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Healer: Episode 1

We’re off to a brisk start with Healer, which I was looking forward to mostly for the writer (Song Ji-nah of Sandglass, Legend, Story of a Man) and secondarily for the cast (though a cast is never enough on its own to entice me). I was most curious to see what the tone would actually be, because there were enough disparate elements in the descriptions to keep me guessing—would it be a multigenerational melodrama? A conspiracy-driven thriller? A fun action romp? And while we often get dramas throwing at us an excess of genre modifiers that feel too scattered to work well (spy-action-medical-political-thriller-romance, for instance, or comedy-paranormal-historical-court-intrigue), I actually think Healer lives up to its promo descriptions, and keeps things moving smoothly, while hinting at a lot more depth beneath the surface.

 
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EPISODE 1 RECAP

A large, deserted building. The site looks abandoned, but deep inside the industrial space lies a spiffy hi-tech lair, lined with expensive computers and state-of-the-art gadgets. Somebody’s turned a dusty concrete box into a veritable bachelor pad.

Inside it, a young, fit man plays a game of virtual tennis (and gets his butt kicked by his computer opponent). We aren’t given a formal introduction yet, but for convenience’s sake let’s call him by name: SEO JUNG-HOO (Ji Chang-wook).

Jung-hoo ignores his cell phone, and moments later his tennis game gets hacked and a cartoon squiggle bursts in. A woman’s voice cuts in, cackling and chiding “oppa” not to ignore her calls, while he reminds her not to hack into his stuff.

Jung-hoo snaps to attention when “Ajumma” mentions a new job, although he’s skeptical at her description of it being “really simple”—nothing Ajumma’s called simple has ever been simple. She retorts that meeting a contact and taking a package is easy-peasy, and gets him going on the gig.

Jung-hoo pauses to look up at the wall-sized screen sporting the image of a beautiful island, his narration telling us that he dreams of buying a deserted island off of Panama. But for now, work.

The hand-off point is in a subway station, and Jung-hoo keeps a low profile as he scopes out the scene. Decked out with an in-ear line to his hacker partner—she’s JO MIN-JA (played by Kim Mi-kyung)—he notes the security cameras in his sightline, and Min-ja deftly hacks into the system to divert the footage.

Jung-hoo easily spots several suit-wearing goons stationed around the platform—they’re likely to become complications. Deciding this job is too much hassle for the meager payday, he turns to leave, only to have Min-ja remind them that they need the cash and that their market is crowding with competition. Jung-hoo turns back with a sigh.

First, they have to figure out who these guys are, and Jung-hoo sidles up to one goon and distracts him with images of bikini-clad women on his phone. While the goon drools, Jung-hoo surreptitiously swipes the guy’s cell phone and calls Min-ja with it, then slips the phone back.

With that information Min-ja is able to figure out who those suits work for, and it’s one of their competitors, Double S, to whom they’ve lost some clients: “They think they’re a Gangnam department store and we’re the neighborhood market.”

When the subway car arrives carrying his new client, Jung-hoo makes sure to get to him before the rivals do, and quietly grabs the contact’s arm and asks, “You came to meet the Healer?” He pulls the man back onto the train, but not soon enough; the rivals spot them and jump onto the car, and soon Jung-hoo finds himself trapped with goons closing in on both sides.

In an apartment building, a young woman gets into the elevator with a deliveryman and comments that the top package is hers. She takes it from the deliveryman—and then darts into a stairwell to don a delivery vest herself, using the package as an excuse to knock on a different apartment. Sneaky.

She makes up a few lies about requiring signatures to deliver mail, and the resident reluctantly opens the door to sign. That’s when our fake-deliverer clutches at her heart and makes a big dramatic gesture of reaching for pills, asking for water.

When the woman complies, our faker hurriedly grabs her phone to snap a few photos of the entryway, then makes a lame excuse to the woman for why the delivery is for the wrong person. The woman doesn’t buy it since she’s a celebrity (“Don’t you know who I am?”) and our faker beats a hasty retreat, her cover blown.

But she’s gotten what she came for, as it turns out she’s actually a reporter, CHAE YOUNG-SHIN (Park Min-young). She puts in a call to her editor; she works for a low-rent tabloid operation, as we can surmise from the way her editor tries to fashion a juicy headline out of her photo of men’s shoes in the celebrity’s entryway. He complains that it’s too weak to use as proof of liaison, and not worthy of a scoop.

Young-shin heads to the parking garage looking for more to the story, which is where she nearly gets plowed down by a convertible as it parks. She heads over indignantly to give the driver a piece of her mind, but he’s foaming at the mouth over a subway snafu, and Young-shin’s ears perk up when he blames this on “the Healer.”

Spidey senses tingling, she eavesdrops as the driver picks up a photograph and asks for a confirmation of the Healer’s appearance. He throws the photo in the backseat, and in an split-second of pure guts (or foolishness), Young-shin snatches the picture before the driver screeches off.

