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Three Days: Episode 3

Now that shots have been fired and the good guy has been framed, the race to find the president begins. The only problem is that it’s a little hard to tell who wants to save him and just how many people are out to kill him, so all we can do is hope that our hero finds him first. That is… yunno… unless the president is the shadiest of them all.

 
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Shin Yong-jae (4Men) – “널 사랑한다, 지운다, 또 운다” (I Love You, Erase You, Cry Again) for the OST [ Download ]

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EPISODE 3 RECAP

We left our hero Tae-kyung standing on the side of the road with local traffic cop Bo-won, staring right at the truck o’ doom headed their way. They jump out of the way just in time to avoid being pancaked.

As the truck takes its sweet time making a u-turn to come back for seconds, Bo-won tells Tae-kyung that this is the truck that ran his father off the road. He then decides that getting back into the car is a good idea for some reason, and all I can say is, thank goodness that is the world’s longest u-turn.

The car has some trouble starting but eventually cooperates, and they screech away with the truck on their tail. They end up driving right through a construction zone to avoid being crushed, but find that the truck hasn’t followed them to the other side of the tunnel.

Of course it’s just waiting for the right moment to come at them again, and Tae-kyung decides to play chicken in reverse and drives right into the truck’s path. At the last possible second before collision, he whirls the car around and stops, and the truck flips over on impact. Wait… I don’t understand the physics of that moment at all. I get what you were going for, but no.

They get out of the car to check on the driver, and I know this is wrong, but, please be dead. Please be dead. Bo-won checks his pulse: “He’s dead.” Woohoo!

Tae-kyung screams that they have to save him to find out why they killed his father, and Bo-won has to drag him away when she sees that the truck is about to go up in flames. She gets him out just in time before the truck explodes.

March 5. 9:55 PM.

Back at the presidential villa, the identity of the decoy dead president is discovered. He’s a police sergeant, and the security team remembers that he was an unannounced visitor to the villa shortly after the president arrived.

They go over the events and realize the only way the swap could’ve happened is if the president was in on his own bait-n-switch operation—he ordered his own bodyguards to keep the decoy president under wraps, while he slipped out in the car that the decoy arrived in.

Chief Presidential Secretary Shin is up in arms over the accusation that the president would’ve knowingly sent another man to his death just to save his own hide, which makes me think he’s the one noble guy in this room.

He wants to put out a search on that car that the president left in, but Security Team Leader Ham counters that letting the world know that the president is alive and missing makes it more dangerous—then the assassin knows the job isn’t finished. You mean it gives YOU more time to find him first.

Ham insists they need to keep this a secret, and reminds them that they have three days until the president is technically due to return to the Blue House. He swears that he’ll take the fall if things go wrong, and in the end Chief Secretary Shin reluctantly agrees.

Tae-kyung is determined to find the truck driver’s accomplice, driven by the need to uncover the conspiracy behind his father’s death. Bo-won tries to get him to calm down and return to the police station with her so they can report what they know, but he insists they have no proof of anything.

She tells him about these men setting up the EMP blast and asks what else happened tonight. She’s smart enough to string together the gunshots and the EMP, though he doesn’t confirm that any of those things are related.

Meanwhile, Cha-young goes to the medical examiner on the security team and muses aloud that all the victims tonight were shot with undeniable precision from a great distance, and oh, doesn’t Team Leader Ham happen to be a sharpshooter who still out-shoots younger agents to this day?

He asks if she knows what she’s implying—that the Blue House head of security is responsible for an assassination attempt on the president—and what kind of waves she’d be making. Her question is scarier: “And if it’s true?”

He balks at the accusation, but then she adds that she interrogated Tae-kyung herself, and doesn’t believe he’d have shot his team leader. She asks about the gunshot wound he treated on Team Leader Ham, and the medical examiner does admit that there was a close-contact burn, which means that he was shot at very close range.

He admits that the chances are fifty-fifty between Team Leader Ham shooting himself in the arm, or Tae-kyung getting close to him in a tussle.

Team Leader Ham takes out his secret bat phone and calls the other half of the EMP team that’s still alive. The assassin reports that they have a loose end with one eyewitness, but Ham says they have an even bigger problem: their target is still alive. Their priority is to find and kill the president. Again.

Bo-won stops at a convenience store and hands Tae-kyung a bottle of soju. He doesn’t look like he’s in the mood for a drink, but she eggs him on to drink it if he wants to hear about his father.

She passes over a hardboiled egg, and he proceeds to down the whole bottle. Ack. I don’t know why she’s making you drink, but it’s cute that she’s impressed.

She heads back to the police station and smiles prettily at the officer at the front desk, and complains that she caught some yo-yo drunk driving on a night like this. And teetering beside her is Tae-kyung. Ha.

She leads him upstairs in handcuffs, and notices him scanning every doorway as they pass by. She asks if it’s a job tic, and he says that a bodyguard’s first duty is to know every way in and out of a building.

He returns to acting drunk as they walk into the main office, and Bo-won drags her sunbae away for a coffee, leaving Tae-kyung slumped over alone at his desk. He searches the drawers for the password as instructed, and looks for the report for his father’s accident.

Bo-won has a hard time keeping the sunbae from his desk, and she’s about to run out of excuses when the other officer comes over with a wanted poster and asks if the guy doesn’t look an awful lot like the drunk driver she just arrested. Uh-oh.

She panics, and now I’m scared she’ll assume she helped the bad guy. Tae-kyung manages to get to the file and starts printing, but the officers are headed straight for him, guns drawn.

