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Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Episode 4

Our protagonist continues to play a game that only he knows the rules to. The only thing that’s clear is that the stakes are getting higher. At the same time, our main players all seem unable to shake the pull that our mysterious protagonist exerts on them. They’re on a collision course and things are sure to get interesting when they finally crash.

 
EPISODE 4: “You Killed Her”

Upon finding Jin-kook waiting outside his apartment, Moo-young feigns pleasant surprise. He remains unfazed as Jin-kook accuses him of murder, citing his left-handedness and uncanny ability to replace things in perfect order. After Moo-young answers Jin-kook’s snow globe question by seemingly reciting the order of the globes in Jeong Mi-yeon’s apartment, Jin-kook declares him an official suspect.

Moo-young wishes him good luck in catching the killer, but his smile vanishes as he turns to enter his apartment. Jin-kook returns to his car where Jin-kang is waiting for him to drive her to work, unaware Moo-young is nearby. Jin-kook warns her that Seung-ah should stop seeing Moo-young.

Meanwhile, Seung-ah is breaking up with Woo-sang (again). She hands him the keys to her car, saying everything she’d ever received from him is inside. Seung-ah tells him she missed their engagement dinner because she slept with Moo-young last night, adding that she doesn’t regret it.

A cruel chuckle bubbles out of Woo-sang before his expression suddenly hardens and he pinches Seung-ah’s cheek painfully. Forcing her to look at him, Woo-sang warns her that she doesn’t know the meaning of regret yet. He coldly informs her she should’ve apologized if she wanted him to go easy on her and leaves.

The police hand over Jeong Mi-yeon’s boyfriend to the prosecution as Jin-kook looks on with disapproval. So-jung cheerily praises Jin-kook’s unit, but he looks to Chief Lee and the two exchange heavy glares.

Unable to stop thinking about Jin-kook’s warning for Seung-ah, Jin-kang calls her. She’s surprised when Seung-ah’s mother answers instead and is further confused when Seung-ah picks up and starts chattering about an imaginary exhibition.

Seung-ah quickly texts that she’s under house arrest following the previous night’s rebellion. Before she can ask more questions, Jin-kang is shuffled off to a creative meeting with Arts Brewery. Elsewhere, Dr. Yang sits for a nun’s funeral service as Moo-young slips into a back pew.

Jin-kang’s boss reprimands her for being distracted throughout their meeting but Jin-kang runs off to find Moo-young. Of course, he isn’t there, but Hee-jun gives her Moo-young’s phone number. Moo-young watches from afar as the funeral procession leaves the church. A nun spots him as they pass and calls out to him, but he walks away before she can catch up.

Moo-young receives a text from Jin-kang, relaying Seung-ah’s message for him to meet her Saturday afternoon. He texts back, wondering why Jin-kang is telling him that. She replies that Seung-ah is grounded but refrains from snapping that it’s his fault. Moo-young doesn’t reply, but adds Jin-kang to his contacts.

Jin-kook drops by Yoo-ri’s workplace and makes a nuisance of himself until she pays attention to him. Identifying himself as a cop, Jin-kook questions Moo-young’s relationship with the victim. Yoo-ri dismisses the notion of the pair dating and Jin-kook picks up on her not-so-secret crush. He warns her to be wary since Moo-young is now a suspect.

Cho-rong balks when Jin-kook brings up the idea of reinvestigating the case, just the two of them. Jin-kook points out that if the boyfriend is innocent, a killer is still running around, possibly scoping out a second victim. Cho-rong is happy for an excuse when his phone buzzes, but his face falls as he glumly announces Jin-kang wants to move their weekend dinner date to lunch.

Turning back to Jin-kook, Cho-rong shyly asks for the date and time of Jin-kang’s birth to check their compatibility. Jin-kook chides him for being superstitious… and then promptly asks for the young detective’s info as well. Hee.

On Saturday, Chief Lee and another detective snicker when they drive past Cho-rong out with Jin-kang in full uniform. Pulling up beside the couple, they tease Cho-rong good-naturedly. The mood grows intense, however, when Jin-kang is introduced as Jin-kook’s sister. Unaware of the bad blood between the two men, she greets the chief cheerfully, but his smile is strained as he excuses himself.

Back at the station, Jin-kook continues to wrack his brain over the connection between Moo-young, Yoo-ri, and the murder victim. Attempting to run a computer search fails when his access is denied, and his eyes fall on Chief Lee’s desk.

Jin-kang picks Seung-ah up from her house under the ruse that the two are going out. Once outside, Jin-kang worries whether she’s doing the right thing, but Seung-ah assures her that she just doesn’t know Moo-young well enough.

Chief Lee runs into Jin-kook back at the station and the detective inquires about the restrictions on Jeong Mi-yeon’s case. Prickling, Chief Lee sneers that he has no intention of lifting them. He then brings up Jin-kang, musing that Jin-kook fashioned her name to be similar in order to appear more like siblings. What?!

Jin-kook freezes, but Chief Lee assures him he was too disgusted to expose anything to Jin-kang and walks away. So-jung overhears the whole conversation, but doesn’t let on as she bounces over to Jin-kook. He explains his conundrum regarding Moo-young’s suspicious connection with Jeong Mi-yeon and she sighs that he’s obsessed.

Meanwhile, Jin-kang delivers Seung-ah to Moo-young and thinks back on Seung-ah’s words that she only felt like herself around Moo-young. Jin-kang confirms a meet-up time for her to take Seung-ah home and they separate. Moo-young turns to watch her leave as someone else takes pictures from a car in the parking lot.

So-jung takes Jin-kook out for drinks and admits that she overheard the nasty things Chief Lee said earlier. Jin-kook’s face falls, but So-jung points out that Jin-kang has grown up wonderfully, and that Jin-kook should be proud that he’s raised her well.

