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Pinocchio: Episode 18

This episode is our big windup before the final pitch, where all our characters choose sides and reveal their true colors. Some are more conflicted than we might’ve anticipated, while others are far more principled than we gave them credit for. Well, when you start the show a soulless vulture who feeds off of other people’s tragedy for news fodder, there’s nowhere to go but up?

Pinocchio aired both Episodes 18 and 19 back-to-back, so I’ll be plugging away at the next episode as soon as this recap goes up. I’m doing my best to keep up before the finale comes barreling along, so please be patient; they’re coming, I promise! *chugs coffee*

 
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EPISODE 18: “The Red Shoes”

Once Dal-po passes the evidence—and the burden of reporting the big story—to Song Cha-ok, she leaves in tears and locks the incriminating envelope away in her desk. She regains her composure, but then two seconds later, In-ha returns to the newsroom to get her job back.

Princess and Il-joo are adorably happy to see her, and assure her that she’ll have plenty of opportunities in the future to make her voice heard if she keeps quiet about Mom’s shady dealings with Chaebol Mommy.

But In-ha corrects them—she’s not here because she’s going to keep her mouth shut. She’ll be doing the opposite, in fact, and says she respects Princess and quotes verbatim the big speech he gave her about a reporter’s duty to make news heard. He pretends not to remember, but she just says cheerily that she trusts him to do the right thing.

Over at YGN, Gyo-dong can’t understand why Dal-po would hand over their smoking gun, and senses that he’s being overly confident in his plan to ignite Song Cha-ok’s conscience. But Dal-po admits that he has a contingency plan too: He’s got an informant. It’d better be Beom-jo!

He keeps the informant anonymous, as requested, but we cut over to Beom-jo walking out of Chaebol Mommy’s office, where he runs into Song Cha-ok on her way in. She tells Chaebol Mommy that the evidence was turned over to her and destroyed, so they can rest easy.

But when Chaebol Mommy requests to meet with In-ha, Mom comes up with the excuse that they no longer need her, and gets up to leave. Chaebol Mommy remains eerily pleasant, as always, and notes pointedly that this is the first time that Song Cha-ok has denied her a favor. Gulp.

When Mom returns to MSC, she tells Princess that she won’t be attending their pitch meetings anymore, and Princess pumps his fists in geeky glory, finally declaring the room his. Except, of course, he’s just exchanged Mom for Daughter, and In-ha becomes the loudest voice in the room as she pitches the exposé on Mom and Chaebol Mommy.

No one is keen on the idea of ratting out their bosses, and Il-joo puts it to a vote. In-ha is the only one to raise her hand… but then Princess raises his ever so slightly. As soon as people notice, though, he chickens out and goes with the majority.

After the meeting, Princess complains that In-ha keeps poking at his conscience and it’s driving him crazy. He decides to do go ahead and pitch the story up the chain, knowing that Mom will just shut it down immediately. That way, he gets to do the right thing but not lose his neck.

Except… Mom tells him to go ahead and chase the story. Princess gapes as she just calmly tells him that she’ll be reporting it herself, so they need to do a good job. He slumps over at the table in shock, and calls his wife to tell her to pack up their life abroad because he’s about to lose his job.

Il-joo watches this latest development with a wary eye, and then spills the beans to their director, who immediately calls Chaebol Mommy. Dammit, I knew you couldn’t be trusted! She doesn’t even seem surprised that Song Cha-ok has turned against them, though the question is what she’ll do in retaliation.

Dal-po walks In-ha home that night and asks after Grandpa’s health with concern, though he stops short of going inside. Whhhy. Go visit Grandpa!

She starts to head home when suddenly a motorcyclist whizzes by nearly running right over her, and Dal-po pulls her back at the last second. In-ha doesn’t think much of it, but Dal-po looks worried. Uh-oh, has In-ha become the target to scare Mom straight?

When Dal-po gets to his apartment, he finds Beom-jo waiting outside for him. He says he’s here to give him that answer now, and we flash back to when Beom-jo first discovered the skeletons in Mommy’s closet. He came to Dal-po and told him he would be quitting his job and returning to his mother’s side… in order to get the answers that they need.

Dal-po invites him inside and Beom-jo looks around the studio apartment in wonder, amazed that it’s possible to fit everything in one room like this. He asks for wine and Dal-po shoots him a look before grabbing two cans of beer, and then makes this impish face before shaking Beom-jo’s can furiously. HA.

