Drama Recaps
Bad Guy: Episode 15 (Take two)
by | August 6, 2010 | 74 Comments

Goddamn it. Santa Claus totally stole my thunder!

Go back to the North Pole, there’s no Christmas in August! Well, not unless you’re Selfridges, at least. But we’re not having that here.

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EPISODE 15 RECAP

We back up a little, to see that just prior to the president calling Gun-wook in, the housekeeper had made a confession. We don’t hear her explanation for why she advises him to let this go with Gun-wook, but we can speculate from his shocked reaction that it has to do with Madam Shin’s dastardly deeds — namely, that she killed Gun-wook’s parents.

Pleadingly, President Hong tells him, “Tae-sung-ah… you can’t do it. You can’t mess with Haeshin, or Tae-ra.” Gun-wook says harshly that maybe this would have worked for the real Tae-sung, but it was the president who stripped him of his name.

When the president makes another entreaty, Gun-wook yells back, “Father!” in a warning tone. He asks, “Did you think I’d say, ‘Thank you for saying my name. I missed you.’?” He knows everything, and why his parents died: “It’s too late. All you can do is sit back and watch.”

Still the president continues to call, “Tae-sung-ah,” and Gun-wook shakes him off coldly. But the older man sputters — the shock is too much for his health, and he collapses. (Oh, GOD. Korean dramas and your convenient old-man health complications!)

Gun-wook rushes to catch him, and calls out worriedly. There goes his bad-boy pretense of not caring. In fact, he looks downright stunned as the housekeeper and Madam Shin rush in, the latter glaring at him and asking if this is what he wanted.

Obviously this does not look good for Gun-wook even if his conversation were innocuous, which it basically was. Madam Shin is hardly one to give him the benefit of that doubt and assumes the worst.

President Hong is taken to the hospital, where Madam Shin tells Tae-sung he should have fired Gun-wook. She insinuates that Gun-wook purposely caused the collapse, and although Tae-sung had previously defended Gun-wook from his mother, now he starts to put the pieces together. He asks if it’s true that Tae-ra is dating him.

He exits the room as Tae-ra comes running up, and now he levels a disapproving glare on her, asking if it’s true she’s dating Gun-wook. Accusingly, he says that their father called Gun-wook in to talk about it, which led to the collapse. (As though he has the right to pass any judgment. What, you decide to end years of reckless behavior and now you’re the paragon of virtue?)

Madam Shin tries to convince Tae-ra to stop dating Gun-wook, to which Tae-ra defends him. That’s easy for her since she doesn’t know the whole story, and she argues that there’s no reason to blame everything on Gun-wook. What motive could he have? Mom can hardly answer that honestly without implicating herself.

Madam Shin gives instructions to Secretary Kim to take care of That Thing That Should Have Been Taken Care Of A Long Time Ago, hint-hint wink-wink. The secretary resists, stating that he cannot participate in things the president doesn’t know about, and even dares to ask why he must do this.

She bribes him with the “highest position” she can offer, and he agrees to consider it. Not really the answer she was looking for. She says, “Somebody has to do it. Why, are you scared?” Uh, yeah, lady? If you’re asking your underling to kill somebody so that you don’t have to dirty your own hands, I’m gonna say he’s entitled to a little manly fear.

As Gun-wook drives home that night, thinking back to his meeting with the president, a car approaching from the other direction suddenly switches to his lane, heading straight for Gun-wook. He swerves to avoid colliding with the car head-on, but moments later he crashes into a pole instead.

Badly injured, Gun-wook manages to text his location to Old Cop, who is TOO DUMB to think anything of it and brushes off the weird message as a mistake. (Seriously, idiot cops? He was Suspect Number 1 in a murder, which by the way you never cleared him of — you just decided he was a sympathetic soul you could save — and you ignore a cryptic message from him?)

Now convinced that Gun-wook is out to ruin his family, Tae-sung fumes as he heads over to Gun-wook’s apartment, intent to do some bodily harm. However, when he arrives at the address provided by his employee, he finds Director Jang there instead. Tae-sung bursts in looking for Gun-wook, not pleased at the men’s claims they don’t know where Gun-wook lives.

