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Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Episode 8

Moo-young’s dangerous game has resulted in a scenario no one saw coming and the ripple effect spreads far and wide. As everyone deals with the aftermath, Jin-kook struggles to protect Jin-kang while her own feelings threaten to tear her apart.

 
EPISODE 8: There’s No Trace of Him

Yoo-ri meets Jin-kook at the station and recounts her memory of the night Jeong Mi-yeon died. She remembers coming to in Mi-yeon’s apartment and spying on her fighting with her boyfriend through a crack in the door. After the boyfriend left, Yoo-ri says she remembers blood and nothing else.

Meanwhile, a concerned Jin-kang knocks on Moo-young’s door, only to be met with silence. She tries calling him but Moo-young ignores his phone as he and Seung-ah speed down the highway with Woo-sang hot on their trail. Moo-young warns Seung-ah not to let Woo-sang catch up seconds before an oncoming truck forces her to swerve.

Their car screeches to a halt just in time for Woo-sang to t-bone them, sending both cars tumbling over the guardrail. Moo-young and Seung-ah are flipped upside down and are illuminated by a fiery explosion. In the back of his mind, Moo-young hears someone call his name and he flashes back to his childhood, in a room with a boiling teapot.

Two men with obscured faces stand off and one shakily levels a gun at the other, as young Moo-young watches in horror. A shot rings out and Moo-young’s eyes fly open only to slip back into unconsciousness.

Early the following morning, Jin-kang runs down the street as Seung-ah’s mother’s tearful voice rings in her ears that Seung-ah was in an accident and the man she was with had been killed. Jin-kang freezes when a news bulletin flashes across a jumbo screen, announcing Woo-sang’s death and Seung-ah’s critical condition. Oddly, there’s no mention of Moo-young.

Jin-kook takes Yoo-ri back to Jeong Mi-yeon’s apartment, hoping it’ll jog her memory. She can’t bring herself to go inside, though, and runs away. Jin-kook chases behind her, noting the security cams as they go. His phone suddenly rings and he ducks out of sight.

Turns out the call was from Jin-kang and Jin-kook rushes to meet her at the hospital. Meanwhile, a team of doctors inform Jin-kang and Seung-ah’s mother that she’s out of surgery, and is expected to recover. Seung-ah’s mother pulls Jin-kang into a hug but they pull apart when Woo-sang’s secretary appears to announce Seung-ah is being transferred to her room.

Jin-kook arrives and Jin-kang fills him in, frowning as she adds that something isn’t right. Jin-kook checks with the information desk and reports back to Jin-kang that Moo-young isn’t registered as a patient in the hospital. She insists that she saw him in Seung-ah’s car and Woo-sang was following them and can’t understand why the news is reporting that Seung-ah was in Woo-sang’s car with no mention of Moo-young whatsoever.

Jin-kook has her tell him everything and Jin-kang tells him about the beating, triggering Jin-kook’s memory of Moo-young’s bruised face a few days earlier. Jin-kang says she’d been worried afterwards and Moo-young had revealed he planned to fight against the true attacker—the one that ordered the beating.

The news is still reporting on the accident when Jin-kook arrives at work. On the TV a detective speaks to the press and Chief Lee identifies him as an old teammate, before someone got the team disbanded. He glares daggers at Jin-kook, but his thinly veiled disdain is ignored.

Jin-kang also makes it to work and assures her concerned coworkers that she’s fine. She says that Seung-ah has yet to wake up, but her life is out of danger.

So-jung takes note of Jin-kook’s dark mood and he tells her Moo-young has disappeared. She’s shocked to hear he was dating Seung-ah, but Jin-kook is more concerned about Jin-kang’s claim that the news narrative has been manipulated.

Jin-kang ventures to Moo-young’s apartment again, but it’s still dark. She calls his number, but his phone is off. Sinking to the ground, she perks up when she hears something meowing and finds Moo-young’s cat.

Jin-kook spots Jin-kang exiting the pet store. He picks her up and is upset to realize the cat food in her arms is likely for Moo-young’s cat. She wonders if they should file a missing person’s report and Jin-kook snaps that it’s not her concern.

That night Jin-kook is unable to sleep. He gets up and peeks in on Jin-kang, but her bed is empty. Instead, she’s back at Moo-young’s place, feeding the cat.

On her way out after visiting Seung-ah in the ICU, Jin-kang runs into Woo-sang’s secretary again. He plays dumb when Jin-kang questions him about Moo-young. He walks away, ignoring Jin-kang’s pleas to at least let her know if Moo-young is alive.

Jin-kook drops in on the detective from his old team, and unlike Chief Lee, this man isn’t resentful. They get drinks and share some pleasant banter before the detective asks why Jin-kook sought him out. Jin-kook demands to know where Moo-young is and after debating whether or not to answer, the detective admits he doesn’t know.

The woman from Woo-sang’s company cries at his funeral, but her tears dry up the second she’s inside the elevator. Upstairs, she walks past a team of men guarding a VIP room. Woo-sang’s secretary opens the door for her and she steps up to a bed as the detective reveals to Jin-kook that they (meaning Woo-sang’s family/company) are keeping Moo-young under wraps and he doesn’t know where he is or what they’re planning to do when he wakes up.

All the detective knows is that Moo-young was unconscious when they found him, but his condition wasn’t critical. He adds that Seung-ah had 2 million dollars in her bag along with Moo-young’s note about leaving together. Additionally, Woo-sang was very drunk and didn’t even attempt to break before the crash—rather he intended for them all to die together.

Jin-kang startles awake at her desk at home and runs to Moo-young’s place. She jiggles the doorknob anxiously, collapsing in tears when it doesn’t budge. Tearfully, she asks aloud, “Where are you?”

Cho-rong calls Jin-kook to report he’d noticed an Arts Brewery beer glass when he’d visited Jeong Mi-yeon’s friend’s studio. Jin-kook gets into his car to head back and his old teammate slips him some money to buy Jin-kang snacks. Jin-kook tries to protest, but concedes when the detective laments he feels bad for her.

