Drama Recaps
City Hunter: Episode 14
by | July 7, 2011 | 534 Comments

Bromance! Bromance! Bromance! Oh please, tell me that’s next on the menu. Just the suggestion of such a development has me all awash in anticipation, because the conflict of avenging-hero-versus-lawman is so rife with possibility. We’ve got the romance angle secure, so now it’s time to turn our attentions to the bromance…or perhaps the escalation of their face-off to the next level.

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EPISODE 14 RECAP

Caught between certain downfall and death, Kim Jong-shik lets go of the railing and falls to the highway below, hitting a car windshield and landing on concrete. Considering how he chose money over his son, this man is just all about the bad decisions.

Young-ju looks up and sees the City Hunter at the railing. Yoon-sung is shocked — not just at these unexpected events, but at his own actions: “What the hell have I done?”

Jin-pyo calls to ask sternly why Yoon-sung would start his revenge only to turn back to save the guy — clearly he’s watching nearby. He adds, “Then striking down Shik-joong becomes meaningless.” Oh, because it was so meaningful before?

Dun dun dun! Yoon-sung realizes that Jin-pyo was the one who hit Shik-joong, to make him go after Kim Jong-shik, and storms in to confront Bad Daddy. Hot damn, I love that these kinds of secrets aren’t dragged out, but quickly realized so we can cut to the interesting part: the fallout.

Jin-pyo admits readily that he did it, saying, “It had an immediate effect, didn’t it? What I wanted to see from you was this. Eyes blazing in vengeance, ready to go through fire and water.” He wanted their enemies shot through the heart quickly, “By your hand. That is how you protect the ones you love.”

Yoon-sung snarls, “I’ve thought it over, asking myself who’s dear to you, and couldn’t think of any. Except…for one.”

Oh God, don’t mean yourself, oh God, don’t mean yoursel—

Whack! He grabs a letter opener from the side table and stabs his hand to the table with it.

OH MOTHERFUCKING @#$%@$, HE MEANT HIMSELF. Blood drips through wood to the ground beneath. Oh god, oh god, oh god.

Wheezing through his pain, Yoon-sung tells his shocked father, “Me. That’s your one dear person. Does this hurt your heart? It should. It has to. No matter how much you want it, I can’t kill people. I felt that certainty today.”

He wrenches the blade from his hand and walks away, hand bloody. Even Jin-pyo looks stunned.

At the hospital, Nana sees Kim Jong-shik being brought in via ambulance and Young-ju staggering out of the emergency room in shock. They both hear that eyewitnesses stated that it looked like Kim was committing suicide, after trying to grab documents that fell over the railing.

Young-ju checks his phone to find one last text message from Dad: “I’m sorry. Chun Jae-man is next.” Aw. Despite the father-son standoff, this is an acknowledgement that there IS something to investigate. It doesn’t begin to redeem Kim Jong-shik, but it does show us that he cared about his son. Well, enough to feel bad about the corruption he insisted he was entitled to.

Nana finds Yoon-sung sitting with Shik-joong, alarmed at his injured hand, which he says dully is “no big deal.” All full of tortured conflict, he barks at her to leave him before she turns out like Shik-joong, and that it was Dad who did this, not Kim Jong-shik: “To him, I’m neither a son nor Yoon-sung. I’m just his possession.”

Tearing up, he tells her that he’s the one who made Shik-joong like this. He starts to say, “Even with Kim Jong-shik about to die, I pretended not to see—” but Nana cuts him short, enveloping him in a hug.

She knows that feeling of wanting an eye for an eye and says, “It wasn’t you who did it — it was me. If you hadn’t done it, I would have. So don’t torment yourself.”

Young-ju finds the voice recorder he’d left in his father’s jacket pocket, which recorded Kim’s damning conversation with Yoon-sung in the car. Young-ju’s reaction is heartbreaking, because this conversation evokes such a mix of warring emotions with its revelations: Finally, he gets a lead in the 1983 case with mention of the incident off the shores of North Korea; Yoon-sung’s voice practically confirms his City Hunter identity; and lastly, his father begs Yoon-sung to spare his son.

It’s the last one that breaks Young-ju, who screams in fury.

Turns out that Kim Jong-shik isn’t dead, but in a coma. (Possibly Inappropriate Aside: What does it take to kill a character around here? I do appreciate that all these dramatic turns are feasible with comas rather than murders, but c’mon, drama, I want some death-inspired darkness up in here. Or I’m gonna have to downgrade you to Balls of Aluminum. *crumple*)

Young-ju finds Yoon-sung outside his father’s door and rushes him, shaking with rage. He growls, “Don’t you dare get caught by anybody else. I’ll be the one to do it.” He warns him that he’ll be dogging his every move. Yoon-sung keeps up his smartassy cover, though it lacks the usual punch: “You must really feel wronged, to take your anger out on a random person. You’ve wrinkled my clothes.”

Young-ju seethes, “You’re no hero. You’re just a killer.” Just the words to cut Yoon-sung to the quick.

Young-ju reports for work and volunteers to drop the City Hunter case, to his boss’s surprise. In exchange, he wants to be granted a secret investigation of Haewon Group chairman Chun Jae-man, as he has evidence of Chun harboring a slush fund and evading taxes. At Young-ju’s insistence on taking on another bigwig, the department head dryly notes, “You’re my anti-fan, aren’t you?” Heh. The previous department head had to resign when he’d tried to go after Chun, and Boss sighs, “I’m like hay in the face of a typhoon.”

Young-ju gets his boss’s tacit agreement when he declares that if he fails this task, he will quit being a prosecutor.

Nana surprises Jin-pyo by arriving at his home unannounced, having gotten the address off Yoon-sung’s GPS. Whoa. I’m thinking maybe she picked up those Balls of Steel.

She gets straight to the point: “Let Yoon-sung go. So that he can live like a person, happily — let him go now.” She calls him a puppetmaster wanting to control Yoon-sung with his strings.

Jin-pyo says that she won’t be able to leave as easily as she arrived. Nana isn’t intimidated: “If I stepped back because of your threats, I’d be a coward. But what can we do? After fighting this heartless world on my own, I found I can’t do things without risking my all. Do you not love Lee Yoon-sung? How could you make someone you love do those cruel things? How much more must he be destroyed for you to stop?”

Jin-pyo stands suddenly and whips out his gun, and Nana doesn’t even flinch. Cocking the hammer, he says he could kill her right now.

Nana: “That’s fine. I’m a human shield anyway.” Dayum. Way to invoke her bodyguard creed, that her value is in taking the bullet for the president.

Jin-pyo releases the hammer and says that it seems a waste to kill her right now, with that look in her eyes. Nana tells him to back off, saying that she won’t stand by, either: “I’ll rally everything I’ve got to block you. I came to say this.”

Chun Jae-man’s turn for the spotlight: He demonstrates why he was one of the Council of Five as he hears of Kim Jong-shik’s coma state and figures it would’ve been “cleaner” had he died. He orders his minion to keep a close watch on Kim’s condition, and if he shows signs of waking, “Get rid of him.”

Recognizing that all-out war is the name of the game, he decides he’ll have to act first. Ergo: Press conference, where he controls the story.

Chun reveals that the dog tags sent in by the City Hunter belonged to special agents, but describes them as traitors who were fleeing after stealing national secrets back in October ’83. They were killed, and upon receiving the report, Chun and his colleagues had decided to keep the matter quiet because public tensions had been running high after the Aungsan bombing.

Clever clever. Just enough truth to seem true (and be backed up by facts), but enough fabrication to turn himself into a good guy, and the City Hunter into the villain. He adds that the City Hunter’s motivation in this is retaliation and chaos. Chun tells the public not to forget that “The City Hunter is not a hero, but a traitor to his country.”

Ironically enough, his pre-emptive strike confirms to Jin-pyo that he’s Target No. 4. Jin-pyo muses, “He’s turned on the spotlight, so it’s time to climb up onstage.” Yoon-sung comes to the same conclusion, that Chun has declared war.

Shik-joong wakes, and Yoon-sung is overcome with relief. And then shock, when Shik-joong tells him that he’s found his mother.

Yoon-sung rushes to the temple and finds Kyung-hee lying down in her sickbed, having refused to leave, saying that her son might come looking for her now that he knows she’s here. That just brings a tear to my eye.

Kyung-hee sits up to see him kneeling at her side, and whispers, “My baby. My son. Not a day has gone by that I’d forgotten you, but how hurt you must have been that I didn’t recognize you at once. My son, I’m sorry.”

She cries into his chest, and he stutters, “M-mom.” Ahh, such satisfying words.

Thankfully she can now resume treatment for her leukemia while awaiting results of Yoon-sung’s donor match test. Yoon-sung requests that this visit be kept off the official records, saying that she has a stalker-like situation going on, and that he’ll pay in cash. The doctor offers to admit her as a foreign patient (hence, no national ID number).

Kyung-hee agrees to be admitted to the hospital now that she’s found a reason to live, but asks to go out, just for today. Yoon-sung balks, citing the danger, but she says that after 28 years apart, she wants to cook for her son. “More than living one more day, I want to feed my son.” Who can resist this universal mom gesture?

And so, Yoon-sung accompanies her home. Before she sets out to cooking, he stops her and admits with difficulty that he’d hated her, having thought she’d abandoned him. And that he’d been angry to see her sick, thinking that she should have been living it up if she’d tossed him aside to be free of him, and that he’d wanted her to keep living because he wouldn’t be able to hate her in death. He apologizes for all that now.

Mom tells him she’s the sorry one, for not protecting him or finding him first, and for being sick like this. She promises to live: “Yoon-sung, let’s live happily, for a long, long time.”

To cast a pall over this moment, watching just outside is Sang-gook, who gives his phone a conflicted look. Don’t do it! Save yourself, and save your soul! Also Yoon-sung!

He turns away without calling (thank heaven) — only, Jin-pyo’s not to be duped and shows up behind him. Gah! Why do you even need minions if your devil’s work is so efficient without them?

He accuses Sang-gook of letting compassion overrule his orders. He warns him that he’ll let it slide this time, but won’t the next.

Jin-pyo watches the touching mother-son reunion and wonders, “Will you two be able to understand me?” I’m hoping no, since I’d like the others to retain their souls, please.

While eating, Mom notes that Yoon-sung has the same food habits as his father. Yoon-sung calls her jjigae tastier than Shik-joong’s, describing him as a mother, brother, and (ha!) sister figure, and describes Jin-pyo as a demanding type who pushed him to excel in studies and athletics. Understatement of the year award, we have a winner.

Yoon-sung says he was the reason for Jin-pyo’s leg, because he’d saved Yoon-sung from an accident. For that, Mom’s thankful, but she asks, “Does he put you in danger?”

Yoon-sung laughs that off to ease her, then asks about his father, and hears that he was a warm man. Agh, the what-could-have-beens, they’re killer. I know we’d have had no drama without the baby-stealing and whatnot, but I sigh for Yoon-sung’s and Kyung-hee’s lost lives.

He asks, “Losing someone dear to you — it’s a sad thing, isn’t it? Stealing those loved ones from someone, hurting them — they’ll be punished for it, whatever the reason.” Mom senses his turmoil and urges him to confide in her, but he says he’s just talking about their situation.

Nana comes just in time to see the happy scene, smiling to see Yoon-sung eating his mother’s food. She takes a photo quietly before leaving.

Chun is financially strapped at the moment due to pending business matters, and tries to think of ways to come up with 500 billion won, approximately $4 million. Jin-pyo seizes this as his in, and presents himself as a potential investor, wealthy American businessman Steve Lee.

Yoon-sung knows that despite his precautions to keep Kyung-hee hidden, it’s only a matter of time before Jin-pyo tracks her down, and therefore prepares to transfer her to an American hospital when his business here is over. Words that briefly deflate Nana.

