Drama Recaps
White Christmas: Episode 6
by | August 11, 2012 | 73 Comments

This episode is the stuff legends are made of. It’s got it all – meaningful character growth, startling revelations, possible death by therapy, and enough twists and turns to last an entire series. Mad Mi-reu makes his grand return and helps to tip the scales back to the side of good, even though the lines distinguishing good from evil are getting blurrier by the hour.

Which makes this episode title perfect: “Fate does not distinguish between good or bad.” Because in White Christmas, karma is for sissies.

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EPISODE 6 RECAP

We get a peek into Doctor Kim’s psyche as we hear him explain why he’s chosen Susin High for his depraved games, because in each of the students there exists hatred and yearning in all its different layers. Plus, the snowstorm that’s trapped them all in. Then, we hear:

“I want to know through these children the answer to an old question. Is a monster born as one, or made into one?”

Once they reach the school gates, Mi-reu and Hiker Girl hear a gunshot. He dismisses it as coming from the army base nearby (if it’s that close, why didn’t everyone think of going there?), and tells her that they might have to do some sneaking in, since his reputation with the school is a bit iffy.

He checks the CCTV hack in his dorm while she showers, and wonders where everyone has gone (while also giving longing glances toward the bathroom door).

As Eun-sung tries and fails to escape through the locked door, Mi-reu and Hiker bicker over an extra spicy bowl of bibimbap. Doctor Kim seems to hear them and heads toward the cafeteria, but Mi-reu ducks out of sight just in time.

Strangely though, Hiker calls Doctor Kim “Teacher”. Mi-reu corrects her that he’s not a teacher, just a survivor. He looks troubled, like he senses something is amiss, before he casually takes his cute cheek bandaid off and sticks it to the table they’re hiding under.

Eun-sung and Moo-yul sit on both sides of the door, and the mood of defeat is so palpable that it’s depressing (in a good way). I think it’s extra touching that she calls him Moo-yul-ah, as a form of solidarity and closeness against the darkness they’re facing.

“What should we do now?” she asks. “What should we do?”

Young-jae has his Mom nightmares again, but this time we get a look at what he’s dreaming – as a child and shirtless in the cold, he’d pounded on his Mom’s apartment door, crying for her.

Doctor Kim collects him from the lockdown so that Young-jae can find an extra battery for Kang-mo’s hearing aid. Young-jae’s confused that Doctor Kim thinks Kang-mo is “disadvantaged” without it, and Doctor Kim starts preying on Young-jae’s penchant for cowardice as he asks him who he thinks sent the letter.

“What do you think will happen if this continues? Shock, anger, helplessness. What comes next? Betrayal. As time goes on, your enemy is not me, but your friends. Well, if you can call yourselves friends,” Doctor Kim adds.

What he’s doing is pretty smart, if you think about it. But it’s also pretty devious – he’d told the boys he’d be using one-on-one counseling sessions, but it almost seems like he’s cheating at his own game by planting the seed of doubt in Young-jae.

Doctor Kim: “There are two types of betrayal. Number one – one person betrays the five of you. Number two – the five of you betray one person.” That’s why he wants Kang-mo to be able to hear, so he can play fair.

Kang-mo tells everyone about his counseling sessions, able to answer questions that are written down for him. They figure Doctor Kim is just waiting for them to confess, but Moo-yul stops them from trying to figure out who sent the letter, claiming that it’d only be dangerous for them if they knew.

Moo-yul: “So don’t tell anyone who sent the letter. Not to us, not to him. Then we will win. He said himself, the only evidence he has is a confession. If we trust each other, we can all survive this.”

Young-jae arrives late to the meeting, and reluctantly hands Kang-mo the battery. Even though Moo-yul was just preaching about trust, he immediately distrusts Young-jae now that he’s spent time with Doctor Kim. To be fair, it’s warranted – it’s not like Young-jae is known for being reliable.

Doctor Kim remarks on the terrible day they all had yesterday at the breakfast table, and Moo-yul shoots back: “You speak as though Choi Ji-hoon’s death was our fault.”

He shrugs. Assuming he killed Ji-hoon, he asks if they’re all blameless – didn’t they kill Kim Jin-soo? Strangely, Doctor Kim becomes more impassioned as he speaks, like he’s about to lose control. Was he like Kim Jin-soo in high school?

“Death is death and murder is murder,” he asserts. “I killed Choi Ji-hoon because the situation caused me to. You made Kim Jin-soo take his own life, right? So don’t feel upset about this situation. Let’s all be punished.”

While making breakfast, Jae-kyu notices Mi-reu’s bandaid on the table. (Gross.)

Speaking of, Mi-reu watches everyone in the cafeteria from his laptop, but fails to notice that they’re eating at gunpoint.

It’s Eun-sung’s turn to be handcuffed to the table, and she’s discomfited when Doctor Kim tries to make small talk and fails. Jae-kyu is able to secretly show Moo-yul the bandaid by sticking it on his hand. (It won’t ever not be gross.)

Doctor Kim starts creeping Eun-sung out by humming the folk song that he sang to her right before she slit her wrists, while Moo-yul and the boys are a little too quiet at the sink. Young-jae makes a startled exclamation and alerts Doctor Kim, and whatever Moo-yul was working on is hurriedly kicked underneath the table and out of sight.

He makes them all stand against the wall as he inspects the area they were working, and Mi-reu misses all of this because he’s too busy showing his Elmo-impersonation skills to Hiker Girl.

Doctor Kim escorts them back to the teacher’s dorms, and chooses Young-jae for today’s counseling session. Ruh roh.

Jae-kyu shows everyone the bandaid and tells them that he thinks Mi-reu is back. Moo-yul gets excited since this could be a turning point for them – but only if Doctor Kim stays unaware of Mi-reu’s presence.

Young-jae starts telling Doctor Kim about his recurring nightmares of being punished as a child by his mom. Mi-reu takes this time to grab breakfast from the cafeteria… and is that an SOS written on his toast? Ha.

Moo-yul & Co. map out the school’s layout, figuring that Mi-reu’s room is across the courtyard from theirs, and that they have a chance if they throw pebbles at his window.

In the clinic, Young-jae keeps spilling his secrets but displays a lack of consistency, which Doctor Kim notes down. In one breath he can say that his mom punished him unfairly, and in the next he’ll say he deserved it after all.

Mi-reu and Hiker Girl chow down as Moo-yul & Co. try to pelt Mi-reu’s window with little success. Hiker Girl starts eating the SOS toast unknowingly, and though the boys succeed in hitting Mi-reu’s window they have to hide from Doctor Kim before Mi-reu can see.

