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Triangle: Episode 12

The story of our three estranged brothers becomes even more tightly wound as enemies are made and alliances are formed in what turns out to be the best episode yet. It’s nice to know we’re on a general uphill trend, even though the same can’t be said of Dong-soo and Young-dal’s fortunes. But now that Young-dal has a fairy godfather and a new friend in Dong-soo, maybe things will start looking up for them too.

Ratings-wise, Triangle’s numbers continue to stay pretty low at 6.2%, trailing behind Big Man at 10.3%, and Doctor Stranger at 11.5%. Then again, no one’s really pulling in the big numbers lately.

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EPISODE 12 RECAP

Young-dal finally confronts Manbong about their daily beatings, arguing that he won’t get his money back by hurting them. So Young-dal instead offers another proposal, a gamble, with Manbong’s five billion won and Young-dal’s life on the line.

Manbong hyungnim scoffs at the bet as he asks if Young-dal’s life is even worth five billion won. “Whether my life is worth five billion won or fifty won, it’s still the only life I have,” Young-dal counters. “Whether you accept it or not is your decision to make.”

Now that Manbong is listening, Young-dal gives the conditions for the game: Once he gets out of prison, he’ll return to the lifestyle that put him behind bars and will have one year to pay Manbong back. If he can’t pay him, then Manbong can do as he likes with his life.

Manbong calls him on his bet, and adds menacingly that if Young-dal doesn’t pay him back, he’ll chase him down no matter where he is and kill him with his bare hands. Eep.

While Jang-soo and Jailbreak are ecstatic that they’ll no longer receive daily beatings, Young-dal is filled with regret as he remembers Jung-hee’s wish for him to give up his gambling lifestyle—because now he has no choice but to return to the very thing she doesn’t want for him.

Back at Yang-ha’s Surprise Couple Retreat, Jung-hee at least gives him a chance to explain himself. At least he apologizes as he claims he’s unable to express his feelings properly, but Jung-hee cuts him off: “It’s not that you don’t know how to express your feelings, it’s that you’re selfish. You never even consider what the other person is feeling.” Go Jung-hee!

Yang-ha is clearly trying to be sincere, but it sounds like an excuse when he says that he was raised without having to care about anyone else’s feelings. “I never wanted to be that way with you,” he admits. “But I just can’t seem to help myself.”

Jung-hee, however, isn’t moved. She doesn’t have any interest in his feelings, nor does she understand what he hopes to accomplish in spending a day with her. Yang-ha’s tone remains genuine as he attempts to explain why he’s interested in her—and how, when he first met her at the casino, his first thought was that he had to have her.

Her eyes roll at this, but Yang-ha continues on to tell her that it wouldn’t have mattered who was dealing the cards last night, because he would have made the same offer. He admits that while he’s never dated women, he’s always been able to get one when he “needed” them.

But Jung-hee was the first woman to ever turn him down. Jung-hee rightfully asks if his interest just stems from wounded pride, and while he agrees that it was at first, he goes on to say that his interest toward her turned sincere. Even if she fascinated him by being the only woman who wanted no part of his chaebol world, and seemed happier in her own—and with Young-dal, specifically (though he doesn’t mention his name).

So as his confusion with her grew, so did his feelings. “I found myself wanting to share my deepest secrets with you. I wanted to tell you what I truly felt inside, what I’ve never shared with anyone before, because I felt like you would listen to whatever I’d have to say and accept me for who I am. Will you… listen to the story I want to share with you?”

Since Jung-hee isn’t made of stone, and since Yang-ha’s plea was so heartfelt, she admits that she’s curious to hear the story of a chaebol son who doesn’t care about other people’s feelings. He smiles, because this means she’s giving him a chance.

He promises to tell his story slowly so as to use their whole day together, until he gets a sudden call from his father ordering him back to Daejung. Aww, and I was actually looking forward to their day. Even though Yang-ha is deflated that he’s now lost his chance, Jung-hee reassures him that he can tell her another time.

