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Mad Dog: Episode 1

Mad Dog offers a different approach to criminal cases with a team of insurance investigators who don’t hesitate to bend the law for their own purposes. They cross paths with a mild-mannered accident specialist who’s better at his job than they are, and introduces an element of mystery. Our hero has a tragic past that he can’t escape, but just maybe he’s found someone who can understand his pain.

 
EPISODE 1: “Rigged Game of Go Stop”

A young man eats lunch by a cafe window and witnesses a car accident on the street. A montage of injury-accidents accompanies a narration that explains that Korea’s population is heavily insured, but as the young man runs to catch a bus, we learn that he’s one of the uninsured minority. The young man boards his bus and looks out a window at a broadcast of a public memorial honoring dozens of victims, his mood suddenly serious.

The narration informs us that insurance fraud follows trends and the latest one is collusion (illegal collaboration). The camera zooms in on a man on a rooftop who uses binoculars to monitor a woman, JANG HA-RI (Ryu Hwa-young), who identifies herself as “Player Jang” as she limps into a hospital.

Inside, her colleague PARK SOON-JUNG (Jo Jae-yoon), aka “Cheetah,” is undercover as a computer technician, which allows the team’s hacker, “Pentium” OHN NOO-RI (Kim Hye-sung) to remotely help him copy files. The man on the roof is the team’s leader, “Mad Dog” CHOI KANG-WOO (Yoo Ji-tae), and he informs everyone that they have ten minutes.

A doctor suggests surgery for Ha-ri’s sprained ankle, which would mean a two-month stay for a generous payout, but she worries that she’ll get out of shape and asks about a gym. When the doctor hesitates, she leans closer and her low cut dress gets her a personal tour of the hospital’s secret gym.

Ha-ri notices a man running on a treadmill and the doctor explains that he received a billion won for angina. Ha-ri’s purse is equipped with a hidden camera and she points it at the man on the treadmill.

Kang-woo informs his team that police officers have arrived at the hospital. An alarm sounds inside and Ha-ri’s hidden camera records the angina patient as he hurries back to his room.

The doctor who was with Ha-ri greets MANAGER PARK MOO-SHIN of Taeyang Insurance with a threat to call the police. Manager Park has a detective serve the doctor with a search warrant in a fraud investigation and Ha-ri calls Kang-woo with the news. At the same time, Soon-jung finishes his mission to copy the digital files just before hospital officials arrive to destroy the hard drives.

Ha-ri escapes to the rooftop where she tears off her fake cast to pull on the leggings hidden underneath. She walks along narrow ledges expertly as Soon-jung drives up in her car below. Ha-ri falls from the roof and grabs a beam as if it’s a parallel bar and then slides down the structure as Kang-woo compliments her skill.

Ha-ri and Soon-jung drive away but Manager Park chases after them and Kang-woo warns, “Puppy got our tail.” Ha-ri keeps her cool as she weaves through traffic while a nervous Soon-jung drops to the passenger floorboards. Manager Park vows, “Those lawbreaking punks. I’ll get you all today,” and his prediction almost comes true when they’re forced to stop at a light, but Ha-ri gets away, leaving Manager Park trapped.

Ha-ri and Soon-jung arrive at the team’s headquarters where Kang-woo and Noo-ri are waiting. When Soon-jung produces the memory stick with the necessary files, Kang-woo announces, “Let’s catch him.”

The angina patient, Lee Han-dong, sits with his wife in a real estate office and is just about to purchase a property for 1.5 billion won when Kang-woo saunters in and exclaims, “Gosh, I finally get to meet you.” He presents a business card that identifies his company as Mad Dog.

When Kang-woo presents evidence that Lee Han-Dong received over a billion won for angina, the man suddenly acts as if he can’t breathe. Kang-woo laughs and holds up his phone as it plays Ha-ri’s video of Lee Han-dong on the treadmill and explains, “Mad Dog is a cure for a man like you. You’re done now.”

The Mad Dog team celebrates in a restaurant where a televised report announces the arrest of the doctors and patients that they exposed for insurance fraud. Ha-ri gets a text that their reward money was deposited into their bank accounts. Kang-woo happily toasts their success but looks away when a glance at his phone shows a photo of his wife and young son.

Manager Park interrupts the celebration, angry that Mad Dog embarrassed his department. The team doesn’t take him seriously when he threatens to expose them for illegally copying hospital files and Kang-woo insists that they’re incapable of such sophisticated tactics, saying that Soon-jung still uses a flip phone and Noo-ri is allergic to sunlight and can’t work in the field.

Frustrated, Manager Park challenges Kang-woo, “Will you keep living all messed up? Aren’t you ashamed to your late wife and son?” Soon-jung drags Manager Park away while Ha-ri glances at Kang-woo in concern.

Kang-woo staggers to his apartment where a newspaper waits with the headline, “Second Anniversary of Juhan Air 801 Accident.” A photo of a public memorial triggers a flashback and we see a plane plummet through the sky while Kang-woo’s wife clutches their young son, both of them wearing oxygen masks. Kang-woo tries to shake the memory just as he receives a text for him to come to the office in the morning.

In the morning, Kang-woo passes by a man with protest signs, his young son nearby with an injured arm. His signs read, “Injured tenants got kicked out. The building owner got the insurance money.”

Kang-woo walks through a well-appointed apartment to tree-filled atrium. An older man greets him pleasantly, “You look much better now,” but Kang-woo wants to know why he was summoned. CHAIRMAN CHA asks him to return to work, but when Kang-woo can’t obtain a promise that he can kill Go Jin-chul if he catches him, he respectfully ends the meeting.

