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Girl Who Sees Smells: Episode 15

It’s the calm before the storm — or is it the storm before the calm? Either way, this penultimate episode delivers a lot of action, be it suspense, romance or comedy. But catching this killer won’t be as simple as it seems, even when everything appears to be tied up with a nice little bow. There’s one more shock in store for our happy couple, that could end up tearing them apart forever.

EPISODE 15 RECAP

Mu-gak and Detective Yeh break into Jae-hee’s underground holding cell just as Lieutenant Yeom collapses, as Jae-hee watches with mild, almost casual interest. Mu-gak points his gun at a defiant Jae-hee on the other side of the glass, and Jae-hee glares for a long moment before turning and bolting for the elevator.

It’s a race between the two men, as Mu-gak tries to get to the main house before Jae-hee can escape. Jae-hee stops long enough to grab a stash of money and a duffel bag, which he stuffs with his death books, obviously having prepared for the possibility of needing a quick escape.

My heart is in my throat as Jae-hee makes a run for the door, but Mu-gak manages to get there in time and stops him by firing a shot into the ceiling. Jae-hee is more interested in how Mu-gak found his lair than in the fact that he’s busted, so Mu-gak tells him to shut up or he’ll shoot.

Jae-hee just sighs, “I guess you won’t let me go. I did kill your sister.” And Mu-gak (satisfyingly) keeps his word, and shoots Jae-hee in the ribs. Jae-hee actually has the gall to look betrayed as he sinks to the floor, but he picks up his bag again and stumbles to the door. Pretty much the entire police department is there waiting, and Jae-hee struggles to stay upright until Mu-gak just tips him over with a small shove.

As Jae-hee is cuffed Mu-gak looks in the bag to find the death books, seeing Chun Baek-kyung’s and Joo Ma-ri’s among others. Jae-hee shows more emotion than he has in… well ever, and screams for Mu-gak not to touch his precious books. Mu-gak looks at the books and realizes that the barcodes carved into the victims must match the books.

Yeom is rescued from her prison and taken to the hospital in an ambulance, with Cho-rim riding with her. At the same time, Mu-gak and Detective Ki escort Jae-hee in another ambulance.

The team talk about their close calls today, though Mu-gak admits he still feels uneasy even though the killer is caught. Kang says it’s always this way when you finish a case, with a heaviness in the heart, as Ki and Yeh nod agreement. But at least Yeom is going to be fine, and the team let her know they caught Jae-hee and she sighs in relief.

Mu-gak and Cho-rim have dinner at his place, Mu-gak still a bit melancholic and musing that even when a culprit is caught, suffering still exists. As they eat Mu-gak gets a strange look on his face, and tells Cho-rim that for once, he actually feels full. Cho-rim is excited, assuming it’s because he caught his sister’s killer, and Mu-gak lets her think that.

That night, Cho-rim dreams of her parents sitting at the dining table when she comes home from school. At first everything seems fine and they smile at her warmly, but they don’t respond to her questions and soon their smiles seem wooden. They disappear, and Cho-rim searches the house with increasing desperation.

Mu-gak hears her calling for her parents and goes upstairs to gently wake her. Cho-rim says with wonder and grief that she remembers her parents’ faces. I can’t even imagine the pain, remembering them only to immediately mourn their deaths. All Mu-gak can do is hold Cho-rim while she cries that she finally remembers everything.

Jae-hee recovers enough to be questioned, though he looks pale and weak sitting there cuffed to the table. Ki tells Yeom that he won’t respond to anything, but Jae-hee does ask what took Mu-gak so long when he tries his hand at getting some answers. He wonders why Mu-gak didn’t just kill him, but Mu-gak is in charge of the conversation today.

He brings out Baek-kyung’s death book and asks why Jae-hee had him write it, as he douses it in lighter fluid and sets it on fire. Suddenly Jae-hee screeches in agony, crying and begging Mu-gak not to burn his book. Damn, this is disturbing… it’s not anger he’s displaying, it’s grief.

Mu-gak pulls out another book and Jae-hee blubbers that he’ll tell them everything, if they’ll only spare his precious books. Of course they’re just dummy books, but Jae-hee doesn’t know that.

When Mu-gak gets home, Cho-rim is preparing to go back to her place since there’s no more need for him to protect her. He says he spoke to her adoptive father Detective Oh, whom she hasn’t heard from in a while, and gives Cho-rim some keepsakes he’d kept for her.

Mu-gak also gives Cho-rim her mother’s death book, and she has a chance to read about how much her mother loved her and was proud of her. She’d particularly written of how Cho-rim/Eun-seol was such a precious daughter, and she knew that one day she’ll be a wonderful mother, too. Awww, ~sniffle~

The team conclude their interrogation of Jae-hee, and now he’s the property of the prosecutor’s office. Mu-gak asks to speak with him in private just once, and when everyone is gone, he uncuffs Jae-hee. He says almost regretfully that there’s something he’s got to do since he won’t see Jae-hee again.