Young-jae keeps talking about his mom, finally prompting Doctor Kim to placate him by saying that Young-jae’s mom is perfect. So what else?

Finally, Young-jae asks meekly, “What’s wrong with me? What’s bad about me?”

Doctor Kim: “You’re not bad. You’re just weak. If people knew how weak you are, no one would hate you.”

For all of Doctor Kim’s craziness, he’s still insanely good at reading people. That’s what makes it even sadder when Young-jae gives in to his weakness, and lies that he sent the letter. He’s betraying the rest of them to save himself, which is like him, but still.

And in Mi-reu’s room, the SOS toast has been flipped over. Hiker Girl sees it belatedly, but Mi-reu is already sauntering through the school like a man with a plan. Did he see the toast? He saw the toast! Team Mi-reu ftw!

Young-jae spins the obvious lie that he sent the letter to show his classmates what they’ve done. I’m pretty sure Doctor Kim doesn’t believe him, but he goes along with it and asks Young-jae to name the most sinful classmate.

If there’s one tiny light at the end of the tunnel, it’s that Doctor Kim gives Young-jae the list of students he can blame – and Ji-hoon is included. I’m crossing my fingers that it wasn’t just a slip of the tongue.

Mi-reu to the rescue! He’s got his laptop and a lot of wires hooked up to the clinic door. Inside, Young-jae has already named the person he’s ready to send to death, but we don’t hear who. He’s shaking, though.

At least Mi-reu’s potted plant makes sense now, because we hear it crash outside the clinic. Doctor Kim grabs his gun and heads for the door, but he gets shocked with electricity on contact with the doorknob and collapses. Mi-reu electrified the handle because he’s the BEST.

The building’s lights flicker as Young-jae tries to reach the gun. That’s when Mi-reu swaggers in, completely nonplussed as he pick up the gun and tosses the handcuff keys to Young-jae.

Mi-reu is more amused than anything to hear that Doctor Kim is a serial killer, and frees the rest of the group who are all chanting Mi-reu’s name in sheer elation. Something is suspicious with Hiker Girl, though.

Doctor Kim comes to, and Mi-reu sits next to him holding the gun, as easy as you please. Doctor Kim’a never seen Mi-reu before, and Mi-reu calls him Mr. Serial Killer. Ha.

That’s when the rest of our group bursts through the door to tackle Mi-reu in a dogpile of happiness. D’aww. Young-jae joins in at first, but meets Doctor Kim’s derisive glance, and a look of guilt passes over Young-jae’s face. That’s heartbreaking. He wants to be one of them, and now he can’t be?

Once they’re all off him, Mi-reu asks where Teach and Ji-hoon are. That question instantly kills the mood, and Mi-reu hesitates to ask, “Are they dead?” This scene with him is beautifully portrayed; you can see Mi-reu trying to process the fact that Ji-hoon is gone, and he’s just unable to do it.

Kneeling next to Doctor Kim, Mi-reu asks, “What’s wrong with you? What does someone have to do to become like you?”

“You think I’m all that different from you?” Doctor Kim shoots back. “Do you know why people ask about serial killers’ childhoods? They need to know in order to feel safe.” He claims that monsters can come from normal childhoods, and that everyone has the potential to become a monster.

He eyes them all and says that he can see the monster in some of them coming to life, which probably hits too close to home for Young-jae, because he kicks Doctor Kim in the face. Hiker Girl screams in surprise.

Mi-reu introduces his noona as JUNG-HYE, and I love that he introduces everyone to her by grouping them as “the students” or “the serial killer”. Hah.

As for the serial killer, Moo-yul and Mi-reu lock him up in the detention cell.

Using alcohol pilfered from the teacher’s dorm, everyone starts celebrating. Even those who don’t normally smile are all having a blast once Mi-reu starts a champagne fight. Mi-reu is the lifesaver and the life of the party, all in one glorious package.

The initial joy fades, and they start to go their separate ways. Mi-reu finds Moo-yul outside and jokingly remarks that he’s sorry to him, because he’ll never beat Ji-hoon now. Aww. I think these are words he wants to say to himself.

Moo-yul seems to know this, and sighs: “Choi Ji-hoon’s first loss.” Mi-reu: “His only loss. He’ll never lose again now.” Saad.

Mi-reu does his thing and tries to lighten the mood, but both of them realize it’s useless. It’s nice to see the two boys that probably hated Ji-hoon the most now mourning his death. They may not have loved him personally, but they respected him.

Enough is enough, and Mi-reu leads a merry rampage through the school with most of the boys. It’s a celebration of life, made extra adorable because they go out and play in the snow. And take each other’s shirts off. I’m not complaining, but that must have been cold.

It’s sad to see Young-jae watching them from a window, clearly holding himself back from joining.

Downstairs, Jung-hye is acting kind of sketchy in commenting on Eun-sung’s “white and clean” beauty, and at least Eun-sung realizes it enough to hightail it back to the dorms.

Young-jae stops her in a deserted hallway, and Eun-sung teases him at first. What does she have to do for him to stop liking her?

“Lose it,” he responds, as he begins to advance on her. Real fear starts creeping into Eun-sung’s gaze. “A lot more than now. Become twisted enough for a twisted boy like me to like you.”

Her back’s against a wall, but Young-jae can’t bring himself to do anything more. “I said my name,” he tells her, tears filling his eyes. “I said my name.” Oh… OH! Oh no.

She has no idea what he’s talking about, but we do – when Doctor Kim asked him to name a classmate with the most sins and one most deserving of death, he named himself. That’s… terrible. But man, is that a beautiful act of redemption.

Eun-sung tells Moo-yul that Young-jae’s acting strange, and he immediately thinks of the gun – only Mi-reu doesn’t have it.

Doctor Kim isn’t surprised when his cell door is unlocked by a gun-wielding Young-jae, who’s in the midst of a psychotic break.

Moo-yul & Co. rush down to the detention cell and urge Young-jae to put the gun down. Doctor Kim eggs him on from behind: “You’re used to being hated.”

Young-jae: “That’s right. I’m used to it. So used to it that I feel scared if people don’t hate me. So I do things on purpose to be hated by others. But people hating me… and me hating myself, is different. You made me hate myself!”

He screams that last line as he levels the gun right at Doctor Kim’s head. Mi-reu calls him by his name, and Young-jae fires back, “Call me the way you normally do.”

Mi-reu: “What? The Plague?” He uses Young-jae’s nickname calm as you please, but it riles Young-jae up in a bad way, and he turns the gun on Mi-reu. Who doesn’t even blink.

