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City Hunter: Episode 19

Not like you didn’t own me before, Show, but this finale-lead-in? Kicks so much ass. I honestly didn’t think City Hunter was going to go out as strong as it came in, but I’m happy to be wrong. So giddy. I knew my love was not for naught.

 
EPISODE 19 RECAP

Young-ju manages to stop the City Hunter and then pulls a gun on him. Yeah that lasts about two seconds, as Yoon-sung swipes the gun and turns it right around on him. But the prosecutor doesn’t even flinch as he inches forward, head to barrel. Damn, it looks like Young-ju’s the one with the balls of steel.

He uses this one chance to unmask the City Hunter…

…and he finally gets his confirmation, as Yoon-sung stands there looking back at him, gun still trained at Young-ju’s head. Yoon-sung: “Are you satisfied now?”

Sirens wail as the SWAT team descends on them quickly. Young-ju has seconds to decide the City Hunter’s fate… Young-ju: “Go.”

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Epic swoon.

I cannot believe how long I’ve been waiting for this moment. Bromance for the win! They both act the part and Yoon-sung manages to get away, swiftly shedding his jacket and mask to walk by the SWAT team unnoticed.

Target No. 4 Chun Jae-man sits literally with his hands tied, waiting for questioning at the prosecutor’s office, but someone he recognizes comes in to rescue him. Oooooh, I wonder who it is? It’s not McCreepy because he’s presumably still tied up in Yoon-sung’s basement.

Young-ju comes back to find Chun already gone, and figures that he must’ve gotten help, and from someone on the inside as well. Ruh-roh. Dirty prosecutor maybe? Poor Young-ju. Guy can’t catch a break.

Meanwhile Ajusshi keeps his hostage McCreepy company, reading to him from a self-help book entitled I Am Precious to Me. HA. He’s trying to rehabilitate the guy? That cracks me up. He keeps waving a cane at him too, probably because it makes him feel more in control (mimicking Dad maybe?) but I have a feeling that stick is going to end up in Creepy’s hands.

Yoon-sung comes home and tells him that Young-ju made him, and Ajusshi freaks out. He rattles off a list of things to do – get a plane ticket, send Yoon-sung abroad, then gather Nana and Mom and meet him…

Yoon-sung tells him that it’s okay, but there’s no calming Ajusshi down when it might mean he’ll be separated from Yoon-sung. But he assures him that Young-ju won’t be coming for him. Ajusshi doesn’t understand—he’s been running all over town on a witch hunt because of what he did to his father.

Yoon-sung: “He let me go.” Ajusshi: “Wha~ He let you go? He saw your face and he let you go? Really? Really really?” He smiles. Is that an I-love-Young-ju smile? Is it a my-BFF-Young-ju-and-I-will-fight-crime-together-forever-and-ever smile?

News breaks of Chun’s delivery via City Hunter and his subsequent escape. Nana worries all day as she watches the news and then looks longingly at her photo with Yoon-sung in a new frame.

He sits at home and does the same, his still in the broken frame. They each pick up their phones to call the other… and then put them back down. Nana: “He’ll come back. Soon.” Yoon-sung: “I’ll stay alive and return to you.”

Young-ju gets his ass chewed out by his boss for losing Chun Jae-man, and then totally lies that he didn’t get a good look at the City Hunter’s face because he was busy getting his gun stolen. Wow, you’re even sacrificing your pride? I love this.

Yoon-sung comes to find him.

Yoon-sung: Why did you let me go?
Young-ju: Why do you think I did? As Kim Jong-shik’s son Kim Young-ju, I should have thrown you in jail immediately. But when I thought about it, the things that the law couldn’t get done, the City Hunter could. I didn’t have the right to catch you. Because you won the law.
Yoon-sung: Just like Kim Young-ju. Naïve and humorless. Kim Young-ju, the next time this happens, don’t be messy, and do what you need to do as a prosecutor.
Young-ju: And you? Why are you keeping me alive?
Yoon-sung: The same reason as you.

Yes! Because he can do what you can’t, and vice versa, inside and outside of the law! I love that Young-ju remains humorless and that Yoon-sung keeps his distance (No matter how much I’d love to see them be all, Wonder Twins, Activate! that would be out of character for both).

What intrigues me is that Young-ju still resents Yoon-sung for his father’s near-death, but his debilitating objective nature wins out. Logic wins over his heart, which makes for SUCH an interesting character, and the perfect foil for Yoon-sung.

Yoon-sung complains that it looks like he’s going to have to pull an all-nighter because someone lost Chun Jae-man. Young-ju asks about 1983 and the top-secret record book, and Yoon-sung just tells him to figure it out for himself. Or yunno, you could pull an all-nighter together. Mm?

Chun Jae-man calls looking for the City Hunter, presumably on McCreepy’s phone. He offers a trade: the super-secret book if the City Hunter stops dogging him. Yoon-sung turns him down cold.

This whole exchange goes down with McCreepy by his side in the basement, and he offers up what he knows – that there’s no way Chun destroyed the book, because he was intent on finding a good hiding place for it, and that he can guess where he’s going next.

He asks Yoon-sung to finish off Chun properly if he gives him the information. Yoon-sung promises, though I’m thinking these two have a very different idea of “finish off.” Creepy tells him that after every recent visit with President Choi, Chun was obsessed with finding a woman, who he claimed was his hidden card…

Her name is Lee. Kyung. Hee.

Yoon-sung’s eyes widen, as he repeats the name in shock. Eeep! So excited at his first big hint that Mom is a bigger part of this whole conspiracy.