Yoon-sung asks Nana if being with him makes her happy — isn’t she scared? — repeating the familiar “Being with me will endanger you” refrain. Nana reminds him that her feelings are her own, so he needn’t worry.

Just then, they spot Jin-pyo entering the hospital, escorted by Chun Jae-man. Yoon-sung tells Nana to wait for him in the car, then follows his father to the VVIP reception area. Jin-pyo’s face immediately goes from politeness to hardened badass, while Yoon-sung’s undergoes a similar instant change, but from challenging stare to playboy smile. The smile is reserved for Chun’s flattered secretary, who preens. HA. The pretty boy persona wins again.

Yoon-sung finds Dad in the restroom to tell him that he may get hurt if he goes after Chun, who’s no easy target. I love how the targets are getting tougher — I don’t rank their misdeeds in any order (how do you rank embezzling against lobbying and drunk driving and draft dodging?), but the baddies do appear to be revealing themselves in order of shrewdness. Which makes sense, since it only follows that the careless brash one who’s drunk on power would be found out before the paranoid one who’s vigilant of possible threats.

Dad replies that Yoon-sung doesn’t have the luxury of worrying over him, when he’s got his own troubles to deal with. To which Yoon-sung replies that he’s not concerned: “I’m telling you not to get in my way.” Gauntlet! Thrown.

Dad tells him he’s being arrogant, and tells him to watch and learn: “Revenge has to be done in the spirit of revenge. Like I’m doing.”

Nana worries that the Chun/Jin-pyo connection means they’ll have to move Kyung-hee from this Haewon-owned hospital, but he says that it’s darkest underneath the lamp — meaning, it may be safer to leave Kyung-hee here.

Nana asks him to take her home, now that the danger from Kim Jong-shik is gone and she can resume her life and her job. Yoon-sung doesn’t like this idea for numerous reasons, which he expresses in his usual way, sniffing that he’s glad, hmph.

He makes himself at home on her couch, and asks if she’s sure she’ll be okay, what with the danger and all. She retorts that he’s much more of a danger to her, prompting him to pull her down on top of him (rawr!), asking innocently, “Why? What about me?” He says he’s done a mental check of his savings account, saying she’s expensive — a reference to their no-contact contract. Which, frankly, just seems like a skinship menu now. (Uh, where can I get me one of those, Mr. Lee Min-ho?)

Example: She hits his shoulder, and he demands 100,000 won, which she offers to repay with some really awesome coffee.

Nana smiles as she shares that the mere sight of coffee makes her think of him now. But that puts a damper on his mood, and he refuses the coffee, saying he’s quit. He leaves abruptly, leaving Nana bewildered at his sudden change of mood, while he sighs, “The sight of coffee makes her think of me? That can’t happen.”

Young-ju sits down for lunch at the cafeteria, which causes all the other employees to get up and leave, now that he’s been outed as a tainted prosecutor. Oh, so sad. As if it weren’t bad enough that Dad’s teetering on the brink, he gets tarred with the corruption brush when, really, he’s the most morally upright one in this cast.

Young-ju receives word about Chun’s meeting with Steve Lee, which is a clear red flag that something is up. He finds an old article about the Aungsan incident mentioned in Chun’s speech, and notices that both Jin-pyo and Mu-yeol are on the list of Secret Service survivors.

Nana reports to work, only to find to her surprise that so has Yoon-sung. Gee, I wonder why! The ensuing scene between Yoon-sung, his IT colleagues, and Da-hae and her bodyguards has me cracking up because there’s so much stuff going on all at once, and it’s hilarious.

For instance: IT boss is thrilled to have Yoon-sung back, as is Da-hae. Yoon-sung’s only got eyes for Nana, who hangs back and smiles at him — until Da-hae flings herself at him, which provokes a frown of jealousy. Eun-ah makes eyes at Ki-joon, but her comments are flirty toward Yoon-sung as well. For instance, the boss writes off his absence as vacation, to which Yoon-sung balks that that’ll interfere with his real vacation, and he needs to see bikini-clad bodies to remain healthy. Ha. Eun-ah suggests the pool rather than the beach (easier to safeguard Da-hae), and offers that she has a bikini — which makes Ki-joon yell out in protest, apropos of (seemingly) nothing. Heh. These Blue House scenes have really grown on me; they’re frivolous, but they make me giggle.

Nana tells Yoon-sung (calling him Mr. Bad Luck Bastard now, affectionately) that there are pictures of his father in the Secret Service records, so he takes a look at the books…of which the 1983 volume is missing. Who should show up to hand it over but Young-ju, who’s just had a look.

This means that Young-ju now has confirmation that Jin-pyo, who’s pictured in the book, is also Steve Lee. When he shows up to confront him, he cuts to the chase and calls him Jin-pyo.

Jin-pyo doesn’t play coy, and acknowledges that he’s one and the same. He says that he took on the Steve Lee persona because people would treat him differently if they knew he was a former Secret Service agent, and he’s proud of achieving his business success on his own.

Young-ju finds it mighty suspicious that he went as far as to invent a new identity (the term is identity laundering), and Jin-pyo says he had reason to do it: “I washed my soul in the ocean with that incident, back then.”

Young-ju: “That incident?” Jin-pyo tells Young-ju to figure it out. Young-ju leaves him with the warning that he knows Jin-pyo’s working to get to Chun Jae-man, who he knows is the next target.

Shopping time for Yoon-sung, which gets a chuckle out of me since they’re at a Trugen store, the menswear line for which Lee Min-ho has been brand model for the past couple years. Nana’s here to give him a two-fold gift — to repay the 100,000 won he demanded, as well as welcome him back to work — and tells him to pick out a tie. To put the kibosh on his complaining, she gives him five seconds to choose, ha.

Make that a three-fold gift: It’s also a pseudo-bribe so he’ll keep her in the loop as his partner. Reluctantly he agrees, and I wonder if he feels the least bit of satisfaction when the reward for her pestering is that Nana has to watch him check into a hotel with another woman on his arm. Heh.

It’s Chun Jae-man’s secretary, who pouts to him about how hard her day was and mentions his meeting tomorrow with the National Intelligence Service’s head of records. With that key info secured, Yoon-sung raises his glass for a toast, and the drink knocks her out cold.

Yoon-sung takes her employee keycard and heads out, only to be confronted by an annoyed Nana, who asks why he had to use these methods: “Use me instead! Why mistreat your body like that?” LOL.

Chun Jae-man visits comatose Kim Jong-shik in the hospital (whose hand twitches, unseen) and comes face to face with Young-ju. He’s aware that Young-ju’s digging around in his affairs — he’s got informants to keep him apprised — and asks what’s got him sniffing around. Young-ju refers to Chun’s press conference statement about the traitors who were killed, and drops the hint that he knows he’s covering for the North Korean incident of 1983.

Chun decides that it’s too bad that Young-ju’s his friend’s son, but orders his minion, “Get rid of him.” Dude, that’s his solution for everything, which makes him the deadliest target thus far, though I can’t help but laugh at the image of him dealing with every minor crisis in the same way: “The cleaning lady can’t make it? Get rid of her. The dog won’t beg? Kill it.”

Yoon-sung heads to Haewon Group in time for Chun’s meeting with the NIS guy, and takes on the two guards stationed at the front desk with cool efficiency, knocking them out with their own walkie-talkie. He positions them in their seats to look normal (asleep, perhaps), and calls Chun’s secretary to say he’s here to see her, but can’t get in without a pass. She hesitates to leave her station, but when he suggests he’ll just turn back and go home, she offers to come down to meet him.

Yoon-sung waits for her to vacate her desk, then slips inside — using her keycard — and approaches Chun’s office. He opens the door quietly, just cracking it enough to affix a tiny camera to the inside of the door, then monitors the scene on his phone.

Chun pays off the NIS head of records for the file containing reports of the 1983 incident. It is to remain classified until 2030, and is the file Young-ju had wanted.

With the file safely in his hands, Chun mutters that nobody needs to know something that was to remain secret till 2030, and takes his lighter to the book…just as he gets a phone call.

Chun orders his minion to make the death appear as suicide, saying, “That Kim Young-ju fellow has gotten too arrogant.” Young-ju’s current status as persona non grata will explain his suicide, and Chun says he’ll wait for the report on tonight’s news.

Which means, of course, that the plan is going down today. Possibly now.

Eee! This sends Yoon-sung running, even though it keeps him from stopping Chun when he holds the lighter to the book again. He calls Young-ju, only to get his assistant instead, who reports that Young-ju was called by his apartment building to address an issue about his gas line. He’d headed home, but left his phone behind.

In his apartment, Young-ju can’t find a problem and calls the apartment management office, only to hear that they hadn’t called him. He frowns; how odd.

When he enters his car, he’s attacked from behind by a man with a chloroform-soaked rag, and knocked out as the minion locks the doors and gets the carbon monoxide pumping.

Fumes quickly fill the car, while a barely conscious Young-ju fumbles for the door. But in his weakened condition, all he can do is gasp and cough.

Yoon-sung arrives in the parking lot and scans the aisles — just as Young-ju’s hand lands on the steering wheel and blares the horn. Rushing to the car, Yoon-sung pounds on the doors and yells at Young-ju inside, but the doors are locked.

Time’s ticking. Yoon-sung draws back his hand and smashes his bare fist through the window.

He drags Young-ju out of the car and checks for a breath. Judging him alive, he starts to walk off — only to have Young-ju grab his ankle, stopping him.

Yoon-sung freezes, while Young-ju squints up at him, trying to focus the blurry figure into a familiar silhouette…

 
COMMENTS

Although I’d LOVE if bromance were to arise out of this turn in the story, it’ll be a twisted sort of bromance, with both men holding very legitimate grudges against the other. How ironic that these men might actually respect each other, possibly even like each other, on the strength of their own merits — except that the weight of their father’s generation burdens theirs.

This is the kind of conflict K-dramas love so much, the sins-of-my-father-become-sins-of-the-son dilemma. City Hunter manages to depict this scenario in a way that is both more epic than the usual K-drama, and less epic, in the best way. More epic because of the magnitude of the country’s betrayal, but less epic in that there’s less forced melodrama. I think what saves it for me is that these two aren’t entangled in a Fateful Love Triangle on top of the fatherly angst, because that’s where I always feel like the melodrama goes into overdrive. (Example: East of Eden.) They both have feelings for Nana, but it’s not the typical love triangle, which I appreciate — and the same goes for Sae-hee.

I want for these two to be friends, because I feel like they’d understand each other in a way that few others could, but the facts of the case make that pretty improbable, maybe impossible. It’s great.

I haven’t commented much on him thus far, but I have to say that I quite like Young-ju as a character. I love his humorlessness, his strait-laced drive for truth and justice. I know Lee Jun-hyuk is plenty capable of comic timing and light-hearted boyishness, but he’s committed himself to this character and it’s so compelling. I actually LIKE that he’s a fuddy-duddy. It makes his passion seem real, not just show.

What makes both Yoon-sung and Young-ju work for me is that unlike other dramas, they don’t overplay the angst. It’s why I find Lee Min-ho so damn cool in the action scenes — because he’s not posturing for the camera in that “Yeah, I know I’m cool” way. We could call it The Song Seung-heon School of Acting, in the way those kind of leads can’t get rid of that self-awareness of how very hot they must look at any given moment.

It’s like that unspoken rule where wanting to be cool actually makes you less cool, while not giving a damn? So cool. On that score: Yoon-sung’s super calm and efficient, like he’s only here to get the job done. And Young-ju is all blazing passion, in an understated sort of way, if that contradictory statement makes any sense, and it’s so endearing.

I do wish they’d taken Yoon-sung — or at least his conflict — into darker territory, rather than sort of letting him off the hook. But in the end I’m not complaining because I love the conflict that this stirs in Young-ju — the idea that his enemy may not really be his enemy. I appreciate that they’re giving a second lead this kind of complexity, when a lot of dramas would be piling all the narrative glory onto the hero, and the hero alone, leaving Mr. Second Lead as merely the foil.

