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Lookout: Episodes 25-26

It’s the moment of truth as Do-han faces the man who changed his life. He’s not taking any chances as he risks everything to secure the fall of his nemesis. Since his opponent always manages to survive, the question is, will Do-han’s efforts be enough, or has he sacrificed his future in vain?

EPISODE 25 RECAP

Suji watches as Shi-wan and Se-won walk out of school together. They appear friendly as they confirm plans for Se-won to visit later that afternoon and smile as they wave goodbye. Once Shi-wan is out of sight, his smile disappears.

Chief Prosecutor Yoon arrives at the National Assembly for his hearing and promises the reporters that their questions will soon be answered.

In his office, Do-han is on the phone and adjusts his promise of three witnesses to two. Police detectives enter to arrest him for forgery.

Just before he’s called in to his hearing, Chief Prosecutor Yoon advises someone over the phone to discover a link to Suji during interrogation to eliminate two threats.

The priest watches Yoon’s hearing in his room, but is interrupted by detectives who explain that he’s needed as a witness in Do-han’s case.

Chief Prosecutor Yoon’s hearing begins as he takes the candidate’s oath and promises to tell the truth.

The priest sits in interrogation with Do-han and is asked if Lee Kwan-woo is his real name. He’s warned that he could be charged as an accomplice, which Do-han considers a threat. Do-han demands proof of the allegation against him and the detectives produces some documents.

Assemblywoman Chae directs a question at Chief Prosecutor Yoon: “Do you believe that the prosecution shouldn’t interfere in politics?” When he agrees, she asks about his interference in the Miseo-dong case in order to protect the ruling party.

The ruling party objects to her making an accusation without proof, so the assemblywoman calls Lawyer Oh as a witness. But then she’s given a message and glances over at a very calm Chief Prosecutor Yoon.

The lead detective shows Do-han school records that list his blood type as AB, as opposed to recent records that list it as type O. Curiously, the priest’s blood type was type O before it became type AB.

Do-han laughs that school tests are unreliable and wonders why he was arrested over something so petty, suggesting that someone very powerful is behind it. The detective clarifies that his question was meant for the priest, who has refused to say anything. The detective advises the priest that his silence could work against him if the search of their belongings yields incriminating evidence.

Lawyer Oh ignores his ringing phone as we see in flashback that Chief Prosecutor Yoon offered to make up for what he had done to him. Lawyer Oh asked for an end to all of the investigations aimed at him before he would discuss any compensation. As he ignores another call from the assemblywoman, Lawyer Oh smiles broadly.

A phone call informs the lead detective that a second phone was discovered in Do-han’s car. Do-han looks up at the CCTV camera in the room as the detective orders the call history. The priest finally speaks and asks the detectives to stop their investigation because he’s the real Lee Kwan-woo. Even after the detective reminds him again that he will be charged as an accomplice if he’s lying, the priest insists, “I’m telling the truth.”

Do-han threatens a lawsuit for false arrest. The lead detective argues that if Do-han is that confident, then he should agree to a DNA test to prove his identity. Because Detective Nam requested the test earlier, Do-han’s signature can release the results, and if test shows that he’s not Lee Shin-hyuk’s son, he’ll be released right away. Do-han mutters that this is what they were after all along.

Assemblywoman Chae realizes that Chief Prosecutor Yoon somehow interfered with Lawyer Oh’s testimony. She asks her assistant about their informant, but he’s remained anonymous, so there is no way to contact him. The assemblywoman notes that instead of having three witnesses, she now risks a charge of false accusation.

Do-han and the priest look anxious as the lead detective reviews the DNA report. But then, he announces that Do-han is not related to Lee Shin-hyuk. Do-han stands to leave, but the detective detains them until Do-han’s second phone can be investigated and promises to arrest him if it turns out to be a burner phone (untraceable, illegal).

Chief Prosecutor Yoon testifies that he’s never gone against his principles as a prosecutor. Assemblywoman Chae is given another message, and this time she announces a witness who can challenge his claim. And then Do-han enters the hearing.

In a flashback to nine hours before the hearing, we see Do-han visit the team’s hideout to ask for help. Kyung-soo and Bomi had monitored Do-han’s interrogation once the hearing was underway. From her car, Suji encouraged them to hurry while Yoon took his oath, which coincided with the discovery of Do-han’s second phone.

As an investigation was ordered on the phone’s call history, Do-han had looked up at the camera, knowing his teammates were watching. Before the hearing, he’d asked Kyung-soo and Bomi to hack the camera in the interrogation room to keep an eye on him.

During Do-han’s interrogation, Kyung-soo changed the numbers in the call history to local takeout restaurants (as if Do-han would frequent such places!). As far as the DNA report, Do-han anticipated that it would be used to prove his true identity. While Kyung-soo and Bomi monitored Do-han’s interrogation, Suji had headed for the NFS (National Forensic Service) to switch the DNA report.

So now, Bomi and Kyung-soo use CCTV cameras to watch detectives chase down the takeout restaurants listed on Do-han’s call history. The detectives hand out flyers with photos of Suji and Bomi and one ends up in the hands of the realtor that Kyung-soo met with that morning.

Bomi and Kyung-soo witness her exchange with the detectives and realize that she has the hideout’s address. Kyung-soo regrets that he used the numbers of neighborhood restaurants as the realtor leads the detectives to her office. Bomi and Kyung-soo work fast to move their suspicious hardware to a secret room.

Suji wears a mask as she makes her way to the DNA lab at the NFS. With the employees out for a break, she manages to switch the envelope that contains the real report with a different one. Checking CCTV footage on her phone, Suji can see when a detective arrives in the parking lot and is ready to meet him, dressed in a lab coat, to hand over fake report.

Bomi monitors the detectives from her phone as Kyung-soo encourages her not to worry. He uses a large valve to close off the room and then alters Bomi’s photo on his phone just at the police walk in.

Kyung-soo protests that his detective agency uses strictly legal means to help their clients, and acts offended when a detective suggests that his girlfriend is a fugitive. That detective checks Kyung-soo’s ID as Bomi listens from behind the wall. Kyung-soo concedes that his girlfriend does look similar to the fugitive, but shows the altered photo to prove how they’re not the same, declaring his girlfriend prettier.

Kyung-soo takes his charade a bit too far when he glances in the direction of the secret room while he inquires about the reward for Suji and Bomi. The detectives decide to check the agency more closely and become suspicious about the wall that closes off the secret room. Bomi grabs a walkie-talkie and moves away as the lead detective throws himself against the wall and tries to find a way to open it.

The detective is about to turn the valve that opens the room when we cut over to the police interrogation room, just as the DNA report is delivered. While Do-han remains detained until his second phone has been investigated, Suji reads the real DNA report in her car.

Suji reads the findings that Do-han is Lee Shin-hyuk’s son and recalls his request that she change the DNA report. She had cautioned Do-han that he and the priest would be stuck with their false identities, but he promised to set everything straight after the hearing — with both the priest’s real identity and Yoo-na’s case. Until then, he’d asked for Suji’s help to finish his revenge.

