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Girl Who Sees Smells: Episode 6

Another day, another case to solve, though this one comes with a bit of fun for the whole detective team. Cho-rim and Mu-gak grow closer yet, as some brutal honesty gives both of them something important to think about when it comes to their future, at least as friends. But an important break in the Barcode Murders investigation simultaneously brings the detectives closer to solving the murders, and puts them all in more danger than they realize, unless they can work fast to catch the killer.

EPISODE 6 RECAP

Under the falling cherry blossoms, with a sleeping Mu-gak’s head in her lap, Cho-rim leans down to gently blow a blossom off his cheek. Suddenly Mu-gak wakes to find their faces very close together, and they both freeze. Mu-gak sits up and wordlessly folds Cho-rim into a hug, and she melts. “I like you, too,” she tells him, and Mu-gak just smiles and hugs her closer.

But it’s just her imagination — Mu-gak is still asleep on Cho-rim’s lap and it’s beginning to rain. She shakes him awake and he apologizes for falling asleep on her, asking what he’s like when asleep like that. Cho-rim says he’s like a zombie and, still befuddled from her daydream, hobbles away even though her legs are half-asleep from his weight.

Mu-gak is adorably confused at her strange behavior, but follows her to her bus stop to see her off. He’s even more thrown off when she gets on the bus in a hurry. After she sits, she motions for him to check his hoodie, and he finds the little teddy bear he gave her. He jumps on the bus to ask why she gave the bear back.

Cho-rim fibs that it’s because he said he got it as a freebie for buying one, and she doesn’t care for freebies. Mu-gak pouts that she doesn’t even know if this bear was the free one, and the bears were identical anyway. She says she accepted it because she didn’t want to hurt his feelings, but he just says that since she accepted it anyway, to take it back and throw it away if she doesn’t want it.

Knowing it was really for his sister, Cho-rim gives herself away by being horrified at the thought of binning the bear, and she gives it back to him again. She tells him to keep and treasure it, and gets off the bus quickly. Mu-gak accidentally squeezes the bear, causing it to repeat his message to Eun-seol, and realizes it’s the one he meant to leave for his sister, and also realizes that Cho-rim knows and that’s why she gave it back.

Baek-kyung packs up his office, having accepted another job all the way in Senegal. He finds Cho-rim’s medical files and packs them too, and suddenly connects Mu-gak’s screaming at him with the name Choi Eun-seol. He says to himself that if the wrong Choi Eun-seol was killed accidentally, then the true witness must still be alive. He staggers a bit with the realization: “Oh Cho-rim is the witness.”

Later he talks to the company that shipped all his files, and discovers that they accidentally took Jae-hee’s wine box, the wine box he asked Baek-kyung to remove from his house when he was in jail. Jae-hee comes to his office for the box, but he’s not angry as long as the company found the box. The friends are sad they won’t see each other for a couple of years, and make plans for dinner.

Cho-rim talks to her director, and tells him that Mu-gak won’t be her partner anymore. He reminds her that he only gave her a second chance if Mu-gak was her partner, because alone, she’s just not very good. Ouch. He does offer to let her stay as crew, though he can’t pay her, and Cho-rim gratefully accepts.

But after Cho-rim leaves, the director asks Woo-ya to help out Cho-rim by getting her a partner and some comedy ideas, so that she can make it into the troupe eventually. Awww, that’s so sweet, and Woo-ya grumpily agrees. Meanwhile Cho-rim starts her new job working for Jae-hee as a waitress, and he smiles at her enthusiasm.

Before he leaves the country, Baek-kyung sits to write a letter to Cho-rim (who he also addresses as “Choi Eun-seol,” unaware that she doesn’t remember who she really is). He says he’s been wanting to apologize to her, because once, he wished for her death. We see that she’d been in the same hospital as Baek-kyung’s wife, at the same time as his wife had been waiting for a heart transplant.

Cho-rim had been given zero chance of survival, and he’d hoped she would die so his wife could get her heart. But Cho-rim had hung on, and his wife was dying, so Baek-kyung decided to facilitate Cho-rim’s death. He’d planned to inject her with something that would kill her painlessly, but when the time came, he had stopped at the last second. This explains so much.

In the letter he apologizes for nearly killing her, and says that she seems so happy these days. He writes that he doesn’t want to shatter that happiness, so he probably won’t send this letter. He asks her forgiveness, seals the letter, and leaves it on his desk. But when he’s not looking, a nurse mistakenly packs the letter with some books.

Mu-gak comes to eat at the restaurant and sits in Cho-rim’s section, but carefully avoids looking at her even while ordering. Hilariously, he orders the wine that’s on special two-for-one — he’s so freaking precious when he’s being petty.

When she brings the two wine glasses, he stops her from leaving and asks with extreme seriousness which is the free one and which is the one he paid for. Cho-rim rolls her eyes so hard, ha. She tells him to decide, but he reminds her that she said she could tell.

Jae-hee interrupts their bickering to thank Mu-gak for proving his innocence in the murder of his chef colleague. Mu-gak apologizes on behalf of the police, and Jae-hee proposes a toast with the two wine glasses. Interestingly, they clink glasses but neither of them actually drinks.

Mu-gak takes a call from Baek-kyung, who mysteriously asks him to meet at a church that evening. Jae-hee seems relaxed, but he sees who the call was from and listens in to Mu-gak’s side of the conversation.

Baek-kyung meets the deliveryman at Jae-hee’s house to receive Jae-hee’s wine box. The man asks him to check the contents, and Baek-kyung slices open his thumb on the latch. Jae-hee arrives home just as the deliveryman is leaving, noticing Baek-kyung’s bleeding thumb as he takes his box back. He offers to bandage it inside, but Baek-kyung says he’s busy with moving plans, and quickly leaves.

Inside, Jae-hee opens the wine box, and to exactly nobody’s surprise at this point, it’s full of Ma-ri’s missing diaries. He flips through one diary and when he gets to the end, we see that he’s pasted into the book a photo of the barcode that was sliced into Ma-ri’s wrist — I knew it, he’s the Barcode Killer! But his eyes narrow with fury to see a smear of fresh blood on the photo… Baek-kyung’s blood.

The innocent-after-all Baek-kyung drives away, valiantly trying to keep his composure. A short flashback shows that he saw the photo of Ma-ri’s wrist in the book just before Jae-hee arrived home, and he’d only just barely managed to keep from giving away his horror to find that his friend is a serial killer. As he drives, he focuses on one thing — he must protect Cho-rim, the only witness.

Baek-kyung goes to the church where he arranged to meet with Mu-gak, and sits to wait in the pews. The door opens, but the person who enters isn’t Mu-gak… it’s Jae-hee, and there’s literal murder in his eyes. Oh no.

Baek-kyung plays it cool, and the two men sit to talk. Jae-hee asks why Baek-kyung’s here when he said he had to prepare for his move, and asks if they can pray together. Jae-hee clasps his hands and closes his eyes serenely, but Baek-kyung can only sit and shake with fear, unsure what to do. He decides to make a run for it, but Jae-hee grabs him by the arm, quick as a snake.

When Mu-gak arrives, the church is empty. He sits to wait for Baek-kyung, but something tells me he’ll be waiting for a very long time.

Since Mu-gak made a point to give Detective Kang all the credit for catching the drug dealer and his murderous employee, Kang is presented with a Certificate of Excellence and a cash reward to take his team out for some fun. Cho-rim is at the station borrowing some old uniforms for the Frog Troupe, and deflects when Mu-gak asks when they’re going to rehearse again.