The detective asks if Chief Lee ever mentioned to Jin-kook that the boy he’d been searching for visited the police station. He says it happened just after Jin-kook had left for Seoul twenty years ago and while he hadn’t been there, Chief Lee had met the boy. Hmm.

Moo-young is still dreaming about the boiling teakettle room, but this time the gunshot wakes him up and he remains conscious. Pulling himself up, he locks eyes with Woo-sang’s secretary, who’s sitting across the room.

Back at the police station, Jin-kook hunts down Chief Lee and demands to know why he hadn’t mentioned the boy. Chief Lee snaps that he’d told the boy to get lost because the man who was looking for him was gone. Jin-kook stands there shell-shocked as Chief Lee huffs away.

Storming back out of the station, Jin-kook doesn’t so much as glance at Cho-rong as the young detective tries to tell him Moo-young had met Jeong Mi-yeon before her death. Cho-rong gripes about Jin-kook as he peels out of the lot and So-jung slaps him upside the head.

Cho-rong asks why she hit him, but So-jung just takes him out to lunch. Cho-rong reveals to her that after seeing the Arts Brewery cup at Mi-yeon’s friend’s studio, he went to the pub and met with Hee-jun. He’d shown the photo from Mi-yeon’s party and Hee-jun had immediately started complaining about how rude Mi-yeon had been.

Furthermore, Hee-jun placed Moo-young there as well and said Moo-young took Mi-yeon home that night. Pouting, Cho-rong can’t understand why Jin-kook wasn’t the least bit interested when he’d told him this, wondering why he bothers. So-jung gently tells him to trust Jin-kook and wait.

Moo-young has returned home and spaces out on his couch while the cat plays on his stomach. When the cat jumps down, Moo-young looks up to see Jin-kang’s silhouette walking past his window. Outside, she feeds the cat and continues to ask “where are you?” until a shadow falls over her.

She stands and starts to leave, but Moo-young grabs her and pulls her into a kiss. She pushes back briefly before melting into him as he cradles her face gently, deepening the kiss.

Jin-kook broods in his dark apartment. He flashes back to his younger self bursting into an emergency room where young Moo-young was being treated for burns on his shoulder and arm. The boy had looked up and Jin-kook quickly turned his back, looking ashamed.

Jin-kang returns home and Jin-kook assures her that while he doesn’t know where Moo-young is, he’s okay and will come home. Jin-kang numbly responds that he already has before disappearing into her room. Following her, Jin-kook frantically demands if she met with Moo-young and Jin-kang plainly states that she did, but it won’t happen again.

She asks Jin-kook to turn out the lights so she can sleep, but once he’s gone, her thoughts return to the kiss with Moo-young. Eventually, she’d broken away but he’d held her back from leaving. Moo-young asked her to stay, but Jin-kang only replied that they shouldn’t meet again.

In his apartment, Moo-young also struggles to sleep. Jin-kang wakes up to a text and gets up only to find Jin-kook standing outside her door. He looks up from his own phone, stunned, and Jin-kang steps into his arms, sobbing.

A news reporter announces that four days after the accident that killed Woo-sang, Seung-ah has also passed away. Moo-young appears indifferent to the news, but Jin-kang is devastated as she and her brother pay their respects and Jin-kook has to help her up as she cries on the floor.

Cho-rong admits glumly to So-jung he didn’t even know Jin-kang was friends with Seung-ah. And she tries to comfort him that Jin-kang is just private about things. Meanwhile, Jin-kang slips away from the services to sob loudly by herself.

The woman from Woo-sang’s company goes out to her car and muses that Woo-sang’s secretary looks better working for her. He informs her that Moo-young signed the agreement without fuss. She laughs hearing Moo-young accepted the one million dollar compensation with indifference.

Jin-kook is standing outside when Moo-young leaves his apartment the next morning. Moo-young breezily asks if he needs something because he’s on his way to work, and Jin-kook’s voice shakes as he demands to know if this is what Moo-young wanted. He recalls Moo-young believes “an eye for an eye” and chokes out that even if Woo-sang had ordered thugs to hurt Moo-young, Seung-ah was innocent.

“How you could you say that, like I did this on purpose?” Moo-young asks and Jin-kook rephrases his question to ask if Moo-young had known this would be the outcome, would anything have changed. Moo-young replies he doesn’t know and his smirk sets Jin-kook off.

Grabbing Moo-young’s collar, Jin-kook drags him over to the ledge and holds him over. Shaking Moo-young, Jin-kook shouts that his petty revenge cost two people their lives. Moo-young finally spits back that he’d have done it anyway. “You still think you’ve won even when two people died from your pranks?” Jin-kook demands, guessing Moo-young felt he had nothing to lose by putting his own life on the line.

Enraged, Jin-kook punches Moo-young and declares that he’s not human. “If I were human, what would I have done, then?” Moo-young demands. Jin-kook doesn’t answer, only saying he won’t let Moo-young off anymore… no matter who he is. His word choice amuses Moo-young and he wonders if he ever meant anything to Jin-kook.

Jin-kang is surprised when Jin-kook bursts through their gate just as she’s about to leave for work. He warns her to keep her word about staying away from Moo-young, saying Moo-young doesn’t care about anything. Jin-kook says Moo-young views everything as a game and killed Seung-ah.

Taken aback, Jin-kang asks what he’s talking about. Jin-kook repeats Moo-young’s words that he would’ve gone through with everything even knowing the outcome. “Even if he knew that Seung-ah would die. Even if he lost his life,” Jin-kook says gravely, “He still would’ve done it.” He storms off again, leaving Jin-kang shaken.

