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Nice Guy: Episode 20 (Final)

And so it ends, and we have to say goodbye to the nicest guy we’ve never seen anywhere in the world – the drama world, anyway. More than just coming full circle, our characters (and especially our side characters) are able to finally move on from the shackles of their pasts in a satisfying way, even if they might have had to jump through one too many off-screen hoops to do it.

Some payoffs inevitably feel more earned than others, but at least we’re offered something sweet and hopeful to chase away all the bitter suffering. But, that doesn’t mean you won’t need a box of tissues for the journey ahead.

Final episode ratings clocked in at an even 18.0%, a solid and successful finish to a solid and successful show.

 
FINAL EPISODE RECAP

Eun-ki doesn’t even seem to waver at Maru’s offer to run away together, and coolly pulls her hand away. “I think you’ve misunderstood something,” she says. “We have already ended our relationship long ago.”

And right now, justice for her father, Taesan, and Joon-ha are all more important to her than Maru.

He wrist-grabs her into a hug as she tries to leave, and it shakes her resolve. It’s with a smile that he tells her to go, but he steadfastly holds onto her sleeve until she’s out of reach. Even though he’s letting her go, he doesn’t want to.

(I had to go back and check another episode because I thought my eyes were deceiving me, but today’s opening credits are different – the clock in his hand is moving forward at a normal speed, not speeding backward, and he’s smiling through his tears. Seriously, what an awesome touch.)

Eun-ki confronts Secretary Jo about Joon-ha’s accident, and he chalks his appearance that night up to coincidence. She acts understanding and sweet as she asks him to take a seat… and then kicks the chair out from under him. Eun-ki-ya! Why did you ever have to have amnesia?! You and your bad self were gone for too long.

She grabs him by the collar and demands to know who hired him. To say that he’s afraid of her is an understatement, but neither of them are aware of the spy listening outside.

And of course, that spy reports straight to Min-young.

Maru tells Jae-hee that it’s time to turn herself in, since the death recording will make its way to the police tomorrow regardless. Jae-hee threatens to reveal the slush funds Eun-ki’s dad took out for her and ruin her, but Maru is unaffected.

He explains how he was so scared of her threat that he wanted to run away with Eun-ki, but she rejected his offer because of all that needs to be done. “Seeing that side of Eun-ki put me at ease,” he confesses. “Because it’s her, she would be able to handle anything that comes her way just fine. Now it’s okay for me not to be next to Eun-ki.”

Jae-hee still has no intention of turning herself in, and getting Maru’s empty shell as payment is unappealing to her. She’d rather die.

On that note, she asks Maru, “Do you want to die together? Let’s die together. Even if we live or die, we can only go to hell.”

Maru: “If you want to die, then die alone. I am not going to die. Why would I die? I didn’t even do anything wrong. Even without love, I can live fine alone. It’s not like I’ve always had what I wanted. I was never selfish or full of greed in my life, not even once. The things I want to do, the things I want, the things I wish for… Have I ever had any of those for at least once in my whole life? I can live fine without love. I will find a way to survive. Dying is hell. Why is living supposed to be hell? I definitely won’t di-…”

He gets cut off by a sudden wave of pain. Well, that hematoma certainly has a knack for dramatic timing.

Eun-ki thinks back to Maru’s offer as she tends to Joon-ha. She notices his fingers starting to twitch, and tears fill her eyes. He’s waking up. (Rejoice!)

Jae-gil comes home to find Maru passed out on the floor. His horrified reaction Breaks. My. Heart.

Choco can barely contain herself when she arrives at the hospital. Jae-gil’s eyes are bloodshot from crying as he stands vigil outside Maru’s door while the doctor is inside, and Choco confronts him about keeping Maru’s illness from her.

He doesn’t deny that Maru didn’t want her to know, and even admits he thought it was for the best, too. Choco breaks down, blaming herself for not noticing sooner, when Maru would be able to notice when she had the slightest fever. Time for a tissue break.

Jae-gil comforts her, at least, in telling her that Maru could do that because he’s her older brother, and she’s his younger sister.

She steels herself to go inside, but turns around at the last minute and leaves. Is it too much to hope she’s gone to get Eun-ki?

Maru finally stirs, and it’s Doctor Suk at his bedside. Yet they don’t act like strangers who haven’t seen each other in years, as Doctor Suk tells him that his surgery is scheduled for tomorrow morning. And because of all Maru’s dilly-dallying, his chance of survival is now 50%.

Then the reveal, as Doctor Suk admits that what he regrets most is doing as Maru asked, and treating Eun-ki. So it wasn’t coincidence that she was seeing Doctor Suk – Maru had arranged for it all along. Which means he must have known where she was after the accident.

He regrets it because he knew Eun-ki would go after Maru the moment she regained her memories. But it’s with a smile that he tells Maru that he better live, or else.

Joon-ha finally opens his eyes. Eun-ki’s there for him and cries in relief.

Jae-sik saunters into Jae-hee’s dark dining room, nonchalantly munching on a corn-dog while she sits in silence.

He’s eating it for a reason, as he explains that he’d gone to juvenile detention once for beating up a kid who made fun of their mother’s prostitution. When he’d been released and found Jae-hee eating a corn-dog with her friends, he’d asked for a bite. She’d thrown it on the ground instead.

“Since then, you’ve treated me like this,” Jae-sik adds. “Like a stupid dog that’s just passing by. Not even once calling me Oppa.”

But then, he tells her that he was fully planning on killing Maru, despite Jae-hee being against it. He claims he couldn’t pass up on an officetel, and was planning on just shutting his eyes and killing Maru.

The only thing that stopped him and his greed? Choco, whom he affectionately calls Chici-Chici-Choco-Choco. Because she’d regularly fix meals for the man who came to kill her brother.

And even when he went yesterday to kill him, she’d cooked him seaweed soup for his birthday with the beef he asked for. “So how can I… how can I kill that guy, her oppa? How can I kill him after I ate her seaweed soup for me?” Pump the brakes, Jae-sik has a conscience? This scene is amazing in ways I can’t describe.

However, he’s NOT happy about losing the officetel, and blames it all on Jae-hee. If she’d ever shown him an ounce of human kindness, then Choco’s kindness wouldn’t have affected him as much, and he could have killed Maru for the officetel. Er. Well, when you put it that way, both Jae-hee and Choco saved Maru’s life.

Of course, Jae-sik is holding back since Maru’s dying anyway. His lack of conscience returns as he wonders if he can pass off Maru’s natural death as his doing so he can get the officetel, but Jae-hee has only heard the “Maru is dying” part and demands to know more.

That night, Maru thinks back to Doctor Suk’s words, about doing everything he needs to before tomorrow’s risky surgery.

Jae-gil finds Choco singing her heart out in a norebang, and chides her for not being at Maru’s side. She refuses to see him until after the surgery, because she doesn’t want him to feel at peace if he sees her.

She knows because she’d almost died while Maru was in prison, and the only thing that kept her alive was the thought that she couldn’t give up without seeing him. “So my Oppa, also, if he gets the surgery without seeing me… By chance, while getting the surgery, if he’s having a very hard time and is in so much pain, if he thinks he wants to quit everything… ‘No, that’s not right. I didn’t get to see Choco.’ He will think like that and gain strength, so he won’t die and come out alive.”

Jae-hee calls them to ask about Maru, and she can barely hold herself together as she dresses to go. She remembers Maru proclaiming vehemently that he wouldn’t die, and now understands the meaning behind it.

She catches Eun-ki on her way in for a change of clothes, and remembers Maru saying that he could survive without love. So when she decides to tell Eun-ki the truth about Maru being sick, she’s chosen the higher path – what’s best for Maru, and not herself.

As Eun-ki zombies her way through the hospital hallway, we hear Jae-gil in voiceover telling her that Maru sustained the hematoma from their tunnel of love. She’s also carrying the guilt of Maru delaying the surgery because he’d wanted to help her regain her position in Taesan first.

