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Shark: Episode 8

More clues, a bit of globe-trotting, and some questionable feelings lead our heroine to some shattering revelations this episode that leave her shaken but no less determined to get to the bottom of her case. She’s not the only person who wants to know of course, and as everyone and their mom joins in on the truth-seeking mission behind Yi-soo’s rise from the grave, you wonder if we might actually see him get thrown for a loop. Y’know, just to shake things up a bit for the guy who claims to never make mistakes. Now if only the Shark universe would reply in kind: “Oh, is that so? Challenge accepted.”

Ratings have been inching downward lately, with this episode bringing in a meager 6.9%. It’s sad because this is a quality show, but understandable because we’re not dealing with the most fast-paced of shows, but one that likes to take the time it needs to tell its story correctly. It’s both a blessing and a curse for this production, I’d say.

 
EPISODE 8 RECAP

Cold open: Hae-woo approaches Yi-soo with a purposeful stride, keeping her sharp gaze locked with his. “Who are you?” she asks. “Who in the world are you?”

Hae-woo calls out Yi-soo’s name and notices our Yi-soo (for lack of a better term) belatedly. She looks him square in the eye and cries out again, “Yi-soo-ya.” Does she recognize him at last?

They start walking toward each other, but all Hae-woo sees with a heartbroken gaze is the Yi-soo she knew walking toward her, forever stuck in time.

She cries harder when she stops in front of him, and reaches out a trembling hand to touch his face. He clasps her hand as if to help guide it, but before she can touch him, she faints.

Joon-young is worried when he can’t reach Hae-woo, especially because he knows that Yi-soo drove her. At least he has his suspicions about them.

Hae-woo regains consciousness exactly where she fell, with Yi-soo loaning his leg as a pillow. So it wasn’t as though she suspected our Yi-soo of being her Yi-soo (I’ll give him back when she takes him, don’t worry), she was just suffering from post dramatic stress disorder. She’s back to her senses now.

But she catches him slightly off guard when she asks, “Do sharks live in the ocean here?” [Insert Pope/Catholic joke.]

So Yi-soo takes her to the beach, where she wonders aloud if Yi-soo would look out at the sea from where he stood, and what he was thinking of. When he reminds her that she can run away at any time and leave this case behind, she stands her ground. She’s not crying because she’s scared.

Instead, she wipes away tears as she explains that she’s overjoyed and thankful to know that Yi-soo survived, even though she can’t understand why he didn’t try to find her.

“I feel bitter, but I also feel sorry for him at the same time. I feel so sorry for Yi-soo,” she says. She realizes that her silent companion keeps seeing her at her weakest moments, and apologizes for that as well. If only she knew the truth about him.

Joon-young is not happy when Hae-woo returns to the hotel much later than planned, and with Yi-soo, no less. But he’s still nothing but kind to her as he inquires about the house from the Photo Clue.

She tells him now what she hadn’t before—that Yi-soo called her right before his accident. Back then she hadn’t understood why he was so anxious and paranoid, but she’s beginning to now. Joon-young comforts her by pointing out that she’s helping by taking on Yi-soo’s case now, and that Yi-soo (in the afterlife) recognizes her effort.

“I’m sure he does,” Hae-woo all but whispers. “Because he’s watching. Because he’s been watching the whole time. Yi-soo… is alive.”

Cut to: Yi-soo getting up out of bed to do some more plotting. C’mon guys, it’s not like we’re going to forget about Yi-soo if we see one scene without him. We get it. STAHP.

Hae-woo wants to fly back to Seoul, since that’s where she thinks Yi-soo is. Ironically, she’s convinced that she could easily recognize him if she saw him, but Joon-young draws the line: She can’t continue with this case.

She claims to know what he’s worried about (which seems to be her former relationship with Yi-soo), but insists, “I need to find out what happened to Yi-soo. If I give up, then I’ll never get to meet Yi-soo again.”

Joon-young: “If Yi-soo is responsible for the acts connected to this case, then the Yi-soo we know is as good as dead.” Ouch. No matter how much Hae-woo wants to understand Yi-soo’s pain, Joon-young remains the voice of reason—namely, that he knows Yi-soo was up to something by dragging her into this mess.

Even though she’s well aware of that, she can’t stop now. “I need to find the truth. That’s the only way I can rescue Yi-soo from the darkness.” They go back and forth, but in the end, Hae-woo doesn’t listen to her husband. (Also, this makes her seem more like the Orpheus in this myth, having to save Eurydice from the depths of hell.)

We find out a little more about the deal going on between Junichiro and Secretary Jang dating back to seven years prior when they met in Japan. He chose her because of her character and circumstances, the latter of which he could manipulate—her family was too poor for her to continue studying, ergo, he became her benefactor to gain her loyalty in return. Win/win.

