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Misty: Episodes 13-14 (Open Thread)

odilettante: Misty broke its rating record this week by reaching 8%. It’s now officially one of the highest rated JTBC dramas, and the finale weekend will let us know if it’ll manage to pick up enough viewers to beat the current highest rated JTBC drama, Women of Dignity, which is sitting pretty at just over 12%.

mary: A 4% jump in a week seems huge for cable. I want it to happen but I’m doubtful, so I’ll try to channel my inner Reporter Kwak and trust Hye-ran blindly. Or be like Ji-won and trust that Hye-ran always wins.

EPISODES 13-14 (WEECAP)

The witness for Hye-ran’s trial shocks everyone, declaring it’s a man who fought with Kevin Lee the night he died. But the witness adds that he saw Hye-ran paying off Kevin’s attacker.

Tae-wook questions Detective Kang, whose evidence is all circumstantial. There’s still a good chance Kevin’s death was suicide or an accident — not murder. Detective Kang’s suspicions of Hye-ran are just based on his previous knowledge about the jewelry store incident, where Myung-woo was willing to kill for her. Which is far from proof of anything, as Tae-wook again points out.

Next on the stand is Hye-ran, and Prosecutor Byun needles her about fearing how a scandal would prevent her from becoming the new Blue House spokesperson. He offers as evidence the recording Reporter Kwak secretly took of Kevin getting reaaaaalllly close to Hye-ran, and she’s forced to admit that she did have a relationship with him years ago but they never restarted it. Aw, Reporter Kwak looks like he wishes the ground would swallow him up as he watches his own footage be used against his beloved sunbae. Hye-ran denies Prosecutor Byun’s attempts to paint an affair, while Tae-wook objects to this line of questioning. Byun points out that Tae-wook’s role as Hye-ran’s loyal husband is blinding him to the facts. When it’s Tae-wook’s turn to question Hye-ran, he hesitates for a long moment as he stares like a wounded puppy at her, then says he has no questions.

Eun-joo spots Myung-woo leaving as court is dismissed. She tries following him, but is accosted by reporters for a statement. She does her demure Eun-joo act as she says she merely wants her husband’s murderer to be caught.

Tae-wook is mailed a traffic citation that shocks him to his very core. He hides it when Detective Kang shows up at the office to question him about Kevin’s missing manager, Dong-hyun. The last time Tae-wook saw Dong-hyun was when the latter tried to beat him to death, only to be knocked out by Myung-woo. But Tae-wook plays innocent and says he doesn’t know anything.

Detective Kang also reveals that they’re investigating the reports of a man who took the first bus from the nearby area where the eyewitness claims a man fought Kevin. There’s a good chance that this mysterious man could be the person responsible for Kevin’s death, and we see Tae-wook leaving the same area by bus that morning.

The next day, Hye-ran asks Ji-won if she’ll help investigate the people who were responsible for bringing the eyewitness forward. Ji-won hesitates over the documents, but Reporter Kwak immediately declares that he’s in. Aw, he feels guilty that his footage that was found and used against Hye-ran.

Hye-ran says they need to bring everyone down — including Prosecutor Byun. His wife overhears this and drags Ji-won into an empty studio to question her. Ji-won leaves after confessing that Hye-ran is angry at being falsely accused for murder to stop her from reporting on Hwanil’s and Kang Yool’s corruption. Panicking, Yeon-jung calls her husband to warn him, revealing that Prosecutor Byun is in cahoots with Kang Yool. But the studio isn’t as empty as Yeon-jung thinks. Hye-ran is secretly recording Yeon-jung from a mic that picks up Yeon-jung’s side of the phone call.

Ji-won is still unsure about Hye-ran’s motives for their report — is it just to save herself, or is it for the greater good? But Reporter Kwak is devotedly loyal, and reveals that Hye-ran once told him it’s a reporter’s duty to never lose. Even if Hye-ran’s methods might sometimes be questionable, her intentions have always been pure. Ji-won decides to respect Hye-ran, too, and agrees to be on Hye-ran’s side. Team Hoobae, assemble!

The trial once again resumes, and Tae-wook reveals that there was no way the eyewitness could identify anyone the night Kevin died. There was no visibility, due to the time of night and snow falling. Tae-wook accuses the eyewitness of perjuring himself out of revenge. A piece Hye-ran did on high school admissions corruption caused him to lose his job as a principal.

Tae-wook surprises everyone as he asks Director Jang to take the stand, since he previously gave a statement that supports the possibility of a Hye-ran/Kevin Lee affair. But this time, Jang supports the defense by proving that the eyewitness had a vendetta against Hye-ran. He sued JBC after his dismissal and sent hate mail when his lawsuit didn’t work out. Surprise, surprise, the eyewitness’ legal representatives were Kang Yool. Director Jang also points out how this trial suddenly came about when Hye-ran reported on Hwanil steel, and it smells like a power play by the rich and powerful to suppress the media.

Prosecutor Byun is caught between a rock (Director Jang revealing how he used a questionable witness) and a hard place (Kang Yool’s clout), and declines to cross-examine Jang. The news director’s statements turn the public tide and now everyone is for Hye-ran and against the corrupt prosecution.

Tae-wook makes an impassioned speech that pretty much sums up Hye-ran and her lonely fight to be the amazing reporter she is today. He also reminds everyone that there is absolutely no evidence that Hye-ran killed Kevin, but that there’s evidence Kang Yool has reason to prevent her from continuing to investigate on Hwanil Steel. The judge rules Hye-ran not guilty, and everyone is relieved and delighted. Well, nearly everyone, as Eun-joo looks deflated and the lying eyewitness realizes that Kang Yool is cutting off contact with him. Even worse for Eun-joo is finding out that Kevin’s manager, Dong-hyun, is dead — his body washed up in the river.