Chairman Yoon tells his son about his confrontation with Dong-soo, and how the latter wants him to come clean about his involvement with Daddy Jang’s death to the public. Yang-ha echoes viewer sentiment regarding Dong-soo showing all his cards: “He’s more simple than I thought.”

However, Yang-ha promises to take care of Dong-soo by using Chairman Go, whose minion has been collecting information on the errant former detective for over a decade. Yang-ha votes that they use it to take Dong-soo down.

Yang-ha meets with Dong-soo to threaten him into backing down—he’ll only hurt himself if he takes this any further. Despite Dong-soo telling him that this involves his father and not him, Yang-ha still acts like the head honcho and promises to forget this ever happened if Dong-soo stops now.

Dong-soo grabs the younger man by the lapels in order to drive home the point that while his father and Chairman Go may be too far gone to ever come back, Yang-ha is too young to live his life with such contempt. (Aw, life lessons from big bro.)

But Yang-ha scoffs at the advice as he claims he’s merely defending his honor before asking, “Why are you so naive, Director Jang?” This earns him a punch that sends him sprawling, as Dong-soo spits on Yang-ha’s use of the word “honor” when all he’s fighting for is money.

“Money is honor,” Yang-ha retorts. “Money is pride, and money is everything. You’re naive because you’re still unaware of that fact at your age.” But Dong-soo merely grabs him again and growls his order that Yang-ha tell his father to do as he said, or else it’ll be the end of Daejung Group.

We find Young-dal writing letters in the dark of night, as he tells us in voiceover that he missed Jung-hee and hoped that she’d visit again. He’s been writing her letters every night, but has sent none of them.

Young-dal thinks he’s seeing things when he spies a new prisoner… because that prisoner is Dong-soo. Whoa. Okay.

Dong-soo explains to Young-dal that it was Yang-ha who had him arrested, with the help of Chairman Yoon and Chairman Go—the two men responsible for killing his father. He explains that he tried to bring them to justice himself since the law wouldn’t, but admits that he didn’t think money could topple the law. And that’s how Yang-ha put him here.

What keeps Young-dal up that night is the fact (relayed by Dong-soo) that Yang-ha, with Chairman Go’s help, was responsible for putting him in prison too. I hope this means they’ll get revenge together now.

Shin-hye visits Dong-soo in prison to tell him she’s begun her divorce proceedings as well as to admit her feelings for him. Dong-soo looks to be on the verge of tears as he curses himself for not expressing his feelings for her sooner, for being a coward, and for being foolish enough to be deceived and put into prison.

He flashes back to the moment Yang-ha had him arrested and shakes with rage as he declares, “When I get out of here, I’ll sell my soul to the devil if I have to. There’s nothing that I can’t do now.”

One year passes. Jung-hee is chosen to represent her casino in a worldwide dealers competition, and returns home to find someone interested in renting the spare room. She says it’s not for rent, because it’s still Young-dal’s.

The gang Young-dal formed (remember them?) eagerly greet their hyungnims the second they’re released from prison, offering the mandatory stay-out-of-jail tofu.

But they’re also greeted by a fancy minion in a fancy car, who tells Young-dal that an elder by the name of Ahn Chan-bong wants to see him. Ohh, it’s Elderly Inmate 4224, who was apparently released when everyone else thought he’d simply died.

Boss Min is furious to find out that Chairman Go has betrayed her by giving all her VIP high rollers to Lady Kim, and confronts the woman at Madame Jang’s casino to get her to back off. Lady Kim is unfazed by Boss Min’s threats and dares her bring it. Oh, it’s on now.

Young-dal finds Elder Ahn looking well and wealthy, as the kindly old man claims that he wouldn’t even be alive if it weren’t for Young-dal. He wants to repay Young-dal for his kindness, and has a pretty good read on the younger man as he compares him to a moth unable to stop itself from flying into the flames.

