Drama Recaps
City Hunter: Episode 17
by | July 20, 2011 | 437 Comments

This show? It’s like Shakespeare on acid. Or watching Confucius kick Shakespeare’s ass. Or if Confucius and Shakespeare had a lovechild, it’d be City Hunter. Is anyone else’s head hurty with the daddy issues? Somebody please give this boy a hug. I’m scared for what’s around the corner.

 
EPISODE 17 RECAP

President Choi walks up and hands Yoon-sung the volume that he’s looking for, containing his father’s picture from his days as a secret service agent. Yoon-sung quickly covers up his interest in the book and says he was just browsing at random.

The president asks for some help uploading a picture onto his blog. (How cute is it that he has a blog?) Yoon-sung notes the piles of work he’s got sitting on his desk, and is surprised to hear him say that he strives to keep up with current affairs without having to add to anyone else’s workload.

He cites a very simple, down-home adage that when you give someone more work, you must give more pay. Basically it’s a shorthand to mean that he understands the plight of the average worker, which again separates him from his Council of Five cohorts.

He mentions his son and then frets about youngest daughter Da-hae. Yoon-sung promises to stop by the coffee shop and check in on her. Aw. He’s obviously taken a strong liking to Yoon-sung for various reasons, and invites him to the presidential luncheon later that day.

Mom sends Nana a care package with a hand-stitched handkerchief inside, asking her to come visit and to take care of herself. Nana cheerfully tells her that she’ll come by, hiding her heartbreak.

Target No. 4 Chun Jae-man meets with Jin-pyo and they both play the I-know-what-you’re-up-to game. Jin-pyo tells him that he’s had a recent break-in and something valuable went missing, and Chun very graciously offers to recommend a good security system. Ha.

Chun then comes out and says that he lied before about those men in ’83 – that they were really on a government mission, and died in the field. He admits to lying to draw out the City Hunter, because he’s got the one document to clear up the lie in his possession, and he’s sure the City Hunter will come to collect. Wow, this guy’s no idiot. (This is all of course based on his misunderstanding that the City Hunter is sitting right in front of him.)

Jin-pyo laughs it off and says that the only thing he’s interested in is money. Chun certainly plans to take advantage of that, despite who he thinks Jin-pyo is. I love that both of these guys think they’re outsmarting the other, and I’m not even sure which side is winning right now.

Chun pointedly says that it’s time someone of his stature meets the president, and invites him to the Blue House luncheon. Oh this should be interesting. As soon as he leaves and Mr. Creepy enters, he reveals his plan to take the rest of Jin-pyo’s money and then kill him quietly.

People start arriving at the Blue House for the luncheon and Da-hae clings to Yoon-sung, asking him to come along. He doesn’t intend to, despite the president’s invitation, that is until he sees Dad arriving with Chun Jae-man.

The president enters the room with Nana at his side and starts greeting each guest individually with a handshake, until he reaches for Chun Jae-man’s hand, and stops in midair….

He locks eyes with Jin-pyo, standing right in front of him. Huck! He looks like he’s seen a ghost, and Jin-pyo smiles at him with that creepy badass smile of his. “It’s nice to meet you, President Choi. Eun. Chan.” Eeee! He says nothing in return, but his eyes betray stress, worry, fear.

Nana is startled to see Yoon-sung’s dad, and he notes her presence with an evil smile. No. Nonononononono.

The president gives a short speech, all the while focused on Jin-pyo’s gaze, and neither of them notice Yoon-sung, who arrives late with Da-hae. He sits and observes quietly. Gah. President Choi, Chun Jae-man, Dad, Nana, Yoon-sung… this is the tensest lunch ever.

As soon as lunch starts, Jin-pyo puts down his cane, and a whirring noise startles the entire room. Nobody can tell where it’s coming from, and the agents all scramble. The noise grows closer and louder and louder…

And then POP! as Nana jumps in front of the president to shield him.

Dude, you can say what you want about Nana, but a girl who jumps in front of an oncoming bullet/unidentified flying object is just hardcore, yo.

Luckily it’s something like a paint gun pellet, which just explodes some pink splatter and does no harm. Everyone freezes in fear, except for one man, Jin-pyo, who EATS HIS STEAK with a smile. Hahaha. It’s a similar effect to having everyone in a crowd turn in one direction, while one man stares directly at his target. Only with steak.

Yoon-sung can do nothing but watch as Nana jumps in the path of the attack. The agents safeguard the president and Nana sees that he has some of the paint on his suit. She hands him Kyung-hee’s handkerchief… which he recognizes at first glance.

It makes him look up at Jin-pyo, who’s still enjoying his steak with aplomb.

Outside, Yoon-sung tells Dad that Nana is nothing to him now, and he needn’t put himself at risk to mess with her. He asks who Target No. 5 is, since Dad must’ve read the confidential file before it was stolen.

Dad simply tells him that there’s an order to things – they have yet to get Chun Jae-man. You forgot to add: before I make you ruin/kill your real father. Oh, this is going to be very bad. Very bad.

The president later stops Nana to ask where she got that handkerchief, wondering if it’s maybe someone he knows. She tells him that it’s unlikely, since it was just a gift from an ajumma she knows.

He lets it go and returns it to her, but then goes to his desk and takes out his own identical handkerchief, holding it with a sigh. Man, is he still in love with her on top of it all?

Nana calls Mom to ask if she can tell the president about her, because he asked about the handkerchief. Mom quickly says no, feigning modesty, and tells Nana not to say anything about her. She agrees, but notes her reaction curiously.

Mom goes for a walk in the hospital and nearly crosses paths with Chun Jae-man. She sees him down the hall and immediately hides out of sight, pulse racing in fear.

She flashes back to the day she found out she was pregnant with Yoon-sung. She exits the clinic and Chun is standing there waiting for her. He tells her to abort the baby, and she refuses, insisting that she will raise the child herself. He throws money at her and threatens her with her life.

He tells her that Choi Eun-chan is his dearest friend, and he’s not going to let him leave his family and throw away his future just for a woman who works in a bar. Ooooh, interesting. So he really did love her enough to consider throwing it all away.

But wait… if he loved her… okay, this is getting downright old school biblical. It’s like David and Uriah. He was the king who loved a married woman, got her pregnant, and then sent her husband away to battle knowing he’d die. So that he could have her. EVIL.

I thought the fact that the prez was Yoon-sung’s father was twisted enough, but if you think of it this way, it’s fucking WRONG as all get out.

Back in the present, Jin-pyo clutches a photo of him and Mu-yeol, and talks to his friend. It turns out that Mu-yeol did know that Yoon-sung wasn’t his child, but chose to raise him anyway as his own. Aw. How is it that the only really good guy in this drama died in the first episode?

Jin-pyo asks if he can understand him for raising Yoon-sung the way he did. “But even if you can’t understand me, I can’t stop this revenge.”

Now it makes me wonder – if Yoon-sung HAD been Mu-yeol’s biological son, would Jin-pyo have raised him so cruelly? If he were really his brother’s blood, would that have changed everything?

Shik-joong Ajusshi comes to visit Mom and introduces himself, and then gives her a present from Yoon-sung. It’s the framed photo of his not-dad, Mu-yeol. She takes it and then gives him another of her hand-stitched handkerchiefs to give to her son. Oh dear. You might as well put up a neon sign: Birth Secret Here.

Yoon-sung can’t get his mind off of Nana throwing herself in harm’s way, and then Ki-joon comes in, blubbering (thinking of Eun-ah) and voicing his fears out loud. He watches her walk by but all he can do is worry silently and brood.

Nana washes out her paint-stained clothes and sighs as she thinks of Yoon-sung’s words, asking her to be the one to walk away from him.

The president sits alone in a darkened movie theater, and Jin-pyo arrives to meet him. He says that he’ll reveal the truth and tell the world that Chun was lying about Operation Clean Sweep.

Jin-pyo: “You may have covered it up the way you wanted, but you can’t reveal things the way you want. They loved their country more than anyone. I’ve spent twenty-eight years sleeping to the sound of their cries, dreaming of this revenge. We’re so close. If you reveal it now, it won’t taste any good, like flat beer.”

They speak to each other in banmal, and the president calls Jin-pyo by first name alone. He asks what he gains from going this far. Jin-pyo tells him that he tried to forget, even understand. But watching their actions, he realized that his men had died like dogs, for nothing.

He gets up to go, and President Choi asks why he took Kyung-hee’s child. Whoa. That’s right — way back when he went to see Kyung-hee, she told him that Jin-pyo ran off with her son. So he actually has all the requisite knowledge…if he connects Yoon-sung to Jin-pyo, then game over. Jin-pyo says nothing and walks out.

Young-ju continues to investigate Chun, and finds that his entire empire is an inflated house of cards – Haewon is basically a conglomerate where he builds up the value of each subsidiary by using the others to invest in and therefore inflate the other’s worth. It’s like using credit to mortgage credit. Sound familiar, AMERICA?

Ahem, anyway, his boss comes in and yells at him for refusing to give up on the case, and tells him that he’s been demoted by the higher-ups. Just then, his staff arrives with a letter from the City Hunter.

He succeeds in wrangling the file from them over his boss’s protests, and finds the discarded files on Haewon’s chemical waste and a copy of the contract that Chun attempted to get the cancer patients to sign.

Yoon-sung stops by Da-hae’s coffee shop and she brings him a latte with a heart on it, which he rejects: “I gave up coffee.” Aw, why does that break my heart? It basically means ‘I gave up Kim Nana,’ which makes me wail.

He is nonetheless surprised to see her working hard, having expected her to quit after the first day. She tells him that she wants to make her dad proud, and worry less about her. Yoon-sung acknowledges that as the first sign she’s ever shown of growing up, and then oh-so-causally asks after Nana.

But they’re interrupted when Young-ju walks right up and sits down at his table. Should I be concerned, City Hunter, that the prosecutor seems to find your whereabouts so easily?

Yoon-sung: “Are you a stalker? I’m getting a little tired of it.” Young-ju just says he’s here to drink coffee. And stare at your pretty face? You know, pretty-to-pretty?

Da-hae eyes him warily but when the people behind her knock her down by accident, Young-ju jumps up to help her tenderly, while Yoon-sung chides her for being clumsy. She takes one look at Young-ju and switches teams, handing him Yoon-sung’s coffee. Ha.

Yoon-sung watches her with a peeved look. “You said that’s MY coffee. That’s my coffee! Why are you giving that person my coffee?” Da-hae: “You said you gave up coffee.” HEE. Hee hee hee. Your pettiness amuses me to no end.

Young-ju sits down and tells him about his curious findings, namely concerning Yoon-sung’s interest in Steve Lee, and Steve Lee’s investment in Haewon. He says that Hae-won is like a carefully stacked tower, only most of the parts are worthless. Everything is held together by one linchpin: Haewon Construction.

And who should be listed as the head of that company, but Steve Lee? He illustrates with the tower of blocks on the table—if you pull out the core, Haewon Construction, everything else falls down. He guesses that this is what Steve Lee is after. Yoon-sung just scoffs and walks out.

Nana arrives, just missing Yoon-sung by a second, and stiffens at the sight of Young-ju. She asks Da-hae to hurry with her coffee and Young-ju sees her look away from him.

She brings the coffee back to the Blue House and gives it to President Choi, so that he can taste his daughter’s coffee. Aw, that’s so cute of you to do. He’s adorably happy about it and drinks with a big smile.

Young-ju waits for Nana until she leaves work, and stops her to say that he’s sorry, that he knows these words aren’t important, but that he’s genuinely sorry. She tells him that it’s not his fault, and that she knows how much it must’ve weighed on him, and why he became her Daddy Long Legs, which she’s thankful for.

Nana: But I can’t forget… the words that Kim Jong-shik said about my parents – that he was relieved that they died and became a vegetable. How a person could be so shameless, so cruel. I’m grateful to you, but when I think about your father, I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.
Young-ju: I’m sorry.

He raises his hand up to her shoulder timidly as she cries.

Nana shows up at Sae-hee’s clinic with a bag of soju and snacks, looking for a friend. She sighs that even her Daddy Long Legs isn’t her Daddy Long Legs, declaring Sae-hee the only friend she can talk to freely.

Sae-hee realizes that she knows about Young-ju and his father, and Nana guesses that she must’ve seen the news. Sae-hee takes a shot for courage and begins: “I didn’t mean to fool you… but I’ve known for a long time.”

Nana asks how and Sae-hee finally tells her: “Kim Young-ju is my ex-husband.” Finally! But gah, Nana’s face when she realizes that every single person in her life has lied to her? It’s crushing. I’d almost rather her keep lying, just for tonight when she needed a friend. Okay, fine I would’ve railed against her if she hadn’t outed herself, but my heart breaks for Nana, who feels so alone.

Yoon-sung sits at home brooding over the ring and his bullet necklace, when Sae-hee calls. He comes rushing over and she tells him that Nana drank until she passed out, saying that she had no one else to talk to freely. She asks if something happened.

He sighs to see her clearly hurting so much and then carries her out, literally walking her all the way home in his arms. It’s totally impractical but really sweet. He lays her down in her bed and watches her sleep for a while.

Yoon-sung: What made you drink? Because of me? I seem like an idiot right? I told you to let me go, and I can’t stand it. I can’t give you up to some other guy. But then I can’t keep you by my side either. Kim Nana, don’t be in pain.

He sweeps the hair out of her face and then leaves. Don’t be in pain? You’re freakin’ kidding me, right? Says the guy holding the knife through her heart? Yeesh. She hears him leave and opens her eyes, having heard the whole thing.

