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Duel: Episode 8

How many conspiracy theories would be considered too many when it comes to Duel? Then again, the dizziness that comes from keeping up with who wants what and why (and in what decade) can be easily forgotten when your mind has already exploded. At least Sung-joon is finally figuring out who he is and what his memories mean, even if it’s not what he — or we — might’ve expected.

 
EPISODE 8 RECAP

 

Flash-forward intro: Jo-hye runs up to her team outside of Dong-seul’s house, wondering where he could have disappeared to since they were keeping a close eye on him. When it’s revealed that Dong-seul slipped out on his own accord, Jo-hye demands to know where his daughter Min-ji is. Her team reports that Min-ji was last reported to be leaving school with someone who had a police badge, but she hasn’t come home.

Soo-ho and Hyung-shik are convinced that Deuk-chun has kidnapped Min-ji and are worried about what their boss is trying to do. A frustrated Jo-hye gets back in her car. Her phone rings — it’s Deuk-chun calling from a payphone, and he requests that the two of them meet.

We rewind to the moment where Deuk-chun cashes in his favor with Chief Park, who assumes at first Deuk-chun is asking him to abduct Min-ji. Actually, what Deuk-chun wants is Min-ji’s phone to make everyone think that she’s been abducted, when in reality, Chief Park has just intercepted her police protection to watch over her himself while everyone else worries about what’s happened to her.

Chief Park slips Min-ji’s phone to Deuk-chun, having swiped it without her knowledge. He’s worried for Deuk-chun, even though he’s supportive of his friend and Deuk-chun’s attempts to get Soo-yeon back. Just because Chief Park would be willing to get his hands dirty to save his family and go on with life like nothing happened, he knows that Deuk-chun is the type of person who would regret hurting other people, even for his own gain.

 

Deuk-chun says it’s too late — he has to save Soo-yeon. Chief Park simply tells him not to do anything that would put Soo-yeon to shame. Deuk-chun then calls Dong-seul, telling him that he has Min-ji. If Dong-seul wants to see his daughter again, then he better do as Deuk-chun says.

At Sung-hoon’s lair, Director Baek watches an old CCTV video of Doctor Lee in his office. Doctor Lee opens up a container that holds a golden syringe and injects the medication directly into his hand — just like the modern-day Sung-hoon does.

 

Sung-hoon finds Director Baek watching the video, wondering why he’s bothering to look at it after all these years. Director Baek points out that if proper medication had been made back then, they wouldn’t be going through all this to get their hands on the organs, and Sung-hoon would have been cured long ago.

Director Baek muses that it’s odd that Doctor Lee would have injected himself with the only medication that was made after the doctor had spent so long creating it in the first place. Sung-hoon assumes the doctor just got greedy — either for money or the promise of eternal life. Director Baek pities the doctor, though, since the very day he gave himself the injection was the day he died.

 

Changing the subject, Director Baek asks about Deuk-chun. He doesn’t trust Sung-hoon’s casual confidence in the detective and grumbles that Sung-hoon always likes to complicate things. Sung-hoon quietly reminds Director Baek that they’re in this mess now because Director Baek was caught by Deuk-chun, and Director Baek should actually be grateful that Sung-hoon saved his life.

Besides, Sung-hoon has confidence that Deuk-chun will do whatever he asks as long as he has Deuk-chun’s daughter. As he watches Soo-yeon via the security feed, he muses that it’s funny how a person can become unconditionally evil in order to save the person they love.

 

Dong-seul is tied up at the junk yard, and when he sees Deuk-chun, he pleads for Deuk-chun to let Min-ji go since he kept his end of the bargain by coming here. But Deuk-chun just knocks him out with the butt of his gun.

As he drags Dong-seul to the car, Deuk-chun remembers the way he also begged Soo-yeon’s kidnappers to give her back to him once he delivered the money to them. He sounded almost identical to Dong-seul, who Deuk-chun makes sure is bound and gagged in the trunk of the car.

Deuk-chun drives along, presumably to deliver Dong-seul to Sung-hoon, but he can’t stop thinking about Soo-yeon and his promise to her that he would live well. Stopping the car, he goes to the trunk and splashes water on Dong-seul’s face to wake him up.