There’s a long, tense moment as Mi-reu slowly stretches out his hand… to reveal the bullets he took out of the gun. Mi-reu: “Do you think I’m stupid? Would I leave that loaded next to a bunch of drunks?” This. Scene. Is. Epic.

Young-jae drops the gun and sinks to his knees, crying pitifully while everyone watches. It’s unnerving in the best way.

Moo-yul and Mi-reu stay with Doctor Kim, who remains tightlipped about what he said to Young-jae. But he offers a deal in exchange for having his handcuffs removed, which sends our boys running frantically until they reach a door…

…And find Ji-hoon inside, trying to escape. HE’S ALIVE! He’s alive? He’s alive?! He’s alive! Moo-yul and Mi-reu carry him out, and their cheer is contagious – even Eun-sung envelops him in an adorable bear hug, and everyone celebrates.

Kang-mo stays behind while the others take Ji-hoon to the cafeteria, and he’s so overwhelmed that he cries from happiness. Aww.

Ji-hoon chows down, and Mi-reu wonders at his lack of reaction to almost dying. Shouldn’t he be bawling or something? Ji-hoon blinks at him and points to his head: “I have a problem here. My left brain. The nerves that send emotions are thinner than most.”

It’s so matter-of-fact, that when Mi-reu asks him to elaborate, he just says: “I can’t feel emotions easily.” Well, that explains a lot.

Ji-hoon asks Jung-hye for her cell phone, and claims that he can charge it even if it’s out of battery. He’s already making plans, and Mi-reu says in wonder, “It’s a good thing I gave up early.” Gave up… on competing with Ji-hoon?

Eun-sung wonders if it’s all really over, and Moo-yul gives her the gun (sans bullets) so she can feel safe.

Mi-reu brings Jung-hye to sleep with Eun-sung in the girls’ dorms, and wonders why Jung-hye likes her so much. She says it’s because Eun-sung is pretty, so it’s cute that Mi-reu comes to his noona’s defense and tells her that she’s way prettier and cuter.

She’s in the middle of lecturing him when he steals a kiss, and I love that he backs away instantly, waiting to get hit. He’s surprised when she doesn’t, since she says she doesn’t hit young boys for doing something wrong, and he takes that as a cue to sidle back up to her for another kiss.

And he’s met with a sound beating. Ha. Jung-hye: “If you do the same thing twice, then I hit you.”

The next morning, Young-jae eases his way into the cafeteria like a scared puppy. None of the others have hard feelings and they all greet him as if last night was just a crazy drunken escapade, and Young-jae couldn’t look happier to be back in the fold.

Ji-hoon rigs Jung-hye’s cell phone battery, but they have to travel to a spot where they’ll actually have signal in order to use it. He and Moo-yul set out for this task and claim that they’ll return before dark, and everyone waves goodbye.

Meanwhile, Jung-hye takes a swiss army knife out of her bag, revealing that she did have extra cell phone batteries. (She’d lied to Ji-hoon when he asked originally.) She also fishes out the gun from Eun-sung’s bed. Uh oh.

Mi-reu visits Doctor Kim’s cell to tell him that Moo-yul and Ji-hoon are off to call the police, and we find our boys on the middle of a snowy mountain road. But they still don’t have signal.

Back in the school, Mi-reu teases Doctor Kim by asking him how he feels about serving a prison sentence soon. Doctor Kim seems nonplussed and claims that life is full of surprises – and one can never tell what waits for them at the other end of the alley.

I love that Mi-reu takes that bit of philosophy and uses it to fuel his sarcasm, as he goes: “Wait… I can see! I can see many police cars at the end of the alley. And… Is that a prison?” Haha. I have so much Mi-reu love. He wonders if Doctor Kim will try to plead insanity once he’s in court.

Doctor Kim: “I don’t feel shame at what I have done. It’s not pride, but I do feel a sense of responsibility. Murder is quite a difficult process. You can’t do it without a sense of duty. So why would I lie about it?”

Ji-hoon tries to call the police from a cliff, and seems to get through to someone. (This is the worst case of “Can You Hear Me Now?” ever.) Eun-sung finds the gun missing from where she hid it, and as Jung-hye walks alone through the halls, we hear Doctor Kim in voiceover:

I don’t pray. No, I can’t pray. What reason will I give for the one high above to save me? Will I claim to be good and ask to be saved? Or ask to be pitied? Or that I’m special, so look after me? Think of someone who died today. Did misfortune come his way because he wasn’t kind? Did cancer begin to grow because their life is not worthy?

The police want to know Doctor Kim’s appearance, so Ji-hoon hands the phone to Moo-yul. Jung-hye heads down to the detention cell and eyes the bullets Mi-reu holds.

Their cell phone signal is lost again, and while Moo-yul tries to re-call the police he notices that the school number is in the phone… one call from Christmas Eve. The call he made on Doctor Kim’s behalf, to the only contact Doctor Kim had – Jung-hye.

The horror of this realization slowly dawns on them, as right at that moment, Jung-hye uses her knife to threaten Mi-reu to hand over the bullets. She slashes at him the moment he rises, and cuts the hand he raises to protect himself. Blood sprays on the wall. Oh no!

He stares at her, completely taken by surprise. Jung-hye unlocks the cell door and calls Doctor Kim “Teacher”.

So praying is meaningless. Neither God nor destiny differentiates good from evil. Like that woman, Jung-hye.

 
COMMENTS

Doctor Kim has remained mostly mysterious to us, especially in what really makes him tick. It’s easy to make an amoral sociopath who doesn’t distinguish right from wrong like he hints at with Jung-hye, but I get the feeling that Doctor Kim isn’t all that amoral. He seems to know when he’s committing a wrong (like murder), but he finds ways to justify his actions, so that they’re wrong for his supposedly right reasons.

The only time he’s really given way to the emotions he has bubbling beneath the surface was when he accused everyone of being just as guilty as he is for killing Kim Jin-soo. It makes you wonder if Doctor Kim is really doing all this just so that he’ll have company in hell, which is why he wants to prove that everyone is just as awful as he is. If that happens, he’ll win the game.

That’s why this social experiment is so important to him, and why he wants to try and make monsters – or bring the monsters out of those who already have them. Seeing Ji-hoon alive (which was amazing) did throw a big wrench into my perception of Doctor Kim – he’s a terrible person, but if he were truly bad to the bone, he would have killed Ji-hoon. The fact that he left him alive speaks to an iota of humanity he must have left somewhere. Otherwise, why bother? Why wouldn’t Doctor Kim want to kill his biggest foil?

