Drama Recaps
Story of a Man: Episode 9
by | May 6, 2009 | 71 Comments

There are a lot of business machinations in this episode, and I personally have no insight into the stock market or corporate money matters so I can’t say whether it’s an accurate representation, but it’s to the series’ credit that despite all the money stuff, it still brings the excitement.

Also, I think I might love Shin. Or at least have a drama-crush on him. I don’t know what it is, but his character is so appealing, even though he’s not twisted and dark (Do-woo), quirky and adorable (Kyung-tae), sex on legs (Jae-myung), or even perfectly “good.” He’s like Jae-myung alludes to later this episode: He may be doing illegal things but his heart isn’t in it, because he’s at the core a decent guy. Not perfect, not totally righteous, but decent. I guess that’s why this drama may involve revenge and business wars and money struggles, but it’s really at heart about Shin carving out his place in that world — that one man’s story, if you will.

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Story of a Man OST – “사랑을 할때쯤” (When you love) by Park Gun-hyung. I don’t recall hearing this song playing in the series yet, but I do like it a lot. [ Download ]

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EPISODE 9 RECAP

Shin arrives at the Chae mansion to talk to Chairman Chae. After ushering him into the study, Eun-soo finds her brother looking intently at her, which makes her uncomfortable as they have not yet addressed the fact that her loyalties have shifted from him.

Do-woo asks in a hurt tone what she’s doing (again, it’s hard to tell whether this is real hurt or the fake, guilt-inducing kind). Eun-soo replies that their father asked her to help, so she’s helping. I like that Eun-soo feels bad but doesn’t feel the need to sneak around or explain herself to Do-woo — she’s sorry to hurt him, but not sorry for her actions. That’s respectable.

Do-woo adds, “Are you siding against me?” Eun-soo replies simply, “If you need help, ask me. Then I’ll help you.”

Shin is here because he’s only half-convinced of Chae’s proposal to work together, and wants the chairman to persuade him. The chairman explains that Chae Dong will be holding a stockbrokers’ meeting soon, which is when Do-woo will make his takeover official: “Block him.”

Shin asks what he’ll get out of it. The chairman currently holds 32% of Chae Dong’s stocks, which means Shin needs to gather more than 18% in two weeks to block Do-woo from gaining a voting majority of 51%. He offers his condition: If he prevents Do-woo, Shin wants the right of management over Chae Dong.

Naturally, this is a rather exorbitant demand, because Shin would be saving the company only to take it from the chairman. But Shin understands that Chae wants the company out of Do-woo’s hands at all costs. He lays out his options: (1) Shin’s team has a talented lawyer on board (Jae-myung) who is the son of Chae’s trusted friend, Mr. Do, who would administrate competently, or (2) Chae can let his noxious son Do-woo take over.

Speaking of whom, Do-woo confronts Shin on his way out. The two men are refreshingly open about their motives, as Do-woo demonstrates that he knows what Shin is up to, and Shin makes no attempt to hide it. Do-woo asks how Shin will accomplish his goal.

Shin: “I’ll start by stealing away everything you have, one by one. Your father, your sister. What else do you have? Is money the only thing left?”
Do-woo: “You’re going to take away my money? I don’t think you’ll succeed.”
Shin: “I’ll have to give it a shot and see.”
Do-woo: “Someone like you can’t do it. Money isn’t something that just anybody can make. If anyone could, why would there be commoners in this world?”

In this situation, Do-woo definitely has the upper hand, but I like how unintimidated Shin is — if he’s uneasy, he doesn’t show it. He half-smirks that he’s got to try:

Shin: “I’ve got nothing else to do, other than taking you on.”

Now, Shin has to convince his team to join him. Mun-ho and Jae-myung had previously expressed their resistance, and Mun-ho is skeptical that Chae would actually hand over the company — even if he did sign a pledge saying he would.

Shin surprises him by saying, “It’s okay if it’s only for one day, I want to try having it — that company that killed my brother and ruined his company, and made all those workers unemployed. I want to have it even just for a day.” He then prods Jae-myung to use his remaining money to take over the company his father served his whole life.

Jae-myung: “Others fight with fists or guns. You’re saying you want to fight with money?”
Shin: “Yes. That’s the way to win for sure.”
Jae-myung: “If you lose?”
Shin: “When I fight, I only think to win.”
Jae-myung: “If you lose anyway?”
Shin: “You can do whatever you want at that point.”

Mun-ho’s apprehensive about putting all their money on the line, but Shin turns to Kyung-tae (Shin’s nickname for him — “Teacher” — is too cute), as though to try to convince him next. But I love Kyung-tae’s response:

Shin: “Teacher, to be honest, this won’t work without y—”
Kyung-tae: “I’m in. We’ll work together. Okay.”

Kyung-tae provides a summary of their plan:

Kyung-tae: “Shin has declared war. Therefore Chae Do-woo must think he knows we are entering a stock battle. We have limited funds, so if we attack from the front, we lose. If we want to win, how must we act? We must keep him from knowing how much we have, or when and how many stocks we buy. Thus we will buy some under borrowed names. We will make bank accounts with as many bonds and using as many names as possible. We will keep buying. However, we cannot just buy. We have to buy and sell, buy and sell. The stock value will rise. If the price that had hit rock-bottom rises by more than 10 billion, the ants will throw them back out. We will clean it out. When and how much we buy and sell will be decided by Mazinger.”

The other three go around the city finding people to borrow names and seals from, such as homeless people, to use in these business transactions, according to Kyung-tae’s instructions of how much to buy. They make the transactions in the other people’s names to keep their actions off Do-woo’s radar.

As their two weeks wind down, Kyung-tae calculates the different ways they can get to 51% stock ownership from their starting point of 32%.

Their plan is working, because Do-woo is puzzled to hear that there’s been no unusual movement. He’d been sure that Shin would start buying immediately, so he tells his men to stay alert.

Meanwhile, the value of the company is rising — from its lowest point of 30 billion won, it’s now up to 40 billion. Nervous, Director Oh wants to sell and make a nice profit, worrying that they have no liquid funds if they keep buying. Do-woo tells him to hold on.

Do-woo sees his father and sister outside in the yard, and approaches despite his father’s obvious distrust and hostility. In a move that is both gutsy and admirable (in my opinion), when Eun-soo sees him, she moves in front of her father, as though to block him from her brother’s reach. She then turns around, her back facing Do-woo. All this she does without malice but with resolve.

