Drama Recaps
Equator Man: Episode 18
by | May 21, 2012 | 49 Comments

We’re reaching the end of the line, and desperation reigns supreme. The revenge pendulum comes swinging back in a bad way, affecting all those who have wronged Sun-woo in one way or another. This drama has done such a great job of painting its characters in detailed shades of grey, enough to make it hard to tell up from down, who to be sad for, and when. I love it when a show can do that.

Equator Man saw a slight drop in ratings this episode to 14.2% (from 15.1% last episode), but maintained first place among competitors Rooftop Prince at 13.5%, and The King 2 Hearts, which brought up the rear at 11.2%.


We revisit the Attempted Murder 2.0 scene, this time intercut with the original scene from our boys’ youth. Whether Sun-woo would have actually thrown Jang-il off is left to the imagination, because Soo-mi and Yoon-joo break through the door just in time to stop them.

Chairman Jin decides to go after the Indonesian mining claim Sun-woo knew he’d be after, much to Secretary Cha’s dismay. He resorts to threats and pleading for money to buy the claim.

Back on the rooftop, Soo-mi confronts Sun-woo about what just happened. He gives her an out – she can go tell the police everything about Jang-il trying to kill him. When she doesn’t seem keen about the idea, he tells her to jump off the building, then. If not, he’ll break all the bones in her hand so she can’t paint again.

He’s so blasé about it all, which frightens Soo-mi more. When he leaves her alone she sinks to the ground and cries, which has Sun-woo gripping the tree branch with rage. He has to fight the urge not to turn around and fulfill his dark promises. The powerful music of Verdi’s Requiem plays over the end of this scene, and then straight into Sun-woo’s ears as he listens to the Dies Irae alone – the Latin hymn describing the biblical day of judgment.

Min-yun informs Sun-woo that the Law Firm Live show took the bait, and will be looking into his case now after such positive feedback from the viewing public. It’s a bit unfortunate, in his mind, that the art show might give away the big surprise too soon.

Ji-won arrives on the scene, and tells Sun-woo that if she were him, she would have asked for an open investigation (which is what’s happening now with the TV show anyway). Coldly, Sun-woo tells her that she can’t say “if I were you” unless she’s put herself in his shoes, and commands her never to speak to him like that again. Rough.

She doesn’t take it to heart, and apologizes for making him angry. He reminds her that if she’s still trying to stop him, there’s no need – he’s taking this to the end. When she asks what that is, he tells her, “When there can be no hope. That’s the end.”

Ominously, his vision goes blurry as he tries to reach for a drink. Uh oh.

Later, he meets with someone from the Law Firm Live show who’s stumped as to why Sun-woo won’t tell them the whole story. But that’s the whole point – he wants them to find out on their own.

Just as Jang-il receives a phone call where he has to deny trying to kill his friend, Sun-woo tells the show representative that he wants Jang-il to take the case no matter what.

Min-yun gets to keep up with the open case via live updates online, and even Geum-jool wonders why Jang-il doesn’t just kneel and apologize. So the cat’s really out of the bag, then, isn’t it? Min-yun guesses that Jang-il won’t be able to hold onto his job at this rate.

Yong-bae meets with Sun-woo to ask him for a favor – he’d like to meet Kwang-choon, alone, to clear up the misunderstandings between them. (Somehow I don’t have a good feeling about that.) He apologizes to Sun-woo and proposes that they strike a deal where Yong-bae takes all the blame, even for hitting Sun-woo in the back of the head.

Sun-woo isn’t excited about it, but Yong-bae baits him with a piece of information he’ll only tell him if Sun-woo agrees.

Meanwhile, Kwang-choon goes to a fortune teller to see if his bleak past means he’ll have an equally bleak future. He seems pleased with the cards set out for him, only to have his spirits fall when Sun-woo calls to arrange a visit. (On Yong-bae’s behalf, but he doesn’t know that.)

