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You From Another Star: Episode 10

Not that Song-yi wasn’t charming before, but today’s really her episode to shine as she suffers a setback or two, sucks it up and gets to work on fixing things, and perhaps most importantly, gets a clue. A really big, juicy clue! She may be the world’s biggest star, but she’s also a girl who likes a boy, and watching her stumble through how to deal with that (and reconciling it to the knee-jerk reaction of “But I’m Chun Song-yi!”) is pretty giggle-worthy stuff.

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RECAP: TENTH RECORD

Hwi-kyung confronts Min-joon, half-believing that he’s Song-yi’s rescuer from twelve years ago. He demands to know Min-joon’s identity and age, insisting that he saw him in the photo and also remembers him from his own memory.

Min-joon hides his alarm well, keeping his stoic face while denying the claims: There are many people in the world who look alike, and Hwi-kyung is free to believe whatever he wants to. Hwi-kyung can’t back off as long as Min-joon is hanging around Song-yi, though, and warns Min-joon to stay away.

Song-yi finds the shard of bloody glass and connects the dots. Thus when Min-joon arrives, she gets straight to the point and tells him what she believes: that he was there that night to stop her car, and that he smashed his hand into her headlight.

Min-joon has to come out strong to deflect her line of reasoning since it’s so accurate, and says harshly that she’s being foolish—glass comes from many places, not just headlights. He suggests that she’s delusional to jump to such conclusions.

Song-yi doggedly persists, demanding proof that he was at the police station that night and a look at his hand injury. But the cut is almost completely healed, deflating her suspicions somewhat.

Yet Song-yi can’t shake the feeling that something is off about Min-joon, no longer willing to dismiss it. Min-joon snaps that Song-yi has ruined his peaceful life, and wants her to leave. That’s enough to get her to leave in a huff, although she pauses to ask, “Don’t you want to know where I’m going?” He doesn’t answer, feigning indifference until she leaves.

Song-yi sees the chicken he’d bought for her, but heads out with her packed bag to join Hwi-kyung. Rather than relocating to his family villa, though, Song-yi ends up sprawled in Bok-ja’s tiny room, ha. I love these kinds of reluctant friendships.

Song-yi wonders whether Bok-ja has a crush (her folded cranes are a telltale sign) while Bok-ja asks the same, since Song-yi’s fixation with her cell phone suggests she’s waiting for somebody to call. Song-yi drops the phone like a hot potato and insists it’s not true.

Bok-ja admits to her crush, though, dreamily describing the man who “feels like he came from a beautiful star,” whom she fell for at first sight. Bok-ja’s flashback is like something out of a romantic epic, showing her listening to a string of love song (whose lyrics narrate her feelings). Like a miracle, Min-joon rides by on his bike, and she stops him to offer her folded paper cranes as token of her affection. Min-joon curtly dismisses her, thinking she’s trying to sell him something, and rides off. Lol.

Hwi-kyung makes sure Song-yi’s locks are changed so she can return home, and calls her mother and brother to her side even though Song-yi says she’s fine. You can tell Yoon-jae is as frustrated with his family as ever, but he’s still his noona’s protector and insists on staying (aww). Mom offers to stay too, but Song-yi makes sure to send her off.

Killer Secretary reports to Jae-kyung on how Min-joon simply could not have made it down 23 floors in the time it took Jae-kyung to ride the elevator down. It’s not mathematically feasible. There were no other elevators running, and it’s just not possible for him to have moved that fast. Jae-kyung bursts out into sardonic laughter to hear that he witnessed the impossible.

Min-joon knows that revealing some of his powers was risky, and Lawyer Jang urges him not to do any more of that. He suggests that he warn Song-yi about Jae-kyung’s actions so she can keep out of his way, but Min-joon is adamant about Song-yi being safer not knowing. Lawyer Jang points out something Min-joon seems to be ignoring, which is his own mortality—unaging body notwithstanding, he is still killable. What if he dies here on Earth?

The investigators press Yura’s sister for a lead on her boyfriend. The sister is reluctant to talk to them, but hearing that her unni was pregnant and possibly murdered gets her to open up. She doesn’t know much, but she confirms that Yura seemed to be dating somebody with money. Without other defining characteristics, Detective Park’s mind once again turns to Min-joon as possible suspect. Seok is still hesitant to jump to that conclusion, but doesn’t rule it out.

Min-joon does some surveillance of his own and follows Jae-kyung home, where he overhears Jae-kyung ordering surveillance put on Min-joon. The threat is clear, since Jae-kyung is ready to “solve” the problem of Min-joon, and in Jae-kyung’s world solving pretty much means killing.

Jae-kyung comes home as Hwi-kyung is talking to Song-yi on the phone, which gets his attention. He asks about Min-joon in a casual tone that still sounds a little too interested—and now Hwi-kyung looks at his hyung with suspicion. Ooh. I like that. It’s why Hwi-kyung doesn’t share any of his own thoughts, merely saying that Min-joon is the neighbor guy and nothing more. He asks why his brother is so interested in Song-yi these days, and doesn’t seem convinced when hyung laughs it off as brotherly interest.

Min-joon watches the videos on Yura’s flash drive, the first of which we’ve already seen, which shows a scared woman urging Yura to “leave him or risk dying yourself.” The second video is of a conversation between Yura and Jae-kyung, and now it becomes clear that the scared woman is Jae-kyung’s ex-wife. The world believes them to be a normal divorced couple, not knowing that he has Mr. Rochestered the ex into an asylum against her will.

Song-yi texts Min-joon, waiting in anticipation for the “message read” notifications to pop up. They do but she gets no reply text, so she spends some time telling herself she’s totally fine and doesn’t care. Only to jump on her phone when it rings, of course.

But it’s not Min-joon—it’s her building, informing her that her rent payment hasn’t come through. She heads to the bank and is told she has insufficient funds after paying her agency those fees for breaching her CF contract. Song-yi airily tells the agent to take out a loan, only to be told that not only is she no longer a VVIP with them (thanks, Mom, for spending all the cash), she’s got bad credit and doesn’t qualify for loans. Ouch.

She heads home dejectedly and idly considers selling her car. Immediately horrified, she squeaks an apology to the car, and repeats the scene with her “babies”—designer handbags. Finally she decides to sell them and takes them to a shop, thinking they’ll fetch nice sums because of her name value. The shop owner sniffs that her name would actually drag down the value at this point, and tells her the cold hard truth: Everybody knows she’s broke. He declines the bags and asks her not to return to his store.

Time for some bootstrap-pulling. I do love that Song-yi skips the whole wallowing-in-self-pity step and moves straight on to the Do-It-Yourself option. Snapping loads of selca photos of her with her bags and accessories, she uploads the photos online and puts them up for sale. She hesitates at the contact information line, though—she can’t give her own phone number, can she?

Cut to: Min-joon lecturing to his class, interrupted by text messages from interested buyers. LOL.

Even if she were to figure out her rent problem, however, Song-yi gets hit with another setback when her mother presents her with additional contract breach fees. This bill is for projects she hasn’t even heard of, so she decides she’ll have to go and fight this one herself.

But her confidence has taken a severe hit, and she asks Min-joon to accompany her to the meeting tomorrow. She says that she doesn’t care about being broke—money can be made—but she fears that revealing her vulnerable state would cause her to crumble. So she wants Min-joon there to step in before she crumbles.

So Song-yi decks herself out in her boldest power suit and wears her haughtiest face as she struts into her former agency with Min-joon at her side, and faces CEO Ahn with her shield of confidence. CEO Ahn’s ready for a fight and has his lawyer present, arguing that she agreed to pay the fees.

Song-yi protests that these latest fees are for projects she never agreed to do—so he’d agreed behind her back and is now putting her on the hook for backing out. Min-joon steps in to point out all the agency’s own legal violations, citing the contract back at them smoothly.