They sit down for a serious chat, and Beom-jo admits that he’s having a really hard time. At least to him, his mother was always the kindest, sweetest person in the world. As suspected, Beom-jo has been recording every conversation with Mommy since the day he confronted her.

(It looks like he was prompting the recorder on his phone while pretending to call and quit his job, though his intention to quit doesn’t seem like a lie—he might’ve had a separate conversation with Princess.)

He tells Dal-po that he might not be able to keep his promise, and Dal-po says he has no intention of pressuring him, since he knows how hard this must be. That alone seems to comfort Beom-jo, and he asks with a smile if Dal-po finds him annoying and hateful. Dal-po reminds him that he’s always thought so, heh.

Beom-jo asks after In-ha, and Dal-po says she seems to be under the impression that Beom-jo has gone to the dark side and become a mama’s boy all over again. Beom-jo sighs that maybe she’s right.

He finally pops open his can of beer, undercutting his moment of reflection with a giant foamy explosion in his face, and he accuses Dal-po of shaking his can on purpose because he dislikes him. Dal-po just gives this hilarious smirk of satisfaction and continues to drink his beer.

Outside, the motorcyclist stalker who nearly sideswiped In-ha lurks near Dal-po’s apartment. And in the morning, the same young man arrives at YGN carrying a box, and poses as a deliveryman with a package for Dal-po. He’s directed to the newsroom and finds Dal-po sitting at a table with Gyo-dong and the rest of the team.

Motorcycle Boy suddenly rips open the box and takes out a humongous nail gun, and starts firing into the room like a madman. Eeeeek. Everyone scrambles for cover except for Dal-po, who looks for a way to disarm the attacker. But! The flying nails!

Dal-po flings an empty bottle at Motorcycle Boy, which gives him enough time to sneak up on him and get the nail gun out of his hands. They fight and Dal-po gets him pinned down, but Motorcycle Boy wrestles free and pulls the fire alarm, using the confusion to make his exit.

Over at MSC, In-ha is busy digging through old reports on the assemblyman that Chaebol Mommy was backing, and she’s shocked when Mom comes by to help.

Now that the dust has settled at YGN, everyone wonders who the attacker was and what he wanted. Dal-po doesn’t recognize the attacker’s face, but he remembers the jacket, and it suddenly dawns on him that this was the motorcyclist from last night who came after In-ha. He runs out in a panic.

Yoo-rae looks down and yelps when she sees blood on her hands, and Gyo-dong tellingly gets all worked up worrying about her. He checks and re-checks her for injuries even though she says she’s fine, and the others are all, “Uh, we’re fine too.” None of them are hurt, which means that the blood must be Dal-po’s.

Sure enough, as Dal-po runs from YGN to MSC, we catch a glimpse of the trail of blood seeping down his arm. He’s already a step behind, because Motorcycle Boy has already made his way inside MSC’s newsroom with a knife this time. He screams for Song Cha-ok and In-ha, who are locked inside one of the editing rooms.

Mom wants to go out if the attacker is asking for her, but In-ha refuses to let her out of there. Dal-po runs through the lobby and jumps the security gate, but upstairs, Motorcycle Boy discovers Mom and In-ha and shatters the window to the editing room, breaking his way inside.

He pries the door open and lunges at them… when Dal-po slams into him with a running start. Whew. As they fight, In-ha manages to knock the knife out of the guy’s hand, giving Dal-po a chance to pin him down until the security guards arrive.

The first thing Dal-po does is make sure that In-ha is okay, and then he passes out on her shoulder.

She and Mom wait in the hospital as Dal-po gets surgery for his torn arm, and Gyo-dong and Princess come running in together to check on them. They wonder what Mom, In-ha, and Dal-po have in common that would send an attacker after the three of them, and nobody seems to guess the obvious except for Mom, who thinks back to Chaebol Mommy’s passive-aggressive warnings.

Ha, the YGN and MSC teams run into each other on their way to cover the other station’s attack. Il-joo thinks that this is some kind of message that they shouldn’t be sticking their noses into dangerous business, but Hyun-kyu and Jae-hwan argue that that’s exactly what they should be doing as reporters. This time Jae-hwan throws her arm around Hyun-kyu and they walk off to find someone else at MSC to interview.

Motorcycle Boy gets booked down at the police station, and Yoo-rae texts the detective chief to speak up so she can eavesdrop properly outside the door. I love that he complies on cue, awkwardly repeating and over-enunciating everything.

Yoo-rae finds out that Motorcycle Boy is the son of the bus company president who tried to scam Song Cha-ok, and that he was on a mission to avenge his father. Beom-jo watches the news report of the attacks with a dark face, and wrestles with what to do about his recordings of Mommy.

