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Lookout: Episodes 21-22

The tension mounts as the Lookout team prepares to launch the final mission and get justice for their loved ones. Their odds may improve with the addition of a new member, but the only thing we can count on with this drama is that surprises are the norm. The team’s success depends on the final alliances of key figures, but which way will they tip the scale?

 
EPISODE 21 RECAP

Do-han finds his car blocked by Detective Nam’s as he tries to leave the neighborhood where Suji’s mother lives. The detective fabricates a report that Suji was sighted in the area and that he needs to search Do-han’s car. Do-han protests, but Detective Nam insists that he must check for himself.

Luckily, Soon-ae calls Detective Nam and demands to know his whereabouts. Detective Nam’s story that Suji was reported in her mother’s neighborhood is news to Soon-ae, who orders him back to headquarters.

Detective Nam turns to leave, but suddenly opens the door to Do-han’s backseat, only to find it empty. Do-han feigns outrage that the detective could suspect him of harboring Suji. After he gets away, Do-han stops at the end of a narrow street just as Suji runs up to meet him.

Detective Nam calls Chief Prosecutor Yoon to report on Do-han’s activity, that he followed orders and questioned the stakeout detectives about Suji’s mother. He finds Do-han’s sudden departure suspicious, so Chief Prosecutor Yoon asks him to find out everything he can about Do-han.

Back in the car, Suji questions Do-han about the chief prosecutor and he admits that he knows what weaknesses he can take advantage of. When asked about the prosecutor’s son, Shi-wan, Do-han shares that strange things happened around the boy, and sometimes children were hurt. Suji’s voice rises as she asks why he didn’t stop Shi-wan, but then realizes that he couldn’t anticipate what he would do.

Suji asks Do-han if he ever considered giving up, only to be told, “Never.” She echoes his sentiment, even though she sees how sick her mother is from worry. Suji thinks if she quit, no one would remember what Yoo-na went through, which would be too sad to bear. Do-han makes no comment.

Before Suji exits Do-han’s car at the private detective agency, she thanks him for the chance to see her mother. Do-han drives off without a word.

Bomi greets Suji and asks about her mother. She then explains that she reviewed CCTV footage with Kyung-soo and that their leader doesn’t seem so bad after all. Suji confides that she doesn’t think she can ever forgive Do-han, but admits that she can’t hate him either. Suji explains to Bomi that she understood Do-han’s pain even though he didn’t explain it or cry.

The priest walks through the church and sees that the light of the confessional is on. He finds Do-han waiting and warns him that he can’t come here anymore, but Do-han admits that he had nowhere else to go. Visibly tormented, Do-han confesses, “I left Yoo-na to die.”

Do-han explains to the priest that he saw Shi-wan take Yoo-na into that building. The priest counters, “But you didn’t know he was going to kill her.” Do-han knew that Shi-wan was hanging around Yoo-na for a few days before then, but he didn’t know why. Do-han says he did notice that the building had no cameras or security and sensed that something bad would happen.

Torn by guilt, Do-han admits that he had the chance to save Yoo-na, but he hesitated because he knew the encounter might enable him to get closer to Chief Prosecutor Yoon.

Suji tells Bomi that it must have been agony for Do-han to smile in front of Chief Prosecutor Yoon all this time.

As Suji admits to Bomi that she can’t hate Do-han because she understands how he feels, he tells the priest that eventually, he ran after Shi-wan, but he was too late. Do-han weeps as he confesses that because he hesitated, Yoo-na died.

The next day, Suji is parked outside her mother’s restaurant and reports to Bomi that Do-han’s information was correct, and there are reporters congregated outside. Just as Kyung-soo worries about her mother, Suji’s mom walks out to fling salt at the crowd.

Suji sounds proud as she shares that her mother looks too healthy for the reporters to claim that she’s sick. She gets an idea and proposes that they use the chief prosecutor’s tactic on Detective Nam and ensnare him with fake news.

Suji witnesses a detective friend hand an envelope to Detective Nam that contains a family relation certificate for Lee Shin-hyuk. When Detective Nam returns to an empty headquarters, he checks his computer and discovers an article about the missing housewife who returned after ten years.

Detective Nam calls the listed newspaper’s number, which turns out to be Kyung-soo, and pretends that he’s a producer. He’s transferred to the reporter, played by Bomi, who deftly fends off his request to meet with the subject of the article.

Kyung-soo realizes that Detective Nam’s interest means he must know something about his mother and decides to confront him. Suji suggests that they wait for Detective Nam to lead them to his mother, but Bomi has had enough. She advises Suji not to play along anymore and utters the words that Kyung-soo doesn’t want to hear—that his mother was murdered.

Bomi doesn’t want him to get his hopes up, but Kyung-soo lashes out at her, insistent that his mother is still alive. Kyung-soo says it might be easy for Bomi because she’s so cold that she doesn’t laugh or cry easily, but he can’t accept it until he sees his mother with his own eyes. When Suji interjects to agree with Bomi, he storms out of the office in frustration.

Kyung-soo escapes to the roof with the flyer of his mother. He gazes at her photo and smiles as he recalls the birthday celebration when he gifted her with the scarf. Her husband and sons encouraged her to wear the scarf and leave the house to meet with friends, concerned that everyone around them assumed she was depressed.

Soon after, Kyung-soo left school with some friends who wanted to celebrate that their tests were over. One of his companions remembered that Kyung-soo never joined them because of his mother’s mental issues, but Kyung-soo insisted that she had recovered.

Kyung-soo saw his mother approach hesitantly, her birthday scarf around her neck. After they noticed one another, Kyung-soo steered his friends in the opposite direction to avoid running into her, and his mother turned away. When he looked back at her, she sent Kyung-soo an understanding smile. (Oh my, was that the last time he saw her?)

Back in the present, Kyung-soo clutches the flyer and breaks down in tears.

Detective Nam reports to Chief Prosecutor Yoon that Do-han’s mother was killed by someone that they know: Lee Shin-hyuk, the culprit from the espionage case. Yoon is surprised that Do-han is the son of the victim, as it would make more sense if he were the son of the murderer.

Detective Nam warns Yoon about the recent article on the missing housewife case. When Chief Prosecutor Yoon can’t find the article online, he realizes that someone targeted them. Detective Nam promises to check out anyone who knew about the case and ends his recording of the call, which he adds to a long list of recordings.

When Do-han enters headquarters, Detective Nam pockets his phone and leaves. Do-han notices a CCTV camera and gets an idea. He obtains a copy of the CCTV footage for the headquarters office and watches it alone in his car, and learns that he records his calls with Yoon.

Do-han shares his discovery with Suji, who in turn shares that they’ve confirmed that Detective Nam is Venom. Do-han tells Suji that he somehow needs to confirm that Chief Prosecutor Yoon arranged the murder. When Suji cautions him to be careful, he’s taken aback.

Suji watches Detective Nam search a newsstand for news about the missing housewife case. He overhears a live broadcast allege that the police were behind the disappearance of the missing housewife. Detective Nam grabs the phone of some passing women to listen to the report.

