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Triangle: Episode 6

There’s a noticeable shift this hour as our perceptions of each brother are put to the test, which means that Young-dal’s moral compass gets to point to an even grayer area as he contemplates doing the unthinkable in order to succeed at being a professional bad guy. Even if his new dream seems to be playing second fiddle to the show’s Big Bad, Young-dal isn’t without his own resources, since he chooses to spend his down time forming a small army of cultishly devoted gangsters—at least when he’s not making a certain special piece of unfrosted vanilla cake feel better about her day.

Triangle has seen a downward trend recently as far as numbers go, dropping from last episode’s 7.3% to 6.8%.

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EPISODE 6 RECAP

After Dong-soo tears into Chairman Go about tarnishing Chief Hwang’s reputation, Chairman Go sneers back that if Dong-soo felt like it was so wrong, he should’ve rejected Chief Hwang’s request to drop the case.

But because he didn’t, Chairman Go smiles as he adds that Dong-soo is just as responsible for Chief Hwang’s dishonor as he is: “We’re partners in crime.”

Understandably, Dong-soo fumes while Chairman Go laughs maniacally that he’s not afraid of Dong-soo’s rage—because if he’s learned anything in life, it’s to not be afraid of the man who says “I’ll get you next time.” Aka Dong-soo.

Before he leaves, Chairman Go tells Young-dal to think on his offer, which leaves Young-dal in a pretty awkward predicament now that he’s alone with the man he’s been told to kill.

At least he manages to fool Dong-soo by claiming that the only reason he was with Chairman Go was to perform his police informant duties. Yeah right.

Dong-soo takes Young-dal out for meat and soju (a man after my own heart), but offends Young-dal when he says that he’s feeding him meat because he finds him pitiful. Aww, it’s ‘cause he cares.

I love that the two end up bickering once Young-dal defends himself as having a meat-filled life without Dong-soo, thank you very much.

Dong-soo knows this is just how Young-dal is, and exasperatedly admits that he’s taking him out just because he feels bad for making him an informant, to which Young-dal snaps back that a few pieces of meat aren’t enough to pay for that.

So when Dong-soo honestly offers to pay him in dollar bills, Young-dal feels bad and waves him off, catching himself before calling Dong-soo by the derivative slur “pig” when he says that he can’t take money from a cop.

The conversation turns to Young-dal’s past, and how much he doesn’t know about the life he led before he started begging on the streets. He then recounts a sad tale of being bullied into begging and being forced to huff glue to make his eyes shiny in order to earn more money.

When it’s Young-dal’s turn, he asks Dong-soo why he wants to lock Chairman Go away so badly. Dong-soo’s eyes grow distant and narrow as hate seeps into his every word: “That bastard, Go Bok-tae, is the epitome of evil to me. He’s a hundred, no, a thousand times worse than the guy who made you beg on the streets.”

He goes on to recall how two of his colleagues were killed in his first attempt to go after Chairman Go, back when Go was just a thug causing trouble at protest sites. What’s worse is that Go then went on to use his gangsters to steal from the poorest and weakest members of society.

“And now he gets to be called Chairman,” Dong-soo seethes. “When I think about living and breathing underneath the same sky as that piece of garbage, I feel suffocated and sick to my stomach.”

Dong-soo and Young-dal are pretty schmasted at this point, so Dong-soo takes him to his humble home for more drinks. Hah. He pours the younger man a drink as he explains that he’s always considered his informants his family. “You’re part of my family from now on. Understand?”

Young-dal scoffs: “I don’t want you to be the first family I’ve wished for my whole life. I’d rather just be your informant.” Haha.

The two continue their bickering and one-upmanship as Young-dal comments on the shabbiness of Dong-soo’s house and his bachelor status—and when Dong-soo tries arguing that Young-dal doesn’t have a right to comment when he’s been fooling around with a married woman, Young-dal’s all, Yeah, but that actually takes skill.

Young-dal covers Dong-soo with his coat after he passes out snoring, and continues to drink alone. He heaves a heavy sigh as he thinks back to Chairman Go’s Faustian bargain to kill Dong-soo for a spot at his table.

After an unsuccessful attempt to borrow money from Boss Yang, Jung-hee goes to Madame Jang’s in order to ask for more time to pay back the loan… only to find out that her debt’s already been paid anonymously.

She’s able to put two and two together to figure out that it was Yang-ha, and surprisingly subverts the poor-girl-with-too-much-pride trope by thanking him for helping her out.

Whatever his reasons were, she promises to pay him back for his kindness, leaving Yang-ha smiling in her wake.

It’s cute that Grandma noticed that Young-dal didn’t come home last night, and even cuter that he thought to bring pork belly home for them. Grandma makes sure to talk Young-dal up when Jung-hee gets home, if only because his bashful meat-giving ways remind her of Jung-hee’s dad. D’aww.

