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Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Episode 6

This show continues to amp it up every week and as the web of relationships grows more complicated with each new discovery, our characters’ fates are thrown ever higher into the air. A lot of conflicting desires are at play and as feelings grow—be they suspicion, jealousy, or affection, so does the tension. There’s only so much more this precarious balance can take before something, or someone snaps.

 
EPISODE 6: “Did you think it was a joke?”

Moo-young is waiting when Jin-kang arrives home and jokes that she looks fine even though her words ruined his day. Her face remains impassive and he sighs that she’s pitying him again. Before Jin-kang can respond, Cho-rong drives up and when she turns back, Moo-young has vanished. Cho-rong cheerily delivers the soup his mother made and Jin-kang suggests they go out to eat before he goes.

No sooner does the couple sit down at a restaurant than Moo-young walks in. Jin-kang eyes him warily as he plops down behind Cho-rong. She struggles to pay attention to Cho-rong’s chatter as she continues to throw glances at Moo-young.

Blissfully unaware, Cho-rong fields intrusive calls and texts from his mother vowing to disown him if he doesn’t at least hold Jin-kang’s hand. After the meal, Cho-rong walks Jin-kang home while Moo-young saunters a few paces behind.

Jin-kang continues to watch Moo-young in her periphery until he veers off, just as Cho-rong finally works up the nerve to grab her hand. He lets go just as quickly, embarrassed, but Jin-kang reaches out and holds it again. Emboldened, Cho-rong asks her to go out with him officially and grins when she agrees.

Reaching Jin-kang’s doorstep, Cho-rong attempts to kiss her but Moo-young reappears and scuffs his sneaker loudly, causing Cho-rong to spring back. Moo-young ducks down to tie his shoe, obstructing his face, and Cho-rong gets into his car and drives off.

Jin-kang demands to know what Moo-young is doing. He promptly replies that he’s keeping Cho-rong from kissing her, wondering if she’s disappointed. Jin-kang snaps that she is and Moo-young reasons that she’ll have to talk to him tonight then, or else he’ll be back to interrupt her next date.

Moo-young goes on to say her words have haunted him and demands to know why she pities him, admitting he’s miserable. She says he deserves it, after playing with people’s feelings. Jin-kang’s surprised he’s never been pitied, but Moo-young says he’s been pitied plenty. However, it’s never bothered him before because he understood those people were just relieved not to have his lot in life.

“But I don’t know how to interpret your words,” Moo-young tells her, “They were really meant for me. You really pity me.” Jin-kang agrees that she does, but when Moo-young presses for her reason, she just tells him to think on it himself.

Jin-kook is unnerved to see Moo-young leaving when he drives up and questions Jin-kang when he comes inside. She evades the question by suggesting he have some of the soup Cho-rong brought by.

Perking up, Jin-kook peppers her with questions and is overjoyed when she tells him to butt out of her dating life. Escaping into the bathroom, Jin-kang is bothered by Moo-young’s words.

The next day, So-jung is shocked to hear Jin-kook found Moo-young on the blackbox footage from the night of Jeong Mi-yeon’s death. She wonders if Jin-kook has a sixth sense for catching criminals. Sighing, Jin-kook points out the reason Moo-young bothered him was because he looked familiar somehow.

So-jung aks how Cho-rong reacted to the news, but Jin-kook hasn’t had the chance to tell him due to Cho-rong’s mother burning herself and needing to visit the hospital. In the meantime, Jin-kook plans to confront Moo-young directly. So-jung balks but Jin-kook insists that the tactic could work.

“He’s the strangest person I’ve ever met in my life,” Jin-kook explains, recalling his previous interrogation of Moo-young. Despite his calm facade, Jin-kook had sensed Moo-young was nervous. He thinks Moo-young gets a thrill from danger and that’s why he toyed with Jin-kook at his own risk.

Moo-young delivers something to Woo-sang’s office. The woman who’d sent Woo-sang photos of Seung-ah with Moo-young sees and questions the receptionist. The package contains a bottle of the wedding brew Woo-sang ordered and a wicked smile spreads across the woman’s face as she offers to deliver it herself.

Sitting on the steps outside Moo-young’s place, Yoo-ri runs away when Jin-kook approaches. Meanwhile, Cho-rong hears that Jin-kook made a break in the case from So-jung, but she won’t give him details. He tries to call Jin-kook, but Moo-young arrives home just then.

Jin-kook tells Moo-young that Yoo-ri ran away when he arrived, adding that he’d locked her up a few days ago. Moo-young’s reaction is subdued and Jin-kook gripes about her lack of remorse for the accident and how she’d refused to promise not to do it again. He’s taken aback when Moo-young laughs and says that it’s just like Yoo-ri not to lie.

Jin-kook asks where he was the night of Jeong Mi-yeon’s death. Moo-young guesses he was asleep but Jin-kook disagrees, citing the dash cam footage that caught Moo-young walking. He wants to know who told Moo-young the apartment cameras weren’t working and Moo-young immediately answers, “Jeong Mi-yeon.”

Then he smiles and guesses Yoo-ri, followed by the security guard. Laughing, he admits he’d just played along but Jin-kook believes his first answer was correct. “As if it’s a joke,” Jin-kook says, “you always told the truth.” He explains his theory that Moo-young gets a thrill from the danger and Moo-young muses at his own charm.

Jin-kook questions why Moo-young wastes his brain on murder and Moo-young throws back that Jin-kook wastes his legs chasing dead ends. Turning away, Moo-young removes his shirt. Seeing the scar, Jin-kook pales and quickly excuses himself.

Speeding back to the station, Jin-kook flashes back to Jin-kang telling him to be kinder to Moo-young because he’s from Haesan too. Cho-rong raps on his window, snapping him out of his thoughts.

The young detective eagerly asks about the big evidence So-jung mentioned, but is disappointed when Jin-kook hands him Yoo-ri’s dash cam memory card. Jin-kook fumbles to defend the card and suddenly Moo-young’s words about Yoo-ri being unable to lie click into place. He shoos Cho-rong away and speeds off again.

Jin-kook gets a copy of Yoo-ri’s blood test from the night of the accident and takes it over to Dr. Yang along with Yoo-ri’s dash cam memory card. Meanwhile, Cho-rong and the rest of the unit rush to locate a missing boy.

Dr. Yang watches the dash cam footage and Jin-kook asks about Yoo-ri’s sleeping pills and if she’s a drug addict. At the same time, Yoo-ri knocks on Moo-young’s door. There’s no response because he’s currently starting work at a new brewery.

Jin-kook calls Cho-rong to ask where the team is, but follows a crowd to Moo-young’s building where Yoo-ri is about to jump. Remembering how Moo-young had talked her down before, she calls him a liar just as Jin-kook reaches the roof and shouts her name.

Yoo-ri steps off the roof anyway and Jin-kook dives for her, managing to grab her wrist. She reaches up and grabs him with her other hand and Jin-kook tumbles over the side with her… and lands on a safety cushion. Yoo-ri blinks at Jin-kook’s hand still clasped around her wrist as he assures her she’s okay.

Afterwards, Jin-kook stays with Yoo-ri at the police station to fill out her report. When he hands her the pen, he notices she’s left-handed. Then he walks her home and awkwardly warns her he’ll be checking in, to which Yoo-ri replies, “I won’t die.”

So-jung, having heard the news from Cho-rong who witnessed the whole fiasco, runs up and kicks Jin-kook. She shakily chides him for holding on to Yoo-ri even as she dragged him over the ledge. Jin-kook assures her he’d already seen the safety cushion, but So-jung vows she’s through with him and leaves.

Moo-young meets Hee-jun at his part-time job and finds Seung-ah is passed out drunk. Hee-jun says she’d asked for Moo-young’s address, but he’d refused to tell her. Moo-young starts cleaning her up, but Jin-kang arrives and takes over, saying Seung-ah had called her.

Woo-sang meets with the woman from his company and she pours them beer. She ignores his questions as to what she wants, and just keeps talking about the beer until finally revealing it’s his wedding brew. Holding out the card—which is signed by Moo-young with a smiley face—she laughs that not only did Woo-sang fire Seung-ah’s father, but had her boyfriend make their wedding brew before firing him as well.

The woman continues to taunt Woo-sang, saying Moo-young brought the bottle to the office himself. Woo-sang ignores her until she adds Seung-ah was dumped. Woo-sang’s face twists as he storms out of the room.

Moo-young drives Seung-ah’s car while Jin-kang sits in the back with Seung-ah laid across her lap. At a stoplight, Moo-young comments that Jin-kang appears gentle today and sighs that it’s boring.

He guesses she was happy to see him earlier and laughs when she glares, saying that’s the look that makes his heart skip a beat. “It almost gives me a heart attack,” he jokes. Jin-kang just tells him to watch the road.

They reach Seung-ah’s house and Jin-kang tells him to wait while she talks to Seung-ah’s mom. Moo-young walks around and opens her door, telling her to get out and wait. Confused, Jin-kang points out that Seung-ah’s mother will be angry to see him. Moo-young says that’s exactly why she should let him handle it.

Seung-ah’s mom comes out and glowers at Moo-young, but doesn’t say anything as she gets into the car and drives her drunk daughter up to the house. Moo-young walks over to where Jin-kang is waiting and asks if she was anxious for him. With a sigh, Jin-kang asks, “Are you doing this on purpose? I really don’t get you.”

