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Confession: Episode 1

There’s an air of mystery permeating the show, and it’s fueled by enigmatic characters all hiding their intentions. While events may seem straightforward at first, the show adds small twists which forces the viewers to reevaluate a character’s motivation and behavior. At the center of this tale is a smart attorney who overcomes barriers and fights for his clients… but is that truly who he is?

Note: This is just a first episode recap.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

An inmate receives a visitor request but refuses to go, asking the guard to pass along a message: “Don’t come back.” The rejected visitor is his son CHOI DO-HYUN (Junho).

As heavy snow falls down on a construction site, a construction worker suddenly shouts in fright at the sight of a dead woman inside a sack. The police arrive at the crime scene and find the victim’s clothes burned in a barrel along with a broken bottle. The only thing left unscathed is a purse found away from the rest of the items.

The chief of the violent crimes unit in charge of the case is Detective KI CHOON-HO (Yoo Jae-myung), and he sits lost in thought as the rest of his team grumble at the news report criticizing the police’s lack of progress on the murder case. Despite fifteen days passing, the detectives still have no leads and impatiently wait for the forensic report.

As Choon-ho decides to ask about the results in person, their division receives a call, and all the detectives anxiously hover by the phone. However, the caller is a young man who taunts them for their sluggish pace and inability to catch him. It’s already the fourth call they received from the presumed murderer, and their patience wears thin.

Luckily for the team, the next caller is from the forensic department bearing good news. The fingerprints found on the bag belong to a man named Han Jong-gu, and from the suspect’s age and birth year, it seems the current timeline is around 2014.

The detectives swarm Jong-gu’s home, but he’s outside and notices the officers first. This gives him a head start, but the detectives quickly chase after him. As the chase leads them down a narrow alley, Choon-ho comes flying out from a side path and tackles Jong-gu to the ground, successfully apprehending him.

As the new attorney at the law firm on his probationary period, Do-hyun sits at the end of a table and quickly bolts up when the head of the law firm asks him about his new case. He’s just been appointed as the public defender for the recent construction murder suspect which sends a ripple of murmurs down the room.

During the first trial, Do-hyun states the defendant’s admission of guilt to all charges, but Jong-gu shoots up from his chair and professes his innocence. Due to their conflicting statements, the judge grants Do-hyun more time to settle matters with the defendant, so they adjourn for the day.

Do-hyun meets one-on-one with Jong-gu who claims to have been pressured into signing the confession during the police interrogation. Do-hyun refuses to accept his words at face value and asks him to tell him the truth so he can believe.

Jong-gu recounts the evening of the incident and tells Do-hyun that in his drunkenness, he stopped by the construction site to relieve himself and happened to find the purse on the ground. He admits to stealing the cash inside, but that’s it. Do-hyun wonders why he called the police on multiple occasions then, and Jong-gu confesses to prank calling the police because they seemed so pathetic.

Armed with a different account of the story, Do-hyun visits the crime scene despite his superiors’ ridicules, and once he’s gone, they talk about how he placed first in the exams but can’t be a judge because of his father who’s on death row. At the site, a worker stumbles across Do-hyun fumbling with the door, and after hearing that he’s the attorney, he tells Do-hyun that Jong-gu easily opened the sliding doors during the reenactment which surprised everyone.

Do-hyun stops by Jong-gu’s workplace next, and the guard on duty recognizes Jong-gu, even remembering that a group of detectives came asking about him before. He shows Do-hyun around and slides open a door, much like the one at the construction site.

The trial resumes, and Choon-ho sits on the witness stand. He tells the prosecutor the three pieces of evidence that pointed at Jong-gu as the murderer: 1) his fingerprints found on the victim’s purse, 2) the phone calls made to the police, and 3) his reenactment where he opened the door without hassle.

Do-hyun cross-examines Choon-ho and puts up a photo of Jong-gu’s workplace. According to the guard, Choon-ho and his team came by and after noticing the sliding doors, expressed disappointment. Do-hyun deduces from their reaction that they must have realized their circumstantial evidence was now null. As for the evidence concerning the purse, Do-hyun points out how far it was found in relation to the body.

The next witness is the forensic scientist, and Do-hyun asks him if Jong-gu’s fingerprints were found anywhere else at the crime scene besides the purse. Since everything, including the suspected murder weapon, was burned, no other fingerprints were found, and Do-hyun points out how odd it is that the purse with the fingerprints was left alone.

For his closing statement, Do-hyun calls into question all the evidence laid out by the prosecution and argues that none of them definitively prove Jong-gu is the murderer. He tells the judge that the defendant admits to stealing money and prank calling the police for which he feels remorse, but as for murder, he believes the suspect should be found not guilty.

Choon-ho returns to the station, and the rest of his team fret over the case because if Jong-gu is let go, then the repercussions might fall on them. Their worries become reality when the judge declares Jong-gu not guilty of the murder charge, and in the crowd, the victim’s family cries in frustration.

The news relentlessly attacks the police for their poor investigation of the murder case, and Choon-ho packs up his things since he’s the designated scapegoat for this mess. Though the courts may believe Jong-gu is innocent, Choon-ho disagrees and confronts Do-hyun about letting the murderer go.

Do-hyun calmly tells Choon-ho that he merely did his duties as an attorney, but Choon-ho accuses him of never considering the pain of the victim’s family. He questions Do-hyun’s sense of justice, so Do-hyun retaliates, mentioning the fact that if Jong-gu truly is the murderer as he claims, then the blame should fall on the police for failing to prove his crimes.

Choon-ho brings his face inches to Do-hyun’s and warns him about Jong-gu, but Do-hyun remains expressionless. Choon-ho realizes the futility of his pleas and exasperatedly tells Do-hyun that it’s wrong for him to be able to release a murderer so easily with just a few words.

Five years later. Do-hyun sleeps inside his one-man law firm, but someone knocks incessantly at his door. He gets up to check on the noise and finds Journalist HA YOO-RI (Shin Hyun-bin) outside. He closes the door in her face, but she continues knocking until he lets her in.

Once inside, she plops down on the couch and fetches two beers from her bag to share. Do-hyun refuses since she’s already roaring drunk, but Yoo-ri bargains with him: if he figures out what she just did, then she’ll leave. As soon as she finishes her sentence, Do-hyun correctly guesses that she turned in her resignation letter. Though he tries to kick her out, Yoo-ri buries herself into his couch and falls asleep.

A woman in a yellow coat walks alone down the street when a stranger suddenly appears behind her. Sensing the presence, the woman hastens her pace, ending up in a run, and only stops for a brief moment to call the police. Before she can dial, the stranger attacks her from behind.

The woman in yellow is found dead the next morning, and the crime scene is so horrific it causes the officers to grimace and throw up. The detectives in charge of the new murder case is Choon-ho’s old team, and Detective Seo is the new chief.

Detective Seo talks with the forensic scientist who tells him that the murder happened recently but the amount of blood at the crime scene is strangely low. However, the more peculiar thing is how similar this case is to the one five years ago at the construction site, and the implication dawns on Detective Seo.

The violent crimes team investigates the murder and finds a familiar face caught on camera near the crime scene: Jong-gu. Moving fast, they barge into his home to arrest him and discover a pair of blood-splattered shoes hidden in a drawer.

The detectives interrogate Jong-gu back at the station and show him photos taken of him at the crime scene the morning after while the police were investigating. Jong-gu claims to have merely followed the crowd there and didn’t know about the murder. Detective Seo throws down photos of the victim and forces Jong-gu to look at them and remember the woman from five years ago.

While the interrogation remains fruitless, Detective Seo receives a call from Choon-ho who stops by unexpectedly. Detective Seo meets briefly with his old chief and happily informs him of Jong-gu’s arrest. Noticing how busy Detective Seo is, Choon-ho lets him go and doesn’t explain the reason for his sudden visit.

Yoo-ri packs up her desk, clearly stating her departure as a resignation and not a termination, but her senior doesn’t believe her. He wonders aloud about the recent murder case since the police have kept the suspect under wraps, and Yoo-ri looks at him curiously.

She ends up drunk and asleep on Do-hyun’s couch again, and is still there in the morning when he gets a call. A mysterious woman parks outside Do-hyun’s law firm, but when she enters the office, she only finds a snoring figure on the couch and mistakes it for Do-hyun. Glancing around the room, she notices garbage strewn everywhere.

Do-hyun meets with Jong-gu as his attorney and asks him what’s going on. Meanwhile, the chief prosecutor appoints Prosecutor Lee Ki-hyu to the case, and he just so happens to be from the same class as Do-hyun.

Jong-gu explains to Do-hyun that he was near the crime scene coincidentally, but Do-hyun seems skeptical. He asks Jong-gu if he thought he could escape this time, too, which riles Jong-gu. He wonders if this means Do-hyun always thought he was guilty but got him released regardless. Do-hyun denies saying such things, but Jong-gu presses him to answer truthfully. When he refuses, Jong-gu bangs on the table and glares at him menacingly.

The mysterious woman tidies up Do-hyun’s office and is surprised when Yoo-ri wakes up from the couch. She explains to Yoo-ri that she’s here for the job opening for office manager, but Yoo-ri tells her that the position is already filled because she’s just hired herself. Heh.