Jung-hee finds Young-dal making himself ramen, and leaves him grinning like a fool when she offers to bring him a real meal as a show of her gratitude for the other day.

Young-dal looks happy enough to cry when she leaves him with a table full of Grandma’s home made dishes. “Jang Dong-soo,” he clucks to himself. “How is being an informant being family? This is what family is.” I can’t remember the last time (if ever) I saw a hero eat a home cooked meal without sobbing into his rice bowl.

However, Young-dal’s not so tolerant when he finds his gangster crew barbecuing (is this episode a running commercial for grilled meat?), and knocks the grill over so that they all stand at attention. Only Jang-soo is spared from joining the line—Jailbreak hasn’t earned enough friendship points yet.

Young-dal berates the men for having fun when they’re here to go through a Fight Club-esque Gangster Boot Camp, which means that they’ll be eating literal dog food for the duration of their training. (The first rule of Boot Camp is…)

Then it’s time for a montage as the trainees endure all kinds of athletic training to become the most physically fit gangsters. At the same time, Jung-hee and Yang-ha go through their own training, and the montage ends with Young-dal’s crew running up a mountain, Rocky style. I’ma be honest: I really don’t get how this is supposed to make them the Best Gang ever.

Dong-soo has to meet with the Internal Affairs Bureau again, this time regarding the sudden closing of the Chungjin Construction case. They actually suspect him of working in conjunction with Chairman Go all these years in order to make it look like he was chasing him when really, he was just protecting him from the law.

Dong-soo takes serious offense to these allegations, especially when the bureau officer brings up the disparity between Dong-soo’s income level versus the designer clothes he wears. In the end, his outrage is enough to convince the officer that he has no warm feelings for his mortal enemy.

Speaking of, an unknown source informs Chairman Go and his top minion of Dong-soo’s internal investigation, which the minion latches onto as the perfect time for Chairman Go to get Dong-soo kicked out of the force.

Chairman Go decides to use Young-dal for the task, who we find sharing a celebratory drink with his crew now that training is complete. He raises his glass as he tells his men that their days of eating dog food are over—now it’ll be beef and chicken (again with the meat), because they’re taking over the city of Sabuk.

One of the boys asks whether they’ll follow the model of the popular gangster movie Friend and use weapons, but Young-dal won’t allow it—they get to use their fists and their own tenacity. Of course, should they come across a piece of lumber (second official sponsor of all gang-related activities since 1576), they’re welcome to use it.

Yang-ha’s boss calls him in after she’s told who he really is by Director Hyun. She apologizes for treating him like every other trainee when he’s a special snowflake, but Yang-ha insists that she continue on as if she never learned of his identity or tell anyone else about him.

Of course, Jung-hee tells her friend KANG HYUN-MI (Jung Ji-yoon) that Yang-ha was the one who called her up to his suite once, and that he paid off her debts. Her friend knows that being a trainee and renting an expensive suite don’t compute, so she asks someone who’d know better—and he tells her outright that Yang-ha is Chairman Yoon’s son.

This comes as a surprise to both girls, but especially Jung-hee’s friend, who is all aflutter that a chaebol heir is interested in Jung-hee. “You’re going to become a Cinderella!” her friend squeals, though Jung-hee doesn’t look nearly as happy.

Shin-hye calls Dong-soo to tell him she’s taking a trip to his hometown of Sabuk while subtly inviting him to join her. Never mind that she claims she’s going so she can better treat his past trauma, which is all kinds of wrong.

While Dong-soo wastes no time in asking for a few days of leave, Shin-hye spots Young-dal in Sabuk and stops to ask him if he’d like to meet that friend of hers who played hold ‘em, since she’s on the way to see him now.

Young-dal gets nervous just because she’s a cop, and asks if she’s paying special attention to him out of pity. “Instead of pity, let’s just call it compassion,” she says with a smile. But Young-dal’s response is for her not to waste emotions like that on someone like him.

And as it turns out, the hold ‘em player she was talking about is none other than Yang-ha, who meets her for a hiking trip. Um. Hold on. In what world can psychiatrists go on outdoor jaunts with their patients? Who IS this woman?

Meanwhile, Boss Min offers Young-dal the services of her minion, Top Dog, and agrees to monetarily back Young-dal’s plan to take over Madame Jang’s casino.

During a break, Shin-hye asks Yang-ha why he’s in training to become a dealer. With a smile on his face, he admits that it should be because he wants to learn the casino business from the ground up… but it’s really because he’s interested in someone.

Shin-hye’s intrigued about who the girl could be, since she’s never known Yang-ha to be interested in anybody until now.

At the casino, one of Jung-hee’s old friends and coworkers tells her that he’s been asked by the new marketing director, Lee Soo-jung, to do a background check on her.