Back at the hideout, a police radio crackles with a report that Suji was sighted in the neighborhood. After the police run out, Kyung-soo opens the secret room and Bomi holds up the walkie-talkie.

Kyung-soo announces that they make a great team, although she ignores his high-five. Bomi warns that Do-han is in danger until they can alter his phone’s registration.

Eun-joong’s father, Justice Kim, takes out a cell phone and a piece of paper with a code on it. He’d used his standing as Detective Nam’s attorney to claim his belongings, which is how he ended up with Nam’s phone.

Justice Kim enters the code into the phone and listens to Detective Nam’s most recent recording, in which Nam tells Chief Prosecutor Yoon that he tortured and killed on Yoon’s orders. He stops listening when there’s a knock at his door and hastily puts the phone into his desk as Eun-joong enters to ask for a talk.

Eun-joong asks his father if he accepted Detective Nam as a client because of the Lee Shin-hyuk case. Eun-joong guesses that the ruling in that case was wrong, but Justice Kim defends his verdict.

Eun-joong admits that he knows Lee Shin-hyuk’s son and explains that because of the verdict, the man and his family suffered. When Eun-joong suggests that his father should admit his mistake, his father insists that his verdict was based on the evidence. Eun-joong calls an effort to hide a mistake an even more serious matter, but his father suggests that they talk about the issue later and walks away.

As Do-han waits for the report on his second phone, he looks up at the CCTV camera, and Kyung-soo manages to change the registration just in time. Having outsmarted their opponents, Do-han and the priest are finally permitted to leave.

Outside the police station, Do-han apologizes to the priest, since he promised to restore his name. The priest admits that he disliked Do-han and his father for a long time, even though Do-han did nothing wrong. He tells Do-han not to worry about his name, that his focus should be on proving his father’s innocence.

At the hearing, Chief Prosecutor Yoon addresses Assemblywoman’s Chae’s allegation that he interfered in the Miseo-dong case. When he maintains that he never went against his principles, she calls her witness. We return to Do-han’s entrance as he looks straight at the chief prosecutor and prepares to testify.

EPISODE 26 RECAP

As Suji drives down the street, she sees a broadcast that shows Do-han made it to the hearing. But she’s alarmed when Bomi and Kyung-soo call with news that Se-won is on her way to Shi-wan’s house.

The housekeeper escorts Se-won inside, where she introduces herself to Shi-wan’s mother. Shi-wan comes downstairs and explains that they plan to watch the Han River fireworks from the rooftop. His mother looks concerned as Shi-wan shows Se-won to his room.

Kyung-soo can’t hack into either Shi-wan’s computer or phone and guesses that he reformatted them. Bomi cautions that it may be a trick and suggests that they proceed carefully.

Se-won admires Shi-wan’s large canvas, and he asks if she brought what he asked for. Se-won hands over a bag of fireworks from her backpack, and he suggests that they can set some off during the fireworks display and save some for another time.

At the National Assembly, after Assemblywoman Chae introduces Do-han as her witness, the hearing adjourns for a short recess.

Do-han meets with the assemblywoman, who only now realizes that he is her informer. She didn’t expect help from someone loyal to Yoon, but Do-han explains that she’s the one helping him. Assemblywoman Chae wonders how that can be true when he’s about to take the witness stand. She shares that he’s now her only witness, as Lawyer Oh didn’t show up as planned. Do-han has hardly absorbed the news when his phone rings with a call from Chief Prosecutor Yoon.

Detective Ma stares at Detective Nam’s desk and asks Soon-ae if his case is closed. He admits that he didn’t expect their colleague to commit suicide, but Soon-ae answers that Detective Nam died as he lived — he did whatever he pleased.

Soon-ae steps out of the office when she gets a call from a restricted number. It’s from Suji, who asks Soon-ae to get in touch with Se-won because she is with Shi-wan. Soon-ae is suddenly worried when she realizes that her daughter lied when she promised to stay away from Shi-wan.

Suji explains that Se-won was an outcast at school and Shi-wan took advantage of her loneliness to get close to her. She reminds Soon-ae that no mother can know everything or be everywhere and asks her to check on Se-won before she hangs up.

Se-won is at work on her sketch of Shi-wan when her mother calls. She declines the call and asks about the fireworks show, and Shi-wan excuses himself to check out the rooftop.

Alone, Se-won approaches the large canvas, which she discovers is covered by a sheet of paper. She’s about to lift a corner when Shi-wan’s mother delivers some snacks. She asks how Se-won and Shi-wan became friends and learns that they never spoke until recently. Shi-wan’s mother is surprised when Se-won shares that Shi-wan approached her first.

Shi-wan’s mother notices her sketch and Se-won admits that it was a gift, in thanks for helping her. His mother recalls Shi-wan’s scorn when she’d asked if a friend drew the sketch — instead, he mentioned that something fun might happen if he hung out with the girl long enough. Shi-wan’s mother tries to hide her tension as she politely invites Se-won to have fun.

Do-han meets with Chief Prosecutor Yoon, who asks if Do-han heard that Lawyer Oh changed his mind. Do-han laments that people don’t listen to him and risk ending up like Detective Nam.

Chief Prosecutor Yoon says, “All you can do is ramble on for a few minutes with that mouth of yours. But I don’t even need to do that. Even if I don’t say anything, people already know what I’m capable of. That’s what power is.”

Do-han levels a look at the chief prosecutor and promises, “After this hearing, those people will realize that you don’t have much time left to abuse power as you want.” Chief Prosecutor Yoon chuckles that with Detective Nam dead and Lawyer Oh on his side, Do-han can’t hope to accomplish much by himself.

Chief Prosecutor Yoon reminds Do-han that he has no evidence to support his claims. When Do-han offers that at least the world will learn what he did, Yoon argues that people will pity him because he was falsely accused. He makes an offer to Do-han — parole for his father if he withdraws as a witness and turns over Suji.

Se-won’s curiosity draws her back to the large canvas in Shi-wan’s room. She lifts a corner of the paper and peers underneath, only to freeze in fear. We don’t see the image, but it causes Se-won to run from the house immediately.

Suji is in her car in front of Shi-wan’s house when Se-won runs out to the street. Suji jumps out and grabs the girl, who is clearly in shock. Suji asks what happened and Se-won confesses that she saw Shi-wan’s drawing. She can barely speak, so Suji asks if it was of Yoo-na. The terrified girl nods and manages to admit, “You were right. Shi-wan killed Yoo-na.”

Shi-wan returns to find his room empty. He notices that one corner of the paper over the canvas is loose and laughs when he realizes what happened. His mother runs in for an explanation, puzzled when Shi-wan suggests that Se-won didn’t like his drawing.

When Shi-wan explains that it was a drawing of their neighborhood, his mother argues that Se-won wouldn’t run out because of that. Shi-wan shrugs, “Maybe she saw it,” and a strange look clouds his eyes as he adds, “The drawing inside the drawing.” Shi-wan’s mother looks shaken as her son chuckles to himself.

