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Healer: Episode 10

It’s an emotionally charged episode on several fronts, so everybody brace your hearts for some pinching. There’s plenty of cuteness and crushing to go around, but now that we’re at the halfway point, feelings deepen and entangle and get more complicated—especially with more of the past surfacing to shed light on the present. We thought we had a pretty good idea what the deal was, but the show has made sure to peel back its layers smartly without revealing the whole shebang, which keeps the surprises in play.

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EPISODE 10 RECAP

With the press conference about to begin, our stealth team prepares to infiltrate the heavily monitored hall to do some muckraking. Assemblyman Kim’s side is taking every precaution to control the event, so that the only thing viewers see is the politician’s polished image of integrity.

ABS has secured sole broadcasting rights to cover the event live, so they’ve got a vested interest in appeasing the assemblyman. In charge of the coverage is Min-jae, who directs from a broadcast van behind the hall, assuring her boss that her team has the event under control.

At the Someday office, Moon-ho takes a few cheesy promo pictures, and Editor Jang asks if he’s willing to take a hit to his hard-hitting journalist cred. Moon-ho recalls Min-jae calling him addicted to his popularity and gives the editor the green light to sell it all for the sake of their broadcast. Everyone will be watching in curiosity (or schadenfreude) to see what Moon-ho’s up to. So give ’em a show.

With that assurance, Editor Jang promises to do his job and create some trouble.

At the event hall, Moon-ho’s sidekick Jong-soo disguises himself as a service worker. Then Young-shin and Jung-hoo arrive, dressed to the nines and strutting in like they own the place. So when they’re stopped by the staff, Young-shin sniffs in her airiest heiress voice, “Why am I being restricted?”

Identifying themselves as guests of the engagement ceremony relaxes the guards a bit, but Jung-hoo’s large bag still draws a stare. Thinking quickly to distract the staffer from inspecting it, Young-shin lays her head on Jung-hoo’s shoulder and says pettishly, “Oppa. I’m about to be in bad mood. Do something.”

I love that we can see multiple layers to Jung-hoo’s act at the same time: He’s the Healer, acting as nervous Bong-soo, who’s acting as the authoritative boyfriend. He reaches for his phone to call his “secretary,” but Young-shin tells him to call the owner of this venue “before I explode.” The staffer hurriedly allows them through rather than risk his neck over offending some VVIPs.

Together with Jong-soo, the three gate-crashers hurry to the bathrooms to prep their equipment. HA, Young-shin charges into the ladies’ room fully expecting Jung-hoo to follow, and he does the same with the men’s room. He wins, and they throw on less attention-grabbing clothing and ready their cameras.

Moon-ho calls from the news desk to check their status, and reminds Young-shin that all she has to do is ask the question. Getting an answer isn’t important, since Moon-ho will be standing by to take over the report from there.

Jung-hoo steps aside to check in with Min-ja, who again pesters him to bow out before he finds himself in bigger trouble. She warns that he’s picked up a police tail—they’re sniffing around Young-shin, and he’s already been photographed. She’s got a bad feeling about this.

But Jung-hoo refuses to leave right now, even though there’s no legitimate Healer-related reason for him to stay. When she presses for an explanation, he replies that he received a job order. She knows nothing about it, and he replies, “It’s from myself. To stay next to Chae Young-shin.” Awwww. No excuses, just the truth.

Min-ja calls Teacher to inform him that Jung-hoo has “broken free of the reins.” Now what do they do?

Detective Yoon pulls the personnel files of all the Someday employees and orders them cross-checked against official documents, with particular emphasis on getting pictures of their faces.

Moon-shik joins the Elder at home just as the press conference is about to start, and they watch together as Assemblyman Kim takes the podium and begins his opening statements. Our trio sneaks into the hall by tagging along with a distracted official, acting like they’re part of his entourage.

Now it’s a matter of finding their opening. Assemblyman Kim begins taking questions, and Young-shin waits alertly for a chance to hijack the proceedings.

Moon-ho puts in a call to Min-jae, who’s busy monitoring the press conference. But he insists it’s important and sounds so urgent that she leaves her producer in charge and steps out of the van to take his call.

When the floor opens for another question, Jung-hoo shoots an urging look at Young-shin to take the moment, but she has last-minute cold feet and shakes her head no. Another reporter steps up to ask his preapproved question, and Young-jae wilts in chagrin, recalling Moon-ho’s reminder earlier to do whatever she had to do in order to ask her question.

So she bucks up the courage and sends Jung-ho a Let’s do this look. He starts recording as Young-shin steps up, interrupting before the other reporter has a chance to speak. She addresses the politician loudly: “You know Joo Yeon-hee, don’t you?”

Murmuring breaks out, but the assemblyman ignores her and the other reporter resumes his question. Young-shin is in danger of losing her opening, and searches for a way to salvage this. She recalls Moon-ho’s lessons, and how he’d told her to throw her shoe at him if it would hold his attention. So she whips off her trench coat and walks right into the aisle, eye-catching in her sleek red formalwear, and launches into her hard-hitting interrogation before anyone can react.

She lays out Assemblyman Kim’s association with President Hwang, connecting their shady backdoor dealings—Kim scratched Hwang’s back with construction deals, and Hwang returned the favor with women, including Yeon-hee.

While Young-shin is setting off this bomb, Moon-ho apologizes to Min-jae over the phone, admitting that he needed to draw her away for 30 seconds, and that he’s sorry it had to be her. It dawns on her belatedly that she’s missing something, and she runs back to the broadcast in horror.

Jung-hoo gets wrestled aside by security, but Young-shin is able to get out quite a lot of information before security gets to her. She turns to the wall of cameras to inform the viewers of Moon-ho’s upcoming report, then hurriedly signs off. Hilariously, she trips in her heels at the last moment, sending her face-planting right onto a camera lens.

Min-jae returns to her post and the ABS broadcast cuts to pre-recorded clips, but the damage is done. And while I have limited sympathy for Moon-shik in relation to him having sold his soul to the Elder, you have to admit it’s awkward for him to have to watch this with the old man, after working so hard to insist that his kid bro was harmless.

Moon-shik promises to take care of the meddling reporter, but the Elder points out that she committed no crime, the broadcast was live, and they can’t touch her without attracting notice. He concludes, “Kim Moon-ho has sent us a serious warning: Don’t touch her.

The Elder puts his staff in emergency damage-control mode, but they were unprepared for the internet onslaught and don’t have appropriate measures at the ready. The old man is so impressed with Moon-ho’s planning that he cackles out loud, although he must be fuming as well. Moon-shik kneels penitently and promises to find a solution, while the Elder decides they’ll have to cut Assemblyman Kim loose. Would Moon-shik be interested in taking his position?

Moon-ho carries the rest of the newscast, describing the room salon video they were given by a secret informant and showing Young-shin’s recorded interview with Yeon-hee. He closes with a vow that although Someday may only broadcast sporadically, they will not put forth “broadcasts that shouldn’t be made,” wherein people in power abuse their resources to cover the eyes of the powerless. He promises they’ll come back when there are more things needing to be said, bows his head to his audience, and signs off.

It’s moments like this that you understand why Moon-ho is as respected as he is. He’s so damn impressive in that moment that his staff gapes in awe, and Young-shin sighs with shining eyes.

In mere seconds, Moon-ho shoots to the top of the search engine lists and Someday’s phones start ringing off the hook. The team members are hit with simultaneous waves of joy and trepidation at what they’ve done, but take their cue from the pleased Moon-ho, who thanks them for their work.

Jung-hoo clocks the return of Young-shin’s hero worship, and she practically jumps to take Moon-ho’s call. (And, crushingly, she turns around to chat giddily with him, her back turned away from Jung-hoo.)

Jong-soo wonders whether this is a sunbae-hoobae relationship or a budding romantic one, half-joking that he might try pursuing her himself, while Jung-hoo’s face wears this… expression.

