Drama Recaps
Bad Guy: Episode 16
by | August 9, 2010 | 104 Comments

Deck the walls with lots of padding /
Fa la la la la la la la la /
‘Tis the season to go crazy /
Fa la la la la la la la la /
Don we now our white straightjackets /
Fa la la la la la la la la /
Madam Shin is gonna get it /
Fa la la la la la LA LA LA /

What? Someone said it was Christmas.


Jae-in gets the whole backstory on Gun-wook (minus the rain-soaked flashback with the dead dog, so she’s one up on us, anyway) and wanders off in delirium, calling out his name. The cops wonder if they said too much. Oh, you think?

Madam Shin continues to be spooked. She threatens Gun-wook’s lighter that she’s not going to be defeated. You tell that lighter! I have to say, this is the first time I’ve ever thought that Gun-wook’s partner in crime was useful in any way. His psychological warfare with Madam Shin using one inanimate object is sheer genius.

Old Cop calls Jae-in to ask her if anyone at Haeshin, particularly Tae-sung or Madam Shin, may have had any reason to off Gun-wook. She’s startled to think that they might have murdered him, but Old Cop is quick to be like, no, no—we’re just looking into all avenues of inquiry. Seriously? Anyone-around-you-a-murderer followed by: just kidding? Worst cop ever.

He does provide one nugget though: someone is definitely covering Gun-wook’s tracks, dead or alive. Jae-in immediately remembers Tae-ra’s lie that she sent Gun-wook on a trip and starts running.

She confronts Tae-ra about the lie, but she won’t budge in any way. Jae-in asks her if maybe they’re all in on it, to get rid of Gun-wook. Not knowing the severity of the situation, (his presumed death) Tae-ra keeps posturing to keep her claim on her man. Jae-in asks if she knows about Gun-wook’s real identity, which Tae-ra plays off coolly as news to her.

Jae-in can tell that she’s still lying, so she plays her last hand. She tells her that Gun-wook is dead. Tae-ra is shocked, but also immediately starts suspecting someone, as she murmurs to herself, “Is it possible…?”

Jae-in, voice shaking, tells her that if her family found out who Gun-wook was and did something to him, she won’t let it go. She storms out, leaving Tae-ra stunned.

She decides to go straight to the source, and marches right over to Madam Shin’s office. She happens to overhear yet another conversation between her mother and Secretary Kim, where they totally reveal their murderous ways. Why so lazy, Show?

To her credit, Tae-ra walks right in there to confront them both. She tells them that Gun-wook is dead, and then, for some god-forsaken reason that only makes sense in Opposite Land, she believes her mother’s excuses that this is the first time she’s hearing about it. Never mind that she let slip that Gun-wook was dead the other day, nor the conversation you just overheard. Who needs amnesia when there’s just plain ol’ denial?

She gets the runaround from both Mother and Secretary Kim, then goes to the auditorium where she and Gun-wook had their lockdown imaginary movie date to have a good cry.

Tae-sung attempts a grand gesture in giving Jae-in a car and an officetel, but she’s not interested in shiny new digs at the moment. She’s in such a daze that Tae-sung calls her out on it, even cluing into the fact that it’s about Gun-wook and his unknown whereabouts. She asks how he can be so cold about Gun-wook now, but his perspective has changed (so very quickly) since finding out that he was using Tae-ra to get to Haeshin. She asks if he really believes that about Gun-wook, which gives him pause, but he doesn’t budge.

And Jae-in continues to serve her story purpose: she drops another bomb on yet another Hong family member. She tells him that Gun-wook was Original Recipe Tae-sung, and the news is so shocking for him that he walks away in angry disbelief.

He starts to remember all the clues, as the realization sinks in.

We get another look at Gun-wook, who’s definitely looking crazy. I’m going to go with ‘mental ward,’ and ‘got his brains squished in accident,’ until further notice.

OH. YEAH. Definitely cuckoo for cocoa puffs.

Aw, man. Really, Show? REALLY?

Tae-sung goes to see his father, and confesses with tears in his eyes that Gun-wook, despite having everything taken from him by Tae-sung, actually looked after him. Aw. You mean these two really could have ended up as hyung/dongseng, and we’re being robbed of that because Gun-wook’s brains got fried?