The agency’s lawyer gulps and advises the CEO to back down, especially since Min-joon points out that Song-yi could be entitled to money from them if they chose to pursue it in court. Booyah. I know this is exactly the point we expected the moment they stormed the building together, but it doesn’t make it any less satisfying. (And then Song-yi actually uses Min-joon’s Joseon swear at her CEO, which brings a smile to Min-joon’s face.)

On their way out, they run into Se-mi (and her manager and stylist, who seem to genuinely miss Song-yi, though they fear showing it). Se-mi asks to have coffee together, and while Song-yi tries to decline, Min-joon agrees on her behalf. Already miffed, Song-yi’s extra annoyed to see Se-mi on good terms with Min-joon.

Se-mi apologizes to Song-yi for their last encounter, which Song-yi is not having—she sees this as an insincere facade, an act to make Se-mi seem the martyr. Min-joon finds Song-yi’s words harsh and cuts in on Se-mi’s behalf, which do little good in smoothing over the tension.

Then the stylist spills drinks all over the table, dousing both actresses in coffee. She and Bum rush to check on Se-mi, while Song-yi gets ignored. And then Se-mi fusses over Min-joon, which raises Song-yi’s hackles.

During the ride home Song-yi makes jealous digs about Min-joon’s interest in Se-mi, which is adorable. Min-joon tries to give her a dose of tough love, telling her that the world won’t care if she falls off a cliff, so she’d better wise up and take charge of her own life.

Song-yi says that’s why she asked him to stay with her, which only hammers in his dread of having to leave. “Why do you trust me?” he asks. “Don’t trust me. I can’t stay with you forever.”

She asks why, thinking he’s referring to her being too broke to pay him. She promises not to cheat him of salary and says that all she wants is to be able to ask him for help every now and then. “Can’t I do even that?” she asks. He doesn’t reply.

They arrive outside their respective doors, and Song-yi lingers there, trying to think up excuses to spend more time together. Min-joon keeps up his disinterested attitude and heads inside, leaving her disappointed.

Which is why she brightens up to hear that Mom dropped off some kimchi, since it’s only the friendly thing to do to share yummy foods with your neighbors. She annoys her brother (who’s trying to watch E.T., heh) into dropping off the kimchi with Min-joon (“Tell him it’s from me! Make sure to say I’m home!”).

Min-joon accepts it without much reaction, and Song-yi’s disappointed to hear it. She tries to prod Yoon-jae into going back to retrieve the kimchi container, and he barks at her to do it herself. So she says with false reluctance, “Well if you say it like that, I guess I’ll have to,” then flounces to her closet to change her outfit. Holding up a glittery tutu dress, she wonders, “Is this too much?”

Looking like something out of an Audrey Hepburn movie (so… I guess Audrey Hepburn), Song-yi heads next door and asks for the container, only to get the door slammed in her face while she waits. She lets herself in, trying not to be too obvious that she’s dragging her feet about leaving. Min-joon repeatedly tells her to go so she can’t argue, though she sure takes her time heading out.

Turns out Song-yi’s not exactly fast on the uptake on this one, because it’s only now as she returns home in mortification that she realizes, “Do I actually want to stay there? Chun Song-yi, get your act together!”

She spends the evening muttering to herself about why she’d like a guy like that, only to concede that she does like his height, and his face, and his eyes… She starts listing off all his qualities (physique, Harvard background, kissing) before freaking out about the direction of her thoughts.

Se-mi drops by the prosecutor’s office to deliver clothes to her overworking brother, who asks if she knows anything about Yura having a boyfriend. She does, because she had heard Song-yi mentioning Yura bragging about dating a chaebol, but doesn’t share this with her brother.

Hwi-kyung drops in on his brother’s room looking for him, and happens to be there when Jae-kyung’s cell phone rings. Ack, don’t touch that phone! I’m not sure Jae-kyung would go so far as to kill a brother, but it certainly can’t be a good thing. (On second thought, now I wonder if Jae-kyung had anything to do with their third brother, who’s been alluded to a few times. Definitely something weird there.)

The caller is listed as “K,” and Hwi-kyung answers intending to take a message, but before he can say much a woman begs him to have her released because she’s not crazy. At that point Jae-kyung snatches the phone from his hand with a scary glare on his face, and dismisses the caller as a crazy person. Hwi-kyung lets it drop, but he’s definitely looking at hyung with new eyes.

Min-joon calls Seok to request a meeting, not knowing that the call has been tapped and Killer Secretary is listening in. Ack, not good, not good.

Song-yi asks to talk, so they step out onto their respective balconies. She takes a nervous breath and asks what Min-joon has done to her: “You did something, I’m sure of it. Otherwise there’s no reason for me to be like this.” She says she intended to attract him in her 15 seconds, “But did I fall instead?”

She asks what he thinks of her, then immediately yells at him not to answer. Too embarrassed to face him, she turns away to continue talking: “I’m not this kind of girl. I do recognize things you’ve done that I’m thankful for. But I’m not the kind of person who can’t tell the difference between gratitude and those feelings.” But why does she keep thinking about Min-joon?

She ventures, “As a woman, what do you think of me?” But immediately chickens out: “Aie, don’t answer, if you answer you die!”

He stays so silent through it all that she wonders if he’s still there, and anxiously turns around… to see him standing right where he was, staring. But not quite indifferently?

Song-yi returns to her room freaked out, and spends the whole night lost in mortification. Oh, honey. We’ve all so been there.

She’s therefore a bit dead-eyed when she makes it to Bok-ja’s manhwa shop, where she overhears two doofuses gossiping that Song-yi was a bully in high school. Hearing such random gossip gives her the idea to put on a press conference to state her innocence, because she’s been hidden away too long. Bok-ja advises her on the perfect press conference technique to draw sympathy—no doubt more commentary on the proliferation of the industry’s press-conference-as-damage-control tactic—like how to dress (plainly), look (sad), and talk (tearfully, but without crying until the very end). Alas, Song-yi has no agency or money, so for now this is all a pipe dream.

She does get a call from an interested buyer and disguises her voice to answer it, but has to argue that none of her stuff are fakes.

As Seok parks his car, two trucks strategically park on either side to provide convenient cover from the security cameras. The moment he steps out, he’s clubbed in the head and goes down. The clubber sets a pen down—oh no, stolen from Min-joon’s desk—ready to be discovered as evidence.

That leaves Min-joon waiting at the cafe for a prosecutor who doesn’t show. Ack, and now there’s the recorded phone call to prove that Min-joon asked to meet Seok. Boo, evil villain! Why ya gotta be all smart like that?

Min-joon notices the ambulances going by and sees Seok being loaded in on a stretcher. And parked nearby is Jae-kyung, who indicates that Min-joon should follow.

Song-yi arrives home, bummed that Min-joon continues to remain out of contact. She “remembers” that she left her hair tie behind and jumps on that handy excuse to go next door to ask for it back. But not before another outfit change, naturally.

Min-joon’s long drive finally ends in a dusty field. There, the two men face each other and Jae-kyung repeats his words about letting him and Song-yi live. Min-joon holds up the flash drive and asks if handing it over will get Jae-kyung to stop.

Jae-kyung agrees, but follows that by pulling out a gun, which he levels at Min-joon—it’s a dart gun, filled with enough tranquilizers to send him down painlessly. He’s planned this to pin both Yura’s death and Seok’s attack on Min-joon, to be capped off with a suicide note planted on Min-joon’s computer.

Song-yi lets herself into Min-joon’s place again and looks around for him, wandering down to the library… which just happens to be where Killer Secretary huddles, unseen for now. Ack!

