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Suspicious Partner: Episodes 17-18

Oh, the angst! I should have known that one intimate moment wouldn’t fix the chasm between Bong-hee and Ji-wook, keeping them from acting freely on their feelings. But lucky for us, the green-eyed monster lurks nearby, providing some of the most hilarious and swoon-worthy moments we’ve seen so far. So hold on tight as we dive in, and don’t forget to breathe.

 
EPISODE 17 RECAP

As Ji-wook rushes to intercept Bong-hee’s meeting with Chan-ho, memories of his father’s death and Eun-hyuk and Yoo-jung’s betrayal flash through his mind. He thinks about a poet who said, “We can generally predict the start of things, but we can’t generally predict the end of them.” But he knows that for him it’s the opposite—he’s experienced many endings in his life, so he hesitates to start something with Bong-hee out of fear of it ending.

He narrates that he pushed her away in the very moment that he realized his feelings for her. He knows that he’s failed to avoid developing feelings for her, and that he recognized them so late that he doesn’t know when they began.

He finds Bong-hee and takes her home, apologizing for yelling at her. She steps close to see if he’s sincere, having lost a contact, but when she moves to back away he grabs her and hugs her. Ji-wook leans back to look into Bong-hee’s eyes, then he kisses her.

The kiss goes on for quite a while as they savor the moment. Ji-wook narrates that he doesn’t understand it, he just knows that a new relationship with Bong-hee has begun.

When they finally break apart, Ji-wook realizes that Bong-hee seems pretty shocked. She backs away from him and walks to her room in a daze, leaving Ji-wook feeling conflicted.

After following Chan-ho to the park where he planned to meet Bong-hee, Hyun-soo rests in the back of Chan-ho’s car casually brandishing a large, cruel-looking knife. Chan-ho waits until it looks like Hyun-soo isn’t paying attention, then he slams on the brakes and tries to jump out of the car. Hyun-soo leaps at him, trying to stab him with the knife, but Chan-ho fends him off and eventually tumbles out onto the road.

Hyun-soo kicks the door into Chan-ho, knocking him across the bridge where they’ve stopped. He grabs Chan-ho by the throat and reminds him that he has to pay for his mistake. Chan-ho screams, “I can’t do this anymore!” and throws a few punches, but Hyun-soo is clearly the stronger fighter, pummeling Chan-ho back to the ground.

Chan-ho gets to his feet and charges, but again Hyun-soo gains the upper hand and shoves him away. But Chan-ho lands a lucky kick as he’s thrown to the side, slamming Hyun-soo into the car and earning himself a few precious seconds.

He stands at the bridge railing between the dual threats of Hyun-soo and the dark river, then as Hyun-soo stares in horror, Chan-ho leaps into the water and disappears. Hyun-soo is genuinely shaken as he looks down at the river, but he gets himself together and whispers that now, four people have disappeared, and three still need to disappear.

Bong-hee realizes that she can’t hide in her room all evening, and when she works up the nerve to open her door, she finds Ji-wook standing right there about to knock. HA. They’re both nervous but they agree that they need to talk.

Ji-wook starts to bring up the kiss, but Bong-hee interrupts to say that they don’t even know how many times they’ve done that, so they shouldn’t be awkward over something so meaningless. Shaking his head, Ji-wook says that he can’t just let it go, but Bong-hee misinterprets his words.

She assures him that she doesn’t like him anymore, and that she won’t be swayed by a small incident. Ji-wook blinks at her, not having expected her to stick to her guns about stopping her feelings for him. Bong-hee continues that she’s happy with her life right now, and she thanks him for turning her down, while Ji-wook hangs his head.

He holds in the words that he was planning to say out loud: that he regrets pushing her away and wants to turn back time. Bong-hee goes back to her room, telling herself that she did well, but Ji-wook is left heartbroken.

At a riverbank near where Hyun-soo and Chan-ho fought, a soaked figure drags himself from the water. It’s Chan-ho—he survived the fall, but now he’s in a whole lot of trouble.

After an evening at the bar, CEO Byun gets into his car and starts to call a designated driving service. A man parks his salvage cart nearby, and it starts to roll downhill towards a woman, who’s too distracted by her phone to notice.

Thinking fast, CEO Byun throws his car into gear and drives about ten feet to put his car between the woman and the cart, saving her from being crushed. He’s feeling pretty proud of his heroic act by the time the police arrive, but a breathalyzer test results in him being arrested for driving drunk.

After a sleepless night, Bong-hee and Ji-wook run into each other in the kitchen the following morning. This time Ji-wook doesn’t let Bong-hee side-step him, saying that it’s his turn to speak. He apologizes for taking so long to realize how he feels about her because he was afraid, as Bong-hee stands frozen in surprise and confusion.

Ji-wook takes her cup and drinks from it, then leans a bit closer than necessary to set it on the table. He seems unaware of the way he’s scrambling Bong-hee’s wits, and he continues that he respects that she’s given up on her feelings for him. He says that he’s not asking her to like him again, he just wants her to allow him to like her now.

And then the most beautiful thing happens: Ji-wook smiles a real, genuine, happy smile. He promises not to bother Bong-hee with his feelings, but says that he hopes that one day she’ll reconsider liking him again. He’s still smiling as he says that he’ll be waiting for her, then he reminds her to breathe. HA.

He walks past Bong-hee into the kitchen, then he doubles back to grab her empty cup. As he does, he leans his face veeery close to hers, seeming to enjoy making her jump. He’s adorably confident, though after Bong-hee leaves, he reminds himself to breathe. So. Cute.

He shoots Bong-hee an unfair amount of puppy eyes during the meeting that morning, which Eun-hyuk and Chief Bang notice right away. They talk about what might have happened between “those two” right in front of their faces, but they don’t even notice.

CEO Byun tells everyone about his drunk driving charges, and they exchange identical side-eyes at his unlikely excuse that he was totally going to call a designated driver. They all advise him to take his punishment like a man, but he insists on going to trial and arguing his innocence.

On the roof later, Ji-wook tells Chief Bang that Chan-ho never showed up last night. Bong-hee did get a text from him saying that something came up, but when Ji-wook tried to call him just seconds later, his phone was turned off. Feeling like something isn’t right, Ji-wook asks Chief Bang to track down Hyun-soo’s whereabouts last night.

He adds that he genuinely hopes that Hyun-soo was falsely accused of murder, if only for Bong-hee’s sake. They’re looking down at Bong-hee sitting at her usual picnic table as they talk, and Ji-wook frowns when Eun-hyuk joins her.

Eun-hyuk quips that he’s here for Bong-hee’s counseling session, causing Bong-hee to snap at him crankily and mock his laugh. But she confesses that Ji-wook caught her by surprise, and that it makes her very happy and very angry all at once.

Ji-wook wanders past them and mentions that he’s going to see Chan-ho, oh-so-casually wondering if Bong-hee is interested in coming along. She just sniffs at him, but Eun-hyuk urges her to go, fully aware of the change in the atmosphere between them.

