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Lookout: Episodes 1-2

This is one sharpshooter you do not want to mess with. There’s plenty to look at in MBC’s Lookout, and the main draw is the complex characters, though there are some pretty impressive action sequences too. We’ve got one badass cop who struggles to balance motherhood with her demanding job and a smarmy prosecutor for whom nothing is off limits in the name of guaranteed success, not to mention an all-seeing hermit and a Catholic priest with lots of secrets. Seekers of justice come in all forms.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

Angry rap music underscores the opening scene as a black sedan zips erratically down the streets of Seoul. Inside the car, a woman frantically raps against the window for help, but her cries go unnoticed. She pleads with her husband behind the wheel to snap out of it, asking the whereabouts of their daughter, but he hits her and continues to speed ahead.

We pull out to reveal this scene playing out on one of many monitors being overseen by a small hooded figure. We don’t see her face — it’s SEO BOMI (Kim Seul-gi) — but she uses her joystick to zoom in on the action. She’s definitely watching them.

We return to the action, and we see JO SUJI (Lee Shi-young) on a motorcycle determinedly trailing the car. Elsewhere, a frizzy-haired kid whose face is obscured by all the windows open on his laptop — GONG KYUNG-SOO (Key) — hacks into the car and manages to pop open the hood, surprising the driver and sending the car into a tailspin and multiple collisions. A truck is about to ram into the car, but Suji ejects herself from her motorcycle so that it slides underneath the truck and stops it in its tracks.

The cops — LEE SOON-AE (Kim Sun-young), NAM BYUNG-JAE, and MA JIN-KI — hop out of their vehicles, as does prosecutor JANG DO-HAN (Kim Young-kwang). As soon as the crazy driver emerges from his car, Suji kicks him to the ground. He asks if she’s the cop from before. “Not anymore,” she replies, before punching him in the face.

A rapid-fire montage of prior events reveals that Suji’s daughter Yoo-na was murdered, and we see a devastated Suji shout that jerks like Do-han don’t deserve to be prosecutors. We end with Suji firing her gun at something (someone?) before being held back by her colleagues.

One evening, Do-han calls the crazy driver as he spies on him from a rooftop. With his voice manipulated to conceal his identity, Do-han warns that he’s watching his every move before he orders him to turn himself in.

May 3, 2016. Suji’s at home and still in bed while her alarm blares. Daughter Yoo-na shuts it off and plops on top of mom to smack a sticker (featuring Yoo-na’s face, heh) onto her forehead. She says her mom should wake up and go catch the bad guys. Suji finally gets up, only to whine that she was woken up too late.

Grandma sets the table with breakfast while Yoo-na picks out the beans from her rice because they’re yucky. Suji concurs and rushes out the door, brushing off Grandma’s remark that she’s got something stuck on her forehead. Yoo-na tells Grandma that it’s a sticker to reward mom for nabbing all the baddies. Gah, she’s too cute.

Suji arrives for work at the police station and brightly greets fellow officer Byung-jae, but he’s not tickled to see her. He says that women like her belong at home and get promotions for nothing. But female colleague Soon-ae defends Suji and reminds him that he lost a promotion for forcing out a confession the old-fashioned way. He walks off, insulted, and Suji finally removes the sticker from her forehead.

A man bumps into her as he enters the building, and it’s the crazy driver from earlier, KIM WOO-SUNG. Suji notices a bloodstain on his bag, and Woo-sung addresses the camera in the ceiling: “Look here. I’m here at the police station like you wanted. I’ll tell them what happened that day.”

He waves a knife around the cops, but Suji calmly reminds him to do what he came for: talk. He reveals that he killed someone with the knife in his hand. The cops apprehend him when he drops it, and Woo-sung turns to the surveillance camera again: “You’re seeing this, right?”

Suited up and looking positively smarmy, Do-han licks his lips while a multi-course gastronomic feast gets prepared right before his eyes. He asks the server for a photo and poses with his food — which is for Instagram, of course. He carefully resizes the photo and adds a bunch of cheesy inspirational hashtags.

Right before digging in, his phone rings. The caller ID reads, “My Gracious Chief” with a funny photo of his boss, Prosecutor OH KWANG-HO. Annoyed, Do-han holds his breath until he’s red and gasping before answering the call.

He fibs that he’s running to the office now, but is then instructed to go to the police station. He looks at the untouched food and sweetly asks the server if a refund is possible. Doubtful.

During his interrogation, Woo-sung asserts to Suji that he’s the one who stabbed and murdered the store owner in the 2004 Samil Supermarket case and that because the cops messed up, the wrong guy is doing time for it now. But Suji’s not buying it — why let someone else do time for twelve years and turn yourself in now? Woo-sung replies that he’s not doing this of his own volition; he’s being watched, and he pointedly gazes at the camera in the room.

Suji asks if there’s anyone else who knows of his crime, and he answers that his mother, older sister, and one friend are aware. Just then, Do-han barges in and advises Woo-sung to stop talking. Behind the window, Suji’s colleagues wonder who just entered.

Do-han flings Suji his ID, and she learns that he’s a prosecutor. Do-han correctly guesses that Suji isn’t dating and says that if someone were to ask her how many men she’s been with, she shouldn’t answer and let her past remain in the past. But Suji counters that people like the man doing time in Woo-sung’s stead can’t let their past be, since his life is at stake.

Do-han agrees, but adds that there are more lives at stake than his; the detective, prosecutor, and judge associated with the case will all lose their jobs, and he’ll be branded as the prosecutor who stirred up a hornet’s nest by reopening his boss’s old case. He simply can’t have that happen.

The animosity grows between the two, and Do-han warns Suji that the guy who interrupted his expensive feast is someone very high up. He adds that if she continues this investigation, the big cheeses won’t be very happy, so why not wrap this up quietly? But Suji’s adamant on doing her job, and a fed up Do-han leaves.

Prosecutor KIM EUN-JOONG (Kim Tae-hoon) takes a breather at the kickboxing gym but gets right back up and starts punching a bag when Suji arrives. He’s pleased she’s here to see him, but she just came to ask if he knew Do-han. He does and says that Do-han should be avoided; he passed the bar at a record young age, but his intelligence is also the source of his inferiority complex.

Cut to Do-han snootily pretending not to recognize his neighbor from when he lived in a mountain village. But as soon as he enters his car, his native accent comes out. Prosecutor Kim says that Do-han wants to hide the fact that he studied his way out of poverty, which is why he masquerades as a rich man; he’ll do anything if it guarantees success.

After flipping out at a dog that peed on his car, Do-han enters his noticeably drab home and researches Suji. Back at the gym, Suji finally remembers Do-han as the legendary rags to riches “shooting star,” and Prosecutor Kim warns her to be careful working with Do-han, since Senior Prosecutor Oh is behind him. Suji thanks him for the intel with coffee, but she passes on sharing it with him since she has to pick up Yoo-na.

Suji excitedly greets Yoo-na at school, where students from Sunyoung High are volunteering and helping little kids in art class. Yoo-na had been coloring with a male student, and she proudly announces to her class that her mom is a gun and handcuff-toting cop before excitedly telling her mom to show them.

Suji holds up her handcuffs, saying that she’s used these to book murderers, rapists, etc. It’s TMI for the young ears, so she stops and marvels at Yoo-na’s drawing and thanks the high school students for helping out.

Meanwhile, at a bar, Do-han takes a seat next to a woman after shooing the drunkard hitting on her away. He gives her his business card when the grateful woman asks for his name.

On a call with Soon-ae, Suji fills her in on what Prosector Kim told her regarding Do-han and Prosecutor Oh. Soon-ae says she has Woo-sung’s call records, but adds that a call from a burner phone can’t be traced; she’s just not convinced he’s being watched. Her teenage daughter comes home from school then, only to retreat to her room without a word.

Yoo-na emerges from her room and tells Suji that a ghost entered through her window. Suji assures her that she’ll catch it and carries her daughter back to bed.

May 4, 2016. Prosecutor Oh is approached by a reporter (the woman from the bar) who asks him if it’s true that he accused the wrong culprit of the 2004 murder case he oversaw as prosecutor. However, he manages to deflect her questions.

