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Two Weeks: Episode 10

You know, I thought this show just put me on edge when our hero was up a creek without a paddle, but as it turns out, it makes me tense ALL THE TIME. When things are bad, I’m watching through my fingers, and when things are good… well, I’m paranoid enough to watch through my fingers anyway, because you never know when more trouble will strike. I’m a nervous wreck. Is it bad that I kind of like it?

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EPISODE 10 RECAP

Tae-san walks into the hospital in the midst of a budding argument between Seung-woo, who is upset that he was left out of the loop, and In-hye, who’s sorry for not telling him about Tae-san though she’d probably do the same thing if given a second chance.

They spot him standing there mere feet away, and Tae-san starts to bolt. Seung-woo makes to follow—but In-hye grabs him and yells at Tae-san to run. Aww, yeah. There’s something so honest in that uncalculated action that I love; it’s not completely thought-out or rational, but her reaction is pure. She cries that she’s sorry to Seung-woo even as she grabs him tight and insists that Tae-san is no murderer. (Best subverted back-hug ever.)

Seung-woo turns to In-hye, stunned and disheartened. How can she defend Tae-san like this, after everything he did to her? In-hye looks shocked at her own actions, but still keeps a tight grasp on Seung-woo’s shirt until he tells her that Tae-san is long gone.

He points out the fix she puts him in by asking the cop to let the criminal free—even if he’s no murderer, he’s still a fugitive. In-hye insists that Tae-san couldn’t turn himself in until the surgery because he would have been killed while imprisoned. Seung-woo’s upset that she had faith in Tae-san but not himself, asking if she thought he’d just let Su-jin’s lifeline die.

Tae-san flees as fast as he can, realizing that the dogged cop on his tail is none other than In-hye’s fiancé. He runs himself ragged until he falls, exhausted; he replays every spite-filled encounter he’s had with Seung-woo, the cop who called him trash and didn’t believe his claims of innocence.

Su-jin the Subconscious finds him here to ask what he’s doing. Tae-san says through his bitter tears that In-hye must’ve been so ashamed—to have her man, who’d accepted Su-jin as his own, realizing that her baby daddy was someone like him. Aw, this isn’t going the way I’d anticipated, but isn’t that the twist? After everything, mostly he’s disgusted with himself for putting her in a bind, and for preventing her from finding comfort in the person she would’ve leaned on.

Tae-san does more self-flagellating, asking why a lowlife like him even lived. Su-jin asks the question a different way: “Why did you live like that then?”

He thinks back to eight years ago, when Boss Moon had threatened his life and In-hye’s, and he had been cowed into agreeing to take the fall. Then he replays the scene from just the other day, when Boss Moon had called him stupid and weak for being maneuvered into that choice—he’d let that fear decide his actions, because he was a coward.

Now he turns those recriminations on himself, agreeing with the assessment. Su-jin asks what he means to do now, and he decides: “I don’t want to die, and I don’t want to be caught by In-hye’s fiancé. I don’t want to make you live as a murderer’s daughter.” He vows to make it known that Boss Moon is the real criminal.

Boss Moon is currently dealing with his staff of incompetent thugs, who let Tae-san get away again. The pressing question: How is the prosecutor always aware of Tae-san’s movements? Teacher Kim spotted In-hye at the shopping center, and although Halfwit argues that Tae-san wouldn’t be in league with the cop’s fiancée, Boss Moon rubs together two of his last remaining brain cells and remembers the medical supplies that were in Tae-san’s bag.

He also recalls that the day Mi-sook died, Tae-san had dropped by the hospital. Now he circles round to the sick daughter and instructs his guys to find out when Su-jin’s surgery is. Ackkkk. I knew it was too good to last that he’d assume Tae-san has no love for a child he never knew.

In-hye wonders why Su-jin’s drawings are so dark today, and Su-jin explains that she’s in the next part of her story after the sun (In-hye) leaves the mountain (Tae-san), and his world is now cold and dark, with no birds or flowers. But the mountain can’t move, so he’s stuck in that place alone. I know she’s being earnest with her sad story, but I swear, this little girl is totally itching to star in her own Parent Trap.

Jae-kyung contacts In-hye and introduces herself as the prosecutor in charge of Tae-san’s case. She explains that she knows that Tae-san didn’t kill anybody and that he escaped because of the surgery, thank god. At least somebody knows she’s on his side!

In-hye argues that Tae-san doesn’t trust anybody and that she has no sway over his actions, while Jae-kyung tries to persuade her to get him to surrender (with the digital camera). He can’t wander as a wanted man waiting for the surgery, she says, promising to keep him safe behind bars and nab his framers. In-hye agrees to convey the message the next time he calls, and I can’t tell if I’m relieved or scared—surely making himself a sitting duck can’t be good, even if the good guys try to keep him alive?

Then Jae-kyung shocks In-hye by informing her that Tae-san went to prison eight years ago, and that he took the fall for the man trying to kill him now. The timing is too much of a coincidence for In-hye to ignore, and Jae-kyung adds that he was likely threatened with the lives of loved ones. Yessss, thank you! One Big Misunderstanding finally cleared.

Finally, an explanation for his sudden turnabout regarding her pregnancy. In-hye sobs in the stairwell, realizing what he’d been about.

Seung-woo’s fuming by the time he finds Jae-kyung, ready to bite her head off about keeping the bone marrow donor part secret. If he’d known, he would never have shot Tae-san, not when the girl’s life was at stake. Jae-kyung replies that she didn’t know until after the shooting, and that it wasn’t her place to say, not when In-hye hadn’t.

She also points out that if he’d known, they would’ve taken extra precautions to keep Su-jin safe, and that would’ve tipped off the baddies to Tae-san’s motivations. Seung-woo seizes onto her wording—bad guys, plural? There are people trying to kill Tae-san aside from just Congresswoman Jo?

Now she tells him that the day she’d been kidnapped, they’d tried to kill her and would think nothing of killing Su-jin. The only reason she made it out that day was because Tae-san saved her. But she had no grounds to accuse them, with no evidence and no witness.

The mobsters put their heads together and connect Tae-san’s actions to Su-jin’s surgery. And then they realize that In-hye’s fiancé was the guy who thwarted Congresswoman Jo’s attempt to fire Jae-kyung, which means he must know something.

They rack their brains (admittedly a painful endeavor) trying to decide what to do with Seung-woo, who’s no easy mark. He’s an officer, the son of the police chief, In-hye’s man, and already suspicious of the congresswoman. They mess with him wrongly, and they’re screwing themselves.

Seung-woo sends his rookie partner Il-do on fact-finding errands, now operating on the basis that Tae-san may have been framed. And once he looks at the evidence with fresh eyes, he sees that the knife wounds are different in the two murders—unlikely, then, that the same person killed Mi-sook and Man-seok. Yay, thank you for returning to Smart Seung-woo.

Thanks to Jae-kyung, he now knows Boss Moon’s name, and recognizes him—from his trip to the hospital.

Tae-san makes his way to the other crime scene where Mi-sook was murdered, memorizing the street address. He ducks his head low, but we see there’s a camera in a parked car, recording him as he passes. Gahhh.

Seung-woo drops in on Boss Moon, using his hospital donation activities as the reason for the visit, though the men quickly cut the bull and get straight to the animosity, calling each other sons of bitches. Seung-woo warns Boss Moon not to mess with his ladies, and Boss Moon retorts that he just wants Tae-san’s camera. He offers up a deal—if Seung-woo can convince In-hye to convince Tae-san to give up that camera, he won’t kill Tae-san. And in that case, Su-jin can get her bone marrow.

Seung-woo laughs in his face then warns him, grabbing him by the lapels, to blackmail somebody who’ll stand for it. He leaves him with the promise to catch Tae-san first, and then Boss Moon.

