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Triangle: Episode 4

We delve a little more into the collective pasts of our star-crossed brothers as our hero turns abduction into an art form, leaving big bro Dong-soo to do the saving while the baby of the three deals with some major adoptive daddy issues. Poor Young-dal stole more than just money, that’s for sure—but it’s going to take a lot more than a few near-death experiences and a brush with the law to make him realize it. For his sake, let’s hope that comes sooner rather than later.

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EPISODE 4 RECAP

Young-dal escapes the casino raid with Jung-hee, stopping only to beat down a few cops in their way. Once they’re out of dodge and out of breath, Jung-hee thanks him.

Any further conversation is cut short when a group of thugs surround Young-dal, and after commenting that tonight is just not his night, Young-dal takes them on single-handedly. Jung-hee watches the fight in muffled shock.

Meanwhile, Dong-soo continues telling his heartbreaking story to Shin-hye. His eyes grow distant as he recalls being sent to the orphanage with his two younger brothers, and how he always protected them from bullies and starvation.

He flashes back to the memories as he tells them, even as he goes on to describe how he’d sneak out of the orphanage at night to steal and sell scrap metal from the mines so that Dong-woo (Yang-ha) would have baby formula and Dong-chul (Young-dal) would have the bread he liked to eat.

But once he figured out that the police were onto him, he left his two younger brothers with a tearful promise that he’d return. When he did two weeks later, both his brothers were gone—the youngest was adopted, while middle bro ran away.

And though he’s spent fourteen years looking, he’s never been able to find them. “To this day,” Dong-soo says with a heavy sigh, “I’ve been tortured with the knowledge that I wasn’t able to protect my little brothers.”

The session is interrupted when Dong-soo gets a call from Young-dal, who’s in a bad way. He’s been stabbed and left for dead, and can only eke out a desperate plea for Dong-soo’s help before he falls unconscious.

Dong-soo is left helpless on the other end of the line going, “Where are you? Where are you right now?” But his questions fall on deaf ears. Eek. GPS tracking, now!

Yang-ha drinks casually as a lounge singer croons the lyrics to the song “Broken Promises” he and his brothers know all too well. Have we returned to the Yang-ha we saw at the beginning of Episode 1?

He shares a drink with the lounge singer, even though the song has stirred a strange feeling of deja vu—even though he’s sure that this was the first time he’s ever heard it.

While Jung-hee grows concerned when she doesn’t find Young-dal in his rented room, Young-dal slowly regains consciousness. Since his phone is dead and his side is still bleeding heavily, he has no choice but to climb the endless staircase leading to his old HQ.

After inspecting a new herd of gangster recruits, Chairman Go sits down to talk about the logistics of his plan to get a piece of that huge resort deal on Yeonjongdo Island. The only thing standing in his way is Yang-ha’s father, Chairman Yoon.

Jung-hee asks Jang-soo if he’s seen Young-dal lately, explaining that he never came home last night. Jang-soo is suspicious that Jung-hee’s concern means that she has feelings for Young-dal, but seems relieved when she flatly denies it. Aw, does someone have a crush?

While Dong-soo has his entire team looking for Young-dal in Sabuk, Jung-hee tells Jang-soo about the men who were after Young-dal the night before. As concerned as he is, Jang-soo stops her from calling the police…

…Which is when their local detective buddy finds them. He’s been sent by Dong-soo to find Young-dal, and ends up dragging a reticent Jang-soo to the detective task force in order to get him to talk.

Even when Dong-soo tells him that Young-dal could be in big trouble if they don’t find him, Jang-soo still claims he doesn’t know where his friend is. It’s not untrue, but he could at least start by mentioning Young-dal’s usual hangout spots.

Chairman Go happens to be driving by Dong-soo’s gathering and stops just to wheedle his rival. Dong-soo has to be held back from clocking him one, and Chairman Go eventually leaves—but he’s curious, and nervous, about Dong-soo’s presence in Sabuk.

The local detective recognizes Chairman Go as a notorious gangster from the old days, one who was hired as a scummy strikebreaker to deal with protesting miners.

That’s when Dong-soo and the local detective learn that they have a common past: both their fathers were miners in the same town. Maybe they knew each other.

After fretting over what to do about Dong-soo snooping around, Jang-soo finally remembers their HQ. He heads there with his jailbreak buddy to find Young-dal barely conscious and covered in sweat, but he still refuses to call a hospital, since he’s worried that the men who did this to Young-dal are the same ones who killed Do Ki-chan—which means they could come back to finish the job.

In order to circumvent going to the hospital, Jang-soo enlists the help of a former doctor who lost himself in his gambling addiction, and one who’s willing to take the money Jang-soo offers. (Is he the same beggar Madame Jang and her lackey came across?)

Dong-soo continues his search for Young-dal, using the reason that he’s essential to solving the Do Ki-chan murder case. That’s when his boss calls with some new intel: Do Ki-chan had a partner in crime named Lee Jung-soo, who they’re sure was behind the murder since Do Ki-chan kept the money they made illegally.

Even though Dong-soo questions how Lee Jung-soo could be responsible if he can’t even re-enter the country after fleeing to the Philippines, his boss claims that he used his yakuza connections to get the deed done.

Speaking of yakuza connections, we find Chairman Go conspiring with a shady Japanese man named Watanabe about an “issue” Watanabe hasn’t been able to take care of yet.

Cut to: Young-dal waking up with fresh bandages covering his stab wound. Jang-soo and Jailbreak tell him that cops have been looking everywhere for him like it’s a bad thing, only to be taken aback when Young-dal admits that he called them.

When asked why, Young-dal says it’s because the guys who tried to kill him are the same ones who killed Do Ki-chan—and he knows when he’s in above his head.

Asking the police for help doesn’t mean he has to tell them about the money though, something that Young-dal has no plans to do: “There’s no turning back now. I’ll lose the money and my life if I don’t stand up and fight.”

