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Beautiful Gong Shim: Episode 18

Well, it took us 18 episodes, but it looks like we might finally be closing in on our bad guy. Good thing too because with only one week left, our two lovebirds are going to need some time to sort out their happy every after.

It can be difficult to accept the love of another person, but sometimes it’s even harder to believe that you’re good enough to love them back; and having faith in one’s self is just as tricky as having faith in another.

 
EPISODE 18 RECAP

Having finally put the pieces together, Dan-tae barges into Uncle’s office to confront him. Ignoring Uncle’s indignation, Dan-tae rolls the sleeve of the other man’s shirt up to expose the butterfly tattoo. With the proof in front of his eyes, Dan-tae accuses Uncle of kidnapping Jun-pyo and trying to kill his father in the hospital.

Keeping his composure, Uncle calls Dan-tae crazy and warns that even the chairwoman can’t protect him after accusing Uncle without evidence. Dan-tae grabs Uncle’s tattooed arm, saying it’s evidence enough since Jun-pyo’s mother labeled her son’s abductor as having a butterfly tattoo. Uncle just scoffs that lots of people have butterfly tattoos so he’ll have to do better than that.

Fire in his eyes, Dan-tae asks how Uncle knew that his father was in the ICU when he never told anyone that. He brings out the printed CCTV picture showing Uncle in the hospital at the time of the attack and yells that Uncle tried to murder his dad. Undaunted, Uncle merely asks what’s so wrong with visiting a patient in the hospital; this, too, is not enough proof.

Uncle finally raises his voice for Dan-tae to get out of his office before he has him thrown out. Dan-tae is nearly shaking with anger as he replies that it’s over for Uncle and next time he’ll see to it that he can’t make these kinds of excuses.

Leaving Uncle’s office, Dan-tae marches straight over to the market where Uncle had hidden away the arboretum gardener. Dan-tae finds the man and shows him Uncle’s picture, demanding to know if this was the man that made him quit. The gardener looks startled by the picture but insists that he doesn’t know him.

Dan-tae begs him to tell the truth, revealing that his father is in the hospital because of Uncle. The news alarms the gardener but he still maintains that he doesn’t know anything and brushes off Dan-tae’s repeated pleas.

Jun-su’s mom and Uncle meet in their usual corner of evil to talk about Dan-tae’s father. Ahhhh, it seems Uncle hasn’t been honest with his sister as she believes that Dan-tae’s father is still awake and demanding money in order to keep silent. Uncle smoothly lies that he already paid him some, but he wants an additional $10 million.

Jun-su’s mom reluctantly agrees to get the money together and Uncle asks if she knows where Jun-su has disappeared to.

Speaking of, Jun-su is spending his vacation running away from his problems (though he won’t get far as he’s on a treadmill). After his run of guilt, Jun-su makes a call to someone, distractedly knocking down a magazine when he picks up his phone.

It appears Jun-su called Uncle and the two meet at a restaurant. Uncle chides Jun-su for worrying his family and asks what he wanted to meet about. Without hesitating, Jun-su says he’s decided to work with Uncle to cover up everything that’s happened, returning things to the way they were before Dan-tae came into their lives.

Uncle practically cackles with glee, agreeing that this is the best thing for everyone, especially Jun-su’s mother. Putting on a concerned face, Uncle says that Dan-tae is still a problem and instructs Jun-su to get rid of Dan-tae from the company. He assures Jun-su that this will make everything better.

After doing some thinking with his box of clues, Dan-tae raids Uncle’s office desk to take his toothbrush. Uncle catches him mid-pilfer but Dan-tae just calmly asks if he can borrow the brush for a bit. He informs Uncle that he has Jun-pyo’s clothes from the day the boy was kidnapped and intends to use Uncle’s DNA (taken from the toothbrush) to match it to any remaining DNA found on the child’s clothes, proving that Uncle was the abductor.

Uncle snarls that that’s not possible and yells for Dan-tae to get out, but Dan-tae cheekily replies that if Uncle feels so insecure about the results, then he should just take the toothbrush back, right? Unable to admit any potential misgivings/guilt, Uncle can do nothing as Dan-tae strolls out the office with his toothbrush. The minute he’s left, Uncle calls Jun-su in a panic.

Oh look, Gong Shim is in this show! I’d forgotten. Jun-su meets with Gong Shim to ask her if she has the passcode to Dan-tae’s rooftop room. He lies that he’d forgotten something there and can’t get a hold of the wayward lawyer. Our trusting Gong Shim believes him and leans up to whisper the passcode in his ear, not seeing the dark look flash across his face.

Jun-su lets himself in to Dan-tae’s room and immediately starts trashing the place. He ransacks the whole apartment and eventually finds Dan-tae box of clues. He steals the whole box and beats a hasty retreat down the stairs, not knowing that Dan-tae is just now returning home.

