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Kolorful Palette: The lady in the red backpack [Kill Me, Heal Me]

Just when I thought Kill Me, Heal Me had nothing left to excite me, they throw in an unexpected twist! Well timed, Show (for the record, I’m talking about Episode 16 since I’m writing this pre-Episodes 17-18). Now it feels like anything could happen, and I no longer have any concerns about a lack of material to fill the last four episodes.

Up until now, I’ve pretty consistently felt that Ji Sung has been carrying the show alone on his very capable shoulders. He’s so good at showcasing layered emotions that he’s been a bit of a scene stealer, but by contrast I’ve found Ri-jin to be a bit obnoxious and over the top. I know that Hwang Jung-Eum can act and utilize subtlety very well so I’m happy that her role in this drama is now transitioning to something a little more serious than loud psychiatrist, allowing us to see her more vulnerable side.

This scene is from the end of Ri-jin and Do-hyun’s pre-breakup date. As we all know, every noble idiot in K-drama history has had to organize a cute date or special moment to pull at our heartstrings one last time before the happiness ends (despite the clicheness, I’m always a fan). I picked this specific shot because of the great aesthetic, but what I really loved about this whole sequence is that Ri-jin surprised me with her foresight and intuition and showed me that she’s a lot more introspective than I realized. I’ve come to expect that the victim of noble idiocy will be left confused and devastated, much like a dog having rocks thrown at it. Instead, Ri-jin saw exactly what was coming and didn’t even shy away from it. She didn’t even try to stop Do-hyun, and instead respected his choice and dealt with him rather bravely (at least compared to how I would have responded). I admit to finding it a little strange that she could put together that she was in his memories, but not that she’s the kid in the basement (especially since she has a fear or basements and knows he’s been looking for that child) but I wasn’t expecting her to put anything together so I’m still taking it as a win.

As far as the drawing itself goes, it was fun to do something different, and I always jump at any opportunity to paint scenery that’s more exciting than the inside of a building. I used digital oil paints since it’s a simple scene, and I thought visible brush strokes would add a little visual interest. Eventually I hope to find a scene of this type that I love so very much that it’ll be worth the expense of painting on actual canvas (although I’ll have to use acrylics instead of oils since I’m not so good with fumes… another advantage to digital!).

It’s not exactly related to this scene, but I pretty much have to talk about the twist at the end of the episode when Ri-jin’s true identity is revealed. I didn’t expect her to be Cha Do-hyun, but it makes so much sense. As far as I can tell, “Ri-jin” was originally considered a legitimate child on the family registry until Do-hyun’s dad returned and revealed that he wasn’t actually the father. This wouldn’t have been something easy to fix since changing the family registry would ruin their reputation and make the matter of inheritance a little tricky with zero legitimate children (not to mention that daughter-in-law Min Seo-yeon was preferred by Gramps). This birthed a nefarious plot to simply switch Do-hyuns and get rid of Ri-jin altogether. These people are scary awful.

There are a couple of things that I’m confused about though. Like, why did Se-gi yell at Grandma about not saving the other kid when he knows that Ri-jin is alive? And why does Grandma love her son so much but despise Do-hyun so vehemently? I would get why she disliked him if she viewed her son as the vile douchebag that he is, but she seems oblivious to his faults, so why doesn’t her preference extend to her son’s son? Granted, she seems like the kind of lady to hate pretty much everyone, but I can’t help but wonder if there’s more to it (like she blames Do-hyun for the coma?).

Based on the recognizability of the actors alone I’m guessing we’ll be seeing more of Daddy and Grandpa, and they’ll probably be a big part of fleshing out the family secrets. No one on TV is ever in a coma without waking up, and Grandpa will probably appear in a bunch more flashbacks (and we all know how much this drama loves its flashbacks!).

Although the name switcheroo in itself was a pretty crazy surprise, I’ve also been pretty surprised to gradually learn that Ri-jin’s past is actually more traumatic than Do-hyun’s, and I hope that her coping with her past becomes as much a part of the story as Do-hyun’s issues (abuse is certainly not something to be swept under the rug). I also wonder if Do-hyun’s personality fragmentation is not just a result of memory suppression, but is more directly linked to having to change identities and take over the life of someone he cared about. He was old enough to understand the name change, and that has to be a pretty confusing and scary situation for a kid to go through. Creating multiple personalities would provide a way to hold on to his original self, and if Shin Se-gi is his original name it makes sense that Se-gi would be the most dominant persona and harbor so much resentment and pain.

