Drama Recaps
Bad Guy: Episode 11
by | July 21, 2010 | 42 Comments

Episodes 10 and 11 were a pretty good pair, weren’t they?

I think girlfriday is right on in ruling Bad Guy much more of a melodrama than a revenge piece or a thriller, which has been one of my frustrations with it. Now because it was misclassified, but because in my mind, it would be a much better revenge thriller than it is a melodrama, but it’s choosing to stick with the less-interesting half of its story foundation.

But for the first time, we get to see Gun-wook sweat a little bit. Oh, he doesn’t get nailed by the cops (who alternately jump to conclusions and miss big clues), but chinks are beginning to appear in his slick mastermind persona, and that’s a good thing.


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Jae-in lets Gun-wook sleep on her shoulder for a few minutes until she is called back to work. She gently leans him in the other direction to sleep against the wall, which is something he’d done for her in a previous episode. (He’d placed a tissue between her head and the wall, and I have to admit I’m a little disappointed that Jae-in didn’t do the same here, which would have been a nice — unconscious — echo.)

I’m willing to admit this may be reading too much into it, but it does seem an apt time to reverse the scenario. This episode (and the previous one) is where Gun-wook starts to become more vulnerable, particularly where Jae-in is concerned, so it’s a little flip in their dynamic, which deepens as this episode progresses.

The two cops track down Gun-wook at work to ask for his alibi on the night of Sun-young’s death. He answers that he was with his action school, and answers their questions without betraying any suspicion. His guard goes up when they ask whether he has a scar on his back, and he answers that he doesn’t.

Jae-in, however, walks by to catch the exchange, and his denial puzzles her because she had just seen the scar. Her obtuseness about his scar is one of those things we’ll just have to accept, although it makes me grit my teeth — Jae-in is alternately sharp and dull, depending on how she is needed by the plot, which is frustrating. Because you would think that a direct lie about his back scar would make her put two and two together, but she doesn’t. She’s more like, huh? Two… and two? Like in math?

The denial doesn’t convince the cops, because their convenient eyewitness — the petty thief at the police station — said Gun-wook looked familiar. For now they let this go.

But neither Gun-wook nor Jae-in can shake this encounter off entirely, and both are disturbed by it. He mulls over their pointed questions, while she thinks back to Gun-wook asking whether she trusts him.

Tae-sung lurks around the gallery, here to see Jae-in but keeping a watchful eye out for the hateful Madam Shin. Thankfully, she’s out and he can take this opportunity to bond with Jae-in over a painting. She explains the significance of one in particular (after giving up painting, she hadn’t wanted anything to do with art for a while, but she saw this painting one day and it brought her comfort).

Jae-in’s gallery co-worker spies the handhold and is excited for her friend’s progress in winning over the gajillionaire.

Mo-nae angrily confronts her sister about the events that may or may not have occurred during her overnight stay at the family villa, having heard from the caretaker that Tae-ra and Gun-wook were both there. Tae-ra plays innocent, saying that nothing happened — Gun-wook left after seeing that Mo-nae had gone, and Tae-ra slept the night there due to her cold.

But that suspicious overheard conversation still burns in Mo-nae’s mind, and she doesn’t believe the explanation. She tells her sister that she heard the conversation in Tae-sung’s office (where Tae-ra called “that day” a “mistake”), and demands to know what she was talking about. What happened between the two of them?

Tae-ra remains infuriatingly calm, which irks Mo-nae further, and Little Sister storms out in a dark mood when the conversation is interrupted by the arrival of Tae-ra’s husband.

Gun-wook has dinner with his investor contact (President Kang), and strategically drops information designed to put Kang on alert. Acting as though he has no idea that Kang and the elder Haeshin son (Tae-kyun?) are in a secret deal together, he badmouths Tae-kyun’s investment projects. Gun-wook relates how an imaginary sunbae trusted Tae-kyun, but was the guy singled out to take the fall when one deal went south. In the end, he lost millions and committed suicide.

Kang doesn’t say anything to Gun-wook, but the latter is satisfied that he has planted enough seeds of doubt to shake up their secret deal.

A river meeting! And you know what that means: clandestine deal-making galore! (Here are two more examples — talk about falling back on old faithful, down to the exact shot.) A commenter once posted (sorry, I forget who) that one day they’d like to watch a scene where characters walked by this location, only to show a secret deal happening in the background. I’d like to see a drama being shot where you zoom back to reveal a whole slew of secret meetings taking place along the riverside. Seriously, Korea, maybe it’s time for new shorthand in your dramas. I hear you’re surrounded by ocean on three sides.

Also, if you were a cop, wouldn’t this be the first place you’d check out for suspicious criminal behavior? Corporate espionage! Gangster dealings! Illegal stock manipulations! It’s all at the river.

Anyway. Tae-kyun tells Kang that he got a document delivery at home, which both agreed was a bad idea. They’re both insinuating that the other is at fault, and ignoring that HUGE RED FLAG of: Gee, well then who else would have sent it? And if they know about the deal, aren’t we majorly borked?