There was a lot less Moo-yul this episode in favor of Mi-reu and Young-jae, but so far I’m loving that each episode is used to show us more sides to the characters we already know. Mi-reu takes the cake as one of my favorite drama characters – ever – but he got some really necessary fleshing out this time around, with grounded reactions that fit his personality perfectly.

For instance, his reaction to Ji-hoon’s death and how it showed that, despite the bad blood between them, Mi-reu respects Ji-hoon. We’ve gotten clear hints before that Mi-reu hates Ji-hoon, probably because they’re alike as far as intellect goes. It’s the same reason why Moo-yul hates Ji-hoon, but the difference between them is that Mi-reu has made peace with stepping back and letting Ji-hoon take the reins, while Moo-yul hasn’t.

I was surprised that Young-jae’s story affected me so much, since I was pretty sure I didn’t like him one bit. But, much like Kang-mo, we were able to see what was beneath the surface – and Doctor Kim’s words became true: “If people knew how weak you are, no one would hate you.”

It doesn’t excuse Young-jae’s actions, but it was an incredible moment when he confessed that he actively works to make others hate him, and looked pointedly at Eun-sung. The look on her face was like she was finally realizing that maybe, just maybe, all the things he’s done to make her hate him were done because he was afraid that she wouldn’t love him. Which makes some sense, if you look at it from his warped perspective.

So while Doctor Kim seems like more of an ‘ends justify the means’ kind of guy, it’s interesting that he is actually making breakthroughs with our characters on a psychological level – at least with Kang-mo and Young-jae, anyway. I don’t know whether that’s a good thing or not when he forces therapy upon them at gunpoint, but the fact that I’m wondering at all is a good sign.

Also, Jung-hye be cray cray.

 
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73 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. dany

    Thank you for the recap. Great episode and great song the one you posted at the beginning.

  2. Lois

    YAY! thanks for the recap <3

  3. bigwink

    Thank you! Thank you Heads! As always, great recap.
    I’m cheering inside and out when I read that Ji Hoon is alive!!
    What a loss if he did get killed T_T

    White Christmas is a gem, interesting story and characters.
    Just brilliant.

  4. MeeisLee

    It’s so early in the day and I get something as wonderful as a White Christmas recap before noon. Indeed, it is a Good Morning :).

  5. cheekbones

    - Oh, yes, half-naked boys frolicking in the snow. :D

    – Glorious Mad Mi-reu is glorious. I sincerely wish Kim Woo-bin would get a leading role soon.

  6. JoAnne

    Revisiting this with you is the best!

  7. anais

    I LURVE Mi-reu. He and Ji-hoon.

    I love how this drama brings out the best in each of the actors. The actors really get to flesh out their roles in ways not usually afforded them since they’re still young enough to be cast as the younger version of X. I’m so looking forward to Kim Hyun-Joong / Kim Woo-Bin. He was so sorely underutilized in a Gentleman’s Dignity.

    Mi-reu FTW!

  8. Pepper Fish

    Favorite Episode!!! They are so innocent here, well, some of them at least.

  9. whatis

    OH MY GOD SO GOOD!

  10. 10 Shin Haido

    thank you for the recapp….

  11. 11 Ivoire

    Thank you for the recap!

  12. 12 eternalfive

    OMG another recap! Thanks HeadsNo2! Loved this ep, especially since they fulfilled my hope of Ji-hoon being alive. <3 Hehe, I love Mi-reu too. And Ji-hoon. And Moo-yul. But I love it the most when they're all together in one scene, being all sexy and smart and lovely. :P For guys that seemingly hate each other, they really do work well together.

  13. 13 p3rk3le

    I need more dramas like this in my life. perfect story and ost. and all the eye-goodness <3

  14. 14 Sponge

    Thanks so much for the recap!! You cleared up such a huge misunderstanding for me – i’m not sure if it was bad subs or what – but i thought Young-jae said Eunsungs name (even though i wished he said himself) and now that he has, he feels so much more redemptive for me! (in a twisted kind of way) seriously all my feeling are everywhere because of this drama.
    Kang mo crying when jihoon was found alive was awesome! i felt so moved because he must of felt so much to blame because the plan didn’t go to plan, and letting it out is just.so.good. ;-; and i don’t hate him, i don’t think i ever have (even though the photo stalking is /still/ creepy o_o)
    Also i sort of disagree about the professor saving Jihoon as a form of humanity because from the start he had given up and was ready to die/go to prison and lost his urge to kill, despite the fact that he killed the teach (he was a bigger threat to being arrested so it seemed?) – he still wants to see his question answered in regards to ALL the students there when the question was first asked – i hope what i wrote was somewhat coherent? :)

    • 14.1 Danna

      disagree about the professor saving Jihoon as a form of humanity because from the start he had given up and was ready to die/go to prison and lost his urge to kill, despite the fact that he killed the teach (he was a bigger threat to being arrested so it seemed?) – he still wants to see his question answered in regards to ALL the students there when the question was first asked
      That’s what I think too, because having watched the whole series, that’s the only way to explain that

    • 14.2 Pepper Fish

      Actually, I think you’re right about Young-Jane saying Eun-sung’s name as the most to blame. I assumed he said his own name too when I first watched this episode, but you find out more in the next episode. At least I think so, it’s been a while since I watched the show. I remember being really disappointed that he had said her name as the most to blame. I think in this episode he is referring to when he said that he was the sender.

      I could be wrong though!!

      • 14.2.1 Ennayra

        Now I’m wondering too. When I first watched (with subs), I thought that Young-jae said Eun-sung too, so I went on hating him. But now I hope that he said his own name. I really really do. It would make me respect him a little, and add something to the plot. Although I’m not surprised if he said Eun-sung’s…

        Anyway, thanks for the recap!

      • 14.2.2 modestgoddess

        I also thought YoungJae only named himself as the letter sender, not the biggest sinner.

      • 14.2.3 jelly-jamboree

        That’s still something I’m confused about, even after rewatching the scene a couple times.

        I had assumed that Young-Jae had said his name as the guiltiest, and felt for him for perhaps the first time. Which is why when he confronted the Doctor about his new sense of self-loathing, it made so much sense. He challenges the man who persuaded him to not only willingly be murdered, but instigate said murder.

        **SPOILER**

        I got confused, however, when in the next episode the Doctor claims that Young-Jae had said Eun-sung’s name. Did Young-Jae not really say his own name then? Or perhaps did he mean that he said his name as the person who sent the letter? Also, why would his self-loathing then lead to his saying Eun-sung’s name? Or did self-loathing happen BECAUSE he said Eun-sung’s name?