Eun-ki hesitates at the door, as Jae-gil’s voiceover continues: “Maru said he was very happy being together with you, Eun-ki.” As for the surgery outcome, no one knows.

She can’t work up the courage to knock. Maru, perhaps sensing her, opens the door… but she’s not there. Is someone going to be there for him?

The sad realizations hit Eun-ki one by one. She flashes back to the Wedding That Never Was, and all the cruel things she’d said to him. How he didn’t say a word in his defense. She eventually breaks down in tears.

Jae-hee, alone in her room, also breaks down into sobs.

Min-young calls Jae-hee from his car, his tone rushed and nervous. He’s taking the blame for everything, and says the story he wants to go to court: He manipulated Jae-hee out of his greed for Taesan. So he alone is responsible for the Chairman’s death… and Eun-ki.

Oh. No. You. Didn’t.

Jae-hee starts freaking out, knowing very well what he’s capable of. She tries to talk him out of it, but he’s intent on taking out Eun-ki so she has no more obstacles in her way. And then he’s ready to take the fall alone.

He puts on a black hat once he sees Eun-ki stumbling down the street. No. You. Aren’t. No you are NOT, you crazy bastard! (*flails*)

Jae-hee’s shaking as she tries calling Eun-ki to warn her, but Eun-ki ignores the call.

Jae-gil visits Maru to lie about being unable to get ahold of Choco, even though he’s more interested in the fact that Eun-ki came to the hospital, but never showed up. Aww. Was Maru waiting for her?

Maru runs outside to look for her, his spidey sense tingling. Just in case we forgot he made the “Run away with me” offer, Eun-ki flashes back to it again as she wanders on the street.

Finally, she turns around and starts running back toward the hospital. Maru spies her from the other end of the crosswalk. Please no Truck of Doom. Please no Truck of Doom. Please no Truck of Doom.

He smiles brightly, and the light changes. She notices him too, and they start closing the gap between them…

But Maru sees a shadowy Min-young approaching her from behind and runs forward, throwing his arms around Eun-ki as he spins around just in time to save her, getting stabbed by Min-young in her place.

Silence. Min-young leaves the knife in his back and walks away, disappearing into the crowd.

The light changes, and Maru just keeps holding her. Does she know what happened? Does she know what happened?!

Maru just holds her tighter in the middle of the crosswalk as traffic moves around them.

Cut to: Jae-hee, calm and collected in front of her mirror. She makes a call: “This is the police station, correct? I want to turn myself in. My name is Han Jae-hee.”

Maru sits on a bench with Eun-ki, using his hand to cover his stab wound. Eun-ki. I know you didn’t really pay attention when he was the Hunchback of Notre Dame, but for the love of all that is holy, pay a little attention to how he looks. His hand has blood on it. Maybe try giving that the once-over.

To his credit, Maru struggles to hide his pain from her. Using the excuse that he’s tired, he tries to send her on her way. Everything they need to say can be said tomorrow. They both keep saying ‘tomorrow’ as though it’ll really come true if they say it enough.

She has one thing to ask before she leaves: “At that time, in that tunnel, why didn’t you avoid my car?” Question of the year.

His face is tense and his words are rushed, since he clearly wants to get rid of her before she notices he’s got a hole in his stomach.

He claims he doesn’t really remember why, but he’ll think about it and tell her tomorrow. She seems to accept it, only to surprise him by swooping in for a kiss.

Jae-hee gives her statement to the police, confessing not only for her crimes but Min-young’s as well. She even takes the blame for Joon-ha’s murder attempt, claiming that she seduced Min-young and forced him to help her.

She even brings up the murder from seven years ago, finally confessing as the killer and admitting that Maru took the blame. I love that even the policeman stops writing the confession, in a “Are you sure you don’t want to check yourself before you wreck yourself?” fashion.

But Jae-hee declines a lawyer, and chooses to keep confessing.

Eun-ki and Maru kiss, and he’s loathe to pull away. She tells him she’ll come back early tomorrow, and that she’s grateful to Jae-hee for one thing – in letting her meet Maru. (Girl, I love you and you’re my favorite character, but how dense can you possibly be? Even if you can’t see the blood, wouldn’t you think it’s odd that he’s keeping that hand to his side? AHHHH. *headdesk*)

Maru stumbles alone on a deserted street, his sweater dripping blood. He falls to the ground, struggling with all his might to get up. But he can’t.

“Eun-ki asked me, at that time in the tunnel, why didn’t I avoid the car? Even though I told Eun-ki that I don’t remember, I remember the reason very clearly.

At the time, I was exhausted by the world and by my lot in life. And this present life of mine, even if it ended this way, I thought it wouldn’t make a difference. And that in the next life, I would definitely meet Eun-ki, and we’d experience that ordinary kind of love that everyone does, the simple kind of love that everyone in the world, no matter who they are and what they do, gets to experience. That ordinary kind of love.

I want to start all over again. This is what I think I prayed to God.”

He gasps for air as he remains sprawled on the ground. Slowly but surely, his breathing begins to slow, until there’s only still and silence.

Seven years later.

A little girl smiles for the camera, as she says in both Korean and English that Park Jae-gil is her father and Kang Choco is her mother. Choco sighs – her name is Jeon Ji-yeon, not Kang Choco.

Hah, and her daughter even says “heol” (bull) like her mother. As they go downstairs to meet Dad, we see Choco and Jae-gil’s wedding pictures on a shelf. Look what happened while we were gone!

Jae-sik is making an honest living working in a fried chicken shop, which Jae-gil stops at in the morning. Secretary Hyun pops in too, to sourly give back a love letter Jae-sik had written to her. Aww. That’s weirdly adorable.

She’s not totally averse to the idea of Jae-sik, and they bicker back and forth over the “love letta” while Jae-gil smiles knowingly.

We find Jae-hee sleeping in her car outside of a prison, apparently waiting for Min-young’s release. He sees her waiting, but chooses to leave before she wakes.

She tries to follow him, but she’s stopped by Joon-ha, who really looked like Maru for a second. (Or is that what they wanted us to believe?) He tells her to respect Min-young’s decision. And by his words, it sounds like Jae-hee was only released from prison a few months prior. Her dreams these days are much more simple than they ever were.

Joon-ha asks her about Eun-suk, and she admits she hasn’t seen him yet. Apparently Eun-ki has been taking care of him, and they’ve been getting along great. That’s so sweet – he finally got his Eun-ki Noona.

Speaking of, we see Eun-ki in Maru’s old neighborhood hiking a sick child up to the local health center. But the doctor isn’t in. Can we dare to hope…?

When she returns to the clinic later, we hear a familiar voice. And the doctor is, indeed, Maru.

Alive. Maru’s alive. Cue collective gasps of relief.

He explains everything that happened in one convenient fell swoop, but all we need to know is that he got the brain surgery, and it was obviously successful. And now he’s a doctor again.

BUT, the little girl goes on with her exposition sickness to add that Maru lost his memories after his big hematoma surgery. He can’t remember anything or anyone he’s ever loved, nor can he recognize faces. (It explains why he looked a little confused when he first saw Eun-ki in the office, even though he smiled soon after.)

Despite his lost memories, the little girl mentions that it’s odd for Maru to always go to Eun-ki’s Bakery, because the food there is terrible and everyone knows it. But he eats there every meal. So why?

Maru just smiles. We find him next at Eun-ki’s Cafe, and she sneaks a couple of pictures of him. (If there was a drinking game for how many products have been placed in just this final episode alone, I’d be getting my stomach pumped right about now.)

He discovers her, and with a sour look, ushers her over. Her camera is full of his pictures, and he asks, “Are you interested in me?”

Eun-ki shyly admits that she is, because he’s her ideal type. “Since when have you been interested in me?” Maru asks.

She pauses. “It’s been a while.” He presses her for more details, but she doesn’t give them because she’s embarrassed. He scoffs and leaves.