“When the time comes for you to face the most difficult battle of your life, I’ll become the hidden card that helps you win that battle,” Elder Ahn says. “When the time comes that you need me, make sure to find me.” Young-dal thinks the elder is just talking out of kindness, but methinks he should believe him.

After grudgingly forgiving Young-dal for causing his son to go to prison, Boss Yang pours him a drink so that he and the boys can celebrate their release. D’aww.

It’s there Young-dal finds out what’s changed in the past year: Lady Kim has become Sabuk’s newest success story and is currently rolling in dough, while Boss Min has been down on her luck ever since Chairman Go stabbed her in the back.

Young-dal spends a long time that night wistfully staring outside Jung-hee’s house, but leaves before she gets home. If only he knew that she misses him too, since she stops outside his old door to stare longingly at it, as if hoping he would just emerge.

Yang-ha chats with Jung-hee about the upcoming casino competition she’ll be participating in, though he insists that she needs real world experience by playing the game herself. But since dealers are forbidden to play at the casino, he suggests going to Madame Jang’s casino instead.

Young-dal seems to have been on his way to the casino to see Jung-hee when he spots her outside, smiling and laughing with Yang-ha. He looks like the saddest kicked puppy ever when she gets into Yang-ha’s car, likely mistaking the two as dating. Aww, Young-dal.

Madame Jang makes a big deal about Yang-ha visiting her casino, only to lose the wind in her sails when he says he’s only there to watch Jung-hee gamble.

She and Lady Kim watch with interest as Yang-ha teaches Jung-hee the rules of baccarat, noting how close the two seem. Madame Jang clucks her tongue as she calls Jung-hee a sly fox, since she thought Jung-hee was Young-dal’s girlfriend.

Speaking of, we find Young-dal angsting over Jung-hee, especially her last words to him in prison. I wonder why she never went to visit again.

Shin-hye greets Dong-soo upon his prison release with an embrace, which he gives in to as he holds her tight. “You’re not going to back away from me anymore, are you?” she asks.

“No, I won’t,” Dong-soo replies with this faraway look. “I’m not going to do anything I’ll end up regretting anymore.”

Cut to: Shin-hye sleeping in bed while Dong-soo stares out the window. (Omo, did they sleep together?) He flashes back to his prison time, when he asked Young-dal to teach him everything he knew about gambling and casinos so that Dong-soo could have a prayer in his fight against Chairman Yoon.

Shin-hye calls Dong-soo back to bed and tries to ease his worried mind by telling him to take one problem at a time instead of tackling them all at once. “Don’t let yourself be deceived again,” she adds, which causes Dong-soo to remember Yang-ha laughing at his naivety when he got arrested.

Yang-ha had told him then to spend his prison time on self-reflection, and it looks like that’s exactly what Dong-soo did. He won’t be so naive again.

Jang-soo and Jailbreak approach Jung-hee’s friendly casino buddy, OH JUN-HO, since they all know each other from living in the same neighborhood as children.

Jun-ho was clearly the stepped-on underdog then, and proves to be the same now as Jang-soo threatens him into giving them a list of the casino’s VIPs, however illegal that may be for Jun-ho. And unfortunately for him, one of the casino managers watches the exchange.

Boss Min is overjoyed to see Young-dal out of jail, even though the two now have a common enemy in Chairman Go, who not only put him behind bars but also betrayed her.

Young-dal promises to pay Chairman Go back for what he did, but in order to do that, he needs Boss Min to give him a list of every client of hers who lost over ten billion won (roughly ten million USD). But he won’t yet reveal why.

Meanwhile, Chairman Go finds out that Chairman Yoon plans on selling some of his precious casino shares to a large casino group from the States in order to get the money he needs to build that long talked about luxury resort.

Knowing that this means Daejung’s stocks will skyrocket in price, Chairman Go instructs his minion to buy up as many shares as possible before the deal with the Vegas group goes through.

