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Shark: Episode 14

Shark has been picking up a lot of steam lately and this episode is no exception, with Yi-soo’s identity crisis unraveling about as fast as our resident evil mastermind’s and an assassin on the loose. Everyone’s headed toward the same truth at different speeds, even though you have to wonder why some of our characters are only withholding certain truths and why, but the end result is a pretty thrilling hour—even if the reveals run the gamut of “How exciting!” to “Why was that still a secret, again?”

I wish I could donate lights to this show sometimes, though. Even a string of Christmas tree lights would help.

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

Hae-woo places a desperate call to Detective Byun to trace her father’s cell phone location while she follows Yi-soo, who’s currently on the phone with her grandpa.

He gives Grandpa Jo a choice between telling the truth or saving his son, so Grandpa goes through a few tactics. First, he threatens Yi-soo: “If my son dies, your sister won’t survive either.” This doesn’t seem to phase Yi-soo, since that’s not the problem at hand. Will he save his son, or not?

Daddy Jo’s able to listen to the conversation from the warehouse, only growing more frightened as his father hesitates and when his kidnapper walks in with a weapon. Grandpa Jo wants more time, but Yi-soo knows he’d just end up like Prosecutor Oh. Tick-tock.

“A human’s life is decided by fate,” Grandpa Jo finally says. “Maybe my fate with my son ends here.” If Yi-soo weren’t driving, I’m sure he’d give a slow clap to Grandpa’s heartlessness in abandoning his own son.

Daddy Jo’s captor turns off the feed, right as Detective Byun & Co. get a lock on his location.

The conversation continues, with Grandpa Jo saying that no father would want to abandon their children: “Both your father and I… All we wanted was to live new lives for our children.” Yi-soo’s caught off guard. Ah, that’s right, Yi-soo doesn’t know about his father’s dark past, but he does know that Grandpa Jo has killed a ton of people.

Grandpa Jo tries to turn the tables by offering to trade information with Yi-soo for his son’s life: “If you don’t want to regret it, release my son right now. Then I will tell you the truth about your father that you don’t know.”

“I understand my father better than you,” Yi-soo grates. But it’s too late, as he tells Grandpa Jo. His time is up. Click.

Grandpa Jo places a desperate call to Clicky to find his son, while Yi-soo calls his Friend to carry out the plan as intended.

Hae-woo follows him into an apartment building, but he’s been onto her and grabs her in the stairwell to force her up against the wall: “Why are you following me?” Gulp. Why not? Oh, right, that whole Being Married thing.

“Where is my father?” she demands to know. Even though Yi-soo’s with her, she knows he’s behind it and that he must have help. Her tone turns pleading, “Don’t destroy your life just for this, Yi-soo. Don’t commit any more sins.”

Yi-soo grabs her by the shoulders and edges in closer to tell her that the only way she can stop him is by finding the truth. “You are more important than the truth!” Hae-woo fights back. “There is nothing more valuable than your life.”

“If I don’t put an end to this, I’m as good as dead,” Yi-soo says. This moment is so charged. Especially when Hae-woo pleads for him to think of his sister, and Yi-soo suddenly leans in so close that their lips almost meet. Omo.

But instead he speaks closer to her ear in a low whisper that Yi-hyun will understand him. All Hae-woo wants is to save him, but at least Yi-soo gives her some straight answers in that he didn’t kill Detective Oh or cause Prosecutor Oh’s accident. Even though the truth is what matters most to him, she argues that the truth is meaningless if he were to be destroyed in the process.

Yi-soo stares at her for another charged moment before pulling her into an embrace. She fights him at first, but he keeps holding on until she stops, and his lips are close enough to brush her ear when he speaks. “You should give up. I won’t stop.”

Hae-woo: “You won’t get away with this. No matter who it is, I will make them pay for what they’ve done. You’re no exception.” Yi-soo just smirks and brushes away a bit of her hair, a move that seems more patronizing than affectionate. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Daddy Jo’s captor stalks up to him with a knife… but he uses it only to cut him free. Soo-hyun calls Hae-woo while she’s on her way to her dad’s triangulated location to say that he’s on his way, too. Hmm. I still think that he’s Yi-soo’s Friend.

Oh, and hah, the show finally does the Big Reveal to show that Soo-hyun really is Yi-soo’s Friend. He’s got the perfect cover when Detective Byun and the rest of the police arrive since he’s supposed to be there.

The police rush into the warehouse to find it empty, with only Daddy Jo’s cellphone inside along with a business card for a professor named Robert Yune. Ohh, did Soo-hyun already hide Daddy Jo in his car? The car that all the police just passed by? Devious. This would only be more fun if it wasn’t so dark.

Detective Byun calls Grandpa Jo on his son’s cell phone, and guesses from Grandpa’s threatening tone that he talked with the suspect directly. When asked what the kidnapper wanted in return, Grandpa Jo says, “If I didn’t pay the ransom, he threatened to kill my son.” And then, “I said as long as my son is safe, I would do anything.” Oh, you LIAR.

He then relays this information to Hae-woo, who raises her eyebrows at the mention of ransom. But she can’t tell Detective Byun the truth about Yi-soo or her grandpa, so she’s stuck.

The police eventually find Daddy Jo in an abandoned car and take him to Casa Jo, where Joon-young has been waiting and placing frantic calls. Daddy Jo is badly shaken and recoils from his father when he rushes out acting all relieved to see him.

Daddy Jo knows his father better now, and hides away in his room while the phone conversation from the warehouse haunts him. Then Grandpa Jo comes in. Eek.

He asks his father if he’s really his son, because he can’t differentiate what’s real and what’s not anymore. Oh man, Grandpa. Kill all the people you want, but your secret isn’t yours anymore.

“Is this it?” Grandpa Jo asks when he’s alone, presumably to Yi-soo. “Is this what you wanted?”