Meanwhile, Detective Kang discovers that a cab driver picked up someone who sounds an awful lot like Tae-wook the night Kevin died. Tae-wook ignores Detective Kang’s phone call, choosing to celebrate with Hye-ran. He suggests forgetting everything that happened before today and starting fresh in the morning, as though tomorrow is their first day together. Hye-ran can’t understand why Tae-wook has been so good to her after everything that’s happened, and he simply reiterates she’s the one he wants. Hye-ran confesses that she’s scared because she’s so happy now.

The prosecutor’s office takes a beating from the netizens and an investigation by the bar association. The Chief orders Prosecutor Byun to take the fall for everything, and the latter is shocked to learn that Kang Yool won’t help — they’re actually the ones leading the protest.

Hye-ran, looking more gorgeous than ever, wakes up to find Tae-wook left her breakfast and a note to enjoy their new start. Adorable. Tae-wook, on the other hand, has an early morning meeting with Detective Kang, who thinks Tae-wook (and Myung-woo) are involved in Dong-hyun’s death. Stone-faced Tae-wook refuses to play not Detective Kang’s pitiful cat-and-mouse game, and instead warns the detective to leave him and Hye-ran alone now that they’ve received the “not guilty” verdict. But Detective Kang does his best Columbo impression when he asks why, during his questioning of the lying eyewitness, Tae-wook used the word “body.” Tae-wook slips even further by calling it an unconscious terminology, and dismisses Kang with excuse of his busy-ness.

Hye-ran returns to work, much to the delight of her co-workers, even the resident news-weasel. Director Jang warns her that Kang Yool and Hwanil will do their best to continue to destroy them, but Hye-ran idly wonders if perhaps she’s spent too much of her life focused on a singular goal and missed out on other aspects of life. Doesn’t matter, because it’s back to the business of destroying the corrupt companies that try to silence the media. Aw, a smiling Hye-ran tells Director Jang she hopes he’ll stay in his position forever.

Yeon-jung begs Hye-ran to help save her husband from being ruined by the backlash from the trial, offering to give her anything she needs. Hye-ran tells Prosecutor Byun to go down in dignity by taking Kang Yool with him. She requests proof that Kang Yool bought the lying eyewitness in exchange for proof of Kang Yool orchestrating a corrupt government bidding with Hwanil’s subsidiary. Byun accepts the chance to do good and asks the Chief Prosecutor for one more chance to investigate Kang Yool and bring justice and honor to the prosecutor’s office. Then he’ll submit his resignation.

With Prosecutor Byun’s assistance, News Nine gets ready to run a story on the corrupt construction company. Director Jang gives a rousing speech to his team that Kang Yool messed with the wrong people: the media and law. Now Kang Yool is about to be destroyed.

Hye-ran gives the story to Ji-won, surprising everyone on the News Nine team. She points out that Ji-won worked hard to get where she is now, so it’ll be Ji-won’s News Nine from now on. Ji-won apologizes for her previous rudeness, but Hye-ran just warns her that she’s breaking ground by being the first anchor to report on the “above the law” Kang Yool.

The JBC vice-president is furious that News Nine is going to run with the Kang Yool expose and threatens to send everyone on the team to a remote office. Director Jang goes full-on papa-bear mode as he defends his News Nine family and essentially blackmails the VP into letting his team stay and continue their reporting. It’s not a good day to be a corrupt businessman in charge of a news station, law firm, or construction company.

After News Nine airs their report on Kang Yool buying the witness for Hye-ran’s trial, a tearfully proud Hye-ran tells Director Jang that she’s thinking of finally, for the first time in seven years, taking some vacation time. After all this time of passionately and relentlessly moving forward, she tells herself that she’s finally done her job. Then she faints from exhaustion.

Meanwhile, Tae-wook confronts Myung-woo for killing Dong-hyun and asks him to leave them alone now. But Myung-woo finds it interesting that Tae-wook dragged out Hye-ran’s trial even though Tae-wook knew she was innocent. He notes that Tae-wook was hurt and angry by Hye-ran’s involvement with Kevin. Myung-soo warns Tae-wook that he’ll be sticking around until he’s sure Tae-wook will be able to protect Hye-ran, ominously adding that if Tae-wook had been patient, none of this would have happened.

Dong-hyun’s death is officially ruled as a suicide, and Eun-joo pleads with Detective Kang to give her some peace, but Detective Kang still believes both her husband and his manager were murdered. Eun-joo stages a one-woman protest outside JBC, declaring that Hye-ran is guilty of killing Kevin. The ever-watchful Myung-woo approaches her as we’re reminded that he’ll do whatever it takes to protect Hye-ran.

Hye-ran is surprised by a visit and awkward meal from her in-laws. She apologizes for the hassle brought by the trial, but her father-in-law just wants to know just how far she’s planning to go in destroying the corrupt elite. She spins it around and asks how far she must go in order to please him. He asks if she’s confident that she can go all the way. Hye-ran says she is. Aw, he actually looks proud of her.

Tae-wook heads back to work after they see his parents off. Hye-ran sweetly sees him off too, making him oddly unsettled. Myung-woo’s warning that none of this would have happened if he’d had more patience rings through his ears as a quick flashback shows Tae-wook speeding after Kevin and fighting with someone.

