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Three Days: Episode 14

The race is on to identify a Jaesin mole working inside the Blue House. But in this mystery-heavy episode, the biggest question on my mind is how many times can you attempt to assassinate a president in the course of nine days? We won’t know for sure until next week’s finale, but this episode adds a couple hash marks to the tally.

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

President Lee steps out onto a rooftop and into a sniper’s crosshairs, ready to trade his life in exchange for Cha-young’s safety. But Tae-kyung has also made his way to the rooftop and you know he’s not about to let it go down that way. Sure enough, just as the sniper pulls the trigger, Tae-kyung tackles the president to the ground.

From the nearby tower where he’s been watching the action unfold, Chairman Kim can’t believe his eyes as the president sits up, a little dazed, but with no new holes in his body to speak of.

Kim’s sniper doesn’t get off so easy — a Blue House SWAT team has taken him out with a bullet through the brain. The dominoes just keep falling for Chairman Kim as secret service agents subdue his minions stationed inside the building. The good guys are really on point today.

Out of allies, Chairman Kim makes a run for the exit, but his getaway is halted by the security team leader who places him under arrest for his connection to the latest in a series of many presidential assassination attempts. So does this mean the security team leader is not the Blue House mole?

Out on the rooftop, the president apologizes to Tae-kyung and the security team for causing them to worry (a bit of an understatement). He doesn’t appear at all relieved to still be breathing. In fact, he almost seems a little disappointed.

Later, back at the Blue House, Tae-kyung confronts the security team leader about his role in the incident. Tae-kyung had alerted him to what was going to happen at the movie theater. Why would he ignore it and recklessly put the president in danger like that?

The answer lies in a flashback to earlier that night. In preparation for his night out at the movies, the president meets with the prime minister to tell him to get ready because he’ll be getting a promotion to acting president very soon.

The security team leader easily guesses the reason behind this action. He suspects that the president intends to let Chairman Kim murder him at the movie theater tonight. He urges the president not to go, but President Lee will not be swayed. He sees this as the only way to stop Kim once and for all, by leaving behind evidence that Kim was responsible for his death.

Thankfully, the security team leader has a good head on his shoulders and recognizes an alternate plan. He sends the SWAT team to the scene. As the president steps out on the roof, the SWAT team guns down the sniper and also identifies Chairman Kim calling the shots from a window in the tower next door.

In the present, Chairman Kim is now at police headquarters undergoing interrogation. He stays cool as a cucumber, declining to answer any questions without a lawyer present.

But he doesn’t realize just how screwed he truly is. Prosecutor Choi arrives with some additional charges against Chairman Kim: the kidnapping of Agent Lee Cha-young. She’s perfectly safe and ready to testify about his role in the assassination attempt.

There’s just one piece of the puzzle still missing. Who is Chairman Kim’s mole inside the Blue House? Kim dodges the question, laughing in the prosecutor’s face. Prosecutor Choi looks mad enough to hit him, but just then an assistant arrives with Kim’s phone records. Time to get to the bottom of this.

At the Blue House, Tae-kyung is wondering why the president didn’t trust him enough to tell him about the SWAT team plan ahead of time. But it’s precisely because he trusts Tae-kyung that he couldn’t tell him. The president knew Tae-kyung would never allow him to go forward with such a risky plan.

Tae-kyung scolds him for being so reckless, but the president reminds him that everything worked out. He’s safe, Cha-young is safe, and Chairman Kim is in custody. We can all finally relax now, right?

Wrong. The security team leader is at the door to burst President Lee’s bubble with news about Chairman Kim’s man inside the Blue House. Kim’s phone records have led investigators to a particular phone in the Blue House. The owner of the phone, and the identity of Blue House mole is… a nobody background actor. Like, just a complete rando. Huh, anti-climax.

The president is in visible distress as this apparently beloved staff member is arrested. The security team leader wants to investigate everyone in the Blue House, just in case there are still others among them with ties to Jaesin (like maybe a character any of us has ever noticed before?), but the president tells him not to bother. He still intends to announce his resignation in two days’ time.

