Drama Recaps
Two Weeks: Episode 4
by | August 15, 2013 | 104 Comments

I’m sure this’ll become the understatement of the year: Tae-san has another bad day. Things get dicey when a killer joins the roster of people after our hero, but it’s not all bad news, because with two enemies on your tail, sometimes they cancel each other out. A few crucial things come to light in this episode, and the love triangle—unconventional and screwed up as it is—starts to complicate matters in a big way.

 
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EPISODE 4 RECAP

It’s Manhunt On the Mount, and things aren’t looking so good for our hero. The law has numbers on its side, while Tae-san has darkness on his. He races through the woods as they close in around him, and when he reaches the creek down below, he gets spotted.

All teams get radioed in to the location, which our assassin Teacher Kim overhears as well. So now it’s a three-way race, between Good Guys, Bad Guy, and Badder Guy. I honestly can’t decide which is worse.

Tae-san manages to run ahead and duck out of sight, but it’s only a matter of time before all sides close in. He starts to lose it, panicking that there’s no way out. He takes the stuffed monkey out of his pocket and pleads for help, like it’s a fairy godmonkey, or perhaps Su-jin herself watching over him.

And then as if answering his prayers, suddenly an explosion goes off in the creek below. And another. Uh-oh, this is way too serendipitous to be real. Tae-san isn’t about to waste the opportunity, and goes running in the opposite direction…

…which is exactly what Teacher Kim wanted. Ack. He knocks him down with one swift blow, and puts a knife to his throat. “Where is the digital camera?” Tae-san doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and then he remembers the camera that Mi-sook left in his care the day she died.

He reaches into his pocket slowly, and Teacher Kim backs off a step. But he doesn’t have the camera, of course, and uses the moment to attack. The surprise lets Tae-san get the upper hand… for about two seconds. Teacher Kim moves like a freaking terminator, and gets Tae-san in a one-handed stranglehold without breaking a sweat.

But Tae-san sees a drop-off behind him, and swings them both around, sending Teacher Kim tumbling down below. It isn’t that far, but it’s enough of a window for Tae-san to run for his life.

Jae-kyung finds out that they lost Tae-san again and loses her cool, and Seung-woo can barely contain his you’re-kidding-me face, since he’s the one who nearly got blown up and she’s the one yelling. But he points out that the explosions tell them one very important fact: Jang Tae-san is getting help from the outside.

Tae-san crosses a cornfield and makes his way down to the road, where a row of emergency vehicles sits waiting. There aren’t any keys to be found, but he does spot a bus passing by.

Thinking quickly, he grabs clothes from one of the rescue workers, and runs to catch the bus. He tells the bus driver that he came out to help with the search but his mother is sick, and he doesn’t have bus fare. The driver happily gives him a free ride, saying that his is the last bus of the night. Phew.

Boss Moon gets the call from Teacher Kim that he lost Tae-san, and everyone’s reaction is the same: “You lost him? YOU lost him? YOU?” I take it Teacher Kim isn’t usually the guy making “I’m sorry, Boss” calls.

Boss Moon tells him not to come back until he’s got Tae-san’s head on a pike, and his minions are shocked to realize that he isn’t such an easy target. Boss Moon wonders if he’s planning to make a deal for the camera, but Brainy Minion says he’d have called first thing if he wanted to do that. No, he’s trusting that camera to clear his name and take them all down.

Teacher Kim gets back to his car sporting a bloody head wound, and dips his finger in his own blood to mark Tae-san’s trail on his map. Eeep.

Tae-san sneaks around the town, wondering what he’s supposed to do when he has no idea if a house contains one granny or a house full of burly men. But then he chances upon a mother and daughter pair.

The mother is hearing-impaired and he hears the daughter nag her mom that they have to take safety precautions now that Dad isn’t around anymore. Bingo. He creeps his way into the house, and just walks right up to them, with a wrapped butcher knife in one hand and rope in the other. What. You’re taking hostages now? Couldn’t you have just stolen a chicken or something?

He ties them up and starts inhaling food, and the whole time Mom is squirming and trying to tell her daughter something, which she can’t because her hands are tied and she can’t sign.

Tae-san notices that Mom is struggling to cover up her daughter’s bare legs, and it takes him a moment before realizing that she thinks he’s a creepy pervert. His eyes widen and he gets all defensive and shouts: “Ajumma, what do you take me for? Just because a person goes around wearing these (shakes handcuffs) doesn’t mean he’s a heinous criminal!” LOL.

It cracks me up how offended he is, like that wouldn’t be the obvious conclusion to draw. He ends up calling the ajumma a weirdo for thinking such things, and cries that he’s got a story and a reason for all of this, and tosses the girl more clothes to put on. But he can’t just leave it at that, and whines that he’s got women lined up to date him, just so you know. Hahahaha.

The cops (and prosecutor) regroup at the local station, where they’ve already heard about Tae-san’s bus ride out to town. They split up to search house by house, but Seung-woo wonders if someone came here to help him escape with explosives, wouldn’t he have had a getaway car too?

His captain wonders who would help a murder suspect nobody like him, while Jae-kyung becomes even more convinced that it was Boss Moon—a fact she keeps to herself.

Tae-san goes over the day of the murder again in his head, and he can’t for the life of him figure out what that digital camera is that’s worth killing for, after they already framed him for murder. But then he remembers the fight with Teacher Kim and scrambles to check his wound in the mirror.

He freaks out, remembering that he can’t let it get infected before Su-jin’s surgery, and asks the girl for disinfectant. They don’t have any, but she tells him that for a cut like that, he can just wash it and put ointment on.

So he takes her suggestion and takes a shower. Mrawr, thanks hostage girl. He breaks down in tears and exhaustion, crying that he just wanted to hide out somewhere until the surgery, but now there are people trying to kill him, and he doesn’t know what to do.

Hostage Mom wonders how the kidnapper can shower like that, saying that he has no fear. But Daughter says she’s seen enough movies to know that you have to be nice to people like that so they don’t kill you. Ha.

She decides he’s probably not a really bad man anyway, because he tied them facing each other so Mom wouldn’t be scared.

