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I Miss You: Episode 3

Wow. Um, you might want to steel yourselves before venturing into today’s episode, which takes the tremendous cuteness of the previous episode, gives it the big ol’ backhand, and locks it away. In a box of nails. With torture. The general plotline isn’t anything we weren’t expecting, since the whole premise is built on this huge trauma that rips apart the couple in their youths, but the dramatization of said trauma is a little, well, traumatic.

But if you’ve already gone and seen the episode, maybe what you really need is a big cathartic cry-vent-release session. That’s what comments are for? Have at it.

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EPISODE 3 RECAP

Detective Kim gives Jung-woo a ride home and is surprised to realize how rich he is. They have a heartwarming rapport already, which relieves my mind since it’s so clear Jung-woo wants a close relationship with his father—at least he can find that kind of connection with ajusshi.

Detective Kim gives him a bit of advice, saying that he thinks Jung-woo will be able to fulfill his own life’s unfinished dream: “Grow into a proper adult. That’s the hardest thing.” He leaves him with a salute and the request to look after Soo-yeon.

Dad (Chairman Han) arrives just then, and casts a suspicious look at the police siren in Detective Kim’s car. Jung-woo introduces them, but Dad ignores the handshake and heads inside.

Detective Kim notices a strange van parked across the street, and his officer instincts kick in. He approaches—we see shadowy figures sitting inside it—and the van immediately peels away. Yeah, that’s not suspicious. Detective Kim makes a note of the license plate.

Since having a cop around tends to put a damper on being able to continue with one’s lifestyle of crime and skullduggery, Chairman Han tells Jung-woo not to associate with the detective anymore. Jung-woo says he wants to keep seeing him, only to get threatened with being shipped off to the States. Aw, this just makes me love him more for growing up into a cop.

In front of her house, Soo-yeon answers Jung-woo’s call (she’s carrying around the huge cordless phone). He says teasingly that he’s about to cry since the wind is getting in his eyes again (in his big empty house) and tells her he had fun today, asking if he can come over again. Soo-yeon says yes and tells him Eun-joo likes him too. He sighs about how it’s annoying that all Eun-joo talked about was kissing, and then cuts himself off, remembering the kiss she totally slept through.

Jung-woo tells her to be ready to give that promised present tomorrow: it’s supposed to rain. She says no, it’s snow on the forecast. He bursts out, “No, it can’t! Before the first snow falls, it has to rain.” Adorable! Since rain equals Soo-yeon’s present and first snow equals kiss, he basically wants something from her before he kisses her.

Soo-yeon asks what he’s going to do on the day of first snow. He answers that he’ll have to meet her. They are so cute.

Soo-yeon has been drawing on the wall as she talks, and now we see the chalk letters spelling our drama’s title: “I miss you.”

The days pass. Soo-yeon makes a little flip-book with her school notes, showing a boy and a girl meeting under an umbrella and kissing. Is your present a kiss? That’s awesome. Basically there are gonna be smooches all around.

As Jung-woo looks up at the sky and holds his hand out wishing for raindrops, Soo-yeon writes in her diary of their respective waits. She’s never waited for anything before in her life, but decides, “I like waiting. And I like Jung-woo.”

Then, it starts to rain. Jung-woo goes tearing out of his house, HAHA.

Soo-yeon has to wait for Mom, who’s taken the umbrella, and impatiently tries to usher her home so she can run back out. Mom’s gabby today, though, so finally Soo-yeon just says, “Mom, I’m sorry.” And runs off, leaving Mom stuck in the rain.

Just as Jung-woo races past that broken light, it sparks dangerously. He stops to take a closer look, which makes me a little nervous… and then he’s grabbed from behind. A man drags him backward while clamping a drugged cloth over his mouth, and Soo-yeon gets there just in time to recognize Jung-woo.

She screams his name and runs after the car, and although the kidnapper is safely on the move, he growls that the girl saw his face. Stop the car.

Soo-yeon peers inside to see Jung-woo slumped over, unconscious. She pounds on the window begging the ajusshi to let her friend go, and finally the frustrated kidnapper opens the van door…

As expected, it’s nurse Hye-mi behind this plot, acting on the instructions of Kang Hyun-joo. Hye-mi has relocated her hideaway and Hyung-joon looks better now, though his leg is still injured from that dog bite. She tells the boy that he’ll get his wish and see his mom now.

Mom is still being held essentially prisoner by the chairman, and she sobs to see Hyung-joon arriving and hobbling toward the building. But rather than allowing him inside to her monitored hospital room, Mom and Hye-mi exchange a look, and the boy is dragged back to the car. I guess she just wanted to see the boy, if not up close.

She makes her decision and agrees to meet Chairman Han. He gets the call and smiles devilishly. (It just occurred to me that these two played out a bumbling romance in the MBN sitcom You’re Here, You’re Here, You’re Really Here. What a change.)

That night, Eun-joo alerts her Dad to the umbrella she found in the street. It tugs my heart a little that she’s been standing guard over it to make sure it stayed exactly like this until Dad could see, and she fears that this is bad news. Soo-yeon went to see Jung-woo, who isn’t answering his phone, and she’d never throw away that treasured umbrella.

When Jung-woo comes to, he’s lying with his hands tied behind his back in a grimy warehouse. He works the cell phone out of his back pocket, but the call doesn’t go through.