The president meets with Chun Jae-man to warn him that he’s going to tell the world the truth about what happened in ’83. Chun just scoffs that the president has gotten cowardly in his old age, answering to silly pranks.

He asks what Chun was doing there with Lee Jin-pyo, and Chun pretends not to know what he means, saying that Steve Lee is the CEO of Haewon Construction, and he was merely there as a business associate.

Chun thinks he ought to concern himself more presidential matters, such as helping to privatize health care. President Choi declares that it will never happen during his term, because not protecting its citizens’ health is the first sign of a nation’s collapse. He points out that the country’s health care system is what’s protecting the people who got sick at Haewon Labs.

Chun declares that the young should stop having to take care of the elderly (oh my god, you really ARE the devil) and mentions prosecutor Young-ju as being a particular thorn in their side with his constant digging into Operation Clean Sweep. He thinks they should neutralize him first.

President Choi: “Sacrificing the young to save ourselves… once was enough. Don’t lay a hand on Prosecutor Kim Young-ju.” He declares that he’s going to out the truth himself.

Young-ju packs up his stuff for his demotion and relocation, finally defeated and let down by the one thing he put all his faith into—the system of the law. His colleagues stand by unable to help, declaring that their fates were sealed the second they touched Chun Jae-man.

Young-ju walks out of the prosecutor’s office with heavy steps, and gets in his car to drive away. Suddenly, a hand reaches into his window and grabs the steering wheel. It’s his boss: “What kind of back [power, pull] do you have?”

He tells him that he’s not only been reinstated, but is back on the City Hunter and Chun Jae-man cases. Young-ju breaks out into this adorable little boy grin. Aw, it makes me so happy to see him get his job back. I’ve never seen someone so happy to go to work before.

It’s the president’s doing, of course, and Yoon-sung happens to witness his call to the prosecutor’s office to make it happen. I like that despite Young-ju being a constant thorn in his side too, he seems happy about the reinstatement. In the very least, Young-ju is the only prosecutor he can trust to deliver his targets to. Yunno, petty rivalry aside.

Yoon-sung resumes his computer lessons with the president, and seeing him dote on Da-hae, he says, “You seem like a good father.” Oof. That’s gonna hurt later. The president tells him that his must be the good father, since he raised him so well. That’s gonna hurt too. Worse when you find out said father groomed him to kill you.

Sang-gook leaks more information to Yoon-sung because he doesn’t trust or understand Jin-pyo anymore. He seems to be focusing all his energy into investments and political bribes, when he could simply have taken the Operation Clean Sweep document public when he still had it.

Yoon-sung knows better and tells him that Dad is not one to care in the least about money. No, he’s got a bigger plan in mind. He takes a look at Dad’s schedule for the next few days and notes his meeting at Haewon hospital with two senators later that night.

At the same time, Chun Jae-man gets an alarming call from the bank. Steve Lee has pulled his investment in Haewon Construction, essentially cashing out against the company’s worth – 30 million won in one blow. Chun needs to come up with the cash that day or Haewon Construction goes into phase one of bankruptcy.

And just like that, Young-ju’s prophecy begins to come true.

Chun flips to realize that Jin-pyo’s motive isn’t greed but simply to ruin him, though when Jin-pyo arrives for their meeting, he puts a smile back on his face. They meet with two senators to grease the wheels on the healthcare bill, and Jin-pyo adds that they left a little something in their lockers.

Chun’s face turns to stone and Jin-pyo smiles devilishly, enacting his plan to spread his dirty money to every rotted corner of this web.

Yon-sung shows up and heads straight for the lockers and opens one, but a henchman arrives before he can look inside. What commences is this awesome sequence where all Yoon-sung does is hide from the guy, but he does so behind a row of free-standing mirrors, which serve to block him from the guy’s view, but reveal him to us in the reflection.

Basically it’s totally badass while being low-tech. I love stuff like this. It’s visually tricksy but not overly flashy. Just using mirrors to put two people in the same frame, but out of each other’s line of sight.

He makes his way around and then knocks the guy out with a swift couple of blows, and checks the locker. But it’s already empty.

Young-ju arrives, also curious about Chun Jae-man and Jin-pyo’s constant meetings with senators and other officials, convinced that they must be lobbying. He notices the sleeping guards on his way in, immediately cluing him into the City Hunter’s presence there.

He works his way around the locker room, but all he finds is the henchman’s unconscious body. He calls Ki-joon at the Blue House to ask if Yoon-sung is there, and receives confirmation that he’s out of the office.

Jin-pyo alerts the senators that he’s put their “presents” in their cars, to be safe from prying eyes. He assures Sang-gook that this is all for a greater purpose and gives him the rest of the day off for his mother’s memorial.

Sang-gook receives a phone call from Sir Creeps-a-lot posing as the gas company (dude, get a new routine), alerting him to a leak at Jin-pyo’s compound. Jin-pyo says he’ll see to it himself and sends Sang-gook on his way. Ruh-roh. Not the day to give your lackey time off.

Young-ju waits outside the Blue House, totally high on a City Hunter-catching crusade. He asks Yoon-sung’s coworkers if anything about Yoon-sung seems out of the ordinary, but his boss confirms that he just got a call about Yoon-sung’s immaculate presentation at a work conference, and Ki-joon calls him a huh-dang, a rather helpless fool despite the look of him.

Just then, Yoon-sung pulls up to the parking lot while talking to Sang-gook on the phone. He walks up and Young-ju stops him, just as Sang-gook tells him that Jin-pyo went back home to check on a gas leak.

Yoon-sung stops cold, flashing back to Young-ju’s gas-leak-as-assassination-attempt, orchestrated by Mr. Creepy. But Young-ju is a dog with a bone and he is in no mood to let up today.

He turns to go back but Young-ju grabs his arm, taunting him with questions about his whereabouts and whispering that he’ll out his identity as the City Hunter if he leaves now. Gah, I know you’re all excited to get your job back, but can you get up in his grill some other time when he doesn’t have a daddy to save?

Yoon-sung thinks quickly and tosses out, “I have to ditch work to go meet my girlfriend. Will you help me out?” But Young-ju isn’t buying it today. Yoon-sung turns to go anyway and Young-ju grabs him by the shoulder.

It’s just enough to make him snap, and he pulls Young-ju over his shoulder, slamming him to the ground swiftly. At least it’s the move that Nana taught him? He rushes off, and somebody’s car keys lie smashed on the ground in the process, though if it’s something more I can’t tell by looking at it.

His coworkers marvel that he’s gotten much better at judo, while Nana’s boss notes the event curiously. Young-ju smiles, knowing he’s close to blowing Yoon-sung’s cover once and for all.

Jin-pyo arrives home to find himself surrounded by a team of pipe-wielding minions, led of course by the Gas Man. He puts up a good fight for a while, but fierce as he is, even Jin-pyo is no match for the number of men he’s up against.

They beat him down to the ground over and over, as he struggles to stay up. Wah, I know Evil Daddy is evil, but HURRY UP AND SAVE HIM!

Creepy looms over him and takes out his knife. He sticks it up to his throat with a sickening smile…

Yoon-sung bursts in (FINALLY!) and fights his way over to Dad. Oh thank GAWD for the hero’s unending daddy love. I’m a nervous wreck over here.

They stand back to back, ready to take on the baddies.

 
COMMENTS

It’s strangely really hard to see Jin-pyo beaten down like this, because I’m so used to Dad always being ahead, always in control. He’s not a sympathetic character, and yet the thought of anyone except Yoon-sung getting the best of him drives me crazy. Also, I’m okay with him dying eventually if it’s for the right reasons, but death-by-Creepy is certainly not one of them.

Truth be told, Yoon-sung’s daddy relationship with Jin-pyo is still far more interesting to me than his bloodline to the president. Yes, that one is twisted fate, big tragedy, and thematically perfect in setting up Yoon-sung’s empty revenge for his Father-with-a-capital-F (as in idea of, since Mu-yeol was never a father to him in a personal way).

But Jin-pyo is still, for all his faults, Yoon-sung’s father, and the one he’d jump into fire to save.

If it were simply one birth secret hanging in the balance, it’d be an unimaginative, rather common third act. But with three fathers, one a ghost and the catalyst for revenge, the other who ordered his death thereby rendering his child TWICE fatherless (think about that for a second), and then the third who raises him in the mirror image of the truth, so that he avenges one father with the death of the other?

I mean seriously. I don’t know if it’s an ode to patriarchy or a death note to it. Is it wrong if I still want Jin-pyo to be Dad in the end? Even if he dies? For once I want a drama to say, “blood is not the end all be all.” Sigh. What’s a hero gotta do for some fatherly love around here?

 
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437 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. vanillaicecream1008

    OMG i have been waiting forever!!!!

    • 1.1 shoestrings

      er, excuse me? when is the recap for heartstrings/you’ve fallen for me gonna be posted?

      just asking. thanks

      • 1.1.1 clover24

        probs not for a while and then ep 8 won’t be until next week because of this
        http://www.soompi.com/news/park-shin-hye-back-in-hospital-heartstrings-to-air-special-tonight

      • 1.1.2 Amg1

        @shoestrings. Dude/dudette !!!!!!!!

        I take it that you are a Newbie around here!!!! The protocol here at drama beans is that people “DO NOT ASKED ABOUT THE RECAPS,”!!!!!!!!!!

        This is a thread for City Hunter, and every time somebody like you post a comment that is totally irrelevant to city hunter, all you do is to Spam this thread. people who do that are not welcome around here!!!!!!!!!!!!

        JB and GF, are not recapping said drama any longer, some one else is doing it so you and all your inpatients Heartstrings fans just going to have to wait!!!!!!!

        Next time if you want to complaint go to the Open Thread, this thread is the wrong place to ask about Heartstrings drama!!!!!!!!!!

        • 1.1.2.1 la dee dah

          Um, calm down please. Honest mistake for someone new, I’m sure he/she didn’t mean any harm. Just politely telling them that asking for recaps is not done here would suffice, considering the tone of “shoestrings” message (he/she didn’t sound like they were “complaining” about it, complaining is more like “gee, the Heartstrings recap is so late, why isn’t it up yet”.). I don’t think there was a need to chew him/her out with all the exclamation points and call them “impatient Heartstrings fans”. Just saying…

        • 1.1.2.2 Fall

          Lolol

        • 1.1.2.3 Lisa

          wow.. What’s wrong with you and “!!!!!!!!!!”?
          She was just asking (in quite polite manner) and you could just simply answer..
          No need so work up..

        • 1.1.2.4 Zzz

          Err..chill out? Maybe BECAUSE she/he is a newbie the said comment was posted.

  2. bubbleyum

    “no comments” woah…

  3. vanillaicecream1008

    OMG i have been waiting forever!!!! :)

  4. malta

    OMG! They did it. Poor Yoon sung…

  5. aleex

    yay! this episode wasnt as action filled but omg the preview for eps 18! o.o i hope nana is rescued safe and sound by yoonsung!!

  6. hehehehehhehehee

    FINALLY! ive been refreshingggggg

  7. Frosty_spice

    Owow… that was fast… I was refreshing like a maniac… I was terribly surprised… thank you, thank you…

    =)

    *tear*

  8. Celexa

    Did anyone notice JP’s tie during the fight? I love how City Hunter came to the rescue for his father.

    He is a good son… he may disagree with his stand but he will love him unconditionally.

    • 8.1 malta

      I did! Didn’t it have a peace sign? I wonder if they that on purpose? The irony couldn’t have escaped them.

      I’m also happy YS came to save JP.

      • 8.1.1 Celexa

        Yes it was a big peace sign… I just loved the irony and I seriously think it was intentional :)

        I felt horrible as I watched JP getting beat up… I have never been able to vilify him… possibly because I sympathize with the reason he began his revenge… even as messed up as it became.

        • 8.1.1.1 corn tea

          thanks for pointing it out. I had to rewind the fight scene a few times before finally seeing the BIG peace sign then I couldn’t stop giggling. I agree it’s intentional.

    • 8.2 estel

      With the peace sign on the bottom? I totally chortled when I saw that.

    • 8.3 Indiannomad

      Oh I did notice the tie and it got a chuckle/giggle from me…I was tickled at the irony, the understated contrast of the situation.

    • 8.4 Maymay

      No, I didn’t. Good catch!!!

      You guys are so observant…

    • 8.5 irugnotmis

      yup, awesome tie!

    • 8.6 sean

      ahaha, yeah I totally saw that. I thought it was a bit of a cheesy tie for someone who can show such evil on his face, but totally intentional.

      But…can you imagine him buying it?

      “Hi, I’d like this peace tie, please.” *glower*

  9. bubbleyum

    i feel like the energy of this drama has been going downhill lately… also not liking the “city hunter is the president’s love-child” angle of the story. i don’t see why they had to do that.

    one thing i did notice a couple of episodes ago that i had not before though, was that there were FIVE writers on this script.
    geez. i had thought there were only two, is this normal?? i dunno, after i saw that, i was like, no wonder why the story seems so disjointed sometimes!

    well, only three more episodes to go so i hope it all ends well.

    • 9.1 joyofpiano

      I don’t know…I kind of like this angle because it make for high stakes 😀

      but I was a little upset at how much angst there was….from a purely fangirl point of view obviously.