While Yi-soo meets with Soo-hyun in a bar, Hae-woo and Detective Byun rush home, only for Joon-young to tell them that Daddy Jo is refusing to speak to anyone. Hae-woo asks Detective Byun to delay questioning until her dad gets some time to rest.

Of course, the second she walks in the house her dad comes running past her in hysterics with his hands clasped over his ears. He runs straight into his dad’s office and breaks the ceramic vase Junichiro gave him, the one said to contain the soul of his father… who Daddy Jo now knows wasn’t his actual father.

“Are you disappointed that I came back alive, father?” Daddy Jo asks aloud, in plain sight of his daughter and her husband. He’s babbling like a lunatic, but it’s because he knows what his father did, and turns to Hae-woo: “You respect your grandfather the most in this world, don’t you?”

Then he turns back to his father to celebrate his return with an ironic, “Korean independence, manse!” So he’s cheering for himself while pointing out his father’s not-ties or maybe-ties to the Korean independence movement. Dude, if your father was going to leave you for dead, what makes you think he won’t hurt you now?

Soo-hyun tells Yi-soo everything he’s learned about Clicky—how his wife’s been hospitalized for over ten years with dementia, how he was not only a special forces agent but also a cop, and how there aren’t any current records of him and none that explain his connection to Grandpa Jo.

As for protecting Yi-hyun, Yi-soo wants Soo-hyun to get some help since he can’t be at the job 24/7. Man, this is a tough one. If only her father were a policeman…

And then her father the policeman gets a mysterious text: “Protect your daughter.” He calls his wife out of worry, and tells her not to let Yi-hyun out of her sight even for second until he can get to them.

Hae-woo asks Mrs. Park about her biological grandmother, especially on the heels of her dad yelling to her grandfather that he wouldn’t let himself be abandoned like his mother. She specifically wants to know if her grandmother wasn’t her father’s biological mother, because the photo she saw of her grandmother in the family album didn’t look familiar.

Mrs. Park claims she heard something when she was attending her grandmother’s sick bed—that Grandpa separated from Daddy Jo’s biological mother and remarried the woman Hae-woo knew as her grandmother. And her grandmother didn’t pass away like Hae-woo thought, but instead went missing one day.

Joon-young is ready to take investigative matters into his own hands, and nothing Hae-woo says will stop him: “This is a plan Yi-soo took twelve years to prepare,” he argues. “First it was my father, then yours. You could even be next. The police will never be able to stop Yi-soo.”

She tries to tell him that the culprit who tried to kill his dad and the one who took her father aren’t the same, but she won’t explain how. So she’s going to just keep letting Joon-young think it’s Yi-soo behind all this, when I feel like he’s more than rational enough for her to sit him down, explain the truth, and ask him to keep it a secret for now. It’s not like he and Yi-soo were never friends.

Yi-soo takes some time to think about his kiss with Hae-woo, while she thinks about their close encounter in the stairwell. But eek, Joon-young sees her brooding. Does he see the shark pendant? That’d be a dead giveaway on who she’s thinking about…

The next day, Yi-soo agonizes over the least-creepiest way to give Yi-hyun a present, which pretty much doesn’t exist. Detective Byun drives her straight to the cafe door and has plans to drive her home as well—good thing too, since Clicky is watching from the cafe nearby, waiting for the right time to strike. (If Yi-soo knows who Clicky is, why doesn’t he have Soo-hyun trailing him and not vaguely protecting his sister? It could only help to know where Clicky is at any given moment, right?)

Gah, Awkward Yi-soo is the best. He even cringes as he pushes the wrapped box over the table to his sister, which he totally insists isn’t a present… just some leftover shoes, or something. I love how Yi-hyun’s not at all creeped out by this older man giving her gifts, but who cares? They’re ADORABLE. I can’t even say it enough.

We soon see the purpose of the shoes—Yi-soo inserted a GPS chip in order to track Yi-hyun’s whereabouts. Better hope she wasn’t lying about liking those shoes.

Secretary Jang tries to get Yi-soo to eat breakfast with her even though he’s not interested until Dong-soo pops into their convo (literally). Secretary Jang invites him for breakfast, and Yi-soo takes the initiative in making it a group thing.

Dong-soo chatters on as usual and is totally floored when Secretary Jang tells him that they should eat together from now on. He’s all, You and me?! But she scales him back a little—she means the two of them plus Yi-soo. He’s deflated, but only for about a second. Then he breaks out his happy dance, which is amazing and terrible all at once. If only I knew how to make gifs…

Wait! I googled how. This deserves a victory dance.

Joon-young runs into the pervert CEO while visiting his father in the hospital, and isn’t keen on hearing his excuses for selling to Kim Jun instead, until the pervert warns him not to make the same mistake he did by trusting people too much, “Your wife included.”

Eek. Joon-young looks like he’s about to punch the guy into explaining his words, so the man tells him: “Your wife and Kim Jun… they don’t seem like just acquaintances.” Joon-young threatens him at eye level to shut up, because he won’t stand idly by while his wife’s name is maligned. You poor, perfect husband. She doesn’t deserve you.

Grandpa Jo tries to make up excuses as to why his son can’t be questioned by Detective Byun (and Hae-woo), and is thus surprised when Daddy Jo crashes the party to volunteer for questioning.

It’s when the subject of a ransom comes up that Detective Byun catches a disparity in their stories, and Hae-woo notices how nervous her grandpa grows. Grandpa Jo wants the questioning over and done with, worried that his son will say something to incriminate him. As it stands, Daddy Jo just says of the possible culprit: “A lot of people want me dead.”

Afterward, Detective Byun tells Hae-woo that he’s sure both her dad and grandpa are hiding something. “Are you hiding something from me, too?” Well, now that you mention it…

Hae-woo gets an out when Joon-young calls to tell her he’s on his way to meet the attorney general. A little insecurity creeps into his voice when he asks her if she’ll be home late.