Jung-hee guesses that it’s because they ran into each other in Yang-ha’s suite, and tells her friend that he doesn’t have to worry and can report freely. He smiles as he asks if he can tell Soo-jung about Jung-hee’s past as a slacker, but that’s where she draws the line: “No, that’s a secret.”

Young-dal and his closest buddies take the homeless former CHAIRMAN JUNG out for a real meal, though the old man only sticks around because he’s been promised money in return.

The reason Young-dal is wining and dining him is because he figures that Chairman Jung must know a few tricks to win at baccarat… never mind that the former chairman is now homeless because he blew all his money gambling. The chairman agrees to divulge his secret for a few bucks. Talk about the blind leading the blind.

Jung-hee is incredibly conflicted over Yang-ha’s identity as well as Soo-jung’s sudden interest in her, and ends up asking her friend Hyun-mi if she can borrow some money.

Hyun-mi’s confused, since she knows Yang-ha paid back Jung-hee’s debt, but eventually folds with Jung-hee’s insistence that she not ask what the money is being used for. Methinks Hyun-mi wants to be on her good side since she thinks Jung-hee has her future secured now that she’s got a chaebol admirer.

However, Jung-hee gives that money (in a surprisingly thin envelope) to Yang-ha as payment for his payment of her debt, explaining that she changed her mind about paying over three months because she didn’t want to be indebted to him that long.

While holding back something-like-but-not-necessarily-emotions, Jung-hee then asks him to stop showing interest in her, since what she thinks is just a game to him could cost her everything. “I’ve always dreamed of becoming a dealer, and now I’ve finally been given that chance. I don’t want to lose that dream because of you,” she adds bluntly.

Confused, Yang-ha asks her why she thinks that way. She replies that it’s because they belong in two different worlds, and reiterates again that his interest will only hurt her in the long run: “So please, stop playing around with me.” Yang-ha is left speechless.

After sending Jang-soo and Jailbreak to put his plans in motion, Young-dal picks up on Jung-hee’s dour mood and offers to lift her spirits by taking her to the beach. Cue romantic motorcycle ride.

Jung-hee looks happier once they reach the shore, and Young-dal hangs back so she can have a moment to sort her feelings and scream her frustration out to the ocean. He’s content to watch with a smitten look on his face.

A moment passes as they sit together on the shore, interrupted only when Jung-hee angrily brushes stray tears away. When Young-dal asks why she’s crying, she sighs that she doesn’t know.

“Life is so depressing and difficult,” she adds, before asking Young-dal if he’s never had a moment like she’s having now, where he just felt like crying. Young-dal chuckles that if he acted on that impulse every time he had it, he’d be crying every day.

After receiving a report on all things Jung-hee, director Soo-jung rushes to greet Chairman Yoon, who’s come to the Sabuk casino. Director Hyun is with him, and after meeting with his mistress (Yang-ha’s boss), he’s told by Yang-ha that his wife is in town for a vacation. Ruh roh.

Dong-soo meets Shin-hye at the hotel, claiming that he only came to stop her from seeing his hometown: “It’s like being naked in front of you.” But Shin-hye smiles as she tells him in a flirty tone that she’s already seen it all, which would be kind of funny if she wasn’t talking about visiting all of Dong-soo’s traumatic childhood haunts—including the mine he used to steal scrap metal from.

She then tells him that she saw Young-dal in town by chance, and asks whether Dong-soo realizes that he and Young-dal look alike. Dong-soo has a good laugh at this, to which Shin-hye replies, “Well, of course, Heo Young-dal is much more handsome than you are. But… your eyes are similar. You both have sad eyes.”

They both start laughing when Shin-hye asks if his feelings are hurt over the “Young-dal is more handsome” comment, which is how Director Hyun finds them. For a guy with a mistress, he looks awfully upset to see his wife happy with another man.

At least Dong-soo covers for her when Director Hyun asks if they came together by saying that he just came on business. After he leaves, Director Hyun asks his wife why she’s never showed him the comfortable smile she just had with Dong-soo. Yikes.

Madame Jang introduces Young-dal’s noona fling to a rich chairman at the casino, but the noona’s face falls when they spot Young-dal with Boss Min.

She pulls Young-dal aside while rivals Madame Jang and Boss Min go at each other to ask why he’s here with Boss Min. Once he tells her it’s just a business partnership she asks, desperately, if he could just do business with her. “Noonim,” he begins flatly, “why are you acting so pathetic?”

It’s a regular party in Sabuk when Chairman Go gets into town, and he poses the same question to Young-dal as he did in the beginning of the episode: Will he kill Dong-soo?

Having just heard a lecture from Boss Min about how his entire future will hinge on whether he wins Chairman Go’s approval, Young-dal takes a long moment to think before he replies, “Okay, I’ll do it.” Nooo, Young-dal. Bad Young-dal, bad!