Tae-ra joins him, and he gets all riled up again over Gun-wook using her. Tae-sung: “Do you love him?” Tae-ra: “Yes. Whether he used me for revenge or because he wanted Haeshin—it doesn’t matter. I love him. But the person I love…whether he’s dead or alive…there’s no trace of him.”

Her earnestness provokes something in Tae-sung, as he begins to empathize with her for the first time. But Father must’ve heard her too, because he stirs awake. I would be happy, except the only reason I cared about President Hong was because of his potential relationship with Gun-wook, but with his now-scrambled brains, that’s all moot.

Jae-in goes back to Gun-wook’s place, and breaks down as she straightens his shoes—the ones he had put on her feet when he came to her rescue. She looks at their picture and cries, saying, “Gun-wook-ah, where are you? You’re coming back, right? I’ll be waiting…so you have to come back, okay?” It’s a little heartbreaking to see her wait so fervently, even after knowing that he’s dead. Or perhaps it’s heartbreaking because we know he’ll never return as the old Gun-wook.

President Hong is back home in a wheelchair, and he can’t speak, so HE’s suffered some long-term brain damage as well. Are no brains safe, Show? But his faculties remain intact, as he eyes Madam Shin’s perverse declarations of “hooray, murder” with disgust.

As she starts to wheel him to the bedroom, she has a panic attack at the sight of young Gun-wook’s ghost. She screams at the top of her lungs that he’s supposed to be dead. Definitely losing her mind, this one. So…three out of seven characters with brain damage, huh Show? Will there be a family reunion at the asylum?

Dare I say, President Hong looks pleased that his wife is losing her marbles.

Tae-ra gets a package in the post, and it’s a mini-recording device. She turns it on, and it’s a recording of Madam Shin’s initial kill order to Secretary Kim. Nice move. Tae-ra FINALLY lets herself put all the pieces together, and believes that her mother could have killed Gun-wook. It seems Madam Shin received her own copy, which she throws in anger. She’s now quite convinced he’s alive somewhere, and calls one of her minions to find him.

Tae-ra confronts Madam Shin about the recording, and this time she doesn’t let her mom talk her way out of it. She presses her, and when Madam Shin can’t answer, she knows that what she suspects is true. Tae-ra asks if she ordered Secretary Kim to kill Gun-wook. Madam Shin finally says, “I told him to remove him from my sight.” Ugh. She says “remove” like it was a painting that was an eyesore. But she refuses to admit that she killed anyone.

Tae-ra cries that of anyone, she’s lost the most for Gun-wook—her sister, her father, her family—and pleads with her mother to give him back to her. I know you FEEL like you’re the most hurt, most entitled, most deserving…but love doesn’t actually work that way. That’s something you don’t know because everyone in your family thinks that you can buy, earn, and take whatever you want. Your tears incite pity from me, but nothing else.

She has an imaginary conversation with Gun-wook where she tells him to stop playing and come out, and she pleads desperately that she doesn’t care if he uses her if he just returns.

Jae-in quits her job, and gets a call from Old Cop that they found Gun-wook. She rushes over and Old Cop takes her to the hospital. He warns her that they don’t know his condition, so to brace herself in case it’s bad. Well that’s an understatement.

It looks like Gun-wook is having flashbacks to his traumatic childhood, but whether or not he has amnesia is really unimportant compared to the fact that his BRAINS ARE MUSH, no? And I know that you’re trying to be Girl, Interrupted, but it’s coming across as over-the-top crazy and lacks all subtlety, which is strange, because usually this show’s strength is in its mood.

Jae-in finally finds him, rocking back and forth and sticking his tongue out. She’s a great mix of happy to see him alive, and heartbroken to see him this way. She sweetly just calls him “Gun-wook-ah,” and he answers, so it looks like he’s reverted to a childlike fugue state, while still knowing who he is.

Jae-in: “Why didn’t you tell me you were hurting? I could have listened.” He tries to write on the wall with his finger, so Jae-in gives him the pen that he had retrieved for her so long ago. But he can’t work it and goes back to scratching at the wall maniacally. When Jae-in tries to stop him, tears in her eyes, Gun-wook looks up at her: “Mom, why are you crying?” Oof. Okay. That was heartbreaking.

