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Black: Episode 13

Black becomes single-minded in his pursuit of Scarface, determined to avenge Ha-ram’s death. Scarface’s role in the murders from twenty years ago is revealed, as is the reason Moo-gang visited him in the mental hospital. Kwang-kyun’s convinced he’s figured out the real culprit, but he still needs proof. Soo-wan does a little sleuthing of her own.

 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

 

Soo-wan tracks down another restaurant owner who remembers Moo-gang eating there a few months ago. The woman says Moo-gang was looking for her boss, who wasn’t there at the time. The restaurant owner was sure Moo-gang would return since he left medication behind, but she never saw Moo-gang again.

Black gets the phone call that Ha-ram lost at least two liters of blood, which means her survival isn’t likely. Black portals to the crime lab to see the proof himself, and despite the 99.98 percent certainty that the DNA found in the blood belongs to Ha-ram, Black demands they retest the blood. As he shouts at the lab tech, Black suddenly clutches his heart and collapses in pain.

Soo-wan researches Moo-gang’s prescriptions and then confronts Creepy Doc, pointing out that Moo-gang can’t take that kind of medication. Creepy Doc says Moo-gang asked him to get the migraine medication for a friend. Creepy Doc is also curious why Soo-wan suddenly reappeared after resigning, but there’s no time to talk about that, since they’re both distracted by Black being rushed into the ER.

Soo-wan watches as Black regains consciousness after his collapse. He immediately gets up and angrily asks Soo-wan if she was the one who told Ha-ram the truth about Joon and Moo-gang. Furious, blames Soo-wn for Ha-ram’s death. If Soo-wan hadn’t told Ha-ram the truth, then Black would still be by Ha-ram’s side and could have protected her.

Creepy Doc tries to prevent Black from leaving the hospital, but Black tosses Creepy Doc aside, which causes the capsule in his pocket to roll out. Black picks it up and sees that its his missing capsule. Black clutches the capsule to his chest.

Soo-wan is stunned to discover that Ha-ram is dead. As Soo-wan gets into her car, Scarface suddenly pops up from the back seat and holds a knife against her throat. Eeek!

Scarface says that he needs money in order to finish plan, which now is on a speedy track thanks to the public hullabaloo about Ha-ram’s Death. Scarface says that there’s just one more person left to kill — someone that means the most to “that jerk.” Scarface giggles in delight as he anticipates his revenge.

As Joseon and Hip-hop try to figure out how the capsule ended up at the hospital, Black blames himself for Ha-ram’s death. Joseon gently reminds Black that Ha-ram didn’t want him around any more, so it’s not like he had a choice to stay away.

Hip-hop wonders what happened to Ha-ram’s soul, since the capsule was opened at the hospital by someone else, and Black wasn’t near Ha-ram to escort her to the afterlife. Joseon muses that Ha-ram’s soul must be so scared and confused without a Reaper to explain to her that she’s dead — that’s the hardest realization for a human to have, and is a main reason why there are Reapers to help escort them.

 

Joseon and Hip-hop conclude that Ha-ram’s soul must still be standing by her body, confused and not knowing where to go. Black visits the crime scene where Ha-ram’s blood was found, imagining sitting her next to her body. He vows to find her wherever she is, asking that she stay next to her body. But first, he has to catch Scarface.

In his secret butcher’s room, Scarface counts the money Soo-wan gave him, amused to find out that Ha-ram is detective Kang Soo-hyuk’s daughter. As Scarface studies his hand — which doesn’t have a tattoo — he remembers when he had tried hunting down Joon and young Moo-gang in the abandoned factory. Scarface threatened Joon, demanding Joon “give it to him,” but before Scarface could stab Joon with his knife, Ha-ram’s father intervened and saved the boy.

Later, when Ha-ram’s father tried to look for Scarface, the older man came after him with a hammer. Ha-ram’s father demanded to know if “that man” ordered Scarface to try and kill him and the boy. Ha-ram’s father fought off Scarface and then told Scarface to take him to “that bastard.”

 

But Scarface used the hammer on the back of Ha-ram’s father’s head, brutally bludgeoning him. Scarface dragged him to the edge of the platform and threw him over the edge. That’s where he was found in the morning, when his death was deemed a suicide.

That’s also when young Ha-ram (being held by a younger Kwang-kyun) pointed out the man who killed her father — the man with the spider tattoo. Because of that, Scarface used an iron to burn off the tattoo. In the present day, Scarface wonders how Ha-ra knew he killed her father, and how she found him today, too. He looks back at a cabinet that’s seeping blood from the bottom.

We see a glimpse of Ha-ram in darkness, but it looks like she might still be alive — just barely, though.

Kwang-kyun tells the detectives what he knows about Scarface so far: right before Scarface was supposed to receive the life insurance payout from his wife dying in the fire, he was investigated for arson and murder. During that time, Scarface disappeared and was hospitalized at the mental hospital. Kwang-kyun assumes that Scarface’s sister-in-law must have had a hand in it since she was the one who ended up with life insurance payout.

The detectives fight over which team should investigate the case, since despite Kwang-kyun’s team being the first on the scene for Mi-so, the sister, and Ha-ram’s murders, it’s now escalated to a nation-wide manhunt for a psychopathic serial killer.

Black arrives at the station, and his fellow detectives want to send him home to rest, but Black’s primary concern is finding Scarface. He’s annoyed when he sees that the last number Ha-ram called was the police help line, but they had dismissed it as a prank call since they couldn’t get an address.

 

Missing-finger’s dirty detective whines that Ha-ram actually brought this all on herself, since she was the one who tried to catch a killer. He says that Ha-ram brought her death on herself, and now the detectives have to clean up her mess. Outraged, Black punches the dirty detective in the face, ready to fight even though the other detectives hold him back.

