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Two Weeks: Episode 8

Awww yeah. This episode delivers the goods. It’s go go go from from start to finish, and we get satisfying confrontations, dramatic near misses, and every character learns a crucial piece of the puzzle. I’m watching with my heart in my throat and a skip in my step, and I must not be the only one, because ratings hit a new high at 11.5%.

 
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EPISODE 8 RECAP

It’s a two-for-one kidnapping extravaganza at the mobster hideout, when our prosecutor gets herself caught while trying to find Tae-san. Boss Moon hands Tae-san a gun and gives him the choice: kill Jae-kyung and live, or die with her.

Tae-san takes the gun and stands up as Jae-kyung screams and struggles against her ropes. He raises it… and fires.

But there’s nothing—just the click of an unloaded gun. Ohthankgod. Still, you totally shot at her. Boss Moon laughs, calling him an idiot, and raises his gun to shoot Jae-kyung himself. But Tae-san blurts that he’ll never get the camera if he kills that woman. He scoffs, “Did you think I wouldn’t know? I do have a brain in here.”

He calls their moves one by one—he knew they’d never give him a loaded weapon, but they could get his fingerprints this way, and pin Jae-kyung’s murder on him just like they did with Mi-sook. Look who’s learning, badass-to-be.

Boss Moon immediately swings his gun around and sticks it in Tae-san’s face. Thinking quickly, Tae-san bluffs that he should think carefully about whose hands that camera is in—and borrowing from Boss Han’s deductions about how high up this goes—calls it evidence of him and that big wig together.

That startles Jae-kyung, who wonders to herself how he knew that, and Tae-san answers her question aloud as if he hears it. He says he hasn’t seen it, but he knows what’s on it, because of the things Mi-sook told him. Ah, nicely played my friend.

Tae-san is on a roll, and bluffs that he’s made sure the camera will be made public if he doesn’t contact the person who has it. So basically, he’s made it his insurance and if he dies, he’s taking Boss Moon down with him. Now we’re talking. Tae-san: “Don’t think that what you’ve seen of me is all there is.”

Boss Moon asks if he’s planning to send it to the prosecutor or the police, and Tae-san wonders why he would do either when the world is littered with newspapers, broadcast stations, and websites.

He’s starting to enjoy pushing Boss Moon’s buttons, and turns to the two henchmen holding Jae-kyung, and asks which gang they’re from since they aren’t familiar and must be borrowed help. He tells them they weren’t paid enough for what they’re about to be involved in, and says that Boss Moon is about to become extremely rich, so they should ask for more. Ha.

He gets pistol-whipped for that comment, but that just adds more fuel to the fire, and he changes his tune—they’ll probably be killed off because they’ve already seen too much. He turns to Boss Moon, screaming: “Did they say they’d keep their mouths shut like me? Did they say they’d be framed and go to prison in your place like me? Did they say they’d be dumb like me?”

Boss Moon sticks the gun right in between Tae-san’s eyes, and he just rails: “Shoot! SHOOT!” Aaaack. Jae-kyung is the only one who sees that Tae-san’s hand is trembling.

Boss Moon pauses, and then lowers the gun: “You don’t have the camera, do you?” He sighs at himself for not thinking of this before, wondering why a person with that kind of evidence would be running away to the Philippines. Dammit. When’d you suddenly start being smart?

Tae-san tells himself to keep it together and not back down, and paints a believable picture of going abroad to meet a contact and get the contents of the camera unlocked. He says they’ll return to the previous deal: he’ll go get the camera, so they’re going to let him walk out of here to do it. Otherwise, they both go down.

Boss Moon orders both hostages put in separate rooms for now, mostly because his brain hurts from all the thinking. I love that he’s flustered and doesn’t know what to do, but he figures he’ll wait for Tae-san to fetch the camera, and then kill them both as planned.

As he’s being led away, Tae-san pretends to double over in pain so that he can get a lay of the land. He checks out the yard and the possible ways out, and also notes one of the henchmen stopping to use his breath spray.

When they go to tie him up, Tae-san complains of his shoulder, and asks them to wrap up his wound, suggesting a tie. The henchmen complain but comply anyway, and Tae-san uses the distraction to grab them with both hands and knock their heads together. Hahahahaha. That was straight out of Looney Tunes—violent AND funny.

And then while they’re reeling from the head-butt, he grabs the breath spray and douses their eyes with minty freshness. I love this, so so much. He knocks them down pretty swiftly, and then remembers to go back to dig around for some car keys.

He runs out and starts knocking down barrels, setting the stage for what looks like his escape route, complete with abandoned shoe. Once he does that, he runs back in the other direction.

It’s loud enough that all the henchmen come running out, leaving Jae-kyung alone to try and undo her ropes. The gangsters take the bait and run in the direction of Tae-san’s breadcrumbs, while he tries all the cars to find the one that’ll unlock with his key. The third time’s the charm, and he starts the car.

He’s about to drive off, but then he thinks of Jae-kyung, and also his backpack full of antibiotics that he needs to keep taking. So he turns around, takes a deep breath, and guns it, reversing straight into a brick wall. What the.

He comes crashing into the room where Jae-kyung is being held, and gets out of the car to grab his bag. He gets back in without her, and they lock eyes. You’re not… going to LEAVE HER THERE, are you? ARE YOU?

He opens the passenger door and tells her to get in. Phew. But Boss Moon isn’t far behind, and he walks up shooting. Tae-san just floors it back through the hole he made in the brick wall, and Boss Moon is forced to jump out of the way to avoid being roadkill.

They made it. I can breathe now.

Seung-woo is still retracing Jae-kyung’s last steps, and he starts to close in on the warehouse. He finally finds the neighborhood and gets ready to turn down the street, when Tae-san’s car comes careening past him. Jae-kyung’s head is turned so he only sees Tae-san, but it’s enough for him to turn right around.

He happens to cut off the car full of gangsters also in pursuit, and they call the boss right away to alert him that the cops are already onto them. Boss Moon has no choice but to run.

In the car, Jae-kyung is screaming her head off through the duct tape, but Tae-san is too injured to untie her and drive at the same time, and tells her he’ll pull over once they’re safe to untie her ropes.

He manages to lose Seung-woo around the bend while he’s busy calling for backup, and stops in an underpass. Jae-kyung is screaming in her head at him to hurry up and un-gag her so she can tell him he doesn’t have to run anymore, but he’s thinking in his head that he can’t trust anyone. Aaaaaaggggggh. Let her speak! She’s screaming I’m on your side through the freaking duct tape!

He turns to her, “I’m sorry about your father.” She calms down at that, and then he reaches over to pull off the tape and untie her ropes. She asks where the camera is, and he asks her to drive. Oh no, don’t get out of the car.

She thinks nothing of it and gets out of the car, and immediately he starts driving away. ACK. She’s already out in front and gets him to stop, but when she yanks at the driver’s door and screams her head off at him to stop and listen, he just pushes her away and drives off. Noooooooo.

She runs after him desperately, and Tae-san tells himself it’s not yet time to let her catch him. She’s still running when Seung-woo catches up to her, and it’s only then that he realizes she was the passenger in Tae-san’s car.

He freaks out to see her bloodied and bruised with rope burns around her wrists, and asks what’s going on. She tells him nothing, and just screams at him to hurry up before they lose Tae-san again.

But when the car full of gangsters nearly runs them off the road, he swerves, and Jae-kyung faints.