But just as Tae-san is coming out of the shower, there’s a knock at the door. Oh crap. Hostage Daughter opens the door—it’s Seung-woo, here with a wanted poster. They ask if anyone’s been here, and she nervously says no. They ask her to blink twice if something is wrong…

Inside, Tae-san has Mom with a knife to her side, and Daughter returns. She says they’re gone and they have to turn off the lights to make it look like they’re sleeping. I’m so nervous that Seung-woo’s going to pop out from behind her any second now.

But he doesn’t, and she locks the door behind her. Tae-san lets go of Mom with a sigh, and apologizes.

He sits up that night as mom and daughter sleep, and thinks of Su-jin. He takes out Fairy Godmonkey and sighs aloud, “She’s waiting, for the surgery, for you. She’s waiting, that kiddo.”

He regrets not having taken a picture of her, but that suddenly triggers his memory—of Roomie Man-seok, blathering on about needing a digital camera for his big date. He remembers now that he came home that day with the camera in his pocket and Man-seok borrowed it just as he was heading out for his trip.

7:30 AM. Su-jin eats breakfast and tells Mom she can go to work, saying in her precocious way that Mom’s restaurant job is their livelihood, so she can be a big girl about being alone for a few hours.

So In-hye heads to the little pizza store where she works, and that’s where she sees the latest news broadcast about the escaped fugitive, but this time there’s a name: Jang Tae-san. She freezes.

And then there’s a picture. Oh no. She stumbles into her room in a daze, the newscaster’s words just going in an endless loop in her head. She finally breaks down in sobs, realizing what this means for Su-jin.

Back at Hostage House, Tae-san fills an entire palm with mousse, which seems like excessive hair care for a man on the run. But then we get a flash of Geena Davis going from redhead to blonde, as he starts to transform his appearance. (Ha, the running movie references are hilarious—yesterday it was The Fugitive and today it’s The Long Kiss Goodnight—I didn’t expect it to go on, but now that it’s a Thing, it’s pretty funny.)

He puts on a suit and glasses, and looks like a totally different person. He asks Hostage Daughter not to be too upset about him borrowing her father’s clothes, since he’d understand. He asks to borrow some money too, promising to pay them back. He leaves them with one final request: to tell the cops that he didn’t kill Mi-sook.

She asks if he really didn’t kill anyone, and he sighs that he may have hit a lot of people in his day, but he’s never stabbed anyone. “The thing I’m most afraid of is human blood.”

Jae-kyung goes over the events again and again, but can’t seem to make them add up: if Boss Moon ordered Tae-san to kill Mi-sook, and then Tae-san betrayed him by escaping, why on earth would he save him? To keep her from getting to him first?

Seung-woo seems to be the only one with a healthy suspicion about Jae-kyung not telling them the whole story, and when they decide to head back to Seoul, he decides the first thing they have to do is dig into Tae-san’s past, to find out if there’s something else going on here.

9:30 AM. Tae-san makes his way to the bus depot in broad daylight, but now that he looks like a clean-cut ajusshi, nobody gives him a second glance. It’s pretty badass. He swipes a newspaper with his face on the front page, and makes his way past a cop and onto a bus.

Hostage Mom and Daughter finally untie each other and make their way outside, and the daughter looks up at the emergency siren that she was struggling to install last night. Aw, did Tae-san put it up for them on his way out? She tries it and it works, and when Mom brings the phone out for her to call the police, she suggests they wait a little longer before calling.

Tae-san dozes off on the bus, and doesn’t even notice that they’re being stopped at a police checkpoint. Aauuugh. By the time he wakes up and realizes what’s happening, an officer has already made his way onto the bus.

There’s nowhere to go, so Tae-san just braces himself and looks the officer right in the eye, hoping that his disguise will be enough. He lingers, looking back and forth between the wanted poster and Tae-san… and then passes by. Whew.

The police trio makes its way back to the precinct, and Rookie Cop Il-do gapes when his sunbaes go right back to work. He’s like, Don’t we go home, to change our underwear? At some point? No?

Jae-kyung heads back to report to her boss, and says she may have lost Tae-san because he got help escaping, but now she knows that he might have the digital camera. Her boss has a tidbit too: he just got chewed out by the chief prosecutor for keeping her on the case, and found out that the request to cut her out came directly from Congresswoman Jo.

She lights up—this means she’s doing something right, and he agrees. Exxxcellent. Now we’re gettin’ somewhere.

Jae-kyung calls Congresswoman Jo directly, and when she doesn’t answer, she calls the reporter who’s interviewing her right this second, and asks him to hand her the phone. Ballsy. She says she’ll capture Jang Tae-san with her own hands, and get that digital camera: “and I’ll send you a copy of the video that’s on it as a gift.”

She hangs up and tells her partner that judging from Congresswoman Jo’s reaction, she doesn’t have the camera. That means Jang Tae-san has to have it, and that’s the reason Boss Moon helped him escape.

Congresswoman Jo wastes no time, and waltzes right into Boss Moon’s office to slap him across the face. He stammers that she walked in here where they could be seen together, but she snarls that it’s nothing compared to the video that’s about to fall into the prosecutor’s hands. She orders him to deal with it, and marches right back out.

Man-seok goes to see his girlfriend, who shows him the printed pictures from their vacation. He’s too upset about Tae-san to smile though, and refuses to take the camera back because it’ll remind him of his friend. Aw, that’s sweet, but TAKE THE CAMERA. He leaves it with her and shuffles out sadly.

Il-do cringes when he finds Seung-woo sleeping soundly with the chief’s smelly feet in his face, wondering how he could withstand such torture. He hands him Tae-san’s phone records as ordered, and asks if he can change his underwear now.

Seung-woo starts to tell him to call everyone on the list, but then one of the numbers jumps out at him. He takes out his phone and presses 1 on speed dial… and it’s In-hye’s number, right there in Tae-san’s call log.

He runs out to deal with it himself, leaving Il-do worried he did something wrong, and shouting in his wake: “No! I’ll do it! I don’t have to change my underwear! I’ll turn it inside-out!” Hahaha. Poor rookie.

Seung-woo stands outside, telling himself it’s just one call… but why did In-hye call Jang Tae-san?

