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Lookout: Episodes 29-30

True to form, Lookout approaches its finale with an intense pair of episodes that are equal parts suspenseful and heartbreaking. The Lookout team has come a long way together, but their work isn’t quite done yet—their biggest challenge yet may just be a spoiled, psychotic teenager with a frightening smile.

 
EPISODE 29 RECAP

Se-won runs to the school’s roof in alarm, worried that Shi-wan’s note means that he plans to end his life. When she looks inside a utility room, the door is locked behind her. As she pounds on the door and yells for help, a caution sign is added outside to keep people out. Shi-wan laughs to himself as descends the rooftop stairs.

At Suji’s interrogation, Do-han insists that her crimes were a result of his manipulation. He claims that he used her while she was a fugitive in order to get his revenge on Chief Prosecutor Yoon.

Soon-ae follows Do-han into the hallway and informs him that because of his very public confession, he won’t be taken into custody. He asks about Suji and learns that she will be detained because she was an escaped fugitive. Soon-ae reminds Do-han that he will be busy while the prosecutor’s office and police department are investigated.

Soon-ae admits to Do-han that after the events of the past year, she finally understands him. She asks Do-han if his plan is complete, but he reminds her about Shi-wan. Soon-ae shares that he’s scheduled for questioning and that she’ll be the one to take care of him.

No matter where she stands, Se-won can’t get a signal on her phone, and we see that a cell phone jammer was set up near by to block any service.

Shi-wan returns to his classroom, where his friends inform him that their teacher called his house because he was missing. Shi-wan asks about Se-won on his way out, and his friends mention his recent consideration towards her. He smiles, pleased that they fell for his ruse.

Outside, Shi-wan breaks away under the pretense that he needs to look for Se-won to return her things. In reality, he finds some isolated trash cans and adds her backpack to the pile.

On their way to the police station, Shi-wan’s mother asks why he skipped class. He lies that something came up, something even his father couldn’t do. His mother asks what he’s up to, but Shi-wan just answers with one of his smiles. His mother warns Shi-wan to stay out of trouble and considers him the more worrisome problem now that his father can no longer protect him.

Kyung-soo reports to Bomi that Suji is inside the police station. They realize that she turned herself in, and Kyung-soo deduces that he should follow her example. Bomi points out that he’s never been connected to any crime, but Kyung-soo argues that that doesn’t mean he’s in the clear.

In front of the police station, Kyung-soo looks into a CCTV camera and forms a heart with his hands while he performs an impromptu dance for Bomi. She can’t help but laugh, but Kyung-soo finishes his public display with the serious promise that he’ll see her again once he’s out of prison, when they won’t have to hide anymore.

In a touching exchange, Kyung-soo and Bomi pledge that whoever gets out of prison first will wait for the other. Bomi asks Kyung-soo to give her some time to close down the agency so that she can join him, but she suddenly discovers that the security cameras at the school have been turned off.

Kyung-soo has a bad feeling when he sees Shi-wan and his mother arrive at the police station and mutters, “I wanted to live righteously, but I still have things to do.” He informs Bomi that he’s headed back to the agency.

Suji is in the hallway at the station and sees Shi-wan walk to an interrogation room. She’s understandably troubled when Shi-wan smiles at her, but that’s when Soon-ae appears by her side and promises to expose Shi-wan’s guilt.

Shi-wan is questioned about Yoo-na’s fall, and is reminded that a witness claims he followed the girl before that day. Shi-wan claims that they became close, but Soon-ae notes that would mean that he would have played with Yoo-na, not just follow her.

Shi-wan’s mother objects when Soon-ae confirms that the witness is Do-han. She blames him for the rumors about her husband, but Soon-ae explains that his testimony corresponds with Shi-wan’s movements at the time.

Pressed for an answer, Shi-wan claims that he wanted to protect Yoo-na because she was always alone. A confident Soon-ae smiles as she asks Shi-wan about the drawing that shows him pushing Yoo-na off the rooftop. Shi-wan doesn’t seem too concerned and challenges Soon-ae about her source: is it Suji, or perhaps Se-won?

His mother protests that they can’t believe the victim’s mother after she broke into their house. Soon-ae asks again about the drawing, but Shi-wan denies that it exists.

Do-han enjoys the chance to feed his father at the hospital while the priest witnesses the scene from the doorway. He sits with Do-han in the lobby and shares that Lee Shin-hyuk regained consciousness as soon as Chief Prosecutor Yoon’s hearing was over, as if he sensed what had happened.

The priest asks about Do-han’s plans, and he admits that he asked someone else the same question. He recalls his phone call with Suji during the hearing, when she admitted that she would have to pay for her actions. Do-han replies, “I should pay for what I did,” and the priest looks down with a sigh.

Back at the agency, Kyung-soo determines that someone unplugged the school’s CCTV cameras from the recorders. He isn’t sure what to do with Suji gone, but then he remembers that Do-han wasn’t arrested and suggests that they call him. Bomi hesitates, worried that Suji would object because of Yoo-na, but Kyung-soo reasons that now’s not the time to dwell on that.

Kyung-soo calls Do-han at the hospital to explain their suspicion that Shi-wan is up to something. When they add that Se-won is missing, Do-han agrees to hurry to her school.

Shi-wan’s mother asks their lawyer if there’s enough evidence to reopen the case. Soon-ae asks to search Shi-wan’s room, but her phone rings before she gets an answer. Shi-wan watches Soon-ae closely as she ignores the call, and when her phone rings again, he urges her to answer it.

Soon-ae excuses herself as Shi-wan allows himself a tiny smile. Se-won’s art teacher informs Soon-ae that she missed her drawing lesson. Soon-ae starts to worry when she can’t get in touch with Se-won, so she requests to have her daughter’s phone traced.

Se-won slams her body against the door and then pounds and kicks it as she yells for help. She finally drops to the floor, exhausted and drenched in sweat. She uses the light on her phone to examine her surroundings and discovers what looks like a small music box. When she opens it, a device inside emits a flashing light and beeps. It’s a bomb.