Min-joon thinks back to Lawyer Jang’s warning not to reveal any more of his powers to Jae-kyung. It’s the crucial moment, since Jae-kyung is surely not the type to let that kind of knowledge go, but on the other hand, Jae-kyung adds that he’ll be offing Song-yi next. So when he pulls the trigger and the dart speeds toward him, Min-joon poofs away. Gone.

Jae-kyung looks around in confusion, and then a second later Min-joon is there behind him, murmuring into his ear: “What did I say? You. Can’t. Kill me.”

 
EPILOGUE

At her shrink’s office, Song-yi faces her doctor in a fit of nervous rambling, asking whether a dependency problem can turn into love. She has a dependency on chicken and beer to get her through depressing times, for instance, “But I don’t look at a chicken leg and feel butterflies.”

On the other hand, she does feel butterflies at seeing beautiful handbags, “But if I don’t have them I don’t feel my mouth dry out or think of them on other women’s arms and have the impulse to kill them.”

Getting increasingly worked up, she declares, “But this is like that. My heart pounds, my lips burn, and if I can’t see him in front of me I feel uneasy. Thinking of girls flirting with him makes me want to—!”

Recalling herself, she calms down and meekly apologizes. And then, “I want to take that bitch who wiped away the coffee spilled on him and BREAK HER WRIST!”

She twists a nail ring on her finger (so, crazytown) and asks what the diagnosis is. The doc scribbles some notes and prescribes her something stronger.

 
COMMENTS

Aw, I love Song-yi. Despite the fact that she’s a bit absurd (y’know, just a little) and has got the ego the size of a medium-sized country, there’s such a normalness to her emotional reactions—in that, she’s a normal girl falling in love, feeling that mix of giddiness and mortification in the face of her crush, and it’s completely relatable. Hilarious too, with a dash of cringiness. I so get it.

I’m not sure if Min-joon was totally unaware of Song-yi’s feelings for him or if he was just surprised at the extent of them, but I love that he knows now, even if that intensifies his inner conflict of wanting to keep her away for her own good. Of course, “for your own good” never works anyway, and while he may have been able to deny his own feelings when he thought they were only his, I expect this turn to challenge him much more, to the point where he can’t keep denying them. It’s one thing to be cold to somebody you don’t want to like, but it’s another to know that the person you love is also in love with you back, because his current tactic of being extra-mean to push her away is clearly not sustainable.

She may be lacking some desirable traits (say, modesty or sweetness or empathy), but her gutsiness is what makes me both want to root for her and to sometimes be her. We’ve all had that fear of rejection stop us from doing things at some point, and it’s a natural reaction to hesitate, but she’s also not going to let that feeling stop her from facing facts and confronting her issues head-on. That isn’t just applicable to the way she handles her feelings but also her approach to fixing her problems, and I really appreciated that she didn’t sit down and indulge in self-defeatist mopings when she was down and out. She just dusted herself off and found a solution. (Now, the solution itself was hilariously ineffective, but give a girl props for taking action.)

It’s one of the things that sets her apart from Se-mi, who was scared enough that she kept her feelings to herself for a decade, and while I do actually feel quite sympathetic toward her regarding Hwi-kyung (who genuinely cares for her, just not in That Way), she is by no means a victim in the situation. It’s sad, but not tragic. I feel like that’s how Se-mi approaches most things in life, wanting more but too scared of going after it, and therefore she lets herself fade in Song-yi’s shadow.

I was super excited that Min-joon outed his powers to Jae-kyung, even though this spells certain disaster—before, Jae-kyung just wanted him dead. Now, I fear he’ll set out to ruin or expose him, and that could be worse. Well, not worse than death, perhaps, but worse than being a constant murder target. It has to mean something that Lawyer Jang pointed out that Min-joon is capable of dying, and now he’s put himself directly in front of the enemy’s bull’s-eye. Well, a metaphorical bull’s-eye; there are probably more effective methods than bullets. He could just get kissed to death. Now that I’d love to see.

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I love this episode.
I swear to god this episode felt like an episode of IHYV in terms of feeling like i was put on a rollercoaster. I was laughing at cheon song yi’s antics, awwing at her confession, squeeling like a pig when the camera pans to min joon still standing there(perfect scene btw), and then holding on for death life with that intense ending. I really was expecting him to just stand there and get shot as to not reveal his true identity (even if i REALLY didn’t want that to happen) and so when he went poof I was fist pumpin’ and then when he appeared behind jae kyung with the threat i was like can this get any bettter? Min Joon: 1. Jae Kyung: 0

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I felt IHYV vibes too, ilikemangos! this drama does the best superpowers effects ever with superb timing. Not overdone at all. Did you notice how his powers left when he was sick, but were back when he recovered?

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My heart was literally racing at the confession scene, particularly at the part where Song Yi wondered if Min Joon was still there. I squealed out loud with one or two fist pumps when the camera panned to him. LOVED that scene.

So happy to see the slight switch in the OTP's dynamics now; and dying to see what happens next with MJ & JK now that the gauntlet has been thrown down.

Looking forward to the second half of the series. Hope it's just as awesome as its preceding half.

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I agree! I was thinking that he left and walk out on her while she confessed about her feelings to him but suddenly when she turned around...there he is Do Min Joon standing there and staring intently to her with background music of K. Will...I was kinda feel that love is in the air thou Do Min Joon is hesitant to show it to Song Yi...can't wait for next episode. ??

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do you guys realize that small movement DMJ making. When he take a slow deep breath and exhale it slowly. I am giving props for kim soo hyun to be so immersed in the character and giving DMJ that "falling" emotion, when somebody you slowly love actually love you more than you imagine.

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yup..Definitely we've got IHYV vibes! TBH, I don't really like super power things even though I admit DMJ looks super cool with it, still it is nonsense and unfair but with those roller coasters, suspense thriller and hey we have super dorky character CSY here! So yes, I looooveee this drama to bits!

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I LOVE his super powers! So COOL.
(What does Fair got to do with anything? When is life ever Fiar? Is JK Fair? As for Nonsense, well, it's not like we r supposed to take many things in KDs seriously).

We know he can teleport, freeze time for 1 minute at a time, levitate himself, others and objects, move objects by remote control, since he was trying to close the window by blinking at it when he was sick. But then saliva can make him deathly ill, n temporarily immobilizes his superpowers.

I'm super excited to see how his powers will help in winning over JK, but I'm certain that he'll have to lose the use of them in order to be with CSY.

Lawyer Jang says that he is also done disposing of MJ's real estate possessions. To charity? He'll end up as a regular guy, without super power or great wealth, and CSY will still love him more than the world. That's the point, isn't it?

I don't like that JK's minion can get into MJ's apt so easily. Why isn't there some alien encryption tech to make illegal entry impossible? ;)

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LOL! No, that doesn't mean I approved all the evil things by JK and his minions instead..I hate it to the core! It just me who never accept about those super powers..no offense, I still love our superhero and he's the most cool superhero I've ever seen so far so that's why that's not a big deal tho..Yes, he is so cool even when he falls sick :lol:

I can't say this gonna be the best drama for this year but I dare to say this might be the most entertaining drama..I enjoyed it a lottttttt^^

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isn't the point of the drama is showing how much someone sacrifice for love. To the point of losing all the superpower he can have without his love.

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On the topic of superpowers his ultimate superpower is his LOOKs,he's so swoonworthy.those 'LIPS' and those 'EYES' I could just die. Though I don't know I keep referring to them as 'BUTTERFLY EYES' lol

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It took me a few episodes before I really noticed his eyes, and now I am slightly obsessed with them. They are ridiculously beautiful, such a lovely shape. *swoon*

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Same here, i got the same feeling as you guys... I really love this episode. Can't wait for the ost "Hello" by Hyorin that was played in the kiss scene. Such a sweet song I think. ^^

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Here's something I don't understand-Son Yi was listing MJ's attributes, and she liked his small face-what woman wants to have a bigger face than than the man she loves? (She does have a bigger face than his, BTW, but why would a woman want that?)

