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Kill Me, Heal Me: Episode 2

Kill Me, Heal Me‘s premise had so much potential to go very wrong, so I’m glad that it’s taken the path of thoughtful pathos rather than cheap laughs and overwrought melo. By packing some emotional heft into the characters, even the much-used battlefield of corporate takeovers can be refreshed.

Fighter Se-gi provides a strong counterpoint to good-guy Do-hyun, living with the urgency of someone who knows he’s on borrowed time, while on the heroine’s side, Ri-jin’s competence as a doctor and no-BS attitude doesn’t take away her sensitivity to others, giving us an idea why she’s the healing half of the equation. Overall, the character treatment and plot direction makes me hopeful so far. Of course, it’s too early to tell, but… I like to err on the side of optimism.

EPISODE 2 RECAP

Se-gi thrusts Ri-jin out of harm’s way and dives into his fight with the partier whose jacket he stole. Ri-jin’s soundtrack of screams punctuates his flying kicks while the party goes on inside. Dispatching the man, he comes back for her, but she screams a warning to him — a moment too late, as his opponent gives him a hard crack on the head and he goes down…

…only to pop up again. He knocks the man out, so he can turn his attention back to Ri-jin. She asks him why he’s doing this, and he tells her, “You called me. You’ve been calling me since a really long time ago.” Edging away, she counters that she didn’t even know him a long time ago. Unfazed, he replies that it’s fine since she knows him now.

Her edging away turns into him backing her up, and he asks her to play. She wards him off with feet-stamps and screaming entreaties, and like a magic spell, it works. She orders him to turn around, and he does, as if hypnotized. Telling him to stay right there, she makes a break for it, and facing away from her, Se-gi’s grin turns sharkish.

Ri-jin leaps into a taxi, heading for her hospital, finally relieved to escape, but a motorcycle gives chase. To her horror, it’s Se-gi (of course). He pulls up alongside and her attempts to hide are met with a wink, bringing a full-on bout of screaming. Girl’s got some lungs, man.

She’s dropped off at Kanghan Hospital, and Se-gi parks right behind her. She tries the hypnosis thing again, but it doesn’t work, so she runs instead. He grabs her and tells her it’s not fun playing pets anymore. Since he played with her, it’s her turn to play with him. He doesn’t have much time — unlike her, he doesn’t know when he’ll appear.

Ri-jin asks if he’s a prison escapee. Se-gi tells her it’s a place that’s even harder to escape, and way more cramped. While he speaks, he puts a helmet on her and tells her to hop on. But she’s had enough — she really has to be in the hospital now, and pushes man and helmet away.

He tries again, but she really loses her patience now and throws him off. However, when she looks at him properly, she notices the cut on his head and the lost look on his face, and softens. This time, she takes his arm and drags him inside.

Doctor Ri-jin tells him to take off his clothes so she can tend to his injuries. It seems our Se-gi is quite literal-minded because he totally strips, bringing on another horrified screamfest from Ri-jin.

Hilariously, her colleagues have their ears pressed to the door and they conclude from the tone of her screams that she isn’t hating it — they might not be wrong, since between screams, she keeps taking peeks.

Civilized (= clothed) again, Se-gi notes that she’s a psychiatrist, which isn’t good. “You and I could have a bad fate,” he tells her, and she snarks at him all, “Omona! You don’t say!” Ha, I like her.

Snatching her phone, he programs his number into it, and makes sure she knows his name. He warns her that the person with his face and a different name is fake — there’s only one Shin Se-gi, “So you must never forget my eyes.”

After a charged moment, Ri-jin breaks away from him and exits, and runs into her senior, Dr. Park. He scolds her for losing her patient, but right behind her, Se-gi slams Dr. Park into the wall, only releasing him once he says Ri-jin is allowed out with him. Dr. Park even barks at her to dress up and look pretty.

While the doctors go off, Se-gi gets a call from Chief Ahn. He tells him he’s found Dr. Seok — and he’s right here in Kanghan Hospital. Se-gi takes the call pretending to be Do-hyun.

Dr. Seok plays Do-hyun’s old interview reels in his office, where he describes his violent Se-gi alter. A knock at the door admits the devil himself, but Dr. Seok mistakes him for gentle Do-hyun and greets him like an old friend. Se-gi-as-Do-hyun (is that confusing yet?) asks the doctor if he’s really pleased to see him, “Since you tried to kill me so many ways,” he adds, discarding his façade.

Se-gi wrecks Dr. Seok’s office, and crushes his glasses beneath a booted heel. He picks up a scalpel and muses it would be a good gift for Yo-sup (the suicidal 17-year-old boy-alter). “Or I could use it on you first,” he threatens. The doctor asks what he wants, and Se-gi has a message for Do-hyun: to give up on treatment, and stop thinking about getting rid of them.

What if he doesn’t want to give up, the doctor asks — what then? Se-gi throws him back and gets right in his face: “Put Cha Do-hyun to sleep. Forever. So he never wakes up.” Dr. Seok says that’s impossible, since Do-hyun is the master-persona. The others are creations of his mind, existing via his defense mechanism. Dude! I don’t think it’s going to help to tell the violent guy he’s not real!