We hear him in voiceover as he ends up wandering back to her shop when she’s not there – what we’d heard as he was not-dying, about wanting to start over again with Eun-ki in another life and experience an ordinary kind of love.

Maru: “What kind of person she is… I would ask those who know her. And at times, I’d hang around outside her house. And at times, because I want to look good in front of her, I’d learn the old school trot dance that her father likes, and learn baduk, and learn how to eat all different kinds of foods without being picky. And at times, I’d memorize all the songs of her favorite pop artists. And at times, I’d go to the place she frequents and wait for her the whole day.”

He says this as he ends up waiting for Eun-ki on a road she frequents, and she goes to sit by him once she sees him.

“I’d tell her I miss her if I miss her, and I’d say I long for her when I do. I’d feel excitement and gratitude. To date like other people… I think I prayed for it.”

He sits awkwardly for a moment, before he passes over a ring box. She opens it to reveal two couple (wedding?) rings inside.

Maru turns to look at her, the old him filtering through his gaze as he smiles.

They stare at each other, both smiling happily. The last lines of Maru’s voiceover follow:

“And I say my prayers again: Thank you. Now, I am happy.”

 
COMMENTS

What a ride that was. And were it not for these final minutes, I would have walked away feeling a lot more dissatisfied. Not that a happy ending cures all – the ending could have been happy or sad, as long as it made sense – but thematically, it definitely worked. Narratively, not quite as well.

I couldn’t help thinking, once Maru was revealed to be alive, how moot most of the big conflicts ended up being in the long run. There was an inevitable rushed feeling that came from having so much thrown at us in these final two episodes, yet most of it didn’t emotionally resonate with me as it should have, simply because we weren’t given adequate time to really process what was happening.

Up until the forty-five minute mark, almost every auxiliary story going on was more interesting and immediate than Maru and Eun-ki’s story, which shouldn’t have really been the case. But it’s a small complaint, considering that we did get such nice wrap-ups for our side characters. Excluding Joon-ha, even though it’s good to know he’s fine. I do wish there had been more time dedicated to his accident and subsequent coma, because as it was, it felt like a throwaway device employed to spur Min-young into action. And Joon-ha, as a character, deserved a little more respect than that.

Nice Guy was never a show that delivered huge twists and jaw-dropping surprises, and most of the time it was just a matter of waiting for the other shoe to drop. The surprises sprinkled in, like Joon-ha’s accident or even Maru’s stabbing, didn’t pack as much punch as was probably intended. Joon-ha’s accident-and-recovery inattention was probably a time constraint, but Maru’s stabbing was just frustratingly meaningless. And it had the added side effect of making me think less of Eun-ki, a character I love, because too many coincidences had happened just so and at just the right time to allow Maru to do what he does best: Sacrifice. And she got to do a whole lot of nothing.

And in that sense, his saving her was absolutely nothing new. I had hoped that Eun-ki could regain some of her lost traction by saving him from saving her, which would have done a nice job of subverting expectations. But then we’re supposed to believe that even after ALL of that, she couldn’t be bothered to notice a thing? And then it was never brought up again on screen where we could see the aftermath? Yes, his face is beautiful and it’s hard to look away, but the whole stabbing/noble sacrifice scenario felt oddly fabricated compared to the fairly organic storytelling we’ve had till now.

I loved how Jae-hee’s trajectory ended, and thought her arc was one of the more satisfying ones of the series. While I wish we had been able to learn a little more of the Jae-hee that left Maru for the Chairman, I appreciated that she was never evil just to serve the plot, nor was she ever without her own twisted justifications for her actions. The way her morally questionable actions always had immediate and terrible consequences fit in nicely with the eventual change she made for the better. Her choosing to turn herself in, without being literally forced, was as perfect an ending for her as any.

In that same vein, I was surprised that Jae-sik was also afforded a decent arc, and found myself liking his character regardless of his moral compass. This might speak more to how well he was acted, with an ease and total lack of self-awareness that you don’t normally get in your usual villain stock these days, but his refreshing honesty about how awful he was made what could normally be a frustrating character not only palatable, but also dynamic and interesting.

His realization that he couldn’t kill Maru because Choco treated him like a human being was moving, even when his thought process remained so very flawed. The fact that time was spent giving him a happy ending was a little surprising, but it was nice to see that both siblings were able to correct their past mistakes and turn over a new leaf. That was some 2+ Grade Satisfaction.

Where I find myself held up is the completion of Maru and Eun-ki’s arcs, and more Eun-ki’s than anyone. The epilogue we reached was sweet if not slightly confusing (as to whether he had his memories or not), and even though everything changes with time… What happened with Taesan, again? Not that I held any love for that company, but after making it the biggest deal for the past nineteen episodes, was it all for her to give it up and own a shop in the countryside? Not that there’s anything wrong with that decision, but if that’s where we were going, then why oh why did we spend eternity trying to get her to the top of a company she may or may not have wanted?

By leaving the hematoma reveal until the last minute, and by not letting Eun-ki catch on to Maru’s sacrifice, she ended up being so woefully removed from what was happening around her that it felt almost criminal. She was in control of nothing while Maru, up until what might have been his last moments, protected her from everything. This speaks more about him than it does her, since I think that by the time the hematoma news hit her I’d lost sight of who she really was. Who knows, maybe it dates back to the car crash, when the first sprinklings of disillusionment hit. Or maybe it was when Eun-ki 3.0 took the stage.

While I do wish we were allowed more time to spend in the aftermath of the reveals we all saw coming, I did like that the ending worked so well for Maru thematically, and thus worked for Eun-ki by extension, in allowing her to be happy with the man she loves. And while his journey wasn’t about faith, the fact that he started with none and gained it by the end to pray for what he wanted – a fresh start – was a nice touch. He was granted what he needed to live again, not in another life, but in this one. Finally, time is moving forward again. Maybe it’s moving forward for the first time.

In the end, and to an almost frightening degree, Maru proved that there is such a thing as nice guys. Endlessly fascinating and fantastically portrayed by Song Joong-ki, Maru will probably forever remain as one of those characters I liked watching from a distance, but one I wouldn’t necessarily want to know personally. I’ll gladly leave him to Eun-ki and their future soccer team of the world’s most beautiful children. They’ve earned it.

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OMG! Thank you. Off to read.

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Yup, thanks for the wrap up! I don't want to rain on anyone's parade so I'll keep this short. The ending was really not satisfying. I groaned at the hematoma plot line from the beginning because you can see what'll happen from a mile away. The fact that BOTH leads had dealings around amnesia and not recognizing faces just scream lazy and clunky writing to me. In the end, besides Jae-hee's characterization, I feel like Nice Guy was formulaic in its genre when it could have gone a bit more.

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I join you, pabo ceo reom. Am I glad that they ended happily ever after? I would lie to say no. Am I satisfied with the ending? Not even close. He was as good as dead, but for the big finale he resurrected like the Phoenix bird. Plus all the other things previously mentioned by the hard working Heads to whom I bow respectfully and by ceo reom. Not to forget the Jae brothers having a conscience whatsoever and Ahn devil-lawyer - I for myself did not buy it, they all have gone too far to suffer a sudden conscience attack. I am not convinced that their actions are in-character.
However, all in all taken into account - specifically the last episode - I really think that this is going to be my drama of the year 2013.

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Oh but you never saw that the hematoma actually played not the role it was supposed to do -- redeem Maru. And failed what it was supposed to do -- kill Maru.

And no Maru did not went amnesiac. pabo-ssi pay more attention to details. :)

The entire drama was formulaic, nothing new has been done, except for LKH's sudden reversal (of nothing is how it seems) -- which if you actually paid attention was the running theme of the drama, everything else is pretty simple. Nothing groundbreaking... but NG's main selling point is it's characters. Characters that you would actually care to root for and despise.

