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Pinocchio: Episode 16

Back to cute! We get a heaping dose of romance and comedy today, because we’ve been good little beans. In place of denial comes a refreshing wave of honesty and understanding, and a nice growth spurt for our rookie reporters too—when they speak up for what they believe in, they find that they might actually make a difference in the world.

SBS announced that in light of canceling the double-header last week, Pinocchio will air three episodes next week to make up for it. Next Wednesday they’ll air both Episodes 18 and 19, leading up to the finale that’ll air as scheduled on Thursday. I don’t really have a plan for how I’m going to churn those recaps out, but I guess I’ll get there when I get there. Thanks a lot, SBS. I’ll send you a bill for the cloning machine and the heavy drinking I’ll be doing in the meantime.

 
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EPISODE 16: “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

After Dal-po finally confesses that he can’t give In-ha up with a kiss, she stretches up on her tip-toes to kiss him back with the simple answer: “I’m the same as you.” They smile sweetly at one another, no other words needed between them.

The high of the romantic moment soon gets replaced by freezing winter, In-ha’s bleeding heels, and their inability to find a taxi, and Dal-po worries that In-ha’s in too much pain to keep walking.

He suggests going to his place since it’s nearby, and In-ha crosses her arms in a big X and stammers no like he’s just invited her to his den of sin. He finds her reaction amusing and accuses her of thinking dirty thoughts, and she says defiantly that she IS not… and then hiccups. Heh.

He swears his intentions are innocent (uh-huh), since he just wants to treat her wounds (suuuuure), calling her no different from a stray cat right now. She agrees to just five minutes then, and mutters that any longer than that would be too steamy. He picks her up and piggybacks her with a giant grin on his face.

At his apartment, he really does just clean and tape up her bloody ankles, insisting on doing it all himself. He even leads her out in five minutes as promised, only when they get to the door, the doorbell rings and Grandpa and Dad call out for Dal-po. EEP. Run! Hide!

They throw each other panicked looks, while Dad and Grandpa call out repeatedly, having heard voices inside just a minute ago. Dal-po thinks that maybe this is for the best and they can go ahead and tell the parents about their relationship, but In-ha’s eyes widen and she counters that she wants to tell them, but not like this, when they’re going to jump straight to the wrong conclusions. She’s not wrong about that.

So by the time Dal-po opens the door and lets them in, he’s stuffed In-ha in his closet. She barely gets out of sight in time, though he hadn’t counted on her hiccups. She clamps a hand over her mouth and Dal-po runs over to blast his stereo while Dad stocks his fridge.

Dal-po is busy talking to Grandpa and doesn’t notice when Dad peers at something he’s discovered on the floor: one long strand of hair that most definitely does not belong to Dal-po. He doesn’t say anything about it for now, but as they walk out, he gives Dal-po a pointed look.

With the dads gone, Dal-po runs over to free In-ha, only she’s fallen asleep. He gapes at her for sleeping at a time like this, then carries her to his bed and sits with her for a long while, gazing to his heart’s content.

In the morning, she wakes up feeling embarrassed and tries to sneak out unnoticed. But Dal-po comes out of the bathroom and tells her that five minutes passed long ago, so she might as well wash up and eat breakfast.

Now it’s her turn to gape and she wonders why them spending the night together isn’t weird for him, and he counters that they’ve eaten, washed up, and farted under one roof for thirteen years—it’s weirder for her to be making a big deal out of it.

She has no argument for that and goes to wash up, and then the second she’s out of the room, Dal-po lets out the breath he’s been holding from all the awkward tension.

Dad shares his suspicions about Dal-po having a girlfriend with Grandpa over breakfast, and complains about him bringing a girl home when he lives alone. If you only knew which girl.

Grandpa says that’s perfectly normal for his hot-blooded age, but that just gets Dad riled up more and he shouts, “It hasn’t even been that long since he broke up and he’s already dating a new girl?! You can’t do that! How can love change?”

Aww, he’s more upset that Dal-po’s moved on! Grandpa just shoots him a glance and points out the irony of a divorced man complaining about love not being everlasting, and Dad silently stuffs his face.

In-ha frowns at the sad little breakfast Dal-po has put together and decides she’ll make him something better. He just adorably flirts with her while she cooks, and she fills the table with warm food. As they sit down to eat, she notices the family pictures on his desk—of him and Hyung, of them with their parents when they were little—and starts to hiccup.

She’s still hiccupping as they finish breakfast and walk out, and Dal-po bears the awkwardness to ask her about it. In-ha admits that she can’t really reconcile all of their family issues yet, like having to hide from Dad and feeling bad towards Hyung and not being able to cut Mom off completely.

She decides that what she needs is time, to get Mom to apologize to Dal-po and his brother, and then she’ll be able to stop feeling guilty and just be free to be with him. He figures that him saying it’s okay won’t make her feel any better, and agrees to give her all the time she needs.

At the precinct, In-ha lights up when she sees Beom-jo and tells him excitedly about Dal-po sharing the blackbox footage with them, completely missing the giant cloud hanging over him. He leaves her hanging on the high-five she wants, though he mostly seems mad at himself for the things he said last night to Dal-po.

Gyo-dong gives Dal-po instructions on how to proceed with the new evidence in the chemical waste plant fire, and when Song Cha-ok happens to arrive just a few feet away, Gyo-dong gets super loud and gloaty.

Dal-po follows suit, and Cha-ok puts up a good implacable front as always, thinking it unlikely that they’ll manage to grab the attention they want with new evidence this late in the game. But once inside, the first thing she does is delete Chaebol Mommy’s phone number.

On their way into the office, Dal-po teases Gyo-dong about seeming pretty friendly with Cha-ok (whom he called sunbae), and Gyo-dong snaps that that’s an insult. They’re interrupted by Yoo-rae, who zombie-walks past them still singing Seo Taiji’s “Victory” on an infinite loop: “I was thrown away. I was thrown away.”