Meanwhile, Jae-in is also looking for Gun-wook and waits outside his apartment all day. All her calls go unanswered, to her growing concern.

As a badly hurt Gun-wook is loaded into an ambulance, his phone drops to the grass by the road.

In the hospital, the doctors shock him with defibrillator paddles, trying to revive him. As they do, visions of Jae-in flash through his mind, one after another, like still photographs, until he flatlines.

OMG wut?

You’re just gonna kill him like that, loose ends and all?

No wait, you’re seriously killing him off?

That sound you hear is my brain exploding in outrage. I just spent 15 hours on this crap?!?

Anyway. Madam Shin gets confirmation from another henchman that “It has happened as you wanted.” She then tells the housekeeper that Secretary Kim checks out — that he did in fact kill Gun-wook, per her orders, and now his “loyalty” has been confirmed after she has had him followed.

She says this should have been done 20 years ago, and that she can’t be sure if Kim messed up on purpose or accidentally, where the “messed up” refers to letting Gun-wook live.

The housekeeper hazards a question after Gun-wook’s welfare, but is told to shut her mouth. Madam Shin figures she’ll be able to sleep well tonight for a change, because you know how MURDER takes such a weight off your mind!

Madam Shin dotes on her husband in a wonderful mood, telling the unconscious president that she took of that “troubling man,” who agreed to “disappear quietly.” Why all the pretty euphemisms now, Madam Shin? She says that taking in the boy who eventually killed Tae-kyun was her mistake: “I took care of my own mistake, so you ought to tell me I did a good job, that I worked hard.” BECAUSE I’M INSANE, is the unspoken implication. Just look at that smug smile.

Tae-ra’s husband moves out, having decided to comply with her request for a divorce. She brings up the impending investigation about Haeshin’s slush funds, and he warns her to prepare herself to handle the mess in her father’s absence.

Gun-wook doesn’t show up to work the next morning, on account of his death and all. This leaves his department in a crunch, so Jae-in offers to take care of the materials that Gun-wook was supposed to prepare for the presentation today. Which makes no sense because she’s an ART CONSULTANT, not a construction planner, but whatever.

Therefore Jae-in gives the presentation for the robot theme park, and everyone is keenly aware that Gun-wook’s chair remains empty.

Tae-ra calls her brother in to ask about Gun-wook, only to get a bluff in reply: “I met him yesterday and killed him.” Tae-sung smirks at her shocked reaction, then clarifies that he was going to kill him, but couldn’t find him.

Like his mother attempted to do, he tries to get Tae-ra to see that Gun-wook is dangerous, that he only approached Tae-ra because of Haeshin. He gets most of the details correct, though he misses a few details, saying that Gun-wook caused Tae-kyun to die and Father to collapse, thereby making Tae-ra the successor. That would enable Gun-wook to have Haeshin for himself.

Tae-ra reels from this information, ordering her brother to leave while she attempts to process all this.

A flashback takes us back to the Gun-wook/Sun-young conflict, as Gun-wook voiceovers, “Noona, I’m sorry…” In the memory, he asks why she is still dating Tae-sung when she said she’d break it off. She answers ruefully that she wants her own family with a husband and child, and urges him to forget his vendetta.

Gun-wook’s question from the first episode repeats now: “Is the place I’m headed to heaven? Or is it hell?”

The housekeeper asks Secretary Kim how long he has known that Gun-wook was Tae-sung. Is everything really happening because of that child?

Kim answers cryptically that the truth will be revealed after everything ends. God, if that’s a warning for this drama I’m gonna throw something. Also: Really, you two, you’ve both worked for the family for 30 years and this is the first time you’re sharing information?!

Madam Shin comes to work humming, perfectly content with the outcome of her hit job, but that comes to a swift end. When she heads to her desk to take a seat, her chair slips away from her grasp and she lurches back in shock to see the bloody cigarette lighter on her desk. She recognizes it as Gun-wook, and is mightily spooked, knocking it to the ground in a freaked-out gesture.

Across town at the hospital, this is the same moment that the unconscious President goes into some kind of attack as though symbolic. But I don’t believe in this supernatural hoodoo — not in this drama, at least — and we get an explanation for the lighter’s mysterious appearance when we see Gun-wook’s partner lurking around. Ah, so he’s picked up where Gun-wook has left off, has he?

