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Triangle: Episode 3

Large steps for all three brothers lie waiting for us in this episode, where big bro detective Dong-soo takes his first step towards breakthrough while Young-dal realizes that not everything is a bed of roses when it comes to a nouveau riche lifestyle. Still yet, we learn more about our mysterious maknae Yang-ha, though, those answers are accompanied by plenty more questions about his character, giving us a full and solid hour.

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EPISODE 3 RECAP

As Young-dal sleeps with his millions that night, a mysterious man trudges up the stairs and enters the hideout. His eyes fly open to find himself being strangled by the ghost of Do Ki-chan, and Young-dal struggles to will himself awake in a cold sweat.

Haunted by the nightmare, Young-dal tells his buddy that they have to move, so the two haul their millions to a safer location. Jang-soo takes offense when he’s told that their loot is safe as long as he doesn’t squeal—would he betray their blood brother trust like that?

But Young-dal clarifies it isn’t his buddy but the money he can’t trust. Holding Young-dal to the same vow of loyalty, the duo head into town to live it up tonight.

Young-dal splurges on a luxurious suite for the both of them, and tsks at his country bumpkin friend’s ignorance about the magic genie called room service. He orders a lavish spread, and even though Jang-soo knows they’ve got money to burn now, he still balks at the sky-high price tag of living such an opulent lifestyle.

They’ll be able to afford all that soon enough, Young-dal assures him—they’ll be set for life once they win it all. But they have to keep a low profile about their small fortune until then, and Jang-soo all but rolls his eyes at that, saying that’s something Young-dal should worry about.

He advises his buddy to move out of the hideout lest the ghost of their prison hyung continue to haunt him.

We cut away to an illegal dog-fighting ring, where Dong-soo and his team are busy scouring the area for the top dog (I know, it’s horrible of me) to show his face. Unfortunately for them, their presence is made known, throwing the place into chaos.

Dong-soo takes off after the man, leaving the other detectives to deal with the crowd. He stops Top Dog from escaping and gets a few good punches in before the guy blacks out. It is just me or does anyone else worry that Dong-soo won’t stop punching someone once he starts?

Back in the interrogation room, Top Dog protests that he’s an innocent small-time boss and the cops can question Do Ki-chan in prison if they want answers. He’s alarmed to learn that the imprisoned man is now dead, and Dong-soo asks if he’s got any idea who might have been behind it.

Now Top Dog divulges that he thinks that it was the men in the Philippines (whom Do Ki-chan stole the money from), and it’s likely that they’d do anything to get their five billion won back, barred entry to Korea or not.

With six suspects still on their list, one detective asks what they should do about their informant, Young-dal, since he’s got history with the dead man. Young-dal answers the phone in a groggy voice, and it takes a full minute for him to register that he’s talking to Dong-soo so early, only to be told that it’s midday already.

He doesn’t take kindly to be ordered to haul his ass to Seoul, and his attitude riles Dong-soo’s temper. “You’re MY lackey!” he hollers. But Young-dal says he’s done being their informant (muttering to himself that he’s too rich now anyway)—if Dong-soo wants something, he can come to him in Sabuk.

With that, Dong-soo gets hung up on. He keeps his surging rage contained long enough to issue an order to dig up Young-dal and Do Ki-chan’s history together.

Young-dal and his buddy leave the hotel just as Yang-ha arrives, whom he flags down to call for a re-match. Yang-ha flatly declines and stomps over Young-dal’s pride at that: he’s someone who’s played with the pros in Vegas, and Young-dal is the guy who’ll never win a game in a million years. In short, they’re on completely different levels.

When Yang-ha turns to walk away, he’s pulled back and agitates Young-dal further by calling the move immature. However he agrees to another game, if only to prove to Young-dal just how pathetic his skills are. And even though Jang-soo doesn’t like the boyish chaebol, he can’t help but agree that Young-dal’s playing skills are awful.

Yang-ha stops in his tracks and smiles when he sees Jung-hee in the same hotel. He oh-so-casually waits for her to walk by, and despite her attempts to ignore him, he engages her in conversation anyway.

He invites her to join him for a drink up in his suite where he’ll be waiting, adding that he’ll blow the lid off of that little underground casino she works at. Her friend acknowledges that Jung-hee’s admirer might be nuts, but calls Jung-hee crazier for working under the table illegally. She then asks if the VIP suitor is good-looking, which has Jung-hee scowling.

Madame Jang’s lackey takes pity on a surprisingly well-dressed beggar and tells her the sob story behind the old man’s ruin: the once well-off man lost all his money (and family) due to gambling and is now deep in debt. That last tidbit piques Madame Jang’s interest, and although she walks away for now, I wonder if her deal is to buy up other people’s debts in exchange for indentured servitude.

Biting his nails, Jang-soo poses a hypothetical to his father: what would he do if he had five billion won at his disposal? After the practical “it wouldn’t amount to much after taxes” answer, Boss Yang laughs that he’d give that money as loans to his rich clients to collect double that amount later.

When Jang-soo wonders if that means he can play with the bigwigs, Boss Yang wonders if his son is up to no good and raps his son for his smart mouth.

Jang-soo finds Young-dal canoodling with a girl at the pool hall, and the two head out to find Young-dal a new place to live. Little do they know that they’ve got a police tail, but the cops report that their dead man and Young-dal knew each other before they were in the same gang. Also, Young-dal doesn’t hail from Sabuk.

