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A New Leaf: Episode 7

The transformation process continues as Seok-ju deviates more and more from his previous ego. But change is for the better: We see Seok-ju applying his master lawyer skills for the people who need it the most. It’s a praiseworthy accomplishment, but one accomplishment leads to more headaches and mysteries of the self. There’s no break from figuring out yourself if you’ve lost your memory, I guess.

 
EPISODE 7 RECAP

Walking back from visiting Hye-ryeong, Ji-yoon asks Seok-ju why he decided to take the case. He says that he felt that he needed to and that he wants to reveal the truth. Look at that, our new Seok-ju has a conscience.

Ji-yoon smiles at his reply and happily takes Seok-ju’s orders to look into all the evidence. They both seem pretty content with the decision.

At the firm, Seok-ju hands his Warrant of Attorney to his secretary and tells her to file it as a pro bono case. Seok-ju goes into his office, and Sang-tae takes a look at the warrant. He’s noticeably shocked by the listed client – Jung Hye-ryeong.

Sang-tae barges into Seok-ju’s office to refer him to a psychologist. He says that if Seok-ju feels guilty, he should cope by getting counseling, not by taking Hye-ryeong’s case. Then he asks Seok-ju, “Who are you? Are you really Kim Seok-ju?”

Seok-ju’s façade wavers at the question, but he’s interrupted by his secretary, who says Yeong-woo would like to see him.

Naturally, Yeong-woo has been notified of Seok-ju’s intervention in Hye-ryeong’s case. He tries to convince Seok-ju out of the pro bono case and gives him documents of other lawyers at the firm who specialize in criminal cases.

Yeong-woo even gives his own recommendation for a lawyer who made national news in proving his client innocent. But this lawyer will only take the case if the client is surely innocent. Still, Seok-ju concludes that it would be better for him to take the case. He doesn’t give Yeong-woo a reason, so Yeong-woo decides to take some time to contemplate what would be best.

Seok-ju and Ji-yoon head to the nightclub, where Park Dong-hyun’s pregnant ex worked as a hostess. Inside, the hostess who accompanied Seok-ju and Dong-hyun previously recognizes Seok-ju and invites them into a room.

When asked about Young-ah’s (the pregnant hostess) relationship with Dong-hyun, the hostess says that it should have been an honor, given that he was a chaebol. Ji-yoon questions her response, asking why anyone would be honored to be associated with such a belligerent man.

The hostess says that there are plenty of rich and hostile men who frequent the nightclub, but Dong-hyun was not just another rich guy, he was a chaebol. So if you’re getting treated equally bad, it’s better to associate with the richer guy. Ick. Seok-ju leaves his contact information and asks the hostess to contact him if she gets in touch with Young-ah.

At the prosecutor’s office, our double-crossing prosecutor finds out that Seok-ju is the new lawyer representing Hye-ryeong. He runs into Prosecutor Lee Sun-hee and tells her of this nonsense. Like everyone else, she’s surprised that of all people, Seok-ju’s the one to represent her.

Back at the firm, Seok-ju and Ji-yoon look over the evidence files. He tells her to look into the DNA reports again and check the identity of the delivery guy caught on camera.

On his way to court, Seok-ju is stopped by Sun-hee, who asks why and how he’s representing Hye-ryeong. Does his firm approve? Seok-ju simply states that he’ll do his best and heads on his way.

In court, the prosecutor approaches Hye-ryeong and makes snide remarks on her new lawyer. Hak-tae (who served the deceased Park Dong-hyun) sits down in the audience and looks wide-eyed when he notices Seok-ju.

Once the court is in session, the prosecutor first questions Seok-ju’s qualifications in representing Hye-ryeong. He previously represented Park Dong-hyun against her, and he is not allowed to represent both parties. The judge says that such a regulation is put in place to protect the defendant and asks Hye-ryeong if she feels that Seok-ju will be acceptable as her lawyer.