Tae-kyung and the security team leader protest, saying that since Chairman Kim has been arrested, the president will likely be cleared of any charges against him. But President Lee feels too guilty about his past to continue in office. His final act as leader of the nation will be to visit Yangjinri in person to atone for his wrongs.

Tae-kyung goes to see Cha-young at the hospital where Bo-won has been watching over her. As he looks at the sleeping Cha-young, he thinks back to the times when Cha-young encouraged him to keep going, to keep doing the right thing even when it was difficult.

Watching him stare at Cha-young for far too long makes Bo-won a little uncomfortable and she decides to leave them alone. Since the danger seems to be over for real this time, she is once again ready to head home to Seojori. She thanks Tae-kyung for everything he’s done for her and makes a hasty exit.

As she heads down the corridor, her true feelings are written all over her face. She’s not ready to say goodbye so soon. She takes out her phone to write Tae-kyung a text message (Doesn’t she know you’re supposed to wait two days? Play it cool, girl), but before she can finish typing, he appears in the hallway behind her. “Have you eaten?” he asks. Bo-won is struck momentarily speechless.

At dinner, Tae-kyung wonders how Bo-won was planning to get home, it being the middle of the night and her car having been recently reduced to a pile of ash. He invites her to spend the night at his place again. Don’t anybody get too excited though; she’ll be there all by herself this time because Tae-kyung has to report to work.

She asks when he’ll return, but he tells her secret service agents never say they’ll be back — it’s always possible that they won’t. All he can say is that he hopes they see each other again soon. Bo-won hopes so, too. (That makes three of us.)

Chairman Kim seems to have friends everywhere he goes, and police headquarters is no exception. His allies in the police department slip him a cell phone, which he uses to call the creepy American guy from Falcon. “It’s time to prepare for our final plan,” he tells him.

On the morning of the Yangjinri visit, the Blue House security team prepares for the outing. The president’s itinerary is to be kept a secret from the media and the citizens of Yangjinri. Given his role in the 1998 incident, there could very well be Yangjinri locals who’d like to harm him. This will be the security team’s last event with President Lee and they want everything to go smoothly.

Prosecutor Choi phones Tae-kyung with an unsettling development. On closer inspection of Chairman Kim’s phone records, he’s discovered that Kim was speaking to a second Blue House mole just before the attempted sniping. The second mole was using a phone in the security team’s office.

Tae-kyung looks around at his fellow agents preparing to escort the president to Yangjinri. Which one of them could it be?

He brings the news to the security team leader and urges him to cancel the Yangjinri event. The team leader is reluctant to cancel the president’s final outing — if he’s called into court following his resignation, this could be his only opportunity to pay his respects to the people of Yangjinri.

He agrees to arrange for an investigation into the alibis of all the agents. Tae-kyung volunteers to stay behind and lead the investigation and the team leader promises to keep careful watch over the president throughout the event.

The president is disappointed to hear that Tae-kyung will not be accompanying him to Yangjinri. As he reaches out to shake his hand, the president remembers the day they met when Tae-kyung first promised to protect him. He also thinks back to when Tae-kyung reaffirmed that promise just hours before. They shake hands and the president thanks him for his service.

Getting into detective mode, Tae-kyung uses security camera footage to confirm that Mole #1 was out of the building when the call was placed to Chairman Kim from the security office. That means it was definitely a second mole with access to that office who made the call.

He determines that most of the offices in the building were empty at that time, so the mole could have used just about any phone he wanted, but he probably would have chosen the closest one. The schedule for the conference room directly across the hall from the security office indicates that a manager’s meeting was taking place at the time of the phone call.

When Tae-kyung calls the security team leader to ask about the meeting, he happens to be standing right next to one of the meeting’s attendees. He reports that at the time of the phone call, the communications team leader, upon hearing that the SWAT team had been sent out with the president to the movie theater, excused himself from the meeting to attend to an urgent matter.

