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Triangle: Episode 17

It’s not the most thrilling of episodes when it’s all plots and plans and little follow-through—but we do get some where it counts, however sparingly. And though we may not get many specifics this hour, there are some refreshing moments of honesty between our two lovebirds as well as with a son and his long-lost mother. I just hope Young-dal wasn’t bluffing about his ability to handle all the enemies in his path, because he’s going to need more than a little bravado to win this game.

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EPISODE 17 RECAP

We cut from the brothers’ heartfelt reunion to Young-dal holding a picture of their father as we hear Dong-soo, in voiceover, tell Young-dal how Chairman Yoon and Chairman Go were responsible for killing their father.

So he pays a visit to Chairman Yoon, who doesn’t seem to know about Young-dal’s true parentage—especially now that Young-dal is working for the company. Chairman Yoon praises Young-dal for his sound business plan in bringing more profits to Daejung, while Young-dal acts the part and keeps his cover fully in tact.

In flashback, we return to Dong-soo and Young-dal’s post-reunion conversation, where Dong-soo had warned Young-dal that Chairman Yoon and Yang-ha might know that they’re brothers now that Chairman Go knows.

But Young-dal didn’t seem as concerned, since he doesn’t think Chairman Yoon would make a move against him so long as he needs Elder Ahn’s money. Dong-soo trusts him, but again reminds him that Chairman Yoon killed their father: “There’s nothing he wouldn’t do in order to get what he wants.”

In his own way, Young-dal reassured him that he’d be okay, since he lived his entire life as trash and had to deal with plenty of bad people. “No matter what Yoon Tae-joon or Yoon Yang-ha tries to do, I can do much worse than they ever can because I’ve lived as a street thug without even an ounce of respect.”

Dong-soo’s reaction isn’t at all what Young-dal wanted, but they’re words that needed to be said. He apologized for the life Young-dal led and blames it all on himself: “You were still so young, and Dong-woo was just a baby. But I left you two alone. At the time, I had no idea that what I did would keep us apart for nearly thirty years. I’m sorry, Dong-chul-ah.”

While an extra insecure Yang-ha gets updated on Young-dal’s success—especially with his father—we see Jun-ho introducing Young-dal and his buds to the luxury villa Chairman Yoon gave him as a thank you gift.

Though Jailbreak and Jang-soo get super excited about their buddy’s new home, Young-dal tells them to dial it back a bit, because he knows this is only a ploy by Chairman Yoon to exert more power over him.

Since Manager Bae has been acting as Boss Min’s spy within Daejung, Young-dal calls him in to thank him as well as to tell him to keep up the good work in helping him. He considers him part of his “family” now, along with the always-helpful Jun-ho.

Young-dal gets the hotel to cater a lavish party in his new and enormous back yard. He invites all his friends, like Boss Yang, Boss Min, Elder Ahn, etc., and takes the time to thank all of them for being there for him when he was at his lowest.

“I’d like to take this moment to promise you that I will never disappoint you or let any of you down,” he adds at the end of his heartfelt speech. Hm, methinks he’s creating a super alliance to help him going forward. But at least we know he means it when he says thanks.

After the party, Young-dal’s buddies notice his waning mood. “It’s because I didn’t invite the person I’ve been missing the most,” he says. They know he means Jung-hee, but Young-dal also mentions Grandma and Jung-hee’s two younger bros. Aww.

But despite wanting to, he can’t bring himself to invite them. Technically, he already rejected Jung-hee as an act of noble idiocy—but seeing as how she rejected his rejection, I’d just list their status as complicated.

Jang-soo leaves for Macau to net some foreign investors while Young-dal fits into life as a director at Daejung, which has most of the dealers chattering excitedly over how handsome he is—even if a few are dubious about the casino’s future now that scum like Jailbreak and Jang-soo are working there.

Young-dal (called Director Heo by the staff now), pays a visit to the dealer’s room in order to tell the girls that because he lived as a lowlife in the casino circuit before, he’s much more attuned to the difficulties they have to face as dealers.

“From this point on, I vow to become your biggest advocate here at the casino. Please take good care of me,” he promises to great applause. Jung-hee is the only one who looks uncomfortable, as her and Young-dal can only share a silent, charged look.

Just when Chairman Go is mad enough to hear that Boss Min has been gathering her husband’s men to go to war with him, Dong-soo calls alive and well—much to Chairman Go’s chagrin. “Why aren’t you saying anything?” Dong-soo taunts. “Are you scared because someone you thought was dead has come back to life?”

Chairman Go tries to control his rage as he reluctantly acknowledges that Dong-soo has one hell of a long lifeline. Dong-soo replies that it’s his turn now to see just how long Chairman Go’s lifeline is, to which Go replies that if Dong-soo keeps coming after him, his little brother Young-dal won’t be safe.

But that’s exactly what Dong-soo wanted to hear and address: “Listen to me very carefully. If you even lay a finger on by brother Dong-chul, it’ll be the end of you.” Chairman Go seems to take that as a challenge and claims it only makes him want to hurt Young-dal more, but Dong-soo’s voice turns even more menacing as he vows Chairman Go will pay dearly if he ever touches Young-dal.

Needless to say, Chairman Go is very displeased to know that Dong-soo is alive, and orders his lackey to call up a man named Myung-jae from Busan. We don’t know who that is, but judging by the dramatic music, he’s probably not an ideal dinner guest.