Tae-kyun gives Kang the directions for completing their scheme, like being ready to transfer funds at the signal.

Tae-sung drops by the art gallery again (WTF with the manly violet suit, dude?), feeling happy at the thought of seeing Jae-in. But who should be inside but her ex, who is being given the icy treatment by the gallery assistant, who (rightfully) gives him attitude for even asking after Jae-in. In her bid to put the ex in his place, the assistant brags about Jae-in’s new conquest, Haeshin heir Hong Tae-sung.

That alone doesn’t upset Tae-sung, but she goes on to announce that Jae-in’s scheme to seduce him has worked perfectly, essentially calling her a gold-digger as though that’s something to be proud of. Now this is a shock, and Tae-sung flashes back to all his encounters with Jae-in, wondering if everything was a calculated move designed to win him over. He sees everything through this new filter, and his initial reaction — crushed, upset — turns to anger.

Tae-kyun is chewed out by Dad, who is none too happy with the recent leaked reports of stock shenanigans by the “H” chaebol son. That not-so-blind news item means that scrutiny will increase on the Haeshin Group, so he tells Tae-kyun to put all that money back and quit while he can. Tae-kyun makes a feeble attempt to assert himself, but is smacked down.

There’s an interesting beat when Tae-kyun and Gun-wook are both at the elevators. Gun-wook is on the phone as he says “Hyung,” but he looks directly at Tae-kyun, as though directing his words to him instead. And for a second, Tae-kyun’s attention is caught, puzzled and curious as these once-brothers now stare at each other.

Tae-ra and Gun-wook cross paths in the lobby, and Tae-ra asks for a moment in private with Gun-wook. He leads her to an empty auditorium, assuring her that he “knows how to open locked doors.” The double entendre is clear, since he’s already shown us he can get through to Tae-ra’s tightly locked-up feelings.

Tae-ra tells him Mo-nae heard their conversation and says they have to stop meeting. He hardly reacts, just looks at her with a small smile playing on his lips, so she repeats herself. Gun-wook assures her that he’ll take care of it and talk to Mo-nae.

Noise at the door sends them scuttling for cover, and they hide behind a pillar as a security guard peers inside. They… sure do this a lot. (I suppose once a guy knows what pushes a girl’s buttons, he’s bound to try to replicate the scenario.) The guard wonders how the door is open, flicks off the lights and leaves.

Gun-wook heads toward the door to lead them out, only now they’re locked. And he can’t open them. I thought you were good at this, Mr. I Can Open Locked Doors, and Tae-ra says as much. Sheepishly, he replies that he can from the outside.

You know Tae-ra’s growing more fond of Gun-wook because she laughs at that.

And then, Gun-wook takes advantage of that pause that hangs between them, moving in for a hug. You’ve got to give the guy credit for knowing exactly how far to push things with Tae-ra — he uses her newfound softness toward him but doesn’t go so far that she gets skittish.

They can’t call for help because that would lead to rumors when they are found, but on the other hand, they might be stuck here for a while. Gun-wook suggests they wait it out until someone comes by, with the attitude of What else have you got planned anyway?.

To pass the time, Gun-wook suggests that they pretend they came here to watch a movie, and tells her to imagine that the most memorable moment of her life is playing onscreen. He tells her to close her eyes and imagine it, and Tae-ra is taken back to her youth.

The scene nicely blends this movie motif with the flashback, because as they sit, a projector flicks on behind them, representing Tae-ra’s memory. In it, she’s in junior high school and managed a rare day away from the watchful eyes of her ever-present escort/driver. She, like Mo-nae now, had felt restricted by having her life micro-managed, and had enjoyed the common pleasure of eating ddukkbokki with her friends and sneaking in to watch a movie.

It was Dirty Dancing, and Tae-ra had connected with the story of a rich family’s daughter who learned to dance and fell in love. As Tae-ra relates this story, a tear falls from her eye as she confesses, “I wondered, would that kind of love ever happen to me?”

Gun-wook gently turns her face towards his, and kisses her lightly.

I wonder if Gun-wook is purely being manipulative here. The Gun-wook of the first 9 or 10 episodes would suggest that he is, but just as Jae-in’s feelings are getting entangled in Operation Seduce Tae-sung, I’d like to see some emotional breakthrough with Gun-wook. I don’t believe he feels anything romantic for Tae-ra, but he ought be able to relate to her story of loneliness and hope and despair.

Now disillusioned about Jae-in’s motives, Tae-sung picks her up and takes her shopping, testing her with expensive gifts like a designer bag. She declines the burdensome gift, but he pushes her to accept, saying that that’s the point of having a rich boyfriend, and orders the shopgirl to ring it up. Jae-in smiles to herself, happy to have gotten the bag while appearing unsuperficial, but Tae-sung is closely monitoring her reaction, which confirms his suspicion.