Now we know who our second mole is, but where he is is a different story. Tae-kyung finds security footage of him leaving the Blue House by car thirty minutes ago, but where he was headed is anyone’s guess. The police are notified and the search is on, but Tae-kyung gets in his car to set out on his own, headed for Yangjinri.

Meanwhile, a police officer escorts Prosecutor Choi into Chairman Kim’s interrogation room, but Kim is still unwilling to talk, possibly because he knows who’s coming down the hall at that very moment: the shady assistant prosecutor with an order to have the suspect transferred into his custody.

Choi asks Chairman Kim if he’s ready to make a confession. “Are you ready,” Kim counters, “to die?” For the first time we get a good look at Prosecutor Choi’s police escort and, horror of horrors, it’s Kim’s newest assassin in disguise. Please tell me what I think is happening is not happening.

The assistant prosecutor and Officer Assassin accompany Chairman Kim out of the building and he’s free to create evil mayhem once again. As they drive off in a squad car, Kim verifies that his helicopter is ready and waiting for him. It’s time to pay the president a visit.

Inside, an officer begins to wonder what’s keeping Prosecutor Choi so long. He pokes his head into the interrogation room and finds Choi face down on the table, blood pooling on the floor beneath him. So long, dear prosecutor.

As the president approaches Yangjinri, his mind is filled with the tragic events of 1998. Posing as employees at the Yangjinri incident memorial, the president’s security team asks all visitors in the park to vacate.

The police finally catch up to the communications team leader and place him under arrest for his role in the attempted sniping, but the guy seems genuinely confused as to what they’re even talking about. Uh-oh, maybe he wasn’t the second mole after all?

When the president arrives in Yangjinri, he’s overcome with emotion and can’t even bring himself to get out of the car. The security team leader asks if he would like to return some other time, but the president pulls himself together and begins his slow, somber walk to the memorial, surrounded by his devoted security detail.

When they reach the memorial, the president asks for some privacy and the agents leave him. He reads the names engraved on the memorial of the 24 civilians who died in 1998, choking back the tears of guilt welling up in his eyes as he pictures the horrific events of that day and remembers the role he played in planning them.

Elsewhere, the communications team leader has been taken in for questioning, but he still doesn’t seem to understand why he’s been arrested and claims that he is not the one who left during the manager’s meeting.

At the memorial, the security team leader asks the third man who was at the meeting to confirm the report he received from the chief of the command post earlier. As you may have guessed, the third guy’s version of events is slightly different. He says it was not the communications team leader who left during the meeting, it was actually the chief of the command post. You know, the one who’s sitting in the security bus right now, keeping a sinister eye on the security camera feed of the president at the memorial.

The security team leader orders the agents to arrest the chief of the command post and alerts the president that they need to return to the Blue House immediately. When they board the security bus, the agents find that the chief of the command post is already gone.

A horrible screech comes over the agents’ earpieces and the signal goes dead. The team leader knows what that means — an EMP bomb has been detonated nearby. The team prepares to whisk the president away to safety, but that plan gets put on hold when they hear automatic gunfire from nearby.

In his car, Tae-kyung races through the town of Yangjinri while his fellow agents crowd around the president and brace themselves for whatever happens next.

 
COMMENTS

“Shoe leather” is a term used to describe the steps a character takes getting from one major story event to the next. For example: Our heroine gets a phone call that Timmy fell down the well. She quickly grabs her keys, gets in the car, starts the car, plugs the location of the well into her GPS, drives to the well, gets out of the car, and saves Timmy! Hooray! That whole middle section there? That’s shoe leather. (The term comes from all the leather used up from the bottom of her shoes as we watch every footstep she takes.)

Sometimes it’s necessary or desirable to show the shoe leather. It can keep the audience from getting confused (“Wait, how did he find out about that?”). It can create suspense, like when we watch with bated breath as a character walks slowly toward the front door of the haunted house.

