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Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Episode 15

Faced with an improbable coincidence, Moo-young takes on an unbearable burden to protect the one person he loves most, Jin-kang. But the more that he tries to insulate her, the more deeply he wounds her. Pushed to desperation and with his judgement is clouded by emotions, our tortured protagonist makes a major mistake that endangers both himself and the woman who loves him.

 
EPISODE 15: “Please don’t do this”

Jin-kang wanders outside when Moo-young doesn’t return from the pharmacy and finds a bag with first-aid supplies hanging on the doorknob.

Se-ran answers the pounding on her door to find Moo-young drenched in sweat, breathing hard. When Moo-young shoves her inside and demands, “Tell me the important thing that I don’t know,” Se-ran confirms his suspicions, “Yoo Jin-kang is your biological, younger sister…” She trembles with delight as Moo-young staggers away, stunned.

Jin-kang dresses her burn and then texts Moo-young to return home quickly. Moo-young’s steps are leaden as walks home and he has to steady himself when he’s overwhelmed by memories of Jin-kang — there’s the time that she jumped into his arms when he confessed that he wanted to be born again, their cozy meals at his place and the fun that they had together just hours earlier at the amusement park. Moo-young falls to the ground where sobs overtake him, but he manages to get back on his feet and wills himself to keep walking.

Asleep on Moo-young’s couch, Jin-kang wakes when Moo-young returns, but he ignores her questions to ask for her key. Assuming that Moo-young must have lost his, Jin-kang returns it, only to have Moo-young matter-of-factly declare, “We’re done here. Let’s put an end to this.”

It takes a few seconds for Jin-kang to comprehend what Moo-young means and she follows him outside, convinced that he’s joking. When his expression doesn’t change, Jin-kang takes Moo-young’s hand and asks what happened in the four hours since he left. Moo-young pulls it away and coldly replies, “You don’t get it? You got dumped by me.”

Jin-kang argues, “I’ve seen that look on your face a lot. When you’re forcing yourself to insist on something that isn’t true. When you’re hurt. So tell me. What happened to you? Who hurt you that badly?”

Moo-young takes his rejection to the next level, “I said, you got dumped…Did you think you were special? Don’t you remember Seung-ah? You’re the same as her to me.” The mention of Seung-ah’s name angers Jin-kang, who grabs her things and leaves.

After Jin-kang storms off, Moo-young tries to steady himself but ends up falling to the floor just inside his door. Hurt and confused, Jin-kang cries all the way home while Moo-young tries to return her key to his keyring. When his hands are shaking so badly that he can’t manage it, Moo-young breaks down again and sobs in grief. Once Jin-kang gets home, she falls onto her bed as Moo-young’s words sink in.

Later that night, Moo-young boxes up all of his mementos of Jin-kang, including the cat-doll that they bought. Moo-young recalls all of the hurtful things that he said to Jin-kang as he fingers her cat keyring and then closes the lid and hides everything from sight.

In the morning, as Moo-young prepares to leave, he notices the framed photo of him and Jin-kang at Namsan Tower. Moo-young removes the photo from the frame and is about to add it to the box, but he can’t bear to part with it and shoves it into his jacket instead.

Outside, Moo-young finds Jin-kang waiting for him, but he ignores her and as he walks away, Jin-kang protests, “I know you’re lying…You told me not to leave even if you said that you hated me.” Jin-kang’s words remind Moo-young of the night that she promised not to leave him, no matter what he told her, but he forces himself to respond, “Aren’t you going to work? You want to be fired on top of this?” As he walks away, Jin-kang begs Moo-young to help her understand what happened.

Moo-young visits Se-ran to ask if her job offer is still open and when he learns that it is, he asks to start right away. Later, Se-ran watches Moo-young take part in a marketing meeting and confesses to her secretary that she was able to get him to come to her after she found the key.

That night, Moo-young arrives home and finds Jin-kang in the same spot where he left her, shivering in the cold. He starts to take off his jacket to give to her, but remembers himself in time to walk past her indifferently.

Jin-kang grabs Moo-young’s hand and asks him to tell her the reason for the breakup, because of what they once meant to each other. When Moo-young snatches his hand away and then goes inside and locks her out, Jin-kang pounds on the door, pleading through her sobs, “Moo-young. Please don’t do this to me.”

Moo-young rocks on the couch with his ears covered as Jin-kang continues to beg him to talk to her. Unable to bear it anymore, Moo-young calls Jin-kook and simply tells him, “Come get your sister.”

Jin-kook races to Moo-young’s place and finds Jin-kang mumbling for Moo-young. She tries to tell Jin-kook that there’s something wrong with Moo-young, but he yells at her to get up. When Jin-kang can’t stay on her feet, Jin-kook carries her home on his back while Moo-young sits inside alone and cries.

A smartly dressed Moo-young pauses when he sees Jin-kook in the neighborhood pharmacy buying cold medicine for Jin-kang. He continues on his way but stops when Jin-kook calls out his name. Jin-kook commends him for breaking up with Jin-kang only to be told to be sure to keep her away from Moo-young.

At NJ Group, Se-ran signs the paperwork making Moo-young the CEO of the new pub, Angel’s Tear. Se-ran can’t contain her delight and goads her secretary into asking about the key that she found to control Moo-young.