Furious, Se-gi chokes Dr. Seok, and avers that he is himself. Not Cha Do-hyun, but Shin Se-gi. If the doc insists on getting rid of him, or making Do-hyun remember his past, he threatens to use the knife on himself, because if they go down, they’ll damn well all go down together.

Dr. Seok is on the brink of losing consciousness when Se-gi spasms. He releases the doctor and his pupils dilate. The red tattoo on his neck fades out…and he’s Do-hyun again.

Both of them now recovered, Dr. Seok shares Se-gi’s words with Do-hyun, and his alter’s desire to be the master persona. Se-gi is stronger now — he speculates that it must be because he’s driven by some purpose. He also adds that Se-gi seems to have found his first love.

Do-hyun is shocked to find out the alters can love, but Dr. Seok warns that with a personality like Se-gi’s, it’s more likely to be obsession. If he’s unable to attain his object, he could flip to violence and the object of his affections would then be in danger. Suddenly afraid Se-gi’s found Chae-yeon, he starts running.

Ri-jin is still waiting for Se-gi in the hospital foyer. When she finally sees Do-hyun come barreling down, thinking it’s Se-gi, she puts out a nonchalant hand, but he just goes right past. She yells to get his attention, and then looks expectantly at him, while he’s all, Do I know you? She’s dumbfounded by his reception and he places her as Crazy Nightclub Lady.

He’s so pleased to get something right (and yet so wrong) and expresses relief that she’s safely back in hospital, but sorry, he has to run. “That’s all?” She asks.

Put upon, she explains that he pursued her, and Do-hyun is still factoring this up with Do-hyun’s encounters of her, remembering the airport episode where Ri-on declared that she was sick in the head. So he’s genuinely kind to her in his letdown, and tells her to be strong. He can’t apologize enough, and I am laughing my head off as he exits. Ri-jin: “Was I just rejected?”

Do-hyun runs out and is met by the timely arrival of Chief Ahn. He quickly explains that Se-gi roughed up Dr. Seok, and then appropriates the man’s car and drives off.

Furiously brushing her teeth in the ladies’ room, Ri-jin still can’t get over Se-gi with his cheesy-slick overtures, and then giving her the bizarre, apologetic brush-off just now.

Do-hyun arrives at Chae-yeon’s doorstep and she comes out to meet him. She’s pretty surprised nerdy Do-hyun seems to have gotten into a fight. As she reaches for his bandage, he clasps her hand and entreats, “If I surprise you with words and actions that are unlike me, ignore me.”

If he treats her badly or crosses the line, “Then it’s not me,” he tells her. He warns her to run away if someone with the same face but another name seeks her out. This is so close to a confession about his condition.

She wonders if he’s drunk, and suddenly Ki-joon’s voice calls out to her. She was having a glass of wine with him, she says, and invites Do-hyun to join. Caught off-guard, he declines.

But before he leaves, he turns back to her, and thanks her for calling him last Christmas: “Thanks to you, it was warm. I was happy.” His smile is so sad.

Inside her apartment, Ki-joon remarks at Chae-yeon’s boldness in going out to meet Do-hyun when he’s right there. She points out that he deliberately made his presence known, and Ki-joon admits he was marking his territory.

Chae-yeon seems to like the idea that the two men should be at odds over her — she even reckons Do-hyun will be more interested if he finds out she’s a fox, because “childhood friend” is so passé. Ah, so it’s like that.

Driving home, Do-hyun is haunted by Dr. Seok’s words. Overwhelmed, he stops the car and pulls his rearview mirror towards him. Looking into his own eyes, he says, “Listen up, Shin Se-gi. You touch a single one of my people and you’re dead.”

Gaining heat and feeling, he continues, “I would die to get rid of you — if I don’t exist, you don’t exist. If you become stronger, I will become stronger. Are you listening to me, you bastard?

Chief Ahn waits for him at home. Do-hyun instructs him to prepare everything necessary for him to do his job right at ID Entertainment (which is a subsidiary of Seung Jin Group). He can’t run back to the U.S., since Se-gi would simply put him on a plane back, so the only way to beat him at his game is to play the game, head-on.

Their short-term objective is the board meeting in three months. Until then, nothing untoward is allowed to happen. To that end, he’ll put himself under strict CCTV surveillance, and other monitoring and security measures.

By controlling his emotions and physical condition, Do-hyun thinks they can prevent Se-gi’s resurgence. Lastly, he needs a doctor who can treat him in secret. Since Dr. Seok’s safety has been compromised, it has to be someone else.

While interrogating her escapee patient, Ri-jin is subject to Heo Suk-hui’s cackling that although the doc lacks style, she appears to have the talent of bagging a man — even if she got dumped within two hours. Jokes about her “booking” (and immediate de-booking) follow her around the hospital all day and hothead Ri-jin loses it pretty quickly.

Just then, Se-gi’s (stolen) leather jacket is delivered to her, which fires her up even more and she throws it away immediately… only to fish it out of the bin a moment later. The label shows it is Italian-made which gives her pause.

She tries to call Se-gi, but Do-hyun is busy with meditation exercises and it goes unanswered. She bins the jacket again.

