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Girl Who Sees Smells: Episode 11

Ugh, it’s Noble Idiot Time, though it comes from an unexpected direction. The final pieces of the puzzle of Cho-rim’s past are ready to snap into place, and it’s only a matter of who knows what, and when, that will determine how things play out from here forward. And since someone seems to have lost their ever-loving mind when it comes to common sense, at this point I’m just hoping everyone makes it out of this week alive.

EPISODE 11 RECAP

Alone in Jae-hee’s library, Cho-rim reads Baek-kyung’s letter explaining their past connection and who she really is — but before she can process anything, Jae-hee pops up behind her to ask what she’s doing. She quickly crumples up the letter and covers by saying she was just reading over her script one last time. Jae-hee buys it for now, and they head upstairs to film the cooking show.

Lieutenant Yeom tries to have a meeting with what’s left of her detectives, but they can’t get anything done for Mu-gak pounding and yelling at the door, demanding to know her real reason for kicking him off the team. Detective Kang asks him to calm down so they can at least find out what’s going on, but Mu-gak keeps up his hollering, refusing to leave until they finally have to bodily remove him.

Detectives Ki and Yeh ask him to go home and wait, and they’ll do their best to change Lieutenant Yeom’s mind. They try, but at the news that Mu-gak’s sister was killed by the Barcode Killer, all three of the detectives can only gape in shock. But it’s not even that that’s gotten him removed from the team — it’s his personal grudge, and vow to kill the murderer himself.

Cho-rim re-reads Baek-kyung’s letter on the bus home, and she calls Mu-gak to talk. She finds out he’s home instead of at the station, and goes there to find him drinking in the middle of the day. He tells her about being removed from the team and says that he feels like he’s going crazy.

Turns out, he was only allowed on the team in the first place because his sister’s death wasn’t technically a Barcode murder. But now he’s confused because his relation to a victim is Yeom’s only reason (that she’s admitting) for taking him off the case, so he’s certain there’s got to be another explanation. Cho-rim holds Mu-gak’s hand and asks him to wait for now, while his friends fight for his reinstatement.

When Mu-gak asks what Cho-rim wanted to talk about, she says they can talk about it later. For now, she’s going out of town to talk to her father. In her usual direct way, she asks Detective Oh flat-out if she’s really Choi Eun-seol, and he’s so taken off-guard that his face gives away the truth.

When Detective Oh confirms her true name, he also tells her that he was in charge of the case when she was in her accident. She had nobody back then, and reminded him of his own deceased daughter who’d gone missing at five years old. Her body had been found a month later, and she would have been about Cho-rim’s age.

Crying now, Cho-rim asks about her real parents, but Detective Oh fibs and says he doesn’t know anything about them. She forgives him for lying to her about who she is, and they share a sweet hug. Cho-rim promises that even if she finds her real parents, he’ll always be her dad.

The guys take Mu-gak out for soju, where things get a bit awkward when Kang mentions his sister. He understands now why Mu-gak tried so hard to become a detective. Detective Ki said they couldn’t convince Yeom to let him back, but Yeh swears they’ll catch the killer. Mu-gak just growls, “I’ll catch him myself.” Okay really, now would be the worst time to go rogue.

He even asks for their help and they must agree, because next thing you know, a very suspicious-looking Ki and Yeh ask Lieutenant Yeom out to dinner. They lure her out of the station by saying that Kang needs to see her about something important, and Mu-gak slips in behind them.

HAHA, Kang’s face is priceless when she asks what he wants, and Ki and Yeh are just gesturing him to go ahead and tell her. He thinks sorta-fast and asks how he can learn to do profiling like she does, which gets her to stay and buys Mu-gak some time.

He gets on the computer where Yeom was just looking up Cho-rim’s family registry, and he finds her file with the pictures of the Barcode Killer’s Jeju victim and Cho-rim’s facial sketch, which are a near-perfect match. He realizes that this must mean Cho-rim is the daughter of the murdered Jeju couple, which means she’s the only living witness. It also makes her the girl who was meant to have died instead of his sister.

Yeom heads back to the station, but she stops and calls Cho-rim to meet instead. She brings a cake (it’s so cute that these ladies always have sweets when they’re together) and asks if Cho-rim has ever thought about trying to remember her past. She offers to help, saying there are special programs for this kind of thing, but Cho-rim declines.

She’s worried that she’ll find out she was a vastly different person and that she won’t be happy anymore, if her past wasn’t a pleasant one. Yeom suggests that in that case, Cho-rim might actually be blocking her memories, which could be a good thing (especially since she knows exactly how unpleasant that past is). Yeom backs off and apologizes for pushing.

Cho-rim starts to ask about Mugak’s sister, but at the mention of Choi Eun-seol, Yeom drops the sisterly demeanor and goes all official on her. She refuses to talk about it, and says that Mu-gak’s removal from the team is not up for discussion.

Mu-gak and Cho-rim both spend that night brooding over their discovery that Cho-rim is really Choi Eun-seol. Mu-gak confronts Yeom in the morning, demanding to know if Cho-rim’s true identity is the real reason he was kicked off the team. He knows that Yeom is afraid he’ll go crazy over that fact, since he loves Cho-rim (OMG, he said it!) but Yeom still refuses to even discuss it.

Mu-gak wears he won’t let his personal feelings affect his work and practically begs to be reinstated, but Yeom says that just the fact that he’s doing this right now, is proof that he can’t keep his personal feelings separate. Dammit, that makes a lot of sense.

In the face of her refusal, Mu-gak decides to find Detective Oh for some answers. On the way to Gangwon Province he meets another car on a bridge, and realizes that the driver is Jae-hee.

The men face off, each surprised to see the other so far outside of town. Mu-gak gets a text and Jae-hee’s phone goes off at the same time, but Jae-hee deflects by wondering out loud of they’re both looking for the same thing out here.

Jae-hee says he’s a chef so he’s talking about looking for a restaurant, and Mu-gak says he’s a detective so he’s talking about looking for a witness. Their phones go off simultaneously again, and now Mu-gak is (even more) suspicious.

Mu-gak muses that they’re looking for different things so they must be on different paths, and one of those paths surely leads to death. Whoa, don’t tip your hand too far!

Jae-hee says someone is waiting for him and starts to head for his car, but Mu-gak stops him — now he knows how Jae-hee knows about this place. Ohthankgoodness, he figured out about the spy app. Jae-hee takes it well, even cheekily waggling his phone at Mu-gak.

Unfortunately Mu-gak gets to the restaurant too late — Detective Oh has already packed up and left. As it turns out, Jae-hee was out this way to give him a ride back to the city, and the glint in his eye doesn’t bode well for Detective Oh’s continued safety.

Mu-gak, for some reason, takes Detective Ki out to lunch at Jae-hee’s restaurant. To make things even weirder, Mu-gak makes a phone call to Ki, sitting right across the table (and oh my, his picture on Ki’s phone is freaking adorable). Ki is confused but answers, and Mu-gak speaks rudely into the phone, “Are you listening, punk? Listen carefully.”

It’s a message for Jae-hee, who Mu-gak knows is listening. He warns him not to look for the witness and vows to catch him very soon, because the girl he accidentally killed in Jeju was Mu-gak’s sister. He declares that this won’t be over until one of them dies, ending with, “Let’s make this quick.” ~shiver~ I’m actually a little scared of Mu-gak right now.

