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Shark: Episode 5

Up until now, I had been enjoying Shark the way you generally enjoy a good piece of art—with appreciation and a dash of emotional distance. I could name all the things I liked about it and the very few things I wasn’t the biggest fan of, and while each episode had me invested, I couldn’t say that there was a huge emotional hook pulling me forward as much as plain curiosity for an interesting story. Which was plenty enough already.

But I’m happy to report that this is the episode that upped some stakes I could really sink my teeth into, even though they’re morally ambiguous and personally conflicting stakes. Why would we ever want less drama, anyway?

Lastly, as far as ratings go, Shark is steadily ticking upward, with this episode bringing in 8.8%.

 
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EPISODE 5 RECAP

Cold open: Hae-woo approaches a sky blue wall with a huge red circle painted on it, the very same symbol left on Detective Jung’s body. She steels herself and steps forward…

Back in the present, Hae-woo approaches Yi-soo with curiosity, asking how he came to be at the lake. He explains that he’s meeting her grandfather at the cabin on business, which works well enough.

While Grandpa Jo and Daddy Jo are en route to the cabin, Daddy Jo complains about how they’re going out of their way for someone who’s not all that important, but Grandpa shuts him up by mentioning how on edge he’s been since Detective Jung died. “His death has nothing to do with me,” Daddy Jo insists.

Hae-woo does some similar backpedaling with Yi-soo on the issue of his importance, stuttering out that she was expecting her grandfather’s special guest to be… more imposing, somehow. So in order to recover from all that, she starts referring to him as sunsaengnim (a word for teacher that also denotes extra respect and seniority), which he admits makes him feel pretty important. Hah.

He asks her the name of the lake, which she says she just calls “the lake.” She finally admits how bad she feels for crying on him on her wedding day, explaining that she’s not so good at controlling her emotions. Yi-soo is nice enough to claim that it was his mistake in the first place.

As for the lake, Hae-woo tells a story of a thousand-year-old golden fish who would lure men into the water, only for them to never return. Weirdly enough, when Hae-woo claims it’s just a legend, Yi-soo replies, “It could be the truth.” O-kay, except for the fact that it isn’t.

But then he says what he (as Yi-soo Lite) once did when they were younger, standing at this exact same spot: “Stars must look very beautiful from here.” Hae-woo’s eyes fill with tears again as she remembers Yi-soo. Why is he deliberately torturing this poor girl?

Yi-soo walks behind her on the path back to the cabin, and we see his eyes fill with longing as he reaches out toward her back, wanting so much to touch her but unable to let himself. A sudden gust of wind blows her scarf away, but he catches it for her and wordlessly hands it back. (In glorious slow motion, no less, though I can’t figure out why it must be so glorious.)

Joon-young finds them in this moment, and Yi-soo officially introduces himself as Kim Jun of Giant Hotel, a detail he’d left out in their earlier meetings so as not to burden them with his importance. Joon-young is friendly but curt, and my guess is that he’s already done a lot of research on him—they run competing hotels now, after all.

As he leads Hae-woo back to the cabin, she sends one glance back at Yi-soo. These two are going to be trouble. Delicious, dramatic trouble.

Detective Byun dodges questions about his new case from adopted-daugher Yi-hyun, though she’s not deterred—she has to know if this is about Yi-soo’s accident. She seems to be hopeful about the whole affair, claiming: “Maybe Oppa is still alive.”

Daddy Jo gossips about Yi-soo/Jun Yoshimura when he’s late for their business dinner, showing that he hasn’t stopped looking down on others even after all these years.

Yi-soo shows up to interrupt the chatter and formally introduces himself to Grandpa Jo, as if they’re meeting for the first time. And for Grandpa Jo, it is their first meeting.

Grandpa Jo heaps praise and compliments on Yi-soo, believing him to be the real son of Junichiro, whom he claims is his close friend. (I’m sure Junichiro would have something to say about that.) He even claims Yi-soo as his grandson since he and Junichiro are so close, and it starts to get a little much as Grandpa Jo just keeps complimenting and complimenting, acting much sweeter than we know he is.

But Hae-woo doesn’t know her grandfather like that, so she adds with a warm smile, “The person I admire the most is my grandfather.” Yikes. So the real truth, when it hits, is going to hit hard.

Daddy Jo is his usual unbearably awful self, but Yi-soo gets in his own barb by proving that he heard the gossip Daddy Jo was spewing at the table about Junichiro being a former Yakuza member. This doesn’t phase Daddy Jo, who defends what he said by claiming that honesty is what he does best, even if that means he’s not good at hiding things.

Their conversation grows tense as Daddy Jo accuses Yi-soo of being the quiet type who conceals his true intentions while looking through others, while he’s forthright and honest.