The realtor is initially skeptical that Young-dal has the money for a new place, but seeing the wad of cash on Young-dal’s person has him singing a different tune. Jung-hee’s grandmother drops by just then, here to rent out a room at her house.

Picking up on the relation to Jung-hee, Young-dal nudges his buddy outside and declares that he’s going to move into that room. It doesn’t matter to him if it’s a little run-down and he denies that this decision has anything to do with Jung-hee.

Speaking of, it seems that Jung-hee has reconsidered Yang-ha’s offer, as we see her taking an elevator upstairs. She presses the bell to his suite and Yang-ha invites her inside. But before she enters, she makes him promise to keep her moonlighting gig a secret. He agrees.

He pours her some wine, and she downs the glass in one shot. Damn. She does the same with the next glass, and Yang-ha breaks into a smile, amused: “This isn’t fun.”

Jung-hee slams the glass down and drops the polite act, asking if he finds it fun toying with people’s weaknesses. After gulping down another hefty glass, she suggests that they up the ante and entices him to play a game of kings, where the loser drinks and strips an article of clothing. His expression remains the same, but agrees that it sounds like fun.

Her idea comes back to bite her because Yang-ha win the first round, flashing the king card in his hand. (Also, did he just mark the king card with his fingernail?) That means she has to drink, and his face momentarily darkens when she actually does. He asks about the clothing part, and when she takes off her cardigan, he questions whether they should stop here.

But Jung-hee insists on playing and polishes off the bottle, as Yang-ha looks on with a pout. She loses the next round, too. He tests her stubbornness, telling her to stop if she isn’t confident. He raises an eyebrow and is even a little surprised when she complies and rolls down one of her stockings.

They’re interrupted by the door just then, and the girl at the door greets Yang-ha with a hug. He introduces Jung-hee to his guest as “a drinking buddy,” and she takes her leave, embarrassed. And if Jung-hee thought that his guest was his girlfriend, I’d say she’s probably his sister because when she asks when he’s coming to Seoul, Yang-ha answers that he’s been exiled (or more like ran away from home).

Jung-hee spots a strange man lurking around when she gets home, so she sneaks up on him and whacks the intruder with a broom. It’s none other than Young-dal, who’s taken the rented room of course.

She rejects the money he’s already paid, saying that she’ll find a way to repay their debt and to kick him out, but Grandma says it’s too late now. Plus, he seems like a nice fellow. Aw.

Jung-hee thinks back to her friend’s warning about Young-dal, who couldn’t be happier about his new living quarters. He starts croons the song that first started off the series “Broken Promises”, and the scene intercuts with Dong-soo, who’s drunkenly singing in the smarmy ajumma’s restaurant.

Asked how Dong-soo knows such an old-timey classic, he answers that his father always used to sing this song whenever he was drunk. It’s the first time he’s brought up his father, whom he replies died early in a mining accident.

The restaurant ajumma notes it must have been especially hard on his mother, and the mention has him laugh dryly, which she takes to assume his mother must have abandoned him.

Dong-soo is woken up the next morning by female detective Kang Jin, who wryly smiles seeing him in bed (nearly) in the nude. She takes it upon herself to clean up his place and prepare breakfast. She asks about Shin-hye, and when Dong-soo remains tight-lipped, she says she did some digging herself and found out that she’s married. Hm, does someone have a crush on their team leader?

Shin-hye crashes in on this cozy breakfast, having heard from her father that Dong-soo is still refusing treatment. Dong-soo follows after her, and when he asks if this is about getting psychological treatment again, Shin-hye says it is, because they need to be aggressive about his issues.

She assures him that it isn’t difficult—all he has to do is discover his inner pain. He grudgingly agrees to think on it and invites her inside. Kang Jin isn’t happy about this turn of events, but works up the nerve to ask Shin-hye about her relationship to Dong-soo.

Shin-hye honestly answers that they lived together before. Kang Jin asks if she means like roommates, and taken aback at her confirmation. Elsewhere, Young-dal and Jang-soo happily greet an old friend upon his release from prison.

Yang-ha pulls up to a company building, where he’s greeted familiarly by Director Hyun, who informs him that the chairman is waiting. But on their way up, Yang-ha stops and makes a detour to the bathroom to take his meds.

The Daejung chairman is none other than Yang-ha’s father, who’s in a meeting with Assemblyman Kim. The politician plans to propose to the National Assembly about changing the foreigners’ casino investment report to support a free economic zone in Korea. From the looks of it, it seems like an idea the chairman approves of, but not the assemblyman.

Calling the chairman hard to please is an understatement as he chucks Yang-ha’s report away, deeming it subpar. He raises a hand when Yang-ha talks back at him, and you can see the hurt expression clearly written on Yang-ha’s face when he’s told to re-learn the workings of a casino.

Young-dal and his buddies rip it up at a noraebang with drinks and girls, literally showering everyone with cold hard cash. Afterward, both Young-dal and Jang-soo’s ears perk up to hear that Do Ki-chan was actually murdered and his death made to look like a suicide.

Their prison friend thinks it was those men in the Philippines, a theory we’ve heard twice in this hour. Nevertheless, the idea leaves them unnerved, and Jang-soo panics—what if those men after them next? He suggests they abandon their recently found fortune, but Young-dal doesn’t intend to give up on his nouveau riche status. He tells Jang-soo not to worry and trust him.

Young-dal heads to Madame Jang’s casino to play poker, though he says he isn’t looking to win tonight, just to blow off some steam. He sits at Jung-hee’s table and he really must be depressed because he keeps his eyes focused on the cards rather than on her.