It turns out that Young-dal was compiling those lists of VIP casino members and those who lost over ten billion won at Dong-soo’s request. Dong-soo has actually come up with a good plan to cause Daejung’s stock prices to plummet so that Chairman Yoon won’t get the money he needs for his luxury resort, by convincing those who lost that grand sum of money to file a class action lawsuit.

The reason they can is because they subverted the casino’s max betting limit by paying people like Young-dal to act as solider ants on their behalf, so if they paid five soldiers, they could bet five times the maximum limit. Even though that seems like a wrong deed on their part, the reason why the lawsuit would work is because Daejung knew this practice was happening and allowed it, thus breaking the law for betting limits.

Even though Shin-hye expresses doubt that those people would join in a class action lawsuit and make their loss public, Dong-soo is sure that they’ll do it in order to attempt to regain the money they lost. And once the news goes public, the Vegas company will back out of the deal and Daejung’s stocks will lose all value.

As Dong-soo and Young-dal start working on convincing the people they need to join in on the plan, Yang-ha receives the news of the class action lawsuit brewing against Daejung. Stock prices are already falling.

This is also bad news for Chairman Go, who bought all the stocks at full price before they plummeted, meaning that he’s just lost a lot of money. He takes a golf club to his desk in rage and goes to town.

Chairman Yoon’s team is called into an emergency meeting to discuss their grim options. Now that selling their low-priced shares is not an option, Chairman Yoon votes to take out a loan—he won’t give up on that resort now.

But Yang-ha turns his attention to finding the source of the lawsuit, since he knows someone must be behind it. He orders Director Hyun to find out who.

News of Chairman Yoon’s loan-seeking reaches Team Young-dal, though he’s in for a pleasant surprise: The man Daejung is seeking to borrow money from is none other than Elder Ahn, an incredibly wealthy moneylender who would rather serve prison time than pay fines. Ah, so that explains it.

Young-dal’s face breaks into a smile as he puts two and two together, especially when he remembers Elder Ahn’s promise that he would become his hidden card.

Jung-hee bribes littlest bro Byung-soo into making good grades by promising him a smartphone. Appeased, Byung-soo decides to tell her that he just saw Young-dal walking near their house, causing his sister to run off searching for him.

She finds Young-dal walking away, and calls out his name with tears in her eyes. He turns around, almost reluctant to face her but unable to stop himself.

She smiles, and they share a long, silent moment just taking each other in.

Just as Director Hyun informs Yang-ha that Dong-soo is the one behind the lawsuit, he also finds out that Dong-soo is currently playing in the VIP area.

Yang-ha storms into the room to find Dong-soo calmly playing at the table, and at the sight of Yang-ha the older man offers a cold grin. “It’s been a while, Yoon Yang-ha-sshi. Thanks to you, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on the naive and foolish life I’ve led.”

 
COMMENTS

I’m loving all this openly simmering conflict, because Triangle never forgets to give us smaller surprises and payoffs even as it sets the stage for bigger and better things ahead. Instead of drawing out one conflict over the course of twenty-four episodes and delivering payoff in the final hour, we get multiple conflicts constantly evolving and changing while staying true to a central theme—and that saves the plot twists from feeling like they’re coming from left field, even when we consider Dong-soo’s devolution from detective to vigilante to prisoner and back again.

I also like how lessons in this drama are delivered fairly instantly, which forces our characters to deal with the problem as they learn from the aftermath. Dong-soo is a great example, because as disappointed as we might feel in him revealing his cards way too early, that was exactly how we were intended to feel about him. Dong-soo’s move wasn’t championed: He did something stupid and paid dearly for it, and now he knows not to make the same mistake again going forward. Whether he’s fully and truly learned from Yang-ha’s cruelty still remains to be seen.

It feels like so often we get shows with characters bashing their heads against the same brick wall over and over again, and so rare that we get a genuine character drama that gives us a chance to explore the extremely fallible nature of man. Maybe that’s what happens in a drama landscape populated by geniuses, and maybe that’s why watching these characters of (more or less) average intelligence make normal and sometimes stupid mistakes remains so oddly compelling. Best of all, it only seems to be getting better.

