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Whisper: Episode 2

The twists and turns begin in earnest as we officially descend into the sleek and polished world of corruption. No one said it was going to be easy, and Dong-joon starts to discover that the path of least resistance is much more difficult than anyone could have imagined. It’s hard to stick to your principles when you’re just trying to survive and living in constant fear that everything you’ve ever stood for will be utterly destroyed in the blink of an eye.

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

  

In the bathroom of the hotel room, a teary-eyed Young-joo is on the phone with her mother. Mom tells her that she’s finally eating something, and her mood seems improved as she confirms that Young-joo promised that she free her father. Mom reassures Young-joo that she’ll make sure to take care of her health for when she’s reunited with her husband.

Before Young-joo steps out of the bathroom, she readies herself by making sure there isn’t a trace of emotion on her face. Now steely-eyed, she confronts Dong-joon, who’s stunned by the discovery that he and Young-joo spent the night together and that she’ll use the footage as leverage against him.

Once again, he wonders why, of all people, it must be him. After all, there were plenty of others who were involved in the manipulation of Chang-ho’s case, so why is she specifically seeking him out? It’s because she trusted him based on his reputation of a just and honest judge.

  

He tells her that even if she released the video, it would likely be dismissed since it wouldn’t confirm coercion and she would probably be charged for making a false accusation. But Young-joo knows that Justice Jang is keeping a close eye on Dong-joon, and wonders what the verdict would be if the video fell into his hands.

Dong-joon, still reeling from everything she’s telling him, points out that the video would destroy her future as well, but she scoffs as she tells him that she didn’t know she had any kind of future left. She leans in towards him as she tells him that she’s the one who should be worried about him.

The wedding between Dong-joon and Soo-yeon continues as planned. But Dong-joon finds it hard to smile for the camera as he thinks about the wide ranging effect the video would have. Yoong-joo’s words echo in his mind as he wonders if there’s any of his family, friends, or colleagues who would support him.

After the honeymoon, Dong-joon and Soo-yeon are being driven to their first day at Taebaek as the newlywed couple. Soo-yeon’s assistant is helpfully informing Dong-joon of all the details about the law firm, but Dong-joon is distracted as he fiddles with his phone. He’s expecting a call from one of his lawyer friends who promised to look over Chang-ho’s appeal and see if he would take on the case.

  

As they arrive at Taebaek, Soo-yeon seizes the opportunity with just the two of them alone in the car to drop any pretense. Considering they’d only met twice before the wedding (and then spent the honeymoon in separate rooms due to barely knowing each other), she’s not exactly thrilled with the act they have to keep up. But she makes it clear that she holds the power in this relationship, so Dong-joon had better be careful how he treats her.

When her assistant informs her that they’ve spread the word that Dong-joon and Soo-yeon first started dating a year ago, Soo-yeon takes a certain glee in grabbing his arm as they walk into the law firm together. After all, if they supposedly knew each other for that long, then they should be friendly. She skips over her assistant’s explanation of the layout of the firm, instead quickly pointing out which is her office and which one is Dong-joon’s.

  

The secretaries politely greet the couple, and around the corner appears… Young-joo? Dong-joon stares at her in surprise as she walks toward him. He gets a call from his lawyer buddy just then, who tells him that he’s going to have to pass on Chang-ho’s case. There’s just no way it’ll win in the appeals court.

With a smile, she greets Dong-joon, introducing herself as Jo Yeon-hwa — his new secretary. When they’re alone in his office, he points out that there are hundreds of lawyers here, many of whom who handle criminal cases and may recognize who she really is. It’s too dangerous for her to be here, but Young-joo rhetorically asks him who’s really in danger, reminding him why she’s there at all.

Sighing, Dong-joon admits that he’s trying to find a lawyer who will take up her father’s appeal, but she cuts him off: “You were the one who destroyed the evidence, weren’t you?” She muses that he must have been happy to get her father’s phone so he could turn around and give it to his father-in-law.

  

As she was crying in front of the law, he was laughing behind it. As her mother was anxiously waiting for her father, he was anxiously anticipating his wedding. When her father spent a cold night in a solitary cell, he was enjoying his honeymoon, no doubt thinking about his future at Taebaek. She wonders if he’s ever really felt sorry for anything he’s done.

Quietly, Dong-joon tells her that if he could fix it with mere words, he’d say he’s sorry. He promises to apologize when Chang-ho is eventually acquitted. Even if it doesn’t happen at the first appeal, he’ll try again and again, looking for any way to either see him acquitted or on probation or out on bail. Young-joo points out that corruption is a slippery slope, and the idea of compromising one’s values and looking the other way “just once” leads to being eventually caught up in the thick of it.

She shows him a folder of information about the other car that was on the road that night, having deduced that the driver of the car was the one who actually killed Sung-shik. Based on the license plate taken from CCTV footage, she’s determined that it’s a company car owned by Taebaek. She orders him to figure out who was driving that car, adding that it should be easy for him to get access to that information.