“I don’t think there’s anyone who’s completely honest,” Yi-soo calmly replies. “Everyone hides their true self. Sometimes, in order to hide their true self, people pretend to be honest.” Burn.

Meanwhile, a motorcyclist who cut in front of the Jo’s on the way over delivers a package to the cabin, which Mrs. Park brings to Hae-woo at the table. She recognizes Yi-soo from the lake and shoots him the most confused/surprised/weirded-out glance.

Detective Byun is trying to track down Detective Jung’s murderer, and finds that the last call he made that wasn’t to Hae-woo was to her father Curiouser and curiouser.

Hae-woo opens the package at the table, and it’s a gold Rolex, just like the one her father had down to the inscription on the back. It couldn’t be his same watch, could it? He threw that thing into the river. (Unless Yi-soo is Aquaman and got his shark friends to help him out.)

Daddy Jo starts sweating at the sight of the watch, and Hae-woo’s expression grows serious. Yi-soo, the mastermind behind the package, smirks to see Daddy Jo trembling.

And only now does Detective Byun begin to realize that Yi-soo and his father’s death link to Daddy Jo, the man who dropped his watch at the scene.

While driving home, Yi-soo reaches his hand out of the window as he remembers the sensation of catching Hae-woo’s scarf, while Hae-woo remembers Past Yi-soo’s phone call about the hardships she would have to endure while she clutches the watch in the present. She seems to have an idea of where this all will lead.

Daddy Jo makes a frantic call to Prosecutor Oh to demand that he use all his power to get Hae-woo off the case, but even the prosecutor knows that won’t stop her.

While Daddy Jo thinks that someone can’t be after him for just a “simple” hit-and-run, Prosecutor Oh reveals that it’s more than that—everyone involved in that case from twelve years ago is dead. Ergo, the mystery man’s motives in sending the watch can’t be so simple.

Hae-woo confronts her father with the watch: “Twelve years ago, it was you who caused that hit-and-run accident, not Yi-soo’s father.” This is bad news bears.

Something seems up with Joon-young, since he calls his personal secretary to do some checking up now that he caught a glimpse of the watch. How much does he know?

Hae-woo has figured it all out, even though the watch she’s holding is new—which means her father got rid of the watch at the crime scene. And for that to happen, Detective Jung had to be involved to hide the watch in the first place… which means her father bribed him. Wow. She’s sharp.

The only deviation from her deductions versus what actually happened is in her asking her father where he was on the day Detective Jung was murdered. Yikes. She’s outright accusing her father of murder, which causes him to defensively declare that she’s no longer his child. “How can a daughter accuse her father of murder?”

Hae-woo’s not having an easy time either, but she knows that the watch was sent to her as a message. And after some self-reflection, she gets another picture message like the one that led her to the library, though this time it’s of the back of a bus. Like before, Detective Byun also received the same text.

Joon-young asks Hae-woo about what’s on her mind, and after some hesitation she tells him that her and Detective Byun have been receiving the same messages with regard to Yi-soo’s case. He’s supportive but concerned, and tells her that it might be better for her to leave the case to someone else.

“My mind tells me to run away, but my heart won’t allow it,” she admits. But to placate him, she claims she’ll leave the case if it becomes too hard for her.

The kid who originally witnessed the accident goes to the hospital to visit his grandfather, only to find that all the bills were paid for (along with an upgrade to a VIP room) by a relative. The kid runs out to see who it was, but he doesn’t notice Yi-soo standing next to him. That’s his mysterious “relative.”

He calls Soo-hyun to see if perhaps he paid for it, since he previously gave him money for his grandfather’s surgery, but Soo-hyun says no. Considering that the kid has no relatives to help with his expenses, he’s stumped as to who’s responsible. (But it also begs the question: Why did Soo-hyun give him money in the first place?)

Daddy Jo has an anxiety attack over the hit-and-run case with his father, who doesn’t seem to take things seriously until his son mentions that Hae-woo knows about the case. Daddy Jo’s chief worry is about losing face in front of her, to which Grandpa Jo angrily snaps that saving face isn’t what’s important: “Worrying first about the pain your child will suffer is what a father does. You don’t have the right to be a father!”

…And Mrs. Park hears everything from outside. Ooohh. Judging by her shock and the tears brimming in her eyes, she had no idea about Daddy Jo’s involvement in the hit-and-run case until now. (Which means that the man she loved secretly, Yi-soo’s father, was wrongly implicated in the case because of him. Or not. We know so little about her.)

Meanwhile, Yi-soo leaves an envelope for Hae-woo in the same train station where his father hid *the* envelope all those years ago.

While Hae-woo and Detective Byun follow the trail to find the market in the polaroid, Hae-woo seems to want to tell him about her father… but in the end, she can’t.