We hear what Yong-bae was hinting at as he explains the fight he overheard between Kyung-pil and Chairman Jin about Sun-woo’s true parentage. Sun-woo has all the pieces now, knowing that his adoptive father attempted to get Chairman Jin to take him. What he’ll do, we don’t know.

Jang-il finds Joon-ho listening to a recording of Kwang-choon’s testimony, among other pieces of damning evidence. He’s point blank about telling Jang-il that he’s going to investigate him for the attempted murder of Sun-woo, and gives him an opportunity to tell him the truth. Jang-il doesn’t take it.

He’s off to take the recording to their superior, which exposes his back to Jang-il while our murderous prosecutor’s hand lands on his large, club-like nameplate. You know, the one he lovingly stroked last episode. Someone’s got murder on the mind.

Jang-il seems to seriously consider using his go-to tactic for dealing with people too close to the truth, but loses his opportunity. Joon-ho leaves before he can do anything.

As for Chairman Jin, he unknowingly finds himself followed by Yong-bae, who’s hiding a knife in his jacket. Yong-bae confronts him in the elevator, knife drawn, and the security staff watches the CCTV as Yong-bae lunges forward to stab him.

Ji-won and Sun-woo go to see a movie, though Sun-woo wants it to be like old times where she would have to narrate the film to him due to his blindness. She does as he asks, though he finally calls her out on continuing to use formal speech with him. If people overheard, they’d think they met last week, or that he was at least ten years older.

Well… “You do look a lot older than me,” she jokes. Ha! Wait, she’s capable of making jokes? Mind = blown.

Afterward, they walk along the same streets he used to walk with a cane and go down memory lane.

It seems Yong-bae is going on a murderous rampage – though we saw security run to the elevator while he stabbed(?) Chairman Jin, apparently he wasn’t caught. At home, he wraps a heavy wooden club in newspaper to prep for his meeting with Kwang-choon.

And of course, Kwang-choon finds himself on a dark and deserted road, thinking he’ll be meeting Sun-woo. Yong-bae creeps up from behind with his club in a bag.

Ji-won talks away about the good old days, but Sun-woo feels pang of conscience and steals away to call Kwang-choon. He tells him the truth, that it’s really Yong-bae who’s going to meet him tonight. Kwang-choon claims he hasn’t seen him yet and hangs up… which is just when Yong-bae comes stalking out of the bushes behind him and clubs him in the back of the head. (!!)

Kwang-choon turns around and is able to see his assailant, right before Yong-bae hits him in the head again. Like son, like father. But whoa. Whooa.

Yong-bae tries to drag the body away, leaving the murder weapon behind. The sound of approaching bicycles sends him hiding in the bushes while a group of young men come upon Kwang-choon’s body to take him to the hospital. One of them finds the club. Uh oh.

Soo-mi rushes to the hospital with Geum-jool to find her father still alive, but badly injured. Her first instinct is to blame Sun-woo, and I guess we should be lucky that Geum-jool is there to assure her of Sun-woo’s alibi – he had a date that night.

Kwang-choon begins to murmur from the hospital bed. Soo-mi leans in close as he ekes out “Jang-il’s father” as the man who hit him. Her eyes go wide. Why would he…?

At home, Jang-il is faced with two police officers who’ve come for Yong-bae, only his father isn’t home. He tells them that it was all a misunderstanding, apparently unaware of the events.

This time, Mozart’s Requiem plays as Geum-jool calls Sun-woo in order to tell him what happened between Yong-bae and Kwang-choon. Kwang-choon is still alive, at least, though they’ll need to run tests. Sun-woo clenches his eyes shut, as though this is too much to take.

We find Yong-bae drinking at a street stall, remembering how frightened he’d been when he killed Kyung-pil. A couple of police happen by, and though they’re not looking for him, Yong-bae runs away as if they were.

It’s right before dawn, and Yong-bae has made it to a high bridge overlooking the highway. We can all guess what’s on his mind, even though he acts like nothing is amiss when his son calls him to ask what’s going on. The police came, but Jang-il doesn’t know what happened. “Don’t worry about me,” Yong-bae tells him before hanging up.