Jae-hee counters that he’s determined to see Mu-gak again, but Mu-gak knows he’ll never set foot outside of prison. He tells Jae-hee to apologize to Cho-rim’s parents and his murdered sister. Right now. Jae-hee asks if that will make him feel better, refusing to do it but offering to tell Mu-gak how it felt to kill his sister.

Instantly furious, Mu-gak punches Jae-hee right in his bullet wound. “That was from my sister Eun-seol. And this is from Cho-rim’s parents.” Two punches to the face. Ki and Yeh bust in to stop him and handcuff Jae-hee again, who says that now he has something to pay Mu-gak back for.

Jae-hee is taken, cuffed and heavily bound, into the transport truck to transfer to the Prosecutor’s custody. Kang is lauded by the Chief of Police for his hard work, and even his nemesis chimes in sincerely that not everyone can catch a serial killer.

The team go out to celebrate, and Yeom gives a nice speech that she doesn’t want to leave now that the case is over (and haha, they all chant, “Go back! Go back!”). She offers them each a personal thanks, even crying a little, and they all drink a toast to her.

Now that she remembers her old life, Cho-rim has fun showing Mu-gak photos of all the places she used to spend time in her little town on Jeju. He asks if she wants to visit her parents tomorrow, saying that Detective Oh had their ashes interred nearby so she could visit once she regained her memory. Okay, that’s sweet.

But before they go, Mu-gak takes care of one small errand by himself — ring shopping. He chooses a very simple, elegant ring for Cho-rim, planning to propose to her the next day.

They see Cho-rim’s parents first, where she apologizes for taking so long to visit. She tells them she’s fine now and not to worry, at the same time that a serious Mu-gak silently does the same, vowing to take care of her for the rest of her life.

Next they go see Eun-seol, and Cho-rim gets a chance to say she’s sorry, and thankful to the girl who shared her name. She swears to make up for Eun-seol’s having lost her life for her.

Mu-gak takes Cho-rim to visit a sunbae of his from the Jeju aquarium, who works nearby now. Cho-rim says she thinks he’d look better in his police uniform than a wetsuit, and Mu-gak adorably pouts that he looks damn good in a wetsuit, thankyouverymuch.

Mu-gak chats with his sunbae while Cho-rim gawks at the pretty fish, and his sunbae says that he’d be welcome to work at the aquarium if he’s interested. Mu-gak puts out feelers and says to Cho-rim that getting married in a place like this would be nice, but she takes this for teasing and jokes back with him.

By lunch Mu-gak is getting twitchy, and he runs out to the car to prepare his proposal. He imagines Cho-rim being immensely moved at the balloons and banner in his trunk, but while he’s making kissyfaces to the air, he accidentally pops the trunk and the balloons float away.

HAHAHA, there’s that CHUUURRRR! as Mu-gak wails in frustration. Now he’s got to think of another romantic proposal on the fly.

After lunch they find a pretty fountain, where Mu-gak goes off on a daydream again. He imagines getting on one knee and singing an overwrought song about Cho-rim, which is Just. So. Bad. Of course Daydream Cho-rim is incredibly touched, but by the time Mu-gak purrs, “My baby…” at her, I’m cringing in embarrassment for him.

Back in reality Mu-gak drags Cho-rim to the fountain, but just before he can start his proposal, another man gets on one knee in front of his lady and starts to sing. Cho-rim scrunches up her face at the badness and says she hates those kind of proposals, and suddenly Mu-gak can’t get her out of there fast enough, hee.

On to Plan C. Mu-gak hides the ring in the sand at a park, planning to pretend his shoelace is untied and that he finds the ring by accident. Yeah, there’s nothing about this that could possibly go wrong. Of course he can’t find the ring again, and spends forever digging through the sand and trying to look casual while Cho-rim rolls her eyes at him.

Finally Cho-rim has enough and insists on leaving, but poor Mu-gak nearly cries. His nerves give him a stomachache and he scurries off to find a bathroom, telling Cho-rim not to move from this spot.

By nighttime Cho-rim is sick of being dragged around, but Mu-gak swears this last park is the final place. I have to admit, it’s beautiful with all the brightly-colored lights. He asks if she has any perfume, and runs off with it to stand on a bridge nearby.

As Cho-rim watches, Mu-gak starts to spray perfume into the air randomly, which she sees as bright little hearts and flowers. Pretty soon the random spritzes form the words, “Will you marry me?” in the air, which only Cho-rim can see. Okay, that is the most perfect proposal ever, for a girl who can see scents.

Mu-gak gestures cutely at the words and watched Cho-rim nervously, and she makes him wait a long moment before giving him a big arm-heart over her head and nodding “Yes.” Oh man, the joy on his face as he runs to her is breathtaking.

They seal the deal with kisses, then Cho-rim pulls the ring out of her pocket, which she found while Mu-gak was in the bathroom earlier. He puts it on her finger, making their engagement official, then of course it’s time for more kisses.

As all this adorable happiness is going on, Jae-hee sits in his cell. His expression is dark and his eyes angry, and I’m positive he’s thinking up some way to get revenge even from prison.