Yang-ha’s father shows his son the future site of the casino resort he plans to build while refusing to heed Yang-ha’s warning that it’s a reckless gamble when they’re not even sure about their foreign investors yet.

But Chairman Yoon thinks differently, and compares himself to American casino magnate and billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who gained his extreme wealth by taking risks. Chairman Yoon thinks that he can do the same if he’s willing to gamble.

“Was my adoption a gamble for you?” Yang-ha asks, taking his father by surprise. He couldn’t care less about his father’s business dealings when he blames him for being an absentee dad—Yang-ha’s childhood only existed so he could be groomed as his father’s heir.

He adds that he won’t be like his father and fight unless he knows he can win, and that he won’t resort to reckless methods to win an equally reckless battle. His father just sighs after Yang-ha storms off: “Taking on that boy as my son was the biggest gamble of my life. But I still don’t know how the game is going to end.”

It’s cute how Grandma is so pro-Young-dal, since she wonders where that handsome young man is during dinner. Jung-hee’s little brothers squeal on the fact that she’s been hovering around Young-dal’s door all day, causing her to storm off when they accuse her of liking him.

But the truth is that Jung-hee is worried about Young-dal, since he was vastly outnumbered in a fight the last time she saw him.

We find a weakened Young-dal heading who-knows-where in the city, when he’s again apprehended by a group of thugs. He’s in no condition to fight, which they take as a sign to beat the living crap out of him.

Jailbreak watches as the men drag Young-dal away and calls Jang-soo, who runs into the police station for help.

Dong-soo and the local Detective Gook figure out that they went to the same elementary school together, which makes Detective Gook the sunbae even though Dong-soo’s in a higher job position.

The subject turns to Chairman Go and his former affiliation with Chairman Yoon (Yang-ha’s dad), who used to own the coal mines in Sabuk. He’s the one who hired then-gangster Chairman Go to beat any protesting coal miners into submission. Dong-soo has more to ask about Chairman Go’s past, but is interrupted when his team calls him about Young-dal.

Young-dal has been dragged by the yakuza thugs into an abandoned warehouse (official sponsor for all gang-related activities since 1576), where he’s beaten some more.

Watanabe arrives to ask him where the money is, but when Young-dal feigns ignorance, Watanabe rolls up his sleeves to get to the beatin’. Oh come on, can’t you leave the moneymaker alone?

Luckily, Young-dal is saved by the arrival of Team Dong-soo (sans Dong-soo), who waste no time in laying down the law with their fists while Watanabe casually takes a seat to watch.

And when Watanabe finally does join the fray, it’s to single-handedly take down the whole team. Dong-soo arrives in time to see his team on the ground, and doesn’t waver as the much-bigger Watanabe rushes him…

…Because he downs the white-clad caveman with a taser. Ha. Why didn’t anyone try this sooner?

Jang-soo and Jailbreak watch covertly as all the gangsters are arrested, with Dong-soo taking special care to all but carry Young-dal to the squad car. Jang-soo: “We have to wait and see if Heo Young-dal is going to win the biggest gamble of his life.”

Madame Jang goes on a warpath against the woman who ratted her out, but she only gets slapped for her troubles—her rival has a powerful gangster husband and way more gangster lackeys than her.

It turns out that Chairman Go is just as bad at gambling as Young-dal, only he doesn’t take any risks when he hears that the men he had in Watanabe’s posse were arrested. He wants them silenced permanently.

Team Dong-soo has been up all night with all the arrests, and since Dong-soo is too busy to go to the smarmy ajumma’s restaurant, he makes the smarmy ajumma come to the station to deliver. Haha.

In the interrogation room with Young-dal, Dong-soo warns him to tell the truth, with the subtle threat that he’ll hurt him if he doesn’t. But his tough facade fades away momentarily when he asks Young-dal how his stab wound’s faring. D’aww.

Then it’s business time: he’s sure Young-dal knows where Do Ki-chan’s money is, because there’d be no other reason for Lee Jung-soo’s men to be hunting him down otherwise.

Dong-soo sees through Young-dal’s lies about not having the money, and shit gets serious when Dong-soo pulls his gun on Young-dal to demand the truth.

A moment passes where Young-dal weighs his options, but instead of just fessing up, he calls Dong-soo on his bluff by claiming that if he really did have the money, he wouldn’t be living the low-rate life he is now.

Young-dal is spared for now, since Dong-soo admits to Shin-hye that he doesn’t know whether the little scamp is lying or not. Kang Jin sends a Look their way as Shin-hye agrees to take a stab at the interrogation.

She plays the good cop as she asks Young-dal about his past, since Team Dong-soo has been unable to find any records on him. Young-dal attributes the lack of official documentation to the fact that he never went to school—a truth that catches Shin-hye by surprise.

To his credit, Young-dal recalls his sad past with emotional detachment as he details how he grew up as a homeless beggar and how, when he grew too old to beg, he turned to pickpocketing. Because he’d keep ending up in a prison for juveniles, he never got to go to school.

He picks up on Shin-hye’s unease at the fact that he grew up without an education and adds, “There are a lot more scoundrels like me out there than you’d think.”

He also doesn’t remember his family, but when Shin-hye asks how he ended up in Sabuk, his whole demeanor changes as he recalls his first trip to the casino there. His eyes light up as he talks about his love for gambling, and how he prefers it to drinking and even (gasp!) women.

Shin-hye has only to barely bait him in order to get him to willingly tell her all about his dream of becoming the world champion at hold ‘em, though it’s hard to tell whether she’s being truthful when she claims she had a friend who played in the Vegas world championships. Young-dal is killing me with how excitedly he talks about the game. My heart just breaks for him.

Shin-hye has to then break it to Dong-soo that even she can’t tell whether Young-dal is lying or not, because it’s hard to get a read on him. But if she knows nothing else (and she doesn’t), she knows that Young-dal calling Dong-soo when his life was in danger says something about the way he looks up to Dong-soo.