Do-woo is perturbed at his sister’s reaction, but addresses his father anyway, advising the chairman to stop “using those guys” — meaning Shin’s Dream Team, whom he describes as “pitiable.” He speaks to his father as though he’s in on his plan, saying that his father should either just let the poor guys take his money or call the cops. But what he’s doing now is toying with them: “There’s no need to be so cruel.”

I have to admit my heart dropped a little, because I’m not sure whether to take Do-woo’s words as truth, or a bluff. He’s implying that Chae is cooperating with Team Shin with the intention of backstabbing them later — and I suppose that really IS a possibility. I don’t think that’s Chae’s plan (am I just naive?), but this is another example of why this drama is so great — it could go either way, and I have no idea which is the truth.

Chae agrees, “You’re right, I’m cruel.” (Again, he could just be saying this dryly because he doesn’t care to get into a discussion — or he could be conceding truth. I’m hoping it’s the former.)

This exchange doesn’t escape Eun-soo’s notice; she frowns at the implication, which Do-woo notices.

Do-woo: “Don’t you know Father? I don’t know what kind of bait he threw their way, but if you leave things alone, they’ll just suffer, lose everything, and probably fall into debt and be ruined. Why don’t you go and stop them?”
Eun-soo: “If that’s true, that means you’re going to do that to them. Do you have to go that far? You have so much right now.”
Do-woo: “Let’s stop this. It’s because I don’t like talking to you in this way. You didn’t act this way with me before.”

You know that scene in the previous episode where Do-woo gets drunk and bonds with Kyung-ah? Yeah, he totally faked it. (We aren’t given proof that he did, but his actions in this episode definitely point to the “gaining her trust to use her” scheme of things.) For what it’s worth, it worked, because Kyung-ah is now acting like a fussing girlfriend. Furthermore, when he asks her for help, she agrees right away without even waiting for his request.

Do-woo currently holds 45.4% of Chae Dong’s stocks, and predicts that his opponents have nearly 40%. He needs her in order to free his father’s company from the scam artists.

Therefore, Kyung-ah goes around to various businessmen who have money in Chae Dong. Apparently (and this is where it gets into the financial lingo, so bear with me if this is off), they are issuing convertible bonds to exchange shares for money. (This is another way that Do-woo acquires more stocks.) The argument Kyung-ah uses to persuade them is that since Chae Dong stock has dropped so much, they can’t recover its full worth, so they’ll get more money out of these convertible bonds.

Maybe Do-woo’s plan is working too well, because Kyung-tae anxiously announces his latest calculations, that Jae-myung’s account is nearly down to 0, and Shin is already in the red. That means they are out of cash and cannot buy any more stocks. He had thought they could work their way up to at least 41%, but they’re stuck now at 39%. Overall, he estimates they are short 5 billion won.

Shin rushes to the only person he knows who might be able to help: Bum-hwan, who’s a month shy of release from prison. But Bum-hwan has seen this kind of desperation before, and wonders why Shin came to this. He reminds Shin that he had never once asked for anyone’s help in prison — he’d even charged at him directly. The taste of money often changes people.

Shin pleads that he’s just trying to fulfill his revenge. The problem is, his opponent was born with a head start, and he just needs a little push. Bum-hwan says he only trusts those who can back up their words, and tells him to prove it. No money this time around.

With four days left, Shin decides to go for a risky maneuver — something Mun-ho warns him not to do, since it’s “confusing revenge and gambling” — which is to use the stocks to take out a secured loan.

With more cash, Team Shin starts buying up stocks again, which Do-woo detects. He guesses that they must have found some funds, probably a large loan of several billion won (Do-woo is scary-smart to be so accurate in his guesses).

With two days left, the Dream Team has 47%. There’s a nervous moment (for me, the viewer) when Mun-ho suggests to Kyung-tae that they sell off their stocks — he wants to cash out and walk away. No need to get involved in such complicated matters. Thankfully, Kyung-tae doesn’t listen to him, and Mun-ho backs down — but it makes me think that since we’re only halfway through the series, there is still time for a betrayal. I fear that it will come from Mun-ho, who has the least motivation to stick with Shin through the end.

And then, a day before, they finally arrive at their destination: 51%. Success!

Only, Kyung-tae has to check something — and what he sees makes him jump in alarm. Somehow, the value of the stock has dramatically changed. This means that the amount needed to secure 51% of stock ownership is no longer sufficient.

To show us just how creepy this is, Do-woo is back at his desk, drawing dark and macabre pictures to add to his collection. (Does anyone want to venture a guess as to the meaning of his Dragonball and Batman figurine collection? It’s an odd sight to see in the room of a refined, elegant man like Do-woo, isn’t it? Does it perhaps signify a case of arrested development, or is it just a really random interest in toys?)

Worse yet, Do-woo has located someone he’s been looking for — Shin’s sister-in-law.

At least she is being watched over by Joong-ho, who drops by without warning or even (it seems) much of a purpose. He helps her carry Nuri (who is too adorable) and insists on driving her home. Myung-sun tries to protest, but he isn’t having it. He takes her to her home, which is in a rundown neighborhood on the outskirts of the city.

From a distance, K watches their interaction from the shadows.

When Eun-soo drops by the café (which sends a skittish Kyung-tae running hilariously away from her), Shin fills her in on their new plan. Basically, they should have been at 51% ownership, but instead they’re back down to 43%. He explains about the convertible bonds — debts that were changed into stocks, thanks to Do-woo — which messed with Kyung-tae’s calculations. Now it’s too late to buy more, because the cutoff date for counting stock ownership is two weeks before the stockholders’ meeting. In other words, today.

So now, since they can no longer buy up new stocks, they have to move on to Plan B. That involves convincing current stockholders to authorize Team Shin to be their legal reps. In essence, they’d be signing over their authority to Shin. The team is looking through the Chae Dong roster to find as many viable stockholders as possible.

Eun-soo perks up, volunteering to help. This is something she can do: “I’m good at that — finding people, bowing my head, and asking for a favor.”

Her activities with the Dream Team bring her home late that night, and she arrives to see Do-woo waiting up for her, making candy like the good old days. Only, now this gesture feels forced and uncomfortable, and Eun-soo is a little unnerved at Do-woo’s reminiscences. He brings up an old incident in a pleasant tone that belies its sinister undercurrent, recalling when she was in middle school and a high school boy used to pick on her. At first, Do-woo had asked the boy nicely to stop:

Do-woo: “But a few days later, I was going to exercise, and he had brought along his friends and was waiting. I knew then, that people don’t listen to other people’s warnings very well. If you want to teach them, you have to do it decisively, so that they won’t presume to try it again. You have to stomp on them thoroughly from the start for them to understand that ‘Ah, I shouldn’t do this.'”