But make no mistake. We’re watching a show to see story, not shoe leather. I think it’s part of the nature of Three Days to show a little more shoe leather than we really need, but when you’ve got more shoe leather on the screen than actual story events, you’re in trouble, and that’s exactly what happened in this episode. I’ll point out a couple of the worst offenses, but if you’d like an exhaustive listing, basically just see above under “Episode 14 Recap.”

Do I need to watch a whole scene of Prosecutor Choi explaining to Tae-kyung how he’s going to head back over to police headquarters right now to try to coax a confession from Chairman Kim? If you can come up with a single thing we’d be missing out on if that scene had been left on the cutting room floor, you’re a far more perceptive viewer than I.

The two different accounts of what happened at the manager’s meeting were a nifty little device, but was there not a more expeditious way for Tae-kyung to figure out that the second mole was in that meeting? The amount of screen time spent on watching security camera footage, traveling from office to office, reading all the schedules, finding out who went where for dinner — was I the only one ripping hanks of hair from my own scalp?

And we certainly can’t fail to mention how many times we checked in with both the president and Tae-kyung en route to Yangjinri, as though going more than five minutes without an insert of them sitting in traffic would make the through-line of the action incomprehensible.

This episode had some lovely elements to it. I always love to watch them ratchet up the romantic tension between Tae-kyung and Bo-won. The president’s guilt over Yangjinri woven through the episode was a lovely character development, and its culmination as he read the names on the memorial was really touching. But the abundance of shoe leather and the glut of flashback montages from previous episodes make me wonder if the writer is running short on story in the final episodes. I can only hope that the two filler episodes this week were only serving to put the pieces in place for an amazing finale next week. I’m sure that’s it, right?

 
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Good Drama

PS: I Miss Running Man

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I agree. I love this drama, it makes me think, and I have learned some things, reading the comments, and the recappers' analysis.

averagerobot, I love the two pictures you chose: the very first one (on top of the recap), and the very last one. They moved me when I watched this ep., I had tears. Son Hyun-Joo is such a good actor, he takes you there (emotionally) with him. Powerful scenes... So very sad to watch these scenes on the heels of the ferry incident.
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Thank you so much for the recap! This drama still manages to surprise me. This ep. left me with some feels, especially the scene where the Pres. was alone in front of the monument. That scene was so well done, well acted, no spoken lines or dialogues (not necessary) and I could feel Pres. LDH’s heavy heart. He thought he would at least protect the people, but he was lied to, and he had a hand in their deaths. I couldn’t help but think about those who went missing during the ferry incident last week. So very sad, and tragic (and in this drama’s universe, so was the Yangjinri event). The events are different (and one is real, and the other fictional, I am assuming?), however that scene got to me also because of what Korea is going through at the moment.

Speaking of Pres. LDH, I am so glad that he is actually not dumb, and that he DOES know his opponent KDJ, well. So he chose to walk to his death (I had to digest that one for a few mns), so that KDJ could be caught, and charged for his murder. Well, that is sacrifice all right! Pres. LDH must be so guilt-ridden, and so desperate that he is OK being killed, if that can help catch KDJ. And YAY! I was wrong about the PSS Dir. He actually had a plan, and we were trolled. I feel better now. Like TK, he cares about the Pres., and he will protect him at all costs. He is also smart and intuitive, which was why he double checked about who left that room before the meeting started. I was also relieved to see that the Team Leader of Communications was not the one helping with the assassination plot, because I thought he was too cute to spend his time trying to kill his Pres. He is young, he should be planning his future, not a way to go to jail.

Pros. Choi: I never understood why he walked around without a bodyguard. I mean, you are trying to prosecute the biggest terrorist in Korea (I am assuming), what makes you think that you are safe, when he has tried (and succeeded) in killing others? AND you know that he is trying to kill the Pres., do you think he will spare you? Why? I hope Pros. Choi won’t die. I am glad to see this drama coming to an end, because I don’t want to see more people dying, or barely escaping death, though I guess that gives some intensity to the drama?