Ri-jin drives up to her parents’ house… with the jacket stuffed in a bag on her backseat. She tells herself it’s nothing to do with expectation or feelings — it’s only because it’s leather and made in Italy. Uh-huh.

Her dad surprises her and discovers the jacket, which he thinks is his present. She protests, but he’s already zipped himself into it, thoroughly pleased. Just as she insists it’s too small for him, her mom comes out, and mother and daughter are so happy to see each other, aww, it’s adorable. When dad wants them to admire his jacket, both women yell at him, expressions identical.

Ri-jin and Mom chat together over barbecue prep, and Mom tells her Dad is as childish as ever, and they laugh at oppa Ri-on who keeps giving himself nightmares because of his own writing.

Ri-jin looks for her brother in his room, but it’s empty. She’s about to leave when a large panel catches her eye. Juuust as she’s about to open it — and we can see a picture of football-playing Do-hyun peeking out — Ri-on leaps in and blocks her.

The twins join Mom and they have a cute conversation about how many people he’s killed lately. Mom worries about their jobs hurting them, and jokingly tells Ri-jin to treat her brother.

Ri-jin’s cheesy proclamation about family being the best therapy gives Ri-on his cue to start up a silly laugh-session, and both women join in until it’s a party of loons on loon tablets, and that’s how dad finds them.

The family enjoy a winter barbecue, and later, Ri-on joins his sister for night-time coffee on the veranda. Although her tone is brusque, she’s concerned he’s getting too caught up in his fictions, and warns him to separate reality and imagination, otherwise he’ll get hurt.

He reassures her he’ll be fine, and explains how he has cover in his multiple personas. Since Omega is the mystery writer, Oh Ri-on is free as a star (…I see what you did there!) to be himself. He reveals a third persona, Oh Hui, the ladies’ man (Ri-jin: “When did you become three??”).

By separating himself into three people, his life is safe and comfortable: “You’re right… like Jekyll and Hyde.” She asks him if it’s fun to live like that, and he tells her it’s more of a defensive strategy against a cruel world.

His talk of multiple personalities makes something click in Ri-jin’s head about her Se-gi/Do-hyun encounters, and she turns them over and over in her mind. She realizes they’re different — it’s in the eyes.

Do-hyun reports to Chief Ahn that all’s quiet on the Se-gi front, and they prepare for the board meeting that will be his formal introduction to the company. They accompany Grandma Seo and have a tense meeting with Ki-joon and his father in front of the elevators.

Do-hyun greets his uncle, and the elders exchange barbs. It’s clear there’s no love lost between them and they take separate elevators. Grandma warns Do-hyun not to be taken in by Uncle’s false benevolence, as it’s a calculated ploy to further his own ambitions.

An ajumma hits a pretty putt on a golf course and is fawned over by her friends. This is Ki-joon’s mom, YOON JA-KYUNG. Her mood is spoiled when she overhears Madam Shin (Do-hyun’s mom), who’s just arrived, bragging on the phone that her son is now VP of ID Entertainment. She catches sight of Madam Yoon and calls after her, addressing her as sister-in-law, but the woman completely blanks her and drives away.

Madam Shin catches up with Madam Yoon in the café, though, as the latter complains into her phone about the other woman’s crassness. Do-hyun’s mom wants to talk, and continues to call Madam Yoon “sister-in-law” which needles her into snapping that Madam Shin isn’t even in the family registry.

She retorts that there’s not a soul who doesn’t know she’s Cha Jun-pyo’s wife, but Madam Yoon’s cutting words push her into a fury of hair-pulling, and she spits that with her husband still living and her son sole heir to Seung Jin, she’ll dream what she damn well wants.

Do-hyun gets a visit from Ki-joon in his new office. He greets him warmly, and although Ki-joon’s face and tone are also warm, his words have an aggressive undercurrent: They’re at war now.

Ki-joon adds that he saw him at the club: “You were dressed like a completely different person.” Do-hyun plays it off as a party stunt, but Ki-joon warns him to be careful — all eyes are on him now.

Ri-jin parks her car at work, and enjoys Dad’s text squeeing about the jacket, when someone calls her name.

The next thing we know, Do-hyun receives a call from Ri-jin’s phone, and a man asks for Shin Se-gi. It’s Jacket Guy, who wants his jacket back, and everything had better be in it (like your drugs?), or his girl dies — he’s got one hour. Now we see Ri-jin, tied up and gagged, and Do-hyun hears her whimpering.

But Do-hyun has a meeting to prepare for, and goes back to his papers… for all of ten seconds. Heading out, he meets Chief Ahn on the way, who tries to stop him from leaving. The meeting is much too important to abandon, he worries.

Heedless, Do-hyun raids his apartment, tearing through bags and boxes to find the jacket, while Ahn frets. Do-hyun argues that somebody’s in danger because of Se-gi, and the aide points out that Do-hyun-as-Do-hyun has no idea how to fix it.

And… this makes sense, prompting the idea to ask Chief Ahn to hit him, to bring out Se-gi. But Ahn refuses to hit his boss until Do-hyun begs him, so after a few false starts, he finally gives him a good thump, and Do-hyun goes down.

