Temptation of Wife (2008 TV series)

Temptation of Wife (Korean아내의 유혹; RRAnaeui Yuhok), also called Lure of Wife, was a highly watched drama in South Korea broadcast by SBS. It began airing in 2008 and ending on May 1, 2009. Despite many controversies concerning the questionable content of the drama, it remains one of the most viewed dramas with a daily average viewership of around 30%, and netted the cast several awards including the Daesang (Grand Prize) for lead actress Jang Seo Hee at the SBS Drama Awards. It aired on SBS from November 3, 2008, to May 1, 2009, on Mondays to Fridays at 19:20 for 129 episodes.[2][3][4]

Temptation of Wife
Temptation of Wife Title Card.png
Promotional poster for Temptation of Wife
Also known as
  • Wife's Temptation
  • Wife's Revenge
  • Cruel Temptation
  • Lure of Wife
Original title아내의 유혹
Created by
Written byKim Soon-ok
Directed byOh Se-kang
Opening theme"Can't Forgive" by Cha Soo Kyung
Country of origin Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes129
Executive producer(s)Go Hong Shik
  • Shin Byung-chul
  • Shin Young-Yi
Running time35 minutes
Production company(s)Shinyoung E&C Group[1]
Original networkSBS
Audio format
Original release3 November 2008 (2008-11-03) –
1 May 2009 (2009-05-01)
Followed byTwo Wives
Related shows
External links

The series was a part of the "Wife Trilogy," which includes Two Wives and Wife Returns. The series had two remakes by China and Philippines[5] and 2009 series Temptation of an Angel starring Bae Soo-bin.[6][7]


Goo Eun-jae (Jang Seo-hee) graduated as a make-up artist major at a university and began preparations to study in France. Her dreams to study abroad are halted by pregnancy after Jung Gyo-bin (Byun Woo-min) takes advantage of her when she was drunk. She decides to marry him and give up on her dreams in order to be a responsible mother to her unborn child. Eun-jae's pregnancy soon meets with a tragic miscarriage when she tries to protect her mother in law, Baek Mi-in (Geum Bo-ra), when she was pushed down the steps by a creditor of the said in-law. Eun-jae falls and loses her baby. It takes a long time until Eun-jae becomes pregnant again. Around this time, Shin Ae-ri (Kim Seo-hyung) returns from her five-year-long studies from France where she studied make-up.

Ae-ri grew up in the same household as Eun-jae ever since she became an orphan when she was 10 years old. Her family was on the way to the Goo's household in order to have dinner with them when Ae-ri threw the clothes and doll at her father who was driving. Also because her father was driving during a storm, they ended crashing the car. Both Ae-ri's parents dies and the Goo Family takes in Ae-ri and raise her for 20 years along with Eun-jae, treating her as if she was their own daughter. Later on, Ae-ri becomes the girlfriend of Eun-jae's brother, Kang-jae (Choi Joon-yong). Then, she would have left for France, revealing that someone was taking care of her tuitions for her.

After 7 years of living with the Jung family as Gyo-bin's housewife (and also as the housekeeper to the Jung family's mansion), Eun-jae soon discovers that her husband has been cheating on her with Ae-ri. It turns out that it was he who had funded Ae-ri's travel to France. To add to this insult, Ae-ri reveals that she bore Gyo-bin's child five years prior named Jung Ni-no (Jung Yun-seok). Eun-jae's brother, Kang-jae, comes to know about the situation, upon which he sets out in anger to assault Gyo-bin. This event leads to Kang Jae and his mother in forcing Eun-jae to sign consent for a divorce. After the divorce, Gyo-bin and Ae-ri get married while Eun-jae moves back to her own family's house. Ae-ri goes to pay a visit to Eun-jae, demanding her to get an abortion. Eun-jae refuses to do so because of which Gyo-bin drags her to a gynecologist in Sokcho, forcing her into aborting their baby. Eun-jae again refuses. Gyo-bin then drives her to Sokcho Beach, throwing her necklace, given by her father-in-law as a promise not to give up on Gyo-bin, into the sea. Eun-jae tries to save the necklace, but not knowing how to swim, she soon finds herself being dragged away by the waves. Eun-jae begs Gyo-bin to save her baby but Gyo-bin ignores Eun-jae and abandons her at sea to drown and die. Ae-ri and Gyo-bin decide to keep this all a secret, lying that Eun-jae had committed suicide. Ae-ri fakes Eun-jae's suicide note which she gives to the police and Gyo-bin thereafter tells everybody that he had not seen Eun-jae the whole day.