      I think it might seem that the story is disjointed only because it’s been like 4 episodes since we started on the 4th baddie, but I feel like it is setting up the stage for the huge insanity that will reveal itself next week when everything goes to the dogs (such as Young-Ju and Creepy Man both knowing that YS is CH etc)

      • 9.1.1 Kiwi

        I know! Now they all know the identity of CH!! :O

      • 9.1.2 Selli

        Argh, at the mention of Young-ju, I really can’t really stand him. I don’t know why D: I just don’t like him.

        • 9.1.2.1 michigan

          TOTALLY. all his scenes have been so repetitive lately. talking to himself at the office or having the SAME conversation with CH about how he knows he’s the CH. with the same look on his face. face pointed to the ground but eyes looking up.

  10. 10 Dalena

    😀

  11. 11 Han

    Thank you, really enjoy your recap.

  12. 12 Dream

    Such an exciting episode…. miss Na Na much in this one, she doesn’t appear very much. Thank you for an incredibly fast and thorough recap. How I wish this drama doesn’t end so soon. Can we have 20 more episodes?

  13. 13 L

    I’m too scared to watch this now. Is it going to leave me heart broken? T_T One more week to go so maybe I should just wait until it’s all over…

    • 13.1 maria

      don’t remind me, OMG. no seriously. especially after listening to the latest podcast, i’m totally holding out for a season 2-5. LOL. ….or at least until lee min ho heads off to teh army? DAMMIT,. JB AND GF, ya’ll got me hooked on this Buffy, angel firefly idea for city hunter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      my heart’s gonna get broken if they decide not to do it. :(

      • 13.1.1 atashiwaame

        Yeah, I totally agree with you! Listening to the podcast I was sceptical at first about the whole season-layout thing, but the more I think about it (especially after this episode), it is absolutely genius – the producers really really really should give it a try!!! Please listen to javabeans and girlfriday once… :)
        And how fantastic is it that even though I was taken aback by this new birth secret-thing last week, because of this awesome twist (the president maybe knowing about having a child with YSs mother and not minding killing of her husband – thank you girlfriday for pointing that out!) I find myself fooled by the writers again – and I love them for it!!! I am so excited and afraid what will happen next, because I can not help but to sympathize with JP after all. Those characters are so nicely written (and played, of course), that I just love them ALL. Can not remember a drama where that has been the case… So, please let there be some more seasons… Pretty pretty please??!!

  14. 14 Maymay

    Thank you! Thank you! You are so fast!!!!

    • 14.1 malta

      Yes, Thank you for the recap girlfriday! :)

  15. 15 Lala

    Thank you for this episode! I can’t wait to watch it now… :)

  16. 16 Cynthia

    Thanks for the recap!

    YES, to the Daddy Issues, but oddly enough, I found myself thinking during the scene where JP goes into the Reflex room to tell the assemblymen that their money/bribes were in the car trunk, and what came into my head? Looking at the two of them soaking their feet in the footbaths and thinking “Hey! JP would only have to pay half price….” I know, don’t say it. But also how ironic was it to see JP, Revenge Man Incarnate, wearing a big ole Peace symbol on his tie?

    I really liked this furthering of the plot, though. PD is running a tight ship right to the end.

    • 16.1 Maymay

      “Hey! JP would only have to pay half price….”

      @Cynthia

      You are so priceless!!!
      Half price indeed!!!
      Hahaha!!!!

  17. 17 tin

    That red jacket… so sexy!

    • 17.1 Lauren

      I know!!! Quite possibly one of my favorite outfits he’s ever worn.

    • 17.2 Maymay

      So so SEXY!!!

      Could that red jacket be anything but SEXY on LEE MIN HO?

      • 17.2.1 kdlover

        Like Like Like!!!

    • 17.3 mykdramaself

      Gah!!!I’m having Lee Min Ho as City Hunter dreams. So Hawt!Now am wishing for City Hunter dreams everynight!!!

  18. 18 soserious

    this is so good.

    i say that every time city hunter episode ends.
    Mr. Creepy has the creepiest smile ever. he’s kind of hot? ASKLFJSKDFJSK$@J#^K#J%$J.

    • 18.1 moonymeia

      THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I don`t feel so guilty anymore.

      Lee Min Ho is The Hotness Personified, yes, but there is something about that Creep Guy that just makes me all hot and bothered.

      Thank you for the recap, girlfriday <3 .

      • 18.1.1 Ree

        Mmm…
        Lee Min Ho(t)

        The Creep is pretty hot. Maybe it’s those piercing, sharp eyes, or the perfect asymmetrical haircut. Hm… now he’s reminding me of that guy from MGIG!

    • 18.2 Maymay

      Yeah, I guess he would be hot if he isn’t so creepy at the same time. He is one HOT CREEP then.

  19. 19 Corn tea

    Was counting the minutes for this recap! Thank you!

  20. 20 guest

    Thanks for the recap! Awsome episode! I hope the bad guys all die because I don’t want city hunter to be exposed yet. Can’t wait for the next one!

  21. 21 melin

    Ahh, this show is the most twisty crack I’ve ever been on!

    Loved the way we have all the action being set up and then the coffee-switching scene in the middle (had to pause a minute just to laugh like a maniac when Da-hae set the special coffee in front of Young-ju). It IS hard to pick one, honey!

    • 21.1 Maymay

      It’s not that hard. YS all the way!!!!!!!!

      But for DH, I’m glad she is switching to YJ now.

  22. 22 crazedlu

    heh. i like the bad dad and hero fighting together turn.

    • 22.1 Maymay

      I know right! They make a very good team! I really hate it when they are on opposite sides and fighting each other.

  23. 23 mandelbrotr

    Thank you for the recap! I was anguished too when Jin-pyo started to take a beating. Partially because he was being toyed with by the mob of baddies; and to see him hit the ground repeatedly and keep getting up. Their intent was definitely his death. The music in that scene was particularly epic and heart wrenching.

    Lee Joon Hyuk (YP) looks TIRED. The boy has triple bags under his eyes. At this point I’m hoping that they can finish the show well without anyone getting hurt or falling into a sleep deprivation coma.

    • 23.1 mandelbrotr

      Whoops. Lee Joon Hyuk is Young-Ju (YJ). Have a good night, you-all, whenever that occurs in your time zone.

      BTW, GF do you have a life outside of a day job and bringing us delightful recaps and content? Seems like its been recaps for 4-5 nights a week for awhile now. Sleep well!

  24. 24 malta

    My wonderful pure love of City Hunter is now a torturous Love/Hate relationship because of this “the president is daddy” thing. >sigh< I am happy though, that Mu Yeol wasn't betrayed by KH and knew about Yoon sung beforehand, cause otherwise, that would have made me so sad.

    I hope next episode Yoon sung learns about his bio-dad so we can see his reaction. No need to drag this thing out to the last episode. We've already well established and got the hint about their father/son "epic-relationship-that-could-have-been," what with Yoon sung helping the president with his blog. LOL (My parents can't use the internet either 😀 it's just a universal truth…a blog is pretty advanced stuff. My Mom is working on email still)

    I am happy though that by the end of the episode City Hunter was back to being a bad-ass action pack show we love instead being mired in cliche kdrama melodrama land with birth secrets and almost incest reign.

    Also I think it's funny how the minute the show revealed 100% who Yoon sung's dad is they did a 180 turn on Da hae liking Yoon sung. Sorry show, but even though Da hae now likes the prosecutor (?, completely out of left field), poor girl did spend 16 1/2 episodes crushing on her brother. What was the point of that storyline?

    I actually felt bad for Jin pyo getting beat up by that evil henchman….why didn't he pull his sword out of his can?!

    • 24.1 sondadsoon

      i was thikning the same thing! whenever he touched his cane i thought he was going to go all crazydad on the mobsters but he didnt… :(

      • 24.1.1 malta

        That cane is THE best prop ever!

        • 24.1.1.1 Maymay

          I’ll never be able to look a cane the same way again.

          • 24.1.1.1.1 Ree

            Anyone with a cane is creepy/bad. Just look at Lucius Malfoy. I feel like there’s gotta be a knife hidden in Scary Daddy’s cane.

  25. 25 stars4u

    The mirror scene was genius!!! So creative…

    My heart breaks for Nana, she’s got a lot going on already then she discovers that everyone lied to her…

    The mystery handkerchief! I wonder how the revelation goes…

    • 25.1 malta

      That was a really well directed scene.

    • 25.2 Jinney

      I was confused at first during the mirror scene, but it was awesome.

    • 25.3 estel

      It gave me chills, that’s how awesome that scene was. I’m totally in love with the director.

    • 25.4 corn tea

      mirror scene was fantabulous!

    • 25.5 Jomo

      So agree! My brain was doing back bends trying to place them in time and space. LOVED IT!

      • 25.5.1 grace, the one from Jersey, USA

        In addition to the actors, :) the director,
        and the gang of ? (how many) people
        responsible for the script, YES, there is some
        remarkable camera work being done on CH.

        I had to watch the mirror scene a few times
        to figure out (at least a portion of) what’s
        what and where’s where. I think that in the
        1940s, there was a Rita Hayworth movie that
        her then-husband Orson Wells directed that
        was something like this CH mirror scene. It
        might have been a nightmare or a dream
        sequence in that movie.

        But don’t forget the scene at the end of Episode
        #10 of CH with LMH and the prosecutor going
        down the steps, and the different angles through
        the glass and metal of the lobby. I’m just glad
        that so many people notice so much. Looks like
        we’re smarter than we thought, huh? :)

        PS……And when evil dad and evil #4 were
        meeting in the office, and both were being evil,
        they were both celebrating Korea’s famous
        holiday: “Wear a Purple Tie to Work” Day! :)

        *

        • 25.5.1.1 Maymay

          “Wear a Purple Tie to Work” Day!

          @grace

          Is there such a day?

    • 25.6 Maymay

      That mirror reflection scene was definitely memorable. I wonder how they film that, it was so perfect. I love it!!!

    • 25.7 marie21

      I loved that mirror scene too!!!That was a very good idea! And City Hunter is so clever to trick the other guy with the mirror!!!
      The drama is so well-directed and I like the photography as well!

      Thanks for the recap Javaneans! I ‘ve enjoyed reading all your “almost in- live” comments on these episodes of City Hunter!!!

  26. 26 bubblegum

    THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!!! i’ve been refreshing the page like crazy!!!

    I am totally in love with City hunter! I feel so bad for Yoon Sung!

    Did anyone notice how when the paintball is shot there is actually no paint on the presidents suit until Nana gives him a hanky? lol

    any thanks girlfriday for the recap! Cant wait for ep 18!

  27. 27 holly

    thank you for recap so glad its up – its like 5 in the morning!!! now im going to get some sleep *yawn*
    decided i really need to stop watching dramas as they air!

  28. 28 Alexio

    Your recap is hilarious

  29. 29 queer

    Can’t wait for tonight’s!!!!

    Thanks for the excellent recaps!

  30. 30 Maymay

    “Dude, you can say what you want about Nana, but a girl who jumps in front of an oncoming bullet/unidentified flying object is just hardcore, yo.”

    I totally agree. Even though she misses out on her bodyguard training and seems like an inexperienced bodyguard, the girl at least does one thing right. She’s really see herself as a human shield. For most people our first instinct is to save ourselves, so for Nana, who is without basic training, to put her own safety aside to protect the President is very admirable.

  31. 31 bishbash

    i absolutely hate Mr Creepy! i have a recollection of him in some other drama as some other Mr Creepy, but i just can’t remember which drama it was!! anyone has any clue??

  32. 32 newbie

    yay! recap is here!
    thanks a million GF!

  33. 33 Ebonini

    seriously needs tto be a season 2, thinking next week is the end is sickening

    • 33.1 malta

      I agree. A season 2 would definitely work cause right now this is Jin Pyo “the puppet master’s” game not the City Hunter’s. I don’t see how Yoon Sung possibly has the time to deal with the fall out of his bio-dad, finish his revenge or not finish it or whatever happens and get his life in order somehow in 3 episodes (please don’t die Yoon sung!) Even with flashing forward in time it’s gonna be hard to get through all that plot!

      Also, on top of all that, there’s still the prosecutor chasing him, evil Jae man running around, Yoon sung’s broken relationship with Nana, YS confronting his mother cause she didn’t even give him a hint as to his real dad, YS being revealed to the public as the City Hunter….how can this possibly be resolved in 3 episodes?!!

      Also, I know this is not going to happen, but I really want the prosecutor to mend his ways, stop being so obsessed with work and get back together with awesome Sae hee. I’m dreaming, but WTH, why not?

      • 33.1.1 Angpusoko

        Show cannot kill the city hunter, otherwise a season 2 would not be possible at all, ever!

  34. 34 Noelle

    Awesome episode! Is Young Ju getting on anybody else’s nerves? I know its his job to find the City Hunter but come on… he’s just always there!

    I completely agree with the whole “blood is not the be all end all.” Thats not realistic to me. Complete bull.

    • 34.1 sondadsoon

      yeah i got pretty annoyed with him too. his timing is always HORRIBLE

      • 34.1.1 Jinney

        Omg. The prosecutor is SO annoying to me. I don’t understand him at all. City Hunter is good and awesome and helps him, and he needs to stop badgering Yoonsung. I was like HELL YEAH when he did Nana’s move on him. 😀

    • 34.2 malta

      I still don’t understand why he is more obsessed with the City Hunter than the bigger case of the 1983 incident…That being said, without the prosecutor there wouldn’t be anyone who is the City Hunter’s nemesis who keeps him on his toes. I do like when the two confront each other and have some clever back and forth that no one else understands. I think the prosecutor has some kind of GPS chip on YS. Really, how did he find him in that random cafe? Did I miss something?