Dal-po asks who threw her away, and she just glares at him, “You did,” and keeps singing as she walks away. They stare at her like she’s crazy, and Dal-po asks what’s up with her. Gyo-dong contemplates it for a long beat, and then: “You must’ve done something wrong.” Ha.

They find Hyun-kyu practicing his Russian all of a sudden, and he tells them that he’s being dispatched to Sochi to cover the Olympics (since our timeline is before then). That’s cause for alarm, because it means both stations are ready to stop reporting the fire and turn all their attention to Olympics coverage.

In-ha is met with resistance at MSC, and at YGN, Gyo-dong argues with his director that they can’t let the Olympics bury the fire story. They get the same response—that they’ve turned the evidence over to the police and the real culprit will be caught now, and their focus needs to shift to the Olympics.

Dal-po storms out and stops in the YGN lobby to stare at the giant screen, remembering that it was exactly the same thirteen years ago. When the story was breaking news, people’s rage burned hot and his family had to bear the brunt of that. But by the time those responsible should’ve been brought to justice, people’s interest and anger had subsided and gotten buried under newer, bigger news.

As he narrates this, Dal-po turns into Little Ha-myung staring at the screen, and he says in voiceover, “And to change this flow, I am, as ever, young and powerless.”

In-ha confronts Mom in the cafeteria, and asks why she isn’t fessing up to her mistake. She pleads with her not to bury the story and let it be forgotten just like thirteen years ago, and hopes that the CCTV cover-up really was a mistake, otherwise Mom’s opportunity to apologize disappears altogether.

Mom wonders why In-ha is so fixated on this whole apology thing, and In-ha answers honestly, “Because it has to do with the person I like. I like Dal-po very much, so I would like it if he heard an apology from you.” That surprises Mom, and at a nearby table, Beom-jo hangs his head as their cameraman sunbae wonders how such a thing is possible.

In-ha goes with a heavy heart to the funeral of the latest victim of the fire, and is surprised to see that Dal-po is already there. He bows in apology and the widow pleads that if he’s reporter, he needs to tell her husband’s story.

Dal-po and In-ha sit dejectedly, and In-ha sighs that this story is going to get buried and they’re powerless to do anything about it. She’s surprised to hear that Dal-po’s on his way to meet his team for drinks, because she’s meeting her MSC team too, and at the same restaurant. Ha, I love their competitive team dinners.

Sure enough, the YGN team arrives to find MSC already seated in the private room they reserved, and the manager apologizes for the double booking. She ends up seating them side-by-side with nothing but a flimsy cubicle wall between them, and In-ha and Dal-po arrive together, further fanning the awkward flames.

Hyun-kyu is still really amped up because he gets to go to Russia, and on the other side, the MSC director leads his table in a cheer for all their hard work and the happy lighter Olympics news ahead of them. In-ha conspicuously doesn’t join in, and the cameraman sunbae points it out, wondering why she’s being a downer and dressed like she came from a funeral to top it off.

In-ha replies matter-of-factly that she did come from a funeral—one more person just died because of the fire, but no one came with cameras this time. Il-joo tells her she did a good job by going, but she argues that as a reporter, she had no answers for the victim’s family, and asks what it is that she did well.

It brings the whole room down, but over on YGN’s side, Gyo-dong pipes up in agreement that these are exactly the kinds of questions a reporter should be asking. Cha-ok in turn counters that it’s not useful to be harping on old news when there’s news people want to see. I love that no one is expressly talking to anyone specific, but it’s become one large discussion.

Yoo-rae does her characteristic cough-insult at Cha-ok in response, earning a thumbs-up from Gyo-dong. That finally puts a smile on her face.

In-ha argues that seventeen people have died and the person responsible hasn’t been found—how is this old news? “It might not be news people want to see, but it’s news people ought to see.”

Cha-ok wonders who decides the difference, and calls it didactic to ignore what viewers want in favor of something they “should” see. Gyo-dong asks Director Lee what he would choose: news you want to see, or news you ought to see? Director Lee hems and haws, but says that if forced to choose, the news people want to see comes first.

That takes the wind out of everyone’s sails, and Director Lee grimaces when MSC’s director heartily agrees with him. The room falls silent, then Dal-po cheerily addresses Hyun-kyu to say that he has two things he needs to tell him—does he want the good news first, or the bad news?

Hyun-kyu prefers the good news first, so Dal-po tells him that another sunbae dropped off tickets for an idol concert, and Hyun-kyu practically busts out in dance right there to hear that he’s going to see girl groups live in concert. He asks what the second thing is, and Dal-po says his health test results came in, and he has cancer.

The YGN team is near tears, and everyone looks at Dal-po and asks why he didn’t say so right away. Hyun-kyu shouts, “You should’ve told me that as soon as you knew!”

Dal-po doesn’t skip a beat and asks why—the cancer news isn’t the news he wanted to hear, so why should it come first? Ha, that’s pretty ballsy to school your director so publicly, but Gyo-dong and Editor Jo totally snicker.

Dal-po apologizes for lying about the cancer, and says he was just curious about which is more important—news you want or news you need—and looks right at Director Lee while thanking Hyun-kyu for the answer.

Hyun-kyu curls up in a ball and cries that Dal-po just toyed with him again, but Director Lee swallows his bitter pill and says no, he’s the one Dal-po’s toying with. Damn straight, boss. I love Gyo-dong’s proud little smirk. In-ha smiles proudly too, and gives Mom a cold stare.

Director Lee agonizes over Dal-po’s words, and finally comes back around to his senses. He tells Gyo-dong to focus his team entirely on the fire story, and they look over at Hyun-kyu pitifully because his winter Olympics dream bubble is about to burst.

Hyun-kyu puts on his giant fur hat in the middle of the office and screams that he can’t go to Sochi anymore because of Dal-po and his big mouth, and Dal-po tries not to freak out when Hyun-kyu mime-skis up behind him and warns of all the suffering he has in store for him.