They bust into the office, but he’s already gone. They notice an open door and run after him, and Bo-won remembers how carefully Tae-kyung had thought of escape routes on the way in.

Sure enough, he jumps out from behind her after the other officers are gone, again with a hand over her mouth to keep her from screaming. He swears he’s been framed, and finally tells her that the incident tonight was actually a presidential assassination.

He tells her he’s being set up but needs proof before going back, and when she protests, he knocks her out like a ninja. He lays her down gently and apologizes, and grabs the printouts and a police cap and jacket. And then he just saunters out of the building, which is pretty great.

Cha-young arrives a few minutes later to investigate, and asks to speak to Bo-won alone. She knows that Bo-won is lying about the drunk driving, and asks if she knows Tae-kyung. Bo-won asks why she shouldn’t, and refuses to talk unless Cha-young is willing to answer questions of her own.

When Cha-young gets up to leave, Bo-won tells her that Tae-kyung is being framed for the presidential assassination, by someone on the inside. She waits to see how she’ll answer, and when Cha-young plays dumb, Bo-won thinks to herself that she’s lying, which means Tae-kyung was telling the truth.

She then hides out in the back of her sunbae’s car to needle him about changing the police report after Dad’s car accident. She guesses that he needed money for a kid on the way, and threatens to report him if he doesn’t tell her what he did.

He says that the order came down from somewhere high up, and even their captain didn’t know where. He was just told to call it a simple accident and turn over evidence. Men came from another police division (or so they said), and he gave them that white envelope.

He adds that they wanted all the evidence from another case too—a fire that same day of the accident—which he thought was weird.

Tae-kyung walks out undetected in his police uniform, and then picks up a new set of clothes from a donation bin. He burns everything he was wearing before, and reads through his father’s accident report.

Something catches his eye in the evidence pictures, and he stops at a tiny scrap of paper with security codes, just like the one he carries on the job. He wonders what his father is doing with something like that.

Three months ago.

Tae-kyung is on duty as the only Secret Service agent in a train car with the president. He takes out his little code cheat sheet to report his status, and then nods off to sleep while standing.

When he wakes up, he panics to find the train car empty, only to have the president pop out from behind a bookcase. Tae-kyung is prepared to be put on the chopping block for dozing off, but President Lee is kind about how tiring it must be to stand like that all day.

But then he takes out Tae-kyung’s little cheat sheet and starts reading the codes, amazed that there are over sixty of them. He says Tae-kyung dropped it when he fell asleep, and then President Lee chides him for having the scrap of paper when he’s technically supposed to memorize these. Ah, interesting—doesn’t he still use one, to this day?

Tae-kyung sweats bullets (he actually says, “Kill me, sir,” pfft), but then the president chuckles and puts it in his own pocket, joking that it’ll be their little secret.

Back in the present, Tae-kyung looks at the sheet and says with certainty that this is the same exact paper from that night in his own handwriting. So what was his father doing with it?

Tae-kyung realizes that if the president was using codes from three months ago, that changes the meaning of the message passed between the army colonel and President Lee. And it changes the meet location to Cheongju Station.

A flashback to the president’s mysterious plan confirms that he agreed to rendezvous with Tae-kyung’s father at the station, by which time “the file” will have been prepared. The problem is, while Tae-kyung is figuring this out, so is the security team, who gets a call that the president will be headed to Cheongju.

Tae-kyung arrives at the train station to follow up on his lead, only to walk right into a group of Secret Service agents combing the platform. He’s about to turn the other way when one of them taps him on the shoulder and calls him by name. Ack.

Heart in his throat, he turns around to face him. But the other agent greets him warmly, asking what he’s doing here when he’s supposed to be off-duty for his father’s funeral. Ah, this is an agent who came straight here from the Blue House, and Tae-kyung asks haltingly if he hasn’t heard what happened at the villa.

The agent confirms that they haven’t been told the specifics, and were simply ordered to come here and wait for the president’s arrival. He says that a team from the villa is supposed to meet them here, and Tae-kyung looks up to see them headed their way. Crap.

He distracts the agent long enough to slip away, phew, and the two team leaders exchange information quietly that there was an attempt on the president’s life and Han Tae-kyung is the suspect.

Tae-kyung watches the platform from a distance and puts together the puzzle pieces: the Blue House team called here secretly, a team from the villa here to meet them, and one car that left the villa after a meeting that wasn’t on the books… “The president is alive.”

Meanwhile Bo-won goes to the site of the other accident that her sunbae was ordered to cover up. It’s an abandoned cabin in the middle of nowhere, and all he knows is that the two men who died there were government officials high up on the chain.

She walks through the cabin and thinks to herself that there’s only one reason they’d be here—they were preparing something in secret. She pictures the men preparing “Confidential 98” and handing it to Tae-kyung’s father, who walked out with the file in hand and got into his car.

And seconds later the truck pulled up and one man got out to set the cabin on fire while the other drove Dad off the side of the road.

Cha-young returns to base and reports that Tae-kyung escaped wearing a police uniform. She eyes Team Leader Ham warily, and decides that she can use the opportunity to sneak into his office and look for any clues that he might be evil. But a few minutes later, he walks down the hall toward his room…

Tae-kyung waits till the agents scan the platform and determine that the president didn’t get off. They scramble to get on the train, and he follows them on just before the doors close. He thinks back to the coded message from the army colonel and realizes that one of the numbers, 1007, doesn’t have a corresponding code based on the cheat sheet from three months back. A light bulb goes off when he scans the train and sees the seat numbers. He checks the map and it’s there: a seat marked 1007.