The prosecutor and Hak-tae look smug while Ji-yoon and Sun-hee look hopeful. And after a long pause, Hye-ryeong says, “I believe that Kim Seok-ju will do his best in defending me.”

Seok-ju stands up to plead innocence, and with that, court is in full session. He denies all the evidence with exception to a few, including Kim Hak-tae’s statement. He also denies the prosecutor’s account, saying that the prosecutor induced a confession from Hye-ryeong under the charge of manslaughter, which was later changed to murder.

During a break in the trial, Seok-ju and Ji-yoon sit down with Hye-ryeong to discuss what actually happened. Flashback to the day of the crime. Hye-ryeong returned to Dong-hyun’s house to collect the last few things she left there. On her way out, she sees Dong-hyun and tries to sneak out, but he grabs her. After a struggle, she escapes his grip and Dong-hyun falls to the ground with Hye-ryeong’s scarf in his hand. He’s still conscious after the fall, meaning someone else committed the crime.

On the way out of the building, reporters surround Seok-ju with questions about his stance. Does he really believe that Hye-ryeong is innocent? Seok-ju says that he believes her innocence, but when he’s asked about her innocence in the previous trial with Dong-hyun, Seok-ju has nothing to say.

Before getting in his car, Seok-ju is approached by Hak-tae, who finds his actions outrageous. How could he represent the woman who killed his former client? Seok-ju says Dong-hyun’s death cannot be reversed, but Hye-ryeong is alive. He’s going to find the real truth because the living deserve to fight for it.

Ji-yoon listens to this from inside the car and smiles. After a curt goodbye, Seok-ju gets in the car, where Ji-yoon tells him that she thinks he won the argument. He tells her that a lawyer has to win in court, not in a mere argument, and they drive away as Hak-tae curses at Seok-ju.

Chaebol client Park Ki-chul (Dong-hyun’s father) calls Yeong-woo to his office, naturally upset over Seok-ju’s actions. He yells at Yeong-woo for allowing this to happen, but Yeong-woo doesn’t have control over this situation. According to his firm’s contract, he cannot stop Seok-ju from taking this case, but he promises to take care of the situation as quietly as possible.

But Ki-chul isn’t satisfied with Yeong-woo and decides to end all the current company proceedings with Cha Yeong-woo Law Firm. He tells Hak-tae not to entrust new cases with the firm until the current situation gets resolved. The effect is immediate, as we see both Sang-tae and Team Leader Kang receive calls to cancel cases.

Meanwhile, Seok-ju goes back to the scene of the crime to investigate the evidence. He talks to the man with the voice recording on his phone and tells Ji-yoon to shout from inside Dong-hyun’s house on the other side. He can barely hear Ji-yoon’s shouting and asks the man to send him the recording.

Outside the apartment complex, Ji-yoon checks the surveillance cameras and the exact times. One of the cameras is broken, and the security team has yet to fix it. As they finish up the investigation, Seok-ju gets a text from the nightclub hostess with Young-ah’s new contact information.

When Seok-ju arrives at the firm, Team Leader Kang accuses him of causing this big blow to the firm. It’s not only Seok-ju’s cases; everyone else’s cases are being cancelled. Yeong-woo comes from behind just as Sang-tae receives another cancellation call and asks Seok-ju if he must continue with Hye-ryeong’s case. Seok-ju apologizes and says that everything should be fine once he leaves.

Yeong-woo sits down with an employee to discuss how they’re going to deal with this mess. He orders a consistent, organized message to be sent out for all the inquiries and also mentions the processing of Seok-ju’s resignation, which can be timed to their favor.

And as an extra security measure, he orders the employee to collect any sensitive files and information on Sung-hwa Group, Ki-chul’s company. They never know if and when that’ll come in handy.

Sang-tae comes into Seok-ju’s office and tries to convince him out of the case. Seok-ju tells him that if you can’t live doing what you think is right, there’s no purpose to what we do in life. Sang-tae responds with frustration but seems intrigued when Seok-ju mentions that the assistant Hak-tae purposefully ignored a key suspect in the case. Why?