That night Cho-rim waits for Mu-gak at the bus stop, not realizing that he’s watching her from across the street. She texts him several times but he doesn’t answer, and just watches her with this… face, it kills me. Finally a bus arrives on his side of the street, and he gets on without ever responding to Cho-rim.

Confused and a bit worried, Cho-rim goes to the police station looking for Mu-gak. Instead she finds the detective trio talking about Mu-gak’s sister’s death, and wondering if the real Choi Eun-seol is really still alive. It’s the first she’s heard of her connection to his sister’s murder, and Cho-rim reels. Even worse, she now knows the murderer is actively looking for her to finish the job.

Mu-gak and Cho-rim spend another night thinking about everything they’ve discovered, this time with better scenery. Mu-gak even visits the aquarium where he used to work, and both of them spend some time thinking about what to do next. When Cho-rim goes home, she finds Mu-gak waiting with dinner fixings and even a cake — it’s his birthday.

He’s in a very good mood, and teases her for her lack of excitement over his birthday. His aegyo is too much for her (or anyone, let’s be honest) to resist, and they go in to make dinner. He keeps laying it on thick as they cook, even joking about their both being left-handed. Cho-rim scoffs when Mu-gak teaches her his family’s birthday traditions, saying she’ll need to know them, “if you want to be married to me.” EEE!!

Cho-rim valiantly clings to her grump even when Mu-gak sneaks in a few cuddles, but she eventually slips and smiles a little. By the time it’s time for cake, she’s more relaxed, and even sings “Happy Birthday” the way he requests. Awww, he’s such a kid.

Cho-rim finds Mu-gak’s phone in the dark by his blue crystal scent, amazing him that she can see scents even without any light. He muses that there’s still a lot he doesn’t know about her and says they’ll learn over time, but Cho-rim wonders if he’ll come to hate her if she gets her memory back.

He sweetly says that what they have now is what matters, and the past isn’t important. It’s obvious from the peaceful expression on his face, that this is the realization he’s come to about her accidental involvement in his sister’s death.

Cho-rim doesn’t react and only tells Mu-gak it’s time for him to go, and he swallows his disappointment and agrees. She does at least offer to walk him home, which mollifies him, though when he takes her hand she doesn’t look happy at all. Oh no, tell me she’s not. Not on his birthday.

But evidently she is, as she pushes his hand away and says without making eye contact, “Let’s break up.” Mu-gak thinks it s a joke but she’s deadly serious, though she doesn’t give a reason. Of course we know Mu-gak always wants to know the reasons, and he’s tired of people keeping secrets from him, so he actually barks angrily in her face, “WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?!”

But Cho-rim only apologizes and jumps in a taxi before Mu-gak can stop her, leaving him standing on the street. His anger gets him home where he collapses on the stairs, and they both think about everything that’s happened since they met, and cry. Worst birthday ever.

Cho-rim goes to see Lieutenant Yeom, having changed her mind about recovering her memory. She admits that she overheard everything and she wants to help catch the killer. But when she says that Mu-gak’s sister was killed because of her, Yeom is quick to tell her that’s not true, and that it’s not her fault.

Cho-rim has one request for helping catch the murderer — she asks for Mu-gak to be put back on the case, but not to tell him about this deal. Yeom agrees, then tells Cho-rim that Jae-hee is their chief suspect and asks her to stay away from him. But Cho-rim counters that if he’s really the killer, she’d actually be the perfect person to get close to him.

Mu-gak spends the morning calling Cho-rim over and over, even though her phone is turned off. Yeom calls him to the station, where she returns his gun and badge, and puts him back on the team. All she says is that she’s trusting him not to do anything to endanger the team, and the detective trio grin from where they’re eavesdropping outside the door.

Jae-hee wanders in his Murder Library, thinking about Detective Oh telling him all about his involvement in the Barcode Murders, on the ride back to Seoul. He’d even started an association for the victims’ families, after the third set of murders in Jeju.

Jae-hee is concerned, because everyone thinks the couple in Jeju were only his second victims, but Detective Oh somehow knows they were actually his third. He pulls out a book labeled with the name Hong Ji-yeon, with a death-date of 2010, a year before the first known Barcode Murder.

Jae-hee invites Detective Oh to his home and gives him some 30 million won (roughly $27,500) as a donation to his victims’ families fund. That is so twisted. Detective Oh tells him the money will go towards helping catch the Barcode Killer, because the police aren’t doing much to catch him.

He tells Jae-hee that the organization has a trump card — the only living witness. He even says that he’s keeping the witness close to him, and Jae-hee thinks back to that mysterious first murder. It was Detective Oh’s wife, Hong Ji-yeon, who’d written in her death book about their daughter’s murder. It had been Oh’s reason for becoming a detective, and led to their divorce two years later.

Jae-hee serves coffee, and asks if giving his time to the victims’ families doesn’t take away from Oh’s own family time. Oh simply says that his daughter is grown and doesn’t need much of his time. Jae-hee noticeably doesn’t drink any of his coffee, but Detective Oh innocently drinks his cup thankfully.

Lieutenant Yeom and Cho-rim are also having coffee, as Yeom prepares Cho-rim for her hypnosis session the next morning to recover her memories. She tells Cho-rim to go straight home and rest, but Cho-rim tells her that might be difficult, because she’s worried that her father hasn’t returned home as promised. Yeom offers to look into his whereabouts for Cho-rim, and gets his phone number to run a trace.

She meets Mu-gak at the station and, directly against Cho-rim’s wishes, tells Mu-gak that Cho-rim knows she’s the witness of the Barcode murders. Horrified, Mu-gak asks how much she knows, and Yeom says she also knows about her accidental involvement in his sister’s death. He cries, asking why she didn’t tell him sooner, and Yeom just informs him that she’s probably still nearby.

After Mu-gak runs out to find Cho-rim, a cop tells Yeom that he’s managed to track Detective Oh’s phone. It’s in the area of Jae-hee’s house, making she wonder what he’d be doing there.

Waiting for her bus, Cho-rim gets a text that seems to be from her father, saying that he’s been drinking and asking her to pick him up. She texts Yeom to tell her she heard from her dad, and Yeom tries to call her but she doesn’t notice her phone ringing.

Instead, Yeom calls Mu-gak and tells him that Cho-rim is on her way to Jae-hee’s house. They both agree to go there now, and see what’s happening.

When Cho-rim arrives she calls her dad, but now he’s not answering. She lets herself in, but the house seems deserted. We see a hand holding Oh’s ringing phone, but he’s not the one holding it — it’s Jae-hee, lurking like a spider luring a fly into his web. When Cho-rim nears his hiding place, he steps out and puts a hand on her shoulder, and she whirls in surprise.

COMMENTS

AAAARGH, I’m so frustrated! Seriously, Cho-rim is being an idiot in this episode, and not just of the noble flavor. Yeom just today told her that Jae-hee is their main suspect in the Barcode murders. Now her dad goes missing for a while, and then texts her from Jae-hee’s house. He’s not answering his phone, and this whole situation is seriously hinky, and yet Cho-rim just walks into Jae-hee’s house without telling anyone where she is or what’s happening. Come on, I knew she was innocent but she’s never been stupid before. Thank goodness Yeom and Mu-gak are on the ball, and are on their way.