Just then, Dong-soo calls Young-dal, and Chairman Go instructs him to answer. When Dong-soo realizes that they’re both inside the same casino, he asks Young-dal exactly where he is so he can find him.

Young-dal’s eyes flutter with indecision as he looks up to an expectant Chairman Go…

 
COMMENTS

Siiigh, Young-dal. I want to believe he’s better than this, but at the same time I’m worried that he’s not cunning enough to figure out a third option. This whole Chairman Go thing still feels so sudden, like Young-dal threw what little caution he maybe had left to the wind and just decided to latch onto the first chance of success he could get. And in this case, that’s Chairman Go.

It’s a little difficult to get a solid read on Young-dal’s thinking when it comes to the Big Bad Chairman, because while Young-dal is a slimy criminal, it’s hard to figure out whether he knows or cares about what kind of person Chairman Go really is—especially considering the fact that he’s trying to work under him and emulate his success story. I know Young-dal isn’t one for planning ahead, but has he seriously thought about whether that’s the sort of person he wants to become? A rich maniac with a bad dye job?

This week’s story arcs have been cyclical, in the sense that we’ve been ending in the same place where we began. Last episode started with Young-dal on his knees in front of Chairman Go and ended with Young-dal on his knees in front of him, even though different decisions were made in the interim. This episode started with Chairman Go posing his deadly question to Young-dal and ended with him doing the same, only this time Young-dal had an answer. There’s nothing wrong with that kind of format as long as the hour spent between both bookends informs the answer to whatever question was posed at the beginning.

But it’s in that middle area where the show seems to lose some of its narrative drive, which is a commodity already in short supply. I enjoyed the little moments spent developing character in between the drawn-out filler bits, like Young-dal and Dong-soo’s drunken bonding time. It’s why I find it hard to believe (or rather, why I don’t want to believe) that Young-dal would choose the selfish option to hurt Dong-soo for his own personal gain after spending enough time with him to know he’s a decent person.

And poor Dong-soo, who’s so unwittingly trusting that he had no idea he was being completely had by Young-dal. It was heartbreaking to watch him try to call Young-dal family only to be rebuked—and inside of his lonely, dilapidated home no less. The mysteries surrounding Dong-soo’s character grow more interesting by the hour, like why he didn’t hold Shin-hye back from marrying a husband she didn’t love if he really did/does love her. Or why he refuses to answer questions regarding his designer duds. If it’s really not just a matter of him spending what little salary he gets poorly, then it’s a pretty legitimate concern for internal affairs to wonder where he’s getting all that extra money from.

So while I’d like to believe that Dong-soo is completely incorruptible and awesome (aside from some anger issues), I’m starting to worry that there’s more to him than what we’ve been led to believe. Even though Yang-ha’s eased up on the gas pedal to creepsville and is actually relatable and sympathetic now, I wouldn’t put it past the show to pull one on us regarding just how much darkness each brother harbors within.

 
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Really enjoying this show. Took awhile for the characters to build up, but am interested in all of them now. Good ensemble.

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thanks for the recap, really enjoying this drama and Jaejong :)
i'm a bit sad to see the ratings drop from week to week. i'm starting to get beyond the clouds vibes, another good show with inexplicable low ratings

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Chairman Yoon, Yang Ha's dad, is SO SO SO cute! I can't take him seriously. He looks like a cabbage doll, I want to pinch his cheeks every time he is on screen!

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I will never unsee that now. Villain ruined. :P

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Cabbage patch doll--Hahaha. His features are very much squished (for lack of a better word) towards the centre. Ya, I can't take hims seriously either. :)

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LOL What I want to pinch him too... but to infringe pain if you know what I mean

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Thanks for the recap, Heads!

TOP 10 HIGHLIGHTS FOR EPISODE 6:

1. Yeong Dal's decision to serve under Go Bok Tae - in which I doubt he'll be 100% for it, since anytime that Chairman Go asked him for a quite few times if he could stab Jang Dong Soo for him, he would give this straight doubting look. But sadly, he gave a yes, but with doubt in his words...

2. Yang Ha working as a dealer in their own casino - which is a humble act on his part, being the way in which he'll learn the manipulations inside the casino business he'll inherit someday, by working directly into it.

3. Shin Hye noticing similarities between Yeong Dal and Dong Soo - saying that both of them have melancholic eyes. Hmmm, her senses must be pretty good, ah!

4. The beach date of Dalhee and Yeong Dal (ayiieeeeee)

5. The change of Yeong Dal's ambition: to become a gang leader and conquer Sabuk

6. The training scene of Yeong Dal's gang men *insert LSSing the background music: The Best Day of My Life by American Authors :DD

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+best+day+of+my+life+american+authors+lyrics

7. The heartful encounter between Jang Dong Soo and Kang Shin Hye

8. The memorial day of their father attended by Dong Soo alone *awwww*

9. The closing of the internal investigation regarding Go Bo Tae's suspicious money funding, in which he dedicated all his time and perseverance in his career as a detective.

