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Suspicious Partner: Episodes 9-10

This show knows exactly how to yank at my heartstrings. It blends humor and pain together so well that I’m constantly kept on my toes, unsure of what to expect next. The past finally rears its ugly head for Ji-wook and Eun-hyuk, who have very different ideas of whether their situation can be fixed. Too bad they’re both stubborn as mules, but I have faith that the love between them can still mend their lingering hurts. Eventually.

 
EPISODE 9 RECAP

Ji-wook is caught trying to sneak out by Bong-hee, who calls back the forensic examiner who investigated her office (and who turned out to be the killer himself) after having missed his call. We see their conversation from his point of view — he tells Bong-hee that nothing of interest was found while standing over a grisly murder scene. (Shudder)

Ji-wook heads out of his gate ahead of Bong-hee, then stops short when he finds himself face-to-face with his ex-girlfriend, Yoo-jung. Bong-hee sees the way he looks at Yoo-jung and knows immediately that this is the woman who betrayed him. She stealthily sneaks past them without their noticing.

After a few moments of silence, Yoo-jung asks Ji-wook if he’s curious why she’s here. He says that he’s not, nor is he interested in yelling or blaming her, only in hearing what she wants so he can go. Yoo-jung calls him cold, but Ji-wook just says that there’s nothing left between them to discuss.

He starts to walk away, but Yoo-jung stops him with a hand on his arm. She says they can’t just forget each other so easily, but Ji-wook counters that she means nothing to him. Their words begin to grow heated, but before it goes very far, Bong-hee trills a loud, “Jagi-yaaah!” at Ji-wook and bounces up to them.

The incredulous look Ji-wook aims at Bong-hee is priceless, as she aegyos outrageously and introduces herself to Yoo-jung as his girlfriend. Ji-wook attempts to drag Bong-hee away, but Yoo-jung asks if Bong-hee really is his girlfriend. Bong-hee latches onto his arm and lays her head on his shoulder, pouting that she’s dizzy after their wild night last night. PFFT.

They finally escape Yoo-jung and head to Ji-wook’s car, where Bong-hee quickly drops Ji-wook’s arm. He fusses at her for her insane behavior then opens his car door into her stomach (ha), leaving her to trot around to the passenger seat on her own.

She says she was just trying to help, especially since he did the same thing for her once. Ji-wook suddenly remembers patting her head and calling her pretty for Hee-joon’s benefit, and he demands a wet wipe for his hands, which suddenly feel dirty.

Ji-wook tells Bong-hee to forget that day, deadpanning that he doesn’t want to be in her memories. He tells her never to repay him like this again because he’s scared she’ll say—… Which is when Bong-hee cuts in: “Your wife?” Enjoying his discomfort, she muses that she could just say he’s the father of her children, ha.

Meanwhile, the killer dispassionately looks around his victim’s home, then leaves the premises. At the house next door, someone peeks out the window and witnesses him walking away.

Stunned at Ji-wook’s reaction to seeing her again, Yoo-jung thinks back on their time together in school. They had been adorable together, flirting during study time, drawing hearts in each other’s books, and kissing in the quad.

Ji-wook is also preoccupied as he drives, missing Bong-hee’s drop-off and accidentally taking her to his appointment. He asks distractedly if she followed him here, then wanders off, leaving her to find her way alone.

Eun-hyuk drives up and smiles to see Bong-hee, asking cheerfully if she came to see him before getting his head bitten off for his trouble. Eun-hyuk says he’s just glad he’s not the one she’s angry with, and he offers to let her take her anger out on him any time, since he’s got so much experience with that.

Inside, Ji-wook listens disinterestedly as CEO Byun complains of being left out of meetings at his own law firm. Eun-hyuk joins them and reaches to refill Ji-wook’s wine glass, but Ji-wook snatches the bottle to pour his own glass.

It’s CEO Byun’s birthday, and Eun-hyuk presents him with a bottle of his favorite wine. Ji-wook also brought a gift and a letter, which tickles CEO Byun pink until he sees that it’s a resignation letter. HA.

After sending CEO Byun home in a taxi, Eun-hyuk asks Ji-wook why he’s resigning. Ji-wook snaps that he doesn’t owe Eun-hyuk any explanations and leaves. Eun-hyuk’s phone rings with a call from Yoo-jung, and he declines the call, muttering to himself, “So, you’re back.”

Frustrated and dying of curiosity, Yoo-jung visits Ji-hae at her office to get some inside info on Bong-hee. Ji-hae informs her that Bong-hee was the primary suspect in the DA’s son’s murder, showing Yoo-jung the news reports from back then. Yoo-jung sighs that she liked Bong-hee when they first met, but since then, she’s only met her under unfavorable conditions.

Bong-hee watches Ji-wook trudge upstairs after work, then follows to peer at him worriedly as he listens to the saddest music she’s ever heard. He senses her there and she cringes guiltily, but he just asks if she’s hungry.

He makes them a small snack of sautéed dumplings as Bong-hee sets the table. While Bong-hee eats, Ji-wook tells her not to ask the question she’s asking him with her eyes. She asks anyway: “Why did you two break up?”

Downing his beer, Ji-wook says that he found Yoo-jung with another man. Bong-hee bursts into a string of curse words, which makes Ji-wook laugh and joke that this must be why people vent to others — to have someone take their side.

The killer’s latest victim is discovered, and the forensic investigation team is called out. The killer himself is part of the team — ah, so he really is in forensics.

Bong-hee sees the news on television as she eats dinner, coincidentally with the killer, who she’s meeting with to get the results from her office break-in. His name is GO CHAN-HO (Kim Jin-tae), and he confirms that he investigated this recent murder when she asks.

Bong-hee wonders why anyone would kill another person, and Chan-ho says that each murderer probably has their own reasons. Bong-hee asks what Hee-joon’s killer’s reasons could possibly have been, but Chan-ho says with a smile that he has no way of knowing that.

After dinner, Chan-ho asks what Bong-hee plans to do now. She says confidently that Hee-joon’s killer will show himself eventually. When Chan-ho asks if that will put her in more danger, Bong-hee vows never to give up. Chan-ho says admiringly that she’s fearless, but Bong-hee corrects him and says that she’s just more afraid of living as a suspect for the rest of her life.

Chan-ho offers Bong-hee a ride home, and something about his manner seems to make her wary of accepting. She reluctantly agrees, then when she turns to walk to his car, Chan-ho’s expression turns frighteningly menacing.

A hand clamps down on Bong-hee’s arm, making her whirl around in alarm, but whew, it’s only Ji-wook. He says that Section Chief Bang told him where to find her, then settles in to discuss the lack of evidence in Bong-hee’s office with Chan-ho. Bong-hee watches him in a bit of a daze, remembering his promise to help her catch Hee-joon’s real killer and clear her name.

As they walk home, Bong-hee chirps that Ji-wook is being subtly nice to her, but he disagrees and says he’s being explicitly nice. She asks why, hoping he’ll say he’s worried about her, but he puts a hand on her head and says it’s just a general love of humanity. Ha, Bong-hee actually looks up the word “humanity” to see what he means.

Ji-wook’s coworkers happily celebrate his impending resignation, but he just rolls his eyes. They find themselves suddenly facing Eun-hyuk, who cheerfully informs them that they’re not long for this firm themselves and warns them to worry about their own jobs. Did I mention he’s the best wingman ever?

Ji-wook cooks dinner again that night, and as Bong-hee sets the table, she thinks about how he’s not respected at his firm because he deliberately let a murder suspect go free. She’s heard that he submitted a letter of resignation, but she knows that he only did it because he thinks he’s going to be fired soon anyway.

While Ji-wook’s mom looks through applications for a job opening at her Papa John’s franchise, CEO Byun sits with her. He’s worried that Ji-wook will fail if he starts his own firm, so he urges Mom to stop him from resigning. Instead, she urges CEO Byun to use his money to help Ji-wook. HA, the poor guy is no match for her.