Meanwhile Tae-san is waiting to catch a ride on the ferry, and he waits until the last possible second to jump on as it’s pulling away. The gangsters are too late to follow, but they see him board.

Congresswoman Jo calls to find out if Jae-kyung and Tae-san have been disposed of properly, and Boss Moon has to deliver the unfortunate news that they escaped. She loses her icy calm for the first time, and flips her lid.

She screams that they’re only nine days away from the auction, and demands that he find and kill them. But Boss Moon says this is about him now—the prosecutor’s office will be hunting him down for kidnapping and attempted murder—and hangs up on her.

He goes straight into cover-my-ass mode, and calls the company to start pulling CCTV footage and construct an alibi. The minions report that Jae-kyung and Tae-san have split up, which is at least one bit of relief to them.

Tae-san takes a seat on the river ferry, but in no time the gangsters have commandeered two speedboats to come after him. Aw yeah, speedboat chase. He hunkers down to stay out of sight, but that’s not going to cut it, not when they hold up the ferry with guns and climb aboard.

One of the kids on the ferry actually recognizes him and calls him out as the fugitive on TV, and Tae-san has no choice but to run again. He hops out of the window by his seat, and just jumps over the railing into the river, with nowhere else to go.

The gangsters scan the water as he swims around to the other side, and gets the jump on the one minion still waiting in the speedboat. He yanks the guy into the water and climbs aboard. Hell yeah.

The gangsters jump into the second boat, and now it’s a James Bond high-speed river chase, with bullets flying as Tae-san tries to outrun them. They get close, so he decides to come to a full stop, and then when they turn around, he plays chicken with them.

They head straight for each other, and at the last second the gangster boat swerves, sending them overboard. Tae-san makes his getaway and ditches the boat in a remote area, and swims to shore. He runs the rest of the way, but it’s not long before his shoeless foot gets cut up on rocks, and he huddles in pain as he digs the rocks out of his soles.

The cops convene at a local station a little while later, near where the boat was found. They decide to focus their search there. Seung-woo pulls his captain aside to ask where the leak came from—could it really be their department?

The captain thinks it’s more likely that it’s the prosecutor’s office, since they were in the dark the whole time that Jae-kyung dragged them around without cell phones. True. I was more suspicious of you guys, but that’s a good point. OR, you’re the mole and you’re throwing suspicion the other way. At this point, I don’t trust anyone.

Jae-kyung wakes up in the hospital (she just passed out from exhaustion) and her partner Sang-hoon is sick with worry. She’s more upset to realize she’s been sleeping for thirty minutes, and tells him to call Boss Moon’s office posing as a contractor. Just as expected, the secretary says he’s asleep after being in meetings all night, alibi already in place.

After hearing what happened, Sang-hoon can’t believe she isn’t going to arrest Boss Moon for kidnapping and trying to kill her, but Jae-kyung isn’t about to lose sight of the big picture now, and plans to just sweep it under the rug.

Seung-woo comes to confront her, and demands a straight answer about what happened today. She plays word games with him, disregarding anything he says as pure speculation, and refuses to admit that she was with Tae-san.

He asks how she knew about Tae-san getting on a boat, which she doesn’t answer, and then asks why he was left out on purpose. Jae-kyung: “Because you’re chasing him with your emotions.” She tells him that she knows about the Tae-san/In-hye/Seung-woo love triangle, and he freezes. “Are you mad because Jang Tae-san is alive or because you can’t catch him?”

Seung-woo reels and asks how she knows, and Jae-kyung just tells him one thing: “Get rid of your emotions toward Jang Tae-san. He could’ve been framed.” She says that all the evidence points to him being the killer, but that’s what she believes. Seung-woo refuses to believe it, but she just tells him to be a detective and figure it out. Ha. I love her.

Tae-san stops in the woods to line his sock with leaves as padding (smart) and then realizes he could cut off part of his pants to wrap his foot. Meanwhile, Tae-san’s fugitive saga continues to make the headlines, and by now the various people he’s encountered along the way have given interviews. The girl who was held hostage with her mom says on TV that the ajusshi was really rather nice, and he didn’t do anything bad, and even fixed things for them before leaving.

The man who found him eating the chicken with the grandma says all he did was help her catch a chicken and eat it with her, and the woman with the newborn says if it weren’t for the fugitive, she’d have given birth to her child in a dirt ditch.

She says he even made her seaweed soup, and we see that In-hye is watching the broadcast. She literally gapes at the soup thing, like the woman said Tae-san had three heads or something. The doctor is sitting next to her, and muses that Tae-san must be really thoughtful.

As In-hye tells the doc about how Tae-san was back in the day, we go back to that first motorcycle ride, from her point of view. She narrates that she just assumed he was someone tough and very different from her, but then she felt his heart race, and knew he wasn’t very different.

In the flashback Tae-san swerves on the bike to avoid being hit, and when In-hye hugs him tightly, his heart starts to race. Cute. She holds on even tighter the rest of the way, and he gets all awkward and nervous.

Sometime later, she’s the one to seek him out at work (she’s seen him on his delivery truck outside her dance studio) and returns the helmet. He just takes it gruffly and expects her to leave, but she says she’ll buy him dinner as payment for the ride.

She takes him to eat shrimp, her favorite thing ever, and peels one to put on his plate. He looks at it like it’s a worm, and totally lies that he loves shrimp while taking the tiniest bite he can. She worries that he hates it, so he hurriedly shoves it in his mouth, insisting he loves it.

Halfway through dinner, he’s covered in hives. Oh no. Hahaha. You’re allergic? How sweet could he possibly be that he’s eating shrimp he’s allergic to, just to make her happy? Also dumb, but dumbly sweet.

She doesn’t really notice, and just wonders why he doesn’t talk much. She tries to make conversation, but he just silently shoves more shrimp in his mouth until he can’t really take it anymore, and just abruptly gets up and ends the date there.

The next day she goes looking for him again, and his co-worker is the one to tell her that the idiot ate shrimp for some godforsaken reason despite his allergy, and is home sick. She storms into his room and finds him sick to death in bed, and starts yelling at him.

At first he’s yelling back, but then he realizes that she’s actually worried about him: “Why are you such a weirdo? An allergy is a scary thing! Why didn’t you say you had a shrimp allergy? Why would you eat that many like an idiot? Why didn’t you say something? Didn’t you know you could die?!” Aww.

He gets all flustered, and she just shoves porridge in his face and tells him to eat it. Back in the present, In-hye tells the doc: “He was like that back in the day—zero calculations, and just pure and stupidly innocent.” They rest easy thinking that Tae-san is halfway to the Philippines by now, which is of course when breaking news hits that the fugitive has been spotted escaping via speedboat near Chuncheon.

Boss Moon gets his alibi squared away and just sits on edge, waiting for the other shoe to drop. Congresswoman Jo listens to the black-box recording from the getaway car that Tae-san used, and finds out that Jae-kyung hasn’t been able to get Tae-san’s trust or the camera. She realizes that Jae-kyung isn’t coming after Boss Moon on purpose, and finds herself impressed at her nerve.

The chief prosecutor comes to see Jae-kyung at home, worried that her kidnapping is too big a thing to sweep under the rug. But she argues that without Tae-san, they get nothing, and Boss Moon alone on this charge leaves them no connection to Congresswoman Jo.

Jae-kyung: “Jang Tae-san will come to the hospital for his daughter’s surgery. I’ve waited eight years; can’t I wait nine more days?”

