Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

I think this was the only time Min-ki smiled this week and it was a flashback

My poor baby Tae-shik

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Hey.

Hey, Show.

You know, when I told you a few weeks ago to please give Lee Min-ki more to work with, YOU DIDN’T NEED TO GO THIS HARD YOU CRUEL, SADISTIC PSYCHOPATHS!!!!

There are a couple scenes in ep 12 (and ep 9) where I actually had to look away from the screen because watching him like that PHYSICALLY PAINS ME but I still had to LISTEN to him and it was TERRIBLE

And of course I could never gif those moments because I don’t hate myself but here are the (much) less heart-wrenching moments

Dear Lee Min-ki: Honey, stop being so good??? But also no never do that keep killing me please

Dear writers: SCREW YOU





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My previous post but in motion.

Because as much as I love Lee Min-ki screencaps, he’s 100x better in motion.

I just love watching him in this, even when he’s doing nothing in particular like in these gifs.

That first gif is my favorite.





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I don’t know if I’m just especially sensitive today or what but why is Lee Min-ki so handsome in ep 11 of The Lies Within? It actually offends me. His face is all angles but it’s so endearing. And all of the soft, hushed tones he uses. Sigh.

The dark lighting used so often in this show sometimes annoys me but I also love seeing how the lighting makes him look so different. His bone structure is fascinating. I know, I’m weird.

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    I wish I can describe SSR as poetically as you are describing LMK’s facial structure. Haha

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      “Poetic”? LOL. I’m always just like “Sigh he look good” but thank you! I give all credit to the subject.

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    He does look different in some of those. #2 I wouldn’t of recognized him right away.

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      I find it so interesting that, despite having such a distinctive face, he can look so different depending on the lighting, the hairstyle, and the way he carries himself.

      I remember when I started Because This Life is Our First I had to do a double take because he looked and acted so different from Spellbound, in which he looked and acted so different from Shut Up: Flower Boy Band, the only two things I’d seen him in previously.

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    No you are not Mindy. It is stupid how good looking and symmetrical his face is.

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      Some people don’t see it and, like, I can understand that his severe facial features aren’t for everyone but also… how. And I think his sort of unconventional looks make him more attractive.

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    I feel personally offended by him (and LYY) because they keep me glued to the screen even with a plot that has more holes than a Swiss cheese and a cavalier attitude to forensics.

    I mean, I would have gotten him off within a minute of the gun switcheroo business and I just don’t understand why the other cops and forensic scientists can’t.

    For an hour, I keep asking myself wth I’m watching this and then… yeah your posts perfectly explain it. Thank you Mindy for that at least.

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      I officially passed the point of no return last week, cloggie. I’m now in full-on… Oppa Mode *CRINGE CRINGE CRINGE*.

      I see nothing else.

      If elitist high school me could see me now, she would be DISGUSTED.

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In which Dal-ja is actually me

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I guess you could say… the Spare Tire could’ve used… a spare tire. Ahahahhahaa!!!!! *ba dum tss*

…I’ll see myself out.

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    Hmmmm…that’s not how a spare tire works, dalja-ssi. A spare tire can’t patch up holes in another tire. It replaces the tire.

    *runs away*
    *turn around and shouts*
    LMK is great!
    *continue to run*

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      LOL I think it’s a translation problem, I’ve seen that line translated many different ways.

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LEE MIN-KI IS A CAT INCARNATE THIS IS THE ONLY PROOF YOU WILL EVER NEED!!!!!

I actually SCREAMED watching this and my parents were very confused

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It’s finally Min-ki Day tomorrow!!!

I’ve had a rough couple of days, I need this. 💖

Frankly, I can’t believe there are no official stills of uniform!Minki. Sigh.

But you know, I do love his super casual look in this show. I’ve even come around to his hairstyle. He’s just so natural, completely without airs. I’ve always loved that he’s not at all a vain actor.

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hullo

this is SO FUNNY to me I don’t even know why

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Lee Yoo-young and Lee Min-ki arguing about whose stomach is grumbling for a solid 5 minutes

This is clearly a deeply intellectual set

Also FEED THEM!!!!!

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She has the most smug look on her face I’ve ever seen YES YOU GET TO WORK WITH HIM EVERY DAY DON’T RUB IT IN

She’s often declaring how handsome Lee Min-ki sunbae is I’m glad she’s an intellectual

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    Why is your husband so chummy with her?

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      He’s chummy with his male hoobae too, I wouldn’t want him to discriminate.