Also: I’m starting to get the feeling that Jin-pyo doesn’t just want revenge, and found it particularly telling today when he repeatedly says that Yoon-sung must be the one to shoot the bullet through their enemies’ hearts. He wants to bring Yoon-sung to his side, to share his views, like Darth Vader tempting Luke to the Dark Side. Jin-pyo needs Yoon-sung in a strictly technical sense because Yoon-sung has access he doesn’t with his fresh face and background (as well as youth and an able body), but with all the means at his disposal I’m thinking Yoon-sung wasn’t his only option. But now, I’m starting to think that he needs Yoon-sung to see his point, like it wouldn’t be a complete victory without it. Is it merely validation he seeks? Or is that his twisted way of upholding his brotherhood with Mu-yeol? To give Mu-yeol’s son the right to avenge him, as a beloved father deserves? Is this like Jin-pyo’s way of pressing bloody thumbs together with his best friend’s son to be blood brothers, in shared vengeance? It’s fascinating, for sure.

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534 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. poyi

    THANKS FOR THE RECAP!

    • 1.1 Tottoro

      Yeah, thanks god! Every city hunter episode will not be complete without reading your recap.

      • 1.1.1 emilydark

        SECOND!

        • 1.1.1.1 amina

          third :))))
          loooooooove this drama

    • 1.2 Anne

      Thanks for the recap JB, I love your recap as usual. I just read it. I really want to read it earlier, but my Boss came to the office so early, make me lost the moment to read first …. :)

    • 1.3 Hazel

      watch City Hunter Episode 14 English Subbed here: http://www.kimchidramas.net/2011/07/city-hunter-episode-14.html

    • 1.4 nana

      thanks javabeans for the recap !!!

  2. turtlegirl

    Ahh I keep telling myself to hold off on the recaps since I haven’t watched the episodes but I just can’t help it :( Thanks JB!

    • 2.1 kangling

      well I keep on telling my self what’s the point of reading the recap after watching the drama?? But still I’m here stalking every minute of it, till it pop and pour all my thought. LMH… SARANGHAE…..

      • 2.1.1 Gomisshi

        *agrees* this is the place to stalk after every single episode 😀 LOL

  3. Ace

    Woah! Nana’s so gutsy confronting daddy Jin-pyo in his lair!
    Glad that ajusshi’s okay…
    Mother and son reunion’s so touching…
    Big aaaw for Young-ju when his colleagues(?) stood up to eat far away from him…
    And lastly, yay for Yoon-sung saving Young-ju. Please make up for bromance’ sake!

    • 3.1 Maymay

      I agree with you, I’m all for bromance too. Since the beginning of the series, I have always secretly wish these two could become friends. However, with all the daddy issues between them, I not sure if they ever could.

  4. Maymay

    Yay! Recap is here! Off to read now!

    Thank you javabeans

  5. Linda

    City hunter! Thank you for the recap… Off to read it :)

    • 5.1 Linda

      My heart skipped a neat when he stabbed his own hand.. my heart flat lined :S

      I laughed out loud at his shirt in the hotel, its so flowery and kind of feminine.. but because its Lee Min Ho wearing it, it makes it alright.. as long as he doesn’t pair it with the pink pants. One fashion statement at a time 😀

      • 5.1.1 Songie

        Hmm.. he already did that in BOF! Haha. XD

      • 5.1.2 beggar1015

        I was more distracted by that odd jacket with the weird back.

      • 5.1.3 Maymay

        Actually that white shirt from far away doesn’t look bad, it is only close up that you realize it is flowery lace.

        I think LMH look best when he wear the blue shirt, I think blue is my favorite color on him.

        • 5.1.3.1 smashingalou

          @maymay. I agree…

          Everytime he wore that blue shirt, for me he’s just shining.. *LOL* It brings out his manliness…

          Although, I doubt it if there any clothes that would not make him hot, however slack the fashion is, LMH can totally bring it.. I guess he’s born with it…. :)

          • 5.1.3.1.1 Molly

            Love him in formal shirts and suits! I agree, he can pull off anything, but especially in City Hunter – maybe it’s his hair? I feel like his shaggy longer hair from a while ago wouldn’t have looked as good with these clothes, but his textured but clean-cut hair here looks brilliant with anything.

  6. wanne

    YAY, ITS HERE!

    THANK YOU JAVABEANS!! <3

  7. miniejungle

    love love love you for this!!! thank you!!!!!! will comment more later after i finish reading!

  8. misay19

    this drama is one of the best for this year!!!

    • 8.1 Maymay

      I agree with you. City Hunter is definitely the most unanticipated surprise of the year. I love it!!!!!!!!

  9. kangling

    damn chocolate fondue party. I was late to read the recap.!!!

    I love the mommy!

  10. 10 luraaa

    Thank you! I love me some bromance too. But I think I’d get the skinship menu with Lee Min ho first.

    • 10.1 Maymay

      I want the skinship menu with LMH too, but I’m not sure I have enough money in my bank account right now to afford all the kisses I want.

      Seriously Nana, you should have lower those prices!!!!

      • 10.1.1 smashingalou

        @hahaha, I guess I have to save up now…

        Yeah, Nana can’t you at please cut it to 50% or 75%?!!

  11. 11 muggledore

    LEE MIN HOTNESS

    you

    complete

    me~~~

    yay!!!!^^

  12. 12 Akosirhenz

    City Hunter :))))
    I’ll wait for the subs before i read.

    • 12.1 Anne

      Try Viki… already sub :)

  13. 13 Jomo

    YJ –
    Why oh why did he have to start breathing on his own?
    Why oh why didn’t we see some resuscitation?
    Ya know – mouth to mouth!!
    I was totally hoping!

    • 13.1 Birdie

      LOL Love your sense of humour. That would be fun to watch. What a bond between the hunter and hunted!!

    • 13.2 Bella

      I was totally hoping for that too!!!!! I was like “wait for it… he’s gonna do CPR (OMFG <3)… come on… come ON…. aw damn."

    • 13.3 luci8le

      i thought of that too !!! :)

    • 13.4 Daniela

      Me too!

    • 13.5 scarlet

      haha what a thought! Didnt think about that until you brought it up and now I am totally in for some bromance between these 2 great actors! Not a wee bit interested to see the romance part anymore…

    • 13.6 mandelbrotr

      It would have made the fanfic video just too easy.

      • 13.6.1 Lidia

        hahaha!!! too true!

    • 13.7 Shin mi rAe

      I thought that was going to happen too. I was shouting… Ommo, CPR moment….

    • 13.8 NN

      same thought went through my mind!

  14. 14 suzy

    thank you for the recap :)

  15. 15 L

    Ok. Nana taking that photo…. This means YS’s mother is going to die isn’t it :(

    I’m so glad the ending is not as cliffhangy as the previous ones. My heart & mind needs a rest. Why can’t we just fast foreward to Wednesday :(

    • 15.1 kangling

      I guess so too. and that will be the only picture of them together.. hiks..hikss… I’m drown in sorrow. Still I hope nothing like that will happen. Ahjumma deserves to live a better and happy life with her son.

    • 15.2 Maymay

      I agree, that photo will definitely come back later in the story. For YS’s sake, I really hope his mother will live with him for a long time. The boy seriously need some motherly love.

  16. 16 oyyy

    omg gahh. this episode. and the previous one.
    it gave me heart attacks. no joke.
    it’s just.. so exciting.
    i really hope that young ju and yoon sung decide to work together. i think i’d really work.
    idk just what i want to happen!

    & thanks for the recap~ i always love reading your awesome & witty comments!!

  17. 17 blueFish

    Thanks for the recap!!I’ll read this after I watch it!!!

  18. 18 Alex

    okay, I just want to say that the scene where Nana took the picture of Yoon Sung and his mum eating made me feel uneasy. Usually in dramaland, when pictures like these get taken, don’t spell happy endings. Instead, the pictures become reminiscent of memories that cannot be re-lived because something has happened to one of the people in the picture, or the person taking the picture. The fact that it isn’t confirmed that Yoon Sung is a bone marrow match is even more eurghh!

    Please let me be wrong…I just want Yoon Sung to be happy & alive at the end of this drama surrounded by the people who he loves most and loves him the most!!!

  19. 19 jymoon89

    Thanks for the quick recap!

    Did anyone think that there might be more to the Kyung Hee and Jin Pyo story than we know of? It seemed odd that Kyung Hee stuttered when Yoon Sung asked her about his father also not eating beans. And there was a random moment in the episode when Jin Pyo was looking at Kyung Hee’s picture. Any thoughts on where it might lead to?

    • 19.1 MadDino

      I’m totally thinking a birth secret. It would be awesome to for JinPyo to find out that he’d kidnapped his own son and tried to make him into a killing machine. Or there is still the president. He seems to know Kyung Hee quite well and there is some scandal there. I sure hope this is just wild speculation, but I love to learn more of their story.

    • 19.2 mizzychan (。◕‿◕。)

      Yeah exactly what i thought too..
      I guess Jin Pyo might actually like Kyung Hee before she got married with LMH’s dad :)

    • 19.3 Jenn

      I definitely think there is a possibility YS will turn out to really be JP’s son. They had an affair, which explains JP’s obvious feelings for Kyung Hee. And it also explains why JP doesn’t feel guilty for taking his best friend’s son and turning him into this.

      • 19.3.1 Fall

        I sorta see that point, but I can’t picture Kyung Hee to actually cheat on her husband. :/

      • 19.3.2 newbie

        im really awed in the manner the story unfolds.. wen one thinks things are gettin plain, something pops up!

    • 19.4 anais

      Totally! Jinpyo is Yoonsung’s dad. Her awkwardness totally gave that away. She also said that Muyeol saved her. I wonder if Jinpyo and Yoonsung’s mom were first together, she pregnant with Yoonsung, then married Muyeol?

    • 19.5 Linda

      i think it would be a bit too twisted if Yoon Sung was actually Jin Pyo’s son. However i can’t ignore the signs that there is something more to Kyung Hee and JP’s relationship.

      IF there was a birth secret, i’m thinking more along the lines of the President having switched the babies to try and correct his wrong to provide a better life for the child, thus Yoon Sung is not Kyung Hee’s real child at all. Which could be revealed when the blood test comes back.

      • 19.5.1 tomboy26

        Yea, something’s up and the blood test are going to be the key. I mean, sure, we know she’s sick and she needs those tests to see if they’re a match but they’ve been putting too much emphasis on those tests .. like something’s up.

        Either that or we’re totally justing making things up on our own and we’re just nuts 😀 .. in a good way, obsessive about LMH way ;D.

    • 19.6 Jessybee

      I saw that too, and the scene where Jin Pyo is brooding over Kyung Hee’s old picture. Me thinks, Jin Pyo may have been in love with Kyung Hee. However Kyung Hee chose YS’s dad instead of Jin Pyo.

    • 19.7 Kera

      Yeah, I definitely noticed that, but I don’t think it’s a birth secret.

      (Also when YS looked at his father’s secret service picture, MY, it was actually JP)

      I get the feeling that it was actually JP who died that day in 1983, and MY took his place or something. Especially when he said that my soul was washed away that day or something.

      Also when KH said to YS that “your father saved me, and you as well” after he told her JP saved him in an accident.

      The scenes between KH and JP seemed a bit off in the beginning, anyways. But I don’t think it’s a birth secret. That would change the viewer’s feelings towards KH too much… she’s a pity character.

    • 19.8 nyoo

      Wasn’t that picture a picture of kim Nana’s mom?
      I’m pretty sure that it was… so maybe Nana is Jinpyo’s daughter… dun dun dun.