They find out that a man named Robert Yune (from the business card left at the abduction scene) called the newspaper to respond to the ad that scared Grandpa Jo so much—the one looking for Chun Young-bo, aka Grandpa’s real name.

Yi-soo can’t get Grandpa Jo’s haunting words about his father and guilt out of his head, even though he never knew why his father called him so many years ago to say “I’m happy today. I was forgiven.” 

He calls Soo-hyun about it, but decides not to have his friend look into his father’s business in the end. Since Soo-hyun is keeping an eye on Yi-hyun he’s able to tell Yi-soo that she’s wearing the shoes he bought for her. Yi-soo seems just a little relieved until he remembers that Grandpa Jo threatened to hurt her.

Even Yi-hyun notes how much spare time Soo-hyun must have to be visiting her so frequently, and rebuffs his offer to drive her home since her dad’s already volunteered. She knows it’s fishy, but no one will tell her why, and she gets a flick on the forehead from Soo-hyun for complaining. “What was that for?” Soo-hyun: “Because you’re cute.”

There’s no Clicky in the cafe, but there is a dude who looks suspicious. Not good.

Hae-woo and Detective Byun try to track down Robert Yune at his apartment, but everything looks so familiar. Then it hits—this is the building that Hae-woo followed Yi-soo into earlier.

They meet with Professor Yune, who called the number on the ad not only knowing that Chun Young-bo was dead, but all about his history. This is where it gets interesting: According to recently-unclassified documents from the U.S., Chun Young-bo was a North Korean spy for the States, also responsible for multiple massacres.

The camera focuses on Grandpa Jo, aka Chun Young-bo as the professor tells the story of how he killed South Korean soldiers and civilians while working for the North, before he switched allegiance to the States and turned in his own countrymen—even going so far as to participate in their executions. Good grief.

There’s no proof that he was responsible for the fire that destroyed Great-grandpa Jo’s village, but there’s plenty of speculation. Also, there’s no record of how Chun Young-bo died, nor can the professor find any photos of him. But he claims that Grandpa Jo might know some information based on a phone call he received that Chun Young-bo’s father was a slave in Great-grandpa Jo’s house. Iiinteresting.

Detective Byun asks if the professor got the name of the man who called him. “He said his name was Han Yi-soo.”

He can tell from Hae-woo’s non-reaction that she’s probably known this for a while, and when he stops her to talk, all she gives him is The Picture, adding that the late Detective Oh gave it to Prosector Oh before he died.

“There’s someone I have to meet,” she says, and the look in her eyes stops Detective Byun from pressing further.

The suspicious dude at the juice bar hands a sheet of paper to Yi-hyun before booking it out of there. It reads: “Han Yi-soo is alive.”

Naturally, she goes rushing after him, but he’s a second too fast in a getaway car. She jumps into a waiting cab and orders the driver to follow the car…

…But it’s Clicky behind the wheel. OH NO. Oh no!

Yi-soo decides that today is the day to confront Clicky, only he’s obviously not in his shop. He knows something’s wrong when Yi-hyun’s GPS dot starts racing away from where she’s supposed to be, and then when she doesn’t pick up his calls. GO. HURRY.

Detective Byun finally gets a hold of the deleted footage from the library, which shows Yi-soo (Kim Jun) sitting at the table across from Detective Oh. He remembers Hae-woo trying the crime scene smart key on Yi-soo’s door… ah, now it’s all starting to click.

Hae-woo finds her grandpa staring hard at a garishly huge statue of Rodin’s The Thinker (for being in his personal backyard), which I suppose is there to symbolize Grandpa Jo’s internal strife. 

She asks him for the truth: “Chun Young-bo… You remember that name, don’t you? Are you that person?”

It’s like you see the color drain out of Grandpa Jo’s face. He sighs, “I think it’s time for me to finally confess to you. I… killed someone.” Pause. “I killed Chun Young-bo.” Oh, you devious bastard.

Yi-soo traces his sister’s signal down… to his apartment? Oh no. He stands outside the threshold of his own door trembling in fear before he goes inside.

He gives a quick look, sees nothing, and heads back for the door… but something gives him pause. He turns around, a look of heartbreak and disbelief crossing his face.

Oh no. Ohhhhh no. *watches through fingers* I don’t want to know!

We can’t see what he sees, but he stumbles over to his couch and drops to his knees in despair. The camera starts to pan down…

It’s Yi-hyun’s shoes. PHEW, it’s just her shoes. It’s not her dead body. I totally thought it was going to be her dead body. I’ve never been so happy to see a pair of shoes.

Yi-soo clutches the shoes as his gaze turns dark.

 
COMMENTS

Oh, it’s ON.

I mean, I hope it’s on. I’ve been waiting to see Yi-soo kick some butt and take some names for what feels like forever, and now we’re almost-kind-of getting there.. But if we could get all the benefits of Yi-soo breaking free of his Kim Jun shell *without* killing either Yi-hyun or Detective Byun, I’d be happy. Everyone else is fair game. (Sorry, everyone else! It was fun while it lasted.)

It was nice to learn everything there ever was to know about Grandpa Jo’s dark past this episode, even if it was a little convenient to have one guy just sit down and spend a few minutes listing his extensive list of crimes against humanity. We don’t have the whole puzzle of course, since it remains to be seen exactly how Grandpa Jo pulled this massive identity-switching stunt off, but the vague idea I’m getting from this show is that it included murder with a side of mass murder, high treason, and the possibility that Grandpa even burned down a whole village just to keep a secret.