Dong-soo seeks Shin-hye out at her office, having decided to pursue psychological treatment after all. She’s relieved to hear it, and he jokes if he can’t drink in their sessions together. Shin-hye encourages him to talk about his life before he moved in with her family because he never once talked about his past.

Dong-soo takes a deep breath and begins with his family: how his father was a miner and he had two younger brothers—Dong-chul and Dong-woo. He and his brothers were twelve, seven, and a year old, respectively when their father died; their mother abandoned them soon afterward.

Back at the casino, Madame Jang is informed that the police are outside, leaving her to calm the initial alarm. She’s more annoyed than anything else, and tells Jung-hee to pipe down when she comes running in a panic.

And then Young-dal suddenly appears and takes Jung-hee’s hand to get the hell out of dodge.

 
COMMENTS

Never has one of the seven deadly sins—greed—has been so scary than when it literally haunts someone in one’s sleep. It’s good to see that Young-dal knows that he needs to tread lightly about spending his fortune, especially when the other end of the rainbow could be death and not a pot of gold.

Having a lead character who’s actually awful at the thing he wants to be the best at puts him in prime territory for us as viewers. Not only does that mean we’d get to see Young-dal grow as a card player (and I hope we actually get to see this vs. skipping over it) as he learns the tricks of the trade, we can also be witness to his journey of rising through the ranks, all while trying to fight debt and death. And boy do I love origin stories, even if it’s one where he stumbles upon a mountain of money and he’s trying to figure out what to do with it.

Moving on, I’m so proud of Dong-soo for taking the first courageous step to seek psychological help. Sure I don’t think it’s a great idea to divulge the deepest secrets of your tragic past to your first love in a professional setting, but the important thing is that Dong-soo is willing to face his issues and turn to someone about himself. We’ve seen him vent his anger often to a dangerous degree, and I so look forward to learning about what happened between those years when the brothers lost both parents, and then how they all transitioned to the lives they lead today.

And then we have the youngest, Yang-ha, and even though we got to shed some spotlight on his character, it doesn’t make him any less disturbing and creepy in my mind. I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt and say that his interest in Jung-hee is genuine, but for now he seems to be fascinated by Jung-hee, in both her words and actions. His unreadable expressions make it difficult for me to get a good read on him, a layered performance we can thank Im Shi-wan for. It’s the way he occasionally cracks that stoic facade with a smile or a pout that keeps him interesting.

Yang-ha’s also the only brother we’ve seen with a legal parent thus far, whom he clearly has Daddy issues with. We don’t know what that report for his father was exactly about, but I have an inkling that there’s a tie-in to his gambling trips from Vegas to the underground circuit. Furthermore, we’ve seen a tiny glimpse of how Yang-ha plays the game, as evidenced by the tiny mark he made in the king card when he was playing against Jung-hee. That has me wondering whether Yang-ha discreetly cheats in his other games, too, and maybe our hotshot gambler isn’t as good as he toots to be. Or does successfully cheating at pro games make him an even better and conniving player than we thought? Well, I suppose he’s got an adorable pout he can fall back on if he’s ever caught.

 
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Thank you for the recap. I am enjoying this drama and am a little surprised it isn't getting more hype. A great cast with some intriguing characters. Looking forward to next week's episodes.

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Seems like not everyone is patient enough to wait for to drama to develop itself. The story has too many characters with too many complexities to do ot right away. The results can be good in the end though.

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Yeah...it's a little slow which I recognize is necessary to develop it well but then for people like me who are watching a ton of dramas, this then falls in the category of last drama to watch this week. Others have more exciting things going on so they're first to be watched.

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That's totally understandable. If it wasn't because I'm already interested in the characters, I would have probably dropped it off already... but then again, the show may prove me wrong later. I hope that's the case.

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Bit by bit we are getting the line of where the story is going and with more information about the brother's lives, I believe we'll finally have the premise of the drama.
The love triangle is starting to develop itself too which is good. Though for now, Youngdal is the only one getting some 'good' attention from Junghee. Well, can't wait for more.

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I forgot to say thank you. Thank you gummimochi. Keep it up with the good work :)

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Youngdal is already living in Junhee's house and he behaves like a puppy around her so...

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Wow I didn't think I'd be able to dislike Siwan no matter what character he was playing. He's acting even better than I had hoped. I hope they find out they're brothers soon so we can see how they interact now as adults and not at the eleventh hour.

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He is making such a hateful character of himself. That's good.
All the 3 male characters are doing great. I have no complaints about them.

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I can't say the same about the female cast. The profiler is boring really. I'm sorry, but she is.

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yeah, I love that she's a competent professional, but she just comes across so lifeless onscreen.

Pretty casino girl, though, I like the character (dead last in class! suggests taking off clothing!) and I like the way Baek Jin-hee plays her too. Unlike Oh Yeon-soo, she has fantastic chemistry with both her costars so props for that <3

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Siwan was really impressive in this episode. From the arrogance and discerning attitude to the first glimpse of vulnerability towards the end of the episode, i bought it all.....and then some. It's good to see him be able to layer different dimensions to his character and not play it so one -dimensionally like we usually see.

I'm getting a little bit more immersed into this story, though i'm still not completely buying Dongsoo's character, especially when it seemed a little OOC for him to accept psychiatric help when he was so resistant to it before. It just screams of a convenient background infodump for the next episode.

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I think Dong Soo realized speaking about it all might help him after talking to the restaurant ajumma. She was very open to it and did not somehow judge or pressure him. I think he felt a bit relieved and perhaps realized his anger and sadness might really just come from there and that maybe professional help will do.