It pisses him off, and by the time he takes them to a fancy restaurant — having reserved the whole building for the night — he is pretty close to a destructive outburst. He’s going through the motions of the romantic suitor, but his behavior is imbued with this resentment that makes him frankly frightening to watch.

The Slowest Cops Ever find Director Jang, who is moving out of his apartment with his stuntmen crew. They ask general questions, trying not to tip their hand about the investigation. But as soon as they ask about Gun-wook’s whereabouts (and mention of a scar), Jang sticks to his line that Gun-wook’s a good kid and offers no helpful info.

However, the cops see an opportunity in another stuntman. They back off until they can isolate him, and the guy is thankfully kinda dumb — “thankfully” because these cops are the worst interrogators ever, just blundering their way through these questions without finesse. He confirms Gun-wook has a scar before he catches himself and stammers that he knows nothing.

By evening, Tae-ra and Gun-wook have fallen asleep in the theater, her head leaning on his shoulder. Her driver finds them together, and he levels a disapproving look at Tae-ra, who understands that he doesn’t like what he sees. No doubt he’s been privy to a lot of the family’s misdeeds and he starts to say, “That man…”

Tae-ra hurries to tell him that nothing happened, which he doesn’t believe.

As Gun-wook leaves, the Old Cop comes to ask more questions. Gun-wook ignores him and walks away, but Old Cop yells after him loudly, “Hong Tae-sung!” That stops Gun-wook, and for the first time we see unease flicker across his face as Old Cop recites all the things he has found out about him — the adoption, the un-adoption, etc. (Seriously, this guy is seriously lacking in interrogating techniques. Way to show your hand up front, dude.)

The cop tells Gun-wook that his alibi for the night of Sun-young’s death doesn’t check out, and that there’s a witness who saw their argument that night. Gun-wook slaps a smile on his face as the cop requests to take him in to the station to ask a few questions.

Tae-sung takes Jae-in to a hotel (one of his family’s holdings), his mood starting to get downright ugly as he says he borrowed a suite room, “So let’s go upstairs and sleep together.”

Slap! Jae-in takes issue with his proposition, but he accuses her of being a gold digger and sneers, “Didn’t you think of this when you schemed to pursue me?” He asks if everything she did was calculated, and presents this like some antiquated lord-and-mistress arrangement wherein he gives her money and she gives him sex.

I give Jae-in credit for not trying to wriggle out of this one or even defending her motives. She says frankly that she pretended to like him because he was rich, but even so, “This isn’t right.”

Ah, Tae-sung smirks — then she must be angling after a ring on her finger. Fine, he agrees, he’ll take her home to the family tomorrow, so for tonight he tells her to go upstairs.

Jae-in thinks about it, then challenges, “If I do, can I become the Haeshin Group daughter-in-law?” He answers, “Yes. I’ll make it happen.” And Jae-in replies coolly, “Fine. Let’s give it a try. But you’d better keep your promise. If I thought I’d just be a one-night stand, I wouldn’t have started this.”

There’s something really creepy about the way he orders her around when sex is the issue — it would be creepy no matter what he was asking, but it’s heightened in this scenario. The sexual element reduces her to practically non-person status, just an object to fulfill his whims. This would take Tae-sung past redeemable for me if not for the hints that he doesn’t really believe what he’s saying, or at least he doesn’t want this to be true. I’m not making excuses for his behavior here because he’s being pretty disgusting, but it’s worth pointing out that it’s like Tae-sung wants to push Jae-in over the edge in hopes that she will prove him wrong. When she goes along with it, it pisses him off even more.

In the suite room, she tells him to get it over quickly and starts to unbutton her shirt. He undoes his jacket buttons, and it’s like a game of chicken, seeing who will flinch first.

Jae-in’s phone rings, and she tells Won-in that she’s busy working. Tae-sung says sarcastically that she’s a good liar — or maybe she sees this as her job. Again, the prostitution angle.

But I think Tae-sung doesn’t really have it in him, and he tells her she’s no fun, calling an end to this game. He starts to walk off, but Jae-in calls him back and tells him to stay: “When it’s over, I’ll be the one to call it quits.”

Tae-sung asks when it started, when she discovered who he was. Was it when she left Japan and gave him that note? Or maybe she went to Japan in the first place to find him? He snarls that this is why Madam Shin told him not to associate with his lessers.

Now that gets Jae-in mad: “Lessers? You’re absurd. Do you have the right to say those words? … All you’ve got is money. You’re just an illegitimate son who causes trouble and can’t get his family’s approval. But you still want to act like you’re so great.”

He grabs her and pushes her against the wall, saying they can give each other what they want. But he’s got her riled up and she’s not going to back down now. She calls him pitiful, whereas the world is full of rich men she can go after: “But you — how many women are there who would accept you without the name of Haeshin Group?”