Cha-young hears footsteps approaching and thankfully has enough time to hide under the bed before Team Leader Ham enters the room. He calls the assassin, who’s on the same train looking for the president just one car’s length behind Tae-kyung.

Team Leader Ham tells him that he has to be first, before Tae-kyung and before the other Secret Service agents: “Find the president first. And this time, you must kill him.” Cha-young panics, but manages to hold her breath and not make a peep. She waits until he finishes his call and closes the door behind him before crawling out from under the bed, and ohmygod he’s right there, crouching and waiting for her to come out. Shudder. Dude, is this a cameo? Is she dying?

On the train, Tae-kyung gets closer and closer to seat 1007. But so do the agents, and the assassin. A man in a pinstriped suit sits in the seat reading a newspaper, and Tae-kyung approaches.

Tae-kyung (voiceover): “The president is on this train.”

March 5. 11:40 PM.

 
COMMENTS

But wasn’t Mr. President bleeding in the woods? I highly doubt that’s him sitting there in a suit reading the paper. Despite the leap in logic, I’d rather it be him just so that we can get Tae-kyung and the president in a room together, and the show can actually start using its best actor instead of leaving him in a friggin’ coma in the middle of nowhere. I dislike the show’s reliance on flashbacks in general, but I was so happy to get another scene with the two leads in one room that the train car flashback was by far my favorite moment in the episode.

I also love any glimpse of stick-in-the-mud Tae-kyung being so serious about making rookie mistakes, and I like that he has some flaws like his inability to memorize codes. That seems pretty important for his job, but we’ve seen him carry around a cheat sheet even in the present. It’s clear that the president knows how to charm people to get what he wants, but there’s also a believability in his warmth that’s intriguing. I really think the drama is making a mistake in leaving him bleeding in the woods or who knows where offscreen for two whole episodes this early in the show. Can’t we cut away to him just once in the hour?

So far, I like the idea of this show more than the execution. The car chase shenanigans at the top of the hour made me laugh out loud, which I’m sure was not the intent. At least that stupid truck went up in flames, so things are already looking up. The story still lacks tension overall, though the moment-by-moment scenes when we’re with Tae-kyung are improving on the suspense scale. Mostly, when we’re with him scenes tend to be about a thousand times more interesting, which in the converse means the situation room scenes make me nod off at my desk.

I seriously don’t know why the story feels slower than its own clock, but when they mentioned they had three whole days to find the president, I was thinking, That’s a long-ass time. And I shouldn’t be thinking that. It’s not a function of the time itself, but the show’s lack of making that deadline feel like it’s dire. Because right now there’s no meaning behind a time marker that tells me it’s an hour after the incident, because there are no immediate stakes. What happens two hours after the incident? Oh, nothing much? Then why tell me the time? I know it sounds like a minor thing, but I want the show to be better, and I want that ticking clock to put my heart in my throat. As of now, it doesn’t even make me blink.

The show’s saving grace is that I like the hero and he seems to be the only person in this universe who doesn’t have a hole in his brains (excepting that car chase, because that seemed like questionable decision-making). And I really like Bo-won, who also seems smart and dogged in similar ways. It’d be ideal if ALL of the agents could be smart, which would make Tae-kyung outsmarting them a little more impressive, but that seems like a pipedream and I don’t want to get my expectations up for a thing that’s clearly not going to happen. Guess we just have to stick to rooting for Tae-kyung to outsmart people of middling intelligence. Y…ay?

A note about recaps: Due to recapper schedules, timetables, and the general perversity of the universe, Episode 4 will be a little later than usual. Please be patient. If we get angry emails, we’ll send Yoochun to put the ninja sleeper hold on you. Wait… that was meant to sound threatening, not cuddly. I don’t know how to get Yoochun to hug you, so don’t even ask.

 
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Wow! I don’t understand everything clearly in this drama, but I am liking it so far. This ep. had me at the edge of my seat. My heart jumped up to my throat when the bad guy was chasing them (BW and TK), and when he kept bumping into their car. And then my heart went into my stomach when they had the highway chase that led to the truck rolling over. That felt intense to me.

I love suspicious CY, however I am really concerned about her now and about her well-being. I really thought BS had left his office, but he is one smart and cunning villain. I am looking forward to tomorrow’s ep. Speaking of BS, on a side note, I happened to catch “the Return of Superman (or is it Supermen?)” this last Sunday on KBS World, and Jang Hyun Sung was there as a dad. It was so interesting to see him in different roles, as a husband and as a father to two boys. They went on a trip to Japan, and a Japanese lady recognized him from A Wife’s Credentials. He was so happy he ended up hugging her. When his oldest son asked him why he hugged the lady (“she is a stranger”, his son said), JHS replied, “she recognized me from a drama. I am part of the Hallyu Wave.” It was funny and cute how he said it.

I am really liking BW and how she puts things together. I also love her collaboration with TK so far. I can see how he will come to fall in love with her. Both BW and TK are quick on the uptake, they are smart, and they are funny. I hope it stays that way. It is my 1st time seeing PHS acting, and I really like her. She makes acting look easy. This drama is making me confused, and maybe that is the intent. I hope we will get to see soon (maybe tomorrow?) where the president is. Isn’t he supposed to be in the forest near his vacation home (rhetorical question, kind of…)? That is where we saw him last.