Hyun-kyu and camerawoman Jae-hwan head out and run into Il-joo from MSC outside, and Il-joo picks at Hyun-kyu’s Olympics scab, laughing at his outfit (Hyun-kyu calls it his “was-gonna-go-to-Sochi-style”) and how his rookie wiped the floor with him last night.

But suddenly Hyun-kyu’s attitude turns around and he says that up until thirty seconds ago, he was upset about Russia, but now he thinks Dal-po was right: “You know why? Because! YOU! ARE ALWAYS! ALWAYS! WRONG!” Hahahaha.

He thanks Il-joo for making him see clearly (in Russian), and Jae-hwan proudly offers him a high-five. He high-fives her… and then suddenly interlaces their fingers right then and there for Il-joo to see, and she holds his hand right back. How. Cute. Il-joo’s pained look of jealousy is just the cherry on top.

While all the other networks air the same Olympics coverage, YGN alone chooses to stick with the fire story, relentlessly reporting it every day and digging up more about the people responsible.

That lights a fire under every department investigating the case, and it’s not long before the assemblyman who owns the chemical waste plant gets prosecuted for his illegal toxic waste dumping. It’s a big win for the good guys, and Beom-jo seems taken aback when he sees the face of the assemblyman in question on the news.

Chaebol Mommmy pitches a fit while watching YGN’s coverage, finally losing her pleasant façade and screaming at them for ruining her carefully laid plans. She answers a call from the assemblyman to say that she’ll do whatever she can, but already thinks of him as a lost cause, sighing to herself that another one of “our” politicians is lost.

As Director Lee’s voice narrates on the nightly news that they won’t stop reporting this story until all parties responsible are brought to justice, Dal-po stands over the wreckage of the chemical plant and thinks of his father.

Little Ha-myung appears next to him this time, and says that it would’ve been nice if this had happened for his father’s accident too. Dal-po agrees, and Ha-myung looks up at his grown-up self and says he really didn’t want to become a reporter and wished they didn’t exist, but he’s glad now that he is one.

Ha-myung asks if it’s all over now, and Dal-po says no—it’s just the beginning, because he still has so many questions to ask. That makes Little Ha-myung smile at him proudly, and then the vision fades away.

In-ha ducks for cover when she sees Dal-po arrive at the precinct, mostly because she’s embarrassed that MSC is just phoning in the same old Olympics coverage while he’s making a difference, and feeling sorry about it all. He clamps her lips shut and tells her she can be sorry to anyone but him, and she agrees.

The coming days aren’t any better for her, as she covers fluff pieces day in and day out. Chan-soo arrives with his family at his old precinct to thank the reporters for clearing his name, and Yoo-rae points out that really only the YGN reporters deserve his thank-you tangerines.

Dal-po defends In-ha and MSC, but that just gets Yoo-rae riled up even more, and she calls him out on bringing his feelings into this, and storms off in a huff. Everyone wonders what’s gotten into her, and Dal-po just shrugs, “I dunno. I’m often afraid of her.”

In-ha says she’s right and apologizes to Chan-soo, but he says that because of Beom-jo he’s got no hard feelings towards MSC, and his wife tells them that Beom-jo gifted them an enormous sum for their baby’s birthday.

Beom-jo drives home deep in thought, his brow permanently furrowed ever since he saw the report about the assemblyman. Every little piece of the puzzle—from this fire and the one thirteen years ago—is starting to come together and eat away at him.

He confronts Chaebol Mommy about his suspicions that it’s no coincidence how similar the two fires are, and how she met with Song Cha-ok both times before she used the same tactic to turn heads and aid in the cover-up. He remembers the assemblyman, whom he used to call ajusshi, and can’t help but link his mother to these incidents.

Mommy’s voice goes from pleasant to icy cold, and she warns Beom-jo not to be a reporter with her. She says she’ll answer all his questions if he gives up being a reporter, and takes off seemingly unfazed. But she immediately gets on the phone to tell Cha-ok they have to be careful, and to erase any history between them.

Dal-po narrates that the only thing they have the power to do is ask questions, but despite how powerless those questions appeared to be, they began to move those with secrets to act—and those actions to keep their secrets hidden only served to uncover the truth.

We see Cha-ok dig through her drawer of old phones for the millionth time immediately after her call with Chaebol Mommy. When Beom-jo returns to the station, he overhears Princess and Il-joo talking about it—how she seems to have lost something lately because she keeps digging around frantically. She finally remembers dropping her things while moving desks and sidles up to In-ha to ask if she happened to take one of her old phones.

In-ha admits to it readily, saying that she was curious about Mom having those old text messages of hers. Beom-jo eavesdrops on their conversation and picks up on Mom’s urgency about the phone, as she asks In-ha to return it first thing tomorrow.

Beom-jo waits until Mom is gone before approaching In-ha, and asks to see the phone first. In-ha wonders why everyone suddenly can’t wait to get their hands on that old phone, and Beom-jo admits that he thinks there’s a connection between their mothers and both fires… and that there might be evidence of that on that phone.

In-ha goes home and contemplates Mom’s phone, realizing that Beom-jo is right about it being wiped of all call logs and text messages other than the ones from In-ha. She decides to take it to a data recovery center, where they say it’s possible to retrieve the data… so long as she’s the registered owner.

Thankfully the legal owner isn’t Mom anymore but Beom-jo, and In-ha calls him to the center sheepishly, and he’s annoyed that she did this without him. She says it’s because this has to do with his mother too, and she didn’t want to hurt him unnecessarily. But Beom-jo tells her that he’s not as fragile as she thinks.

Meanwhile, Dal-po visits Hyung in jail and rattles off the long story about the fire, but Hyung interrupts to say that he watches the news from in there too. He joshes Dal-po about being a little stiff on camera and showing his rookie-ness, but then says sincerely that it’s a good thing that Dal-po became a reporter.