It’s been half an hour, so it’s time for a mandatory shark shout-out: Secretary Jang claims she wanted to get Yi-soo a shark as a present, since she first saw him staring at sharks in Japan. But it’s because she was in charge of decorating his new penthouse, now that he’s finally out of a hotel room.

Out of convenience, she now lives on the same floor, to which he replies: “It’s good to have you nearby.” She smiles sheepishly at the words, before updating him on Dong-soo—under Yi-soo’s instructions, she’s now employed him with their hotel.

Dong-soo is over the moon with the news of his new job as the CEO’s new driver, and enthusiastically tells Yi-hyun all about it. She’s genuine in her congratulations, but stops to see the telescope in the storefront, the one that reminds her of Yi-soo. Then, she gets a strange call from her mother.

Cut to: That same telescope in Yi-hyun’s home as a prize for an event she doesn’t remember entering. Awww. Yi-soo got it for her! Secretly, of course, but that’s so sweet.

Even sweeter: Yi-soo bought the same telescope for his penthouse, and the warmest smile comes from him as he looks at it. It’s good to have little reminders that he’s not totally dead inside.

Speaking of dead insides, Grandpa Jo places a mysterious call to someone he says must keep a close eye on Hae-woo. The camera zooms in on a wedding picture of Hae-woo and Joon-young. So… is it Joon-young he’s calling?

Hae-woo and Detective Byun finally make it to the market from the polaroid, only to find Soo-hyun as he’s leaving it. He calmly explains that he was looking for the market ever since Yi-soo showed him the picture, even though she can’t remember showing it to him in the first place. Something’s really fishy about this guy. (Or am I just being paranoid?)

The deaf schoolgirl manning the counter uses a pen and paper to communicate with Hae-woo, and after confirming her name, she hands her a key. As for who gave it to her, the girl just writes: “Ajusshi.” Along with that, the ajusshi gave her a hand-drawn picture of Hae-woo, indicating that he knows not only her name but also her face in stalker-like detail.

We see Yi-soo with his last piece of decorative art: Chagall’s “Orpheus”. He remembers Hae-woo telling him the tale of Orpheus, and just as Orpheus was instructed never to look back, Yi-soo reminds himself of the same: “Don’t look back.”

Detective Byun recognizes the neighborhood they’re in, and ends up leading Hae-woo to the former apartment of the Envelope Professor, curious to know if the mystery key fits. Before she goes, Soo-hyun makes sure to tell her that the police now know that her father was the last person to talk to Detective Jung.

The key fits. I love Soo-hyun’s offhand remark as they enter the apartment: “This is illegal.”

And inside, they find the blue wall we saw from the cold open, the one with the giant red circle. Detective Byun sends Soo-hyun out so he can tell Hae-woo about the Envelope Professor’s murder twelve years ago, and how Yi-soo’s father was the last person to see him alive.

But he claims the two didn’t know each other, and that Grandpa Jo is their only connection. For obvious reasons, this fact shocks Hae-woo.

He explains the whole story, of how the Envelope Professor was driven home from her grandfather’s house by Yi-soo’s father the night he died, and how the hit-and-run happened that same night. And how Yi-soo’s father was murdered the next day. And after that, Yi-soo was murdered.

Yi-soo was adamant that his father wasn’t responsible for the accident, and Detective Byun agrees that the story isn’t foolproof. He’s on the right track in thinking that whatever evidence Yi-soo’s father had must have been the reason he and Yi-soo were killed. “Three murder cases are all somehow linked. If we could only find the motive.”

Hae-woo prepares to tell him about her father’s possible involvement, but he seems to know what she wants to say and defers the conversation to another day, giving Hae-woo time to consider the circle on the wall as it seems to morph into something like water, while Yi-soo goes for a swim.

The moment he breaks for air, Hae-woo gets shocked out of her thoughts by Joon-young’s call. He’s at the house with Mrs. Park, who asks him how old CEO “Kim Jun” is. Huh. I wonder if she might be onto the fact that he’s Yi-soo.

Secretary Jang catches Yi-soo on his way out for a walk, but is politely refused when she offers to keep him company. She does grow concerned when his leg starts to hurt—but Junichiro told him when he was recovering long ago that he’d suffer pain for the rest of his life.

She flashes back to her meeting in Japan with Junichiro, when she’d asked him whether he trusted Yi-soo. “I don’t trust anyone. I only trust myself,” he said. (Except he went on to say that he only trusted her.)

Hae-woo goes to a familiar-but-tiny restaurant to do some thinking, and is surprised to find Yi-soo already there. He asks her to be his drinking buddy, and praises her honesty when she admits that it’s a little uncomfortable for her. “Sometimes I lie,” she retorts. Yi-soo: “And sometimes I tell the truth.”