They run into Detective Kang as he struts through the office, but a mix-up with the uniform hats reveals that Kang was trying to take the cash prize for himself, ha. Busted, Kang proposes that they all go out to spend the day together, and even invites Cho-rim along. She tries to politely decline, and I die when Mu-gak mutters that she has to go since she found the envelope. No, that’s not why, it’s because you liiike her.

They head out to the country to a little chicken restaurant, where Cho-rim comments to Mu-gak that for a chicken joint, it smells way too much like ramyun. He just brushes it off as probably the owner’s personal food.

They all agree not to call each other by rank while off-duty, and Kang especially likes it when Cho-rim calls him “brother.” They decide to play a game of Go-Stop, betting forehead flicks instead of money. Ki and Yeh form a team, Kang decides to be his own team, leaving Mu-gak and Cho-rim as the third team. Cho-rim worries that Mu-gak isn’t good at this game, but he insists he’s great.

Yeah, so, he’s not. Kang’s on a roll though, dispensing forehead flicks with great relish, even with Cho-rim. Mu-gak of course can’t feel a thing. Kang decides to up the stakes, betting punches instead of flicks, and Cho-rim agrees but shoves Mu-gak over to let her play.

Uh-oh, when a girl ties her hair back, you know it’s on. She’s pretty good, and Mu-gak cutely eggs her on as she uses her scent-seeing ability to gauge whether Kang and Ki are bluffing by seeing their scents change. She wins, and Mu-gak gets the dubious honor of punching his boss square in the face. At least he respectfully apologizes first?

Later as they eat (and Kang and Ki compare bruises, ouch), they ask Cho-rim how she got so good at the game. She says Frog Troupe does a skit about a professional gambler, and Detective Yeh whines that she should have told them earlier while rubbing his sore forehead, ha.

They complain that Lieutenant Yeom should have joined them and that she’s too intense, but surprisingly, Kang actually comes to her defense. He says her father was a policeman and was killed in the line of duty when she was young, which seems to touch Mu-gak in particular.

Outside, Detective Ki notices something unusual about the size of the building — it appears bigger on the outside than on the inside. Detective Yeh scoffs that only in novels do buildings have secret rooms. A tiny little granny passes them carrying a covered basket, and Cho-rim notices that oddly, the scent of money is coming from under the blanket.

She tells Mu-gak the lady must be rich because she smells (sees) a lot of money here, which is strange since there aren’t many customers. Mu-gak thinks a moment then asks Kang to call the station for reinforcements, as he thinks this is an illegal gambling house.

Ki, Yeh, and Mu-gak go back inside and find a hidden door, and HAHA, Ki tries to count to three but on two, Mu-gak shoves them both through the doorway and right into a huge room filled with people playing cards. They all run, but are stopped outside by the team that Detective Kang called in.

Cho-rim is knocked to the ground in the kerfuffle, and Mu-gak hears her cry out and drops his suspect to run to her. He picks her up and brushes her off, then leads her to a safe place. All together now… AWWWW. As they file all of the offenders onto a bus to the police station, the whole team give each other thumbs-up.

At the station, the restaurant owner asks how they knew it was a gambling house. Mu-gak explains that the place smelled of ramyun even though it was a chicken place, since ramyun is faster to feed to large groups. Then the gamblers started running out of money and borrowed some from the owner, which is why the granny was walking around with baskets of money. Again Mu-gak gives all the credit to Detective Kang, who grins at him gratefully.

That night Cho-rim is excited to see Mu-gak waiting for her to come home, and stops to spray on perfume. He brings a gift of red bean cakes from Detective Kang, and asks her to sit down to talk. He asks her again to stop getting involved in the investigations, and starts to explain, but Cho-rim interrupts.

She says that lately, she feels like her “devil-colored eye” is finally useful, and that she can do something with it that helps people. She says he probably can’t understand how that feels, but Mu-gak just worries that it’s too dangerous. Cho-rim tells him that he’s always right next to her at the investigations: “You can protect me when I’m in danger.”

Her utter trust in him seems to rock Mu-gak, and he can’t think of anything to say in response. She goes inside, leaving Mu-gak gulping air like a stranded fish.

Mu-gak goes to Baek-kyung’s empty office, where his nurse says he’s gone, and leaving for Senegal today. He makes a quick call to put a travel ban on Baek-kyung, but his flight already left that morning. However, Baek-kyung wasn’t on it, and there’s no sign of his leaving the country.

Jae-hee makes a meal, notably plating up two portions. Mu-gak arrives at his place as he’s eating and Jae-hee offers to make him something if he’s hungry, which tells me that the second meal was already fed to Baek-kyung (who is probably in the “wine cellar,” I’m assuming). Mu-gak declines, and they sit to talk over coffee.

Mu-gak asks when Jae-hee saw Baek-kyung last, and he answers that it was two days ago when he found out his friend was moving to Senegal. He expresses surprise that Baek-kyung hasn’t left the country, and shows Mu-gak the box of books that Baek-kyung mailed to him (the same box in which the nurse packed his letter to Cho-rim).

At the station, Mu-gak and Lieutenant Yeom talk about how it’s strange that Baek-kyung would tell everyone he was leaving the country, but never get on his plane. If he was fleeing the country he would have done the opposite, and caught a flight in secret. Yeom suggests they put Baek-kyung on the wanted list.

Mu-gak meets Cho-rim at a fan meeting for Jung-shin, the bassist from the kpop band CNBLUE, giving the innocent idol the side-eye when he shakes Cho-rim’s hand. HA, I love meta-funnies. Cho-rim shows how Jung-shin’s distinctive autograph can only be read upside-down, but Mu-gak is annoyed that his thunder was stolen and throws a package onto the table at her (“It’s not a freebie!”).

Co-rim gapes at him when she opens the box to find sexy lingerie, and a matching set of furry handcuffs. HAHAHA~snort~, that’s awesome, especially considering Mu-gak’s admitted love of handcuffs. But he was clearly shipped the wrong items, and Cho-rim calls to check the shipping barcodes. As she describes the barcode to the operator, Mu-gak looks at Jung-shin’s inverted autograph again and gets an idea.

He goes back to the station and checks out the barcodes from the victims’ arms, which previously didn’t seem to mean anything. He flips them over, and suddenly he sees the pattern. Lieutenant Yeom calls a meeting and Mu-gak explains that the barcodes are the same as those found on books. The murderer is comparing his victims to books, for some reason, and there’s a pattern to those numbers too — Mu-gak can even predict the identifying number that will be on the next “book,” or victim.

At his home, Jae-hee prepares two identical meals again… at least his victims eat well before dying? He takes an elevator in his home down to an underground library, and removes a thick book from his desk. He prints out a barcode sticker to put on the book, with the same identifying number that Mu-gak just predicted. On the cover is an engraving of the name “Chun Baek-kyung,” and the dates December 23, 1980 to March 7, 2015. Oh. Shit.

Smiling contentedly, Jae-hee takes the book to a shelf and lines it up with the previous books in his grisly “series,” each one marked with one of the same barcodes he carved into his victims.

COMMENTS

I KNEW IT. I knew this guy wasn’t right. I don’t know if I really believed Jae-hee was the Barcode Killer until this episode, but his whole demeanor from the beginning was just off somehow. He never seemed all that distraught over his girlfriend going missing, then found dead, and he’s never really reacted to other events like a normal, feeling person would. When he did display reactions, like his chef friend being killed, that eery blank face would show up again as soon as he was alone.

Now that we’ve identified our Big Bad, it opens up even more mysteries to solve: What are Jae-hee’s motives for the killings? How does he choose his victims? Why only one of two victims a year? Does he have multiple white rooms for the times he chooses two victims, since we saw Ma-ri in a room by herself, and we know there was another victim alive somewhere at that time? And what significance do the books in Jae-hee’s library carry? Obviously the books are a message or a form of memento, at least to himself. But why books? As a bibliophile myself, I’m dying to know.