Do-han arrives at the high school and tries to call Soon-ae. When a security guard walks by, Do-han produces his prosecutor’s ID and asks to look around. He’s escorted to the room where the CCTV cameras are monitored and verifies that the cameras were disconnected from the recorders.

Do-han shares the news with Kyung-soo and Bomi, who inform him that Se-won hasn’t appeared on any CCTV footage near the school or her home. Bomi adds that she discovered that Shi-wan spent time on a computer that the CCTV cameras didn’t cover. Do-han heads for the computer room to help Kyung-soo access the school’s server.

When Soon-ae learns that Se-won’s phone can’t be located, she makes another call and determines that her daughter was at school all day. Soon-ae looks at Shi-wan through the two-way mirror just as she receives a photo of her daughter. That’s followed by a text, “I’ll give you an hour to bring Jo Suji… Otherwise your daughter dies.”

Soon-ae glances at a smiling Shi-wan and answers a call from Do-han. He explains that he’s at Se-won’s school because he suspects Shi-wan is up to something. Soon-ae is about to confide in him, but after another glance at Shi-wan, she promises to call Do-han later.

Once Do-han’s in the computer room, Kyung-soo instructs him to turn on the computers that are in the camera’s blind spots. Do-han asks Kyung-soo to determine what websites Shi-wan visited along with his search histories.

Kyung-soo pinpoints the computer that Shi-wan used and determines that he often used his father’s login to access the justice system’s database. Shi-wan researched all of the cases that were linked to the team, from the Kim Woo-sung case to Lee Shin-hyuk’s espionage case. Kyung-soo looks at Bomi in alarm when he realizes that Shi-wan even knows the address to the hideout.

Soon-ae enters the joint team headquarters and approaches a detective. Before she can say anything, she gets another text, “If you tell anyone, your daughter will die right away… You have thirty minutes.” The detective notices Soon-ae’s distress, but she demands to know Suji’s location and learns that she’s back in interrogation.

Alone, Suji can’t forget Shi-wan’s smile. The detective walks in, and Suji asks if Soon-ae is with Shi-wan. He explains that he just saw Soon-ae at headquarters, and she looked as if she was out of her mind.

Soon-ae bursts into Shi-wan’s interrogation room and dismisses the other detectives. She sits across from Shi-wan and shakily asks what he did after school. His mother protests that it has nothing to do with the case from a year ago, but Soon-ae pounds on the table for Shi-wan to answer her.

Shi-wan replies that he came straight to the police station with his mother, and then adds that Se-won wasn’t around when he left school. He smiles at Soon-ae as he asks, “Isn’t Se-won your daughter?” His mother looks on as he continues, “You shouldn’t be here right now. Jo Suji regrets that she wasn’t able to save her daughter. I hope you won’t regret your choice.”

With the steady beep of the bomb in the background, Se-won admits that because she was so lonely, she was happy when Shi-wan appeared. She recalls the times that he was kind to her and confesses that all she wanted was a friend like everyone else. Se-won weeps as she asks, “Why are you doing this to me?”

Do-han sits at the school computer that Shi-wan used, which is now linked to Kyung-soo’s computer. They see that Shi-wan recently searched homemade bombs, and Kyung-soo explains that a bomb made with butane, nails, firecrackers (oh no, that’s what they were for!) and timers can kill. Kyung-soo then discovers Shi-wan’s scheduled messages, and the team learns that not only is he after Se-won, but he wants Suji as well.

Do-han confirms that Soon-ae was the recipient and that she received the first message just before he called her. When Kyung-soo questions why she didn’t mention it to him, Do-han fears that she plans to follow Shi-wan’s instructions. Do-han asks the team to locate and monitor Soon-ae as he leaves the school before he calls Detective Ma and learns that Soon-ae said she was headed for the prosecutor’s office with Suji.

Just outside of the station, a huge smile spreads across Shi-wan’s face when he sees Soon-ae drive off with Suji. Just then, Do-han gets out of his car and has his back turned when Soon-ae drives away with Suji.

 
EPISODE 30 RECAP

Suji is alone when Soon-ae enters the interrogation room. Suji looks uneasy when she’s told that she’s to be moved and searches her friend’s face, but Soon-ae avoids her gaze.

Do-han speeds along as he recalls the threatening photos and texts that were sent to Soon-ae, who still won’t answer his calls.

Shi-wan smiles as Soon-ae drives away with Suji just as Do-han runs up and demands to know where his phone is. Do-han recalls his meeting at Chief Prosecutor Yoon’s house, when the boy refused to relinquish his phone, even though it had been used to monitor his movements. Shi-wan had explained to his mother, “I can use it for something else.”

Do-han confides, “I know what you did with that phone.” Shi-wan just smiles and wonders if Do-han is in a position to question him. Do-han continues, “I heard you’ve befriended Se-won recently. When you get close to someone, there’s always a reason. That was the case with Se-won, right? That’s why you’ve befriended her.”

As his mother looks on, Shi-wan just flippantly asks, “And?” She urges her son to leave with her, but Shi-wan ignores her and challenges Do-han, “So what?” Do-han labels Shi-wan cowardly and weak because he won’t go after Suji himself.

Shi-wan’s face twitches as Do-han continues, “I would’ve done it myself. But you can’t do that, because you don’t have that type of courage.” Shi-wan’s face trembles with rage as his mother grabs his arm, but he suddenly snaps at her to stay out of it.

Shi-wan retorts, “I’m scared? Says who?” Do-han accuses Shi-wan of hiding in his father’s shadow, but the boy explains that he’s about to do something that his father could never do. Do-han suggests that Shi-wan should leave innocent people alone and asks for Se-won’s whereabouts.

His lip trembling, Shi-wan takes a menacing step towards Do-han, but then he suddenly laughs. He asks, “Did you want me to get angry? I guess you thought you could provoke me to get the answer you want.” Do-han warns Shi-wan that he won’t receive legal consideration as a minor unless he ends his plan immediately. Shi-wan just checks his watch and admits with a laugh, “The game is too fun to stop now.”