Shi-wan’s mother shuts herself in the library to call Chief Prosecutor Yoon. After she hears that the hearing is going well, she blurts out that Shi-wan’s behavior has been strange, and that Yoo-na’s accident was Shi-wan’s fault. Yoon asks for proof and she tells him that she saw Shi-wan smile when he heard the girl was dead. Chief Prosecutor Yoon refuses to believe her, but his wife argues that he only knows one side of their son.

She claims that Shi-wan has always manipulated, hurt and abused others but they coddled him and covered everything up. She begs her husband to see the truth and doesn’t hear the library door open as she admits, “I’m scared of him.” But then, she hears the door close, and turns fearfully to see Shi-wan there. The chief prosecutor is called back to his hearing and suggests that they talk when he gets home.

Do-han broods over Chief Prosecutor Yoon’s offer to save his father if he hands over Suji. Do-han takes out his phone to call Suji.

Bomi watches camera feed of Suji and Se-won, relieved the girl discovered what Shi-wan is really like. Kyung-soo places a gift in front of Bomi and reminds her that she fought with her parents and sister about makeup. Now that she’s an adult, she can wear as much as she wants.

Kyung-soo also gives Bomi a pink phone, and she balks because he had to register it under an alias. He pretends to take it back, so she admits that she likes it. Kyung-soo admits that he knows that Bomi’s life isn’t normal, but promises that once they expose Chief Prosecutor Yoon, they can look forward to normal lives.

Bomi asks if they can go on dates and eat at trendy restaurants. Kyung-soo promises that she can dress up and wear makeup. Bomi confesses that she’ll never be the girl she was before, but Kyung-soo softly suggests that they can learn to be happy in a different way.

Soon-ae waits outside for Se-won and approaches her when she gets home. She asks her daughter to talk to her from now on, because “I’m your mom.” Se-won starts to cry and Soon-ae embraces her and apologizes that she didn’t know what her daughter had to endure.

Shi-wan asks his mother, “Did that woman say I’d do something again?” She asks if that’s why he befriended Se-won, and he responds, “What will you do if it is?” At her horrified look, he admits, “You know I can’t hold back when I get irritated. I don’t know since when, but the fugitive woman bothers me. I want her to know there are things she can’t protect, no matter how hard she tries.”

His mother refuses to let him have his way, but he just laughs and asks, “What will you do? Call the police? Do you want people to know your son is a monster?” In exchange for his parents’ help to cover up his deeds, Shi-wan promises to be a good, smart, obedient boy.

After dropping Se-won off at home, Suji returns to the hideout. She admires the new phone, but guesses by Bomi’s glum face that she doesn’t like the gift. Bomi explains that her reaction is because Kyung-soo envisions a happy future together, but she’s conflicted — while she’s grateful that she survived, she feels sorry toward her family. Suji assures Bomi that her family would want her to be as happy as possible.

Do-han calls Suji and asks where she is. She says she’s at the office with Bomi and Kyung-soo and shares that those two talked about the future. Suji realizes that she’s been so focused on Chief Prosecutor Yoon and Shi-wan that she never stopped to think what would happen next for her.

Do-han asks Suji about her plans and she accepts that she will have to take responsibility for her actions. Suji confesses that she’s grateful that they got so far, and that no matter how it ends, she thinks Do-han did a great job.

The hearing resumes, and when Do-han doesn’t appear, Assemblywoman Chae asks for a bit more time to wait. Is he not going to show after all?

Still on the phone, Do-han finally admits to Suji that he deceived her…

The decision is made to proceed with the hearing, a development that pleases Chief Prosecutor Yoon.

Suji rushes to turn on the television just as Do-han re-enters the hearing. It turns out that he’d told her there was something he had been keeping from her, but that he would reveal everything at the hearing. He’d asked her to watch it on television, so Suji tunes in as Do-han swears to tell the truth.

Eun-joong unlocks his father’s desk and finds a phone and password. The screensaver is a photo of Detective Nam’s family, proof that Justice Kim has the evidence from the late detective’s phone.

Assemblywoman Chae asks Do-han if Suji’s claim was true that her daughter’s death was not an accident. Do-han testifies that Chief Prosecutor Yoon’s son, Shi-wan, killed Suji’s daughter, and that he was told to cover up the incident quietly. He followed those orders.

Chief Prosecutor Yoon interrupts that it’s not right to commit slander over a case with no evidence. As Soon-ae also watches the hearing from a television in a hospital room, Chief Prosecutor Yoon labels Do-han’s claims a conspiracy theory based on an old case.

Suji watches as Do-han continues, “On May 5, 2016, Yoon Shi-wan took seven-year-old Yoo-na, Detective Jo Suji’s daughter, to a rooftop. I saw them myself… I could have saved Yoo-na, but I did not.”

COMMENTS

With the realization of Do-han’s plan and Shi-wan’s admission to his mother that he’s a murderer, Chief Prosecutor Yoon is about to face a war on two fronts. He can’t possibly defend himself against both issues and remain unscathed. As the facts of his professional misdeeds and his family defects threaten to come to light, Chief Prosecutor Yoon may finally fall so far that he can never recover. It can’t happen fast enough, which I suppose is a compliment for a villain. Boo, hiss.

While many of the characters were finally unmasked in this episode — think of Shi-wan, Justice Kim, Se-won and Lawyer Oh — the one with the greatest impact is Do-han. With Kyung-soo’s talk about the future, which no one else had thought about, Do-han’s testimony about Yoo-na’s murder guarantees that he won’t have one. He’s burning his bridges as he closes in on his lifelong nemesis. Perhaps the question for Do-han isn’t so much what comes next, but rather, who is he apart from Chief Prosecutor Yoon and the case that destroyed his father’s life? I don’t think Do-han can see any other life for himself and his self-loathing over Yoo-na’s death worries me greatly. He is certainly a tarnished hero, but I would hate to see him suffer a fate worse than Yoon or Shi-wan. With the right encouragement, Do-han could someday live happily, in much the same way that Kyung-soo helped Bomi out of her shell. The only question is, will anyone reach out a hand to him once all of his secrets are exposed?

Thank goodness for Kyung-soo and Bomi — their relationship keeps the drama from getting too dark. I didn’t even realize it until it happened, but Kyung-soo’s talk about the future was exactly what the story needed to remain hopeful. The characters have become so defined by the circumstances of their past, the word wasn’t even in their vocabulary. Of course it was Kyung-soo who would start the discussion. Ever the optimist, it’s part of his nature, but he was also the only member on the team who expected to live happily once he was reunited with his mother. Now that he’s accepted that she’s gone, he wants to realize that dream with the girl next to him. I don’t doubt that someday he and Bomi will enjoy the routine of normal lives.

Soon-ae and Se-won finally reconcile, thanks in no small part to Suji. That doesn’t mean that Se-won is out of danger, since Shi-wan can’t control his impulses. His obsession with Suji still hasn’t been fully explained, but perhaps it can’t be. Sh-wan is a psychopathic stalker and unfortunately, Suji attracted his interest. The problem that Shi-wan has created has to do with his mother. She knows without a doubt that her son is dreadfully twisted. While she may have been willing to help Shi-wan in the past, her admission that she’s afraid of her own son places her future actions in question. I can’t wait for her to discover what’s drawn on that canvas.