Hae-woo can’t sleep that night, and stares up at the North Star while holding her shark pendant…

…While Yi-soo also stares mournfully at the same star, holding his shark pendant. Deep thoughts ensue.

Yi-hyun is still considered Grandpa Jo’s adopted granddaughter, so he invites her over to his palace for a friendly chat. It takes only a few seconds for Yi-hyun to boast that she’s a better detective than her dad, because she was the one who discovered the locker keys were switched.

It’s a really odd thing to say, and oddly specific, too. This kind of blurted line would only make sense if she’d been keeping Grandpa Jo abreast of the case, so that her comment wouldn’t feel like it was pulled from someone’s bottom. (Granted, Grandpa Jo knows about the case. But how does she know that?)

Grandpa gently digs for specifics, so Yi-hyun naively explains that the case her dad is working on might be linked to her brother’s accident, and that the locker key found at the crime scene wasn’t the one Yi-soo took. Mrs. Park finds an excuse to usher Yi-hyun away so that she stops talking, since she’s on Team Yi-soo and knows what Grandpa Jo is capable of.

Mrs. Park demands more details from Yi-hyun, but she doesn’t know any more than she told. For more, Mrs. Park should go to Hae-woo.

Hae-woo and Joon-young share a moment in the car where she holds his hand, and it’s as if they come to understand each other in that simple moment.

Meanwhile, Grandpa Jo reveals that he still has the Incriminating Documents Yi-soo dropped at the accident scene. But can someone explain to me why he’d keep them in the same blood-splattered envelope?

He flips to a page that’s missing. With Yi-hyun’s information, he now knows that Yi-soo tore out the page and hid it in a separate locker as a ruse. (Which we saw him do way back when.) That’s why the keys were switched. So that means Yi-soo has the missing page.

At the police station, Detective Byun is approached by a hesitant hoobae who seems to know that Byun won’t stand for what he’s about to say, so he tries to say very gently that the police chief would basically like very much if they could come up with a bogus story to close Detective Jung’s murder case.

What surprises him is that Detective Byun agrees to the plan without complaint. Our good detective is up to something.

Daddy Jo celebrates the closing of the case with a reluctant Prosector Oh, who later admits that he’s done all he can to try and stop Hae-woo and nothing’s worked. Joon-young arrives as his dad is leaving, since he came back from Japan a day early.

Detective Byun tells Hae-woo that the order to close the case must have come from a higher power, and that their best course of action is to act innocent to throw their superiors while they investigate the case in secret.

When he asks her about whether she found out who sent the photo clue, she tells the truth: “It was Yi-soo.”

Three scenes happen in unison: Yi-soo makes a call where he refers to himself by his real name (Han Yi-soo, not his two others) and asks a mystery person to find the missing page before Grandpa Jo gets it, while Grandpa Jo makes a call to ask a mystery person to do the same and find the missing page.

Meanwhile, we’ve still got our investigative duo trying to work through the possibility that Yi-soo could be alive. Hae-woo is sure of it, but Detective Byun can’t see how Yi-soo could’ve gone from a fatal car accident all the way to Okinawa. And even if he did, then there’s a good chance that Yi-soo killed Detective Jung, something that Hae-woo disagrees with if only because she doesn’t want to believe it.

“Yi-soo wants us to find the truth from twelve years ago,” Hae-woo says, but Detective Byun counters that what Yi-soo wants even more is for her to personally find that truth.

After another round of “I’ll never drop this case!” with Hae-woo, Detective Byun sets a course of action: Assuming Yi-soo is alive, Hae-woo will be in charge of locating him while he tracks down the missing page in secret.

They both agree to not tell Yi-hyun about her brother being alive, but it’s probable that Yi-soo visited her—which brings Detective Byun back to the mysterious telescope she got as a gift.

Speaking of the siblings, Yi-soo visits Yi-hyun at the coffee shop under the guise of a customer again, and it’s so cute that he’s devised a way to see her regularly. She’s unable to finish his order when she gets a sudden nosebleed, and as concerned as he is, he can’t ask after her.

He passes Soo-hyun on the way out, but neither notice each other. Could Soo-hyun be Yi-soo’s informant?

Yi-soo’s unable to just walk away from his sick sister and turns on his heel to go back only to come face-to-face with her outside, since he forgot his juice. He asks if she’s all right and advises her to go to a hospital, but she brushes it off as just a nosebleed.

There’s a moment where their hands touch over the juice, and it’s as sweet as it is sad, with Yi-soo trying to hold back all his brotherly concern. He’s supposed to be only a kind stranger to her.

Yi-hyun returns to her post to find Soo-hyun waiting to buy juice *just* from her, and she totally calls him out on speaking in banmal to her. Aww. Does Soo-hyun have a wittle cwush?