I do have one complaint, and that’s that it’s lazy storytelling that the police never thought, in four years, to try looking at the codes from the other side. You’d think that the actual physical message the killer leaves on his victims’ bodies would be the first thing the investigators would want to decode. I do think they tried, since we saw that the carvings from the bodies had been converted to actual barcodes in the police files, which shows that an effort was made at some point. But really, nobody thought to turn them over? And even upside-down, there would still be an obvious pattern. Ah well, at least now we know what they mean, if not why they relate to books, specifically.

I’ll admit I was starting to actually like Baek-kyung in episode 5, and even more so in this episode. So I hope he’s rescued, because I would be sad if he’s killed off just when I was starting to think he’s a pretty nice guy after all. Yes, in a moment of weakness and great emotional turmoil he considered committing an unforgivable act, but in his defense (if considering murder can have a defense), he thought Cho-rim was going to die anyway and was trying to save a life, too. And who among us hasn’t had horrible thoughts? What makes us better than animals is that they stay as thoughts, and we don’t act on them. In the end Baek-kyung’s humanity prevailed and he did the right thing, even if it meant losing his wife. So I forgive Baek-kyung for his momentary lapse in judgment, especially since it seems like he’s been following Cho-rim around in an attempt to make amends. I only hope he actually gets a chance to do that.

Now that we know who the killer is, I expect the Barcode murders to take a more pervasive role in subsequent episodes, though I hope the show still keeps in the smaller cases that allow Cho-rim and Mu-gak to work together and become closer emotionally. Like Cho-rim said, helping Mu-gak gives her strange ability a purpose and makes her feel less of a monster, by using that ability to help people in a meaningful way. I also noticed that for the first time, she didn’t mention their deal for him to help her with her audition — she’s helping him now for the right reasons, and not just to get something she wants for herself. We’ve been saying for weeks that Cho-rim’s ability, and her courage and tenacity, would make her a fantastic cop. Maybe this experience will give her a new purpose in life, who knows?

And Cho-rim helping Mu-gak solve cases could be the way to break through to Mu-gak personally and heal him, too. Cho-rim’s absolute faith that he can keep her safe cuts right to the heart of why Mu-gak can’t feel anything in the first place — that he couldn’t protect his sister. The fact that Cho-rim knows that, and yet still believes that she’ll be safe as long as she’s near Mu-gak, just gets me right here. And since he’s a detective for the sole purpose of finding his sister’s killer, I would love to see him go back to his original career that he seemed more suited for, and let Cho-rim do all the sleuthing from now on.

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Really love this drama..

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Me too! :D

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Me four! :D

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Me five!

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me six

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oh fine. Me seven!

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me eight!

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Nine?

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Let me round it up..TEN!!!

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Me eleven! xD

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I love it too! So me 12? Glad I can finally comment with everyone, now that I'm back from traveling!

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LOL! Everyone! you're so funny!!! Despite the plot holes, I can make it an even dozen? Me 12!

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Sorry baker's dozen... Me 13!!!

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Nah, you are not even, you are an ODD 13, LOL!

I guess many of us are enjoying watching the series as a whole, unlike some who are obviously here to watch for "holes", maybe it's a hobby, I don't know, hahaha

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@neutral

Hahaha! I'm an ODD goofball!! My father used to consider 13 his lucky number, so I'm the lucky goofball, I guess.

Yes I'm watching the show as a whole and am enjoying the 'big' picture so to speak and the budding romance and interactions. At the same time, (although holes are not what one consciously looks out for) the meticulous mind that has been honed by a dozen or more DB recaps into analyzing what we watch, instead of just watching breezily, just goes into automatic questioning when some bits seem contradictory, incomprehensible or don't hold well together.

We humans are amazing in being able to shunt aside stuff that may affect us and still enjoy the whole, but we know that if such-and-such had been orchestrated differently, we might have had a better viewing experience. Still, since we cannot know if we'd ever produce the same show and make it better than what we are getting, we might as well enjoy the ride and enjoy the commenting (even on the holes!) :)

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I agree with all that GB unnie said here, and especially with this, " At the same time, (although holes are not what one consciously looks out for) the meticulous mind that has been honed by a dozen or more DB recaps into analyzing what we watch, instead of just watching breezily, just goes into automatic questioning when some bits seem contradictory, incomprehensible or don’t hold well together."

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AHHH! So nice to see you on here GB? You and Chandler. I really want to watch the drama, but school has been holding be back. Probably will only get time after school ends, but I wonder if I could try to budget some time effectively and appropriately to be able to watch this. It looks so darned cute and fun at the same time.

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@Ivoire

Nice to see you too! Haven't seen you since you left in the middle of Healer.

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@ Skyofblue, Hello *Waves*

It is nice to see you as well. I hope that you are doing well, despite school being busy. Life does come and takes over, doesn't it?

This has been a nice drama so far. My fingers are crossed that the writer will be able to keep up with how she has been writing it. She does have a great cast, in the main OTP, and in the supporting actors and actresses as well. Namgoong Min especially, and Song Jong-ho do a really good job in this drama. There are a lot of really cute and endearing scenes, and the mystery has us keeping on guessing how some of the things might have happened. The OTP has great chemistry, great comedic timing, and they are funny. I saw Park Yoo-chun in Three Days, and I loved him in it (I thought he was excellent in it), and I am loving him here as well. So far, I have not found a flaw with his acting, or his delivery.

I hope you will enjoy this drama if and once you watch it.

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Hi Skyofblue!

Long time no see. Do finish your school stuff and come be with us! :)

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Thank you for the recap, LollyPip!

I haven't read the first few recaps, and I was wondering: the Chef's house/apartment, is it DMJ's apartment (from YFAS)? It looks like it, a lot. Maybe someone commented on it (already), and I missed it.

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DMJ's apartment was smaller, so was the kitchen and the living room area. And it was in a building of flats, whereas this is a bungalow. However, I'm pretty sure Mu-Gak's apartment was CSW's apartment in You're All Surrounded.

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Sorry, please help me recall, in which episode was Mugak's apartment featured?

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Ep 2

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Thank you so much, Minty!!! I just checked it out again, so it's the part where he's looking at the jellyfish stuff.

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Hello @ shinayame,

For some reason, your screen name looks familiar. Did you comment during the Liar Game recaps? I feel like there was a commenter with the same screen name, who actually answered quite a bit of my questions, and responded to my comments as well. If that was not you, never mind then.

And I agree with this, "DMJ’s apartment was smaller, so was the kitchen and the living room area." It is just that the layout in Chef's home keeps reminding me of the layout in DMJ's place, except Chef has this room (on the left, for the viewers) with glass walls where he seems to keep a bike or something like that. DMJ did not have such a room, I believe (in his living room/kitchen area). I don't remember such a room in DMJ's place. And you are also right about the buildings being different, however I thought that sometimes in Kdramas, they would shoot two different places, and present it as one place (through editing). So for eg., LMH said that his home was actually two different places in City Hunter. They shoot the outside of the building from one building (to make it look big), and then the inside was shoot somewhere else. And LMH also said that he had to be at either one of the locations, at times.
I thought it might be the same for Chef's house, but now that I think about it, maybe not, since we actually have seen Chef and OCR stand at the door, and then go inside the house. So it is probably the same place, outside and inside.

Speaking of apartments, in ep. 5, OCR's apartment looks like PYC's character's apartment in Three Days. That living room and kitchen layout are the same. I thought that was interesting.