I think, the fact that people could actually question (even hate) Maru and Eun Gi's decisions are a sign of written characters... The flawed and broken characters were fleshed out real [Read more]

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*well written characters..

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If not for an episode extension, maybe they could have lessened the flashbacks? That way, they could have added more screen time with the characters and added more story into it.

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amen.

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could not agree more

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I feel you about the ending. However, since it's the end, I try to just enjoy it. I wished they wouldn't extend it. For the first time, I really didn't want an extension for a drama that I really love. Although this time, I felt it needed that. Everything was just so rushed in the last 15 minutes.

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yay....for the happy ending :)
All in all...a good drama....my first melodrama and i'm totally satisfied with it...

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I've just finished marathon all 20 episodes of this show. Man, that was crazy...I just can't stop watching! Daebak! So mind blowing...I cried, laughed, cried, bawl, laugh and excited from episode 1~ waaaa.... overwhelmed!

I LOVE THIS!

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I'm guessing that taesan is doing well and eunki still has it. As the kid said, it is amazing how her shop doesn't close even though she has no customer but maru. She may have opened it because she wants to see maru and has it as a hobby or maru devotion. Anyway, i'm guessing she's doing fine financially and taesan is behind that. By the way, nice summary 👏🏻👏🏻 iwas also wondering what happened to the company and somehow came with that conclusion. It was a good series. It didn't interest me at first and i watched it because i run out of kdrama that i would like to watch and saw that joongki is the lead. In the end, for me, it was worth watching. There were flaws, yes, especially in the last episode with eunki not noticing the stab but it is quite good.

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Thank you Heads for your hardwork.

I love the ending!

Fave Scenes:
Maru smiling in the opening sequence and the clock turned clockwise...

Jae Shik flirting with Secretary Hyun . So cute.

When Maru narrated why he did not avoid Eun Ki's car. He loved her back then for him to say that he wants to meet Eun Ki in another life and have chance with her again.

The last scenes of Eun Ki and Maru. Dr Maru with the little girl. I knew he remembers Eun Ki when the girl asked him why he kept buying sandwiches three times a day when in fact other people find it not too good. His expression showed that the sandwiches were not really good... The ring confirmed that he remembers her.

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And also Jae Hee waiting for Lawyer Ahn when he got out of prison.

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:-D completely agree with fave scenes! Good choices, :-*

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Let me make a point here and as this is the first comment it will be helpful so if you don't mind. .... First of all let me say that it is made clear that he remembers Eun Gee but also has all of his old memories as well. So in other words HE DID NOT FORGET EUN GEE at all as he never had amnesia. Infact he tells the girl that the only side effect that he got from the surgery was Prosopagnosia. (face blindness) This means that while he knows people he wont be able to recognize them without some sort of aid. ie maybe their voice, multiple method of them dressing and a combination of some lotion that they use etc... So most probably he wouldn't recognize the girl even if he met her the next day or if he bumped into Choco and Jah Hee the next day without some prompt but after that initial thin [Read more]

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Dark Justice,

THANK YOU for rambling!
I completely agree with you and your imaginations.

Oh, and those rings at the end means that he remembers her after all!

Having said that, I was so RELIEVED to see that all those happened in the present! And that it wasn't some imagination a-la Lovers in Paris.

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I've been pondering this all night and there are still two things that bug me. I know, I know, everyone is pretty much on board with this, but why wouldn't Eun Gi have insisted he go back to the hospital (with her) even if she didn't know about the stabbing? Did she think he was just out for a walk the night before surgery? And he said he was really tired.....

And if he really didn't have amnesia, what happened after his operation, before he went to America? Are you going to tell me that Eun Gi wasn't there by his side the whole time? I don't believe she would have deserted him at that point and time. So how did he go to the US for 7 years (or let's say 6, giving 1/2 year for his recovery and maybe he's been back for 1/2 year) without any contact with Eun Gi? This is why I would h [Read more]

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Let me just repost this:
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I dont know with the rest of you guys but I had the impression that was where he was going all along. I mean he just literally walked out of the hospital and instantly found EunGi, so it wasn’t that FAR that he needed to call for a cab or WAIT for an ambulance. As for why did he send Eun Gi off?

Here’s my short answer: Knowing what MinYoung’s willing to do, and how much of a crazy btch EunGi gets when angered, he knew that EunGi might go after MinYoung.

REMEMBER: the tape was going to get released to the police INEVITABLY w/in a day as per Maru’s conversation. So all that Maru needs to do is wait so that he could put his mind at rest that Eun Gi will be safe once MY is in jail. He doesn’t want EunGi to go after a guy who just tried to stab her [Read more]

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I totally agree that they weren't that far from the hospital and Maru was on his way back. (Maybe was in the garden in front of the hospital when he fell? The place where Eun-gi was curled up on the bench when she went missing from the hospital that one time.)

And yes, Maru is a genius med student who's been back in touch with his genius professor for a really long time. So he's no slouch and probably had a very good idea of where to apply pressure, etc.

I like your take on why he didn't say anything and just rushed her into the taxi.

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Exactly!!! I was wondering how noone mentioned the rings. they were the ones he bought to give her before the surgery...so obviously he did remember.
All in all a wonderful drama...loved it. but I agree about the ending it was too rushed and the questions about 'how' not resolved.

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When Maru narrated why he did not avoid Eun Ki’s car. He loved her back then for him to say that he wants to meet Eun Ki in another life and have chance with her again.

I like this part it really says that he falls in love with Eun Gi.

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Im going to have some serious withdrawal issues with this drama. I need a continual dose of SONG JOONG KI in my life.

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Feed on Wolf Boy, sister.

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Im not sure if it's showing where i am tho.

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Penny Pinchers. Omg, he's simply adorable in that one!!

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I kept replaying his male out sesh. Lol but i dont like that movie tho.

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haha YES ME TOO! I started rewatching old running man episodes and Sungkyunkwan Scandal... Probably rewatch Tree with Deep roots after that! Can't wait to see Wolf Boy :D

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Sungkyunkwan Scandal, bb! That was the show that first gave me a monster crush on him, and he's just so good there, he and Yoo Ah-in have 1000xbetter chemistry than the actual leads <3

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Bittersweet ending indeed. But for the past 19 episode....why did they focus so much attention in Taesan if they are going to ignore it in the last episode.

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I disagree with people saying Taesan was important. One of the main points of the drama was that it's NOT important. Jae Hee's trajectory is proof of that in and of itself. She had to lose everything she'd ever loved in her life to realize that. The only reason Maru tried to get Eunki back to her rightful place was that he was part of the reason why she lost it in the first place. He only wanted to give her back Taesan so that she could decide for herself whether it was important to her or not. He even said that outright earlier (when Eunki told him she wanted to give it up after talking to the wrong chairman guy when she still had amnesia). Maru didn't want to decide for her whether Taesan was important or not since it rightfully belongs to her, which I think makes sense.

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i was super weird with the stabbing incident because i would've thought Eun Ki would see Min Young because HE WAS behind Maru. And the following scenes just required so much suspension of disbelief but I'd reckon it's because I'm a med student and stabbed just don't last that long without fainting ^^

But it is a drama! So yey, I love all three actors separately so it was such a great treat to actually have them work in one drama. Thank you HeadsNo2 and Dramabeans for the prompt recaps. :D

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I think this is what happened. When Maru saw Min-young approaching Eun-ki from behind, Maru rushed to Eun-ki, hugged her, and spun around so that his back was to Min-young and Eun-ki was facing Min-young or where he would have been. Since Min-young stabbed mid-stride and Eun-ki was so focused on Maru, I'm not surprised she didn't see MY (though super surprised that she could be chatting with Maru and not notice he was clutching his side)

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You mean it is a "Korean" drama.

A plot hole like that, making an otherwise-smart heroine suddenly and inexplicably ditsy (or sloppy as in Full House over a missing watch), seems dime a dozen in Korean dramas.