The next thing you know, Detective Nam yells into his phone at Chief Prosecutor Yoon, who points out that if anyone had real proof, it would have been turned over to the police. Yoon has an idea who is behind the threat, but in the meantime, he has a job for Detective Nam.

Eun-joong learns that Assemblywoman Chae withdrew her request to reopen Yoo-na’s case. He storms into Prosecutor Park’s office and is told that Assemblywoman Chae wants to meet with him.

Assemblywoman Chae explains to Eun-joong that she still objects to Chief Prosecutor Yoon’s appointment as attorney general, even though she gave him the black box footage. Prosecutor Park argues that the evidence wasn’t sufficient to eliminate Chief Prosecutor Yoon, but Eun-joong counters that he’d hoped it would lead to an investigation.

Assemblywoman Chae confides that they have something better, the testimony of Prosecutor Yoon’s longtime lackey, Lawyer Oh. Eun-joong realizes that the assemblywoman intends to make Lawyer Oh the star of Chief Prosecutor Yoon’s hearing. When Assemblywoman Chae protests that she did her best, Eun-joong dismisses her as a hypocrite and walks out.

Suji calls Do-han to ask if he has an idea why Detective Nam is heading to a rural town. When he hears where she is, he realizes that Detective Nam is headed for his father. Suji reasons that it has something to do with the envelope he received earlier and senses that Chief Prosecutor Yoon is up to something. Suji promises to do what she can to stop Detective Nam.

Before Do-han can decide what to do, he gets a call from Chief Prosecutor Yoon. Eun-joong tries to make a call, but can’t get through. Meanwhile, Suji watches Detective Nam enter the prison hospital where Do-han’s father resides.

Do-han meets with Chief Prosecutor Yoon at his house. He gets right to the point and confronts Do-han about the lie that his father was alive, something he discovered when he checked his background. Do-han explains that his father died when he was young, but he lied about it because he wanted to give the impression that he was raised well.

Chief Prosecutor Yoon accepts Do-han’s apology and acts as if everything’s fine. He then mentions to Do-han that his mother died at the hands of someone that the chief prosecutor is familiar with: the dangerous spy, Lee Shin-hyuk.

EPISODE 22 RECAP

Chief Prosecutor Yoon explains that Lee Shin-hyuk connects Do-han to him and Detective Nam. Do-han thus gets confirmation that the chief prosecutor’s association with Detective Nam stretches back at least as far as the espionage case. Chief Prosecutor Yoon chuckles as he baits Do-han with the news that Detective Nam paid Lee Shin-hyuk a visit today, and suggests that it was a happy reunion.

Do-han’s father looks forward to a visit with his son, but is stunned when his torturer, Detective Nam, sits down across from him.

Chief Prosecutor Yoon laughs at Do-han’s agitation and wonders if he has lingering feelings for his stepfather. He then leans close to ask if he’s actually Lee Shin-hyuk’s son.

The chief prosecutor scans Do-han’s face for a reaction, but is interrupted by a text. Chief Prosecutor Yoon admits that the reunion must not have been a happy one since Lee Shin-hyuk slit his wrists once he returned to his room (This man is just evil).

Chief Prosecutor Yoon grabs Do-han by the chin as he struggles to maintain his composure and charges, “You look like you want to run over to your father right now.” Do-han maintains that his father died when he was young and he never considered Lee Shin-hyuk as his father. Chief Prosecutor Yoon sees the anger in his eyes and believes that Do-han is telling the truth, or that he’s an exceptional liar.

Eun-joong approaches the priest outside of the church, worried because he can’t get in touch with Do-han. Eun-joong says he knows about the priest’s identity and asks him to warn Do-han that Chief Prosecutor Yoon knows who he really is. Before the priest can ask for details, Suji calls, also worried that she can’t reach Do-han.

Suji explains that Detective Nam visited Do-han’s father and then there was some sort of emergency at the hospital. She asks for the priest’s help since she can’t go inside. When the priest excuses himself, Eun-joong wonders if Chief Prosecutor Yoon made his move.

Do-han acts surprised that Chief Prosecutor Yoon could believe that he would change his identity to get revenge. Do-han labels the decision to charge Lee Shin-hyuk with espionage a good one, unless the chief prosecutor has a reason to doubt it. But Chief Prosecutor Yoon doesn’t take his bait.

Do-han finally gets away and calls Suji from his car. She suggests that they talk at the agency, but Do-han loses it, desperate for news about his father. Suji promises to update him at the agency and then watches as Do-han’s father is loaded into an ambulance.

Chief Prosecutor Yoon reviews the footage that Assemblywoman Chae gave him of Do-han rescuing Suji, and admits that he still doesn’t trust him.

Suji meets Do-han on the roof of the agency to let him know his father is at the hospital and is expected to recover. Do-han worries that his father is alone but Suji explains that the priest is with him. He’s determined to see his father, but she stops him and warns that his visit would risk everything that they’ve worked for. That’s why Chief Prosecutor Yoon sent Detective Nam to visit his father in the first place, to draw him out.

Detective Nam reports to Chief Prosecutor Yoon that Do-han isn’t at the hospital, and instead Eun-joong and the priest are there. Detective Nam reasons that the priest must be Lee Shin-hyuk’s son and suggests that they collect DNA from Do-han to confirm his story.

Eun-joong joins the priest in Lee-Shin-hyuk’s room and admits that he feels partially responsible for what happened. The priest acknowledges, “Sometimes, innocent people are harmed.” Eun-joong offers to stay with Do-han’s father, but the priest rejects his help because for now, he’s Lee Shin-hyuk’s son. Eun-joong asks the priest to share Do-han’s plan with him so that he can help.

Suji returns to the roof to offer Do-han a beer and some advice: “Don’t think about anything.” She sits with him and asks about his father. Do-han smiles as he recalls a man who was once unafraid, who always took his side no matter what. He reminisces about nighttime fishing trips where they would gaze at the sky and admits that back then, just being with his dad made him happy.

The next morning, Do-han encounters Eun-joong, completely unprepared for the words that come out Eun-joong’s mouth: “Your father woke up around dawn.” Do-han’s smile disappears when Eun-joong passes on the priest’s report that his father is much improved.

The men move to the roof to talk privately and Eun-joong confesses that he learned the truth about Do-han after he saw the black box footage of him rescuing Suji. Chief Prosecutor Yoon now has that footage and Do-han immediately figures out that Assemblywoman Chae handed it over to him. Eun-joong shares that she claims to have Lawyer Oh on her side, which he knows was Do-han’s handiwork.

Do-han wonders why Eun-joong hasn’t arrested him yet, but he says that his intent is to catch Chief Prosecutor Yoon first. Eun-joong asks why Do-han didn’t report his relationship with Prosecutor Park and Assemblywoman Chae. Do-han admits that he planned to use Eun-joong somehow, and didn’t know that his cover would get blown first.