He begins to climb over the railing… though he can’t seem to find the courage to jump. His face contorts as he begins to sob, unable to throw himself over.

Jang-il heads straight for the hospital to meet a panicked Geum-jool and a mean-eyed Soo-mi, who is finally looking at Jang-il in a different light. The whole Kwang-choon/Yong-bae thing is news to him, and he rushes inside the hospital throwing curtain after curtain aside in order to find Kwang-choon.

His first reaction is to grab the wounded man by the shirt and demand to know what stunt he’s trying to pull in blaming his father. The hospital staff comes to drag him away, though his eyes go wide when he’s faced with Soo-mi, who slaps him. Soo-mi: “Now, you’re done for.”

In a car on an abandoned cliff, Sun-woo listens to the radio news which tells of an assailant (Yong-bae) hounding Chairman Jin for money before running from the police.

Jang-il stumbles home in shock, completely unaware that his father is watching him from the shadows.

The next day, an unharmed Chairman Jin gives a speech to a gathered assembly of mining industry heads about how he grew up poor and had a hard life, with only the desire to build a suitable house for his family. It’s an effort to convince the sellers to grant him the Indonesian mining claim.

Min-yun and Sun-woo are also in attendance, and Min-yun snarks that Chairman Jin is quite the actor. Sun-woo is up next, and claims that if they don’t give the mine to his company, “I just hope that the mining claim will go to a legitimate firm without corruption.” Quite the dig at Chairman Jin.

What Sun-woo doesn’t know is that Jin has bribed his way to the mining claim, and it seems like the claim will go to him. Chairman Jin is elated – now Tae-joo and Sun-woo will never catch up.

Remember that pottery business Chairman Jin’s wife and stepdaughter started? It’s okay. All we apparently need to know is that it’s not doing so well.

Yong-bae walks the streets alone, and sees his son’s face on a jumbotron. Sun-woo finds out from the Law Firm TV Guy that Jang-il won’t be taking the case since his father is wanted for assault. Sun-woo decides to call off the open investigation.

Speaking of, Jang-il hands in his resignation letter and apologizes for causing trouble. “Everything is speculation,” he assures his superior. “I’m innocent.”

He has to pass by Joon-ho in the hallway, looking mighty conflicted. The two don’t share a word.

Soo-mi arranges a coffee date with Ji-won to ask her to pull Sun-woo off this whole revenge thing. Soo-mi: “Sun-woo might be more of a madman than you think.” Ji-won shoots back, “It was all of you who drove him mad.”

Regardless, Soo-mi claims that enough is enough, which prompts Ji-won to reply, “If I were him, I don’t think it’s enough yet.” Wait, what? For those of you keeping score, this is the 97827562th time Ji-won has waffled about with the revenge issue.

The air gets tense between the two, with Soo-mi shooting barely veiled insults that roll right off Ji-won. When asked about why she kept silent, Soo-mi claims that she just goes crazy when she wants something. Ji-won brings up that parallel to Sun-woo’s revenge – does Soo-mi’s wanting something make the means right? If so, why doesn’t she apply that philosophy to Sun-woo’ revenge? “You’re sad,” Ji-won notes.

You could say their meeting ends on a bad note, with Soo-mi left to stew alone.

Chairman Jin gets to hear Sun-woo on a business radio show discussing how the big mining claim will probably go to Jin, and that he’s given up on it. He couldn’t be happier, and urges Secretary Cha to help him find ways of mobilizing the funds to buy the claim.

Yong-bae sneaks into the apartment he shares with Jang-il at night, looking lovingly at a picture of him and his son. He’s doing this all for him, after all. He sits to pen a will to Prosecutor Joon-ho claiming that everything was his fault, and that Jang-il is innocent of everything.

Jang-il returns home to a darkened apartment and finds a letter on the coffee table from his father. It reads:

“My son,

I think my greed to raise you well was too great. Heaven is punishing me now. I’m sorry. I will have to leave you now. But, my son… I have made you bear such a heavy cross. But I have no regrets. Even if I’m born again, I want to be born as your father.”