Soo-yeon enters his office, greeting “Yeon-hwa” and wondering how she knows Dong-joon in order to be specially appointed as his secretary. Young-joo hesitates, and Dong-joon smoothly explains that she’s there by his father’s recommendation. Kinda like how he’s there based on Soo-yeon’s father’s recommendation, a point which Soo-yeon amusedly points out.

As they leave the office together, another man sprints around the corner and pushes them out of the way as he runs down the hallway. He’s hurrying his way to a practice run of a trial, where fellow Taebaek lawyer KANG JUNG-IL (Kwon Yul) counsels the CEO of Blue Dragon Electronics how best to appear before the court to get taxpayer funds to help her company.

But the running man interrupts the mock trial to whisper that the creditors have rejected Blue Dragon’s request for additional funds. Shocked, Jung-il goes to Lawyer Choi (who’s focused on trimming his bonsai tree), updating him on the status of the case. But Lawyer Choi tells him that there’s an overseas company looking into buying Blue Dragon, so there’s no issue with it not getting the funding.

  

Jung-il argues that Blue Dragon is a Korean institution, and selling it to an overseas company is like selling a national treasure. He reaffirms that if he can get the funding from the government, they can save the company. But Lawyer Choi angrily asks if it’s okay to throw away taxpayer’s money on a company run by a widow with no business sense.

He decides to give the case to Dong-joon, telling him to handle the sale of the company. Jung-il looks personally affronted, as well he might, since Blue Dragon has been his primary client. But he swallows his pride and anger, politely apologizing for his inability to save Blue Dragon, and that he’ll turn over all the documents to Dong-joon.

  

Soo-yeon watches him leave her father’s office, amused that rumors will spread that Dong-joon was handed a prestigious case on a silver platter. But of course Lawyer Choi has already prepared for such rumors, and will even spread more of his own, telling everyone that it was due to Dong-joon’s excellent persuasive skills that he agreed to bring Jung-il back into the project. It’s all part of his plan to build up the impressive reputation of his son-in-law.

It’s time for Taebaek’s monthly security system review, and it’s Soo-yeon’s turn to be in charge of it. She nonchalantly hands it off to Dong-joon, telling him she has other things she’d rather be doing. Conveniently for him, this allows him a chance to get a copy of the CCTV footage of the parking garage.

  

As he looks through the footage from that night, he sees a women get into the car with the same license plate as the one Young-joo pointed out to him. He recognizes her as Soo-yeon. She was the one who sped past Chung-ho that night, sending him into the railing — and, presumably, the one who drove into Sung-shik.

Jung-il enters Dong-joon’s office, causing him to quickly close his laptop so the other lawyer can’t see what he’s looking at. Jung-il tells him that there are two things that are impossible to do in a firm like Taebaek. The first is something Dong-joon will eventually discover later. The second is the ability to persuade Lawyer Choi. So for that, he’s thankful that Dong-joon was able to convince Lawyer Choi to put him and his team back on the Blue Dragon case.

  

But Jung-il refuses to accept the offer. He’s been working with Blue Dragon too closely to suddenly become the one who will sell them off to the highest bidder. Dong-joon wonders if he’s doing this just to see him fail at handling the case, and Jung-il seriously tells him that the world doesn’t turn out the way you want. After all, even the “righteous judge” became a “legal thief.” Then he breaks out into a smile, telling Dong-joon he was just joking.

He offers to show Dong-joon how to use the security codes for the computer, but as Jung-il reaches for Dong-joon’s laptop, Dong-joon suddenly tells him that he’ll sell Blue Dragon overseas by himself. Jung-il takes the hint that he doesn’t need any help, and he leaves the office with one last crack that he’d offer to buy him a drink sometime, but seeing as Dong-joon’s now a newlywed, he won’t be able to go out drinking like a single man can.

  

It’s an awkward dinner with the in-laws. The dads seem to be the only ones actually enjoying themselves, and Soo-yeon finally has had enough of her mother’s snide cracks about her lack of intelligence. Without shame, she tells her in-laws that she failed the bar exam four times, and even when her parents sent her to America, she still wasn’t able to become a lawyer. She wasn’t even able to learn any English while she was there because she spent all her time partying at Korean clubs.

She then asks Dong-joon’s father to take “Yeon-hwa” back, since it’s annoying having an employee that was sent by her in-laws. Dong-joon’s father leans over, asking, “Jo Yeon-hwa?” But instead of saying, “who is that?” he quietly tells his son to keep her around, since Dong-joon needs someone on his side. Crisis averted.

After dinner, Soo-yeon and Dong-joon retreat to their bedroom. Or, to be more precise, their wing of the Choi mansion. She blithely tells him that she’s more of a figurehead of the global team than anything else, and relies on translators and her assistant to take care of the legal matters. All she has to do is smile, look pretty, and sign paperwork.

Dong-joon just wants to understand what she does, but with a smile she says she doesn’t do anything — it’s all her dad’s work. She does the things that her father has to do, things that no one else knows. That reminds Dong-joon of the CCTV footage of her in the car. She starts to undress, reminding Dong-joon that they’re not yet at the point of familiarity to see each other’s underwear, and he leaves the room.

