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Uncontrollably Fond: Episode 18

With everyone scrambling to get the upper hand, it’s anyone’s guess who could come out of this power play on top. Loyalties are changing by the minute, and it’s not easy to make a move without someone blocking it and striking back. Joon-young has got to stay ahead of the game, or he risks losing everything right when he most needs to win.

 
EPISODE 18 RECAP

We back up to earlier in the day, when Ji-tae calls Joon-young to say that since he ignored his warning, Ji-tae told Jung-eun everything. She knows Joon-young’s plan to use her to get back at his father, and Ji-tae says that Joon-young should be grateful — without his help, Joon-young would have taken things too far and have become trash.

Joon-young sarcastically agrees that Ji-tae looks out for him so well, but he goes cold when Ji-tae reminds him to take care of himself, in a moment of genuine concern. Ji-tae hangs up, but Joon-young calls him right back to say that today, he’s going to get Jung-eun’s confession for killing Eul’s father.

Because of Ji-tae’s interference, he believes he’ll fail — but if he does, he’s going to hold Ji-tae to his vow to carry out Joon-young’s revenge on his behalf. Ji-tae asks why Joon-young is telling him this, knowing he might go tell Jung-eun again, especially since her confession would ruin Ji-tae’s parents.

Joon-young replies that he’s tired, and Ji-tae is the only person he could think of to tell. That’s so sad. He invites Ji-tae to ruin his plans if he wishes — then Joon-young will die thinking that he lived in a world with no hope, and leave that world gratefully.

That shakes Ji-tae, and he doesn’t warn Jung-eun about Joon-young’s plans. Joon-young meets with Jung-eun at the river, as we saw in the previous episode, and she offers to team up with him in his plan.

Then Joon-young goes home to set up his cameras to capture Jung-eun’s confession. He bugs every inch of the house, making sure that wherever it happens, Jung-eun will be on camera admitting her guilt.

The evening proceeds as previously seen, and after Joon-young gives Eul his laptop and tells her to watch closely, she rewinds to the moment when he told Jung-eun about his dream to be a prosecutor. Eul watches as Joon-young describes the hit-and-run and the cover-up — and that the man who died was his girlfriend’s father.

Joon-young confesses to Jung-eun that he interfered when his girlfriend tried to expose his father, by snatching the bag containing the incriminating USB. He says, “I killed my girlfriend,” but his words don’t have the effect on Jung-eun that he hoped.

Jung-eun smiles, saying that she envies Assemblyman Choi for having such a loyal son. Joon-young repeats that he killed someone, but Jung-eun just breezily says that people die every day. She takes Joon-young’s hand and tells him not to feel guilty.

With Eul still watching through the laptop, Joon-young asks Jung-eun if this is how she justified it when she killed someone. He gives the date and time that she hit a man then fled the scene. Unnerved, Jung-eun tries to leave, then accuses him of making this all up.

Joon-young tells her to go — that he planned on getting a confession, but he already has all the evidence he needs even without it. He thought she’d be human enough to at least say she was haunted by guilt and felt terrible, and reminds Jung-eun that the statute of limitations isn’t up yet. He says it’s too bad he won’t be around to celebrate when she finishes doing her time.

Jung-eun switches to threats, saying that her father is even more powerful now than he was then, then accuses Joon-young of lying about his evidence. He admits that he has nothing concrete, because she was so efficient about getting rid of everything ten years ago.

Until now. Since Jung-eun just confessed on camera. Joon-young calls out, “Eul, you saw it, right? This is the truth you wanted so badly. The woman in front of me killed your father.” He adds that he was the jerk who stole Eul’s USB and almost killed her, and that he wanted to tell her this before he dies. He bellows, “THIS is the first item on my bucket list, and the last.”

Sitting outside with the laptop, Eul watches Joon-young reveal the entire truth, tears welling up in her eyes. She lays her head in her arms.

Inside, Jung-eun is furious to learn that this was all a setup, and she demands to know where the camera is, shoving things off shelves. Joon-young grabs her hands to stop her and says that she doesn’t need to scream; she’s incriminated herself enough. Jung-eun storms out of his house and makes her way down to the dock, but Eul has gone.

Joon-young barely has a minute to see that Eul’s left before President Namgoong calls and tells him to get out of there. Then he changes his mind, and says for Joon-young to stay, but not to say a word to the detectives until he arrives.

The police show up to arrest Joon-young for illegal drug use and escort him out, right past Jung-eun, who’s still on the property.

Ji-tae is floored when his assistant informs him that his father is responsible for the story that Joon-young is a drug abuser. He says that at least the drug tests will come up negative, but his assistant reminds him that his father is powerful enough to alter the test results.

Even Ji-tae’s mother seems shocked that her husband would do such a thing to his own son, but he says that he abandoned Joon-young long ago. He tells her that he knew his brother sent Joon-young’s mother away, even though she was pregnant with his child, because he’s the one who asked him to do it. He says that he’s not going to lose everything because of someone like Joon-young, and warns her that there will be more shocking things to come.

Ji-tae overhears his father’s confession from outside the bedroom door, and he shakes with shock and rage. Jung-eun calls him from Joon-young’s place and begs him to help her, telling him that Joon-young set her up. Ji-tae hangs up on her.

In an interrogation room, Joon-young is read the accusations against him, which include several actors claiming to have done drugs with him. They’ve provided multiple dates and locations, and the detective seems to think the case is airtight.

The lies make Joon-young laugh, to the detective’s ire. But Joon-young jokingly criticizes the bad spelling in an accuser’s written statement, and asks if this is a prank.

His mother wants to close the restaurant temporarily, and though Ajusshi objects, Man-ok complains that everyone who’s come in is gossiping about Joon-young. Mom tells her to deny the rumors, then she goes inside to do just that.

She addresses the customers, and asks if anyone has heard the rumors about Joon-young doing drugs. They all raise their hands, and a few raise them again when she asks who believes the rumors.

Mom insists that her son is innocent, and asks them to tell everyone that the rumors aren’t true.

Eul goes to her usual drinking hole, and sits to polish off someone else’s leftover soju. Ew. The restaurant unni asks her what’s wrong, but Eul stays silent, and she covers her ears when Unni mentions Joon-young.

Eul overhears some girls at a nearby table talking about Joon-young’s latest scandal. She tries to ignore them, and asks them to keep it down. They get loud again when they find yet another article about him, and Eul complains that there are more topics to discuss besides Shin Joon-young.

Ji-tae walks in, and Unni admits that he asked her to call him if Eul showed up. He takes Eul outside to talk, and commiserates with her shock at finding out that the man she loves so much is Assemblyman Choi’s son. Eul is angry that nobody told her sooner, and angrily asks if he enjoyed deceiving her. But Ji-tae defends Joon-young, saying that he suffered as much as she did.

Eul is sick of listening to his excuses, but she’s stopped from leaving when Ji-tae tells her that Joon-young got arrested for drug use. He says that his father will make sure the tests come back positive, because Joon-young stabbed his father in the back to discover who killed Eul’s father.

Eul raises her voice, asking what this has to do with her. Ji-tae says that Joon-young should have just left things well enough alone, like he did — putting aside conscience and guilt, all for a woman.

He asks why Joon-young would throw away the rest of his life like this, and how he’s supposed to deal with that: “How is a coward like me supposed to live, being so ashamed?” He tells Eul that she can hate him forever, but to understand Joon-young and let it go.

But Eul just says an angry “No” and walks away.

When Eul gets back to Na-ri’s place, her friend confesses to telling Jik everything about his father’s death.

Jik demands to know why Eul never told him about the cover-up, and how Assemblyman Choi’s wife threatened Jik’s life. Eul says that she couldn’t tell him or the knowledge would have ruined his life as well as hers.

She cries about how miserable her life is, when every day hurts and she can barely breathe. If she’s ever happy even for a moment, she suddenly remembers how her father died and questions her right to be happy.

Jik hadn’t realized how much his sister had suffered, and his face starts to crumple as he cries. He hugs her and apologizes. Eul says fiercely, “So don’t ask me to let it go. Don’t ask me to forgive.” She’s talking to Ji-tae now.

The next day, Jik meets with Haru and tells her that he likes men (namja). Aw no, he’s trying to spare her feelings. She misunderstands and thinks he’s talking about a girl named Nam-ja, but he clarifies that he means he likes guys. He says it’s why he doesn’t feel comfortable touching her, and that they should break up.

Haru finally gets it and grows angry at his apologies, and she deletes his number from her phone so that she won’t call him in a moment of weakness. Jik can barely look at her, and he’s struggling to keep from crying, but he obediently deletes her number when she asks.