In the midst of all this, Min Gun-woo (Lee Jae-hwang), the adoptive son of Lady Min (Jung Ae-ri) was near Sokcho in a search for his missing younger stepsister, Min So-hee (Chae Young-in). So-hee loved Gun-woo and wanted to marry him. When her mother, Lady Min refused, So-hee told Gun-woo to marry her secretly anyway. Gun-woo had decided not to tell his mother what was happening, as So-hee had run away from home. Lady Min arranged for another girl to marry Gun-woo, hoping that So-hee will give up and come back. So-hee arranges a marriage to Gun-woo on the same day as Lady Min arranges marriage. Gun-wo decides to follow his mother's wishes and marries the other girl. So-hee devastated that he did not come, then walks into the sea to drown herself. Gun-woo, searching for So-hee, finds Eun-jae's unconscious body instead. He then takes her to a physician doctor who reveals that she must lose the baby in order for her to be saved. Through the help of Gun-woo and the doctor, Eun-jae is allowed to live in the hospital for free where she worked at the same time to show her gratitude.

Lady Min, thinking Eun-jae's experience was similar to hers, introduces Eun-jae to her home. Thereafter, Eun-jae takes on the identity of So-hee, in order to seek revenge against Gyo-bin and Ae-ri who had destroyed her life and tried to kill her. Gun-woo falls in love with Eun-jae in the process and Eun-jae with Gun-woo, but Eun-jae decides to hold her feelings back for him in order to fulfill her revenge. Ae-ri gets suspicious of the woman claiming to be So-hee. One day, the two women meet and Ae-ri is positive that So-hee is Eun-jae. Eun-jae acted well and said that Ae-ri was crazy. Gyo-bin divorces Ae-ri and marries So-hee (Eun-jae). Gyo-bin kicks Ae-ri out of her house but keeps Ni-no, his son with Eun-jae.

Ae-ri gets even more suspicious and calls Gyo-bin when she sees So-hee (Eun-jae) and Gun-woo embrace each other. So-hee (Eun-jae) reassures that she loves Gyo-bin and that's why she has married him, ensuring him that Gun-woo and she are just close siblings. Gyo-bin wants to sleep with So-hee (Eun-jae), but she brings twin beds instead of one big bed and refuses his advances. Ae-ri begs for Gyo-bin and his family to give her son to her. Ae-ri gets Ni-no, but Ni-no gets injured and Ae-ri pities her son as she is now poor and would not be able to provide him a comfortable life. She returns Ni-no to Gyo-bin's family.

So-hee (Eun-jae) soon becomes worried about her true identity to be revealed by Ae-ri. So, with the help of Lady Min, they go to her parents and tells them the truth who helps her to have her true identity still covered. In order to complete her revenge, she tricks Gyo-bin to give all his family assets to her and her "mother" Lady Min, his father's company, their house, his mother's house and land and causes their family to go bankrupt. Lady Min had a history with Gyo Bin's father. They had a child together (they were not married) named Star. To Lady Min, Gyo Bin's father supposedly killed Star due to a sickness that was never treated and killed Lady Min's father by stealing their land. Lady Min gets revenge by telling him to give all his assets (including Cheonji Constructions) and selling his house because of items on properties that were created by Gyo-bin to Lady Min. Because of this, he complied and gave them up. To humiliate his family further, Lady Min gets his family to switch houses with Eun-jae's family, or his large house will be auctioned and sold away. Gyo-bin's family is now poor while Eun-jae's family is now living more comfortably. Gyo-bin says that he now loves Eun-jae and tries to force her to stay with him since they are still lawfully wedded but the disgusted Eun-jae hates him.

The real So-hee comes alive and she was suffering from serious depression. She gets mad at Eun-jae because Gun-woo has fallen in love with her and they had planned a wedding where So-hee later crashes. One day, when Eun-jae goes to work and when everyone was praising her for her make-up artist skills, So-hee tells all the workers that she was the real daughter of Lady Min and she proclaims herself the owner of Min Beauty Shop. Ae-ri sees this and asks So-hee to cooperate with her to ruin Eun-jae's life. At first, this works out. Later, when Ae-ri becomes the reason for Gun-woo to divorce So-hee, their collaboration ends. Lady Min persuades Gun-woo to get married to So-hee because he thinks her depression would get better and Soo Hee won't ruin Eun-jae's life. So-hee does the complete opposite.

Eun-jae continues to become the best makeup artist and lives now with her family. One day, Gun-woo goes to work to sign a contract with Harrison. Ae-ri wants to be back with Gyo-bin and bring back the position he had before and also the construction company, so Ha-jo (Kim Dong-hyun) tells Gyo-bin to sign the contract. Meanwhile, So-hee ruins Eun-jae's artwork and rips a page out. While they fight, Ae-ri calls Gyo-bin about how Eun-jae was being attacked by So-hee. Gun-woo turns the car and drives to the Beauty Shop. He sees So-hee ripping the page and tells her to divorce him. Gun-woo is now late for his meeting, so Ha-jo tells Gyo-bin to sign the contract instead. Gun-woo decides to divorce So-hee no matter what. Ae-ri comes back to the family. She makes Gyo-bin sleep with her, making her pregnant. While she is pregnant, doctors discover that she has a tumor in her stomach. Doctors reluctantly tell her to get an abortion so she could receive the cancer treatment, but she adamantly refuses. She felt that the baby was the only way to keep her and Gyo-bin together.