Do-han arrives outside Prosecutor Oh’s office and overhears him speaking furiously inside. He swiftly enters as soon as the ruckus dies down, but he almost gets nailed by a potted plant Prosecutor Oh flings at the wall behind him. “What did you do to cause this mess?” he asks Do-han.

Do-han answers that Suji couldn’t be swayed and that Woo-sung’s confession further complicated things. Prosecutor Oh reminds him that if he goes down, Do-han will too, but Do-han appears untroubled.

Prosecutor Oh wonders if he should speak to Chief Prosecutor YOON SEUNG-RO before things get worse, but Do-han says that Chief Prosecutor Yoon already has too much on his plate. Do-han offers to handle this matter on his own and asks Prosecutor Oh to help him win the chief prosecutor’s favor later.

At the police station, the grandmother of the man doing time for the 2004 murder begs Suji to read all the documents she’s collected over the years from the police office and prosecution. In the interrogation room, Woo-sung’s sister and mother deny that Woo-sung is a murderer, but fellow officer Jin-ki points out that Woo-sung already confessed that they they witnessed his bloody clothes after he murdered the shop owner. Though the mother suspiciously tries to speak for her daughter, they both maintain Woo-sung’s innocence.

From the other side of the window, Suji watches and says that they won’t admit the truth so easily, since they can be charged for helping Woo-sung hide the incriminating evidence. Soon-ae says all they need is the DNA from the murder weapon, but then Do-han enters with an envelope and informs them that the weapon can’t be tested.

Suji and Soon-ae are now back to square one. Do-han reminds them that they currently have no evidence or witnesses and urges them to stop the investigation. Suji points out that Do-han initially came to save Woo-sung and asks if he’s now trying to save his boss, Prosecutor Oh.

She tells him to start doing his job, and Do-han stomps his foot and shouts that he is — and he wants them to let Woo-sung go. Suji eyes him squarely, but the tension is broken up by Soon-ae’s unexpected cooperation; she tells Do-han they’ll wrap up the case by tomorrow, surprising Suji.

After Do-han leaves, Soon-ae reminds a riled-up Suji that all she has to do is find CHOI MYUNG-HOON, Woo-sung’s friend/last witness by tomorrow. Suji scoffs that this solution didn’t hit her sooner and resolves herself to finding him.

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

Soon-ae and Suji are on a stakeout while parked outside a club. Suji begs Yoo-na for forgiveness via videochat for not spending time with her, but Yoo-na’s bummed that she forgot her promise. Suji insists she didn’t and says that Grandma will give Yoo-na her present, but that doesn’t cheer her up.

After she hangs up, Soon-ae comments that she has the same issues with her own daughter, but that Yoo-na will get over it sooner because she’s younger. At a cafe, Grandma surprises Yoo-na with sparkly blue slippers, but the kid is still glum and sighs that Mom doesn’t even know what promise she broke.

May 5, 2016. There’s a magic show at the welfare center, and Grandma and Yoo-na are sitting in the audience. While Grandma gets distracted by a trick, Yoo-na walks out unnoticed. On her way out, she runs into the student who helped her draw and asks him if he knows of a place closest to the sky.

Meanwhile, Suji and her crew bust a hotel room where Choi Myung-hoon’s been drinking and shooting up drugs. He jumps out the window to escape, and Suji follows suit. She chases him around tight alleyways and corners until there’s nowhere left for him to turn.

She yells that she’s not here to arrest him; she just wants to know if Woo-sung told him about a murder he committed in 2004, but Choi Myung-hoon tries to climb over a wall. Soon-ae arrives and finds Suji with her revolver aimed at him even though he’s unarmed. Suji: “I’ll just give him one later.” Heh.

Suji asks him where he’d like to be shot, and he dares her to shoot. He thinks she’s bluffing, but Soon-ae assures him that she’s being serious; after all, Suji represented Korea in the shooting category. Suji decides to aim for the legs since he made them run, and when Choi Myung-hoon remarks that the first round is blank, she rotates the cylinder to test his luck, ala Russian Roulette. Suji counts to three while Soon-ae blithely tells him that he won’t die, and finally spooked, he gets down from the wall and allows Suji to handcuff him.

Turns out that he fell for Suji’s shooting fable which always seems to work, but Soon-ae clarifies that if Suji didn’t fall for a guy while training, she’d be living off pensions and winning all the medals. While stuck in traffic, Suji gets a call from Grandma, who frets that she lost Yoo-na. Suji assures her that Yoo-na’s probably somewhere nearby and exits the car, since she’s already near the welfare center.

Suji follows the commotion and sees a bloodstained, sparkly blue slipper fall from a stretcher being ushered into an ambulance. She immediately recognizes it as Yoo-na’s and pushes past the crowd and into the back. To her horror, she finds Yoo-na injured and unconscious.

Grandma is inconsolable at the hospital and blames herself while Suji silently reels from all of this. A police officer informs them that it seems Yoo-na went up the rooftop by herself and fell, but Suji shouts that Yoo-na’s afraid of heights, so how do his preliminary findings make any sense?

Suji thinks back to the night of the stakeout. Soon-ae guessed that Suji was contemplating dropping detective work for an administrative role because of the guilt of missing out on all of Yoo-na’s birthdays, but Soon-ae had advised her not to quit, knowing that she’d end up returning since she did the same thing. Soon-ae reminded Suji that she made her a detective after seeing how happy she was after her first case and added that they weren’t born just to become moms — Suji should live her life how she wants to. Preach!

Back in the present, Suji suddenly receives an ominous text message: “Your daughter/not an accident.” Suji immediately calls the number and Bomi, the hooded figure from before, answers. Using a voice manipulator, Bomi says that there’s a security camera monitoring littering next to the building Yoo-na fell from. Suji demands to know the identity of the caller, but Bomi hangs up abruptly and sends her a video clip of Yoo-na accompanied by a male student.

After her surgery, Suji and Grandma find Yoo-na hooked up to several machines and bandaged all over, but conscious. She blinks and nods when Suji asks if something happened on the roof. When Suji shows her the video clip and asks if something happened between her and the student, Yoo-na’s breathing quickens. A flashback reveals the guy lifting Yoo-na onto the ledge, snatching her paper airplane, and shoving her off the building.

Horrified, Suji asks if the guy in the video pushed her, and Yoo-na nods in between distressed breaths. Suji vows to catch the guy who hurt her, vowing that this time, she’ll keep her promise.

Next, we finally see Bomi’s face illuminated by her array of monitors. She’s watching the tearful hospital scene with a neutral expression and turns to another screen where Kyung-soo informs her that the footage of Yoo-na with the student is all that he’s found.

They’ve done all they could, so Bomi tells him to quickly leave since a guard is approaching. He tries to exit without raising suspicion, but the guard stops him and remarks that no one reported a server failure. Kyung-soo tries to play it cool, but a group of guards chase him, and he hightails it out of there on his skateboard.

Kyung-soo enters a confessional at a church and sticks a note underneath the counter. He doesn’t stay to repent for his sins — he’s got too many — but he lights a marked candle once he’s outside. Moments later, a Catholic priest glances at the candle and takes the note Kyung-soo left behind.

It reads: “Mission — cleared! But next time, let’s not take on such dangerous missions.” The priest looks up from the note with a tiny smile on his face.

That evening, Suji enters Prosecutor Kim’s office and asks for a warrant to search all the schools in the vicinity, since she has video footage of a male student accompanying Yoo-na.

But Prosecutor Kim says that the video and Yoo-na’s testimony aren’t enough for a warrant — hard evidence is needed since there were no assault wounds on Yoo-na’s body. Suji asks for a favor, not as a detective, but as a mom whom Yoo-na was proud of for being a detective. “She trembled in fear when she saw this boy’s face. She lay there with every bone in her body broken, barely able to breathe, but she clearly said he’s the culprit. Please help me be a mom,” Suji pleads, her hands clasped.

But Prosecutor Kim is steadfast in not granting her a warrant. As she’s about to leave, he speaks up: “That was everything I can say as a prosecutor. Now this is me speaking as a colleague who’s caught bad guys with you. Let’s catch that jerk.” Yes!