In-ha and Dad wait until Dal-po comes out of surgery, and Dad tells him that he’s coming home with them because he can’t be using his arm, doctor’s orders. Yay, thanks Doc.

Dal-po finds it suspicious that the bus company president’s son would attack them like that, and over at YGN, the bosses wonder the same thing—isn’t the timing off and the reaction a little strong compared to the weight of the story?

Gyo-dong wonders if it’s something else entirely—a message, a warning to keep their mouths shut about the Chaebol Mommy story. Thank goodness one of you has a brain.

Yoo-rae and her sidekick try to listen in on the meeting, but can’t really hear anything. Sidekick wonders if maybe Gyo-dong really does like Yoo-rae, judging from his reaction after the attack, but this time Yoo-rae is the one to declare that she won’t be jumping to any more conclusions where romance is concerned.

Director Lee sees them pressing their ears up against the glass and chides that the sasaeng is at it again, but Gyo-dong jumps to her defense, calling it a reporter’s instinct. Uh-huh.

Song Cha-ok goes to see Chaebol Mommy and says that it’s awfully coincidental how the attacks were aimed at the three people who are in Chaebol Mommy’s way, but she feigns ignorance, as always. But this time she adds that IF it were a message, then it would mean that their relationship had gone awry, in which case Song Cha-ok ought to do what she can to mend those bridges.

Beom-jo asks Mommy if she sent Motorcycle Boy after Dal-po and In-ha, and she admits that she did. She says it wasn’t hard to find someone with a vendetta against them to use, and that it was a warning for them… and also for Beom-jo. Ruh-roh.

She turns to him and says she knows her son better than anyone, and takes the cell phone out of his hand. I knew he’d been recording her too conspicuously. She takes the phone and says with tears in her eyes that she knows how disappointed he must be in her, but asks if they can’t go back to the way things used to be, when she took care of all the dirty things, and he had a carefree life.

Dal-po comes home with In-ha, and Dad and Grandpa are waiting with dinner at the ready. It’s so cute how Grandpa and In-ha compete to put kimchi on Dal-po’s spoon. He just smiles sheepishly at all the attention he’s getting.

In the morning, In-ha sees him struggling to shave with his left hand, and offers to help. He’s nervous that she’s going to draw blood, but they start to become aware of how close they are, and suddenly shaving turns into a romantically charged moment between them. God bless incapacitating arm injuries!

Dad jumps when he sees them looking cozy together in the bathroom, but decides he’d rather not know what happens next and runs away. He approaches Grandpa carefully and says he had a crazy dream last night, about Dal-po asking for permission to date In-ha.

Grandpa hits him in the face with a pillow and says that’s ludicrous even for a dream: “Dal-po is my son and In-ha is your daughter! That can never happen!” Dad agrees nervously, knowing exactly what’s going on in the bathroom just next door. Oh dear, I hope Grandpa doesn’t faint or something.

At MSC, Song Cha-ok is more determined than ever to go through with the news report on Chaebol Mommy, and tells Princess to prep everything so that she can swap the story into the nightly news at the last second.

He worries even more when she tells him that the attack was a warning to stay silent, but she counters that reporting the news is the safest thing they can do—silencing one or two people is easy, but once ten thousand people know, how will they be silenced? Princess stares at her gobsmacked, wondering when she became like this. You’re not the only one.

But their plan comes to a screeching halt when they both get reassigned to new departments, effectively squashing any chance that they’ll ever get this story on the air. In-ha asks Princess if his demotion is because of her, and he finally tells her about Mom’s plans, and her suspicions that Motorcycle Boy’s attack was a warning for them.

Mom calls In-ha over and makes her a cup of coffee, noting that she takes it sugary and creamy, just like Dad. She passes In-ha the evidence envelope and tells her to give it back to Dal-po, only this time, she’ll be the whistleblower.

In-ha meets with Dal-po to return the evidence to him, and says that Mom was planning to report the story herself, but can’t anymore. Mom plans to make the truth known a different way if she can’t do it from behind a news desk, and tells In-ha that the fourteen-year-old fire isn’t enough (because the statute of limitations has run out on any crime that Chaebol Mommy could be charged with).

Mom tells In-ha to have her friend Chan-soo sue her for defamation, so that she’s investigated and questioned about where the orders came from. At Dal-po’s request, Chan-soo does exactly as asked.