So Bong-hee joins Ji-wook, though she grows angry when she can’t stop thinking about the kiss and Ji-wook’s confession (and I love how Bong-hee’s overactive imagination lets us see that kiss over and over again). She takes her frustration out on poor Ji-wook, who has no clue what he did wrong.

Bong-hee huffs angrily at Ji-wook for saying that he likes her now, and she tells him that he can wait forever because she’s not changing her mind. She whines that he realized his feelings too late and it’s not fair, so she plans to make him suffer as much as she did.

Ji-wook nods in agreement to everything she says, but Bong-hee tells him not to talk, and when he stops talking, she doesn’t like that either. He dares to ask what she wants him to do and tries a bright smile which just ends up looking manic, and he even does a bit of awkward aegyo for her (OMG I’m dying).

Bong-hee says that she wants him to suffer, and for a very long time. He agrees to grow old and die while waiting for her, but then he grows stern and tells her that they’re working now, which means he’s the boss. Oh sweetie, I don’t think you’re going to be the boss ever again.

They learn from Chan-ho’s colleague that he’s gone on leave, only saying that something came up suddenly. He’s not at home either, but the landlady sees them and assumes they’re newlyweds here to see the apartment for rent, which just happens to be Chan-ho’s. They play along, and they find out that Chan-ho gave his move-out notice just before the chef’s murder.

They pretend they need to speak privately, Ji-wook throwing a stiff arm around Bong-hee to sell the whole newlywed angle. Once the landlady leaves, they jump apart and start looking around for anything of interest. Bong-hee is curious about where Chan-ho could be, and Ji-wook idly wonders if he’s “disappeared,” which was Hyun-soo’s word for what happened to his family.

Bong-hee finds something very interesting tucked between the pages of a book—a photo of Chan-ho standing with two other men, all of them smiling.

 
EPISODE 18 RECAP

Later Ji-wook tells Chief Bang that they didn’t find much at Chan-ho’s place. He shows him the photo, and Chief Bang says he’ll do what he can to find out who the other two young men are. Ji-wook goes all melty when Bong-hee walks past the room, which Chief Bang notes with a grin. He asks if Ji-wook plans to tell Bong-hee about his suspicions regarding Hyun-soo, and Ji-wook says that he’ll tell her once he knows more.

District Attorney Jang calls Yoo-jung and Ji-hae to his office to give them the case file he’s compiled on Hee-joon’s murder case. He asks them to re-investigate, admitting that he’s never been able to accept Bong-hee’s acquittal. He says that he’s spent years wondering if his son’s murder was for revenge, but the more he thinks about it, the more certain he is that Bong-hee killed him.

He admits that he fabricated evidence by planting the knife in Bong-hee’s apartment. Ji-hae correctly guesses that he suspects Ji-wook of planting the second knife, the one that was found in the field, in order to get Bong-hee freed due to evidence tampering. Yoo-jung argues that Ji-wook wouldn’t do such a thing, but District Attorney Jang just orders them to find new evidence either way, hoping that he can bring new charges against Bong-hee.

Taking pity on CEO Byun, Bong-hee offers to represent him in his drunk driving case. She then uses this to blackmail him into doing all the chores for the week when she loses the ladder game, hee.

All day long, Ji-wook watches as the other guys fawn over Bong-hee, bringing her coffee and chocolates and treating her like a queen. Jealous, he goes to Bong-hee’s desk to help her with something, making a point to lean incredibly close to her and speak in a low, rumbling voice, leaving Bong-hee all hot and bothered.

She’s still in a daze when she meets her mom for lunch, and she confesses that she’s very happy at her new job, particularly the fact that all of her coworkers like her, so she gets scared that she’ll lose that happiness. Her mother says that Bong-hee never had much growing up, but that she’s never let anyone take away something that belonged to her.

Hyun-soo has to do a quick dodge when he nearly runs right into Chief Bang, looking around his neighborhood for information about him. He goes to his favorite bar, where the owner tells him that the lawyers have been here several times asking questions. Hyun-soo remembers how Ji-wook followed him and Bong-hee and wonders if they suspect him.

That night, Ji-wook has a nightmare about Hyun-soo, though it’s hard to tell if Hyun-soo is stabbing someone or being stabbed. Drawn upstairs by his cries, Bong-hee checks on Ji-wook, and he wakes in a blind panic.

Seeing her, Ji-wook pulls Bong-hee into his arms, asking over and over if she’s okay. He eventually calms a bit and lets her go, apologizing. Bong-hee stands to leave, but she turns back to see Ji-wook looking lost and traumatized, so she offers to stay for just five minutes until he falls asleep.

He lies back down, scooting to the very edge of the couch to be as close to her as possible. Though he’s reluctant to take his eyes off her, he soon falls back to sleep. As she watches him, Bong-hee says that she won’t fall for him no matter how cute he is when he’s sleeping.

When it’s time for CEO Byun’s trial, Eun-hyuk sneaks into the courtroom to sit with Ji-wook. Ji-wook slides away until he’s practically sitting in a stranger’s lap, ha. Eun-hyuk earns himself a snarl when he says that he’s here to watch Bong-hee, who seems to be presenting CEO Byun’s case well.

CEO Byun makes his statement, asking for leniency since he only drove a few feet to save that woman’s life. But the judge is tough and finds him guilty, ordering him to pay the hefty fine or work it off in a workhouse. CEO Byun chases Bong-he out of the courtroom, furious that she used him like a slave, then lost his case.

That night while out for drinks, Yoo-jung informs Ji-hae that she knows she’s pretty (Ji-hae: “I thought so too, before I saw you up close.” HAHA). Yoo-jung says that since Ji-wook and Eun-hyuk are also beautiful, they always turned heads when the three of them were together, and that made her proud. Yoo-jung admits that she hurt and abandoned them, and Ji-hae agrees that that happens when you don’t appreciate what you have.

Spotting Bong-hee walking past with the men in question, Ji-hae sighs that it’s Bong-hee who has everything now. She warns Yoo-jung that she’ll regret confronting them, but Yoo-jung shakes her off and runs outside. She calls out to them, ordering Bong-hee to shut her mouth when she starts to say something. To the guys, Yoo-jung can only eke out, “You’re so…” before she falters. Eun-hyuk and Ji-wook turn to go, not bothering to hear the rest, with Bong-hee following after them.

Later Yoo-jung sets out for home, walking slowly and unsteadily. Across the street, Eun-hyuk keeps pace with her, but he carefully stays out of sight.

The police find Chan-ho’s abandoned car, with a bloody knife lying in the back seat. A flashback shows that it was Hyun-soo who left the knife there, no doubt thinking that it’s convenient to frame Chan-ho for the murders since he believes him dead.

Chief Bang reports to Ji-wook that he had no luck discovering where Chan-ho went on the day he disappeared, and that he’s looking into the other guys in the picture. Ji-wook thinks about Chan-ho telling Bong-hee that he knows who bought her the shoes, and he wonders if it was someone in the photo, or Hyun-soo.

