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Triangle: Episode 8

One brother loses his cool, one goes above the law, and one cooks up a daring scheme to take over the gambling world one casino at a time. The suspense in this hour ebbs and flows, sometimes getting a leg up due to tense gambling scenes or violent outbursts, but not so much because of the romance. The women in this show are definitely getting the short end of the character stick these days, in that they could be portrayed by literal googly-eyed sticks for all the complexity they’re given. It’d probably help if they got more than a few lines of dialogue each episode—and while efficient time management is not this show’s current forte, we’re early enough in to where the hand we’ve been dealt shouldn’t have to be our last.

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EPISODE 8 RECAP

Yang-ha calls Young-dal’s bet, causing an excited uproar among the game’s spectators—they all think the two men are crazy, but can’t wait to see who wins.

When it’s time to reveal his cards, Young-dal ends up with a high hand. Victory is almost certain, and even Yang-ha looks surprised… until he flips over two aces: another high hand.

He seems confident that he’s got the game now, and even chides Young-dal for thinking he could win at hold’em by bluffing. It’s a heavy blow, but the game’s not over until the dealer shows her cards.

Jung-hee’s first three-card reveal isn’t in Young-dal’s favor, and Yang-ha gloats, “Are you still expecting a miracle?” She’s still got two cards to go, which could make or break the game, but Yang-ha has the upper hand since he’s almost to a full house.

The next reveal doesn’t do much for anyone except Madame Jang’s lackey, who emcees the event for those of us who don’t know cards. Basically, Yang-ha’s win is in the bag unless the final card turned over just so happens to be a king of diamonds. Having four of a kind would be the only way Young-dal could win this game.

…And the card Jung-hee turns over is, miraculously, a king of diamonds. Young-dal wins, much to everyone’s surprise—including Yang-ha, who seems totally floored.

Which means it’s Young-dal’s chance to school Yang-ha in the way the younger man tried schooling him, by telling him that gambling isn’t about skills and probabilities like he claimed. “Gambling is all about your gut feeling, and luck.”

Yang-ha looks like a mad dog as he desperately pulls out more cash to play another game, to which Young-dal refuses, claiming he’s not stupid enough to expect another lucky hand.

To rub more salt in Yang-ha’s pride wound, he catches Jung-hee and Young-dal sharing a friendly, happy gaze. Ouch.

Boss Min congratulates Young-dal on his big win, and takes back only the money she lent him and none of the winning shares so that Jang-soo and Jailbreak can have some spending money. Aww.

And when Top Dog asks Young-dal when he plans on taking over Madame Jang’s casino, Young-dal confidently replies that it’ll be soon.

Young-dal’s noona fling, LADY KIM, talks with Madame Jang about Young-dal’s business relationship with Boss Min. That doesn’t trouble her as much as the news that Jung-hee is the girl Young-dal likes, and that he’s even rented a room in her house. Uh oh.

Jung-hee goes up to Yang-ha to apologize for how the game turned out, considering that he’s still dejectedly sitting at the empty table. He turns around and accuses her of being happy he lost, because he knows all about her closeness with Young-dal.

Then he reveals that the reason he chose her as the dealer was because he wanted to crush Young-dal in front of her, which obviously didn’t happen. But then he warns her that if Young-dal continues to hover around her, he won’t let it slide—he’ll repay his romantic rival for tonight’s insult tenfold. Huzzah, Yang-ha. Nothing wins a girl over like threatening the other guy she likes.

The subject comes up again when she goes home to Young-dal, only in reverse. He thinks she was forced to deal at the casino because of Madame Jang, but when she tells him it was Yang-ha—and that Yang-ha is the business director at the casino along with being the chairman’s son—poor Young-dal immediately feels inferior. D’aww.

Jung-hee heads inside after assuring Young-dal that he has nothing to worry about, but he’s anything but soothed. “Yoon Yang-ha, you bastard,” he says to himself. “Just wait and see.”

Shin-hye asks Dong-soo about his meeting with Chairman Yoon. Dong-soo is still considering his options, since he’s not sure if teaming up with Yoon against Chairman Go is the right thing to do.

But of course, when Dong-soo asks how Shin-hye knows Chairman Yoon, she claims she can’t tell him due to patient confidentiality. This meaningless, convenient burst of medical ethics is brought to you by Drama Shrinks! Drama Shrinks, doing their actual jobs only when it’s convenient since 1974.

After reassuring Shin-hye that his quitting the force had nothing to do with her father, Dong-soo tells her that he’s going to spend his time off revisiting the past—specifically the suspicious circumstances surrounding his father’s death, as well as resuming the search for his brothers.