Shi-wan steps even closer to Do-han to add, “Whether she will save her daughter or Jo Suji, I can’t wait to find out.” Do-han promises, “I won’t let things go your way,” only to be told that he’s already been drawn into the game. Shi-wan smugly suggests that Do-han should hurry to save Suji since he has less than twenty minutes. Shi-wan starts to walk away, but then he adds confidently, “Dad may have been fooled by you, but I won’t be.”

Se-won stumbles back to the music box, which still beeps steadily. This time, she sees a timer counting down from nineteen minutes and realizes that the bomb has been activated. She returns to the door and pounds it in alarm until she collapses. Se-won looks at a photo of her with her mother and asks, “You will come and save me, right?” And then, she faints.

Soon-ae drives as Suji calls her mother. Suji shares that Soon-ae promised to find out the truth about Yoo-na’s death, and her mother asks her to tell Soon-ae that she’ll never forget what she’s done for them.

A tear escapes as Suji passes along her mother’s gratitude. Mother and daughter make plans for Suji’s eventual release, and they share a tearful goodbye before they hang up.

Suji wipes her tears and asks to make one more call. Eun-joong is surprised to hear from her, but Suji explains that she wanted to thank him for everything that he’s done. When he tells her that he just did his job, Suji replies, “Doing your job is the hardest thing to do.”

Suji promises to buy Eun-joong a drink once she’s released. Eun-joong is confident that Suji will receive a light sentence and reassures her that he and Soon-ae will visit her mother in the meantime. Suji thanks him again before she says goodbye.

After their call, Eun-joong looks out of his office window as Chief Prosecutor Yoon is escorted to a waiting prison bus in handcuffs, his arms tied down with rope.

Eun-joong enters his father’s interrogation room after being summoned and sits across from him. He’s there as a concerned son and reminds his father to eat, even if it’s difficult. Justice Kim can’t look his son in the eye when he’s asked if he left the cell phone and password with the understanding that Eun-joong would take them. His father ignores the question and insists that he’s in a hurry to pay for his crimes.

Unsettled, Eun-joong explains that he will be the one to investigate Chief Prosecutor Yoon’s corruption. He calls in another prosecutor and bows to his father, who finally looks up to watch his son walk away.

Suji thanks Soon-ae for the use of the phone and, when asked if she needs to make any other calls, declares that she’s done. When Suji looks out the window and asks where they’re headed, a sob escapes from Soon-ae. She passes Suji the keys to the handcuffs and explains that they have to make a stop. Suji understands her desperate situation and lowers her head to compose herself before she removes the handcuffs.

Kyung-soo checks in once he’s at Se-won’s school. Do-han lists a number of places to search, but Kyung-soo reminds the others that Shi-wan knew he was under surveillance, so would Se-won really be at her school?

Bomi is certain that Se-won never left because she can’t find her on any CCTV footage. Since the signal from Se-won’s phone can’t be located, Do-han suggests that Kyung-soo should check the basement and rooftop first.

When Bomi locates Soon-ae’s car and verifies that she’s with Suji, Do-han wants to know where they’re headed.

At the same time, Suji and Soon-ae both wipe away their tears as they continue wordlessly to their destination.

At home, Shi-wan’s mother sends him upstairs to rest. He changes clothes and retrieves the phone he used to send the threatening texts from its hidden spot. Shi-wan asks himself, “Shall I start the game for real now?” and walks out of his room.

Kyung-soo reports that he found nothing on the roof, but then notices the door with the warning sign. He pounds on the door and yells for Se-won, who weakly answers, “I’m here.” Kyung-soo tells Bomi that he doesn’t think Se-won is on the roof before proceeding to ask her about Do-han and Suji.

Bomi informs Do-han that Soon-ae turned down an alleyway. We see Soon-ae parking her car at a deserted building, and when Suji starts to ask a question, Soon-ae tells her to come with her. Bomi monitors their movements as Do-han realizes Shi-wan’s plan was a setup. When Soon-ae pulls Suji into the building, Bomi urges Do-han to hurry.

Shi-wan’s mother delivers a snack, but finds her sons’s room empty and learns from the housekeeper that Shi-wan left to visit a friend.

Shi-wan has his eyes on his phone as he enters a storage room, pleased to see that all the “players” have entered. Soon-ae gets a video call from Shi-wan, whose smile is just as creepy on the small screen, and she’s ordered to take Suji to the edge of the floor. Suji asks if the caller is Shi-wan, but Soon-ae apologizes before she explains that she has to kill Suji, or Se-won will die.

Suji asks where Se-won is, but Soon-ae shrieks that she only knows that she’s locked up somewhere with a bomb. Shi-wan orders them to be quiet and tells Suji to walk. Shi-wan holds up a second phone and shows Soon-ae that she only has three minutes to follow his instructions.

Meanwhile, Do-han arrives at the building and runs up the stairs.

Soon-ae grabs Suji’s hand, but she pushes the record button on the phone before she follows. As she stands at the edge of the floor, tears well in Suji’s eyes as she nods to Soon-ae. Soon-ae holds up her phone to show Shi-wan that Suji is in place. He orders Soon-ae to aim her gun at Suji, and when she does, Shi-wan mimics her motions and explains that she will be his avatar.

Do-han races up the stairs as Shi-wan explains that Soon-ae is to shoot after he counts down from five. Suji urges Soon-ae to do as Shi-wan says and braces herself as the countdown begins.

At the end of the countdown, Soon-ae screams in anguish as she drops to the ground and apologizes to Suji. As she kneels, Soon-ae begs Shi-wan to kill her instead and spare Se-won, but Suji cries out that Soon-ae’s pleas only make Shi-wan happy.