Eun-hyuk calls them over to watch the breaking news story that Chan-ho’s car was found, along with the knife that was used to kill the chef. Hyun-soo also watches the report with a small grin, as he waits to meet with Bong-hee.

Hyun-soo tells Bong-hee that he lied to her about his alibi. He confesses that he doesn’t really remember what he was doing the day of the chef’s murder, but that he worried she wouldn’t believe his innocence if he didn’t give her a detailed accounting of his day.

Bong-hee asks why he’s telling her this, and he says that it’s because she was the only person who believed in him, so he wants to be honest now. Bong-hee remembers Ji-wook mentioning that there’s something strange about Hyun-soo, but she doesn’t let on and just thanks him.

As they walk back to Bong-hee’s car, they run into the man who hung Bong-hee’s sign asking for witnesses to Hee-joon’s murder. Hyun-soo’s eyes go wide and he whirls around to hide his face. In flashback we see that it was Hyun-soo who helped hang the sign and asked questions about it, and he’s worried the man will recognize him.

The man had seen Hyun-soo taking down Bong-hee’s number and assumed he knew something, and now he asks if she ever got a report from a young man. She asks if he remembers what the guy looked like, but he says that he only saw him once.

Hyun-soo decides to test him and goes over to say hello, but the man doesn’t react to seeing Hyun-soo’s face. Bong-hee gets a call from Ji-wook, who tries to stay calm when she says she’s with Hyun-soo now. He tells her to bring Hyun-soo over for dinner and not to stop anywhere on the way. Hyun-soo accepts the invitation, so they head to the house.

Ji-hae tells Yoo-jung that she thinks District Attorney Jang’s theory about Ji-wook planting the other knife is plausible, since there seemed to be something between him and Bong-hee even before Hee-joon’s murder. Yoo-jung thinks about this for a while, then rushes out of her office.

When Bong-hee and Hyun-soo arrive at the house, Ji-wook hilariously greets Hyun-soo with a giant knife in his hand, heh. Bong-hee drags Ji-wook upstairs to ask why he didn’t tell her about Hyun-soo’s fake alibi, but he has no ready excuse. She takes issue with him keeping this from her, and he readily apologizes.

Eun-hyuk also comes upstairs, and he listens in as Bong-hee says Hyun-soo confessed to her that he lied about the alibi. Ji-wook asks how she feels about Hyun-soo, and she says that she’s not sure, but what worries her is Ji-wook’s suspicion, since she knows he wouldn’t suspect someone without reason. They turn to see Eun-hyuk, and Bong-hee goes downstairs as Eun-hyuk stays to ask Ji-wook how he can help.

The guys go down to find that Yoo-jung is here, and they invite her to stay to eat. Ji-wook is oddly friendly with everyone (except Eun-hyuk, who pouts like a baby when Ji-wook snaps at him). He brings up the fact that Chan-ho is suspected of having killed the chef, watching Hyun-soo carefully for any reaction.

Hyun-soo just says that he’s surprised that a forensic investigator is a murder suspect, but that he doesn’t know the guy personally. Yoo-jung congratulates Hyun-soo on his acquittal and on someone else popping up as a suspect, and adds a barbed comment that those who are set free for lack of evidence are often considered guilty by the general public if another suspect isn’t found, clearly meant for Bong-hee’s ears.

But Bong-hee can give as good as she gets, firing back that the killer is still loose because the prosecution isn’t doing its job. Meow. Yoo-jung says that she came here to say that she’ll be re-investigating Hee-joon’s murder case. She says that she plans to look at everything from the crime scene to those involved, adding, “The killer may be in this house right now.”

Little does she know how true that is, though Hyun-soo only betrays a tiny flicker in his eyes before turning his attention back to his meal. The atmosphere is suddenly very tense, with everyone knowing something that they’re not saying out loud.

 
COMMENTS

My very favorite thing about this writer is how the villains are so human; evil yet somehow still relatable. This is used to particular effect with Hyun-soo and Chan-ho, who seem to have a dangerously symbiotic relationship in which Hyun-soo murders for as-yet-unknown reasons, and Chan-ho uses his forensic skills to erase the evidence. We’re barely halfway through the drama and our emotions have already been flip-flopped several times when it comes to the murderous duo. This was one of my favorite things about I Remember You, when the killer was at times cold and ruthless, but at other times he made us love him only to wrench our beating hearts right out of our chests. At first it seemed as though Chan-ho was the killer and Hyun-soo the innocent one, but now it appears that the reverse is true. I’ve gone from being terrified of Chan-ho to terrified for him, and I’m scared that he’s not just one of the homicidal team, but now a target as well.

Chan-ho seems to owe Hyun-soo for a mistake he made in the past, one that he’s making up for by helping Hyun-soo commit a series of revenge murders. And though Hyun-soo clearly has a lot of anger and resentment towards Chan-ho, the horror on his face when he thought Chan-ho had drowned was real. Whatever happened, at one point in time these two must have been close, enough for Chan-ho to be a willing accomplice to murder and for Hyun-soo to grieve his apparent death. But then when Hyun-soo counts Chan-ho as one of the seven who “needs to disappear,” I got a delicious chill—was Chan-ho always on his hit list? They’re a fantastic example of a close relationship gone wrong in the deadliest of ways.

I’m impressed with how mature Bong-hee is being about The Kiss, the way she keeps reminding herself that it probably means nothing. It can’t be easy to keep your head on even partially straight after being kissed silly by a man like Ji-wook. But then Ji-wook offered Bong-hee that utterly perfect confession, and I don’t know how she didn’t melt right there on the spot. He was so honest, and so respectful of her wishes and feelings, I swooned with every word. It took a lot of self-awareness for Ji-wook to say that he feels like he screwed up by taking too long, and that he would respect her wishes to leave her alone the same as she did for him (again with the respect—how is he so perfect??). What I didn’t expect was for the man who so recently was afraid to admit his feelings to ask for permission to keep liking Bong-hee, and to even request that she be open to caring about him again in the future. How Bong-hee didn’t leap on him right then is beyond me.

I loved seeing the open, almost impish look on Ji-wook’s face when he said he’d be waiting, and how he kept getting all up in Bong-hee’s personal space, knowing full well what it was doing to her. He knows her feelings haven’t changed no matter what she says, and now he’s a man on a mission (even if his mission looks like it’s shaking him up as much as it’s shaking up Bong-hee!). It’s going to be so much fun watching him slowly torture Bong-hee with his presence—he can’t help but smolder when he looks at her by accident, so having him purposely turn the full force of those intense eyes on her is probably going to kill Bong-hee dead. I admire the lady for having the force of will to resist him for even one day, because goodness knows nobody would blame her for crumbling.