10. And lastly, the drinking scene between Dong Soo and Yeong Dal, the moment when Dong Soo considers Yeong Dal "his family" but Yeong Dal refuses...

Actually, I like how moderate the story is pacing on, contrary to others saying that the plot is beginning to bore them. The story went on with just a right flow, not a sudden blow to jump into the main plot.

First, there is Yeong Dal's characterization climax (from a street thug and gambler to become a gang master) and Dong Soo's frightening angry attacks, I will look forward most especially to Yang Ha, whose character and presence is still mysterious as of the moment.

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I wholeheartedly agree, and don't feel that things aren't happening fast enough.

I look forward to Young Dal learning where his bottom line is, whether he can actually kill an innocent man, one who treats him well, so that he can advance in Boss Skunk's organisation.

We know he can't ofc, but in the process, there'll be bonding w DS. That's good to see, far as I'm concerned.

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4. The beach date of Dalhee and Yeong Dal (ayiieeeeee)

*files request to change this to number 1*

We need more on DalHee!

I liked the drinking scene too. Those stupid brothers T-T

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Oooops. Jung Hee (not DalHee), got confused already. Mianhe yeorobun! ^^

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I am nervously holding on to the belief that Young-dal does have another plan (whether the plan is at all smart/has any chance succeeding is another matter), because my heart will break for Dong-soo if he gets betrayed so completely by YD when life already SUCKS, plus how are we suppose to root for a hero that (supposedly fatally) stabs an innocent guy who is kind to him just to get ahead in the mafia world?

But I must have faith, Young-dal has just told his youth squad that they shall not use weapons as they do not aim to kill, and so far he really hasn't shown any sign of cruelty- other than being too happy over his former hyung's death, ha!

Thanks for the recap =) !!

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I do hope he has a plan too, but I don't know. He seems to have some sense of guilty, but his bad habits tend to lead him towards unwanted directions and he is too eager.

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Have you seen this Triangle/Mulan training montage mash-up? It made me LOL even if I don't watch and only read recaps. ^^

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1vtyr5_yd-s-gang-training-mulan_shortfilms

I saw the link from Orion's tumblr but the vid was uploaded by mcromance111

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It was inspired by boonies' post on tumblr. Precious post. I watched the episode with subtitles, I just remembered this and laughed so hard.

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LOL

Fans really make watching shows more enjoyable!

Also makes me want to rewatch Mulan...

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LOL She is like hating on the show though... Well, her fan-love keeps her watching. That's good, I guess...

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Korean dramas are often silly, but that does not mean they are not entertaining. 'Dr. Jin' was great to watch, but it was great due to the fail.

Plus, as you say, a favorite actor's performance is something any fan would want to see, no matter how bad a show. I think boonies is barely holding on for Jae Joong.

While I don't really hate the series and do find it has potential and is entertaining, although not at all times, I can't say I'd handle it this well if Lee Beom Soo weren't in it. But I've been through worse with his works lately, so I'm pretty well numb to any potential future fail from 'Triangle'. I still hope it won't get to that though. I do genuinely want the drama to be good and for me to enjoy it.

So far, it's more about what it can be than what it is. I hope we'll all find the trouble worth it by the end.

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Don't you feel the drama a bit overwhelming sometimes? it has some good scenes and interesting stuff, but I feel like it still lacks a clear direction. It feels like the writers are trying to grab too many things at the same time...

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@GG, I actually do see a direction now, with Yoon and Go being revealed as the baddies. It's a revenge story and I assume the brothers will slowly progress through their individual places and the game will get bigger and meaner.

What I do find problematic is all the filler. A series with a rich world, where every character is characterized well and thoroughly and is interesting and "alive" can be fun. You get a little ensemble thing going. Here, however, pretty much anyone besides the three brothers, female leads included, are just walking props and barely developed so far. They are just not interesting, since they fall under the usual drama character archetypes.

So there is just too much stalling done here and it makes the series boring at times. If the things shown outside of the main deal and the characters in them were more interesting, it would just build the world further and be crucial to the series, rather than filler. But for a work as typical as this in premise and presentation, they should really just focus on the things and characters that are not cliche and that have potential. The brothers and the relationship between them.

If they focus on their main appeal and show more of the brothers, including the so far pretty much ignored young one, as well as show more interaction between them, this can be an exciting series.

They did good in showing us three damaged, flawed, but redeemable men who are connected. That is the emotional link for viewers. So this will rock if they just focus on that.

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I can't watch it!! WHY??! D;

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Set Age Gate Off. Big blue button. ;)

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Oh. Ok. Now I can. Thank you :)

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So glad to see your recap up!! I think Triangle is on track to be my favourite k-drama of its type, right up there with Time Between Dog & Wolf.