Jik reaches out to steady Haru when she stumbles, but she shoves him away and snaps at him not to touch her. She calls another boy and asks him out on a date while looking Jik right in the eye, and storms out. Once she’s gone, Jik slumps into his seat, and gives in to his tears.

He eventually goes home to find Eul still sleeping, with Na-ri watching over her. He tells Na-ri that he ended things with Haru, and they go to eat, leaving Eul to rest.

She dreams of high school, when Joon-young had given her that teddy bear and said he loved her. Then college, when she’d pretended to be his girlfriend and made him laugh with her over-the-top aegyo. She dreams of confessing to him in the road, and of Joon-young declaring his love for real, and kissing her.

At the restaurant, Joon-young’s mom fusses at Ajusshi for messing up the kimchi, then she slaps herself for even caring about kimchi when her son has been arrested for drugs. Ajusshi honestly tells her that she’s been acting nuts since yesterday, and she softly says that she wants to see Joon-young. At that, Ajusshi feels her forehead and declares that she’s finally come to her senses.

The police station is swarming with reporters when they arrive, and President Namgoong and Gook-young are talking to them. President Namgoong vehemently denies the rumors, insisting that Joon-young’s not even inside the station, and Gook-young rushes over when he sees his dad with Joon-young’s mom.

He pretends to be looking for his phone and warns them not to let the reporters see them. They surreptitiously ask how Joon-young is, and Gook-young says that he’s doing okay. He even said to tell his mother not to worry.

Assemblyman Choi visits Joon-young in custody and admits that he did this. He tells Joon-young to retire and move out of the country with his mother, and Choi will make sure they live comfortably. Joon-young retorts that he has enough money, and he asks if he’ll be convicted of drug use if he refuses to leave.

Assemblyman Choi tells him not to let it get that far, and Joon-young admits wryly that Choi has a lot of power. Choi agrees that he’s done a lot of things to get where he is now. Joon-young asks if Choi abandoned his mother to gain that power, and his voice shakes just a little when he says that he’ll take Choi’s silence as a yes.

Assemblyman Choi offers Joon-young a deal — if he’ll promise to leave Korea, Choi will drop the drug charges. Joon-young just yells for the detective, done discussing this.

Then he calls Choi “Father,” though he says it will be the last time he calls him that. With a quivering voice and tears in his eyes, Joon-young says that he’ll consider being Assemblyman Choi’s son a shame and a disgrace “until the day I die.” Assemblyman Choi looks stunned at the words.

Joon-young walks to the door, then suddenly collapses to the floor, unconscious.

Eul sees that she missed a ton of calls while she was sleeping, and thinks about Joon-young’s confession that he’s the one who took her USB and nearly got her killed. She gets another call, and it’s Jung-eun, inviting her to Jung-eun’s restaurant.

This time Eul is on guard and doesn’t trust Jung-eun’s pleasant greeting, and Jung-eun immediately says that Joon-young’s trick prompted her to talk nonsense the other night. She says that she’s not the driver who killed Eul’s father, but Eul stops her, and says that she remembers the driver’s face.

She’d clearly seen Jung-eun get out of her car and look around, then jump back in and drive away. She asks if Jung-eun has enjoyed her life of luxury, but Jung-eun doesn’t answer and just hands her an envelope of money.

She tells Eul that this isn’t an admission of guilt, but consolation for what she’s suffered. Eul takes the money, then says that she’s going to air the entire video on television, and use the check as evidence.

Jung-eun’s sweet expression changes to fury, and she says that doing that will hurt Joon-young. But Eul calmly states that if Joon-young has done something wrong then he should pay for it, just like everyone else. She stands and grips the tablecloth, and tips the whole thing into Jung-eun’s lap this time. Awesome.

Ji-tae approaches his parents that evening, and says that no matter how hard he tries, he can’t think of a way to stop them. He asks them if there is any way, and his father says no. At that, Ji-tae calls his assistant to gather the press, so he can tell them a story about his parents that will shock everyone. He hangs up and asks his parents if that will work.

After Joon-young’s collapse at the station, the news about his cancer gets out, and soon Ajusshi sees the announcement on the news. He’s stunned, but Joon-young’s mother is checking out a customer and doesn’t hear the television.

President Namgoong fields the inevitable rush of calls alone — Gook-young and Man-ok are too upset to help. Jik overhears some guys on the street talking about Joon-young’s illness, while Haru reads on the internet that Joon-young is dying, and bursts into tears.

Ji-tae drives to his press conference, and realizes that he’s being tailed by another car. He weaves through traffic trying to lose his follower, accelerating and swerving through cars.

A sudden top-speed U-turn seems to work, and gets him on the other side of the road while his pursuer’s car gets sidelined…

But then, as Ji-tae drives into an intersection, he looks up in alarm at oncoming lights. His eyes widen as the truck approaches fast… and slams right into his car.

Eul sits on a bench, watching the cherry blossoms fall. Joon-young sits down and praises Eul’s acting, thanking her for getting rid of that clingy coed. He lays down with his head in her lap, asking to stay like this for just ten minutes, since he stayed up late studying.

It’s the same thing he said back in college, and Eul doesn’t tell him that he’s experiencing a delusional memory, which his doctor warned her about. He’d said that Joon-young might confuse the past and the present, and advised Eul to not be shocked, but to hold him when it happened.

So Eul stays sitting there with Joon-young resting in her lap.

As she looks up at the falling blossoms, Eul thinks to herself that after a long and painful period, “Joon-young has returned… to the time he most longed for and wished to return to.”

COMMENTS

Joon-young is slipping away, and it’s breaking my heart. He’s not been the most likable character, and I’ve often wanted to smack him upside the head for being so cruel to Eul, but I’m not prepared for him to die yet. I still believe that’s where we’re heading, and I still think that it makes the most sense for Joon-young’s story to end this way, but it’s not going to be easy to watch.

But in a way it’s a blessing that Joon-young will die like this, that he’ll forget all the pain he’s been through and go back to simpler, happier times in his life. I hope he won’t have to go knowing that he pushed Eul’s love away — I want him to only remember when they were happy together, brief though it was, and I want him and Eul finally be able to experience that uncomplicated love.

I can’t even believe that I once defended Assemblyman Choi, calling him a good man doing the best he could in a bad situation. He’s fooled everyone into thinking he’s a benevolent politician and a decent family man, when it turns out that he’s been a horrible human being all along. He sent Joon-young’s mother away, knowing full well she was pregnant, just because she would be a hindrance to his political career. Now I wonder why he bothers seeing Madam Song at all, and why being with her seems to upset him so much, if this is all of his own doing. I don’t buy the “he sent her away even though he loved her” excuse anymore, because I don’t believe this man has ever loved anything or anyone in his life, other than money and power. He’s reprehensible, and I hope Ji-tae recovers from his Truck of Doom encounter and takes his father down hard.

I felt so bad for Jik and Haru in this episode — they’re the only innocents here, and yet they’re being hurt because of the actions of others. I already think Jik is a mature young man, but he really impressed me with the way he handled the breakup. At first I thought he copped out a bit by claiming to be gay, but after thinking about it, I think he broke up with Haru that way for two reason — so that she wouldn’t feel personally rejected, and to spare her the pain of knowing what her father did. He’s protecting her the same way Eul protected him for all these years, preserving her innocence for as long as he can. It’s a pretty mature thing for Jik to do, and I really respect that he listened to Eul’s reasoning for withholding information from him for so long, and wanted to protect Haru the same way.

I’m also proud of Eul, who has really grown the most as a character. She’s no longer grasping and desperate, and she’s not willing to just lie back and let the powerful people win. She may not have the connections and influence that they have, but she will fight them with every ounce of her being to the end. I love how she got a second chance at that meeting with Jung-eun, and this time Eul kept her composure and didn’t apologize or bow down. I loved it when she took that money and said she was going to air the video anyway. By the time she upended the food into Jung-eun’s lap, I wanted to cheer, I was so proud of Eul for giving Jung-eun back a little of what she dished out. Eul may have changed for the better, but she’s still fundamentally Eul, and if she hadn’t gotten a little tit-for-tat I’d have been disappointed in her.

I still wish Joon-young had handled things differently, and told Eul about his illness sooner so that they could have made the most of the time he has left. But if he regresses and forgets all the recent conflict and pain, and he and Eul have even a few weeks to enjoy their remaining time together, than I’ll take it and call it good. Eul is strong enough now to carry that burden, and to let Joon-young peacefully live in the past until he’s out of time. If things had happened differently, she wouldn’t have learned that she possesses that strength. So maybe, in a way, Joon-young is leaving her with one final loving gift after all.

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my heart hurts for joonyoung 'ach nooooo dont die on me joonyoung!

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at this point in time i'd even take a 5year time skip ahead to show me that joonyoung survived and got his happily ever after with eul. what? im a woobin-er and i dont care what anyone else says about this show!