She gasps excitedly when Bong-hee’s mother’s resume pops up on her tablet. She sees this as her chance for revenge against the woman she thinks looks down on her, and she makes certain that Bong-hee’s mom is hired.

Bong-hee’s closing of her office is a series of disappointments, as she learns that she’s used up all of her deposit and is forced to sell the furniture for a fraction of what she paid. She takes her name plate off the door last with tears welling in her eyes.

She’s excited to run into Ji-wook at the grocery store, though he’s just annoyed as usual. She offers to pay for his groceries in appreciation of his kindness to her, so he hilariously loads up his cart to the brim, ha.

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

Not long after that, Ji-wook comes home after work one day to find Bong-hee gone, having left behind only a note thanking him for everything he’s done for her. She says that she has nothing now, but someday she’ll find a way to return his kindness.

She’s left him a little care package of snacks, teas, and healthy foods. Ji-wook imagines her setting everything out, grumbling that he doesn’t like any of it. He goes to her room to see it empty of everything but her memory, and he even complains about how clean she left it.

He finds Bong-hee’s compact on the table, the same compact she leaves behind whenever she’s hoping he’ll find her to return it. This time, Ji-wook opens it and discovers that the makeup inside has long since been used up.

The next morning, Ji-wook presents CEO Byun with his official resignation. CEO Byun offers to be an investor in Ji-wook’s new practice, which Ji-wook instantly rejects. When Ji-wook leaves the office, he nearly bowls over his nasty coworkers, and for the first time ever, he addresses them.

He says that he’s been working here much longer than he wanted to, just because he knew it irritated them. He leaves them gaping, a giant smile plastered all over his face.

He goes to find Section Chief Bang and drags him to a secluded corner, whispering that he’s opening his own firm like it’s highly classified information. He says that he needs someone like Section Chief Bang to be his office manager — someone like him, not actually him. HA.

Ji-wook rearranges the lower floor of his house, converting it into an office. CEO Byun adorably sneaks in to check things out while Ji-wook isn’t looking, then goes back to his firm to tell Eun-hyuk that he’s quitting to manage Ji-wook’s new firm (this will be quite the shock to Ji-wook).

In the meantime, Bong-hee gives up on the law altogether. She goes back to her roots, teaching taekwondo to kids in a studio owned by a friend. But the thought of Ji-wook causes her to get lost in memories of the times he was sweet to her, and her distraction gets her clocked in the face by a tiny fist.

Out of contacts and unable to afford more, she’s wearing her glasses when it happens, and they get cracked. She takes them off and spots someone entering the room, assuming he’s a parent here for a consult. But when she hears the man’s familiar voice, she realizes that it’s not a parent but Ji-wook, who allows himself a small smile to see her in those dorky glasses.

Taking her outside to talk, he asks if she’s giving up on the law too easily. Bong-hee says that actually, it wasn’t easy at all. With a heavy sigh, Ji-wook asks if Bong-hee is dumping him, reminding her that he once asked her to work for him.

She’d assumed he was drunk and didn’t mean it, but now he assures her that he meant every word. Bong-hee leans in veeery close, saying that she needs to see his face clearly to determine if he’s pulling her leg. Flustered, Ji-wook struggles to hold eye contact with Bong-hee so near, but his expression convinces her that he’s serious.

Bong-hee asks if Ji-wook remembers what happened after she got him home that night, referring to how they’d landed on his bed with Ji-wook on top of her. He says he doesn’t recall, then snaps at her not to act shy about it. Sure, you don’t remember, okay buddy.

She thanks Ji-wook for the offer but turns it down, saying that it would be too difficult to give it up again if this plan fails. She adds that living in his guest room would be a hassle for him and would make her look shameless.

She heads back to work, but Ji-wook calls out to her. He says that her shamelessness is what makes her unique, and that if she decides not to be shameless, then she’ll just be like everyone else. He makes his exit, congratulating himself on how cool he was just then.

Bong-hee agonizes over Ji-wook’s offer, wanting to accept but fearing the possibility of giving up both her career and Ji-wook a second time. She looks at her friend with pleading eyes, and her friend nods and gives her the thumbs-up.

She quickly packs and runs outside — where Ji-wook is waiting. Awww, he knew she’d come! He teases that she took seven whole minutes, a lot longer than he expected, and she grumps that it was a long seven minutes.

On the drive back to his place, Ji-wook tells Bong-hee that she is kind of a hassle sometimes, but that she’s also going to be his hostage. He clarifies that he needs her close in order to catch Hee-joon’s killer, and she grins at the idea of being his hostage.

They arrive at the house to find it taken over by CEO Byun, Eun-hyuk, and Section Chief Bang, who have all decided to work for Ji-wook. CEO Byun recognizes Bong-hee as that DA’s son’s murderer, making her bristle that she’s presumed innocent.

They bicker loudly until Ji-wook explodes, yelling that he’s changed his mind and wants to work alone. He actually kicks Eun-hyuk out of the house, literally.

Bong-hee settles back into her old room, swooning over how romantic it is to be Ji-wook’s “hostage.” She jumps around excitedly, thrilled to have been upgraded from generic humanity, hee.

She goes to the kitchen later and finds Ji-wook there. She asks if Section Chief Bang and CEO Byun are really going to work here, and Ji-wook says they are. Tentatively, Bong-hee inquires about Eun-hyuk, but Ji-wook just mutters something about ice cream and leaves the house.

He finds Eun-hyuk still waiting outside to talk to him. He says it’s too late when Eun-hyuk wants to explain himself, but Eun-hyuk asks him earnestly to just listen.

On a bench in the park, Eun-hyuk mentions a time capsule that they buried as children and suggests they open it now. Ji-wook snaps at him to get to the point, because this is the only chance he’s going to get. But as Eun-hyuk launches into his explanation, a lit cigarette lands on his foot.

Eun-hyuk chastises the passing trio of high school boys for smoking, then Ji-wook surprises him by angrily saying the cigarette could have hit Eun-hyuk in the face. One of the boys recognizes Ji-wook — it’s the bully that Ji-wook yelled at for being a rich spoiled brat.

The teen calls Ji-wook a stuck-up lawyer, causing him and Eun-hyuk to surge to their feet. They’re spoiling for a fight until they realize how much bigger the boy’s two friends are, and Eun-hyuk is suddenly all smiles as he says that they don’t want any trouble.

He and Ji-wook turn to go, but they find two more boys behind them, blocking their path. They have a quick, quiet conversation about how they need to get hit first to avoid charges, but then Eun-hyuk realizes that there are no CCTV cameras around.

Suddenly, it’s on. Ji-wook shoves Eun-hyuk into the boys and runs, but they’re quickly cut off by even more thugs. One boy throws a punch, and Ji-wook and Eun-hyuk fight back like a well-oiled machine, assisting each other with wild kicks and wrestling moves.

It works, at least until the high schoolers manage to get them apart, but they fight back as best they can with feet and teeth. But they’re badly outnumbered and lose spectacularly.

Later, as they lay gasping on the sidewalk, Eun-hyuk looks over at Ji-wook. He remembers the day back in college when he’d planned to confess to Yoo-jung, having liked her first. But instead, he’d witnessed Yoo-jung’s confession to Ji-wook and Ji-wook’s hesitant acceptance.

We’re shown all of the same cute couple moments between Ji-wook and Yoo-jung, only this time, we see that Eun-hyuk was always there with them, and always the third wheel. He narrates that he tried to give up his feelings for Yoo-jung, but he failed. We revisit the night that Ji-wook found Yoo-jung cheating on him, and as we feared, it was Eun-hyuk she’d cheated with.

Back in the present, Eun-hyuk tells Ji-wook that he has no excuse for what he did. Ji-wook says that he’ll never forgive Eun-hyuk and walks away. As he goes, Eun-hyuk whispers, resigned: “I know.”