She holds him tight, and says through her tears, “Mom’s not crying. I’m not crying, my baby.” He continues to go batshit crazy while she cries her heart out.

Old Cop finds out from the doctor that Gun-wook arrived at the hospital fine, but went crazy due to a traumatic incident. So he just had some psychotic break, unrelated to any physical trauma? Great. Deus ex machina, meet JB. Have fun with that finale, javabeans!

Tae-sung is waiting for Jae-in when she arrives near home, and he tries to get her to un-quit her job. That doesn’t even register with her, as she tells him that she wants to be by Gun-wook’s side. He thinks she’s just overreacting because she misses him, and she replies that while Gun-wook may have hurt Tae-sung, she’s the one who hurt Gun-wook, and she thinks he needs her.

He tries to convince her that Gun-wook is just trying to steal her because he stole Sun-young away. But Jae-in says that regardless of the reason, that’s where she’s going. It’s good to see her FINALLY showing some resolve to stick to her guns, even if it’s too little, too late. As for Tae-sung, his eyes fill with angry tears as he asks, “Then what about me?”

Jae-in: “I want to be by Gun-wook’s side, and be his strength.” Tae-sung refuses to give her up, and all Jae-in can do now is say she’s sorry. Tae-sung pride can’t hold back his tears any longer, and they start to fall.

Jae-in tells him not to like someone like her. He pulls her in for a forced hug, as he confesses that when he should have held onto Sun-young, he couldn’t manage to do it. So he told himself that if he ever loved again, he’d never let go, and do everything the other person wanted. Jae-in: “What I really want right now…is for you to let me go.” It finally sinks in and he lets her go.

President Hong uses all his energy to glare at Madam Shin because that’s all he can do for now. She wonders if he’s mad at her, and goes closer to him, which is when he manages to grab onto her shoulder and send her screaming in pain and fear. He looks ready to kill her, but has another stroke and goes down.

Jae-in contemplates Gun-wook’s condition as Won-in questions her about whether she’s made a choice between Gun-wook and Tae-sung, or still two-timing them. Jae-in takes off Tae-sung’s watch, and Won-in is ecstatic about her choosing her favorite boyfriend. Jae-in wonders if maybe she made the choice too late, and Won-in agrees that she has, but that they can make a fresh start. Well, you’re partly right, Little Sister, as they will be starting anew as Mother and Son.

Over at Haeshin, the board takes a vote for the new President, and Tae-sung and Tae-ra are tied at fifteen votes each. They motion to take a revote, but then someone presents the board with Mo-nae’s vote, in writing, which of course goes to Tae-sung. Thus, to Madam Shin’s utter horror, the job of running Haeshin goes to Tae-sung.

She has a public freakout which mostly embarrasses herself and Tae-ra, and all the while Tae-sung tries to tell her that he doesn’t even want the job. The board members say that they want him to fill Daddy’s shoes, which is when Madam Shin pulls out the big guns. She announces that Tae-sung is NOT President Hong’s biological son, presenting the board with the DNA evidence to prove it.

They postpone the decision, and Tae-sung rushes over to look at the documents, which indeed show that he isn’t his father’s bloodline.

Tae-ra confronts her mother about who the real son is, and Madam Shin insists he died twenty years ago. She deduces at least the fact that her mother brought in Tae-sung on purpose and deceived the entire family. Madam Shin again shows no sign of remorse, either for the deception, or for crushing Tae-sung with the news, since she’s basically only ever treated him like a second-class citizen his whole life, and hasn’t magically grown a heart in the last two seconds.

Her entitled self-righteous dogma becomes so disgusting that even Tae-ra has had enough. She tells her mother that SHE can sit in the President’s seat, since that’s what she’s always really wanted.

Tae-sung reels at the thought that his whole existence, and even his entire rebellion against his family—was all based on lies.

Jae-in fills Gun-wook’s fridge with food, saying out loud that if he returns, no matter in what state, she’ll make him lots of delicious food. She urges him to return soon, and cries as she puts the groceries away.

Madam Shin finds out that Gun-wook is alive but crazy, and she orders yet another hit.