Young-shin is ecstatic with the day’s results, her mood bolstered further when Moon-ho praises her for a job well done. She returns the sentiment, saying, “You’re a better person than I had thought. I misunderstood you momentarily.” Ahhh, it’s uplifting to see how her words mean so much to him, even though his voice remains even-keel. He hangs up and murmurs, “Thank you, Ji-an-ah.”

As the three head to the car and load their gear, Jung-hoo clocks the plainclothes cops watching from a parked car. They look away every time he glances over, and he keeps his face averted while he talks to Young-shin, who’s stumbling in her heels. When he offers her her boots, she smiles appreciatively at his thoughtfulness.

The cops remain on their tail as they drive, so Jung-hoo takes advantage of the opportunity when a large truck gets between the two cars. Urging Jong-soo to drive off down a side street, they temporarily lose the cop car. Just to be safe, Jung-hoo pulls the car over and ushers a confused Young-shin out with him, sending Jong-soo off alone. Not a moment too soon, because as he and Young-shin dart into a building, he sees the cops’ car driving by outside.

At least they’re in the clear now, and to explain his behavior, Jung-hoo plays it off like he just wanted to go out for drinks together. Young-shin assumes that he meant to ditch Jong-soo and enthusiastically agrees, conceding that it’s nicer without the third wheel. She suggests a wine bar, but Jung-hoo has a place in mind and takes the lead.

As Moon-shik leaves his meeting with the Elder, he flashes back to the first time he’d been brought here. Against his will, it looks like, from the way he struggles against the burly guards who drag him in.

Sporting a bloodied face, Young Moon-shik glares as the Elder speaks of “growth” as the process of closing one’s eyes, then reopening them to see previously unseen things. Moon-shik spits out, “Lying to the world, giving false testimony, betraying friends—you call that growth?”

The Elder replies that this is how Moon-shik can survive—and also the woman he loves. She can get the best medical care and recover, and then Moon-shik can set out atoning or loving. Hm, so it looks like we’re in the direct aftermath of the mysterious accident…

Jong-soo returns to the office alone, grumbling about being ditched by his partners. He cheers up to hear that Moon-ho’s treating the staff to dinner, and as he leaves, the camera lingers meaningfully on the bags of Young-shin’s and Jung-hoo’s clothing.

On the way up to Jung-hoo’s secret spot, Young-shin pauses in front of the elevator, balking at the last minute. She makes up an excuse about the best bars being underground, but Jung-hoo keeps her from leaving and says that he likes high places, where he can watch people from above.

The wording sounds curious to her, and he explains, “I can see people, but they can’t see me.” So Young-shin musters the resolve and marches into the elevator, although once she’s inside she clenches her fist and screws her eyes shut.

Jung-hoo sees her reaction and slowly moves next to her, his hand reaching out toward hers. As soon as she feels his hand, she’s the one who grabs it tightly and holds on for dear life. While his eyes widen in surprise, she slowly starts to calm, breathing slowly. Ever so gradually, he moves closer and closer, leaning in to kiss her forehead.

But the elevator dings, her eyes open, and he jerks himself back. He leads the way to the roof door, but he doesn’t have time to pick the lock before she gets to his side. He stammers that the key is in his other coat, and Young-shin just steps right up, pulls a pin from her hair, and jimmies the lock herself. He’s taken aback, and she warns him not to speak a word of this to anybody.

There on the roof, Jung-hoo presents her with a makeshift tent, furnished with a couch, fire, and icebox. As they settle on the couch sharing a blanket, she asks Jung-hoo to talk about himself tonight, since he’s always listening to her talk.

But he asks about Young-shin anyway, and whether the person she’s waiting for has returned yet. She chides him to talk about himself, so he muses, “Then… will I do?”

Omg. Is he making a confession? He asks, “Instead of someone you’re waiting for who won’t come, how about me, who’s next to you?”

A pregnant moment, and then she laughs like it’s his bad attempt at a joke. But he continues, saying that if she wants, he can live the way she wants him to: “For a long time, carefully, by your side.”

She sees that he’s serious and asks if he really means it, and he smiles down at her, saying yes. He tells her to take her time thinking it over, but she says she can’t. Touching hand to heart, she tells him, “Right now, there’s no room in here.”

Oof, rejected. He accepts her answer readily—so readily that she’s surprised, though relieved. She comments that he seemed like a different person just a moment ago, and tells him not to be too hurt because his rival is formidable. Jung-hoo plays the part of disappointed suitor and tells her not to rub it in, and they clink cans and resume their camaraderie. (Then she pesters him for details on when he first started liking her, and why.)

At the police station, Detective Yoon’s subordinate finishes the background checks on the Someday staff. The discovery that Park Bong-soo’s real card bears a different face is prevented, for now, by the discovery of more pressing news: President Hwang committed suicide.

Yet more of Elder’s work, of course, engineered by Secretary Oh. A simple suicide note has been left behind, with no signs of forced entry. But Detective Yoon finds the case curious for how neatly everything lines up—the penitent suicide note, the list of crimes he’s left behind, the apologies to the women he abused, and the admission of killing Go Sung-chul.

Hwang describes accidentally killing Go on the train with medicine, slipped in his drink to help him sleep, and says he was haunted with guilt. That liquid conveniently turns up in Hwang’s desk, as does his train ticket from that day. How kind of the man to make this case so easy for him, Detective Yoon says sarcastically.

When Jung-hoo arrives at home that night, who should be waiting for him but his Teacher, all smiles. Jung-hoo looks at him incredulously, as we flash back to their first meeting.

Teenage Jung-hoo is let out of juvie and ignores the smiling stranger who introduces himself as his father’s friend. Teacher follows him and reminds him that he’s all alone now, his grandmother having passed away while he was in the detention center, his mother remarried. Teacher sold Grandma’s home and possesses the funds, dangling the bankbook before Jung-hoo tauntingly.

Jung-hoo calls him a thief and attacks repeatedly, but Teacher knocks him down and prods him to steal the book from him. So Jung-hoo chases Teacher all the way to the abandoned building he now calls home. He goes after that bankbook again and again, day and night, over time learning to fight better and smarter. The training is constant and relentless, growing in intensity and acrobatic prowess until teenage Jung-hoo turns into adult Jung-hoo, and focused rage turns to exhilaration.

But one day, Teacher packs up a bag and heads off for paradise, saying jovially that he won’t be back. He finally hands over Grandma’s bankbook and a phone number to ajumma, calling that his income stream from now on. He says that Jung-hoo becomes an adult today and wishes him well. Goddamn old man, that’s cold. You left him on his birthday?

Jung-hoo calls after him, still thinking it must be a joke, watching his mentor walk away without a backward glance.

So it’s no wonder that the air is charged now, as Jung-hoo faces his deserter with distrustful eyes. Didn’t Teacher say he’d never come back? Why did he never call once? “Did you not want to?” he asks. “Or did you forget? Entirely?”

Teacher says there’s a stone in his gut that twists in pain whenever he sees Jung-hoo. Jung-hoo asks, “Where are there so many people who hurt at the sight of me?”

Teacher holds out the old picture of his friends and offers to answer Jung-hoo’s questions about it. So Jung-hoo asks why his father killed himself, surprising Teacher, who’d thought he didn’t know.

Jung-hoo has known for years, though, having heard bits and pieces from adults who weren’t as careful about keeping him in the dark as they thought. So he’d asked around and sought out his mother, but couldn’t bring himself to ask because she burst into tears at the sight of him.

So he decided to keep it to himself, and that photo was a great consolation to him; he could see his father’s smiling face and tell himself that there’s no way such a man would kill himself. But his ability to believe that ended the day he saw the same photograph in the house of the man who framed him for murder. So he needs to know, because that might give him “a reason.”

Teacher asks, “A reason?” Jung-hoo replies, “Teacher, I have no reason for living.”

He gulps back tears and admits, “And that scares me. That one day I might just decide like my father, I should just end it. I can’t continue. I’m afraid I’ll do that.” Is that what his father did? “Did my father have no reason for living?”