The switch is induced — this time his irises turn gold — and when he gets up, he breaks out a big grin and a load of saturi. This guy isn’t Shin Se-gi. Ha, his every mannerism screams “ajusshi,” and so we meet the latest alter: Perry Park.

COMMENTS

I know it’s only the second episode, but it feels like there are enough layers to peel back and talk about already. Although the show has comedic elements, both writing and directing seem to be taking a more sensitive approach, and I hope that holds.

I realized the montage at the beginning of Episode 1 is actually Ri-on and his info-board (which feels freaky because it reminds me of the beginning of Special Affairs Team: TEN). It also tells us that Ri-on is interested in the entire case of the Seung Jin Group family (with a yet-to-be-revealed personal stake, I think), and it’s not just a creepy obsession with Do-hyun. A mystery writer looking into a mystery means… there is a mystery, right?

I’m not sure how well I like how the show transitions the alters; it seems a little muddled. Consistency is better, and I don’t think it should come off as supernatural. Like, I don’t know if Se-gi’s neck tattoo is actually there, or if it’s symbolic (either way, physiology doesn’t work like that!). I understand the metaphor the eyes suggest — because if they’re the window to the soul, then guyliner aside, you would theoretically be able to know who it is by their eyes, but it feels heavy-handed. Similarly, Se-gi’s finger-tapping is unsubtle, a weird gesture that doesn’t feel natural in the situations he uses it.

Despite that quibble, I’m generally satisfied with the handling and exposition of Do-hyun’s condition (for a documented medical case, I recommend reading about artist Kim Noble), and the role suits Ji Sung’s maturity. Displaying a wide range isn’t necessarily impressive by itself, but condense it into one show and seven characters, and you think… good luck with that. He’s definitely sold Se-gi and Do-hyun to me.

Do-hyun’s misunderstanding with Ri-jin in the hospital lobby is funny and sad at the same time. In a multiple-personalities setup, the comedy is inherent, but if you strip it away, at its core, it is a tragedy, and in that small scene, we can sum up the tragedy of his life. Loneliness is forced on Do-hyun. He can’t make lasting connections or relationships, and not just with other people — because of his disorder, it’s also impossible for him to have a cohesive, continuous sense of self and personal history. His missing time means missing memory, which takes away the possibility of having a basic sense of anchorage in his own life. Nevertheless, his condition doesn’t make Do-hyun a shut-in — he has people he cares about, and that is his whole motivation behind setting himself up in opposition to Se-gi.

The saddest moment is Do-hyun’s rearview-mirror outburst against himself, in the futility of the gesture, yet the need to do it. Because he can never meet the alters in real time, his only way to face them is in his reflection, and the show is using this conceit as another driving metaphor.

His position — at once both tenuous and too powerful — makes trusting people and coming out not an option. With only two people in the world he can trust, he has the added pain of not being known. Who he is, who he contains, only Dr. Seok, and more recently, Chief Ahn know, and although both are loyal, neither are people he can meet on an equal footing, in unmitigated friendship.

This is what I most look forward to in this story, and I can even see there’s a certain necessity in Ri-jin being a psychiatrist, because letting all those alters unfold and taking it in your stride isn’t something just anyone is equipped to do, especially if you have the choice to run away. I find her reactions to Se-gi’s cheesy (yet seriously delivered) lines hysterical, because of course that’s how you’re MEANT to react in the real world, even though we (sort of used to?) enjoy them as romantic in Dramaland. So I’m all for inverting clichés and embracing trends that say, “It’s creepy that you watch me sleep.”

That said, though, I also liked that she was willing to take a calculated emotional risk — not in accepting Se-gi’s proposition that night (which she didn’t — because it was crazy and possibly dangerous, Dramaland notwithstanding, what were you thinking, Dr Park?), but when later, she chooses to contact him. My hope for Ri-jin’s character is that she retains her prickliness and heightened sense of the ridiculous, however melo the circumstances.

Her family moments were really lovely, and you can read how connected they are by how fast and willingly they pick up each other’s jokes and run, but in the next moment flip to heartfelt concern without dropping a beat. The whole family is offbeat but tight-knit, and sets up an even starker contrast to Do-hyun’s isolation created by his mental illness. However, although Grandma is cold to Do-hyun, she does support him. Heir or not, she wants him to earn his place, which sounds sensible to me. I wonder if she’s keeping dad Jun-pyo hidden for his own safety.

Se-gi’s remark that he was in a place more cramped than prison strikes another sad chord, because it brings into sharp relief how much all of them are living partial, incomplete lives, a plight which makes even violently-inclined Se-gi more pitiful. Between him and Do-hyun, he seems the more eager to live, and to take something away from life instead of let life take away from him. As the alter who rises in reaction to pain or extreme distress, it makes sense that he would be the one with the most intense feelings and desires, but also who expresses them most desperately.

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that Matrix moment tho.

is one of the personas Agent Smith?

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Hi, @redfox unni, suddenly am getting flashbacks of when everything that happened in matrix and how I felt bad that the girl had to die. I daydreamed about that movie too much for my peace of mind. Oh my I think I just saw agent Smith, OK that just in my head but I will never forget those sunglasses

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Thanx a lot!!! Great as always!