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Song Yi

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it's korean thing anniejang. People with small face considered more good looking there. That's why if there's especially an actress they are praised for having a small face. I think what the exact meaning is having that heart face shape, cuz most koreans have square-like face that makes it look big.

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that perfect moment!

after confession of SY then the camera showed MJ still listening...

my heart! my heart! I really squealed! my sleeping dog and my mom jumped off and asked what the hell happened... lol

and for the last scene, I know, MJ was thinking he will not use his powers to teleport, but after hearing that evil JK will kill SY next, I BECAME SURE that MJ won't let that happen..

MJ IS REALLY IN LOVE!!!

as for the next episode, I wanted to see what is MJ thinking after hearing SY's confession?! I WILL LOVE TO SEE that in the epilogue.. HIS REAL INNER THOUGHTS & REACTION in SY's confession... waaahh!!! =)

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It has just occurred to me that he must not have been surprised that she fell for him, because he had to have overheard he noisy NOISY feelings for him when she was rolling around on her bed. Maybe we'll even see him listening to that in a future flashback :-). Oh, how embarrassing for her if she ever finds out about his super hearing!
I know he loves her and feels sorry for her, but he was right to urge her to indulge in some serious introspection as to why she has no friends or anybody that likes her (except his rival).

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HER noisy

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I have to say this because it's so unusual for me, especially with an obnoxious person-but-my heart just aches for her. Normally I would be so annoyed with her and want her to just shut up before he stops loving her. Yes, I know it's a drama and that's not going to happen-but still-

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Do you realize how much he knows about her that he's pretending not to know?

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i think he purposely not listening to her when she's moping about him. Cuz he's trying to get himself away from her and un-falling himself.

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Another really good ep. The plot thickens. I think it was JB who was hoping that this drama (and its writing) would stay good to the end, because it has been very good so far, and I feel the same way. I kind of feel like we are being spoiled, and a part of me (even though small), cannot help and wonder if the shoe will drop at some point, and if it does, when that would happen. I find myself caring more about MJ, and not wanting him to be harmed. He is exposing himself more and more, and taking more and more risks, when he is getting closer to being able to go home. What will happen? I am looking forward to finding out, as always.

SY kind of confessed, and she is being very affected by her growing feelings for MJ, which I personally loved watching. JJH must have had fun filming scenes like the one at the very end of this ep. I really like her (it is my first time watching her act), and I really like her physical comedy.

I had a few questions while watching this ep.:

1-Does anyone know the different songs (and singers) played during BJ’s narration of how she fell in love with MJ? I was just curious about that. 2-This is just out of curiosity, how can she tell when he has read her texts? (Probably a feature on the phone? More PPL?) 3-I wonder how MJ’s place got bugged, so that the lackey could hear his conversations. Is his phone bugged now? 4-And the bad guys can get into MJ’s apartment now? I am so worried about MJ now. One would think their building has great security. I guess not, what with people (the bad guys) being able to get into SY and MJ’s apartments easily.

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2 - I think it's an texting app, similar to Handcent. They would both have to have the app.

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Thank you also for another recap! I was a little surprised that MJ ended up finding out so much about JK in ep. 10 (his involvement with YR, and his attack on Prosecutor Yoo, etc.. Basically, the information that JK volunteered, since he thought MJ would be dead right after). We have 10 more ep. to go, and I am looking forward to seeing how those will unfold, and be filled.
I am also looking forward to HK starting to piece things together, especially about his brother. The execution in this drama has been good so far. I am not really sure about the ending, and I love being kept wondering and guessing, basically not knowing. Though I suspect that MJ and SY will each know how they feel about each other (meaning that MJ will confess at some point as well), I love and appreciate seeing how they are getting closer to each other, with each new episode.

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They are using LINE application in which if you text the other person it will let you know if the other person has read it or not.

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3 - I think it's more likely that the lawyer's phone was bugged
4 - it also worried me how easily they broke into MJ's apartment. looks like song yi is about to be kidnapped.

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Yup, the prosecutor's phone was tapped. That's how JK's side always knew what the police/prosecutors were planning to do.

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The episode was cute and all, as always. And you ask good questions, just as always.

But are you happy with the pacing? At this point, the drama seems dragging its feet a little too long with both conflicts: murder mystery and revelation of DMJ's superpower/past connections to our heroine.

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i personally do not feel that the show is dragging . . . YET . . . but i must say i hope they do not drag out this murder mystery for another ten episodes. unless they do something NEW or do the standard thing REALLY well, it does not look good for it being as entertaining as it has.

as to a full understanding of DMJ's, his relationship to SY, the return to my planet or stay here conflict, etc., there is so much potential that another ten episodes should not be too painful.

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1. A Chance Encounter by SongGolMae (Falcon) a hit song from their 2nd album in 1982. You can type this onto Google to hear the song (송골매 - 어쩌다 마주친 그대). It's even available in iTunes.
2. That's LINE, Kakao Talk's competition in Korea. It shows "Read" when the other person has opened your message. The same feature that WhatsApp has. In case you're wondering, these types of messaging services lets you send messages/call those who has the app installed on their smartphones too for free as long as they are connected to the internet. So if you're on data plan 24/7, or your phone has wifi access 24/7, and so does the people you normally talk to, it's cheaper to use these apps than to send them text messages through your mobile carrier.
3. I believe the phone they have bugged is the prosecutor's office's phone which also explains why they easily find out a lot of the new findings in the investigation.
4. Their building probably has great security but not /that/ great considering how a horde of reporters camped out on their floor for a long while before. I think getting in wouldn't be that hard for JK's minion. He's most likely done harder things before.

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Can you tell what is the second song which starts right after “A Chance Encounter ” i cant find it anywhere

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GAWDD I love Songyi. She's officially one of my favourite drama heroine ever.

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ME TOO!!! And the actress, Jun Ji Hyun, officially my #1 favorite actress of Kdrama ever!!!

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she just totally lets loose. absolutely completely, over-the-top portrayal of her own persona. she's definitely having ALOT of fun esp in the BTS you can see her laughing her ass off and having a blast being Choi Song-Yi.
I really cannot see any other actress playing Song-Yi with equal parts wit, comedy, and heart the way jeon ji hyun does.
Choi Song-Yi is a role she was born to play.

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Which I read was one of the reasons she took up this project - Chun Song Yi is pretty similar to her in real life.

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I also read Kim Soo Hyun presuaded her to take the role coz she almost didn't take the role coz she's in the middle of doing a movie deal..

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Really? Wow. Now I have to thank both Kim Soo Hyun and the dramagods. ;)

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I kept saying that before the drama airs that Kim Soo Hyun had something to do with her accepting the role. It's not easy to convince an A list movie star to go back to the strenuous conditions of live shooting in Dramaland. She must have been comfortable with him in Thieves.

This production team have been after her from the beginning so casting Kim Soo Hyun as the lead was a great choice. They must be paying her a lot too and I'd say it worth every penny.

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Yup. Chun Song Yi was modeled with Jeon Ji Hyun in mind. She was their first choice, and when she actually accepted they were surprised because they weren't 100% sure she would come back to dramaland after so long. Kim Soo Hyun was definitely a deciding factor.

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Will someone be kind enough to share the link to the bts? Thanks!!

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Prior to the airing of episode 9 the network aired a show on how YFAS is filmed. They showed the people behind the special affects and the sets including the "apartments". When they opened the balcony door of the set it faces a big blue wall, the Seoul night scene is added afterwards. It looked like everyone was having a great time working on this show. The production is definitely a lot more sophisticated when compared to Heirs. Maybe Heirs spent all their money on the writer and actors...