Ji-wook hears him and turns back for a moment, narrating that despite everything, he can’t cut ties with Eun-hyuk or Yoo-jung because they’re his only friends. They’ve been there his whole life, comforting him when his father died, growing up together, always inseparable.

Ji-wook pulls up his hoodie and dodges Bong-hee when he gets home, but she’s determined to get a look at his face. She finally grabs his head and holds him still, frowning at his injuries, while he mumbles that it wasn’t an even match.

Bong-hee doctors up his wounds, reminding him that she’s a taekwondo master and that he should call her next time he’s in a fight. He falls asleep while Bong-hee watches over him, whispering that he doesn’t seem to have insomnia after all.

The next morning, CEO Byun and Section Chief Bang arrive at Ji-wook’s house with a master plan to force him to hire Eun-hyuk. CEO Byun lies on the floor in protest while Section Chief tries to flip a table, but Ji-wook only steps past them, unconcerned.

Bong-hee watches a news story about the murdered man, who was a celebrity chef, and Bong-hee sighs that she was a fan of his because he was so handsome. Eun-hyuk and Ji-wook both grumble that she has low standards, hee.

Chan-ho also sees the news story in a store window and stops, smiling a tiny, smug smile when he learns that a suspect has been identified. We see a man named JUNG HYUN-SOO (Dongha) being handcuffed, looking terrified as he realizes he’s being arrested for murder. Ji-wook’s voice informs us that Hyun-soo is his new firm’s first client.

 
COMMENTS

I’m so happy to finally see Dongha’s character enter the story! I know that he got a lot of praise for his role in Chief Kim, which I haven’t seen yet (I will, I promise), but he caught my eye two years ago with his chilling, yet ultimately heartbreaking, role as Praying Mantis in Last. I’m excited to see how his arrest impacts the story. I already like how his problem mirrors Bong-hee’s past, which I’m guessing is the reason he hires her and Ji-wook to defend him. If anyone can get an innocent man cleared of charges, it’s these two, having done it once before.

I’m very curious about the killer, Chan-ho, now that we know a bit more about him. We haven’t seen any evidence of the amnesia his character is supposed to suffer from, but one very disturbing thing about him is that he had a keychain containing a chip that let him into his most recent victim’s home. Is it possible he’s a killer-for-hire, and that his amnesia makes him a perfect assassin since he won’t even recall his own hit jobs? But then, he does seem to remember Bong-hee from years ago, when he thought she witnessed him carrying a body before killing Hee-joon in her apartment.

It’s so hard to decide which character I like the most in this show, so I’ve pretty much decided that whoever is on screen at the moment is my favorite. Ji-wook is so deliciously vulnerable, and his admission that Eun-hyuk and Yoo-jung have been his only friends for his entire life explains a lot about why he’s having a difficult time letting Bong-hee in. Lucky for him, Bong-hee is a veritable cannonball of determination, offering to fight his fights with him and refusing to be ignored. And Eun-hyuk is somewhere in the middle: He’s guilt-ridden from what he’s done to his best, lifelong friend, yet he refuses to give up on mending those wounds. They’re all such wonderful, fully-realized characters, and I just want them to all love each other and be happy. It will be a long time before they get to that, but watching it play out is going to be a beautiful thing to witness.

It was no surprise to learn that the rift between Ji-wook and Eun-hyuk was because Eun-hyuk is the man who slept with Yoo-jung — I think most of us guessed that from the first episode. But at first, I thought that Ji-wook’s anger and hurt were because he loved Yoo-jung so much and it hurt to lose her. But his reaction to seeing her again was so cold and unemotional, yet he’s still simmering with anger towards Eun-hyuk. I think that it’s Eun-hyuk’s betrayal that was so painful to Ji-wook, not because it caused his breakup with Yoo-jung, but because it shattered the deep friendship between the two men. Ji-wook’s heartbreak feels to me to be more about losing Eun-hyuk than losing a girlfriend.

To Eun-hyuk’s credit, he seems more than aware of the enormity of what he did to Ji-wook. He’s normally so breezy and easygoing that it’s easy to assume that what happened didn’t affect him as deeply as it did Ji-wook, but this episode proved that he’s every bit as hurt and in pain over losing his best friend. On top of that, he has to carry around the crushing guilt of knowing that it’s all his fault. Now I believe that Eun-hyuk’s easygoing nature isn’t because he’s not as hurt as Ji-wook over their rift, but that it’s just his way of coping, the same way that Ji-wook’s shutting down is his way of protecting himself. At least when it counted, Eun-hyuk was able to admit his wrongdoing without making excuses, which I hope will eventually go a long way toward healing the wounds in their friendship.

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First yeaahhhhhhhhh......now I am off to reading the summary above

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I NEED MORE MOMENTS WITH EUN HYUK AND JI WOOK!!! Their bromance is so cute and heart crushing I can't deal kjangkjadngkjngkjanwgj

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The writer(s?) do keep us viewers nicely fed though I have to admit.... And this episode just created so much more depth between the pair that was hinted at before. Like LollyPIp says I think it is the betrayal of Eun Hyuk that really killed Ji Wook not as much on losing Yoo Jung as a romantic pairing. Which really kills me and makes that whole scene and all those scenes with the pair have so much angst and sadness to them now... I can just hear Eun Hyuk's heart breaking everytime Ji Wook tells him to get lost and the pieces being clumsily being placed back together as he smiles and laughs that obnoxious laugh that amny of us viewers have come to love... <3

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I had always assumed that Eun Hyuk and Ji Wook were like high school or college friends, but finding out that Yoo Jung, Eun Hyuk, and Ji Wook were all friends (like the friends in Fight My Way). since they were really little was heartbreaking I had been wondering why Eun Hyuk kept on shamelessly sticking to Ji Wook even as Ji Wook makes it clear that he and EH are through. It had seemed sort of silly on EH's part and it has been played for comedic relief. It makes sense now knowing how deep their friendship was, the level of betrayal, and the feeling of loss. And the truth of why EH's like that is sad. And usually you have the hero pine over a girl, but that JW's hurt is about losing his friends is really devastating.

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I know, I think it was very cleverly done I think watching Ji Wook's heart crumble when he saw who Yoo Jung was with.... I think that moment was just so strong and well portrayed by the actors.

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I know there are ppl who have written Eun Hyuk off for being a cheater, but in my opinion, the fact that he's willing to stand by Ji Wook and support him, both overtly and covertly, tells me that he cares more about JW's feelings than he does his own. Plus, deep down, JW knows that he can turn to EH for anything if he really needs to. Contrast that to Yoo Jung who left because she felt bad, disappeared out of their lives for 2+ years, returned because she wants JW back, and is hurt when he doesn't welcome her back with open arms. So far, it seems to me that EH feels the loss of JW more than he feels the loss of YJ, that JW feels the loss of his friends more than the loss of his lover, and that YJ just feels sorry for herself. Bromance for the win

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I honestly really wanted to like Yoo Jung but I guess kdramas will never give me the luxury to be able to fall in love with the second lead female.

Also the moment where Eun Hyuk dismissed her call and the realisation of why Ji Wook was more prickly than usual.

AND YES omg this feels of the loss of a brother and a comrade is something that I honestly love. the fact that Ji Wook isn't actually upset over losing a lover but more losing a friend is what hits me in the guts

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And when Eun Hyuk says to Bong Hee that he's used to ppl taking their anger out on him. So sad! I just want to give him a hug. I really hope that Ji Wook and EW kiss and make up soon. That's the ship I'm sailing hardcore, lol.