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+1000

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Here's to Joon Young and Ji Tae, the bromance that never really got the chance to happen.

Man I miss LJS, but who would be hyung?

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Nothing is gonna top the LJS and KWB's bromance. period!

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So true.

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That was what i loved to see from the start and i was crying of joy when JT said those to JY. I hope to see more :'(

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Nice reveal by the way...

As Jung Eun in her car darts for SJY, and stops about a kick away for SJY, a scene with so many different angles, Kim Woo Bin and his modeling background - so good.

Anyhoooow, it shows that Ji Tae tells Jung Eun that yes SJY approached her with a purpose but it looks like that purpose was rehearsed between the two boys. Telling Jung Eun only about the revenge on dad thing, and not so much how he plans to get justice for Eul by delivering Jung Eun to her doomsday confession.

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Thanks LollyPip for the recap :) I have been refreshing dramabeans all day long waiting for your recap just because I wanted to read your take on the episode. I was really proud of JT in this episode as finally, he came back as the good person that we know he was. When he told JY to make sure he eats well, at that moment, he was genuinely concerned. I did not see it coming when the truck hits JT's car and nearly screamed "NO" at midnight while watching the drama on my phone. Same goes for JY and NE, they stayed true to themselves as in fighting till the end. I was seriously surprised by Daddy Choi as in a way, he is much scarier than his wife. They truly deserve each other. I love the ending scene although at the same time feeling so sad for both JY and NE. My weekly countdown begins again but this time, it is a sad goodbye.

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Me too

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me three.

;(

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For this drama my perfect ending is both shin joon young and noh eul died together. Well they can't be together in this part of life so why dont just the writer get them together in the afterlife since it seems like jik and haru plot is trying to tell us that they will be the lovers after their older siblings

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Thank you for the recap!

I was really surprised by the truck of doom. I mean, overkill much? I hope, remembering the writer's past drama, this doesn't mean JY will be donating organs to JT. I was actually expecting something to happen to Haru not Ji Tae.

I'm with you. Let's hope they get a few weeks of happiness before the end. I'm actually afraid Eul might die too (the writer has done this in the past as well) not from suicide but from her old injuries. She was holding her side in the preview. Maybe JY will be donating his organs to her not JT.

If I sound a little cynical, I think I am. This has been such a rehash of a former drama by this writer, and not nearly as well done. As well, I feel really cheated of a real love story both in these characters' past as well as their present. We've been left to guess at their feelings for one another, or even when they're expressed, we wonder why because we've not really been shown much at all.

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" I feel really cheated of a real love story both in these characters’ past as well as their present. We’ve been left to guess at their feelings for one another, or even when they’re expressed, we wonder why because we’ve not really been shown much at all."

I wholeheartedly agree! I've been wanting to see why they like each other. And these two characters would have a heart banging love story.... if only they could.

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Truck of Doom jumped dramas...

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Truck of Doom found himself not very appreciated after receiving many requests to change his character type and decided to make an appearance here instead..

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I welcomed Truck of Doom to this episode like an old friend. If he won't change his ways, I am glad to see he can be relied on as a standard trope.

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No... if CJT needs organ transplantation, let the honour goes to Mama Choi...

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Madam Lee wouldn't give a kidney to her own husband if she had it lying on ice in the black market.

But it is interesting if Choi Ji Tae is in need of an organ after a period on life support, and some how someone with cancer, tumor, is also an organ donor, ehm I dunno Shin Joon Young?

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that would be nice.
all the ideas that could have made the story much more interesting and the writing less messy... sigh.

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Except we're being sarcastic because the organ transplant between brothers who were also rival love interests was already done by this writer. She's copied so many of her same plot points in this one, however, it would hardly be surprising.

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I think the purpose of CJT's accident is to make Mr. and Mrs. Choi realize what kind of monsters they had become. Well, at least Mrs. Choi since CJT is her own flesh and blood. I believe they didn't mean any harm to CJT when they had people followed him.

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"Madam Lee wouldn’t give a kidney to her own husband if she had it lying on ice in the black market."

*laughing so much*

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Me too! Great line!

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I'm also feeling the same about not getting enough answers about their love story.
but in the next episode we're probably gonna see JY live in his past happy memories so we might get to see more details as well. and that will be the most hurtful time to reveal those details imo. near the end

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Agree on truck of doom, hoping for OTP's happiness while it lasts, and similarity with writer's previous works but being worse. Except truck of doom part, and Suzy's screaming (I just can't warm up to her delivery), I liked this episode, especially sweet and sad moment together (JY has happy time with Eul because of his memory loss- how sad)

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What other show are you referring to? This is only like my 3rd or 4th drama, so I'm not really familiar with writers and such yet. :)

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@ErinBear83

I believe that would be Mr Kang Chul's situation over at "W - two worlds".

Too bad I don't know for sure if it is that show as I will be marathon-watching that after the 8th September, too bad We won't get to say happy birthday to LJS on the 14th, is it?

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But if you looking for this specific writer or writing style, being more melo.

They are tough to list because some are cheesy and therefore easily dropped.

There were a lot of drama tropes in UF but I think it was well done and well acted, even though we get to see vehicles colliding with people, just different set ups and outcomes a lot as an example.

For instance I started Nice Guy/ Innocent Man, but I just could not get past episode 1.

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OMG, you gave me things to think about, and yet, I feel like I might be mad at you if they actually happen. lol.

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Well well, i can't stand many bad acting in this episode. Haha sorry guys i have to said it. From No Jik to No Eul, I can't sorry for their char at all. I just wish they cast a better actor to play several char.in This episode we are supposed to feel anger towards people who harm No Eul, but no. Suzy is getting worse. I take it back saying she has improved. If there is something UF is lacking, compare to other good quality project. it's the acting.

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I am sorry but I have to humbly disagree.

IMHO, it's a matter of personal preferences now. I love the story, the writing, the characters. For me, all the actors did a very job bringing the characters to life. I can feel what the characters are feeling. So I don't it's a bad acting. I'm a critics with my own self, and I am very picky with which show that I want to watch. So I'm not being bias here. I'm not even a fan of KWB and SZ before and never watch any of their previous dramas.

And again IMHO, the problem here is I think is the storyline/genre. The genre is not a fan-favorite genre. People get mad at the story, the characters. I think because they have high expectation for this show. People expect something and when they didn't get it, they get mad at it.

From the start, I'm watching this show with an open mind. The Writer are famous for her tragic-love storyline. So expect the tragic-love storyline. Like someone commenting, to really enjoy this show, you have to have no expectation and just let the story progress.

"Heck, she is a Writer, and this is her story. Let her do her job telling her story and let just enjoy it!" - this is me telling myself all along.

Again, I this this is a matter of preferences. People can agree and disagree, like or dislike. Heck, this is the fun of watching dramas. There are stories that people like and dislike. The difference in opinion and preferences are things that make it more meaningful. Sometimes I love going around reading others comments, meeting others with different perspective. Analyzing something with different opinion and perspective. It's fun! ;)

Ah, my rambling thoughts. At first I just want to make a very short comment but then it become a very long one. Anyway, I just want to say that, I feel the show didn't get what they deserved. And that's sad because I feel this show will be swept under the rug and will be forgotten. I love everything about the show. I really enjoy it. Yes, I'm among the minority who really appreciate the show. And it's gonna be very sad to say goodbye to the show and the characters next week. Hmm...

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Though I'm much more critical of this drama, I'm happy you've enjoyed it. We all get something different from each drama and if UF speaks to you, then it has done its job for at least some of its audience.

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I really do think that Joon Young will die in the end. He and Eul won't end up because of his illness. But there is one thing I do hope for in the end. Since Ji Tae really loves Eul, Eul loved/liked him in the beginning of the drama, I hope that Joon Young will ask Ji Tae to take care of her in his stead after he passes away. This way Eul will have someone, who loves her, by her side. It would be like Joon Young becoming a bridge between Ji Tae and Eul. It would still be a happy ending. Joon Young will die in peace knowing that Eul has someone who loves her and will never leave her.

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Agree. i have a feeling the spark of bromance we saw in this episode was to set up the ground for this. It harldy makes sence now tho. of course if NE can get past the feelings of being deceived by the two brothers. and JT cuts ties with his evil family, after he exposes their wrongdoings. oh and if he survives :-s

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I don't think Eul really liked Ji Tae, to me its was more like she wanted him to hold her since she didn't want to fall for Joon Young again and be hurt again. Because if we look back in the first episode when she walked upon Shin Joon Young in an advertisement and its was saying "You worked hard today, Honey" and her eyes seemed to be full of some kind of painful and bitter love.
But i still agree with you reasoning JY may be able to ask JT to take care of NE, only if the Truck of Doom didn't kill JT

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Ya, me too. I don't think NE really liked JT in the first place. She just impulsively trying to hold on to him thinking he has all the great specs, and thinking he is Hyun Woo.