All I can say is that a professional writer should die rather than stoop to it, but as long as viewers accept it without voting with their feet, that is not going to happen.

In terms of storyline or plot, there is nothing new in Episode 20. Every arc has been borrowed, every manufactured crisis or resolution of it is derivative. And the writer did not even bother to mix and match them all that differently.

Yet, so long as the writer provides

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i have to agree with the arc being borrowed because I wasn't really watching this drama. I read through all the recaps and watched episode 20 and I didn't feel lost because really, there was nothing new. But I still love this drama as a whole. It's been a while since a drama had a satisfying ending. And I wanted this one to have it cos I'm greedy like that kekeke

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"Every arc has been borrowed, every manufactured crisis or resolution of it is derivative."

I'm not sure what's wrong with that? Where else could the arcs originate from? And the resolution is supposed to be derivative, not fabricated, right?

But you're right, you would have to stretch your suspension of disbelief a bit more during the stab scene. But with only 5 mins left in the final ep, all I could think of is, lets just get to the happy ending already. :)

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yes! especially since Song Joong Ki hung back til almost the end. But when he finally came out, I just threw logic out the window. ^^

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I believe in some ways we overrate the importance of originality. Originality is a relatively new concept. In classic literature the same story is retold by various writers to an audience that knows it by heart. In that instance it's execution that counts, not originality.

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@Dominique: I disagree with your oddly specific generality. And also your specific specific-ality. ;)

For the general, sudden stupidity on part of a character (female or otherwise, but often sadly female) to further the plot is certainly not limited to Korean dramas. (Read any thoughtful article on Hollywood and its treatment of femal characters.) And if it were the case that Korean dramas always relied on the female characters turning suddenly stupid, I wouldn't watch.

For the specific: Eun-gi didn't turn stupid. The way Maru spun her and the direction Min-young struck from, she couldn't have seen him. He was random dude behind Maru she wasn't looking at, who had to shuffle step to get out of Maru suddenly being in his path. (I went and rewatched just to double-c [Read more]

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n also i remember from ep 10, the mortality rate after surgery is only 20%...shoudnt it decrease instead of 50/50?

i found the ending is somewhat familiar with Arang n sato; hero lost his memory..haha

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Thank you, you've just spoilered me the final of Arang and the magistrate. Tomorrow I would have watched the last 2 episodes.

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THANK YOU for ruining the ending of a drama I was about to finish...

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You're not alone!
At that scene, I was like: WHAT THE JHLGJGPMXZ !!! *rollingmyeyes*
Not even an "UGH" or hurting sound from Ma Ru when he was stabbed, not to mention he walked with Eun Ki to some chair and talked. My guess at least it took about 7 minutes while he bleed, and not even Eun Ki suspicious a little.
So, my suspension of disbelief lies on:
1. He was already disensitized by anesthetic for his brain operation tomorrow, thus he couldn't feel the pain
2. Min Young stabbed him with a sharp nail clippers, sharp enough to make Ma Ru bleed but not dangerously deep
3. And Eun Gi was dazed, confused, absent-minded, and a little bit thickheaded
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Well, I actually screamed when I Min-Young suddenly came up behind Eun-Gi but when I saw that his (MY's) hand was close to Maru's coat, I knew there was something there. And the blood proved me right. Idk whatever. I just need to rant about this.

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A moment to rant, please...this show and I almost came to fist-a-cuffs when Maru was stabbed and laid bleeding to death 2 feet from a HOSPITAL. REALLY show...REALLY! However I have since recovered my sanity, most of it...alright like one third. I usually stay away from the melodrama (way too much unnecessary angst) but I enjoyed this show...okay I admit Song Joong Ki had a lot, A LOT, to do with my enjoyment. But don't lie you ALL felt the same way. Thanks for the recaps.

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I agree! REALLY, show, REALLY?!

First of all, hasn't the man been through enough? He had a 50/50 chance to live anyways. For a man who now wants to live, why wasn't he getting immediate help? The hospital was super close! did he think he was a goner? Why walk through an area where no one can see you if you've been stabbed and fainted dead away? Not all stab wounds are fatal and this one didn't seem too bloody. Get up, call 119, and tell them it's an emergency! And Eun-gi, didn't you think it was weird Maru kept on holding his side? Why aren't you both returning to the hospital together (wasn't Eun-gi going to stay with Joon-ha overnight?). It was all so ridiculous, I couldn't even feel sad or shed any tears during that scene. The drama's been good about not taking things t [Read more]

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This is an unpopular sentiment judging from everything I've read, but I really felt the stabbing was necessary or else the series would have been ended anti-climatically for me without the attempted company theft and the multiple love obsession stories coming to a head.

I don't know exactly why I feel that way, but I do. [Then again I might just be blood thirsty.

The only other climax that might have worked would be for Min-Young to go after Maru and then Jae-Hee have take the knife for Maru. In that case it would imply some reciprocity in the Jae-Hee/Maru relationship. Maru sacrificed his life for Jae-Hee and she returns the favor, and in doing so, sorta validates his action--there always was good in Jae-hee all along.

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Agreed, I don't get why people get so agitated about the stab scene.

People the STAB was MEANT FOR EUN KI. Not that Maru wasn't meant to die anyways on Jae Shik's hands.

I thought Min Young's plan was made very explicit. He'll kill anyone who stands on Jae Hee's way and he'll take the blame for it.

In other words, Joon Ha, Eunki and Maru. Check, check, and check. Except none of them died.

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I did understand the stabbing scene and I also think it was necessary. It was the let's have a heart to heart as I sit here and bleed to death inches away from a hospital. I couldn't feel sympathy for Maru who just took a knife to the back for the woman he loves. Nor could I feel joy for Eunki, who was able finally to let go of her ghosts. Why? Because my mind kept saying, why are you bleeding to death 2 steps away from a HOSPITAL?

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Lol, that's true. That one part was a bit of a stretch. I understand. :)

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I just too distracted by the reaction of Eun ki regarding stabbing scene... not to complain it is sweet for the last scene, the confusion is just to great. XD

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I was okay with Eun-ki not noticing Maru's injury because who expects someone to be stabbed, and he looks, but she knows he is sick, and must have just left the hospital.

@Lisa LouLou

"It was the let’s have a heart to heart as I sit here and bleed to death inches away from a hospital."

I was so busy enjoying the scene that I hadn't put that together. But if they had done the sensible thing then we wouldn't get that wonderful cinematic moment of Maru's collapse with his hand reaching for his dream as he narrates. We would end up with another hospital corridor scene.

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Silverteem. Ugh.

For the record, PEOPLE DO UNDERSTAND THAT THE STAB WAS MEANT FOR EN KI. You are answering to questions that are not being asked. Love talking to yourself much? Or you just pretend not to understand what others write?

Let me make it simple for you: people question the plot that results in MR being hit, stabbed, losing memory, etc.

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And thus my explanation, the plot requires Maru to be close to death. Otherwise there will be no conflict.

Are u mad much? :)

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I like your statement about everyone being in love with someone's back. It describes everyone in the drama, except Maru. He never really had anyone's back. Both women loved him (in their own twisted ways).

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If Maru got stabbed and fainted right there in the middle of the street while Eun-gi screams, that could have worked. A complication at his brain surgery would have worked. Also like you pointed out, Jae-hee sacrificing herself for Maru would have worked too. And it would have been a big in-your-face to Min-young (like you stabbed the girl you loved!)

I feel like all things that happened right after Maru got stabbed was ridiculous - him delaying medical treatment, him not wanting to worry Eun-gi (she's not a child.), Eun-gi not noticing, Maru wandering into a side street to collapse... Like someone else mentioned, Eun-gi's non-reaction was sort of a distraction. Instead of concentrating on their conversation, I kept look at where Maru's hand was and thinking "will she see it now? [Read more]

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“damn, I really want another one of those. Must live!! HULK STRENGTH! MOAR
KISSES!”