Young-dal is released, and he smirks as he tells an excited Jang-soo that he fought the law and the law lost. They rejoice, along with Jailbreak. (Seriously, who is this guy supposed to be and why is he here?)

Jung-hee gets her big break to become a dealer at a legitimate casino, and skips home to find Young-dal occupying his room again. She thanks him for getting her away from the raid the other night, and he turns so sheepish that it’s a surprise he can talk at all.

It’s cute that she tells him about her new job, and that he congratulates her even though it means he won’t be seeing her at Madame Jang’s casino anymore. He only gets to see her at home every day now, so I can see where he’s totally devastated.

Jung-hee wakes up late for job training the next morning, and ends up waking an even later riser, Young-dal, to ask if he can drive her to work on his motorcycle. He groggily agrees.

The two share a moment on their romantic morning drive before Jung-hee has to hustle into the casino. Her boss is less than enthused that she’s late and orders her, along with a fellow employee, to get changed for job training.

Imagine her surprise when that trainee turns out to be none other than Yang-ha. Which, what? What’s he doing getting a job like a plebeian?

Young-dal’s forced to detour on his drive home by two clown cars filled with thugs… who are there to kidnap him. Again.

They take him to a site where they’ve also got Jang-soo and Jailbreak, and at least spare Young-dal from an instant beating because the boss, Chairman Go, wants to have a chat.

 
COMMENTS

Really? I know Young-dal’s not the sharpest tool in the shed, but are you seriously going to play this like he forgot that he’s a wanted man? Granted, the bad guys after him are of the most incompetent sort and have been sending some pretty mixed signals, but still. I like the characters enough to overlook a few ill-fitting story details, but if the plot as it stands were made into a bucket, it’d be so riddled with holes that the water of our viewing pleasure would pass through it like a faucet. Was that analogy too complicated? Probably. But the point still stands: Triangle, you’ve had four episodes, now pull yourself together.

The thing is, it makes sense that Young-dal would have a lot of people after him once they suspected him of stealing the money. It’s the way that the show went about it that left a lot of questions in the air, like why the baddies would risk almost killing him before getting an answer, why they could follow Young-dal like he had a GPS tracker on while Dong-soo and his team of detectives couldn’t even get a clue, why Young-dal thought his problems were over once he fooled the police, etc. At least now that there’s a definitive face behind the endless army of suited thugs, their appearance en masse will hopefully start to mean more than just a bad day for Young-dal—if we’re going to keep on beating the record for most abductions per episode, anyway.

Speaking of bad days for Young-dal, if it’s already painful to see him in pain, then I’m doomed, aren’t I? I had wondered before if Young-dal’s growing appeal as a dimwit was a calculated move or just a side effect of Jaejoong’s puppy eyes, but his flat admission that he never went to school was so perfectly timed and well in-tune with the aspects of his character we’ve seen so far. I could go on to mention how Yang-ha’s outburst with his father spoke volumes about the life he’s led, or how heartwarming it is that Dong-soo’s brotherly instincts kick in when he’s around Young-dal (the whole gun thing notwithstanding)—or I could just admit the simple truth that I love Young-dal as a hero, serious character flaws and all.

In fact, the empathy I feel for him seems directly relative to the amount of flaws he displays at any given time, which I’d usually call out as especially weird behavior if that wasn’t the entire point of his character. Or maybe the surge of Young-dal love is relative only to my weariness, because after a slew of middling shows with emotionally inaccessible heroes, having one who wears his heart and his single-sentence-or-less thoughts on his sleeve feels like winning the character jackpot.

 
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I so hope life gets better for the middle brother soon. Why all the PD's enjoy beating Jae to death so much? Dr.Jin, Jackal, now this...

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He does take a beating well. Looking like every blow landed genuinely hurts is an art form. Not all actors can take a beating and sell it. He sells it, so they keep doing it.

Yeong Dal is bringing far more dangerous things upon himself than a beating. It looks like he'll be going deeper and deeper into crime and probably for the guy who killed his father and ruined his life in the first place.

That won't be a pleasant surprise... For him or Dong Soo.

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Looking like every blow landed genuinely hurts is an art form.

I give him credit for that. Now, if he can sell it equally well when he's being choked to death by a ghost/about to pass out from pain and talking to Dong-soo, I'd be a happy camper.

That said, I really appreciate that he appears to be 100 percent into this character. Some actors may not be naturally the most gifted, but can give good performances through sheer force of will and total commitment to a role. Looks like that's what he have here, and the effort is certainly paying off.

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He does overact in some scenes, but that also comes with the genre and presentations. Even seasoned actors cannot escape that theatricality, as it's part of drama and especially melodrama acting.

And of course, the guy didn't suddenly turn into a Blue Dragon worthy actor, but compared to his past performances, I don't cringe at any point. That is an improvement, even if any potential glorious results will take time.

I do think he was a good choice for Yeong Dal now. You want to smack him in the head when he's being a little idiot, but he also sells the more human moments the character has. That's enough for me, given the type of series this is. I still need to see the heavier, more emotional parts though. He can still stumble there, but at least it's promising.

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You guys seem to forget that he is the least experienced actor among the front cast. He takes his sweet time to choose a role for a new project, but he makes big steps each time.
I do believe that he is doing great so far, I don't even have the need to shield bad or poor acting because there isn't any of that, like at all. I gotta say he is even doing better than just "good". I'm proud.

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@Helen @Orion - I agree that he's good! Pretty much every recap comment I've left for Triangle since episode 1 has acknowledged just how well he was doing.

I guess it's just that, when someone is that good in a role, you expect them to be that good ALL the time - he just raised the bar for himself. I suppose I'd have let the choking/passing out scenes slide if he wasn't doing so well otherwise, but when I know he's done better.....and yeah, there's no bad acting to defend here.