Because of his actions, Black is suspended. As the other detectives try to escort him out, Ha-ram’s mother runs in, begging them to find her daughter. She insists that Ha-ram’s too strong to die, and when the detectives are distracted by Mom’s wailing, Black steals some evidence of Ha-ram’s case and hides it into his coat. Kwang-kyun wonders where he’s seen Ha-ram’s mother before.

Black goes through the eyewitness log of people who called to report they know who Scarface is, discovering one of them is part of the neighborhood gang he’s beaten up more than once. Black finds the gangsters at a sauna, and they all jump up to greet him respectfully. One of them reveals he’s from the same Chinese hometown as Scarface.

The gangster also has a spider tattoo on his back, just like Scarface used to have on his hand. The spider tattoo is actually a sign that someone was a part of the “Tarantula Gang” back in China, of which Scarface used to be the head enforcer. The gangster adds that he heard rumors that Scarface also used to be a hitman.

Black portals to Ha-ram’s apartment, searching for the file about the fire, which also has the photo of Scarface pre-scar and still with a tattoo. He finds it in the fridge, and stops when he sees Ha-ram’s note to “Die hard! Never die!” He remembers her declaration that she would live a long life and never die. Black vows that he’ll find Ha-ram no matter what.

 

Then he portals to the police station bathroom, startling Kwang-kyun who’s at the sink. He gives Kwang-kyun the arson file and tells him about the Tarantula Gang, asking Kwang-kyun to look into it and let him know what he finds. Kwang-kyun worriedly tells Black to take care of himself, since he won’t be able to find Ha-ram’s body if he’s sick.

The Tarantula Gang is a dead end, since the gang hasn’t existed for the past twenty years. The gangster informants grumble that they’ve already told the cops all this a year ago, and Kwang-kyun realizes that Moo-gang had already visited them and asked them about the spider tattoo. That was shortly after Moo-gang was hired on as a detective.

Kwang-kyun realizes that the cases Moo-gang was secretly investigating are all related. Kwang-kyun surmises that Joon witnessed Clara being killed and then ran away, and the murderer chased him and hit him with the car. Kwang-kyun sees something interesting on the copies of Scarface’s suspended request for the life insurance payout and the subsequent approval and hurries to Royal Group to talk to Man-ho.

 

He asks Man-ho how long it takes to investigate insurance fraud, and Man-ho tells him that it can years. Kwang-kyun is confused how a claim that was suspended was subsequently paid out only ten days later — an absurdly short amount of time.

Kwang-kyun’s theory is that Man-ho used Scarface’s hitman skills to get rid of Clara, offering the settlement as payment after the job was completed. After Kwang-kyun leaves, Man-ho’s determined to find the original insurance copy, since he knows he deleted all the data from back then.

Black, tired and despondent, returns home. He studies Ha-ram’s broken and bloody phone that he stole from the station. Swiping through all the photos she took of him, Black wishes she took some pictures of herself — it’s her face he wants to see, not Moo-gang’s.

He wonders where she is, wanting to hear her voice. That reminds him that she called the helpline, where all calls are recorded. He gets a copy of the recording, where Ha-ram breathlessly tells them that a serial killer is about to kill someone else, but before she can tell them the address, she says “It must be right now,” and hangs up.

In the background, Black can hear someone calling out that they’re collecting old appliances. He portals over to the sister-in-law’s house, waiting for the appliance truck to drive by as scheduled. The driver turns out to be none other than the original man Ha-ram saved from being shot, only for Moo-gang to be shot instead.

He’s thrilled to see Black again, but Black asks him if he saw anything strange a few days ago. The man remembers accidentally bumping into a truck that was illegally parked. The man tried calling the phone number posted in the window, but no one replied. Black gets the number he called and tracks it down to a butcher’s shop.

Black cautiously enters the butcher’s back room, finding the cabinet with the pool of blood. He opens the cabinet, and he stares at… what? WHAT IS IT???

At the hospital, Kwang-kyun tracks down Moo-gang’s mother, asking about Man-ho’s father and his health. Even though he’s been bedridden for years, Moo-gang’s mother is confident that Man-ho’s father is doing better than ever. Kwang-kyun asks to speak to him.

Black closes the cabinet, which is empty. Whew. But he turns around to see a woman’s body hanging from the ceiling, missing a shoe. Oh no.

 

Kwang-kyun asks Man-soo’s father about the butterfly watch, and Man-soo’s father’s doesn’t answer, but his monitored heart rate increases. Kwang-kyun yells that Man-ho hired someone to kill Jin-sook and Clara to cover up the illegal teenage prostitution in Mujin twenty years ago, and that the murderer is still on the loose. Just as Man-soo’s father starts to speak, Royal Group security drags Kwang-kyun, kicking and screaming, out of the room.

After Kwang-kyun leaves, Man-soo’s father calls someone, asking how far they’re going to go with it — how many people are they going to kill? He orders that person to stop or else.

The woman hanging from the butcher’s hook is not Ha-ram. Whew. Frustrated, Black wonders where Ha-ram is.

 

A flashback reveals that after Ha-ram visited the sister-in-law, she called the police, only to realize she heard the recording of the appliance truck in her vision of the woman’s death. Which meant the woman was being killed right at that moment. Ha-ram broke into the house to find the woman’s dead body. Ha-ram took a knife from the kitchen, prepared to find Scarface in the house, but she saw that Scarface was already driving away. Ha-ram stole a nearby bike and hurried after him.

She found his truck in the woods and slowly advanced, knife at the ready. But he surprised her from behind, throwing her down — which caused her phone fall out of her pocket. Wielding the knife, she demanded to know why Scarface killed her father. She lunged forward, swinging the knife, but Scarface easily avoided her and instead grabbed her in a chokehold, his knife at her throat.

He asked her who her father was, and seemed momentarily surprised when she told him it was detective Kang Soo-hyuk. Then Ha-ram bit Scarface’s wrist, breaking free from his grasp to try and attack him again, but that was when he stabbed her in the stomach.

Ha-ram, in her current hiding place, is still alive, clutching at her wound.