 

Meanwhile, Mi-rae, Sung-joon, and Sunbae arrive at the psychiatric hospital to find more information about Kim Hye-jin. As Sung-joon walks through the lobby, he suddenly has a memory of being at the hospital before, but with someone we’ve never seen before.

After explaining that Nurse Ryu, who’s listed as Hye-jin’s guardian, has passed away and that Mi-rae is her daughter, they meet with Hye-jin’s doctor. He gives his condolences to Mi-rae, letting her know that Nurse Ryu would visit Hye-jin once a year, although they hadn’t lately seen her for a few years.

Mi-rae’s curious about Hye-jin, who’s been in the hospital for about twenty years now. Her primary symptoms are paranoid delusion — she thinks someone is trying to steal her eggs to create clones. The doctor explains that despite her paranoia, Hye-jin seems quite normal.

 

Hye-jin is brought in to meet with Mi-rae, and when she realizes that it’s Nurse Ryu’s daughter, Hye-jin marvels at how much she’s grown. But then Hye-jin’s gaze goes to the other people in the room, and when she sees Sung-joon, she stands up in a panic.

Instead of Sung-joon, Hye-jin sees Doctor Lee standing in front of her. She demands to know why he’s there and then hysterically screams at him to get out. Grabbing the fountain pen from Sunbae’s shirt pocket, she declares that no one will take “it” away from her, then jabs the pen into her side — right where her ovaries are located.

 

Sung-joon watches in shock as the blood seeps into Hye-jin’s hospital gown. As the orderlies drag her away, she yells that Sung-joon is a devil.

Sung-hoon sees that Soo-yeon is sleeping and goes down to check on her. He finds a drawing of him with the note, “Thank you, Ajusshi,” that’s she’s made for him. He gently packs away her drawing materials and tucks her into bed.

Director Baek delivers another round of medication for Sung-hoon, adding that he hopes it’s the last time Sung-hoon will need it. Sung-hoon sounds almost sarcastic as he thanks Director Baek for extending his life, but Director Baek deadpans that he’s just the delivery boy — it’s the Big Boss that Sung-hoon should thank.

 

Sung-hoon’s phone buzzes — Deuk-chun’s sent him a photo of Dong-seul tied up in the trunk of the car. Sung-hoon smirks as he tells Director Baek that he knew Deuk-chun would obey his orders. He calls Deuk-chun, and as Sung-hoon starts to tell Deuk-chun where to bring Dong-seul so he can watch Deuk-chun can kill the man, Deuk-chun cuts him off.

Deuk-chun says that he’ll decide where and how they should meet. Sung-hoon scoffs at this power play, reminding Deuk-chun that Soo-yeon’s life is in his hands. But Deuk-chun knows that what Sung-hoon wants is not Dong-seul’s life, but Dong-seul’s kidney. Waitaminute. I thought Deuk-chun didn’t know about the organs.

It turns out that when he woke Dong-seul up in the trunk, Deuk-chun demanded to know what it was Sung-hoon really wants from him. If Dong-seul tells him the truth, he’ll spare Min-ji’s life. That’s when Dong-seul told him that Sung-hoon wants his kidney.

 

The ball is now in Deuk-chun’s court, and as an agitated Sung-hoon tells Deuk-chun that he’s making a big mistake since Sung-hoon still has Soo-yeon, Deuk-chun retorts that Sung-hoon is the one making a mistake. He can tell how important Dong-seul is to Sung-hoon, and unless Sung-hoon gives him his daughter back, Deuk-chun won’t surrender Dong-seul. Now, Sung-hoon will have to wait for Deuk-chun’s call.

Enraged, Sung-hoon throws his phone across the room. His tightly laid plans are spinning out of his control.

At the psychiatric hospital, the trio — especially Sung-joon — are still shaken from witnessing Hye-jin stabbing herself. The doctor tells them that they probably shouldn’t visit Hye-jin anytime soon due to her agitated state. As they start to leave the hospital, a nurse walks by and recognizes Sung-joon, asking if he’s back to visit Hye-jin.

Stunned, Sung-joon asks if the nurse knows him, and she tells him that he was there about a month ago to see Hye-jin but because he forgot his ID, he couldn’t sign-in on the visitor’s log and was ultimately turned away. However, the friend he was with did sign-in, and Sung-joon is able to get that friend’s phone number.