Next we jump to a charged protest site outside the corporation Samhan Group, where ex-workers and their families protest illegal layoffs. Reporters swarm the site, among them a grave-looking Serious Journalist, KIM MOON-HO (Yoo Ji-tae). He’s recognizable and respected, and maybe even a bit of a maverick; the other reporters stand around waiting for the official press conference, but Moon-ho heads right into the thick of things to talk with the protesters.

He interviews a distraught old woman who begs him to save her son, who’s laid up in the hospital after self-immolating in protest. Moon-hoo leaves a colleague to handle the press conference and immediately heads to the hospital, where he finds the son in a ghastly state, burned from head to toe.

The man has written out his story in case a reporter should come, and Moon-ho reads: “Please tell our story. Nobody will listen to what we have to say.” There’s something in Moon-ho’s demeanor that assures us that he will treat this with dignity and fairness, and he apologizes for coming so late.

But back to the subway. For now, Healer Jung-hoo is safe enough, with the goons waiting for their moment. Min-ja hacks into security at the next subway stop and sees the fresh influx of gangster types arriving and stationing themselves right at the doors. Meanwhile the client is quaking in his shoes about to pee himself, and Jung-hoo tells him calmly to trust him.

As the train approaches the station, Jung-hoo instructs his client to jump at the count of three. “One… two…” And screeeeeech! The train jerks to a stop in the middle of the tracks, and Jung-hoo counts, “Three!”

The doors don’t open. “Three!” He repeats. This time the doors do open… behind him, on the wrong side of the tracks. Pwahaha.

Seriously, Ajumma!” Healer gripes. Min-ja goes whoopsie and corrects her mistake, and then Jung-hoo and his client leap out the correct set of doors, onto the tracks below, while the goons are locked out by closing doors.

As they jog down the tunnel, Jung-hoo asks for “the goods” to confirm that they’re genuine, but the client fearfully begs Jung-hoo to save him first. This goes against his policy and time’s ticking, with the Double S goons now in the tunnel, continuing the chase. The client clutches his briefcase whimpering that they’ll kill him, and the gang is coming at them mighty quickly…

Jung-hoo asks Min-ja for a hand, and she sends the subway train along, losing their light source. The tunnel goes dark and from there, it’s simple enough for Jung-hoo to employ his super-fly hand-to-hand moves to pick them off one at a time. All the while, Min-ja counts down the remaining seconds till the next train passes through…

With less than a minute to spare, Jung-hoo tries to tell his opponent to pause to clear out his buddies before continuing the fight, which sounds as silly as you think if not for the very real train heading their way. By the time the lights appear around the bend, he’s only got seconds to figure a way out of this.

Jung-hoo breaks free of his hold and knocks out his opponent, only to have the burly guy land on top of him, pinning him to the tracks. Oh shit oh shit! Mooooooove.

The train zooms by, and then a long tense pause as we peer down the tunnel. Are those bodies dead, or just out for the count? And then, Jung-hoo stirs from the pile, having shoved himself and the goon off the tracks at the last second. He gasps that this job is so not worth the price tag.

Now for some rich people. Inside his palatial estate, a media mogul takes a conference call with other media honchos. He’s KIM MOON-SHIK (Park Sang-won), the chairman of Jeil Newspaper, and they’re discussing how to handle the story of the mass layoffs at Samhan Group. Or spinning it, more like, landing upon a business-friendly angle that takes the blame off the corporation. Oh, something tells me we’re in for some family strife over this, as Moon-shik is the older brother to our righteous star reporter Moon-ho.

Then Moon-shik hears from his secretary that “the item” has been transferred, having survived the attempt to intercept it. He guesses correctly who was behind that attempt—Moon-ho. Omo. Things just got more interesting.

Double S is reputed to be top-of-the-line, but even so, they weren’t able to outwit the solo Healer. He’s never been identified, and one of his hallmarks is discretion, in that he never asks for his clients’ identities.

Jung-hoo takes his nervous client away to safety to complete the transaction, but the man is so scared that he begs for one more consideration—that they send him to America, which he can’t do on his own without being caught. He adds that Jeil News should be able to manage it, and an email gets sent over to chairman Moon-shik.

That means, however, that the client knows that Jeil is involved, and Jeil doesn’t like being thus exposed. Moon-shik files away the Healer’s name and decides that this must be directly discussed with the Old Man; they can’t risk anything going awry.

At the broadcast station, Moon-ho gets bad news from his boss, news desk chief KANG MIN-JAE (Woo Hee-jin), with whom he is very friendly and speaks to in banmal. They’ll be cutting the interview with the burned protester, and he entreats her to help him honor his promise to the man.

Min-jae understands how he feels but she’s also got higher-ups to report to, so she settles on a compromise to allow Moon-ho to mention meeting the man, but glossing it over in a pleasant fashion. Something tells me he’s not going to let that be the final word.