So Teacher tells him what he knows: Dad was a reporter, and in the course of chasing a story, he came upon money. And because of that money, he killed somebody.

Jung-hoo reels. Teacher tells him he’d dug up every bit of news after he was released from prison, but he’d found the story suspicious. Jung-hoo’s quickly losing his composure, however, and declares bitterly, “So my father was a murderer, and I’m a thief.” He screams and kicks things, and even blames Teacher for answering his question.

Teacher faces him sternly and says, “Listen up, Seo Jung-hoo. Your father, Seo Joon-seok, wouldn’t have killed anybody. I know that. You might not, but I do. So if you’re going to get so crazed over it, find out properly. Who killed your father. I quit in the middle. What will you do?”

Over at Moon-ho’s apartment, Healer checks that nobody’s home and then breaks in. He’s been prompted here by Teacher’s comment about a sixth member of the group—the little boy who snapped the photo, who’d been like everybody’s kid brother.

Young-shin sits down to write the Healer an email contracting his services. She doesn’t know his procedure or his fee, but requests a meeting with him—that’s her job request.

Jung-hoo searches Moon-ho’s home until he finds the old briefcase hidden in that chest, inside which is the collection of cassette tapes. There’s also a tattered booklet bearing the title “HEALER” and marked as a first issue, dated May 1981. The cover page bears the line: The media exists to diagnose and heal this society’s pains. Aha. So Healer was an underground vigilante publication.

Moon-ho wraps up his work at Someday’s office, and on his way out he knocks over a bag—the clothing we’d lingered on earlier. Picking up the dropped clothing, he finds something in their midst: Young-shin’s broken cell phone.

 
COMMENTS

Omo. Oh no. He can’t find out before Young-shin! I’ve been so excited about the possibility of her putting together the clues about the Healer that I didn’t even think to suspect that Moon-ho would beat her to the discovery. It’s pretty great from a story point of view, but it totally puts me on edge—will he use this knowledge for good or evil, or if neither of those applies, at least for selfish gain? Will he let on that he knows, or will he keep this close to the vest and use it strategically? Of course, that assumes that he’s put together the whole story, because he may not be all the way there yet.

One of the reasons I love Moon-ho as a character is that I don’t actually know which way he’ll act. For everybody else, we can reasonably predict reactions or at least understand the direction of their emotions—but Moon-ho is smack-dab in the middle (not evil, but also not purely idealistic or naive either) and could swing either way.

For instance, he’s using the Healer as incentive for the police, and doesn’t seem conflicted at all about it—but then again, I don’t hold it against him, because he has no moral obligation to help out the Healer, just as the Healer’s appeal is his lack of moral interference in his clients’ lives. He has an interesting streak of idealism that seems at odds with his coldly pragmatic side. I suppose it makes sense when you think of him as Moon-shik and Myung-hee’s child, absorbing traits from both of them.

I did really love his execution of the internet broadcast, which recalled the freewheeling idealism that drove the original five friends in their pirate radio broadcasts. Moon-ho’s actions aren’t quite on the same level (he’s not doing illegal things or acting with their reckless vigor), but it’s in the same spirit, and it’s inspiring. I certainly felt he’d earned the awe from his team, because sincerity like that comes through. He eschewed the prestige and even his own reputation in order to present the truth, and although the process earned him some jeers, the end result proves the integrity of his motives.

It’s different from his brother, although the flashback to Moon-shik’s first encounter with the Elder sheds a more sympathetic light on his past. We still don’t know exactly when Moon-shik crossed over, but the timing suggests that Moon-shik had no hand in making the accident happen, and may have been injured in it too. No doubt he took advantage of the aftereffects, but even on that score he isn’t shown to be a scheming opportunist. He was backed into a corner, and if he was acting to save Myung-hee’s life first (and not motivated primarily by his desire to claim her for his own), then I can see how he started down his slippery slope. I like that it lends him a more pathetic air, rather than one that’s purely single-minded and selfishly motivated.

That rooftop scene was a classic case of Healer’s magic formula, because it’s simultaneously angsty while also taking the bite out of that angst. Jung-hoo’s being rejected, which sucks, but he’s totally being rejected in favor of his own damn self, which is hilarious, yet because he’s locked into his disguise, he’s not free to enjoy the flipside and has to feel the sting of not being the one she wants right now, and we’re back around to pain again.

Still, even as I’m watching through my fingertips thinking Ackkkfaksdlfjasdsalkdjf, it’s a kind of pain that’s enjoyable. Your heart feels bruised but you’re thinking, More please. It’s kind of masochistic.

But even though we know that the situation is ultimately “safe”—we’re getting our happy ending, right?—the reality is, in this form, Jung-hoo cannot be both Healer and Bong-soo at the same time. He hasn’t figured out how to be both men at the same time, and so, he can’t take Young-shin’s feelings for granted. The guise he is in currently isn’t the one she wants, and he can’t figure out a way for her to be with the guise she wants, so for the time being, he can’t be with her. Thus even though he knows she’s in love with (the other) him, his disappointment is real.

Which is why it was understandable (though surprising, to me) that he was entertaining ideas of putting his Healer life behind him. His confession was most touching to me for the way he was all set to give up that dashing hero side if Young-shin would accept him for his mundane half, because being that hero doesn’t really mean anything to him. Whose heart broke when he confessed that he had no reason to live? I see his falling in love as not only a cute romantic story but a way for him to find meaning in his life, an anchoring that he’s desperately wanted his entire life, without which he’s as lost at sea as that island he envisions as paradise.

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FINALLY!!!

THANKS FOR THE RECAP!

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Congratulations! You actually manage to beat Ivoire's First. Nobody on DB has ever done that. You broke a record. ?

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HAHA! Thanks!

I myself was kinda surprised too! I guess I'm lucky this time.
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muhaha congrats!

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Congrats @curlysue :)

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i rarely like reading this kind of 'first comment' stuff, but your comment is hilarious. LMAO. i keep laughing here. is it very important? lols.. funny funny thank you!

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Important only in that it hardly happens for the rest of us no matter how hard we try. Heheheh! Not only here, but in other threads too!!! There seems to be an informal, good natured competition going on for First Comment. And we never get in a comment that long first time either!!! :D

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@ curlysue,
Congratulations!!!!! I see that we posted at the same time. Enjoy being first, :-)

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... "while you can, because I will crush you next time..." is what I'm imagining Ivoire is thinking right now hahahhaha.

Stay tuned for next week's episode of "I Was the First." Just kidding. :))

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@ hawoojinruinedme

Thank you!

My first laugh in going thru the thread. :-D

And I'll be sure to tune in next week, how could I not? :-)

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Of course you will! You're the main character! :))

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BWAHAHA U beanies are Hilarious, just goes to show Ivore is a legend on dramabeans. Why else would Ivore be the first topic of conversation before Healer ya tkhihihi.
Ps.Sometimes when I'm engaged in a discussion, I think, I'm pulling an Ivore.
Mad props to you beanie.

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Hahaha! Love it! A top spot thread is what we need to battle it out every once and awhile.

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@ hawoojinruinedme,
Good morning! (my time). And thank you for the laughs :-) I think you forgot to add the maniacal laughter :-)

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@ Ivoire and hawoojinruinedme

Let me help!!!!

*unscrews jar*

*pours*

1 cup maniacal laughter muahahahahaa!!!

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@ Growingbeautifully,
Hahahahaha!!!!! Very funny!!!!! Are you creating more trouble? (I am just kidding :-) )

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Good afternoon! (my time)

I’ve been busy with work lately so it’s only now that I replied! Here’s the maniacal laughter you requested: BWAHAHAHAHAHA! :)))

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Hahahaha that was hilarious first comment to read LOL

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HAHA :D

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Hehehe! It's an honour!

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HAHAHAHAHAHA HI LOL.

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Congrats for winning the "race" . For a change, it is refreshing to see just one sentence as the first comment. Ms. Ivoire should start her own blog site already.

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I've always wanted to beat Ivoire by that fraction of a second, but know that it's impossible.