Using Mi-rae’s phone, he calls Cha Gi-dong, the person he was supposedly with a month ago. Gi-dong seems to recognize the voice, asking if it’s Woo-hyun. Gi-dong freaks out, telling “Woo-hyun” how worried he’s been. Sung-joon has a memory-flash of being with Woo-hyun and of the two of them hanging out together.

Jo-hye is still parked outside Dong-seul’s house when Boon-suk reveals that Min-ji was with Chief Park and now she’s safe at home. Even though Chief Park insists it was his idea to watch Min-ji, Boon-suk is sure Deuk-chun had something to do with it and offers to bring Chief Park to her.

 

Jo-hye declines his offer. That’s because minutes before Boon-suk brought his intel to her, she’d been on the phone with Deuk-chun, who’d already told her that Min-ji had returned home safe, and that he had no intention to kidnap Min-ji in the first place. Deuk-chun also asked to meet with her, asking for help. He’d told her that Soo-yeon was alive, and that together, they could get Soo-yeon back and capture her abductor.

They meet in a deserted underpass, and Deuk-chun marvels that she actually came alone. Jo-hye warns him that she could arrest him right now, but Deuk-chun points out that if she does, then she’ll only be getting him and she’ll never find Dong-seul or Soo-yeon’s kidnapper. However, if she works with him, then Jo-hye will be able to apprehend both Dong-seul and the kidnapper — and maybe even Deuk-chun, too, if she wanted.

 

Deuk-chun knows Jo-hye’s ambition and that she can’t say no to such an offer. Jo-hye points out that she’s usually the one who’s proposing deals so it feels odd for Deuk-chun to be asking her for help. Deuk-chun says that, provided they have the same goal, there’s no better partner than Jo-hye. She asks him what his plan is.

Tennis Chaebol Lady arranges a vase of flowers as Big Boss reports that there’s been an issue. She studies two roses as she asks if she actually has to make a choice. Eyeing the white rose, she asks about Soo-yeon’s condition. Big Boss tells her that the stem cell treatment seems to be working, although they still have to wait and see.

She pouts that it will make it harder for her decide, but thinks Soo-yeon will be more useful in the future. Plus it’s fun watching “oppa” get frustrated due to Soo-yeon’s disappearance. However — she now picks up the red rose — Doctor Lee’s organs are also important because those were the only organs in the world to receive the injection.

Sighing, she says they have no choice, and tells Big Boss that Soo-yeon should “take it.” She then picks up the white rose and cuts the flower off the stem.

 

Jo-hye calls a team meeting, but it’s mostly Boon-suk and Hyung-shik bickering about whether they should trust Deuk-chun. Jo-hye finally shuts them down, pointing out that it’s not a matter of whether or not they trust Deuk-chun, but whether they can safely retrieve Dong-seul and Soo-yeon and capture the person who kidnapped Soo-yeon.

A flashback to her conversation with Deuk-chun reveals that his plan is to use Dong-seul as bait so she can arrest the kidnapper. She assumes that he means Sung-joon, but Deuk-chun tells her that it isn’t Sung-joon but someone else, and she’ll understand when she sees the kidnapper.

As he waits in the car, Deuk-chun gets a call from Sung-joon, who asks if he’s killed Dong-seul yet. Relieved when Deuk-chun tells him that he hasn’t, Sung-joon reveals that he’s found someone who might help them find Soo-yeon. Sung-joon’s convinced that if Deuk-chun waits a little longer, they’ll find a way to save Soo-yeon that doesn’t involve killing Dong-seul.

Deuk-chun says it’s a good thing that Sung-joon’s memories are returning and that he’s found people from his past, since Sung-joon can start his life again. Worried, Sung-joon asks if Deuk-chun still plans to kill Dong-seul like Sung-hoon told him to, and Deuk-chun reassures him that he’s not going to let Sung-hoon call the shots. Deuk-chun has his own plan to put into motion, promising to save Soo-yeon and prove that Sung-joon is innocent.

 

In his lair, Sung-hoon gasps as he struggles to inject himself. As Sung-hoon waits for the medication to take effect, he grumbles at Director Baek, asking if Director Baek ratted on the Big Boss about him. Director Baek simply tells him that they’ve been ordered to return Soo-yeon and deliver the organs instead.