Eun-joong asks if Do-han is certain that he can bring down Chief Prosecutor Yoon, and Do-han says there is one obstacle left to overcome. Eun-joong asks about Suji, and Do-han assures him that her safe return is part of his plan. That’s all that Eun-joong needs to hear.

Suji sits in her car outside the hospital and calls the priest to warn him that Detective Nam just entered. Inside, Detective Nam pays a security guard for a small ziplock bag and just misses the priest when he returns to the floor. From inside an elevator, Detective Nam requests a DNA test as he holds the plastic bag that contains a few strands of hair.

Se-won sees Shi-wan at school and calls out to him happily. He’s with some friends and glances at a security camera as he ignores her wave, pretending like he doesn’t know her. Later, Shi-wan sits next to her in a computer lab and offers her some juice. He pretends that he didn’t see her earlier and flashes his smile, and Se-won decides that she must have misunderstood the situation.

Soon-ae meets with Eun-joong and is shocked when he announces that he’s turning himself in. She looks comically skeptical as Eun-joong confesses that he sent Suji the information on both the Miseo-dong and Kim Woo-sung cases. Soon-ae reminds Eun-joong that he’s so upright that he intends to arrest the woman he loves, but he insists on his guilt.

Do-han races through the building as Eun-joong sits in an interrogation room. Soon-ae surveys him from behind the two-way mirror with the rest of her team and Detective Ma struggles to accept that Eun-joong was a spy. Do-han arrives and asks the team to leave and Detective Nam gives him a pointed look on the way out.

Do-han demands to know if Eun-joong intends to ruin his career, but his plan is to ruin the chief prosecutor. Eun-joong reminds Do-han that he once warned him that his method would never work against Chief Prosecutor Yoon. He admits that his way isn’t enough and proposes that they work together for once. Eun-joong asks Do-han to catch Chief Prosecutor Yoon and help Suji return home.

Eun-joong offers to bring false charges against himself until Do-han’s plan succeeds, then he wants Do-han to confess. Do-han warns Eun-joong that there’s no turning back and eventually agrees to his plan and growls, “If you really want it that badly, I’ll use you to catch Yoon Seung-ro.”

Detective Nam takes a call as Do-han appears behind him, and explains that he still needs Do-han’s DNA. Do-han approaches to share his latest information—that the last case that Eun-joong leaked to Suji was the ten-year-old missing housewife case. Do-han asks point-blank, “You did it, didn’t you?”

Do-han warns Detective Nam that because of the video on the internet and the confession from Eun-joong, the case will be reopened. He asks Detective Nam if he’s sure that he got rid of all the evidence, but the detective acts clueless.

Do-han warns Detective Nam not to trust Chief Prosecutor Yoon; after all, he was behind Lawyer Oh’s indictment. He whispers that he hopes Detective Nam isn’t caught because of some loose ends.

Do-han informs Suji that Detective Nam will soon be on the move and warns her not to lose him. She encourages him to focus on Chief Prosecutor Yoon since this could be Do-han’s last chance to catch him.

At the agency, Kyung-soo continues to ignore Bomi. He calls Suji to tell her that he’s on his way because he can’t stay at the agency anymore.

Do-han reports to Chief Prosecutor Yoon that Eun-joong turned himself in. He lies that he was suspicious of Eun-joong for some time and had him under investigation, and informs the chief prosecutor that not only was Eun-joong close to Suji, he passed on information to Assemblywoman Chae and the opposition party.

Do-han adds that Eun-joong doctored the black box footage in order to bait Assemblywoman Chae. Chief Prosecutor Yoon realizes that Do-han is probably disappointed that he was under suspicion, but Do-han graciously dismisses any misunderstanding. Do-han verifies that the last case that Eun-joong leaked was the Miseo-dong case. As he leaves, Chief Prosecutor Yoon apologizes, but Do-han says he only wants everything settled between them.

Chief Prosecutor Yoon calls Detective Nam to suspend the DNA test on Do-han. Detective Nam asks if the chief prosecutor has anything else to say, but he has nothing. Detective Nam is uneasy that Do-han thought to warn him about the missing housewife case, but the chief prosecutor didn’t.

Kyung-soo joins Suji just as Detective Nam drives away. With Bomi’s help, they follow him from some distance and avoid detection. Kyung-soo looks visibly tense, unsure of what their investigation will uncover about his mother.

Do-han barges into Chief Prosecutor Yoon’s office unannounced with an urgent matter. He asks if Detective Nam was involved with the missing housewife case, which came up during Eun-joong’s interrogation.

Do-han reports that Detective Nam can’t be located and thinks he left to dispose of the body. He reasons that if Eun-joong passed that information to Suji, she could be on his trail. He worries that if Detective Nam is caught, it would bring attention to Lee Shin-hyuk’s case and the torture that he suffered.

Do-han looks on with a satisfied grin as Chief Prosecutor Yoon calls Detective Nam, who has retrieved a large bag from the woods and is dragging it towards the river. The chief prosecutor warns him to only do what he’s told, and Detective Nam uses that moment to make sure he’s recorded saying that following his orders is why he tortured and killed people.

Detective Nam argues that he will be forced to take the blame if the missing housewife case is reopened, and that Do-han explained what he did to Lawyer Oh. Chief Prosecutor Yoon looks up sharply, as Do-han breaks into a huge smile.

COMMENTS

I get the feeling that our Lookout team is headed for disaster as they zero in on Chief Prosecutor Yoon and Detective Nam. In their haste to realize their goal, I can’t help but worry that the team will suffer a major setback before all is resolved. By the last episode I’d like them to see Chief Prosecutor Yoon locked up forever, but that means that they all need to stick around until the bitter end, and I’m not too optimistic that will be the case. Of course, I’d like to be wrong.

Eun-joong finally joins the team in response to the double-cross from Prosecutor Park and Assemblywoman Chae. He wants Suji to come back, but there’s no way she would survive if Chief Prosecutor Yoon is in power—he’s already tried to have her killed once. Is it wrong that I enjoy how much Eun-joong annoys Do-han? The table has turned and Eun-joong is now the thorn in Do-han’s side. It’s a welcome relief from the angst, but in the end, I hope that Eun-joong develops some respect for Do-han. They’ll need to work together to make sure that Chief Prosecutor Yoon is dealt with.

There was so much to absorb between Do-han’s confession that he saw Shi-wan with Yoo-na before her accident and Kyung-soo’s backstory with his mother. Both of these characters are understandably burdened with profound guilt, and struggle to live with their regret. Do-han has hardly been a sympathetic character, so driven is he to exact revenge. Here again we’re faced with his willingness to exploit Yoo-na for his purpose. What we do learn this time around is that even though Do-han was tempted to use Yoo-na to get close to the chief prosecutor, he came to his senses, but it was too late.