When Mu-gak gets home that night, he barely makes it in the door before he’s struck from behind, and a familiar hoodie-clad figure grabs his throat. Jae-hee snarls that he told Mu-gak this would only be over if one of them dies. He raises his free hand,in which he clutches a heavy exercise weight, and with a roar he smashes it into Mu-gak’s face.

Ohthankgoodness, it’s only Cho-rim’s dream, but she’s darkly thoughtful the next morning as Mu-gak makes breakfast (did he spend the night? Rawr?). She’s still pretty upset but Mu-gak reminds her that people say the opposites of dreams come true.

But the next day there’s breaking news — the truck transporting Jae-hee to a crime scene simulation went off a bridge into the Han River. The guys on the team are worried that Jae-hee planned this as a way to escape, but Kang argues that it would be too difficult. I do have to say, it’s kind of funny how Detective Ki is horrified that they have to wish for Jae-hee’s survival now, so he can be given proper justice.

After five days Jae-hee (or even his body) hasn’t been found, so the search is called off and Jae-hee is assumed dead. Kang isn’t convinced, knowing what a weasel Jae-hee is, but his nemesis says that he was handcuffed – there’s no way he could have escaped the water. Kang is disappointed the victims will never see justice, but at least it’s all over.

And so, life goes on. The team are all given official commendations and promoted one rank. Kang’s wife has yet another baby, the daughter he’s always wanted after having six sons, and HAHAHA, all seven children have his mole.

Detective Ki is still getting calls from his girlfriend while on stakeouts, but this time she actually shows up and they share a romantic moment. Yeh fights with his father over becoming a cop instead of taking over the family business. Yeom became a professor, fending off cute little student suitors.

Mu-gak quits the police force and goes to work at the aquarium, and Cho-rim goes back to Frog Troupe. Though she doesn’t seem to be any funnier than before, at least her director and sunbaes are no longer cruel. Mu-gak and Cho-rim decide to get married quickly, and shop for an apartment.

They make a cute little video invitation to their wedding, and pretty soon it’s the big day. The guys from the detective team exclaim at how gorgeous Yeom looks all gussied up, and salute her cutely.

The wedding will be at the aquarium, which is frankly a stunning place to get married. Mu-gak and Cho-rim look happy as they pose for pictures, and they run into the team on the way to the bride’s room. Ae-ri eyes the handsome clotheshorse Yeh, earning a smack from the bride, hee.

The whole Frog Troupe come to the wedding too, and Mu-gak breaks into a skit on the spot, joking that he came from Jeju to Seoul to meet a Seoul girl, but ended up with a Jeju girl anyway. CHUUUURRRR!!!

Cho-rim waits in the bride’s room while the wedding starts, and Mu-gak makes his grand entrance. But just before the bride is called, the door to the bride’s room opens, and Cho-rim knows who it is before she sees his face – she recognizes the golden knife-edged scent. Jae-hee is alive, and he’s here.

Out at the ceremony, things get tense when Cho-rim doesn’t respond when she’s called to walk down the aisle. Lieutenant Yeom gets up to see what’s wrong, but instead of Cho-rim, she finds signs of a struggle in the empty bride’s room. Oh, no.

She heads back to the hall to tell Mu-gak that Cho-rim is gone, and he runs through the aquarium, frantically calling her name.

COMMENTS

Well, I did think that Jae-hee’s capture was way too easy. We didn’t go through fourteen episodes of push-and-pull between him and Mu-gak to get one gunshot, a quickie interrogation (in which we as the audience got zero answers, by the way), and that’s it. Not to mention, there are way too many questions left unanswered. Why the books and barcodes? What do they mean to Jae-hee? Why did he start killing in the first place? How did his adoption and his adoptive parents’ deaths contribute to his psychosis, if at all? Based on his intense reaction to the belief that one of his books was destroyed, he’s clearly very emotionally invested in his victims’ stories. Like I said previously, that was pure grief.

I think that in Jae-hee’s mind, those books are more “people” than the actual people that wrote them, seeing how attached to the books he was and still is. At the very least, they fulfilled some void for him that can’t be replaced if the books are gone. I think Yeom was on the right track when she profiled him from her cell at his house, when she said that by having his victims write their life stories, he feels that he possesses them. But I want to hear exactly why he killed those people and why he had them write their life stories for him, straight from the horse’s mouth.

I want all the down-and-dirty details about Jae-hee’s motivations for killing, how and why he chose his victims, why he had them write their life stories and why he chose books and barcodes to mark his victims. Though the show hasn’t been as strong in the second half as it was in the first half, I have always felt that these questions have had answers since the very beginning, and I want to know how they influenced Jae-hee and informed his actions.

It’s actually kind of a surprise the way this episode ended, not that “Jae-hee and Cho-rim exchange a tense moment” is a unique cliffhanger anymore, ha. But this time, it looks like he finally got her. I knew everything was too pat and perfect, especially when it started to feel like a final episode when we still have one more to go. And there was no way this show can end without a very big, very personal, three-way face-off between Jae-hee, Mu-gak, and Cho-rim. Those three still have unfinished business to discuss, and they need to discuss it far away from the legal system, as far as I’m concerned. I’m actually picturing something very like the way another Park Yoochun show ended, though possibly with less overwrought wailing and more scent-seeing and mutual rescuing on Cho-rim and Mu-gak’s part. At least, that’s what I’m hoping for.