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Hahahaha.... I'm giving you some of your advice to me...

NOTHING is impossible with a concerted effort!!! LOLOL!

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:D :D :D

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Thank you so much for the recap, as always! OMG! OMG! OMG! KMH knows now who Healer is, or he will definitely find out very, very soon (unless we were trolled, and PBS will be able to explain away having CYS’s phone, though KMH is no dummy). I need to catch my breath… Healer is SOOOOOO good, what an ending, to the last ep. for the week. Now we have to wait until next week to find out what will happen. I am fearing for Healer for the next 10 epis. I don’t want KMH to send him to the wolves (or in this case, to the hyenas). I want him to protect Healer too. Writer-nim, please keep up the good work. You, and the PD, and the actors and all involved in this drama are on a good course. WOW!!!! If that was the mistake Healer made, it is a good one to make, for what it does for the narrative of the drama. This is a cleaver way to out Healer, and a smooth one as well. I SOOOO did not see that one coming. And I am in love with JCW’s acting!!!!! That man looks so good from the side *Sigh*

I love that this show has action scenes, and yet it manages to make me cry. This is the kind of show I want to live through, there is no better way to experience it. If I am to have an addiction, let it be Kdramas (and blogs). I think this is a good addiction to have, LOL! OK, I am going to calm down (@ Omomo, I TOTALLY understand how you feel now, and why you flail around. Let’s flail around together,  ). This ep. had everything: action, tender scenes, angst and anger (passion), cuteness, great writing (though I didn’t understand much of it, but I am going to trust that it did), and great acting. I am really digging the OST, both with lyrics and the instrumentals. Man this show is so good, can I just swim in it? I just want to live with those characters, and see them up close.

OK, so maybe I can talk (a little bit), about what I noticed and loved in this ep. I love it each time Healer attempts some skinship with CYS (elevator scene). As a beanie was saying in a past recap, Healer cannot control himself, all the feelings he bottled up inside are coming to the surface, and he is itching to express to CYS how he feels. That need to touch, to feel, to caress, to hold, to hug, to smell the other person, to express physical affection is a natural desire for people who are in love, and Healer is at that place. That must also be hard for him, since Healer is not out (yet), and CYS has no feelings for PBS (yet). I was hoping that he would be able to kiss her temple in the elevator though, so romantic. I loved their date, I loved that it was not a typical date at a fancy place, even though they were dressed up. I also love how comfortable CYS is with PBS.

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WOW, back in the day, Teacher was good. Loved the sequence where Teacher was teaching him how to fight, that made me cry. Healer had someone in his life then (he had companionship), and he smiled. I just love that you can even sense that the actors are getting along, and enjoying what they are doing. There was just something about that scene, and that got to me. Why was Teacher in a hurry to leave? He couldn’t even have a last meal with Healer? Really? *SMH* Now I feel really sad and bad for Healer. Teacher left without even looking back, and Healer was begging him (how painful must that have been?) No wonder Healer chose to be closed off. Why does Teacher think that he can come and go (to Healer), as he pleases?

Also, I loved that CYS’s skills came into play, when she opened that door. This is why it is important to pay attention to what happens in every ep. We never know when a scene will be referred to later on. I loved how surprised Healer was about the fact that she opened the door, and that she knew how to do that. And her warning to him, after she did it, loved it. Healer/JCW has a boyish and sincere smile, so cute.

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THAT! Your last paragraph! Couldn't you just hear Jung-hoo's heart trip & fall several heart beats?! LOL. He was like, "Wow! Dae-bak! She's totally my style!" hahaha.

Thanks JB for recap and place to spazz, and Ivoire: lady, I love how you eloquently type what I have in my head. Appreciate everyone's thoughtful and insightful comments.

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He was
like, “Wow! Dae-bak!
She’s totally my style!”
@jafstar that was awesome and as we say in Nigeria lwkm (laugh wan kill me)
Oppa I love ur smile so much am about to burst

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yay!!! a fellow nigerian in the house :) ......

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Not Nigerian, but I'm going to get in on it coz we are so few on DB. I think.
YAY! Other Africans.

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:) :) :) :) yay other Africans

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I have been an ardent reader of this blog but it's ma 1st time posting here.
its nice to see other Africans(and also a fellow Nigerian)here too. I was thinking of making a request to Dstv to know if the shoe and other I-matedrama shows can be aired on a special channel(the same way telenovelas have theirs).

I love this show and my friends think I have gone nuts for it.can't sat I blame them anyway. This drama has been able to draw me in.its become an addiction.

Will it be selfish of me to say I wanted YS to find out who JH/BS was. Like she would find out 1st and keep quiet bout it till d right time...Lol I know,I'm selfish but. a girl's gat to dream.

JCW fighting.

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@mellina

you are having a city hunter dream sister :)

not a bad dream at all

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To the Nigerians in the house: it looks like Healer is about to get into some serious wouahala sha :-) (my spelling is probably not good, sorry :-) ) But you get what I mean, right?!

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@ ivoire, LOL yesss very big wahala.

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@ mellina,
you see now, heh? :-) (That is as much Nigerian as I know how to speak. I know some young Nigerian-American children, and when I imitate their parents, the little boy [6] asks me, "why are you speaking Nigerian?" probably because of how I change my accent when I speak in that way :-) )

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@ ivoire

awww, it's not so hard to learn though(heck,I'm still trying to learn korean *sigh*).

you know,this has been troubling me.
why on earth did JH leave YS's phone in the other jacket?what on earth was he thinking? I know it's a twist but I wanted CYS to find out first. arrgh!

For the record,teacher is a jerk. who leaves a 20 yr old who wanted a family and then just show up outta the blue just cuz he feels like it?that's just mean.I don't care wat his reasons are(although I would like to know). urgh!

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@mellina

lets not forget that extreme makeover was impromptu, dose ladies literarily took the clothes off him; making a sudden turn to lose the police was unplanned also....he wudnt have tot he will not be the one handling his jacket at the end of the day....lets cut him some slack (hes only human)....but even after taking his side ..GAAADDD!!!!! He shud have left the damn phone at home. what was he carrying it around for???

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Lol u forgot 2 add die lend. PS fellow Nigerian

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I meant lwkmd

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He was
like, “Wow! Dae-bak!
She’s totally my style!”
@jafstar that was awesome and as we say in Nigeria lwkm #laugh wan kill me.
JCW oppa I love ur smile so much am about to burst

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or, more like " Heol! Daebak, and bla..bla" LOL

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lol @jafstar

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True. some also in my head but just cant describe it as good as Ivoire. nice.

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I just had to say Hello Ivoire!!! You're famous ;) on the Healer thread, you know, right?

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@Growingbeautifully

Actually, Ivoire is famous in other drama threads that she post her comments to. ;)

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@ kay and Ivoire

Fame in other threads: That's good to know, but Ivoire, you seem to be super duper famous here!

Practically a celebrity! :)

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I guess even if it was very sad i think Teacher wanted(i must think that)he was doing what mothers do with young cubs when they come to age to make them become independent and strong and for JungHoo was when he was of legal age...we clearly see he was attached to him as a cub and as his father figure when he didn't have his own blood...it is also tender and sad at the same time seeing Junghoo hit his adolecence phase now,experimenting first love and all the other emotions
..I must say i hope MoonHo will not use Healer as beit or someting after he knows he is the son Jung Seok,he might not have the love that eh holds for Young SHin but he was also from his past and part of the group and a victim...i think he will fight on the same side...curious if he will pretend not to now and keep an eye on him for the mom and use the card latter and use him for now till he knows more about his past and who he really is...lettting him know he has the upper hand while keeping eye on him...My guess from what we knwo till now from the past is that YS parents dig up back then a big scoop about the Elders doings(maybe one or to under his name undoings)and he sent to get rid of all of them,killed JH dad and made it seem like he was the killer like he did now in present day and gave Moon Shik to choose,die along with Moon Ho and Myung hee most likely or shut up and work for him and he will spare them all...Moon shik is indeed a tragic figure if so because i imagine his choice back then thinking the power a man like this old dude had and knew he would kill them...so it wasn't really a choice for him back then...

