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Kill Me, Heal Me: Episode 7

With Do-hyun in more danger than ever, Ri-jin has to figure out what lengths she’s willing to go to protect him. Do-hyun’s enemies are all around, even inside his mind—what difference can a lone psychologist-in-training really make? That question haunts Ri-jin as she comes to face her most difficult decision yet.

 
EPISODE 7 RECAP

We back up a little to fill in some of the gaps before last week’s cliffhanger (so to speak). Chief Ahn looks through a display case of Omega-3 murder mysteries at a bookstore, as part of his search for the elusive author.

Who else should sidle up next to him but Ri-on, the Omega writer himself. He greets Chief Ahn and observes impishly that the author of Omega-3 is supposed to be very handsome, I mean really handsome, like Won Bin level. Pfft. Chief Ahn didn’t think anyone had ever seen the author’s face, but Ri-on replies that he’s only repeating the rumors.

While heading back to the company Chief Ahn runs into Grandma Seo, who tells him to get into her car. She has noticed that something is off about Do-hyun, and is searching for answers. Chief Ahn sees Do-hyun walking away from the company, and although it seems strange he can’t get out of the car without rousing Grandma Seo’s suspicions.

This brings us to Yo-sub arriving at the rooftop, and the challenge to find him in one hour that ended last week’s episode. Ri-jin tries to call Chief Ahn, but he cannot answer as he is still being interrogated by Grandma Seo.

Step by step, Grandma Seo lays out the things that made her suspicious. She knows Do-hyun’s problem can’t be anything as simple as a hidden woman somewhere, because he practically exiled himself to America when he was only fifteen. There must be a reason he never came back, not even when his mother called him, and that reason is probably connected with why he is determined to return to America in three months. “What secret is he hiding from me?” demands Grandma Seo.

When Chief Ahn doesn’t pick up the phone, Ri-jin calls Dr. Seok for advice. She learns that aside from having suicidal tendencies, Yo-sub is seventeen, a painter who hates anything ugly, and has a near genius-level intellect. When Ri-jin relays Yo-sub’s words about the sky becoming his grave, Dr. Seok realizes that he must be on a rooftop somewhere.

They know he won’t be at the company, because there are too many people and CCTVs for him to be able to wait for an hour without anyone noticing. Ri-jin sees a skyscraper in the distance that gives her an idea, and she ends her call with Dr. Seok. “I’m taking chances—I’m either right or wrong. I have to at least try.”

Chief Ahn prepares to tell Grandma Seo the answers to her questions, but it turns out that she’s not interested. “I don’t care what he’s hiding, or what secrets he has,” she declares. She only wants Chief Ahn to make sure Ki-joon’s father doesn’t figure out the secret and use it to gain power. “Until my son comes back,” she says, “that child must be protected.” And what happens after that, I wonder?

Ri-jin sees a craft store, which triggers her memory of the sound of Yo-sub’s spray bottle over the phone. She recreates the scene in her mind, watching Yo-sub purchase art supplies and then head across the street to a building that is conveniently closed for remodeling.

After painting all seven personalities as his dying message, Yo-sub waits on the rooftop of the building. He checks his watch and sees that the hour is up.

Rising to his feet, he advances to the edge and balances on one foot. He leans forward, arms spread to the sky. “NO!” Ri-jin’s shout makes him freeze, and Yo-sub turns away from the ledge.

Ri-jin confronts Yo-sub, telling him he doesn’t have the right to die when he pleases, since he shares the body. Yo-sub believes he’s only doing what the others don’t have the courage to do. He’s tired of living this way, as a mutant, never knowing which personality will control the body next.

Ri-jin” “Everyone has several people living inside of them. There’s the me who wants to live, and the me who wants to die. I live every day fighting against the me who just wants to give up. You don’t even have the courage to fight!”

“Come down,” Ri-jin says, holding out her hand. But Yo-sub holds up two fingers, since she was two minutes late in finding him. “If you wanted to save us,” he tells her, “you shouldn’t have been late.”

Ri-jin grabs at Yo-sub’s leg, but he shakes her off. She crashes into bundles of poles, which land on her head and inflict a nasty gash. Yo-sub looks dismayed to see her hurt, but he turns to the ledge nevertheless. Shaking off the pain, Ri-jin climbs up next to him and throws him to the lower level of the roof.

As Yo-sub struggles, Ri-jin grabs him by the collar and starts to call Do-hyun by name. Heedless of the blood dripping from the gash on her forehead, she yells for Do-hyun to stop being scared and come out.

We see the real Do-hyun suspended in dark, murky water, representing how he is trapped and senseless inside his own mind. Then Ri-jin’s voice echoes from somewhere far away, calling Do-hyun’s name again and again. His fingers twitch; his eyes open.

Do-hyun wakes up—the first thing he sees is Ri-jin’s face, bloody and tear-stained, as she pleads with him to come to his senses. “I am Cha Do-hyun,” he whispers. Ri-jin looks into his eyes, and what she sees there finally allows her to relax: “That’s right,” she confirms. “You really are Cha Do-hyun.”

With the danger averted, all the emotions Ri-jin has been suppressing come welling up. She starts to cry, wailing that she thought Do-hyun was really going to die. He caresses her cheek, wiping away both blood and tears, and hugs her close.

Do-hyun doesn’t say anything, but only holds Ri-jin as she cries. A few tears run down Do-hyun’s face as well, and they cling to each other on the rooftop.

Back at the hospital, Ri-jin recovers while Do-hyun reports to Dr. Seok. The doctor asks Do-hyun not to pursue Ri-jin as his secret physician. She will be in danger the longer she stays near him, and she has the opportunity to study at Johns Hopkins and further her career. As if Do-hyun didn’t already feel guilty enough, Dr. Seok points out that this is the second time Ri-jin has been in the emergency room because of him.

Do-hyun recalls how it felt to be drifting within his mind, when suddenly he could hear Ri-jin’s voice calling to him. He admits to Dr. Seok that he wishes someone would call for him every time he loses himself. “Is that just my greed?” he asks. “Must I keep living like a monster?” Torn between his compassion for Do-hyun and his fear for Ri-jin, Dr. Seok has no answer for him.

Do-hyun sits on the hospital stairs, staring at his reflection. Ri-jin joins him, asking if he’s looking at anyone in particular. “If you see Yo-sub,” she says, “tell him I’m not letting him off easy next time I see him!” Tell it, sister.

Do-hyun replies with a seeming tangent—he says that everyone who ever found out his secret became rich, and then left him. As a child, he often wondered why people always wanted to get rich, and never wanted to play with him. But as he grew, he understood that they were only being smart; that people too close to him got hurt. “I thought I could pay you to stay by my side and not get emotionally attached,” he admits to Ri-jin. “But now I’m not confident.”

Do-hyun takes back his offer, asking Ri-jin to leave and not look back. “I’m not a beast who will turn into a handsome prince when the magic wears off,” he says. “I’m just a monster.” He leaves Ri-jin behind as he walks out of the hospital.

Do-hyun prepares for work alone, staring into his mirror. He receives a call from his mother, who asks him whether he still gets nightmares these days. She’s still worried about the “I am Nana” message that Do-hyun scrawled in the wine cellar, though she doesn’t mention that to him. Do-hyun claims that he doesn’t get those nightmares any more, while remembering the dream in which an adult Ri-jin appeared before his child self.

Do-hyun’s mother hangs up when her private investigator arrives. She orders him to look into Min Seo-yeon, the ex-chairman’s first wife, in order to find her missing child. She makes him promise to maintain the utmost secrecy.

Ri-on meets with his editor, getting past the other employees by posing as the leader of Omega-3’s fan club. The editor has read the new storyline and wants to know more. Ri-on is happy to oblige, presenting the story of his past as if it were the outline for a novel.