He becomes aware of Soo-yeon lying nearby, painfully stirring awake. He scoots toward her on his back and asks tearfully why she’s here. Her answer just makes it worse: “To save you.”

Hearing the kidnappers moving, they shoot each other panicked looks and huddle closer together. Looks like the guy’s doing some drugs, and he pays the kids little heed.

Jung-woo says, “Let’s go home.” He looks around and spots broken glass nearby, which he can cut his ropes with.

Chairman Han arrives to see Hyun-joo. Ah, he had her locked up in an asylum, which explains her virtual prisoner status. Hyun-joo repeats the chairman’s own words at him to make her threat known: Go get your son, he won’t be dead yet.

Chairman Han calls his wife immediately, who isn’t even aware that Jung-woo’s out of the house. But he puts on his stone face when confronting Hyun-joo, who thought she could barter the son’s life for her freedom. She threatens that Jung-woo will be killed if she doesn’t leave this building, but he calls her (possible) bluff.

Instead, the chairman orders her dragged off, never to see the light of day again. She’s carted off screaming that he’ll never see his boy or his money.

Hye-mi calls her kidnapper thugs to ask if the job’s been done. The kidnapper tells him to come and get both kids, wanting to be rid of the unexpected tagalong. Hye-mi doesn’t care about the girl, but she’s intent on getting Jung-woo.

Hye-mi has been watching the hospital window from her car, and both she and Hyung-joon see the lights go out in the room and realize that the plan failed. The boy screams for his mother, but Hye-mi tells him to forget her now because she’s dead. There’s no way Chairman Han would let her live—he killed his father (who is, crazy enough, also little Hyung-joon’s father) and maimed Hyung-joon’s leg. Her plan now is to get Jung-woo, then somehow flee with Hyung-joon.

Jung-woo stoically works on his ropes, even though this cuts up his hand on the broken glass. Then the kidnapper approaches the kids in his drug-fueled stupor, and the scared kids clasp hands. Jung-woo pleads with the man to get his ransom from his father, but the man just grabs Soo-yeon by the feet and drags her off.

Jung-woo shouts, which gets his mouth slapped with tape and a few hard kicks to the gut. The kidnapper turns, and gets whacked in the head with a stick. Soo-yeon wields a wooden beam and warns him to stay away, while yelling at Jung-woo to go. He works harder on cutting his ropes, and Soo-yeon holds the man at bay, warning, “Do you know who I am? My father’s a killer!”

She screams that she can kill too, while Jung-woo cries. The man knocks her to the ground and crawls over her body. Ugh.

Jung-woo gets more frantic, and she gets dragged away again. We don’t see what happens to her, but it’s perhaps all the more horrifying because of that—the sounds, the slaps, the screams. The camera fixes on Jung-woo’s reactions as she’s assaulted. Gack. It’s wrenching.

Finally Jung-woo’s ropes give way, though it’s a bit late because it’s over by now. The door opens, and the other kidnapper sees the scene and realizes his partner is doped-up again. He growls, “You oughtta die!” and starts punching him.

Jung-woo staggers over to see Soo-yeon on the ground, beaten and traumatized. She just lies there with her eyes open. He takes in the terrible sight, but registers that the door has been left open… and makes a break for it. Leaving her there? Ack!

I totally get why—he needs to run for help—but the way she just lies there whispering his name is pretty awful.

Then to make the worst day ever even just a little bit more hellish, it starts to snow, making a mockery of their innocent romantic hopes. Lordy. We get it. Why don’t you add in a Truck of Doom while we’re at it?

The kidnappers realize Jung-woo’s flight and give chase, the sober kidnapper pursuing Jung-woo into the woods and the druggie driving the van. Uh, did you think this through? Didn’t think you might want to trade roles here?

The chase takes them to a railroad station, where he ducks for cover underneath a train car. He manages to leave unseen and arrives in a sad-looking town. He runs from closed shop to closed shop asking for help, and spies a pay phone.

Chairman Han doesn’t seem very worried about the kidnapping, and would rather not kick up a fuss by reporting it—not when the nurse is bound to contact them. But then Jung-woo calls him and gives him his location, begging him to save Soo-yeon.

Chairman Han orders his men mobilized. Then, Jung-woo calls the police line and begs for help. He’s asked to provide his location… and drops the phone. He runs to hide himself, but the kidnappers find him anyway.

Detective Kim arrives at Jung-woo’s house to ask after him, but Stepmom turns him away with a lie that Jung-woo’s in bed. Thankfully this is not a man easily deterred, plus he gets the call that Jung-woo called the police.

Jung-woo gets a beating by the two kidnappers, but they’re not out to kill him and call it a day, saying they have to get back to “take care of the girl” anyway. Jung-woo begs for mercy, not for himself but hers.

An then, a whole fleet of black cars arrives: Chairman Han and his private thug army. Druggie makes a break for it, while Jung-woo begs his father to save Soo-yeon. Dad sends his right-hand man but refuses to let Jung-woo go too, even though Jung-woo begs, saying that Soo-yeon’s in danger from the second man. He can’t even bring himself to say why, because it has him breaking down again.

Dad slaps him and orders him taken home.

The kidnapper’s cell phone rings. It’s Hye-mi, calling to check up on the hostage situation, and the kidnapper is forced to answer as though nothing is wrong, telling her she’ll find the boy at the warehouse.

A figure darts in front of her car, and Hye-mi slams to a stop. I don’t even know whether to be glad Soo-yeon has found them, or worried.

