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Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Episode 13

As Moo-young’s memories slowly return, he’s faced with a cruel reality that threatens the happiness of the one person that he cherishes. Tempted to settle the score with the man who has complicated his life longer than anyone realized, Moo-young enlists a favor from a dangerous source. In the end, Moo-young will have to decide just how much power his past should have over the rest of his life.

 
EPISODE 13: “A favor to ask”

Outside the neighborhood market, Moo-young smirks when he and Jin-kook cross paths. Moo-young points to his side, and announces, “I’m still alive,” and admits that he doesn’t see Jin-kook as the type who could kill him. With a knowing smile, Moo-young warns, “You said killing a person makes you a murderer. An evil murderer,” and walks away.

When Cho-rong sees Jin-kook arrive at work, he calls So-jung to pass along the news. They’re hopeful that Jin-kook’s attendance must mean that his resignation was rejected.

At work, Jin-kang asks CEO Hwang which Chinese character she uses for the “Sun” in her name. When CEO Hwang answers that of course she uses the one that means “kindness”, Jin-kang can’t contain her happiness.

Moo-young meets with his boss at Eagle Brewery and learns that he’s been let go. As he leaves the company, Jin-kang texts to see if he’s resigned yet, but Moo-young replies that he was fired before he got the chance.

Jin-kang calls him right away and Moo-young explains that the company gave him as many chances as they could. They arrange to meet and while on the bus, Moo-young researches the mountain where his father died.

At Namsan Tower, Jin-kang calls out Moo-young’s real name, “Kang Sun-ho,” and he smiles bashfully as she runs into his arms. Jin-kang insists on photos of the two of them to commemorate the discovery of his real name and explains that “Sun” means “kindness”. As they enjoy the view, Jin-kang comments that his parents must have been very special to give Moo-young such a strong name.

Jin-kang asks if Dr. Yang had any other information, which reminds Moo-young of the revelation that his father killed himself, but he answers, “Not really.” Jin-kang admits that Moo-young’s discovery makes her feel as if she found her own name.

Moo-young offers to help Jin-kang search for her real name but she wants to hear it from Jin-kook when he’s ready. As Moo-young and Jin-kang enjoy their date, Jin-kook visits the temple where Moo-young’s father, Kang Soon-goo, rests.

As they stroll through the park near the tower, Moo-young finally tells Jin-kang the truth, “My father apparently committed suicide.” Jin-kang hugs Moo-young consolingly over the news that his family life wasn’t the happy one that he had imagined.

As they wait for a bus, Moo-young announces his plan to visit the mountain where his father died. Moo-young doesn’t know how to greet his father since he doesn’t even know his name, so Jin-kang suggests that he should simply say, “Father, it’s me, Sun-ho.”

As a bus approaches, Moo-young urges Jin-kang to leave first, but she complains how hard it is to date in secret since they can’t even ride on the same bus. At the last minute, Jin-kang stays behind and confesses to Moo-young that she’s anxious about his trip, but he assures her that he’ll be back soon as he hugs her.

Alone at home, Moo-young stares at his childhood drawing, especially the smiling father. At the same time, Jin-kook lies awake in his room, flooded by memories of the many ways that he lashed out at Moo-young.

Jin-kook recalls punching Moo-young in the mouth and telling him that he wasn’t human, calling him a murderer and stabbing him. Jin-kook tosses and turns as he thinks about what Jin-kang had to say about Moo-young, “He’s such a pitiful guy…He’s been hurt enough already.”

On the train to Haesan, Moo-young mulls over what he told Dr. Yang — the gunshot heard in his dreams means that his father was murdered. In voiceover, Moo-young confides, “I still dream about my father being murdered. Everyone tells me to stop, as if I’ll never come back once I go there.”

In Haesan, Moo-young picks up a bottle of soju on his way to his mountain destination. A sign on the trail points the way and soon, Moo-young is standing at the edge of a cliff. Moo-young pours soju onto the rocks below and then sits down to add to his text to Jin-kang. As Moo-young lies back on the rock to gaze at the sky, we hear what he wrote, “I’m not sad. I feel like I’ll have a nice dream if I sleep here like this.”

Moo-young dreams that the blue robot is walking and opens his eyes as he remembers watching his father wind up the toy. Moo-young recalls holding up the robot as if it was flying near the signpost on the trail.

Moo-young returns to the trail and his memories send him in a different direction. As he walks along the path, Moo-young sees himself as a young boy, running with the robot high in the air.

Little Moo-young turns to call out, “Yoon,” and soon he’s followed by a younger child with a short, boy-like haircut, in pants and a sweatshirt. The younger child takes the robot and together the children run up the path.

Moo-young stops when he sees a stone angel perched atop a house. He recalls the angel in his drawing and in voiceover he declares, “I think I came home.” He takes in the details of the house as he approaches the door and once inside, Moo-young opens a window.