Angry, Sung-hoon demands to know if they’re now supposed to just do whatever Deuk-chun wants. But Director Baek wants to know why Sung-hoon keeps complicating things by involving Deuk-chun. Grabbing a gun, Sung-hoon points it at Director Baek as he yells at Director Baek to shut up.

Unfazed, Director Baek reveals a message from Deuk-chun, asking to meet later that night. As Director Baek leaves, the unhinged Sung-hoon hears children’s voices pleading with with someone to believe them. With a scream, Sung-hoon fires the gun at nothing.

Hyung-shik and Soo-ho load their own guns as they wonder if they can really trust Jo-hye. Hyung-shik thinks Deuk-chun must have asked for her help because he had no other choice, and reminds Soo-ho that Jo-hye and Deuk-chun once grew up together in the same neighborhood, rising up from a poor and disadvantaged life to eventually make something of themselves, and were close until “the incident” — which I’m presuming means the night Deuk-chun’s wife was killed.

Mi-rae continues to ponder her theories about Sung-joon, Sung-hoon, and Doctor Lee’s organs. She’s slightly distressed when she can’t find the photo of Doctor Lee in her mother’s file, but she doesn’t have time to look further since she, Sunbae, and Sung-joon are scheduled to meet with “Woo-hyun’s” friend, Gi-dong.

Sunbae is delighted that this means their lost puppy Sung-joon will finally find his true home, but on the way to the restaurant, Sung-joon starts to feel sick to his stomach. He tells Sunbae to pull over so he can run to the restroom, where Sung-joon pukes his guts out.

 

As he freshens up at the sink, he looks in the mirror — and sees not his reflection, but the reflection of Sung-hoon and Doctor Lee. Enraged, he yells that he’s not them and then punches the mirror.

Mi-rae patiently waits for Sung-joon outside the restroom, and as he slowly shuffles her way, she gently reassures him that Sunbae is getting him some carsickness medication. But Sung-joon just pulls the photo of Doctor Lee from his pocket and hands it to her.

Sung-joon tells her that he’s not the man in the photo, and the memories he’s been having of Nurse Ryu, and Hye-jin aren’t his, either. Sung-joon believes that they belong to the man in the photograph who died years ago.

 

Sung-joon can’t believe he didn’t figure it earlier. After all, someone who has the same face, DNA, and fingerprints as him can’t possibly exist unless he was made on purpose. But Sung-joon points out that Mi-rae already figured out that he’s a clone, even before they visited Hye-jin.

When Mi-rae quietly admits that she knows, Sung-joon laughs to himself. He’d been hoping to hear her say that he was spouting nonsense and it wasn’t true. Mi-rae apologizes, but Sung-joon says she doesn’t need to. Sunbae runs up just then with a drink to help with the nausea, and Sung-joon says he’s ready to go.

Sung-hoon hurries down to his medical basement. Soo-yeon cheerfully asks if he saw the picture she drew for him, but he abruptly tells her he’s not interested. As he fiddles with her IV drip, Soo-yeon sadly asks if she has to go to sleep again even though it’s not nighttime.

 

But when Sung-hoon says that she has to sleep so she can see her father, she’s happy to get into bed. As excited as she is to go home and be with her father, Soo-yeon realizes that means she won’t see Sung-hoon again. She tells Sung-hoon that somehow that makes her sad, but soon the drugs take effect and she’s asleep. Sung-hoon gently removes her IV before picking her up and carrying her upstairs.

The trio wait for Gi-dong at the restaurant. Sunbae is perhaps the only happy one, assuming this means Sung-joon — or “Woo-hyun” — can return to his previous life. When Gi-dong enters the restaurant, he hesitates a moment, and then kneels in front of Sung-joon, begging forgiveness, blaming himself for what happened. With a pained look on his face, Gi-dong apologizes for selling “Woo-hyun” for money.

 

Gi-dong explains to “Woo-hyun” that he didn’t know what would happen to him, but when some guy came to his work, asking if he was from Soojung Orphanage, the man also showed him a picture of “Woo-hyun.” That man was Director Baek and it was a photo of Sung-hoon, and even though Gi-dong didn’t know that, he still knew that despite looking exactly like “Woo-hyun,” the man in the photo didn’t seem like the same person.