But it’s the way he’s letting her see his vulnerability that really goes right to my heart. Ji-wook is normally so closed off that I’m surprised to see him showing Bong-hee his deepest fears so soon. When she stayed with him after his nightmare, the way he looked so afraid to close his eyes and lose sight of her was just so raw and honest that I don’t know how she didn’t just cave in right then and there. I do understand Bong-hee’s fear of being hurt yet again, especially since Ji-wook’s change of heart feels so sudden to her, but I can’t help hoping that she softens towards him sooner rather than later. I think that he needs her love even more than she needs his, and as fun as it is to watch him squirm trying to make her happy, I want to see them happy together even more.

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First! Omgee, I've been waiting for this recap like forever. I love this episode so much I keep repeating my fav scenes over and over again. Well, it's time for MR. NJW to woo the girl. And my I'm the onr who stop breathing when he stares.love!

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Yes, for ages, the girl has been pining for him, chasing after him, confessing to him. Now it's his turn to stew in his own screw up, but I am amused that BH is very aware of his presence and feel uncomfortable whenever he is physically very near her.

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Same...stopped breathing for many seconds! JCW sure knows what his charms are. Poor Bong Hee, so much happened to her in a few minutes:D I just like this show and this couple a ridiculous lot! But phew! He survived. I was shit scared that the forensic guy is a goner...and I have a feeling now everyone is all set to team up to nab him. But for the next episode, I am all set for NJW-BH lovey dovey overload. Jebal they deserve it

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Btw, I quite like the other prosecutor, Ji Hae.. She's cool and level headed.

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I kinda like her too, if she's not accusing BH of the murder that is. I feel like she's someone who could tell YJ straightly how childish she is.

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I have to admit I have fallen harder for this character over recent episodes. Just because she isn't attacking Bong Hee. When she is it makes me all frustrated.

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Same!! Her disillusionment with Yoo-jung actually makes me crack up :) and even though she's wrong about Bong-hee, I think she's reasonable enough to help her find the real killer if (or hopefully when) she finds out the truth. I wish they could be grudging allies or even real friends (maybe like in I hear your voice?).

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me too. I was looking towards YJ to be the "second female lead who ends up being friends with the female lead", but perhaps Ji Hae will end up taking that role? I feel bad that she is shackled to a whiny YJ.

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This might be the drama where I went back and rewatched whole episodes so early in the drama (also in different translations, just to see the difference). It's fantastic.

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this exactly what I'm doing right now. this drama has something that we can't let go. especially their behind the scene is so adorably cute. how can resist?

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Ahh -- the kiss didn't fix everything ): but it's ok!

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JW is legit goals and I was fangirling so much when he confessed -- BH -- HOW DID YOU NOT COLLAPSE ON YOUR KNEES RIGHT THERE AGDHS

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Probably took a lot of courage for her to do that XD

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I watched the episode while having breakfast in a café and I legit had to stop myself from squealing in public haha!

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I not only collapsed, I melted into a puddle of nothingness. Bong Hee is a lady who knows how to hold herself against all of Ji Wook's attempts.
P.S Am I the only feeling bad for Chan Ho right now? Everyone will be searching for him to either kill him or obtain more information.

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I paused and squealed so much I frightened my husband. My daughter thought I was dancing LOL

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I have to punch my pillow everytime he says sweet things and does the puppy eyes, to stop myself from squealing in the middle of the night. LOL.

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Hopefully it means more kisses to try to convince her.

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I support this whole-heartedly! That kiss was yum, imagine more to come! More kisses, more hugs, more awkward aegyo... puahahaha, I cracked up at that attempt from Ji-wook. I just love that he's so respectful of her wishes and so honest about his vulnerable side with her.

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I thk now we need to fix our eyes..having abuse that replay button for their kiss scene. Then aft im done watchin that i switch to sbs catch youtube page n watch the making of the kiss n the 4mins uncut version. Totally heavenly n sizzling

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Thanks for mentioning it. That is just ... wow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvs89vYfOlE

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i've been watching those uncut version and behind the scene from youtube countless time.

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I love how eloquent Ji Wook is. He's so good with words that I totally forgot that I was angry with Bong Hee for not being happy that Ji Wook has finally realized his feelings for her.
How can you not love such man?

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I know she has her reasons and they are ...more or less valid, but how could she not melt from his words? Of course she loves him, it is her pride that was hurt.

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He was once a prosecutor, now a lawyer. How can he not be good with his words? Hahaha. I was wondering how BH managed to stand upright without melting into a pool of goo at his confession. BH, ah, BH!

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Totally have to upvote your comment! Too true, lawyers and their persuasive arguments, eh?

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she was frozen instead, this is how this drama works LOL

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Bong-hee's got strong resolve! I'm pretty sure I would've melted on the spot if the guy I've been pining for finally confessed and looked at me the same way.

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I love that JW and BH actually make an effort to communicate with each other, and make their desires known.
They're not the first, but it's so refreshing to see a relationship that is based on honesty in dramaland, one where the characters aren't holding back their thoughts.

I absolutely can't wait for BH to admit that there's no escaping JW... and for that ship to finally SAIL!

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I love how it was not dragged out. That night Bonghee did the talking. I wanted to Jiwook to explain his side immediately so Bonghee need not go to bed feeling confused or what. Then the next day, Jiwook stepped up and confessed in the most wonderful way. I'm glad with how it all happened.

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Exactly! When they first went their separate way, I was scared they would leave it like that. When Bong Hee told him to just brush it off, I was scared too. But then, in the end, I should have trusted this writer more!

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This is becoming Dramaland Catnip for me - characters that actually talk to each other and are honest. It's happening more and more, where the characters are at least trying (even if they're getting wires crossed like in Fight My Way).

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I know! I loved it so much in Healer!

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He used her words, that was the best part. It's basically what she said to him in an earlier episode (although I can't remember which scene it was). And she has to realize that it means he's memorized every conversation they've ever had. That's just as, if not more romantic than the actual content of what he was saying imo. I was grinning like a fool the moment I recognized parts of the speech.

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there are some part that each character say or do things what they did before, in a good way. my opinion the script writer very detail over those little thing and left the viewers amazed

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You can't not love such a man. Well, I mean I certainly couldn't. Bong Hee has her reasons since she chased after him for quite a while and when she finally decided to firmly stop what she was doing, it was a surprise for her when he took the initiative. But, obviously, she still has those lingering feelings and it's just so darn cute whenever he tries to get close to her. I'm just waiting for that moment where she admits her love to him again.

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As much as I wish she would have melted with the kiss and his words, I do appreciate the fact that this drama has given us a heroine who has her wits intact...she is a very strong-willed person and a no-nonsense girl, that's what I have always loved about EBH. EBH, you go girl!!!

p.s. I died just watching the kiss, I don't know how somebody can have their sanity in place like EBH did when a kiss is like that!!! It drove me crazy and I just watch it! I am totally bonkers over JCW...aaaah

p.s. in case you guys missed the uncut version of the kiss, here's a treat for the senses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpuVgYBuBY8

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yes, its very rare heroin in dramaland that has such a unique and strong personality, i hope she'll never change until the show ended.
is it coincidence that i found NJH previous character on SKL also has same condition, she was not changed even the worlds around her so cruel to her, but she changed the world around her instead.