Still, Seung-woo takes the threat to Su-jin’s life seriously and stations Il-do in the hospital with orders to not move a foot, to memorize authorized personnel’s names and faces, and to report on every visitor. I’d have a lot more faith in this assignment if Il-do weren’t such a bumbling fool, but I suppose it’s better than nothing.

Next, he pulls In-hye aside to tell her they can work out their issues later, and that Su-jin’s safety comes first. He urges her to tell Tae-san to give him self up to the police, because he’ll work to clear his name.

That night, Tae-san sends off an email to an unknown contact, then notices an icon on his desktop: Sexy Talk 69. Is this really the time for porn? But I guess it’s the strangeness that gets his attention, and when he opens up the program he finds video recordings of webchats made by his pawnshop buffoons. There’s a chat history saved there… including that day a couple weeks ago… when Head Minion got a call to send Tae-san on a false errand to the warehouse. Booyah.

Speaking of video chats, Congresswoman Jo talks to her son in Switzerland (played by Kang Haneul), who seems like a pretty happy though mentally disabled young man. He’s counting down the seven days left till his mother will come to see him, and she promises to take him away so they can live together. Aw, she does seem like a loving mother, despite her corrupt and murderous tendencies. Who says those are mutually exclusive traits?

We’ve known all along that the congresswoman has made plans to quit Korea for good and settle abroad, and I’d expect no less than the full kit and caboodle. Sure enough, she’s got a new identity all forged and ready for takeoff.

To the public, Congresswoman Jo maintains her position as a mayoral candidate, dispelling rumors that she was going to retire after the upcoming charity auction. Jae-kyung finds her after the press conference to ask pointedly whether she might be allowed to take Boss Moon’s place in the auction, and gets deflected with a canned response.

She wonders how the congresswoman can be so brazen, which goes noted by Boss Moon as well. He knows she’s planning to leave, but now this rankles—especially if she’s going to leave him to a mess and get off scot-free.

Tae-san calls In-hye at the hospital, this time getting connected via the nurses’ main line. He figures that they’re safe from tapping this way, and she tells him of Jae-kyung’s promise to help him. He’s wary, of course, but says he’ll think about it… just as we see that the call is being recorded after all. BAH! The guy listening in is a face we haven’t seen before, though, so it’s not clear whether he’s friend or foe. Let’s be safe and go with foe.

The eavesdropper gets a crucial bit of info as In-hye and Tae-san agree to a rendezvous at 3 o’clock, and calls Jae-kyung right away. She isn’t going to call in the cops today (to prevent leaks), but her boss advises her to at least take one guy as backup, somebody who won’t get recognized by In-hye.

When In-hye makes up an excuse to leave Su-jin for the day, Su-jin calls her out for lying and pouts about being left in the dark again. But she catches on to her mother’s use of the words “really important thing,” which means she’s meeting with a “really important person,” which I’m pretty sure she realizes has something to do with her dad. In-hye promises to answer all her questions after the surgery, and heads out to work in her restaurant before slipping away.

Seung-woo’s on the lookout and follows In-hye out of the shop, as does her other plainclothes guard. Both men board the subway after In-hye, who follows Tae-san’s instructions to a particular exit—ah, she’s wise to the possibility of being followed. Good thing, because the cop on the subway texts his teammates, and a contingent of plainclothes officers await her exit at the next station, with more men manning the exits.

(Pet peeve: You know what would be a lot less conspicuous, cops? Ditching those earpiece cords. I know it’s for our benefit more than the characters, but I have such knee-jerk response to their constant use, since you’re just pinning a flag on yourselves to announce, “COP WORKING UNDERCOVER, DON’T MIND ME.”)

While waiting for the train to pull in, Jae-kyung puzzles over one oddity in the recorded phone conversation. In-hye had urged Tae-san to turn himself in from the hospital room. Would she have said so in front of the child? Oh, please tell me there’s another outmaneuvering in the works.

The subway pulls in and In-hye disembarks, which prompts her follower to leave as well… just as she darts back on at the last moment, per Tae-san’s instructions. Mwahaha. I was hoping this would happen.

Seung-woo does follow her successfully, but unlike the other dude, he’s not in contact with the rest. Thus the sting fails, having lost the scent. Jae-kyung can’t understand In-hye’s actions, until she realizes that this means the two already met yesterday.

In-hye dashes outside and boards a taxi with a certain license plate, and Seung-woo grabs another one to follow. She arrives at the nail salon and asks Man-seok’s girlfriend for the digital camera; her story is that she’s a frequent customer at Man-seok’s car shop and lent him the camera for his trip.

Aha, so now we see the rest of their conversation from the hospital yesterday, and the favor Tae-san had asked. It was then that he’d asked her to get back the camera, which is the reason he was framed.

The girlfriend says that her friend took it intending on throwing it away, but manages to get a hold of her to arrange In-hye to meet her on campus. In-hye thanks her, and hands over one last thing—the ring Tae-san had found at home. The girlfriend grows teary-eyed to see the ring, with a folded-up note tucked inside—a sight In-hye recognizes.

A flashback to happier days shows us a surprise birthday party In-hye springs on Tae-san, who tells her that it’s not his actual birthday today. He scoffs that birthdays aren’t a big deal to him, and declines to eat her seaweed soup saying that he doesn’t like it. She decides they can celebrate Christmas instead, and they trade gifts.

Her present is a ring with a note folded inside it, and he’s actually bummed because she got him a ring first. But the letter is the real gift, and she waits bashfully for him to read it. To her surprise, his reaction is a lot more emotional than she expected, and he gets teary to read the quote, taken from Rabindranath Tagore’s writings: “For fear of losing you I hold you tight to my breast. What magic has snared the world’s treasure in these slender arms of mine? My treasured Jang Tae-san, thank you for being born.”

The words all but shatter him, and he confides that this is the first time anybody’s told him he was a decent person. He tells her that his real birthday is the day his mother killed herself—she was left by her father when pregnant and lived a hard life because of him. So the day she died, she left him seaweed soup on the table and committed suicide.

In-hye comforts him, saying that she must not have realized it was his birthday, that she was in so much pain that she forgot.

In-hye leaves the nail shop rattled and upset, but collects herself to resume her Tae-san-approved itinerary. Next, she is to find a cafe where he has reserved a seat for her and call a certain number. Tae-san wears a mustache disguise and worries at her tardiness, but In-hye sends a text message to his IM account using the taxi driver’s phone to tell him she’ll be late.

She makes a quick stop, then IMs Tae-san a message to meet her outside, using another borrowed phone. I do appreciate that they’re getting smart about all the communication, using untraced sources like strangers’ cells and accounts with fake names.

They get in her car, where she informs him that the camera was sold. He tells her to give the details and let him off, but In-hye’s all-in at this point and reminds him that showing his face at a university campus would probably not be a good idea.

She ignores his insistence and takes them to the river to kill some time, because the meeting time is in the evening. He notes with some relief that she hasn’t changed a lot, since he’d blamed himself for changing her (for the worse). She retorts that oppa’s the same, too, on the inside—it’s just the outside that’s changed.

Tae-san apologizes for putting her in a fix yesterday, and also says sorry in a general sense for making things difficult for her. That stirs her temper, and In-hye asks what exactly he’s sorry for: “Oppa, why are you so dumb? And so mean?”

And now she confronts him about eight years ago—why did he try to decide her life for her? Did he really expect her to go off with her parents and live freely? She knows now that he didn’t leave her, “So why didn’t you tell me why when we met again? Why didn’t you make excuses? Why did you just take all my contempt in silence?”

He can’t quite meet her eyes, and sighs that it’s all in the past. In-hye scoffs, “Me hating you… you think I still hate you, don’t you?”

But Tae-san has learned to accept his part, and answers that there’s no case where you can just say that you had no choice, that you had to do a certain thing.

Seung-woo heads back to the hospital to chat with Su-jin, who wants to know allllll about his proposal to her mother. She’s disappointed with Mom’s response (long silence, then a nod), but happier when he adds that he hugged her after, “like a man.” Ha.