Is there anyone else who thinks that Dong-soo, with his relentless and vengeance driven pursuit of Go Bok-tae, is messing up what might be a major undercover operation probably run by the Korean version of the domestic intelligence service. Maybe it's investigating links between organized crime, the gaming industry and off-shore money. A lot of the characters, like Shin-hye's estranged husband and Young-dal himself, seem to be a bit too worried about collateral damage to be entirely believable as what they are representing themselves to be.

The husband seems genuinely concerned for Yang-ha's well-being and seems to want him to be "safe" somehow. The first time I saw him I thought, "gee this guy looks like he is in the army or something."

Young-dal doesn't seem to want to train his baby gangsters in anything that might actually hurt them, like sashimi knives. It's like he's creating a "faux" gang just for show but in the mean time he's going to give them a few good life lessons and maybe raise their self-esteem a notch or two. It seems he has gone through even more rigorous and brutal training at some point himself, keeping himself alive by digging roots, eating snakes and all.

I think everything up to the time Young-dal runs away from the pickpocket gang is true. He doesn't remember anything about where he comes from etc, was an exploited member of a gang using children to beg, he was sold to a pickpocket gang and ran away. Then he goes to juvie several times and things get very mysterious until he arrives in Sabuk and begins to make a name for himself as a low level enforcer for loan sharks, a very bad gambler and a gigolo.

If I were in charge of recruiting people who might make good undercover agents, Young-dal would be at the top of my list. He's attractive, intelligent, his exploited childhood has made him very street wise and able to read people, he doesn't have a past to trip him up and he really wants to belong somewhere and to someone. He has made mysterious visits to his "boss" in jail and this boss is mysteriously "murdered" while letting a very low level member of his gang know his biggest secret - where the money is hidden. I think the whole thing might be a sting to bring Young-dal to Go Bok-tae's attention in a very natural way.

I think Shin-hye's husband, Mrs Min and probably her husband's hoobae as well as Young-dal himself are all undercover operatives working on a long and very complex investigation. Dong-soo is seriously messing it up. I know it's a wacky theory but it's fun to what how all the action sort of fits with people working undercover.

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Mindf**k...

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Why thank you.

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Dear @[D's handphone] --> http://i.imgur.com/xFAPSW6.gif

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"baby gangsters" haha
I know I shouldn't feel good about gangsters training and getting better at what they do because ... well because of WHAT they do, but I can't help but cheering this sad and dorky gang, they are like children xD

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They are pretty dorky. I'm finding the guy who gets up to sing first at the party after the hell training increasingly appealing. His name is Fruit Fly or something. Weird, I know.

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Is there anyone else who thinks that Dong-soo, with his relentless and vengeance driven pursuit of Go Bok-tae, is messing up what might be a major undercover operation probably run by the Korean version of the domestic intelligence service.

WHOA. That's kind of an epic notion. I would be so into it if it was true, even though we already had Cruel City last year with almost the same premise.

(and I kind of love Young-dal most of the time, but I feel like his mental processes are pretty transparent, what we're seeing is what we get)

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Chairman Go's dyed hair actually reminds me of an eagle's head . ;)

Triangle is starting to bore me, to be honest, but I'll keep on watching and hope the show will pick up in the coming episodes. I did enjoy the brother's bickering in this episode though, and Youngdal's gang just cracks me up.
Thanks for the recap HeadsNo2. :)

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Is it normal to find an episode so heartwarming (Dong-soo and Young-dal at the start, oh god they're SO like bros and they don't know it!) and heartbreaking at the same time? I hope Young-dal has a plan :(

(also, Young-dal better have a plan, I love a greyly moral hero but he scares me sometimes even as I feel awful for him. Part of me just can't reconcile wannabe gang boss with the boy who gets so bashful around his crush)

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" Part of me just can’t reconcile wannabe gang boss with the boy who gets so bashful around his crush"

I'm starting to believe Young-dal has a multiple personality disease. ._________.

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Multiple personality disease lol, it's more like multiple persona disease.

But yeah, it's like he only behaves like a decent person when he's around her. They're very cute together though she has sparkling chemistry with youngest bro too. And I can't imagine too many romantic bike rides to the beach once Young-dal is trying to run a gang out of her house.

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maybe Young Dal has other plan.. well, he can survived after lied about the money in episode 4. He is street smart. He will find ways to get what he want.

aww.. Young Dal has a warm meal. Grandma already on his side~

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I like this drama. although has slow plot, but I think it has been going with good flow.

for this episode, i like Dong soo - Young dal drinking time the most ^^ i love how they share their feeling each other^^

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I mean their bromance time is so cute ^^

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Knowing all we know as viewers, that scene felt bittersweet. :(

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I can see how a modern audience may not have the patience to sit through the relatively slow pace of this drama when they're tired and want something flashy and easy to digest. I just hope that the Triangle production team continues to deliver in terms of quality. No crazy story twists and endings please!

