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Girl Who Sees Smells: Episode 12

It’s time to catch a killer, and time is running short. The detective team swing into action with the help of an unexpected volunteer, though her lack of training could get them all in trouble if they aren’t careful. And the killer isn’t about to stand still while they hunt him down – he’s more than ready to reveal himself if it means finding his own quarry before they find him.

EPISODE 12 RECAP

Cho-rim is frozen when Jae-hee surprises her with a hand on her shoulder, and he stares at her for a long moment with those dead eyes. We see her face shift from his point of view, unable to determine exactly what she looks like. But he knows that she’s Choi Eun-seol, and asks in a frightening voice, “You know me, right?”

Cho-rim has the presence of mind to remember that if she doesn’t speak, he won’t know it’s her, and struggles to hold her voice. She stands stock-still, even when he reaches out and caresses her hair the way he did that first night they met. Something catches her eye and she turns to see (ohthankgoodness) Mu-gak’s crystal blue scent drifting into the room. He made it.

Suddenly the lights go out. Oooh, smart — Mu-gak cut the lights, knowing that Cho-rim could still see his scent in the dark and come to him, which is exactly what she does. She trips on a step and turns to see Jae-hee feeling his way along the wall, his own scent bright gold and all sharp knife-edges.

She gets up and runs for the blue crystals, making it to Mu-gak before Jae-hee switches the lights back on. When he sees his target is gone, he roars in wordless frustration.

Mu-gak and Cho-rim make it outside and hide around the corner from the front door, Mu-gak with gun drawn. When Jae-hee comes outside, Mu-gak pistol-whips him and he falls unconscious. Seeing his chance for revenge, Mu-gak aims his gun at Jae-hee’s head.

But Cho-rim grabs his arm and begs him not to do it, or he’ll only become a murderer, too. He struggles but lowers the gun, and he and Cho-rim go inside to look for her father. Did you really just leave the murderer alone?!

They search the house (the parts they know, anyway) but Detective Oh is nowhere to be found. Back in the living room, Cho-rim succumbs to the adrenaline and stress, and passes out. Mu-gak carries her out to his car just as Detectives Ki and Yeh show up, and he tells them where to find Jae-hee while he takes Cho-rim to the hospital.

Jae-hee wakes up in time to be standing when the detectives get to him, and they ask if he knows why a missing person’s phone might be transmitting from his house. Jae-hee readily admits that Detective Oh is here, and that he’s simply sleeping off a bit too much wine. He blocks their entry and goes inside to get Oh, but once he’s in, he thinks fast.

He takes Oh’s phone from his pocket and deletes the text he sent to Cho-rim, and leaves the phone on the floor. He quickly hides the syringes and ketamine (a powerful drug that causes sedation and memory loss) that he’d readied, just in time for Oh to wake and apologize for drinking too much.

Embarrassed, Oh grabs his phone and starts to leave, and Jae-hee warns him about the cops outside. Meanwhile Ki and Yeh have decided Jae-hee is lying about Detective Oh, and draw their guns to force their way inside. One… two… ~needle scratch~ HAHA, Oh walks out the door confused, and Jae-hee looks like butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth.

Oh takes a taxi home, unaware that Jae-hee followed him. Now he knows where Choi Eun-seol lives — he only needs to figure out how to find her. (Random unrelated thought: how seriously cute is their house? Though I suspect it’s really a TARDIS — it’s bigger on the inside.)

Cho-rim recovers, but when the doctor leaves, there’s some awkwardness between her and Mu-gak. He tells her that her dad made it home okay, and that he’ll fill her in on the rest tomorrow. She tells him that Jae-hee called her Choi Eun-seol, and asked if she remembered him. They both realize that this is irrefutable proof that Jae-hee is the Barcode Killer.

In a surprisingly calm voice, Cho-rim asks if Jae-hee was going to kill her tonight, but Mu-gak only says the whole thing was very dangerous. Cho-rim tells Mu-gak about Jae-hee’s face-blindness, explaining that even though she was right in front of him, because Cho-rim didn’t speak, Jae-hee doesn’t know she’s Choi Eun-seol.

Mu-gak praises Cho-rim’s quick thinking, and she thanks him for showing up when he did. He warns her not to wear the outfit she was wearing tonight again, since Jae-hee probably recognizes clothing. After another awkward silence, they go outside to talk.

Cho-rim tells Mu-gak that she knows her real name and that she’s the witness, and she can tell by his expression that he already knew. She cries as she says that his sister died because of her, and apologizes. Mu-gak holds back his own tears and insists that it’s not her fault, but Cho-rim won’t be swayed.

Mu-gak says that he knows this is why she broke up with him, and repeats that his sister’s death was not her fault. He won’t accept her breakup on those ridiculous grounds. He asks her not to worry about those things and just to accept his love… but she’s too wracked with guilt, and she walks away.

Detective Oh is brought into the station the next day, where Lieutenant Yeom asks why he’s been hiding the fact that Cho-rim is the witness. He claims it was pity, and that he didn’t want to see a young girl dragged around to police stations, being forced to remember something she doesn’t wish to remember. He had selfish motives too — to catch the killer himself, once her memory returned.

Yeom informs him that he’d better stay away from Cho-rim, now that Jae-hee knows his connection to the witness. Mu-gak promises Oh that he’ll protect Cho-rim.

Oh says goodbye to Cho-rim at the hospital, apologizing that he can’t do anything for her. She stays cheerful, promising to be careful, and Oh hands over her care to Mu-gak. Cho-rim agrees to Mu-gak’s protection but keeps her distance emotionally, and politely refuses his offer to take her home.

He follows her at a discreet distance anyway, watching as Cho-rim lets herself inside. But when she does, she sees that her home has been ransacked, and she screams loud enough for Mu-gak to hear. He rushes in to find her kneeling in the chaos, but a quick search shows that the culprit is long gone.

Mu-gak makes coffee and Cho-rim calms down, and they check to see if anything is missing. Everything seems to be thrown around but nothing is gone — until Cho-rim realizes that a photo of herself is missing from it’s frame. This confirms Mu-gak’s suspicion that Jae-hee did this, and he refuses to allow Cho-rim to stay here alone, because Jae-hee now knows where the victim lives.

Jae-hee stares at the photo that he stole, but the image stubbornly reinforces his inability to recognize faces. He slams the photo face-down in frustration, then mysteriously makes a mark on the back of it.

Mu-gak takes Cho-rim to his place, offering to stay with a friend who lives across the street, and looking adorably pleased when she agrees to stay. He asks her to call him any time she leaves, and not to tell anyone where she’s staying, not even her father.

He tells her to make herself at home and leaves, only to come right back for his phone. Then again for his clothes. And again to remind her not to go near the windows. So cute — especially his giant goofy grin every time he leaves again.

As expected, there’s no friend across the street, and Mu-gak spends the night watching the windows from his car. He even calls to fuss at Cho-rim when she gets to near the window, and his adoring surveillance is just the sweetest thing ever. Cho-rim also sits up all night, wearing a sweatshirt of Mu-gak’s and hugging herself as she revels in his comforting blue-crystal scent.

She’s already suspicious of his “friend’s place,” and it doesn’t help when he comes back in the morning to use his bathroom to get ready for work. He hustles her out and into the elevator, and when a neighbor ajumma mistakes them for newlyweds, Mu-gak just thanks her and grins. Cho-rim huffs at him, but secretly smiles to herself.

Cho-rim goes to the station to ask Yeom a favor — she’s serious about volunteering to help catch Jae-hee, and she wants to get her photo back. Yeom gets frustrated, saying it’s too dangerous since he’s so close to figuring out who she is, but Cho-rim is just as stubborn.

Meanwhile the team go over the evidence found at Cho-rim’s house, which pretty much boils down to nothing. No matter how certain they are that Jae-hee is the killer, they don’t have anything they can use to get a warrant for his arrest, and they can’t even use Cho-rim as a witness since she still doesn’t remember anything.