Ae-rii and Eun-jae participate in a makeup competition that has three stages. In the first stage, Eun-jae, another lady, and Ae-ri won and would be competing against one another. Ae-ri and Eun-jae wn advances to the next round and would be competing against each other. In the third stage, Ae-ri gets desperate so she secretly bribes the judges. The judges are just about to proclaim Ae-ri as the grand prize winner, but find out just in time about the bribes, so they disqualify Ae-ri and awards Eun-jae as the winner. Ae-ri has a miscarriage, but this time after realizing her mistakes, Eun-jae find the heart to forgive her childhood best friend and both of them become true friends again. Eun-jae insists that Ae-ri get the cancer treatment, but Ae-ri is scared that the chemotherapy will make her not be as beautiful as she once was and also overwhelmed by the guilt of her past actions, and decides to let cancer kill her.

In the last episode, Ha-neul / Star (Oh Young-sil) marries and becomes pregnant with her husband Kang-jae. Ae-ri and Gyo-bin go on vacation during which Ae-ri makes a seashell necklace for Ni-no. Ae Ri begins to make two letters, one for Gyo-bin and the other for Eun-jae. Overwhelmed by her guilt and knowing that she will die someday, Ae-ri goes to the ocean to commit suicide but Gyo-bin attempts to save her. Ae-ri screams at him to let her go and reasons out with hims that he needs to take care of Ni-no and that she was going to die anyway. He was going to save her however, the current was too strong. Both of them drowns and dies. All the families attend their funeral. Eun-jae gives Ni-no the seashell necklace saying that it was the last present from his mother. Ni-no goes onto the street and a car nearly crashes into him. He states his mother and father were on the other side of the street. Everybody assumes that they were protecting their son from danger. Ae-ri's letter to Eun-jae said to bury her ashes on the beach where Eun-jae had almost died in.

So-hee and Lady Min decide to go to America together. Lady Min gives Ha-jo the papers to own Cheonji Constructions once more. Gun-woo meets Eun-jae while she was spreading the ashes. He apologizes for hurting her feelings and that he wouldn't do it again. He feels that Eun-jae should be his wife. So-hee gives Eun-jae two rings and a letter entrusting Gun Woo to Eun-jae. Gun-woo puts his arm around Eun-jae and looks at the sky with her. They are sure that they saw Ae-ri and Gyo-bin together. The whole drama ended by having the two couples smiling at each other.




Eun-jae's FamilyEdit

Eun-jae's father
Eun-jae's mother
Eun-jae's big brother and also his antagonist

Gyo-bin's FamilyEdit

Gyo-bin's father
Gyo-bin's mother
Gyo-bin's stepsister, Lady Min & Ha-jo's love child
Gyo-bin's little sister
Gyo-bin & Ae-ri's son

Gun-woo's FamilyEdit

Gun-woo's adopt mother
Gun-woo's adopt little sister


Temptation of a Wife has been widely criticized for its content and production. It gained much criticism from audiences when Eun Jae comes back as So Hee by drawing a mole on her right cheek and everyone fails to recognize her as Eun Jae. Other characters also believe that So Hee is not Eun Jae because of the different personalities. Eun Jae was sweet and friendly while So Hee is mean and ruthless.[8] Other controversies have dealt with the speediness of the drama and overly set up plot. Further, there has been a lawsuit by author Jung Hye Kyung who claimed that 'Temptation of a Wife' plagiarized her book Janus' City.[9]


Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[10]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
3 November 2008 (Premiere) 11.9% (10th) 12.2% (10th)
1 May 2009 (Finale) 29.5% (1st) 29.1% (1st)
10 November 2008 (Lowest) 11.1% (10th) 10.9% (9th)
12 February 2009 (Highest) 40.6% (1st) 42.3% (1st)

International broadcastEdit

  • It aired in the Philippines on October 4, 2010 on GMA Network twice .[11]
  • It aired in Vietnam on March 16, 2011 on VTV3.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Portfolio. Shinyoung E&C Group.
  2. ^ "'휘청하던 '아내의 유혹', 뒷심 발휘! (Staggering 'Temptation of a Wife', Comes Back Strongly!)" (in Korean).[permanent dead link]April 20, 2009. Retrieved April 20, 2009.
  3. ^ "몽골에서 '아내의 유혹'이 시청률 80% 기록했던 이유". 7 February 2013.
  4. ^ "NOWnews 今日新聞".
  5. ^ "막장 논란에 마음 고생 평생 욕 다 먹은 거 같아".
  6. ^ "SBS 뉴스 :: 리다이렉트 페이지". news.sbs.co.kr. 2009-08-27.
  7. ^ "Korean Entertainment News". Archived from the original on 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  8. ^ "막장 논란에 마음 고생 평생 욕 다 먹은거 같아' (Pains caused by Controversies)" (in Korean).April 17, 2009. Retrieved April 19, 2009.
  9. ^ "'아내의 유혹' 표절논란 결국 법정으로…정 작가-SBS "법적 대응"('Plagiarism Controversy Leads to Lawsuit')" (in Korean).April 02, 2009. Retrieved April 19, 2009.
  10. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Tempation of Wife On GMA".

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