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I haven't yet watched SKL, so this is my first NJH drama. Maybe she gave such a strong impression of being a strong independent woman in that SKL that the PD of SP thought she would be perfect fit?

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Ji Chang Wook! How can you do this to me? I also forgot how to breathe!!!

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Oh my, I'm still reeling from that kiss. But what was even better was his lovely speech about waiting for her. How she didn't jump him right at this moment, I will never understand. My heart just fell completely for him.
That dinner party though was super awkward. Everybody suspecting everybody. I almost thought we were in a Film Noir. It was delicious.

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Yes that dinner party made me feel like I was watching the movie, Clue.

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I love clue...both the movie and the game :)

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That dinner party was indeed super awkward. I am surprised they managed to pull through it relatively unscathed.

Love the scene between CEO Byun and BH, and how BH lost his trial. It's a nice side story to amuse the audience.

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Don't you think it's similar to the dinner in I remember you as they dine with the killers. The knowing eyes, suspecting stare looking for tiny hints of guilty emotion.

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Ah, that's exactly what I wanted to, say, had to rewrite my comment :D
I loved that scene in I Remember You, it was among my favourite ones, kept rewatching it for that perfect mixture of tension and great acting.

Also, ”You'll have to wait longer than seven minutes!” Seriously, Bong Hee, you're only torturing yourself from now on...

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Yes, this dinner reminded me of the trio dinner from i remember you too. Same writer same wit :)

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psycho dinner parties are this writers´ special card trick in the sleeve

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It reminds me of that game where you try to spot who is who in the group. Who's the killer? Who's the doctor? etc. And everyone plays it cool, but they've got their antennas up.

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I'm just glad everyone was chewing with their mouth closed

PS. Love the movie Clue!

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https://youtu.be/lpuVgYBuBY8 here is the uncut version... *dead*
https://youtu.be/dg157GhsZj8 and BTS

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oohh yess the BTS also..
God bless you SBS! Mansaee SBS!

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sweet crispy jeebus.... that was freaking awesome..!

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Holy guacamole!! Mansaee SBS!

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Holy makgulli. Did they have to kiss so long? *dead because I forgot to breathe*

I honestly wonder what was on the cameraman/PD/staffs' minds when they filmed this... heh.

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Same. SBS must really want us to ship them hard with all their bts of the couple acting like a couple on and off screen.

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Omg, that's awesome! They went on kissing for a long time! I love how everything just felt so right, no matter how long it went on. And they were so adorable in the BTS.

Thanks so much for sharing!

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4+ minutes of kissing!!!!!! WHAT???? Have we ever seen such an amazing thing? I had to pause right after 3:00 (and the tongue!) so I could take a breath! WOW!!! I think the director was probably thinking "let these kids enjoy this moment as long as they want", right along with an evil laugh and "Let's kill our audience!"

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this is what i'm thinking too. SBS is going to murder us all, with heart attack

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I am now very vested in the villains' back story, how they come to meet each other, how they come to cooperate with each other and how they work together. I hope future episodes would drop some tidbits on their history and partnership.

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I am as well I am curious to how the pair met and everything that lead them to the situation they are now in. I am also super keen to see Bong Hee's reaction once she finds out that the person isn't all who he said to be. I like the approach she has now but I am sure the guilt will set in later

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Yoo-jung is, unfortunately, still annoying me.

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I agree with JH. When you don't know her, she seems all cool and such, but once you know her, she is this uncool, whiny immature brat that you roll your eyes at whenever you talk to her.

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Same here. From far away, she looks cool and badass. But once you get to know her, she's quite the opposite: whiny and annoying.

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I really wanted to like this character... I really did....

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I kind of gave up on YJ a few episodes ago, and well... it was probably the right decision. Agree with JH that close up, she just seems kind of pathetic and not as cool. When we first saw her, she was all cool and badass but now that we know more, she seems more like a child who just wants her own way.

I know she was drunk, but the fact that she said that she was "pretty" as though being pretty were an excuse to do whatever you liked... just... meh. She liked the notion of hanging out with JW and EH as a clique because she got to feel cool around pretty people and lord it over others, and now that they're gone, I think she misses the feeling of being in "the cool clique". It sounds shallow, but I feel like she misses the idea of having a handsome man, and handsome friend, more than she misses the actual people.

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Ahh that confession! I love Ji-Wook for owning up for is cowardice and just asking for a chance to like her.
But I can get Bong-Hee for not jumping immediately as hard as that is. I mean he pushed her away because he was scared of getting hurt but what about her? Rejection is one thing but then he likes her anyway, meaning all the pain she went through was for nothing! She never actually had to go through it so why did he make her. I mean she knows she'll cave eventually but I can applaud her for wanting him to suffer a tiny bit.

Also, I love all the meetinf scenes with our little band of lawyers. The way they all banded against CEO Byun was hilarious.

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The team meetings always make me laugh so hard - especially the fact that they never seem to get anything done other than in-house gossip and/or bickering like small children in them! I'd work there in a heartbeat, haha!

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the thing is, i've always skipped some scene with meeting, older character interaction, but this drama is game changer. i mean, the older interaction become such an interesting thing to watch

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I agree with you!! Though it's hard to resist a man like Ji Wook, I'm glad Bong Hee didn't accept his feelings right away. That'll teach him a lesson, haha! (And I want to see more of puppy!Jiwook... so.. good job Bong Hee!)

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I love how everyone acted as lawyers to CEO Byun's arrest when really he just wanted them to act as friends and be on his side.

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CEO Byun is hilarious, he cracks me up. The horror when he realised he failed the breathalyser test, muahahaha! I haven't seen Lee Deok-hwa in such a fun role and I hope CEO Byun stays wacky throughout.

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Well, yes, but the problem is that he's not suffering all that much. He knows she loved him and he's just waiting patiently, being 100% convinced that it's just a matter of time. So she got her heart broken and he get what? A fun new way to tease her. He seriously seems to be enjoying himself and not be frustrated by her refusal at all. She's only torturing herself for nothing. (and denying herself some good kisses dare I say)

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The kiss & confession; wohoooo!!!

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Ji chang wook made the most adorable puppy face. I can't!!!

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I know right! Like how do you say 'no' to that handsome, beautiful face!

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After getting a very comfortable spot in my list of awesome leading men, Jiwook just earned another one in my books. His confession just earned its place in my book of the loveliest and swooniest confession in kdramaland. You are killin' me, dude!! Killin' meee!!

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Definitely. Love that Ji-Wook isn't aggressive in this drama. His confession is the loveliest and swooniest one I have see in any dramas. Definitely number 1 in my book too! :)

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Kdramaland is really... hitting it out of the ballpark with confessions and leading men these a days. I've been actively following a ton of dramas and the leading men are just so sweet? Confessions get better and better with every show that I watch.

