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Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Episode 11

Moo-young and Jin-kang have a connection that can’t be broken and Jin-kook finally understands that. Jin-kook has made it clear that he will never accept a relationship between Moo-young and Jin-kang, even though she still holds out hope that her brother will change his mind. Determined to keep them apart, Jin-kook comes up with a plan that suggests that he may be even more dangerous than Moo-young.

 
EPISODE 11: “The housewarming party”

After hearing about the suspect that Jin-kook shot over twenty-five years ago, So-jung wonders how he managed to endure the trauma alone. When Jin-kook reminds her, “I had Jin-kang,” So-jung is struck by the fact that if the boy at the hospital hadn’t disappeared, the little girl would never have gone to Jin-kook’s house.

Jin-kook shares that when Jin-kang first came to his home, she didn’t smile or talk, and he wasn’t sure that he’d done the right thing. But one day, he woke from a nap and found Jin-kang asleep next to him, grasping his fingers.

In the present, Jin-kang holds Moo-young’s hand as they cuddle together in bed. Moo-young asks how Jin-kang learned that Jin-kook wasn’t her real brother and she answers that it was when she was in high school and needed to produce her documents. Jin-kang saw that her birth was registered several years after she was born and when she added that to other clues, she pieced together the truth.

Moo-young understands that it must have been a huge shock, especially for a teenager. Jin-kang explains that she discovered the truth the day before she was scheduled to have her scar removed and it was the reason that she changed her mind, she feared that she would somehow lose herself.

Moo-young embraces Jin-kang tightly as she reflects, “It’s strange. We’re here to find your memory. But it feels like I’m finding myself here.” They gaze at one another tenderly until Jin-kang remembers something and teases, “Do you want to see something really cute?” Jin-kang grabs her phone, but it’s dead, and it turns out the cute thing that she had in mind was her childhood photo.

A designated driver arrives just as Jin-kook gets a phone call from Jin-kang’s boss. As Jin-kook and So-jung are driven home, he’s bothered by CEO Hwang’s explanation that she couldn’t call Jin-kang because she went out of town.

Jin-kook calls Detective Gun and to ask about Moo-young’s interview earlier in the day, disturbed to learn that it was rescheduled so Moo-young could visit his hometown. Jin-kook tells So-jung that Jin-kang went to Haesan with Moo-young and asks, “What should I do if she did?”

In the morning, a taxi drops Moo-young and Jin-kang off in their neighborhood but he doesn’t want to leave her. Jin-kang runs home and Jin-kook joins her in the kitchen when he hears her come in. She pretends that her team ate his kimbap but Jin-kook informs her that CEO Hwang called him since Jin-kang was out of town.

When Jin-kang admits that she went to Haesan with Moo-young, Jin-kook reminds her that she promised not to see him anymore. Jin-kang confesses that she likes Moo-young which triggers an angry outburst from Jin-kook, “How dare you say that!” Jin-kang begs Jin-kook to listen to her, but he shouts that he can’t understand why she chose Moo-young over Cho-rong.

When Jin-kook orders Jin-kang to end things with Moo-young, she walks away. Furious, Jin-kook reminds her, “Who has raised you until now? Can’t you see how desperate I am?”

Jin-kang snaps and tells Jin-kook that she’s sick of living with the constant guilt, “I know I’m your life’s burden. I know I owe it all to you. I know it too well, so please stop.” Looking stricken, Jin-kook insists that Jin-kang has never been a burden and begs her to take back her words. Jin-kang can’t do that and retreats to her room where she breaks down while Jin-kook clutches his chest in grief.

At the station, Jin-kook asks Detective Gun about Moo-young’s upcoming interview. Chief Lee warns him to mind his own business and everyone is stunned when Jin-kook bellows, “You stay out of my business…What’s the problem with a detective asking about a suspect’s investigation time?”

At lunchtime, Cho-rong informs So-jung that Jin-kook won’t be out and shares that he’s been acting strangely. So-jung is touched by his kindness when Cho-rung offers to have lunch with her instead. She brings ups his breakup and reminds Cho-rong that life isn’t fair, especially when it comes to relationships. So-jung runs off to search for Jin-kook but when she finds him, she doesn’t go to him.

Moo-young texts Jin-kang at work, asking her to send him her “cute” picture. When she finds it, Jin-kang gazes at the image of her and Jin-kook until a call from So-jung interrupts her.

So-jung meets with Jin-kang over coffee and shares that she’s never seen Jin-kook so depressed. So-jung confirms that Jin-kang went to Haesan and that she had an argument with Jin-kook when she returned. When Jin-kang confesses that she was the one who was overly harsh, So-jung assures her that Jin-kook will understand.

A look of worry crosses So-jung’s face when Jin-kang voices regret that she attacked Jin-kook about raising her, “I should never have done it to my brother. Never.” Jin-kang then asks So-jung if she knows why Jin-kook hates Moo-young, because it’s not like him.

After Moo-young finishes his police interview, Jin-kang texts that Jin-kook learned about their trip to Haesan and that his friend asked to see her. Moo-young stops by the Violent Crimes unit with a drink for Jin-kook, but he isn’t there. Moo-young looks wistful when he sees how well the rest of the team gets along and pays special attention to a recruitment poster outside.

Moo-young looks up and sees Jin-kook watching him. He holds out the drink but Jin-kook gets right to the point, “I told you to stop seeing my sister.” Moo-young won’t be swayed and then points at the poster and reminds Jin-kook that it was his dream to become a policeman.