Hyung says he’ll be able to trust the news that Dal-po reports, and points to his heart, “Because this is hot,” and then to his head, “And this is cold.” He calls it the opposite of Song Cha-ok, and Dal-po smiles.

In-ha gets the call from the data recovery center that they emailed her and Beom-jo the call and text log, and she runs in to read it with Beom-jo. She looks at the list and wonders who “President” is, and Beom-jo says shakily, “That’s my mother.” It’s her old phone number.

They brace themselves and In-ha tells him to click on her texts. Gack, now I see why Mom was so antsy about getting that phone back. Chaebol Mommy texted her instructions like, “Impact over fact… you understand what that means, right?” and, “We must shield that person. Make sure [he/she] isn’t brought up as the person responsible.”

She says it’s lucky that a Pinocchio witness came forward and tells Mom to use it, and then in another text, she says, “We need a place to turn everyone’s gaze. Frame Firefighter Ki Ho-sang negatively and highlight that. If needed, the family too…” and, “Raise as much public anger as possible.”

Damn, it’s what they suspected, but to see it so baldly in black and white. Angry tears roll down her face as In-ha gets up, and Beom-jo just sits there with his eyes fixated on the screen, lip quivering as he sheds a tear.

 
COMMENTS

Yeesh, that’s a double mommy whammy for ya. Poor kids. I’m sure that despite how evil Mom has been to In-ha’s face, she still had hopes that Mom was simply an egotistical reporter who refused to admit her mistakes, not the outright puppet of corruption that she’s discovering now. And even still, it has to be worse for Beom-jo, whose mother is both more evil and better at hiding it under such a tender mask. It’s a tiny lint-piece of consolation, but I’m glad they’re finding out together instead of shouldering it alone. I fully expect them to do what’s right and bring this evidence to light, which means that having one other person who knows how it feels will mean a lot in the process. Ugh, in one sense it’s satisfying to know that there’s one person to blame completely for orchestrating the things that happened to Dal-po’s family, but it’s horrible to read it in such plain words. It’s almost unbelievable how a few lines could destroy a family like that.

I feel bad for the guilt that In-ha and Beom-jo will carry with them, but I’m hoping that she won’t retreat into the same breakup cycle with Dal-po, only because we’ve already done that in the story (even though it would make more sense now, but that’s not an invitation, Show!). I much preferred this episode’s version, where they admitted their feelings AND their reservations openly, and In-ha just asked for time to figure things out.

For their relationship’s sake, I think she has to be the one to make Mom face her actions and own up to them, because right now her guilt is outweighing Dal-po’s. I wouldn’t mind some overdue guilt relief on Dal-po’s side while we’re at it, because I feel like Hyung’s being wasted on the occasional social call when he could be telling Dal-po not to deny himself happiness because of some misplaced penance. No one can stop him from punishing himself except for Hyung, who’s not really seeing any of that because they only talk about work.

I really enjoyed the return of the traditional YGN/MSC rivalry and comedy (with a side of idealism, of course), and felt that we got a good balance of lighthearted material today without sacrificing the weight of the heavier storylines. Of course it’s always nice when we just start off with the romance and cute family hijinks right away (how I’ve missed you, Family!) and remember to pause for cuteness and random acts of skinship, just because. I’m most excited about Dad finding out about Dal-po and In-ha now, especially after seeing his disappointment that Dal-po’s love could be so fickle.

Nothing really tops the Dal-po/Little Ha-myung moments though, which echo his earlier confrontations with his more idealistic and exacting past self when he failed to live up to his own standards. This time Little Ha-myung starts out illustrating his feeling of powerlessness when he realizes that even now, he can’t do anything to stop the world from burying the truth. But after sticking to his guns and asking the right questions and finally accomplishing something real, it feels so rewarding to have Little Ha-myung actually look up to him with this sense of pride.

He finally lets himself believe that he did the right thing in becoming a reporter, and more importantly, proved to himself that it’s possible for someone to stop the kind of thing that happened to his family. That means so much more than revenge, because revenge is a dead-end street with a predetermined ending; Dal-po clearing Chan-soo’s name and not letting the story die before the real culprit was caught has purpose and a future. A bright one, too, especially with In-ha by his side. (How badass was she at the not-quite-joint-dinner? So great.) The best part is that because it’s his younger self giving him that seal of approval, it felt like Little Ha-myung forgave Dal-po for trying to bury the past and move on without him. Maybe there’s a chance he’ll let himself be happy after all.

 
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Yay! Finally!

Will i be the first to comment again?? HEHE

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Yes you are!!!! Dang you must be really lucky. You should be my lucky charm when I was in Vegas last summer.

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It's a Big Win only if Ivoire is active on a thread. Otherwise everyone has a chance of being first. ?

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Ivories will show up. Just not sure when. Oh KMHM is today too. Did you watch it? I did not really behind of other dramas on my list.

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LOL! Folks, folks, no need to stay in wait for Ivoire in this thread. Ivoire informed that she will be only on the Healer thread. Your only chance to 'win' at being first is at Healer recaps Heheheh :)

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Haha is Ivoire a scary first commentator, I notice her in IHYV hahaha

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Lol Ivoire is the most active commentator in the Healer thread, and so do you..I can't read all the comments though..too many of them it's downright scary :p

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Hey GB,
How have you been?

This is gonna be a reply to our comment thread on episode 9 of healer. I apologize for taking over this thread to do so.
Real life kept me busy for a day and healer recap comments scared me off :D its just too much to read when busy. So am just gonna reply here.

It's not much, just a heartfelt thanks for keeping me in your prayers. I have kind of been suffering on own with it. So admitting it out that am scared helped a lot.
And anyways, that was nice of me and it put a smile on my face. So thank you.