Hye-ran relaxes at home while sorting through their mail. She looks through Tae-wook’s desk for a letter opener and finds the traffic citation, and her eyes grow wide in horror when she realizes that Tae-wook was caught on a traffic camera near Kevin’s accident that night.

COMMENTS

mary: Is it bad if I want Tae-wook to be the killer? I feel like that would make a good finale week conflict. Let’s take this all the way, Writer-nim, see how far you can make us sympathize with a twisted person.

odilettante: Wait, so you’re saying there’s a chance he isn’t the killer and I’ve fallen for all the red-herrings over the past couple of episodes? Because I’m pretty sure he did it. Or all those flashbacks to the “mysterious, well-dressed man” are lying to us. It does make me wonder how Hye-ran keeps finding men who would literally kill for her.

mary: Some of them more than once. I’m now officially terrified of Myung-woo and how he took care of the Dong-hyun problem. Which prison did he come from and why didn’t they air re-runs of Smart Prison Living instead? I know it’s more realistic that spending all of his adult years in prison taught him to solve things outside the law, but I was hoping he’d be limited to threatening those who hurt Hye-ran and stealing evidence from the conspiracy theorist cops.

odilettante: At least the show didn’t try to drag out the stupid “brooch as evidence” because it… wasn’t. I cheered when Tae-wook mocked Detective Kang for trying to use all these circumstantial and biased assumptions to pin Hye-ran for the murder. Like, c’mon, you’re not even trying. Which gives me hope that Tae-wook will literally get away with murder (if, y’know, he did it, which I think he did, or at least played a major part), because even though Detective Kang now suspects Tae-wook, his ability to find actual concrete evidence is a joke.

mary: But his detective’s “aim” is so bad, I’m afraid he’ll keep targeting the people around Tae-wook instead, which means Tae-wook’s office manager is next. That poor guy should have the Best Office Manager award — not undeserved jail time! (And while on the subject of awards, let’s give a Best Puppy Fan award to Reporter Kwak. He kept a bottlecap from his first office party with Hye-ran. He probably keeps a larger pantsuit picture collection than you.)

odilettante: I feel like I should be offended but honestly the more the merrier in the Pantsuit Fandom. Although I was mildly disappointed that this week Hye-ran wore pantsuits we’d already seen. I refuse to believe her closet actually has a limit! But I did fall in love with her gorgeous sleep attire. So Hye-ran definitely gets the award for being the best-dressed even while sleeping.

mary: I’m glad you’re feeling generous, cos Hye-ran’s other “fans” have a tendency of killing each other for jealous reasons.

odilettante: We should also give Hye-ran “best line of the week” award for shutting down news-weasel’s lame attempt to welcome her back to the station by telling him that “Women aren’t born to be liked by men.” Which is, I think, a reason why Hye-ran evokes such a love-hate reaction. She doesn’t care what people think about her — she wants to get stuff done and see that they’re done well, which goes against the unspoken “code” that involves ingratiating yourself to those in power in order to succeed.

mary: But how good is that soymilk PPL and how cute was Hye-ran wrapping up another successful Big Risky Plans with Director Jang while sipping on that soymilk? They’re two peas in a ruthless pod. I’m glad they’re sorta on the good side.

odilettante: I was worried about Director Jang selling Hye-ran out but I love that instead he put it all out there for her. Of course, he’s still worried about what will get ratings, but it was such a relief to see him go all-out and use his own Hye-ran-approved sneaky ways to get to the heart of the matter, which is about the powerful corrupt elite (because seriously, do we really care about Kevin at all anymore?).

mary: Nope. Even if we cared as long as two episodes ago, this week’s annoying courtroom drama totally killed it for me. This writer’s strength lies not in the legal stuff. It’s in intrigue and layered characters and witty lines against patriarchy.

odilettante: So true. I’m just relieved that no one took that brooch thing seriously, because I would have torn my hair out. (I still need to know how it ended up in Kevin’s car, though!)

mary: You know who to ask.

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My first question - where are all the recappers and writers???

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Real Life kidnapped them. Ask Real Life for them back.

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LOL!

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I watch it up until episode 9 and my guess for who is the killer is switching to him, because strangely, TW being the killer will be much perfect sense of his behaviour of how he approach this case. But maybe not... Maybe it's just accidental. But I'm guessing his blood has already tied to this case, directly or not. And it will be much more create a good conflict

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That's exactly what I'm thinking! I don't think TW outright killed-him-with-his bear-hands. Rather I think he did something rash that directly contributed to Kevin's death.

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My money is on Director Jang,a sharp dressed man or Kevin's wife.She's too damn eager after the charges got dismissed to harass HyeRa

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I wonder if Tae Wook chased Kevin around and Kevin crashed his car and died. So TW is partly responsible, but he didn't actually murder Kevin.

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It's possible. I just can't imagine the writer making him 100% guilty (unless she already gave up on a redeemable ending for this couple).

Another question I have is how did Kang Yool's fake witness know that Kevin had a physical altercation before the car crash? It's possible they just theorized and fed that story to the witness. But I wonder if someone else (Hwanil?) was tailing Kevin that night, and they saw him fight with Tae-wook. Then Tae-wook left Kevin alive, but Hwanil goons went after Kevin and staged the car accident.

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TW is a witness, while someone from Kang Yoo's side killed Kevin, hence they knew about the physical altercation.
Ta-da, win-win situation for all

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:O I feel like every time someone comes up with a good theory to save our couple, it becomes "expected" and the "unexpected ending" become something else. Hahaha

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I always love reading these witty comments, even if I'm not watching Misty atm. And ha! at @mary's Smart Prison Living comment.