Teacher Kim is still making the rounds of every drugstore near Boss Han’s hideout, looking for the person who might’ve helped Tae-san.

Tae-san hobbles along in the woods, but it’s not long before he collapses from sheer exhaustion. He orders himself to get up, that he made a promise and has to keep going and find that camera.

It makes him think of Man-seok, and he breaks down thinking of his friend. He remembers how eager he was to use the camera on the trip with his girlfriend, and that makes Tae-san think of the first time Man-seok had introduced her. He tries to get up again, but just collapses and faints.

He assumes that the camera is at Man-seok’s body shop, but of course we know it’s in the girlfriend’s hands. We cut to her going through their vacation photos in tears, wailing that her boyfriend was too handsome to die. She clutches the camera, and her friend takes it away, saying that she’ll throw it away for her. Ack.

The police and prosecutor’s office face off at a disciplinary meeting, the police side mostly pissed off that they’re being used but kept out of the loop. Jae-kyung’s boss just covers her ass, and sticks to the vague line that Tae-san is an important witness in an ongoing investigation, and that’s all they can say.

The rest of the detectives head home for the night, but Seung-woo decides to stay behind and start over from the beginning. This time he thinks back to Tae-san’s insistence that he was being framed, and seems to consider it in a different light. There’s hope for you yet.

In-hye is a ball of nerves, just waiting for Tae-san to call and tell her that he’s okay. When Seung-woo calls instead, she cuts him off abruptly and lies that she can’t talk because Su-jin is sleeping, just to get off the phone and wait for Tae-san again.

Su-jin catches Mom in the lie, and In-hye explains that it’s because she’s waiting for an important call. Su-jin: “That means that it’s an important person, right?” Mom says it is, and that she’ll tell her about it after her surgery.

Tae-san is still asleep in the woods, and we return to the flashback post-shrimp allergy. Tae-san shovels the porridge, and they just have this cute exchange where she asks if his name is Tae-san, knowing it is, and tells him her name over and over, now thinking his silence adorable.

Imaginary Su-jin stands over him in the woods and calls out, “Daddy, Daddy, how long are you gonna sleep here?” She rouses him awake, and he smiles to see her. She asks why he didn’t go with that unni earlier, when she seemed to know that Dad was framed and would go after Moon Il-seok ajusshi.

But he says that’s why—because being captured would’ve meant being thrown in a cell with Boss Moon, which would mean his death. She tells him that Uncle Man-seok’s girlfriend is the one with the camera, and Tae-san realizes that she’s right (I love that Su-jin is the smarter half of his subconscious).

She looks down at him and wonders if he’s going to make it to Seoul in this condition, and he realizes he’s in bad shape. He hurriedly grabs his medicine and checks his bullet wound, and Su-jin points out he has no water.

He assures her that he can take the pills without any water, and she scrunches up her face: “They’re bitter.” Dad just smiles and lies: “No they’re not. Really.” And then he proceeds to take them while smiling up at her like a fool.

By morning he makes it down the mountain and waits for a grandma and grandpa to leave their house for farm work, and runs through the house collecting shoes and clothes and food. He ends up huddled outside shoving a bag of plain rice in his face, which is maybe the saddest thing I’ve ever seen.

He waits by the gas station for anything to hitch a ride in, and sees a large truck roll in. He uses more movie inspiration to imagine hanging on the underside of the flatbed, but his arms aren’t strong enough. Thankfully this truck has a cargo cage, and it’s just big enough for him to squeeze inside.

Congresswoman Jo meets with a colleague and gives him news that makes his day: she’ll throw her hat in for the Seoul mayoral elections.

Jae-kyung’s staffer says that there’s nothing out of the ordinary in Congresswoman Jo’s routine, but that she’s extremely regimented—the lights go off at her house every night at 12:05 exactly. Jae-kyung tells him to start manning the hospital instead, convinced that Tae-san will contact In-hye.

Jae-kyung gets called to the head prosecutor’s office, where—whoa—Congresswoman Jo is sitting right there, smiling up at her. This woman scares the crap outta me.

She pretends not to know who Jae-kyung is, and accuses her of helping Jang Tae-san escape. Jae-kyung’s face hardens and she asks what she’s trying to do. Congresswoman Jo just turns her laptop around and asks how she’s going to explain this…

Traffic cam footage shows Jae-kyung sitting in the passenger seat of Tae-san’s getaway car—but not gagged and tied, just sitting there placidly, smiling. Fuck.

Seung-woo wakes up at his desk still buried in the case, and the chief arrives and gets the call that Jae-kyung is working with Tae-san, and that she’s about to get axed from the prosecutor’s office.

Seung-woo blazes out of the office at that, and just misses a phone call to their department. Il-do picks up, and it’s Tae-san on the other line: “You’re looking for Jang Tae-san, aren’t you?”

And in the hospital, Su-jin wipes away the tears that she drew on a portrait of Dad, and crosses off another day. D-8.

 
COMMENTS

That was good stuff. I’ve decided I like it when Tae-san and Boss Moon are together. He’s more effective as a villain because he has a hold over Tae-san, and I really like their twisted surrogate-father-like interactions. Boss Moon as a character is really interesting because he’s got some nice color to him—he’s kind of a simpleton and a puffed up gangster, which makes for some amusing power imbalances. He’s evil, but stupidly evil, the same way that Tae-san starts out stupidly naïve and good (later to become hoodwinked because of that same innocence, as we know). But it’s nice to see Tae-san step up and learn a thing or two, and turn the tables by being quick-witted. He figures out that this is just a bluffing game, and that he has to do whatever it takes to walk out alive, and it gave everything in the whole kidnapping scenario in the last episode and this one a nice crackle of energy.

Today’s backstory was especially endearing, and now that we’ve seen Tae-san and In-hye being so cute together, I’m a goner. Before I was okay if they just gave him his redemption through his daughter, but now they’ve made me greedy and I want it all—the happy family and the love of his life. And I say this as someone who likes Seung-woo, and totally blames Tae-san for his series of really terrible choices. I do actually think this is all his fault, and that In-hye has every right to hate him forever. But by now they’ve won ME over, and I think it was seeing how much she liked him once, and how being around her turned him into a flustered, awkward doofus. It’s just so different from the guy we met at the start of the series, and makes me root for his redemption that much more.

I really enjoyed the parallel between Tae-san’s shrimp-eating and pill-taking attitudes, in front of In-hye and Su-jin, and what it revealed about his character. There’s just something that clicks for me with that personality type and the noble idiot we know him to be later. If a guy is so adorably dumb as to eat something he’s allergic to because he’d rather you not feel bad about taking him there on your first date, you can actually see how that same guy would choose the self-sacrificing thing as a first instinct. I thought it was a really clever way to define his personality, and then of course just more endearing when he acts the same with Imaginary Su-jin, putting on a brave face and swallowing bitter pills while lying to her that they’re not bitter. And when she called him “Appa” today when she was waking him up, it just got to me, I don’t know why.

Jae-kyung continues to rock my socks off, even though I was screaming at her for getting out of the car before she could tell Tae-san what she knew. But I love that she has the same brand of throw-myself-headlong-into-it-and-pray-for-the-best brashness as Tae-san, but she’s consistently smarter. I’m trying to decide if losing her job might be a good thing (though I fully expect it to be a hiatus unless she finds a way out of this), because she might get more done by going rogue. I’m glad that Seung-woo might finally be aboard the framed-for-murder train, though with this new twist in the traffic cam footage, he might end up discounting everything Jae-kyung said, assuming she’s an accomplice. Bah, I just want to lock you people up in a room. But then, I guess we’d have no show.