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I don't normally cuss, but the only word I had after watching this episode was F*ck!

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I'm relieved that Se-won finally knows the truth about Shi-wan although that doesn't necessarily keep her away from his wicked intent.

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Am reaaally itching to grab that white sheet covering his canvas!

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yea the next epi only showed a glimpse, they'll save it for last.

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I've caught up! And I'm pretty sure the interrogation scene went down like this:

-- Director-nim: Shin Dong-wook, you only have like two lines here, so the rest of the time just sit there and ooze sex appeal.
-- Shin Dong-wook: I'll do my best.
-- Director-nim: Kim Young Kwang, you have more lines, but all you really have to do is do it while oozing sex appeal.
-- Kim Young Kwang: I'll do my best.
-- Director-nim: Everyone else, just look as unattractive as possible.
-- Me, the viewer: (cue music) "It's just too good to be truuue, I can't take my eyes off of yoooouu." Oh wait, Kim Young Kwang said something. Dang, I missed the subtitles! Must rewind to catch it. Repeat 10 times.

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ROTFL

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???

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swoon over interrogation scene

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Lol! I think you got it, Ally! ??

When the priest said he had to change his clothes and then Shin Dong-wook appeared in that white button-up, I was like, ?.

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haha me too! It felt sort of wrong since he's a priest. I should respect his priest clothes! And the reason he's changing was because he's being taken away to get interrogated! But! But! He looks incredibly hot in that plain white button up (With the top button unbuttoned). *fans self*

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Thou shalt not drool all over Father Lee.

Say five Hail Marys and one Act of Contrition, and watch 22 episodes of SOULMATE. Go in peace and sin no more. Amen. ;-)

http://wiki.d-addicts.com/soulmate

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Father Lee??? heol that sounds soo ?

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the priest who makes every one(woman) sinned, totally wrong!

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Shin Dong-wook: breathes
Me: *freaks out* DO YOU SEE HOW AMAZING HE LOOKS AS HE JUST SITS THERE DOING NOTHING

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YASSSsss! And then he speaks his two lines and I fall off my bed because he's the most attractive priest ever with such a bewitching voice.....okay yeah I love the priest/SDW.

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I've said this before and I'll say it again, if there was a priest like that growing up I would be Catholic now.

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and go to confession twice a day

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And my confession every day would be, Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I've have had impre thoughts of you!!!

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my stomach hurts, oh Ally

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From the Baltimore Catechism, Kdrama edition:

Q: What do you call it when you have to inform your confessor that he's an occasion of sin?

A: Awkward! ;-)

-- Yeah, I survived Catholic school. ;-)

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Worse: "Bless me, Father, for I will sin." Then grabs the priest.

I am damned. lol.

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Don't forget to pack your asbestos undies when you hop into the handbasket. All aboard! ;-)

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I'm pretty sure she won't need undies where she's going!!! ???

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@ erratic, @Ally,

When the handbasket arrives, I foresee erratic flambé, with or without asbestos longjohns. ;-)

robot hell side by side
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4hHlXZAxZg

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@pakalanapikake, what a way to go. lol.

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On the bright side, the priest will be in that hand basket with you (after all, he is a warm, make that hot-blooded man)! Ok, I'm turning up the A/C now!

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@erratic, @Ally,

Dang it, ladies, this thread is about to be struck by lightning!

It's been nice knowing you.

But I really don't want a freebie one-way ticket to the Second Circle of Hell. ;-)

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Yay, been waiting for the recap. Thanks!

My biggest question watching this ep: Was Do Han tempted at all by the offer?

- I’ll say he entertained the fantasy for a bit. Which was natural and human. And when he hesitated before calling SJ, the thought was still in his mind. But what I LOVED was how he seemed to gain strength from her conviction that you needed to accept punishment for your sins. What’s poignant is if he had kept quiet his inaction over Yuna’s death, he would have come off as a more credible witness when attacking YSR. Instead, he chose to become a better man by coming clean to both make penance and help SJ in her case against Si Wan.
- During the phone call, it seemed like he knew the damage his confession at the hearing would do to their relationship? friendship? and the conversation might be the last civil one they would have. Argh my heart.

Other thoughts:

- The brothers just kill me. You sense there’s a lifetime of love, respect, anguish and anger between them. If not a prequel, I’d love a few flashbacks to delve into their story and what drove them all these years. Why did the Priest help DH in his revenge scheme despite his animosity towards him and his dad? How did DH begin his revenge scheme? Not to mention how he got Kyung Soo and Bo Mi as part of the gang.
- On a shallow note, can I just take a moment to appreciate how fine both KYK and SDW look captured within the same frame, especially when the latter is in civvies. What a great comeback role for SDW.

The recapper's right in asking what is left of Do Han after all this is over. Is he just a shell of a man?

All I want is for him not to die. Please don’t die, Do Han!! *starts prayer circle

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Loved the phone call scene so much too! So many things unspoken but felt. My take is he was never tempted, his call is a sort of goodbye, coz he knew after this she will see him in a different light. Ah, heartbreak!
And for some reason, really loved him saying, "It's me" at the beginning of the call. Such sweet familiarity.

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That phone conversation killed me! I thought to myself, "Oh, it sounds like they're married and he's about to drop a huge bomb, like 'I watched the next episode of Lookout without you.'" I was heartbroken because I knew he was going to tell her.

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I died at that "it's me". It's such sweet torture how amazing their chemistry is. I kinda imagine them in a Korean Mr and Mrs Smith. Alternating between making out and trying to kill each other.

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Me too... I loved that "its me"

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Me too... I loved that "its me".. the whole conversation was sweet..

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DH and SJ makes such a strange pair. I find that they have the most chemistry when they're talking to each other and NOT looking at each other.

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YES totally!!

They have their most honest and unguarded conversations on the phone. It's like, by not seeing each other, and just imagining the other person as a voice, DH and SJ feel more at ease opening up to each other. When they're face to face, it's all business, or snarling at each other (well, SJ more than DH).

Even that beautiful rooftop scene, where DH was sharing about his father, both were resolutely NOT facing each other. And this goes for their car conversations too.

Strange innit?

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Yes, don't die Do-han!! #saveDohan

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I also think he again "hesitated", at least contemplated taking Yoon's offer, I think if it involved only himself he could have agreed, but what makes Dohan different from Nam or Oh, is that he is not greedy, and he actually has a conscience and thinks about the wrong others went through too. It's not just about himself anymore. We saw Oh only happily asking himself what he can get from Yoon now. Dohan talking to Suji really showed that it's not only about getting justice for his dad amymore, he also needs to get justice for Suji and Yuna. Yes, Yuna's case was probably his lowest point, where he could really have lost his conscience for his own gains, but he didn't, he can still try to right his wrongs and will accept punishment. So even though I think he contemplated the offer, it would be so easy, deep down he could never have done that because that's not the kind of person he is. That's why we are still rooting for you Dohan! He is showing us that he is just human, yes, temptations are everywhere, but we can still do/choose what's right.