Jae-kyung arrives and the team reconvenes to go over Tae-san’s history. The only new thing that pops up is that a man came looking for Tae-san in Busan once, at the request of a woman. That triggers Seung-woo’s already-suspicious radar, and for now he keeps it to himself and just tells Il-do to search for private detectives until he finds the one who was hired to find Tae-san.

At the hospital, Su-jin undergoes treatment to drain her bone marrow, and In-hye sobs and hugs her close. It’s doubly heartbreaking to watch Su-jin suffer, knowing what she does now about Tae-san.

Her phone rings and Su-jin answers it for her, thinking it might be Seung-woo, but it’s Tae-san on the other end. Eeeee. Finally.

She runs outside to continue the call, and screams her head off, calling him trash and asking how he could do something like this when a child’s life hangs in the balance—how could he kill someone and flee?

Tae-san says he ran because of Su-jin’s surgery, which In-hye thinks is pure bullshit. Given their history and the craziness of the circumstances, I’m with her on the lack of trust. It sounds nuts. But he tells her that if he goes back, he’ll die.

Tae-san: “If I die, Su-jin dies. Even if I’m trash… even if I can’t call her my daughter, even if I’ll never be called dad once in my life… she dies if I die—would I run away alone?” He says through tears that he can’t explain, but he swears that he didn’t kill anyone, and he promises to be there for Su-jin’s surgery no matter what.

She screams back in disbelief, and he tells her not to tell anyone about their connection, and to make sure the doctor doesn’t talk. She pleads with him to come back and turn himself in, and tells him that Su-jin has already begun the marrow-draining procedure.

In-hye: “There’s no turning back now! If she doesn’t get surgery, Su-jin will die! Su-jin will die! If you’re a person, give her your marrow! Give her your marrow! Oppa, save Su-jinie! Please, save her!” Oof.

They’re both bawling and panicked and at their wit’s end, and then Tae-san sees two police officers going around to put up more wanted posters. He cleans up and puts his glasses back on, and tells In-hye that he understands, and that he’ll find the evidence to clear his name and turn himself in.

She asks why he can’t just turn himself in first, but he swears there’s a reason why he can’t, and promises that no matter what, he’ll show up for the transplant. In-hye scoffs bitterly, “Promise? Did you just say promise?” Tae-san: “It’s not a promise I made to you! This promise is one I made with Su-jinie.” Awww.

He tells her that he cut off every tie to her eight years ago, and never once told anyone about her—that means if she doesn’t say anything, no one will know about their relationship. He urges her that no one can know that Su-jin is his daughter, because they’ll be in danger.

Seung-woo goes back to the pawnshop to question Tae-san’s lackeys, and when he asks if anyone new came by recently, they remember the day that In-hye stopped by. They say that she was pretty and didn’t look at all like she belonged with Tae-san, and describe her outfit, which is eerily similar to what In-hye was wearing the other day.

He shakes the idea out of his head, wondering what someone like In-hye would be doing with trash like Jang Tae-san, and then it occurs to him that In-hye was vague about Su-jin’s bone marrow donor. He tells himself it’s crazy.

A flashback to four years ago: Seung-woo answers a call about a disturbance at a dance studio, and charges in. He finds In-hye and a young Su-jin, squatting there because they have nowhere to go. He recognizes her as the squatter from another building just the other day, and realizes that she’s homeless. Damn.

In-hye says she teaches here during the day and just needs a place to stay for a little while until she gets paid, and when Seung-woo says it’s too cold to sleep here, Su-jin says it’s warm because Mom holds her tight.

He ends up taking her to a friend’s apartment that’s empty while she’s away, and insists that she stay here. He asks offhandedly if maybe Su-jin’s father is in the army, but In-hye remains silent.

Back in the present, Seung-woo arrives at the hospital, reeling from the memory and growling Jang Tae-san’s name. Man, just when I thought there couldn’t be more reason for you to hate him, we get that backstory.

He runs up to In-hye and asks why she called Jang Tae-san, and if he’s Su-jin’s father… but the exchange turns out to just be in his head, and out loud he can’t bring himself to ask anything of the kind. He just smiles and says he’s here to visit Su-jin, and tamps down the questions he’s dying to ask.

Suddenly Il-do calls to say that they have a new lead—they got a call from the hostages, and Tae-san is somewhere back in Seoul. He repeats “hostages” out loud, and In-hye’s eyes widen. He can’t help but note her panic, but he pretends not to see it, and runs back out to the field with his questions still hanging in the air.

7:00 PM. The pawnshop maknae Seok-doo comes out of work, and Tae-san swoops in with a punch out of nowhere. He knocks Seok-doo around and asks if Boss Moon killed Mi-sook, but he insists he doesn’t know.

Tae-san grabs a brick to scare the daylights out of him, saying that makes Seok-doo the killer then. He immediately spills what he knows—that Boss Moon killed her, and he was ordered to send Tae-san there and erase the CCTV footage at their storage unit.

He stops to piece together what he knows so far: Boss Moon is the killer, and there’s something on that digital camera that they’re after. He goes to a phone booth to call Man-seok, who tells him that home is the best place to meet because the police have stopped watching him. I don’t like the sound of this…

Tae-san agrees to meet him at home. No, don’t do that!

Sure enough, the phone call is being recorded, and Boss Moon is the one listening on the other end. And then, CRAP, so is Seung-woo, who’s standing right in front of Man-seok, having anticipated the move.

Man-seok, the poor naïve fool, asks if they’re really going to help clear Tae-san’s name. Il-do asks if he should call it in, but Seung-woo curiously tells him to keep quiet. He reasons that they don’t want to scare Tae-san off, but I wonder.

8:49 PM. Tae-san scales a back wall somewhere, and Man-seok is the first to arrive at home. Seung-woo wonders why there’s no sign of Tae-san.

Man-seok heads inside, where someone tackles him in the dark. It’s Teacher Kim, who’s equally surprised that it’s not Tae-san.

9:05 PM. Tae-san manages to jump the back wall into the courtyard undetected. Both cops start to get antsy at their stations, and Seung-woo decides to get out and approach the building.