The fact that NE trying to ask JT to hold on to her is showing that her heart is falling for JY. Thinking that JY just playing/joking around with her and might get hurt by it, so she's trying to grab JT/HW at that time.

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True. That's why i say it hardly makes sense now that we know she never had those kinds of feelings for JT.

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Hemmm... I don't know... I don't feel the need to see Eul ends up with someone else. Just seeing her can smile again sincerely after all this craziness is enough for me.

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If the writer had just allowed for this confession to take place earlier and hence gave Joon Young his freedom, things could turn out differently. It'd still be angst in full swing but in a good way. Ji Tae, I hope he is not dead. I take back my words, he is not trash after all. He was momentarily lost but found his way.
People like Ji Tae's mother and father, these people will go on with their lives with their mask on accumulating more power and wealth whatever way possible even if they loose both their children. They will once in a while shed a few tears but they will carry on their lives and survive it all like cockroaches did. That is what they are some sort of infected, evil little cockroach.
I think Joon Young will die, I just hope he will die in peace. I've not liked him throughout this whole journey but he deserves happiness at least now at the end. He did repent for his past mistakes to the point of no return, rest is beyond his control. For me, that is enough. I choked up at all the scenes involving Kim Woo Bin, this guy is killing it. I am still angry but mostly at the writer. If she had just been able to achieve the momentum that she did with episode 18, things could be different for this drama.

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Give that writer an Oscar!!! For the most painful heartbreaking cruel drama eveeeer... I hope I'll see woobin and suzy together in a fresh happy drama or movie.... I love them both in here..

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Thanks for the recap. I wish there were more happy moments for Joon-young and Eul in this drama.

I am now a Kim Woobin fan.

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Wish that too.

Looks like if Eul won't forgive him, at least Ji Tae and Joon Young would be pals in death.

CHJ? How could you ruin these boys.

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Doesn't it look like NE had already forgiven JY? They were together in that last scene, with JY rehashing their past together. What I'm wondering is how did they get to that point. Hopefully, the show will actually show that to us. The way reveals are done in this show can be quiet confusing, multiple switching between past and present events, making timelines blurry. We still need to learn how the false drug charges were handled, for JY to be now spending time with NE.

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Well, like Eul said to Jung Eun if JY did wrong he must pay. I don't think Eul was joking there. I don't know if it is a nightmare after watching episode 18 but I think somehow I heard Jik say to Eul on learning of SJYs illness that Eul should forgive him, and Eul just says no, never and they embrace.

But I could have imagined that taking place because when Eul and Jik were crying, I was also crying and couldn't really read subtitles at that point.

The drug charges, laughable, and how deeply devilish is Kim Woo bin's laugh there, and I hope that CHJ sees the error in his nonsensical scheming ways when he finds out about Ji Taes new friend TOD, lol!!!!

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I just realise the correct phrase is:

....he met with TOD, as in he has met with an accident.

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OMG I'm laughing with tears in my eyes!
Henceforth, the Truck of Doom shall be known as TOD.

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Do u know what guys... I believe the end would be like this.

NE will take care of SJY mom, when he dies. Mabye at the ending since will be at the hospital bed or something. JT might be in a coma, or he does (2) so that means JT mom will be punished. Then JT and SJY dad will go to jail and JE will face the same fate. As for the company, it will colaspe. And that is the end that I think would happen.

NE will move on with life....

OR...

If JT didn't die and be in coma, mabye his mom will like beg ne to stay and take care of him. And forgive his dad and family for all the wrong things they have done. Then there would be a possible chance of a happy ever after.

But that just a possible theory. There is 1% chance that is going to come true.

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dear drama please end already. my poor heart cant take it. I don't sign for this

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I watch every episode with trepidation. My heart hurts from the first second of the show to the last.

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It's a shame that JT redeemed himself in this episode only to get hit by the truck of doom (TOD).
One commenter in the W recap theorized what would happen if the TOD became self aware and exited the manhwa world and tried to make it on his own.

I'm thinking TOD did just that, and signed on to the production of UF, where he could diversify and have more screen time as the car of doom, van of doom and truck of doom.

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Truck of Doom jumped drams... do you know how long I waited to make this comment?

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Why do i feel like even Eul will die? Her repressed accident injuries will start causing her troubles and BAM! they die together.

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That's one way to get our happy ending. In the drama world afterlife.

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and that brings our desperation for a happy ending to an all-time low..

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Lol!

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Hemmm... I prefer Titanic ending style... or a walk to remember style

No Jik needs her.... plus, UF is a story about SJY who tries to find a hope for NE so she can start a new life without being haunted by guilt of not being able to solve her father's hit and run case...

If she dies in the end... it'd be such a waste

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Poor ji tae..
I guess kang chul is still the only one in the dramalamd with the privilege to evade the might power of the truck of doom.

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Six.
1. Eul's dad is knocked over, by car.
2. Eul is k/o as well.
3. Eul nearly goes to k/o CHJ.
4. Jik is used as a threat that he could have been easily be K/o by Madam Lee.
5. In a raging stupor, Jung Eun, aims for Joon Young in her white vehicle?
6. A truck comes and Ji Tae well I have never been so shocked at something we all knew would occur.

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nothing less to be expected from a writer who could write a double no context amnesiac plot line in one timeline...

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Now let's see Joon Young, "I am sorry, I like you", but even though you not really "A nice guy", I am still watching this for the character: Joon Young. Lol!!!

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So I finally cried in the end!! ??

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Eul and Jik.

The crying.

Best scene from both the whole drama.

JiTae and Joon Young trying to be civil to each other, worth the wait.

Poor Ajusshi, Jeong Sik, he looked devastated for Young Ok. Gook Young and Man Ok and that silence and sobbing, it takes you back to that first episode when everyone wa like what is Joon Young's deal for being such an arrogant and rude actor who does not want to die. Yeah I know characters from a book, I know.

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Yes! Seeing Jik cry ripped my heart out. Even Ha Ru did not deserve to face rejection because of her horrible family. She may be a bit immature and coddled, but she is also loyal. I hope that Jik and Ha Ru get a happy ending.

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Yip. It is so unfortunate that even though they didn't grow up together, Haru was being a jerk like her half brother Joon Young. This entire time she was cruel to Eul, but was trying to win Jik over... Almost exactly the same thing Joon Young did. The apple does not fall far from CHJs bad attitude, it seems.

Luckily Joon Young came to his senses and it is actually understandable the way he is trying to mete out his own punishment. So even if there were that life extensive therapy and miraculous surgery for Joon Young and Eul decided to forgive him, he still wants to die.

Call it the noble idiot who wants to die being known as the selfish jerk. But SJY will always be one of the best portrayed characters I have seen.

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Yes... it's so heartbreaking when I heard Eul blurted out what she feels all this time... what the tragedy makes her... makes me want to give her a tight hug

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From Uncontrollably Fond, to Uncontrollably Bitter, now after 18 episodes, I am Uncontrollably Angry. Never before have I wished for a drama to end so soon. Everybody is unhappy anyway so let us all end the misery.

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Yeah, you kinda want to say "Just everyone die already!"

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Encore, TOD, encore!

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LOL nice transition there. As many have pointed out, there are many flaws in this drama, be it writing, plot, or acting. I actually think the acting is fine. The same tired usage of drama tropes does get a bit silly after awhile. So far we've had 3 major car accidents, and we've had lots of noble idiocy, and for some reason everyone seems to be related to everyone else -- the amount of coincidences is staggering . . . Ji Tae is actually Congressman Choi's stepson while his half sister is both the head of the Joon Young fan club and Jik's future girlfriend who is actually Joon Young's half sister . . .

Really this sounds like the plot for one of those 50 episode family dramas where that incurable disease lasts so long that I was like "come on die already, that plotline has been drawn out so long we've long run out of ink".

Oops, got off on a tangent, didn't mean to be so critical. In spite of all this, I'm still watching the show, LOL. At first I had some reasons, now I honestly don't know why, and I guess I want to see it till the end. All I can say is I'll be very angry if the writer pulls out the truck of doom again at episode 20 and uses it to remove all of the antagonists in one shot -- let's say they are all there at Joon Young's funeral. Still, I have to say, cars and trucks are extremely dangerous in this drama.

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I loveee~ this episode so much~~ among the 18 episodes so far <3

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Me too! My fav episode by far. The ending scene was so beautiful.

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There were so many heartbreaking scenes in this episode.

Jik was always too good for Haru, but I felt both of their pain during the breakup scene. It so sad.