Knowing instantly that it’s a suicide note, Jang-il begins a frantic search through the apartment for his father. He sees something that makes him turn around… his father’s feet. Oh God. His father hung himself from the ceiling.

He pulls his father down, begging him to wake up. He has half a mind to call an ambulance before returning to his father’s side to hold him, and soon we’re left with only the sound of Jang-il sobbing.
We find him next in the ambulance with his father, who seems to have survived the hanging attempt. He thinks back to Sun-woo finding his father in the same fashion, begging him to wake up in the same way. It’s like deja vu. “Did Sun-woo go through the same thing?” Jang-il wonders in voiceover.

It’s with bleary eyes and a shell-shocked expression that he waits in a hospital hallway, with Soo-mi standing nearby. Wow. She’s there as support for the man who tried to kill her father?

Apparently in the mining business communication comes only through the newspapers, as Sun-woo and Chairman Jin read the headlines almost simultaneously. It pretty much guarantees that Chairman Jin won’t get the mine, because it’s been declared as an eco-friendly mine and Jin’s is not an eco-friendly company. As it turns out, Sun-woo’s firm is.

Not Dad comes bearing a gift of an embroidered handkerchief to Sun-woo, with the instructions that he’s to give it to his mom at her gravesite. She’d always wanted one for her birthday, and this is the first one Tae-joo has ever given her, because he claims he wasn’t the right person to give it before. (Meaning, he wasn’t her fiancée like Chairman Jin.)

Sun-woo goes to his mother’s grave, though he’s unable to stay long because he can’t keep his composure. He sounds like such a lost boy when he calls her “Mom.”

Only when he’s down the hill does he realize he forgot to give the handkerchief, and heads back up to do so. But Chairman Jin has arrived in the meantime, asking his former fiancée if this mining failure was her birthday gift to him.

Sun-woo confronts Jin about what he’s doing here; a question that gets flipped right back onto him. “She is my mother,” Sun-woo says. “She’s my fiancée,” Chairman Jin replies.

And you see the wheels turning in Sun-woo’s head, along with the slow realization. He kneels to give her the handkerchief, only to find another one has already been left… by Jin.

Chairman Jin asks the mound of earth whether the man standing there (Sun-woo) is the son she begot from having an affair with another man. Turning to Sun-woo, he blames him for everything that has gone wrong, and has no other way to threaten him but to use his dead mother.

“Your mom,” Chairman Jin begins. “I will dig out her grave and cremate her. Even if she gave birth to someone like you with another man, she is my woman.” He asks if Sun-woo knows who his father is between Tae-joo and Kyung-pil, to which Sun-woo replies, “My fathers are Kim Kyung-pil and Moon Tae-joo. Both of them.”

Chairman Jin just laughs derisively, while Sun-woo looks deeply affected. Has either of them considered that they might be father and son yet?

And Chairman Jin’s wife, who’s been spying on her husband, already has pictures of him together with Sun-woo at the gravesite. She can’t figure out the connection yet.

Sun-woo confronts Not Dad on a rooftop, asking if it’s true that his mother was Chairman Jin’s fiancée. Is there anything else he’s not telling him? Not Dad hands over the letter penned by Kyung-pil before he died, asking him if Sun-woo was Jin’s son or his son.

“Answer me,” Sun-woo asks. “Whose son am I?”

“You’re Jin No-sik’s son,” Tae-joo tells him. “Jin No-sik is your biological father.”

This news hits Sun-woo like a ton of bricks. Not Dad tells him that he was waiting for the right moment, to tell him, and Sun-woo roars at him to stop speaking. He doesn’t want to accept the truth.


It’s hard nowadays to deliver a birth secret to an increasingly desensitized audience, and this one wasn’t any different. It shouldn’t come as a surprise since it was hinted at in the first few minutes of the series, which is why it doesn’t pack a lot of punch as a big reveal now. To Sun-woo it’s a big deal, but to us as the audience, meh. Let’s move past what we already know and get to the fallout.