  

He walks his father out to his car, asking why he didn’t question who “Yeon-hwa” was. Dong-joon also wants to know what kind of person Lawyer Choi is. Considering his father has been Lawyer Choi’s personal doctor for the past twenty years, surely he’ll be able to tell him how far Lawyer Choi will go.

But his father just muses that Dong-joon should instead ask himself who he (Dong-joon) is and how far he will go. Justice Jang is poised to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, so Dong-joon should ask if he’s the type who can leave Taebaek and fight against the Chief Justice.

Taking off his tie clip, Dad tells him that the diamond in it was from a two carat stone. But in order to shape the diamond, 90% of the actual stone was discarded. As he puts the clip on Dong-joon’s jacket, he tells his son to think about what he should save and what he should discard. As a parting request, he asks Dong-joon to let him know right before Blue Dragon goes on sale so he can make some money for the hospital. Let’s add “insider trading” to the growing list of Dong-joon’s misdeeds.

Young-joo visits her father in jail, and he shows her the wood carvings he’s made of their family to give to his wife for her birthday. He asks Young-joo to apologize on his behalf that he wasn’t able to take her on a trip overseas before she turned sixty, but Young-joo tells him that she’ll get him out in time so he can spend Mom’s birthday with her.

  

But he starts to cough up blood, and that can only mean one thing — he’s dying. He sadly admits he doesn’t know how much time he has left.

The prison doctor tells her that it’s nothing serious, but Young-joo knows it’s a sign of various fatal diseases, and begs him to let her father seek a diagnosis and treatment at a hospital. The terrible prison doctor scoffs that it’s not like a prisoner can be excused on a day pass, and orders that Chang-ho get an injection of pain killers instead.

It’s a new day at Taebaek Law Firm, and as Dong-joon studies his father’s diamond tie clip, he thinks about how much he’s willing to throw away. Young-joo enters his office to give him his schedule, and she’s blocked out a certain amount of time for him to run an errand for her. She assumes he wasn’t able to get the CCTV of the parking garage footage, so she has another way to figure out who killed Sung-shik.

But Dong-joon tells her that she’s been moved to another department and will no longer be his secretary. She reminds him of the power she wields over him, and pointing at the news article that states Justice Jang is now officially the Chief Justice, she wonders what would happen if the Chief Justice saw the video.

In return, Dong-joon wonders if there’s anyone else who can save her father. It’s a rhetorical question, really, because Dong-joon points out that threat of a nuclear weapon is terrifying, but if someone actually uses one, the reality is both sides will be destroyed.

He insists that he is no longer going to track down the killer. If Chang-ho is not acquitted after the second trial, then he’ll find a way to post bond or request probation. Young-joo tells him that her father is sick, and if she follows his plan, it could take a couple of years before her father is free. But Dong-joon, unmoving, tells her that she’ll just have to wait.

  

An old friend and chairman of another company visits Lawyer Choi. This isn’t just a casual visit to play a game of Go, since Chairman Kang is there due to his connections with the director of the National Pension Service. The NPS does not want Blue Dragon to be sold, since presumably it would have a huge effect on the funds that are tied up in stocks — and they’re one of the largest owners of Blue Dragon stock.

Jung-il also attends the meeting — not only does he have an inside track on Blue Dragon, but Chairman Kang is his father. He asks his father to persuade Lawyer Choi that Blue Dragon shouldn’t be sold, and that it’s foolish to give such an important case to Dong-joon (under the pretense that it will be a damaging blow to Lawyer Choi’s son when the sale falls through). Battle lines, drawn.

  

Chairman Kang gets a call from the NPS director just then, and he tells him that they’ll meet later. Lawyer Choi orders Dong-joon to hand over the case back to Jung-il, who can barely hide his satisfied smirk.

As they leave the office, Soo-yeon, in her trademark bluntness, tells the men that if Dong-joon hands it over, it will reflect poorly on her father and people will gossip about it. Dong-joon tries to convince Jung-il that he should persuade his father that they can both work on the case, but Jung-il interrupts him to remind him that there are two things that are impossible at Taebaek.

  

All three of them get a text requesting an emergency meeting of all the team leaders. This morning, a video was uploaded to Taebaek’s social media. There were efforts to delete the video, but it kept being reposted under new accounts. Dong-joon stares in concern at the paused video of him in bed with Young-joo, but neither of their faces can be seen.

Jung-il thinks it’s a warning, based on the username of the uploader: Yeom Sang-gu. That’s also a character from the famous story The Taebaek Mountains who abused his authority and raped a powerless woman. Deducing that the rapist will be someone in Taebaek Law Firm, he orders the video to be played so they can see who it is.

As the video plays, Young-joo calmly walks into the conference room and serves everyone coffee. Dong-joon closes his eyes in expectation of his face being shown, but the video freezes with the phrase: “1 Day 1 Frame.” Based on the speed of the video, it’s believed that they’ll be able to identify the culprit in another ten frames — or, that is, another ten days.