Suji looks her friend in the eye and sobs that her greatest regret is that when Yoo-na was scared and needed her the most, she wasn’t there. As a mother, Suji knows that she would have done anything to save her daughter, even if it meant killing Soon-ae. Suji urges Soon-ae to do as Shi-wan wants, since he targeted her from the beginning.

When Soon-ae hesitates, Suji screams, “Think of Se-won, who must be looking for you!” Do-han takes the last flight of stairs as Soon-ae picks up her gun and phone. When she aims the gun at Suji, Shi-wan smiles and utters, “Yes, that’s what you should do. Don’t let me down again.”

Do-han reaches the floor just as Soon-ae’s gun goes off. Frozen, Do-han stares at Suji, who sways as she turns her eyes toward him.

 
COMMENTS

I think I need a moment to catch my breath. What a way to enter the final week of what has proven to be a consistently well written and acted drama. The level of tension rose throughout these two episodes as they prepared us for what promises to be an intense finale. The hour was peppered with conversations that felt like final goodbyes, and I’m not confident about any of the leads at this juncture.

Parent-child relationships were at the center of these two episodes, both the good and bad kind. It was touching to see Do-han so happy to care for his father, at long last able to acknowledge that he was Lee Shin-hyuk’s son. Eun-joong’s heart must have broken when his father couldn’t admit that he wanted his son to turn over Detective Nam’s phone and password. Suji reached out to her long-suffering mother in what she believed to be a final goodbye. Se-won and Soon-ae found themselves at the center of the most awful game, hoping against hope that they’ll be together again. And finally, there’s Shi-wan, who proved himself to be the most unfilial son ever. As devoted as Do-han is to his father, Shi-wan revealed that he is the complete opposite and has nothing but contempt for both of his parents. It would be more upsetting, but they actually deserve it. Ugh, what a terrible family.

Shi-wan has had far too much sick fun at the expense of others, and it’s finally time for his comeuppance. He’s so twisted that I’m not even sure if all of his deadly intentions have been uncovered yet. Every heartwarming exchange made me fearful for the Lookout team, from Kyung-soo and Bomi’s promise to wait for each other, to Do-han’s confession that he’s ready to pay for his misdeeds. And of course, Suji ended up with a gun aimed right at her, all because Shi-wan’s mother never took responsibility for her monster of a son. Why should Do-han suffer torment because he didn’t save Yoo-na while Shi-wan’s mother continues to insulate her son from punishment time and time again? The person who’s ultimately responsible for Yoo-na’s death is Shi-wan’s mother. Yet again, while she tries to clean up her son’s messes, innocent lives are at risk as Shi-wan plays his deadly game.

Kim Sun-young delivered a powerful performance as Soon-ae unraveled from scene to scene. Her dilemma, to either follow the bidding of a psychotic teenager and kill her friend or allow her daughter to become the casualty of a bomb, is enough to threaten anyone’s sanity. Lee Shi-young matched her intensity as the two mothers worked together to keep another child from Shi-wan’s clutches. But the exchange that ultimately gripped my attention was between Do-han and Shi-wan.

Do-han did his best to bait Shi-wan and discover what he did with Se-won, even though it became all too clear that there’s no way to reason with him. Do-han was rightfully stunned when the realization set in that Shi-wan possesses no humanity whatsoever. Their confrontation in front of the police station became very personal when Shi-wan refused to be brought down the way his father was, and Do-han revealed that he’s equally determined to stop him. Their clash promises to be both terrifying and devastating—it may be that Do-han is the only one who has any hope in stopping Shi-wan, but just what will it cost him?

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Will miss Dong-han smarmy Cheshire cat grins! They really grew on me! And so meaan of the show guys to make me so happy with the fake-out with Prosecutor Kim.. !

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Oops! I thought this was a final episode recap! my bad.. but since this comment is not too spoilery can I leave it be?!

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the writers are sadists

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Although nothing beats Shiwan's creepy smiles. Dohan was outcreeped by a psychotic teenager

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I don't want this drama to end; I love a little assemble of avengers saving the day.
But at the same time, I don't wanna see that psycho kid around

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Shi-wan is sick! You will wonder how he was raised by his parents to have thoughts like that for a high school student.

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As much as he was raised by his parents and they are accomplices/enablers to have let him become what he has become, I also feel that some people are born a certain way, and even if he did have good parents and a good upbringing, he could still turn out bad...not to say that the parents are not to blame, but the best thing they could have done is to get him help or have him institutionalized...letting him loose and sheltering him only made him become worse...but with a dad like Yoon Sr, and a mom like his mom...the whole family was dysfunctional. It's just sad and upsetting that it's other, innocent people who have to suffer for their failures and misdeeds.

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Am sad of the final week's episodes coz for me it feels like not even plot holes, but plot huh? We get an epic last conflict, but am upset that the way there is paved with dumbed down characters. Se-won naivety can still be accepted, but Soon-ae is really not acting like a capable police woman that she's been shown so far. Don't get why she didn't inform Do-han or Soo-ji about Se-won, when Shi-wan was under her eyes in interrogation room, did she think the puny little creep as omniscient or something? And Soo-ji just nodding along, ok shoot me, am so sure he will let go of your daughter coz we can totally believe a psychotic creep's promise. And isn't the place they are heading for is written in the scheduled text?
The emotional still pack a punch tho, got teary eyed when Do-han fed his dad with the priest smiling at them. Also Soo-ji thanking Eun-joong about doing his job well, coz it is the crutch of the problem here: if people who are in positions do their job right, nobody needs to be vigilante.
The scene between Do-han & Shi-wan was beautifully tense, kudos for both actors. And that last smile Shi-wan gave to Do-han before he left, gahhh! I want to scoop his eyes out and feed them to the dogs!

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*crux of the problem* T_T

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We must have been writing/posting at the same time! I feel the same! Throughout the show Dohan and Suji were so bad ass...now that they got Yoon Sr how can they be played by Yoon Jr?! And totally agree! For being a cop, Soonae was not far from being like SeWon! I was so frustrated, I guess as they said before the apple does not fall far from the tree!! I wanted to see Soonae being bad ass too! She was pretty cocky in the interrogation room, in her comfort zone...but when something happens out of her control she loses it...argh! And yes, if the adults here had acted like the professionals they are supposed to be, done their jobs, psycho ShiWan would not be in control!