He calls Sang-gook, who tells him that he thinks Jin-pyo didn’t show him the secret book on purpose. He recounts Dad’s words that he’d rather have it destroyed than land in Yoon-sung’s hands.

Young-ju’s team starts burrowing through all of Chun Jae-man’s files, confiscated from his office. He comes across something old called “Sunflower,” and finds a painting marked with a signature – a different name for the same flower.

And then in that file, he finds a hospital record for Lee Kyung-hee, from her OB-GYN. Oh, this is getting so good! Is it wrong if I want Young-ju to find out first?

Then we see someone painting the exact same painting in the present… it’s President Choi. He marks it with the same seal, which Nana sees as she stands guard. He completes it and decides he should put it up on his blog. No! Don’t do that! Wait… do I want him to do that? Argh, I don’t know!

Chun Jae-man calls the president to ask for his help getting out of the country. President Choi refuses and tells him to surrender, but of course Chun plays his final hand – he threatens to tell the world about his extramarital affair with Lee Kyung-hee, and their child.

His reaction makes me wonder if he actually doesn’t know that his child survived. Was he maybe told that she had an abortion even though she refused to? Did he assume that the child she was speaking of was Mu-yeol’s son, after the fact?

He calls Nana back into his office and asks about the woman who gave her the handkerchief. He says that he thinks she might be someone he owes a great debt to, and asks where he can find her.

She hesitates, knowing that she’s not supposed to tell anyone about Mom’s whereabouts. So President Choi takes out his own handkerchief, identical to hers. “Will you still not tell me?”

Yoon-sung goes to see Mom in the hospital and starts to ask about her involvement, but ends up letting it go. She happily notes that he’s carrying the handkerchief she gave him, and she tells him that it’s a gift she gives to people she likes.

He asks very innocently if she also gave one to Dad, and she awkwardly says “Yes…” And then she stops him to ask, “Maybe, just maybe, if your father were still alive, that would be a good thing for you, wouldn’t it?”

Yeah, that’s a big fat maybe, is what.

He just dismisses it as wistful talk and outside, he wonders why Chun Jae-man was looking for her. Why can’t you just ask her? Aaaargh.

He decides to track down another source, the woman that Ajusshi found when he looked for Mom the first time. They worked together way back when, and Yoon-sung pays her to find out what she knows.

She tells him that Kyung-hee had a hard life, struggling to pay for her father’s hospital bills, and then she got pregnant with one man’s child and then another man married her, knowing all that.

He stumbles out in a daze, knowing now for certain that his father isn’t his father. Man, that’s twice already: one, Jin-pyo, not the daddy, two, Mu-yeol, not the daddy. Just then, Nana calls to tell him about the sunflower handkerchief – the president has one just like theirs, and he’s looking for Mom. She didn’t tell him where to find her, and Yoon-sung tells her to keep it that way.

He thinks back to the beans (his habit of picking beans out of rice, which President Choi and Da-hae both do), the very thing that clinched it for us as viewers, only he’s now catching up to all the arrows pointing toward the president.

Thankfully, he goes right away to ask Mom directly. Oh Drama, I love you so.

He tells her that he’s not upset at her, but he’s found out the truth about his real father. She confirms it, and also the key fact that President Choi doesn’t even know that she was ever pregnant with his child.

She tells him that he already had a family when she became pregnant, and when Chun Jae-man found out, he threatened her to protect Choi Eun-chan’s future.

She asks if he’s disappointed to find out what kind of woman she was, and he just hugs her tenderly, “I’m not disappointed. I’m not resentful. I’m just grateful that you’re alive.” She cries in his arms.

And then trembling, he asks if the father who raised him knew all this. Mom: “Jin-pyo-sshi? Yes. He knew.” Ack!

Oh no. THIS. This right here is the betrayal that stings the most. The look in his eyes! The fact that the president is his father doesn’t matter half as much as the father he loves, the one who raised him, keeping him in the dark all this time. Heart. Breaaaaaaaaak.

What kills me is that this is the moment when he realizes that Dad really only considers him a weapon for revenge, and doesn’t love him as a son. I’d venture to say that somewhere in the deep dark recesses of his used-to-be-a-heart, Jin-pyo does love him, but now Yoon-sung will never believe it.

He comes to see Dad to tell him that he knows everything. Dad says nothing, but he flinches when Yoon-sung says Choi Eun-chan’s name. He slams the bullet necklace down on the table. “I will find out everything. And you’ll pay the price for twisting my life.”

Waaaah, are you breaking up with Daddy? He turns to walk out, and Jin-pyo clutches the only thing he has left — Mu-yeol’s bullet.

Yoon-sung sits in the Blue House parking lot, lost in thought, and Ki-joon pulls up next to him after showing off his new car to Nana and Eun-ah. It’s so adorably transparent why he bought the same car as Yoon-sung. Hee.

They try to say hello, but he just stalks off without a word.

Meanwhile Young-ju goes to see Sae-hee and asks about Yoon-sung as the City Hunter, saying outright that he knows she patched up his bullet wound. She refuses to tell him anything, and asks why he’s pursuing the City Hunter so hard, if it’s because of his father.

Young-ju: It hurts my pride as a prosecutor. I keep having to acknowledge it. I keep thinking that his methods are right. It makes me angry and it wounds my pride, but there’s nothing I can do. The law has lost. To that guy.