  

Young-joo serves Dong-joon his coffee with a knowing look, and he nervously reaches for his water glass, knocking it over. Jung-il decides that it will be more cost-effective to deal with this quietly and give the uploader whatever they want to make it go away. The last time they had a scandal like this, it cost them millions of dollars in litigation fees and loss of clients due to negative publicity. How ironic (or convenient) that he tells Dong-joon to take care of it.

In the privacy of his office, Dong-joon angrily tells Young-joo that in her rush to try and save her father, she’s making it harder for the both of them.

 

She admits that once a nuclear bomb is detonated, they’ll both be hurt. But who will be damaged more — a murderer’s daughter who was fired from the police force? Or the son-in-law of Taebaek who has the whole world in his hand? Point this round goes to Young-joo.

She tosses down a photo of the gangster who was in charge of finding her father’s phone, revealing that his name is Baek Sang-gu, and that he often accepts jobs that require a certain amount of violence. She’s sure that whomever hired him from Taebaek is the real culprit. Dong-joon has ten days to figure out who that person might be.

Soo-yeon enters to give Dong-joon a case to handle, since one of his connections is the judge on the case, and he opens it to reveal that it’s for Sang-gu. Ah, the amazing coincidences of Taebaek Law Firm. Soo-yeon notes his reaction to the photo, but he says he’s just surprised that someone in charge of the global department would be dealing with a petty criminal.

 

She tells him that while the lawyers work during the day, he works during the night. A flashback shows that it was Sang-gu who helped Soo-yeon cover up Sung-shik’s death.

Dong-joon visits his adorable courthouse underling Ki-young, who cheerfully tells him that he’s fulfilled his public duty sentence and is now free to do whatever he wants. Thanks to Dong-joon, he’s decided to go straight and help his mother open up a restaurant. He promises Dong-joon that he won’t return to life a crime. But Dong-joon quietly asks him if he’ll return to it once more, and bring “the item” “that person” has. Ki-young loyally agrees.

Young-joo looks through the documents on Dong-joon’s desk, surprised to see Sang-gu’s file sitting there. She opens up the computer to see the request for Sang-gu’s legal representation, and using the code from his security card, denies the request in Dong-joon’s name.

  

The next day, Dong-joon is about to take his mother out for lunch when he gets a call from Soo-yeon, demanding to know why he rejected the request to represent Sang-gu. He knows who must be behind the denial, and calls Young-joo, who tells him that she has a plan.

She’s figured out where Sang-gu will be meeting with a Taebaek representative, and with some strategic hidden cameras, she’s preparing a trap. She tells him that the representative will be here in the next thirty minutes, and she’ll finally know who the real culprit is.

Mom can tell that he’s got something serious to take care of and cheerfully says she’ll take a rain check, but she watches him drive away with worry in her eyes. As he heads to the restaurant, he calls Soo-yeon, leaving a desperate voicemail letting her know that he’s aware she’s the one behind Sung-shik’s murder and that she’s about to walk into a trap. But instead of saving the message, he cancels it.

He finds Young-joo parked outside the restaurant, keeping a close eye on the video feed from inside. He reminds her that none of this will hold up in court since it’s evidence obtained illegally, but Young-joo plans on entering the room after they get the confession on tape, which will mean she’s now involved — and means the evidence can be admissible since she’s a part of it.

Dong-joo clenches his fist and slowly raises it, but whatever plan he might have had is thwarted when Hyun-soo pops into the car to let her know his men are at the ready and they’ll be able to arrest the culprit right away. He quietly says that once everything is cleared up, then maybe… But Young-joo cuts him off, telling him that she’s just a private citizen asking for help from the police force, nothing more.

A voice on the video feed gets her attention, and she focuses on the entrance, watching for the arrival of Taebaek’s representative. Dong-joon watches helplessly as the door opens to reveal… Jung-il.

  

COMMENTS

I’m a little surprised to realize how much I like Soo-yeon. Yes, she may be a murderer, but she’s also refreshingly candid and seems to take such joy in needling all the other characters. Considering how serious everyone else is, it’s sort of nice to have someone be wryly amused most of the time. Despite her candor, I’m still confused as to what she thinks of Dong-joon. She keeps bringing up the fact that it was a marriage based a business deal as though she said she didn’t care in the first place. I get the feeling she does care, or might care, or possibly could care if she weren’t trying so hard to be the carefree rebellious daughter. Except, if she’s helping to cover up Taebaek secrets, she’s not really a rebel now, is she? It’s all so wonderfully confusing, especially since I’m expecting we’ll find out more to her depth and layers as the show goes on.