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As pretty as he is, he's not a demigod. :P

You don't just go from rookie to great in a day or two years away from acting.

So while his flaws should be pointed out to him as much as his accomplishments, for his betterment, we do have to take into account he is someone who did not start out as an actor and will not be a flawless one without hard work.

I look at the person's previous work or level in the industry and progress. So I am willing to cut him more slack when he doesn't nail it, I guess, due to the major level-up in skills.

I think Yeong Dal was a good choice, because it lets him work on things he does well, but is also a serious enough role to let him take it further. At the moment, I won't over-praise him, since I have seen too little to be sure of consistency, but I can see bling bling shining potential.

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haha, point taken. I guess I should explain that I've never seen him act before, so my view isn't coloured by his previous work. I just think this is a good performance and he's brought Young-dal to life in a way that makes me really glad he's the one who took this role, and not Song Seung-hoon (an actor with a decade in age and experience over him, but rather lacking in acting skills, by common consensus).

So the high expectation of consistency may be a lot, but I wouldn't have expected it of him if I didn't think he could deliver! And there's definitely a lot of hard work that went into this, which I acknowledge. Like you said, he's doing well and has the potential to do better.

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Well, like Kim Gab Soo said in Time Between Dog and Wolf (whose plot has some big similarities with Triangle if you think about it):
"Do you know who the best spy in the world is?
A spy who doesn't know that he is one.
That is the ultimate spy."

Sure, it won't be a good surprise for Young Dal when he finds out that he's been working for the guy that ruined his life. But that will also allow him to pull off a Lee Jun Ki and destroy Chairman Badger (and Chairman Yoon?) from the inside.

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Don't forget how good (as in handsome) he looks when isbeaten-up... He looks hot as hell xD

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LOL

There's not been drama/movie/short-drama in which Jaejoong hasn't been beat up badly like this. It's become a normal thing now.

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Karma? Ok ok I'm kidding. Don't kill me.
It's not the PDs' fault. He seems to choose characters that end up putting themselves in trouble in some point of the story hence he ends up beaten up.

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I enjoyed this episode because it had some great scenes, but it also left me thinking "seriously?"
Why would they try to kill him before they get the money? It doesnt make much sense. How can Young-Dal climb those stairs with that stab wound? How did Young-Dal healed so fast after the interrogation?
I'm also not buying the profiler character.

But lets move from the things I didn't like and can we talk about the interrogation scene?

Because the tension between the borthers, and Young-Dal face it made me shiver.
I mentioned before that I wasn't very interested about the 2 older brother interactions but this was one of my favorite scenes in this episode.

It was so intense.

I would think they want us to feel that way about Young-Dal, like he isn't a good person, he is as far as a hero as you can go, but yet he is so pitiful you can't help but love him?

And Jaejoong is really good with his incarnation of Young-Dal. You buy it. You feel it. It makes you sad and it makes you want to punch him because he is naive and stupid yet you want him to do better and to just... make it.
I will cry the moment he wins at poker.

she claims she had a friend who played in the Vegas world championships. didn't Yang-ha said he play in las vegas before? I can be mistaken.

About Yang-ha, I also really liked the scene when he is with his father. His “Was my adoption a gamble for you?” broke my heart.
His father is right though, because he is an unpredictable character and who knows what he is gonna do.

He says he wont fight unless he knows he can win. How can this be translated in his pursuit of Jung-hee?

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"the tension between the borthers, and Young-Dal face it made me shiver"

I'm with you in this. OMG that was probably one of the best scenes so far! It's even better because you know they are brothers. I got the shivers too...

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Yes, the interrogation scene was top notch. The way young dal's eyes were bloodshot red and bulging back at Dong soo, as if daring him to shoot the gun was pretty great to watch

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I like for how good they have made the Youngdal character. You hate what he does, but you can´t really hate him at all. I almost feel like a mother preoccupied over her troublesome child.

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It's part of a plan.

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lol omg

ep 3 may not have moved as fast as I'd like, and episode 4 did a bit better, but I'm constantly surprised by how much I'm feeling Young-dal as a character. There's a sweetness/borderline childishness to him that makes him appealing despite the general lowlife air he has and his matter-of-factness about the life he's lived. And I'm really into his interactions with Dong-soo, especially in the interrogation room. With the backstory we got, I really hope we get more plot lined up soon because we have a bad guy and we have our 3 bros, but not yet a clue how it all hangs together. And that shot of the little kid and the baby watching their hyung leave was so sad :(

I loved Dong-soo this episode, despite the gun-to-the-head - LBS and Oh Yeon-soo have no romantic chemistry, but I'm glad we got the childhood bits as exposition rather than episodes. And watching him tase Watanabe just made me giggle. At least these cops aren't all total idiots like the Gap-dong cops! He's on therapy proper now, but obviously suffering from serious guilt over his siblings still. Wonder how that'll play out when the reveal drops.

Also, much as I like Jaejoong in this role, episodes 3 and 4 uncovered a bit of an Achilles heel for him - he's not the most convincing in scenes where he's got to pretend Young-dal is in physical distress. Hopefully he'll get better and he's doing fine otherwise.

As for Im Shi-wan, he's killing it. Yang-ha is such a slime and so hateable, but he imbues him with enough genuineness and vulnerability to elevate him beyond what he is on paper. Also, YH is kind of awful to Jung-hee but damn the actors have chemistry - if they were the true love line I really wouldn't mind. That smirk he gives her in the 'meet the other trainee' scene....it's what I call Wrongness Chemistry (see also: Kim Woo-bin in Heirs) and it kills me a little.
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[contd.]

re: the brothers' love line with Jung-hee..... I like the contrast they present, not only in their own characters but in the way they approach her. It's really cute how Young-dal is a total blushing puppy who knows very well that the nice girl next door is kind of out of his league but wants to be around her anyway and can barely handle it when she speaks to him. I bet that motorcycle ride probably made his day, until the gangsters got to him anyway. At least she's polite to him, while Yang-ha, who resorts to blackmail and manipulations, gets a totally different response (thankfully, not cringing and tears).