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Thank you for the recap, LollyPip. Awww… The cute is back in this ep., and we get plenty of it, along with some more skinship. JH was finally apprehended, though it felt anticlimactic (for some reason) to me. And that is besides the fact that I knew all along that they would have to catch him at some point.

I thought it was interesting that the story was written in such a way that even though MG caught JH, he did not experience the kinds of feelings he thought he would be experiencing. That being said, I really loved how much cuteness we got in this ep., and PYC played it well. I loved how frantic he was in the park, searching for the ring like a dog. I loved how he imagined his proposal would go the 1st time, and how he air-kissed CR. And I loved how he quickly changed his mind about proposing by the water jet fountain structure, once CR said that she hated those kinds of gestures. At least MG did try to be romantic. I also really loved that his actual proposal was actually the most romantic (of all the imagined ones), and that it was one fitting for this show: using her perfume to ask her to marry him, awww… That was perfect for who they are, and it was also in keeping with the title of the drama, “The Girl Who Sees Smells.”

And I loved that we got to see funny MG once again. And “CHURRRRR!!!!!” was back, how awesome was that? “CHUR, Oh my CHUR!!!!!!” I had to pause at that, so I could laugh for a few minutes. The English and the Korean language used in that way was simply hilarious! That was so well done, and witty. And when the actress said that to him, I thought it was funny as well. I also liked the line (that MG said), about “coming to Seoul to find a Seoul woman, and yet falling for a Jeju one, of all things.” Another thing I found funny was Chief Kang, being a dad to seven children. Man, he is one busy dude. And Elena finally showed up!!!! @ cocobeans, she might not have looked like it from a distance, however, I do think that she is supposed to be younger than Det. Ki. And Det. Yeh is the son of a chaebol? I didn’t expect that, yet I was not too surprised when that was revealed.

For some reason, I did believe JH when he warned MG that he would see him again. I mean, this man is smart, and he had outsmarted the police force for a long time. So when he escaped the cops, and that accident happened (when he was taken to another jail, or something like that), I was not surprised at all. I am glad that the writer kept him in the drama until the very last ep. NGM has had a very strong performance in this drama, imho. He has been as important as the leads. I know suddenly have a question though: CES, MG’s sister, was killed in an hospital in Jeju Island, right? So why did MG go to Seoul to try and become a policeman? Did he know (then) that his sister’s killer was in Seoul? Was that ever explained?

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@ivoire i think its because in seoul they have higher authority and more access to find info on cases especially special ones..

Actually i cracked up when yc said my baby~mayweather...lol..isnt he who won the boxing just weeks ago..heh.but it also suit the month of may...yc and his sense..:)

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@chunnie
That May weather, i didnt know it was related to boxing but I know he was cheering for Pacquiao back then. I thought it just his random chunglish only hahaha and I believe those english lines were all his ad-libs!

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I think pdnim gives him the chance to makes adlibs and we saw it so many times in the drama...and i loves his adlibs...hihi

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I read his FM compilations and it was interesting

MC: During filming,do you develop feelings for SeKyung?
YC: Yeah,I do

also this...

"The loving banter are all adlibs"

so I believe those chunglish lines are all his ad-libs^^

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Hi Ivoire and Thanks LollyPip!

I'm glad to say I like many of the same things you do.

You did not mention the kisses though!!! I actually liked them. I felt that they were very right for the moment and the kind of relationship this couple has. So many quick, comfortable kisses of people who are so at home with each other, knowing that there'll be plenty of time for the more romantic, slow kisses later on.

I believe our actor and actress also may have liked these short kisses more... at least they don't have to hold each re-shoot of a kiss position for many minutes while it is been shot from every angle LOL!

About why he ended up in Seoul... I'm guessing it's because the main police academy is there and to get into the violent crimes unit, you may need to have earned your stripes in the metropolitan area. As far as I can tell, the show did not tell us whether he knew where the murderer was or the reason for his being in Seoul.

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It's a good thing Kwon is so irrationally attached to the books that they can be used to torture him in a completely legal way. It's especially great because this way Kwon confesses his crimes and we finally learn how he was able to construe those bullet-proof alibies: He simply ... Commercial break!

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@ Jon G.,

Loved your whole comment (and I agree with it), especially this, "It’s especially great because this way Kwon confesses his crimes and we finally learn how he was able to construe those bullet-proof alibies: He simply … Commercial break!"

ACKKKK!!!! I wanted to hear those reasons as well (and alibis), especially the one about his deceased girlfriend. How did he organized (or faked) that trip to the US, and still killed her, and carved the barcodes in her wrist? (without getting caught?) I was so curious about that? And where did he hold CR's parents? In their own house? (Since she was at the hospital at that time. Also, in that segment/scene when CR's mom was writing, the room looked like it was made of wood walls, or walls that were brown (or brownish earth tones). That room did not look white, like the room in JH's house). So many questions, that we did not get some answers to :-(

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I'm pretty sure the 16th episode will be a one hour long exclusive interview with Mr. Kwon. The show brought up so many questions and riddles over its run and I'm pretty sure after all the suspense, we will finally get the answers. I'm really looking forward to.