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I woke up early so I could leave early because I thought the roads would be bad but they weren’t so now I’m at work early and I want to go back to sleep

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    sounds like a typical winter work day in my town.
    With the snow storm we had overnight, I decided that coming late would be acceptable. *shrug*

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This just in: Lee Min-ki throwing his jacket is still weirdly hot

And yes I am actually incapable of posting about anyone else at the moment I’M SORRY BEANIES


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He is beauty, he is grace
I still love his stupid face





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    He is the opposite of Lee Seung gi in Vagabond. As a certified klutz, this montage makes me love him more.

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      This makes me more curious to watch Quick. Does being in an actual action movie make him look any more competent at this sort of stuff? LOL.

      Considering the fact that he got injured while filming that movie…

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    Why do I love that it looks like he can barely boost himself over that wall?

    How is the drama going?

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      Maybe because it seems like you can catch him as he’s trying to flee?

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        This reminded me of work and made me laugh. I work with very young children and you will get these chubby (some as round as they are tall) like 18 month olds. They run so hard and think they are going so fast and love to play chase. It is so easy to catch them because all you need to do is take slightly bigger steps.

        Now I’m just imagining an Ajumma fan telling Lee Min ki “I’m going to get you” as they speed walk after him.

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          I’m no ajumma, I’m young and fit, so I have a much better chance

          I’M KIDDING HONEY I’M SORRY I SHOULDN’T EVEN JOKE I WOULD NEVER CHASE YOU

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After watching the craziness of The Lies Within ep 10 the only coherent thought I have is “Lee Min-ki in uniform, ooooooh”

Clearly watching this show for the right reasons.


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    I have no coherent words after ep 10.

    If you’re meeting up with someone who’s at a bus stop, clearly you’d swing by the bus stop to pick them up, and then go for a coffee somewhere. Alternatively, you could just suggest to meet at a random empty building site. For no good reason whatsoever (apart from plot-driven death)

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      Right? I was like “Wait why is he… leaving the bus stop…. to take a taxi….. to go meet up someone with a CAR……..”

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          Yep, it’s the leads that keep bringing me back, and I was really growing quite fond of our little police squad *sob*. I also genuinely like Jo Tae-shik as a character (not even biased! I promise!!) and I’m pleased to see Kim Seo-hee participating more in the investigation finally.

          People on Soompi are really going at it analyzing this drama but I just skim their posts for comments on Seo-hee and Tae-shik, lol. This generally isn’t my genre of choice, anyway, even if I did happen to like the writing overall more.

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            Oh no now it looks like I replied to a ghost post.

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            Ah sorry, I shouldn’t delete posts just because I think of something mildly less snarky to say. I think I would watch LMK and LYY do anything really. They carry this drama.

            I don’t think the writing would stand up to any kind of sensible analysis.

            Unless of course someone is willing to do the maths on the chances of hitting a car from the side on a crossing in the dark with no traffic. If car A goes travels at X miles an hour and car B travels at Y miles an hour, what is the probability of cars A and B colliding, even accounting for car B adjusting his speed.

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            @cloggie I think the same thing! Both on being able to watch LYY and LMK do anything and the fact that the show wouldn’t really hold up to the amount of analysis some people are doing. I feel like just trying would be a waste of energy, lol. But some people are really into it so they can keep on going on.

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        … at a building site nearby.

        Sigh. So stupid.

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    He is attractive. Those cheekbones *puuurrrssss*.

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      I really am happy to just see him again. Doing so well in a role I don’t absolutely hate.

      He has the best cheekbones and no one can tell me otherwise.

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    Your priorities are fine.

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Me a month ago: You know, Lee Min-ki has never done a melodrama. He should do one next, he would be so good.

Episode 9 of The Lies Within: -happens-

Me: neVERMIND THIS IS ALREADY MORE THAN I CAN HANDLE

I didn’t gif the scene where he totally breaks down because I physically could not bring myself to watch it again let alone make a gif that would put it on endless loop.




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    This is as bad as when he was sad about Ji-ho leaving. Where’s Kitty? He needs Uri kitty.

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      I kept out the worst bits but I assure you IT’S MUCH WORSE THE NOISES HE MAKES

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    I need to start this show!
    How is it quality-wise regardless of the fact that LMK is in it?

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      Welcome back Yuyuu. Mindy would like you to join the Discord group you know.

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      It’s getting better! I mean LMK and his character is definitely the best part but the show is growing on me. It’s a slow-burn, don’t expect a fast-moving thriller, but I really quite liked the past few episodes. Tae-shik has become MY BABY. You can check out Saya’s recaps and the comments to get a feel if you want! I’m not sure I’d recommend it to the average person yet but if you like LMK it’s definitely worth a watch just for him.