Black sees Scarface’s photos of his victims, and realizes that there’s a spot for two more photos that are missing. Black looks through the man’s belongings, trying to figure out who he’ll kill next, but all he can find are the Chinese money and anonymous threatening letters like the ones that were sent to Leo. Black wonders if Leo is the next victim.

Black hears a door open. Scarface peers in, but doesn’t see anyone inside. Black jumps out of his hiding place and attacks Scarface, pressing him against the walls as he demands to know where Ha-ram is. Scarface says it’s pointless looking for a dead body.

Scarface fights back, and is a surprisingly equal match for Black. He grabs Black and shoves him near the bone cutter. Black’s Reaper tattoo starts to glow as he tries to avoid being chopped into bits, and Scarface realizes he’s seen that kind of tattoo before.

Black finally gets the upper-hand by dangling Scarface upside-down from a butcher’s hook. Scarface says that Black won’t be able to find Ha-ram if Black kills him, and promises to take him to her body.

 

In the truck, Scarface drives while Black presses a butcher’s hook to Scarface’s neck. Scarface confesses he wouldn’t have killed Ha-ram if he knew how important she was to Black. After all, it was thanks to Moo-gang telling him to stop taking his medication that Scarface was able to break out of the mental hospital.

Back then, Scarface was a drugged zombie. When Moo-gang finally found him, he demanded to know if Scarface killed Joon, but Scarface was too out of it to respond. Moo-gang admitted that he thought Scarface was behind it all, but he’d since learned that another person related to teh case had been killed in America after Scarface was admitted to the hospital. Which meant there had to be someone else calling the shots.

 

Moo-gang told Scarface not to take any medication from then on so that he would be sane when Moo-gang came back to visit. Since that day, Scarface secretly spat out his pills and hid them. Once he was no longer drugged, he waited for Moo-gang, studying the photo of Joon with young Moo-gang.

When Moo-gang didn’t show up, Scarface decided to break out of the hospital. He burnt the photo of young Moo-gang and Joon and left in the toilet, thinking it had been flushed away — but the portion showing Joon was found.

Scarface stabbed the hospital director, blaming her for being a part of the conspiracy that got him admitted to the hospital in the first place. He attacked her as she was reassuring someone that Scarface is still drugged out of his mind, and didn’t know what videotape the person on the other end was asking about.

 

Scarface was hired to get tapes from Clara so that he could get his wife’s insurance payout. Scarface had found Clara at the abandoned dye factory — where, thank goodness, young Moo-gang’s blow with the shovel only knocked her unconscious and didn’t kill her.

Scarface asked for the tape, and Clara said she didn’t know where it was, but was convinced Seon-young must have it. Scarface warned her that he’d cut her throat if she didn’t tell him where the tape was, and Clara told him to just kill her. Joon, hiding nearby, made a sound that caught Scarface’s attention. That gave Clara an opportunity to attack Scarface, but he stabbed her in the gut, killing her.

Scarface insists he didn’t kill Joon. Scarface lied to the guy who hired him, telling him that he’d found and hid the tape. Scarface said he’d only give up the tape once he got the insurance payout, and that’s how he ended up at the mental hospital. The man who hired him wanted to make sure no one could find the tape. Scarface is convinced the man who hired him was the one who killed Joon.

When Scarface happily says he’s been killing everyone connected to “that man,” Black angrily points out that Scarface had no reason to kill Ha-ram, and Scarface defensively insists that Ha-ram came at him first. Besides, the man who hired him also hired him to kill Ha-ram’s father, so in that sense, she’s related to the case. Scarface shouts that everyone died because of “him,” so that’s why they should work together to get revenge.

He maniacally informs Black that there’s only one person left, the person closest to the man who hired him. Only when the boss man is agonized over the loss of his loved one, then Scarface will kill him. Scarface hops up and down in crazed glee as he shouts about how much fun he had killing Ha-ram, anticipating how much fun it will be to kill the boss man.

 

Black, offended by Scarface’s murderous glee, punches Scarface until the truck swerves off the road and hits a tree, knocking Black into the windshield and causing him to release his grip on Scarface. Seeing his opportunity, Scarface repeatedly stabs at the unconscious Black and then dumps him on the side of the road.

Man-ho gets word that the detectives have issued a search-and-seizure against him, but his political connections mean the request has been called for now. When Man-ho asks about the original copies from 1997, he’s informed that Man-soo has them. Outraged, Man-ho wonders why his brother is avoiding his calls. Then he grabs the butterfly watch from his watch drawer.

Kwang-kyun is in full “Crazy Dog” rage about his search-and-seizure being denied. But he’s distracted when the phone rings, surprised the caller ID shows it’s his personal cell phone. Man-ho’s father has Kwang-kyun’s phone, and asks to meet. After he hangs up, Man-ho’s father studies the key in his hand.

 

It seems everyone is at the hospital, since Ha-ram’s mother is visiting her stepson, Leo’s drama is filming there, Tiffany and Hyo-jin need to refill her prescription, and Missing-finger is keeping an eye on the lobby. Scarface is there as well, pretending to be a maintenance worker as he makes his way down the hall.

Leo takes a break after filming his scene and tosses aside the script to instead study another of the mystery threat letters. He then puts on an eye mask to catch a nap. Missing-finger enters just then, pretending to be part of the film crew, and asks Leo to leave.

Man-ho barges into his father’s room, demanding to know where the original copy of Scarface’s insurance payout is.

 

Scarface enters the room where Leo had been napping, and thinks he’s going to stab Leo. But it’s actually Missing-finger, pretending to be Leo. He grabs Scarface just as Black portals in from the bathroom. Scarface is stunned, because he thought he had killed Black. But of course Black can’t die, and his amazing healing power means he’s ready to fight Scarface.