I also really like Jung-il, even though we know even less about him. Yes, he can be a bit of brat, but I feel like he’s more principled than Dong-joon right now. He might be one of Taebaek’s shady lawyers, but at least he’s willing to fight for what he believes in, even if means using his father to get what he wants. That’s why I was a little surprised to see him at the end, since I want someone — anyone — to have a somewhat decent bone in their body. I’m hoping it’s just because Soo-yeon called on him next to take Sang-gu’s case. What can I say? I want to root for someone, even though I assume that since he’s the second lead, he’s probably doomed. (Then again, who isn’t doomed in this show?)

At least Dong-joon is finally starting to take control of his situation — for a few minutes, anyway. I wanted to cheer when he told Young-joo that if she destroys him, then she destroys her chance at saving her father. Yeah, didn’t quite think that one through, now, did she? But I also understand her blind, fervent drive to free her father since she doesn’t know how much time he has left — definitely less than a year if he’s going to be stuck in prison with a doctor who’s not going to try and treat his coughing-up-blood disease. She’s put her ticking time bomb into motion, and now it’s a race against the clock to see who will emerge victorious. Or at least call a truce. If that’s even possible.

I kinda love that this show puts up a big ol’ “characters and events in this show are based on fiction and are not based on actual events” disclaimer at the beginning of each episode, because it’s probably the only thing saving the show from a lawsuit. There’s a thin veneer of fiction covering up the real-life source material. For starters, the Blue Dragon sale seems to be inspired by the scandal around the actual NPS chairman and the Samsung mergers a few months ago that was also linked to the political scandal surrounding former President Park. Then when Young-joo told Dong-joon that when children obeyed the order to “wait” and “stay where they are” (as he keeps telling her to do), they ended up waiting for the truth to be revealed from heaven — a reference to the Sewol ferry tragedy, which some believe to be a result of political corruption and greed. As surreal as this show can sometimes seem (so many convenient coincidences around every corner!), there’s still this fascinating layer of truth underlying all the greed and corruption.

In the previous episode, I wondered just how far Dong-joon and Young-joo would go down their path of darkness. But now I’m wondering just how far this show will go to shed light on the corruption that’s our world.

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What im so curious is, are those flashback true? About Sooyeon killing the old guy? i afraid there might be a biggest twist ;/

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Okaay... so the biggest twist might be...
Dong Joon is the real killer!

Then we'll have a deeply troubled relationship between Dong Joon & Young Joo as he tries to cover up the murder with all his might.

Looks straight out of makjang melodrama right?

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It is. (Re: Makjang)
LOL

But there's the possibility since we're still in early episode.

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No lol, i dont think LDJ would be a killer,

he even said to the Lawyer Choi, "I didnt study law to become a thief" ;)

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I also don't believe LDJ is the killer, not of that guy at least. I don't think LDJ knew of him until he got YJ's father's case, and he didn't know YJ, and her dad either (before he was assigned that case). So he probably wasn't at the crime scene when the murder happened.

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i thought the flashbacks were insights into what the judge was envisaging the crime scene to be like.

We clearly saw it was one man who was on the road that day and stuck the othe rguy and killed him.

I am gonna think that the other lawyer (ghost from let's fight ghost) was at one point in time in relationship with our second lead actress - the wife.. and hence easy access to lot of her stuff

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Yes imo those are the flashbacks from his point of view.

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Yeah the one who killed the old guy was the man,

and i had a feeling those imagination bout Sooyeon did some dirty works with BSG might not true.

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What I thought was that SY could be the one who purposely slammed into YJ'S dad's car, with the hope of getting him off the road, by either killing him (his car going over the railing for example), or delaying him getting to the old man who died. Considering she told LDJ that she does things her dad can't do (openly), that possibility is not implausible to me.
I'm not sure yet as to whether she made it to the crime scene that night, she might/could have. She is not phased by crime and killings.

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I also think so. The killer is a guy in trench coat

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So would that be the guy who had YJ's dad's cell phone? (And she took it from him in episode one). We saw him kill that guy in episode one, didn't we?

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Sooooooooooo good, this drama!

So far...

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Thank you for thr recap! This drama is soooo intense!

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I meant "the"

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I really loved SY's wedding dress: the design, the color, the material.

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The wedding dress is so pretty, Park Seyoung is also gorgeous. Too bad we only see it for short while, it is beaded, very classy looking, one of the best wedding dress in drama history

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@ Gerry,

I agree with everything you said, though I didn't know it was bedded. I also liked that it wasn't white, but beige, or something close to it. And yes, one of best wedding dresses in kdrama history. Would have loved to see more of it (for a longer time, as you said), and seen the back and sides as well. Wonder who made the dress?
And yes, PSY looked lovely in it. And LSY is so tall...

Both LSY and PSY looked good, next to each other, in that picture.

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I come to agree that the wedding photo taking scene is very pretty. The wedding dress is absolutely gorgeous. The hunbok dresses both mothers wore are also marvelous.

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Waiting for the weekend to start this and I'm trying to avoid read the recaps but I want to say thank you for recapping this show.
It's been awhile since I look forward to a modern drama that makes me excited.

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It's really good so far imo! I'll be excited to see what you think.