Ah, and as the newscast prepares for broadcast, we see that the honchos who’d called in with Jeil’s Moon-shik are executives at this station. Min-jae gives Moon-ho the extra warning that they’re here to see his broadcast. “Don’t cause trouble,” she says.

At home, Young-shin makes kimchi with her father, chatting about her latest lead on the top-secret mercenary called the Healer. She knows that these kinds of services are employed by the rich and powerful to do their dirty work for them, and smells a top story, as well as all the riches she’ll rake in by writing a bestselling exposé.

Young-shin wheedles Dad in her best aegyo voice to lend her the money to contract the Healer’s services (in the vicinity of 10 grand), and he harrumphs that he’ll do it when she brings home a marriageable young man. She picks up a cabbage head and “introduces” him to Dad, which is super cute for the way Dad just plays along like she’s marrying Mr. Cabbage Head.

But then it’s time for the evening news, and Young-shin leaps up to catch the broadcast featuring Moon-ho. From the way she grins up moonily at her television, I’m guessing she’s a big fan.

Moon-ho goes off-script during the live broadcast to tell the man’s story, to Min-jae’s chagrin. Moon-ho gets particularly scathing, turning the criticism inward, saying that the man self-immolated because nobody would listen to his story otherwise. He acknowledges that truth—he didn’t interview the man until he burned himself, nor did the station care for the plight of the workers—and states that the man’s extreme act was driven first and foremost by “we the reporters.”

And Young-shin’s admiration of Moon-ho just balloons up in response—not to date him, but to be him. She explains to us that she wasn’t so great in her studies, went to a mediocre university, and failed all the entrance exams for the major papers, which explains why she’s toiling away at such a dinky tabloid. Still, she’s confident in her drive and passion.

Next, we meet an elegant woman in a wheelchair, looking fondly at old photographs of her daughter and of herself with four university friends (a photo that’s been spotted a few times now). She’s CHOI MYUNG-HEE (Do Ji-won), and she sets out a lavish spread with those photos at the center—a memorial, perhaps.

She’s joined by her husband, Chairman Kim Moon-shik, in a child’s room that’s been preserved. He grows sad-eyed at the friends’ photo, but agrees that it’s appropriate since their bygone friend was the father of the deceased daughter. Oy, these relationships seem pretty complicated. I mean, in a good way ultimately, but right now I’m just trying to keep ’em all straight.

Moon-shik calls his brother to wonder why he isn’t here yet, but Moon-ho’s in a heavy mood and says he won’t be able to make it. Moon-shik guesses that it’s because he got chewed out for making yet another live broadcast incident, and the brothers laugh about how nothing ever happens without hyung knowing.

It’s particularly interesting given what we know about them outmaneuvering each other behind each other’s backs, since they seem so affable to each other directly. Moon-shik ends the call with a warm “You know I’m always on your side,” to which Moon-ho angrily flings off his headset.

Then Moon-ho calls a friend to inquire about test results yet again—and for the third time, the DNA has proved the two people unrelated. The friend wonders who he’s looking for, and Moon-ho just replies, “Someone I have to find.”

As he comes home to his spacious, empty apartment, Moon-ho thinks heavily that another day has passed in his life where every day feels like a homework assignment to be solved. He takes an apologetic call from the Double S Guard company for the failed task, and guesses that the job was interrupted by the Healer, “because I had initially intended to hire him.” Looks like he’ll be going there next… if he can beat out the competition, that is.

Moon-ho dismantles his coffee table to reveal that it’s a functional chest, and inside is a briefcase housing dozens of cassette tapes and a note that reads “HEALER.” The tapes date back to 1980, and he narrates that two points of time in his life are connected by a tough thread: 1980 and 1992. Every time he tries to move forward, he returns instead to those times.

He takes out that old photo of the five friends, growing emotional as it takes him back to being a young boy:

November 1980. Moon-ho rides shotgun in an old truck, his brother driving and listening to an underground radio broadcast. A young Myung-hee broadcasts from a cramped space with her (boy?)friend, talking about news and criticizing the media in that fearless way that idealistic students have.

The broadcast is enough of a problem that the police are busy trying to track its source and move out with sirens blaring. A friend on a motorcycle signals to Moon-shik, and ah! The pirate broadcast is originating from the back of the truck. The friends get the signal to cut out, and they quickly sign off.

The cops spot the antenna mounted on the truck and start to chase, while their motorcycle buddy does his part in running interference and heading off the police cars. The chase gets increasingly perilous, until finally the motorcyclist pulls off the awning covering the truckbed and flings it onto the cop’s windshield, ending the chase.

They make it out today, and drink to the successful escape. That’s when young Moon-ho picks up a camera, and the friends suggest taking a photograph together. Moon-shik is the most concerned of the five—he’s rather dark, whereas his friends are freewheeling and ebullient—and I’m sensing more to the story than a mere love triangle between his old friend and his current wife.