She’s made more comfortable after Yi-soo explains his reason for picking the place—she recommended it personally to him, after all. (Back in that Awkward Elevator Ride.) So she opens up a little and speaks vaguely about the trouble she’s having with her case, and how she might have to drop it.

When he gently presses her, she asks him: “If, in your search for the truth, you might end up losing someone precious to you… What would you do?” She’s clearly talking about her father, and Yi-soo offers some practical advice from experience, in that anything you try to avoid can come back to you a bigger problem than when you left it. (Truer words have never been spoken.)

“If you want to find the truth,” Yi-soo says, “sometimes you need to be prepared to lose something precious to you.” And we know that he had to lose her in order to seek out the truth.

He tells her to keep her chin up, and she’s genuinely cheered up by his words. She was looking for an excuse to drop the case, though she knew she shouldn’t because of the dead Yi-soo.

“Come to think of it, every time I meet you, somehow I feel like I’m being encouraged,” she admits. If only she knew the reason why.

As they later stand outside waiting for the rain to pass, they share a gaze, and so much seems to pass through it. Yi-soo’s resolve momentarily breaks: “Run away. If it’s hard on you, it’s not too late to run. Run as far away as you can.”

But she’s found new resolve from the words he said earlier and won’t be swayed. She convinces him to go ahead without her, which he does… but he stops in the rain, turns back, and begins walking straight for her. Omo.

Yi-soo says nothing, and instead pulls her in… for a kiss. A real kiss.

JAW. DROP.

 
COMMENTS

Wow. Well… huh. I certainly wasn’t expecting that to happen.

I had two distinct reactions to the kiss scene, now that I picked my jaw up off the floor and returned to my seat: (1) FEELINGS! (2) I probably shouldn’t be feeling these feelings.

This is something to probably credit the actors for more than the writing, because they’ve so far done a bang-up job of conveying this sort of inexplicable attraction to each other over a very short period of time. And it’s not necessarily an attraction built on romantic tension, but one consisting of all the little moments of simple, silent connection that Yi-soo and Hae-woo share. Like how they seem to understand each other on a deeper level, and how they somehow communicate to the audience that they’re drawn to each other, though it’s clear Hae-woo can’t quite pinpoint why.

We know why, and Yi-soo knows why, but we have to look at this from her perspective: She’s a married woman who finds kinship in the company of a stranger who’s perplexingly familiar to her on some level, one who keeps saying things that remind her of her dead first love. And, in this case, it wasn’t like she was going to take their relationship any further—but I’m curious to see what her reaction will be next episode, even though I’m pretty sure she won’t be very pleased. From Yi-soo’s perspective though, she’s the Hae-woo he knew and loved/still loves. From hers, he’s just a kind and mysterious man she may or may not be attracted to.

I wasn’t expecting a kiss (or anything like it) this early in the game because of how much it’s bound to change the trust level between Yi-soo and Hae-woo, and how complicated it would/will make their relationship. I’m sure they’ll have to go on speaking, but she won’t be able to comfortably be his platonic drinking buddy anymore when she knows that things like that can happen. I’m proud of this show for going there, but at the same time, I can’t sort out my own feelings about their romance. On the one hand, she’s married, and on the other hand, she’s married. Granted, Yi-soo’s feelings probably aren’t reciprocated for those reasons, making it harder to root for their happily ever after… but at the same time, I can’t help it. (Even though I feel so terrible about it at the same time. Show, why are you doing this to me?)

As for Hae-woo, I have to admit that I’m liking her more and more with each episode. She’s unusual in the fact that she’s such a strong female protagonist, one who doesn’t exist solely as a love interest or an object, but as an active player based on her own merits. She’s strong-willed, yet her moments of weakness are very human and relatable. No one wants to accuse their own father of murder, and not everyone has the stones for it. She doesn’t need heavy-handed exposition to explain why she does things, because it’s all told by simply observing her character. Same goes for pretty much everyone in this show, come to think of it. And it’s doing wonders so far.

 

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Ooh, I'm watching it right now and the recap popped up just in time! Thanks!! :D Love this show!

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I'm so excited to watch this drama, now that QOF is over, Shark will replace it in the KBS world timeslot, I've only read the first recap and i stopped reading to avoid spoilers!

-yeah, i'm 3 weeks late due to my very slow internet connection so I just watch it on KBS world, but better late than never.

Thanks Heads for recapping!!!!

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I know the ~feels~, it makes me feel terrible that I'm rooting for these two because yeah, she's MARRIED! So wrong, so wrong for this show.

Soo-hyun is the mysterious motorcyclist, isn't he? His body in leather kind of match up. That's a ~model status type of body. Now if he is, I wonder what's his connection to Yi-soo.