Moo-young backs up and steps on a toy robot buried in layers of dust and leaves. Moo-young imagines the laughter of children outside and recalls how he and Yoon played happily with that robot. The vision disappears when a white dove flies past Moo-young on its way out the open window.

With the robot in hand, Moo-young looks around and finds the burner and water kettle on the floor. After he takes a few more steps, Moo-young sees the radio from his dreams and imagines a familiar song.

Moo-young drops to his knees when he remembers the gunshot, as if a gun really went off nearby. Moo-young remembers dropping the robot and breaking off its arm, and that the water kettle fell over. He glances up at a mirror and remembers the man who shot his father, a trembling Jin-kook.

That night, as Moo-young travels back to Seoul, Jin-kook gets a disturbing call from Dr. Yang. Moo-young mentioned something that’s been bothering him so he asks Jin-kook, “Was a gun involved with his dad’s death?”

Jin-kang texts Moo-young to ask about his trip just as he gets home. It turns out that Moo-young never sent her the long text that he wrote throughout the day and he ends up deleting everything.

Moo-young looks at the photos that Jin-kang took at Namsan Tower and then removes her childhood photo from his wallet. He tears off the half with Jin-kook and returns the part with Jin-kang to its place.

So-jung finds Jin-kook drinking alone at their favorite pojangmacha. Over soju, she admits that she feels badly about Moo-young now that she knows his real identity. Jin-kook recalls, “Jin-kang said he’d (Moo-young) been hurt by people like me. People who are not afraid to hurt other people’s children to protect their own.”

Jin-kook compares Moo-young to a car without brakes that Jin-kang refused to abandon. Desperate, he hurt Moo-young, unaware that he was Sun-ho. When So-jung asks what he plans to do, Jin-kook shares what he told Moo-young, “Nothing in this world is for free. You can never get away with anything.”

Moo-young’s retort was that he preferred “an eye for an eye” and Jin-kook confesses that he’s okay with that, if that’s what Moo-young wants. Later, a very drunk Jin-kook makes it home with the help of So-jung.

In the morning, Moo-young hangs upside down at the playground and remembers asking Jin-kook if he ever killed anyone. At that time, Jin-kook wanted to know if they had ever met before, but Moo-young had no memory of him.

Jin-kang races up on her bicycle, anxious to hear about Moo-young’s trip. They sit on some swings where Moo-young tells her about his childhood home, but then he takes it all back, “It’s a lie…There wasn’t anything like a house.”

Jin-kang is disappointed to hear that Moo-young didn’t find his childhood home, since she’s convinced it would help him recover more of his memories. Her comment prompts Moo-young to recall his most recently restored memory, that Jin-kook was the man who shot his father.

Moo-young asks Jin-kang when and why she moved to Seoul. From what Jin-kang can recall, she arrived in Seoul in 1996, after her mother’s death. Moo-young then inquires about Jin-kook’s schedule, specifically his days off, under the pretense that he’s always been curious about policemen.

Later that morning, Jin-kook questions Jin-kang’s newfound commitment to working out so early as they leave for work. Once Jin-kook’s car drives away, Moo-young jumps over the garden wall, and thanks to his perfect recall, he enters the door code and goes into the house.

Jin-kang is sound asleep in the car but when Jin-kook suddenly remembers something, he wakes her up to catch the bus. Before he drives away, Jin-kang reminds Jin-kook about the movies.

While he makes a U-turn, Moo-young searches Jin-kook’s room and takes down the items from the top of his closet. Inside Jin-kook’s keepsake box, Moo-young finds the flyer with his photo. Moo-young realizes that something was left cooking on the stove and turns off the burner.

As he nears his house, Jin-kook drives by Moo-young and the two men stare at one another. Inside, Jin-kook finds the stove clean, the hot pot in the sink and his keepsake box in the middle of his bedroom floor. Jin-kook realizes that Kang Sun-ho’s flyer is gone — it now sits next to the toy robot while Moo-young tosses a tennis ball against a wall.

Woo-sang’s former secretary announces to Se-ran that Moo-young wants to see her. She has him turned away but when Moo-young agrees to return at Se-ran’s convenience, the secretary tells him to return in two hours.

Se-ran watches the time and after two hours, Moo-young is announced. Moo-young gets to the point when he explains the reason for his visit, “I have a favor to ask…I need a gun.”

Se-ran abandons her disinterested air and confesses that of all the reasons that she imagined for his visit, she didn’t think of that one. Se-ran wants to know what she can expect in return and smiles when Moo-young answers, “Anything.”

Moo-young then hands her the flyer and explains, “I want to know about that child. About who made this, and why they were searching for him. And what kind of people his parents were.”

Jin-kang takes So-jung out for hangover soup, which gives her the chance to ask about Jin-kook as a potential boyfriend. Predictably, So-jung laughs as if the idea is ridiculous and Jin-kang concedes that Jin-kook isn’t good enough for her. So-jung points out that she’s divorced and when she adds, “…Jin-kook is a really nice guy,” she realizes that she’s said too much.