Hhahahha... I'd like to think that way, too.... I want to believe that kiss give him strength and boost his desire to live. Gahhhh.
I still can't stop replayed that kiss, the feeling is sooo memorable in my heart. MR's reaction before and after the kiss killed me the most. as if he has been yearning a kiss from EK and when she gave it to him with when he didn't expected it make it more moving..

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HULK STRENGTH! MOAR KISSES....*hahaha* Now see that makes total sense. Also I agree fainting after being stabbed would have been more believable. And that comment about Eun-ki not being a child, so true. Misplaced concern can be bad. We all have to accept and understand pain in order to grow.

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LOL love your last paragraph.

But yeah, I completely agree with what you previously said. I was almost screaming at my screen both at Eun Gi and Maru during this episode. I think the two last episodes were more flawed than the others but I still love this show, the ending is not so bad considering the reputation of the writer ! Everyone was like : "let's pray she's not gonna kill them like in A love to Kill" and even one of my friend attacked me the other day about ALTK with a big "WTH IS THIS SHOW". Haa~

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:)
Yes, scream please! And before Ma Ru fainted, Eun Gi should just give him the kiss to kept him awake (a la Arang). The hotter the kiss, the stronger Ma Ru would be, y' know adrenaline rush and all ...
And we can still hear the voice over while waiting for the paramedic.
Perfect ^__,^

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Oh thank God! I agree with you Yumi and am glad to run across someone else who thought it worked. We needed to see Maru struggling to live -- reaching out for his dream. Especially after so long seeing him aiming to die. And passively waiting for his brain-surgery wasn't going to be enough.

(And of course he didn't wander into a side street to die. He was heading back to the hospital. ...that's why he didn't die.)

I do think it didn't do anything for Eun-gi's storyline. That's were it fell down for me in that she became passive after turning back for him. It would have been nice to have a scene afterwords (don't see how they could have incorporated it into the stabbing scene) where Eun-gi struggles towards the life she wants. (Turning day-to-day running of Ta [Read more]

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But but but... WAE?! I cried a river during the scene where he was dying/not-dying. How could you not cry? T______T

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this show and I almost came to fist-a-cuffs when Maru was stabbed and laid bleeding to death 2 feet from a HOSPITAL. REALLY show…REALLY!

I was THISCLOSE to screaming at the screen by that point. Like, what is the point of having him do that if not to be pointlessly meodramatic, especially when it goes against everything he's saying in that scene, which is that he finally wants to LIVE?!

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I liked the drama series a s a whole and I loved the acting of the most of the cast. I was mainly invested in Jae Hee's journey (because of Park Shi-yeon's potrayal) so I am happy she developed and was able to face the consequences of her actions. I just hope her son was able to forgive her.

I originally thought that Maru died because of the stabbing and the voice-over but I read an article that said that the ending was real. I'm happy that Maru and EunGi have a happy ending but I have to wonder why the stabbing and why did EunGi spend so much time fighting for TaeSan only to give it up?

I liked the way JaeShik and the secretary were flirting although I'm sad that Lawyer Park is alone.

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For the record, Eun Gi's desire for Tae San is only rooted to her desire to please her dad. When Maru came along, all her desire for TaeSan was gone, thus she was willing to run away w/ Maru every given moment that she had.

In the end, Tae San was a symbolic reset button -- to bring everything back in order, to bring back Jae Hee, and yes, even Eun Gi went back to Tae San, as confirmed from the interviews.

Surely enough the ending is not without flaws, and it did feel a bit rushed. This is probably one of those rare occasions where an extension could have probably helped.

But I'll take it.

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I still don't get why EunGi crashed the car into Maru. She already knew Maru was using her by that time but I have to say he was extra harsh at the beach. Was it because her dad died? Why would she leave Taesan and her mum's memory behind? Was it guilt?

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I think she felt a lot of GUILT when her dad died, and what time she could have spent w/ her dad was wasted to the bastard Maru who just chose to kept hurting her. With her dad dead, and Maru possibly in love w/ someone else, she has no one left in this world anyways... so with the right combinations of guilt, anger, and despair she crashed.

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Everyone apologized and recognized what bad choices they made.

Except for EK who skipped and hopped free of intended homicide because of her disturbed feelings?!

Makes no sense if especially when we talk about justice for other people.

Something like, 'You know, you told me to leave you and I did but then I heard about my father dying and I drove back to kill you and myself in the process. I am sorry I made the wrong choice, lost Taesan, my cognitive abilities and gave you a hematoma. Being emotionally disturbed is never a legitimate defense. Let's go to the police and I will admit my sins."

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You know the same can be said of Maru... Why didn't he evade the oncoming car? Was he planning to kill Eun Gi too?

Between the two, Maru was in a more "right state of mind"... so whose fault was it really? The one who was wronged wasn't Maru, it was Eun Gi.

So you might think it's not a legitimate defense for Eun Gi to drive and kill Maru off, but as you see in the end, even Eun Gi was asking Maru why he didn't evade it.

And if you want to go with legalities, did you know that if a man catches his wife sleeping with another man and he on rage killed both his wife and the lover, that it is a legitmate defense? And that he can be acquitted.

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ALso whatever happened to the kid whose father died because of Maru? Being an industrial spy and gigolo scammer, Maru did get off scott free.

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Oh yes, the only one who gives such pleasure to haters based on legalities is JH but both MR and EK are very unpleasant, twisted, and sick characters with murderous hearts and entitlement to ruin others' lives if their feelings are hurt or they think they have a cause for crimes.

And please, let's not bring the jealousy murder because MR was clear with EK about JH and letting her go. The girl went back, found him in the tunnel, and drove straight toward him. The masochist decided that he deserves to die and did not swerve.

With time, when I look back at NG, I wonder how could I even appreciate the self-inflicted pain and sick, sick love/stalking of MR and EK at all.

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And so now we finally get to the bottom to all of these. You hated the show.

And here I was puzzled of your interest in trying to rebut everything I post.

Or wait, is it that you really hated the show, or I'm just sensing that you're particularly hating on certain characters only. I've read your post about Jae Hee too. Okay, I get it, you like Jae Hee, but you don't need to bash the other characters just to make your point.

But who am I? This is the internet. :)

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Lawyer Park is alone because he's ALL FOR ME (or so I say)

And am I the only one who likes Maru's ankle-exposing short trousers+no socks? That style + Song Joong Ki's gorgeous face make him look like he belongs on a streetstyle blog and I love it.

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"Hopefully in SJK’s next project he will get pants that actually fit and starts to wear socks. No more 3/4 pants pliz."

OMO! That got me. Tho my biased self chose to write that off as adorable. HAHAHA.

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Want clarifications?

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yeah but I don't get it why would he lie about his amnesia though..
maybe he had amnesia but was healed by spending more time with her?? idk idk I just loved that it was a happy ending coz after this weeks eps of I Miss You I can't have any of these tragic scenes my heart is too weak tbh

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He never lied about it, he did tell the kid he had propo-whatever-it-is so he had trouble with faces. I remember Arang and the Magistrate pulling a similar trick at the end and I always choose to interpret it as just a touch of teasing

(and anyway, Maru gave the game up when he got that ring box out on the park bench, he remembers her now)

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Thanks for the clarification!

But much as I love this show it's probably a sign of weakness or info gaps when the lead has to explain/speculate on key narrative facts outside of the show....

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Yeah, the ending did felt rush. They could have plugged more holes with the episode but I guess it won't fit an hour without removing JaeChoco scenes, lol.

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I think some of the hospital scenes towards the end could have been tightened to give more room for the time after the jump.

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Thanks for this Silverteem. :)

That's kind of how I pictured the ending -- just daydreaming off what we were given. Though not with TaeSan going to Jae-hee (I never got the sense she ran it well, nor really had an interest in running it beyond the prestige). So I'll keep my head-canon that Eun-gi turned day-to-day running over to Joon-ha (with Eun-seok getting some training... though he strikes me as a little young yet).