Yoo-ri comes up with excuses of how the mysterious woman might be too old for the position, but the mysterious woman, MADAME JIN (Nam Ki-ae), whips out her certificates and spews her knowledge of the law. Do-hyun arrives, confused by the scene in front of him, and Madame Jin repeats everything for a second time to show her qualifications.

Recognizing defeat, Yoo-ri congratulates Madame Jin on getting hired and looks forward to working together in the future. Do-hyun wonders who this us refers to, and Yoo-ri explains her plans to rent the empty desk in the corner for her one-person media company. Do-hyun sends Madame Jin away for now, and adding to the mystery, she gets into a car with a chauffeur.

Do-hyun works through the night and falls asleep at his desk. He wakes up when Madame Jin opens the curtains, and before he can register what’s happening, she cheerfully goes about her first task as his office manager. Do-hyun mumbles about never calling her and just sighs when he sees Yoo-ri sleeping on his couch for the third time in a row.

Do-hyun visits Prosecutor Lee’s office to get the case report, but Prosecutor Lee barely acknowledges his presence and throws the file on his desk rather than hand it to him. Ignoring Prosecutor Lee’s rude behavior, Do-hyun flips through the report, but crucial pieces of information are redacted.

He finds Detective Seo to fill in the missing parts, and even Detective Seo shakes his head at the cheap tactic used by the prosecution. He tells Do-hyun about the similarities between this case and the one from five years ago, but unlike last time, they have conclusive evidence against Jong-gu. However, that’s all Detective Seo will share with Do-hyun and tells him to figure out the rest on his own.

Yoo-ri installs a new lock for the office, and Do-hyun just accepts his fate rather than resist. While the rest of his team leave for the day, Do-hyun continues working, and remembering Detective Seo’s words, he brings out the case file from five years ago to compare with the current one. However, the current file has so little information that Do-hyun decides to investigate the crime scene in person.

Do-hyun makes his way to the dilapidated house, unaware of someone following him. After examining the eerie crime scene, Do-hyun leaves, and Choon-ho emerges from the shadows, watching Do-hyun the entire time.

Do-hyun takes a taxi and shuts his eyes in exhaustion. When he wakes up from his nap, he finds himself in an unfamiliar place. The taxi stands idly in the middle of an intersection, and not a soul can be seen in any direction.

He asks the taxi driver where they are, but the driver remains tight lipped. Suddenly, a truck blares its horn and blinds him with its headlights. As Do-hyun turns his head, the truck rams into the taxi and sends it spiraling in the air.

 
COMMENTS

The show starts off with a horrendous murder, and as Do-hyun digs deeper, it seems like a case of police misconduct and an obstruction of justice as an innocent man is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. However, as the story unfolds, it seems that the initial interpretation of the case may have been wrong. The thing I found most fascinating, though, was Do-hyun’s reactions (or lack of) throughout all these events. He doesn’t express a lot of emotions and only shows subtle differences across his face. Even when he wakes up in a deserted intersection with a truck barreling towards him, his reaction is subdued in relation to the magnitude of the situation. There are also moments when Do-hyun looks almost sinister, and it’s hard to pinpoint him as a character. Though he’s the hero, he doesn’t portray a lot of the stereotypical hero qualities usually associated with attorneys in dramas.

One particularly odd moment from Do-hyun was his expression when Jong-gu was announced not guilty by the judge. One would expect him to be happy or at least content since he saved an innocent man’s life, but he looks grave, instead. Then during Do-hyun’s second meeting with Jong-gu, he says, “again,” which may imply that he thought Jong-gu was the culprit the first time around and may explain his reaction back then. However, this only raises more questions about Do-hyun and the intentions behind his actions. Is he truly a man who is okay with letting a murderer go free, and if he is, what does this say about his character?

With that question, though, is the larger question of whether Jong-gu really is the culprit. Everything points to him being the murderer, and so many characters seem convinced that Jong-gu is guilty. Personally, it seems that the logic behind Choon-ho and the detectives’ conviction is based more on instinct than logic which, frankly, can be dangerous since it could easily cloud their judgment. However, it’s only the first episode, so I suspect there will be more secrets as the plot moves forward.

In addition to Do-hyun, all the characters are shrouded in mystery to some degree. Choon-ho’s sudden visit to Detective Seo and his stalking of Do-hyun hint at something brewing in the distance, and I can’t tell if he’ll be friend or foe. As for the two female characters introduced in the episode, Yoo-ri feels like a strange ray of sunshine who brings out a different side of Do-hyun, but her past and future role are just as murky as everyone else. Madame Jin is also a huge question mark, and I wonder why she suddenly appeared since she’s clearly overqualified and doesn’t need the job at Do-hyun’s tiny firm. The show barely scratches the surface in this first hour which keeps the characters at a distance from the viewers, but in exchange, it raises a lot of questions and piques one’s curiosity. Overall, it’s an interesting introduction that ends with a bang (quite literally).

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What I love about the drama is that the foursome leads are cool-headed and try to be rational without being emotionless. And they talk honestly to each other, being open to each other, telling each other what they're doing.

K-dramas often have leads who keep important secrets from each other causing misunderstandings and missteps that frustrate me. For a moment I thought this was what happening with Yuri going after Park Shi-kang alone. I thought she was doing this without telling the others and it annoyed me. I was glad that wasn't the case.

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As I mentioned somewhere up thread, I'm doing a FFDing rewatch of the earlier episodes, while waiting for the subs (@ordinaryguy92 where are you?!?).

Re-Watch of Ep 8 - After Ep 6, my next favourite episode is Ep 8, because at this stage we get answers galore. Since this show is not meant to be an arty show, but an investigative-courtroom drama, we want and are entitled to answers. Therefore I'm pleased to say that I particularly like this show for giving us the answers to most questions by this episode.

This is the Episode of Flashbacks.
1) We get to see Sun Hoo in his car looking drugged and the ToD and how he was aware of the immediate aftermath of the crash.

2) We get the meeting between Warrant Officer Choi Pil Soo reporting to Commander Oh about the faulty helicopters, when they were still in DSC.

3) We see Jong Gu's flashback about CKT's crazy violence during which JG seems to have been traumatized himself.

4) We find out from Sun Hee/Seol Hwa's boyfriend that she planned to get money from someone she saw on the News.

From early on, I had a bunch of questions ... so at this stage, (now that I've re-watched and have hindsight), I'm taking stock to see if we have the answers yet.

We now know the reasons why everyone died and how they were killed, except for why JG killed his mother. (Ep 12 reasons of Jenny's death not included here).

We take it that CKT was given free reign as Oh's private assassin, to get the killings done by any means necessary and to make it look like an accident, suicide or to frame someone else for their murders.

One of my first questions kind of gets an answer. At least, my best guess!! : Why did DH started getting the nightmares after being assigned Sun Hee's case when he'd had the heart for 10 years without any trouble? (this sounds ludicrous but …) it was entirely possible that Sun Hoo was driving away from Hwa Ye after having met Sun Hee (his informant), and maybe he'd also met with the bad guys to question them and had been drugged there. The mention of Sun Hee's name (and maybe her murder by No Sun Hoo's killer, now recognised by the heart as the same culprit!!) triggered the heart of Sun Hoo to recall the accident and pass that memory to DH in a dream. :-D Told you it would sound ludicrous! But some rationale is better than none!!

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Subs are sooo late this week, it is Wednesday already and nothing yet.... Maybe @ordinaryguy92 celebrated Easter last weekend, then happy Easter, we really appreciate your hard work !

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I’m only half way through ep. 4 right now, but from the comments and from my own random fast forwarding/watching clips and behind-the-scenes, I got a sense of what’s coming. I’m still enjoying the show a lot, and the characters are interesting and lovable. Right now, Madam Jin is my favorite altho I do love all of the four leads! Such great chemistry! 💕

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How nice to be watching it with fresh eyes. There was so much anticipation and chance for speculation. I enjoyed by FFDing re-watch. I still have Ep 9 and 10 to re-watch, hoping that by that time the subs will be out. I notice that even for the other languages in Subscene, the subs are not yet out for Ep 11 and 12. Looks like (and this is just my guess, since I do not know the subbing teams), the first subbers were busy and possibly the rest are waiting for them to post their subs so that these can be translated. They also have to do the timing and syncing, so it's a lot of work. (@ordinaryguy92 Fighting!!)

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It's already Thursday and no subs are available. This is by far our longest wait ever right? Is it just me or is subscene down today?

*To whoever our subber is I hope all is well with you. Might rewatch previous eps while waiting for subs

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@faraway @kdramapri I've been in and out of Subscene yesterday and today and I've noticed that there is a problem in a 'Section'. Seems that Confession falls within that section so I cannot even access to see if other language subs are in. I believe, not yet.

This is the first time I've ever had to wait more than a day for subs and definitely the longest time ever that there were no subs in English in Subscene. Fingers crossed that all is well in the subbing world!!!

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Thursday! It’s Thursday!!! Where are the subs??? It’s my first time watching an ongoing show. Why didn’t anybody tell me this can also happen where the subs just don’t show UP!