Moo-young’s dream is crushed when Jin-kook declares, “You’re a murderer.” Jin-kook tells him to stay away from Jin-kang and Moo-young realizes that his resulting disappointment means that he’d hoped to win Jin-kook’s heart. Aware that he’ll never have Jin-kook’s approval, Moo-young decides, “But you’re just you, not Jin-kang. You’re just her brother, after all.”

Jin-kook still believes that Moo-young fears nothing because he cares for nothing and claims that he’s the opposite. Jin-kook ominously warns, “Because I’m afraid my sister will get hurt, I’ll do anything.”

Jin-kook promises that he’s done talking while Moo-young makes it clear that he intends to keep seeing Jin-kang. As he walks away, Moo-young suggests, “You do what you want, and I’ll do what I want. If it’s not all talk, I’m curious what you’ll do.”

Alone on Moo-young’s roof, Jin-kang recalls So-jung’s confession that she agreed with Jin-kook, Moo-young wasn’t a suitable match for her. When Moo-young arrives home, he lies down next to Jin-kang and as they clasp hands, it’s obvious how much they missed each other.

Inside, Moo-young and Jin-kang have instant noodles since she couldn’t eat all day because of her worry over Jin-kook. When Moo-young calls the situation complicated, Jin-kang expresses her wish that they could jump into the future where he’s won her brother over.

Moo-young carefully points out that at their age, they don’t need Jin-kook’s approval. The way he sees it, “You are you and that man is that man.” When Jin-kang tries to explain away Jin-kook’s behavior, Moo-young reminds her that he’s used to being rejected and asks her not to force things.

Jin-kang is stung by Moo-young’s claim that rejection doesn’t hurt him and when she starts to cry, she announces, “I should go.” Moo-young tells her, “Bye,” but after Jin-kang stalks off, he runs after her. Moo-young is out of breath and soaked in sweat by the time he reaches her house and he’s forced to return home when Jin-kang doesn’t answer her phone.

When he gets home, Moo-young finds Jin-kang waiting for him and as he closes the distance between them, Jin-kang calls him a liar for claiming that he’s used to rejection. Moo-young hugs Jin-kang tightly as she confesses that she can’t bear it when he says things like that and reminds him, “I’m on your side, you know.” When Jin-kang learns that Moo-young sprinted all the way to her house, she has him promise, “You won’t do that again, right? You’ll tell me not to go even if I try to leave next time, right?”

Jin-kang complains that she’s thirsty so Moo-young picks her up and carries her inside for a bottle of water. Jin-kang looks around Moo-young’s place and understands why the cat ran away, there isn’t anything there that makes it feel like a home. When Moo-young confirms that he has a little bit of money, he’s suddenly worried when Jin-kang gets a crafty gleam in her eyes.

Even though it’s late when Jin-kang gets home, she lingers outside of Jin-kook’s room before disappearing into her own room. In the morning, Jin-kook hears Jin-kang’s alarm and is about to knock on her door when she returns from the market.

Jin-kook hurries to wash up when Jin-kang suggests that they can have breakfast together. As they eat, Jin-kang apologizes for her outburst the day before and asks Jin-kook to give Moo-young a chance, but he doesn’t say a word and leaves for work.

Jin-kook tells So-jung that Jin-kang will never break up with Moo-young. So-jung mentions that Jin-kang might know the truth about her relationship with Jin-kook and he thinks about So-jung’s concerns as he drives to the prison to visit Yoo-ri.

Jin-kook questions Yoo-ri about her impression that Jin-kang was an orphan, like Moo-young. All Yoo-ri remembers is that Jin-kang mentioned that she didn’t have parents and that a sister moved abroad, leaving her with Jin-kook. Yoo-ri questions why Jin-kook is so interested in what she overheard, annoyed that the purpose of his visit wasn’t to see her. Jin-kook pretends that he wanted to visit before her trial, but Yoo-ri calls him out as a terrible liar.

When Yoo-ri asks if Moo-young is dating his sister, Jin-kook assures her that he’ll never approve of them. Yoo-ri warns that Jin-kang won’t ever be able to end things with Moo-young because, “Women who fall for Moo-young can never get over him.”

Yoo-ri’s psychiatrist, Dr. Yang, submits a request to visit Yoo-ri in prison, but is turned away since she can only have one visitor a day. Dr. Yang runs into Jin-kook outside of the prison and he explains that her mother asked him to visit Yoo-ri because she won’t see a lawyer. Dr. Yang assumes that Jin-kook came on official business, but learns that Yoo-ri’s case, along with her accomplice’s, were turned over to the prosecution.

Dr. Yang asks about Yoo-ri’s accomplice and is disturbed when he learns that it’s Kim Moo-young. Dr. Yang confirms that Moo-young was born in 1989 and confesses that he might know him and excuses himself.

Moo-young and Jin-kang shop together for the things that he needs at home and the poor guy is overwhelmed. When Jin-kang explains that they’re only buying essentials, Moo-young assumes that they’re done shopping until she points out that they still need to buy food.

Moo-young suggests that they can just eat out but Jin-kang ignores him to ask what delicious food he has planned for his housewarming. Moo-young protests, “I’m really not this kind of person,” but Jin-kang doesn’t notice because she’s distracted by a cute, stuffed cat that finds its way into the cart in spite of Moo-young’s objections.