      • 19.8.1 nyoo

        or actually maybe he is the uncle that she lost contact with…

    • 19.9 Maymay

      There is definitely some secets that both KH and JP are keeping from YS. There are clues but not sure where it will lead.

  20. 20 Dada

    my speculation about Jinpyo (maybe possible spoilers)

    I think that it’s not farfetched to say that Yoon Sung is actually the illegitimate son of the president, who had an affair with Kyunghee… That’s probably why Kyunghee had a weird moment when they had the meal and talked about the “real father”.

    Kyunghee is obviously close with the president, and Chun Jae Man recently threatened the president that he would reveal something about the president’s past if the president came clean about the ’83 incident

    Jinpyo stole Yoon Sung so that he could plan the ultimate revenge of the president dying in his own son’s hands. (He did tell the president that he will avenge his friend’s death in the cruelest way possible)

    • 20.1 vannie

      i think so too theres something about the real father issue. your speculation is not far fetched. although i have not thought about that angle. I have thought about Jinpyo.
      Anyhow this show surprises me everytime. I love every minute of it!
      CH completes my week end everytime..

    • 20.2 Verónica

      If that happens, it’s gonna be the best series I’ve ever watched! :)

    • 20.3 Jenn

      That’s actually pretty incredible. Would definitely like this turn of evens more than YS being JP’s son.

      • 20.3.1 Fall

        HAHA, then his half-sister liked him!

        • 20.3.1.1 anais

          That would be sorta gross…

      • 20.3.2 Dada

        I think I would like that a lot more too. I think that it makes more sense in the long run, then YS being JP’s son, because while it would make for a pretty horrific twist it doesn’t really offer very much insight plot-wise as YS being the president’s son.

        There must be a reason why JP knows the president is one of the five, but has not told YS, and why JP is so insistent on getting YS to kill, because JP needs YS not to “humiliate” the president as he’s been doing, but to kill him for him to perfect the revenge.

        I’m pretty sure Kyunghee was saved by Mooyeol in that Mooyeol took the responsibility for Kyunghee and the president’s son. I don’t really think that Kyunghee treats Jinpyo like a former lover, but I could see her having a past with the president

    • 20.4 Minty V

      your speculation is very possible… i wondered why (in a previous episode) the president would even bother to visit KyungHee if she is just a wife of a former bodyguard… and her reaction at seeing him…

    • 20.5 momo

      You might be right.

      Do you remember when Kyunghee gave birth to YS? Later JP and MY were visiting.
      I always thought they acted kind of cool towards each other…not that they have to be extra passionate, but still…
      At that time I thought, ok there is a third party (JP) so they dont act lovely-dovely in front of him. However, it might be because they all know MY is just a “fill-in father”.

    • 20.6 Corn tea

      I too think YS real dad is the president. I suspect JP knows the birth secret. To me that explains better why JP wants YS to kill to achieve the ultimate revenge JP has been emphasizing…

      The picture YS has of his mom & JP, there is a face that is missing. In episode one when the picture was still intact, it showed the president’s face.

      • 20.6.1 Linda

        omgsh i forgot about the missing face in the picture! ooft!

      • 20.6.2 red

        I sensed a birth secret too….when YS was picking out all the beans his mother said…its exactly the same and YS presumed she was talking about his father…but she agreed haltingly…so it seemed like she was thinking of someone else

        …but from that i thought it meant JP might be the real father…

        the president angle seems interesting, but then he didn’t flinch when she first met him in the car in ep3 or so when she said she hasn’t seen jin pyo since he stole her son…maybe they were just all friends

        also it seems like jinpyo has some serious feelings for KH…maybe his revenge is also driven by guilt for loving mu yeol’s wife???!

        but i hope so much that there isn’t a birth secret…theres already so much angst and action without it

      • 20.6.3 momo

        This way the revenge would make much more sence…

        …because wouldn’t you HATE a man (president) that makes the wife (KH) you love pregnat and then orders to murder the person who cares for her (MY) and her son (YS)…?!!!

        • 20.6.3.1 merlyunho

          wow that makes so much more sense to me right now. because we couldn’t stop questioning jinpyo’s twisted logic. but if yoonsung’s really the president’s son. then everything just clicks right away. anyways, i’m already pretty happy with all the angst, drama, and action that they’ve presented us with right now. i’m just worried that this whole birth secret will overdo the angst that i’ve been loving this much. just don’t overdo the drama, please.

    • 20.7 IluvYouchun

      How about this:

      Yoon-sung is Jin-pyo’s real son.

      Go back to opening scene of the birth.

      Go back to scene where the two men are at the hospital
      in her room after she has the baby and they banter about what name Jin-pyo should call his friends wife.

      Then in this episode there is a scene wher he tenderly holds and looks at a photo of Kyung-hee…..

      Hey it could happen!!!

    • 20.8 Maymay

      Your theory makes the most sense. This would explain why JP stole YS when he was a new-born baby and keep on insisting that YS be the one to carry out the revenge. That will be the cruelest revenge to get the son to kill the father. However, along the way, I think JP also come to love YS genuinely too. So how all this will affect his revenge plan at the end we still don’t know.

  21. 21 stars4u

    Perfect picture moment right there captured by Nana…

    • 21.1 dany

      oh yes, I really loved that moment- mother and son together.

  22. 22 ladymai

    One thing I found interesting ( I dont think it was mentioned in the recap) was Jin Pyo looking at Kyung Hee’s picture. It’s his friend that died, that he’s doing all this to get revenge for, but he has a picture of his wife to hold on to. I’m still wondering what the extent of his feelings for Kyung Hee are, and whether another layer to his raising Yoon Sung was that his son is also her son. In a kind of “therefore, he’s OUR son” kind of way? I don’t know, it may not even be romantic, but he certainly cares for her.

    • 22.1 Joy

      I know. Glad you picked this little detail up. I smell something fishy between Jin Pyo, Kyung Hee and the President. Something is off!

    • 22.2 Linda

      YS could possibly be the son of the president, especially when his mother become hesitant when the beans issue has been brought up. What puzzles me why did she said the MG saved her and YS? How did this happened? Lets say, his mother was pregnant with YS and MG offered to take responsiblity for the president, yet the president caused the death of MG. This could explain why JP said that the 5 has to die in YS’s hands or the twisted possibility that the bromance between JP & MG went beyond the usual brotherhood. Lots of puzzles are streaming in which meakes it CH so addictive. Something unrevels in each episode and the pace is so fast.
      I have to admit that I am impressed with LMH in CH, his acting skills has improved tremendously over the pass year. He is trying to shed the pretty boy image and moved on to become a character artiste which is critical in this industry if he wants to go far and long. CH will propel him into a different level and yes I agree that his stunts does not seem forced and he seemed absorbed in the character. I would be nice to see him challenging the dark side in the next project he chooses. Kudos to LMH! Fighting!!

  23. 23 Inseparable_gemini

    Yoon-sung takes her employee keycard and heads out, only to be confronted by an annoyed Nana, who asks why he had to use these methods: “Use me instead! Why mistreat your body like that?” LOL.

    -Nana’s line really made my day… thanks for the fast recap, JB! =)

    • 23.1 Maymay

      Me too, I was laughing so hard when she said “why mistreat your body like that.” Poor Nana, it must be hard to watch your boyfriend seducing another girl.

  24. 24 Fall

    I really hope the prosecutor is going to help City Hunter!!

  25. 25 anna

    Ok, reading this recap I have no idea where people are coming up with the idea that JP or the president might be YS’s real father. I haven’t watched this episode yet.

    • 25.1 anna

      ah, never mind. should have read some of the comments above first. 😀 i get it now. but all these just implied like YS’s mom cheated on her husband or something, that’s just really horrible. :(

      • 25.1.1 Niklaus

        I do not think it is cheating. It could be a moment of lapses under alcohol? One thing is for sure that the two/three men were all going for YS’s mom.

        • 25.1.1.1 Em

          Lol! you know, putting it that way makes her seem slutty

      • 25.1.2 Maymay

        I don’t think KH was cheating. It seems more like she had the baby before marriage or something.

  26. 26 Sunmi

    Seriously someone needs to die. Like yesterday.

    City Hunter is such a tease with these near-deaths. All these “he got hit by a car; he’s totally gonna die–for reals!” cliffhangers that always end up being “nah just playin'; this dude’s still breathing” are frustrating. Frustrating. Would it kill the writers to kill someone off?

    I never thought I’d say this but I need me just a wee bit more angst from City Hunter. I need Yoon-sung to be the BAMF that we all know he can be, which won’t be possible unless someone he loves dies or he offs someone himself. So please City Hunter. Give a gal a break and kill someone off so dark (sexy) Yoon-sung can come out to play. Thank you kindly.

    • 26.1 greenfezza

      well, the only certain way to die in this story is via daddy jin pyo sword-cane. everything else will just put you in comatose. even bullets cannot match the sword-cane lethality.

      • 26.1.1 Sunmi

        Ah! You might actually have a point about the Sword-cane being the only weapon capable of actually offing someone properly on this show. LOL.

        Or maybe Jin-pyo is secretly saving all of these people so that he can kill them himself later on? Oh the conspiracy!

    • 26.2 Linda

      i thought the same way! then i stopped wishing that someone would get killed because knowing my drama luck.. the writers will kill off Yoon Sung or NaNa.

    • 26.3 Maymay

      It will be more interesting if YJ father died, but I think maybe he is still alive for some other reasons. Maybe he will play some important role in future episode.

  27. 27 tiwiMINOZ

    omoooo,omooo
    i am more addicted to this drama ><
    finally, YS met his eomma 😀
    this ep is soo touching,i can't stand when i saw eYS was crying :(

    well, in the end i just want YS to be happy & alive, surrounded by the people who he loves most also loves him the most!!!
    SARANGHAE OPPA LMH XD

  28. 28 YerVang

    Thanks

  29. 29 Frosty_spice

    Chun decides that it’s too bad that Young-ju’s his friend’s son, but orders his minion, “Get rid of him.” Dude, that’s his solution for everything, which makes him the deadliest target thus far, though I can’t help but laugh at the image of him dealing with every minor crisis in the same way: “The cleaning lady can’t make it? Get rid of her. The dog won’t beg? Kill it.”

    -hahahahahaha… You did it again, JB! =)

  30. 30 asianromance

    Thanks for the recap!!! Loved your commentary!

    I can’t believe all the self-inflicted pain YS has gone through in this episode. Stabbing his own hand! I’m glad I’m reading the recap first before watching.

    Love how Nana found a way to meet with Jin-pyo by getting his location off YS’s GPS. It’s almost like she is out City-Hunter-ing the City Hunter.

    “I think what saves it for me is that these two aren’t entangled in a Fateful Love Triangle on top of the fatherly angst, “—> totally agree! I feel like the fated love triangle would have cheapened the fatherly angst. There better be a fun, bromantic scene by the end of the series.

    YS is really a good guy – he went to save YJ and did not attempt to save the records!

    • 30.1 reeen

      Seeing how YoungJoo didn’t save Nana and instead chose to go after Target No. 1 I wouldn’t be too surprised if – once he finds out about it – he holds it against YoonSung that he saved him instead of the records :)

      • 30.1.1 Maymay

        I can totally see the two of them bickering back and forth about it.

        YJ: Yo pretty boy! Do you know how important those documents are? Why didn’t you try to save them?

        YS: How can I ignore the fact that you are in trouble? Between those documents and you, you are more important to me, so I have to save you first.

        YJ: Fine! If I was so important to you, why didn’t you try to give me CPR?

        YS: Uuhhh….(weakly) Nana might be jealous?

        • 30.1.1.1 Stacy

          BWWAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  31. 31 FathuPixy

    ugh!! love this drama..
    i dunno why, but i get a feeling that young joo will turn 180° from a good guy to a bad guy..