He probably has something to hide and knows that it isn’t worth going to great lengths to uncover the real suspect. With a company as large and rich as Sung-hwa Group, they could have easily handled the suspect with bribery. Same goes for the lawyers: they don’t have access to Seok-ju’s insider evidence from Hak-tae, proving innocence looks doubtful, so they could have easily been bribed to work as puppets.

Even though he wants to kill him, Sang-tae concludes that he should support his friend, and given how far they’ve gotten, they should win. But before he leaves, Seok-ju tells Sang-tae to stand still as he tries to reenact a situation. They end up in an awkward back hug, and Sang-tae asks Seok-ju if he’s lonely these days. Seok-ju immediately lets go of Sang-tae as Ji-yoon holds back a laugh.

At Seok-ju’s house, Ji-yoon finishes up the timeline from the surveillance cameras, and they listen to the voice recording. The time where they hear Hye-ryeong’s voice in the recording matches the time on the surveillance footage. But Seok-ju knows that this doesn’t prove Hye-ryeong is the murderer.

Back to the timeline, Ji-yoon explains that according to the surveillance camera time, Hye-ryeong got from point A to point B in two minutes. But Ji-yoon ran the course, and it takes at least four minutes to go that distance. Something is wrong with the surveillance time.

Seok-ju gets a call from Young-ah, the former hostess at the nightclub, and they meet. At the café, Seok-ju asks about her abortion, and she says that she received a large compensation. She wasn’t sure if the baby was Park Dong-hyun’s or her boyfriend’s, but she went through with the abortion because she was thinking about it anyway.

Young-ah says that although she did receive a large amount, it ultimately didn’t end up in her favor. Her body needed to recover, and she couldn’t return to work. She also comments on how chaebols don’t like spending their money, but these chaebols were naïve enough to give her that much money without even knowing if she was pregnant with Park Dong-hyun’s child.

Seok-ju asks Young-ah if she’s talked to her boyfriend recently, and she worriedly says that he’s been out of contact for about a week. The information seems compelling enough, since Seok-ju asks Young-ah to say everything in court and testify against her boyfriend.

Upset that he would request such a thing, she angrily refuses and gets up to leave, but Seok-ju pulls out a recording of the whole conversation. He says the recording is legal and that she’ll be legally mandated to appear in court.

Ji-yoon looks frustrated with Seok-ju’s actions and rebukes him for completely disregarding Young-ah’s trust and emotions. Seok-ju reminds himself that she’s an intern and says that everything he did was legal.

But Ji-yoon stubbornly argues that legalities aren’t the problem; human emotions are the issue at hand. Disappointed, she reminds herself that he always used to be this way.

In court, we see that Ji-won is now part of the judiciary panel, and as always, Ji-yoon smiles at his presence. The prosecutor cross-examines Hye-ryeong under the impression that she did kill Park Dong-hyun, but she denies all his claims. When Seok-ju takes the floor to examine her he explains that Hye-ryeong was grabbed by force.

Through a nifty demonstration with ink, Seok-ju and Ji-yoon show that the scratches on Hye-ryeong’s right arm would come naturally from someone grabbing her from behind. The DNA found on Hye-ryeong’s right arm matched the DNA found in Dong-hyun’s right hand and only his right hand.

Seok-ju goes on to cross-examine Hak-tae about the delivery guy, former hostess Seo Young-ah’s boyfriend Yoon Tae-young. Hak-tae admits to paying Young-ah and accompanying her to the abortion clinic. He says that the money was compensation for the work she would miss while she recovered. He also admits that the delivery guy Tae-young came to him asking for more money.

Seok-ju delves deeper into Hak-tae’s motives, first confirming that he was in charge of maintaining Dong-hyun’s private life. If anything went wrong and Dong-hyun’s child was born, what would happen to his position in the company? Hak-tae hesitates but responds that he would have been dismissed, since he did not fulfill his duty. There’s his motive: his position.