The longer he talks, the more frightened Eun-soo appears, and by the time he’s done with the story, she’s got tears in her eyes. He says with his calmly soothing voice:

Do-woo: “Don’t do that, Eun-soo. Don’t look at me with that expression. If you have something you want to say, tell me everything. If you want to be angry, be angry. You can do that. You know that.”

What is excellent about this moment is that Do-woo has been speaking in a cajoling way, like one would approach an injured animal — gentle, cautious. But when the tears actually fall from her eyes, that hopeful expression on Do-woo’s face darkens (scary!), and he turns away, angered now.

Now it’s her turn to ask, cautious and pleading:

Eun-soo: “I don’t know what you want. You don’t need money. Is it because Father made you sad for a lot of reasons? Or is it that you just like winning? Is that why you’re making it so nobody’s on your side? You think of everyone as an enemy. I think the you who plays piano and laughs is the real you. Can’t you stay that person? Let people who really need it have the money and the company. Can’t you do that?”

When he faces her again, Do-woo is controlled again, and smiles in a chilling way.

Do-woo: “I’m always me, Eun-soo. It’s other people who just live on without knowing who they really are. I’m always real. Eun-soo, I thought you knew that.”

With ten days left to the stockholders’ meeting, the Dream Team are hard at work tracking down as many stockholders as they can. Naturally, they meet with some resistance from people who don’t know why they should sign forms authorizing Team Shin to act for them, but they do get a number of people to agree.

Three days before the meeting, they’ve managed to acquire an additional 4% in authorizations. They don’t have a lot of time left, but Shin is determined to keep chugging along, cold-calling and visiting as many people as he can. It’s too bad they don’t have more time. So Mun-ho proposes one last-ditch method to defer the meeting.

The day before the meeting, Do-woo has possession of 45.7%, and in the past 2 weeks, the value of the company has risen to 50 billion (up from 30 billion at the start).

Finally, it’s the day of the meeting. Before heading inside the building, Jae-myung turns to Shin, and repeats his own words back to him: “Shin, you’re a really nice guy.” Jae-myung elaborates that Shin’s parents wouldn’t have been able to break the law, and Shin was also raised that away: “That’s why you can’t kidnap, or shoot a gun. Even if you run a scam, it’s not fun.”

Shin tries to play it off (“Did you study psychology too?”), but Jae-myung continues:

Jae-myung: “That’s why you’re weak. Nice guys are weak. And weak guys lose. That’s the rule in this world.”
Shin: “So?”
Jae-myung: “That’s it.”

The guys head inside, and we get a hint at what their last tactic is, because Joong-ho pulls up, offering his services as a “loud voice,” toting a group of his roughnecks. (They’re allowed into the meeting because they have stocks in their names, naturally.)

There’s also a nice beat when the two rival parties spot each other across the lobby — Shin versus Do-woo — and Do-woo smiles his evil smile, feeling sure of himself. Then he frowns to see Eun-soo at the door, stopped by security guards, trying to get in. Do-woo starts to head toward her, but Shin is faster, and overtakes him to get to Eun-soo, steering her inside. Do-woo is NOT happy.

The meeting begins. Or, tries to begin.

As Director Oh steps up to the podium, men stream into the room and stand guard at the front, which perplexes the room of stockholders. They’re not stockholders, therefore they shouldn’t have access to this meeting. What is this?

The Dream Team feigns outrage, although they’ve clearly anticipated this, and shout out in fake umbrage that this shows a lack of respect for the rest of them. By posting sentries in front of the room, it gives off an air of belligerence. Shin stands up, rabble-rousing, and addresses the other stockholders, saying that these “guards” were hired with their own money: “How can they use our money to block us? Are we stockholders gangsters?!”

Do-woo greets Kyung-ah, who brings some necessary papers. He has some bad news to tell her, acting sorry to convey that his father’s scammers are in the building — and they include her ex-boyfriend.

Hearing this, Kyung-ah heads for the meeting and finds the room in chaos. Outraged stockholders shout and a flustered Director Oh tries to keep order. Kyung-ah finds Shin in the thick of things, encouraging the melee, and they lock eyes.

They step outside for a talk. Kyung-ah acts like she understands why Shin is acting out, thinking it’s a result of her cruel treatment of him. She concedes that she was harsh, and understands if she pissed him off: “This might sound ridiculous, but I really thought treating you so heartlessly was for your benefit. I was wrong. So don’t do this.”

When she says, “You’re doing this because you don’t know who you’re up against,” Shin corrects her. He says, “I think you have the wrong idea. What I’m doing here has nothing to do with you.” She doesn’t believe that, which exasperates him.

Shin: “Are my words too difficult? Kyung-ah, you and I are nothing to each other now. Also, I don’t think of you as my woman anymore. So I don’t think you can tell me, as some other person who isn’t my girlfriend, not to do this. Isn’t that how things are with us?”
Kyung-ah: “Do you know who you’re fighting with?”
Shin: “I know.”
Kyung-ah: “No, you still don’t know. There are things in this world that don’t work, no matter how hard you try.”
Shin: “Yeah?”
Kyung-ah: “Do you remember that I told you this once that we live in different worlds? No matter how hard the people in that world work and fight, they aren’t a match for the people in this world. So please don’t fight, Shin. You’ll only get hurt.”

It’s around here that Kyung-ah really starts pissing me off (as I’ll get into more later), but I was moved at Shin’s reaction, which he says with urgency and emotion:

Shin: “That’s why I can’t quit. Because you say everything is useless no matter how I try, because you dare tell me not to strike, because you tell us commoners to just live like that and die — there’s nothing I can do but try. Because nobody tries, I have to! I have to try in order to know.”

Do-woo breaks in, and takes pleasure in asking her if she brought “it” — the debts that were converted into stocks. Kyung-ah hesitates for a moment while Shin shoots her a look, possibly not having realizing she was so involved in Do-woo’s scheme. She, like the Dream Team, has been getting people to sign over their authority to her — under her name. Do-woo announces that when combining those in her name with those in his, he has 51.3% stock ownership.

Do-woo asks, “You’ll give them to me, won’t you?”