Tae-san enters the apartment, but there’s no answer. He flips on the lights… and Man-seok is lying on the floor in a pool of blood.

Oh. Shit.

How many murders is he going to take the fall for? He cries Man-seok’s name and tries to shake him awake, but he’s already dead. He reels at the blood on his hands, and is so traumatized that he doesn’t hear Teacher Kim sneak out of the bathroom, where he’s been lying in wait.

He creeps up, knife in hand…

Outside, Seung-woo reaches the door. Suddenly his phone rings, thank goodness—that probably just saved Tae-san’s life. Teacher Kim turns the lights off. Seung-woo takes out his gun and reaches for the door.

Tae-san makes a run for it, and comes tumbling out of the doorway, tripping right into Seung-woo. They both go crashing down, and then lock eyes.

In the hospital, Su-jin crosses off another day. D-12.

 
COMMENTS

Augh, they killed Man-seok. The poor guy was Tae-san’s ONLY friend in the whole world, and you had to kill him? Now Tae-san has another murder he’ll be blamed for, on top of which he’s all alone with no one to help him out. Storywise it’s great—there’s nothing more gripping than backing your main character up against the wall and constantly taking away the things he thinks he can hold onto. And to think, it’s just the beginning of the crap he’ll have to endure for the next twelve days. How is he not broken?

I’m so glad In-hye finally knows that Tae-san is the fugitive, and that he at least got to tell her that he’d be there for Su-jin’s surgery, even if she hardly believes him. Their relationship just gets to me. It’s so messed up, but I love how deep that runs. Tae-san was a horrible person to her, and deserves all the things she says to him. But then he also has all these noble reasons for pushing her away—idiotic, sure, but this kind of noble idiocy, I’m okay with. Add to that her history of being penniless and homeless, and it’s just so heartbreaking every which way, with no winners and no one who’s in the right.

And call me a sadist, but I like that their relationship is littered with jaded bitterness, and that kneejerk tendency to twist the other person’s words based on eight years of history. It feels real, the way she swears at him, and talks down to him, and then suddenly calls him oppa when she’s panicked and pleading with him to save Su-jin. It feels right that she’s so distrusting, because he hasn’t earned it. And there’s something really rewarding about the idea that he’ll prove himself eventually, to the one person who thinks the worst of him.

It struck me that Seung-woo couldn’t ask her about Tae-san, which seems fraught with a lot more than one concern: He could be scared that she’d lie either way, or more afraid to face it if it’s true, or too insecure in her feelings for him to test them. There’s clearly an unbalanced relationship there, if even Su-jin knows that Seung-woo likes Mom more than she likes him. I have a feeling that the insecurity will be his undoing, especially if he eventually confirms his suspicions elsewhere and she keeps lying to his face. It adds a nice layer of complication to In-hye’s part in all this, because she’s his one weakness.

It’s great to have some breaks for humor among the madness, and I’m beginning to look forward to Tae-san’s run-ins with hostages and villagers and the random strangers he has to rely on. He’s certainly walking a fine line and doing some seriously questionable things, but he never loses his humanity and his warmth, so the character walks the line well. The fact that he shows moments of true weakness and desperation, or finds reasons to laugh despite himself are great touches—they keep him grounded, and remind us that he’s just a guy relying on action movie know-how to get through his day.

 
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104 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. tiffany

    thanks for the recap! this drama is so intense TT i have to prepare myself before i start a new episode each time~ i just cant wait to see the bad guys get whats comin’ to them! they had better be punished for their crimes and misdeeds >:[

  2. JK

    Thanks for the recap! OMG, just into 4 episodes, and already 2 dead! And to be accused for murdering two persons? The stakes are much too high already!

  3. latteholic

    Thanks for the recap, GF! Haven’t watched this episode yet since the sub is not out yet, but I just want to say that I love the song of the day!

    • 3.1 Carole McDonnell

      ooh, now you’re gonna make me listen to it. thanks.

  4. snow_white

    thanks for the recap!!

    I’m so busy this week that still haven’t seen the episodes….I’ll make sure to marathon them all by next week :)

    At first, I thought GF and JB will recap this and Master’s Sun alternately but I guess, Two Weeks will be done by GF and MS by JB..

    • 4.1 amber

      Loving this show! I do have to wonder if Korean handcuffs are different from the ones used in the US, because the ones I’ve come across (dad was a cop for a while) are so easy to pick a kid could do it, my brothers and I used to take turns practicing putting them on and unlocking them with paper clips and other handy household items. Maybe we are more suited than JTS to the fugitive life:)

      • 4.1.1 Windsun33

        Some of the newer handcuffs are not so easy to pick, as they use a different type of lock. But yeah, most of the older and many newer ones are still pretty easy if you can reach the keyhole, it is just a simple spring-loaded latch. There are even videos on YouTube about how to do it. The old one all you needed was something stiff enough to push down the single little lever. Some new ones us the same method, but have two latches, making it much harder to do with one free hand, but still not difficult.

        But it does bring up the question as to why he still has them on.

      • 4.1.2 sweetcloud

        I was wondering if they would serve a purpose later on the show since he still has them on, because he should really try to get rid of them. They don’t even need to publish pictures of him, just look for the guy who has sawed off handcuffs on lol.

        • 4.1.2.1 Chloe

          I was thinking that the policeman who searched the bus was pretty dumb. If he didn’t want to cause a scene by wrongly accusing someone, or cause extra inconvenience by asking to check his I/C, he should have said, let me see your arms or something. An ordinary guy would be totally unsuspecting as to what he’s looking for anyway, and wouldn’t be offended.

          • 4.1.2.1.1 febe

            The policeman probably never even considered the possibility that Tae-san still had the handcuffs on. Just like we the audience who can’t figure why he hasn’t got rid of them yet.

        • 4.1.2.2 dfwkimchi

          Yup! He might need it later for one of his ‘McIver’ moments.

  5. scarlett

    wow! the writer/s of this show is/are really good. never had such gripping show than “24″ before.

  6. Funkypicklez

    Actually saw the episode for the first time. I was surprised to see how raw and emotional Lee Junki’s acting was. No “pretty boy” here. I absolutely love it. It brings tears to my eyes.