The big moments this episode were centered around Yong-bae, who’s been an interesting character since day one. I could buy that he didn’t manage to kill Kwang-choon (because in Equator Man, blows to the head don’t seem to kill anyone), but I was surprised that his attempt to hang himself didn’t work and wonder where the story plans to take us with Yong-bae being alive, as opposed to being six feet under.

Sun-woo’s revenge has become a point of contention, and I found it interesting that Ji-won, who so far has been a sort of moral compass for Sun-woo, seems to now side with him on his revenge. I can’t tell whether it’s character inconsistency that she was so against it and is now suddenly for it, or whether she just changed her mind off-screen and we didn’t see it. Maybe Sun-woo being a tool to her early on in the episode about assuming things really made a mark.

The fact that one can wonder whether Sun-woo is taking his revenge too far against the man who killed his father and the man who tried to kill him is great, in my opinion. In a lot of revenge tales I see the hero single-handedly going up against the baddies and winning (to the cheer of us, the audience) but we have a much different case here, with an intimate view of the villains as well as the heroes. That the camp can be divided as to whether Jang-il is pitiable or not is amazing for a drama to have accomplished, because it puts us in the same gray area as our hero. To avenge or not to avenge?

Although, I wonder whether Sun-woo is worthy of the hero moniker when he seems to have knowingly sent Kwang-choon to his doom. I was waiting to see some guilt on Sun-woo’s part, but then that all ties into whether we believe Sun-woo is acting righteously or not by letting all those people who betrayed him implode upon themselves. It brings to mind the idea of wants and desire this episode brought up with Ji-won and Soo-mi’s conversation. Is it the intention that counts, or the end result? Are someone’s actions more right and just when their cause is just, or is there a point where that all fades away and it’s a character’s actions, and not their intent, that matter most?


49 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. kbap

    Thanks for the recap! Oh god, no matter how much of a butt Jang-il was, seeing him wailing and being frantic broke my heart. :'(

    • 1.1 kbap

      -but. Awkward typo there…

      • 1.1.1 muhloy

        i dont see the typo. Jang-il WAS a butt.

        • kbap

          Oh…oh man. I’m getting all confused. HAHA. Sorry. Yes, I meant BUTT. Argh I don’t have enough caffeine. *chugs coffee*

        • 사라

          Yes you’re right he was being a butt lol,but even the scene with his dad’s suicide attempt had not changed my opinion of him.I still don’t feel any kind of pity for him,but hey at least now he can know a bit of sun-woo’s pain.Jiwon continues to boring as dishwater so I’m fast forwarding her scenes as usual,and soo-mi?I am glad she slapped jang-il in the hospital,now that she has seen him in a different light I hope she opens her eyes to what kind of a monster he is and gives him up for good,if she doesn’t I will have have zero respect for her(not that I had much to begin with).

  2. Angel

    Thanks HeadsNo2!

  3. Arhazivory

    Thanks Heads. I agree, a blow to the head doesn’t kill anyone. I’m surprised the father survived the suicide attempt and I’m happy he did. I really don’t want to see a bloody revenge. Just send them off to prison works for me. I also wonder if Sun-Woo’s conscience has been seared with a hot iron because I’m sure he figures that Young Bae would try something harmful but as you said…there wasn’t really much guilt.

    Ji Won’s role continues to be anaemic. I don’t have much to say about that. -_-‘

    • 3.1 houstontwin

      Maybe Young Bae will be impaired in some way because of a lack of oxygen to the brain when he was hanging. That would be a tremendous burden to Jang Il.

  4. Do-ra-ma

    Funny how it took his own father’s suicide attempt (I honestly don’t even know how he could be still alive realistically…does he fail that much or what?) for Jang-il to then have that little epiphany of gasp! human compassion and empathy! But, it’s too little too late for me. You see, Jang-il, unlike your own dad, Sun-woo’s adopted father was MURDERED.