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I doubt the killer is the husband. It would be... too easy. From what we watch so far, the tease is never the real thing.

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I wouldn't mind if TW is the killer, but I don't want him to. He has suffered enough. I had this experience with JBL too. They go all out making us fearing the worst in the penultimate week but then turn it over its head. Didn't they say there's an unexpected ending? Who knows, the way they're going all out in making TW seem guilty is just a distraction? What if it's our puppy reporter? he's the only one who heard their conversation of being married on the staircase( although it was revealed in court). Also his unflinching trust in her that she was innocent from the start.. Perhaps he didn't want someone threatening his beloved sunbae and did it. That would be the ultimate twist though i know it seems bit(lot) far fetched.
Also the detective. He's the only one who picked up on TW's use of the word. No one else did. I thought it was the prosecutor's and lawyers job to articulate questions carefully to get the desired answers. So they should immediately pick up on such subtleties. Or am I wrong? Does no one in this show do their job properly?

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Hye-ran's wardrobe person does their job very properly. :)

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Yes, there is still that unexpected ending, but not cutie hoobae please.

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Why didn’t we get Detective Kang to chase Soo-jin in Mother and that detective here. How different will the case be or will we even have a case at all? Can’t believe Detective Kang based all this on his gut feeling without conclusive evidence.

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It would've been okay if he had a great gut. But he doesn't .____.

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He’s portrayed as so incompetent that I’m bound to believe Tae-wook didn’t do it solely because detective Kang thinks otherwise. Hell, he could guess it’s morning and I’d be damn sure it’s night. That’s how little I trust his gut. I’m starting to feel a little disappointed because of the legal week... it was cringey. These two episodes are the weakest s9 far. Writernim should not tread on legal waters. But I’ll be REALLY disappointed if detective Kang is proved, at the end, to be nothing but a complete idiot. Ahn Nae Sang ahjussi deserves better than that.

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LOL at your level of distrust for Det. Kang!

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I was shocked when someone in the show mentioned how short time its actually been since the murder. They railroaded that case absurdly quickly. No wonder the detective seemed so incompetent. The crooked prosecutors didn't give him enough time to do his gob thoroughly.

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I'm curious on why Han Ji Won called Kevin Lee that night but told the detective that the last time they were together was just after news nine. What if they actually met after that. But I think the key to all this mystery is that guy who took a cab who's unlikely to be TW since he had a car (tho someone said he got in a bus early in the morning ???). Or could've TW witnessed someone do it? I'm watching reporter kwak haha. Ahh very misty indeed i'm going nutssss

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OMG it can't be him huhuhu my poor giant puppy T____T

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All those sightings and images of TW at the bus stop, in a cab or in a car have me totally confused. How could he be driving down the highway (which must be true due to the speeding ticket), getting a cab ride and then on the bus? We are being trolled methinks!
Maybe someone else borrowed TW's car and got the ticket?
Bulah Bulah Bulah.....
I can't wait to see what happens, but then Misty will be over. darn!

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That's exactly what I'm thinking!!?!
How could TW possibly have used like 3 different transportation systems on his supposed night of murder?

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Wait til JTBC announces Misty Season 2.

Now it's Tae-wook subject to a murder investigation and has a "secret" he can't tell anyone -- making it hard to defend himself from the accusations, some of them fabricated by enemies in power.

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I want this!!!
I need this!!

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@mary Funny you should mention this .... my lovely Mom, who has also been joining all of us in watching Misty, said only a couple of hours ago, "Everything's pointing to a Season 2 .... there will be a Season 2, right?" :)

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@goldenaddiction Right?! I can totally get onboard with that!

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ooooh a Season 2 with more of HRs fabulous outfits!
Sign me up! I'll watch that!

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We know for a fact the TW followed his wife and watched distraught with the couple were in the car together. *In theory* He could have offed the golfer then staged the accident. But that would have involved him then needing to go back and retrieving his car, which would have involved the bus-then-taxi ride back to the scene of the crime.

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Methinks the whole point about the sloppy legal proceedings was that there's alot of corruption going on. I believe that's what Writer-nim wanted to bring forth.
And also, being subjective like Mr Detective here will make a laughing stock out of you.

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The execution just feels flat. Like, everyone is scared of Kang Yool cos they're powerful, but then they sloppily use a witness that can be traced back to have direct connections to Hye-ran. They didn't even use a random middleman.

Maybe it's giving the writer too much credit to think that the legal proceedings reflect what's happening in society today where things are Very Obviously Wrong but they still get railroaded with impunity anyway.

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Again, I agree with you about the execution. My knowledge on law and legal proceedings is limited, strictly, to television and fictional novels but I still found the whole thing sloppy. I never really understood why there was a court case to begin with. Yes, Kang yool is almighty and powerful but still, evidence was so circumstantial and the arrest...? Let’s not go there. Rather than question or be disappointed in the drama, I’m more disappointed in myself for hoping. I mean, I haven’t seen a kdrama really depict any profession outside the entertainment industry well. It’s poor researching. Besides, they make up for it with the characters and their relationships. We’re just better off watching a drama with a profession we know little about. Focusing on Hye-ran and Tae-wook is just the best.

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Papa bear director Jang is the real mvp this week! I replayed his scene (found him hot in that confrontation scene btw and totally forgot about puppy Tae-wook & Jail Oppa 😍) with corrupt vice president several times.
I wonder why Tae-wok did not question Ji-won since she’s the last person who called Kevin Lee. And I still want to know how the brooch ended up in KL’s car.