    • 34.3 mykdramaself

      i had the greatest satisfaction in seeing Yoon Sung flip Young Ju over.

      • 34.3.1 Maymay

        You’re not the only one. That was awesome!!!
        I love the fact that YS uses the move that Nana taught him during training.

    • 34.4 Quinze

      lol if he’s always there, it means he’s doing his job right.
      I’m not fond of his obsession with CH either but he’s trying to piece together 3 different cases and doing a pretty good job of it.
      I’m just glad that he’s not the incompetent 2nd lead prosecutor that any other kdramas portray!

  35. 35 jmj

    Wow!!! thanks for recap. very very fast.

  36. 36 sondadsoon

    just finished watching. omg. the son and daddy scene at the end. i think i just DIED. i think i love when the two are working together rather than them pitted against each other. my heart was beating so fast when one of the mafia men hit jinpyo in the neck and everything going downhill from there. i was like YOONSUNG HURRRY UPPPPPPPP. and he came and i pretty much got really excited. for some reason im not scared for nana dying bc even if she does, the more intriguing part of the plot is how yoonsung is going to be forced to kill his real father (which im hoping doesnt happen). nana used to be important part of the plot and important to me, but sorry to say..i really dont care for her right now. AHHH SO EXCITED FOR THE NEXT EPPPP!
    out of nana,jinpyo,yoonsung, ahjusshi, mother, and the president who do you guys think will end up dying? my guesses are jinpyo for sure, president maybe, yoonsung probably. but i think if yoonsung died, nana died before him. BUT I REALLY WANT EVERYONE TO LIVE!

    • 36.1 Lana

      president cannot and will not die…not just for the dramas stake but that would instigate bad outcry from koreans in general…killing off the president?! nuh uh…bad move. so they most likely won’t kill off the president

      • 36.1.1 sondadsoon

        thats an interesting idea. watching episode 18 right now!

      • 36.1.2 Xtooline

        I agree. Aren’t the writers finally going to have to play the “keep the country stable” card? If the ultimate goal is to a) get all the baddies and b) set up the City Hunter manga series (and season 2, hope hope hope), then they have to unwind this without off-ing the president, the prosecutor, the veterinarian or LMH and PMY.

        How about the president resigns or just doesn’t run for re-election? An orderly transition with him admitting his previous misdeeds wouldn’t be so bad, it seems to me. I also vote for baddie #4 to die a really awful, ignominious death and soon. To say nothing of Mr. Creepy the gas man – maybe they can go down together.

        Many thanks for the recap, GF. Sooo much appreciated!

        • 36.1.2.1 Senris

          President can’t run for re-election anyway: he’s a lame duck and is just winding up his last term. He probably only has a few months left.

  37. 37 ladida

    Shakespeare would never screw with his narratives like this. All his comedies and tragedies follow a distinct and apparent pattern (except maybe The Tempest). But I digress. Suffice to say I am incredibly disappointed in City Hunter right now. It’s pretty much like this:

    http://cityhunterobsession.tumblr.com/post/7872422399/reflections-on-the-narrative-direction-of-city-hunter

    It sucks when something you love doesn’t live up to your expectations and you start being resigned. Someone above mentioned there are five people writing this. No wonder. Meanwhile, most people still love it, and I feel :( about that. Also, 0__o? And >:|

    Now I’m just being silly! ;D

    • 37.1 Lidia

      I’m with you. I could have done without the birth secret. Although I certainly don’t hate the show, I am also disappointed in its trajectory. Just waiting to see how it’s going to end!

    • 37.2 ladida

      So I just read GF’s analysis of the multiple fathers situation, and I must admit, her interpretation is compelling. (I especially love the death of patriarchy part, haha.) But then I watch the show and I just feel deflated. I really, really dislike the president.
      I, too, love Jin Pyo. Used to hate him, now he’s awesome for me. Even though he’s totally evil and a murderer. Oh, City Hunter, why do you confuse me so?

      • 37.2.1 malta

        I wish it really was about the death of patriarchy, but that can’t be given YS relationship with Nana. I just can’t get behind the multiple father’s thing though cause they went a step too far. Nobody needs 3 daddies. It really takes the focus away from the wrongs these men including the president have done against their country and instead puts the focus ~mostly~ on on the personal betrayal to YS.

        Interesting, but I loved the “righteousness in the name of Korea/ champion of the people and justice” aspect of YS revenge that differentiated him (and defined the character of YS/City Hunter) from Jin pyo’s bloodlust revenge. The clarity of that differentiation is muddied now, with this bio-dad detour, so it doesn’t seem as powerful…I don’t know if this is true, but I heard that some of the political situations depicted in the show, student tuition, healthcare and environmental pollution etc., actually reflect things that were happening in the news in Korea recently.

    • 37.3 malta

      I understand where you’re coming from. I’m just choosing to accept the show for what it’s chosen to be and move on and try to enjoy the plot for these last episodes.

      I don’t like Jin pyo. Given that the president is YS dad, that means Jin pyo has really F-ed up YS badly. And he did it on purpose. I just can’t like him. Doesn’t mean I want him to get killed by creeper dude, but I don’t like him.

      I’ve always been lukewarm about the president and I realized why in these last few episodes– the president is pretty spineless. How did he get to be president with that wishy washy personality? He doesn’t seem supper clever, or conniving. He’s not filled with angry passion. He got bullied by the other 4 members of the 5. Jae man never listens to him even though he’s the president. When he gave that speech at the luncheon he just paled (!) in comparison to Jin pyo.

      • 37.3.1 bishbash

        i guess the other 4 pushed him to be the president as a cover for them such that they can continue their wrong doing.

        it’s probably like, they know each others’ secret, though yes, i think only chun jae mun knows about the president’s affair. and the president guy probably has the least money laundering and whatnot compared to the other 4, therefore he’s bullied into the position? as well as the fact that the 5 of them were in the 83 incident together. it’s like, some kind of evil bond between them.

    • 37.4 Birdie

      You are not the only one. My disenchantment with the writing started about midway through. The inconsistencies, the conveniences,the plot holes , now the cliches. While it did well in earlier episodes in balancing the action, rom-com, humour, now it seems to have lost a tight revenge plot. YS and NN relationship is getting tiresome. I keep hoping it will get better each episode. This director had been awesome in his treatment of some of the scenes-in this episode it is the mirrors scene.

      Hopefully the ending is not hyped as it has been hinted to be unexpected.

      • 37.4.1 Lidia

        Yes! That’s exactly what I think too–they’ve lost the balance between action and romcom–now it’s too much about the romantic angle rather than the revenge plot.

        And then this episode casts aside romance for…birth secrets? Oh, please…

        I love the look and feel of this drama more than the actual plot itself.

    • 37.5 entertained

      that’s because shakespeare’s plot are never really his. people do not read shakespeare for the plot, its the for the poetry.

      • 37.5.1 reeen

        but at the time Shakespeare wrote no one read his plays for poetry, they watched them for entertainment. not so very unlike kdrama now. just saying.

  38. 38 HP

    I dont care about City Hunter. Can you post about Heartstrings ep 7?

    • 38.1 Maymay

      Heartstrings is now being recap by kaedejun.

    • 38.2 Amg1

      If you do not care about “City Hunter,” Go and complaint somewhere else!!!!!!!! Please show some manners, and remember that, they do it for free and Love for the dramas, not out of obligation to people like…….

      So do not let the door hit you on your way out!!!!!!!!

      P.S. People around here knows that Dramabeans protocol is not to “Bitched,” about not having recaps fast enough!!!!!

      Heartstrings ep 7 will get recap, so just wait for it with out complaining!!!!!!!!

    • 38.3 Lulai

      HP – You’re an idiot! DB and GF is doing a great thing here but you are an ungrateful imp. Shame on you! There’s the door! Just kick your butt out!

      • 38.3.1 Dream

        agreed. HP… don’t watch the show if you don’t like it.

  39. 39 Maymay

    “She takes one look at Young-ju and switches teams, handing him Yoon-sung’s coffee. Ha.”

    I love how DH can so easily transfer her affection. Well, it is a good thing since YS is her half-brother anyway.

    • 39.1 bunny

      exactly… it’s much better that she gets over her puppy love before feeling all wrong after finding out she was totally obsessing over her brother. sick. hahaha

  40. 40 asianromance

    thanks for the recap!

    still not loving the birth secret. I guess narratively, it’s awesomesauce, but birth secrets tend to make me feel really queasy. It’s really like waiting for the other shoe to drop for weeks on end. As if YS’s life isn’t already crappy enough. His mom’s sick. His current adoptive father is a sicko. The dad he thought he had is dead. And his biological dead had a hand in the deaths of several people back in 1983 and will probably be killed off/jailed by the series’ end.

    Loved the mirror scene! The directing in this drama is really amazing! I don’t think i would have enjoyed City Hunter as much with it and the music.

    Nana rocks again!

  41. 41 Lidia

    Thanks for the recap!

    My goodness, this show is getting so twisted! I’m anxious to see how it’ll end. I’m slowly warming up to the idea of a season 2, but if CH does end at this season, I’m kind of hoping for a Return of Iljimae type ending. Something happy, but not in-your-face rainbows and sunshine type of happy. Something meaningful and subtle, with YS finally being able to rest and live peacefully.

    Does anyone else have any thoughts on how they want CH to end (if it does end at this season)?

    • 41.1 Birdie

      While ,like you, I hope for a meaningful ending, my feelings are it is going to have an open cliffhanger type of ending-almost death scenario for CH .Or less dramatic, he just disappears, and NN waits for him every year at the bell tower.This will leaves it open to Season 2 in case they decide to do so later on.

    • 41.2 grace, the one from Jersey, USA

      Of course. Everyone in the crowd around here :)
      would want LMH to move to an area less than
      a block away from where they live, to run the
      deer-antler empire.

      Ha, ha, ha.
      I’m…SOOOO…laughing to myself as I write this,
      so they better give us Season 2.

      *

      • 41.2.1 Maymay

        Hey grace, how the “Bambi” research coming along? I really want to know JP secret to success through the “Bambi” business.

        If I can make it rich doing the same thing, I will totally pay for a season 2 of City Hunter.

      • 41.2.2 corn tea

        I’d put in my skills to help City Hunter to run his deer-antler empire.

      • 41.2.3 Lidia

        hehe!

  42. 42 Jinney

    Is it only me, but I strangely really like Evil Daddy. I was totally sad when he was getting beat up by those bullies. I wish a tiny bit that hes actually Yoon-sung’s father.

  43. 43 malta

    Can I just say I LOVE that Yoon sung carried Nana home in his arms instead of his back. I know it’s more difficult, and probably impractical if not impossible for him to carry her like that the whole way back to her house, but it was so loving.

    Gah Show! Shameless peddler of the drug that is Knight-In-Shinning-Armor.

    • 43.1 Cynthia

      AND, he took her shoes off before putting her to bed!
      How’s that for TLC on his part?!
      :)

      • 43.1.1 zuwa

        But did you guys notice that NN’s position was changed while being carried by YS? At the bridge, NN’s head was on YS’ left shoulder and when they entered the house, NN’s head was on his right. Heh. I wonder when the switching took place.

        Owh, shoot! Almost forget. Thanks for the recap GF ! Coolness !

        • 43.1.1.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

          @zuwa

          “At the bridge, NN’s head was on YS’ left shoulder and when they entered the house, NN’s head was on his right.”

          you are right…i noticed that too…the editing is off here…
          but i guess it could be due to the rushed schedule… 😉

          • 43.1.1.1.1 Cynthia

            Or maybe when he took her shoes off he had to put her down and then pick her back up?
            Let’s not be too nit-picky here. Overall, I think that the Continuity Editor has done a really fine job.
            :)

          • 43.1.1.1.2 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

            @Cynthia

            i think i was not being nit-picky but was just pointing out what was shown…if you had read any of my comments on CH throughout the series, you would know that i am the last person to nit-pick about anything to do with CH because i absolutely love it, from the very beginning and till the end… 😉

        • 43.1.1.2 Shel

          He had to get the door open somehow…maybe he put her down while he did that.

          I did like that he carried her in his arms instead of on his back. She’s so tiny that it’s slightly believable. If she weighs more than 90 lbs, I’d be surprised.

          The Daddy things are giving me a headache. I think they went too far with that bio-dad, stepdad, baby-stealing dad thing.

          And if NaNa doesn’t get to help him kick butt in the end, I’m gonna be ticked.

    • 43.2 mykdramaself

      i loved that he carried her instead of the cliche piggy back. anybody here noticed that the only piggyback scene in this show (and there are only three episodes left) was the one YS gave to his mom? love the little details.

      • 43.2.1 la dee dah

        I’m thinking that’s because the mother seemed a little too heavy to carry in his arms and Nana seems as light as a twig? heh! =) But ya, but that’s the first time I see someone carry a drunk person like he did in a kdrama.

    • 43.3 Maymay

      I love that he carry her home too.

      When I first saw that part I was like “Dude, just use your cool car, it’s so much faster!” But then I realize that maybe he is doing this because he misses her and wants to be with her longer. Carrying her and taking the long way home will allow him to be close to her longer.

      Besides, that scene was so sweet and intimate so who am I to complain about it being impractical.

  44. 44 CrazyNoz

    Almost heading to bed when hopelessly refresh your site! And it s right here in front of me! Yeah! Thanks so much. Will sleep happily tonight.