Jun-su makes it to street level but quickly ducks behind a corner when he sees Dan-tae heading straight for him. As Dan-tae gets closer, Gu-nam chooses that moment to emerge from the convenience store to talk to Dan-tae, though that doesn’t delay him for long.

Jun-su hides nervously as Dan-tae continues his walk towards the stairs and Jun-su’s hiding place, but luckily (or unluckily? Not sure who to root for here) Gu-nam’s greeting has reminded Dan-tae of his first love: microwave dinners. Jun-su lets out a breath as Dan-tae turns on a dime and heads into the store. As Dan-tae buys his dinner, Jun-su slips by unnoticed, the box tucked under his arm.

Dan-tae has just sat down with his favorite meal when he receives a call from Gong Shim. She asks if he’s eaten yet and he stops literally mid-bite. Slowly retracting the food from his mouth, he answers that he hasn’t and the two make plans for dinner together.

Jun-su meets with his Uncle at an outdoor fireplace. He hands over the stolen clothes and Uncle reassures him that this is all for Jun-su’s mother’s sake. Ugh.

Uncle tosses the clothes onto the fire and Jun-su watches them burn, a conflicted look on his face.

Dan-tae and Gong Shim enjoy a meal together. Using food comparisons, Gong Shim asks if they go together as well as certain classic food combinations. The metaphor goes completely over Dan-tae’s head and Gong Shim sighs that she’ll have to put this in simpler terms. She asks straightforwardly, “Why do you like me?”

Before Dan-tae can answer, they’re interrupted by a woman who is an old colleague of Dan-tae’s. She gives Gong Shim a once-over and asks if he’s still tutoring students, reaching out to actually pet Gong Shim’s hair/wig. Ouch.

The woman asks if Dan-tae still doesn’t have a girlfriend and then invites herself to their table, sighing that she hasn’t had a drink in a while. She sits right next to Dan-tae and links her arm through his, flippantly asking Gong Shim if she can home by herself. Wow, I kind of want to put her and Gong Mi in a room together and see who makes it out alive.

Dan-tae, bless his heart, pulls his arm out of the woman’s clutches and proclaims that he has a girlfriend: she’s sitting right here. Gong Shim grins as Dan-tae tells the woman that he prefers cute people, just like Gong Shim.

Looking like the cat that got the cream, Gong Shim grins at the woman and tells her she’s welcome to join them for wine at their place, since she knows how much the woman enjoys a drink. Dan-tae’s colleague squirms at the hint that the two of them live together and she gracelessly skedaddles, leaving the lovebirds to return to their dinner.

Gong Shim and Dan-tae walk home afterwards, hand-in-hand. Gong Shim is once again fishing for compliments and Dan-tae reassures her that he prefers cute over glamorous. Pulling her towards him, Dan-tae asks Gong Shim what it is that she likes about him. They’re both adorably smiley as he waits for her answer.

Just then, Gong Shim spies her father on a bicycle heading in their direction. Panicking, she shoves Dan-tae away from her, the force actually flinging him face first into the ground. Hah, cus that’s not suspicious at all.

Dad stops by the pair and asks what Dan-tae is doing on the ground. Dan-tae awkwardly gets to his feet and laughs that he fell down. Dad advises him to get stronger legs and pedals off.

Dan-tae does NOT have his happy face on as he confronts Gong Shim, asking if she’s embarrassed of him. Gong Shim apologizes and says she just got flustered seeing her dad. Dan-tae sulks a bit, but he still reaches out to take her hand back and the two quickly return to their previous smiles and the question of why Gong Shim likes Dan-tae.

But before Gong Shim can answer, she yet again spies her father as he bikes back the way he came… and poor Dan-tae goes sprawling once more. HAHA! Dad rides right between the two, giggling as he yells out that he saw the whole thing since the beginning (meaning them holding hands). Dad continues on and Gong Shim can only pout at Dan-tae who glares.

Dan-tae and Gong Shim are still bickering when they return to his room to find it ransacked. The two stare in shock at the damage and Gong Shim remembers telling Jun-su the password that day. She tells Dan-tae about it, assuming that Jun-su didn’t lock the door correctly when he left and a thief broke in.

At Jun-su’s name, Dan-tae immediately checks the bag where he kept his box of clues and grimaces to see that it’s gone. Gong Shim pushes to call the police but Dan-tae says not to bother as it doesn’t look like anything was taken. She starts cleaning up the room and Dan-tae has to physically stop her, his face growing tender as he sees how worried she is. He pulls Gong Shim into a hug, holding her close.

Uncle has brought back his hulking minion (the man behind the attack on Dan-tae’s father at the hospital). The two are talking over the phone while they sit in separate cars parked next to each other in the company garage. I’m sure this is supposed to be creepy, but honestly they just look silly. They both watch Dan-tae as he heads to his car.

