In Episode 40 shown last night, Min Hye Rin who was supposed to have romantic entanglements with the two brothers, Lee Dong Wook and Dong Chul, leaves for America where she will be stationed as an overseas news correspondent. This effectively marks the departure of Lee Da Hae.
Before leaving for America, Hye Rin bidded farewell to her ex-boyfriend, Lee Dong Wook and also her parents (she doesn’t even get a airport farewell scene). Hye Rin felt that she had lost her way as a reporter after being caught in the sticky cobweb of government politics and wanted a new enviroment to rediscover herself. She decides to leave Korea for America, becoming an overseas news correspondent while furthering her studies too.
Hye Rin tells Dong Wook, once her boyfriend and now her best friend, that there was something she had to say before leaving, “When I think of Korea, the person that I miss the most is still public prosecutor, Lee Dong Wook.”
Lee Da Hye expressed her thoughts about leaving, “When I first took on East of Eden, I really wanted to do my best. But it’s with regrets that it has turned out to be like this. But I have really deep feelings for East of Eden so I find it very sad that today is going to be my last appearance in the drama.”
Viewers left messages after the episode expressing their regrets upon seeing Lee Da Hye’s departure from East of Eden, “It’s a pity that we can’t see anymore of Lee Da Hye right up till the final episode. But still, she has showed us her outstanding acting”, “It must be really hard on her during this period of time, hope that we can see an even better Lee Da Hye in future.”
Hwang Jung Eum, former member of girl group Sugar will make her entry next Monday as Lee Da Hye’s replacement. She will be casted as the daughter of the chief public prosecutor and eventually gets married to Lee Dong Wook.
In other storyline developments, the baby that Young Ran is pregnant with was revealed to be Mike’s. But it’s kind of weird considering the lack of scenes that they have together. And there seems to be an recurring theme every week. Every week, over 2 episodes, we have someone finding out the truth about the switched identities of Myung Hoon and Dong Wook. This week, it was Myung Hoon’s mother, from the previews for next week, it’s Dong Chul’s mother turn. And it’s funny how they love to use the kidnap move every now and then as a threat, I have lost count on how many times they have used this.
There was a spike in ratings for MBC East of Eden though as it registered an impressive 28.4%, an increase of 2.7 percentage points from Monday’s episode of 25.7%. KBS Boys Before Flowers continued its impressive run with a rating of 21.4%, its highest rating thus far and its 4th consecutive increase.