Sae-hee: You should’ve shown me this side of you sooner. I left because you were so perfect, but today I feel like I want to be by your side. He’s a lot like you, Lee Yoon-sung. He seemed really lonely too. How he must’ve grown up… his back was covered in scars, and as he dug a bullet out of his own back… I felt really bad for him. You know I can’t stand to see a dog that’s lost its way. You’re like that too, aren’t you?

She changes the subject to the sunflowers she bought, and suddenly they trigger Young-ju’s memory. He rushes to his office to look at the president’s blog, and finds a series of the same paintings as the one in Chun’s file.

He calls to meet Yoon-sung for coffee, and asks for curiosity’s sake if he would have become the City Hunter, fighting for truth and justice and all that, if it weren’t for his revenge. I like that this matters to Young-ju.

Yoon-sung tells him that it’s something he risks his life for, and asks if Young-ju wouldn’t do the same, for poor defenseless people in pain. Young-ju smiles, satisfied at the Lee-Yoon-sung-esque answer.

He goes straight to Jin-pyo afterwards, to confront him straight-on about his own twisted revenge. Okay, seriously, Young-ju is rocking the big guns in this episode. He unflinchingly tells Jin-pyo that Yoon-sung doesn’t regret becoming the City Hunter because he couldn’t just stand aside and watch people in pain. HUCK! What if he slits your throat on the spot for knowing Yoon-sung’s identity?

He says that he liked that answer from Yoon-sung, who differs so greatly from someone else’s revenge plot that reeks of bloodlust. He says that Yoon-sung’s revenge may be forgiven, but Jin-pyo’s cannot.

And then he lays down the gauntlet: “You must have known. That Lee Yoon-sung is not Park Mu-yeol’s biological son.” Oh crap. He adds that he doesn’t care how Jin-pyo managed to survive in ’83, but what he really wants to know is why he stole Yoon-sung and raised him as another man’s son.

Jin-pyo: “If you want to know so badly, ask your father.” Oof. Poor Young-ju. The daddy drama never ends for you either, huh? Jin-pyo tells him that it’s all in the top-secret report, so he can find it himself to know the truth.

Jin-pyo tells him that it’s his job as a prosecutor to put a man on trial for murder. But what about a government that murders twenty of its own and then erases their existence to cover up its crime?

Jin-pyo: You think my revenge is for blood alone? The country I trusted to protect me – how it exploited, deceived, and slaughtered the lives of twenty people… What unspeakable acts they did in the name of country… what your father did!

Young-ju tells him that he will uncover the truth, and that Jin-pyo will have to face judgment. Jin-pyo doesn’t balk at facing his due punishment, but adds that he’ll have to put the nation on trial as well.

Young-ju is nothing if not exact about the letter of the law. He swears to put the country on trial, and even his father, to receive judgment for their actions. He tells Jin-pyo that the next time they meet it’ll be as prosecutor to criminal, on the stand.

So goddamn heroic, it kills me.

Yoon-sung, meanwhile, listens obsessively to his recording of Chun Jae-man’s phone call, trying to suss out where he is from the background noises. Ajusshi comes in, nagging incessantly about how he’s not eating, and what are they going to do about McCreepy downstairs who has to be fed, taken to the bathroom, and read-to…

Yoon-sung snaps and yells angrily at Ajusshi that he’s trying to find Chun Jae-man, scaring the living daylights out of him. Aw. *whimper* Don’t be mean to Ajusshi! He just loves you!

He realizes that he’s reached the end of his nerves, and apologizes. Ajusshi says he’s sorry and says that he’s worried about him is all, and scoots away before he gets yelled at again. Aw, poor Ajusshi, but I do appreciate the palpable sense that the City Hunter is down to the wire.

Chun Jae-man is still hiding out, and sends his new minions to retrieve a package that he sent to Young-ju. He vows to win this. “Let’s see who remains… the persistent one or the strong one.”

Young-ju drives along and gets a call from Sae-hee, over at his place to pick up a jacket she left behind last time. He asks if she has time to eat, so he heads over to meet her. Oh, I have a bad feeling about this. Why do I have a bad feeling about this?

While they’re still on the phone, she hears a doorbell, so she goes to answer the door… Eeep, I’m watching this with my hands over my eyes…

It’s a deliveryman, with a package for Young-ju, no sender. Oh whew. He tells her to open up the package, so she does, and finds the top-secret record book inside. Whoa. So Chun Jae-man must’ve originally sent it to him, planning to air the president’s dirty laundry. He tells her to keep it safe and heads home to meet her. But then a second doorbell rings. Ack! It’s the gas man. NO!

Nonononononono, don’t answer the door!

She answers it, and Chun’s new minions back her against the wall and knock her to the ground, laughing at her threats. They retrieve the book. Is he changing his mind because he wants to deal directly with the president? Or with the City Hunter?

Young-ju comes home, passing by the thugs on his way in. Something doesn’t feel right so he rushes upstairs…

He calls out her name over and over, checking every room, but there’s no response. Aaaauuugh, did they kill her? IS SHE DEAD?

He finally finds her, tied up and still alive. Gah. My nerves. She’s beaten up but okay, and she tells him to hurry and go. He just hugs her tight and says he’s sorry for putting her through this. Aw. He finally learned to put her first! That alone is worth the scare.

Yoon-sung finally figures out one of the background noises in the recording as a tow truck, hauling up a car. He realizes that Chun Jae-man used the accident outside the prosecutor’s office to escape in the car that was totaled. He replays the news footage to track down the car to the junkyard.