Am totally for the DalHee couple hahaha.

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This script is barely hanging on and it's not being helped one bit by the lack of chemistry between all of the lead actors. I'm not a huge fan of Lee Bum soo anyway. I don't know what to say about Jae jong. I want to like him as an actor but he just always seems so "flat" to me. I know he's trying hard. He doesn't look that bad as a gangster. If he wanted to shed the flower boy this role so far is helping. I like his costuming I think it works. One thing that always gets me about him. He has red eye. Doesn't the Korean film industry know about eye drops to whiten your eyes? Maybe he's allergic.

I just don't think JJ is the leading man type. I think he could make a good career playing slimy bad guys and uptight second leads. He just doesn't seem to be able to develop any spark between himself and the female lead. Even though he's handsome, and I always think he looks wonderful in his clothes, he's just not sexy to me.

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I think I've seen this typical 'comment' everytime he has a new drama since the first drama until now.

I'm sorry I have to disagree with your points start from your first sentence.

"script is barely hanging, and lack chemistry between lead actors". Maybe you didm't watch the drama properly and that's why you didn't get the story. Then, you throw your your comments about his acting skills.

Sincerely, I have been watching a lot of kdramas and also jdramas for more than 10 years especially with bad guy themes and I can say his acting is really natural. and not many actors can bring this naturality in their acting.

And plus do you ever heard this, when you have worked hard , really really hard to achieve what you want and then someone step by and destroy your hope by saying, you are not good enough and why don't you just stay at your current position. Do you think you should stop to achieve what you want just by these ugly negative comments on you? Honestly for me, I WILL NOT STOP AND I WILL WORK HARDER.

maybe you are the type of person who will stop when you heard these ugly comments. or you are the person who gives the ugly comment without even know the exact situation.

I'm not saying this because I'm his fan or I'm being bias. I'm neutral here and not in anybody side but I can see from my eyes and heart that Jaejoong's acting is really good in this drama. I watch the drama from episode 1 to 6 without pushing any forward button ok! I get the storyline and I understand the plot very well.

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I'm going to step in here and say I think no one should be exempt from criticism if they're doing a bad job. Key word: a JOB, that they're getting paid for. Blind praise or ignorance of faults is just as bad, because those who ignore it will just not try to improve.

And I'm in support of Jaejoong here, but that is because he put in some hard work towards a really good performance, than because harsh words are discouraging. If anything, I don't think drama people check DB for recap comments on the regular, they check the likes of Nate and Naver and by all accounts his acting has been well received there even if the ratings are low.

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I wonder, Did you even watch the show? or judged the drama just based on recap only or just took conclusion from somewhere you heard?
because if you didnt, you can`t criticize fairly.

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I actually agree with you. The scrip is just mediocre, I guess I have seen too many dramas of this production team because I do feel bored while watching this. I am greatly disappointed with the characters, they are flat and boring. I'm not talking about the cast but the written characters, no matter how wonderful the cast could have been the characters would still be boring. I like this type of drama but I think Triangle is just the same old, it offers nothing new and feels like it's right from the 90's. The writer is just playing it safe. It's slow, predictable, and follows all old patterns. But who knows, I haven't given up yet. Maybe it's gonna get better later.

Young Dal is never going to be the slimy awful gangster we (or at least I) would like him to be, he has a heart. And in the end he will be either blamed fro what he didn't do or the gangster boss is going to try to kill him. At some point he will learn Texas hold 'em and end up playing in that tournament, possibly against his own brother. Knowing the screenwriter there is going to be some kind of being poor in America moment.

I was never a big fan of any of the cast members, especially I dislike Baek Jin Hee, she is flat and boring to the max especially with this type of character to play. And I don't care about Jae Joong, so far he is ok but I have nothing especially good to say abut him either. I also suspect that this drama is getting so much attention only thanks to him. I used to watch dramas only because of my favorite actors but not anymore.

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I disagree with you especially about Baek Jin Hee. For me, she portrays her character really well and I enjoy her acting and her expression as 'Oh Jung Hee'. If there is one character that I can say 'flat', it would be 'shin hye', the profiler. However I do believe she has to express her character maybe as flat as possible because she wants to show this is how profiler should be, like nerd, less expression and serious.

I find this drama is different than other typical dramas because until episode 6, the writer didn't show any real 'Hero' in the main leads. By saying real hero I mean like a typical drama with smart, kind, excellent personalities. That features are so typical in korean dramas but not for this drama. and this is something unique about this drama from other typical korean dramas.

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I don't know if you have watched other dramas of this production team, but I feel like there are a lot of similarities. (plot vice this also reminds me a bit of East of Eden. The villain was a rich man like in this drama and he kills the father. The rest is all about the revenge.)