Cut to Suji and her crew (plus Prosecutor Kim) passing out flyers to students and asking if they’ve seen the guy in the photo.

May 9, 2016. They’re still passing out flyers, this time at a different school. Suji’s eyes land on a particular student, but when she turns him around to face her, he’s not the one. The student that was with Yoo-na walks right past her, and we see the same sticker Yoo-na stuck on Suji’s forehead affixed to his backpack.

Suji catches sight of the sticker and immediately turns around. Cut to Do-han barging into Prosecutor Oh’s meeting, whispering that he’s brought the solution.

Back to Suji. She runs up and grabs the student whose backpack has Yoo-na’s sticker on it. Facing him, she says, “It’s you. You took my Yoo-na to the roof.”

We hear Do-han narrate that the son of Chief Prosecutor Yoon Seung-ro (Choi Moo-sung) got into trouble in a stroke of perfect timing. Prosecutor Oh enters Chief Yoon’s office while Do-han stands right outside. Moments before, Do-han had told Prosecutor Oh that Chief Yoon can’t resolve his son’s troubles, but that they can without raising suspicion. Plus, he adds, Prosecutor Oh doesn’t have the power to let go of Woo-sung, but Chief Yoon does. Give and take.

As Chief Yoon takes a seat for his meeting with Prosecutor Oh, Do-han bows deeply from the waist and slowly rises as the door to the office closes.

A quick flashback montage reveals that Do-han had orchestrated everything, and it all began with a phone call ordering Woo-sung to confess. He says to himself, “I’ll come by again, Chief Prosecutor Yoon Seong-ro.”

 
COMMENTS

Not a bad way to start at all. There’s a lot I like so far, and my curiosity is definitely piqued for the characters that have been featured. I immediately sympathize with Suji, and I’m rooting for her to nab the monster that hurt adorable little Yoo-na. Mere seconds in, I knew exactly the kind of guy Do-han is with his cheshire grin and superficial ways, and although he’s the type to elicit the sudden urge to throw a punch, there is something interesting about his inferiority complex despite the success he’s achieved. It’s not so easy to fake things even when you’ve technically made it.

The characters whose backstories we aren’t familiar with yet are the ones I’m dying to learn more about, especially Big Brother, er, Big Sister(?) Bomi, the tiny hermit with all the screens. I can’t wait to see Kim Seul-gi in what appears to be a darker role than her usual fare. Does Bomi suffer from agoraphobia? When was the last time she saw the sun? Who and/or what made her this way?

I think that’s the million dollar question for this series. What is the inciting incident that unites these seemingly disparate characters? We have a Catholic priest (welcome back, Shin Dong-wook!), a prosecutor, a hacker, a badass cop, and a recluse surveillance expert. If it’s loss or injustice that fuels their fire, in what form did they experience it? So far, we really only know what caused Suji to turn vigilante, and we’re still piecing that together.

There’s something that feels quite timely about Lookout. Given the uncertain times we live in, a tale of a motley crew of underdogs taking matters into their own hands because the system has failed them in one way or another isn’t a narrative that seems so out of place these days. They’re resisting the status quo and seeking the justice they deserve. I’m vaguely reminded of Anonymous, the loose collective of hackers that sometimes take on vigilante-type activities to make a political statement.

There’s some cool editing that I want to highlight. I like that we get visuals from the POV of the mobile device so we see not only the face of the user, but also what he/she is doing on the screen (i.e. the video chat screens, photo resizing and hashtagging on Instagram, desktop screens). And it’s clear from the get-go that this director sure knows how to film action, as evidenced by that opening car chase featuring fluid camera movements and transitions, in addition to the execution of Suji jumping out of a window like it’s no big deal (in what appears to be one long continuous shot) and chasing down the baddie.

As for the multiple chyrons to differentiate between the days, they were only slightly jarring and totally necessary, since Suji seems to wear the same outfit everyday. Anyway, with a pilot full of promise and chock-full of compelling characters, I’d say there’s sufficient reason to stay tuned!

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This show looks promising, I'm in!

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Oooooo, I like this. Hopefully it fills a little bit of the hole tunnel just left. I haven't seen Lee shi yeon in anything after boys over flowers, lol, so shes doing great. And dang, Kim tae hoons smile is welcome anywhere.

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Still need to careful behind Kim Tae Hoon's smile. LOL. But I love his smile.

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Is it because he's played bad guys before? Haha, he's so sweet here, I love it!

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Yes lol. He and his brother Kim Tae Woo are among versatile actors in kdrama n movies. They can play from someone sweet as honey to a creepy and psycho villain!

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They're my children and I love them both (KICKS DOOR DOWN) They like indie films more though, like the masochists they are

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@poliwag I also can't choose which one to love to more lol. But one thing for sure, whenever they play nice guys, I can't straight away conclude if they are good or bad guy in the beginning. Their sweet smile seems like a hidden poison. bwahaha. Love them nevertheless. They are precious gems.

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I remember when I watched Kim Tae-hoon in Hidden Identity I was wary all the time that he was going to go to the dark side. Then I found out he's really the nice guy and I cried at the end of the show.

All in all, I just love everytime these brothers grace my screen. Their dimples and specs are bonus.

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I'm enjoying this show so much I watched the first few eps twice! I'm finding Suji so compelling as a character, love the dynamics between all the characters and the action scenes are well performed and filmed. The show is off to a promising start, fingers crossed it continues this way!

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All I took out of this episode (or two) is Shin Dong Wook! WELCOME BACK! I've missed you! OH and yes, the jumping out of the window action. That was really cool.

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@4 realiti May 24, 2017 at 4:23 PM

Pleased to meet another Shin Dong-wook fan. Here's one of my favorite pieces from the SOUL MATE OST. Enjoy! ;-)

Laurel Music - Since You've Gone - We Got Married OST
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnLwQ7jq4-Y&list=PL7TAuokcIEQeoW_RCHLgUuhJ72CKl_Oeq&index=22

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Lol. I love Nouvelle Vague's This Is Not a Love Song. And the times that that song was played in the series. XD

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The opening scene totally grabs my attention, wow. Hope it won't be long until we arrive in that moment; watching the vigilante teamwork with Soo-ji as an integral part is way, way cool.
The story is not new, but the characters are compelling. Yoo-na's murder is so horrifying ?, so rooting for Soo-ji to catch the killer. Loved how the show give enough glimpse of Do-han's vigilante action to offset his smirkiness. Am also rooting for prosecutor Kim to get the girl!

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THAT LAST LINE! If this drama's gonna have any romance, it had better not be Su-ji and Doo-han, or I'm gonna throw something. Prosecutor Kim is too sweet ?

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Yes, so sweet with all that floppy hair ^^
Am loving the show portraying him as an upright and caring character, but kinda afraid he might be set up to stand on the opposite of our vigilante group. I want all five of them to be on the same team soon! Plus Soo-ji's team leader unni too, please...

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His hair looked the best in that very first scene we saw him in–when he was trying to impress Suji by punching the crap outta that sandbag. Haha!

I didn't even think about him possibly being on the bad guys' side later on, so I really hope that won't happen. It can't! Stay righteous, man!

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What I'm afraid of is he will be ??? righteous, hence he'll be against any vigilante act coz viewing them as unlawful... Crossing fingers it's not going to happen!

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So cautiously optimistic because I want Suji to be the kdrama heroine I've been pining for. I literally cheered when she leapt out that window and chased down that guy like it was nothing, then threatened to shoot him in the leg while her sunbae just egged her on. I want this show to be awesome now!

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Agreed - so have been so many k-dramas where the heroine is heroic for the first two episodes, and then falls into that hugely overused damsel in distress mode wimp.

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Totally agree with you! Why do they have to stop being heroic once the man shows up? This is my ultimate frustration with Kdramas, the heroine turns into a nonessential person not capable of defending herself.

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Love her sunbae oh so much!

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@6 Kestrel May 24, 2017 at 5:13 PM:

Lee Si-Young for sure seems to be channeling Ha Ji-won in DAMO and DUELIST. I love her and her partner Soon-ae, and the "good cop, bad cop" act they pulled on the witness when they finally cornered him. Har! Just shoot him in the thigh already.