Also, OCR’s friend was a nurse in Angel Eyes (at the hospital), and the trainer (Andy) was a doctor at the same hospital, in Angel Eyes as well. Andy and another actor (who was in The King of Dramas, and also played a doctor in Angel Eyes), used to think that the nurse (OCR’s friend in this drama) was very wise, because she could supposedly figure out what was going on between PDJ (LSY’s character in AE), and his rival doctor (KJS, the 2nd male lead). The funny thing was that she was often wrong, and yet she spoke as if she was certain of what she was saying, as if she had a 6th sense. And the two doctors would often go to Ae-ri, to find out what was going on between the two male leads and the female lead, and take what she would say as truth. It is nice (for me) to see them in another drama (and recognize them). They were funny in AE. I really loved the two doctors' interactions with the nurse in that drama.

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@ @ shinayame,
Now I have another question: if DMJ's apartment was in a building of flats, did they have basements? Because the way to his library lead downstairs, which felt like another floor to me. So DMJ's apartment had two floors, right? Would that be in a building of flats? Now I am confused.

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I think DMJ's apartment is a penthouse, so it might be possible that there were two floors.

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@ DaDaDa, Oh I see. Thanks!

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To access Do Min-Joon's "basement", they had to climb the second floor first, then the library is hidden under that room.

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@ kuromitsu,
That is very true! I had (kind of) forgotten about that. Yes, they had to go upstairs 1st, and then that room started with stairs that lead to the "basement," and the books were everywhere.

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@ ByTheWay,

About this, "Sharing is caring." Yes, it is :-) Have a great week! :-)

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Yeah, that was me! It's nice to see you again! I haven't watched Angel Eyes, but Cho Rim's friend was also in Bride of the Century and I noticed she's also in Unfortunate Boyfriend, playing Yan Jin-Sung's (the female lead) roommate.

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Yes, Cho Rim's friend (acted by the lovable Park Jin Joo) as well as the halmoni from the illegal gambling case were both in Bride of the Century.

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@ shinayame,

So that IS you! *Waves* It is nice to read from you again, and to see your comments here :-) I remember our time on Liar Game fondly. You were one of the commenters who always responded to my comments (if you had some thoughts), until we had no more to say on that topic. Thank you for doing that. I learned so much during those recaps. I would also like to apologize to you, because I was supposed to respond to one of your comments in the last ep. (ep.12), and there was some info I was going to share with you, however I did not find the time to do it. By the time I was ready to respond, I figured no one would check on those comments to see if any additional comments had been added (I think it was like a week or 2 later), so I didn't write my comment. Sorry about that.

Coming back to the lovable Park Jin Joo, she was really funny in AE, and I loved her in it. I read about BotC, however I didn't watch it. Nice to know that she was in it as well, and in Unfortunate Boyfriend.

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@ ByTheWay,
Interesting info, about PJJ as well as the halmoni from the illegal gambling case. Thank you for sharing that.

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@ Ivoire

No problem. Sharing is caring :)

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Sorry, I posted this at the wrong place:

@ ByTheWay,
About this, “Sharing is caring.” Yes, it is :-) Have a great week! :-)

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haha, I thought the same! I even went and looked up YAS and this one to see if they're from the same network. Guess it also explains the same comic book intro and even car chase in the beginning!

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Hi Ivoire... Do Min Joon's apartment was really something else with a hidden room and so many shelf-levels of books around the walls, biggish living room, big bedroom, patio or some place they could lie around in to watch the stars, etc... not small at all the way it was shown.

No Chef's house is another nice place and a 3-storied house from the outside. The parts we saw look smaller than DMJ's place, although it's nothing to scoff at... kind of big hall and with kitchen flowing into dining and living room. Then he has also a hidden room/room on a different floor with lots of books, but it's not the same room as DMJ's.

There is also a room behind the white door, we are assuming is the place where he keeps his prisoners until he kills them. :)

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Hello GB unnie,

You know, like I mentioned in my response to @ shinayame, I thought DMJ's house could be two places as well (one for the living room, kitchen and bedroom, patio, etc... and another one for his library, but I could be wrong). Also, DMJ's place had that area where they put the plants, which now that I think about it, if that apartment is used for another drama, those plants could be taken out, and that area be made to look different. Hum... I just realized that.

About this, "No Chef’s house is another nice place and a 3-storied house from the outside,"so the whole building we see of Chef's house IS his whole house, huh? I don't know why, but I thought he lived in an apartment building, though given his fame and his status, it would make sense that the whole building is in fact his home. And I personally think that the rooms in Chef's home are bigger than in DMJ's apartment, and not the other way around. We haven't seen his bedroom, but I would bet that it is big as well.

Also, about this "There is also a room behind the white door, we are assuming is the place where he keeps his prisoners until he kills them." I feel that we don't know that the white rooms are actually (really) in the same building (like in real life). Though again, now that I have said that, with a building that size, it is very possible. I do see you guys' points, and I yield to them, DMJ's apartment and Chef's are different places. There is some resemblance between the two however.

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I have another question for you GB unnie: do you think that OCR speaks with honorifics to CMG, and that he speaks in banmal to her? In ep.5, when she asked him why he wanted to know where she was (she was at home), she said "wae-yo" (and not "wae" as I have heard it said sometimes), whereas in an earlier ep. CMG told OCR that he lowers his speech with the people he works with. So that makes me curious, do they address each other differently? She seems to do that in ep.6 as well. (I can't remember where now, but I heard it from her).

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Hi Ivoire, I re-watched a bit to listen again, and yes, MG speaks to her in panmal and she responds in chundemal.

I believe it's because he sees her like a younger sister and they are working closely together so he does not feel the need to be formal, whereas, CR knows he is older and she was the one to request partnership with him too, so she's in a slightly subordinate position. It's just what seems comfortable to them. :)

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So I heard right? thank you GB unnie! I am glad that I can detect those little details that say so much about the kinds of interactions taking place. Those things matter to me.

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Headcanon: Dr. Chun got offed so that Song Jongho could go film Orange Marmalade.

But ok I actually shrieked at the church scene. I was like NO NONONONONONOONONON DR CHUN RUN GOD GAVE YOU LEGS FOR A REASON NOW USE THEM IN HIS PRESENCE but it didn't work out. I'm rooting for Chorim and Moogak to rescue him because I sense that his testimony would be critical to nail Jaehee.

(Not to mention how Chorim's already seen the perfume scent on the wine boxes- feel that'll definitely be important later, and also MOONGCHI BARKING AT THE CELLAR TOTALLY MAKES SENSE NOW. I bet the cellar is that white room filled with camera Joo Mari was held in.)

Thanks Lollypip for the recap!

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Hello Poliwag,

I have to say that I was surprised to see that Dr. Chun could not escape Chef Jae-hee. He is taller and seems a little bigger than Chef. I really thought he would be able to get Chef's hands off of him, and make a run for it. I guess I was wrong, and that might have cut the plot short (they need enough material for 16 ep.), especially if, as you said, Dr Chun (SJH) has to be in another drama (though those actors are also known to be in two dramas at the same time). I don't know if Dr Chun is still alive (maybe not [at least by next ep.], since he has a book now *Shivers*), however I wish he would be, so he could join team CMG and OCR to fight Chef, convict him, and put him behind bars.

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Recall that Dr. Chun was literally shaking with fear, though. When Chef Kwon grabbed his wrist, Dr. Chun looked to be paralyzed with fear, and I think the Chef took advantage of that.

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OK, that makes sense. Thanks!

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The chef probably had a mean looking knife from his kitchen as a weapon to threaten the poor doctor.