He’ll need Shin-hye’s help in re-examining the case files though, especially the death report on his father. He already has the help of one of the detectives on his team, however covertly.

Dong-soo visits his old orphanage, and tears up as he imagines how Dong-chul (Young-dal) and Dong-woo (Yang-ha) looked as they waited for their big brother to return. Aww.

A little orphan asks the ajusshi why he’s crying, which is beyond adorable, and Dong-soo is happy to find out that the kids are well-fed these days. Even so, he wins the hearts of all the orphans when he offers to treat them all to jjajangmyun.

Because he’s in Sabuk, Dong-soo meets up with Young-dal to get an update on his next move. Young-dal is still playing both sides, which gives him the leeway to give half-truths—like how he’s planning on taking over Madame Jang’s casino to get on Chairman Go’s good side.

In order to make that move appealing to Dong-soo, Young-dal claims that it ties into finding out how Chairman Go launders his money, which was the original task Dong-soo gave him. According to Young-dal, the private casino is a perfect avenue for money laundering so if he takes it, Chairman Go would accept him because he would have brought him a new avenue to launder money.

But when Dong-soo asks how Young-dal plans to do the takeover without going to war, Young-dal claims he’s got a plan. Dong-soo offers to help in any way he can.

While Boss Min sends Top Dog to help Young-dal in his casino takeover, Boss Yang tries to unsuccessfully woo Madame Jang with an expensive handbag only to be interrupted when his son comes in. Madame Jang still takes the handbag though. Go her.

Lady Kim is wowed by Madame Jang’s new purse, and laughs as the casino owner admits that she knows just how much Boss Yang likes her—and plans to extort his attraction to her for all that it’s worth.

They both get to greet Young-dal and Boss Min when they arrive, which explains Lady Kim’s sour expression at seeing her old fling supported by a noona who isn’t her.

He’s there to convince Madame Jang to raise the betting limit for a game he wants to plan, while Boss Min is there to assure Madame Jang that she’ll be backing Young-dal monetarily.

In private, Boss Min asks Young-dal to tell her his plan now that she’s helped him out. He reveals that he went to the homeless former Chairman Jung for tips on how to win at baccarat, but that the old man told him there aren’t any secret methods.

“But,” Young-dal adds with a cryptic smile, “there’s still a way to win the money.” So… a secret method. Or am I just not reading his mind correctly?

Lady Kim urges Madame Jang to take Young-dal’s offer in order to get revenge on his new benefactor, but Madame Jang knows it’s not that easy: If they raise the betting limit to the millions and Young-dal were to win, that would mean the house would lose all that money. It’d be enough to force them out of business.

Ah, so that’s Young-dal’s plan. Interesting. But in order for Madame Jang to get permission to raise the limit, she has to call the real owner of the casino—something which comes as a shock to Lady Kim, since she assumed Jang was the owner.

After Madame Jang explains to her that they wouldn’t have escaped all those police raids without their mysterious overlord pulling strings, she calls Young-dal to tell him that his request has been granted: the betting limit has been raised.

Jung-hee and the rest of the new dealers are introduced to their sunbaes, though her unni Hyun-mi is unable to stick around to protect her friend since she gets called to deal with a rude, but rich, VIP.

This leaves Jung-hee and the recruits to deal with a particularly nasty set of sunbaes and their ringleader, who tells the new girls that their training isn’t over—they’ve got two weeks of slavery/hazing to go through first. Jung-hee gets particularly singled out by the ringleader, but manages to avoid the worst of her temper by being as subservient as possible.

…At least until she’s away from the awful girl who once went to school with her, since Jung-hee promises her fellow rookies that she’ll take her arrogant sunbae down when the time comes.

Yang-ha talks to the casino managers in order to get Jung-hee placed in the VIP lounge—a position normally reserved for the most experienced of dealers.

They don’t agree with his choice, even though Yang-ha claims he wants her there so she can go through tougher training. Once they’re alone, the managers gripe about having to follow Yang-ha’s orders and cater to a new recruit.

Jang-soo gives Young-dal some spy bugs, one to put in his ear and the others for unexplained purposes. To add to the mystery of the plan, they’ve managed to buy off an unexplained person they’d been working on for a total sum of fifty grand.

But when Jang-soo asks whether Young-dal is nervous about the scheme they’ve yet to pull off, Young-dal shrugs his reply: “I’m Young-dal. Heo Young-dal.” Why yes, yes you are.