I knew that someone would be a Noble Idiot before this was all over, but I honestly expected it to be Mu-gak. I really hoped he wouldn’t be angry or blame Cho-rim for his sister’s death, and he didn’t disappoint. As I expected, he just needed a bit of time to think, and he came to the (completely correct) conclusion that what he and Cho-rim feel now and what they have now is what matters. I really trusted that he would understand that she really was at no fault, and that he loves her and she’s alive and that’s the important thing. The past is done, and they still have a shot at a happy future, and there’s no reason for them not to grab it with both hands.

Nevertheless, I did expect Mu-gak to be the Noble Idiot in this scenario — perhaps breaking up with Cho-rim to either protect her, or to get some distance so he could handle his vendetta with the killer, then go back to her when it was all safe. I didn’t see it coming from Cho-rim, and her assuming that he would blame her. Not that I ever really love the Noble Idiot, but this is really the worst incarnation of it — when the person makes a unilateral (wrong) decision to break up, assuming they know how the other will feel if they knew the truth. But of course they don’t know how the person will feel, because they withhold information and the other person doesn’t even get the choice of deciding what they want.

There’s nothing that infuriates me more, in real life or in dramas, than when a problem crops up that affects both parties, and one party decides what to do without letting the other have any input. When both people in the situation are adults, they each have the right to decide how they will react and what they want out of the relationship going forward, good or bad. When one person takes that agency away from the other, it’s maddening, because they don’t have that right. And that’s my rant for the day.

Luckily, in keeping with the trend, the show isn’t going to drag that out for very long. Mu-gak knows now, exactly why Cho-rim broke up, and now he can fix it. That is, provided the little twit doesn’t get her silly self murdered before he can get there to save her.

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Thank you for the recap, LollyPip! This ep. left me so frustrated, and kind of disappointed, b/c I felt that CR was written in a way that I was hoping she would not be written. So now, everyone knows the “secret,” that CR is the eyewitness the serial bar code killer would be interested in, probably to kill her. Everyone does know, except the bar code killer himelf.

It’s interesting to me, that in my comments in a few previous episodes, I was begging the writer to not go the noble idiocy route. I must not have begged enough, or my begging must not have gotten through. I totally understood MG’s reaction, and him avoiding CR for a while. He had to process what he had just learned, and wanting to be away from CR made sense. He needed to be alone. When it comes to CR, I understand that she would feel a deep sense of guilt, to know that CES was mistakenly killed in her place. That being said, why (oh why?) didn’t she talk to MG about what she knew, and about how she felt? That noble idiocy felt unoriginal, and to me, it was not something that this couple needed. To me, they were doing fine (or at least OK), up to this point. When MG kept pushing for an answer (for her breaking up with him), she would not answer him. And I kept asking, “Why? Why? Why won’t you at least explain to him, why you are breaking up with him?” The revelation that CR was CES, and why MG’s CES died, should have brought MG and CES closer to one another, not further apart.

I felt so bad for MG. This is probably his 1st girlfriend, and based on the fact that he kind of proposed to her, the woman he would like to marry.I know she feels extremely guilty, BUT a couple is supposed to talk to each other, no? On a brighter note, I loved that MG made it clear to CR that he wanted to marry her (@ GB, KYAA moment). I also loved when MG changed the words to the song, taking his name out, and having CR sing, “to my lover whom I love.” Talk about MG making sure he hears that he is loved. This man knows how to go after what he wants.

On a different note, I don’t understand why CR’s dad just leaves his daughter like that, to go work somewhere else. I would be concerned, if I were him. And he lied to CR, which I don’t know whether that was a good thing or not. Maybe he should have come clean? I was glad to see that MG’s colleagues were on his side, and that they had his back. I will let the beanies discuss the plot holes in this ep., and in this drama. I have to go finish packing my boxes.

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I also wanted to add that I didn't find CR convincing when she broke up with MG, meaning that I didn't feel that even she believed or wanted to break up with him. But then again, maybe that was exactly the point, to show us that EVEN CR didn't believe that what she was doing was right. I have liked her all along, but in this ep. Ugh!!!!!! I didn't recognize her. Why writer-nim? Why?

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The weird thing with K-dramas: They often frame Noble Idiocy as something positive and admirable.
(... while in western drama, Noble Idiocy is a character flaw perfect for tragic plot fuel, in accordance to the Aristotelian Poetics from 2500 years ago)

I can only guess that the willingness to suffer is viewed much more positively than sanity, reason, the willingness to respect other people or the willingness to keep your loved ones from suffering.

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seems her cop ,,um step dad had reasons for making her his daughter and seem to plan to use her a bait the entire time, I certainly hope that not the case or he gets himself killed, I mean the chef already killed her real parents and now it seems her cop dad wife and her boyfriends sister..if he now kills her new dad....well there a limit to grief one writer can pile on a herorine before it crosses over into permentant melodrama land. As for the storyline, well the cops should have caught the killer five episodes if they really where an 'elite' taskforce and not the korean version of the keystone cops, and frankly I can not see how they going to drag it out for the rest of the drama!

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Hi Ivoire
I hope your packing is going smoothly. I replied to your email.

I liked that CR took MG's hand to comfort him for being kicked off the team. I also appreciated all the effort that MG made to remain close to CR (emotionally and not just physically, but the latter is cute!) and yes, his admission that he loves her, although it was said indirectly.

Cute OTP moments:
-when he tilted his head and showed her the box of cake saying it was his birthday. (I mentioned that I liked the cute "Ahhh" conversation below)

-his comment on their both being lefties

-his saying matter-of-factly that she should know his family traditions to be married to him and his trying to tickle her. She was too focused on her idiocy and did not even respond to that!!! So disappointing.

-the way he looked at her and gave her a half hug and pressed flour on her face.

-how he wanted to walk her home.

:)

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I like the otp moment that you said..if only chorim response to his aegyo...aishh

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Precisely @chunnie! We could have had more lovey dovey expressions flitting across their faces. :)

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I think noble idiocy was the least of the problems in todays episode. It was FRUSTRATING. Firstly, if Moo-gak found out about the spy app, why didn't he suspect that the chef was in that neighbourhood so it must have something to do with detective Oh.

Secondly, Cho Rim showed no sign of surprise when she got that text from her father...that he is present in chef's house...why...how...nothing.....so why so shocked when Jae Hee appeared in the end...it's his house after all...

When Cho Rim tells detective Yeon about knowing that she was actually Eun-seol, the detective showed no sign of being surprised.

so much bad writing today...so disappointed!

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Also, detective Oh spilling the beans to a person he just met a few days back...when he knows perfectly well that anybody could be the serial killer. He doesn't want to tell the police about the witness but so easily told the chef about it....hahahah....

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My exact thoughts! What kind of detective just opens his mouth to someone he just met. If he was trying so hard to conceal his daughter's identity, he should try 'concealing' his mouth about cases related to her.