Yeom announces that Cho-rim has volunteered to get her photo back herself, which is news to Mu-gak, and he loudly protests. He finds Cho-rim and demands to know what the hell she’s thinking, and she rationalizes that she’s actually pretty safe since Jae-hee already knows her as Cho-rim. Yeom concedes that Cho-rim is the only one with a shot at getting into Jae-hee’s house, and they don’t have much time to come up with a plan. They have to get the picture back before he shows it to anyone.

Later Cho-rim reassures Mu-gak that she’ll be safe, since the plan is to do it during a cooking show taping, where there will be lots of people around. He reluctantly agrees, but only if she promises to only do what he says and leave immediately if it gets dangerous.

The team instructs Cho-rim on a variety of tools they’re going to send in with her, and I’m getting a kick out of the fact that Cho-rim actually looks like she’s having fun (though Mu-gak can’t keep his eyes from rolling). They give her a book rigged with a spy camera, earpieces for communication, and a panic button disguised as a necklace.

Cho-rim braves the tiger’s lair as Mu-gak directs things from a nearby van, and by sheer luck, the cooking theme is five-minute cooking. Cho-rim can count on Jae-hee being occupied for at least five minutes at a time. She tells Mu-gak her time limit, and he watches the clock while she heads down to the Murder Library.

After only three minutes, the PD unexpectedly stops Jae-hee’s clock and suggests they shoot Cho-rim’s segment now. But when she’s not there waiting, Jae-hee goes on alert and starts to get suspicious.

Of course Mu-gak is telling her she’s still got plenty of time, and she does manage to get the hidden camera set up on a bookshelf facing Jae-hee’s desk. Mu-gak sends her back upstairs, and while she’s in the elevator, Jae-hee makes his way there himself to go down and look for her.

It’s a tense nail-biting moment as he waits for the elevator, but instead of finding it empty when the doors open, Jae-hee is startled by the sight of Cho-rim with her skirt up around her hips. HAHA, she thought fast and pretended to be there for privacy to adjust her hose, and Jae-hee hilariously can’t figure out where to look.

After leaving her wallet in Jae-hee’s bathroom (so she has a reason to go back for the camera later), Cho-rim gets the heck out of there and joins Mu-gak in the van. He takes her for pork rind to celebrate, saying that his boss took him out like this after his first field investigation, too. That’s so sweet, and he adorably even feeds her the first bite.

They go for a walk and Cho-rim asks if Mu-gak likes being a detective, and he says he hadn’t thought about liking it — it’s just what he has to do. He points out that she’s also put aside her stage ambitions to catch this killer. She asks if he plans to go back to the aquarium in Jeju after this is over, and he says he doesn’t know if he can, but he’d like to.

As Cho-rim walks ahead, Mu-gak gathers his courage and asks her, when he does go back, would she go with him? She turns to him with tears in her eyes, and he steels himself for rejection. But Cho-rim only says that when he goes to see his sister again, she would like to go too, and apologize.

He says that’s good, that Eun-seol can talk to Eun-seol. He sweetly wipes Cho-rim’s tears and pulls her in for a long hug, and they both sigh in relief. It’s not exactly a reconciliation, but it’ll do for now.

Detective Yeh watches the video from the hidden camera, and gets excited when Jae-hee finally shows up. He gets lucky when Jae-hee pulls out the picture of Cho-rim to stare at some more, then calls someone to say that he’s trying to find a person. He gives the man on the other line her information, and says he’ll meet him tomorrow to show him a photo.

Mu-gak takes Cho-rim back to his place, and heads off to his “friend’s” place to sleep. This time Cho-rim looks noticeably sorry to see him go, and who can blame her the way he grins at her again on his way out. But tonight he’s busted, and Cho-rim catches him sleeping in his car.

She orders him to come sleep inside, but softens it with a smile, and Mu-gak looks like she just made his millennium. As she takes the bed and he snuggles on the couch with a stuffed walrus, they talk about going grocery shopping like she’s planning on staying a while. They both stifle yawns and argue over who’s sleepier, but they both nod off at the same time.

The next day, the team brings in Kang’s nemesis to alter a photo to look like Cho-rim’s, but with a different face. If they just take the picture from Jae-hee, he’ll only find another one of her. Kang grumbles when the guy does a pretty damn good job of it, and gets teased for typing with two fingers, himself. Pfft.

Mu-gak gives the retouched photo to Cho-rim, assuring her that the girl in the picture doesn’t exist, but is just an amalgam of random features. He tells her that they saw Jae-hee put her real photo in his wallet, and that she’ll need to swap the photos at the restaurant, before his meeting with the investigator. He sends her off with a smile and a promise to be nearby, but he watches her go like he’s scared to death.

Cho-rim gets lucky that afternoon at the restaurant, when Jae-hee takes off his jacket to help with a kitchen snafu, and she smoothly snatches his wallet when his attention is elsewhere. She switches the photos and manages to put the wallet back with nobody noticing. Then when he’s leaving to meet the investigator, she tells him she left her wallet at his place and he gives her permission to get it from his house.

Cho-rim calls Mu-gak and tells him she switched the pictures and is heading to Jae-hee’s place to get the camera back, but in a moment of distraction, she leaves her phone on one of the restaurant tables.

The investigator calls Jae-hee before he arrives at their meeting place, and asks if the person he’s looking for is involved in a crime case. Apparently, their meeting point is swarming with cops, and the investigator tells Jae-hee that whatever he’s up to, he’s been exposed. Jae-hee pulls out the photo, which looks the same to him, but notices that this one is missing the tiny mark he made on the back. Dammit.

Furious, Jae-hee goes straight home and directly to the Murder Library. He looks around to find the camera that must be there for the cops to know about the photo, and Cho-rim also arrives just as Mu-gak realizes Jae-hee is home. He tries to call Cho-rim, but her phone is still at the restaurant

Of course, a man as meticulous as Jae-hee will notice a book he didn’t place there, and he zooms right in on the unfamiliar tome. As Mu-gak frantically tries to contact Cho-rim, Jae-hee takes the book down and looks right into the camera, seeming to make eye contact with Mu-gak as he growls an angry, “Why are you so curious?”

When Jae-hee’s face turns dark and the screen goes snowy, Mu-gak gives up on electronic communication, and just makes a run for the house. Cho-rim is already there, and she gets in the elevator to go down to the library.

Down below, Jae-hee starts to head upstairs, but he notices that the elevator is already on it’s way down. He waits expectantly, and when the door opens, there’s Cho-rim, shocked into silence to see him here. Jae-hee smirks at Cho-rim, as Mu-gak runs as hard as he can to save her.

COMMENTS

Well it’s a good cliffhanger again this episode — if you can ignore the fact that we basically got the exact same cliffhanger last episode. I’m willing to overlook a lot in a drama when it comes to plot holes and characters acting irrationally, as long as the writing doesn’t get lazy, but I feel like we’ve gotten a bit lazy. But I did see some flashes of the original storytelling style in this episode, though, such as the high-tension scenes being undercut by ridiculous humor (like when the Detective Duo started to storm Jae-hee’s house and were met with two very calm men, and when Jae-hee found Cho-rim in the elevator with her skirt hiked up). So I’m hoping the first episode this week was the low point, and that we’re on the upswing as we head down the backstretch.

I’ll just be honest… as much as I’m finding the serial killer story pretty interesting, and I’m dying to know Jae-hee’s motives and reasons for his method, I’m mostly here for our main couple and their wonderful chemistry. Mu-gak and Cho-rim just work, and seeing them separate wasn’t fun. I’m happy that the show stayed true to form and didn’t let that last for long, and we definitely have Mu-gak to thank for that. He managed to respect Cho-rim’s wishes and boundaries, while still protecting her and keeping her close without smothering her. But he paid attention to his girl, and every time she opened up just a crack, he took his chance to stick his toe in the door. Slow and steady wins the race, and all that.