He did accept right the next morning, so I feel that was the reason for it. Convenient info dump, yes, but it was still conveyed in a convincing way, at least the way I see it.

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Siwan's acting is better than what I have imagined before.Although so far his scenes are not many,his acting is nice

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Gummimochi praising about his "pouting" is so on point, it's like i think he will stop the drinking-stripping game (because he wants to be a gentleman for her), but it turns out that he reminds Jung Hee not to forget taking off her clothes. it's really deceiving, you can't help but feels mad at him for being such a sly LOL.

This is my first time watching Siwan's drama, and i think he is indeed a good and promising young actor. Looking forward to his performance onwards!!!

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Well... like always, i´m enjoying this drama. I can´t wait for the recap for episode 4. That was really a nice episode.
I can´t understand why this drama droped on raitings that suddenly. I really hope people give this an oportunity, because is a solid drama with a fantastic cast.
Triangle fighting.

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Patience is the key.

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A thousand miles start a single step. To succeed, patience is one of the factors for Yingda. I am looking forward to seeing his future.

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Only patient people receive greatness in the end. Great things need their time to prepare themselves after all.

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We are gonna get the big prize! :D

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there's this rumor about boycotting MBC, i have no clear news as i only read this from a translator in twitter.

it said about MBC suddenly cancelling their report about the truth behind sewol accident, and MBC apologized for it, SBS also on the edge about this but not as much as MBC. dunno about the truth though,

if its true, then it explain d big decrease in rating so suddenly. or maybe because the lack of main plot, dragging, since i see people think it's not up on par with the first 2 eps.

I can't say anything yet since i haven't watch it til finish, i don't even read the recap and go straight to the reviewer comments (don't want to be spoiled haha)

i just hope people be more patient and keep eyeing this series, since as far as i watched, the leads are all good and have interesting characters

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from what i can tell, it's more a function of triangle's slower paced story, and still not very well defined plot. In terms of quality, i don't think it was any worse off than the first two episodes, but triangle certainly is taking its sweet old time to combine merge the 3 storylines together. But i guess that's to be expected with what basically amounts to 3 leads and 24 episodes

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maybe its because i watch ep 3 & 4 back to back, but i don't think the pace was slow. it's alright, they're introducing new character which become the bridge to new info, it's building things for 4th ep.

and the background story of these cute babies, gosh, i'm almost in tears.

for me, so far, I'm satisfied with the story telling and all and I'm officially hooked with these characters. not going to check this just becoz of JJ, but all 3 leads.

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Well, that's a possibility.

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Yes I've read the news by MBC and it apologies their edit mistake for the show on sewol accident before Triangle and caused boycotting. Pity on this. Triangle is really good, especially ep2 & 4, anyway I will watch it, hope the rating better soon.

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Yangha is a gambler cheater and Youngdal is a gambler addict. Jinghee in the middle as dealer. What will come out from this? I don't see a happy brother reunion at all.

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To me it seems like Jung Hee is always setting herself up for trouble, (as in, working at an illegal establishment, playing the dare game with Yang-ha) and then getting upset when something goes wrong.

Actually maybe all the characters kind of seem like this way, especially Young Dal.

But I guess it makes sense because the theme of the drama is "gambling"?

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Isn't it more like she is pushed to do that. Her situation isn't the best.

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She has no choice about the illegal casino dealing or the drink with Yang-ha, she was blackmailed into both.

I read the dare game suggestion as her way of trying to assert some control in the situation but not realising that she could be cheated.

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Isn't it YD's character supposed to be a gangster besides being a gambler? I didn't see his gangster side but gambler addict and maybe a bit playboy since I don't understand why he has to kiss that random girl? And we can sense the trend of KD triangle love in upcoming eps for sure which is so lame coz I will hate to see the pity face of YD or YH. Please show!

I may give it a try until ep.6 to see if the plot still poor and lame then I have to say goodbye..

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He hasn't become a gangster until he meets with Chairman Go which happened at the end of EP4 XDDDDD
I'm so looking forward to it~

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oooh… this makes sense now. When the summary said he was a gangster I did not see it when he was begging in the hole to be saved but when he was fighting the thugs in ep 4 he looked more gangster. Now this makes sense.

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patience
he will become a gangster in the future. He is just hooligan and gambler now

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The 4th episode has the start of what you are waiting for I guess.

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I'm really liking this gritty world that they inhabit. It's a far cry from the rarified chaebol and genius existence that KDs often present to us. And to my surprise, JJ is completely believable as the low-life gambling hustler. Either he has a rough side that fans don't know about or it is great acting. It pts to the latter for he is so willing to ruin his pretty image in this.

JJ and LBS's acting really go well together, not that they've many scenes together so far, but in the sense that they are in the same vein and match well. That's high praise for JJ, a relative newcomer compared to LBS.

Siwan's char is just as damaged as his brothers, may be even more. Only he has to hide so much under the surface so that his adoptive ruthless chaebol father wouldn't disown him. I can't wait to see what mess awaits us when he can't hold it in anymore n blows his top.

This is one hell of an interesting drama with depth and nuance. Definitely not kid's play.

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I like the grittiness of Triangle as well, as in literal grit and grime what with the abandoned open pit and underground coal mines littering the landscape. The city has a hard edged working class feel to it as a place where people once did real work as opposed to moving zeros on a computer screen. Very refreshing.