I’m sure that Do-han’s indecision will deem him irredeemable to some, but in reality, it’s a dilemma unique to an undercover operation. Do-han essentially disappeared, unable and unwilling to think or care about anything other than Chief Prosecutor Yoon’s undoing. His horror over Yoo-na’s death proves that he’s not emotionally dead like Chief Prosecutor Yoon, Shi-wan, and Detective Nam. Quite the contrary, his regret continuously eats at him. One thing that he hasn’t considered is that even if Yoo-na escaped unscathed that day, there’s no guarantee that she could forever avoid Shi-wan’s deadly intentions.

That brings us to the team’s last mission, Kyung-soo’s missing mother, yet another innocent person exploited by Chief Prosecutor Yoon. What makes her case so difficult is Kyung-soo’s deep regret over his treatment of his mother. She wore her birthday scarf like protective armor as she ventured out of her house, only to be pierced by her son’s shame. It’s no wonder that Kyung-soo can’t bear to imagine that his mother is dead; he wants more than anything to apologize and make up for the hurt that he caused her that day. Unfortunately, that bag that Detective Nam retrieved was very large and I’m afraid Kyung-soo will have to learn to live with the memory of his final encounter with his mother. Even though he pushed Bomi away this episode, I have no doubt she will be by his side, no matter what happens.

Suji softened a bit towards Do-han this episode and even helped him through his father’s crisis. If she couldn’t forgive him before, his role in Yoo-na’s accident will guarantee that she never will. Even though their experiences are similar—Chief Prosecutor Yoon toyed with Lee Shin-hyuk and Shi-wan taunted Suji—it’s unlikely they’ll be able to overcome Do-han’s tragic temptation. It’s a shame, because what’s even harder than forgiving others is finding a way to forgive yourself.

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Thanks for this recap---it hit all the right notes for me. There was so much to absorb in this episode, but really I am still reeling from Do-han confession (side note: I do like that that scene took place in the confessional before a priest; it was an actual confession, as it were. He has seen the error of his ways and shows real and genuine remorse.). I've been putting a lot of faith in Do-han, to be honest, and I feel like I've been giving him the benefit of the doubt more often than not. So this was a real shocker for me. I don't think it was completely unrealistic---he was pretty blinded by his revenge and legitimately scarred by what his dad went through---but still very very hard to get past. I'd like to though. i've really been rooting for Dohan all this time...

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Agree. And I love the the scene when he tried to be cheeky to EJ but the latter told him that his dad has woke up n is fine now. That less than 1 second change in his facial expression....

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It really killed me when we had the scene of Suji saying she can't hate Do-han and how she understands him intercut with the scene of Do-han's confession. Just when it seemed like they were getting closer.

Like TeriYaki says, there was no guarantee she wouldnn't have been harmed at a later time. And TeriYaki's comments about forgiving yourself really struck a cord with me. All our lookout characters were dealing with guilt: Bomi for not closing the door when she saw the murderer-thieves and went to wake her sister up. Kyung-soo for turning away his mom during what was probably one of her rare moments outdoors. Suji for forgetting her promise to do the airplane toss with Yoona (the last memory of a healthy Yoona was of Yoona being mad at her). And Do Han for not reacting faster to Si Wan luring away Yoona.

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yes that juxtaposition was so poignant. and heart-wrenching. -- i had forgotten too that all of these characters are dealing with guilt in some way. it will be interesting to see how they deal with it; beanies below post a lot of theories about Dohan that are v interesting. i think a lot of it will come down to how much forgiveness can be found--which brings me back to the church. interesting to have made the church and confessional so central to all this.

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Yes! EJ joined the Lookout team finally ! And I think the Lookout team is aiming for trouble coming their way by the next 2 episodes ...

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Eunjoong coming through for the good guys when it counts! I wish it would've happened earlier so we could've seen him hanging out in their hiding spot and trading barbs with Dohan, but I'm glad he's on their side either way.

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Felt so relieved Eun-joong is finally part of the team! Am finding it fitting that his connection to the team is via the priest, like, maybe kind souls recognized each other ^^

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I feel relieved too! If we had to spend one more episode with EJ continuing to stick with his "the law is the law" methods in the face of knowing that the prosecutor friend and Assemblywoman Chae were lying and they had stabbed him in the back - I would have thrown something.

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Me too. I'm getting frustrated with his following the law so diligently and actually worried that he may endanger the Lookout team in his own ways.

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I had the same feeling too. It's too soon for the bad guy to fall

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Geez Louise, Lookout, you just don't want me to breath for the next 2 weeks, do you?

The last glimmer of hope I had for Do-han's survival is gone though (#$%@!). I don't considered him irredeemable, but having a child's blood on your hands, even from inaction, is a death sentence. You just don't make it out alive in dramaland with that kind of guilt following you around. Even if his guilt doesn't do him in directly, the one person who could have pulled him out of the fire was Suji, and I don't see that happening once she knows all.

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When he made that confession, it had crossed my mind too - that he won't live through the end of the series. The final nail would be whether his dad will live or die. If his dad dies, I'm pretty sure Do Han will die. Even if he lives, he'll have to live in jail. I don't know how many years he'll be slammed with.

I'm also worried about Bomi and Sooji and their potential jail sentences.

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I worry for Bomi more than Suji. I think Suji is so dead inside after Yoo-na that she doesn't really cares where she is. In jail, not in jail, I think it's all the same to her if she gets her revenge. I hold out hope though that Bomi can avoid jail time.

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It seems like Se Won will be the final case for the Lookouts. I fear DH and/or SJ may get shot or die while trying to rescue her. Given the realistic notes the drama is hitting so far, I don't see how someone can escape unscathed. Gulp

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Do Han too I think. As long as he gets the revenge for the injustice for his dad, I don't think he would mind ending up in jail too.

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Suji and Bomi are only fugitives because Yoon declared them so no? So once Yoon goes down for his corruptions, wouldn't that resolve Suji and Bomi's case? Suji pretty much just caught the bad guys for the police, she didn't harm anyone, except ShiWan, but once that's resolved too will she still be considered a criminal, a fugitive?? And Bomi is only a fugitive because she is considered an accomplice to Suji to my understanding, so once Suji's status gets resolved wouldn't it resolve Bomi's? Maybe because they are only doing "good" and nothing bad except to bad people I don't see that they are criminals...but i guess you can't take the law into your own hands... for Kyungsoo, isn't hacking a crime, especially if he is hacking the police and prosecutors...unless Dohan takes all the crimes unto himself, and is able to alleviate their sentences...I just don't know how anyone of them can go back to "normal", maybe Kyungsoo and Bomi since they are so young...but would Suji really go back to the police after all she's been through?! Eunjoong is still naive thinking he is sacrificing himself so she can go back to her old life. But who knows anymore, this show is really keeping us on our toes!

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I feel like KS can probably get a normal life since no one knows his involvement for recent hacking incidents. SJ may get the blame for it though. I think catching YSR will mitigate Suji's sentence for misuse of her firearm, attempted murder, hacking, resisting arrest, and becoming a fugitive. And SJ's a fugitive because she actually did something, not because she was falsely accused. Bomi will probably get indicted for illegal surveillance and aiding and abetting a fugitive.