In the present day, Moon-shik and Myung-hee hold the memorial, and Myung-hee grows teary as she asks her dead husband to look after their daughter. Moon-shik lends her his literal shoulder to cry on.

Moon-ho writes an email while narrating for us, “My time is caught on the past, and so, I had no tomorrow. If I find that child, perhaps I might have a tomorrow.” We see him writing another request for help, and it’s addressed to the Healer.

The Healer, meanwhile, sits down for to a dinner for one and keeps his eye on his goal of retiring to a private island. His plan sounds both outlandish and entirely feasible, given the way he’s thinking out the details of all the supplies he’d need. He grimaces at a phone call from Ajumma Min-ja, and when he ignores her call (c’mon, do you not learn?), she hacks into his system to check on the latest request.

Jung-hoo retorts that he’s already tracked down three girls for the client, but Min-ja reminds him that they were all false leads. This time, though, she thinks she’s got a good possibility for a girl adopted twenty years ago who fits the bill. Plus, it’s an appealing option since they’ll get paid for the DNA sample regardless of whether it’s a match.

Jung-hoo isn’t hopping to get on the job, but he realizes that he’s still got to make more money before his dreams of island paradise are realized.

And then we cut to Young-shin, who explains her second dream being to locate her birth parents. She loves her naggy dad, but is curious to know who her parents were, ask why they abandoned her, and to meet them once. Just to know.

In the morning, Young-shin runs along the sidewalk and thinks to herself that both her dreams seem distant and unattainable, but she’ll be keeping the faith. She’ll work hard, and if it happens, it’ll be her fate.

As she barrels along to the bus stop, we see through the Healer’s fancy info-glasses that Young-shin is the one he’s looking for. His reports find that she’s curiously absent from social media accounts (“She can’t be normal!”), and her face gets positively matched by the computer software as she makes it onto the bus.

“Bingo!” he thinks, as he boards the bus after her. The bus lurches, and she falls, quite literally, into his arms.

 
COMMENTS

I was hoping for good things from Healer but also wary of expecting too much, because that’s been the story of my life this past year. Every time a drama comes along I try to temper my hopes, and yet judging from the way I keep feeling disappointment, I can never quite get rid of it entirely. But I wouldn’t want to, because it’s worth it when a show meets your standards or exceeds them, and that’s all the reason to keep looking for the good in things.

I’m not ready to declare Healer a success story, and I haven’t quite decided whether to continue the recaps (we’ll be deciding after seeing the rest of premiere week), but for now I feel optimistic about the world, the characters, and the intricate interweaving of people’s stories. One thing that drives me nuts in dramas is when very important things happen by coincidence (like the lead couple of a rom-com just happening to have five meet-cutes (or meet-hates) in a row), but we can see that the writer is layering the pieces carefully. Things happen for a reason, and I believe that the relationships are fleshed out in elaborate detail beyond what we can see.

I like to be kept guessing, so long as the drama doesn’t overdo the cryptic hint-dropping, because isn’t it infuriating when a show dangles things in front of you and yanks them away? I like how we see these relationships presented, with glimpses at a more nuanced story underneath the surface; there’s enough for us to speculate, but it’s not so obvious that it won’t present surprises down the line.

One key example of that is the brothers’ relationship, which I already find fascinating via their one phone call together. They don’t look like they’re faking affection or interest in each other, and from the flashback we can presume that hyung basically raised his kid brother, but clearly there is conflict in spades between them now. They work in the same industry, are rock stars in their professions, and have what appear to be good lives—but man, are they a powder keg ready to blow or what?

Yoo Ji-tae is really wonderful at embodying his character’s haunted inner life, and I am so happy to see him back in wonderland with his quiet intensity. His gravitas just gets better with age, now that he has a few wrinkles to add to the effect, and I am mightily relieved to see how his character figures into the plotline. I had worried that they cast such a fantastic actor and might relegate him to support staff in favor of the younger hotshot (and I say this liking Ji Chang-wook); the Healer is a cool role, but Moon-ho provides this emotional heft that I find really compelling. You can feel the oppressive weight of the past in him, and that informs everything in the present.

That said, I’m also happy to see that the Healer isn’t some glossy empty vessel, either—I really, really like his yearning for isolation, and find that it rounds his character in a fascinating way. He isn’t just a legendary mercenary for the kicks; it’s just a means to an end for him, and he’s so driven to pursue that end that he’s gotten to be insanely good at his job. He seems to me both a wild dreamer and a pragmatist, even though I’m not quite sure where those two edges meet in him. What I do know is that I want to know more of this story, and I’ll be hoping that the drama delivers it in a consistently entertaining, thoughtful, and (sure why not?) stylishly slick way.

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Waaaaah I was so excited for this and it's finally out!! Thanks so much for the recap~~ Can't wait for subsubsubsusbussss <3

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Also, already loving the OST of the drama. I have a feeling its it's gonna be one of those ones that stick in my head for ages after I finish the drama ^^

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@onefive, lovedddd this drama so much, it's an obsession :)

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Hey, it's Man-Bok! Not used to seeing him so nervous.