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I'm still getting into this show and haven't settled into it yet to really know my feelings. What I do love is Ji Sung. He's clearly loving this part and it shows. Shin Se Gi is all kinds of fun and sexy (although really quite scary and not someone I would actually want out and about in the world).

Ri-Jin also seems like she is fun to play but boy is she unprofessional. I understand plot-wise why they want to put in a psychiatrist but, um, yeah she's just not realistic. Otherwise though, I'm good with her character. As people have noted, there is an excessive amount of screaming although I imagine this will die down over time. But I think her exuberance at everything reflects upon her upbringing and her wacky family. Wacky but happy and genuinely loving.

This counteracts well with Do-Hyun's family that seems like there is absolutely nothing fun or remotely loving about it. I can't imagine the full truth of what on behind those newspaper stories but he clearly had nobody he could turn to. Although Secretary Ahn seems the closest thing to a friend - please let him him stay that way drama gods! The family dynamics actually are reminding me a lot of Rooftop Prince. I'm hoping the cousin isn't actually just a one-note pure villain (although I think the uncle probably will be).

I enjoyed the twist at the end of him not actually being able to bring out the other personality he wanted! Although I would have thought Shin Se Gi would have erupted through at the moment someone's life was on the line anyway. But this way is more fun. Although I miss Shin Se Gi already. I hope someone at the end makes a youtube video of all the Shin Se Gi scenes.

Oh the tattoos are definitely in his imagination. They're red. The real one is black. You can see them connect during certain scenes, which I imagine is what it would have looked like if the artist had gotten to finish it. So black is real and red is imagination. If he can imagine that he's a girl or a child or an ahjussi then it makes sense that he can imagine himself covered in tattoos.

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About the shrieking and screaming of Oh Ri Jin, I find it disturbing, too. But I remember, I have read it somewhere in the synopsis that the leading lady also has a mental condition. She is bipolar. If that's correct, that explains her heightened emotions and extreme reactions to almost anything and everything! ;)

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That....interesting. Honestly I rather hope she isn't. It's enough that he has such a complicated condition. I also have several people in my life who are bipolar and none of them have acted like that. I suppose that would be an attempt at manic phase but....eh.

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Yep, the director went a bit overboard with his instructions for the lead actress to achieve comic effect. Still love it, though I think they're overdoing it a bit. The male lead is fantastic though, I love his transformations. I was skeptic about this show, but no more. I absolutely love it. And thanks for the great recap.

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You obviously haven't seen Hwang Jung-Eum act before. She has a tendency of screaming and laughing like that. Go to Incarnation of Money for reference. It doesn't bug me at all I guess I already got used to it. XD

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She wasn't like that at all in Secret. I don't remember her much in IoM, the laughing maybe but not the screaming.

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Actually I have - Full House Take 2. She was a bit shriektastic but again either I got used to it or she toned it down. It's not enough to really bother me overall....I just think it really doesn't fit the professional setting. She would put every patient on edge.

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That photo of Ji Sung right above "Comment" section, full of wrinkles and all, is not his best. Besides, Ji Sung is too light weight for this role.

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Thank you for the recap! There were a lot of missing dialogues in the subtitles, so it was hard for me understand it fully. Also, with your insightful comments and elaborations I can appreciate the drama better. Thank you very much!

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Wow, I was just about to write almost exactly what you wrote. I agree that heroine has an interesting and likeable personality but she is rather unprofessional especially the way she manhandles her patients.

I also feel that the tattoos are imaginary although my initial thinking was that it was a way (unnecessarily) for director to make it easy for audience to differentiate between the personalities. Same with eye color...when you see purple it means Shin Se Gi is coming out and now gold means Perry Park. That explanation made me felt insulted as an audience because I could still differentiate without so many visual cues. It's why I like your possible explanation better.

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Sorry, my comment is in reference to 4D's comment above.

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I'm glad you agree with me on the heroine! I don't dislike her but there have just been a lot of kdramas lately picking up the psych baton and it would be nice to have someone who at least appears like they can do their job. I don't want psychiatrist to just be a gimmick.

I'm not actually insulted by the visual cues, but I do agree that they're unnecessary. I think that Ji Sung is doing an excellent job so far of transforming....although I do really appreciate him hunting down eyeliner and tight pants. Sometimes the viewer gets to be a bit shallow.

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I don't mind the xerox eyes etc. so much in of itself because the supernatural-ish elements go with the tone of the show, but I do agree it's so heavy handed as to be a little insulting. And even more importantly imo, the obvious personality changes also waste the opportunity for some good dramatic irony. I can imagine the question of who is really in control at any given moment could be very important to the plot and played for suspense, but not if you make it so obvious to the audience that there's never any question.

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In the scene where he strips in Ri Jin's office, it's an intricate tattoo that winds up his neck? I'm not understanding why it disappears all of a sudden, if Do Hyun woke up on the tattoo parlor chair in the middle of it being completed.... INTERESTING!

Episode 2 resonated so well for me, especially when Se-Gi speaks or rather threatens Dr. Seok... chilling but so compelling. Sure he comes out when Do Hyun is threatened but in a way, I feel like he's assuming full control in case Do Hyun's life is threatened because that means, he's gone.... and so are the other five personalities within. Which doesn't make sense why he'll threaten to give the blade to Do Hyun's suicidal ego. Someone please explain this?