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Yes!! I thought Director Jang was super cool!!!! Of course he would have dirt on all these people. Ah that scene was very gratifying ^^

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He’s so cool! I love him this week! He was just waiting for the right time to use it against them.

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Yes, Director Jang once again, really put it all on the line. He was great.

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All men at Hye Ran's side wants to protect her so amazingly well that she obviously did save a country in her previous life.

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Hahahah I know right?!
It's like she's national treasure...
Or a queen...
Which in a way is actually true--all hail Queen Hye-Ran!!!

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Whenever I see director Jang onscreen I expect the Vampire Prosecutor to show up to his office.

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Also, does it really take months to notify someone when they’re caught violating the traffic rules?

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Hahahah good point!

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How long has it been? I think it's only been a month (or two?)

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Two months.

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Oh... maybe they're not in a hurry to collect the fines haha

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South Korea is a rich country so yeah, no need to hurry. 😆

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Thanks for the weecap! The weekend cannot come soon enough (for more than one reason ><)

Things I need answers for: Taewook was driving his own car that night so who took the cab and who got on the bus?? Also how did Myungwoo figure out that Taewook lost his temper that night and acted recklessly? Wasn't he supposed to be in jail at the time? Did he do some investigation on Taewook after he got out of jail and uncover evidence that we still don't know about?

And one minor question probably not central to the mystery. What is the deal with Taewook's dad? At first he seemed really chummy with the Kang Yool CEO, being in the same club and all, but now he's so excited that the bad guys are in trouble that he needed a second soup helping? Was he just tolerating them all along?

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Also now that I think about it, assuming the cab driver's testimony isn't a red herring, his passenger specifically told him where to go, meaning this person was not following Kevin (like Taewook might have done) but was going to meet him at a predetermined location.

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I was just going to post this thought, but I see that you already did.

What you wrote makes sense to me.

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I'm not sure about the dad. :/ He was the one who started Gold Door Club. He can't possibly have started a club exclusive to the rich and powerful for social good, right? I feel like he just likes how ambitious Hye-ran is. Fits right in with his Machiavellian principles.

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I theorized a couple of recaps ago that Hye-ran's father-in-law, in conjunction with the CEO from Kang Yool law firm, might have had a hand in everything that happened to Kevin Lee up to the court proceedings we saw, all in an attempt to clean house at Golden Door and at the highest echelons of the business and political world ..... of course, without having things point to them. The conversation during the family meal at Hye-ran's house between her and father-in-law (not to mention the previous conversations father-in-law has had with the CEO) certainly adds to the possibility that this may in fact be the case. If they didn't have a direct hand in the murder/accident of Kevin Lee, it just may be that they moved quickly to take advantage of his death to fulfill their wish.

On a different note, one thing I'm still wondering about is that listening device under Tae-wook's work office desk. We saw Jail Oppa listening, but are we to assume he placed it there? Did Golden Door place it there and then sent Jail Oppa there, meaning he's been really working for them all along?

Then I'm having a tiny issue with the timeline, assuming the video Eager Detective saw hasn't been altered. Hye-ran dropped off Eun-joo at 1:00am. Kevin Lee came home at 1:10am, had the argument with his wife, received a call, and then left at about 2:00am, as per Eager Detective's assistant's words. If Tae-wook is getting a photo-infraction at 1:45am, he was not near Kevin Lee and the images we saw may be misleading. Tae-wook may have "thought" he saw Kevin Lee driving on that avenue because, sure, he had just seen him earlier and had him in mind, but maybe it wasn't really him.

Then there's the whole brooch thing. While the trial is over, I think we're still wondering how it ended up in Lee's car. I'm going to admit this a bit of stretch, but it could be that Hye-ran's mother-in-law took it from Hye-ran home and provided it to Kang Yool, per husband's instructions. We have seen her have access to Hye-ran's home. She knows the code and can get in whenever she wants. How Hye-ran didn't hear her, if this is the case, is interesting.

On to the last episodes Beanies!!

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Regarding the timeline: Kevin Lee left home 30 minutes after he came home, 1:40 a.m.

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Hmm, ok. If this is the case then my comment about the timeline certainly doesn't apply. I wrote this as I've certainly been questioning it, because I could've sworn I heard the Detective's assistant say "2:00am" when they were both reviewing the video from Kevin Lee's house. ..... Now I want to rewatch those scenes! Heh!

But again, if it's 1:40am then it's a whole different story/possibility. Can't wait to find out what happens!

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I still have the screencap of the scene and the assistant said KL left home 20 minutes (not 30 😅) after he came home. I think TW did not really plan to follow KL, he just happened to see his car, made a u-turn and followed him to see who he’s going to meet.

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About the brooch, isn't it possible that it came off while HR and Kevin were kissing in the car and he took it along with the black box memory card? Because as far as I remember, she had the brooch on when she met him? And it'll also explain why the memory card was in his jacket, though I don't understand why would he take it?

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The other possible scenario is that she met Kevin Lee again sometime later that night and that's when she lost the brooch and the memory card.

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If I remember, if he did meet her again it was after his fight with his wife and and he left the house. But he didn't take his jacket with him which had the memory card. I remember that very well.

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No, Hyeran still had the brooch when she met with Eun-joo and that was after she met with Kevin. I still don’t understand how the black box was with Kevin though since she’s with Eun-joo the whole time after that meet up with him.

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Yeah you're right. I saw that now. Regarding the card, I think Kevin managed to somehow take it out during their conversation. I'm pretty sure she didn't notice while they were... ahem doing whatever it is they were doing. Maybe he wanted it as insurance or to blackmail her further.