Cho-rong starts to text Jin-kang his condolences but is interrupted when one of the other detectives assigns him to look back through the dash cam footage from Jeong Mi-yeon’s case. Cho-rong starts to argue that Jin-kook already combed through it, but shrivels up under his superior’s glare and agrees to start as soon as he finishes his text. Hee.

Jin-kook’s words continue to ring in Jin-kang’s ears as she makes her way to work. She receives the text from Cho-rong but just stares blankly at her phone. Meanwhile, Jin-kook pays Yoo-ri another visit. She snaps that she still doesn’t remember anything, but Jin-kook guesses that if she spied on Mi-yeon through the door, she had to know Mi-yeon’s passcode and Yoo-ri confirms it.

He asks if she knows who was caught on the security cam outside the building and she says she doesn’t care, but her hand fidgets on her mop. Jin-kook admits the camera is a fake so nothing was recorded, but Moo-young already knew that. She denies Moo-young’s involvement but Jin-kook says the path she took when she ran from the building was the one with no working security cameras, suggesting Moo-young taught it to her.

Yoo-ri demands to know if Jin-kook saved her only to torment her. She cries that neither she nor Moo-young killed Mi-yeon. Jin-kook calmly states that he killed someone, but Yoo-ri thinks he’s still accusing her and screams repeatedly that she didn’t do it.

Jin-kook clarifies that he was talking about himself, and that he’d killed someone when he was two years older than Yoo-ri. He tells her he’s living proof that she can make a fresh start, but she has to come down to the station tomorrow morning to turn herself in.

Jin-kang texts Cho-rong asking him to meet later because she has something to say, but before he can respond he sees the footage of Moo-young on one of the dash cams and his face hardens. He confronts So-jung if this is what she’d hinted previously and demands Moo-young’s address.

So-jung hands it over and then tries to call Jin-kook, but he ignores his phone as he waits on a park bench. Someone walks up, and though the face isn’t shown, it’s clearly Yoo-ri.

Jin-kang sits down to eat, but Cho-rong texts that he won’t be joining her. Instead, Moo-young walks in and slides in across from her. Finally, Jin-kang asks why he’s acting like nothing happened. Moo-young is playfully surrenders but she’s not in the mood and leaves.

Afterwards, on his way home, Moo-young pauses at a crossroads and look towards Jin-kang’s house before turning to go home. When he gets there, Jin-kang is waiting. She tells him what Jin-kook said about him seeing everything as a game. She starts to choke up as she asks if he really doesn’t care if anyone dies, including himself, and that’s why he isn’t sad.

She asks if he would really repeat his actions all over, knowing he was risking Seung-ah’s life as well as his own. Moo-young remains silent and she takes it as confirmation. Moo-young reaches out to touch her but she yanks her arm away, crying that even while Seung-ah was dying, she only worried about him.

Sobbing, she admits she never got to apologize or thank Seung-ah and demands to know why he remains so calm. “I was so concerned about you without knowing my friend was dying,” she snaps, “So why don’t you cherish your life at all?” Moo-young admits he doesn’t know either.

Numbly, Jin-kang walks away but Moo-young follows silently behind her as she cries. At the same time, the detectives are on their way to pick up Moo-young and stop when Jin-kang crosses in front of the van. Cho-rong is about to jump out after her when Moo-young crosses in front next. The detectives jump out and Moo-young allows them to arrest him as he stares after Jin-kang.

 
COMMENTS

Holy heartache, Batman! There’s so much to unpack this episode, I’m probably not going to get to it all, but what a way to hit our halfway point! The deaths of Woo-sang and Seung-ah each created a ripple effect and while Woo-sang’s so far has been restricted to his company and passing over the reins (to his sister? cousin? I need the show to introduce her already, I’m sick of calling her “the woman”), Seung-ah’s had a deep impact on the Yoo siblings. Particularly Jin-kang, because not only were they best friends, Jin-kang wasn’t able to resolve her guilt over Moo-young before Seung-ah passed on.

Her guilt with Cho-rong is a different story. She had tried calling him out to talk and odds are she was planning to break up. It’s only fair because he’s the sweetest puppy and he doesn’t deserve to be strung along. Alas, she may have missed her window because Cho-rong definitely picked up on the weirdness of Moo-young following her home. Not to mention, I can’t imagine Jin-kang sitting still after hearing he’s been charged with murder. Because despite knowing he’s kind of a sociopath, I still don’t think he murdered Jeong Mi-yeon. Plus holy dang that kiss!

And it’s clear Jin-kook doesn’t think Moo-young murdered Jeong Mi-yeon either. Although, that doesn’t do anything to alleviate his contention with Moo-young. We know Moo-young is the little boy Jin-kook was looking for, but the remaining details are still fuzzy. It’s been suggested heavily that Jin-kook is the one that shot Moo-young’s father, but then why did he do it? Does that mean he was searching for Moo-young out of guilt? And how does Jin-kang tie in to all this? This show is so stingy with its answers!

All I know for sure is next week is going to be chaotic. Moo-young has been arrested, but what about Yoo-ri? It looked like she was turning herself in to Jin-kook. Will Cho-rong be willing to listen after Jin-kook kept him in the dark? Especially since his relationship with Jin-kang is hanging by a thread and he doesn’t even know it. Is it too much to ask for the innocent puppy to have a happy ending?

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What did the paper Moo-young sign say? The sister looked so suspicious.

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It's probably an NDA agreement that he'll keep his mouth shut about the incident in return for the million dollars.

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Didn't they say he only took like a hundred? Clearly it isn't for the money.

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They said he took the money (my sub said one million dollars) as if it was one hundred.

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Ah! How is he going to redeem himself to us??? Ugh!

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I'm pretty sure we're headed for heartbreak, not redemption. At least that's what I'm prepared for.

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@coffeprince4eva RenOishi
The secretary told Woo Sang's sister that Moo Young accepted the money as if it had been only $100 instead of $1,000.000. It really was $1 million that he received, but MY had never seriously cared for the money.