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HJW is one of the few Kdrama actresses I buy when she kicks someone's ass. Probly bc Empress Ki and her death glare in that show.

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Very true!
But from what I know, Lee Si-Young is a champion boxer in real life so...

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Ooh, and I love how her and the boss woman threatened the dude they were chasing with Suji and her marksmanship skills. I mean, it's wrong, since the dude was unarmed and all, but their exchange during the time was so witty.

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This show fulfilled all of my first episode hopes and more. Also, THAT THEME SONG IS DOPE. I've never been so on-board with a music choice before in my entire life. Seriously.

(Side note, these episodes had some of the vibes that I was really hoping to get from "Thief-nom, Thief-nim" but didn't receive. But that's for another thread another day...)

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That theme song is so fitting for a badass like Soo-ji.

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Thief-nom, Thief Nim - if it is mini series I think it will be great. But with 50 epi, and comes from makjang /melodrama writer, hmm not sure what to expect. Still yet to start with this drama. Waiting for the adult to appear.

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I haven't seen this, and so haven't heard the song. But just wanna say that I discovered Nell through Run from Two Weeks, which I thought was such a good choice from the PD.

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I really enjoyed watching these 2 episodes. I am glad there is a drama that I can get into although it seems a little too early to be saying that.

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Have no fear, 3/4 are even better. I just hope it stays that way for the entire series.

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The opening scene had me hooked! I love the OST, too. I got exactly what I was expecting from the director of Two Weeks. High stakes and a heroine longing for justice and revenge. So far it feels like a perfect combination of Two Weeks, God's Gift and Angry Mom.

Her daughter is so adorable. I really wish we could've gotten more blissful family scenes before the impending doom.

I can't wait for Suji to find out that Dohan was the catalyst behind her daughter's death and then tearing him apart. He planned the whole ordeal just to climb up the career ladder, but because of his meddling Suji coudn't spend Children's Day with her daughter.

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"Dohan was the catalyst behind her daughter's death"
I'm puzzled. In what way was he the catalyst?
All he did was ask Woo-sung to confess his crime. He did not dictate the day or time; he did not orchestrate it such that Suji was in charge of the case; he did not make Suji forget her promise (she did not even remember what it was!); he did not lure Yuna out of the Welfare Centre; he did not cause Grandma to be distracted, so that Yuna could sneak out; he did not pay the student to bump into Yuna, or bring her to the building; and he certainly did not ask the student to push Yuna off the building.
Hence, to say that he was the catalyst is going to far. Too many things happened coincidentally.
To say that because he 'meddled', Suji was not able to spend Chidren's Day with Yuna is also ludicrous. Suji is a professional detective. These things happen. Moreover, it is not the first time that Suji could not spend Children's Day with Yuna. In fact, she said that she has not spent a single Children's Day or birthday Yuna since she became a detective. And Yuna was more upset because Suji couldn't even remember the what the promise was. Suji thought that it was the shoes, but from ep 3, it was something entirely different.

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I agree with what you've said! I think what was meant by "he orchestrated everything" is relating to Woo Sung in order to get Chief Prosecutor Yoon, as Chicachunga wrote, "it was a stroke of perfect timing" that Yoon's son got into trouble at the same time, unexpectedly helping Do-han's plan, but Do-han did not orchestrate Yoona's murder. At least that's what I understood. I don't believe her murder is related to Do-han's mission, but I guess we'll find out more. I think that that coincidence was the setup for Sooji and Do-han's lives to intertwine with each other. It is what will keep them having to deal with each other, and join forces?

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Catalyst was the wrong word choice, but I still stand by my opinion that he caused the chain of reactions which lead to Yuna's death. Coincidence or not.

He was the one who called Woosung and forced him to confess, because he wanted to win his senior prosecutor's favor by closing the case.

However, he didn't expect Suji to be so harsh against him. So he basically told her to close the investigation on the night before Children's day. Therefore Suji was forced to track down the witness instead of spending some time with her daughter.

Even so, he's the one who covered up her death and already other users pointed out that they don't want a cheap redemption arc.

Just because he wants to get revenge for his father, doesn't mean he should almost literally and figuratively throw a little girl's life under the bus.

I know that you like Dohan but not everyone does. Maybe I'll change my opinion in the next episodes.

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I had my suspicions about Do-Han from the very first scene. Right away I assumed he had ulterior motives and his smarmy façade was just that, a façade. Added to the fact that he didn't look particularly friendly when he rose from the 90° bow, and I smell an elaborate revenge plot. Then again, I spend an unreasonable amount of time watching recenge dramas so basically everything is a conspiracy to me lol

I look forward to watching everyone's motivations be fleshed out.

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Please give Dohan a chance. The character is a complicated one that is not just black and white. It reminds me a little of the con man that Seo In Guk played in 38 Revenue Collection Unit where the plans to con people were elaborate psychological manipulation that threw them off track. The character Dohan does not intend to make himself likeable... he intends to create an image of himself in the minds of other people so they have certain expectations of him when his motive and intentions are completely different. That way he will have a better chance of conning people to get them where he can take the revenge he wants. In no way is he responsible for the death of Yoona, even though he appears to be taking some of that responsibility by bringing Suji into the group and by his presence at her hospital. I believe that Dohan is the leader of that group and we will soon be able to glimpse into the "real" personality of Dohan rather than just the fictional [email protected]@d that he wants people to believe.

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Why would suji tear dohan apart when he did nothing wrong.you seem confuse

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I'm loving Lookout thus far. It's grabbed my attention in all of the best ways possible and it reminds me a little of Healer as well, which is always going to be my little kdrama happy place. I'm invested with absolutely all of the characters, even our seemingly no-good prosecutor. There is character growth to be had, people! Let's grab our popcorn.

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I had the exact same feeling! I really liked it from the beginning and couldn't wait to watch the 3rd and 4th episodes. It really feels like watching Healer all over again but in a different way. There's mystery here, I have so many unanswered questions.

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Thank you so much for recapping this! Having watch the beginning episodes (and cried and cried and cried), I had this slight fear that you guys wouldn't be recapping this. If that happens I wouldn't have been able to experience the awesomeness more than once (Not including multiple rewatchings)
I'll admit I think this is probably my favorite of the 3 that just premiered.

Small rant:
Everything about this episode hit just the right notes for me, or well at least more than what I was expecting. The scenes with the daughter were especially heartbreaking- one that stands to mind is the 'superman' scene in the classroom. I did have a bit of difficulty keeping up with the timeline (I think for a second I thought 9 came before 5, and I got really confused. Oh well). Suji's character is honestly the best thing that has ever happened, and I think I'm in love (Double Hitter with the female leads! Alright dramaland!) However, because of my unconditional newfound love for her, I really wanted to punch Do-han in the face. I have no doubt that I will eventually fall in love with him, but the way he was making it difficult for Suji made me hold a bit of resentment. However, I do still love his character and the promise he will bring.
I just really slightly want to hit him. lightly.
(I'm not even going to get into the hacker/surveillance duo. Just cut my heart out and send it to them. I'm already sold)

Here's to episode 3-4 recap! (the numbering of this is going to drive me insane)

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Ugh, I hate Do-han's smug face it's so punch-worthy. However, he seems to have a grudge against the Chief Prosecutor as well. I'm getting the feeling he's the mysterious leader Key and Seul-gi talk about all the time.

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Please no. I don't really want it to be, ugh, because I really doubt his motives are pure. Although it'd be an interesting route to take, a small team bent on righting the government's injustices for their personal gain. Still. No.

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I highly doubt he has pure motives, right now he just seems bent on getting revenge against the chief prosecutor by digging a hole so deep the man can't climb out of.