  45. 45 anncal

    Nice catch! The biblical reference to David and Uriah is right on the money. Absolutely genius because if you think of that way, then the last target is really the worst. Gawd I love the tight intricate plot and the shifting relationships. Thanks for an awesome, entertaining recap. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s episode!

    • 45.1 Maymay

      Now I have the urge to go search up that biblical reference.

  46. 46 laya

    Freaking lord. So intense. How do they keep up this pace?

    Thanks so much for the recap! <3

  47. 47 Okkk...

    Am I the ONLYYYYY one who finds it annoying, frustrating and not believable that the YJ the prosecutor ALWAYYYYYS knows where YS the city hunter is? I mean it’s becaoming sooo annoying. Also, the prosecutor has been bugging me for a while…

    I mean before his father’s comatose state he was always crossing the line! Harassing, stalking, tailing him and coercing him. Now after that fact he goes to people’s homes w/ no warrant, appropriates himself to things that he has YET to prove for HIM to take, uses force and threats…
    I mean, I know that alerting officials would have blown the CH’s fake cover and Jin Pyo’s BUT it all seems nonsensical to me.

    Also, I know the creepy-henchman is a tool BUT why didn’t it cross YS’s mind to just get rid of him???

    Also, Sae Hee’s secret was always of no utility to me! I never got the whole her and YJ being ex-spouses and them hiding it from KNN! What was the point…??

    Also, I never got why the CH’s disguises are never “actual disguises”. You can always tell his build, hairstyle, voice and face (glasses don’t do jack), and he NEVER wears gloves! Hello fingerprints!!!??

    I could go on but after dropping Romance Town at ep.8, Lie To Me at ep.11 and Miss Ripley at ep.2 and just satisfied w/ the recaps…and also stopping Heartstrings at ep.2 and just reading the recaps.

    C.H. is the only good drama (along w/ Best Love and Baby-Faced Beauty) that I’m able to watch this year, so that says something.
    I like CH BUT there are too many things that make absolutely no sense…

    • 47.1 Jinney

      I agree with everything.

    • 47.2 tuqaz

      I agree about YJ. Like YS said, “are you a stalker?” I’m really getting annoyed with him.

    • 47.3 jinz

      haha~~hello fingerprints~~agree! this year i only finished watching SG in full. the next will be CH!

    • 47.4 samgetang

      @Okkkk: I’m with you with all the gaping holes in the CH. As JB and GF said in their podcast, CH is not perfect at all but it’s magical. I also loved BL and BFB along with CH and like the first two they are not perfect (BL is one-step shy of perfect for me! hehe!) but they have charms and beauty all their own.

      I guess the technicalities are expected to be more precise for the kind of show that it has embraced compared to like just maybe a rom-com.

      Im not sure but maybe this is the first time for this PD to helm such a project and so there is a learning curve in these things, like:

      1. For such a high-profile job assignment, you would expect the City Hunter to at least come up with a costume-disguise that would literally/figuratively/virtually hide his true identity. It should be nothing short of all the heroes of our childhood: spiderman, batman…these guys know how to take their costumes seriously….they run the gamut from design to execution of their tools of disguise, knowing how critical it would if the truth comes out. Though we dont expect CH to wear a hot latex all-over suit, his disguise should truly disguise his identity that even us viewers, who knows that it is him, can be fooled. Case in point: LYS and KNN went to YJ’s dad’s office to plant the video bug and they went there just as they are with only a cap on and the technician’s uniform but u can easily identify them a mile away. Why aren’t the staff in the office alerted with the identity at least of LYS if Prosecutor suspects him already as the CH and why wasnt KNN recognized since they work in the same circles (govt)?
      2. Yes, the fingerprints. I guess the show tend to diminish the leaps and progresses that the Korean forensics experts can and will do if the ones in trouble especially are those in the seats of power. LYS is leaving too much fingerprints on far too many places. If Prosecutor is really bent on identifying him, it would have been so easy as 1-2-3.

      There are still a few more….but let’s say these two are sufficient for now. They maybe simple and we might think unimportant yet they are central to the story in that it is about an MIT PhD holder that has been primed all his life for this one task so he really should be very good at it. His target is the government and so all his skills should be nothing short of brilliant because it would reflect the kind of perspective they have on the government. Sloppy preparation and execution would mean they think poorly of the government’s level of expertise, intelligence and security. And not to do well on the 2 things above is not to do well on the basics so to speak.

      But why do we love love love CH despite these gaping basic holes? It’s because we are not looking for expertise, nor technical prowess per se…we can find that in CSI or other American shows. Our souls crave for more than that. We want a hero that will resonate with our deepest dreams and wishes. We want a flawed hero yet a hero who is a non-conformist, a revolutionary so to speak. And we find that in LYS.

      He has been set-up for revenge all his life and yet he finds the courage to have his own take/interpretation of the events that transpired and where he wants to go from there. He is an overcomer and yet he has compassion for people around him and even for his evil dad. For someone who is trained and tasked for vengeance, it is radical for him to seriously aim not to kill people in the course of the execution of his plans. And though he does not subscribe to his dad’s plans, why does he follow his dad’s advice not to fall in love? Why follow one advice and reject another? He has the courage to identify which purposes are good for him and which are not. He always takes the high road. Killing is not the high road. But sacrificing for your love is and so he follows his dad’s admonition not to take that road. JB, or was it GF, who said that she hopes LYS will have closest dad relationship with Jin Pyo. I think there is no question with that. The first one died before he can ever know him personally. The third one is living but may not know of his existence. Only dad #2 has been with him all his life and although they may not agree on all things even major things, he knows deep in his heart that JPyo cares for him in his own way. Otherwise why would he stake his own life for him which led to his limp? And why would LYS deliberately hurt himself so he can see if he can put a dent on his dad’s tough exterior? And yes, why follow his admonition not to love? Indeed, they have such a unique dad-son relationship. LYS has high respect for his dad#2 that even when he found out that he was not his bio-dad he did not change a bit and continue to relate with him as before.

  48. 48 fm

    Girlfriday…I’m totally agree with you that YS’s fatherly relationship with Jin Pyo is far more interesting that his real dad the President.No matter how wrong he is,YS still will gone through fire to save him…Onece again just like you I’d like JP to be his dad after all.Although not in term of blood related but kind of more father figure than before.

    One more thing I really don’t like the President as YS’s father…Although he seem warmhearted and good father.Why?Just like Girlfriday said before…YS already lost a a father once.But when he get a chance to get a fatherly love from Mu Yeol which I think will be great father to him,suddenly The President one fatal mistake causing him losing his dad once again.That make him lost his chance to ahve fatherly love twice.

    While for JP he’s more likely a soldier raise his subordinate but more emotionally connected.I do think JP care a lot for YS but also know that his real father is the cause all this happen and want to take revenge toward the President through YS.I think its not for YS killing his own dad but to make the President realised what the consequence of his decision he make 28 years ago.One more thing I think,JP will left everything in YS hand to do what he think appropriate toward the man that has killed his bestfriend and YS supposed father.

    Although YJ seems close to the truth what has happened 28 years ago for me he is the clueless among others who even know nothing.Why?Because he has no idea that there is much bigger thing actually happen and YS is the most pitiful person that he didn’t realise yet.He only know that he need to catch YS partly because of his father but he don’t know what his father has done that make YS what he is now.I’m totally agree with Nana in this,although YJ didn’t responsible for what he’s father has done she can’t ignore what a shameless word his father has said about her parent.How could their relationship chnage back like before.And its true that the child will be implicated with his parent sins.

    There is no way YS can avoid his fate.No matter what He need to make decision for what he gonna do once the truth revealed.

    • 48.1 Jomo

      I’m totally agree with Nana in this,although YJ didn’t responsible for what he’s father has done she can’t ignore what a shameless word his father has said about her parent.How could their relationship chnage back like before.

      And its true that the child will be implicated with his parent sins.

      Hmmmmmmmmm
      OK. I am digesting the parallel here.

      Does YJ owe Nana something for his father’s intentionally selfish and evil actions to her family?

      Does YS owe Fake Dad 1 and Fake Dad 2 something for his father’s intentionally selfish and evil actions to them and the gang of ’83?

      I am nomu nomu nomu mad at Jin-Pyo right now.
      Back at the beginning, I was really mad at him when he stole the baby, because it didn’t make sense to me he would take away the victim of the crime and use him as a tool for revenge. The kid’s already effed up because of his Dad’s death.

      Now that I know the baby he stole as a tool for revenge is actually the perpetrator’s son? This is AWESOME as far as story goes. This is awesomely awesome. This is the biggest FU EVER! I LOVE THAT.

      But, as far as points for being human? Jin-pyo scores somewhere between a Voldemort and a Emperor Palpatine.

      So why did I cringe and peek through my fingers watching him get the spit kicked out of him? Why does it make me so sad to see a damaged man become more damaged?

      I think the answer is because Kim Sang Joong is playing the part. The actor’s humanity pours out of him so continuously. so even though JP is evil evil evil, we perceive there is an actual person in there. So JP ends up being Darth Vader instead of Sauron!

      • 48.1.1 malta

        Very well put. I don’t understand the people who say they “like” Jin pyo. How could you like Jin pyo if you care one ounce for Yoon sung whose been used viciously his whole life by this man and his mom Kyung hee who is now even more of a tragic character? I call Jin pyo a madman, but he’s too calculated and patient to be a madman. Jin pyo is just plain EVIL. He hasn’t shown one ounce of doubt in his revenge master plan like, “man, I’ve really grown to love Yoon sung, maybe I shouldn’t use him this way….” Not one bit of hesitation from Jin pyo’s side!

        I didn’t want creeper to kill Jin pyo either, but something tells me Yoon sung is gonna flip-a-shit when he finds out what Jin pyo has done to him…Kim Sang Joong is a very good actor. And kind of my sometimes ahjussi crush– shhhhhh 😉

        • 48.1.1.1 Jomo

          LOL
          No secret that Kim Sang Joong has become my number one K-crush. I think I would have his babies…

          What is it?
          Voice, smile, confidence. Physically he has some muscle, but he isn’t tall.
          I like that last shot of them back to back. What a contrast in style, but LMH, if he pays attention, could learn something about hotness from him.

          • 48.1.1.1.1 samgetang

            @malta:
            maybe people say they “like” Jin Pyo when in fact they like how the character is being played by Kim Sang Joong.

            @Jomo:
            “What a contrast in style, but LMH, if he pays attention, could learn something about hotness from him.”

            If LMH learns that and more from KSJ perhaps he will already explode from the Hotness Overload, hahaha!

  49. 49 fenny

    lost words for min ho’s eyes in the last picture, just wow.. !

  50. 50 angeline ong

    oh. this episode is so tense. every thing is about to break loose. why is our dear president so slow to smell the fish?? can’t you tell who is your son by judging his traits? half his genes are YOURS!!! so slow, man.

    • 50.1 samgetang

      maybe because he did not know he fathered a son with another woman?

  51. 51 DQ

    What happened to Heartstrings, I was hopping you guys would feature the song the lead actress sang for download. hmmmm I guess handing over responsibility someone else means waiting, Hope she picks that song..

    Great review btw

  52. 52 f1yh1gh10

    JESUS THE PREVIEW! NANANANANANNANAANA
    oh my gosh..if she drowns in that tank i will have a heart attack from sadness..lol that doesn’t make sense but whatever!

    YOONSUNGAH NANA IS IN TROUBLE!!!
    can’t wait for ep 19

  53. 53 Sunmi

    Is it just me or is Mr. Freaky Creeper a creeper, less good-looking version of Noh Min Woo’s character in MGIAG?

    Also, can we please have Yoon-Sung flipping Young-Ju over his shoulder in every episode? I don’t know what it is but something about a hero with a potential for going dark-side suddenly snapping and flipping people over his shoulder just tickles me.

    It’s one of the things I love about this drama; the overall story may not be anything new and has its rough patches but it’s the scenes that make up for this. The one in the locker room sent shivers up my spine it was so beautiful. The way Lee Min Ho played out his little cat-mouse-I-can-see-you game was so thrilling. I damn near cried.

    • 53.1 missjb

      “It’s one of the things I love about this drama; the overall story may not be anything new and has its rough patches but it’s the scenes that make up for this.”

      I agree with u! It’s the scene who make this drama addicting!

    • 53.2 Danggit

      Nah. Mr. Creepy is just creepy-looking.

    • 53.3 Lidia

      Haha, I thought the exact same thing! I think it’s the hair and the cheekbones. Like you said, similar, but less good looking. and creepy. 😛

      • 53.3.1 Sunmi

        LOL. Every time I look at his face all I can think of is “Creepy version of Pretty-boy Noh Min Woo, why are you so creepy?” I half want to hug the weirdo and half want to punch him in the face for constantly looking as if he’s going to suddenly bust out an army knife and just shank someone!

    • 53.4 Cynthia

      Really – that mirror scene was like watching poetry in motion.

      This PD really has a lyrical eye – from the overall ambiance of ep. 1 (which really was shot like a movie) and then the use of those still/fast scenes at the end of ep 1 and the bridge overlook w/YS & Nana and the highway traffic in blur motion – those are the symbolic scenes that grab my heart!

      Kudos to PD and his team!
      :)

      • 53.4.1 Sunmi

        Yes! I re-watched that scene several times. The way it was shot from beginning to end was brilliant! The intensity in Lee Min Ho’s eyes, the uncertainty in the goon’s eyes…it’s definitely the sexiest “Hide-and-seek” game I’ve ever seen. lol.