Have a great day ! :)

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Hey Divyrus
Glad to see you here as well! I've been sleep deprived more because of Healer than Pinocchio (which I did manage to watch, congrats to ME!!!) but otherwise I'm addictedly fine or finely addicted or just barely living a normal life as I try to tear brain away from kdramas......

Yeah those comments on the Healer recaps are tumbling in faster than 30 comments an hour, gone past 1060 now! I'm a bit scared myself, but a fan's got to do, what a fan's gotta do.

Suffer no more, I (and a community of others) will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. I hope you get to smile more and be at peace. Take care! And have a great day, a great week and a great Life yourself! :)

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WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA U AGAIN?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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I keep refreshing dramabeans for this recaps.. and thanx as always jb..~

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Sorry.. its girlfriday not javabeans.. mian..~

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Thank you for your recaps they are really well written and I appreciate them a lot. I was honestly hoping that they would maybe extend the series by a couple of episodes, seeing how successful it's been like with I Can Hear Your Voice, which was originally meant to be 16 episodes then due to positive response raised to 18 I believe. What are your thoughts on how this series will play out?

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i just want more hyung scenes n happy ending for hyung n cap yoo rae couple

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Pinocchio is already a 20-episode drama tho hehe

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yeahhh !!i like this episode much :*

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HAHA I totally loved Cap's thumbs up to Yoo-rae. I think they make the perfect pair, though not necessarily in a romantic sense. And what a wonderful episode! I love how the romance is back on track (almost) and that the truth is finally making its way out, though it must be extremely painful for both of them. At least they don't have to suffer alone. Also loved the bit when Dal-Po acted so smooth and cool with In-Ha but as soon as she turned away he clutched his heart cos she was too hot for him to handle. HA.

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Actually, with Cap and Yoo Rae, I ship them. :-) Dal Po needed to break up with In Ha because he needed a push to do what he needs to so I still don't think it's nobly idiotic but I'm glad that the romance is back on track. I want to know what Dad's reaction would be when he finds Dal Po's girlfriend. :-)

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Count me in with the CapRae ship. Hahaha. And how is in ha's dad to be te one riled up on place of in ha. ?

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I hope dad will know in the next episode.

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Yeah, i just wanna see the look in his face when he finds out that in ha was with dal po at his house. Now do you think that could get us more cute daddy imaginations?

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I hope so, how about dad imagining having grand sons and grand daughters that will be cute.

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probably Dad will feign annoyance but in actuality he'll be very happy?

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Hahaha.Of course he will. He knows that no one would care for in ha as much as dal po does. He is just playing hard to get.?

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Yes, it's hard not to ship them, but their ages are so far apart that he could probably be a bit of a uncle-like figure. Not sure if the show is going to hint at a development in their relationship but I find myself secretly rooting for them. I wouldn't mind at all if they just became best buddies.

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I think there is very little possibility of the show having that ship at this point. Lets just cheer on them secretly.

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Frankly, if they do get CapxYoo-rae at this point I won't mind because at least it gives her something to do. I've never been so disappointed in a Park Hae-ryun drama for wasting a promising young actress and potentially interesting character as comic relief who speaks maybe five sentences an episode and has no function other than crushing on men......like every other generic kdrama that PHR dramas are not supposed to be like.

(at least this is a better drama than Heirs, but the wastage of actress talent is reminding me of what that drama did with Im Joo-eun)

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I love Cap and YooRae so much!
And I love the camerawoman and reporter Jang! I swear, when they held hands, I had a real panic attack, in a good way. I jumped from my chair, screaming, and my heart was beating so fast! I ship them since the first time I saw them!
Both couple are as great as Dal Po and In Ha... even more hilarious, I think.
However, I loved the sweet moments between Dal Po and In Ha... I wish they will be like this until the end.
Please, Show, let this be a happy ending!

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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B6uPjfeCcAE8JB_.jpg:large

Cap and Yoo-rae are honestly so adorable together!

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Thank you girlfriday! Everything you've said above little Ha-myung and Dal po are so acurate I'm nodding to myself while reading it.

Four more episodes to go!

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I'm also glad that Beom-jo has to deal with this with her as well. In the last episode he was annoying me with his anger directed at Dal Po for "making" In Ha feel guilty. But it's in her nature to feel that way. And maybe now that he knows what it's like to have a parent's wrong doings shown and how it impacted innocent people he will have a better understanding of the guilt she feels and why.

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Gotta love Kim Hae-sook. In IHYV, her character was all Gruff Mom on the exterior, but doting Best Mom Ever on the inside. Whereas her character in Pinocchio couldn't be a more doting Best Mommy Ever on the outside, but in reality is a heartless Monster Mother. And KHS plays all the facets brilliantly. I think it must be a lot of fun for her when her characters go from one extreme to the other. Poor Beom-jo, though. Just a few eps ago, he was still basking in his Mommy's sweetness and light routine. And now he has to face the truth after having been dumped.

I'm guessing that one of the main reasons the drama was set in the recent past was to be able to use the Sochi Olympics as a plot point. It was great to see the youngins school their bosses.

So sorry about next week's triple-header, gf. Hopefully a minion can help you out... otherwise maybe a condensed 2-in-1 recap is called for? Anyway, thanks, gf!

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I was on my feet clapping at Kim Hae-sook after that scene between her and her chaebol son. She's such an excellent actress, what a joy to watch!

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yeah at first I was wondering what the point of having her in the drama was/thought she was just making a cameo appearance as Beom-jo's OTT chaebol mother, but having her as the main antagonist is more suited to an actress of her talents. That development made me so glad!

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Actually, I found her chaebol mommy portrayal to be creepy right from the first episode. There's something about the way she speaks that just seems off. Not sure if it was intended or was her acting a little too exaggerated.

