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Pinocchio: Episode 4

Okay, I seriously love this episode. I swear it’s not even because our hero finally gets a makeover (even though that’s worth a round of applause in and of itself—fare thee well, Mop of Shame!), but because the family stuff hits all the right chords. It’s an episode about fathers, and the kind of love that’s so steadfast that sometimes a reminder is a shock to the system—a poignant, tear-filled, affectionate shock.

 
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EPISODE 4: “Romeo and Juliet”

We rewind a little to see that Dad finds the kids on the rooftop and hides out of sight, just in time to watch Dal-po try to stop In-ha’s day-long bout of hiccups, over having to lie that things went great with Mom and she’s totally fine giving up on journalism altogether. In-ha knows that Dal-po gave up college for her, and says she can’t live off of his taxi-driving income forever.

But Dal-po stops her from burning all her books by declaring that he needs them now, because he’s going to become a reporter too. Just like that, her hiccups stop, and fireworks explode in the distance.

As they head back down with her suitcase full of books, In-ha offers to give Dal-po her precious notes that she spent three years compiling. She worries about Grandpa finding out that Dal-po isn’t dumb, but he’s not concerned at all, since he plans to keep his cabbie job and just study intermittently because he’s positive he won’t be hired. Ah, okay, this helps me understand your whim a little better. He says there’s a zero-percent chance that a taxi driver will get hired as a reporter, and she corrects him that their chances are the same: fifty-fifty, pass or fail. For her sake, he agrees.

At home, Grandpa helps them put her books back, and In-ha’s already on edge just dreading the inevitable blowup with Dad over her breaking their contract. Grandpa wisely tells them that there’s no forcing someone to think your thoughts, parents and children alike.

When Dad comes home In-ha rushes out to greet him, but just as she draws in a big breath to blurt it out (while hiding behind Dal-po, heh), Dad cuts in to ask Dal-po for a chat. They leave In-ha and Grandpa behind, wondering why she’s being left out of a conversation about her career.

Outside, Dal-po starts to try and sway Dad on In-ha’s behalf (and when they’re alone, he’s back to calling him Ajusshi). He says that In-ha can’t give up on her dream, and haltingly quotes Grandpa’s advice about not being able to control your kids and all that. But Dad isn’t here to talk about journalism—he confesses that he saw them up on the roof earlier, and Dal-po immediately tenses up. This is a conversation about that other thing.

Dad’s a straight-shooter as always, and asks Dal-po if he has feelings for In-ha, or if he has the wrong idea yet again. This time Dal-po doesn’t bother trying to deny it, and admits that he does. He says he doesn’t know since when: “Just that it’s been a long time.”

Dad doesn’t raise his voice or show any signs of anger, and just explains honestly that In-ha is his only daughter, so to him, she’s the most beautiful and precious girl in the world, and no man will ever be good enough for her. Dal-po cuts in to say it himself—that he’s severely lacking, and that he knows he overstepped. Ugh, I love them both, so this conversation hurts no matter which way you look at it.

Dal-po assures Dad that he’s never once been greedy about his feelings and won’t be in the future either. Dad keeps trying to interject but Dal-po doesn’t let him, and I’m dying to know what he would say if given a chance. Dal-po: “The thing you’re worried about won’t happen—to me, this family comes first. I won’t ever do anything to break that.” He says he’ll clean up his feelings, and Dad thanks him.

When they get back home, In-ha runs out of the bathroom mid-toothbrushing, and spits out her prepared speech at Dad while foaming at the mouth. Dad has this hilarious moment where he stands there looking at In-ha while hearing his own words playing back in his head, about how she’s the prettiest girl in the world and needs to be protected.

He shoves her back into the bathroom and calls her embarrassing, and he’s so focused on that that when she asks in between if she can stick with journalism, he tells her to do whatever she wants. I love that he can’t even look Dal-po in the eye, he’s so embarrassed of her.

Hyung’s supervisor at work takes pictures of his dented bumper and tells him to get some money out of the other guy to fix it. Hyung just says that bumpers are meant to be bumped, and asks again for the supervisor to help him get a side job on the crew that’s demolishing a nearby factory. Oh, is this the factory Firefighter Dad died in? The man asks if he isn’t afraid, since the factory is rumored to have ghosts, and Hyung just thinks to himself that even in ghost form, he’d like to see him.

In-ha shows Dal-po the open call auditions for one last network this season: YGN. Woot! She says they actually have a shot at this network, since they’re only looking at skills and not education, and plans to keep her Pinocchio syndrome hidden this time, unless asked directly.

She gives Dal-po a stack of books to start with, and figures it’ll take him a month to study them. He scans the stack and says he’ll be done in a week, and reminds her of his crazy speed-reading and memorization skills. Dal-po seems much more guarded around In-ha now, gently extracting himself if she links arms, or catching himself staring at her and shaking the thoughts away.

He sits down at his desk and begins to study, and wakes up at the crack of dawn to go around the apartment complex and read the neighbors’ papers and take notes. He has to hide when Grandpa comes by, but doesn’t notice when Grandpa comes back out to peek at him. As suspected, he seems to have known all this time that Dal-po isn’t a dummy, and he smiles to himself to see Dal-po hard at work.

In-ha and Dal-po spend their days at the library (where he sits by the window just to keep the sun out of her eyes), and she coaches him on his enunciation, which is so frustrating that she resorts to stretching his mouth sideways just to get the right sounds, heh.

Grandpa sneaks into Dal-po’s room late at night while he’s slumped over at his desk, and opens up all his comic books to find their guts replaced with journalism books. Funny how most kids spend high school doing the reverse.

Grandpa pets him sweetly, and seems to make up his mind about something. The next morning, he’s a man on a mission, and goes to the bookstore to buy the latest hip men’s magazine. The bookstore clerk tries to tell him that’s for the young’uns, and Gramps is like, Yeah duh.

He calls Dal-po out and drags him kicking and screaming into a beauty salon, where he whips out his magazine and starts quoting verbatim the “dandy block haircut” in “ash brown” that he wants. Hahaha. I love it—we get a makeover, and it’s forced on him by Gramps.

Dal-po just squirms and asks why they’re not at the barbershop like always, and Grandpa just shushes him. Next they go shopping, and again Grandpa quotes the F/W trends right out of his magazine, and demands a “charcoal gray minimalist two-button suit.” He waits in anticipation as Dal-po tries it on, and we finally get the big reveal…

*WHISTLES*

Okay, that was worth waiting four episodes for. So pretty. Even Grandpa is shocked, and he grins from ear to ear: “Who are you?” Dal-po feels so awkward that Grandpa has to coax him to smile while he takes pictures for his resume, but eventually he loosens up.

As they head toward the bus stop, Dal-po stops to look at his reflection and asks, “Father, are you okay? Looking like this… it feels like I’m not your son.” But Grandpa just laughs at him and says, “You are my son. See, you look just like me!”

Grandpa takes the opportunity to tell Dal-po that he doesn’t have to keep lying for his sake, and Dal-po looks over at him in alarm as Grandpa finally admits, “I know that you kept yourself hidden for my sake, to be my son.”

Dal-po hurries after him onto the bus and kneels by his seat, fraught with worry and eyes filling with tears. Grandpa tells him that he knew after only one year together, but kept it hidden because he thought that In-ha’s dad would kick him out if he let on that he knew the truth.

Dal-po’s tears spill out, and Grandpa says that at first he did it because he felt bad for Dal-po, “But now it’s because of me, because I want to keep you by my side.” Could there be anything more heartwarming? Great, now I’m crying.

Grandpa tells him to stop hiding himself from now on, and to live as impressively as he was meant to. He pats Dal-po on the head and tells him that he’s okay now. All Dal-po can manage to say the whole time is, “Father…” and he just buries his face on Grandpa’s shoulder to cry. Grandpa hugs him close: “I’m sorry, Dal-po. Thank you, Dal-po.”

When they get home, Dad comes to greet them with a quizzical look on his face: “Who…?” HA, he actually has no idea that it’s Dal-po. Dad still doesn’t believe it when Grandpa tells him it’s his hyung, but In-ha recognizes him right away and run up with her jaw on the floor.

Grandpa says Dal-po is smart and handsome because he takes after his father, and winks at Dal-po to play along. Dad is doubly floored, especially when he sees that his “precious beautiful” daughter is standing there wearing her hoodie backwards (to use the hood as a snack pouch—genius!), looking like a complete slob next to shiny new Dal-po.