Hyung-joon recognizes noona, and Hye-mi realizes that this must be the extra kidnappee. This means something went wrong… so she drives backwards, leaving Soo-yeon collapsed in the middle of the snowy road. She gets ready to run her over. Goddamn it, drama, you’re really starting to piss me off with all your heaps of terrible terribleness. Whatever happened to a little subtlety?

Hye-mi says that the girl knows the kidnappers’ faces, so she can’t be left as a loose end. Vrooooom. Hyung-joon screams, “NO!” but the car hurtles for Soo-yeon, who can only stand there frozen in fear.

Chairman Han’s men take care of the warehouse crime scene by setting it ablaze.

Detective Kim arrives in the vicinity to see the fire from a distance. A parade of black cars passes him on their way down from the mountain, and the chairman seems to recognize the cop. So does Jung-woo, though Detective Kim is preoccupied with the fire.

At home, Mom and Eun-joo worriedly await news. Eun-joo is keeping the details from Mom at her father’s request, though she confirms that there are no hospital admittances. Mom grumbles that she’s off with that boy again.

By the time the police arrive at the scene, everything is charred black. Detective Kim hunts for clues in the rubble, and finds… one charred clothespin. He knows it’s Soo-yeon’s, even though his teammates scoff that it’s an ordinary pin and not a clue.

Detective Kim keeps looking, though, and follows prints in the snow, tracking Jung-woo’s escape route.

At home, Jung-woo gets scolded by his parents, just in case you weren’t clear on how awful they are as people. Dad growls at him for being a 15-year-old who had the audacity to get kidnapped, like that makes him weak and unmanly. Though really, the whole point is that he’s not a man yet.

Worst of all, he called the police—Stepmom chides him for making that mistake, since drawing attention to ex-con Dad will hinder his business recovery prospects. Excuse me while I say: Boo fuckin’ hoo, lady. Guh, I hate these people.

Jung-woo kneels before his father and begs him to help Soo-yeon, saying she was trying to save him. Dad says derisively, “Save you? And you left her behind?! If something happens to her, you killed her.”

Fear-stricken Jung-woo even appeals to his stepmother, asking her to stay with him, but she snaps her hand back and tells him none of this would have happened if he went back to America: “Don’t act so high and mighty with me. This is all you amount to.” LORDY.

Finally, Detective Kim finds a clue in the snow: blood spatters here and there, and a shoe. Soo-yeon’s. He imagines the scene in his mind’s eye, seeing her staggering along this way, and follows that vision to the road. More blood spatters here, and then a large stain. Eek.

With renewed vigor, he returns to the Han mansion and demands to see Jung-woo. Dad’s assistant tells him to get a warrant.

Detective Kim continues the investigation and makes the connection to the strange van he saw the other night. His boss gets wind of his investigation and tears him a new one, because if Soo-yeon’s name gets involved, that draws interest in her father’s name, and that puts them all back in the hot seat for that criminal execution. He seizes his badge and orders him not to go around doing any illegal investigations.

Eun-joo calls with news. By the time he gets back home, Mom is convinced that Soo-yeon’s been taken or attacked by the victims of her husband, and begs Detective Kim to make it known that her husband was wrongly accused. Detective Kim lies to her to calm her down, saying nothing’s happened and he’ll bring her back.

On the other hand, news about the false accusation has Eun-joo looking disillusioned with her father. She rebuffs his attempt to explain and can’t believe he’d lie, either, reminding him that he’d once said that as a cop, he hated lying more than dying. And does Soo-yeon know her father wasn’t a killer?

She starts to cry, her whole world crashing down around her: “You catch bad guys, you aren’t a bad guy yourself! You tell me not to lie, but why do you lie? Who am I supposed to trust now?” I really like this girl.

Jung-woo lies in bed, mumbling Soo-yeon’s name in his sleep, reliving her assault. He rips off his IV and runs downstairs yelling her name, interrupting his father’s meeting to ask where she is. He’s practically hysterical as he screams that Dad said he’d find her. He falls to the ground, sobbing.

 
COMMENTS

Wow, um, wow. That was a little grimmer than I was prepared for—and I was plenty prepared for Soo-yeon to go through the wringer, since the Big Childhood Event must’ve been sufficiently monumental for Jung-woo to fail to protect her from it, as the show’s promos constantly reminded us. It was a lot to watch. I almost resented how beautifully lit and shot the scenes were, because the content was so repellant.

While we’ve seen her go through a lot already, there’s just that added layer of wretchedness in adding a sexual violation to all the other stuff, not just because rape is despicable but also because there’s an inherent gender divide in the transgression. And I don’t mean that Jung-woo becomes complicit in the crimes of his gender—not at all, not in the least. But it’s as though their shared trauma diverges there, from the moment their blood-stained hands were wrenched apart.

Compounding that is the fact that Jung-woo left her behind, which was such an awful moment for both of them (and us too, I think, watching him have to make that choice). I don’t blame him for his action, but I have to admit my heart sank when he did it. I expect that Soo-yeon wouldn’t begrudge him his choice either, but you have to think she had that same moment of feeling abandoned and left to her misery alone. One shudders to think how that can/must/will grow and twist and develop in the years of their separation. Will she harbor resentment under the surface, denying its existence while it informs everything she does? Or will she be so full of love that she would hold him entirely blameless? I don’t know.