Or maybe it's not an interview, maybe it's a press conference.

Host: "Next question please, yes, the middle aged man in the back row."
Jon G: "Jon G., from 'A Wrong Genre Journal'. Mr. Kwon, I'm a huge fan of your work and I'm really glad that you finally decided to share your brilliant designs with the world. I'd really like to know how you managed the fabulous escape from the drowning vehicle. All the logistics and the timing must have been so terribly difficult to plan precisely, especially under the circumstances."
Mr. Kwon: "Thank you for your question. Well, I can assure you, it wasn't easy. Next ..."
Jon G.: "I'm sorry to interrupt, but would you mind to elaborate a little bit?"
Mr. Kwon: "Not at all. I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition, but it seems to be very important to you. If you insist, let me start with the preparation process. As you know, I was in custody awaiting trial when I ..."
Men in red robes: "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"
Jon G.: "Oh, come on, you cannot be serious!"

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Jon G, the 16th episode is already out and has been out for 4 days now.

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I didn't watch it yet. Partially because I really liked the end of 15 as the end of the whole show.

Do you think my prediction was close to the heart?

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i too feel like they rushed things, we get all that bumbling of police and all that angst stuff for x amount of episodes then all of a sudden in one night MG gets his feelings back and CR her memories.

No explanation as to why he killed, how he got the alibi from America, what happened to his parents or.. well ANYTHING INSIGHTFULL, but plz, let us just gloss over this, it's not as if this is important in a crime drama..oh wait, what's that sound ....Nobody expects the spanish inquisition !!

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If you remember from the first episode, he killed her parents in their house. Remember how she came home to see him standing over her dead mother on the floor?

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no he didn't he knocked them out

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Maybe that wasn't in Seoul but in Jeju? He might have had a less high-tech house there?

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Can I just say I knew it was him from the beginning? In the second or third episode when they are investigating about the girlfriend CR sees Kwon after he has supposedly been in America for months but his suit coat still has the scent of his gf? You went to a totally different continent with those close....C'MON! I too am waiting for the answers.... when i finally watch it :P

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Park Yoo-chun: genius, genius, genius!!!

Wow! He's been so good in serious roles (and so very bad in Rooftop Prince) that it comes a huge pleasure to see just how genius he his in a comedic role. He a rockstar! Well, literally he IS a rockstar. But he's also an absolutely fabulous comedian.

Okay, no point in breaking down in further incoherent gushing....

Also, did Namgoong Min just turn out a performance that varies out of his normal safe zone??! It was great to see him exhibit some range.

Can't remember last time I was this happy with a couple of performances! :-D

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Thanks for the recap.

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I'm glad i was not the only one who felt JH being caught at last fells anticlimatic and made him look so pityful even more thinking he was always more than one step ahead of the police and everyone else and quite collected...never found out how he did with his alibies,how he killed Ma Ri and came from the aeroport,how he choose his victims...i really wanted him to go down with a BAM and end him in the same note as the genius cold harted killer he was all the show,not making him look so pityful all of a sudden...also wanted to see him finding out how he got caught and what present he gave Chor Rim after that deadly night
That would be the only fault i found on the episode and almost ending,rather than that loved Mu Gak and the romance...

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More than likely it was probably mentioned/talked about in past recaps but I've been wondering and meaning to ask for a while what does CHUUURRRR! mean?

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@ August,

I realized I had the same question as well. I read somewhere that it means "What?" Or is it "What!" depending on the situation/context? I am very curious about that now, especially if "CHURRRRRR!" can have multiple meanings, based on the context.

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I don't think it means anything. Haha it's just funny.

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I just thought "Chuurrrr" was the comic sound made by someone to show he is disconcerted or confounded. Something like "Gosh! Really???"... :D I did not know that Chuurrr it had a meaning ... errr...does it? :)

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Thanks Ivoire, Youngdally, & Growingbeautifully!

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I think I read somewhere that it was supposed to be something like "Ehhh?" But apparently Yoochun thought ehhh won't be fun so they made it into "Churrr?" Well, as @Susan said, "Park Yoo-chun: genius, genius, genius!!!"

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Thanks Maxene. Good call by Yoo-Chun. The change-up from ehhh to Churrrrrrr worked everytime.

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Didn't Jae Hee get shot near his heart? Shouldn't he have been in the hospital too? Or did they think a hospital escape would be too easy?

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@ shinayame Hi!

I was also curious about him being shot by MG. I thought we would see him get some care in an ambulance (like Let. Yeom did), or see him briefly in a hospital, before seeing him in jail. Were we supposed to assume that he got some medical care? (like the many other things we had to assume happened in this drama, or didn't happen?)