Moo-young doesn’t understand, so Jin-kang clarifies, “You do all the nice things after all. Why do you pretend to be so mean?” Moo-young isn’t so sure he’s being nice, but Jin-kang thinks so. They get to the main street and Moo-young steps out into traffic to hail a taxi.

Jin-kang nervously asks him to step back, but Moo-young is unfazed, even as a car narrowly misses him. To his surprise, Jin-kang steps out and starts to pull him back to the curb. He points out they’ll have trouble finding a taxi now, but follows her easily back to the safety of the sidewalk.

So-jung watches Moo-young anxiously from her desk when he stops by her office to update his license. She starts to call Jin-kook before remembering she’s mad at him. Jin-kook has just arrived at the station when he catches sight of Moo-young standing in the street, transfixed on the reunion of the missing boy with his family.

Seung-ah stumbles downstairs and is unbothered when her mother storms out of the room. She perks up when the housekeeper chides her for worrying her mother by breaking her promise not to see “him” and tears up as she watches the dash cam footage of Moo-young carrying her to the car with Jin-kang.

Back home, Moo-young can’t get the sight of the little boy reunited with his parents out of his head. He unfolds a yellowed piece of paper to reveal a child’s drawing of four children: three boys and a girl.

That evening, So-jung sits with Jin-kook at a pojangmacha, pointedly ignoring him as she drinks. He tries apologizing but when she doesn’t respond, he tells her about Moo-young’s scar. With a sigh, she finally turns to face him and Jin-kook asks if he’s being oversensitive again.

So-jung assures him that he is, but Jin-kook is unconvinced. “Just because of a burn scar, you’re not suspecting…” So-jung trails off, wondering if this suspicion is why he didn’t tell Cho-rong about seeing Moo-young on the dash cam.

Jin-kook denies her worries that he’s underestimating Cho-rong, admitting that he actually thinks he was blinded by his obsession. While he doesn’t doubt Moo-young’s involvement, he doesn’t think he’s the killer… because Yoo-ri is also left-handed.

Jeong Mi-yeon’s boyfriend is acquitted of the murder charges and Chief Lee reopens the case. Cho-rong wants to share their findings with the team, but Jin-kook refuses and drives off without so much as an explanation.

Walking up towards the park bench where Yoo-ri sits alone, Jin-kook flashes back to his conversation with Dr. Yang. “Yoo-ri needs time,” Dr. Yang had told him, “and someone she can trust without a doubt.”

Sitting next to her, Jin-kook tells her Moo-young said she doesn’t lie and that he has a question, but she doesn’t have to answer today. He shares his suspicion that she doesn’t remember the accident with Jin-kang, and that’s why she couldn’t promise it wouldn’t happen again. “But you actually have one more day you can’t remember, don’t you?” Jin-kook asks.

Seung-ah is waiting for Jin-kang when she gets out of work and confronts her with the dash cam recording of her conversation with Moo-young when they were taking Seung-ah home.

It sounds bad and Jin-kang tries to explain, but Seung-ah holds out her phone, revealing the only text Moo-young replied to: that yes, he does like Jin-kang. Seung-ah asks about Jin-kang’s feelings but she doesn’t answer and Seung-ah demands to know when this started.

That evening, Jin-kook stops at a local store but runs back to his car when he sees Moo-young coming out. He’s spotted, however, and Moo-young asks him about Haesan since he claimed not to know the cops there, but Jin-kang revealed it was their hometown. When Jin-kook insists both are true, Moo-young assumes he started his career late in life and the men part ways.

Moo-young receives a call from Jin-kang demanding to see him immediately. When they meet up, she furiously asks him why he said anything to Seung-ah. Sighing, Moo-young declares he won’t discuss Seung-ah with her anymore.

Jin-kang follows after him until he stops to say they’ve arrived at his place. He suggests she have some of his birthday cake before she goes. He laments that even though it’s only his legal birthday, it’s sad to spend it alone.

Undeterred, Jin-kang ask why he did it. “Because it’s the truth,” Moo-young replies, “Seeing you is fun, and I don’t get bored at all. I really like it.” He asks her again if she wants cake, saying she has until he blows out the candles to change her mind.

Jin-kang demands he tell Seung-ah it isn’t true and after a beat, Moo-young complies. Whipping out his phone, he begins to text, “It wasn’t true. I was just kidding… because I love you so much. I thought that would help me forget you.” To Jin-kang’s horror, he hits send… but then her phone buzzes and she sees he’d actually texted her.

She tells him she finally understands that she finds him pitiful because he never had a heart to begin with. She says that’s why he toys with people so easily, feels no remorse when he hurts them, and feels happy when he’s won, never even realizing that he’s pitiful.

After a beat, Moo-young smirks and says the reason she’s so angry is because she knows he wasn’t joking when he told Seung-ah he liked Jin-kang. He asks if she’s ever thought about him and Jin-kang denies it. He wonders if she’s ever missed him or been happy to run into him. Jin-kang continues to refuse, but her responses take longer each time.

Stepping closer, Moo-young finally asks, “Do you truly… have no feelings for me at all?” Jin-kang gives the same answer, but this time she can’t even meet his eyes. After a long pause, Moo-young says okay and starts to walk away.

Turning back, he asks if it’s more pitiful to feel nothing, or to be unaware of the feelings you have for someone. Jin-kang is unable to answer, so he tells her he’d rather feel nothing, and then disappears. As she walks away, two ominous black cars drive past her.

She sits down on some steps to think and suddenly starts running back. Meanwhile, Jin-kook takes a box down from on top of Jin-kang’s wardrobe and starts riffling through it as a group of men in suits beat up Moo-young. Jin-kang climbs up to the roof and freezes at the sight while Jin-kook pulls out an old flier for a missing boy with a burn mark on his shoulder.

 
COMMENTS

Ugh! Curse you Woo-sang, because I know it has to be you behind Moo-young’s beating. His pride is making him fickle because he can’t seem to decide what he wants. His relationship with Seung-ah is hard to understand because we don’t know about their early days, but at this point it’s so toxic that continuing it wasn’t good for anybody… except maybe Seung-ah’s mom. He’s growing more volatile and that lady from his company (is she the managing director?) is definitely enjoying stirring the pot.

Still, I think the one to watch out for is Seung-ah. She’s full-on obsessed with Moo-young and quick to turn on her friend whom she’s known for years over a guy she’s dated less than two months. Yoo-ri already nearly killed Jin-kang and her jealousy seems mild compared to the fury in Seung-ah’s eyes when she accused Jin-kang of going behind her back. The wrath of a woman scorned, and all that… I just hope she doesn’t team up with Woo-sang to launch an attack on our leads in some twisted vendetta. Especially because while at least Moo-young helped cause the mess he’s in, Jin-kang just got roped along.

Speaking of, Jin-kang seems to have finally admitted (at least to herself) that she’s not unaffected by Moo-young. Her deciding to go back to him was a big move and it doesn’t bode well for Cho-rong. Even if the relationship doesn’t breech romantic waters (but really with that chemistry, how can it not?), Jin-kang had just agreed to be Cho-rong’s girlfriend only to run towards another man… who’s also a suspected killer? Or in Jin-kook’s new narrative, at the very least an accomplice?

The mystery of our three leads continues to pose more questions! We know Moo-young’s father was a cop in Haesan that died (possibly by Jin-kook’s hand?) and then Moo-young went to the orphanage… but the way he looked at the boy reuniting with his family and the missing poster Jin-kook pulled out of the box in Jin-kang’s room (is that her stuff?) suggests that he was separated from his family. And we know nothing of Jin-kang’s parents since Jin-kook took her in and essentially erased her life prior to whatever traumatic incident brought them together. And then of course the fire. We’re slowly uncovering pieces of the puzzle and while I still have no idea how they fit together, I’m happy to go along for the ride.

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I can’t stop replaying that scene when he tried to confirm Jin kang’s ‘feelings’ for him. my heart 😍. That was so intense and their chemistry is off the charts.

If you see a bunch of shiny black cars pull up you know you should bolt the other way. Woo Sung is definitely someone with a lot of pride that he couldn’t take someone like Moo Young dumping Seung ah even though he wanted them to break up. I’m curious to see what Jin Kang is going to do after witnessing Moo Young get beat up hopefully she won’t just leave him there.

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Same, the background score to that conversation also hasn't left my mind for a single second. Does anyone know the name and composer of the score? Better yet post a link

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that score also played during their other conversation so it must be their music. it'll probably be released after the show ends.

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Are you me? I loved that background score and it kept coming back to my mind the next day. It's so good.
And it just goes so well with the mood of the drama.
Also, have to say, it's hard to believe that this is the same actor who played shopping king Louis which was such a fun and light show. Just speaks a volume about how good an actor he is. I keep playing his scenes and looking at his expressions and it's really really hard to fathom whatever is going in his mind. I feel like his eyes are just blank most of the time. It's cold and shivering at the same time. And that scene when he was looking intensely at the little kid who was reuniting with his parents, that look on his face. It was for the first time that I actually felt really really bad for him. Like for the first time, I saw why he keeps doing these questionable things, like sleeping with a rich girl he doesn't like or saying things he doesn't mean, or lying about his mom who used to wear the same dress every day. Anyway, yes, Seo In Gook is really killing it. He's literally carrying the show on his shoulders.