I'm impressed with Jaejoong as well. He's completely believable as a man who has been a lowlife hustler for most of his life. I love the scene where he is boozing it up with his buddies and the bar girls. It's not overt and in your face, which I like, but he is in the process of putting his hand right up his girl's skirt before the cutaway. Very sexy and adult. Definitely not kid's play at all.

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"Very sexy and adult. Definitely not kid’s play at all."

IKR? I wonder just how many kisses does the guy have? He is such a playboy. xD

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Very sexy and adult. Definitely not kid’s play at all.

Amen to that. Now I hope they keep a little of that sexiness when he does have to kiss Baek Jin-hee for real, neither character is a prude. Not asking for a hand up the skirt or anything but I hope to goodness they're allowed to look like they're adults who are actually into each other as opposed to secretly repulsed.

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Actually he does have a rough side that some know about. I remember reading in some article that his friends used to know him as a rough boy when he was in high school, but yeah it's mostly he's a lot better now.

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Er. Please. I've never read an article abt his friends claiming he was "rough" in school. The only things I remember Jaejoong saying about his student life was that he was in badminton club and he somehow ended up in a band despite being tone-deaf at that time.

I don't know what being a lot better now means either, cos if anything, Jaejoong's never pretended to be an innocent pure flower boy. Any fan would know what a social butterfly he is and the whole mix of people he hangs out with. But he's never had a gangster or hooligan side.

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JJ went to Seoul at the age of 16 to achieve his dream as a singer and it's said that he worked hard to earn money. He even sold bublegums on the street to get money to pay his training course. Hardworking man!

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Personally, as a fan of jj, I would have to say he has always have a rough/edgy side to him. so I think this character is a lot easier for him to play then his previous roles.

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Yang-ha is like a rebellious kid,unsecured,yet cynical.

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Add "cheater" to that. The perfect hateable character.

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Triangle really gives off nostalgic vibes of throwback dramas, and I find that refreshing compared to the overused drama tropes of today. Yeah, this isn't really groundbreaking in the sense that it's a new concept or storyline...but that's one of the reasons why I've come to like this drama a lot. The familiarity and the way the story is being told is really drawing me in. I also like that this storyline is more male-centric, story-wise...no conniving females or nagging moms or in-laws to deal with.

At least now we're getting more details surrounding the background of the brothers. Young-dal continues to intrigue me...he really is a lowlife loser, who continues to suck badly at gambling and winning but yet continues putting all his eggs into that one basket of Unfulfilled Elusive Hope (winning the jackpot and living the good life)---with someone else's loot, no less. It's ballsy yet stupid at the same time, but yet I can't help by to root for him, hoping that his fortunes will change and he'll start winning. Of course, now YD and Jang-soo gotta deal with the repercussions of stealing the buried loot, now that the real owners are back...and whether he'll be able to get out of that mess is yet to be unseen. Much props to Jae-joong for his spot-on portrayal of YD.

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Triangle really gives off nostalgic vibes of throwback dramas

I can't help but agree with this. The young cast may obscure this somewhat, but it really does have a slightly old-fashioned feel to it, in a good way.

Now I hope to goodness they pace things right and don't drop the brother reveal in episode 24 or something.

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Your last sentence: you and me both!!
I think I would go bonkers if the whole brother secret gets dragged along 'til the ending.

I am sincerely hoping that this writer would have taken note of recent dramas creating havoc and inciting fury with the way their fellow writers handled stretching secrets 'til the very end -- here's to looking at ya, AM1994 -- and keep in mind not to fall prey to using stunts like that to 'raise ratings.'

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this writer will have the story pick up some steam in the next few episodes...maybe then more viewers will tune in and appreciate this drama.

Revealing the brother secret would undoubtedly bring more interest to the table...seeing that they're already running into each other, I'm hoping it won't be long from now :)

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I'm in tears because of the ratings and boycotting. I'm so glad there are viewers appreciate this kind of drama. ^^

Even Jaejoong-sshi updated his Facebook to cheer us up!

Triangle team fightings!

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He did?
What did he post? I'm curious now.

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He posted screenies of Line convos between him and his friends (or cast and crew members?) cheering one another up over the declining ratings :D

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While I appreciate and like a slowly building story, a 24 episode series should make its backstory and main plot clear within at least the first 6 episodes. I hope they can present that main plot, the obstacle, the view of the endgame next week.

While I and others will stick around, Korean drama audiences are fickle. The other series are offering makjang, tension and a more packed episode each time. So as much as I love a balanced and well-paced story, you can only wait so much before people get bored and leave, which is what is happening at the moment.

Fanservice and manpain without a main point don't keep people. They can get hot guys and angst elsewhere. Those need to now be tied to a "big deal" for them to matter. Because even interesting characters need a story to be shown through.

I am hopeful for the quality of it, not so hopeful for the ratings, unless Choi starts making things happen in a pace that domestic audiences consider progress.

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Hmm..im disagree..i hate when any drama got ruined just to follow rattings..why the writer need to rush up..i love the pace as it is. plss viewer dont demand too much..let the writer tell her story as her want..i love the 3 n 4 ep cause we got to know more about all charcter ezpecially the third brother..we also got more interactions between the brothers even they look like want to kill each other..

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The problem is, when ratings drop too much, the production company and channel panic and they start meddling. They start taking desperate measures and take control of the story. And trust me, that is what ruins many a drama and not something we want to happen here, because businessmen know nothing of storytelling or art and entertainment beyond their money-making field.

While chasing ratings is sad, it is a sad necessity, to a degree. I agree that stories should not revolve around them, but I also know they need to at least do well enough to have the freedom not to. If Choi wants his freedom to tell his story, he needs to make sure no one takes that freedom away from him.