Plus I don't understand why Young Dal is getting so much screen time compared to his brothers. In a way he is our hero. Even though he is supposed to be a slimy gangster he isn't bad enough, because who would want to have a hero who has killed someone or done some other seriously bad deeds. Though who knows, this is only the beginning. But I highly suspect that in the end he will end up being good too, especially now that he has fallen in love with the sweet girl (she is so going to teach him about morale). Though, the chemistry is quite lacking. I am actually rooting for the youngest brother. At first I didn't care about him but the more I watch the more interested I grow in him.

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I have watched all two dramas from this team (yoo chul young, and choi wan kyu as director and writer together) and apart from the casino part, I don't see any similarity in the story at all between 'all in' and 'swallow the sun' with 'triangle'. Each story has diff themes.

I don't know how you find it typical, cause what I find typical in all korean dramas are like brilliant, smart, strong hero which I can't find in this drama. I find it unique and interesting and unpredictable. I enjoy watching triangle more than other dramas in the same time slot.

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Why I think this is a typical revenge type of drama? Well, for example miserable and rough pasts of the main characters which makes them gangsters in the beginning (tho, later they become good people), innocent women they fall in love with (who make them change), rich 'enemy', near death situations, revenge theme, thin line between being a gangster and good guy (for main characters, other characters are usually either just good or just bad), real fathers end up either being righteous heroes or the most evil devils (nothing in between exists) And there will probably be more as the drama goes on.

All In, Swallow The Sun and Triangle, each drama is more or less about a crime, love and revenge.

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lol don't all kdramas have that elements you mentioned, : crimes, love and revenge.

what makes me think this drama is different than others because since the beginning this drama doesn't portray who is the real hero like other typical kdramas I have been watching which I can easily predict.

so, this make me feel curious and want to know more and more and that's why I feel it's interesting. You don't have to force yourself if you don't like it. sometimes it irks me cause some people who dont even watch this drama properly or don't even watch it, only just reading the recap, but directly judge the story.

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I do watch the drama because of the production team. In my opinion there are many flaws and I wanted to talk about them but there are (obviously) also the parts I enjoy other-vice I wouldn't be watching it.

I don't think everyone has to love the drama they watch, some people will love it and some dislike. That's what makes the discussion interesting.

The hero in the drama is obviously Young Dal, he was the main character in the original novel as well (plus he has had the most screen time so far) and no heroes in Korean dramas are truly bad. Of course, things might change in the drama so who knows.

Not all dramas are about revenge and crime... Most of Korean dramas fall in certain categories and tend to be similar in their own categories.

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Yeah not all but almost all kdramas have that elements (crime, love, revenge) and significant in almost all kdramas. For me I don’t think it's right for everyone to judge the story if they don't even watch it. That’s what makes the discussion goes wrong.

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Dude, the door is open you know? That's the magic of this.

Well, since everything you affirmed, revolves around you and what YOU feel, then I guess the problem is YOU. Not the actor or the show.

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People do have different opinions and this is a place to share them.

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Hmm so according to you a male lead has to be sexy? What are you even saying? Maybe you think that the male leads have no chemistry, but you just can't bass your affirmation on that.

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Your affirmation about the actor, I mean.

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just wanna share this recent compliment from a movie director about jaejoong's acting in triangle:

"Among idol-turned-actors it seems like Kim Jaejoong acts well."

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I loved the training part. LOL it was so funny! Probably, something good will come from all this mess, I hope so.

Anyway, chanting my *Go GO DalHee couple* alone.

Thanks for the recap :)

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Thanks for the recap! :)
Well, the drama is a little slow, but I like it anyways. And I hope the story improves just like raitings, because I can understand why this show is not entertaining for everyone, but as I said before, I really like it.

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I'm liking the drama. I really am, but I'm not sure if it was a good decision to have so many "leads"... I understand that each brother has his own life, worries and story that needs to be told, but I like... lost my way at times. It's getting better as the brothers grow closer though.

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I can't decide if it's interesting to have 3 brothers or simply too confusing. Especially when they don't get equal screen time (which is a pity).

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The Dong-soo / Young-dal situation is killing me. I feel so sorry for them. For what they gained as strangers meeting for "the first time" and as brothers who will lose everything once they find out the truth about their past.
I guess Dong-soo is going to be the one suffering the most at the end. He is, after all, the only one who remembers their past and the only one who already feels guilty about it.

:(

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This drama is different from the others on, as in it's very slow and sprawling and although I disliked the first two eps, it's steadily becoming a good watch imo.
I love that it's about family firstly, and deals with a dark psychological issues each brother struggles with, nevermind that their shared therapist is a quack :)
I'm seriously enjoying it despite it's unrealistic moments.

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