Dr. Yang returns to his office to review the news coverage about Yoo-ri’s accomplice and Moo-young’s eyes remind him of the young boy at the lake.

At home, Moo-young sees Jin-kang’s stuffed cat and takes out the childhood photo that she tucked into its pocket. Earlier, Jin-kang told Moo-young that she made him a copy of her photo with Jin-kook to help him feel closer to her brother. Moo-young smiles as he remembers seeing it for the first time and then realizes that there’s something familiar about the hospital in the background. Moo-young has another childhood memory — this time he walks away from Haesan Hospital, wearing a large sweater.

Dr. Yang visits Jin-kook at the police station to find out more about Moo-young, but Jin-kook explains that he can’t discuss the investigation. He reminds Jin-kook about his book and informs him that the boy named Myung-ho in chapter two is Moo-young.

It turns out that Moo-young is very special to Dr. Yang because he inspired him to return to medical school and study child psychiatry. Dr. Yang confesses that if Moo-young was involved with Yoo-ri’s crime, it means that he made the wrong decision years ago.

So-jung recognizes Dr. Yang as he drives away and wishes that she’d gotten his autograph. Jin-kook is surprised to learn that Dr. Yang is so famous and when they go to the cafeteria for lunch, he shares the fact that both Yoo-ri and Moo-young were featured in Dr. Yang’s book.

So-jung remembers that Moo-young’s story was so sad that it made her cry, but nothing more. Jin-kook explains that Dr. Yang wanted to know how Moo-young and Yoo-ri knew each other.

So-jung asks Jin-kook about the visit with Yoo-ri and is relieved to hear that Jin-kang doesn’t know the truth. When So-jung suggests that Jin-kang should be told that Jin-kook took her in, he gets upset and rejects the idea.

So-jung points out that Jin-kook has become overly sensitive and he agrees, and proceeds to blame it on Moo-young. Jin-kook admits, “Since I met him, I’ve felt like something is closing in on me.” Jin-kook thinks it must be karma and admits that worrying about Jin-kang is driving him crazy.

At the brewery, a coworker catches Moo-young looking up recipes for a housewarming party. After work, Moo-young goes grocery shopping and when he can’t decide which wine to buy, he texts Jin-kang, “White wine or red wine?”

Jin-kook calls Jin-kang with an idea for dinner but she has to break the news that she’ll be late. When Jin-kook sees Moo-young in the same grocery store, he follows him and overhears Moo-young tell the butcher that he needs enough meat for both him and his girlfriend. Moo-young notices Jin-kook as he continues to shop, and again when he checks out.

Jin-kook completely ignores Moo-young as he leaves the store, but watches him exit the store from his car. Jin-Kook thinks of Yoo-ri’s warning that women who fall for Moo-young can never get over him.

Jin-kang brings traditional housewarming gifts to Moo-young’s place, toilet paper and laundry detergent, as tokens of good luck. She’s pleased at how his home is shaping up and is impressed by the ambitious dish that Moo-young prepared.

Jin-kang reunites with the cat doll while she waits for Moo-young to finish dinner and when she notices that her photo is gone, she asks, “Where did my brother go?” It turns out that Jin-kook is at home, eating dinner alone, eerily calm.

Once his dish is on the stove, Moo-young shows Jin-kang that the photo is now in his wallet. Moo-young asks about the hospital in the background and when Jin-kang identifies it as Myungsung University Hospital in Haesan, he experiences another memory — this time a man in a doctor’s coat places his hand on Moo-young’s shoulder and asks, “Hey, kid. Where are you going?”

Jin-kang can sense that the hospital means something to Moo-young and he confesses that he just experienced another memory. He wonders if he was a patient there and Jin-kang thinks it’s possible since it’s where she was treated for her burns. Their conversation is cut short when it’s time to eat.

Jin-kang pulls out her phone to take a photo of their dinner and then poses with Moo-young for another picture. He pushes her at the last second and then takes Jin-kang’s phone and gasps that her head is so big. Moo-young teases Jin-kang playfully as she tries to recover her phone, while Jin-kook spies on them through a window.

They’re about to eat until Moo-young realizes that he doesn’t have a wine bottle opener and runs out to find one. Moo-young looks happy as he leaves on his errand, while inside, Jin-kang samples his dish and forces herself to wait for his return.

With wine bottle opener in hand, Moo-young waits at a crosswalk and notices Jin-kook on the opposite side. Jin-kook won’t look at Moo-young and when the light changes, Moo-young walks towards Jin-kook with an amused smile.

Just before Moo-young reaches the opposite side of the street, Jin-kook walks to the crosswalk and brushes against him. Moo-young grimaces and clutches his side before falling to the ground. Jin-kook turns to glance at Moo-young with a knife in his hand, expressionless, even though there’s blood on Moo-young’s hand and he’s writhing in pain.

At Moo-young’s place, Jin-kang promises the cat doll that Moo-young will be back soon. Meanwhile, out on the street, Moo-young reaches out with a bloody hand to steady himself, but collapses and loses consciousness.

 
COMMENTS

Jin-kook! What is he doing?! First he creepily spies on Moo-young and Jin-kang, and then he stabs Moo-young out on the street. Jin-kook has been unwavering in his condemnation of Moo-young, labeling him a murderer and evil, but right now, he’s the one who looks like an evil murderer. Jin-kang still has hope in her heart that Jin-kook will come around and accept Moo-young, but Moo-young knows better because he’s a cynical realist, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing in his situation.