Since Shin-hye can’t stop Dong-soo from overdoing himself so soon after his serious injury, she tells him that she was able to find and meet his old orphanage director—but because the woman now has Alzheimer’s, she can’t help them locate his missing brother.

She also tells him that Young-dal (who she calls Dong-chul now, but for ease of use we’ll stick with Young-dal) went to see their mother while Dong-soo was in a coma. But because of her current circumstances, Young-dal thought it would be better for Dong-soo never to meet her.

Meanwhile, Young-dal is updated on Jang-soo’s progress: He’s bringing the chairman of one of Macau’s biggest lending enterprises back with him, which will equal a slam dunk for them if they can make a deal.

But then some surprising news comes down from Jun-ho, who announces that Director Hyun is now Head Director Hyun, which used to be Yang-ha’s position. Does this mean that Yang-ha’s been ousted from the company?

Not quite, as it turns out, since we hear what happened straight from Director Hyun’s lips: Yang-ha has instead been demoted to a customer service job for failing to live up to his father’s impossible standards. Which means Director Hyun is now extra hopeful that Chairman Yoon will eventually disown Yang-ha as his son and heir.

Yang-ha goes on a solo and uber-sponsored Brooding Camping Trip, as he flashes back to the moment where his father demoted him. As if his beef with Young-dal wasn’t already big enough, now he’s the very reason why he was demoted in the first place, since he “lost” to Young-dal during the big boardroom meeting.

Jung-hee looks troubled when she hears that Yang-ha’s demotion was due to Young-dal, who her casino unni Hyun-mi praises as really coming into his own lately—enough to where he even earned Chairman Yoon’s respect.

But when she asks Jung-hee whose side she’ll take (Young-dal or Yang-ha), Jung-hee brushes her off and claims that she won’t take anyone’s side.

Young-dal meets with Shin-hye to discuss her ex-husband’s recent new promotion in order to ask her about what Chairman Yoon wants out of all this, and what kind of man Director Hyun is.

Since Shin-hye read over the rules of medical ethics like an iTunes service agreement, she has no qualms in telling Young-dal that Yang-ha is Chairman Yoon’s adopted son (something he wasn’t aware of before), and that the constant fear of being disowned and abandoned by his overbearing father has left Yang-ha emotionally scarred.

She takes Yang-ha’s recent demotion as a sign that Chairman Yoon might be fazing out his unfit son, since that’s the kind of man he is. Since she knows her ex-husband, she also knows how great his ambition is and how he’ll take this as a chance to become Daejung’s heir in Yang-ha’s place, and wouldn’t hesitate to betray Chairman Yoon if that’s what it took. “You’re going to have to remain cautious and keep an eye out for him,” she warns Young-dal.

Dong-soo meets with Boss Min for the firs time as well as Manbong Hyungnim, who he’d thought was on Chairman Go’s side. Manbong just smiles as he blames a gangster’s fleeting loyalty, and that now he’s betting on Young-dal to win.

Because Dong-soo knows that Boss Min is going to war with Chairman Go, he advises her not to attack him head on. Instead, he’ll give her a list of Chairman Go’s weak points to go after first.

While Chairman Go makes a devilish bargain with his newly-introduced and supposedly dangerous wild card Myung-jae, Madame Jang and her lackey take offense at the fact that Young-dal didn’t invite them to his party.

Even though Boss Yang tells them that Young-dal only invited people who’ve helped him (which automatically excludes those two), Madame Jang gets a glint in her eye as she says she’ll meet Young-dal herself to talk some things out—namely, that she has a plan that will make him hand over some of Daejung’s VIP customers to her.

Young-dal goes to Jung-hee’s house to pick up some of his things because he’ll be living at the hotel for a while. He denies that he’s moving out for good when Grandma questions him while Byung-soo runs inside to tell Jung-hee that Young-dal’s back.

She finds him in his old room, and after a bit of forced small talk she cuts to the chase: “I made a promise to myself that I’d watch over you and wait for you no matter what you decided to do, but… it’s not that easy. I keep feeling hurt and upset wondering why I have to do that. I guess I’m more selfish than I thought.” Noo, don’t break up! Don’t break up!

Young-dal doesn’t even try to excuse his behavior, to which Jung-hee asks why they can’t just date each other casually. “It’s just that being apart from you is too hard on me,” she admits as tears start to well up in her eyes. “I’d rather you tell me that you’re leaving me because you hate me and don’t want me around. It’d be hard, but I’d be able to accept it. But when I can see that you’re fighting such a risky and lonely battle… how do you expect me to just leave you?”

Again, Young-dal says nothing, which causes Jung-hee to call him a bad person, as though she’s finally letting herself believe what she’s been desperately trying to deny. But as she turns away, Young-dal slowly wraps his arms around her from behind, and she grips his arm in return. Aww, yay. I was worried he was just going to commit to the noble idiot thing and let her hate him, but this is way better.

Manager Bae finds Yang-ha drinking alone and offers him an opportunity to get back into the game. He promises to give him all the information he’d ever need to bring Young-dal down if he takes the deal he’s offering (which, of course, we don’t get to hear—that’s the theme of this episode).

And when Yang-ha asks why Manager Bae is switching sides, Bae replies that he’s not keen on betting on the losing player, aka Young-dal. “I’m betting on you because I’m confident that you can win.” Hm, is he really betraying Young-dal, or is this all part of Young-dal’s plan?

While Madame Jang overhears Manbong making plans to target Chairman Go’s use of thugs at his construction sites, the Busan mafia boss Myung-jae comes to the private casino looking for him. Manbong immediately calls Boss Min in fear—they both know who Myung-jae Hyungnim is, and his appearance is not a good sign.