The man also knew “Woo-hyun’s” name from when they were at the orphanage: Lee Sung-joon. Gi-dong starts to cry as he apologizes for his money weakness, but he needed the money for his mother’s medical bills. Sung-joon is more curious about why he’s apparently going by “Woo-hyun” now. Gi-dong says he doesn’t know, except that “Woo-hyun” never really liked it since it reminded him of his orphanage days.

 

Dong-seul is still in the trunk, and Deuk-chun opens it up and takes off the man’s gag. Dong-seul demands to know who he is and why he’s doing this, and where he’s keeping Min-ji. Dong-seul offers to double the amount of whatever Deuk-chun is getting paid if it means saving Min-ji, but Deuk-chun quietly tells him that Min-ji is safe at home, and he’s doing his best to save Dong-seul.

Deuk-chun drives the car to an empty warehouse, where Jo-hye’s team is hidden and lying in wait.

Meanwhile, Gi-dong takes the trio to where “Woo-hyun” lives, which is apparently in a garage. Gi-dong can’t stick around since he has to work, but he tells Sung-joon where to find the spare key. The trio cautiously enter the garage where a ramshackle living space has been set up.

The focus, however, seems to be the desk and a makeshift wall that’s covered with a sheet. Sung-joon removes the sheet, shocked to find a wall of evidence: newspaper articles about cloning, photos and profile information about Doctor Lee, even photos of Byung-joon, Joo-shik, and Dong-seul. As Sung-joon takes in all the information, he suddenly doubles over in pain, his hands clutching his head.

 
COMMENTS

One of the things I’ve loved about this show is that our heroes are smart and figure things out just as fast as we the viewers could (with maybe as many questions as we the viewers have, too). There have been plenty of twists and turns, but none that were truly shocking except in a “Aha! So that’s why this is important!” kind of way. But now I’m truly stunned. I did not see Sung-joon’s previous life coming, much less one where he already knows about the cloning, Doctor Lee, and the organs.

Here I was, naively believing Sung-joon was literally born yesterday, but now it seems he’s also had an entire life, just like Sung-hoon has. Although, considering the two of them are presumably products of an illegal experiment, it’s a wonder that someone allowed him to get sent to an orphanage in the first place. You’d think they — whomever the Sanyoung powers that be — would want to keep studying him, even if Doctor Lee was out of the picture. Or maybe Sanyoung wanted to quickly hush up the project after Doctor Lee was cut up and his organs put into other people’s bodies, and the easiest way to dispose of a couple of kids was to dump them at an orphanage. Or maybe the orphanage is a cover-up for other scientific experiments. Or maybe there are people quietly spying on Sung-joon and watching him grow up and interact with the world. Or maybe… whew, okay, I did say that for every question this show answers, a dozen more spring up like weeds in its place.

At least we now know why everyone is desperate to find Doctor Lee’s organs. He’s been injected with the Only Injection That Matters, the Golden Injection, the Most Precious Injection. A secret injection that’s so powerful that it could cure cancer, presumably, or maybe make someone live forever, or at least keep a clone alive without needing to take constant injections of an inferior medication. This also begins to explain why Soo-yeon is so important, since I’m now assuming that the stem cell injection she received must be the result of twenty-some years’ worth of scientific labor to reproduce the One True Golden Injection that Doctor Lee administered to himself (which also makes me wonder if the fact he died that same night was pure coincidence or conspiracy).

I’m also assuming that Tennis Chaebol Lady must have some chronic illness that could be fixed with a stem cell injection, since it looked like she was arranging her flowers in a VIP hospital room. If not her, then perhaps another family member — because then it’s not simply a matter of figuring out how to put profit into Sanyoung’s pockets, but to save a life. The life of a chaebol, though, which teases at the moral debate of which is more important: the life of a poor child who has nothing or the life of a rich person with influence. At any rate, Tennis Chaebol Lady does seem to be working on her own, since it seems the Sanyoung chairman — aka “oppa” — doesn’t know what happened to Soo-yeon, so I’m betting Tennis Chaebol Lady was the one who tipped Sung-hoon off about kidnapping Soo-yeon. She’s probably the one funding his mansion lair and all the medication, too, since she can get her hands on any trial medicine that Sanyoung makes.