And I’m glad Young-dal has firmly left the Chairman Go station, because it means he can finally commit fully to being Dong-soo’s ally instead of trying to be an underling desperately vying for some greedy loser’s approval. It’s why I even enjoyed Elder Ahn’s secret wealth reveal, because it was gratifying for Young-dal to be rewarded for the kind person he is, and not for the con man he’s always trying to be. Just like Dong-soo, he’s been given a golden opportunity to learn from his mistakes, and I can only hope he takes it.

As far as Yang-ha goes, I’m still sorting out how to feel about him. His pity ploy genuinely worked in the beginning of the hour, since it seemed as though he was speaking from his heart, or at the very least a close approximation of one. And while it’s easy to see why he’d peg Jung-hee as a good listener and decide to show her his vulnerable side, he certainly makes it hard to keep rooting in his corner when he’s such a tool. I have a feeling that while his life lesson may not come any time soon, it’ll hit pretty damn hard. After all that he’s put his own flesh and blood through, and all the suffering he’s still sure to cause them, his number’s bound to come up sometime.

 
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I have many issues with the series, but the fact that these characters never seemed to reveal their motivations and actually develop and mature was one of the big problems.

To see both Yeong Dal lose that luck which was the sole reason he was succeeding so far (luck will only get you so far) and to see Dong Soo learn that anger is useless without a plan was a looong time coming step forward.

With Yang Ha's story still a mystery, we might finally get the source of his inconsistent mood and character shifts as well. I mean, they must be keeping it as a reveal for a reason.

I hope the second half can focus more on the now joint fate of everyone and give us some more bro time as well. It's a shame we didn't get bro bonding in jail, but maybe we will be getting more now that Yeong Dal and Dong Soo are working together.

A solid second half might just keep this piece afloat. I hope the ratings help it along.

On a more shallow note, we need to see Yeong Dal and Dong Soo in suits, looking fab together.

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"We need to see Yeong Dal and Dong Soo in suits, looking fab together"

Thumbs up to this. They have to look fabolous when they finally get their revenge.

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Yeong Dal just needs a good suit and he's ready. Maybe a little haircut and combing up of his hair. He looked nice all fancy and clad in business items.

Someone needs to shave Dong Soo stat. Shin Hye can do it when he's sleeping. Just grab a razor and go, woman!

I'm surprised it hasn't happened yet, considering it was the concept in the posters and promo material.

Yang Ha looks good with a bloody lip. He needs more punches. Yes, please punch him a lot. For reasons completely unrelated to the fact that he is one big jerk of a privileged man. Mmmyeees...

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Thank you for recaping ^^
I enjoyed this episode too.
the fact i watch every scenes without fast forward it means this drama is good ~~
can`t wait next episode ^^

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Still here for that asshole Yang Ha finding out the truth and going into denial before a mental breakdown for what he's done to his family for the men who destroyed it...extra angst if he finds out Yoon knew exactly who he was when he adopted him hence "the gamble"

Victory for Youngdal and Dongsoo!

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Wanted to share this cute BTS excerpt about what Jaejoong actually wrote during the scene where he's writing letters to Jung Hee.

1. To writer Choi Wan Gyu
What happened to the billions of money that I won at the casino? Without that money, I’m getting beaten bloodily here. I’ll be able to get that money someday right?
You’re writing and working hard. I’m looking forward to great story in the future. Thank you!

P.S: Ah, you like fresh cream bread don’t you?? (T/N: fresh cream bread is little Dongchul’s favorite food. It’s also what Youngdal gave the grandpa in prison)

2. To PD Yoo Chul Yong
Hello. I’m Youngdal.
Everyday you can’t sleep and struggle by yourself. There are many times I feel sad seeing you like that. Maybe because I’m still young, somehow I just endure it.