The girls plan to see a movie until Jin-kang suddenly announces that she left something important at work. Before she runs off, Jin-kang points to Jin-kook and suggests that So-jung can watch the movie with him. Jin-kang hands over two tickets and runs off as So-jung informs Jin-kook, “Your sister is terrible at being subtle.”

So-jung tries to get Jin-kook to smile by poking him in the side as Jin-kang texts Moo-young to ask about his whereabouts. She ends up at his place and the first thing that she notices is the toy robot on the coffee table.

When Moo-young gets home, he sees the light on inside and knows that Jin-kang is waiting for him. He walks in and is greeted by a walking robot, thanks to a good cleaning from Jin-kang. Jin-kang asks about the robot and Moo-young tells her that he found it in Haesan, and that it was probably abandoned because of its missing arm.

Jin-kang follows Moo-young when he goes to wash his hands, to ask why he didn’t answer her text. Moo-young explains that he had somewhere to go and it turns out that he was at the movies and watched So-jung and Jin-kook walk to their theater.

Moo-young is lost in thought until Jin-kang turns off the water. She takes his hand to ask what has him so preoccupied but Moo-young avoids the question to tell her, “You’re just you. No matter what happens, you are just you to me.” Moo-young then rests his head in Jin-kang’s lap but he doesn’t look at all happy.

After the movie, So-jung notes that Jin-kook didn’t watch any of it. Jin-kook feebly tries to defend himself but So-jung assures him that it’s all right to space out. Jin-kook comes clean and tells So-jung that Moo-young broke into his house that morning.

Alone at his place, Moo-young stares at his toy robot and remembers how he and his father played with it together. The next thing Moo-young remembers is his father glancing over at him while a gun was pointed right at him. The memory of the gunshot forces Moo-young outside, to struggle with his feelings all alone.

The next day Moo-young returns to Se-ran’s office where she hands him a gun. Moo-young pockets it while Se-ran inquires if he plans to kill someone with it.

When Moo-young doesn’t answer, Se-ran reminds him that using that gun to kill someone would mean trouble for her. Moo-young helps himself to a handful of bullets and assures Se-ran that he won’t tell anyone that she got the gun for him.

Se-ran explains why she decided to help him, “Because I want you…I’ve fallen for you, Moo-young.” When Moo-young looks confused, Se-ran quotes his last words to Seung-ah, “Don’t get caught.”

Se-ran confesses that after the car accident, she viewed the dash cam footage from Seung-ah’s car until she could understand what he said. She admits, “I was so thrilled that I almost went crazy. I couldn’t believe there was someone like me in this world.”

Moo-young doesn’t sound convinced, so Se-ran explains that the two of them are different branches from the same root. He agrees to give her words some thought and thanks Se-ran for the gun as he leaves.

Se-ran isn’t done and pulls out the flyer, not sure if she should be angry since the boy is somehow connected to Jin-kang. When Moo-young looks puzzled, Se-ran clarifies that Jin-kook was the person searching for the boy.

In his bedroom, Jin-kook places a slip of paper with his PIN into his bankbook, which he returns to a drawer with other bankbooks. At the same time, Moo-young asks Se-ran why Jin-kook would search for him, because he’s Kang Sun-ho.

Se-ran wishes that she’d known that from the beginning, since it bothered her to do something for Moo-young’s girlfriend. She points to the phone number on the flyer and explains that it belonged to Jin-kook until 1996.

Moo-young tells Se-ran that his father reportedly killed himself in Haesan in 1993, although he has reason to believe that he was murdered. When Se-ran promises to have information on his family soon, she sees that Moo-young finally appreciates her value.

Moo-young asks for one more favor, he wants to find his mother and younger brother, Kang Yoon. Se-ran understands why Moo-young wants to find his mother, but not his brother. Moo-young points out that they must not be as similar as Se-ran thinks they are.

Jin-kang looks pleased with herself after she texts So-jung and then gets a text of her own from Moo-young, asking how late she has to work. Moo-young reads that she’ll be very late just as he gets home.

Inside his place, Moo-young loads the gun and practices his aim while Jin-kook visits a public bath. When Jin-kook gets home, he sees Moo-young’s shoes in the entryway and announces, “You’re here.” In answer, Moo-young walks out of Jin-kook’s bedroom with the gun pointed directly at him.

 
COMMENTS

Moo-young’s world has been rocked by the memory that Jin-kook was the one who shot and killed his father. His family, his happiness, his life as he’d known it, everything was taken from Moo-young on that day and Jin-kook finds himself on the receiving end of Moo-young’s unspeakable grief. In spite of his feelings for Jin-kang, Moo-young wants to exact payment from Jin-kook as he applies “an eye for an eye.” Too late, Jin-kook realizes how his anger and disdain have pushed Moo-young past his limit, and he’s been carefully preparing to forfeit his life as payment for the one that he took long ago.