Young-dal ditches his buddies without a second thought when Jung-hee’s younger brother invites him to eat dinner with the family, leaving Jailbreak (and his affinity for tacky floral prints) wondering if Young-dal likes Jung-hee. Jang-soo’s worried he might, and highly disapproves if so—Young-dal isn’t right for Jung-hee.

Grandma is so cute over the meal, and shushes any of Young-dal’s grateful attempts to offer to pay more for rent as compensation for the food. To her, all she did was add another spoon to the table. D’aww. I love this makeshift family.

Young-dal wins over the youngest brother’s heart/stomach by promising to buy beef for future family dinners (didn’t Jung-hee have two brothers once?), while Hyun-mi pops in to visit only to have her jaw drop the moment she recognizes Young-dal. Ruh roh.

While Young-dal smiles over how lucky he is to have Jung-hee and Grandma, Hyun-mi attempts to warn Jung-hee away from “that gangster” Young-dal. For her part, Jung-hee stands up for Young-dal and claims that he’s not as bad as everyone thinks. “The more I get to know him, the better person I see.”

Hyun-mi is shocked, and asks Jung-hee if she has feelings for Young-dal. Though she denies that she does, Hyun-mi doesn’t believe her, and laments her friend liking a low-rent gangster over the chaebol heir who’s into her.

Chairman Yoon is faced with Chairman Go’s underhanded dealings to pull him under, and doesn’t hesitate to answer in the affirmative when Director Hyun asks him if he called on Dong-soo for help. Director Hyun tries to sway him against Dong-soo since he’s got personal issues with him, but Yoon won’t budge.

Jang-soo has to defend Young-dal’s skills against his father, who thinks Boss Min was out of her mind to put her faith and money into Young-dal. Still, they both decide to go watch the game, while Jailbreak and Top Dog set up a wireless surveillance van to monitor the bugs Young-dal ordered.

Young-dal’s boys get nervous when they see that Madame Jang has increased her casino security ahead of the game, since it’ll make it harder for them to cheat (or whatever their scheme is).

Young-dal isn’t as nervous, and jokingly asks Lady Kim if she’ll be his new sponsor should he lose the game. Lady Kim answers in all seriousness, “If you really need a sponsor, cut your ties with her [Boss Min] and come to me.”

As the game begins, we see the extent of Young-dal’s plan: The dealer at the table is under their control, and has disguised a camera as a button so that Top Dog, in the surveillance van, can see the order of the cards as she shuffles…

…Which he can then report to Young-dal through the bug hidden in his ear. He tells Young-dal when to bet and which cards to pick, which results in Young-dal winning the first game and the house losing a lot of money.

Shin-hye enlists her father’s help to find a man who knew Dong-soo’s father because he worked with him in the mines. She accompanies Dong-soo to meet the former employee, who remembers meeting Dong-soo and his two brothers when they were children.

When asked about the mining accident that led to Daddy Jang’s death, the old man reveals that no one bought that it was just an accident—all the workers knew that Chairman Yoon was behind it, and that he ordered his hired thug, now Chairman Go, to do it.

Dong-soo can barely contain his anger as he asks why none of the workers ever spoke up if they knew this to be true, but the old man replies that they were too afraid of the powers that be. “We were cowards,” the old man says, his voice tinged with deep regret.

Shin-hye’s worried about what Dong-soo will do now, and tries reminding him that there’s no evidence to back up the old man’s claim. But Dong-soo is surprisingly calm as he admits that even if they had evidence, they’d get no legal justice since the statute of limitations has long passed.

However, that won’t stop Dong-soo from working without the law, as he swears that he’ll do to those bastards himself what the law can’t or won’t. Is this the emergence of Dark Dong-soo?

Madame Jang’s expression darkens as Young-dal keeps winning more and more of her money, causing her to call the mysterious casino owner to ask for advice. He tells her to shut the game down, which doesn’t put her in the clear—as Lady Kim points out, Madame Jang doesn’t have enough money to replace all the chips Young-dal’s won.

Young-dal isn’t heartbroken when Madame Jang says it’s time to quit the game, since he’s ready to cash out almost two million dollars worth of chips. However, she claims she doesn’t have the money to pay him, which, yikes.

Chairman Go gets Assemblyman Kim to side with him against Chairman Yoon by promising him money and girls. Their goal? To get Chairman Yoon to back out of the luxury island resort deal by taking away his casino.

A barely-contained Dong-soo has tracked Chairman Go down, and after ribbing him for being a former cop, Go laughs in the face of Dong-soo’s threats to take care of the murderous chairman outside the parameters of the law.

