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Two Weeks: Episode 7

The happy flashbacks in this drama, I swear. They break my heart each time, just knowing how horribly things go awry and just how far Tae-san falls on his way to the present. There’s something really satisfying about watching Past Tae-san’s decline as the backdrop against Present Tae-san’s struggle to climb out of the depths and live like a person again.

 
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EPISODE 7 RECAP

When we last saw Tae-san, he was leaving the hospital after sneaking a visit to see his daughter Su-jin, and mob boss Moon Il-seok was on his way in. They just miss seeing each other in the lobby, and Tae-san goes on his way.

Su-jin gets a call in her room from a visitor standing just on the other side of the window, and she raises her blinds… to find Boss Moon smiling ever so creepily down at her. He asks if she’s Jang Tae-san’s daughter, and Su-jin lights up, thinking ajusshi is Daddy’s friend and maybe has a message from him.

She starts asking all the things she’s dying to know, like how he knows her father and what kind of work Dad does, and he just ignores her and asks where her mom is. She hurriedly tells him that Mom can’t know about her meeting Dad. Oh noes.

Boss Moon is a little confused by that (to be fair, it doesn’t take much to confuse him) and Su-jin wonders how someone who’s friends with her dad doesn’t know what to keep secret. “He came to see you without your mom knowing?” Su-jin: “Yes, he even came today.” Ack. Aaaaack.

Su-jin is just taken with the idea that someone is close enough to Dad to call him Tae-sannie and asks more questions, but he runs off and leaves her wondering why he came at all if he wasn’t going to tell her anything.

Boss Moon heads out, after having visited the hospital under philanthropic pretenses, but then stops short at the elevator when he witnesses Seung-woo arriving to meet with In-hye. He doesn’t think anything of them at first, until they start talking about Su-jin.

Seung-woo and In-hye relocate for a chat, and he sits there wondering how he’s going to ask her about Tae-san. He thinks to himself that he never wanted to have to ask her about Su-jin’s birth father.

In-hye is the first to ask about the fugitive case, and says that now that the suspect is dead, maybe Seung-woo can get some rest. He just stares at her, wondering how she can be so calm when Su-jin’s biological father is dead, while In-hye nervously pretends that everything is fine.

He tries asking why she called earlier, and that’s when she admits that she had something to tell him about Su-jin’s father, but that she’ll tell him about it after the surgery. She takes his hands: “Thank you, for never once asking me about that person. And I’m sorry, for not being able to tell you first.”

We see that Boss Moon is watching the whole exchange, trying to piece together what In-hye knows. He decides she’s much too calm, but there’s also no way Tae-san would’ve handed off the digital camera to a detective’s girlfriend, and they get back to searching for Tae-san now that they know he’s alive.

When Mom returns, Su-jin asks if she can ask her just once about the thing she hates talking about the most, and starts, “Da—” but there’s a tap on the glass, and she finds Seung-woo here to see her.

Su-jin asks brightly how he had time to come see her, and if that means he caught the murderer. Eep. Awkward silence. He takes a look at her D-Day calendar and sighs that there’s still ten days left, and she teases that he’s just anxious to marry Mom.

He tells her she’s wrong, and what he really wants is for her to call him dad, just like she promised she would once he married her mom. Su-jin plays coy, “Did I say that?” As he smiles at her through the glass, he thinks to himself: “I’m sorry Su-jin-ah.”

Tae-san drives down the highway, getting teary-eyed at the thought that Su-jin put on a brave smile when she’s clearly in a lot of pain. He diligently keeps to his medicine schedule, though he has nothing to ease the pain from the bullet wound. We see that he’s on his way to Busan, which is where he’ll catch his boat to the Philippines.

At the same time, Seung-woo returns to the empty station, and finds his whole team missing. He calls them one after another, and their phones are all turned off. He asks another officer where they went, and he says they went on some special assignment and had to turn their phones off.

Seung-woo wonders what kind of special assignment would leave him out of the loop, and we see his fellow detectives being driven somewhere by the prosecutor, not any wiser about where they’re headed.

Five hours earlier. Jae-kyung’s partner Sang-hoon catches the phone conversation between Tae-san and In-hye, and records it. After hearing that Tae-san is headed to the harbor, Jae-kyung runs to the chief prosecutor to ask if she can catch him quietly with three of her own team members, so that the information doesn’t leak outside their office.

He refuses to let her do it with just three people, and tells her to do it the way she likes—off the record, and unofficially. He orders her to take the detective team along, minus Seung-woo, and that’s when he suggests confiscating their cell phones to keep them from calling him.

So when she had crashed their party, it was to recruit them for this top-secret mission. Back in the present, they race down the highway toward Busan.

Boss Moon gets two conflicting reports from his two minions: the cops are still searching for Tae-san’s body in the river thinking he’s dead, while the prosecutor-detective task force has suddenly disappeared, minus Seung-woo.

By the time Tae-san gets to Busan, it’s nighttime, and he looks out the window with a wistful smile, noting how much the city has changed. He drives to a familiar haunt—the dance studio where In-hye used to work, and his eyes start to fill with tears as he thinks back to those days.

As he drives away, we flash back to those early days, as In-hye races out of the studio to catch a cab. She gets beaten out by a more aggressive ajumma, and then sees Tae-san on his motorcycle across the street.

She races over to him and begs him for a ride, offering to pay. He dodges eye contact, and that’s when she remembers his face from the mermaid boob-grab incident, and calls him out. He can barely even look at her, he’s so embarrassed. It’s adorable.

Before he can even refuse, she jumps on the back of his motorcycle and wraps her arms around him, burying her head into his back like she’s planning to hang on until he says yes. So he taps her on the head and hands her a helmet, and gives her a ride.

She’s in such a hurry that she runs off with the helmet on her head, gesturing incoherently. He just laughs as he watches her run off, and then catches his reflection in his rearview mirror, smiling.

Back in the present, he washes off his disfiguring disguise and catches himself in the mirror, doing the exact same thing—he’s smiling like a fool as he thinks about her. “Crazy bastard.”

He thinks back to all her recent declarations about her fiancé, and sighs that it’s a good thing that he seems like a good person.

Suddenly a man comes up to him in the bathroom, and I swear, my heart just lurched. He asks if Tae-san called for a designated driver, which turns out to be the code for getting to the smuggling ship.

Tae-san follows him out to the dock, where Jae-kyung and her team are already lying in wait. They watch as he arrives, and once he boards, they make their move to close in on the ship.

Not knowing any of what’s going on above, Tae-san gets led further and further into the belly of the boat, until they reach a tiny hidden storage compartment. The man tells him to get in, hands him a bag of water and bread, and tosses him an empty bottle to use as a toilet before sealing him inside. Tae-san sits in the dark and scrambles for his flashlight to start redressing his wound.

At the hospital, In-hye watches the clock anxiously, knowing that Tae-san is about to take off for the Philippines. Su-jin draws another picture and tells Mom the new story she wrote, about the sun and the mountain. Ha, she’s making parent puns (sun = hae for In-hye, and mountain = san for Tae-san).

She says that once upon a time, the sun and the mountain loved each other very very much, but had to part. Mom asks why they had to break up if they were so in love, and Su-jin says that the sun came to see the mountain all the time, and the mountain was so happy that the sun never went home.