Can we send a support truck or something to our kind hearted subber @ordinaryguy92?? ;-)

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@kdramapri @bewitched @faraway @kx kindly sent me a link to someone who does not mind sharing her link to Ep 11 and 12 with English Subs. If you want to try to ask for her links, you can email me at [email protected]. I'll be going out soon but will be back hopefully in time to check on email.

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Thoughts on ep9-10 and early ep 11 (I decided to stop watching raw and wait for sub since it’s already Friday): I’m glad Confession is a drama with mature and understanding lead characters. Madam Jin accepted DH’s decision to defend CKT and Det Ki support DH even though he is against it. And one of the best part of the story is that DH stayed to his principle that by making a confession the truth is revealed.

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@melanie @almond @neener @thequiet1 @hebang @lmcamargo

@kx kindly sent me a link to someone who does not mind sharing her link to Ep 11 and 12 with English Subs. If you want to try to ask for her links, you can email me at [email protected]. I'll be going out soon but will be back hopefully in time to check on email. :-)

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i've just realized i havent watch ep 11 n 12. Turned out no subs are out yet.

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The acting speaks for itself, but is multiplied with understanding what they are saying. As expected of a veteran actress, Nam Ki Ae is the standout for me especially when it comes to expressing mourning and sorrow over a lost family. Also, with minimal amount of flashbacks, her son Noh Sun Ho in the scene where he speaks on the phone with his "friend" prosecutor comes across as such a good man, I myself feel that it's such a shame someone so commendable was taken away so soon.

I think in these episodes the strong connection, trust, respect, and feelings that our Dovengers have for each other really shone. These two episodes were theirs, imo. The very predictable pair ups are very nice too and I wouldn't wish it any other way, with Madam Jin being there for YuRi and Captain Ki for DH. It is great to see how much Captain Ki has started to care for Do Hyun although he's not straightforward about, even when they don't see eye to eye. I like how he called Madam Jin for DH, asked him out to eat, and etc. I like how straightforward and truthful DH is with the rest of the Dovengers, especially his long-time friend YuRi, and her towards him in return. That's one of DH's charms and the greatness behind their friendship. Their approach to face things head on doesn't prolong any unneccessary misunderstandings. Also, it reveals one of the qualities about DH that makes him so dead set on finding out the truth about his father's murder case. Moving forward despite all the pain, our leads turn out to be very strong. I wish Captain Ki would get his share of development though. It's the acting and prowess of Yoo Jae Myung that is pulling this character through and not making him flat. I really like Captain Ki and I think he's a good character, but despite being a lead he doesn't get much of a background story (which is understandable since his family isn't personally connected to the case, but I want more even if it's just giving him personal issues or a present problem in the story to resolve). Although I really enjoyed him taking his time to get the handcuffs off Chairmon Oh.

Do Hyun in court just gives me chills. He's just so badass. I fall in love with him harder every time. I find it ironic and awesome by the smarts of our Dovengers to realize when they getting close and pressuring the higherups just because of the reactions of our messy bad guys. The gang have very little to go off on, but I like how they know how to push buttons and run with it - for instance that Jenny Song met with CDH. Of course, this may have backfired in the end as an intimidation, which caused the bad guys to move into trapping Jenny and DH, but we're still getting movement that hasn't happened for the last 10 years.

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Though our two female leads frustrate me sometimes with the things they do - or don't do. Madam Jin approaching her son's friend's prosecutor and throwing not only the files but pictures at him, alerting him to the fact that they do have evidence of him being at Hwaye! Then when YuRi met CTK visiting him in prison - the whole scene was frustrating although her pain and confusion was understandable.

The bad guys aren't friends and they are just itching to turn on each other. It's what I wanted, and saw coming, and I'm loving it. I still don't care much for Chairman Oh. He's probably the most two-dimensional boring villain of the lot. It's bad enough that I still feel quite indifferent towards him. Several notches up on a different part of the spectrum, I really hate the Assemblyman Park to the point that even the way he looks makes me annoyed and I keep having to remind myself it just means this actor is really good. That's why seeing him behind the scenes and in stills is a blessing to appease some of these feelings for me, lol.

I wonder, maybe it wasn't that Jenny Song was present at Hwaye 10 years ago but that the mystery recorder actually belonged to her! I guess Choi Pil Soo saving Seol-hwa's life is what made her feel pity for Do Hyun at the trial even though she didn't personally know father and son.

So did I miss something? No one is giving the updates on that young policeman that was stabbed by CTK. I thought he survived? CTK who was stabbed is out of jail and walking around, so where is this guy?

Rewatching ep 12 with subs, after already knowing what happened at the end, my blood still boils at the bad guys messing with our Do Hyun. It's unforgiveable!

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Have you watched it with subs?? Would you please tell me where to find it? I've been searching and so far no luck

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Hello! Do you mind contacting @growingbeautifully (refer to comment 107 or the reply to 105)? Since that way will be easiest because there's no DM option on DB. :(

Best of luck to everyone following this drama, especially since we're down to the last few episodes.

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I actually like that Det Ki’s past did not intertwine with others, except that he is the arresting officer 10 years ago. The web is complicated enough already. This way he can be the solid pilar and reasonable voice that others need. I really like that he does not question DH’s decision anymore (unlike in the early episodes when DH decided to defend HJG again). He might not like it but he also knows DH made the decision for the right reason.

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Me too, I like that Det Ki's personal life is separate from the case. I just wish he had other hurdles to overcome that will contribute to his character arc. But then as I'm complaining, I remember that one could argue that his turnaround to respecting Do Hyun is his character growth, as well as returning to the workforce after quitting. Hm... I guess I was fooled for a bit since those episodes seem so long ago. I'll need to rewatch in a marathon when this series finish and probably most of doubt will fall away.

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So true! He mentioned that he left the force because he felt ashamed he lied on the court. Him returning to the force could mean that he already made peace with what he did 5 years ago. Being an official officer also allows him to have access for more information.

I agree with you that HJG’s case seems so long ago. Every episode is so packed that the story feels longer than usual drama. I kind of miss HJG and DH’s interaction tho, he is so memorable as a bad guy.

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I had wondered if Det Ki lives all alone, that he doesn't hava a family. He was working as a security guard and was following HJG around in his spare time. His whole life is solving that case.

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Someone said they caught that Det Ki's family lives abroad, but I didn't personally catch it so don't know if it's true. His life is a mystery. I know when I saw his closet when he finally returned to the force and was getting his clothes out, I was shook at how small his wardrobe was. Like DH (who also has a very small wardrobe) they're so passionate about their work that they probably don't do or think about anything else.

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If his family lives abroad, then it's understandable he lives so modestly. Granted police officers don't have extravagant salaries, but he's a team leader or captain so he should have made enough money not to live like that.

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I also think that Jenny was at that fateful meeting at Hwaye 10 years ago. But she worked at Hwaye alongside Seolhwa. She knows there's foul play, but exactly what she probably just connected the dots.

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Det Ki and his men were looking into her connection to Kim Sun-hee in the latest episodes, so hopefully we get some answers in this upcoming episode. I do think she also worked at Hwaye, but she probably wasn't a favorite of that Assemblyman Park like Kim Sun-hee was so didn't have first hand account. I do wonder how if she was so close to Kim Sun-hee like she claimed, their paths differed so much after they left Korea together. Weren't so close after all or something happened between them.

As well, the sudden elevation of this bodyguard Mark Choi to relevance makes me scratch my head.

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Argh ! My bad. What I meant was I don't think Jenny was at that fateful meeting 10 years ago.

Sorry.

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@cheekbones BTW, I didn't see you looking for the Ep 11 n 12 subs ... if you want a link, please email me. See comment 105 for my email address.

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@growingbeautifully thanks for the offer, but I watch Confession on a cable station here. It"s aired 24 hours after the Korean broadcast. 😃

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I absolutely loved the foursome together in the most emotionally difficult times. Having to face each other when their pasts and their losses are all intertwined. It was so good that they had everything out in the open, that they shared how they felt and all was accepted and understood.

And the come away stronger because of this. The fact that the baddies doing their worst in terms of giving them the most painful information, possibly to bring them down, did the opposite and made them come together and decide to fight it out hand-in-hand, makes this such a great 2 episodes for me!!! I wanted to stand and cheer.

Props to the director who interspersed the tense scenes of YR and Park with those of DH and CKT to bring on the most stress for our characters at the same time. I liked the shaky camera effect on poor DH when he was floored by the infos or lies of CKT. I agree with Det Ki that CKT cannot be trusted entirely, and he could be lying.

Jenny Song suggests that CPS was not able to kill anyone, afterall. I've got to watch the ending with subs now ... it was even more tense than the reveals/lies of CKT and Park. 🙃

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Episode 13 Raw

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I didn't think I'd like another episode as much as I liked Ep 7 and 8 when Det Ki became friends with DH and 4 got together.

However I absolutely love the turn of events in Ep 13. I'm so glad that Choi Pil Soo is not just a sorry character, stuck in jail, but a man of action and determination.

There's just that little plot hole about how he managed to take over the driver's place in Oh's car and get around so well in Seoul, knowing exactly where to go, ... but his boldness and courage in getting to his son got me cheering.

I wished I knew Korean to know what they said to each other, but I certainly liked the way the conversation ended, with hope and a smile. I think DH as lawyer agreed to take on his dad's case of 10 years ago.