All the scenes with JY and his bio father made me cry. Both seem utterly conflicted in their eyes and still at each other's throats on the outside.

I'm not saying he is a good man or justifying any of his actions but I don't really think that Assembly Man Choi knew about JY's mom being pregnant. Everything he's done and all his reactions to the little revelations along the way, point to him not knowing. I think he just said all that stuff to sooth his wife's conscience and to make her feel that he wasn't a flight risk. We already know that she did something to get rid of mom herself.
He promised JT that he would stay by JT's mom's side no matter what and I think he's honoring that promise.

This is the first time in a drama where I'm glad the hero is regressing and delusional. If that delusion means that JY is able to have some happiness and peace before he dies, then I'm totally on board. Vengeance is nice but it's ultimately less satisfying and doesn't keep you warm at night.

Finally, JY needs him mommy. He loves her so much. She needs to step up and be the women and mother she should have been and make up for the last 10 years she's wasted. I'm glad all the secrets are out in the open now so we can finally get some resolution.

Ultamately, this show would have resonated so much better if the writer has actually spent more time and invested in the initial love story, but alas here we are approaching the end and now I'm just hoping everything wraps up as best it can.

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Agree on CHJ, I think he is playing the bad guy so that madam Lee doesn't get suspicious that Choi is trying to leave her. But I think that was Choi's half and half plan to get SYO and SJY out of the country so he can have access to them still. But then he sees that SJY is really ill. And he has know idea that at this same period in time Ji Tae appears to be getting into a totalled accident. Why then would he break his uncertain promise to Ji Tae to never leave madam Lee no matter what happens.

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Oh, Choi knew Young Ok was pregnant alright. For an earlier ep (16?), I thought Choi was redeemable. That thought flew out the window last ep and now almost totally lost this ep. In ep 17, there was an auditory flashback where Choi's brother told him that Young Ok was pregnant with Choi's child when that brother chased Young Ok away. This ep just confirmed that Choi knew he had a child with Young Ok all along, even if he didn't care enough to identify that child.
Also, as pointed out by others in the earlier eps, by the time Choi became Chief Prosecutor he would have enough clout and money to seek out Young Ok if he wanted to, the woman he supposedly loved. After all JT easily learnt of JY's connection to Choi in 2011, after the USB incident.
So, Choi chose to forsake his lady love and child, and made his bed with JT's mom, for his ambition. Almost irredeemable.
One possible redeeming act for him now would be Choi making the false drug charges go away and let JY spend his last days a free man. Maybe.
About Young Ok, she became a crappy mom to JY since 5 years ago, when JY quit law school and gave up being a prosecutor, after the USB incident.

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5 years, 10 years, whatever the number- completely wasted

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I have a feeling that CHJ is humoring his wife because he is somehow afraid of how she will react. Because he contradicts himself and Offers Ji Tae his support on the beginning of Ji Taes first character development and actually doing something by ousting the baddies even if his parents are included.

I don't know if this is what Choi is doing but here goes: CHJ is acting as someone who, given a certain point of view, madam Lee's perspective, takes a position they do not necessarily agree with (or simply an alternative position from the accepted norm), -- norm literally being sanity here, for the sake of debate or to explore the thought further.

I.o.w., because that above was rough copy and paste with inserts, he is his wife's, the devil that she is, advocate and he doesn't want her to catch on that he is done with her. So he agrees with and even takes the blame for the crazy things she had done so that Lee can trust him. Little does Lee know that even if her prized prosecutor, CHJ, is on her side -- he is not "taking her case" as it were to win, he is taking on her case to make sure she loses, to help JI Tae out, even if it means that he, CHJ, himself must pay for his part in the hit and run cover up.

Or at least I hope this what CHJ set out to do. Otherwise he is just terrible if he has become just so status hungry like his wife.

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Choi definitely knew that Jang Ok was pregnant with his child. I forgot in which episode, but there's a scene when he stopped by in front of SJY's house and he recalled his brother said: "I think SJO is pregnant with your child" to him.

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I must have totally missed that too because I seriously don't recall that. I'll have to rewatch that.

What I do remember is Choi receiving from his right-hand man, copies of Young Ok's family registry, I believe, showing that she had a son who didn't have a father and who had her last name. The right-hand man also shared that she in fact had never married. ..... Choi appeared to look genuinely shocked at the revelations ----- like this was new news to him.

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So CHJ knew back in the late 80s and early 90s and didn't give a crap about little Joon Young.

That said I think it is revealed that SJYs birthday is September, 01st in 1989, lol isn't that closer to LJSs actual birthday? Such a fan of real life trivia? Aren't i...

So then SJY must have started law school in 2008 then, oopsie, me and timeline perspectives I always get things wrong.

And Jung Eun being 30 years old already makes her his noona, I totally like how SJY used noona with her. It wasn't in a nice tone, but the way Kim Woo Bin speaks it still sounded nice, even complimentary, or at least in this case that is what she thinks.

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I can't say that this drama is a favorite (too many unlikable characters, among other things) but I've been won over by Woo Bin and the OST. I started watching because I needed something quiet to soothe me after watching W, but now I come back for Woo Bin. He's pulling out all the stops with his acting and nailing it!

Is it mean that I cheered when Jikkie finally got rid of that ogre Ha Ru? I'm sorry but she just brings out the evil kdrama mother-in-law in me. I've had my money envelope, glass of water and box of salt all at the ready.

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Hah. I felt that way about he too initially, but some how she won me over. In the end I feel bad for her. Her parents will eventually be caught and loose it all and no one has taught this girl a single life skill. She is in employable and has no education . Ha Ru has now lost the only person who actually cared about her or could have helped when her world crumbles.

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Truck of Doom tricked all of us into believing he was finally reformed only to strike back when we least expect it. Darn!

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Truck of Doom has been in

Neighborhood Hero
Pinocchio
This one

I wonder which others

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It's kinda heartbreaking that SJY and CJT "sacrificed" NE for a father who isn't even worth to fight for.

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Joon young ah , please dont die.

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This episode is so good..I agree with LollyPip that eul who has really grown the most as a character. I'm also proud of her. I cried along with her when she explained to Jik. I can feel her feeling..Hiks..
Please be strong Eul.
I hope it will be a happy ending..

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Everytime, when I watch UF, I feel like my heart was eaten alive. I feel so much pain, then why I love it?
also, KWB is not nearly showered in enough of compliments. When he talked with his CHJ, he grew so much from his Friend 2 days. He is with the same actor in one frame, same strong heartbreaking moment, but his acting here so much more mature. wow.

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I misread what you wrote and thought you'd said "KWB has not really showered..." and I was thinking well, it's winter and he might not need that many showers... oops.

And Ji-tae, why must you always inform your horrible parents what you're about to do against them? That's why you got the truck of doom! Just strike first and tell later! Aish.

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I am guessing it is some childish hope on his part that they will say no don't do that we will admit we are wrong and turn ourselves in .

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What's the name of the background music in ep 18 when joonyoung's disease is revealed to everyone?

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I knew JT would redeem himself and go back to the good person we knew he was.

at this point i'm hating ChJ entirely but also have a feeling that he will go down the same path as JT.

I love JY and i don't care about the reasons ppl have for hating him.
the ending was so hard to watch. Can't imagine how i'm gonna get through the final episodes.

I've lost hope on JY. I hope NE is not sick, just gets pregnant with a little JY. and JY dies in peace and JT cut ties with his family and looks after NE and her baby. also takes Haru away from her evil family and she ends up with Jik and the sibling couples go live far away together.
Will be so mad if the good ones die and the bad ones live. I'm sure everyone will pay for their sins and can't wait to see that and feel a bit relieved.

I think at least everyone agrees about KWB's exquisite job here.I agree to the above comments that he's not nearly showered in enough compliments. he deserves to be recognized for this. not be judged based on the low rating.

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This was the episode I cried the most throughout the series. I cried hard when NE explains to Jik the guilt that she carries everyday even i simple things like eating or even having a laugh. That broke my heart. And the scene where Haru cries when she sees the news SJY. Man! I would break down like that if I hear any news about my fav.

On a side note, I've never felt for the Haru and Jik relationship. Although Jik is adorable.

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Gary is going to be destroyed she finds out that her idol is her brother and her father has destroyed him . To say nothing of how she will feel when she learns what her sister in law to be and her family did to Jik's family. The girl is going to snap when she realises everyone in her life except the maid is basically evil.

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That maid has done a few things too...