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Since I'm already suspicious of just about everyone in this show anyway, I now suspect that yes, Soo Hyun is secretly working for Yi Soo.

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(1) I KNOW (2) I'M STILL FEELING THEM

That last scene had me scream at the computer you go dude!
I'm already shipping them like mad even though she is married.
I really enjoy SYJ performance as HW, she's vulnerable yet strong. She's not a damsel in distress or a lightheaded bimbo.
What I find great about her is that she is starting to realize that her family might be involved in some bad things yet she wont back down.
But I think her hubby will turn to the dark side, his father is involved in covering up crimes and I'm betting he will protect his father.
I feel bad for secretary lady though, she could be in love with Yi Soo but he is not returning those feelings.

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Especially after episode 6 i am convinced that our heroine is going to one of my favs because of how strong she is. Not in the sense that she's badass or can fight or anything, but that her will is keeping our story moving along without all that added drama taking center-stage. The shark team really knows how to wring out our emotions slowly but surely. Too much drama gets me desensitized and scratching my head. But if they know how to play that card right with just enough, i'm a goner!
I completely admire the fact that hae woo is going headstrong into the investigation knowing that it may possibly put her own family at risk, and she may end up losing her dad(thats only the beginning). That's where i feel empathy for our heroine, even if i've never gone through the same. Shark takes its time in telling its story in a way that sucks me in deeper each week. The fast pace of this episode also kept me on edge.

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I love the ~feels~and I don't feel sorry while rooting for the 2 of them. Even though I'm married and it would be the worst nightmare if this would happen with my hubby ( I'm selfish romance wise I'd love to be in her shoes).

I need more scenes with the revenge thing and mystery cases at hand. Right now too much romance could make it too melodramatic without something really happening.

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Thanks for the recap. I, on the other hand am going to suffer from 2nd male AND 2nd female lead syndrome despite liking the OTP. I know I'm not making any sense, am I.

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+1
We can keep each other company.

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Cool. Cos this ship has lot's of room to spare.

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Thanks....

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Thanks!

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Finally! been waiting for this. Thanks ^^

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i love the episode also....hehehe...love kimnamgil more hehehe

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Thank you for the recap- It is so well done!

As far as the end? That was effing awesome!

I agree that it is the actors who bring this...this... this between them to a believable level. I am guessing she will pull away in horror - shocked more at her own reaction than the fact he did that.

"Daddy Jo is his usual unbearably awful self" is he EVER. Thing is, a lot of successful families have these muck-ups they have to deal with, to keep out of trouble, and who continue to disappoint. You can't kill them, right? Reminds me of that dbag son in Giant. Ugh! They are frustrating to watch but very true to life.

More guesses on the O:

First one is kinduv an a-duh for me:
ORPHEUS
Bringing it full circle.
Moon
Shark with its mouth Open wide

Last word: SHARKS! Just keep swimming, heads, or you'll be eaten alive.

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Thing is, they should've just gone with one theme and stuck to it. Orpheus and sharks are both pretty big ideas, and what's more, don't have much to do with each other.

So, I feel like that's where I get confused a lot in this show.

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Agree. I think that's one of my iffy things about Shark. I'm usually okay with using one of the concepts but for them to really go to town with both concepts leaves me not really interested. I liked the orpheus painting and its symbolism, not so much the shark.
K-dramas really love their symbolism ie. moon and sun.

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Orpheus would be the grandfather and the shark would be the Japanese hotel owner.

Remember he is not the power player on the revenge quest, its the Japanese owner. There are two different monsters at work that kill people.

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SYJ and KNG certainly have chemistry. The script is good, but they convey SO MUCH just by looking at each other. I'm feeling the romance so much (I know, I know, it's so wrong) mainly bc of that. As much as I liked the younger leads, the chemistry wasn't really there.

What a good show. I'm loving Hae Woo too, not just SYJ's portrayal (which is great) but also how principled, vulnerable and human she is. I also love how she's a key player, not just a romantic interest for the male lead(s) and an innocent victim of a corrupt and twisted family (which sadly she is only beginning to realize). She is all those things as well, but is also allowed to be her own person. We need more female characters written like this (and portrayed like this) in kdramaland. I'm pretty sick of kdramas only focusing on their heroes.

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I think that Hae woo actually knows about corruption, cause she knows her grandfather covers up for her dad sometimes, etc. It was already twisted already, what with her parents' separation and (from what we could glean from the first two episodes) her mother's estrangement. I am actually very surprised that Hae Woo was able to stay so naive for 12 years, especially since she is in the field of law enforcement.

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the kiss ♥

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ok, this show looks great, I won't miss it at all

thanks for the recap HeadsNo2.