Outside, Kang-woo approaches the young boy with a stuffed toy dog and offers food to the protesting father-son pair. Kang-woo invites them to follow him and promises to hear what they have to say.

As Kang-woo approaches a collapsed building, the father’s voice takes us back to the day of the accident. He was busy with customers in his restaurant on the ground floor while his son played with a toy robot and his wife was busy in the kitchen. Just minutes after the father left to make some deliveries, the light fixtures swayed as if there was an earthquake. Customers ran outside in a panic and someone alerted the wife to the danger. She ran out with their son, Seon-ho, but the robot was left behind.

People spilled from the building onto the sidewalk and watched as a billboard on the roof rocked back and forth. Suddenly, the movement stopped and Seon-ho ran inside for his robot with his mother close behind.

Large cracks tore through the building and sections of concrete fell onto the sidewalk before Seon-ho and his mother could get out. Seon-ho’s mother shielded him with her body as the building collapsed on top of them.

Kang-woo visits the badly injured mother at the hospital as the father explains to Ha-ri that it’s a miracle that Seon-ho wasn’t seriously hurt. When asked, he shares that the landlord insisted that he wasn’t responsible for any damages.

Soon-jung meets a former colleague, Nurse Oh, in one of the hospital’s supply rooms. She wants to know how long he plans to work as an investigator and is told, “Until a post for a nurse opens up in pediatrics.” Nurse Oh hands over the medical chart for Seon-ho’s mother and promises that it’s the last time and gets a finger heart from Soon-jung in return.

In the hospital’s playroom, Kang-woo approaches Seon-ho and when he picks up the robot, the boy breaks down and confesses that his mother was hurt because of him. Kang-woo calms Seon-ho with a promise to find and punish the man responsible for the accident.

Ha-ri works on a television set where the landlord, architect Ahn Chi-hoon, tapes an episode for a show that builds low-income houses for the community. Soon-jung places a tracking device on Ahn Chi-hoon’s car and learns that at night he runs questionable errands for the son of a high-ranking official with a serious drug problem.

Ha-ri and Soon-jung go undercover at a club that Ahn Chi-hoon frequents. Posing as the valet, Ha-ri downloads the data from his dash camera while Kang-woo goes inside and glimpses Ahn Chi-hoon on his way to interview a manager at the club. The manager confirms that Ahn Chi-hoon insists that he’s not responsible for the building’s collapse.

Kang-woo pays a visit to Ahn Chi-hoon’s office accompanied by Ha-ri, who poses as a client, and Soon-jung as a water deliveryman. Kang-woo meets with Ahn Chi-hoon and informs him that his client is the six-year-old from the restaurant on the ground floor of his collapsed building.

When Ahn Chi-hoon realizes that Kang-woo wants a settlement for Seon-ho, he complains that when people want money, they bite and never let go. Kang-woo agrees, “You’re right. A mad dog is onto you.” When Ahn Chi-hoon insists that the building wasn’t poorly constructed, Kang-woo promises a thorough investigation.

Soon-jung places a bottle of water in the cooler under the supervision of a female employee. A wink sends her scurrying away as Noo-ri notes how well that works to make women flee. Haha. Soon-jung hides a microphone on the back of the water tank.

Ha-ri is left alone in the conference room while an assistant fetches more house plans for her to review. Noo-ri suggests the ceiling for the camera that Ha-ri pulls from her purse, so she stands on the table. Just as she attaches it, Ha-ri notices the uninsured young man from the beginning of the episode eyeing her curiously from the hallway.

The man runs in when Ha-ri steps onto a chair and loses her balance and they both fall onto the table. Ha-ri explains, “I was afraid of a cockroach on the floor,” and the man throws her off of him and jumps up in panic. He shoves a box of kleenex at her to catch the cockroach before he runs out of the room. Impressive.

Kang-woo and the young man run into each other at his desk. The young man logs in to his computer to retrieve the collapsed building’s documents for Kang-woo, who notices that he has a high security clearance.

Kang-woo looks at the man quizzically when he occupies himself with a finger exercise, so he explains that it’s designed to prevent dementia. Kang-woo gives it a try and a glance at a business card reveals that the young man’s name is KIM MIN-JOON (Woo Do-hwan).

At the office, Kang-woo learns from Ha-ri that Ahn Chi-hoon’s dash cam was erased. Noo-ri has identified a car that had a good view of the building’s collapse, but needs to find the owner to get the video of the accident. That prompts Kang-woo to call a contact, but when he can’t get through, he sends Ha-ri on an errand.

Ha-ri enters the police station and walks right into DETECTIVE JO HAN-WOO, who makes it clear that he has no intention of helping her. He’s confused when she unzips her jacket and advances in a revealing top. Ha-ri causes a scene when she loudly explains, “Oppa! I know you’re a cop, but you can’t leave without paying your tab!” Flustered, Detective Jo agrees to help Ha-ri locate the owner of the car and mutters, “How does Kang-woo call himself my friend?”

Kang-woo is defeated at chess by an old friend who asks about the reason for his visit. When he hears that Kang-woo is in the middle of an investigation into the collapsed building, he sends him the contact information for a friend who was the former manager of the architecture institute.

Kang-woo finds that friend, Manager Hyun, at his ping pong club just as Min-joon walks up to the man. Manager Hyun studies the blueprints of the building and clarifies that Min-joon doesn’t want to find evidence of bad construction while Kang-woo does. Manager Hyun determines that the building’s plans are sound and asks for video of the collapse, but Kang-woo explains that he doesn’t have that yet.