But mostly what stuck out to me, was Mu-gak’s utter respect for Cho-rim, and her ability and right to make her own decisions. In fact, he’s being the exact opposite of a Noble Idiot, and allowing Cho-rim to do what she thinks is best even when he vehemently disagrees. As hard as it was for him to let her put herself in harm’s way, he stayed logical and realized that Cho-rim and Yeom are right — Cho-rim had the best chance to get into Jae-hee’s home and get them some hard evidence. You could tell it was killing him, and he was worried sick, but he didn’t try to go all I am the man, do as I say on her. He let her decide, and he let her help for the good of the case. When it comes to swoony male leads, being cute and romantic and a good kisser (we’ll get to see another kiss, right?) is all nice and good. But show me a man who gives his lady the respect she deserves, and I’m a puddle of goo.

And Cho-rim, to her credit, did redeem her past stupidity a bit in this episode. She was brave and strong, she insisted on doing the right thing, and she thought fast on her feet more than once. I mean seriously, that quick idea to adjust her hose on the elevator was pure genius — not only was it a plausible reason to be there, but it made Jae-hee want to get away from her as fast as possible. It doesn’t quite make me forget that she stupidly went back into his house without her phone or her earpieces… but at this point, I’ll take whatever I can get. She’s not a trained detective, after all.

Mainly I’m happy that our couple are back on their way to each other, because if there’s anything that would give this whole years-long ordeal of theirs some meaning, it would be for them to find love together. We all know they belong together, and Mu-gak knows it, too. He’s already forgiven Cho-rim (or really, he’s realized there was never anything to forgive) and now he just needs to find a way to convince Cho-rim to forgive herself. Again, that is, if she can keep herself alive long enough.

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I love how the villian here is smart and well written. I felt like the villian role in Hyde and Me was kinda a waste of talent.....

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Yes, very smart. And exceptionally noble on top:

He breaks into Oh's home and with all the personal stuff in there he steals ... a picture of the witness. The only thing he cannot do anything with. If I didn't know that this guy was all fair play and had to follow his noble principles, I'd assume he would be stupid.

I also like how he pretends not to know that Cho-rim is the witness, despite having all the necessary information for quite a long time.

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Your comments are always hilarious, Jon!

But it's obvious the villain needs to be dumbed down, so he is on par with the police.

"I knocked the suspect out. He's lying somewhere by the door."
Duuude, at least cuff him to the reiling or something before you drive away. *shakes head*
I was raging for the entire time they were in the house while Chef could've just walked off. Maybe it's just not time for that yet...

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On par with the police, quite right:

Mu-gak learns that his phone was bugged by the murderer. What will he do?
Will he arrest the murderer because bugging the phone is a crime and pretty good evidence that the person who bugged it might have something to do with the ONLY case you are working on right now?
Will he use the bugged phone to give the murderer wrong information, setting a trap to finally convict him?

Of course not. A man must have a code! Plainly tells the murderer (anonymously through the phone) that he knows about the spy app. Seriously, he even respects the privacy of the murderer. Honour comes first, minor things like the survival of your girlfriend have to wait ...

Kwon returns the favour when he follows Oh to his home.
Will he use this to catch Oh's "daughter"?
No, he will break into the house and search for the information about the witness directly. A solid option, I guess ... until he steals the picture and nothing else. And he leaves the house in a state that makes no sense at all. (Did he really try to find information under those miniature statues on the shelf or why is one of them fallen over?)

I guess Kwon is so upset with the incompetence of the police, who fail to relocate the witness (and relocate the father instead) that, instead of killing the witness, he simply wanted to tell the police: "I know where she lives! Do your freaking job!"

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lol

If you think about it, the case could have been solved 6 episodes ago. Provided everyone was of average intellegence and/or skill.
But of course this way everyone has either to be really dumb or really clever, depending on whatever has to happen.

e.g. MG sees picture of fisherman's wife and immediately follows that that must have been what Yeom was looking at when he came in with CR

e.g. bodybuilder Chef not being able to catch a little girl - not once but TWICE

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Mugak doesn't have the evidence that JH installed that app on his phone. Noone would believe him if he said ah i came to his house and he borrowed my phone and that was how it happened. Noone was there with them to witness.

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I know right? If all he wanted was a photo of her, there was no need to trash the house. He could've just removed a picture from the frame silently and left, it would be less obvious and wouldn't give away the fact that he now knows where she lives. Wouldn't it be easier to come back later when she's in the house alone and then kill her? He basically helped his victim by making the house un-livable, resulting in her being transferred somewhere else. Smart killer? Not this episode you're not.

And Cho Rim's dad...wtf? He knew the chef was a suspect but still gave away the info that the witness was alive?! And to add to that, he went back to his own house after spending time in the suspect's lair, knowing fully well that his daughter lived there? Seriously why did he even leave in the first place if his plan was to protect her? =__=

I'm not even going to get started on why Cho Rim went into the chef's house without her earpieces. Her phone I can understand, since it's common to not realize we forgot our phones until we're actually looking for them. She probably just assumed her phone was still in her bag. BUT HELLO. You're finally gonna be taking on this important and dangerous mission of getting the camera back, and you don't do a last minute check to see if you've got all the communication gadgets?! You know, those cool camouflage devices the detectives spent like 5 minutes teaching you how to use?

Siiigh this drama. I love it dearly, but it's hard not to ignore the lazy writing and plot holes of the past two episodes.

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If he didn't reset his phone, he could easily got the installation protocol for the spy app, including the exact date and time (additionally, he could get the information from the app store).
That alone would be enough to narrow it down to exactly two people: Kwon and Ma-guk himself.

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+1 couldn't say it better than you!

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@Jon G I've got to give u a hand. EVERYTHING u said makes sense. The show thinks we're idiots:

Girl leaves important object at the wrong time, 'supposedly' mega-genius villain trashes house and does other stupid things and 'supposedly' smart lead does dumb thing. If u guys didn't mention some stuff I would not have even questioned the stupidity. I'm so used to k-dramas manipulating us. Plus, I was waiting on Falling For Innocence so that cud explain some things too...

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me, too! I was so flabbergasted that I could not finish the eps.

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@Jon G & @meh or the police can trace where the spy app is sending the data since Chef Kwon was having it sent to his smart phone instead of his usual untraceable phones. The holes in the plot are getting bigger.

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Well, that would be an epsilon more complicated, because the app probably communicates via internet with the spy app server (that in turn forwards it to Kwon's phone).

They needed to get access to the spy app server to find out which phone the info is sent to. The spy app server might be located outside of Korea, that means they need an international warrant for approaching the spy app server owner. That would take a long time.

(Sure, they don't even think of that at all.)

From a show-perspective, a more appealing approach would be preferable to a purely paperwork battle: Feed the listener wrong information that forces him to make a wrong move. It would make Mu-gak look competent and intelligent (for a change), it could be done in a visually suspensefull way, and it could be done in a way that Kwon pulls off an amazing crazily-prepared escape to make him look bad-ass (again, for a change).

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I honestly don't think he's all that intelligent. He just seems smart because every character in this drama is ridiculously incompetent thanks to the writing.

For one, he failed to kill Cho-rim in the first episode, when he had foreknowledge she was coming home thanks to her answering machine message (meaning, he also heard her voice, and isn't voice recognition supposed to be his specialty?). And considering she stood there shocked for almost a full minute, he had more than enough time to kill her before she ran away - it's not like he needed that time to memorize her face, lol - or he could've at least hid and attacked her when she was checking on her parents rather than confront her when she was standing right next to the door. Or does he have trouble recognizing exits too?

Then, at the hospital, he went and killed the wrong girl. Had he done a little research (or even noticed that the emergency room was FILLED with students, not just the one victim), he could've found out about the girl's family and realized she wasn't the right girl after all (not to mention, he conveniently forgot what school uniform she was wearing, which I thought was supposed to be one of his specialties too, like with recognizing voices.) Besides, how could he mistake a sleeping victim with minimal injuries, to the girl he watched get pummeled by that car - Mu-gak's sister barely had a scratch!

And then there's the fact that he has a tendency to show himself blatantly at every crime scene. Had any of those hospitals, the storage lot, heck, even the stores where he picked up his car during his body-dumping trips - if they'd had CVC cameras, he'd be screwed. Or, if the police hadn't completely disregarded his fake-alibis, they might have been able to trace down the designated drivers he used to move his car; all of whom have heard his voice.