Se-ran pulls out Moo-young’s family registry and explains that she got the idea to make Moo-young believe that he and Jin-kang are biological siblings. The night that Moo-young showed up at Se-ran’s home, demanding to know what she knew, Se-ran followed a hunch and claimed that Jin-kang was his younger sister. She describes how Moo-young’s arrogant eyes were filled with despair and admits, “What should I do? I’m so thrilled.”

At home, Jin-kook sets down some porridge for Jin-kang while he checks her for a fever. When Jin-kook returns for the porridge, he finds a crumpled piece of paper that’s been taped together and recognizes Moo-young’s childhood drawing.

Jin-kook takes the drawing outside for a better look and is reminded of the day that he killed Moo-young’s father. Jin-kook stood in the middle of Moo-young’s house in shock until Chief Lee, who was his junior back then, announced it was time to leave.

When Jin-kook turned to go, he found the freshly drawn picture on the kitchen table and broke down at the sight of the once happy family. Later, he visited Moo-young in the emergency room and left the drawing with the sleeping boy.

As he turned to leave, Jin-kook saw little Jin-kang, who was also asleep with her blanket kicked off. When Jin-kook tucked her back in, there was something about the little girl that lifted his spirits. The image of little Jin-kang sleeping in the ER that day is replaced with one of the grown Jin-kang asleep in her room, deathly pale.

Getting the pub ready for its opening keeps Moo-young busy all day, but after all the contractors are gone, he sits in the deserted space and thinks about Jin-kang. He recalls wanting to offer her his jacket when he found Jin-kang waiting for him in the cold. Moo-young then remembers Jin-kook’s trip to the pharmacy to purchase medicine for Jin-kang, and it looks as if he has to fight the temptation to go to her.

When Moo-young leaves, he finds Se-ran waiting to hand over keys to a new car that she picked out for him. Se-ran asks Moo-young if he needs anything else, such as a new home, and when he answers, “I should sleep at my real home, shouldn’t I,” she wonders if that means that everything else is fake.

Jin-kook drops Jin-kang off at work and reminds her, “Colds always go away… No matter how bad it is, it always goes away after a while,” but he’s not really talking about her cold. Jin-kook sends Jin-kang off to work with a smile, which disappears as she trudges away.

At the office, the first piece of news that So-yeon shares is about the new pub that Moo-young is opening. She also informs Jin-kang that CEO Hwang is upset that they weren’t awarded the new account.

Jin-kang goes outside to sit on the stairs, unaware that Moo-young is just out of sight, watching her. Jin-kang closes her eyes as she takes in the news that Moo-young accepted Se-ran’s offer to manage Angel’s Tear.

Jin-kang makes an effort to perk up when CEO Hwang and So-yeon join her. CEO Hwang promises to forgive Jin-kang since she’s been sick and when Jin-kang laughs with her colleagues, Moo-young smiles.

That night, Moo-young runs into Jin-kang outside of the convenience store. He walks towards his new car and when Jin-kang stares at him, he asks if she wants to see it. Wordlessly, Jin-kang continues on her way and Moo-young stares at her retreating figure in the rearview mirror as he drives off.

Jin-kang’s voice explains how she tries to convince herself that everything is over and that she had the wrong idea about Moo-young all along, while Moo-young looks longingly at the rice cooker in his kitchen. It turns out that Jin-kang is talking to Dr. Yang, and she confesses that no matter what she does, she can’t convince herself that Moo-young is the worst person in the world.

When Jin-kang asks about Moo-young, Dr. Yang explains that someone as smart and sensitive as Moo-young would find the world a strange place and shares a personal story to prove his point. Dr. Yang recalls reuniting with Moo-young at the lake, where the boy asked why he released the fish that he caught. Dr. Yang told him it was so they could return to their families and after that exchange, Moo-young silently watched Dr. Yang fish every day for a week.

One day, Moo-young didn’t appear until late in the day, when he showed up carrying a dead fish. It was then that Dr. Yang realized, “The child was criticizing me. ‘You pretend to be a good person and release the fish…but the fish all died because of you.'” Dr. Yang explains to Jin-kang, “I didn’t know that I was actually hurting them. From that day on, I quit fishing.”

As Jin-kang walks home, she thinks about something else that Dr. Yang shared — during their visit to his orphanage, the nun asked Moo-young about Jin-kang and was told, “She’s someone I want to impress.” Dr. Yang impressed upon Jin-kang that he and the nun agreed, “If Moo-young, who couldn’t open his heart to anyone, happens to love this place even a little, it’s probably because he met you.”

When Jin-kang looks up, she sees Moo-young’s new pub and approaches to peer inside. Se-ran walks up and invites Jin-kang inside, where she mentions how hard it must be to deal with being dumped. Se-ran offers her help, since she knows quite a bit about Moo-young and Jin-kang.

Moo-young returns and sees Jin-kang with Se-ran from the upper floor. Before he can reach them, Se-ran suggests that Jin-kang may want to ask Jin-kook about what happened between him and Moo-young twenty-five years ago, since it has something to do with her.

When Moo-young reaches their table, Jin-kang asks to speak with him but he explains that she can say what she has to say in front of Se-ran. After Jin-kang leaves in anger, Moo-young asks Se-ran, “What did you two talk about?”