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It's always a good sign when a show employs veterans who consistently deliver solid, memorable acting in whatever roles they are given. Love them to bits.

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@kdaddict, I can't believe your one of the beanies who stuck around until it became such a huge healer sensation here on Db :)

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Thank you for the recap! I watched this raw, so now I can understand better what happened. I didn't find any subs out yet.

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Also, I love Kim Mi-Kyung! She is one of my favorite actresses. I love the way she looks like, in this drama.

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She is so so so versatile -- from Master's Sun to Plus Nine Boys to Heirs (she was easily my favorite character in that one) to It's OK, It's Love.

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She was also great playing a detective in Story of a Man/The Slingshot written by the same writer-nim.

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I love her- she always brings it. Even in lackluster dramas she makes the scenes she's in worth watching (ahem, Heirs...). I kinda yelped when I first saw her in this one-- didn't realize she was in it. I wish there were more dramas with good main roles for women her age.

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She is the most wonderful actress that can make any drama so appealing and fun. In Healer, she once again shows her character invincibly appealing and vibrant. haha. Her reggae hairdo, her skull-print shirt, colorful socks and her kimbop. She just makes me crack so much.

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OMG, I haven't seen an ep 1 that I love so much. I love Ji Jang Wook's James Bond-like char, the Healer. Only JB is so passé, while Healer is tech savvy and cutting edge. He is cooler than cooler. I fell in love w JJW in Empress Ki. He really showed his acting had a wide range in it.
I also love his hacker-associate, Ajumma, played by one of my fav supporting actresses.

I love the back stories to all the 3 main char. Yoo Ji Tae plays a star reporter. While we've seen reporters before in KDland, his past seems pretty unique, and painful of course. Loved YooJT in A Star's Lover. Only his char there was kinda weak and uncomplex. His role here will more than make up for that, I believe.

I'm neither a ParkMY fan nor anti. But she seems winsome here. Her being yet another adopted Korean Orphan is a bit of a yawn, yet her being a reporter-wanna-be and is sharp by instinct has my attn.

My hopes are high that this will cure my M & Tu blues!
Healer to the rescue!

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@@kdaddict love jcw, enough said :)

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Hi TurkishRose,
See u here later, when we all start to rewatch!

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@@kdaddict, hope you didn't skip ahead and marathoned the whole show already by yourself missy;)

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Healer deserves to be 2014 for mini drama series. The main castes had proud to korea entertainnent drama serial. A BIG applause..action with thriller stunts etc ????

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I'm in need of some good action, which Healer should hopefully deliver. Has anyone figured out who has licensed the series in the US? I checked Viki to no avail.

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I was checking around and it looks like DramaFever have the rights to it. Unfortunately, the first episodes are going to be posted on Thursday (the 11th) this week and then on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from there on. Kind of annoying that we have to wait extra to see the first two episodes with subs from them.

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Thanks for the info. I saw Dramafever is carrying it, but all I could find at their site was "Coming Soon". I've seen their "coming soons" that never came. Good to have a date and not just be frustrated waiting. Thanks Eny!

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Nice to know when they will be belatedly coming out ....

*looks at Dramafever*

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It's licensed in the UK for Viki, so if you get the "Hola Better Internet" web browser app and set to view Viki from the UK you can watch it. That's how I'm able to. English subs were fully done the day after the episodes aired.

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you could try myasiantv, they usually have subs up pretty fast!

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MyAsianTV doesn't sub but takes subs from Viki, DF, or Soompi. So when those sites have subs, it'll be loaded there and other third party sites

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Thank you Ella, for that added info.

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I watched it on Viki yesterday.

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Only certain countries. I am in USA and have not got it on Viki.

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Workaround the geo-restrijction?

Consider extension Hola if you're on Chrome, anonymoX if it's Firefox.

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Hulu has both episodes out by Thursday usually.

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I think I'm gonna be watching this! :)

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Thank you for the recap Javabeans!! You're so fast!

Now that I read the reacp and understand the first ep, I like it better than when I watched raw. Agree on everything you said, esp "He seems to me both a wild dreamer and a pragmatist". I can't quite figure out Seo Jung Hoo yet, he's both cryptic but also entertaining and engaging. And of course abs! *drools*
Thank you Ji Chang Wook for picking this project!
Yoo Ji Tae is very fine man and his acting is really amazing! While PMY plays Chae Young Shin with bright bubbly personality.

From all the scenes, I like the action scenes the most. Like when Healer fights off on the subway tunnel and chase scene. It really looks good!

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Michael learns to rock is the ost singer? Wow...

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just as a heads up, theres no cut on the mobile version of the site. the entire recap is showing up on the main page

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awwwwwww little emperor is so handsome

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haha, i thought the same! he's getting sooo handsome day by day.. i hope this time, he really gets the girl and live happily ever after, lols

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*Le sigh* I was reading the recap, all interested in checking it out, up until I realized PMY is in this show... :(

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Well you can always pass on this one and just pick it up when everyone starts raving about the drama. But if everyone starts going sour on this one, you can give yourself a pat on the shoulder for making good use of your time :)

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what's wrong with PMY?