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That’s what I think too, it’s either he took it while they were doing their business or he followed her and took the black box when Hye-ran was talking with his wife.

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@superwhopotterlock and @giegie0384 What you guys wrote are two plausible situations for sure. The thing is, if he wants to continue blackmailing her, he needs a lot of recorded action, per se, so I'm thinking he wouldn't want to remove the chip "during" anything. ..... If he followed her to the café where she met Eun-joo, either Hye-ran left the window open, which doesn't make sense because it was snowing, or she left the door open, which is possible although doubtful, or there's valet parking and he somehow managed to get the key momentarily to access the car, although we didn't see any valet parking service.

Unless there's some myserious, Healer-esque character, other than Jail Oppa, we haven't seen who did everything! Heh!

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Maybe he wanted to show the video to Tae-wok? Remember when he returned the brooch to TW instead of Hye-ran? He’s still so in love with HR and he probably wanted to separate TW & HR by showing him the video? She was in an accident and also in a hurry so maybe she forgot to lock her door? I don’t know what to think anymore....😅

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Yeah, it seems all possibilities are on the table! I'm ready for anything at this point!

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Well, the drama's not ended yet..So the brooch might still be something of significance here. Hye Ran definitely met up with Kevin Lee again later that night and that's when she lost the brooch.I'm pretty sure that she knows when she lost it because she never questioned anyone about it. She just kept quiet.

I'm just thinking, do you guys think that there's more to Hye Ran's headaches, her taking medicine and her losing consciousness than we know about? Coz I think the writer won't put it in the story for just having stress..I've read some knetz comments before that Hye Ran might be suffering from Ripley's Syndrome ..In the end, she really might be the one who killed Kevin Lee and that's when the brooch story comes out..

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Ooooh you mean the one in the drama Miss Ripley?

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Ohh..Isn't Miss Ripley the past drama of Kim Nam Joo's real-life husband?

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Oooooh you're right!

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Okay, I might be too far-fetched here but if we're looking for the real UNEXPECTED ending here is that -- the detective did kill Kevin Lee and his psychopathic mind just wanted to look for someone to frame up since he was the one who insisted that Kevin Lee's death might be a murder. Since he still had that hunch 19 years ago that Go Hye Ran had something to do with the death of the store ahjusshi, he wanted to have this sort of "justice" and he wants to have that using his so-called "wit" and if he can put her or anyone in jail with something that he really did (like murder), he wins. That's why he never really looked for evidence and just wanted to look for someone to blame.

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So who did it?
Lol on Actor Kim Seong-woo (Late Night Restaurant(SBS, 2015), Kim Nam-ju's real life husband)[KSW was divorced from actress Lee Mi-yeon ages ago-heh I still remember to read the news article about their divorce-not pretty. I am happy he is doing so well.]'s comments on a radio program.
[OSEN] He said "I am suspected as the culprit in Misty. They say when I was watching my wife's Kiss scene, I got angry, threw the remote and ran out to kill. I am scared of people's stares. And because Lee Seon-kyun(whom we know as Mr.silky voice) is Jun Hye-jin(golfer's wife Eunju)'s real hubby, LSK is also accused as an accomplice." Kim added "Some viewers expect me to appear as cameo in the show since I appeared in every project my wife was in. I would have if Mistry was of light or comedy genre, but that is not the case. So please let me off from the suspects list."
It seems Kim Nam-ju's appearance in Misty was thanks to KSW's persuasion. "She was hesitated to accept the role because it was a character she's never done before. But I felt she would regret if she didn't do, so I did some persuasion. She said she was not competent because her character was very strong, successful and perfect woman. But now we see the comment like "Who else could play the role unless it is Kim Nam-ju", which make us happy and satisfied."
Can't wait for Friday!

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Misty will never be the same if ever Kim Nam Joo declined her role. I'm sure she would've regretted that decision for the rest of her life. She was meant to be Go Hye Ran. It's a once-in-a-lifetime project for her.

Lesson: If you are afraid to take up new things in your job or in whatever you do, you might miss a great opportunity

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Hahaha they're so funny. Now I wish him and Lee Seon-kyun get a cameo. But I'm super glad he convinced Kim Nam-joo to take the role. I can't imagine anyone else being Go Hye-ran!

(And I don't know why Kim Nam-joo isn't confident about taking this role. She's always looked classy in her magazine pictorials.)

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I think it's because her image isn't "intellectual."

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I'm not sure if I want Tae Wook to get away with having killed Kevin IF HE DID.
On one hand, I want Hye Ran to be happy and THEY LOOK SO HOT TOGETHER.
On the other, well, I don't think she'd be too happy with a murderer, especially a sloppy one who made things difficult for her.

GAH.

If he ended up doing it, I hope Hye Ran and Han Ji Won become the most powerful lady couple to ever powercouple. Actually. Yes. I'm into this.

Should I be worried that I'm only unhappy with Tae Wook being the potential killer because he fucked it up and got Hye Ran into this mess? Because if he had just gotten rid of him and everything worked out and he'd continued to look at Hye Ran the way I look at her too, while she goes and rises to the top and they both looked fabulous in suits, I'd have been okay with that.

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Hahaha: we are all in it for Hye-ran hehe

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My favorite moments this week were related to the news team. Director Jang was awesome all the way. Puppy Reporter was super cute while explaining how much he believes in Hye Ran. Even the grumpy director bought the soy for Hye Ran...And Hye Ran was so cool when she gave advice to Ji Won. I love that she is now her mentor and someone Ji Won looks up to. And Ji Won growing up and taking over the news...everything was so satisfying to watch.