Jin-kang stands in the middle of all of this turmoil, oblivious to the life and death dance that Moo-young and Jin-kook are locked into. Just as she offered hope to a once shattered Jin-kook, Jin-kang has done the same for Moo-young, and he’s grown as a person under her tender care. Will the mutual love that Jin-kook and Moo-young have for Jin-kang intervene, and spare her the loss of the two men who matter most in her life? Moo-young stands on a cliff as he points that gun at Jin-kook, and it remains to be seen if he’ll step back, or fling himself over the edge.

Moo-young’s desperation drove him to seek the help of Woo-sang’s twisted sister, Se-ran, and she was thrilled to play a part in such a dangerous proposal. Se-ran’s confession that she’s fallen for Moo-young wasn’t surprising, but it begs the question, what will she do in order to get her man? The relationship between Moo-young and Jin-kang gets more and more dangerous because of outside influences that they can’t necessarily control. When they are alone at Moo-young’s place, it’s possible to see how happy they could be, and that fills me with hope and dread. Either they’ll end up together in the end (please), or a separation will be even more devastating after sensing the promise that Moo-young and Jin-kang offered each other.

We don’t know definitively if Moo-young and Jin-kang are related and how she came to live with Jin-kook. Yoo-ri’s trial still hangs over Moo-young’s head and Se-ran may have something to do with that. Dr. Yang has yet to explain why he let a young child wander away from a hospital to end up in an orphanage. There is so much more to learn about these very complicated characters who find themselves hopelessly entangled. I’m still hoping that there’s a way for Moo-young to find happiness before we have to say goodbye.

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"I think I came home." I don't think I've heard that phrase being said in such an ominous tone before. Just like what everyone warned Moo-young about, this trip back home is going to change him so much, and that there'll be no turning back for him. And it's already heartbreaking how he looked thoughtfully at Jin-kang and immediately reminded of how Jin-kook has killed his father. Why do I feel that it's only the beginning of every dark secrets come unraveling?

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I feel sorry for JK because she has no idea what’s going on around her. I blame both JG and MY for not filling her in. Imagine if all information and truths come out at her at once... how will she cope with it?

Everybody says JK is too bright and gentle character to do something stupid but I have to disagree. I think there’s still a side of JK we still haven’t seen yet.

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I think Moo Young is telling Jin-Kang about the things he learns about his life, but he is having a hard time dealing with it and puts it off, waiting for a time when he is more ready or able to tell her. Of course, it is going to be very difficult if not impossible to tell her about her brother killing MK's dad because the pain of that will also be JK's pain. He was previously able to tell her about his father's supposed suicide, but it took him awhile and after he told her, he struggled at having shared that information. I think, given enough time, MY will try to tell her everything he has learned. Somehow, I doubt there will be enough time.

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I have to agree with this. Even in episode 14, JK is still kept largely in the dark. I'm worried as regards how will she react when all the truths finally come crashing down on her like a ton of bricks.

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Somehow, that thought is even more frightening than Moo Young knowing everything about his past. JK has a lot farther to fall. Moo Young has been pitiful his whole life but she's been protected from some of that. We'll know in a few days....

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The fact that she endured at least 10 years under JG's care knowing that she's not his biological sister tells a lot. She chose to be thankful instead of lashing out on him.

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Why would she "endure" his care, they had close and loving relationship.

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She's had to endure the weight of this huge secret and pretend like she doesn't know. I'm sure she's curious about her birth family and how she came to her current family, but she's not allowed to ask or find out.

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I really hate when kdrama female leads are deliberately kept in the dark and spend their time bouncing around like clueless idiots.

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Exactly, especially being kept in the dark from something like “you might be dating your brother.”

But once again, if k-drama characters behave rationally and were honest with each other, that would eliminate 99% of k-dramas plot.

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Oh, but then she might find out the terrible secret of her adoption. Because "you're adopted" is objectively worse than "you might be dating your brother".

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I love how Seo In-guk's eyes are so expressive. Whenever he is with Jin-kang his eyes were smiling and are full of love, whenever he is flirting with other girls his eyes were emotionless, whenever he is doing something thrilling (at least for him) his eyes were full of excitement, and whenever he is angry and sad, you can see the pain in his eyes.

HMSFTS seems like it is going to the tragedy route and as much as I am not a fan of shows foreshadowing a devastating ending for the characters and the viewers, I am still hooked to this show because this show hurts so good.

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Yup, I was saying that the phrase 'hurts so good' is going to be well used for this show!!! 😄

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I agree with MY for not telling JK about her brothers involvement in his fathers killing. Can you imagine the pain it will cause her? For almost 25 years she was able to withhold the information that she knew she was adopted and never even attempted to find her ‘real’ family. Her brother means a lot to her, understandably, even when he stabbed MY, she decided she couldn’t see him fall apart. MY is shielding her from the truth. And honestly it is not his secret to share anyway. JG should be the one telling her.

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I don't really understand Jin Gook's story this episode, I've been under the impression that he's been thinking that Moo Young was the boy for a while so why the sudden feelings of guilt? He was fine being awful to Moo Young when he just thought he was the boy but now its confirmed, he feels bad?