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This was the only one I could find with my limited search skills. I hope to stalk the soompi boards for more links!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8IxXRDiH6g

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Definitely. The team are working hard for all those added special effects. The opening scene in ep.1 with the wind blowing all the people was from a hovering helicopter. The large ad of Song Yi took alot of hard work from the production team to create. Times like these when i'm grateful for high ratings because their hard work pays off, y'know? Keeps them motivated filming in this freezing weather.

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I love her since I watched My Sassy Girl when I was in highschool.. She deserves every bit of an A-list status.. She's daebak!!! I wish she would do drama more so I get to watch her more preferably with Kim Soo Hyun..

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I've been hoping to myself that maybe now that JJh has discovered how much fun it can be to do dramas, she'll be open for more dramas after this one.

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Love this show SOOO much!

Can someone please explain to me what's going on with the characters changing their levels of speech? I don't understand Korean, but from the subs I've been watching it seems characters have been switching from banmal and jondae and I was wondering if there's a reason? Like when Lawyer Jang first walks in on Min Joon and Song Yi and has to pretend he's Min Joon's dad he's confused at first and switches from jondae to banmal a couple of times. Why is that? Don't family and friends usually talk in banmal? Also in this episode why does Song Yi change from jondae to banmal in the car ride? Do they usually speak in jondae? I thought she yelled at him in banmal when she assumed she was older than him in a previous episode. If she were older, wouldn't she be allowed to speak to him in banmal. I would really appreciate it if anyone could clarify the reasons behind all this!

PS Has anyone else noticed the character Min Joon wears sneakers? Is it just me or doesn't it seem a bit out of character?

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I think it's because MJ is so much older than him that he's gotten used to using jondae with him, but when he sees SY, he realizes it would be strange and switches to banmal to make them seem more familiar, but he keeps forgetting and switches back and forth. Also, MJ and Lawyer Jang have a friendly formal sort of friendship and there seems to be a lot of respect for MJ that would probably make jondae feel more appropriate for him. Just my opinion I guess.

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Thank you for the explanation, javabeans! And thank you as always for your awesome recaps! I always look forward to reading them! :D

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Sorry for the litter of posts. I meant to thank you too Dramapleaseletmesleep for answering my question as well! I have been really curioius. Thank you again! (love your username by the way ;)

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Hello Dramapleaseletmesleep,
And thank you for your explanation, which makes sense to me. I also think that Lawyer Jang forgetting when to speak jondae (or banmal) based on the context/situation, (mostly when SY is around) gives us some funny moments, which I personally love.

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Lawyer Jang speaks to Min-joon in jondae normally, because Min-joon is a respected old (and OLD) friend. When Song-yi comes in he has to talk down to him in banmal because they're pretending to be father-son, and a father wouldn't speak "up " to his son.

Song-yi and Min-joon are similar enough in perceived age that they should be using the same level with each other -- either both jondae or both banmal. When Song-yi uses banmal she's treating him like her real manager, just staff. Switching to jondae is actually in this case a more squee-worthy moment because she's treating him like a man, not manager.

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Thank you for the explanation, javabeans! And thank you as always for your awesome recaps! I always look forward to reading them! :D

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Hello Jen,

I have noticed that MJ does wear sneakers. I think that he has been wearing them since ep. 1. I think (if memory serves me right), that I saw him wearing sneakers back in that ep. as well (ep.1). Part of me wondered if it was because it was easier to use /ride a bike with sneakers. I haven't seen MJ wear regular men dressy shoes. I have only seen him wear sneakers and slippers, when he is at home.

I don't find that out of character for MJ, I actually feel that it fits his personality. MJ is not your typical male. He is very old fashioned and seems to be quite influenced by his memories of Joseon times. Some of his favorite books are from that era. He doesn't know the current Hallyu stars (He didn't know who SY was), he seems to prefer older singers (he said so in ep. 1), and he is not into the current dramas. He didn't need and want a cell phone, until SY asked him to get one, and even then, he didn't know which one to buy. He was perfectly comfortable with using his beeper, until he left planet earth.
We all have quirks and idiosyncrasies, and I think that MJ loving to wear his sneakers is one of them. I personally don't mind his sneakers, because to me he looks good in his clothes (suits, sweaters, sports clothes, etc...) and in his sneakers. They really dress KSH well, in this drama, in my opinion.

I also see MJ as someone who does not like, or feel the need to conform to current fashion and trends. I think that up to when he met SY, he was comfortable being different. Now, he wants to experience some of the emotions humans experience, like love, belonging, etc... So again, for me, MJ wearing sneakers goes with who the character is. I am also thinking that it might be a clever way to promote some sports related items (sneakers being one of them).

I think that for me, because I live in the US, I I am not bothered by people wearing dress clothes with sneakers, especially at the end of a work day. You see a lot of that in the American movies of the 80s (at least I have), and some people still do that. And I think that because of that, MJ's sneakers did not feel out of character for me. I hope my answer helped :-)

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Jen,

There is something else I wanted to add. I personally wondered (since ep. 1) if MJ using banmal with others (or does he use jondae?) had something to do with him being a professor and a lecturer. In ep. 1 (and in other episodes, I think), SY sometimes gets offended that MJ talks down to her. And MJ definitely gets offended when SY speaks informally to him. I always thought that it had to do with MJ knowing how old he really was, AND because he is a professor, and he was SY's professor. So, I was thinking that even if he did look younger than SY (which to me he does), because he is (or he was until recently) her professor, she would have to talk to him in jondae (with respect and formally). My (limited) knowledge and understanding of Korean culture is that work positions and titles are important? Even in how people interact and address each other? Please beanies, feel free to correct me if I am wrong. Thank you!
I was just adding to what JB and Dramapleaseletmesleep said. Their explanations made sense to me as well.

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plus, I think sneakers are more similar to Joseon-era footwear, they are soft and flexible. I wonder how long it took Min Joon to adjust to modern clothing...
he has already become a human in that sense. nostalgic or a bit stuck in the old ways

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I love seeing men wearing dress clothes with sneakers. It's more like a Hollywood thing. I love Matthew Gray Gubler's Dr. Reid style in Criminal Minds, I don't know why but I do.

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I really loved this episode it was Awesome to see cheon song act like that hahahahah "looks like he's been working out lately "hehehehehehe More more more more please

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I don’t know how it’s possible but i just love song yi more and more with each passing episode. I love how she’s discovering what it’s like to fall in love with someone other than herself, lol.
And the way she confesses her feelings but is too damn scared to get rejected so she asks him not to answer but then prods him for the answer anyways. She's such a normal girl in that aspect no matter how over-the-top ridiculous she is as a character. How could this writer create such an awesome heroine who puts her heart out there like that? Also, how she finds any kind of excuse (no matter how small) just to see min joon again, i am falling in love. I’ve got no second lead syndrome but i know i’ve got a heroine syndrome.

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Me too!

I love how dramaland has been churning out (tho I do wish there were more) these strong female lead characters - Kim Hang Ah (TK2H), Jang Hye Sung (IHYV) and now Chun Song Yi - who could hold their own against their male counterparts.

Jeon Ji Hyun is beyond fantastic in this role. And her portrayal of Chun Song Yi has been indelibly seared into my heart.

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Haha... I am totally in love with the running "purple hair tie" gag! She was so cute going, "Omo! I lost my favourite purple hair tie. I guess I must have left it at Do Min-joon's place!" *rubs hands with glee*

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This what happens when a top star w/ a massive ego falls madly in love for the first time.. lol. The result is a laugh trip episode from beginning to end. I don't think any other actress can do this role except for Jeon Ji Hyun. No wonder KSH and the entire production had to really convince JJH to do this drama. It's only her that can do over the top crazy antics without being annoying. She can get away with it 100 percent because of her enigmatic screen presence. If any other actress would have done this role, it would not be as iconic and believable.