And yes it was a bribe to keep him from revealing that there had been 2 cars and that Woo Sang had attempted to commit murder-suicide.

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They gave him a million dollars for shutting his mouth. Even the shady secretary was rattled by how easily MY took the money and didn’t even protest about anything.

I did find it chilling how calm he uninterested was in the whole situation, like he didn’t even show any remorse that two people were killed...

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"remorse" is not really the right word here. There was no reason for SA to be speeding like that and Crazy-Chaebol-Boyfriend intentionally rammed into her car. He didn't plan this, but rather, just set a fire and let things unfold on their own. He can't be held responsible for the other players reactions.

I do concede that his way of dealing with everything around him is disconcerting. as many Beanies have said, these are truly the signs of a sociopath / psychopath. and yet... I like him. a lot. the air of mystery around him is so magnetic! urgh... (ashamed of liking such an intensely flawed character)

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@kethysk If it's any consolation, it's really ok to like and even love many flawed characters (people). However the difficulty is separating the loving of those people from approving their behaviour/attitudes .... which are unsound or wrong, and which we probably know we cannot approve of. Love the sinner, hate the sin. 😐 Sometimes tough love is needed. "I love you but that bad habit has got to go!" 😉

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They (the heiress) are trying to bury the fact that WooSang ran SeungAh’s car off the road intentionally. So the cops have been bribed and MY probaby signed a liability settlement with nondisclosure agreement.

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Oh innocent puppies. They never can catch a break in dramaland.

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Too late and tired for me to order my thoughts, but this was another great episode.
I almost wish I could just binge it because the wait is hard. If this was a book it would be one of those read it in one sitting situations, lol.
I've seen mention of these characters not being likable, but actually I like a few of them. They are flawed and have a life lived but I think, especially our brother sister duo, are decent every day people.
And love Tak and Cho-rong.

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Exactly, if it was a book I’d probably skip the sleep until I finish it. For me, the drama is seriously thrilling and addicting, just two episodes a week is too little for me!

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I know. I too wish I had waited to start. But then I also enjoy our live chats and discussions:)

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Even though I had a hunch that woo Sung was going to die I did not expect Seung Ah’s Death at all. This episode was definitely my favourite for Jin Kangs character and she really established herself as someone I am rooting for and care about and hopefully doesn’t hurt a lot because of her complicated feelings. Also watching this show and the main leads dynamic gave me a huge déjà vu to a show that aired earlier this which frustrated me to the core. The push and pull of their relationship is pitch perfect that the regret I had with that show has been completely washed away. Did I mention how much I love Jung So Min because the girl can seriously act ♥️♥️♥️

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I was actually the reverse. I expected SA to die because of the series syniopsis and WS to live... but this way that part of the story has been neatly tied up. Just in time for JK's complicated feelings to take center stage.

I liked the kiss the way it was shot beause it showed a range of emotions for both leads. On MY's side it was subdued happyness and relief and 'love' (well, this was probably his most moment when he showed his emotions most unsubdued) and from JK's perspective it was mostly relief and a reluctance to accept that she likes him. She was still fighting her own feelings for him but then in that moment they just took over her dislike for the things she knows he is capable of.

I wholeheartedly agree that the push and pull is what's most perfect in this show. In any other drama the kiss is the final stage before dating and the HEA but I like that here it's just another complicated (beautiful) mess.

Why didn't I wait until this one finished airing so I could binge watch it? *cries out*

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I know right the struggle to live watch is real. Every week I’m trying to not watch but then I find myself clicking on the new episode

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This is the first drama I reach for... I don't even pretend to be struggeling.

I've been in a drama slump for almost a year and this one brought me back. So I'm thankful for that but ugh the week-long wait is agonizing.

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I knew Seung Ah would die eventually, but when I knew she survived the car accident, I was relieved and let my guard down. Only to find out midway that she died in the end. I was so affected by it that my heart dropped when I realised that she died (when Jin Kang hugged Jin Kook and started sobbing was when I knew) and I couldn’t finish the episode because I had to return to work. So I had my mind filled with that scene for the entire day before I could continue the show. Because while I expected Seung Ah to be killed off, I didn’t expect that she would die this way.

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Now you've got me curious about which drama "frustrated you to the core" but gave you deja vu with this one. There have been a few frustrating dramas this past year...

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Ill give you a clue. It aired on MBC at the start of the year...

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Poor Seung-ah, she truly did nothing wrong to deserve this...
I haven't watched the original so idk what will happen (and I don't want to know any spoiler, not even a hint) but I can't shake the feeling that Jin-kang and Moo-young are siblings. I'm scared for Jin-kang but I'm also scared for Cho-rong, why do I feel he could be the next victim...

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Praying to the drama gods that they aren't!! If they are siblings then there is a high chance MY knows. Will he still lead his sister on? Eeekk!

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That would be just too sick and disgusting even for his standards.

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You really have high regards for him. I don't even think he has any standards. But I must confess I love complicated characters like this. If you me raving about any shows, it means the characters are not your average prince Charming and princess Candy.

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oh come on. he may be a total psychopath, but he wouldn't initiate a kiss with his OWN SISTER!
... would he...?
*worried*

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@kethysk Not saying MY knows, but some psychopath will not feel wrong about doing something socially or morally wrong. Sexual aggression towards family is not uncommon. Though I am not suggesting MY is that type of psychopath.

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*prays with you*
I thought since this is a kdrama and they like to censor stuff they wouldn't allow a kiss scene between siblings but I don't know...I just have this feeling...and yeah if they are he definitely knows

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I got the feeling that the kiss was a bit strange and cold. It could be possible that they didn't get too passionate about it because indeed he knows they are brother and sister and he only wants to toy with her. He already made Seung Ah die in order to achieve his revenge against the fiancé and he didn't regret it one bit. He doesn't care about anyone. He looks like a sociopath to me, he's broken and he only wants to use people for his twisted purposes.