Boss Min knows Chairman Go must have called Myung-jae in, and knows how serious a problem this can become for them. She decides to call Dong-soo up to—waaait for it—come up with another plan.

Dong-soo calls Young-dal up from outside their mother’s restaurant to tell him that Chairman Go has called in the notoriously cruel and merciless mob boss Myung-jae in.

He warns his little bro to be careful since they could come after him, to which Young-dal replies: “Hyung, you be careful too.” D’aww.

Dong-soo goes into Mom’s restaurant only to find her other rude son there, who won’t even give him the time of day while Mom’s out. When she comes in to find Dong-soo and her son in a heated argument, she immediately grabs Dong-soo and orders her son to call the police.

“I’m Dong-soo,” he tells Mom, which gets her to stop cold. “Jang Dong-soo.” Mom’s face falls as she recognizes the name, and she looks about to crumble as she orders her other son outside.

“Why did you come here? How did you find me?” she asks Dong-soo, but won’t even look at him. When he tells her to face him, she admits that she can’t—especially since she couldn’t even recognize her own son.

But Dong-soo loses his cool when Mom says she has nothing to say to him. “You really don’t have anything to say?! Look me in the eyes and tell me!”

“What right do I have to look at you?” Mom cries as she turns to look at his face. “What right do I have to say anything to you?” She devolves into piteous sobs right in front of Dong-soo, who barely holds his own emotions in.

Later, we find him walking down the street with tears streaming down his face. Mom remains behind in the restaurant screaming with pain and grief.

Manager Bae (now working with Yang-ha) tells him of Young-dal’s plan to make a deal with Myungahnsoo Group—that huge private lending enterprise in Macau—and how he’d win Chairman Yoon’s approval if the deal were to work. Their options are to turn the deal in Yang-ha’s favor or to stop the deal entirely, but they can’t let Young-dal win.

Yang-ha is surprised when Jung-hee stops him in the hallway to ask how he’s doing. He admits that things are difficult, but that he won’t show any weakness in front of her—instead, he’d rather take revenge on Young-dal for humiliating him and putting him in this situation in the first place.

He tells her to stick around and watch since the battle sure to ensue, but Jung-hee musters up her courage to ask if he could just… not fight with Young-dal. He all but scoffs, since he knows that she’d feel no sympathy for him if he did nothing about it and let himself fail.

“I’m not going to obsess over you anymore,” he declares. “So stop showing interest in me.” Oh, burn. The real question is, does he mean it?

Myung-jae finds Young-dal taking golf lessons, and skips the small talk since Young-dal knows very well who he is: “I’ll keep this short: Stop everything you’re planning on doing right now.” He says it as a threat, which Young-dal immediately questions. What business does Myung-jae have with him?

The menacing gangster says that he owes Chairman Go a debt, and in order to pay it back, Young-dal has to do as he tells him. “What if I choose not to listen to you?” Young-dal replies, which was not the kind of answer Myung-jae was expecting. In fact, Young-dal doesn’t seem to be all that scared by his threats, or of Chairman Go.

Myung-jae acknowledges that Young-dal is no easy adversary, but warns him that he better be ready to stand by his words. Young-dal only lets himself look troubled after Myung-jae has gone.

Shin-hye tells Dong-soo that the senile orphanage director remembers him, but that Dong-soo can’t go see her since it’d cause her to revert back to not remembering. Or something.

But at least we hear the rest of the conversation Dong-soo had with Mom, since he tells Shin-hye that Mom went to the orphanage to get them when she found out that they had been sent there after their father passed away… but by the time she got there, he and Young-dal had already left and little Dong-woo had just been adopted.

All Mom knows is that Dong-woo was adopted by a mining tycoon, which gets Shin-hye thinking. What if… that mining business was Dongjin Mines? What if it was Chairman Yoon’s mine?

Dong-soo shakes his head at her suggestion, since he blatantly can’t accept it: “No matter how crazy a bastard Yoon Tae-joon may be, he wouldn’t adopt the son of the man he murdered.”

Young-dal and the boys end up meeting Jiyeon when she asks them for directions to Yang-ha’s office. He’s uninterested until Jun-ho tells him that she’s the only daughter of Chairman Sung, owner of a well-known casino empire.

Jiyeon is disappointed to find out that Yang-ha only called her because he needs her father’s help, but he placates her well enough when he tells her that he’ll be at her beck and call if things go according to his plan. Whatever that may be.

Young-dal tells Boss Min about Myung-jae’s unwelcome visit. Manbong knows how Myung-jae works and guesses that he’ll go after the person Young-dal cares about the most: Dong-soo.

In the meantime, Myung-jae kidnaps Boss Min’s minion Top Dog and threatens him into doing whatever it is that he wants. Again, it’s another unspoken agreement—Top Dog knows what it is that he wants, but we don’t. It sure sounds like murder though.

While Young-dal finds out that Jang-soo’s gone mysteriously missing in Macau, Yang-ha greets the chairman Jang-soo was supposed to bring back with him and makes the deal with Myungahnsoo Group instead of Young-dal. Does that mean he kidnapped Jang-soo too?

On her way home from work, Jung-hee is kidnapped by thugs in a black van. Yang-ha ends up witnessing it, but can only chase after the van on foot before it speeds out of his reach.

…Which is when Young-dal finds out that Yang-ha sniped his deal with Myungahnsoo, and probably kidnapped his friend. Yikes.