Mom says that she’ll tell the police the truth about everything, from fourteen years ago until today, and she and Chaebol Mommy will be indicted. That’s when it’s up to In-ha and Dal-po to report everything as it is, and tells In-ha not to be swayed by anything else. Mom warns her that Chaebol Mommy will use whatever means necessary to escape punishment, so it’s up to them to make sure that she can’t weasel out of this.

In-ha spills tears and worries that this’ll be the end for Mom—she’ll lose everything she worked for. Mom puts on a brave front and says she’s tired anyway and won’t regret losing it all. She wipes In-ha’s tears away and tells her she has to stop crying so that Mom feels confident leaving the story in In-ha’s hands, and In-ha clutches her hand.

She asks Dal-po if this is how he felt when he had to report his brother, and asks how he endured. He just tells her it was hard and still is, and puts an arm around her and lets her cry on his shoulder.

He tells Hyung the news, and Hyung notes that Dal-po doesn’t look as happy as he should. Dal-po admits that he’s having a hard time watching In-ha, because he experienced the same things when having to report Hyung’s crimes.

Hyung chides Dal-po for blaming himself again, and admits that he originally planned to end it all the night of his live interview with Song Cha-ok. He was going to kill her and kill himself, but it was Dal-po who saved him because he proved that he was different and wouldn’t hide the truth. “You made me want to live. You saved me.”

Chaebol Mommy isn’t even ruffled when she gets news of Song Cha-ok’s police investigation, since she’s already prepared with countermoves. Regardless, Song Cha-ok walks into the police station for questioning and waits patiently as all the reporters swarm around her. But she hilariously lectures them on their terrible irrelevant questions, and tells them she’ll return after her police interrogation so that they have time to prepare better ones.

That brings a small smile to In-ha’s face, and Mom gives her a little nod before heading upstairs to face the music. She runs into Dal-po on her way in, and he promises to have questions for her on her way out.

Remembering their first encounter, she stops to ask if he’s figured out what a reporter is now. He says he has, so she turns to him with a smile, “Then bark all you want. I’ll answer everything.”

 
COMMENTS

There weren’t any particularly surprising developments in this episode, but I do prefer this new plan over Dal-po’s. While it might’ve been effective to have Song Cha-ok report the story herself, I’d rather see the two moms face whatever minimal criminal charges await them. It seems unlikely that they’ll corner Chaebol Mommy without some kind of contingency for their contingency, but I expect that Beom-jo will come through somehow. I’m glad that his phone got taken, because frankly he was being too conspicuous with it, and it would’ve made their case too easy.

Is it too unlikely that he kept a second phone in another pocket the whole time? Whatever their plan is, I hope he gets more time to bond with Dal-po. Plotwise, I do think it’s silly that they’re just passing the same envelope back and forth and back and forth, though I suppose the intent is what matters. It’s just becoming a bit of a rake gag at this point. I think we’ve milked all the self-sacrifice that we can out of it, so hopefully they’ll be putting the evidence to use now.

It’s interesting, this common thread between Dal-po, In-ha, and Beom-jo: Each of them has a morally dubious, law-breaking family member, and it happens to fall on their shoulders to do what’s right and turn them in. And in most cases they’re also the ones to spread their infectious idealism upward to the older generation. Clearly it worked for Hyung, who was saved by Dal-po doing the difficult thing (though would it have killed you to spend a few more episodes letting us SEE that play out instead of hearing about it from jail after the fact? Hello, missed opportunity!). And in the end even Song Cha-ok is affected by In-ha and Dal-po enough to own up to her mistakes and face the music.

I just don’t know that we necessarily needed the theme to play out three times over, since it’s literally the same conflict from character to character. But it is rewarding to see them force a radical change in Mom, to the point where she’s willing to risk her entire career, which to her is her entire life. You can see why she clings to it too, because if she doesn’t have that enviably successful career as a star journalist, sacrificing her daughter all those years ago is all for naught. But they basically shamed her on her own turf, in the only language she knows, and I like that it pushes her to change without getting a lobotomy. It’s enough that we get the satisfying exchange at the very end of the episode, when she acknowledges that Dal-po has earned the right to call himself a reporter and challenge her.

The nail gun attack was way too convenient a device, but if that’s what it takes to break Dal-po’s arm and get him back in the house with the family, I’ll take it. Why didn’t we break his arm six episodes ago? Then we could’ve avoided that silly denial phase and skipped right over to shaving cream foreplay. Priorities, people! Just think of all the help he’ll need into and out of his clothes! This is very important business, you know.