He was adopted as a child, but lost all memories of what happened before his adoption. One day he overheard his parents talking about his adoption. They mentioned a certain chaebol family, which first put Ri-on on the trail. As Ri-on lays out this tale before his eager editor, we see his mother searching his room, growing ever closer to the wooden board which hides his Wall of Stalkery. Mom slides the board aside, revealing… dirty pictures. Very classy, Ri-on.

Ri-on stops his story there, much to his editor’s dismay. But his editor muses that Ri-on even went to America to cover this story, so he wonders if it’s fiction or nonfiction. “We’ll just have to wait and see,” Ri-on replies.

Chief Ahn reports to Do-hyun about the Omega-3 writer. He believes that they may be able to approach the author through his fan club. Do-hyun asks Chief Ahn to think of ways to attract Omega-3’s interest, then leaves for a blind date arranged by his grandmother.

Chae-yeon meets Ki-joon’s parents for lunch, but Ki-joon himself does not show. Chae-yeon grows annoyed when he brushes her off, since she canceled her appointments to eat with his family.

From outside the dining room, Chae-yeon overhears Ki-joon’s parents arguing about her and Ki-joon. His father thinks Ki-joon is busy finding a “weapon” he can use to take out Do-hyun, while his mother worries that if Ki-joon keeps treating his marriage lightly, Do-hyun might marry Myeongsun Group’s second daughter and consolidate power more quickly. It’s clear that, despite their disagreement, both parents see Chae-yeon only as a bundle of stock options.

Do-hyun spaces out during his blind date, looking at the snow through the window. His date calls him out, but then Chae-yeon swoops in with a major chip on her shoulder. She says that Do-hyun isn’t nearly as innocent as he looks, since he’s out dating even though he already has a doctor girlfriend.

She asks Do-hyun’s date if he told her to run away from him too, and takes vicious pleasure in throwing Do-hyun’s words back in his face about not stringing multiple people along.

Ri-jin meets Dr. Seok before leaving for Johns Hopkins. He says he was worried that she might not leave because of what happened with Yo-sub. As he shakes her hand, he reminds her that a doctor is not a savior—they can’t save everyone, and it’s dangerous to think they can.

As Ri-jin carries her belongings out of the hospital, she runs into Ki-joon. He helps her gather everything up before heading to Dr. Seok’s office. The doctor is tormented with thoughts of Do-hyun asking if he’s condemned to live like a monster.

Ki-joon turns on the charm for Dr. Seok, claiming that Do-hyun recommended his skills. But Dr. Seok sees right away that Ki-joon only wants to figure out why Do-hyun needed to see a doctor in the first place.

Rebuffed by the loyal Dr. Seok, Ki-joon asks a receptionist about Oh Ri-jin, who is his other lead. He finds out that he missed her by minutes, and realizes that the woman he ran into in the hallway must have been Ri-jin.

On a whim, Do-hyun decides to go up to the rooftop where Yo-sub tried to commit suicide. Ri-jin has already been there, clearing snow away from Yo-sub’s mural and making a cute little snowman. Do-hyun pauses at the stairs, looking down at the “KILL ME” message Yo-sub scrawled on the floor. Ri-jin has spray-painted over it, so it now reads “HEAL ME.”

At the airport, Ri-jin says goodbye to her family. Mom is all teary, while Dad asks for a nice pair of black shoes from America—he even has the catalogue with him and the page marked out. “The caramel brown is better,” Ri-jin sniffs. “Limited Edition.”

There’s one thing left to do, and that’s to take a family picture. Dad grumbles at first about being a nuisance to the other customers, but that doesn’t last long as they get out the selfie stick. The four knuckleheads jump in a circle, chanting “Johns Hopkins!” and coming perilously close to whacking one poor lady in the head with their camera. I’ve said it before, but this family is my favorite.

Ri-on presents Ri-jin with a pair of shoes with wings on them, reminding her of his promise that he would always be there to help her fly. Whatever choice she makes is the right choice, he says, dropping his goofy persona to let his sincerity shine through. “I love you, Ri-on,” says Ri-jin. Poor Ri-on knows she means it like a sister, and the stricken look on his face shows his dilemma.

Back at his house, Do-hyun asks Chief Ahn to make sure that his next secret physician is male, because having a female one could lead to “complications.” But he is distracted by the sound of someone entering his passcode at the front door. Ri-jin enters, trailing her luggage, and Do-hyun’s jaw drops.

“My introduction is a little late,” Ri-jin says cheerily. “I’m your new physician, Oh ri-jin!”

Ri-jin promises three things. First, she will not put either Do-hyun or Se-gi to sleep (i.e., kill one of the personalities), but she will try to calm down Se-gi if the situation calls for it. Second, she will act as a mediator between Se-gi and Do-hyun, so the two of them can communicate. Third and last, she will try to talk down the other personalities so that Do-hyun can live his life and perform his duties without fear.

In voiceover, Ri-jin apologizes to her family for deceiving them. She has been blessed with such a loving, supportive family, and she feels sorry for Do-hyun because he has no one. She wants to help him, to provide some of the support she has received all her life. We see Ri-on stretch out on the bank of the Han River, troubled by his thoughts and emotions.

Ri-jin holds out her hand to Do-hyun. “One of the things I want to teach him,” she thinks, “is that it’s okay to take someone’s hand if she offers it to you.” Do-hyun doesn’t take her hand right away, so Ri-jin huffs that she’ll just go back to Johns Hopkins. Do-hyun reaches out to stop her from leaving.

Do-hyun says that if she really takes his hand, there’s no turning back. “Even if it’s just a ball that rolled accidentally into my castle, I won’t return it. Is that okay?” He holds out his own hand.

Ri-jin laughs, accepts his outstretched hand, and the two of them trade the most adorable shy smiles. Then her eyes narrow, and she squeezes Do-hyun’s hand mercilessly. “Why is it harder to shake your hand than a Hallyu star’s?” she snarls. “Just go for it!”

In voiceover, she asks her parents for their understanding. Chief Ahn follows them around the room as Ri-jin continues to crush Do-hyun’s hand. There’s a moral here, I think: Be careful what you wish for!

 
COMMENTS

Now we know the full story behind the title, and I love it. “Kill Me, Heal Me” makes so much sense now that we realize that it’s a shift from the first phrase to the second. It’s not so much heal Do-hyun by ‘killing’ him (his other personalities), or something paradoxical like that; instead, it is getting Do-hyun himself to change his plea from “Kill me” to “Heal me.” He has to open up to someone else, to trust someone once more, to let himself be vulnerable.

Yo-sub is the part of him that can’t stand his heartbreaking existence, that can’t handle always living alone while divided even from himself. But then Ri-jin arrives, spray-painting over his original message and holding out her hand. If she can inspire Do-hyun to hope again, rather than merely clutching at straws while hating himself, then healing becomes a real possibility.

The show continues to slide between genres, although the episode as a whole was much more contemplative, much slower than in previous weeks. I thought that was the strength of this episode, building up Do-hyun’s guilt, his flickering hope, and then the wonderful moment when he asks Dr. Seok if he must always live like a monster. The pacing is assured, allowing us to follow along with the main characters as they sort through a complex mixture of emotions that drive them down roads even they can’t see clearly.

After watching Secret, I knew that Hwang Jung-eum and Ji Sung have great chemistry together. But even chemistry can fail if the characters aren’t written in a way that makes their relationship blossom. Here, there’s no question that these characters are right for each other.

Just look at how Ri-jin figured out Yo-sub’s intentions, then kept her wits about her while saving the day. And when she lets down her defenses after Do-hyun returns, he is there to comfort her and lend her a shoulder to cry on. I like the two of them apart, but I LOVE it whenever they’re together; chemistry is great, but so is a partnership where each person is there for the other, never hesitating to sacrifice for the other’s benefit.

This has nothing to do with anything really, but Dr. Seok reminds me of a wise, neurotic, slightly chubby chipmunk. Am I wrong?