 
COMMENTS

It’s a bit of a letdown after so many strong weeks to have an hour devoted mostly to set up, though there are plenty of arguments to be made for and against the necessity of watching these planning stages play out. I have to hand it to this show as far as filler is concerned, because it doesn’t lose its mind and show us scenes from another drama when it’s stalling for time—rather, it just chooses to focus on the “before” stages of an “after” we know we’re going to get. Delayed payoff is better than no payoff at all, I say.

If all that sounds like an excuse, it’s because it kind of is, mostly because I like Triangle enough to give it some leeway when it comes to slipping back into old habits. In this case, that habit happens to be sitting everyone down in different rooms while they speak vaguely about planning a much larger plan in the future. Young-dal’s plan to net a deal with that lending group in Macau was about the only plan I understood clearly, since everyone else is telepathic and can get by without explaining the details. That’s all fine and well, but we need those details—and if you’re going to spend so much time talking about things instead of doing things, it’d really be nice if we at least knew what those things are.

Again though, an argument could be made that the show is deliberately withholding those mysteries from us, which I’d have to grudgingly buy. At least there’s more good than bad to focus on when it comes to character moments, even though I’d have to put Young-dal and Jung-hee’s talk/after-talk-back-hug at the top of the list. Jung-hee doesn’t get a lot of moments, but she uses the ones she has, and I love that she flies in the face of normal heroine convention by being outspoken without being obnoxious and up front about her feelings instead of constantly bickering like a child who doesn’t know what love even means.

So the fact that Jung-hee rejected Young-dal’s rejection last episode and then confronted him about her feelings this episode feels so unnatural to what we’re used to seeing, but in the best of ways. It’s absolutely amazing that she’s so honest with Young-dal, because we know that she understands and wants to be with him regardless of his own personal issues. But in that scene she wanted him to give her a sign that he’s heard her or cares, which is why that back hug had meaning rather than being relegated to just being fanservice.

It had worried me when Young-dal was being so silent at first, because he’s not as in tune with his feelings as she is and can only be up front with Jung-hee about his guilt. The fact that he doesn’t want to drag her down with him is proof enough of his own devotion, but that scene was a make or break moment for him in that she was asking for a sign, any sign, that her continuing to wait for him wouldn’t be pointless. And she seemed ready to walk if Young-dal didn’t throw her a bone, so the fact that he held her when he could’ve just let her walk spoke volumes about how he really feels.

Jung-hee’s feelings toward Yang-ha are a little more ambiguous, and while I doubt there’s any kind of romantic connection lodged anywhere in her psyche, I do think she feels a certain amount of pity for him. Heck, even I pity him for having such a crappy father, because I can’t understand how Chairman Yoon’s actions make sense in any universe. If he was so dead set on adopting a son to raise as his heir only to kick him out at the first sign of weakness, why didn’t he insure himself against having a tool with no loyalty take over by, I dunno, adopting more than one child to exploit? I just don’t buy his constant threats to disown Yang-ha when his only other option is Director Hyun—and if he’s gotten as far as he has on business savvy and sense, he can’t be that stupid, right? Then again, if he knowingly adopted the son of a man he had killed and didn’t think that might eventually come back to bite him, he probably deserves whatever’s coming his way.

 
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Not much on bromance but they put more weight on romance.. i love love love how YD and JH relationship strongly based on honesty from the very beginning. That's why these two can be strong even when they're apart, if they keep that honesty with them..
i hope next they will start to build up "something" in common between the brothers with the maknae (besides JH).. i can't see how they can reconcile happily if YH keep straying away and away.. and please dont tell me their reunion just going to be the end of the day.. i want to see their happy moments together as brothers..

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Their reunion will probably occur sooner than we expect. There's something about in in the next episode...

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Yes! Thanks for the updates. This weeks episodes was kind of a let down for me. I think it's because of the build up from the the past few weeks that my expectations were a bit high. People are backstabbing each other. I am a bit confused as to why Manager Bae decided to help Yang-Ha or did I miss something.

I can't wait to see how HeadsNo2 will review episode 18 because that episode kind of frustrated me.

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Couldn't agree with you more! I, too, think that the previous few eps built up the anticipation and ramped up the stakes -- and this week's eps deflated them. Unfortunately. Just when I thought the drama was hitting its stride and going out with a bang...

And yes! I'm just bubbling with frustration too, after seeing ep18...my fingers are itching to type it all up ;P

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Me too. I'll vent when the review for episode cuz seriously wth?????? The writers better come up with a hell of a finale.

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Triangle will have a new whole meaning in the next episode... It will look more like a square soon.

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As long as it's not a love square.

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Maybe the writers are trying to heat a bit more the story and add more drama while they are at it... as if there wasn't enough drama in the brothers' story, but who knows it might end well.

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"I am a bit confused as to why Manager Bae decided to help Yang-Ha or did I miss something"

I found that weird too, What does he gain from that?

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I remember he said he saw Yangha as the one with most potential to win (over Youngdal and Shinhye's husband). To work under the end game winner, that's reason enough for me.

Besides, I think he comes from Sabuk too (right?), and has always been looking down on Youngdal as street trash. Thus getting orders from Youngdal must make him itch somehow.

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Thanks for the update!!

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I absolutely agree, this episode was a bit of a letdown...with all the dang set-ups, unspoken conversations/agreements and whatnot. I get the plot needs to move along, but why even bother when it just seems like the writer really is just omitting explaining them to answer them in ep18. Kinda feels like lazy writing to me--it's late in the game and the ep is filler.