Jin-kang kills time on a park bench, taking silly selfies to send to Jin-kook, while Seung-ah awkwardly leads Moo-young into a room at a love hotel. Noting her discomfort, Moo-young tells her not to push herself. Hugging him, Seung-ah says she loves him but Moo-young, eyes cold, doesn’t respond.

Moo-young and Seung-ah meet back up with Jin-kang. Another car suddenly pulls up and Seung-ah’s mother steps out. She glares at Moo-young, but it’s Jin-kang that’s on the receiving end of her angry slap. Seung-ah stops her from delivering a second blow and is dragged to the car.

Moo-young ignores Seung-ah’s pleas as her mother shoves her into the car and drives away. He barely moves towards Jin-kang before she turns and walks away from him. Following after, Moo-young tries to make light of it, but Jin-kang rounds on him.

“I’m embarrassed, I think that it’s unfair, and it hurts so much,” Jin-kang shouts. She tells him it’s his fault and barely holding back tears, angrily begs him to leave. For once Moo-young doesn’t argue and does as she asks.

Jin-kook happily giggles at the selfies Jin-kang had sent. So-jung watches him with a smile, and teases him for adoring his sister so much. He falls asleep drunk in his seat and she sighs that he has no concern for himself.

Moo-young broods on his roof until the cat starts meowing at him. Crouching next to it, he asks why it hasn’t left yet. When he gets no reply, he scoops it up into his arms and pets it as he returns to staring out at the city.

Woo-sang receives a stack of photos of Seung-ah and Moo-young on their date. He demands to know the sender and his assistant suspects the managing director. Woo-sang is stopped from firing anyone by the arrival of Seung-ah’s mom.

At home, Seung-ah gloomily plays with Moo-young’s bracelet. When the housekeeper leaves to answer the door, Seung-ah snatches up the woman’s phone to text Jin-kang. Meanwhile, her mother grovels on her knees to Woo-sang, swearing Seung-ah will behave.

Woo-sang claims he’s working out a deal with Seung-ah and kicks her out, saying he’ll contact her later. Seung-ah’s mother storms out and Woo-sang angrily sends the contents of his desk to the floor.

Jin-kang sees the text from Seung-ah and she flashes back to getting slapped. Moo-young picks up Seung-ah’s pottery from his desk and has his own flashback to Jin-kang’s face right after Seung-ah left with her mother. He replays her rant afterwards and then chucks the pot into the garbage.

Woo-sang leaves work and a car pulls up alongside his. The windows roll down and a woman smiles smugly at him. She takes credit for the pictures and laughs that she’d never understood his interest in Seung-ah until now. She wonders if he actually intends to marry Seung-ah, but Woo-sang drives off without a reply.

Jin-kang sighs at Seung-ah’s text. It’s another message for Moo-young and she hesitates to text him after the blowup yesterday. Moo-young is almost home when Jin-kang texts him asking to meet and he immediately turns around.

He finds Jin-kang waiting for him by the neighborhood laundromat and she holds out her phone to show him Seung-ah’s message. Moo-young doesn’t even spare it a glance, wondering why Jin-kang didn’t just text him. She admits that she actually wanted to apologize for lashing out yesterday.

Jin-kang says it wasn’t his fault, and apologizes for being harsh. Without answering, Moo-young stands and starts riding around on her bike. He says it’s not enough to just say sorry, and she should buy him lunch.

Irritated, Jin-kang chases after him while Moo-young rides playfully around her. They’re spotted by Yoo-ri, who’s stunned and hurt by the genuine smile on Moo-young’s face.

In a nearby restaurant, Moo-young finally reads Seung-ah’s message. She promises to be more cunning from now on so they can be together forever. We see her assure her mother that the relationship with Moo-young is over, even as her voice-over declares her feelings will never change.

Looking up, Moo-young complains that Jin-kang has eaten most of the food. She orders more, teasing that he should’ve eaten faster. He questions why she did Seung-ah a favor after being slapped and Jin-kang says this is the last one.

Moo-young points out that Seung-ah didn’t bother to apologize before asking a favor and thinks the people who should’ve been slapped were Seung-ah and himself. Jin-kang offers weak excuses that Seung-ah was in a rush and her mother was naturally protective of her precious daughter.

Moo-young asks if Jin-kang isn’t precious and she admits that she is upset. However, she thinks mothers are just like that and Moo-young replies he wouldn’t know. He tells her he grew up in an orphanage and Jin-kang suggests they not be sad about growing up without parents.

At a nearby table, Yoo-ri seethes as she eavesdrops. Moo-young jokes that as he’s already turned 30; that makes him Jin-kang’s oppa. She shoots that down, and asks about his burn. Moo-young doesn’t remember and Jin-kang admits that she doesn’t remember how she got her’s either, only that her brother said it was a house fire.

Jin-kang admits that she’d lied about never getting hurt. She says that’s probably why she was so combative with Moo-young—he reminded her of her childhood. Jin-kang recalls the only other time she’d been slapped, which was by a teacher when she was young. She adds that she’d made the mistake of telling Jin-kook, who’d cried all night.

Moo-young walks Jin-kang home and they bond over their similar backgrounds. He appears surprised to hear that she also lived in Haesan when she was young. They reach her house and Jin-kang sighs that kids are cruel, but Moo-young argues that adults are far worse.

She tells him not to be so jaded and asks about the cat, wondering what he’d named it. Moo-young jokes that he’d named it Kang… Jin-kang. Then admits he didn’t give it a name because it didn’t really belong to him. He bids her goodnight with a smile and it remains even after he’s turned away.

Yoo-ri watches Jin-kang go into her house with a dark look in her eyes. That night, she remembers back to a rooftop where she’d been prepared to jump when Moo-young appeared. He’d suggested she hang out with him instead and held out his hand.

The next day, Jin-kook stops when he spots a fortune teller’s stand and pops in to ask for a birth hour for Jin-kang that would be the most compatible for Cho-rong. On the way out, he’s nearly run over by an erratic Yoo-ri. Recognizing her, he follows her to a psychiatric clinic where she meets with Dr. Yang.