    • 6.1 KDaddict

      I’m late to the party, but am impressed by LeeJK’s acting.
      He seems to like doing action scenes, Arang and now this.
      And his expressions are so communicative.

      No pretty boy here is right. I used to think of him as being a bit effeminate. Not anymore.

      • 6.1.1 Betsy Hp

        I’ll add in my agreement. :) That lack of vanity — willing to look scared and stupid and everything that’s not cool — that’s a mark of a good actor as far as I’m concerned.

        I’m really, really glad Lee Jun-ki took this role and is hitting it out of the park like this.

      • 6.1.2 hydesamagirl

        Yes, I think he is picking or maybe getting offered better and better projects. I always liked him since his time as cousin that doesn’t get the girl role in My Girl. But, I like banking more on acting talent, rather than just the pretty face.

        I remember he has a black belt or two in some martial arts, I think that helps with the action stuff quite a bit.

  7. JenJen

    Oof this drama is great because it has so many layers, like a really good layered cake. I want more. Why is next week so far away?

  8. katy

    he is such a good actor… hope that kim so yeon finds the truth fast and join hands with junki…
    even though they plotted it well the suspense factor is missing litttle.. if thats taken care of i guess they can expect good ratings with such great actors…

    • 8.1 latteholic

      Agree. It is well-plotted but somehow I don’t find it as intense/gripping as others. But I’m still on episode 3

      • 8.1.1 Chloe

        episode 3 was certainly slightly draggy with his long escape, but everything picked up really fast in episode 4

      • 8.1.2 ilikemangos

        It’s not as gripping as action movies, which is condensed into 2ish hours.
        I think for the whole 1 day = 1 episode ratio, 2 weeks is moving along quite swimmingly.
        In fact, i am wondering how so much could happen in 1 day! But with fugitives shit gets intense. Every second of every day is important. The longer it takes for them to find him, the farther one could escape.
        But we all know he’s coming back in 2 weeks for the surgery.

    • 8.2 DDee

      Yeah me too. It moves pretty quickly and it’s extremely watchable, but I’m not exactly at the edge of my seat. I am a little sad with the ratings though, I think it deserves a wider audience. Folks should spread some of that Master’s Sun love around. Lee Jun Ki deserves it!

      • 8.2.1 KDaddict

        M’s Sun is such a breezy watch, so more ppl r drawn to it.
        This is exciting, but it is not good for digestion.
        Hooray for LJK’s acting!

    • 8.3 eqhmm

      Maybe because we’re still watching the characters draw conclusions and find out things we already know as audience… But for each “day”‘s progress it really isn’t that slow I suppose. Today’s ending was unexpected, for eg, and next week should bring even more reveals and developments.

      For now each hurdle TS faces feels enough of a suspense for me, and each escape a victory.

  9. MJ

    Lee Jun Ki is sooooooooo good. I’m so glad it’s him who got this role. He just light up my screen with so many emotions. I hope the ratings will be higher each week! And So jin is just super cute, vulnerable and tough at the same time. I keep wondering how koreans always manage to find the perfect kids for their dramas.

  10. 10 ilikemangos

    Omg. another murder?! Seriously?!
    Holy crap that ending. Was screaming at my screen for tae san to gtfo out of that murder scene, even though they killed off man seok. Dam seung woo’s cellphone ringing, if only he was able to walk in on that crime scene and see that there’s another person there. How is tae-san going to get out of this now!?

    I love how everyone thinks tae san’s this escape artist who’s getting help when really he’s just got reaaallly lucky so far.

    but lol, Tae san thinks he’s clark kent. glasses can really change a person!

    i didn’t expect all the comedic touches sprinkled throughout this show. I really do enjoy it.

    This show is getting sooo friggin’ good. Waiting with bated breath. Thanks for the recap GF! I was expecting a JB recap since you guys do a partnership but it seems you’ll be sticking to this show the whole way!

    • 10.1 Chloe

      Yes, and the worst thing is, in the preview when the credits are rolling, they seem to actually believe that he could have killed his only friend left in this world :O

      • 10.1.1 Mohammed

        That is because they dont know who Tae san is, they are being foolish, blinded by the evidence. They think he has always been a low life.

        One interview with In-hye would clear that he would never hurt his best friend, only friend. Also the fact he is afraid of blood……

    • 10.2 sweetcloud

      Haha at your Clark Kent comment. It actually helps with suspending disbelief, I’ll remind myself that Lois Lane never saw through the glasses. Because seriously, I was holding my breath during the bus search, but how could that cop NOT recognize him? The Korean Police needs to hire some fan girls, who can recognize oppa with a cap and sunglasses and all the clothing they own on their back.

      • 10.2.1 Timbone

        Haha nice one. Apart from his classes he also added stuff to his hair lol

  11. 11 Amberscube

    Every time I see flashback of the “air-pinky-swear” between Tae San and Soo Jin, I’m bawling all over again.

  12. 12 Ginkumo

    Thanks for the recap, I’m seriously enjoying this drama. Except for the cliffhangers. It’s going to be a rough ride to the end of this show ugh

  13. 13 jmjm

    I did NOT expect that ending. So glad they went there though. This drama is really revving up.

  14. 14 blnmom

    Thanks, girlfriday.

    I can’t watch this drama because of all the bloodiness (can’t watch ghosts either, too scary) but am enjoying your recaps while scrolling quickly past the screencaps. You really capture the suspense and emotion of the drama in your writing. Hope the drama continues to be this good for the rest of its run.

    • 14.1 Smile134

      I can’t stand bloody scenes either, but still watching. Just turn away in these scene, they do not last long :)

  15. 15 velvet350

    I just love your recaps! Outstanding job as always! Thanks!

  16. 16 ricky

    This is one of those shows where I debate whether I should wait for it to finish airing then watch or if I should watch while it’s airing. It’s going to be another gaksital for me I guess. Waiting week to week may be torture.

    • 16.1 Ivaa

      ditto…
      but I end up watching it anyway, after that anxious for the next show………
      not to mention looking for the recap everywhere, since it’s raw
      arrrggghhh, I have this terrible sickness since I join this train….