Uncle instructs the minion to makes sure that Dan-tae spends some long, relaxing time in the hospital for the next few months. Minion agrees and peels out, tailing Dan-tae.

Arriving in a different garage, Dan-tae exits his car and answers his phone, not seeing the hulking minion creeping up behind him, a long metal pipe in hand. Ack!

The minion raises the pipe and just as he’s about to swing it down on Dan-tae’s skull, someone sneaks up behind him and whacks him on the head with a fire extinguisher. IT’S JUN-SU!! Yay! He saved Dan-tae! Wait… what?

Dan-tae whirls around to stare at Jun-su who’s clutching the extinguisher like it’s his teddy bear. Jun-su snaps out of his adrenaline rush and immediately asks if Dan-tae is all right. When Dan-tae asks what happened, Jun-su says he thinks it was his uncle’s doing.

Jun-su asks timidly if the minion is still alive. Dan-tae confirms that he is, then lets out a little laugh at Jun-su’s condition, marveling that after living in luxury all his live, he’s been having to do all kinds of strange things lately. Jun-su agrees and suddenly it’s flashback time.

Back during Jun-su’s self-exile, the phone call he’d made when he dropped the magazine was not to Uncle, but to Dan-tae. Before Jun-su had met with Uncle, he and Dan-tae had met at the same restaurant.

Jun-su can barely look Dan-tae in the eyes as he apologizes, admitting to trying to cover everything up to save his mother, but after Uncle tried to kill Dan-tae’s father, he knew it had to stop. He asks for Dan-tae’s forgiveness and promises that from now on, he will try to atone for his actions. Dan-tae lets out a small smile and murmurs that he’s glad to see the old Jun-su return. You and me both.

Dan-tae warns Jun-su that if they do bring justice to Jun-pyo and Dan-tae’s father, then Jun-su’s mother and uncle will face punishment; he asks if Jun-su is okay with that. Jun-su answers that the price must be paid for the crime committed.

The bromance is back on as Jun-su takes Dan-tae to his new office. Dan-tae comments that it’s so clean… compared to the mess that Jun-su left in his room. Heh. Jun-su just grins like a little kid, saying he went a bit overboard since he was worried that his uncle might check the room too. He tells Dan-tae that Uncle burned the clothes, but Dan-tae smugly reassures him that he hid the real clothes elsewhere.

Uh-oh, Uncle has chosen today of all days to pay his nephew a visit in his new building and heads up to Jun-su’s office. The boys are currently listening to the recording that Jun-su made of his meeting with Uncle (the one at the restaurant where Uncle instructed him to chase Dan-tae out of the company).

Uncle gets closer and closer as Dan-tae listens to the recording. Thankfully, Dan-tae spies Uncles shadow through the glass door and does some quick thinking. Throwing the phone at the wall he spins around and grabs the shocked Jun-su by his lapels, demanding to know what he took from his house.

Jun-su is baffled, until he sees Uncle’s arrival and Dan-tae’s over-the-shoulder glances. Uncle yells at Dan-tae to let Jun-su go and both boys play their roles beautifully. Dan-tae accuses Uncle of sending his minion after him and exits with a sneer.

On his way out, Dan-tae stops by to see Gong Shim at her work. He watches as she happily runs around the office and receives praise from her all her co-workers. Dan-tae catches her eye and the two step into the hallway for a moment full of straight up adorable.

Uncle gets a call from the gardener he hid away. The man voices to Uncle that Dan-tae came to see him and told him how his father was injured by Uncle. He tells him that he doesn’t want his money if it’s to cover that up, saying he’s going to tell the truth about who he saw at the garden.

Uncle panics and asks to meet face-to-face, and then we see that Dan-tae has been standing next to the gardener this whole time. The man hangs up and Uncle actually growls Dan-tae’s name in frustration.

After the gardener leaves, Dan-tae receives a call from his aunt and runs off to the hospital.

Oh dear, it looks like Dan-tae’s father has taken a bad turn and the doctors advise Dan-tae and his aunt to be prepared for the worst.

Gong Shim is watering her plants when Aunt arrives at Dan-tae’s room, bearing side dishes for her nephew. The two greet each other warmly and Aunt heads into the apartment. Gong Shim runs down to her house and soon returns with a cool drink for Aunt to enjoy as she cleans up Dan-tae’s place.

Dan-tae meets with Grandma and when she asks after his father, he can’t hide that there’s something wrong. He confesses that his father is in critical condition and the doctors don’t think he will survive much longer. Grandma admonishes him for keeping such a heavy burden to himself and wants to go to the hospital immediately to visit.