    • 31.1 via

      I don’t think that will happen, since this drama also based on the manga, The City Hunter character will not be turn bad, he will stay like the original character, but maybe with less flirting with all the girls he’s met,hehehe

      • 31.1.1 via

        oopss sorry.. you talking about yong ju not yong sung, hehehe.. but i don’t think so too, he will be the one who will always help City Hunter eventually, and they will be like a partner, in real Manga City Hunter also have a friend (a police friend I think, I forgot whether the attorney or a policeman) who help him to solve the case, i think that would be it..

        • 31.1.1.1 Niklaus

          That would be Saeko Nogami, the Tokyo police detective who always use herself to get City Hunter to do free service for the police, haha… Saeko is the daughter of the chief of police.

  32. 32 Sara

    carbon monoxide is colorless & odorless…<3
    srsly though, awesome recapping, ms. java~

    • 32.1 Birdie

      Great catch. One of the flaws of this drama- they do not pay attention to details.

    • 32.2 Gabitis

      I understand your point, but I think in this particular case it’s a visual thing. They have to let us (viewers) know that there’s gas in the car.

      If this same scene was shown with ‘real’ colour and odourless gas, we would only see YJ coughing, no?

      It’s exactly the same concept YS, NN and Ahjussi used while hijacking the money truck and custodial vans in a previous episode, isn’t it?

      Very clever of you to mention it though. 😉

    • 32.3 scarlet

      Yes I was wondering what’s that coming out cos it can’t be CO since every elementary science student knows its colorless and odorless, but well, its just a drama.

    • 32.4 mandelbrotr

      CO2 may be colorless an odorless but what about exhaust straight from the engine? Ever driven behind someone with a bum muffler?

      • 32.4.1 Cynthia

        Exactly right – car exhaust is dirty. And dramatic! :)

  33. 33 Minty V

    thanks for the recaps! it really helps me understand and appreciate the series better

    i’m really enjoying the pace of this kdrama :)

    and random comment, i chuckle every time i hear them say “City Hunter” in Korean manner where the “C” is a “Sh” LOL

    • 33.1 greenfezza

      shitty hunter??

    • 33.2 holly

      same it gets me every time :)

  34. 34 stratosphere

    Watching this show makes me feel like I’m getting a mini cardio workout just sitting on the couch… I’m glad someone prodded me several episodes ago into watching it while it’s airing, because I don’t think there would be the same impact just marathoning everything in row. I do agree with Sunmi though… I mean, even Kim Jong Shik didn’t die??

  35. 35 polycolor

    Does everyone in this drama have super regenerative powers? I mean, if I were shot in the arm, I’m pretty sure it’d take at least several months to even lift a feather, and yet, in a couple of weeks or maybe even less, both Yoonsung and Nana are fighting and throwing people around and stabbing sharp metal objects into themselves. Well, just Yoonsung on that last one.

    Sigh. Is YS going to lose that hand bandage in a couple of days now? He freaking stabbed a hole through his hand! Well, whatever. Still love the drama. ^^ Such a pretty cast..

    • 35.1 Celexa

      I don’t want to wait that long for Story to proceed… so I’m fine with super healing powers!

    • 35.2 Cynthia

      It was a miracle healing! He was fully healed by the end of this episode. :)

    • 35.3 tuqaz

      That’s probably because they went to the vet instead of a normal hospital. They were given animal medicine, much stronger than human medicine. If they went to the hospital, they’ll probably be in a coma. 😀

      • 35.3.1 Maymay

        Hahaha, you are so right tuqaz. SH’s vet does give them super healing power. If they went to the hospital like other characters, they will probably have to stay there for a long time.

  36. 36 Ani

    East of Eden gets brought up a lot and I’m starting to wonder if I should watch it, and not because it’s a good drama because I hear it’s overly dramatic, but so I can understand the references about it.

    I hope that we get some bromance between Batboy and the Prosecutor, but it also kindof makes me worried about another friendship between a certain District Attorney (named Harvey Dent) and a certain Batman. (I know, I’m overdoing the comic references, but Imma beat this sucker into the ground all the way to the final hour.) I don’t see why they can’t be friends. I mean, if Vegeta and Goku can, heck if Warren Peace and Will Stronghold can become friends even when their fathers were archenemies, why can’t these two pretty boys become friends? Make it happen writers…. Please??

    • 36.1 Sunmi

      Reference to DBZ and Sky High? My inner geek squeals with joy.

    • 36.2 Daniela

      Oh, Dragon Ball Z, my childhood! I love your references

    • 36.3 Celexa

      Ani… you match my geeky nerdyness… DBZ!! lol

  37. 37 zoey0881

    I’ve been refreshing like a mad man… my finger’s staring to get numb 😛 anyway, another great episode… although I also start to laugh at the fact that at this point, nobody’s dead yet (well, except for target # 1) — like they all have a cat’s 9 lives 😀 but i think i rather see a drama where all is alive than someone very crucial getting killed (i was still traumatized with 49 days’ ending). aside from this side of the story, the drama is great so far! I was one of those who are not initially interested in watching this but now, I feel like waiting for next week’s episode will just further drive me crazy! anyway, thanks JB! you’re the best :)

  38. 38 dls

    Thanks JB for your recap.
    I wish the bromance but in different way than any other bromance …
    and Jinpyo..I also wonder what’s his real motivation, the real thing inside his heart…
    and yay, Yoonsung can meet his mom

  39. 39 krissy

    Thank you!!! Love your recap!!!! NN and YS love them. Wish to see more of them hugging, maybe a few kiss. LOL! Cutest couple!!! Although my heart sank when YS told Ajhussi and NN that he is taking his mom to the states after the punishing, I mean the look on NN’s face. I wish to see YS secretly marries NN with his mom, Ajhussi as their witness. LOL! Take NN with you, YS you know you need NN. You need her more than she needs you.LOL! I also love the scene at the Blue house. So true he only have eyes for NN. I really thought his going to kiss her. I hope the prosecutor will realize that YS saved him and be a help for YS. More sweet moments for our cutest couple. Maybe YS needs to be jealous too bad the prosecutor cannot be the person that YS could be jealous off because he knows NN is not happy for the fact that he is the son of the person who killed her mom and put her dad in coma. I mean NN will probably ignore the prosecutor and ask him never to see and talk to her. I’m really scared that JP will know about NN’s dad and do something to him. I know that the romance between NN and YS is sealed but it would be nice if NN knows that because she still hasn’t figure out that YS feels the same way because he keeps on pushing her away. But love that NN is not backing out. She will be by his side. So cute!!! It’s nice that the cliffhanger this week is not as stressful as last week or the other week. Please give us a happy episode before returning to the Punishing or Revenge thing. Outing for the Blue house staff!!! or outing for NN, YS, MOM and AJHUSSI. LOL!

    • 39.1 Marin

      Ur comment made my day. I was thinking the same exact thing I want to see more romance between YS and nana too there Sooo cute and I hope he tells her how he really feels because there is only 6 episodes left :(

      • 39.1.1 krissy

        That is so true!!! 6 episodes to go. I really wish to see more romantic or sweet scene with NN and YS. I want to see how YS will tell NN how much he loves her and can’t live without her and sealed it with the sweetest kiss ever!!! LOL! I’d love to see them work together in a movie or drama. Love the chemistry. The kind of love I have with YEH and KJH’s chemistry in LTM(forget the plot just the chemistry).LOL

        • 39.1.1.1 Marin

          Lol I watched lie to me but omgsh it was so boring I stopped watching after the cola kiss because tht was cute other then tht i gave up. I tried watching it but I didn’t understand how he came to love her so quickly didn’t make sense to me. City hunter omgsh I just love every episode ESP nana and YS there so cute, I really wish tht he would tell her tht he loves her but I think she should know right based on his actions. I dnt get one thing the previous episode he did mention tht he can’t live without her when she took a bullet for him but how come now he’s starting to push her away again?

    • 39.2 Corn tea

      A pool party with blue house staff would be so much fun to watch.

      • 39.2.1 Venus

        can we be invited to the Blue House Bikiny Party!!!!!….

        • 39.2.1.1 Corn tea

          The girls in bikini, the guys shirtless, oh invite YJ too, he is got a nice body to show off…hehe..what an eye candy scene that would be…

          • 39.2.1.1.1 Little Lulu

            *scurries off to Dreamland*

    • 39.3 Maymay

      Like you guys, I also wish for more romance between our OTP. However, with the revenge things going full force now, I understand the romance part has to take the back seat in the story. Even though YS has not officially declare his feeling for Nana, I think from his actions she could understand his feeling for her. Sometimes actions speak louder than words.

      • 39.3.1 krissy

        Yes but NN couldn’t see that… LOL!!! I really hope that they will take a break from the revenge or punishment for a while… make us happy, see our NN and YS happy. Funny stuff. Just for a short while, something we can all re-watch after the drama. After all this is show is unpredictable, I mean maybe few will claim that they know the ending but still it could end 3 ways. Like one will die, both will die or happy ending. I don’t think it’s too much to give us an episode or 2 where in we can see NN and YS happy. lol…

  40. 40 Marin

    I really think tht there is something going on between Jin pyo and the mother of YS. Because why is he holding her picture isnt tht weird unless he likes her or something idk but I sure hope that there is something about their past it would make the story more twisted :). I like prosecutor acting I felt so bad when ppl moved away from him in the cafeteria it was heartbreaking and Kim nana is very strong now love her character she’s not even afraid of YS dad damn. I really wish there were more romantic moments between nana and YS :) and YS he’s still amazing as always love himm :). I am glad no ones dead I really wish this drama had a happy ending. I really want to see YS happy :)

  41. 41 Liinus

    There have been some noticeably spotty editing these last few episodes, which kinda sucks for such an otherwise well made k-drama.

    I wonder what the president’s reaction to Chun’s little press conference is, since he was the one who actually wanted to tell the truth about the whole ’83 thing. I hope the drama doesn’t skip out on that little detail. Whatever Chun has on him must be pretty big though. Hopefully they don’t turn the president all evil (with the whole next baddie being worst than the last thing they have going), because nothing we’ve seen from him thus far has shown that. He seems to have a conscience, at the very least.

    • 41.1 mandelbrotr

      I wondered the same thing. What will the President say? And what will he do when #4 is taken out with no blackmail hanging over his head?

  42. 42 yiyie

    awesome!!!

  43. 43 whoneedssleep

    Why do I love this drama so much you ask?

    It seems to do everything right that I find so frustrating about almost all the other dramas! The conflicts evolve, the secrets get solved, and low and behold the characters actually communicate with each other, rather than expecting the other side to read their minds!
    I don’t know how many times I have shouted at certain characters to just freakin’ say something constructive….argh!
    Anyways, awesome drama! I am hooked — thanks so much for the recap!

  44. 44 Verónica

    I think many of us are expecting a lot of “darkness” out of this series because the complexity of its story is perfect for such kind of development. There are still 6 episodes left to fill with anger, blood, revenge and tears, and hopefully City Hunter will not disappoint me. I want to see emotions, actions, and consequences blow up many levels!!! :)

    I’m still amazed at how this series play with the bloody scenes shots. When he stabbed his hand, we didn’t see the action but the consequence. There was not the moment in which the letter opener got through his hand, yet we see it from below the table and once again, the blood dripping scene makes it more powerful(just like the blood dripping from the arm scene).

    Both Yoon Sung and Young Joo seemed to crumble at the same time in this episode, both are punished by their dad’s actions in similar yet different ways. And I loved how at ease Yoon Sung looked while eating with his mom, his expressions seemed so relaxed, almost happy, even when we all know the kind of internal hell he must be submerged into…

  45. 45 imoan.naomi

    It just occured to me that Jin Pyo doesn’t really have to hide as much as he’s been hiding. The “Council of Five” (err two…) can’t reveal who he is without incriminating themselves, and he’s “laundered” his identity so for the most part he’s a free man. He would draw some attention to his revenge plot, but I think the cat’s already been let out of that bag. Plus, focusing on Jin Pyo draws attention away from the real City Hunter.