 
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Thanks for the recap, off to read!!

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Good episode, good recap. I wonder if anyone would believe me if I said that a man ate crab legs with me for the same reason once. He got really sick and knew he would. It was sweet and kinda suicidal. lol

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I've one that with oysters once, for a girl I liked. Made me terribly sick.

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*done

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So Tae-san is not so abnormal after all. There are such sweet guys around...

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Yay for increased ratings!!
Thanks for the recap..

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Two Weeks, may your ratings continue to increase...Fighting!!!

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Great episode! Thanks for the recaps, GF!

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In Episode 7, when the little girl tells the story of the mountain and the sun, I was a bit confused as to who was the sun and who was the mountain (please forgive me, I tuned in late to this drama and missed a few bits)... but in this episode, when In-Hye tells her name to Tae-San, it clicked!
In-Hye = Sun in Korean is pronounced like the 'Hye' in In-Hye
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Tae-San = 'San' in Korean means mountain

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OMGSH and when mum asks Su-Jin where did the sun go, Su-Jin says that it probably went to the moon... and the bad guys name is Boss Moon!!!!... okay that kinda doesnt make sense and I may be overlooking into it...

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I'm guessing the moon in this case is Seung-woo cuz "woo" sounds like "wol" which means moon in korean? Totally wild guess on my part, hahaha.

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Woo and Wol don't really sound all that alike when pronounced by Koreans. That said, I think Seung Woo is supposed to be the moon. Less bright, safe.

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You ruin the normal moon for me :D

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In the Two Weeks Episode #7 Recap:

#32 KDaddict posted:

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.

32.1 Carole McDonnell posted:

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.

32.1.1 KDaddict posted:

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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Moon in Korean would be 월 (Wol) or 달 (Dal). Do we have anyone whose name contains either of these words or sounds? Or do the puns only extend as far as her parents' names?

The surname Moon is of course a different character from that for Moon in the sky. If it has any meaning, based on its 한자 (Hanja) roots, it'd mean Scholarly. I wasn't entirely awake n was befuddled when I wrote "Moon=Moon Il Suk." *Facepalm*

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Does the Woo in Seung-woo sound like Wol in Korean?

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No. It doesn't sound similar at all.

Moon "wol" - the vowels sound like the vowels in "war"

Seung Woo - there's no English equivalent but imagine how the vowels in "grew," "lure," "school," etc. all sound when said by someone who doesn't fully enunciate. They all should be long "u"s but some pronounce them flattened.

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I posted as a follow up that the Korean dialogue says something slightly different than KDaddict wrote:

#32.2 - "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."

Yet more of the self-sacrificing doofus.

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It is precisely bcos of this that I started playing with the inversion or subversion of representation.
Given their names, of course Tae San is the mountain, and In Hye is the sun, but how does that make sense if it is the Sun that has to leave bcos it is hurting the trees and plants on the mountain? It is TS who had to leave, cos if he didn't, he'd be hurting IH.
Anyway, it's a nice little story, but it doesn't bear close examination. ;)

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Gawsh that congress woman is too scary, shes gonna give me nightmares! Evil people that are always flashing a smile scare the crap out of me-creepy! JTS fighting!

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You know we hear about extremely corrupt officials in various countries in the news from time to time. They don't sound real to me bcos of the extent of their crimes. Jo makes them a bit more real, Tho still crazy and creepy.

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I agree. She is downright a psychopath. So cold that it gives me chils... She could easily be a cold blooded serial killer as I see it.

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She's so evil, but what makes it worse is that she's smart. The way she so calmly "ordered" JK to be killed is scary, and she was already envisaging or planning the news headlines for JK's death!

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She is scary as hell, and even though she is fictional I'm going to want her behind bars before I feel safe.

However, I wonder what the deal is with her son? I feel like we may get parallels between her and Tae-san at some point. Unlike Gangster Moon, who is motivated by power, it seems that she might be motivated by- well, I don't know if she's capable of love, but certainly some kind of attachment to her son.

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You should have heard me **whisper-yell** (cause it's late in my neck of the woods) "YESSS!" complete with a tiny fistpump when I saw your recap. :):) Pure pleasement as we say in my household.

Still loving this show - more and more each episode. And still loving your recaps. Thanks again!!

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Phew............what a show!
Joon Gi is one amazing actor.
Yay for the rating. Merci beacoup db.

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Thanks so much for these recaps! I'm waiting to marathon this in one go otherwise I'd get too confused. Even just reading is making me all jittery and excited.

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If I've to put ONE word to this ep, it'd be: Moving.

I find it moving that he is determined to escape from the cops as well as the goons come hell or high water, in order to stay alive for that bone marrow transfer.

It is also moving that when he is down and out, and hanging on by his thin breath, he conjures up his daughter to talk him out of lying down to die.

It is moving when in the depths of despair, he is flooded with his memories of his happy days with IH. Those memories of first love and sunshine, warmth and laughter and hope keeps him afloat, when he is drowning, and on the run.

I watched the whole show in stunned silence, with rapt attention, and not moving a muscle, except I feel like a volcano is about to burst inside.

Time to re-watch and be moved all over again!

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SERIOUSLY. I would rewatch episodes, but then I would have no more fingernails. My favorites are also the quiet moments with Conscience Su-jin. It's great how they're using her to embody is soul and self-worth awakening, little by little.

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My money is on Il Do being the spy, which actually makes me very sad.

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I think it's her boss, tbh. Or her side kick dude/secretary with the glasses.

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Was it me, or did Boss Moon say, Director Im when he was talking about creating an alibi....

Could it be Seung-Woo's FATHER who's the mole?

If so, whoa....

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I think Director Im is Moon's bespectacled assistant aka Brainy minion.

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Yup, Director Im (not Superintendent Im).

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It's the glasses guy; he's actually the Jo lady's adopted son.

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I have to admire this writer. At the moment, so many of the characters could be the spy ~
~ JK's boss cuz he advised her on the Busan operation.
~ JK's bespectacled assistant cuz he was keeping the phones.
~ Police captain cuz he suggested to get off the highway to where Moon's were waiting to ambush them.
~ Ildo just bcuz the most innocent guy is usually the guilty one.

And, it's also possible that there is more than one spy!

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Moon's *henchmen*

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Not flawless but clearly the best weekdays drama airing now. Running against the clock has sure a positive effect on the pacing of this show: The others tend to be extremely slow or diluted.
Add to that a lot of characters I care for. Yes, I like this a lot.
Thanks for the recap!

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i just love this show. it's daebak!!

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Thanks GF for the recap. It's getting better and better.

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Fantastic episode. I rarely post ...since I don't always feel I can be as witty as everyone on DB seems to be. But I had to post after this episode and reading the recap. Thank you for the awesome recap GF!

Yes moving is the best description and so edge of your seat watching. And yes I am aware of some of the implausiblities...but you know that did not detract, because there is a story being told here. And as in all good story telling it is how it is delivered. Some of the classic stories have areas like this, because the goal is to create the message, set the tone and set the stage. And this is what this drama is doing. You have a great script (and I am saying this only based on the subs...imagine what I could pick up if I knew the language). A great cast of characters with some really amazing actors. The directing does have a few choppy moments but still the show manages to shine, to grip you in suspense and excitement and to move you.