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I think its easy for viewer to watch any series without thinking so much about rating and such..I think its better not over thinking about how the story will be develop by the writer..maybe this is her style..not telling the plot straight..viewer need to follow the flow of story..but so far for me, the pace of story is still alright..not to slow..

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"even interesting characters need a story to be shown through"

This so much. I even feel sorry for the show because of characters. I know it's taking its sweet time, but we need something more specific. Something that keeps you waiting other than the characters alone.

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Thank you gummimochi, great recap!

I did feel this episode was relatively slow, but after watching ep. 4 tonight I realized this show is actually doing something incredible this day and age partly due to its slowness- building a world that is believable. As if this poor town, these desperate characters, actually exist. So while I worry about the show's ability to garner rating in the short run, I believe it has better staying power.

What makes any story attention grabbing is conflict between our leads, which I am guessing will emerge more clearing come ep. 5, with middle bro starting to climb the ranks under big bro's sworn enemy (and possibly the culprit responsible for their father's death???), third bro rising as a cruel and shady chaebol heir, while big bro of course representing the good cop/justice. I mean conflict/melodrama between the brothers is what a lot of us expected to be the central plot before the show even aired, it's just with the writer taking it sloooooooooooowly we've actually begun to worry if there is even a plot lol.

I am of course still finding all three brothers intriguing <3 Oh and right now my fav. side character is JH's grandma, she is cool and cracks me up when she tells things the way they are even if one or more of her grandchild's feelings get hurt xD

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Yes, Yangha did mark the king card. Men, I really hate them when they take advantage of women. His creepy character is probably because of his father's treatment of him. I was surprised Jung Hee did not get drunk considering she almost finished the bottle of wine, she must be a good drinker. The brothers' backstory is starting to be revealed which is good because I am dying to know it.
Thanks gummimochi for the recap.

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I'm not sure if it was really his intention to take advantage of her in that situation. I mean, I think he did use the 'I'll tell your boss about you working illegally' card to have a drink with her, but I don't think he wanted to do anything more than that to Junghee. It was Junghee who suggested to play the game first. Yangha gave her the chance to give up (i.e. stop playing the game) but she didn't want to. I guess that is contributed by the fact that both of them had their own ego. Yangha is a man full of ego, so he will not stop the game himself. Junghee is a strong-headed girl and did not realise that it's a situation where she could be taken advantage of (sexually I mean, haha).

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Like gummimochi said, Yangha is so mysterious it's hard to read his character, but regardless of his intention, blackmailing a poor girl and cheating her in a card game is in my opinion taking advantage of her. I would have thought otherwise had he played fair. ;)

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I'm starting to believe I'm going to really hate this character as the drama progresses. He's asking for it xD

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I hate him already. ;)

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Let's bring the hate xD

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yeah, he definitely folded the card and she was too drunk to notice. Though he has a weird way of pushing her limits and then respecting them - first in the car outside her first illegal casino deal, and then asking if she wants to stop.

I can see why she's wary of him though, rich city slickers and poor small-town casino attendants/illegal casino dealers aren't a match in anyone's mind. And that's even before we get to the part where he's screwed up.

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I actually liked him when he respected Junghee's "no" to his first offer, but that changed when he blackmailed her. ;)
I like JH's character, she looks so tiny and fragile I want to keep her away from harm (YD & YH) but she's strong and not easy girl too, just the girl to tame YD. ^^

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*spoiler for ep4, pls skip if you haven't watch it

i think i started to like this drama after watching episode 4. the part where his older brother interrogate him in the police station showcase jaejoong's great acting. i know his acting improved already but i didn't know he is that great until i watch that scene. his look when dongsoo pointed a gun at him gave me chills

honestly i don't mind the romance but for this drama i'm more interested in the three brothers backstory.

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I liked the part when the older brother tells the story of their childhood. That was damn sad, but also one of the highlights of the drama.

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All the characters are very interesting. Kim Jaejoong's acting is so natural, raw and very realistic. You can really see it in his eyes. His eyes speak a thousand words and has the soul in it. I'm really impressed and moved by his acting skills/ability. He embraced the character like he's really Youngdal. He threw away the idol image that you can't see the Kim Jaejoong as 'the idol of all idols'.. i super love how he deliver the character to the viewers. and oh, YOUNGDAL is HOT(chanelling Kim Jaejoong's smexiness XDD)! I'm so looking forward to this drama.. TRIANGLE team, Fighting!! Kim Jaejoong FIGHTING! Youngdal please, don't break my heart baby, you make me jealous with random girls.. LOLL

Thank you dramabeans for the recap^^

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Thanks for the recap. I'm glad we got to know a bit more of the youngest brother. He is as creepy as hell - the perfect counterpart.

Thanks for the recap :)

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No idols would like to play a gangster but Kim Jaejoong would. No idols would like to play a role for not being admired but Kim Jaejoong would. To combine "frivolous sexy awesome" and "cheesy awesome" Jaejoong lives up the character Young-dal he plays in 《Triangle》, promotes the whole story, becomes the spirit of the drama, wins warm applause and let everyone recognize his acting power. Jaejoong previously has proved his excellence in acting when playing roles likes CEO and military officer, his recent significant improvement makes the viewers surprised.

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The plot is slowly stating its roots. We are getting to know more about the characters and so far I can see it aiming to something good. The writers need to hurry up a bit though. Anyway, I think I will still stick around.