He yells at her to throw away those ugly rotten sweats, and she counters that Dad’s the one who bought them for her. “Yeah, but I didn’t know you’d wear them for a thousand days!” She reminds him that he told her she was prettier than Miss Korea, and Dad says he must’ve been drunk. I love these two.

Dad’s logic is hilariously backwards, and he argues that if she keeps looking like a slob, Dal-po will think he has a shot with her. (Right, because if she’s pretty all the time, that’s going to stop him from crushing on her?) In-ha finds the whole thing ridiculous anyway, and says that Dal-po’s never once seen her as a woman, and she’s never once seen him as a man.

She means it too, since she doesn’t hiccup afterwards, and Dal-po listens from his room with a long face. Aw. But he doesn’t overhear the last part, where she turns back around to get one thing straight with Dad: Dal-po isn’t just someone he can belittle, because no matter how much it aggravates her, he’s smart enough to do in one month what she couldn’t in three years.

She says he’s got everything—looks, brains, and personality—though of course she’s quick to add that she does too. Dal-po takes the false comic book covers off of his books and gets back to studying, and In-ha goes to her room wondering why it’s suddenly so hot in here, blaming Dad for saying crazy things.

One month later. YGN’s “blind” auditions for broadcast news reporters gets underway, and our future rookie foursome assembles for the first time among the hopefuls. (Yoo-rae we met while she was auditioning over at MSC, so it’s natural she’d also apply here, while chaebol Beom-jo is probably here for the sole purpose of finding his Pinocchio, I’d wager.)

As the audition process gets reported as a special news feature, the staff over at MSC calls it a cheap ploy to get ratings… but then wonders what they can do to out-maneuver them. Mom notices In-ha among the group and takes it in with silent disapproval.

As they wait for the camera test portion, Dal-po asks In-ha to sell his dream back to him and return the button necklace, since it was bad luck on her last audition. But she counters that it also led to them passing the written rounds and getting this far together, and refuses to give it back.

They get called in for their camera test in a group of five, and both Yoo-rae and Beom-jo are in their group. Yoo-rae recognizes In-ha as that weirdo she ran into at MSC, while In-ha doesn’t remember her at all.

The more disconcerting thing is the way Beom-jo keeps looking over at her and smiling, and Dal-po is the first to notice and find it uncomfortable. Has he already found Pinocchio?

We go back to earlier that morning, when Beom-jo heads out for his audition and Chaebol Mommy calls to check on him and worries that he won’t be able to find Pinocchio this way. He assures her that he’ll recognize her in a heartbeat (since In-ha texted “Mom” pictures of herself over the years).

Mommy asks if he wants her to check if she passed the written test and will be among the final applicants, since otherwise he needn’t bother trying to become a reporter. What? These two are so weird; it’s a wonder that a mama’s boy like this even became a functioning adult, though I guess that part remains to be seen.

He agrees, until he stops at a red light and notices In-ha on the bus and recognizes her right away. He opens his convertible top to try and get her attention, and Dal-po asks if it’s someone she knows because he keeps staring at her. She has no idea who he is, and when Beom-jo winks at her, Dal-po scootches her behind him like a guard dog.

Back at the audition, Dal-po doesn’t like the way Beom-jo keeps looking at In-ha and steps in between them. Beom-jo remains sunny and clueless, and the lineup gets reordered so that he gets to stand next to In-ha.

The judges arrive, and YGN’s reporter-turned-PD-turned-section-chief Gyo-dong is among them. His bosses Director Lee (the same principled boss who argued against jumping to conclusions about Firefighter Dad back in the day) and Editor Jo nag him to shave once in a while, though they figure it’s a victory that he even managed to put on a suit.

Dal-po recognizes him on sight, and mutters under his breath, “Of all the people…” Gyo-dong doesn’t even look up at them initially, but once he finally does, a flicker of recognition crosses over his face. Does he recognize Dal-po?

The camera test begins, and the five reporters are shown a clip of an event that they are to report on the fly. The fact that it’s the same clip five times does give the last person a huge advantage over the first person, and Dal-po happens to be first. It’s a clip of a bird attacking a cat and getting killed in the process, and Dal-po gives the dry, facts-only version of the events. Yoo-rae goes next and adds more color, including some interpretation of the cat and bird’s behaviors, and an adage that it reminds her of.

The third guy changes it up dramatically with a sympathetic angle, and says that the reason for the bird’s attack was in defense of its nest, and the mother bird died protecting its young. In-ha’s turn is next, and everyone expects her to build on the last guy’s report. But to their surprise, she reverts back to Dal-po’s dry facts-only version.

She looks disappointed, and Gyo-dong asks why she chose to report it that way, and she says that she thought the last report was a very good one, but she couldn’t repeat it because she can’t lie. They ask why she can’t lie, and both Dal-po and Beom-jo chirp in unison, “Because we’re reporters!”

Dal-po speaks up and says that they’re supposed to report the truth, and based on the video clip, they can’t know what the bird or cat was thinking, or whether or not there’s a nest offscreen that motivated the attack. In-ha finds her confidence and chimes in to say that a reporter’s job is to only report confirmed facts. Director Lee presses, “Even if it leads to a broadcast accident?” She deflates and lets out a small, “Yes…”

Last up is Beom-jo, and he goes even further to say that he won’t give a report at all, because he deems the clip inconclusive and therefore not newsworthy. He says he agrees with In-ha that a broadcast accident is better than reporting something false.

The judges go over the applications after the camera test, and express frustration at the blind part of the process (background, education). They heard that there’s a taxi driver and even a saseng fan (someone who stalks idols) among the hopefuls, and wonder if they were eliminated in early rounds.

They shrink back when Yoo-rae presses up against the glass wall behind them, stalker that she is, desperate to listen in. Editor Jo laughs that it reminds him of Gyo-dong back in his rookie days, and Gyo-dong coughs awkwardly.

Dal-po and In-ha wait on pins and needles for the announcement to be made, and In-ha worries that she’ll have brought Dal-po down with her. He says that’s better, since he only wants to make it if they both do, but she argues that at least one of them should go on, whichever one of them it is.

He takes issue with her wording, implying that she’d be fine to continue on without him, and traps her against the wall so she can’t scurry away. She artfully tries to backpedal but knows she’s been caught, but I can hardly process what she’s saying because it looks like he’s going to kiss her.

She sinks to the ground and he slides all the way down the wall with her, and tells her that at least for him, it doesn’t work that way—if she doesn’t make it, he’ll drop out too. There’s a long moment where they just stare, and she finally looks away and wonders why it’s so hot in here.

Beom-jo comes up and pouts to see them looking cozy, and shouts as loud as possible that the results of the camera test are up. They all run over to the screen, and of course the four characters we care about have all made it to the final round.

Grandpa is delighted to get the news, while Dad tenses up to realize that In-ha and Dal-po could be hired at the same station and go to work together every day. It’s funny that it hadn’t occurred to him until now, and he starts to imagine the kids getting ready for work in the morning like a couple.

Dal-po makes sure that In-ha eats breakfast, and In-ha pops a wedge of toast in her mouth as she fixes Dal-po’s tie. Dad starts to sputter in protest, as Dal-po says coyly that he finds tie-tying such difficult work, and leans in to take a bite of her toast with it still hanging in her mouth.

Whoa. How come I never knew toast was sexy until now? Thanks for the visual, Dad. He gets so worked up that he hurls a pillow at his own waking nightmare, only to hit Grandpa upside the head. Pffft. Gramps gives him a pillow beating in return.

The final test at YGN is a survival roundtable debate, and the director turns on a news broadcast of their topic for discussion. Dal-po is in good spirits… until he turns to face the screen and sees the report of the fire that tore his family apart thirteen years ago. Gack, of all the topics.

It’s a reel of the various outlets’ reports, including footage of In-ha’s mom at MSC. Dal-po can barely hide his anger, and swallows back his tears. Director Lee says that it’s an old case but one that remains controversial especially in how it was presented in the media, and asks the group to discuss how they would report it today.