TK was funny, drinking soju like it’s water. I wonder if it was really soju (though that bottle cap did make that sound bottles make when being opened the 1st time). I really liked the drunk scene at the police station, and BW stalling her boss. I couldn’t help but laugh when the police finally entered the room. It was just funny, and the actor who plays BW’s boss (he was in I Do, I Do, and in YFAS. I can’t remember his name right now) can be quite dramatic, in a funny way.

I thought the questioning between BW and CY was interesting. That confrontation looked and sounded personal. “I know him well.” “Well, I know him too…” I wonder if they will become romantic rivals. It almost sounded like they were not talking about the case related to the president, but about TK in a possessive and romantic way.

And on a different note, the way the president took that cheat sheet from TK, funny. Man, when you are the president, YOU ARE the president. What you say goes, even when it comes to cheat sheets. Also, I think the way the time and date wered given in this ep. was done in a chronological way, mostly. Those time facts they gave in ep. 1 and 2 were confusing to me, because...

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Sorry, the rest of my sentence didn't show. "Those time facts they gave in ep. 1 and 2 were confusing to me, because they kept going back and forth with the time."

Thank you for the recap!

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Ivoire: As a respect to GF, or any of the recappers for that matter, I think you should read first before commenting. But why am I wasting my time? There's no getting to you.

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i think you guys need to back off. this isn't the first time i have seen people saying this regarding this commenter, and it's your comments that actually piss me off more than hers. so what if she's asking questions. isn't that kind of the whole point of the comment section where you question and discuss. she's free to ask what she wants. stop wasting time focusing on her and do you.

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Um, I don't think there was anything wrong with my comment. I asked her to RESPECT the recappers.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

The same way everyone here should respect each other!

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I agree with aly. Since when have there ever been rules saying you can't ask questions in the comments section? Are you trying to tell me that you prefer brainless comments that go "Weeeeeeeeeeeee what a hot actor I wanna marry the crap out of him"?

Oh wait, I might have posted that somewhere.

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Ivoire, I appreciate your comments and all but its always too long, and i would be sincerely grateful if you could summarize your comments instead of writing a whole novel.
Thanks in advance

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and that goes for you as well. never mind what she's writing. tired of people saying the same shit. focus on yourself rather than what she's doing, thank you very much.

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Um, seriously? If you don't want to read her comment just move on. No one's holding a gun to your heading forcing you to read it. :/

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Huh, hard to dismiss Ivoire's comments when Ivoire is always first and has such a long post no?  Most always have to see Ivoire's comments first before being able to skip past it, so understand others' frustration, it's not like you don't have to see it, it's there and it's obviously quite visible!  Surely the intent.  As is this one.

Well, even Javabeans cautioned Ivoire to read the recaps before posting, and as pointed out before, that is just common courtesy to the recappers, and other commenters.

As one commenter mentioned in another thread, it is not so much the comments and questions, it's the way Ivoire posts.    How can Ivoire be always first to reply if writing such long comments?  As others have said, Ivoire comments are probably pre-written, which means written before the recap was posted and thus unread by the time Ivoire posts.

As that happens so often, one wonders if Ivoire is coming to this site just to post first and not even read what the bloggers are writing.  That, I think is what readers are pointing out as being disrepectful to not only the bloggers but the commenters.  Should commenters prewrite their comments so they can be first?  Then what's the point of having a recap?  Just join a forum then, there are plenty out there for each Kdramas.

Why can't Ivoire read the recap first, then write her lengthy comments and questions with perhaps the added information and insights from the recappers?  Because then Ivoire won't be first to reply.  So if Ivoire does not need or want to read the recap, why is Ivoire posting here??? Just start your own blog then as others have suggested, or join an on-going forum about the drama.  

And it's seeing Ivoire first all the time that is getting annoying to other readers who actually take the time to read what Girlfriday or other recappers have to say before commenting just to be first.

I tend to just skip Ivoire's comments anyway as they are just too long, and sometimes yes, a bit off, but I can understand the frustration of other readers as Ivoire is just always, well, in your face, first, and that can be annoying.

Yes, Ivoire is free to comment, but should not be disrespectful to the recappers, and other commenters who take the time to actually invest some of their time on this site, not off-site pre-writing and then only coming here to post to be first disregarding everyone else.

Javabeans already intervened, and I don't want to get her upset again, sorry if I am JB, but I just wanted to support minhoswife and the others who do agree with her, as most of the time, I don't even bother with the comments section anyway, as yes, it can get annoying.  I, unlike Ivoire, actually like to read the recaps, more than the comments, as they always give me a better understanding of the episodes, and I love the writing of some of the recappers, they can be so entertaining, they make me laugh, think, learn, and that's why I keep coming to this site.  Not because I...

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Not because I want to be first to comment.  But to each their own.

Here ends my lengthy free to comment comment, and yes, I'll just keep scrolling past Ivoire's first comments and keep quiet from now on, as you wish, you don't have to tell me.

PS:  Oh, and if you don't like my post, you can just skip it, noone asked you to read it or see it, right?

And of course, thanks for the recap GF!

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Thanks for the recap.

"I really think the drama is making a mistake in leaving him bleeding in the woods or who knows where offscreen for two whole episodes this early in the show. Can’t we cut away to him just once in the hour?".....Exactly!

More screen time for Mr. President please..

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I LOVE THIS EP!!!!

Here's hoping we get more of our 2men leads together. They have an interesting chemistry.