Min-joon concludes that his boss can’t be responsible if the builders made changes to his plans, but Kang-woo points out that he could have been part of a conspiracy. Min-joon argues that Kang-woo can’t prove that his boss did anything wrong, and Kang-woo argues that Min-joon can’t prove that he didn’t.

As he drives away from his meeting, an exasperated Kang-woo speaks with his team. He learns that Ha-ri has a lead on the dash cam and he asks Soon-jung to check on Ahn Chi-hoon’s latest construction site.

Wearing a hard hat trimmed with cheetah print, Soon-jung takes photos of some large cracks and substandard rebar at the construction site for a luxury villa. Kang-woo warns Soon-jung as someone approaches and he hides until the guard on duty passes by. Noo-ri and Kang-woo have Soon-jung retake some photos that were too dark, but the flash catches the attention of some thieves and their shouts bring the guard back.

Soon-jung tells himself that he can’t get caught at a crime scene as Kang-woo orders, “Cheetah, exit.” Soon-jung tries to ignore the guard’s cry for help when the thieves jump him and Noo-ri reminds him, “Ex-con Park Soon-jung. If you’re caught, you’ll get aggravated punishment.”

But Soon-jung can’t abandon the helpless guard and interrupts the thieves, while Kang-woo laughs and suggests that he go easy on the thugs. Armed with nothing but a telescopic pointer, Soon-jung identifies himself, “I’m Cheetah,” and then skillfully takes out the thieves on his own and rescues the guard.

Soon-jung treats the guard’s injuries and informs him that he’s a nurse. The grateful man provides Soon-jung with information—Ahn Construction repeatedly moved up the construction due dates and used poor-quality materials.

Ha-ri and Soon-jung find the owner of the car with the footage that they need just as he hands a memory chip over to a grateful Min-joon. Ha-ri recognizes him and mutters, “That cockroach.” She sends Soon-jung to retrieve the memory chip since Min-joon has seen her before.

Soon-jung walks towards Min-joon intending to pick his pocket, but Min-joon expertly swerves out of the way before they collide. With a big smile, Min-joon asks Soon-jung if he’s from Mad Dog and explains that the car owner was expecting him. Min-joon introduces himself and produces the memory chip as he explains that he’s also collecting evidence. When Soon-jung grabs for the chip and explains, “I’ll take that,” Min-joon holds it out of reach as he asks, “For free?”

Ha-ri hides in a storage room during Min-joon’s visit to Mad Dog. Min-joon claims to be interested in detective agencies and wonders if they can handle the case, but Noo-ri informs him that Mad Dog is the Messi among agencies as he downloads the dash cam footage.

Noo-ri plays the video and everyone watches the building shake before its collapse. Min-joon exclaims, “I knew it. The billboard fell and hit the building,” but Kang-woo declares, “The building shook first. That’s why it fell.” Min-joon dismisses his conclusion as the opinion of a layman.

Min-joon quotes Heinrich’s Law, well known in the field of industrial accidents, “For every accident that causes a major injury, there are twenty-nine accidents that cause minor injuries and three hundred accidents that cause no injuries.” Kang-woo angrily explains that the medical costs of the injured tenant mount while Min-joon investigates the hundreds of accidents that preceded the collapse. Min-joon urges Kang-woo to remain rational and focus on why the building collapsed.

Min-joon bets that poor construction wasn’t the cause of the collapse and Kang-woo takes the wager. Min-joon wants Mad Dog if he’s right and Kang-woo agrees, as long as Min-joon hands over evidence that proves Ahn Construction’s corruption if he’s wrong. The men agree to the terms and shake hands.

Before he departs, Min-joon explains that Heinrich was an insurance inspector, just like Kang-woo. Ha-ri confronts Kang-woo, who asks her, “What? Are you not confident?” He wants Min-joon’s high-level security clearance to get access to Ahn Construction’s records and urges the team to get to work.

Soon-jung presents Ahn Chi-hoon’s 2.3-billion-won policy for the collapsed building, a sharp increase from his previous projects. Kang-woo remembers Heinrich’s Law and asks Noo-ri to replay the dash cam footage in its entirety. The team watches as the billboard rocks back and forth two days before the collapse, certain that they’ve proven that the building was built to collapse.

A tracking device hidden in Min-joon’s briefcase allows Kang-woo to find the quirky specialist at a cafe where he’s practicing his finger exercise. Min-joon good-naturedly shares his snack with Kang-woo and seems clueless when he’s invited back to Mad Dog.

Ha-ri spreads some reports on the table in front of Min-joon, who recognizes her and inquires, “Cockroach?” She acknowledges him simply, “We meet again,” and sits down.

Each member of the team presents evidence to support their belief that the building collapsed due to shoddy construction so that Ahn Chi-hoon can collect on the insurance. The team is confident that they’ve made their case, but Min-joon protests that they haven’t.

Kang-woo has Noo-ri play the dash cam video that shows that the building shook days before the collapse. Seemingly cornered, Min-joon jabs the straw into his yogurt and takes a drink before he looks up calmly and asks, “Is this all?” As the Mad Dog team deflates, Min-joon asks, “Shall I begin now?”

The Mad Dog team joins Min-joon on the roof where a group led by Kang-woo’s retired chess partner is assembled. Ha-ri addresses him as “Professor,” and he points to Min-joon who stands near a large glass tank filled with water and explains, “Our newbie asked us for a little help.” Kang-woo approaches Min-joon for an explanation but is told, “You’ll get wet if you stand here.”