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This is your future self traveling back in time to give you a smack upside the head!

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PFFFFT, I'm reading through all the comments and I got to yours and was like, "huh, I wonder if she still thinks like that..." LOL and then I saw this :D

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ROTFL dramapenchant, this is hillarious :-D

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@dramapenchant kudus to you for Giving the drama a chance and still have an open mind inspite of your initial prejudice, and finally own up to your change of heart! xoxox :_)

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Hello everyone...

So nice to see you're camping here early on. I have this awesome feeling that we're travelling back in time, and seeing previous comments on this drama is healerious!

Thank you so much JB for allowing us to continue spazzing around post-healer.

*gotta ride my time machine to ep 20 for updates then return here after I finished watching ep 1... see you guys!!

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@Polaris lol yes it feels like an out of body experience,, so magical :)

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Dramapenchant rofl omg I'm like "huh? In a confused state loool love the smack btw, you needed missy ;)

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LOL! This is addressed to your past avatar: Told you so!

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Omg dramapenchant, can't believe you said this back then! LOL. Cheers to you for sticking with this show, or it would have been such a shame. ;)

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@dramapenchat
Hahaha poor your head! :D

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Aww, you're such a good sport @Dramapenchant.

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There will be a lot of surprises later on. Stories written by Song Ji Na have never been simple. Please keep recap this drama. It's truly a good one. I'm so curious what will happen next. :)

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What you said turned out so true, @Michi. SJN writer-nim really rocks, doesn't she?

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@Michi you are absolutely right on.

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sigh, really don't like PMY's hair :'((((((( whyyyyyyy!

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Why? I find her cute with short hair and bangs.

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well there will always be positive and negative things to see in anything/anyone, but how we see things speak more of who we are than the person/things we are seeing hehehe.

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Yep, so basically you can't win.

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Heh, I don't really like that styling on her either. She looks like a shaggy dog, moreso when she runs.

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Was really looking forward to this one, and I'm glad the first ep did not disappoint. I'm particularly into the smooth and slick cinematic visuals this drama has to offer, and not to mention the ost. The entire thing felt like a well-made movie. (Eternal Love by MLTR is beautiful as well.)

All three main leads are not only visually appealing (hello first 5 minutes of yummy Ji Chang Wook!), but they also managed to capture my interest in terms of backstory and personality. Now I can see why Yoo Ji Tae is such a respected actor, I felt the weight of his character's emotions through his intensity. JCW is nailing it as Healer, he certainly got me intrigued! And Park Min Young is likeable in here. Very refreshing. Special mention to Kim Mi Kyung. For once, she's not a gruff ahjumma mom, but a gruff ahjumma hacker! (Either way, she's still badass.)

I can see a looot of potential in Healer's story. Can't wait to see how the plot unfolds!

And thank you Javabeans for the lightning-fast recap! You're awesome. This should tide me over as I wait for the subs. :)

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They have an MLTR track? Is it Eternity?

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My bad. Okay So it''s a new song. :)

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I totally agree with you about PMY, though I like her a lot, I am not always sold to her acting. She did well in the pilot episode and hope she will be consistently good all throughout. Her comic timing is good in ANL and seeing the same here.

Looking forward to tonight's airing :)

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@omomo like Daebaek girl, you were a fan from the first episode ;) true loyalty haha

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@Omomo you are truly one of the original Healer beanie.

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Hahaha! Thanks gals. Well I can't believe it either. Going back here and reading my post feels surreal. :)

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YESSSSSSS MY PRECIOUS BE BACK AND BADDER THAN EVER!!! *squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*

Now that I got that off my chest, there were a few teeny- tiny things that irked me:

All the jumping around between storylines gave me whiplash way too early in the morning. I understand this is to lay the groundwork, but I'm more interested about the 1980s versions of the cast. (*waves and blows kisses at Oh Jong Hyuk*) I'm already wondering how Song Ji-na will handle the modern scripting of such turbulent times in Korea since its been quite a few years since 'Sandglass' aired.

And the lighting of the tunnel scene could have been handled better. I wasn't expecting Healer to go all 'Oldboy' on those goons, but a few well-placed pin spotlights (like the ones utilized here on the BART system) could have made that scene even more awesome instead of me needing to pound the buttons on my laptop to lighten the screen.

But the show's barely started -- still ain't gonna kick him out of bed for eating chimek, though. The most important thing now is... how do I get my hands on a live leopard as a welcoming gift to someone wanting to relocate to a deserted island, hm? :P

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Lol yeah I also didn't expect the Healer to go 'Oldboy' on those goons, that 'Oldboy' fight scene was legendary though, anyway all in all I did find the drama interesting, I was going to watch it anyway due to YJT being casted, like JB said I'm happy that they didn't just lump him as an unimportant side character, he's a tremendous actor with a wide range of acting ability, I also think JCW is a very good up and coming actor, PMY also looks good so far, I'm really anticipating the next episode.