But yes, JW... I love how he told her he would respect her feelings, and it was his turn to like her. He didn't expect her to like him back, but he would continue to like her until she changed her mind. And he didn't do it by being obnoxious or intrusive, he was quiet and sweet (and took every opportunity to stick his face near hers, hah). Poor Bong Hee, when he said he was willing to wait, she looked like she was all ready to jump right at him, forget waiting!

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I hope we get more of such character for our kdramaland leading men. I've never found anything appealing, let alone swoon-worthy, about the bad boy, jerk, will-soon-be-reformed-by-the-girl type of leading man in kdrama. They make me want to issue a restraining order. Not romantic at all.

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Yes this!!! I sincerely hated and never found swoony those pushy and No means Yes kind of heroes that kdrama was good at producing. (Gu Jyun Pyo tops my hate list)..and complementary meek female leads..This year has been full of beautiful couples who know that love without respect is not worth much

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This might be my catnip: determined, thoughtful leading men and strong, independent female leads.

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Ji-wook: "I regret pushing you away. I want to turn back time."

Me: I TOLD YOU SO!

That kiss!!! I'm so happy we got an extended, heart-fluttering, swoon-worthy kiss. Did anyone else notice how he's tearing up just a teeny, tiny bit after he pulls away from Bong-hee? And the way he looked longingly at her when they were having that post-kiss conversation... Wow, I could get lost in those eyes forever. And that epilogue is way too cute!

Also, I love Eun-hyuk and Chief Bang watching and waiting for the two to get their act together!

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Omg the side interactions of Eun Hyuk and Chief Bang is amazing I love them to bits XD I can't get enough of them~!!!

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They make the funniest little side glances and sly smiles! ?

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It is sooo cute I love it~ And how the high key ship the two of them is adorable~

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UGH Tell me about it! I love them all!!! haha! Especially Chief Bang! He is the best! Love the team so much!

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My favourite scene of Chief Bang is when he blocked the guys from going up the stairs - No. No. He says . Ha

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Have you guys seen the no cut version of that kiss? Because its more worthy than ever. Please prepare an extra oxygen when you watched though.

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OMO, there's another version?! Please share it with the rest of us Beanies!

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Damn, JCW can kiss. ?

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Aaaaaand that was when Prinut realized she was in the wrong profession. I wish 4 minute makeout sessions with JCW were part of my job description

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OMG uhm that's like 4 straight minutes of... just kissing!! I guess to hell with oxygen, right?! Thank youu for sharing! It's sweet. I wish it was in the episode so we get a beautiful background music/OST to go with it. I hope someone does an edit. hehe!

Whew! /fans self/ Just imagine the future episodes when they are officially a couple. /swoon/

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Epilogue? What epilogue? I didn't see any epilogue.

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actually there was epilogue every episodes, not the first part but 2nd part of episode. you can check VIU incase you missed some epilogue, its quite fun to watch.

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The epilogue showed Ji-wook using the claw machine to win a stuffed toy. It's a male version of the one that Bong-hee likes to hug in her room. After winning the toy, he left it in Bong-hee's room. So now there's a stuffed toy couple version of themselves, if that makes sense. ?

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just so awesome. Can Bong Hee be any cooler? She is already cracking though. I like how they are still a good team of lawyers even if they are awkward with each other. CEO Byuns´ drunk driving didnt quite fit in to this episode, but on the other hand it put him in the same spot as Bong Hee had been: no evidence to prove your actions. HAA.
I love how BH and JW don´t just start a relationship, instead they are building it bit by bit. and I like the end the most, how BH told him not to keep information from her thinking he is doing something noble. Ji Wook, this is just a taste of what will happen if you should get married to her.
Eun Hyuk and Ji Wook having the same gestures and mirroring each other is the best thing ever. shows how long they were friends before the discord.
and when you are with the person you like, it is hard to stay cool and swoony if your pulse is at the ceiling and you forget to breathe.

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"he can’t help but smolder when he looks at her by accident, so having him purposely turn the full force of those intense eyes on her is probably going to kill Bong-hee dead." - isn´t one killer enough?
speaking of, he is getting creepier. who are the 3 he wants out of the way?
I am glad Chan Ho seems to be alive and I want to see at least his redemption. I mean he hasn´t directly killed anyone.
Too little of EH-JW bickering, looks like next episode will compensate on that front though.

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Thanks for the speedy update @lollypip - you've so eloquently summarised how I feel about our OTP!

Like you, I'm especially proud of BH for handling JW's sudden confession (and kiss!) with such grace. I applaud the writers not only for giving our heroine tangible character growth, but for not reducing her to a sappy, starry-eyed doormat after the male lead confesses. Although BH really got on my nerves during the first 2 episodes (I know I was supposed to pity her but I just found her pathetic!), she has wormed her way into my heart with her honesty and quirky optimism, much like she has done with JW.

I'm not quite sure how Nam Ji-hyun does it - if I was on the receiving end of one of Ji Chang-Wook's signature 'I-can-see-right-through-to-your-soul' stares, I think my *heart* would stop, let alone my breathing...!

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Yoo Jung... Oh Yoo Jung.... I really wanted to like you but the fact that you are being such a brat is making me sad. I am honestly more sad about the fact that Eun Hyuk can't seem to stop following her and looking for her wherever he is. Makes me wish that she would pick herself up becoming a woman worthy for his affections to be honest.

And omg... wow that confession.... I perfectly understand why Bong Hee is being on guard and trying to keep him at an arms distance away but at the same time... GURL!!! HE! AND YOU! AND THEN! AND THAT! THEN THAT KISS!!! AND THAT!! I can not deal with how strong you are Bong Hee.... Seriously if that was me I would have run into his arms already. But I do love how she is keeping him at bay.

But that scene with him having the nightmare and hugging her.... My heart. Dont do that to me writers. Seriously. I am going to die.

One thing that I am curious though is the villains, seems like one of them has some regret and such but I am seriously curious about why these two are together and why they are working together.

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This episode has been my favorite so far and it was pretty perfect. I loved it all - this kiss, the confession (WOW! How can she resist a confession like that?!), but I understood her shock and hesitation. I loved the intense gazes JW can't help but give, the pretty jealousy of the other guys in the office, and his getting up close as she squirms. Swoon! We all know how hard she's trying to hold it in. This is the episode I'll go back to over and over in the future. <3

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Omo, omo, can Noh Ji Wook be any more perfect?! I venture not. He seems to definitely be challenging the typical dramaland hero ... and I am loving every moment of it. His confession to Eun Bong Hee in this episode was soooo swoon-worthy!!! The fact that he will let her slowly return to him was sooooo romantic! I was fan-girling so hard!!!! Can't wait for these two to officially ship!

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Inhale... exhale...
Breathe. Don't forget to breathe G~. *lost in JCW's eyes*
❤v❤

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Thanks LollyPip!
Aah, what a fun episode!!! Loved the confession scenes so much.