When Min-joon asks the professor to begin, the members of the group pair off as Min-joon stands behind the large tank. At his signal, lively music plays and the members begin an energetic dance. While they twirl and stomp, the water in the tank begins to vibrate and the more the dancers jump up and down, the more the water moves, sloshing around violently. The glass eventually shatters and the water floods the roof.

Shocked, Kang-woo stares at a calm Min-joon, who explains in voiceover that the cause of the building’s collapse was resonance. He explains that buildings are constructed with a frequency limit and if it’s exceeded, vibrations are the result. That’s what happened a few days before the collapse when some sports dancers rented a yoga studio in the building for practice.

The large steel-framed billboard was especially sensitive to the increased vibrations and the bolts keeping it in place came loose. Inside the Mad Dog offices, Min-joon explains that if the cause of the collapse was poor construction, the entire building would have gone down.

Kang-woo argues that his boss has claimed a lot of insurance money by faking accidents due to poor construction, but Min-joon points out that this isn’t the reason in this particular case. A certificate shows that the 2.3 billion in insurance money was paid out for the collapsed building.

A defeated Kang-woo visits Seon-ho’s mother in the hospital and finds the boy asleep on a cot next to her bed. Just as he returns the robot to the boy with the broken arm fixed, Kang-woo gets a call. Detective Jo scolds Kang-woo for breaking into his station locker to deliver documents that prove Ahn Chi-hoon’s corruption and bribery. He adds that a few high-level officials will be sure to lose their jobs.

Kang-woo visits Ahn Chi-hoon in his holding cell at the police station and is accused of working with Min-joon. A flashback to the night at the club shows that Min-joon met with his boss and offered to prove the building didn’t collapse due to poor construction—in exchange for the 2.3 billion settlement.

Kang-woo returns to Mad Dog where Seon-ho’s father wants to pay him for his help. Kang-woo refuses the money and the team is surprised when Seon-ho’s father explains that Ahn Chi-hoon distributed his insurance settlement to his tenants.

In flashback, we see that Min-joon had distributed the funds to the tenants while ordering drinks at a cafe, and then called the police department to report the location where Ahn Chi-hoon was gambling illegally, which he witnessed while posing as room service.

Detective Jo led the team that raided the gambling location and caught Ahn Chi-hoon. Min-joon entered the police station posing as a deliveryman with coffee just as the remaining officers were called out, which gave him a chance to plant the evidence in Detective Jo’s locker.

At Mad Dog, Noo-ri calls Min-joon a modern day Robin Hood, but Ha-ri points out, “A con man is just a con man.” When Kang-woo asks for Min-joon’s location, the tracking device shows that he’s in their building, so Noo-ri guesses that he found it and left it behind.

Kang-woo has an idea and looks up at the floor above him where the tracking device sits on a desk. Kang-woo’s phone rings just as Min-joon walks into Mad Dog. Soon-jung greets him, “You jerk,” but Min-joon pleasantly replies, “So this is how I get to meet my tenants.” Min-joon explains that no landlord would allow him to bring in a tank and shake the building, so he bought the building.

Min-joon admits that he’s come to claim Mad Dog. When Soon-jung calls him crazy, Min-joon reminds them that Manager Park has been after Pentium, Cheetah, Player Jang, and Mad Dog, and he can provide proof of their illegal deeds. Kang-woo accuses Min-joon of bluffing but he laughs, “Let’s bet the most precious thing in life. Something you can’t change even if you die—family. This time, let’s bet our families.”

The suggestion causes Kang-woo to recall the day that his wife and son died. He had sobbed as a sheet was pulled back to reveal their soot-covered bodies, his son’s hand still held by his mother’s. Kang-woo’s cries filled the room as he mourned the loss of his family.

 
COMMENTS

Mad Dog does a good job of balancing strong character dynamics with the element of tragedy that overshadows the hero, Choi Kang-woo. His smile hides his broken heart and it’s clear that he’s driven by the desire for revenge for the deaths of his wife and young son. He’s assembled an interesting team—ex-con/nurse Soon-jung, computer whiz Noo-ri who can’t go outside without taking extreme measures to avoid the sun, and the sexy but detached Ha-ri, who is protective of her damaged boss. I can’t wait to learn how this motley crew came together.

That mix just got a whole lot more interesting with the introduction of Kim Min-joon, who is scary smart, shrewd, patient, and up to something. Even though he didn’t show up until halfway through the episode, he had a huge impact. I don’t think for a second that he crossed paths with Kang-woo by chance—he’s too interested in the Mad Dog agency for that to be a possibility. No, he’s like a spider who has spun an intricate web and Kang-woo and his team were too confident in their conclusions and abilities to notice that they were falling into a trap.

I just loved how Min-joon hid behind his mild mannered persona and played team Mad Dog like a master. By the time Kang-woo wised up during that demonstration on the roof, it was too late, he was in over his head. The smiles, nerdy finger exercise, and round glasses were the perfect camouflage against a team that doesn’t show any respect to their competitors. Now they find themselves in an uncomfortable predicament—work for Min-joon or get turned in for their illegal antics. After seeing how he handled his boss, they can appreciate what Min-joon is capable of, all by himself.

But all is not lost, because it looks as if the plane crash that took the lives of Kang-woo’s family is of interest to Min-joon. With his suggestion that he and Kang-woo should bet their families, is it possible that he lost a family member in that crash as well? If that’s the case, it would make sense for Min-joon to seek out Kang-woo, who has experience with the science of accidents. With his background in insurance investigations, they can join forces to determine the truth about the crash and find justice for the victims. It looks like Min-joon doesn’t break the law like the Mad Dog team is willing to do and perhaps that’s why he’s interested in them. They certainly offer a unique skill set.