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Had I read this before episode 12, I'll completely agree with everything, but I saw episode 12 before this, so all I can say is there's a reason behind Cho-rim's going to Chef Kwon's house, and also why she felt she had to go break up with Mu-gak. I share the sentiment, though, about not having to talk to the other party first honestly as to the real reason of the break up. It's easy to pass a judgment about calling it noble idiocy, but I guess it is also important to understand where the person is coming from when she took that decision ;)

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@ Jyc,

I think many of us understand where CR is coming from, however we (or at least I) have a problem with the fact that she made a decision that affects not only her, but also MG, yet she was not honest with him. That to me, was not fair, not to him. She could break up with him, but she should at least have the decency and empathy (or something related to the fact that she would also care about how MG would feel about breaking up with him), to let him know why she is doing it, and how she is feeling. After all, MG is the one who called her, "my love, my lady, my lover [and I can't remember the 4th term.]" Basically, MG is very serious about her. If you are going to break up with him, put all the cards on the table, and please let him know why. I know how she feels, however could MG have a say in this break-up business? Could she at least hear what he might have to say? Even if she doesn't change her mind, at least listen to him. By the way, he is hurting too.

The issue I have with "noble idiocy" in this case is that, 1-I am not sure about the "noble" part, since MG doesn't want it (the break-up) and she is heartbroken about it as well. She could tell him that she still needs to process what she just learned, and she could even cry in his arms, and they could grieve MG's sister's death together. I am not sure they have to break up though, and have both of them be miserable. 2-She made a one sided decision that affect her AND MG, and neither one are happy about it, hence why we are calling her a noble idiot. It doesn't work in this case, imho. Why can't she just talk to him? What would be wrong about that? Noble idiocy made sense in City Hunter, and in Healer imho. Though in Healer, it didn't last long (at all), because the heroine squashed it, very quickly.

Also, I have watched ep.12 as well, however my understanding is that we are focusing on ep.11, for this recap. So I am trying to only discuss what happened in ep.11.

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Noble Idiocy can be called Cruel Idiocy most of the times. In most cases, the Idiot makes a decision that lets him/herself suffer, but also makes everyone else suffer, especially the people the Idiot allegedly wants to protect. Protect from what? Protect them from making their own decisions.

The whole thing gets much worse from a western perspective, where personal responsibility and choice is a strongly positive value.

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Well said, Jon G. Thank you!

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I don't think the noble idiocy was completely out of unselfish thoughts not to hurt him, or even thoughts of guilt. I think she also was afraid of being rejected by him once he found out. That's why I can sort of understand why she didn't talk to him, because she was scared of his reaction. Not like I loved this episode, but hopefully this means we'll get noble idiocy out of the way quickly.

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I don't usually join in the great drama debates ever here which is why I only comment once. So the thing is, I clarified it over at the first part of the statement. I know the focus was episode 11, but I'd said I'm considering episode 12 also. I guess that's a mistake to put it into perspective here.

Second, I'm kinda confused as to the qualifications of being a "noble idiot" because it sometimes seems a character is considered a noble idiot when s/he does something a viewer doesn't like or something a viewer consider as idiocy. I guess I'm trying to look at Cho-rim's action in what she, as a character, might feel--as a person, perhaps. Maybe because I consider it as something that a character does, and it does not make sense at all. And in this case, I totally saw the point, so I can't see it as noble idiocy. I'll never understand how people shape up an act as noble idiocy. Maybe someone should do an article about it haha.

I actually like that they do these kinds of things in dramas because, when resolved properly, there is a room for growth and realization about how one could have handled something better if s/he did this or that. I hope one episode frustration do not get you guys all ruining the following episodes, and I do hope that the following episodes run well. It ain't over til it's over, after all.

So that's it. Haha

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* Maybe I consider it

(By "it," I meant noble idiocy.)

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Interesting. As I see it, noble idiocy is giving up something for another person (or giving up that person) so that you yourself suffer, without actually making sure the other person wants it. It also seems to involve giving no reasons for what you're doing and painting yourself as the bad guy.

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Which is exactly why it's confusing. Noble Idiocy seems like a subjective thing. Anyway... moving on ;) Hehe. Thanks for that!

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i just pretend this episode never happened.

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That might not be a bad idea. I was like, "what just happened? Is this the same show?" When I watched this ep. I felt deflated after watching this ep.

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What a great idea! There is precedent--there have been quite a few scenes that turned out to be in the character's imaginations. (Cho Rim's back hugging Mu Gak. When she first told him, [in her mind] that they both had feelings for each other, as well as others.)

So hopefully we'll start the next episode with Cho Rim sitting on her bed, (safe and sane) thinking, "what an idiot I was in that day dream."

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Haha..good suggestion...!
To me,more than chorim,i'm frustrated more with her dad...chorim has ben so nice forgiving you for lying to her and you still keep lying about her parents..arghh..its okay if chef wants to kill him..lol

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@ivoire sigh, as one of the few people who still thought this show has quality, i had to admit this one breaks my heart. but **SPOILER** ep 12 sort of returned back to its bubbly feel, so im quite ok with that... but i def miss the earlier episodes... **END SPOILER**

@wag_a_muffin well, i hope that was MY nightmare. i didnt even read the recap, just here to say how i didnt believe ep 11 happened at all lol

@chunnie LOL or maybe the show will pull another twist and then dad does the noble idiocy and everyone turned into real idiots BUT before that happens murim already fled to jeju island planning a wedding and eating at the warm and cozy restaurant #SaveMurimFromPlotHoles hahahahah sigh my disappointment made me crazy

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As much as i want to get far away from the plot that you said..it might happen since barcode case no 1already turn out to be his wife...

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Am with you !
I face palmed SO MANY TIMES !

I can handle The Noble Idiot, it has to crop up and it did. I dont even mind it. It didn't even irk me.

But being an idiot???? I can't take it. Oh Cho Rim joins the long list of female lead characters whom the writers change into a idiot for convenience of a plot !
Will they ever write a stupid scene like this for Yoochun??? Of course not, a male lead can never be written such a idiotic stupid scene.

SHE HAS BEEN IN KWON'S HOUSE. DETECTIVE YEOM TOLD HE IS THE SUSPECT. AND HER DAD F****ING MESSAGED THE SUSPECT'S ADDRESS.

ARGHHHHHHH , I SO hate the writer and everyone who went along with this damn thing without POINTING OUT THE OBVIOUS!

I have not commented but I have enjoyed the show a lot ! But now, I can't take it !

This is how you lower the standard of a quality drama !

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Thanks lollipip! Completely agree with you on the noble idiot thing. Gahhh stop it already. The good thing with this show, it doesnt drag things out. Its a bit difficult commenting on this episode alone, I think I'll wait until ep12 recap is up before commenting.

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Thank you for the recap, and especially for the rant. Much obliged.

When Lt. Yeom started her whole noble idiocy (NI) thing for Mu-gak last episode, I desperately hoped that we could tick off that trope and call it a day. Of course not.

Like every single instance of NI ever, Lt. Yeom's NI backfired. Hard:
(1) MG finds out about it
(2) MG calls Yeom out
(3) MG promises not to abandon CR
(4) MG abandons CR and gets depressed
(5) CR finds out about it
(6) CR gets depressed
(7) MG comes back to CR
All that happens in a side-plot within the first half of episode 11. No, seriously!