There are still questions, though. What about Jung-hee's illegal casino job and the fact that Madame Jang still holds the deed to her house? Why do gangsters catch Young-dal so easily? How'd Young-dal become Young-dal, after being Dong-chul?

Also, I'm not feeling shrink lady until her interrogation room scene with Young-dal. Poor thing just bloomed at the chance to have someone genuinely ask him a question and care about the answer, even if it was a setup (guy with massive amount of money talking about gambling being his passion.....)

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Isn't Youngdal just like a child? I mean he is like so bad ( a gambling addict / player/ stealer/ who knows more..) but you can't help but like him a bit ( or a lot). The writers are messing with my feelings.

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he really is like a child, very likeable but does things that they shouldn't because he doesn't know better. I'm just a sucker I guess!

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I don't think it is really an Achilles heal. More of a writers flaw.

In the teaser for the previous episode there was a hospital scene shown where YD was obviously taken to heal after he was stabbed.....but the writer/producer decided to take that out completely which made YD healing so fast seem even more odd.

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I do not remember such a scene from the previews. The only scene that did not yet show was Hwang Jeong Man meeting with Dong Soo.

It is true the healing seemed too much though, considering it was overnight. I'd have accepted a few day time skip, but it was clearly the next day.

Either the wound was dismissible and Yeong Dal a big drama queen, or then he healed way too fast. The series is not without its plot holes, but they are things that can be redeemed by a solid development.

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Ah lol now I'm not sure if it was in the previews to ep 3 or 4 or if it was in preview caps they posted. But I clearly remember seeing them.

His friend and buddy heads were bent downwards in worry while he was in the emergency room and the girl ran into the hospital. That's all they showed.

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Also I agree with you that the healing was WAY too fast.

#facepalms at writers tbh

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I wish they'd kept a hospital/discharge/recovery scene in, it makes very little sense otherwise.

Ah, well.

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"he’s not the most convincing in scenes where he’s got to pretend Young-dal is in physical distress"

I gotta disagree with you in this. He seemed very much like he was in pain, like I was literally sorry for him.

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The beating-up scenes, he's totally convincing. I wasn't talking about those. But it's not anything that bothers me too much, he's still doing a good job.

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Thanks for the recap!

I know there are a lot of plot holes, but I try to enjoy the show without paying too much attention to them. Sure, there are a lot of things that don't make sense but the screenwriter has never been known for his subtlety and his attention to details. That doesn't change the fact that most of his dramas are still highly entertaining (IRIS, Jumong, All In...).

Anyway, I'm glad that this episode showed us another side of Young Dal. He may be a gambling-womanizing-blackmailing low-life but at least he has some fighting skills and some wits. Considering the average IQ of gangsters on this show, he could even be considered a genius.

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I guess he tends to focuse more in the characters than the details, but he still can give the public a enjoyable show in the end.

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I had the opportunity to watch one of his works: All In and yes, It was pretty good. The difference there is that the main character had a goal in life since the show started. You had something to look forward too. Here it's still a bit blurry, but I assume it's because it revolves around 3 people instead of 1

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I needed a breaking point for this drama and the interrogation part definitely was a breaking point. As expected, we needed to know a bit more about the brothers's past.

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Yep. It's the starting point to understand and state the story. The intensity of the scene helped a lot too.

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Are you sure? They almost killed each other. haha~
I know what you mean ;)

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Wow that interrogation scene! Finally, a deeper understanding of what Yangha's life was like... Youngdal is so cute ♡ I love seeing him change from an overconfident womanizer to a shy boy with a crush. It's so cute ^^

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More than just cute, I find it fair. He needs some hardship in his love-life.

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The player needs to know how hurtful can love actually be.

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I officially became a DalHee shipper now~ their interactions are adorable! I can feel the love in the air.
Also, I loved the confrontation between the eldest brothers so much! that scene was awesome... I want more of that.

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Thanks for the recaps HeadsNo2. I always love them <3

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May gods PD-nims and Writer-nims bring them together *prays and makes a ceremonial dance*

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LOL!

I want to use that for a pairing I like in another drama.

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Hahahahaha. You gave me a good laugh. Thank you.
I like that couple too :)

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LOOOOL I have the picture of that in my mind now xD

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"..............though it’s hard to tell whether she’s being truthful when she claims she had a friend who played in the Vegas world championships. "

She wasn't being facetious; she was shown in episode 1 with Yang Ha (who mentioned playing poker championships in vegas) iirc. this psychiatrist chick is literally the therapist for all three brothers

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I can forgive how boring she actually is -Sorry if I'm offending anyone here, but she is- if he can put some light on the brothers' lives. They need the help.

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yes, she is about as interesting as a board. even all her scenes with dong soo as the OTP are almost a chore to watch. Her character almost seems like an afterthought. I wanted to skip through all her scenes with her "father" because they look more like brother/sister to me.

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His "father" is way too young. They look more like a couple...

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I´m rooting to know more abot the brother's past. Maybe we won't get much, but I will be thankful with everything we can get. I feel so intrigued as if I had a big interrogation simblo over my head that doesn't let me live (I´m being overdramativc but yeah )
I want to see more of our main? couple too, though I know it won't end well because all the stuff going on around them, I want to see how it develops despite and against everything.

Youngdal -oh Youngdal- stop being so stupid and adorable at the same time. You confuse me so much. I should hate you, but all I want is seeing you do better...

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Don't you find funny/ironical that even if Youngdal is the most troublesome one among the three brothers, he seems to be the most inocent too? He has this bit of childness in his persona and he can get shy in front of his crush too. He is llike the perfect contradition.