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I agree with you about Soon-ae. As an experienced detective, she should have first checked if the picture was authentic, and then make sure that Se-won is STILL alive and well. Come on, you're dealing with a really mentally sick kid. And she simply trusted his words. What assurances does she have that he will not kill Se-won even after she kills Suji?
The actress performance was outstanding, but her character's reactions did not make sense.

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I think a theme of this drama is that when it comes to your own kid, you lose all rationality and do unadmirable things. KS's mom, wanting to protect her family and her unborned baby, ended up framing DH's dad. SJ went after SW with a gun, which ultimately made SW out to be the victim and buried Yoona's death. During this time, while Soon-Ae felt sorry for SJ, she never really got SJ's desperation. SW's mom hid SW's crimes because SW was her child and didn't even monitor him. Sure, lady, let your son get into something worse- like murder and terrorism! I think as a deperate mom, Soon-Ae, is clinging on to the slim hope that SW will not kill Se-Won if SJ is killed.

I doubt telling the cops would have helped, but telling SJ and DH earlier would have been nice since they have a slick lookout team. And it's not like SW cares about them finding out since DH already guessed and SJ will know once Soon-Ae has to tell her why she's killing her.

That SW was a sneaky bastard though (will comment on that in the next recap). He's on a level where you'd really need a special criminal profiler (Lee Jun Ki, can't wait to see you! Or maybe bring Ahjumma from Mystery Queen!) to help defuse the situation and not the type of cops who make the physical arrests.

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"I think a theme of this drama is that when it comes to your own kid, you lose all rationality and do unadmirable things."

Right you are! All moms in this series prove just that. Though in real life it's mostly true I feel like this show is sending the wrong message by showing what moms are capable of in terms of protecting their children even to the extend of someone else's life while all along they actively contribute to the kids' misconducts.
Had Soo-ji kept her promise with Yoona the girl would never sneaked away from grandma that day, had Si-wan's mom figured her son's aberration and sought help by all means the boy could be better, and had Soon-ae spent enough quality time with Se-won girl would not hunger for some affections from fake friend.

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So agree! At the same time, I think in Suji and Soonae's case it highlighted the struggles of being a single mom as well... they had to work, their job always seemed to come first because they are the main/only providers...but yes, that affects their kids and their behavior.

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I agree with the "when it comes to your own kid, you lose all rationality and do unadmirable things" portion, but still feel like Soon-ae was slightly out of character by NOT telling Soo-ji.

I have watched the last episode too, and have soooo much to say (mostly) about how I disliked the directing/writing of the finale...

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Agree with the theme of the drama about losing rationality over your kid, seems to be common occurrence here! Kinda work both ways too, coz Do-han as a son also went haywire over his dad.
Like @teriyaki comments, it's about parent-child relationships, and it's sad that so far only Se-won & Soon-ae has the chance to have normal relationship, since others that you mentioned are broken already.

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"The emotional still pack a punch tho, got teary eyed when Do-han fed his dad with the priest smiling at them."

Me too buddy, me too. And now that we know it'd be their....... ? I'm so heartbreaking.

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Am glad somebody is feeling the way I feel, let's form a support group! ?

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Thank you for the recap TeriYaki! Well, I was a bit disappointed the females in this episode were depicted so weak, at the same time, I understand that as mothers they are more vulnerable. I just can't believe Soonae was doing a psycho's bidding, does she really believe he wouldn't hurt SeWon?! To both mother and daughter: don't trust psycho!! Soonae was giving ShiWan exactly what he wants, fear, desperation...Argh...I admit I like men saving women and don't mind seeing Dohan as a knight in shining armor once more, but not at the expense of weakening our female characters...but I agree even though I found the situation a bit unbelievable that three adults were being played by psycho teen, their performances were really intense and made the scenes so heart wrenching, kudos to all the actors, including you Solomon!

Else, I loved the sweet moments! Dohan and his dad and the priest, and Bomi and Kyungsoo promising to wait for each other no matter what! Why do they have to do what's right when it is the system's failure which turned them "unlawful"! They should be hailed as heroes for helping in saving SeWon and catching ShiWan! I hope if they turn themselves in they will get a pat on the hand as Eunjoong did because they confess on their own and be released on probation. Will the system ever be fair?!

Ah, I was a bit disappointed in how events turned out here (I really wanted Dohan and Suji to have the upper hand and ShiWan to be the one shaking in fear). I can't believe they are giving ShiWan so much power, and he has them all playing his cards... I understand all 3 have their own inner struggles with ShiWan that they may not be thinking rationally, but can we hope for a twist to outwit him?! So sad it's almost over...I will miss you Show!

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Hi twin commenter ?
Hate the same issue, love the same moments, hehe. Bo-mi & Kyung-soo's moment is a sweet relieve in this episode. Am guessing whatever prison time they have won't be long due to the nature of their crime, if it can be called a crime. They really give puny Shi-wan too much power, am still having trouble accepting it now!

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Yes, it is so frustrating! They know it's ShiWan but no one can do anything about it! He is pretty much in their face, at the interrogation room at the police station with Soonae! Confronted by Dohan! His mother is with him! But noone can stop him! I wish Dohan would have kept an eye on him, followed him, but he can't be everywhere...Sigh...it's like the show just wants us to feel the powerlessness our characters are feeling, I feel it Show, I feel it...

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Yes, I object so much over the powerlessness, ugh! It's like the writer chose to negate the whole time spent on building up a smart savvy team, at the very last moment *wailing*

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the whole time I was watching the last 2 episodes, I kept saying, "You're getting played by a kid? a high school kid?? really? after beating all the manipulation and twists and turns from his dad, it's the KID that's got you sweatin'?"

and don't get me wrong: the stakes (Se-won's life) were high. but oh did I HATE the directing/writing on the last 2 episodes. it drrraaaaaggggggged to a point that was a little embarrassing.