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Coincidentally the same actress had the hots for her 'brother' in 'My Father Is Strange', too.

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After reading my comment again I dunno if I expressed myself clearly, what I'm trying to get at is, Woo-sang sent the thugs to beat Moo-young to a pulp and that angered Moo-young and that's why he retaliated in a way that resulted in his death. An eye for an eye and all that. So what I was lamenting is, what did Seung-ah do *to him* that warranted this violence? What did she do to him to earn his contempt and eventually this death?

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Remember how MY told JinKang at the party to leave because she was a distraction? He told her that he tried to effect WS but WS got to him instead - meaning WS’s knowledge of MY and Jin Kang’s ‘relationship’. He knew he ‘could get to’ WS by utilising SA. A sad situation all around :(

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Could MY have said he would do it again even knowing SA would die because he was protecting Jin Kang? Once WS knew about his relationship with JK there was no way he was going to leave her alone. Not to say MY is being noble or anything, just that to him SA didn't have much value and JK does.

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This drama is a bomb waiting to explode and every episode adds to the fire power. It will break all of our hearts when it finally blows. Don't expect to gets answers anytime soon.

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I wouldn’t put it Betty. You just know they’re not aiming for a happy ending.

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yup. ain't no happy ending in THIS one...
*already sad*

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‘Happy’ is not even in the vicinity!!!
If they can soften the blow on tragedy(or whatever they are going for) I will appreciate it :))

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I love Moo-young's rooftop. All the scenes that take place there feel so intimate and tense. At night, the lights of the buildings in the background are both eerie and calming, and in the day, the worn down state of his home really stands out. It's really different from the usual rooftop staging that kdramas tend to use.

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not forget the cat... every time I see Moo-young stroking the cat, I feel like something so mysterious.

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I want to be that cat.

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Same

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what a lucky cat! to be stroked by Moo-young, eh.. In-guk :)

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And lay on his abs.. yum.

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I have TWO! and they're adorable!
*Proud Cat Lady moment*

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I thought he was going to kill that cat when he took it in.

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😂🤣

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Moo-young's cat is the only reason I'm hanging onto hope that he's not sadistic.

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I love that when he disappeared for a few days the cat was taken care of, so often pets sort of boop in and out of existence at will. So I was So happy to see her feed it!

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here is one more. the cat is the connection between jk and my

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still talking about cats.... this serial is adapted from Japanese serial, and here is my question: what happened between Japanese and cats? I read tons of Murakami's novels, and there's always a cat in his stories! Then the "Little Forest" (J-version), Ichiko also owns a cat. And now Moo-young also owns a cat.

Ah, I'm curious, because I'm a cat person myself, LoL.

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I agree. There's also something about the low wall that surrounds it that puts me on edge every time there's a rooftop scene. I as almost relieved when Jin-kook pushed MY and held him over the edge of the wall. I've been anxiously anticipating someone being pushed, or jumping or falling accidently off that roof this whole time. Now that we've had a scene where someone dangles over it in a life or death situation, I can put that anxiety aside for a little while. Maybe. Things don't tend to stay settled on this show for long...

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The ONLY person who ever came up there was Jin Kang's character and they made a rlly big deal out of it bc apparently he was this *big baddie* who never brought a girl home (and JinKang "broke" that shell) so noone ever knew where he lived (not even Yuri or JinKook's characters)

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Ryo’s apartment looked like a SM chamber to me. I would definitely run for my life if some guy took me there.😂

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He used his refrigerator as a storage closet (WHAT IT SEEMED LIKE TO ME AT LEAST) and he sat in the dark cutting apples. The more I think about it MY is SOOO much tamer and normal than him LMAO.

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Using fridge as storage closet is Bok Sil’s thing😂. I think Ryo just didn’t keep food around. I remember the fridge being empty, except for a few secret items.

MY is more normal “looking”. Not less dangerous though.

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True! I just watched the Japanese version while waiting for next episode (yes I'm addicted to the story) and those chains hanging over his bed wrecked havoc with my imagination 😳

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Ah! In my heart I want him to be innocent. But I also want him to take responsibility for SA's death. I want him to be accountable. I want him to feel...something..anything. I hope Jin Kang doesn't hurt anymore. I have said it a million times and I will say it again, I don't want to be in her shoes. Poor poor girl.

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@sunny: his sister? cousin? I need the show to introduce her already, I’m sick of calling her “the woman”

Safe to say that is his real sister since the official Korean site has her labeled so.

Naver translated:
Jang Se-ran (36)

NJ Sangmu, sister of Jang Woo Sang.

I hated my brother's idol from the beginning. It's annoying to have to share anything because it was all mine in the first place.

Life is killing me. So when something funny happens, I get crazy. The real sociopath, where everything in the world is a toy.

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I was taken aback by Seung ah's death. I thought that she would be okay, so when that call came middle of the night, and it's revealed that she died, I was just stunned. I don't recall having been this affected before watching a korean drama. I haven't recovered yet.

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The scene was shot really nicely. Not showing what was on the phone created suspense, and then the way Jin-kang fell into Jin-kook's arms...

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Am I the only one who flinched at that kiss? It spelled dangerous in big, bold letter and I just wanted Jin-kang to run away as far as possible. At the same time, I know that she could very well be Moo-young's last chance at redemption. Of course it's not her responsibility, but if she was willing to be that person for him, should other people (and us viewer) try to discourage her from that path?

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You have basically written the exact same thing I wrote on my a beanies wall yesterday! That is exactly how I feel!! Run Jin Kang but also stay because he needs you to fix him!

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I liked the kiss and I understand both how great it was and how it could induce a feeling of "RUN JK, RUUUUN!"
I love their push-&-pull relationship and yet, I am a firm believer in the fact that it is not Jin Kang's job to "fix him".
Woe betide a woman who thinks she can "fix" a man (or any person, really), and the main reason why I loooove Jin Kang is that I can tell by the way she acts that she KNOWS it's not her job to fix him. She can't help caring about him, but she refuses to stick around to pamper him into being a decent human being. and I DIG that.