But it’s Chairman Go’s complete dismissal of him that proves to be Dong-soo’s last straw as he grabs the older man and clocks him one, hard.

Now the chairman is paying attention, but Dong-soo’s no longer interested in words. He beats Chairman Go to the ground before he sets to kicking his ribs in, and he keeps going even after Go is unconscious. Jesus, is he going to kill him?

Chairman Go’s minions find him laid up in the hospital, all bruised up and broken. Though the one minion wants to file a lawsuit against Dong-soo, Chairman Go refuses—he doesn’t want people finding out that he was so badly beaten.

“Jang Dong-soo, that bastard… I’m going to rip him apart and kill him myself,” Chairman Go growls dementedly, his eyes all but popping out of his head with rage. “An eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth.” Crap.

Madame Jang tries to stall for time in getting Young-dal his money, at least until he reminds her that she had no problem taking his many times before. She argues that the sum is much greater this time, but is backed into a corner when Boss Min threatens to tell Madame Jang’s clients that the casino doesn’t have enough money to give them their winnings.

Since that would be equivalent to Madame Jang shutting down her casino, she asks Young-dal what he’d rather do.

A smirk crosses his face as he offers his solution: “I’m gonna have to take a stake in the ownership of this place equal to my winnings. It means I’m going to take over. Okay?”

 
COMMENTS

I like what this show is doing with each brother, but I also maybe understand why most dramas don’t attempt to juggle three main leads of seemingly equal importance, if only because there’s just not enough screen time. Granted, I think Triangle could trim some fat when it comes to letting scenes with secondary characters linger longer than they should, and I hope that does become the case as the brothers’ story threads start to coalesce and tangle—‘cause Yang-ha deserves more time than he’s getting.

It was a step forward for Young-dal to make such a daring plan and succeed at it, though I’m inclined to think that it wasn’t so much that the plan was brilliant, and more like he got lucky that Madame Jang isn’t the brightest crayon in the box either. You’d think that she would’ve started to suspect a consistent loser suddenly winning every hand, as gambling houses are inclined to do, and that she hired extra security to do more than just stand around. Buuut she didn’t, which paved the way for Young-dal’s plan to go off without a hitch. So, go him for finally turning his losing streak around, even if he had to cheat to do it.

I can only guess that Dong-soo isn’t done with Chairman Go yet, but was a little surprised that he didn’t get an Inigo Montoya line before he started beating the crap out of him. For now it’s just easier to overlook how quickly Dong-soo got relevant information about his father the second he cared to look for it, because I don’t want to believe that Dong-soo’s storyline will turn out to be that simple. Now that he knows who killed his father, surely his revenge will equate to more than one harsh beating, right? I mean, he didn’t decide to tread where the law wouldn’t dare to go just to physically kick the collective ass of his enemies… right?

For as little screen time as Yang-ha gets, he always leaves a strong impression, no matter if his character is being wide-eyed and hopeful or downright creepy. The glimpses we get of him show both a man teetering on the edge of psychosis and a child whose world gets turned upside down the second he doesn’t get what he wants, which actor Im Shi-wan plays with a surprising level of restraint. In the way that Dong-soo is a ticking time bomb of rage, Yang-ha’s entire persona is based on compartmentalizing his emotions—and when we saw his programming fail in the face of losing his crush, it felt eerily like we were seeing a fragment of the twisted mind lurking beneath. And that’s the kind of stuff I like to see.

What’s keeping me onboard for the future (aside from the fire sale on pretty faces) is the dramatic gold mine just waiting to be discovered once our three brothers become aware of each other. Not only do they have their own personal demons to face, like Young-dal almost-kinda trying to kill Dong-soo and Yang-ha hating Young-dal for stealing his girl, but they also have two common enemies in Chairman Yoon and Chairman Go—should they eventually choose to take revenge for their father’s murder, anyway. And when you consider the fact that Yang-ha was raised by the man who sentenced his father to death, well, the possibilities are endless.

 
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Thanks Heads for the speedy recap!

Nothing to say further, we have the same feeling on what we've watched in this recent episode.

The three brothers are already starting to walk through each other's crossroads, now that they're hating and planning against the same enemies.

(One thing I see, at the last pic. Haha, I can even see sparkles in Yeong Dal's eyes and little butterflies in his stomach. :DDD )

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"One thing I see, at the last pic. Haha, I can even see sparkles in Yeong Dal’s eyes and little butterflies in his stomach. :DDD"

OMG! You can see the sweetness that is DalHee too? :D I feel jelly everytime I see Young-dal's expressions when he thinks of Jung-hee :3

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I'm on board the good ship DalHee too! He's sweet with her in a way that he really hasn't been with other characters (yea, I get that this is the classic 'bad boy falls for good girl' trope but they have good enough chemistry to pull it off).