Hak-tae insists that he didn’t recognize Yoon Tae-young from the surveillance footage, but it’s no use. Tae-young is already their new prime suspect. There’s already evidence that he started working in delivery a month ago but only started to deliver to Dong-hyun’s area four days prior to the incident. And now, he’s missing.

The judges demand the prosecution to find their witness, Yoon Tae-young, and summon him to court. Seok-ju wraps up the day with an approval for his witness Young-ah, though we don’t know if she’ll actually show up.

On their walk out of the courthouse, Ji-yoon compliments Ji-won’s sharpness in court and asks Seok-ju about Young-ah. What if she disappears? But Seok-ju’s a pro, and he’s already got people tracking her.

Good thing, because she’s meeting with Hak-tae, and it’s caught on camera. Seok-ju is notified, and he calls Hak-tae, warning him that the prosecutor’s witness meeting with the defendant’s witness can cause misunderstandings. Hak-tae scans his surroundings and assures Seok-ju that he was simply addressing Young-ah’s concerns about her boyfriend.

Seok-ju and Ji-yoon are back at Dong-hyun’s house to investigate further. Ji-yoon accidentally turns on the TV while sitting in an armchair, and it sparks something in Seok-ju’s head. He tells Ji-yoon to go the next room and turns on the TV with the highest volume.

Ji-yoon can hear the TV from the other room, so Seok-ju tells her to look into all the TV programs at the time of the crime. Aha, so the yelling in the recording could have been from the TV.

Seok-ju waits in front of Young-ah’s house to meet with her and asks about her boyfriend, Tae-young. She has yet to hear from him, and Seok-ju catches onto her desperation and concern for her boyfriend’s safety. He advises her to tell the truth before regretting it later in life, and she accusingly asks what he knows.

But Seok-ju knows what it feels like to create a bigger hell to avoid another one. He tells her that testifying is the way to ensuring her safety and leaves her to her thoughts.

Seok-ju visits his father in the hospital again with another fruit basket and lets him sleep as he looks over court documents. When he wakes up, he asks Seok-ju if he isn’t busy and coldly tells him to leave. Seok-ju is still hesitant in approaching his father, but he tells him that he’ll be back tomorrow. Baby steps.

Back in court, Seok-ju shows a clip of Hye-ryeong’s drama that was rebroadcast on TV at the time of the crime. The voice recording that the neighbor caught was Hye-ryeong’s voice from the drama. But that’s not it.

The surveillance cameras were broken and did not record the correct time at which Hye-ryeong left the scene. The surveillance camera time was about eight minutes off real time, and with the camera time reset, we see that it was Yoon Tae-young, not Hye-ryeong, who was at the scene when the drama voice was recorded.

The prosecutor’s witness, Yoon Tae-young, is not in attendance and neither is the defense’s…. But she’s here! Young-ah arrives just in time to testify for the defense. Yeong-woo has entered the courtroom and leaves after watching this scene unfold.

Seok-ju examines Young-ah as the prosecutor and Hak-tae throw him some dirty glances. Young-ah confirms that Hak-tae approached her to go through with an abortion and that her boyfriend, Tae-young, demanded compensation. He never received the promised amount, so he ended up losing all the money he put down on a real estate investment.

Tae-young ended up meeting with Hak-tae again a second time but didn’t give Young-ah any details. But he did tell her that he found where Dong-hyun lives and planned to take matters into his own hands.

With that, the judges decide that the prosecution does not have enough evidence to prove Hye-ryeong guilty. And with a new suspect, they must submit more evidence if they plan to continue with this prosecution. Court is dismissed, and the defense has won.

Hye-ryeong looks at Seok-ju with gratitude and sheds tears of relief. As Seok-ju exits the building, the reporters ask if he knew Hye-ryeong was innocent from the start. He answers yes and briskly walks on his way.

He meets Sun-hee outside, and she congratulates him on his win. She’s curious to why Seok-ju did such a thing but doesn’t question any further since he did the right thing and won. She shakes his hand and congratulates him on becoming human. Seems like a joke, but it’s true.