Yeah, sure Ji Wook, you don't want to stress the girl, just hang around looking at her like that, and looking after her, and expect her to leave you be... sure... no problem ... no STRESS!!! LOLOL. I was rolling around at that and the expression on Bong Hee's face as he was assuring her he was cool about waiting for her. Way to go in respecting a girl's feelings (not!!!) ?

And can we just have one quarter of each episode at their staff meetings and see the group of them just feed off each other in repartee, sarcasm and giving Byun a hard time. ? I just love their group dynamics... and I'm guessing quite a bit of it is ad lib. Also show, please give us lots of bro-sis-mance between Eun Hyuk and Bong Hee. It's so great that she may not have a girlfriend to confide in but she does have Eun Hyuk and Bang to support her and we get to hear all her other thoughts and understand her decision to not be swayed by Ji Wook, (which we know she'll just end up not following through with. LOL).

One of the best things about this drama are the truthful, "as-comes-to-mind", unfiltered dialogues between Ji Wook and Bong Hee. With communication as good as theirs, how can they fail to make it as a couple? And you know, actually when she says, she's going to make him wait, longer than 7 minutes,... it sounded like it was an acquiescence already, because at the end of the wait, it was going to be a 'Yes', just the way after 7 minutes she said yes.

And that JCW aegyo LOL! I don't know whether to find it cute or cringe but it was certain hilarious. Love this show!! And that was only the first half... Now to watch the next half!! ?

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I really love the office scenes too. I also love No Ji Wook when he wears those glasses.

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There is such great office chemistry, especially the part when they were like referencing laws and such regarding CEO Byun's DUI case.

I love how Ji Wook knows exactly when the conversation derails and the meeting needs to be over.

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That awkward JCW aegyo!! I definitely cringed for him, but found it cute. I also kind of died when the landlady gave them the side eye when they said they needed to see the unit in private, like she suspected they were going to be doing... ahem, weird things while she was gone.

I love the staff meetings and I love how EH is a silently watching fairy godmother! He's the one who's listening to all her frustrations and rants and he's always encouraging without being overbearing. I love seeing scenes of them in an oppa-dongsaeng kind of thing. More so because JW gets adorably jealous. ;)

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EH is the BEST. I love seeing a drama where the lead female character is allowed to have a male friend who isn't trying to put the moves on her - he's just being so sweet and such a good friend. I love that throughout the show Ji-Wook and Bong-Hee are his OTP as much as they're ours!

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Yes, so rare indeed is this 2nd lead male shipping of the OTP in a romance!!! Gotta remember this and see if/hope it can become a kdrama trope. ?

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Lol, I found it even more funny that the landlady was so chill with it! She was surprisingly accommodating, hahaha. I love it.

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Did anyone hear Eun-hyuk call Bong-hee as "Bong Bong" when he joined her at their usual chat place in the garden? Or was I mistaken? Anyway, I'm liking their friendship a lot and how Eun-hyuk's totally cheering for Bong-hee to be with Ji-wook.

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It was cute! Now for Ji-wook to actually hear that and go nutty, hee~

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I love how jealous he gets. I wonder if he'll ever find out that Eun-hyuk is just messing with him. I feel like it's a little bit of revenge on Ji-wook for not forgiving him yet.

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I don't think she would jealous of YJ at this point, but I wouldn't mind Bong-hee spraying her with the hose out of revenge, too.

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These are some of my favorite things this episode:
1) That KISS!
2) The impish way that Wookie confessed his feelings and got all up in Bong-hee's personal space
3) Eun-hyuk calling Bong-hee "bong-bong"
4) Eun-hyuk and Bong-hee's genuine friendship
5) The whole thing with CEO Byun and how he didn't know what the firm was called (No and Ji? Ji, No, and Byun???) and the way Bong-hee made him do things leading up to the trial and just how they lost and he almost killed her! I died laughing!!
6) The way Wookie respects Bong-hee
7) Wookie's attempt at aigoo and his immediate head shake as if to say "no this inst it, get a grip boy!"
8) The firm meetings.
9) The complexity of the villains and their motives
10) Bong-hee and her mom's petty rivalry with Wookie's mom that is so headed for some hilarious reveals when they will find out she's Wookie's mom!

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their friendship reminds me of a childrens song we have: for a good friend I´ll open my doors and my eyes and my ears, my heart and my family circle, whenever you want, I´ll be here at the window wide open. or you can even fly in through my TV. they are just like that, always willing to lend the ear and listen.

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Aww. That children song does match with Eun-Hyuk and Bong-Hee. Whenever she's down, he's always there to listen and chat with her. Eun-Hyuk is such a precious puppy (despite hurting his bff). I want him to have his own happy ending too. :)

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The callback to the law firm name discussion was brilliant. I love how him not knowing the name and muddling through it made CEO Byun look even more guilty of a DUI.

Now I'm wondering what the name of the firm really is.

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I, too, need a reminder to breathe anytime Ji Wook does anything or says anything swoonworthy, which is 80% of the time lol. Bong Hee is a strong woman for being able to resist him, but really, how long can she keep that up? Hahaha

I didn't quite pick up on Chan Ho being part of the seven on Hyun Soo's list! When he said 4 have disappeared, I thought I had missed someone again, or a murder had happened somehow before that. Curious as to how Chan Ho and Hyun Soo got involved, what Chan Ho owes Hyun Soo, and how it will all unfold. I want to peel back more layers to the murder duo here. In I Remember You their backstory was written well and the characters were so human and you knew why they did what they did, I couldn't fully hate them. I hope the Hyun Soo and Chan Ho's story is just as interesting and fleshed out.

I was so happy when Bong Hee was telling her mother she felt she was in her prime, with her coworkers adoring her! Just a nice moment for mother and daughter, haha.

I worry about what could come out as Yoo Jung reinvestigates Hee Jun's case, and the fact that the DA fabricated evidence and thinks Ji Wook could do the same?? This man is dirty and out to get Bong Hee and Ji Wook, not to mention he has history with Ji Wook's dad. But things are going quite well, perhaps this is the next source of conflict for the lawyers at No and Ji and Eun and Bang and Byun. (They never really settled on a name, di they? Haha)

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Yes, it seems they never settled on a name. I wonder what the sign on the outside of the house/office says then... Just "Lawyer Firm" without the name of the lawyers? ?

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I must say: I thoroughly enjoyed (almost to a sadistic point) JW being rejected. The resulting angst was just too delicious, watching him flail about and trying to come to terms with the situation he put himself in was just so satisfying, because he kind of deserves it for hurting BH...even if his reasons were legitimate. Also, seeing him lovestruct just makes me SWOON.
But in this situation, I also appreciate that BH has enough self-respect and doesn't decide to run straight into his arms (I know I would've, lol), just because he's had a change of heart. This girl is seriously awesome!

Lastly...I might sound like a broken record, but I feel the need to say this again. I really really appreciate how this show handles its tonal shifts. With the romance starting to come into full-force, I'm relieved that the show isn't trying to tone-down (no pun intended) the mystery in favor of romance.