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@shinayame and Ivoire

Yes, it was terribly strange that we don't see JH in hospital or all bound in bandages at least. That was definitely a shot in the abdomen and he would have needed surgery to remove the bullet. I was wondering if we were seeing the interrogation many days later or not... but JH was wearing the same clothes he got shot in as far as I could tell. Even from a distance when he was escorted out of the police station, it looked like the black hoodie had faint remnants of the blood stains.

So once again, a great mystery to be overlooked. :)

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I was LOL watching Mu-gak singing and propose Cho-rim. Damn! His sexy voice when he propose "Will you marry me?" makes me melting. <3

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Sexy voice as he is originally a singer. That proposal is so hilarious. After 3 thwarted plans, the sweetest one for the girl who sees smells is of course to write it in the only way she can see.

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I believe that sexy song made me cringe... but at the same time it was quite cute and I liked the change in his expression just before he broke out in English, "Will you marry me?" I wonder how many takes they had to do to get this scene... I imagine the crew and SSK would have had giggling fits.

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The big gaps and inconsistencies haven't bothered me as much as the little things, like at the end, why didn't she scream as soon as she saw his scent? Why wasn't her father at the wedding? He should have been with her, ready to walk her down the aisle.

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@mardybum

I felt the same way about her forster father... He was so conspicuous by his absence. Err... does that actor have another show on or something? He has hardly appeared in this one and seems to be unnecessary for most of the main story. The fact that his wife was a victim seems to have no significance either.

Even without him, JH could easily have found out who CR is since more was revealed through her mother's writing and from her ex-classmates than through Daddy Oh. Pity to have such a nice actor and not give him much to do.

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Ah, good point about walking down the aisle. Seems so strange for him to miss his daughter's wedding, since they've already said they'll always be father-daughter. -_-

Heh but it's the first show I've seen where this actor's dad character stayed alive right until the end of the show! In Secret Garden and Pinocchio, he was a firefighter both times and died in episode 1. Hehe. This is quite a milestone for him!

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LOL!

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hahahaha i LOLed at your last comment! that's true, his character always dies

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Chorim was probably too shocked and terrified to muster up enough strength to scream. I always wondered how some managed to screech like a banshee in horrors movies

And yeah, the dad not being at the wedding is weird. I think actor is in another show.

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I was weirded out by the cuteness of the love story. I know MG has his cute side, but... this felt like a couple who have never had that "I'm sorry the killer who murdered your sister was actually after me" depth to them. I LIKED them being deeper, so this entire cartoonish multiple-pecks-on-the-lips thing had me actually wondering if the leads dislike each other or one of them refuses to do kiss scenes or something. Tonally is was just totally off.

NMG was really good here, just generally, though he's been written in a way that leaves the audience with absolutely nothing to work from. I guess adoption into an American household just guarantees you'll be a well-educated serial killer with a curiously fluent grasp of Korean?

The show was cute in the first half and it's just been a downward slide since the midpoint. Looks like that comedy troupe got left in the dust as well (I approve, but should have cut them entirely). If the romance is good I can look over many flaws, but the romance fell apart for me, so - bleh.

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"I guess adoption into an American household just guarantees you’ll be a well-educated serial killer"

You didn't know that? Did you ever wonder why the US is one of the countries with the highest percentage of adopted children and the highest percentage of imprisoned inhabitants? Well, connect the dots ...

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On the upside, we apparently produce MAGNIFICENT chefs, so...

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Thanks for the recap, LollyPip!

I loved seeing all the cuteness between the main couple. MG and his proposal daydreams plus CHURs are golden!! LOLed so much!! The English lines made the scenes even funnier. The perfume proposal is the sweetest thing ever and it's just perfect for this drama. Love Chunnie so much as MG!! Keke~

Totally laughed at Chief Kang's 7 kids!! XD All so cute!

I was surprised at JH's emotional response to the books being burned, which is the most emotional he's ever gotten in this show. That grief and look of betrayal and pain in his eyes!! NGM has really done an amazing job in this role. And I definitely had no doubt he was gonna come back to see MG and CR since they still have unfinished business. Faking an accident into Han River would be an easy feat for him.

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I don't know. I hated this episode. 95% felt like filler and that they were trying to stretch it to 16 episodes. Even our main couple who got me through most of this show just wasn't doing it for me. I guess I felt that marriage thing was too fast (not unusual in kdramas). It's just with the intensity of everything else it seemed like a fast switch over. I'm still bothered by the lack of her dad. The murder wrap-up was a bit try-hard. I dunno. I was oddly grumpy and bored while I watched this episode especially considering it tried so hard to be cute.

Also lots of logic lapses but that's nothing new for this show so I'm rather used to it.

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I love this episode! Too many precious moments but the proposal scenes become my best part of this episode! darn I keep replaying those scenes over and over again especially Moo Gak's hilarious proposal song! Didnt expect for that. oh my churrrrr dear Singer Park, that was so embarrassing hahaha! indeed pure gold Park Yoochun! but after all, the real proposal has been the best proposal ever in Kdrama coz it only can happen in this drama! I applaud that brilliant idea so much, I feel so awwww <3

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Am I the only person who feels as though Baekkyung is with us in spirit, guiding the main characters to the conclusion (the message of the golden fish/lonely man, the letter and the scent on him that was eventually revealed as chloroform). Maybe the final mention of the book is sort of like a curtain call for him XD

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Also: I Miss You never existed. Period.