        • 53.4.1.1 Maymay

          That mirror scene was definitely brilliant.

          “the sexiest “Hide-and-seek” game I’ve ever seen”

          Yes, it was. I wish I could play hide-and-seek with LMH too.

    • 53.5 Leeminho

      i thought of that too – but no min woo is waaaaaaaay hotter ! this creepy guys is ugly

  54. 54 corn tea

    I have to admit I had to watch this episode twice to finally appreciate the goodness in it.

    The cafe scene where YJ went to see YS, I am getting the vibe YJ was actually there to pass information from his research of the Haewon Construction to our City Hunter. It’s like a FYI on what your dad is up to in case you have not heard of it.

    I am envisioning a future scene (after YS found out Mr. President is his bio father) where Mr. Creepy points a gun at the president, and Chun points a gun at JP, and YS looks at his two daddys, and at that exact moment the episode ends on LMH’s eyes with “suddenly” blasting in the background. I am thinking that could episode 19’s cliffhanger ending.

    • 54.1 Maymay

      No way!!! That kind of cliffhanger ending will kill me!

      I like your idea though. Just not sure if my heart can take it.

  55. i love watching this drama one of the best this year

    • 55.1 smashingalou

      I love it that your name actually truly reflects how you feel about City Hunter :)

      Keep the love going, please…

      • 55.1.1 mykdramaself

        LOLs. keep the love going indeed.;)

  56. 56 kookicookie

    I love your recaps! I can honestly say I’m addicted! Anywho I just wanted to say I can’t believe it’s almost over…I’m hoping and praying that they decide to extend the drama…?

    Here’s Hoping~!

  57. 57 Fanny

    I start to get annoyed with the prosecutor too lol. It kinda doesn’t make sense now that he ALWAYS know where YS is.

    Three more to go, I wonder how the team will wrap everything in just three episodes.

  58. 58 hmmm

    Hm..Well I thought it said in the drama that Muyeol helped Gyunghee escape with the child after he found out she had it and others wanted the baby aborted. Didn’t it imply that she wasn’t married when she had Yoonsung in her tummy but ended up marrying Muyeol because she was greatful to him for rescuing her?

    • 58.1 Liinus

      Ya, that’s what I thought too. I don’t think the city hunter’s mom and his dad (the dead one) were really together. He just got together with her to help avoid the abortion by claiming he was theirs and raising baby-city-hunter together, which means there was no cheating going on.

      I sort of get why people don’t like the whole birth secrets thing, but I’m totally digging it. It’s not like the writers just threw it out there haphazardly. It’s been hinted at from the beginning. It also explains everyone’s motives more so than the alternative would have.

      Like, why did daddy-limp-leg not tell him about the president being the fifth? At the beginning we all thought it was just because he was the president, but this makes way more sense. Also, GF kinda said this already, but I never really understood why in order to get revenge he had to take his best friend’s kid and was soooo intent on making him carry out his plot as a cold-blooded killer. I mean, how could he even consider that it would make his friend happy? This scenario, on the other hand…making the guy who was responsible for your death pay by his own son’s hand? Now that’s what I call revenge…although I’m not so sure his friend is too terribly ecstatic about this situation either, but hey, it’s the more logical revenge of the 2.

      • 58.1.1 missjb

        i agree with u. Though I’m not a fan about birth secret plot in kdrama, I do think it make some character behavior make more sense than I actually though. They have plan it all along and I think the secret birth thing fit to the story. I enjoy watching dad-aon scene together.

      • 58.1.2 malta

        I actually hate that the writer’s wrote the birth secret in from the beginning. I can forgive throwaway aspects of a plot because I love kdramas. I reason them away somehow, “It’s the live shoot system that’s to blame for this!” Basically I’m an enabler…Since the writers intended the birth secret from the beginning, but revealed it to the audience so late it feels like a betrayal.

        So I think one of the main problems for me was the execution of this aspect of the story. ( I have other narrative reasons for disliking this part of the plot.) The reveal of the birth secret to the audience was imo awkward. It just left a bad taste in my mouth and it just came off sensationalist to wait so late in the series, ep 17 of 20, to reveal such a core aspect of the set up of the story and the drama in the story. The reveal to the audience should have happened earlier because it’s part of the set up of the story that could have heightened the drama from the beginning.

        The other thing is since the writers intended the birth secret from the beginning, why oh why have Da hae crushing on her own brother for months? That’s just mean and pointless.

        • 58.1.2.1 missjb

          i really though the execution about a birth secret was decent.. It’s not come out of the blue. SInce they plan it from beginning and they keep show us a sign about that. IIt never too much, I love it. It’s common for kdrama writers tend to add dramatic stuff at the last part of the drama, to make the viewers engaged with their drama until the end. So I’m okay with it.

  59. 59 kk

    yaya city hunter finally bounce bak- despite the happenings of the last 2-3 episodes i must say the writers ‘up-ed’ this one. cause now we are really feeling YS and his 2 daddies. cant wait to read recaps for ep 18

  60. 60 funnygirl

    Ha what a job for NANA… I’m thinking she might do the same thing again when YS tries to kill the President. She will catch a bullet coming from YS at the end. Tragic ending next week.

  61. 61 Inseparable_gemini

    Weird, can I conclude that:

    1. Mommy knows that YS is the President’s son.
    2. JP knows that YS is the President’s son.
    3. President knows that he has a son with Mommy (or if not, at least we know, that he is in love with Mommy before)

    Then why the hell were they all 4, Mommy, President, JP and Mu-yeol in the picture that YS keeps (from epi 1 and ajusshi left in Nana’s house) like a happy family???)… And as I can see on the picture, it’s like a wedding or something…

    hmmmmmm… Writers, are you up to something???

    • 61.1 tiaradiamond

      It’s not wedding picture.

      It was picture on a bar, or should we called it high class bar.
      Kyunghee was hostess from that bar.

      • 61.1.1 Cynthia

        Sorry, but you’re wrong.

        It IS a wedding picture – KH is in hanbok, surrounded by the three men. That picture establishes backstory and continuity for the plot.
        :)

    • 61.2 Jomo

      As far as 3, Daddy Pres was not told that YS oma was pregnant. They kept it from him because they were afraid he would leave his wife for her.

      He was really a jerk about that, too. Why was he diddling that poor girl when he was married?

      • 61.2.1 Inseparable_gemini

        Yeah, and to show up in the wedding (I guess its KH and MY’s wedding???) like that… I even recalled in one of the previous episodes, when KH cooked for YS, and YS asked about his father, KH said that MY “saved her and saved YS”

        Oh, well, I hope they make good use of all the daddy and relationship issues in this kdrama and give us an explosive ending… I am really hoping for a more action-packed last 3 episodes… That’s what made me hooked to this drama in the first place…

        and of course, HIS AWESOMENESS, LMH… <3 <3 <3

        =)

  62. 62 Rita (Tarits)

    This is the best drama this year!!!!

    LMHot – you just earned millions of fans from all over the world because of City Hunter! You’re good man, so good.

    • 62.1 Maymay

      Welcome ‘millions of fans’!!!

  63. 63 SafetySuit

    First, gotta say love your recaps, your comments are so dead on with how I feel about these episodes!

    Second, I wanna put a theory to you. So it dawned on me as I watched the Ep.18 Preview (the scene where Nana’s is supposedly in the water tank) that what if it came full circle for Yeong Sun and Nana in the end. I’m talking about her dying and him living on after all this revenge stuff. Remember in Ep. 1 where he talks to her picture? She was in a weird way a guardian angel to his chaotic youth. What if that’s foreshadowing an ending where he’ll become the City Hunter with her watching over him once again? From all the synopsis I’ve read on this drama, it seems that he eventually “becomes the City Hunter.” It would be fitting that he should continue on being that “righter of wrongs” to honor her memory?

    Anyways, just a thought. What do you think?

    • 63.1 mim

      If Nana dies, YS can spend a whole lifetime crying over the fact that he never admitted his feelings openly to her. I am just getting tired of k-drama heroes’ noble idiocy.
      Nana is a bodyguard and with her track record, how can YS be so sure that she won’t die before him?

      Nana is a good k-drama heroine, gutsy and strong. Too bad the men around her are still behaving like the typical k-drama leads with their endless desire to treat the ladylove as a damsel in distress who can be pushed and pulled around for her own good. It is not romantic at all, just plain annoying!!!

    • 63.2 mint

      U know what, I am really afraid that Nana will die … while it adds nothing to the story and I will hate it if the story goes that way… isn’t that what happens in the Angel Heart where Kaori eventually dies?

      Please show, don’t go that way….YS and NaNa deserves to have happy life together.

    • 63.3 Jomo

      The Full Circle of which you speak:
      Some people are guessing that Nana’s father was the sniper who killed (almost) all of the gang of ’83.

      That would make him a lot less sympathetic now, wouldn’t it?

      • 63.3.1 malta

        I really hope not. That would be lame. I hate when kdramas absolutely insist on making every single character connected in the past plot wise, like that somehow makes the plot tighter, when in fact it makes it appear more contrived and pedantic.

        Also what would that leave Nana with, poor girl? So many people have already lied to her, now her dad also?! Her father killed the “father” of the man she loves and betrayed his fellow comrades?! No thank you Show.

        Based on how Nana’s relationship with the prosecutor has developed, it would mean Nana could not agree to be with YS even is YS wants them to be together. Nana has gone through enough. So this whole Nana’s father was a sniper thing better not happen…

  64. 64 malta

    I apologize in advance for fixating on this, but I. can’t. help. it.

    Despite all the crap YS has gone through, I feel like Da hae is in the running for most tragic character in this show. She harbored a crush on her brother for MONTHS! And I remember my crushes from when I was 17/18– talk about serious business…So is this crushing on your brother thing somehow less of a big deal than I understand it to be? O__o Therapy for years!

    This aspect of the plot just gnaws at me. I absolutely hate it because it has so far proved to be sooooo unnecessary given the consequences of her having a crush on her brother. And I know faux-incest and almost-incest are cliche melodramatic plot points, but that’s no excuse and so far Da hae isn’t even aware of what she’s been doing, meaning melodrama was not the shows reason for having Da hae crush on Yoon sung…So what was the show’s reason? Couldn’t Yoon Sung and Da hae have developed an oppa-dongsaeng relationship without the crush aspect, for instance, through their teacher-student relationship?

    Also now with her sudden crush on the prosecutor, I wonder if Da hae realizes that her crush’s Dad caused her Unnie’s Mother’s death and Dad’s coma?… Not to mention her father is NOT the man she thinks he is. Poor Da hae. She use to annoy me, but now I feel for her.

    …why am I so worried about the future mental state of this tertiary character?

    • 64.1 hmm

      Maybe you kinda like Goo Hara?

      • 64.1.1 Cynthia

        Heh. Good one! :)

      • 64.1.2 malta

        ahaha. You speak kdrama, I see. Obsessing over someone means you’re in <3 in love <3 with them! :) Really, I just think it's a hole in the plot and I've made no secret of my giant dislike of the "president is daddy" storyline so I'm fixating on it.

    • 64.2 Arhazivory

      Meh. She’ll be fine. It’s just a crush. It’ll make her go ‘ewww’ but not traumatixe her.

    • 64.3 Jomo

      Nah, YS gave her nothing to continue the crush with.
      She prolly gave up on him a long time ago, and was ready for a new love but hadn’t met one pretty enough yet.

  65. 65 Jinney

    I’ve been wondering, has the instrumental used in the very end been released via OST yet?

    • 65.1 malta

      I believe so…. you can find the whole OST online and it has a number of instrumentals including the one used in the fight scenes.

      …so goodbye, don’t cry and smiiiilllleeeee… been rocking out to that and other City Hunter tunes recently. 😀

    • 65.2 luci8le

      actually the instrumental used in almost each episode’s ending just before the “suddenly” song has not been released yet.
      and i’m seriously dying to have it on my i-pod :'(
      i guess we’ll have to wait till next week for the complete ost….

      • 65.2.1 smashingalou

        oh, I’ve been looking everywhere for that instrumental too…

        dying to have it as well…

        • 65.2.1.1 Cynthia

          The Viki site is pretty up-to-date with the OST – just added 2 more tracks yesterday.
          :)

  66. 66 Ojou_Belle

    Thanks for the recap! I am so thrilled!

  67. 67 Daniela

    Gah, Im so easy. I still a little unhappy with all the third dad thing, but when he was teaching him about internet, that was so cute! they look good together and Yoon-sung would be a good big brother.
    About the David and Uriah comparison, imagine that! I dont think that the first thing that came to the mine of the president at the time was “Oh yeah, if he dies, I can get her!” but maybe at some point that thought crossed his mind and unconsciously that why he didnt do more to save them. Oh!
    The scene in the locker rooms was awesome.
    First, I thought that the paintball bullet was a sign from Jin-pyo to Yoon-sung to point out the third target, but he didnt know that Yoon-sung was there, so no. But,I feel that he is going to realize that the paintball ball wasnt for Nana and thats how he would know. Or maybe that wont be The Thing that make him realize, just confirm.
    I was so anxious when they were beating Jin-pyo. I was expecting blood, I thought he would use his cane/sword. But yay! Yoon-sung arrived.
    Is it president Eun Chan, like Go Eun Chan?
    “Is it wrong if I still want Jin-pyo to be Dad in the end? Even if he dies? For once I want a drama to say, “blood is not the end all be all.” No, I think it would be good if he is his Dad at the end, i think i would like it too.
    Just, can someone explain me the phrase (blood is not…) I know the words, but I dont get what girlfriday is trying to say in that phrase :).