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"I really doubt his motives are pure." I disagree.
Those of you who are hoping that the priest is the ring-leader, I think you'll end up disappointed. If he was, his face would be in the poster. It's not. I read in Soompi that he is Do-han's half brother. He probably helps him in his vigilante cause. But ring-leader he is not.
I am very certain that it's Do-han. Do-han's swarminess and cheshire cat smile is all fake. It is just a guise so that he can operate in the background without being suspected. He wants to get close to Chief prosecutor Yoon, to bring him down, together with Prosecutor Oh.
His character reminds me of The Scarlet Pimpernel, who hides behind a flippant, dandy character, but is actually the hero would saves people.

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I know you may like Do Han and have a very strong positive feeling with him. But we cannot be sure yet about his indentity. The conclusion about his character and the expectation is solely made based on this epi. We never know what will happen in the next epi, if anything it should be on the discussion in the next recap. He could be like you said, or maybe he is just many of beanies here said, his intention is not so pure.

I for once want to see a real bad male lead - it will be good change in kdrama.

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Uh, no. I get that you like Dohan as a character, but his attitude towards Yoona's injury/death seals the deal that his moral compass is skewed to the point of questionable if not dangerous. Plus, it doesn't explain the priest dude grabbing the note Kyungsoo left behind as I've mentioned in a prior post to this. We can't make decisions yet- for all we know, the priest dude could've ended up blackmailing/coercing him into joining up (which I think is going to happen really soon). He's not a good character, but he's not 'hiding behind a flippant and dandy facade' at minimum.
There is something Seriously Wrong with a character if they REVEL in the death of a child, is all.

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@meowingme hee Maybe you accidentally spoiling anything from epi 3&4. .. ? I think we could be right or wrong about our assumptions on Do Han's character - based on epi 1&2 we are yet to see what is his identity yet. Maybe the discussion will turn in different direction in epi 3&4. So far based on epi 1&2 we only saw him as one jerk prosecutor.

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Er...when exactly did Do han 'revel' in the death of a child?

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Agh, so sorry for spoiling T_T
Thanks @seralovestteobokki for reminding. Have deleted my comment and would just say that I second @crazyahjummafan opinion about Do-han wearing a faux personality and him being all smirky is not his real self...

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Hi all - I think things are getting a little confused here because of the episodes being halved. I was under the impression we were discussing Eps 1 & 2, which would just be episode 1 if they hadn't split them in half, but I think I'm being spoiled for Eps 3 & 4 in this thread because things discussed haven't happened yet. An honest mistake if people are thinking 3 & 4 are episode 2, and this recap says eps 1-2, but I think we should warn everyone to be careful. I think I just got spoiled big time.

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Agree with you @barbrey.. @crazyahjummafan and @poliwag with due respect I wish you guys won't accidentally spoiling anything from epi 3&4 since this is only recap for epi 1&2. ? Some beanies might not watch epi 3&4 yet and won't be so happy to see any spoiler.

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Oh crap. I deleted my comment just in case, but I'm sorry for anyone whom I've accidentally spoilt (if I'm misunderstanding) because the episodes blurred together in my head :'D

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I still can't get what Dohan's intentions here. or perhaps I need more episodes to figure it out

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I think Do han's motivations will more likely fall into a grey area. While he is probably pursuing vigilante justice in the only way a powerless person can, the bits of his personality revealed when he is alone show a huge ego. His sycophantic act is a calculating cover, but he clearly enjoys the manipulation and the secret thrill of power and proof of his superiority as the chess game turns his way.
This makes him a more interesting character. There are personality reasons why a person would choose this way to attack injustice rather than standing in front of the court house day after day, pleading for justice with a sign.

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Yep @kbaswithneko. I definitely find him an interesting, though unlikeable character. He's not pursuing justice for justice's sake, that's for sure. He's no saint, but he's not exactly a villain, and I always find characters like that fascinating. In my limited drama-watching experience, I've noticed rarely does dramaland churn out anti-heroes for leads. If they do, they try to make him a straight hero later. Hopefully that won't be the case with Do-han. Fingers crossed!

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Actually, it's actually leaning towards the priest dude being the leader since he was the one to pick up Key's note and everything. Also, it makes more sense because 'I will punish you in the name of God' has always been a thing.

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Oh please I also hope the mysterious leader is the priest dude.

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This show has enough mysteries to keep me curious. Count me, i'm in!

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Can I just say I'm not looking forward to the show pulling the rug under us and going 'HEY, DOHAN IS THE GOOD GUY! :D' because no. No no no. This guy caused a kid's death, cried for 2 seconds and then happily called his boss to tell him he /handled the witness/ i.e killing said kid. I don't really think there's any form of redemption for Dohan when it's been set up and constantly referred to over and over that he's not a good person, he's not a good person, he's a dick.

Either way, aaaaaaaaa sleeveless Taehoon- TAEHOON DOING A BOXING MONTAGE. Truly, I have been blessed. When's the topless scenes coming, MBC? I am thirsty and need more of such content. I'm rubbing the photos on my face as we speak.

I agree that Bomi definitely has PTSD-induced agoraphobia, and a spoiler in the next episodes hints that she might've been assaulted(?) so I'm holding my breath. Her bickering with Kyungsoo is adorable too, I can't wait for the team to get together.

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Kim Tae-hoon is the cutest omg. Do-han is definitely giving undercover good guy vibes but I don't want that to happen because like you said, he's done so much damage. I almost don't want to see Soo-ji warm up to him.

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Ditto! I find Do-han pretty interesting, but I certainly don't want him to be redeemed in any way. That guy crossed the line with that scene of Yuna's death. To me, there's not really a way to go back after that.

Ahahah, I actually saved screencaps of every shot for glasses-less, sweaty Tae-hoon. Dayyumm. It disappointed me when every scene we had with him after he wore glasses again. I don't even care anything about Kim Young-kwang's abs, just MBC, give us Tae-hoon's shower scenes, please? For the good of your ratings!

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I NEED SCENES OF HIS CUTE SQUISHY BELLY. GIVE ME. GIVE IT TO ME...

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But his glasses are so cute though! He looks so much hotter and smarter with them on. I love men who glasses. Actually, I find pretty much anyone who wears glasses hot. The thicker the better. I'm weird like that. Lol

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I already got Kim Kang Woo's shower scene in Circle, so yes for Kim Tae Hoon's shower scene in this drama.

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I'm glad we're all on the same page

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But I think we will only get Kim Young Kwang's shower scenes since he is the male lead. Sobs.

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I find do han's character to be pretty interesting but i find it hard to like him. I don't think any of his future actions to make him look a good guy is enough to redeem himself. He crossed the line, whatever his intentions are, and that's it for me.

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I'm still so used to Kim Tae Hoon playing shady characters that I couldn't believe how cute and awkward he was around Suji. If there's any love line, I hope it'll be between them and maybe between our hacker and Bomi. According to the teasers, he might actually join our team of vigilantes.

Coudn't agree more about Dohan! If he suddenly gets a cheap redemption arc, I'll be disappointed. There were already some flashbacks in the next episode showing his past, but that doesn't justify what he did to Suji and her daughter.

Apparently, I can't type so I had to delete my previous reply.

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I loved the advice Kim Sun- Young gave to the younger detective/mom. Also, despite the seriousness of the drama, when the chief prosecutor appeared, I couldn't avoid thinking for a second, wait, what's her husband doing there??? #reply1988memories

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I love the little moments between Soo Ji and her team leader as well because both seem to share the same experience.

In the first episode it also took some time for me to get used to seeing Kim Sun Young without the ajumma wig she had in Reply 1988. And then, Chief Oh happened. Lol.

I'm glad tho coz I have never seen them both outside the Reply series. And the characters they have here seem to be different enough from their character in Reply.

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I like it.
I'm more into this genre this days.
This and Circle are my fave now

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Same with me.

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Both are filling my hearts Tunnel sized hole.

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I am planning to watch epi 3-4 today but can I hope Do Han is really a bad prosecutor and not someone who is good and working undercover etc (because it will be real boring and overused plot). I was struggling with Kim Young Kwang's acting for epi 1-2, it was just OK but still super awkward when he needed to act all fake and superficial. If you put him with the entire casts, he is pale in comparison with them. OK speaking of Do Han, so the reason why he asked Woo Sung to confess was his way to approach Chief Prosecutor?