I guess they've finally figured out that the same baddies game is played where father is used to protect the son and son is used to protect the father. They've finally decided not to play that baddies game anymore. I'm sooooo happy!!

Other moments that I'm sure all of us who watched loved: Det Ki and police harbouring criminals and keeping them from being taken by the Prosecution, Det Ki trusting DH and bringing him out of the station to investigate together, their having a meal together in the police station, the fact that they were still investigating together even when DH was behind bars and Det Ki was running around outside.

I did say I wanted a bromance between these two, and my wish has been more than granted. How much more wonderful is the understanding they have for each other now, in spite of the earlier incomprehensible decisions made and even after being on the opposite sides of the law (so to speak) ... that they still trust each other and Det Ki has DH's back. Ki never had a doubt that DH was a person of integrity and that they were after the same goal. And it's so cute that Ki now finds himself in the position where he probably has to also protect CPS whom he arrested 10 years before, and work towards helping to prove his innocence.

There were many more nuances in the various conversations going on. More than ever ... going into Episode 14 ... we need the subs!!!

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Also my favorite bits from ep13. This is probably my favorite episode by far, and it's unexpected since I was so terrified going into it because of that ep12 ending.

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@tofuetoffee It was so great that the occasion of what looked like ultimate failure was turned on its head to become something that would lead to the win for our good guys. I'm hopeful for a good ending with just 2-3 more episodes,... there'll be time for just one more major conflict which needs to be resolved before Ep16. :-D

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Thoughts on villains
I've been thinking that show has given us 2-4 great good guy characters, so maybe it can be forgiven for the one-note top-guy villains. Maybe I've watched too many shows where the villains always seem smarter and twistier and one step ahead, so that the good guys are sorely challenged to find new solutions on the fly.

We don't get that in this show. In fact we have pretty tame, boring and unimaginative top level villains. But the lengths to which they are prepared to go to prevent their nefarious deeds from becoming public is the start for our story. Fortunately the continuing source of conflict does not rest on the bigger baddies but on the decisions of the minions and the good guys' sense of right.

When compared against their bosses, Jong Gu, CKT and even the cameo character of Jenny are more interesting.

It might be true for the military types, but there's a total dearth of creativity in how the hushing up is done. In every case, the steps are 1) kill 2a) frame someone else for it or 2b) make it look like suicide or 2c) make it look like an accident.

But on the whole, they go for 2a. Hence our baddies cause themselves a whole load of trouble and we have so much interesting conflict coming through Do Hyun who seems to be the conduit for past and present cases and all who are considered guilty! (Even for himself!!!)

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That said however, I'm hoping against hope that there's ... well, hope for Pros Yang In Bum. He was never too happy in his position of knowing , abetting and playing informant. He has something hidden in his safe that belongs to No Sun Hoo ... a hard disk?

And If my understanding of that Ep 13 scene with Park (and lousy Lawyer Ji) is right, he is refusing to play along with Park this time. It might also have been his call to Pros Lee that pulled Lee out of the police station and which gave CPS a chance to talk to DH.

My wish is that Pros Lee gets a good put down for his arrogance and resentment and that his boss Pros Yang (does not get killed but) comes around to revealing what he knows about No Sun Hoo's death and helps the good guys. 

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One more thing about the total lack of imagination of our resident baddies ...

They basically rehash the same-old way of setting up a kill and the framing of an innocent person, with barely a change in the MO in the Choi family's cases. This speaks of just sticking with what worked before. It was practically a mirror image with even the threat to get the innocent party to Confess to murder being the same kind of threat, as in "Confess to the murder or your son/father dies."

So Oh (with CKT) sets up killings and CPS confesses, JG gets framed, the ToD driver gets blamed and now they want to do the same with DH, but this time he's got Det Ki on his side.

Where CKT is concerned, he did repeat using drugs on his victims at least a 3 times, bashed females on the head + stabbed with broken bottle twice,… but at least he got a little creative with trying to hang JG after strangling him. JG, himself, was just a copycat killer in the end.

From this, I find that the Baddies are their own worst enemies. If they'd left DH well alone or ensured that he never met Jong Gu, they would probably have stayed safe. But allowing (or engineering) DH to meet JG and of course in the process, Det Ki, meant the beginning of the end for our bad guys. I'm glad they were so dumb for DH's sake, but I wish they were a little more creative for storyline's sake! LOL.

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Same! The top brass and Chairman Oh are boring. I can't even muster enough feelings for them. On the other hand, among them Assemblyman Park makes my blood boil and he's the equivalent of CTK and HJG in a suit. I guess flamboyant villains are my thing.

I called the villains messy and they are. They are unimaginative. Understandable because their inflated egos are so high and they have people in power, also have gotten away for 10 years and the list of deaths keep building since. So it makes sense of course they have been and continue to be careless. They don't come across as very smart, honestly, and very apparently muscles everyone and throws their weight around. The biggest thinkers on the show are the Dovengers who have to compensate for being 10 years too late.

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Ep 13 subbed.

We have some answers indeed. Some important ones for me :

So DH does have a plan, and he is playing along with the scenario laid out by the baddies from the beginning.

Jenny was at the fateful meeting 10 years ago.

Chairman Chu's official title is Chairman of Songil Foundation. I'm really curious about who he is. So he's not in the legislative nor executive branch. He's a plain broker ?

The baddies really stab each other at the back, it's a wonder their alliance lasts this long. From the very bottom HJG, slowly going up to Chairman Oh. Chairman Chu is throwing away Chairman Oh, but I'm sure Oh wouldn't go down quietly.

Pros Lee is blinded by jealousy of DH but I still have hope that his heart is in the right place. Pros Yang seems to be weighed down by his conscience, and I'm optimistic that he would come around.

Ep 13 is indeed a good episode. Let's cross our fingers Confession delivers until the last minute.

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Finally subs for 11-12, a lot new information, and predicted shocking news. But his whole time I was so worried for our trio of civilians, and Jenny Song too, who keep waltzing into bad guys dens and announcing that they know about that misdeeds, whyyyyy. Have a little self preservation instinct guys, and Yuri, why she didn't live her home address, when she left message for that psycho, assemblyman. It was very stressful, I was waiting for something bad to happen.

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I also think Yuri is a bit reckless. She's now in the bad guys' radar. She might be used to pressure DH, too.

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Reckless bordering on stupid, she already knew that at least three people were killed because of that report, and she let the guy who ordered the killings know, that she has it, left him her name and phone number.

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I liked this one for the many reveals that come tumbling out. Finally confessions are being made to air the truth of 10 years ago. There's still more to be revealed and another assassin who's running around.

I like that threads are being tied up and that my wish for more Courtroom scenes that showcase DH's intelligence and gets the culprits to eat their words have returned.

I loved that the courtroom interrogation scenes were cleverly interspersed with each witness' questioning and answers helping to answer (or block the answer of) the questions posed to previous witnesses. It saved us from the long-drawn out parade of witnesses and compressed the scenes that should have taken days. Most of all I liked that DH got to question his father and the truth was out in the open court and in front of the media.

I liked that while Oh's arrival takes away the reporters' attention from DH, DH's exit from the courts took their attention away from Pros Lee. I wonder if he'll ever learn to be cooler and more level-headed.

Glad that Det Lee is back and that CKT got what he deserved over No Sun Hoo's murder. But I wonder how Hwang is (how come they don't check prisoners who are walking around with knives? How do they get knives so easily?) Bribery in the prisons must be common.

It's also great that YR gets into action as a reporter again and has more to contribute.

Can I hope that at least the police are exempt from this spate of corruption and will allow Det Ki a fair investigation? It looked like he was being trusted to continue to take on the big baddies.

Remaining questions: What riled up the killer of Cha so much that he shot him (from the front). Or it's just because he's a spoilt, stupid, pompous ass. It looked like Cha was still alive, so was it Oh who finished him off by shooting him from behind?

Who left that recording device in Hwa Ye?

Jong Gu should have recovered, so his case over his mother's murder has been KIVed? DH no longer has to continue with the deal to defend him, so will he ever see with JG again? Maybe he still has some info that might be useful?

Is Mark Choi and the German Marco Kauftmann the same person? The name has similarities but the way Mark Choi acted was as if he was a lackey and not a 'President' of some European organisation.

So this week we get another proper cliffhanger... and we have to wait the interminable week for the last 2 episodes.

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Musings about some of your random thoughts and etc. Next week is the last. T_T

I think HJG's case might just be a last minute epilogue. With so much happening and the momentum lost, I don't mind because I need all the lose ends from the 10 year old case tied up first.

I thought I heard Choi Pil Soo name Assembly Park in court. I wonder what that was. Did he have a hand in the murder? Will have to wait for eng subs to figure out what that's about.

I kind of think the old recorder belongs to Jenny. She wasn't present in the flashback but knows so much, so it could make sense unless she just heard all from Seol-hwa. Thank goodness she seems to have given DH something that doesn't make her character and death pointless.

I had a few gripes with the empty police station and empty overnight cells, honestly. And no one is working on anything else. Unless they explained it once we get subs, it really takes me out and in this show is my biggest use of suspension of belief, aside from the TOD nightmares. Mostly everything else I reasoned away.