As they begin the debate, Yoo-rae raises her hand to ask what happened to the missing firefighter—is he still missing? Gyo-dong finally looks up for the first time, and says that Firefighter Dad’s skeletal remains were just discovered a few days ago. Omg. This is how Dal-po finds out his father is dead? Yikes. We go back to the plant demolition a few days back, where Firefighter Dad’s remains are dug up in the process. Hyung is there on site, and breaks down when he sees the final confirmation that his father has been dead all these years.

The debate begins, and Dal-po looks like he’s having a panic attack, and loosens his tie to just keep breathing. Yoo-rae argues that the press handled the story badly, while Beom-jo counters that they only reported what the police determined to be true. Yoo-rae thinks that a good reporter should dig for the answers herself instead of relying on secondhand information.

In-ha says that the Pinocchio witness is the key to this tragedy, and that it’s because the reporters and police all believed the Pinocchio’s statement. She argues that they had no choice but to believe him though, since there is no testimony as certain as one from a person who can’t lie. She says it’s a tragedy that the firefighter died, but calls it simply a case of bad luck.

Dal-po’s blood boils as she speaks, and he can’t help but see flashes of her mother as she talks—the same confidence behind her words, convinced that she’s right. He finally speaks up to ask her directly if she really thinks that there’s no one responsible for this, and gives her an ice-cold stare.

He says that people believe that Pinocchios and reporters only tell the truth, and Pinocchio and reporter alike should have known that—the weight of their words, accepted as truth. He explodes as he shouts that it’s their mistake for not being careful with their words: “That carelessness destroyed one family! And they should be held responsible.”

She fights back and says that the Pinocchio witness only told what he believed to be true. Dal-po calms down and says coldly, “I see now why a Pinocchio can never be a reporter.” Ouuuuch. He continues, “How dangerous it is for a person who disregards the fact that they could be wrong to become a reporter, how scary it is to talk carelessly without knowing the weight of your own words—I get that now.”

In-ha grits her teeth and tries not to betray how hurt she is, as she asks if he’s saying this to her. He doesn’t look away and says yes. The panel catches on and they ask her directly if she’s a Pinocchio, and she has to answer yes. She starts to cry and gets up to run away, but can’t manage to open the door. Beom-jo stands up to say that he’s leaving too, and opens the door to walk out with her. Aw, is she giving up?

It’s only after this that Gyo-dong places Dal-po’s face as the quiz show kid who railed at him eight years ago. Director Lee asks if he’s left an impression on him too, and Gyo-dong says it’s not that—he’s met that kid before.

Beom-jo just silently follows In-ha into the elevator, and then asks if she’s upset because that guy betrayed her. She says no, since it was a debate and Dal-po is totally free to have a contrary opinion. It’s just… she knows it’s irrational but she just wanted Dal-po to take her side, because he’s Dal-po. That alone makes her angry at herself, and she wonders why she’s being like this.

He asks if she likes this Dal-po guy, and she says indignantly, “No, not all!” *HICCUP* Eeee! She’s more shocked than he is, and thinks she’s crazy. She swears it isn’t true, but just keeps hiccupping.

Dal-po throws up in the restroom and heads outside for some air, but just falls to his knees in tears, crying for his father and pounding his chest in agony.

In-ha is still hiccupping when she gets to the lobby, and whirls around to say that this can’t be happening—Dal-po is her uncle, and he even has a girlfriend. She starts pounding her chest too, and says, “That’s not it. It can’t be. It can’t be! If it is…”

 
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If it is, we have a drama on our hands. Actually, the turn that I love even more than her budding feelings for Dal-po is the new wedge driven between them. The debate scene is the first time I went, Ooooh, now we have a conflict! and felt tension in the central romance (because try as he might, sweet ol’ Dad isn’t enough to make their love seem impossible—hell, he’s even helping the fantasy along). Dal-po’s animosity for In-ha’s mother was pretty dormant for thirteen years, and his feelings for In-ha became stronger than his hatred for Mom… that is, until they stepped foot inside a TV station and dug at his old wounds, making them fresh and bloody.

I still can’t believe he had to find out about his father that way. I certainly can’t blame Dal-po for losing his cool when he’s just found out that to top it all off, the reporters were wrong about his father in the end. I’m just relieved for both brothers now that they know the truth about Firefighter Dad, and hope that each of them digging into the truth will lead them to each other. Before, Dal-po seemed older than his years and more like a protective uncle than a peer, but now he seems suddenly very young, and exactly the excitable and hotheaded day-old puppy that Mom said he was. It makes him more of a loose cannon, but I like the tension that builds into his relationship with In-ha, not to mention with Gyo-dong, who I’m sure will become his boss. As expected, the setup feels a lot like You’re All Surrounded now (which, go figure, reminded me of I Hear Your Voice).

What makes it interesting now is their ideological split, and I like that In-ha isn’t someone who backs off on her own opinion because it’s challenged. What hurts is that she expected that Dal-po would always take her side, because that’s who he’s been her whole life. But in his experience, the truth is often hidden and thwarted and twisted, while to her, veracity is the measure of everything, and truth IS black and white. Because she either hiccups or doesn’t, and it’s that simple for her. That setup is going to yield some great stuff for them as they continue to butt heads over the job (well, that is, if she still has a job), and I MUCH prefer this dynamic where they’re at odds, because there’s a meatier story in play, and it adds a nice layer of conflict to their romance. It’s perfect timing for her to fall for Dal-po, when he’s so disillusioned and ragey, and finds her naïve perspective frustrating. Now with the tables turned, she gets to feel the fluttery one-sided feelings, which should be fun.

By far the best thing in the episode was the focus on the fathers, who took turns being funny and sweet and so freaking touching. Fairy Godfather Gramps takes the cake, and I cried when he told Dal-po on the bus (This writer has a thing for emotional scenes on buses, doesn’t she?) in such simple words that he lied at first for Dal-po’s sake, and later for his own sake, because he didn’t want to let him go. It was just the perfect thing to assure Dal-po that being himself wouldn’t make him lose his family, and of course makes Grandpa’s love for Dal-po all the more poignant, since he’s known for twelve years that they aren’t blood-related. But their love for each other is so genuine, and I believe Dal-po when he tells Dad that he’d never do anything to jeopardize the family. I don’t want him to have to choose, so I’ll just sit here and wait patiently for Dad to come around. In the meantime, more of Dad’s nightmares will do me just fine.

 
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wow I refreshed the page right when the recap came out :D
This episode was pretty intense (esp near the end)
Hopefully Dal Po and In Ha can resolve their differences next ep heh heh

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The saddest thing for me was that Dal-po and his brother cried about their father alone. So sad.

Also I like how In-ha was more angry and frustrated at the ending situation instead of crying and feeling sorry for herself.

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like!

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Yes!

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what do you mean by alone? i was bawling right with them..

jk.. i do get what you mean. it's just so so sad, especially when hyung thinks now he's truly an orphan and alone now. i wished they find each other in the next episode or two..

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This! I really like In Ha's argument with herself, emotionally she said it, but then she counter argues herself with a logical point of view. I love that it tells me so much about her, she's not some weepy candy like creature. Please writer-nim, keep her in character through out!!

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yeah, i really like PSH in this character.. so refreshing.. please keep her in this state..

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yah finally shes growing on me now.

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Yes, I agree, I couldn't stop crying...

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I really like the pacing of this show, i mean everyone finds out about the truth about the dad, grandpa knows the truth of dal po AND the guy already likes the girl. ehehhehe. no dragging here!

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Dad, please have some more nightmares!

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Hahaha but actually. Almost died when Dal-po took a bite of toast.

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The toast scene was epic. I'll remember that one for a long time.

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That toast scene had me gaping, I didn't even realise my mouth was wide open.this was definitely not a cliché scene, I didn't know bread could do that.one word -YOWZA!!!
Another unique scene that I absolutely loved, the blocking with hands and going low with her to prevent her from escaping, so fresh.
I'm glad this show has some pretty unique 'get close'scenes. if I see another trip and accidental catch me scene,I'll scream, I can't gouge my eyes out coz I still have to finish this drama and liar game and it's the first I appreciate park shin ye (didn't understand the hype over her before)
Can the broadcast station announce they found dad's body and that they made a mistake? The injustice of it all is unsettling and giving me a heartburn, the toast is helping though.just a bit.

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HAHA, I know right? If he could just have one of those each episode until they're actually together, I'd be soooo grateful! LOL!

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I love this drama.

I love girlfriday too.

Thats it for now.