What I AM pretty sure of, however, is that he isn’t going to let himself off the hook for it. That makes his adult trajectory really intriguing, and this episode certainly explains why the adult Jung-woo is described as a dogged cop who throws himself into catching criminals with a fiendish devotion. He’s out to punish everyone ever, and maybe even himself most of all for failing her. I’m not just speculating that part, since we already see signs of that mentality—when his father tells him he’s responsible for Soo-yeon’s possible death, he looks broken and admits that he ran out of fear. He doesn’t hide behind the noble excuse I was all ready to give him, that he was only leaving so he could save her; he all but concedes that he fled for himself. It’s a moment of weakness that will inform the rest of his life.

What does this bode for our future? Well, it pretty much means I’m rooting for Jung-woo and Soo-yeon to be happy forever and ever no matter what that entails. They could probably go on robbery sprees a la Bonnie & Clyde and I’d cut ’em slack. At this point I’m just relieved to know that there IS an actress playing older Soo-yeon, who presumably must still be sane and functional and communicative in her adulthood, inasmuch as I haven’t heard of Yoon Eun-hye being described as playing a catatonic deaf mute suffering from PTSD.

So the extreme content of this episode (and episodes prior) doesn’t, in and of itself, turn me away from the show or where it’s headed. I think it establishes the characters and paints the three leads in sympathetic lights, while showing us just exactly why Jung-woo and Hyung-joon aren’t going to be able to simply reconcile and bury the hatchet, unless that’s in each other’s backs, maybe.

What this does, do, however, is make me incredibly wary of the drama to come, because I have just about HAD IT with this show’s tragic tragedy and the tragification of all things ever. It’s one thing to show us the grimness of Soo-yeon’s youth and the extreme events that led to the separation. I get that. That works.

Where it gets iffy for me is when you surpass that level of narrative necessity and then just add on the pain and trauma, just because you can, and because a thousand tears are better than two. You’ve shown us this couple being precious and sweet, and you’ve basically already won us over. I’m not averse to dramas going dark—when it’s dark with purpose, I love it—but everything on top of the base level of horror just starts to feel like gratuitous pain. It’s not even angsty pain, which I can sort of understand because separation angst at least is rooted in longing and love. Pain for pain’s sake gets to a point where you’re on sensory overload.

Worse than the tragedy, however, is that I hate every single adult except the detective, and find them ridiculously over-the-top. Sad events may end, but terrible characters continue being terrible. It’s the makjang stable of baddies here, where people act for evil reasons more because that helps our plot, rather than starting with developed and interesting characters and building the conflict from that. I keep trying to tell myself that the levels of cute are sure to balance out the awful, that the sweetness will calm the boiling blood, and that the tragedy is now established so surely the ratio will favor the fun stuff now, right? But I fear that that kind of clinging-to-blind-hope will lead me down a path of misery and—what else?—paiiiin, so I find myself seriously contemplating the merits of calling it a day now, of getting out while I can and not forcing myself to sit through aggravation because I’m hoping it will improve. I am not convinced it will.

So… that’s fair warning that continued recaps may not happen. I’ll be giving it a pretty thorough mulling over.

Granted, all is not doom and gloom in the show. We have adorable leads, and I can see Yoochun and Yoon Eun-hye carrying over that charm. And here, I’ll leave you with an upbeat image. It does rather dull the impact, however, to know that this happy version of Jung-woo is only so happy because he hasn’t been hit with the ton of bricks that is his very soon-to-be future.

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Let me give hugs to Soo-yeon(kim so hyun).It was her why this drama attracts me.I'm not revengy so I passed Nice Guy. But this just hooks me in from episode 1.Is something wrong with me?She appeals as shy,content and mellowy.But I am hooked thanks to her.

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My feet are cold, it's raining here. I don't know why but reading JB's sarcastic witty remarks 'tragic tragedy and tragification' made me LOL too, no offense JB, I respect you too much.

I agree with you most of the time and even when I don't I see your point.

I really detest melos. A lot. But I was looking forward to IMY, love Chunnie and YEH's so adorbs that I so wanted to see her play a melo character (I think I adored her even before I got hooked on DBSK). I was wary that she'll be playing the happy, cheerful heroine, maybe she still will. BUT there will definitely be undercurrents of sad/conflicted/traumatized, what with all that tragedy, I so want to see if she can do it. And I do want to read you critic of her performance, even if it's cringe-worthy, I hope she'll pull through though.

Chunnie of course is a must-see for me in ANY and ALL dramas (it's meh fangirl heart you know, it won't stop beating for the boys no matter how).

And I'm a recent fan of YSH. I luurrvvee him in Arang.

To that end, go JB!!!

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Thank you for the recap. I watched the first two...I really want to keep watching this drama but why it's not on viki.com. Any one know where I can watch it except from dramafever.com?

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You can't watch it on Dramafever either as of now.. I was getting impatient and tried viki but I only saw new nice guy there with half subtitles.

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if u use smartphone, download viki premiere for android. i can see the 3 episode there with ep 1 & 2 full subbed, but the 3rd still 75%. except you're in america, viki doesn't have the license still.

or you can watch in dramacrazy.net

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You can still watch it at dramafever.com. I was just there rewatching epi 1 and waiting for them to upload a subbed version of ep 3 and 4. It's under "New & popular" or you can just type in the name of the drama "I miss you," like you do in viki.com.