Man-ho tosses the butterfly watch at his father, asking if he really gave Man-ho the same watch that Byung-shik gave him as a bribe. His father says that it’s time for them to stop, but Man-ho says it’s too late. Man-ho vows to go after anyone who gets in the way of all the effort he’s gone through to protect Royal Group. He screams at his father to just die already, and he grabs the pillow from behind his father’s head.

Kwang-kyun and the other detectives arrive at the hospital, and as one of them hurries into the lobby, he sees Scarface running out and tries to stop him. Scarface just pushes him aside and grabs the detective’s gun.

 

Scarface hijacks a bus, where the passengers include Ha-ram’s mother, Tiffany, and Hyo-jin. Black’s in hot pursuit, and hops into Kwang-kyun’s car so they can chase after the bus. Black attempts to jump from Kwang-kyun’s car to the bus.

Soo-wan discovers that Moo-gang’s mystery “BT” informant is the son of the original insurance investigator, the one who first looked into Scarface’s fire and insurance claim. The original insurance investigator died a few years ago in America.

The dirty detective is also hurrying to follow the bus, and he worriedly asks the other person on the phone about what will happen to the hostages. Moo-gang clings to the open bus window, trying to force Scarface off the road. But the dirty detective pulls up alongside and shoots at Scarface, which hits Black instead.

 

Black demands Scarface tell him where he last saw Ha-ram, but just as it looks like Scarface is about to answer, the dirty detective shoots and hits Scarface, instantly killing him. The bus veers of the road but manages to safely stop. Black sees Scarface being escorted to the afterlife by his Reapers.

Black screams after him to tell him where Ha-ram is, but Scarface’s soul continues walking away. Black clutches his heart as he crumples to the ground.

Somewhere, Ha-ram sits unconscious, still holding her stomach.

 
COMMENTS

I don’t know how we can get so many answers yet I still feel almost as clueless as ever. While we know exactly how Clara was killed, and why so many others were killed, we’re still not much closer to figuring out what happened to Joon. Well, except by process of elimination, since we know Scarface wasn’t responsible. He’d want full credit for killing Joon, and besides, he’s all about stabbing his victims in the gut — not running them over with a car.

I was a little surprised that we killed off Scarface so soon, since such a crazy villain like him would normally be good fodder as the main villain for an entire drama, not just for a few episodes. But it’s not like this show is exactly lacking in villains, is it? Everything seems to point to Man-ho being the main guy behind it all, since he signed off on the insurance payout originally, it’s implied that he was Mi-so’s lover, and he has a butterfly watch (I’m not saying “the” watch because we already know there are two — the other one is presumably still being investigated by the watch expert). He also made it clear that he’d do whatever it takes to remove any obstacles that prevent Royal Group from succeeding. Plus he killed a dog in cold blood! Definitely a villain. I’m not sure if he’s the villain, though. I won’t complain if he is, if only so I can be satisfied that karma works and Sip-gyeong’s death is avenged.

I was also surprised that so many characters were barely visible this episode. Not just the obvious, such as the show trying to convince us that Ha-ram is dead (She’s not dead! She can’t be! There’s no way! She’s just… sleeping in her mysterious location! Yeah!). But Man-soo didn’t show up once, which is odd, since he lives with Black and definitely knows a lot about those missing 1997 files. Then I briefly wondered if Missing-finger was actually on the side of the good, since he knew Scarface would attack Leo and he intervened to try and capture Scarface. I don’t know what I was expecting with Missing-finger, but him randomly showing up to save someone’s life in order to take down a bad guy doesn’t exactly fit the profile I’ve created of him over the last few episodes. He’s definitely not a good guy, but then again, he did kill Byung-shik, who was a baddie. I guess Missing-finger exists in a morally grey world where he’s a brutal killer and torturer — but at least he also kills bad guys?

I’m slightly mystified why Black didn’t confront Creepy Doc about having the capsule. Perhaps it’s just the dazed shock of believing Ha-ram’s dead, but you’d think Black would realize there’s something suspicious about the the fact Creepy Doc seemed to know about the capsule. Then again, I do love Black becoming more emotional (aka “human”) so I can’t really complain about him suddenly forgetting that his original purpose is to track down Loser. Seeing Black determined to take vengeance for Ha-ram’s death (even though she’s totally not dead! NOT DEAD!) was pretty exciting, since it clearly wasn’t just about him being angry that he could no longer use her vision skills, but because he truly cared about her and felt responsible for her.

Although I was a little astonished at those fight scenes. I didn’t expect someone like Scarface to be so athletic, especially against Black who can easily take down an entire gang of thugs without breaking a sweat. Yet Scarface, this little old man who recently escaped from a mental hospital where he was in terrible shape, was able to grab Black and throw him around, making Black so angry that it caused Black’s neck tattoo to glow (or do whatever it is that causes the tattoo to glow). When Scarface said he’d seen that tattoo before, I immediately rewound to watch the fight scene against Ha-ram’s father. It looks like we’ll still have to wait for official proof that Ha-ram’s father was a Reaper, because while I could see in the blocking the potential for Scarface to see a glowing neck tattoo, there was no tattoo visible. I’m convinced that’s where Scarface saw it before, though.

I’m also wondering about Scarface’s “last” kill, the one that most would hurt the man who hired him. Why Leo? If Man-ho is the main villain that all the clues point to, this doesn’t make sense to me. Leo and Man-soo might be friends, but that’s no reason why Leo’s death would particularly hurt Man-ho. Considering Leo can’t be any older than Ha-ram, he would have been a child at the time everything happened in Mujin. I’ve enjoyed piecing together the vague clues and hints to figure out where the show is going, but this one has me baffled, even though I feel like the clues must be leading to something. Leo was one of the last people Moo-gang visited before he got shot, the day he was apparently getting some major evidence about Joon’s death. Leo’s Ha-ram’s favorite star. Leo was a major reason Loser killed himself and inhabited Creepy Doc. Leo saved the rookie writer. Leo has a drug addiction. Scarface labored over sending those threatening letters to Leo. These are not just coincidences — nothing on this show is a coincidence. Which means Leo is important — but why?