Det Ki despite how much he does and pull his weight on the team it still suprises me how little the baddies care about stopping him or getting him out of the equation.

I keep saying this and must say again after this episode, in tune with you, I love DH in court so much. I hope we get a lot of him in the last 2.

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I just posted a link to a Soompi recap on Ep 13 ending, but because I tagged so many people, it's in moderation. It may answer some of your questions. So do look out for it ... it should be posted below. :-)

As for Park in Hwa Ye, that's answered in Ep 14.

Yes, we have to suspend a lot of disbelief, but since the arc is compelling enough and I do not like too much distraction, the emptiness of the police station and their freedom to just concentrate on the cases that DH is involved in does not bother me. Also the fact that there's only that we see only one judge for all current cases, or that Pros Lee is the only one continually handling DH's clients is an eye-roll thing. That, and the prevalence of knives in prison among hardened criminals. :-)

I do hope we get a little epilogue of JG... the culprit who started it all. He has more character than many other villains.

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I personally think the lack of a fully populated environment, e.g. empty police department, empty holding cells, empty roads (anywhere near Seoul, really?) etc all come down to cost, and cost, and time which translates into cost. And possibly maybe an inability to see how a populated background could enhance dramatic effect vs emptiness.

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Det Ki usually has the lead to solve the case, like he found out the case HGJ copied 10 years ago and Kim Sun Hee’s case were done by the same person (after he took HJG out of the equation) and when he obtained insight for Black Bear report.

Based on ep 13-14 seems like the police and the judges are fair and square and hope they remain that way.

I agree with you for DH in court scene. Junho nailed it perfectly. My favorite part is when he asked the judge to take note of Oh’s statement regarding there is no other people present at the crime scene. That scene is perfect as the opening to show the fabricated truth is cracking and will be revealed soon.

1 random and not important thought: is Kim Sun Hee’s name a pun? Because the actress playing her actually reminds me of actress Kim Hee Sun.

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The bad guys are fighting among themselves- a critical development for our Scooby gang to win.

In a previous episode, there was a quick scene with the senior prosecutor - he opened his safe, and took out what looked like a disk drive. He may yet redeem himself, somewhat.

I wonder what surprises awaits us in the last two episodes?

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Hopefully Pros Yang will do something to help Do Hyun. He already seems agitated and very uncomfortable since Madam Jin contacted him for NSH’s case. Maybe he has a little conscience left.

Regarding the last 2 episode, I can’t believe DH went to retrieve the original report alone after he told Madame Jin and Yoo Ri to stay safe. I was screaming inside: “the bad guys keep you and your Dad alive because of the report. Once they have it there is no use to keep you two alive anymore”.

Hope there are enough audience to prevent that Mark guy to harm DH. The place they were at is a public place after all and was shown other people are present.

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I was also thinking which guy put an “end” to Cha and how will DH proved who actually killed him.

Regarding the bad guys, like in real society, they are usually people with power in a high position that is able to put pressure on the lowly subordinates by attacking their disadvantages even without being smart or crafty enough. The show even picture a plain evil Park si kang perfectly. A villain without much background and depth and that kind of people does actually exist.

I do have faith in Prosecutor Yang tho. It is time the prosecutors become less helpless. It really bothers me that there are only 2 prosecutors in this show: one is always being under pressure since 10 years ago and the other one is always blinded by personal jealousy. Hope they man up and do what they’re supposed to do.

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@bebeswtz @bewitched @neener @larelle79 @boughtabride @linda-palapala @hebang @myheartisomg @sooyi @kafiyah-bello @scifiwritir @sparks121 @pakalanapikake
@shach @yyishere @radily @catstreet @mango @gopal @sibel @onssam @sukstan

Hi Folks, I don't usually visit other blogs to look for stuff, but because the subs are slow with this show, I ended up a little bit in Soompi, and got myself notifications for this show.

For those of you who caught the Ep 13 raw and don't mind reading a recap (of course full of SPOILERS) for the ending of that Episode, you can visit this place. Click on 'Reveal hidden contents' to read the very thorough recap. Thanks and credit goes to @ktcjdrama on Soompi.

https://forums.soompi.com/topic/427955-current-drama-2019-confession-%EC%9E%90%EB%B0%B1-sat-sun-2100-kst/?do=findComment&comment=21483035

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i'm catching up w/ 11 & 12 now. i am not sure if i should watch it raw since i hate losing information but since this is the last week idk if i can wait. thank god it's ending so we can rewatch if needed to for some consistency hahaha

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Watching ep 11 at the moment. I'm sooo behind.

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Don't worry, me too!

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I stayed up until 1am to finish episode 12. It was worth it! Jaw dropping would be the correct adjective. No one could have seen that coming. This show just keeps getting better and better.

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@bebeswtz @bewitched @neener @larelle79 @boughtabride @linda-palapala @hebang @myheartisomg @sooyi @kafiyah-bello @scifiwritir @sparks121 @pakalanapikake
@shach @yyishere @radily @catstreet @mango @gopal @sibel @onssam @sukstan

Our Soompi friend has come through for us again! Email me if you want to get the Episode 13 subs. I have not watched with subs yet, but I think the link should be OK.

BTW, I received only a few replies after I sent out the links, did only very few of us get my emails? Went into spam folder?

Once again my email is [email protected] :-)

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Thank you, @growingbeautifully. I did see your message, but I've been under the weather, and am only now going to try to catch up with the subtitles. Thanks for thinking of me. ;-)

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Hi @pakalanapikake I trust that you are feeling better now. Heh! I do think about you, every time the military are mentioned, because you were so sure that they were involved!

I'm all psyched up for the finale. I'm expecting great things of DH and our team of trusty good guys, although with 2 episodes, there's just room for one more scary cliffhanger, but I'm confident that show will give us much to cheer about come Sunday /Monday!!

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Thanks so much, @growingbeautifully. I'm still feeling a bit mentally fatigued, so I'm not as sharp as usual when it comes to following the plot twists. I'm also watching DOCTOR PRISONER, which is also seriously convoluted in a good way, and am behind on NOKDU FLOWER, which is challenging because of the huge cast.

Re: military involvement, I had a feeling that CONFESSION might involve perversion of the chain of command. I didn't realize that following orders could be a defense, so it will be interesting to see how it all pans out. I'm still wondering what's going on with Han Jong-gu. Is he still comatose? Why the heck wasn't he rubbed out 10 years ago? That has baffled me for a long time. -- Must get caught up on the subtitles.

I've donned my crash helmet and buckled myself in for the finale. Before this show is over, I fully expect to have a white-knuckle cliffhanger and more twists than a bucking bronco at the National Western Stock Show. ;-)

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Oh... hang on!!! Ep 13 and 14 are subbed on Fastdrama.me and I guess other places too!!! :-D

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Thank you for looking out for us :).

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THANK YOU SO MUCH

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@ordinaryguy92 Thank you for getting right back on schedule and getting the subs out this week. Your effort is much appreciated!! :-D

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I really don't mind being spoiled ... I can watch the raw or read the recap and enjoy it all over again with subs ... and now knowing what to expect, I spent most of the end of Ep 13 and almost all of Ep 14 smiling or chortling in advance, in anticipation of the utter shock and incomprehension of Police and friends alike, and the most reasonable turn of events and their satisfying consequences.

I love how DH worked the evil things that were done to him for his own ends and for the good, and it was no longer just for his dad, but for all victims and to end the evil.

Loved the court scenes and dad speaking up on his reasons why he chose to confess. It was so affecting.

Oh and I love the fact that DH laughed out loud for that brief moment with Det Ki. What a lifting of tension, at least for a while.

The CKT case is over but I feel he really should be called in as a witness too for the case 10 years' earlier since he was instrumental in getting that heart that was promised to DH.

Poor Yoo Ri and Mdm Jin had to relive the pain of their loss, but it's good that they are together. And I think I outright cheered when Det Ki told DH that he too felt a little responsible for not checking beyond CPS's confession, so DH should expect him to be helping to the best of his ability, and DH should not to go it alone.

If I'd done a little checklist (I know I mentioned it in bits here and there) on what I wanted out of this show's ending, I'm happy to report that I'd be able to check off quite a few of the points.

I'm also so glad that: the judge is so impartial and fair and not afraid, the Police Big Chief is above the corruption and the doctor who took care of DH is alive and well and can give testimony.

I'm so looking forward to the last 2 episodes as the baddies continue to betray each other and DH takes them down. :-D

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I'm also so glad that: the judge is so impartial and fair and not afraid, the Police Big Chief is above the corruption and the doctor who took care of DH is alive and well and can give testimony.

Spot on. This is what made Confession breathable. That although there is corruption in some places, the good ones are also in power and the balance isn't so overwhelming to be frustrating.

The CKT case is over but I feel he really should be called in as a witness too for the case 10 years' earlier since he was instrumental in getting that heart that was promised to DH.

Same, I was thinking that Choi Pil Soo's motives for taking the blame can be solved easily with this. But that's it. Choi Ki Tak actually had no contact with any of the higher ups, he only knew Secretary Hwang (who is keeping silent) so CTK is pretty moot otherwise. Do Hyun isn't dwelling (he didn't actually re-question Oh after the prosecutor did) and is moving forward by calling on Assemblyman Park. Very apparently, he's done with CTK and wants to nail the big fish. Besides CTK's torture of Hwang in jail, his part is most likely over.