She envied his lifestyle, wanting to live like Mo-nae or Tae-ra, “But that isn’t the only reason I came this far. The start may have been a lie, like you said, but…”

That statement is telling, and Tae-sung clings to it like it’s his only fragile hope, asking her to continue the thought. She tells him to forget it: “I don’t want to see the likes of you anymore.”

She exits, and Tae-sung is left with his own misery.

On her way out, Jae-in gets a a call from the police calling her in for one last round of questions. The cops have put Gun-wook in an interrogation room with a one-way mirror, and when she arrives, they ask her to confirm whether this is the man she saw. They raise the blinds only halfway to show Gun-wook’s back, and she starts to confirm the sight.

However, NOW she remembers walking in on Gun-wook’s bathroom (what selective memory she’s got, huh?). Alarmed, she grabs the blinds and raises them to see Gun-wook standing there.

She doesn’t have the story put together yet but she does understand that Gun-wook is a suspect, and after a brief internal debate, she tells the cops that this isn’t the man after all. It was dark, she couldn’t see well, she’s not sure — no, she can’t confirm it.

She confirms with Young Cop that this means Gun-wook may have killed a person. She’s further shocked to hear that the dead woman was Tae-sung’s ex.

Old Cop is frustrated by his stalled interrogation, mostly because Gun-wook makes faces like that one. When presented with a photo of Sun-young, Gun-wook says casually that she’s pretty — too bad she died.

Old Cop demonstrates some more clumsy questioning skills by confronting him directly (like he’s trying to push him into a “You can’t handle the truth!” type confession). He states that Gun-wook probably couldn’t let his noona date the Tae-sung who took his place, trying to show him that he’s on to his motives. Is that why he killed her?

Gun-wook reminds him to consider that if this so-called Abandoned Tae-sung’s noona died, who would he have left? Why would he have killed the only loved one in his life?

Losing patience, the cop yells at him, and Gun-wook answers, “Fine. Sure, I killed her.” He’s being sarcastic, because they’ll keep asking until he answers they way they want.

Gun-wook even loses his patience and hisses back at the cop, but then he collects himself again. He tells the cop to provide evidence, not just insist that he’s Tae-sung. He’s free to go, right?

However, Gun-wook pauses at the door and for a moment lets his mask slip as he asks, in all seriousness: “Don’t you have anybody you’d like to protect? Don’t you have family? If I were that man, I would have wanted to save her somehow, because she’s family.”

He says that last bit with tears in his eyes.

Jae-in is waiting by his door when he gets home, but he ignores her and heads inside. She follows him in, finding him in a heavy mood, back turned away from her.

Earnestly, Jae-in tells him, “I trust you, Gun-wook. So you can tell me.” She urges him, wanting to know the truth but afraid of it at the same time, “They say that Hong Tae-sung loved someone. She doesn’t have anything to do with you, does she? Tell me. Why were you there that night? What happened? I went to the police station today. I saw your scar. You couldn’t see me, but the person on the other side of the glass was me.”

Now he looks at her, surprised. She clutches his hand and continues:

Jae-in: “You might say it wasn’t you, but I know it was. The night Tae-sung’s girlfriend died, you were there. You remember that I hit you with the car, don’t you? That was me.”
Gun-wook: “You saw me?”
Jae-in: “So tell me. You don’t have anything to do with her, right? I just hit you by coincidence that night, right?”
Gun-wook: “What do you want me to say?”
Jae-in: “Gun-wook.”
Gun-wook: “I killed her. So go home.”

What can she say to that? Surprised, her hand falls from his and she gets up slowly, and leaves without a word.

Now Gun-wook clenches his hands into each other, then into the couch, as he struggles with the weight of his memories. And now we finally see the whole story of what happened that night:

Gun-wook had pleaded with Sun-young not to do this, outstretching his hand to her beseechingly. When Sun-young stepped off the ledge, he lurched forward and grabbed her wrist.

So there she was, dangling on the side of the building, asking him, “Let me go.” Gun-wook had refused, but she looked up with him, almost peacefully, and said, “Tae-sung-ah.”

Maybe it’s the shock of the moment, or maybe it was his grip slipping anyway, or a realization that she wanted him to let go. But in the end, her hand had slipped out of his, and she had fallen.

Gun-wook struggles with his guilt and grief, and Jae-in appears at the doorway again. Like the time she had gotten over her anger to return and cook him dinner, once again she comes back without a word, her presence alone announcing her faith in Gun-wook.

He tries to avoid her but she steps in front of him. She holds him to her, and he weeps.


Good episode, although I’m still wondering what’s up with the plot. We’re on Episodes 10 and 11 and the targets don’t even know they’re targets yet. What’s the revenge?

The only guy who’s suffering from Gun-wook’s plans is the eldest brother and we hardly care about him because he’s such a late addition and hasn’t gotten any screen time. You can argue that he’s playing with his victims first, and I’d agree. But shouldn’t we get a flash of cruelty, or a hint that he’s got a reason for all this toying around? At this point it’s like he’s messing with Tae-ra just for the hell of it, not because there’s a goal at the end of his game. Which goes for Mo-nae as well. And same with Tae-sung — he’s enjoying seeing Tae-sung being manipulated by Jae-in, and if he should come to emotional pain because of it, fine and dandy. But he’s not doing anything himself, which makes his revenge still hazy and unformed.