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If you watched My Secret Hotel and saw Namgoong Min's shower scene, you will know he is built like a freaking horse under all those fitted suits. I mean, look at his workout instagram: https://instagram.com/p/0EhXL4gBly/?taken-by=min_namkoong

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Hello @ Alessar,

You know, I didn't watch My Secret Hotel, so I did not see NGM's shower scene. Thank you for sharing that Instagram picture, that says a lot. I can see that Chef is physically well built, though he seems small in frame, or at least smaller than Dr. Chun. And I would think that the actor who plays Dr. Chun (SJH) is also well built. Many of the actors are, in that industry.
I think the theories of DR. Chun being paralyzed by fear make sense to me, and I will go with those. Thank you for your added thoughts however.

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But mu gak is a pretty good detective, with impressive powers of deduction. Also i dont think there is going back for him, especially cuz he is good at what he is doing.
He too, tries to work on his own without the help of his faithful hound :)

and ay, we have a classy killer. I am but a simple bookworm, and this excites me.

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Can I agree with you? I vote for Mu-gak to stay in the police force :) lol

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Yes..mugak is the detective conan..how can he not be in the police force..~

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I would like CMG to stay in the Police Force as well, and possibly be working with OCR. His former work seemed boring (kind of the same things to do), whereas being at the Police Force will bring new cases, that will sometimes be different.

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I'm liking (not loving) this drama so far but there are glaring loop holes (or more precisely plot induced stupidity).
1. First of all it just baffles me that MuGak hasn't yet seen the photo of Oh Cho Rim (daughter of the fisherman couple). I think they are just waiting to milk the angst which this reveal is going to produce. But still no satisfactory explanation yet.
2. If the doctor is not the killer why did he act so suspiciously at the theater. I'm not talking about the following around/stalking..... that i understand he just wanted to observe how she's living her life. I'm talking about the particular scene at the theater in eps 3 or so where he runs away and mugak tries to give a chase. Once again plot induced stupid behaviour just to throw us off.
3. This is one point i can't get my head around. If the doctor deduced that Chef Kwon is the barcode killer why didn't he immediately call and intimate the authorities. Why the hell did he have to wait till the appointed time??? And of all the places they could've met they had to choose an abandoned church!!!!! And mugak if the other person made an appointment with you and he didn't show up isn't it common sense to call and find out the reason???? What the hell are the cellphones for???

Dont think from my tone that i'm hating the drama..... the chemistry between the leads and the ensemble cast and pretty much everything is going great. But still they can tighten the narrative. Right now I'll finish the drama but this maynot be in my top list or rewatch list

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Oh i forgot to add another thing. It may seem silly but I'm guessing it'll be an important plot device later on. Its about the letter the doctor writes to chorim which he doesn't want to post which I get completely. Sometimes it helps to unburden your feelings by writing them down. The nurse puts it in the box which we later on see with the chef. I mean come on didn't he wonder what happened to the letter he just wrote with some important things about his own life and that of chorim??? This is another example of lazy writing. I guess they wanted the chef to deduce that the Eun sol he murdered is not the actual Eun sol he wanted to off and make the conflict a bit more personal again for our main couple. but still its lazy writing.

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since kdramas making goes week by week they always have potholes and inconsistence in my opinion if they only finish and then air they would have had more time and "eyes" to notice and fix those potholes

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I totally agree about the writing week by week thing. Since k-dramas typically have a set number of episodes and a story to tell, who ever thought writing half of it and then setting off filming was a good idea? By the end, the live-shoot system has exhausted everyone.

I have read that the networks like getting viewer feedback and then certain parts of the story might be rewritten and other characters emphasized, but sometimes that really ruins the story.

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I agree with your points there, bugged me too.

However, this is primarily a romantic comedy and not a mystery show. Just like with Pinocchio, the show is committed to the main genre and doesn't try to compromise with the lesser genres, leading to a more cohesive show at the expense of something that has to be perceived as "lazy writing".

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The lazy writing is my only gripe with the show. Let me add some more:
1) Cho Rim was obviously in a crowded area when the marihuana dealer came after her. Why did she hide in a bathroom closet? Couldn't they have shot the whole chase scene in a place with less people outside so it would make sense that she chose to hide instead of staying in plain sight of other passerbys.
2) Yeom (who so far has been drawn as an uptight-rule-stickler character) dismissing Moo Gak's breach of police ethics and endangering her investigation - and consciously burying the fact that his sister, another Choi Eun Sol was another victim of the barcode killer...

Gaa, I hate faulty logic. I just means the writer has not thought hard enough. You can write cohesively AND avoid that.

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"Gaa, I hate faulty logic. I just means the writer has not thought hard enough. You can write cohesively AND avoid that."

You can, but it's not easy, especially not within the parameters of a K-drama production.

One example: The highly popular and somewhat acclaimed YFAS tried to merge a murderous mystery plot with an asymmetrical romantic comedy (and a little bit of supernatural stuff), not unlike Smelly Girl. And, in my opinion, it pretty much failed in that approach. The rom-com part was good, and the mystery part had a bit less plot-holes (than Smelly Girl), but both genre threads diverged and never really become one cohesive show.

Genre mash-ups are popular as subgenres in K-drama, but they ARE very hard to get right.

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Cho Rim hiding is actually psychologically very logical. in a stressful situation, peoples´first instinct is "I want this to end as soon as possible" we strive to end stress. if you keep running, the stress continues. thats why many people do actually insinctively hide ( don´t animals also? They lie down and stay quiet). only animal mothers deliberately lure predators away from their cubs by running and stopping, running and stopping. But thats a game you can easily lose. gosh, do I sound like a godfather right now...? well, I studied psychology a little. I sort of understand that kind of brain mechanics
as to how Mu Gak found her, I am guessing she was in the vicinity of the police station anyway and he tracked her phone.

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About the "hiding" thing:

As redfox already mentioned, "hiding" is one of the instinctive things to do when threatened. It was quite effective in the environment the human ancestors lived in a few million years ago. CR is not the most rational person around, she usually acts rather instinctive anyway.

There is also a good piece of fridge logic to explain why she didn't seek a more populated area: In Korea, the bystander effect is much, much worse than in the western world, and that is turned up-to-eleven in K-drama. Bystanders often don't bat an eye at people being knifed down, much less doing anything to prevent that from happening, unless they are the heroes of the story.

CR instinctively knows that, she might be stupid, but she is quite genre-savvy. Only one single person who can save her, and that's the male lead. She needs to survive long enough for him to find her. Hence she hides somewhere and blocks the door.

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yeah she hides like a cub until mother (or brother-) bear Mu gak comes

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Jon--

Just want to clear up something...you mean the bystanders don't bat an eye for a person being knifed down...in kdramas, right? Not in a real Korean society, right? Cause that would be really really horrific to know.

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I have heard that (in real life) the bystander effect *is* worse in asia. Not to to kdrama extent, I'm sure, but worse.
And in the western world, people have been stabbed without bystanders stopping them.

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@ nomad,
I was also curious about what @ jon meant when he said that.

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To clarify a little: I wasn't fully serious. CR doesn't seem to be genre-savvy enough to act like that because she knows the rules of the universe the writers made up. I just pretended for a second that she was.

Now as to the bystander effect in real life and K-drama:

CR would have a very good chance to avoid the bystander effect in real life in many a western country if she ran away to a somewhat crowded place. (Young woman, clearly threatened, vocal about the threat, by a person carrying a weapon, very little chance to mistake him for some kind of friend or authority figure of hers, etc.)
The attacker would be aware of that too and simply give up chasing her once other people are nearby if he is somewhat rational.