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Thanks Javabeans, after reading you're recap I came to like the drama all the more.

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Thanks for the recap. Kim mi kyung looks exactly lyk the crazy professor in here, she so flexiblez i admire her.

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I haven't seen it yet but from the sound of the re-cap I think I'll love it.

"Now for some rich people."

I'm not sure why that sentence cracked me up maybe because of the placement, maybe because it reminded me of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

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thx for the recap.

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it's been years since i watched a drama RAW... i was compelled to watch, since i had to get a glimpse of ji chang wook in action again...

then i came back to read the recap...
; )

thanks! and i'll be rewatching it tomorrow with subs - since you can't have too much of a 'good thing' (watching JCW)...

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Thank you for the recap! I liked the first episode.

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I might watch this for one reason: Yoo Ji Tae

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I feel like watching this, just for Kim Mi-kyung.

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i watched this raw and i liked it. i appreciate it more with your recaps (while i start looking around for subs). i'm definitely looking forward to the unraveling of the layers, to find out how our 3 leads actually connect, and to see what conflicts will further arise. at the onset, i like the main cast and my favorite ajumma (kim mi kyung) is here. its not the best pilot for me but definitely the potential is all there. so hoping for the best for this drama.

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It certainly has the city hunter-ish feel to it. But with a better actor, JCW. Although i might be of the minority, i thought it was unnecessary to undress JCW in the opening scene itself. I mean, KBS don't you have trust on your script?. Kim mi kyung character kept remainding me of that Disney movie "Brave", the princess with the bad hair. ha ha. Oh, i forgot the name. Nice to see an ajhumma hacker. As for park min young,something is off putting for me. I am not digging that haircut either. Anyways, the feel might change as the plot develops. Looking forward.

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JCW is so pretty pretty; it's a bit distracting.

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Sounds good but i'll have to bow out. Just so many lost parent stories i can deal with...and yeah..the coincidence thingeys. Right now I'm watching "You're the only one" which is filling my quota in those areas. Thanks for the recap.

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I actually think this is a drama that (so far) avoids coincidence fairly well though, as Yoo Ji-tae's character has a relation to Park Min-young from the past and purposefully seeks her out with the help of the Healer. So all the leads come into contact through his own effort and with a sort of natural intent.

For me, the only coincidence would be her just happening to hear about/get info on the Healer, right before he just happens to need to search for her for a job, but that's the kind of coincidence I actually enjoy/get a kick out of.

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I'm reallllyyyyy excited for this and re cap makes it sound good, a little predictable in areas but still really good. I need subs for this asap!

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Well, sad thing you already posted the Poll, because there we have a fine contender for ABS <3

Ah, JCW was awesome.
The direction, not so much.

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Thanks a lot!

I'm really enjoying this so far. Especially since I don't even know what to expect of it. It's so fun to feel that way for once. Even dramas I really enjoy, I have an idea already of what they'll go on to be & what kind of story they'll provide. But with this one, I have no clue. It feels really original and I can only hope it goes to an ultimately satisfying place :)

Love the characters so far and am already finding many of the relationships to be either compelling (Yoo Ji-tae's) or endearing (Healer & PMY's) and the leads haven't even met yet.

Oh, how I've missed Yoo Ji-tae. He is wonderful, as always. And I'm so happy to have a full drama of Ji Chang-wook's to watch. I loved him in his Secret Love episodes and always wanted to see him in a full-length drama. This is also the first time I've felt like PMY is making her role her own. I've always felt like she's done a pretty solid job of picking good characters/dramas, but she didn't exactly ever feel indispensable to the role she was playing (meaning I could see another actress playing the role and I'd be fine, &, at times, maybe even happier). But, so far, the way she's playing her character here makes it harder for me to see another actress playing the role for the first time and that's a welcome change.

I'm trying my best not to get too excited. Although you could say that if I'm actively trying not to be excited, it's already too late (It might already be too late!). I hope you'll continue the recaps as it seems subs might actually be slow going for this one and I definitely think it could benefit from it (but if you're holding off for Punch, I would completely understand, because that's another drama I hope will be recapped).

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@Chandler, wow love how open minded you were, even before it became so popular here on DB. So cool to go back in time, and still find your comment timeless and pure perfection :)

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@Chandler You were already into Healer after first episode!

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It's so funny to me that both Ji Chang-wook and Do Ji-won are in this, since I've just been marathon-watching Smile, Donghae lol.

Haven't seen it yet, but looking forward to checking it out.

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Haven't watched this episode yet; maybe later, but....

*inhales deeply* MAN-BO!!!! *waves madly* hehe weird seeing him all cowardly tsk tsk

YOO JI TAE! *swoons* I can feel his pain from here. Come to meeeeeee!