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I know I am in minority, but the last few episodes are just not gelling for me. There are a lot of fun characters and events in the plot could be really exiting with better editing, but it is all just kind of meh. For example Ha Myung's hyung's storyline had so much potential but it just fizzled out into nothingness. Same with Dal Po's and In ha's romance. Where exactly is it going? I guess the cooking scene was supposed to be romantic, but since they have lived in the same house for over a decade their giddiness makes no sense to me. There are ways to make familiarity very romantic (e.g. Reply1997 and 1994), but whoever is directing this drama is not doing it for me.

Don't even get me started on Hyun-kyu gibberish attempt at speaking Russian. I understand that majority of viewers don't give a hoot, but I still remember how much effort Kang Sora and the rest of Misaeng cast made to speak foreign languages properly.

Rant finished. All IMHO, I don't ask anyone to agree with me.

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That's okay. To each is his own, doesnt necessarily mean that just because the majority like it, you have to like it too. You know I used to get pretty offended when someone says some criticism to a drama i really, really like and most of the times i still do but i think im quite more mature in dealing with differing opinions now. Different people have different tastes and i have come to slowly accept that. Its sad that you dont find it that much entertaining but thats okay. Its good that there are lot of different kdramas to choose from so that we could find what we like best and enjoy it.

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@Sour Grapes,

If I'm honest with myself, I'd have to agree with you. This drama definitely has clear and distinct ebbs and flows. Like yourself, I really wish the director and writer would have stretched the Hyung's a killer plot out longer and had it be the climax of the show. The way that plot line was handled is almost sad because we now have a character people are rooting for but he remains on ice, like in suspended animation.

If Hyung walks free at the end of this drama, I will throw something. Regardless of the circumstances, he's a serial killer and there's no redemption in that. I just wouldn't be comfortable with the friendly neighborhood murderer walking the streets at night but that's just me. Nonetheless, this leads me to the age old philosophical drama question: How much of realism, logic, practicality, and all things that make up good common sense are you willing to suspend for the sake of entertainment?

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Don't feel bad for disliking something Sour Grapes. :) Almost nothing in Pinocchio makes any sense for me but I'm still watching because I want to go all the way with the crazy story. :)

As far as the romance goes, it's right there in nonsense land for me. Nothing changed, his brother is still in jail, he still has plenty of reason to feel guilty about never finding him, she still is the daughter of the woman who was largely guilty for his tragedy and who he is trying to get revenge.

Don't think just because most people who write on the threads are those who love a show that others who think very differently don't exist. :)

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Can I just shout you out for disagreeing honorably? And for no one coming for blood? One of the things I love seeing in comment sections is people respecting each other even in disagreement! Kudos to all!

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+1 for disagreeing honorably!

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Yes absolutely, kudos to everyone who responds respectfully to a contrary view, understanding that it is an open sharing of views, as opposed to reacting as if hit personally and deliberately. :)

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+10000 to you for honorable disagreement! I've seen some people leaving diss comments that contain blatant falsehoods and calling fans who do like the drama names, so I really respect that you didn't do that.

I agree that Pinocchio's high point came with hyung's scene-stealing character arc between episodes 5-12, just sticking him behind bars and leaving him there except for one scene an episode does feel a bit pointless.

(and that one scene is totally fanservice since people unexpectedly went crazy for Yoon Kyun-sang between episodes 4-12).

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So many replies, I don't know where to write :-) Thank you guys for intelligent, mature comments. Some k-drama fans equal critcism to hate and resort to personal insults and I am very grad to see that most people here are a lot more understanding.

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Not to nitpick on anything you're saying, because I don't want to come off as someone who's trying to find issues with what you're saying.

But the part with HK is bothering bc it wasn't meant to be 'accurate' Russian. It was obviously done in a comedic way. For example, the scene where he's dispatched to report something, he says 'thank you' to Dal Po. But it was exaggerated, and sounded like a korean curse word. That was the intention.

I don't think it's really fair to him, that you compare him to Kang Sora and the great job she did for Misaeng. It's like completely different contexts, characters etc. Your words make it seem that he didn't prepare enough for his performance and sort of undermines his own effort.

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I agree with you! My mom learnt Russian as her second language, and she laughed so hard when she heard his lines. That's the entire point of this character in Pinocchio actually, comic relief.

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Thanks GF for the recap.. It did huge impact to me, especially that last paragraphs describing the scary moment for In Ha and Beum Jo.. I'm super duper sad for them especially Beum Jo, the one that learn that he could swear in his first day become trainee reporter, the one who thought that the ma wa ri is like jungle, the one who pity In Ha for having such mom, compare to her nicest rich mom.. And now, it all hits him.. his mom... hike.. so sad..

I love this show so much, not so grand, but playing the right amount with our emotion...

Can't wait for the sub, I want to watch the fact, will it give the right mount impact as GF's write or not... I'm so ready to cry..... TT.TT

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True, unlike Dal po and in ha beom joo grew up sheltered, well provided and well loved. His world was all good but in being a journalist he saw the real face of society. For beom jo it may have been just curiosity and a little crush on In ha that had him started as a journalist. But the experiences had propelled him to grow from a sheltered-stalker-like-momma boy into a more mature person who knows that the world can be just as bad as it good.

Now just like dal po with hyung, beom jo and In ha must face their worst nightmare in the form of their own mothers.

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TOTALLY AGREE with you

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I like this episode it may not be that grand but simple things can make me appreciate a drama.

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That Gyo-dong and Yoo-rae moment again! Hahaha

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I'm actually creeped out by how evil chaebol mommy can be. Poor Beom Jo. I want to give him a hug.

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hahah that's what i just said!! two hug for him :)

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So do I, now. Poor Beom-jo indeed.

At least In-ha has three other family members (Dad, Grandpa, Dal-po) for support when she finds out how awful her mother is, but Beom-jo has no one else. Sad.

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He seems so without friends his own age even. His whole life was with mommy dearest!

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The YGN team brought their A game! loved them all. And Gyo Dong's thumbs up to Yoo Rae - how brilliant was that?