Hae-woo tasks Soo-hyun with finding all hospitals and/or doctors that were near the scene of Yi-soo’s accident at the time, even if they’re no longer around. She doesn’t give him details, but she does remind him that they’re investigating Detective Jung’s murder case in secret now, so they have to be extra careful.

She gets an unexpected call from Yi-soo (as CEO Kim Jun, of course) to check up on her. “Will you be home tomorrow?” he asks her, seeming kind of nervous on his end. She’s not sure. He replies that he’ll be at her house tomorrow to deliver a message to her grandpa, only he’s so nervous about it.

And then you understand why—he’s almost kind of sort of asking to see her, so he’s putting himself out there like a teen asking his crush to go to prom. It’s adorable on his end, but she realizes what he’s getting at and changes her mind: “I think I’ll have to work tomorrow.” Rejected.

Joon-young can’t work properly when he remembers what Hae-woo told him about how the case would be covered up again if she weren’t on it. She vaguely referenced why (in that he doesn’t know who’s involved), but the fact that he instantly flashes back to finding his father and Daddy Jo together means he’s on the right track.

Detective Byun tracks down the company that gifted Yi-hyun with a telescope worth over ten grand and makes them give up the contact info of the mysterious person who paid them to give her the telescope. Aka Yi-soo.

The info takes them to an office for the Society for the Rectification of Korean History, which was exactly the sort of stuff Envelope Professor was into. But someone is there to watch them go in—the Pen Assassin. (Pen Killer? I don’t like either, so I’m open to suggestions for what to call him in the future.)

Inside, they find Envelope Professor’s protege, who remembers Detective Byun questioning him about the murder. He’s immune to Detective Byun’s threats to investigate because he didn’t do anything wrong—he was the one to set up the deal with the telescope company, but he did it as a favor to a complete stranger. So, it’s Yi-soo > This Guy > Telescope Company.

He doesn’t know anything about the man though, and when Hae-woo asks him to at least roughly describe his appearance, he just says that he looked like a “nice guy.” Mention the ‘stache. Mention the ‘stache!

But we find out through a call the historian makes to Yi-soo that he lied to Detective Byun on purpose. He knows who Yi-soo is, or at least he knows more than he let on.

Our investigative duo is at something of a dead end, but at least they’re sure that Yi-soo sent the telescope, and that the incriminating documents are the reason why Yi-soo’s dad and Envelope Professor were killed.

And on top of that, Detective Byun has to keep reminding Hae-woo not to get her hopes up about Yi-soo, since it’s very likely that he’s a murderer.

But she visits their old high school to reminisce about Yi-soo, without seeing that Yi-soo came to the same place to do the same thing about her. All this goes to show that even now, they’re still on the same wavelength.

We see Yi-soo hiding just out of her sight in the library, watching her. He has to restrain the urge to go to her, knowing that she feels the way he does. (About their past, anyway. I’m definitely not saying that she’s emotionally cheating on her husband by refusing to let go of her first love or anything like that.)

Hae-woo rushes home to find a picture she kept of Yi-soo, but Grandpa Jo knows something’s up. At least Mrs. Park is there to keep an eye on him.

She calls the old man who housed Yi-soo in Japan, and arranges to send the picture through a neighbor’s cell phone to see if he recognizes Yi-soo from it.

Detective Byun has the best little family going with his wife and Yi-hyun, and it’s clear that father and daughter love each other beyond measure even without being blood related. But Mom does bring up Yi-hyun’s frequent nosebleeds, which are becoming a problem.

Joon-young gets to have a drive-by moment with his dad where he meanders around (all we need to know is that Dad didn’t love the idea of him working at the Jo Family Hotel) before he asks, “You know how much I really respect you, right, Dad?”

Ah, is he worried that the truth might be bad for his dad, even though he doesn’t even know what it is yet? For all Prosecutor Oh’s passive compliance with Grandpa Jo’s orders, we see that he’s still a frail man when it comes to talk of Joon-young’s late brother and his late son.

Hae-woo returns to the office to send Yi-soo’s picture to the old man, but she’s still dodgy about revealing crucial information to Soo-hyun. (Which is fair, he needs to earn her trust again.)

She declines an invite from Joon-young to join him and Dong-soo for a drink, but rethinks the decision once Soo-hyun points out that she’s being awfully cold to her brand new husband.

After the old friends reunite, Dong-soo happily chirps away about his fancy new job as CEO Kim Jun’s personal driver. Joon-young furrows his brow at this odd coincidence, even though Dong-soo claims that he went through all the usual channels for corporate employment.