        **END SPOILER**

        Anyway, I’m very very confused about this scene… & it won’t stop bugging me :(

        HeadsNo2 if you could clarify this for us in your next recap, I will love you forever! <3

        • 14.2.3.1 eternalfive

          Yeah, I was confused about that too, so I can only assume that Young-jae meant he said he was the letter sender, not the one with the most sins. It’s disappointing, since I thought he meant the latter when I first watched it too.

        • 14.2.3.2 Sponge

          In hindsight its definitely confusing, i believed he did say her name, but now it doesn’t seem to feel right even though it works either way.

          I’m wondering if its plausible that the doctor lied (because its more beneficial for his manipulative ‘game’ because if youngjae said himself as the biggest sinner he would look more human rather than a monster), and if in fact youngjae DID say his own name, youngjae’s mode of defence is in getting people to hate him, he would of preferred that everyone believe he said eunsungs name especially eunsung (his one sided crush) – he could of chose ANYONE but he chose her, because its preferred to be hated rather than pitied/rejected.

          His confession to eunsung when he said “i said my name” still feels so much like he chose himself as the sinner, because why would he confess the lie he said? – maybe i just really want to like him even a little so maybe i’m thinking too much into this.

          • 14.2.3.2.1 jelly-jamboree

            I had that thought too! If the Doctor lied about Young-jae saying Eun-sung’s name, it would definitely make all the other students distrust Young-jae. Whereas if he had said that Young-jae had said his own name, all the students would have bonded even closer together.

            The question then becomes, would the Doctor have lied about Young-jae saying Eun-sung’s name? Instinctively, I would say no. Even though the Doctor would have benefited from lying, he seems to have a set of rules that he follows. Then I remember that he lied about killing Ji-hoon. So it IS possible to lie. Lying in and of itself is not breaking any rules of the game. As long as the lie works within the context of the game, it’s allowed. Just like Young-jae is allowed to lie that he is the letter-sender, the Doctor can also lie about who Young-jae said to kill. Perhaps, then, the rules of this game are not that everyone must find out who the letter-sender is, or that there are no rules (everyone might be fighting dirty, but they are all working within the same context), but that everyone must continue playing the game until they all theoretically become monsters.

            When I first saw the drama I took everything at face value.
            When Ji-hoon was shot at, I was in disbelief and held my breath hoping that he was still alive, but I slowly accepted that he had died.
            When Young-jae said that he said his own name, I accepted him and felt his pain.
            When the Doctor stated that Young-jae said Eun-sung’s name, I got confused, but I believed him and was disappointed in Young-jae.
            The more I think about this show, though, the more I realize that nothing is as it seems, and the more I recognize how talented the writers of this drama really are.

            I’m pretty much convinced that Young-jae must have said that he was the biggest sinner now. I felt his inner termoil, and I connected with him emotionally. I felt for him. I don’t think the writers would have made me feel for Young-jae, or make him at all sympathetic if in the next episode suddenly he wasn’t that character anymore. Particularly after the scene where Young-jae breaks down, and the next morning when everyone has finally accepted him, I felt there was closure for Young-jae’s character. He will never be the most liked, nor will he ever be the most moral, but his inclusion in the group indicated that he was one of them, and that he most definitely was NOT a monster.

          • 14.2.3.2.2 Pepper Fish

            I still think he lied to the doctor about being the sender and then marked Eun-sung as the most to blame.

            This is just my guess…

            When he confronts the doctor with the gun later in the episode, he makes a point to say that his earlier behavior was not betrayal because he was never trusted by her or the others in the first place. Therefore, his anger towards himself isn’t really about them. What he hates most about himself at this moment is that he broke under the doctor’s threats, exposing how weak he really is. He recognizes in this moment that he lacks integrity and is willing to sacrifice others to save himself. He exposed himself as a coward to the doctor, and being a coward, he wanted to kill the doctor for it.

            [SPOILER]
            In the next episode, Young-jae does admit somewhat that he did indeed name Eun-sung as the most to blame, though not directly. When the doctor exposes Young-jae, he asks Young-jae why he named Eun-sung as the most to blame. Young-jae then responds by saying that he hates her.

            You could argue that he was just playing up the doctor’s lie, but who knows.

            [END SPOILER]

      • 14.2.4 Sponge

        Oh yeah, darn, i think its because i also marathoned this a few weeks/months back so the separate episodes sort of blur together for me. I think i remember feeling my heart breaking for him in this episode, but yeah the next episode makes me never like him again

    • 14.3 modestgoddess

      The professor saved Jihoon because his goal is to turn one or all of the kids into monsters. And they are more likely to betray each other if they think he killed Jihoon. Plus after the betray the others he can reveal that Jihoon is still alive and make them feel like monsters. It is all apart of his evil mind games.

      • 14.3.1 sherry_laruku

        Agree with you that it’s not about moral or humanity that the professor decided not to kill Ji Hoon. It’s part of his twisted plan to have at least a monster born/made out of these students.

        I thought Ji Hoon would be ideal as a monster because of 2 things – genius and lack of emotion. I don’t think serial killer professor would kill one of his potential successor.

      • 14.3.2 zas

        Totally agree with was so confused that why he didnt killed him but now it makes sense, at first i thought his conscious must be alive somewhere but….

  15. 15 sajatokki

    Even the little things in White Christmas are so full of meaning!

    I thought the scene where Kang-mo cried after knowing Ji Hoon’s alive was great. That moment made me realize he could have felt burdened and greatly responsible for Ji Hoon’s “death,” and that scene showed his happiness like a huge load was taken off his shoulders.

    Also Young Jae! He’s still my least favorite character, but damn I loved his flashes of guilt. Nicely played. Probably the first episode where I felt very sympathetic to him. And despite being The Plague, I love that after his emotional breakdown, everyone just accepts him without ill feelings, and maybe with more trust.

    And lastly, ofc Mooyul! I love his expression when Eunsung bearhugged Ji Hoon kkk. He just pulled Eunsung away and playfully beat Ji Hoon XD

  16. 16 Reya

    Most twisted form of psychotherapy ever :D

    Somehow I keep seeing the killer as an older version (appearance-wise) of Hyun Bin as Kim Joo-won from Secret Garden O_o It’s really distracting. lol. Maybe it’s the haircut. Or something like that.

    • 16.1 aramint

      aaah, I thought I’m the only one seeing that. For me, it’s the haircut as well as the voice; the way he speaks totally reminds me of Kim Joo-Won. ^^

  17. 17 meecheellee

    Yup yup yup. The “no death till you see the body” rule applied to this drama.