At the hospital, the family is reassured by the doctor, who says that the president suffered a cardiac spasm. Although it could have been very dangerous, thankfully he’s fine now and will recover.

Madam Shin takes Secretary Kim aside to ask him furtively — with the door open, silly woman — whether he truly confirmed Gun-wook’s dead body. He did, but his answer does not satisfy her, and she warns him not to mess with her. Kim reminds her that they’re in the same boat now — there’s no reason for him to lie.

She wants to confirm the body with her own eyes, but Gun-wook has been cremated and his ashes scattered. And lo and behold, who should happen to overhear the conversation but Tae-ra, who notices her mother through the open doorway. She doesn’t seem to understand the severity of the conversation, however.

Tae-sung brings Jae-in to see his father and introduces her. Jae-in makes her greeting, and Tae-sung vows that he’ll turn into a good guy and marry her, which by the way is also his way of honoring the notion of filial piety, “So please wake up.”

Alas, there never was a party pooper even poopier than Madam Shin, who swoops in to put a damper on this moment. She scolds Tae-sung for bothering his ill father, casting a disparaging eye on Jae-in. Tae-sung bristles, telling her not to talk like that and says firmly, “She’s my woman.”

He moves to escort Jae-in away from this distasteful encounter, but to her credit Jae-in stands up straight and insists on saying her piece. Looking Madam Shin straight in the eye, she says calmly, “I’ll see you next time… Mother.”

As Tae-sung walks her home, he proposes that they marry as soon as his father wakes up. He was always such a troublemaker, but seeing his father like that gives him a lot of regrets, “But since I have you, I feel the courage to start over. Thank you.” Jae-in uses his father’s illness as a excuse to suggest not rushing too much, although we know she’s got other reasons to be dragging her feet.

He leans in to kiss her good night, and although she doesn’t pull back this time, she very slightly tilts backward. . After he leaves, she tries again to call Gun-wook. Again, no dice.

She’s growing increasingly upset and worried at this inability to get in touch with Gun-wook, so Jae-in drops by Director Jang’s restaurant to ask about his whereabouts. Jang doesn’t know any more than she does, but as coincidence would have it (of course!), the two cops swing by in time to catch her.

Jae-in pleads with them to find Gun-wook, too worried to care that she’s contradicting her earlier statement that she doesn’t know him. It’s been a week since she last spoke to him. The cops are perturbed to hear this, and it’s only now that they recall the text message received on the night he died. Young Cop takes a look and says that it’s a locator message — he’d sent them his location via GPS, and NOW the Old Cop is all interested. (Worst. Cops. Ever.)

Tae-ra’s husband finds her at the office to tell her that he sent the divorce papers to her as she requested. Tae-ra, like Jae-in, has been trying to get in touch with Gun-wook all this time and has been worried. Now she asks her husband — whom she knows investigated Gun-wook — for his address.

Thus with the aid of a locksmith, Tae-ra gains entry to his apartment, and takes her first look around his modern, sophisticated lair. She happens to spot the Polaroid photo of Gun-wook with Jae-in, just as Jae-in bursts in calling, “Gun-wook-ah!”

Well, this is awkward.

The two ladies face off, and in the absence of Gun-wook, what we get is a mind game and power play as they attempt, in turn, to one-up each other. First up is Tae-ra, who hardens at the sight of Jae-in and asks what she’s doing here.

Jae-in hurries to shut the door to the inner sanctum, aka the Den of Crazy, so that Tae-ra doesn’t see his revenge plans. That accomplished, she stands her ground against Tae-ra, who insinuates that Jae-in sure is cozy around here. By the way, how is her relationship with Tae-sung going, again? The threat to upset that relationship is implicit in the question.

Jae-in fumbles a bit, clearly on the defensive, while Tae-ra asks if she’s serious about her brother. She warns Jae-in to be careful and essentially tells her to back off. Rawr!

But now it’s Jae-in’s time to ask some uncomfortable questions, such as how Tae-ra came to be here. Tae-ra lies and says Gun-wook gave her a key, and that she sent Gun-wook away for a brief trip. She tells Jae-in to stop worrying about him, implying that she’ll take that place. And when he returns, she’ll marry him.