Now if only they gave her more to actually do.

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They need more time together. These short encounters aren't enough. Youngdal is obviously not a saint, but he is oh-so-cute around her! That's really sweet to see.

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The possibilities are endless, but sadly, the writer's skills or current inspiration do not seem to share that trait. 1/3 into this, it's about high time things start happening. And I don't mean more lengthy scenes that don't matter and rushed coverage of the important bits.

Also, I laughed with Shin Hye's denial over patient confidentiality. I love that she was spouting ethics at her own patient. Whom she is also currently screwing. Oh I can't possibly. I am a professional and must keep to the rules. Now strip.

The actors, the interactions between the brothers and Jae Joong's improvement are the main appeal here. I really wish the writing would live up to its potential and the good ideas this series has, but looks incapable to implement well.

It's an ok enough series, provided there is investment beyond the plot, but it's not what it could be and it's struggling.

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The writer are trying to do the best they can ( I suppose) but they need to give the viewer more of what they (we) want. We ask for (not-so)-brotherly interactions please!

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The actors, the interactions between the brothers and Jae Joong’s improvement are the main appeal here.

True, we don't need extended scenes of Boss Yang, gangsters etc. all the time.

I'm sticking with this drama, the things you listed enough are a good draw and I even like the old-school feel, but the pace is starting to worry me too. They have only 24 episodes.

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I'm actually a little worried that the drama is moving slowly...i keep feeling like there won't be enough time for the brothers to find out about each other and and then join forces (if that is what they're going to do) and then get each his happy ending. Unless they're planning a not-happy ending.
Right now, it looks a bit difficult to see how they will decide to work together, considering two brothers can't stand each other and one brother tried to kill the other. Also, how will they work around the fact that Young Dal lost his memories and so doesn't even remember he has brothers?
And I'm not sure how Yang-ha will turn out since he was a baby when he was separated from his brothers and so might not be as emotionally invested in this, since he doesn't even know he had brothers...argh.
I will stop ranting and hope for the best now. I like this show and I hope it doesn't crash and burn like so many others that start out so promisingly.

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That's what worries me too. They need time to accept the fact that they brothers or at least they need to start looking for each other. I'm sure they are curious about their past...

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triangle is getting more and more interesting now. I want to see Youngdal's transformation and take over the casino. hehe

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Seems like they're sticking to a slow steady pace. At this rate I would be content for the drama to be consistent. No crazy weird endings that mess up the whole thing even if nothing really gets our hearts racing.

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I for sure get my heart racing at times... The -pretty- of the cast does wonders ;)

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For 6 eps, this show was my fav among the current batch. This week's eps aren't doing as much for me. It feels like they are mostly about Young Dal's plan to take over the unlicensed casino. I like his gold bangle bracelet and matching ring tho. Love the details on them.

It's difficult if not impossible to give each brother more or less equal time in each ep. More likely the spotlight will rotate among them. I believe Yang Ha will have more screen time when the story moves his way. The 2 women are sure boring mannequins so far.

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"The 2 women are sure boring mannequins so far"

Lol but Jung-hee is needed to add more spice to the Young-dal/ Yang-ha though. She is needed.

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I wonder why Chairman Yoon adopted Yangha - was it mere coincidence or with the knowledge that he is the youngest son of the miner whom he got Chairman Go to kill. Totally agree with HeadsNo2 that Shiwan is memorable even with just a few scenes here and there.

Youngdal is really basking in happiness with all the attention he is getting from Junghee and her grandma.

Watching Triangle with its mood, slow pace and awful outfits worn by Youngdal's guys together with the lovely OST is enjoyable. A little nostalgic. Somewhat like comfort food to me.

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Shiwan is doing good! Actually I think that all the male cast is doing great. They fit just good.

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And to think that they initially wanted to cast Song Seung-hoon as the middle brother....

There's no weak spots among the brothers, acting-wise. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for that since they're the ones who keep me coming back.

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I like Shiwan, but I find some of his scenes a bit overdone. Is it only me? Like when he shows frustration...I feel as if he is acting (If I make any sense here xD) but yes this is his first attempt at this kind of character and he is doing quite well so far. The male cast is love <3

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I totally agree with the comfort food analogy. It's not a flashy-looking drama unlike most dramas these days, but its plainness in the look really suits the story.