But because the sun wouldn’t go home, the trees and flowers and birds couldn’t sleep. So then the mountain got mad at the sun, and said it was too hot. “But in truth, even if the mountain couldn’t sleep for a hundred nights, it loved the sun.” Awww, kid.

Mom asks if the sun got mad and broke up with the mountain because of that, and Su-jin guesses that’s what happened. Mom asks where the sun went after that. Su-jin: “It went to the moon. Isn’t that a sad story?” She uses the same wording that Mom had always used with her—that everyone has a story they can’t share.

Tae-san sits in the dark looking up at monkey and telling Su-jin that he’ll be on the boat for three days and that he’ll make sure to care for his bullet wound.

Suddenly he hears footsteps outside, and he huddles in the corner. He’s hidden, right? Like in a compartment where they can’t find him?

But then the door swings open, and Jae-kyung storms in with a gun and flashlight aimed right in Tae-san’s face. Nooooooooo. I was totally expecting him to find some way out of this, but they have him cornered.

He tries to run, but in that tiny space, they catch him in no time, and soon he’s being dragged away in handcuffs all over again. Agh, what’re we gonna do? Is it too much to hope for another car accident?

Jae-kyung watches as they lead him off the boat, and then we catch the rest of her conversation with the chief prosecutor, where she tells him that her plan is to question Tae-san privately and get him to tell her where the digital camera is. Her goal is to come right back to Seoul to find it and arrest Moon Il-seok the second she has it in her hands.

Her boss warns her that she has to earn Tae-san’s trust if she wants him to tell her anything. He’s been burned too many times to trust easily, so she has to make him think that she believes he’s been framed, and tell him that she knows about his daughter and her surgery. OH. This just got a lot more interesting.

She tells the cops thanks and says she’ll be taking Tae-san from here, which doesn’t exactly go over well. They refuse to be relegated to her hunting dogs, and insist on taking Tae-san to Seoul themselves. Augh, just let her talk to him alone for five minutes, people!

She finally relents that they’ll go together, thinking she’ll get her chance to talk to him once they’re back in Seoul. This is a bad idea. What if you don’t make it there?

Rookie cop Il-do finally turns on his phone to find a stream of angry texts from Seung-woo, and hurriedly calls him back and spills the beans: Jang Tae-san is alive, and they’re on their way back with him.

Seung-woo fumes when he hears that Jae-kyung lied to him, but then realizes that she left him out on purpose. He gets in his car and drives like a madman to intercept them on their way up, tracing Il-do’s cell phone.

In the car, Tae-san asks how they found him on that boat, and thinks mistakenly that the old man in the mountains sold him out. Jae-kyung remains tight-lipped, not able to speak freely with the cops in the car.

They end up in gridlock traffic late at night, and Il-do runs back after seeing that an accident has blocked the road ahead. They decide to get off the highway, as do a few other cars, and we see that one of them has the two pawnshop lackeys inside. Uh-oh. That can only mean the mob is here, and now I’m convinced they caused whatever accident made them get off the highway.

Sure enough, once they’re on a deserted two-lane road, the car in front of them slows to a crawl, as a large truck passes by. Suddenly the entire cargo door of the truck opens, and there’s Teacher Kim, standing inside, poised with a giant gun.

He shoots into each of the police cars, and thank goodness they’re just gas grenades. Both cars careen into each other, and the gangsters block them off on all sides, and start yanking them out of the cars to beat them with pipes and crush their cell phones, one by one.

Jae-kyung and Tae-san are the last two stuck inside, and Tae-san sees a way out through the van’s trunk. Jae-kyung follows right behind him, refusing to let go, and scrambles to get her gun out.

She shoots into the air, and Tae-san head-butts her to get out of her grasp, and then a gangster knocks her down from behind. Eep, she hits the ground. Teacher Kim nabs Tae-san in the scuffle and starts choking him, and zaps him with a taser until he faints.

By the time Jae-kyung opens her eyes and gets up, Teacher Kim and the rest of the boys are driving off with Tae-san. She sees a man stopped in the road, and just barks at him that she’s police, and takes his car.

The cops are left frazzled, and they demand to know what’s really going on. Sang-hoon explains that Jang Tae-san is part of a larger investigation and says he can’t tell them any more than that.

Meanwhile Jae-kyung stays on the mobsters’ tail, and hopes that Sang-hoon keeps his mouth shut about the case. She finds a scarf and a pair of glasses in the car, and starts to prepare her disguise as she drives.

Seung-woo arrives at the accident scene to find his hapless teammates with wrecked cars and no Jang Tae-san. The man who got carjacked by Jae-kyung comes ambling forward, and Seung-woo picks up right away that he’s been drinking, and uses that to keep him from reporting it. Ha. He finds out something useful though—the guy has a black box in his car, which means it can be tracked.

Teacher Kim sees Jae-kyung on his tail, and pulls over to force her to pass. She sees that she’s been spotted, so she passes them up and waits a while before turning around, but by the time she does, she loses them at a fork in the road. The signs split for Seoul and Chuncheon, and she’s left standing in the road, wondering which way they went.

She wills herself to think this through rationally, and says they need a quiet, out of the way place to question Tae-san if they haven’t already found the digital camera. She scans her brain, as we scan her apartment. Ha, the drawers open and the pages from her files come at us, which seems like an unnecessary place to spend your CG bucks, but whatever Show.

The point is that Jae-kyung is a walking encyclopedia of all things Moon Il-seok, and she rifles through her memory of his holdings, looking for a warehouse he’s likely to use. Seung-woo and the rest of the team track Jae-kyung to Chuncheon, and follow.

Tae-san is still unconscious when he’s brought to a warehouse and tied up in a chair. He darts awake when they throw a bucket of water at his face, and he opens his eyes to see Boss Moon sitting across from him with a satisfied smile on his face.

He asks for the digital camera, and right away Tae-san is confused—he had assumed they killed Man-seok to get the camera, but realizes only now that they still don’t have it. Boss Moon orders him to tell them where it is, and in exchange he’ll make his death less painful. Death and painful death? Oh gee, what great options to choose from.

Tae-san thinks back to what the mountain ajusshi said, about him being the idiot who was duped and used by Boss Moon, not once but three times. He grits his teeth and tells himself: “You have to get out of this alive, Jang Tae-san. Let’s not get bested by him again, Tae-san-ah.”

Tae-san asks why him, three times over, and Boss Moon points out that that’s not his fault. Tae-san argues that he threatened In-hye’s life, and Boss Moon points out in turn how he didn’t kill her, as if holding up his end of the bargain makes it not his fault. He fully admits he would’ve killed them both had Tae-san declined, and Tae-san asks what choice that left him. Stop trying to play logic games with a murderer, Tae-san.

Boss Moon says it’s simple—if it were him, he’d have put a knife to the man’s throat who was threatening him and his family. He says he’s someone who tore the food out of his own siblings’ mouths to survive in this world, and there’s no use blaming other people for not being strong enough to protect what’s yours.

Tae-san scoffs, “This is my fault?” Boss Moon says it’s his fault he was so scared of him that he caved: “The choice was your own, you pathetic bastard.” Oof. Harsh and twisted, but true. Tae-san asks bitterly why he didn’t ask this time then.