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It was definitely understandable why he hesitated over the offer. Do-Han is incredibly smart, but he is not so much a mastermind that he can guarantee 100% that he can nail YSR. Now that he's outed himself, there is no way he would have second chance to get YSR if he fails to out YSR at the hearings. His father is suffering and they've been separated for so long. It is tempting to free his father and just live out the rest of their lives together quietly. This is a once in a lifetime offer. If he turns in SJ, his dad has a chance of being freed. If he refuses the offer and he fails to get YSR, he and his dad will lose all hope. He gambled on his father's freedom, and took a leap of faith that he and all his allies could take YSR down.

I think announcing he could have saved Yoona but didn't was sort of a genius move. Sure he could have been a more credible witness by staying silent, but I think the shock value from being involved in the Yoona case helped buy time for the rest of the team to do stuff and made a huge impression the people viewing the hearing. When YSR's name gets mentioned, you will remember it was at his hearing that his former lackey confessed to just letting her die.

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That's why I still get incredibly frustrated that he outed himself so early. Sure there would have been less last-minute intriguing by YSR but ugh everything would have run so perfectly with clueless YSR being confronted at the hearing.

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I agree, I keep thinking like that as well. But I suppose the writer needed more plot...
And don't forget, detective Nam told YSR on the phone that it was Do Han who told him about prosecutor Oh being investigated because of YSR. So, I think that even without Do Han telling him, YSR would have figured it out. He is smart and he already had his suspicions.

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I'm still pissed off that Assemblywoman Chae double-crossed Do-han and turned over the footage of him saving Suji from Detective Nam to Chief Prosecutor Yoon. Yoon may have had his suspicions already -- but if Do-han had not thought so quickly and BS'd so convincingly, he would have been toast even earlier.

I have never trusted Chae. She's a politician, for Pete's sake, which means her middle name is "Expediancy."

I wanted to slap her face when she gave Do-han guff for not having 3 witnesses. And her telling him that she was "allowing" him to testify -- what a waste of oxygen. The only difference between her and Yoon is a matter of degree. She is loathsome.

I'm holding onto the possibility that when the trap is finally sprung, Prosecutor Kim will be in a position to subpoena Prosecutor Oh as a witness in Yoon's trial and will get to grill him. His testimony will get Do-han off the hook. (I can fantasize, right?!)

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Sheesh, my spelling... Expediency!

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Ughhh, stupid phone reloading and erasing my comment! Anyway, this episode really raised my blood pressure, mostly in a good way. I'm willing to overlook the plot holes, especially the fact that Do-han, at this most crucial of moments, seems to be winging it a bit, because he is so so screwed. I love how quickly he's unravelling in this episode and the next. Although as @teriyaki says, I hope there's someone to pull him out at least a little out of the despair he's wallowing in. He's not a villain after all. But I'm so happy the show makes him this hard to redeem.

I wish they'd give Priest-nim more screentime. He's a part of the team too! And his story is so fascinating, sharing his name and his life with the son of his mother's killer. Why did he become a priest? (At least they could've given us a shot or two of him changing *grumble grumble*)

I'm glad for Kyung-soo and Bo-mi in this episode too. The part where Kyung-soo talked about hope really struck me, because it's such a mundane thing, to live normally, and yet I have a feeling they'll have to fight for that a little longer, especially with all they've seen and done. They're not in the clear yet. Still, these kids better get out of this okay, or else!

Shi-wan terrifies me more and more with each episode. I honestly thought he might do something to his mom after sneaking up on her like that. He probably actually thought about it for a moment. What a psychopath! What more will it take for his mom to discover his drawing? I feel like going into the drama and dragging her before the canvas myself haha.

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stupid question: the priest is really a priest right? not some undercover

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yes. Oooo a show about an undercover priest would be cool tho

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I think he's really a priest. I think religion was his way of coping with having his stepfather kill his mother. And the only way he can tolerate Do Han and Lee Shin Hyuk.

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"He is certainly a tarnished hero, but I would hate to see him suffer a fate worse than Yoon or Shi-wan."

I'm so agree @teriyaki. But all I can think about revenge plot is the ending of The Devil and Shark T.T

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I think having his father be alive can be the ticket to having Do Han continue wanting to live, even if it's behind bars for a decade or so. Do Han has someone to live for. Of course, if his father dies before the ending.. :(

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I also think Do-han wants to continue living for his father at least if not for himself. Pretty similar to the (anti)heroes in The Devil and Shark where toward the end both were ready to forgive themselves even thought about the possibility of happy future. But since happy endings would seem too absurd in those whole revenge scheme in the end they ended up killed. I hope that won't be the end for Do-han. But put behind bars would be too predictable either. I hope the writer comes up with something creative and surprising on such satisfying ending for us.

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I'm hoping that Chief Justice Kim's original ruling is vacated (struck down), and that Do-han's father is acquitted by reason of insanity caused by torture. -- In that case, Dad gets out of prison.

Alternatively, Do-han and Dad share a cell, even if Dad gets acquitted. At least they'll be together.

Do-han goes to jail -- and his brother, colleagues, and fellow Lookouts care for Dad until he gets out.

It would be cool if Writer-nim comes up with something else entirely -- that makes sense, of course. ;-)

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I feel bad for the priest, I mean, even us beanies keep calling him "the priest", and now he even lost his real name >< Dunno how this can be legal tho? Still wondering whether the name switch scenario has been (the fake) Do-han's back-up plan all along or whether he is just winging it..?
Plot holes abound, but am still emotionally invested. Am nodding along to @teriyaki's comment about Do-han burning the bridges while Kyung-soo is thinking about tomorrow; such a sad comparison. And it's kinda bittersweet that thru relation to Do-han, he lost his mom, but met Bo-mi too.
On the other hand, am ever so gleeful on Shi-wan's mom cowering in fear, hah! His storyline made me impatient tho, really hate it that show is saving him for last -_-'

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I know, totally understand you regarding the priest, but we can't really call him Dohan as the fake Dohan is still Dohan...I too was debating whether to call the priest the real Dohan instead, and I think at one point I just called the fake Dohan our leader...I guess we could call him Priest Dohan? But, Dohan will always be KYK to me...hmm...you have confused us show!

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Heh, the same exact trail of thought I have in my head ^^

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When you enter priesthood, do you get like a special Catholic name? Maybe he's already called something like Father Paul or something. Like Pope Francis was born Jorge.

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"When you enter priesthood, do you get like a special Catholic name?"

I've noticed in a couple of Kdramas (LOVE LETTER, MAN TO MAN, and DRAMA SPECIAL: TWENTY THOUSAND WON TO PYONGYANG) that Korean Catholic clergy use their Korean names plus a transliterated Christian baptismal name. It makes sense, as there would be no hanja for Christian names, would there?