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Fully agree! Yes, there is much to say about the last episodes! I can't believe what Dohan, Suji and Soonae were reduced to by psycho kid ShiWan! I understand their desperation, and time was of essence, ShiWan did not give them time to think, only react because the clock was ticking... but yes the setup is just too frustrating and a bit unbelievable. What happened to our characters?! As meowingme said it best, it really was plot-huh?! Oh well...

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Between the three of them, they couldn't take him down? I know they were freaked out but why did they let their guard dow.

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lol @ "plot-huh?"

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You're talking about the slow motion throwing up punches scene? Yes that's just absurd have to admit it kinda ruin the seriousness of the drama.

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@miselpo it's so many things!
- the terribly orchestrated slow motion fight in the last episode
- the horrible time lapse when Shiwan's counter seemed stuck at 2 Minutes for over 1 HOUR !
- the fact that we went from middle of the day to pitch darkness in a blink of an eye during the SAME STANDOFF with Shiwan !!!!

... no no... the last 2 hours of this show were directed/written by overly-happily-drunk people... lol

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@miselpo, I call it the inserted music video! Yes, what was that? But that's for next recap!

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The last two episodes really disappointed me. The writing was just so sloppy. The characters were forced to act out of character just to add some tension to the plot.
The writer really should have handled this differently. Make our heroes look intelligent. They could have come up with a plan B, right? I won't even comment on Lee Soon Ae. This character had much more potential.

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I don't understand how a boy like Shiwan can be alive. He's psychotic, manipulative, rude, and spoiled. I don't get where he gets his motive and why he would do this to a 7 y/o child and a high school student. It's sick. But, that makes him the best villain. The way he's able to do the things he does is actually really interesting.
I'm going to miss this show a lot. I looked forward to watching this every week and every week it made it me a whole variety of different emotions. That group of friends is so amazing together and makes me aspire to have friends like them: willing to do anything and everything for each other ❤️

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The main villain are his parents as he is underaged. His father for protecting him when he needs to be punished, and ignoring him when he needs monitoring. His mother for not speaking up. She knew his evil tendencies, and yet allowed him to continue.

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"it may be that Do-han is the only one who has any hope in stopping Shi-wan, but just what will it cost him?"

I can't ?????

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What the Hell??? I'm couldn't believe Suji was actually shot, not a fatal shot but still!!! And Solomon Park kind of outmatched Kim Young Kwang in the exchange in front of the police station, I have to admit. That lip tremble was spot on. How do you even fake that?!? And, oh my priest, my heart just can't take how Shin Dong Wook just drips with sexual charisma. He had like 3 sentences and he makes the most of all of them. Although, he could be reading a phone book and I'd still swoon.

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And now I'm off to see the finale! Thanks for the relatively quick recap, TeriYaki!

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prepare your heart

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Ugh! How heartbreaking, but more scenes with the priest, at least!

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"I was always alone. I told myself it was better to be alone. In fact, I was afraid of being alone." Poor girl. I really felt for her when she was talking about how she's always been alone. Her mother probably worked long shifts and she was always alone at school. All she ever wanted was someone to talk to. And it sucks that she found that friend in someone who preyed on her loneliness.. and basically tried to kill her.

Also couldn't Se Won have used the fire extinguisher to break the door??? Or the window??? And why didn’t Do Han look for her at the school???

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I kept kept screaming for her to use that fire extinguisher. She's worthless. I'm teaching my daughter to use any means possible to get away from a kidnapper and a bomb. I thought she would save herself because they kept placing the fire extinguisher in the shot. But no, they should have never had it there if she had no intention of using it. Drama-fail! ??

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The fire extinguisher may not have worked since SW had also put a padlock on the outside -though Se Won didn't know that. And the window may have been too high. Sooji could have probably done it, but probably not Se-won. She was probably too scared to think straight. Since it's summer, the rooftop storage was likely overly warm, and she wasted her energy trying to kick down the door.

I think after this is all over, Soon-ae better put her in some therapy and tae kwon do classes. Move her to a different school.

It was cruel of SW to have Se Won potentially die in such a lonely manner too. All alone. No access service to call her mom or even speak to anyone in her last moments.

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Btw, my daughter is a red belt and can beat her big brother any day sparring. ?

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And she could have tried throwing it through the window at least. Ah, show, why must you forget common sense just to move the plot?

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Well, I guess it's character consistency...SeWon is just the SeWon we have been watching all this time...I was so frustrated, when all she talked about is herself and "mom, save me"... I was thinking, can't she at least say "mom, I should have listened to you"...I'm sorry I have very little sympathy for SeWon, only feeling sorry for herself, her situation, girl doesn't realize her brainless actions are putting others at risk...argh!

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The window!!! I yelled at my screen girl, stack anything to climb thru it coz that's your one way ticket out.

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here's my problem with the "Se-Won is locked up with a bomb" part of the plot: she wasn't in there for longer than a couple of hours (it's all in the same day!!!!) and yet, they had her acting like she was starved and weak.

As @giocare pointed out: there WAS a window! and I think a table or SOMETHING that she could have climbed on !
now, now, before anyone gets upset, it's not that I'm really criticizing the frightened teenager. All I'm saying is that her SURVIVAL MODE didn't seem to kick in FULL GEAR. fainting? naaaaah!! I'd be screaming until my voice is gone! (I think... tee hee)

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This Se-won locked-up with bomb whole thing frustrated to the max. You're on your own nobody's there to save you, save your self. A high-schooler should have enough survival mechanism to use anything that's there. The whole time I was recalling exact similar scene in Detective Conan Live Action. Ran (okay she's Karate champion) kept thinking Shinichi would save her but knew best she should do something despite waiting for rescue. Since she's not the genius Shinichi who could disarm the bomb, she threw out kicks to the wood door and by the time it went through her leg was awfully bleeding. Don't want to compare those two characters but hate it when a show showcases weak girl.