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*finger guns*

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So far so good...will keep an eye on this show for sure^^

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My goodness when Lee Jong Seok wears a suit, the man *wears* that suit. Like a champ. Those legs...so endless...

Ahem, this episode was a slow but satisfying build up of all the feels. Grandpa playing Dal Po's fairy godmother and then outing him had me sniffling. Dal Po viciously going after In Ha's idealistic beliefs put tears in my eyes and then him and his brother crying alone for their dad hit me in the gut. Water, water everywhere. I'm surprised at the pacing of this drama. Things are getting revealed left and right; it makes me wonder what other reveals are in store.

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Guh.

I really like you, Shooow.

Park Shin-hye's finally made it into a production where she's well matched with the lead actor. Whoo! Go, Lee Jong-seok!

Liiiike it.

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Amen to the PSH comment. Now if she can actually have a decent (I'm not even asking for good, just non-cringe worthy) kiss I will be ecstatic.

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Yoon Shi-yoon was able to give her a pretty proper kiss at the end of FBND, so hopefully Lee Jong-seok can work the same magic!

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I agree happymess. The kiss at the end of FBND with Yoon Shi-yoon did not make PSH look like she was having a root canal. I consider that her best drama kiss so far, but here's hoping LJS can top it!

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Has anyone noticed we never saw the supposed "girlfriend"? Is it possible he is faking it so nobody will notice he likes In Ha and the "girlfriend" is none other than the female GPS?

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what i like the most is that she looks so unrestricted in motion, and looking k-drama standard of average yet when i saw the screencaps, oh my.. she's so purty...

i've always love PSH, this time enough to make me to bear LJS (sorry, but i have an allergy towards him)

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She is just so pretty even in her slob outfit and messy hair....she actually looks prettier in her messy state than she does when dolled up forthe red carpet lol.

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THE TOAST!!!!!!!! is it unbelievably hot in here?

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Even though I was expecting it, I was still fanning myself :P

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Dal-po ah!!! eat my toast!!

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LOL! Short funny posts make my day!

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i loved the idea of the grandpa knowing all along and pretending for both their sakes- it was hinted at in the previous episode, so i was glad that it turned out that way. but i feel kind of heartless...i didn't feel anything about their emotional scene in the bus together or at the revelation that his father's bones had been discovered just a few days ago or dal po crying about his father in the last scene. the reveals were a bit too sudden for me, and had not much weight...for me, anyway. i also might be alone in my opinion that it seemed very out of character for dal po to be the one to reveal that she was a pinocchio and basically destroy her at the interview, in front of everyone, when he knew she wanted to keep it secret and that it was her dream job...even if the news event was the one that destroyed his own family, and it triggered his terrible memories and made him feel rage all over again at the reporters and the other applicants just spouting their opinions on it. he's been protecting her for so long, and he knew and had been frustrated with her naivety before...it just didn't seem like something he would do.
i know coincidences are a part of every drama, and i'm okay with people running into each other all the time- even in big cities, it happens- but there's been quite a lot already, e.g. his brother discovering the factory workers, the brothers passing each other by, them picking the fire as the news event, etc.
sorry for my complaints, it's just that i'm slightly disappointed bc i liked the writer's previous work and i love the cast. i think i'll watch next week's episodes and decide then if i want to continue watching.

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I feel if you did not feel this episode, you will probably feel nothing for the rest of it. It may be best use of your time to just drop out. I hate to waste time on dramas that do not make you feel stuff. Ep 4 was all kind of awesome and if you did not enjoy it, clearly you are not enjoying the drama. Why waste your time?

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I actually i believe it does make sense and it on his character to do what he did. Don't forget when he first found out about who her mother was how he reacted. Dal po get very emotional and raw when it's about his family. When she did that I felt like he saw the her mother in her and took her as an enemy because he had just found her dad has died plus the guy which Pinocchio messed up as well. He probably regretted after saying it but i can understand the anger he felt while sitting there

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My suggestion, wait it out until we're about 10 episodes before you start watching it. That way, you don't have to decide when you want to watch a drama or not--no point of putting yourself in agony week after week.

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don't get me wrong, there were lots of moments i loved in this episode- their chemistry, of course, and the dad's moments of embarrassment for his daughter and the fantasy sequence, brief moments of jealousy, etc., i just felt like a heartless person for not crying, feeling sad/touched by the situations where i was undoubtedly supposed to as a viewer. so...maybe i will wait it out a bit until there are 10 episodes, like you say, and start watching it again then.

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You're not heartless for not crying and feeling "touched" at those moments when people are supposed to be touched by the scenes. I don't cry when I'm supposed to when watching this drama. It doesn't mean I don't enjoy this drama any less. Don't feel bad about it. Just enjoy the drama your way as we all have different take when watching the drama.

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+1! (I hardly ever cry watching a drama, even when it touched me)

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You have to understand. He is Ha Myung first before he is Dal Po. He has been protecting In Ha all these years, as Dal Po the awesome uncle. When he hears In Ha's reaction to the report, he saw a resemblance to her mother, who is the root of his demons. And the fact that In Ha was saying how legit the pinocchio witness was, no matter how purely innocent and objective her comment was, it triggered well kept emotions in Dal Po. He was attacked, though unintentionally, as Ha Myung the kid who lost his family. Thats why his reaction to In Ha is perfectly justifiable. He may regret doing so in the future, but during the debate, considering how attacked he felt, he said the appropriate thing.

But if this drama is too much for you, then a pity it is :(

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Lol, okay so I haven't finished the episode yet. But, I already have my favorite line: "Mmmm, biscuit. Coffee. Biscuit. Yoo-hoo." - I love this new character already.

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We'll see. I dont see it that way. ;)

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I disagree ? *hope to see him more*

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I guess my joke didn't make it to everyone.

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hmmm just to remind the "i disagree" part referred to what the character is always saying

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Yeah, i get it because he is nosy jang and he just loves to disagree with everything! Haha.

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The "Yoohoo" did it for me.

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OMG me, too! Haha. Him and his camerawoman were scene stealers LOL

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I wasn't crying during the Bus scene and the Debate scene. I apparently was chopping some onions...on my bed...for some reason.

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OMG.. i was howling and bawling every other scene.. on top of my LJS allergy, i don't know how to explain this.

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HE ALSO HAS PINOCCHIO SYNDROME!!!

...I think....I think Beom-jo also has Pinocchio syndrome because that would explain why he hiccuped...and why he's weirdly obsessed with her!

Also, I totally melted when he winked at her from his car. And then continued to become even goopier when Dal-po got jealous and protectively hid her.

Ahhhh and I can't wait for her to tell him she likes him! I just hope he doesn't run away or do something silly like that.

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Interesting theory, however he actually didn't hiccup, he sneezed :)

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Right, sorry! I meant sneezed!

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I think he was just sneezing because he had his car roof down in cold whether. Remember when everyone on the bus was like 'isn't he cold?'

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I thought he sneezed on purpose. The first time to get her attention so she would look at him, the second to give her a moment to think when she was put on the spot.

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I think the first sneeze was just a quirky way to connect to the flashback of him chasing the bus with his car roof down. She already looked at him (weirdly) before he sneezed. It does seem like he sneezed the second time on purpose though. What I was trying to say is I doubt he has pinocchio syndrome anyway.

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I have a doubt....why doesn't In Ha hiccups when she calls Dal Po "uncle" in front of grandpa? Because that's also a lie??

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It was mentioned in the previous episodes. in-ha explained that she would not hiccup calling him "uncle" cause technically he is, legally. Once paperwork was filled out.

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Because LEGALLY he is her uncle, he was adopted and everything. Therefore, she is not telling a lie when she calls him uncle. This was stated in the very first episode by young In Ha. Her dad asked if she would be able to call the little kid uncle and she said, "yeah, i tried earlier. since hes my uncle by law its true." or something like that.

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That is a good question! I'm going to guess it's because of that earlier conversation where dad and daughter decided that he was going to be grandpa's son. So he really is her adopted uncle.

I'm not sure about the beginning. But I know it is true now; that is why she said, "I can't be in love with him, he's my uncle."

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I think they said in the first ep that it's because he legally is actually her uncle so its not technically a lie.

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Because grandpa officially adopted him as his son so Dal-po IS her uncle legally. In-ha says this herself in earlier episode.