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I must say ep 2 is much better than ep 1. The suspense is killing me!! The leads are doing such a great job and up until now no one overshadows anyone. Lee Bo Young and Lee Sang Yoon matches well, no wonder since it's their 2nd work together. While Park Se Young also does a good job, playing the spoiled heiress.

I chuckle whenever I see Kim Gap Soo (DJ's FIL), it seems he has more to do in 2 ep of Whisper than the whole eps of The K2. LOL

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Oh I love Kim Gap-soo to pieces and I can't wait to watch him in this drama.

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LOL I am excited to see Kim Gap Soo here. I loved him and Song Yoon Ah's scenes together in K2, but he seems a lot more interesting here.

Park Se Yeoung is becoming better and better whenever I see her.

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Gosh, i marathon 2 episodes yesterday and it is sooo good. It grips me from the first killing scene by the waterfront. The suspense makes me miss IRY.

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Lee Dong Joon is the very definition of "caught between a rock and a hard place".
I pity him for some reason, though he is not 100% innocent and clean either.

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Yes, he looks the most 'victim' so far but he is not exactly innocent either.

What his father asked him "what are you?", "how far you can go" are interesting questions imo.

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To me, the murder victim looks like the 'most victim'
or maybe dad, with his la traviata cough, rotting in prison.

Lee Dong Joon is just your usual pushover conformist CN character with a healthy survival instinct. like most people who chose their own well-being over their so-called principles.

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What I meant was he looks like the "most victim" here, while in fact he is not. The real victim for now surely our heroine's appa.

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@ wildfly,
What is a conformist CN character? And a "la traviata cough, please?

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Damn Lee Sang Yoon's puppy eyes! I sometimes find myself feeling sorry for him and then hating him and then sorry for him again and then hating him again.

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And why do you hate him? I'm curious...

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Haha! It seems like he's caught between two scheming women! Both telling him what to do! And him looking so perplexed!

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Odilettante thanks for pointing out the parallels and symbolism with real life. It reminds me of what Wanted did with the air purifier case...

It'll be interesting to see how the show goes on from here. May it not take too long for the leads to see the light of day....!

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I appreciate those parallels as well, as I didn't think of them.

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And with the Sewol ferry re-emerging like last week. What a coincidental timing. I stopped breathing when Young Joo alluded to it.

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I don't know why, but I feel like some things are over the top. Not the plot in general but I can't quite put a finger on it. And how did Young Ju got scouted as Dong jun's secretary, that too with a fake ID and all? It seemed like he was surprised to see her there so I don't think he helped her. It is a supreme law firm with a lot of confidential secrets and all so don't they check background details when they recruit people. That too for Dong Joon. Because though he is in a bind, he wants to keep his remaining dignity and convictions. I think his father in law knows that he is not trustworthy till now. So won't he be extra careful of people around him?

Aside from all those matters, the character I am rooting for is So-Yeon. I hope that she is not deeply or darkly involved in all these crimes to be unredeemable in the end. I think that she hit the car (Young Ju's father's) not to kill him but deter him. Also, she was quite despaired to see that Sang-gu killed that person. it is more like she is cleaning up after her father's crime, isn't it little unusual, because chaebol daughters are usually treasured, princesses. Despite her sayings that she failed law exams and all, I think she is quite intelligent. because she understands that there is more to jo yeon hwa than it meets the eye and also I think she sees through Dong joon's dilemma and she even warned him about some guys. I am hoping against hope that Dong joon will come to care for her more.

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Ahh yes, I do think it is quite a loophole that it is easy for Yoon Ju to disguise herself and become the Secretary. The best part, she also appear during Dong Joon's first day at work. It doesn't make sense, although it is based on some connection. But I will take it as something desperate move.

It is pretty early to say more about So Yeon, but she definitely is not some princess chaebol. She is probably has been trained by her father to work undercover and they cover it by making her looks like spoiled brat.

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I also did not understand how YJ got hired so quickly, especially since LDJ seemed to have had nothing to do with it, given that he was very surprised to see her already settled at work on his first day. I don't know if he wanted her there (in the first place), and if he did, he didn't seem to have had the time to arrange it, since he got married the day she threatened him with the tape, and after the wedding, I assume he went on his honeymoon trip. Right after that, he had to go to the office, to start working there. He didn't seem to have asked the favor to his FIL, or anyone at Tae Baek to hire her, under her false name. That seemed like a big loophole to me. And she took great risks, assuming no one at Tae Baek might figure out (eventually), who she really is. And yes, don't they do background checks at that firm?

SY does also strike me as smarter than she makes herself come across. It will be interesting to find out more about her, as the show progresses.

I have a question about the SIM card that was burnt in ep. 1. Couldn't LDJ have saved the contents before turning in the phone? I don't know how things work with technology, I was just wondering if that could have been a possibility, so he could have some leverage down the road against his FIL.

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The only explanation I could come up with is that YJ asked DJ (at the hotel) to hire someone named Jo Yeon-hwa so he did (probably with just a phone call to HR - he could do that during his honeymoon), not knowing that it was actually YJ. He probably think that it was someone which YJ hired to keep an eye on him or something, but did not imagine that YJ dared to do it herself.