I can't see SJ being able to go back to the police either. Maybe after SJ's prison sentence is over, she'll become a private detective?

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Argh, this is where I wouldn't mind some plot holes! Everyone is forgiven for what they were forced to do in order to get the true villains, they became a family and lived happily/peacefully ever after. How, I don't care, I just want to see it! Else a time jump, I don't like time jumps but wouldn't mind seeing our team in happier times even if it takes 10 years!

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Logically we know that they can't really go back to normal beings after breaking the law (most likely need to be imprisoned etc) , even though it is for a good cause but still in fairy-tale-like wish, we still wish that they could be happy after all these ends with the big guys' downfall.

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Because of this confession, I think that he will die, or sacrifice himself to redeem what he had done.

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I refuse to believe it or even think about it till I see it.
*covering my ears*

No, no, no, no. No.

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Oh my God, Dohan, I gave you the benefit of the doubt and this is how you repay me. I thought "oh, there's no way he would have expected Shiwan to kill her!" BUT HE DID AND HE DID NOTHING AND I WANT TO THROW THINGS. It makes him a darker, interesting character with some well-deserved guilt, sure, but man it's hard to root for a character like that to find redemption and complete success. Of course I still want them to take down Yoon, but geez....

NEVER FORGIVE HIM AND KICK HIS ASS, SUJI.

(I admit his smile at the end of the episode was super satisfying though.)

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Well, he hesitated, then went after them but it was too late, that's not "nothing". But I totally understand you, I also really thought he couldn't know. Did he also know who Yuna was then since he was observing them for a while? I don't think Suji can forgive him, she still hasn't, and she shouldn't, and that is perfectly ok. She doesn't have to forgive him, that is her right. They are two people momentarily thrown together for the same purpose, they don't have to like each other, just get the job done. The team as a whole has shown concern about each other, they are human, it is ok to support each other, and Suji is a mother, she takes care of her family. She can understand him, but it doesn't mean that she needs to like him, she can even hate him but still be able to finish their mission.

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Noooo, Eun-joong T_T
All this time thought what fuel him is the quest for upright justice, when his sole purpose is actually to bring Soo-ji back from the dark side. But but, maybe with his aforementioned influential father, he'll be ok? At least, less chance for him to die if he is in custody?
Do-han's confession regarding Yoo-na's case is even sadder cause Soo-ji is tentatively reaching out to him. It's sweet that he dropped the mask around her and let her see his pain. Guessing he will come clean to her soon, and blow whatever truce they have. Hell, he couldn't even forgive himself, let alone asking for Soo-ji's forgiveness. Dunno how he's going to redeem himself, maybe by saving the other daughter, Se-won? Altho I'd rather Se-won save herself.
So anticipating Yoon's downfall, glad still have one more ep this week!
Also, my brain kinda went haywire when Do-han was all "I will use you completely" to Eun-joong ><

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He is fueled by revenge so that wrong impulsive decision was made. What makes him different is that he has a conscience and feels guilty over it unlike CP Yoon, Shi Wan and detective Nam.

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The show doesn't let me breathe and now that we're a handful of eps away, I doubt I'll have any time to anyway.

Poor Kyungsoo. I loved that you could see how differently Bomi and Suji care for him. Bomi obviously wanted him to stop hurting himself and face the fact that his mother could be gone. And although Suji keeps trying to help him, the way she said Bomi is right made me feel like she maybe wanted him to realize it himself, or didn't have the heart to just outright say it like Bomi did. With that ending, it's going to end badly and my heart breaks for him.

Do-Han... wow. I'm glad that he outright admitted it and living with the guilt, as he should. When Suji said he's no different than Prosecutor Yoon, she was slightly right in the sense that he was getting there. He easily could have tipped that way, but thankfully he didn't. He actually feels remorse and guilt. That doesn't make up for what he did, but we know Prosecutor Yoon doesn't feel bad for anything he's done. I have no idea what's going to happen to him, but I hope it isn't a disaster. I want Prosecutor Yoon and his son locked up.

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Thanks for your thoughts!

Watching Kyungsoo's Last moments with his Mother and how he looked at her when he Last saw her alive made me cry.

This episode like others have Its emotionally heavy and very thoughtful moments.

So many things I wanted to write but my brain does not want to.

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Do-Han, I was rooting for you! We were all rooting for you

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I am still rooting for him! I know it's hard, but I still believe he deserves to be saved. He is a very flawed, complex character but that is not surprising after all he's been through. Not to excuse him, but as TeriYaki mentioned, we can understand him, what must have gone through his mind and eventually the cost of his hesitation. His demonic laugh/smile actually scares me because I feel his mind is this close to snapping. Who wouldn't after what he is again put through by Yoon. I want Dohan to get his revenge, justice, and after, even he knows he will have to face his punishment.

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It's not surprising that Do-han is dark. If a person has been planning a revenge for 20 yrs, and has shut himself out from any real, positive relationships, it's no wonder that he has a dark side too. Thankfully, he hasn't gone so far as not to have any compassion and guilt.
To be honest, Bomi, in seeking revenge for her family, has become rather dark and hard too...she is no longer the chirpy young teenager and has become more realistic. Suji, is only starting and has yet turned to the dark side.

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Ugh I literally just want the Lookout team to be happily living on some remote mountain, with no guilt or anything betweem them, and only come out periodically to do vigilante stuff Rebel, Thief Who Stole the People style, but alas it can't be so. I'm simultaneously looking forward to and dreading the fallout that will happen when Suji finds out Do Han's involvement in Yoona's death

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I originally thought and hoped that it would be like Rebel, but this drama is more realistic and dark.

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I like where the show is taking us. Each character is growing in realistic ways and their actions are grounded in believable motivations.

Eunjoong, for e.g., whom I wrote off as uninteresting and irrelevant to the plot a couple of episodes ago, suddenly stepped up and became integral once more to the main story. And it has been a slowly evolving arc for him too - realising the limitations of the system, and coming around to the idea of working outside the box - but yet remaining true to his idealistic beliefs and upright inner core by taking the rap for DH's actions.

The priest too, had a poignant moment. When he mentioned that innocents get hurt, he could well be referencing himself and his role in the whole revenge plan. He has a rich backstory with DH, his step-brother, that we may never get to explore, which is a pity because you sense that their relationship and the subsequent fall-out, could be a whole drama by itself. It was so poignant how he resigned himself to playing the role of the murderer's son, when in reality he must loathe the man who murdered his mother.

And of course Do Han (can't really think of him as anything else). I'm really impressed that the show and writers wrote him as such an unsympathetic character, and with just 4 episodes to go, continue to paint him in morally ambiguous shades of grey. Kudos to the scriptwriting team for daring to take this fascinating character so far.