I’m not complaining that the drama is slow, per se, because I haven’t felt frustrated with the pacing. There’s enough interesting stuff here and good acting to keep me engaged. It’s just that they’re missing out on golden opportunities for great plot movements, and I feel that by the end of this series, I will feel bummed for all the great stuff they could have explored but didn’t.

We don’t need to see the plan launched into motion, but at this point, we should really be getting an idea of what it is, right?


42 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Basuha

    Thanks for the recap, this is the only way I can following this drama. Giant and Three sister has taken control of my life at the moment…..

  2. theebby01

    Im first!:)
    WOW,I agree,
    Seems like this is not getting anywhere,
    but somehow I like it
    Maybe its KNG attraction?

  3. alloo

    ^__^ nice RECAP ..

    ep 10 +11 really were amazing ..
    I think this drama should have 30 episodes !! do u agree with me ? ^^

  4. missy

    haayy so much of melodrama. the episode explored one of the roots of our Bad Guys revenge. but yeah we are thirsty for some action. hope they’ll feed us with more of what he’s supposed to be doing.

  5. langdon813

    I don’t know that it will make a difference in the long run, but I also worry that the shortened run will mean missed opportunities plot-wise. I hate when we get to the last half of a drama and it’s rushed and frenzied because they have to cram so much plot in before the end. Sigh…guess they can’t all be Story of a Man, can they?

    I absolutely love the relationship between Gun-wook and Jae-in. In my opinion it’s not the least bit romantic, but more of a deep friendship. She may come to love Gun-wook, but she’s IN love with Tae-sung, in my opinion.

    I’m predicting some sort of noble sacrifice by Gun-wook in the end; if it’s one that also brings about the downfall of Madam Shin-Bitch-From-Hell, while also ensuring that Tae-sung gets the money and the girl, then I’ll be pretty okay with it. However, I have long been known for my tendency towards wishful thinking, so…we’ll see.

    Thanks JB!

  6. april

    I love Shim Gunwook. enough said.

  7. fjoajoaa

    Jae In pissed me off in this episode when she started arguing with Tae sung.I hate how she’s a “gold digger” and then gets angry at Tae Sung when he confronts her. ugh.

  8. MEIKO**** ^-^

    great recap!

    many might probably disagree but I really, really like the Tae-ra and Gun wook, Jae-in and Tae-sung pair-ups!!!! but, it seems GunWook isnt in love with Tae-ra….
    am excited on how this drama ends….

  9. Ani

    Oh Tae-sung, pupil of my eye, do not disappoint me. Oh Gun-wook, please, come out of this whole and happy.

  10. 10 momosan

    Ah, Gun-wook my lad, never lie about something that can be that easily checked – like the scar. Sigh.

    And Jae In, sweetie, you are a few sandwiches short of a picnic, ne? Surprising for a supposedly bright girl who is doing a little plotting of her own. Did they have to spell it out for you in bold letters and neon signs?

    I like this series – the styling, the acting, the noir-nes (notice the differences in lighting – there is a lot of haze filtering going on there). The gaps in the plot big enough to drive a semi-trailer through…well, ouch. The plot is keeping me from <3 – the rest is keeping me at a solid like. The whole point of this genre is a tight plot. Or at least one where in the end someone pulls a string and everything hangs together nicely. So far, not quite getting that.

  11. 11 Dlover

    I also have to admit that the revenge plan is some what lost right now
    in all the melodrama thats going on right now but i still find myself loveing this show ^^ i guess im just a sucker for Goon Wook ^^ i have to say i cant wait to see ep 12 and 13…..it still makes me sad that they could not air all 20 eipsodes they originally had planed still im going to keep loveing this show even its faults and also merits ^^

  12. 12 dramafan


    The thing with Jae In is she is not a full fledged gold digger. She does envy the luxurious lifestyle of the rich and she wants that lifestyle but i think she was hoping that she would get there by hoping the situation will work out somehow between her and Tae Sung where he is a nice guy and she would fall for him eventually.

    Bear in mind if she was a gold digger – she would have taken the money given by her ex-bf’s mother in the first episode.

    She wants that lifestyle but she has so much pride that it sometimes get in the way where she will not allow them to look down on her – that’s why she got so pissed off at Tae Sung for calling them “lesser people”.