Seung-woo asks Su-jin hopefully if he’s good enough to be her father, since he loves her and her mom and can protect them both. Su-jin gets a little noncommittal, as she does whenever he talks about being her dad, and says, “I think maybe.”

Man-seok’s girlfriend hears that the ring came from Tae-san (ah, Seung-woo must have told her) and wonders what to do. Her friend urges her to report it, and she calls in to the police to say that a woman was acting as Tae-san’s messenger. Ackkkk.

In-hye drops Tae-san off at the university, and insists he take a cell phone. She bought new ones for them both, and although he’s loath to be more indebted to her than he already is, she wins on the practicality front.

Tae-san hands over the hair clip for Su-jin, telling her she can wear it when her hair grows back.

With that, he heads off to meet the student who bought the camera, and buys it back. Oh phew. Finally. Of course now I’m biting my fingernails at the thought that DISASTER might befall him at any moment, given that he’s gone too long without massive catastrophe befalling him today, but I’ll take the smaller stresses over the bigger ones.

Su-jin crosses off another day. D-6.

 
COMMENTS

I hesitate to call the Tae-san and In-hye storyline a romantic one, though it certainly IS all about love. But it’s not a tragic love, either, in that I still have hope for the future. But what Two Weeks does really well and what makes their loveline (as it were) so effective for me is that it’s told primarily through hindsight. We know there have been eight years lost in the middle, so there’s no negotiating with the fates or hoping for a different outcome—their awful breakup forms the basis of our story. It’s moving and heart-tugging, and full of pathos because they’re dancing around the same mistakes all over again, but this time they have more knowledge and experience and we’re hoping for a different outcome.

I don’t really think it’s an even battle between Tae-san and Seung-woo, but to size them up as romantic rivals:

I’m cool with Seung-woo as a character and a person and a potential love interest. I don’t believe In-hye has led him on; she genuinely likes him, she means (meant?) to marry him and live happily. I think they all knew she doesn’t love him the way he loves her, but they seem to have all taken that into account and decided it was enough to build a family and a future.

But I’m also very much pulling for Tae-san, not only to clear his name and live up to his potential to be a decent guy instead of the one who chooses the worst option for whatever reasons, however motivated by selfless intent.

Here is the rare case where I actually have zero issues with the Noble Idiot mentality being used to drive a person away, when normally it drives me bonkers. Mostly because it’s an easy fix—or the opposite of fix, where it’s the thing a drama needs to create conflict before it can then resolve the conflict with a happy ending. Noble idiocy allows conflict to occur while presumably keeping our main characters morally pristine, because it wasn’t their fault they caused the hurt, because there was really a greater evil forcing their hand. Right?

In this case, though, I accept it and appreciate what it does for the story—perhaps it’s because The Idiocy dates back to pre-show timelines and is thus a part of the drama’s foundation, not the text proper. But pre-patsy Tae-san was a guy who lived a pointless life peripherally involved in crime—he was in pretty deep with the mobsters but not evil, ballsy, or stupid enough to actually commit the level of crimes to keep his footing in the organization. He meets a girl and finds something worth living for, for the first time ever, and starts to dream—when she gets pregnant he’s all joyfulness and light and plans to marry her.

So when her life is threatened, and it’s because of his stupidity (because I give Past Tae-san credit for realizing that he put himself in this mess by getting involved with crime in the first place), he does the one thing to save her life and cuts her free. He’s foolish and crude about it, but I do believe that’s the one noble thing he’s ever done in his life (to that point). It makes even more sense in context of his mother; it’s a backstory we knew the basic outline of, but seeing him blame himself for his mother’s misery highlights his fear of In-hye being dragged down in the same way. It’s cruel irony that the outcome was so similar to what he was trying to avoid, with her struggling to survive with a child, abandoned by her man.

Now that he’s back and sees things clearly, I love that he doesn’t let himself off the hook. In-hye may be willing to let him off, and some of us may, but I respect him more for it. So with his newly grown spine—and I’m even grateful at Boss Moon for sneering at him, thereby spurring him toward building that strength—I see light at the end of the tunnel for Tae-san. Not in the imminent-death way, but in a redemptive way. In a way that gives us hope that he’ll overcome and find a new path and win all the things.

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Thanks so much, I'm loving the recaps!

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Thanks for the recap.....I'm on ep 6....just read the intro....will read the whole thing later...

Two Weeks is soooooo good!!

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Thanks for the caps! Off to read!

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I let out such a big sigh of relief when Tae San laid hands on that goddamn camera the whole household thought what happened to me.

Time to celebrate!! Yay for Tae San!!

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Now the data must only still be on the camera... :x

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Lol when he grabbed the camera I was like: that's it? No last minute chase by the police? No trap set up at the door? This show has made me paranoid. But I still expect some trap somewhere next week lol

And what made me gasp was the random cameo from Niel, that was really out of nowhere but yay I love Teen Top :D

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Thanks, I did not realize that Nell did a cameo. What was the role/character?

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college student that bought THE camera

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I was surprised that he got hold of the camera so easily because I thought Man-seok's girlfriend had already called the police....

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Me too. Where are the cops?

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Was re-watching ep 8 and then on hind sight realised why In Hye had such a great reaction when she saw the interview where the pregnant lady said Tae San cooked seaweed soup for her. Esp now that in Ep 10 it's revealed that it was the last meal that Tae San's mom cooked for him and he has never liked seaweed soup from then on. Further proof that Tae San is a thoughtful person who can go beyond his own pain to care for the people around him.

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Oh, that's a great find! Thank you for the info. :)

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"Further proof that Tae San is a thoughtful person who can go beyond his own pain to care for the people around him."

Nicely said!

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wow, i'm glad you pointed that out. it definitely shows how thoughtfully detailed the drama is.

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Yes, the way the writer links all the clues and threads together is pretty awesome. A lot of things said by the characters, which may be missed if the viewer did not pay attention, have meaning and purpose which are revealed later on in the drama. This is one drama where viewers who keep fast-forwarding or skip the flashbacks are missing out a lot of the enjoyment of a well-told story and worst, "may not get it".

It's like you're reading a good book and you skip chapters to get to the ending, you are missing out on all the wonderful story-telling in between.

Tae-san won my admiration when he washed the nappies for the new mother. He would have been a very supportive husband...

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Thanks!!! :D

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I'm biting my nails in anxiety here. This episode was a nice lull in people actively trying to kill Tae-san, but that just makes me nervous for the next episode....... ><

But the thing about Tae-san and his mom just killed me.... no wonder he was pushing so hard for In-hye to get an abortion. :(

Thank god he finally has that freaking camara lol. But things can only go downhill from here on, seeing as we still have 6 episodes left TT_TT

Well anyway, I so hope that the Tae-san -- In-hye ships sails at the end!! Although I feel a tiny bit bad for Seung-woo, but whatever lol

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Hard to choose between the two men in her life. They are both good for her and her daughter.

On a shallow note. Love Seung-woo's muscles and whoever is dressing him thank you. He looks great in tight sleeveless T-shirt and unbuttoned shirt/jacket. Park Ha Sun is one lucky girl.

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HAHA really? The Viki commentors keep complaining for Seung Woo to "cover his cleavage" LOL.

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I've never realised RSY was so hot until Two Weeks....

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Lol liked his face but I didn't know he had muscles.

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Much development in this ep:
1. IH knows about TS's motivation for leaving her 8 years ago. Finally.

2. SW believes that TS is the donor for the bone marrow. Finally. He believes TS has been set up. Finally.

3. SW is beginning to look into the possible culprits and draw some connections between the dots, Jo and Moon. Finally.

4. TS finds the camera. Finally. It may be good news, but it also means more danger is afoot. The noose around his neck is getting tighter.