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I'm a minority on this but the main love line is the weak link if this drama...it adds nothing but "oh i feel guilty" "oh i feel torn".... I wish some dramas would do without unproductive love lines.....

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I'm the opposite.....the more 'human' elements (the love line, family, hyung, Dal-po's friendship with Cap) are the stronger elements of the story for me.

The real weakness is the investigative storylines and press politicking, it's repetitive and doesn't really give our characters that much to do when there's so much of it.

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Ah! Girl Friday, I really loved your commentary at the end... Just made me feel about the drama much more just reading it and remembering the those scenes....

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i super super love this drama. I feel bad for Beom-jo.
I feel like giving him a hug :(
I dont want this drama to end!! merh

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I think Grandpa's visits with Hyung are meant to get him to see his younger brother has/is living a good life and that he is loved. In doing so, IMO, Hyung will come around to tell Dal Po to continue living a happy life.

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mom, i love you. is this really my mom? why? (beom jo thought) can't answer just tear show up.

But, What ever mother had done, she is still beom jo mother, who loves him so much. And , beom jo should think it. What will he do? in mothers side or againts her?

I think beom jo, will do the best. he will choose being a son and left the reporter job. Because mother need him, and about the story he will tell the truth to the media. don't let your mother alone and let her make another insane behavior.

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The dinner scene is awesome, I love Dal Po's strategy to turn the table around. And yes! I think In Ha is awesome... I could see her sitting at the other table tho... she belongs much more at YGN. I think she could be besties with Reporter Jang since she already use his line... hehehe

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Hahahha! Yeah, in ha and reporter jang could be the team that agrees to always disagree. ?

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Reporter Jang is really growing on me :) I like the argument scene between him and the MSC reporter

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Yes, he is a very fun character. You'll never get bored with him. And of course with jae hwan the camerawoman because these two are a package deal! ?

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I loved him right from that first "Biscuit. Yoo-hoo!" line. He's so much fun, and I actually enjoy the little trollish "love triangle" between the YGN camera/reporter team and the MSC reporter. It's the right amount of comic relief.

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Oh, yeah! I remember that when caught the biscuit thrown at him with his teeth! And the went "hmmm... Biscuit, cofeee...yohoo!". Ha!

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LOL! So we have the biscuit couple and the dream toast kiss couple. What couple will Cap and Yoo Rae be? :D

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The ex-sasaeng couple?haha. It was mentioned that Cap was mostly the same as Yu Rae.

Hm, but it should be related to food. We already have biscuit and a toast. I guess we need a beverage to complete the food.?

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Sorry this is over a year late, but I only recently watched Pinocchio so this is all new to me.

I just wanted to chime in with my love for Cap and Yu Rae. I know these comments were written before the "stolen tea" thing happened, but keeping in line with the couple-food theming they will henceforth be known as the "tea can couple," if only in my own head canon. :)

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Thank you, thank you for the updates. Being anticipating this for weeks.

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In Korea do they have laws to punish the two mothers for what they did? Beom Jo's mother is very rich and well connected she can I supposed get a free pass, buy one or like in other dramas escape to countries with no extradition agreement with Korea. I know this is not real life. Any lawyers here?

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I ship cap n yoo rae!!! <3 so cute, the thumbs up!!!:3
Imagine in ha dad finding out...lol hopefully have his cute crazy imaginations! Hehe...playing hard to get eh?=3^_^

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i can't believe i've gone from squealing constantly over the dal-po and in-ha couple in the first few episodes to completely losing interest in them in these recent ones. they still have nice moments together, but honestly they're my least favourite aspect of the show now - like i honestly couldn't care less and i don't even know when that started happening?? i love how cute and lighthearted this episode was though - like those little moments of petty jealousy between ygn and msc, and hyun-kyu's reaction to the cancer lie (PURE GOLD LMFAO) and just those little extra bits where you can really see the characters' written and onscreen chemistry. And also CAP OMFG. I LOVE HIM LMAO.

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I was hoping that Ljs would grab and make love to her. Not stare. There should have been an intimate bed scene. PSH"s hiccups mean she was looking forward to it. I am disappointed.

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....it's rated the equivalent of PG-13 on a major broadcast network in Korea and targeting a young audience......no way they'd show these hijinks we wish for!

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Some random thoughts on this episode.
- There is this Pinocchio paradox which causes Pinocchio's nose to grow if and only if it does not grow. So what would happen if IH would claim she is going to hiccup now?
- DP's big coats let his head look so small. The one he was having while talking to his little self is much better.
- Got bored with DP & IH dynamics. Especially DP looks too pathetic to my liking. Had more fun with supporting story-lines, such as:
- the crazy YR (and cap's thumbs-up)
- another crazy HK with his ruined anticipation of going to Olympics "Spasibo! You are always, always wrong !" kkkkkkkk
- using crushing national short-track hopes in favor of the fire case and to make fun of MSC :)))
- the suffering BJ :(((((

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Haha about the coats - they seem to get bigger by the day, but I think, he's pulling it off somehow.
Also how does he (and everyone) have a new coat for every single day? - I'm loving it though, cause the fashion is amazing :-)

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haha, yeah, they'd wear new outfits everyday, but when it comes to mom giving IH new shoes as a present then it's like saving pure baby who doesn't have any decent ones. :D

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The wife and I came to this Drama late. We just spent the weekend catching up and we really like it. Our 12 year old daughter is now watching too and she's smitten with Dal Po .... great ... now there's two of them in the house ....

Me on the other hand think Evil Reporter Mom is all kinds of MILF ...

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I firmly believe that all K-dramas must have deals with the coat designers of Korea. Its very rare that our main characters will wear the same coat from one episode to the next. Frequently they will change from one scene to the next. Even the poorest Candy has an unlimited supply of beautiful coats. Color me green with envy. But it does make me want to go out and buy a new coat!!

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My wife finds it interesting when the "down and out" characters are seen wearing really expensive clothes and bags ... my theory is that they are supposedly wearing knock-offs.