This information sheds a whole new light on who Grandpa Jo really is, and he’s a lot worse than I imagined. (Gotta give credit where credit is due—at least on paper, Grandpa Jo is one of the most heinous drama villains in recent memory.) Not only is he responsible for the multiple murders we’ve seen happen in the series, but he’s literally responsible for war crimes—so now I understand why an ex-spy with such a nasty track record would want to live a new life, and why he’d do anything to stay hidden. Now the question is, what stake does Junichiro have in all this? And what more don’t we know about Yi-soo’s dad?

I guess there are fifty more questions than that, like whether Grandpa Jo is still trying to keep his secret by kidnapping Yi-hyun or whether he’s just over it and out for revenge. It was smart of him to throw Hae-woo off by confessing to a false crime, because it sounds almost real enough—and damning enough—to be true. But there’s his evil genius at play, since he’s not saying he killed an innocent bystander. He’s saying he killed an outright villain. Now all Hae-woo needs to do is make the connection that that very same villain is her beloved grandfather, and all hell will break loose.

…As long as Yi-hyun and Detective Byun live through it. Yes, Shark, they’re a package deal. I have a ballpoint pen, and I know how to use it.

 
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Thank you! Getting interesting!

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HaHa
That's what I thought when wacthing the ending scene.
I thought it was YH's dead body...
It gives me a shiver lol

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Now I understand why Yi-soo is so hell-bent in revealing the "TRUTH" and of course why grandpa Jo is equally hell-bent on keeping his secret.

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Thanks for the recap!

Loved this line: "Everyone else is fair game. (Sorry, everyone else! It was fun while it lasted.)" and totally agree!

I am not so sure that Grampa Jo IS Chun Young-bo. I think he is telling the truth when he says he killed him.

The truth may be kinder to him than what they are leading us to believe. Not that I don't think he is and was nefarious double dealer, I just think he was less so.

Both Grampa and Sharkman's father did bad things during that time in history. Maybe both of them worked for whomever the Torture Boss was, and Grampa Jo assumed the identity of a dead man to hide his past.

The scenes with KNG and SYJ are soooo good when they get sooo close. I am happy they are re-teaming for a film.

I want them to kiss a lot and a lot again. Right before he dies. To quote Heads, "Sorry Sharkman, it was fun while it lasted."

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The chemistry SYJ-KNG is sooo good. I agree. That sexual tension between them. I actually feel in that scene they have more spark than their previous kiss . Their conversation is awsome and add more dynamic and meaningful to the scene..
I actually believe that conversation is affecting YS. It's not he doesn't care for her.... I believe he is just trying not to care.

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I am totally fearing how Yi Soo is gonna react to whatever news/secret Grandpa is gonna tell him. Birth Secret? Murder conspiracy? What??? WHAT???

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We already know YS's dad was involved with torturing people from the dead changing history guy.

When he uncovers Grampa's past, he also shows the world how horrible his own father was. Notso great.

Could there be more to it than that?
Hmmmm

How is this guess.? Chun Young-bo is Sharkman's grandfather.

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I loved this episode. I loved it to pieces.

I'm not good with English and this is gonna be long so I'm just gonna list things I liked most.

1. Grandpa Jo. I really like him as a villain. I like how evil and bad he is, but it would be nothing if he wasn't a human at the same time. In the last episode I really enjoyed him loosing his cool - finally! - and now we see how deeply things actually affect him. He does feel guilt, he is hurt when his son turns against him, he does worry for his son, he can't bear the idea of Hae-Woo knowing who he really is. This makes the stakes so much higher because when truth is revealed, it will REALLY break him. And he will do almost anything to prevent it. It's his motive and his weakness. He's vulnerable, there is a way for Yi-Soo to hurt him and I like that.

2. Yi-Soo's revenge. Some setbacks (Yi-Hyun!!), but otherwise it's going pretty smoothly. To be honest, I'm not sure whether Yi-Soo will actually kill anybody during the course of his revenge. Even from the beginning I didn't take him as a killer, he doesn't seem to have it in him to go around dealing death sentences to people. I think his revenge is more personal, more about the setting the balance than taking lives. He wants to shed light on the things that have been kept in darkness for so long. He probably doesn't need or even want grandpa Jo dead, he want's him revealed and preferable by grandpa Jo himself. He wants to watch how grandpa Jo's whole world collapses around him. It's much more effective and horrifying than just killing a person. This is partly why he didn't kill Clicky, I think. Yi-Soo is after revenge but he is not an executioner.

3. Hae-Woo. Oh, I keep loving her. I love her partly because she IS flawed while being strong and assertive at the same time. She's kept things hidden from Joon-yong to long it makes it very difficult for her to spill the beans now - or ever. Of course it will be revealed at the end but not necessarily by her.

4. Still interested in Clicky. Ok, he might be in it for money after all because he has to pay the bills to take care of his wife but what is the connection? And in any case, I think he really works as a creepy killer. He's so unlikely and yet effective. Who would believe this weak old man is a super assassin?

5. Grandpa Jo and papa Jo. I doubt we'll get much information about their past relationship but damn I would be interested in that. Papa Jo is TERRIFIED of his own father. Why?! And what about his mother? What happened to her? And what happened to Hae-woo's mother? I remember in some early episode papa Jo said that grandpa Jo drove her away - does Hae-woo know this?

6. Yes. Detective Byun and Yi-Hyun have to live. They're awesome!

Ok, I'm sure I forgot something but no matter... I'll remember it later. Or won't. :)

Also, one thing I DO NOT like. Courting between Yi-Hyun and Soo-hyun. It's really... almost abusive, the way he treats her. She doesn't want to go into his car so he practically forces her. He declares she likes him and does not take "no" for an answer. She gives her a flip and then says it's because she's cute?! WTF man?! If you like her, how about giving her a flower because she's cute! How about saying you worry for her safety which is why you'd like to drive her how? How about saying YOU like her and asking whether it's mutual? WHAT IS WRONG WITH KDRAMA HERE?! :(

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"Yi-Soo is after revenge but he is not an executioner."
Yes, he is. He ordered the killing of that crooked detective in the very first episode.