Once again, Kill Me, Heal Me faked me out. During the entire airport scene, I worried that Do-hyun was going to show up at the last moment to ask Ri-jin to reconsider. And I absolutely didn’t want that to happen, because it was as clear as day to me that the only right way for this to end was for Ri-jin to take action and reach out to Do-hyun. I was preparing to yell at the screen, and then we cut to Do-hyun’s apartment and Ri-jin’s sneaky arrival. I may have cheered—it was awesome.

This may be me reading too far into things (I do that sometimes), but I stand by my comment from Episode 5 that one of my favorite things this drama does is to shift fluidly from Beauty and the Beast into Cinderella. This episode as well, we have an overt Beast reference when Do-hyun says that he won’t turn into a handsome prince—he will only ever be a monster.

But when he tries to run away, figuratively speaking, it’s up to Ri-jin to run after him and hold out her hand. That makes her Prince Charming in my book, and I love that she won’t let Do-hyun get away with his self-sacrificing nonsense. She’s rewriting his story, just like she rewrote his message on the rooftop—and if Ri-jin has anything to say about it, Do-hyun’s story is damn well going to end happily!

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the moment that really hit me was when Do Hyun woke up and could only look at Ri Jin tearfully and painfully.

i can't imagine living the way Do Hyun has to. he has suffered a lot and such a strong person

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I know, poor baby!

My favorite scene!
She is so relieved that all she can do is cry after holding it together for him for that long and that intensely.

On the one hand, he is happy she was there to call him out, on the other hand he continues to be sorry that he involved her in the first place.

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Ooof, yeah that one got to me.

The amount of restraint and loneliness and control he has to apply in his daily life from one second to another is...UGH.

I love that moment because...well, DH has never had that emotional support, you know? I mean, that RJ would fight for him so desperately, I'm glad that he gets to have that.

And it's good for him to realize that if he went missing or gone, someone would be upset.

And I love that they are so opposite of each other. DH is quiet and control, he suppresses his emotion while RJ is loud and boisterous and so open with her emotions.

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I am dying to know Cha Do Hyun's date on this episode? Apparently, she is the 2nd daughter if Myeong Seong group. I am quite sure I watched her in a melodrama series. I cant seem to figure out which one.

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BY THE WAY who is she ??

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She's Seo Yi-an, and she appeared as Lee Da-bae in Hotel King.

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I am so glad it's Ji Sung but wondering if Lee Seung-gi would be able to pull it off.

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i was thinking of this too.

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I like Binnie but I am so happy for Ji Sung and Hwang Jung-eum.

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I am to go on a limb and say NO. The type of discipline required to keep all these characters independent and so well done is a skill that only a true pro could pull off. Hat off to ji sung for proving that talent conquers all.

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same here... loving Ji Sung so so so much.

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NO.

So many characters and so many roles to play. Unless the actor is a veteran with years of acting projects under his belt, it will be disastrous!! Even 1 role is diffcult enough!

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Agreed but just curious to see Seung-gi. Hope he is watching the show and learning his craft.

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He might have been able to, but in a cuter more aegyo way I am thinking? Youthful? innocent? for Ji Sung, you can see he is going all over the spectrum, like pulling a switch he can do different things in just one scene, transform in front of our eyes from heartbreaking to comedic.

I am just blown away, I don´t even understand how it is possible. like a fish in the stream, just swimming through it!

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So happy that they get good rating too.

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No offense but that would have been a total disaster

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As much as I like Lee Seung Gi, I doubt he can pull this off. His Gu Family Book tells me that the look in his eyes can't shift from a doe to a lion if the colored contact lenses and angry eyebrows wouldn't be there to tell us....Ji Sung's eyes even without the eyeliner will show the shift immediately. There's something with the way he changes his gaze that shows he's become a totally different person and he doesn't even need to make a sound. Ji Sung is so perfect for this role and he's such such such a good actor.

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Wow. I am not good at reading expressive eyes or lack thereof. I can't tell the differences so I can't really judge any actors or actresses. You made me see the picture. I will try to observe Ji Sung's eyes from now on.

Do you watch Healer? You think JCW is capable of doing a role like this? What about Binnie? You think he is as good?

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JCW is not even close I think his eyes are very dull

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See! I can't even tell. I like him and hope he will get to that level someday.

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I won't go such length to say that his eyes are dull (because at least he can express them with a certain amount of intensity and depth), but I'd say there're not a lot of variety in his eyes expressions.

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I disagree. JCW eye acting is among the best I've seen in KDrama Land. They're very expressive, and they too can shift from one emotion to another in a nanosecond. He is a very good actor, perhaps one of the best among his peers. He's improved so much over the years and although he may not YET be a Ji Sung, he is certainly headed towards that direction. i only started noticing him in Healer so I went back to his previous dramas and he was a delight to watch on Empress Ki. Bachelor Vegetable Store was a trainwreck but he did very well there too, unfortunately he didnt have enough material to work on. The character of Ta Hwan in EK has so many layers and he was excellent in that role. I really felt Ta Hwan was an actual person and I so missed him after the drama ended its 51-episode run. He has the gift to turn into a totally different person when he portrays a role. So I think he can pull off the 7 personalities, although I admit it won't be as powerful as what Ji Sung is doing now. Give him a few more years and a few more roles that will challenge his abilities and JCW will get there too.

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So glad to hear that about JCW, Sargeveegee.

I think it a matter of personal preference too. I, for one, can't even give an opinion.

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Agree, c. And thanks! :) Anyway I'm a fangirl of Lee Seung Gi and I don't want to see him biting more than he could chew. So glad he didn't take this role.

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Sargeveegee, +1
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This was by far the most interesting thread I read on DB, and all of it was off-topic to the current post :)

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@KDramaNewbie
keke =)))

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im not sure about JCW since i havent watched him in anything but i have to say park seo joon/ ri on is a really good actor as well from what i've seen on him in this drama, his quite expressive and i feel like he is heading towards ji sungs level. but thats my opinion

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It's not that you are not good at reading eyes expression, maybe more like you don't pay attention to it? Idk, for me eyes acting is one of the most crucial aspects that I look for from an actor so I always notice how they change their eyes movement or gazes to express the emotions. The eyes have the ability to show so much feeling even without the single use of any dialogues so any actors who is good in this aspect have my respect. For example, Nicole Kidman has gone overboard with her botox in the last decade, which makes her face really stiff; however she still slays scenes after scenes sometimes through her eyes alone (e.g. every scene Stoker, that's some of the most intense eyes acting I've seen). Also, through the eyes movement of an actor, sometimes you can identify who is the less experienced one. An incompetent actor tends to shift their eyes left and right, do excessive blinking or pull a Kim Tae Hee/Han Ga In "O__O" at every chance when looking at their acting partners.

The other important aspects in acting being line delivery and physical gestures (which include other facial expressions beside the eyes), and I'm very impressed that Ji Sung has shown that he's excellent in all of them.

Both JCW and Hyun Bin are ok actors within their comfortable range but as far as I've seen from their filmography, they don't possess the versatility nor the acting nuance to pull off this role like Ji Sung does. You know, there are good actors who can excel within a limited range given the right choices of roles (George Clooney, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson,...), and there are amazingly talented chameleon actors who have enormous range and can turn themselves into whatever characters they please (Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Gary Oldman, Daniel Day Lewis, Don Cheadle...)

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I agree with everything you said, thanks for this well written post.

I have started to notice this particular sequence to indicate frustration "look down, look sideways, blink excessively, look left and right i.e. anywhere but at the object of frustration".

Agree that JCW needs to hone his craft more. Given that he also does theatre, maybe thats the problem. In theatre you have to be physical in portraying your emotions so that the audience sitting 50 feet away can see and feel the same emotions. I don't know if theatre is the place to learn subtle eye acting, although I can be wrong.

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Wow and wow, Lily. Thank you so much for stopping by. I saw your comments many times since I'd been a lurker for the longest time until Healer.