Slowly but surely, the focus has shifted from Moo-young’s potentially criminal machinations to Jin-kook’s half-crazed retaliation. Every time Jin-kook lectures Moo-young, I just know that everything he says will come true because of his actions, not Moo-young’s. Jin-kook believes that he’s better than Moo-young because he cares about people, something he still believes Moo-young isn’t capable of, therefore his actions are justified. The problem with his reasoning is that, at this point, Moo-young is more aware of his wrongdoings than Jin-kook is of his. Actually, Moo-young is making progress and with Jin-kang’s help, his outlook as a caring human being is better than Jin-kook’s, who stubbornly maintains the secrets that hold Jin-kang back.

Now that Jin-kook has attacked Moo-young, my fear is that Jin-kang will be the one who ends up hurt. If Jin-kang is close by the next time that Moo-young is threatened, I don’t think that she will hesitate to protect Moo-young and try to prevent Jin-kook from doing something unforgivable. Even though it looks like Jin-kook, Moo-young and Jin-kang are headed for a showdown, perhaps it’s still possible that they can find their way to a happy ending. We still don’t know if Moo-young and Jin-kang are somehow related, but since Moo-young didn’t recognize her in that childhood photo, I’m hopeful that they aren’t.

What Jin-kook doesn’t know is that both Jin-kang and Moo-young are aware that he’s not Jin-kang’s real brother. That means that he doesn’t appreciate how much Jin-kang has worked to maintain his secret and why Moo-young can so easily dismiss him as his girlfriend’s brother. In trying to hold onto Jin-kang, Jin-kook risks losing her forever, one way or another. Please, Dr. Yang! Use your skills to prevent something terrible from happening before it’s too late.

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Gonna repeat my fanwall post here:

WTF Jin Gook?????????????????????????????

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Thanks for the recap Teriyaki <3
I was off to sleep but couldn't help comment when I saw the recap!

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I think in his head Jin Kook want Moo Young to be a murderer and to go in prison far away from them. Like that, he could live happily his life with his sister like nothing happened in the past. But Moo Young reminds him his crime, his guilt and his lie to Jin Kang. His actions are clearly motivated by his fear that Jin Kang know the truth and not by his quest for justice. It's very weird, he said he felt guilty for the guy he killed because he didn't go to prison but his solution to separate the both of them is to stab Moo Young. For a policeman, his justice compass is pretty wonky.

The "how becoming a human being" education of Moo Young by Ji Kang is pretty cute.

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JinGook... What the f*** made you think this is the only way to seperate them? Like seriously... What?
Is your guilt over whatever happened in the past sooooo huge that this is really the only way to end this? Like why? I don't get it. I just don't. Maybe by the end of the series there will be a 'good' reason but seriously... Why?

*deep breath in*

On to a lighter topic. I didn't know if I should laugh or cry at that 'let's-just-buy-all-the-stuff'-scene. I swear at one point MY had this hilarious look on his face that said: 'I can't believe I'm actually doing this. What have I gotten myself into.'
I feel like JK is moving a little too fast. Maybe start with buying some glasses and cups first and not the whole store. Just to ease him into things... I just like that he is patient enough to ga along with it though which just shows how much he loves her.

But seriously that look of his was hilarious!

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I interpreted the whole scene as an unfolding wonder on his part that a girl he was dating is nesting. I thought he secretly loved it.

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It's a strange parallel to draw, but I was reminded of Sang-Mi's father in Rescue Me/Save Me. That guy threw himself wholeheartedly into the cult because they offered him an omniscient god that was actively responsible for everything, and thus removed all of his own very real responsibility. The man literally ruined what was left of his family and stayed forcefully ignorant of that fact to avoid responsibility for his own actions and mistakes.

Jin-Kook is reminding me of this. I have suspicions about what happened in the past. Nothing proven or set in stone, but I think Jin-Kook knows Moo-Young from his past crime and I think that's the source of the antagonism here. Instead of feeling sorry, or communicating with Jin-Kang, he's doubling down and going dark.

He acts like he's sorry for what happened in the past, and maybe on some level he is, but if you're really sorry then you should work to improve yourself instead of committing more crimes (and brazen ones at that - right there on a crosswalk, what the hell?). He's made Moo-Young the villain in his mind, even though I think deep down he knows it's far more complicated than that.

I started this drama with no knowledge of the Japanese original, and based purely off of the description on MDL. I assumed from that description and early episodes that Moo-Young was a villainous psychopath or sociopath (I say villainous because actually, psychopaths and sociopaths are capable of not living criminal lives), and I love me some well made stories about ASPD villains so I watched eagerly. At this point, though, Jin-Kook feels like the one to worry about. How far will he go?

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I got the impression, that he think that some things need to be done for "the greater good", and us long as he feel guilty over it and accepts consequences it somehow make it ok? So rather contrary to the father from "Save me" he sees himself as the only one who can "fix the problem" but similarly to him, he sees only what he want to see.

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And that's a scary attitude for him to have. It means that he presumes he's the best judge of what the greater good is. I love characters like Jin-Kook from a storytelling level, but he's also fallen into one of my kdrama pet peeves: he's not communicating. The real greater good would have been to be honest with Jin-Kang before things got this far.