And I am so impressed by Lee Joon Gi! When you are watching and get so wrapped up that you do not think of him as an actor but as the character, that is the sign of very good acting. He is playing this role with vulenerabilty and emotion. And for me he is nailing this role.

Also can this man not do anything badly? I mean his own stunts, fighting, rides a motorcylce (with and without bound hands), rides a bicycle (bound hands), knows how to drive a motorboat, swims and who knows what else he will do in the next few episodes. He does move beautifully when he does any type of action, there is a fluidity and awareness to his movements.... I know gushing...but he is really impressing me with his skills and his craft.

And I know this show does not have the huge fan outpouring of comments...this is not a rom-com, or have the latest hot pretty or skinship...but that is OK. This is not that type of show, but it does have those who can appreciate the show. It is a different genre from the fave type of k-dramas..

And this show when it ends, you will remember very distinctly and not have it disappear into frothy nothingness like many of the other k-dramas that we consume in mass quantities.

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I totally agree with your assessment of what Two Weeks is accomplishing and distinctively offering viewers.

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I second to that. Agree with everything you said.

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Nicely said! Don't worry about being witty. I almost never am! :)

I think the fun part is about being able to watch a show together and discuss it with people who also share the same enjoyment.

Which reminds me, thank you, javabeans and girlfriday, for providing the forum to discuss these shows, and thank you, beanies, for providing the community to discuss this with!

As for, Jun Ki, he's nailing this part. Like you said, he's doing everything here, but that's just because he's an awesome action actor. Supposedly, he had a tendency to overact previously, but the army or Arang PD must have drilled that out of him, because I'm feeling each emotion his character is feeling without the impression that it's being overdone....

Great job overall by the cast and crew of the show.

Can't wait for the next 8 days!

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Agree, agree, agree! And there was this one scene in the backstory where LJK looked so amazingly beautiful that I suddenly "remembered" that he was once a flower boy. Takes a lot of kicking, falling off mountain, speedboat racing, emoting, weeping, and great acting to make one forget a character is being played by a pretty boy actor.

Thanks for commenting.

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Yes, you are right. Even with blood smearing all over his face, his facial features are still beatiful.

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Yeah yeah, this show is so good! I'm kind of surprised it doesn't have more of a following, because the leads are gorgeous. What makes something a big ratings hit never makes sense to me. I Hear Your Voice had similar themes of redemption and justice, and this one has twists and an emotional center, just like that one. I suppose it's partially because of Master's Sun (which I also love). To be fair, though, I did have to drum up my courage to watch this one, since it's such a nail-biter. It's suspenseful and heart-wrenching like Ahjusshi, except for 16 episodes.

Also agree on Jun-ki's excellent acting skills. I, too, forgot he was once a pretty boy actor. He's really hitting me in the heart with all his emotional scenes, here.

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I think the lack of romance does affect the ratings. In IHYV, I (and I think many others) was shipping the noona romance between Hye-Sung and Soo-Ha.

The ratings of Two Weeks did go up for this episode. I wonder if it was due to Tae-san finally meeting with Jae-kyung, or Tae-san & In-hye's motorbike ride and rather amusing first date?

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Great episode!

Lots of good action and progress today, though with my favorite moments being his confrontation with Boss Moon and the flashback of him and In Hye. (I have a huge girl crush on Park Ha Sun and she hasn't smiled like that very much this entire drama.)

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Oh, me too, me too! I'm a fan of Park Ha-sun, too. :)

I loved how cheerful and confident and just pure amused In-hye was in the flashback. You could see that she was just as sunny as Su-jin before the world fell on her.

So now, I echo Girlfriday's greed. I want Tae-san to win it all back -- his daughter and In-hye and for them to be a happy family together. (I... don't know what it'll mean for Sung-woo. I'll let the show work that out.)

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Ack ! This drama....... really. LOVE.

I got teary-eyed yet again when Taesan had that imaginary conversation with his daughter.

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Of so many great scenes in this ep, I think my fav, if I must pick one, is the one of IH visiting TS in his dingy room.

Here we see TS as he really is, his true original self, before his life went completely haywire. He is embarrassed in front of her, for having grabbed her boob, for having eaten shrimp when he is allergic, for being asleep when she walks in, for the room he lives in, in short, for everything.

A punk who shakes ppl down for the money they owe to his boss, is embarrassed, shy, quiet and beside himself, and all awkward, in front of a girl who comes to pay him a visit. Isn't that the darnest, sweetest thing ever? Much more so than a flustered chaebol, to my eyes.

And in that scene, we get the explanation of why he didn't fight Moon those 2 times when he was asked to take the rap. Cos TS is like that, a softie to the core, not terribly intelligent, not at all calculating, would rather eat shrimp and suffer quietly than say, Let's eat sth else. He's used to taking things lying down, rather than stand up for himself. Some ppl have forceful personalities. Some don't. He just don't.

Then cut to the present, when he is fighting for a chance to live tooth and nail. That dogged determination, that utter desperation, that motivation. He'll live for another 9 days, if it kills him at the end!

Imagine if we go thru life with that kind of dogged determination! What can't we achieve with it?

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so true. Every good girl wants a bad guy like that to fall for her. Wow, can Shame make a guy look attractive? It did for Tae-San.

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Great post KDaddict. I agree with all. Although I do think Tae San is smart. It's just that he doesn't really care about studying or anything like some smart boys are. He's an orphan hence no family support. Exam results weren't good, he didn't go anywhere and end up working like that. He's accepted his life is to be just like that. He's got nothing to live for and fight for. Until he met IH. Then, due to his work, Moon used his love for IH to take the fall for Moon's crimes. Then, he met his little girl. This time, he truly changed. He became strong, he starts to use his'dusty' brain...

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@nina,
I agree. He hasn't shown himself to be terribly intelligent. So far, he just rolled with the punches, literally, until Su Ji happened. The he pulled out All the stops. In ep 8, we see him thinking fast on his feet, outsmarting the goons at every step, and their Boss Moon. He sure put that rusty brain to use.

You know there've been news reports that individuals have lifted a car single-handedly in life and death situations. Adrenalin has been known to achieve great things. Looks like TS's adrenalin not only propels him to run for days without sleep or feed, but also raises his brainpower in geometric proportions. More power to him!

TS even outsmarted JK, tho that was a bit unrealistic. If I was JK, I wouldn't have stepped out of the car and risked losing him, just like Moon wouldn't have given him a loaded gun and risked being shot.

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Once we click submit, that's it. The comment's made. Nothing can be changed. The word should've been 'rusty' and not 'dusty' lol.. thank you KDaddict.

IMO, it was her, JK's mistake trusting TS. She'd been trying frantically to tell him 'telepathically' that she's on his side and that she'll help him but as soon as he pulled the tape off her she went "Where's the tape?!" ?!

She should have gotten his trust first by telling him she knows about him being framed and that he'll be safe.

Looking at him as a victim, she made the mistake of thinking he's on the same side and let herself out.

Even though he knows, we know that his safety could not be guaranteed because of the possible mole but knowing there's somebody who thinks he's innocent and want to help his daughter would've made him listened to her and be more cooperative.

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Lol, 'dusty' also works. His brain is so full of cobwebs from disuse that his judgement is clouded and his senses dulled. A good cleanup will give us a smarter, brighter and faster processor, oops, I meant thinker.

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But you know it's SUCH a good thing that she didn't talk about his daughter since Moon & Jo now have that ENTIRE convo via the car's blackbox. Then, they'd have found out his true weakness.