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I was re watching some episodes and noticed the maid is actually like ahjussi's sister, and she's been like spying in CHJ's house for YO

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My dream scenario right now is that Ha Ru finds out what her parents are doing and goes straight to the media, bringing the whole evil empire crashing down. She may seem like a spoiled brat, but it would be wonderful if it turned out that she was the most moral out of all her family and that she was able to solve the whole corruption problem with something really simple like an interview with a reporter or even a blog post. That would be so funny since all the other characters have been focused on complex schemes. It would be sweet if the character who looked silly on the outside brought it all crumbling down in no time. It probably won't happen, but I am hoping. (Also, I want Ha Ru and Jik to ride off happily into the sunset - seeing Jik cry was the most heartbreaking moment in the show so far, and there have been A LOT of heartbreaking moments)

Though there have been a lot of plot points that I was hoping for that don't seem like they will come true. The hint of bromance between Shin Joon Young and Ji Tae can not make up for Ji Tae telling Shin Joon Young to go die. And, there are only two episodes left, so there is not enough time for Shin Joon Young and No Eul to have cute moments to make up for all the heartbreak. I hope we get to see some sweetness before the end!

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You know, that's not bad at all. She's his number one fan and then finds out he's her brother? It would be a fitting tribute if she wrote an obituary-type blog to his fans detailing his last days, his last love, and his last act of quiet heroism.

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did choi ji tae seriously die????
thats unbelievable!!!!
the people who should die are living and making other people life hell
and the ones who are trying to make them repent their sins are dying instead ??
i feel sooooo sad fr him!!

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Eeeeeee!!! I'm just following the recaps and my heart hurts and I can't wait for next week. If there any silver lining to this giant cloud of gloom? I can't wait for next weeks ep. Pls let it end well so I can then go off and marathon

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Gahh this episode is GOLD! So intense! Love the cherry blossoms scene at the end. No eul narration + the beautiful cinematography + the OST .. so painful. My heart breaks for these two :((((

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I was waiting for this scene since seeing all the pics. Man Joon Young is one lucky guy even if she is respecting him because he can't recall info properly. That is actually a worse punishment before you are about to die.

But then again it could have been a thought, just a thought by Eul, about how it could have been if they didn't have such star crossed paths.

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"star-crossed lovers definition. Lovers whose relationship is doomed to fail are said to be “star-crossed” (frustrated by the stars), because those who believe in astrology claim that the stars control human destiny. William Shakespeare used the phrase to describe the lovers in Romeo and Juliet."

Thanks. Google I completely forgot how to explain that.

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I feel so sad for Haru and Jik! :(

Assemblyman Choi is the demon king! I was thinking exactly the same thing, why all that sad sad thing about Madam Song... and then his looking shocked seeing Mom again. So all that emo moments were FAKE? Or did he accidentally swallow Madam Lee's medicines? I really hated Evil Madam Lee but at least she was consistently, up front evil.

EPIC tablecloth moment for Eul! I would have loved to have her smear them cakes and coffee over JE's white dress, but Im so happy she got that chance still. :D

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I still can't believe all those moments to be fake. just gonna wait and see the final episodes.

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I'm sorry to Haru and No Jik's shippers, but I don't feel bad at all. I'm glad that NJ found out before everything got deeper and deeper. It's for the best.

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Me too! My fav episode by far. The ending scene was so beautiful.

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Kim woobin........he really blown me away in this role and although the drama didnt meet others' expectation i hope he didn't blame himself even just for a little bit because in my personal opinion he is the strongest force in this drama and im glad he chose to play Joonyoung because its such a challenging and complex roll. He learnt a lot and he's maturing through this drama. I'm a fan now.

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*Complex role. sorry for the typo

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I second this with my whole heart.
I hope he reads these comments and doesn't blame himself in any way. especially after today's articles calling UF the biggest hallyu failure. that's really too harsh and UF doesn't deserve to be called that way at all.

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I absolutely agree! Kim Woo Bin's performance kept me watching when the melo seemed hard to follow. He added depth to Shin Joon Young that made his character sympathetic even when he was treating No Eul so horribly.

I look forward to seeing Kim Woo Bin's future projects, though I hope he chooses something lighter next.

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Agree! I hope Kim Woo Bin knows he has gained fans, not lost. He has done an amazing job! This drama has in no way been a failure. Expectations were out of control high. I have looked forward to each episode. Sure some characters we could have lived without like the manager and CEO, but SJY and No Eul have had a tragic start and will have a tragic end. This was not meant to be happy sunshine drama.

PS. I am a huge Song Joong Ki fan and even though he can do no wrong, some of the story lines in Descendants of the Sun made me cringe sometimes. Like I had to look away because the cheese was out of control. Spolier* No one dies? Really? Soldiers in battlefield and no one died.

With any other actor playing SJY, it definitely would not be as good as it is. KWB has played every emotion; vulnerable and strong, smart and stupid, stubborn and docile, sweet and mean.., etc. Really excellent work.

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@Puni

I totally agree on KWBs performance being rock-solid.{ & as in rock-solid shoulders even if he lost some weight to show SJYs' illness progression,} okay ... I got a bit distracted there.

As for DOTS, thank you for the warning of all the cheesy bits, so now I will not have to marathon this show when I look up the phrase 'a good makjang, please' on google.

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@Puni

Your comment even warms my heart up. agree to everything you said.
also about SJK, I've said this before and will say again that although i became SJK's fan after dots, i think WB's role here was much more challenging to act. and he's done an outstanding job which i never expected of him when i started watching UF. I'll follow his every work from now on.

about dots, i agree about the cheesy parts tho it was still fun to watch. i was kind of disappointed with the ending. would've been more real and interesting for me if YSJ had died a heroic and honorable death.
but then it's my opinion, for someone who's stuck with UF and it's dying male lead, and ok with sad endings as long as they're satisfying. but the majority isn't.

Dots was fun to watch but UF made me actually feel for the characters. plus brought me the need to come here and talk about it which never happened with any other dramas i watched. I like deep stuff and complicated characters that i can't easily read and understand. UF did all this for me. even tho in a too messy way sometimes but still.

@Rooting for this drama

You should still watch dots. you wouldn't wanna miss it :)

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@rainhana

Thanks rainhana, I am busy looking into some romcoms, becausey heart is broken already, and the end has not even come for UF yet.

So at least I know that SJKs character does not have an unfortunate end.

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@Rooting for this drama

You're welcome, yeah. i need to do that too :)

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Loveee this episode. And yes, I cried a bucket. I felt for you and I root for you JYahh. Thanks to KWB for a great performance.

Love the scene when JY tell that his one and only bucket list is to tell NE his secret about the accident. The moment I have been waiting for in this drama. And I am drawn into JY emotion, a feeling between angry to himself for holding the truth so long and also feeling relief at the same time to have lifted that burden he has carried for almost 15 years.

Yeah, need a big guts to be honest about our dark past especially to someone we love.

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But I think JY had studied and past his first bar exam at least before her accident. So that is 2006 plus 4 years equals 2010 or 2011 because Choi's election was round about then, so maybe late December 2010 because hey I am obsessive but not very observant, but I like the BTS with Woo Bin where he states he is wearing 6 layers of clothing, it is the back flash scene where Eul is ruining Choi's election posters, they go to the police depo but SJY settles for a date instead and then she runs away from him and he throws her with a shoe. Woo bin looked so guilty for reals in the BTS for throwing Suzy, shame. Hahaha I am a BTS fanatic.

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Yes, you're right. JY had been carrying the guilt of the USB incident for 5 years, not 15. 2011 was the first time Choi ran for public office and NE planned to use that USB to persuade Choi into withdrawing from the election. The USB contained footage showing Choi staggering to his car after visits to the Madame's hostess bar, contrary to the election campaign image he portrayed of himself, that of a morally upright family man.

Which made me wonder why did JY seemed to believe that had the USB footage been broadcasted, NE's life would have turned out for the better? The USB neither contains evidence of her father's hit-and-run nor of Choi's cover-up of it. It would not have brought justice for her father's wrongful death and thus, closure for her allowing NE to move on with her life. It would only stop a corrupt official from running for public office, shedding no light on the circumstances of her father's death. No personal benefit for NE there. Did JY and by extension writer-nim, forgot this point? If so, then it's sloppy writing. It would have been different had the narrative been along the lines of 'the USB's exposure would have stopped Choi from becoming the monster that he is today'.

Despite the various flaws, I'm still enjoying the show and look forward to the last couple of eps. It may be a bitter-sweet ending and I'm itching to find out what JY's video will is. :-)

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In some weird way, SJY, knew about CHJs loyalty to Madam Lee all to well.

He showed his father the Madame Song footage, perhaps for a two fold reason: To see if it would b) {b before a} stir up memories of Young Ok. And then a) {a after b} to, as JY said to Ji Tae, threaten Dad about dad's seemingly extra marital affair that would make Madam Lee quite possibly go berserk.

Of course JY only did that to get Eul an "a get out of jail free card".