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I agree whole heartedly. He may change his behavior to get her to stick around , but that is all on him, she may be the catalyst for him to make some changes but at his core I wonder if it's possible to make a significant difference.

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I guess he will change because of Jin Kang but not just for keeping her around. We saw how deep her words go into his heart n stay there. He was not like this from the beginning. He was a happy boy back then.
She will gradually guide him to be a "human" but if only his childhood damages are not severe which seems they are.:(

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This lost boy who nobody found finally had someone looking for him.

But we also all expected him to kill his cat, so....

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Maybe because I know a sociopath in real life I cannot feel that type of dilemma when watching this series. I just think that Jin Kang should cut all ties with Moo Young asap. Sociopaths are not available for redemption. Their brains are wired in a different way than the rest of people, they don't feel love as we do, and they only care about themselves, they see other people as things to be used for their interests. They might want to play with you or get something from you, so they can be very kind or even "show" that they care when they want, and it will be all false.

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The reason he has survived all these years of misery is being detached from everyone. Having no feelings is the only way to stay unharmed. And now he is vulnerable because he has someone he cares for.. The biggest tragedy is about to happen. P.s for fox sake stop beating him up😭🙅

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lol @ fox sake.
and yes, people should really stop hitting him. It truly doesn't help to how he then behaves. As a matter of fact, for the 1st time, I got mad at Jin Kook. In as much as I understand his hurt and suspicions, what was he smacking Moo-Young for?!?!? I mean, the kid himself almost died in the accident! He wasn't driving! Why is HE to blame? I mean, Moo-Young was juuust hospitalized (AND sequestered!!) and as soon as he gets home, he gets smacked around??

no, people. that was just some serious guilt/anger-projection on Jin Kook's part, and I was not happy.

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You just said what I have been thinking about since I watched this episode. He was beaten harshly by those gangsters and that scene put me in a bad mood for days but when Jin Kook did that it drove me crazy! As you said MY was in that accident and got injured. If he needs to be punished, it’s not the right way!:/ The thing that bothered me the most was as we know Jin Kook was kinda involved in MY’s dad’s death n that incident led MY to be in orphanage and JK knows it but still let himself to beat the person who is suffering because of him?! It’s too much. I still love JK but sometimes his straightforwardness is not what I expect from such a nice person.

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But is Jin Kookreally a nice person? There are two instances that's making me think otherwise. He is the one I'm concerned about, not MY. Either way though, Jin Kang needs to get away from him.

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So far based on what this drama has let us know, Jin Kook has done something awfully wrong which has ruined some people's lives and his own one too but we all see how hard he tries to protect Jin kang and how caring he has been all these years.
What he has done will surprise us but I believe he is not a bad guy.

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Thanks @sunny
I was thinking about the other title of this show, "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" ... and realised that Moo Young does not have a smile in his eyes. He might have a more considerate or softer look at times, but his eyes are either amused, teasing or dark, challenging, brooding. By comparison, Jin Kang and Seung Ah had happy eyes. Now definitely if there were any smiles before, they've left all pairs of eyes in this show. Much crying real or put on and sombre, calculating eyes for the next few episodes.

I dread Cho Rong and Jin Gook's next meetings. Not likely to be smiley ones. I can't blame Cho Rong for being heartily frustrated and upset by JG. Latter could have given him some info. Now without that info, Moo Young and Yoo Ri are both going to be arrested for the same crime and Cho Rong is going to feel belittled and betrayed.

It's noteworthy that JG has special consideration for Moo Young. On the one hand he had discovered that it was more likely Yoo Ri who'd killed her friend. For another, he still feels an undercurrent of guilt over MY as the child he feels he owes something to.

Whom JG claims to have killed is a big question. Was it a deliberate killing as in a shooting, or an accidental killing, or something else altogether... it's already halfway into the series so show needs to start giving us some answers or more clues to work with.

I can understand that JG looked for the boy MY, but I wonder why MY as a child came to the police station to look for JG. Lee Kyung Chul is an unconscionably horrible colleague, to not even pass on the message or get the boy's contact info for JG, knowing as he did, that he was looking for MY.

At the back of my mind, I was wondering why Seung Ah died. She had been given a good prognosis after surgery. Is there something darker going on ie Woo Sang's sister and company offed Seung Ah so that she would never recover to tell the truth of what really happened in that accident? Maybe we're going to end up dealing with 2 different murders.

I wait with bated breath and with hope that after letting all the chips fall, there will once again be a smile in someone's eyes!! 😔

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OMG! I didn’t think of it! That would be just too cruel to SA even though I didn’t like her.

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She was stupid and self centered but not someone who had to die!
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I like to believe it's her mom that killled her. The sister would be too easy for a murder suspect from viewers point of view.

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You mean killed off in the hospital? Because her brother didn’t survive she mAde sure SA died too?
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At the moment we're just guessing and throwing out a possible reason for Seung Ah's death. It did not seem likely after the surgery. Doctors would usually not give much hope if a patient did not look stable. In her case, they gave a good prognosis that she should be fine. So we've begun to play around with the idea of her being killed, but we could be wrong!!

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No it makes sense. That’s the only way writers can redeem MY :))

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@mayhemf Blue Footed Booby
Heh! At least, we want him to not be so bad!!!

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omo omo!!!! No way!! I hadn't picked up on that!!!
Could it be, really!??!

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@kethysk @cherryinbloom @araya @mayhemf
Additional conjecture with no basis in drama fact as yet. It suits Woo Sang's sister that her brother is dead, so she gets to inherit all the business and power and money. However, if it is discovered that Woo Sang had tried to commit murder-suicide with drunken driving, it would probably affect the share prices etc and lower her prestige.