It takes me hours to finish these episodes because my heart can't take the suspense and I have to pause repeatedly. Having Moon, no Jo, go after Soo Jin... that'd be too much for me at this point.

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So agree with your comments on his adorable awkwardness. I love Tae-san to pieces.

What I love is that he's so misguided because he places no worth on himself as a person. He is selfless to a fault, but not from being self-righteous, he just doesn't think much of himself. His mother abandoned him, and he had no one to believe in him until In-hye.

Now, with Su-jin, he can finally place a value on himself, but even then, it's through someone else. Still, we see him unwilling to give up because he is slowly realizing his self-worth. It's one of the coolest ways of showing the "You have to love yourself before you can love others" message I've ever seen.

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So cool! Thank you!

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This is from the writer of 49 Days? Its ending gave me whiplash and trauma for months!

Hell, then I need to protect myself from being hoodwinked again.

I'm going to start chanting:
TS is going to die, Seung Woo is going to die, Soo Ji is going to die, Prosecutor is going to die..... Who else do we care about who can die?

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First time I heard that Two Weeks is penned by writer So, I was like Oh No and immediately thought back to 49 Days. Please, not again.

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Yup, it's the writer of 49 days. I only saw the first few episodes of it, but it didn't really grab me, and I heard a spoiler about the ending which didn't make me want to see it.

So, yeah, as I stated in the previous thread, ANYTHING could happen in this drama. The only thing that I know must happen is Tae-San being redeemed in some sense. However, that does NOT mean he'll survive or that anyone else is safe, either.

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I must say, though. Having this uncertainty of who will survive and who won't DOES make the tension more palpable and enjoyable :).

I'm really digging this drama.

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I do like the uncertainty of not knowing who will survive and who won't. Much better than a predictable ending.

What I won't like would be if TS is made to go thru all these impossible hoops, scraps by by the skin of his teeth, then gives his bone marrow; he and kid are sharing a warm cozy moment post surgery, w IH looking on approvingly, and we think that the coast is clear, then Bang! he is shot dead by Professional Killer Kim, whom Moon dispatched to give TS that pay back for ruining his lucrative corrupt partnership w Horrible Woman Jo. THAT'd be a "49 Ds" ending! I sure hope the writer has sth new offer!

TQ fo bringing up the name of the writer. I wouldn't want to be hoodwinked like that again! Ever! It was Nasty!

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LOL, yeah that sounds horrible.

I think this part will be believable.

The ending that keeps coming to me is that Tae-San will make it back to the hospital but he gets shot and is dying. But they'll be able to get enough bone marrow as he's dying to save the kid and he dies peacefully knowing that he's saved his kid.

I really, really hope that's not the ending, but I wouldn't put it past this writer....

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Your version Isn't a "49Ds" ending. It doesn't have the Shock value, nor the Deception. It wouldn't be as off-putting.

I model that version on 49Ds. It is way cruel to have the anti-hero become a hero by succeeding in his missions, he and everyone thinks all is well, give us that false sense of well-bing, and then Knock him Off! Cruel. I tell u. Of course that's the ending I least want to see.

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I will be so put out if they do a hit at the end like they did with that fashion design drama that I will not speak the name of, in case some poor soul were to look it up and watch it.

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Well... I have a hunch SeungWoo will die to protect TaeSan and in turn Soo Jin.

I think he has that martyr look to him.

That's the most predictable ending to me.

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Am somewhat with you there too - was getting the same vibe from ep. 8 about SeungWoo (aaawww!)

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"I think he has that martyr look to him."
Ah ah! I think you might be projecting your murderous intentions there! :D
Poor him, I feel everyone wants to off him, because he's the least likable of the good guys ^^ (but he's got the nicest torso!! =p)

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I don't feel that everyone wants to off SW! I for one would really hate it if he is offed. It'd be a pedestrian plot if he has to die to save TS, in order to save SJ, in order to reunite that family.

It'd be doubly awful if his father was involved with the bad guys, and he feels guilty by association, and is thus motivated to do the above.

He should get his happily ever after, with or without IH. But Just look at that shit eating grin on his face when IH showed up at the police station w his dinner!!

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(but he’s got the nicest torso!! =p)

U are right there! RSY must have hit the gym between Rascal Sons' ending and the start of this series.

So glad he got a nice hair cut to go with that nice torso - he looks manly handsome in this series!

Hope he gets a happy ending too - although his world as he knows it now is going to be tilted askew by the end of the series.

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I felt that the two characters that would be most likely to die were Jae Kyung and Seung Woo.
Jae Kyung seems like a "noble idiot" <3

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I'm gonna say that writers grow and that although there is such a thing as a "writer of 49 days style" or a "Hong Sisters style" that there is always subtle movement in one or more personal or creative directions. Some writers get more despairing, some less so. Some more cynical, some less so. Some more about social issues, some less so.

So far there are a few similarities -- namely the whole hospital, reasons to live, and time limit thing-- but there are a few differences I think.

I haven't seen enough of this writer's style to know what direction his writing is heading toward -- more or less melancholy, more or less spirituality, more or less optimism-- so I can't say. But 49 days was a long time ago and I soooooo want a happy ending, that I'm gonna hope for the best.

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Well, the writer also wrote Prosecutor Princess and Shining Inheritance, so let's hope we get happy endings. In my book, you can put the characters through any kind of shit you want, as long as they (and we) get a reward at the end. Anything else is just cruel and terrible. I wouldn't be surprised if Tae-san dies after giving his bone marrow, but I really really really really hope he doesn't. Plus, the fact that he's talking about it so much now makes me think (hope?) that it won't happen.

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Beside 49 days, any drama reference where this writer killed off the main leads? I know some of the good guy have to die in this drama..but pls don't kill taesan...he needs to at least live a decent life.

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Oh please, Drama Gods hear me... No birth secrets please..
I was contented with 49 days except that one thing...
Hope it won't happen to Two Weeks, knowing that TS's father has no back story yet..

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waitwaitwait WHAT? Nooooooo! Man, if Su-jin gets the surgery and dies anyway, I'll... I don't know, find a way to sic a hyena on the writer? I will stubbornly hope that everyone survives, but will prepare myself for the worst.

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Raw excitement. All I have to do is hear that music start now to feel that rush of go, go, go frenzy for Tae-san.
Detective Im - spector Clouseau is exiting also in that I have no idea what off the wall thing he will do next.

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In-hye and Tae-san were so adorable together. I think we're going to get that happy ending because you can't just give us flashback cute like that and have them not being endgame.

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Thank you GF! What a GREAT episode ! We are back on the run and at half-way thru the series, JTS has learnt and grown a lot.

JTS fightiing!

P.S - great to see ratings inching up. Very enjoyable drama so far.

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oh my gosh, this drama!!!!!!!!

Is this the old Tae-san we met at the beginning? NOOOOOOO! This is kick-butt Super-hero James Bond Tae-san. Ah the talents and strength that comes to a loser when he becomes a dad! Call him Appa one more time, In Hye!

Oh my gosh, this episode! Nothing believable happened at all in it and YET because the characters are so clearly drawn, EVERYTHING that happens is believable. Dang I like desperation and the super-human power, quick-thinking, and great kicking action it gives to a one-time loser.

Boss Moon --ah me! He's like a little kid trying to please his teacher or his mom when he talks to the Congresswoman. I get the same vibe in the dating scenes between In Hye and Tae-San. It's as if both these guys can not believe that good respectable women have befriended them.