Boss Moon: “Because that’s the kind of bastard you are—someone who can’t make a peep no matter what I order you to do. Because you do nothing. Because you did exactly as told twice already. If you had lived like a person, do you think I would’ve done that? Look at the way you live.”

He clucks in pity, as Tae-san’s anger mounts. “You don’t care if you die today, if you die tomorrow. What kind of chance should I give to a bastard like that?” Tae-san wonders to himself if he was really such an easy and pathetic target. But now it only makes him more determined to outsmart Boss Moon, and he says he’ll give up the camera if his life is spared. Boss Moon chuckles at his nerve, wondering if getting shot made him braver.

He takes out his knife and rips through Tae-san’s shirt and wound dressing, and notes the herbs used to speed the healing process. He demands to know who helped him, and Tae-san just growls back that he did it himself. They empty the contents of his bag to find more medicine, and Boss Moon sends Teacher Kim back to the area near the river to find out who bought the meds—whoever helped him could be holding the camera.

Bits for Brains minion asks the boss why they don’t just haul Tae-san’s daughter here to threaten her, and Boss Moon actually chides him for wanting to torture a child. So there ARE evil things even you won’t do. He also figures it’s useless to use a daughter Tae-san has no attachment to.

Meanwhile Jae-kyung sneaks her way onto the premises, worried that it’s too quiet and that maybe she picked the wrong warehouse, since she really did just come here on a hunch. But when she gets close, she gets spotted by two henchmen. She quickly wraps the scarf around her fist. To fight them? Badass. She actually manages to fight them off, but as soon as she does, Teacher Kim shows up from behind and just throws her like a tiny ragdoll. Damn.

Inside, Tae-san is getting the crap kicked out of him when a minion hurriedly tells Boss Moon that Jae-kyung has found them. He calls Congresswoman Jo to tell her the series of unfortunate events, and she can’t believe that the idiots captured a prosecutor.

He says she hasn’t seen his face yet, so he could have the henchmen drop her off at home, but Congresswoman Jo asks the obvious question—what do you suppose she’ll do once she wakes up?

She orders coldly, “Kill her.” Even Boss Moon is a little freaked out, and says she’s still a prosecutor. But Congresswoman Jo paints a scenario that she went blind with revenge and got herself killed.

So Boss Moon tells his men to dump her car, and doesn’t hesitate to show Jae-kyung his face. He sighs that she’s pretty damn fearless, and she says the same of him, kidnapping a prosecutor. Her hands are trembling behind her, but she keeps her cool.

He says she won’t be a prosecutor if she’s dead, and she bluffs that there’s no way she would’ve come alone. She demands to know how he found them, and though we get a flashback to Teacher Kim giving instructions for the cars and truck he’ll need for the operation, he doesn’t give her any answers.

Seung-woo catches up to the car Jae-kyung stole, but finds it ditched by the river, with no trace of her. He tells Il-do to find out where it was before being brought to the last location.

Boss Moon brings Jae-kyung tied and gagged into the room where they’re keeping Tae-san, and he looks up in shock: “Prosecutor?” Boss Moon chuckles that he only sees her as a prosecutor, and tells him who she really is—the daughter of the man he went to prison for stabbing.

He remembers now, the schoolgirl in the courtroom, screaming in outrage that he wasn’t the one who stabbed her father. Boss Moon tells Tae-san that that’s the reason she’s been chasing him, because of her personal vendetta. Jae-kyung shakes her head no.

Boss Moon takes on his fatherly persona, as he commiserates with Tae-san that it’s been such a long and tiresome road. And then he takes out a gun and offers it to him. “Shoot her. And I’ll let you live.” Oh shit.

He says (like it’s the most reasonable thing on earth) that the only reason he had to kill Tae-san was because Jae-kyung was on his tail. But if she’s gone, he doesn’t really need to kill Tae-san at all.

Tae-san looks back and forth between them: “You want me to kill a prosecutor?” Boss Moon says that he’ll put him on a boat tonight to go wherever he wants, but he needs Tae-san to kill Jae-kyung as his insurance that he’ll live quietly and keep his mouth shut forever. “This is my last gift to you.”

He offers up the third and final choice to Tae-san: shoot her and hand over the camera and disappear, or be buried next to her. Tae-san looks up at Jae-kyung, pleading through muffled screams, and then thinks of Su-jin…

He reaches for the gun…

He gets up and says that he’ll kill her and go out to get the camera, and Boss Moon agrees. Tae-san raises the gun as Jae-kyung screams for her life. And as Su-jin crosses off another day in her calendar, Tae-san fires.

 
COMMENTS

It was a bit of a slower episode today with a little less chase and more time spent on character development, but that cliffhanger makes up for it with a good dose of tension. I do like this show best when it’s high octane all the time, but I always enjoy the flashbacks to Tae-san and In-hye’s love story. They’re the one happy break we get from all the mayhem, and I really love seeing Innocent Tae-san falling in love. It’s such a stark contrast from Bastard Tae-san, but all the better that those layers somehow exist together now—it makes for such rich conflict in the Tae-san/In-hye/Seung-woo triangle. I actually find myself conflicted there, and I didn’t expect to be.

I adored Su-jin’s story about the sun and the mountain, just because you don’t expect a kid to understand things like noble idiocy, but maybe all the drama watching she does gives her a leg up. It really makes me pull for Tae-san to be understood by In-hye, even if complete forgiveness is too much to ask for. I know that he isn’t doing any of this to be redeemed in her eyes, but that’s the thing I’m really dying to see—the moment when she realizes that he maybe isn’t completely the dirtbag she thought he was.

Boss Moon’s blame game was a great moment for Tae-san, because there’s a bitter truth to his words. Obviously we’re dealing with a murderer whose laws are kill or be killed, but it’s not wrong that Tae-san made the choices he did—and twice at that—because he was weak and scared and powerless to protect the ones he loved. There’s nobility in that sacrifice, but there’s stupidity too, and I appreciate a story that’s going to point that out. Tae-san is no hero for making that choice. He was just cornered and outwitted, and realizing it now is the only way he’ll stop making that same mistake all over again.

It’s why I don’t really believe he’ll shoot Jae-kyung (also because she’s too badass to die now). I seriously can’t wait for the two of them to have just ONE FREAKING MINUTE to talk to each other for the love of all that is holy, and if Boss Moon just mucked up her chances to gain Tae-san’s trust by outing her identity, I’m going to scream bloody murder. What do I have to do to get a fugitive-prosecutor tag-team up in here?

 
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Damn, there's that same kid with cancer who's been in four other dramas in the past few months. I expect her to turn up as a ghost on 'Master's Sun' in a few weeks.

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Really? Which dramas are those? Would love to check out her scenes. Cute kid who acts well.

Funny--her playing a ghost in MS soon! ;)

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Maybe because other than very cute, her figure is fitting for cancer patient? Just look at those skiiiinny arms. Somehow looking at them make me sad. Career is important and all, but seriously girl, eat something!

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One of the ghosts of Master's Sun is the suicidal kid in Good Doctor this week and played the young, 'real' Jang Eun Joong in Scandal. Busy kid this season.

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Exactly! This kid is everywhere. And I cant believe that I actually could add one more to your list. He was in "her legend" too...I hope he will have a good career ahead coz he is talented and hardworking

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Thanks for the recap!