Young-ju takes Sae-hee to the hospital, and she tells him that she’s okay so he should go. He looks up at her, now realizing that she always said, “It’s okay. Go,” but I think it only now occurs to him that he shouldn’t have gone.

But that’s just Young-ju, and she knows it, even admires that it’s who he is. He tells her that he’s sorry. She smiles at him, “If I give you a second chance to repay that regret, will you do well?”

Aw, the way he looks up at her, like a puppy… it just kills me. She tells him that it’s what she wants. Yay, I’m so happy for them. But it also makes me re-scared for their lives all over again. Gah.

Chun gets word that he’s got the book back, which he plans to use against the City Hunter first, putting his original president plan on the backburner. He still thinks that Jin-pyo is the City Hunter, and declares that he should’ve died back in ’83.

He sends Jin-pyo a text to meet him at the junkyard if he wants the book. Jin-pyo in turn sends the message to Young-ju, posing as the City Hunter.

Sae-hee sees it written on his face that he has to get back to work, and laughs at his lack of a poker face. She tells him she’ll be safe in the hospital, and tells him to go. He puts his hand on hers, “Your offer of a second chance… that’s a promise, okay?” AW.

She tells him not to forget it either, and they promise to talk about it later. OHGOD. There’s not gonna be a later, is there? Is he gonna die? Show, are you trying to kill me? He gets the slow-motion hero walk out the door. OH NO. Frack.

Nana goes to see Mom and asks why the president has the same handkerchief as her. She asks if what she’s suspecting is right, and Mom tells her the truth.

Young-ju arrives at the junkyard first, and Chun Jae-man is surprised to see him there when he called Jin-pyo. He tells him that the book is being destroyed right this second, so he’s never going to get his hands on it.

Young-ju realizes that it’s serving as bait for the City Hunter, and turns back to try and retrieve it. But Chun and his henchmen beat him to a bloody pulp.

Yoon-sung arrives at the same junkyard, having tracked down the car that Chun escaped in. He takes out the thugs sent out to meet him in some outrageously badass moves, including one where he jumps through a car meant to squash him.

He gets closer and Chun jumps at the sound, “Is it the City Hunter?” Young-ju realizes what he has to do, and so he quickly locks the door behind him and sends Yoon-sung a text to find the book in the car crusher.

And then he buys him time by giving the henchmen a fight. Oh god, it’s his last stand, isn’t it?

Yoon-sung gets the message and turns around. The machine is rigged to keep going so he only has a few seconds to search the car before it gets pulverized with him in it. He digs around and finally finds the book hidden under the floormat, and gets out just in time not to get squashed to death.

Chun’s men finally beat Young-ju down to the ground, but he does everything to try and keep him there, grabbing his leg and refusing to let go. Chun sighs that it’s too bad he’s not more like his father. And then like a proper evil villain, he mentions that he’s headed to port to catch his boat, because Young-ju’s blocked all the airways.

Young-ju grits his teeth and uses all his remaining strength to pull himself up, as he lays out Chun Jae-man’s crimes against the people, as Prosecutor Kim Young-ju addressing the court.

And that’s when the final blow comes, straight to the back of his head. Blood streams down his face as he falls to the ground.

Yoon-sung makes his way up to Chun and his men, knocking down the ones sent at him, while Chun slips away. He’s about to go after him when he realizes that Young-ju is nowhere to be found.

He runs upstairs…

And there he finds Young-ju, lying bloody on the ground. He shakes him awake and Young-ju comes to, asking if he found it. He says yes. He tells Yoon-sung to uncover the truth.

He tells him to go catch Chun Jae-man at the port, “I don’t think I can go right now.” Augh, why is that sentence breaking my heart?

Yoon-sung: “Kim Young-ju, catch him with your own hands.” He coughs up more blood as he struggles to speak. He reaches out his hand and Yoon-sung takes it in his.

Young-ju: “City Hunter. Lee Yoon-sung. Forgive my father.” Oh my gooooooood. You’re asking for forgiveness in your father’s place? *WAIL*

A tear rolls down his face as he says, “I’m sorry,” and then he falls to the ground, dead.

Yoon-sung shakes him over and over, “Kim Young-ju. Kim Young-ju! KIM YOUNG-JU!”

 
COMMENTS

Oh my god, they killed Young-ju! I know, we complained that no one died, and then they killed off Young-ju! Grawr! Can I go back in time and trade some of the others for him? Puhleeeeease? Sigh.

But what a heroic send-off, for the upright prosecutor, to die defending justice and truth. And the City Hunter! I can’t believe it. It kills me, but in the best way possible. I mean, he was maybe the ONE character I didn’t want to see die under any circumstance… which is what makes it PERFECT. It’s the death that gets me in the gut, and rips out my insides. I have such a love-hate relationship with a show that does that. Respect, but angry bitter respect. Like it knows exactly whom I love and then kills him bloody. Gah.

I can’t believe they finally gave me the begrudging partnership between Yoon-sung and Young-ju, the one thing I’ve been dying for, just to yank it out from under me. It’s like waking up thinking it’s Christmas and then finding out it’s April Fool’s. It’s a cruel, sick joke. Props, Show. You fucking bastard.

You win.

 

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THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

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Young-ju! I can't believe they did that! It's awesome, but also: NOOOooOOOooOOoOooo!

I love that this is how they make it personal for Yoon-sung. Rather than fighting for a lost love or his mother, he's now fighting for what Young-ju stood for: Honor and Justice. If they had taken one of his family, Yoon-sung might have been pushed over the edge to go on a rampage, instead of sticking to his morals.

