)25.6% (1st)25.8% (1st)22.0% (2nd)
2017-09-24830.9% (1st)30.5% (1st)31.2% (1st)28.4% (1st)
2017-09-30925.4%(1st)24.3% (1st)24.4% (1st)21.0% (3rd)
2017-10-011029.6% (1st)29.8% (1st)28.1% (1st)23.9% (1st)
2017-10-071127.2% (1st)26.7% (1st)24.8% (1st)20.3% (3rd)
2017-10-081230.9% (1st)30.1% (1st)30.3% (1st)27.4% (1st)
2017-10-141327.4% (1st)26.5% (1st)27.9% (1st)23.3% (3rd)
2017-10-151432.4% (1st)31.7% (1st)31.2% (1st)27.5% (1st)
2017-10-211529.7% (1st)29.5% (1st)30.2% (1st)27.8% (1st)
2017-10-221635.0% (1st)34.8% (1st)34.2% (1st)31.4% (1st)
2017-10-281730.2% (1st)30.2% (1st)30.3% (1st)26.8% (1st)
2017-10-291834.5% (1st)34.2% (1st)34.2% (1st)30.3% (1st)
2017-11-041931.2% (1st)30.8% (1st)31.1% (1st)27.1% (1st)
2017-11-052036.0% (1st)36.0% (1st)35.5% (1st)31.3% (1st)
2017-11-112132.3% (1st)32.1% (1st)32.2% (1st)30.1% (1st)
2017-11-122237.9% (1st)36.6% (1st)37.1% (1st)34.0% (1st)
2017-11-182335.0% (1st)34.6% (1st)31.4% (1st)27.9% (1st)

As you can see, last night’s viewer rating was 32.3% according to Nielsen.
Will tonight’s episode exceed last week’s 36.0% and move closer to the expected 40.0%?

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Who Is The Puppet Player in “My Golden Life”?

KBS2TV has aired 20 episodes out of the 50 of “My Golden Life”. Saturday November 11, we will watch episode 21.

What is intriguing me from the start is the question who is setting all the negative events in motion? I call this person the “Puppet Player“.
It must be someone who has been involved from the moment Eun Suk went missing and mother Choi had the car accident. I don’t think this car accident was a coincidence, but set up on purpose to get rid of mother Choi. However, she survived the accident, but Eun Suk went missing for
25 years.

Then mother Choi got a letter stating that Eun Suk was still alive and that this could be proven! This was the first time I asked myself: Who is behind this? It must be someone who knows all ins and out within the Choi Family and has continued to follow Eun Suk’s whereabouts from the moment she went missing! For else, how could that woman know she had to sneak tooth brushes from the Seos’ house for a DNA test?

Scene "My Golden Life"

Due to mother Choi’s own carelessness mother Seo was able to deceive her with mentioning her own daughter Ji An as the lost Eun Suk! Mother Choi never took an extra DNA test again and Ji An didn’t know of her mother’s trick. She truly believed she was the missing daughter
Choi Eun Suk.

The Puppet Player tried a few times to expose Ji An’s true identity before the official announcement by the Choi family.

First attempt: the gossip that the lost Choi daughter Eun Suk was found through which Ji An was forced to introduce herself as Choi Eun Suk at the gallery meeting.


Ji An didn’t know of the switch yet then and survived the test with
Do Kyung’s help. After this meeting Ji An had a drink with 
Do Kyung, when
Do Kyung asked about a scar on Ji An’s small right toe. Then Ji An became aware of imperfections in mother Seo’s conversations in the past showing that Ji An could not be the missing daughter Eun Suk!

Second attempt: the rumor spread on the internet that Do Kyung was involved in a scandal with a woman. A loud no, no, because of the marriage arrangement of Do Kyung with Sora who has not surfaced until today. Grandfather Noh wanted to announce at the board meeting of directors that this woman was the missing daughter Choi Eun Suk. Sooner than planned initially.

Scene "My Golden Life"

Ji An could prevent this by giving a splendid presentation of what had been the motives behind this meeting with Do Kyung. Investigations on
Ji An’s part had already proved that her sister Ji Soo is the real
Choi Eun Suk. Later at an unexpected meeting with Do Kyung, Ji An was not able to bear the truth alone any longer and told Do Kyung the truth. We know the impact of this confession!

Third attempt: sending father Choi a letter stating that Seo Ji An is not Choi Eun Suk!

Scene "My Golden Life"

Father Choi was already suspicious, because Ji An didn’t open the present he gave to her and now he had even more reason to conduct an extra DNA test! After the result the hell broke lose and we are all suffering with Ji An! Being a victim herself, but being treated as a criminal!