On the bus ride home, Jin-kang can’t stop thinking about Se-ran’s hint that something happened between Jin-kook and Moo-young. She meets with So-jung to get some answers, but So-jung tries to laugh off her questions until Jin-kang confesses that she’s known since high school that she isn’t Jin-kook’s biological sister.

Jin-kang believes that the answer to why Jin-kook hates Moo-young has something to do with what happened in their past. Jin-kang gasps in shock when So-jung finally tells her the truth — Moo-young’s father didn’t commit suicide, Jin-kook killed him in self-defense.

After Moo-young drives Se-ran home, she teases that he must be very curious and suggests that if he joins her upstairs, she might tell him what she said to his sister. Inside, Se-ran reveals that she urged Jin-kang to ask Jin-kook about what happened twenty five years ago, since it involves her.

Moo-young quietly realizes, “You have no intention of stopping, do you?” Se-ran asks why she should stop when the game has gotten so fun, which prompts Moo-young to confess his regrets about getting involved with her just because he was angry with Jin-kook.

Moo-young admits, “I thought that I would be the only one left broken by this.” Se-ran’s expression hardens when he admits, “I made a mistake. I beg of you. Leave those people alone.”

Moo-young returns the key to his car and walks away, even though Se-ran orders, “Stop right there.” He has his hand on the door handle when Se-ran threatens to call Jin-kang if Moo-young opens the door.

With no choice, Moo-young returns and once Se-ran realizes how much he loves Jin-kang, she gives in to her anger. Se-ran picks up her phone and in a sing-song voice, she holds an imaginary conversation with Jin-kang, “Moo-young says he loves you. He’ll love you until the day he dies. You want to know why he dumped you when he loves you so much? Because he’s your brother.”

Moo-young pauses near the sideboard and opens a drawer as Se-ran continues, “Don’t tell me you slept together without knowing any of it.” As she exclaims, “Oh, my. Did you really,” Moo-young points Se-ran’s gun at her and fires three shots. With Se-ran dead, Moo-young walks out in a daze, the gun still in his hand.

Multiple police vans are dispatched while Cho-rong runs to find Jin-kook. Reports of Se-ran’s murder hit the airwaves and just after she gets home, Jin-kang gets a call from So-yeon. Jin-kang turns on the television to a news report that Se-ran was shot to death by her business partner and recognizes Moo-young in the accompanying CCTV footage, even though his face is blurred.

Jin-kook gets home just as Jin-kang is about to leave and she weeps inconsolably while insisting that Moo-young could never do such a thing. Jin-kang becomes hysterical when Jin-kook holds her back, ignoring her pleas to let her go to Moo-young.

When So-jung meets Jin-kook outside his house to insist that he ask for protection, Jin-kang races to Moo-young’s place, only to find it being emptied by police officers. The box with her keepsakes is outside and when Jin-kang sees that the photo from Namsan Tower is missing, she runs off clutching the empty frame.

As she’s about to leave, So-jung considers telling Jin-kook that Jin-kang knows that she’s not his real sister, but she decides against it. After So-jung’s taxi pulls away, Jin-kook gets a call from an unfamiliar number — it’s Moo-young, who’s calling from a phone booth.

Jin-kook jumps into a taxi and is dropped off at the temple where Moo-young’s parents were laid to rest. When Jin-kook runs inside, Moo-young emerges from his hiding place and the two men face one another.

 
COMMENTS

I found this episode to be filled with misery, followed by more misery, ending in a tragedy born of desperation. What that doesn’t describe is how brilliantly Seo In-gook and Jung So-min embodied the pain and grief that consumed Moo-young and Jin-kang as their love fell victim to a shameful taboo. Unfortunately, my last shred of hope for a happy ending died along with Se-ran, because after killing an heiress, Moo-young is a dead man walking, just like his father once was.

To be honest, the life left both Moo-young and Jin-kang when they broke up. The only motivation that Moo-young has left is his desire to protect Jin-kang, even if it is from a distance, because he believes that she’s his sister. Jin-kang has all but lost the will to live without Moo-young, but she’s determined to keep her promise to stay by his side no matter what he says, even though the effort may truly kill her. Moo-young’s collapse when he accepted that he’d been involved with his sister was wrenching and I couldn’t help but cry along with Jin-kang as she wailed for Moo-young. It was obvious that every cell in her body was awash in heartbroken grief. Even though the performances were exceptional, they were hard to watch.

Gutted by the belief that his love for Jin-kang is incestuous, Moo-young decided that she could never know the truth and be forced to live with the same shame that he feels. Moo-young unknowingly follows Jin-kook’s example of trying to prevent anything unsavory from touching Jin-kang, even though it already has. As usual, Jin-kang suffers from not knowing the truth, which may or may not be accurate since Se-ran confessed that she made up the brother/sister connection between Moo-young and Jin-kang just to break Moo-young. Drunk with her newfound power, Se-ran can’t keep herself from pushing Moo-young over the edge, and she pays the price with her life.