It's so fitting that the Batman's City Hunter's biggest emotional blow is that the Law, personified by Young-ju, took the bullet for him, and he now owes It/him the biggest debt of all.

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Wow, love what you wrote.

Even though I cried a lot when YJ died, his death did push YS/CH into the right direction. Now YS has to carry on YJ legacy and fight for justice.

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I agree with Maymay, love what you wrote! It makes so much more sense that YJ died instead of all the others. Props to the writers of CH.
WOW...

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Why Young-ju?????? Why HIM??? I understand the reasons for killing him off. Young-ju was definitely the walking symbol for justice. But I'm still trying to deal with it. Why?.....

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Yeah, when I saw the slow-motion smiling Young-ju, I knew that would be the last we would see him safe. ugh...

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I love that part. That is my favorite scene of YJ. He looks the best then. His was a shock!

Must admire the writer for having the 'balls of steel' to kill YJ this way and shock all the viewers.

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Oops! Typo.

'His death was a shock!'

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They made it extra sad by adding the Sae-hee thing @_@~ I didn't really like Young-ju before, but wow, he was really impressive in this episode. I just kept repeating "No, no, no" when it became clear he was probably going to die!!!

I actually don't want anyone to die, as opposed to you guys XD It's just...I don't want them to D:

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This is YJ episode to shine for me. Not only the lost love between YJ and SH, the lost of bromance between him and YS also make me very sad.

What a bittersweet episode!

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This pissed me off....during the final scenes, Lee Yoon Sung is supposedly frantically trying to find the documents? Nope. he nonchalantly walks over to the crusher....when the prosecutor is literally getting the living daylights beat out of him? Lee Yoon Sung is taking his sweet old time WALKING....not even jogging, to find Chun.....seriously, they tried to make him look so cool during the whole sequence that they ended up making Lee Yoon Sung look borderline retarded for not reacting to the situation

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My true hero, thy name is Kim Young Joo!

I wept as I watched Mr. Prosecutor beaten to death for City Hunter. He died exactly as he lived – unsentimental, straight & narrow, transparent, uncomplicated yet complex, soft-spoken, understated yet articulate, and keeping his eyes on the ball till his last breath.

This must be how it feels to lose a loved one to sudden, violent death. This must be how it feels to mourn inconsolably. How do we go on living after something like this? How can we get over something like this? God, what are you doing to me?

Mr. Prosecutor, you simply cannot die. City Hunter needs you. Sae Hee needs you. The nation needs you. We all need you. Please say that you are not dead yet.

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as much as i want him to be alive...i need him to die...for city hunter's shake....show i am proud of u for making this amazing leap.

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(sorry)

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oh... please don't die.....

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i agree with you. i think the part that killed me most was that him and sae hee made that promise and they were going to reunite after 19 episodes. theres still one more ep and this may sound awful, but i am really hoping nana gets killed off otherwise the whole photo shattering was pointless and i would be mad

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I want the bad father to die...and for Nana and YS to fake die so they can peacefully live after this whole revenge mission

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I hope he doesn't die too. I never figured out why people hated him so much in this drama. I just always hoped for him to team up with Batboy like a sort of Commissioner Gordon, or maybe be the Smecker to Batboy's McManus. I liked how he believed in what he was fighting for. I just didn't think he'd, you know, DIE. This is lame. X/

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I don't think his death is lame, he died for what he believed in. He has the most heroic death anyone can ask for.

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I am a blubbering mess! I cried and cried and then cried some more :( Then i cursed dramabeans for saying that the show only had "balls of aluminum" for not killing anyone off and cursed myself for agreeing with them and wishing someone died to give the show more impact.. but NEVER would i have thought that they would kill the prosecutor :( OR that his death would trigger such emotions from me.. sure he annoyed me at times but damn, his ending was legendary!

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He has the most memorable death scene I've seen in a long time.

Bravo Show.

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That last picture made me cry all over again. ugh.

WHY? I get your points but still :(

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I know, we all understand the logic and reasoning behind YJ death, but it's still so heartbreaking.

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Hahaha, I LOLed at your comment, you are so messed up. :P

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See, usually I'd totally be clinging to some thin strand of hope, PRAYING that he was still alive. But his extensive screen time, his scene with Sae Hee complete with wistful music and backlighting, and the degree to which this affects yoon sung convinces me that it's no use. D:

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That's the best ode to KYJ. Bravo!

R.I.P
Our dear Prosecutor
May you rest in peace

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Its almost over!:(

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One more episode tonight...City Hunter you own me! So awesome! Definitely the crack of the year!

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This show is definitely my crack of 2011.

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OMG. They killed the person who didn't deserve to die the most!

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Gahh.
I regret calling the prosecutor annoying before because he was so obsessed with the City Hunter.
He's so righteous and fdjsklafjdklsjfkl. He was just protecting the law.

:'(((((((((((((((

I never thought he would die. Poor Sae-hee. I'm glad they made up before. The bromance was short-lived.

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OMGGGG I KNOOOW RIGHT? HE DOESN'T DESERVE TO BE KILLED LIKE THAT OMG I HATE CHEON JAE MAN -_-

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Ditto..

thanks girlfriday for the wonderful recap(as always)...