5. I love that every time TS is down and out and desperate, he conjures up his daughter to talk sense into him, and offer comfort. So timely.

Ah, and about SJ's story:
Mountain is indeed TS. He is the one who withers and languishes after he chases the sun away. In SJ's epilogue in this ep, I got proof positive. ;)

How can this little kid have such fantastic expressions with every word she utters to the camera? Truly amazing.

Off to watch again.

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Totally agree about the kid. One of the best child actresses I've seen in a long while. All these child stars are seriously geniuses, to be able to hold their own fort at such a young age!

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i wonder if there's any little kid who has won a k-drama award. Anyone know?

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Yes, Kim Yoo Jung won Best Young Actress award for Iljimae and Painter of the Wind when she was 9 years old.

Lee Chae Mi is giving a stellar performance, and she's only 7 years old. I hope MBC will recognise how amazing she is at the year end awards.

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Plus Boss Moon's committment to getting a "pawn."

IT feels as if everything is converging at breakneck speed.

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I wonder who's the pawn. I'm assuming Boss Moon is not gonna touch In-hye and Soo-jin because of Seung-woo's warning, so who else is there?

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Totally agree! That little girl is so adorable and plays her character convincingly. Her pouty expressions in her scenes with Taesan as Subconscious Soojin make me want to pinch her cheeks!

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Thanks for the recap. This episode really made me hope for a happy ending for the family...

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Damn, this drama really keeps you on your toes!

Who knew this drama would be so good? Such a pleasant surprise this drama turned out to me. Sad to see there's not much of an audience here (compared to Master's Sun)... :(

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I agree... so sad that this drama isn't getting as much attention. Well, in my opinion anyway, I find Two Weeks to the better of the two by far. Although I guess I don't mind Master's Sun.

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I tried watching Master's Sun but I dropped it off half way the first episode. I think I'll watch it when there's nothing interesting to watch...

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The audience is predominately female, so there are usually more viewers who prefer rom-coms to thrillers. Nature of the beast.

M's Sun is a light, funny, romantic and enjoyable watch. This makes you nervous, worried, frown upon those who do terrible deeds, feel sorry for those who are caught up in life's maelstrom of bigger forces. Very different kinds of shows. Both are good at what they are supposed to do. An apple is supposed to be crunchy, an orange juicy. And they are.

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I compare MS to a Halloween Pumpkin with a candle inside. No juice for me there ...

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Different genre = different audiences. I enjoy both rom-com and thrillers. However, the thriller must be excellent for me to even stick with it and not skip any parts. I find Two Weeks lacking but it is enjoyable to kill time to slack off from work (Plus, I skipped alot of parts when I watched Two Weeks).

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Many more women like rom-coms than thrillers = Many more women are more forgiving of rom-coms than they are of thrillers. Hence, "a thriller must be excellent for me to even stick with it and not skip any parts."

BTW, this isn't strictly speaking a thriller. It is a thriller-drama; that's why the story between IH and TS are part and parcel of the whole deal. That may also be why some ppl who are here for a straight-up thriller find the flashbacks boring. If u view it as a thriller, it would be lacking, in terms of the adrenalin rush it delivers. But that's isn't what this animal is about, not entirely, not at heart.

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I agree, people tend to be more forgiving with romantic-comedies than thrillers.

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It is sure that ppl tend to be forgiving when it comes to rom-com. For me, when it comes to 'thriller', I apply it both to dramas and movies ("A Company Man" was a disappointment. Old Boy is a classic that I love and very much enjoy). What I look for in a thriller plot is how well done the execution is and the powerhouse it brings (strong script with strong roles). Two Weeks has flaws in character development (inconsistent) and the story-line is meh. It doesn't surprise me that he got the camera. He was suppose to because it'll give him a gleam of hope. And the bad thing is that I've watched The Chaser which was an amazing thriller drama. So, while watching Two Weeks, I can't help but compare it to The Chaser (started at 10% but ended in 25.1%!!) and thinking of the execution and characters development (i.e how true the character remains to the storyline). Two Weeks have a really good premise but the execution is poorly done to really keep up the hype. It's likeable but not strong enough to have 2-digit ratings.

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*true not sure. (Sorry for the type.)

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The Chaser was really great, but as for ratings, it also caught a lucky break cuz its ratings only surged for the last 4 episodes after its strongest competitor ended. So it was competing against a new drama and Big, both of which were doing around 7-8%. On the other hand, Two Weeks is competing head-on against a drama in the most popular rom-com genre, MS, which is getting 17% and B&P's 5%.

What I'm trying to say is that ratings are not a good indicator of the quality of a drama bcuz ratings are affected by other factors like competition, general public preference, the size of the pie which for some strange reason is bigger on Mon/Tue etc.

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So *its high ratings were achieved when* it was competing. Sorry for the missing words.

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Considering that you skipped a lot of parts when you watched Two Weeks, it's not surprising that you find flaws and inconsistency in character development and storyline. The problem is that this drama is not presenting the story in a linear timeline, but rather giving us bits and pieces like solving a puzzle or mystery. So we keep going backward and forward to learn important information about the characters and the story, and with every revelation you realise the true characters of the players and how the story fits together. By skipping a lot, you are missing out on exactly what you are criticizing the show for lacking, consistent character development and intriguing storyline.

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I am enjoying watching both dramas. I agree that Two Weeks deserves higher ratings like Master's Sun.

Each week, Two Weeks delivers suspense, action, heartfelt moments, great acting, intriguing characters, storytelling that explores the relevance of past/present actions/choices, judgments based upon full/limited information, music OST's, and etc.

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I'm enjoying both dramas too. I watch live and last night I couldn't decide which ep 10 to watch. I kept switching between MBC (2 Weeks) and SBS (MS). They appeal to different parts of me for diff reasons.

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I tried to stay away so I can marathon it later but I just cant do it. Darn you Lee Jun-ki.
Thank you JB for the recap <3.

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He won for Arang. And he totally deserves to win awards for this come that time of the year again!

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I saw it :). He took Park Ha-sun as his date (so sweet). I love the director's acceptance speech. "I want to thank Lee Joon Ki for working tirelessly despite the summer weather being too hot to even talk. This is why you have to choose your cast carefully.”

He is one dedicated actor and he is always giving 200% with a happy smile. I missed him in sageuks because he makes every little thing believable and he is such a joy to watch.

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Best use of best hug in my recent memory. I also love how Inhye instinctively grabs onto Seungwoo to stop him from going after Taesan. She has Taesan's interest at heart, perhaps subconsiously, since she's only alluding to the fact that he is Sujin's llifeline. But oof, how Seongwoo's heart must have hurt...to see her holding on so strongly. Of course, that's because he never knew Taesan Proper, he only knew him as the guy who made her suffer and it truly baffles him how she would trust a guy who supposedly ruined her life as opposed to himself.

But I concur that while Jaekyung and Seongwoo might think they can keep Taesan safe in custody until the surgery...frankly I actually prefer him out than trapped in. Especially in light of the so very "competent" police force. And that yet to be revealed mole. Surely that's gonna be another big reveal...and I'm still guessing which of them is the likely(or in more dramatic flavor - unlikeliest) snitch.

And please can they get someone else besides Il-do as Sujin's guard. Seriously he makes me nervous I wouldn't have him protect ME. And to keep him in the dark about it as well....haven't you guys learn that keeping secrets around each other will only get into each other's way?

But I seriously wonder how Taesan will get into surgery with everyone clueing in on that. If everyone is waiting for him at the hospital, how will he sneak in ????

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Thats why im wondering.... everyone knows he's going to go and get the surgery on that day.... meaning, that they're going to be trying to capture/kill him at the hospital that day... how on earth would he even get in??

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And not to mention by then, Tae San must decide what he wants to do with the camera (hand over to the police, try to uncover the secret in the camera and spill on the internet or ...??) because he would be lying unconscious during the surgery then who's going to hang on to the camera?