    And I still can’t believe the audacity of Soo-mi. God, she can only think of things from her point of view; she never considers anyone else (unless it’s her precious Jang-il, of course). I’m glad Ji-won didn’t let her get to her.

    President Jin continues to remain the scariest guy out of the bunch. He really has no humanity in him. When he laughed in celebration of acquiring that mine – total Big Bad laugh. He may be your biological father, Sun-woo, but he hasn’t been one (nor do I think he ever will be) to you in any other regard. The man is depraved; that encounter at the grave was sickening. I would not mind in the slightest if Jang-il does end up shooting him in that scene that began our series…

    • 4.1 muhloy

      ” “Did Sun-woo go through the same thing?” Jang-il wonders in voiceover.”

      finally? is that FINALLY something faintly resembling remorse jang il?

      or is that too much to hope for?

    • 4.2 hydesamagirl

      Soomi as a character always considers herself. You are right! She only cares about Jang-il as he pertains to her. If she had cared for him way back when she witnessed him trying to kill his best friend, she would have interfered.

      Selfishness in one way or another is what drives all the bad actions in this drama. Yongbae only things of his desires for his son, and kills Sunwoo’s father. I also think Jangil tried to kill Sunwoo to save his own future rather than his father.

      So much blind ambition. Jin’s own, of course, is the impetus for the whole series of events.

      I do find Ji-won’s roll kind of boring. But, I don’t think she is necessarily wishy washy on revenge. I think she defends Sunwoo to others because he was wronged, although she wishes he would not choose it because she knows it will hurt him in the end.

      • 4.2.1 Do-ra-ma

        Yes, selfishness has been a common point among all the characters. And I concur, Jang-il tried to kill Sun-woo to protect himself more than his father.

        I do concur with you regarding Ji-won. Her’s isn’t the most exciting role – the writing hasn’t really allowed her to be anything more than Sun-woo’s stable pillar of support – but I don’t see her as wishy washy.

      • 4.2.2 Niki

        I concur! Ji Won might try to convince Sun Woo to not go through with the whole thing in private, but its another thing if the person sitting in front of her had a hand in covering up the attempted murder of the man she loves. i would have done the same thing if i were in JW’s shoes. You aint putting up this whole defensive-facade-guilt-trip-of-my-man-being-a-revenge-lunatic and expect me to side with you, lady.

        • jjangnisa

          Agree with this statement.
          I also do not want to see my man goes dark for revenge. it only hurt him.

          but, other people who make him mad like that and speak like that. i think i will smack his head. hahah

  5. acejihyo

    thanks for the recaps. this is one of the dramas i’ve been meaning to pick up but just haven’t had the time to. thankfully, there’s someone doing that job for me, and awesomely to boot.

  6. ahha

    i think the drama drags a bit too much…getting losing patience with it bit by bit…yawn!!!

  7. missjb

    “I could buy that he didn’t manage to kill Kwang-choon (because in Equator Man, blows to the head don’t seem to kill anyone)”

    I agree.. It’s different from city hunter *shudder*

    I’m still have a terror for those scene in EM … Goodness… I don’t even want to watch both scene more than once …

    I’m still wonder, did Yong BAe knows from beginning his son attempted murder to Sun Woo?? He didn’t shocked at all when he knew what his son has done to SUn Woo..

    • 7.1 muhloy

      oh GOD, you had to mention the city hunter blow to the head!

      gah! so horrible! i dont even want to think about it.

  8. muhloy

    to ji won,

    who the hell has time to go see a movie when there is so much crazy killing and revenge going on?!?!

    that is all.

  9. passerby

    this drama could be told in a two hour movie.

  10. 10 Snapper

    I think in private, Ji Won tries to be the moral compass for Sun Woo to prevent him from hurting himself and others. But to those who have wronged him, she has to put on a united front, just so the rest cant think they can get to Sun Woo via her.

    Though i do hate how the drama made her character so anaemic.