You're right - the dad from Save Me did everything he could to run from his problems, but the connection I was making was this inability to confront and take responsibility. I feel that Jin-Kook, by being afraid to communicate with Jin-Kang and tell her the truth, is avoiding responsibility for his past actions and doing stupid ones in the present.

Moo-Young's no angel, but what happened on that crosswalk...*whistle*

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Yes, it's really scary, that kind of person will justify hurting loved one if it will be for her own goods in his mind. And I think Jin Kang is similar she refused to see problems brewing under her nose, the scene when she throw a fit because MY didn't care about her brother feeling was very foreshadowing for me, she don't accept MY for what he is, and that he has long way to come in term of changes, she thought that mere declaration of wanting to change will change him overnight.
That scene at the cross walk was amazing in the terms of acting, JinKook blind determination and MY cockiness and then hurt and suprise all that tension and emotions showed without a word. Are we for bloody showdown in the finale?

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In regards with JK, the fact that she didn't really run away, prove that she understood what situation she are into. and through out the drama, it's always JK who comes back and reached out MY first. So I don't see JK actions should be considered as her being in denial, but at this point, she just didn't realize how complicated JG-MY relationship were.
I am interested to see how JK will handle the 'truth' and how far she could go to 'accept' MY. Whatever decision she will take in the end, I just hope the writer still make it truth to JK character all this long. Cause I found JK is somehow different with Yuko was (she's fickle, clueless, and impulsive), so it will be interesting to see how they will end the story for her.

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@junah I’m also afraid that the ending will be forced. I wasn’t convinced when Yuko did it, so it will be even harder in this case because I feel JinKang is so much more in love. Will MooYoung put on some charade to “help her out”? Argh.... this drama is too much.

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I’m going to be that shallow commenter and point out that SIG looked insanely attractive drenched with sweat. Oops. I really wrote it.

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Some truths must be said! Keep up :D

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Can I join the shallow commenter club and say that SIG has been rocking his messy maroon hair this entire drama, and I'm really into it.

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I’m into his whole being right now 🙈🙊

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I am glad, someone actually said this, the hair are so freaking amazing looking!

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Someone had to say this! You did great hahha :D

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I really didn't expect the episode to end with this surprise. Jingook peering through the window, his expressionlessness at the crosswalk, his eerie silence.... all this unsettling build up to warn me, but I was still taken aback. His action completely changes what I thought of his character!

I am also surprised by how much I'm enjoying this show... the past trauma, the flaws, the inevitably twisted fate. Usually I'm like, give me the sweet laughter and silliness. But here I am, so sucked in instead of running away. (I blame Seo Inguk, lol). You just want everyone to be happy but know in the back of your mind it's too complicated for that. Gahh!!

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Does it make me a bad person to take vicious happiness over Jin-kang's honest words hurting Jin-kook? I hate how he doesn't explain things and just demand her to whatever he said because he knows best, because he is the older brother. And I hate how people easily assumed that Jin-kook is the only one with hurt and burden. Do they really think bright people like Jin-kang knows no pain?

I think this is also the first time I felt hurt for Moo-young. The moment Jin-kook sneeringly called him murderer, I can see Moo-young slamming his walls back up tightly. And later, when he kept bowing his head to hide his true feeling from Jin-kang, it squeezed my heart. Like what Jin-kang said, "Who in this world would get used to being rejected?"

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yup, that last sentence. i like how JK really understood MY to that extent, and not like SA where she built an idea of MY instead of fully knowing him.

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I really wasn't expecting Jin Gook to stab Moo Young there at the crosswalk... caught me off guard. But I will say that Jin Gook has bothered me for quite a few episodes now with his compartmentalizing of men and women. Seems like he sees himself as a savior or hero to young vulnerable females (both Jin Kang and Yoo Ri, maybe even a little bit Seung Ah and the woman who was murdered at the beginning of episode 1) But when it comes to men, they apparently fall more into the category of competition or threats, with the exception of the young cop that Jin Gook picked out as his choice for a mate for his sister, and I have a feeling he picked the young cop out due to some of the similarities he felt there were between himself and the young cop. I've actually known a couple men who consider themselves heroes to young women and they are totally creepy men who just have a need and want to be close to the young women and exert control and power over them in a way that the women feel grateful and in debt to the men. Yuck. And yes, I even felt creeped out that Jin Kang as a tiny little girl warmed up to him and held onto his fingers. So many people were delighted with the relationship between the brother and sister but for me, it didn't really feel natural that there was so much teasing and superficial interaction yet so few sincerely tender or thoughtful moments between the two. But... I've never had a brother, so maybe that explains my lack of understanding about what a brother sister relationship looks like.

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Interesting. Now that you mentioned it, I totally see him treating men and women at different extremes. Which explains some of his power trip reflexes at his chief when he is supposed to be the subordinate and taking orders is his job.

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Whoaa, i knew i am not very comfortable about JG to JK (not the other way around) but can not put it into words cause I am afraid it will be sounded like I have twisted (or dirty, yikes) mind, lol. but you summarized what i've been thinking all this long. i just can't see them as brother and sister, and the more episodes i feel more uncomfortable and annoyed with JG actions (even before this stabbing thing). it's also the same feeling i got when watched the Jversion. i felt something was so wrong with this so called brother-sister relationship. JG/Kanzo over protectiveness didn't seem normal to me, it sounds like toxic relationships and it is proven by how he could stab someone and felt nothing.