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The double twist was interesting and well-done, Tae San was caught by Jae Kyung (ahead of the baddies for the first time) and then swiftly overtaken in the game by Moon Il Seok. Hadn't expected Tae San to be caught so soon but it does give more realism to the chasing game. First for a common man to continuously outsmart the good and the bad guys by pure luck and a well-informed movie catalogue bordered on being overly coincidental. Secondly, it does provide a good opportunity for Moon, Jae Kyung and Tae San - the three who started it all to trash things out, put some perspectives in place and start plans anew. Obviously Jae Kyung isn't going to be killed by Tae San so soon but I can't wait to know how the two are going to squirm out of the sticky situation.

I don't know if I had missed something but I really didn't catch on as to how Moon or Kim knew Jae Kyung and the police were heading from Busan. Before that the baddies discovered the police and Jae Kyung were missing and then the next moment the bad guys were hot on their heels? I know Teacher Kim was giving out some instruction but it all didn't seem to quite gel...

Two scenes had my breath taken away: Jae Kyung is superbly awesome in that fighting scene! That's bad-ass, gal! And the way I like!! Continue to kick more asses. The police and her boss are finally seeing the real Jae Kyung, smart and go-getting. This is also rather like Moon and his minions starting to see the hidden side of Tae San - yes, TS's soft at heart like a teddy bear but smart and a survivor at that if there is something that's worth to fight for, something worth living for.

The second scene is of coz, the scene where TS took off his shirt to treat his wound. LOL! Has anyone noticed that LJG doesn't have any topless scenes in all his previous dramas (it was even damn difficult to see a 'naked' shoulder in AATM) but this time round I think the fans are really getting a real treat (bed scene, shower scene, topless scene today..). lol totally makes my day! :P

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err on TBDW he was shirtless if I'm not wrong.

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Either there is a mole in the police or prosecutors' dept or Moon is keeping very close tabs on their activities.

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We've gotten confirmation that there is a mole in the police dept. They reference it several times, with Hwang Dae Joon being instructed to get in touch with the mole. However, the show hasn't revealed the identity of the mole yet.

My bet is that they have an actual mole + police cell phones being bugged. Unless one of the detectives that went down to Busan is the mole, the only possibility for Moon Il Seok to have known that the team was in Busan is to have bugged the phones, just as Seung Woo did (trace Jin Il Do's cell location). I like to imagine that it's Seung Woo's phone that's bugged. (No, I don't like Seung Woo in the least bit.)

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I finally managed to complete two episodes of the show.....can't wait to watch the rest.....thanks for the recap GF..

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Kim So Yeon does badass soooo well. She needs to be the badass lead in a drama already!

The gangsters seem a little sloppy or maybe I've been scarred by some movies lately but I thought they would've just killed all the cops and cover it up, torture Tae San, and/or decided to kill Jae Gyung a long time ago. This is a kdrama after all so I shouldn't be expecting so much with the violence (but he did cut off a lady's finger in the beginning...).

Soo Jin continues to squeeze my heart with every word she says :(.

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The gangsters probably wanted to avoid killing off cops/prosecutors because that would cause too much of an uproar. The gangsters are supposedly doing legitimate businesses (on the surface) and would not want to attract attention from the law.
Hardly anyone would care if insignificant nobodies like Tae-San, Mun-seok or Mi-sook are killed.

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Yes! miss prosecutor is just that-bad-ass! Love her! Almost thought she was gonna pull a 'Doctor's Son' move with that scarf then put it right back on!-different show woman, concentrate!

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I was thinking the same thing lol! I wanted her to use her jacket afterwards!

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I find this ep difficult to watch:
From the happy flashbacks, to the worry caused by Moon's discovery of TS being alive and nearby, to TS's capture by the police, to that transfer that is ambushed, to the fight, or rather the police having the crap bitten out of them......., it's just so hard to watch. It's sad, worrisome and scary.

It's as scary as the ghosts in M's Sun; I've had to watch thru the gaps between my fingers.

Life is generally hard for children with bad parents; it is harder for children with no parents, esp. in Korea, which cares a great deal about everyone's background, and where it is the connections in your social network make things happen, more so than in a lot of other places.

So TS, without any assistance, protection or shelter from outside elements ever, has had it real bad from day 1 since leaving the orphanage. Not every orphan can go on to be a great opera singer, like that young man who recently rose to fame in SK.

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So true. The part that really affected me was Soo Jin's innocence. Kids are so innocent, telling all their hearts to evil baddies. Also found myself touched by Tae-San hiding in the whole in the ship. Thought of the whole human-trafficking struggling illegal immigrant thing and of how the poor have to hide themselves away. The writer seems to have a heart for the oppressed.

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@ KDaddict - Life is generally hard for children with bad parents; it is harder for children with no parents, esp. in Korea, which cares a great deal about everyone’s background, and where it is the connections in your social network make things happen, more so than in a lot of other places.

Totally, hear you on that. It would be interesting to learn more from someone who may have done sociological research on S. Koreans who graduated from orphanages as adults, not just those who were adopted as children.

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thanks for the recap!!!

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Thank you for fast recaps, girlfriday, now I can sit back and wait patiently for tonight's episode.

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Thanks for the recap. Found myself yelling at the screen when the prosecutor went off by herself after the bad guys. I know she didn't want the cops to know about her secret investigation but WTF she thinks she's going to take out all the bad guys herself. Stupid writing, takes away the credibility of the character and manipulates the audience.

This is quite a manipulating drama, doesn't mean I'm not enjoying it! So tired of Tae San's whining. Guess it will make it more intense when the worm finally turns, becomes the hero we know he can be (because he's Lee Jun Ki), saves his daughter and gets the girl.

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We know that we dramas and films, the hero usually completes the mission and gets the girl, by definition.

But so far, TS has been more of an anti-hero. He is a louse, an underdog, who has in some sense brought his misfortune upon himself, cos he hasn't fought hand and tooth to get out from Moon's control, tho the universe started it by giving him a super shitty hand.

I'm very interested in this drama bcos of the kind of (anti-)hero it gives us. Of course we all want him to save his little girl. Beyond that, I want him to save himself. I love it that when things are dire, he hangs on to the tiny stuffed toy chimp for dear life. He gives it a hard squeeze w all his might, as if he'd get real juice of determination and adrenalin from it. So the mission is really his daughter and him saving each other.

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@KDaddict - TS has been more of an anti-hero. He is a louse, an underdog, who has in some sense brought his misfortune upon himself, cos he hasn’t fought hand and tooth to get out from Moon’s control, tho the universe started it by giving him a super shitty hand.

Before watching Two Weeks, I was watching Cruel City that covered somewhat similar ground with a protagonist of a similar background: orphan who enters the criminal underground due to lack of options/the pervasive barriers to success in S. Korean society.

Orphans are common tropes in not just Korean drama but manga and anime too. But the back-to-back of Cruel City and Two Weeks has made me dwell on their lot in S. Korean society, how accurate these depictions are.

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I think Jae-kyung didn't really intend to take out all the bad guys herself. She just didn't want to lose them. She probably would have gone for help/called the cops once she determined the baddies' location. Unfortunately, they spotted her first.