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sorry for not clarifying I meant episode 3..

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Sometimes half subtitles are enough and kinda fun and creative - fill in the rest in your head, you know. I usually go back later and watch with full subs ~

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Aaaaaand I'm done.

I was reading the recaps to figure out if I should watch this or not, and it's just not going to be worth it. It sucks, because if these guys were all in a romantic comedy, I'd be there in a heartbeat. Still, I can't really blame Yoon Eun-hye for wanting to switch it up a little, after her two flops.

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I'm a total sucker for dramas like this!

thanks for the recap!

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Loving the drama... Its different... Really hope JB continues recapping this drama...

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Thank you so much for your recaps... please continue till the end... That is a great melodrama.

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Seriously... What's wrong with this writer?? I'm not against pain and angst... But everything just seems to be done over the top(except the cuteness) and I just wish she'd tone it down a lot.
I think this drama, despite loving the young versions of the leads, is a goner.. In the sense that it'll be your average makjang.. A plot exists, but the cliches and caricature like adults remain to make conflict just for the sake of pain... Not the plot..
Sigh... And I was all ready to carry through with the drama.
Knew they wouldnt give jungwoo his present. It'll return in the later years no doubt.

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then you prefer soo yeon to have an accident that make her amnesia, and can't recognize han jung woo again, get separated because soo yeon family didn't like han jung woo and want them separated and han jung woo will be a hopeless romantic who cannot forget his first love.
then in the latter years they met again, and now with han jung woo have an incurable disease and dying. when soo yeon finally remember him but it's too late since he's dead already. then she decided to kill herself because it's a true love for her.

oh, wait, why do i feel like i know all the scene? O.o

LOL, just kidding. i respect your opinion. I'm just kind of irritated by some people who drop this drama without checking it out first. why not giving it a chance first, then in you still have the same opinion, you can leave. no one force you to stay.

because it make me turned off by just reading the comments as if this drama is the worst of all dramas. can't digest it?
i thought the one that can't be digest is drama like Dr.jin with all the blood and gummy baby (though my declared bias was in it, jaejoongie <33). and compare to that, IMY is far far far far away better.

and compare to all dramas out there, there's few that show a really realistic reason for every event happen. IMY is one of it, it's realistic (okay, not the makjang party, but we are focusing at the OTP) that it pain my heart because somehow i can relating it with my everyday live. the harsh community, people's judgement, etc.

sorry i hope this doesn't offend you. it just happen that your comment was the one that intrigue me, LOL

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lol A+

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what happen in IMY is definitely happen in real life. i'm ok with it's story. the more pain, the more strength it gives to the story. i just hope that it will be a happy ending in the end (though i'm not so sure since killing a character is not a problem in this drama)

i want to watch a drama that left me with the feeling like those "autumn in my heart" left me with when i first watch it. :D or like those "stairway to heaven" lol

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@yuka sato can you please copy paste your comment on every recap of IMY? If we got more recaps, of course.

You'r point is amazing.

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Thanks, JB.

Bravo. Finally a Kdrama that dare to go there. Kudos to the writer and the production team.

I mostly watch first-love Kdramas for the Harlequin-esque romance and was expecting the same with this one. I did not expect this at all. Since I am used to this type of gritty realism from American Tv series and Hong Kong shows, I am not put off at all. Now, I am really emotionally invested.

Despite the doom and gloom beginning, I am anticipating a heartwarming and uplifting end for the OTP. That said, I don't think there will be rainbows and unicorns for everyone though. Nevertheless, the journey toward healing and reconciliation is well worth the watch.

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JB I'm hoping you'll continue the recaps... i don't know but it seems you sound not doing this anymore.... );

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I remember watching a show (Condor Heroes I think) where the girl gets raped or more like she was sleeping then this dude who got a crush on her went and did the thing and she allowed it thinking it was her guy. My sisters were all creeped out. They wouldn't even let me watch the show because it was so disturbing for them.
Rape is disturbing. If you're a female and you see it on screen, or on the news, you'll be really scared. I hate it totally hate it. But I think I owe it to the character to continue watching, to see her heal, to see her recover.
The writer, the staff and the cast certainly made a lot of effort. It wasn't an easy scene to make. If we all just get shocked and turn away from it then it has been for nothing. So we musn't! :XD Plus it's a really really good show.
PS. Rape is more realistic than say family wars that include murders, child stealing, etc.
SUPPORT ALL THE WAY!! hahaha.

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i love you for saying what was in my mind so clearly <333

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"But I fear that that kind of clinging-to-blind-hope will lead me down a path of misery and—what else?—paiiiin, so I find myself seriously contemplating the merits of calling it a day now, of getting out while I can and not forcing myself to sit through aggravation because I’m hoping it will improve. I am not convinced it will." - JB

I respect ur decision JB... but if you really decided to throw this drama off... can somebody from DB team... manage to continue recapping IMY? GF perhaps?

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Em. Skip. Not even the recaps from now on.

On the other hand, the 2 child actors. I want to pat their heads and... don't know. There goes their real childhood filming these sort of scenes.

Oh boy.

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This brought back memories of watching 'The Crucible' which was much harder to watch because it really happened...