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going on in his mind.*

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This! I was just thinking of this last night after reading both recaps... Louis. This is the same guy who so skillfully pulled off Louis, making him so endearingly innocent instead of aggravating. (Well, aggravating in how he leaned on her in the beginning and spent her money, but he grew). And here, his character is hot, dangerous, lost, manipulative, lonely and sociopathic all in one. You are right, the blank stares, the subtle acting with his eyes are genius. I love him in romantic comedies but I think this is one of his most compelling performances.

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Ugh, forgot to sign in. I'm registered already

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Have you seen him in 38 revenue unit? He looks like a different person for every scam he does. I love his acting. And I love him. Today is his birthday BTW :3

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Is this the episode where I declare this to be my favorite kdrama ever? Cuz this ep was brilliant and had my heart racing many times!

Thanks a lot for the recap Sunny! 😊

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When Jin-kook fell off that roof I gasped. Even knowing they'd probably not kill off such an important character I was shocked. And then tickled when he ran from MY.

Oh, Cho-rong. I do not want him to be hurt. Though I was surprised that as a cop he didnt notice MY shadowing him. Also, I know it for the sake of the story but what guy leaves his date outside on a dark abandoned street with some strange man lurking?

If Jin-kang decides to act of her feelings, if feelings she has, I hope she is upfront with everyone.

I still can't get over Seung-ah in the last ep planning out MY's future and just expecting him to go along with it. But she was MY's gf and JK's friend and deserves consideration even if she hasn't always shown the same.

I'm still not sure how strong MY's feelings are as even he states it's because JK doesn't bore him and she is the first one to have an effect on how he feels.

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".....but what guy leaves his date outside on a dark abandoned street..."

I thought that is in front of Jin-kang's house?

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It was. I'm probably just overly safe. I'm used to even my friends waiting until I'm inside before they drive off.

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It's cute when a date watches you get all the way past your gate, but a part of me also doesn't like being "overprotected", like I can't fend for myself.

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I thought that was ridiculous as well. He should have waited until she was safe inside.

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I was cracking up that MY was only 3 yards behind them. Only in Korean dramas do police get such a negative display of competence.😅

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I would love to get Cho-rong's Mom's reaction (if somehow she could have seen it) to that whole walking Seung-ah home and leaving her at the door with some strange guy lurking around.
C'mon, Cho-rong. I am rooting for you but act like a cop! Be aware of your surroundings. (And when the time comes cuff the suspect first, talk second.)

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Lol.

I do not think mom would approve. MY wasnt even being discreet in his stalking.

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Oops. I mixed up my characters. My comment should have read: "walking Jin-kang home". Looks like I need to be better aware!

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I seriously can't stand MY... The guy pisses me off so much... And I saw people debating on the last episode if it was all in SA head I say no...

If I like a guy and we are dating officially and I tell him I love him, but instead of backing out or saying no he hugs me then I see that as him accepting the proposal... Him saying "I cant tell you the same thing but am in this for the long haul, I plan to love you one day too"

So no matter how mysterious the guy is in this particular instance I call his BS...

Nd what he did in that car ride was a d*ck move

I still remember the J version driving me up a wall while still breaking my heart...

"Jin-kang had just agreed to be Cho-rong’s girlfriend only to run towards another man…" one of the things I can never forgive even if it in loves leads who are *soul mates* 🙄

Make up your mind stick to that decision and if you can't tell the other person immediately...

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Well, MY is supposed to be a womanizer character. I mean, he's a jerk to begin with. He played 'good man' with SH, he has this unique charm, she swooned by him,then he played along with it. I might get wrong signal if I were SH myself, but as outsiders I could only say 'man, this guy's game is really good'. MY is bad boy type, SH is uptown girl, she such an easy prey for man. He definitely knows how to treat rich and lost girl like SH. And to be honest, SH took moves more than MY took toward her. I mean, he flirted with her in party but didn't bother ask her number or giving his? He just left her a strong impression. Has he ever liked her? Well, I guess he likes having 'good time',feeding his curiosity, but definitely not planning any future with her. I mean, with or without JK, when things get serious, he will leave SH anyway. I feel bad for SH, but he's a player. And it just her bad luck. I will hate MY in real life, but since this is drama, I just like enough watching his bad boy attitude and it's always every girl fantasy to change bad boy into good one. Yes, of course, in real life bad boy will be bad, and girl should stay away from them.

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I still remember the J version driving me up a wall while still breaking my heart...

Seriously! Watching what Ryo did was driving me insane. Even now when I rewatch to compare the 2 versions, I think neither Ryo or Yuko deserve any sympathy for what they did to Miwa. And yet the heartbreak of this version will only be more intense because the writer glorified their betrayal and the lead's chemistry is effortlessly off-the-charts. It's hard to stay morally objective with this pair. While I write that they do so much wrong, I'm still find them acceptably human.

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Sorry, but... Do you really think that you can "plan to love someone"? If you say ILY and the other person says nothing, you shouldn't keep your hopes so high. Besides, SH hadn't broken up with her fiancé when she started going out with MY, so I don't think that she was an angel or was in the place to call MY "My boyfriend". I think that she misinterpreted MY since the beginning. She went after him, she decided to sleep with him although he hadn't promised anything to her and without even talking to him, she decided that he had to quit his job and leave the country...Everything in only two months and knowing that he was reading all her messages without answering at all. I think that's the definition of delusional. I do think that it's understandable that she is mad al JK, though. However, considering the way in which she uses her without stopping to consider how she feels about it (especially after her mother hit her), I don't know how truly friends they are. If my mother had slapped my bestfriend in the street, in front of everyone for something that I made her do, I would have died in embarassment and apologizing to her.

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People fall in and out of love in every time... We can claim they cant control it, but what they cN control is the fault out... Why they cN control is being honest to the person who is in relationship with them... I have this rule if you have a doubt or changed your mind, then back out there and then, you as person should have such a responsibility and common cortusy to That person who you are fooling to think they are safe with you...

We all claim there is love at first sight but can't give SA that privilège, if MY was actually a genuine person then, that scene would hVe been her being told the pros and cons of what she wanted or him flat out saying no...

SA didn't sleep with herself, MY participated, am not making him the bad guy Because he is already a douche, but i still stand with it not being all in SA head, he deliberately lead her into thinking they had something, SA did not for once pretend that her feelings no matter how superficial weren't real... And MY wasn't tied gagged and dragged to go along with SA...

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Sorry. I imagined the “tied gagged and dragged” part 😅

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What an amazing drama. There are so many layers to it, and so many allusions to things that are not immediately obvious.

The scene where she pulls him back..I love that scene so so much. Thanks, sunny...you put it as the first screenshot. I love the recaps, btw, you know how to read a fangirl's heart, the shower scene, the white tanktop, and the tugging of the shirt. Beyond the romantic vibes, it's so symbolic. The thrillseeker dices with danger and walks right into the thick of it, but the girl pulls him back to safety. That's the theme of the drama, isn't it? She'll save him, because he can't see that he's wading deeper and deeper into the darkness.

I loved the texting at the end. I held my breath when she was dashing to him, and then he presses SEND, and we hear the beep. Amazing build-up, amazing climax, and the realization as she hears the beep, her face echoed what I was feeling exactly, the horror, and then her phone buzzes, and she looks at it, and we realize that he sent it to her. What a brilliant scene, captured so well by Jung So min's play of emotions on her face.

The drawing of the three boys and the girl...who are they? She's the girl. The three boys are Moo young, Hee jun and one more boy...who? Is it a drawing from when he was in the orphanage?

I'm working hard on Chapter 8 of my fanfic and will update once it's up. I was going to title it The Grey Tanktop in honour of that delicious tanktop rooftop (so many tops haha), but then I remembered that Jin kang isn't in that scene. Maybe I should have a dream sequence where he appears to her wearing it, and saying: "Have you ever thought of my tanktop?" and she answers : "Maybe." Then he says, "Can you honestly say that you've never thought of my tanktop, not once, not ever?" She answers: "No." She cries: "You have no heart!" He answers, cool as a cucumber: "No, but I have a tanktop."

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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That scene when JK was pulling him back, that was my favorite also!! And there was that surprised look on MY's face, like he can't believe that there would be someone else who would be concerned for his safety. And that someone is (thankfully) not so obsessed with him

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Oh my god, I laughed so hard reading that last bit with the tanktop, and I was in the middle of lunch in a restaurant!

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Okay, guys. Just uploaded Chapter 9: I Pity You. Wish it could have been The Grey Tanktop, though. 😁😁😁😁

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Wow I truly wouldn't want to be in Jin Kang's shoes now! Having feelings for your best friends ex boyfriend is bad enough and on top of that he is a possible murder suspect! But the heart wants what it wants, right? Poor girl!

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To be fair JK doesn't know he is a murder suspect. Her brother never told her... Just to stay away from MY. (Which probably just hightens his bad boy allure..) If she had that information she might not have run to him in the end... or she might still have, but we will never know.

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And for some reason I had it in mind that lady is Woo-sang's sister. If not then who is she?

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I get the feeling she is a relative too. Sister, step sister, cousin,... I don't think they have explicitely said what it was.

One thing for sure, they seem to be rivals.

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I think she's his sister, actually I think it was quite "clear" because she was at the family dinner where Seungah had to go for the wedding discussion... usually that involves only the parents of the husband and his siblings, so she must be his (older) sister. That's also why she loves to tease him so much, typical siblings conflict.