You were so kind for saying that I just don't pay attention. You were right but even I do, I wouldn't be able to see as much as you do. For example, I can't tell the differences between all the hollywood stars you mentioned and other, well, besides if they are right next to another very stiff actor.

That's why I never thought Ji Sung was that great until you told me. I thought Ji Sung, JCW and Hyun Bin are all great but don't know who is better.

Could you tell me the name of any chameleon Korean actors or actresses you like who can pull off a role like this?

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I just discovered that there are quite a lot of Lilys on dramabeans so maybe the comments you saw from a nickname called Lily might not be written by me. ^__^

Actors and actresses I believe can pull off this kind of roles equal to Ji Sung's standard (I exclude the Chungmuro-exclusive actors):

- Lee Jun Ki: he really needs some meaty roles like this because his recent projects are all such a waste of an big talent like him. One of the most versatile korean actors nowadays.

- Song Joong Ki: a master of subtle acting. He can go through a passage of emotions by a single smirk, an eye twitching, a knitting of eyebrows... Watching him in a Werewolf boy in which he had a gradual transformation from a wild, untamed beast to a humane, affectionate boy in love is an amazing treat.

- Yoo Ah In: he might be not as good as Joong Ki or Ji Sung in subtle changes (for example I think the moment when Yo Seob turns back into Do Hyun will pose a trouble for him) but boy has a good range and he can act out a scene with such ferocity and command that I believe he can do justice to all the personalities.

- Jo In Sung

(I'd put Joo Won in if it hadn't been for his underwhelming comedic acting. I'm not sure he can pull off hilarious and far-out characters like Ferry Park and Yo Na.)

About the actresses, only 3 names I can think of: Ha Ji Won, Son Ye Jin and Moon Geun Young.

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Thank you so much, Lily =)).

First things first, I gotta go back to watch "the moment when Yo Seob turns back into Do Hyun"

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DId JCW start out as a theatre actor? I didnt know that. Thank god his acting style is quite toned-down and not really the typical theatrical acting that I dislike.

The positive thing about JCW is he is constantly improving through different projects. I remembered first watching him in Smile, Dong Hae and he was stiff there. I was really surprised with his improvement in Empress Ki but only Healer convinces me that he's a good actor. He not yet belongs to the elite acting class but he's getting there.

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Wow Lily thanks! That was awesome and I totally agree with your assessment, although I still think JCW can pull this one off given time and more experience....and would like to add my 2 favourite chameleon actors too: Leonardo DiCaprio and Edward Norton :)

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Sargeveegee, what about your list for Korean actors/ actresses?

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Song Joong Ki - His pretty face actually is a handicap since it distracts people from his awesome acting skills! I saw Werewolf boy and Nice Guy and was blown away. Made me see his performance in SKKS in a new light.

I don't know if JCW started out with theatre, but I know he was doing a musical concurrently with Healer. I have great respect for theatre actors - theatre is tough. To act for 3 hours with no chance for retakes is challenging. Its only that they need to learn subtle acting for when the camera is shooting a closeup of your face.

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You're welcome. ^__^ Thanks for opening this discussion in the first place.

Yes that scene is of top-notched acting quality from both actors. You can really see the moment he switched from a confused, desperate and hopeless gaze of Yo Seob to a sad, rueful and self-conscious Do Hyun. It is some Emmy nominee stuff right there.

@Sargeveegee

The problem with JCW is he only had his breakout role in Empress Ki last year, so at the moment his filmography is still sorely lacking that beside Healer, I don't have enough materials to give an accurate assessment of his acting prowess or know exactly how far he can stretch his ability as an actor. All the actors I mentioned in my post, I have watched them take challenging roles in both TV and movies so it's easier to tell if they have enough skills and versatility to handle a multiple-personalities role. But now JCW has become one of the most sought-after leading man so hopefully we can see more what he's capable of in future projects.

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@KDramaNewbie

That is exactly what I think of Joong Ki. He has such a baby face. I haven't watched Werewolf boy and Nice Guy because they seem to be too gloomy.

Jo In Sung is so handsome. Too handsome that it is kinda unfair that he is a great actor as well.

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@Lily, Sargeveegee, KDramaNewbie, Deemarie

I am not sure if it's allowed or proper etiquette to tell you about another show here but you guys are so great =)). I posted this link on the earlier open thread. Have you watched The Return of Superman? I never thought that I would watch, let alone love it. Now, I can't wait to see the triplets as much as Healer. If you have time, please watch it just for 1:20 minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssdocMW3zxg

Thanks again for answering my question. Now I get why people post comments =))

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@ KDramaNewbie

You are spot-on about Song Joong Ki. His pretty face can mislead people into believing that he's one of those flower boys, nothing but just a nice face. How wrong they are. His comeback role better be massive and worthy of his talent, knocking on woods not another Hyun Bin situation.

I deeply respect theatre as an art form and theatrical actors are just as talented and hardworking as film actors. I just have an allergy, a very personal one, when it comes to theatrical acting being incorporated into cinema/television (or the other way round) since I think the two media rarely work out well when being blended together. That's why I'm very cautious of theatre-turned-film actors in general or a theatre piece turned into a movie. For instance, I never understand why Meryl Streep was nominated for an Oscar in August: Osage County because her acting was super over the top and not in a good way. Sure, the character acted that way in the original play, but in the cinematic medium, it just looks outrageous and distracting. But that's just my opinion, sorry for the rambling. Point is, I'd be surprised if JCW debuted first as a theatrical actor because he has done a good job not acting with that particular style in the small screen. :D

@ c

I'm also a big fan of the triplets. My fav is Minguk. :)

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C, I have just recently diversified my KDrama choices and up until recently I would only watch rom coms, so my list is lacking. besides it's very hard to imagine anyone else can do the character of CDH and his personalities at par with what Ji Sung has been doing. I can only think of Lee Byung Hun (although I don't like him esp with the recent scandal) as he was fantastic in The Masquerade (amazing movie). Perhaps Lee Jun Ki too- I've seen him in many roles and he can do no wrong I think. I am a fan of Jang Hyuk's style but he disappointed me in Shine or Go Crazy by replicating his Gun laugh in Fated to Love You so I don't think he will be effective at reinventing himself to be 7 different persons in a single drama. But before SoGC I might have added him to this list.

I think very promising actors who can get to Ji Sung level are Joo Won and JCW. Very early to tell but so far I'm also liking the diversity that Seo In Guk has shown with the few he's done.

Among the actresses who can do multiple roles and do them well I'd say are Ji Hyun, Ha Jiwon and Gong Hyo Jin. Hwang Jeung Eum has recently joined them in this list after I've seen her in Secret and now KMHM. Didn't recognize her from FullHouse 2!

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@Lily

You are so articulate. You write so well. Thumbs up. I am learning from you.

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Lily, that's an exciting thought! I would really like to see JCW more because I feel that every time he does a project he has something new to bring to the table. Hopefully he does more before he goes for army duty which might be later this year :(
Forgot to add my comment re Joo Won - have you seen Fashion King (the movie)? He was hilarious there! Perhaps you might change your opinion of his comedic acting. I also didn't think he had it in him to be funny. But I've seen him in 2D1N and he is capable of making fun of himself.

KDramaNewbie, JCW did start in theater. I guess it was a good thing he didn't stay there long before he ventured into film and then tv so I guess most of what we are seeing now have been developed over time as a tv actor rather than from his theater work. He only went back to theater acting in 2013. He did say in an interview that he enjoys it more (yes I'm a fangirl!:) )

C, thanks for the tip. I haven't seen any episode of TRoSM yet I will check it out. So far varieties I've enjoyed are Runningman and 2D1N.

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Meant to reply to this thread

This was by far the most interesting thread I read on DB, and all of it was off-topic to the current post :)

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@Lily

One last thing, don't know if you'll get to see it... Minguk is so cute but Dae han has been no. 1 since the day he got the shot at the pediatrician =)).