Kim Nam Gil FIGHTING!!!!

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Heads, you hit it on the nail. The most comical moment for me this episode was at the 8th minute (re the very elaborate scene of the scarf being blown away). I was watching it during breakfast and my half-awaken brain was still trying to grasp the significance of the scene vis-a-vis the PD's perspective. My husband was watching me watching the show and watching the scene, and in his confusion, he blurted out, "is the guy a ghost?"

ROTFLOL! Looks like the PD didn't succeed at whatever he was trying to achieve :P

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That one scene just looks too weird to me. And with the OST playing in the background it was like watching a rather cheesy MV.

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Agreed. My jaw dropped too when I saw this.

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MTE! It did feel like a cheesy MV. I was like wtf am I watching? Is this really necessary? I ended up laughing my butt off.

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Does it signify the invisible connection between them?

Or not, since he had to reach out to get the scarf...

The invisible connection between the that the winds of time blew off course and would be broken if not for the fact that Shark is reaching out to retie the binds?

There.

As funny/strange as it was, I was able to relax and enjoy the feelings between them. Unlike Equator Man where I wanted to chuck a tire iron at the director during the pregnant pauses.

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Oh god, that scarf flyaway was the funniest moment ever so far in Shark history.
PD apparently did not succeed in whatever he wanted to portray.

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It's rather unsettling where the PDs are heading for the show, re the kiss scene at the end. Why has YS return on HW's wedding day and not put a stop to their wedding, and then later have him force a kiss on HW? Is this controversy necessary? I know we could argue that YS is trying hard to forget HW and arguably his restraint could be severely tested when she appeared coincidentally at the shop. Then again, my impression seems to be that YS is sometimes intentionally leading her on, saying things to her that only she will know (re the North Star, following her to the lake) etc. Taking us off the beaten track is nice (with our female lead married, and the male lead not) but show, you are about to cross the line!

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I really like the fact that he is cool and calculating one moment (arriving in time for the wedding, but just observing it) and passionate another. It shows how conflicted he is, that his heart and his head are not in agreement about what his course of action should be and why. It's all very well for a character to say "I'm conflicted", but the drama happens when we actually see this dichotomy in his actions, and see the ripples of chaos it creates. THAT's good writing. For me, this show is the writerly antidote to Gu Family Book. No one has to say they are on the train to crazytown, we see all of the believable characters, doing what is well within their motivation to do, and we know it is Not Going To End Well, without having to be told.

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Skelly, couldn't have said it any better. You've pretty much written out my thoughts in a better way than i could.
I wish we could "like" comments on DB.

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i cant help it, but i think the filming location of

cabin = is the same as ''Cheer up Mr Kim'', summer house
where the heroine confess to Mr Kim

Envelope Professor’s apartment = is the same as Park Shin Hye apartment in "Don't worry I am a ghost"

i could be wrong, maybe the location that i mentioned above is the same design everywhere in Korea

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You are probably right. They reuse locations all the time.

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The cabin was also seen in Bad Guy.

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my jaw is still missing somewhere on the floor....errr..how do you explain the kissss!!! I'm already fretting for him.

It's so wrong...I hate dramas about cheating spouses...but but....

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my jaw is still missing somewhere on the floor

If I find yours while I'm looking for mine, I'll let you know. Mine dropped so hard, I think it bounced out the door, down the hall, and down the stairs into the living room. Holy! F'ing! Shit!

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Maybe I need to watch this. I like the premise and I love the female lead, yet I said no more Melos for me. Ever!!
Anyhow his facial hair really bothers me. In my head I'm like "She's soo pretty, her husband is yummy, the male lead has a bug on his face" sigh*

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I'd like to mention that Shark feels more like a thriller/crime than melo after you get passed first 4 episodes.
Shark is in the hands of a very capable team that is known to produce quality writing.
The melo isn't at all overwrought at this point and I personally think Shark used just enough to keep us invested but not bogging down the story in anyway.
Im slowly getting used to KNG's pornstache. *sigh* although i really wished he'd shave it off before but it's better to get accustomed to seeing it since it doesn't look like he's shaving it off anytime soon.

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Ughhh....

Such conflicting emotions. We're rooting for YiSoo but doing that means hurting what is probably everyones favorite character Haewoo. The pain!!

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The revenge is so up close and personal - thrillingly dangerous but I get the feeling that I will have to peek around my hands covering my eyes in episodes to come

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Obviously, kngdrama stands for my love for Kim Nam Gil, started when I accidentally clicked on QSD on hulu, a few years ago.

All I have to say is, this man can act. I don't know how he does it, but he goes from a plain-looking man in his 30s to a painfully beautiful being, a shark in the ocean of feelings.