Dr. Yang tells Yoo-ri he won’t prescribe her any more meds, but guesses she really came to talk. She cries that he and “that woman” ruined her life. He gently says that her mother just wants her to get better but Yoo-ri doesn’t want to hear it.

She starts talking about Moo-young, whining that he told Jin-kang things he’d never told her. Yoo-ri turns on Dr. Yang when he asks if she likes Moo-young, accusing him of mining for more book material. She starts asking for medication again and her tearful pleas quickly escalate to violent screams.

The detective unit goes out for a company dinner, sans Jin-kook. Meanwhile, Yoo-ri’s become zombie-like as she shuffles around work. Her vision blurs a bit as she leaves to go on an errand for her boss.

Jin-kook drinks at a pojangmacha alone and flips through Dr. Yang’s book on trauma. Since it’s pouring Yoo-ri unfurls her umbrella, revealing the Arts Brewery promotion logo. Her mind is hazy and she flashes back to a man’s hand closing over hers on the umbrella and then a door with the number 1502.

Her eyes refocus on the umbrella’s logo just as Moo-young exits his apartment holding an identical umbrella. Calling the cat to eat, he laughs when he tries using Jin-kang’s name and it appears. The cat jumps down and knocks over the old cooler, revealing Jeong Mi-yeon’s missing trophy.

Jin-kook receives a call from a drunken Cho-rong, finally agreeing to help him reinvestigate Jeong Mi-yeon’s murder. Pleased, Jin-kook lets him know Jin-kang’s time of birth. After they hang up, Cho-rong sends a good night text to Jin-kang. Noticing the pouring rain, Jin-kang calls her brother as she starts out to meet him.

Surprised Jin-kang knows he’s been drinking, Jin-kook doesn’t correct her when she assumes it was at the team dinner with Cho-rong. He tries to protest when she says she’s on her way, but Jin-kang hangs up so he runs to cut her off. At a corner, he crouches down to scare his sister but just as she comes into view, a car careens towards her.

Jin-kook leaps out and manages to shove Jin-kang out of the way. Neither sibling is hurt so Jin-kook goes over to investigate the car. He opens the door and an unconscious Yoo-ri falls into his lap.

 
COMMENTS

I hope she just passed out from her drugs and didn’t overdose. Yoo-ri is a loose cannon. Her obsession with Moo-young is obvious, and she lashes out at anyone who may be romantically attached to him. It makes sense to assume as Hee-jun does that she fears rejection, because Moo-young certainly doesn’t love her back. However, her intense jealousy towards Jin-kang over her bond with Moo-young is something to watch out for. It makes you wonder whether she passed out before or after the car nearly ran over Jin-kang.

If it’s the latter, she’ll have Moo-young to contend with. While he enjoys messing with Jin-kang’s mind, he seems to draw the line at anyone else causing her pain. The look on his face when Seung-ah’s mom slapped her seemed both a little surprised and very much unhappy. He was actually concerned for Jin-kang afterwards, enough so that when she screamed at him to leave her alone, he did.

I’m really curious about our leads’ pasts. Moo-young has suggested he met the siblings before, but now Chief Lee has revealed that Jin-kook and Jin-kang aren’t siblings at all? What is this mysterious incident in the past and was it related to Moo-young? Surely it is. As some sharp beanies noticed, Moo-young’s scar seems to match up with Jin-kang’s scar in a way that suggests he may have shielded her from the fire. Whether that turns out to be true or not, it’s a great theory and poses a lot of questions.

I can’t get enough of Jin-kang and Moo-young together. They’re both so similar in their scars (both literal and metaphorical) and yet the way they’ve learned to cope is completely different. Moo-young has buried his pain so deep that he can’t seem to feel much of anything anymore, choosing to view the world through a cynical lens. Whereas Jin-kang has become more compassionate, but in no way weak. It’s great juxtaposition and I’m hoping they have an opportunity to heal together.

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I'm sort of staying off recaps till later on because of spoilers, but can I just say that that restaurant scene was a script writing master piece, and that if I could just watch a drama of table top conversations layered with inference and nuance and word play between these two, with the odd well crafted flashback, I would.
They're just so well written and delivered (props to both actors and the director), despite his possession of a moral compass being entirely in question, I just love watching their conversations the best. There's something so clever about them that really makes me wish I understood Korean, because I feel like I'm missing so much because of translation.

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Celeverly written and pointedly delivered conversation is my ultimate weakness. I can hang unto a mediocre drama as long as it has interesting dialogues. So you can imagine how I feel finding this great drama has such clever dialogues all over it. I just couldn't help rewatching several scenes to catch another meaning behind what the characters said. And I feel like the new insight we got from a new eps can fundamentally change the meaning of so many previous conversations.

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Yes yes and yes. Sometimes I honestly have to rewind midwatch, so I can rewatch a scene or a line and properly understand it an
It's not even that the lines are particularly profound- which is a different skill- no, it's how the dialogue runs and seems natural whilst containing so much information and meaning, and it's often more about what ISN'T said than what is and I just... *flails* being an amateur author and scriptwriter myself, I really, really appreciate it. It makes me fangirl a bit. And cry. Cos I'm jealous haha.

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Reminds me of another Seo In Gook's drama, I Remember You. That drama was a feast of double entendres, innuendos and subtext, especially when the Three Psychoteers( great name) came together in one place. There's an especially iconic scene where it was Seo In Gook, Park Bo Gum, Jang Nara and Choi Jin Wong simply seated at the table drinking tea. Tea has never felt so intense!

Another drama with interesting dialogue is Punch with Kim Rae Won. Man that drama was a political saguek in modern clothing. And who can forget that Jajangmyun scene?

Another one is most definitely Liar Game. Jamie and Do Young, Ha Woo Jin and Do Young, always tense conversations.

I also like clever dialogue with lots of double meaning. Makes drama watching more engaging.