After killing Se-ran, Moo-young has painted himself into a corner and I don’t see a way out for him. How, or if, Moo-young’s crime impacts Jin-kang’s love for him remains to be seen, but like Dr. Yang, she’s knows him well enough to understand that Moo-young is suffering after what he did. The only place where Jin-kang has known peace and happiness is at Moo-young’s side, in spite of the objections of Jin-kook and others. Now that Moo-young needs Jin-kang more than ever, will she find a way to return to him, and does she even want to?

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Oh God, all these senseless tragedies...

I'm kinda mad that the writer turned Moo-young into a murderer for someone as "unimportant" as Jang Se-ran. I mean, I can see that happen in all its tragic glory if he hurt Jin-kook. It would be something personal, painful, devastating, yet still make sense. But this... Ugh, I don't know what else to say.

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I think Se-ran is the right person to have Moo Young kill in this story (if he has to kill someone) because, as Yu-ri mentions from jail, Moo Young only hurts bad people. Moo Young does not consider Jin-Kook a bad person. Also, the murder of Se-ran is FAR more likely to get Moo Young the death penalty than killing Jin-Kook (even though Jin-Kook is police) because of the history between the two. With Se-ran, the CEO father will use his power and his money to make certain the death penalty is given to Moo Young should he ever turn himself in and confess. This way, it makes more sense to end tragically the way it did because there really are no alternatives.

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Quote: "Moo Young only hurts bad people"

I like MY in the sense that he is a very fascinating character, and his love for JK was beautiful despite who he is. However I have to disagree with your statement here. MY hurt Seung Ah for no reason, besides being bored and she was pretty and sheltered, so she peaked his interest, and he heartlessly and remorselessly toyed with her and in the process destroyed her life.

Yuri also was a broken person, she was messed up but she was not bad... she was simply someone who was vulnerable and had some serious issues. MY also messed with her life.

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Oh yes, you are right and I do need to clarify that. But that quote is using the words of Yuri from prison (if I read a correct translation). I had need to comment more on just that thing... (Seung Ah not being bad) and somehow lost it when I thought I had sent it. In that, I had mentioned that she was likely collateral damage since Moo Young was really after the ex boyfriend. I don't really think MY had intention to hurt Seung Ah in the beginning, I think he was just going to mess with her and see where it went. Who knows? He may have even hoped a real relationship would start. But it didn't, at least not for him. I think it got out of hand with Seung Ah making more of the relationship than it was and he tried to split with her. He stopped answering her calls or texting back to her which to most people should signal a real problem in a relationship. But then the ex boyfriend started doing things like having MY beat up and insulting Jin Kang, MY went back to playing the game, which included bringing Seung Ah back into it. Messing with someone's life is one thing, but both Seung Ah and Yuri made decisions on their own. MY is not to blame for making the decisions for them.... he influenced them, but he did not make those decisions. The girls did. As far as Yuri not being bad.... well, she DID murder someone. I'm not saying she's bad either, but.... of the people in this drama who have killed someone, I am not sure any of them are actually "bad" (except maybe for that last guy who murdered as part of his job)

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Yoori never said that. Which episode are u referring to?

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to sph_7 it is ep 16 at about 28 or 29 minutes in. According to viki translations, Yuri says "Oppa doesn't touch anyone who hasn't done anything bad." JK is in a taxi remembering what Yuri had just told her.

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The Viu translation is “at least he doesn’t harm those who did nothing to him”. I think that’s different than only hurting bad people. The later makes him sound sorta righteous and really isn’t true. He didn’t kill JinKook because of JinKang, not because he’s a good guy.

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I think killing JSR on the spur of the moment fits in with MY's personality. He's quite erratic and impulsive, especially when he's riled-up.

I'm more frustrated with MY taking her words at face value.

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Yeah I was more frustrated that he trusted a fox like her without confirming things with JG first💔

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Why would he confirm anything with JG? MY at that point didn't trust JG, also JG had stabbed him. So why would MY trust that JG will ever be honest with him?

Also MY didn't trust Seran, MY had already determined based on his own memories (which were correct, however some details were missing from his memories) that JK was his younger sister. Seran only confirmed (played along) with what MY already knew or thought he knew. So no, MY didn't trust Seran, but in that moment when he was reeling from the shock of his own discovery, Seran simply confirmed it for her own gain (or she thought she would gain him if MY separated himself from JK).

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I'd have to disagree on the JG here. If anyone keeps my sister away from me knowingly for 25 years I will hunt him down and ask him! At that point in time MY had already come to terms with his fathers killing.

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I Dont think MY doesn't trust JG, HE already Know The truth about JG being his father killed at this time, all he had to was Ask which Will happened in episode 16 and Its Already Too late By then.

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@RenOlshi and @namidajanai

I guess I am just trying to make sense of MY's reactions of JG's character, and JG's character as a whole as well (because he makes no sense). This was one major weakness of the drama... JG's character, and MY's uncharacteristic/out-of-sync magnanimity with JG (despite everything JG did to him, and I'm not talking about his father).

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I don’t think she’s unimportant. Any acquaintance can drastically change another person’s life in a moment. She’s done more than a few things to impact MooYoung. We’ve been told throughout the drama that MooYoung can take people’s lives, just not by his own hands.

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Thanks for a great recap as always @teriyaki!