Even if Joon-young buys that, he doesn’t know where Dong-soo would be driving his employer—Junichiro’s group doesn’t have a resort in Seoul yet. (So this might explain why we never see Yi-soo at work.) Dong-soo shrugs that he’ll be driving Kim Jun/Yi-soo to work since they’re opening a local resort soon, though this is foreign news to Joon-young—and I’m guessing that this all ties back to Yi-soo blackmailing that pervert CEO into selling his hotel in secret.

While Hae-woo texts the picture to the man in Japan, Yi-soo gets off the phone with someone who he has to say “It’s okay” to. His informant, maybe?

Dong-soo deflates when Joon-young tells him that he invited Yi-soo (as Kim Jun) out with them, even though Joon-young tells him he’ll have a good opportunity to get closer to his boss.

“I can’t be too close to him,” Dong-soo explains. “I think he likes men.” HA. First laugh of the show.

And he’s so serious about it, too, all worried that he’ll be put in an uncomfortable situation because he thinks Yi-soo likes him. I have no idea why this is so funny, or why Yi-soo purposefully planted that idea in his head. Joon-young just breathes a sigh of relief—now he doesn’t have to worry about Hae-woo.

The old man calls Hae-woo back with the sobering news that the face in the photo is different from that of the boy who stayed with him. She’s clearly confused by the conflicting news that it wasn’t Yi-soo, while the shark pendant tells her that it was.

She spots Yi-soo from behind on her way to meet the other boys, and it’s the sight of him nursing an aching shoulder that sets the wheels turning.

She remembers the old man saying that the boy suffered shoulder and leg pain, and how “Kim Jun” talked to her about the North Star just like Yi-soo, how he appeared at her secret lake just like Yi-soo, the kiss, and every other strange coincidence he’s been a part of. Gasp! Does she finally suspect him?

It’s then that he turns around, and she marches straight toward him ala the cold open to ask, “Who are you? Who in the world are you?”

“I think you already know who I am,” Yi-soo replies.

 
COMMENTS

As awesome as it would be for his identity to be aired out in the open and dealt with, this show likes to end most of its episodes by teasing at whether Hae-woo will recognize him. This time is different, of course, but I doubt Yi-soo will just shrug his shoulders and say “Shucks, you got me!” by the next episode. Even if he doesn’t fess up right away, Hae-woo won’t ever be able to erase the suspicion now that she’s had it. It’ll be interesting to see where these two go from here.

At the same, Shark has made it plenty clear that Yi-soo hasn’t gotten over Hae-woo, and that she hasn’t gotten over him. It’s not clear whether she still has romantic feelings (she could just have really deep, guilty feelings), but Yi-soo seems to still be very much in love with her.

That’s cute in theory, but I think the normal pity I tend to instantly feel for characters with unrequited love doesn’t apply like I wish it would to Yi-soo. I’d guess that’s because of the mystery still surrounding the “why” of everything he does, because it’s not like he hopped a plane days or even years late and missed Hae-woo’s wedding. He was literally there before it even started.

While I can buy that he (maybe) had no idea that he’d be such a slave to his feelings, I wish I could feel worse for him when he gets so tortured over her, but I’d need to know why he chose that specific moment to re-enter her life in order to do that. Right now it feels more like he had his chance, and pursuing the path he’s on will only hurt the woman he loves. And for what? We’re constantly told that he’s out for revenge, Hae-woo is constantly following the clues we think he leaves, but there’s no way to get a feel for Yi-soo’s personal stake in the revenge aspect of all of this—which is a little funny when the show hits you over the head with every other point it wants to make without uttering a peep about how Yi-soo feels about this whole thing.

That leaves his scenes with Hae-woo without a ton of spark (though when he turns it on, he turns it *on*), mitigated by the fact that his scenes with his sister are consistently great and something I’d like to see more of. They’ve had so little interaction yet each second has counted, so much so that it makes Yi-soo’s feelings for Hae-woo look like the amateur hour next to the eyes he makes at Yi-hyun. Is it better chemistry? More freedom to act with his face? I’m not sure. (But isn’t it nice when Yi-soo has stuff to do?)

I don’t want to keep beating up on the poor guy when he has so much potential, but Shark needs to learn the art of giving. You just can’t withhold essential information about our hero and then expect us to be completely on board with his vague emotional journey. If you want me to go down with the ship, turns out you have to let me on board first.

 
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Thanks for the recap!

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Wondering if new groom is going to end up killing Yi-soo if he catches on, or at least try to.

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Noooo . . . they can't do that to my-er, Hae Woo's- perfect husband . . .

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I love this drama.,

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HeadsNo2 ~

Thanks for the recap.

I'm worried that Yi-hyun's nosebleeds are the sign of the * Medical Condition of Doom * that only a blood relative can cure by donating some body part to. If so, then the cat will really be out of the bag.

Junichiro and Secretary Jang have me concerned. Not Jang so much, as Junichiro. I thinks there's going to be some conflict between him and Yi-soo. Will Jang stay loyal to Yi-Soo?