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Jin Gook being awful to MY wasn't because he thought MY was the kid he had been looking for but because of his suspicions of MY's part in the death of Jung Mi Yeon and later, Seung Ah's. MY did inform Yuri of Seung Ah's door passcode and of the CCTV free route to MiYeon's apartment. MY may not have bashed in Mi Yeon's head but he made it possible for Yuri to do so. MY also did play with Seung Ah's feelings for him. He may have not intended her ultimate death but he did use Seung Ah in his payback of Woo Sung. He played her. These information even if insufficient to charge MY with a crime in court was enough for JGook to think of MY as a POS and treat him as one. And keep Jin Kang away from MY. MY _was_ a POS.
At this point in time there was only a niggling _possibility_ that MY could be the kid that he had been looking for all those years ago.

Now that it's confirmed that MY is Sun Ho, all of Jin Gook's guilt for causing MY's father's death rushed in. Hence the guilt towards MY.

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Hi @patinalee!! Great to read ya!

Yes, this sounds about right. I've also more thoughts on Jin Gook below. Pity he only saw him as a POS instead of going further to first find out his history, or at least to consider him as someone who may have suffered a trauma after all those burns. He might have had a different reaction to MY, but his feelings of protectiveness over JK made him more brutal towards MY than was warranted. 😔

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But Jin Gook was quiet close to Seung Ah as JK friend so I don't think he could in any moment look past what happened to her, to consider MY "feelings" and after he discover what happened to Yuri... well, I still think of MY as POS for that, I feel sorry for what he went through as a child but it doesn't change my feelings for what he did as an adult.

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But Ji Kook was close to Seung Ah and then he never tried to release the truth about the accident or her death. It was Woo Sang who caused this accident trying to kill them and it was the sister who killed Seung Ah who was perfectly fine in the hospital but could reveal the truth.
Moo Young played cards to put people in some position and he watched them taking a decision and I think as a very cynical person he never was surprised by the fact people took the worst decision. And he didn't care because life is not very important for him.

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@kurama so he is like a conman, using people naivete and weakness against them, still POS in my eyes.

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@Kurama, sister did what ??
I think SA dies from complication post accident. not killed.

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@junah The secratary said that everything about Seung Ah finished well. For me, they killed her because her version of the accident would have contradicted their version. The doctor said she was safe after the accident but she suddenly died.

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@kurama WooSang’s sister did not kill SeungAh. That was just speculation of other beanies. The secretary “took care” of the fact WooSang drove to kill them, not SeungAh’s life.

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@shach we don't know. But personaly I think she did it. Because she never hides her personality. Seung Ah was a big issue for their group. They changed the truth about the accident, hid Moo Young, kill Seung Ah was pretty logical after all of that.

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POS but perceptive nonetheless. Like an angel of death

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He confronted MY about Seung Ah death and loose it when MY said that he would do exactly the same even if he knew that Seung Ah will die, and then found about Yuri and who would wanted a person like MY around his loved one, he later started suspect that MY maybe the boy he was looking for. His initial rage was about MY action and character.

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I think Jang Se-ran will try and manipulate Moo-young into thinking that Jin-kang is his sister. This will lead to either of them commiting suicide and then we find out they aren't really siblings. A truly tragic ending for our star-crossed lovers 😭😭😭

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Same theory I raised in another forum coz the conversation between the witch JSR and her secretary was vague. There was no direct mention that there were two kids in the registry, just two kids who were hospitalized for burns on the same day.

I hope MY doesn't allow his emotions to get the better of him. I'm afraid that JSR's wish for her to keep MY in her pocket and manipulate him as she wishes doesn't come to fruition.

And if indeed they aren't sibs and there's just this HUGE fauxcest misunderstanding, I hope it's not yet too late for MY and JK. They deserve all the happiness in the world after all they've been through, especially MY.

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ooops sorry I think the convo was in ep 14! sorry for the slight spoiler!

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I think the show has been hinting at it for the sake of tension and anticipation. The siblings question will most likely climax in episode 15, with much angst on both sides, but I don't believe our leads will die or break up. I agree that although this show has been depressing through and through, MY and JK really deserve to have a happy ending.

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I think someone will die...MY has to pay for his sins. It'll probably be Jin kang who'll die, because he has to live to realize the full pain of losing her.

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Entirely possible since our protagonists are entangled with not just 1 but 2 unpredictable, ruthless and self-centred game players. 😅

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What kind of detective doesn't change his passcode once he realises that his house has been broken into? That too by a guy who's possibly holding a grudge against him and is smarter than the average person?

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@superwhopotterlock
I'm thinking 1) JK is fatalistic now ... he thinks that it's time for him to pay the price so whether he changes the passcode or not, MY will still get him. Also since MY has already entered and taken what he wanted, other than killing JG, there is no reason to keep MY out.

2)He has to explain why he wants a new passcode to JK and does not want to bother to lie. 😉

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I think JG doesn’t change it intentionally. He’s still waiting for MY to come to kill him.