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It is his sister, not sure if they are full bro/sis or 1/2 or birth secret surprise, concubine’s bastard, etc

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They were older brother and younger sister in the original. Here the age swapped. Competitors for inheritance, so true siblings or not doesn’t matter much.

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So I am finally caught up with this show because I promised to watch it with a friend. Several things

1. This is a show with very toxic and unhealthy personalities.
2. I hope to God that is not the way they actually handle suicide in Korea. Yu-Ri should have been in a psychiatric facility immediately after they landed.

Now I am loving Seo In Guk in this. He is so hot, at the same time he is incredibly creepy and disturbing. I don't think he is the murderer simply because they are laying it on way too thick that he is. If he is the murderer I hope there is an interesting twist about it. Also he the first true blue kdrama lead male asshole. He is kind of refreshing. He is an awful human being. I still like him, but I also have issues.

I think Yu-Ri is the killer. I think she saw Moo Young being affectionate somehow someway to the murdered girl and had a dissociative reaction to her, just like with Jin Kang. She probably doesn't actually remember killing her. She needs a better therapist and a psychiatric stay.

Jin Kang knew what she was doing when she kept talking to Moo Young. She knew he wasn't interested in Seung-Ah and liked her, yet she kept going to him. She is also doing poor Cho Rong wrong too. She knows she doesn't like him, but is using him as a rather ineffective shield against Moo Young, it isn't working, obviously. Sigh, yet I still like her. I'm also not sure why she is friends with Seung-Ah, she is not a good friend, probably why I don't care as much that she wants to be with Moo-Young.

Seung-Ah. SIGH. They dress her like either a grandmother or a toddler. I assume the point is to make her look innocent, but she just makes her look silly. It was obvious to anyone with eyes that he was playing with her. She is kind of dumb, even though I think the writer is trying and failing to convey innocence and naivety. I find her exhausting as well.

Jin-Kook is not a very good police office. It is actually baffling to me that he doesn't even remotely suspect Yu-Ri. He jumps from suspicion to suspicion. Is it weird that Moo Young was in the camera, maybe, but he also lives in that neighborhood. (Also he was genuinely surprised to see the stuff in the cooler). Jin Kook also seems to know that Moo Young is the missing boy. His relationship with So-Jung is the least toxic non familial relationship in the show. She is fabulous and he needs to stop playing and marry her before she leaves him for someone on her level.

Moo Young and Jin Kang have electric chemistry and I ship it. They are a horribly toxic couple, but toxic people should be with each other and not other people. Ha, if you made it until the end, thanks for reading.

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Yes, thank you! I didn't even think of how Jin-kang is and has been going down a slippery slope with Moo-young - maybe that's why she's so lenient towards Seung-ah and continues to be her friend because she knows she's kinda being shady by continuing to interact with Moo-young?

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I agree with your theory on Yu-ri. I think she killed her in a moment of rage and probably while on medication which is why she doesn't remember that night.

If that is the case, that means Moo Young also messed with the murdered girl which I noticed as a boyfriend. Moo Young seem to have a thing for breaking up relationships whether they are romantic or friends (Jin Kang/Seung Ah + Yu-ri/ murdered girl).

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MooYoung does seem to have a fetish with sabatoging relationships. I don’t think he followed JinKang and ChoRong out of jealousy. More like one of his games again.

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@kafiyah-bello - thanks for writing this. This weekend I gave in and got caught up with this drama and agree with what you wrote. At first, MY looked so suspicious, but like you, I think that Yu-Ri is the killer and Jin-Kook is going to figure it out.

I feel bad for Cho Rong because he is such a sweet puppy - clueless - but still cute.
And would Jin Kook and So-Jung just confess to each other already? I love the way they argue and talk about everything while eating and drinking. And how she kicked him after he fell off the roof and his reply was that 'she's cute when she's angry' was fun.
Right now the scary people to me are Seung-Ah and Woo-Jang because they are both so fixated and are capable of doing what they want. But what was that bit about Woo-Jang firing her father? I don't remember hearing about that anywhere else in the show?
Woo Jang is truly icky.

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I agree Woo Jung is actual trash. Although Moo Young is an assholes, in general he doesn't seem to be a bad person. Woo Jung is just not nice and uses his power for Bad, such as firing her dad and Moo Young. Seung Ah will probably throw a temper tantrum because she is a child.

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I have the feeling that MooYoung isn't a bad person, but he simply doesn't know how to communicate with others honestly due to how he was raised. This would explain his reaction to Jin-Kung is so strong. She is immune to his charms (or at least I hope so) and calls him on his BS.
I think he really needs and wants (subconsciously) someone to help him become a better person, but he certainly has some revenge motives behind that smirk of his.
Apparently, I'm too forgiving and hope that he isn't the bad person we hope he isn't, but really just a messed up person who has learned to get by with his sexiness...

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"But really just a messed up person who has learned to get by with his sexiness" that is a pretty apt description of Moo Young. I'm not sure if I want him to be a bad person or not. I know that's weird, but I'm curious as to what would make him a more interesting character.

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Besides all my other compliments for this wonderful episode, I'm really enjoying the color palette of this drama. It focuses on dark blue and deep orange-red with gray undertones, and the contrast between night and day is really well done. The colors give the scenes an overall melo feel, but more importantly, I think it really supports the unease that viewers may feel with Moo-young's actions. Really reminds me of how well done Life on Mars' color was.

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You should check out My Ajusshi if you're fascinated with the colors and overall tone of the drama. The production crew in My Ajusshi did it so perfectly!

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I've been meaning to watch it! I totally missed out on the My Ahjussi craze and I've been waiting impatiently to find the time to enjoy it. Thanks for the recc :)

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Ok, so here's some pure speculation:
Maybe the doctor actually did give YR drugs in the past and tricked her into killing that girl.
MY also has some unknown history with the doctor, maybe he taught him how to memorize patterns, so either the doctor replaced the globes and MY arrived later, or MY was trying to protect YR by covering it up and so replaced the globes himself. Making him still a bad person... who needs to do some time, and come out to start fresh with JKang. If it's not this...I want it to be something equally happy ending esk

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I was so happy with this episode, I loved Jin Kang seething with anger when MY refused to set the record straight with Seung-ah, the subtle changes in her expression were so mesmerising.
Also loved how Yoo-ri's kept looking at the strong grip Jin Gook maintained on her wrist right from when they hanging over the ledge to when they had safely landed on the ground. So different from when she had been talked down by MY.
Liked that Jin Gook for all his compassion didn't overlook the fact that Yoo-ri with her left-hand is a possible perpetrator.
I couldn't have asked for a better episode.

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Hey is it just me or did the writers include the part about the birthday and having cake because Seo in Guk does have his birthday on 23rd October which is the day before the conclusion of ep6 will be reached? Will we be seeing Jin Kang inadvertently spending his birthday with him?

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Watching Moo-young's charged scenes with Jin-kook, it occurred to me that people who truly wanted to play some crazy mind games with Moo-young should only speak the language of truth. I realized he never outright lied. Twisted the truth and spoke in double meaning, maybe, or did some crucial omission, for sure. But never a lie. And Jin-kook is right in that it must made the games even more dangerous and thrilling for our overly charming boy. (It also made me wonder if that's one of the reason he likes and cares enough about Yoo-ri even after what she did to Jin-kang, because she is a girl who simply can't lie.)

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This show gives me the same kind of feels I got watching My Ahjussi. Not the exact same feels, just the same kind.

I'm shipping Jin-kook oppa so hard with So-jung! Instead of butting into his sister's dating life, he should focus on trying to dating So-jung.

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It has some MA vibes, because it is dark and in this case the conduct of our hero is dubious. But... in my opinion, my Ajusshi was better; it had a better crafted plot and by ep 6, I remember we were totally drawn into the story. Here, I still feel it is loose. This show has some great moments, but most of its scenes feel disconnected.
I suppose, they are trying so hard to make it interesting that they forget to apply some cohesion.
And the biggest problem I have until now: there is so much unknown past that I don't feel emotionally attached to any of the characters...

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I guess i'm easy to please, and got blinded by the acting more. I'm already in deep. But i have to agree, the scenes does feel a bit disconnected at times, that I have to watch every episode twice, just so that I get things right.

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Ah yes, but... I think the reason you (and I) want to watch every episode twice is because of the psychological implications. There seems to be connections that we miss the first time around. Nothing in this drama is strictly for entertainment. There seems to be a purpose for every interaction. Or possibly, I am just too obsessed with this kdrama. :-)

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Ditto, I keep going back in order to catch the meaningful dialogues and the micro expressions flitting through their face because it's just gone even before you can register the implications

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I agree with you regarding the loose plot. In My Ajusshi, the plot was straightforward. But it does touches on minor issues that helped the main story. However, in this drama, too many issues are going on at the same time. Now that you mentioned it, i'm now worried about the overall story arc.