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Still not watch this ep yet..oh mymy..just read the recap make my heart dugun..dugunn..cant wait to watch it!! there is soo much conspiracy we got there...

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"But wasn’t Mr. President bleeding in the woods? I highly doubt that’s him sitting there in a suit reading the paper. "

That was the biggest irk for me. How the hell does he get from almost dying in the woods with a bullet(?) wound (he was bleeding) to sitting in a train with a nice suit? I didn't get how we got there. But i am holding on in hopes that next episode will clear that up.

See, three days in theory is not actually a long time at all, BUT the shorter the time-frame for a show, the longer it drags. Think about it : every hour of every day will end up making it into the final cut.. Whereas if the time-frame was, say, 1 month or more, we'd get faster-moving scenes and less of the boring conversations. The plot is moving at a decent pace, but..it just doesn't feel fast.

The whole 3 hours and 40 minutes after the attack was perhaps the weakest usage of the clock thus far. Who cares if it was 3 hour and 40 minutes after the attack? You could replace it with 1,2,5 hours and it would still be the same. Otherwise, tell us why it's important that the time of day would impact the plot points.

The car-chase was a big eff you to physics, but this is a k-drama after all and it was somewhat entertaining compared to everything else that happened in the episode so i was somewhat able to let it go.

I'm baggin' on this show because i WANT it to be good, because i think SBS has been giving me good stuff and i want it to be the same with 3 days.

The positives in this episode for me were the likable heroine and, like your favorite scene, the one with president and rookie hero which shed some insight into their past.

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Thanks for the recap~

That car/truck scene is so ridiculously funny, I actually stop at that scene and need some time to get the mood y'know...

Oh, I'm sending a VERY VERY angry emails to you ASAP, along with GPS coordinate to my house. So.... could you give me ETA Yoochun will be arriving at my door? Thanks~

#sawrynotsawry

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Dude... the part where Team Leader Ham is waiting for CY to come out... I knew he was gonna be there but it still scared the hell out of me.

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Also, thanks for the recap girlfriday!

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Just watch it..yeah..really scary like watching horror muvie..

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Man, watch the sub properly. HTK said to himself: another group of guards on vacation was called to pick up the vip as a secret mission after the assassination happened. The guards from the villa came too, ofcoz to find the VIP after the asssassination. Therefore, the pres cant die yet after the gun shot, if he died, the guards from villa would come to look for him in the train station. If he died, who sent the order to the secret team? Ofcoz HTK has to come to check out. I think he didnt know the pres was alive n healthy enuff to make the call after the shot.... so his realization is just sth different from what he thought.

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I know right, that part scared me as well. The way he was just waiting there and looking at her with that creepy smile...
I seriously need to watch Superman Returns after this

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It's creepy alright! but why Superman returns? I'm missing something here but I'm sensing it's suppose to be funny ....

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I feel a little confused about this episode, for instance how did Tae kyung figure out that the president is still alive? I only read the recaps and haven't watched the actual episode yet, but would still appreciate it if some kind soul could explain the logic to me, thanks!

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I don't 100% understand the logic to how tae-kyung came to the realization that the president is alive and on that train either because it just seems like a huge leap of faith, but tbh i think that's not the president on the train (cause that would be too easy and would be hard to explain away), so it might just be a red herring for our hero so they could catch him. Someone knew tae-kyung might show up at the train station, and the whole "meet the president at x location" is really just a way for him to get cornered.
I guess we'll know more in tomorrow's episode.

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actually the agent Tae Kyung met said that their group were there to meet VIP = the president

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I'm not sure but I think Tae Kyung figured out that the President is alive because the Mansion Agents were sent over to Cheongju train station. Why would those Agents who are supposed to protect the President, be sent over to the train station if they are not going to meet or fetch a VIP, such as the President?

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Man, watch the sub properly. HTK said to himself: another group of guards on vacation was called to pick up the vip as a secret mission after the assassination happened. The guards from the villa came too, ofcoz to find the VIP after the asssassination. Therefore, the pres cant die yet after the gun shot, if he died, the guards from villa would come to look for him in the train station. If he died, who sent the order to the secret team? Ofcoz HTK has to come to check out. I think he didnt know the pres was alive n healthy enuff to make the call after the shot…. so his realization is just sth different from what he thought.

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Ok, thanks for the various responses, guess the best way to figure it out is to watch it again!

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To me, an exciting and interesting episode. Again with twists that are surprising.

Agree that I would like to see more of the President with Tae Kyung. Agree also that those scenes with Tae Kyung are the MOST exciting (he's the hero and the main lead and the one being chased for goodness sake of coz his scenes have got to be hooking our viewers right?)

On the other hand.

Many have written here, including in the preivous episodes' comments and including our dearest recappers, stuff complaining llike:
1) how the h*** did this happen?I I thought he/she/it was .....?
2) what the h*** is the time for? All those digital time shown on screen, they were neither informative nor did I feel any urgency with the clock ticking....
3) Why the h*** is Tae Kyung the ONLY smart one amongst the SPs, police, baddies, etc?
4) Who the h*** are the villains and who the heros? Everyone is shady....

I just want to say here that IF we all KNOW the answers to the above NOW, what's the fun in watching and finding out? You may as well go watch a romance or comedy instead. You can find ALL the answers THERE.

Don't get all these "?" at this stage. That is precisely the POINT of this drama. Who did it? Who is good? Who is BAD? Why this happen? Why was the President being shown in one previous scene with wounds while here he is looking mighty fine?