Tae-sung kneels by President Hong and takes his hand. He asks with childlike sincerity, “Father…I can still call you Father, right? Even from the attachment in raising me, couldn’t you allow me to be at your side a little longer? I was just starting to be a proper son…I haven’t even had the chance to do anything for you yet.” It’s a sweet moment, and President Hong can’t answer, but looks at him with a soft smile.

Madam Shin interrupts them, of course, because her Joy Radar went off, and she had to come kill it.

Tae-sung seems at peace knowing the truth, and he tells Madam Shin that he gets now why she was always so cruel to him. She tries to get him to stop calling her Mother, but he keeps doing it, and tells her that he never left to go to his biological mother because the Hongs never abandoned him. He wanted to repay that kindness someday.

Tae-sung: Thank you, Mother. All this while, I didn’t even recognize that you raised me, and all I did was throw tantrums. I should have done well from the start. I knew from the day I came to this house…that no one here would love me. That no one would accept me as family. I thought because you had grown attached to the kid before me…so I waited. If I had known back then that no one here could ever love me…it would have been easier.

Heart. Break. Madam Shin does show one crack in her armor, as she pities him and throws him one bone: “Your Father loved you.” He smiles, “Of all the words you’ve ever said to me, those were the warmest.”

On his way out, Tae-ra tries to comfort him, but he says that he should let go of his attachments and go his own way now. He leaves, and goes to meet Jae-in. She’s on her way to Gun-wook with a lunch she packed for him, and Tae-sung asks if he can go with her, as he has some things he wants to say to Gun-wook.

They end up heading over together, and arrive at the hospital ONE STEP behind Madam Shin’s assassin. Tension! Oh, how I’ve missed you.

The hitman walks down the dark hallway, and Gun-wook hears the footsteps in the rain and it triggers something in him. But by the time Jae-in and Tae-sung reach his room, it’s empty.

Madam Shin enters her office and gets a call from the hitman that Gun-wook has disappeared. Just as the thunder and lightning startle her, it lights up the dark office just enough to show a figure sitting in her chair, his back to her. She shrieks in horror, and Gun-wook lies in wait.

No! Deus ex machina, you were supposed to wait until the finale! Grumble, grumble…

Also, WTF?

Okay, that timeline is all screwy, and not just in a will-they-make-it-no-they-won’t way, that uses editing to make one action seem longer than another. Gun-wook had to have woken up AGES before those people even arrived at the hospital, what with the time it would take to a) get sane, b) get dressed in a snazzy suit, and c) haul ass to Haeshin in a thunderstorm. Just sayin’.

There was a lot of jarring editing throughout this episode (particularly multiple cuts of different angles on one person), and I get the stylistic emphasis on everyone’s frazzled emotions; I do. There’s just a LOT of it, and overusing any overtly stylized motif calls attention to itself and makes it seem like the director learned a shiny new trick, rather than being a narratively-motivated choice.

The switch to suspense-thriller was a surprise, and not the cleanest execution (since that’s not this drama’s genre), but I appreciate the attempt to have a little fun with the audience. Kudos for the attempt, Show, even if it didn’t quite fit.

About Gun-wook. I know. People are going to write hate mail. But what is up with the over-acting? I get it. Batshit crazy. There’s no need to go to such lengths to make it comical. No, not comical exactly…more like a caricature of a crazy person.

His story arc for this entire episode is as follows: alive, crazy, then not crazy. The end. I mean, WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN with how upsetting that is, for someone who has followed this character for 16 episodes, along a supposed mastermind plot for ultimate revenge, only to be pooped on, and then kicked, and then made fun of for caring?

I need a shower, a punching bag, and a hug.

The only upside I can see is that Jae-in is finally someone I can connect with now, because she’s finally choosing something (or someone), and doing something about it. Also Tae-sung had a great family-related arc in the second half of the episode that perhaps saved me from trying to drown my face in my drink.

Dear Gun-wook: I don’t care whose son you are. If you FAKED being crazy, I will disown you, kick you out in the rain, and sell your dog to the circus.


104 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. javabeans

    This episode was one heaping pile of WTF. Entertaining and fun to watch, but only if you weren’t trying to make all the plot points line up.

    And oy, the “I’m so crazy” acting was uncomfortable to watch.