Why is it that there have been two Chae-yeons that I really can't stand. I sincerely apologize to the sweet and kind-hearted Chae-yeons out there. This Chae-Yeon seems a bit more devious than the one from Birth of a Beauty, in my opinion. I'm not completely sure yet but I wonder why she's described as someone who has something to do with Do-Hyun's condition... What on earth did she do to the man?!

Ri On's a mystery to me and his scenes with his "twin" sister leaves me uncomfortable. Their chemistry is a little too sweet and I'm wondering how this is going to pan out between them... If he's her real twin, I'm more than a little disturbed. And if he's adopted, then shouldn't he just be an older brother/oppa instead of being considered a twin???

As usual, Ji Sung just kills emotions for me. I enjoy watching his very expressive face. Especially after just recently watching Kim Suro, I'm falling for him all over again. Bring it on, JS!

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About them being siblings, according to the Viki character description he is adopted they are not real siblings or twins.

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Oh really? Hmmm. Interesting.

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For the tattoo, I agree with 4D's explanation up on comment 3. Se-gi went to the tattoo parlour to get his tattoo done, but Do-hyun woke up in the middle so it was only half-finished. Physically there is only half the tattoo (which should be on Do-hyun as well), but when he becomes Se-gi, the red part is the imaginary other half. As 4D says, "If he can imagine that he’s a girl or a child or an ahjussi then it makes sense that he can imagine himself covered in tattoos."

In his scene with the doctor, he's saying that if the doc doesn't relay his message to Do-hyun and make Do-hyun stop seeking treatment, he'll give the blade to Yo-sub for him to complete suicide - then all of them will die. Because the doc is trying to cure Do-hyun and make all his alternate personalities disappear, so Se-gi's threatening if that continues, he'll just take Do-hyun down with the rest of them.

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Do Hyun is like a broken mirror, his face on every shard but still like a non-person. he cant do stuff as himself is telling. he NEEDS those other personas. thats the point... fix the mirror.

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Despite some flaws i liked the two first episodes, and i find Se Gi the most intriguing so i don't if i'm going to like the third personality Ferry Park but let's see.

Thank you for the recap!

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I think the tattoo is imaginary but the black one is definitely real.
I didn't notice the tattoo appear on Perry Park but only on Se-gi. I wonder what this means. If the tattoo only appears on Se-gi and none of the other personalities what could this mean? My theories are that either Se-gi is actually the original personality not Do-hyun or that he's close to gaining complete control over the body.

I'm also curious as too how the romance will unravel. It said somehwere that Do-hyun goes to Ri-jin so she can help him to destroy each personality one at a time. Will she develop feelings or atleast come to care about some of the personalities so will she be able to do?

Also another thing is that, is it only me or did anyone think it was strange at the beginning of the episode when Se-gi said to Ri-jin that she's been calling him for a long time? Dunno to me that sounded strange, like maybe they met sometime in the past when he was younger???

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I had a similar thought, but it is more like Do Hyun himself is some sort of a remnant of a "big bang" in his soul, and he lost all the parts that genuinly let him enjoy all the things he just does out of selflessness but isnt in them with a passion. all of them are not completely different from himself just separated.

they have to come together.

I don´t want Se Gi to take over btw. violence you cannot control, people arent that understanding and forgiving. are you all nuts? do you know what it means? I would self-isolate myself....

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I don't want him to take over either....but I do want him to have more screen time because, well, let's be honest, he's pretty sexy. On the other hand he's super violent and I actually have issues with the way he treats her already. But since it's just a show...um...more scenes with him please? And then maybe DH can pick up some of that aura later.

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Agree. He is damn sexy...if he could just combibe all his personalities... the main one is too repressed and apologising, like he has all the troubles of the world on his shoulders

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Thanks for the recap Saya.

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Ji Sung is one of the actors with the most insane acting range. Ferry Park really cracked me up!

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Yeah, me too! I can't wait to see Ferry Park in action. I don't care for the story, but I'm curious at how Ji Sung's going to handle all these characters. Like in Protect the Boss, he's obviously having so much fun!!

I also don't think 'xerox' eyes or tattoos are necessary to show his character change. Ji Sung's acting clearly defines each character so far.

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Maybe I am just reading to much into it but if you notice the black and red tattoo appear to be connected.

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Se-gi, dynamite and full of surprises, is so entertaining. Do-Hyun, the good guy pales in comparison. Now I'm eager to see what Perry Park is like. Ji Sung does such a great job.

Does Hwang JU's screaming and shrieking serve a purpose for the char? Does it suggest that she is high-strung and volatile? I hope not, for the sake of Ri-Jin's patients, I hope not.

Why does Ri-On have these clippings of DH up on his secret wall? So it means their being seated next to each other on the plane was no accident. He is obviously no stranger to multiple personalities. What kind of a connection does he have to DH?

I like the idea of using a different color light passing over his eyes to suggest the coming on of a different personality. Se-Gi is purple. Perry Park is yellow. Bring them on, the rest of them.