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SW - that creepy mother-effing monster! SW is such a monster that even DH, who has seen how what a monster YSR was and rubbed shoulders with and bowed to corrupt prosecutors, was daunted by what he saw in Si Wan - or really, by what he didn't see in Si Wan. That's when I knew SW was not going down easy and our heroes were in danger.

@Teriyaki, great commentary on the parent-child relationships in these set of episodes!

I also agree with you on Kim Sun-young performance. I felt like throwing up from all the anxiety and fear she has for her daughter's safety and then having to choose between her daughter and killing the young woman who has been like a little sister to her. Her broken screams and cries when she couldn't bring herself to shoot SJ even for the sake of her daughter. Seeing that cool cop beg that disgusting Si Wan like that to let her daughter go. :( And just as heartbreaking was SJ's understanding, acceptance, and encouragement. LSY really killed that scene. She was heartbroken, a little scared, but so very brave. SJ was not going to let Soon-ae lose a child like she did. Even facing death, SJ had the presence of mind to record SW incriminating himself. I rewatched their scene several times since then even though it was just so incredibly sad.

I loved these penultimate episodes, but I did feel like the editing of the scenes were a little off- like the order was a little messed up. It also also really seemed like in the car, SJ suspected Soon-ae situation's and knew she was walking to her death - hence all the emotional goodbyes. But then later, it seemed like she didn't know at all and her emotions were likely attribubted to going to face her punishment in prison.

I'm glad that EJ did mention that SJ would likely get off lightly!

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I love your comment about that rooftop scene. It was so heartbreaking to watch both women. I think this was the first time in the whole show that I truly hated Shi-wan. Even when he taunted Su-ji with Yoona's death and did all those other creepy things, I just felt this child is the worst and I was angry at all the evil that he did, but I don't think I ever felt hate for him. But, watching Soon-ae collapse to the floor, hearing those bloodcurdling screams really made me hate the character. Kudos to the actor.

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They're really trying to sell this but Subway is cheaper.

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I shall gather my thoughts for the final recap.

*deep breath*

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Did anyone else notice how se-won's phone went from a 50% charge to 72% charge with her having the flashlight on the whole time? I know I was supposed to be caring about all the high stakes 'it's a bomb!', but I kept getting side tracked by se-won's magical self charging cellphone. I'm also like 80% positive that she could have fit through that window or even opened it and started screaming for help. Like come on girl! Be your own hero and instead of just throwing yourself at the door, use your head and think!

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Huh, it's SeWon we're talking about...

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the drama had many plot holes and they rushed things. I heard bominand kyungsoo's scenes were acted on the same day as the broadcast. They dont have time for details. I realized something weird about phone too in next episode..

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LOL! HOW did you even notice that? Haha, now I wonder how I didn't notice that. That's too funny. And yes, girl should've stopped and think and use her head, rather than tire herself out by throwing herself at the door.

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Honestly, it was because I expecting her phone to die immediately after she got trapped because, you know, k-drama.

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You guys described what I felt but couldn't quite put into words! Exactly. The emotional tension was spot on throughout the episodes but the way events unfolded were a bit hard for me to believe in their entirety. I just can't believe Shiwan controlled ALL three of them at a snap of his fingers. Arghhh I really hate that kid!!

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So Se Won's mom has access to the police and investigators and she still didn't ask for help. Do Han was in the interrogation room so he would never have known if they were out looking for Se Won. So annoying!

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Se-won's mom was too afraid to tell anyone in fear that it'll endanger her daughter, which is totally understandable, BUT I totally agree! She really should've just told the guy when she ran into him and even talked it out w/ Suji. Shi-wan's a psychotic murderer, but I doubt he'd really know if she told anyone or not about her daughter, so she really should've gotten all the help she could get at the station and just have everyone be on the DL about it. I think this entire thing was handled quite sloppily and I just really hate that Shi-wan thinks he has the upper hand as the sick mastermind of this "game." Hated how she begged him, too.

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This episode had me all over the place. I was yelling and cursing Shi-wan to damnation. That kid is devil's incarnate. I was expecting Soon-ae to tell Su-ji that she was being threatened but I suppose she assumed there was an accomplice since she was getting texts while Shi-wan was still in the room.
I felt for Se-won this episode too, especially when she said that all she wanted was a friend. I'm just going to wait until the last episode recap because I have other things to say.

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The whole time I was thinking... Soon Ae you can't be that naive and trust that piece of trash.

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"Lee Si Young Personally Reveals Pregnancy News And Plans For Upcoming Marriage"

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What??
I was surprised by your comment and searched it up but I didn't see anything other than her agency stating that her marriage is not decided. Is she pregnant? Can you post the link?

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Never mind I found it myself. Thanks for sharing though, otherwise I wouldn't have noticed.
She is 14 weeks pregnant and she was doing all these action scenes. OMG. But so happy for her. Hope she continues with acting and does anybody know when her movie will be released. I already miss her on my screen.

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TRUE. Sad things, where are the dads they need? It's not written whether they died or just gone to somewhere else.
No good dad figure in this drama also. Yoon Seung Ro was big failure. Dohan would be a good and dependable dad but he just die. Sorry for this dad random comment.

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the one problem I couldn´t get over with this drama is Taekis´dad being a baddie. I´ll never accept it ever. it is so weird

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Exactly my thoughts, I was like but you were so nice what happened.

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Thanks for the recap and comments, TeriYaki! I really appreciate the lovely job you've done along with chickachunga and CandidClown (and awcoconuts for that great recent article on Shin Dong-wook).

I've needed a couple of days for the dust from the finale to settle. As a remedy, I medicated by marathoning BREAD, LOVE AND DREAMS for a much-needed infusion of Yoon Shi-yoon's industrial-strength sunshine to offset the "bleak night" (one of the alternate titles of LOOKOUT) cast by Si-wan. If ever there were a character who embodies a walking spiritual and emotional black hole, it is the sociopathic student -- in a photo finish with his father. His mother is not much better, although she still possesses at least a rudimentary sense of right and wrong.