Moo Young's silence is (she thinks) more easily bought. She thinks she can control him with money. The fact that he treated the $1million like $100 should give her due warning.

However she probably does not think that a passionate person like Seung Ah, once she awakens from her surgery, will keep quiet about it. Seung Ah will go all out to look for Moo Young and in the process reveal all that Sister wants to hide. Thus the guess-work motive for Seung Ah's possible but unproven murder. 😐

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I had that short suspicion as well. But on the other hand I think writers needed to delay SeungAh's death to give time for JinKang to worry for MY. If SeungAh died immediately and she was more worried of MY, that puts her character in a whole different light. Maybe out of rationalizing JK's emotional transition they simply gave her some justification to worry less about SeungAh. Still I will not rule out the possibility that WooSang's sister pulled the plug -- it is within character.

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I think the title The Smile Has Left Your Eyes has to do something with a song Smile by Elvis Costello, at least in the original version.

Anyway, the way you put it made sense too, there are no smiles left in this show. I’d better prepare a stack of tissues instead.

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There is no happy ending here. At least am clear about that. Am prepared.

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No matter how much I try to be prepared, I still pray for them to get out of this hell. It's too difficult to see the people who have suffered all kinds of misery since childhood, lose their lives at the end.
The only way I can put up with death related endings is what happened to Moo Hyuk and Eun Chae in I'm Soryy , I Love You.
My motto is " both or none". 😭

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So many things happened and in the mean time we don't really have answers!

It's me or it looks like Woo Sang's sister killed Seung Ah ? Because she was fine after the operation. Her death is sad and she didn't deserve that but I don't think she's totaly innocent in this relationship either.

I don't understand why Jin Kook spoke about Moo Young to Yoo Ri. I mean you can see she cares about him. So it was not really smart to make her talk about him so directly.

The relationship Jin Kook - Moo Young is very intense. The both of them seem to take bad decisions because of that.

The relationship Jin Kang - Moo Young is really interesting. They're really vulnerable together.

They arrested Moo Young because they saw him on video ? They could question him first without the handcuffs.

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I think the reason Jin Kook discusses Moo Young with Yoo Ri was very calculated: he knows she has feelings for Moo Young, would automatically defend him and then run off. And it's the running off part that was important: Jin Kook wanted to see what route she would use to run off. (remember the map?)

and THAT's how he knew she was guilty: she killed someone and then Moo Young cleaned up after her, leading her to run away via a route with no cameras (because he's observant like that).

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I don't say that he doesn't have to do his job. I say that talking about Moo Young so directly would make her taking a step back.

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I don't understand why Jin Kook spoke about Moo Young to Yoo Ri. I mean you can see she cares about him. So it was not really smart to make her talk about him so directly.
Jin Kook has been doing so much against protocol because he wants YooRi and MooYoung to confess -- confessions will get them more lenient sentences. He's trying to get her to confess the whole truth so that when she is arrested, nothing is discovered by prosecutors after the fact. He backed off MY shortly thinking he was wrong to suspect him for the murder, that he was only cleaning up his friend's mess. He thought bringing her to the scene will trigger her memory. To his surprise she followed the path without CCTV just like MY did, so the murder now seems premeditated by MY. He now knows for sure that MY was involved with more than just the clean up. YooRi is purposely shielding him (yea, she is not unable to lie like MY made JinKook think). More than wanting to arrest MY, Jin Kook doesn't want YooRi to bear all the criminal charges for MY when she's clearly just a pawn. He can arrest MY but that doesn't help YR if she insists she acted alone. He tries to convince her that she is being manipulated. I guess he underestimated MY's grip on YooRi. YooRi gets emotionally defensive of MY and backs out of the confession entirely. From the previews it seems she will confess again, of course, now that MY is arrested.

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For now, we don't nothing about the involvement of Moo Young. They should start by what they really know and for now, Yoo Ri was on the crime scene. She told him it. But Jin Kook let his feelings about Moo Young lead the investigation. He could wait for more informations to catch Moo Young.

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Yea, JinKook is too emotional to be a good detective. It’s no wonder he can’t get promoted. He follows his own hunch a little too far, even if he’s right. So far ChoRong is the one solving the case. Jinkook is only finding answers to his questions with really no strong urge to arrest anyone.

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I think he what he really want is to give her chance at redemption, he said to her earlier that one can still have a chance after doing something horrible and gave himself as example, so he wants her not only to confess but more like admit to herself what she did, that why he pester her out of official investigation, he believe in second chances and people turning their lives around that why was so horrified by MY indifference.

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My comment was about the fact he brought Moo Young in the conversation. I think it was kind of him to wait for her and I understand that. But she clearly cares about Moo Young and I don't think it was smart to talk about Moo Young so soon, when she didn't say anything yet.

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Goodness! I lost track of how many times I watched that kiss! It was all kinds of electric and intense, although I felt that I shouldn't be rooting for our leads to be together BUT how could I not with that chemistry!

I'm still holding on to that small glimmer of hope that we are in for redemption and not heartbreak at the end of this all! Although, I also believe that Moo Young (innocent of the murder though I think he is) should still pay for the misery he wreaked over those whom he has hurt (or has led to their demise).

Best drama of the year so far! Standout OST, too! Especially "Lost" by "Ahn Ji Yeon"- so sad yet so moving! It fits the tone of the whole series!

P.S.

A shoutout to the earlier comments- dang, I wish I were that lucky cat, too!!!

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If it is going to be a successful romance story, we have to make sense of MY characterisation and the unfortunate deaths.
I speculate that his cold demeanour is past related which led to “an eye for an eye”.
Unlike the Jap version, which I read from commentary, the one shot dead could be his elder brother. The cause of death, hence driven by personal justice, could be a reason for his line of work and infiltration into WS’s family empire. Subsequently, he masterfully lined with WS rivalry in seeking for justice.
The treachery probably stems from WS’s family or empire. Thus he has no reason to smile till justice served.