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Well said. I rewatched that entire scene because it felt so simple yet relayed the intimacy and depth. And suddenly these two people seemed so different. It almost felt voyeuristic watching them :)) I don’t know if am making sense. I definitely don’t have a way with words!!

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I'm glad I saw your comment before anyone's coz I realized I haven't seen this episode yet. Will come back again later!

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It's disturbing to hear someone like Moo-young articulating what I think about certain characters. I felt like a bad  person when he validated my opinion by casually commented about Seung-ah's lack of apology. I know that girl live in toxic environment, but she just saw her friend getting slapped by her mother for helping her, and she didn't even ask whether Jin-kang is okay, much less apologize for it. She only think about herself when all that happened, and while I pity her for her situation, I have to agree with Woo-sang that she is just as much a snobbist like him.

Ugh, I don't want to find Moo-young's interaction with Jin-kang fascinating, but it is. Whenever they met, I wanted her to run away as soon as possible, yet I also wanted to see what unexpected questions and answers she'll elicit from him. It's surprising to see him sharing about himself so easily. Is it simply because Jin-kang intrigued him with her unpredictable responses? Or is that actually a meticulous plan he tailor-made for her to I don't know what end?

On the other hand, Jin-kang gave Moo-young and me some very surprising responses this eps. Like when she casually admitted to him that she lied before about never been hurt and never been slapped. Or when she stopped Moo-young from commenting more about Seung-ah and her mom because she was already thinking about it and didn't want to hate her friend for that incident. It feels like the kind of confession you would only make to people you really trust. And I'm not sure whether it's Moo-young's charm that spurr her tendency to overshare. Or whether it was some sort of game she unconsciously played to gauge a more genuine reaction from him.

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@gadis
I was thinking the sharing between MY and JK was kinda sudden in it's intensity and openness. Weren't they far from trusting (at least she was) of each other just the previous time? Weren't they irritated with each other? So one apology and all warmth and trust breaks loose?

I'm finding it kinda weird. It's good to get the plot moving along, but feels kinda fast and not explained. 😐

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She was feeling compassion for his being an orphan who grew up in an orphanage. They share the experience of having no parents but she feels the difference that she had a great brother to grow up with and he, presumably, had nobody who loved him the same way. Together with their burns, they have had very similar life experience and hardship. How could these things not bond them and put them at ease with one another? Big revelations. New understanding.

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I think it makes sense. There's something about hating someone and being clear about it that makes you open about your base emotions with that person. Knowing that you don't have to keep false pretenses with someone in displaying ugly emotions such as hatred and irritation is kinda liberating. That already means her interactions with Moo Young is different from what she has with her co-workers on the daily. There are no people who know each other better than enemies.
Then you add the slap and embarrassment that he witnessed, and her hurt afterwards, he has seen her in a vulnerable state. With the apology and the discovery of the things they have in common, it's easy to see why they got there. Plus, I don't think it means they're now buddy-buddy, it's just a relieving conclusion to a bad day with someone she has always being fairly honest with. On Moo Young's part, he has being mostly direct with her, like in the coffee shop when he was staring at her eyes, that time when he confessed to telling her things he usually doesn't tell( or something along those lines). So idk, felt natural to me.

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I think it makes sense. There's something about hating someone and being clear about it that makes you free of all pretensions like you normally would. It's very liberating in a way, to be able to show negative emotions such as hatred so openly, and not have to worry about his feelings or his opinions( she's interested in him though, try as she might to not be). There are no people who know each other better than enemies. Her interactions with MY will be already different from the ones she has with her co-workers, bosses, acquaintances. Add in the whole embarrassment and hurt she felt about the slap which he witnessed, he saw her in a vulnerable moment. Plus the apology afterwards and her discovery of the things they have in common brought them closer. I don't think they're all suddenly buddy-buddy, it was just a relieving and relaxing end to a bad, stressful day.
On Moo Young's part, he has always being fairly direct with her. I think he admitted he told her things he normally doesn't( can't remember when) and he's willing to let her see a side of him that's closed off most of the time. IDK, it all felt natural to me.

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Double comment...*face palm*...I edited it the second time and didn't see the first one. Choi Sahamidha

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Yes, their connection happened very fast. But I get a feeling that it's some kind of purposeful recklessness from Jin-kang's part. Like what Flightey Gazelles said, she found him irritating from the start, and he didn't have the best impression on her until now. I think she just felt like there's nothing to lose to just bare everything to him. (And some people do find it easier to say those kind of stuff to an almost stranger who doesn't know them that well) Besides, what she revealed isn't exactly something confidential, and she did reveal it like it was just some anecdotes from her life.

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Exactly. She bares the facts and not really the emotions behind it. She talks about it but doesn’t show the feels. If that makes sense.
And the fact that he gave back a detail from his life made it easier. It was not one sided. They both were equally conversing. And I guess for her she relates to him because they are kinda similar and he isn’t exactly sitting there and judging.
Even thoug SeungAh is a friend she won’t confide in her because they are don’t have remote similarities in their life circumstances.

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@growingbeautifully me too! I thought the mood changed too fast between them! MY was never really annoyed with her but she has reasons to keep distant from him so I don't get her being so friendly.

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To add up to other replies, Jin Kang total openness with Moo Young is actually not new at all if you remember earlier episodes like that scene (episode 2 I think) where shows him her scar while she was super conscious about it with her date... Moo Young himself is taken aback and asks her why. So it seems their conversation is actually a continuation of that dynamic more than a sudden new one?

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@sunny “Jin-kook stops when he spots a fortune teller’s stand and pops in to get a good marriage date for Jin-kang and Cho-rong. “

Just wanted to clarify, JinKook was actually asking the fortune teller to calculate the best hour of birth for JinKang that is most compatible to ChoRong — ie rigging the compatibility test.

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Thank you on that clarification @geliguolu!

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Thanks @geliguolu sph_7
This makes sense because if she's really not his sister (and I think we know she isn't), he is unlikely to know her real time of birth as well. So he might as well get the most compatible time with Cho Rong.