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yunno, I can't help thinking the K on the phone is his ex-wife who went to "england".

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That was my second thought...the first being he killed his wife and this is a witness to that or something else...

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There must be be a reason why JK doesn't kill his ex-wife since he's a killer psyco.

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Yep. Like JB said, I also bet the eldest brother was a victim.

And did Hwi-kyung place himself on Jae Kyung's god complex ('I'm letting you live') list by answering the phone this episode? Hwi-kyung has already said 3 or 4 times that he wants to take care of Song Yi "until the day I die"? That sounds pointedly different than "forever."

But maybe that's just a translation glitch in the subs. I can't imagine they'd kill-off such a lovable second lead. Would they do it for some meta - to poke fun at Princess Aurora and bring him back from the 'dead' in a lovely makjang twist?

(Hmmm. Makjang twist. Sounds like a good name for the drink I'd need.)

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Hwi-kyung is harmless, the older brother would have been the next CEO of their company so the psychotic 2nd brother killed him in order to inherit daddy's position.
I think he may have known about his secret too therefore he had to be eliminated.

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But since the call came from the institutionalized ex-wife, (who knows Jae Kyung's secrets) will Hwi Kyung now be seen as a threat?

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He doesn't know K is his killer bro's ex-wife yet and he's not suspicious enough to do something. I think he is safe for now.

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Love! ♥ Song Yi is absolutely killing this, she's the best. the designer bags, the Cloud Dream of the Nine ("In the end it's a story about a man who has relationships with 8 women. OFFENSIVE - ha)! the balcony confession, is she the best or what?

Lee Darth Vader - what murky mire did this evil chaebol crawl out from? And his sweet Lee Han Solo brother who's stylist dresses him oh so well in baby blue everything, I'm afraid for him.

Do Min Joon and Song Yi are right up there on my best current drama couples along with Kwon Kul and Da Jeong.

How super sci fi cool was the disappearing act right before Darth Vader's eyes? I love this drama - sweet!

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@owl, nailed it, couldn't agree more. Lovin this one.

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Can't wait to see the next episode 11 huhuhu...

And wait until Oppa psychopath knows about "Saliva is the new Kryptonite (ultimate natural weakness of Superman) for Min Joon"... Aaaaaaakkk :D

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excuse me while i replay the balcony confession and then listen to k.will's wonderful vocals fill my ears.

this drama is so gahdam cracktastic <3 <3 <3

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I don't listen to K -pop but K-will had me when he sang the OST for Arang. So glad he is part of this show.

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THE EPILOGUE was epic!
JHJ is playing the part to the Tee! I could not stop laughing.

This episode was so bad, bad in that I have to dreadfully wait another week for it! So bad that one hour felt like mins and I can't get enough of it!

I am scared for MJ's life! He has exposed himself to the eeevil!

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I feel you! Everytime there's a new episode, I get uber excited then when it ends, i felt that it was only on for 5 mins.. I couldn't get enough of this drama.. Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun are killing me.. I haven't watched dramas like this in a while since MNIKSS..

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I totally get you! I am always like "YES!!! New episode!!“,then I sit down to watch with my heart pounding with excitement and suddenly, it's all over!:( How am I ever going to wait until next week?????

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I'm scared that when it ends that I'll never get over it.. I'm that obsess.. Lol

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But then we will have all 20 episodes to play again and again. (as long as it has a happy ending, otherwise I might just be too heartbroken to watch it again.)

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Of JJH, By JJH, For JJH drama. This is my halfway summary.
Seriously though, if she rejected this drama, which reportedly she did initially, who could have done Cheon Songyi role decently? An actress who's not too young and can act, and most importantly, should be ultra beautiful so viewers can accept her reputation and tremendous ego. Han Yeseul comes in my mind first but she's not around the industry recently. Kim Taehee? Well it's proven she can't act. Well of course there are many good actresses out there but i can't think of one with a national-goddess aura. Son Yejin may be my choice, but anyway, i think this drama wouldn't have been half as fun without JJH.

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agree. i take a look at other A-list actresses and song hye kyo and han ye seul come up to mind. but its weird because they don't really give off the top star vibe like jun ji hyun did. kim tae hee is more known for her looks and education. ha ji won is better at doing badass kind of role. moon chae won could aso be a good choice but i haven't seen her in a dorky sassy type of role. JJH can be Funny,weird,dorky yet elegant and vulnerable a the same time. it also help that she is so tall and her body line is really nice. she rock every outfit in the show like a runaway model. her comedic acting are so on point. her screen presense are so strong that she literally overshadow other characters. also, her movies/commercial are fun to parody like the scene where she dance with a pot (it was her own fissler cf)

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I think HJW can also play the part because she's also good in comedy and also Kim Ha Neul.I just think the the main lead actor is too young although I like him.

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Shin Mina comes to mind as another fitting candidate for the role of Chun Song-Yi. The girl is able to balance a spunky (sometimes comically puffed up) public appearance with a much more introspective private side, one that is full of girly innocence, vulnerability, and ridiculously cute self dialogues.

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I had the same feeling too! I could see Shin Mina pulling off Chun Song-Yi although I am not sure how she would do on the chemistry front with Kim Soo-hyun. He and Jun Ji-hyun are just amazing together!

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Definitely yes to Shin Min-a! I love that girl! She would have done the role justice as well.

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i think kim ha neul can pull off the role too, with a mixture of her acting in 'On Air', 'Too Beautiful to Lie' and 'Level 7 civil servant'...she's brilliant in comedies..

i actually think han ye seul could portray the role too, she does have the top star look in tazza, and if she adds in her 'fantasy couple' craziness..

of course, both of them will give off different vibes..

JJH is amazing in this role and i'm glad her performance and tv screen comeback is well received

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Ummm, how can you say it's proven that Kim Tae Hee can't act? That seemed a bit harsh.

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Does anyone know the title of the first song that played during Bokja's fantasy? I can't get it out of my head since last night. I'm sure I heard it somewhere before... tnx.

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Nevermind, I already found it, finally. I can go back to work in peace now...

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRKgnvML9T4

It was also featured in heartstrings -- yonghwa did a cover of it.

I also heard a song in her imagination that was played in AM1994 -- serious flashbacks!

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Can you tell what is the second song which starts right after "A Chance Encounter " i cant find it anywhere

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Minjoon have to save the file in to google drive or something before bringing the flash drive outside.

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Well I believe MJ does build up an immunity to human "fluids" . Lawyer Jang mentioned that the spitball took MJ out for a week. SY kiss took him out for less than 2 days I believe. See proof that all he need to is more practice to overcome his kyptonite.

Well seem like it all setup for a "happy" ending.

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Why would you want immunity when the antidote is a sponge bath?

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I would be hesitant to believe that.

There's less saliva in a single kiss than when someone spits into your coffee.

I think the shorter recovery time is related to the amount of 'poison' he ingested.

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I hope by the end of the drama that poor ex wife gets out of the asylum and not dead by "suicide" just because hyung needs to erase all the evidence. Poor Hwi kyung having a hyung like that.
And since several episodes ago, agree with everybody that Jae kyung might have killed their hyung ... With a hammer and that nail? o_O... Woaah! That last part was just my speculation.

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Good point. I wonder how the oldest brother died. I bet that nail did have something to do with it. I'm worried for Hwi Kyung both physically and mentally.

As for the wife, I wonder if he somehow talked or bribed her into the asylum before she became a problem, then divorced her due to her 'craziness'? Possibly before he started just killing his problems. I hope she makes it out alive.

He just plain sends chills up my spin when he does his evil smirk!

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Because I don't believe the prosecutor actually DIED DIED and all he'll remember is DMJ calling him to meet up somewhere and him getting clubbed. :(

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I'm trying to get past the apron dress and the nagging suspicious housewife and the rational you are imagining things husband scene.