Now that Young-dal and Dong-soo know, it's very nice to see the brotherly concern that they have with each other :) Although it does seem like Boring & Plot Device mover Shin-hye always seems to be around.

Dong-soo's visit to Mom was a stark contrast to Young-dal's visit, considering how Young-dal could only stare and shed tears watching the mom that abandoned them. Dong-soo's upfront confrontation with her, and her guilt-stricken plea that she doesn't even have the right to look at him -- tear-jerking for sure.

The interactions between Young-dal and Jung-hee in this ep further confirmed the growing wedge, after all that honesty and happiness :/ I hate noble idiocy, no matter even if he's doing this to "spare" her from being scarred. If you love her and she wants to stay by your side, don't try to cast her off time and time again! Who knows if that could potentially push her over the edge and finally agree to part ways?! Aigoo :/

I don't know why Young-dal chose to be so trusting of Manager Bae -- even if Boss Min said he could be trusted because he's her inside man. I mean, she's the one who was blackmailing him over his gambling debts and paying him off to go gamble some more in Macau -- doesn't that situation itself have tinges of potential betrayal?? -.-

As for Yang-ha and his declaration of not obsessing over Jung-hee anymore...psh! Yeah like that would ever happen...as if the past few eps have proven, he'd jump in at a sliver of a chance!

And WTH is with Frankenstein Face?! Eww. Skunk Go and co. could have a pageant for fugliest faces, because it just seems like everyone around him look so fugly! ;P hahaha. But seriously though, his face was a bit hard to look at...much less his "I'm the boss" stance with Young-dal at the golf course. He looks too old to be trying too hard to look hard, his supposed "most cruel gangster" rep be damned.

Honestly, I used to think Manbong looked off (because he kinda does) but his devoted loyalty to Young-dal has him growing on me! ha ;P Like Madam Jang swooning when he saved her from those trying to take her casino, he's been redeeming himself from beating Young-dal in prison. But seeing him quake in his boots at meeting him worries me, because if he's tough as nails and he's scared of Frankenstein Face, then Young-dal and co. have potentially a big obstacle in their way :/

I'm writing this comment as I've already seen ep18. Got much to write about that...

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I don't like the new rute DalHee is taking either. There always was sincerity in their relationship, a strong bond thanks to a strong woman, but now... My only hope is that the writers have a real plan to justify all this ups and down...

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Considering that Jung hee was kidnapped at the end of ep 17, it make sense that Young-dal wanted to put some distance between himself and her. He's dealing with some really ruthless people who don't mind killing or falsely imprisoning people to get their way.

I don't see it as Noble Idiocy at all. And if I were in his shoes, I would do the same. If I knew that the people I loved would be compromised or put in harms way because of a revenge I felt I must pursue, the logical thing would be to put some distance between us so that they are not harmed by my actions and I think that was what Young-dal was trying to do. It was his way of protecting the woman he loves.

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That's exactly how I see the situation. In particular YD didn't hide the truth or make up a reason as to creating that distance, he was truthful about why and in this episode showed he still cares for her whilst not making false promises.

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I felt like Young-dal took Shin-hye's advice to heart, to not show weakness to Frankenstein Man if he called because otherwise he'd capitalize on it and probably hurt Jung-hee to further drive his point to back the hell off his Daejung Casino project.

Even Jerry was at all a fuss while Young-dal was saying that Jung-hee wasn't his girl, etc. Yeah, he's putting distance between himself and Jung-hee because he literally wanted that to spare her life.

I felt like afterward, after she got released...that was noble idiocy. Not the callous words he said over the phone. He didn't even make the initiative to talk to Jung-hee and clear up the misunderstanding or to even explain that he said those things to spare her from getting injured/killed by Frankenstein. He just let his callous words really sink into Jung-hee, enough to the point where she looks at him in detest and (UGH) becomes friendly with supposed "white knight that saved her" Yang-ha.

I actually felt that Young-dal's words potentially saved her life, although I'd think Yang-ha would say he saved her life from negotiating with Skunk Go. I also felt that Manbong and his crew did the actual saving, by beating up Frankenstein's men -- after getting the tip of their potential whereabout from Dong-soo's cop buddy.

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@Tara - I don't want to say much as episode 18 hasn't yet been recapped and I don't want to give away any spoilers.

I would say your argument has merit, if the threat had been removed. But as far as we all know, the threat still remains, and the kidnappers unpunished. What's to stop them from doing it again if they found out how valuable she was to him? It's best he keeps his distance until the entire threat has been removed, and that would be prudent, not noble idiocy.

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I think Jung-hee will get in trouble later if the evil (ex-husband Shin-hye and ex-skunk) want to blackmail Yang-ha. aigoo.. If only Jung-hee can kicking ass and fight back then I will not get to worry about her safety.

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Eeek probably best to keep to this episode...

Am waiting for the next recap before talking about the many things that could have gone better in episode 18!

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First off...
Oh crap, my bad ~ kinda forgot this was ep17 recap xP SORRY!!! *shakes head* I'm blaming the heat for my forgetfulness ;O

Aish, that's what I get for watching both eps and giving my thoughts for just one...it slipped my mind when I typed up my reply from earlier -.- My sincere apologies for that!!

@Adal: When you put it that way...I guess it was a bit 'severe' of me to word it as noble idiocy. Yeah, you're absolutely right that it was prudent...especially since Frankenstein/Skunk Go/etc. are still roaming free.