    Also, Jung-hye be cray cray.
    Took the words right outta ma mouth. -_- Now we have two baddies. These poor kids.

  18. 18 meecheellee

    Yup yup yup. The “no death till you see the body” rule applied to this drama.

    Also, Jung-hye be cray cray.
    Took the words right outta ma mouth. -_- Now we have two baddies. These poor kids…

    • 18.1 meecheellee

      Dammit. Duplicate comment. Oh wells.

  19. 19 cutieblue

    Ahh, I just finished watching this episode and the recap came up, great timing! :)
    I was definitely so happy that jihoon was alive. It makes sense, if the doctor must make reasons to kill to justify it, I didn’t believe that he could kill jihoon. It wouldn’t have fit into the twisted game he was playing. Like the doctor says, “the rules must be strict.”

    I was also incredibly happy about the redemption for young-jae. He’s not my favorite character, but by saying his own name we get a peek of his own self loathing and perhaps growing strength?
    Yay! Off to watch more white christmas! :)

  20. 20 slfowie

    I LOVE this show! I watched it directly after I read the first recap and finished it in one sitting! And I look forward to the recap every week. I think each of the characters are fleshed out so nicely… Each episode makes me fall for Mi-reu. I just love his character! Ji-hoon is there but I feel Mi-reu is the real hero- for me he just steals every scene he is in.
    Jung-hye- what can i say bout him. I always felt that he was a weak character , did not really like him. But this episode when he has the breakdown and the scene with Eun-sung, just wanted to reach out and hug him! I really like his acting!
    I know this show has already finished but is it possible to use the same cast ( the students) and make another show? I would not mind a 8 episode show but just want to see them working together. Loved their chemistry…

  21. 21 Eve

    I don’t think you’re really supposed to, but I honestly really like Young Jae throughout the whole drama. I’ve seen the whole thing… and I just like him for some reason. Maybe it’s the actor.

    • 21.1 slfowie

      For me I just want to hug him…… :)

  22. 22 Hanna

    When I watched this and they found Ji-hoon alive I don’t think I’ve ever been that relieved in a drama before. Or since. I was SO sure he was dead (though I was in some major denial, but still sure though I didn’t want to admit it). When they found him I was going crazy.

    Then again I also knew that something needed to be up, because there were 2 more episodes left. Also that woman was always .. weird. Very weird.

  23. 23 sunshine

    I, sadly, still do not like Young Jae at this point in the drama. I’ve seen the whole thing through, and there’s such cowardice and cruelty in his weakness. There are those who are weak and take cowardly steps but don’t lash out destructively, and there are those who just give in to every impulse, including violent ones. For me, Young Jae is the latter. Not only does he alert the killer to Mu Yeol and Jae Kyu’s shenanigans, but in my mind, there is not a doubt that Young Jae would have shot Mi Reu if the bullets were still in the gun. He blames Mi Reu for despising him, and he blames the doctor for making him hate himself. However, although the doctor surely influenced him, that was a decision only he can make, just as betraying his classmates was a decision that he makes on his own. No, it wasn’t out of “badness”; it was out of weakness, but it was the type of weakness that was deadly. I appreciate that this drama develops the characters in a compelling way but does not force me to like all of them.

    • 23.1 Ennayra

      I have to say I agree. Although I think that IF Young-jae did say his own name, it’s the only redeeming thing he’s done. But I don’t think that it redeemed him. He’s still the type of person I can’t stand the most, probably because there are so many people in real life like this. Luckily, in most cases their actions don’t have life-altering repercussions.

    • 23.2 modestgoddess

      I also still dislike Young Jae. I’m sorry he was abused by his mother but that doesn’t give him the right to abuse others. As I said in the previous episode comment section, characters like Young Jae that are cowardly selfish and panic easy are very dangerous in dramas and real life. They put others in constant danger. When Young Jae alerted the serial killer about Mu Yeol’s plotting in the cafeteria he was actively siding with the killer and sabotaging escape attempts that could have benefited all of the kids.

  24. 24 Pandora

    Ji Hoon is alright! Yay!

  25. 25 Betsy Hp

    My reaction to the end of this ep? Holy crap, Jung-hye is Harley Quinn!! Which is awesome! If you’re a Batman geek. ;) (And also explains Dr. Kim’s giggle-fit after he’s captured. Seeing Jung-hye walk into the room must have just underlined fate’s love for him.)

    Also, Ji-hoon’s aliiiiiiiiive!! I was so happy about that. He’s really my favorite character and I’m so glad we’ll get more of him. And more of him versus Dr. Kim. I think he throws Dr. Kim off the most (probably because of his slowness in feeling emotion; that would challenge a psychologist I’d imagine).

    I did love the insight into Young-jae. (Though, I thought the lack of consistency Dr. Kim noted was Young-jae’s upbringing rather than Young-jae himself. He’s thrown out of his house in his underwear for not eating, but stealing a friend’s gameboy is “boys will be boys”. Not a big thing, but I think it goes towards Young-jae’s fear: he never knows quite what will set his mom off. And being hated is something he can control and therefore have consistency in. And wow, I’m going on a bit long on this, but his character fascinates me.)

    Such a good drama. And such a good recap! Thanks, HeadsNo2. :)

    • 25.1 Pepper Fish

      Young-jae is definitely an interesting character, if not a admirable one, haha. I think it does come down to his relationship with his mother. No wonder he has issues with women, and Eun-sung in particular.

      • 25.1.1 modestgoddess

        YoungJae is a very well written character.

        • 25.1.1.1 Pepper Fish

          I agree. It’s not often that a character like this is portrayed with depth. Often the cowardly bully types are more a caricature than real people.

          • 25.1.1.1.1 Betsy Hp

            And, and! It’s like Young-jae knows that (on some level of knowing — I don’t think this was a check-listed plan or anything) and is purposefully playing to that caricature. He is “The Plague” and so people should fear him, etc., etc.

            Only Eun-sung doesn’t ever seem to fear him. (Even when I think she should, frankly. He was pretty unhinged when he was going after Kang-mo. I wouldn’t have mocked him, anyway.) The one time he seemed to honestly disturb her was when he approached her after the party. And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it’s when Young-jae is being rawly honest.

            So yes, really good writing and really good acting. :)

      • 25.1.2 sherry_laruku

        I hate Young-Jae character to my bone… but I have to say I applaud the actor Kim Young Kwang for his awesomeness in playing this coward character.. Am looking forward to his work in Kang Ji Hwan’s movie Runaway Cop!