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how about knee-length (or longer?) knitted cardigans for men. must be a deal too.

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LOLOL! I've believed for a long time that kdramas are a way to advertise the fashion designs and styles of S Korea, to set off a trend and make their merchandise popular. In a few weeks, we get to see some similar stuff in our shops and yes, many, many shops in my part of the world seem to be filled with Korean made fashion wear and even playing Kpop to draw in shoppers. I think this 'underhanded?' marketing strategy works! Works on me too kekeke.

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awww I really did love the beginning, domestic Dal-po and In-ha are too cute for words (thank the drama gods for pairing Lee Jong-seok and Park Shin-hye) and I wanted to squeal a little seeing Dad and Grandpa come thisclose to sussing it out (and Dad's indignation over Dal-po supposedly moving on is too, too cute).

(speaking of family - seeing hyung just reminds me of how awesome his arc was, which makes me sad now because the reporter stuff, while righteous, isn't nearly as good in the execution. Can hyung get something to do besides smile sadly and tease his baby bro from the other side of a glass cell in jail sometime? PLEASE.)

And that ending.....whoa. Poor In-ha and Beom-jo, to have their already withering illusions about their mothers blown out of their minds by the revelation that they are both evil and corrupt, and seeing that in so many words across the screen.

This drama's good at tonal shifts from happy to sad, but this writer's dramas aren't great at dealing with procedural stuff, which showed up in IHYV and shows up here too. It wouldn't be such a problem if the focus was a little more on interpersonal relationships than the investigative CSI stuff, but it isn't, and it's kind of frustrating to watch some characters be reduced to caricatures in the process when they could be more.

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(oh, and agreed on the scenes with young Ha-myung with older Dal-po!)

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(also add this to my continuing list of gripes about Yoo-rae)

I never thought I'd have to type this, but Lee Yubi had more to do in Nice Guy than she has here. And she wasn't even a second lead there, she played the hero's little sister!

(I expect this from regular dramas, but for a Park Hye-ryun drama to have a second lead female who is basically a walking punchline and not really a character......yeah, it's a real disappointment)

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I totally agree. I like Yoo-rae, and she is funny and adorable (which is mostly all Lee Yoo-bi), but we absolutely know nothing about her. It sucks tbh. :/

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I always wonder how much decision power a korean actor or actress really has over the roles they pick and how much do they know about them before making the choice.

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I gathered somewhere they only get to read the first few episodes of scripts before they sign on. They never know after a while what the writer will throw at them, but being responsible 'employees' they will take instructions and do what they are told.

Once the airing starts and public sentiment comes into play, depending on whether the PD and writer(s) feel they need the ratings and must pander to those sentiments, we've seencharacters get their personalities changed or come and go, or strange arcs are added, or expected revelations and growth is delayed, or a normal course of events just does not happen. (And that's when we get mad!)

So we commiserate with actors who went in full of hope and trust that they were getting good characters to work with, as perhaps is the case with Yoo Rae. *sad smile*

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Many, many thanks GF. I love your recap and review. After watching the episode I felt a little meh, but reading your recaps brought up more clearly for me, the warm sunny as well as the touching sombre moments.

I was thinking of the question of control. How so much of dramas in general and this drama is about people wanting to manipulate and control, and about the little Ha Myungs who are unable to take control, to defend and protect themselves against it.

To those in power,anything and anyone are used for these ends. News, reporters, innocent people are tools in the game of manipulation. We see that news and reporting can be skewed to control how people will focus and think, to support lies and to hide evils. This brings us to think about what we are exposed to daily.... commercials, prime time TV, downloaded entertainment, news, trends in thought .... without a Pinocchio in our real lives, we still need to decipher what is out to deceive us and what is good and true. We are reminded to be aware that mind control goes on all the time, subversively, even if we remain oblivious.

Even if the drama sucks after 20 episodes *fingers crossed that it won't*, kudos to it for exploring these issues in a new and interesting way, setting off more thought and discernment (I trust) among viewers.

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I wait to watch Pinocchio until I can see it with subs. At the end of this episode I was pretty much in awe. I love the plot twists. I like how all the various pieces get woven together and how small things brought up previously suddenly become very important. I think each episode gets better and better. Perhaps it's because I was in the news business when I was much younger, but I love all the newsroom backroom stuff. I loved the outcome of the different choices made by the two stations as to news focus. and had to laugh at how the fluff Olympics stories started to dissapate. It was really gratifying to see that because the one news station kept their focus on the fire, the police and the prosecutor gave it higher priority.

Sometimes when watching a drama series, I start checking how much more there is to watch in an episode, but never with Pinocchio. It always keeps moving.

I'm also enjoying the romance. It's honest and there's no game playing. The two are very sweet together.

I'm not much into shipping Cap and Yoo Rae, but I do think he's incredibly handsome and would enjoy watching him in a leading man role.

Thanks for the recaps!

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16 episodes in and I'm not going to quit now but man how this drama has gone from being my absolute fav currently to something I'm watching with half interest.

I may be only one of the handfuls here who is a little frustrated with what's happened with this drama... esp with Dal Po and In Ha's "yo-yo" love line...they just keep going back and forth! One day they can't be apart and the next, one of them feels guilty for the other and we're back at square one! Hyung seems like history at this point, we get glimpses of him through photographs or the odd time Dal Po's visiting him....but really, I'm so sad they didn't make this the ultimate plot line and really build up his character....

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"16 episodes in and I’m not going to quit now but man how this drama has gone from being my absolute fav currently to something I’m watching with half interest."

omg yeah that's exactly how i feel too.

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Hi, sorry if someone asked already but I just looked for this everywhere and could not find it... does anyone know what song Dal-po plays to cover up the hiccups? I recognize it so well but can't place it.

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The song is EXO's Growl!

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hyun kyu is too adorable, enough said.

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5 stars for this episode

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