 
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I was kind of miffed they killed Scarface too soon. All those murders he committed and he gets off-ed by a killshot? Can't they have tortured him first? Hehe.

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My thought exactly, dammit, such an easy death for such a horrible human being! Was at least hoping to see his reapers dragging him kicking and screaming to afterlife, but, huh, that was peaceful...

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yeah, he will receive the punishment in the afterlife. It's more horrible *-*

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A bloodthirsty and sadistic killer like Scarface shouldn't have such an easy death. Grrr.....

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I hope they save the torture for Min-ho. Anyone who can kill a dog needs to take days to die.

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Man-ho

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Leo must be someone precious to the Big Baddie, for whom Missing-Finger works (although he also nominally works for Man-hoo). That is why he goes there and tells Leo to leave, so he could confront Scarface. Scarface worked for Big Baddies 20 years ago and was dumped and swindled out of his insurance money so he is now back for revenge.

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I thought it was actually Man-ho who positioned Missing Finger in the hospital for protection since he knew Leo was filming there. Since Mi-so was confirmed to be Man-ho's mistress, it seems Man-ho is set up to be the big bad, so am thinking Leo might be his love child? But for this show, that might be too obvious a.k.a red herring.

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Same thoughts here too ie Leo being his secret love child. Because Scarface mentioned about killing the next person who is more precious to the baddie than his mistress.

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That dead actress is not Manho's mistress. And Manho never shows any particular interest in Leo when he walks into the hospital. He is deliberately set up by the writer, though, to look as if all clues point to him, when Senator Nam is the Big Baddie.

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It is implied by Man-ho's employee who greeted him in the hospital that he's paying a special attention to Leo, and if it's a hush-hush matter, he wouldn't publicly shown any interest to Leo. So if it is meant to be a red herring, well, at least the show is thorough with the details...

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I agree with you that it's a red herring. The special attention part had me thinking Leo was his love child, but there was no flickr of anything as he rushed by Leo. Man Ho was probably asking the hospital to give Leo special attention because of Senator Nam

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If the actress is not his mistress why was she seen with him in his car? And the actresss mentioned her lover to Leo as well, saying he is the one who managed to get her the drama role.

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About Leo... Mogang was in a daze when he found Leo in overdosing state (before he gos shot dead), wasn't he?
He looked so shock and threw that brown envelope into the garbage bin. What did he find out? For Moo gang to be so shock?
The only person I could think off is his mother and/or father... Someone also precious to Moo gang. So maybe Leo could be his half brother? I dunno anymore...

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It was when Scarface pressed the button for the electric saw to come down (which he uses for slaughtering pigs) on Black that, faced with mortal danger, his reaper mark glowed on his neck.

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I am not sure that when Scarface said he had seen the Reaper neck tattoo before he was referring to Haram's father. There could be another Reaper, probably chasing Haram's father for inhabiting a human body. Also, by now I am not that sure that 444's partner is inhabiting the Creepy Doctor. That doctor retains clear memory of Moogang asking for medicine for his friend before the latter's death. That was before Loser Reaper was supposed to inhabit his body. I agree, though, that it was weird for 444 not to realize that the doctor must be the Loser Reaper when he picked up that crystal ball.

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I agree with you that it doesn't seem like Loser Reaper is Creepy Doctor. There must be some other connection. Maybe they're close friends or cousins.

I think Black didn't know that the ball came from the doctor's pocket. The assumption is that his mom must have pocketed it and then dropped it in the hospital hallway.

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Hm... I am a little worried whether this drama can resolve all the mysteries in the next four episodes. The questions on Leo alone probably require at least one episode to answer. There's also the question of who Black really is, what happened to Joon (and if he is Black), Ha Ram finding out that Moo Gang is really dead, Ha Ram's father, why Ha Ram's mother tried to kill her and Ha Ram's reaction to who Black really is. Not to mention that we have to find out the truth behind Ha Ram's abilities and most importantly, smoochies with Black.

Sigh, who is keeping a checklist of issues to be resolved? And how are going to deal with these in the next four episodes? 😱

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I got same sentiments too.. 4 episodes more and there still alot of things that needs to be cleared. I am always clueless as to how Haram got her superpowers to be able to see how a person will die that even grim reapers do not have such ability.

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Her father is Grim Reaper 001. Note the number. The original 001.

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omy.. what is the episode where Haram's father grim reaper was shown? i will go and rewind it. so many things going on each episode should have not blink an eye even once. but still, if Haram is the daughter of a grim reaper, how does it make her special? she is able to see HOW a person dies. Grim reapers even Black himself do not have such ability.

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*episode where Haram's father grim reaper number was shown*

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I DID NOT SEE IT TOO :O Thanks @eva! *rushes to watch ep 2 a third time*

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It became apparent to me early on that the shadows Ha Ram sees are the reapers themselves. When she physically touches them is when she sees how they will die.

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"most importantly, smoochies with Black" >>> am loving your priority ^^

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Seriously, they do owe us that after all the tears they made us shed over all the deaths. :'(

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I thought that as soon as you open the capsule of the person who's supposed to die, they do. Then how is ha ram alive? (don't misunderstand me...I'm glad)..cos a reaper opens her capsule in the previous episode no

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I thought so too. Unless when the capsule is opened but closed again before the death occurs means it can be prevented?

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The countdown begins once the capsule is opened, so the reaper has to follow closely behind to ensure the soul gets to heaven. In view of the fact that Haram miraculously survives two stabs to her abdomen, something that the Creepy Doctor muses over in bewilderment, I suspect she is not human after all but is blessed with a kind of half-immortality.

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But Black himself opened the capsule when he first got it and saw it was her, which is why he closed it and hid it away. So I am wondering why the countdown didn’t start then.