The intensity and tension of the penultimate episode was gripping, and kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat. My fingernails have taken a beating.

I realize that in the recap for episodes 27-28, I neglected to acknowledge Do-han's courage as a whistleblower. He willingly entered the belly of the beast to witness and document evidence of Prosecutor Yoon's criminal behavior. He sacrificed ten years -- and any semblance of a normal life -- to clear his father's name and put a stop to Yoon's depredations. Although some of his actions seemed random and frivolous, they served as protective coloration to stay below Prosecutor Yoon's radar. Jang always had strategic reasons for his actions, which were deadly serious.

Si-wan's actions are merely part of his sicko game. There's no courage involved, just the adrenaline rush of closing in on unsuspecting prey. Along with the even bigger thrill of toying with targets who have realized too late what he has in store for them after he's sprung his trap.

There has been much criticism of Se-won as a stupid teenager -- and I admit to wanting to give her a Darwin Award myself. However, I think that she is actually portrayed quite realistically as an immature, isolated, socially-inept teenage girl. She never stood a chance against Si-wan. One of my friends had the hair-raising experience of becoming involved romantically with a man who turned out to be a sociopath, and was barely able to extricate herself in one piece from his relentless attentions. I'm talking about a quick-witted, resourceful business owner in her thirties. If I were Se-won's age and in her shoes, I have to ask myself if I would have done any better in that situation, and I have to admit that my younger self would have been toast.

It was frustrating to see Detective Soon-ae losing it, but I chalk that up to intense fear for her child's life. I think that that's one of the points the show has been making: that parents (ideally) put their children's well-being above their own, and therefore are more vulnerable to manipulation by the unscrupulous. Monsters like Si-wan count on it.

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I had so may things to write when I watched This ep and the last one. As days passed the feel is also decreasing I hope the next recap will be released soon so that I can say my final good bye to Lookout.

Don't bomb me, please. this wasn't a complaint and I am really thankful for the existence of Dramabeans.

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Hang in there! Save them until the finale then you may go in peace :)

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I know it's bad to say this but I just hate sewon as much as shiwan. If that girl is a bit smart, just a bit.. everything will not become this mess! She allowed herself to be so dumb and easy to manipulate.. Then I saw Soon ae behaving out of character and I thought no wonder they are the same. Easy to manipulate. like mother like daughter.

I really grow fond of Dohan and want to protect him at all cost eventhough he's annoying at first ? will save all my rant on final post..

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Yes, Sewon's monologue was all about herself, poor me, I just wanted a friend, I'm so lonely, mommy save me...me, me, me...you have to wonder, did she even feel any sympathy for Yuna and Suji...I had commented before that she had no consideration for Suji, when Suji was worried about her and warning her about ShiWan, no, he's not like that...that's your mother's friend whose daughter's murderer could be ShiWan! Someone she should know and trust better than ShiWan, and yet she doesn't care, she continues to happily/giddily meet ShiWan like Yuna's death never happened...even if there was no proof, it should still trigger a sense of guilt or apprehension when the mother comes to you not condemning you but worried about you...I agree she is as bad as ShiWan and it is very very hard to see good people willing to lose their life for her...yes she is a dumb teenager but she should at least have shown some compassion too!

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It's kinda quiet here. Everyone seems to save energy for ranting the finale :)

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I know I am! lol

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Dunno, am kinda not looking forward to the final recap, coz can still tell myself that those episodes aren't real ><

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That last moment when Suji was shot, and Dohan arrived at the scene - and both looked at each other ... I don't know why I became so invested in their interaction sans the loveline. But the chemistry is def there. When Suji called Eunjoong and said thanks for doing his job because it's the hardest, I can't believe I teared up for such a small scene.

And really, for these episodes, kudos for so many actors & actresses esp. Solomon Park (I believe this young man will get many love-calls after this), Kim Sun Young, Kim Young-kwang, and Lee Shi Young -- and even Siwan's mom. She made me disgusted but also concerned.

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The entire cast each deserves an award imo or at least those names you mentioned. Seriously I'll be mad if not.

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WHAT was that ending, though? I can't. WHY are they playing this sick kid's games??? WHEN are they gonna bust the kid and let him ROT in jail?!? I get that Soon-ae wants to save her daughter, but really? You're gonna kill Suji? I honestly think that she could've tricked Shi-wan into thinking that she's following his orders, when she actually wasn't. I don't think he would've been smart enough to catch onto that. I'm so glad Suji pressed the "record" button during the video call because that's more than enough evidence to put that kid behind bars. Expose the little creep. Monster. At this point, I just wanna reach into my screen and smack that smile off his face SO HARD. I wouldn't even be surprised if his homemade bomb wasn't even real and it was all just a scare tactic.

Side note, I really like the actress that plays Soon-ae, I do. She's very charming, BUT I couldn't get behind her emotional acting at all in this ep. Her supposedly flustered and scared expressions were very awkward. I don't think she was ever like that in Answer Me, 1994.

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Ok, this has been a great drama up to to this point, but then they totally lost me this episode.
1. Is killing her friend the only solution this really smart lieutenant cop can come up with when faced with this bratty psycho?
2. The mom is sitting there listening to her crazy son and she does nothing? I realize she is in denial, but this was too unrealistic.
3. Dong-han is facing off with the brat right in front of the police station and he let's him go? Why didn't he drag him back in and threaten him to death and apply all those smart moves his team has been using up to this point?
ah drama land....
I will have to make myself watch the last episode..but I must admit...I am afraid of what's going to happen.....

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4. Is the daughter that weak that she can't even rally when someone is there to rescue her? She wasn't locked up that long...
Ok, done with my rant..... LOL!

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Does anyone know the name of the song at the end of episode 29?

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