We still have half an episode left, what could we do? I have an idea: MORE NOBLE IDIOCY! *facepalm*

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@ Jon G.,

I loved your whole comment, especially this part:
"We still have half an episode left, what could we do? I have an idea: MORE NOBLE IDIOCY! *facepalm*"
So true, and that made me LOL! That was part of why I called that NI unoriginal, ugh!!!!! MG went through it, but he didn't stay there. I actually understood and liked his process about finding out who CR really was, and what that meant. CR on the other hand...

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well at least give props to lt Yeom for NOT enabling those two :) i love how she just does what she thinks is right and tells them what they should know even if they ask her "not to tell him/her", at least when it comes to our lovebirds.

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This episode felt like a big let down (but thank god the next one is slightly better). I didn't feel like there was too much noble idiocy from Cho-rim's part. But I'm so frustrated with everything about detective Oh. Everything he does makes no sense to me. He adopts her and change her name to protect her but yet he leaves her all the time. He is always keeping secrets to himself and quite frankly it's not helping at all. And when he told Cho-rim about her past it didn't even seem that heartfelt and again, he just left her alone to ponder after. The writers have done a terrible job with this character.

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I think there is a unholy entanglement of two things:
(a) the writer's very lazy attitude in the design of the mystery plot
(b) the horror that is the Korean view on adoption

(a) leads to a lot of very stupid, weird and totally unreasonable decisions by all the characters, just to advance to the next plot point in the mystery plot. Cho-rim's father's absolutely irresponsible behaviour is just another instance of that. Like Mu-gak, who is not a terrible police even though he acts like one, or Cho-rim, who is not intellectually disabled even though she acts like she is, her father is probably not all that bad. It's just the writer.

(b) The ideal of adoption in Korea is equivalent to what the modern western view considers adoptive child abuse.

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LOL! Unholy or un-holey!! Or just plain h.o.l.e.y.

I am convinced this writer really just wanted to write a rom-com. For some reason, he was urged/forced??? to situate it in a murder investigation, which he might have realized he sucked at or just did not want to do research about, or felt was something that need not be made realistic, (or maybe to be fair, had no time to research properly). The unexplainable holey-ness seems to reek either of deliberate sabotage of a good investigation setup or just plain dogged "let's get over with this crime bit quickly and on to the romance part already!"

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or..al Korean drama's need to be made to follow a certain template to get permission to air.

1. do we have any idols free at the moment?
2.are there any fish kisses
3.do some memory loss/noble idiocy in it
4.get an annoying ex-lover, mother in law, 2nd lead in there
5.drag out the plot so we can put some extra produxt placement in there..i know..let's have chef kill his next victim by making them eat themselves to death with xxx brand Ramen and sponsored chicken... :)

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I used to think that the template also included these de rigeur scenes:

1) desperate run through hospital?
2) desperate run through airport?
3) guy carries girl or vice versa (Coffee Prince)
4) accidental nekkidness

Fortunately TGWSS has avoided these so far. Still the lack of attention to detail and the idiocy trope undos much of the good in the show. :(

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another thing that frustrates me though, why are the police in this drama so stupid???*pardon my rant
i mean...they already know that cho rim is the sole witness for the serial murder case but why didn't they protect her.... is there no witness protection program or something?

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They are absolutely sure who the serial killer is. But they don't keep him under surveillance.
They know that he wants to find the witness. They know who the witness is. They don't do anything to protect her.

Did I mention that they are absolutely sure who the serial killer is? And they know he has hard alibi for his murders. Which prevents them from going after him directly. They do NOTHING AT ALL to break his alibi, or even question how he can HAVE hard alibi when he is the murderer.

They collect all kinds of evidence that they can use against him, AND NEVER USE IT.
When Mu-gak finds out about the spy app, the first thing he does is telling Chef Kwon that he knows about the spy app (even when he is not yet sure). He then talks to the spy over the phone to make ABSOLUTELY SURE the spy knows, while Mu-gak earns zero knowledge at that time. He even lampshades it himself.
He then resets his phone and forgets about it. WHAT?

Does he actively TRY to kill his girlfriend or is he really that incompetent?

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Kdrama facepalm #2 - when Cho Rim received the message from her dad's phone to fetch him from Chef Kwon's house.

Oi Cho Rim, don't you recognise the address of your employer? Who has been described to you as a murder suspect? And how many times have you been inside? Even when you reached the place and stepped in the decor didn't strike you as familiar?

And on another note, is spy app so common in kdrama that the characters have no problem understanding what it's about?

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I was literally falling off my chair laughing on the final scene. CR enters Chef Kwon's house -- she's been there dozens of times -- in search for her father. And she runs into the person she least expects in the house of Chef Kwon: Chef Kwon!! Dun dun dun dun!!!

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hahaha..but i think i saw the reason why she is surprise in episode 12...

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why? unless chef was wearing a pink tutu dress and a princess crown tiara, nothing should surprise her, it's HIS House..she's probably been over there more times then his girlfriend....someone should check her handbag for flasks of soju.. :)

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Hahaha~you made me literally imagine jaehee wearing tutu and a little tiara...omg need to undo my imagination..well i thought its bcoz in episode 12 she is surprised to what he said more than that he is there..but then when i watch again epi 11 ending...yeah why is she literally shaking when she saw him,his evil eyes maybe? Lol

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I am disgusted with lazy writing. I am disgusted with characters whose motivation seems to be, "I must act as stupidly as possible in order for the story to move along and tension/drama to be sustained."

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AND...with writers who thinks that viewers are not smart enough to realize the stupidity of the characters....sigh.....
dear writernim, if you want to write a rom com with a mystery case in it, please also handle the mystery part seriously, that way your story will be much more enjoyable

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@ chu

I mentioned my take on possible reasons why writernim is not handling the mystery part seriously in 6.1.1.

Perhaps, the public that kdrama writers know are more forgiving, but I wish writers would read comments from the international community to understand our points-of-view as well, and take them into account for better, more consistent and higher quality story-writing. :)

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This episode kinda make my blood pressure high...hahahaha...Keep reminding myself that almost all k-drama have a frustrating episode 11..>_<""

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Omg. I just thought of Pinocchio. I think it was in episode 11, too, when they broke up.

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He can't find the light switch in the dark, but amazingly, the Samsung name on the phone shows up so well!! haha

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Twice, lol. it was funny. I dont care about that, If only they'd write more realistically about detective investigations. It's hurts, their incompetence.

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I think Moo Gak also did the so called noble idiocy in this ep when he didn't answer cho rim's text and not meet her in the bus stop. It's just that he is more faster and open minded than cho rim and thinking "this is all murderer's fault not you". And for cho rim, there is so called "guilt". Someone needs to tell her that it's not her fault that moo gak's little sis died but it's that crazy psycho killer's fault and that "someone" is Moo Gak himself.

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what really pisses me off is that yoochun and sekyung have AWESOME on-screen chemistry. yes, both of them are average actors/actress but they look so natural together and all these time i've been ignoring the plotholes just to see them fight like a team and snuggle like the cutest couple on earth.

none of that i see in this ep. disappointing! so close to the end but i found myself fast forwarding so many times. sigh.

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Thanks dear Lollypip and my "condolences" on having to recap so much idiocy in one sitting.