    Thank you for the recap!

    • 67.1 widy

      “First, I thought that the paintball bullet was a sign from Jin-pyo to Yoon-sung to point out the third target, but he didnt know that Yoon-sung was there, so no. But,I feel that he is going to realize that the paintball ball wasnt for Nana and thats how he would know. Or maybe that wont be The Thing that make him realize, just confirm.”

      gosh ure RIGHT! i didnt think about it before! 😀

      • 67.1.1 Jomo

        Why would JP do this “test” assassination of the Daddy Pres?

        It is one thing to use terror as a weapon, and keep him hopping and scared, but that is also going to put him on his guard. It is going to make it harder to kill him.

        That brings me to believe that the method of assassination will be something less public. Something from the inside.
        Something only someone as close as YS is to Daddy Pres can carry out.

        Poison is out because that is a lady’s choice.
        Hand to hand: stabbing, strangling?

        But it is set up to fail because no matter how much JP hates Daddy Pres, YS has shown he is NOT be willing to kill for revenge. Otike?

        Then there is forced suicide by public humiliation. Yes, top of a tall building confrontation followed by a short stop at the end of a long fall. YS would reach reach reach for him as he did Nana – but this time, fail?

        • 67.1.1.1 malta

          Why does everyone think YS will kill the president or anyone else for that matter?! YS has never wanted to kill anyone.

          The scenario I could see working is that JP “bloodlust king” tries to shoot the president and JP chooses to save Nana over saving the president. (The president won’t be killed though- no way the show will do this) I just can’t see YS walking up to anyone, none-the-less his father and the president and shooting him.

          • 67.1.1.1.1 Jomo

            But he has to be almost killed, at least!

            So who dies? JP?

  68. 68 SafetySuit

    Sorry for the never-ending comments, but this show increasingly reminds me of Batman which convinces me even more that Nana is going to die, and Yeong Sun is going to turn out as the next Bruce Wayne ahhhh, I want so bad for them to have a happy ending but my wild theories just won’t let me, oh well, gotta wait til next week for the ending.

  69. 69 juiceberry

    hehe, that means da-hae is crushing on her half brother… :)

    • 69.1 Indiannomad

      Looks like she jumped ship to Young Ju. So no more Osirus-Isis kind of relationship.

    • 69.2 Jomo

      In other words, another day in Kdramaland.

  70. 70 Indiannomad

    Thank you for the recaps. I really enjoy your comments on this series. Sometimes more than the recaps. They put a smile on my face… the silly, giggly kind of smile. The last two paragraphs of your comments made me go “aha! so I am not the only one thinking so but I could never word it so eloquently”

    I was awed by the mirror ” visually tricksy”, I like how they did that.

  71. 71 malta

    It would have been nice if Nana went to visit her Father after talking to the prosecutor and Sae hee. I think she would have felt better talking to him and spending time with him.

  72. 72 niza

    nice..

  73. 73 malaysian noona

    i just wish LMH and PMY has more on-screen time. Where is the romance. Pls have mercy on us. BTW, thank you dearest girlfriday for excellent and fast recaps. am going to watch RAW now.

  74. 74 City Hunter Obsessed

    Is it just me or has episodes 15-17 been ‘meh’? I personally didn’t like them and I wanted Nana to slap Yoon Sung’s (gorgeous, hot) face…on more than one occasion…

    And I thought that thing that was broken was Yoon Sung’s Bluetooth piece… :S

    And yeah…3 dad’s…?? I can barely cope with 1. This is one messed up family…Yoon Sung’s dad 1 is murdered on the orders of dad 2, making dad 3 kidnap him from his mum/mom and groomed him for killing dad 1…

    (not to mention his half-sister has a crush on him for the *longest* time…yeuch…)

    Hahah…I thought I was the only one thinking “Eun Chan…? :S Isn’t that a girl’s name…? Coffee Prince…?”

    And I swear if anyone kills Nana, I’m gonna punch some people on the production team…Yoon Sung’s f-ed up as it is without the love of his existence dead…

    • 74.1 malta

      Yes! I agree with everything you’ve said. The last third of ep. 17 started to look like awesome City Hunter again, so there is hope.

  75. 75 Chris

    City Hunter’s dad is President??? I just had that feeling!

  76. 76 pipii

    oh this show. Its got all you need- action, drama, romance, angst..but..

    Initially the show was brilliant. Daddy and son covering up each of their moves.Wow!Awesome! I particularly loved that part where JinPyo peeled of prints off his fingers and Yoon Sung blowed off the cover of #2’s son-shooting that video by getting into a fight – tricking Nana, Mr.creepy in the process-that was AMAZING!

    But now,what’s into you? If you had an iota of brilliance that you used earlier you wouldn’t have the Prosecutor breathing down your neck right now.

    As said in one of the earlier comments, the use of 5 writers has made this wonderful plot slightly bumpy. You need to hold the story tight but I find at times somethings are just sticking out of the place. I don’t mean the show is bad, its still MARVELOUS. But with Lee Min Ho so bleeding hot and doing so well-you could simply have made that PERFECT SHOW.

    And those cliffhangers. Those are the one things I particularly disliked. I’d be waiting- what’s gonna happen next? And yawn…nothing happens.Really.
    Last episode I was sure nothing would REALLY happen. It never did. But this time-I’m not too sure!

    City Hunter, you need to pull up your socks! Have you burned out all that brilliance?

  77. 77 Thatgirl

    That last snapshot of Yoon Sung and Jinpyo is the TOTAL AWESOMEST!!!!!!

    God! I fucken hate that theres a birth secret!!!!! So, where does, Mu Yeol fit into all of this?

    You know, when the birth secret was confirmed, I felt most badly for Da Hye, but then…. She met the Young Joo and then I was like “OK then….”

    It WAS hard watching Jinpyo being beaten like that. It kinda makes me uneasy because this whole time I’ve been wanting Yoon Sung to just freaken kill Jinpyo already, but then seeing Jinpyo like this and having the thought that he might not make it out of this one, kinda kills me too. Argh!

    Baddy #4 Just needs to hurry up and die already!!! Theres only 3 episodes left, what is he still doing alive?!

    I LOVED that Yoon Sung came to Jinpyo’s rescue. BEST FATHER/SON MOMENT EVER!!!!! Argh!!!! Love between family (Whether blood or not) is SO GRAY!!!!! I can’t come up with anything black and white!!!!! Jinpyo has been making Yoon Sung’s life miserable and even willing to hurt/kill the people Yoon Sung loves, and yet I too (Because of this episode) want Jinpyo to remain daddy. There is love there, though it is hidden by all the revenge and plots and different ideas and view points, they both still love each other. I mean, Jinpyo is a Sargent or whatever… Doesn’t the way he treats Yoon Sung fitting, of the Sargent dads?

    Argh!!!! My head hurts…. I’ll finish this later….

    • 77.1 Thatgirl

      You know… Would LOVE to see Jinpyo and Yoon Sung get into an actual fight over Nana.

      I’d imagine it’d go a little something like….
      Yoon Sung: I love her!!!!
      Jinpyo: Didn’t I tell you not to love?!
      *Fight!*
      Nana: Stop it! Yoon Sung and I have broken up already! So theres nothing to fight about!!!

      • 77.1.1 Arhazivory

        lol. That’d be funny.

      • 77.1.2 Maymay

        Hahaha! That would be funny!

    • 77.2 malta

      I use to think Jin pyo loves Yoon sung, but now I’m not so sure since we know Jin pyo knew from the beginning that Yoon sung was the presidents son. Its romantic to think love overcomes everything, but it has its limits. Some wrongs can’t be undone. Jin pyo using and abusing Yoon sung like he’s done for 28yrs is not love. This is the kind of twisted logic people have and end up staying with people who abuse them.

      If Jin pyo had an ounce of love for Yoon sung he would be willing to sacrifice his revenge to protect Yoon sung as opposed to use his revenge to torment Yoon sung into killing the 5.

      • 77.2.1 Thatgirl

        Just because he’s not willing to give up the revenge doesn’t mean he doesn’t love him. It just means he’s selfish… There are alot of parents who are like that.

  78. 78 al

    thanks for the wonderful recap…such a nice story…

  79. 79 Joy

    Hi JB and GF, I was wondering if you guys are going to recap The Princess’s Man? The first ep was pretty good!

  80. 80 samgetang

    Whoa! All this father issues make me sad for LYS…

    Surprisingly, for someone who was raised by Jin Pyo in such a way…why is LYS still able to have a good head on his shoulders? Genes?

    YJ and YS are cut from the same mold. Both have father issues and yet both grew up to be idealistic. They would have been great friends if not for all these things that has happened between them.

    • 80.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

      @samgetang dear! 😉

      i am so with you with these words of yours :

      “Surprisingly, for someone who was raised by Jin Pyo in such a way…why is LYS still able to have a good head on his shoulders? Genes?”

      its just so wonderful that the writer/s and PDs make YS out to be sort of the redeeming soul for those around him…his existence is needed to cleanse the souls of those who have tainted their souls with their deplorable actions…i so love YS and even more LMH for portraying him with such perfection… 😉

      as for your comment on YS and YJ, i agree too that had they met under different circumstances and/or their fates have not been so twisted, they would make the best crime-fighting pair!! 😉

      • 80.1.1 samgetang

        wow! sistah kdl ( i noticed u gained a new handle now: kaye) hello kaye! thanks!

        excellent choice of words there, my friend.

        redeeming soul, indeed.

        best crime-fighting pair…oh yes! if you can handle two pretties at one time :-)

        • 80.1.1.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

          hi there, dear samgetang! 😉

          the new handle “kaye” was given by a commentor here in JB and since i love it, i decided to put it in under my post-name/screen-name, whatever you call it…hehehe..

          “kaye” is short and sweet and so easy to type and remember – which is just my cup of tea! 😉

          as for the “redeeming soul” part, i honestly believe all of us need the opportunity to cleanse our souls from all the wrongs we have done to ourselves and others around us, and thus i see YS as playing that role… 😉

          and yes – double pretties might be too much to handle! 😉

  81. 81 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

    I am beginning to sound like a broken record but I really can’t help it…hehehe…

    Girlfriday, thank you so very much for taking time out of your busy schedule to feed the scores of City Hunter and Lee Min Ho fans’ addiction with another compellingly-thought-out-and-written recap at superhuman speed!! 😉

    Seriously, if you are any faster with your recaps, i would need to check if you ARE indeed superhuman…hehehe…
    OR…could it be because…of your supreme LOVE for City Hunter and most especially for Lee Min Ho such that you are willing to, in your own words in the podcast, “sell your soul to touch him” that you cannot help BUT generate such AWESOME gems of ideas, thoughts, opinions, reflections, expressions and emotions at such a break-neck pace??

    or am i wrong?? hehehe…

    anyhow, i know you know how thankful we the CH and LMH fanatics are for your tireless and magnanimous effort in catering to our mutual LOVE and ADMIRATION… 😉

    the way i see it, for your utterly adorable. infectious and incomparable gushing, squeeling, swooning and mooning over CH and most especially His-Hotness, you and Javabeans should be crowned as The Most Awesome and Adorable City Hunter and Lee Min Ho Fans Of All Time!! 😉

    in fact, permit me to say this :

    City Hunter and Lee Min Ho are NOTHING WITHOUT JAVABEANS’ AND GIRLFRIDAY’S incomparable recaps and completely, giddily, mind-blowingly contagious LOVE for them… 😉

    City Hunter + Lee Min Ho + Javabeans + Girlfriday + their recaps = A MATCH MADE-IN-HEAVEN 😉

    i would not be half as interested in City Hunter and Lee Min Ho without JB’s and GF’s recaps… 😉

    • 81.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

      just a tiny clarification :

      City Hunter and Lee Min Ho WILL NOT BE HALF AS APPEALING WITHOUT Javabeans’ and Girlfriday’s incomparable recaps and completely, giddily, mind-blowingly contagious LOVE for them… 😉

      • 81.1.1 Venus

        Kdl….AMEN SISTER AMEN I love ur insight ….so spot on…

        • 81.1.1.1 smashingalou

          And a double amen.. :)

          Truly, perfect words about CH and all the wonderful people that revolves around it…

          • 81.1.1.1.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

            @smashingalou dearest! 😉

            thank you so much for your super kind appreciation!! 😉
            but i always love YOUR fantastic insights too, smash!! 😉

        • 81.1.1.2 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

          @Venus darling! 😉

          thank you so much for the super kind appreciation!! 😉
          i always love YOUR amazing insights too, Venus!! 😉

    • 81.2 samgetang

      “The Most Awesome and Adorable City Hunter and Lee Min Ho Fans Of All Time!!!”

      Congrats, JB and GF!!!!! You nailed this award (cant shake off all the giggles from your almost hour-long podcast on CH and LMH….)

      • 81.2.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

        @samgetang 😉

        “cant shake off all the giggles from your almost hour-long podcast on CH and LMH”

        you and me both, samgetang dear!! 😉

        i still cannot believe how incredibly, utterly CUTE and ADORABLE both of them sound gushing, squealing over LMH and CH!!! they are such a hoot!!! 😉

  82. 82 koe

    Why did everyone all of u say that prez is yoon sung’s father? Did the drama showed any scenes about that before this episode? I watched every single one but i don’t remember any scenes about that? Did I missed anything? oo

    • 82.1 jmj

      mom said he didn’t eat bean like his father.