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And I have heard, this is even a more understanding story compared to its original in Japanese. I haven't watched many Japanese dramas, but honestly, what I have watched or read about, they are more complicated and that craft their stories in a complicated way only they can understand, with their subtle unspoken cultural issues everywhere. I am not Asian, maybe that is why either Koran or Japanese, sometimes there are things I don't get, but I have watched Koran dramas for 5 years now, and that is why "this little" at least I realize: we are in episode 6 and yet we don't know much about any of them or why this or that is important, so what is it about?? A dead student, possibly murdered, a guy possibly have killed her, a police who's investigating and trying to protect his sister falling in love with a possibly killer, snob chaebol families getting revenge on poor people??? The consequences of trauma in the victims/survivors?
I can't tell exactly what is this drama about and then it is disconnected in my mind. 😐

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I agree that the plot is all over the place with loose ends, but usually in dramas something happens by episode 8 and then the rest of the eps are spent protecting that relationship.
In other words, I'm expecting some plot lines to be spelled out by episode 8 and then they will work together to solve the mystery of why there was a fire, or why that other police officer hates Jin-kook so much. There is a great deal of backstory to work out once the two figure out their relationship.
At least in other dramas, that is what happens. We'll see with this one.

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My Ajusshi was a masterpiece. It was flawlessly written, directed and acted.
Its linear (well almost) narration and pace set a completely different tone. I was a lot more emotionally invested. By the end of the drama, I felt I knew every character and I felt like they were family.

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I wonder... can it be Moo young and Jin kang are actually siblings??? I mean, this is a remake of a Japanese drama, and Japanese love this twisted plots where they always have siblings falling for each other!!!
If not siblings, it can be that they were put together in the orphanage and they "adopted each" other as children and used to be together all the time, until the fire burned them...

At least to know that, I am really curious.
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This was a conjecture that I raised an episode or 2 ago as well. The minute we found out that Jin Kook is not Jin Kang's real brother, and that both she and Moo Young have burn scars and lived in Haesan, the idea plonked into many minds. This is indeed the kind of twistiness that goes into much Asian melodrama. I think many of us are expecting a difficult ending. 😐 😆

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Don’t Koreans and Japanese love fauxcest dramas? 😀

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The Japanese drama did pursue that line however, in this one the drawing that MY held was of 3-4 children while the drawing Kimura Takuya held in the Jdorama was of 2 kids with their parents so am expecting a deviation and I dub thee "heejun-shi". Seriously what is his part man? He's been wasted uptil now

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My interpretation of the drawing is parents and 2 boys. So maybe MY lost his brother (the one in the flyer) and blaming JK for it.

But it seemed that everyone thought it was 4 kids. 3 boys and 1 girl so i don't know anymore. Haha!

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I can see where you got that impression, the best boy with the brown baseball cap and the girl next to him do appear to be larger than the rest. However if you look closely you'll notice that the boys are wearing blue shorts, if it were a pic of the father he would be drawn with trousers

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The third boy is Jin kook. Or the college girl's boyfriend. I'm desperate. I'm throwing in all the guys in the drama.

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I know the Japanese have their twisted sense of humour but I am yet to see a Kdrama with an incest plot! If this is their first then YIKES!!!

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I can think of other korean dramas that dabbled with that plot, but never went all the way.

Winter Sonata - turns out the real sibling was the jealous fiance, not the guy she loved. Still ew because she was engaged to the jealous guy, and had intimate moments with him, including an almost-rape scene. Ew ew.

That Winter The Wind Blows - I played The Wind, but that's not the point, the guy was a con man pretending to be her brother.

Autumn in My Heart - never watched it, but it's so controversial, because they were practically brother and sister, and grew up together. He turned out to be her stepbrother or something like that. Still ew.

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Ewww! I probably should have researched before I typed anything!

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The leads in Autumn in My Heart were not related. They grew up as siblings for a few years until the girl was diagnosed with leukemia or something, when it became apparent she was switched at birth, so she was returned to her biological parents. I think they didn’t recognize each other when they met again, I could be wrong.

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The problem is they grew up from birth together until high school thinking they were real siblings lol. That's still gross.

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Thank you for the recap @sunny

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I'm curious wich chapter in the psychologist's book is about Moo Young. There were The boy who doesn't remember and The one who has a murderer as father. Moo Young has a great memory but he seemed to be a lost child. I'm really curious about the past.

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Same. I am also really curious. I hope that we can get more insights into the book. MY could be the boy with no memory. The drawing of the four children could be his last piece of memory of his childhood. That's why he seems to be very attached to it. Some traumatic event could have deleted his past memory like for example the fire.

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Playing with people feelings have consequences.
I am really not sure who sent the thugs. I even doubt Seung Ah’s mom. She has everything to lose.

Seung Ah’s feeling of betrayal felt right (from her point of view). After all Jin Kang has been hanging out with her boy friend but has not even giving her a hint to her. Not even a neighborly friend kinda thing.

Jin Kook, in the process of protecting himself he hid information to Jin Kang. Warning her about MY means she might come to find out about the past. Not warning mean she might end up Liking him.

Jin Kang believes she sees the true side of MY and is unfazed by his honesty. It goes both ways. She is totally honest with him.
It’s hard for her to ignore him. But what I find hard is that she put her friend second. I need to know their history. How did the girls meet. Why Jin Kang hasn’t only one friend. Is it loyalty or is there true feelings?

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Thugs: my guess is Woo Sang sent them. I explained why below.

Jin Kook keeping the truth from Jin Kang. I fancy he is keeping the truth of Moo Young being a suspect to himself not to protect himself so much as because he lacks the evidence. He also kept it from the rest of the police team 3.

Now that he has found the missing child poster from 20 years previously, it remains to be seen whether he also hides this. That would be more likely to protect himself and keep Jin Kang from finding out about her past.

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Jin Kang hasn't been honest though, the last scene before she runs to him, where he asked her if she liked him, she said no. That was absolutely a lie.

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She is not only putting her friend second. Let's even forget SA was her friend. She is a person, she doesn't deserve to be treated that way by MY, that is enough to make her not like him. She can be sexually attracted to him, no issue there, but LIKE him? I respect her so much less for that and find that a true sign of lack of empathy towards people in general.

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Or an inherent bias towards rich people. Like there is a double standard with feeling empathy. She naturally feels MY deserves to be treated better because is is an orphan while it’s ok for Seung Ah to face some hardships?
Or she has been putting up with a lot of SeungAh’s entitled behavior because it was easier than confrontation and now she is ok with this.

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This would be a girl I could like. Because of her past I could easily forgive her being prejudiced against rich people, even to a point that she could unconsciously allow herself to like MY despite him being cruel to a rich girl, even if said rich girl was her friend, except of course she would have never really been a true friend.

Or if SA had behaved badly towards her before and again, she was ok with it all just because she doesn't care about SA anymore.

But think about it. That's not it. Many times Jin Kang has talked with MY about how he feels about people in general and how he treats them. She truly understands, THIS, what he did, wasn't done by chance and to SA alone, this is how he is. Because of that understanding, her disregard is to people in general, not only one woman.

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Or she expects high standards from him. Because she wants to prove the society that orphans grow up to be commendable humans.
It’s like how we overtip in restaurants to compensate for the bias?!!

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I'm loving this show so much that I'm starting to worry big time that the plot would stay completely faithful to the original Japanese drama 😔

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I want it to stay faithful. If not the entire story falls apart.

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Thanks @sunny
When I saw that this recap was out, I ran off to watch the episode first. But after watching, I felt I needed to process it a bit.

Random thoughts: Jin Kook seems to suddenly have inadvertently got a new 'little sister' in Yoo Ri, just half an episode after clapping her into jail. What a dilemma. He knows she can be murderous, but she is also a druggie and unable to remember what she did when under the influence. But her backstory is also pretty sad and her many suicide attempts testify to her unstable, troubled state. When he jumped forward to save her, and refused to let her drop by herself, he seemed to have taken on a new responsibility of taking her under his wing, while at the same time investigating her for murder. She even seems to be responding. Such a sweet teddy bear of a policeman. But if he gains her hard earned trust, only to put her into an institution, she will be even more hurt and broken than now.

Moo Young's not understanding why he is pitiable and lacking the ability to empathise - this is still quite apt for a socio or psychopath. But the question he threw at Jin Kang was pertinent. "Which is more pitiful, the one who has no feelings or the one who does not know that he has them?" I'd say the former. To not be able to put oneself in another's shoes, or to not be able to feel much no matter how one tries, is worse than not yet being aware of one's emotions. At least Jin Kang could think about it and chose to run back to Moo Young, with her emotions more clearly evident to herself. I kinda wish that she'd accepted his offer of birthday cake from the beginning though. What an upsetting birthday!

It was Woo Sang who called in the goons in payback for Moo Young's delivering the beer. It was an unnecessary, unfeeling, risky move of Moo Young's to rub the cancellation of the wedding into Woo Sang's face in 'public' because as expected, in the corporate environment, people would notice and spy out the card and laugh at Woo Sang's failure to his embarrassment.

Someone else said this, but I too felt that the woman who took charge of the beer to deliver it, was a rival of Woo Sang's like his sister or half-sister or cousin ... someone who would want to know the goods on Woo Sang to take him down.

Jin Kang has probably gotten through the first part of self analysis to know that she does care for Moo Young (could be a sisterly, friendly kind of feeling and not necessarily romantic) hence her running back to his place. But she also needs to examine her attitude towards poor Cho Rong.

I believe there are many of us viewers who are anticipating crazy fallout when she discovers that Jin Kook has been hiding her true parentage and family from her, and worse, (if there's a familial relationship with MY instead) when she discovers that her connection with Moo Young is closer than she thinks.