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I super love this Murim couple from start to finish that I don't think I'd love another one as much, at least in a looooong time, haha! I swear they are the cutest pairing I've seen in terms of their natural and loveable chemistry. Nothing feels contrived about them, everything just falls beautifully. Am in love with them that now am shipping them in real life haha! Awww, am going to miss Chunnie terribly coz all my love for him came back in this drama. Yes, I chose to blindly ignore all the shortcomings of this drama for its lack of cohesiveness in the plot but for me, what matters most in the end is how much I enjoyed and get entertained. Suffice to say, Murim supplied them in abundance and my heart is full. Am having withdrawals now.

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Oh my churrrrrr! I love the proposal song, it's so exaggerating yet so hilarious! Can't stop replaying it, churlololololol

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I know! He's sooo greasy but it's so cute <3

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Yeah! I squeal and cringe at myself when he sings.. yoochurrrnie wae so funny? Lololololol

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and how can chorim looks so composed and even tearing up at his singing...lol..it's so emberassing yoochunnie~~but i still replayed it for nth times..XD

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If u look carefully, from the side shoot where she is covering her mouth, she smirks a little lolololol. Even ssk can't hold her laughter...

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At 30.49 lolololol.... u can see the little smirk

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@chunface i just saw it..lololol...yeah i dont think anyone is immune towards his cringeworthy full of cheesiness song...and think that is the same for ssk but it is so funny..i still love you yoochun..;p

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Moorim? Chogak? whatever but they are my OTP!!!
They look so good together and have great chemistry. I'll miss them!

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Thanks for the recap lollypip!
The plot holes have been mentioned by several ppl and unfortunately the writers chose to leave it to our imagination to fill up the gap. Maybe they were too busy focusing on the cute romcom bits, which I have to say were very very cute. So here is how my imagination fill in the gap?
1) how Joo Mari was kidnapped while Chef was in US: he called her couple days before he is back in korea to tell her to meet him at a secret rendevouz since his business finish earlier than expected. So Joo Mari went willingly into the secret room, which locked her in automatically once she stepped in. Chef has kindly left some ramen cup noodles so she can survive until he comes back.
2) how chef chose his victims: the first one was det Oh's wife - because Chef thinks she abandoned her child (am still bit unclear whether she did or didnt) and Chef has abandonment issue. He wanted to know why a mother would do that, thats why he chose her and made her write her stories. 2nd n 3rd victim: fisherman couple because they didnt abandon their child so he was curious to see why they didnt and possibly also to get the abalone seaweed recipe. Joo Mari was killed because Chef doesnt know how to break up with her. He worries he might accidentally date her again in the future since he wont recognize her. So better he killed her off, this way no chance of seeing her again in future.
3) how he escape from the han river while being handcuffed. Chef watched prison break and has several escape plans tattoed on his butt.

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Number 3 is the best theory. I mean, how the heckie do you tattoo stuff on his chiseled abs? It'll all get skewed and impossible to read.

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omg, your theories got me cramping at the sides!!

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Cool theories.

#3) Chef Kwon watched a handcuffed Lee Jun-Ki as Jang Tae-San in Two Weeks escape and survive after being rear-ended while in a police transport van.

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Bravo!! clap clap!! i salute you ! this was briljant !! i love all 3 theories, you sir or madam, deserve a beanstalk award for funniest beanie comment so far.:) :)

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I've been a silent reader all along, but now I gotta speak up. This drama surely has its weak points (plot holes, lots of them) but our couple can me overlook that. What bothered me is:
1. How Cho Rim was VERY composed when Mu Gak proposed to her. Sure, she seemed to have predicted it when she found the ring -- but as a girl (and in the previous episodes she seemed to be a person who showed so much expressions) she should've lost it and been more emotional about it. Yoochun's facial expression and the proposal spot, on the other hand, were on point.
2. And actually after the proposal I was hoping more of a long, intimate kiss rather than multiple, cute ones.. but those were fine by me, too.
2. How her dad missed the wedding. That's the biggest anomaly of the episode for me.

Anyway, thank you for the recap! I'm curious of what you think of the final episode, so I'll be patiently waiting. :)

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I feel that the multiple short kisses were fine because they were preceded by a full, long hug with a squeeze, had hugs in between and also ended with a hug. Those were the right kisses to confirm where they were at: completely on the same page, on good terms and happy to be together type of kisses. :)

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I loved this episode.

Mugak's proposal daydreams were so funny, and like the ep 10 daydreams they were the writer's way of telling us hey don't think everything in dramas are going to work out in real life. Of course the only proposal that will work in that drama is one where only the girl who sees smells can see it! ?

I also like that the drama shows us how everyone went on with their lives after the capture of Jae Hee, because life goes on.