Ok, first and foremost, forgive me...but I don't get it..I just don't freaking get it,WHY KILL YOUNG-JU?? OF ALL PEOPLE, WHY HIM?

i feel cheated, i feel so wronged ryt now, SHOW...for the past several "Weak" episodes, i forgave you, i turned a blind eye and kept hoping you'd bounced back how you used to be...and that is being AWESOME...but then,THIS...this is what I've got for hoping?This is CRAP.*cringes

You could have killed City Hunter and i would be forgiving because him dying is a possibility and he himself acknowledge that possibility of dying, soo many times anyway...but Young-ju??blah...i just don't get why? whew!

...and what's with the freakin' "blooooooody" death...urrgh! that pisses me more..too much blood, you could have used those for the death scenes of the baddies' supposed deaths...(but u didn't).

I just hope that by the finale episode you will NOT make Yoon-sung choose Pres. over Jinpyo, or kill/ hurt Jinpyo to save his bio-dad..that would be too much, Show...lame.

P.S. PLEASE FORGIVE MY POOR ENGLISH..:) I could not believe Young-ju's death would make me post a comment for the first time..:) :):P his not even my fave character.

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I think everyone reactions to YJ's death is the same.

Doesn't matter if we like him before or find him annoying throughout the show, none of us want him to die at the end.

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yes!!!

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Just finished watching 19th episode. Now time to read the recap! It's a sad one. :(

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WHY???

I mean, thanks for the recap :)

but WHY??? Why Young-Ju? I mean, I was kind of hoping for a death, but Mr. Passionate, Fuddy-Duddy Prosecutor?
:'(
It's going to be one heck of a final episode tomorrow!

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first 49 Days and now this...I have officially run out of tears. *throws away another tissue*

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I think I cried more here than in 49 Days.

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I feel like it's the beginning of several deaths..... :(

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I can't wait to see what happens tomorrow...but honestly, now that the person I didn't want to die most is dead, I'm all up for it. Let more come! Though I doubt it. There's always only one gut wrenching death. Like So Ran in Fugitive.

It was totally Young Ju's episode though. He owned it, and went out with a brilliant, gut wrenching bang. *sob

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Just when it was becoming 'the beginning of a beautiful friendship.'

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It's the death that shock CH nation!!!!

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Sooooo sad and unexpected. How did they keep this quiet?

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They killed everyone after the shoot...

Seeing as how easy it is for the production to kill Young Ju, a couple more scripwriters and PDs wouldn't have made a difference. The cold-blooded bastards! AAAAAAAARGH.

"Okay everyone, that's a wrap! Congratulations... now if everyone will form an orderly line and enter this suspicious looking hangar with a gas leak for our post-production farewell party..."

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This. Oh my god, lmao.

Young-ju dead, wtf? Like in Story of a Man, when Eun-soo died. Show, seriously, what. the. fuck? It's always that one character you love and don't expect . . .

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@mary

OMG! Your post...now that really kill me. Hahaha!!!!!

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Yay! it's here. thanks a lot!

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NOOOOO!!! I won't be able to sleep before tomorrow's finale :'(

Honestly my hands were moist while watching this episode.

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It was hard to sleep that cliffhanger.

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Correction.

'sleep after that cliffhanger'

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19 eps and finally Young-ju screen shot. You're pretty quick too GF, must've been madly in love with CH. Cheers :)

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I knew something was wrong when I saw that screen cap of Young ju at the beginning of the recap :(

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The very first time YJ ever appear on the cover of CH recap. Unfortunately, it will also be the very last.

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Yes, this is definitely YJ episode to shine. That has got to be the most awesome sendoff for a character ever...heroic sacrifice for justice.

Even though I find you annoying at times, but I'll miss you dearly Mr. Prosecutor.

R.I.P
KYJ

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what really really breaks my heart is YJ's last stand, reciting all the cases he's going to file as a prosecutor. to the very end, he stood firm in his convictions. so. sad. to see him die. especiall when Sa Hee promised to give him a second chance!

City Hunter really is killing me and i so can't wait for the final ep! Bring it on!

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I still can't believe they killed him... waeee!
but it was defiantly a twist to this AWESOME story.

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definitely .... my bad.

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Best twist ever!!!

No one expected it.

Even JB and GF were surprised.

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yay!it's here!be still my heart!

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HE CAN'T BE DEAD!!! T_______________T PLEASE DON'T KILL HIM, SHOW!!! Gah!!!! I don't know what I'm going to do with myself now that this show is ending tomorrow. FLDSKJFSLKDJFLKDSLDF!!!

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who else was yelling "GET THE FUCK TO

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Dear City Hunter...I loved you from the 1st ep but u didn't complete me untill this moment.I am impressed.

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Cheers to the CH writers and producers. You guys definitely have 'balls of steel.'

Very brave to kill off such an important character. Really impressed.

Now, aren't you worry about the backlash from fans?

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WHAT YOUNG JU CANNOT.....NO.....BLEHHHHHHHHH! CURSE YOU SHOW. BUT DAMN, I WILL WATCH EP 20 AND NOT JUST READ IT

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"I cannot believe how long I’ve been waiting for this moment. Bromance for the win!"

Tell me about it...been waiting for this bromance since the beginning. Better late than never! Even though it is so short, it is still worth the wait. I knew these two would work well together if they could put aside their differences.

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OH MYYYYYYYYYYYYY! i can't believe it! all this time, doggin' on this drama, and they actually did it. ahhhh! but i LOVED him. *criiiies! it hurts! it huurts! shoot. if they had NOT casted park minyoung, i probably would've fallen in love with this drama. siigh.*

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Wow, just because of PMY?!

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OMO!! fast fast fast!!

Thnx GF!!
I hope the subs come out early so I can read this.