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great comment lily, i also pay attention and unintentionally as well notice the things you have mentioned. its amazing how if a actor can really act through there eyes and utilize it can alleviate their performance, and not just eyes, they're whole face and they way they move it, with such variety of nuances. meryl and daniel day lewis are perfect examples of that and ji sung for me has really achieved that as well. its easy to distinguish between bad actors, good actors and great actors who are like on another level. if an actos can use there eyes as well as there face i even though may not be the actors fan can appreciate how amazing their acting is and it just give you this whole other feelings. not every actor can do it, even actors that are considered good.

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i totally agree, i see that in ji sung as well, his eyes totally change depending on the alt he is playing, its pretty amazing how distinct he makes all the alt, they really do feel like different people all together, sometimes im sitting down and arguing with myself if i want se gi or do hyun an dim like what the, they are the same,, im getting all torm up like its two completely different people. ji sung us an amazing actor and is super expressive.

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I think the only actors that could have done this role well besides Ji Sung would be Hyun Bin, Jo In Sung and maybe Jang Hyuk

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Thank you, Deemarie.

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It would have been a test, but I think Seung-gi would have been able to pull it off.

I didn't watch King 2 Hearts all the way, but in one of the recaps, the recapper observed that Seung-gi's character had a beat of emotion of letting himself grieve before turning around to fill the public persona. So that glimmer and step of emotion/maturity ---- I think he would have conveyed that pretty well. Definitely different from Ji Sung, maybe cuter/goofier or what have you...but yea. ^^;;

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Thanks for the recap!
I just wanted to do a quick count: There's Do Hyun, Se Gi, Perry Park, Nana, Yo Sub and Yo Na. That's all of them, right?
So who's the seventh? Am I forgetting anyone?

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There's a Mr. X that hasn't appeared yet. I don't think anyone's aware of him yet.

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Oh. Is he the one in the title credits with the face mask?

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Yes, that's him. :)

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Oh, okay. Thanks!

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Mr.X Hate talking maybe he hate to appear too XD

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the other is mr.X

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its nana dear... will appear in upcoming ep... ~

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"Pieeece!"

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lol, that ""peace"seems more like yo na then nana. but then again we are getting all the alts in one go except se gi, the guy must be hella angry

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No it is Yoona and this week is Nana.

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Yay! Recap! Im greatly enjoying this show!!

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I'm so happy this role ended up with Ji Sung, the way he has portrayed each personality so far has me in awe. If the show can maintain this standard of storytelling then 2015 has started off on an amazing note with this show.

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Thanks for the recap!

That rooftop scene was awesome! I was crying with Oh Ri Jin, so much feels.

I'm still blown away by the performances of Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum. They just amaze me each episode. Great chemistry and brilliant acting from both.

I want to be part of the Oh Family so much. What a wonderful family! So much love. The dad is hilarious. And the selfie stick bit is too funny! I just really hope they didn't make Oh RiOn having such feelings for Oh Ri Jin. Their relationship is so lovely already. I'm just afraid this ruins what they have, and maybe kind of ruin the drama as well.

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Cheers to our favorite family!!!! :)

I'm so happy with all the characters in this drama..Even the supporting roles.Without them, This wouldn't be possible. Hats off to Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum~

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OMG, that scene with selfie stick. I laughed like an insane person. And papa Oh, asking for gifs, and Ri Jin sniffling while recommending the better shoes.

And Ri-On's face when Ri Jin said, "I love you." Heart-breaking.

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Both you and PurpleCow mentioned the possibility of Oh Ri On having more than brotherly feelings for Oh Ri Jin. While I didn't see it in that light, on reflection I can see where you both got that. My thinking is that while he may have momentarily thoughts on that, I think in the long run he will decide that his feelings are more brotherly. From what I gather, he knows he's adopted but she's forgotten that. I think it would be all right if he gets confused about his feelings, but please - no more than 2 episodes!

Please forgive me if I'm rehashing old comments. I marathon-ed this drama this weekend, now I'm hooked.

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Agree. So creepy to have someone living like a brother have any romantic feeling for the sister. They were able to pull it off in Pinocchio because both know they're not related from the start. I'm loving the Oh family too, so funny!

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i dont think its creepy, considering he knows that they are blood related bro and sis and i read in a description somewhere that ri jin also knows that they are both adopted. it wont be creepy in that im pretty sure ri jin isnt gonna get any feeling for him even if she cant remember. so far they have handled that aspect well

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I am in awe of this series! it just gets better and better. I am invested all the way and I really do hope it will be a happy ending for Do Hyun and Ri Jin!

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Me too.
And love Oh family with their selfie stick.

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Now i know why the reason Ri Jin's character is always screaming... is to save CDH from "drowning", to wake him up with her ultra loud voice. eheh..

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...same thoughts here
The writer is very brilliant :)

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The way this show is able to believably shift from serious to sexy to funny to poignant to sweet to romantic is a real tribute to the writer and cast. I know writing is hard but what a treat some of these scenes must have been to write. It's great how the exposition of the back story doesn't get in the way of the emotion.

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yeah thats what amazes me as well, its not easy writing and to be able to shift from genres and make it feel connected and flow is really testament to the directors/writers and everyone involved. i was thinking about this show before it aired and im like wow there is so many elements and moving part, how are they gonna do this without it overflowing and falling apart. so it suprised how up till now they have a done a great job. it really reflects the skills of the writers and directors.

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I had the same thoughts xD during that scene, I was so glad for her screaming

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@Lily
I love this show, her loud screeching habits will be mocked very soon. But I think it has more to do with how she grew up. Ri-On and Ri-Jin both scream a lot along with their mother. Of course, its very useful when trying to wake up personalities that are sleeping within as well.

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haha.. IKR :) :) :)

Thank you writer-nim!

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LOL! I accidentally left this show running to get a drink during the episode where she runs for the taxi.... my daughter in the next room thought she was being killed.

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This drama is crazy but so enjoyable and awesome because of Ji Sung. He's perfected every personality; giving them a distinct voice filled with emotions. And his chemistry with Hwang Jung Eum is so palpable and raw. I love them, and the beginning of the ep with their tears and soundtrack was beautiful.

And I love Park Seo Joon in this narrative! Using him to give us answers to the puzzle, and he's adorably fun too.

I can't wait for the next recap because Yo Na is rivaling Perry for my favorite, lol.

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This is the first episode that made me love Cha Dohyun. Before i only see him as a weak person. And his alter ego dominates him. But when i see the rooftop scene i cried even after watch that particular scene for nth times. I really want a happy ending for Dohyun even that means there is no Segi in the future.

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I have to agree. The rooftop scene is where Cha Do Hyun became more than a robot to me. Very touching scene.

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An awesome episode and an awesome recap. Thank you!

The emotions in this ep. were overwhelming. That rooftop scene just broke my heart. Yo Sub's silent pleas despite his contradictory actions and Ri Jin's realistic comeback about everyone having several versions of themselves inside just really tugged the heartstrings.

From his graffiti, though, it doesn't seem like Yo Sub knows about Mr. X. Maybe he isn't even born yet, so to say?

Also, that hospital scene between Do Hyun and Dr. Seok. Gawd, I bawled all over again.

Thank God the episode ended with reconciliation and smiles, though. Otherwise, it would have made me gloomy the whole day. Now, waiting for the next recap since that one has a lot of laughs that glued the pieces of my heart broken broken by this episode...

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yup yo sub was gonna jump but you could see in his eyes that he didnt want to, like he was holding himself to try to stop from crying and just go ahead with his decision but there was hesitation, damn ji sung is awesome. the ep was seriously emotional but like you said the ending cheered me up and then ep 8 was just too funny.

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That scene! Yo Sub has such dead eyes, but you can clearly see the flicker of emotions during that scene. Hats off the Ji Sung!

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You don't know how much i was refreshing this weekend to get this recap!!! Thanks for the recap!!