Poor guy forgot to factor in that she might be nice to Cho Rong but not that this means she wants to marry him.

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Thanks @sunny
I'm going to do wild guesswork (just for the fun of it) and say it's Moo Young and Jin Kang who are the 'real' siblings. Heh! So their getting together is going to be problematic, what?

Killer-wise, Yoo Ri is as much a candidate as any of the guys, with her unstable mind. Whether she ever saw Jeong Mi Yeon as a threat although she scoffs at Moo Young ever being attached to Mi Yeon, is not certain. She might have been the one who pushed Mi Yeon to her death, even if she was not the one who whacked her on the head.

Moo Young appears to have been the one to tidy up after the killing. Strange that only he knows where the trophy weapon is, and Yoo Ri seems to have forgotten (overly drugged?) or never knew. The top of the trophy was in her house though ... so she could very well have been the one who hit her friend, and somehow in her drugged state, forgot?

I don't get why Jin Kang felt she needed to apologize to Moo Young though. Her feelings of being wronged were justified. Their connecting now gives me vibes of anxiety. 😔

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“I don't get why Jin Kang felt she needed to apologize to Moo Young though. ”

I sense (from her expression on the bus) that because she felt so upset and mad that SeungAh didn’t apologize, she felt greater need to apologize to MooYoung. Korea’s take Confucian values seriously —Don't do unto others what you don't want done unto you. He didn’t slap her, he didn’t even ask to see SeungAh so it was quite inappropriate she took her pain and embarrassment out on him, in public, so harshly.

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Did he know that the trophy had been in the red cooler? He has been eyeing that cooler whenever coming and going through his front door but he seemed genuinely surprised to see it in there when it fell down and broke open. was afraid that kitty was in it.

Actually, I was becoming afraid that the cooler had become the kittens final resting place.

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I was actually afraid for that kitten, for a moment, too. Thank god JinKang-ie are no where in that cooler.

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Wasn’t there a conversation last episode where Yoo Ri told Moo Young she saw the trophy after the killing, but didn’t know where the memory came from. Her eyes were wide and innocent, then the crazy came out in this episode. Moo Young is too smart to hang onto the trophy even if he only cleaned up the scene.

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Yes, I agree that Moo Young is smart.... but he's also one to crave risk and life "on the edge" (so to speak) He wants to push people's buttons and take them also "to the edge" of what they can tolerate. So if he did indeed have a murder weapon, it might be an exciting challenge to him to keep it in a cooler in front of his place. It might be a way to tempt fate and perhaps hasten his own game of survival.

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Hmmn, what interesting read on Moo Young's character. ++++

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I know everyone is loving the restaurant scene and the dialogue between MooYoung and JinKang. I love it too. However my favorite scene this episode is the beginning. The intensity of the confrontation was overwhelming. The expressions as MooYoung improvises more ways to bend JinKook’s mind and tunes his rage. He could have denied it straight away, but he didn’t. He gave JinKook more hints as a declaration of challenge. Lastly, that trolling “Fighting!” with the fists and dab, and walking away with a smooth triple combo facial change as he side glanced the red cooler made me scream a little for SIG. 😲OMG what does he eat for breakfast that makes him so talented?🙌🏻

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That "Fighting!" was so smooth and mocking at the same time. It got to me.

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Also a fantastic scene. I agree.

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I marvel in your sentence : "OMG what does he eat for breakfast that makes him so talented?" 😄
No really, am I permitted to borrow it for future use?

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Lol, I borrowed from JinKook anyway

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Haha, I don't know whether to be embarassed or what. :-)
I didn't watch the ep, you see!

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You’ll get it once u watch Ep3

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Really loved the scene when MY and JK are talking about life of each other. You can clearly see how comfortable each of the characters are with one another. They show their true selves, their emotion and their thoughts which is really refreshing for a character such as MY.

I'm really felt the creeps when the tattoo girl follows them around. And seeing that she has a really unstable mental situation, I can see what could happen in the future.

This is my favorite episode so far. :)

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*I really. Huhuhu

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It's super special that after Moo-young walks Jin-kang to her home and leaves, he never stops smiling, even when he has his back turned to her. Whenever Moo-young meets with Seung-ah, or any other person, he smiles to say goodbye, but the moment he turns around to walk away, his smile disappears. Seo In-guk does a really good job at controlling his expressions so they don't come off as forced-fake, so when he was smiling as he walked away from Jin-kang, it was like a subtle way of letting the audience know that Jin-kang is completely different from all his other girls. Moo-young is manipulative and possibly never feels for others, but when he's with Jin-kang, he's beginning to allow emotions to come in.

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This was such a good episode.

Totally surprised that they are not blood siblings.
It kind of hurts my heart how much they love each other. She knows that her being slapped would hurt her brother more than her and she has no idea that he is treated as an out cast in his team.

That snow globe scene between MY and Jin-kook was creepy. Even if MY is not the killer he knows things and is obviously playing with Jin-kook in that moment.

Cute cop in his full uniform....so cute.

Want to know the story of the nuns. The one looked so happy to see MY.

When MY and Jin-kang are together I forget I'm not watching a romance. Great chemistry.

I'm a little worried for the mom, whom I dislike immensely, with the look MY gave her.

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In regards to Jin Kang and Jin Kook not being blood related I kinda feel that we have been subtly told this before... At least I didn't feel surprised by that revelation. But I also can't recall a scene where it was stated or hinted at previously. Does anyone know?

For now there is nothing overtly romantic about the JK and MY relationship. They are just consciously or subconsciously drawn to each other. If that doesn't change I don't mind if they turn out to be the actual siblings. Would be an unexpected change from the usual the-leads-will-always-end-up-together trope.

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We don't know the intention of Moo Young yet, but Ji Kang has an effet on him :p

I love the restaurant scene. Ji Kang, even if she doesn't want to appreciate him, can help herself to feel close to him. The burn scar and the orphan part are important in her life, she suffered from them. And now, she met someone who shared the same pain, who was even more lonely than her. And the way she said she will continue to dislike him made him so happy like she said the opposite.