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Because legally, he is her uncle so it's not a lie.

It depends on if In Ha realises that what she is saying is a lie. She meets Yoo Rae (Lee Yubi's character) and says they never met before and doesn't hiccup. But we all know In Ha grabbed Yoo Rae at the MSC interview, she just doesn't remember. n

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the BEST makeover..hehe..

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Yup. I love that it was gramps who did it :P

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The actor that plays Beom jo is very tall. Notice how he towers over everyone in the room including Dal po, which surprised me as I didn't expect to see such a height difference between them.

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No wonder, since he is one of the 'model line' that graduates from the awesome White Christmas.

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They're actually just 1-2 cm apart lol. Jongseok's a very distinguished model too. Maybe the cam angle and the shoes?

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Not just the OTP but the whole freakin' family is adorable. &I dont know how this writer pays so much attention to the little details that make her OTPs work but somehow she adds that magical touch. And lee jung SEOK is just so perfect here.
I was pretty much ooo-ing, eee-ing, ahh-ing, aww-ing and omg-ing all throughout this episode. Dal-po's sobbing and wailing, his burst of anger, his soft and lovesick eyes.. Yes, this is all the faces of jong suk (hurt puppy, angry puppy, lovesick puppy, cute puppy, and more) at his finest in one fun, heartfelt hour of television. Im not even a fangirl of lee jong SEOK but dal-po kinda brings that out of me, i guess. Character description and writing is everything; coupled with the perfect actor for the role and you've got yourself a winner.
In-Ha, just keep being cute, spunky, beautiful, and real.

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Just because you believe something is true doesn't make it true, that's why I believe the Pinocchio syndrome is not reliable.
I mean, she can't lie how she feels and what she thinks but other than that, everything else she says doesn't have to be true.
Just because someone can't lie doesn't necessarily mean they're right, I agree with Dal Po.
Same goes for that witness.

Why has the scene of brother crying not done anything for me? I just don't seem to care about him, am I the only one?

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That's the whole point Dal-po made near the end of the episode. The inability to lie doesn't mean the person always says the truth, because if they believe the lie, then they say it as the truth. And other people tend to believe them because technically they can't lie.

The Pinocchio syndrome was never meant to be "reliable". It's just a syndrome where people can't say what they believe to be not true without showing physical symptoms.

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"Just because you believe something is true doesn’t make it true, that’s why I believe the Pinocchio syndrome is not reliable."
-Actually, I was surprised. Because In-ha, herself, was the one to point that out this episode. That's the first thing she addresses. And so, at first, I was going "YES, exactly. Good girl." But, then she backtracks to say that, despite this, it makes sense that the police, reporters etc. would believe in the testimony anyway so no one is at fault. This is, honestly, a true statement. It does make sense that people would believe in a testimony from such a person. But to believe it without a doubt that they could be wrong? A reporter, responsible for conveying the truth to millions of people, should not have the luxury of "just believing it" without doing a little bit of digging. It's their job to do whatever it takes to get the truth and any negligence on their part, frankly, means that they ARE at fault. I'm looking forward to seeing her realize this so she can avoid those kinds of mistakes.

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Exactly. The opposite of "lying" is not "telling the truth" but "telling what you believe (with the intention to be understood)". Being pathologically unable to lie doesn't automatically make you omniscient.

It seems kind of strange that people in a parallel universe where this Pinocchio syndrome exist would not know that very basic fact. But it's okay, it's drama.

About the brother, yep, that didn't work for me either. The brother is WAY underdeveloped (especially in his current "form") and the backstory was so fast (and shallow) that it was not enough for me to invest in the brother on its own.

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oh good, i'm not the only one then. i enjoy getting emotionally invested in dramas and you know, feeling all the joys and angst and jealousy along with the characters, so i don't like it when i don't care/feel anything when i'm obviously supposed to.
fast pacing is good, but i worry that they're kinda zooming ahead way too fast...we've already jumped several years, and a month ahead to the interview, etc., and the leads have already realized their feelings towards each other, the father has been discovered to be dead, the cause of death has been discovered, the chaebol guy's already found the girl who's been sending him the texts, etc. etc. i wonder if they'll have enough story to fill 20 episodes.

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i understand your concern that they may have jump the gun. but by dragging the drama like most kdramas do, it makes the writers lazy, which makes them less creative and dependent on recycling scenes from previous kdramas like hidden births, memory loss, push pull love story etc. Here we actually see the writer investing his hard work to bring us quality before quantity episodes. Besides, by getting the obvious out the way we open up more possibilities for the characters to develop.

For once i actual feel the writer doesn't treat us as fools, by feeding us regurgitated kdrama.

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Agree! I was also a bit worried that the drama was moving too fast, but I have faith that the writer's going to do her best not to disappoint us. I've seen both Dream High and I Hear Your Voice, and loved them, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Pinocchio is on the right track! :)

Thank you, girlfriday, for the recaps! :)) I was squealing during that toast scene!

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It's because these first four episodes are just for character building though, that's why they tried to cover everything to get it out of the way. We're not even in the real plot yet, which is them being intern reporters in two rivaling stations.

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I see Now why a Pinocchio can never become a reporter. How dangerous it is for a person who disregards the fact that they could be wrong to become a reporter, how scary it is to talk carelessly without knowing the weight of your own words—I get that now.

SO. FREAKING. BEAUTIFUL.

That statement alone summarises the danger of words and justifies why lie detector results are not admissible in court. Pinocchio's hiccups don't detect lies. It only detects the person's breach in HIS/HER OWN conscience and beliefs. And belief =/= truth.

A complicated concept described and summarised in just a few words - I love it!

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It was lovely, and so well delivered too. It kind of reminded me of the book Atonement. Even though we may believe we are telling the truth, our words can destroy lives. The human voice is a very powerful thing.

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Very interesting discussion at that roundtable. I am hoping In-ha (and the rest of the rookies) learn how to balance it out. Hard truth and sensitivity. It is an art of honest communication and perfected with practice and observation. I am looking forward to the rest of the rookies' stints and investigative cases.

Grandpa/father and son scene on the bus kicked me hard. Such love and honesty. Gasp. Something is going to happen to Gramps.

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Something is going to happen to Gramps.

LOLWUT?! XD

Dont' jinx gramps! (Even though KDrama logic says that "if a parent is too nice, he/she needs to be off-ed by xx episode.)

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Unjinx!! Knock wood! Throw salt over shoulder! One family tragedy is enough for now.

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I know!! I mentally clapped when he said that. I understood In Ha but obviously, emotionally I'm more with Dal Po and what he said was just... awesome.

And also I don't fault him for doing what he did. It probably wouldn't bother him that much if she said that some other time but considering the circumstances and the tragic news he got, it was a great raw response from him.

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It's beautiful, but it is also nonsense.
Just as there is no rule that "a Pinocchio" (I dislike that term, btw) cannot not tell the truth, there is no rule that he/she must be ignorant of the fact that he/she CAN say something that isn't true.

This argument is like: "Wait, the Pope is NOT infallible? That means everything he ever said was bollocks, right?"

It's also very discriminating and hostile towards people with that syndrome. It says that the only thing they are IS their syndrome. They have no other relevant ethical or moral basis.

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True.

But like Chandler (19.2) stated, In Ha was well aware of what her condition only means and yet she still decides that no one's at fault, even the reporter who's supposed to be skeptical and find out the truth. The thing is, it is very easy for people to equate a no-lie-detected situation to truth, when it is not so.
Theoretically, everyone would know this but people tend to take shortcuts and actions and accusations made in an emotional moment can cause lasting damage.

And the biggest victim of this no-lie-detected = truth mindset is the "Pinocchio" him/herself. Because if he/she hiccups, everybody would be going "you lied! Tell me the truth!" The idea of no-hiccup = truth is even more enforced when he/she discusses about emotions , wherein he/she is always right in that aspect and also in all sorts of little yes/no questions like "did you see her eat the rice?" where the answer is very black and white and the idea gets even more entrenched. And when one grows up with this kind of conditioning, it causes the person to believe in that moment that no-hiccup is synonymous and inseparable with truth and that's where the problem lies.

I agree with your point in your first paragraph but show me a person who can constantly, and with great awareness, go against what he/she has be conditioned to believe in since birth. There must be no instant in which he/she falls back to habit.