Loving this story so far. Ji Sung is absolutely amazing in this role. I can't imagine anyone else being able to handle it like this. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this family!! I was practically on the floor in fits when the dad brought out the catalogue. Priceless.

I was also very scared that we were going to have the cliche airport meet up. I was thinking "this is the one time where a time skip would be welcome." I was so surprised when she showed up at his place!

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I think Mr. X gonna be the last man standing, he will be the mix of all the personality, Do hyun start to becoming like Se-Gi and Perry but the real Do-Hyun is that nice/kind all the way guy we've seen

Se-gi is more like selfish personality for me, want to do everything for his sake not other people, wanted revenger for anything that hurt him and Do-hyun is the opposite

well I think I just miss Se-Gi, can we have 1 episode of I am Se-Gi...

or Mr. X is the real bad guy, who have all negative mind to destroy everything, happy on people suffering
I mean where is the psycopath (or sociopath) side of human that actually lied beneath the truth of humanity, I think I wish too far

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Se Gi is not selfish, he is just one-track minded. But I feel his angst actually, he is angry at Do hyun for being weak. if Do hyun changes and becomes a stronger person, I feel like there is bromance in the air between SG and him. bromance with himself, how weird.
But they are kind of like twin brothers, twin personalities. and Se Gi´s frustration and threats only show he gives a damn. like when you fight with your sibling and then hug... I dont know of course, not lucky enough to have any

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I feel they are opposite because do hyun always think of other and make that the priority when se gi put himself as the priority
He is appear when do hyun want to conceal his own need which showed by accepted beating or suppress his anger
Just like when ri jin throw him in floor, he need to fight back or at least angry at her but do hyun couldnt do that and se gi appear

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I like the idea of a bromance between Se Gi and Do Hyun, after the rivalry fireworks for Ri Jin of course. That will be fun.

Mr. X..... I wonder if he is the one who wants to seek revenge for the trauma that made him this way. Possibly the one who will assimilate all the bits and pieces of truth that will be dropped in front of the other personalities to complete the puzzle of their past.

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Maybe Mr. X is the firefighter that save little Do-hyun.

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I'll guess Mr. X is the one holding all the secrets and missing memories of DoHyun, so he will be the key in "healing" DoHyun - connects all his separated pieces. Like The Teacher in Billy Milligan case, who is the sum of all personalities.

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Thanks for the recapity cap! I love your insights each week.

What a great episode! I was totally faked out by this and went back to see if I missed clues.

Loved the little snowman on the roof. Nice Ri-jn touch.

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That first scene was so beautiful, I had to watch it twice. I'm so glad I listened to all the buzz about this show and gave it a shot. Marathoned all 8 episodes over the weekend and its worth all the buzz (and more!) that its getting.
I've always loved Ji Sung and now I appreciate him eeeeven more. Jang Eum too; excellent as always. Together: --- *explosion*

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Yippee, the recap's finally here! Thanks for the recap, purplecow! Your Dr. Seok-chipmunk comment really made me laugh! Now that you've pointed it out, yeah, he does look like one too! He could be Theodore's father or something! (Alvin, Simon, Theodore, right? That trio...)

I love the supporting cast in here! Love Secretary Ahn too (despite the yucky hair). Hope he stays loyal.

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Thank you for the recap!! This is definitely my favorite show this season. And I love the OST "Auditory Hallucination".

Have we had definite indication that the missing chaebol child is Ri On? Because they did say it could have been a boy or girl, and if Ri On heard his parents talk about him being adopted, then just because of the nature of the Korean language, they could have been talking about RiJin instead but he just assumed it was him. And how did Do Hyun know Ri Jin as a child then? She mentioned that she was afraid of basements and fires, so could she have been trapped with him back then? Could "Nana" be Ri Jin as a child?

The other possibility is that Ri Jin's family used to have some relationship with Do Hyun's so they would play as children, and she somehow ended up caught in the basement/fire as well. And then since the families knew each other, they ended up adopting Ri On.

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seriously, I am sorry, but if anyone repeats the oh so original sentence " oh could Nana be Ri Jin " I am going to scream louder than her. no offence, just that... really, people think they are the first?

sorry.

I agree about the soundtrack. one theme reminds me of Rome & Juliet of Prokofjev

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I'm sorry :( this is the first comment section I've participated in for this drama so I didn't know.

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no, it is ok. just that, it was expressed from ep 1 so it just gets a little annoying if people come out with it like it is something new. but not aimed at you personally at all. just in general
and I would like very much to be pointed out if I say something that was already said, as well. no big deal

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If it's already said and you don't like to hear it, just skip the comment. There are a lot of comments here and ppl don't have time to read each and every single one, so repeat is natural. I noticed you said to someone else who also had a repeat comment "aren't you a genius". I think both times you're very rude and sort of ruin this thread for me, so I'm going to just ignore your comments from now on, but wanted to point out to you you can do the same for others so as not to discourage them from posting.

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Why do you have to be rude to the people that state "things that were stated in ep1?"

This is not the first time, you did it to someone else already when they stated "oh ri jin= Origin". If you don't like it then don't read and ignore it. I didn't want to say anything the first time,but this is the second time you do it. It's getting ridiculous, learn some manners, not everybody reads every single comment in the comment section and some people are newcomers.

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Please continue to comment. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Everyone here has made a comment similar to others.

We love to hear from everyone equally!

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It's ok don't worry about, you don't have to be sorry, some people need to learn some manners.

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You don't have to be sorry. Your comment is greatly appreciated, thank you for sharing with us. That user who replied you is just rude.

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@redfox

I like your insightful comments. But why you have to be so mean to new commenters sometimes?

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it is not mean, I am just truthful. maybe my words sound mean when people are used to very tamed expressions. sorry about that. the positive thing you´ll get from that is that I never lie. you can count on it. I am not two-faced and I wont talk behind anyones´back.
hey, I am a street punk, not high society. so forgive me if I hit the ball a bit hard sometimes.

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Are you the same redfox that usually posts on the OT thread? You're very different here from your persona on OT.

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They could be playing all kinds of tricks with us here since they dropped the "separated twins" in the first 20 mins of the series.

I think that mini-RJ was the one to give min-DH her stuffed bear to protect him. Remember, DH's mom saw the Nana writing on the basement floor and got freaked out. I do think Nana is connected somehow to a repressed memory leaking out from his lost time.

RO could just be the first mom's kid that they hid away, but why? What so great about that family they think everyone wants to be with them? Rion is so much better off with his current parents.

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I am thinking that Ri Jin is the one adopted, but Ri On is researching her background for her secretly. Someone on DB also mentioned that Nana could be a projection of child Ri Jin, which I think is very possible.

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I'm confused/not sure about which twin was the adopted one either.

Like in an earlier episode, Ri-on posited that he may be a rich heir and she's just an orphan. (Kind of like Birth of a Beauty - the person jokes/confesses that he's a chaebol! XD)

But in the flashback - Ri-Jin is willing to be siblings, but Ri-on pushes her away - like this is "his" family and she's intruding...or something like that.

But Ri-Jin being the chaebol heir means that she and Do-hyun would have some complicated family relationship so I don't know what to think about the 'twins.' >____________<

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Thanks for the recap purplecow.

The right actors for the roles/parts in Kill Me, Heal Me...Ji Sung, Hwang Jung-Eum, & Park Seo-Joon are a slam dunk every episode.

This quote may not apply but it sure comes to mind...
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” ― Seneca

Preparation = Secret Love
Opportunity = Kill Me, Heal Me

Right time and Right place. It's not just about being in the right place at the right time but knowing what to do when you find yourself there.

"The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it." ―Ray Kroc

“Right time, right place, right people equals success.
Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history.” ― Idries Shah, Reflections

“But destiny is a very peculiar thing, with a complex timing that is impossible to comprehend.” ― Diana Lanham, House of Aegea

"A lot of what making art is, is just being open, and empty. And putting yourself in the right place for things to, literally, come together." ― Bill Viola

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When they were filming Secret Love, Ji Sung was getting married and preparing to be a husband. Now, he's expecting a baby with Lee Bo Young and preparing to be a daddy. That year (2013) his wife won a Daesang at the Korean Drama Awards. I so hope he's gonna get one for himself this year!