For a moment, it’s uncertain whether she will, and she takes a step closer to Shin.

But it’s merely to say, “I’d like for you to stay over there and live happily, unaware of this world, comfortably.”

With that, she lets Do-woo usher her into the meeting, where stocks are tabulated, and Do-woo is named acting chief of the company. Shin has lost.

So it’s with a little surprise that Kyung-tae and Mun-ho find Do-woo entering their café that night. He’s come to see Shin, who hasn’t come back yet from the meeting.

Jae-myung walks into the room, sizes up Do-woo, and clenches his fist tightly. So does Do-woo, and it looks like they’re both preparing for a brawl — but Shin steps in front of Jae-myung before either man throws a punch.

Do-woo is here to tell them that he will buy their stocks, and takes some satisfaction in flaunting, “My woman asked me to do it, to keep you from being hurt.” However, Do-woo has the stipulation that when Shin comes to find him to make the deal, he must come alone. Also:

Do-woo: “When you come to ask me to buy your stocks, kneel before me.”

At this, Kyung-tae points at Do-woo and bursts out, “Tomorrow morning, he will dump them all. If he lets go of them all, everything we have will turn into scrap paper. If that happens, we’re—”

Do-woo points out that if they don’t do this, all their money will be tied up in stocks and they won’t be able to repay their loans. He warns Shin to think it over carefully, then turns to leave.

Ah, but he has a trump card, which he tosses out just before he exits: “Oh, does your sister-in-law live in Myungdoshi? I have a lot of land there.”

 
COMMENTS

Small things first: There’s a very short scene with Kyung-tae and a flower outside the café, and although it’s doesn’t play into anything, I have to think it holds some meaning, because why else would they have shown it? This drama doesn’t waste scenes, so this has to mean something, right? In the scene, Kyung-tae looks curiously at a flower whose stem is too weak to hold up the bloom and has folded over. He prods the flower back to an upright position, but it falls back down again. He stands it back up, but this time he leans the bloom against another stem, and with the added support, it stays upright.

Meaningful symbolism for this drama, perhaps?

Yeah, Kyung-ah’s starting to piss me off, but I’m of two minds about this: (1) If she’s going to get back together with Shin in the end, then she needs to undergo some massive remorse and/or character rehabilitation, not just because she’s picked Do-woo over Shin (one can argue that she doesn’t know Do-woo’s true character so this isn’t such a stupid move for her), but because she was so sniffingly elitist in that last scene, and I actually find that more unforgivable. Oh, so she can come up into a different world as a glorified liquor dispenser, but Shin can’t do it using his brains and wit? Way to be condescending, lady — and misguidedly so! When she tells him to “stay over there,” it’s so… demeaning. She doesn’t mean it in a demeaning way, but it has that air of condescension, that she knows better than him, that she still claims some sort of ownership when she has cut off ties. As Shin rightly points out, she has no right to tell him what to do now.

(2) On the other hand, I’m not as annoyed as I could be, because a large part of me is thinking (hoping) that she and Shin won’t end up together. If that’s the case, then she can be as annoying as she wants, because then I’m free to dislike her. Unfortunately, she’s sorta set up as the official love interest for Shin, so there’s a good chance she WILL end up with him.

(On the other hand, I remember that writer Song Ji-nah did an excellent job in Sandglass (as far as I can recall) setting up a compelling love triangle, pitting the three against each other — prosecutor, gangster, casino owner’s daughter — in a way that didn’t result in a perfect romantic ending for the main couple. I think.)

At this point, I’m really rooting for Shin and would rather he ended up alone than with Kyung-ah. Barring, as I said, some major character rehab, of course.

I’m going to speculate that there are two sides on the Eun-soo issue. Some might be happy she stood up to her brother, while others find it a betrayal of Do-woo.

I’m going to have to side with being glad she broke away from his influence, for several reasons but most importantly because Eun-soo is Do-woo’s only weakness. (I don’t know if she means enough to him to be an Achilles heel, but thus far she’s the only person who arouses an emotion stronger than indifference or mild amusement, and that has to count for something.) Also, it must be taken into account that she was fine with Do-woo until she saw him taunting their father while he had a heart episode — not only would he have let him die, but he would have kicked him on the way down, too.

I find it hopeful (for her sake) that she opened her eyes to his nature, because I’m guessing there’s a strong possibility that Do-woo goes down, and distancing herself allows Eun-soo to take ownership of her life and be saved from sharing his demise. (Er, hypothetical demise.)

Have you noticed how, when Do-woo stares at Shin, it’s almost like he’s looking through him? (Example: The scene in the beginning of the episode.) His eyes are looking AT him, sure, but they’re almost unfocused, like they’re looking at something beyond him. Or something that isn’t there.

However, when Eun-soo is concerned, his gaze sharpens almost visibly, and goes from lazy and languid into fierce and focused.

I should probably clarify that I love Do-woo as a character, and am fascinated by Kim Kang-woo as the actor — but I am NOT rooting for Do-woo in this story. I like that he’s a strong opponent to Shin — because, like Shin said, he would have been disappointed if his foe were as easily defeated as Chairman Chae. Do-woo’s strength makes this all the more exciting to watch, because he’s formidable enough to make me nervous that he will bring Shin lots of pain along the road… but while I will enjoy watching his evilness and psychotic tendencies come out, bit by bit, I will also enjoy watching him (hopefully) get his comeuppance in the end. His insanely creepy brilliance just makes the path more interesting — ultimately I’m looking forward to his demise. May he earn every last bit of it.

 
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71 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. asianromance

    thanks for the recap! Kyung-ah’s only been working at the bar for like 3 or so years, how could she gain such elitist views so fast when she has spent most of her life as a commoner like Shin.

    my predictions for the series: 1. Shin and Kyung-ah won’t get together. Both will end up alone, but Kyung-ah might end up going abroad or something to do further soul-searching 2. Eunsoo and Kyungtae will get together. 3. Do-woo will die, but he will repent before he dies. They’re probably all wrong. It’s really hard to predict what will happen next in this. I totally didn’t expect Do-woo to actually gain the 51%. thought the Dream Team would really pull this one off.