Source: iMBC Triangle + Top Star News
Translated by: @The_Little_Pear
Shared by: JYJ3
http://jyj3.net/2014/06/11/pics-trans-140611-mbc-triangles-youngdals-letters-from-prison/

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Waaaah! An easter egg inside a drama! That's so cute! (Like Song Jae Rim level of cute)

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That's a compliment of the highest order! :D

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That's cute actually. Thanks for sharing.

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I like the fact that he uses this opportunity to point out plothole to the writer. This kid is smart! Please give him more of these opportunity.

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Haha, if only Young-dal is as smart as Jaejoong...

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Sorry, but how exactly does this letter show Jaejoong's smart-ness? Oo

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At least he remembers that the money he won in the casino can be used to pay off Man Bong. I don't see Youngdal's baseless bet as a way out of his predicament. Hasn't being in prison taught him something about this previous gamble life? ^^

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I'm having some problems in the writing this ep:
1. DS is indeed too naive. How could he have a detective for decades and been following Skunk Hair forever w/o knowing the in's and out's of the casino business? That's make him an idiot, not a hero.
2. How is it that he's put behind bars? So easily, so quickly. I don't get it. Do u? Not convincing.
3. An experienced detective would have put many criminals behind bars. Now that he is no longer wearing a uniform, he'd be torn to shreds in prison. He wouldn't last a day.
4. Gramps poopy pants being such a big shot would have paid any no. of low-life to go into the slammer with him, or those who r already inside, to be at his beck n call, to serve him, to protect him, etc. He wouldn't be all alone at the mercy of his cellmates.

Poor or lazy or dumb writing.

Other than that, I love this show, except for the couple that is DS and his childhood sweetheart, whom he rejected and allowed to marry a man she didn't love.

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Those are the kind of irrational things I hope the writer can avoid from now on. He leaves out important information and expects us to suspend our disbelief way too much about certain things. Dong Soo being such an idiot for a cop, Yeong Dal thinking he'll never have to stab people as a gangster, Yang Ha's sudden changes in character etc.

And then other things are hovered over too much, when there is no need and definitely no time for them. He needs to focus on the important bits now and avoid making events and characters so nonsensical. Because as you say, flawed heroes are fine, but heroes who seem to be aiming for a Darwin Award kind of make one want to see them pay for their idiocy, rather than win against all odds.

Hopefully, prison time will mean at least two of the three brothers will have acquired some common sense and foresight now. As long as the plot can start following some logical rules as well. Time will tell.

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I was thinking about the wealthy grandpa incognito and I don't find this part of writing all that bad. My first thought was that he could have used his money to arrange better, but on the other hand, being old and seeming poor made him invisible to other inmates. If he had showed off, he would have to keep spending money for them to leave him alone. Or to prove his gratefulness after being released if they tried to be good to him. And we know he doesn't like wasting money unnecessarily.

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On this point, I agree. He might be rich, but he seems like a kind man who values honor. He also seemed very regretful about his greed and having to live like that at his age, so perhaps it was also a question of conscience and choice.

But even without assuming it was due to his character, putting a big 'I am rich' sign on him would only draw unwanted attention. You don't get to choose cellmates and no one can protect you at all times.

So the best idea really was to just remain invisible. Who'd bother over a nobody old man? They didn't hurt him and insults are something he didn't seem too bothered to take.

The fact that we got a conveniently rich gramps as a plot device to give easy power to our leads and that he also happens to be the one the villains need (I call him grandpa ex machina) is an issue, but his own behavior and presentation were fine, I believe.

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It seems like the writers didn't want Youngdal to be "alone" in prison. Plus DS needed a more stronger reason to initiate his plans of vengeance.

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I stopped watching this a few episodes ago but i'm keeping up with the recaps. I keep wondering if I should start watching it again. Young Dal and Jung Hee seem cute together, and Yang Ha sounds crazy, so it might be worth watching, maybe.