 

Every episode it becomes more complicated to unmask the identity of the Puppet Player and the real motives! Since latest developments it looks like this Puppet Player wants to get rid of Ji An as well! He couldn’t wait until she would confess herself of the switched sisters with the help of
Do Kyung. Without the result of the extra DNA test there might have been a small, really small, chance the Choi parents would have been more considerate with Ji An. Obviously, the Puppet Player wanted Ji An to disappear out of sight completely!

Then I asked myself: why? If the real motive is to discredit the Choi family so much that it would be impossible for them to be the successors of Chairman Noh of Haesung Group, then Ji An would be a huge barrier!

Something Ji An has proved during the short time she has lived with the Choi family is that she is a very smart woman with excellent business skills! In contrary to Ji Soo who isn’t that smart at all and lacks any business skills. The little education she has, she owes to Ji An. So she is no danger for the Puppet Player! Chances are high Ji Soo/Eun Suk will discredit her family unconsciously by her ignorance. Good looks and puppy eyes are not enough to save the Choi family from any disaster!

Ji Soo/Eun Suk "My Golden Life"

Therefore, the Puppet Player must feel very satisfied with the condemnation of Ji An by the Choi parents and their new found daughter
Ji Soo/Eun Suk! One strong opponent less to count with!

Another scandal is in the air for the Choi family. Nobody is talking about it, but the youngest daughter Seo Hyun is being blackmailed by her driver and his wife, after she had had a little aventure with him! Ji An can’t be of help anymore, but Ji Ho, Ji An’s youngest brother, might be her savior!

Then again: Who is the Puppet Player in “My Golden Life”?
PD Kim is directing the camera in a clever way. Everyone thinks of aunt
Jin Hee, but I’m not so sure about that. If so, she doesn’t do it alone. The real genius behind might be her husband.

When Ji An managed to prevent grandfather’s announcement that the woman in the scandal was the lost Choi daughter Eun Suk, he looked even more angry than his wife!

Another person I think knows more than is visible, is GM Min. Not sure about her role in the complot. Maybe she has had an affair with father Choi in the past? At the time of the car accident and the missing of
Eun Suk, father Choi suspected his wife of having a lover and had put someone on her tail! For sure, GM Min knows all ins and outs within the Choi family!

The Puppet Player must be someone with enough money in his pocket to hire a private investigator to follow the doings of all Choi family members for 24/7. When the camera is focused at a situation for a longer period of time, you can trust it is the p.i. at work.

Park Si Hoo as Choi Do Kyung

I’m not watching “My Golden Life” only because Park Si Hoo is playing
Choi Do Kyung, but also because it has an interesting storyline which changes all the time. To me it is not only a family drama, but also a good detective story! Writer So is doing a splendid job with her writing skills and PD Kim with how he is directing the cameras! It is no wonder that “My Golden Life” has already reached a viewer rating of 36.0%! Writer So and PD Kim and the whole cast of “My Golden Life” deserve a much higher rating soonest possible. The story contains enough elements to make this happen. Like Park Si Hoo said at the start of “My Golden Life”: “It is a drama with many twists and turns!”

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Preview Episode 21 “My Golden Life” 2017.11.11

Scenes "My Golden Life" #21

Remember how Ji Soo slapped Ji An at the end of episode 20? Looking at
Ji An at the start of the preview gives reason to assume Ji Soo has turned her back at Ji An as well. Ji An is wandering around. What is she going to do? For sure, she wants to go far away from both families Seo and Choi burdened by feelings of guilt for what has happened and not able to forgive herself. Her world is shattered entirely.

Preview episode 21

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“My Golden Life” Episodes 17 & 18 English Subs

Scenes ep 17/18 "My Golden Life"

Do Kyung becomes aware of Ji An as a woman. His changed feelings are flustering him. He is worrying about her and takes care she can be at her brother Ji Tae’s wedding for a while and take a photo with the Seo family.
Ji An feels drawn to Do Kyung as well. Father Choi receives an anonymous letter stating that Seo Ji An is not Choi Eun Suk.

Episode 17

Ji An appreciates and feels sorry for how Do Kyung is helping her with everything. At the same time, Do Kyung doesn’t feel well when he sees
Ji An and Hyuk working together at the event venue. Father Choi is conducting a DNA test to find out the truth, because he has become suspicious. The event is nearing its end and Ji An wants to say goodbye in advance. Do Kyung tells her to never see each other again and kisses
Ji An.

Episode 18

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“My Golden Life” Episode 16 English Subs

Although Do Kyung agrees to grant Ji An’s request to tell the truth after the 40th anniversary event has ended under the condition he supervises the event, he also tells Ji An that they are no longer brother and sister, but strangers. On their way to grandfather Noh in Yangpyeong Do Kyung is suddenly overwhelmed by changed feelings for Ji An.

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