This week’s case had everything to do with Kang-woo’s inability to ignore a family’s pain and the power of a mother’s love. He may have been wrong about the cause of the accident, but he did for that family what he couldn’t do for his own wife and son by giving them hope for a future together. Even though Min-joon was responsible for sending them much needed money, it was Kang-woo who took notice of them and listened to their story. It’s this kind of sensitivity that gives weight to the story and the characters. Kang-woo is definitely a damaged person, but it’s what makes him notice what everyone else ignores.

 
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Got me hooked by Ep 1.Though I waited for this for JiTae Ahjussi and DoHwan, Kim Hyesung (Noo-ri) is stealing my attention.

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Whoa! Intelligent, bold, intense - these are the kinds of words I'd use to describe the first episode of Mad Dog. Can the show really keep up this pace and level of intensity throughout it's run?

Also, this is my first time seeing Woo Do Hwan. He didn't leave much of an impression on me in 'The Man Living in Our House' and I haven't watched 'Rescue Me'. But I get the hype over him now. Yoo Ji Tae is definitely an overpowering presence on-screen, but Woo Do Hwan held his own.

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Intelligent? Standard Drama(Kdrama) Tricks can't be proclaimed as Intelligence.

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Yup - I admit to the error of my ways. #5 below. :D
I still do love Woo Do Hwan and Yoo Ji Tae here, though. And will put with quiet a bit of bull just because I'm enjoying their intense performance. Like Gaksital? (which was different level of crazy altogether)

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I'm getting some Lookout vibes from this. Which is not at all a bad thing. Anyone else?
Got me hooked though.

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Same,Lookout and adding Police Unit 38 vibes..but I like it.and it's not just about Yoo JiTae or Woo DoHwan or Kim Hyesung

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Haven't seen PU38 yet... haha but I'll take everyone's word for it.

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I was thinking the same thing. I'm a little wary of how good the first two episodes are because I still feel betrayed every time I think about Lookout and how it ended.

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Hahaha *knew how L/O was gonna end going in* *still enjoyed the ride* *mostly*
But yeah, I'll be interested to see how it goes on from here... what direction it takes, if it's still this strong by ep 12 :P

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It's Lookout plus Squad 38 mixed together!

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Yes, and more towards Squad38, hopefully more witty and not as dark. Can't imagine Woo Do Hwan can impress me this much while first saw him in the Man Living in my House.

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Haven't seen PU38 but I'm hoping it's more witty than dark and tragic also. But it's too soon to tell for that I think. :)

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Definitely felt the same but the execution in this show seems slicker even though I'm a fan of lookout. Hopefully this crew is a tighter and more memorable one

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Bug fan of L/O too despite all its holes! haha
Will reserve judgement till I've seen half of this for that I think, though. Plots have a tendency to fall a part sometimes :P

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Ryu hwa young was so cool in that car chase scene!!!! I like her character so far.

woo dohwan's character is just so mysterious and swoon worthy .he totally owned this episode.

I loved the first and second episodes.

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I have to admit that Ryu Hwa young was a scene stealer. But I don't like Woo Do Hwans character as of yet. He comes out as arrogant and.. I don't know.. I just get annoyed with him!

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I couldn't help but be reminded of her car scene in Age of Youth 2 and how contrasting it was with her scene here!

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Good point. LOL

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I like the show, and it has a lot of soul-searching moments in it. But I recognize that bridge video that Min Joon showed the Mad Dog team. I believe that was a bridge in Washington State where it was poorly designed and wasn't able to withstand standing waves, not resonance. Sure it's similar but his little stunt with water is different from a concrete billboard. Water is far less dense than concrete and rebar, etc. I know I'm nitpicking but I really don't believe that Min Joon won that bet. They should have designed the building to withstand the dancers, and I severely doubt that the dancers could create a standing wave anyway. They aren't really traveling like a wave when they dance. I'll still watch the show but with a grain of salt if they try any more somewhat unscientific explanations.

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Oh thanks for this POV. As a non science person, it's hard for me determine whether the insurance fraud set-up in this instance makes sense - I was wondering if they've based it on a real-life incident. Guess they have picked something that actually happened, but then gone and embellished it?

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I agree! When he presented that arguement I was thinking, "you're reaching a little now." Because first off, the foundation and structure for both those places are different. And if anything he proved that it was poorly built, if a building collapses because it's frequency clashed with tap dancing then... that's a shitty building and that they didn't have proper matierials to make sure that this wouldn't even be a concern.

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I agree with you. I'm not a science person and know practically zlitch about science and maths. So I'm just using my common sense here.
A glass tank of water, even a huge one, is very different from a building made of concrete and steel bars. While resonance may cause the tank to break, as a high pitch sound can cause glass from light bulbs and windows to shatter, it should not be able to cause part of a building to fall, unless the building is made of very inferior material or is poorly constructed. If this could happen, than the sports complex I frequent for my exercise would have collapsed long ago from all the pounding by the various exercise classes.
Min Joon's claim "that buildings are constructed with a frequency limit and if it’s exceeded, vibrations are the result". Yes, vibrations but not collapse!
Even so, the burning question I have is how low is this frequency that a group of sports dancers in a yoga studio (on one occasion) can cause such a collapse? And if the frequency is sooooo low, how can the landlord allow a the sports dancers to dance? How can he even rent out to a yoga studio? Isn't he still liable?
There is the argument that the vibrations caused the huge steel signboard to collapse on the roof. If the building was made of good materials and constructed well, wouldn't only the top part of the building that was hit have fallen off? Not such a huge chunk? Unless, the other parts are like a stack of cards or dominoes, standing precariously.
I don't know if my reasoning is correct, but shouldn't the mad dog team even ask these questions?
I'm stunned that they simply accept whatever Min Joon has said.
Hopefully, there are some building engineers among our beanies who can clarify this. I would love to be corrected.