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its tonal shifts are AMAZING. I keep gushing about them too! I remember it was in a much earlier episode, maybe episode 3 (with the 1h system) and it was when BH decided she wouldn't "stalk" JW and when she received that pair of shoes. man that tonal shift still gives me chills. the way I went from crying with BH to being super nervous about those shoes...production team is gifted!

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I finally got down to watching this after my exams ended.
THIS was the JCW show i was waiting for after healer ... not the damn K2.

rom com + murder mystery + Swoony JCW = addicted

Love it!

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Thanks for the recap!

Hahaha, now I feel like this was the true purpose of the one night stands, so that she can try and trivialize this kiss between them, even though nothing that could have possibly happened before could have had this emotional importance. I think, deep down, she probably senses that he wouldn't just kiss her now that he knows her feelings, but she's just having such a hard time believing it.

I love that he tried to make very clear what his feelings are anyway. He persevered, even after rejection. Not even just that, he was clear about the emotional process he went through over the course of the last few episodes. So she could understand even understand what his feelings have been and how he suddenly reached the point of going after her. He really had the most wonderful, unselfish confession! Haha, reminding both of them to breath after, so cute!

While I could spend more time questioning why she's suddenly so resistant, I love this reversal too much to care. And it teases out their courtship a little bit longer in the most delightful way! I feel like we often see the female lead except the male lead as soon as he comes to his senses, so I like that she puts protecting her heart first, especially because she's already put her heart on the line before and experienced rejection. She knows what the pain is like and doesn't want to open herself up to an even more painful experience, should his feelings just be temporary. She definitely feels as if she's dreaming all her happiness right now, so I understand why she's more scared than ever.

CEO Byun saving that woman with his car! What quick thinking! It's too bad that this didn't extend to remembering that ridiculous name they came up with! (How much do I love that this made a comeback? They clearly need to get a consensus on what their name is, haha.) His whole arc with Bong-hee was hilarious this episode!

LOL @ BH and EH always laughing and giggling in the same spot...poor Ji-wook. Haha, couldn't they have a little mercy on the guy that just got rejected?

I love the way he courts her though. He isn't persistent. He just makes his interest known! It makes it so entertaining watching her resist. My favorite moment was when she was scolding him for even shutting up when she told him to because that made it harder and then he just flails awkwardly trying to figure out what he should be doing to appease her. LOL, that is, until he gets indignant about that look in her eyes and switches them back into work mode! I also cracked up so much at JW trying to subtly join the parade of people @ BH's desk though. He was so not smooth at all, but she's too affected by his proximity right now to notice.

Haha, some of the epilogues are so extra and I love it. He won her a bunny version of him from a claw-machine to go with hers! That is too adorable.

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I couldn't get much of an epilogue again, but I'll check back with Youtube later. I'm sure it'll pop up.

And yes, absolutely, I love the re-hashing of certain fun and significant bits, not only the 'unknown' name of their firm, but the running joke of Byun ending up as Bong Hee's son if he drinks, and the love-for-all-mankind pat on the head, the forgetting to breathe and the total failure of all their meetings because Byun will just side-track it to talk about himself. Just love all of them, slotted in just at the right time and not too much ... repeating doesn't seem to dim the wit or take away the funny. Show is amazing!

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OMO! The bunnies! ???

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Thanks heaps aqua❤jcw!!! ? ? ? ? ? ?

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All I could think about in that running scene was- ji wook has legs for daaaaaaays!

Squeeing aside- I'm happy to see that the villain and our protagonists are evenly matched in terms of smarts! I love that Bonghee quickly caught on, and I'm glad the drama did not drag out Bonghee and Jiwook chasing their suspicions of Hyunsoo separately and that they got on the same page about that. I don't like it when our sleuths with the same mission are carrying out their own missions! Although I totally understand why Jiwook decided not to tell Bonghee right away. But if this had gone on for much longer with our villain being super creepy and smart, I would have started to get frustrated. This drama is perfect on pacing.

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I wish I had legs that long, when I go jogging, I kind of look like a marmot.

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My only thought during that scene is that I'd like to look like that when I run - at least until I got distracted by the runner ;)

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I also love how quickly Bong-hee put things together. Hyun-soo coming clean about his alibi could have made her want to continue to believe in him because of that gesture of trust, but I love how this only prompts her to analyze Ji-wook's recent behavior and come to the proper conclusion. She very simply acknowledges that Ji-wook would not have reacted this way towards Hyun-soo from this revelation alone, unless there were other reasons to be suspicious. I also love that, when it comes down to it, a lot of their suspicion comes down to gut feeling. Hyun-soo is a pretty fascinating and impressive villain, but he does betray a bit of his own creepiness in moments, so I'm glad that our protagonists are allowed to have a sense for that sort of thing.

This turn of events opens them all up to the mind-games now and I can't wait. I'm so glad that Bong-hee knows now because she's actually pretty good at stuff like this when she knows what she's dealing with. She's had practice with people like Ji-hye in her life, lol!

I'm also very happy with Bong-hee for scolding Ji-wook for not letting her know right away! That was definitely a mistake on his part and I'm glad he recognized it.

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I was really glad she took it all in so calmly. The gears must have been turning in overdrive, but she didn't let on to Hyun Soo that his confession alarmed her. She has a better poker face than JW (so many times, I'm like HS will take one look at you and he will know that you know!). I like how she didn't castigate JW for keeping his suspicions from her and but is letting all the info sink in.

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Ji Chang Wook is a big-time soccer player in a league in Seoul and he runs and runs and runs a lot. So lovely to see.

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This show just keeps getting better and better. The Kiss was as melting as ice in the summer but I am glad she told him to wait. Its nice to see a heroine give the hero a little bit of payback before eventually getting back together. Most of the time we see the heroine suffer what it seems like a one sided love to her but as soons as we get a kiss they get together and its all pink and roses. Specially since she didnt say she didnt love him or woulndt just that he needs to take a sip of his own medicine. Plus, c'mon those puppy eyes he was giving her! I want more!

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After last week, I was afraid that we were moving too quickly in the romance department and we would lose all of the delicious tension that had been building up. Thankfully, that didn't happen, and I feel like this stage in the romance is even more fun!

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Thanks so much for the speedy recap!! Out of curiosity, is there a reason the epilogues haven't been included in the recaps? They're pretty cute in their own right.

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I think Lollypip doesn't watch previews to avoid spoilers so she also missed the epilogue since epilogue comes out after the previews.

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Hopefully she's been finding ways to watch them after!

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Honestly... I just can't find them! I've only seen a couple of them because they aren't included in the versions I recap from, and I haven't been able to find them elsewhere in time to include them in the recaps. Otherwise I would!

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Ah that makes sense!! Yea I think I've been able to see all but the first episode's epilogue, but it did take some digging... Not sure why they're not as easy to find. Thanks for your timely recaps though!!

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They're included on dramafever, but on viki they're often added later because the raws they use probably cut them out.

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