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"He opens the cabinet, and he stares at… what? WHAT IS IT???" >>> my reaction exactly, @odilettante!
Cracking-up on the careless way Black sauntered into Leo's room after being bludgeoned to death. Was getting ready to watch a fight scene between Black-Scarface-Missing Finger, too bad it didn't happen.
Loved that last scene; from the cowardly detective yelling "Take me with you!" up til Kwang-kyun almost throw his siren and saying "Oh I forgot about the gun"; the car chase is so tense but I keep laughing too.
If original Moo-gang is still alive, I bet he'd be horrified to learn that his one act of getting Scarface lucid started off a chain of death and violence T_T

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This drama must have a big budget to spend. There are thrilling and movie-standard action scenes almost every two episodes.

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I love it! That bus chase scene was riveting and emotionally satisfying - seeing how Black holding onto the window and desperately asking Scarface to tell him where Haram's body was.

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Thanks for the recap, odilettante. Love reading it cos you seem to pick up lots of small details that I sometimes miss when watching.

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I'm not quite convinced Scarface saw the glowing reaper mark on Ha Ram's dad. It's possible he saw it on Ha Ram herself, and that's why she's surviving.

If Scarface wanted to hurt Oh Man Ho or OMH's dad, he'd have gone after their sons. He didn't; he's gone after Leo and the mistress. So Leo is likely the son and the actress is the mistress of someone else, someone powerful enough to back her. Probably the senator or the congressman, though maybe someone we haven't seen yet, who hired Missing Finger Man to recover the tape, kill Scarface, and protect Leo. OMH is involved with this man over business dealings and his father's connection to him, but he isn't the one who has directed the main crimes.

Why are Tiffany, daughter and HR's mom on that bus? I don't know, but it's odd. We know for sure that HR saved Scarface, Tiffany and daughter from death previously. Maybe her own mom too in the past? My first thought was that bus was meant to crash and kill them all, like some sort of corrective all in one shot to HR's intervention saving them. Anyone got any other ideas?

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When I saw the people on board the bus I also thought that everyone who's supposed to die will perish (like Final Destination, you can't escape death....).
Anyway, I think the big baddie is Man Ho cos all fingers seems to be pointing towards that direction. That sadistic dog-killing 'b-tard'. His dad is guilty of procuring underaged prostitutes and Man Ho is doing all the killing to ensure that it's not leaked out, purportedly to preserve the family/company image. Not to mention all those insurance fraud to prevent huge payouts.

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Man Ho blackmailed his father into giving him control of the company. I think there is another bigger bad guy who was partners of a sort with Man Ho’s father back in the day. He was also a user of underaged prostitutes and was gifted with the other bribe watch. This person was ruthless in covering up the scandal years ago. I think evil Man Ho was just starting on his road to villianhood and his father was was crooked, but weak.
I don’t recall all the details of which businessmen were involved in the mall collapse. The insurance company hid their policy to avoid paying out. The guy who ran away to the Philippines was the owner of the mall or the contruction company that built the mall? There had to be other investors.

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My thoughts, too. Not Man-ho, just too obvious a target.

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Yea the characters on the bus was a strange moment for me too. Why are all those people at the hospital and then at the bus later at the same time. I hope it is not lazy writing, because it was a really weird gathering of characters. There was no need for Tiffany+daughter to be on that bus. They do not add anything to the scene, they are not part of any of the current plot lines....so it's really strange.

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I think they are somehow important. If not to Tiffany's daughter, who captured the video of Black looking for Ha Ram, Ha Ram will never know what Black has done just to find her. (in episode 14) spoiler.

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well, we all known the writer has the habit of putting indirectly-connected characters in one place, recall that scene in the restau where black met up with 007 and rapper reaper. joon's mom was there too as well as another minor char I can't recall at the moment.

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Not Joon's Mom or perhaps the birth mom of Mansoo? She was there pestering the doctor so he could testify that her dead son (very likely the runaway soldier who held Moogang hostage) was not suffering from depression. That doctor is suspicious, too, and later became allergic to the mint tea haram gave me in episode 14. A new clue, obviously.

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@odilettante, thank you for your recap. I really love reading your analysis and thoughts. You never disappoint, just as Black never disappoints. I felt this episode was sort of slowed down by all those flashback but then I realized the reason I was not as happy with and satisfied by this episode was because I missed the interaction between Black and Ha-ram.

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Also, how come that Black should emerge all fine and intact with only a few cuts to his face after so many stab wounds to his body? How about his shirt? It sure looks drenched in wet blood, but what about holes and cuts? One big oversight by the writer/director.

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Funny how we look for production mistakes and omissions - it must mean that we truly like the drama

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I think that's the reapers ability. To heal faster/regenerate. Since he's a grim reaper living inside the human's body.
I also think about Ha Ram. She got stabbed twice and it was a deep wound, yet she's alive. She's a half grim reaper.

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Who did scarface see that also had the reaper's glowing tattoo?
And that last car chase, how come no one reacted after seeing 444 get shot in the head? Not even the dirty cop was surprised.

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man,, SHH is killing his role as Black. I cannot imagine other actors to portray this role other than him. I cannot count how many times I rewind ep 13 esp the scene when he fights with scarface in his hideout and Black is demanding him to tell him where is Haram. When Scarface told him "I will take you to her corpse" man, Black really cried and shed tears. I actually did rewind so many times specifically those scenes when Black is desperately looking for Haram. The expression on Black's face, the agony. And there is some point when he collapsed out of sheer desperation for the lab people to re-do the result of Haram's blood test. Omy,, (fangirling)

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Ep 14... when he has tears in his eyes when he talks to Haram at the end... I thought that was reallllyyy good acting. Not too much tears, just the right amount for a more humane 444. Haha I LOVE SHH!! 💕 *fangirling together

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@meh he cried infront of Haram..? I did not notice that. ep 14 right? i must go quickly rewatch it. what particular scene is that?

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*SSH Gosh can’t get his name wrong

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Really? I didn't see any tears. Must go back and re-watch then.