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The OSTs have been hardsubbed and another kind person on Soompi has left the links. The first link should lead you to the playlist for the currently 3 OSTs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXr2uKNGGPw&list=PLIDckZuI0IdWgyXyrk7yOi5N0PlwGTV6V&index=2&t=0s

Aside from the suspenseful / tension-filled background music, which gets me so stressed ... I like the OSTs. These sound so soulful and of course the lyrics are totally appropriate. I think I'll be listening to them at work!!

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Ep13-14

Still a few questions unresolved and might never be (like in Jenny Song's background), but for the bigger 10-year story of the murder in Hwaye, the threads are coming together so it's just time to sit back and enjoy how it all comes together next week.

Reiterate, episode 13 remains my favorite and might be depending on how this show ends. I have a bad feeling father and son might not get their happily ever after. If not CDH, then a CPS sacrifice could be probable.

I'm going to miss CDH in court. I will be very sad if the case is resolved out of it, with Assembly Park or Chairman Chu going crazy for a dramatic climax causing a public commotion whereas the truth comes out and then the arrest, to conveniently skip the preceding court scene to the epilogue and concluding statement. Feels very likely that this will happen.

For this show, I feel like the pacing is perfect. Every episode, something is happening. Except, I wouldn't have minded an extension where we slowed down a bit to get to see more the human side of the characters (remember long ago in Ep3 the scene where DH and YuRi tasted Madam Jin's food?) and some crucial conversations that I want to happen. But that would have totally changed the entire vibe or tone of the show, and most likely not what the director or writer aimed for.

I do wish Do Hyun getting framed and acquitted wasn't brushed over so easily. Would have loved to see Chu's reaction, but I guess the retrial is too big a deal that DH's is buried, which I guess is understandable. Either way, Mark Choi did a bad job of setting it up, so can't believe Chairman Chu is still going through with working with the Germans.

So I don't watch a lot of kdrama in this genre, but Confession is just full of serial killers appearing in an assembly line from Han Jong-gu, CTK, and potentially Mark Choi.

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I couldn't suppressed the smile while watching ep 11 & 12, bring it on! I mean bring it on the good satisfying ending, heh...

I couldn't stop wondering though, if this drama represents a small wish of how the authorities (police, government, etc...) should handle the real case of the Burning Sun and the death of former artist Jang Ja-Yeon. No one should be above the law. I wish, really wish, the real cases also wrap up successfully.

I also love how they, the Scooby-Doo gang, showed a lot of personal development. What is the better word for 'personal development', if any? Even Cho Ki Tak. I get that he is from a military background where everyone should follow order and so on, and he only cared for his sister. At least, when DH wished CKT to accept his verdict, he did so. I really wished the chief prosecutor would give his secret agenda/evidence to redeem himself, after he heard Madame Jin one question, and only one important question, 'Why did you become a prosecutor?' Nice, very nice, madame, hats off.

And I really wished those bad guys would never change too. I want them to taste their own medicine, if they were curable of course (pun intended). People are not toys. Even if you believe you have greater reason(s), like Hitler.

After this, I will go back roam the C-historical/fantasy drama. Kdrama hasn't been great lately.
Oh, I just found 'Misty', think it great, too...

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My Wishlist for this show:

1) Teamwork between the good guys and gals, and DH not being so alone and in the dark (literally and figuratively) - check
2) Coherent plot especially as to the whys behind the crimes - check
3) Bromance between DH and Det Ki, with Ki trusting DH - check
4) Father and son get together and sort out the first confession - check
5) Father gets out of jail and starts a new life with DH - pending (keeping fingers-crossed)
6) Yoo Ri getting to publish her dad's article - pending?
7) Stronger friendships between YR, Mdm Jin and DH despite the loss of family members leading up to DH getting the heart - check
8) A proper resolution for our villain minions Jong Gu, CKT and Hwang - more or less check
9) A fitting bad end for baddies Chu, Park, Oh and Mark Choi - pending.

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Yay! Jong Gu reappears as I'd hoped he might. So another one on my extended Wishlist - check.

Recording Device gets found - check!

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@hebang I need the subs to be sure what happened to him. If he bit the dust, without ever an apology or making it up to any of the victims, then YES, he got off too lightly!!

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Chairman Oh committed suicide. But I think he left something incriminating Chairman Chu. We don't know for sure though at this point.

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Thanks @cheekbones I kind of thought that I heard suicide, but I wasn't sure.

@hebang FlyingTool when Chairman Oh was drinking in his office, I already had the feeling he was contemplating suicide and trying to gear himself up for it. I gather he had staked everything on getting the deal that he found out Chu was giving to Embite instead, and his name and company were going to be trodden in the mud. He was always too proud to apologise or admit mistakes. I assumed that if he wasn't killed off by Chu, he'd have killed himself rather than face the consequences.

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I'm glad his trust in Pros Yang was well-placed, finally.

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Heh! By the time it occurred to me that it must have been Sun Hee who put the recorder up there in Hwa Ye, the Ep had already confirmed it!

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I just realised that this is going to be comment 666... significant? I'm just whiling away my time and putting thoughts down while waiting for tonight's episode!!

The Confessions:
1) Choi Pil Soo's - to get DH's life saved with a heart. Inadvertently led to death of YR's father ... indirectly connected to death of Pros No Shun Hoo.

2) Jong Gu's - to get out of being indicted for Sun Hee's murder. The sensational case where the confession of murder did not result in being indicted for it because of double jeorpardy.

3) Nurse Cho's - to lighten her burden and the burden of her friends.

4) Cho Ki Tak's - in order to point the finger at Hwang who gave him the order.

5) Hwang's - To point the finger at Oh who instigated him.

6) Do Hyun's - to appear to have failed, to get baddies' guard down and to get his father to finally stop being silent and to talk to Det Ki or himself.

7) Choi Pil Soo's - To retract his first confession, obtain a retrial and get the true culprits named, shamed and hopefully punished. DH and father realised that they had been played because they were protecting each other.

8) Choi Pil Soo's again - in order to get to the bottom of the Black Bear project from which the killings started.

Did I leave anything out? :-D

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Maybe I should add that Det Ki also made a confession at the Press Conference - he admitted that the Chanhyun-dong murder case had not been properly investigated and that there should be a re-investigation, a reversed ruling and a re-trial.

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The senior prosecutor to DH, along with supporting evidence that led to the discovery of the recorder?

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Yeah! That was a confession too!

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Would Jenny’s text to DH classify as a deathbed confession?

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In between, I think. Sort of on indirect admission that she was involved in the nefarious stuff, because how else did she manage to get the documents. Plus it was a reveal about Black Bear ... not sure why ... in order to get Oh into trouble so that the Embite people get the deal for sure??

Or maybe by this time she's sure that Oh engineered Sun Hee's death so she was getting revenge?

I can't think of the connection if she's helping DH to get evidence to clear his dad, why she should bother. He had already gotten Sun Hee's killer into prison.

She seemed to be still working for the 'company', so she should not have been trying to bring down Embite an the rest with the Black Bear reveal.

Why Jenny sent the stuff or wanted to see DH - These are the questions that I have not figured out the answers for. Only have guesswork.

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The way I saw it, she knew she had been betrayed by her “body guard” and had only seconds to live (gun pointed to her head in an empty warehouse, etc.)...so she sent the clue that pointed to the whole corrupt gang. Only thing she could do given the time constraint.

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Her phone call to DH seemed to have been made voluntarily by her. Only when she turned around, did she realise that Mark Choi had a gun pointed at her.

So I'm taking it that she intended to tell DH something and get something in return. I just don't know what. Mark Choi took that opportunity to kill her and frame DH.

The other mystery is what did Mark Choi want her to do on her phone before she handed it to him. I'm kind of surprised that he didn't check what she'd sent to DH!?!? Which seems very remiss of him. Did he really not know?

I wonder if the last 2 episodes will answer these questions. 😐

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I have now picked up this show and it is certainly interesting. I really like Junho - even if I'm one of about three people who didn't like Just Between Lovers - and the case is interesting enough to grip me. Since the comments relate to multiple episodes and I'm quite a bit behind, I'm going to use this as a placeholder to put my thoughts as I move through it episode by episode.

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Episode 1: As I said in an earlier comment, I really hate when defence lawyers get blamed because of bad police work. The police had flimsy evidence, beat a confession out of somebody and then hoped to use that confession to overcome the weakness of the case. Whether Han Jong-goo did it or not is irrelevant - the police were lazy and rushed and didn't prove their case. The lead detective's gut is irrelevant here.

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Yes, the police captain's rant seemed a little contrived. Because actually the judge herself said that there was no direct evidence linking the defendant to the crime. It seemed like the show needed to set up a motive for the police captain to hold a grudge against DH. Actually, why would an experienced cop move forward with such a flimsy case, and why would the prosecutor allow it?