And Aish! That congresswoman. When she loses her cool...well prepare for dangerous times. Who knew she'd pull a stunt like that at the end?

Thanks for recapping.

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Thanks for the recap, GF! This show is awesome. Never a dull day in this drama~ xD
I love it when Tae-san imagines talking to Su-jin. And I also love how episodes end with her crossing another day off. I hope all the injuries Tae-san sustained don't interfere too much with Su-jin's surgery.
Glad to see ratings go up, this show deserves them! :D

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If JK got fired, she and TS could be fugitives together

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I would watch that forever. Wouldn't they make great bickering buddies?

At first I thought they wouldn't let him talk to her until the end, since it would solve the dramas problems too quickly. But now I wonder if they would fire her, and then she'd run off and help Tae-san find the camera, and everyone would think she was evil until the end. I guess we'll see how it pans out.

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I like the scene with Jae Kyung and Tae san in the car. It was funny seeing Jae kyung trying so hard talking through the duct tape and it was quite intense when TS trick her and she stopped the car at the front looking furiously at him. I think they will have a great chemistry if given more scenes together.
The shouting game btwn SW and JK after that was good too. I
enjoyed every bit

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In the car: The min. he tore off the tape on her mouth, she asked: "Where's the camera?" Why would he tell you when he didn't trust you, even if he knew?

Instead she should have said:
I know you are framed. I also know about your daughter's illness. Let me help you; let's work together to bring down Moon and his partner.

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Jae kyung is quite impulsive. That's her personality. The fact that she went outside willingly after Tae san want to switch driving shows that she wants to let him trust her

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am glad they didn't have a conversation, what with the black box

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That's a good point!

They need to team up some other time though. Soon.
W/o any bad guys possibly listening in.

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with phone bugs, black boxes, CCTV...so hard to do

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I thought it was really funny how she said all the right things behind the duct tape and the worst thing possible when he tore off the tape. It's like she thinks he heard every word she said or is it a case of her mind working too fast? Though a "Thanks for saving my life" would have been nice.

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It's obviously a plot device. They doesnt want them to team up too soon lol

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But I would love to see them team up sooner. Maybe this will happen this week since she is likely to get suspended from duty.

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I knooooooow! I was like "girl, you don't lead with what the gangster was just after him about! And you don't yell 'hey' at him when you should be explaining important things at light speed!"

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That's why I said it's more of plot device. I hope they doesnt drag this info from Tae san any longer, I hope we can see them working together in the next episode hopefully. as far as i know this drama only have 16 episodes so it's not that much time left.

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1st-- awesome recap, GF.

2nd-- not really relevant question, just curious: if ratings for a drama in Korea are terrible, will the remaining episodes get cancelled?

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It happend with The End Of The World on cable this season.

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Happened before with Tamra The Island and Heading to the Ground, their episodes got reduced.

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I'm no expert, but I don't think this drama's ratings are bad enough to be reduced, especially with other dramas continuing at lower ratings than this one. I'm also not sure of the critical reception, but I feel like it must be good, which has to count for something.

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You're right. Usually, the drama's ratings are around 5-6% when its episodes may get cut. For Tamra and HTTG, their ratings were in that region and they got cut from 20 to 16 episodes.

Two Weeks is only 16 episodes in the first place, so it's unlikely to get cut. Furthermore, the latest episode managed to hit 11.5%, which is considered quite good nowadays when it's hard to even achieve 10% ratings.

I read from forums that the reviews in Hancinema and the Korean press(?) have been quite positive so far.

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I just LOVE this show.

With lots of dramas I feel the need (and more often than not I give in) to ff huge chunks.
Here every single scene is cherished. Everybody acts its part so well, we need every single scene as an important, integrative part of the developing story.
I enjoy other shows, like Master's Sun for the chemistry of the OTP, but pacing and writing of Two Weeks are the best. By far.

I am like a broken record, but it IS the best show around. Can't wait how it'll continue. Also, the ratings are going up. Yay!

Two Weeks - fighting!

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This drama is all about Taesan and Jae Kyung even though they are not romantic leads. In Hye is basically sitting in the hospital looking at the action unfolding.

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Pretty much

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Ahh thank you for the recap! This drama just keeps on getting better!

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It is so good week in week out. I hope it keeps getting better ratings too...

I do think TS and IH are cute in the flashbacks but I think it's alright if he can stay alive and inhye marries seongwoo...but he gets lotsa visiting rights. ..can't imagine sujin losing her appa...

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That is my hoped for ending. Regardless of the reasons, SW has been the one there for them, the longterm type of hero. The girl TS gets can be the daughter.

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At first I thought that, too, that Seung-woo would be the one to keep In-hye and Su-jin, but now that Tae-san's motivations are coming to light, I'm not so sure. Also, Seung-woo seems weirdly prejudiced against certain people, and they're dropping hints that maybe In-hye doesn't love him as much as we originally thought. Especially if she still cries every time Su-jin mentions her real dad.

Anyway, I want Seung-woo to have a happy ending (happy endings for everyone pleeeease) but I don't think it will be with In-hye. I do want him to have a part in Su-jin's life, though.

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Thanks as usual for a wonderful recap

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I almost stopped watching this show. Its not that this is a bad show! I just couldn't go an episode without yelling at the screen. Especially these last two episodes. I love the cast and the story too much to stop watching anyway^^

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Lol, for me, there's where half the fun is.

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Yeah, I was kind of afraid to start watching because of how emotionally invested I knew I'd get. Like, stomach-twisting, heart-wrenching invested.

I love it, though. Now that I'm caught up I don't know how I'll survive week-to-week!

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Thanks for the recap.

I did not expect to see Breakdown with Kurt Russell as the movie inspiration for TS, but it worked....Too funny.

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Oh, is that what it was?! :D

I couldn't figure it out -- couldn't even make out the actor so didn't have a hope of identifying the movie. Thank you, mskololia, for letting us all know. :)

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mayb later we can have our own
''name that drama'' for 2 weeks?

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Thanks mskololia, I was hoping someone could figure it out, it seemed really tough, being so short and they did'nt show his face...

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This show has me on the edge of my seat every week. I really don't know what to expect with each episode, and I'm not sure where this is going One reason I love it so much. I hope Seung-woo continues to follow the idea that Tae-san is innocent. But I doubt it. The man has issues. Shouldn't he be happy that Su-jin's Dad is alive and doing whatever he can to get to her? But he isn't. And that makes him a jerk in my book.

After seeing the flashback of Tae-san and In-hye being cute together and in love, I want them together, but I don't know if that'll happen. At the very least, I want her to stop hating him and for Su-jin to get her dad.

I hope Jae-kyung doesn't lose her job or get suspended. I hope Tae-san doesn't do anything stupid. I hope the good guys get the camera.

Thanks for the recap, Girlfriday!

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About Seung Woo:
He was dead sure that TS was the killer the minute they met in the police station the 1st time. He wasn't acting like a good police officer then. He didn't know about TS being SJ's dad at that time.
Once he saw the phone records, he was acting weird.

In ep 8, he has no choice but to acknowledge that TS is framed. Towards the end of ep 8, when all his colleagues go home to get some much needed rest, he alone stays behind to study the TS file, for the 1st time, like a good officer should.
When Squad Chief repeats what is being told to him over the phone, SW rushes out----To the rescue, I hope.
So it's premature to call him a jerk yet.

Re: He doesn't seem thrilled that SJ's dad is alive. I feel empathy for him there. We see how much in love he is with IH and SJ. If the dad is alive, he'll forever be a replacement, a replacement husband, a replacement dad; Never the real thing. We can't expect him to be happy about that.