Jae-in is taken aback and this, and she has no reason to doubt Tae-ra’s lies, so the news is a strong blow. She’s relieved on one hand, since there’s an explanation for his disappearance, but also pretty hurt.

After Jae-in leaves, she reels a bit from this information.

Tae-ra waits in the empty apartment, thinking back to all her encounters with Gun-wook and how he confessed his love for her.

As a result, Jae-in comes home feeling crushed. This results in a short temper with her sister, whom she tells that she and Gun-wook can’t be together, nor can they even be friends: “That’s how we can both have what we want.”

Won-in assumes that she’s talking about money — that Gun-wook must have been in pursuit of a rich woman. She’s disdainful of their choices to pass up real affection for mercenary gains, but Jae-in isn’t in the mood to hear this and warns her sister not to mention his name ever again. She vows to forget everything.

The cops finally decide to earn their keep and do some real investigating, and arrive at the location of Gun-wook’s car accident. There they find his blood-spattered phone, and decide to look into all the accidents that occurred in the area on the night in question. Good to know those brains are functional — when they choose to use them, that is.

Tae-ra presents her divorce documents to her mother, who naturally doesn’t take the news well. Tae-ra says that it doesn’t have to do with Gun-wook, and that she wants to live her own life now. She asks her mother not to interfere with her relationship with Gun-wook, saying, “If we love each other, there’s no reason we can’t marry.”

Mom asks how she can marry him, given “who he is.” Tae-ra picks up on that odd wording and asks who he is, then, which makes Madam Shin realize she has slipped. Without a better retort on hand, she shrieks, “How should I know?!” Ha.

Tae-ra senses that her mother is hiding something and hones in on that. She presses for an explanation, saying that she loves him. So Madam Shin spits out, “He’s dead.”

Almost immediately she realizes she’d rather not have said that, and amends that she means Tae-ra ought to think of him as dead. I feel like Madam Shin is taking the very worst possible approach and is actually pushing her daughter further than she’d go on her own, like a rebellious teen would react just to spite her parents. Case in point: Tae-ra says that she can give up Haeshin and her family, “But I can never give him up.” She declares that she will divorce, then marry Gun-wook.

So Madam Shin pulls out her final card, and reveals that Gun-wook is Tae-sung the First.

Jae-in hears about the car accident from the cops. They inquire at the hospital, where they hear that a guarantor escorted the dead motorist in the ambulance. That’s odd, since Gun-wook has no family and nobody to be his guarantor — so who would have taken custody of the dead Gun-wook?

Jae-in’s first reaction is denial, and she cries brokenly that it can’t be Gun-wook. Old Cop pacifies her with maybes and It could be wrongs, but the Young Cop starts to protest. Jae-in, ever the sharp one, guesses they’re lying to her and wants to see his corpse for herself. However, that’s not possible because but somebody took it away.

Old Cop thinks aloud, musing that even if someone at Haeshin found out Gun-wook was Tae-sung, there’d be no reason to take his body. (You idiot cop, why are you talking about open investigations in front of a possible witness?) Naturally this cryptic speech piques Jae-in’s interest, and she asks for an explanation and hears the whole story about Gun-wook being the discarded Tae-sung.

Meanwhile, Madam Shin continues with her diatribe against Gun-wook, saying that he approached the family purposely, killed Tae-kyun, and sent her father to the hospital, bent on revenge. Tae-ra is stunned, uttering denials of why that’s ridiculous even as her devastated reaction shows that she believes it.

Madam Shin tells Tae-ra to get it together and realize the truth. She lies that once he’d been found out, he’d asked her for money and promised to go away.

As the news sinks in, Jae-in cries outside the hospital and asks, “You’re joking with me, aren’t you? Where are you? Come out quickly. Come quickly. Come out quickly, I’m sorry.”

The next day, Madam Shin arrives at work, chipper as ever, and heads to her desk. But once again she is greeted with a frightful sight, and shrieks in fear at the sight of the lighter. She’d tossed it out her window, and yet here it is, sitting on her desk yet again.