(I do love JW and BH though, they're adorable)

At first, I thought Yoo Jung just made a mistake the way EH did, but didn't have the guts to stick it out and take the punishment in the same way. Especially now we know they all grew up together. If she had no feelings for EH in the first place, then she would have thought of him like a brother, right? Whatever the circumstances, you just don't sleep with your brother. So in my head I was thinking that she loved EH too, and maybe didn't realize it? And maybe she was too ashamed and left? That's complex and a really difficult situation to work through especially if they've all been friends for 20+ years. I was really looking forward to that type of a dynamic and seeing how she tried to put the broken pieces of her friendships together the best way she could...only...she's turning out to be such a typical second lead, manipulative and selfish. And it doesn't seem like she cares about mending the friendship with EH at all. Poor puppy.

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Thanks for the recap!

-BH needs to stop spying on JW. She's so bad at it and I feel so much secondhand embarrassment every time she gets caught, haha. Although realistically, who can blame her?
-Awwww, I love the look on JW's face when BH was ranting about YJ's cheating. He cares so much about BH and doesn't even realize it.
-Wait, so BH can't get work as a lawyer because of her criminal history but she can get work as a teacher of small children?
-How...how are JW and EH SO BAD at fighting? And running away?
-Noooooooooo, EH was the other guy all along. All my fears came true. Seeing the three of them young and happy is heartbreaking, knowing what happened since then. I didn't realize just how much of a betrayal it was - somehow the fact that they were all childhood friends makes it seem worse. The conversation between JW and EH in the present day just broke my heart. I know some things are unforgivable, but I just want them both to be happy and friends again. Is that too much to ask?
-I'm really curious about the murderer and his backstory. Is he an amnesiac like the original articles were saying? What motivates him to kill? I want to know!

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okay the point about her teaching kids! I thought the exact same thing!!! I nearly laughed I was kinda waiting for an angry protective mom to come running in any second saying "I CANT LET MY CHILD BE TAUGHT BY THIS MURDERER!"

also I love all of your other comments XD

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Same! I wondered about the teaching kids thing too. But, I guess her friend owns it and bong hee was just filling in for someone else? Who is that cute, pregnant friend anyway? Hope we get to see more of her!

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Yeah I love the character as well! I want more scenes with her~

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She cannot get hired as a lawyer as the dad of her dead ex-boyfriend who is a DA made sure that no law firms will hire her.

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JW and EH non existent fighting skills assure us that they won't at least use their fists against each other ha.

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It's a little funny to watch a killer and a bodyguard getting beaten by school kids

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There are two ways to healing their painful from betrayed by love,
JW try to protect his painful feelings by protect himself from society
EH try to disguise himself by being the cheering person, he is hurt inside

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he always laughs louder than usual but his eyes doesn't.... ?

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The fight scenes in this show are just hilarious!

First week's episodes we have JCW beat up his already crippled dad (healer).

Second week we have him outnumbered by a group of guys and his trade mark move is to pull hair (bahaha)

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have you ever worked with little kids? they are the most dangerous kind of human specimens. they are like innocent-looking little gangstas. dont be fooled.

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Thats a good point! XD

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Ha ha... they are little monsters.
I have worked with children, and i dont like it. I rather clean houses before working with children again.

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I was totally waiting for BH to save JW and EH from the teens with her Tae Kwon Do skills. I hope there is another run-in and BH beats up those punks.

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Me too, actually I was hoping Bong Hee would appear as Ji Wook and Eun Hyuk fought the gangster teens, but it didn't happen, probably since it wouldn't help with the later scene. Next time, Bong Hee must come to the rescue, just like Ae Ra in Fight My Way.

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she is so bad at spying but I feel like she is me when watching JCW.
She can't work as a lawyer bc that prosecutor blacklisted her. I think she doesn't have a criminal history since she was declared innocent. At least, that is how I saw it.

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The public probably wasn't as bothered about a murder suspect teaching their kids once s/he has proven to be innocent, and we tend to forget news on TV once a bigger scandal swept the media. It becomes a big deal for Bong Hee as a law graduate because she works in that field, and her case will always be referred to by her colleague whenever similar cases appear, making it harder to adjust to her life before that fateful time.

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I think she's just a substitute & temp since her friend is pregnant and needed a filler at the moment. :)

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That's not because JW and EH can not fight :)
They avoided being accused and paying settlement because they knew the law. Besides, because the gangstars are not adults, they are disadvantaged when they are sued. So they planned to fight with self-defense after being hit, but they ran away because there was no CCTV nearby to prove their self-defense. They also didn't use their fists to avoid being bothered by the 3-week- injuries. So they pulled their hair.
Prosecutors need physical abilities because they deal with gangs or criminals. Just like JW took down the stalker having a bat.

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Eun hyuk whhhhhhyyyyyyyy?? I don't feel angry but rather sad. I do hope though for their friendship to mend. I knew it would be him even though I was hoping for someone else.

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This drama puts a goofy grin on my face like nothing else! I watched it on the way to work and it put me on a good mood all day!

This was the first episode when my heart hurt slightly for eun hyuk for the way ji wook treats him, especially when ji wook threw him out of his office. But, then they went and told us the explanation on why ji wook does not talk to eun hyuk and it had to be THAT reason. Damn. Why, show, why?

As much as I love friends to lovers trope, sometimes, I think that romantic feelings between them has the potential to mess things up. Like it did in their case. Its not just his ex-girlfriend cheating on him with his best friend (which has become so clichèd now, that I wish the show had given us some other reason), its his life long friends betraying his trust. So, poor ji wook, no wonder he is so lonely and barely socializes with anyone.
Thanks for the super fast recap, LollyPip! I didn't realize the double impact this would have been on eun hyuk until you mentioned it. What I don't get is, he had feelings for her, ok, but what about yoo jung? How did she allow this?

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It says a lot that even though EH did such an awful thing, we're still rooting for him to mend his relationship with JW

I agree, it's not just one person that he cherishes but two- it must have been a real kick in the teeth☹️

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Yeah, it was so obvious that he was the cheater, thats why I kept hoping that the show would surprise us. I still like him, manly because he honestly feels bad about what he did and tries everything to fix his mistake. Hope they can reconcile someday.

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Her fangirling is great but do you know what would be even better, if JW got to a stage where he would do that?

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YES YES YES YES YEEEESSSSSSS!!! BUT OMG IF IT WAS OVER EUN HYUK >//////< I have gotten my hopes to high.....

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I just finished watching this but I don't get it. Did Ji-Wook hired Eun-Hyuk? The latter part of ep 10 is so confusing. I know that there is far more deeper story between Yoo-Jung's cheating but I find it annoying when she told Ji-Wook that it's not easy to move on. Girl, like wwuuut. Idk what to feel for you as of this moment.

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Ji wook didn't hire eun hyuk, he threw him out of his office. But ceo byun and section chief bang planned to stage a protest-like something the next day to get ji wook to hire eun hyuk. But,he didn't mind them and I don't think he has hired eun hyuk yet.

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I knew about that the protest (ceo byun lying on the floor tho lmao), but the following scene showed Eun-Hyuk in Ji-Wook's office again, and their very casual with banters regarding Bong-Hee's type of men. I thought I might have missed something lmao I feel like until he is not hired, he'll be an indefinite visitor of that office pfft

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Sorry forgot about the following scene. Lol, yeaH, I guess eun hyuk probably resigned his job, so until he gets hired and not to mention earn ji wook's forgiveness, he is going to be a regular visitor there.

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But Ji Wook said: that CEO Byun could do what he wanted, so I understood it as: go ahead and hire him. So I'm pretty sure that he has been hired.

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Woah. I missed that part. I rewatched it and yeah, I think he was already hired

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me too. I don't think he could bring himself to directly hire JW in case JW gets some hope that he would be forgiven. So he just decided to let CEO Byun do whatever he wants.

Even if EH didn't get hired, it wouldn't stop him from showing up every day. Might as well put him to work.