It's gonna take some fortitude to keep watching this to the bitter or not so bitter end!!!...

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You know, it is strange, I like the story very much but these are not very likable people with exception of the cop. So it's the kind of show that I want them to have as much trouble as it would be realistic. They deserve it.

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@lixie
LOL, unlikable characters deserve all the trouble they cause and can get, ... would that be because what makes them unlikable are the characteristics that will give them trouble? 😆

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I think many of your insights here are "right on" Your last sentence though, I can't agree with as I'll be anxiously awaiting each new episode even if disaster looms right around the corner. I'm in it for the long haul, no matter what heartache lies ahead.

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@zzthorn, yup I'm in it til the end too, however I need fortitude to face the 'difficulty' I'm guessing lies ahead. 😔

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So Jin Kang knows that she’s adopted but doesn’t know the details? She probably thought she came from an orphanage but that might not be true...

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I think she knows she is an orphan but I don't think she knows that she is adopted

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Oh that’s true, because Jin Gook’s parents are also dead.

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This show is very good. These week's episodes were not my favorites though. I'm not sure how the japanese was but the young cop and female cop seem to be there just for funny lines, and the woman also to be the person Jin Kook can talk about what he thinks. They feel a little out of spirit with this show.

MY continues to deliver his enigmatic and charming personality, being cruel and surprisingly honest at the strangest moments. Even if nothing else worked in the show, he would still carry the story.

This female lead is starting to disappoint me. Is she really that shallow and selfish? She talked and talked about him using people and pitying him but in the end she keeps looking for him and apparently being conflicted about him? What is she even conflicted about? The guy treats her best friend like a toy, admits to that, does not even feel guilty or remorseful. That's who he is.

If she has feelings for him at this moment it just shows she is selfish, the kind of person that thinks a great deal of herself but doesn't really feel what a decent person would feel. And a really bad friend. How come even when SA finds out the truth instead of telling her the overdue truth about MY she insists on lying? And she has feelings? Sorry, can I get that evil mom to slap her again please?

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IMO the young cop and the female cop are meant to show a contrast with Moo Yeong. Their lives, their approaches to life, their past experiences all amount to a strong contrast when compared to MY. This matters because Jin Kang is watching and comparing.... like at the restaurant where the young cop is upset with his mom's attention at the wrong time, MY sits at the other table with an intense presence, the young cop's presence is less important because not as much is at stake. Of course Jin Kang's life will be so much easier and carefree if she sticks with the light hearted young cop. But yet, she knows in her heart that MY needs her far more than the young cop does.... that the young cop has lots of support and people who genuinely care about him. MY only has people who are obsessed with him one way or another. Maybe.

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Yes, it is a contrast but it's a very obvious comparison done by the writer. Wouldn't it be much more interesting if young cop actually had some charm? I mean, he is not even a standard second lead style nice guy. He is too plain and awkward. It's also an easy way to show that she "belongs" with MY, that any nice and safe guy would be as boring as Cho Rong, when that's not true.

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Absolutely. Macaroni and cheese or sushi?

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i like the series but moo young is kind of creeping me out, idk why jin kang would ever fall for him

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As someone who had shares of being atrracted to creepy guys, I know why. He's cute, a mystery, a challenge.

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I know the meaning of the title as told by the Japanese version, but I have a different interpretation. I feel like the characters ARE the falling stars. They are helpless to each other’s magnetic attraction or repulsion and are at the mercy of the earth’s greater gravitational pull. There’s no telling which pair will knowingly collide, which one will alter another’s trajectory, which ones will travel side by side long enough to disintegrate together in the atmosphere, or will any last to shake the earth when it hits rock bottom.

I love that there are no saints in this drama. Nor do I see true demons. As much as I admire the original for building such unique framework, I enjoy the Korean version more for completing the characterizations with logic and psychology.

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Yoo Ri has so many personalities. She can be innocent in from of Moo Young. She can be rudely in front of strangers. She can be devilish when she has an episode. And she can be all of the above in front of the psychiatrist. None of those are acts. Like Moo Young says, she can't lie. I sympathize this character in the Korean version a whole lot more. The Japanese version didn't give much details of her upbringing and she acted out consciously and unintoxicated.

JinKook is much more relatable and more human in the Korean version. In the Japanese version, Ryo-obsessed girl charged Yuko with a knife when the detective was standing right next to Yuko. The detective intercepted and was stabbed in the arm. Not only did he let her go without arrest, he stopped Yuko from calling the police and treated his own wound. He showed up the next day at her job, calmly asked her why, to which she said she doesn't want to tell him. Then out of desperation, the detective kneeled and bowed to her, begging her not to harm his sister again. (I was flabbergasted.) Touched by the detective's love for his sister, the girl promises to leave Yuko alone and further opens up about herself. Out of sympathy that she is a lonely soul (which she just described as being too dumb to be liked by schoolmates), the detective harbors her criminal behavior until the end. (Unbelievable.) JinKook's display of anger is more what I would expect from a loving brother. Albeit late and thuggishly unprofessional, he did arrest YooRi and intended to charge her with attempted murder. His sympathy for YooRi is accumulated over a series of discoveries into her (much more saddening) past -- the slits on her wrist, the shrink's view of her, the shrink's case study about her, and the fact that she jumped. He would be heartless if he didn't sympathize.

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Oh, I missed something about the Ryo-obsessed Japanese girl. Along the lines of self inflicted pain, she wasn’t suicidal like YooRi. Instead, she saw that Yuko had a scar and jumped to the conclusion that Ryo is attacted to her because she had a scar. So she poured hot soup onto herself attempting to scar herself in the same way.

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Seung Ah is pathetic, but I don't blame her for this mess that she's in. Don't expect someone who had her life planned out for her to be a genius. I feel bad for her. She planned to run away without MooYoung’s consent simply because he didn't respond, nor did he stop her. Don’t we all wish to be swept off our foot by Mr. Right? Had she met the right guy (he sure made himself seem right all along) it would be a truly romantic elope. Moo Young never loved her and nor did luck. I see a lot of viewers criticizing her sense of entitlement, but what has she done with bad intentions really? She befriends JinKang (my theory is they both attended the same art school) despite having such a materialistic mom. She looks up to her like an older sister and shares her deepest secrets - dating another guy behind her fiance and family, planning to elope, even the fact that she slept with MooYoung was implicitly shared, not a single lie so far. Her mom slapped JinKang, not her. Of the million other things running through her mind at the time, she forgets to apologize. Burn Her! Seriously IMO, if you decide to stand up for a friend and you get hurt by someone else, you can't go back and blame your friend for the pain. It was your decision to do it. And so, in both versions, the poor lovesick rich girl is the one I wished most to have a happy ending. Especially the Japanese version, because Yuko was a hypocrite who didn't think about her confined friend at all when she went to Ryo's apartment and kissed her friend's boyfriend while they hadn't broken up yet (and she didn't get slapped or wronged by the rich girl). Her we see JinKang's emotionally torturous struggle to fight her attraction towards MooYoung and MooYoung's brutal yet honest breakup. Writer-nim is really working her brains off to redeem the leads.

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Thanks again for posting all these detailed explanations about the original. Very interesting. I agree completely about SA, she did nothing wrong except forgetting that apology while JinKang has kept so much from her.

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Stating that SA did nothing wrong except forgetting that apology is an oversimplification of a very wrongdoing. When she did not ask for an apology from JK, though it might appear as a simple “I’m sorry”, however, failing to say it in their scenario already speaks too much about how much self-centered she is as a person and how much she shallowly treats the other person. First and foremost, it is not just somebody who slapped JK, it was her mother. Second, the reason why JK was slapped was because of a favor she did for her. Third, JK was slapped in right front of her and more so, in front of another person (MY). How could such a person act just as if nothing happened? Ridiculous! You mentioned the word “forgetting”. Assuming that it is true (although there is no indication in the show that she does so) and since you are claiming it already, just forgetting about it makes SA even worse of a friend to JK. How could a friend in her right mind simply forget about such incident? And it was her succeeding action that is the worst of it all. It was when she shamelessly still asked for a favor from JK to whom she highly owes an apology? Instead of asking for an apology, she asks for a favor? So, must we still say then that SA did really nothing much of a wrong towards JK?

Thus, from that point onwards, how dare if she still expects so much from JK? That moment when she failed to apologize and her succeeding actions only show that she is not a friend but more of a user. She is expecting too much loyalty in a friendship wherein she could not even be called a friend.

And yes it’s true that JK kept something from her. But before judging a person, mustn’t we also consider the intention of that person? Yes, perhaps on SA’s part (although we are not yet sure at this point), it would have been better if JK told her about it. But mustn’t we also consider JK’s sincerest intention (and that is not to hurt her) and the kind of friend that she’s been for her? More so, how about the fact that JK is strongly resisting her feelings for MY and her acts of confronting him in favor of SA? But then as I’ve said, SA does not even have the right to expect anymore from SA in a friendship that she could no longer even be called a friend. On the other hand, JK, as I’ve already mentioned is at the very least trying hard to still be a genuine friend to her. JK is of course not a saint but so much more is SA.

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If we look at intention, and not the outcome, then when did SeungAh intentionally cause JinKang any pain? They are both already hurt by someone else and neither has apologized for bystanding. They're even.

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Aren't we talking her about the intention to do good? And not about the intention of doing bad? Who should have apologized first for bystanding? What was the purpose of the bystanding? Was the bystanding was at least for a good intention? Or was it because the person is simply an apathetic person?