Regarding your last comment: the treatment of women (sometimes) in K-dramas is the one thing I really don't like about them. There's a lot of arm-pulling, body-shaking, and ordering around sometimes, and it's often depicted as being done "cutely" (Boys Over Flowers springs to mind). Cultural differences and all, I guess, but it doesn't sit well with me.

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Executioner is someone who kills himself. That is what I meant and I do not think Yi-Soo is that kind of a person. Also, we have no certainty that it was him who ordered even the first killing - it's possible but it's also possible that it was Junichiro, for example. Yi-Soo is definitely tied to that incident but we don't know whether it was him who made the final decision about the killing or somebody else.

Also, I do believe that Yi-Soo can kill is provoked but killing somebody in executioner style is a bit different thing.

So sorry, I can't still consider Yi-Soo as an executioner.

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Same here - Just about every k-drama, no matter how good or bad, seems to be filled with scenes of some guy wrist-pulling or some other similar force tactic on women. I am no expert on Korea, having only spent a few months there (as compared to nearly 20 years in Japan), but I have to say that I never really saw any of that behavior, so it might be mostly a k-drama thing.

K-dramas are pretty infamous overall for giving lip service to equal rights for women and then showing the exact opposite though. Perhaps it is a plot device, but it gets a bit old.

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I still have my doubts about the first killing of the crooked cop being on Yi Soo's orders. I think Yi Soo left the cop alive (albeit with a big O on his chest) and it was someone else who did the killing. Otherwise, why would Yi Soo bother to kill the cop and not anyone else who was more important and more directly involved in his father's murder?

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My thoughts exactly. It doesn't quite add up.

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Well...I think that means Yi Soo's Dad was probably in a similar position to Grandpa Jo at some point but in the overall scheme of things that isn't going to stop Yi Soo.

Particulary since they grabbed Yi Hyun...it better be on now

Hae Woo you should probably tell Joon young SOMETHING so he has an idea of the ridiculous mess you all are in.

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I never know kim na gil is so HOT...yi soo ya.....#OpenArm

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see more of his hotness as Bidam in Queen Suen Duk......ohh.....that shoulder length hair, that tanned skin, that lovely voice, that smirk, that wink, that sadness in his eyes.....think better stop now :)

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*Was anyone else surprised when Grandpa Jo was ready to consign his son to the Big Bar in the Sky? Because I sure wasn't. I do think it's interesting to see Daddy Jo's reaction, though. He's a despicable creature, to be sure, and I don't believe in blaming parents for how their children turn out. However, the actor really made you see the character's hurt and pain at his father's abandonment, and you can sort of see where that drinking came from.

*Hae-Woo is really frustrating me. I know I'm just repeating myself here, but why can't she tell Joon-Young the truth at this point? Aside from the fact that he's, you know, her HUSBAND, he was Yi-Soo's friend, and he deserves to know what's going on, especially as it impacts his life, too. I feel like the show is just having her keep these huge secrets to create drama between them, and it's a misstep for me.

*The Yi Soo-Yi-Hyun interactions are adorable, but they're always marred for me by the knowledge that she doesn't know he's her brother. She thinks he's just some random older guy paying lots of attention to her, which leaves two possibilities: 1) she thinks nothing of a total stranger being nice to her, taking her out to lunch, and giving her gifts, which is odd or 2) she likes him, which is ick ick ick. She needed to find out about Yi-Soo. Although perhaps not in such dramatic fashion, heh.

*Soo-hyun being Yi-Soo's chingu = most unsurprising reveal ever.

*Did anyone else want to reach through the screen and smack the pervert CEO when he said his mistake was in trusting people too much? Just me? Um, no, your mistake was in being a kiddie diddler. And I blame Yi-Soo for not sending him to jail.

*Well, be careful what you asked for. I said I wanted something a little more dramatic than just switched identities, and I got it! In spades. Working for the North and executing Koreans? Yikes. I hope Hae-Woo wises up eventually and realizes Grandpa's conning her.

*Although I'm worried about the fate of poor Yi-Hyun, I did have to admire Clicky's leaving her shoes in Yi-Soo's apartment. That is one elegant flip-off!

*I know this has been discussed ad nauseam before, but I don't see how anyone could say that Yi-Soo loves Hae-Woo *truly* loves her. Obsessed? Perhaps. Bitter about what could have been, and having her torn away from him? Sure. In lust? Absolutely. But to me, love is caring about the person you love and wanting to protect them from harm. And Yi-Soo is just content to completely torpedo Hae-Woo's life in his quest for revenge. Not love, to me.

I can't believe I have to wait until next week to find out what happens to Yi-Hyun. Oh, Shark, you teasing, fickle mistress.

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I think she keep It a secret from her husband because now yi soo's name has been tarnished. He is now a criminal. And I don't think his relationship with yi soo is that deep to think he will kept it silent from police based on his reaction.

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Has Yi-Soo's love been discussed so much? I should maybe read more of these comment sections. :)

Anyway, I partly agree with you. He is obsessed for sure but I do think there's still a little bit of that old love buried somewhere deep inside him. When Hae-woo said she knows that the truth will destroy her, Yi-Soo looked very pained. It's obvious that when Hae-woo is hurting it hurts him, too. So he does care about her feelings. He does have some wish to protect her from the pain his revenge is causing.

However, it's clear that his love for Hae-woo is nowhere near as strong as his drive for revenge.

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I enjoyed this episode by the Shoe Director a lot. The pace was good. Liked the big reveal and the hot dynamic duo combo with the super voices.