Meanwhile, Gong Shim finds a hospital visitor’s pass on Dan-tae’s doorstop. She realizes that Aunt must have left it and sees that it’s for the ICU.

Grandma and Dan-tae look in on his father and Grandma can barely contain her emotions. Through the window, she thanks Dan-tae’s father for taking care of her grandson, promising that she feels nothing but gratitude towards him for raising her Jun-pyo so well. She breaks down in tears, telling him to wake up so they can meet properly.

Dan-tae holds her in a comforting hug, but they’re both startled out of their grief when Gong Shim drops the visitor’s badge in the doorway, having heard the whole exchange. There’s a moment of all around staring and Gong Shim stutters out that she just wanted to return the badge to Aunt. Dan-tae tells her he’ll explain everything, but when she shakes her head, Grandma asks to talk with her privately.

Grandma takes Gong Shim aside and explains that Dan-tae is her only biological grandson. She tells her how 26 years ago he was kidnapped at the age of four, and they’ve only just now reunited.

Gong Shim meets Dan-tae outside and he apologizes for not telling her sooner. She is slowly putting all the pieces together, realizing that the month he went missing was when he discovered his identity. Grandma just told her he was working to uncover the culprit so she understands why he had to hide the truth from her. She asks him if, once he finds his kidnappers, he will become Seok Jun-pyo. Dan-tae doesn’t have an answer for her so she asks to go inside to greet his father.

Afterwards, Gong Shim tells Dan-tae to go on ahead without her; she wants to stay for a bit longer. Dan-tae gives her some privacy and a heart-broken Gong Shim sits by herself.

Dan-tae lies on his floor at home, thinking about Gong Shim’s question of if he’ll become Seok Jun-pyo when this is all over. His heavy thoughts are interrupted by Dad who invites Dan-tae down for dinner and to talk.

Dan-tae comes down to find a full dinner spread laid out. Dad pours him a drink and they all share a cheers before Mom launches right in with the questions: How long has he been seeing Gong Shim? Is he sick at all? How much money does he have saved? He does pretty well with the answers until the money question when admits that he doesn’t have any savings, and Mom’s face falls.

Dan-tae is kind of saved by the arrival of Gong Shim, except her parents snag her too and now it’s both of them being questioned. Gong Shim finally puts an end to the inquisition when her mom asks about Dan-tae’s parents. She yanks Dan-tae out of the house and her parents are left to discuss her new man.

Gong Mi arrives in her sister’s absence and her parents eagerly spill the beans that Gong Shim and Dan-tae are dating. Gong Mi can’t believe it, but thinks that the two look good together, clearly happy to have gotten rid of any competition for Jun-su.

Up on the roof, Gong Shim apologizes for her parent’s behavior, though Dan-tae says he’s the one who should be sorry. He asks what Gong Shim had needed time to think about earlier and Gong Shim admits that she wishes he had told her the truth from the beginning. Dan-tae agrees, but says that even with the truth, he’s still the same person.

In her room, Gong Shim remembers Grandma’s words that Dan-tae is her only true grandchild. Letting her imagination run away, she day dreams a scenario straight out of a melodrama where Grandma forbids her from seeing Dan-tae again, complete with water throwing and an envelope of money.

Gong Shim shakes off the dream… only to plunge right into another where Dan-tae exits a giant limo (to the tune of Heirs) and completely ignores her desperate pleas. Gong Shim is finally tossed to the ground by Dan-tae’s many bodyguards where she wails after him. Someone has definitely been watching too much TV.

The next morning Gong Shim wistfully looks at Dan-tae as he eats his convenience store ramyun. He spies her and asks to head to work together when he finishes, but she tells him to take his time and leaves with a sad smile.

Jun-su visits the ever-catty Gong Mi and she wastes no time in telling him that Gong Shim and Dan-tae are dating. She grins to herself and completely ignores the hurt that she just caused the man she supposedly likes. Typical.

Uncle returns to his office and finds a bag on his desk with Jun-pyo’s clothes inside, the same one he burned. Dan-tae calls at that exact moment and taunts him, revealing that he kept the real clothes somewhere safe and they’re currently being analyzed for a DNA match.

Dan-tae’s introduces Jun-su to his friend who sent the spam text, and the man’s uncle (the man who played Dan-tae’s father’s look-alike in the blackmail video). Together they set up in a hospital room, rigging it with cameras and putting Dan-tae’s father’s look-alike in a hospital gown and bed.

Jun-su calls his uncle and tells him that Dan-tae’s father has woken up again. Uncle is shocked as Jun-su lies that Dan-tae’s father is being sent to another hospital and asks what he should do. Uncle says he’ll handle it.

Dan-tae witnesses the call and checks to see if Jun-su is sure he can handle this. Jun-su gives him a small nod and Dan-tae’s friends finish with the room. The stage set, everyone retreats to the room next door, Dan-tae’s father’s look-alike lying innocently in the bed.