Overall, this episode seemed dark, intense, but well done. I did have to pause it in the middle just to take a break from that. Questions, questions. Like: Did someone set the same guy up twice for similar crimes, or did he really do it? Did he rob the women both times and then someone else came along and murdered them? Does he have an identical twin? Because he seemed to be trying to say that was not him in the photo. Why was this super competent secretary planted in DH's office? Who is she really working for? Did she steal the photos? Who would have set up the truck-of-doom? And why? That takes more than average coordination, since he had to get in the right taxi to start and end up in the right place to finish. Obviously, DH had to survive or the story would be over? What taxi driver would be willing to sit there and take the hit? Not to mention, why was DH dumped from the big law firm and is the fact that his father is in prison the only reason he is working as a PD? And since we're on that subject, why is his father on death row? Whatcha wanna bet that his father was a prosecutor and was set up by some corrupt politicians/businessmen for trying to catch them, and now they're after his son.

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Episode 2: I have to admit that I was going to take a break after this episode but, damn, that ending had me pressing play on episode 3.

Gi Choon-ho's detective is really annoying me in this. His self-righteousness is galling. If he'd done his job properly, Jong-goo wouldn't have gotten off. It's not Do-hyun's fault he found an obvious flaw in their investigation. For me, he's more obsessed with proving he was right than with justice if he's willing to let a murderer roam around free just to get vindicated on a cold case.

Frankly, with the police work we've seen so far in this show I'm damn lucky I've never been accused of anything in Korea. If this is what passes for investigation than half the prisons must be full of innocent people.

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I think Captain Ki's grudge is a weak plot device. Does it really happen that a veteran police detective could be fired or seriously demoted for losing a big case? I understand that he's obsessed with clearing his name, getting his job back, and proving he was right. But it all seems like a plot device to get the murderer to confess to the first murder.

Things I'm wondering about: So the accident was real, but sometime in the past five years, and apparently he has some health consequences that could kick in at any time -- seems like a set up for a sudden crisis in a later episode. But who set up the accident? And why? And what about Madame JIn. Why is a super-educated genius secretary like her working for him? Was she sent by someone to help him? Or keep an eye on him? Or quietly undermine him? Don't tell me she's his long-lost mother/fairy godmother. And if the murderer didn't kill this woman, how did the bloody shoes end up in his drawer? Does he really have an evil twin? Also, who would care enough to pay off the ex-boyfriend to lie in this case? Who wanted Kim Sun-hee dead? And why doesn't the ex-boyfriend care? Also if the murderer really was a serial killer, why wouldn't he have been linked to other similar murders by now?

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Episode 3: Holy world building, Batman. This is what you get when you take the time to set up your show and characters first. It may not grip you from the first scene but at episode 3 I'm hooked. I admit to loving shows where everyone is both telling the truth and lying at the same time.

There's an interesting onion here to be unpeeled and I just hope they maintain it to the end.

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@leetennant
The onion peeling is good. And onion made a good spice to add to the stew of the multiple crimes.

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This string of comments on a single DB post reminds me of JBL. There must be something compelling about a drama when almost 700 comments pile up on a first-episode-only post. Guess I should take a look.

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#1 This show is very well done.
#2 I'm not sure how anyone could watch even this far and think DH was a gray character. It's a gray story, but he is clearly a good guy. Otherwise why would he have gone to the victim's house to see her family?
#3 Based on that short exchange -- "Dad, you didn't do it, right?" "Son, you had your operation." -- I am guessing that Dad paid for the operation by taking the fall.
#4 Isn't it a little much for the murderer (sorry, I never remember his name) to be tied to Dad's case?
#5 And Captain Ki?
#6 And the other murder victim? So somehow she was murdered by the bad guys who framed Dad?
#7 And newspaper sunbae? Happened to be covering that trial...
Just all by coincidence? Or for the convenience of the plot?
So then why didn't Captain Ki recognize DH as Pil-soo's son? And did DH recognize Captain Ki?

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#1 - I agree. So far. I've been so burned by back halves.

#2. I agree also. He's a good guy. He's so good he's willing to defend people he doesn't like to the best of his ability.

#3. I really don't know and I don't want to speculate. But considering the cost of medical care in Korea, it's highly likely he was willing to do anything to pay for whatever the operation was (big hints as to heart transplant).

#4/#5. Not if he's not the murderer or chose DH to defend him because he already knew about him. As for Captain Ki, I'd welcome a different motivation because at the moment I think he's a really bad cop who's self-righteous to boot.

#6. I'm not sure where they're going with this but they may have murdered her in the same way for the express purpose of framing him, knowing the police would jump at the chance to get him

#7. A big enough trial would have had all the newspapers reporting it and the journalism field is actually really small. This is no surprise.

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I'm glad you picked up this show! A few of us have camped here since the beginning but discussions and reactions have been sparse. Looking forward to your thoughts for each episode.

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Episode 4: I'm not even going to bother trying to list what we know because at this stage I suspect that what we know is not what we know.

However, I was reminded through all the conversations between DH and JG that JG clearly wanted to be caught for the first murder. He left his fingerprints on the bag, he made the phonecalls to the police. I have suspected from the beginning that he didn't actually do it, although the show seems to be saying I'm wrong. He certainly killed his mother so he's capable.

If there is a serial killer, it would make sense that they would target JG for a framejob - but that implies there isn't something bigger going on here and I think we can guarantee there is.

So, we have four murders in total - the one that DH's father was framed for and the three women. And then the possible mysterious (?) death of whoever DH got his heart transplant from.

The question is whether DH's involvement is a spanner in the works or part of the "plan".

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As for the second case - that of the nurse - this was too telegraphed for me. I knew almost immediately what had happened and wasn't sure what it added to the show.

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That last question still stands ... I've asked again and again, why was DH the one assigned the Jong Gu case. Maybe @leetennant Chingu can discover the answer to this question. I may have missed some clues.

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Not yet but I'm not even halfway through. It seems an odd decision to give him the case if it meant he might stumble onto the connections that seem to be here.

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That's exactly what I've been saying from many episodes back. I'd think that knowing DH would definitely have his father's case as a top priority, and that he would never stop digging, Lawyer Ji should have ensured that DH should never have gotten near Jong Gu to learn of the connections to the DSC. So it was Lawyer Ji's 'foolishness' in either assigning to DH or not stopping the assignment to DH of JG's first case, that started the unraveling of the baddies' plans.

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If you’re talking about the original JG case when DH was at the big bad law firm, my read on it was 1, DH hid the fact of who his father was- many years later even the cops had to do a background look see to figure it out, and 2, he was the new junior lawyer being given an “open and shut loser of a case” ... the short end of the stick for the new junior guy without any backing... 3 these kinds of assignments are handled at lower levels, not by the big bad guy at the top, and 4, none of the bad guys knew JG was the driver for their pet assassin.

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I thought he got the case as a public defender because Jong-gu asked for him.

But, as you say, he was working in a large firm at the time so they could have assigned it to someone else. I think you can name a preferred public defender but that lawyer isn't obligated to take the case.

I think the answer we have to accept is that it was Jong-gu who wanted him to be his lawyer and that's why he got assigned.

Obviously, I'm only up to episode 6 so Jong-gu's motives or the intricacies of the conspiracy are still unclear to me.

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@hebang FlyingTool @leetennant Chingu

I'm thinking that FlyingTool probably has it right. DH when he began was only known as placed second in the Law exams or whatever and a new recruit. So he was 'blindly' given whatever public defender case was on. It may even have been considered a sure fail case since the 'evidence' against JG was quite strong.

His colleagues/sunbaes seemed to know about DH's background, that his father was on deathrow, but unless anyone cared to check, no one put together the facts that the Jong Gu case and the 10-year old murder could have been connected.

So how DH got involved in case after case that led to the denouement was fortuitous!!

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@growingbeautifully. I think the court scene in the last episode where JG is introduced as the driver that night 10 years ago and thus an eye witness to the attendees, and the blank looks from the bad guys shows that they had no idea who JG was when DH was assigned to defend him.

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But JG did say he asked for DH to be his public defender.

Anyway, my evening plans have fallen through so I do get to watch a few more episodes tonight.

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@leetennant Yes, JG asked that DH defend him but that was for the next murder, I believe, ie the Sun Hee killing 5 years after Ae Ran was murdered. For the Ae Ran case, DH was just assigned to it.

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1. My hunch on Madame Jin -- she's the mother of the boy whose heart DH received. How she knew she had to come and help is an open question, but that is the reason why.

2. OK, so just like they juxtaposed DH's question to his dad with his dad's question about his health, they just now juxtaposed YR's question about who is getting the kickbacks from the attack helicopters with the photo of Mr. Political Candidate. Not subtle, but effective.

3. When all the people in a murder investigation have a solid alibi, what does that tell you? Murder on the Orient Express- style conspiracy. Everyone is in on it.

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And one more thing that I just understood -- this dream he keeps having -- it's how the young man whose heart he received died.

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Does the nurse case tie in through the theme of confession (true confession? or false confession to serve some other purpose?)?? Or is it somehow linked to the larger case? I don't see how.

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Junho is perfect for this part. I was starting to question him after JBL - which I thought was terrible and dropped at episode 4.

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I think we've had this discussion before. I thought JBL was really well done, and he was perfect in that role. So if we have such different takes on that drama, it's kind of amazing that we can agree on this one.