While there are still a lot of questions left unanswered, I’m excited that we’ve finally reached the point where our characters believe that clones are real. I’m also happy that there are alliances being made, however begrudging they may be. I’m also impatient to find out how all of our characters are connected, since now I’m wondering if tiny Sung-hoon and Sung-joon ever met Deuk-chun before. I have the nagging suspicion that Deuk-chun might have been the “ajusshi” the boys were crying out to — the voices in Sung-hoon’s memory. Maybe they escaped and were trying to explain the wild tale of being locked up in a hospital and being tested on. I’d have to work out the math of ages to see if that was plausible, but I’m convinced everyone is connected one way or another (Soo-yeon being chosen for the stem cell research can’t have been a fluke).

Finally, while I’ve been so caught up in the plot and figuring out what each tiny detail means, I want to express how enjoyable this show is to watch on a technical level. Even though the flash-forwards and flashbacks can sometimes make me dizzy, it’s a stylish way to keep the storyline fresh and moving, even when all that’s happening is exposition. I also love some of the neat camerawork (the way we went from watching the CCTV of Doctor Lee to actually being “in” the room with him particularly comes to mind).

Of course, I also have to heap oodles of praise on the actors, particularly Yang Se-jong. I think all of us were a little nervous about someone so green taking on the huge responsibility of representing two completely different main characters (which has now expanded into three), but Yang Se-jong has done an incredible job embodying the helpless confusion of Sung-joon, the smirking conniving nature of Sung-hoon (with a dash of gentle weakness for Soo-yeon), and the haughtiness of Doctor Lee. I just hope this drama doesn’t totally wear him out, because I’m already looking forward to seeing what other characters he can play.

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Yes, major props to Yang Se-jong. Three different clones = three completely different people. That's what life experiences will do to you, same DNA but that's about it. lol I love all his characters though, even the doc. though he is still pretty damn mysterious as of right now.

The show is great. I have to say the first episode or two I was still a bit wary, I liked it but I didn't know if I could put my trust into this show that it will continue to be good. Now though, I don't even worry about that cause I am too occupied by the plot development.

I'm worried about Soo-yeon, if I understood right then she was actually being given an experimental treatment for her disease and it was working? So when her father succeeds in taking her back he might actually sign her death sentence because then she can't receive that treatment anymore. :(

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Took them long enough for Sung Joon to mention the C word. I mean the clues were practically staring us in the face. So I'm glad that Sung Joon finally called it, that he was a clone. I guess the difference between his memories and Dr. Lee's memories were the final clincher for him. This episode does generate a million questions though. Like what was in the serum Dr. Lee injected himself with? Why are his organs so valuable? How did they produce clones? And why that particular patient's eggs? Why is Sung Hoon hell bent on revenge when Sung Joon is not? Who is Mi Rae's dad? And what are the ultimate plans for little Soo Yeon? I guess I'll have to wait until the next episode to find out.

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Okay, here's my theory: Sung-Joon and Sung-Hoon are initially together in captivity. They tried to escape but only one of them is successful: Sung-Joon is thus growing up outside of captivity and Sung-Hoon blamed him for leaving him behind and he is experimented by those captors for years. We don't know yet whether Sung-Joon had memory loss causing him not getting back to rescue Sung-Hoon, personally I think it is uncharacteristic of him to leave him behind so something must have happened. Sung-Hoon, meanwhile, felt that he is betrayed by Sung-Joon and thereby think of him as enemy. Maybe during the escape attempt Sung-Hoon encountered Deuk-chun and requested help from him but was somehow ignored and thus he was later recaptured. That's why he is holding personal grudge against him. Years passed Sung-Joon must have noticed something amiss or there may be figments of memory left in him so he started to investigate those events circa 1993. And then organisation that held them in captivity finally tracked him down and caused him to lose all memories in the process. That's why Sung-Hoon seemed a bit surprised when Sung-Joon mentioned about his figments of recovered memory during their previous confrontation. Maybe it is just me, but I noticed a glint of suppressed anger as well as disbelief in Sung-Hoon when Sung-Joon was begging him to release Soo-yeon. "How dare you show that much concern for her well being when you abandoned me there!" Again this is just my personal theory and I could be over-analysing though. Can't help it cause I'm currently obsessed about this show.

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I got that feeling from SH as well, like he thought SJ begging for Soo-yeon was somehow ironic.

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Also, I am curious about the injection that the host doctor get before murdered. There was a mention of "immortality" in the subtitle (and I don't know if there are things that got lost in translation), is that what kept his body preserved all these while?