    • 1.1 MEIKO**** ^-^

      agree. This is the episode where it starts to really, really get bewildering! had to literally stop and think for while, like “ok, what/why/huh??!!”…

  2. leslie

    Nice Recap…. Last 1….

    then My Girfriend is a nine tailed fox…. can’t wait….

  3. leslie

    hey JB why did you steal my 1st place

  4. leslie

    ^_^ i still love you though…

  5. simplygracey

    I was laughing when Gun Wook was batshit crazy. I also loved his cuteness overload as he did it.

    that’s just wrong man, so wrong.

  6. Ani

    Dude, there’s still a chance for Jae-in to go back to Tae-sung. I mean seriously, one episode makes a whole load of difference.

    As for “I need a shower, a punching bag, and a hug”, isn’t it usually in the order of 1) Some form of exercise, 2) Steamy shower, and 3)Hug/Soju/Piggy-back? If there’s one awesome thing about this episode, is that it made for a hilarious recap. XD

    P.S. Geez, Tae-sung I’ll have you if no one wants you. Psh.

    • 6.1 poo

      I kno i am nt liking it too…Jaei-n should go back to Tae-sung…poor Tae-sung 🙁
      P.S. Well i am ready to have Tae-sung too 😛

      • 6.1.1 thekors

        oh count me in. breaks my heart that TaeSung actually goes through the same amount of mental torment yet no one shows same enough of care towards him.

        “Dear Gun-wook: I don’t care whose son you are. If you FAKED being crazy, I will disown you, kick you out in the rain, and sell your dog to the circus.” – i literally LOLed at this.

  7. Linh

    The crazy acting really was just crazy. I definitely agree that it was bad. Am I the only one who thought the “Mom why are you crying”/”Mommy’s not crying” thing creepy??

    Newayz I enjoyed reading the recap. I can’t wait to read the recap for the last episode. I’ve seen it so I’ll just wait quietly for your reactions

  8. Yumi-chan

    So bad kitty of a thousand glares goes crazy and then goes uncrazy to hit she of the joy killing radar.

    Bad kitty is confusing lol

  9. captivated

    Maybe KNG next role will be in a rom com cause he’s funny…good job GF… i think no one will ever send you alot of hate message because they don’t want to see santa in august…just sayin…

  10. 10 zaha

    was i wrong to want to laugh when kng was doing the “crazy”?

    btw, he has really nice teeth x]

  11. 11 Kathy

    Only thing I want to say is that I’m so looking forward to JB’s rant on the final episode because that’s the one I have the most problems with. (I also want to add that I’m very bothered by KNG’s mustache and his “batshit crazy” acting actually makes me want to grab a shaver and shave it off of him right now!)

    Oh btw, I find that pic of Madam Shin’s frightened look hilarious.

  12. 12 Nancy

    Gosh, this drama had so much potential then it spiraled down further and further. I just can’t watch it anymore even though I love KNG to death; this drama just lost its potential and the overacting in the end was just ridiculous. Maybe because it was so rushed due to his military duties, but I so wish it had a different conclusion to all the crazy revenges.

  13. 13 me

    Thanks dear for the recaps tough I’m not enjoying it.

    I think better stop with the santa thingy. It getting overused already. Just ignore it and just relax about the issues. I kind annoyed with it.

    About this ep, I rather see Gun Wook be physiologically/depression traumatic rather than crazy alike.

  14. 14 haj

    “Why so lazy, Show?”
    I think it’s because of the whole cut-down-three-episodes deal that the show starts getting choppy.

    “For some god-forsaken reason that only makes sense in Opposite Land, she believes her mother’s excuses that this is the first time she’s hearing about it. ”
    Well, it’s her mother. Of course she’d be in denial. If someone told me that any member of my family had committed murder there’s no way I would believe them unless I got proof or heard it directly from the person. Even though Mme Shin is evil, Tae-ra must love her.

  15. 15 dramafan88

    Aww poor Tae Sung! I will let you hold on to me! Don’t let me go! Heh.

    This show is starting to disappoint me in so many ways….hope the finale saves it.