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I personally don't mind the visual queues nor do I feel insulted by them. I find it to be a rather refreshing take on an old story (the emotional impact of how to integrate multiple personalities. )

I feel this show has a lot of promise and I for one am very interested in where the writer intends to take us. Even if the story is familiar or a retread of familiar storyline, as long as it's well executed I'll be in it for the long haul.

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Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum, once again, elevated the materials they’ve been given just by being together. Well they are reunite so fast for a reason. Looks like K Drama production circles learn something from Secret and Kil Me Heal Me, whenever an upcoming title become potentially train-wrecked, let’s cast them. So that JS-HJE will try to again save the drama just by actings and chemistry alone.

But I’m not complaining since I love both of them. They are still “fire” here.

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I thought the Se-Gi-guyliner persona was super fun (and smokin' hot) This drama has me hooked so far, and Ji Sung's killin'it. The genuine way he plays Cha Do-Hyun makes the whole thing work~

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Oh Ri Jin is the most fun K Drama heroine I have encountered for a while. She’s so delightful. Not only the hero but the heroine and her twin also multifaceted. Seeing a hilarious, messy, and frontal girl like her one may think she’s also empty-headed but that’s not the case (hence the deliberately misleading conversation of her twin want to take her to the mental hospital), turns out she’s a psychiatrist, and a smart dedicated one at that. And her demeanor change once she’s in hosital, completely poised and convincing.

HJE also portray her character with such vigor and natural lack of self-awareness it’s entertaining. This drama is off to a reall,y good start. Even my husband watch it together in viki. I hope it will only keep getting better.

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I agree. She is smart and funny and a little cynical which would make her falling for this, THIS, walking caricature of cool even more compelling.

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Is it bad that I'm always wishing Se Gi takes over so we can have more of him on our screen? I love Se Gi's cheesy lines and Oh Ri Jin's responses to them.

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I'm rather the same....he's just so fun to watch!

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I should add, I don't mean take over permanently. But, take over more often so we get more scenes? Yes please!

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me too :)

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me three!

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IDK, I guess I'm not the type that complains about stuff not being realistic. I've learned not to take dramas seriously, cuz nothing is realistic in dramas -_-
There is always at least something unrealistic about a drama, so if I'm gona let those things bother me, then I might as well shut myself in a box and never watch any TV.
As long as it's not over the top and makes no sense/flow, then I'm good.

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Thanks for the recap and the insights!

I don't know exactly what JS does as a actor.
He's so physical - I wish I could put words on it that make sense. It feels like he can move, as in push and pull, me with his eyes, his voice. Resonate, maybe? What he says and does resonates with me.

I like that RJ reacts the same way.
When they are outside the hospital and she tries to get rid of him, his one look stops her, and she cannot break the contact after all. Even though he says ALL the wrong things, and dresses like the slickest, coldest player out there, she feels something underneath the guyliner. As he said, it calls to her, despite all the warnings going off around him.

I am linking the song he sang for the OST from Secret here. I hope he does another song.
When he sings, I want to have ALL of his children. Anytime. Anywhere. Just say the word, Ji Sung. ;)

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over my dear friend dead body lol. she's love Ji Sung sooo much....and probably will forget the fact about her own husband ;)

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My heart is already breaking for poor Se-gi :'( When he was begging RJ to remember him I could feel his desperation and loneliness, his desire to be a full person. And then Do-hyun's scene in the car! Gah! Poor guy! Now I'm invested in both these characters whose happiness is pretty much mutually exclusive (at least as far as I can tell right now). What are you doing to me Show!?

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Remember in one of the previews for this we had Ri Jin plaintively ask I keep both of them?" and then immediately calls herself crazy? I totally get that now, and I already feel the same way :)

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Me too. I find myself agreeing with Se-Gi. Why does he have to die? It isn't fair.

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I'm glad to know that Dramabeans decided to recap this drama. I'ms till not sure to follow this drama or not. I kinda stay watching 2 first episodes because Shin Se Gi character. I like this bad boy character. I don't know why I just want him to win over the body, though it's not gonna be possible.
thanks. :)

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Gah i really find the execution to be extremely heavy and muddled, sometimes bordering on offending. I wish they'd either go balls up fantasy/stupid and comedic or take a more sensitive and subtle approach to the whole personality disorder issue. Or, the fantasy element/tone is an interesting idea but I don't think the director and writer are handling it very well. Not a fan of Hwang Jung Eum's character or her screeches either and the corporate drama really bores me...but I want to watch for Ji Sung. Every time he's on screen I feel like I'm suddenly watching a film that deserves my full attention.
Gonna keep watching cautiously, just for Ji Sung...oh and Kang daeri (!!) Even if you turn out to be one-dimensional and completely evil I can't help loving you.

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Ri-on and Ri-jin at home with the family was so nice to watch - I loved how they all enjoyed each other's company, and truly melted at the bro/sis talk on the bench. Acult sbling love at its best.

I am glad the light bulb went on in Ri-jin's head already about Se-Gi/Do-hyun. The already peppy pace is going to keep up I have a feeling. No dragging in the kdrama. Thank goodness.

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cannot wait to see Nana

ヾ((●>□<)ノ*......*ヽ(>□<●))ノシ

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Me too that is going to be hilarious.