 
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Hang in there, GF.... thank you for your hard work! *goes to read*

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Thank you for recap GF! :)

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Now that there are 2 eps left, there probably wont be any major plot twist left. So let's just spend the whole time shipping/rooting for Cap-Yoorae couple *yayy*

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i love Yoorae-cap couple so much
they should have been given more scenes
so adorable

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Good Job GF

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More Cap-Yoo Rae moments. OMG! The feels. Glad that I finally jumped into the bandwagon. This drama is so good. The feels... the feels. Sigh.

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"Why didn’t we break his arm six episodes ago? Then we could’ve avoided that silly denial phase and skipped right over to shaving cream foreplay. Priorities, people! Just think of all the help he’ll need into and out of his clothes! This is very important business, you know."

HAHAHAHAHA. Was wondering also. Teeheee

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Gyo Dong & Yoo Rae!<3 Thanks GF! :D

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I thought this episode was a bit slow plot-wise, compared to all the other great ones that Show has been churning out lately. But no matter, because we are going into the final two episodes and I can't wait. (Ep 19 especially packs emotional punches, that's all I'll say.)

I thought I wasn't going to forgive In-ha's mom right away, but the mother-daughter moments, when sincere, are just so sweet. Even though I didn't know how I would feel about her redemption before, now I just want them to all be a big happy family. Song Cha-ok, when her moral compass is back in the right direction, is honestly pretty badass.

Finally, I would like to leave you all with this precious post I found on tumblr: http://dramatroll.net/post/107693840904/drama-within-a-drama-choi-dal-pos-revenge
I'm pretty sure I laughed for 10 minutes straight.

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ROFL! :D :D :D this is too hilarious!

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lmao :D

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Pwahahahahaha!!! Too hilarious and I watched those dramas. XD

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LOL. But be sure to look through the rest http://dramatroll.net/. I crack up whenever Hacker Ajumma shows up.

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Weeee! Love the meme. I choked on my cereals. Gaaaah ROFLOL!

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ahahahahahaha

Whoever made that is a genius

Perfect revenge, indeed!

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/dead. I love this!! CDP > KT though

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Avid fan of Dramatroll

Love it :)

Thumbs up way up for the School 2013 → Heirs → Pinocchio meta references.

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OMG ROFL

That is the funniest thing I have seen in forever :D XD XD

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girlfriday, thank you very much for your effort! much appreciated! :) fighting!

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dull story. limped to the finish line with barely a grunt. didn't need a slew of reporters but a ruthless editor. could have worked as an effective thriller in 10 or 12 eps. 20 is stretching it way too much.

i surmise that the team behind i hear your voice were given carte blanche to create another successful series. too bad they forgot to fashion a story from the thread borrowed from the judge and his adoptive daughter storyline.

oh well. you know what they say: poverty makes you lean, mean and eager to create a masterpiece out of mud. abunancia only makes you sluggish, sleepy and ineffectual.

two stars.

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Boring troll, broken record, do not feed it.

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lol did you see Dalpo's hand on Inha's lap in the shaving scene? Woow LJS might have too much fun with this drama haha

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I'm glad they're close with each other. Shipper's mind aside, I hope those two remain good friends after the drama, at least. Darling Couple is forever though :)

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Thank you for the recap, girlfriday! :)

Up until last week, I was adamant that Cha-ok not deserve a redemption arc. But as last week's eps tipped off, it was becoming clearer that Ro-sa was being written into Big Bad Numero Uno.

We saw Cha-ok began to show cracks in her icy façade, and her conscious was being furiously poked at from both In-ha and Dal-po...so her seemingly 180 to the person that she was in today's ep made me rethink it. She can actually be human, and a real reporter?? Too bad it took the impending finale to bring about this change in her...now that it's happened, it just feels a bit...less anticlimactic? I did like that she was the one pushing to have In-ha and co. to reveal Ro-sa's dirty dealings, only to be shut down with her demotion. And she actually came off as being a real mom! Wow, it took her long enough! :P

The nail gun incident though...WTF?! It boggled my mind that someone could get that far into both news organizations with both nail gun and knife, much less cause that much havoc. The whole time he was shooting that hugeass gun all batshit crazy, I was like...wtf is this crazyass shit??? haha. But I suppose it was quite the convenient little thing to have an injury occur to Dal-po and force him to move back home with the Chois.

And yay for more moments of Yoo-rae & Cap!! :P As if last week's eps were any inkling, the ship is actually taking off and coming straight for Realville!! haha. As much as Yoo-rae deserves to be loved, for once...I'll be honest, it's been a whirlwind development to have him suddenly care for her.