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The file on the camera has a password that only the prosecutor knows.

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I was thinking how sad Seongwoo must have been, when the only time In-hye clings on to him so tightly is because of Tae-san.

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Shit will hit the fan before that surgery happens!

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YES, how IS he gonna sneak into the hospital? He should somehow get in by D-1, i think. There is soooooooooo much that is supposed to happen 7 days from now. Boss Moon wil be at the auction. He has to be. So will one of his cronies have to murder Tae-San if Tae-San makes it to D-0? Teacher Kim??? But already they're getting clued into his existence.

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Thank you for the fast recap. Now I'm just waiting for the English Subbed episode.

I'm beginning to ship IH-TS OTP. The sat beside each other at Seoul International Drama Awards... LJK was dapper looking. Hope you guys have a feature on that. Congrats to Satto for winning and even Arang and the Magistrate won an award ^__^

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So glad LJK and Arang won. Very deserving. 1 of my fav shows in 10 years of KD watching.

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Man, I still need to finish Arang. I can't remember if it started stressing me out, or I got sidetracked by something else.

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I agree. Definitely one of the best kdrama I've seen. The best sageuk-fantasy perhaps ^_^

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Arang was more popular over-seas than in Korea. It sold more than Moon/Sun in the overseas market especially Japan. I still don't get he national drama status with Moon/Sun. I had more fun reading the recaps than actually watching the 2nd half of it.

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The young cast members were so good, they were a hard act to follow, but basically, HGI ruined Moon/Sun for me.

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I like the actors of Moon/Sun, I've finished it but skipped a lot. Didn't like it that much

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Congratulations to Lee Joon-Gi for the award for Arang & The Magistrate! It was on my list for one the top ten dramas from last year.

ATM was ahead of the curve. The mood and tone of Arang definitely offered viewers some of the ghosts and horror filled aspect that Master's Sun and Who Are You? are capturing audiences with this year.

I wonder...for people who like Master's Sun better than Two Weeks, how many did or did not watch ATM last year?

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I did watch Arang last year - it's possibly my favourite kdrama of all time.

And I'm a wee bit more into Master's Sun than Two Weeks, but that is purely because of OTP chemistry because I love both dramas - TW doesn't have a conventional loveline but it does have a tighter plot, and MS has a slightly messy plot but its OTP are the hottest thing I've seen all year. And I do see the thematic similarities between Arang and Master's Sun - Arang was definitely a trendsetter, if all these ghost dramas are anything to go by :)

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Haha maybe Tae San bought the hair clip forgetting that Su jin doesn't have hair now, since Su jin the subconscious always has those two long ponytails :D

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In Hye actually reminded him that but he said that she can wear them once she's better and grew her hair long. That scene actually made me cry. It's so hopeful yet sad and it gives me the feeling that Tae San will die. (Please no.)

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The foreshadowing is sooooo heavey that EVERY part of me wants to think it's only his dispair talking. Wouldn't it be great if he started talking LIFE for once?

I want him to commit to wanting to live..for himself..and not as a payment for hi bad life.

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When Tae-san got his hands on the camera, I must have said "Finally!" out loud. On one hand he finally has real leverage instead of just bluffing his way out of situations but on the other hand he's putting himself in more danger. Hope he handles it wisely but then again he does have several more days so it probably won't be easy peasy.

Glad In-hye knows about what happened eight years pass and that her cop bf won't be gunning for Tae-san anymore. But I wished they would have put more bodyguards on Su-jin.

Ugh they had to make Congresswoman Jo not lie about her son being disabled which I had feared. Perhaps to give her some sympathy or justification for what she is doing. She sure ain't no Walter White. Living it up with her ultra fancy mansion with a secret passageway from an ordinary house which includes a housekeeper, fine dining, and a glass of red wine. I wonder if she knows Tae-san's full situation (his purpose is to save his ailing daughter) and whether or not that would change anything from one parent to another. But either way I have a feeling she won't be getting a chance to use those plane tickets.

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Heh, I thought of Walter White, too, although I've only seen the first couple of episodes. My thought was "lady, wouldn't it be easier to sell smack like Walter White, rather than working for years to become Korea's political sweetheart?" She might reflect his later attitude, though. Apparently he's become pretty villainous in the recent seasons.

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You must do a marathon and watch all the episodes. It has been an excruciating wait between the first half and second half of the final season. But at least the final episodes are currently airing without breaks. Even after everything Walter White has done, I can't help but still root for him. Maybe I have lead character syndrome but I certainty don't feel the same for Congresswoman Jo.

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Anyone knows why he must go back to memorize the address? and whether the car with the camera is the police's or the baddies'? well I suppose it's likely to be set up by Boss Moon or the Congresswoman...but I don't see the point of it yet, since no one took action about his appearance in front of the house, and by now, he is already far from the place.

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It'll come to play next week. It'll put him in danger, Again!

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IH leaves SJ's side for a whole day, 1 and half counting yesterday when she went to the mall. For TS, she'd do that. For SW, do u suppose she'd do that?

We see how TS and IH were together, when she tried to celebrate his BD. It is bcos of IH's little letter, of thanking him for coming into the world, and for the way she loves him, that he willingly went to prison to protect her life! I see now.

The hair ornament makes me uneasy tho. One day if TS dies, then his daughter will hold on to that as the only present her father ever gave her. Urh! That'd be miserable.

Last night I was worrying about these ppl, OK, chars. What if after the operation, sb comes into the hosp to knock off TS, IH sees it, and rushes forth to block the bullet or knife. IH dies, leaving TS to care for SJ, while SW wallows in misery? That'd be sick too, wouldn't it?

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I have more proof this week that Moon is a bastard who hates being played like a fool. Whether or not he gets the camera, he WILL kill Tae San. Somebody is gonna get hurt but the question is who??

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I would love to see everything ends well especially for TS but i have a feeling, the writer will make us feeling depressed for a long time by letting TS be killed after the surgery and that hair ornament will be the only thing left for his daughter, like you said. So sad already.

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No, no, she will wear it after recovery for her parents' wedding! *nods*

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TQ, TQ. I soooo wish you are right!

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*shake hands with you* Agree... Yeyy..hopes for a happy ending story like Prosecutor Princess drama that this writter does.

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Then the Mountain will remain in darkness. Only one little star will light up his peak.

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I really like the equality between Tae-San and In Hye. They feel real together. In Hye treats Seung Woo way too properly..he's not really an oppa to her, even if she might be marrying him.

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And did anyone notice that when In Hye calls Seung Woo, it's always Seung Woo Shi (at all times) but when she addresses Tae San, it's Jang Tae San (when she's upset and angry) and "oppa" (when she's upset and concerned)? Goes to show her feelings are still deeper towards Tae San.

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I noticed that too. From the form of address, In-hye definitely feels closer towards Tae-san.

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I'm equal parts "he has the freaking camera now thank goodness" and "he has camera now BUT ITS ONLY EPISODE 10 ODG." idk... I have a baaaad feeling about what's gonna go down next week.

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No exciting and more boring than previous episode
More Flashback is more and more boring ."It is deserve for a Single Digit Rating."

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Agh, I don't want to hope. But how Tae San broke down bitterly because he made In Hye feel alone and how In Hye, conversely, broke down because she misunderstood him, that looked and felt like a love line.

Anyways, Tae San will celebrate for .5 seconds having the camera, and then all hell will break loose. The storytelling and fugitive scenes have been pretty balanced so far, but I wonder if they'll start weighing on the other. Because there's so much baggage around these characters that has yet to come to bear (Detective Im and Tae San, for example, and Real Soo Jin, Im, and Tae San), and I wonder how the show will give us the emotional payoffs we want to see. For our sake and his, I hope Tae San figures out a clever way to use that camera and avoids running circles around the hospital for the next 6 days.