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I am with you about Yoo-Jung. I cannot believe she expects him to just pick up where they left off and be fine with her just saying she is sorry. I really hate that whole drama trope where the cheater expects the cheatee to forgive them simply because they were always the nicer one of the pair. It's almost as though she is trying to take advantage of their previous history as friends to force him to renew his love relationship with her. I find it really difficult to muster even a scrap of sympathy for her and she almost makes me ill just to look at her. At least Eun Hyuk feels some remorse for his actions. She only seems to feel remorse because of what she lost and not because of how she treated a good man who loved her deeply.

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Some remorse? He feels nothing but remorse. He knows he was wrong, and deeply hurt his friend. He is doing EVERYTHING to repair his mistake and friendship. He does this without expecting anything in return. Anyway, point is, he feels nothing but guilt and disgust with himself

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Loved every moment of the episode. O I so want all three friends to be friends and happy again. And Bong Hee should join the trio! Noh Ji Wook, everyone around you is in love with you and I totally get it why! Dreamland, good job with heroes these days..I don't think I will ever be able to tolerate jerky leads any more. Now that you are all set, just focus on finding out that The Guy in the killer!

Also, I want to know the deal with the father...I mean the lawyer..why is he so concerned about Ji wook..it just doesn't seem right!

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You make a good point - I hadn't thought of that. Everyone around No Ji Wook IS in love with him and on his side. Once he realizes that, it's going to be great.

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Hmmm. Actually, we will see how emotionally mature this show is. If, in the end, all three of them are grand friends again, all forgiven, all forgotten with now the added Bong-Bong bonus, then I will know the show has taken the easy way out. In real life, among adults, even if you forgive and can even be friends again, nothing is ever the same. History doesn't just disappear.

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Every episode just gets cuter and cuter :)
That fight was sooo pathetic. Ji Wook trying to leave Eun Hyuk behind XD
Bong Hee being exited that she got upgraded to hostage XD
So many laugh out loud moments in this wonderful show.

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It's so funny seeing JCW in a fight where he's not so badass

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I was whispering deal with it healer throughout while watching.

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I like this JCW more. hehe!

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I like how discussed their how bad they they should beat the kids up without being an assailant pfft. Lawyers even in front of high school bullies

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Hehe, occupational hazard. I was rooting for them to get the better of the kids, but alas, it wasn't to be.

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When he first said "hostage", I was quite giddy too. Then to see her excited over the upgrade from a member of mankind to hostage- she's totally in my head.

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I ditto you LollyPip! I definitely can't choose my favorite character in this drama!!! But... I definitely can pinpoint the one character I don't like: ChaYooJung.... Hopefully we get a little depth into her character but as of now that scene where she confronts JiWook made me so upset. ? ?
How dare she???

Either way, the interactions between all the new members of jiWook's firm make me so happy ❤️❤️❤️ especially the banter that happens when they all first meet! HEEEEHEE

Most of all, I can't get over how happy BongHee is with being called a "hostage" HEHEHEHEHEHEHE I would do the same in her situation anyways ❤️

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I actually don't really dislike YJ yet. I don't like how she cheated on JW but then I don't dislike EH either- I'm just kind of disappointed in him. So I'm hoping that once we get to see more of her character, she might show a different side to us bc when I saw her with BH I was totally onboard for that friendship

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I can't help but dislike her right now because her word made me SOOO frustrated!! I was ok until she said something along the lines of "our relationship isn't one that can be broken that easily." ? Hopefully we get more on her, but until then, she's last on my list

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And when she said (at least in the subs I watched), "I know you're going to end up feeling sorry after treating me coldly like this."

O.M.G. gurllll! NO.

For now, I ain't liking her. I hope her character gets a good redemption. And even then I don't think I'll be able to really truly like her.

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Yes to both your last points! The scene where byun, bang and eun hyuk ambushed ji wook's office and how bong hee and ceo byun were arguing was hilarious! The hostage part was super cute!

On yoo jung, I am going to wait for the show to show more of her. Because, even though she was a very bad girlfriend and friend, she was still badass in the previous episode. I want to know her side of the story on why she did it. Atleast, she seems to admit to her faults. So, I can't completely hate her but I don't like her either, lol. As long as she doesn't become the crazy female second lead who thinks the male lead is in love with her when he clearly isn't, I am willing to give her a chance.

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I'm not sure, right now she is showing all those annoying second-lead traits: self-delusion, egotism, sense of entitlement, lack of remorse, and a very fluid sense of morality.

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Most of all, I can't get over how happy BongHee is with being called a "hostage"

That was so cute! I totally get where she's coming from, 'cause having Ji-wook call you his "hostage" is pretty swoony and sexy. The happy dance she did as a result of being upgraded from a part of "humanity" to "hostage" reminded me of the elation that a lot of Beanies expressed when they got upgraded from being a "Candy" to a "Jang Geu-rae". :)

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Yoo Jung is such a shameless women and i hinted that Eun Hyuk was the one who she ceated with but seeing their back story made it all the worse,i really feel sad for Wook...I know that Eun Hyuk whole facede is just his way to stay close to Wook if not all the shame and guilt will come over him and make it imposible to look at him but i clearly understand why Wook doens't want to be friends or have him close...Gotta love the way Wook recruted his old colegue,all with that finger ending jajja...I love our leads so much even more our heroine,she is soo awesome...Love everytime Bong Hee goes close up to Wook face when she isin't wearing her lens,soo funny even if u can laugh a bit when she clealry sees her friend encoriging her from afar(how come u see that)...Oh,and i like that the writer is consistant and actually mentiones more than once about Bong Hee financial distress,like she can't but glasses,shampoo,the phone bills etc...She is broke,not a kdrama wannabe broke buying whatever she wants...

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I like the financial references. An episode or two ago she mentioned that she couldn't conduct her business using the data on her phone since she got the cheapest plan with limited data.

I am curious about how Ji Wook can still have enough money to renovate his house into a law office. I was sort of hoping he'll just buy all of BH's old law office furniture.

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I loved the fact that Eun Hyuk didn't make any excuses.. that makes the fact the he's really sorry more believable.
And.. the way Ji Wook said "Because you two were my life.." (or something like that). I love them both!!

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Omg that's literally what I said too, him making no excuses made is seem way more sincere

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My heart broke when he came to that realization. He says that their love triangle is cliché, and that made me sad too. He's come to this realization where he's belittled his feelings for Yoo Jung, and then realizing that he's thrown away his friendship with Jiwook for that... he must feel so small.
I need these two to be togetha foreva!!!

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... I hope that eventually Ji-wook can forgive Eun-hyuk but even if that happens I don't think the closeness will still be the same.. I do want Ji-wook to move forward so he can open his heart again thou it would take time because he lost not just a lover but the best of best friends too.

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I've been watching this show religiously every week and it continues to step up its game

The slow shift for JW to start realising that he actually likes BH is so satisfying to watch. I think at the beginning his need to protect BH was just because she reminded him of himself but now we could see that when she moved out he truly did miss her company. (Side note- I really liked those domestic scenes, I just think there's something really sweet about doing mundane things together like cooking)

The scene between EH and JW was one of my favourite scenes so far. Even the comedic fight before showed how much EH cared for JW when he checked if JW was okay while he was being tackled himself. The fact that EH is usually such a cheerful character made him being serious way more effective. I appreciate that he had no excuses to what had happened bc most people would try to argue their way out of it. JW's confession that he didn't hate them was also pretty heartbreaking. I mean I like that he doesn't hate them, but the fact that he can't hate them bc of all their memories together really showed how close they once were.

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Nara does really good job for a debut drama. She is yoo jung from head to toe. As tall as choi tae joon and ji chang wook are, somehow she is tower over them.

And Nam Ji Hyun. What else can I say about her? Every moment she goes crazy about Wook I feel the same about her. Damn she is the perfect crazy fan.

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Kim Jin-tae - the killer was in hwarang, where? did he just appear in a bling?

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yeah Nara has been a nice surprise so far

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No one in the cast is standing out for bad reasons. The actors and actresses are doing real fine job portraying their characters.