Organ harvesting, cloning and stem cell research.... How are these three related in the deep conspiracy? What was the Prof researching about? I think the organisation is trying to replicate the research output by cloning the dead professor since he had injected the secret formula into his body and he was murdered so nobody else know about the formula. But then his organs were already stolen so they were not able retrieve it completely. If that is the case, wouldn't it be simpler to just get the memory from Sung-joon or Sung-hoon that somehow inherited from the host...Which brings me to the question, does Sung-hoon have the memory from the host as well? Are they aware that Sung-joon somehow have the memory from the host?

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More likely nope,he was put on ice aka Cryogenic freezing...Till finding out about the serum i even had that carzy idea they all wanted to get back the organs and try to make him alive,i know crazy stuff...

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Major props to Yang Se Jong,u could really say they are 3 different characters even if played by one...This takes me back to that amazing brazilian jem of drama "O Clone/The Clone",were Murilo Benicio also played magnificant 3 roles...
Kinda sad we don't have more into the life of the original aka Doctor Lee and his ultimate motive as to why he injected himself,somehow i doubt it was just for money even if the irony made that his organs be so valuable in the end...I really pity both Sung Joon and Seung Hoon,i guess the hint as to why Hoon hates Deuk-chun making it so personal,i bet at that time and being so young and tortured he seen in him his ray of light out of the hell and Deuk-chun failed to help them,maybe he was the one among the two who reached to him(curious if it's in the same timeline as his wife death)...It's also intresting how the genetic memory manifests in Sung Joon yet we don't see signs of that in Hoon even if they are identical and should share on a tehnical level the same genetic heritance.Also curious as to why Doc Lee created them in the first place...Curious as well if they experimented on this poor boys thinking being Doctor Lee's clone would have the same effect as the original,till they found out about the serum being only in the original valuable...Even if my heart actually aches for Hoon my heart cries so much for Seung Joon,i really want to give him a big bear hug,he looks so lost sometimes yet so enderingly innocent in the way his body reacts,like a little boy while sometimes sick(major props again to Yang Se Jong for showing him so sickly)...I'm quite curious why the two brothers(i'll call them that) grew cold like that as it's clearly that when small they were close...

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i don't think that Dr. Lee is part of the cloning thing though. I was thinking that the cloning was done by the organization as an effort to retrieve whatever serum that was injected by Dr. Lee into his body. But that approach doesn't work out somehow as his organs that has "absorbed" the secret formula were taken out by third parties.

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Like everyone else mentioned, I'm impressed of Yang Se Jong's acting skill as he brings out 3 different roles. I know there's one more Lee Woo Hyun, but his character is a bit like Sung Joon. I'm also curious what Woo Hyun knows, since he's the one who made the connection/timeline/news board. Nevertheless, I'm so invested trying to figure out the complete puzzles by the clues that the writer gives each episode.

Btw, I love the scene in this episode when Soo Yeon that she will miss Sung Hoon. Aw.

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wait, isn't lee woo-hyun and sung-joon the same person???As far as I know, that's just the name he used before amnesia, so I doubt their personality would differ that much though.

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Wait, what? I must have watched it wrong. I thought Woo Hyun is another clone. Hahahah

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lol I wouldn't say no to more yang se-jong too...

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Nope it's the same person..He changed his name as he hated his real one aka Sung Joon from the days he was in the orphanage,loosing his memories somehow made him go back to his real one...

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aww sung hoon ?

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I'm such a sucker for Sung-hoon and Soo-yeon moments. Those little softening after he saw her little drawing gift gave me a warm-fuzzy feeling. And when she told him that she might miss him after she went home, I'm a goner. I need Deuk-chun to somehow adopt Sung-hoon into his ragtag team so that I can see these two together again. Because her firm and innocent belief that he was a good person worth of her affection managed to draw out the better quality of him. And I want to see more of that.

On the other hand, I'm glad that Mi-rae is there for Sung-joon to soften the blow of his real identity (and I appreciated that she never concealed the truth from him). His sudden realization that most of the memories he remembered was not his was hard to watch. Suddenly he seems too frail to bear the burden of the truth. Though I'm relieved to know that he is still the same nice guy before and after his bout of amnesia.