Regarding the main mystery, I'm surprised that we are at episode 14 and I haven't yet a solid suspect for Kevin's murder. I refuse to believe it was Tae Wook, since the show is dropping all these obvious clues, so I think he just met Kevin, maybe punched him in the face and that's all. And there are the other suspects, the well dressed guy that took the taxi and the man that took the bus...it seems that there might be someone else involved. I wouldn't rule out Eun Joo either, since we don't know the content of her last conversation with Kevin: maybe he threatened to divorce her? That could make sense since he could have expectations from his last meeting with Hye Ran, and he didn't seem to want a child with Eun Joo. Maybe Eun Joo saw the opportunity to get revenge and keep Kevin's money...

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I was actually teary-eyed during the phone conversation of Director Jang and Hye Ran until she went alone and walked on the corridor telling herself:

" It's enough now
this is more than enough
You really did work hard, Go Hye Ran..
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(It didn't help that she lost consciousness right after saying those lines)

She really did have a huge transformation since we saw her cold side during the first episodes. Way to go Go Hye Ran!

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And here I was, waiting for the doctor to come during the scene Hye Ran was in the hospital and say to Tae Wook that she's pregnant :(

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Same! Didn’t she sleep with TW before the KL murder happened?

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@giegie0384 She slept with Tae Wook after he went to the station and kissed her. I remember she was wearing the black dress back then.

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I think the first time was when Eun-joo saw the black box video? They were shown kissing passionately in TW’s office and ended up sleeping together. (Are we really discussing when they first slept together? 😆

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Oh.Kevin Lee's already dead back then. That's why Eun-Joo was able to look at the black box video.

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Me, too! I thought for sure they were going to use the fainting to lead up to a pregnancy reveal. There's still time...

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If you expect the unexpected, wouldn't the unexpected be expected?

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Exactly! So Tae-wook is the killer. :D

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More than Tae Wook and anyone being the killer here, I'll be super disappointed once it turns out that Kevin Lee just died because it was an accident. I might curse that incompetent detective forever.

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That would be unexpected and tragic and hilarious at the same time.

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That's what I thought was going on. There was no proof he was even murdered at all so it wouldn't have surprised me if it turned out to be a car accident.

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Well, at this point I would say Hye Ran is the most unexpected option for being the killer.

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I'm with @mary, if the writer had better court scenes, this may have surpassed Forest of Secrets, but alas nobody is perfect ad this drama perfectly illustrates. I also agree with @mary that I hope Tae Wook is the killer. However since it was said the ending is unexpected, he would be too obvious. So hopefully the show ends with a bang and I can look forward to more of this writers work. Huzzah

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Yes it faltered for me when they got into the court room. I found episode 13 a bit of a slog actually.

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This is probably the unpopular opinion, but I personally think Tae-wook caused Kevin to get into the accident and then he placed Hye-ran's brooch in the car because he was mad because he thought she was having an affair and wanted to frame her. Then he felt guilty because he does love her so that's why he decided to defend her to try to fix the mess he put her in. I also have a feeling that she ends up with Myung-woo. Don't get me wrong, I love Tae-Wook but I just feel like Myung-woo is going to be the one who saves the day.

I am probably very wrong especially since there are many clues here that make my guess very wrong but I am channeling my inner Detective Kang (who is presumably an idiot) and not going to put too much thought into it.

I just hope they at least explain the brooch because, while it is not evidence Hye-ran killed Kevin, it somehow ended up there, unless it's a haunted brooch that shows up where ever it pleases.. (Reaching? Yes, but this is dRaMaLaNd, it does what it wants!!!)

Side note: Anybody else feel like we are all playing the kdrama edition of the board game Clue (which I am downright horrible at, TBH. I've never won a game of Clue in my life)...?

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It's possible seeing that Tae Wook has some possessive tendencies with Hye Ran.

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It feels like Tae-wook dropped the brooch there so Hye-ran would have to rely on him and fall for him ._____. He's not wrong. Look how close they've become due to this trial.

Also @spaceystacey Clue is one of my favorite board games even if I'm not good at it. Heh~

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I like the 'him doing it for her to rely on him' idea more than my 'him doing it to frame her for revenge' idea. It just makes more sense and I think it fits with his character a lot more. For some reason my brain automatically jumps to wild conclusions and edges near makjang territory.

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" ... unless it's a haunted brooch that shows up where ever it pleases..."

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Tae wook was the one who gave Hye Ran the brooch. That thing for him might be a symbol of something..He gave it to her as a present but that was also the moment when his love to her faded back then (after knowing about the abortion). So maybe he used the brooch again to bring back the love that was lost before (Hye Ran needing him) by planting in in Kevin Lee's car.

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Okay, important question: what’s going on with Eun Joo? Is her story arc over? She’s no longer in the action but seems like she’s been sidelined to playing the pityful but spiteful woman. What’s going on? I knew she was no match for Hye-ran but I still really want her to pop up at the end and she’s named the killer. Why’s detective Kang buying her crying eyes so much? Did he forget she lied about Hye-ran being the last people Kevin Lee called?
And also, is Hye-ran not going to talk about the whole living thing with Kevin? I know Tae-wook already said to forget everything but if she doesn’t come clean, and tell him something at the very least, it won’t last because being in love with someone doesn’t stop you from being upset and not trusting them.