    Ooh, maybe Yoon Sung should use his dad as bait…

  46. 46 jawefk;we

    ahhh i can’t wait until the next episode!!

  47. 47 Lilxbabiixmariam

    I am always excited about city hunter airing on Wednesday’s and thursdays tht I can’t even sleep. Seriously this show is to addicting and those cliff hangers are always killing me. This show is so awesome tht I cant even find any flaws, perfect cast and the characters are played very well :). I dnt know how ppl likes lie to me better then city hunter because tht show was so cheesy and boring I really dnt get it. Anyways I cnt wait I really want prosecutor to know tht YS helped him and wnt hold any negative thoughts towards him. & of course how can I forget I really want to see more scenes between nana and YS of course romantic :)

  48. 48 Eleven11

    OK, I haven’t watched 13 & 14 yet because a certain “friend” won’t let me until we can marathon it with 15 and 16.

    The pain, the agony, the horror. =[

  49. 49 anne

    Thanks for the recaps!! This is one reaallly good action drama n I’m so thankful I caught ur recap from the get…I nearly wrote it off when I was drowning in the midst of so many dramas but reading ur recaps gave me a glimpse of how good it cld be n brought me back on track! =)

    I love tht the drama doesnt purposely give crazy amounts of airtime to side characters tht much…ie. Sae Hee n Blue House team when its not necessary…sure there’s some time devoted here n there in evry episode but it doesnt deviate frm the fact tht this is very much YS/ JP’s story. There hv been tonnes of drama lately tht just devotes waaaayy too much screentime to build unnecessary side stories n not enuf of the main characters…to the point where sometimes, u ain’t even sure wht’s the main story.

    Good show all ard this one…I look forward to a very satisfying showdown n finale…with delicious anticipation.

  50. 50 anais

    Lee Jun Hyun really is doing a knock out job. I’m finding him so totally compelling. Such a smart move to position him as the foil/doppel-ganger.

    • 50.1 smashingalou

      with you there dear anais….

      I am married to LMH for his portrayal of YS/CH *LOL* …No one better to portray this other than LMH…And I don’t want ever want to let go of that marriage…never will I…not even thinking about it ( :) I hope you guys get what I mean by marriage, seriously cannot get away from him hehehe!)

      But alas, LJH/YJ’s acting here kept me on board on his character! Man, you’re good!! You had me fix my eyes on you on that BENCH SCENE..You so totally can pass up as my other guy, my number two!! *LOL

      • 50.1.1 Corn tea

        My heart was already weakened by YS, now YJ is making my poor heart ache too. I am seriously hoping for some in future episodes just for my own hearts’s sake.

        • 50.1.1.1 Corn tea

          Hoping for bromance

  51. 51 missjb

    finally, a scene I have waiting for, a scene YS and his MOM! Such a heartwarming scene!

    • 51.1 krissy

      Indeed it was. Love the scene so much I almost cry.

      • 51.1.1 Raine

        My eyes got all teary watching that scene~

  52. 52 Aranea

    I do NOT think Jin-pyo killed Lee Kyung-wan and the two police officers. Remember that:

    “Young-ju gets a call that Lee Kyung-wan is ready to talk…”

    Chun seems to be very willing to get rid of problems and it was to Jin-pyo’s advantage to let Yoon-sung believe that he killed them all. I think that Chun’s minion, bad hair guy, killed them. Just a thought…

    Long time reader, first time writer…

    • 52.1 Celexa

      So true Aranea,
      I also noted that Jin pyo disguised himself as a Dr. with a lab coat. He wouldn’t have needed to kill the police officers to get to target #1. That is the one reason I’ve always believed that creepy stalker/killer was the one who killed the first target.

      • 52.1.1 Little Lulu

        Mt, too! That was what I’m talking about. I don’t really think JP killed LKW.

  53. 53 kukkoo

    Looks like Jinpyo might be holding feelings for Yungsung’s mother the way he looked at that picture. where did he get he get that picture anyway, as far as i know, the only picture he had was the one he ripped at the beginning, the one with Yungsung’s mom, dad and jinpyo in it.

    • 53.1 nyoo

      The picture wasn’t kyung hee… I think it was nana’s mom

  54. 54 Thatgirl

    One word describes this episode: Ballsy.

    OMG!!!! Yoon Sung Stabbed himself!
    Nana confront’s Jinpyo.
    Young Ju!!!! He’s just awesome in this episode!!!!

    This episode totally made up for overwhelming me yestersday. 😀

    I am soo Jealous of Nana! and it has nothing to do with Yoon Sung. Nana is soo BADASS!!!! I wish I was like her. I love her. 😀 Like I said in that last recap, Nana is not a ride or die, chick. She’s a ride by my side, chick.

    Seriously, I know that Nana and Yoon Sung will eventually, kinda, get together. But how of Yoon Sung’s playboy/City Hunter stuff is she going to take? She’s in love with him, and is committing to staying by his side, but they aren’t even really together, and he doesn’t seem to be wanting to give up his playboy ways…. How much of this is she going to take? Nana! Where are you going with this? I mean I know I don’t have to worry because this is a TV show, and I can kinda predict the ending, but…. As a person, to another person, Nana…..

    • 54.1 Thatgirl

      ooooo and I’d also like to point out…. I wonder what Jinpyo would do if someone was threatening Kyung-Hee? It seems to me, he has a very very VERY soft spot for her, even more than he does for Yoon Sung.

    • 54.2 krissy

      LOL!!! I’m with you in terms of NN. She is really a bad ass and willing to sacrifice herself for YS. Don’t get YS wrong. I don’t think his a playboy it’s just a character his playing in order to get the information he needs, he ver touch those women. He just get them drunk and get the information or the things he need to infiltrate the people he needs to punish. The playboy image of YS is just a cover. He only have eyes for NN. As for NN how she will take? Well I think she’s taking it pretty well. With the courage she showed when she went to see YS’s dad and told him to back off and she will do anything to prevent him from hurting YS. She is totally into CH thing. She’s a smart girl she already figured that out that it’s not easy but still she is standing by his side. I think it’s more of YS, how long is he ganna push NN away, he already put NN on his very short list of people who can be hurt, kidnapped or killed to get to CH/YS. I think it’s more of YS, needs to face the fact that his inlove with NN and that they need to work together or tell NN that I want you not to be involve too much on what I’m doing because I wouldn’t be able to live without you. NN already know what she’s getting herself into. I’m loving her character more and more.

      • 54.2.1 Thatgirl

        As an Lee Minho fan, I seriously want to believe that Yoon Sung never touched those girls, but I don’t know if do believe it. I wish there was a better indication of what he actually does with those girls.

        Yes, Nana is taking it really well, but at this point Yoon Sung is hinting that he’s just going to love her and leave her, what with him taking Kyung-Hee to the U.S and all. Yes, I know something will surely happen to stop him from going, but… Its like he’s just toying with Nana. For a good 2-3 episodes I was under the impression that Yoon Sung and Nana were together, a couple, but this episode just threw a rock at that, almost shattering it. Nana knows what she is getting herself into, but I think she’s “almost” shooting herself in the foot, with this. (I say almost, because I know they will end up together at the end, or at least confessing the love to each other at the end.)

        Yah!!!!! I’m not even her, and I am jealous for her because of Yoon Sung’s playboyish ways. I love that Nana is soo badass, but this part of her, the part that is acting cool while Yoon Sung uses his seduction methods to get info out of girl…. I don’t know if I like that…. Whether or not he actually does something with those girls, Nana thinks he’s doing something and thats bad enough. (Though, this last girl I’m pretty sure he just got her drunk and left her there. Lol.) Argh!!!!! I’m not even her and I am going crazy on behalf!!!! *Sigh*

        • 54.2.1.1 Senris

          I got a strong impression that while Yoon-sung slept with the earlier girls (remember he’s also wearing a bath robe in the hotel with the mistress in Ep. 2), he’s “saving himself” for Nana now (so, staying fully clothed and drugging the secretary instead). Which just gives me fits of giggles. He is so in love!

          • 54.2.1.1.1 Thatgirl

            Huh?

        • 54.2.1.2 mim

          @Thatgirl,

          You put into words exactly what I had been thinking. I too don’t feel comfortable when he uses seduction methods with the girls. I don’t think he slept with the last girl, but with the first girl, I don’t know. But anyway, I feel uncomfortable even when I see him drugging the girl. True, he is getting information, but I wouldn’t want to be in the girls’ shoes. Also, I too don’t want Nana to be okay with YS doing that.

          I too was really enjoying how YS was starting to accept the fact that he couldn’t push Nana away in the earlier episodes. But like you said, the last episode kind of threw a rock at my perception of things as well. He is starting to act distant again and howevermuch others might try to rationalize it, I don’t like it. After all that she has done for him, she needs to be treated with better respect. She almost died for him and has stuck by his side despite his attempts to push her away, through words and deeds. It is because she has nobody else to call her own and because she knows YS loves her that she is ready to go to this extent for him. But in real life, if I were in her shoes, I don’t think I could have taken it. Time he assured her of his love coz that will mean a lot to Nana who has not had many people to love her. She does not even have the ajusshi like YS has. It is good to sense somebody loves you, but isn’t it better when that person puts those feelings into words?

          I hope they will change the playboy angle a bit. I know it is a cover, but if you have a lover who has to watch you do that, things can get pretty uncomfortable. Or else Nana should also be allowed to use her charms. But still, I don’t like seduction being used a means to extract info., be it a man or woman. Also YS being so humanitarian and all, it reflects bad on him when he treats those girls that way.

          • 54.2.1.2.1 Thatgirl

            I’m hoping that the next episode shows Nana realizing that being with Yoon Sung isn’t getting her anywhere, what with him planning on going to the U.S and not even giving Nana a second thought, and decides to give up on him and go on other dates. Then Yoon Sung, gets jealous and finally confess or something. Lol. x)

            Cheesy, but I just want him to hurry up and confess to her already, so she could have some sort of rights to…. to… Stop his playboy ways. (Or stop him from letting her think he’s doing something with some girl.)

  55. 55 soserious

    omfg. I loooooooooooooooooooooove ‘city hunter’.
    it’s the best thing that’s happened to me this summer.

    the pen stabbing shocked me (my mouth stayed in the ‘o’ shape for a good few minutes). and the reunion with his mother was so beautiful (my heart broke a little bit when he said ‘umma’).

    and lastly, i’m kind of disappointed that young-ju’s father is still alive…BUT I love how understanding nana is.

    • 55.1 Thatgirl

      I freaked the hell out when he stabbed himself. Ballsy, but Wae!!!! Doesn’t he know he has fans watching, and we are going to have a heart attack if he does that?! Argh! He only cares about himself. Lol. x)

  56. 56 Birdie

    This episode felt a little flat. I guess it is hard to keep up with the suspense of the last episode. I wonder if the live shooting and the tight schedule and fatigue are affecting the production a little.As someone mentioned, editing was spotty. The actress KMS who played the mom was great,but I was not moved by LMH in the reunion scene. Well, LMH is a young actor, it may be too much to expect him to be great in every scene. LJH continued to amaze me.

    Wonder if we are going to get anything tragic in the next few episodes. That would be epic if we do.

  57. 57 jyyjc

    I find it funny how youngju is always all suspicious of everything and yet doesn’t bat an eyelash when the office people said they never called him about a gas problem.

    • 57.1 Jomo

      Yeah –
      Giving a slight benefit of the doubt, all I could think was problems like that were common enough with his officetel that he was like, “OK, I’ll be down there (again.)”