Not to mention, he went and made himself famous and high-profile, which if you wanna stay out of the spotlight is kind of stupid in itself.

And that's not even considering the fact that he killed his girlfriend, which not only put him in prime-suspect territory, but led to him having to kill his friend in order to cover it up. Which, again, why target someone close to you, and why keep her diaries in the main part of the house rather than downstairs in his library? And if she found out his secret, and he had to kill her to keep her quiet - that's further proof he sucks at killing people, lol.

And speaking of his library, what kind of secret lair is easily accessible by elevator? He even let Cho-rim go down there when he has all his death-books neatly lined up on his shelves! Then, he openly taunted the police when he found the camera (as if they didn't have reason enough to suspect him already).

More: Blatantly planting the spyware on Mu-gak's phone when he could have snuck into his apartment and bugged him secretly. Sidling up to the witness's father. Calling the witness by her name. Trashing...

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Trashing her apartment and only taking a photograph, etc, etc.

Clearly, I'm in this for the cuteness, not the capable characters, haha

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Lol. I agree, why did he get only the photo, the only thing he can't read.

How did he assume CES wouldn't go home? He managed to trick Oh and the 2 cops he was innocent. But he ransacked the place in less than 24 hours after the near miss incident at this house.

At this stage, JaeHee have not figured out ChoRim is CES. Even then, he knows ChoRim is MooGaks's close friend. Jae Hee knows MooGak is suspicious of him. Then why does he still let his guard down with ChoRim?

I think JaeHee's brain is a bit cooked too.

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I'd like to know what gives you the idea that Jaehee knows that Chorim is the witness.
From what I perceived, he doesn't know yet and that's why he stole that photo. He doesn't know that she has amnesia or that she used to live in Jeju or that Officer/Detective Oh is her father. All he knows is that she thinks she's funny and likes his cooking.
Don't misunderstand as text can make things seem sarcastic... I'm genuinely confused as to whether I missed something because I am prone to doing that if I'm texting or reading while watching a drama.

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The same ending THREE times in a row actually. This drama is really frustrating. Makes it harder and harder to watch.

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I hate that a show I used to have such affection for is now on my "I'll watch it if I have nothing else to do" list.

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I know-- I used to eagerly anticipate Wednesdays because I was enjoying this show so much, and now I have to steel myself for another eye-rolling session before watching. Still love the OTP though.

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And here I was wondering why I was less excited for this show week after week. I do like this show but im getting that 'ok' vibe from it. Im not as addicted to it like I'd like to be but its still entertaining.

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This episode was definitely better then the last one but I just want it to be back to the show it was earlier on. I love the chemistry between our two leads and I'm glad they are on their way back to each other.

Thanks for the recap!

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*sigh* there are some great moments and then...

you know they say when you hit your head you shouldn´t exert yourself for at least 4 days. the writer must have gotten quite a blow... how long are the after-effects going to last I wonder? well some parts hint it is clearing out. we´ll see.

must have been a very hard wall...

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Oh my goodness, I and my cousin who were watching together had to pause one too many times throughout this episode- too scared to continue watching half the time.

The suspense played out well, but like others said, I'd hope the ending of this week's episode finally plays out next week, instead of her just escaping as usual.

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I'm hiding behind my brother's shoulder while watching any scenes with Jaehee in it....

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I haven't watched the past two episodes yet.
I'm twitchy about it because the whole thing has gone completely dark. And there are still 4 episodes to go so that means still four episodes of being scared of what would happen to our couple. I think when I watch I'll just skip the gloomy scenes but the episodes wont be the happiest. I actually hope that they will arrest him by next week so that the last two episodes are aaaaall about MG & CR making their lives in Jeju.

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a true super hero
Oh Cho Rim to the rescue

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I just finished the episode like 5 minutes ago. Perfect timing! :D
We still have 4 episodes left, so I am certain that CR will be able to get out alive. *please please please*

I am not so sure about her Dad though... And I honestly question his deductive skills. Dude, drinking coffee made you "fall asleep".
Of course the case would be solved instantly if the word of the witness (CR) was worth anything to get a court order. But for some reason it isn't. Korean drama police is the worst!

But on the upside: MG and CR are back together - yay! They are so comfortable around each other now (see contrast couln't fall alsleep on 1st date, but are sleeping soundly in MGs apartment :)).
And Chef Kwon ist getting creepier by the hour. Him talking to the book camera gave me severe goose-bumbs!

Ahh, can't wait for next episode!!

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Thanks for the recap, LollyPip!

This ep was better than the previous. It was brave of CR to help out and for MG to give her the chance while protecting her. Definitely props to CR for thinking on her feet despite the frightening circumstances. Love the cuteness of CR and MG. ^^ Sure balances out the dark moments. Really hope they catch JH soon!! I wanna know his back story.

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Remind me never to go to Korea. Or at least never to rely on Korean police. (South Korean police, to be precise; according to my mother, North Korean police are actually quite competent and helpful.)

You learn that the killer who wants to murder the witness busted her secret identity. And you relocate her father? Please, Mu-gak, stop trying to kill your girlfriend. She's not that bad.

But no, Mu-gak shows his concern for the police budget when he employs his (ex-)girlfriend as an undercover agent to work in the murderer's house. Because ???

They find the photo, that is pretty neat evidence to connect Kwon to the burglary in Cho-rim's appartment. And they do the same thing they always do when Kwon screwed up: They destroy the evidence they have against him. Mu-gak, I know Cho-rim can be annoying, but is it really necessary for you to kill her?

Okay, so Kwon knows that Oh's "daughter" is the witness, and Oh told him about his "daughter", so he knows Kwon will find out about Cho-rim sooner rather than later. He might already know, in fact. But for Mu-gak, it's still worth the risk to send Cho-rim into the murderer's house, because ???
And he makes sure that Kwon is under constant surveillance ... oh, wait, no he doesn't.
But at least he has an eye on his girlfriend ... oh, wait, no, he doesn't.

Mu-gak, are you really sure you don't blame Cho-rim for your sister's death?

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You might be onto something!
In the end Chef and MG are working TOGETHER to get rid of CR :)
And since there is no evidence (?!?) against Chef, they can just pin it on the elusive "Barcode murderer". Good job, guys!

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Is being able to prove the chef has the photo good enough to blame him the killer? I mean mostly you can only arrest him for breaking into people's house and stole a photo, maybe he was insanely in love with OCR in a stalker way?

Mugak was against OCR being the spy, watch closely.It is OCR's wish to do it and she insisted. what right does he have to stop her?

Police relocated her father because chef Kwon knows the father is the father of the witness, so if he is around OCR, wouldn't that make it easier for JH to know who OCR is?

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(1) At least it is evidence. They could use it eventually. Or they could get him arrested for housebreaking/burglary, that would get him off the streets for a few months. It would give them a reason to examine his house (for real).

Instead they "burn" the evidence so that they can never use it again (and they lose the only thing that they have to connect Kwon to the burglary -- which might be vital to Cho-rim's safety). Even if they are successful with the switch, it will not get Kwon arrested. In fact, all it does is maybe postpone the point where Kwon discovers who Cho-rim is, for a short time. Which wouldn't matter at all if the police didn't decide to send Cho-rim on a suicide mission.

(2) Very simple: She is no police. She is a freaking amateur comedian. It's probably illegal to let her do that. You know, I'm all for active (female) protagonists and against overprotective boyfriends and stuff. But we are talking about letting your incompetent girlfriend go on an unnecessary suicide-mission.
She has no training for this thing, there is no reason why she has to do it, the contingency plan for when she gets caught is: oops, now she is dead, tough day.
"But she may have a 20% chance to survive and maybe even get valuable information for us to discard instantly" doesn't really convince me.

(3) Kwon knows the father is the father of the witness. They know that Kwon is very methodical, he probably learned a lot about Oh before he even approached him directly. And even if he didn't, Kwon can easily find out where Oh lived before he was moved by the police. Especially because the police already knows that Kwon is closely monitoring the activity of the police.

It makes absolutely no sense to move Oh out of the house but let Cho-rim stay there.