Now, in Korea, the bystander effect is both stronger and of different quality.
In the Western world, once people notice that a person needs help and they evaluate that they would be able to help that person (if only by calling the police or something), they might help or still do nothing (depends heavily on the circumstances). In Korea, they are much more likely to actively avoid the victim (yes, the victim, not the perpetrator, for example after the perpetrator knifes the victim down and leaves, people will very often stay/run away from the victim).

Now K-drama writers seem to be aware of that to some degree and use it, in an exaggerated form, in their shows, combined with drama hero logic. Only a designated hero can help other people. Normal people are, at best, hurdles in a chase.

Now IF CR was aware of being a K-drama character, her action to AVOID a crowd and hide to be saved by the hero would almost make sense, because in K-drama, a populated space offers zero protection per se.

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@ Jon G., interesting thoughts and info! Thank you!

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Kdrama or not, if a murderer was after you, the first and foremost instinct would be to survive. Unless one is frightened out of their wits, one would run towards the people around to get help. I don't think that a person in such a situation would have time to evaluate whether the people around would or would not help. In CR's case anyway, she had the time and presence of mind to text, not call MG. So this means that she was not that frightened that she couldn't think. Hence, her action didn't make sense. The best thing she could do was to run into a restaurant. Since she had time to TEXT MG a message (why she didn't call which would have been faster, I really don't understand), she could have taken out her phone and called for help in the restaurant or shop. I'm sure that would have stopped him.

The other thing that I would like to bring out is that Detective Yeom's actions in letting MG continue with the case is inconsistent with her character. Even if she empathised with him, this barcode murder is so important to her, so how can she let him continue with the investigation? If the authorities found out, she could and most probably be hauled up for disciplinary action, especially since she couldn't even stop him from travelling all the way from the police station to Dr Chun's clinic to threaten him. In addition, Dr Chun could very well inform the authorities about MG's personal involvement, and that would have put a spanner in the works.

The romance bit is engaging and cute and I really like CR. But I do wish that the writer would not gloss over so may things - makes it look like she assumes we are not very intelligent.

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@ crazyajummafan,

Really loved your comments. And I agree with this, "But I do wish that the writer would not gloss over so many things – makes it look like she assumes we are not very intelligent."
Some of us made the same kinds of comments, in the comments' section of ep.5, I think. I would add to what you said in that last paragraph that it also looks like the writer assumes that those details we have been discussing, are not important. It also feels like she assumes that we are not paying attention, and that we do not care about watching a drama with a well written story. Yes, this is a rom-com kind of drama, but it is not only that. They added a few other genres in the description of the drama (fantasy and mystery, and maybe thriller?) and so in her writing regarding those (other) genres, it would be nice if she did it as well as she has done it for the romance and the comedy parts of the drama.

That is how engaged some of us viewers become, when watching a drama: we pay attention, and we would just like to watch a drama where everything made sense, or was at least cohesive.

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I wonder if Yeom is giving him a pass to work on his sister's case because, having lost her own father, she empathizes with his need to find his sister's killer. Surely the writer'sgave us that information for some reason (though I'm only guessing that this is it).

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Nah. Yeom gave Mu-gak the pass to work on the serial killer case because she sees him as someone capable of helping her out in solving the case. She only found out later that his sister was a victim indirectly.

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I'd speculate that Lt Yeom's obsession with the Bar Code murders indicates a personal connection as well (maybe to do with her father, maybe not) - considering that she is such a stickler, she glossed over Mugak's personal conflict much too easily. Surely he's the one who'd be taken off the case, not her? (of course, she wants his help too, as others have pointed out)

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Yeah I agree with you about the inconsistencies, esp 1 and 3. But like you, there are other reasons that make it enjoyable and am watching for those. Still, it's a shame, because it could have been a great drama if it was written better.

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Yes, exactly what i'm thinking, loop holes in K-dramas. Doc Chun should have opened the wine box and checked the books inside in the first time to make sure he collected the right box. Then he should have contacted police immediately. But then, the story will be too short. I still want to enjoy MG and CR.

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@ dls,

I agree with your theory. I too expected Dr Chun to check the books when he 1st got them, and was surprised when he didn't. I also agree with you that the story would have been much shorter then. So... We end up having what we have, as the story development.

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The doctor doesnt use cellphone (it was mentioned on ep 2) maybe the reason why he just went straight to the church and wait for Mugak since he knows that he's the only person he can trust regarding the case. And who would have thought that the chef would overhear his conversation with Mugak regarding the place and time of their meeting.

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I love your observation! :)

True, it was revealed that Dr Chun doesn't use cell phone and this was also one of the reasons why we suspected him for being a potential killer earlier on, because it's weird, who doesn't use cell phone these days, right? But Dr Chun is one weirdo, you've a problem with that? I don't, lol

Even in real life, in a given scenario, it's easy to say; oh you should've done this, he should've done that and what not, but that's because we are not in the given scenario at the specific time. When you are watching things from the side line, everything looks clear and it's easy to decide the best course of action ;) but when you are in it, your mind tends to cloud, that's my take on this why he didn't do this, why he did that, and bla bla... haha

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But isn't it interesting in Kdramas how people can almost always hear other people's conversations? Especially from a distance? (and that distance would not work in real life, btw).

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:) Yup, Ivoire, in some other thread, there was mention of some common 'weird powers' in kdramas, such as the super hearing ability of the characters. In real life, even with a person right next to me, I still have to listen intently and ask them to repeat some things, some times, but in kdramaland anything that is meant to be heard, even by a person meters away, who sometimes cannot even see the face of the speaker, can be heard perfectly! :)

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@ GB unnie,
You are so funny sometimes in your writing, but true, very true, all that you said :-) Another thing that we, Kdrama lovers choose to overlook :-)

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This is one of the many magic that only happens in KDramaland :) but we can't complain too much, can we? Because we choose to watch, lol

But in this case, Mu-gak is standing not too far from Chef Kwon, so it's still believable. Trust me, I've seen worse, lol.

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@ neutral,

I agree with this, "This is one of the many magic that only happens in KDramaland :) but we can’t complain too much, can we? Because we choose to watch, lol"
Though in CMG's case, I felt like he was standing quite a few steps away from Chef. And to me, unless CMG was speaking very loudly, I don't think Chef should have been able to hear what was being said.

I guess in this instance, I am like GB unnie, if I were in Chef's seat, I would not have been able to hear CMG's responses to Dr. Chun. And like you, yeah, I have seen/watched worse as well :-)

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Doctor doesn't have/use cellphone. It is explained in ep 2.
Doctor felt guilty about the fact that he tried to kill Chorim, and noone knows about that fact so it must be hard for him to reveal it to anyone, that is why when Mugak came he ran away, must be startled. And he couldn't even face Chorim to tell her, he wrote a letter. So he wouldn't want anyone else to know about it.
Doctor did not know about the chef before he wrote the letter, so he thought he could go back to his office later, his flight was the next day. When he knew he freaked out, and wanted to go to the church to tell Mugak. Unfortunately, dude doesn't have a cellphone. Doctor doesn't seem so bright, if he is, he would have run sooner than that, why would anyone stay that long next to a psycho killer? So when a not so bright person freaked out, I doubt he would be so calm to know what he should do. Also, he must be shocked as well... the nice chef is a psycho killer...wouldn't expect it.
Someone doesn't look scary all the time, I doubt the doc looked that creepy if not for the background music which was of course intentional to make us suspect him.

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"Doctor doesn’t seem so bright, if he is, he would have run sooner than that, why would anyone stay that long next to a psycho killer? So when a not so bright person freaked out, I doubt he would be so calm to know what he should do."