I totally agree with the recapper (thanks for the recap!) that this makes Do Han, while not totally likeable, a lot more realistic. It makes him layered, and relatable and a far more compelling character (to me) than a straight forward jerk with a heart of gold. The fact that he's eaten up with guilt, which he should be, humanises his actions. I feel sorry for him, sympathetic for Soo Ji, who must deal with yet another blow, and fearful of the end of DH's character arc. Because I don't know how things can end well for him. :-(

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More like kudos to this rookie scriptwriter! Sure the writing could be a little more seasoned and there are a few flaws here and there, but I think this would be considered a pretty good script for an experienced writer and really an amazing outing for a rookie scriptwriter. We're on week 6 out of 8 and I'm still riveted. Even though Do-Han is the male lead and can be heroic at times, he defies the "hero" box. The real hero is Sooji and the other two lookouts. Instead of writing a character type, the writer wrote a character. I don't really like Do-Han as a person, but I really like him as a character because he is fascinating and KYK is doing a surprisingly fantastic job in depicting him.

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Totally nodding my head here to everything.

You're right that Sooji and others are more like heroes. As you say, they fit easily recognised stereotypes in dramas - mother out to revenge death of child; upright prosecutor fighting the system; genius hacker etc. Do Han is less recognisable and thus more interesting. I wouldn't want to be close friends with someone like DH in real life, but his character makes for compelling television.

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He is like out Batman, the flawed and unrecognized hero! ;)

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Most of drama characters are extreme e.g. either good or the bad guys but DH is in between them ie. the grayish kind. You can't really love him or hate him actually. And this character also portray how revenge can affect one so much.

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In addition, how many of us are in the extreme side (either very good or very bad)? I think many of us are in between like DH. Sometimes I feel that I'm too nice and sometimes I feel that I'm rather evil or bad (in real life). So I appreciate how the writer can write a complex character like DH which exist in real life. Sometimes I don't like the main protagonist to be an overly good guy/gal (to the extreme that he or she even went to the extent of saving his or her enemy at the end of the show)....it is kind of unrealistic to me. In short I don't like angel-like protagonist too much.

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I think that one reason most of us would not want to be friends with Do-han is because he won't let us. He has deliberately created this slimy, swarmy persona that turns people away. Notice that he doesn't even try to get close to Bomi and Kyung-soo. Even his relationship with the Priest, who is his half-brother isn't a warm and congenial one. It's more like a working relationship. I really feel sorry for him, cos he seemed to have a warm and chummy relationship with the priest when they were younger; and he certainly had a close one with his father. But all that changed when he started to plot his revenge.

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I would say that the closest he has let himself be thus far has been with the Priest, and now SJ. While it's clear irreparable damage has been done to their relationship through the actions of his father, Do Han can only be himself with his brother, and if nothing else, being able to speak freely with the Priest is a much needed outlet for him.

With Sooji, he's starting to open up and share his pain. I don't know if it's my wishful thinking, but there's a softness, almost tenderness in the tone of his voice when he speaks to her on the phone, that's missing from his interactions with others. It's more evident in the next couple of eps.

Beneath the smarmy persona, the real Do Han seems to be hard edged, mean, brusque and a loner. Not much for conversation, and certainly unsentimental. But not without compassion.

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Applaud for the scriptwriter, indeed!

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I still wish we had more backstory about their relationship. I find that it's an interesting one that deserves as much screentime as the "real" story of the drama.

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I agree. Even Yu Na's father part is not explored too. Makes us wonder why did SJ's bf or husband left them??

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I have been wondering about that too. I wanted to know more about her father and wondered if by any chance he wasn't someone we know from the show

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Me too me too! I posted below that I almost want a sour of the moment kiss but I don't want them to end up together, it won't make sense given everything between them. In 23-24, Do-han and Su-ji have a phone conversation and I swear I feel like I'm going to melt into a puddle. Their chemistry is extremely palpable..

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I know which phone conversation you mean - the one where he's staring at the screen with the faces on it, right?? Haha.

I think if you mute the audio and just look at the pretty pictures, you'd be forgiven for thinking two lovers are talking to each other.

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Agreed! Why must they make the flawed hero likable?! the writers have done such a great job! even while i hate what he has done and how, i cant help but hope he is given a hug and will find a family in the 3 of the guardians!

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I like it when this writer wrote a flawed hero instead of many others typical perfect hero.

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You're not the only one! But I can't imagine them together now that we learnt that Do Han guessed the guy would kill Soo Ji's daughter...

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LOL, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks they have scorching chemistry. I've never been more frustrated in my life - they need to tumble into bed asap! I don't care, just gimme it.

Oh well, perhaps the actors can star in a romantic comedy next lol

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Or we can have Lookout 2 to give them time! Where our Suji and Dohan learn to rely on each and form a partnership on another mission and then fall in love...but, personally, I am fine if there is no romance here. It's not the right time and would feel out of context...but they could leave it open...for season 2! I do agree their characters have great chemistry! KYK is so good! And LSY too!

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This episode and the next episode are so freaking tense. I felt like throwing up when Yoon told Do Han that his dad had slit his wrists. That is so eff-ed up! And I can't even begin to imagine how DH managed to not only not kill Yoon right there and then, but to also remain calm enough to keep his cover. This is a wrong feeling, but I sort of wish Do Han would just go into the Yoon household and just shoot up everyone - YSR, Si Wan's mom (who is enabling her psychopath of a son), and Si Wan. Maybe shoot Si Wan first and make the parents watch their son bleed out. YSR makes me feel murdery. That will get rid of YSR, but unfortunately, that wouldn't clear his dad's name. I agree with TeriYaki about the team suffering a major setback. Mostly because we have 4 hours left. I'm going to be tense until the last 15 minutes of the series.

I didn't 100% understand how Bomi concluded that KS's mom was murdered, since Detective Nam seeking to meet with mom would indicate to me that she was alive and hidden. Then again, it could be to find out who else knows about his involvement. Even if she was hiding, I can't imagine her not crossing paths with her family all these years.

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If his mum was still alive & had been kidnapped, Det Nam would've run to the hiding place to check for her the minute he read the article. Instead he called to try to find the source of the article suggesting that she was no longer alive & a problem and he wanted to know who is stirring up old news.

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*kidnapped

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THAT CREEPY SMILE AT THE END!!! God I’d love to see Kim Young Kwang play a killer in his next drama

As much as I wanted Do Han and Soo Ji to end up together, that confessional scene proved that it won't be possible. It's only a matter of time before she finds out that he watched her daughter get murdered and did nothing *cue the angst and my tears*

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Rather than them ending up together, I kinda want a passionate heat-of-the-moment I'm-glad-you're-alive kiss and that be it. I need their chemistry to be explored a little but not enough for a full-blown romance. I have Bomi and Kyungsoo for that.

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Why stop at a kiss? lol.

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Yeah I think he should be considered to act as a psycho killer or smth in his next work !

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Dohan is just such a broken man. Even if he makes it out alive and Yoon is caught, I don't see him living a happy life at all. This episode reminded me of something the lead from The Mentalist show once said. "Being sorry is a far worse punishment than being dead. Everybody dies. Very few people ever feel truly sorry for the bad things they've done."