There wasn't much else she could have done at that time other than follow them, her team was knocked out and her phone was crushed.

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Oh I so love the underdog concept here. It is very relatable and more realistic. A hero wasn't made in a day. He could whine all day as long as he fight the next day and getting better each day. We already have city hunter hero kinda thing...now we need a broken hero like tae san.

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I absolutely adore this show. And your recaps rock as always!!!

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Whoa, it feels like there are never any comments for this show. It deserves much more attention and appreciation than it's getting! It's my favorite drama atm; I anticipate it all week long!

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I know what you mean, but it isn't true that there aren't any comments on this drama. Last week's eps garnered over 150 posts. Previous one had 181! I just looked. It just takes a day or 2 longer for ppl to get the subs before coming here, compared to M's Sun, e.g.
I think ppl who love this love it a lot.

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I agree with you. I hope they let TS and JK have a long talk or something and I'm sure as hell want the fugitive-prosecutor tag team lol

JK eventhough she is quite reckless but still awesome. She seriously needs to kick more ass

and I really love this episode it's quite engaging because tae san finally get caught not counting the baddie if you know what i mean

can i say that i kinda ship JK and TS. I cant help it

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Yes you can because I'm on the JK/TS ship as well even though I have a feeling it won't amount to much at least romantically but I can help but root for these two anyway.

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omg i'm also dying for fugitive-prosecutor tag-team, i hope the drama doesn't take too long too make this happen.

Jae-kyung is such a badass!, i really wish she figures out that Boss Moon is really trying to frame Tae-San, i mean, after he puts her and tae-san face to face it was clear of what was going on right?

I really like this episode and didn't feel that it was slow. The characters development it's heartbreaking but it really helps to root for Tae-San (and ship him with In Hye lol) all the way.

thanks for the recaps!

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it's definitely wasn't a slow episode for me...

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The kid is adorable! I totally want a happy ending for them all. I also absolutely love the flashbacks and I'm totally on the TaeSan-InHye boat.

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This episode is awesome and nerve wrecking. I especially like the conversation btwn MIS and TS after they caught him. For such a long convo it wasn't boring at all.

For JK, she is one crazy woman but I like her. It's quite rare to have a FEMALE lead who is smart for once. They usually give that kind of role to a male lead in kdrama universe.Of course she has weakness too being reckless and all but that makes her character much more interesting.

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Been shipping the prosecutor + fugitive since day one. Im glad it seems to finnaly be in the workings. Im just crossing my fingers we wont have the same situation with KSY:s character as we had In IRIS. That second lead syndrome...

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I hope this ordeal to turn out to be a blessing in disguise for TS. I'm looking for the universe to have a sense of justice -- after giving him such a lousy start in life, pls give him a chance at a fresh start. It doesn't matter to me too much (at this pt) if he ends up with In-Hye or the Prosecutor. But it'd be nice to see him find his self-worth. A life that is lived by going thru the motions is no life at all.

He now has a really cute and intelligent daughter. Let him save her; resolve some deep misunderstanding and major hurt with the only woman who ever meant anything to him. Can't life be a level-playing field for once?

And of course, if he is blessed with love and happiness in a family, I won't complain at all.

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Totally agree with all you said @KDaddict.

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Gah..this drama is soo soo Gud..it hits all the right cords for me ..I second everything u said kd..

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I AGREE. i been watiting for the moment these two can share a moment and COMMUNCATE GODAMNIT.

and also I am 100% sure that gun was not loaded.

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First time commenting! Gosh, this show made me fall for Lee Junki so hard have been reading through the recaps for AATM for the past two days to make the wait shorter.

I was screaming inside for Tae Sun to just shoot boss Moon at the end since he had the gun without his hands tied. But I guess thats wistful thinking since we have 9 more eps to go..

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I love Arang and the Magistrate. I love it for the dashing LJK, his action scenes, but also for Shin Min Ah, the heavenly and hellish brothers, the grim reaper, the script, and everything in it.

Here I simply love LJK as TS. I'm neutral towards IH and the actress; I've not been a fan of KimSH, but find her better in this role than in her previous ones. So the only other draw in this drama for me is the kid.
In this drama, LJK stands out for being able to leave behind LJK the star and appear as LJK the actor. Significant professional growth for him, and gt enjoyment for us.

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woahh, Arang Fan :)

I love that drama. One of my all-time favorite :)

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I really love this episode but I hope the next episode wouldnt be the same situation as the first six episodes where tae san keep running and cop chasing him because it would be repeating things all over again. I hope they go with TS and JK team up to actively hunting down the two villains. Secretly ofc

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Yeah, that's kinda my fear as well. So many more episodes to go ..wondering what else can happen? Am gonna trust the writer though. Maybe there'll be steps...Boss Moon will go first and then after that the Congresswoman tries to get the camera. Maybe she is the ultimate last villain so who knows what all could happen?

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The min. TS and Prosecutor team up, the show would be over in 2 licks. Right?

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Jae Kyung is one crazy women but I love her lol

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I really like how this drama is written. It's normal to see the lead character outsmarting the bad guys but this one actually has bad guys who think. I mean whoa that whole accident plan. It scares me. Especially when Teacher Kim appeared out of that truck and started shooting at them. But the bad guys were careless enough to think a pack of gum is a cellphone. HAHAHA.

Soojin's story made me cry so hard. How can a child think like that? She's so pure and innocent. I like how she understands why her mom hates her dad yet still love Tae San all the same.

I'm also conflicted about Seung Woo. He definitely loves In Hye AND Soojin, no doubt about that. But I still think that Tae San and In Hye will end up together by the end of the episode. Unless Tae San dies. Eep.

My favourite part of this episode would be the confrontation between Tae San and Moon Il Seok. It's really powerful because Moon Il Seok's words are true in a way. His words really get to Tae San. Somehow, it is partly his fault. And the glimpse we had of Moon Il Seok's past. How hard was it for him to be like that at age 7? It's a scary world.

We all know that Tae San would not kill Jaekyung. We wonder how they will get out of there. Ahh, drama. I love you.

Thanks for the recaps girlfriday!

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*I mean by the end of the drama. lol

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yes. I love the way everyone is thinking. All the internalization and the great scene where Prosecutor was thinking and you saw the pages fluttering and flying. Great imagery.

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probably not gonna happen but it would be cute tbh

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eh I can't really picture Jae Kyung and Tae San together... but if it did happen, Jae Kyung would definitely wear the pants ^^
But I don't expect In Hye to get back with Tae San either, since she and Seung Woo are in a serious relationship, it wouldn't make sense... for that to happen, Seung Woo would need to die (O_O) or do sth awful that leads to a breakup... I guess that could happen. And kdramas do tend to favour biological parents ending up together rather than reconstructed families...

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haha agree. They would make an interesting pairing.
But the possibility to happen is quite low considering TS somehow wronged JK too in the past. I dont think she could easily forgive him let alone have a relationship.

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For several eps now, I've been wondering why a tame univ dance major from a good family would fall in love with a guy she knows to be a punk. One shot in this ep makes me understand: Him wearing the helmut on the motor bike! I think it's easy for a girl to fall for that. ;)

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A good family? Have we seen her family at all in the backstory? I so, what episode? Has she no family at all? She had no one to fall back on when she got pregnant?? Did they kick her out? Trying to remember.