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Oh my gosh! That was an exciting episode!! Thanks for the recap!
To be honest, I don't really care what happens to Haewoo... Just want Yi Hyun and detective Byun to survive through everything. Also Soo hyun!

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Scriptwriter, please let Yi Hyun be alright :( On a brighter note, this is another awesome episode that left me hooked throughout. I am also glad to see vestiges of the old, righteous Yi Soo emerging from current Yi Soo. Current Yi Soo may be obsessed to the point is being crazed sometimes, but his purpose is not so much to inflict pain on his wrongdoers than to bring the truth to light and ensure that justice is served.

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THAT GIF! Thank you for making a gif of such an epic happy dance! This show is too intense for me to watch, but I love reading about it, so the gif was a nice treat. :)

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I already watched it online you know..but then its always fun read ur recaps.. to know what you think..it is the same as mine..well kinda same here.. thanx headsno2 for ur time.. ♥

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Thank youuu ! Been refreshing the pageee !

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OH MY GOD ! Ive never thought that I would love this show this much ! 5the plot is just spectacular ! New and well hitched ! Love love love it so much and that look on his face says it all ! Is it ba dthat I feel gd abt the abduction it gives him justification for being bad guy ! The cast the actors its bitch perfeeeeect !

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I love this episode as well...knew for some time now that soo hyun could be "chingu"...like to watch the petty son goes against grandpa Jo. Daddy Jo has always been a ticking bomb....just waiting until he implodes....hopefully in the right direction.

Love awkward Yi-soo. His interactions with Yi0hyun is soooo adorable. I hope Yi-hyun and cop daddy lives too...Everyone else is dispensible to me too!

Not so likey his intimacy with Haewoo...SHE'S MARRIED. Sorry...I can't see how it's gonna work.

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Shark is pitiful. T.T

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The last scene was so intense. OMERGWAD! lol

Now that i think about it, I don't really care what happens to other characters in this show, BUT if anything happens to Yi-hyun and Detective Byun I am going to go ballistic!!

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Heads! I'm so glad you're recapping this (dark) drama! Your comments are priceless! :D

(And thank you for that victory-dance/butt-flourish gif.)

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Ah, Yi Soo, Yi Soo! Thank God you're visiting your sister and loving her so deeply or I'd be way annoyed with you. Am glad they're getting at Grand Dad's bad past, but Halbae is such a great liar I know he's got a lot of fake walls to block Prosecutoress' path to true.

I find myself not trusting Yakuza guy. He wants his way and if Yi Soo gets in the way, I wouldn't put it past him to kill Yi Soo. In fact, before I knew who "FRIEND" was I was afraid Pitiful Fool Dad would actually be killed by Yi Soo's friend even if Yi Soo didn't want it...and then Yi Soo would be in trouble. Was glad that didn't happen. But who knows what all might go awry with the plan and with his cohorts.

I kinda wish Secretary Jang would do more instead of looking worried. But am glad she and chauffeur might be getting together. Love is in the air.

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Thanks for the recap, Heads!
And congrats for the gif making success! *clap-clap*

About donating lights, this reminds me of a good friend of mine who complained about it few weeks ago. Thus am ecstatic to see KNG wanders during the day and smile in this week eps. Finally! I have a smiley KNG just for her.. ^^

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In a lovely ironic twist, the method that was used to hoodwink Yi Soo towards the end was exactly the same one that he used to fool prosecutors when he was torturing Daddy Jo (detaching the GPS device from the person and bringing said GPS device to a false location).

Does anyone else suspect Secretary Jang of double-crossing? Who else would have a key into Yi Soo's house?

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Three adults had reason to believe ruthless killers were going to make kid sister priority target and did less than a normal, borderline impaired adult would do.

Brother, whose number one job in the world is to protect his sister, creates the problem, knowing he was, being told she was target number one, and, he buys her ... Shoes? How dramatic a choice. Not warn, not move, not 24 hour surveillance on her or outed assassin. Just business as usual. He is a mastermind? Someone this dumb needs to be in a group home.

Adopted father, with the guilt of two of her family's deaths on his conscience, doesn't warn her, does nothing to protect her other than a random and odd, don't leave without me. Uhhh, the plot tells us these ruthless killers are not easily stopped. Seasoned detectives end up tortured and dead and this is your best?

Investigator, spy, would be boyfriend, flirts, moves on. He is her protection from ruthless killers with decades of experience? He knows how easy it is to kidnap and kill and knows how good the bad guys are and this is his best?

The kissing scenes are great and all, but the drama told us something else worth a passionate response, and that is three male leads are repulsive, incompetent, self absorbed, jerks. Where is the passion on that?

And the script writer is full on for keeping the audience attention with violence against women. Why is this ok because there is kissing scenes to distract the audience, when the violence is 100% gratuitous?

But forget that, weren't those kisses hot and weren't those shoes dramatic?

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Despite the raves for this show, I have the same WTF feeling that you do about how incompetent everyone seems to be. Shark guy seems to be more worried about if his sister is wearing the shoes than if she is alive. I also wonder why if she is some kind of hotshot prosecutor, why is she not telling the detective what she finds out.

I just cannot seem to really connect with anyone in this series.

BTW, why do the car tires squeal on every simple lane change in these dramas?

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Now breathe...;)

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while I take your point about some kdrama and violence toward women, in this show we've seen one woman kissed against her will, her space rudely invaded and her and another woman yanked around by their arms - while man after man has been abducted, tortured and/or murdered. Not quite the show to use as a stand against gratuitous violence toward women, I think, at least not yet.

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Hehhh...
You always complaint....
This drama is dark and it's not pretending explaining about what's exactly good and bad, wrong or right... Good or bad It's all about perspective.....
This drama it's not fit for someone too sensitive about something what's wrong and what's right...
And the hug scene it's not to convey wether it's hot or not....