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the next time YS goes out to seek healer,I expect her to look up.He has given her a clue already(tho as BS).

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Amen...

so many clues left for her....

*physical contact (if by chance she ever gets to read through KMH's mail);

*thinking about a reason to meet again (not that she took him seriously because she just teased him about him thinking all together)

*i normally disguise but i do it myself (again...she wasn't hearing any of it)

now its *i like looking down at people cz dey cant see me*...plus she had to admit the guy was weird with his confession (dint even stutter)

anyway he's too dorky to be Healer.....she cant be blamed for not thinking there at all.

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@ mellina
I don't believe YS has made the link yet and may not think of looking up to find Healer. But she may go to rooftops and cover her face and hope that he'll see her.... :)

Let's see what response, if any, she will get for her email.

Since Ahumma will intercept the message, she may reply
"Meet me ...." but send the girl, Dae Yong, instead, or she may not reply at all, or she may tell Healer and Healer ... what will he do...? What do you think? :)

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@growingbeautifully

well,i guess I ve to agree with u dere. He's sloppy if he can't keep d phone in a safe place or maybe he just forgot.

@deezle
Ikr... I kept saying "dudeee every lil thing can get u into trouble,learn how to cover ur tracks".
somxs I wish dis show was in reality,i woulda passed d message across anway I can LOL

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Its my first time commenting here on this website
Really am soo happy to see people here who i can join my enjoyment with them hehe
Ivoire ur comment were what i want to say omg ♥♥
And i hope that moon hu action will be to help the both CYS and jung hoo ♥♥
Cant wait for the next ep

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I'm pretty convinced that you either type this up beforehand and wait for the recap to be posted and/or you didn't read the recap because the length and pace of your comments are uber fast. I do enjoy your thoughts though! And just curious at your lightning speed tis all.

This drama is seriously crack. I love Moon Ho because there's a real struggle there and I'd love it if he dip into the darker side in second half. Both brothers are complexed and wonderfully portrayed. And the OTP is all sorts of cute and wonderful chemistry. We must now count the days until Monday again. Sighs.

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what i love about this show are the characters,are layered and complex not the one dimentional type or bad or good..all of them have bad and good sides and MoonHo is a facinating character and i like him a lot more jus as he is ...he is human..i also like Yong Shin,so nice seeing a heroine not cringworthy or too inocent/stupid...one of my favorite heroines without a doubt....

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Don´t know, the Elder is a typical baddy who´s just bad, though he has some cute stuff going on, being a bartender and all with a phone nobody´s supposed to know the number of, heh.

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Ahh, you want to see the other side of Moon Ho? I actually want that for Moon Shik. After watching the scene of Moon Shik being introduced to the Elder, he definitely seems to have a conscience. As if he were fighting a losing battle between morality vs corruption in his head. Props to him for at least trying to stand up against the Elder in the beginning. The question is, will he do so now? I want to see both brothers bond and bring down that Elder.

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+10 about brothers getting together against Elder. In fact I want brothers and Healer to bond too. They need all the power they can get.

If Moon Shik takes on the congressman position, but comes around to rebel against Elder, that would be a sweet 'in your face' action for all the subservience he's had to endure. Of course the comeuppance will be terrible too!

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I have a friend who agrees with me that Moonshik is totally Snape and him coming into a posotion of great power is probably what he's waiting for to stick it to Elder

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That'd be a high-stakes business.

Here's what I'm assuming about the world of the drama:
The Elder is viewed through the lens of his role as a "political boss". While he certainly has business interests that he's serving, this drama is focusing on how he achieves his business goals through being a political boss. The Elder controls who is appointed as head of the news agency and uses that position as a key part of his operation.

MS agreed to work as part of the Elder's operation. He is the Elder's chief "political fixer" / "political heeler." His role is to engineer news stories in a way that shapes public opinion, so public opinion serves the Elder's goals, and ensures election of the officials he 'owns.'

The central underlying conflict of the drama is about using journalism to reveal/'heal' corruption vs using journalism to further the political/financial interests of the entrenched elite. All the (non-romantic) conflicts relate in some way to it, and are battlefronts in the overarching war.

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I assume we're being told that the elder is one of the biggest players on the side of the entrenched elite. And the group of friends had gathered damaging information on him (recorded in their "Healer" booklet); and had become a serious threat to his operation.

In the real world, these people still do exist. And because of the power and money at stake, they can be unimaginably dirty and ruthless. For opponents who present a significant threat to their interests: They use intimidation and threats to make the weak subservient. And the ones who both present a critical threat and are either too principled or foolish to cower; well, they face the prospect of death.

I'm assuming that MS has been a particularly productive operative for the Elder. And the Elder is becoming concerned about his reliability and reluctant to lose his services. He had previously said MS 'knows his place but isn't subservient'. But now MS is succumbing to his one weakness by drawing a line in the sand telling the Elder to back off MH and YS. The Elder is appealing to MS' pride by offering him the political position. (In reality, he would have less power and opportunity for autonomy as a political figure than as head of a news agency.) Giving MS the political position would be a way to silence MH in his newly declared independence. Because - so far - MH has been unwilling to reveal the mis-deeds of his brother.

So if the assumptions above are right, and they do band together to take the Elder down, we are in for high stakes and a wild heart-in-your-throat ride.

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I’m also curious about how Teacher is going to be brought to the forefront of the conflict along with MH/MS. I don’t think his role is only going to be about helping Healer find out who killed his parents. There are so many loose ends I’m curious about:

What is the Healer operation really about?
Was Teacher the original "Healer" night courier? What allowed for him to be the only one of the group of friends that wasn't compromised/killed? Sure, he was in prison. But that hardly insulates him from the long arm of the Elder.

And as soon as he got a new "Healer" courier in place he disappeared I'm not buying that it was all about chasing skirts. Ajumma asked if he had a new replacement for BS ready yet. That suggests he's still working to ensure that the Healer operation has continuity beyond any one individual

What is the Teacher’s real backstory and what are his motivations?
Teacher would/should be ideologically aligned with those trying to expose corruption. But the "Healer" operation is being used to facilitate it. So was he a mole among the group of friends? Or is the Healer operation actually a sting operation? Or is he just a morally ambivalent person who gathers whatever low hanging fruit that’s within his reach?

What exactly is the conflict underpinning between MH and Teacher?
Has MH made a connection between the Healer document and it‘s connection to Teacher? If so, they should be on the ‘same side’. But MH was unusually willing to help the Detective uncover the identity of the Healer. Is there something MH knows about Teacher (who he really works for - past and present) that either pits them against each other or helps MH take down the Elder? Or does MH have a misunderstanding of Teacher’s current aims?

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BTW so sorry if all this is discussed later in the thread. I haven't been able to keep up with the lightening pace of the posts this week. Now reading through the whole thread (3,000 posts) is...well... daunting.

If any kind soul knows if (and where?) this has been discussed, please let me know. I'd appreciate any help. :-)

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Is Ivoire girlfriday? You always have long comment that was posted earlier than everyone else.

It's hard for me to decide which episode is the best because there are always moments that I want to rewatch in each episode. Most scenes are involved JCW. He is the soul of this drama!!!

I love how the story is told, step by step, and it connects everything together very well. The music background is awesome. I love all the OST so far, but I wonder if they will let JCW sing an OST for this drama. He is a singer, and in almost in each of his past dramas, he sang at least a song for it.

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I dont think she is girlfriday. And from the speed of appearance of her comment, it seems impossible for her to finish the recap unless she is superwoman XD

of course, there might be other ways.

*wink*

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She is Not girlfriday. She is ajumma hacker, tapped into JB's computer, having her comment riding on JB's recap.

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I humbly beg to cut in and confirm that Ivoire is *not* girlfriday LOLOL!

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@ GB, you would know :-)

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I've met Ivoire, and seen photos of girlfriday. They are not the same person...