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I'm glad that Eun-hyuk has enough self-awareness to know that what he did was wrong, and that he isn't trying to make up excuses for it.

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I love him even more ? not the betrayal but the fact that he's doing his all for Ji-wook to forgive him and waiting patiently whenever it will be.

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why are ALL the characters in thisso awesome? so multidimensional. even Nara's character, who i feel like could easily be rendered unlikeable, is hard to write off and dislike. i like that she and EBH met before and kinda thought each other was cool. i like that we saw an awesome side of her. i mean, ppl are complicated. anyway. i'm expecting some friction btwn the two girls of course but ultimately i'm thinking they'll become good friends.

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I agree with your point about the multidimensional characters! I feel like it's slightly unfair to dislike YJ while rooting for EH...they both broke JW's trust in a really major way, and they both are trying to get things back to where they used to be in comparably shameless ways. On one hand, EH admitted that he knows what he did is unforgivable (unlike YJ so far), but I'm trying to wait to pass judgment on YJ until we see more of how she interacts with JW in the present day.

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I think the reason YJ is disliked so much is her entitled attitude. Her protrayal so far has demonstrated that she thinks she can just get what she wants. She has given us a " I have decided to come back to JW so he needs to hurry up an take me back" attitude which after what they did, is disrespectful to say the least.

EH on the other hand has been seen a someone who is really sorry for what he did. Showing loyalty (I did hesitate to use this word) and support to JW behind his back. He has also apologised sincerely & that makes all the difference.

I must admit, I can understand why EH did what he did. Knowing that he basically loved her all that time connects the dots a little better for me. I DO NOT AGREE WITH CHEATING. I'm just saying, I can see why it happened from his point of view. I was still a terribly selfish thing to do.

I can't wait to find out why YJ did it and what was going through her mind.

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Agree with you on the difference between EH and YJ. EH accepts all of JW's hate - for years. He even welcomes it as long as he gets to be in JW's presence. It's pathetic and endearing at the same time. YJ ran away for at least 2.5 years and then came back feeling like JW should take her back. There is a sense of feeling that she's being wronged when JW looks at her coldly. And she is more concerned about a romantic relationship with JW instead of trying to get back their friendship.

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Exactly! She doesn't seem too concerned about the friendship she broke up either. In fact, part of the reason I'm forgiving of Eun-hyuk is because he loved both of them. But Eun-hyuk seems to be more of an after-thought to her.

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I'm just so much more understanding of Eun-hyuk because at least he had been struggling with his feelings for both of them for years. I can see that he still is actually.

I really hope we get more context for the actual cheating soon. Because, after sleeping with her, he's ended up feeling so much worse than he already was. I see him self-punishing and not even forming other relationships as a form of penance. It's hard to believe that people who feel this horrible after can ever commit such a betrayal.

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I'm actually a little curious as to the context of the cheating - like, did what exactly made him break his principles? I feel like there's more to the story, like he thought they'd broken up.

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I can definitely see this side of things! I just feel like on some level, EH continually inserting himself into JW's life despite JW being deeply hurt and saying over and over that he doesn't want to see EH is also somewhat selfish, on EH's part. While YJ running away instead of facing the situation was definitely selfish and immature, EH acting overly friendly against JW's wishes is also selfish, however remorseful EH may feel.

With that said, I do still really like EH as a character and want him to make up with JW and be happy. I think it really speaks to the drama on how layered and multifaceted the characters are - characters like EH who have made some big mistakes still make you want to root for their success.

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And her surprised face when Bonghee comes in and declares that she's his girlfriend. Like... did she seriously expect that Jiwook would just pine away and be ready to accept her when she decided to come back?

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my favorite thing about this drama so far. All characters have many layers, they seem very real.

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Is it just me, or does the innocent guy who got arrested resemble the actual killer???

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I know!!!!! At first I thought that the killer got caught so early! Then in the recap , it's a different person!

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Haha, yes. I knew about this actor being cast and, tbh, I thought he looked like the killer from pretty early on, but didn't want to jump the gun.

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I just adore the smile on Ji- Wook when he saw Bong-Hee in her nerd glasses. His smiles are soo rarely seen but I love how he always smiles in the presence of Bong-Hee.
Wow I thought Yoo Jung was a girlfriend who cheated on him but to know that she was his childhood friend and cheated on him with another childhood friend! Its like a double punch. No wonder he is so closed off and resigned to live in a very monotonous manner.
It's a treat to watch him become active in his life again with Bong-Hee at his side. It's so telling how soon he misses her and immediately goes to recruit her (while acting all cool, ha!).
I do hope he and Eun-Hyuk reach an understanding soon. He has been holding a grudge for too many years and it's doing nothing good to his pysche. It's better to move on and start fresh.
Also, I love Lawyer Byun and Mr. Bang and the little skit they played.. It was soo funny how Mr. Bang struggled to flip the table :D

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P.S. It was soo funny to see our Healer resort to petty fighting tricks such as biting and hair pulling :D He was channeling Park Bong Soo during his college days but skipped the healer training I guess :P

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I think that it will be a part of his healing. Once he realizes that he can love again and to someone who won't do the same thing to him, he will be able to let go of his past experience.

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I agree with what you said. He needs to open up his heart again... it will help him to overcome his past but he needs to face it first not to ignore it...

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Or in the epilogue where we see him wake up and gaze at Bong-Hee while she sleeps every bit as adoringly as she was looking at him earlier.

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they are all nuts. totally nuts. Bong Hee giggling to be hostage and Eun Hyuk clinging to Ji Wooks´leg like a puppy almost. I like his sense of justice that expresses in mischieviousness. definitely a soulmate. and CEO Byun! How much fun is this ahjussi having filming this, he mostly has to play evil characters. now he is.... rolling on the floor? ahaha Ji Wook is not normal either, they all have their quirks. I am surprised that folks on Dramabeans who are usually so condemning to cheating have embraced Eun Hyuk so warmly - is this cheating, ha? I think Ji Wooks´ resolve against him is already showing cracks as well. besties are still forever.
this writer really does comedy well and also conflicts...

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The scene with CEO Byun and Chief Bang trying to convince JW to hire EH had me in stitches. I never would have thought that these five (JW, BH, EH, CEO Byun, and Chief Bang) would be my lawyer dream team but here we are!

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Mad Lawyers :))

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For loner JW, he's got quite a team!

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I think the actor playing CEO Byun seems very youthful here, as mischievious as the rest of them, like there is no difference in age or experience. I like that with their respective personalities they are all equally immature in a way. evenChief Bang is more into matchmaking than his duty.

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Haha! I love how they don't have him do that all the time, but then they'll bring it out in the most random moments to hilarious effect. I was already dying of laughter when his last look before rounding the corner killed me again!

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The Look Of Legal Seduction. I tell you, he is not all there in his head. Sometimes, especially with the flashbacks of the past, he seems to be very introverted. But those quirks are so not an introvert.

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I nearly died with happiness when I realized that these five would work together in the new firm. I AM SO EXCITED FOR WHAT RIDICULOUS HIJINKS WILL ENSUE. So exited.

Their dynamics in their first moments together with Jiwook just telling everyone to be quiet and with each blabbering about their own concerns and agendas... this is going to be a fun ride!!!

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Yeah, I feel like the show will really come together now that we have the gang all in one firm like this! They all have such great, wacky chemistry already. Not that the show wasn't already awesome, but I have a feeling the shenanigans with them are going to be SO much fun!

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My favorite moments from the episode:
- When in front of YJ, BH made up the the story of wild night she and JW had... which may as well be true for all we know.... I laughed so hard... also her quip about being called his wife and him her baby's father..
- JW waiting for BH outside Taekwondo center knowing she'll definitely come.... swoon..
- BH's happiness on being upgraded to hostage... ha!.... go girl!
- JW and EH grumbling about BH's taste in men.... why getting bothered you two?

I think BH statement about why people kill might have struck a chord with the CSI guy. He seems intrigued by her.