      • 16.1.1 Timbone

        Me three lol. I really want to wait till it wraps up so I dont have to wait but I really have no completed series to watch tried Insoon is pretty and Soulmate and even Hero(OCN) but couldnt stand all three.

        Empire of Gold is also getting really good , its a shame no recaps on that here.

        I may try Who are You or Winter The Wind Blows. The latter is more likely

  17. 17 ilikemangos

    I love the referencing of the older american thrillers that inspire our hero.
    Haha. I guess if he’s gonna escape somehow, might as well use some tips he learned from all those movies he watched.

  18. 18 Winnew

    Thank you girlfriday, you are so good. I watch this drama live but only get the emotion and tensity given out by the actors and could not understand a word. First thing in the morning I have to come here hoping to see your recaps, and then I can wait at ease for the sub to come out. Actually do not understand Korean viewers at all. Why ratings are not up. Well, thank you again, I will follow you every week.

  19. 19 owl

    My favorite thing about kdramas – suits. And white shirts.

    As they say, if it wasn’t for bad luck TS wouldn’t have any.

    This show reminds me that I’ve been meaning to get a signal in place if I am ever forced to say something that I really don’t mean (like if I am kidnapped, or held hostage, and make a call ~) For example, if I say ‘yeah” instead of ‘yes’ or ‘nope’ instead of ‘no’ then the person I am calling will know that my response is forced. It has to be subtle. It’s like a family escape plan and meeting place if there’s a fire in the house. Anyway, drifting…

    • 19.1 Windsun33

      You might be surprised about how few “real” kidnappings for hostages or ransom actually take place in the US each year. According to the FBI crime database, the vast majority of simple kidnaps are parent vs parent kidnapping of kids, kind of the ultimate custody battle. Can’t find more recent statistics, but in 2001 there were only 93 non-family kidnappings.

      I would guess that more kidnapping for ransom takes place on TV than in real life in a typical year.

      • 19.1.1 owl

        *blink blink* oh, my tangent must have sounded paranoid :)

        • 19.1.1.1 Windsun33

          Yes it did :D

    • 19.2 Timbone

      Nigeria on the other hand is very different as kidnapping for ransom is the equivalent of starting your own business for unemployed youths

  20. 20 Cecilia

    I come to this site and read the recaps on almost daily basis, but don’t really watch that many dramas. Last year, Arang and Reply 1997 were the ones that I enjoyed the most; while this year, it was Incarnation of Money and IHYV. So I’m glad I stumbled upon this show. Love it to the bits. Yes, I do have my share of complaints regarding Jae-kyung’s grief & reckless behavior (I find that a bit annoying), or In-hye’s characterization, but I try not to put too much focus on those. Instead, when all the elements and characters are woven together, they make perfect fit. Story wise, there’s not one thing that I find out of place (yet?). I really wish this show will continue as an enjoyable (and gripping) ride until the end.

    Anyway, thanks for recapping this. I’m enjoying watching each episode and revisiting it again thru your recaps!

  21. 21 cheekbones

    This drama is so good ! So far, it had me on the edge of my seat, and made me laugh and cry, too.

    Thanks, gf ! I hope more people like it and the rating rises.

  22. 22 dany

    They all love their action movies in this show. Thanks for the recap and have a nice weekend.

  23. 23 april

    It’s getting better and exciting. I wish our hero and his first love will end up together, and they can live with their daughter as one happy family….thank you dramabeans for the recap. Aja!!

  24. 24 Newbie

    This show is all I hoped for and more! So happy, that LJK chose this project and not the alternative noir script (esp. as Cruel City covered this genre so well). For an actor it must be pure heaven to play such a dominant part.

    My heart breaks for Go Man-seok. Tae San is getting more and more isolated. Can’t highlight enough, how much I love that he is no super hero, but a normal human being that is afraid, cries out of fear and learned survival tactics by watching movies. (The fugitive, unrightfully hunted theme has been done so many times in the movie world, love how they include the predecessors.)

    Finally Im Seung Woo gets in contact with his dark side. How far will he go to protect his family, how will he take revenge when he realizes the size of betrayal by In-hye?

    I am especially happy, that sloppy writing like in Cruel City is nowhere in sight. :D

    Forget the ratings. Two Weeks – fighting!

  25. 25 Anvesha

    While I watch this drama.. I am just anxious. I know, everyone knows, he will be fine in the end, but I still get so antsy with all the body count and litany of charges that are going to be against him. And nobody believes him!

    I also loved the scene where she goes from just cursing at him to suddenly pleading and calling Oppa. I know she’s mad at him and has all the right reasons for it.. is it still bad if I want them together in the end?

  26. 26 trotwood

    Had to stop and say “Oooh Lee Yoon Ki in glasses. Yum.” Okay. I’m shallow. Off to read the recap!

    • 26.1 jomo

      SAME HERE!

      Plus, all I imagined what the young girl was thinking while he was her and her mom captive.
      “OMG – I am being tied up by the most handsome man I have ever seen in my life. I hope he never leaves, but I also can’t wait to tell my friends.”
      It would have been fab if she asked him for a selca together.

  27. 27 bearla

    wow!!!!!
    this drama is so intense…..
    seriously….
    i love u very much for writing the recap that make me feel like i really watching this drama in the TV.
    =_=

  28. 28 hanie

    thanks for the recap~
    TS desperation & his panicking on finding ways to save himself makes him…. normal human if I can say that. he doesn’t feel like the normal lead, and those raw emotion.. totally draw u to him.
    reading your recaps & those screen-caps, I end up watching it… the original plan is to wait until at least 10 episodes so that I don’t have to suffer counting days until new episode air but I guess it is not happening now… this is like arang all over again~

  29. 29 iitu

    This is definitely my favorite show at the moment! The acting is so good ans the suspense is just killing me although the drama is still fast.

    It’s also enjoyable how smart the characters are. It’s not like in many dramas where I as a viewer am pulling my hair out because the clues are right in front of the characters’ faces for half of the season but they just don’t get it because they aren’t using their brains!
    For example Prosecutor Jae-kyung: instead of going on full blind-revenge mode, which happens in way too many dramas and movies, she actually uses her brain and thinks! Yes, she thinks Tae San is the killer and she is obsessed about catching him, but I don’t hate her because even with the few clues she has obtained she is at least trying to see the bigger picture.