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oh shit.

bawling right now… javabeans + girlfriday, is this what you guys wanted?!?! ARG…DID IT HAVE TO BE YONG-JU?!??!……OMG..WHAT ABOUT SAE-HEE?!?!?! ;A;

yong-ju’s last gripping/crying scene was so heartbreaking! THE BLOOD….AND THE HAND HOLDING…./BAWLING AGAIN/. Lee Jun-hyuk is an amazing actor….

can’t believe it’s going to be the last episode tomorrow. don’t leave me my love!!

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Seriously, this show is not only going to make LMH more famous, but it will bring fame to LJH. This is the most memorable character he has ever played so far.

Good job LMH and LJH.

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young ju of all people!!! Again, City hunter always seem one step ahead of the viewers. I seriously didnt think he had like 1% threat of being killed off. oh gawd!!!! my bet was on NANA...kill Nana, make YS goes off lever...great use of emotions for plot..but Young ju??????!!!! and the way he died? awwwwwwwwww SOBBBBBBBB we havent had enough of the BROMANCE YET!!! i was supposed to be rooting for them in season 2 working together!

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Yes! One of the reason why I don't want him to die! It's for Season 2!!!

He'll be in coma. he'll be in coma.

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or super vet' will save him too!
... please? ... pleaaaaaaaase

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That would be freaking great!

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Actually, YJ's death will have a better impact on YS.

Nana's death will only make YS vengeful.

YJ's death will give YS the moral reason to continue his fight against the corruption of society.

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It was his angel shot. So pretty. So heart-wrenching.

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yes, when the camera paused on him about to walk away from Sae Hee, i knew then...YJ is going away from Sae Hee FOREVER...*sobs*

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It was so obvious. Especially with how Sae Hee just miraculously showed up again.

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i knew it at that slow motion shot too! UGHHHHH at first i thought it was gonna be sae hee but then OMFG my freaking prosecutor? NOOOOOOOOO. i wanted someone to die but not friggin' young juuuuuuu. that totally came out of no where for me >.< hate you drama but will miss you like crazy tomorrow :[

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Yes, that was the moment when i knew. But when that actually happened, it killed me anyway.

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you all have been watching Kdramas longer than I have... I totally missed that slo-mo angel shot!

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It was a beautiful scene.

A smiling YJ looking back at SH sweetly...what a haunting image. That's how I'm going to remember YJ from now on.

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I imagined that after watching CH.. I would end up with a pic of LMH as City Hunter as my desktop... but I have this parting shot as my background :) He deserves the spot... until I am done mourning his death!

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FINALLY recap here. Off to read.

Thanks GF!

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I'm crying. How could they do this to us? I absolutely can't believe that they refused to kill off anyone earlier in order to save it for Young-ju. This is just downright cruel. HOW?! The City Hunter and the Prosecutor have to work together, and the newly established partnership was supposed to work out. Oh my gosh. I just can't believe it. I really wouldn't mind if they opened the final episode with another coma or something...dear god, please save Young-ju.

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Haha! Yes, coma please!

Never thought there will a time when we will ask the Show to continue with their trend of putting the characters in a coma instead of killing them. :)

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Aw fuck :( im like sobbing here like never before from watching any other drama, and trust me, i started watching dramas at age three and cried all the time.

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I knew it when they gave him that second change that crazy walk... DAMMIT.
Only one show ever made me want to hunt down the writers to congratulate them and wring their necks for killing off a character. This one just made the list....

ARRRGGGH.

P.S. For the curious, the other was Code Geass : Lelouch of the Rebellion. They killed Euphemia is such a horrible way...

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Yes, you have to admire the writers to have the gut to take this route. The writers will now have to go in hiding from all the angry fans. :)

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Oh, DAMN IT. SHOW, YOU ARE SUCH A BASTARD. I HATE YOU...yet love you with all my heart...you jerk buttface, you.

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I screamed when I saw the last scene. God, the blood *__*. I kept telling myself, "He's going to survive, right? RIGHT?".

But somehow I feel that a happy ending with every good gud lives on is not right for a drama like City Hunter. So..

*cries in the corner*

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I'll join you in crying.

I think all the comas have lured us into a false sense of security. Thus, when a real death occurs, we are all in shock.

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I still have a little hope that Yong-Ju just lost consciousness and that he is not dead....and am gonna find out tomorrow.

I was screaming NOOOOOOOOOOO at the end...because I wanted him to be back with Sae-hee.

Arggghhh...I really don't like it when the writer will kill a character that is close to my heart...:(((

Thanks GF...

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who else was yelling "WHAT THE F*** ARE YOU DOING! CALL AN AMBULANCE NOW!" while yoon sung was talking to him?? I'm still in shock seeing all that blood drip down his head... o.O

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Calling an ambulance won't help at that point. He suffered too much internal bleeding and lost too much blood by that time.

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My reactions, in order:

EEEEEEEEE, Young-ju why so awesome.

OMGLOL, go go Ajusshi!

Bromance! Bromance! Bromance!

...Noooooooooooooooooooooooo! Young-ju!!!!! *tears*

Thanks so much *sniffle* for the recap *sniffle sniffle sob*

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:) Love your reactions!

Mine was something like this:

Crap, he found out!

Yes, Bromance! Finally!

Yes, birth secret revealed!!!

Bromance!!!!!!!

Poor Ajusshi!!!!!!
YS finally lost it! Poor YS!

Yes, happy reunion for YJ and SH!