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OH. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

I badly needed those clarifications becoz when I finished the last ep, I was like "WHAT&" Like rly, some parts of the ending did not make much sense but here you are, my hero/heroine. GOMAWO!

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The ending wasn’t much of a BANG but it was fitting. I think the entire point of Nice Guy was really redemption and not revenge. I think it’s pretty clear now, that not Maruo nor Eun Gi ever gotten their revenge. This drama was about 3 broken people (and some) fixing their lives for the better. The common complain that I have been hearing is that people were really expecting Maru to die but then BAM he lived despite getting stabbed and hematoma. But that’s where the magic of Nice Guy kicks in… I don’t know if we’re all at the same boat here but for me, Nice Guy’s strongest point was it’s pacing and sudden twists and turns. We’re never 100% sure of what’s gonna happen next, and even if we have clues, we have to always second guess ourselves. Not everything is what it see [Read more]

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Silverteem>> I totally love your comments.

The charm of this drama is "redemption" (as you said) and I also think about "second chance" that JH and Maru did.

"People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity for a second chance. We are human beings"

I love the part that nobody died, bad guys were punished and have an opportunity for new life. Also love the ending that is such a perfect one.

Thanks to all of "Nice guy's team" for producing such a great drama including good actings from Song Joong-Ki and Moon Chae-won

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thanks for the recaps gals... I didn't watch it... thanks to having no time and no steady internet, but your recaps were wonderful :)

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I feel that the ending was a bit flat. I expected a much more climatic ending for maru and eungi. And I'm with you. I feel that the ending to the other side characters were nicely done. Except junha. I'm gg to miss nice guy!

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Well for me the ending SUCKED. The writing was rushed, lazy and just not creative. One thing this drama always did well was the plot in my opinion, it was always moving no matter what happened , it had a direction but in the end it's like the writer was stuck and couldn't advance the plot anymore so we got this incredibly weird and rushed ending. Of course the lack of time is a huge factor but i still think they could have done better.

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Thank you. I felt the same way. Wild yet soft breeze that maneuvered a sailboat came to an abrupt stop that I didn't appreciate.

So the real twist is Song pretended to lose memory. Why? A payback for Eunki? One drama with two memory losses.. too much. So who took over the company? Questions hanging in the air, no answers anywhere.

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Look up my post.

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I too feel that the ending was a cope-out.
Storylines did not feel believable and authentic. For example, ES never saw his mom in jail? Suddenly he is completely on a side of his half-sister and judges (betrays) his mom? That's pretty lame, especially for Korean dramas, which worship mother-son love.

Where was EK during all the 7 years? She is kissing MR but leaving him without checking on MR knowing that he needs a surgery? When it comes to MR, she is a bulldog that would never let go. She was stalking him consistently in previous episodes. Not in the line with her character. Her being all the kissy-flowery-bad-pancakes girl on a bike? What happened to a business genius?

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It's the beauty of literature... you have your imagination, not everything has to be spoonfed.

Like I said, if you look up my post you'd understand it even more. Eun Ki took care of Eun Sok, and Eun Sok was what, 7? How can he betray his mother? Huh? Eun Sok only judges it as he sees it through his innocent eyes.

Presumably, Maru got his surgery and he survived the stab wound, you know it kinda follows that Eun Gi eventually knew it too... You're basically asking questions that are self-explanatory.

And in case you yourself suffered some amnesia, we did see the TRUE Eun Gi when she lost her memories... her memories might have come back, but her personal walls are taken down, especially when NO ONE KNOWS her, she doesn't have any reason the be a btch.

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I understand your post but I don't agree with it, so no need for unending self-reference and unsolicited memory refreshment, OK?

Falling in love with MR in like 5 seconds never felt authentic to me; more like wanting to possess MR no matter what, which is totally in line with EK's character.

FYI, I am not asking about EK not knowing about the outcome of the surgery but her letting go of MR despite the buildup of all the feelings in previous episodes where she couldn't go to sleep if she did not see him that day.

Letting go for 7 years, not taking care of him after the surgery, not doing anything for MR like she did for the lawyer after the car accident, that I question.

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I'm glad that you do agree that conflict with Eun Gi's character is not the fact that she "fell in love" with Maru, but that she had an "obsession" with him.

Now you ask why did she suddenly let Maru go for 7 years when she was "obsessed" with him. Now, let me just indulge myself some more with my self references, (more like show references actually), and refresh you that this was the finale. For Eun Ki to hang on Maru after his surgery, is truly "in line" with her character, I agree, and I would have expected that reaction too, had this been like 3 episodes back. But again, it's the finale, the point is, Eun Ki learned to love Maru and not just obsess on him. In other words, her character has progressed. Just like how Jae Hee learned to let go, or Jae Shik turning over to a new leaf, e [Read more]

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And you make it sound like 14 is such an old age. It's young even for Western standards. Can 14 years old kids even visit prison on their own?

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If you really watched the show (which I now question based on faulty info your provide to support your thinking), you might recall that lawyer Park talked to JH after she was released from jail and asked her if she had seen her son. She said that she hasn't seen him in all these years.

Even during the amnesia times, the plot was absolutely unbelievable when it came to ES and EK. The kid was bullied by her and pushed away for 5 years; then EK disappears for one year, surfaces and does not remember him, then EK plays one lousy game with ES, and suddenly he could not live without her?

Either the writer never spent time around young children, or she just used ES in weird, unrealistic ways to show how an innocent child relates to a disabled dummy angel and an evil mother.

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The dialogue wasn't clear on that. Lawyer Park asked her first when she got out... it's quite possible that ES tried visiting her before too you know and that they just haven't MET YET after her release.

But granted, let's go with your ASSUMPTION, and so what? Jae Hee just caused ES' father's death, and admitted to doing other crimes too. For the kid, he probably felt betrayal. Ashamed even. It's a common trope on Kdramas too that the children hate their parents for reasons justified or even borderline sociopathic.

Again, EK was ES only family left aside from his mother. Just because EK wasn't nice to him when he was youngerdoesn't mean that they could not get along anymore. And you're right, you said it yourself, a 14 year old kid, despite being young, is old enough to think for hi [Read more]

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I think I would have liked more if we spent a little more time in the happy island and watch Maru and Eunki fall in love (for the 3rd time??) again.

And I think they said that he remembered her at the end and was teasing her.

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Thank you for the recap!

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"What happened with Taesan, again? Not that I held any love for that company, but after making it the biggest deal for the past nineteen episodes, was it all for her to give it up and own a shop in the countryside? Not that there’s anything wrong with that decision, but if that’s where we were going, then why oh why did we spend eternity trying to get her to the top of a company she may or may not have wanted?"

Although Eun-Ki worked hard for the company I never got the sense that she really wanted the company for the sake of having the company.

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yeah, I got the sense that she took charge of Taesan while Jae-hee was inside and Maru off at med school (it seems to be suggested that he's been back in Korea for only a short time now), but is now free to do what she wants i.e. run her little bakery (that name, so cute!) and be with Maru.

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I loved the Choco and Jae Gil side-story... Sorta hoped they'd almost drag it out like in Gentlemen's Dignity... But great ending.....

The ending was nice and simple... Just the way I like 'em.

Thanks for recapping, Heads!! Too awesome for words...

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aaaaand now time for a song joong ki romcom, AM I RIGHT?!

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YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!
I want to watch my Joong-Ki without having to cry on every corner.

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Amen to that.

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Hear, hear!

I want to see the winking Joong Ki, like in Sungkyungkwan Scandal, or the sassy boy in Penny Pinchers.

But whatever, he has GOT to have more projects after this.

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The most ridiculously overrated drama of the year. Yup, I do walk away learning a directing lesson or two, but the script is so pathetically laughable that makes the beautiful directing seem pretentious. Park Si Yeon really shines. Song Joong Ki and Moon Chae Won are just meh. Definitely not a drama I'd recommend to my mentally sane friends.