I love our heroine - because she is badass. Kim Tae Hoon is a treat, I don't mind if he is actually evil lol but it will be a real treat of he is playing nice character, like in FantastiC. Looking forward to see more of Kim Seul Gi and Key! And the handsome and mystery Shin Dong Wook. ?

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The problem with Kim Tae-hoon not playing an evil guy is... his life expectancy tends to be low (e.g.: Hidden Identity, FantastiC). Hope this is not the case here ^^

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NO NO SHH He lived just fine in One More Happy Ending

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Please no.. Maybe for a change, if anyone supposed to die, it will be the male lead. Not that I soo want him to die, but all this time it was always Kim Nam Gil to die at the end,maybe about time to pass the crown to anyone else. So KNG won't die in his next drama.

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and can save Kim Tae Hoon too.

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I do agree with you about KYK acting. He tried, tho. Hope he'll get better soon

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Even knowing Kim Young-kwan's character is part of the vigilante group, I still find him so despicable and that proves that his portrayal is effective. I'm rooting for this show because now that tunnel is over, I didn't realize that I need a regular dose of some action scenes.

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So he is part of their group? Can I wish he isn't? ?

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unfortunately, I think he is definitely part of the group since he orchestrated the whole thing.

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Too bad, I wish he isn't. I wanted to see he is not a part of them and we will see the group vs him. So this drama will go to just the expected and usual direction.

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Silver lining though: if he is part of the leader of the group, I can't wait until Soo-ji finds out because he may have the right end goals but he deserves to get his ass kicked, and he definitely will, if for nothing else how he treated Yuna's death. I don't see Soo-ji getting along with him.

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I am so hyped for the squad. I'm watching Lookout for the Lookouts and was anxious to see the team assembled as we sat through the backstory, so no surprise that Bomi and Kyung Soo's mission was my favorite part. Kyung Soo especially is adorable. "Do I look like the kind of person who would do that? Why do you have to call someone?" I don't really care if there's no romance between Suji and Do Han, but can we please get a love line between Bomi and Kyung Soo? I can't wait to find out more about Shin Dong Wook's character. His Catholic priest is a disguise, right?

That high school kid, Yoon Si Wan, caught my eye right away for his pretty boy looks, so when Yoo Na ran into him, all I could think was "Please don't be bad." So much for that as he freakin' pushes her off a building. I was deathly afraid he would try to rape her. I know Si Wan wasn't wearing his school uniform on the day of the incident or else Suji would have been able to identify his school, but I figured she would have asked Yoo Na's teacher which high school had helped with the drawing.

I LOVED the "angry rap music" underscoring the opening scene. Damiano's OST is bumping. Thanks a bunch for the recap, @chickachunga!

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This OST fits well with this drama. Everytime it is playing, i know something excited will happen.

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OMG I didn't realize that the priest is Shin Dong Wook! So happy to see him on the screen again :')
The first two episodes are great. I already love our secret team and I am ready to follow their journey. Yoo na is so precious, it broke my heart to see her in the hospital with all those bandages :(

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I liked that they included the chyrons chronicling the events. It feels like we are counting up to something, so it helps to build a sense of unease.

I was definitely impressed with the long shot of her jumping out the window and chasing the bad guy. I heard she did a lot of her own stunts. Looks like it is paying off.

So far the only thing bugging me is Kim Young-kwang's hair!!! I love that it is pulled off his face, but it's like the didn't brush it smoothly back on both sides so there are these little peaks/horns on both sides of his head where the side hair meets the hair on top. I just want to smooth it out!!! Trying to describe hair is really difficult btw.

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Omg! I thought the same of his hairstyle too! I like that its not the usual drama lead hairstyle and that its slicked back but it definitely feels like he has two horns!

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It's a love/hate thing with his hair. I am always happy when they style mens hair off the forhead or part it (I was overjoyed seeing Yoo Ah-in's hair in CT- a crew cut?!? Never have I ever seen a lead with this kind of hair!! I luv it). I am seriously NOT a fan of the bang look that is so common there. But, Kim Young-kwang's hair kinda feels like a failed experiment. Haha. They are so close to perfection. Thankfully, he is handsome enough to overcome most style errors.

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She was the boxer (i don't know if she is still active) but she is definitely fit for action drama. Watched Lady Action (reality show) , she and Lee Mi Do should do more action. It is not something often to see female leads get to do action scene.

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The date stamps are very helpful, and remind me of 24. ;-)

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the first three minutes were amazing! The action sequences, the camera angles and the rap music (where a woman Also rapped in korean) , I was hooked!

I checked this out for the badass female leaD and a badass female lead we got! Her scenes with yuna were adorable. I know the synopsis said her daughter would die but I sincerely kept hoping she wouldn't! I can't wait to see the vigilante group to get together and bring about justice.

All the three dramas premiered this monday are interesting but I am not sure whether I ll be able to keep up. I still haven't watched the second episode of circle. Why do all the interesting dramas have to come at the same time! :(

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Circle is amazing, definitely keeping this one. Lookout seems promising. I feel your pain though, still haven't been able to find time to watch Fight My Way. This weekend will be packed full of drama watching!

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I've never really clicked with Kim Young Kwang because for some reason he always gave me super smarmy, sleazy vibes... if this isn't spot on casting, I don't know what is.
On another note, anyone else noticing what awesome luck we're having with female leads atm?? Suspicious Partner's Bong Hee, Fight My Way's Ae-Ra, Chicago Typewriter's Seol, Master of the Mask's Ga-Eun, and now the epic badass cop Suji...

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Key is cute and his leader even cuter lololol

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Looking forward to seeing how the team comes together. Really rooting for Suji and to learn more about her story.

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Thank you for recapping this show chickachunga! This is one where I think I will need the recaps to fill in the holes!
I managed to watch Lookout right after Fight My Way, it's been a long time since I've watched kdramas back to back but I really wanted to check out Lookout! I only saw LSY in Birth of the Rich and loved her in it! I tried to watch Poseidon but just couldn't get into it.
I love her here! Yes, the opening scene and song got me interested right away! That was a great intro! Everything was fast paced. This is my first time watching the show cut in half, so when episode 1 ended I was like "wow, time flew by really fast or maybe Fight My Way was just kind of slow". Then I realized, wait, there is a part 2, it was only a half hour!

I am very intrigued by Do-han. There is definitely more to him than what he displays on the surface. It is my first time watching KYK, and everytime he smiles he reminds me of Rain! It was a bit distracting at first, but I think it is ok now.

I don't know why but I am getting bad vibes from Prosecutor Kim. Maybe it's his calmness, but that scene when SJ went to see him at night and it was dark...it was a bit creepy to me, the way he just kind of responded so calmly telling her no. He makes me think of one of those people that can appear nice and all, but when they get mad or turn bad, then they can be worst than the villains! I guess we'll see how his character turns out...but right now I don't like him, feels like he is hiding a dark side.

I think starting with a murder suspect who is young was brilliant! It's already making this show so interesting to explore another facet of evilness. We usually think of villains as adults, but it is true that kids can be pretty evil too. Yoona was so cute! That little actress is amazing! The hospital scene was so heartbreaking but also I was afraid showing her the video would cause her to go into shock! I understand why SJ did it, but when I watched the scene I was thinking isn't Yoona supposed to rest to recuperate now and not get alarmed! I was so afraid for her!

Anyways, I am loving how this show started and am looking forward to see how it develops. My only dilemma now is do I watch it before Fight My Way or after. Haven't had this dilemma in quite a while! I actually liked watching it after as I am not sure I could handle being left in suspense and then switching to cute Park Seo Joon and Kim Ji Won!

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@25 Needaname May 24, 2017 at 10:19 PM:

I don't know why but I am getting bad vibes from Prosecutor Kim. Maybe it's his calmness, but that scene when SJ went to see him at night and it was dark...it was a bit creepy to me, the way he just kind of responded so calmly telling her no.

Here's another way to look at Prosecutor Kim's response to Detective Suji's request for a warrant: A big part of a prosecutor's job is evaluating cases to determine which charges are applicable and the likelihood of obtaining a conviction. If a case doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of being successfully prosecuted, there is no point in wasting taxpayer money. Lack of strong evidence, inability to establish motive, uncooperative witnesses, and expiration of statutes of limitations are some of the factors that could prevent a case from going to trial, as is settling a case out of court.