  58. 58 HeadsNo2

    Something that wasn’t really covered in this recap (which is AWESOME btw, thanks JB!) is that strange moment that Kyung Hee has with Yoon Soo about the beans in his food. This leads me to believe (as other commenters have noted) that Yoon Sung’s father is NOT Mu Yeol. I saw some commenters make the conclusion that the president might actually be Yoon Sung’s real father, citing how Jin Pyo said that he would inflict revenge in the worst way possible. That might be true, but it seems like the option of Jin Pyo being his real father was hinted at in this episode when Jin Pyo takes out a picture of Kyung Hee that he’s obviously kept all these years. However, he had such great love for Mu Yeol that it seems like utter betrayal if he were to sleep with his best friend’s wife in an affair. Unless it happened before Kyung Hee and Mu Yeol were married?

    The idea of the president seems really interesting and if that is the case I will hand it to the drama for giving such surprising twists and turns. But if Yoon Sung is really Jin Pyo’s child, I don’t think he knew that when he took Yoon Sung as a baby. This might be a revelation that comes to Jin Pyo later because, honestly, how confusing would it be for poor Yoon Sung to find out he’s technically had three dads? Mu Yeol, who he thought was his biological father, Jin Pyo who is his father by right of raising him, and then the President who would turn out to be his real bonafide biological father? :/ I think I’d take Jin Pyo as his biological father any day so as not to overload Yoon Sung’s brain with crazy.

    • 58.1 HeadsNo2

      And sorry, I’m worried that my earlier comment made it seem like I was being sarcastic about the recap being awesome. I definitely wasn’t, I live for these recaps. Every JB recap is awesome all the time. Thanks for your hard work! :)

    • 58.2 Jomo

      I agree that “beans in the food” was proof enough that his father played by Park Sang Min is his father.

      Park Sang Min had such a small part in this show, I need him to live on in LMH!

  59. 59 laya

    This drama just gets more awesome!

    And how cool is Nana?! <3

    Thank you so, so so much for the recap!

    LOL, I am such a happy badger. Three of my favorite guys (Min-ho, Yoochun, and Yong-hwa), three different dramas, almost at the same time /cues dancing baboons and orangutans!

  60. 60 dany

    Great show, great recap, thank you, jb!

    • 60.1 dany

      I forgot to mention that I love a complex and intelligent second lead. Can’t wait for the next episode!

  61. 61 angeline ong

    you guys are fast. i thought i would be the first to comment. it is relieved to see ahjussi awake and mum and son reunited.

  62. 62 Daniela

    Yes please, bromance! As you said, it will be different type of bromance. Can they just help each other (even if sometimes they dont want to, but they do it in the end, like in this case) while they are fighting against Chun Jae-man? I dont wish dead for anybody,but in this case, for the story, if Chun Jae-man’s minion kills Kim Jong-shik,now that we saw he could be alive, that would give them a common enemy, at least for a while.
    I love that he was a little awkward when he was with his mom in the temple. The mom-son moments were very touching.
    I hate Jin-pyo and all the things he did to Yoon-sung but I like him when he is calmed with others. Like when he was with Nana and with Young-ju, he even smiles (a thing that Yoon-sung does too) and he threatens like it was nothing.
    I love the Darth Vader/Luke Skywalker comparison that you did. Its an interesting way of see it, and it fits.
    I like when, after a very stressful episodes,they give us a few minutes of laugh.

    Thank you for the recap!

    • 62.1 elle070811

      i too think that Chun Jae-man will eventually kill KJS which will be discovered by the prosecutor then the Pres will decide to finally come clean on what happend in OCt 83 and face its consequences after hearing KJS’s death which of course Chun Jae-man will try to stop thus will try to dispose off or threaen the president which will endanger KNN and since of the 5, Chun Jae-man is the most dangerous and clever and heartless, the prosecutor and LYS will have to work together in order to defeat him.whew.or something like that.lol

  63. 63 Shel

    GEEZ! Talk about a couple of heart attacks. Started watching, got about 8 mins in…and had to turn it off and get dinner on the table. Damn real-life responsibilities are a drag sometimes, lol. That knife, or whatever it was, thru the hand almost made me lose my appetite, though. That was gnarly. Then, it was 3-4 hours before I could go back and find out what happened. Aigoo!

    I think they should have killed Kim Jong-Shik off, it would have made for some great drama with LMH’s character feeling like he killed him and having to deal with all that.

    LOVE NaNa! Balls of Steel, in a pint-sized package. If YoonSung tells her to get lost again (to protect her, of course), I may have to slap him around. She’s the perfect person to be helping him; strong, determined, and no fear.

    Laughing at the LMH menu comments, he’s a cutie, makes me wish I was a lot younger and living somewhere in his vicinity. But, he’d call me “auntie” or “granny” and ruin it all, anyway. :0) (I got kids older than LMH, lol).

    I adore reading your recaps and reviews, almost as much as watching the shows. Keep up the good work!

  64. 64 katz

    Thanks for the recaps, JB! I really felt that LJH came into his own in this episode and it’s great the writers decided to give some complexity to the second lead in this drama. I’m really loving the competitiveness between the two boys! Bring on the bromance!

  65. 65 tuqaz

    Loving the mother-son moments. Though I saw it RAW I was tearing up. I miss my mommy and her cooking. I’ve been living away from home for nearly 20 years, I guess I can relate to Nana living alone and YS missing his mom. :(

    Why does Jin-Pyo have a picture of YS’s mum? Could it be he was in love with her too? But she married YS’s dad instead?

    More Nana/YS cuteness please!

    Thanks for the recap! Now to watch it with subbies… stalking mode on! :)

  66. 66 b is for bipolar bear

    To javabeans: thanks so much for this fun and awesome recap. I enjoyed every word of it. This especially made me laugh out loud:
    I can’t help but laugh at the image of him dealing with every minor crisis in the same way: “The cleaning lady can’t make it? Get rid of her. The dog won’t beg? Kill it.”

    To Show: Cliffhanger Academy called. They want their diploma back. But Heartstrings University also called and wants to give you an honorary degree for that mother-son moment. I admit it got me here too. So congrats.

    It’s funny that such a short and simple scene with Jin-pyo looking at Kyung-hee’s picture took everyone for a ride to Conjecture Town. In a good way though. I’m buying that theory that Yoon-sung’s real dad is the Prez. Or Jin-pyo. I’m 50-50 on that.

    This is such a fun show.

  67. 67 d

    hahah i lol’ed so hard when i read “what does it to take for a character to die” it does seem like everyone goes into coma…. my dad was like “he fell off a bridge and he still didn’t die?”

  68. 68 crazedlu

    now the hand stabbing i can get down with. nice touch. ^^

    • 68.1 entertained

      that’s my reaction, too. OWSHIT!… niiiiice.

  69. 69 DKM

    It is a bit far fetched that YJ’s dad didn’t die but I’m hoping that Target No.4’s lackey will be caught in the act killing him when he wakes up (he still has to die, of course) and then YJ and YS team up to get rid of Target No.4.

  70. 70 raycken

    Yoonsung-shi… please I beg you… take Nana… it’s for your own good, you know. A gutsy girl like that… if I’m a guy, I’ll like my girlfriend to be like her. But since I’m a girl, I want my boyfriend to be hot as Yoonsung… or it can be Lee Minho…

  71. 71 msposh387

    it’s my birthday today so probably i’d ask my friends to give me the LMH skin-ship menu as a gift LOL…thanks for the quick recaps! i’d be streaming this tonight and i’m settling to read the recap first since i’m currently at work

    …lalalala why.lee.min-ho.is.most.hot.in.this.drama…lalalala

  72. 72 sweetspring

    yay! ep 13 w/ subs just appeared on my fav. CH watching site. bitch-slapping within myself not to read the recaps before watching the actual episodes is wearing me down- wish for magical growth of brain to translate korean to english pronto! thank you angel subbers whoever u rs! pls. get cracking on ep. 14 :) much lub!!!

  73. 73 Celexa

    I’m traveling so I’m very late on this thread :(

    With all the speculation of who Yoon sung’s father may be.. I remembered my first thought when I saw the torn picture YS taped together. There was a missing piece…who’s face was left out of the picture?

    • 73.1 tuqaz

      the current president. I think it was mentioned in episode 1 recap, when Jin-Pyu tore it up only to tape it back and the missing piece is the president’s face.

      I say Jin-Pyu and Yoon-sung’s mum are siblings. :)

      • 73.1.1 Celexa

        Thanks… If it is the current president that was left out of the picture it is so that YS wouldn’t recognize him when he returned to Korea?

        That missing piece is a marker for a twist in the plot! I’m so excited, I can’t even begin to imagine what the twist will be!

  74. 74 tuqaz

    Has it occurred to anybody that Jin-Pyu and Yoon-Sung’s mum could be…. SIBLINGS!! Dun, dun, DUN!! That’s why Jin-Pyu cares for her so much. They do have the same family name. :)

    • 74.1 wanne

      Oh, never thought of that. but i dont think so. JP was playful/flirty in the hospital scene in Ep1 after the mom gave birth. it’ll be weird to do that with his sister.

      • 74.1.1 tuqaz

        I’m not crazy about the idea of Yun-sung’s mom getting pregnant with one man and marrying another. Although she did say that his father saved her and him (Yoon-sung).

  75. 75 elle070811

    thanks for the recap

    im actually very relieved and glad that kim jung shick didn’t die because for me there shouldn’t be any death directly or indirectly caused by the “city hunter”… i like where this drama is going…

  76. 76 wanne

    Again, thank you so much Javabeans for the recap! <3

    there's no way i will be able to see YS & YJ team up if KJS died, so i'm very relieved!

    and ahjussi! he's still needed for the humor! honestly, i can see show kill him off, but not now *sobs* whenever he called out to YS 'YS-ahhh~' i just cant help but crack a bit 😀 i still wanna see these two together so thank you show for keeping him alive! when he was hit in front of YS's eyes, my heart seriously skip a bit. i already had a bad feeling when his phone was broken. thank you thank you thank you ahjusshi for being alive

    i expected YS to cry really bad upon meeting his mother like his mom did. but him freezing, being awkward and seemingly unable to believe is a nice touch too. i think i agree that LMH was quite lacking in this scene, but i definitely teared up when he apologized to his mom and they hug each other then. and its heartbreaking when he described the way JP raised him 'like a strict father, wanting to see him succeed in his studies etc'. mom will have a heart attack if she know the truth.

    i think the fact that YS's dad cannot eat beans like YS has a purpose of revelation here. i'm sure now, MY is not his real dad. it can be either the president or JP like everyone suspected. lets see who will be seen cannot eat beans now.

    ah, now we're back to waiting again. i wish everyday is Wednesday! i dont care if that means i dont have any week end AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    • 76.1 wanne

      oh, btw, the couch scene is such a tease!

      i think YS is still holding himself from Nana. he kept her by his side because he wanted to protect her. when it comes to him that a coffee can already reminded her of him, he wanted to stop that attachment now. its clear he always think he will die, he’s insecure of his future, thus he dont want Nana to get attached to him and dont want to go deeper with her. and Nana clearly knows this.

      i wonder when will be the next kiss LOL hahahaha
      maybe Nana will do it out of jealousy? 😀

    • 76.2 dkm

      I think the beans are significant too!

  77. 77 venthung

    Son-mom scene definitely touching moment…I just wanna cry watching it, but there’s something prevent my tears running down, LYS’ blazer…has ropes behind it? Haha…worst fashion picking ever…

  78. 78 sweetspring

    i’m with those who thought the stabbing of hand & the mother-son apologies were the highlights of this episode.
    also a big fan of when YoonSung does his like McGyver thingy & knocks out the baddies with the cool violin action song bit, ok i admit i swoooonnnn
    but i think the director overdoes it with the close ups of clenched fists, almost all of the characters have had a ‘clenched fist’ moment, can’t they swap it for more close ups of LMH eyes pleazeeee
    also YoonSung does this smirk with all those hapless easy women who he lures to give him info. its a smirk that shows how dumb & easy he thinks they are which is kinda insulting for womenfolk in general but since its LMH its understandable coz i can imagine i’ll walk into glass if ever i see him in the flesh 😛

    • 78.1 wanne

      i think this director has a thing with hand closeup. i notice the same thing with Brilliant Legacy. its poignant for me but yeah, can lose the effect when overdid.

      i notice in the beginning, each time after YS met his mother, the camera zoomed at YS’s hand. the first time he fiddled with his fingers like Ji-Hyun in 49days did, the second time he fiddled with the sticker on the bottle. i appreciate this little detail especially for an action drama like this.