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It was mentioned in passing that she was about to emigrate overseas with her parents. TS pushed her to have the abortion, and then go abroad, and thus be safe from Moon. It is my reading that her family was a 'good ' one, cos in Korea, only relatively good families get to migrate together.

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Wow, and they didn't know she was holed up in a dance studio? She probably was too ashamed to tell them she was lacking in funds. Haven't seen her folks in the present. I figure they are aware of her having had a baby but maybe having her mom around to comfort her about Soo-jin would mess up the plotting. Writer-nim being frugal with character time. It does make her feel and seem alone, though, doesn't it?

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During the breakup scene, it was mentioned that TS and IH met her parents after she was pregnant. Seems like it was not a pleasant meeting, and the couple decided to get married after that, probably without the parents' approval. That's why IH couldn't understand TS's drastic change overnight.

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Wow, I forgot all that. Thanks!

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Just watched it. Another gripping episode.

Really like the ride the writer has taken us so far.

Some interesting things happened this episode.

1) Anyone else get the feeling that Seung-Woo actually WAS marrying In-Hye for Soo-Jin's happiness rather than In-Hye herself (a la Jerry McGuire)? There definitely seems to be a lot more barriers between Seung-Woo and In-Hye than you would expect an in-love couple to have. And there does seem to be a jealousy thing, but it seems more related to Tae-San being Soo-Jin's DAD instead of In-Hye's lover.

2) It feels a little early to have Tae-San and Jae-Kyung meet AND see Boss Moon. At least if this was going to be a pure chase drama. I foresee kidnappings and threatenings to come if Tae-San and Jae-Kyung start comparing notes.

3) It's interesting that even though Tae-San thought Boss Han sold him out, he still refused to name him as his helper. It seems like there's some integrity in that core of Tae-San which might be what attracted In-Hye to him in the first place (similarly shown through his giving her a lift even though he's embarrassed that she recognizes him). Definitely, the core of the redemption saga. I think it will mean bad things for Boss Han, though. And maybe Boss Moon will learn about Tae-San's connection to his kid from torturing and killing Boss Han...

4) Speaking of which, it's really weird that Boss Moon acts as if he wouldn't use a kid to force compliance with the parent. Is there some back story there? I mean that's the FIRST thing I thought of that Boss Moon would do, but there seems to be a reluctance there. I wonder if that will be a plot point in the future.... And, of course, I guess Boss Moon is kind of dumb (but so is Brainy Sidekick also), in that they didn't connect why the heck would Tae-San go back to the hospital that his kid is in if he didn't care for his kid....

I hope Ep 8 keeps up the action!

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Ha! I winced at Boss Moon's choice of not playing the kid card, too. But I guess it is for dramatical reasons. The writer still has to be able to up the ante. We shouldn't forget we are watching a long drama not a movie and that dictates a lot of writing choices.

They balance the action parts and the flashbacks so well! We need to learn about the old romance to accept the new romance, that will develop between those two and yet we get to see all the action and hectic of a chase.

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Boss Moon stole food from his siblings' plate. Am not sure he understands family love.

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I don't think it's a reluctance. For Boss Moon it is totally incomprehensible for any father to love a child he has not raised. Which is weird on the one hand because the whole "bloodline is everything" cliche is in most k-dramas. People are always suddenly loving someone just because they find out they're related. But Boss Moon's definition of parenting is wow!!! One wonders how many children he has that he never cared about.

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Great insight on Moon's way of thinking. Makes a lot of sense considering how he treats his adopted son, Teacher Kim, more like a minion rather than his beloved child.

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Thanks for the recaps. I wonder how would he scape again from that predicament. Can't wait for tomorrow...

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Another great episode!

What I really love about this show are the two strong female characters. We got an ice cold badass villain and a tough as a nail prosecutor, who is willing to fight the muscles without wearing high heels and fancy make-up. Yay! (Yes, I'm looking at you Cruel City.)

I was so tired of the typical gaudy female in Kdrama, but these two make amends for a lot of series I stopped watching because of said women.

OTOH this means, that Tae San will end up with In Hye, because she represents the naive, pretty woman Korean men seem to yearn for.

Whatever, nothing can be perfect. Except Ryu Soo Young - oh, the pretty!

As Tae San will not shoot the prosecutor, his new found knowledge, that she was the one that knew that he was innocent and was willing to tell everyone (oh, Korean legal system - a mysterious riddle), will hopefully help pairing those two up and they'll cooperate in bringing the baddies down as well as saving his child.

This show can not end on another note than a living Tae San with a living child, a new found relationship, overall a happy family. And a living Seung Woo! - Just in case this comment gets translated, too. ;

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It's funny the prelibation of this drama and what it makes the heart wish to see:

1. Showdown between two badass women: been a loooooong time coming for that showdown.

2. The maternal (read "softer") side of Congresswoman.

3. In Hye realizing the past noble Idiocy of Tae San.

4. The death of Boss Moon's son, Teacher Kim.

and of course Soo jin healthy and happy.

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Love Ryu and the char he plays here, more than any of his other drama roles.

KimSY definitely lets me feel that she is giving her ALL in playing this prosecutor dead set on bringing the two Big Bads to justice. This is so unlike PP wearing Jimmy Choo high heels strutting around.

I think the actor playing Moon is doing a great job. I haven't seen this ahjussi b4. It's puzzling that he doesn't appear in more dramas.

TS points that gun at Her, and we hear a gunshot. That must be SW coming to the rescue, cos TS wouldn't shoot her, knowing that he has already wronged her once, by letting her father's murderer go free.

The Preview shows a chase scene. 3 hours to showtime!

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Love Ryu as well. Such a handsome guy. I was wondering if Tae-San shot out one of the lights or one of the henchmen or even Teacher Kim --which would surely piss off Big Bad if he really is Teacher Kim's son. I can't see Tae-san killing or shooting anyone.

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Kim So Yeon definitely rock in this ep. She is one of the best actress who play action scene.

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I know no loveline between JG & TS but still ship them haha

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The kid is a writer-wanna-be. She even illustrates her own writing!
Love her story about the Sun loving the mountain so much it is with the mountain all the time, which makes the mountain become overheated and scorched, so the Sun has to leave.

In this story, Tae San is the Sun, rather than the mountain (San), isn't he? Cos his love brings harm to her, so he has to go away and hide from her. Where is he hiding? With the moon, SJ says. Where it is dark and cold.

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uhm.. wow! I hadn't thought of that. Especially because Soo-jin knows nothing about the fugitive's flight. I kinda thought the moon was Seung Woo. Not as passionate as the sun, not really the right love for the mountain..and because Soo-jin was kinda flummoxed about the whole "Call me 'Dad'." thing.

But the mountain doesn't return the sun's love....now. Doesn't mean another story won't com up to show the mountain and sun working things out. Call me silly but i think there is a way for the mountain and the sun to get back together.

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Just playing with the idea of subverting the expected, which would of course be: Mountain=San=Tae San; Sun=hye=In Hye; and Moon=Moon Il Suk.

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Actually, the Korean dialogue doesn't say that. The Korean dialogue says the mountain realized that the plants were dying because the sun wouldn't leave, so he had no choice but to pretend to be angry.