There are rules governing admissibility of evidence and witness testimony, and how both are obtained. There are standard procedures for taking witness statements, particularly when minors are involved. I expect that specially-trained personnel take depositions from young children to ensure that they are not influenced, coerced, or otherwise tampered with. Depositions likely are filmed in the presence of one or more qualified observers/witnesses.

Unfortunately for Suji, she could not ensure that the requirements for a proper witness deposition were met in the Intensive Care Unit, and Prosecutor Kim knows that. So what it amounts to is unsubstantiated hearsay uttered by a child who may not have even reached the "age of reason." I have to agree with the prosecutor on this one.

I thought Prosecutor Kim's calm demeanor was rational, appropriate, and professional. Exactly what I would not only expect, but desire, from a someone in his position. He dispassionately told it like it was. He didn't lie to her and lead her on with false hope. In essence he was telling her that she'd have to find another legally-admissible way to identify the kid in the security video.

As for the meeting after dark, they are both hardworking civil servants. They put in long hours at work. She stopped by on her way home while he was still doing due diligence in reviewing cases. Nothing creepy about that. ;-)

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Wow! This was such a thorough explanation, PakalanaPikake. Thanks for enlightening us. I didn't even put that much thought into that scene and just got slightly angry that he refused refused her first. Now, it makes sense that he did that since his character description says that he is righteous.

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I agree with what you've said PakalanaPikake! I think it was just more the way it was shot/lighting. When she went into his office and it was all dark and the way he spoke, that felt creepy to me, I was expecting him to then show us his dark side, instead he told her that he would now speak to her as her friend! So that turned the feel around! Maybe it was intended to make us, at least me, think something bad could happen only to relieve us of that thought! Well done! But, I could totally see a similar scene enfold in the future but with a different outcome!

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This is very good explanations @pakalanapikake?

As someone from legal background, I wasn't surprise to his reaction. It is like a 'requirement' for someone who is working in legal field to maintain the calmness and to control the emotions (in other word to maintain poker face).Otherwise lawyers/ prosecutors won't be able to fight in court, to handle hot tempered clients, bossess etc if we can't control the emotion. So that's why it can be a bit creepy to see Prosecutor Kim to be so calm. He also responded in calm and straight to the point because although she is a mom who wants to seek justice for her daughter, she is also someone working in law related job. She understood and already expected his answer anyway since she knows he is a righteous prosecutor who is always put law and procedures in the above.

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@imbuk, @UmbrellaMan, @Needaname,

Glad to be of assistance. ;-)

I just realized that it might sound like I'm a lawyer, but I am not. Besides growing up watching PERRY MASON, I have served on a US federal petit jury. It was an educational experience. ;-)

I'd like to suggest that Prosecutor Jang was actually helping Suji and Soon-ae when he told them not to count on retrieving DNA evidence from the knife. It is not clear to me whether he's privy to forensic testing results or some other information. Organic matter may have been destroyed with bleach, or maybe the physical evidence was lost or compromised in the intervening years.

To me it sounds as if Jang is telling them not to put all their eggs in one basket.

Soon-ae remembers there's one more party whom the self-proclaimed killer had told of his involvement. There is still time to track him down before the deadline.

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Well, not being a lawyer, you sounded very good @pakalanapikake! Haha, Perry Mason! I used to watch that show too! And Law and Order! Jack McCoy! And it's true, the legal team is always more level-headed than the police.

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Same! I watched Lookout right after Fight My Way, so it was a bit jarring, but the flashy beginning and quick pacing made it very easy to adjust. Fight My Way was kind of slow for its first ep haha, although the second half negated the sluggishness of the first.

I too was afraid for Yuna when Soo-ji showed her the video. I know Soo-ji was thinking more with her heart than her head at the time, but come on, your daughter just underwent surgery. It's not a good idea to stress her! ☹️☹️ Poor Yuna.

I am also planning to watch Fight My Way and Lookout back to back as each episode comes out, the former first followed by the latter, as I think it's better to get the cute out of the way first. And to me, it's also more satisfying?? But just a suggestion ?

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I agree! Get the cute out of the way first! Unless Lookout becomes very dark, then I might need Fight My Way to relieve me of being scared and get me back to a happy self!

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FMW is a good treat to watch after Lookout. For this week, I watched Circle first, Lookout next and FMW is the last one. But not back to back. LOL. I just finished FMW just now and still haven't catch up witj Wed-Thur drama yet. These days, I learnt how to be patient and don't have to watch it immediately. Except 2,3 shows which are probably intriguing enough to me to watch it as soon the the subbed version released ?

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OK Shin Dong Wook is so handsome guys. I think I watched War of Money but this drama was so long time ago that I don't remember if I ever finished it but I read many articles about his health condition. Hopw he is getting healthier by now. He has not many projects under his belt but looking forward to see more of him.

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@26 Sera The Ms Temper May 24, 2017 at 10:34 PM

I'm thrilled to see Shin Dong-wook acting again, too. He exudes such a charming vibe -- which nicely fits the role. It just occurred to me that Father Lee Gwan-Woo may actually turn out to be the equivalent of "Charlie" in a variation on CHARLIE'S ANGELS (har!), with the rest of the Lookouts doing the footwork while he's the brains behind the operation. Hacker Kyung-soo's note [“Mission — cleared! But next time, let’s not take on such dangerous missions.”] leads me to suspect the priest is the boss of the surveillance operatives.

Do yourself a favor and watch SOUL MATE -- SDW was terrific in it. He played Kim Ji-hoon's half-brother in STARS FALLING FROM THE SKY / PICK UP THE STARS. He sure knows how to pick half-siblings. ;-)

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Thank you for recommendation. I think I did come across these two but couldn't really remember if I watched it or not. Will try to check it later when I have extra time. ?

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I am quite intrigued by DH. He seems to be a rather layered character, or so I hope. I will be watching out for him. I love SJ too, such a badass! And so rare in kdramaland. I will be looking forward to her kicking some butt in the show. The first two episodes look promising. I will be tuning in for more.

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Watching this for KSG and Key but sadly there was barely any screen time for those two. :-{ Theirs looks to be an interesting contrast of personalities and I can't wait to see their dynamic! Hope there's more of them in subsequent episodes.

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does anyone know the name/artists for the "angry rap music" from that opening sequence of ep 1? I was super into it, but my googling skills are failing me hardcore.

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It has been released on the youtube

https://youtu.be/iIxtmiP2JiA

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Thank you!

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Welcome.. ?

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So far so good. It gets better next too.

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OT: Can't wait for the recap of Circle. :)

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first episode was awesome gonna catch up today (sick at home... :-(( )

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Feel better, redfox! -- Episode 2/3-4 (how the hell are we going to refer to the installments now?!) was also great. Just what the doctor ordered. ;-)

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Thanks for recapping, chickachunga!

I'm stoked to see Shin Dong-wook, who seems to be the boss of the watchers.

This show is off to a ripsnorting start. The opening chain reaction traffic accident was well done, and reminded me of YONG-PAL. Soo-ji's chase on foot was likewise badass. She channels Clint Eastwood in DIRTY HARRY as she checks the chambers of her revolver to prove there are no blanks. I can almost hear her saying, "... you've gotta ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?” I love her rapport with partner Soon-ae. Brava!

LMAO at hacker Kyung-Soo's escape from the server room. As he skateboards down the staircase to outrun hospital security, it looks for all the world like Steve McQueen's iconic car chase through the hilly streets of San Francisco in BULLITT. (See fan wall.) Dang, this is great!

Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell creative misdirection up the wazoo. I watched sleazoid Prosecutor Jang Do-Han like a hawk, and can confidently say that everything he did in this first episode can be interpreted in more than one way. I got the distinct impression that his entire facade is only an act, including what might appear to be insecurity about his rural origins. I truly think he's putting on a dog and pony show to lull his superiors and colleagues into underestimating him. It seems to me that it is really protective coloration, especially after seeing his humble living quarters. I have a feeling that he got a GED so he could get out of high school and into law school as quickly as possible.