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eva go quick and rewatch that scene woah daebak i was like fan girling the whole time when he shed tears.. he also cried before he collapsed forcing the tech lab people to re-do harams blood test.. but it was not so obvious becoz he was so drench by the pouring rain before that. but i clearly saw a tear falling out of his eye when scarface said "I will take u to her corpse" bcoz all the while does not believe haram is dead but hearing it from scarface is a deadend already.

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yeah i also frantically noticed i misspelled SSH name.. but i cannot anyhow edit it.. yeah high five for fangirling together

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Oh yes.. that tears. It got me there and I cried along with him on his anguish.

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SSH is definitely doing a great job. I do think it helps that the director is good about shooting around some weaknesses (i find his facial expressions and the way he moves his head a little exaggerated sometimes) and letting his strengths (his line delivery and his body language) really shine.

The way he kept asking for where Haram was throughout this entire episode should have been annoying, but it felt really emotional.

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There is something sinister about Leo. He clearly recognize missing finger when he asked him to go to another room but he lied to crazy dog detective when he said he cannot recall his face. otherwise when missing finger demand him to use another room Leo could have asked missing finger who he was? He just humbly obeyed missing finger without question and its very unusual knowing Leo's rude attitude. And also he lied about the fact that he stayed in Mujin quite sometime during his childhood and instead he said that he spent his entire childhood life in U.S.

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I want to know why Moo-gang left Leo to die of an overdose. He's been shown as a decent guy and not one to hold someones parentage against him if yjat was his discovery. It seems out of character

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I wonder that too. He also threw a file of paper in the trash can after leaving Leo from that hotel. I wonder what is that for? Moogang also looks anguish like he discovered something upsetting after he met LEo that day in that hotel. So many things going on, I wonder if 4 remaining episodes are enough to cover all this missing pcs of the puzzle.

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Thanks for the candid recap. Yes! More answers seem to breed more questions! More mayhem! Seriously, my most exciting episode (possibly THE best episode).

I didn't realize why, since the heroine was missing the whole hour. Then I decided that in a strange way, getting to watch an episode without Haram and her endless worry and self-blame and trying to save one life or the other, was a relief! Wow, what a difference that makes.

Love Haram, her character has pulled me in from her first scene in that coffee shop where her ex got splattered, so of course I'll be glad at the thought of her showing up again somehow.

To me, the villain dying was some kind of catharsis for me. I loved it! The perfect outlet for all my 12+ episodes of being hellishly appalled by him. And like you pointed out, it's not like there's a dearth of villains...Even Black hasn't totally redeemed himself yet, but whatever, he's still yummy!

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Leo has to be the main villain. Man-ho is just too easy.
I enjoyed this episode as always. Hope that we will get satisfactory explanations for all this crazyness happening here...
And I wonder about how romantic is going to get between Ha-Ram and Black. It feels strange but at the same time, seeing how invested he is in her, I'm shipping them a bit. :)

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The Leo clue, I think, has probably something to do with his parentage; his manager did say he was from moojin, which he promptly denied upon interrogation. Weirdly enough, I had a fleeting theory that he might be seung chul, who survived the bldg collapse because his age seems to fit haram and moogang (the character, not song seung hoon lolz) but quickly dismissed it because of his seemingly normal hand.

Anyways, I love luv luv this ep. Black's emotions were all over the place but this just shows how much human he has become and how much he cares for ha ram.

My other theory is that creepy doc isn't loser. I think he is the big baddie here. Man ho was way too easy to pull as "the villain", in odilettante's words. Might be he's hiding a butterfly watch under that long coat of his. Or maybe he's another reaper who's tasked to "balance nature" .. perhaps when ha ram's dad was alive (if he was indeed a reaper), he did some saving too, thus upsetting the "balance" of nature. So the reaper or whatever who was tasked to correct this was creepy doc. Plus, his age seems to fit. This is just my theory. haha

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I just re-watched episode 13, and it seems that that crystal ball did not drop out of Creepy Doctor's pocket when 444 picked up from the ground at the hospital. 444 pushed the doctor and knocked down a trash can at the side, out of which the ball rolled out. Must have been opened and thrown there by the other reapers. When 444 picked it up and looked worriedly at Creepy Doctor, the latter tried to look away so as not to betray himself. That explains why 444 has not yet found out about him. Wow, this drama sets up so many clues and then offers answers in such a fast and fleeting way that I am often left wondering if it's my own fault if I am still puzzling over so-called "plot-holes."

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I’m just amazed that Haram has yet to meet creepy doc. After all, she goes to the hospital so often! She would have seen the shadow (or not) then.

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She can't see 444 in Moo Gang too. It is something I can't stop thinking as well.

In addition, how can Loser be creepy Doc? 444 maintains his stuck up traits when he inhabited moo gang's body.

Loser from what we see briefly.. he is like a man child. Whines and cries and yet soft hearted. Suddenly acquiring medical skills and got sinister? I don't buy it.

The writer definitely needs to explain all these to us in the remaining 4 episodes.

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I don't think so. Maybe you can check in previous ep when creepy doc took the cyrstal ball from moo gang house. he kept that ball in his office and he obviously say that ball was belong to 444 who inhabited moo gang's body. How come he knows about that if he's not loser???

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I think (just my speculation) that the reason she was not able to see 444 even when he wasn't wearing black is because she couldn't see her own Shadow and that Shadow is 444.

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Someone pointed out that Haram can't see her own shadow, and we already know that Black is the reaper in charge of her soul. Makes sense to me. But I agree with you that he can't be loser, sense he knew stuff about Moo Gang from way before he died. He's probably another reaper, which begs the question of when exactly did creepy doc die?

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BUT.. if Haram's father is inhabited by Reaper 001... Why didn't young Haram see that then?

Something is off and killing my brain cells seriously.. gaahhhhhh

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I fully admit there's a strong chance I missed a detail. Or two. Or ten.