  26. 26 modestgoddess

    I thought Mireu’s crush on Jung-hye was adorable. He clearly was impressed by her because she rescued him after the avalanche. For a woman to get to be the tough one that does the saving in a drama is so rare which is why it is disappointing that she turned out the be the serial killer’s accomplice.
    Mireu and Jihoon are the most capable, so when something happens to them I feel like all of the kids are in greater danger.
    I was really disappointed with Muyeol giving the gun to Eunsung. I think everyone would have been safe if Mireu kept the bullets and gave the gun to Jihoon.

    • 26.1 Silver

      That’s so true about Mireu and Jihoon. Every time they leave or something happens to them I was like “oh no! what are the kids going to do without their capable voices of reason.” And I start getting all anxious inside. But as soon as they show up again I feel like everything will turn out right as long as Mireu or Jihoon is on the case. I wonder if this very thing is what erks Muyeol so much. He so desperately wants to be the hero, the intelligent one. But everyone instinctively looks to Jihoon first in the show. And Mireu as well is a crazy ace who somehows gets things done well and fast.

      • 26.1.1 eternalfive

        Yeah, I completely agree. When Mi-reu and Ji-hoon aren’t there, I feel way more nervous about the rest of kids being stuck in there with a psycopath. But I feel like Mu-yeol’s kind of like that too, despite not having the natural charisma that Mi-reu and Ji-hoon have – Mu-yeol might have a bunch of insecurities, but there’s something really admirable in his passion for leading, and how he always attempts to do the right thing no matter what. It makes people – or me, at least – trust him. Like in this ep, when Mu-yeol and Ji-hoon left to call the police, I was all “but what if something happens?! How are the rest of them going to deal without you two?! You can’t BOTH go!!” And lo and behold, something does happen. D:

        • 26.1.1.1 modestgoddess

          I really like Muyeol but I feel he does better when paired with Jihoon or Mireu. And yes I thought it was bad for Jihoon the cold genius to leave with Muyeol the moral compass leaving Mireu the hot genius to protect everyone. 2 out of 3 leaders should not have left the school.

          I think it would have been better for Jihoon to leave with Kangmo /Jaekyu or for Muyeol to leave with Jaekyu.

          Mireu and Eunsung seem to be the only ones capable of controlling Youngjae so they need to stay behind to babysit him.

        • 26.1.1.2 Pepper Fish

          It’s funny because I totally read the situation differently, regarding the three guys. This is just my opinion!!

          Mi-reu and Ji-hoon are not passive characters, so they will act to save themselves and the others. Though they both have their own styles of handling a situation, in the end they will come up with plans and implement them whether the others are with them or not.

          Mu-yeol is slightly different than them. He too is not passive, but he approaches situations with a greater sense of responsibility than the other two. The other characters trust him for the most part to make the best decision about what they should do. I partly think that the reason the others follow Ji-hoon and Mi-reu is because Mu-yeol follows their lead.

          In some respects this makes him the magnet that holds the group together. He may not be the one to come up with the plan, though he might wish he was, but he is the one to bring the group together to see it done.

          Make sense?

          • 26.1.1.2.1 Betsy Hp

            Yeah, that does make sense to me. Like, Mi-reu or Ji-hoon would state (with varying degrees of enthusiasm), “This is what I’m going to do.” And the rest of the gang is free to follow or not as they please. But Mu-yeol would be more consensus building (“I think we should do this, because of x, y and z. Do you all agree?”) and want input and such.

            Which, each method has their strengths, but for an overall leader (or magnet as you’ve put it) Mu-yeol is it. But it’s not a very sexy strength — no glitz or glamour to it — and it takes a lot more work, so I’m not sure he fully recognizes its worth (and therefore, his worth).

            (Weirdly, I feel like both Mi-rue and Ji-hoon do see what Mu-yeol brings to the table and admires/respects him for it. Maybe because neither of them would want to work so hard to bring a group along?)

          • 26.1.1.2.2 whimsyful

            Yes. I feel like Mi-reu and Ji-hoon are more solitary/independent types who prefer to work by themselves unless their plan needs other people– Mi-reu circumvents the school’s security system and knocks out Dr.Kim on his own, Ji-hoon figures out the identity of the letter sender by himself and keeps it to himself. Whereas when Moo Yul was trying to signal Mi-reu, he was taking in input from everyone else, asking the others about the school layout and letting Yoon Soo throw the pebbles.

        • 26.1.1.3 Betty

          Yeah I felt the same about BOTH of them going (JH & MY). I was like why 2 of the strongest links have to go TOGETHER. One strong leader and one minion would have been enough. I mean hello there is still an intelligent serial killer/psychopath in the building and even if he is locked up he can still mess with the head of the weakest links.

  27. 27 Silver

    Yay for Jihoon! I definitely think he’s the best character in the show.

    I love how the writing in this drama is so smart!!! There’s so many dramas that would have just been like “oooh, the loaded gun got taken by the drunk angry person and now the tension has risen and someone gets shot” but Mireu was just like “do you think I’m stupid that I would leave a loaded gun sitting out?” The writer manages to raise the tension AND have logical actions that match the fact that the students are the smartest kids in the nation.

    I love the scene where Kangmo breaks down when they find Jihoo. I think it just says so much about his character. I think he was even happier than Youngjae, even though Youngjae was the one who gave Jihoon up. Even though Kangmo doesn’t seem to be good at expressing his emotions to the other students, we can see here that he must have felt really guilty about Jihoon’s death. Like the others mentioned in the comments, he cried like a load had been lifted from his shoulders. I think that is Kangmo’s fatal flaw, his inability to express his emotions very well. He likes Eunsung, so instead of talking to her he stalks her. He sees the other students upset and suspicious of him, so instead of trying to talk to them and explain himself he isolates himself and walks around carrying weapons for defense. Kangmo can small talk so well, but can’t seem to talk about the really important matters.

    • 27.1 Pepper Fish

      Haha, I was thinking something similar about Kang-mo. It really becomes apparent in the next episode that he works pretty well on his own. He is self-reliant to a fault, perhaps, and doesn’t trust others quickly. He also doesn’t come up with plans for the group the way the others do, but does his own thing.

  28. 28 Abbie

    First, let me get this off my chest: JI-HOON IS ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    There, I feel better.

    Second, the character that totally surprised me in this episode was Young-jae. I always thought he would be the weakest link in the group, because he always showed a weaker side than any of the others. But I never thought he would be the bravest, and offer himself as the one who had the worst crime to save the others. He would have had to die, and that just broke my heart. I felt so much for his character in this episode than I had in any of the other previous episodes, because he was so annoying and the leader of the witch hunt against Kang-mo. I didn’t like him until this episode.