And somewhere far away, in some sort of institution, is a disheveled-looking figure looking blankly out the window.

Wha—?

Can exploded brains be put back together? I’m gonna need it back in order to sort all this out.

 
COMMENTS

Wait, so Secretary Kim to the rescue after all? Or is this Gun-wook’s partner taking up the mantle in his absence?

I like the fact that Madam Shin ordered the hit(s) — finally someone’s actually EVIL, instead of just selfish! This drama has hinted at all sorts of shadowy demons lurking behind pretty facades, but we didn’t get any, till these past two episodes. So yay. Although I really wish we’d gotten it sooner instead of all that romance entanglement. (Not that I don’t like a good entangled romance! But this drama could have been better than that, and more than that, and it’s too bad that for a whole chunk of episodes it wasn’t.)

I think the problem I had with Episode 14 wasn’t simply the plot turns themselves but the suddenness of the events. Suddenly Gun-wook is a loose cannon and laughing maniacally? That might have been an intriguing turn of events, if only they hadn’t slammed into a brick wall with Episode 15. I wasn’t a fan of Gun-wook’s descent into madness, but if they were going to do it, it would have been far more interesting to see his descent carefully calibrated to increase from episode to episode (see: Story of a Man), rather than swinging in out of nowhere, then swinging back out of the picture just as quickly. It became really obvious in Episodes 14 and 15, and plot points that could have been perfectly serviceable seemed jarring and random. This drama has been characterized by a steady, slow, gradual build of tension, and an overnight burst of plot produces a very strange energy. Almost like producers woke up and thought, “Oh crap! What do you mean, we only have three episodes left? How do we cram all this stuff in?”

On the other hand, on the upside we get Madam Shin’s descent into madness (or at least paranoia), which ought to be fun. I actually think the drama misstepped in an earlier episode when they showed Madam Shin having those nightmares, hinting at a guilty conscience. Bitch HAS no guilty conscience, as evidenced by the way she was practically skipping and singing after Gun-wook died. It’s much better to reserve that Lady Macbethian disintegration for now, when she’s being pushed off the brink.

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74 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. gemini28

    hee hee. I totally recognise THE BLOODY LIGHTER from Santa

  2. cheanne

    Yipee!!! Thanks…..Now off to read while on coffee break and the boss is out….hehe

  3. LoveGFJB

    Thanks Santa, for bringing back our beloved JB … keep up the hilarious work JB….

  4. sweet synergy

    another LOL moment. Javabeans to the rescue! whats going on in the dramabeans land?

  5. raye

    thanks for the real deal!
    ah…it’s sad to see santa being banished…
    good luck with your reindeer union problems! seeya in december~~ ^^

  6. hh

    Wow, what an episode! It’s very confusing.. Perhaps Secretary Kim saved Gun Wook as there is another secret? Oh boy. I sure hope there’s no amnesia-thingy on this show.. ;( Btw, thanks for the recap :)

  7. catyeo

    JB, both you and GF really make my day…<3

    But then, seriously, I wonder how is Santa's recap on ep. 16 and 17?
    I think it will be supercalifagilisticexpialidocious…Hope he/she can solve the reindeer mess and do these recaps.. ;p

  8. Jen

    I just had to LOL @ #1’s comment. Me, too!

  9. leslie

    thank god your back….wohoooo

    don’t ever let santa come near here again….

    We love you JB and GF….

  10. 10 Jenju

    Yes!

    I thought we were gonna miss out on a recap for ep 15.

    So happy to read this while I’m supposed to be working o a script with Thai Take-Out.

    I do however, like the addition of Santa Claus to the DramaBeans family. I actually hope that isn’t the last we see of him.

    BTW, I’m more inclined to think it’s Secretary Kim helping GW out and not his partner in crime… why? I dunno.

  11. 11 Ning

    Thank you for take two!

    This show is getting too painful to watch, too many weird developments and even I, usually happy-go-lucky with anything, can feel the effect of the mad rush to the end.

    I still think 14 is the best because it’s the peak of the build-up tension, from there everything is just free-falling to the abyss. Even sadder, because I love this show and emotionally invested in it. It’s so hard to see it become a mess of events.