I got the distinct impression that, rather than thwarting officers Soo-ji and Soon-ae's investigation of the 2004 murder of the market owner, Prosecutor Jang is actually steering them towards building a watertight case. It parallels Prosecutor Kim Eun-Joong's telling Soo-ji that he could not issue a warrant solely on the unsubstantiated testimony of a small and gravely injured child. It was not clear to me why they could not test the murder weapon (knife) for DNA. I suspect it was cleaned with bleach. Something bothered me about the interview with the alleged perpetrator's mother and sister. I'm half expecting to learn that he's actually covering for one of his family members.

It would be great to have a translation of the headline from the front page newspaper article with what I suspect was a photo of Chief Prosecutor Yoon against a blue background. It is shown twice (the second time during the rewind of events near the end of the episode). There must be a reason. Prosecutor Jang tells Senior Prosecutor Oh that he has a solution to his problem. Yoon's son is already in some kind of trouble, and his underlings are in a position to help him deal with it. Likewise, their boss can help with Senior Prosecutor Oh's miscarriage of justice.

Nowhere did I get the faintest hint that Jang had anything to do with Yoon's son pushing little Yoo-na off the roof to divert attention from Yoon senior.

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Dude, I think I might love you, Dirty Harry - Bullit (best car chase ever filmed)!! You know your movies!!

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@UmbrellaMan May 25, 2017 at 6:44 AM,

LOL! I didn't see BULLITT until relatively recently, and checked it out precisely because of the car chase. I love how Lt. Bullitt gets rid of the hitmen by using centripetal force to his advantage. How's that for applied physics?! Filmed in glorious living analog in real time on the street at speed (75-80MPH, up to 110MPH). Forget CGI. This is the real deal.

I'm willing to bet that LOOKOUT's skateboard getaway was a tip of the hat to Steve McQueen flying over the crests of the hills, bouncing and skidding through every intersection.

NB: I learned how to drive three on the tree... but five on the floor with a short-throw shifter is way more fun. ;-)

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At least you have seen it!! That film is iconic. ?

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Do thet really question witnesses and suspects in groups in Korea? It happens in every crime show. Interrogation 101 is to isolate for questioning and then cross questioning the inconsistencies.

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Does anyone else curious on why the team (Bomi, Kyungsoo & leader) are watching over Soo Ji? She received the cctv video in the hospital, sent by Bomi, so obviously the team has been watching over Soo Ji and her family. My guess is the leader (chief priest??) is the father of the daughther...? ?

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That's an interesting thought re. the boss being the dad. I'm also watching Man x Man and this is getting me thinking, was the dad a spy then?! He would be so heartbroken too! Can't wait to find out more! But I think because the team monitors all CCTV cameras, when they heard of the accident, maybe they monitor crime reports too, they were able to look through the area's cameras. So I don't think they were specifically monitoring Sooji and her family but were able to assist. But I guess we'll find out more! I guess we just have to be patient and wait to see what is in store for us! There could be some unthinkable twists in store!

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Wow, great theory! Never thought about it, but it is plausible. It can't be after all that they were targeting Soo-ji to join the team that early, right? So if this is the case, the family would then really be a team of badasses! Setting aside the fact that he abandoned his wife and daughter, of course. With the father a vigilante, the mother a soon-to-be vigilante. Poor Yuna though ??

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I really doubt that Father Lee is Yoo-na's daddy. Suji met him at the pistol range. He's more likely to be in law enforcement, IMHO.

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There was an awful lot of action to take in during this first night's airing. I actually forgot we were in an extended flashback for a while. I think this might be a show that benefits from a re-watch after the first 2-3 weeks are out. Thanks for the recap!

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Lee Shi Young is one badass cop. The contrast between and her daughter's relationship and her colleague and daughter's was great. The prosecutor is shameless, a real jerk and a show-off and Kim Young Kwang pulls if off ! Kim Tae Hoon is going to break my heart again after Fantastic. His dimple attack is killing me !

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Yes, the attack of the dimples! Why so hard to resist? ?

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2 eps and... I love the camera works and music!
LSY always lovely to watch, especially in badass character like this. Not a fan of KYK, but perhaps he'll convert me through this drama..

Thanks for the quick recap, Chickachunga!

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I had to replay Su-ji jumping out of that window because it was so badass! And the opening scene was super slick. So good.

The phone scenes were neat, doubly so because I was watching on my phone and could quickly tilt my screen. Although the tilt direction isn't consistent... maybe it would've been a little annoying on desktop, haha.

I really like that Soon-ae is there to provide her support and perspective as a fellow mother and detective, especially with the general societal pressure to prioritize being a good mother. And then I was completely devastated with Yoo-na's incident; I knew something would happen to her but I didn't think it would be like that! Argh, go get that bastard, Su-ji!

I have to question Kyung-soo's flashy clothes... those are so not the clothes you wear when sneaking into places that you shouldn't be, even if you can get away.

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Lol. Of course you have to wear something memorable for the character intro, especially if you're going to be present in the episodes for only two to three minutes, tops. XD

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Just finished all four episodes in a go. Man, LOVE it!

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A great opening! After Tunnel finished, I've been waiting for another show like this. I'm cheering Suji on to catch that kid since he hurt little Yoo Na. As for the other members, I hope more about them will be explained. Kim Young Kwang seems to be doing pretty well, but I'm really interested in Key and Kim Seul Gi's character. I wonder how their roles are going to be played out.

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This wasn't on my list of shows to watch (I'm swamped! lol), but I'm glad I watched the first two episodes. I'm hooked and looking forward to the rest. Young Kwang's character is so interesting--I'm curious to see if he really is bougie lol or if it's just a front.

I'm even more interested in the show now that I know that the mysterious priest is Shin Dong Wook!

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I'm sold! I totally didn't think this would be my type of show. But I love Kim Seul Gi and Kim Young Kwang, so I thought I'd give the first episode a chance. I loved it and am anxious to see more. This is EXACTLY my kind of show after all. :)

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Sounds like everything I could hope for in this genre tbh. Can't wait to watch.

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This series is off to a good start. I must say that when I start watching, the next thing I know, the episode's over. Lee Si Young is seriously badass in this, but I also bought her quirky mom acting. The tragedy, though. T_T

Kim Young Kwang. Effective in the kiss-ass, social-climbing role, but you just know there's something behind that facade.

Kim Tae Hoon. Please stay fluffy. I don't think I can bear you turning evil in this. I can imagine it, hence this appeal. T_T

Wow. Shin Dong Wook didn't look like he aged a day since Soulmate and despite his ordeal. He looks so good to me, I'm kind of feeling guilty because of that Roman collar. T_T (lol.) Also, I wonder what twist his role is going to bring.

I'm not sure about Kim Seul Gi... maybe I'm just too used to her doing comedy and bubbly roles, which is why I'm not sure what to make of her hermit role. Her zany banter with Key is something to look forward to, though.

Speaking of Key, come on. There's no way he did those stair jumps. No way. But man, I love how mobile his acting is, and I can't wait to see more of him. Granted, for now, it's Kim Kibum reloaded, possibly 50 IQ points higher. But hey, I loved that Noryangjin pahboh, so I'm not complaining. XD

Also, I'm not used to Choi Moo Sung playing a cold role. O.o

Also, kudos to that teenage kid, who's giving off Choi Minho TTBY vibes. O.o

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I've finally found time to watch this. Fun. Badass LSY.

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A female lead who can kick ass and take a beating!! YESSS!!!!! I am actually on episode 2 right now, and just saw her do the slide over the car hood thing and geeked out!! YES! Hopefully she stays this badass the whole time and doesn't become this meek helpless thing later!! Aaaah I am loving this so much! Also, Kim Seul Gi is seriously my favorite actress! AAH Just so excited for this drama!

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I am getting Healer vibes here. Which is awesome! Kim Seul Gi as Ahjumma, Key as Healer? Bring it on.

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who sings the song from the begging

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Is that the song the play at the end of the episodes?

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Does anyone know the song at the end of the episodes?

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