  16. 16 honest_will

    this ep was crazy
    we see GW go nut bat crazy and suddenly he returns to his former self
    was he faking it or what
    is he behind the chair
    i dont know
    i sometime wonder what happen to the whole story line
    its a shame he got into a car crash and stuff
    but everything is wtf
    ive already seen the last ep and it was, “MEH”
    i mean “MEH”
    ive watched alot of kdramas with the usual twist but this was so annoying to watch
    after watching it late at night, i couldn’t get over what the writers have done
    but thanks for the recaps
    keep it up
    and push through the last hour of ep 17

  17. 17 sweetkiss

    ah yes. i look forward to the final recap as we continue on the descent of whats left of this show -_-“

  18. 18 langdon813

    KNG’s over-acting in the nuthouse was definitely the low point of this episode, no question. Knowing that he’s capable of so much better makes it worse. I can only attribute it to exhaustion from filming 142 hours in a day in order to meet his M/S deadline.

    This was KJW’s episode to shine, though. But weren’t they all, really? I bought every single thing he tried to sell me. He brought his A+ game to this drama, no doubt about it. And to think I was worried that I’ve have trouble believing him as a viable second fiddle to KNG!

    But I did, so much so that if the two of them held hands and skipped merrily off into the sunset to live happily ever after, I’d be thrilled.

    Thanks GF!! 🙂

  19. 19 asianromance

    Thank you for the recap! This drama has some great material, but it seems like everything was thrown in together in such a haphazard way. Sigh. The only storyline that I can follow now is fake-Taesung’s.

    I’m in the camp who believes he is just faking being crazy. Maybe that’s how he kept himself from being discharged too early- so he can be in Madam Shin’s chair at the exact moment.

  20. 20 dee

    love the show but man, what do they think we are? we have brains too!

    waiting for the final rant!

  21. 21 Mars

    “Aw, man. Really, Show? REALLY?”

    This has been my exact reaction to the most recent episodes of BG. I’m watching the finale because I want to round things off, but there is very little enjoyment going on. At this point I’d be satisfied if Jae-in and Tae-sung were the end game OTP. That would be show saver in my opinion …. fingers crossed.

    “I also want to add that I’m very bothered by KNG’s mustache and his “batshit crazy” acting actually makes me want to grab a shaver and shave it off of him right now!”

    HAHAHA. That mustache is so weak sauce it’s bothered me the whole way through! So, thumbs up Kathy!

  22. 22 sleeplessinwgtn

    Man… and I have been painstakingly downloading the episodes to watch them in high quality and continuously (though I cheated and watched the first few). I don’t know if this is for me; I love some suspense, but not the “does-not-make-sense” type.

    I’m disappointed even by just reading the comments….

  23. 23 Qwenli

    er, when can we get the recap of ep 17 so that I can vent all my frustration of the murky ending???

    Please recap soon, so that we can all discuss, I am really abit confused with ep 17 partly due to all my fast forwarding but with all the stupid editing, am I to blame?


  24. 24 mush

    Don’t worry.

    This drama is not what it is expected.

    Rest assured and don’t jump into conclusion too soon. Please don’t spoil the mood. Me too thinks there is several flaws that can be better but the one thing that I not satisfied is only GW become crazy. Instead of that, I prefer he become psychological traumatic/depression for awhile.

    No. He is not faking it. Period.

    p/s: I’m sorry dear GF, but I think the Santa thingy is not funny anymore.

    • 24.1 girlfriday

      Oh, that’s so very kind of you.

      Since you asked so nicely, I called up a bunch of Korean Santas, just for you.

      • 24.1.1 maria

        nyahahahaah perfect comment

      • 24.1.2 Hannah

        Nice one haha – but really, that pic is very DNW o.o

      • 24.1.3 cingdoc

        @GF You go,girl 🙂 ……I know I love you for a reason 😉

    • 24.2 Hannah

      lol @ all of the last comment. such good manners, even when hating.

      the whole santa thing was funny just for all the great comments it received.

      • 24.2.1 thekors

        agree though. i seriously wonder why nitpicking Santa?

      • 24.2.2 Sukispop

        Hannah, I completely agree with your comments.

        And, GF, that’s a LOT of Santas! LOL

        Keep on bringin’ ’em! =)

  25. 25 april

    “I’m crazy.” was a little over the top for me. I felt naked while watching it. I could taste Kim Nam Gil’s embarassement when he watched his own performance…shudders to self.