  2. heejung

    sex on legs… LOL
    but yes, shin is SOSOSO awesome.
    i will come back and actually read the review once i’ve seen ep9!! currently working my way through the previous episodes on my pc… <3

  3. jxbeaucp

    thanks that area great recaps

  4. engl

    For me, this was one of the best episodes. Not only was it tense but it was very unexpected, and shockingly thrilling. I loved the scene between dowoo and eunsoo. I’ve commented on this before too, but I think there’s always a certain tension between them that just makes their scenes that much better. I agree with you that he does go through different emotions when she’s around and I like to see dowoo not in his usual calm relaxed phase or fake acting phase. Especially when he turned around away from Eunsoo and we saw his expression. priceless.

    I was pretty confused with the whole stocks and bonds and this sort of cleared it up now, but still a bit lost. Oh well. I’m hoping kyungtae will end up with eunsoo somewhere along the way just because I love their reactions towards one another! Is it too farfetched to hope Shin will end up with Eunsoo? I’d love to see dowoo’s face for that one lol

  5. missmartypants

    thank you!!

  6. angle2mx

    OMG Thank you soo much for this recap…[I have been refreshing your pg all day long ^_^]. I haven’t watched the last few episodes yet, but from your wonderful recaps I feel that my favorite characters are Eun Soo and Kyung Tae. Both of them were initially portrayed as weak as someone who needed others to make decisions for them but now they are stepping out on their own and making their own choices. I LOVE that fact!!! This emphasis on being control in an uncontrollable world…[it made sense in my head: anyhow Thank you soo much Javabeans}

  7. chajjye

    “His insanely creepy brilliance just makes the path more interesting — ultimately I’m looking forward to his demise. May he earn every last bit of it.”

    Well said!

    Love your recaps on this. Makes me so excited for this drama that I will savor this like wine. :P

  8. missmartypants

    Ahh I’m not alone in my anger at Kyung-ah. You put what I felt right into place – she’s so stuck on this “you’re not in my world, you can’t understand, so just let it be” it’s TOTALLY eliteness. So annoying, and through this episode I’ve become more convinced that Kyung-ah WANTED to be in this world in the first place, she was just using Shin to do so. I totally love Shin too!! I love that he’s been developing more too, growing from a guy who had absolutely no ambition to someone with some sort of goal, even though it’s pretty sad how it came to be (brother dying, in debt)

    OMG omo omo so Do-woo was faking in that scene?? Ahahahahaaha, Kyung-ah is sooo stupid x_x she totally fell for it, too. Do-woo is just awesome. How could he do that? It’s soo creepy! You just can’t tell whether he’s being sincere or not, and so you’re always wondering, is it true?? I wanna know what’s the privy with Eun-soo & Do-woo’s relationship. It’s way more deeper than we’re being let on. She just started crying when he brought up that story, but we never got to know what Do-woo did when he ‘taught those boys a lesson’. What exactly did he do? Did he like, do some awful thing?? I wanna know

    Kyung-tae is full of awesome. And yea, that scene with the flower is definitely metaphorical! I think they were trying to reveal that Kyung-tae is good at fixing things. That flower’s stem was completely about to break off, and if you think about it, how did he fix it? It was on the brink of collapsing, yet he helped it stand. I think Kyung-tae is gonna be very, very crucial in helping Shin enact his revenge.

    On the other thand, I can’t wait for Bum-hwan to get released! Who knows what tricks he has up his sleeves… he just knows everything. He’s definitely going to be very important for Shin. I love his look too, I can’t remember exactly where but he looks like this character I saw on this drama, I can’t freakin’ remember it though >_<

    And Joongho & Shin’s sister in law needs to be together!! They’d make sucha cute couple. The little daughters are soo cute ^___^!! I just wanna give them a hug, awww

    Thanks again javabeans for recapping this show!! I wouldn’t have started watching it (or have become so addicted to it) if you hadn’t blogged about it! This is the best blog ever <3333

  9. Nom Kitteh

    Oh, Eun-Soona, Eun-Soona, you’re breaking my heart into a million tiny pieces. Give that brother a hug, woman — he loves you (and not in an incesty way, I don’t think).

    DW is so gentle with ES, it melts my heart (a heart that is already pretty melted). His voice when he speaks to her modulates to this deep, back of the throat vibration — ah, I think he is genuine with her or maybe I am just developing a pretty serious crush on this guy and am hearing things :-) . It’s all good either way.

    —-

    Thank you for the recap! I love that you include these long blocks of quotations because it’s nice to know the exact exchanges. Thank you!

  10. 10 dksla

    Oh! Besides the scenes with the brother and sister, my favorite scene was when they were waiting for their ramen to cook. Every person who has ever made ramen knows their pain. HAHA

  11. 11 rach

    shin looks like the character L from the live action movie for Death Note…
    his posture and hair and whatnot

    i like it!

  12. 12 kitty

    Thanks for the recaps! I’m probably the only one who is hoping Do-woo triumphs in the end, I guess :P I like that Do-woo got the upper hand in this episode, but I thought going all out to taunt the opposition didn’t seem like him… a little OOC.

    Nom Kitteh, I’m with you on thinking that whatever Do-woo does, he still cares a lot for Eun-soo and is genuine with her.

    • 12.1 Gasenadi

      “…to taunt the opposition didn’t seem like him…”

      I almost didn’t get this, until I recalled jb using the word “finesse” for DW’s murderous business style. Yes, he definitely tends to keep those claws hidden.

  13. 13 kippy

    kyung-tae’s scene is DEFINITELY metaphorical.
    i think it extends to shin – and possibly foreshadows his success.
    if shin were to go about revenge alone, he would be like the flower – he’s too weak to support himself against such a formidable opponent. but when he teams up with Dream Team, he garners enough support to overcome a staggering obstacle.

    on the other hand, kang woo has nobody but himself … even if he’s a strong “flower” he cannot be mended if broken.

  14. 14 Priki

    I was actually kinda glad Team Shin lost on this round, because I think it motivates them to focus on Do-woo. I got really concerned about what they would be able to do if ChaimanChae backstabbed them – they might just give up, as they were kinda expectig that very thing to happen, anyway. Now they have something (someone) they actually care about fighting.

    I also agree that Eun-soo is Do-woo’s only weekness, but I wonder if Shin will be able to use her against him. If the tables were turned, Do-woo wouldn’t bat an eyelash before doing it, as he’s doing with Shin’s sister-in-law, but Shin will certainly have reservations against using someone to get what he wants from Do-woo (it also occurs to my he might think it could backfire should he try it, since she could choose to side with her brother for some reason).