Eagerly waiting for the next episode....

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I just want they reveal the killer motive soon

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The banter in the car was all sorts of cute. And Bonghee calling herself "wife" OMG Hahaha!

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I am utterly in love with this drama ♥
I love the chemestry Ji Chang-Wook has with Nam Ji-Hyun and Choi Tae-Joon (I am always here for a good bromance) and now that we know Eun-Hyuk's "reasons" for betraying his friend and sleeping with his girlfriend, I am very interested to know what drove Yoo-Jung to do so, too. I'm glad that Eun-Hyuk didn't try to justify himself by telling Ji-Wook about his feelings for Yoo-Jung, because it really isn't a reason to do something like that (also, it hurts me that their trio, which has so much history, got destroyed. it's almost as painful as if Harry would sleep with Hermione, thus destroying the golden trio. pain)
I am also absolutely pleased with Ji Chang-Wook. He is nailing this role.

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I am also very interested in exactly how Yoo-Jung managed to sleep with Eun-Hyuk (I know how it works practically but how did she get him to her house and into her bed?).
What were her reasons? & why did she just think she could randomly walk back into Ji-Wook's life with a flimsy apology. As if her actions didn't completely destroy the 2 most meaningful relationships in his life. That woman is something else.

I hope the guys make up soon because I totally understand why Eun-Hyuk did what he did - I AM NOT SAYING ITS OKAY. I can just understand his selfishness. He has shown that he is more than regretful for what happened, we all make terrible mistakes, he deserves to be forgiven.

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Thanks for the recap!

Dong-ha, finally! I've had my eye on him since taking a liking to him way back in a family drama I can't even remember the name of. I'm still wondering whether he'll really be innocent here though. I actually think he'd make an even more compelling villain than our revealed killer if he actually set himself up to get proven innocent by the very person he almost framed. Lol, I'm thinking way too much into this already.

Ugh, my heart HURTS. They were childhood friends?! All of them?! What they did is such a horrible betrayal. It's so hard to forgive, but those people remain impossible to let go of when there are about a million more times when they were there for you to outweigh that one mistake. I know because I've been there. Oooof, when he said they were his whole life and only friends...my heart just broke into a thousand pieces. Clearly, I'm not over it, plus my emotions from watching eps 11-12 raw are probably spilling over.

I find that, on Eun-hyuk's side, this aspect of the story is being handled with a delicacy I appreciate. I always worried I'd be bothered by Eun-hyuk's 'light' 'jokey' behavior when this reveal happened, but, when juxtaposed with Yoo-jin's behavior, him sticking by Ji-wook's side and not running away from facing the after-effects of what he did actually comes out as admirable in comparison. Not to mention, his moment of weakness happened after years of holding in his feelings and being a third wheel, something I'm guessing Yoo-jung was completely oblivious to. But what has me still pulling for him is the fact that he acknowledges that he ultimately has no excuses for what he did, nor does he truly expect forgiveness. My heart can't help but break for him too when he feels his guilt so fully.

Haha, I may need a whole new post for the OTP now.

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Looking forward to Dong-ha!

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Me too! I had forgotten that he was in this and so happy to see his face on my screen again.

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I can't stop loving this show!

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Darn it, y'all were right.

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I think the moment I considered it even a possibility of forgiving him was when he finally said he has no excuse for what he did. To me, that shows that he is finally taking complete ownership of what he did wrong because there really is no excuse for cheating. Now I can hope that they can fix their broken relationship because really JW needs EH just as much as EH needs JW.

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Everyone, grab a jacket...the bromance hurricane is on its way and boy, is it one hell of a storm!

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I'm totally shipping the OTP, but at the moment, I'm shipping the bromance even harder. JCW and CTJ are so good together! I'd be caught up in shipping their bromance in real life if I didn't know it was already in full bloom.

I really liked that not only did EH not make any excuses in the end, he acknowledged that that he doesn't deserve to be forgiven... ever. I hope that his continual showing-up as the doting friend isn't so much about seeking forgiveness as it is about wanting to show JW that he is still deeply loved and cherished, despite the evidence to the contrary. Like he's hoping that showering JW with love will wash away at least a little bit of the hurt, and feel a little less alone, even if their friendship is never mended.

I really liked CTJ in Ugly Alert, but his character was quite reserved in that-- seeing his charisma in this makes me want to see him as a lead in a rom-com.

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This is one of the few times I find myself ridiculously angry over the lives of fictional characters. Talk about poisoning the water. This whole episode - re the cheating just left a bad taste in my mouth. It was hinted at earlier before, of course, but now that everything is out in the open and can't be speculated or denied, I am simmering with anger. Pfft. What Ji-wook needs is a new best friend(s). Friends most emphatically DON'T sleep with their best friend's girl - whether or not you "liked her first" (don't even get me started on that non-apology. I would be more than happy to see Eun-Hyuk treated as persona non grata for the rest of the show. With friends like this, what do you gotta fear from enemies? Nah mehn. He can keep his wingman-ing to himself. All the goodwill I had for him has evaporated. Poof, gone. I can believe he is a changed man, but I want him and his changed self to be a stand-up friend AWAY from Ji-wook. And I hope he and Yoo-jung find their way to each other because they deserve each other. Ughhh.
As for the opening scene with Yoo-jung (who is completely shameless in the worst sense of the word).... Ugh. Like I said, it is not very often I find myself so upset about the lives of fictional characters.

Okay venting over. Back to studying. Kthxbye

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I agree with you, @ladyjaye. I too wasn't swayed by EH and have no problem with Ji Wook continuing to give him the cold shoulder. He's just the same as YJ in the fact that he continually shoves himself in front of JW, wanting forgiveness, just like YJ shoved herself in front of JW, wanting forgiveness-and I'm sure she'll do it again. They both deeply betrayed JW, but they are both hoping that if they just keep bothering JW enough he will forgive them. Frankly, if he forgives EH then he must also forgive YJ since they both sinned against him by cheating and breaking his trust. Why should JW forgive EH over YJ? What gets me is that both YJ and EH believe that if JW forgives them, then they can return to their previous relationship with him. Even if forgivness happens, JW would never forget the betrayal and broken trust. He'd never be able to trust them again in that same way, so any relationship would be fundamentally different.

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It broke my heart to get confirmation that Eun-hyuk was the one who cheated with Yoo-jung, because while it seemed inevitable, seeing the extent of this trio's friendship prior to this event made it so much worse. I don't even know if there needs to be forgiveness (because what he did was unforgivable), but it's clear that healing needs to happen. I also think that Eun-hyuk's knowledge that what he did was wrong, and his genuine regret will go a long way to healing the wounds between the two men.

I understand why Yoo-jung is acting the way she is, but she also behaved deplorably. I still think running away was shameless and selfish and it's looking worse now that we know the extent of the relationship between the three of them. And, just to be clear, I know it takes two to tango, so I don't 100% blame her actions for the breakup of the friendship. It's 50/50 between her and Eun-hyuk -- but it's the actions in the aftermath determine who I think is more worthy of Ji-wook's forgiveness.

I also thought the existence of this friendship presented an interesting parallel to Bong-hee, last week seemed very lonely and friendless, and now you see that Ji-wook is very similar in that respect as well. The difference is that his is almost self-imposed because he's clearly afraid of being hurt again (though, let's be real, his personality isn't the sunniest to begin with). Bong-hee's loneliness stems from the "murderer" label slapped on her, which is actively preventing people helping and befriending her. It was nice to see in this episode that she seems to have retained some ties and friendships from her life prior to the law. But ultimately her life is in the law and her isolation there is clearly having an effect on her.

I can't wait to see these two different personalities start to build (or in Ji-wook's case with Eun-hyuk, rebuild) friendships and relationships that are lasting and meaningful. And I really can't wait to see their already close friendship develop to more...they're on the verge of being adorably codependent already, and that can only mean good things in dramaland.