Wearing dark clothes and a face mask, Uncle sneaks his way into the room where Dan-tae’s father supposedly lies. Jun-su and Dan-tae watch closely on a computer monitor as Uncle approaches the bed grasps the air tube to pull it out once again.

 
COMMENTS

Wow, a cliff hanger that DOESN’T involve Dan-tae and Jun-su glaring at each other! Whoo!

I admit, I really wasn’t sure what direction Jun’su-s character was taking, especially after Uncle made it seem like Jun-su’s mother was in on the attempted murder of Dan-tae’s father. He could conceivably have fallen into the typical villain mindset of “I’ve come this far so there’s no going back, now.” It takes a very strong character to realize not only where the line is, but to refuse to cross it, even when it means he’ll have to face the consequences for what he’s done up till now. I see that as one of the many differences between Jun-su and his Uncle: Uncle will not stop because that means owning up to his past actions, something he’ll never do as long as he can find another way out.

It looks like Uncle’s current plan is to grab the $10 million his sister is preparing and just split. He probably recognizes that too many people know the truth and his best option now is to cut and run. It’s beyond cruel that he’s twisted his sister up in all this the way he has, lying about Dan-tae’s father’s condition and leading Jun-su to believe that his own mother is capable of planning murder. If this wasn’t the 18th episode in a show that should have been 16, then I’d be interested in a deeper backstory for how Uncle turned into such a cold bastard. As it stands now, I just want him to get his creepy self the hell away from my Jun-su puppy so nothing ever dims his beautiful smiles ever again — they make my heart melt, and must therefore be protected!

I really can’t believe it took this long, but at least Gong Shim has finally uncovered the truth. I really wish Dan-tae had put on his big boy pants and told her himself, but beggars can’t be choosers I suppose. I did like that she was the one to pose the question that Dan-tae hadn’t thought to ask himself yet: When this is all over, will he stay Ahn Dan-tae, or become Seok Jun-pyo? Not that he has to completely shed one identity to take on the other, but there are choices he’s going to have to face now that it looks like he’s cornering the bad guys. He’s got some more bumps to smooth out before he can ride off into the sunset with the girl, specifically convincing the girl not to run away from him.

Truthfully, I completely understand Gong Shim’s reaction to Dan-tae’s secret — it would have been weird if she’d completely accepted everything without doubts. She’s spent all this time getting to know Dan-tae as the crazy lawyer who lived above her and now she has to confront the fact that not only does he have a new identity, but he’s a chaebol heir. Gong Shim spent most of her life being told that she wasn’t good enough and that no one would look at her when her sister is around. She does have a resilient spirit as we saw when she stood up to the gas station lady and Jun-su’s mother, but that was when she was fighting for basic human rights, not the right to date someone in a social circle miles above her own. Unlike Dan-tae, she has an awareness of classes, staying friends with Jun-su but still recognizing the differences between them. It can be difficult, even heartbreaking, to follow someone into a world so unlike your own, so it’s understandable that she needs some time to figure things out. I just hope that Gong Shim gives Dan-tae a chance before she pushes him away.

 
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Thanks for the recap! Looking forward to all the discussions that will ensue :) I had been waaaaiting!!!

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This episode was still interesting.

And why is this show named Beautiful Gong Shim?

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I asked myself the same question because the show is more like the Jun-pyo aka Ahn Dan-tae show. I guess the title would've been longer..

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I think the original title was Beast's Beauty but... that wasn't such a good one either.

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That's what lots of people are asking themself ;-) What should we call it then?? Andante? The roof top love? Butterfly tatoo? 2+1 Musketeers? Half blood union? Nah, I'm no good with it!

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Beautiful Dante?

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Dante's Inferno? :)

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I'll go with 'Ahn Dan Tae' as the title.

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I was thinking something along the lines of 'Ahn Dan Tae, Stravagantemente'/Eccentricamente//Capricciosamente (Delete as applicable)

1) His name means 'slowly' in Italian, so I added/made up an adverb for eccentrically/weirdly/ quirkily. I most liked 'stravagantemente' (oddly) 'cos it sounds nice on the tongue but there's no V in the Korean language or capricciosamente (when something's quirky and doesn't quite work properly, like various elements of the relationships in this drama!) but that's muy long >.<

2) I love languages and puns and the thought of a Korean/Italian title tickled me immensely.

3) The fluffiness of the title reminds me adverbs put to good use in of Lightly, Ardently aka Uncontrollably Fond.

But mainly I'm a big ol' geekess.

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It's because of the wig. If she didn't have the wig then they could have still made a compelling revenge story with her as a side character. But the wig makes her story special and everyone wants to know when she is going to take that darn thing off for good.