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@apriltwilights Nope. All along I have been saying SeungAh did nothing intentionally wrong. That even if she is naive and is an inconsiderate friend, her flaws don't make JinKang better. Bystanding is bystanding if you let something bad happen, and bystanders don't make good friends.

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@geliguolu Is not asking for forgiveness even in the very clearest and simplest of situations not intentional or can it be equated to something intentional? Which is worse to do something intentional or to not even have the simple awareness that you did something wrong to another person? Did JK just really allowed for bad things to happen? Or was there at least an effort on her part to save a friend from a hurtful situation?

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@apriltwilights Personally, I prefer an oblivious friend over a compulsive white liar. Unlike JinKang, I will not hesitate to call out the oblivious one and then make up. While I will constantly have to double guess the white liar.

Don't misunderstand. I say JinKang is not a good friend, but I don't think she is a bad person (up to what I've seen). I totally acknowledge that she is struggling very hard to make the decisions and struggling to resist MY. Keeping sad truths hidden seems to be her mechanism of defense, for her and everyone around her. But such dishonesty is toxic and she is constantly hurting herself. In a matter of time it will hurt her more than shield her.

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So, are you now so much into SA? Thus, are you now contradicting your own statement in a previous thread? Have you already forgotten your very own words, wherein you said, I quote "If the comments didn’t pile the hate on SeungAh unanimously I wouldn’t take the side of the underdog"? Furthermore, is the very basic act of asking for an apology a mere act of obliviousness? Does a person who keep her feelings to herself for the genuine sake of other people already a compulsive white liar?

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@apriltwilights haha, what contradiction? I can seriously take a stand for either of them and write on and on. I’m not into SeungAh, I just took that side and ran with it. Such critical thinking and pivoting one’s point of view is an interesting exercise. The personal preference is still true if I chose if I defend JinKang. Also, there’s a difference between keeping feelings to yourself and white lies. When JinKang said it was her first time meeting MooYoung, when she said he was at the theater alone, when she said the dashcam convo was a joke, these are lies. In these scenarios she didn’t have to lie to hide her feelings but she did.

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@geliguolu7 HAHAHAHA LOL As much as I want to point it out to you but still, I would like to believe that you are not as oblivious as you claim SA to be. At least, I'd like to believe in that.

I really enjoyed discussing with you plus I like the way you write but the moment I read your self-contradictory statements, I suddenly lost my interest. There is no fire anymore when you discuss with someone who does not have her sense of conviction in an argument and makes self-contradictory statements. Just like what Moo Young said to Jin Kang: "It's boring." Hahaha! Thus, I guess this will be my last reply to you and I could no longer ponder on your other comments. LOL!

But seriously, since this is my last reply to you, I must say that I like your writing especially the way you choose and construct your words. And I do not doubt that you can really write on and on. Perhaps that is why I enjoyed our discussion though I liked it more especially last mor-night that our dialogue was intense (just like the drama haha). Speaking of which, goodbye and hope you enjoy tonight's episode of the drama!

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Jin Kang not telling Seung Ah that her boyfriend is courting her behind her back is clearly very wrong. At the point when MooYoung has confessed and she sees SeungAh is planning to elope with him, she has passed the point of I-don't-want-to-hurt-her-by-meddling far into She-will-kill-me-so-I-can't-let-her-know territory. A good friend should be telling her the truth already, even if she doesn't want to hear the truth, even if she won't be your friend anymore, because her whole life ahead is at stake. If MooYoung is as heartless as she imagines hims to be, then she is knowingly letting her friend run away with a sociopath. And no, I don’t think she has said enough to stop her, not even close, because she was trying harder to save herself from being the bad girl. On top of that, she is leading poor ChoRong on just the same way MooYoung lead SeungAh. Another relationship where one side has with no love and the other side clearly expects marriage downstream. She really has no leverage to criticize MooYoung when she is letting ChoRong hold her hand and kiss her -- same passive deception, equally heartless to their partner. Her issue is she thinks she's better than him when she is not. A part of her is furious that she isn't in control of her own emotions. A part of her feels agonizingly guilty towards SeungAh. And a part of her is hurtfully ashamed that MooYoung is right about her. To all these emotions she only found one outlet and that is towards MooYoung. I don't feel bad for him receiving it, after all, he's caused others so much more upset.

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A good friend should be telling her the truth already,

Thanks! That's something I've also been saying, she did something really bad to her best friend and almost everyone seems to be ok with this.

I kind of disagree about her leading CR being the same because I thought she did like him a little bit and maybe she thought that was enough, she could have a nice relationship with him. MY never had any of those ideas about SA, it's very different. Also not sure JK feels guilty about SA at all.

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Without that permission to kiss, I wouldn’t think she’s leading him on. That’s where I drew the line. If she was unsure (clearly she isn’t), she could have responded “maybe next time”, but she did it anyway knowing MY is lurking. It was more a message to MY than an acceptance of CR’s feelings. This is where she lost (a little of) my respect.

I think she does feel guilty towards SeungAh, if not she would really be a bad person. She doesn’t feel guilt for having feelings for MooYoung, because she hasn’t realized it yet. I think she felt guilty for omitting her knowledge of the true MooYoung. When she sees SeungAh preparing to elope, is when she started giving her warnings about MooYoung’s character. I think that’s when she started feeling guilty. When she saw SeungAh bawling at the cafe, she felt more guilt, but the ideal time to come clean has passed so she made another self-saving judgment to “find a better time”.

Then when SeungAh showed her the dashcam, the guilt subsided and fear took over — fear of losing SeungAh sets in. From her convo with Jinkook we know she was not a popular school girl. Classmates and parents treated her like she’s diseased simply because she had no parents. So we somewhat understand her need for this friend. We see SeungAh asking JinKang for help more often but I think the need is two ways. Both in their own ways need the friendship for the sake of having one, and so their bond is not super strong, they just want to think it is. She said to MY “you have no idea what you destroyed”, and without clear consideration of outcome she demanded he take his words back and continue his lies. My take is that all along her priority is save the friendship, not the friend.

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I thought the editing of dashcam scene was weird. We never truly hear what she had to say to SA after being confronted. If she is feeling guilty she knows it's time to tell but no, she says it was just a joke. After MY confirms to SA, she runs to him asking him to take it back which can only lead us to believe she chose to keep lying to SA and saying that nothing happened and it was some misunderstanding. I have the same idea about the friendship, she likes it, not SA herself, that is why she chose to keep quiet for so long.

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@lixie They probably broke that scene up to fit the cliffhanger into the episode. I also think she continued to lie. Maybe SA stormed out while JK was still looking for words to defend herself. Guilty is just acknowledging to yourself that you did something wrong. Confessing a lie takes more than guilt. Actually most people who feel guilty lie more to avoid repercussions.

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If we ever meet in real life I will kiss you for this comment... You perfectly put to words why I've been rambling about in circles on...

Every one seems to ignore what th leads are up to... And its all about SA thinking too for into the future Nd her being ungrateful...

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💋 lol. It’s because we’ve seen the original and others haven’t. Also, naturally viewers want to defend the lead because disliking the character makes watching the drama less enjoyable.

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MooYoung .... It is getting too hard to compare MooYoung and Ryo without spoiling. And it's really hard to resist responding to some comments about him, but I'll tie my hands together if I must.🤐

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Thank you for adding these comparisons to the Japanese version. It really adds depth to the Korean version as we anxiously wait for the next episodes.

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I think, the scars that they both have, have made Jin Kang fall for Moo Young. It is like a symbol that connects them both physically and emotionally thus, they are able to deeply see right through each other more than any other people around them. They somehow had been through what each other had gone through thus, they feel pity and lonely for each other.

However, aside from the feelings of pity and loneliness for MY, I also think that she is the only one who can see the good sides of Moo Young in a very genuine way, not because seeing his goodness will benefit her but because for the simple reason that after all, he is also a good person. Surprised by his unexpected goodness in many instances (though MY not giving a damn care about what being nice or goodness means would simply brush it off claiming that such acts are either obligatory or out of curiosity on his part), she could not help but fall for him. And I think this is also the reason why MY genuinely liked someone for once in his life and that is her. To know that this woman genuinely sees the goodness in you for the very first time in your life, how could you not fall for her? ❤❤❤

On the term "genuinely", perhaps what i mean is that, unlike Seung Ah and Yoo Ri who thinks that Moo Young is good because of the acts and help that he has done for them, Jin Kang sees his goodness because of the goodness/ kindness that Moo Young shows for other people (although it is actually with her that Moo Young is in a super good/ nice state). As what I've said, she appreciates his goodness not because she benefits from it but because she simply and genuinely sees him as a good person.

"You are a good person" can be interpreted in many ways. You can tell me "you are good" because I have helped you or have done nice things to you. But on the other hand, I would appreciate it much better if you tell me that "you are good" because you really see the goodness in me based on what I do in situations or for people in general. Knowing that JK sees the real goodness in him, he is moved by her.