I wouldn’t put it better than you, the way you described SIG’s and JSM’s acting in this episode. I have to say the scene where she wailed and begged him to open the door was one of the most difficult scene I’ve ever watched in k-dramas. It was such an emotionally powerful scene and I can’t praise their acting enough.

We all knew this drama wasn’t going to be happy from the start... and the moment MY pulled the trigger he just sealed the fate of the drama.

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It was painful seeing her begged and him hurting during that scene, it was so filled with emotions, my heart breaks so much during that scene and when he mustered up the courage to msg JG to take her away, it was only a day ago they were together, the fact that jk was left in the dark and not knowing what the hell was going on was so sad. She knows he is lying but she can't figure out the why, she knows he is hurting but can't fathom why because there were lovey dovey the day before, my heart aches for her💔😭

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I felt the same way watching JK wailing. YES, so painfully powerful. That scene reminds me to another wailing that feels raw too, Kim Go eun when GY disappeared in front of her on Goblin

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After the utter shite of 12-14, this was a fantastic episode. I thought the way the show dealt with the fallout of the "discovery" was powerful and tragic. I just wish some of the character beats they used to get here weren't so off.

Ziggy was just extraordinary in this episode - truly amazing.

If there is any sour note in this, it's the awful Tak character. She really is the worst.

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We shall not mention Tak.

She seriously is the worst friend for JG. Always enabling him without giving him a realty-check.

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Enabler is the word I've used for her too. She's nothing but a cheerleader. Does she even do any work in that police station? Or just service the male characters' emotional needs while judging Jin-kang?

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She is after the D! I hope she never gets it!

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lol! That made me laugh

I will say that JG was a flat character in this version, and Tak was just there (her character felt like cardboard, one-dimensional). Cho Rong was also just there, like Tak.

The characters that shone were: MY and JK (SIG and JSM outdid themselves acting-wise here). Honestly it is their raw love and attachment to each other, that really made this drama so memorable. I will also say that I felt that Yuri, Seung Ah, and even Seung Ah's crazy fiance did a good job as well... they were more dynamic and interesting than Tak and Cho Rong. These characters had a purpose, unlike Tak and Cho Rong who were just there.

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I have decided to put some of the blame of JK's ignorance on herself. She has known (and suffered) for quite a long time that she isn't JG blood-related sister. Yet she decided to wait with her questions... Well, I get that when she is 15... but now she is in her late 20s. How much more ready does she think she is going to get? I don't think I would have had the patience had I found out such a huge secret.

Much of her (and our) misery stems from her not knowing things, yet she never took action to directly ask JG about it. She didn't know that it involved his biggest shame in life, she was just afraid for her own circumstances. But I had the feeling during the entire run of the show that she was ready for the knowledge. So why didn't she ask? *cries silent frustrated tears*

So much heartache could have been avoided.

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I guess she thought it might hurt him. She never confronts anyone or anything really, which honestly, is the reason I disliked her quite a lot.

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Any issues I may have with the plot, logically or otherwise, are completely washed away by the strength of the acting in this episode- especially SIG, JSM and the actress who plays Se Ran, who I think has delivered a really unique take on a pyschopath character.

Moo Young crying on the bridge and Jin Kang wailing for him outside were truly heart-wrenching and tough to watch. I usually can't stand the Romeo and Juliet trope, but their performances completely sold me on the idea that these are two people who cannot live without each other. Clearly there was a price to pay for 5 episodes of pure OTP goodness!

(On a shallow note, I usually can't stand turtlenecks but SIG brooding in a white turtleneck jumper looking like he's filming a CF has shown me the light lol)

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Clearly there was a price to pay for 5 episodes of pure OTP goodness😅So true, I knew that a storm will come after all that goodness that I was so afraid for the OTP because the heartbreak is about to get real however I can't help but wish they didn't have to hurt this much it was painful to watch.💔😭somin and inguk did an awesome job kudos to them for an amazing heartbreaking scene, I can feel their pain through their potrayal💔

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My only gripe with this episode is with prolonged scenes of MY being mean to JK. Obviously it was what everyone here predicted but this scenes were so long and so mean, it made me really uncomfortable.

Otherwise I liked this turning tables on MY and how he crumble under SeRan manipulations, it was like watching train going off the rails, too late to change anything or stop on time.

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Him being mean has always been a mask to hide his true feelings, JK sees right through him and it must have been so frustrating for her not knowing why he was pretending to be mean. It sucks since she knows he is masking something and yet she doesn't know why, that must have hurt her more because he couldn't trust her enough to tell her the truth with what's hung on with him💔

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I’ll just think that their performance was too good for the director to say cut. 😂 Personally it didn’t seem long for me. I enjoyed every second watching them act, so realistically.

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Yes, they are so good, that it was very real, that why it make me so uncomfortable, his words cut really deep, and yes, you can say sorry but you can't take thinks back, and the fact it suppose to be for her own good, it feel icky for PD to drag it on. It just gave me flashback to various dating violence incident someone close to me was a victim, and I no longer could take as just a fiction.

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At last MY the great manipulator truly lost this ‘game’. We all felt the grief and misery they all went through. There is no coming back for MY and sadly the only innocent person in all this, JK, will suffer along :( The little world they built for themselves all game crashing down when MY picked up that gun.