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Who said anything about right or wrong? The men are incompetent jerks, that deserves an emotional response from the audience.

Bambi is set up as bait for the killer, for no reason that makes sense. It was done because it will titillate the audience. That is the violence against women part. It worked. The audience, as the comments show, is now all excited that clicky has the girl. Porn doesn't need a lot. That is what makes it great.

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Thanks so much for the recap! Like you, I just want YH and Detective Byun to be safe and sound. Others I am prepared for them to die...umm...maybe not JY. But all others, I am prepared. lol

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How many episodes are there left?

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This is a 20 episode drama per d-addicts.com. So six episodes left.

Am I the only one who wonders why the Hae Woo character does not dress like a lawyer/prosecutor? Short skirts and really high shoes don't seem realistic. Director or actor error? See IHYV for female legal attire. This is a good drama otherwise.

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I don't wonder at all - this is a K-drama, where realism takes 2nd place... at best. I was in a Korean court house a few years back getting a temp visa extension, and in the couple hours I was there, did not see any of the employees dressed like that.

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You read my mind. It has been bothering me. I was thinking why HW/SonYeJin can't dress like HS and DY/lawyer and prosecutor in IHYV (They are so great, DoYeon and HyeSung both). She could watch them to dress properly for her role in here, in my opinion.

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Thanks for your jawsome recap!

Is the preview for the next episode already out?.........~~~

Can't wait till monday!!!

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There are lots of comments about how Hae Woo is being unreasonable for keeping secrets. And of course, I'm just as frustrated at her sometimes (when she wouldn't show Detective Byun the photo).

BUT, with that being said, I think there are many layers of nuance in this show because the truth for the characters does not necessarily mean reveal all. From Hae Woo's perspective, she is putting the name of her family at risk and it is reasonable for her to hold back until she is positive what is true and what is not to avoid unnecessarily backlash. As for Yi Soo, she probably thinks everyone will pin all the murders on him since he's the only one with the motive (no one else knows about Grampa Jo). Despite how much we all like her husband, I don't think he's going to be as open-minded as Hae Woo, even before his father's accident.

You see, he knows how much Hae Woo loved Yi Soo in the past. I can see that rival feelings will cloud his judgment. And in this game, the only reason why Hae Woo probably still believes Yi Soo as much as she does, is because she still loves him.

As for the shoes thing, I think it's a good way of keeping a track of his sister. Yes, he could have done a better job. But I think his calculating mind isn't all that calculating when it comes to his sister.

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I can understand Hae Woo keeping secrets at first. But it's gotten to the point where she has this whole other life now keeping up with Yi-Soo's shennanigans, and keeping something of that magnitude from your spouse is a betrayal no matter how you look at it. Moreover, Joon-Young is not just a bystander here - he's involved, not only because of his friendship with Yi-Soo, but by virtue of his father's role in this, too. He has a right to know what's going on.

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Yess it's wrong... Not only that.... She is also hide a suspect blaikmail and murder from detective and the police... Which is worse... Bec she is a prosecutor. That's how much his strong willing to protect yi soo and want to give him a chance to redeem him...
I heard before this drama aired, the PD's has stated there will be a dark romance relationship between her and yi soo

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But that's the problem. When you start withholding information from others it becomes harder and harder to come clean and time will make it only more difficult. Because Hae-woo is not only keeping secrets, at this point it could be argued she's effectively lying and if she tells her husband and/or detective, she'll have to admit she has been lying all this time. And that's quite hard for most people. When you start lying it's a downward spiral that is pretty difficult to stop. Of course it can be done but it's easier not to do anything and most people like to take easy way out.

For me this simply makes Hae-woo more human to me. Yes, it's not right but I can see how it's happening here.

Besides, she fails as a prosecutor anyway. Ever since she knew her family has something to do with the case she SHOULD have stepped away, at least professionally. But she just fought harder to keep the case. Again, I understand this, but it's still wrong.

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Agreed. BUT I never said it was right for her to do so. My point is, as a character and in consideration for her circumstances, I understand and I think she's a very developed character for this reason.

There are so many things wrong with the morality in this series. But I think that's exactly the point--not to condone immorality, but to let the viewers see why and (possibly) understand why the characters do what they do.

And that's because they're human.

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omg, I totally thought it was her dead body too! Yi Soo looked like someone just died that's why. It would be really screwed if it was her dead body. IN HIS OWN APARTMENT. thank god just shoes.

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Thank you so much for this awesome break-down of this episode. I love to read your re-caps and have been waiting for this one with high expectations and needless to say, you did an amazing job. The drama is getting darker and more intense, that last part of Yi Soo getting to his appartment and finding his sister's shoes there had even me covering my eyes and my heart racing. I truly hope nothing happens to her. Although I highly admire Hae Woo, Yi Soo's little sister is the one character I have connected with the most and I would hate to see clicky get his hands on her and harm her or worse. I can't wait to see what will happen next week! This drama truly has me between heaven and hell like the theme song of it says lol. On the one hand I want for Yi Soo and Hae Woo to re-kindle that love, but on the other one I know that such thing will never happen, that they will not have a chance and that he has to continue with his plans because in a way they have a deep meaning and he must carry them through till the end, but the tables are starting to turn on him too and like the myth they love portraying so much, I fear that he might end up losing his life for his one track mind. I don't care much for him because at times he has me aproving of his actions, other times I want to hit him over the head with a frying pan, but I feel that in a way he owes it to his sister who has suffered so much throughout the years first with her dad's tragic death and after with his own fake death. I just can't wait to see how all this will turn out!