  11. 11 DEE

    thanx for the recaps i agree that sun woo don’t have some guilt cause kwang choon injures, because kwang choon betrayed him, and keep silent all this year.

  12. 12 Yumi

    Thanks for posting.

    I haven’t felt the need to jump into the drama, but I have enjoyed the recaps.

  13. 13 azra

    i think jiwon’s just supporting sunwoo from his bitchface so-called friend/ she’s probably still against the whole revenge thing

    • 13.1 trotwood

      This is exactly what I was thinking. It’s like how you can hit your sister, but the second the neighbor kid hits her, there’s going to be a fight.

      I laughed when I read HeadsNo2’s line about her:

      “Ha! Wait, she’s capable of making jokes? Mind = blown.”

      really, I feel bad for her because she is so boring. The writers, who are clearly good at creating complex characters, just seem to not know what to do with her at all.

  14. 14 Frances

    so sad….i saw it coming but its just hard that sun woo’s father is his worst enemy…and there is no redeeming quality from chairman jin either…..

  15. 15 Fräulein

    I don’t think jiwon is sunwoo’s moral compass. In fact even if her cter didn’t exist, it wouldn’t impact the plot much. She is such a lame duck cter that it gets on my nerves. She exists as sunwoo’s not-so-much love interest and the girl of jangil’s dreams that he will never win over. Sort of mirrored by soomi’s unrequited affections for jangil
    It is too late but I still hope that we see jangil’s cter redeemed next. We’ve had 18 eps of badass jangil, can we see 2 with something good to remember him by? Since it is always certain sure he will be killed off at the end.

    • 15.1 MsB

      Not 18! I remember the good at the beginning before the Dark side took over!

    • 15.2 ahha

      the problem of jiwon character isn’t really the character herself, but the acting of the actress, it is so boring, with the same facial expression..same walking gestures..same mouth openly lightly eyes a little bit shock…etc…

      • 15.2.1 사라

        I think the problem is with both the actress and the writing for her character.The writing for the character sucks(I think we can all agree with that)but a good actress can at least make the character somewhat likeable and relatable,but this actress is failing to do so.I get very annoyed with the ignorant expression she has on her face and how impassive she seems to be about everything.It’s especially a big problem for me when I am more interested in the secondary female than the main one.

  16. 16 Fräulein

    * almost certain

    has anyone else noticed that uhm taewoong n lee jun hyuk are immaculately preened for their roles. Such sparkling complexions, Pearlie whites (a lot of whitening done), hair cut,colored (sun woo) n styled, eyebrows trimmed, even the pores on their faces
    aren’t so visible on HD.
    They sure took effort to make e male leads look darn good!

    • 16.1 muhloy

      they have to be with all those super dramatic close up shots!

    • 16.2 ahha

      i like junhyuk’s innermost feelings and thoughts play a lot more, it is fine and decent…and beautiful!!!
      utw’s acting not my cup of tea, sorry!!

  17. 17 observer

    Sunwoo clearly has a lot of love for his friend Jang Il, and waiting for him to repent and show remorse for his crime. Sorry to say, but you can’t make another person change really.
    Sun Woo should just forgive all the people that betrayed him so he can move on his life. There is nothing complex about forgiveness.
    Sure it is hard to do, but that is the only solution, forgive, even if the other party does not ask for it. Otherwise you tread the same path of destruction.

    I say, up to this point , everybody seems to be imploding and destroying themselves because they want to exact revenge, and the others cannot see their crimes, there are people to blame so they keep blaming others for their miseries——
    who is going to survive this mess? tsk tsk tsk

    I have yet to see any redeeming factor in this entire series….just victims..

    • 17.1 Houstontwin

      Sun Woo’s father is a human being and a victim in his own right. It is not appropriate for Sun Woo to forgive those who were involved in Dad’s murder. Dad deserves justice and those who conspired to murder him and covered-up the crime must repent and accept the consequences.