I don't recall exactly how Do-han's brother has been addressed in Korean -- but I'm pretty sure he hasn't been called something like Andrea (Latin for Andrew), as in LOVE LETTER.

In America, priests don't necessarily receive a special Catholic name. It's a bit confusing because so many old traditions (such as using vernacular language instead of Latin) were discontinued after the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s.

Priests who serve in parishes in a diocese usually use their birth names -- normally one or two Christian saint's names + surname. In the old days, people were often baptized with the name of the saint(s) on whose feast day they were born. Or they might be named after elders -- who in turn had been named after saints.

Those who join a particular Catholic order might take religious names. My father's cousin was a Trappist priest; his religious name was Father Francis Xavier, a saint's name.

Priests who have taken Holy Orders (i.e., are fully ordained) are addressed as "Father" + surname. When I was a kid, some of our younger parish priests used their first names, or even a nickname, e.g., Father Bob -- but that was a very 60s thing to do.

Monks and priests who have not yet taken Holy Orders are addressed as Brother. The Trappists I knew used their Christian first names (which might or might not have been religious names).

In the case of nuns, they even took male saint's names, which might have depended on which order they joined. My Dad's aunt was a nun who taught school. Her religious name was Sister Francis Aloysius, and one of her colleagues was Sister Francis Jerome. I had Sisters of Charity as teachers in Catholic school -- some of whom also had male names (Margaret Raphael; Robert; Agnes Benedict; Grace Marcella; Regina). After Vatican II, many younger nuns started using their birth names, e.g., Sister Alice Jones.

The Pope is a special case. He takes a name in much the same way a king or emperor would. If it were a popular saint's name, it would have a Roman numeral after it (e.g., Pope John XXIII -- the 23rd).

Sorry for this being so long. It's kind of complicated. The etiquette of written forms of address is even more so! ;-)

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This is fascinating and complicated! Thank you for taking the time to explain!

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@ar,

You're most welcome. ;-)

In Kdramas, there's often wordplay with characters' names. Alas, often the jokes don't get translated. Thanks, DramaBeans, for explaining them in recaps!

In a related vein, I'd like to add that Christian names are interesting because of the layers of meaning behind them. They can tell you a lot about a person (or their parents' hopes for them). Some are from the Old Testament and are of Hebrew origin, while others come from Greek. A few are names of archangels: Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Others are the names of Jesus's disciples.

Saints' names often have interesting stories associated with them. An important requirement of being canonized as a saint is demonstrable miracles, along with heroically selfless behavior motivated by love for one's fellow man, faithfulness to the death in the case of martyrs, cures of illnesses, etc., etc. Canonization involves a lengthy trial that can go on for decades if not longer. At it, evidence of miracles is presented and witnesses are examined. Then they are cross-examined by a "devil's advocate" -- whose task is to vigorously argue against sainthood.

"Patron saints" are considered to be protectors and benefactors of professions, places, countries, etc. One of the most beloved is St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. St. Anthony is renowned for helping find lost things. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes. ;-)

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I've been referring to the priest as "Father Lee."

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I never got why the priest helps do-han at all ! I mean dohan's father killed his mother after all.. and it wasnt like they were married for long for them to have bonded so strongly that he would so to such lengths to help dohan clear his father's name. Also at the age the murder happened.. do u think a child is capable of so much rational thought that dohan father killed mother cuz of torture hence prosecutor is to blame and not the murderer?!

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Exactly! Not to mention he's a priest why would he be involved in revenge scheme.

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I don't think of LOOKOUT as a tale of revenge. It is much more than that. Among its themes are: the pursuit of justice, the redressing of wrongs, redemption of a man's good name, and protecting society at large from the depredations of amoral individuals who stop at nothing to amass and exert the power of life and death over fellow citizens.

LOOKOUT has also turned out to be a character study that examines the spiritual impact of the original crimes -- and the toll such a campaign exacts on hearts, minds, and souls of those who undertake the quest.

Given the spiritual dimensions of the torture that ultimately destroyed Do-han's family, it doesn't surprise me that Father Lee would help his brother. As other Beanies have noted, entering the priesthood may have been Gwan-woo's way of healing from the family trauma. Because of his own experiences, he's probably in a very good position to minister to the bereaved -- especially those who have lost loved ones to heinous criminal activity.

I have an inkling that Father Lee's own spiritual advisor instructed him to heal himself by helping Do-han and once again becoming his brother's keeper. It is the ultimate way of walking the talk.

Taking direct action by collaborating with Do-han -- instead of passively festering while the civil authorities cover up the crimes yet again -- strikes me as the best medicine for both of them.

There may even be a Biblical precedent for Father Lee's participation. A certain rabbi got pissed off at the financiers operating at the temple -- and threw them out in high dudgeon. Do-han and Father Lee are tossing the power-mongering Chief Prosecutor out of the justice system. -- And they look so spiffy while doing it. ;-)

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what a food for thought, thank you @pakalanapikake ^^ I really like if a drama gives us so much to ponder. Makes it worth every hour we spend on watching more than just for the fun and eye candies. Lookout is definitely that one drama that invites the viewer to engage in its characters' minds and open for good discussion. I wish more people were watching this drama and at least once win the Mon-Tue ratings.

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You're most welcome, miselpo. ;-)

I'm not into stories about revenge for its own sake. Desire for vengeance is a normal human emotion, but I think its ultimately self-defeating. If there are other aspects to a revenge story that elevate it beyond a Hatfields-versus-McCoys vendetta, I can get interested. ;-)

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Thanks for the recaps TeriYaki! Ah, this show, keeps keeping us guessing! I too really hope at least Kyungsoo and Bomi will be able to move on and have a happy future together. Suji still has her mom, and Dohan his dad, if they could all become a family I would be too happy! Unfortunately I don't think the show is headed that direction. I agree Dohan's future looks the bleakest, if he can find peace within himself, wherever he ends up, I will be happy for him. I want to see him fishing with his dad at some later time, finally living normally.
Yes, Suji and Dohan will both face their punishments for what they have done, but at least I hope they will both have the closure they need and will be able to move on. I think Suji will have support around her, Soonae and Eunjoong, her mom, so she eventually will be able to return to "normal". I hope the priest and Dohan will keep in touch, but understand if they decide to part ways. The revenge kept them in contact, once it is done, as the priest said, they won't need to see each other anymore.

Ah, just next week left! This show has been such a great watch! The story and characters kept us going til the end! At this point, the way this show has been going, I am looking forward to satisfying episodes next week!

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Omo I thought for a split second that Shi Wan was going to physically harm his own mother in that library.

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Me too and I felt my heart beating quickly. I was texting my friend the whole time that "omfg he's gonna kill the girl. no wait she left on her own thank god. wait no omg no his mother. he's about to kill his own mother."

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Quick, where's the piano? ?

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Would this ACME anvil do?

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Shi-wan should be The Omen boy Korean version

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I've been getting "The Good Son" vibes from him all drama.