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You should watch it Caity! If only to give me someone to spazz with :)

While the romance is a slowburner the real reason I'm sticking with the show is because of how regular non-genius men are the heroes of this story. It may have a few plot holes, but you can't deny its got heart.
That and waiting for the epic moment when chubby little jerkface realises that Unbelievably Simple Detective Man and Pretty Girl Manger Gangster Trash are Shying 1 and Shying 2 the boys who fed and carried him...

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Ugh I hate this phone and its autocorrect!
That was CUTE not chubby. Pretty Girl MAGNET And HYUNG 1 and HYUNG 2
#sawry

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Triangle is getting more and more interesting.. i'm glad i didnt drop this drama.. their eps are really good and i like how they speed things up a little bit, even there's a loopholes here and there.. but still, hope the writer will keep the pace in gear 4 and move on to gear 5 soon, and never ever go down again...
not really a K-pop follower, but damn, JJ and SW give me goosebumps with their acting skills.. not sure whether it is LBS character as DS, but somehow i think they even overshadowed LBS a bit..

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I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment. I'm blown away by Jae-Joong and Siwan's performances so far, they seem to overshadow Lee Beom Soo with their acting. I'm glad I'm not the only one who observed that.

I just finished marathoning the series to catch up to episode 12. I must say that despite its flaws, this is one of the better written series that is currently airing. It's unfortunate though, that the ratings are so poor in comparison with it's rivals for the same time slot.

I like the intensity and the dynamics between the brothers. The fact that they are flawed human beings who are learning from their mistakes and growing, makes it very interesting to watch and you end up rooting for them.

I read a comment that Dong-Soo's mistake was inconsistent with him being a detective and that he was naive, but I see that as his character flaws from the very beginning. He's always had problems controlling his temper and being patient, which was why he was never able to put Go Bok Tae behind bars for good. His facing President Yoon without a plan, was consistent with his usual screw-ups and he needed to learn from that mistake; sending him to prison was the surest way to make him re-evaluate his behavior.

His brother Young-Dal needed to stop depending on luck, cons and quick fixes and start looking for a legitimate long term solution to live honorable and not shamefully as he had in the past. For him, I don't think his breaking point was caused by his going to prison, it was more about being embarrassed in front of the love of his life, the person whom he wanted to have the best impression of him.

As for the youngest brother, "turn around is fair play", it'll be good to see him get his comeuppance, I wonder how he's going to handle it when he finds out that he was siding with his father's murderers and victimizing his own flesh and blood.

The fact that the viewer is aware of the blood ties between the siblings, while the siblings remain unaware themselves, is one of the things I find most delicious about this drama (it increases my tension). Next to that is the love story between Young dal and Jung hee, it's very, very sweet and very well done.

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Thanks for the recap Heads.
I'm still cheering for Youngdal and the OTP pairing. :)

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Poor yang-ha, the truth is going to kill him. :( throwing both brothers in jail and helping his fathers murder. Oh I can't wait for the discovery!

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Shoot. I knew it. I knew Mr. Ahn is rich. :D

Can I just say that I love this drama to bits. The main reason being it imperfect. It's just so real. Like real people making stupid mistakes and taking something from it~may it be good or bad.

I agree with a lot of people here. Jaejoong and siwan's performance for this drama is commendable. It's like they are there own roles. I follow kpop and i am well aware and is actually part of the crowd who does not like acting idols. but they seem to prove me wrong. They seem to shine.

on the side note, siwan is really pretty and the lipgloss isn't helping me.ahahaha.

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I can't remember the last time I enjoyed watching revenge plans play out successfully that much :D
seeing Chairman Go smash up his desk was very satisfying indeed and Dong-see being all smug to Yang-ha, too
I did punch my sofa a few times triumphantly shouting YES YES YESSSSS!

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Well, I could see the Mr. Ahn being a secret benefactor thing coming from a mile away, but it timed well enough so that it fit pretty well with the story.