I mean the drama should ask you, those who asked the questions like these above:

WHY are you asking all these questions NOW? (haha)

I rest my case. ^^

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You have a point with (1) and (4) but not (2) and (3). What purpose is it for the useless timestamps and for everyone seeming dumber than Tae Kyung?

The purpose of the timestamps is to build suspense because its approaching a deadline at that point in time, since they don't work now its not going to retroactively work if and when they are explained later. Also, how are they going to explain Tae Kyung being so much smarter than everyone else, are we going to flashback to Team Leader Ham giving everyone else stupid pills?

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@ Adam K

My point is that NOW is still too early to talk about potential red-herrings and the use of time or why everyone else seems stupid compared with the hero. It could be that some of these "stupid" people are PLAYING stupid for some reasons still unrevealed at this stage.

Since we really don't know much (in fact, we don't know any TRUTH at all except that Tae Kyung's dad died and he was involved with something BIG with the President), it's merely too early to be asking WHY on everything and when there is no answer (obviously NOT at this early stage), we start bashing the production team or writer or director or whoever involved.

Give them a chance. Things may not be what they seemed to you now and there could be a very plausible/logical/reasonable answer to all our questions.

That's the fun part, to me anyway.

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I went wtf at the car chase logic in the beginning. but, I loved that ninja move. it was so freaking fast! and that scene with chief crouching down waiting for cha young to come out, shivers!

I really thought I'd find the drama boring, from the story and all, but I'm really getting hooked. I like the pace and tension.

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"Episode 4 will be a little later than usual. Please be patient. If we get angry emails, we’ll send Yoochun to put the ninja sleeper hold on you. "

NOOOOOO!!!! but YES...please send Yoochun to me XDDD

I know, I know that car & truck chasing is unbelievable but yay that killer is dead finally though we are pretty sure their big boss is still alive.
that soju+egg scene is so cute. HTK shy face is so adorable like a shy and innocent boy. CUTE!
I like how he passed out BW, that ninja skill! Squeal!! sowree BW but he has to but she has to know that many of us are willing to replace her :D
The scene that Chief Ham caught up CY still creeping me up till now! Chief Ham noo...please don't kill her! I still want her in the show!
I'm exciting for the next episode and I'm pretty sure Mr.President was not in the train tho...

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wasnt actually going to send those angry emails but your offer is tempting.

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When Cha Young peeked out under the sofa to see Scary Chief staring at her, it was like a reverse of a horror movie. I almost squealed in fright & irrationally was shouting at her to crawl back under the sofa. LOL

Still getting the 24 vibes from this drama though.

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oh that scene was CREEPY. the way he was just crouching there, smirk-smiling at her. he knew exactly where she was (how?! even if you are a super agent).

i don't think they'd kill her off this early, and there's nothing to indicate that so yi-hyun is only making a cameo in this show. or would she join yoochun on the run? well, we'll know in a few hours...

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Yup, I'd be disappointed if they killed her off this early in the drama too.

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I love the heroin BW.. bdw i think the actress dont wear any make up..she looks good...i love her character right now..

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I like how plucky she is too. I was trying to remember where I had seen her before & realised she was the gentle Empress in Dong Yi! She portrayed such a different character there so I am somewhat impressed by the actress' skill.

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Yes, I agree Park Ha-sun is such a versatile actress. I too like her portrayal of Queen In-Hyun in "Dong Yi". She's also adorable in the "High-Kick Roof" (year 3).
And isn't she awesome in "Two Weeks" where she played the role of a mother?

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Total Suspense! Love it. I thought it was funny how snippy Agent Cha got as soon as she was introduced to the Bo-won. Relax lady!

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that scene where that other female agent was caught under the table gave me chills

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Personally if that truck's coming at me I'm going in that field where the truck can't go and I can hide, not getting back in the car, but to each their own,

In addition to the truck flipping being impossible, pretty sure the hug knock out thing is too.

This show has a way of making 3 days feel like forever.

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I love this episode! I had fun watching it..Scenes that I keep repeating :

1- car chasing..to know how come they have survived and knocked that huge truck! but 360 degrees turning car is awesome and thanx that foreign killer is dead though I thought we can hear Chunglish..okay that was random :lol:

2- Soju & egg scene..sweet..just sweet! moar!! moar!!! Arghhh..anything with HTK & BW scenes were good so far^^

3- HTK the Ninja sleeper! How fast that was? daebak!

4- BW & CY convos..How great we have 2 strong women in this drama since I'm too tired seeing how many clumsy/stupid/slow/weak characters in KD..

5- HTK in warehouse coz the way he sits is like a supermodel..erk?

6- Flashback scene between Mr.President & Rookie HTK..his innocent face when he caught up dozing off..how cute..so HTK had a problem to memorize?oh pls more bromance scenes please^^

7- CY's under table creepy scene..OMG!! that was creepy!

Okay, let me finish writing email to u GF, coz just like @kristy says, ur offer is tempting! argh..Yoochun, ur acting is so cool! hats off!

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Same with me XD

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My theory about the president:

He was in his car, not too far from the residence when the EMP detonated. Since this was a big fancy car relying on electronics, the EMP blast caused an accident. His bodyguards were killed and he was left bleeding on the side of the road. That would explain his injury without getting shot.

About CY's situation:

I don't see her getting killed, that would arise too much suspicion on Chief Ham. Especially since the medical examiner knows about her suspicions -expect if he's in on it-. My guess is she will be convinced or blackmailed to join the "dark side", or she will pretend to.