I was laughing as I read all the comments above. Yes almost-idiot MG, idiot CR, idiot Yeom, idiot daddy Oh .... I just thoroughly agree with everyone, and so will not repeat what you've said. The redeeming characters in this episode I felt were our 3 stooges, Kang, Ki and Yeh. :D They add comedy to an otherwise overly frustrating episode.

Little points I noticed... although SSK has been said to over-act some dramatic parts, I felt her emotional scene with her dad was well done.

My beef with MG: OK so you need time to process that CR is Choi Eun Seol and your sister died instead of her, but at least reply to her message with an excuse instead of letting the poor girl wait and worry!

What I liked: CR saying "Ahhh" in that way and tells MG she knew about his birthday but forgot and he got flustered saying "What, it's not that you either forgot or did not care it's my birthday, but BOTH!!!" Yeah, I like that honesty and the fact MG did not actually take issue with it.

My beef with the writer 1): he's too lax with the murderer... JH gets to know all the information he needs (except that CR is CES) from Daddy Oh and MG so easily. The good guys get zilch new info or fail at making use of info.

2)Lazy writing that include coincidence in the meeting of MG with JH on that road just so MG learns about the Spy App, coincidence again as CR gets no other means to know her history except by overhearing the police officers, also in that CR who is on her way to a dangerous place just does not hear her phone ring when she needs to so that we get our little cliff hanger.

When most of our viewer investment is in our OTP, it bodes ill that the couple are no longer communicating or together at the end of an episode. Dear writer-nim, if you know what's good for you, you'd better keep the separation short and bring back more fun couple times!!! :( :)

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About SSK's acting: I agree, there have been several scenes now where she went more subtle and dynamic.

Her tear production is not top-level melo stuff yet (director: "We need additional 50 microlitres of tears in the left eye!"), but she has uses those short flashes of emotional expressions that blend in and out. Nothing fancy yet, but quite effective.

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I believe they do use eye-drops to effect tears. The really good cry scene in this episode was Mu Gak with red eyes and what looks like real tears, when he learnt that CR knew his sister died instead of her.

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Park Yoo Chun is good at tearing on command. He easily cries, without the help of tear drops.

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Yeah..thats because he really is a crybaby...heh

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@GB
I love the 3 stoooges. :D

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Yes, I loathe the lazy writing. Am beginning to loose hope on getting a logical explanation on Jae Hee's motive of murders.

How did Jae Hee recognise Moo Gawk at the bridge? Why were they in the opposite direction? Shouldn't they be in the same direction heading towards the village?

The 3 stooges discussing classified info in a semi public area like office ladies gossiping during tea break. Uuuurghh!

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I was hoping they will get to that but instead we got the mandatory breakup. FFustratinf, especially because at this poit JH is the most interesting character.

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jae Hee doesn't recognize anyone. He has face blindness. (This is one of the few consistencies in this drama.) They are going in opposite directions because Jae hee has just come from seeing Cho Rims (not really) dad and Mu Gak is going to look for him.

(But don't take my explanation of theses 2 points as me thinking the drama makes sense. It still doesn't. And you're right about lazy writing.)

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I became an idiot myself after watching this episode...shouting at my screen like Mugak did!

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@ Giegie

I became a constipated laughing hyena, had to laugh off the frustration (but not as full heartedly as I'd normally like), so it helped when I read this recap and comments of witty sarcasm, general frustration and grouses, which really got me LOL. :)

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@GB

But I still enjoyed some parts of the episode, like the bday celebration & how the 3 stooges helped Mugak get the infos....but the show is really testing my patience. :/

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When I was watching this episode, the one thought that crossed my mind throughout the episode was: Am I an idiot by questioning why there are so many idiocies? There couldn't be this many, right? In one episode?

Now I'm soooo glad that I'm not, after reading the recap and comments here.

Or we're all are?
LOL

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@ pastmidnite

Don't worry, we're all in the same boat!

I think many of us have come to the conclusion that viewers are thought to be willing idiots for a show, and that we will give a pass to all the incomprehensible parts of the story. This is not the case!!!

While it is true that we may continue to watch (most likely to know the ending), it does not mean that we do it with approval of the production or with the happy enjoyment that a good show would have brought us.

The production team should aim for the latter or lose the audience in the next drama that is half as holey as this, once the OTP is not as engaging as this one! :)

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I had expected Mu-gak to be the noble idiot as well, but you know what, I'm glad Cho-rim is the one, and Mu-gak has already found out that she knows, so this whole noble idiot thing can boil over really quickly. Mu-gak the Man will be able to get Cho-rim to face the situation like how he did and reassure her that he still feels the same way about her.

Equally dismayed at how utterly stupid Cho-rim can be to just walk into the house like that without a care about her safety. Come ON!

On a sidenote, I really loved Cho-rim's dark green motorcycle jacket in this episode. She sure knows how to dress.

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@ Chloe

If all else fails in this show, let's just watch for CR's fashion coordination and MG's coats and jumpers!! LOL! At least the show has a decent costume department. They could have given CR a few more different hairdos though!!! :)

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Ah, I second that! About the hairdo. It's about time for Kdrama rule #15: change the hero/heroine's hairstyle at least halfway through the series, especially after he/she learns about a shocking fact/secret ;-)

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Yes, her hair is thick and messy, so any style would look better! Thankfully she can pull off anything i.e. her current hairstyle

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I like that birthday cooking scene. Nice to hear MG commenting on them being lefties. And the part about how CR must learn his family traditions if she wants to marry him. Aww, he's really serious about her!

What I don't like is, how they didn't eat all those food after all that preparation!

The flashbacks after the break up included the bed scene, which I thought was from MG's imagination. Well, I guess that could be, if it's a flashback from MG's perspective.

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Oops! Comment 18 was meant to be a reply to this comment 17!

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Hi Growingbeautifully... I just saw your comments in 1.3 above... similar to mine! We must have thought about these same things around the same time :) Anything about the couple that involves skinship and sweet, warm words would be squee-worthy and no harm mentioning it over and over again, right? ;)

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Yes, certainly BedeliaJane, no harm at all! I just try to reduce repeating myself or what I've read in others' comments, but I do like to be able to agree with many thoughts and ideas too.

I believe, (and gladly so) that quite a number of us who comment do have the same thoughts and are in agreement most of the time. :)

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LOL! Whenever I see the quantities of food in kdramas, usually mostly untouched, I always think that the crew are probably going to have a cold feast after the shoot. :) Unfortunately I believe that they like their food piping hot, so I'm not sure if they re-heat the food and eat it??? :D

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From no sense Mu-gak to chuuuuuuurrrrrrr Mu-gak to petty Mu-gak to cheesy Mu-gak and now rational Mu-gak.
Gotta find a Mu-gak for myself~~ <3

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I skipped a huge chunk of episode 11, all while telling myself: "I hate this show, why can't I stop watching it?". I was promised a romcom, ok, not a melo :{ I'm honestly thinking Chorim was more startled to see Jaehee than surprised, like more 'I didn't expect you to be home at this hour' than 'omg what are you doing here'. Maybe it's me, since I already watched episode 12.

Do I feel that Jaehee popping up in places where Chorim is with ominous music in the background will become a trend? Please, I hope not.

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Dont worry..its not like the melo is 4 episode or more...just 1 episode and a half maybe...things will get better..heheh

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yeap, it's far from melo imo..just they drag the barcode cases, repetitively playing mouse and cat game coz JH is always step ahead so it's quite frustrated!