    BTW does anyone know the name of the theme song? I love it but my search for the name and artist is hindered by the fact that I don’t know any korean… I would be so so grateful is someone told me :)

    • 29.1 kdwkyah

      Nell- run
      ahn ye seul- love is leaving

    • 29.2 pogo

      psst, there’s a download of it right on top of the recap for episode 1 – it’s a great song even without the drama association.

  30. 30 Pearl11

    So mmm is there going to be any romance between lee jun ki And kim so youn? I really want that to happen T__T

    • 30.1 Kiara

      There is no room for romance in this drama especially with her character. They’ve done a good job keeping it in the past with his ex and it should stay that way.

      • 30.1.1 Pearl11

        ya I get it it’s an action drama, still I had my hopes ><
        next time it's then! :D

        • 30.1.1.1 Kiara

          aw sorry.

    • 30.2 Windsun33

      It ain’t gonna happen I think. In fact this series may not even have an OTP plot in it. And given their past history, it would not really make much sense.

  31. 31 WickedBiccie

    Oh man, that was AMAZING!! But now I have to wait a whole week for the next two. This is gonna be hard. Two Weeks is like my new crack.

    As always GF, thanks for such wonderful recaps. Especially helpful in this episode when the subs disappeared a few times.

    In other news, can any of you guys put me out of my misery and tell me what saeguk drama I have seen ‘Brainy Minion’ in?
    I can’t remember and it is driving me nuts!

    Please spare me from having to trawl through the Dramabeans recap archive!
    (I’ll do it if I have to – I’d just rather spend the time watching more dramas! keh keh)

    • 31.1 dfwkimchi

      I use asianwiki.com as a good resource to trace actors’ work in films n drama . Just search for ‘two weeks’ n u can see the pics of characters for the drama n click on the name u are interested in

      • 31.1.1 jomo

        Yes- and Hancinema – they have the film casts, too.

        • 31.1.1.1 WickedBiccie

          Thank you guys for the help.
          I checked out both sites, but sadly, he is too much of a mini minion to get his own photo.

          Looks like I’ll really have to go through old saeguk recaps……….or become all mature and enlightened and just let it go.

          Nah!!!

    • 31.2 febe

      Brainy minion looks like Park Joo Hyung, who was in Gu Family Book, Jeon Woochi and Bridal Mask.

      • 31.2.1 febe

        He really looks like Kimura Kenji, but not very certain cos’ haven’t seen much of him yet in Two Weeks, and he’s wearing specs.

  32. 32 eqhmm

    Two small details I liked this ep:

    1. Taesan is back in his favourite suit, but it must mean such different things now. Back then he was vain and wanted to look good all the time (a glossy cover over his trashy lifestyle perhaps) but now all he wants is to blend in and stay hidden.

    2. Taesan and his small wound. He seemed so lost not knowing how to treat it properly, just desperate and kinda with a boyish earnestness to not let it get infected. (though….. what happened to his head wound from the crash?). Kinda seemed like he lived not really caring about how to take care of himself till this moment when his body becomes important not for himself but another.

    And I also really like how he cries and despairs with each obstacle, although he doesn’t give up and continues to use his brain… It’s such a normal response, and the crying helplessness certainly expands the portrayals of male characters. Someone said it before but the way LJK uses his voice is really effective in his acting

    • 32.1 sweetcloud

      Ooh I like the meaning you give to the suit. I had forgotten how Tae San loves his suit and you’re right, he’s not doing it for the sake of vanity anymore but just to blend in. The suit he chose is also significantly less stylish and well cut than the older ones (which makes sense since he took it from your everyday dad).

  33. 33 Windsun33

    One thing for sure, if the lady prosecutor does not calm down a bit and quit losing her cool, she is going to blow it.

  34. 34 masa

    Oh shit, he’s now going to be accused of killing his best friend/room mate too?

    When is the prosecutor lady going to figure it out that it isn’t Tae San she should be after and then help him?

  35. 35 Locturne

    Man, Congresswoman Jo is so scary. This actress always plays her villains so scary I’m afraid to watch her even in lighter roles.
    Poor Man Seok… But I’m actually relieved he left the camera with the girlfriend, because the villains have less chances of finding it, and Tae San more.

  36. 36 Sajen

    Man the only way this drama could be any better is if they had a villain as compelling as Min Joon Gook of I Hear Your Voice.

  37. 37 namcha

    It’s refreshing to see a woman villian. I woudn’t want to cross paths with Congresswoman Jo. Two weeks and Empire of Gold is keeping me tied to my computer from week to week!

    • 37.1 Carole McDonnell

      Exactly how i feel about our villainess. So cold, so rational..and her counterpart..so emotional. She’s like an ice queen. I keep wanting to see her scenes with her disabled son. That would be amazing to see what she really is like..and if she would do the same sacrificial thing for her own child.

      But so far, he is the type of villain that really scares me because she is so cold. She is a real character and because of that when she comes off as so hypocritical and so officious, it gives you chills. Because she is such a bureaucrat and yet she is like any cruel woman one would meet at some government office.

  38. 38 Abbie

    Man, seriously, I love this show! Though I can’t tell if the cops are dumb for jumping to all the conclusions that they are jumping too, or really smart for jumping to those same conclusions. I mean, I, as a viewer, know that their conclusions are not right, but in their world, as far as they know, they are right. So irritating! I hope someone jumps to the RIGHT conclusion soon! I hope things start to look up for Tae-san. I cannot believe they killed his friend. Another murder that he’ll likely be blamed for. ARGH! This show is only 4 episodes in, but it’s already so addicting! I love it!

    Thanks for the recap, GF!

  39. 39 sweetcloud

    I tiptoed into this show, not sure what to expect, but so far I’m completely sold. I love the great balance of unexpected funny moments, raw emotional ones and gripping suspenseful ones.