The rest: Pending. Though hacker ahjumma is always a fave too. As cohesive as Javabean's wonderful recaps are I feel like I missed something. I'll stick around for recaps if they're available though.

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Healer not as impressive as advertised. Ji Chang WooK pairing with PMY not as good as wth Ha Ji Won. PMY acting very unnatural.

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Yu think her acting aint natural??Why bother to watch..Yu most be one of those JiJi shippers.Be positive for once.

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"Ji Chang WooK pairing with PMY not as good as wth Ha Ji Won."

Eh? They barely had a scene together in the whole episode, how can you tell from those, like, 30 seconds how good the pairing is?

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Episode 2 is a good one. It's getting better and better. The ratings are not high, but I think it will improve later on when the plots unfold many secret in the past, and it will be interesting to know why the drama and JCW's character is named as 'healer'. There are many action scenes that look very cool !

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I am sooooo ecxited !!!!!!!!!!!!!! can't wait for the next recap !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Yu got so excited that yu mixed up x&c in excited#lol..

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nyc one..waiting for episode2 recap.

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I didn't love the first episode. I like the idea of the show being about a "fixer/errand boy" like the Transporter, but it failed to wow me. In my opinion, this show could be a better with a darker tone. I thought the show had a light/slightly comedic tone during its Healer's missions. Also, I personally didn't like the action scene in the tunnel. I can excuse the Healer being able to take out multiple men by himself because it was dark in the tunnel, but I didn't like the flashy action moves. I like more realistic action and want to see him use more concise efficient moves to take down his enemies. I hope episode 2 will be better.

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it looks gud though ratins r nt high buh hope it gets better...... pmy s gud in here!!!!!! jcw awesome n yjt s realllllyyyyyyy grt!!!!!!!! rootn for healer!!!!!! luv u min young shiiiiiiiii

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Okay, I am in love, at least with whatI've seen from the first week. Can't wait for more episodes.

Ji Chang-wook is endearing as always and Park Min-Young has never been better. This style is perfect on her, she looks adorable.

I'm gripped by the stories of the three main characters, and the show has done a great job of setting up the story without making the viewer feel like they've been watching set-up. Yay! seems like I have found my drama to follow after Cantabile Tomorrow.

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d ratings are really low

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The ratings of 2 first eps of 'Healer" are already such a big progress compared to last episode of 'Tomorrow Cantabile" which is less than 5%. Why is there no recap for ep 2 yet. I love this drama!!! It's getting more interesting. :)

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Yeah it went from 6.9% in the first episode to 7.6% in the second, which is like nearly a 1% increase, I think if the story remains tight the ratings will slowly increase, also considering it's a 20 episode drama it might take time two or three episodes more for viewers to get a little more interested, if they manage to get the ratings above 15% by the end I think it will be considered a success. I hope they achieve that as I really love the cast.

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JB please consider to recap this!!! I promise I'll behave better in next next year :)

This drama is getting better in ep 2. And honestly I really want a JCW drama has complete recap here. This guy is so underrated it's criminal!

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Finally finished the first two episodes and they were really good!! I especially love the heroine (a first from PMY'S roles) and that bit where she explained that her street-smarts are taught by petty thieves and gangsters. I laughed out loud when she wore her bonnet just as the Healer was poising to take hair samples off her. I love the Healer's expression after that.

And hey, if i can always see the Healer disguising as numerous and elaborate types of people (the nerdy breakfast-ordering guy takes the cake), then this drama's going to be so fun. YJT'S character is also very intriguing, and i already love him by the end of episode 2. I hope this drama gets picked up for recaps, because, even if it is too early to say, i think it'll be my new drama crack and i really want to share the experience of watching Healer with other Beanies.

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@hawoojinruinedme, wow! Your wishes came true!

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Great recap, thanks to you I could read about the flashbacks again, since I thought they were kind of boring on screen and ended up ff.

The second episode was better, so I hope you will continue with the recaps :)

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i love this drama already,, im excited for the next episode..i hope for the success of this drama ^_^

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i love Ji Chang Wook....watch all his drama....
thanks for the recap...

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I really wonder relationship among characters. Is the romance relationship between Park Min Young and Ji Chang Wook or Park Min Young and Yoo Ji Tae? Is there any suggestion?

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So far I like the first episode, I'm still annoyed with the main female leads always having that weird reddish hair color as well as the bob hair styles and no makeup. I don't understand what hair has to do with it.

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Salute to the writer of the recap. Seriously,
i just tried to write recap on this HEALER. But i couldn't,
it need lots of patient (apart from writing skill, time and etc)
i like this new Korean drama so i thought to jolt it down in my laptop. wow, it was tough for me. very cool job , good work to recap writer. seriously big salute to u. I tried to write it for fun but its no joke.

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My gosh Ji Chang Wook is one fine looking guy!
That's all i have to say for now.

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He certainly is that and so much more.

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