For the past, Ji Kook seemed to have messed up a lot wich made him loose the respect of his colleagues. Now, if Ji Kang is not his sister, she should remember it. She said his father was dead before her birth but she was 7 years old when her mum died. She was old enough to remember the past.

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Reading your comment made me think - what if Jin Kook was involved with Jin Kang's mother, and as a result Jin Kang's father killed her and himself, so Jin Kook took Jin Kang and raised her as his sister? That would account for why Moo-young blames Jin Kook for his father's death, and why the other cops despise Jin Kook.

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Such an amazing episode. So much subtlety and so many clues. Great acting.

I don't think that YooRi was seething as she was eavesdropping in the restaurant. There, and later in the doctors office, she seemed genuinely upset and heartbroken that he was so freely sharing important facts and feelings that he had never told her. Jealousy and sadness but not anger.

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Ok, these are my thoughts.

Moo young. This guy is such a fascinating character; there are so many sides to him, and it confuses me, so that I vaccilate between he's nice, he's not the killer, no way, to he's creepy, he could be the killer. The many sides of him, that we've seen so far:

1. The detached saviour: he saves girls, but he's not invested in the act. He doesn't feel good that he's saved someone, he doesn't bother at all, because he's distanced himself from feeling any emotion.

2. The liar: he lies with a straight face, and does it in such a convincing way. The lie to Seung ah in episode 1 was just shocking, and the fact that he doesn't care about the fact that he did something morally wrong, again points to a lack of emotion in him...karma is going to come back and bite him, because in korean drama, the bad deeds that you have committed will return to punish you, somehow...remember Yoo jung in CiTT? He paid for his sins.

3. The kind friend: he understands everything that Jin kang went through - the scar, the loss of her parents, the heckling by the kids, the contempt of Seung ah's mother. He's the nicest guy in the world, he listens to her, and chips in with his own stories, and she cheers up after a while.

4. The animal lover: he's good to that cat and takes care of it...it's all good here.

5. The creepy guy: that first scene was chilling. The part where the strings start to play, and he begins to arrange the snow globes, slowly, one by one,....creeped me out. His eyes were creepy, his smile was creepy, his smile wiped off the instant he turned his back was creepy.

6. The sadist: when he hugged Seung ah and pulled her in, hard, as he watched Jin kang, was just rivetting...repulsive, and fascinating at the same time. He was so deliberate about it, so calculating, and his eyes were so hard and cruel. He could have been hugging a sack of potatoes, because it was clear that he felt absolutely nothing for Seung ah. And later he just tossed the pot into the trash...it showed how little he cared about her.

Trying to catch up with Chapter 7 of my fanfic before the new episode premieres.

Check it out here

https://www.asianfanfics.com/story/view/1371103/a-hundred-million-stars-falling-from-the-sky-mystery-romance-thriller

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Moo Young has abandonment trauma and deals with it by detaching himself from emotions and relationships and manipulating people. He sets up situations with woman, but allows them to make to the choice. When he predicts correctly how they will act, he is contemptuous, but pleased with his ability. When someone behaves contrary to what he anticipates, particularly if it results in kindness or recognition of himself, he is surprised. He expects the worst of people and is a bit gleeful when their decisions screw up their lives.
When Seung ah left her home and came to him, I think part of him was pleased as he expected her to fold to the pressure and abandon him.
When Jin Kang apologized, he was surprised that she was concerned about his feelings and trying to be fair. He was pleased she went to the trouble to apologize in person.

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"When he predicts correctly how they will act, he is contemptuous,but pleased with his ability"

Wow, this is so apt! Reminds me of the OG psycho in IRY who had abandonment issues and expected the worst of humans.

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Just uploaded Chapter 7: We Shouldn't Pity Each Other Like This.

Awaiting ep 5 with baited breath.

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There’s definitely something very sinister about Moo Young and opposite to most Beanies I want him to be sinister and not misunderstood as most of k-drama leads are. For once, I want a true tragic antihero with real sins whose actions are past forgiveness. Give me all the angst!

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"I want a true tragic antihero with real sins whose actions are past forgiveness"
That would be a first!! I am all for it.

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I was affected by the story of how Jin Kang had been slapped by her teacher, and that Jin Kook had cried for a long time when he heard that. His devotion to her is amazing.

It's not spelt out, but the mystery of whether he did kill anyone, or whether he had or feels responsibility for the fire, may be connected to why he took on the raising of Jin Kang. In that conversation with Moo Yeong, there was also mention of a sister who went overseas. It will be interesting to 'meet' her and see if she's his real sister.

Then we see Moo Yeong remembering how Jin Kang was unfairly slapped by Seung Ah's mum and he had noted Seung Ah had not apologised. He immediately throws away and breaks the ceramic art piece Seung Ah gave him. Might he want the same thing to happen to its previous owner?

Moo Yeong's being angry is like a parallel with Jin Kook being upset at Jin Kang's ill-treatment... and Moo Yeong did also consider Jin Kang as a little sister in the first ep or so.

I'd not like to be in Seung Ah's (and later in Yoo Ri's) shoes, if he keeps up the anger. He is one person who looks like he will smile and charm, while he seethes behind the facade. Scary. 😨

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I think Moo Young is going to break up with Seung Ah in the next episode. Primarily because both Seung Ah and her mother treated Jin Kang so shabbily. Seung Ah just regards Jin Kang as a means to an end; a person to be used, why else wouldn’t she apologize for the slap Jin Kang received because of her?

Moo Young never really liked Seung Ah anyway. I got the feeling that he enjoyed toying with her, rescuing a damsel in distress, but he’s aware of her using him to rebel against her mom and fiancé, and while he likes the attention he receives from a beautiful, rich, girl; he doesn’t genuinely like her as a person.