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OMG ..i cant believe moo young actually murdered se-ran...moo young now u r a criminal..what a shame 😥😥

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What a powerful episode with tour de force performances from SIG and JSM!

They key takeaway from this episode is that karma is indeed a beach- what goes around will definitely come around, and in many instances in ways both cruel and unimaginable. MY the player finally gets his comeuppance from a fellow player in the cruelest, yet also saddest, way possible. JSR, too was dealt a fatal blow, but I don't really care about her haha. I wish the show didn't turn MY into a murderer, I really wish that he didn't pull the trigger, I really wish he didn't get his anger the better of him AGAIN; but the more I think about it, the more logical this sequence seems to be.

On a sidenote, I have to agree with @shach. There was really no need to prolong those scenes of MY being all mean to JK. I felt so, so bad for JK, but for MY, too. Those scenes are too agonizing to rewatch, tbh. Loved that scene when MY secretly watched JK from afar. Heartbreaking when he smiled while watching her light up with her friends and his expression changed in an instant when reality (which wasn't really) hit him again.

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My heart ached so badly for Moo Young this episode. He was so heartbroken and disgusted by the fact that his father was a murderer so for him to become one was just awful. And that scene with Jin Kang banging on the door broke me it was acted soooo beautifully.

What irked me about this episode though, despite how great it was, is that Moo Young is too smart to have made the decisions that he did here. Se Ran is clearly psychotic so why he just took her word and didn't ask any questions or even for proof boggled my mind. He ruined his life for something he didn't even bother checking was true and to me at least it seemed not only so unlike him but also incredibly stupid. Maybe I was supposed to believe that his grief was too much and he wasn't thinking clearly but I don't.

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He should have gone to JG. I don’t know why he didn’t. It did not seem like MY at all! Such a smart person not checking the facts.

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I didn't have a problem with this because she was just confirming what he though he already knew. It's his memory (and the drawing) that he is trusting here, not Se Ran. He's also clearly been consistently thrown off kilter by all these different revelations about his past and is emotionally vulnerable for once ("I want to be born again.")

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Yeah that’s right too. My heart :(

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Yeah initially I had the same qualm, too- that it was so unlike smart MY to not do fact checking. BUT, yeah, he relied too much on his returning memories and the drawing that he only went to SeRan for confirmation. What he also failed to realize was that his memories aren't exactly too reliable, too. But let's spare MY the blame here. He was under too much emotional distress already. If we were in his shoes, it would also have been difficult for us to think clearly.

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Agree. His memory and his feelings drew that conclusion, not SeRan’s words. At this point in time he hated Jinkook too much so not asking him was understandable. He should’ve gotten tested but... I believe the outcome will be the same. He’ll kill SeRan whether for messing with JinKang or for playing him.

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He never hated JG, the guy stabbed him and he forgave him almost in the same instant. I know he did it because of JK, but there was more to it, almost like he respected him. When MY was angry at someone he planned revenge. Besides JG wasn't the only source of information.

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@lixie He didn’t hate him for the stab, but for killing his dad, yet not for the actual killing, but he hated the fact he lived through 25years believing his dad was a cop, who actually is the person he should resent. He just suppressed all that for JinKang’s sake. So no, he wouldn’t want to ask Jinkook given other options.

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Yeah the what ifs of this situation is a plenty💔

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I think that he just didn't saw her as a real threat, just another rich bored lady who fall for him, who in the end do his bidding and will be outsmarted by him.

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He knew almost nothing about the kid. He would never have done it. He would have to believe that JG, who felt that much guilt about the killing of his murderer father, was also guilty of hiding his sister for 25 years? It would be crazy.

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Did anyone else's heart broke watching this episode, mine sure did, it got shredded into pieces. I hate seran so freaking much for her deceit but I can't help but wish MY would have been smart enough to fact check things with JG before pulling that trigger💔😭
Seo in guk and Jung somin did an awesome job in potraying their hearbreak, it was so hard to watch, and i wanted To shut My ears like MY when JK was banging on The door.
I was hoping The kversion wont follow The jversion By making him a killed but alas They still follow The trope but to think that he killed seran based on a Lie is so frustrating! He wanted To protect JK i get it but he should have just walk away💔Now there's no undoing his crime.

I was seriously hoping that the secretary was the one who killed seran out of jealousy for favoring MY who she barely knew and frame MY for the murder instead.💔I had hope for a happier ending but my hope got dash when he they make MY pulled the trigger.
I hope seran realizes how bloody idiotic of her to make things up at the cost of her life.
This is definitely a melodrama alright pulled all my heartstrings and played with my emotions it was only an episode ago that things were looking good for the couple but then this😭😭😭😭💔💔💔💔. I want to send moo kang couple to a faraway island and stay there before he pulled that trigger. Arghhh the what ifs how can a drama be this good and heartbreaking all at once 🌺

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So we know why Jinkook didn’t bother to break them up. I’ll accept the writer’s decision to take a different path from the original.