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I'm thinking the final episode recap could just be summed up as :
"GS did --or did NOT-- take the darn wig off for good."

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I notice that one of the alternative names for this drama is Beauty and the Beast (referring to his bad eating habits and laid back couch potato ways, I guess). So when you take out the Beast part it leaves reference to her beauty. Her inner beauty.

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I think it is because Gs is the one that is bringing them and keeping them together.

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will all I can say is, I done a lot of fast forwarding in the last ten episodes, the blackmail just keep on dragging on and really the crime thing is so weak, sure the bad guy is really bad, but he hardly a criminal mastermind! They could have taken a guide from the likes of I Remember You and put in say more of the lawyers cases to be filler, while still holding the Kidnapping as an ongoing thing. It still a fun show, but when you actually 'hoping' for it to end, then you know something went wrong with it.

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Hahaha, hilarious recap, CandidClown! Snark levels are rising.

Finally, the bromance is back. I did an enthusiastic fist-pump when Junsu knocked that guy out with the fire extinguisher.

BTW, I keep forgetting to ask, but what happened to the bike bell? And the super slow-down power that Dante has? And what did Gong Shim mean when she said that the Junpyo kidnapping case was like a triangle?

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Oh you bring up such good points!

If the writer addresses all of that next week then I will be very impressed. But I'm not holding my breath. ?

But I do think GS doesn't need the bell anymore because she doesn't feel like the world is ignoring her and she has to use something to make her presence felt.
No clue about the rest- maybe we will see some slow mo kissing action next week from DT ?

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slow-down power disapeared with the memories which came back, it's so pity that they didn't play more with it, because Ahn Dan Tae could stay being like a comix hero - two face man, maybe they changed the script writers or they ate too many grocery store lunch boxes hidden under the counter and were food poisoned and they stopped to have fun with writing, who knows

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Apparently people keep sneaking behind Dantae recently so he couldn't use his slo-mo skills to use because he need to see them in front of his eyes. Recently he still mentions that skill of his to Gongshim too.

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Right! He used it when scanning the hospital surveilance footage. She shoved him at chest height at close range while he was staring into her eyes so... no super power.

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And what happened to the guy with the fire extinguisher?

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Ha, you're right, they just left him there to die, I guess.

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Lucky for him he's just a minion and not the lead, or he would have developed amnesia after that almighty whack. As it is, I guess, he'll just amble off (I hope) with a bad headache.

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If he was better looking it could be a whole spin off about a man with amnesia who slowly remembers he used to be a flunkie.

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Yes, I've also been wondering about the meaning of the Junpyo kidnapping case as a triangle. I wish the story made GS part of the investigation. It'd have been more interesting and fun to watch.

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I so agree with you. Who knows what kind of funny situations they could have found themselves in if gong shim was investigating with them. Oh, the looks on their faces as they sneak around looking for evidence or argue about what their next move should be. All of the possibilities. Haha.

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I loved the recap CandidClown and was nodding so many times as I was reading it. Appreciated the humour as well. ? Thanks!

Last 2 episodes left, so at least there won't be much angst left for GS/DT/JS, or room for JS's Uncle to wiggle out of getting caught. I don't think GS will reject DT but I really do wish she had been let in on the secret earlier with the 2 boys rather than be tricked by them when JS ransacked DT's room.

Please Show, 2 good episodes of trio moments next week! Thank you very much! ?

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It did look like she started giving Dan Te the cold shoulder at the end of the episode. So he will suffer a little for keeping her in the dark. However, Imo, sometimes the less people to know about a sneaky, sinister, mastermind plan the better. There is less chance of someone letting the cat out of the bag. I don't think Gong Shim would have slipped up buuuuut. Haha.

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I wish I could hug Gong-shim and remind her that Dan-tae is also being dragged into a world different from what he's used to. It would be sweet if they can explore it together. (Though I bet Dan-tae will just use his new monies to buy a decade's supply of convenience store meals.)

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Well that's a wonderful idea. Or....he could buy the company that makes the pre-packed meals.

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That's it..? DT great plan.. the plot might be weak but the bad guy is the weakest and the guy playing it is a worst actor ever (widening and shrinking eyes is not acting).... all his antics are silly... you have NGM on the set best baddy in history ask him tips or make him an evil twin that will be interesting... and for his record why did his character become so dumb..
Why didn't he just reveal his identity he'll have more power and solid reasons to find the kidnapper... why didn't he tell GS I don't get it...he was so brilliant in getting GS justice in gas station case.. all the characters introduced then were never addressed..?

GS has contributed least to the plot.. like she is in another drama of her own... it would have been better if she didn't got fired from secretary position in first place.. making her stay there was better way for her to get involved in the story and getting her hired in JS company again is not redemption its just makes it worse..