LOL! I like how you put it. But he's already not so bright, so what I'm saying is; don't bully Dr Chun! He's a good person, my poor doctor, lol

Seriously, I personally think, it's not that he didn't know he has to run, it's more like his legs won't listen to him, like remember our Cho-rim in episode 1? When you freaked out, your mind will go blank, and your legs will not listen to you anymore, ppl.

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Besides being shell-shocked after finding out that the chef is the serial killer, his buddy also just happened to show up for his "accounting books" right then and there. The poor doc barely had time to compose himself. And since he was about to meet up with Mu Gak at the church, acting like nothing has happened is the best thing to do at that given time.

And I agree that it's easier for bystander to point what should have been done. In fact, I think the doc handled the situation pretty well considering the circumstances. Too bad that as the doc left, he didn't know that the chef was about to find his blood ( from his bloody finger) on Joo Mari's wrist snapshot, and thus, the chef then realized that his friend--the doc-now knows that he killed his girlfriend.

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Come on, once he knew that Chef Kwon was the murderer, the first he should have done was call MG and set up an earlier meeting. Why wait till night to tell him? Especially since he said that he was going to do what it takes to protect Chorim. And he knows that CR is close to MG.

It doesn't matter that he didn't know that Chef Kwon had seen his blood on the diary. There is simply no good reason to wait. This is evidence regarding a dangerous serial killer we are talking about - not some information on stocks and shares or even a lead on a suspect.

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I think the answer to the first point is that Eun-sol/Cho-rim is under witness protection so information that would risk her being exposed has been redacted. Detective Yeom, who ranks much higher than Mu-gak, probably has clearance to view the hidden information.

I think Dr Chun acted so suspiciously out of lingering guilt. Perhaps he's been looking for an opening so he could talk to her but was startled into running away when Mu-gak arrived.

But yeah he should have contacted Mu-gak immediately when he realized Jae-hee was the murderer.

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But also, at the theater, Dr Chun reached inside his jacket to retrieve something. What was that something? We never found out. That was also suspicious behavior, maybe to throw us off (again).

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2. If the doctor is not the killer why did he act so suspiciously at the theater. I’m not talking about the following around/stalking….. that i understand he just wanted to observe how she’s living her life. I’m talking about the particular scene at the theater in eps 3 or so where he runs away and mugak tries to give a chase. Once again plot induced stupid behaviour just to throw us off.

I read this as he intends to confess but couldn't find the courage yet especially when Mu-gak is calling for Cho-rim at that time. It's already difficult to confess one-to-one, let alone with a third party present.

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Oh, My. God. how creepy it is getting. and those files. what is it, a story book now? like some biography of the deceased?
the book of dead, ha.... well, not ha.

Yoochun is so good here. he has found himself, seems confident. Shin Se Kyung is good too.
but oh blast.
and does he know who cho rim is? he can´t, right?

the fact Mu Gak sees CR as more of a little sister adds romantic conflict.

and how awesome is hi guardian angel scent that precedes his arriving or sighting every time? like a superhero. at least for Cho Rim

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creepy indeed! I screamed "Your sick man!" on my screen.

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I think he likes her more than a little sister. But yeah he doesn't know, so he dotes on her like one... like buying her stuffs and foods haha When he thinks she is mad at him, he buys her foods hahaah so adorable!

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I agree, he definitely doesn't think of her as a sister. But I think these are the only ways he knows to show affection. He's not exactly Mr. Suave. (And his awkward dorkiness makes him all the more adorable.)

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side note: pease save the do! making him the wnted person excludes im being a vicim, but please, connect!

and yeah, now I getit - the bear wasnt meant for HER or at least the message.

so the bar code is a story... but are they continuous?

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save the doc, I mean. screen keys, duh

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I think Mugak himself is still clueless about his feeling towards OCR. I mean, even when his younger sister was still alive, Mugak put his sis as priority of his life. He's socially awkward for years. It will takes time for him to figured out that his fondness towards OCR is more than just partner & friends. This guy is just seriously cutely awkward on everything, I love him HA.

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Can't wait to figure out the reasons why although no reasons will ever justify his actions, creepy chef. I'll never look at chefs the same way again.

And Yoochun? He is awesome, I can't think of any other actor who can fit into the role of Mu-gak better than him. And Mu-rim is just so real, so adorable, can't get enough of them both.

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This, I second "And Yoochun? He is awesome, I can’t think of any other actor who can fit into the role of Mu-gak better than him. And Mu-rim is just so real, so adorable, can’t get enough of them both."

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Also, creepy Chef is very creepy indeed, though I would say that NGM is rocking this role. I am loving him as a villain.

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I luuuuurve it!!! I love the OTP ♡♡

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My favourite scene was the "furry handcuffs" thing. They put literally every motive into that very short scene and it still felt pretty fluent. And they managed an almost perfect resolution to that scene: MG's insight and CR's hilarious reading of the bar code ...

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Haha, yeah, her reading of the barcode was really funny!! Thick line, thin line, thick line again...

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Hi guys!

I thought I fully understood what Jon G. meant here, " They put literally every motive into that very short scene and it still felt pretty fluent." However now, I don't think I did.
By "every motive," did Jon G. meant: 1-how jealous and petty CMG acted after OCR came back from getting her autograph and picture taken with LJS (from CNBLUE)? 2-How oblivious OCR seemed to be to CMG's jealousy and pettiness? 3-How smooth and nonchalant CMG tried to be when he gave the box (with his gift) to OCR?
And now I can't think of any other motives there would be in that scene. If you guys can think of more, please let me know.

And I am also assuming that by this " it still felt pretty fluent," Jon G. meant that the scene still worked, right?

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Hi Ivoire

Jon G said "My favourite scene was the “furry handcuffs” thing. They put literally every motive into that very short scene and it still felt pretty fluent. And they managed an almost perfect resolution to that scene: MG’s insight and CR’s hilarious reading of the bar code …"

Motive (in art it also means Motif/Theme):
- repeated motif of her excitement vs his 'deadpan' self,
- comedic point of his failure at giving her the right gift again
- the suggestion that since he likes handcuffs maybe the furry handcuffs were not entirely a mistake?
- the motif of them getting closer,
- theme of and how they cooperate/work well together as in he gives her the wrong present and she calls the delivery company,
- how she trusts him... ie he says he did not order the naughty gift and she believes him unquestioningly,
- how they investigate ...she brings up the idea of reading the signature upside-down and he puts 2-and-2 together over the barcodes...

Fluent Resolution: Although it seemed to be a scene all on it's own and a bit disconnected, it somehow flowed well and served to bring the story forward on the right track and was not a waste of time...

The way barcodes are to be read is not to say 'thick line, thin line' (LOL!) but to read out the numbers printed with the barcode or to use a barcode reader. Cho Rim's hilarious reading of the barcode got him thinking along the right track.

It seemed a scene on its own but it was consistent with the story as a whole :)

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@ GB unnie,

Thank you so much for your explanation. I am so glad I asked that question, because I would not have thought of all that you listed and explained on my own. These discussions/conversations really help me understand the drama better. Thank you again.

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OMG~ one of my favourite scenes!

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I am curious about what CMG originally got her.

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I'd say the Doctor is already dead....

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I think so too since Jaehee has already put on the barcode on the book

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You might be correct, but I think the doc is still alive. XD

In spite of the once-a-year killing inconsistency this time, I think the chef will still adhere to his usual ritualistic method of offing his victims. Perhaps like Joo Mari, doc is being kept in that white room with the cameras until the 6th day. He has been cooking for two, too.

Ugh, but if the team doesn't find clues in time that the doc got kidnapped by the Barcode killer, then he will die in a few days.