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This is because they aren't as smart as they think they are. I accepted it too, without question. >_< and I like to think I'm smart

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Tbh, I accepted the explanation too when I first watched the episodes. It was only later, while reading the recaps that these thoughts occurred to me.

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Mechanical Engineering graduate here.

All I'll say is that it smells of bullshit, lol.

~Maybe if the dancers where all exactly in sync in the right positions, maybe the wind was blowing at just the right strength and pattern and maybe the board was already wobbling from the vibrations and more wind with just the right frequency released/amplified the stored energy in there through resonance over time...~ at most the board will fall and break some glass and cause a huge mess. The concrete shouldn't break... unless there was a crack or something, which would mean that maintenance and construction sucked. You want a real collapse thanks to resonance? Look no further than the Sampoong Departmental Store case. And in that one, the vibrations lasted for 2 years + and it was ruled a manslaughter against the ones who owned and built the building.

Pls. There wasn't even an earthquake. What do you mean a building taken down by dancing...

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Just want to add my 2 cents. I major in Physics and I have to say that the physics concept they use in the show is not wrong, almost textbook-ish even. He even used Tacoma bridge as an example which is a physics textbook example of how resonance can cause buildings/structures to collapse. Resonance indeed can cause object to break, building to collapse, etc. But achieving resonance itself is very very difficult. Everything in nature basically have to conspire to match their frequency with the natural frequency of the object and small pushes of energy at the right time and at the right frequency can often add up into severe structural failures. But of course everything has to be embellished for tv :D

About the water tank, I think of the scene as a very dramatic (very reaching as well :D ) take on how opera singer can break a glass with their high-pitched voices. He was trying to point out that as the dancers' steps frequency is matching the natural frequency of the glass tank, the vibration created by their steps will cause the air to vibrate in the same frequency as the natural frequency of the glass, which then will start the glass tank to vibrate too. As the glass tank moves in its natural frequency, the glass will move faster and farther than the atomic structure inside the glass tank is able to move which then cause it to break under the strain.

At the end of the day I agree that poor reconstruction is still to blame for the building to collapse. They should have installed some kind of harmonic absorber in the structure prevent resonance/oscillation from happening in the first place, esp if it can easily vibrate due to some jazz dance class. For example, the actions that was taken after the Millenium bridge wobbled on the day of its opening.

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Right?

The physics and theory are right, but the practical aspect of it is bullshit.

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True...even if theoritically proven but practically many factors can affect the collapsed building. Resonance that he explained was an additional factor, main reason is definitely shitty material during construction. Perhaps the groundwork also been compromised ( shady foundation on everything). I couldn't finished Lookup, still reserving my comment on this drama.

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@latteholic,

Re: the shattering of the glass water tank

I can't help but wonder if the tank's being full of water would absorb some of the sonic energy, thereby sparing the glass. Might it in effect alter the resonant frequency of the glass when compared to an empty glass vessel?

See below for my earlier comment to brian -- and vintage Ella Fitzgerald footage for Memorex. ;-)

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Hi @pakalanapikake! Long time no see. I haven't been around here that often post-Rebel but good to "bump" to you here 😊
That's a good point about the water inside the tank. My 2 cents is adding water to the glass tank will cause the mass of the system (water+glass) to increase which in turn will decrease the resonant frequency of water+glass tank compared to just empty glass tank. So imho, rather than the water absorbing the sonic energy, it causes the glass to vibrate at frequency lower than its natural frequency and you never really reach resonance (where the amplitude increase because the glass vibrate at its natural frequency).

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Lol at the Tacoma Narrows example. Man, I've seen heaps of that in my maths courses. I did some summer work for an NZ research company about earthquakes and stuff, and though theoretically this would work, the building at the very least should have some dampeners installed in order to reduce the amplitude in the vibrations (I'm a maths major so I'm thinking in terms of sines and cosines lol). If a building cannot withstand a bunch of dancing health buffs it all but screams shoddy construction, and dunno the law in Korea but in NZ the owner, the builder, the architects, ie all involved in the building are liable for criminal not just administrative charges.

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... *ears perk up at NZ and earthquakes and maths majors being mentioned*
I'm not a maths major, but I do like people who know about it! And I live in NZ. Do you still live here?

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Agree. And that was my point at the end, the building should have dampeners installed. However just like you stated, I don't know how the law works in Korea, are buildings required to have dampeners installed? Because they can claim insurance for resonance as the cause of the collapse and no one even raised any questions about what precautions that they have taken for cases like this.

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I agree with you a lot. I kind of work in this field, but all I can say is the resonance explanation makes for a pretty good show, but not a very solid de facto cause. I kind of am disappointed with the team with actually leaving the investigation with Minjun's theory like that too. Like a simple Google search could tell them that it wasn't the only factor we look for.

I've personally seen some structures being restricted with use due to things similar to the situation above (such as those not in the original design), but collapsing after a couple days' dancing is pure BS 🙄 At the very least, so many things go into structural design. I could go on and on, but at the end, the show chooses to go for the sensational route, lol. I'll still watch this, though. Episode 2 got me good.