I may be in the minority here, but the class action lawsuit plan was idk, the logistics of it were pretty unsatisfying. Even if it was just a bogus lawsuit to drive down the share price of the stock, i was pretty hard pressed to believe that so many of the plaintiffs were convinced to go along with it just because YD said "we have a good chance of winning back the money. O RLY? okay."

That last Dong Soo scene where he was all smug and sarcastic was great. "Thanks to you, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on the naive and foolish life I’ve led." I was laughing pretty hard. Especially seeing Yang Ha's face after he was zinged pretty hard.

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Hi all..this 2 episode really exiting.. im dalhee supporter..hope the misunderstanding will not last long...pls3..this two really sweet..but i want some hot stems..heheh..maybe 1st kiss..come on junhee..Mrs Kim already had him..u must too..hehe..

I love to see the evil in panicked state and the good in smart zone.. n bdw..love YD look in the blue shirt with belt..he looks really sexy..for the younger one i always think he is too young to wear all that suit..like teenager try to look old..he is too cute.. and LBS...wow..u really look hot..but like all.. I think for this drama LBS part is a bit bored..

But overall i really invest myself in this drama..slow n steady but with real people character aproach..i really love it.. cant wait for next week ep..

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Finally youngdal knew that he has competitor (yangha) to win junghee's heart, so I really curious how youngdal's effort to take junghee's love......^^ their love have to be united and have happy ending. Dalhee couple ^^~~~

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Finally youngdal knew that he has competitor (yangha) to win junghee's heart, so I really curious how youngdal's effort and what will youngdal do to take junghee's love........ ^^ their love have to be united and have happy ending. Dalhee couple ^^~~~

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Heads, many thanks for yet another great recap, and I was nodding along your comment in complete agreement <3

Although having seen/read the preview for ep. 13 I'm a tad worried about the show's creators overly dramatizing it in hope of getting better rating, but then again previews are oftentimes misleading so we'll see.

I too love the mini showdowns between the brothers along the way, the chemistry between these three extremely flawed, and yet strangely intriguing men, is the best aspect of show and I can't wait for more =D!

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I think the best thing about this drama is the fact that no matter what our imaginations think up, the writer consistently keeps the brothers within their own reach.

Young Dal tries to change, but he can only go so far, and I can understand his reluctance to be with Junghee when still his need for change can only go so far. He might want to be with her, but his current reality just doesn't allow him to even imagine a relationship with her. I love that his sense of loyalty stretches to those people he cares about, and I can see it's also a source of worry for him since he only seems to bring pain to them. See above, Breaking Junghee's heart, Getting his two friends beat up.
I love that he tries to protect them as much as possible at his own expense. It makes me love his character the most.

YangHa comes off as this imbalanced child who never got the attention he needs. So he decided to be a go-getter regardless of who he hurts. As in, put YoungDal in jail, because I really want Junghee, and Junghee pay attention to me, please, just this once, because you're the first girl not to pay attention to me. So, I have to get you to see me. He is actually quite pitiful, because to have become this way, he must have had so many people who didn't take notice of that inner YangHa he's so eager to share. I think he'll get more cruel as the story continues.

Dong Soo, poor Dong Soo, I feel like we should all start a give Dong Soo a long hug movement. While I'm very partial to Young Dal, I feel for Dong Soo because he's the only one of the three who carries the memories of the past. Their father's death, his siblings disappearing, all that pain is on his shoulders. And it makes him lose focus and get betrayed at every turn. The best part of this is that somehow, fate keeps bringing Dong Soo and Young Dal together, having them work together like this, I feel happy just seeing them.... Such a connection even if they don't know they are joined by blood. I think writer-nim has a deep affection for these two brothers especially, she writes them very well.

So, Young Dal and Junghee meet again. Tears in my eyes for how much Young Dal is struggling, can they hold on to each other, I really hope so. I'm looking forward to it and more.
On a side note, who doesn't want to have Jaejoongie pining for them...^_^ this girl is a little jealous of Junghee. lol.

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