    I would say she is just very ambitious and full of pride person. Lol – does that make sense? You would be surprised that there are people like that in the real world as well – I’ve met some of them. 😛

    • 12.1 megumi

      yes there are people like Jae-In in real life but that doesn’t mean Tae-Sung can understand what she’s about, after hearing those words from her idiot friend of course he would think she’s just using him for money, and i think that right there is the thing that he might hate the most, her loving his money not him, in his eyes she’s a goldigger who just cares about money, and she totally admitted it too so his anger about being played by her is realistic, i don’t think anybody would like to be played like that, his use of words to her after the revelation was bad but knowing his character that’s nothing out of the ordinary, i think both of them are not meant for each other, the kind of husband or life partner Jae In wants are mostly rich men who collect trophy wife just to show to their friends but in private they have 8 or 9 girlfriends, i don’t know if she could handle that, she wants someone who can understand her love for status and money but that’s very hard to find in real life…

  13. 13 tika

    yeah jae in just having a cinderella syndrome. not a gold digger.. There are many ppl like jae in.. reaching a high education wishing they can get a rich guy with what they have (pretty and smart). lol

  14. 14 hh

    LOL. Talking about the essence of ‘Inception’ when planting seeds in President Kang’s mind. 😀

    Btw, thank you so much for the great episodes recap, JB and GF! Keep up the great work! (^~^)v

  15. 15 rway

    @7: i actually love that jae in didnt defend that she’s a golddigger. what she’s angry was at how Tae Sung’s behaviour.

    i mean, it can be true Jae In set her ambition to get a rich man, but she is not the low type that would sell her body & use her boyfriend’s money like a serious golddigger. i think she only wishes to marry a rich man because of life pressure. her motive is wrong, bt she still try to put evrythg ‘clean’.

    • 15.1 megumi

      and how would tae sung know that, how can he even believe her?, we as a viewer know she’s not that type but tae sung has no idea, he clearly heard her friend proudly congratualting her for being a gold digger so it’s natural that he’ll feel she has played him all along, and believe me nobody likes to be played…

  16. 16 Ning

    LOL at plotting at Han River! I don’t know it’s such a favorite place for secret rendezvous in broad daylight. The intel should start patrol roster there if they haven’t done it already.

    I didn’t notice JI cluelessness on GW’s scar until you point it out, 0_0 … well, at least my teeth are saved.

    BUT, I do take issue on the detective’s questioning. They could have focused more on GW’s weak alibi, but instead they prematurely explaining away their suspicion to the prime suspect himself. Aargh! WHY!

    On the other hand, there are many things I like on this episode, enough to send all of those issues to outer space. I adore how the mirror / see-through glass at the police station is used to heighten the tension. GW must have felt very vulnerable, only able to see his own reflection, while knowing there are people on the other side inspecting him and possibly deciding his fate. I thought it was expressed beautifully by KNG.

    Also… LOL at “You remember that I hit you with the car, don’t you?” It’s just soo crack-tastic, despite the seriousness of the moment.

    And! JI coming back, GW’s avoiding her and JI insistence for GW to face her. By now, I think JI knows how to handle GW. Leave him soaked in thoughts, and when she’s back later, he will be softened enough to not to push her away.

    LOVE the RECAP and thank you for the opportunity to discuss this drama. You’re the best!

  17. 17 supah

    These recaps just continue to get better, JB.
    Gun-wook’s treading on extremely thin-ice right now, I’m liking the suspense element so hope things continue to pick up from here.
    I think I can understand Jae-in’s plight, still doesn’t justify operation goldigger completely but I like the ”the only difference between me and you is money” approach and that it’s solely because of money that she is constantly belittled, by her ex, Madam Shin and her son.
    The last part of ep11, awww. 🙁

  18. 18 six

    the cops are really slow. I never found any cops like that in kdrama,lol

  19. 19 red

    i really loved this episode …thanks for the recap…im so stunned by the acting, and the use of the ost…that last scene had me in tears

  20. 20 umalily

    Yeah! Jae-In returns at the end of the scene to comfort and love Gun-wook.

  21. 21 estel

    The acting and directing totally save this drama from being a ridiculous trainwreck. It’s a pity the writing isn’t tighter, because then we’d have something really fantastic, but I guess you take what you can get.

    I’m not usually a huge second-lead shipper, but I have to admit, the scene in the hotel with Jae-in and Tae-sung was really crackling with tension. Probably one of the best scenes we’ve seen so far, and KJW especially nailed TS’s emotions spot-on. I love their dynamic so much, but I’m also totally in love with Gun-wook and Jae-in. Oh, dilemmas, dilemmas…if only my own life problems revolved around which rich, handsome guy to fall for.

  22. 22 Calamityjanedoe

    Gun Wook’s plan is to watch all the members of the Haeshin group family suffer gradually. Whereas other antagonists may inflict immediate, violent, damage (such as ramming someone with a car, a somewhat popular method in K-drama), everything Gun Wook does is pretty calculated so that his targets have to endure a long, agonizing time. And it’s mostly psychological warfare.

    His current game plan is manipulating both Mo nae and Tae ra so that the two sisters turn on each other, fooling Tae Sung into relying on him and then stabbing him in the back, and gradually bringing down Hae Shin (most recently using Tae Kyun, the oldest son).

    On the other hand, we do see little glimpses of Gun Wook letting down his guard, even if for a millisecond.