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What a superb message it would give to rape victims and the people around them if the adult scenes focuses on how Sooyeon recovers from that trauma, how she and Jungwoo would fight their demons together, and how she eventually gets her deserving happy ending.
It would be extremely inspiring to see how they stand up once more proud and dignified, without the guilt and shame that we now see eats them up, at the end of the drama.
I also think the drama would be a great vehicle to correct the social stigma towards this taboo topic, and instead of avoiding it, pretending it doesn't exist and let it be swept under a rug like it so often is done today, more should be done to allow for an open discussion to educate the ignorant public of how serious a problem rape is in the society, how more can be done to prevent it from happening.
I still have faith in the writer and director that they'll make this drama satisfying and that they'll bring forth a positive, impactful message like they have done with their previous dramas.

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I would wish the same thing: A healing drama. If it's what the drama becomes at the end, then I promise I will marathon this from beginning to end.
Problem is, we have rape + criminal family + bullying + ... + revenge (?). All we miss is an alien invasion and an earthquake. For me it speaks first degree makjang overdose right ahead.
My reference in healing dramas using the sexual abuse theme is the Taiwanese drama Mars. There was decency and subtlety. The topic was treated in a way that you didn't feel bad while watching it. If you can't keep your eyes open, what's the point?

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Exactly, its just misery topped with misery topped with more misery. I was waiting for someone to shoot her long lost dog or something.

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I haven't seen any of the episode and honestly that's the reason why I find the rape scene a compelling one (just based on the recaps). Rape is a taboo topic and it is refreshing that it is being discussed in a mainstream drama.

Unfortunately, the issue of rape is just one of the many over-the-top tragedies that this drama is currently trying to build up. And I think it is just too much to deal with.

My poor heart. Haha.

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In the story build-up, the tragedy of rape is something I think I can handle and it seems that it was executed well in this particular episode. What I can't handle is the quantity of evil characters in this drama. They are just too many.

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I was looking forward to I miss you but the only thing pulling me in was the actors and not so much the story. I was holding my breathe hoping for a mild melodramatic show with cuteness on the side (King of baking Takgu comes to mind) but this is really really dark and not my style.

Such a shame seeing they are some of my favorite actors :(

I'll keep an eye on it when they grow up and hope for the best but yeah we'll see.

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I am trusting that the lead actors (who I like so much too) found the script worthy enough to say 'yes' to. At this point, I'm willing to hang on a bit to see what happens with them as young adults. But whew! Big doses of heavy - child rape and adults who don't protect children - can't possibly hit on darker flaws of humanity than that.

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this is drama leaves me so omg.

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t first when i learned about this drama, i decided to watch it only because i’m a huge fan of YEH. But after this episode, i give credit to the writer for being Brave in making a melodrama that defies all norms in korean drama industry. The writer has set a higher standard in this field. I’ve seen a lot of melodrama but this one is different, because it dare to tackle a very sensitive issue we rarely see in a korean drama.Its about time that the industry offer its viewers something different and more realistic scenario. some viewers say that they prefer that seo yoon ‘s reason for 14 yrs separation from jung woo is amnesia. its been used so many times, even in NG.Personally, i haven’t even met someone afflicted with amnesia, no kidding, only people with selective memory.Im sure the writer knew that the viewing public might not be ready for this kind of drama, and still went on with it anyway, because maybe she believe that her story is worth telling, and high rating or not, she doesnt care that much.I still have high hopes for this drama especially when the adult actors shows up, id rather that this drama be remembered for its unorthodox approach. Having high ratings doesn’t guarantee that a drama will be remembered for a long time or become a basis in measuring a good drama.

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101% percent agree with u my dear...rape is the most common thing in reality than having an amnesia, I really like the writer for making IMY in such way, not pleasing the viewers for a cinderella story. Applause to the production and cast...

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Thanks for the summary, for me it was like being on a roller coaster of emotions intense, Missing You is a great story and I look forward to seeing Yoon Eun Hye and Yoochun.

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..."tragic tragedy and tragification".....Man!!!That was cool Javabeans.So cool that it's making me not wanting to watch it anymore and at the same time making me wanting to,if only to see the "tragic tragedy and the tragification".Is it really that tragic??So whoever said this is a melodrama then?It's far from from it based on this recap and comments.I thought i'd read the recap first before watching but now that i did,i'm not so keen to do so anymore.It just made me wonder how they are going to build the story from all those tragedy w/out being predictable and boring.

Trueness,i'm gonna have a rest from all these pain as well.Atleast for now.But i promise i'll be back-that is if i needed to feel pain to feel human.

So......,I guess i will have to stick w/ FH for now.But please do the recap anyway,JB.I still want to be updated and see how things are going.I still believe this drama is going to be good but that will have to see.So please don't stop recapping.Thanks ever so much.

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wow.. a k-drama with a 'tarnished' lead - so evolutionary! never before have I heard of a female lead like this, normally they are 'pure as driven snow' which makes them perfect for a fairy tale story and ending..
I am in awe of the writer and production cast and crew for taking something like this out in the open - so brave!
I really hope this is a 'healing drama' and I have confidence that it is because YEH said on her interview that this script 'comforted' her -- if it's tragic then how would it have comforted her right?
though I agree, there is so many bad people here and bad things happening to the leads.. However, life can be really hard.. I've seen it happen and turning a blind eye doesn't really make things get better..
In saying that, I do understand those who won't watch this (I myself have to be very engaged with the story to stomach 'the queen of melodramas' like this!).. It can be too much esp if you yourself is already in a sad situation and the last thing you want is to watch something that will further depress you.
Anyway, I am so excited to watch the next eps! Kudos to those kids for their amazing acting talents!
PS. I really hope DB will continue to recap this... and Thanks!