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I started to watch this only for his acting. He is really (for me) the Actor King :D He can play thee emotions so well without saying what he feels.

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YES. So much is going on that is not being said, and we can follow it all because of his expressions.

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I personally think he really nailed it in episode 6; excited to discuss once we get there!

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Yes he sure can act and he even managed to make his character in bad guy likeable despite how terribly written the character was. He's definitely THE best k-actor within his age group..and oh yeah after that kiss I take back what I said previously about the romance aspect not being strong..I'm rooting for these two yi-soo & hae-woo ALL the way <3

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It's really nice to see a strong female character in one of these parts of the Revenge trilogy. I love The Devil and Resurrection but the women were pretty weak in those and mostly just got played by the men. But in this one the female lead is strong and smart and an active player Even though she is being lead to her conclusions by clues left by the protagonist, she still has to have the brains to follow and the will to go where she might not want in order to find the truth. Nice.

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I haven't watched this drama, but looking at recap pictures, the thing that keeps popping in my head is how ugly that hairstyle is on Kim Nam Gil. Please change then maybe I'll have the motivation to start watching. ngeeeeeee

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JAW DROP..!

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Son Ye Jin is doing SUCH a fantastic job. She uses her face so expressively yet so naturally. In one second, it goes through so many permutations, exactly the way actual human beings' faces do. At this point, Shark is really her story.

I do hope that the drama will let us in more into Yi Soo/Kim Joon. He's too much of a cipher for me right now. I want more than just a few bits of humanity here and there that he struggles to fight back into what's supposed to be his cold, stony heart. At this point, I know more about Secretary Jang than I do of the adult Yi Soo/Kim Joon. I just don't want a repeat of KNG's Bad Guy role that remained much too much a cipher.

Camera - I love this camera.

Cinematography - I love the cinematographer / director. There shots/framing are always interesting, even for the most mundane of scenes. That shot of Hae Woo against the blue wall and of the cabin after she confronts her father, and how it panned across her, so awesome. (Yeah, I'll just choose to forget about the slo-mo scarf scene.)

Soundtrack - I really love it. I loved Resurrection's OST and hope this one is awesome too.

Anyhow, I do hope the ratings go up, up, up. Cause the show deserves it so much.

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Oh yes. This is the first son ye jin project i'm following after i stopped watching personal preference.
The girl is one of the most natural actresses i've ever seen. To the emotions, to the tics, to the speaking. I never think that she is playing a character but that she's actually living in the world of Shark. I actually enjoy watching her not only because she's very pretty and elegant but also because she's a natural in every scene she's in.

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Feast your eyes on her cult drama Alone in Love. Plot and development was so slow but it worked out beautifully. Till this day, that drama remains as her best work for me.

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I was going to mention Alone in Love. She was absolutely gorgeous and relatable there, so vulnerable and brave.

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I'm in the middle of this today, since for some reason, combo of personal mood and the ambience of this show, I kept bursting into tears last night.

So, did anyone else think, you won a really expensive telescope? Go sell it and out money in a college fund! Or save for a house down payment. Or something since you're not actually an astronomer.

Oh, and why is such a pricey telescope in a shop window?

I do like how Oppa and dongsaeng have same habit of spacing out when facing something they're fixated on: him, sharks, and her, telescope.

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That kiss was pretty damn amazing. I'm actually teary.

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That kiss was so unexpected for me. However, not out of the ordinary for our hero. Either way, i had so many feels because of the sublty of the moment, in the emotions, the facial expressions...

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When I first started this I kept thinking, "Uhm..not as wildly over-the-top passionate as Incarnation of Money." And yi soo was just too chill and silent for an avenger

But while both dramas take almost the same situation (with the big exception that Grandpa was probably a traitor) this one is more a mystery than a vengeance story. It's a writing of an ancient wrong and a discovery of a terrible national ancient secret. It's like a crime drama and Oedipus and half of me just wants Ms Prosecutor to drop the case and not come to the truth.

I like it that both main characters are seen and we see everything from both the all-knowing avenger's side and from the totally ignorant but forthright and persevering prosecutor's side. I can't help comparing avengers right now. I kinda miss the way Cha Don would set stuff up and we would be privy to his plans. Yi Soo is way too distant, even to the viewer (who are already on his side.) But since he trusts no one...oh well, I'll go with him. I wasn't connected to him at first. But now I'm actually finding him a great character.

Thanks for the recap.