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(2) how can he stop a fully grown up human being from doing what she wants to do though? and he has no authority too, with his seniors all allowing it, I don't know why Mugak could be the one to blamed, he could not even ask her not to break up with him when he already knew she didn't actually want to break up. What can he do? Kidnap her and lock her up in a dark room? Slap some sense out of her? Even if she is your wife, you just can't force someone to do sth she doesn't want. Like he doesn't even own Chorim as a human being, could he tell his seniors "No I don't allow her to do that" he is not even her dad.

(3) if chef Kwon could track who Oh's daughter is, he would have already known without having to come and trash her house. Or even follow him to find out where his house is. If Oh moved out even before and never came back to the house, would Chef Kwon even know where Oh lives? Because if he knows, again he wouldn't have to follow Oh to get the location, then came and trash the house.

Again I also think they are plotholes, but it is ne plothole leading to others, and it is not like the plotholes only happened now. Why would you even watch till now if u r annoyed that much? don't even read the recap anymore.

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@meh,

This same person commented he/she wanted to "give this one a miss" on ep 1. Now he/she is the most vocal here.

If one really watches ep12 and NOT just read recaps, he/she will notice that MG was SULKING all the time while the detectives were teaching CR how to use the gadgets.
He wasn't happy from the very beginning when she offered her service to help in the investigation!

People who only read recaps??? Urggggg!

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(2) He cannot stop her from working for Kwon, of course. He tried that -- to hilarious effect -- in an earlier episode, but at that time he couldn't use any reasonable argument. Now he can, but doesn't for some reason.
He can stop her (and the police) from getting involved in the police work against Kwon, on the basis that it is illegal and lethally dangerous.
Cho-rim: "I want to break into Kwon's library to put an illegal hidden camera in there." - "It's illegal (and will you get killed)." - "I will do it anyway." - "You are under arrest."
Mu-gak is somewhat protective of Cho-rim on an instinctive level. But he doesn't do anything to actually protect her against very legitimate threats on her life that he COULD try to stop.
He could try to convince the other police that the whole thing with sending CR of all people to put the camera in the library or to switch the photo in Kwon's wallet is a ridiculously stupid, dangerous, ineffective and illegal idea that will get CR killed and them all fired from the police. Without the backing of the others, Cho-rim wouldn't try it anyway.

Now, don't get me wrong, I know what the writer is trying to do here. It would be stupid to watch the mystery plot while Cho-rim is just sitting somewhere safe, doing nothing. However, the writer needs to create circumstances in which Cho-rim is needed for the operation, and it would be at least remotely reasonable for the police to risk it. Neither is the case.

Remember: Kwon cannot recognise faces. They could dress up any police as a member of the TV crew and send him into the house, Kwon would hardly notice that.(and even if he does, no harm done).

(3) Well, Kwon is an idiot, but the police doesn't know that. Yes, he didn't investigate Oh before he approached him -- which is pretty stupid -- but the police doesn't know that.

" If Oh moved out even before and never came back to the house, would Chef Kwon even know where Oh lives?"

You mean it's impossible for him to find out the former address of Oh? Why not? The only way to find out where a person lived until yesterday is to follow them home? For a guy who gets his hands on old medical files of people?

"Because if he knows, again he wouldn’t have to follow Oh to get the location, then came and trash the house."

The police doesn't know that. Kwon decided it's the easiest way to find his address, for some reason. But there are others that work just as well (but don't make nice "suspense"-filled visuals for the show).

Kwon trashing the house, of course, was extremely stupid, and it doesn't even make much sense from a plot-driving point.

"Kwon knows that your father is protecting the witness. That means you are no longer safe with your father. THIS NATURALLY INCLUDES YOUR FATHER'S HOME. Move out instantly, you can stay at my place temporarily. And, believe me, I have absolutely no ulterior motives *wink* *wink*."

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"This same person commented he/she wanted to “give this one a miss” on ep 1. Now he/she is the most vocal here."

Are you referring to me? Because I never said that. In fact, I very much liked the tone of the drama early on, I (naturally) watched every episode, and I always was rather active in the comment section of this show here. (I was very positive about the comedy parts of the drama, and rather sceptical about the handling of the police/mystery parts.)

"If one really watches ep12 and NOT just read recaps, he/she will notice that MG was SULKING all the time while the detectives were teaching CR how to use the gadgets."

I never accused Mu-gak of not sulking enough. Still, when a person you care about is determined to commit suicide, and she gets supported by people who are too dumb to understand what they are doing, I don't think sulking is an excuse for denial of action.

It's not that he has to resort to Edward Cullen arguments here ("I'm your boyfriend and I forbid it"). He could, for once, just follow the law on this occasion, that would be enough to get Cho-rim out of trouble. It also would be kind of appropriate, considering that he is a freaking police.

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How is there not enough evidence to at least detain Jae Hee?

Cho Rim finds her picture in his wallet, STOLEN from her ransacked house....HOW is that not evidence? She's a witness from the bar code murder, of which he IS the prime suspect. And EVEN if he wasn't, two of his closest people (girlfriend and hyung) have died ala barcode style.

Oh logic, where have you gone?

I know this show is following the web toon - which makes me a bit forgiving. I don't think the writers are being lazy, I just think they have to follow the web toon a certain amount to please the webtoon fans. I just think it all doesn't translate well on-screen when many loop holes are visibly evident.

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I think you're right regarding the webtoon.

Is there anyone here who has read it and knows how close the drama follows the original storyline?

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The series plot is not following the webtoon.

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Realllyy??

I take back my words....Writer-nim, just what the heck is going on!

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Wait, what?

Did you read the comic? Do you know some of the deviations?

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They've already arrested Kwon twice for the barcode murders, both times being a dud. Getting a warrant for the third time would be extremely unlikely unless the evidence is really strong.

Cho-Rim's picture in his wallet is not a strong evidence.

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It's strong evidence for him being the culprit of the housebreaking. Of course, the police already know that they are useless and that they will find absolutely nothing in his house even if they search it once again.

("We arrested him twice already, we cannot get a warrant without much stronger evidence anymore."
No, that's not how it is supposed to work, unless there is an epidemic of corruption in your prosecution/police institutions.)

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because from what i have seen from Kdrama's, Korean courts are based on the principle of not proving a person innocent, like the lawyers in america do..no the poor prosecuter has to spend his OWN resources, get his own investigators, do his own legwork,etc. to find evidence to prove the guilt of a defendant.

I assume if the prosecuter/Judge already struck out twice before (from police not doing the job right or not presenting enough tangable evidence, i.e something a high payed lawyer with all resources to buy or bribe his client to non guilty) they would be hesitant to allow another search warrant for the same person without not only a smoking gun but a picture, cc tv film, a gps position and a picture taken by the google earth car with chef standing over a body and an update on his Facebook that said "i did some killing tonight, it was liberating"...

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Oy vey, the kdrama cliffhanger!

"I’ll just be honest… as much as I’m finding the serial killer story pretty interesting, and I’m dying to know Jae-hee’s motives and reasons for his method, I’m mostly here for our main couple and their wonderful chemistry. Mu-gak and Cho-rim just work, and seeing them separate wasn’t fun."

LollyPip, I'm very eager to know about Jae-Hee's motives too. But I'm more so worried that the writer may falter when it comes time for the reveal to live up to and fulfill our expectations. And, I wholeheartedly agree with you about Mu-Gak & Cho-Rim as a couple.

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"especially his giant goofy grin every time he leaves again."
cute ..cuuuteee..cuteness overload!!! I need this plushy toy Moo Gak for my self! :lol: :lol: :lol:

My thoughts, it's time to make CR in danger for real so they can catch JH with a clear evidence this time. But probably JH or writernim still want to play a cat mouse game, so I can smell JH will do nothing to CR and act like a normal person..but I hope it's time to put JH in jail already coz I will just be honest too "I’m mostly here for our main couple and their wonderful chemistry."

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Where can I order a plushy toy Mu-gak~~? <3

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maybe we can get it from Mickiss? haha!
But I guess it's so expensive coz Moo Gak is rare & precious :lol:

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That goofy grin made me laugh out each time he closed his door!!! :)

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I think the drama is starting to stumble a bit in keeping up with the plot and the little nuances of the characters. I feel like the writer has momentarily forgotten that his/her heroine can see smells all the time and not just whenever the plot needs her to perform her powers.