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Yayy, glad the ratings were high!^^b

This EP has been the first one where I squealed at the cute & funny scenes. Didn't realize that this show could have them. (I Know Soojin is a constant cutie, but I was pleased by the cute *moments*.) ^^

I should've known about the unloaded gun. XP
Seeing Tae San bluff his way out of that deadly situation was satisfying.

I feel so worried about old man Boss Han!!! Teacher Kim is gonna catch up to him and either kill or capture him. ;_____; All he did was help, but he wanted to be left out of this mess too.

I don't want the mole to be Prosecutor Sang Hoon especially since he's so close to Jae Kyung and w/ the plans/details of the secret investigation. -_-

SO GLAD that Seung Woo got some info (even if it was a tidbit) that Tae San "could've been framed".
Hope he does some snooping around and find the truth.

I'm happy that those people spoke kindly of Tae San when they had met him. ;~;
Really nice to hear his good actions mentioned to the public.

HAHAHAHA. I was chuckling when I realized Tae San was allergic to shrimp, but he kept stuffing his face w/ it!!!!! XDD Adorkable, silly moment fosho. ^^

LOLed when Tae San had that movie memory before hiding under the truck. Funny how it worked out anyway.

Crap, Congresswoman Jo is a sneaky ho.
Is Jae Kyung gonna lose her job? Or maybe Seung Woo could help and offer proof to save Jae Kyung from losing her job?

The ending didn't have a huge cliffhanger, but I still can't wait for next weekkkkkkkkk. ;D

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The mole's not likely to be Sang Hoon. Then, Teacher Kim would have gotten to Tae San before Jae Kyung.

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Oh yeah! Great episode-- it got both my adrenaline and my oxytocin pumpin'. I'm so glad to hear that the ratings are improving.

You go, Tae San! Just keep badassing your way out of danger, channeling your inner Soo Jin, and being kind to strangers along the way, and you'll be alright.

Seung Woo: I totally want you to board the framed-for-murder train, but not too quickly, and I want you to make it thrilling for us while you do, k?

Congresswoman Jo: You might wanna adjust the lights timer on the slumming-it side of your property, or you may be the high and mighty brought down by the lighty...

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i might be the only one who feels this way
i don't think Congresswoman Jo is creepy

all this while i had this image of her as Kim Sun Ah's mother in Scent of Woman
it kinda stuck on my head

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I still think she's creepy, but I think she may be motivated by her sickly son, which may make an interesting parallel with Tae-san in the home stretch.

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I have her stuck in my head as the manipulative, twisted, and spiteful chaebol wife in Kim Nam Gil's Bad Guy.

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Ah.....is that Moon baddies who play charismatic Iljimae father ? Wow...I kinda like him there ( minus his affair with Park Shi Ho'mom).
I love two weeks with unpredictable ending, since we dont know who's going to be down next, even if Tae San or Seung Woo end up dead, I still love it. A drama that can playing around awith my emotion, mind, heart and gut wrenching will be stored in my memorable brain disc in a long long time, so I can re watch a thousand times until I figured it out the writer deep meaning.
And LJG acting really set a bar high in every roles.
LJG really mean it when he said he's going for a bad man role with scarred heart so he can acts with a layer layered of emotion, that's why he didn't like to play a handsome rich chaebol type...So, I believes that next, he will looking for a clasic action movies which filming in China ( minus sensitives war countries story in between )with a lots of martial arts moves or a very very very bad villain roles.

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Ah so many typo ...sorry...#using my mobile

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Episode 8 was really awesome. Every interactions and conversations was important and acted so well by all the actors. i wanna comment about JK a bit.

After finished watching episode 8, now I truly understand Jae kyung's character. I think her character is one of the rarest and original female character ever made in korean drama. It's quite complex but basically she is extrovert, smart, emotional, and doesn't like to lose. You can see everytime there is situation she needs to win and in control. She will get what she wants. And I think KSY brings the character really well. She see the bigger picture of her character. To people who criticize about her overacting to me actually doesnt really get her character.

I gave prop to the writer for making this character.I always anticipated her appearance and I admit it's boring when in hye appear. Not because of the actress but the character itself.Jae kyung will probably added up to my fav character's list soon.

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I agree. ^^ I like her character a lot.

She can be impulsive, jumping into things too fast, but she's also smart.

IMO, I don't think she's overacting either.

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Wait, who's accusing Kim So-hyun of overacting? Lemme at 'em!

I also love Jae-kyung, and Kim So-hyun's portrayal of her. Jae-kyung is kick-ass and awesome. I also appreciate that they are defining her by her smarts and perseverance, and not by a second-lead love-line, which is all too common. I guess this isn't that kind of drama, even if they always seem to structure it around 2 male and 2 female leads.

I also like that Kim So-hyun has a goal, but is able to empathize with people's motivations, like with going to find Congresswoman Jo's son, and putting it together that Tae-san was framed and is motivated by his daughter. Can't wait to see what she does next, especially now that the game has changed.

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Yeah, whatever with charges of overacting. Those critics clearly have never met a loose cannon.

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Whoa this is the first time I see lee sun gee so macho. No eye make up or effeminate hair. Not bad...

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This drama is getting more and more intense, i hope there will.be more scenes of TS and JK together, i really luv them pairing, these last two episodes are my fav so far.. Fighting Lee Jun Ki n Kim So Yeon !!!

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This drama made me cry ....junki such a great actor

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Dear Show,

You're the first drama that I marathon-ed in order to catch up. I'm in for the ride, and what a great ride you're giving us. Definitely heart-stopping and heart-touching. Yeah, you have a few flaws, but who cares... The last time I had this intense feeling in watching kdrama was with City Hunter. I can't compare though coz CH is this and that and you are what you are, And I think I love you both.

Hoping for your higher ratings

Me :)

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This is the best drama of 2013! Hope that the ratings continue to rise :D

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Yes! Finally found a dent in my schedule to watch and then I could jump on the recap train.

I love this drama sooo much. It just pulls me in and you know you really love a drama when you want the episode to f=go on forever. I'm so glad I watched ep 7 and 8 together because that end of ep 7 would've been too much.

Tae-san is too awesome and I'm so loving the bad-ass jae-Kyung. You go girl!

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Goodness this episode was good. I've totally been rewatching it a few times. It has been making me greedier for a TaeSan-InHye-SooJin-happy-family ending and greedier for more backstory cuteness.

As TaeSan+gangsters sped off on their speedboats, at least one of the boat passengers took a video of the chase. I can't wait until that goes public so that the police, etc will know that TaeSan is being chased by non-police. Hopefully such a confirmation will continue to roll the growing snowball in TaeSan's favor just like SeungWoo's he-might-have-been-framed redemption arc has.

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woops must have gotten busy around that snippet where they showed the phone video... but how did the witnesses get that cflose up of TaeSan? haha funny minor flub

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Yeah, the kid that took the video used a mobile phone

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Heee, yeah, I noticed that there was a shot that no one on that boat could have gotten, even with a zoom. The angle was all wrong. Oh well!

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One of the reasons why ep 7 and ep 8 were awesome because TS met JK.
I don't really dig the TS meet some strangers and got help from them etc.I know it's a plot to show TS's kindness but they need to cut it a bit.
The main leads (TS and JK) need to interact more. Their interactions make the episodes much more interesting.

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I totally agree with u

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