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Thanks for the recap. Off to read. More comments later.

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So, from what I understood this episode sung hoon and sung joon lived their childhood like brothers then something happened and they got separated. One ended up in an orphanage and the other, sung hoon, remained locked and they did research on hit. I am curious how the writers are going to explain / build this story.

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I agree Yang Se-jong is doing a great job playing all the characters. I feel so sorry for him as SJ, and when he plays SH all I think is "this guy is crazy" in particular that phycho smile XD. For some reason I have been thinking that if Im Siwan hadn't been available to play Jang Geu rae, Yang would have been a good replacement. It's probably the fact that SJ and GR both give out the same helpless vibe. Anyway the fact that SJ already knew everything and then lost his memory really did take me by surprise. I agree that there must be some connection to everything and that nothing is coincedencial, even the fact that SY was chosen for the treatment.
I am dying to know what's DC's role in all this, because according to SH he is not innocent. I can't help but think that it must connected to that scene where his wife was being held hostage and then was stabbed when she was pregnant with SY. Maybe something was done that saved SY's life and DC selfishly took it even though it meant that someone else's life was going to be affected? Too many questions and I am impatient for answers. Thanks for the recap odilettante :).

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Me too thinking that Sung Joon was born /made yesterday. And the reason was too cover for every Sung Hoon's wrong doing. All this time I thought Sung Hoon was the main antagonist.

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Thanks for the recap and commentary, odilettante. ;-)

One of the themes examined in this episode is nature versus nurture. Sung-joon and Sung-hoon presumably are identical, but after being separated in childhood, they have had very different life experiences. Both have experienced betrayal, but their reactions to it differ. Encounters with random strangers also influence them in varying ways.

Yang Se-jong is doing a terrific job portraying three distinctly different personalities.

I'm really wondering about the nature of that golden revivifying liquid that Sung-hoon injects into his hand (ew!), which strikes me as a weird place to administer it. It may be an infusion of nanobots designed to effect repairs at the molecular level.

The pioneering work on the subject is Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology by K. Eric Drexler of MIT (1986). This book spurred interest in cryonics when it was published. Cryonic suspension (reversible intact preservation of the body and all its information at low temperature) is one form of biostatis, a “lifeboat” tactic to buy time until medical science advances enough to overcome aging and extend the human lifespan. Drexler has envisioned nanotechnology as a means of repairing injured, diseased, and senescent tissue with an eye to reanimation. Chapter 9, "A Door to the Future," is available online:
http://e-drexler.com/d/06/00/EOC/EOC_Chapter_9.html

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So the objective of the shrouded organisation headed by the seemingly ill VIP girl is to get their hands on the missing organs, and I presumed Song-Hoon is technically working with them in exchange for the life sustaining serum he's been injecting while trying to get those organs as he need them for survival. Once they got it, how would they share it? Are they gonna clone the organs so that each can have a set? I can't wrap my head on this as they are after the same thing, wouldn't they turn on each other? What exactly is their deal anyway?

The VIP girl seemed to be the behind all these organ hunting, what about her "father" and "brother" that she hinted the other day.... I think they are involved, but are they on the same boat?

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Yang Se-jong is the monster rookie! Sung-joon & Sung-hoon are totally two different characters but he nailed it. I'm enjoying this show..

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I have just seen the preview for the 9th episode and i am so excited for Saturday.

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I'm just gonna be over here waiting for the Ukrainian Assassin Monk and Suburban Dad clones to show up next.

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I stopped watching this for a while but a friend of mine kept telling me to tune in again because of the twists and turns that this show gives. And man was she right. I started watching immediately and have already caught up with the latest ep. Everything about this show is just purely amazing! I don't even notice the time passing because there are so many things going on. Hats off to yang se jong! Even knetz are saying nothing but praise for his acting skills.

I am completely sold out in this show! I do hope they get the ratings they deserve for I want to see them get a vacation reward also.

Thank you @odilettante for the awesome recap!

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Glad that Sung Joon finally knows that he is a clone. About time. I felt like this episode was mostly set up for the next episode. I wanted to see more action!

Soo Yeon is so adorable and sweet. Her saying that she will miss Sung Hoon definitely tugged at my heart. I like that he softens when he is around her.

I'm still curious about the twin clone mystery, but everything else is not leaving a big impact.

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