Next to congratulate him is Ji-yoon. She looks overjoyed and says that she’ll buy chicken later. Then, she runs off to meet with Sun-hee. Seok-ju looks pretty satisfied himself, having won with the real truth behind this whole case.

The elevator at the firm opens, and a mysterious woman enters. We can only see the back of her head, but by now we know that the elevator can only mean trouble.

She enters the firm but doesn’t seem too familiar with it. The lawyers and other employees don’t seem to recognize her either. Yeong-woo and Seok-ju come out of the office and notice her. Yeong-woo seems to recognize her, but Seok-ju just walks past, sharing weird looks with her.

Yeong-woo comes from behind and whispers to him that she’s YOO JUNG-SEON (Chae Jung-ahn), one of their client’s granddaughters but more importantly, his fiancée. Wait, what?! Cold-hearted lawyer machine had a fiancée?

She congratulates him on his win, and he thanks her, still visibly unsettled by the situation. He excuses himself to use the bathroom, so Yeong-woo escorts her into the office. Seok-ju turns around one more time to look at his fiancée but can’t seem to shake off the shock.

 
COMMENTS

Hahahaha, I was not prepared for that. But even if I was, I think it still would have been funny, seeing how far Seok-ju has come, only to know that he’s still got a long ways to go in figuring out himself. Winning that case was quite a feat, but Seok-ju has just got obstacle after obstacle. Based on my first impression of them, the couple seems to be engaged on business terms, not because of some chemistry or romance. She spoke to him in a more formal manner, so I’m guessing she doesn’t know too much about Seok-ju in a personal way. It will be interesting to see if that changes, as this new Seok-ju is not like the old Seok-ju she knew.

This new Seok-ju actually stands up for the oppressed, and that was shown so well throughout this episode with Hye-ryeong’s case. I’m glad he won the case for Hye-ryeong but also because that filthy prosecutor makes my blood boil. Everyone knows Seok-ju has the competence and skill to win in almost any case he takes, so it’s quite powerful when he chooses to represent Hye-ryeong pro bono. It’s like he’s trying to make amends and ask forgiveness for his past self, even though he has no recollection of his evils. And he’s doing so in the best way possible: using his skills for good. His apologetic attitude towards everything – the case, his father – is heartbreaking yet so admirable because he’s acting from his gut feeling, also known as your conscience or morality. Seok-ju’s whole identity is turning into some sort of paradox, and it’s so interesting to watch.

Ji-yoon had a pretty big role in this episode, and I think she does have quite an influence on Seok-ju. Her hard work and attention to detail are clear in the episode, and it shows that she is capable and competent. She’s the one who always goes with her gut – not that it’s always the right way to go – and I think it’s helped this new Seok-ju to discover a more human side of himself. Ji-yoon is smart and very in sync with her emotions, but sometimes, I think her emotions take over.

When she argues with Seok-ju that he betrayed Young-ah’s trust and played with her emotions, she did have a point, but she’s also a law firm intern. Are you sure you want to be a lawyer? Because you’ve got to lay down the law, girl, and sometimes that requires thinking of legalities above all else. Maybe she’s just naïve, but I don’t know if compassion is the best way to defend someone in court. You’ve got to lay down the facts and deal with the legalities. But again, as Seok-ju always says, “Right, she’s an intern,” and I’m sure she’ll learn a few things from her realistic and cunning boss.

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Thanks for the recap! Getting more interesting with fiance showing up. Chae Jung-ahn? She looks so different - what happened/

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At first I thought she was wearing a wig...Now I think it is a weave or lots of weaves. Her hair was never poofy before.

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Ahhh so it wasnt just me.. i think it's the lack of sleek hair and bold eyeliner that im used to. It's quite weird to me cos she's a chaebol grandaughter but looks quite casual?

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I think it's one of the characteristics that gets "click" with Seok-joo's personality. Surely, the bubbly-type Lee Ji-yoon is "not his type" and he's quite sure about it. Besides the fact that she is chaebol, maybe her way of life and all its uniqueness made Seok-joo agree to the marriage, not necessarily loving her lol.