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@lindag
Certainly when Kaleidoscopic and I sat down to watch JBL we were really looking forward to it because so many people loved it.
I just found the characterisation weak. I had no idea why people were doing what they were doing. It was very similar to my reaction to a lot of J-dorama where the characters are stylised archetypes rather than real people and the writer just moves them around to make a narrative point rather than having them act organically. Yeah I only made it to episode 4. I was really disappointed because I was expecting to love it.

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Episode 5: Yeah I haven't finished it yet but I'm stealing the 700th comment. This is naughty of me. Mianhamnida.

I'm really enjoying the slow reflective pace of it, actually. And I can finally see what (may) be the parallels between the nurse's case and the current cases.

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I'd like to know who YR's father was and what he did for a living. Did someone just get him out of the way to expedite DH getting the heart transplant? Or was DH's turn a side effect of getting rid of YR's father?

So far, I can understand that the nurse's story has given us the back story for DH and YR and opened up this question. What I'm not sure about is whether this case is in some way supposed to mirror what happened with DH's father. I don't think so, because I think it's clear his confession was bought with the money for DH's operation.

As for the ending, I'm getting a little tired of the way this self-righteous detective is written. If DH wants to find out the truth about his father's case, who is he to object? And since he's not even a cop, who is he to be so invested in DH's relationship with JG? What, have all his years as a detective really not taught him that he cannot single-handedly right all wrongs, capture all criminals, and control all characters? And did he really come away from that experience feeling that he himself is infallible? I would think an experienced detective would be a lot more jaded and humble.

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He was so butt hurt by being called incompetent. No I don't like him either.

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Episode 6: So here is a problem I have with a lot of these shows. The subtle hints and wafts of a deeper conspiracy, the quiet revelations, the sense that something is afoot: all this is often much more compelling than the conspiracy itself. Once you have old men sitting in rooms scheming then it risks losing what makes it interesting.

I found Forest of Secrets dealt with this in the best way - it made the problem systemic. It wasn't men sitting in a room scheming, it was the product of corruption so fundamental that it was normalised.

Not to say that this will kill the show, but it risks making it generic.

As soon as it was about a secret cabal of kingmakers my interest dropped. And I'm getting hints that Yuri is being set up to be fridged and if that happens I'll throw something. I'm already tired of being female characters being fridged. It was one reason I was tired of American TV in the first place.

In contrast, everything to do with DH and Madame Lin was just lovely. I love what Junho is bringing to DH. It reminds me of the quiet kindness he brought to Poong. And now that I think about it, quiet kindness is my favourite quality.

To everyone who's ahead of me - I really dislike Detective Gi Choon-ho. Really dislike him. Does this change? Am I supposed to like him? He really rubs me the wrong way. He's incompetent and self-righteous. This is the worst combination.

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I'm waiting for your next comments because I dropped it when they brought in the weapons connection. As much as I love Junho, I find the old men sitting in rooms scheming a big NO. Let me know if it manages to overcome this. I suppose I could ffwd.

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At least no sashimi was harmed in the making of these schemes?

I won't get to episode 7 till tomorrow unfortunately but I'm hoping it stays grounded in the personal. So many shows last year were killed by Sashimi Scheming.

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@leetennant I didn’t like him in the beginning. I think most of us did not as well. My turning point to warm up to him was around episode 7-8. For me, I’m thankful DH has him.

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I understand. I love everything but the big villains, which to me is the weakness of the show. Perhaps I wouldn't have minded if there was not such a powerful opening performance from Han Jong-gu, but the quality of depth in villains is very apparent. Never warmed up to the suits to the end, but the gang made it worth it to keep going for me, personally, and I stuck around for them and to see Do Hyun get his justice.

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Honestly, the whole double jeopardy thing and the possible serial killer was much more interesting than the military storyline.

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Han Jong-gu is such a multi-layered character and it's a great performance by Ryoo Kyung-soo (who I hadn't heard of before this). Cho Ki-tak in comparison is boring and one-dimensional. I just don't find the smirking interesting or scary. And he's playing the part with VILLAIN stamped on his forehead, to the point where I have no idea why DH didn't know he was a bad guy from day 1.

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Yep. HJG is my favorite villain of this series. They also don't give us that much on him any more than CKT, but he was able to add layers through his portrayal. I'm so glad RKS took on this role.

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Also once the big bad guy finds out that Dad had a visitor, there's going to be trouble.

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Also, ding-ding-ding, alarm bells going off -- that prosecutor who died in a car accident -- maybe Mme. Jin's son and the heart donor for DH???

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Yup, sure looks that way.

But why does the nurse have to be more involved here?

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I think it's not just quiet kindness, but also quiet courage -- the courage to bear everything that has happened to him and hold it all in, while still being open to what is going on with other people. Junho is really wonderful at playing this person who is quietly bearing all these wounds. You can see he is vulnerable, but he never stops standing up straight, smoothing out his expression, and moving on with what he needs to do.

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I think I identify with how self-contained he is. But he still doesn't push people away if they need him or if he needs their help. And he never goes aggressively down the wrong path and has to be course-corrected. If anything, he's the one who's constantly assessing and re-assessing his actions, reflecting on his behavior and thoughtfully choosing the right path.

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Episode 7: The scheming continues. Still no sushi.

Also I hate to say it but I am getting confused. There's so many characters and so many names. Who did Madame Jin visit to talk about her son's case? Was it the head of the prosecution? Who did he then call in concern about the name she dropped?

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Mdm Jin visited Pros Yang In Bum. He is the head in that office of Prosecutors but he seems to be 'under' or deferent towards a sunbae who is the Lawyer Ji of the Firm DH just happened to start out in. Yang called Secretary Hwang (secretary of Oh Taek Jin, Chairman of Yukwang Corp and lobbyist to be the middleman or whatever to get the helicopter deal).

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Wow, I'm so impressed that you caught all those names!

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Two thirds of the way through episode 7 - I don't like it that I have to worry that something might happen to Mme Jin or YR. Isn't it enough that they each lost someone precious? Also, I wonder when they are going to connect the dots between Prosecutor Oh's death and DH's nightmare.

Also -- wild guess -- isn't the missing Cho Ki-tak our pyscho murderer by a different name? So if I'm right, he was the suspect for murder #1 and was even seen by a witness, but got off through a manufactured alibi; then was accused of murder #2, got off, then confessed; and was suspected of murder #3, but got off by confessing to #2. Too weird for me.

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Note to self on the nightmare -- the answer seems to be now.

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Another note to self - no, the fact that HJG remembers CKT getting into his jeep with bloody gloves the night of the first murder (gee, did he only just connect that with the murder itself???) seems like solid proof that they are separate people.

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If I understand it correctly, Cho Ki-tak was the suspect for murder #1, which he committed but he got off because the military faked an alibi.

Han Jong-gu then committed murder #2 but tried to make it look like murder #1 (I'm still not convinced he did it tbh because he seemed to want to get caught).

CKT then committed murder #3 in the same way as murder #1 (which HJG had copied for murder #2) and tried to frame HJG.

HJG then confessed to murder #2 as part of the strategy to clear him of murder #3.

Cho Ki-tak is so obviously Nurse Cho's male friend who surfaced when she was accused of murder that I was quite annoyed with everybody for not realising it.

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You mean the one who came to DH's office and begged him to take her case? Are you kidding? Didn't he have to know who DH was? Why would a guy who murdered for money be sticking his neck out in a case like that? Seriously???

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The more I think about this, the more it bugs me. First, we only know this guy as someone trying to help Nurse Cho. So we've only seen him in a sympathetic light. But what we know about CKT is that he's a brutal murderer and almost certainly a paid murderer. I'm not arguing that they're different people, only that they didn't really lay the groundwork for this to be believable.

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It didn't bother me. Sociopaths often believe themselves to be smarter than others and the military has his back. He was probably amused by the idea of walking into the office of the lawyer who was involved in one of his murders.
I didn't find him sympathetic - I found him vaguely creepy. Especially because a Korean man in his position seemed to be avoiding describing himself as 'Oppa' and I remember thinking that was weird.

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Yeah they asked him what his relationship to her was and he launched into this long-winded explanation about how he they had known each other since they were young and she had no family and he was a slightly older male who was close enough to be her family - and I'm sitting there going, "Korean literally has a word for that. Why isn't he using it?"

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Episode 8: I feel like this show is expecting us to believe everything is just a cosmic coincidence. Like all these people just fell into place at the same time for no reason. It's a vaguely supernatural concept that's mirrored in the mythical 'organ memory'. I don't like it, it's warring with the otherwise pared-back verisimilitude.

So Madam Jin wasn't concerned about her son's case, in fact it never occurred to her that his death was mysterious. So why did she suddenly appear and inveigle a job at DH's firm right around the time JG was framed for murder?

Nurse Cho just happens to murder somebody at the right time for people to notice the parallels between the transplant case and DH's case and she happens to be the sister of ?one? of the murderers. The coincidences are out of control.

None of these things are enough to ruin the show for me, I'm still enjoying it a lot. But the sheer volume of exposition required to make this convoluted case work is overwhelming other, more organic plot developments. And while I'm glad this episode gave us some answers, it means every conversation was exposition.

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Also I've been screaming since episode 7 that if DH was looking for Nurse's Cho's brother who has been mysteriously wiped from the records, he should probably start with the man who showed up when she was charged with murder and said she had no family.