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Agree.

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He told Tak that he is okay with "an eye for an eye" if that what MY want, so that was intentional on his part, he left all his savings for Jin Kang ( that scene with bankbook, personal seal and PIN number) he is readying himself to die.

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Thanks for a great recap and review @teriyaki. I'm still all shook up and ruminating about it, even after having watched Ep 14.

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i love/hate how they keep teasing this incest thing lol

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Jin-kook finds himself on the receiving end of Moo-young’s unspeakable grief.

Jin Gook had been weak in not confirming sooner who MY was. He had buried his guilt to fester instead of continuing to search for MY to right his wrong. Instead of taking the steps to help MY the way he had helped Yoo Ri, JG had antagonised him and looked down on him.

What JG had done was to transfer his self-hatred to MY. It's interesting isn't it that JG could see past Yoo Ri's coldness, indifference and disdain for life, to her need to make restitution and find peace, but he never gave MY that same benefit of the doubt until it's too late.

People are inconsistent. We don't treat everyone the same. Maybe JG has a soft spot for females, seeing as he treats better the ladies he knows, compared to the men.

Too late, Jin-kook realizes how his anger and disdain have pushed Moo-young past his limit, and he’s been carefully preparing to forfeit his life as payment for the one that he took long ago.

As well he should. He's been suffering for 13 years (is that the length of time?) and possibly sees death thro MY as a source of relief and as fully justified.

Jin-kang stands in the middle of all of this turmoil, oblivious to the life and death …

With all the stigma in Korean society to do with the guilt or of relatives, … I'm not surprised that JK has been kept in the dark. To avoid spoilers I'll stop at number 3 … 1)being adopted alone is a stigma but to a lesser degree 2)being adopted by a someone who killed is worse, 3) being sister of a killer of boyfriend's father is totally unacceptable for her relationship … (there's more but for Ep 14). So no one will tell Jin Kang, until there is no choice but that she finds out. To many of us viewers, her private life should not impinge on her professional, etc life, but in that society she could lose her job if her family issues are known.

About Se Ran - she watched 10x the dash cam video of MY saying: "Don't get caught!" - What was Se Ran's interpretation of this that got her so gleeful and made her 'fall for Moo Young'? Was it her understanding, that knowing what he and Seung Ah were doing was antagonising her brother, to chase them and likely kill them, MY's only interest was not in righting a wrong or coming to terms, but in getting away? In this was the total disregard for their own lives as well as for the life of Woo Sang. Maybe that's why she likes MY.

But what is her definition of 'fall for him'? Is it not rather to make use of another ruthless, unpredictable person like herself to play her games with her and to see what decisions he might make? Is she adding him as a Pawn to her chessboard or as a Knight or a Rook or a King? Is it to keep him by her to entertain her?

MY should be able to tell that someone like Se Ran who does not balk at guns and killing people can also easily get rid of Jin Kang...

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MY should be able to tell that someone like Se Ran who does not balk at guns and killing people can also easily get rid of Jin Kang if latter gets in her way. He's playing a very dangerous game. JK seems to be again an unwitting victim if Se Ran decides to act against her. 😔

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Se-ran has all the resources, motivation, and character to be the turning point in this drama by really messing with our leads lives in many different ways. But I don't feel like her character has been developed quite enough for her to play such a large role in the plot (like killing JK).

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I am thinking, it's a pity that Se Ran can't have a bigger role too (like the Dr). One character who works to destroy and one who works to save. Would have been an added dynamic. Probably not enough time to incorporate all that.

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Yes, I think Se Ran and MY clashing will be major source of Tragedy in finale. I don't see our leads having happy ending in the end even if they are not siblings.

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Because it was in the moment when Seung Ah barely missed incoming truck, and his first reaction wasn't "look out", "be careful" but rather further aggravating her, so even in the face of danger he played his game with her. I interpreted her "fall for him" as excitement in finding someone who understand the fun in messing with people lives?

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Exactly someone so indifferent that he puts the game first and people don't matter.

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At this point, I honestly have no idea what's going to go down next week. And I also don't know if I want our leads to be together and happy or dead. What a strange feeling.

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@suk Looks like show also messed with us viewers!

We mostly would prefer a happy ending, but we don't think it's possible, so we're going with the least painful option, but we don't know what that is. Or ... we know the ending is supposed to be tragic, so how tragic do we want it to be: ... 1 person dies, 2 die or 3 die or worse... there are survivors continuing in a living death of sorts? 😏

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We must continue to hold onto our hope for a happy ending!

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One thing's for certain: the cat lives.

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😂😂😂

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Happy please.

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This is my prediction list for survival expectancy next week. It's ranged from 1 to 10. Tell me if you agree or disagree with it. 0 means dead. 10 means alive without any threat to face another day. Ranked from highest survival expectancy to lowest.