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Every time I see an scene when the kids appear I feel so heartbroken, like I hope with all my heart that they can find each other and be a happy family, but I doubt it will happen that way.
At this rate, I don't know if finding out the truth will do them any good.

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Thanks for the recap Heads! I pray for a better tomorrow

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Thanks for the recap, HeadsNo2!

Enlighten me, please. What the heck is an "Inigo Montoya line"?

I'm actually enjoying the casino card games, mostly because the security holes are big enough to drive a Kdrama Truck of Doom through (my husband was a dealer for a number of years, specifically poker, Texas hold 'em and blackjack.),
real casinos have unbelievable security. Every second of your visit is recorded, except for restroom visits.
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I don't know much about gambling, but every time they bend the cards, I can hear someone like you screaming in agony. *supportive hug*

Dramas are rarely accurate with anything, so most people are used to it, but it is especially eye-catching when on a field the person knows well.

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It's amusing watching them roll those cards up. Casinos take it for granted that players will try that (some games, players aren't allowed to touch the cards, like Blackjack. Tapping the table indicates more cards needed for the hand.). The decks are regularly replaced for every game even though most cards go through the Shoe (automatic shuffling & dealer dispenses from it). The nice thing is that all of those used cards are saved to donate to nursing homes, hospitals, special charity gambling events, etc.
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What the heck is an “Inigo Montoya line”?

The most iconic line from the book The Princess Bride. See below:

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, now prepare to die."

(spoken to a man who killed his father many years ago, as should be obvious - see why Dong-soo could use it too? ;))

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With a Spanish accent. That's a must.

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Just don't make Lee speak English or Spanish. Everyone will drop the series.

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LOL Why? Is he that bad?

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@JustLikeYou, his English will make your ears bleed. I am not sure about Spanish, but I would not want to find out. :P Very talented man, but that's not his strong point.

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Hahaha now I really want to know. I'll look for some clips! :D

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Here. And I am sorry. XD There is a lot of murder going on here. Murder All The Languages! From many people too.

Thankfully, the only English in 'Triangle' are the gambling terms, which are also used there for games, so they are not distracting much. Except for what one scene where Jung Hee's friend made 'big news' sound like 'penis', but I let that one slip (Oh God...).

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How could I not remember that?! **sigh** Another senior moment for me, along with another dead brain cell sloughing off my cranium.......
Thank you!
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I am falling for the youngest brothers, they always act like kids fighting over a candy when they are together and I can't help, but find it quite adorable? haha~ It's a shame they both like the same girl though. Money can be helped, but love...

Also I really like makeshift family Young-dal got for himsel. He looks so happy. poor thing <3

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I like the youngest bros too, Yang-ha is an interesting character. Clearly has some sense of right and wrong unlike Bad Dad, but can also be very selfish and petulant. While Young-dal is good at heart but his whole life has been spent looking out for himself.

Love Young-dal's makeshift family though. Halmoni is adorable with how much she clearly likes him.

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I think that the adorable halmoni will take a big part on bringing Youngdal and Dalhee together. Youngdal knows how to play his cards right (in love at least)

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“I’m gonna have to take a stake in the ownership of this place equal to my winnings. It means I’m going to take over. Okay?”

I died and then went to heaven at this part. That "OK"!
I liked this episode. They have bits of everything i like and we got a bit more of the DalHa confrontation <- the new name I created for the Young-dal Yang-ha brothers :D
It's good to see Young-dal has some kind of plan now, hope it last long enough to make a difference.

as always, DalHee rise rise! Young-dal can't you see? You even got an adorable family there! :3

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Thanks for the recap HeadsNo2! It's always lovey.

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I really like DalHee, like Heads says she badly needs more screen time, development and more to do but she and Young-dal are adorable together.

He's so obvious with his big fat crush on her, but his attempts to make a good impression on her/her family are one of my favourite things of each episode. Very different from Yang-ha, who basically behaves like he owns her. And guess what, the girl likes the one who isn't an asshole to her! (for once in a kdrama, and even if she doesn't quite like him romantically yet)

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I like DalHee too. If only they had more screen time (together I mean). Still they are cute together and I like how JungHee makes wonders on Youngdal's behavior

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Am I the only one who noticed the camera's sudden attempt to go fancy perspective shots when Young-dal and Yang-ha were going all in with their chips at the Hold-'em game? I wouldn't normally comment on it, but it's a sharp contrast to the very utilitarian style of the rest of the drama.