At least when there were in the privacy of their home, I was expecting him to at least approach her there and explain...but I guess I'm just thinking that would be easier said than done.

It breaks my heart to see Young-dal keeping his distance when Dal-Hee was so happy and cute :( This better not last long!

@kecik: I agree with you, that is a plausible possibility -- unfortunately. Jung-hee can't seem to win either way, can she? -.- But yes, if only she was fierce and capable to fight against these forces and emerge unscathed...one can only hope.

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I would do the same too. What Youngdal did wasn't idiotic at all, it was probably the wisest the thing he could have done in such situation.

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For the 1st 6 eps, I loved this show to pieces. The story, JJ and Im SW's acting made me love it more than any other KD in the same batch. Gradually, all the plot holes make it increasingly difficult to believe what's going on in that universe. I still cared about the fate of the 3 brothers and their reunion, but Big Bro's wide eyed stare, Lil Bro's detachment from human emotions, and the psychologist's boring presence slowly wear me down.

That is until they decided to show flashback after flashback of recently aired clips. Every thought a char has must be accompanied by a clip. Every pc of info must be shown to pass thru many persons umpteen times. Does the director have amnesia or think that we do?

There are so many minor chars in diff camps that are oh so unlikeable. Cabbage Patch door, his tall sec, Skunk Hair, the owner of the illegal casino n her bald guy, the men beside Madam Min, the new bad guys in town --Han, etc. etc. Of course in a show about gangsters, there r going to be gangsters, but asking me to spend so much time watching them erodes my original love for this drama.

I already watched ep 18, n I kept walking away from the screen; that's where I get off. Will just check out the finale, to see how their fates play out.

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I know, after ep 16 I was hoping the story would not go back to a lot of people sitting in rooms and talking to plot. I still like this show for the brothers and Jung Hee but they have only 6 eps left, move faster!

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Also I think the flashbacks are because they are in live shoot mode now and can't shoot footage fast enough.

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I feel bad for the actors. The filming schedule is way too tight now :(

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I recommend you to wait and see what happens next. I don't know why, but as much as I dislike it, I feel like the new situation was necessary somehow. I mean the relationship between Youngdal and Junhee was too perfect. They are living in a dangerous world after all, something like this had to happen.

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I agree with you, because yeah...their relationship was "too perfect" - being honest with each other and supporting each other, and all was well. Guess it was too much to ask for the relationship to stay at that blissful peaceful stage for the whole duration of the drama...who am I kidding, right? ;P

I would have preferred a disagreement than what seems like a betrayal-ish situation though...but I guess since the stakes are higher with the casino bit, the loveline also needed to land on some rocky areas too.

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Exactly. For how long could a person like Youngdal keep his lover safe? She is his weak spot, of course his enemies had to aim at her sooner or later.

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Too many people talking again this ep but we got Dong Soo and Young Dal as brothers, which I love.

And my favourite moment was the DalHee backhug and her straightforwardness, I know this drama does not do much fanservice but they are so sweet together and not like other noble idiot couples.

I think Jung Hee definitely feels bad for Yang Ha but he also became her friend while Young Dal was in jail, that only changed when Young Dal came back and Yang Ha got all jealous again. He definitely cares for her, enough to either tell Young Dal about the kidnapping or try to save her himself.

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DalHee backhug was the best thing of this episode. That's a fact <3

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Thanks for the recap!!

Unlike the last meeting between DC and his mom, I didn't 'feel' the angst and sadness when DS met his mom this time. May be because she doesn't look old enough to be his mom and I can't connect with the characters. I know she is a senior actress but her wailing seems so 'unnatural'.

I really love the scene when DC met his mom in the last episode and that would be such a nice way as a closure to 'where is mom' issue. Jaejoong's acting was so good and natural that I can feel all his pains and emotions. That remains one of my favorite scenes of this series.

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I'm not much of a drinker but I do have some good tequila and some limes and am going to institute my own Triangle drinking game. Every time someone tells someone else to sit down, it's going to be Lick. Slam. Suck. Seriously, writers, dialogue like "Sit down" when the actors are already half way sitting does not a good script make. And they are doing way too much sitting anyway. Recent research equates prolonged sitting up there with smoking as being hazardous to one's health. Whenever this drama expands into the open air and action, it's like a completely different viewing experience.

I'm also getting completely confused as to what is actually going on. Half the characters make no sense to me at all. Who's this new clown anyway? Is prison Mr. Big now Young-dal's ally? Boss Min? And her minion? What's their deal? They seemed to be perfectly good villains so why bring in an even bigger villain to up the ante when it's not completely clear what the ante is anyway. The casino stuff has become like death plot-wise. Let's get on with the brothers, the reunion, the revenge and the love triangle please.

Young-dal is supposed to be a genius at admin and a master manipulator to boot but he seems to be continually blind-sided by Yang-ha, Go Bok-tae etc. The characters' motivations seem to be changing episode to episode. I really liked episodes 15 and 16 a lot but this one was more in the two steps back category.

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Is Young-dal supposed to be a genius at admin? Really? O.o

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Admin isn't the quite the right word but I guess I was just too drunk after playing the "Triangle Sit Down Drinking Game" to think of a better one.

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I guess since the writing was good so far this was a necessary set up for the end.

What wasn't necessary was what they did to Madame Jang's hair though. I wish they could have shown her to us running and screaming out of the hair salon.

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LOL. Who cares? She is still hot anyway ;)
I wish I had those legs...