Otherwise JY kept dad's secret intact because JY might have suspected Lee then already, as he reveals to dad whilst detained for narcotic charges, of being the puppet master and possibly going after his mother, SYO, as well as Eul for being the source of the blackmail -- "With the exact dates" of CHJs seemingly indiscretions.

By giving the possible copied but protected USB to CHJ he knew the secret would be safe there and Eul And his mom would not be harmed by Lee and Eul would be released from jail.

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Oh, I see the missing link now, that would only stop Choi from attaining the better position because Madam Song seems to be more well connected than CHJ, and even if she forgave him and covered for CHJ still, the rumors would portray CHJ in a bad light.

But that actually answers the question although warped, because the Choi parents both knew about Jung Eun but I think Ji Tae and CHJ specifically were worried about Lee's state of mind. We see that she is even wiling to blackmail Jung Eun today, with he CCTV footage, if she doesn't do as Lee says.

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*because Madam ***Lee seems to be more well connected than...

(Sorry I meant Lee and not Song)

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Ohhh yes, you are right. It is not 15 years, and I afree maybe around 5-6 years.

And aniwei, me too really like UF BTS when WB throw Suzy a shoe. I was like, waoww that's for real. And from Suzy reaction seems that the shoe hit her hard ?

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Special thanks to 'patinalee' and your insight to a timeline-perspective in last episodes comment section, ep17, enjoyed reading that.

So sorry about all that, rough recall on my part though, of course I got the dates wrong too, as usual, hehehe. Because if Joon Young's birth date is 01st September 1989, again I think that is what I read, then he started studying law in 2008? Etc, etc...

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Kim Woo Bin is such a shining light in this dark drama. His character isn't the greatest but his portrayal of Joon-young just continues to wow me!

I don't think I've cried once watching this drama but when No Eul was talking to Jik about that huge burden she was carrying, I cried. That was real. And possibly Suzy at her best!

I was proud of Jik for wanting to spare Haru that pain of finding out she has such a shitty family. He just proves how mature he has always been. Especially when he immediately understood why his sister opted out of placing that burden on him.

Assemblyman Choi and his wife sucks. They continue to suck and are the worst. I have no more words to say about them.

This episode really continues to prove to me that Jung-eun is completely unredeemable. I have no sympathy for her or her so-called plight. She killed someone and still refuses to accept responsibility. I hope karma is swift and cruel for her, her father, and Ji-tae's parents.

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Yah i hate Jung-eun more when she confront No Eul last few eppy.. I so happy when So Eul pull the food on her.. LOL

Yah Jung-eun have no regret.. After 11 years she still never regret of having bad dreams or what.. She still live like nothing happened... Serve her right for all this coming back to her..

I really hope karma will struck her, her dad and Ji Tae's parents!!

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Okay... This episode was a huge question mark for me. To start, I'd say that it was very emotional. That being said, I didn't really shed a tear. It was sad, yes. But there was a lot going on that I wasn't capable of grasping at the moment. The way NE found out the truth was something I thought I'd definitely cry at, but I didn't. I'm not sure if it's the acting but I didn't get the raw emotion behind NE's crying. But just because I didn't cry, doesn't mean that was any less sad. Same goes with Jik & NE's 'fight' and Jik & Haru's break up. I just wish those scenes were conveyed in a more heart-wrenching way.
Choi confused me a whole lot. He was obviously very distraught when he discovered JY as his son. But then to say that he knew all along? That doesn't add up so I'm assuming he did it to spare his wife's weak heart. (And that scene where JT made him promise to not leave her side.) So I guess he's just a loving husband? But, while I don't question his care for his family, I think he does value power over family. Not too sure about that, though. So far, he's still a puzzle, and I don't know if he's a redeemable one that that.
So JT got hit by a truck.. I did not see that coming and I do not see a way for it to end without consequence. No, I'm not happy whatsoever about this. But I do hope the trope that's coming with the crash will be something worth the pain. Many are saying JT redeemed himself in this episode. That might be true but I don't think he needed redeeming. A lot of people don't seem to get his motives. Oh well.
Now, however, his character has his feelings in the light. He does genuinely cares for JY, there's no question in that anymore. Despite his jealousy towards him and how he views JY's actions as troublesome, he still does care. And that in itself is so admirable. So, to many's surprising shock, he IS a good character. He was a coward, but hey, in his circumstances, it's very reasonable and he didn't let that cowardice consume him in the end. I guess that's what people mean by his redemption. But I don't get why the writers feel the need to put him into a crash after he 'redeemed' himself. I just hope a good arc follows.
With 2 episodes left, I don't know how they'll resolve everything. JY's story must end in his death or it just wouldn't make for a good story otherwise. I do hope this drama ends with NE's happiness, Jik & Haru not having lies between each other (I won't say to have them end together because I don't see how Haru will come to terms with how her & his family ties together; just no lies and I guess I'll be okay), and JT getting the justice he's been fighting for.

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If it's any consolation, or is it constellation -- seeing as though we have two sets of star crossed lovers. I saw a change in Ji Tae from flippant in "eat well" toward Joon Young to sincerity in "eat well" toward Joon Young this episode too, since I am a diehard "I refuse to die! " -fan of SJY.

Too bad I miss ' Young Do, Heirs, ' that I can't have anyone say "Eat Well" without being suspicious of their motives, lol!!!

I saw the TOD headed Ji Taes way and a miraculous therapy and surgery to prolong Joon Young's life, fingers crossed for that.

But what is this writer up to though, first I find Ji Taes deliberate meanness punishable, then she punishes him just when I was dreaming of a good ending where JT and JY could still be friends, even if Eul decides she would like to be there for JY for her own self and not because JT asked her to.

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If the last two episodes were nothing but scenes from the fantasy realm, I would be happy. I want to live there with the cherry blossoms and soft music - and of course the pretty from Kim Woo Bin and Suzy

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Maybe is all a dream and back to 2005 again.. LOL

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For me, the one best thing to come out from this drama is Noh Eul. God, I love this character! I know that Joon Young has been the center of the whole story but Eul definitely has the best-written character development.

Looking back to the earlier episodes, they've established that this is a woman in pain her entire life. Then we flashback to see the striking contrast of her life before the accident and how her love story with Joon Young started. We see how she was, before the so-called long winter in her life. Then we went through times when we were just so annoyed at her being insufferable, not knowing what she wants or who she wants with the men in her life. Then our hearts flutter as she falls in love and go through those cute bickering scenes with Joon Young. We pity her for how Joon Young treats her after, but we cheer for her for being strong and not taking sh*t from the men and the people around her. And she just continues to show how strong of a woman she is one episode after another. Being courageous enough to confront Joon Young even if she's getting hurt over and over. Being honest with her feelings even if they are not reciprocated. Being protective of her brother even if it hurts so much to keep the pain inside. Fighting back with every ounce of strength and integrity that she has.

For these reasons, I want her to be truly happy. Sure, she's gonna be spending maybe a few weeks with Joon Young, trying to make up with the lost time. But after this, I want her to be able to truly move on. Find happiness in life, with Jik. They both deserve that. And hopefully, she finds a man as strong as her. Who can be honest with her. Someone who can protect her in the right way, and not be cruel to her. I am not sure that I am still rooting for her and Joon Young to end up together. He has hurt her so much, I think it is unfair to her no matter how much I would try to understand Joon Young's stand, still doesn't make sense and it still doesn't seem fair to her. Still, I want to see them have their happy times because they both deserve that, even just for a short moment. But I hope they also let us see Eul's happy ending. I would feel bad when Joon Young dies but at least give us a happy ending for the best character in this series. She's been in a winter season long enough, let her experience the summer now.

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You're right, I still think its apt for Joon Young to peacefully die with happy memories and Eul should truly move on and move forward to a brighter, warmer, happier future with Jik. She deserves happiness and if she finds love again that is fine too. How many of you have seen Windstruck, not a particularly great movie but it had some heart tugging moments when Jang Hyuk and Jun Ji Hyun say their final goodbye and she moves on, dare I hope for something like that??

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I know the ending is super sad.. But i dunno how all this be tie up.. Too much damage has been damaged..

Looking forward next week :)

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I'm glad that CJT finally realized that he's not the better person he always thinks he is. Now I can forgive him and I hope he'll survive the accident.

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Agreed.

Otherwise we will be seeing another possible drama trope... This time by Haru, I lost Jik, then SJYs illness, then Ji Taes TOD and then daddy goes to prison, all the men in her life sentenced to doomsday all in one go,

Too much for the poor girl, hey has the Han River bridge scene been covered yet for anything other than Eul's supposed suicide attempt which turned out to be nothing but her being waylaid from any such thoughts by spotting a possible kpop couple and getting the scoop.