For some reason, I didn’t feel safe when KDJ went to jail. When Pres. LDH said “everything is over,” I thought, “hum… let’s not rejoice yet. There are still 2 and ½ ep. to go through.” And I ended up being right. I was not even surprised, when KDJ got some help while he was in prison. The opposite would have surprised me, actually. Also, I think that Pres. LDH should at least finish his term, and then leave the Blue House, if he so desires. I feel that he is being a noble idiot, when he shouldn’t be. He has had a conscience now (for a while), he is a smart pres., and he wants to do right by his countrymen. Why not finish your term? There is no guarantee that the next pres. would be better than Pres. LDH.

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Thank you so much for the recap! This drama still manages to surprise me. This ep. left me with some feels, especially the scene where the Pres. was alone in front of the monument. That scene was so well done, well acted, no spoken lines or dialogues (not necessary) and I could feel Pres. LDH’s heavy heart. He thought he would at least protect the people, but he was lied to, and he had a hand in their deaths.
I couldn’t help but think about those who went missing during the ferry incident last week. So very sad, and tragic (and in this drama’s universe, so was the Yangjinri event). The events are different (and one is real, and the other fictional, I am assuming?), however that scene got to me also because of what Korea is going through at the moment.

Speaking of Pres. LDH, I am so glad that he is actually not dumb, and that he DOES know his opponent KDJ, well. So he chose to walk to his death (I had to digest that one for a few mns), so that KDJ could be caught, and charged for his murder. Well, that is sacrifice all right! Pres. LDH must be so guilt-ridden, and so desperate that he is OK being killed, if that can help catch KDJ. And YAY! I was wrong about the PSS Dir. He actually had a plan, and we were trolled. I feel better now. Like TK, he cares about the Pres., and he will protect him at all costs. He is also smart and intuitive, which was why he double checked about who left that room before the meeting started. I was also relieved to see that the Team Leader of Communications was not the one helping with the assassination plot, because I thought he was too cute to spend his time trying to kill his Pres. He is young, he should be planning his future, not a way to go to jail.

Pros. Choi: I never understood why he walked around without a bodyguard. I mean, you are trying to prosecute the biggest terrorist in Korea (I am assuming), what makes you think that you are safe, when he has tried (and succeeded) in killing others? AND you know that he is trying to kill the Pres., do you think he will spare you? Why? I hope Pros. Choi won’t die. I am glad to see this drama coming to an end, because I don’t want to see more people dying, or barely escaping death, though I guess that gives some intensity to the drama?

For some reason, I didn’t feel safe when KDJ went to jail. When Pres. LDH said “everything is over,” I thought, “hum… let’s not rejoice yet. There are still 2 and ½ ep. to go through.” And I ended up being right. I was not even surprised, when KDJ got some help while he was in prison. The opposite would have surprised me, actually. Also, I think that Pres. LDH should at least finish his term, and then leave the Blue House, if he so desires. I feel that he is being a noble idiot, when he shouldn’t be. He has had a conscience now (for a while), he is a smart pres., and he wants to do right by his countrymen. Why not finish your term? There is no guarantee that the next pres. would be better than Pres. LDH.

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I am extremely sorry for the double post, I honestly did not realize that I did that. My apologies.

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I hope Prosecutor Choi did not die!! Even though i am watching this drama till the end, i was sometimes really frustrated at it. Thank god for Taekyung & Bowon and mostly their scenes that i continue to like this drama. Their *date* is so sweet though. I known it's impossible for them to be together by the end since they've known each other for like 7 days as of the moment but i hope they atleast left us w/ the possibility of them getting together in the end. And please don't KILL either them. I'm okay with everyone dying except for this 2!!

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Yeah, I hope Pros. Choi will not die either. Does anyone know what that monument is in real life? Where the President went? I was curious about that. Thanks!

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I'm in total agreement with you. My question now is how are they going to tie Bo Won back in for the last two episodes since there isn't a reason for her to get involved and it was implied she was heading home in the morning, so it's not like she's going to be right there to help out. If they have Chiarman Kim kidnap her I will smack the writer for being repetive and unimaginative. I know BW and TK can't be really together at the end due to the short time frame, but I do hope for some skinship at the end.