Gosh, Dohan is such a complex character. It's interesting because I feel like he felt guilt from day one (the day of Yoona's accident) but shoved that guilt away after he shed tears when she died. And I can understand that. If he had let the guilt overcome him then, then Yoona's death would have been for nothing (I detest insinuating a child's death has a pro). However, I think this is also why Suji is willing to help Dohan take down Yoon. If she backs out and turns against Dohan, then the line of events following little Yoona's death wouldn't have happen. Dohan wouldn't have caught Yoon in his trap.

And going back to his guilt, it was definitely rekindled when Suji confronted him at the church. Those feelings he had kept hidden were brought forward, thus his breaking confession to the priest.

I would like Dohan (and everyone else in the team) to make it out alive but on the other hand, I realize that he will never be at peace if he lives. But I must give him credit for his guilt. The quote I mentioned above is one I agree with 100%. Many people do bad things and could care less. No guilt whatsoever. The people who DO feel guilt...well at least you know they still have a sense of morality in them.

PS. I really like the soft voice Dohan uses when he speaks to Suji. When you compare his aura when he's out and about to his aura when he's with or talking to Suji, you note a great difference. His voice is almost a whisper, with a tinge of weakness? At least I get the sense that he's exhausted by now. Not in the sense that he wants to give up but you can definitely perceive a more vulnerable Dohan.

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I said this while I was watching D-day and I'm going to say it again, Kim Young-kwang is a fantastic actor, how his expressions go from 0-60 in the span of a second is amazing. As for his character, I knew from the start that he would end up being sacrificed, I just didn't think it would hurt me to admit that. His complicity in Yoona's death is the final push off the ledge. In the meantime, I love how he's slowly breaking down Creepy sr's fort to get to his yellow underbelly. I know the team is going to hit a roadblock but I'm so here for it. I like how these characters are actual smart people who use their brains and it's obvious that they are not just because the script tells us that they are.

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No matter what there's no happy ending for him and he knew that. The least he can do is to clear his father's name and save people from seung ro and his psychotic son..

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Me too! Love the drama but hated his hairstyle! However, he commented that he permed his hair cos he felt that as a doctor in a crisis like an earthquake, he would not have time to style his hair - (so a messy, curly hair would be more suitable). Despite being a well-known model, he seems very committed to his acting. His ugly crying in D-Day over his brother's death is another such example

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Haha yeah even the lead gal commented in the drama that he looked like a poodle !

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Ok I will have to watch D-Day as there are so many good comments! I really do appreciate him as an actor! He really gets into his character and to hear about his hair even being a part of his performance! Kudos to KYK for being so thorough!

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The drama itself wasn't that good. Can get very frustrating, but KYK's acting and his chemistry with the lead actress was good.

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Actually, the drama itself was not that good. But I loved KYK's character and his chemistry with the lead actress.

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Yup it's a little frustrating on how the main villain act. He was like a ctazer old man who really hate the lead guy who was like a thorn in his flesh.

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Kim Young-kwang is one versatile actor! As model turns actor even from his early works like White Christmas he's convincing in his layered role as conflicted student, I watched that show solely for Kim Woo-bin but glad to discover such amazing talent that is Young-kwang. It makes me sad reading negative reviews about him in those articles of Lookout casting.

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I honestly teared up when Do han confessed about Yoo na's death.. I can feel the guilt that eat him up and I just hope we will get a grip and continue his revenge first and then settle things with Suji. I dont think Suji will forgive him but at least catch the bad guy first.

This drama is so.. unpredictable. I have watch k-drama for the past 10 years and I have no idea what gonna happen next with this drama.. Every week is layered with shocking connection..

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The last drama I watch live is chicago typewriter and before that uncontrollably fond. I dumped both since it got boring..

but this drama made me at the edge of my seat every week and I love it!

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Thanks for the recap TeriYaki! You said it best, it's harder to forgive oneself than others.

Oh, Dohan...what are you putting us through?!...I agree that even though he hesitated, ultimately he did go after ShiWan but was too late. At least, it shows us that he still has a conscience...he knows he will have to face justice for his wrongs...either on Earth or after...he will not go unpunished, and is probably the one who will punish himself the most in the end...you have to wonder...was he really put on this earth to have such a life? The only happiness he's known was before his dad was tortured and condemned as a spy...he's struggling now and will continue to struggle...until the end of his days? Would an earlier end for him be "kinder"? I don't know why I have this feeling that the better end for him is either to go mad or have an accident and have amnesia...maybe it will be best to forget...but, this show has so many twists, I just don't know anymore...

Even with their strenuous relationship, I am glad Dohan and the priest are able to be there for each other, it's like the confessional is the only place they can be a family, brothers...short scenes but so meaningful.

Is it the acting or the character? I am finding Eunjoong so flat, even when he confessed and faced Dohan in the interrogation room...he was so lifeless, even Dohan had more emotion and seemed to feel more about what Eunjoong was doing. It was finally a moment we have been waiting/hoping for but felt flat to me...this whole episode felt a little off, maybe it's the rushing of events or editing, but it just lacked that special something...maybe it was the lack of Suji being badass? action? Still enjoying this show but I found this episode not as exciting as the previous ones even with all the "forward" movements.

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I feel like after this revenge is over, DH and the priest may go their separate ways and not meet again. They had a conversation last week where the priest said he didn't want to remember the time when they were a family. Yes, DH suffered. But so did the priest (real DH). His mom was killed. Meeting with DH or DH's dad is like a reminder of his loss. He did manage to find some peace in religion.

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Ah, would it be too much if Dohan also became a priest to atone for his sins...it is his place of solace too. Yes, it is difficult for the real Dohan too. They both suffered, at least right now they can still meet and be there for each other. Yes the real Dohan did say here too Dohan doesn't need to come here anymore...at least he still listened, and later stayed with the dad. They both really only have each other but yes, they will most likely part ways once Yoon is finished so they can really move on, although I'm not sure where our leader will end up.

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I feel that Eun-joong changing sides was a tad too fast. He was too upright and rigid to change sides so suddenly. Moreover, he did it so effortlessly - no angst, no furrowed brows; no brooding shower, no hitting and kicking a punching bag. I felt he did it as easily as changing clothes, and even then, there was no fuss about what to wear!

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Been marathoning this show for the last couple of days, and Do-han's confession completely crushed me. I just.. I can't... *tears*

(Love your comments, btw, Teri! Seems we're always recapping thrillers, even if it's not together, eh? ?)

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I find Eunjoong too weak for Suji. Dohan is such a better fit if this show wanted a romance between the leads. Eunjoong can't accep Suji as she is now, outside the law, and would only try to bring her back as the same as before, which she is not. He can't understand her or her situation even with him turning himself in, they have just grown too far apart.