Now that Ri-jin knows the truth I think that she and Do-hyun will start working together again, and I’m more excited about this show than I have been in a while (it was starting to feel like too much of a flashback-fest). Now it’s a whole new game and I can’t wait to see it play out.

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well, at that moment, the moment shown on the picture, I was very angry at the show. what about the promise? never mind that it is necessary, it is MORE necessary to keep promises. Like DH always has.
fortunately, got that cleared in a coming episode when the promise was exactly what they relied on.

I mean sheesh, show, are you spying on what we say, are you really spying (oh wait....I did rant a lot to MBC Facebook page tho)

but Ri Jin is still one strong woman, one of my favorite female characters ever. just that I wanted to bury Do hyun in the send up to his neck at that moment.

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*in the sand, I mean. oops

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This drama is delivering awesome-ness in layers. Augh love it so much. I was crying so bad at the end of episode 16.. and also during ep 17, but ending of episode 18 made up for eveything. That tight hug at the end <3

Way hotter and lovelier and romantic than any kiss scenes.

Reset. Restart!

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"Reset Restart, " I loved that part! That was totally a Segi line too. I really hope we don't have to see the last of him this week!

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I am surprised that you find ri jin's character objectionable. she is very sharp, smart and compassionate. her habit of playing oblivious or dumb is self-protection because she always shies away from confrontation. she didn't want her parents and brother to know that she knows she's adoptive because that would mean she remembers things they don't want her to remember and she is deathly afraid of worrying them.

the actress who plays oh ri jin is nothing short of phenomenal. she plays ri jin as wise beyond words, one of those types you think don't get it but she always does. she is almost all-knowing it's scary. that dumb and loud façade is an act. she is very good at what she does that's why people are drawn to her.

ri jin is a character who's abused past is so well hidden because she's spunky and never lets anyone or anything destroy her. in that respect, she is her mom's daughter. strong enough to survive the jealousy of a sociopath husband and sexy enough to catch the roving eye of her father in law. I mean, you're seriously not going to say he chose her over his son because of his kind heart, did you? ya, in your dreams, babe.

in contrast, the character of in ha in Pinocchio is a loser. too dumb to get the job she wants but pretty enough to catch the eye of the boy who hates her mother. in the hands of a more competent writer, Pinocchio would have been a noona romance with the mom as the object of the boy's unwilling lust. but no, let's settle for the dumb daughter because park sin hye can't lose to an older woman, can she?

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I agree with everything you said but about Pinocchio there. Like woah do you realize the reason why In Ha couldn't get a job wasn't because she's dumb but because of her Pinocchio syndrome? According to the story she's far from dumb since she's ranked high in her high school back then, like second if I'm not wrong. But she kept chasing her dream as a reporter but she always failed only because she has Pinocchio syndrome. So 'too dumb to get a job' is definitely not right there, and Choi Dal Po fully realizes that.

On another side I agree with everything you said about ORJ and that's why I love her so much, and she's one of my rare most favorite female lead

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I usually have this doubt when everyone seems so protective and caring toward one particular woman, but in Oh Ri Jin case I can truly understand why everyone around her wants nothing but her happiness. I remember when I first saw her in airport scene episode 1 I rolled my eyes thinking this one will be just be an annoying girl, but the more I see her the more I fall in love and end up wanting to protect her as well. She's like a sun, shines so bright and you can't just ignore her charm

While in Pinnochio In-ha character, idk to me she is also admirable, I remember from one time to another she keeps making me awe, yes she seems stubborn and naive but you can see her growing up and later become the best supporter for Dal-po. To me, if it's not because her maturity and wisdom, their relationship would never be that solid, one of the best couple in Kdrama IMO

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"Like, why did Se-gi yell at Grandma about not saving the other kid when he knows that Ri-jin is alive?"

Se Gi meant that the kid should have been rescued by his father. That his father should have gone back there to save her from the fire. He knows Ri Jin is alive and he also knows who saved her (more will be revealed in the next episodes), but he wanted Do Hyun's father to save Ri Jin from the basement instead of saving him.

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Yepp.. agree..
of course he know that other kid is alive, but he just said that the right thing his father should do was, helping that kid first, and not just his own kid.

well, even in the next episode, we know that he did turn back to save her but she already save by Ri On's mother.