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The child actors are amazing. Better than I have seen from many adult actors, yes, even the super-duper-deemed-supreme famous ones .. Have seen most of YJG's works and started admiring both of them since Moon and Sun.

So much emotion.. wah~
I'm watching it for the child actors!!

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First off, thanks for the recap jb!
Been reading your recaps since que sera and until now am loving your recaps..

For me I like dramas that take me to places I expect and places I would not have ventured. Although there are dramas out there who attempt to do so seldom do you find truly worthy ones. IMY is still far from being seen as one tightly wrapped-up package but so far it is delivering very well.

I agree cinematography of this drama is topnotch, as well as the acting, editing and directing. Hopefully they can continue to deliver.

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I don't want to explain what I feel for this drama because it would just be redundant.. I am at the side of those people who are seeing this drama in a different light --- at the side of the people who admires this drama.. I MISS YOU FIGHTING !!!

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I'm thinking of watching this after the time jump and the storm settles(?).

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What the heck drama. I have only skimmed the recaps, but I have a feeling the main girl character is going to have some kind of amnesia from the car hitting her (or hitting the ground or something like that).

I also have a feeling she is going to grow up with Hyung-joon and the kidnapper lady.

I don't see myself ever watching this drama if it stays this aggressively morose, but if you keep recapping it I'll follow along.

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The child actors are amazing and their portrayals will definitely overshadow Yoochun and Yoon Eunhye's. I love them, but I'm realistic. Yoo Seungho will probably pull in a great performance in the drama just like he's expected to.

At the same time, I'm probably gonna pass on the drama for the mean time. After Nice Guy, I think I need a lighter drama and King of Dramas is it for me. :)

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I think it's still too early to applaud the show for "daring to go there" with the rape. There hasn't been much fallout yet, aside from both Soo Yeon and Jung Woo being heavily traumatized. At this point in the drama, we see how the rape directly affects and informs Jung Woo's character and his maturation. What I am interested in seeing is how Soo Yeon copes with her rape: Does she seek help? If yes, what kind of help? Does she blame herself? Does she become depressed because of the rape and thus isolates herself? Is she able to move on with her life with her self-esteem and ability to trust other people intact? Do the people around her understand or at least acknowledge her trauma?

Since the ramifications of rape is so often a topic ignored or under-discussed in mainstream society due to its sensitive and controversial nature, I feel that the writer could greatly contribute to the conversation and overall awareness by showing how such a tragic and traumatic event deeply affects the victim and the people around the victim. If anyone is interested in seeing a movie that actually tackles the issue in a sensitive and thoughtful way, you should watch Speak.

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The lead girl's character was seems to good to be true, she has an angel's heart, a rare one, i mean other little girl would probably scream or run away like hell calling for help (calling a daddy cop, if no one believe her) rather than running towards the kidnapper car and demand to the kidnapper to release her friend. If the boy although being tied still rolled himself or dive in to the kidnapper or did whatever he can to disturb the kidnapper to help SY,is it too unrealistic, overall,the story it self is quite interesting, well i've watched this kind of storyline in japan or western series, never in korean series before

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This is daebak episode.. I got drawn into the emotion.. so deep, so dark and painful.. remind me of kim kiduk genre

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I hate to put a damper on your mood, but the ratings did not drop this time. It went up in ep 3. And hopefully it will go up in episode 4 too, because it was that good.

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I cannot watch this. :(

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my heart broke when jung woo left soo yeon !
soo yeon is soo poor :( ! i hope to see her in future as an strong lady .
thank you i didnt have subs soo that really helped!

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funny how some people can watch and like Bridal Mask which is based on real history and can't watch this drama because had a rape scene?

Hum, ok.

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JB thank you very much for the summary.

I'm definitely in this boat, I was pleasantly surprised IMY, this breaks the barriers of what has always been seen in Korean dramas, I must give a institintivo the writer for daring to cross those boundaries that are still taboo in society, especially the Korean such as rape, with only 3 chapters and I've seen this drama quality, good cinematography, good plot and what takes all aplasusos the excellent interpretation of child actors, now I can only wait for the acting of adults and do with that but I will surprise, every time it gets more interesting, I must admit when something is good is good and IMY going well down that road.

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romanticizing child rape

yep, that's a new low

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Where did you find the romance?

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wait a minute.

I find this comment very offensive.

what do you mean by romanticising child rape?

Reading the recaps alone, this show did not romanticised rape nor did they try to glamourise the actual scene itself.

If you're referring to the scene where the girl is whispering the guy's name then I think you got it all confused.

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an example of people that obviously have only read the recap and looked at the screen shot and not watched it. As much as Javabeans is great at recaps it can never be a full replace to watching a show on your own to understand what is going on.

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@Aya

Your comment has hit a new low. I suggest you go and watch all the episodes before jumping to such a conclusion. Tsk! Tsk!

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Their was no romanticizing of Rape. it was brutal to watch.

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I love the show so far. I heard it was going to be a melodrama and so I expected it as so. I'm glad the writer is going all out on her vision of the drama. This isn't a half baked melodrama like some of the stuff out there right now. Sure the episodes hit you right in the gut but thats whats keeping me hooked. It makes me emotionally invested in the characters and I make me root for them to find happiness or even closure.