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Writer-nim has officially taken the wind out of my sooji-Dohan ship.. *sob*.. they have such wonderful chemistry, both being alpha and alpha-alpha pairing is such an under explored territory.. i was hoping to see them run away to some far away village and live together under new identities.. but alas!! It seems that our writer is determined to keep everyone realistic.. i hope the show atleast keep bomi and kyungso together

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At this point, I doubt Do Han will survive or he'll be imprisoned.

But I'm glad that Eun Joong is finally stepping up his game and becoming an active part of Do Han's undercover operation.

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Thank you for the recap, @teriyaki! You've really captured and enunciated the bag of emotions and anxieties I have for the team.

I'm really satisfied with how Eun-joong joins the team. I like that the show gave enough time to sketch out how someone so righteous in the law finally made the leap over, and it almost seems fitting that he's not afraid to sacrifice himself as scapegoat to make amends (for the video clip) and right the wrongs that the team suffered.

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It's really nice how this show is not afraid to go a bit dark when portraying a revenge. I kind of like it that they showed how revenge has been slowly burning Do Han from inside and dimmed even his morals. There are always innocent people harmed when you are doing your revenge. Yoo Na's case was extreme.
And honestly, even if he ran up to the rooftop right away, we don't know if he would make it. I know it's more about a principle here, but he still tried...
And I don't think Soo Ji will ever forgive him, I just hope she won't try to shoot him or something.

I really loved the scene when Soo Ji and Do Han are out on the rooftop together. Do Han is sitting and Soo Ji standing, her back turned to him. That scene was just so intense and somehow beautiful - the colourful graffiti behind them, the lighting, that they were together in one screen, the whole situation. It was just beautiful. Eerily.
And I was wondering whether the show will be realistic till the end. Do Han should probably go to jail, Soo Ji as well (she tried to kill a teenager, remember?). I hope Bo Mi and Kyung Soo will be spared.
In the revenge stories I have watched so far, at least those set in modern times, I have not seen the lead go to prison just yet. So I am curious about how this show will handle their jail time. I think Do Han has no way out of it, because now even prosecutor Kim will hold him up to it.

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I am rather amazed at how dark the show got in terms of imagery - the splatter of blood on the ground after Yoona was pushed (the fact that a kid was killed that way at all!), that bag that Nam dragged to the ocean ... then the bag of bones reveal. Such dark things Yoon and his son is capable of. That beast has to go down.

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The rooftop backdrop was so nice. But I don't think SJ would be nice to him for long. I bet she would know the truth soon. Sigh.

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Thank you for the recap @teriyaki..
I somehow lost interest with this drama started from last week, so glad that I can at least read recap for few more episodes.

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Ahh, I also lost it few episodes ago. Plan to marathon it when it's ended while continuing reading the recap.

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I am hoping for a fake death! Best of both worlds? lol.

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Are characters like his truly that rare?

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Another character that comes to mind is Cheese in the Trap's Yoo Jung. He was a romantic lead with questionable morals. You wanted to root for him but were also kinda scared of what he was capable of.

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Please I don't want to live through another remember son of war, that would be too sad. I think he will be imprisoned but that's it, no death please

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Sadly you are right. In a revenge plot the mastermind avenger always ends up dead? And Do-han actually is not the first in Kdrama, you definitely should check The Devil and Shark, both from same writer with revenge plot that I refered in my first sentece.

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Oh no I hope that DH won't end up dead. Maybe imprisoned but hope no death to any of our lead protagonist.

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The original Mawang is great, you should give it a try. I wouldn't recommend Shark though despite the stellar cast.

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Thank you for the recap, @teriyaki. I stopped watching few weeks ago but keep reading the recap. Thanks!

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Thanks, TeriYaki, for recapping. I can't get over how so many threads are all weaving together in this episode as the tension builds to fever pitch.

What the heck did Do-han do there at the end?!?! I've been enjoying Kim Young-kwang's spell-binding performance. Watching him slide smoothly from one facial expression to another is mesmerizing. The burden of guilt he finally reveals is crushing.

I've also been enjoying the duplicity conveyed by Jung Suk-yong as Detective Nam. His utter lack of conscience stands in stark contrast to Do-han's bottomless remorse.

That double-cross by Prosecutor Park and Assemblywoman Chae really got my goat. It makes me wonder which of them is on the take -- and who their master is. All along I've been wondering why Do-han's father was framed as a North Korean spy. Was there actually a spy at all? If so, are they still spying? Or was attention being diverted from someone else who was engaging in unlawful activity? Something is rotten in Denmark. I can't wait to find out what it is.

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Me too. I wonder about that spy case too. Was there some conspiracy going on that time ?? Why frame a man as a NK spy out of the blue ???

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Re: a real spy, I've figured that someone has to be behind ruthless Chief Prosecutor Yoon. I'm willing to bet that it's someone, by now ensconced high in the hierarchy, that has been in a position to protect Yoon.

Do-han gave us a huge hint when he said that Shi-wan's murder of Yoo-na was not the first time he hurt another child -- but he's gotten away with it repeatedly. Shi-wan is his father's Achilles heel -- and someone has repeatedly helped him conceal his son's sociopathic activities. I have my suspicions as to the identity of the blackmailer -- but will hold my peace for the nonce. No spoilers from me. ;-)

Here's a mind-blowing thought. Think of the cold, dead-shark eyes of Chief Prosecutor Yoon. Now think of the black pit of Do-han's grief, despair, and remorse over Yoo-na. Try to imagine Yoon as an anguished father who will do anything to save his irredeemable boy -- a la Detective Deuk-chun in DUEL out to rescue his little girl at all costs. -- No, I didn't think so.

I suspect that Yoon was chosen by his shadowy master(s) specifically because he has no compunction about destroying innocent lives. He's a sociopath just like his son -- but with even more cunning, and greater impulse control.

One of the tantalizing motifs in this show is the ill-fatedness of the relationships. For each of the perpetrators, there's an even worse predator. For each victim, there's a morally weak party who is manipulated into destroying them. Was Do-han's father just some random guy who was framed, or is there some other, deeper reason for framing him? Could he have been an undercover NIS agent himself? -- This is what I get for watching MAN TO MAN. ;-)

Of all the relationships that have been destroyed, the saddest to me is that of the step-brothers. It kills me just thinking about it. There are limits to human endurance, and circumstances in which even a man of the cloth may find it impossible to be his brother's keeper. It doesn't look as if Father Lee has been able to find it in himself as yet, although I have to admire him for willing himself to collaborate with Do-han in his quest for revenge and justice. In that respect, he reminds me up the staunchly straight-arrow Prosecutor Kim. I'm hoping that the priest can somehow succeed in mending fences with Do-han -- as withholding forgiveness is hurting himself even more than his step-brother. Kudos to Shin Dong-wook for his nuanced performance in expressing this inner battle.

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Lookout you've got me!! Finally I can catch up to this after only had a chance for 1st episode last week. Each episode is always a surprise and gets me hooked. I must say I considered watching because of Kim Young-kwang, I knew he wouldn't dissapoint me but boy his acting this time is beyond amazing I'm speechless.

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What's priest name?? The actor

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Shin Dong Wook!

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