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I love the pace of this show so far!! It really feels like we are getting a glimpse into these people's lives as time keeps passing by... In the car, they're "recalling" a moment that was supposed to have been two years ago, but for us it was 2 episodes ago (technically 4 episodes ago? The episode counts confuse me).
I love the writing so far, and the directing has some seriously beautiful moments. They can either make this more procedural, with a new case, or... I don't know. So many options! Also, I rewatched that scene where they are bickering in the new office so many times. It makes me wonder if some of it was ad-libbed; there was so much talking with no cuts, it seemed like they were just playing their characters in that moment.
Seriously love the mains! And I hope Nana's character isn't going to as much have a love triangle with Ji Wook but hopefully more like her and Eun Hyuk figure out their own relationship. Of course, without taking too much time away from the main bromance and romance!

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Haha I replayed that scene too. It is quality TV!!!

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Eun Hyuk is the best wing man ever. Although he did cheat on Ji Wook with his girlfriend, I love every moment they are together. Bong Hee is so cute too, whenever she gets so excited that Ji Wook is letting her back in on it. Honestly, I did not know that Ji Wook and Eun Hyuk were such bad fighters, but it was such a funny scene as they tried to run away. If Bong Hee was there, maybe things would have gone better. This show is just great and I can't believe I have to wait another week for it.

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Hahaha! I guess there's no such thing as two good fighters against 30 hormonal teenagers. That's probably exclusive to Bruce Lee and Jacky Chan.

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aw poor Ji Wook little thing. His friends betrayed him the worst way possible. Now I get why he has a hard time being around Lawyer Ji. And you can see how much the last one tries to be forgiven, that part when he says "I love you friend" while Ji Wook throws him out of house is sad.

I love JCW portraying NJW beacuse you can feel his disconfort, his struggle, his heartbkreak and also how much EBH is meaning to him and also he's getting sort of dependent over her, maybe too much for his taste. And it's nice to see him being funny the right way, not overdoing it because it would fit. I can wait for them to get romantic because the actors have a great chemestry.

This killer is giving me the chills. I really hope they make a good villain out of him. Please kdrama gods let it happen.

PD: I want to be his hostage too, were do I apply or sign for it?

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By the way, how weird is it to have JCW's character getting his butt kicked by high schoolers. What would Healer and K2 think ¿? lol SO FUNNY.

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I swear i thought exactly the same!

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I love all the little moments that make me chuckle, like when JW told BH that her shamelessness was what made her unique, and then went on to congratulate himself for being so cool as he walked away. (Pffft.) Followed by the sarcastic "It took you seven whole minutes to change your mind", "But they were seven looong minutes" bit. These cute little interactions make my day.

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I like how he saw that trait in BH and just knows her so well now.

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Yes! And I love how easy it is for her to talk about her deeper pains with him and he reacts almost too little and yet he absorbs the deeper meaning of her monologues so he starts to develop his respect for her. He pays good, valuable attention despite not reacting overtly. I like that about them very much.

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Ok ! I'm starting to get tired of "moody, self pity Ji Wook"
Get your act together man! And stop feeling sorry for yourself! Ok, what happened to you was awful but it was ages ago and you have a good life, job and an AWESOME girl next you.
Sorry but i dont buy his attitude, Bong Hee has suffered a lot worse, not only she was betrayed by her boyfriend, she has been unfairly discredited for life bc of his careless job as prosecutor.

Except for the very few swoony moments, he is not treating her as she deserves and right now i really feel she is faaaaar too good for him.

The writer better make him suffer and fight for her love later on bc right now, I dont think he deserves her...

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I feel he doesnt exactly know she likes him, and he doesnt seem to like her either. He has acted as if she was a burden, but he has also been kind to her. He acted sometimes out of pity and sometimes out of a tenderness he doesnt know he has.
He actually doesnt know what to do with her but he feels obviously he wont let her go. Drama karma.
Now, being moody and self pity, that is not only for loosing his job because of her, i feel is for everything.
And i can only hope he will improve because i also dont like him that blue or angry all the time.

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I agree that BH does have a way more pitiful life than JW and he's lucky that he can afford to be self-pitying and grumpy all the time, while BH has to smile through her pain. I don't think he mistreats BH. he doesn't know she likes him. I think he does feel responsible for her since she was his intern and he did charge her with murder and because she's had such a hard time since the murder. At the moment, it feels like he sees her more like an annoying little sister. I really like he's willing to help Bong Hee track down the murderer and get her name back

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i dont think he sees her like that yet. I am tired of him being so depressed, but I don't think it is something he can help. He is not happy with life right now since he is no longer a prosecutor and has become an outcast in his work. I think losing his job as a prosecutor probably triggered his depression.

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I think how JW and BH react to the lower lows of their life is actually the reflection of what kind of a person they actually are and the difference is actually the point and what makes them click. BH might have had gone through more difficult situations but i believe she's just very stronger than JW mentally. Even If you compare their reactions to betrayal there is a lot of difference in their ways of dealing with it..about JW being moody, i kinda think that he's actually always been like this, but his job and great motivations for catching criminals had done a good job in making him at least seem confident, because i don't think he really is, now add to that being betrayed by the two people he thought loved him and understood him despite his flaws, it's just more than a huge blow for someone like him.to trust again, to depend, to love again, are among his biggest fears i guess, and it doesn't help that he's not confident about himself. He understands how awesome BH is, he's just too afraid of not being able to handle all those feelings again,and his actions and behaviors towards her haven't been any more hurtful than that in my opinion.

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I can see that and I understand where he is coming from. And the actor is portraying him really well. It's just that I'm starting to get the feeling that he is not good enough for her and it spoils my enjoyment of the drama bc I don't want to "not ship them". And in my opinion, he does look down on her a little bit and he is kind of too condescending towards her (even if he admires her secretly) so, as I said before, I hope the writer makes him realize this soon and he gets out of the shell bc as a character, there is a lot of potential there to be amazing :)

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A few thoughts about the episode(s):

• So much cuteness this episode(s), the drama is brimming with them! Like how cute it is that Ji-wook used to be such a dork at college and Bong-hee, simply by just being Bong-hee. Such puppies! And when Bong-hee takes care of Ji-wook’s wounds, when he’s cooking for her, and the “Took you exactly seven minutes.” exchange… Cute, cute, triple cute! Also the team too, they’re too hilarious together!

• The cat’s out of the bag. Like predicted, Eun-hyuk is the man Yoo-jung slept with. And strangely, I don’t hate him, because he admits he’s a bastard and he keeps asking for Ji-wook’s forgiveness even after years of doing so and keeps being rebuked. That doesn’t mean what he did isn’t wrong. It is still wrong, but humans make bad decisions one after another.

Hurry up and make up, Eun-hyuk and Ji-wook! I’m waiting for your bromance!

• Ji-wook after Bong-hee moves out: you can feel his chronic loneliness, the scenes made me tear up a bit. And I love that it speeds up his decision to open up his own practice and get Bong-hee back.

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I have a feeling that Eun Hyuk and Ex Girlfriend's connections are much deeper than what we're being let on at this point in the drama. Now that I know that the three of them were best buddies, those two wouldn't have had sex unless there was something more.

The drama has a pattern of setting an obviously hateful issue up, presenting it so that we view it from an onlooker's viewpoint, we develop feelings of spite against the issue, we start to judge. But then, we later know a bit more, and then we begin to second guess our judgement. That was exactly what they did with Eun Hyuk's character. He was set up as annoying. We could easily sniff that he was the friend that betrayed Ji Wook, and yet, we now know that he was actually in love with the ex girlfriend this whole time. So we can't quickly assume that it was just an easy sex thing at this point.

I love how the drama does that especially since the main conflict is about Bong Hee being judged as a murderer when she's really not. So, there's that about Eun Hyuk too, he's being judged by Jin Wook as a cheater, but it's actually more nuanced than that.

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