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You're fast. I don't know how I am supposed to survive a week till the next episode airs without a teaser for the next episode. Bang on about that skinship part. So much cuteness, angst but its the kind of angst I enjoy. I don't think Moon-Ho is going to do something in a hurry. He doesn't trust Healer or care for him and logically speaking he shouldn't. To him, he is an errand boy who cares about money above all. He doesn't know the fact that he is one of those whose life his brother and his silence helped mess up. But he will the put the pieces together first. One conversation with Myun-Hee about the burglar and he will have necessary information to connect the dots. So far, the story has only focused on Moon-Ho and his relationship with his Noona out of the pirate radio gang. I want to know what was his relation like with the rest of the gang. With Jung-Ho's father and his teacher. So right now, Healer's fate is in his hand and a toss up in the air. And I squealed when Young-Shi grabbed Healer's hand. Would've danced around if no one was around me. I just hope there is no major misunderstanding between PBS and CYS. I can take separation but I don't want him to be abandoned again, poor guy has been through hell already withe everyone close to him just plain ditching him at their convenience. And that almost kiss, my heart nearly exploded. All in all, I am badly addicted to this show. Its the best new year gift from Kdrama land. And you're right, Kdrama is a great addiction to have.

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When Jung-hoo finds out the broken cell phone has been discovered, all he has to do as Healer is to preemptively contact Moon-ho saying that he had recovered the cell phone and slipped it into the bag. He couldn't personally hand it to Young-shin due to Moon-ho's "no personal contact" instruction. Moon-ho might think this way anyway without any prompting from Healer.

Here is to hoping Moon-ho not finding more clues by thoroughly searching the bag and clothing.

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@ Snickers,

That is so clever, and that TOTALLY makes sense. I had not thought of that. About this, "Here is to hoping Moon-ho not finding more clues by thoroughly searching the bag and clothing." I hope so too, b/c I think that it would be nice to have Healer being able to get away with a good explanation, and to have the reveal be pushed back an ep. or two. How they handle KMH finding the phone, will also be a testament to the writing.

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@Ivorie

It does concern me that Healer/JH/BS is getting sloppy. I suppose he is not immune to losing some IQ points when he is in love.

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To be fair though, it wasn't like he expected to have to get out of his clothes or not to have access to his clothes...or that someone would knock over the bag and the phone would slip out. I mean, what were the chances, seriously??! (Hence...the drama...)

Also, I do think as someone mentioned earlier, the Healer isn't used to having to maintain an undercover identity for so long - slip ups aren't surprisingly. In fact, I seriously think it's amazing he's gone so long undetected! I keep expecting someone to find out he's the Healer at any moment!! But for that person to be Moon Ho...AND possibly Moon Shik too. The Moon Shik connection scares me just as badly as Moon Ho, because Moon Shik KNOWS of their background and connection. Moon Ho, obviously, is a loose canon because he DOESN'T know. The irony in both situations...the writing, directing and acting in this show is superb and elevates both the story and the character development immensely.

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@ Rainerust

Yes you nailed it! I didn't really think it through yet, but you did the hard work for me!!! :D

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i am not sure he's sloppy, i think his priorities changed. maybe he grew up and is bored to stay 'healer' and live alone protecting his identity.
all those rooftop scenes scream - look at me!
and then he tells her straight - he would stay with her.

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@ Snickers,

Yeah, I guess he is not immune to losing some IQ points when in love. I actually love that Healer might be getting sloppy, b/c that makes him human, and 2nd-him potentially being in danger, makes the drama more interesting, and ups the ante. I do care (deeply) about Healer, but him being safe (all the time), makes the drama a little predictable. That was the great thing about Gaksital/Bridal Mask, the fact that the hero experienced real danger and pain. It made the drama less predictable, and more poignant.

With RE: to being in love, I just think that SJH/Healer cannot think of EVERY possibility where he might be "attacked," and that is OK with me. Him being human (and therefore faillible) is what I can relate to, since I don't do parkour, and Martial Arts and such (I just watch him being awesome at it). I just want Healer/SJH, KMH and CYS to come on top at the end of the drama. I want things to end well for them. I am not too sure about how things will end for KMH, but I wish him well. I wish he would get with his girlfriend, and marry her, and have CYS and Healer/PBS over for dinner and a movie :-)
But then, for people like The Elder, KMS, etc... (the bad guys), well....

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@ Ivorie

For me, KMH's ex is a person who parrots official lines and tries to control him like his brother. I don't feel KMH respects what she does. For now, not sure if he can be with someone he does not completely respect.

@ Rainerust

Jung-hoo being sloppy: His car's make/model/color not a big deal but same license plate! Healer handling Sang-soo's and Young-shin's phones bare-handed. Carrying Young-shin's cell phone around. Why? If he wants to give it back to her as Healer, he should keep it with his Healer outfit. Sloppiness making him more human (re. @ Ivorie and you), for future plot convenience, or both. Will events continue to unfold logically and gracefully?

If Moon-ho rationalizes that Healer slipped the cell phone into the bag, his will likely focus on why Healer again did something "nice" that was not asked of him. If he gives the cell phone to Detective Yoon, fingerprints could link Jung-hoo to Healer. To me it's logical that Jung-hoo's identity/background must be altered for him to be Healer. But, the writer may not think so.

Min-ja can intercept and alter the Yoon's email containing mismatching Park Bong-soo photos. But the hard copies are just waiting to be used for one of the Big Reveals.

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@Snickers

Well it's a drama so plot convenience will always play a part but I think the intention was really to show how he got caught up in everything that happened. Originally he never intended to tangle with CYS, thinking only to use her as bait to clear his name...so why would he think of changing his car license plate or anything else for that matter, since he wasn't going to stick around long enough?...then after that, I think it just didn't occur to him to be all paranoid about how he handles his stuff. Re fingerprints it's not like they would know it's HEALER. They might figure out it's Jung Hoo but how would they have made the Healer connection? Only those in the know (Moon Ho, Moon Shik, Elder) could possibly make the link because they know parts of the story that no one else in the drama-verse is aware of. It might trip off the detective to start digging deeper and nosing around him though...which would be exciting.

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After Healer grabbed Sang-soo’s phones without gloves on, and suppose fingerprints were recovered, the fingerprints not belonging to people expected to handle the phone should be Healer's. These may be eventually matched to Jung-hoo's. Same goes for Young-shin's phone. If Jung-hoo's fingerprints were found on her phone, who is this person, how did he get the phone, and how could he return it unnoticed?

One thing that I didn't consider was does Moon-ho know what Young-shin's phone looked like. If not, it is just a broken phone. A person having a broken phone is not too unusual. There are people who salvage electronics. Of course, drama universe is often complex when it should be simple, and vice versa.

Lets say Moon-ho does suspect something, puts it back and sees what happens. If Bong-soo is all "what is this and how did it end up here," all is well. If Bong-soo keeps it, trouble.

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@Rainerust

Oops. Typed in the wrong field. 2.5.1.2.3 is for you, not from you. Sorry.

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My worry is that Moon Ho will put 2 and 2 together and get 9 - he already thinks Healer is amoral and for some reason expects he will be working on this "case" for the Elder shortly. So is he going to think that Healer sabotaged the elevator? Maybe try and take him out in some way?

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THE TEXT PREVIEW FOR EPISODE 11 : FROM jichangwookkitchen.com
Episode 11
12 January 2015, 10pm KST, KBS2
Ratings: -
“In the darkness”
Without even knowing that Moon Ho is suspicious of Park Bong Su, Jung Hu goes to look for Moon Ho dressed as Healer.
Moon Ho intends to make use of Jung Hu, and Jung Hu accepts his suggestion in order to clear the false charge on his father.
Meanwhile, Jung Hu receives the email sent by Young Shin.
Although Young Shin is aware that Healer is a murder suspect, she trusts him and goes to meet him…

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Thank you!!!! My thoughts exactly..... Only if the writers are avoiding the easy way out..