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right! can't the barcode case be solve earlier so that we could have 4 episodes of bantering murim,then the funny gag couple,and end up being squishy and cheesy murim...lol..pls make the police efficient too..i'm not the one who used to complaint about the police and investigations plot ...but i think they really have everything already to capture jaehee...why didnt you capture him yet..?><"

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Ooh, I vote for this too.
Let's get back to Mu-Gak and Cho Rim practicing for her comedy debut. CHUUURRRR!

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@chunnie @Wag_a_Muffin
count me in too!
I need to see another churrrrr from them! even Yoochun himself said (from his interview during last Friday Press Con),

"I hope that in the remaining 4 episodes, I‘ll get another chance to show you my (comic acting)"

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I see zombies.... brains, brains, brains. Letz eat brainz. Mu Gak seemed immune to zombie venom until he... well, that is next episode. Nobody escapes stupidity.

ah, I dunno. If not for the cuteness of the main couple and the Brotherhood of Bumbling Policemen, I would have quit.

I feel so bipolar, reaction going high and then hitting the low.

But PLEASE... kill the zombies, restore common sense.

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Just look at the expression of SSK when she knew that her dad was at JH house. She didnt showed wondering or curious facial expression why her dad was there. She just had a flat expression as if she never been into JH 's house.... Writer, did u ask SSK to act like that?
Or SSK only have that kind of facial expression? Come on.....everyone here except me like u SSK..u can do better, cant u???

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You are right. However, a similar thing happens to other characters, most prominently maybe with Cho-rim's father's character; and the actor who plays him is not that bad.

If so many actors have trouble expressing their characters' states properly, I tend to blame the production team (writer and directing team, primarily).

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Honestly I don't think Chorim deserves that much criticism for "noble idiocy". I doubt it was her trying to "protect" Mugak from the truth or "save" him from making the decision that was the main factor for her breakup. It's more likely she couldn't handle the guilt that someone else was murdered in her place. I mean it's not something anyone can accept easily. Especially knowing how important this someone is to your beloved one. While we all know it isn't really Chorim's fault I don't think we can judge her for the mental burden that comes with knowing a person's life was exchanged for yours. Can you imagine? Every time Chorim looks at Mugak she'll think of how he was deprived of a sister when Chorim should have been the one to die. And that kind of emotional baggage isn't easily solved just by other people telling her "it's ok". Even if Chorim wanted to tell Mugak the truth, to her knowledge Mugak is still completely clueless, so how could she have the heart to break that kind of news to her lover? In this case, Chorim isn't assuming how Mugak would feel and preempting his decision for him. She made that decision for herself, because she couldn't cope with the truth, and I don't fault her for that.

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I like your explanation..it shows me another side of a coin..and i thinks it really suits chorim innocent nature to be like what you said...she's just not tough enough..

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I agree. And maybe it's nitpicky but, really, it isn't as though Mu Gak was truthful with her, either; he discovered something massive, something that affects the both of them and chose not to tell her. If she hadn't found out on her own, when would he have told her? *Would* he have told her, if they'd been able to catch Jae Hee without the witness' testimony?

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i Always wondered about these things,the keeping things secret... if that's culture related..
I saw some Kshows where (emergency couple) doctors get scolded for telling the patient she has cancer because, well it seems the other doctors told her family but not the patient herself "as not to upset her".
Really? "here mom , take this morphine, oooh no reason , it's good for your skin, it has a lot of vitamins"
Same thing with other K drama's, the family asks the doctors NOT to tell the patient that the operation was not succesfull or that he/she is sick or worse, they let some random person of the street or an ex girlfriend make the medical decisions because he/she just happened to be around when the main char is being run over or collapsed.
HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE OR LEGAL?
i mean, isn't the hypocratic oath the same everywhere..or do Kdrama doctors take a hyppocritic oath? Plz tell me they don't do this in real life....

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I just had to fill out a advance Directive for my doctor. (I'm going to believe he is being overly cautious and not that he's thinking I'm going to need it.) The very first questions is: (pick one) 1.) I wish to know all the relevant facts about my condition. I can cope better with what I know than with the unknown. or 2.) I do not wish to know all the details of my condition, especially if the news is bad. I fear that such knowledge will lessen my will to live and will cast a shadow over the time left to me.

I picked one. But just the fact that here in the United States, where I live, they offer the 2 choices means it's not just a Korean culture thing. If I wanted I could allow my "health care agent" to know everything and I could be oblivious. (That's not what I will do, but some people must find it the better alternative.)

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WOW !! out here they just give you the bad news, the options you have (or don't have) and the names of clinics you can call to make appointements for treatment, and that's all. They are not even allowed to inform anyone else of your condition without your permission..then again, i did keep my sickness hidden from my family until i got the ok that it was not malignent, as to save them from going trough the pain of yet another possible cancer scare and death, so i do get that sense of "noble idiocy". but wow, the fact they give you a choice in other countries ...i guess one learns every day thntks to the beanies :) i feel like we are our own little version of abnormal summit :)

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Well said! I agree so much with you. Whatever she did, it was neither noble nor idiotic. It's just survivor's guilt. Not to mention that the person who died is your boyfriend's most beloved sister.

But I think they could have handled revelation of Chorim's identity better. The emotional impact didn't felt as strong. And I'd just say that the execution of that break-up does feel a little abrupt. Hiding away for the moment might have been a more natural thing to do. But this whole break-up was still understandable and doesn't seem to me as noble idiocy..

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I still love this show since my liking is more than annoying. but gotta admit ep11 is my least favorite! but this is the only episode I cried so badly tho just because I LOVE Moo Gak so so much! he is so adorable aegyo chessy boyfriend I just cant handle it so it's sad to see the way CR rejected him and gives kinda annoying mood on his birthday! he is deeply sad too and I understand CR felt so guilty at the same time but can you please let him eat the cake at least? sigh..sigh..sigh..writernim owes us to give a double cute cheesy moments of them in the next eps! pls dont disappoint us. I adore the OTP! I love the humors & romances of Murim! I even salute JH's smart villain character but as

@redfox says: kill the zombies, restore common sense.

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I'm just here to say thanks LollyPip for the recap, and it sure feels nice to know there are people who share my overt frustrations with the plot holes and lazy writing.

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This show got me hooked so bad. Ep 11 is really frustrating that i really have to rant a little since my husband (american) dont know know or care what in the world i was watching..lol anyway i was so annoyed with CR or lets just say maybe the writer..lol They just told her that the chef was one of the suspect and then when she received a text from her dad telling her the address that she did not hesitate or at last tell the cops where she is heading...grrr Anyway i guess almost all kdrama has this part where the viewer get annoyed right? Its not a drama if everything makes sense..lol Well ill just be till ep11 for now and wait for a few days to watch 12 till other ep comes i hate to wait for a wk for other episodes. This is by far my fave kdrama lately that after watching i have to read again some recaps..lol

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Looks like the cop dad is absolutely using CR as a bait and not concerned about her at all. Wonder if that is the only reason he adopted her for. The actor who plays him wouldn't have agreed to a small role in this drama. So the "dad" must be a key to the whole serial killings mystery.