    I just really hope Kyung-Tae will think of something next ep and save the day. That would just be awsome :P

    :)

    • 14.1 jomo

      If ES is DW’s only weakness, it doesn’t seem like one that could be exploited in a way that the good guys could beat him.

      DW comments that he thought ES loved him – no matter what he is or does. Since ES has known him the longest, from the days before he exposed his anti-social psychotic inclinations, and even after she knew he was eeevil.

      OK, so what if she doesn’t love him? Is he going to change the course of his plans to take over the world to please her? I don’t think so. Or, if she doesn’t love him, is he going to rewrite their history together by removing her reality from his existence all the while pretending she is the loving little sister? She isn’t going to tell on him any more than she has, so there is no need to destroy her to keep her quiet.

      Or, are we going to see him self-destruct in a brilliant moment when he finally sees the true gurgling blackness of his soul and can’t handle the awareness of the monster he is? I don’t think so, either. He may be redeemed before he dies, but I don’t think he will stop himself.

  15. 15 vis

    Thanks for another great recap!

    I’m not even going to try and guess how this drama will end, though I have a few hopes such as Do-woo meeting his demise (not necessarily die though… at least I don’t hope so) and for Kyung-ah and Shin to NOT get back together. I also think that Shin is better off alone than with Kyung-ah (who’s such an annoyance IMO).

  16. 16 instantpigs

    Is it only me, but i find that Kyung-Tae’s headphones are uber sexy…
    Anybody care to like find out where they can be bought and stuff…
    Looks expensive to me. But their very, very cool and nicely designed :D

  17. 17 bbm

    i’m a naive girl that truly wants the Dream Team to win, so after the verdict of their lost i was just TT…
    excellent recap as alwas, thanks…

  18. 18 anna

    I’m hoping Kyung-ah won’t end up with Shin. She’s starting to piss me off too; what a B. I thought this was 16-episodes and was so glad that it’s almost over even though I enjoy the drama a lot, haha. I just don’t want this to drag out.

    I went in rooting for Do-woo, even if I do like his character, I’m on Shin’s side now.

  19. 19 Nom Kitteh 2

    Finally i get the hang of all the characters in this drama! Keep them coming ya Dbeans!!!

  20. 20 omo

    I am only reading the comments from each recap. Up to this point, I am only at epi 4. Will read the recaps after watching each epis.

    I thought Park Si Yeon/Kyung Ah was ok up until epi 3. She is beginning to irritate me in epi 4. I don’t think it’s Kyung Ah’s character. Personally, I just feel that Park Si Yeon, the actress, just cannot deliver period.

    Anyway, I have got a lot of catching up to do. Yep, this drama is so different from the other dramas and it is like a thorn in my flesh….A BIG thorn. While the thorn is in the flesh, there is pain and discomfort. If I get rid of it, I will probably bleed to death.

  21. 21 cosmopolite

    SO. ADDICTED. Crack has got nothing on this drama.

  22. 22 djes

    well well I’m also looking forward for Bum Hwan’ s release.
    He has more experiences, and power that we haven’t know how big.
    He surely becomes strong back up for the Dream Team.

    On the side note, I finally succeeded persuading my friend to watch this.
    the irony is, she probably will going faster than me..since I couldn’t download this as quick as I used to be. T_T
    but, again, your recap is more than enough for now!

  23. 23 Blakey

    Thank you so much for the recap, you are amazing! >< Do-woo is one of the most captivating antagonists I’ve seen so far. I love watching him, but you are right, I’m not ‘rooting’ for him.

    I found it interesting one time when Shin told Do-woo of all people though “it’s my job to be YOUR antagonist”
    Kyung-ah started to annoy me too… A LOT. Not so much as before but I thought this girl was a tough, smart cookie. She fell for Do-woo’s trick it seems so easily. His own innocent little sister, who we all perceived as naive at first and has been under her brother’s influence for years, is now aware and cautioning herself to his true nature. Although you can tell this hurts her, she just wants the her loving brother back, but it seems Do-woo wants something else from Eun-soo entirely.

    I can never tell id Do-woo is telling the truth or not with his sister lately, but when he said how he “didn’t like to talk to her this way” i strangely believed him.

  24. 24 stranger

    I was a bit confused with all the money / finance talk but I thought it was a great episode. I think the potential love line between Myung-Sun and Joong-Ho is so cute! I’m actually kind of glad that the Dream team failed the first time around because it means that they’ll grow stronger and unite in a more noble purpose. Wow….love Do-woo’s creepiness – he gets more twisted with every episode!

  25. 25 Lan

    Javabeans, I’m no expert but I do know a bit about finance and can explain a bit about the convertible thing.

    Basically convertible bonds are issued as normal bonds (paying a fixed coupon periodically and a principle payment at the end), but with an option of converting the bond into stocks at some conversion rate (hence the name).

    For example, company Chae Dong currently has 10,000 stocks outstanding with value of $10 each. Its market capitalization (total value) is like $10,000 x 10 = $100,000. Our friend Shin (just an example!) owns 5,100 shares of 51%.

    Now, there are 100 convertible bonds, each can be converted into 2 stocks, for example. If the holders of these bonds choose to convert them there will be dilution to the existing stockholders, including Shin. Meaning, there will be 10,000 + 2 x 100 = 12,000 stocks outstanding after the conversion. The market capitalization stays the same as nothing fundamental changes with the company. Each share is now only worth $100,000/12,000 = $8.33 instead of $10 as before. Shin still only owns 5,000 out of 12,000 shares with value of 5,100 x $8.33 = $42,500. He no longer owns more than half of the company.

  26. 26 Kender

    I’m REALLY liking the development of Eun-soo as a character. Yay for growing a spine! (Or maybe she had a spine all along and just didn’t know how to use it?)

    The more I watch this show, the more I’m convinced that Shin’s going to end up alone. Eun-soo seems made for Kyung-tae (they wouldn’t put so many adorable moments with them if it were otherwise, right?), and Kyung-ah seems to be practically running down the path of Do-woo (I almost typed “devil”) worship. Maybe he and Jae-myung will ride off into the sunset together at the end, determined to protect the weak from the manipulations and intrigues of the strong. :P

    There’s one thing I really want to know, though.. Who is K/Kei, and why is he with Do-woo? What’s his deal? I hope we find out soon~

    Financial/stock market lingo is confusing in any language. @.@ I was watching this going “WTH is Kyung-ah doing?” I did manage to pick up on all the percentage nonsense and figure out they were trying to get a majority with hobos’ names, but still..