I don't mind the slowness of this drama, because if this week's Dr. Stranger made me realise anything, it is that I'm grateful we have some semblance of a plot here. Even a slow one is better than none! That said, I agree with you Heads - I wish they wouldn't spend quite so much time with secondary characters, the strength of this show is the three brothers (and also the conflict in Young-dal and Yang-ha's interest in Jung-hee).

I do agree that the women need more development, though. Shin-hye is just so flat and lacking in chemistry with Dong-soo, and even though Baek Jin-hee's a decent enough actress that she can make Jung-hee somewhat charming even when she's the standard candy type, I wish she had more to do. Her scenes with Young-dal and Yang-ha have very different vibes, but I enjoy both.

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I like the confrontation the writers have created around Youngdal and Yangha and it's even better because we know they are brothers. The love-triangle gives all this a more dramatic feel because when they find the truth, it will be hard for them to be completely happy. There's no way all of them can gain in this.

I may sound mean, but what's a drama without DRAMA?

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I know, if I hadn't had the summary beforehand I'd never have known these three were bros but I'm really enjoying Young-dal and Yang-ha's scenes. And the love triangle too! Like Heads says, Baek Jin-hee needs more time onscreen, and more time with both brothers. It's very frustrating sometimes lol.

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I noticed the camera work too and it was good. I don't know much about gambling, but I could get excited from the many detailed shots only.

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yeah, it really underscored the dramatic part of what was about to happen. Not very subtle, but it was very cool.

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Thanks Headsno2 for the recap!^^

I think this eps was cool esp the card games-taking over the casino...despite the slow pace, more i watch this drama, more i got feeling it's quite different than other typical Kdramas...slice of life, down to earth characters, simple & natural romance story..it's like a Jdrama + HK movie with James Bond's Casino Royale vibe lol...anyone agree with me?? XD

I feel after this ep 8, the story will be more interesting..i'm okay with steady slow pace at least some shocking scenes will be added, seems the writer loves to give somes lol

Cant wait for the next eps! :)

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I agree with you! especially the Jdrama part!
when I watch triangle, I always have Jdrama vibe and I like this feeling! that makes me think triangle is different than any typical korean dramas! hehehe

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also, the gambling part makes me remind again some scenes in 'ocean's Eleven'! I watched this movie long time ago and If I'm not mistaken they have a gangster team and they are also cheating in gambling. I like how the writer shows us what is hold'em and how the game flows. It's really interesting! triangle is really unique than other typical korean dramas.

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A unique drama..agree with u! In real life, it's difficult to always find perfect prince charming who easily in love with poor cinderella..it's only in dramas lol..this drama exposed another form of a Hero, interesting :)
This is the 1st time i knew abt Hold'em..honestly i'm not interested of any play ing card games, but after watched ep.8, i'm curious more abt Hold'em lol i don't agree with the gambling it self bcoz definitely gambling is illegal, but what i'm looking forward is the transformation of a gambling addict to the Intl Hold'em championship player..i dunno if Young Dal can reach that level XD

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I soooooo agree with you 100% when you said Triangle is somewhat similar to Jdrama. I am big fan of Jdrama, and I am used to the pace of Jdrama. To be honest, those who likes kdrama wont be a big fan of Jdrama as they focus on character build up and the story more than the love line. I always felt something whenever I watch Triangle but I didnt know what was it until you pointed it out. Thanks!

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@cutiegojira *highfive* i'm a fan of Jdrama more than Kdrama too! so i'm really okay with Triangle's slow pace..i watched many Kdramas, usualy those had fast paces in 1st half of the drama with typical cliche story, makjang elements, exaggerated romance, reach its climax when the prince charming got the cinderella’s love then the tense became down after that lol..aaaand Kdrama’s trend now..having a really Bad Ending! *cough*GodsGift14days*cough* Jdramas have rich, touching, meaningful, deep & valuable messages in their stories because the story digging more about slice of life while Kdramas more focusing in visual touch, honestly sometimes don’t have any meanings in the end....so for me it’s okay a slow pace drama but built up in a good way till climax with good messages & resolutions in the end 

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It's good they focus on the characters' development. It actually enriches the show.

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Jaejoon is doing an amazing job in this drama....his joy to have a "family" breaks your heart....

He's just too adorable to hate when you think that he's actually a thug....

gangster young-dal Hwaiting!!!!

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Bad bad Youngdal. You know cheating is wrong, right?
He did it well though. For first time in history he got some luck and didn't get caught.