    The Santa’s recap actually make me feel better, I even wish we could have Santa’s reviewing 16 & 17 as he’d skip all the sad plot development and reduce everything to news bites.

  12. 12 leslie

    I dont want santa i like jb and gf’s recaps

  13. 13 crazedlu

    dig it.. the recap. hah. i’m just excited for the end because of everything that’s happened while filming this drama. let’s see how they do.

  14. 14 tm

    thankkew for the recaps take 2! i didn’t know the whole santa drama… until i went to take a look at the take 1 recaps. I’d to travel back to the ep 14 to check out about the santa drama…

    I agreed with jb / gf that my mind is about to explode from this ep due to the fast moving of plots. Hmmm, probably its not really that fast actually, but its kinda here and there i feel. and the events are pretty much how the character are reacting to gw’s MIA. probably in preparation for the next episode to explode.

    I was shocked that gw “died” during the middle of the show. and after really believing it towards the end of the ep, han gain (jae in)’s crying scene really touched me and i teared up too. cos i will miss kng!

    there was a last scene where we saw the legs of gw only! omg i thot someone in the hospital was being hanged or what……..

    i think i’m a little weird in my own taste, but i like mdm’s shin’s hysterical acting and screaming.. no one can pull it off like her. haha.

  15. 15 tm

    @Ning i think ep 14 was filmed before kng got his confirmation for his sudden enlistment. The whole filming team then had to rush from ep 15 onwards.

  16. 16 elisa

    lol how you’re going to hate the last episode haahah :)

  17. 17 Pinny

    @elisa

    Yes, I really hate it and I also don’t like ep 16!
    I’m sad because it started of as a good show…
    and I really enjoyed watching ep 1-14…

  18. 18 jodasg

    @16, I hated eps 17 (last) as well. Wanted to rant abt it but considering some ppl hv yet to watch it …. :X

    & yes, those cops are just useless in this show. Geezh, u expect them to be actually more useful but nope, they are just props.

    The show would probably hv a smoother ride if KNG did not got enlist suddenly. :(

  19. 19 Fafa

    This episode was the result of Korea Military system not postponing KNG’s enlistment date. I did not like it even a bit.

    Thanks for the recap.

  20. 20 reddandelion

    i dont usually comment but i LOVE the song! great great song.

    btw, thanks for all the recaps~ i could marry you/ (in California) javabeans. (:

  21. 21 missy

    i thought you’re not going to do this! haha though Santa is humorous, i still want the real deal which has more sense.

    sadly IT IS VERY MUCH OBVIOUS that the episodes starting from the last one were premature. wow, how i miss the slow building of tension. that is one of the best traits of this show. and we cannot blame anyone (or can we?)

    gaaah i don’t know what to feel!

  22. 22 omo

    @ catyeo
    I’m hoping for Santa’s recap on Ep 17. Probably 3 short words, or maybe one.

    At any rate, I think a lot of people don’t realize who Santa really is. Now, that’s funny.
    Yeah, I am done with this Show. ARRRRRRGGGHHH!!!!

  23. 23 Mel

    How LOVELY!!!! Thanks so much.. JB and GF make all the racket and chaos go away… It’d be great if SANTA would do a recap on each episode just prior to each actual recap… Cool, just wanted to say you go girls… Thanks for all the hard work!!! And everybody CHILL…

    Please tell Santa come by often… Ummm, he does know who has been naughty or nice… I believe the reindeer will withdraw the case and make up with Santa and get that list ready just in time for the holidays… Thanks..

  24. 24 aya-chan

    been lurking for a while and i gotta say: PLEASE BRING SANTA BACK!!!

    i totally agree with JB & GF’s view regarding BG. the plot had a lot of loopholes. great cast but the plotline was just ____________________.

  25. 25 Lilly

    This drama is so “PLOTWEIRD”! Sorry but BG might be cursed. Before the drama’s airing, the chanel wanted to air a show where KSN was supposed to act in (a role that she rejected after) when this show had not yet its casts finalized. Then they stopped airing the drama for a while because of the WC. Obviously, when it came back, the drama lost the dynamism it created before the WC. Afterwards the main lead actor must quit the show so his character is killed in the middle of the drama…

    • 25.1 anastassia

      LOL

      He is not died babe in this middle of the drama. He is alive. They fake it.