Thankfully MooYoung did experience the incest scare — I must be a bit psychotic to love it 😅. Frankly it was my greatest anticipation for this remake when Seo In Guk decided to take this role. How will he portray such repulsive pain? This ain’t a typical barrier for lovers. Simply crying won’t do. When his legs fell numb, when his cry turn nauseous, when life left his body — I first cried with him and then I applauded with excitement. He nailed it, better than I could imagine. Bravo 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻

Also impressive was Jung So Min’s performance. The wailing outside of MooYoung’s home was great. The breakdown when she refused to believe MooYoung would murder was even better.

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Ok, I wasn't going to talk about this.
How will he portray such repulsive pain?
Here is the strange thing. Should he? He was pretty much something very close to a sociopath. I was surprised he cared so much his father was a murderer, so I also didn't understand very much why he would hate the incest so much. It's just too much caring for society's rules, morals and such, doesn't fit him. I chose to believe he was crying because he thought he had to break up with her because SHE would be very upset if she ever found out and he didn't want to hide that from her.

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Valid questions. Realistically we shouldn’t expect a sociopath to have the same moral dilemmas as a normal person. But sociopaths also have a varying degree of thresholds. We know MooYoung wasn’t born with neurological defects. His sociopathy was onset by trauma. Arguably a stimulus of enough intensity can make him feel things.

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Maybe I have different morals? I imagine, if he was ok with cleaning a murder scene, even sort of allowing that murder to happen, if he was able to not feel a thing after girlfriend died after playing his games, even if he never liked her from the start. If he was open about it. If he just watched with a smile as the innocent guy was arrested for murder. It's just too many deaths. That's not a person that would be so flustered because of...incest. Even if I tried to imagine, he would start feeling more after falling in love, he would have more empathy perhaps, his morals, or lack of them, would not change that quickly.

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He never had any emotional attachments to the people he played with earlier. So maybe their deaths to him felt no more than reading a news headline to us. With his father and with JinKang he feels more because he’s emotionally attached to them. Like a sociopath would have deeper concerns towards the better parent or heightened anger when the bad parent is brought up, if domestic violence was the source of onset.

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Also, the writers (original and adaptation) want us to believe he has changed and became susceptible to love and pain. After all, this is drama.🤷🏻‍♀️

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I know he had feelings for them but doesn't these moral standards apply only if you believe in them? Belief is all about the rational part of the mind. I mean, my whole question is, just because he learns to love someone and be loved, that doesn't change his basic moral principles in a few weeks. It didn't even seem like he had any guilt for the death of SR, just about himself, like a good sociopath, selfish to the bone. It's a theory anyway, I'd like if some sociopath expert would come here and tells if they are capable of caring about morals soon after finding true love. :)

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Lixie, I agree with you to a certain extent. He was hurt by the revelation, but his main concern was for JK. He wanted to protect JK from the knowledge that she was in-love with her brother (before he found out that they weren't related). He went as far as to kill Seran, in order to take that secret with him to the grave. He also made no effort to hide the murder, because he wanted JK to see what he was capable of and to hate him, so that it would be easier for her to move on.

I felt that most of his actions (where the viewer goes, why is smart MY doing that?) in the last two eps were to protect JK and insure that she would move on as easily/quickly as possible. Only we know that that didn't work out...

The only action of MY that felt really out of sync with MY's established character, was his interaction with JG in ep 16.

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@sweetsour Yes. To me the only time MY was out of character was when he hugged Jinkook. I was like... okay~ um~ weird~ anyway~😂

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The hug with JG....... I saw that so differently! To me, that hug was beautiful. It was showing JG that he had forgiven him and that he was grateful to him for raising JinKang and trusting that he would continue to care for her and protect her even after Moo Young was "gone." That hug also showed that JinKang had been able to teach him how to be good. Moo Young had learned that JG did in fact search for him and in Moo Young's mind, the feelings he had about his policeman father searching for him transferred over to JG. Honestly, I that hug brought me to tears for what I believe it represented. But that is from ep 16 and we are getting ahead of ourselves again.....

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@zzthorn I don’t question that it meant all the gratitude and stuff MooYoung was feeling. Visually it just didn’t look right. Not the MY we got to know.

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Yes that scene at the bridge was well played by seo in guk, I felt his pain and anger and heartbreak all at once, it was amazing and somin banging on the door and her disbelief that MY could ever be a murderer was so painful to watch.. Great acting from both of them😭❤️

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Cliche as this may sound, honesty is the indeed the best policy! One of my key take away from this show is that (in real life) we should always practice radical candor. We should not assume; that by keeping the other person in the dark would do more harm than good. We can only control what we say, think and feel and allow others to say, think and feel the way they want. If all the characters have been honest from the start such tragedy will not happen.

I know the show is just a fiction yet we can always learn a thing or two from this and apply it in real life. The REEL world could be harsh, but the REAL world could be harsher. (My 2 cents)

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My heart ached so much, because of all the could-have-beens. Moo-young could really change and live a happy life with Jin-kang. Sure, he could still be feeling awkward with the world, but he'll be happily awkward. This is just depressing.

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sadly ending..

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Things that happened in this episode that left me scratching my head

1. The annoying doctor catches fish and then releases them. Like duh???? He was sitting there with a fishing rod, which means that there was a hook, which means that the fish got hooked, and was wounded because of him. If he had used a net, the fish would have been safe. But he used a rod, so he killed the fish the moment he caught them. He's so idiotic, please, someone, anyone, catch him and lock him up. He's a menace, not only to society, but the eco-system.