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From the beginning of appearance, i dont believe Lee Jae Yong (as Prosecutor Choi) will depict the good guy. He is so believeable to be a shady good-guy-turn-bad-guy (ex: Sunkyunkwan Scandal--also with our charming Yoochun). So when he is murdered (or not yet died? Hope so) it's the first time i see him in the good guy side and the first time i hope he dont die :))

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When the president asked TK if he is still mad at him for worrying him, that for some reason touched me. His voice was so gentle and I felt like he was asking a very dear friend and not a young bodyguard. As always, few minutes of TK & BW cute moments save me from cursing the drama & its staff (kidding), I still like it. And the Pres. scene at the memorial was so touching.^^
Seeing the word "Yanjinri" almost 10 times in the recap made me realized I misspelled the word in my comment in the previous recap. Sorry about that. :)
Thank you Averagerobot for the recap.

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I have loved all the scenes between the Pres. and TK. My favorites in this ep. were when the Pres. extended his hand to TK, saying his farewell (and TK insisting that he would see the Pres. soon), and when he turned around to look at him one more time, in the hall. He looked like he would miss TK. I love those scenes because we get to see how close the Pres. and TK have gotten, though it hasn’t always been smooth sailing between the two.

The way that the Blue House’s moles were caught was a little too easy. Why did they use the B. H. phones, instead of carrying disposable phones? Maybe they thought no one would ever suspect them? Really trust no one in this drama.

And I really loved the scenes with TK and BW, of course. They are so cute and I love those characters both! I loved that BW said goodbye, and yet she looked like she was reluctant to leave (and so was he). I also love TK’s lingering gazes when he looks at BW, that desire he has to always feed her(nurturing), and how protective he is of her. I was a little surprised to see that TK got jokes, when he brought up the Pres.’ schedule. He seems so shy, I couldn’t believe he actually told BW he wanted to see her again. I think she flirted a little bit with him, I really like their romance, it fits within the tone of the drama.

Their romance made me think of what happened to some of the firefighters after 911. They had spent so much time with some of the families they had helped, that they developed feelings for some of the widows, and ended up leaving their families to be with those widows (and children) romantically. I thought of that, because even though we had not seen TK and BW act in a romantic manner with each other (for many episodes), I knew it was coming, since it was in the drama’s description. It also goes to show that sometimes when people spend a lot of time together in stressful situations, they can become attracted to each other.

I have a question about NK’s role in regards to the Yangjinri 2 failed incident. Some NK high officials received one hundred million dollars to participate in a destructive event in SK. However, KDJ ended up trying to bomb Seoul, and the N. Koreans were not needed, it seems. So what was their role, really, and what would they do with one hundred million dollars then? They did not participate in the bombing attempt in Seoul, since all the culprits were S.Koreans. I understand their getting some money in Yangjinri 1, because they participated.
I didn’t understand or saw their involvement, this time around. Were they planning a Yangjinri 2 (looking at the dams), but then they changed their minds when that road search took place? I feel like the N. Koreans got a lot of money, but in the end, they didn’t do anything, this time around. Could the N. Koreans be on stand-by, waiting for Yangjinri 2 to happen (eventually)? Maybe bombing the dams was plan A (done by the N.Koreans), and bombing Seoul was plan B.

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Thanks for the recap averagerobot!

As you remarked upon: "the biggest question on my mind is how many times can you attempt to assassinate a president in the course of nine days?"

Yeah, probably many have asked a similar question while watching this drama. Regardless, the fact is that in the real world or in real life (IRL), the Secret Service routinely (probably almost daily) thwarts assassination attempts on the life of Presidents regardless of whether it is silently concealed/withheld from the public or publicized to the press and other media outlets or not.

In this episode maybe more than in past episodes, the Secret Service shield and the symbolic dignified nature of the Office of the President was stylized for all to see. Both the Office of the President and the mission of the Secret Service agents were shown in a really dignified manner. The camera very thoroughly seemed to focus and zoom in on the excellence of the agents' professionalism, dedication, and sense of duty toward protecting the President.