    • 82.2 malta

      In Episode 17, Chun Jae man goes to threaten Kyung hee to abort her baby so that it doesn’t ruin Eun chan’s (aka the now president’s) life. The president was having an affair with Kyung Hee back then. The president is Yoon sung’s father and Mu Yeol married Kyung hee despite knowing she was carrying another man’s child.

      • 82.2.1 koe

        Oh.. I haven’t watched ep 17 yet so maybe thats why. Thank you! :]

  83. 83 Danggit

    “How is it that the only really good guy in this drama died in the first episode?” -gf

    HAHAHA. I laughed like there’s no tomorrow.

    GAWDIFUCKINGLOVETHISSHOW. ‘Kaythanksbye. 😀

    • 83.1 Maymay

      I know right. I have always love the MY character even though he wasn’t there for very long. Really too bad he had to died early, he would have been an awesome dad to YS. But then I wonder if YS would have been as cool as he is now if he was raised by MY instead of JP?

    • 83.2 samgetang

      Maybe he seemed a good guy to all of us because he did not get much screen time. Who knows what evil he would have been able to do if he had as much screen time as evil dad #2 and #3? But as the saying goes, the good die young….and the evil, well, they have to redeem themselves from so many things one lifetime is not enough, haha.

      • 83.2.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

        @samgetang 😉

        exactly my dear!! if MY had been the one to survive the massacre in the sea 28 years ago and not JP, who knows what he would have done…would he have taken the high road and seek justice instead of revenge… or would he be as bad or worse than JP in seeking blood-thirsty revenge pure and simple…

        but then the fact MY was so willing to accept a child that was not biologically his says something about his character and so….well, the possibilities are infinite… 😉

        • 83.2.1.1 Em

          True. MY might have vented his anger on his stepchild YS when raising him which would be a different plot altogether. And its not like JP wasn’t good from the beginning. He seemed pretty nice in Episode 1.

  84. 84 dany

    thank you!

  85. 85 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

    the part about YS carrying NN all the way home from Sae Hee’s clinic…

    i think CH’s writer/s and PDs are trying to put across YS’s deep and heartbreaking yearning and longing for the woman he loves but cannot be with by including this most tender and loving albeit backbreaking gesture… 😉

    speaking from personal experience, being carried by the man i love (then later my husband) in such a loving manner is one of the most loving gestures a man can give to the woman he loves… 😉

    and from my husband’s perspective, it is one of the most giving gestures a husband can give to his wife, while providing both of us the sense of comfort, contentment and pleasure that we all crave and treasure so much… :)

    the sense of touch is such an essential human need and carrying the woman he loves in his arms is one of the most intimate touching moments between him and his love, apart from the other obvious intimate moments… 😉

    in YS’s case, it is even more heartbreaking and poignant seeing as he cannot be with Na Na, the woman he loves, literally or figuratively, and so this brief moment is so utterly gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, heart-crushing but oh so meaningful…*sobs*

    • 85.1 smashingalou

      @kaye, totally agree with you sister….

      echoing everything you said on your last two paragraph…

      YS could have used his car and just let NN lie down on the passenger seat taking her home. And yet, as tragically poignant their love is, the PD wanted to show that THIS particular moment was a moment He wanted YS and NN to share.

      And all I can say is that, that short scene for me is definitely HEARTBREAKING.., :(

      • 85.1.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

        @smashingalou dearie!! 😉

        i echo your every word too, sweetie! 😉

        i mean, just gazing at Lee Min Ho’s painfully tortured eyes and facial muscles and i was a goner…*sobs*

        being so close to the woman he loves should make him so happy…and yet, as you have beautifully put it, smash, the tragic circumstances between them just cannot be overcome…*my heart shattering into a million pieces*

        how awesome was LEE MIN HO in that scene???
        simply put – PERFECTION!!! 😉

        • 85.1.1.1 corn tea

          I didn’t get the depth of YS carrying NN home at first. This morning, it hit me like lightening, and I got what the director/writer/actors wanted to tell us in that scene. Kay/Smash, you ladies described it perfectly.

          I also thought about what goes through Na Na’s head with that walk home. Because apparently, she was not passed out, she knew what was going on yet she pretended to be unconscious. Why? I came up with two reasons:

          1. Only by pretending to be passed out renders her the opportunity to spend intimate time with YS. There is nothing more beautiful to a woman than having her face against the chest of the man whom she loves, listening to every beat of his heart.

          2. To comply with his request of not accepting him when he comes to see her.

          That scene has finally showed me how much she loves him. To me it’s one of the greatest love moments on screen.

          • 85.1.1.1.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

            @corn tea

            Thank you for your analysis, corn tea! You are so spot-on especially because you added NN’s perspective on the whole scene – how precious the moment of being in the arms of the man she loves and listening to his every heartbeat – sooooo heartbreaking…

            and her pretending to be asleep is essential to allow for the moment to be that much more poignant because as you have analysed, she has agreed to be the one who is suffering and so has to concede to YS’s request to let him go when it is something she does not want to do, but she wishes only to do what makes YS happy, even at the expense of her own happiness…

            oh, my mind is going round and round so much with this heartbreaking scene…arrrggghhh…

    • 85.2 tuqaz

      @ kdl and smashingalou

      I think it also means that YS does not want to let go of NN. If he took her home by car, he’ll have to let go of her by putting her in the passenger seat. By carrying her, he’s just holding on to her and not wanting to let go till the last minute when he gets her home safe. heart-breaking *sob* :'(

      • 85.2.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

        @tuqaz dearest! 😉

        i absolutely agree with your every word…

        since he said to NN that he cannot be the one to let her go, this moment of NOT letting her go is EVEN MORE heartbreaking, soul-crushing because to him it might be the only opportunity he has to NOT let her go with a good reason but then the inevitable will happen – letting NN go when they reach home…

        every second with the woman he loves but cannot be with – how precious such an opportunity is…and how heartbreaking…

        i sobbed so hard watching the heartbreaking scene again and again…*sobs*

    • 85.3 samgetang

      @kdl, corn tea, smash, tuqaz:

      wow! these insights just added another dimension to our viewing pleasure of this show. thanks heaps!

      • 85.3.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

        @samgetang 😉

        you have also given such great insights into watching CH… 😉

        i look forward to reading all your comments! 😉

  86. 86 nadoka

    …OMG

  87. 87 Anon

    It finally hit me this ep – Creepy is totally Korea’s answer to Crispin Glover…

    • 87.1 Lidia

      hahaha!!! He is like Crispin Glover!

    • 87.2 D

      that’s what i tot too.. but i kind inf Crispin Glover, errr, sexy in a weird way

      Creepy is just creepy

    • 87.3 Xtooline

      YES! I’m laughing so hard…

    • 87.4 Maymay

      Hahaha!

      Yes, Mr. Creepy does resemble the creepy Crispin Glover.

  88. 88 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

    And Girlfriday, i echo your every word on the mirror sequence – WAY-OUT AWESOME!!! completely mesmerising, captivating, memorable and so professionally-done!!!

    WELL DONE, CH writer/s and PDs!!! 😉

    • 88.1 tuqaz

      @ kdl… have you watch it subs already? I haven’t, and I won’t be around for the live streaming later, got to go to music lessons… at this age :)

      oh… and BED SCENE! BED SCENE!! right people this time, but one of them is (pretending to be) unconscious. I’m not a successful bed-scene hunter, am I? Not as successful as our Dimple Huntress, Maymay. 😉

      • 88.1.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

        @tuqaz dear! 😉

        im watching the live streaming of ep 18 now… 😉
        and ive justfinished watching ep 17 with subs…

        enjoy your music lessons and please come back here after… 😉

    • 88.2 smashingalou

      Hear, Hear…

      THAT MIRROR SCENE WAS SIMPLY CLASSICALLY FLAWLESS!!!

      Even though it’s a very short scene, it took my breath away with that creativity…

      I was actually confused at first when YS was visible while the Bad Guy approaches the locker. Then as it continues, I was like oh, that’s smart, really smart…

      And to echo GF’s words…

      “Basically it’s totally badass while being low-tech. I love stuff like this. It’s visually tricksy but not overly flashy. Just using mirrors to put two people in the same frame, but out of each other’s line of sight.”

      Yeah, a great scene sometimes do not need those high-tech special effects all you need is GREAT IMAGINATION!! :)

      • 88.2.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

        @smashingalou dearest CH sister! 😉

        as expected, you have nailed it, my dear!! 😉

        your eloquent words simply blew ME away because you spoke exactly what was on my mind abt that unbelievably awesome mirror scene!! 😉

        and i can’t agree more with how GF expressed her awe at the scene either 😉

        aaahhh…i am so deliriously happy i have been given the privilege to visit DB one very ordinary day and came across a gem of a blog with brilliantly precious jewels JB and GF as the hosts and sparklingly precious gems in commentors such as your fine self, my dearest smashingalou!!! 😉

        *smiling contentedly*

        • 88.2.1.1 Venus

          I say CH PD deserves the OSCAR omg I love him….PD knows what he is doing and knows how to get it….and his actors are delivering ..even Mr. Creepy has a mazing presence in front of the camera…. I bow to you PD…

          • 88.2.1.1.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

            @Venus 😉

            i bow to the PD too!!! and to the writers!! but most of all, to LMH!!! aaaaahhhhh…. 😉

          • 88.2.1.1.2 corn tea

            PD-nim surely deserves loads of applauds. He has served us a plate of visually amazing takes episodes after episodes.

  89. 89 djes

    Evil Daddy is just………awesome.
    I love the actor, maybe as much as I like Lee Minho as City Hunter. He just rocks the character, so cool, calculative, smart……and hot? 😛

    My friend thinks I’m crazy when I said I like him. But hell, if any other weaker actor plays as Jinpyo, I don’t think City Hunter would kickass like this!

    ( when I saw a bunch of fangirls ga ga over him video, I totally understand! this is one hot ajusshi!! )

    Oh, 3 more episodes left. Totally wish for 2nd Season!

  90. 90 Lisa

    Does anyone know the actor’s name of Chun Jae Man’s bodyguard/assassin?

  91. 91 Arhazivory

    This was the episode that I really didn’t feel like watching because I was annoyed at the Pres-Dad angle, but I ended up enjoying the ep anyway. ^^’ I’m getting used to the new angle too because I can see how it is possible and wasn’t just thrown in at random.

  92. 92 KDrama Fan

    My goodness! So much happening and in just one episode!

  93. 93 JD

    i have a huge ajusshi crush on mr. jin pyo. im a creep…but he’s a creep, too. HEE <3

    • 93.1 Jomo

      Watch him in Life is Beautiful and your crush will turn into a full blown obsession like mine.

      Omo omo omo he is hot!

  94. 94 korean mee

    im telling myself: just read the comments, not the recap!!! watch first before you read.. but why? why? cant i help myself…. please please dont temp me dramabeans to read the recaps, i need to watch the show first tonight!

    ended: reading :-)

    bad office hours why you run so slow, cant wait to go home… i could no longer stop thinking of my city hunter.. …

  95. 95 Ju Ina-sshi

    Please…someone…save me….I’m going crazy…..Shitty Hunter…..ahhhhh

    • 95.1 Maymay

      Haha!

      If you scream long enough, maybe ‘Shitty Hunter’ will come to save you.

  96. 96 tuqaz

    Thank you Girlfriday for the recaps. I have yet to watch it with subs. :)

    • 97.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

      @Maymay!! thanks so much!!! 😉

      • 97.1.1 smashingalou

        @maymay dearie…you’re really such a sweetheart…

        I am too late again for the livestreaming…waaaaah!!! Why does my boss wanted to catch up every morning?! (sob,sob)

        I am so excited with the aquarium scene that I swear my boss turned into a shark head while he was blabbering about “goals, targets”. My mind was like, GOAL = watched ep 18 of City Hunter, TARGET = MY DESK…thennnn PUFF, i’m still in my boss’s office…Hmmph…

        The craziness I have with CH…and the wonders my mind is doing because of that craziness.. :)

        • 97.1.1.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kaye

          @smash!!! LOL!!! i really laughed my head off reading how wild your imagination became as a result of your absolute love for CH and LMH 😉

        • 97.1.1.2 Maymay

          Poor smashingalou, I can feel you pain. Your boss is probably the most hated boss right now for keeping you from CH.

  97. 98 newbie

    Random thought…
    In one of the earlier episodes, YS had left his coat in that building where he took bad guy #2.
    I wonder if that had been his “invincibilty” coat. For since then he has had the prosecutor right on his tail.!

    Go YS, get that coat back!

    • 98.1 Maymay

      Huh, I actually don’t remember this coat that you mention. Have to go back to check it out. Which episode was it?

  98. 99 Leeminho

    kay LEE YOON SUNG WASNT WEARING HIS MASK ! HE PRACTICALLY EXPOSED HIMSELF – CREEPY GUY PROBABLY KNOWS HES THE CITY HUNTER NOW =S
    this is gnna get serious , cant wait ! 😀

    • 99.1 Maymay

      YS was in a hurry to rescue JP so he didn’t have time to care about masking his face. Subconsciously, I don’t think he wants to hide anymore.

  99. 100 mskololia

    Thanks GF; what a wonderful recap.

    I think of JP as YS’s dad too.*sighs* YS loves him and JP is the only father he knows through and through…warts and all.

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