And Beom-jo, tsk tsk. Couldn't he have been even more conspicuous to constantly having his phone in his hand...I thought he'd be more slicker than that by having a necktie clip or pen to be recording. Unless he wanted to get caught...

I've already seen both eps (and I'm writing very carefully, so I won't unwittingly write up spoilers)...and I can't believe it'll end tomorrow! -.-

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"The nail gun incident though…"

That particular scene was just a little to close to reality - eerily harkening back to what transpired last week in Paris, France - the shootings at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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1) Yes, I'm so glad Beom Jo got caught because I was scratching my head about how Clever Mommy could overlook such an obvious trick like that. Never underestimate an evil genius. Of course, I was still holding out hope that he had an extra recorder stashed somewhere.

2) Finally a good plan! At first, I was a little dubious Dal Po giving her the evidence because it would have been too jarring a character switch for her to just up and report on herself. So it made a lot of sense to me that she was originally planning to bury it and only changed her mind when she realized just how cray Mommy is. Also, I love how she was totally still in Chief Song Mode lecturing the reporters about their lame questions and In Ha about Dal Po's weak report. Yay for character growth without Personality Transplants!

3) I feel like I had a ton more thoughts about this episode but they've all fled from me. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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"Yoo-rae and her sidekick try to listen in on the meeting, but can’t really hear anything. Sidekick wonders if maybe Gyo-dong really does like Yoo-rae, judging from his reaction after the attack, but this time Yoo-rae is the one to declare that she won’t be jumping to any more conclusions where romance is concerned."

Part of me is proud of Yoo-rae for growing up, at least partially, and not jumping to conclusions anymore. The other part of me wishes she would because I'm 90% positive sidekick's right.

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Thank you for the recaps! :)

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Thank you for the recap GF. Take care. Your health is first and foremost.

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Thanks for the recap, GF! We'll patiently await episode 19 :) Take your time~

I think there's so much to comment on, but I'll be short and just say that I've enjoyed this series so much. I fell in love with the characters and cared for them, even though I couldn't relate to what they were going through. For me, that's most important in liking a drama. And it's safe to say that we got great main characters and supporting ones as well. Every one of them made the drama what it was and I thoroughly enjoyed their relationships and interactions with one another.

This drama has its faults, but one that I'll be sad to say goodbye to.

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Cap developing feelings for YR is pretty abrupt so I wished the writer decided on this ages ago so that we would have gotten more Cap/YR moments.

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I know!!!!!

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can't wait the final episode!!!!!!

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Thanks so much for recapping, GF!! Fighting!!

I loved the IH-DP moments as well as the Choi family moments. Just so sweet and heart warming.

Though the CO redemption came late, I didn't mind seeing her finally come around and doing something about her past mistakes. The IH-Mom moments were touching to see.

Cap and YR! Finally showing more obvious signs. XD

BJ recording his mom and being found out was expected. I'm liking this new gameplan more to bring Park Rosa down.

Just one more ep. tomorrow!! Can't wait!!

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I know some aren't fully on board with CO's redemption arc, but I think it was fleshed out in a way that was believable to me. A good writer deserves the credit.

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Thank you so much for the recaps!! They are by far always the best to read when I want to know what happens in each episode! ^.^

Just waiting for what will happen in the last episode.....
*growing impatient* :)

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I'm sorry but why is it every drama with PSH in it always make me jump into the secondary couple bandwagon?

from the Heirs, MH-Soo Jung
and now it's Cap-Yoorae. Always love Lee pil mo and Yurae's character is just so cute,funny and much more annoyingly interesting.
I love this couple....want moree!

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Hahaha Heirs isn't really fair to her since every character sucked and were completely unlikable BUT those two and the main leads' mothers.

I like Dal Po and In Ha quite a bit but I think they've lost or really never had that sizzle that makes me go "YES" whenever a romantic scene comes along. They're have an an old married couple sort of dynamic from the very start, where they know everything about each other and always support one another. I think what makes Cap and Yoo Rae really enjoyable is that they're funny together and both adorable characters even alone. They're very refreshing and lighthearted.

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well, they have been living together for the majority of their lives ... so yeah ... old married couple sounds about right.

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Thanks for recap...:-)

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Who's taking care of the brother's dog while Dal Po is back with the family?

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LOL hopefully DP got the landlord to do that :)

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Yes. That's killing me.

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"God bless incapacitating arm injuries!" LOLLLL!

I'm wondering the same thing mardybum.