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^This. Yes. I have been beginning to wonder about her smell-seeing abilities, considering how little they've been employed for, well..anything in the past few episodes. What happened to the first episodes when they would show us her seeing all types of smells? In addition, you'd think they could've used her to help during the Barcode cases from waaay before- although there was that reason about her "not getting in danger's way". It's understandable, but I really would've loved to see her take part in the case.

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Yes agree about the smell seeing. That scene when Cho Rim went home to find her photo gone? They could have written it to show her house looking normal, and if not for Jae Hee's scent nobody would know that he had broken in. She could have seen Jae Hee's scent at the door and followed his trail to her missing photo. This would have been more consistent with JH'S character and Cho Rim's abilities.

Writer nim, if you need help with the plot, you can send an SOS to dramabeans here....

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Now THAT is a scene that would make some sense. Thank you.

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Or how about that once JH discover where the witness lived, he waited to get her, rather than a photo of her (lol), only she was able to escape because she saw his scent in advance-- which is why he ended up grabbing a photo of her instead.

Also, he knew that she wouldn't still be using the name Choi Eun Seol, so why wouldn't he have looked through the mail or the stuff in her room to find her new name (in addition to the photo)?

If these were the only plot holes that made me wonder what the writer was thinking, I wouldn't bother to gripe, but unfortunately, they're just a drop in this bucket-o-plot-holes.

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"Also, he knew that she wouldn’t still be using the name Choi Eun Seol, so why wouldn’t he have looked through the mail or the stuff in her room to find her new name (in addition to the photo)?"

Maybe Cho-rim is very techie, she scans all her mail and receipts into her computer and shreds the originals afterwards (and she uploads them into the cloud so that nobody can steal them from a hard-drive or something). And she uses her cell phone for every other personal things, therefore there is zero personal stuff in her house, except for that picture.

And maybe her wardrobe just had been subjected to moth control and all her clothes had been transferred to her friends house. That's why Kwon didn't recognise Cho-rim's clothes.

No, wait, I have a better idea: Kwon doesn't like to expose himself. Instead of personally breaking into her house, he just asked a random bystander to do it for him. He approached him from behind (to hide his face and stuff), put a 1-million-won-check into his hand and told him: "Please break into this house and bring me some identifying piece of information about the girl who lives there." He forgot to mention that a picture wouldn't do. He also forgot to mention that trashing the house wouldn't be a good idea.

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For some reason I thought this was 16 episodes total and now I read it's 20. I don't know how they're going to stretch it out that long and the stupidity is killing me.

I too though am interested in motivation of our killer. I'm worried though since in an early episode our lady cop tried to imply that he must have been molested be his american adoptive parents. I really can't take another kdrama where the Korean goes to America and is faced with violent or immoral characters (although hey this time it's not a white American guy beating a Korean girl....yep looking at you Heirs/KMHM). So I'm hoping that interlude was just a red herring.

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Oh god. I hope it is not 20 episodes. I dont think I will survive.

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I'm hoping they got the info wrong on that one.

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20 ep??!!! Errrr how are they going to stretch thi?! Better to end at 16, please end at 16

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Allow me to put your fears at rest. It is 16 episodes, according to dramawiki and asianwiki at least.

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Yes true, according to SBS site and other international sites, there are 16 episodes only. I pray for the best, hope for the best in the remaining episodes! Just give us a lot of Murim :lol:

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Oh good, thank you!!

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With these two episodes in the can, and we the voyeurs watching and enjoying them, do you have the same thought that is running through my little mind? It has been hinted at that Chefie’ Boy has more kills under his belt then they now have actual count/bodies for. In the flashbacks here, does anyone else think that Officer Oh and he might have a closer tie then Cho-rim. Could he, could he be the killer of Officer Oh’s biological daughter, and this is perhaps his first first body??? (I am correct that there was a flashback regarding Officer Oh’s wife, and that Chefie’ Boy did off her? This is the known/thought first body in his count??)

Thoughts . . . . . . .

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His first victim is Oh's ex-wife right? No? Or did I miss something?

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No, I do not think either of us missed anything, he did do her in, but I think in Officer Oh and Chefie Boy's time together, he only mentioned being divorced from his wife, not that she died. The divorce was due to the death of their child. So still, could he have done Officer Oh wrong twice?? His daughter and then the despondent wife?

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Cho-rim's is cute. I swea that I saw this house at Naksan in Seoul. The street art and jeon-jib look the same! I bet that place is going to be even more packed after this show.

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I meant Cho-rim's house is cute!

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You've been to the place in Seoul? Lucky! It's a really cute house, and the neighborhood looks nice as well.

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Cho Rim's house is actually a coffee house. It's located in Ihwa Mural Village and already packed with visitors/fans everyday..hehe..Rooftop Prince had filming there too. This place is popular, I saw in other dramas/films as well. I remember when I go to Korea after My Love From Star's ended and visited to some of their filming sets, we can see the standees of the actors there..if series are popular, we surely can see those things to attract more visitors ;)

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I want my smell-seeing girl back. The interactions of the couple are cute, but it's the unique premise of a girl who sees smells that made me take up this drama. I don't want Cho Rim to become just an ordinary girl....

But on another note, Yoochun/Mugak is really cute - this I finally admit after 12 episodes hehe. Because which male lead goes to sleep with a stuffed toy these days!?

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Thanks Lollypip! I have to agree that I like MG's brand of being boyfriend. Extremely rare!

Thanks all commenters! I have to say, that regardless of how good/bad/mediocre the show is, coming here to read you has become the highlight for me. :) Your questions, thoughts, incredulity, wit and sarcasm make up for so much that is lacking. I think I'm now enjoying the show 50:50 ie 50 percent is from the watching and the other 50 from reading you people.

Keep it coming!!! :)

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@GB, yeah, after the last two almost identical cliffhangers, I'm more eager to read the recap & what the beanies have to say about the episode than to know what will happen next! I'm still hoping there will be some kind of twist or something regarding the serial killing in the last 4 episodes. I don't know if there's a possibility for one, though. We already know who and how, what's left is only why. Wait, JH IS the barcode murderer, right? Are we absolutely sure about that? :-D

And my other hope is that this drama gives a good ending for our OTP, at least if the conclusion of the mystery leaves us dissapointed (a good conclusion is a bonus hehe), we can still remember our love for the OTP! ;-)

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LOL! @pastmidnite!

If JH is suddenly NOT the barcode murderer, I can't imagine what this community is going to end up threatening the production team with!!! Heheheh!

Yes, we will forgive a lot if only we get the happy ending we want for our fave couple. Let's see what I want for the ending...

CR continues to see lots of pretty smells and to help with investigations.

MG gets all his senses back and returns to Jeju with CR where they run their own investigation agency and can go diving in the aquarium in their spare time.

JH in prison writes his autobiography as a webtoon, peppering all chapters with his favorite recipes and makes more big bucks by selling these through an external agent, who is none other than Daddy Oh, who gets a big cut to contribute to the barcode murder victims' families' guild.

The 3 stooges, Kang, Ki and Yeh give up policing and become acclaimed comedians with Yeom as their agent... and she finally abandons the frowny look of serious puzzlement (meant to denote heavy intelligence at work) to laugh wholeheartedly at their acts.

And of course our Murim are shown happily cuddling up together at home, with CR still producing so-so meals, while MG (who now having regained his senses), stoically stuffs his face, pretending that he likes her cooking. And they live happily ever after!!! :D

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Same here. Enjoying reading the comments as much our OTP moments. The necklace reminds me of Healer btw. ^^

*waves @pastmidnite*

Thank you LollyPip for the recap. :)

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Yes, we have the wonderful capacity to enjoy ourselves regardless of the weirdness...LOL! True about that necklace.... was in Healer too. All bad guys will suspect pretty pendant necklaces from now on! :d

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...wait, people actually still care about the plot?