Does anyone think the actors actually get the stuff that is going on in this drama?

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Hi Mar,
I didn't understand your comments. Can you explain, please? (both of them).
About this, "Does anyone think the actors actually get the stuff that is going on in this drama?" I would think that they (the actors) would have to, so they could actually act it out, and be believable when they do, no?

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The scene is straight out of a 1950's TV episode. It portrays traditional patriarchal culture sex/gender roles. Basically she's an irrational house wife suspicious of her husbands activities and he's telling her she's crazy and she really doesn't need to know everything anyway even if she is correct.

This drama has a lot going on with social commentary (some of it good and pretty funny like her analysis of why her character is poor in a previous episode) but there is also a lot of put the woman in her place, misogyny, and fear of Lilith crap too. Which is not singular to this drama, it's common.

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Especially the glass from the headlight convo - how he tried to make her think she was crazy even though it was the truth and disregarded her logical conclusions as illogical. I know it's meant to get a "pass' here because he is trying not to reveal his superpowers or alien powers. it is a power play, though, that I really hate - narcissistic, authoritarian, and control mind games.

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I really hate mind games too. Nothing gets to me like that. but I understood the reason why he did it, it's a protection for him, and can be for her too. What i'm concerned about though is when DMJ was pulling out the flash drive she saw someone on the ground in a pool of blood and someone snatching the flash drive out of this person's hand. Could it have been him lying in the blood? Also when he was told that this secretary is typing up a message on his computer, which in effect will wrap things up. I would like to see if he will transport back into the room in time with both Song Yi and the evil secretary in there - where they will then both see everything, then Song Yi will then see what the real deal is.

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And this scene- Song-yi attempts to entice Min Joon by aegyo and batting her eyes. He kisses her and is poisoned by her saliva and is weak and sick. Gees, women are evil seductresses that tempt men and make them weak and suck the life from them. When she got stuck in the sleeping bag and he wouldn’t let her out and dumped her on the couch=women need to be controlled and put in their place and they should stay there until wanted.

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I think you might be reaching a bit in this case, because Min-Joon doesn't come off as patriarchal--just alien and distant. I also get a lot of 50s vibe from Kdramas, but Min-Joon is so inept at personal relations he can't rise to the level of a dominant personality. I mentioned in the open episode discussion that Min-Joon is a antique. Like many a Victorian English bachelor gentleman character (Sherlock Holmes being a good example) women are not so much inferior to him as they are an alien species that he can only interact with at a safe distance. He claims to not like interacting with humans, but he is socially competent hanging around older, asexual males. It's young people and females who make him uncomfortable.

Song-yi, on the other hand, while not nearly intelligent enough to handle the social rank her stardom has granted her, is as strong-willed as any Betty Davis or Joan Crawford character from Hollywood studio films. She isn't bright, and makes too many mistakes, but she keeps fighting and backs down to no one.

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What I was addressing has nothing to do with character development-it's not Min-joon or Song-yi specific- but rather about how gender/sex roles are portrayed. This type of scene could be inserted into any drama.

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Wow. Where is this bitterness coming from? It was meant to be a funny scene, and most everyone saw it as what it was. A funny scene. But then, I guess not all viewer's reactions are the same.

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I do not see anything "bitter" about turning a particular lens at a scene. Did I say the scene on the surface could not be "funny"? You are correct in that each viewer is an individual and has an individual viewing experience. Your viewing experience is based on what you want to take away from it, my viewing experience sometimes includes analysis with a specific lens as part of my take away. You find the scene entertaining as a funny scene, I find it interesting to consider in other ways. You feel that "most everyone" thought it was just a simple funny scene. But there is nothing bitter about considering meaning in a seemingly innocuous scene.

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That's hilarious. Thanks for connecting the dots!

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Wow this episode was really good. I especially loved the intro. It has some resemblance to I hear your voice in that both actresses are independent, haughty, and go for what they want. The villain in this case, though, is so much more evil and more insanely awesome. I didn't like the villain in I hear you voice as he was just boring and unwatchable. This is best drama of the year SO FAR.

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The villain in IHYV didn't scare you?! Lol, I'm the total opposite. At one point while watching IHYV, I actually cried tears from fear. This was when he kept calling the female lead and she realized the phone call was coming from inside her apartment and Michael Jackson's "I'll Be There" was playing. Yes, tears of fear. Plus, he did all the menacing and the killing and the psychological manipulation firsthand.

I do agree that this drama's villain is creepy, but I don't feel like the characters are in as much danger. Also, he gets others to do his dirty work, which makes him lose fear points. And his stylist has made him look so obviously evil that he's overdoing it, like a comic book villain almost.

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This drama just keep proving that everything about it are awesome.. Every character portrayed their character well.. From the story, the set, actors, director, writer EVERYTHING!!! I'm OBSESSED!!!

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Jeon Ji-hyun is killing it as Song-yi. I can't think of any other actress would go all out like her, jajangmyun stained lips and all. She's killing it man.

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i didn't expect to get so worked up in that coffee scene.

man, i'd hate to have a friend like that one time clawing at me then tail between the legs, next.

thanks for the recap, jb!

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So Bokja also had a crush towards DMJ..hahaha..I laughed so hard the moment she wants to give him a bottle of origami crane..
DMJ : I won't buy it..

LMAO!

I love CSY's interaction with her deongsaeng, so cute and funny compare to SM and her brother, a bit awkward to watch, totally zero chemistry..LOL! though I sympathize him so much..that evil LJK is seriously evil and psycho..

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i can actually buy that they're siblings they look really similar. like they give off the vibe that they really come from one family hehe

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lol same. i want to see more sibling love! they're fun to watch, and we don't see enough healthy family relationships in kdramas.

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Does anyone else notice how much Hwi-kyung and Yoon-jae look alike or is it just me?

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I was thinking the same thing too!

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That scene with Bokja cracked me up. All along we've been laughing along with her at the dorky track suit guys' fantasies about the stars that want them. Then her one true love turns out to be an actual alien.

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Yea I get what you mean about Semi and her brother. They feel more like acquaintances than siblings. At first I thought maybe it's a rich people thing to be polite and refined even to your siblings whom you grew up with. But c'mon surely even rich kids annoy their siblings like songyi and yoonjae do with each other. And I'm not saying semi and her bro have to be annoying to each other but it's just the overall vibe between the two, very not sibling like.

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I'm rooting for SY. I don't know how she'll handle MJ's departure. Please have a happy ending for our OTP.

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did no one else catch the winter sonata reference...?

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lol i caught it! where the friend is listening to her earbuds while walking on a path between two rows of trees, and then kim soo hyun comes riding on a bike?

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lol i haven't even seen that drama and i know how iconic those trees in that scene are. i'm surprised JB didn't catch it, with the background OST and ridiculous length of the scene it was clearly a parody of something.

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I'm glad I'm not a top star.

Because I can squee about Min Joon all I like without worrying about that pesky image thing.

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I've got to wait another week????!!!! Arghhhhhhhhhh

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Did you guys notice something in the Epilogue??
Song-yi is wearing the same ring that Jae-Kyung is wearing .. but hers is in gold and his is black. And another thing, the ring is shaped like a nail ..

IS THIS SOME KIND OF CONNECTION?

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Take it just as a comic parody of Jae Kyung's ring, a psycho's symbol, emphasizing how she's talking like a mad woman to her doctor. Epilogue is just a bonus cut after all.

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I noticed that.

What I have been wondering about since Yi-hwa and Song-yi have a connection, if there are not other people from the Joseon past that still have a connection (or reincarnation) in the modern timeline.

Specifically, I am wondering about Yi-hwa's dead husband and the other people that wanted her dead at the time. I feel like there might be more of a backstory.