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@ Winky,
Thank you for that interpretation, which totally makes sense, by the way. I just hadn't thought of that.

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Yeah.. it somehow makes sense. However, my first interpretation of this scene is that when YJ (I'm still having trouble remembering all characters' names) asked DJ to hire a person named Jo Yeon-hwa as his secretary he just didn't care about it since I remembered his surprise to see Jo Yeon-hwa for the first time pretty well. I thought she (Jo Yeon-hwa) just faked everything and was hired as DJ's secretary but that doesn't even make sense compared to yours. So I'll adopt your interpretation of this. I makes more sense than mine. :)

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Yes, me too! I also thought that there were many loopholes that were not explained. How did she even find out where he was that night to become his substitute driver, and then to bring him to the hotel and all that while is "unconscious". I mean it's plausible but, I don't know kind of over the top I think. Or is it maybe that there are so many things happening at the same time that some details are forgotten ? For some reason I wasn't "grabbed" as I thought I would. But it's ustt a couple of episodes! so hoping I feel better about the plot nxt weekk!

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@ Lexy_K,

Hi! I expressed the same thoughts in my comments in the episode one recap. I think even Odilettante might have mentioned that there are a lot of convenient coincidences in this drama, and I agree.

Seoul is a big city, as I understand. How did she find him, so she could then take him to the hotel? Did she go to every bar, until she found him? (And she could have missed him, btw). And then she left her car there, to drive his that night? I could go on, but I will stop here.

Some will say we analyze too much. My response has always been, "that is how I enjoy watching a drama, picking it apart, and learning a lot in the process. And I'm not forcing or asking anyone to do as I do. Too each his/her own. People are welcome to skip my comments, always."

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Yes, I do agree with both of you on this. I especially love it when you suggest that there are so many "convenient coincidences" in this drama. Gosh at least somebody feel the way I feel. That is actually something which happened to me when I watched Punch. I dropped it after ep.4 if I'm not mistaken. The plot has many twists and turns, yes. But somehow, I like watching something which I can relate too. Too many coincidences and that was it. Too dramatic so much that it seems out of the world (of logic and possibilities.)

I don't know if I will be able to continue this until it ends. I did stop when I watched Punch, dunno if that same thing is gonna happen with this drama too or not. Hopefully, I can stick with it until the end since I think it is a well-executed drama. Whenever I find a well-executed drama and had to drop it for the reason of the plot I felt very bad (Goblin, Punch.) Hopefully it gets more realistic. Now it's trilling, suspense but it just failed to draw me in. *sigh*

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I don't get Dong Joon father. He's obviously corrupt, yet he seems to care that DJ isn't strong enough to do the right thing based on his last conversation with DJ.

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To me it looked like a commentary on his son's character.
As in, Lee Doong yoon posed as a righteous person all his life, but when he was tested (as in, threatened to make personal sacrifices, etc.) he folded like a lawn chair.

Dad was basically saying to sonny - 'despite your big talk, you're a conformist like me. i wonder how far you'll go against your precious principles, huhh?'

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The father dump his wife to marry a rich heiress, now his son is doing the same thing, only that the son is single

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Hi Momo,
And thank you for explaining. I had not thought of that, though it makes sense.

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<Then when Young-joo told Dong-joon that when children obeyed the order to “wait” and “stay where they are” (as he keeps telling her to do), they ended up waiting for the truth to be revealed from heaven — a reference to the Sewol ferry tragedy

Yup, that immediately came to my mind too.

<I’m a little surprised to realize how much I like Soo-yeon.

Ummm, I confess I'm not following your explanation here. I can't find anything to like about her, even less so in the 2nd episode with learning that she's involved in killing someone. But she's hard to figure out right now (well, everyone in the show in a way), so maybe we'll get an interesting twist, who knows.

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Those are just his imagination. I don't think they're actually revealing she was the one who killed just yet - idk it's really odd a Kdrama to reveal the suspect this early on in the game. But, I get the OP's reasoning as to why she likes Sooyeon. Yeah she's the representation of somewho who was born with a golden spoon in their mouths, but she's certainly not the type to back done cause people are holding a bone over her head or anything. I like that she's fiesty and that she was extremely salty in that stuffy family meeting. She's definitely different from other evil female second leads I'm used to where they're sickly sweet to the people that matter 24/7.

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Hi, what does OP mean, please?

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@Ivoire If I'm not wrong it means Original Post

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Thank you for responding, @ Winky. If that is the case, since s/he is talking about Odilettante, maybe s/he meant the Original Poster. Just my thought, now that you explained.

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Hi guys, I haven't watched yet because I've been waiting to ask if it's confirmed that the female lead really raped the male lead? Or did she just film it to look like they had sex?

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In my opinion, there was no actual rape happened. She just filmed it looks like there was a rape. Except if I have missed anything which shows it was a rape or anything. She probably made it looks like the rape was really happened - in the next morning she is in her bath robe with wet hair.