Also i need my couple moments back and chorim whatever happened to your seeing smell ability sigh

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Why CR was not able to smell her father's presence in the house. geezz. Plot holes and WTF moments are pissing me of.The police should at least put a surveillance to protect the safety of CR now that they knew CR is THE witness but on the contrary, they put her more dangerous situation. WTF!

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she did smell her father
thats why unlike mugak instead of going to the library she looked up before fainting
they just didnt bother with the cg
i think they dont have enough time
they prepare 2 ep per week
the trouble with timlimit is you dont have time to finesse

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"The police should at least put a surveillance to protect the safety of CR now that they knew CR is THE witness but on the contrary, they put her more dangerous situation."

No surveillance on your witness/undercover amateur, who is in close proximity to the guy who always wanted to kill her (and who already might know who she is; or if not, who will do so the second he recognises her smell, her voice, her gesturing, the way she walks).

No surveillance on the murderer either (maybe they should have used the photo to at least get a tap on his phone from a judge; not that they seem to care about following procedures or anything).

Not a single police near the house.

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Right from the very beginning, it was mentioned that this drama is a 16 episode romcom. Yet viewers or recap readers (?) are mentioning about 20 episodes. LOL! Are we watching or reading the recaps about the same drama?
In fact, the cast and crew are already planning for the wrap up party.

So with 4 ep left, I'm sure there'll be enough time for every mystery about our serial killer to be unfolded. Right now, I'm not bothered about the loop holes or plot holes as this is basically a romcom drama based on a webtoon and IS NOT A THRILLER!

I'm loving our Murim couple to bits as their romance is so natural and sweet without over the top dramatic moments! I also love the 3 stooges and the serial killer!

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Online sites are saying 20 episode, so that is where the confusion is.

They could finish this in one episode, and earlier, so clearly not enough materials and Drag, Drag, Drag, Drag, Drag, Drag.

So, we should throw logic out the door?!

If the show did not care about being a thriller, then why is it so serious about it and use it as the major plot device?!!

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No each and every response made concerning the plot should be applauded. It is good to see that you guys are smart and intelligently comment on the plot holes. I just watch for the fun, and mild suspense and the couple, love those two. Folks like me realize there are plot holes, but sometimes I just need to be entertained, and place my analysis on hold. But thanks to all who wouldn't allow me to ignore the plot holes, really.

but I am still enjoying. Just wished my Murim couple have some more cute moments, and yes the writers should use CH's gift in scenes more, it makes no sense not too.

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This is sorta confusing -- I want to fear for Cho Rim's life right now, I mean she's in his house staring right at him. But he probably can't kill her right now, if he thinks that someone is monitoring the video he just trashed. Plus he might actually find her innocent because right now, she's not wearing a wire or a cell phone. Wouldn't she be wired up if she was working for the police?

LOL for what it's worth, he might be too smart for his own good.

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@Brian

"Plus he might actually find her innocent because right now, she’s not wearing a wire or a cell phone. Wouldn’t she be wired up if she was working for the police?"
A blessing in disguise? I like this one, let's see if you've guessed right :) but she'll still have to explain what she's doing in his library though.

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Hmmm..thats a good theory. Maybe she can say she thought she left her wallet in the library and came to retrieve it? After all she was in the lift when he had discovered her previously..

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Yesterday as I was watching Gag concert there was a skit 'king of ratings ' and the whole time I'm thinking this is so sensory couple, police are searching for a criminal and he's right infront of them but because of ratings they apparently can't catch him,it was so funny to watch,the thief puts on a fake moustache infront of them and oh they can't see him,they stretch out their hands to catch him and he's standing still but oh apparently his moving like a ghost because they can't catch him,dude is right there Korean drama detective.as much as the skit was hilarious and also makes fun of product placement, this show has now become a doozey except for the cute, I'll stick to reading recaps until they really arrest the chef.

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@klava
We should have totally have that exact kind of gag concert performed by MG, CR and our 3 stooges cops as part of our finale!!! :D I'd be rolling around LOL.

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"But mostly what stuck out to me, was Mu-gak’s utter respect for Cho-rim, and her ability and right to make her own decisions. In fact, he’s being the exact opposite of a Noble Idiot, and allowing Cho-rim to do what she thinks is best even when he vehemently disagrees. As hard as it was for him to let her put herself in harm’s way, he stayed logical and realized that Cho-rim and Yeom are right — Cho-rim had the best chance to get into Jae-hee’s home and get them some hard evidence. You could tell it was killing him, and he was worried sick, but he didn’t try to go all I am the man, do as I say on her. He let her decide, and he let her help for the good of the case."
I know, right? We rarely see this in KDramas. They are more towards "I am the man, do as I say". It is really the insignificant stuff like this that I really appreciate in this show :) Mugak is love.

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Respect is a must in loving someone...

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I pretty much enjoy ninety percent of the show, epi 11 is my least favourite, thank goodness they kept the anticipated angst to within one epi, haha.. looking forward to the next epi! :D

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i feel like they are dragging the story on with stupidity. getting a little boring :/

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Random.

Chef Kwon's been hiring others to do stuff for him, the person who took Chorim's pic might not be him.
And I can't recall this show saying that he knows the witness is living under a different name. That's why his question is "Are you CES?"

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Wait...I think I watched the part when Kwon called someone to find CES with a 'she probably uses different name now' hmmm.

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@fls

Oh he did? Thank you for pointing this out. I must've missed it.

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Chef-nim is creepy especially when he smiles like that at the end of the episode...it always give me chills...

yay for the return of the cho rim's scent seeing abilities...i really missed that!

Choi Mu Gak. where can i find someone like you? haha... i love that he's fighting for their relationship...when he found out the reason why cho rim broke up with him he was like nooo you can't break up with me because of that!

ep 11 was a bummer.

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Aww, Mu-gak and his stuffed walrus! Cutest thing ever.

Great recap, LollyPip!

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thanks lollypip for the recap..i appreciate it so much .wont say much bcoz i dont hv time (exam etc.)eventhough my hands are itching to reply and share my thoughts with those whom i have different opinion with...XD
in short..epi 12 is better than 11 and even we have almost the same cliffhanger like last epi..i still feel adrenaline rush...my friend stop watching 10 mins before ending because she's scared for chorim...haha..so it still has impact i told ya ;) i feel that the writer has seen the comment from netizen about last week epi..so lets see if there is improvement...cant wait for next epi..more murim!!^_^

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Yeah the OTP is still cute and the main actors are killing it in their respective roles especially Yoochun and Namgoong Min. I had to rewatch We Got Married just to remind myself that NGM is not a batshit cray cray in real life.

But am i the only one here who wish for Jaehee to just kill the police bunch (mugak included) already? i even wish for him to kill chorim too.
You leave a suspect uncuff alone just because he's unconscious?
The two police officers just stood in front of the suspect's door waiting like an idiot just because Jaehee said he'll get Oh for them? Jaehee even had enough time to cover the Ketamine and create new circumstances so Oh doesn't suspect him lol!
JUST FREAKING KILL THEM ALL, KWON JAEHEE!!!
The silly stupidity of the good guys in handling a psycho sociopathic megalomaniac on the run caused me to feel this way.
Ugh! So frustrating!

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NO! Jae hee better kill the writernim 1st so ur wish didnt come true LOL~

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+1 :D

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+1 hehe!

yea, kill the writernim 1st if you must, Kwon.
i don't really mind.
but make sure you let the writer write down cute scenes for Mugak and Chorim in his own 'barcode book' before you kill him.
we need at least 10 scenes of major cuteness to compensate the lazy writing on the crime-side.

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After JH killed the writernim, we all the lovers of Murim will take over his job, make a better scripts! just put JH in jail or kill him already hahaha..sawry not sawry Chef Kwon, u deserve that :lol: and then, we can focus on Murim's lovey doveys..dating, proposal, get married, produce babies etc..etc..etc.. :lol:

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@lea
I just reread ur comment about this

"but make sure you let the writer write down cute scenes for Mugak and Chorim in his own ‘barcode book’ before you kill him."