Mrs Park will probably play some important roll in bringing Grandpa down. Good domestic help is hard to find.

Will Hae woo try to stop Yi Soo's Revenge plan? Will she go along with it , knowing that he'll ruin/kill everyone involved?

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This is so accurate! As soon as the nose bleeding thing popped up, I thought, "Oh no, the little sister has a medical problem and needs a transplant."

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I really hope not...

That might be the end of this show for me if it goes there

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Please no...don't drag in a cancer or something. I am happy with the plot so far so please don't do something stupid like that! I am also still not getting the shark metaphor though

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Yeah, that is the problem, isn't it?
Conflicting loyalties.
Junichiro could thwart YS if he decides to back out of the plan, but also when Grampa finds out HS is alive and sends everything he has to re-squash YS, Junichiro will be waiting in the wings for the perfect time to attack back.

HW may want to stop YS's revenge plan, or not, once she finds how evil Arobogi really is.

Other than Gramps, why wouldn't everyone else be thrilled to have HS alive? Oh, yeah, except Hubbie, poor guy.

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What is with nosebleeds in k-drama? I've never seen so many as when I started watching these.

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Haha.
I think i have nosebleeds every other day in the summer (don't worry, no medical condition!) so when i saw her nosebleed it didn't click with me that there was something wrong since i'm so used to seeing those nosebleeds.
But dramaland tends to throw these in for some drama.
Little sister is going to be sick and will need yi soo for something, as everyone's saying. *Sigh. Dont go there show! As long as they don't make it a big deal.
I predict he's going to donate something to her, and then someone's going to find he's yi soo.

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But they could have her faint or be a bit dizzy: why such blood flow? Just TMI.

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If the disease plot will be played out..... Perhaps..It will become a plot device to force yi soo reveal his real identity to public.... He won't make let her die... Right?

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I've watched enough soaps in my misbegotten youth to have had the same thought - it's time for "Sibling Cure Only Leading to True Identity Reveal" Illness time! I had hoped this show was better than that, though.

Junichiro gives me bad vibes. I really get the feeling he is much more interested in getting Yi-Soo to carry out revenge on Chairman Jo for Junichiro's father's sake than he is about helping Yi-Soo.

This show really is "Bad Guy" meets "City Hunter" meets "Revenge" (the American version). I still love it!

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Plus Equator Man and Missing You!

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I agree that Yi Hyun's symptoms are, as you say, the Medical Condition of Doom requiring Yi Soo to step up and donate something. Yet I'm kind of sad that the show has decided to use this old trope.

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I think HW is still on love with YS and at the same time she feels a sense of guilt towards him. She's tried to move on and I don't doubt that she doesn't love her husband but YS was her first love.
JY is most definitely more in love with HW then she with him and I wonder if he will go to the dark side. I think he might in order to cover up for his dad and HW grandad.

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The French have a saying, ""En amour, il y a toujours celui qui donne les baisers et celui qui tend la joue" - In love, there is always one who kisses and one who offers the cheek." I think that's true here.

Part of the problem is that Yi-Soo was wrenched away from Hae-Woo in such dramatic, tragic fashion. Even before she knew he was alive, he was permanently immortalized and enshrined in her memory as The Great Protector, The One True Love, The One Who Got Away. It's really hard (nay, impossible) for anyone to beat that, even someone as seemingly perfect as her real husband :).

Had they continued to know each other (and if this wasn't a K-drama), chances are they would have drifted apart. But because she was so emotionally deprived before she met Yi-Soo, and he seemed to fill all those empty spaces, then leave that void again when he was wrenched from her, he's pretty much guaranteed a pedestal in her mind. His pathos-filled story and her family's complicity in it don't help.

While I do think Yi-Soo should get his revenge, I believe Hae-Woo has suffered much as well, and I want her to get smart and find true happiness -- which she can with her husband, not Yi-Soo.

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Very good point.

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Thanks!

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I <3 episode 8.

Finally this episode delivers for me what previous episodes could not. The recurring themes permeate throughout the episode beautifully: time once gone will never return, the sense of helplessness where one's own family members are concerned (YS, HW, JY and Sec Jang). For once the slow deliberate pacing of the drama lends itself nicely to give the space for the leads to wallow in self regret and what-could-have-beens.

The backdrop was never the issue, it is rather the opaque symbolism used in various junctures of the show and the lack of critical clarifications that make YS such a frustratingly obscure, unknowable black hole. And the jumps across time, often without warning, will only increasingly get confusing as the audience tries to realign the sequence of events leading to the present day YS. That said, the one flashback that was nicely done in my opinion was the delicate vignette of the first(?) encounter between Yoshimuro and Secretary Jang. In that one instance, I understand Jang's motivations and her fears. The various KNG brooding or contemplative scenes, intercepting the flow of the storyline, did nothing to allow me to get closer to him. The PDs certainly have a predilection for making YS's past look more tragic than it is, perhaps the recounting of YS's visit to Okinawa as a youth was a way to bring the audience closer to getting invested in his story. But I hardly felt any emotion at that point.