  26. 26 pat

    What a sad hot mess. His being catatonic would have suited the character better than ‘Whatever crazy that director was
    going for. ( KNG can act,so I can’t put all the blame on him)
    for this making NO SENCE at all.
    I hope he never has to sit through this drama and forgets he ever did it in 2 years

  27. 27 Faye

    This drama is fun.

  28. 28 Hannah

    i loved too easily (or TS was too lovable?) and the show broke my heart – in a bad way. i don’t even know – just – this show? i have so much rage for the crack it went on right at the end. i didn’t even ask that much and – ugh.

  29. 29 Birdie

    KNG goes from not much expression,always that knowing glance at the beginning to overacting as a crazy person in this episode is bizarre. Lots of coincidences and timing issues . Too bad this drama had potential.

  30. 30 :P

    hmm…start anew as mother and son, perhaps with taesung-uncle? great family oh and won-in auntie…whoa, i liked this show, then in the real world, issues came up, KNG go bye-bye, world cup, * sigh * still, i hope the ending doesnt piss me off too much. but is tht asking for too much?

  31. 31 suhsi

    i really loved the whole series except ep 14-16 i was kinda disapointed….maybe its a result of cutting the episodes..but the last episode, for me was awesome…it was a return to what i loved about the previous eps…although it did seem a little rushed ….waiting to c what u thought of it…thanks for the recap…i was dissapointed with the metal ward..it seemed overacted…but i love KNG so im gonna overlook that tiny bit

  32. 32 catyeo

    Episode 16 in a nutshell…

    GW is alive.

    GW is mad.

    GW is maybe mad.

    What the heck!!

  33. 33 evelia

    Aw I was enjoying this drama but the last episodes have just been dissapointing. Thans for the recap.

  34. 34 missy

    at least he’s got some reason to be crazy…

    btw, gf here’s a hug for you (“) (“)
    and i was expecting Santa to pop out again
    don’t worry, he is still entertaining

    sigh, sadly the show gets this fast track of things
    it’s like a summary, a trailer
    gah i don’t know
    so sad it became like this

    ooh im so excited for your next recap
    as i’m predicting Santa will be present
    and it’s going to be Christmas alas!

  35. 35 anais

    I LURRRRRRVED Bad Kitty Deck the Halls. Even sang it twice, all the while marveling at Girl Friday’s hidden talent for writing snarky song lyrics.

  36. 36 Sukispop

    Girlfriday, I haven’t been watching Bad Guy(yet), but have been reading the recaps. Just gotta say that I love your recaps, just as I love JB’s recaps. You guys make a helluva recap tag team. Many, many, many, many thanks! =)

    • 36.1 girlfriday

      Thanks! 🙂

      For you:

      One of these is not like the Other

      • 36.1.1 Sukispop

        LOL You remembered that I was a fan of The Scooby Gang! I got my younger daughter hooked on Buffy…then a little later, she got me hooked on kdramas. This has been our special thing.

        SMG was sooo good in that episode, and actors wanting to know how to portray a person who may(or may not) be slipping into the dark depths of madness should watch this.

        Thanks, GF!! =)

  37. 37 Jinny

    “President Hong uses all his energy to glare at Madam Shin because that’s all he can do for now.”

    I laughed so hard, I almost had snot come out of my cold-ridden, drippy nose. TMI.

    • 37.1 Sukispop

      Jinny- Your last comment…true, TMI…

      …but it was so funny, it almost made my coffee come out of my nose! LOL =)

  38. 38 shyangz

    was it possible that gunwook was supposed to end up crazy as a finale if the drama wasn’t shortened to 17 episodes? ‘cos that might have fit his ‘who am i?’ and ‘am i headed for heaven or hell’ questions…

  39. 39 Jewels

    When Tae Sung was talking to President Hong and he smiled, Mrs Shim Joy Radar went off and she had to go kill it… That’s just hilarious! Thanks for the recap.

  40. 40 Sarah

    I thought maybe Gun-wook was faking it like the antagonist from ‘A Story of a Man’… but now that I think about it, it doesn’t really add up -__-;;

    I actually thought Nam-gil acting crazy wasn’t bad. But it was definitely uncomfortable to watch… hahaha. I had thought the same thing when you said, “OH. YEAH. Definitely cuckoo for cocoa puffs.”