    • 78.2 beggar1015

      I would like to see, just once, YS trying to hit on a woman and she blows him off. Not everyone is going to be thirsty for a tall glass of water.

  79. 79 Dara

    Aside from the boy leads, I really appreciate the badass daddy, he’s doing a marvelous job and playing an important part to the drama’s success. Every time he’s on screen, his aura would make me aww…even if he’s damn bad.

    Also, can I give credit to the original Japanese manga writer too? Cuz I think something unusual in Kdrama has happened in this drama, must have sth to do with the original manga story itself…….

    • 79.1 Celexa

      Dara…

      I don’t see the leads as boys… they have proved they can act up to par with the veteran actors… these MEN are definitely beyond the “pretty boy” idolization.

  80. 80 mandelbrotr

    I love the part where LYS is explaining to NN how he hooked up with the secretary, “I went to the health club she went to and sweated a little. She just came right over!” (sub cred: Perverts team on Viki) So funny!

  81. 81 diw

    PARK mu yeol + LEE kyung hee = LEE yunseong

    but why does the father have different surname..
    ajumma should have been PARK kung hee right?

    uhm well it is logical that yun seong bears LEE because he was kidnapped and raised by anothe LEE who is a sociopath..

    • 81.1 reeen

      Koreans don’t change their name after marriage…

      • 81.1.1 tuqaz

        not just Koreans, but most Asians. :)

  82. 82 uglyduckling

    city hunter just keeps getting better!

    actually, this episode was quite low on the angst level, which i really liked cause even though city hunter has been SUPER GREAT so far, theres just so much going on and so much anticipation and angst in each episode that i was about to burst. so this episode was a little relief for me.

    and the scene where Yoonsung finally reunites with his mother! oh my goodness, usually in dramas i only cry becuase of something sad, for happy events i’m just really happy. but the YS +KH reunion really brought tears to my eyes. it was so quiet, yet it said SO MUCH. and it also left some unanswered questions.

    ALSO, the 4th target’s name is “Chun Jae Man”, which i found really funny because “Chunjae” in korean means “Genius” and Man in american is….man. so he is GENIUS MAN. haha

    • 82.1 mubalino

      SAME HERE! there wasn’t too much ‘angst’ in this episode, so it was like a ‘lets recharge from all these happenings’.
      Haha, GENIUS MAN. maybe its a clue to exactly how cunning his plans are to practically just kill everybody.

  83. 83 bubbleyum

    1. best scene in this episode was when yoon-sung stabbed his own hand. i was like WOOOOOAAAHH. but he is wrong, there is actually one other person that jin-pyo cares about, which is yoon-sung’s mom. i doubted that jin-pyo had any love for yoon-sung or kyung-hee in the last couple of episodes, but this episode seemed to show that he did. his face when yoon-sung stabbed his own hand was pretty telling, also the way he gazed at kyunh-hee’s picture. it’s interesting the way that jin-pyo and yoon-sung have the same thoughts regarding their women; “YOU have to live a happy life, no matter me.”

    2. nice to see the whole gang back at the blue house up to their old flirtatious ways, but now with the added element of shin eun-ha’s misconception that yoon-sung likes her. who knew the blue house was such a meat market of young hormones?? hah.

    3. a little confused by the whole coffee comment of yoon-sung’s back at nana’s place. what does that mean? is he trying to yet again going to start pushing her away, and prepare her for their parting of ways? what happened to the whole “i don’t think i can live without her” comment to shik-joong ajuhsshi last episode?? and if that’s the case, what the heck is he doing back at the blue house, making eyes at nana? yoon-sung’s love line is so schizophrenic, geez.

    4. finally a reason for the immoral dirty way that jin-pyo made his money with drugs. i thought they were just gonna gloss over that one.

    5. so after watching this episode, i kinda have a feeling of how they are gonna end this so key people are redeemed and yoon-sung and nana can ride off into the sunset for their happy ending. jin-pyo is slowly exposing himself more and more now, i think in the very end he will sacrifice himself for yoon-sung, posing as the “city hunter” (although the really BAD stuff that the city hunter is blamed for right now is actually his evildoing.)… you know, i can’t help but think he might even actually commit suicide or sacrifice himself somehow when it comes down to going after the president in the end. prosecutor/da kim young-joo will realize that yoon-sung is not evil and will keep his mouth shut. yoon-sung, nana, and mom can go off somewhere and be happy!! hehe. 😛

    • 83.1 Corn tea

      The coffee talked confused me too. I keep thinking maybe YS is confused as well that he did not know how to deal with her. I see him yoyoing back and forth on be with her or not be with her. Their seemingly impossible love is making me hurt, I just want a fairy tale ending for them, actually more like for me.

      • 83.1.1 smashingalou

        Ahmm,i thought I was the only one confused with that coffee scene. I was puzzled with YS’s remark as soon as he got out of the house “That can’t happen?” What does he mean?!

        I seriously hope this is not something referring to wanting NN to just forget him. Didn’t he just said back in ep 12 “He don’t think he can do it anymore.” With all the living alone and stuff. Ah but that part was not clarified as well.

        Oh I hope YS and NN will have a happy ending. Although this wishful thinking may have been something that can’t possibly happen, I wish it would. After all the revengey-stuff is done, YS will need NN….

        Oh please, PD can it be that way?!! Oh please….*fingers crossed tightly*

  84. 84 Stephanie

    This is the only drama this year that I have loved from the beginning until… now. Usually it gets boring, but this show is just right in revealing just enough questions and answers to get me satisfied and hooked at the same time. Show, Saranghaeyeo~

  85. 85 Kira

    I squealed at least 34 times for every episode but for some reason for this episode i only squealed 29 times…..But I did jump around screeching: “OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG” lol

  86. 86 fm

    I actually hope that there is no birth secret at all.Even without it this drama is already tense…but I do think JP has a serious feeling for KH.Just like someone said before,maybe he is ridden by guilt in love with his bestfriend wife while his bestfriend sacrifiying his life to save him?I think this is much better.If it is true that target 4 know some dirt about the president,I’d father think something else rather that an affair.Until now we can see that the president is the cleanest among five of them.

    After all to think KH has some sort of affair among those guys just didn’t make sense because the relationship among them before the incident is so good.About Jin Pyo I’m really intrige with his character.From the way he look at KH photo and the scene where KH and YS embrace each other,I can feel his soft spot.I wonder what he is saying whether KH and YS will understand him…I wonder what the meaning behind that.Is he saying that what he has done till now is for the sake of YS and KH?I just didn’t feel what he did will bring benefit for KH and YS.

  87. 87 Joy

    Thanks JB its good to watch and read your recap over and over again. I hate reading but you made me do it. Thanks to both of you ( grilfriday).

  88. 88 eech

    thanks for the recap…

    love the scene where yoon sung stabbed his own hand in front of his dad.. but too bad the camera didn’t show his hand at that time…

    and yoon sung looked really cool when he just punched the glass window with his bare hand to rescue mr prosecutor…

    LMH i heart chuuu….

  89. 89 nana

    anyone knows whats the ending song?

    • 89.1 smashingalou

      hey nana, it’s Kim Bo Kyung’s Suddenly. It’s the song played in almost each episode’s ending. You can easily download it from 4shared.com.

      Hope this helps :)

      • 89.1.1 nana

        thank you! =)

  90. 90 EmoBunny

    such a epic episode! always loving your re-caps jb/gf!

  91. 91 sosoxrah

    I’m more than halfway through the episodes and soo loving this drama. I can’t believe I didn’t start watching this sooner so I could read the recaps in time. My love for this drama just grows more and more each time I watch it… it has the perfect medley of what I’m looking for in an action/romance genre despite some all-too-coincidental moments. Runaway Plan B has nothing compared to City Hunter. I’m going to be so heartbroken when this drama is over :( Thank you for all the recaps! It’s so nice to relive my fav moments in each episode with you and GF’s hilarious commentary.

  92. 92 olsen

    Thanx JB for the amazing recap.

    I woke up like 5 times last nite and evrytime, the first and only thing that came to mind was ep 14 recap!

    How I wish for more lovin’ between out OTP.

  93. 93 Tanzia

    Am I the only one who wants to see more romance between nana and YS???and why does it look like YS doesn’t like nana tht much it looks like her love is stronger

  94. 94 sb

    This is one drama I’m actually hoping there’ll be an extension for.

    It’s just so much fun to watch. I’m enjoying the plot lines, and it’s a feast for the eyes and ears. Only wish there were more frequent hand-to-hand fight scenes for YS. Realized how I missed them with the small bit in this episode.

    I’m wondering at the hesitation of YS’ mom, when he asked her if his dad also didn’t like beans. Makes me suspicious again about his paternity.

    Thanks JB for the recap! :) * scrolls back up to read *

  95. 95 Cynthia

    Hold on!
    I’m on my way to the Blue House with a big, ole pot of beans and rice for the Prez’s potluck.
    I’ll let you know if I catch him picking out the beans!

    :) :) :)

    • 95.1 Celexa

      Text me with your results!! :)

  96. 96 K@T@M!

    R u kidding me ..how is he dear to him when he tried to hit him ??????……………thx for the recap JB :)

  97. 97 beggar1015

    Out here in left field again, but I’d like to see something happen with Sang-gook, Psycho Daddy’s head minion. When he first signed up with JP, it was to avenge his dead — uh, was it his brother? — and take down the men responsible. But as innocent people keep getting hurt, I’m thinking SG is starting to wonder what he’s gotten himself involved in. Loved that he wanted to let YS and his mother have a quiet moment together. What if, later on, he changes sides and joins Team City Hunter.

    Just a thought.

  98. 98 crzycpl

    Whilst I love this drama, I can’t help but make a random observation.

    The only time Lee Minho was wearing socks was when he went to see his mum at the temple and then at the hospital later. By the time he got to her place, no more socks. LOL.

    Sorry, random observation but Lee Minho never seems to wear socks. I bet you’ll be looking out for that now!!

    Great episode for Prosecutor YJ. I really felt all of his emotions.

    • 98.1 crzycpl

      And how white and sickly pale did YS and NN look at the hospital hug scene. They looked like …. vampires! LOL … Sorry, it’s Friday night and I’m a little delirious from a hard working week.

      Thanks for the recaps, ladies. I always enjoy your insights and humour. 😀

      • 98.1.1 Corn tea

        I noticed their pale white faces too. Makes me think of geishas…maybe makeup was overdone or too much lighting…

    • 98.2 Corn tea

      Funny u mention the socks or lack of, I wonder the same is he wearing socks or not? Seems insane to not wear socks with close toed shoes while filming nonstop everyday…..

    • 98.3 tuqaz

      I was thinking the same. He hasn’t been wearing socks since he came to Korea, I thought it was part of summer fashion there. :)

  99. 99 atechom

    Something tells me that Yoon Sung is actually Jin Pyo’s son, which will add even more drama to the drama. I don’t know if I’d like that story line, but there’s something in the way that his mother answers Yoon Sung’s questions about his birth father that’s got me questioning otherwise.

  100. 100 Fasiris Fay

    Gaaaaaaaah wednesday is so far away!!! This drama just makes me scream, cry, laugh, dig my fingernails into my hands and many other things. Love it!!

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