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Makes sense considering that he's the one with the least amount of structure in his life.

Yangha has been groomed to be a chaebol type and Dong Soo was always the responsible brother and now leader of a detective "force" (i use the term 'force' loosely because i found it incredulous that not a single one of them had a gun during the fight with watanabe)

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Maybe that soft side of him will help him vet the girl in the end.

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It's good he didn't let his hardships change him for the worst in all aspects. He kept something good with him.

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I was ready to call quits on this drama after episode 3 because it was soooo slow. But this episode redeemed it by finally picking up the pace, satisfying some of the curiosity for the background story, and putting in a little action. Anyways, some thoughts:

--I love how Madame Jang speaks.....that voice with the saturi and attitude....plus, I like her style. Doesn't she remind you guys of the awesome Lee Jin-sook from Heartless City?

--that fight scene between "Team Dong-soo (without Dong-soo)" and the thugs was cool. I like that female cop much more than the profiler. She kicks ass and the actress can do good fight-acting...I usually cringe when female cops in dramas fight...they look so hesitant when doing so that it ruins the effect.

--I laughed a good 5 minutes when Dong-soo attacked the thug-boss with a taser. How smart. For a minute I thought he punched so hard that the guy's stomach was quivering like waves. I was like, "When the hell did this become Bollywood?? It's like a scene from a stupid Salman Khan film." But when I saw the taser, I just laughed away.

--my heart was gleeful when Dong-soo showed a rare warm side to Young-dal. I just love when the three brothers interact because on the inside, I'm all, "OMG, you guys are brothers....why can't you seeeeee??" and the show is baiting me with their moments.

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The brothers' interactions are heartwarming in an almost painful way. They all have strong personalities built, I presume, because of the hardships they had to go through. You almost want to scream at them that they are brothers, but also you held your breath hoping for a miracle that can bring them together someday.

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I love Madame Jang too~ She can be a bit evil, but she seems to be a good person at heart? She probably will end up helping the brothers somehow.

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Seriously,nobody here understand Yong Dal's plan?
When he was stabbed,he was seriously injured but not life-threatening.He walked so long to his old place.Before he blacked out,he did remember to call Dong-su,why?
The same question was asked by Chang soo when he found Yong Dal,Yong Dal's answer was “There’s no turning back now. I’ll lose the money and my life if I don’t stand up and fight.”
What does it mean?It means he planned to do a dangerous trick.He showed up at night,causing the gang to catch him,then he made his buddy call the police.Chang soo was already at the door of Police station.the gang that chased him was arrested.Now the biggest problem was the police.That's why he called Dong soo first when he was in danger.He used this as a argument to prove that he really didn't know the money.If he did, he wouldn't have called Dong soo.The profiler bought that.
When he finally came out of the Police,he said " I win~"He means his plan succeeded.

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EXACTLY!
when Young Dal said he won,it was not a random reply.

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OMG You are right! I felt so dumb now >< The preview for the 5th episode makes more sense now.

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I think the series makes the plan pretty clear for anyone paying attention. It's the quick recovery that was unrealistic, but the plan itself was a very smart one.

Although clearly not the end of their troubles. I mean, he did not consider the fact that the guys arrested were just goons and not the top people looking for them. Or then he thought he'd take care of that when it came back. Which it did, pretty soon after.

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Yeah,that was a little bit unrealistic which could be the result of insufficient acting of our Joongie. He seemed so painful with the stab wound but he managed to walk a long way after some quick rest.Maybe it's only a small cut?haha but it's definitely painful when the wound was tored again.Luckily the yakuza gangster only gave him three punches in the face and he lied on the ground untouched for some rest.
I guess he got some treatment with his wounds before the interrogation.
Still,if it's not writer's ignorance of his bad condition,then it will be our joongie's failure to fully presenting the weakness.
About the people looking for him,Yong dal might think Those guys were directed from oversea?Because as I remembered Go Bok-tae didn't show any awareness of the 5 billion Korean dollar except the meeting with the yazuka which could be because he knows him before.If Go Bok-tae knows about the money,he definitely won't let Yong Dal go in EP5.However in the preview,he did let him go after giving some lecture?
Let's wait and see on Monday,hhhh

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I don't think it's the actor's fault... a stab is painful in any case and it won't heal so fast in any case either.

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holy crap. that went completely over my head. I just kept thinking that Young Dal had incredibly bad luck

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When DongSoo started to remember his childhood days, it really broke my heart for the kids. I hope they give us more of these scenes, not that I'm masochistic lol but it's because it allow us to feel more attached to the three Jang brothers and to want a reunion. I can't imagine the hardship they endured, especially from Dongchul, since he run away alone.

Btw Jaejoong as DongChul is really doing a great job, when he wake up after being cured for his cut, his look and tone of voice A+++

My other favorite scene as many pointed here is DongSoo and DongChul in the interrogation room, there is alot chemistry btw them as rivals, I think this is just the start of their confrontations.

DongChul is also starting to show us how smart he is, because he basically used his own body as bait on purpose to make cops confront the gangsters and yakuza guy.

Just watched the preview of ep5, LOLed at DongChul's gang, but i understand it's because he is starting to escalate to the top of the mafia.

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I literally could feel his pain. My heart just cannot see kids suffering. It's no fair.

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My favourite scene in the entire, very exciting episode is the very last one when Young-dal is dragged off to face Go Bok-tae. Any doubt I had about Kim Jaejoong having the acting ability to play such a complex, damaged man as Young-dal were completely put to rest. It's a great scene and he plays it entirely with his eyes which are very expressive.

Young-dal is, on the surface, in a very vulnerable position here. He's weak and appearing before the alpha dog. But he doesn't back down and stares straight into Go Bok-tae's eyes. He's not defiant but like a gambler who is sizing up his opponent, looking for his "tell" while giving nothing away himself. Go Bok-tae is exactly the kind of gambler Young-dal is as well.