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I already dreamed it up in my head and I so certain that ji sung will kill it cos of his protect the boss performance which was hilarious

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There is one thing that I don't really understand. They say that he created those personalities as a defense mechanism; however, he has a personality that wants to commit suicide. I just don't understand how that personality could be a defense mechanism. If anything it is the opposite.

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actually commit suicide is also a defense method. rather than facing the challenging world, he create a persona to escape; by killing himself. :)

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In Sybil case, Sybil's other personality "Peggy" (9 years old) obsessed to hurt herself with breaking the glass. Rather than remember her past.

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Well ... Sybil's case has been pretty much exposed as a fraud start-to-finish by a journalist who obtained access to Dr. Wilbur's notes. It's a really ugly story.

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Suicidal tendencies as a result of trauma isn't uncommon. However, every unhappy result of trauma he has, he has fractured away from himself. The defense is that that personality has to deal with the suicide, Do Hyun doesn't. His current good-natured self hasn't dealt with his past, merely separated himself from it.

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I LOVE their drama before. and now their make couple drama again in this drama... ouch~ I'm really want to wacth this drama, but I can't. why? however many drama must be watch and many drama in waiting list too must be watch. for watching drama korea, I think 1 Day (24 H) it's not enough, right? T_T :D

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Saya ~

Thanks for the recap. Pretty good cast. I'm glad that Ji Sung took this role rather than Lee Seung-Gi, if he'd taken the role I'd probably pass . Ji Sung and Hwang Jung-Eum have a good on screen chemistry.

Kim Yoo-Ri is sooo sexy, nice to see her again.

Good to see Kim Hee-jung , (Madame Hong from YooNa's Street), but really, she's kind of young to be playing Ri-jin's mother, in real life there's only 14 years difference.

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Ji sung's acting is out of this world... He is killing it! He is so intense and vulnerable at the same time!! And his voice, my god his voice!!

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too manly, right?? ᕕ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° )ᕗ

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So manly

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That i blush whenever shin se gi talks...!!

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you're not alone

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Thank you dramabean for recapping this show i am really loving this show right now the first two episodes were good and ji sung's acting is no joke he is killing it, it's not easy to play 7 personalities and he is doing so well with shy and kind do hyun the sexy shin se gi and hilarious perry park i can't wait to see episode 3 with more of fisher ahjussi and maybe the introduction of the nana girl lol

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Am hooked weird creative choices and over-the-top heavy-handed symbolism notwithstanding. Thanks for recapping.

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I found it very interesting that Se Gi doesn't want Do Hyun to remember his past. One reason is that Se Gi may think it will lead to his death.

The other reason could be that Se Gi is still a protector of Do Hyun. He comes out when Do Hyun is hurting. So Se Gi protects Do Hyun from physical harm and also is protecting him from emotional harm.

The reluctant protector who desperately want to live. Perhaps I am imagining Se Gi to be more than he really is, but I have SLS hardcore already.

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I agree with your assessment of Se Gi's role as protector. I wonder how much he is aware when Do Hyun is dominant. It will be interesting to see how that aspect of the multiple personalities plays out.

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I believe Do-hyun's father was badly burned in the fire that was mentioned early in setting up the family history in the first show and that's why he hasn't been introduced yet.

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OMG. When the wrong personality came out, I actually LOLed. Ji Sung .... squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Thanks for recapping Kill Me, Heal Me Saya.

“The Eyes are the window to your soul” ― William Shakespeare

“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter - often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter - in the eye.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Personally, I like the eye metaphors and visual cues utilized to alert us to the personality transitions.

▪ Flashes of a different color of light passing over their eyes.
▪ Do-Hyun's styling vs. Shin Se-gi’s eyeliner, symbolic neck tattoo, and finger-tapping.

Looking forward to many more reveals from the 7 different personalities.

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I love HJE as Oh Ri Jin. Just because she's a psychiatrist doesn't mean she's all straight face and serious but rather she's human and have thoughts like everyone else yet still maintains a professional attitude at work.

I personally dig the whole guyliner and tattoo and gesture thing, it gives a supernatural genre to the plot in which I think this drama is capable of doing; bringing in all these genres of drama into one original plot.

Just by having HJE and JS together again practically saved this drama from downfall. The plot/script is hard as it is and to portray such a wide range of characters too? I don't think anyone else is suited for the job except of JS (sorry to all the LSG and HB fans out there).

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LOL! Ji sung nailed it!
He really is the lead actor.
Enjoying the story and the multiple JI SUNG's here:)
The theme song rocks! AND I'm keeping my fingers crossed until the end.

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Are you going to continue with the recaps? Please, Please do! The drama's still too slow and vague for my liking but its really really interesting.

So please continue recapping! Pretty please? With a cherry on the top?

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I hope there will be more recaps too. This drama is too good to miss

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Gosh, this drama is just awesome so far. Ji Sung is blowing me away, and that scene where he was talking to Se gi in the car mirror? Broke my heart.
Also, I just love Ri-jin's family, I mean they're so quirky and feel really organic

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three words

PUHA PERRY PARK

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But when Kim Seulgi mentioned Baekhyun, I knew she was going to be a favorite

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