    Thanks for the recap, JB! I’ve been looking forward to this all week. ^^

    @ 25 Lan – Thanks for the explanation!

  27. 27 mishane

    I wanna see this SO BAD!

    I’m still stuck on Episode 4, waiting for the subs. :(

    (This is why I didn’t want to watch a currently airing drama. The wait! The long agonizing wait!)

    Why can’t I understand Korean? :(

  28. 28 giddygirl108

    Sex on legs…bwahaha ^_^

  29. 29 Ariel

    I don’t want Doo-woo’s character to change, sure he should get his comeuppance since this is expected but what ever happens, whether he shoots himself or goes to jail he will remain the same brilliant psychotic nemesis. Sort of like Hannibal Lecter, no repentance there. Can’t wait for the ending of this series.

  30. 30 nell123

    Apparently, so far I’m the only one who thinks that Kyung Ah is not that bad. You may think that her words towards Shin at the stockholders meeting were harsh but they were also true. Shin and the Dream Team weren’t in a position to win over Do Woo because he clearly had the upper hand. There was no surprise element in their plan that would help them gain advantage. So far Do Woo has always been able to predict their movements and outsmart them. It’s logical that he would be the victor. Even Jae Myung told Shin that he is not suited to win this battle but nobody hates him. All the hostility is towards Kyung Ah.

    • 30.1 Gasenadi

      LOL! Well put! And thanks. Hadn’t thought of that. KA’s just pointing out what some of us here have posted. We know little about stocks and bonds, and maybe much less about the shenanigans that happens in the 1% backrooms. KY’s smart and has learned a LOT during her stint, enough that her colleagues ask her for stock tips. I’ll never forget her assuming that debt for the Shin family, even if it DID afford her entry into the Elite World she wants to bar Shin from.

  31. 31 greentea

    I haven’t watched this episode yet but I enjoy reading your recap. Thanks.

    @ Lan

    I’m still confused about your explanation. If you said ” there are 100 convertible bonds, each can be converted into 2 stocks, for example. If the holders of these bonds choose to convert them there will be dilution to the existing stockholders, including Shin. Meaning, there will be 10,000 + 2 x 100 = 12,000 stocks outstanding after the conversion”.
    I don’t get it. If you have 100 convertible bonds with each bond can be converted into 2 stocks then you will have 200 stocks right? Plus 200 with 10,000 = 10200, how come 10,000+2 x 100 = 12,000? Can you explain it to me again please, if you have time. And the last part you wrote “Shin still only owns 5,000 out of 12,000 shares with value of 5,100 x $8.33 = $42,500. He no longer owns more than half of the company” So do you mean Shin owns 5,000 shares or 5,100 shares?. He must own 5,100 shares as you stated from the beginning right?.

    I basically got your meanings but just kinda confused. Anyway, thanks so much

  32. 32 Anatisha

    Thank you Miss Jabaveans for another great recap!

    @lan thanks for the explanation….

  33. 33 Lan

    To #31: Sorry I made a mistake – I meant there are 1,000 convertible bonds, and then they are converted into 2,000 stocks… :D Thanks for pointing that out, I should have been more careful not to confuse people even more.

  34. 34 Lan

    I have to say I don’t like Kyung Ah and don’t agree with her actions, at all, whatever her mindset really is. But, I do see a possibility that might help explain her actions. She might actually not enjoy the world she’s living in, but she feels she can’t leave it either. She told Do-woo once that she killed herself, the old self, when entering this world and thus she had no choice but to live on in the new world. She seems to succumb to money and power and doesn’t think anything can help change that. But she might be aware that Shin is not willing to trade in his morality and thus, he shouldn’t think of entering this world at all, or he will fail. Yes, she underestimates Shin and overestimates money and power, but if she truly believes so, it’s not so condescending towards Shin but more like she thinks she knows how he is and wants him to stay out of all the mess since it doesn’t suit him (in a good way). Kyung Ah thinks she has no way out, but Shin still does, and she wants him out of this.

    Anyway, I still don’t want Shin to end up with her no matter if she realizes how narrow-minded she is after all (assuming she’s not mean-hearted or anything). She doesn’t deserve Shin.

    I’m glad the drama doesn’t seem to elaborate too much on the romance – for example they could have made Eun-soo into developing feelings for Shin but they did not (so far). It helps the show to focus on its main theme and deep characterization (its characterization does not depend on who is liking whom!). Somehow I both like Shin and Kuyng Tae to find someone like Eun-soo :P.

  35. 35 Lan

    To #31: yes, Shin owns 5,100 shares from start to end. But before the conversion he owned 5,100 shares out of 10,000 and later on 5,100 shares out of 12,000 stocks. And the total value of his share went down to only $42,500 instead of $51,200 because of the dilution of the converted stocks.

  36. 36 Luv

    Thank you so much Sarah.
    This entry answered so many questions.
    I was so happy reading it. :)

  37. 37 Nom Kitteh

    Whoa @19, some one has hijacked my username! Totally uncool.

  38. 38 Hermes173

    Nell123, you’re not the only one who does not hate KA. Although I don’t agree with her actions (I think she’s misguided), I can see where she is coming from.

    Having been forced into selling herself to save Shin’s family, she finds herself embroiled in a sordid world of money and sex. We know what a tough cookie she is, so instead of drifting along, she’s decided to grab control of her life to emerge as queen of this sordid world. (In real life, there are such cases: women who find themselves in vice for various reasons but with brains, guts and beauty, they claw out an empire for themselves in the same world that had trapped them.) She assumed that Shin would not make it in this tough world because he’s too soft-hearted. A bit presumptuous perhaps but please remember that she had barely any contact with him since he was imprisoned. She would not know how he had been toughened by his trials in jail. She was giving the advice to the pre-disaster Shin she knew.

    And she’s not too far off the truth. Even after going through all the suffering, Shin is still not strong enough to take on DW by himself. Instead, he had to do it with the help of the Dream Team and others. But KA knows nothing about the very capable people that he had gathered around himself, hence, her certainty that he would not survive in the world she is in.

    And I must add my two cents’ worth about the sibling pair. Some find DW’s obsession with his sis rather queasy but I’m alright with it. In the first place, his desire for her does not appear to be physical, at least not yet. It’s just that for some reason, he’s been conditioned to need her by his side. It’s what hooks me to the show. I find it absolutely riveting that such a strong character like DW would need someone who appears to be as weak and frail as ES. Of course the fact that she’s his sis makes it even more deliciously scandalous. (I know, I’ve got a sick mind.)