Newaiz its episode 10 already...time to get the ball of the other sad half of the drama rolling!! (Kdrama style)

Sigh!! i always hate the other halves (RE: Fated To Love You!!!!!!!!!!)

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Oh please, let it be good till the end!! *crossing fingers*

I know, I have crushed by so many dramas in the second half too :(

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You may be right, but for the fact that it is precisely the very people who are next to YS that he's suspicious of. Wasn't that his very tip to Det Yoon - get Healer by investigating the people around her?

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lets hope im right...cz God!!! KMH really shudnt be the first to know

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Another possibility would be that this incident leads to CYS discovering Healer's identity. Maybe Moon-ho confronts both of them with the mobile phone and CYS instinctively takes Jung-Hoo's side and says that she gave him the phone so he could try to repair it (as she knows from the cameras that he is technically skillful). And after that, she puts two and two together and knows that he is Healer.

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hmmm i dont think itl play out like that cz shez an inquisitive character that doesnt really know how to deal with shock (from what iv gathered so far).

But newaiz the fate of how the phone scenario plays out is in the hands of the writers..i'm done thinking about what has already been thought of, written down and even acted out. We'l noe the answer when we see it next week :)

the wait can only be painful...no choice but to be cheerful about it

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@ deezle, what does "newaiz" mean, please? (You have used it at least twice, that I have seen of).

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Hahahahahaha....sorry my bad. Newaiz means anyway.

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I'd be disappointed in MH if he didn't put two and two together. PBS joined as a reported just a few days ago. He's always hanging around YS and now has the phone in his pocket. Healer got Hwang's recording for YS, but only the reporters really knew that there was such a recording.

It can be explained away, but MH would/should trust his guts.

I don't think healer would have thought much about that phone being in his pocket. No one knows about the phone being lost in the elevator except for YS and MH. Even if his enemies find it on him (on his PBS personality) they wouldn't think twice about it. And I think he was complacent because he trusts YS enough to keep his secret even if she does suspect. maybe he even wants to be caught by her.

The only think healer missed to think about was MH finding it.

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*hugs* Let us flail around together till our limbs sag! But it's kinda hard to flail around while I'm stuck here in the gutter. Covered in the collective drool of our gutter-mates.

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Omomoooooooo!!!!!!! *That's me, super excited to "see" you :-) *
yes, Let's!!!!!! I like JCW, though I am not drooling over him the way some of you guys are (not that it is bad). I think I like what I perceived to be traits of his personality, and how he acts. That I really like. But yeah, let's flail around, if we can, this drama is awesome!!!! I will try and come get you out of the gutter you are in :-)

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Haha. That's understandable. JCW is super charming, but I do know that not everyone will be falling head-over-heels in love with him instantly.

On second thoughts, hey, it's fun here in the gutter! Sure, it's not very comfy, and it's kinda smelly... but fun nonetheless. Would you like to join us, perhaps? There's still space over here, if you don't mind the err... drool.

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Oh poor Omomo, is the gutter getting fetid?

Over here guys! We need fresh drool!!! ;)

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Yes! Come join us.

Just don't step on me on your in. :-D

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Where's the fresh batch of drool courtesy of rabid Healer/JCW fans? Quick, the gutter's starting to dry up!

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@ patinalee Hello!
I didn't get to do it in ep.8 recap, however I just wanted to thank you for your explanations and for some of your answers to my questions. I so appreciated them. I wanted to comment on that back then, but time got away from me, and many things got in the way of me being able to be on the thread.

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@ Ivoire patinalee Omomo

Poor dear Ivoire, it's sad you cannot join us in the gutter. I still left a place for you anyway.... over there next to patinalee,.... yeah I know from here you have to walk all over Omomo. But nevermind, we'll keep the spot warm and droolish for you. Come back when you can!!!! :)

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@ Ivoire

Hello back Ivoire.

You don't have to thank me. Wasn't expecting any.

I'm instead thankful that you'd share your thoughts. Generously.

Thanks again. :-)

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:D :D :D

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Woo-hoo!

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:D :D :D yep my feelings exactly

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AHHHHH THE ENDING!! And no preview for next week. Whhyyyyy T_T

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About the "no preview" thing, I felt the same way: no preview?!!!! Whyyyyyyy?!!!!!!! Maybe there will be one before next Monday, let's hope.

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I will settle for a text preview!! Stills!! Anything....

I just really want to know what direction the next episodes will go, since the ending we just got was too *OMG*

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About this, "I just really want to know what direction the next episodes will go, since the ending we just got was too *OMG*"
I know, Right?...

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I know there is less than 1% chance of this but I want moon ho and healer to join hands to find out the culprit :) and how to take care of the background check??? Real pbs is discovered.. Will ajhumma do something??? Totally hooked to this drama !!!!!

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Actually, the probability of that happening is not too far fetched. My guess is that once Moon Ho connects the dots and does some extensive research about Healer, he will uncover his identity as Jung Hoo, or the child of one his hyungs back in the day. Let's just hope that Moon Ho holds a semblance of familial attachment to Jung Hoo, which will spur him to initiate cooperation in exposing the truth.

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@ fantasy

That actually sounds like it could happen around the final 2 episodes. When both guys have resolved their issues with each other (after true intentions towards CYS are revealed, SJH's protective romantic to KMH's protective platonic) and settled differences etc, then can they work together towards ridding the baddies :3

If only there is a preview for next week.
I wonder if KMH would try to separate PBS and CYS by firing him D':

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@Omomo ummm, I'm actually worried about the OTHER possibility - that he will now become guarded AGAINST PBS since he hasn't made the link to how JH is his dad's son...(and therefore possibly worthy of trust...and then he might end up feeling guilty towards HIM too if hints about his dad being murdered are right and KMH had some knowledge about that too...which I suspect he mayyyyy have..it's hard to tell).

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@reinerust
exactly.... btw i posted this question in prev ep thread too, since u guys r good in explaining so m asking again, it really bothers me the happy reaction of meyung hee seeing JH.. she mistook him as his father but still his father was accused of killing Gil Han, moreover she was concerned about his family and insisted min sook to do a check... is not it unexpected?? should not she actually hate jung hoo's father???
any thoughts friends??? :)

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@fantasy

Since you asked...Myung Hee's reaction just convinces me that there are more layers to unpeel regarding the alleged murder of Gil Han - what is this murder? After all, all we were shown was the aftermath of a (car?) accident that killed Gil Han (implied rather than made explicit I think) and crippled Myung Hee. So was it that JH's dad was framed for murder because he was good with machines (as another commenter had pointed out in one of these threads, I forget where) and that Myung Hee found THAT hard to believe and so she never did? Also you have to remember that she's been friends with him for really long, so perhaps for her, it's instinctively hard to hate him even if she did believe him responsible for the death of her first husband. She was actually quite agitated to see him, so much so that I think if she had had more time to process it, the hate might kicked in...or she might have started demanding answers if she didn't believe that he did it. She might have wanted to know why and where he was and what he had been doing. Seeing her old friend triggered her memories of his family which is why she wanted to get their contact I think. My sense is that Myung Hee has been growing more and more uneasy with the recent incidents and there's a burgeoning sense of panic within her. I don't know if the writer will use that to drive the discovery of Healer - the potential for so many others to discover his real identity is being driven on so many fronts that I am practically nail-less now because I've bitten all my fingernails to the quick!

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@fantasy yeah, I hope in the next episodes KMH, Healer and CYS will join forces to bring down the baddies... They all have their own respective strengths and advantages. Together they will make awesome winning combo! :D

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@rainerust
thanks for answering, and the nail bitting... well i sincerely think sometimes that i should not start to watch this drama while airing... it always gives me an anxious week, and jcw and his acting through his eyes !!!!!! i m kind of hypnotized by them :P :P

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@ fantasy rainerust

Another thing about Myung Hee and her surprised and warm reaction towards her old friend, 'Joon Seok'. .... There seem to be a lot that is kept hidden from different people (quite annoying this secret keeping to protect a person or something).