The most emotionally satisfying moments actually came from HW, put in by the wonderful performance of SYJ herself. In fact, I thought HW's character has the potential for the sort of tragic arc that is sorely missing from YS's story. HW's repressed longing for YS and desperation of knowing the involvement of her own father and JY's father somehow re-settle the elements of the show to circle around her. Not to mention her dialogues are way more interesting and sometimes refreshing (HW said she was going to draw YS out of the darkness after she learnt he's still alive, coinciding with my earlier post that the painting of Orpheus referred to herself leading YS out of the void, not the reverse). My eyes misted over during the scene when HW visited the library and lay down her head to rest. YS's dialogues are always few and far in between and when articulated, always lost in translation. The show is moving along in the right direction but it needs to fix the obvious very soon before it loses (more) audience.

And the dreary illness awaiting YS's sister, please don't even go there. Just make it a really nasty nose bleed that lasted this episode, and let it rest. We will forgive and forget.

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love your analysis

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You write so well.

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Heads- Thanks for the recap!
Plotwise and counter-plotwise, you have everything covered. So many flaws...that I am totally willing to overlook!
I am starting to understand that HS's master plan of revenge required him to NOT be moved by his first love, and that's simply not working. I guess if HS believed his old self died 12 years ago, and because he hasn't seen the object of his affection for that long, he may have thought his feelings have disappeared. Maybe nothing stirred in his Shark-heart and he felt dead inside emotionally. Reality, however, is proving him less of a jerk than he expected. Ironically making him act like more of a jerk after a married woman. This will end badly.

I know Show is manipulative and partially half-assed (eighth assed?) but I love the way it makes me feel.

You know that nosy neighbor with the binoculars in all the sitcoms? That's me every time KNG comes on screen - looking for clues. And when he smiles- ahhhh - I melt. When he tears up I offer my screen a hug.

The PD has captured all the good although cheesiest aspects of the oldies: Winter Sonata, Summer Scent, Autumn Tale O' Gloom, etc. Hazy childhood memories beautifully framed, evocative soundtrack, frequent accidental touching, suspiciously familiar unknowns.
Brooding, lots and lots of brooding. I just let it wash over me without much thought.

Although, now that I mention it, SYJ comes out of that pack of actors as the strongest talent this season, doesn't she? SSH, Song Hye Kyo were OK in WAML and The Winter that Blows, but I find SYJ playing it more nuanced and less relying on caricature.

I do fear that now the Shark is out of the bag we will have less kissing, and I want more kissing. Can it happen, even accidentally?

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YS not HS up there!

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I am like that too! Kim Gam Nil has won me over with his expressive acting. He is amazing. His every glance is loaded with meaning and heartbreak.
He has to be cold with HaeWoo when other people are around. You can tell his interactions with her are different when they are alone.
His demeanor, voice and eyes look so gentle when he is with his sister. That is the actual Yi Soo. The nice and thoughtful guy. : )

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Yes, I totally agree that Son Ye-jin doing an excellent job in this drama. Thank you for mentioning that.

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thanks :)

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"post dramatic stress disorder"

Hnng???? HAHAHAHHAHA!!! Heads, have I ever told you that you've been becoming funnier lately?

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Lately? She's always had it.
Her Dr. Jin recaps were goldddd. ;)

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I might just read those for fun rather than actually sitting through the show.

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Thanks for the recap.

Twice now that YS encouraged HW to walk away from the case.

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Don't tell me the little sis has some kind of blood disease. We got enough drama with the revenge! Lets just stay focused show!

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I find this show really confusing and am on the fence re dropping it despite KimNamGil & Lee SooHyuk.

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SYJ is so feminine, I have this girl crush on her. And soooo beautiful to behold. Her acting, superb. her skin, wow! She is obviously THE jewel of this drama.