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Gonna repeat my “Watcha Watching” comment here:

I wish an excruciatingly painful ending for Jinkook. He deserves to be burned from gut to skin, slowly, sharply, and caught on the unforgiving dashcam so he can rewatch himself burn over and over and over again.

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Ok, that being said, I thank our actors for being so wonderful in their roles. MooYoung and JinKang’s moments are absolutely savory. Now I haven’t seen MooYoung learn any empathy yet (boi have you even visited Yoori to see if she’s ok?) , but he has surly learned how to love. His love is starting to affect the way he thinks. He initiated truce to JinKook. He ran after her when she stormed out. He let her decorate his habitat (that wasn’t a home). Everything around him is gradually becoming normal. At this point he no longer needs manipulation to entertain himself. She is filling his void with such overwhelming warmth that he can’t feel numb to life anymore. Even if he never feels empathy towards others, or never feels remorse about his past, he’s an ok person already.

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@sph_7 But...... something that sticks in my mind is the reaction of the nun to Moo Young when he came to visit. She was not greeting a monster, she was greeting someone she cares about and was happy to see. He had spent approximately 9 years at the orphanage. Knowing a kid for 9 years is knowing them pretty well. Even if Moo Young didn't have much (any) love to share with the people there, that didn't mean he was bad or that he lacked the ability to love. If that nun felt Moo Young was a bad person, she would not have been happy to see him or want him near the young people currently at the orphanage. She showed no signs of wanting Moo Young to leave. When Moo Young asked her what it meant to be a good person, the answer she gave him was most likely what she felt he needed to do to be able to feel like a good person. After watching that episode, I had faith that Moo Young's heart was good even though it might be frozen at the moment.

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what a sharp eye you got there @zzthorn. you're right, if the nun had any inkling at all the MY has become this horrible person because of who he was at the orphanage, she wouldn't have welcomed him so warmly.

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He never acted bad to anyone. His boss liked him, his coworkers liked him, the girls he went after really liked him. That doesn’t mean he’s a good person. He is equipped with the understanding of what makes people happy, or happy to be with him, he just doesn’t feel it — except with JinKang. I remember this scene in the Japanese version, KT walked up to the orphanage and dreaded it. He forced a smile before walking in. When he spoke to the nun, he purposely acted adorable. MooYoung is not as fake, but it’s also a difference due to present acting style being subtle is better.

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Ryo was way more manipulative than MY is, I got this especially when he talked to girls around him (particularly with Miwa). MY intention is yet to be solved, but so far I don't perceive him as fake person. All i have learned about MY after 12 episodes is only that he's numb and do what he does out of curiosity. He doesn't play people like Ryo does.

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@junah Yes, Ryo was an absolute monster. I tried so hard to understand the girls who fall for him, but besides his looks I see nothing.

MY so far is neutral. I still don’t think he’s a good person. He doesn’t act out of kindness or goodwill. Doing good deeds doesn’t make him feel happy (aside from JinKang). At least now he is (to the best he can understand) not doing what will hurt others.

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I hate it when I type a long long comment and it gets erased because the page suddenly refreshed. Fuq 😫😫😫😫

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I think I said somewhere I wished nothing but for him to meet a TOD.

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Blame it on Seo In Guk, I even checked out craft brewery store in my (kind of new home) city.
I am completely obsessing over this show. Its so good. Jung so min and SIG hitting it out of the park.
I am completely confused by what JK did? I just did not get why on the earth he would that? But then I remembered that JK also killed the other guy by shooting him. I want to know why he did that, I suspect that it was also some personal reason there.
And I want to read that book written by the doctor, it bothers me so much that I can't actually read it as it probably does not exist but I want to read it. T.T

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I felt sorry for Jin Kang, sopciopath for a lover and psycho for a brother, there is no hope for her. I don't care really for MY or Jin Kook they are both bad. It was really sad watching her trying to make everyone happy, still thinking that she can have both, MY and JK.
And why nobody wants to talk, psychiatrist and Tak, do they think that pretending that problem don't exist make things go away.

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i feel the same way towards jin kang... she's the one who's reallt in a lose-lose situation here. she's torn between the men that she loves and, boy, what a precarious situation to be in.

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I just hated how Tak (? The female officer) talked to Jin Kang as if only the feelings of her brother are important! When Jin Kang yelled at Jin Kook a part of me was happy, because he never really listens to her and those things needed to be said. And then Jin Kang apologised and explains the reason why she wants to stay with Moo Young and Jin Kook just goes away. I mean, who the hell does this? If you don't want her to be with someone explain your reason in a way that makes sense to other people! She isn't a child anymore, telling her no, yelling at her, refusing her reason and stabbing her boyfriend won't do it.
And I really hated the moment, when Moo Young tried to connect with Jin Kook and he just called Moo Young a murderer, not human and whatever else. You could literally see how Moo Young shut down all his open doors and windows at once. And well, I can't blame him!

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Thank God I am not the only one that didn't understand tak in this episode. I mean what was her justification for hating mooyoung. So, because jin kook doesn't like someone she must not like the person too. Because being in love with someone for almost two decades and the person not showing they really care sounds cool right? That's d kind of person that suits her right? She's crazy. Am still raging. Am still pretending to understand jin kook obsession with hating mooyoung to protect his own ass. Both her and jin kook really fit each other.