1. The cat.10/10. This guy's a survivor. He lives to miaow another day.

2. Tak. 10/10. I'm ranking her below the cat because the cat has eight lives more than her.

3. Cho rong 9/10. He's expected to be less lucky than the cat and Tak because he could put himself in harm's way to protect Jin kang. But still, because of his sweetness, and boyish enthusiasm, and uncluttered baggage, I pronounce him second runner-up in The Stars Survival Contest.

4. The doctor. 8/10. He should survive, but he annoys me. So I decided to minus 2 points from his survival expectancy because I don't like him. 😬😬😬😬

5. Jin kook. 8/10. He's going to survive, and live to see what destruction he has wrecked on the lives of others. But he's in a slightly more precarious position than the cat, Tak and Cho rong.

6. Moo Young. 2/10. Highly likely to die to pay for his sins even though the drama has absolved him of them by blaming his flawed character on his childhood.

7. Jin kang. 1/10. I feel that she'll die. The innocent victim dies, while the rest live to feel the pain of her passing, and the agony of her loss. She'll either fling herself off a cliff, or save someone, most probably Moo young, and die.

8. Jang Se ran. 0/10. This evil woman's gonna burn for all her wickedness. She'll probably be murdered by Moo young, or the blank-faced secretary.

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OMG haha what a witty way to talk about death. Thanks for this @yyishere!

I agree- the cat should and must live (plus, we have to take into account her spare lives!) as well as the nice but slightly uninteresting characters.

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My only quibble is with the doctor's placement and odds. He might be living on borrowed time given his clientele. How many other kids did he turn out onto the street or give terrible advice?

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LOLOL! Only with this show (and possibly with Beanies!) can we so cavalierly decide on death priority or life expectancy for each character!

I find I kind of agree with your ranking somehow. The one who feels the most guilty is going to end up surviving to suffer much regret.

If Se Ran takes her game too far, it's true that MY could turn on her.

What fun! Dying to watch the end to see if we're anywhere close with this! 😋 😆

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Dying ... pun intended? 😂

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Actually no pun intended!!! LOLOL!

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Lolol, priceless!

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@yyishere YY,

ROFLMAO at your Vegas odds for character survival. ;-)

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I'm really angry against the psy and Ji Kook. Each other knows a part of the truth. But for stupid reasons (protection and guilt), they kept it and now Moo Young has to ask for help to a psychopath. When I watch the scenes between Moo Young and Se-ran, I want him to crush her later because she's a snake. But in the same time, she gave him answers. Moo Young's charm acts on everybody. It was funny to see that even if Se Ran can't help herself to see him. The wait was long for her and not for him :p

Ji Kook is frustrating. You can see that he's not a bad man but he doesn't understand that who can't protect someone by lying. He tried to hide the truth to Ji Kang and it made him to stab Moo Young. Now the truth is out, he just accepted to be killed. At least, he knows that he was wrong when he accused Moo Young to be evil, it was just his own guilt.

It's sad how Moo Young has to discover his past piece by piece and alone.

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My confession for this episode. I don't understand this girl JK, again.
Why is she so happy around MY when her brother just stabbed the guy? Feel a little awkward, just to be like a human girl.
Was she just pretending to be happy like she is so used to do? Even when MY tells her "YOU are just YOu to me" nothing seems to sink home for her. If that was pretending it was like she was an actress, so it's actually a mistake isn't it?
Also, the same question I'm going to ask the next episode. Why does JG feel so guilty???

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All along I’ve seen JinKang as someone who doesn’t hold a ruler still for her loved ones, she moves it for them. In a way, she’s very much like the brother who raised her. She doesn’t hold the persons she love accountable for doing wrong — like how she just forgave MY for all the awful things he did once she realized she loved him. He didn’t even admit he did wrong, so not like he repented sincerely and asked for forgiveness. This girl...🤦🏻‍♀️... just doesn’t uphold principles.

JinKang has been living in a cocoon spitted by her brother. She drowns herself in gratitude and filial piety. In a Confuciun society like Korea, you can’t hold a grudge on your father (or any parental figure). She feels bad that her brother stabbed MY, but she also understands he did it out of worries for her, and for that alone she can forgive him. Her upset wasn’t that Jinkook stabbed someone, but that MY was hurt. And since MY hasn’t shown his true grudge for that stabbing, she can willfully believe that he has moved on.

Since some time has passed after the stabbing, and MY didn’t show any residual hatred towards her brother for a while, I think it’s normal that she didn’t understand his words when he said “you are just you”. It was out of the blue. I think that she’s curious of what he said, but she’s quite accustomed to him not opening up immediately, so she’s not in a rush to get that answer. It’s really becoming their way of communicating — when he’s ready he’ll tell me.

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like how she just forgave MY for all the awful things he did once she realized she loved him.
Ok, I detest people who do that. Maybe that's why I dislike her quite a lot. It's the extreme selfishness of this attitude, to just forgive them, even if they don't repent or change, just because it's easier. Who cares about the people they wronged? It's like as long as these people say they don't agree with the bad deed, it's fine to forget about them.