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He so deserves one after his spectacular performance acting out 7 personalities in this drama. Not everyone can act it out this well even if for experienced actors. I even doubt the previous actors that being casted could act it out this well (Hyun Bin and Lee Seung Gi)

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because of Ji Sung I have watched or at least taken a look at all his dramas, and I also watched a bit of Save the Last Dance... and I can see why he and Lee Bo Young got married. there was a pull from the start omg when they were together you could hear a sizzle.

but he has great chemistry with HJE and I think they must be really good friends. more than chemistry, there is TRUST that whatever I do in this scene, you will know the deal and go along in the same same pace and style. because more than chemistry, they predict each others intentions acting-wise. just like friends who have years of experience

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I think you are spot on about our leads being good friends -- that trust element is so crucial in any acting job, but especially in something like this, with so many tonal shifts and where the actors are taking so many chances. I remember thinking -- as I watched the closing scene of Secret -- that these two actors really liked each other as people.

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I have expressed the same thing, their chemistry is born from their genuine friendship. I was looking at the behind the scenes video and they appeared to be so comfortable with each other. Sometimes you watch behind the scenes videos of actors and actresses (especially in kiss scenes) they always appear to be so awkward with one another but this one is different.

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He deserves it. They both deserve the shinniest hallyu award of 2015.

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That would be perfect! I can't think of anyone else who deserves a Daesang this year more than Ji Sung. His performance in this drama is amazing! I've been a fan since "Save the Last Dance for Me"...and man, what an actor he has become! Just brilliant!

Words can't express how much I love this drama...

also, am I the only one who thinks of HaHa from Running Man every time I see his secretary? I can't help it--makes me laugh so much :D

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Yeah, me too! I've thought of HaHa as well! Must be the hair and glasses! But the HaHa moment was just momentary coz I'm more reminded of the actor's role in Heirs, where he also played a secretary.

(I've learnt to not ask "Am I the only one...?" coz chances are, there'll be someone with the same thought/observation :) )

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I can't separate him from his Heirs character, too. The roles and their personalities are just too similar. :/

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I forgot to mention!! The rooftop scene. This kind of thing happens all the time in dramas but it always frustrates me because it seems so... Half-hearted?

This one though, was so desperate, even though I knew he wouldn't jump, my heart was pounding just from the raw emotion--you could tell that Hwang Jung Eum stopped going by the script and just really got into the scene. You could really feel the gravity that a situation like that deserves.

That is one of the best things about this drama. Even though it's able to make light of itself, within itself it takes it's characters seriously and humanly.

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I really love that scene too :)

When I watched that scene, I knew that It would be too early if ever Ji Sung's character would die so I'm pretty sure that he wouldn't jump..

But hat's off to Hwang Jung Eum!

Thank you for making me tear up in that scene :)
I really love how you act, the way a viewer would really feel the connection and the emotions you are showing. It takes brilliant actors to do that and you are one of them!!!

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You took the words out of my mouth... That's why it made me cry...the emotions felt real and spontaneous

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So happy that the recap is finally out! Thanks!!! :D

I love this show a lot and I super adore all scenes of Do Hyun and Ri-jin together. More than the romance, it's the friendship and trust that really touched me. How awesome it is that Ri-jin giving him the hope that he needs by replacing 'Kill me' to 'Heal me'.

What started as a cheesy title to a strange plot has become something that makes so much sense now. This is why one shouldn't judge a show just from 1 episode.

And yes, Ji Sung is FANTASTIC. I actually checked out Running Man episodes with him just to see how the real person is. Respect up!

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You should also check out his appearance in Happy Together. There's one where he appeared with Hwang Jung Eum and the other two Secret Love co-stars.

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Ugh, I'm loving everything about this drama! Thanks for the recap, PC!

Unfortunately, I'm probably going to have to save most of my comments for the next recap, but wanted to at least say thank you! Something I love about this drama...is that I never feel bored watching it (ok, except some of the chaebol stuff, but all that stuff is executed rather efficiently, at least). But, all in all, the episodes flow really well and I'm always entertained :) I so hope it continues like this!

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Domo Arigatogozaimashita for the recap purplecow!

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May I add that the selfie stick scene is so hilarious..

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+1 make me want to get myself a selfie stick for my family. lol

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That scene was.so hilarious I wish I could do that with my family heheh

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My stick is longer than your stick.

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Thank you so so so much for the recap. Loved your chipmunk comment about Dr. Seok. I actually thought of snorlax when I saw him, but I think the resemblance can go either way xD

The emotions and acting in the rooftop scenes, god I love this cast and writer and crew. That rooftop is going to be cue to get tissues sigh. I keep saying this but thank you kdrama lords for ji sung. He is such a phenomenal actor.

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It is interesting to me to see that after all the names that were attached to this role, I can now ONLY see Ji Sung playing it. I know I am not the first person to say that I was worried, the whole production seemed like a hot mess, with its own cloud of rain falling on it. I did not want one of my favorite actors to be attached; however, even if the whole thing starts drifting next week, I think Ji Sung should be really proud of his work here. He really embodies each character without reservation. My only regret is that it comes so early in the year, I think people might forget by awards season!

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same here...

That's also the thing that worries me..But nevertheless, I will be one of those who will not forget this amazing drama everrr!!!

I will also recommend this to my friends each and every time and I know that it will be one of the best Kdramas that I've watched even if the time will come that years already passed.

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True. But then again, how many actors can beat Ji Sung who had to portray 7 significantly different characters in a single drama? I bet there are very few, if any...

And like Aria, I won't forget this drama. Ever. Having watched the most recent episodes several times the past weekend probably attests to my love for it. It's just too dang addictive.

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My regret is that only Ji Sung will get the awards, his personalities all feel so real already, and for which one will he actually be nominated, or all 7 will be listed, anyway, I want Se Gi and Yo Na get awards too.

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Thank you very much for the recaps Purplecrow! :)

The only thing that I can say is that every part of this episode is my favorite!

I reallly really love the rooftop scene, so full of emotions and you can really say that Hwang Jung Eum and Ji Sung were made for their roles!

I also liked the airport scene, where my favorite family was sending Ri Jin off to the plane. They were so funny!

Lastly, I love how these drama gives us the inner monologues of the leads...Especially the last part of the drama where Ri Jin was giving the reason why she chose to be at Do Hyun's side..Because everyone around her loves her, but DH, on the other hand, has no one..How heartwarming is that?.. :)

I just felt bad at Ri On, during the moment that Ri Jin told him that she loves him. We can surely see the pain in him because he sees her as more that a sister but we all know that she only sees him only as her sibling.

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I am here to sing the praises of kill me heal me. I haven't touch a drama since my spring days ended and ended up on this one by accident through talk of Jekyll and me which I am not watching and once I passed through the horrible America part I was instantly hooked. Guy liner man is so damn hot too.

Ji sung is an amazing actor and he needs to get all the cf those other ok actors are getting.

The man needs his dues and stat.

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So, I freaking love her voice.

If I could draw something other than stick figures, I'd capture her expression when she shrieked on CDY pleading with him to f**ing return, stop hiding and save himself, all blood and tears and him surfacing and seeing her. I know headwouns often look worse than they are, but the sight was pretty impressive. I think that's when the poor guy fell for her current self.

...or I'd draw when she was in full bashnee-mode while
Se Gi was kidnapping her to a trip back to the good old primeval paradise, toys spiraling out and a little boy and girl playing with them carelessly while an ominous shadow is looming (or howering, ghost-like, lol) over them.

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What a wonderful episode!! <3 <3

Actually,I really love Oh Ri Jin's personality. I know that the writer made her character in a way that she can handle all the other personalities because we all know that they are really hard to handle and they always end up being in trouble.