I really enjoy Han Tae-Kyung and Yoon Bo-Won. Whether they are working together as public servants in Law Enforcement or seeing the early stages of them as a romantic pair (couple).

Watching Han Tae-Kyung come up with new ways to keep Yoon Bo-Won from returning home to Seojori is always a high point in Three (3) Days.

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Yes ^^ and those new ways to keep Bo Won with him is always his HOME, his FOOD and HIMSELF.

I love TaeBo couple!

SHOW, don't you dare kill-off any of these 2!!

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"..routinely (probably almost daily).."

Uhm.. no, they don't. A recent book written by a former supervisor of the White House secret service stated that it was around 2 to 4 "credible" threats a year. By "credible" I assume he meant situations that actually looked dangerous or real.

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Let me know when Moon Balloon gets to do something interesting so I can get back to caring about the story. Or let me know when someone smacks the shit out of that evil American minion and he's revealed as an alien space lizard. That accent of his can't possibly belong to a human being.

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Lol, why are you so mean, haha.

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Why do american actors in Kdrama suck so much? Its like they're this alien species, here just to englishify the koreans and test their english. For e.g. Heirs, Three Days, Nice Guy.

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Heavens, yes. I've just endured this one's presence in episode 13. English seems to be a foreign language to him. Did he actually mispronounce indicted? I'm so through!

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I really enjoy the sexual - tense awkwardness between Bo-won and Tae-kyung. I mean, come on....

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA okay nevermind. Sarreh kids. :DDD

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The only thing that I am enjoying in Three Days is the main couple....
Please cast them both in a City Hunter like one.
And about the show....What a let down.KEH....I really enjoyed her previous one.....This deosnt seem anything like that....might be because of the unnecessary time constraint....

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I thought it was brilliant to have a nobody actor being ousted as a Jaesin mole. To me, the writer is trying to tell us that not all moles have to be in the foreground, the "big shots", but they are everywhere in the context. It served the purpose of this Chinese idiom, "nowhere not invaded".

And Prosecutor Choi! I think he's dead alright, much to my chagrin =(

Lastly, would like to add my Dad's comment: "Lee Cha Young, lousy security team member AND cannot act."

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He might not be dead. Somebody told somebody else that the prosecutor was 'hurt' instead of killed. I don't remember who the two parties were but I found it significant that they didn't use killed/murdered. Maybe I'm in denial. I love that actor.

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Thank you for the recap averagerobot!! Thoroughly enjoyed reading the episode, as usual!!

I don't quite agree with some of the points you raised about how viewers are shown too many of the same scenes eg. Tae Kyung or President on way to Yangjinri. While watching those on-the-way-to-Yangjinri scenes, I actually felt excitment and anticipation that SOMETHING is going to happen along the way to Yangjinri, or that something already happened at Yangjinri. Else WHY keep showing us those moments? So those seemingly same scenes DID serve their purpose, to me.

Although we are still unsure if Prosecutor Choi is dead or injured, the final showdown has already begin. Without him, I don't know who is gutsy enough or righteous enough to prosecute the big bad at the end. So I definitely HOPE he is still alive and will do the world a justice by putting Chairman Kim away for good!

Aaaaaaah, more gentle Tae Kyung moments with Bo Won.... He's too darn cute when he teases Bo Won!!! Frankly, when Bo Won bid farewell and walked out of the door, yet our clueless (I mean in love) Tae Kyung just stood there doing/saying NOTHING, I was like "grab her, you moron!! Before it's too LATE!" Growl..... (sorry, I meant MORON in an endearing way ^^)

Also love it that he uses his HOME, FOOD and himself as "baits" to get Bo Won to stay close to him AGAIN! And even managed a sorta CONFESSION: "But i do want to see you again though, soon". Note: to a piece of WOOD (in terms of his inability to convey his feelings.... again I say this as a term of endearment!), those few words really SPEAK a lot! At least to Tae Kyung this is the BEST he's got, for now!