This girl just doesn’t uphold principles.
And just because it's done in the name of love, nobody cares. :)

Her upset wasn’t that Jinkook stabbed someone, but that MY was hurt. And since MY hasn’t shown his true grudge for that stabbing, she can willfully believe that he has moved on.
Ok, this part is hard to believe for me. Even understanding all the filial piety thing, I mean, there is room for morals. I remember all the nice family in Father is Strange being outraged when a very loving father confessed some of his sins of the past. So it's not just cultural. Even giving her a large room for her gratitude issues, still, she could forgive the brother and still have the decency to feel a bit of shame near MY.
I still think she should have either made the connection or asked about the reason he said that part.
Again, thanks for always trying to explain these terrible characters to me ehhehehe. This drama is better for this.
Next on my list is Jin Gook! Why does he feel so much guilt? If that belongs in ep 14 recap I can ask again there. :)

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Father is Strange is just a totally different kind of drama, where they try to make characters righteous and subtly preach morals to the audience. Still, I think there are probably more JinKangs out in the world than MiYeongs, unfortunately.

Haha, not explaining, more like trying to find my own answers to these characters from a writer’s pov. Surly if all characters were simply goody-two-shoes we would be too bored to even discuss. I won’t like these people in real life but I find them interesting in dramas.

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Father is Strange is just a totally different kind of drama, where they try to make characters righteous and subtly preach morals to the audience.
Yes, but that's exactly my point, if the close family from FAS could rebel against a loving father in a weekend drama, I expect a lot more independence from the characters in week drama of realistic setting.
I think your way of understanding the drama is pretty close to what the PD expects from the audience. It's my feeling. For example, you're not overprotective about the OTP but still manages to care about them. I find their situation interesting but some of the plot went too far with the doctor and JG acting in strange ways so it became less realistic so I don't find it as great as before the car accident. But I still like to discuss it! :)

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I think, for me, this episode was a showcase of Seo In Guk’s acting. Nothing surprising was revealed because we saw most of the clues in the earlier episodes. Although we viewers already have an idea of the truth, the characters eventually have to face it. Seo In Guk is really really the life of this dreadful drama. Yes it’s written with enough complexity to be interesting, but any lesser actor won’t do the script justice. His face when he saw that angel on the roof was priceless. I felt a rush of emotions into his body despite him barely moving a muscle on his face. His acting ability has reached beyond my expectations, and I had high expectations. In all his dramas I can remember a few specific scenes where I need to rewatch many times to fully revere his talent. I still remember how he wept of joy when he embraced Bok Nam in SKL after thinking he died in his place. This episode is one that I will rewatch over and over again. Frankly I enjoy watching these solo pivotal moments over the sweet fluffy ones, because the challenge it gives an actor is so worthy of savoring.

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I totally agree with you, sph_7 about Seo In Guk here. I also was completely blown away with his acting in Shopping King Louis with scenes like the one you mention, and others. How someone can take on a role in a drama that is essentially a comedy (of some sort) and put so much raw emotion into it is just amazing. That drama (Shopping King Louis) is the only drama where I picked up a number of Korean words and phrases simply because Seo In Guk's acting was so passionate that it transcended any language barrier. No translation was needed. He truly is an incredibly talented actor and I do hope that S Korea appreciates what they have in him.

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Your appreciation for Seo In Guk warms my heart. He is one of the most underrated actors in Korea and it hurts my soul he isn't more popular.

The difference between Moo Young and Louis is so striking you would think a different person was in each drama. Love, love, love him.

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There are three kinds of actors.

1. Those who act like they are acting. (about 10-15% of actors)
2. Those who act like the character. (about 80 -85% of actors)
3. Those who become the character. (about 5% of actors)

Seo In Guk is #3.

That being said, this drama is going to break my heart. It is already hurting my soul. Tragedy is the ending for this drama, SIGH, but I will watch it until the end.

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and that is why despite MY's flaws (and JK's as well), I cant help but root for them.

Sure MY has to be called to account for being so diffident about everybody's life (including his own), he also showed a penchant for those who were being bullied (Yuri), hapless (dear Cat) and caught out in awkward situations (JK).

and i think i can forgive JK for forgiving her bro and MY for their excesses. I see it as her unconditionally loving them and strangely enough, because of her unquestioning support, they themselves will hold themselves to account.

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"He broke in."
"HE BROKE IN, OMG, THAT IS TERRIFYING. HE IS THE WORST."
Um, Tak, you're talking to a guy who has murdered one person and attempted to murder another.
*sigh*

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Thank you for recapping, @teriyaki! Se-ran is an even bigger piece of work than her late brother. Sheesh! Moo-young picked a doozy to ask for a favor.

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Hi! First of all thaks for the recaps, I found dramaland recently and I love this site.
What I wanted to ask was if anyone could tell me the name of the gadget that Jin-kang uses to take their commemorative photos after he is fired. Thanks anyways
Love xoxo

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