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I don’t like Tak at all, since the beginning. To me the character is just a tool for JinKook to talk to the audience. Her reaction when Jinkook revealed he killed someone and disguised it as a suicide for 25 years is unbelievable. Oh you poor man, how did you cope with this for so long? Um, no. More like how did you get away with it for so long?

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That scene was annoying. I was thinking "did she just accepted that explanation like that". I mean, come on who does that. Someone just explained to you that they murdered someone and took the child in and all you could think of was how he was able to deal with it for twenty five years. Is she so blind in love and sick in the brain that she doesn't find it sickening. I finished episode 11 and 12 with so much hatred for her character that I can't even rewatch some scenes without raging. As much as I love so many scenes between mooyoung and jin kang in this episode and want to comment on the fact that their chemistry is seriously off the charts, I just can't cos apparently am too angry to form any sensible thoughts without thinking of tak and her inability to think.

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ep 11 had a lot of indelible moments again (show, you are my one biggest obsession this fall):

1. the fight between jk and jg was just so masterfully acted, it felt so raw, so real i had to fight the urge to cry with them. jsm's quivering lips, psw's breaking voice- it couldn't be any more real.
2. that scene where they were lying down that wooden bench/ bed thingy and my nuzzled against jk's shoulder as they held hands silently. only a few words were needed and there were no kisses, no hugs, but you could feel their steadily growing love and affection for each other.
3. my's sprinting after jk post-argument. i love how this couple make up so quickly unlike other dramas out there which unnecessarily prolong angst.
4. my carrying jk back inside his home (i think it can be considered a home now? lol)
5. my and jk snuggling (when jk asked him if he had money) looked like just anything a real-life couple would do! i loved it when my nuzzled her again on the shoulder.
6. of course, the shopping! my's look was equal parts hilarious and disbelieving all throughout.

i'm guilty of replaying these moments over and over again (except for #1 coz it was too heavy)

just a few more thoughts:

i just love how jk and my's relationship is both innocent and intense at the same time. they act like a very young couple, but at the same time they have the same the intensity and passion of lovers that are so into each other. i love the balance!

and... jin gooks's eyes this episode has become those of moo young's in the earlier episodes- glazed and soulless.

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I would like to add that grocery shopping has never felt so intense.

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I found the reason for their argument a bit unsettling, like JK run out because MY doesn't feel what she feels, he won't really change. He start lying to her in this episode, she lying to people she love too, it can't ends well in long run.

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Moo Young was making an effort to try to open himself to Jin-Gook but was shut down immediately by Jin Gook (at the police station) You can see by the look on Moo Young's face exactly when the door shut to any hope for real communication between the two. MY did make an effort, it was JG that would not change.

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I think @shach means (cuz I feel the same) MooYoung could not perceive someone’s pain, that is what doesn’t change.

If he could perceive her pain he could of avoided that argument. That “bye” was extremely hurtful but he didn’t know when he said it. He feels the loss of her though. He is smart enough not to repeat mistakes. His effort can only go so far to do or not to do things that will make her run away. That is great achievement already but the underlying problem is still there and JinKang is kidding herself to believe it won’t matter.

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Or, his "bye" was simply pulling on the mask that says "see, I'm not hurt by what you said/did.....I'm tough....in control." I see this all the time in teen behavior, throwing up a defense so no one can see that there is a way to hurt. If I pretend that it doesn't hurt me then you won't try that again. Yes, he knew it was hurtful to her for him to say that, but the "bye" was not simply something hurtful to say to her. It was also a defense. Yes, Moo Young is not a teen and should be more socially adept than that when it comes to real feelings. When he sighs and gets up to chase after her, it is because he is allowing himself to be vulnerable to her because he values her so much. He's accepting that his "bye" was not real and did not express his honest feelings. He did not want her to go. He's willing to share his vulnerability with hers.

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@zzthorn I can see that “bye” being purposely hurtful in a normal person who is used to arguing with one another and must end with an upper hand. For MooYoung not so much. He is trying to learn to be a good boy for her so why sabotage his progress? He simply didn’t think. Like he was before, his words come out without consideration of people’s feelings.

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yes, she did mad at MY for the moment, but the scene where she closed the door showing she tried her best to suppress her own ego, knowing what his situation is. that's why she stayed there waiting for MY and didn't run away. for me, JK knows well what she's put herself into. but she also have her own battle inside herself. MY lied to JK cause he is considered about JK's feeling toward her brother (proving that MY one step closer to compassion), and JK only lied to JG since it's the only way to do.

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This ☝🏼☝🏼☝🏼

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Jin-kook is really too much. . .with all of the assumptions he makes and preconceptions he holds he's really the worst kind of cop. When he was berating Moo-young in front of the station and telling him how a cop needs to be a human and not a murderer it really felt like he was yelling at his own inferiority complex for continually failing in his duties as a police officer.
As an adoptee this show really hits home on the adoptee experience and the complicated relationships and frustrations that form as a result of that. The fight did such a good job at portraying the overwhelming "gratitude" that you're supposed to feel because someone wanted to take you in ("when no-one else did" is always implied), compounded by Confucian standards of "filial piety" and such. It's so frustrating how adoption is always portrayed as something shameful that needs to be hidden, and I'm really happy to have such nuanced and "flawed" portrayals like in this show, made even better by superb acting! Looking forward to see where we go next week!