JS is the only character that found some growth or at least made some sense in all the mess...and GM was zero now gets minus points for hurting JS...

don't ask me why I still watch this show damn those starting hours were so cute and awesome but now I have invested 18 hours!! 2 more won't hurt I guess....

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Yeah, that actor was fun as the dog ajusshi, not so great as a villain. NGM as his own evil twin would have been great, you should send that idea to the writers in Korea!

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My feeling about Butterfly Uncle is that he's not supposed to be a great villain. He's just supposed to be a sleaze, and he only got as far as he did riding his sister's coattails. Which is why he's mean and desperate. Compare him to the chairman's wife on Monster... she would gut him like a fish and serve him for dinner he's such a low level villain compared to her. Oh hell the woman playing the grandma has been a hellaciously problematic parent in several dramas even she could give him tips if they really wanted him as a serious villain.

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Up to Ep. 18, and I still don't understand why and/or how Gong Mi is even around to do. Yes, I understand she highlights the way in which Gong Shim has grown up feeling inferior, but all her nonsense seems to just be written in for nonsense's sake. I promise to goodness, if she and Jun-Su end up having a storyline I will curse the heavens in futility. Ugh.

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Me neither. But she has he own theme song. I love the piano music that comes on when she is thinking, scheming or lying.

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I think the writer actually have great plan for her at the start but chose to give up on them.

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I have been wanting to ask if anyone would help ho;d Gong Mi down while I slap her for her selfishness and meanness. Gongshim's her sister, and one who hasn't done anything bad to her!

And if she ends up with Junsu, the writer had better find a good place to hide.

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The part where Jun Su whips out the fire extinguisher and whacks the bad guy over the head with it, then later asks: "Is he okay?" and Dante glances down at the dude and says, cool as a cucumber, "He's fine" I LOLed!! Dude's probably got his skull fractured!!!

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My (almost) favorite part of this episode was the awkward way Dan Tae got up after Gong Shim pushed him down. He reminded me of one of those push-up doing lizards on a hot rock. I don't know--like his knee joints were bending backwards. However he did it--it was cool to watch.

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Oh man, I was laughing so hard when she pushed him down. When she did it AGAIN I almost died.

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After finding out who Dan-Tae is (Joon Pyo/heir of Star Group), Gong Shim is probably thinking that he is way out of her league especially with her cute imaginations about typical chaebols......it's definitely not helping the situation. :)

Not to mentioned that she even experienced the confrontation with Joon Soo's dear mother (in earlier episodes). I don't blame GS for the withdrawal.

In the meantime, Dan-Tae will just have to hang in there, their genuine feelings for each is solid.

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In one word, I would describe this drama as 'pendulam'. And its an endless ocillation between awefully frustating and unbelievably cute ❤

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Thanks for the recap.... :)
This show is daebak... :) :) :) Love Jun Su sooooo much.. He is way too cute when he smiles... His soft voice... Innocent speech... Swoooonnnnn :):) Going crazy with second leads ughhhYooonDoUghh... Thanku Dramaland for preventing Jun Su from turning Evil :)

Minah and Nam goongMin also rocking their characters :) :)

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THAT smile - oooof! It does seem that he (actor, not the character) is well aware of the swoons it induces... wharves -keep them coming, dude!

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*whatevs (auto-correct grr)

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I thought this drama would use an episode or two to explore the differences that Dan Tae's and Gong Shim's relationship and lives. But unfortunately the drama is wasting too much time on the kidnapping and birth secrets. Big sigh.

Pity that Gong shim has been relegated to an almost secondary character in a drama named for her. Another big sigh. And her sister's character has almost no impact to the show. Shame.

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There was an opportunity for a real sister dynamic in this show. The favored sister, who realizes that her choices because of the situation she's in (the family bread winner and golden child) has turned her into a lying not-nice-person. And then, when she realizes that Gong Shim is worthy of her friendship. And she could start to trust Gong Shim. I mean, they still could have made her go after Jun Su, and she still could have been jealous of him liking Gong Shim, but she could have grown and developed as a character. I've written it before, but if they give her a "we forgive all your lies and you get Jun Su" at the last episode, I'm going to be inconsolable.

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Well, so this continues to be the NGM show and between him and Oh Ju Won I don't really care. I think if this was a US tv show they would just go with the gay angle and have them be a couple and she'd be the third wheel, kind of like they did in Sense8. Seriously the bromance here is so good and personality wise they would make a great couple. @[email protected]

Dan-tae could stand to think on his feet more consistently. He was good at improvising to lure GS in to meet his grandmother but went all deer in headlights with her parents. Maybe because it was a case of him still being in a state of distress about his "real" identity and not wanting to say more? Cuz he could easily have said:

"I'm a practicing lawyer and up until recently I've done almost all pro-bono work so I don't have much in the bank. However, my father was recently taken ill and is in the hospital so I've shut down my practice and gone to work at STAR GROUP where I'm a special assistant to the chairwoman, so I'm financially secure going forward."