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Only one thing I can't get over in EP 17,why the hell Youngdal had to arrange such a dinner party with all his alliances when his revenge plan hasn't come into being at all?All in all, what the hell did he think about bringing a completely stranger into this dinner party?To show off his current success?To introduce all his helpers to this unknown enemy so that the writer can make up a fabulous turnvoer?What on earth does Youngdal plan to do to win over Daejung Group and GBT?

Plus, a Dalhee crise is in the corner.
I have to say,unlike most viewers here,I dislike Junhee from EP 12 till now,maybe till the end.
I can't feel her deep love for Youngdal.She is always an outsider of Youngdal's world, a fragile princess who can't deal with real conflicts, and who is always confused by YH's words.

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I agree with you, she doesn't understand Youngdal's world and fight for little things. I hated the scene where she calls him and asks where he is. From his voice she can know that something bad happened (discovered one of his brothers who is between life and death in the hospital) and the only thing she does is grumble that he's not there, she wants to see him and that he finishes what he is doing to be with her. As she does not realize the sadness in his voice?
The same thing was with her asking him to stop gambling and he have to break his promise to her. She did not let him explain himself and has already made a drama. I'm glad with this new fight of this couple and that Yoojin (Jiyeon) consquiste Youngdal's heart (and have a kiss, please; where are the kisses scenes in this drama?).

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I also think that the dinner party scene is not necessary, but after watched Ep.18, now I understant why they have to make the scene. In the party YD said he promise that he will never disappoint them, no JH include,actually it's just fine if he invite her though, but it's like show it that YD really not include his personal feeling in this.So what YD do in the Ep.18 towards JH is reasonable, and make JH realize what is YD fighting with.
(upps, sorry if it's like spoiler).

But, in this episode too much talking, no execution, blame the live filming, they like start shooting on friday and still untill tuesday,it's too rush, hopefully the writer can give the script in time. Really hopefully the story keep make good progress and keep the realistic things as much as they could, not turn it too much dramatics things just for the rating.

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+1 with everything you say.
And as for my opinion, Young Dal back hug just one more of YD's an inconsistency ! Said A but doing B, said C then doing D.etc.
He knows how cruel and scary is the world he lives, its mafia word ! but how come he's so naive ? careless and (sorry to say) stupid ?
And then he entered a new world, the big corporation business ! It's scarier than his small town gangster world.
He should be more prepare for his upcoming battle and aware with his enemy moves.. Easily trust new ppl he never met ? without check and obverse first ? (but lazy PD / Writer ignored it !) Since he's in different level of battle now, he can't trust nobody !
Stupid ? Yes ! Exp: Jang soo, who's no reference at all with 'Richest Gamblers' and 'Legal Casino' and 'Macao'.. suddenly have a big task to get that kind of customer? lollollol..
Did they forget ? his experiences only around illegal casino in Sabuk? YD needs to use/hire professional/high level empower man to help him to reach his goal ! Or he'll loose ! And big loose this time, which's his & his brothers life ! (See JH? YD has no time for your clingy and whinny things)
And writer please stop using YD's luck to give whatever he needs ! Give him brain, more time 'to learn his new work', stop talking big only (no more flashback things please!!!), throw away those maudlin and weepy character, he needs focus on his mission, to reach his goal, and to do exactly what grandpa Ahn told him! (not just promise it, but DO IT !)
Be firm and consistent ! If necessary being a cold man it's ok ! He's living in 'hell' after all, till he won the battle !
Cos what the viewer (me especially) want to see is Jang's brothers get together again and live happily at the end ! That the matters !
Hopefully Writer and PD are not so lazy doing their job ! ( coz I do not think they're stupid ?)

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What can I say? I will take this episode as a set-up and the next episode... argh my hands are itching to write about that, but I must wait.
Anyway, I loved the back-hug. I have enough with that.. for now.

Thanks for the recap Heads!

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The differences between Dong Soo's and Young-dal's reactions can simply be explained by their personalities.

Young-dal is innately kind and compassionate, which was why, when he saw his mother suffering, he reached out to help her instead of accusing her or being angry. He paid for food he did not eat, and went over to beat some sense into her stepson, with the message that he should value his stepmother.

It's that kind nature of his that made him tell Dong-soo not to seek out their mother because she was not living well and it would ultimately hurt Dong-Soo to see her that way. His kind nature was what attracted Jung-hee to him in the first place. I'd like to say that he is tender and kind because of all the suffering he went through growing up, but there have been characters who went through similar struggles and ultimately ended up jaded and hardened. Of all the three brothers, his childhood was the worst by any stretch of the imagination. At least Yang-ha and Dong-soo grew up in homes, were educated and received care from care givers. Young-dal grew up fending for himself on the streets.

Dong-Soo on the other hand, is an angry, confrontational character who feels entitled to an explanation from their mother and it shows in the way he approached her; he didn't hesitate to let her know who he really was. It's understandable as he was old enough to know what was really going on, had the responsibility at age 12 of taking care of himself and two younger children, never lost his memory, and has been plagued with guilt for abandoning his siblings all those years ago.

I'm wondering how Yang-ha will relate to his mother when he finally sees her and what motivated the mother to leave her children in the first place. I understood that when she went back for them, they were no longer in the orphanage and she has felt guilty for leaving them.

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Yangha is still a big mistery for me, but maybe, just maybe all these revelations will make his breaking point for the better or for the worst.

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Totally agree with you!.. 3 different characters actually make this drama beautiful in its own way because we can relate to and each of them are distinguished in their own way...although i must admit that my favorite among all is Young-dal ..his innate kindness in the face of as street thug in a cruel environment and homeless..