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I love Pinocchio I really do but for me, ever since Healer made its entrance, I see nothing else. The rest of the dramas are just supporting characters to the main character that is Healer! But well done cast particularly the old ones from IHYV as well as most of the supporting cast, I think they shone much more than everyone else-ok everyone excluding la familia-what a cute little bunch! Fare thee well Pinnochio (hick!)

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I hear ya! Healer kinda took the sail out of all the other currently running dramas. They went from anticipated to filler dramas until the next episode of Healer airs. lol To give credit where credit is due, I think Pinnochio has been Park Shin Hye's best drama that I have seen since You are Beautiful. FBND was a good drama but she was not great in it.

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Pinocchio firmly grabbed my attention from the get-go, unlike Healer, which took a few episodes too long to warm up to, but I'm just so thrilled by the latter. I'm pleasantly surprised by how satisfying it is, with each episode.

They both deserve credit though, definitely. I'm glad I can watch good quality dramas as these.

I agree that Pinocchio is one of PSH's best dramas to date, I'm glad she accepted the role of In Ha. I think it's so interesting though, how different the audience's interpretations might be because I thought she was superb in FBND. Go Dok Mi is one of my fave characters of hers, second best to In Ha though :)

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I agree. I really liked her in FBND and thought she did really well. I knew better than to see Heirs, but I was surprised by all the dislike directed at her or the shock that she can pull off a role.

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I never understood the blatant hate towards her, and I never will. It's all sorts of ridiculous because they blame HER only for how bad Heirs was. It's all good and fine if you think she had a pathetic character or she didn't act well, but why does she have to shoulder all the blame? That script and most of the characters were a hot mess to begin with. It's a popular drama, but by no means a good one. You saved your time, not bothering to watch it.

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Seriously? cap and yoo-rae??? cap was a rookie when dal-po and yoo rae were kids!! Though it's an ABSOLUTELY FUN pair, I think the age difference is a bit too much! But the pair is JUST AWESOME!!!

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Well, I don't know about you but, I'm a sucker for big age gap couples. Even in, IHYV, the age gap was huge and they were adorabl! Right now all I'm looking forward to are the cap_yoorae scenes.

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I kinda see her more as his perfect sidekick than an actual love-line but they do look cute together.

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As long as it's legal, I'd say it's fine. YYR is 27 or so in Pinocchio. I think Lee Yoo Bi just /looks/ too young to be with Lee Pil Mo, who looks more mature.

I personally think Caprae are pretty cute together :)

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Thanks girlfriday for all this effort ♡
I like ur recaps soo much
I read the last few recaps of pinocchio
Right after i watched the episodes
Each time
And better yet i still got the same feels while reading ur recaps
Not everyone can write like that
Thank yoou
Much appreciated

And awww cap and yoo-rae!!they really shud've gotten more screen time

And
I dont think i'm the only one going all tingly tingly in the tummy
When cap makes his feelings known..perhaps? :P

Alsoo il-joo the traitooor!!

WHO WUD'VE THOUGHT mommy cud be soo evil under all that sweet cupcake-y face?

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That's the thing, it's so scary how evil she us underneath all that sweetness. Kudos to Kim Hae Sook for her amazing portrayal! She's a great actress.

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Thanks GF for all your effort !!

I didn't think mom would get better like this and I wasnt sure if I would buy it, but it was well played.
She always had the means and talent to hit where it matters and she just pointed at wrong things for sake of her personal comfort and job and safety.

Even though the thrill factor was gone once hyung left the scene, this show was consistent to character and gave a satisfying hour every week.

If I had to go back and do it all over again, I would hope it was 16 episodes and hyung's story be the only arc. It would have been a must see drama then !

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Does anyone know what is the song in ep 18 when In Ha shaves Dal Po? (about 40min in)

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It's the first OST Park Shin Hye realeased for Pinocchio called 'Love is like a snow' : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXwa3SGWUYI

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haha give GF the coffee, can i pour it to you?
anyway thanks GF, gonna miss this drama

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Why didn't we have more screen time with cap and yoo rae??? Im on this ship! LOL anything is happening in dramaland.