    Can’t wait for the last recap. I’m actually a bit confused, so maybe the recaps will help me ^^ Thanks for the hard work JB & GF. Love you guys!

  41. 41 sajor

    this episode is a mess. gf is so kind to be so kind to the show.

    as much as i would like to finish watching this now, i would prefer for producers to have stopped at 14 or 15, then continue after 2 years and run the risk of not finishing at all than for them to give us this crap episode. first 15 episodes are really good, and it’s sad seeing the whole show get destroyed because of rushing everything. hope the last episode can redeem this mess.

  42. 42 Joly

    What the heck of this –hit?

    May be the script writer gone mad or they think the viewers are –razy.

  43. 43 Chris

    sooo disappointed in this. i guess its because it went from 20 to 17 episodes due to Kim Nam Gil going into the army, but i felt that the last few episodes have been written up so quickly and defeating the whole drama itself. they seriously jam packed a lot of information in these last two episodes that makes the whole storyline even more batshit crazy. Personal Opinion/Spoiler Alert: Seriously hate how this ended… i mean cmon, wtf?!?!

  44. 44 Spf

    Been reading the recaps, though I haven’t watched he drama~
    So thanks a lot for them, JB & GF! Keep em coming!

    About his insanity…
    Dissociative personality disorder anybody…?

    P.S. I think the Santa thing was hilarious! 😀

  45. 45 yoyo

    Love the main guy acting insane he was awesome. great acting skill by him. definitely will watch him some more if he didnt go to the army

  46. 46 Ning

    Sufficient to say, my heart sank when I saw this episode, what a waste of good 14 episodes and to some, 15…

    Acting didn’t bothered me since the actor & actress perform very well, yes even the crazy GW to me. It’s the execution, the uselessness of some of the plot, the fast pacing like clicking on fast forward button that ruin it all. What’s the use of making GW crazy or even fake crazy? Nothing! Whether he’s crazy or not he’s going to get killed if he’s found out. Why don’t the writer make him hiding until all Haeshin clawing at each other and died? That would reduce unnecessary scenes and makes way for better plot movement.

    And why only reveal Tae-sung actual origin in this episode? There’s only one episode left for him to deal with this. In the end, although it makes for a good revelation in a revenge/mystery drama, it made me feel numb. I don’t feel anything towards the misery all these people is going through, since it’s so sudden and hey, it’s going to be resolved some way or another in the next episode anyway! This is just like those Detective Conan chapters, where everything is revealed at the end and we’re just “hmm so it’s like that, interesting, ok let’s move on to the next chapter…”

    What make me love this drama in the first place is its shows of how ambition and pride affect their lives and their flawed interaction with each other, which has been believable and even struck a chord with me. But the last few episodes were just absurd, except for Tae-sung’s arc. Sigh, lucky him.

  47. 47 Dele

    I was really hoping Madam Sin would end up at the same asylum and Gun wook would be there waiting. He could torture her slowly for years and years. I hope she dies in the finale, because if anyone deserved to be 6ft under in a kdrama it would be Madam Sin/Shit uhh I mean Madam Shin:)

    I’m just going to enjoy the finale without worrying about how it ends because this show has gone into the deep end and we can’t rescue it.

  48. 48 supah

    I laughed hysterically at KNG’s madman scenes, as someone who admires the man enough to feel she can read him, I honestly-honestly saw he was pissing about having fun in those scenes whilst everyone else was serious. Similar to the way he did things as Bidam. He ups the camp factor for the sheer hell of it, whether or not the scene calls for it. That wasn’t Show, that was ALL Kim Nam-gil.
    (Maybe the director’s given him too much playspace.)

    I really liked ep15, in particular the atmosphere and Jae-in’s anguish and impatience was palpable enough to have had me sighing for a whole day after watching it. That’s how good I thought she was.
    Alas, 16 was overwrought with plot holes, making it underwhelming after the sheer magnitude of the pent-up atmosphere of the previous episode.
    Everything else was fine, the writer let everyone down, all I’m sayin’.

  49. 49 Katherine

    BTW, has it occurred to anyone that Shim Gun Wook and Mrs Shim the witch have the same surname or was I mistaken.

    Pls let us have the last episode, I am gashing my teeth in anticipation.

  50. 50 Ritz

    the fa-la-la-la-la is awesome!

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