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Not to rain on your parade, but Song and Moon are visually blessed couple. Now if you're talking about a chemistry between them, I think Song and Park Bo Young have a stronger one.

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I think Park Shi Yeon is the weakest link... Her acting was just okay, a great IMPROVEMENT from her previous works, but it was just OK.

You're right the script is simple... The story is not the most compelling thing ever written out there... but the true beauty of Nice Guy is self discovery of the characters. Really, it's the characters that drives the story. It's a peak into the minds of flawed people with their own convictions, just like you and I.

Nice Guy is in my opinion not overrated. It delivered and EXCEEDED expectations. Remember this was a melo with a notoriously merciless writer. I think Nice Guy is a breath of fresh air from all the "pretentious, I want to be gritty so I'm going to kill my characters, because damn that's what's art is all about, makjang."

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Girl, I completely agree with everything you've written-even the post above.

You're a star :)

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lol watever

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It delivered and EXCEEDED expectations. Remember this was a melo with a notoriously merciless writer.
Exactly how I feel...this could have been all doom and gloom with no purpose, but it wasn't...it was about the characters' journey and boy, those were some unique characters

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yeah, you said it better than I could. For LKH, this is way more of a revolutionary ending than the 'kill them all!' approach of earlier.

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Agree, agree! :) I'm really surprised at the arguments that this was predictable and tired when all the predictions I saw were for a doom and gloom sob-fest at the end.

I was pleasantly surprised that Maru got to live and find happiness and actually wanted to live for that matter. It's not the best drama ever, but it's solid. And far, far, far from the worst.

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@Silverteem:
I do NOT agree with you AT ALL. Park Shi Yeon carries this role brilliantly. So are MCW and SKJ.

I don't like JH's characterization at all. I don't think you really watch Park Shi Yeon's previous works, especially La Dolce Vita. I think the writer of La Dolce Vita is WAY better than writer lee in creating complex "material girl" character. Lee Kyung Hee actually produces a very one-dimensional character of JH. It is PSY who makes JH shine. Koala also comment how good she is. Also the Korean critics (NOT those crap you read from naver, nate or DC I am talking about professional critics those don't care to write on the commercial media like naver/nate or fan sites like DC).

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Silverteem,

I LOVE all your comments here.
I agree that Nice Guy exceeded expectations. I was actually worried that the writer might just go ahead and kill the characters.

So glad the writer didn't.

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I disagree because for me PSY carried the drama with her inner conflicts.

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Carrying the drama is a bit of a stretch. Her inner conflicts did add layer to the drama, but let's be honest here, what carried the drama were SJK and MCW.

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Maybe, rereading what I wrote would give you a clue? "FOR ME" PSY carried the drama. Not for you, so please don't stretch yourself on my behalf.

Listen, I wonder about your reading comprehension. No need to go back and dispute every single post that is not in line with your thinking. I am expressing my opinion and I don't ask you to correct my subjective feelings and thoughts.

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I was just stating my own opinion too... For me, she did not carry the drama. You don't need to question my reading comprehension either. As you would notice you're the one who replied in almost every post I made, I was just replying back.

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I definitely agree with you....this drama is not the best script, a chemistry between Song and Moon is not much impressive but as I said I love "redemption" part and the ways that each character being and turned to be

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Park si yeon definitely improved from her 'my girl' days even with the bad script of this show,but sorry I disagree with you song joong ki and moon chae won are clearly the better actors. I actually read somewhere that PSY was considered for the role as the secondary girl in equator man but she turned down the part for this drama.I say it was a big mistake on her part.I think she would've been great for that role.She was not at all memorable in this drama,and her character wasn't written too well either,anyway I agree with you that nice guy is definitely the most overrated drama of the year.I heard people calling it the drama of the year,LOL sorry but bridal mask is the drama of the year :).

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Love the bromance, but gosh is the chemistry between the lead pair mediocre. NG definitely had better male-female chemistry. Again, depends on your value placed on a production's differentiating factors.

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Wow! I didn't expect that ending, but I was so happy it happened. Yay!I just loved this show so much, and I'm just so happy that Eun Gi and Maru ended up together in the end!!!

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I am with you 'cause I actually expected a sad melodramatic ending where everyone dies...so I was happy with the everyone lives to rediscover themselves ending.

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Thanks, Heads, and Dramabeans, for the recaps.
Man, that was a short 20 episodes now that I look back but so much has happened almost NONE of which I guessed correctly, LOL.

I was very very happy with the ending. Very happy that beautiful Maru and beautiful sweet EG got a reboot.
It was a lovely last few minutes of watching these two smile at each other finally and listen to SJK gorgeous speaking voice.

BEST PART? The dark jacket and skinny black pants were
baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

But was it satisfying? I agree that it wasn't.
Maru could have died. EG could have sobbed her heart out and then went to non-gay Lawyer Park, who is all good and deserving of all her love.

All the other wrap-ups I loved. And Jae-shik was so awesome because Yang Ik Joon is amazing. Maybe [Read more]

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greets jomo---
i agree that the ending was fanservice. and your statement about 20 episodes zipped by in a flash pretty much sums up the pace of this drama. so, for me, the short turnaround on the reveals and the swift unfolds always left me wanting more. i appreciate show for this. and laugh at myself for show staying true with the zippy "wrap-up everything NOW" applied even to the end.
sigh. watching this drama has left me tired.

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How do I hate thee, amnesia? Let me count the ways . . .

All the jump-starts with the amnesia plays made it hard to the kdrama charged ‘til the very end. I even watched in jump-start style, on again off again, now that I think of it. HeadsNo2, you are right, so many points ended up as moot. That translated for me as what started up as dark and zoned ended up un-dark and no-zoned. The last 2 episodes were a bit boring compared to the rest.

Can I say this? I would have been an okay ending for me with Maru having died from the stab wound/or aneurysm when he collapsed. (I’m ducking any large items being thrown my way through the computer screen and covering my ears.) Just sayin’. It’s not that I wanted him to die, but more about the way the drama was moving that, an ending in w [Read more]

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the chair kicking scene was the best of the last episode..Badass and kickass EG is just so cool. Maybe an action movie/drama for MCW's next project? I'll definitely look forward to seeing it.

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last episode was daebak!! anyone can tell me what happened to lawyer park after the 7 years? it looks like there's something around his waist (at the prison scene)...

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I'm just really happy with the ending! Kang Maru was such an amazing character!

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Wow, me and Heads have very similar thoughts to this episode and the drama as a whole..

I felt this episode was too rushed especially concerning Eun ki and Maru. Its nice to have a happy ending but still, things need to fit and be explained better..

I also wanted Min young to die.... and I thought it was dumb that Jae Hee would wait for him.. he was creepy. Just because he loved you, doesn't mean you owe him pity. (It's kinda like JH and Maru but JH actually did love him unlike Min young)

I was very happy with Jae Hee's ending, as well as Choco..

But no Taesan talk whatsoever... They even could have had Eun Gi mention that she left Taesan to take care of Maru...

Maru obviously knew who Eun Gi was. That's the same engagement box he had before.

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I don't think they were padding, much more like they were expecting the extension but the extension did not come. The ending sure did felt rush.

I'm in love with Moon Chae Won too, this is like 2 consecutive years of Daebak for her already. :)

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I don't really understand how the extension works being new but wouldn't the writer plan something out clearly for the 20 episodes?

The other Daebak for MCW was the movie right? I need to see it.

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I think ep 19 was geared in such a way that there was supposed to be an extension. That's just me. And the final ep wasn't shot not until like last week I think. I do know that the last scene was shot during MCW's bday which was 11/13 so that was very recent.

Yep watch her movie Arrow, and another epic drama The Princess Man.

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I definitely agree. This was one drama that would have benefitted from one more episode.

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that and Princess' Man..she's on a winning streak....I wanna see her in something cute and cuddly for a change though

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