And the reason Pinocchio-s cannot become reporters is because they can fail to separate that no-lie = truth mindset in that instant and cause an irrevocable mistake (by virtue of being on national television) when they're wrong. Also, the problem is, if everyone knows that the reporter is "one who cannot lie", an excessive number of them are likely to believe strongly in the reporter's syndrome and their thinking will be clouded by that bias. Their actions will follow their thinking and if the reporter is REALLY wrong, there'll be another DalPo.

Theoretically, you are right, but practically, I still understand and side with "DalPo's statement".

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But I disagree with your last two paragraphs. "DalPo statement" only says: You COULD be wrong, and you COULD be causing a terrible misunderstanding by not realising that, which could/would be fatal to the misunderstood party.

It doesn't mean that ANYTHING a person-who-cannot-lie says is definitely fake or false or un-researched. It's just that a person who will likely trust an invalid test, is too dangerous and therefore not fit to be on LIVE national television, spreading what-is-supposed/believed-to-be-the-truth-but-in-fact-is-fake.

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I, absolutely, disagree.

"It’s just that a person who will likely trust an invalid test ..."

Why? You mean any person with Pinocchio syndrome is "likely" to trust an invalid test? Why?

Don't you see that this is the very core problem of discrimination? You project something onto a group, then forcibly apply it to each and every member of this group and then disqualify all of them on that basis.

There is no reason to believe that people with Pinocchio syndrome are more likely to mistake belief for truth than other people. In fact, they are less likely to do so because they have a hell more of experience in that matter.

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(1) You are right that In-ha's argument is flawed and wrong. To use the Pinocchio argument to prove your point is bad (and worse: evil) journalism. A journalist, even a biased one, MUST understand the reliability of his/her sources and should usually be intelligent enough to understand the difference between belief and truth. But that doesn't mean anything at all towards the idea of a journalist (or a reporter) with a Pinocchio syndrome. Just because an evil journalist USED the Pinocchio argument in a bad way doesn't mean that a Pinocchio journalist would do the same, right?

"I agree with your point in your first paragraph but show me a person who can constantly, and with great awareness, go against what he/she has be conditioned to believe in since birth. There must be no instant in which he/she falls back to habit."

I wasn't conditioned to believe that belief and truth is the same thing (and my father was a pastor). I also don't think that In-ha does believe that she cannot say anything but the truth (she understands enough to reason why she can "lie" about her uncle). Yes, some people might fall for the argument when some journalist tries to deceive them, but that's mostly the responsibility of that journalist.

"And the reason Pinocchio-s cannot become reporters is because they can fail to separate that no-lie = truth mindset in that instant and cause an irrevocable mistake (by virtue of being on national television) when they’re wrong."

That, in my opinion, is at least condescending. ANY journalist with a critical range is CONSTANTLY risking to inflict huge damage when making a mistake (not to mention doing things on purpose).

You know, there was the scene where Dal-po talks to In-ha's mom. She said that no person with Pinocchio syndrome can become a reporter because there are no reporters with Pinocchio syndrome. I immediately thought: There should be no female announcers either. Because, you know, some years ago, there weren't any female announcers (and if there aren't any, that means that they cannot become one).

Of course, women cannot be TV announcers because women are stupid and lie. That's why people trust male announcers much more. Women are fickle and might just lose their rationality for a second and do great damage as announcers. The risk is too high. That's a man's job.

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I think the big issue for him was that she did basically excuse thecpinocchio syndrome and say their was no responsibility for it. He just saw her do what scares him. While I agree to an extent with her statements, she did quickly dismiss the person with Pinocchio syndromes responsibility by saying that the person thought it was true. She didn't think much before that conclusion.

His point is that someone with that syndrome should be thinking twice as much before speaking...let alone of they were to be a reporter. She is someone he probably respects the most but if even she doesn't seem to take her level of persuasion that seriously than the syndrome can be creaky dangerous.

Is he being emotionally biased? Yes. Was it a shock to his system to see her be so dismissive about the power of her words (or anyone with the syndrome)? Yes. Is he wrong? Not necessarily. Someone with that power would need to be constantly vigilant about what they're saying and how it can impact others, even more than the average person. It's pretty hard to find anyone let alone a reporter that conscienscious. It's a big risk.

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Agreed! I have to admire the writer for conceptualizing it as the basis for this drama. More than that it's been beautifully carried out by some awesome writing, acting and directing........after a long time a drama that has me so invested.

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I love that In Ha can't really deny her attraction to Dal Po so we can't drag along with the whole denial of feelings. I wonder if she's more upset because of the "uncle" relationship or because she thinks he has a girl and doesn't want to be the "homewrecker" although in this case, that term doesn't seem to be appropriate seeing as they would then really be family

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i LOVE this drama so much! awesome show just awesome :) thanks for the recap GF!

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Wooo why is it suddenly hot in here?? The sliding part was hot, the toast part was hot..I want moar!!

But seriously, the thing that makes me into a puddle of goo is the relationship between gramps and Dal-po..so heartwarming I cried so much its embarrasing...

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This is a complicated question. Is it still incest between the two of them since they're related by law and not by blood?

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LOL, no, incest has to be related by blood, I know step brothers/sisters that have ended up being married. (they didnt grow up together so they dotn have a sibling relationship or anything) but no, its not incest. Especially as Dal po isnt even Grandpas son, so he wasnt officially adopted, meaning they arent even related by law.

though even if it was incest, it wouldn't stop the love in a Kdrama...

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Thanks. I'm not quite sure about it so thanks for clarification.

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well meimei, Dalpo is indeen offiially adopted by grandpa. That's why In Ha can call him uncle without hiccupping

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That depends on the cultural setting. Incest may be a biological based concept, but it is heavily shaped by the cultural norms. There are cultures where the social norms overshadow the biological basis so much that the actual blood relation is irrelevant in terms of incest, while the social relation is not.

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I know in many cultures, including most American juridictions, relationships between non-blood related close family members is still considered incest in the eyes of the law. For instance, step-siblings are usually not allowed to marry, neither are adopted relatives. I'm sure that, legally, a Dal-po/In-ha relationship would be out of bounds though I'm not well versed on Korean incest laws (which I hear are very strict).

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I'd say no. I don't like the idea of step-siblings being in a relationship because they were raised as true siblings so their feelings should be like that but Dal-po was a fake uncle and was always treated as such so it's not really a same family situation as much as he likes them.

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the scene of dal po & grandpa at the bus got me teary eyed but at the last scene where dal po was crying was so emotional ... wahaha ... now I really can't wait for next week for episodes 5&6..
on the brighter side, dal po was so cute being a possessive of in ha when beom Jo winking at in ha while driving besides the bus ... the chemistry & spark was overload in both dal po & in ha when dad got a beautiful nightmare .. :D.. Pinocchio fighting ?

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The amount of skinship in this episode makes me giddy. Her grabbing his arm wondering why Dad wants to talk to him instead of her and his reassuring pat on her hand; her oh-so-naturally linking arms with him after his shower making him uncomfortable; his pulling her behind him to avert Beom Jo's flirtatious gaze and her hanging on to him like a bus handle; and his seductively trapping her against the wall making her (and us) all hot and bothered. Thanks, Dad, for the toast fantasy.

She likes him! I groaned when she didn't hiccup after swearing to Dad she thinks of him only as an uncle. That was the second time she didn't hiccup after swearing to her classmates she doesn't see him as a man. His outing her as a Pinocchio during their debate was such a dirty move, so I am relieved she got over his betrayal quickly. I truly hope she finds out his real identity soon, so she will understand why he said that in the heat of the moment. Why couldn't she be on the roof when he was weeping for his father to comfort him? I wanted to give him a hug and tell him his hyung never abandoned him.

HARABOJI!! "Back then you needed me, but now I need you." Tears. Dad, stop cockblocking. In what way is he not good enough for your daughter? He's a genius, a model, and he loves her. What more do you want? Beom Jo confuses me. He was jealous moments ago when he shouted at the top of his lungs to separate our cozy couple, but when his crush admitted (by lying) to liking another man, he just smiles? While In Ha blames no one, I blame everyone. Starting from the manger to the Pinocchio syndrome neighbor to the sensational reporters to the blame-assessing families of the deceased firefighters... everyone is responsible for tearing his family apart.

Thanks for the recap, girlfriday!