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I watched it until the 4th episode already and I can say that FINALLY we are starting to get something to looks forward to.
Well, I'm waiting for the rest. Thanks for the recap.

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And this drama shows why we should always give idols a chance in acting =) I'm quite please with Jae Joong and Shi Wan's performance here. I guess Jae Joong just doesn't suit sageuk that well. He can probably give it a try another time , after he has matured even more!

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Both Jaejoong and Im Si-wan are doing very well here, as is Lee Joon, who's killing it (literally!) in Gap-dong.

To be fair to people here, though, they always praise idols who do well at acting - Eunji and IU are much loved by commenters here, and even Yoona and Sooyoung were praised for their last dramas. All idols get given a chance before we form an opinion of their acting, and it's only the idols who turn out to absolutely suck who get criticised.

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They are doing great so far.
Shiwan has been in some projects already , so I was surprised to know that Jaejoong doesn't really have that much experience. Seems like this is just his 3rd k-drama appearence. ._.

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After watching Ep4 now I understand why Ep3 was a little slow compared to Ep 1 & 2.
Youngdal is still giving us those rated scenes, and I liked alot DongSoo and Youngdal's arguments more than YangHa and YoungDal.
This drama is starting to get more interesting to me.

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You know? before episode 4 I wasn't very interested in Dong-Soo and Young-Dal interactions yet after the interrogation scene I was totaly captivated.

I almost want them to hurt each other

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Triangle Drama has 25 episodes, I think they took their time to introduce new characters, Ep 4 (interrogation scene) is a preview of what this drama will become. We need more Dongsoo vs. Dongchul, they have good chemistry together as rivals.

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LOL They are brothers, you know? but I can understand why you feel like that. The confrontation in Ep4 was intense.

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I will agree with everyone who says this drama is slow paced, but it doesn't necessary bothers me.
I like the way they introduce us to the characters and so far it felt natural.
Young-Dal and Yang-ha characters seem the most interesting for me so far, and I'm looking forward for their animosity to increase when they realize they are chasing the same girl, besides their already obvious clash.

You know what I particulary liked? How Young-Dal and Jung-hee relationship is moving. I was pleasently surpised by Young-Dal making out with random girls. He likes Jung-hee to the point he gets back to the casino and moves to her house, but he is not madly in love and commited to a girl he has barely talked to. He is a player and he likes her, but he is not in love with her (yet) and that make sense.

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I was pleasantly surpised by Young-Dal making out with random girls. He likes Jung-hee to the point he gets back to the casino and moves to her house, but he is not madly in love and commited to a girl he has barely talked to.

I liked that too! For once, a show makes it clear that for him, it really is all about the pretty face and untouchable aura (quite sure that's what his younger bro likes about her too) and not her being a saint in human shape or something. And I like that she's no pushover, either.

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I really, really hope the ratings drop doesn't drive this drama off course from whatever the writers have planned - it may be developing slowly, but it's a cohesive and well-imagined world and interesting characters. Some of MBC's best series last year didn't get high ratings (Miss Korea) but still told a good story, and I hope that's the case here too.

I liked that we get to see more of Bro #3 this ep - Yang-ha is somewhere between puppy and smarmy, but right now he's mostly on the side of smarmy. I like how Im Si-wan can do that so easily, especially after seeing him play totally adorable roles before. And Yang-ha might be dressed in sharper suits, but he's definitely got an edge. Between his terrible dad and his obvious fascination for Jung-hee as expressed via blackmail, we've got an interesting character here.

And finally, we get some of the backstory on how the brothers separated/how old they were at the time. Lee Beom-soo is awesome all right, and I loved that awkward three-way with Shin-hye, his team member and him. Too bad I don't love grown-up Shin-hye, though. Oh Yeon-soo feels nothing at all like the child version portrayed by Kim So-hyun, and while she inhabits the role well enough, I just can't feel anything between her and LBS chemistry-wise. It's much more enjoyable to watch LBS with his lackey-bro, the phone conversation was well played.

As for Young-dal, Jaejoong's still doing very well at playing him, and I like that it's sinking in for him that having money isn't a cure-all. (though he was a little less than convincing at the choking scene in the opening). I also like that he's the unwitting point of connection between his brothers, too, and it's great to watch him with LBS in that phone conversation. And I will not lie, I was pleasantly surprised at all the action he gets to have onscreen - his hand was heading up that girl's skirt at the pool table! I only hope that when we get an OTP kiss for real, it won't be of the dead fish variety.

Speaking of Jung-hee, I did not expect this drama to invoke the housemates trope, especially this early. Baek Jin-hee actually has great chemistry with both ISW and Jaejoong, and I like this character - I didn't expect her to be the one who suggested taking clothes off as a penalty. Already she's not quite your classic Candy, which is interesting.

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I also like the amount of action Young-dal is getting. And it seems to be getting naked, hand up skirt, sweaty, skeevy action as opposed to holding hands, fully clothed and staring moodily at each other from either side of a studio apartment sized bed like in YFAS. Oh the passion! The passion! Be still my pounding heart! Give me an effing break!

But, now, Triange is one drama where I think a bit of innocence in romance and sex is actually appropriate. I doubt the writers are going to go there but it is clear Young-dal is very messed up sexually. As in the sex act has become completely removed from its emotional context exactly as it would in an adult man who has suffered sexual abuse as a child.

Almost the first time he appears, he's stripping off in a crowded restaurant in a successful attempt to blackmail his lover so he can feed his gambling addiction. He's also taken photographs intentionally to blackmail her and it's probable this is not the first time he's done something like this. He uses his body to get what he wants. Like I said, he's messed up.