It is just like in the scene when he was so captivated when JK told him, "I pity you." Based on what he said, people telling him those seemingly kind words, has a very superficial effect on him because when they tell those words, people are actually talking about themselves. To him it's like, yes 10% they probably feel sorry for me but the 90% of it is that they really feel relieved about themselves. But with JK telling him that, the effect is different. As he said, he could really feel that it is meant for him. It's because JK genuinely feels sorry for him. Perhaps, in his mind, he could not fathom as to how could a person who is in a state as pitiful as him can still sincerely feel sorry for him? Thus, it is impossible for him to be not moved by her.❤❤❤

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Am starting to sound like a broken record but I love this show. I like the characters and I love how on edge I always am anytime mooyoung shifts his gaze or say something or interacts with any of the characters. The chemistry between jinkang and mooyoung is seriously off the charts. The two are spiralling towards each other in an unhealthy way but I love it.
I know many people thinks jin kang is not a loyal friend but I think that's not true. The number of years doesn't determine friendship sometimes its knowing those friends very well that really matters. Jin kang knows seung ah enough to know she's never going to listen even if she tries to correct her. I have a friend like that, we have been friends for almost a decade and she doesn't listen to me whenever I try to correct her about something, so most times I try not to act judgemental for peace to reign. I let her make the mistakes on her own cos as much as I dislike that flaw of hers, I still cherish our friendship in every way. So, I kinda get where jin kang is coming from and couple with the fact she's fighting mooyoung effect on her, we have got to cut the girl some slack.

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There is nothing on the show that tells SA was a person that would not listen to anything JK had to say about MY. Even when she finally found out that something was going on between her boyfriend and her friend, she asked MY about it and then she asked JK, she was listening to what both had to say.

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Agree. I think if JinKang told SeungAh her true thoughts about MooYoung when they started dating and before she fully invested in him physically and emotionally, SeungAh could have proceeded with caution. Surprisingly she didn’t jump to conclusions on that ambiguous dashcam dialogue (which wouldn’t make much sense if she hadn’t known both of them.) She asked MooYoung straightforwardly. She has been quite straightforward throughout the drama.

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But jin kang did caution her about mooyoung albeit late but she did. We all have different opinions but that's the vibe I get from seung ha. I mean someone that's ready to throw away her friendship for a guy that she just met is actually somehow. Even if mooyoung is being an asshole when he answered the question, I just think she should hold him responsible more than jin kang but she directed her fury at her friend. I mean, someone said she doesn't know they have been meeting up but then she has been sending jin kang to deliver messages to mooyoung. How did she think the messages have been passed, through Facebook? The conversation on mooyoung part might sound scandalous but jin kang reply in that car conversation was not. My boyfriend says they like my friend and its my friend that am going to blame? Until I know the nature of things, the boyfriend can go to hell and if my friend had been meeting up with him without me being their catalyst, they can both take a vacay to hell.

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They didn’t even show her reaction towards MooYoung yet. She did reach out to him first. At this point we don’t know how mad is she at either of them. Why do you think she’s throwing away her friendship? If there’s anyone she wants to stay in contact with if she runs away, it would be JinKang. I think most viewers are implicitly biased against her simply because she’s not the lead.

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When was she throwing the friendship away? Given all the information she had and how immature she is I thought she would be really angry and instead she was rather calm about the situation. What fury? Yes, she probably thought JK sent him texts. She would never think there was flirting from MY's side. I'd blame my friend too, not for the boyfriend liking her but for not telling anything when it's being going on for so long.

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Seems that I have problem posting my comments. But this was the one I've posted: That is exactly my question. Then, just because she is the lead, we expect her to always put other people’s feelings first instead of her own feelings? How is it that we put the blame on Jin Kang that Seung Ah did not proceed with caution towards her feelings for Moo Young? Even her own common sense will somehow tell her that MY is just toying with her feelings (although I cannot also blame her that she fell for MY). She should have known, for even during that time when she was grounded, MY did not even make a move to reach out to her. More so, he had been repeatedly ignoring her messages despite the fact that he knows about the difficult situation that she is in. Instead of thinking that MY is probably done with her, she made plans about running out of the country with him. Considering all the circumstances and the fact that she has just met him, she should have been more guarded about her feelings.

Also, why is it that Jin Kang is the one who must always do something for her? Just because she is the lead? While on the other hand, we cannot ask for a simple “ I’m sorry” from Seung Ha? Just because she is the second lead? I agree with Moo Young (though being a manipulative man himself) when she asked JK as to the reason while she is still doing favors for her even after she was slapped by SA’s mother and even when SA did not even dare to apologize for it. The moment when SA did that, it only shows that she does not genuinely treat JK as a friend but rather, merely as a person whom she relies on as she pleases. How could she not even say, “I’m sorry” when in fact the reason why JK was slapped was because she was doing a favor for her? Worse is, even after not apologizing, all she did was ask again for a favor from JK (which JK did saying that it will be the last time) . I am sorry but in my view, she was never a true friend. As a person who does not even know how to apologize and who only remembers you when she is in need, how dare she expects that for her, JK will still do a lot of things?

But in fact, JK was still so kind enough to consider her by strongly resisting her own feelings even after what she did. More than that, although she did not tell SA about MY pursuing him, she did not altogether kept mum about it. Rather, she acted upon it by talking to MY first. Although some may argue that she should have just told SA but we also have to understand that people act on situations based on their personality. And JK being someone who as much as possible tries her best to hide her own feelings or incidents (even from her brother) just not to hurt other people, she still find a way by talking first to MY (again despite of SA’s selfish personality).

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@apriltwilights What I wrote (I think if JinKang told SeungAh her true thoughts about MooYoung when they started dating and before she fully invested in him physically and emotionally, SeungAh could have proceeded with caution. ), is not to put blame on JinKang, merely a speculation of how things could have turned out differently -- because OP insists SeungAh will never listen to JinKang. SeungAh has herself to blame for latching on to MooYoung like a prisoner spotting a key on the floor. However, there is no indication that she is putting MY over JK yet. We see that she is asking MY and asking JK before spurting out her rage. So saying that she won't listen is unfair.

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@geliguolu I agree with you on that. Indeed, it would be hasty or unfair to generalize that SA would not listen to JK. On my part, JK did not tell SA those things because she's afraid that it would seriously hurt her. It is because that is who she is and that's how she deals with her struggles (by as much as possible not letting people know about it especially those who matters to her)... But definitely not because she knows that SA would not listen to her (in all fairness to SA).

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Neither of them deserve a “Best Friend” award. If the comments didn’t pile the hate on SeungAh unanimously I wouldn’t take the side of the underdog. It’s true SeungAh has herself to blame for falling for MooYoung, but I can’t agree that JinKang is a good friend and SeungAh is all selfish (like many comments agruing so).

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I respect your opinion. While on the other hand for me, Jin Kang has been a good friend or at the very least, she's genuinely trying her best to be a good friend. Although I would also be really hurt but I would not consider a friend "bad" just because she did not tell me things when on her point of view, she is doing that because she doesn't want to
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Oh dear this ain't about seung ah being the second lead, I kinda find that insulting. I am not blind to jin kang flaws what am finding absurd is the fact that jin kang is getting the blame for seung ah mistake. A friend once asked me, if you caught my boyfriend with a girl are you going to tell me or if you noticed that my boyfriend is an asshole? I simply told her no. But am going to confront the boyfriend. Until she gives me the room to complain about her boyfriend herself am not going to say anything and this is not bcos I don't care about her.

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@oluwafemi95 Again, not blaming JinKang for SeungAh’s mistake. Just IMO, friends don’t let friends walk into a trap. I won’t be able to sleep.

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But do we call someone who does not even have the conscience to apologize a "friend"? Even strangers do say sorry. How about more if you consider yourself a "friend"? From that point onward, she already proved that she's not a "friend". And although she's not one, at least JK, in her own way, still has the sincere intention to save her from being hurt (although saving her might mean in a different way for her). But still, the good intention is there and thus, we do not call that a trap. But again, was SA being a "friend" in the first place?

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I think I just replied that below. The thing is, you can't just end a friendship in your mind, you have to be honest and tell the other person. You can't use whatever has been done to you that upset you to justify not acting as a friend anymore, that's not the decent thing to do, it's simple. About JK really having the sincere intention to help her, let's disagree because as explained in other posts in my opinion, if she had such worry she would have told SA about MY's flirting even risking the friendship.

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@lixie How and why do you end a friendship when there was not even a friendship to speak of on the part of the other person? Was JK even ending the friendship in her mind? Did she not act as a friend anymore even when SA did not apologize to her? What indecency did she commit? Or are you just confusing our personal opinions with that of Jin Kang's explicit actions? Does sincerely worrying for a friend means that you always have to tell everything to her?

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Hi 🤗 To those whose hearts have already been stolen by the enigmatic, Kim Moo Young (Seo In Guk), you may wish to read my article that has been featured on the Soompi Website entitled "12 Reasons Why We Cannot Help But Fall in Love With Seo In Guk in The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" . Here is the link:
https://www.soompi.com/community/2018/10/21/12-reasons-why-we-cannot-help-but-fall-in-love-with-seo-in-guk-in-the-smile-has-left-your-eyes/
I would love to know your reactions and hear your comments. Thank you!

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this drama has helped me remember why i love my melodramas lol

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I simply can't buy that Jin Kang will fall/had fallen in love with Moo Young. She is a smart and cautious girl, and doesn't even like Moo Young in the first place. A bit of symphathy for a fellow orphan does not equal to love.

I will continue watching to see if there is any backstory tying up all the characters inconsistencies, otherwise this drama is going downhill as a dud for me.

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