Young-dal has obviously learned through his very harsh upbringing how to get what he wants by giving people what they think they want. He's a real player and can't be trusted. He's played the police and Dong-soo, the profiler, the gangsters who are after him and now he's going to play Go Bok-tae. I wonder about the scene where Go Bok-tae feels the muscles of his new minions and whether or not the fact that he has a nightclub to have access to unlimited young girls is just for show to mask his real orientation.

I also wonder if there is some kind of history between the two men, like was Go Bok-tae the man who sold Young-dal to the pickpocket gang when he was 12. He seems to almost recognize Young-dal but can't quite put his finger on how he knows him. Or was Young-dal's story of his childhood and youth even true or an invention designed to disguise what is really true and told to gain sympathy from the profiler? Impossible to say at this point.

I really like this show!

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that is also one of my favorite scenes.

Young-dal has obviously learned through his very harsh upbringing how to get what he wants by giving people what they think they want.

great observation!

He is smart and then stupid. But he is street smart for sure.

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My best scene in this episode is the interrogation with yongdal..not from his brother but with the woman..its so heartbroken when yongdal tell his story about why he dont go to school..how he become picpocket and be sold...hukhuk..the background music also doesnt help it..it make me move to tears to imagine the life of this innocent child that need protection..JJ have done a really good job here..we can see the vulnerability in his eyes..the pain that he has endure..and how it shape his life to be the cold and messup person now..

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The explanation about his past helps a lot to understand better why he ended up being like he is now.

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I was wondering. Is there such thing in Korea? I mean can a person be sold?
I mean someone must be able to do something about it. :S

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Maybe a long long time ago,there are such kind of things happening,or the writer will not design this plot.
When Young-dal tells his own story,my heart is broken.Why Young-dal's fate is so tough.This is due to the actor named Kim Jaejoong's perfect acting.

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Child trafficking is a current problem in every country. Of course it's illegal in most places, so it happens in secret.

You can read about it at Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trafficking_of_children

Or just google it.

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Heads 3Q for another great recap <3 Why yes, you indeed are doomed since Young-dal's journey of pain, pain and MORE pain has only just begun. Muhahahaha! ... sorry.

The jailbreak guy, methinks is there as Young-dal's second friend/lackey, it was also from him YD and JS learnt Do Ki-chan did not commit suicide and was instead murdered.

The flashback scenes, few as they were, broke my heart ;_;
Had the series started out with one or two episodes worth of the Jang brothers' tragic childhood, all three adult brothers likely would have instantly become root-able by virtue of the hardship they had gone through. BUT, I feel such an old-fashioned opening could also risk "cheapening" the show, rendering the adult trio less intriguing. So I guess I prefer the path the writer/production team did take- but hopefully we'd get more well-timed flashbacks in the upcoming episodes!

With the additional information given, Young-dal's behavior and dream now make a lot of sense. He's a survivor, an abandoned child who'd seldom if ever been offered kindness from adults around him, and he had_never_been_to_school! It's no wonder he lacks the ability to tell right from wrong, because literally no one had taught him how to properly behave as a member of the society. It's pretty common for drama heroes to have a tragic past, but this is the first time I have come across one who hasn't received any school education. Ha, was that why he appeared amused when Jang-soo told him Jung-hee was always dead last in class =P?

Like many, I'm impressed by Jaejoong's very natural and sincere portrayal of Young-dal. He has certainly made it even easier to side with our sometimes exasperatingly foolish hero.

I am also liking Siwan's portrayal of Yang-ha, who is the anti-Young-dal in that he does a damn good job hiding his emotions and fear behind his mask of aloofness. I can tell he will be giving some the second lead syndrome as he becomes more and more drawn to Jung-hee as they train together :P Ladies prone to second lead syndrome (and hence the inevitable heartbreak in the end), you have been warned!

As for Dong-soo, his deep guilt over something that really wasn't his fault at all, made me go awww. Double awww when he intuitively became all protective/brotherly facing a hurt Young-dal. If I already badly want the brothers, especially the older two to reunite by ep. 4, I wonder how difficult would it be for me to watch them hurt and be hurt by each other not knowing they are brothers, for many more episodes to come? *hugs my pillow at the thought*

Super duper looking forward to episode 5!

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This episode is toooooo excellent!!!!!The plot is tense and has a great degree of relaxation.Eventually,the writer begins to expand the stroy,instead ofelaborating.All the story lines work together to develop the plot,which is sooooo wonderful.Furthermore,I can't predict how the following stroy will develop,what future is waiting for the three brothers.
I believe Jung-hee has already had a crush with Young-dal,which herself isn't conscious of.It is sweet that Young-dal drives Jung-hee to work on his motorcycle.After Jung-hee getting off the motorcycle,Young-dal stares at Jung-hee's back,which is also sweet,especially Young-dal's facial expression.Watching this,my teenage heart is going to sprout up><
Jaejoong's acting in this episode explodes so much,especially the scene in the interrogation room with Dong-soo and Shin-hye.Facing the actors who is older and with more experience than himself,Jaejoong is not inferior to them at all,even overwhelms them in the momentum by his great actingparticularly his eyes.

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At the end of this episode,Young-dal is face to face with Chairman.Can I guess whether this means that the turning point of Young-dal's fate is coming?The rival show between Young-dal and Chairman is so wonderful and exciting.Can't wait to watch the next episode.I think the rival show between Young-dal and Chairman must be worth of expecting.
Wanna watch more Young-dal's acting because he is the highlight and the key role of this drama.