And, excuse me but Tae Wook’s parents are mega rude!! They just barge into a married couple’s home like it’s theirs while the wife is sleeping?? Bring their maid and take-over?!!? Yeah, that’s never going to fly with me. Nope, No!! And the Mum? It’s like because she doesn’t seem to have a voice due to her patriarchal husband so she tries to seek whatever dominance she can on Hye-ran. *sigh*

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Remember the last scene when Myung Woo went to Eun-Joo? I'm sure there's more to this woman than we are all shown. She's so creepy that I won't be surprised if ever she's an accomplice with her husband's death.

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I know right!! I was fuming. It’s worse that they think they can barge in to their married sons home as they please, especially when the DIL is the primary bread winner. And it bothers me so much that Hye-ran tries so hard to be a different person when they are around. Terrible society we live it.

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We are shown the reality of patriarchal society in South Korea especially when the woman (like Go Hye Ran) marries into a wealthy/powerful family. Sigh~
All the hardships they have to face with married life including their in-laws.

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*misogynistic society

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yes, Many asian countries have the same issues.
Its a combo of social/economical status combined with gender bias. Its the worst.
I would like HR to give the middle finger to her in-laws and keep moving forward. They add nothing to her growth, were willing to prune her the moment they doubted her and now are ready to take her success.
HR - just show them the middle finger, will ya.

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[i] And the Mum? It’s like because she doesn’t seem to have a voice due to her patriarchal husband so she tries to seek whatever dominance she can on Hye-ran [/i]

You just described the entire basis of of patriarchy. Give women the private sphere and dominance over other women so they fight each other rather than the men in charge.

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At first my response to the possibility of Tae Wook being the killer was "No!" but now I also kind of want it. I like his character and of course his relationship with HR but his devotion has given me some eye-raising moments, and I think making him the killer would be interesting and create major conflict for HR who lies like a rug in her personal life but believes in truth and justice in her professional life.

I would be down for a twist too, however.

These were good episodes although as has been said, the legal stuff is not the writer's strong suit. I loved HR's interactions with all the news people. Director Jang was particularly awesome.

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Usually a drama will start flagging this late in the game as most k-dramas are for me, but this show just doesn't give up. The killer's identity has been hinted at many times, all red herrings I suppose. It would be a nice reveal, hopefully something logical and not crazy.

It's nice to anticipate how it would be revealed but, to be honest, I just want to see more Hye Ran superwoman ass-kicking and for her and TW to roll around in bed some more. That man is too HAWT! LOL!

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Reading all the comments cracked me up. 'Jail Oppa', 'Eager detective' - amazing ones!!

Seriously, this is the worst detective ever. Absolutely no logical thinking involved. All based on gut instincts.

Han Ji Won and Eun Joo - no one really suspected them. Its possible that Eun Joo contracted or manipulated Manager to kill KL (mostly the later). And now that manager is dead, we will never know.
Eun Joo tried a similar trick and the manager was ready to kill Hye-ran. Something is fishy there.

Also TW is not as innocent. I am sure he wanted to have a revenge on Hye-ran - I am with the team who think he planted the brooch. I think he did. Explains why he never asked any relevant information about that night to Hye-ran (his client).

Cant wait for next weekend.

And can we have Misty is more sleepwear please. Sorry Misty, as pretty as you looked in that pink dress, you are a suit-woman. Dont buckle to the pressure of this society. Be free and live well!

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The flashbacks are all a clear sign who is the killer, its Kang Tae Wook. The flashback clearly revealed he took an u-turn, had a fight with Kevin Lee and then over speeding a car, as per me it was KL's car. Now I hope the writer is able to convince me why did he do this.

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Mary/odilettante, how dare you post this re-cap without an image of her beautiful floral dress and short skinny heels!!

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That was such a beautiful dress! It's like Spring has turned itself into a dress.

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Well said! As much as I admire her power suits, a girl's gotta have at least one pretty dress in her closet ;-)

and cute low heels...

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REPORTER KWAK, IS THAT YOU???

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I feel Eun joo protesting Hye ran's not guilty verdict with the placard is a bait set up by her and Det. Kang to catch Myung woo. We have just 2 episodes left , I don't think the writer will end the drama with Myung woo not paying for his actions albeit all he wanted was to protect his Queen Hye ran.

And at this point I think that Tae Wook being the killer is the unexpected twist, as we all know signs seems to lean towards that direction but because we are expecting a twist we are not supposed to expect him to be the killer hence the unexpected twist! Oh well... *face palms*

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I'm sure by now we have thought of things to suspect almost everyone in this drama and I love the writer for making us lose our minds after changing our decision of who's who every now and then. By the time the final episode airs, most of us might say "I told you I knew it was him/her." haha. But then, nobody here seems to be 100% sure yet of who to blame. Let's see

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Am sure it's Kang Tae Wook.

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Am sure it's NOT KTW 😆😆😆

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please dont let it be KTW

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OK, so my wife and I are so obsessed with this show that while we wait in agony for the last 2 episodes, we’ve been watching the best whole thing again from the beginning! 🤣 My latest theory Is that the golfer’s wife murdered him. When golfer made out with Go in the car, her pin was little off, and that’s same evening Go drove the golfer’s wife home! She could have noticed the pin on the floor and taken it to plant later! And we’ve seen her violent side before!

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At the end of these episodes, I'm back to where I was at the beginning. I hate everybody, don't trust anybody* and wish somebody would give me some straight talk about something.

*This does not apply to Go Hye Ran who is awesome.

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I don't want TW to be the killer,i want the wife to be the killer. Gosh,he Is too fine and good, but jealousy is a bastard.

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