Since Myung Hee was in hospital for a long time after the accident, she could have been kept from all the news reports etc and only got to know what she's been told. She seems to be pretty isolated with body guards and maids in the home only.... no sign of friends. Therefore, I wonder if she ever knew that Gil Han's death was alleged to be a result of murder by her friend Joon Sook.

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@glowingbeautifullly
mmmmm..... well that i think a bit weird if it was a police case (Gil Han's murder) wont they interrogate her wife ???? is not that she was unconscious or in coma.. well I have another question in my mind :P does healer work in summer also??? I mean wearing that kind of costume!!!!! okay, plz don't be irritated ;) I was just asking :)

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@ fantasy

LOL! His outfit could be a cotton and wool version of his black leathers maybe? Wool is supposed to be cool in Summer and warm in Winter??? There are lots of man-made textiles now that can be cool but still have the look of leather or wool.

And of course he will not have to layer so much, just the hoodie and cap would do, with gloves. :)

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@glowing beautifully
I admit that was a ridiculous question indeed :-P well I found my answer by rewinding ep 1 ... He can camouflage himself not that he always wearing that particular costume like Spiderman or batman :D... Well thanks for the reply as I m new here I get extremely happy when I get a reply :-)

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@ fantasy

You know what you wrote above? ... reposting here:
" 4.1.1.1.1 fantasy January 7th, 2015 at 2:11 AM

I know there is less than 1% chance of this but I want moon ho and healer to join hands to find out the culprit"

There could be more than a 1% chance because ultimately they have a common interest in protecting YS and finding that both are onto it, they might as well join forces. What we really want is a reveal to Moon Ho in such a way that he believes in Healer not only as a paid errand boy but as a person invested in YS's well being. Then we can have our 75% chance of them working together!!!

In fact, I would even have liked Moon Shik to be part of this working together group, you know... both brothers, having cleared the air between them and really on the same side. Moon Shik, who told Moon Ho that he is on his side, I believe, is actually sincere in caring for Moon Ho and may have served Elder in order to protect his brother as well as Myung Hee. Moon Ho needs to know this. But at the moment, he doesn't and the brothers working together seems to be unlikely.

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@glowing beautifully
obviously at some point moon ho and JH will join hands at some point but what I meant by that the probability of that is rare in near future... Moon ho does not trust Healer a bit (of course he has reasons for that) so now if Moon ho get to know who the Healer is, it will be not good for JH......

Moreover, again it is less than 1% chance to me, but if luckily Moon ho meets Myung Hee meanwhile and get to khow the incident of seeing JH, (and resemblance with his father, dressed like Healer) then mayyyyyy be its a chance

I m not sure that how much Moon would care for JH... I mean if MH had an idea that SJS was framed for GH's murder, then he should feel somewhat guilty for JH too... Is not it???

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@ glowing beautifully

another thing first I thought YS was abused by one of her adopters... but Moon Ho had the info of that, does that mean he knows the abuser too, I mean if the abuser is not an unknown person , then I really want YS to beat him to death, smack him hard leaving fingure prints on his both cheeks ....

what say ??? :)

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First off, I cannot recall where Moon Ho knows about her abuse except that he did a background check on her. In which case he may not know the abusers at all, whom I guess were the people she may have been fostered out to. Definitely if they can be found, I'd like to drag them into our Healer Support Group gutter and have them stomped upon in the drool!!!! LOLOL!

Second, I'm so amused that to you I'm 'glowing beautifully'. Actually thank you. I don't mind growing beautifully while glowing as well!!! :D

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@ GB

mmmm.... better to use the initials this time :P :P, sorry i was mistaken with ur name , but hey WHAT TO DO?? YOUR COMMENTS ARE GLOWING SOOOOO BEAUTIFULLY NEXT TO MINE!!!! :D

and I thought that abot MH, because he provided the info of abusing to healer, it is okay for him to know her age and all but how would he know what happened to her after being adopted????

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Yes, initials are fine too ;) and thank you!

About abuse and adoption: I think I gathered that she had been moved from 1 foster home to another, and each time a child is moved, I believe the reason/justification must be reported to the orphanage. These should all be in the report on each child, and Moon Ho could have go his hands on YS's report (although it is supposed to be confidential usually).

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@ wildfly,
what does this mean please, "it’s a bit mary sue-ish?"

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@ Ivoire

Until wildfly confirms or replies to you, I'll just hazard a guess. 'Mary Sue-ish' is a description of a trope where a girl/weak person is 'idealised/unrealistically good and popular with or has romantic connection to' a sunbae or sunbaes.

I believe there is not just one way to interpret who a Mary Sue character is. Different people will have a different idea.

Maybe this refers to YS who is idol worshipping Moon Ho who cares about her. And also she is liked by BS/Healer.

Another part of 'Mary Sue' is that if the author of a story wants to be in the story, the character he creates for himself is also referred to as a Mary Sue.

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@ GB,
Oh I see.... Thank you for explaining, as always :-) (You are so good at that).

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live-shooting...
The drama is already on live-shooting mode T.T

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Yeah judging by the twitter/instagram pics from last week shows JCW in his chaebol outfit, I figured they would be still shooting next week's episodes right now ><

The lack of preview is killing me thooooo baahhh

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And hai Beanies! First time commenter/long time lurker. This show has successfully pulled me out of my shell. :3!

I watched the episode with incomplete subs. Thankfully they sub all the good parts first ;);)

Scenes I love:

CYS and PBS's entrance at the start. What an eye-catching pair they make! The transformation was executed so beautifully and completely even Jong-soo's jaw dropped. Hahaha loooved it! They played the role of entitled chaebol brats so well. CYS's airy tone and petty socialite mannerisms were spot on.
I also love how PBS's mask slipped a bit when CYS rested her head on his shoulder and called him "Oppa" Boy can't help but be affected (his pulse probably skipped a few beats then XD!) Keeeeekeke

Healer disregarding Ahjumma's warning about the investigators. When he finally admits out loud what we've known for several episodes, that he's staying by CYS's side for himself and not because of some commission. Love > Money. Going forward he is risking so much and this might very well be the point of no return and he knows it. On the line is his Healer identity, his dream of solitude (island), his freedom (wanted by the police) and his life... *sad sigh*

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Another scene I loved:

CYS has been leading PBS around by the wrist since they met. I don't know why but when he pulled his wrist free and grab hers instead, I just went KYYAAA. It felt so symbolic to me, so significant. It must be if the camera is actually focused on their hands.. right? Could this be the start of a change in CYS/PBS's relationship dynamic? Will PBS's meek and stammering persona fade away to be overtaken as smooth manly SJH?

In the later scene on the rooftop, I don't think she was unmoved by the seriousness and sincerity of PBS's confession (I actually felt that he was channeling the intensity of Healer ... and *swoon*).

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@ SushiBug,

(See @ GB, another beanie who goes "KYAAAAA!!!!" :-) ), so good to hear from you. PBS pulled his wrist free and grabbed hers? I must have missed that. when? (what scene?)And I agree with you, if the cameras focused on it, then it must have some significance. And you are right that CYS has been leading PBS by her finger (or wrist), but at this point, does he even mind?

About this, "Could this be the start of a change in CYS/PBS’s relationship dynamic? Will PBS’s meek and stammering persona fade away to be overtaken as smooth manly SJH?"
I think that it would be good to have a shift in the CYS/PBS relationship, though I am not sure how that would happen, to be honest. We are entering the 2nd 1/2 of the drama, so it wouldn't be bad, if some things change.

I kind of don't want SJH to be totally smooth and in control when he is around CYS (well, not all the time). I still want his heart to flutter when he is around CYS, and I want it to show. So not totally PBS (though I LOVE PBS), but not totally Healer either. I hope that I am making sense.

Awww!!! And it is your 1st time to comment? Well, WELCOME!!!!!!! I am sure glad you did (delurk).

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I think it's round the 24min mark, when she was going to take him to a restaurant/out for a drink(?). He decided they should go to his choice of location and lead her away.

As much as I loved dorky puppy