    Third, how awesome is Mi-reu? Seriously, he has got to be the cockiest, most sarcastic hero ever, but I love him. I loved his scenes with the others. I felt bad for him at the end, when he realized that the girl he brought to the school is not who he thought.

    Fourth, the Hiker girl, Jung-hye. I knew it, I knew it. I totally knew there was something off about her, but I didn’t know what at first. Now that I think about it, it was too much of coincidence that some stranger would be hiking IN THE SNOW for no real apparent reason. But at the end, I was totally blown away. And confused. So, is she a student from the girls school and a friend of the girls Doctor Kim killed? Or is she is serial killer student or apprentice or whatever? I don’t know what to think of that? Is she friend or foe to the students of Susin High School?

    And lastly, again, JI-HOON IS ALIVE! And, while I’m really happy about that, I want to know why Doctor Kim didn’t kill him. Is there a shred of humanity and morality in him still? Or is he just messing with everyone? I want to know so badly!

    Thanks for the recap, Orangy911!

  29. 29 anaprima

    Oh crap! I’m late again. Even in ramadhan, I forgot to chek dramabeans after midnight. I’m in semarang, Indonesia, GMT+7. can’t help it…
    Reading the recaps, I think this drama’s concept of ‘monster in human’ same as taiwanese drama ‘MARS’ (2005), based on japanese manga by Fuyurmi Soryo.

    [Vic Zhou was hot as hell in this drama! haaaah~ I remember how EVERYBODY at school crazied bot him. Darn! Now, I feel OLD!]

    I’ve just reread the manga n realize the similiarity. In the end, monster is in everyone… it’s not bout getting better from that ‘sickness’, it’s bout how getting over it…

    ps: How come there’s no one korean’s/japan’s director remake ‘MARS’? It won the 40th Annual 2005 Golden Bell Award, for heaven’s sake!

  30. 30 Jennifer

    Mi-reu oppa don’t die !!

  31. 31 modestgoddess

    I disagree about Mireu ever hating Jihoon. When he spoke about hate in the previous episode he was referring to Muyeol quietly hating Jihoon. I think Mireu can read Muyeol better than anyone else. Muyeol cannot publicly admit to hating Jihoon because it conflicts with this good guy image he has worked so hard to earn.

    Mireu has never shown himself to feel competitive with Jihoon. Mireu was heavily recruited to the school and his first year he out ranked Jihoon. Right?

    To me Mireu was more interested in being infamous than he was in being the smarted or the best leader. Mireu acts out because he is bored. He is a very hot and emotionally expressive character. Mireu is not subtle, if he is angry at you he will let you know with his fists. He didn’t hide that he was attracted to the Hiker. Mireu is not the type to quietly stalk a girl he likes, he is impusively going to steal a kiss instead.

    The characters all have their motivations. The three leaders are Jihoon, Mireu, and Muyeol. Jihoon is motivated by curiosity/challenge. He stayed over winter vacation to solve an equation! Muyeol wants to be seen as the smarted/most capable and a leader. He works hard and is class President because he seeks public acknowledgment of his good heart. Mireu likes attention. He died his hair red, and bungee jumped during Yoonsoo’s performance in front of Kangmo’s cameras to make himself the center of attention. He enjoys his reputation as Mad Mireu.

    • 31.1 sherry_laruku

      Yes, Mireu loves attention. That is why for a split second I saw his disbelief but “happy” look learning about Ji Hoon’s death. The reaction that I’m getting from him is… “Yay, I can be seen as number 1 genius in school again now that Ji Hoon is gone”

  32. 32 aramint

    sigh, I made a big mistake last night. I’ve been ignoring the White Christmas recap before this, thinking it was just another high school drama. Last night however, I got so bored and decided to read the recaps just to kill time.

    And the next thing I know, I stayed up all night watching all the episodes. It’s so dark, twisted and so good! All the characters are written and acted very well, so I’m happy seeing the actors now are doing well in their career. ^^

    As for this episode, I was so happy when they found Ji Hoon. And I really love the dogpile scene with Mireu, with him shouting, ” I have a gun!”, and how quickly they let him go, “We almost died again when we just get back our lives.” or something along that line. LOL :D

  33. 33 Lyn

    I still don’t understand what Moo-yul’s black letter sin is. what did he do to kim jin soo?

    • 33.1 whimsyful

      Moo Yul took Kim Jin Soo’s secret letter to Eun Sung and published it in the school paper under his name. Moo Yul was hoping to either draw away or stop Eun Sung’s stalker, but I guess for Jin Soo it must have felt like Moo Yul was showing his secret crush for the entire school to see, and under his name to boot. Part of it was probably also jealousy that Eun Sung and Moo Yul were dating at the time.

      • 33.1.1 Lyn

        So, the “only thing he had” was his dignity and his hope that he and his crush could be together and when Moo-yul “put it around his neck” he basically flaunted it.

        That makes sense, thanks!

  34. 34 whimsyful

    Thanks for another awesome recap Heads! I’m so sad there’s only 2 more eps to go.

    I think this is the episode I love the most, because it’s the most feel-good episode. Mi-reu’s rescue, the sheer joy of the champagne and snow fights, and of course Ji-hoon turning out to be alive (I may have squealed in happiness the first time I watched it). It was so adorable the way he’s startled and not used to everyone cheering for him. And his shock when the normally icy and reserved Eun Sung tackle-hugged him–so cute.

    And even with all the cute, there’s still tons of plot and character development. I agree with some of the comments above that Young-jae only confessed to being the letter sender, not to being the one with the most sins. I don’t like him, but he feels real and human.

    And I love all of these thoughtful comments and discussions! It’s such a short drama, but the characters are so layered and intriguing.

  35. 35 Tisnim

    I seriously love this drama its so good

  36. 36 Tisnim

    woah! what a drama it made me crazy about it

  37. 37 Angela

    WOW! Did not realize this recap is so recent! That’s why I couldn’t find ep 7 recap. LOVE LOVE this drama, it’s almost perfectly executed. I’m on episode 7 almost done but I love reading the recaps after and just getting a critical reflection check.

  38. 38 Jeannette

    This drama has me so stressed out. I’m actually kind of glad it’s only 8 episodes long, ha. I don’t know if my heart could handle another 8+. It’s such a good show though. And Ji-hoon, yay! I love his character.

  39. 39 August

    Kang Mi-Reu/Mad Mireu’s [Kim Woo-Bin] Elmo-impersonation to Hiker Girl/Oh Jung Hye [Lee El]
    was adorable and unexpected. :)

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