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Yah, I'm guessing that the camera won't have anything on it, or it will be indecipherable, or the student figured out the video lock messed it up somehow. I bet they still use it to bluff Jo and Moon out and get them to expose themselves.

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The student wants to show TS that the camera can't be used to take video, and he can't figure out why. The reason should be that Prosecutor had locked it from use, erase or delete, except when she set it up that time to give to her willing but ditzy helper. So I believe the video is still in there.

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I think Jae-kyung would be the one to figure out the pass-word to access the video. Mi-sook would have given her a hint because they were working together.
I'd love to see Jae-kyung and Tae-sun work together. They've lost people close to them because of Moon and Congresswoman Jo.

I hope the camera wont fall into Boss Moon's hands unless its meant to be destroyed. It has to make it to the end at least for Mi-sook's sacrifice.

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JK was the one who set it up w password so that the video couldn't be viewed before she gave the camera to Mi-sook, who only had to press Start and place it on the shelf.
Therefore the camera has to find its way from TS's hands back to JK before the bad guys' secret could be revealed.

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Oh I see where its going now thank you.

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awww,,,the drama is way to good! Taesan really need to rest. Fighthing Taesan, fight for ur love (soojin and soojin's mom)!

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man... SuJin... her words are so powerful, purposeful and so beautifully said. sends shivers down my spine.

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And her expression when she says them....

This kid can act circles around many adult actors!

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Honestly, I don't know who I should pity more, Tae San or Seung woo :( I love both tho...

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it's ok but master's sun is better

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Different genres. An apple vs an orange.

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Lol, I don't even think you watch this drama.

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Everyone have their own cup of tea and free to like what they want, but I think there is no need to leave comment like this. Can't we just enjoy both and not compare them, please...?

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Yeah, like every other stupid rich guy and poor candy girl drama. So there are ghosts that pop up? Who the hell cares?

It's boring as hell. I've seen way too many dumb romcom Korean dramas with the same formula, I don't even have to watch it because I can predict by the episode what will happen..

So Gong Hyo Jin isn't as terrible as some actresses. So Ji Sub is wooden and has one expression in every scene.

If your standards are mediocre and all you want is to live vicariously through some dumb candy and have fantasies about rich assholes, I can see why Master's Sun is your choice.

Now, I'm not going onto Master's Sun and bashing it, so you might not want to be rude and maybe should just keep your fangirling to the other threads.

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Woah. Keep your hair on girl. Just because someone likes another show better doesn't mean you have to go bashing them and their personal tastes. Your comment was so ridiculous I had to write something, and I've never even seen MS so it has nothing to do with that.

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There is a difference between saying that she likes it better vs it is better. The former depends on the viewer's personal taste, which is fine. If the commentor thinks one show is better than the other, then she should say why she thinks so, and not just leave an unnecessary comment like what she did.

Discussion is good, trolling is not.

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Now, I’m not going onto Master’s Sun and bashing it

No, you choose to bash the fans instead, which is far ruder than the comment you're reacting to. Keep your own fangirling/bashing in perspective, please.

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Where did TS get those CCTV traffic tapes that he's been viewing in his old haunt, the pawn shop?

Why on earth has Prosecutor not kept a watch at the pawn shop, esp. now that she knows he went back to his old house to get washed up and changed?

SW will come to realize the predicament that TS has been in, since 8 years ago. That may lead him to understand if not forgive TS for having put IH in that terrible situation. Will he bow out when he realizes that IH still loves TS, and SJ does too?

But like TS says today to IH, "There is no such thing as "It can't be helped", i.e. he now acknowledges that his buckling under Moon's pressure was his fault, his weakness. Of course the universe will exact a consequence that is a punishment when a serious mistake has been made, and that'd be for him to lose IH forever.

It's a lose-lose on all sides, isn't it?

Gosh, I hate to be morose, but 49Ds did this to me.

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Ahhhhh, I hope he doesn't lose. If he acknowledges the issue this early, he has time to fix it, right? I'm with you on the 49 Days nail-biting, too. Especially with the whole crap with the character orngvat gur pybpx naq gura qlvat naljnl jgs<--spoiler font- paste into rot13.com and cypher. Because that means Su-jin is that character and just no no no.

Also, I get JB's point about Tae-san's personal growth and all, and it's being developed really well, but it's still totally Boss Moon's fault for being a slimy jerkass.

As for Jae-kyung, maybe the clumsy detectives rubbed off on her? Lord knows stupidity in k-dramas has been contagious before.

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There are a lot of little "why" and "wtf" in most dramas, and this is no exception. Other things I noticed (some might be bad translation) are:
1. Told her to "throw away" the camera. I suspect that should have been translated as "get rid of".
2. In ep9 he pulls out a frozen ham, yet 2 min later it is all nicely thawed and cut up on the table :).
3. He spends a lot of time in places - like the crime scenes where police and the bad guys are sure to keep a watch on.
4. The traffic tape he was looking at looked like Google Earth.

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Wow, Google Earth. I learn new things from Kdramas everyday, lol.

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About keeping watch on the pawn shop, I'd actually be very surprised if they thought he'd go there.

First, it's only been a day since they know he went back home. So, they're not thinking very well wrt where he would go.

Second, why would they think he'd go anywhere specific aside from home. He's trying to actually get the camera, and they don't know that he doesn't have it yet. And the shop has likely been searched for the camera.

Third, the pawn shop has people in it, so they assume that they'd be alerted if Tae San showed up there. With the limited amount of manpower they have, they can't keep watch over every possible destination especially when the manpower is needed elsewhere (cf. guy guarding house leaving when Tae San hunt came down).

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I agree that it's quite a leap for Prosecutor Park to check the pawn shop just because he'd returned to his apartment. She has to follow the leads she actually has, not run around on gut instinct. And she had reason to suspect Tae-san had returned to that specific neighborhood because it was that specific neighborhood that he made the false-sighting call to.

@KDaddict: I'm hoping that this hell he's going through right now is Tae-san's punishment. It's a hell of his making in some ways so... good enough, right? Right?!? (I wasn't even worried until that "still love them after they die" thing. I did not want that kind of foreshadowing. Did. Not. Want.)

@windsun33:
1) I think that's a poTAYto, poTAHto thing. The friend's getting rid of it for her. That she makes a little buck on the side... practical friend! ;)

2) For some reason I assumed the ham was pre sliced and still frozen on the pate? Since he told Man-seok to eat it all, not just peel off a slice here and there... *shrug*

3) That part nearly stopped my heart. Every time Tae-san had a "just one more thing" moment I was like "RUUUUN!!" But he did send them to a crowded place where they had to to a lot of searching. So I guess he figured he had the time? (Still -- got my heart pumping. :D)

4) Agreed. That looked like Google Earth to me, too.

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I'm so glad that TS realises that there's no such thing as there was no other choice, it was a mental hurdle that he had to cross, to no longer just accept the bad hands dealt in life but to actually do something about it.

I hope the universe considers that it has punished him enough, he has lost so much, it's about time life gets better for him...

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Thanks so much. God bless you

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So my wish for Lee Junki-Kim So-Yeon will not happen? I guess the writer decided to pair Junki with Park Ha-Sun as it's important to have a functional family with biological parents. It sort of reminded me of "Ohlala Couple" drama where the parents got back together b/c it's important that the parents are together for the child.

Too bad So-Yeon doesn't have a lot of screen time as she was the sole reason for me to watch Two Weeks. The drama isn't that great but it's likeable. It's finally getting interesting since the last episode and there's less chasing. However, there's too much flashbacks as I could care less of the past but it seems that the past is serving as the love connection for Tae Sun-In Hye's current situation.

I'm just curious if the writer is going to kill any of the good people.

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The same as you I watch this drama because KSY . This Ep. feel bad for her fans so much. She lost screen time.
I feel so bad for So Writer who KSY is used to work with her in Prosecutor Princess. She accept this drama because of her and believe in her. But see that So writer've done to her. I feel pain instead.
I must stand watch this drama until end. OH Goshh!!!