  39. 39 Susan

    all that talk about stocks and bonds had me really confused so I’m glad that this entry cleared some of that up.
    I’m actually rooting for DoWoo =)
    and Kyungtae is so cute, haha, I wonder how many sets of headphones he has…

  40. 40 Jus Me

    I just have to comment that I am rooting for Do Woo all the way! Muahahaha! Maybe I’m just twisted that way, but he is totally captivating and brilliant and yes I get that he is the “bad” guy in this drama but I don’t care LOL he has that je ne sais quoi that is making me crazy. I love the stares and his manipulations and I can’t wait to see his weakness and like Javabeans, see when he goes down. But at the same time I am still rooting for him and I don’t want him to die like someone commented, No Way! I Love Do Woo! :)

  41. 41 irugnotmis

    I love this episode to piece!
    I am glad that Eun-soo is slowly coming out of Do-woo’s influence to develop as a person, but in the back of my head, there’s this fear that eventually she will lose the little influence she has over Do-woo.

    PS: Kyung-tae is soooo endearing! :D

  42. 42 Hermes173

    I prefer DW to Shin too. But this is kdrama after all. There’s no way DW will emerge victorious.I prefer DW to Shin too. But this is kdrama after all. There’s no way DW will emerge victorious. The only question is how he will do down.

  43. 43 nell123

    I agree with you Hermes173. You managed to explain Kyung Ah’s actions much better than me. :) . Thank you.
    I have another question though. Why does this drama get such ridiculously low ratings? Is the competition so much better that all that’s left for “Story of a Man” is 7-8 %? Or may be the Korean viewers don’t like thrillers? This reminds me of two years ago when “The Devil” (another thriller with awesome story) also couldn’t pass the 10 % mark. I waited two years for someone to be brave enough to make similar “dark” drama. However, considering the low ratings of “Story of a Man”, nobody will make a show like that any time soon.

  44. 44 Chocolatree

    AH!! Your recap of this drama always makes me super excited! Like I’m reading a spy novel… or just a novel with a lot, a lot of political intrigue.

    I always love reading your comments best and how you dissect the characters. The characters in this drama are so complex and fascinating, I love when you analyze them further so,

    Thank you Dramabeans for you fantabulous, splendiferous recapping!!

  45. 45 loveydovey

    juts curious, what makes you think they won’t end up together? i might of missed something since i’m only episode 4, but i’m curious ’cause this is one drama that makes it REALLY hard to guess what happens in the end. Usually i’m a pretty good guesser about the ending, but this drama is different in that way and also in the way it’s shot. It’s like, usually i can see right on what kind of characters i’m dealing with, but in this one i always feel like each character has something more to them…some hidden aspect or secret past. There’s always something surprising.

  46. 46 yumi-chan

    I magine Eun Soo is the reason for Do woo’s demise?
    That would be amazing.

  47. 47 Sumaiya

    @nell123 i also want to know why the rating is so low and stupid [but cute [and cheesy]…don’t kill me] dramas like BBF get so high rating?

    Is it because of the pretty faces on the male actors…this drama has good looking actors and 10 times better acting actors too.

    If this drama was made in the UK or USA is would have drawn major interest…ppl would have loved it! it would have definitely got better ratings then it is in Korea!

    I know coz everyone loves prison break and that is one crazy drama…….but its way too long now. I hate too long dramas! in my house we use to watch it as a family….and loved it!

    Please correct me if I’m wrong!

    Sumaiya*

  48. 48 haezi

    wow, the flower scene with kyungtae…very perceptive of you. i totally missed it. i finished ep 8 so i can tell you that it does have significance and is closely tied to a lesson shin has to learn…it’s a cute episode (focusing on guy bonding so gotta love). can’t wait for your analysis.

    i was also pissed off with kyungah’s elitist attitude. she’s making dowoo out to be some invincible god. maybe it’s her version of tough love.

    i am happy, however, that the author had that scene between kyungah and shin when she mis-takes his reasons for taking on dowoo to be because of herself. his small smile before he states that she has the wrong idea is very sexy. her belittling statements are just egging shin on. i totally commiserated with his outburst when she tells him he can’t do it. ingenious because it also solidified my loyalty to shin (though dowoo is one intriguing character). shin’s matter-of-fact way of speech as well (which comes out in this exchange between kyungah and when he’s explaining stocks to eunsoo) is also a fascinating though subtle sign of how he has evolved from the hot-headed devil-may-care bum that he was before his brother’s death.

  49. 49 shinhyesungluv

    Hermes173 – I totally agree with you. I don’t think KA should be blamed for what she said because the Shin who she knew was a good-for-nothing bum who didn’t have a job and relied on his brother for a living. If Shin was still the way he was three years ago, then KA is absolutely right in that there is no way for Shin to compete with DW. KA doesn’t know the Shin that he is now. She probably thinks Shin is acting rashly by competing with DW just like how Shin acted rashly in going to prison. When KA sees the new Shin, she will realize how far he has matured, and in the same way, viewers will see how much the character has developed and see “the story of a man” , if you get what i’m saying ;^ ^. On the other hand, i don’t know korean, and i’m relying completely on the episode recaps to figure out what’s going on, so i might be missing little nuances that make KA be disliked. My impression of her is still from ep. 4, and she’s been awesome so far there.

  50. 50 gleemonex

    i think do-woo’s downfall starts in this episode with his visit to the dream team hq to gloat. he’s letting his arrogance and victory over shin (not just the stocks/company, but also successfully using kyung-ah against him, as well) cloud his normally keen and analytical mind. i don’t think he realizes just how close to being knocked out he was. i think he underestimates shin and the dream team, and will begin to get sloppy.

    • 50.1 jomo

      Ahh, this makes sense.

      I forgot about arrogance. Aren’t most serial killers and their ilk finally caught because they think they are beyond the law, and start to feel like THEY are the puppetmasters of the world?

      Plus, the loss of ES’s loyalty doesn’t bug him because he loves her, but because he though she was someone under his control. Someone who would stand by him no matter what and now, well, she won’t. Maybe the only person who sides with him now is his mother up in heaven looking down. She was thankful he could end her suffering, but saddened because she knew he was capable of doing so.

      By DW going to the Dream Team’s HQ, he is showing curiosity and pique, when he should remain lofty and indifferent.

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