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I feel pity for Ji Kang too. As an adoptee too, I was very lucky to find a great new family. They always saw me as a member of the family with no difference with my sisters (no adopted). So I always felt grateful but I never felt like I owe them my life. I grew up in a country where to be a adoptee is not a flaw.

For Ji Kang, it's very different. She feels very grateful to her brother who took her. She must think that because he has a bog heart and not because he felt guilty too. So when she understood the truth, she couldn't ask for the truth because she didn't want to be ungrateful and I think because she was scared to be abandonned again too. She grew up to please her brother because of her he didn't have a family. She always hid her loneliness, the fact she was bullied to protect her brother. Now her brother acts really weirdly and she doesn't know why...

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Jin Kook is losing it. I totally get why he doesn't want Moo Young around but becoming a monster to fight another monster is not going to end well for anybody.

I still can't root for the main couple because I feel like Moo Young is just getting away with everything (he totally set up Mi Yeon's murder!) and Jin Kang deserves better, but dang if they don't have amazing chemistry.

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I had expected that Jin kook would do something terrible and he really did. But why did he stab Moo young? The most obvious reason is that he wanted to remove him from Jin kang's life. But beyond that, could it be because he doesn't want his act of killing a man in cold blood to surface, because it would mean that Jin kang would know the truth behind her adoption? The boy witnessed the killing, so he has to get rid of him, in case he remembers one day?

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

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I think that people in his old precinct know what happened, and that was higher ups cover up not his, his current colleagues told Chorong that suspect death was ruled accidental, but JK couldn't stop make fuss about and that why his old team was disbanded. I think he just don't want to JinKang to find about her past and it his twisted way to protect her. But his reason are still selfish and he is no better that MY now.

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I've been trying to understand Jin Gook these last few episodes but I just can't, what he did to Moo Young is just psychotic. Nothing he is doing makes sense to me. If he really thinks they might be siblings and he knows she just spent the night away with him, why his first thought not to call Jin Kang and warn her? Why does he pick a fight with her when she got home instead of telling her ''Hey you maybe just had sex with your brother''. Why does he insist on lying and relying on manipulation to 'keep her safe'? He tells her nothing and chooses instead to stab the man who's life he ruined when he killed his father in front of him instead. Sorry but he's literally insane.

“I know I’m your life’s burden. I know I owe it all to you. I know it too well, so please stop.” You don't just randomly come up with something like this, you're made to feel this way, like you're a burden. And it's so sad because Jin Kang has been manipulated for so long that I don't think she'll ever be able to say no to anything Jin Gook says. She feels she owes him her life and will overlook his obvious instability because she feels she should and my fear is that at the end of all this, she's going to be the one to suffer the most.

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Why does he pick a fight with her when she got home instead of telling her ''Hey you maybe just had sex with your brother''.

I think Jinkook is desperately trying to keep her from finding out he’s not her biological brother. His priorities are all out of order because of that one must-do. He wants her to avoid many many things, but if warning her provokes questions about her biological family, he’d rather deal with it personally and drastically, so she doesn’t question or even etches deeper the fact that he is her ONE AND ONLY savior. I think he’s gotten too used to being someone important to someone, similar to a single parent resistance to let the only child move out (times a billion), and losing that is too frightening. Also, maybe missing that biological connection with JinKang has given him some inferiority complex.

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Exactly my thoughts. He’s one selfish b*****d right now. He’s more concerned about being found out than about JK and MY possible incestuous relationship and that makes me so angry.

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Psychotic is a good way to describe him now, he is beyond reason now, but I still don't think they are siblings because JinKook doesn't give that vibes, it's more about losing JinKang to someone he don't approve and who can exposed her past? But I agree with the luck communication, I almost screamed at the screen whenever they chose to not communicate.

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OOOOOoooooooooooooMMMmmmmmmmmGGGGGgggggg,
This episode just made me realise how much I don't know about the characters. Before I wasn't sure to put MY as our hero/ anti-hero but I was sure Jin kook was the one whom we should be routing for... But now I don't know anymore.... Jin Kook has been keeping a lot of secrets thathave had negeative effects of JK and MY and even his superiors.

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I'm starting to think that Jin Kang is drawn to Moo Yeung because he reminds her of her brother (Jin Kook). They're both reckless and have some sociopathy in them. That's why she got bored of that Cho Rang so easily...he's too safe for her.

Why would Jin Kook think it's a good idea to stab Moo Yeung? He obviously hasn't heard of "Romeo and Juliet"--opposition to a relationship often leads to a "us against the world" mentality and that is exactly what is unfolding now...

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I don't think safe is the correct thing to say about Cho Rang. He has his own growing up to do as well, he is the kind of guy who will do everything to not get in conflict, even if that means suppressing his own feelings.
As for Jin Kang, she did not need another relationship where she felt burdened by the goodness of other. She wants to be able to express herself and just have a conversation about the pain and sufferings she went through in her life because she never had anyone to talk about them. She was not looking for someone who has a 100 wish list to do but just some one who understands her pain. CR is the kind of guy who will never ask you how was your day. Would never ask you why were you close to your friend. He would definitely give you a lot of space but then its kind of dating a stranger who does now anything about you nor will ask but whom you will do a lot of stuff, which may or may not be fun. And I completely agree with Jin Kang that she found him boring, because for me he was really boring.

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At this point I’m not surprised that every episode surprises me, lol. This drama is amazing, I’m so glad I hopped on, even if I’m a little too late.

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