Shipping Seok-joo with Ji-yoon hard!

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OTP ♥

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Agree agree

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I think her clothes were probably extremely expensive. I've seen her shoes before: they are $1,000 Valentino pumps. And her top and skirt were both crochet/lace, very delicate.

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fillers if you ask me. her face has looked puffy for a couple of dramas now...

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Never as puffy as KMM's cheeks!

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Lol it's a good thing that KMM looks better in this drama than other dramas I've seen him in. So not quite bad. He looks grrrrreat! The hamster thing? Kyuptaaaaa

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Or she could just be getting older and getting jowls. It happens.

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I agree with your assessment in the past paragraph. Compassion is great, but without the skills and sticking to the legalities, you won't win many cases. One reason our super-lawyer wins is not just because he is good, but because he is also able to spot all the errors that the other side makes.

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The issue is not knowing what is and is not legal in that case, it's betraying the potential witness' trust because she didn't know the whole convo was being recorded by him. And there's no error on anybody's part in this instance.

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Interesting.

The drama explained more than once that, in Republic of Korea, it is legal for a party to a conversation to record it without obtaining consent from the others involved in the same conversation or even disclosing it to them. We can agree or disagree on the merit of such law, but it is legal in that nation.

As for betraying trust, it is elementary that parties at arm's length should know that anything they say may be quoted back to them in an open court, whether secretly recorded or in a sworn testimony. But the overriding point here is that no trust, not even social trust, was formed between the witness and this attorney. And she was not his legal client. So what is there to betray?

As the trial progressed in the drama, I drew particular pleasure from watching the prosecutor in charge fall flat on his face. Judging from his basic errors and omissions, which the defense attorney revealed one by one in the courtroom without a hint of drama, this prosecutor did a hack job in the investigative as well as pre-trial period.

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It's new knowledge for me that it is legal to record it without the consent of the other party... and present it as evidence. Thanks for the info.

Because usually it is wiretapping and illegal. I've been in such case before. I was the victim. I recorded it for me to hear it again at home. But I can't present the "blackmailing" done to me in open court.

Whoaaa hahaha tough man tough!

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Well of course it depends on which country you are in since laws are not the same everywhere.

Where I'm from (not US or Korea) it's legal to record any conversation in which you are a participant in and use it as evidence in court. The other participant/s don't need to be notified before hand. Of course it might not be considered very morally right thing to do but as Seok-ju kind of pointed out - law and ethics are two different things and unfortunately don't always go hand in hand.

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I think the "in which you are a participant in" is the key phrase for recording and using it in court.

I did some Google searching, but it is hard to find out for sure exactly what is legal in either country - it seems to vary a lot by the circumstances. Interestingly, I found that my state is the only one that has this: "..In the state of Arizona, the subscriber to a telephone service can record telephone conversations with no party consent when criminal activity is involved...".

However, in general it *IS* legal to record and use in court any conversation to which you are part of: "..Federal law permits recording telephone calls and in-person conversations with the consent of at least one of the parties. See 18 U.S.C. 2511(2)(d). This is called a "one-party consent" law. Under a one-party consent law, you can record a phone call or conversation so long as you are a party to the conversation. Furthermore, if you are not a party to the conversation, a "one-party consent" law will allow you to record the conversation or phone call so long as your source consents and has full knowledge that the communication will be recorded..."

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Thanks for the recap!! I like this idea: "Maybe she’s just naïve, but I don’t know if compassion is the best way to defend someone in court." She needs to be able to harness that compassion as motivation, but learn how to convert it to actual skills that help people. And guess who can teach her that?

I love KMM, but Kim Sang Joong is killing this role. The writers give him all the good lines, which he delivers perfectly poker faced. I mean, seriously, the last thing I expected him to say after pulling SJ aside at the end is "She is your fiancee."

I love this show.

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Fun episode, but I look forward sometime to seeing a kdrama trial that DOESN'T involve suborning perjury and doctoring evidence.