My brain can only retain so much viewing-comprehension. *sobs*

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The red herring is Congressman Kim. Why else would Scarface try to kill him in the fire? There was no reason for him to lock it when no-middle finger-guy only intended to create confusion by starting a fire. That incident still leaves me baffled. Cong. Kimseems to have appeared out of the blue.

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I give up guessing who is the big bad till the show reveal it to us all.
Same like God's gift, I felt that every suspect we thought is the big bad will turn out to just play a part until the big reveal. Lol
I laughed when Moo Gang punched that snitch detective after his taunts.
I laughed even more when he got kicked by Moo Gang.
Episode 13 totally blew me away.
I felt the anguish that Moo Gang felt and his desperation to know about her whereabouts.
From the start of the show, where he was searching desperately for Haram. His anguish when his colleagues said she may not survived with that much blood lost. His heartache on not being able to be with her and protect her, the desperation he had hanging onto the bus window demanding Scarface to tell him the location of Haram. And lastly, the anguish and despair when Scarface was shot and died and he still don't know where Haram is and collapsed.

Oh my poor heart...... I thought he would run up to Scarface and stop him from leaving with the Reapers.

The only scene that I hate and will fast forward whenever I rewatch Black?
That annoying human doctor.

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ikr! i rewind for so many times those scenes with Black so desperate in finding Haram. I even screenshot his facial expressions of each scene during the whole ordeal of desperately finding Haram and when he thought Haram died. Man, he deserves an acting award for this not to mention his fighting skills. The last korean actor I admired so much I thought nobody can surpass him (atleast for me) was Jo Jung Suk. I was wrong. I watched again ep 1-6. I think he developed his feelings for Haram at around ep 5-6. He was already jealous with Minsoo during that Halloween party.

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**Mansoo.. I was typing really fast and did not proof read before sending**

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I must take my word back. I saw a new fantasy thriller drama trailer today and JJS playing a detective like Black. He looks so awesome and gorgeous as SSH. Now I can no longer say one surpass the other when it comes to acting and fighting skills. These 2 actors makes me fangirling all the time.

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I realized just now that Black wearing black clothes is pretty useless since Ha Ram wouldn't be able to see him anyway because she couldn't see her own Shadow of death and 444 is literally her Shadow.

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And the reason why she couldn't see Han Moo Gang's shadow was because the Reaper went AWOL.

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She found his truck in the woods and slowly advanced, knife at the ready. But he surprised her from behind,

Of course. Kdrama people are awfully easy to surprise from behind, whether it's for homicidal assault or back-hugs.

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Apart from other main cast, I would like to commend Crazy Dog’s acting skill. He is doing a great job in any role he portrays. First time I saw him act from Strong Woman Do Bong Soon portraying 2 different and opposite roles, being a gangster and a gay manager. I can’t help but really admire him as an actor. He can be serious and hilarious at the same time. I hope I can see him again for another action packed Kdrama.

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amen! I really like Kim Won Hae, especially when he plays a sunbae/fatherly type of character - a little gruff but actually warm.

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I love, love, love that actor. He was also in While You Were Sleeping and was outstanding.

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Correct me if Im wrong, but I think the crystal ball rolled from the trash bin? There was an episode where it was found by 2 reapers, opened it then chucked it in the bin.

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If the crystal ball was thrown by the 2 reapers in the trash bin after opening the capsule, how does creepy doc wonder how come Haram did not die? Like he was so amazed Haram did not die from the fatal stab wounds and it was implied he knows the capsule has been opened. Did creepy doc saw the 2 reapers open Haram’s capsule and throw it in the trash bin?

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I don't think it was mentioned if creepy Doc or Moo Gang and gang found out the capsule was opened.
Re-watch time!

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It is just magical knowledge to them that the capsule was opened!

What the hell.. what did I miss? *pulls hair again*

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Or maybe creepy doc purposely rolled the crystal ball out of his pocket so the 2 grim reapers can see it. Its kind of impossible he never saw the 2 grim reapers waiting for the patient to die.

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Thanks for your recap and comments, odilettante! Thank goodness you're keeping track of the mountain of clues and factoids that have piled up. I've drowning in data, and still don't know which end is up with this show. Aigoo!

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hello, anybody knows what is the title of the song that Joon's Oppa favorite?

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@Chindy Elsanna Revadi,

The song is one of my favorites, too. Look for this entry:

BLACK, Ep. 2 – young Han Mu-gang’s song
(Nan-gil’s ringtone: SWEET STRANGER AND ME; film OASIS)

An Chi-hwan: “If I Were” (English Subtitles)
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I posted links to two versions of it on my fan wall on October 15, 2017. You'll have to scroll way down to find them.

To get to my fan wall, click on my name above.

I've posted links to OSTs and background music for the shows I've been watching. TEMPERATURE OF LOVE, BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST, MAD DOG, BLACK, LINGERIE GIRLS GENERATION, 20TH CENTURY BOY AND GIRL, THE BEST HIT, LET'S EAT 2, THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK HYANG and ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM are some of the shows. Also, lots of random vintage American pop and rock, Hawaiian slack key, and a little vintage Korean folk and rock.

Enjoy! ;-)

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Agree with you about the incredulity of Scarface vrs Black when they fought. It felt more like the director's indulgence...giving the audience yet another exciting fight experience; but when two combatants aren't equal in age, fitness or fight experience (i.e. no way Scarface could bend back the iron bars of a door like Black did) then filming their face-off to as if it's a WFC event, waters down some of the other wonderfully choreographed fight scenes where Black is facing a platton of thugs. This inconsistency also seems to happen when Haram gets physical. She was able to take down Black with a well-placed kick at the beginning, yet throughout the show she gets bounced around quite a lot too. Hard to figure out exactly how strong she is. Although when it comes to jumping to conclusions about people and then blaming herself for saving (or not saving) people, she's a heavyweight.

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