    I don’t know how believable is the great manhunt in the woods with a hundred people just to catch one man, but it really enhanced the feeling of Tae San being cornered. Not only that, he is also in danger of losing his life to the assassin. I like that they really made it clear that Tae San is escaping not to save his own life or to clear his name, but just so he could save his daughter. In that sense what he said to In Hye was really significant: he made a promise with Soo Jin, not her. He doesn’t care that she thinks he’s trash or murdered someone, he just wants her to believe he’ll be there for Soo Jin. The only thing he holds on to is the monkey, and the only one he thinks of when in despair is Soo Jin. To the hostages, it was almost an afterthought when he said to tell the cops he didn’t kill anyone. Because it’s important in the grand scheme of saving Soo Jin, but not as itself.

    Of course the noble sacrifice makes me root all the more for him, but I’m also afraid it’ll end up with him dying and saving Soo Jin. I hope Lee Junki has a no-death clause on top of the no-nudity and no-facial hair clauses (seriously, two shower scenes and barely a glimpse of his back? And he didn’t forget to shave while prepping lol)

  40. 40 mskololia

    I’m mourning the death of MS….sighs. Poor TS is like an orphan all over again.

    The telephone call by the JK to Congr. Jo was brilliant, and telling. Congresswoman Jo is afraid of her, and bought her bumbling act…overly confident. Move over Jo, there’s another bigger than you emerging in this drama.

    Thanks for the recap!

  41. 41 WvR

    Thanks for the recap! I was confused why Seung-woo didn’t just ask her outright. It’s his job as a detective! Especially if she lies to him, then he may have to arrest her. I thought he would come out with it, put his cards out first, and say that he knows they had a conversation, and just ask how she knows him. At this point, Tae-san is a fugitive and he’s a police detective. He’s looking a lot better. I understand the point of view you made in your final thoughts. Thanks!

    Also, given the flashback for Jae-kyung, that means that Tae-san should be older than her. I can see that in Kim So Yeon’s acting. The panicking, frantic doubts, etc. make her character seem, young, less experienced, but not immature.

    I’m currently watching East of Eden, too, and was surprised when I realized the male antagonist is the same actor. When I see him on the screen in this drama I can’t help but think of a character in East of Eden screaming, “Shin Tae Hwan!”

  42. 42 wai

    Love this drama ….. so intense . Great acting ! Just wonder why rating is poorer than master sun ? I thought this drama is much more realistic & intense !

    • 42.1 febe

      Ghost stories and romantic comedies are the favorite genres for the general Korean public, and MS is a mixture of these 2 genres, so it’s a win-win situation for MS.

  43. 43 Carole McDonnell

    No, no, no!!! They didn’t just do that! They did not kill best friend. So not happy with that one.

    The “bad luck” that comes to this poor guy! I don’t mind bad luck but I do kinda mind writerly bad luck. The same writerly bad luck that makes the two guys on stake out NOT see assassinating minion and the same writerly bad luck that makes a good experienced cop NOT turn off his cell phone when he’s sneaking up toward a fugitive — yeah, that kinda writerly bad luck.

    Don’t get me wrong.. I like the drama a lot but stuff like that just irks me because one sees the writerly manipulation all too clearly. Same thing with the Clark Kent glasses. I think it would’ve been much better for there to be no one searching for the culprit on that specific bus rather than folks searching for him but the glasses somehow makes the perfect disguise.

    I like the intro of the mom with the speech impediment. It might just be a season (beginning with the disabled kid in School) where folks with disabilities are being humanized (Taecyeon’s character’s Dad in WAY, The Good Dcotor) but I’m hoping this drama will do a lot of interesting stuff with the folks who choose to “help” our fugitive/bad guy. In that way, we might see a kind of “Brother From Another Planet” vibe where all the folks who are outsiders somehow are there to help Tae San.

    Thanks so much for the recap.

    • 43.1 kumi

      I see what you mean by writerly good/bad luck, but in this case everything is being arranged by the Fairy Goddess Monkey in a pocket. ;)

      • 43.1.1 Carole McDonnell

        True that! Gifts from dying kids are not to be sneered at.

    • 43.2 febe

      Hmmm…I didn’t think that it was the glasses that made the perfect disguise, but rather his attitude/behaviour. Tae-san deliberately looked the cop in the eye, thus appearing very direct and straightforward with nothing to hide. The cop probably expected the fugitive to act in a shifty manner. And actually, he did look different from the wanted picture, his hair, his eyebrows, and of course the glasses which made his eyes look bigger.

      • 43.2.1 Timbone

        My thoughts exactly, such little scenes with nuance performances make this show so good.
        I pray the ratings improve

        Thanks for the recap girlfriday

  44. 44 wai

    Nice recaps, thks GF. I’m glad you recaps this drama ….after Arang & IHYV

  45. 45 miya

    Thanks for the recap! Have to say this drama was definitely worth waiting for. I’m glad LJG took his time in choosing a project. His acting has improved so much and hope he wins an award this year. The ratings may not be high but I think that will change in a few weeks time. I’m also watching Master’s Sun just for the laughs but LOVE, LOVE watching JG!!! ^_^

    Yeah, I also did wonder about the handcuffs. Couldn’t he have asked the girl if she had a bobby pin on hand??? And the manhunt…where the heck is the K9 unit? Don’t they have those in Korea? They have his bloodstained shirt with his scent so they could have easily used the dogs to sniff him out. Not to be nitpicking but I’m glad that he didn’t get caught.

    Can’t wait for next week’s episodes!

  46. 46 will

    The ratings will shoot through the roof if they adapt this show into an episode of Running Man.

    • 46.1 mong

      That will not happen especially since Two Weeks is from MBC and direct competitor with Master’s Sun.

  47. 47 sasha

    i hate to see song jae rim as teacher kim. Nooooo……i love him already as pretty boy in paris nailshop….

  48. 48 sasha

    I hate to see song jae rim as teacher kim….noooooo. Love him already as pretty boy in paris nailshop

  49. 49 Timbone

    My heart was thumping as I thought the verbally impaired ajhumma and her daughter were gonna die so happy they didnt. I feel a little sad his best buddy got killed but at least no one at all to benefit from him taking the fall so the Prosecutor’s hunch might seem more like the real deal

  50. 50 Ryeblossom

    I want to re-watch the whole thing beginning to end, but only 4 episodes aired so far.

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