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I like how our hero is always one step ahead of everyone, always planning things out ahead of time, and always in the know. At least we know all that time yi soo spends sitting around in his hotel room sulking is put to good use. I appreciate his smarts, and his calculating ways. And he gets my empathy here and there. But that’s pretty much where it stops for me. I don’t feel for our hero much like i feel for Doctor’s son in Cruel City. I think both characters deserve their revenge, and quite alike in many ways, but for some reason, i actually care more about doctor son’s journey than I do for yi soo. Perhaps I find his story more compelling and layered(not your typical he-killed-my-dad), or perhaps it’s because doctor’s son knows when to admit that “it’s too difficult” or “I need help” when he feels conflicted about his emotions versus the mission.
Cruel City does not unravel mysteries but rather takes us on a heart-stopping, dark adventure where a man’s decisions to protect the people he considers family conflicts with his desire to exact revenge on the world that took his mother and destroyed his life. He’s a man that’s alone in his plans, with a mission that is larger than life(to him); if he were to fail and end up dying, no one would ever know or care. These are added stakes that keep me rooting for doctor’s son, and his vulnerabilities allows you to forget that he’s a badass drug lord(who can really fight), and that he’s human, too. The more i think about it, the more one could argue that Yi Soo is having the same conflicted emotions and dilemma, but the fact is, i am simply drawn more to doctor’s son and his portrayal by Jung Kyung Ho(I still think you’re pretty awesome though, Kim Nam Gil), aided by stylish directing and awesome writing.
If a show that dark and gritty manages to hook me on its hero emotionally, Shark you have no excuse. Then again, one could argue that they are two different shows with a different set up, different circumstances, and different hooks. I also could be asking too much from shark, but I know i’m not the only one feeling a disconnect from Yi Soo. I understand that Shark is still pretty early in the game so Yi Soo can’t afford to show too much of his weakness to others in order to protect himself and the mission, but i think i’m in dire need of some inkling of the old yi soo that was; he was so charming.
Sorry this post is so long.

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Interesting comparison of dramas here. I lkie your ocmment of unraveling (Shark) versus thrill ride (CC). I hadn't thought them sid by side, but i had some of the same feelings about Cruel City and Shark separately. With Cruel City, I don't even try to think ahead of what's next. I feel the doctor's son's conflicting pain. I'm along for the (sometimes hard to watch) ride.

With Shark, I see possible twists and turns, and hurt most for SYJ and sometimes hate Shark for how he's playing her, even though he is where he is by her grandfather's dirty deeds when he (YI Soo) was a boy.

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Just wanted to say that the ratings dropped in this episode because of the World Cup qualifying match between South Korea and Iran. Other dramas in the same timeslot were also the same. I enjoy the intrigue in the drama so far, although I do feel like tearing away that pornstache of his every now and then.

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His hair is/was less Hitler like, that's an improvement.

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I was thinking the same. That his hairstyle is much nicer now.

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the Pen Assassin. (Pen Killer?)

How about the poisoning pen? (Or poisoning pen guy?)

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Anyone else thinking of Season 7 of Dexter? :)

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And my heart just aches for Mrs. Park. In a different reality, she would be Yi-soo and Yi-hyun's loving step mom.

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How about "the Clicker"??
Dum dum duuuuummmmm~~~

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This episode was one big dramatic STARE.

Please, move forward!

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Thanks so much again for taking the time to write up the recap! So grateful!

Thanks for your patience too =)

I don't know what to expect of this show. Umm, I guess for sure it will have a bad ending. And most likely YS dying.

But please please please don't kill off Detective Byun and YS's cute sister! Those nose-bleed is certainly NOT a good sign!

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Yeah, no way that YS will be allowed to live, unless he ends up in a mental hospital.

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wait. what pope/catholic joke?

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There's an old joke that when someone asks a question with an extremely obvious answer, the other person responds "Is the Pope Catholic?" As in duh, of course.

So I think the recapper was saying obviously there are sharks (not to mention all the shark jewelry abounding in this episode!).

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Thanks for the recap, and to everyone here for their insightful comments. I gain so much by reading what everyone else has to say.

I don't have any brilliant, insightful analysis to offer, just a few random comments:

*Kim Nam Gil's hair (if not the moustache) looks decidedly less Third Reich-ian. A definite improvement.

*Haraboji may be evil as hell, but he does make villainy look cool. The way he almost chuckled to himself when he found out page 28 of the incriminating documents was missing made me admire his moxie and feel chills up and down my spine at the same time. Somehow, the way he plays the role of the kindly, caring haraboji while planning murder and mayhem at the same time makes him more menacing.

*The actor who plays Hae Woo's father is really good. Even the way he drinks tea is repulsive!

*So - something I want to put out there, even though it's probably not a popular opinion - even though Yi Soo is obviously the victim here, I am finding myself sorely lacking in feeling for him. Teen Yi Soo yes, adult Yi Soo, rien. Part of it may be Kim Nam Gil's acting choices. I get that he's going for cool and collected, but to me comes off as ice-cold and lizard-like. I just don't get any emotion from him in his scenes with Son Ye-Jin. I do see some affect when he's watching his sister, but that's it.