It's similar to the kdrama insistence that all divorces are caused by terrible, unique traumas, usually involving a child's death or something similar, when in the real world most divorces are just people who can't get along or are worn down emotionally by financial or substance abuse problems.

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Tbh I think Kdramas use the child death causing divorce angle knowingly, they want to impact the viewers as much as possible, I bet they know very well that divorces happen for different reasons as Korea has a very high divorce rate.

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"..Korea has a very high divorce rate.."

And that alone is interesting in comparison to k-dramas. On the one hand you have everyone's mother pushing every daughter and son to get married (no affection required in most cases), and on the other you have the 4th highest divorce rate in the world.

I suspect that those two factors are in fact the same.

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What a lovely episode! All the lawyer stuff was cool and I felt so touched and happy when Seok-ju won ???

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I was clapping all throughout. This KMM has charisma afterall

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Yes! I also loved his role, Maestro Kang in Bad Family. <3

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fiancé? well that's a low blow, here he was thinking he was some top notch lawyer/bachelor, and then SHE came along, well now ain't life a drama. anyway's I appreciate this, I luv the leads acting, its hard to see such talent in Kdrama but when I saw it, I said "Darling I got my eyes on you! cuz u got me hook line and sinker."

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good thing he's just engaged!

oh SJ u got great ladies around ya! u just gotta find the gold in em, not the flaw!

(well ur a lawyer u see the flaws, but in girls, see the gold!)

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According to Wikipedia it says that Seok Ju and his fiancée were just a result of an arranged marriage and both of them don't have feelings for each other, but as Seok Ju starts changing and starts treating her better she starts falling for him and learns the meaning of love.

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That's sad. Perhaps it's because theres not much character buildup for her so far, but I was totally shipping SJ and his intern

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wow this show is good... I am loving it so far.. it is so rare to see a kdrama that doesn't feel like a kdrama... The best part is how the legal aspect of the drama is the main force behind telling the story..(even though sometime I get lost) I know it is legal drama but it is done with a level of respect and intelligence, compare to other ones...

Can't wait for next ep... :)

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how could ur description be soooooo accurate?? you're right! it's like watching a kdrama that doesn't feel like a kdrama. it's a legal TV show, with just-a-bit kdrama feels on it... and it feels quite good! i love this show!

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I love this show so so much :D

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Enough lawyer-intern relationship Seok-joo and Ji-yoon!
You know your chemistry deserves way more than that!

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Jung Sun is not a bit of a threat~~
U see Park Sang Tae and the BACKHUG???

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One case in just one episode?? Now that's Kim Seokjoo!!!

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His face in the end though!!! Alright I ship Seok-joo with Ji-yoon, but SJ looks sooooo cute and sooooo human with Jung-sun! But my ship doesn't change! Pls expose the romance even more! There is hope for this wish. Chebaaaal.

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Solid episode for me.

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Wow how much I love this show

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I think I'm the only one who ships him with Chae Jung Ahn...

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Nope I feel the same way :)

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Hate to say it, but she and Seok-ju look better together. They seem like adults/equals.

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dramallama ~

Thanks for the recap. If there has to be a romance for Seok-ju, ( I'm fine if there isn't one), I'd think it'd be interesting to see him and Sun-hee hit it off.

1) I find Kim Seo-Hyung to be incredibly sexy and wouldn't mind seeing those two kissing.

2) She was a schoolmate and rival to Seok-ju.

It seems as though Yoo Jung Seon was an arranged marriage, so let's arrange for her to be forgotten.

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Totally agree John!
I was saddened when the chebols daughters came into play, because I thought the brewing love triangle would have been Seo-Hyung and Park min young, which is super interesting given both women's differences and similarities (both thought he was a pig, but saw his brilliance and now see him in a new light) Alas, me thinks it is not to be.

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I am hoping for Sun-hee to give Sang-tae a chance.

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My thoughts were similar to yours about Prosecutor Lee Sun-Hee (Kim Seo-Hyung) prior to the introduction of Yoo Jung-Sun (Chae Jung-An) as Kim Seok-Joo's fiancée.