I couldn't help myself and watched the episode 5 trailer. Man I am so hyped for it! This drama is intense and it looks like it won't be slowing down anytime soon.

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I also have to add, the cinematography is amazing in this drama!

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Whoa! Normally I would bail on a Kdrama right about now but I have been thinking about my expectations for Kdramas in general. Normally, I read a synopsis, think, 'that might be fun' and watch it as it unfolds 'cutely.'

This isn't going to be an easy watch, but additionally I don't have any expectations either, which might be interesting. I am very much intrigued at how Yoon Eun-Hye is going to portray the adult version of Soo-yeon. I wonder if this history will make or break her. By which I mean that I had a difficult childhood, (like most do nowadays, unfortunately AND it wasn't as severe as Soo-yeon) but those trials made me the person I am today. Most unfortunately and it breaks my heart everyday, that history broke my brother. I am very much interested how they will portray the adult versions and how their childhoods will be reflected in the people they have become.

Yoochun gets better with every drama so I wouldn't want to miss this pair acting off each other. This is where I wax lyrical about how wonderful the two leads have been so far. Very touching, raw and real. I hope that doesn't nosedive once we skip ahead as it happened in Moon.

Though I would miss your recaps, I do understand why you might not want to dissect for discussion every episode.

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On the one hand, sometimes bad stuff just targets some people. I truly believe that there is a kind of cosmic choreography of evil that pretty much pursues some folks. For instance, a girl who is molested as a child often grows up to be a walking target by abusive men and often gets raped again. Not saying that a person is responsible for being raped. Just saying that wolves know how to prey on the already wounded prey. Also, some folks lives are a long continuum of crappy things. So I can expect bad things to happen to one person.

BUT, I HATE character torture when it's done in a weirdly plot-advancing way and where one gets the idea that the writers are just piling it on. Either the writers think we don't feel enough to imagine the ramifications of the latest tragic event...or the writers themselves don't feel the last tragedy is bad enough so they need a new tragedy to pile on.

So annoying.

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When I read the description of this drama previously, I thought Seo Yeon's (Yoon Hye) life was heartbreakingly tragic, but I didn't expect it would be THIS tragic!!!. The writer is very serious about the "painful/tragic" separation between our OTP. I wasn't expecting thier relationship would end like that.

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I love YEH and YC playing the adult characters...but don't you think that ONLY looks-wise Son Ye Jin and Daniel Choi would have been perfect? They look so much like the child actors...

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I just started this episode... And I can't hep but pause after almost every scene. But I can't stop watching, gotta see it to the end!

Oh, I've never seen Jeon Kang-ryul being this good, on the other side Han Jin-hee used to be the goodie and now completely the opposite. Ahwell another reason to hang on with this drama-drama...

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So, I finally finished the episode. The rape scene didn't really bother me. What did bother me although I understood why was Jung-Woo leaving Soo-Yeon to find help. If he has time to run out, he has time to try to grab Soo-Yeon and get her out of there.

I don't really blame him but he's going to blame himself, especially because his horrible father told him if she dies, its on you.. Which Jung-Woo might think happened since now they don't see each other for years.

Since I feel like rape is the worst thing that could happen to someone, I will have no problem getting through this drama.. it was tough to take, but i've seen them more graphic and at least there can be some healing shown since it happened so early... With care, it can be very powerful and moving for Soo-Yeon

I'm looking forward to the rest and I can't wait til the two younger leads get their own drama in like 10 years lol. Make it a romantic comedy.. their chem is gold.

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sigh..
actually since the 1st eps, it was came to my mind that there's a possibility of the sexual assault will came... esp since it said these two bore a pain of their childhood, and the thought of a rape and he either witnessed it or couldnt do anything to help her, came to my mind..
but still, i was hoping it wont happened actually.. sigh..
But the story indeed have a very sad n hurtful plot, but this just make me eager to see the adult actors/actress, the young actors/actress act so good it made me wanna see how the adults act on their character =)

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crying my eyes out.. but i'm totally buying this drama :D would rather watch yoochun here, then in rooftop prince i guess..

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ups, *than*

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Thanks for the recap and your thoughts.

I am now really interested to see what YEH does with this character, and if working with this dark of material will bring out her best.

I loved her in CP, and cried with her in Goong. I expect that she will do a really good job. Same with YSH. I am worried about Micky, though. Hope he proves me wrong.

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i heard about the rape scene and decided not to watch episode 3 and just read the recaps instead... but i think i will watch it, just to see these awesome kids act! they've been so so great and i'm going to miss them once the adults come in...

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This episode actually killed me a bit. OMG . .i was like omg omg.. dont dont. She doesn't deserve it. But well , i think these kind of things can happen as well :( But it was too much of turmoil for a kid to go through.. :(
And well i do really felt bit angry when Jung woo went away but I assume he went to help :P Just to make myself ok :O
But well all these older characters are really corrupted and i really like detective KIm and Lee So Hyun's mom. Except all are like so corrupted.
I like this page so that we read the ideas of all the viewers. this is hard to watch yet, i will stick to this for sure. I love YEH and i hope she will bring out the character really well. and Kim so Hyun is awesome as well. So nice acting.

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Such a sad sad episode. I cried so much. Yeo Jin Gu is really awesome with his expressions....and the scene, that decision to run. It was actually the smart thing to do, but till he finds here and apologises, he will never be truly free.

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