And about why grandma hate him, well the secret is being open just in the next episode, the production team may be read this too ^^
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I loved that RI JIn didnt sit there to wonder what was happening but she purposely went to their trip, enjoyed it and then told him that it was okay... how cool is that?! It was SO different from the usual farewell trips it didnt bothered me lol both of them are been noble idiots in that trip but well, both needed to be alone for a while even when they know they can deal with things better when theyre together

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so true love your post ❤
Not to forget she's very smart she realized something was wrong but still went and enjoyed the farewell trip

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Wow, really wonderful job this week! Parts of that really do look like a photo. So beautiful.

I was still annoyed with that scene even if she was smart enough to understand what was going on. I mean, yes, it's nice to be one step ahead and understand the noble idiocy...but it would be better to understand it but still not let him get away with it or think it's ok.

There's definitely a lot of your questions answered now, so it's nice that the show is self aware and knows what it's audience wants and that it's confused by.

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It's not that easy to not let him get away with it considering their past and their past is not like any other noble idiots cases. Especially considering how empathetic ORJ is. So she must be able to understand that it must be so painful for CDH to feel for ORJ after knowing their past, especially considering how kind-hearted CDH actually is. So it makes a lot of sense for ORJ to accept it and let the choice in CDH's hands. She's an empathetic and sharp person after all. I think her action is just logical

I usually hate noble idiocy cases but their action here - both CDH and ORJ - are so logical considering their past and their characterization. So I can't even dislike it because their reaction about it are a given

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gorgeous gorgeous

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Thank you, Fanderay! you made my day :D

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Spoiler if you haven't watched episode 17: Grandma hates DH because DH was the one who set the fire, or rather it was Segi. Anyway, it's pretty much covered in episode 17. She blindly loved her son that she was a bystander of an abuse, and she hates DH for making JP falls into coma

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I absolutely love Rijin's dialogue to Dohyun here, she said "instead, (you) leave first, if you have the confidence to let me see your back (see him walk away)". And Dohyun's response to Sec Ahn when he told him he walked away coolly yet his state showed how pained he was.

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love this beautiful piece of yours Fanderay

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Lack of material? As long as we have perry park and yona, that will never happen haha :))

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seconded..and dont forget SeGi...hahahaha

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reset

Start!

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Rijin obnoxious and over the top? But I like that Hwang Jung-eum made her into such an energetic and boisterous character.

It's like a breath of fresh air from the standard demure and damsel in distress heroine that k drama keeps offering.

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To me Ri-Jin is the epitome of a badass. She's loud and unladylike however she still got this quality that attracts people to her. sometimes the most obnoxious people ends up being the happiest because they dont let others stop them. So sure, go and hate loud people, forget about their other stand out qualities except that they're loud. Amazing.

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lovely drawing!

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Thank you so much for sharing your talent...w/ my fave drama..

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I can't help but notice that HJE had a red back pack in her drama can you hear my heart as well.
I like her portrayal of Ri-jin.

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I believe this backpack is actually a vivid orange.

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I thought it was orange too. I loved Ri Jin also.

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Thanks as usual for your insights, Fanderay, and the sparkling, rippling sea! I can almost hear the sound of the waves ...

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I really like Ri-jin as a character, but HJE's portrayal of her, especially in the earlier episodes, did grate on my nerves (...and ears) LOL. I've only seen HJE in KMHM so this is all I've seen of her acting, but she's definitely more appealing to me in the quieter, more restrained scenes. I've gotten used to her now though, so it doesn't bother me that much anymore.

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ohh Fanderay very beautiful drawing ❤

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:O !!! Your sea and sand are so beautifully done! The light and shadows on Ri-jin's jacket too. Like Thursdaynexxt said, I can almost hear the sounds of the waves and smell the salt in the air. how beautiful!

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That's a drawing? OMG I thought it was a picture! Amazing job!!!

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Thanks Fanderay for choosing to paint a scene from Kill Me, Heal Me.

4 Reasons Why K-Drama Fans Have Loved Watching "Kill Me, Heal Me"

http://www.kdramastars.com/articles/77350/20150308/4-reasons-why-k-drama-fans-have-loved-watching-kill-me-heal-me.htm

“Kill Me, Heal Me” Writer Sends One Last Message to Actors and Staff

http://www.soompi.com/2015/03/10/kill-me-heal-me-writer-sends-one-last-message-to-actors-and-staff/

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OMG, You're so talented. The pic is so real for me. Just Finished the drama and this scene truly memorable

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