I took note of Kim Seo-Hyung as Prosecutor Lee Sun-Hee in Episode 2. In my opinion, it would have been a much more fascinating drama if the writer broke the mold and paired Kim Seok-Joo with Prosecutor Lee Sun-Hee as the endgame OTP and impetus for the realignment of his moral compass since both are more on par with each other as accomplished/seasoned lawyers professionally instead of intern Lee Ji-Yoon.

Of course it’s rare for writers and networks to present romance, adventure, and excitement existing in life for both men and women well beyond just the early twenties and thirties.

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I liked this ep very much. The case was successfully solved and I was happy. Chemistry between Seok Joo and Ji Yoon is so damn great. Love it

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Muenchabench ~

If there has to be a romance, let it be between Ji-yoon and Jeon Ji-Won . Those two look good together and that seems natural, as I think Seok-ju and Sun-hee would be natural.

Wow, I just looked up their ages, Jin Lee-Han is actually closer to Kim Seo-Hyung in age than Park Min-Young .

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Seok joo and Ji yoon :-D
They are made for each other! :-o
But unfortunately they didn't realise it YET!so now here come the fiancee...for SJ.

A New Leaf Daebak! 2014 best drama :-) love it so much <3

Thanks for the recap dramallama ;-)

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Seokjoo and Jiyoon!!

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Before I started watching this show, the description made me think that Seok-ju would actually have a personality change (as in, become a different person entirely) due to amnesia, but the more I watch I realize that's not true. Interestingly, it seems that post-accident Seok-ju is actually acting in the manner most natural to him, with his true personality. Prior to his amnesia, he was clearly jaded and had lost his compassion. I think it's a very fascinating spin on the amnesia trope.

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Anti cliché. I actually like it that way. Bcuz it's a drastic contrast of the hero and the heroine! OTP forever!

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Yea! Thumbvs up

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Wholeheartedly agree with you. He did not have a personality change. He was not born as a cold-hearted uncaring man. I believe he "lost" his compassion due to his bad relationship with his dad. He rather be someone that is uncaring, cold-hearted man that is a total opposite from his dad who fight for a good cause. His amnesia reset him back to his true self...

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Have we figured out Cha Youngwoo yet? In the first two episodes there were lingering shots of him looking dark/troubled/distracted, suggesting he's hiding something. Since ep 3 he's been all kindness and understanding and patience and seemingly genuine in his concern for Seokju. I can't get a handle on this character. But I love watching him. Those suits fit him perfectly.

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I think CEO Cha is all about what is best for his law firm. If SJ is his ace-lawyer, he is all caring about SJ. But soon as it looks like SJ isn't gonna be the killer-lawyer that he used to be, Cha will drop him like a hot potato, or worse, block SJ's new path towards redemption.

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Cha Young-woo has this objectivity planted inside of him... that everything is business and ONLY business. The reason why he's taking care of all of SJ's expenses... and even Ji-yoon's new home, is so that the firm will be in the perfect condition with SJ around.

Now things are not going well because Seok-joo is already having a heart (tnx to jiyoon), Young-woo stays the same. No wonder Seokjoo turned into a beast inside the law firm, that's partly the pressure of the law firm. Well, wholly if u ask me.

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When I see the scene with his father, which I repeat a lot f times, I think this time Seok-joo will choose between the favor of his father or favor of Cha Young-woo who is his mentor and made him into a shark lawyer. Being a shark lawyer, he is sought-after and had reputation in the heights. But warmth and love can be redeemed when he makes it right with his father. Ahhh Seok-joo!

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totally loving KMM voice every times he says
''kam-cha-ki-ya'' whenever he is surprise
its like; its not his voice but actually is
sorry if its not the right spelling

anyway...i need more bromance between SJ & Sang-tae
they are soo cute~~

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Yeah.. So sexy voice.

I love that pair very much.

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Bromance is hilarious lol

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Hot as heck

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