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Shark is a winner. I like the mini-opening scenes that actually happen later on in the story because right away my interest is piqued.
This episode kept things moving along quite briskly. I appreciate that the writer doesn’t dilly dally with our story, neither is she stingy on dropping clues. I think haewoo suspecting dad is the more obvious one as of now, but the one that’ll definitely give greater impact is when she finds out Grandpa, “the one she looks up to the most”, is actually the one behind it all. Dad definitely has covered his hit and run, but im sure Grandpa is the true evil mastermind behind all that much deeper, unknown stuff we have yet to discover(anyone else really interested in what’s in the file that yi soo and his dad peaked at?).I appreciate that the writer drops us some hints that the story isn’t just about uncovering yi soo’s dad’s death,or the car accident, but about something much greater that is all interconnected somehow. With each episode im actually enjoying the detective/prosecutor thing they got going on alongside the revenge plan. This is what sets Shark apart from other revenge melos because you can tell this team knows exactly what they’re doing. Everything is thought out carefully and our characters don’t do stupid things without reasons. Other shows focus solely on the revenge factor and end up losing steam for me, personally, and I end up no longer interested.
My investment in shark was more of a slower one compared to the other lighter shows i’ve been watching that had tons of cute and crack. After watching episode 6 of shark, I can see that shark is going to be one of those shows that leave me thinking about it for days on end. Well done shark, you finally have me hooked.

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Well his resolve went kaput.

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Also would like to say that that lunch scene at the family lodge is a rather awesome one. Daddio totally got slapped in the face a few times by our hero. Yakuza style, bitches .Then he’s sippin’ that wine while dad is literally about to piss in his pants at the sight of the watch. Pretty awesome.
Also, i completely did not expect that sudden kiss. Not at all. So early in the game! Not that im complaining or anything.

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I hope the show keeps up with unexpected twists. Folks that like mysteries know a lot of the typical twists and turns and love to be surprised.

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Pardon me while I vent for a moment.

Hae Woo, Det. Byun and Soo Hyun enter the apartment and find a giant circle on the wall. The circle is the same as was found on the body of a murder victim. Twelve years earlier this same apartment was the scene of a murder; the victim somehow connected to the events happening in present day.

Yet instead of, ya know, investigating the apartment, dusting for prints, looking for any more clues, we get "Let's go home and get a good night's sleep."

What the hell?!?!

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That one guy said them going inside was illegal.
How they follow up after illegally entering I have no clue.
Seems they should not have, but they are hiding things from the head guy who obeys the grandfather.

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Hah. I never even thought of this.

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I thought something similar.
What cops would do in this case is find out what paint that is, find out who sells it, find out who bought it, go and talk to every single one of the purchasers until you get some connection, however distant.

It's tedious work that is boring to watch so instead we get that.

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Yeah. I would assume all that is saved for a show that is foremost a crime/mystery show. I appreciate that shark gives us atleast this much rather than spending more time on the melo. You can only fit so much in one episode.

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"Unless Yi-soo is Aquaman and got his shark friends to help him out."

Now i know the reason for this show's title. LOL

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I knew kng and syj would have mad chemistry ever since I saw them in that ohui ad, which by the way, they were both underwater. Coincidence? I love the looks of longing in kng's eyes.... This show is super romantic but also a good thriller...can't wait until next week....Shark, FIGHTING!!!!!

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Just wanna say a huge THANK YOU for writing summaries weekly for this show!

I truly enjoyed reading it! Thank you so so much!

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Great recap! Totally felt the same way at the end of this episode. That was one hot kiss! I never imagined that Son Yejin and Kim Namgil would have such great chemistry! Seriously, even the scene in the very first episode with him on the stairs and her in her wedding dress gave me so many feels! There is definitely a moral dilemma for Hae-Woo here. In real life I would be totally: NO NO NO NO NO! This is so wrong!, but I guess I must be WAY more liberal in dramaland!:D

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I am enjoying your recap so much, I don't even want to take the time to watch, thanks for your personal gift of re-telling a story! Honest and entertaining!

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I've watched Son Ye Jin a few times before. This is my fav so far. Probably related to the way her character is written too! Couldn't stand her in Personal Taste! And as for the ending, didn't expect that coming too...

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There is this drama trope that these young adults fall in love and then later reunite and the attraction remains. In Hae-Won's case it is made bitter by the mysterious disappearance of Yi-Soo. No matter that a dozen years have passed, things still remind her of Yi-Soo.

From personal experience, I can say
1. It is possible to still think about someone a dozen years later, even if they have passed away
2. First love can imprint certain characteristics you look for in a mate, even without you being consciously aware

My first love died when we were teenagers. It took watching Shark to bring back those memories for me. So for me, I'm emotionally investing in the HW & YS pair. YS seems to be torturing the poor girl, and I expect to cry buckets at some point in this drama.

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Just watching this epi at KBSW. I like this drama. But I don't remember if I watch any dramas with KNG in it. Poor Han Suk Jin. I hope he will not turn into baddie..

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