  26. 26 Lilly

    What a waste of the potentially best drama of the year !

  27. 27 Angelz777

    WTF is with this guy’s mustache! Seriously!!!

  28. 28 serendipity

    Aw, you are so nice. If I were you I would have let the clamouring entitled masses eat dirt. :-)

  29. 29 jossy

    personally I’ve just completely given up on this drama, actually well, no since i watched last nights finale ep…
    ****POTENTIAL SPOILER /rant****
    Super-Duperly disappointed in the ending to say the least..
    It could’ve been something great but flopped, the delay in airing didn’t help and KNG’s enlistment added to its woes.. Sheer Crap Luck really.. :(

    anywho Totally Love you JB & GF.. as I always do.. hehe

  30. 30 poo

    @1….yeah me too….santa kinda spoiled it but it was super hilarious! Needed sme change…but love ur recaps jb n gf.

  31. 31 sajor

    thanks jb.. but again i have to disagree, there’s certainly christmas in august, and you are the present!

  32. 32 mr shakie

    this series should be renamed “bad mom”
    then everything would fit

  33. 33 Apple

    ” Bitch HAS no guilty conscience, as evidenced by the way she was practically skipping and singing after Gun-wook died. It’s much better to reserve that Lady Macbethian disintegration for now, when she’s being pushed off the brink. ”

    i was lauging while reading ur side comment, JB….

    thank God u full recapped dis ep….i appreaciate dat…..and Santa was hilarious too…. :)

    i dunno why but i REALLY really really hate madam shin screen presence….

    the show will going to be much lighter w/o her but i guess we can’t do that…she’s the main factor here…the one who initiate GW vendetta, thus supplying us with storyline….

    but gosh! really….i hate her eyes, her mouth, her banshee scream…everything bout her!! it’s SCARY!!! i got headeache everytime i watched her scene ….

    maybe i’m being unfair here…maybe outside she’s a nice lady…maybe her MAKE UP make her scary….i dunno…i dun care….

    p/s : juz voice out my thought…pardon me for my language… :)

  34. 34 pat

    The mental hospital would have made a better ending.

  35. 35 orangelauren

    Wait, so when does Tae-sung’s hair get insulted?

  36. 36 Lahlita

    Hah, you actually released the episode 15 recap, JB? I seriously thought you were just going to skip straight ahead to episode 16, which would have been wicked. I was sure you going to release episode 16, let people freak out and get mental, wait a few hours, and then release the episode 15 recap. Ah, well. Despite your badass-ness, you and Girlfriday are still so much nicer than I.

    I may be missing this, but I’ve yet to actually grasp the importance or use of Jae-in. What does she actually contribute to the show? Everyone else seems needed and organic, or as organic as you can be in such a story, but she seems like an inserted character, there to react and be loved on and just … be there. She has no plot or strong characterizations. She doesn’t really drive any part of the story. Or does she? I feel really stupid for not catching on to her narrative purpose, and in a melo-thriller, all characters need a strong narrative purpose. Secretary Kim has more narrative umph in this drama. What am I missing? This has been frustrating me since episode 2.

    I’m not trying to be snarky, I’m genuinely confused. It doesn’t really bother me in other dramas when the token pretties are side-characters, but Jae-in is written as being so central based on her relationships with Gun-wook and Tae-sung, and yet … she’s like a narrative void. What am I missing??? What are your thoughts, JB? Or anyone else? Maybe Santa would like to comment?

  37. 37 Apple

    hahaha….i’m curious and yet felt weird when GW died in the middle of the drama…it can’t be, i think….and WHOOPSS! the ending scene at the hospital with GW staring outside blankly….dun tell me it’s goin to be short time amnesia….
    we are running out of time, SHOW!!! plizzz give us satisfying ending….wrapped it up nicely….then, we all be glad for our bad guy…hehe…

  38. 38 Qwenli

    Monae inherited her mom’s bad genes………….

  39. 39 ccricket

    I want the bad guy to be totally bad and maaaad

  40. 40 anais

    First, the drama in the comments section of Ep 14 felt like life imitating art. Random burst of intense animus from out of nowhere that fizzled just as quickly as the dramatic build-up and non-resolution seems to do in our titular drama. GF and JB, my hats off to you for the brilliant response.