But, even putting aside the issue of KNG, the plot itself is making me kind of hate him. I get that he deserves payback on all the people who took his father from him and destroyed his life. However, it seems the one he's punishing the most is Hae Woo, the alleged love of his life. I get that maybe (MAYBE) he thought only she would be honest and involved enough to bring the truth to light. But if so, then why does he have to drag out the reveal in this long, excrutiating way, with each revelation bringing her yet more pain. Son Ye-Jin is so good at portraying heartache that just want to run and hug her and make her tea, so that isn't making me like him more. By waiting for her to get married before starting down this path, making her find the detective's dead body, etc., it doesn't seem he's showing her the path to the truth - it seems as if he's taunting her. To use the Chagall painting analogy, I thought Yi Soo might not be able to drag Hae Woo out of purgatory, but I never thought he'd be the one to send her there in the first place.

As for his half-hearted assurances to her that she can run away - well, he knows very well that's not going to happen at this point. And it's sort of hypocritical that he's sending her on revenge-themed scavenger hunts while he's saying this.

I suppose it really doesn't help matters any that I'm totally in love with her husband, and if I wasn't happily married I'd go after him myself :). He seems to truly care about her, love her, and want the best for her. And while I hope Yi Soo gets his revenge, I don't want him to get the girl.

I must say how much I am enjoying this show. I had high hopes from the very beginning, and they are being fulfilled more and more with every episode. Can't believe we're already halfway through. Good acting, a compelling, suspenseful, tightly-woven story, characters to root and hate for - it has it all!

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They’ve had so little interaction yet each second has counted, so much so that it makes Yi-soo’s feelings for Hae-woo look like the amateur hour next to the eyes he makes at Yi-hyun.

Agreed. He's always so poker face when he's with Hae-woo, I'm like, "Dude, show some emotion! Would it kill you to show at least a little bit when you're around her?"

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Yeah. no more walking behind her reaching out to her.
I understand his cover shall not be blown but he already kissed her so i dont understand why he doesn't just throw some more longing looks in there while he's at it.

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Once again my favorite part of the show was Yi Soo's all-too brief interaction with his sister. I think it's because it's the only time I feel any warmth from his character.

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I am liking this drama more and more! So much that i am now re-watching the raw episodes starting from episode 1, while waiting for Mon to come. I find myself keep rewinding parts where the two leads (adult version) interact.

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Me, too. There is a lot there to watch. I wish they had more scenes, however improbable the meeting would be.

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I am sooo much loving the way this drama is going , this is a drama of substance. Plot is getting more dense and superb acting by the cast. This drama needs all the credit it rightly deserves. Wow film making at its highest level..... beautiful drama.

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The vagueness of his character and his constant holding back have never bothered me. After reading the above recap and fellow viewers' comments, I felt that i was too ignorant. So I re-watched the later episodes again lol. .
Being not able to fully understand him does not make me feel disconnected. Somehow I am drawn to this drama more and more!

(I have never watched KNG before, so if my comments are rude, pls forgive me)

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I personally call the assassin Clicky.

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this drama is soooooo amazing! i love it! saranghaeyo nam gil oppa!!!!!! <3 hwaiting!!!!! aja! you are chaebol!!!!!

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I think one of the biggest structural challenges of the show is that currently Yi Soo has no confidante character that he can talk to (heck, even Hamlet gets Horatio, the one friend he can trust in the cesspool that is Denmark). This makes it tricky to bring out his inner life in a dramatic medium. Kim Nam Gil does an excellent job of playing subtext, but there's only so much any actor can do without words. However, I also understand why as a character, Yi Soo wouldn't share his true feelings with any of the folks around him. I'm wondering if the writer is setting up Dong Soo for this role down the road.

As far as Yi Soo showing up at the wedding and not stopping it, I read that as a deliberate attempt to make sure that Hae Woo was unattainable before launching actions that he knew would ultimately hurt her. However, I agree with other commentators that it's much easier to argue rationally that of course you can't have a relationship with a married woman than to deal with the reality of the emotions once you actually see her again.

I do feel that at the moment this is more Hae Woo's story than Yi Soo's, and I actually like that. I'm finding her search and emotional arc compelling and I'm glad that she's an active character instead of simply standing by watching the disaster unfold like the female leads in Resurrection and The Devil.

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It's actually not that obvious that sharks swim in the ocean around Okinawa. We lived there for 5 years and I took my toddlers with me snorkeling, and there was never a shark sighting. The story was the coral reef formed a ring around the island that allegedly made it too shallow/ difficult for any largish marine animals to get in closer to shore. Maybe that was urban legend, but five years with no sharks of any size sighted is pretty solid evidence of something.

Regarding the sick little sister- I figured when we learned Ye Soo's mother died of some disease (cancer?) that was foreshadowing of health issues for his little sister, so I'm not really surprised.

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One of my favorite dramas at this time...thanks, I enjoyed the read.

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awesome drama, but I noticed the storyline kinda similiar to " I Miss You " drama.

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