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I thought what he meant was that the music and dancing was what knocked down the sign, and the giant ass sign falling was what took out the building. But still, here in FL where all our buildings have to withstand hurricanes, that's still a pretty flimsy building lol

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I guess I'm the only one who's feeling meh on this drama. I like it but there's something missing. I'm gonna give it a couple more episodes to see how it pans out. It just feels a little cheesy? I love the banter but it feels fake and unreal? It gives off this cartoonish tacky vibe? Lol I don't know, it's just the first episode. Man, I hate being negative on the first episode.

The acting does not disappoint though and Wo Do-Hwan is killing it. I look forward to their bromance.

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Totally understandable,like you said it's just the first episode..we do have different tastes and tolerances.at least you're giving it more chances in the next episodes.

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Yeah, of course! I hope it gets better (for me) as more episodes get released.

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Bromance? I really like woo do hwan which is why I decided to watch this, but I got annoyed with him in the first two episodes. Which probably proves that e's a good actor, but I really wanted to punch him once. So I don't look forward to their bromance much. If I was Yoo ji tae, I would have already punched him.

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Generally speaking, if a character makes you want to punch them... then they're well written and well acted character hahaha

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I'm not alone then!

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damn i haven't even watched this yet but you just 100% described the type of dramas i really dislike :-(

i guess i'll try this later lol

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Fake yes. Also cliched and over-dramatic with (for example) the rooftop escape. And dragging in the tragic death of family.

Tip of the day: girls, never marry a kdrama lead character. (At least not unless it's a rom-com and you marry him after it ends).

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1st I might be new to kdramas and already in a drama slump( got interested in feb and now lost interest) and know less than 10 actors but ...I would have given an arm and a leg claiming that woman was Park Shin Hye ...

2nd this is my kind of drama -i do thrillers , suspense , horror with a dash of romance. Better than any other ....

And I love glasses guy , never underestimate your opponent ...because even though maddog team is very smart , there is someone smarter ...

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Throughout this episode I just wanted to slap Woo Do-hwans character. What a fake bitch. I loved him so much in 'Save me' as well 😂 He really is a good actor.

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I found him too smug. I really wanted Mad Dog team to win.

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Almost shouted at him on screen to scold him, how can you bluff and do that to JiTae Ahjussi..great acting this rookie

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Maybe part of Kim Min-joon's secret weaponry is his superlative ability to "baffle them with BS." He sounded really convincing. ;-)

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OMG High five!!!!! I thought that I might even get a heart attack for feeling so frustrated and for not being able to do anything. Definitely would've punched him if I was on set!

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Mad Dog team is so awesome and with the addition of Min Joon's wit, they can pull off anything.

Thanks for the recap, some of the explanations about the frequency-resonance mumbo-jumbo went over my head the first time I watch it, and I was too lazy to rewind it again coz that'd ruin watching for me. :)

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same thing with me about the frequency-resonance mumjo jumbo,went over my head 1st time I saw it.Unfortunately though while I rewatched,the BFF who's an Engineer came over and had side comments about that explanation that I had to shush him

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I'd be interested in hearing what your BFF said. I have a feeling he felt that Min Joon was pulling the wool over Mad Dog's eyes with his mumbo jumbo.

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Thanks for your recap and commentary, TeriYaki!

Not only am I getting a LOOKOUT vibe owing to the long-range planning that Min-joon has obviously done, but MAD DOG is also reminiscent of LEVERAGE. The investigation team pulls off some smooth capers. I like what I've seen so far.

So far I like the characters who comprise the Mad Dog team. Kang-woo is particularly engaging. It's also very nice to have another kickass female operative on board in the form of Jang Ha-Ri, who brings to mind the feisty ladies of LOOKOUT. ;-)

The structural failure that Min-joon cited was the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1940, only 4 months after it went into service. Min-joon may scrupulously follow the law while conducting his investigations, but he really knows how to baffle the opposition with plausible-sounding BS. ;-)

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I'm guessing that because it's a Korean drama most of the people watching it wouldn't recognize that film, but you and I both did. And that bridge fell because the wind caused the thing to create a standing wave, where the amplitudes of the movement of the bridge continued to mount instead of cancel each other out. Min Joon's explanation of the dancers creating a standing wave smells highly of BS to me. Now if they were all marching in sync maybe, and of course they would have to have the building or billboard start to shake because of their marching or stomping in unison. The fact that dancers are moving around in a pattern means that inevitably some of their motions would cancel out the waves.

As far as your first two points, I agree, I did get a Lookout vibe as well. Actually I agree with all of your statements, LOL.

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@brian,

Methinks we'll be having fun analyzing the insurance scams and debunking questionable physics as MAD DOG unfolds. ;-)

It's always fun to see references to "Galloping Gertie," isn't it? Seeing a suspension bridge do the rhumba was mesmerizing. I read that "aeroelastic flutter" has been another explanation for the failure, which makes sense to me because the deck of the bridge was basically reacting to the prevailing wind flowing across its width like an airplane wing. It was a very narrow (two-lane) bridge that was insufficiently reinforced and comparatively light weight. Once it started pivoting sufficiently around its longitudinal axis, the amplitude increased, as you said, until it was game over. Amazingly, the only fatality was a motorist's dog, who was too terrified to get out of the car.

You bring up a good point about the purported resonance set up by the dancers in the building. Marching would have been devastating. (I seem to recall reading that armies crossing bridges were routinely ordered to break step to prevent just such an occurrence. I bet the Romans figured that out.)

Ah -- I just recalled a fatal collapse that happened in the Midwest about 30 years ago. The Hyatt Regency walkway collapse in Kansas City, Missouri in 1981. At first I thought it might have had to do with vibration and resonance. It was actually caused by changes in construction that significantly decreased the structure's load-bearing capacity -- which is more akin to the cost- and corner-cutting that Mad Dog presupposed as the cause of the building collapse in Seoul.