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I'm totally on board with you... Its so hilarious that when she should be taking the hints shes totally ignoring it...SMH

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i don't like this series anymore. what is it with the wooden acting and repetitive sentences? (this is not a spoiler, just an observation - the next ep, 19th, some repetitions are really annoying... what the heck, writer?)
did anything happen on the set? were they forced to invent some storylines to cover world events? why did they need to do that? seriously, meh... what's with the writer?
the only one i still like is beom-jo, he's taking hyung's place as the highlight of the drama.
i don't even feel the love between the leads anymore *sigh*

is it just me? :(

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p. s. forgot: the staple gun attack was seriously ridiculous. and the way the attack scenes were edited really made them hard to watch. what was it with all the cut-pasted together little parts of the scene? couldn't they have a normal image flow? annoying.

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I think it was a nail gun, which would hurt like hell if you got hit. Dal Po's adrenaline must have been in overdrive that day!

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nail gun, sorry, i didn't know what it was called.

but wasn't it ridiculous? i mean, using a knife to threaten the women looked even more dangerous than the man's nail-shooting spree in the other room, and not hitting anywhere close to people sitting a few paces in front of him! and still destroying all vases around lol. so over the top. and then having DP's wound conveniently act up so that he faints in IH's arms. oookay. *eyeroll.*
i couldn't help but compare that fighting-for-the-knife scene with the one where DP finally fights hyung, again in order to save IH, and this latest scene came really short.

re: adrenaline... does it really act for so long? the flight/fight reflex is meant to help someone for short periods of time - but DP had to chase after the guy, then come back, realize he was going after IH, run over there, locate her, fighting the guy off and THEN he runs off adrenaline? umm.

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It was pretty over the top! I don't know if the adrenaline response really makes you impervious to pain the way it does on TV shows. The nail gun scenario was pretty comical, particularly when the gang all ended up behind the same table without a scratch. And Dal Po's ligament surgery seemed to be remarkably brief in terms of he operation itself and the post-op stuff. How many days did we cover in this eppy???

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My educational and professional background is journalism, and I've suspended my disbelief numerous times because I really have enjoyed this show.

However. What modern day employer allows Random Delivery Guy access to employee floors carrying a Really Weird Looking Box? Particularly a very public facing company such as a news organization?

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i didn't think that in-ha's mom could be redeemed a while back, but i love her character now. her admission (or show of bravado?) that she was simply "tired" really struck me....she was bit, so now she's doing all she can to fight back. and in the end, in-ha is her daughter, so she will protect her. i think the writer managed to flesh out her character in a believable way.

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You must know that a similar terrorist attack happened at a french newspaper HQ last week.

Considering how dramas are shot basically a few days before airing, i cant help but think they used it as a plot device... Which would be kinda gross to be honest.

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The nail gun attack was so out of the blue but I guess it gave us a shot at seeing Lee Jong-seok as action hero? lol.

I love that the YGN chairman was the one to kick the nail gun out of the way though, ajusshis can hold their own in a crisis!

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(also, shaving cream scene. **fans self**)

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Final thought on plot plausibility. I fully understand the script need to draw out the connected news stories and the interwoven personal and professional threads. Why does the whistleblower have to go to another network at all. Healer shows us you take it to the internet. Of course then you might not have enough to fill 20 episodes!

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Pinocchio is ending soon and that makes me sad.

Not that I would want Pinocchio to be like 32 eps or something but the concept of falling in love with something that you know will disappear... well, that's the name of the game - still sad though.

GF gets my love for her dedication, though the shaving scene probably does help a bit. It's no toast kiss, but it will do nicely of course.

Much of the tension brought on earlier has dissipated as enemies become allies, and old allies become enemies, etc. I sort of wish that hyung had not killed three people, maybe just beat them up badly or something, because his character is easily as compelling as Dal Po's character. As it is, hyung is a murderer of three, there's no chance he can be freed. his redemption is set for the next life, sadly.

As for In Ha, her growth is not consistent nor is her emotive ability on par with her physical beauty (which is stunning). It is unfortunate, because I root for OTPs as hard as anyone, and here, nearing the end, I care more about In Ha's mom than I do about In Ha. I care more about hyung than I do about In Ha. I care more for that pragmatic pudgy YGN rookie reporter and his stethoscope wielding hellcat buddy in crime, than I do about In Ha. I used to care a lot, and I really really really wanted In Ha to be with Dal Po, but now, maybe it is okay if she starts seeing other people? I think that pudgy YGN rookie reporter probably doesn't have a gf....

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I told myself I would hate it so hard if the drama made the mom good, and now that they've done it, I'm absolutely in freaking love with it.

Well played Pinocchio.

Well played.

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That shaving scene tho ,damn it was sexy. I was squealing and fanning myself the entire time! And the scene between in ha and her mother made me cry a little bit and beom jo's mom gave me the creeps.

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5 stars for this episode

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