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OK. This is for laughs, but I think "dad" is the original Gap Dong ... I mean he might be the one who originated the "barcode" killings.

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ooh i see what you did there :) clever girl, i admit, when i first saw him i did think for a second "ooh , that's the accomplice"

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Hahaha yeah I like this. How about Cop dad did the first gap-dong barcode murder then jae-hee is the copycat, eh?

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I commented in the the last post about Shin Se Kyung's overacting, but I have to say she did so much better in episodes 11 and 12. Her character was convincing, even in the emotional scenes where she finds out her real identity.

It's disappointing that the plot went for a nosedive though, when it wasn't even that strong before. I was so frustrated I started keeping a notepad document of every plot point that didn't make a shred of sense... I had enough to fill my entire screen after episodes 11-12. And I'm sad to say that I think episode 12 is even worse than 11.

And to think I chose to watch this show only for the crime/police premise.

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Hahaha...can i say that in twisted way you care for the drama so much that you care keeping a close look on each episode and have a notepad to write it about... ;)

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Hahah yes, you could say so... I do care a lot about the shows I choose to watch. Since I'm already investing my time into the story's universe and characters, I try to get as much out as I can out of it.

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@Elly and @ chunnie

I happily admit to taking notes during shows just so that I do not have to re-watch every scene to ensure I'm not remembering events wrong as I comment! :) Memory is just not what it used to be and the twists and turns in these stories get me lost otherwise. And in spite of all this, I find that I've still made mistakes!!! :)

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Shin Se Kyung overacting? not sure if joking...

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Why was Cho-rim so surprised to see Jae Hee? Doesnt she know that is his house ????

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How is it that cho rim wasnt able to see the smell of the chef coming from behind the door?? I mean she was able to see moogak's smell when he was behind closed doors.

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LOL! Chef had been cooking with lots of garlic and she couldn't tell if he was food or a person! :D

But seriously yes, that is another of several/many loopholes/inconsistencies/inexplicable things that the story includes to make the plot do a certain thing. I feel so manipulated!!! :D

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she is blinded by mugak's love that she only saw his ice particles...hahaha....but wait.. she also can only see jaehee's particle only in the dark...aigoo...writernim...pls wake up..

P/s:what is jae hee particle supposed to be..it reminds me of nachos :p

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I didnt wanna comment on that since that technically happens in ep 12.. but on that point anyone know if the smell that cho rim saw on the chef same as the smell she saw on the doc? I rmb that she wasnt able to identify one of the smells on the doc when they found his body.. I thought the smell cho rim saw on the chef when the lights went off looked similar to it.

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XDDD I laughed so much with your comments guys....but indeed this was a crazy episode. They were doing quite fine till now.
My guess is that something happened to the writers team...maybe there was a party, they went drunk and then they had to finish the script that very night...
there has to be an explanation behind this :D

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Now that's an idea! Drunk writers! :-D

OR...

They changed their writer/s! That explains the inconsistencies!

Yup, that must be it. *nods*

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I am not pissed off with this show but with half the comments posted here regarding the 'noble idiocy' part. I do not know the profile of the people who commented here but I do find it disconcerting when people, ignorant of cultural differences, chose to impose their own beliefs by belittling others who subscribed to different ethics and philosophy.

The sense of shame and guilt and how they differ between collectivistic cultures of China, Japan and Korea and individualistic culture such as US have long been an area of emotion research that stemmed back as early as the 1940s.

What you termed as 'noble idiocy' on Cho Rim's part was more likely her way of coping with the feelings of guilt and shame and breaking up was a "face-saving" move. This shame culture is pervasive in East Asian countries and you will see this being played out in many of the dramas from this part of the world.

Some of the comments posted above reminded me of the time when I was in Las Vegas and this American couple reacted in horror to an Indian family eating with their hands. Their gasps of "uncivilized behavior" were loud enough to be heard by all.

It brought to mind a saying by Mencius: "Men cannot live without shame. A sense of shame is the beginning of integrity." Who do you think needed a sense of shame more - the American couple or the Indian family?

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I think that's a interesting point you brought up but I'm not sure how much it applies to this show. In your example, Indians eating with their hands does no harm. However, Cho Rim's decision is unfair and hurtful to Mu Gak.

As a Chinese who has never stepped out of Asia, I also struggle with those feelings of guilt and shame that you speak of. So I can understand why Cho Rim broke up with Mu Gak. I'm not sure I'd be able to face my bf either if I find out I indirectly caused his beloved sister's death. However, I think it's still frustrating from the audience's point of view, because we know that her actions does no one any good. She's only protecting herself from her guilt. Is that really a good thing? Maybe I've been too influenced by Western values, but I think she'd be happier without it. (I think I'd be happier without it too.)

Basically, while I think that some people are indeed imposing their beliefs onto Korean/Asian culture, I don't think their frustrations are unjustified.

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It depends on who the audience is and from the writer's point of view, that refers to the Korean viewers.

I am not against those international viewers who get a bit frustrated due to the lack of understanding of cultural nuances. My only wish is that they could exercise greater restraint over their choice of words which conveyed a sense of disdain or superiority over practices that do not fit their cultural perspectives.

That was precisely the point I was trying to raise about the comments made by the American couple about the Indian family. It has nothing to do with Cho Rim's decision.

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@Gr8*

"I am not pissed off with this show but with half the comments posted here"
This is how I feel.

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Shin Se Kyung did really well despite of the bad writing.
i hope Jae Hee kills either Cho Rim or Mu Gak because it would elevate this drama to GOAT status

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Shin se kyung did really well together with yoochun and namgoong min...and for that i would love to watch it end on the good side with happy ending :)

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@ gustave154

Errr... would GOAT stand for viewers
"Groaning Over Atrocious Trajectory"?
and so drama reaches
Baa-aa-aad status?
:D

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noble idiocy i will never ever ever comprehend. wae wae wae u just give me more pimples on my forehead and i have enough

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Thanks for the recap LollyPip.
"She finds out he’s home instead of at the station, and goes there to find him drinking in the middle of the day."

Rather than binging on alcohol as a way to mope about or drown one's sorrows, what a missed opportunity for Mu-Gak to eat comfort food or for that matter a hearty meal. More often than not for kdramas characters alcohol is the first resort. Instead I would love to see more and more characters in kdramas take great enjoyment/delight from eating and filling up their stomachs with delicious food. We need more ardent foodies.

"That is, provided the little twit doesn’t get her silly self murdered before he can get there to save her."

Ha, thanks for the unexpected chuckle.

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I can't believe how stupid she was at the end of this episode. face palm

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"Why oh Why, Do da en de da en dai"*. I have so many questions:

- Why Senior Officer Yeom Mi did not provide the motivation to Oh Cho-Rim / Choi Eun-Seol to remember the incident from her past?
- Why Det Moo-Gak did not use his wonder woman, Oh Cho-Rim / Choi Eun-Seol to help catch Celebrity Chef, Jae-Hee, the serial killer?
- Why did Oh Cho-Rim / Choi Eun-Seol not share information with her lover boy, Det. Moo-Gak?

Instead we have stupid scenes like celebrating her birthday and all that lovely dovey, mushy stuff.

Go catch the serial killer, dudes before you or another person dies. Start sharing information. Get your priorities right.

* Sung by pop group A Touch of Class (ATC)

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