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I think EP 11 and 12 will have lots of JK.

I wish they would cut a bit on the flashback. I love this drama because the thrilling of the chase scenes. I'm not feeling their love story even in the flashback maybe i'm more on the action.
and why suddenly the make TS the nicest guy ever? Yes he is your average good guy but he still a gangster. The fact that he is a gangster is the reason of all the pain he had caused IH, SJ, JK and SW.

In the early episodes I pity him a bit but now after he turned smarter than the bad guy and the police maybe not so much. I actually like that he's pathetic but suddenly he change 180 degree in episode 8? doesnt make sense

And getting back to the point about KSY. who actually is the main female lead in this drama? I'm still confused lol I too rather they focus the story on TS-JK than the love triangle. in fact I thought TS motive was to save his daughter but now he wants IH back. Poor SW

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TS want In Hye back?? Who said that?? Is't that when In Hye bring TS to near river banks, TS keep pushing her again not to like him (or back to him cause he is gangster) like in 8 years ago, said what the use to tell about the fact about the true story 8 years ago. Is't TS think that is shame for In Hye to have him as her man and as her daughter's daddy? So who said that TS want's her back?? Isn't this because couple of us just want it that way. For me, I really dont know where will this writter wants to end.

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I think he doesn't even dare dream that she could come back to him or that he is worthy of her. How can one want a thing if one thinks one is unworthy of it?

Is shame when she visited him was so palpable. Shame is such a terrible emotion. And then when he saw the good cop loving his daughter as if Soo-Jin was his own, it's not even in his spirit to believe he would be a good father to Soo Jin.

I think it's something he might have to dare dream about. That will happen when he stops being so in love with death. He sees himself as someone who should never have been born so the words out of his mouth are the words of someone who thinks the only thing he can do in life is to give life to someone then to die. He's not healed from his mother's death.

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And second; when I read your comment about TS, I dont know (I doubt) if you really wacth it with full attention. Because what have you said that;
"why the writter suddenly make TS nicest guy ever..."
"Suddenly"?? Ah, from what I've seen, is not really suddenly... It's just step by steps... That's why there's flassback behind all the/his action from the past to the present. And "nicest guys ever"?? Who said that in this drama? I think if I not mistaken; In Hye says her opinion about TS to the doctor is; NAIVE, UNCALCULATING PERSON, Moon says that his PATHETIC, WEAK AND COWARD, and even TS with his imaginary Soo Jin think that (in this episode, please read back the recap above) HE HAS A LOW LIFE THAT HE BLAME HIS SELF FOR CHOSE TO LIVE LIKE THAT AND EVEN THINKING WHY HE HAS LIVED (I've glad that his not going to commited suicide his self for nothing like helpless person). And the funny is HE IS THE SAME PERSON WHO HELP THE HOSTAGE FOR SURVIVAL. So, SUDDENLY MAKE TAE SAN NICEST GUY EVER?? I don't think so..
HE'S JUST AN ORDINARY KIDS WHOSE HAS A TRAGIC CHILD STORY, GROWTH UP TO BE A MAN WITHOUT EDUCATION, CHOSE THE WRONG WAYS OF LIVE AND END UP WITH THE PERSON WE KNOW IN THE FIRST EPISODE. AND NOW WHEN HE KNOW IT'S WRONG AND CAUSES BAD THINGS HAPPEN, IT'S TIME TO HIM TO HAVE THE REEDEMER HIS MISTAKEN.

And that's why I say that Tae San is not that SUDDENLY CHANGE 180 DEGREE too. Because he has learn from his past and present experience (and I think from what we see in a few episode and discuss in this forum, some of what he did to survival is just he learn it with trial and error from many movie he have watch. He even in episode 1 I've watch an old mandarin movie beside western movie) and with bigger motivation to save his daughter and survival, he force his brain to be survive

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Not only force brain, but Force his physical and mental too. I have learn a little bit about the great power of human to survive when I saw a video record of the tsunami in Aceh/Indonesia. I really surprise that when the water came fast every one runs as fast as possible and even can climb a wall of a Banda Aceh's great mosque or a tree as faster as/like monkey even they never ever do that before. So I'm not surprise to see that TS force his brain and mental to bluffing Moon in episode 8 with his hand shakes (like Jae Kyung see with her eyes) and remembering him self not to fall out just to stay alive. Some time in order to survival and protect their love one, humans have the courage and strength to fight for even in side his/her heart is scared to death

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Well said, Aurora, the power, strength and courage that can be summoned by a human being in times of crisis can be quite amazing.

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I'm rather puzzled as to why anyone would want TS to remain pathetic and pitiful. If he's going to be that way for 16 episodes, then I don't think there's any point to continue watching because the drama will not have any character growth or development. Imagine wasting 16 hours of your life watching a zero to zero story instead of enjoying a satisfying and fulfilling zero to hero story!

I disagree that TS's motive is to want IH back, there's totally no indication of this ever since IH told him she was engaged. In fact, he feels sad and ashamed that IH/SJ has a bf/father like him, that his existence would make others (including SW) look down on IH and SJ. He even told IH to forget and not bother about the past, which if she knew the full circumstances, she may (or may not) forgive him. He's not even giving her a chance to forgive him.

It is very clear that TS's current goals are to save his daughter and clear his name, so that SJ won't be ashamed and stigmatized to have a murderer for a father.

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Sb said KSY "Lost screen time".
One can't lose sth that one doesn't already have. Or the implication is that KSY "Lost screen time" to sb else.
If that's the way sb feels, then it is possible that they don't watch with attention when TS is on, or even fast fwd thru some of TS's scenes.

I get it that this show is a disappointment for KSY fans, cos the way the story is written, her role isn't a very juicy or heavy one. Prosecutor Princess was all about her. In Two Weeks, it's TS's Two weeks of hell and redemption; it's Not All about her. These things happen, often. Better luck next time.

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Yes this drama is point to TS and all about Tae San.
But this is action-thriller drama more than melo Right?
but this ep. is more melo too much.

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Actually no, this drama's genre is supposed to be "Melodrama, mystery, crime, action, thriller, romance, family". And the drama has been giving us all of the above elements so far, and imo quite successfully too.

As for KSY having less screen time in this episode, well, the focus was on her for the previous episodes, when they were catching TS, caught him, lost him, followed him, fought the baddies, got captured herself, almost got killed, rescued by TS, chased after him, almost framed by Congresswoman Jo, shopping mall and subway missions etc. Seems like quite a lot of screentime to me.

KSY's role is this drama is a lot meatier than her previous role. She was wasted in The Great Seer.

Anyway, the production is already in live shoot, there's definitely going to be rotational focus on the actors & actresses, so that they can get some REST, which is what a true fan would want!

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Firstly, there was never a love line between Jun-Ki and So-Yeon in this drama. So-Yeon said so herself right at the beginning of the show.

I think Tae-San and Jae-Kyung's relationship will be more of a partnership, where they will work together to take revenge against and bring down their mutual enemies. Considering that this has been JK's obsession for her entire adult life, this is what is most important to her and her focus in the story.

Since the story in moving into the next phase of TS trying to clear his name and put away Moon for good, I think the focus will be shifting to TS-JK for the rest of the show, and So-Yeon is going to have a lot of screen time from now on.

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Pffft. Su-jin IS the Parent Trap. Literally.

Oh, please let Tae-san win all the things! Santa, I have been so good!

I agree that Tae-san's better for admitting his mistakes, and I really like how the writers have made his redemption part and parcel to his own growing self-worth. However, that scene with Boss Moon gave me the chills, and I'm not sure I blame him. That Noble Idiocy was justified. It's sort of amusing, though, how Moon is the boogeyman of the flashbacks, but sort of ineffectual and dumb now. Like that monster under your bed when you were four.