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I have a question about Shin-hye's actions in this episode. Was she unethical in telling Young-dal about Yang-ha and his relationship with his father?

Here's what puzzles me, she was able to give Young-dal a character analysis of her ex-husband and warn Young-dal about being careful to deal with him (I notice she didn't trouble to tell him that he was her ex), but the information she gave Young-dal about Yang-ha wasn't privileged information. Although it wasn't common knowledge, it was generally known in close circles. I wondered if that breached the client-patient confidentiality or if it was OK to give that assessment based on her observations of Yang-ha's character.

I appreciate Shin-hye's actions because it moves the plot forward. She was the first to suspect that it is very likely the wealth miner who adopted the baby was Chairman Yoon and that Yang-ha was in all probability Dong-soo's baby brother. Without that brainwave, the drama could meander on this forever, but I feel squeamish if it means doing so is breaking ethical boundaries. Or maybe they don't have any in K-drama la la land.

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I think it isn't necessary unethical to reveal the fact about Yangha's adoption if she treats that fact alone as an exchange between acquaintances (Shinhye - her husband - Yangha). Beside, it seems like everyone else already knows about it. Although professionally, she should not talk about any of her patients to other people, period.

But it is absolutely against ethical/professional codes to discuss about Yangha MENTAL PROBLEMS stemming from the adoption. If Youngdal hadn't been in the same scene, I would have totally FF-ed it and pretended it didn't happen. Oh, my sanity...

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I agree with you...hasn't she heard of doctor/patient privilege?? I find myself smacking my head whenever she violates it by revealing info that normally only a psychiatrist would know about their patient.

But obviously, she's just fulfilling her role as plot device catalyst...who cares about a little thing like professional ethics, right? ;) lol

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Thanks for the recaps.
After watching epi 16, its not our fault that we had high hope on next epi. So this one is not much watch-worthy plot, huh? Despite some unnecessary scene like Youngdal throw a dinner for his entourage, I still like this epi. Back-hug is short but some sweet candies for the viewers.
I think writers are setting up the ending of the story cautiously (bit slowly for some viewers) and corner 3 brothers reunions to the peak.
Since I've watched epi18, I'll be waiting your recaps on this.

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I also feel that this episode and the next are kind of a let down but I feel that episode 19 and episode 20 are bound to be better or so I hope lol

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"Jung-hee’s feelings toward Yang-ha are a little more ambiguous, and while I doubt there’s any kind of romantic connection lodged anywhere in her psyche, I do think she feels a certain amount of pity for him"

Probably, but there has to be some amount of romantic love too or attraction at the least. If it was pity only, she could have go to Yangha instead.

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Thanks for the recap Heads! I'm saving my commentary for the next recap. I don't think I can hold back my word if I start now.

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I haven't watched episode 18 yet because I don't have any anticipation from watching episode 17. Kidnapping the girlfriend, really show? Can you be more cliche than that?

I like the story of our dear street thug I was told up until episode 16, minus those excessive flashbacks and shallow talks. Despite the unoriginality of the back story, the smaller character arcs are engaging and surprisingly realistic. Thus, this episode frustrates me. Why does Dongso need to see his mother now, after refusing to go meet her when he first knew of her whereabouts, and when Shinhye already told him Youngdal didn't wish so??? To be honest, it's hard to care about Dongsoo now that his character seems weightless and less dynamic than when the series first started. His actions sometimes yell pure annoyance. I really feel sorry for LBS. The mother's wail of regret looks like she's acting rather than feeling it (which I don't expect from a veteran actress), further destroying her arc, which was handled perfectly before. They should have stopped at Dongsoo hears Youngdal out about not meeting their mother. What emotion are they trying to milk here? I feel none.

Two things I like about this episode:
- Junghee's persistence on keeping herself relevant in Youngdal's life without sounding like a pretty flower who will wilt without Youngdal's affection. Although we'll be more pleased if the back hug develops further into censor-summoning actions...
- Youngdal plan backfiring. Youngdal is new to the casino business game and seeing him success without obstacles would be yawn worthy, and also unbelievable. The camera work already hints manager what-his-name's betrayal during the party, so it not a big surprise. But I still think it's a nice touch to not have everyone who has helped Youngdal continue their helpfulness. And that brings Yangha back. Yay for more rivalry.

I also don't mind them introducing new characters and making old ones go away. In my real life, I don't associate with a fix set of people; they keep appearing and disappearing. But I do hope they make the main villains more prominent and less ... talkative.

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Thanks for a great recap, Heads!

Having already seen ep. 18, it's impossible to not let what happened in that episode affect how I feel about ep. 17, so... =(

The only thing in your comment that I feel, remains unchanged in ep. 18 is Chairman's attitude toward Yang-ha. I am definitely in the minority but I've always felt that whatever reason Yoon adopted Yang-ha for, he has developed affection for the kid and although he's always been stern with him, he meant it when he demoted him for retraining purposes. I still remember how Yoon looked deep in thought in an early episode, when Yang-ha defied him for the first time, thinking aloud that adopting Yang-ha was the riskiest gamble he'd made in his whole life. It just doesn't feel like something as "unemotional" as grooming an heir to me, but we'll see!

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Hello there, familiar face gangster Myung-jae. He made some impression in 2002 drama Age of Wanderer (like the hero in Age of Feeling). I remember that time I heard he used to make a living putting Korean subtitles on foreign movies showing in Korea (couple of thousand of them).

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