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I'm with you…I blame everyone too…especially those despicable managers and two workers who started the fire and were too lame-assed to actually come out and said anything.

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She didn't hiccup first.....it was the threat of losing Dal Po as her best friendand constant support, that made her realise her feelings.

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I didn't like Park Shin Hye earlier but now I realise it was just her previous characters that put me off, not her actual acting. Because she matches so well with LJS, it's no joke. No chance of liking the second lead more in this drama! (second lead male,that is. Yoo Rae is actually quite interesting and seems like an ok person, I like her)

Thank drama gods once more for the otp chemistry, it's so nice to see PSH actually match LJS in that spark, it can be really frustrating to see one lead throw all the energy. and passion at a leading lady who may as well be a statue (and it has happened before with LJS). Thank you to PSH for not being like that, the toast scene and her ending hiccups had me fangirling.

(But poor Dal Po and hyung, poor things, what a way to find out your father is really dead and your family was all torn apart for the first Pinocchio's mistake. At least Dal Po has the adorable and loving Choi family, poor hyung has no one :(

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♥ love your comment. Their chemistry is well matched. Unlike both their previous dramas. How sweet to see a couple that actually has BELIEVABLE chemistry instead of what we hope we could see but is somehow missing...

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It was a sad but amazing episode. The bus scene, and the rooftop crying scene. So heartbreaking.
And the debate scene too. I can feel the hurt that In Ha feel. I mean, someone like Dal Po, moreover her uncle, and is nice to her before, and have promised that they would overcome the obstacles of being reporters together, suddenly betray her like that. Of course, I'm really mad at Dal Po. But when I see him crying, I feel sad for him too and can't blame him. Oh my, I hate that SCO so fucking much.(since Dal Po sees her in In Ha. I hate that she's part of the reason for the conflict)

But of course aside from sad scenes, there's a lot of cute scenes too. Have I mentioned this before? That I really love PSH portrayal as CIH. In Ha is talkative, spunky, funny and pretty. I really love her (aside from Dal Po of course) and the bickering scene between the daughter and father are always cute and had me giggling.

Choi family is just too cute! But I wonder what will happen between Dal Po and In Ha after this conflict. Would they butt heads more? I really don't like to see that, although from the preview In Ha seems totally fine with Dal Po (I mean his betrayal. And I like that) looks like the tables has turned.

Ohmy.. I love-hate the writer for giving a lot heartache before ep 5 are shown. I mean.. it's so hard to endure another days with a lot sad scenes before another episode coming to me.

Well.. Although there's a few cute and funny scenes. But my poor heart suffered a lot with sudden conflict between our lovebirds.

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thank you thank you!
I also agree with you on Dal Po's actions against In Ha. I am excited to see their relationship after this debate and of course now that In Ha has finally confirmed her feelings for him.
I saw the previews and poor Dal Po looks so sad and defeated. I hope he'll be okay. And Hyung is so pitiful.
And once again, Park Shin Hye is doing an amazing job as In Ha and I love her hiccups. It sounds and looks so real, I applaud her. :D

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I love, love this episode... And so far so good for the show. I adore grandpa and thanks to him dal po was at least able to have a bit of happiness in his life despite his family's tragedy...he had a second family that maybe non traditional and weird in many ways but a family that loves and supports him nonetheless despite all the bickerings...

So far im loving the fluttery and blossoming feelings of the in ha/ dal po tandem... And i think it will definitely be hard to root for the second leads because for me right now the central otp is building up... And im liking where they are going...

Im crossing my fingers and hoping that this show continues its good streak... As of right now i cant wait for next week to see the next episode!!!

Oh i love in ha's appas imagination but i laughed out more when he got hit by grandpa... Poor dal peng appa!

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yes! that toast scene.. please bring us more of that Dad!! (hearty eyes)

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I want toast now...

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This cracked me up! LOL.

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My guess is that Dal Po passes the test and In Ha doesn't. However as seen before her mother wants to use In Ha to increase ratings. Thus they will be on opposite sides once again.

My initial thought were that he wanted to make a Pinocchio a reporter so a situation like his could have been avoided; however, now he has the opposite opinion. A Pinocchio can't lie; however, if they believe the lie to be the truth, then they will authenticate it.

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In Ha's mother seems like on verge of using In Ha as marketing strategy [here is a Pinocchio syndrome reporter- so what you will get is unvarnished truth while she knows how to get around the simple fact] to increase the rating.

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Yep, that makes sense. If In Ha accepts to be used by her mother, as a way to get closer to her, the conflict with Dal Po will be bigger...

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Heh I don't think Dad's as against Dal-po and In-ha as Dal-po thinks, heck I don't think he's as against it as he thinks.

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Duh!
He is daydreamingly shipping them. Subtle ... not.

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I wish Dal Po had let dad complete his sentence before rushing in :(

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I honestly thought that Dad was going to say that he actually wouldn't mind having DP as his future son in law, or something to reflect how much he actually really like him.

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I still prefer him to be Soo-ha.
But at least Park Shin Hye has a different kind of character now. She always had the "I'm innocent, shy and sweet" character but this gives her more meaning

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She is also much, much better matched with that kind of character. She has that big acting that simply doesn't work very well for shy and sweet.

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Totally agree! Choi in ha is the type of character that gives an actress a chance to show her calibre . Park Shin Hye is giving it life in a manner that she owns it now .

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when Dal Po started screaming at the conference table at In Ha and when he was crying on the roof i totally saw Eun Dae Gu there(in a good way)......it's even the same hair dude :D but it was a good episode and this kdrama is the best I've seen since YAAS i mean i only like three dramas from 2014 and i hope this won't disappointing and be the 3rd.....all kdramas this year started amazingly and ended up horribly

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Finally saw episode 4 on its entirety. My heart broke on the last scene.

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LOL this drama has given us cute cone umbrellas and now a hot toast moment. I'm going to need to watch this episode asap as it looks fantastic! And yay~ Misaeng tomorrow.

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There are meticulously crafted dramas with well-rounded and subtly developed characters and balanced and well-orchestrated plots. And then there is THIS.

The sledgehammer is mightier than the pen (it is definitely more blunt).

Who needs subtlety, go for the head-shot, every single time. And they do a fantastic job, I have to admit.

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>There are meticulously crafted dramas with well-rounded and subtly developed characters and balanced and well-orchestrated plots.

WHERE? :)

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When Dal Po got mad at the end omg that was so good from Lee Jong Suk. You can totally feel his wrath, and the shock mixed with pain In Ha felt. I like how it turned out to be Dal Po who is family to In Ha, to give her a reality check on why her syndrome prevents her from being a reporter. Even though he is just reinforcing what everyone was saying, nothing hurts more than when the people closests to you criticizes you.

I quite like the two leads chemistry. Stealer of the show is still Grandpa tho, and the transformation, ugh how I've missed sexy Jong Suk on my screen.

His haircut is quite similar to Park Su Ha's though, I do hope they give his hair more variety so we aren't reminded too much of the similarities.

Next week's preview is looking good too. I have a feeling that rich boy might get his mommy to do something behind the scene and get In Ha into the reporter company...
Yoo Rae seems really interesting, I hope to see more of her, especially in portraying the skills of sasaeng in a more positive light.

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totally love this couple and their dynamic relationship

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Yes ! Finally ! I love this episode so much.. so much that I hate it too. It makes me wait for another week to see what's going up next, and gosh.. waiting for it is going to be frustrating.

And btw, I started to watch this movie because all the drama's recaps are written by girlfriday (girl, you totally got an eye for good dramas), and she always posts it as soon as possible (which makes me believe that this is definitely a damn worth-watching drama)

Hence (once again) thanks to you, girlfriday, I fell for this drama <3

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What an awesome episode. It felt like a roller coaster. It made me cry, laugh and cry. I ended up thoroughly enjoying it. :)

Such an heartwarming scene with grandpa and dalpo. Loved the father-daughter moments. Although those two bicker cutely all the time, you can see the love,he has for his daughter. He wants to protect her and give her the best. And the way,he got embarassed over his daughter cracked me up.

And that toast kiss, oh my.. what a tease. That scene was sure hot. My my.. And it ended to be the dad's dream..which was epic. His reactions while imagining it and throwing a pillow to his imaginary figures which ended up falling on grandpa and he beating the dad with a pillow. It was hilarious. Love it. Love the family.