    • 17.2 사라

      You try forgiving someone who killed your father and made it seem like a suicide just so their son can grow up wealthy and another person who is supposed to be your best friend stab you in the back by hitting you in the back of your head and then dumping your body into the ocean.Usually I can sympathize with the targets of a revenge like in Bad guy where I actually felt more sorry for the second lead than the main character,but here I have zero sympathy for any of the people he’s taking revenge on,he has given them multiple opportunities to apologize,but they never admit to their mistakes,well maybe kwangchoon(?)at least he feels some regret for not telling sunwoo he saw his dad getting killed,but to hell with the rest of them,they’re all getting what they deserve.

  18. 18 faraz3500

    thank you

  19. 19 bibee

    This was a very strong episode, full of pain, action and emotions. Hat off to the creators. And my one and only Taewoong… even though he looks like the last of the mohicans with this hair…I love him. Truly madly deeply.
    Uhmforce forever!

    • 19.1 MsB

      Last of the Mohicans! You are right! Thanks for the laugh!

  20. 20 chilly

    Just finished the Gomsk-film…OMG, Uhm Tae -woong !!!what a great, sophisticated, many-sided actor. I wanna see him in a one-man movie….just like Cast away.
    Him, his half-naked body for hours , golden coast and sunshine….awww.

    • 20.1 MsB

      chilly, chilly, chilly! He was buffed for this drama, that’s for sure!

  21. 21 naomii

    The postman always ring twice? Nine and a half weeks?
    Uhm Tae-woong and a hottie…

  22. 22 anna

    I swear if they put Jang-il on a lie detector test he would have aced that too because I think he actually DOES believe he is innocent. That is just crazy.

  23. 23 1lostbear

    This drama seriously messes with your mind. I swear. I mean, when someone can write so well that you begin sympathizing with the antagonist and opposing the protagonist, it really makes you wonder. Am I supposed to feel bad for being so conflicted?!

    • 23.1 iamhuman

      Yes, it is very human to try to cover up your mistakes like JangIl and his father and Jin, and Soomi etc. etc. man , – but what this drama pictures for these characters is — you cannot cover up your sins – it will end up destroying you, eating you up from the inside….

      What a tragedy!

      This drama got interesting in episode 17 and 18.
      I wonder how the writers will resolve everyone’s lives in the next 2 episodes.
      I will make a review after this is over.

  24. 24 Fraulein

    I’m glad I am not the only one who sympathizes with the antagonist. I was beginning to think it was because Lee Jun-hyuk is a dream boat. In scenes where he doesnt say much, his actions are powerful – like his killer glare. I swear I havent seen a drama where the lead glared so much

    If he doesnt win a major acting award for this role, it would be a travesty!

    I’ve just seen ep 13 and in the opening scene where Jang-il cries in his car is so good. Not since Kwon Sang-woo have I seen a man cry so ” beautifully ”

    Soo-mi sure enjoys tormenting Jang-il and seeing him squirm, she had that in mind when she invited both guys to her studio.

  25. 25 Dawn

    I’ve just been watching K-Dramas for about 9 months, due to my daughter begging me to watch, so I might not have seen the number of dramas others might have. I have found this entire drama so far to be one of the most layered, of the several I’ve seen. As in life, people mostly are not all bad or all good-they are a collection of their life experiences, or lack of in some cases. The two male leads have brought to life their characters in a way that makes them very human, with feelings which are so real to all of our experiences, be it good or bad. I wasn’t sure when I started watching this drama, if I would like it. However it has so far exceeded my expectations in the best ways that I feel a bit in awe.

  26. 26 yaya

    I love this drama ….the story plot & the castings…. really great. Very different with other boring love drama. Two thumbs up for Uhm Tae Woong …. such a great actor.

  27. 27 mira

    I don’t see how he’s taking his revenge too far against jangil and his dad,let’s see jangil hit him in the back of the head and threw his body off a cliff and his dad killed sunwoo’s dad and made it look like a suicide not to mention he is unrepentant about it and tried to kill someone else(soomi’s dad)all for his son!But I do think that soomi and her dad should not be part of his revenge plans,they didn’t do anything to him.

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