Also, the guy who spit in Joo Min's coffee thirty years ago looked exactly like Jae-kyung.

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I thought that he looked exactly like Jae Kyung as well! Does anyone know if which actor plays that role?

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The rings is actually used by writer in dual functionality! okay, I actually don't know why they have to make JaeKyung always sliding running his finger on the ring beside is PRODUCT REPLACEMENT lol.. No one notice is Cartier?? and the writer link the PE really good by the epilog with Song-yi wearing the gold version in mad-man edition of hers

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“I won’t buy it.” Cannot. Breath. Laughing so hard. I adore how he deadpans everything. His delivery makes everything funnier.

NOOOOOOOO! I don’t want him to reveal himself. I’m not even prepared for him to reveal himself to Song Yi yet, much less to a murderer whom, along with his secretary, are admittedly flawless at their jobs, even analyzing elevator statistics. What is Min Joon doing following him? Jae Kyung is the number one person on our cast who would believe in aliens and easily the first who would come to the conclusion that Min Joon is an alien. I like Hwi Kyung being suspicious, but I fear for his life. Who answers other people’s phones? No one does that. I genuinely hope Seok is not dead.

I never expected our ice-cold alien to confess first, so I’m really proud Song Yi took the first step. Phew, sigh of relief he didn’t leave her stranded on the balcony and was only too shocked to answer. That image of him standing there, staring at her, breathing as his chest went up and down.. Imma need a minute. Song Yi’s list of all his qualities is what we all want to say. Adding to that, I most love how he never bullshits her, like his reality check for her in the car.

Also, I hope Yoon Jae stays permanently.

Thanks for the recap, javabeans!

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<Who answers other people’s phones?

I would, at least my sibling's. I answer my friend's phone too if her husband calls and she's upstairs in the shower (or something like that) so I can let him know to call back in a minute.

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I'd answer my friend's phone if it was another good friend calling. Close relatives' phones...depends, if I personally know the person who's calling then I'll answer it.

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I really love Song Yi's confession scene. The part when she thought he wasn't there and turned around, to found him there - staring! argh <3

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But-he had to have heard her previous noisy yelling about how she felt about him when she was rolling around on her bed-so he already knew she had fallen for him-and before that, when he was tucking her into bed he said he knew her heart was already opening up to him.
He was first to realize he loved her, so of course he was watching her very closely about how she felt about him-not to mention, taking her into the museum to the hairclip to see if she reacted to it, which would tell him who she was.
That was way back in episode 4 or 5, so he's already known for a long time that she is the same girl he loved before and has been grieving for, and who gave her life for him.
the way he sees it is she came back to him, and he's just been waiting for her to wake up to him.

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Also-Semi-Lately, I've seen so many bad people turned good overnight by Kdrama writers lately, that I'm expecting that to happen here with her.
I hope not, since she has always hated Song Yi-it's not like a good friendship that can be reveved. And also, so far, this drama has been all of a piece, rather than a choppy head-scratcher (Like Pretty Man). I hope it continues this way to the end.
We have plenty of examples of kdramas that didn't let us down, starting with The Princess Man, Queen Inhyun's Man. the Moon That Embraces the Sun, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, to name just a few, so I know they don HAVE to let the endings fall apart-it just seems like that's been happening a lot lately. So we're all worried about it.

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The fact that in the epilogue, when she goes a teeny bitsy nuts, she twists her ring like Jae kyung the craziller (crazy killer)...I laughed so loud I'm sure my neighbor had his hands on the phone to call foe psychiatric help! lol

There's a lot of craziness in all that! lol

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I feel like Se-mi is one of those psycho bitchy friends you see in some dramas who's always trying to steal and possess her friend's (Song-yi's) things out of jealousy. I feel like she's not just trying to approach Min-Joon to get information, but is actively trying to flirt with him and attempting to make herself the "victim". I was hoping for more from her but she's really getting on my nerves. Kudos to Song-Yi for seeing through her BS though.

I've got to say, I haven't seen such a good main female character in a Korean show in ages. Oftentimes, the writers focus so much on the main guy that they make the main girl so one-noted, boring, helpless-damsel-like, and utterly predictable. I literally had to take a moment shoot a quick prayer of thanks to the drama gods for bestowing upon us such a good writer who came up with equally interesting leads that complement each other so well. *cries tears of joy and happiness*

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I'm with you on Se Mi. She's struck me as being untrustworthy from the start. Maybe because she reminds me so strongly of a personality type that I've run into before. They project an innocent doe-eyed facade, but are very self-interested and manipulative behind it. So far I haven't seen Se Mi show any generosity of spirit to anyone unless she somehow profits from it.

And nursing a 10 year one sided love just isn't healthy. A healthy outlook would be for her to honestly face the situation - shed some tears - and then move on, anticipating a full and happy life. I could root for her if she did that. But instead she knowingly lies to protect the man who may have killed her friend, in order to protect her selfish one-sided love. Ugh.

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With both of you on Se-mi.

I think she continue to be all-out evil with a façade of total innocence, but I'm guessing they'll give her a moment very close to the end where she'll have to decide between life and death (of Song-yi), where she is likely to draw the line. I think, though I wouldn't care for it. Someone who betrays you like that once isn't to be trusted or kept close ever again.

At the moment she's decidedly on the evil side – she had zero reaction when Song-yi was almost killed in that car (compare that to Song-yi reacting to Yoo-ra's death, showing empathy despite not liking her at all) and she didn't tell her brother about what she did know about Yoo-ra's possible boyfriend.

I'm just waiting for Jae-kyung to pick up on Se-mi's evilness and get her to join forces with him.

I would argue that Hye-sung from I Can Hear Your Voice was an equally good main female character recently. She wasn't damsel-like, but strong yet vulnerable (just like Song-yi).

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I totally dislike Se-mi's type , she is so fake, a backstabber. The opposite of Song-yi.

I think Yoo In-Na is doing a great job here with her innocent and sweet face. Everyone is suppose to fall for it right? So glad she is part of this show even if she is playing the not so good girl.

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I definitely think Se Mi didn't tell her prosecutor brother what she knew because as long as it was a suicide it kept Song Yi down, and protected Se Mi's career take-over She even urged her brother to close the case as a suicide.

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I couldn't believe that! Her, 'but people have moved on and don't care any more, so just close the case' laid open her soullessness.

I am so looking forward to her realizing that it was her own selfishness that allowed her brother to get hurt. But at this point it seems like it's a toss-up on whether she has any capacity for even caring about that.

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I think the reason she didn't tell is because he is the brother of her forever crush.

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Yeah, that's what I thought too.

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I loveee the writer, and esp.the director bcoz he knows exactly how to shoot an incredibly beautiful scene. I mean..every ending of the episode..the action..the scene is just so smooth and daebak!when I see manager do and song yi..I can totally feel their chemistry..definitely my most favorite OTP of the year. Jeon ji hyun is just awesome and KSH is charming..how can I live until next week? Time jump pleasee

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Why doesn't min joon just send the usb content to the police? Wouldn't that save everyone a lot of time, worry, blood, lives, etc. It's all digital, no harm in spreading the content and directing the attention to the right source aka evil brother.

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it would just get the prosecutor killed, along with song yi as she could verify the USB's contents and origin. and hwi kyeong (and therefore song yi) would be devastated to hear that someone that close to them was a psycho.

i wanted min joon to upload the videos online (they'd definitely go viral, it's clear proof that a recently dead star was dating someone weird) and then email them to the prosecutor anonymously but the poor bb only just got a cellphone, not sure if he's aware of how to do all that...

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In this digital age, there's no such thing as anonymously.

Crazy-guy will hunt you, find you and kill you. And with his money, probably bring down any of the videos before they're spread wide. And with his psychotic-ness, he would probably kill anyone who has watched it (or are aware of it, if we increase the severity of his madness).

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