Hence, Tae San is the mountain and In Hye is the Sun.

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Holy smokes! I cannot get enough of this drama! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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Two Weeks...it deserves higher ratings!

Fighting!!!

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I agree. Unfortunately, the reality is that K audiences prefer melos and rom-coms, much more than Action/thriller/suspense, which the older generation and many ahjummas automatically stay away from.

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I just totally squee with joy at the end of each episode. Soo-jin's sweet hopeful face marking off the days mixed with the scary cliffhanger and I feel in the hands of a writer who knows how to play me and entertain me all at once.

I like the "reset" vibe going on in this show. Something happened back in the day and the lives of all the good (and not so good) guys all stopped. A wrong path was taken for Tae-san, Proseutor didn't have a witness to help her (Did anyone get the I Hear Your Voice vibe when teen prosecutor to be wasn't helped out in court?) A loving couple was broken up, a should've been family destroyed. There are folks alive that should be dead (even hermit in the woods...cause Tae-san "should've" killed him.) There are people out of jail who should be out of jail.

If we can't go back in time to fix something we regret, then life can give us a reset button. Am I a wuss for believing the writer is giving us all those past memories to slowly prepare us for the reunification of the family?

But I keep thinking there is something about the father of noble gorgeous Seung Woo as well. There has got to be a past connection to Tae-san as well. This is k-drama, after all.

I love how Boss Moon's own theory of life trips him up. It NEVER occurs to him to believe otherwise when he says that Tae-san is not going to give up his life for a child he "didn't raise." Such a concept is so flawlessly logical in his mind that he totally wouldn't doubt his ethical conclusion. I'm totally convinced that if Teacher Kim is Boss' true son, that he'll have to die. Wondering also about what will happen to Congresswoman's son after she gets caught. Institutionalized? I know we will see her mother's heart when/if they give us a mom/son scene.

Love it that the auction and the bone marrow operation are both 9 days away.

Who the heck is the mole? Such a great little addition to the plot.

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So true. It is like we all already know how it's going to end (it HAS to end this way) and the way how we will get there is still a riddle. The way is the goal.

About Seung Woo's dad. I am not so sure, that he will play an important part in the future. I think they needed him to show how much Seung Woo is willing to risk for his ladies. He intends to marry a single mom after all. And he knows nothing about the kids' dad, as he never asked. He wants this family so much and he'll end up heartbroken. :(

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uhmmm good point. It just makes us ache for Seung Woo more because he really is a good guy. And we who want Tae San with In Hey want to find something wrong with Seung Woo so we won't feel so guilty in breaking his good little cop heart. But maybe the writer won't give us that peace. If she takes away In Hye, we'll have to see SW suffer. It won't be good but it's life. In the old days, some writers would kill off the "other" so we viewers would all have peace at the end with no conflicting complicated emotion.

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Seung Woo must live! Or I'll be heartbroken. Unless they'll make him a jealous manipulator in the last eps...

We'll see. :)

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I'm actually not so sure that the drama HAS to end that way. This IS the writer from 49 days where it had to end a certain way.... And it didn't.

The only thing I can see that really HAS to be in the end is either Soo-Jin live or Tae-San and In-Hye get back together and live. Both COULD happen, but it's quite possible that the writer will do only one or the other.

Tae-San needs redemption in SOME way, but that doesn't mean he has to live through it. His redemption might just be staying alive long enough to give his bone marrow to Soo-Jin. He even said himself, he doesn't really care what happens to him afterwards, he just has to stay alive long enough to give the bone marrow.

OR it's possible they could end up with a scene where Tae-San gives it his all to try to give Soo-Jin what he can for once in his life trying, and they see it, but in the end it isn't enough to save Soo-Jin, but it is enough to redeem him. That's harder to imagine, but so far, the writer has done a pretty good job of coming up with scenarios we wouldn't have imagined....

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Oh, don't you dare crush my hopes!

(All very possible scenarios by the way. I have a head ache now.)

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Writers grow in their philosophy of life and their beliefs or optimism or cynicism. The writer of 49 Days may not be the "same" writer of Two Weeks. Different insights, changed perspectives. So will see if thwarting viewers is a core part of his personality or if it's something he shed since then.

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Perfect casting of Lee Chae-Mi as Seo Soo-Jin. Lee Joon-Gi and Lee Chae-Mi have great rapport with each other in their scenes as father and daughter. It is a pleasure to watch her scenes with the rest of the actors in this drama as well.

The still shots and OST riff provided by Master's Sun was much better than the still shots/music released for Two Weeks.

The OST "Run" by Nell was more in sync with the narrative of Jang Tae-San and the tone of this drama. In terms of PR, i think it was a mistake not to showcase the "Run" OST when the original promotional trailer was released for this drama.

It would have effectively communicated to perspective viewers the experience and tone of watching this drama.

Thanks to the internet/technology today, one can watch and enjoy both. But unfortunately with the way ratings are tracked, only one show counts.

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oh gosh...i'll go look back at this. Why would it be this guy? Probably because he's the last person we would expect. He's always so sweet in k-dramas.

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The father in Secret Garden? I think it is him too! So low key, so sweet, just to surprise us later. Moon has enough resources to keep a squad chief in his pocket. He wouldn't want just a rookie.

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Uh, he's a rookie. What does he know? Would Moon trust him w so impt an assignment?

I'm really liking the Moon actor. Gotta look him up.

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I'm more than ok with any love lines in this drama staying in the past, since the most compelling ones tend to centre around Su-jin anyway (and how perfectly cast she is, Lee Chae-mi is the most adorable thing I set eyes on each week). Tae-san after dumping In-hye pretty much lived like a scumbag and thought of himself as one too, but I love that as an impetus to change, the romance was pretty much replaced by a parent-child relationship.

btw, I notice we don't have the Tae-san hating name-caller, authority on all things related to character development and abortions, in the comments with us this week? Can't say I miss him.

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LOL! He might show up though. He hates the drama but seemed compelled to watch

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Carole - I understand hate-watching, it's the constant repetition of 'you must be a morally bankrupt SOCIOPATH if you disagree with me' that gets to me.

I mean, Koalasplayground hate-watched I Miss You (a show I liked) last year, but managed to do it without insulting other watchers. But then koala has class.

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I don't like to engage hostile commenters. It's a waste of time.
IMO, visitors to blogs can say they hate certain things about a show, as long as they are civil; but when a blogger hate-watches thru the whole series, it isn't so classy, esp. when she is (was) the Only one recapping a (that) show.
I respected JBs decision to drop recapping IMY, cos she said she felt manipulated into crying in the 1st 4 eps. That's class.

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Wow "hate-watch" a new word! I learn so many new things on this site.

I tend to have a kneejerk reaction to two things: I hate heavy-duty coincidences and I will defend a writer or a drama simply because I'm a writer.

That said, these two kneejerk reactions often clash. I will go down swinging defending a writer or a drama simply because a writer wrote it. And I will go down swinging against coincidences being piled on and on.

But if there comes a point where I see no spiritual/thematic/genre sense to the coincidences, I will cut a drama loose. I can't see anyone hate-watching something..unless it's fun to sneer...as in Dr Jin (which i couldn't even bring myself to watch.)