Since her purpose is to trap him, so he will follow whatever her plan is, I don't think it is a need for actual sex or rape. But maybe there is more to reveal later. Because we only saw a little from the video. And I don't think in this drama, it will go to to rape allegation, and there is a need to check if the actual rape happened etc. At least I don't think it will go to that route. This is her method , who is desperate. Her method is clearly questionable, legally and morally.

Hope I dont spoil so much for you.

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I also don't think there is a rape. He was so drunk he can't remember. She just threatened him. He can't go court to fight her cos his reputation is at stake

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I'm really hoping there wasn't a rape. For someone who was so drunk he can't remember (which I don't doubt), he sure seemed to move quite a bit, being able to move his head that could be revealed.
I don't know why, but I kinda expected him to be dead to the world that night. And I know there are different levels of drunkenness, I was just expressing my thoughts, in case I get corrected.

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Whenever I watch Park Kyung Soo's drama, I always put myself into the characters. It is because of characters in his drama are so questionable, in term of their actions and the way of their thinking.

So by putting myself in YJ's shoes, if I was her, will I allow myself to go to that extent, and let the rape or sexual intercourse to really happen. I don't know how many level of drunkenness, since I don't drink. But my POV if I want to use the video to blackmail him for another purpose, and I clearly know that the video alonecan tarnish his reputation, I don't think it is necessary to let the actual sex to happen. And I think YJ is strong enough, she can push DJ aside especially since DJ is drunk.

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@ Sera The Ms Temper,

Hi! It is my first time to watch a PKS drama, so everything is new to me. Regarding drinking, I don't do it often, I can't count on one hand how often I do it in a year. And I don't do it to get drunk, just socially, and to enjoy the taste of my drink. From what I have observed however, different people handle being drunk differently (tolerance levels), and some people after drinking like DJ did (for a good portion of the night, I'm assuming), would be so out of it they wouldn't be able to move (literally), and some might sleep it off, but still be able to move.

I agree that for what YJ had in mind, and to blackmail DJ, YJ did not necessarily need to rape DJ. However, as someone who is trying to see and understand how YJ did the whole thing, I find it intriguing that we have a scene where DJ is on top of YJ, and supported by his hands (beginning of episode two), a scene where he almost kisses her, and one (so far), where he was on top of her, and able to move on top of her, and turn his head. I am curious about what it is YJ filmed, and was able to film, and how she went about it.

I would find it a little more ethical for YJ to have not raped DJ, and I hope that is what happened. I just am also usually curious about the details of a scene, and like you, about what goes on in the characters' minds. I hope I made sense. Thank you for your thoughts.

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@ mk,
We don't know yet. It hasn't been confirmed or denied yet. She's still letting him think it happened, I believe.

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Enjoying this drama immensely. The music is a little too over the top (especially in that scene with the dad and the diamond pin) and I haven't warmed up to the characters, but goodness are they fascinating and their interactions keep me riveted.

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I took a break from watching dramas since December but I got curious when I saw the teaser of this drama and got more hyped by the cast and the writer. After seeing the two episodes, I am super excited to see the next scenes..This is definitely the kdrama that made me look forward to seeing something each week again.

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i would like to address the bizarre issue of the rape ( its quiet a small thing he sent a man to prison in comparison ) apparently
CAUSE SHE RAPED HIM

I want someone to explain how is it possible that she raped him since we have not seen anything and we do not know if they even had sex
my problem is how did he become a male rape victim and how they they are grilling the show for it like WARNING DONT WATCH KIND OF THING
talk about over the top WE have not seen anything except the set up

as we know millions of men have sex they dont remember does that make their partners rapists ? in the case of a man if he was drunk but still able to perform sex ( we do see he is on top ) then he was not drunk enough not to consent unless he was dead unconscious and she on top it is impossible to call it rape cause a woman can not force him to penetrate her and a man can not be passive performing sex like that
just a random scene i recall from gods gift 14 days the male lead was drunk and found himself in bed the next day with a vixen and i never heard he was raped so what the hell are they talking about
he used his power and she used her body thats how i see it AND both are victims and sinners

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Im worried lee sangyoon would have wrinkle prints in his forehead and made him looks aged 10 years older
He furrowed his eyebrows so much ?

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This drama has a good start.....
But I thought our female lead was a cop..... that was a little disappointing though.....

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Apart from so many things I'm unable to explain in terms of reasons, I think I will grow to love the development of the president of Taebak Law Firm's daughter (I still cannot remember her name). Somehow, I think she's smarter than she wants others to realize. I have a feeling that she might be a likable character. I don't know how much she is involved in the death of the female lead's father's friend but I'm waiting to see her character's development. For both leads I cannot find any reason to like them. I particularly don't like the female lead's father, I mean wasn't there any better thing to do than running to hold your friend's dead body in the water and called the police and dropped the phone and got arrested as the prime suspect of murder? I just can't get this. It's too unbearable for me to feel pity for him. *hff*

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