With Jin Kang, it’s different from all his other female friends; she’s no-nonsense, doesn’t put up with his bull shit, and calls him out when he’s behavior borders on amoral. She’s also fiercely loyal and has a strong moral compass, she values the people in her life; plus, they both have similar background and experiences. How could he stop himself from genuinely liking her?

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I think SA really likes JK but she is also very naive and self centered, like she is still a teenager. She doesn't know how to put herself in another person's shoes. That is why she didn't think to apologize on the phone.

I'm not sure JK is such a loyal person. She has been friends with SA for many years, he knows MY has maybe cheated on her, and he ignored her phone call as a joke. That is not something as small as people seem to think, it's a big show of him not caring as much for SA. Suddenly SA doesn't apologize for her mom's slap so it's ok to become friendly with MY? It's like she just needed an excuse.

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I also don't find JK particularly loyal. She's just average. Not too selfish, not too selfless. Seeing other women or filtering calls aside, if she felt MY was flirting with her, she should have avoided the long 1 to 1 conversations. We understand her difficulty doing so, because MY is magnetic, but her weakness to his flirtation is weakness in loyalty. I actually thought not telling SeungAh about the theater and call saved her from being a true wrecking third wheel. Along that line, someone did point out to me that MooYoung throwing shade at his "girlfriend"'s mishap is breaking their friendship with intent. Considerate or calculated, either way he apparently doesn't give a sh*t if their long standing friendship sinks.

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Hmmm... interesting point, but maybe we are looking at different things. Jin Kang’s fierce loyalty to her brother, for instance, not disclosing things that would hurt him even though she’s in pain. Still going the extra mile for her friend in delivering Seung Ah’s message to MY, when she had every right to refuse. Dropping off the form her boss nagged her about to Seung Ah against her better judgment. She’s willing to go the extra mile or even suffer pain for the people she cares about.

If you notice, JK didn’t seek MY of her own accord. She went to apologize for her behavior. Regarding SA’s relationship with MY, she already knows that SA’s fiancé was stringing her along (based on SA’s mom’s comments). So although she doesn’t approve of SA cheating on her fiancé with MY, she offered no judgment but was supportive of her friend. When she saw MY’s questionable behavior, she rightly called him out on it and wanted nothing to do with him. Just because she had a friendly meal with MY doesn’t make her disloyal. Her loyalty or lack thereof to her friend will be determined by her later actions when MY makes a move on her (judging by next week’s previews).

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but she did seek him out. Not just referring to the apology dinner, which she could have just texted the apology. After she found out SA is dating MY, she went out of her way to return the jacket and stayed to talk for a long time. Then she looked for him at the noodle shop to question him. There will always be reasons for her see him, and that is her weakness, subconsciously looking for excuses know him better without disclosing to her friend. The fact that she wasn’t upfront about knowing him when SeungAh introduced him to her, which is so harmless if her feelings weren’t so complex, says something. Not saying she isn’t loyal, but she hasn’t done anything difficult enough to show above average loyalty.

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I feel a need to chime in! I've been lurking for a long time on the recaps. I do agree that she hasn't done anything to determine strong loyalty to SeungAh, she's loyal to Gook for sure. At the same time, the girls do have quite a strange relationship. It's like they hang out and are "close" in a sense, but their friendship isn't that deep. The fact that she didn’t tell SA about Yoori at the movies was a sign. But I interpreted that situation and the bit where she didn’t admit she sorta knew MY when they were introduced as circumstances where she felt she wasn’t sure what was the right thing to do. She barely knew MY then and there wasn’t any need, I feel, to report to SA that they’ve met before – extremely briefly – twice.

Where I disagree is the point on her seeking MY out and thus making her disloyal to SA. She's never seeked him out cause of romantic intentions. That's where I draw the line and would definitely call her a disloyal friend. But all their interactions were either 1) a co-incidence (the noodle shop confrontation, she saw his truck and went in looking for a verbal confrontation) 2) MY being the one forcing an interaction (the laundromat situ. She didn't stay to talk to him, she was about to walk away when he revealed to have eavesdropped on her date convo which angered her and led her to continue the conversation - which wasn't exactly pleasant or friendly on her part. Even the apology dinner was somewhat forced by MY riding her bike off with her bag.

In fact, anytime she willingly went to speak to MY, it was pretty much based off her internal value system and how she felt about certain things. Those feelings always seem to get the better of her which leads to her confronting MY. Even the apology dinner, yes she could have texted him an apology but I don’t think she’s that sort of person, and definitely prefers the more sincere way of apologising to him in person.

To me, there's nothing disloyal or dark or insidious about her actions and she most certainly doesn't intentionally seek him out to flirt or anything.

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@redmists Again, I don’t think she’s disloyal and I think her “seeking” are all subconscious. She is not dark at all. Just not the above average loyal friend that we thought OP was talking about.

However, at SeungAh’s introduction, JinKang said “First time, nice to meet you.” (Viki subs omits “first time”). So MooYoung asked “Why are you like that? Did you forget or are you pretending? Is it really the first time meeting?” She didn’t just not mention they met. She falsely stressed it was their first time for SeungAh to hear. THAT I believe is not a very clean-conscienced introduction.

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Yes. Her loyalty towards her brother is definitely fierce. And only to him.

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Yes, I wouldn't say she was disloyal, but wouldn't call her a loyal friend either. I loyal sister, probably yes, she seems to be.

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Someone sees what I see... Thank you, you spoke my mind...

Everyone is rushing for the "main romance" to happen but I see these little things...

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I have to say I like the way the scenes are shot.
For example the scene where Moo Young holds the kitten and looks at the city below him. To me the scene showed without words the world he is living in. In contrast of the city vivid colors and constant moving to some destination, Moo Young lives in a colorless, lifeless apartment building. I say "lifeless" because we haven't seen any other tenants that live there.
Well, anyway that just me.