And I don't think I would ever insult folks to the degree hate-watcher did. I did kinda understand where he was coming from. With the coincidences and the scumbag past of Tae-san. And I do believe stories have the power to affect our morals so we should be careful how we view certain stories and characters. But the hate was too personal...TOO much, and the dislike of unlikable characters seemed too judgmental. The story is a redemption story. And angry commentator didn't want that. I mean..who doesn't want to see some guy redeemed and restored?

I should visit Koala more often.

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All you said. In Kdramaland we get coincidences to no end.

In Scandal *SPOILERS* a chaebol kills the kid of a cop. Of course. The cop retires out of grieve and kidnaps the son of his son's murderer in return by accident. Mom aka estranged (what else?!) wife of chaebol plants another boy as cuckold child. Of course. The kidnapped boy becomes a cop, too. Of course. Young cop meets pregnant wife in an accident. Of course. Husband gets killed by biological dad aka chaebol. Of course. Young cop ends up hunting his biological dad. Of course. His mom starts to develop tender feeling for the kidnapper. Of course. Kidnapper guy gets cancer. Of course. Young cop falls for the widow, who starts living in his house with kidnapper dad. Of course. Real daughter of kidnapper and cuckold-child, who is, of course, an attorney, start working together. The widow joins the company, too. Of course. And that's not all of it as we are only half way through the story!

I mean, how many coincidences can a family encounter? And yet, it IS a very entertaining watch with two fantastic songs as soundtrack on top. :D

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@Newbie, good lord! Is this the Scandal that is currently on? The one whose description I quickly read then fled from? Ah me! It does sound like fun but I probably would be screaming.

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Yes, it is. And it is really entertaining. Overall melo (how could it not be, with this story), but it isn't too makjang. As I said, I like it, once you get behind the first eps with the first son dying. :)

The music is fantastic, as I said. If you google Scandal OST, you'll find the songs on YT. Look out for Last Love of My Life and Masyta Band. Can't get them out of my head.

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In the beginning I was strongly against a TS/IH couple. Now I realize they are softening my resistance, because I want TS to heal and get everything he wishes for. His life was tough enough. But as long as he and his kid can live, I'm fine.

*whispers* I shed no tears over the missing commenter, too. ;)

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I'm ok either way, to be honest - the lack of love line in the present removes a certain predictability factor in how dramas usually run, and that is to the good of this show. Plus, I like watching Tae-san and In-hye purely as parents, and my only real wish is for all our good guys (and little girl) to make it out alive. Which is a tall order!

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Agreed. The unpredictability factor in all this is what's keeping me with the drama.

As I said before, we actually don't know WHO will survive. The only thing I can think is certain is Soo-Jin will live OR Tae-San and In-Hye survive and get back together.

And with the writer from 49 days.... I like that we don't know for certain everyone will be ok.

They've already killed off 2 characters. I think there will be more coming soon.

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Ppl can dislike a drama all they want, but when they insult everybody else for not seeing the drama their way, they cross a line.

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he seemed very moralistic. relentlessly, unforgivingly so

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...so judgmental and condemning.

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My stance exactly. What I object to isn't the character hate at all (lord knows I've wanted to set a few on fire in my day) - the hostility towards other commenters is what gets my goat, like I said we are a polite community even when we have strong opinions.

But then there's 'strong opinions' and then there's 'fixated and possibly a bit in need of professional help re: issues'.

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Thanks for the recap.

The little girl, (adorable) and her book of stories, is wonderfully cast. The sun (mom) went to be with the moon (SW). LOL....SJ is a little astronomer in her own right.

You know, SW's sidekick is all mistakes that it makes me wonder if it's all an act. He's beginning to resemble JK the bumbler, which we now know was a lie.

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was thinking that as well...

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And he called Seung-woo during the stakeout, alerting the killer....

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ooooooooooooooooooooh YES!!!

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Exactly..... :)

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One would think it's the older PO who has a wife and kids in school needing the extra money, but the Chief considers the department sofa his home...LOL!

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Now I am watching Shin dom with english subtitles /Wild Romance with spanish sbs and Masters sun because So ji Sub melts my bones,however I feel mothers proud when I notice Lee Jun Ki is choosing good roles to improve his acting skills and I wish he deserved better ratings...
I promise watch this drama when I finish some of the others Two weeks FIGHTING

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I wonder who is the spy in the police department that works for moon? Or it could be the prosecutor. ..hmmm

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Love this drama. THks 4 recaps

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I prefer this drama over Master Sun.

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I know,So ji sub is one of my gods in dramaland but i am not blind and master sun has black holes with the secondary roles .The Hong sisters don t care about secondary roles at all, in Wild romance whose ratings were vey poor, you can see how each role is well written and the secondary roles arent a merely background.

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Yup agree . I prefer this " more realistic " & touching drama . I don't care about rating. Korean rating system is killed talent .

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Totally agree,the only ones who is trying to fiht against the system are the cable dramas airing another themes...

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Now that you mentioned the writer, I'm beginning to think that TS would die at the end and there is some blood connection between him and SW's dad who would end up being the bone marrow donor for Sujin. SW, IH & Sujin living happily ever after and our hero TS getting redemption before passing to the other world.

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Wow, this recap was so fast. Thank you! Happy to see 1OO+ comments already!!!!! =D

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So much tension in this EP~ /myheart ;A;
I was a bit worried that the boat people were shady and were gonna trap Tae San.

The mountain and sun story were hella cute. xD Even cuter because it was told by little Sujin~~ ^^

Glad we got to see Kim So Yeon kicking ass, even if it was just for a moment and then she got caught. ;~;
I've only watched her in IRIS and stuff, but I liked seeing her be a badass. 8D

Tae San was handcuffed by the police before heading back to Seoul.
But later in the warehouse, someone un-cuffed him? o.O
And why did Boss Moon just openly give Tae San a freaking weapon? -__- He could quickly fire at Boss Moon instead...
I haven't watched EP 8 yet, but I'm certain he's not going to kill Jae Kyung.

Now that Tae San knows who Jae Kyung is, I hope that they can talk together soon and team up!!!!
Fix all those misunderstandings~ But maybe it's too soon in the show.

OH! I never considered that there could be a real mole in the *main* police team, but with Jae Kyung questioning Boss Moon about his info, it got me worried.
I really hope it's not Jin Il Do. ;-; He looks like a goofy rookie, but it better not be a cover.

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I love KSY 's action scene,she is the best on action scene both IRIS and this drama,,,it's so real fight and exciting

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Really great episode! Looking forward to more!

Thanks for the recap, GF!

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JK's fighting scene was beautiful alright. you are lying if you doesnt agree with this lol

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"it’s not wrong that Tae-san made the choices he did—and twice at that—because he was weak and scared and powerless to protect the ones he loved. There’s nobility in that sacrifice, but there’s stupidity too, and I appreciate a story that’s going to point that out. Tae-san is no hero for making that choice. He was just cornered and outwitted, and realizing it now is the only way he’ll stop making that same mistake all over again."

There is great wisdom here. I've made this mistake in my own life, bowing to someone who is a powerful bully, and only seeing the sacrifice without grasping the stupidity.

I think I will ponder long on what other options there might be besides retreat and submission when I meet the next powerful person who dominates. I will never be a hero, but perhaps I don't have to be the victim.

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