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Erm, that angle might also be an incest one in some cultures since they are cousins. That said, there's the faux-incest K-drama trope that can still be used!!

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Maybe I'm confused but I thought they aren't biologically related? Granny said Dan-Tae is her only biological descendant? Aren't they only cousins by marriage or something like that? Anyway it's not like they'd ever do the angle in K-Drama! I just meant the actors could really sell it if they wanted to. I know they're straight and each has a girlfriend (OJW's is Jo Bora who they namechecked in an end of episode outtake gag; she's playing the snotty heiress on Monster now and wow this week she was HILARIOUS!)

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They have the same grandfather.joonpyo is the grandson of the first wife.joonsu is the grandson of the mistress.

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Fyi Gong Shim does not day dream a scenario straight out of a melodrama with Dan Tae's grandma. They are reenacting a scene from the "Boys over flowers" drama whose male lead was Lee Min Ho portraying a chaebol heir going by the name of Goo (wait for it!) Joon Pyo and falling in love with a plucky girl (Gu HyeSun), a relationship which his mom disapproved. She tried to buy said girl and scare her away, to no avail. I just KNEW early on that An Dan Tae (anyone here familiar with this song by Super Junior?)'s other name could not be coincidental. :-D

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I want Gong Shim's wig to win its own Baeksang Arts Award.

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Hey guys,

Just a bit lost here...

Since when did Jun Su know that Gong Mi and Gong Shim were sisters?
I must've completely missed that scene.
When Gong Mi told Jun Su and that Gong Shim and Dan te were dating...i thought Jun Su would be surprised at how Gong Mi knew...but he didn't!

Can someone please explain this to me?
Thanks!

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In Episode 15, Jun Su's mom bumped in to Gong Mi and her mother shopping. She learned that Gong Mi and Gong Shim were actually sisters and then told Jun Su about it.

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Thanks Echo!

I think i remember Jun So brushing it aside when he was recruiting Gong Mi to work in his new company.

I guess i was just hoping to see his reaction when he found the truth. But he didn't seem to mind it...

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It was STRANGELY brushed over. Like to the point I questioned if I had misunderstood.

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Hi Anny,
I think he found out from his mom, who had discovered it when she went shopping. In the episode we don't see how he finds out.
As regards Gong Mi telling Jun Su that her sister is dating Dan Tae, I think she did it on purpose, so that he might lose all hope of getting Gong Shim and maybe start thinking about Gong Mi.
I just hope he doesn't decide to take his uncle's side again, just to get revenge on Dan Tae for losing Gong Shim to him. Hope it makes sense :-)

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i've stop following this drama since dantae found out he isnt the real dantae. from there i get the feeling they will messed junsu. and i came here to check and im so glad i stop watching it. it feels bad to know junsu become a very evil person.

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Wait, what? Junsu didn't turn evil. This episode revealed that he is still a good person. :/

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still i cant see he get the blame for every bad thing that happen. he will end up lose everyone he love so until i know he will have a happy end, i guess i wont continue watching it ^^

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I've been wondering. If Dantae and Junsu were already in cahoots with each, why did Junsu have to hide from him after stealing the clothes he wore when he was kidnapped?

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Um, Junsu was worried uncle was keeping tabs on him?

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I thought it was weird too. But now I figure he was just staying in character as shady chaebol. Would have been weirder if they ran into each other and maybe burst out laughing or something.

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Really what happened was they just wrote it to screw with us the audience. But they at least explained it as saying he was worried his uncle would be suspicious and check on him; that's mostly plausible too except Butterfly Uncle is DUMB.

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I kind of miss Dan Tae in his casual clothing and flip flops. It made him seem normal. He's his old goofy self when he dresses like that . But when he wears suits, it's like there's serious stuff going down. i guess you gotta look your best when drama happens in dramaland.

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Honestly he looks so good in suits I don't mind. If he wants to wear a T-shirt and shorts and nice sandals I'd be ok with that too but those capri pants were just NOT flattering and Flip-flops are for walking across the parking lot to the beach not for everyday!

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I guess where I live it's perfectly normal to wear flip flops on a regular basis to the beach, store and even to the mall!? Dressing up in a nice suit or fancy dress in public is kind of out of place for us. lol

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Was Gong Mi wearing a waitress' apron sideways over her dress? In the scene where she and her parents were talking about Gong Shim dating?

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I'd like to ask something.. When will the 19th episode recap be posted? Hehe

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Probably Tuesday or Wednesday.

Cant wait to read it!

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okay. thanks! craving cravingg!

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