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did anyone else notice the ~ oh micky you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind~ playing at the fan meet
i think they've used the micky motif two other times so i think its intentional
such a cute little detail

also is everyone watch the BTS for the cherry blossom scene
they are sooooooo cute together <3

http:// p-b-e.tumblr.com/post/116704437780/cherry-blossom-behind-the-scene

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@ lemonie

Thanks for this. I did go and watch the BTS. It was cute indeed!

And yes, I heard the Micky song. The little details are what we meticulous viewers really appreciate, and it helps us gloss over the big boo-boos in the show :D

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I couldn't see it. How did you guys manage to see it? It is not showing up on my screen, and I can't find it. Please help!

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And I did notice the song as well. And I agree with this, "The little details are what we meticulous viewers really appreciate, and it helps us gloss over the big boo-boos in the show."
Also, NGM looks good in an apron. I like how Chefs cut their veggies, holding them close to the knife. I cook, but I can never cut veggies like that.

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Thank you, @ lemonie :-)
I am going to check it out right now.

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Thank you so much for this, @ lemonie!

They are indeed cute together, and they work well together too. PYC seems quite considerate of his co-star, putting back her skirt, etc... I also love how comfortable he looks on her lap. I don't ship them in real life, however I love seeing them in the drama together. PYC also gives good (appropriate) hugs. I remember the hug he gave KSH (in ep.2, I think), he made sure his lower body was away from hers, which I thought was appropriate. And I loved how he hugged SSK in that scene (ep.6).

Also, when he sleeps, he does so in the fetal position (I do the same). I have a picture of him (sleeping in real life), and he was in the same position, hugging a pillow. One of his JYJ band members might have taken the picture and posted it. I watched other BTS after the one you posted. He is really good natured, laughs a lot, and seems easy to get along with. He also seems to be sensitive and observant of the people he is with. He doesn't seem to make things about him (like a star only preoccupied with me, myself, and I). And that is nice to see.

I could be wrong about what I wrote, since I don't know him, and I have never been close to him, however based on what I saw, and could tell, (and on what I know of him, so far), that was what I sensed. Thank you again for finding the YT link for me :-)

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Also, I had been wondering how PYC could keep such a bland and stoic face during the comedic scenes. Based on the BTS though, he can't, and he needs time to compose himself. He creates NGs, because he keeps laughing in the middle of some scenes. That is nice to see, because I would seriously struggle to not laugh, if I had to do it.

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from ep 1, the day Cho Rim check out from hospital she wear mickey jacket.. and also when our OTP chase the criminal in the car, there's mickey on the dashboard. hahaha

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She wears mickey shirt in episode 5 too..i think even ssk herself becoming obsess to mickey...hahaha..from her weibo she even wear mickey ears ..lol

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I wonder why they used Mickey....is t reference to Micky Yoochun? Lol that's hilarious :D

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seems like SBS love to link Yoochun to Mickey Mouse since Rooftop Prince drama and also Three Days..

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Really? I don't remember any Mickey Mouse songs or characters' items in RTP or Three Days (I watched both). Do you?

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Hands down to this drama. Ep 6 so far is my fav ep. It was so good! I had to paused for few minutes when watching Doctor Chun & Chef's scene because is just too creepy! Poor doctor Chun. I hope the cops would be able to save him before the seventh day but I doubt he still alive at this point. And our OTP is getting closer naturally, slowly and yet steady. I love these two so much, please just kiss already!!

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I’m with you, I couldn’t remember when was the last time I’ve enjoyed a series like I do here. Love this series despite the so-called “plot-holes”, then again which drama doesn’t have “holes”? ;) lol

Just how many days already since Dr Chun went missing, not seven yet, right? I hope he's still alive, somebody save Dr Chun :”((

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Thanks for the recap~
this show has very good story line and continues grow better and better every week. but what happen to the rating?! :(

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Why are you watching the ratings, go watch the show now, lol

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loving the story and great chemistry from yuchun & shin se kyug.
but unfortunately not do well in rating. 7%? consider flop?

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Nah, kdrama ratings nowadays are sucks. 10% is already being considered very good. The fact that the previous drama, Hyde Jeckyll Me, left them with only 4.3%, TGWSS is doing much better. I'm hoping the ratings will be increased tho :)

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we can't say TGWSM is a flop considering its predecessor's ratings (HJM) are just hovering between 3-4%..it is still recovering from slump

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are you sure they can catch up? the series already in the half but rating so low. recover looks impossible. Knetizen don't like this drama?

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they do
they get the highest internet ratings and score number 1 in the 18-49 target demo

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maybe yes, maybe no but there's no harm in hoping TGWSS could catch up right? hehe.idk if it's proper to post this but here's the latest tv ratings:

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Dramas TV Ratings

1. KBS Unkind Women 12.2%
2. SBS The Girl Who Sees Smells 7.5%
3. MBC Angry Mom 7.3%

the knetz general reception is quite favorable (you can read the translated Knetz mwave comments at soompi TGWSS thread), they are pleasantly surprised at how adorable SSK had become,how natural PYC is,etc..it's just that tv viewers these days are mostly ajummas/housewives,they prefer UK because they can relate more with its story than that of TGWSS or AM..the younger ones prefer watching TGWSS live stream as pointed out by this:

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Drama Live Stream Ratings

1. SBS The Girl Who Sees Smells 21.6%
2. MBC Angry Mom 15.7%
3. KBS Unkind Women 9.9%

i haven't seen Unkind Women yet so can't comment on that but i love both The Girl Who See Smells and Angry Mom..i just love TGWS a bit better because of our adorbs OTP! :)

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am watching unkind women-it is so cute! All the women's stories are interesting to me except the grandma and her back from the dead husband's story-not my thing. However, Rim oppa is killing me!!!

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All I can say is comparing all three series, TGWSS is definitely more my cup of tea! :) Love our OTP to bits.

I'm not Korean.

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Think that all three dramas are good...well its not whether k-netizen like it or not..but whether k-ahjumma like it or not...n they would surely watch things suits their taste which is unkind women...but for the younger generation and international fans..of coz they would bend more to tgwss since its more likely our preferences...

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I don't think this drama can catch up to Unking Women. It's going up against two really good shows with an already established audience. Unkind Women started out with really high ratings and got double digits pretty early on. It even beat Kill Me Heal Me even though KMHM was finishing up.

The best one can hope for is that it will eventually achieve double digit ratings.

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Ah it sad because his last drama didn't get high rating. All his drama only get medicore rating. Poor boy. Never like his group but i like him as actor

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I like him as an actor too,pretty decent and very likeable acting considering he's not originally an actor but an idol..i checked out his other dramas' ratings and it's actually quite doing well..well considering tv ratings these days,having upper double digits is an achievement already and attaining 20%+(YFAS) is considered phenomenal..

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Its not a flop in fact the ratings have been rising. I am sure it will break 10% soon

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This OTP just keeps on getting cuter. I love that he found out right away why she rejected his gift and spent the rest of the episode making it up to her (even if that's not what it was in his mind). Like you said Lollypip, he liiiiikes her.

My favourite moment has got to be when Chorim told him with absolute trust that he can just protect her, and he just has that utterly shell-shocked expression on his face. Got me in the heart a little, that did.

Props to the show for making me feel genuinely terrified in the moments leading up to Dr Chun and Jae-hee meeting in the church. I really hope he can be rescued, but I doubt it, because that would mean that Jae-hee would be arrested, and that's not going to happen in episode 7 obviously. Sadness. I actually really wanted him to be the one to tell Chorim the truth, in person.

I still have so many issues with the plot holes and nonsensical actions of characters that only serve to push the story in the direction the writer wants, but I've decided to let it go and just enjoy the feels. Because, CHUURRRRR.

Also, we better not get a fake-out imaginary confession next time. I want some real feelings to be outed.

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