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Me too, although part of me did want ShiWan to do something to his mother so that maybe it would spare Se Won. And if he did, I would have liked to see how Yoon handles his son vs his wife...but when she was describing to Yoon Sr how her son really is, I was thinking, huh, those descriptions also apply to your husband...I am hoping she was spared so she can take an active role in stopping/getting ShiWan. What happened to his bodyguard?

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@Needaname,

The kid is definitely a "chip off the old block."

I'm with you. Maybe Mom will step up to the plate (with a shotgun!) to thwart him. She could even end up killing him in self-defense.

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SW definitely knows that if the news got out that Prosecutor Yoon's wife was killed/maimed in her own home that reporters would never leave them alone. How scary is it that that was probably the only thing that saved her from her son?

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I think Dohan really wants to be punished for his misdeeds though, especially Yoona's death. We're sympathetic towards Dohan but I can't see him living his life any other way than receiving his punishment. If he were to receive less than he (and the 'law') deems fit than I can't see him be at peace with himself ever. And I say peace but honestly I don't think he'll ever reach that quality of life. Yoona's death will be something he carries all his life, regardless how much blame us viewers place on him or not. Dohan needs and wants his punishment so I hope he gets it fair and square. After that, I hope he lives a better life than the one he's had so far.

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I felt the same.....he went too far with that and even if Soo Ji eventually makes peace and if she does indeed forgive him, even then I see him carrying his guilt around. So, I hope he gets his punishment, that's the only way I see him coming in terms with himself and perhaps after that, he'll have some amount of peace. Yoona's death will haunt him forever, that is for sure.
I think Soo Ji won't be able to forgive him right away but she'll eventually. Even if she doesn't, I cannot hold that against her. Its her call.

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OK, so what ELSE could have been behind the canvas that horrified Se-won so much? I mean other than a plot summary for Ruler of the Mask?

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That awesome moment when reading the recap makes me sad but reading comment sections got me cackling ><

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Lol, I haven't seen a single minute of the drama, but I laugh anyways. Beanies section told me enough.

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I praise dramas that manage to stay interesting through the penultimate and 3rd to last week, which is when a lot of dramas tend to flail. I love how episodes 25-26 barely had any action and was just a lot of talking, but were still so very riveting and tense.

I did yell at the very end when DH confessed "I could have saved Yoo-na, but I did not.” I'm like, you're not done with that statement. Talk about how you attempted to help but was too late!!

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I think he didn't say that because he knows it'll sound like an excuse or an atempt to minimize his crime. Particularly to Sooji. Honestly, I can see (and understand) her attacking a statement like that because well...you shouldn't have doubted from the beginning. In any case, I like that he didn't say it. It shows he wants to pay for what he did. He confessed that to our lovely priest but I think in that moment he wanted to let it all out, and what better way than to a priest (and someone who was used to be a brother).

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Really good writing! Love it that there is always A PLAN or a backup plan and none of those lame coincidences to save the characters. I cringed in disbelief when the police left suddenly due to a sighting of Suji just before opening the secret door (C'mon show, really?) but my faith was restored because it was Bomi's smart thinking! Sorry I have sinned. Now that's my excuse to go find the Priest~

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From the start this show has always disclosed brilliant reveals in the most possible ways. Very good writing indeed.

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ugh what a sad life they live in! Sooji and Dohan don't think much of their future really sadden my heart. It prove what revenge can do to someone.
Idk why when Kim Young Kwang made sad face my tears started pooling eventho he's not crying. Is it his acting? Or it just me thinking of his hard life just to get revenge for his father.

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It's both! KYK's acting is amazing here, his eyes are so expressive and intense! You can see and feel his struggles and pain. And Dohan as a character is so engaging, definitely not an easy character to portray, and gets us emotionally invested. Kudos to KYK and the writer!

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Its gonna sound extremely selfish and unreasonable, but I want DH and SJ to get together as a couple at the end.. I know its never gonna happen, still..

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I'm running out of praise for this drama. How many plot twists has the writer up in his sleeve?

Do Han's trajectory almost reminds me of characters in Greek tragedies. At the end of the hero's revenge there'll be nothing left, but to accept the punishment for his wrongdoings.

Se Won frustrated me so much this episode (and next episode). How innocent and naive can somebody possibly be? She's the worst damsel in distress ever. I like that she stood up for Soo Ji in the beginning but bleh. She makes me so mad for some reason.

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Yes! His eyes! I think throughout this episode (and the next) it was all about his eyes and facial expressions! I mean, he was sitting most of the time...but there was a lot of action in his eyes and body language! His stance, his shoulders...ok, I need to breathe...

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I understand why Do-han blames himself for Yoo-na's death but he is NOT responsible. Shi-wan is not some sort of force of nature but a person capable of making choices. It was HIS choice to kill Yoo-na. And besides, even if Do-han knew that Shi-wan has hurt other people, there's a very, very long way from hurting others to actually KILLING others. Most people hurting others never kill anyone. And teenage killers are extremely rare so there was no reason for Do-han to suspect that Shi-wan would murder Yoo-na. This of course does not absolve him completely as he pretty much knew Shi-wan would hurt the little girl and it's of course totally unethical and wrong not to prevent that from happening if you can, but nonetheless, Do-han is not responsible for Yoo-na's death.

Not that Su-ji would see the matter like this, which is perfectly understandable. I do wish Do-han won't have to suffer his whole life because even if he has done unethical things, I do not think his undeserving of a second chance.

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@ Arawn,

I think that what's eating Do-han alive is the thing that he views as his sin of omission that resulted in the death of an innocent child: his hesitation in intervening.

He actually holds himself to a perfectionistically high standard of conduct in what is basically a no-win situation. In that regard, he is much like straight-arrow Prosecutor Kim, who is the epitome of an honorable man. You know and I know that Si-wan is the perpetrator who pushed Yoo-na off the roof. We both know his parents are the enablers whose gravest sin of omission is dereliction of duty to raise their son to be a human being -- or at the very least ensure that he cannot pose a threat to others.

I'd go so far as to call Do-han a rescuer. It is an exhausting way to live because the person with "rescue disease" constantly puts the needs of everyone else ahead of his own, with his awareness on perpetual high-alert. Now, after a decade-long undercover crusade that has seen him lose or divest every shred of his own identity, what does he have to look forward to? Jail time for doing the wrong things for the right reasons.

It occurs to me that Do-han is also stressed out because Yoon is the Energizer Bunny of Evil. the foe is incredibly duplicitous -- and cagey and adept at sniffing out duplicity in others. The best-laid plans of Jang Do-han could go irreparably sideways at any moment. Still, he soldiers on because there is no other option. He has to see this through to the end -- and has to prevail against Yoon. Anything less means betraying his father and the other victims and their families -- and the other Lookouts.

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Huge props to KYK this series. I'm sympathizing with his internal struggle of attempting to reunite with his father and clearing his name, but having to do atrocious things to gain the trust of a horrible human being, including watching a child die. This show is definitely showing us what he can do, and I'm loving it! Also, Lee Si Young! Omg, I had no idea what a bada$$ in real life she is! Doing her own stunts, riding motorcycles, BOXING!!?? I'm truly amazed by her and she's a great actress too! The first few episodes were so hard to watch for me because I empathized completely with her being a working mom, never seeing her daughter, breaking promises that were so important, and then going absolutely insane blaming herself for her daughter's death. This would be me and I've hugged my kids a lot tighter every night during this.