Thanks for the recap Heads

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The actor who plays Chairman Go ripped my heart out with his performance in I Hear Your Voice. How is he so so SO bad here? All his acting is in over-the-top, exaggerated movement of his eyes--squinting, widening, glaring. What a caricature. What a waste.

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Kim Byeong Ok has played many such characters in the past and dramas love their caricature villains, so he's the go-to person. But he has played a few more toned down and even good characters as well. Lovely actor, but often more of a supporting one and therefore rarely getting really interesting characters.

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Heads, your recap is always a pleasure to read, many thanks <3
I feel the series is at a turning point right now, it could finally take off plot-wise, or it could stay decidedly in Slowville for the remainder of its run (or crawl). Which isn't the worst thing to happen in dramaland really, if the story and characterization remain consistent and reasonable.
There are shows that make people root HARD for their OTP to happen, for me I am eagerly looking forward to the day Young-dal and Yang-ha reconcile and be super loving & cute with each other. Maybe Young-dal will even give Yang-ha a piggy ride =p! I am blaming those cute BTS moments between Jaejoong and Siwan for my unreasonably high expectation keke.

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They are meant to each other ;)
I like their off screen interactions too. They so give me the brothers feel~

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Hehe and based on Jae-jae's FB posts, he's got Siwan's number saved as "uri dongsaeng Yangha Siwannie". Ay, those two. :D

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It's fairly obvious this drama isn't about the romance. Although I do think it's a waste of Baek Jin hee. We just finished Empress Qi and I think she's darling. This drama has more holes than swiss cheese but I usually don't watch dramas and expect them to suspend my disbelief. I don't care at this point the romance is downplayed. I'm fine with seeing how the three brothers will interact. I'm watching now because Jaejoong is getting better and because Siwan is awesome.

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I think both are doing awesome at this point. They engulfed the characters and made them became them. I am not talking about cannibalism btw xD

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I do agree about Baek Jin-hee, she can do better and it's to her credit that I am even into this love triangle business at all.

I mean, the two younger brothers are doing very well but if the actress playing the object of their mutual obsession didn't have it in her to make slightly more out of the wafer-thin characterisation that she's given, none of us would be into the pairings at all.

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I found this interesting review from Allkpop admin and I want to share it here because maybe some viewers didn't notice the big effort from director during the casino scene between young dal and yang ha: "I have to give credit where credit is due for the camerawork this episode. If you've ever watched a real poker game on ESPN or some other sports network, you know how boring it can be. Poker as a spectator sport has less going for it than golf, and that's saying something. The director does his job well as camera angles and such make the spectacle interesting: long shots, tight shots, even a shot of Young Dal, his arms and hands seemingly gigantic and stretched as he pushes chips straight toward us. This is talent that should not go unrecognized."

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His effort is very much appreciated. That scene was great!

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Agree with that AKP admin, the camerawork of that part was great!

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I noticed that, and the shot looks really cool. It's a good thing they saved that perspective shot for the climactic moments of the game though, I wouldn't be opposed to the drama taking a slight break from its normally quite straightforward shooting style for this.

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Youngdal needs to stop acting so cute after seeing/interacting with Junghee! Seriusly how can someone be so happy after seeing someone? I almost feel jealous xD

I hope the writers work a bit more on this couple. It's adorable <3

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I like the drama even though the story is the weakest part. I think all the actors are doing their best with what they have.

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I did a research of the writer's past works..he wrote some famous dramas such as Jumong, All In, Iris, Midas, Swallow The Sun, etc..he wrote many genres from melodrama, historical, action thriller, revenge, medical, romance till comedy with long eps..

Most of his dramas started with rating below 10%, then risen up in the middle..and ended with average 20% in the final. His famous awesome work was Jumong, 81 eps with 54% rating in final eps..Iris reached 30% in the final..i hope this will work with Triangle too..it seems that steady slow pace is Choi Wan Kyu's style XD but he loved to built up the story increasingly till climax in the end..i just wish a happy ending for all, though it's quite difficult, at least for DalHee & the 3 brothers relationship..writer-nim, pls grace my wish XD

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Thankfully, Triangle's ratings will raise just like that. /

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Thanks for the recaps. I looove this episode! :D
Triangle, fighting!

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I think we will have to wait a little while longer for Yang Ha to have more scenes, probably after they reunite? Coz that is when he will have to decide between his blood family and the father who raised him. But from previous episodes , he and his father doesn't seem to have that close of a relationship anyway.

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l'm not going to comment anything. l watch this drama because of how cute Jae Joong is and how good Lee Bum Soo acting is. No other!!

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