And Chief Kang, I didn't know you are a father of 7, that explains why you were such a stingy boss! Btw, I think your family is going to be the setup in the future for the drama Momo Love (桃花小妹) haha.

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a very unique,beautiful,the one and only proposal for the girl who can see smell oh chorim..love it so much...

And mugak looking so handsome in tux makes me forgot about everything else..lol..

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And just 7 ppoppo and not even real kiss..eyyy~~they are surely teasing us..but still its very sweet and suits their cuteness..:D

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From today's PYC fanmeet, he said that the kiss should be deep, but PYC and PD discussed that he is too young to do that kind of kiss, so just peck will do.. lol, then let's pray some time in the future, when he is old enough, he will meet SSK again as his co-star and redeem what should he had done with the kiss...

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too young???? isn't he like 28 or so? some people already have 3 kids at that age. More like they can't get it on air if it's too saucy, only cable shows get away with that.

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Maybe he is protecting SSK, ofc he won't say SSK directly, or he could end up with gossip.. Although I really hope that they will date for real...

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Really going to miss Chuuurrr Moo-gak (lol) and Oh Cho-rim! I find them really endearing esp. since among other OTPs in dramaland, they have a "healthy" relationship wherein there was not much push and pull and all those emo whatsoever moments...just how people normally fall in love with each other.
Despite the logical flaws, I really enjoyed this drama and found a new love in both Park Yoochun and Shin Se-kyung.

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I think this has got to be one of the best proposals ever. It's intimate, and it's done in such a way that speaks volumes about their stories. So for all his blunders, Moo Gak finally got it right. Hehe. (For the car scene, I think the bumper opened because some car knocked into his. Or the collision startled him and he accidentally activated the switch.) I thought the sand pit was hilarious, but I wonder if Cho Rim already knew what was happening. Otherwise, why would she only search for it AFTER he went off to the toilet? I'm *slightly* disappointed that it's not a complete surprise for her...

Really love that we've got some sort of wrap-up for the rest of the team too. I'm totally not surpised Yeh is a rich kid (was wondering about his branded threads), and it's good to finally meet Elena Vashi-what.

PS. From the cringe-worthy daydream proposal in the park, sounds like Yoo Chun has a good English accent. Impressed.

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+1

I agree with the sentiments in your post. I could not have said it any better.

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Hehe. Thanks!

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@osmanthus tea
Yoochun moved & studied in US when he was in the 6th grade. he lived there for 3 years I guess, am not that sure tho. so the accent is still there^^

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Ah, okay. Didn't know that. Thanks!

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@osamantus tea, Yoochun indeed speaks very good English in real life. There was an episode of him delivering a speech in English in Miss Ripley . Or u can search for 'yoochun speaking english' on youtube to hear it. Pretty impressive.

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yey, missed you lollypip its 1 before last
so sad its about to end

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i will miss Girl who see smells very much and Murim couple. Thanking to all cast to make a interesting drama.

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Thank you for the recap. Im a silent reader, and given the satisfaction i get from reading your drama recaps, i believe I owe Dramabeans recap queens a heartfelt Thank You.

....the loopholes, i share the same sentiment.
...the proposals in daydream modes- funny...and how we "cringe in embarrassment" as you exactly put it...i LOL'd.....but played it again for nth times...And exactly,what was,the Mayweayther line about? Hahaha. I mean, being Pinoy, the first thing that came to my mind was the Undefeated boxer...and hearing his name,was like "toinks" like out of nowhere toinks to me. Nevertheless, it was knee-slapping funny. And yes, his marry me line was like, as one recap blogger puts it ,said in "the sexiest voice in the universe" ever.
Micky's accent is explained having lived in Virginia,for some time as his biography says.
.....Aaaaaand yes i agree, I. Want. More. Jae hee. In criminal mode. Explanations. Explanations please. And less of the birdie pecks. Lol!

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We saw mugak singing to his proposal..but i loved it when chorim sing the song when mugak suggested on having the wedding at the aquarium..her voice is soo cutee...and mugak reaction is lol-worthy~He even answer in a sing-song way too...

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I actually don't mind this episode. I liked it.
But I do have on complaint. I don't understand why just got her memories back so suddenly in the middle of the night. I felt like it would've been more appropriate if she got them back after reading her mothers' notebooks/journals/autobiography. Just a thought....

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*I do have one complaint. I don't understand why she just got her memories back*

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I'm really enjoying this show. It reminds me of "Pinocchio", in that we have this heroine with a "special gift" that transforms the story in a big way. Her gift has this amazing symbolism to see truth and what lies in the hearts of people.
I must say I teared up when Cho-rim and Mu-gak went to visit her parents' and his sister's ashes. It was such a tender moment. It felt like a comforting start of closure for all of them.
Yet, I was laughing like crazy through the failed proposal ideas and pre-wedding jokes.
This show has a great balance of laughter, heart, suspense, and action!
Of course we knew Jae-hee wasn't dead, but like LollyPip said... I'm not sure how we're going to escape him this time!
I am excited to watch the conclusion tomorrow and have another KDrama 'favorite' to add to my list!

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