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Sorry continue:

True that since it's the final showdown soon and Bo Won's story has kind of wrapped up, I don't know how she will be woven into the last 2 episodes but these are the few scenarios that I imagine COULD happen: (don't kill me, it's just to share my humble imagination)

1) Tae Kyung shot the suspected killers of Chairman Kim while protecting the President and Chairman Kim gets indicated or betrayed by tattoo - happy ending with Tae Kyung and Bo Won together (hinted will do).
2) The President gets killed and Tae Kyung was killed too while trying to protect the President - sad ending with Bo Won going back to Seojori alone heart-broken.
3) Bo Won somehow got involved at the final shooting (perhaps lured by Chairman Kim the psycho) and gets killed by protecting Tae Kyung - sad ending with no Bo Won by Tae Kyung's side and Tae Kyung lives a lonely bodyguard life AGAIN.
4) Tae Kyung and Bo Won somehow join forces and manage to protect the President AND get the big bad into jail - ultimate happy ending (please SHOW!!)

etc. too many possiblities and my head hurts from spinning too much.

My wishlist:
1) Tae Kyung and Bo Won have their happy end, of course!
2) President retires (don't think he can continue, with those dead at 1st Yangjinri incident) and Tae Kyung quits to find his own security company together with Bo Won.
3) Chairman Kim's entourage of baddies get chucked into jail while Chairman Kim gets chucked into a mental hospital.
4) KISS SCENE - Tae Kyung and Bo Won (who else???)

Finale this week!
Three Days, FIGHTING

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I have to admit that I fast forwarded about 90% of the last 4 episodes, and probably won't watch any more. After about the 19th assassination attempt, it started losing way too much credibility for me to take any more.

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have to agree with you that the past few episodes did not give much development into the whole story line. Mole after mole popping up... this can go on forever if the drama extends to Episode 101! The writer can just keep on instilling no-name moles and our charming TK will continue to be loyal & search for them... However, I still enjoy watching this drama. All actors are amazing, thumbs up to the actors! Writer-nim - I think you are the weakest link :-(

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In my honest opinion, Three Days does not render a bad storyline at all, however, if it were to be kept to a 12 episoder, it may probably attract more viewership. Flaws in the clues will not have been so magnified.

It's ambitious to bring a movie type theme to dramaland. I will still say it kept me interested, wanting to know who the final culprit will be, it warrants a different way in filming, and being dark and mysterious all the time, does weigh down the interest from time to time. Reminds me of good old British thrillers, like Sherlock and Poirot, it's sleepy but it keeps me on my toes. I guess those used to Korean Dramas aren't quite used to a tempo like so.

TaeBo, what can I say? Romance never dies, I will be one dissatified viewer if there's no further development in these two, even if it meant a subtle one.

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Thanks for the recap!

Ooh,, what I said in last recap's comment really happen, finally they set a trap! And Kim had a gun pointed at him too, yayy (too bad he didn't pull the trigger tho, even when I had internally screaming "DO EET,, This kind of guy need to taken down, literally!" but it seems my attempt at telepathy failed, sigh. That or the writer blocked my telepathy signal because they still have 2 episodes). However I still vague if the head of security move by himself, or did president is in on the plan..?

Did prosecutor Choi really dead? ;_;
And he is one of few characters I genuinely like too.. (the only other is Bo Won. She needs to be hired as pres secret agent, btw. She is competent like that. Head of security, recruit heeeer~~ *attempting telepathy again)

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Thank you so much for the recap! Nice as usual ^^
What else can I say? Its all said on previous comments, lol. I enjoyed this drama, replay it exactly when its endes.. I even recommended it to friends and relatives. They said its so good.. no one is perfect so does 3 days. But Im fine with it haha I hope we will get a good ending. Fighting!

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Thanks for the recap :)

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Someone asked in earlier comment where the monument was that the President visited. I have been there and found my picture taken during our visit in 2005. It's up at the DMZ and I think it commemorates soldiers from the Korean War.

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