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@Ally,

Also, Lee Si Young! Omg, I had no idea what a bada$$ in real life she is! Doing her own stunts, riding motorcycles, BOXING!!??

I think this is the first production I've seen her in, and she is terrific. Reminds me of Ha Ji-won in the best possible way. Dang, what I wouldn't give to see her sword fighting in a sageuk -- with Jang Hyuk or Kang Dong-won. (Or Lee Joon-gi -- but he'll be profiling sickos for a spell.) Be still my heart.

I just hope that we get to see Suji engaging in more epic action before LOOKOUT ends, darn it. I'm sure she'll be needed to rescue Se-won from the clutches of Si-wan. I want our merry pack of guardians to have one final epic blowout to beat the band. That can't happen if she's sitting in jail. Do I smell another jailbreak?!

As for Kim Young-Kwang, he's been nothing short of magnificent since the very beginning. But recently, we're finally seeing the price his soul is paying for his crusade against Chief Prosecutor Yoon.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Writer-nim has more twists in store. I've had to stifle myself until the next recap is up because of something that was said in passing that cast a whole new light on the proceedings. Must. Keep. Mouth. Shut. ARRRG!

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Thanks for the recap, TeriYaki!

What with the newfangled two-part episode scheme, I suddenly realized that I'd lost track of how many episodes remain. Dang it! The finale is next week.

After what feels like one victory after another by Chief Prosecutor Yoon and his henchmen, LOOKOUT hit the afterburner this week. It's about time that Prosecutor Jang and the White Hats scored a few much-needed successes of their own. But during this initial pair of episodes, it continues to feel like one step forward, two steps back. Arrrrg!

Watching Se-won lying to Mom and hanging around hellspawn Si-wan in this episode had me hollering at my laptop. I shudder to consider why the little sociopath had her pick up fireworks on her way to his house. I have a Really Bad Feeling about the subject matter of the rest of his large canvas that she did not see.

I have to hand it to Choi Moo-sung for the terrific job he's doing as the Chief Prosecutor from Hell. His nano-expressions of stealthily smug ruthlessness and invincibility drive me berserk, especially when he repeatedly states after being sworn in that he has never acted in a way that contravenes his conscience as a prosecutor.

"Throughout my years of being a prosecutor, I have never done anything that goes against my principles."

He's totally sincere about it. It's just that Yoon's conscience was apparently surgically removed in utero. His definition of conduct becoming a prosecutor and public servant -- with its heavy-handed reliance on intimidation -- had me jumping up and down. This was an especially aerobic pair of episodes for me. ;-)

I fully concur with TeriYaki about the show's dire need for the sweetly optimistic and future-oriented outlook of Kyung-soo. Although his house-hunting foray with Bomi nearly blows her cover, it goes a long way to reminding us that life will go on after the baddies are vanquished. Heck -- it could even be something to look forward to in the company of a dear one. Just as one door doesn't close without another one opening, the loss of Kyung-soo's Mom has resulted in his meeting not only Bomi, but Father Lee, Do-han, and Suji as well. Despite the disintegration of his biological family, he's got a family of choice now -- and is well on his way to reconnecting with his father and brother. As sad as it is to face the reality of his mother's murder, finally being able to hold her funeral brings him together with his surviving family members. I'd call that a win-win. ;-)

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Finally we get to see Shin Dong-wook in action, and it's worth the wait. Father Lee is visited by detectives conducting Chief Prosecutor Yoon's fishing expedition, and accompanies them to the police station where his brother is being grilled. He wisely keeps his peace as Do-han wrangles with the head investigator. The looks that pass between the brothers are fleeting and nuanced.

And then the padre proceeds to quietly and steadfastly lie like a rug. No wonder he made sure to change into mufti. His Roman collar would have burst into flame. This is an interesting twist. I'm not a fan of lying and cheating to beat one's underhanded opponents, but given Yoon's relentless skullduggery, I'll make a Faustian accommodation with garden-variety lying (as opposed to perjury under oath). There's nothing sacred about allowing the sociopathic likes of Yoon to destroy innocent people. Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. And use all 36 Stratagems.

I see Father Lee's lying to the investigator as emblematic of the priest burying the hatchet with Do-han. He has seen his way clear to once again being his brother's keeper.

The scene outside the police station after Do-han and Father Lee are released from the detective's fishing expedition gives me cause to rejoice. It is very low-key, but I get the distinct impression that the brothers are mending fences.

Do-han: "I'm sorry. I promised to give you back your name."

Fr. Lee: "I thought about it, and I'm okay with living under your name. Over the years, I've hated you and your father... more than enough. On top of that, you didn't do anything wrong. You should go. You still have work to do. (chuckles) You don't have to give me back my name, so go and avenge your father's injustice."

Father Lee's vibe when he says he is fine with keeping his alias is so much lighter than in the earlier conversation in which Do-han confronted him over not forgiving his tortured father. He even smiles a little. I get the distinct feeling that he's sending his sibling off into battle with a blessing.

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Shin Dong-wook has a mean poker face. Remind me not to bet anything against him. I kept to thinking that he would actually tell the truth to the detectives as well. I was so glad when he kept up the ruse.

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Aw, his poker face is anything but mean. :-(

It's actually more like opaque to the max. No way would I ever play bingo against this guy. ;-)

As someone who professionally tussles with The Adversary on a daily basis, Father Lee answers to a Higher Power. In keeping up the con, he is rendering unto Caesar -- and paying back Chief Prosecutor Yoon in kind. ;-)

I bet the detective was banking on his living up to the stereotype, too. Fooled you! Neener, neener!

Dang, I am so glad to see SDW acting again. He picked a helluva vehicle for his comeback. Manseh!

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Lots of definitions of the word, "mean," but for non-English speakers, this is the informal "mean"ing:

excellent; very skillful or effective.
"he's a mean cook" or "he has a mean poker face." ?

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@Ally,

You are absolutely correct. ;-)

I must have succumbed to cognitive dissonance. No way would I call SDW's expression ashamed, let alone shabby or sordid. Or average. ;-)

Interestingly, aside from the mathematical references, most of the entries for mean as an adjective -- of which there are quite a few -- have negative connotations. I'd never noticed that before.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mean

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And now I want to summarize this drama using all the definitions of "mean." ?

There was once a man of mean means, who was framed for espionage by a mean prosecutor. And although the peosecutor didn't mean to, he hired this man's son who became his right-hand man 20 years later. And this man assembled a mean team of experts to bring down this prosecutor as he gathered more and more power who mean to bring him down publicly and in flames. And there is no room for error and the mean between success and failure is unacceptable. What this means for the viewer is a tighly acted and woven drama which is no mean feat!

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Touche!

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When Chief Prosecutor Yoon summoned Do-han to his office during the recess, it sure as heck looked like witness tampering to me.

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