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Me too, in ep 1 there's one white car which fell off the lane when the EMP happened. I'm thinking it's probably the pres and he was hurt due to the accident.

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yeah I was wondering about the part with the unmarked car leaving the mansion too! So the president was behind in the car and left the mansion secretly? but how does it explain that in the chief's flashback to the shooting, he clearly saw the President's face before he sniped him? hahaha I'm sorry if I'm too clueless I really tried looking for the answers!

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OH $H1~ was my reaction when Chief Security peaked under the table..ChaYoung is TaeKyung's ally so I really hope she'd be okay and be able to help TaeKyung along the way.

Loving YoonBoWon *and how I wish I was her* she's quirky and tough and so righteous - BoWon and TaeKyung's chemistry is blending well and if they do have a romantic relation-it'd be sweeee~t

Anyway - I somehow feels like there's a lot of loopholes and instead of giving us answers, there's more question, but maybe because I'm not seeing the subtle hints and I'm with you - the talking in the operation room isn't helping - while TaeKyung parts are more interesting.. I'm waiting for more to be told so that I'd know what is actually going on behind it all ^^;

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No there is physics foundation for the car scenes, it is just that it is rather dangerous, coz u are not sure u will end up dying as well. However, is it pretty much common sense? I thot every driver pretty much know about this?

HTK reversed the car and stopped, acting as a car-size bump on the road, and slightly on the path of a speeding car. When you overspeed drive and there is a huge bump on the road, and only a part of ur front hit it, ur car will end up toppling over it and slipped over. I think this method is 50/50 for normal people. But I am pretty sure guards may be trained more about it.

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I liwek his eo muuch more, I think I will like this drama a lot. for now I will cont watching.

Thanks GF.

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Complain, complain, complain. Now send Yoochun to me.

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I was so ready to send in a complaint email so you would send Yoochun to "put the sleeper ninja hold on me, " so disappointed that you took back your threat.

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I'm still complaining just in case!

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Good I'm not the only one questioning this show's use of that time marker. It's like, they're telling us the time but.....so what?

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I liked that flashback scene with the president and rookie HTK the most^^
it was somehow sweet and warm, they have weird chemistry^^

I also love BW, she is just so cute and adorable^^

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The scene with CY and Leader Ham was very creepy.....BUT.....*AN IMAGINED SPOILER AHEAD*....I am totally sure that might be CY already in Leader Ham's assassination plan....as I don't think its a cameo scene...
As you know...in suspense thrillers, not every actress get to be the good-side-heroine.
Extremely Sorry if anyone considers that as a spoiler....just my personal thought as seen in many other Bollywood movies.

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I'm sorry guys i think there's somthing wrong with my comp! Sry!

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I think BW & TK is more of a collab. pair than romance pair because Kim Eun Hee's dramas hardly include romance but I'll keep watching to see if their collaboration turns into romance :)

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I agree, the train scene was my favorite part oin the whole episode!

And lol maybe it was just me, but that security guy that talked to TK was so hot lol

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u mean the security guy at the train station?Is he the same person in I Miss you - Jin Hyuk, his detective buddy? looks like him

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Thank GF!

I admit to having difficulty with this show. I watch for for a bit and then get the fidgets to switch to something else because my attention isn't grabbed. And you are right, only certain scenes are interesting to me where we see the leads and come of the story moves forward. I don't mind not knowing all the answers, but I think there may be too many unanswered threads and that is becoming distracting.

Show, make me like you...please.

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Thanks GF for the recap,

Strange but your feelings about the show matched mine so completely. Going back to episode one I thought isn't a car built to be faster than a truck? I repeated the question this episode as well.

The we have the three top security guys played by actors who are almost always the bad guy. Chief Han the moment I saw him I thought hes the bad guy.

The other thing that bothers me although I can put it aside is can security guys really make these decisions? Isn't their like a Chief of staff some one who is in charge at the Blue House that should be informed of the presidents issue?

To increase the tension the bad guy should feel he at just as much risk of exposure as our hero. That he is also working against the clock.

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I agree with you full heartedly, GF...where the heck is SHJ?? He's the main reason why I'm watching this...enough with the flashbacks and him being MIA!

This episode ticked up on the suspense, but man...the time thing is not working! I suppose it's because I'm subconsciously comparing it to 24's ticking clock...but the continuous flashbacks and timejumps are getting confusing and pointless.

The discussion between CY and the coroner about who shot Ham should have focused more on whether they even tested him for GSR...which would easily prove that he shot himself at close range. I would assume TK would test clean since he obviously did not shoot him (or anyone else then)...but eh, real-life criminalistics aren't in play here, or else the mystery surrounding it all would be quickly solved, no? :P

BW is my fave character on here, and my indifference to TK has shifted, now that he's on his own here. I like their partnership and their quick thinking...although I laughed too during the improbable car chase--because the physics of it was not computing.

Ham is one sneaky bastard for sure though. Him catching CY was skin-crawlingly creepy, but I doubt he'll get rid of her yet.

Tk's dad and the other two govt officials who died obviously were involved in something quite big with the President...enough that their involvement and knowledge of it led to their demise. The mystery surrounding that is more of interest to me, even if I have certain qualms surrounding the execution of the plotline...but it's getting there.