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Another great episode and I don't know what Yi Soo could have really done other than the things he did to protect his sister, I for one thought and i think yi soo too that detective byun was gonna do something after that threat message which would have clearly freaked me out if it was my daughter, also about hae woo I for one don't blame her for getting intimate with yi soo, I know she's married and all but thinking about it I think my reaction would have been the same if somebody i.e first love I had loved so much died and came back some time later alive, I would have tried to control my feelings and all but I would not have been able to deny it, also it looks like HW only married JY because she felt sorry for him not due to love, I think even JY knew inside his heart that if Yi Soo were to come back alive it would be hard to control his wife's feeling for him, he still hadn't clearly won over her heart fully depending on how HW is handling YS's return from death. I still think YS and HW had that much of a connection in that short period of time before he died that it could never lose to the connection she has with JY in the present, she might say one thing from her mouth but her heart is clearly saying another...I think HW is just reacting as how a normal human being will react, she is clearly trying to avoid YS but her heart isn't letting her, in which case she can't do nothing to stop it...

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i think you are right because yi soos friend even says it early in the drama something to the effect of this"if yi soo was still alive hw and him would be married" which tells everyone she only married jy because he is alive and hes the closest friend of the love of her life if you remember during the teenage yrs she had 0 interest in jy until yi soo died so its very clear

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The writers could not work out why YS wouldn't follow the
assassin as well as his sister, so they ignored the logic of
it hoping we won't notice. WE NOTICED. MAJOR fail!

Good job, but the crumbs of Grandpa's history
would have enlivened a lot of filler episodes early on,rather
than having a long explanation from a random guy.

Like this drama,tho..... has way fewer holes than most Kdramas,but I am watching this for the 2 great lead actors.

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Thank god for google! That dance was amaze-balls.

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my god, this drama, i love it so much...
the plotline is just amazing, and not to mention the actors.

kim nam gil and his eyes!! it's like he can just portray any emotion with just his eyes, and the total chemistry between him and son ye jin.. i was just like.. dude, omg omg omg the whole time they were doing that confrontation in the staircase room thing.

sheesh, and yes, let the ACTION begin, psyched up !!!

but hopefully yi hyun gets out unscathed!

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if yi-hyun dies i will cry. if detective byun dies i will cry. but yeah. everyone else is totally fair game.

also, i'm saving that gif. best. happy dance. ever.

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Hey I love yi Hyundai and her dad too but everyone else is not fair game. I would be very upset if hae woo or yi Soo died. : (. Clicky is so creepy. Would like hae who's hubby to be more involved in the story now. Bring it show!!

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Hate this auto correct feature : (

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I have a ballpoint pen, and I know how to use it.

*G* Is that anything like "Don't make me release my flying monkeys"?

Hot damn, but the sexual tension was thick enough to slice with a knife in the stairwell! When he had his face right up close to hers, it seemed like he was struggling against the desire to kiss her. The scene was HOT!

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Thank you for your recaps. I always enjoy reading this after watching each episode. It helps me understand each character better. It is a great drama.. After shark I find it difficult to follow other drama..

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But how did the shoes get in the apartment? Who is the double-crosser and what is THAT all about?

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I think the secretary has a lot to due with this. I had my doubts about her, but now the events are pointing more and more towards her having a part in all this.

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grandpa is not lying when he said he killed CYB, he killed him by snatching another personality.

Yeah, I'm also wondering who Junichiro is. As for Yi-soo's dad, I remember in the 2nd episode before he died, he went to a certain house. I wonder who's house it is. Grandpa Jo even asked Clicky where he last went. I think clicky was not able to find out. Maybe it's the house where Father got forgiven.

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I'm catching up on the recaps...

Awesome recap with a good dose of HeadsNo2's hilarity. (The only reason to read Dr. Jin's recaps, which I read religiously.) with a GIF to boot!

Save Yi-hyun and the detective!

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love this drama, and ur hard work to recaps this...
thank u :D

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thank you for the recaps HeadsNo2

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We already knew about YS dad's past, the professor who did the book on Gpa revealed that, and it was his pass that he was headed to the police department to reveal. This is why Gpa had him killed. For fear that he would reveal Gpa's past as well as his own.

I don't think YS killed or ordered anyone killed. If that was his agenda he would have wacked Gpa already and stop the cat and mouse game.

What he wants as revenge is to destroy Gpa and expose the lie he has lived.

I don't like HW and she doesn't deserve to have SY or JY. She allows her husband to believe that SY and not her Gpa is responsible for what happened to his father, while letting them remain living in the home of the man that tried to murder his father. That alone is unforgivable. Can you imagine JY horror when he learns the truth, for me this would over ride her escapades with SY.

HW is a grown married woman and not some teenage girl on a romantic adventure. In truth SY might have been her first love but most of her's as well as his feelings are based on teenage romanticism, and the feelings of what might have been. But that is not enough to do what she is doing to her husband.

She has this mission to stop SY but I haven't figured out what she want's to stop him from. He want's to expose her Gpa for the despicable low life scum that he is, to see him bought to justice. Gpa sins of the past are enough to lock him away and throw away the key, but his current crimes could also do the job.

As much as she may deny it I see HW protecting her Gpa and her family while lying to herself that she just wants to find the truth.While she hides the truths she has discovered from the police as well as her husband. She has no business being involved in this case.

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Totally enamored with this drama. Would REALLY love to see more Soo-hyun and Yi Hyeon couple-dom happening however. I am wondering where the vision is with so many asking "Why didn't he reveal himself to his sister." Lets think about this folks. What happened with her getting kidnapped was the exact reason he did NOT tell her, that should have been obvious when he came back to Korea with a new name and face...hello! Unfortunately that plan got shot all to hades...I am right there with everyone else in hoping that Yi Soo won't die and there will be a happy ending but lets face it....not likely with this drama just for the tone it set from the opening scene. I do suspect that it will be the jealous husband that does him in when all is said and done tho....that is of course MY OPINION.

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any1 knows the song/music being played at Yi-hyun's cafe?

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