    Some unanswered questions:
    1. Who is the man who visits Gun Wook’s parents’ grave?
    2. How big of a role, if any, did Madam Shin play in Gun Wook’s tragic life?
    3. What exactly does he plan to do with Tae Sung?

  23. 23 Belva

    LoL! I watched many kdramas and movies but failed to notice the overly used riverside deals till you mentioned it. Now to recall back, I can even picture some of them, especially the gangster related ones.

    The interrogation scene was awesome. And that’s “mostly because Gun-wook makes faces like that one” – nono, it’s because KNG makes faces like that one. =D

    Not that I don’t already know, but KNG’s acting was so good in the last scene of this episode where he kept trying to hide his face from JI. It totally drew me in like I was witnessing it in real life and I got goose bumps and tears right there.

    @16 Yes. Now that you mentioned the one way mirror/glass element, it did heighten the tension. I was clenching my fist, all tensed up and nervous.

    Having watched episode 12 and 13, I too agree that the plot could have been better woven, especially when it comes to giving good plot twist. Or maybe my expectations were too high.
    @ 10 “Or at least one where in the end someone pulls a string and everything hangs together nicely. So far, not quite getting that.” – Sad to say, but that is totally how I’m feeling right now. Hope we get a pleasant surprise.

    But that aside, I thought everything else is perfect. The cinematography, soundtracks, cast, acting, the list goes on. And script wise, I do love each and every character – from the members of action school to Won-in to the Hongs and Gun-wook. They are a refreshing watch and the main characters are so realistically portrayed (maybe it’s because of good acting?) that I’m getting emotionally invested with them. I thought they did a good job in engaging our emotions in the recent episodes.

    And once again thanks for the great recap! Can’t wait for the next. 🙂

  24. 24 Sweta

    Poor Taesung and Poor GunWoo 🙁 both their lives are so sad 🙁

  25. 25 Fafa

    Thanks for the recap/ this episode was the first time i pitied GW a little bit. but i still am a fan of TS.

  26. 26 Appitaz

    Everything about this dramas awesome! I lurve it. Curious to see how it the future episodes turn out, esp with kim nam gil having shot everything in so short a time.

  27. 27 ichigopan

    I do like how Gun Wook keeps us guessing (or is that poor planning on the writers’ part?). What I really love about him are his many layers, he’s very complicated. I am really looking forward to continuing until the end to find out his true intentions, and they better be good. Lol.

  28. 28 sdjfas

    I’m sorry but Jae-In’s getting really annoying.
    I don’t see any purpose to her character, and all she’s doing is hurting both men (especially Gun-wook).
    I used to like her for providing some tension relief but in the last few episodes she is really getting on my nerves.

  29. 29 Taber

    @7 a Gold digger is not born they are made, just because she didn’t take the ex boyfriend money don’t mean she not a gold digger now. I never knew there were such a thing as a half fledge gold digger, but regardless full fledged or not her action are not excusable because of past injustice done too her. If she really wasn’t a gold digger she would have never thought about going after Tae-sung, her mind set would have been on working iand living within her means. I’m sure she regard not taking that money, that the kind of person she is….

    I want to be a billionaire so freakin bad, but do that mean I should try to get close to Oprah and the Queen? Love that song.

  30. 30 asianromance

    i’m a bit disappointed that Shim Eun-kyung doesn’t have a bigger role. I thought that since she had put off going to school in the US for this that her role would be bigger. Maybe her role was bigger in the beginning concepts of the drama. Now it really feels like the script is being written while the show is in progress. They’ve got some great material written down…but the material really needs editing to tighten it up and they don’t have to the time to do it.

    Anyways, KNG really brought it in this episode! I was also very irked by Jae-in not connecting the scar on Gun-wook’s back to the scar of the suspect. it’s not like she has known him forever adn can’t possibly imagine that he had anything to do with Sun-young.

  31. 31 theone

    @Taber Jae-in doesn’t think of going after rich guys all the time. If she is really a gold-digger, shouldn’t she be going after rich guys all the time like the lady in the Japanese drama Yamato Nadeshiko?

  32. 32 Francisca

    The thing that’s bugging me a lot is that I don’t see a strong reason for GW to take a revenge on Hong family. At first the drama seems to underline GW suffers from being abandoned by the Hongs & his parents got killed in an accident. Does it mean of all the characters here he’s the one who suffers the most? He was abandoned, and so were many kids in orphanage. Coz being an orphan and lives well till you grow up is not as bad as lives in Hong wrecked family as TS does. GW should feel lucky he doesn’t have to deal with that snake mom and asshole brother.

    Now the drama reveals one more reason why GW must take a revenge, which is sadly still weak, that’s his noona commits suicide because she’s heartbroken for she thought TS didn’t love her (which is not true). But none should be blamed for this action. It’s nobody’s fault. As a clearheaded man in the story, GW fails to see this.