    As for the Drama itself, OMG. Somewhere along the way, I recalled that the Bad Guy’s director also directed Let’s Go to School, Sangdoo and partly Winter Sonata. Enough said. Or rather, that Bad Guy is less than what it could have been can’t be attributed solely to its treatment by SBS and the unfortunate timing of KNG’s enlistment.

    Too bad that K-dramas aren’t plays that can be restaged differently with each theatrical run. There were so many lovely things about it: the acting (I’m so won over by Oh Yeon Soo, Kim Jae Wook, Shim Eun-Kyong, and Jung So-Min), its visuality (never had I tried to figure out how to capture screen shots until Bad Guy came around with its sumptuous cinematography), etc. 아깝다…

  41. 41 anais

    Wow, Qwenli, so not cool.

  42. 42 CPW

    @#26 “What a waste of the potentially best drama of the year !”
    I totally agree. This drama started out so BAD. I loved it…thought it would be different from the others. But the plotline, especially of the last few episodes totally killed it. I think I just wasted 20 hours on this “crap”.(17 Plus three for downloading time.) Alright, Show, I will forgive you this time because you are sending KNG off to the army and had to wrap it up in a rush.
    And, KNG, come back soon. We want to see you in real BAD actions…

  43. 43 evelia

    I don’t see the use of Jae in either. She affords nothing to the drama. My head hurts just trying to find a reason as to what her purpose is.

  44. 44 hkhklhkj

    thank you! :) never bring santa back.

  45. 45 Dorian

    I definitely agree…the final three or four episodes of Bad Guy felt like the producers/directors did a lot of heavy cutting to shrink the show from 20 to 17 episodes. Considering how hooked this show had me (good directing, attractive actors, pretty [overall] believable character arcs and interactions, and amazing music choices) I was a little let down with the way the series wrapped up. *Sigh*

  46. 46 Dorian

    Sorry for the dp…but the Jaein – Gun Wook interactions never really made sense…aside from the random older brother that was thrown in just to be equally quickly thrown out…that’s probably the only character interaction that never really made sense to me. Were they supposed to be just friends, have a brother-sister role, or be romantic? I liked them better as friends/bro-sis interactions because those felt the most believable to me. The romantic interactions between them were awkward and the sexual chemistry was never as real to me between them as say Tae-ra and Gun-Wook.

    Sigh…I agree with JB and GF…this show had some serious potential, and although I loved it because it was a lot grittier & held my attention better than my first K-Drama I watched (Prosecutor Princess)…there were some serious plot holes & missing pieces that could have been better addressed.

  47. 47 cingdoc

    Dear Santa(JB & GF),
    Once again, you ladies show us how classy and maganimous you are….I have yet to watch this drama,but read your recaps instead…THANKS for your hard works :)

  48. 48 Koe

    I agree on Jae-in. I like the character alright I guess, even though she is still boring to me. The actress portraying her is doing alright but she just doesn’t serve a purpose. Maybe the writers felt they had to throw in a romantic angle? Cause the plot could function without her. Might need a little tweeking, but it could.

  49. 49 asianromance

    Thank you for the recap! I’m pretty sad about this drama- there is a lot of good material here…but everything feels like a rough draft. Why isn’t there an editor there going like “wait this doesn’t make sense! change it!”

    “Oh, GOD. Korean dramas and your convenient old-man health complications!”—- I’m really curious about what korean people over the age of 60 think about this convenient kdrama cliche! I wonder if there are kdramas out there where shocking news is revealed and all the younguns turn to the old-timer in the room and expect him to faint- but then he goes “what are you all looking at? I’m not going to faint!”

  50. 50 xtool

    Welcome back, Javabeans. Thank you to both of you and GF for your great work recapping t his amazing mess of a show. Are you going to see it through to the (totally unsatisfactory, IMHO) end? How many times can a series explode your brain and still expect you to regenerate it (the brain, that is) and keep going? What is this, China, where the basic plot line seems to be that everyone behaves badly and then dies?

    Somewhat frustrated…

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