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Thanks Lollypip! This episode was a tear jerker for sure! The parents are loathsome individuals. How in the world could Papa Choi be so odious? Evil husband and wife deserve each other.

This was Kim Woo bin's best acting, next is the time he confesses to No Eul to believe him only and that he loves really loves her. His reactions broke my heart. First and last bucket list item... confessing his involvement, giving her closure, finally getting to call his dad "Abuji", but instead of loving the person he's saying it to, he hates him (that killed.. bucket of tears), and then back to innocently loving No Eul.

I have said it in every post, Kim Woo Bin has done a stellar job. Not once have I cringed at his performance. (even some of the best have made me think, huh really? at times) Never a cheesy line delivered or unbelievable moment. He has drawn me in every episode and when the scenes of his death come up.. I am in no way ready for the emo to hit.

Suzy has been exceptional as well. It has been a heavy load to carry this character. She has improved greatly and I hope she has opportunities like this again. There are too many "cute" actresses that have the same few facial expressions and over the top responses to everything. Seeing her mature as a character and actress has been worth it.

Please lets not have CJT be severely hurt. I have come to like him again.. He needs to complete SJY's work.

Lastly, I need happy time, lots of happy time.. pls. some joy in both No Eul, Jik, and SJY's lives. Is it too much to ask for 2 decent happyish episodes?

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Same sentiments, here. Totally agree with everything you said! ;)

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I'm glad SJY finally decided to confess all to NE because by coming clean, it opens the path for them being together at last without deceit and secrets in the way. I'm still staying positive for a last minute miracle for SJY, but if he dies, I want him to enjoy the rest of his days with his beloved, if she forgives him and accepts him as is.

On another note, I just read an article somewhere else that says UF crashes and burns with competition from Doctors and W. I really2x don't understand the Korean audience. UF has such a depth of emotion, brought about by KWB's consistent, phenomenal acting skills. And although SBae's acting had moments when it could be improved, overall her performance was good enough that she didn't spoil the drama altogether.

And in comparison, and I'm saying this as a 'W' fan, I feel that the drama's only strong point is its unique story plot. The acting from both leads was good but doesn't come close to the same emotional depths as UF. After the last 2 episodes aired, I found myself wishing for the drama to quickly end as I tired of the often-confusing plot as the writers came up with even new 'rules' or 'variables' as Kang Chul said, to go back & forth from the real and comic worlds.
Even with OYJ apparent death shown in next week's preview, I'm not sure if I want to watch the rest of the eps.

And with Doctors, I don't understand why it received good ratings, I stuck with it until ep 12, and gave up cause it was too boring. (And this with me being a long time fan of KRWon & PSHye. And the fact that I usually LOVE medical dramas in general).

Anyways, I just want to give UF and KWB and BS my full support and say, your drama is amazing! Heartbreaking and sad for sure, and not something I would watch often because I prefer happier dramas in general, but I kept on watching because of both leads. Keep up the good works!

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I like PSHye too but Doctors got boring after awhile , it had no drama at all . The writer of that drama took no risks ,I was glad when it ended, it even had too much episodes imo. The romance was blah , not exciting at all .

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Well, I didn't expect to see Truck of Doom, but there it was. So we got terminal illness, noble idiocy and truck of doom. *sigh*

Anyway, about Papa Choi, I think he told those things to his wife to appease her. He knew how jealous his wife was of Joon-young's mom. To win her heart and make her his ally in the battle to come, so to speak.

I still believe he did love Joon-young's mom and carried a torch for her for a long time (until recently perhaps), and he didn't know that he had a child with her.

But he was still a horrible person, yes.

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No he definitely knew. His brother told him in the past that Jang Ok was pregnant with his child. Let's just give up on him... he's irredeemable...

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Did Woo Bin lose weight?
He looked thinner... In keeping with the story, aiiiiieee ??

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I think he did lose his weight on purpose as SJY's illness progressing. Oh I love pre-produced show.

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I was just thinking, about how hard an actor should work on his role...

KWB would have been believable as SJY declines either way, at least for me.

But then I think I noticed something else for the first time -- his chain he wears around his neck, is that just 'UFs wardrobe department or them letting things slide?'or,

Is that perhaps a chain with a recording device attached to it? I'm thinking SJY knew that memory loss could occur for him so perhaps he has been recording things for himself each day, and bam ... He has Choi admitting fabricating the narcotics charge on the recorder!!!, as well as the fact that Choi is supposedly admitting to allowing Shin and child to be sent away from him.

I am thinking if any one else noticed or mentioned this before ... What do you think?...

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I think it's just accessory. He would not film himself on camera if he had something in it.

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I guess even we get rehashed every drama theory so often, I dream of being surprised by the last 2 episodes.

Secret recording device? Even though that is a plot line I have seen before, it will be really nice for Young Ok to hear 2 things:

1. That her son, SJY, has managed to insult the person, CHJ, who drew up the narcotic charge papers.
2. That CHJ, even if it not really his doing, admitted to leaving SYO and child and that it was not her fault.

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Truck of Doom? Again?

I give up. I came this far for Woobin but I give up.

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So here's what I would do if I were the writer. JT hit by TOD and goes into coma, needing organ transplant. SJY gets enough time to finish what he started (w/ the help of NE) and all the baddies get what they deserve. Only at this point does SJY regress to happier times spending a few glorious weeks with NE before passing peacefully in his sleep. Yes his organs are donated to JT but when JT wakes up he only remembers being Hyun Woo and takes on that personality entirely, disassociating him from his evil parents. JT as HW looks after NE just as SJY wanted, but as a friend and oppa only, not romantically. The End.

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and then people call author makjang lover lol

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I dropped this drama weeks ago; I'm just following the recaps. Sorry, Kim Woo-bin. I love you but I cannot love this show.

I am still and forever will be on the "No happiness for Haru" train. I will repeat what I said in a previous "What we're watching" comment: She flicked water at Eul, whom she didn't even know personally, then flung money on top of Eul's dad's memorial food and drink, and lied to her own dad that she had done nothing to make Eul angry. HORRIBLE PERSON. More unhappiness for Haru? Bring it on.

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Also, I can't get with the sentiment that Haru's not so bad just because she's not as bad as her evil mother and father. Um. That's not a very high bar, is it? My requirements for good behavior, or even non-bad, basic human-being behavior, are a lot more exacting than that. In fact, I think the only reason she's not as bad as her parents is that she's still young and powerless, and besides, she's not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer. One of the reasons I dropped this show was when it started to become clear that she was going to get rewarded (for what? not being utterly, murderingly eeevil?) with a loveline with the gorgeous Jik. As javabeans has said, this show is dead to me.

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How do you people survive in real world if one little harmless rich bart, makes you feel this away lol She did things to be shamed, but never hated. People so exaggerate their hate to her or how she affect show.

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This is heartbreaking, esp that scene where all the fans realize SJY's dying!?
Btw, does anyone here know what background music was playing at that moment(when Na Ri & Haru were crying, to be accurate)?
That music has a lot of impact!!

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Just imagine, if tomorrow some news, about your favorite actor/idol dying from brain tumor breaks out. Horrid. Stars come across as people without big problems, who live happy/rich lives, but once you start dig in... I can't imagine a a star with the same fate as SJY.

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That song was so on point. the music of this drama in general.

It wasn't released on the score album vol. 1. hopefully they resales it on the next volume.

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Gosh, I love that instrumental too! Sooo on point for that scene. I really broke my heart.

Hopefully that instrumental will be out in the next volume of the ost.

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I dont know if anyone has noticed or left this comment here, but the half bodies in SJY's house have like pinocchio noses everytime SJY makes an important decision regarding No Eul. They are always panning there whenever he is making a decision indirectly or directly to Noh Eul! The mannequin's nose keeps getting longer the pass few episodes and then towards the recent two has become shorter! Does that mean anything????

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Lol,

Nice reading between the lines there.

But I think it is a sweet ode to LJS & PSH, past costars of our said Hero. Although that Pinocchio teaches us that hiccups are a sign of lies, hahaha.

I said this before but Jung Eun can inherit that Pinocchio figurine when all is said and done and she goes to jail, lol!!!

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Noticed them too, tho not the change in the size of noses, how did u notice that tho lol ?
i feel like these are environment elements the show uses to subliminally convey messages to the viewer
we also see the mannequin in the scene where JY is being nice to JE. like it was there to make us feel that his sweet act to her is all a lie. or like when JT is telling NE about his true identity the sun is shining right between them. or when JY meets his dad at Choi's house, he's sitting in front of a portrait of JT and CHJ on the wall, which is blurred out and camera focus is on JY. like he's the rightful son, son by blood etc. i've noticed many other hints.
makes me wonder if that feather in the first episodes meant sth.

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