Requisite Blast from the Past:

Ella Fitzgerald For Memorex (1972)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjV0DswlXeo

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Yoo Ji-Tae's smile is kind of paralyzing. If he gave me such look, I would do whatever he asks, mind blank. You won't be able to argue or protest

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I agree. Yoo Ji-tae has immense screen presence. Dang, what a killer smile. And his affection for his wife and son, played by Kim Ye-joon [the boy who stole the show in CIRCLE], is just too much. He's a bona fide Ahjussi Fatale! ;-)

I didn't even recognize him after watching ONE FINE SPRING DAY (2001) about six months ago with him as the male lead opposite Lee Young-ae. LOL!

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After Criminal Minds, I hoped Kdramaland would remake LEVERAGE and they did! They did! Ryu Hwayoung acting as both Sophie Deveraux and Parker? She better WORK HARD to give their characters justice. Happiness! 😁

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I was waotong forma this show since the sinopsis and line up was revealed. The characters are so interesting and the whole mistery and connection between Min Join and Kang Woo is making me curious.

I find it hard to stop seeing cheetah as Apostle Jo, he is still scary to me. 😱

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Then there's the computer version of a resonance event.
The legend I heard maybe 35 years ago, back in the days when disk drives were the size of washing machines, was that some clever/adventuresome types had programmed one to move the read-write heads back and forth really, really quickly. Yes, you guessed it, the result was -- expensive.
I assume they had to do some experimenting to find the right frequency, but that's easier to do with a computer than a bunch of dancers.

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Anybody else find it odd that Min-joon was willing to stand on the roof for his resonance experiment? In effect, betting his life that THAT building wouldn't collapse and indirectly showing that the collapse was due to crap construction because a proper building wouldn't collapse just because some dancers hit the right frequency?

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@Lord C,

The techno legend sounds like something from alt.computing, LOL!

So did the rapid oscillation of the read-write heads cause the disk storage unit (with a spindle full of 14" or 24" platters) to start bucking like an unbalanced washing machine? Was there enough space between it and the next unit for it to get really rocking & rolling and crashing into adjacent cabinets? Yikes. The domino effect is scary to contemplate. The repair bill even more so.

Good point about Min-joon proving the opposite of his argument: that a properly engineered and well-constructed building would not fail due to a vigorous dance session. Although if you assembled a enough (a couple of hundred?) Riverdancers in a creaky old wooden building, you might be able to bring down the house. ;-)

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We knew actor Woo Do-hwan was going places and was one to watch when we first saw him in The Man Living in Our House and well, here he is playing a character who is possibly lying, possibly telling the truth or maybe just pulling a fast one on the Mad Dog team. Looking forward to watching more!

I also just want to add that I had never seen actress Ryu Hwa-young until this and I found her quite good. And is it me or, can this actress pass as a double for Park Shin-hye? I initially did a double-take.

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5 minutes in and I'm loving it and I got teary eyed , Yoo Ji-tae is Gold Mine .

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Thanks TeriYaki for the recap. I try to read the recaps of the first episodes of new series because I miss a lot of things. For example I missed the fact that Min-joon is uninsured. I did not notice that zero over his head (thanks for the image).
Yoo Ti-jae had been away from television drama for awhile until Healer (2014-15). That was my first kdrama so of course he is one of my favorites. I missed his last series (The Good Wife) so I am looking forward to this drama.
I enjoyed episode one. Thanks for all the comments and the physics lessons (I am afraid mostly lost on me) but that is another reason I like to come here. I googled Sampoong Departmental Store based on the comment by PeepsLeAwesomePotato and the images from that 1995 building collapse are horrific.
The tenant in the building in episode one was referred to as a Dak Galbi place. That led me to find out what kind of food that is and if there are any Dak Galbi places in my area. Anyway on to episode 2.

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Was anyone else confused why the team still hated Min Joon at the end? He got the truth and paid out the insurance money to the victims. He basically did everything they failed to do without even breaking the law like they do, and he's the bad guy?? Ha Ri even calls him a con man like girl what do you call what you did at the hospital exactly lolololol. Min Joon is awesome, he's like a good guy who comes off as a villain I love it.

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Im back here after watching save me to say that the part in save me where woo do hwan goes all glasses/nerdy look to get into guseonwon gave me the exact same vibes as the con we see here in ep 1 like looks innocent but is actually not and the fact that cheetah and apostle jo is played by the same actor (jo jae yoon) totally gave me the same vibes

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Yo who's starting this in 2018 put ya hand up! 🙌

I admit I came for Woo Do-hwan (who I only just discovered in Seducer), but I shall stay for Yoo Ji-tae and the whole motley crew. Hope it's worth it!

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It's worth it! Crazy ohana shenanigans make it a beautiful, if flawed, ride. :)

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I finished watching it about a month ago =) Because: Woo Do Hwan :)

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Mad Dog has great bromance(s), good choice.

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ME! On eps 12 now..

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I was about to drop the show halfway since I've been dropping dramas like hot potato. But that showdown between YJT and WDH made me stick. Can't wait to see more of their dynamics and also how the team will go with the addition of Min-joon on the team.

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*success*

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I have yet to continue but the interest is there so yes, a success

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Gosh! I hate Min-joon right now.

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Give him time. Then you won't :)

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*eyebrow wiggle*

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Hey worked on me.

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Oh aye. Pretty sure I liked him from the get go because I always like the snarky annoying characters you're not "supposed" to like, and then are.

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@sicarius Heh not just that but yes lol.

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But ofc not just that :P

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