2. Instead of believing the evil woman, just get a dna test. C'mon, he's supposed to be smart, why believe her when he knows that she's wicked?

Those aside, this was a heartbreaking episode for me. The evil woman's fake dialogue with Jin kang was so deliciously mocking and wicked that it sent chills down my spine. Awesome acting. She was still laughing when she died.

Most memorable quote of the episode :

"From that day on, I stopped fishing."

Fell over laughing.

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While I agree with you on the fishing, it's not uncommon among fishermen. In the US they have to release fish that are the wrong species or size. Others fish for entertainment and release the fish they catch. (It makes more sense to me to just sit by the water.)

The dna test would need another person's dna (like Jin Kang's) to compare. That would mean trying to sneak some dna (and the tests available to the average person usually require a bunch of saliva) or to tell some story about why you need it.

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Your point number 1 is gold... I didn't expect anything like it on this thread, and I had forgotten about the "annoying doctor" but your description had me laughing out loud! Too funny... I can just feel how annoyed you are with him, and you expressed it hilariously. I can't stop laughing...

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Fishing is a past time for many people and they actually do think that releasing the fish is letting them live. Although most don’t think of it as being merciful, just not killing more than you want to eat. If the hook doesn’t break the fish jaw, survival rate is high. When fishers intend to release they take the hook off carefully. If the fish resisted aggressively and broke the jaw before getting reeled in, then it will die in a few days. I don’t think fishers are a menace to ecosystem because they keep the fish population in check. Most fishers know and follow guidelines about what species to kill and what species must be released. I’m not a fisher, but have spoken to fishers in riverside towns when traveling. Nobody should be locked up for fishing.

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Unfortunately most fisherman who catch and release use hooks. It's why I refuse to catch and release. If I fish, it's to eat fish not to torture some poor animal.

But, I agree, the psychiatrist is the worst mental health practitioner in history and a terrible human being too. I still can't get over him abandoning Moo-young like that. What a disgrace.

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The first few minutes of this episode was so hard to watch and the way Jung So Min was screaming his name and Seo In Guk was trying to zone her out was so raw and painful. Those last few minutes in Jung Se Ran’s house was also chilling as his gaze looked like he could kill and when she kept going off I felt he would crack and grab her by the throat but my god I did not think he would shoot her. Call me bad but it was satisfying to watch him shut her up but also devastated cause he f***ed him real bad when he came to her.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGFNGxJ9pZ0 Wrap up party (for those of us having Seo In Guk withdrawal

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I would like to add in this sweetest but must significant fan video moment of Seo In Guk with his fans ~ in here it truly does say a lot about him in person . He’s always so attentive, warm and friendly with his fans , as if they are his treasures .. I hope he’s able to come out with a peaceful and happy heart to greet his fans and start afresh in year 2019 free of shame or pain in hiding due to his military controversy issue . It broke my heart to have heard and read what he has went through . I hope he’s able to recover from depression and if he is still struggling now while at the time when he accepted this dark and tragic melo , I am speechless beyond words . How on Earth is going to cope managing his post feelings after the drama ended ? Earnestly blessing him with all the happiness he deserves and if I could , how I wish I could give this namja a warm HUG telling him everything will be ok and that he can come back with ease now . Here’s the YouTube link for those who is missing Kim Moo Young dearly https://youtu.be/BOlaeg7NiC0

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I really like this drama this the best kdrama ever. The whole cast it great. The chemistry og seo inguk and jung so min. Im gonna miss this drama. And start to watch again from the ep 1. So addicted to this drama. Best drama.

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if only Seran knows how to shut her mouth up, THEN WE WONT HAVE TO SUFFER!! cries

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I have to say that I wanted Moo Young to crush Se Ran. But I wanted him to use his intelligence and skills and not just shoot her with the consequence he was put on the wanted list... She deserved a loooong agony after what she did.

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Thanks for recapping. I agree it was a very painful episode but the unfolding of it was well written. The acting was believable and I still feel it, even reading the recap. Se-ran, the puppet master, got the consequences of the game. MY played similar acts with Seung-Ra and his friend.

I keep thinking where do we go from here?

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Thanks for your recap, @teriyaki. The performances by SIG and JSM were terrific. Given the misery quotient in this episode, I'm glad I waited to binge-watch the show. I would have ended up off my rocker had I live-watched it every week. Doing that with THE THIRD CHARM was masochism enough.

Chaebol heiress is one sick puppy. Hmmm. That's an insult to canines. What a head case. The die was cast when Moo-young shot her the first time. While I can understand why he'd want to make sure she was permanently dead, he should have used a silver bullet. The extra two shots, IMHO, escalated it from an unpremeditated crime of passion and/or temporary insanity (manslaughter) to murder. At least that's what it feels like. I take comfort in the fact that neither she nor her brother apparently had offspring. Incarnating into a family with either of them for a parent is what I call dreadful karma.

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I’m sure I’ll have to dodge some tomatoes but I think we lay way too much of Seung Ah’s demise at Moo Young’s feet. I agree he was partially to blame because he provoked SangWoo(?) but in the end I think he showed that she was not as innocent as we perceived. Similar to His interaction with the doctor when he was a child.

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