No, bad foreshadowing!!

No, JP! Bad JP! Why JP???

No!!!!!!!!! Don't die YJ!!!!!!!

Wow!!!!!!!! I can't believe they just did that!!!!!!!!!!!

*Sob*

Birth of a new hero, also death of a fallen hero.

Now, the rise of a 'Dark Knight'!!!!!!!

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I firmly believe he will be in a coma and will revive back...like that moment with hands twitching.....ugggh...show you CANNOT kill him!

BTW, thank you so much for the recap.

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they killed YOUNG-JU!!!! WHY DRAMA? WHY???!!! T_T

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So I'm thinking....since he's still stuck on taking down Chun Jae Man, and because of all the daddy realizations in this episode...Yoon-Sung won't be taking revenge on the president after all, right?

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Yeah, what's the point of carrying out revenge now?

More like revealing the truth and let justice be served...
That's about the only thing left for YS to do.

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Cruueeeellll....D: Though they did kill off a character (yay!) but why prosecutooor D: But that makes one of my fav characters of all time (*criiiiies)
RIP
KYJ

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i just saw the 1st 15 min of the episode in dramcrazy and read this review. and cry....
thanks gf for beautifully written it. cannot continue writing..

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When I heard Sae-hee offering him a second chance it got me "He's gonna die!!!! NNNNOOOOO!!!"

I was hoping for more bromance and I've had scenes in my head how they fight evil together!!!!

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I was thinking the same thing too and went "OH NO! That's a goodbye!!"

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The Bromance that was never meant to be!

:( :(

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Thanks so much for the recap. I think my heart just broke a million times and tears came to my eyes from reading the recap alone. Waiting anxiously forthe subs to watch the episode. Wow, city hunter really is amazing, heart wrenchingly amazing T^T

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Yes, because it dares to take this route, that's why it is amazing to me.

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Yeah! Recap is out!! Thank you very much!

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Thanks.

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I was surprised Young Ju died :(

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Sorry you were spoiled!

Don't worry it will still shock you when you watch it.

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If this is Part 1 of what LMH meant when he said "no one will be able to guess at the ending" then I shudder with anticipation and fear @ what's in store tomorrow. OMG SHOW, UR GOING TO KILL ME!!!

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AFAJDFAFDALJDFKASFL;KJ

NO, take it back!

Can't the un-guess-able ending be Yoon Sung ends up with Young Ju instead????????????

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"Can’t the un-guess-able ending be Yoon Sung ends up with Young Ju instead????????????"

lol. Hoping for that one too.

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LOL

You really want your bromance!

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AHHHHHH I WANT TO READ THIS SOOOOO BAD..... but i gotta wait for the episode to get subbed first...... CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >.<

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I CANNOT BELIEVE YOUNG-JU DIED! I was totally crying at the end. I liked him! Why kill him?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Show, I hate you! And yet I love you! Damn you, Show!

That out of the way, I love how everything is coming together in the end. One more episode! How will I survive all this angst?

Poor Sae-hee! What will happen to her? I was totally pulling for her and Young-ju to get back together, and yet they go and KILL him!

Damn. Props to the Show for swinging this at us from nowhere! Kim Young-ju is a true hero.

Thanks for the recap, Girlfriday!

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I know.
I feel like a brother died. I can't even think about the next episode yet.

I feel bad for the folks who are waiting to watch this because it'll be soooo hard to avoid spoilers.

This is one of those drama moments that is extremely well planned and played to make the biggest possible impact.
I am afraid it'll turn into, "That show where the DA dies?"

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I'm afraid it kinds of turn into “That show where the DA dies?”

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
Not him. Not him show! He was gonna get a second chance. He was gonna get remarried! Have cute babies! Send bad guys to prison with his bromate CH! Ajusshi was gonna make him dinner!

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Dude ur exactly thinking what I'm thinking, get out of my head B2(Bananas n Pajamas) ur making me cry here! lol I'm just kidding but I'm serious when I said that that's what exactly what I want to happen to him to create pretty babies with sae hee and their amazing beautiful genes and have a happy life. But I'm hoping that he won't die in the last episode and the show just wants to play a trick on us and make us believe that he'll die or else this show is going to be imperfect for me, i mean dude it was perfect until this happened or will happen.

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The prosecutor dude did not bother me in the least. As a matter of fact, I looked forward to the exchanges of info between him and YS.

The actor did such a wonderful job of presenting his character to the audience. So much so that those who disliked him may be a little ashamed because of the pitiful way he died crusading for justice even in the end. He was consistent.

Besides, justice and forgiveness go hand-in-hand crusaders. This is why I loved his last request to YS so much....

YJ is a hero.

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Yes, I am ashamed. He really didn't deserved this fate.
Bravo, KYJ. Even in death you will haunt me.

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Yes, these two guys are amazing. I'm so torn between them now. Though I still LMH and his character more.

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'Though I still love LMH and his character more.'

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@noelle

"Ajusshi was gonna make him dinner!"

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Ah, the 'what if.'

Don't we all have those moments in life.

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Ahjusshi was gonna make him dinner!

^LOLOLOLOLOLOL
I thought I was the only one who used bromate, ever since I first discovered its applicability through the maddeningly painful course called chemistry. Only, all of my friends thought it was too lame, but I enjoyed it. :$

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LOL

"He was gonna get remarried! Have cute babies! Send bad guys to prison with his bromate CH! Ajusshi was gonna make him dinner!"

That would be a dream comes true for all our characters. Too bad reality is really cruel.

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