Boy, these people are fast.
Happy times with Jandi and Junpyo are just so hard to come by. After their shortlived moments together in Episode 20, Jaekyung finally finds out that Jandi is working at Junpyo’s place as a maid. And she runs into them in the most awkward possible situation too, which has Jandi lying on top of Junpyo. Jaekyung somewhat knows what’s going on, but before Jandi can explain, Mummy Junpyo sweeps into the room. Recipe for disaster.
Mummy Junpyo questions Jandi’s presence in the mansion, but Halmo dearest steps in haughtily. Mummy Junpyo is taken aback by Halmo’s appearance too (she probably thought Halmo was dead too lol), and Halmo just looked at her smugly, and she called her Madam as opposed to President Kang (which she’s now known as). Then she goes, oh right, I’m not used to calling you President Kang at all. It does sound kind of sexist/degrading, but I have a feeling it’s not because Halmo thinks lowly of women, she probably just thinks lowly of Mummy Junpyo. (I would too.) She reminds Mummy that the previous President (either Junpyo’s dad or grandfather, I suppose) left her in charge, that her position in the family remains.
Now, it sounds like there’s a whole pecking order/ranking system thingy in the family, but one thing I can say for sure: in most countries in Asia, age and experience counts for a lot, especially in big families, hierarchy isn’t only determined by blood ties. It’s a bit far-fetched in the whole Hana Yori Dango anime sense, but it’s not completely baseless. Halmo comes from a whole line of people who served Junpyo’s family, and she knows the rules and how the house is to be run, so everyone, even Mummy Junpyo has to listen to her. When it comes to house issues.
Mummy tries to oust Jandi, but Halmo says it’s not up to Mummy whether to keep or fire Jandi, it’s Halmo’s decision. And apparently firing maids is not within Mummy’s juridistion lol. Halmo says that Jandi still has a lot to learn, if she just lets Jandi go, Jandi will ruin Halmo’s name, since Jandi’s her disciple. Whew. Disaster averted.
Jandi thanks Halmo for helping her, but Halmo said that she didn’t do it for her. And it’s not just because of Junhee either. Turns out Halmo has been very concerned about Junpyo’s behaviour even when she wasn’t around, because as he grew older he’s become more violent and bad-tempered. But all that has changed, and she thinks it’s becaue of Jandi. Halmo goes on to say that she owes Junpyo’s family too much, so she wants to nurture Junpyo to be a good person, that’s her final mission in her life. Awww.