      And… yes… I do want you to join the Discord group…

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Tae-shik saying “I can’t blame everything on this crazy world anymore” and realizing that he has to take responsibility for his actions (and inaction)… it made me realize some important things, too. I always think it’s amazing when a TV show can do that. When it prompts you to reexamine yourself.

I’ve found myself rewatching the 5 minutes from episode 8 of The Lies Within when Tae-shik talks to Seo-hee and owns up to his mistakes, when he’s trying to eat his guilt away and talks to his mom on the phone. I love the song that plays in the background. I love how it reflects Tae-shik’s weariness. I love how Lee Min-ki plays this role so naturally.

I wouldn’t exactly recommend this show to anyone yet, but… I’ve found something in it to love. Someone. And honestly, I didn’t expect that.

But how could I not? It’s Lee Min-ki.


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After watching The Lies Within episode 7, I have to say… I think it’s settling into its groove. I really enjoyed this episode. It was melancholy and pensive and it didn’t have any of the tonal whiplash present in some of the other episodes. It just… worked.

It’s still not the most sophisticated thriller out there, but the flaws in the writing are becoming less glaring to me and I liked the character moments in this episodes. This show is not fast-paced and it is quite dense, but I honestly didn’t care. There were a few boring scenes, but for many I was surprisingly able to just enjoy being in the moment. I think the director is really getting a handle on this show. Also, I really liked the song playing at the end of the episode and hope it’s released soon.

Maybe I’m becoming delusional and only seeing what I want to see. Whatever the case, my favorite bits:

-Tae-shik being straight with Seo-hee and criticizing her naivete. Her naivete has been her downfall so far, and seeing her trust in someone she has put so much faith into crumble as she opens her eyes was heartbreaking to watch. I really look forward to seeing these two finally work together. I’m glad that Seo-hee has begun to share things with Tae-shik.

-The character moments between Tae-shik and his hoobaes, and how Ho-gyu and Jin-kyung’s conversation gave us just a bit more insight on Tae-shik as a character. He’s still a bit of an enigma, but as Jin-kyung said, he can’t open up easily to others. I’m looking forward to him opening up more to us the audience as the show goes on. He’s a hardass, and he really should’ve taught Ho-gyu more, but I understand his impatience and eagerness to go home. The show’s done a good job at hinting at Tae-shik’s anxiety about his mother without hitting us over the head with a sob story. Also, I’ve spent much of this show rolling my eyes at Jin-kyung and Ho-gyu’s antics and incompetence, but the more centered and melancholy tone of this episode really made me appreciate them as characters more. The show is cognizant of its characters’ flaws. I can appreciate that. Tae-shik telling Ho-gyu that he did a good job was predictable, but that didn’t make it any less touching, despite Tae-shik’s apparent nonchalance.

I also have to say that for the first time I streamed the show from Netflix onto my nice TV, and it was beautiful. I can’t believe I wasted 6 episodes watching it on my laptop. The cinematography really deserves a bigger, better screen. And, of course, the better to watch Lee Yoo-young and Lee Min-ki’s excellence with.

Now, off to watch episode 8!





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    This was what I was watching before I the bug from “The Untamed” got to me lol I hope to get back to it later on ☺️☺️

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    i like most of it, i think the story telling and pacing are good, and that the writer has a pretty tight control of the narrative. I actively dislike most characters most times. But that is consistent with the narrative — there’s no one innocent in this story, everyone is guilty of something, if not something criminal then at least selfishness, lying (to themselves and others) and ulterior motives. The only thing that i mind is the very unkind (although i really want to say misogynistic) writing of all the female characters. Like the constant gratuitous jokes about the stupidity of the female cop, or the mix of nativity and irrationality that drives SH’s behavior most of the time. When the story needs it, she behaves like a functional adult, but the rest of the time it’s just excruciating to watch. I just want to shake her into reality at least a couple of times per episode. Not sure how much of it is the writing and how much is the acting, but she is the weakest link in the execution for me.

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Sooo I finished episode 7 of The Lies Within and I really, really liked it?

More to come soon but the first thing that convinced me was seeing them investigate a crime scene with KCSI! With GLOVES! And SHOE COVERS! And MASKS!

AM I WATCHING THE RIGHT SHOW?!?!

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He looks like a little kid. Cute!!! I love his small, shy smiles.

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