Although she's loud and crazy at times, I love how she is strong and has a determined will that will always push through in what she believes is right :)

I really love her inner monologues because through that, we can see how really deep a person she is and how much growth she has undergone since she became a member of the Oh Family :)

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I love this actress because she can do the loud and crazy family stuff, AND handle the scenes that require her to listen and be sensitive and compassionate. And then, on top of all that, she can play sexual attraction towards two entirely different men sharing the same body. Ji Sung has the showier part, but she is carrying at least half the freight here.

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+1
Love her personality in the drama, and love the actress as well.

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So, I was planning to wait until the show is at least 75% done but... couldn't resist and just marathon-ed the whole 8 episodes this past weekend.

I'm normally a lurker here but this show is just so... intriguing and I have a lot to say about it. There's too many thoughts though and it's not in coherent order right now. So I'll just post the parts that is and is relevant to the episode :)

When they were on the rooftop and Yo Sub said...

"At least it'll be known that we live in Cha Do Hyun's body."

That line went straight to my heart. That "ah~ they're persons too".

For us watching and for the other characters, Do Hyun has D.I.D.

But, for the personalities/alters? No. They're people.

They have their own dreams and wish just like Do Hyun does. They're separate peoples. But, because they are living in Do Hyun's body and time, they can't pursue their dreams. Their time is limited. They can't be acknowledged because from the point of view of others they don't exist. They are not Shin Se Gi or Perry Park or Ahn Yo Sub. They're are all viewed as Cha Do Hyun.

It's probably that, isn't it? That caused the personality split. That there are parts of himself that was not allowed to be acknowledged and/or voiced. They were suppressed but due to the need to be without being known that it is in fact Cha Do Hyun that needs, alternate identities were born. And because Do Hyun can't/not allowed to have these characteristics as a part of him, he doesn't acknowledge these parts of him that needs, thus why he has no memory of the time they took, he disassociate them from him when they are all in fact him.

Does that make sense? Even though I read on the subject, I understand pretty much nothing of it. It's a pretty confusing and unknown disorder to me. Onto the episode though~

Yo Sub was probably born because of Do Hyun's feeling of hopelessness. When he cannot voice his wish; feeling like his life is spiralling out of his control and there's nothing he can do to stop it, not even able to ask someone for help. Because he doesn't know how and doesn't know that he can.

Yo Sub is the personality that cries for acknowledgement of the alters as people and he mirrors Do Hyun's need for help from the world; for acknowledgement, for someone to notice him. That he is here, he exists, he wants to be acknowledged, he wants help, he has dreams too, he's his own person too not just a pawn to his family/circumstance. But he doesn't know how to let his cries be heard. Doesn't know that he can.

That's Ahn Yo Sub. 17 years old. He's intelligent. He understands the hopelessness of his existence. That he'll never be acknowledged and that there's no one to ask help from, that he can't ask for help. And so suicide is his cry for notice; dying message the way he communicates.

I suspect part of the reason behind the age choice is because it's at that age, the teenage years, no longer a child but not an adult,...

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From what i understand of this disorder, usually it's due to early childhood trauma (eg. abuse) that one conscious mind dissociated into at least two disconnected consciousness, in order to share the burden of the traumatic memories. Like, one consciousness (or personality) takes in the traumatic event, the other one completely (or mostly) ignorant of the event so that the person can carry on life without being constantly haunted by the horrible memory.
It's like a built-in defense of our brain against extremely stressful event.

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Random thoughts:

The music in the rooftop scene was sooo weird. It sounded like marching band type music, trying for 'dramatic' but sounding more like a caricature. Is this on purpose (to downplay seriousness and show that Yo-sub's emo-ness is an 'act'? or just poor music editing/composing?)

And the ending scene of Ri-jin twisting Do-hyun's arm - that went on wayyyy too long and was edited into several different camera povs. that was weird too.

Ri-jin screaming...got more on my nerves - though it makes sense in narration, as other commenters said, that it's part of her family dynamic, it's useful for waking people up from unconsciousness

What does Chae-yeon do? Like I can understand Ki-joon and Do-hyun, Ri-on and Ri-jin's work and being busy (yet they still have lots of time to be all dramatic and funny or etc). But Chae-yeon, who shows up for less than 5 minutes at a time, says she's super busy.... LOL...maybe she (the character) is really actually busy that she can only show up for short time....but what was her occupation again? CF actress (like in Master's Sun)?? Her appointments that were canceled were like....hair appointments? hahaha~~~~

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woops sorry. should have been separate comment. >-<

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I admit i was crying with ri jin right after do hyun came back at the rooftop. it was such a great scene and i can feel the desperate call ri jin made to do hyun to wake up and don't die. hwang jung eum is such a great actress! and i couldn't agree more that she and ji sung really have great chemistry together after watching secret. i skip first half of secret, but by the 2nd half, i totally ship the both of them. it's like every emotion they both let out while acting, i as the viewer can feel it too. now that's what you call great talent!

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...the in between years when we start realising responsibility for our actions but at the same time it's the time when we cannot acts without permission from adults. It's the time when we feel most confused and helpless if we are without the support of others, family, friends, teachers, a person who could advise or simply stays by our side. And it's when you don't have anyone to stand by with that life gets to you. And Do Hyun doesn't have anyone.

And, thank you so much, Purplecow, for your time taken to recap the show. I appreciate being able to see the show from point of views other than mine. And I admit to refreshing DramaBeans many times over to see if a recap has been posted XD

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whoops, sorry. That is continuation from comment 31. Should've clicked reply instead.

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Also, onto Ri Jin (I sure wish I could edit comments...). To me, what makes Ri Jin being by Do Hyun's side not just a wish but a necessity is because she understands this.

That it is not that Do Hyun doesn't want help, he just doesn't know that he's allowed to receive it. And that she understands that this personalities are all Do Hyun but at the same time she doesn't dismiss them as just Do Hyun and...

[[kinda spoiler for ep 8]] actually wants to understand them as separate people and that everyone has different characteristics in themselves. And the different aspects to ourselves all need to be acknowledged.

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thank you for the recap - finally!

is this a test in our resilience? oh, is this ninja training?

glad you didn´t ask us to wait while clinging to the ceiling and not be discovered...

without subs, it seemed like a very quiet episode. WITH subs...
it had a lot to say. but ep 8 is going to be just EPIC

Ri On, how on earth did you think THAT was better than being discovered? and you are not the least bit embarrassed? serious, them guys. It is Mom, and you dont even hang your head?

Someone should make postcards out of the graffiti portraits and one with half face Se Gi, Half Do Hyun! Hasn´t anyone thought of Drama Postcards? I would so send them.

Chae Yeon is such a pointless character. With a neurosis too. get her checked in to psychiatric ward of Kanghan Hospital and let Miss Husky work her magic on her. Where is that girl, btw? I miss her.

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also, ah, wait that will be episode 8. I have to bite nails again! why are you doing this to me! I want to talk Yo Na . omg please hurry this time. torture.

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I don't care that it takes time the recap is sooo good I dont want to change anything. On all your other poins I completely agree, especially about the second fem lead. she feels pretty useless for now but I hope they will use her for chaebol stuff, like vegenance when the family realizes OJR is so like her mother and will take steps against her.

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yeah, might be. or she will help hide DH´s other personalities somehow? for now, she just wastes everyones time and gives nothing

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She is in state when she now has no card to play
I think she will find her card through ri jin and oh family cause they doesnt know she is in korea or telling do hyun family about ri jin as do hyun unmatched partner
The one who gonna tell everyone about bad things about ri jin
and plot device that se gi can use

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Thanx for the recap Purplecow. I laughed when you said Dr Seok looks like a chubby chipmunk it's like Theodre with glasses hahaha! I'm loving this drama it's so funny. I now have a show that keeps me excited since Pinocchio ended. Can't wait to read more of your recaps. :)

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