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SeungA dying like this - no I didn’t see it coming.
It makes it so hard to redeem MY after this.
She died after being manipulated by MY that they have a shot together. And he Put her on that car. And he also told her ‘don’t get caught’ fully knowing she was speeding on bad driving conditions. He didn’t care they both could die. He didn’t care someone else would die because of him.
At least WooSang also died even though he probably went in to kill them all, including himself.
What a waste of young lives :((
The fact that MY survived this accident makes it very complicated.
How will Jin Kang react if she knows what exactly MY did. And that he wrote a note and planned to elope with SA. Will she still care for him? Or throw him to the dungeons?
THIS SHOW!!!

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I'm not saying he's an innocent passerby, but as he clearly told Woo-Sang, she was fully aware that he was an a**hole, and yet, she immediately dropped everything to pick him up. he was VERY clear about him not loving her. and yet, she was blinded by her rich-girl-meets-handsome-poor-boy-and-they-run-away fantasy and insisted. I can't help but NOT feel really sorry for her, especially in light of how she treated her best friend (Jin Kang) while in said "situation-ship".

people need to be held accountable for their own decisions, and in as much as he WAS a douchebag in their brief relationship, he really did spend the majority of the time avoiding her and telling her he wasn't committed to her, and she refused to see it.

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Well he was perfectly aware what her reaction would be as he manipulated her all along during their "relationship", he had upper hand all the time. Yes she was the perfect victim but that why he choose her.

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Yes, all of this. When he told her "don't get caught" I was like damn... Poor girl didn't stand a chance, between a potential abuser, a family that only saw her as means to get some buck/status and a sly manipulator...surrounded by vipers except for Jin-kang.

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Can we discuss the kiss? Jin Kang resisted. She did. And he continued. They're painting Moo-Young to be the anti-hero ans whatever past he had, I still cannot condone what he's done. NO. It's not okay to play with someone's emotions. It's not okay to not care about someone's death when you DEFINITELY had a part in it. No. No. No. Jin Kang, dont fall for him, please. I was beginning to think she was the only righteous person in this drama--- but I'm beginning to think that's not true either.

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I think Jin Kang knows what we are thinking! She knows he is bad news, her friends ex boyfriend who treated her like crap, an accessory to murder and a possible sociopath. I think she is confused as to why she still seeks him out. And about the kiss, she reciprocated. She resisted yet still kissed him back. It basically sums up her feelings about him.

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Good point!! She did reciprocate eventually. But the moment someone resists, shouldn't you stop? I do trust Jin Kang's character (Moo Young though, like i said, i wanted to, but what he did to Seung ah is soooo.... bad) And I feel sooo bad for Cho Rang. ohhhh this will not end well. This will not end well.

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not typical but cannot be denied either. My point is, she didn't complain later on and she's a grown woman so i guess it's okay. but I see red flags galore in this relationship. I kinda wish they would've gone with the friends approach in their relationship (:/)

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oh for sure! Red Flags GALORE!!! I can't dispute that AT ALL!
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But, Remember that "Have you ever thought of me? Never" and "Have you ever missed me? Never"? Those have no meaning anymore to him when he finds her saying" Where are you? Where did you go?". Both of them do miss each other, and he can't just let JK simply leave after her true feelings are kinda revealed.

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There is no need to tell the whole when it is inconvenient. He obviously must have lied at some point or where circumstances justify. At which point he lied, is not easy to see.

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Meant to say...tell the whole truth..

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All caught up on this now, so feel that I can comment finally. I'm glad Moo-young has now finally been arrested. I felt this should've happened a few episodes ago (about the time Jin-kook suspected him regarding the snowglobes). I appreciate that Jin-kook has his reasons for not doing so earlier (which I'm desperate to know what they really are), either personal or to do with the fact he is being snubbed from the case. But whatever the reasons, I feel Moo-young's arrest has somehow made him safer.
Two things I can say are:
1. Moo-young is a fascinating character.
2. That car crash was one of the most spectacular I've ever seen on television.

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Thinking about the arrest of Moo Young. I feel it was not just that Jin Gook had personal reasons for consideration for MY, he also had to be careful that he did not arrest the wrong person. If so and if at the trial MY was found not guilty, then later on really was guilty, he'd not be able to be tried again for the same crime. (I'm guessing this law is the same in SKorea?).

I felt that once JG found out that Yoo Ri could just as easily have committed murder, that she had it in her to be a killer for a reason like jealousy, that she was left-handed and later found out that she had been in the apartment... he had no choice but to get Yoo Ri to turn herself in. There was no evidence. (He has not found the weapon, may not yet?)

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As a side comment, is the photographic/eidetic memory thing a trope in k-drama? I ask as I noticed the hero in Iris also has this ability.

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Photographic memory, OCD, sociopathic characters and psychopathic ones crop up quite repeatedly. Not exactly a trope in themselves, as a trope is a figure of speech, but I would call them repeated character types, or characters with frequently highlighted personality traits, perhaps?

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I think it's a defense mechanism for something VERY big, and he's been losing sympathy his whole life.
I'm going to keep my sympathy for that reason - and if I'm wrong I will hate the writer for ever!!!

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I would like to think that it's some sort of defense mechanism, too. I don't think he's completely devoid of any emotion aside from his budding concern (even love?) for Jin Kang.

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I do agree but I refuse to pity him anymore (until the writer inevitably destroys me with an onslaught of backstory). Empathize, of course - he's clearly had some kind of trauma in the past. But sympathy, nope. *scurried away before the writer changes my mind*

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real life story: I know someone who was super close to her father and when he died, she spent all the days leading up to his funeral (and after) partying with her friends. It was only once she came back to university that it hit her that she'd truly lost someone precious.

people have a really wide spectrum of ways of dealing with death, so I completely understood Moo Young on that. was it disturbing? yes. but is he obliged to bemoan the loss? no.

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