The love-hate relationship dalpo has on inha.. he helps to set up d TV for inha to watch her mom when they were kids,only to out her out to her dad in the moment of hatred and again sacrifized everything just so that inha can have her dream of becoming a reporter,only to shatter it completely. Yet,you don't find it in you to hate him because of what he has been through.

I can understand inha for talking about that guy with the pinocchio and at the same time, i cant blame dalpo for reacting the way he did, while talking about pinocchio cause it was the strong reason why his family ended up the way it was. Although i wish, he would stop seeing the mother in inha. I m sure it will happen as the episodes progress.

Bum-jo..oh my god.. His way to get inha's attention, his constant smiley face towards her,his obsession over inha. He looks smart,kinda stalkerish and creepy. I loved the bus scene, the way dalpo got jealous and shielded inha when he winked at her.

What a way to know about his father's death.. Felt so sad. It was hurting to see how the poor guy was suffering. The breakdown of both the brothers was so heartbreaking. Especially the elder brother, i don't know,i always feel sad when i see him.

I also like it that inha doesnt breakdown and cry after being betrayed by dalpo. She is stunned, confused and reasons out. I like that. "I just wanted him to be on my side. It’s a given that his opinion may differ from mine… But I still wanted Dalpo to be on my side. Because he’s Dalpo." That line.. Epic. And it was an interesting turn by which she comes to realize her feeling for him.

I am loving this drama. I love all the casts. The dynamics between the lead is awesome. Chemistry is so natural. Both LJS and PSH are such talented actors.

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Not a fan of both LJS and PSH but this drama totally got me. Have to say that the two leads portrayed the characters so well that I couldn't imagine anyone else for the lovely Dal Po and In Ha.

My heart goes out for both Dal Po and In Ha in this episode. Dal Po for the heartbreaking news about his father. In Ha for the sudden betrayal towards her. But from the preview, In Ha seems unaffected from Dal Po betrayal. It made her looks cool. I mean, she let slip the 1 bad thing he do to her. That means she still remember the other 99 nice things he did for her. That's why I think she's cool. Unlike most of people these days.
I hope she get to be a reporter too. Poor girl. Dal Po living her dream as a reporter (not to mention she has worked hard for over 35/36 interview but failed) but leaving her out. Poor girl.
But of course I can't blame Dal Po. He suffers a lot already.

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I agree. But for In Ha, it must hurt even for a bit when Dal Po succeed with just one interview while she always failed. Dal Po is not the one to blame, since he suffers from a lot of pain too.
Park Hye Run.. she's such a smart writer to mix and bomb our feelings like this. There must be another way that are less hurtful on Dal Po and his brother discovering the news about their father, and also Dal Po's betrayal towards In Ha. But the writer just put it in the most cunning and heartbreaking way. Such an amazing writer.

Now, how do I live until the next episode.

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Toast is Sexy!!! ?

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pinocchio statement is not evidence, just because he believes its true doesn't mean its actual fact. Take for example people in the middle ages believe the world is flat because its ridiculous for the world to be round with-out dropping off from the sky. Yet that is not actual fact.The fault lies in the police for not confirming hard evidence and basing their investigation on unsound logic that a pinocchio will never lie. Police are taught to investigate first hand evidence and not 2nd or 3rd hand assumptions.

set that aside i love the pace of the show, and felt emotions ranging from familial love to anguish for the characters, take away the redundant chaebol son as kdrama doesn't need another useless stereotype and this show will be one my top 10 kdramas this year.

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Right, In-ha's argument is nonsensical in a way:

The Pinocchio is not to blame because he said what he believed in.
Accepted.

The investigators believed the witness because he has Pinocchio syndrome.
Nonsense, that's like: The police is not to blame because they are morons and don't know better. Well, they MUST know that witnesses are unreliable most of the time, despite the fact they don't lie most of the time. That's investigation 101 from high school. Investigators from an insurance company or in the police, or journalists who don't know that fact NEED to be fired from their current job.

There is no defending utterly incompetent investigators and abusive journalists.
You know, REAL police would actually LOVE to have a witness with Pinocchio syndrome, because you know you will get not only some evidence, but also a pretty precise measure of the reliability of that evidence simply by asking questions like: "Did you see that person's face?" etc. Usually witnesses tend to lie in these situations because of social norms (they want to look good in the eyes of the investigator and pretend to be more sure of what they saw than they really are, while a Pinocchio would be more likely to tell the truth here).

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Great points. It's unbelievable no one thought to question the Pinnochio witness to find out exactly what he saw.

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This! This made no sense in the first episode to me. The fact that he can't lie doesn't mean he was right about what he thought he saw. Especially since there was no evidence to corroborate. Worst cops ever... I take that back. The ones in IHYV who let a serial killer run around stalking people were probably worse. Maybe this writer should take a basic Law Enforcement course before he writes his next project.

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Yes…how I really enjoyed IHYV, but in order to do that I had to just ignore the court scenes, cause they made no sense AT ALL! So I think that's the way I'd approach this show too, cause otherwise I can't enjoy the emotional ride.

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I think this writer portrays cops in an extremely bad light in order to emphasize some social commentary about how often police officers do not take their jobs seriously and are not properly trained to handle situations like this one (or in IHYV). I haven't done my own research into this, so don't take just my word for it, but I've heard that the Korean police force is very corrupt. Again, this is just information I've heard passed down, none of my own research, so it could be inaccurate. But, I think that the writer does know how the system *should* work, but she chooses to show how it fails in a satirical form.
However, I do agree with nomad because those court scenes in IHYV were a bit ridiculous.

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I heartily agree with Dal Po. The people who know that their words will carry weight or sway opinions and judgement should never speak carelessly. They must take responsibility for the opinions they air, especially in a public domain. If they make a mistake, they must publicly re-tract their statement(s), although even then, damage will already have been done.

Although the suffering of one family is portrayed here in a rather makjang way, it is a social comment and a warning perhaps, that those who are in a position to affect opinions, whatever their jobs/roles, but especially in law enforcement and reporting/media, should never give way to self-seeking callousness and carelessness to up sensationalism and viewership (in reporting), or permit lazy and negligent investigation.

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Basically, all I want to say has been said. Hehe. As a Park Shin Hye fan, I'm really glad that she's finally playing a character with a strong and animated personality. This was a really good choice for her, and I think her level of comfort with LJS actually shows in their scenes. I mean, you can tell they're friends irl hahaha. Their chemistry is cute and sweet, but if that toast scene and the wall-slide scene are any indication, I'm betting that chemistry can build up to something sizzling! Can't wait! :D

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What a difference a haircut makes! and not just for our lead actor: Kim Young Kwang looks so different when you can see his eyebrows and forehead, after his Plus Nine Boys look.

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Dad's fantasy had me in stitches. More of that is always welcome.

I felt so awful for Dal-Po's hyung when the body was found. I mean it's terrible for Dal-Po because he has to deal with it as well, but at least he has his adoptive father and In-ha, even though he isn't particularly fond of her. His hyung doesn't have anyone and he'd been searching for all those years. It doesn't hurt that the actor was one of my favorite Woodalchi guys in Faith.

As for the betrayal, I can understand where he's coming from and I am sure that he mostly saw In-ha's mother instead of her when she was saying that no one was to blame for what happened (yeah, she's giving too much of a pass on that), but he knows how much it means to her to have this one chance. So I was pretty split on how I felt about it....

As for grandpa, I loved that he had known for so long that Dal-po wasn't his actual son, but he kept up the pretense because they both need one another. Plus, that makeover scene was all sorts of hilarious.

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Great Lesson learned: good reporters do not CREATE the news, they should only REPORT what happened. I hope In ha's mom can take that to the bank.

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We've established that the use of convenient coincidences in this story are off the wall. BUT, in the case of the Fire Story being used for the test it makes perfect sense. They've already hinted that that story was a turning point in Gyo-dong's career and his attitude towards news reporting, as well as it being a story that continues to affect him years later. So it seems reasonable for him to use it as a way to gauge how potential new recruits are going to approach their careers as journalists.

Still, what a way to find out the truth!!

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I think it also helps that it will likely be in the news and whoever is picked might have to be involved in reporting on the discovery, if the hiring process happens quickly enough. Plus I think that the producer guy who had problems when the story initially broke may view the story as a case of particularly bad reporting and a chance to discuss the ethics of the field.

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