The birthday scene gutted me. In-hye clumsily comforting Tae-san is the most adorable thing ever. Also, Park Ha-sun, you are amazing, forever and always. Jun-ki's doing great, too. It's got to be tough to convey crushing guilt, sadness, relief, and gratefulness, all while hunched and pretending to cry.

Is it coincidental that Kim and Tae-san sort of look alike...? Peoples, if Tae-san is Moon's son, I'ma throw something. I do love Dramaland coincidences, though. I mean, of course, it's D-Day for everyone!

Gah, I hate feeling sympathy for Mama Bear Jo. I do wonder what her deal is. What was her five year plan? I mean, there has to be an easier method of helping her son than "become political sweetheart of Korea, run charity auction, run away to Switzerland." He seems happy. Why do they have to run away?

Noooo, of course Seung-woo has to glimpse In-hye while she's verklempt over Tae-san. Still, can I just say that I do like Seung-woo as a character so far? Obviously I'm rooting for Tae-san, but I like that Seung-woo's conflict with him is organic and not just Seung-woo being selfish. I wonder if we'll find out that Seung-woo lost a kid or something.

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I'm waiting for that one moment when Tae-San stops blaming himself. He blames himself for everything. Sometimes I want to shake him and say, "No, not now. In this thing, you ARE not in the wrong. You are NOT the loser here. You are the wronged person here." That would me -- at least to me-- that he has arrived to the place where he feels equal to everyone.

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Agreed! That will be his final moment of redemption when he can finally see his own worth. I really, really hope it happens.

And I am hopeful! I feel like his conversations with imaginary Su-jin... they're his conversations with himself, right? So he's being kind and good to himself when he's being kind and good to imaginary Su-jin. And she's being good to him, too, I think. Giving him little nudges and such, but being kind while doing so, not mean.

I'm hoping that's a sign of emotional growth on his part.

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Agree. We must learn (through this drama) that IN THIS WORLD GODS MAKES HUMANS ARE BORN EQUAL, not to mention he is too... But sometimes our choices for our life makes us different and other JUDGEMENTAL (AND EVEN DISCRIMINATION) US FROM WHAT THEY JUST CAN SEE FROM US. NOT KNOWING AND NOT WANT TO KNOW WHAT WE HAVE GOINGTHROUGH TILL NOW. Some times when we fill it like that (like Tae San), we feel alone in this world and very sad. I have had that filling once I was teenager when I once make a mistake choice and then my parent dont want to know the reason why I that thing.

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Mama Bear Jo's deal is all about money. She's not just running a charity auction, that's a front for what she and Moon are really doing, which is drug smuggling. With the huge profits she's going to make, she'll probably settle down in a country without an extradition treaty with SK.

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Guhhh.. my Kang Haneul is evil Congresswoman's son... guhh... guhhhh....

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Lol, he's still cute and acted very well for the few minutes that he was on. Very convincing as a disabled kid.

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You can't really compare 2 weeks and master sun.

The two dramas are way different to compare aside both airing in the same day.

I love two weeks but sometimes I wish to see a drama that focus only on a OTP and their bickering and romance growing, like Master sun, what a great OTP! And chemistry!

But two weeks don't stay behind because I'm shipping this OTP so much, but I watch this drama because of other reasons and not otp.

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If you call them the OTP in your comments, do you think it will make it so?

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When he thought In Hye was probably ashamed of him and he embarrassed her in front of her detective finace.. gah! so heartbreaking..

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Thanks for the Recap JB...
Ill admit,, I have scratch marks at my face with all the heart gasping action. my nails are a mess.

Its wonderful to actually get to slowly know Tae San in the flashbacks.. I think they add the lovely fill with the flow of the episode.. most flashbacks dotn get it right but this is done crisp.
With good guys finally getting smarter and clearer in the head and heart I think its action time for the baddies..

Only a good part of rationality in my head if refusing to stop with the apprehension that ending for Tae San is not what we want.. Which I hope is not but... all these subtle hints etc..
*Shudder*...
Wishful thinking but I hope he atleast makes it out alive..

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Thanks for the recap. But I feel an overwhelming sense of foreboding for TS after he got that camera. Something really bad could happen next episode but I do hope that that's not the case.

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Congrats LJG for winning Outstanding Best Actor for Arang and The Magistrate at the SIDA 2013. I thought I was mistaken but yeah it was PHS sitting beside him during the awards night. Two Weeks might not be able to join SIDA 2014 because their cut-off date is midyear which is June and Two Weeks started July so probably 2015. But LJG will surely win an award for this drama.

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That's weird because AATM aired in Aug 2012 and it managed to make it for the awards in 2013. So why shouldn't Two Weeks?

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@Mia You're statements kid of cancel each other. Maybe you had some typos? But, I think Two Weeks will probably be applicable for SIDA 2014. AATM aired in August 2012, after the June cut, making it applicable for 2013. So Two Weeks will e able to appear at the awards ceremony for 2014. Hopefully!

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Sorry... I meant August not July.

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Yeah, I'm sure the camera doesn't contain anything 'coz MS's girlfriend's friend said that she would delete the contents so that she does not need to look at it again causing her more pain & anguish. Totally agree that this is not 100% thriller, impossible for a series to have a 24/7 action thriller which I think other people are looking for but I love this show and will continue to support until the end.

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I don't think the video file can be easily erased because its a hidden file and hidden files are usually locked.

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I agree, it is locked. She couldn't have erased it.

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I believe it's locked so she can't erase it but I'm beginning to think that there are soooooooooo many other things in this drama that can prove our baddies guilty. CCTV's and tapes and black boxes abound.

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Even if the video file is still in the camera, it can only prove Moon's and Jo's relationship and the illegal stuff they are going to do at the charity auction. But I don't see how the video can help Tae-san to clear his name of the murder charge or establish Moon as the murderer. Moon can probably find another minion to take the rap.

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I think for SIDA it's 1 full year then 6 months. So Arang joined SIDA 2013 instead of 2012 which is the year it run.

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Arang was broadcast from August to October 2012 and the SIDA 2012 was held in September 2012. So Arang would not participate in SIDA 2012, since Arang had not finished broadcasting, but would instead participate in SIDA 2013.

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Writers will always give sad endings shld triangle love is involved. So frustrating watching many of Kdramas.

Should hero finally live happily ever after, 2nd hero will die.

Or

As hero went thru hell in life and finally just about to taste heaven, they will make him die..

Both ways, the little girl will do the honour of sending the ashes to sea.. mummy will be crying her heart out.

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Ah, Yeah!!!! I loved your breakdown at the end. Exactly how I feel about JTS. Totally rooting for him to reclaim his life, whether it be with or without In Hye. But certainly with a new found self-respect, self-esteem, and self-love.

I mean really, when you see someone who clearly has the potential to be so, so, so good yet thinks so poorly of him/herself, doesn't it break your heart?

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I'm totally with you. So dear writer, please don't break Soo Jin's and our hearts...

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Thank you.

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Thanks for the recap!

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Another solid episode.

Not as much action, and frankly, it felt a tiny bit contrived, as there's NO REASON for Tae-San to actually call In-Hye since they already made arrangements yesterday, and alert the eavesdroppers to what's going down.

Like others stated, there's some ominous clouds on the horizon what with the cops on the trail of Tae-San (and the potential leak out to Boss Moon).

Interestingly enough, this is the first episode, where the episode ends on a good note. Every other episode has one of the main characters (Tae-San usually) getting into some trouble. I wonder what that portends.

Also, does anyone else wonder why exactly Seung-Woo let the cat out of the bag that In-Hye was helping Tae-San? That only puts In-Hye in danger as now the bad guys will likely target her for helping Tae-San....

And I wonder who the pawn is that Boss Moon thinks to grab. It almost seems like it would be In-Hye except that she's under Seung-Woo's protection....

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