Let's imagine now if writernim is the next victim and JH asked him to finish the scripts LMAO! Since writernim felt guilty to us, so he wrote too much cheesiness of Murim there..now imagine if JH read it, he might die of cheesiness for real this time :lol: :lol: :lol:

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While I watch some Korean dramas, I sometimes wish those were in Japanese formula where eps numbers are 10- 11 eps, this is one of those dramas that I wish this were in Japanese eps count.
yes the main couple is very adorable but the plot plan is way too stretched to make this into 16 eps or longer so that almost every character is incompetent. I have watched many K dramas with detectives and/or murders so now I have an illusion that Korean police force is a flap( but they are better than American police forces where policemen use violence against innocent people and almost all the time walk out 'not guilty' for their actions)

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@ atz
The police procedurals portrayed in OCN might be better from the little I've seen so far. Bad Guys and Missing Noir M show cops, who are at least not dumb. :)

Since those are meant to be investigation and crime shows, that is their strength perhaps (although I have not bothered to analyse for loopholes).

In the broadcast stations' rom-coms... until Healer, there were none I came across that married a good OTP story with a good mystery/crime plot development. :)

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Have a qn: Do you guys think that the chef actually suspects cho rim? I mean he has heard her being called eun sol before..

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By all means, he should suspect her. In fact, he should already know who she is.

You can argue that, even if he knows or suspects her, he also knows that, so far, she hasn't testified against him yet and that is the reason why (a) he tries to keep her close (maybe also to find out why she doesn't testify against him) and (b) he hasn't killed her yet. But that would contradict pretty much everything the show has shown us about Kwon so far.

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@loving_chunface
Since during the filming at his house, he was eager to check on whether CR was skulking in his library, he seems to have some doubts and suspicions about her.

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i feel like i'm the only one who isn't that impressed with Jae Hee. everyone acts like he's some brilliant mastermind, but he's not that smart. he was very sneaky in the first few episodes, but now he just seems like he walks around making that creepy face

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Like with so many other characters, there is a huge gap between how he is framed/supposed to be, and how he is actually displayed, especially through his actions. (The same is true for Mu-gak on a lower level.)

The show, however, is not about actions, or the plot, it's about the visuals mostly. Kwon is an ingenious bad-ass because he looks like one. And the actor does a very good job in that department.

(I complained a lot how all the plot holes in "Liar Game" killed any kind of respect I had for the mind games of the two leads there -- making them look extremely stupid in the process. Watching this show, I have to apologise: I had no idea.)

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LOL! Apology accepted??! :D

Until TGWSS we had no idea it could be this bad!!!! And yet I will still watch with perverse pleasure and be entertained by finding more holes along the way, but especially from reading all the thoughtful comments on the holes. If I had the time, I'd have liked to have listed all the inconsistencies, just to see how many we have. :)

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Why didn't Yeom use the phone tracker to find Oh in the earlier episode? Don't tell me she didnt have his number earlier. For the past years, she has been feeding Oh with the subsequent barcode murders info but she doesn't have his phone number ?!???

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I like this show but it totally lost its scent, the girl who sees smell, isnt actually seeing smells to solve any crime, and i totaallyyy hate those cliffhanger

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hmmmmmm..ooookayy...that's not bad..but! but! make sure the next episodes there are many sweet scene..and..love and sweet..and love..and sweet..hahah! BTW, love to read all comment..you guys were awesome..

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On behalf of the many commenters here who've actually done a lot of thinking and feeling and expressing of themselves in good writing, thanks!!! :D

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To many of the commenters here who over-think, over-analyze, over-critical and overly judgmental, you have killed a lot of interest from people like me who wanted to enjoy this thread after a hard day's work.

Thanks for being such a killjoy.

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@Gr8*

Glad I'm not alone. I would love to share my thoughts on this lovely series which I truly enjoy watching, one which I've not seen in a while now, but am worry my thoughts will be shot down as "stupid" by some of these self-proclaimed "intelligent" commenters here lol

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@Gr8* & @Maxene,

WELL SAID!!!!!

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Sigh. Some people should lighten up a bit. If that's not possible with all the so-called plot holes some have listed down (wow), then it's time for some to say goodbye to the drama. If one has to steel oneself for another eye-rolling session, one owes it to oneself not to subject oneself to such agony of eye-rolling. Come on!

I'm still having fun watching the drama, especially the lead couple. Some of us still do. Of course we see the plot holes, we're not blind or stupid. We just don't get so worked up over them.

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@Maxenne

So well said, couldn't agree more.

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Because Kdrama's are like Boyfriends/Husbands/family..they annoy you, don't make sense and sometimes enrage you, but even if they don't always make sense ,you love them! Complaining to your friends (fellow beanies) about your BF/mom /Kdrama is just natural in the relationship :) :) :)

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Ummm.....You can breakup with your boyfriend/husband because you cant take it anymore and grew apart.

Then, you can find someone else that does not disappoint you and makes you happy rather than frustrates and annoys you.

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I like and agree with your analogy.

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One of the questions I have been meaning to ask is concerning the books that his victims write in. It confuses me--are those journals that he provides for them to write in? Why are they spending their time captive writing down in journals? They all look the same so it's not likely that they had them previously. Maybe I missed a part where they explained this. Those books he keeps of his victims ARE their journals, right? And it's not like everyone keeps a journal...

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@Mindy

It's OK, you did not miss anything. The show actually never showed us what led to the victims doing the journalling.

I'm not sure if below can be considered a SPOILER ... but better WARN JUST IN CASE... SPOILER??? BELOW.

The little I think I know is from one of the commenter's (thanks @plainsight!) who gave us info about the webtoon in Ep 6 recap... I gather the killer (called the 'Collector' in the webtoon) makes the victims write their life stories in the journals (so I expect he has to provide the journals, that's why all of them look the same). I'm guessing he sits there and threatens them to make them write and there's nothing else in the room to do anyway... so they seem to comply.

From @plainsight's comment: "When the person is done writing, or if the killer gets bored by the victim’s stories (he sometimes checks on the victim’s writing and even commands them to glorify their stories/use exquisite adjectives for extreme description) then he simply ends their life. The “Collector” basically gets an emotional release from collecting books of other people’s lives and relives the stories in his mind because his life was a mess from the beginning, with problems such as a broken parent-child relationship, homelessness, and lack of human social interaction/warmth/love."

Hope that helps!

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Didn't see this until now, thank you! This makes a lot more sense now, but I wish they would've explained it in the drama. The murder mystery in the webtoon sounds a lot more interesting to me tbh, I wonder if it's better concerning plot holes and the like.

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I assume you're a whovian since I spotted that TARDIS. It is really bigger in the inside!

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Busted :)

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I've said it before and i'll say it again - Yoo chun is always reliable even when the plot threatens to unravel and seriously do a crash landing! he carries the showw on his broad shoulders and can play the role of the heaertbroken brother, focussed detective and shy boyfriend so seamlessly. I started being impressed with his acting in rooftop prince where he had to play multiples roles as the Joseon crown prince, a chaebol pretending to have amnesia and a genuine chaebol all in one show! his ability to turn on the tap and get the tears wlling up is truly impressive! he can do comic and serious and sad and murderious - and he's only just turned 30! plus, he doesn't need to even go for any surgery to look like a greek god! SSK is a so so actress but luckily, she and YC manage to generate some sparks altho YC with Han Ji Min in rooftop prince were truly in sync and one of the best OTP around. anyway, love YC to bits for his acting - gonna miss his chunface for 2 years when he joins the army!

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Well I agree that there are plot holes but the villain thumbing his nose at the police is not one of them, look at how he leaves a signature trademark on all his victims and why he keeps incriminating souvenirs in his home. Its a telltale sign of how he conceived himself to be untouchable. I am reminded constantly by something a detective said in a movie called the red dragon, when asked why the perpetrators will never stop killing he answered : "because it makes him god , would you give it up?". The rationality to fear the law that is ingrained into many of us probably does not exist for him.can we truly comprehend the mind of a creature that hunts human beings for sport?

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WHY CAN'T SHE JUST SEE HER FATHER'S SCENT WHEN SHE WAS LOOKING FOR HIM AT KWON'S HOUSE???

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