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I liked this episode better than the first two. I actually like the use of flashbacks because this is time-constrained series, where we were dumped into a world without much backstory. The flashbacks provide that backstory. I liked the train car scene the most with Tae-kyung and the president. I do hope the president is on the train in the present because it does seem like a waste of an actor.

Yoochun is really impressive as the lead. I love Tae-kyung with his dogged earnestness and need to do right and fight for justice. I've never watched a drama with Yoochun all the way through mostly because the dramas have never been that interesting. Miss Ripley, Rooftop Prince and I Miss You, were the three that I started to watch but couldn't finish. I will finish this one because the premise is so much better than the other three.

I already like Bo-won and am even warming up to Cha-young so if she dies I'll be disappointed. I also am warming up to the idea of Jang Hyun-sung playing the bad guy AGAIN, but he's just so good at it! I can't hate him even though he's a terrible person (in the drama, not in real life).

Looking forward to episode 4! Thanks for the recap, JB!

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Thanks very much for recap =)

For me.. This ep so tempting, my heart beat fast from the beginning till the end of the ep. I like it mooore than two previous ep! Many scenes that I like ^^ When BW gave drink and egg, TK's face so cute hahah also when they were in police office.. also when rookie TK and president on the train.. and horror scene when CY got caught eerggh so creepy ><
And let's appreciate each other, each of us has different taste and
I can't wait for the next eps next week ^^

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Sorry, something wrong with my phone =)

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Thanks for the recap =)
I like this eps mooore than 2 previous eps! Its tempting, tense, sweet, creepy, that we can see and feel different emotions. The egg scene, ninja scene, police office scene, CY and BW scene (they look like jealous? Cute!) Creepy scene when CY got caught (horror) and train scene made this drama like drama, make me have a lil break since my heart beat fast from the start =))

And.. although everyone have their own thought, expectation, and feel about this drama.. which is unique ^^ Just let us appreciate each other and may be better not to bashing ^^

I can't wait for the next week =)

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can I complain here for episode 4? hahaha it's so good I want it now~!!!
now
now

-I'm complaining so gimme NINJA HOLDER TAEKYUNG!

waiting not so patiently for episode 4's recap~

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Girl, I know that having a hottie beside you renders giggles, but you're in a crisis. Keep. It. Together.

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Girlfriday - your commentary conveyed many of my sentiments about Three Days perfectly.

"So far, I like the idea of this show more than the execution."

"The story still lacks tension overall..."

"I seriously don’t know why the story feels slower than its own clock...It’s not a function of the time itself, but the show’s lack of making that deadline feel like it’s dire. Because right now there’s no meaning behind a time marker that tells me it’s an hour after the incident, because there are no immediate stakes...I know it sounds like a minor thing, but I want the show to be better, and I want that ticking clock to put my heart in my throat. As of now, it doesn’t even make me blink."

"The show’s saving grace is that I like the hero...And I really like Bo-won, who also seems smart and dogged in similar ways."

Two Weeks (aka 2 Weeks) probably spoiled me. It really was a high intensity action drama full of suspense and characters either motivated by guilt, love, family, justice, professional duty, and/or power.

The opening scene and crash sequence involving multiple vehicles (Motorcycle, Sports Car, and Jail Transport Van) in Two Weeks is still awesome to this day. That crash scene felt more dramatic and impactful than the Car and Truck chase sequence here in Episode 3.

Many kdrama fans recommend watching at least the first six (6) episodes of a drama before dropping it. I am trying to hold out and give Three Days a chance. I really want it to get better because I like the characters of Park Yoo-Chun and Park Ha-Sun.

However, for intensity and action packed episodes, so far God's Gift 14 Days has Three Days beat hands.

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Utilization of the timestamp in "24" and "Two Weeks" had a strong effect and imprint on the audience.

Both of these shows exhibited effectively the right way to have the timestamp and its sound become another character or narrator in the drama.

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"Due to recapper schedules, timetables, and the general perversity of the universe, Episode 4 will be a little later than usual. Please be patient. If we get angry emails, we’ll send Yoochun to put the ninja sleeper hold on you. Wait… that was meant to sound threatening, not cuddly. I don’t know how to get Yoochun to hug you, so don’t even ask."

I AM SO ANGRY WAITING FOR THE EP 4 RECAP. SO. SO. ANGRY. SO ANGRY IN FACT THAT I WILL WILLINGLY STAND FIRST IN LINE FOR YOOCHUN'S SLEEPER HOLD. That is all.

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Thumbs up for this drama. Actually this is the first time I've watched such genre drama as 3 Days because of Park Yoochun Oppa. But to my surprise, it was indeed an excellent drama. If you're mind does think slowly, I think you'll have a hard time to get the story right away. But as far as the episodes are getting more intense, and there are lots of revelations as to why these things happen, it became clear somehow. I really love the totally of the drama from the actors, actresses, director, writer and the plot of the drama itself is something more than just what you've wished for.

So far, the pacing was very excellent, I just love how the drama makes you think more and you will be fascinated on what will you discover. This drama hhas 3 days each chapter, a total of 9 days, well, for me the time does not really matter, is it's lower than the clock or what? because all the scenes were very important and it's not directly they can figure out whereabouts of the President. So its important if you want to watch this drama, don't think too slow, watched and listen coz every detail/conservation will lead you to the answer behind the mystery.

The ratings did well also, Congratulations 3 Days team! A very recommended drama :)

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So far ep 3 seems to be picking up in terms of pace as the first two were pretty boring. But I gotta agree that the flashbacks are too many.....and gets confusing at times. Hope the pace improves!

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