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Wasn't it part of a plan made by Youngdal?
He wants them siding with him

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haha Maybe it's part of Young-dal's plan.Well I don't know.
Really wanna to know how the stroy will develop.It is for a long time that I have not seen such a terrific Korean drama! ^^

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In this episode,every actor's performance is nice,Kim Jaejoong in particular.The one in the interrogation room is the best,I think.What Young-dal says is half-truths.He seems to confess everything frankly and naturally.However,in fact,what he says let Shin-hye catch nothing.Completely amazing.
When Young-dal says that he has never went to school and he recalls,I have to say his acting is amazing,totally beyond my imagination,and I feel so sad about Young-dal's fate. In the following stroy,don't make Young-dal endure more suffering any more,for he has already experienced too much sufferingTT Well, I know it is impossible TT
Please give Young-dal a happy ending.

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I am enjoying the story of the three brothers and I think the whole cast is doing a good job. Thanks for the recap.

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I really doubted what Youngdal told the shrink (sorry I can't remember her name) about his past, it's part of his plan of letting them believe he doesn't know where the money is I guess. ~ Youngdal was cute when JungHee thanked him for helping him, he became stiff. ^^ I just love them.
Thanks for the recap HeadsNo2. Btw, the Jailbreak's name is Jerry,friends with YD & JS, he was working under Do Ki Chan and went to prison for some reason and got released after DKC got murdered. :)

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Hmm... Nope I do believe he was truthful about that.

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i think it is half true and half false. About never going to school might be true, up to the point when he learns to live in the street by begging, pickpocketing, etc, but not sure about the rest. The part why his name changed from Jang Dong Chul to Heo Yong Dal is still a mystery. I think he also carries the heavy burden/memories of losing his older hyung and younger brother, but just as Dong Soo, he tries to hide his story from anyone, or even worse, he doesn't want to remember those painful memories.

I want to cry, everytime Yong Dal singing "Broken Promises", i mean it is annoying for sure, but at the same time you can see the longing in his eyes, longing for a family i suppose. T___T

We still don't know why he sang that song so often, but by the look in his eyes, it shows that he is missing someone, something, his family.
So i think Young Dal is not telling the truth about he doesn't have/doesn't remember of having a family.

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Hmmm if I remember correctly Lee Beom Soo's character was also humming it, and the restaurant lady asked him how he knew such an old song. He explained that his father used to sing it I think. And the youngest brother also mentioned it feels familiar. So there'e definitely an associative memory or at least feeling connected to that song. I really liked how they used this in the opening scene of the first episode. :)

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I'm enjoying this drama ..I like the story ..I like the all acting team..the three bro acting skills is more than amazing Especially young dal..I'm so excited to see what will happen in ep5 ..hope this drama rating will rise hight in upcoming ep if not....no problem for me good story with good acting is more important ^^

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This drama started off really well and I’m really liking it. I do not understand why the rating is so low...
I’ll wait for the next episode. Fighting !!!

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The part in which Dong-soo talks about their childhood story made me tear up a bit (literally) those poor children. :( It made me realize just how unfair can be life to some people.

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Thanks for the recap Heads! We must be patient for the sake of our hateful/likeable here. Haha thanks again.

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"I had wondered before if Young-dal’s growing appeal as a dimwit was a calculated move or just a side effect of Jaejoong’s puppy eyes"

Hahaha Jaejoong is sneaky.

Thanks for the recap Heads! ^^

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What more can I say? I really love this drama. I have been saying this since long ago and every episode I like it even more.
The scene in the interrogation room is AMAZING! Oh yeah... I really love Young Dal, and I want a happy ending for this kid. But it seems a little difficult. Oh well... The only thing I can do is wait and hope for a happy ending of him with Jung-hee :)

Thanks for the recap :)

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LOLed so hard at this! Ur so funny Heads and thanks for the recap! :)

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This part seems have mixed feelings of grief and joy.When JJ was bitten by others,I am so sad and distressed.How i hope that I could protect him and I pray for the police to come soon.He was JJ who I loved very much and I can not bear that he was hurt anymore!But at the end,when dada drive with the actress,it is so romantic and my heart had melted.JJ,please find a girlfriend as soon as possible,OK?

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ep 4 is fast and exciting, especially the fighting scene in the warehouse. Cho Sung Hun is really a fighter, part when the female cop hit him with a burning woodenlog, is totally cool. i wonder will he appear again in the next episode? how will his character affect the story, particularly, how will he avoid mentioning Go Bok Tae as the person he works for, in the investigation?

i'm also a bit confused with Yang Ha. Part when he is having conversation with his father at the supposed to be the company's next resort site. Where, when, and how come he find bravery to talk back to/oppose to his father? it's weird because in the previous episode, we still see him being all anxious just to have a meeting with his father.

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I think the part where he took a pill before the meeting with his dad, is a cue showing that he will become brave and loud after taking that pill. so, maybe he took the pill in the car before he started a conversation with his dad on the field.

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thanks for recap! I like episode 4 so much. looking forward to episode 5

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My gazillion thanks to Headsno2 for recapping this drama, considering your recovery from injury. You have drove people to share their amazing comments here and made this drama more fun & enjoyable to watch!^^

I found this drama was unique because of the messiest hot mess of the main lead XD so far u can't find in any other Kdramas which adoring the perfect-prince-charming all the time. Young Dal is an imperfect main lead i want to punch him yet care for him coz of his silliness and his little morality to protect the orphan girl

I love all 3 bros..they've made a great job, awesome actings! Till ep 4 my most fav scenes: Interrogation scene between the profiler - Young Dal about school & gambling addict aaand DalHee's bike dating scene..ooh how I loveee this couple sooo much XDD

Most people hate Mondays but now i can't wait for Mondays to come! XD

Can't wait for tonight! Triangle fighting!^^

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The character Huh Youngdal of Kim Jaejoong is pure gangster. The idol-turned-actors who suffer from various reasons such as prejudice against idol, lack of self-effort, etc., another example worth taking as role model, was born.

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Episode was so exciting, Huh Youngdal was beaten hard but eventually rescued by his big brother Dongsoo. Yet at the end of the episode, Youngdal was caught again. Hope he could protect his fortune.

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