So when or if he does finally kiss Jung-hee I'd like a contrast with that dysfunctional sexuality. For once it would be nice to see the female love interest take the lead and connect him to the emotional context of having sex with a partner you love.

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I kind of hope that when it does happen (as it will, this is a kdrama after all) there'll be at least some suggestion of physical contact and mutual desire. Maybe that's too much to hope for, but I feel like it could be done here. Of course, there's also his gambling addiction to deal with before that can happen.

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"I was pleasantly surprised at all the action he gets to have onscreen"

IKR? That hand...

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I'm liking Jung-hee more and more each episode. She doesn't seem to be the poor little girl afraid of everything and she knows how to drink! Get them all girl! ;D

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In the beginning of this episode,the long shot quietly scans the ditry and messy garage YOUNG-DAL lives.The background's rhythm suddenly quickens,YOUNG-DAL's eyes abruptly open only to find that the ghost of Do Ki-chan is pinching his neck.Luckily,it's just a nightmare.After watching episode 1 and 2,I have find that it seems that Young-Dal is a man who know complain and cry is useless,and himself is the only one he can rely on.oung-Dal and Jang-Soo threat each other that they can not betray each other.They con't trust each other.What they don't trust is the money.The desire for money can make people evil.
At the end of this episode,Young-dal takes Jung-hee’s hand to get the hell out of dodge,which is sooooooo great.Young-dal is soooooo manly.Hope that Young-dal and Jung-hee can have a happy ending.I love this couple.
Through the 3 episodes,JJ's acting impressed me most,especially his eyes.His eyes can tell you what kind of person Young-Dal is,what Young-Dal is thinking about.Really vivid

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The plot of episode 3 is plump.The charaters are becoming more and more plump.The OST of the ending is beautiful,which has polish the story.I think this episode is the key to the following story clues.

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It’s not easy to find a word how Kim Jaejoong has brought me in shock, indeed he really is a great actor. I sincerely hope that the production team would support this ambitious young actor with full effort, show off his best side. I will stay tuned of the broadcast without hesitation. Actor Kim, for the good sake of the audience, please make more filming in future!

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Thank you for sharing. The lack-of-love wounds of the three brothers gradually became clear. The tragic symptom of Young-dal first appeared. It’s exciting to know what will happen in the future. Will the connection among the three brothers usher crisis?

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We were shocked by the unexpected rating. The reason came out yesterday. There was a boycott against MBC programs and the drama was a victim. Hope the matter is closed.

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seriously, what is happening in mbc?
i really felt bad about the rating, because i think it affects the spirit of the whole production team.

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It was said that an actress who played a role in an MBC drama was involved in the "Sewol" disaster. Since MBC had not clarified it appropriately people were frustrated and decided to boycott the MBC programs.

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Or the drama has been a bit of drag, Let' s be honest the first 2 episodes were good but episode 3 was bit boring, they should go faster with the events, move to the main plot people , let the 3 brothers meet and interact more with each other.
ratings didn't drastically decrease comparing to Ep 2, it means it has nothing to do with the boycott (if there was a real boycott at 1st place)
in my opinion this should ring a bell for both writer and director to make few changes so that viewers get excited over what s to come or will happen next.

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I totally agreed with you that Episode 3 should go faster and the editing of some scenes could be better. There was improvement on Episode 4 with excitement and attraction. Let us wait for the upcoming ones.

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What? Is that even possible? :o

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i've watched ep.3 & 4 consecutively with english sub, so i think the pace is ok, it was slow but that is necessary to tell the story in a more realistic way.

trivia things, the song "Broken Promises" is all connecting the three brothers, though it is just a dim memory in Yang Ha's case.

And i have to say that, sorry, JJ (despite being an actual singer in real life) was able to successfully sang it in a-terrible-Youngdal's-way! I mean, both when YD and DongSoo sing, i want to say, stop it you both, you ruined the melody and the mood becomes pathetic! LOL (the lyrics were great though).

Compare to the actual singing By Horan of Claziquai Project in a bar that Yang Ha went to (in Ep. 4 sorry for the spoiler), that's the time i actually can say that the song is so beautiful and heart-wrenching (prepare the tissue)!

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JJ‘s acting are so perfect.At the beginning,JJ plays very well,I can feel the fear.And the actor of Do Ki-chan frighten me as well.I really like the part that young dal ran with heroine,why did I feel very romantic?I can't waiting to see the next!Come,monday!

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Please let me say JJ I love you!!!The eyes acting attracted me the most,I have fallen into the charm of Youngdal.How can you suit this role very well.Maybe you do things go-as-you-please,which is just like Youngdal,right???Oppa,fighting!!!

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Thanks so much for the recaps. I hope the ratings get better, as for nowm I'm enjoying the show.

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This episode can be seen as the connecting link between the already happened and the following story.
Because of the Dong-soo 's memories on childhood, the first mention of the three brothers appears,and why at the beginning of the episode 1 that song goes through the three brothers.
After watching the 3 episodes,I have a bit felt the twist of fate.Hope that these three brothers can have a good ending.
Love is eternal unchanging.

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Young-dal and Jung-hee's love is sooooo sweet,especially the small details and the facial expressiong that cann't be easily found.
Young-dal seems to treat all the people ,all the things carelessly,but he treats Jung-hee just as the apple of his eyes.His gentle and soft for Jung-hee touched me.Even his silly smile touched me.
Young-dal is such a gentle and pure man.

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