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Things that stood out to me in this episode
Mooyoung telling jin kook that he wished he could tell him he was the one that killed the college girl. He might not be a killer but that doesn't mean he doesn't hold a fantasy of becoming one.
His look when he was holding seung ah and looking at jin kang. Its like he's passing a message but why?
His smirk when jin kang told him she will continue to dislike him and then the smile after leaving her.
This show is quite addictive and I am starting to wonder if I made the right choice of not binge watching it rather than waiting every week for new episodes.

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Random comparisons with the original:

One of the most repulsive scenes (to me) in the original was when the Yuko (lead female) helps the rich girl sneak out to see Ryo, and Ryo takes the girl, who only asked to be alone together, to a love motel. Seeing her hesitance, he passive aggressively asked if she wants to leave, then used HER hands to pick a room (motel had a room code vending machine). Here we see SeungAh continuing her reckless self destruction (or just thirst for more sex) and suggested to go anywhere convenient to do it, even if she is grossed out by the place. MooYoung on the other hand is uninterested. Maybe because JinKang is waiting around the area and he's not in the mood to screw someone else. Again he effortlessly endears SeungAh with the sensitive boyfriend charade. With the Korean version you just can't blame this poor girl for falling so hard. Anyone seeing him through her eyes can easily give up anything for this man.

The Japanese rich girl was raised in a rich patriarchal family. She is a precious gem to her father who had traded her for business contracts. Don't recall if the family business was going under, but they didn't seem to be as desperate for the fiance's money. Yet she is still just an object to be wed against her will. She didn't have a job or any goals in life. SuengAh is at least an aspiring artist.

When they first met, Ryo intercepted a quarrel between her and her fiance that was turning physical. MooYoung on the other hand intercepted SeungAh's fight with herself, which enticed the spirit that lives inside her to break free. Japanese girl would waver to give Ryo up when family pressure builds, then fall right back into his hands when he sweet talks her slightly. She gets whipped by so many people that it's painful to watch, yet she is fragile, and pretty, enough to be sympathized.

SeungAh had her mind set break the arranged marriage, she was only lacking the courage to pursue. With SeungAh, the writer gave her a stronger character but counterweighted it with more flaws (a lot more reckless, a little more self centered), to bring her back to the same fate as the original character. At first she was rebelling in the name of love, but she was actually just fighting for herself. I think that will change and eventually her love for MooYoung will outweigh everything.

Yuko didn't get slapped for bringing the rich girl to meet Ryo. Rich girl actually went home on her own. After she left, Ryo asked Yuko to eat together and she rejected saying it's inappropriate to eat with someone's boyfriend. At this point she already started to like Ryo, which Ryo could tell, so he hugged the rich girl to trigger her, and more the reason I felt him taking the rich girl to have quick sex repulsive. So the mommy showing up to give JinKang a slap and the outburst by JinKang towards MooYoung really caught me by surprise. The friendship that slowly crumbles because of that slap gives JinKang just enough...

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The friendship that slowly crumbles because of that slap gives JinKang just enough justification to befriend MooYoung guilt-free. Good job writer-nim.

Crazy tattoo druggie was not a druggie in the original. Just an extremely lonely, vicious and volatile girl who worships every cell on Ryo (no kidding, I still remember how she touched his scar). Don't recall how they met but the situation is close to the Korean version -- showing up at her most vulnerable and depressing time. In between the sex, Ryo would just listen to her talk and talk with no reaction. She knows there is no love, but she is happy as long as he is present. When that bare minimum of attention is threatened by Yuko, she charged Yuko with a knife.

YooRi verbally resents people saying she loves MooYoung. I think she speaks the truth. She is just desperately obsessed with him -- far from love. It is refreshing to see a crazy person acknowledge that on their own, and calls the speculators "crazy".

The psychiatrist is a new character. Curious to see what stories will develop around him.

By episode 4, the two versions have diverted quite enough to have me guessing what will happen next.

Til next recap...

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I must say I appreciate your comparisons with the Japanese version which is surprising to me because I'm highly spoiler-averse. It's because of the exta pscho analysis you attach with details one may have missed.

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Thanks for the encouragement. I hate unexpected spoilers, like cursing ppl out hate it when someone spoils a good drama, so I try my best to stick to only scenes that had past.

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Unlike the shocking Japanese version, the Korean version has a bona fide romantic male lead who is so self confident( due to exceptional skills) and cool, he even looks “chilling”, due to unexplain and misleading( to viewers) circumstances.

As of now, he “saved” three women, two have clear romantic interests in him unfortunately, which will not be reciprocated because his attention on them is purely a means to an end.

He is another classic Korean charmer given a fresh remake.

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Can I just say, what a relief it is to finally watch a serious drama. Its been so long since Ive seen one. I love the deep psychological themes in this drama and I look forward to how the drama progresses.

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I feel that this is the drama I was waiting for since the ending of Forest of Secrets.

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Have you tried Tunnel, Signal and My Mister?

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I loved Signal! I'll check Tunnel and My Mister! Thanks :)

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Everything Sicarius mentioned about the restaurant scene was spot on. The acting, the chemistry between JK and MY dialogue, directing, and the background score.... all of it was perfection. It wasn't over the top but it was so poignant and made me so emotional.

SIG is killing it in this role and a lot of people are giving him and PSW a lot of love but I also want to give a shout out to Jung So Min. She is one of those underrated actresses who is so talented. Quoting Murasakimi from one of recaps from BTIMFL JSM has an incredible ability to make the emotions of her characters accessible and vivid every step of the way. I am equally drawn to JK as I am to MY and I can't get enough of these two together.

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Somin is such a germ :')

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gotta say SeoInguk really such a great actor.

like one time you wonder if Mooyoung is genuine or not but his facial is soo obvious when he's with Jinkang; you can tell the difference. and the way he looked at her at that park scene was like Mooyoung is revolve around Jinkang. that bicycle scene where Mooyoung cycling around Jinkang tells it all.

and Jinkook :( i really wonder the story behind jinkook and jinkang; they're both a great sibling i love both of them.

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