    • 32.1 Nana

      I agree with you I actually think that TS has it worse than GW. GW was adopted and kicked out right?(but what were they supposed to do,let him stay in after the dna said he wasn’t their son?the next that really bothere me is that he blames the hongs for his parents death,He has NO right to blame them If it was a car accident.Gunwook should be thankful he had a loving family who adpoted him and that he doesn’t have to live with people who abuse him nonstop.Also The Suicide part bothered me as well.I get Taesung blaming himself but the cops,gunwook and everyone else?Sure his method of breaking up was not the greatest,but that’s not his fault that she was emotionally unstable,especially when she showed NO signs of being suicidal or disturbed.I say If she couldn’t handle being dumped,that’s her problem not his,was he supposed to stay with her just so she doesn’t offf herself?also GW is puropesly using 2 girls to break their hearts later on,why does he have the right to judge TS?ok im done

      • 32.1.1 Karena

        The problem is I don’t feel gunwook’s thirst for revenge nor do I feel like Jae in has a good enough reason to be using taesung.Let’s go back to the night that gunwook was kicked out by the hong parents because he was not the bio son(or at least this is what we’re led to believe),all his stuff was thrown out and he was left in the rain outside by himself as just a young child.OKAY if he’s angry about this then I understand his reasoning,but his puppy dying was not their fault,he let go of the leash which caused the car accident,and his parent’s death was an accident as well(unless we find out later on that it was planned by the parents or something,in which case I say DESTROY them!)anyway,YEAH It was raining hard the night
        the hongs had informed his mute parents about the mistake,which makes them totally inconsiderate for asking them to pick him up,but should A mute person be driving in such a condition in the first place?nvm all this what I don’t understand is why he is blaming taesung for taking his place,he was also torn away from his family like GW,yet he fails to realize this.
        Next problem is Jae in,she is trying to seduce taesung into falling in loving with her so she can have his money,and maybe fall for him as well!OKAY this is understandable shes “poor” and needs to provide for her little sis and mom,but why get offended when she is confronted about her motives?
        The guy is miserable as it is,he just lost the girl he loved and is being blamed for her death,and has to deal with a cruel abusive family,the last thing he needs is a girl who’s main focus is on his money,he has every right to be mad that she’s using him,She didn’t even genuinely try to like him,like in ep 9 in the masquerade scene where she acts like she thinks he’s GW,she tells him she is having feelings for him and played with his emotions,but after he leaves she smirks which indicates that she was just playing him,but then has the audacity to get mad at him and tell him “your just an illegitimate child,who causes trouble and can’t get his family’s attention”He treated you like a slut and you totally deserved it,because well you do act like one.I don’t have a problem with what she’s doing exactly,but I don’t like how she gets offended when she really is a gold digging slut.

  33. 33 tm

    Can i say that bad guy is getting better and better? although there were still some parts which need improvment, but overall i can feel myself being emotionally attached to the show. which is good. esp when its called a melodrama. XD

  34. 34 Pinny


    I totally agree. The show is getting better and better from EP 10!
    Now I really enjoy watching it.

  35. 35 sajor

    i don’t have a problem regarding GW’s motivation for his revenge. in fact, i like that it’s actually weak, or that it’s actually cannot be justified (not that any revenge can).. his reason is compelling enough for me, and it makes him a real bad guy.

    it’s like getting dirtied by an accidental slip of a waiter in front of your first date, causing that date to fail, wouldn’t you want to punch that waiter 10x also? hehehe..

    GW himself knows his reason is not good enough. The thing is, he was hurt badly, accident or not and directly or indirectly he needs to find something remotely to blame for his hurting, and he needs to at least get even with that something to move on.

    • 35.1 Nana

      Actually I think the writers think that the reason they gave us for his “revenge” is good enough.It looks to me like GW
      actually thinks that the kids are at fault here,if you go back to episode 8 he says that the hongs will pay for his parents death.This includes Tae ra,tae sung and Monet,who had nothing to do with it.Tae ra couldn’t have done anything to stop it,Monet was only a baby for god’s sake,and taesung didn’t choose to get dragged in that horrible abusive family.

  36. 36 Lucille

    I am wondering SGW revenge and his encounters with HTR nothing but kissing.
    Is he in love with her or need intimacies because he has no girlfriend ?. Kind of bad writing.

  37. 37 mr. no

    LOL this must be the WORST revenge plan ever in a korean drama hahaha maaan it sucks! i’ve seen a lot of kdramas where i could actually FEEL the revenge and the great plan (dramas such as cain and abel,iljimae, the devil,i’m sorry i love you,time between dog and wolf,a love to kill etc, good revenge dramas!)
    But “bad guy” ??? don’t make me laugh
    we are in ep 11, the revenge didn’t even start and the police already figured some things out hahahahah so funny ^_^
    and before trying to get revenge, for the love of jeesus,get rid of the dumb friends first!
    sometimes i wonder… does he even have a plan????
    maybe he just likes to put picture on walls

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