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A New Leaf: Episode 8

When a fiancée you don’t remember walks into your life, things are bound to get interesting. I was ready for hilarity, but the sweetness of this episode caught me by surprise. There are complicated feelings all around, as Seok-ju’s fiancée meets a man she no longer knows and Ji-yoon starts to question the nature of her regard for her boss. We take a step back from the deluge of cases and legal complications this week, allowing the spotlight to land on the relationships for a little while. And although the tone is a bit lighter this episode, storm clouds are brewing on the horizon.

 
EPISODE 8 RECAP

The atmosphere at the firm is cautiously optimistic, now that Seok-ju’s gamble has paid off with an acquittal for Jung Hye-ryeong. Calls are coming in from interested reporters and potential clients, hinting that the Cha Yeong Woo law firm may not lose as much business as they thought. CEO Cha says it best, when he tells Seok-ju that although he shouldn’t have taken this case, at least he managed to win.

Enter the monkey wrench, a.k.a. Seok-ju’s mystery fiancée, Yoo Jung-seon. CEO Cha tells Sang-tae to entertain their guest while Seok-ju retreats to the restroom for some hyperventilation. Jung-seon tells Sang-tae that she just returned from a two-month trip to the US and the UK, cluing us in to why it’s taken her half the drama to arrive.

In the restroom, CEO Cha offers all the information he has to Seok-ju, which isn’t much. He heard rumors from Chairman Gwon (Jung-seon’s grandfather) that marriage talks were in the wind, but he didn’t think much of it because the two of them saw each other so seldom. Seok-ju’s first instinct is to tell Jung-seon about his amnesia, but CEO Cha cautions him that this may only make problems.

Outside the courthouse, Ji-yoon runs into Ji-won. They talk about Seok-ju briefly, as Ji-won witnessed a few of his trials years ago when he was a Supreme Court law clerk. As we might expect, Seok-ju stood out even back then. Ji-yoon says that Ji-won seemed pretty sharp himself during Hye-ryeong’s trial. He offers to drop her off at home, which is how he learns that Ji-yoon has moved and they’re no longer neighbors.

Seok-ju meanwhile enters his office, greeting his fiancée awkwardly. She has come about the meeting between the bride and groom’s family, which Seok-ju’s father has rescheduled because of his hospital stay. Seok-ju glances at his desk, and finally realizes what the circled date on his calendar was. Jung-seon proposes dinner with her family first, and Seok-ju replies that there’s something he has to tell her…

Meanwhile, CEO Cha takes a call from the chaebol whose son was murdered and tells him that it’s a good thing that the true murderer can now be brought to justice. An employee asks what is to be done about Seok-ju now that he won his case, and CEO Cha says that they’ll have to find “an alternative.”

At a coffee shop with his newfound fiancée, Seok-ju proceeds to drop the truth bomb. Jung-seon is pretty shaken up to hear that he doesn’t remember when they met, or how he proposed (and I can’t wait to hear that story). However, a call to CEO Cha is enough to convince her of the truth. She requests his presence at dinner anyway, saying that it’s important, and that they’ll figure out what to do about the amnesia later.

In preparation for the family dinner, Seok-ju has yet another study session, this time trying to remember the names and faces of Jung-seon’s relatives. Her two uncles will attend the dinner along with her grandfather. Her mother passed away eight years ago, however, and it doesn’t seem as if her father gets along very well with his in-laws. He lives in the country, spends half the year in the Philippines, and apparently “isn’t very important.”

It’s intriguing, and Seok-ju is intrigued as well. He asks to see a picture of her father, since he’s curious about him, but Jung-seon says that he’ll come to the wedding. It should be interesting to see what kind of family problems Jung-seon is working through, and whether any of them are connected in some way with Pre-Amnesia Seok-ju.

Jung-seon’s grandfather Chairman Gwon greets Seok-ju warmly, and scolds him gently for not letting them know about Seok-ju’s father being in the hospital. As they sit down to chat, Seok-ju learns that his future grandfather-in-law is golf buddies with Chairman Park, the father of the murdered playboy. Seok-ju’s decision to represent Jung Hye-reong created some tension between the two businessmen, but Chairman Gwon defended Seok-ju.

Dinner is a fairly informative affair, for us as much as for Seok-ju. We learn that he helped Chairman Gwon’s company reorganize its financial affairs, helping it past a significant crisis. We also learn that although Jung-seon has ambitions to work “outside the home,” possibly in the family business, her oldest uncle thinks that “the best way to serve her family and her country” is to have babies while she still can. Ugh – I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

Seok-ju defuses some of the tension by saying he’s happy to become a stay-at-home dad to support Jung-seon. The chairman treats it like a joke, but I’m of the opinion that this needs to happen now! Seok-ju puts some food on Jung-seon’s plate and gives her an adorably sweet smile, while she looks at him in consternation, as if to say: Who is this dude and what did he do to Seok-ju?!

Seok-ju prepares to leave, and the family gathers to send him off. Chairman Gwon lets Seok-ju know that he intends to stop by the Cha Yeong Woo Firm later, though he doesn’t say why. Jung-seon then offers to drive him home, but he says that she looks tired and he intends to take a taxi instead.

Meanwhile Ji-yoon, as yet unaware that her favorite boss is now engaged, has made good on her promise to treat Seok-ju to fried chicken. She prepares everything in her apartment, worrying that she ordered the food too soon and it might get cold.

She moves out to the balcony with chicken and beer, waiting for Seok-ju to arrive. The chicken grows cold while she waits, and every time the buzzer rings she jumps up to peer over the railing and see if it’s Seok-ju. He makes it back to the apartment just as it starts to rain, and Ji-yoon gathers up the food and drink and hurries inside.

Jung-seon drove Seok-ju home after all, and they talk about how his amnesia has changed their situation. Meanwhile Ji-yoon comes tearing out of the apartment, only to see Seok-ju in an intense conversation with a woman she doesn’t know. She attempts a Stealth Retreat, but is betrayed by an empty beer can that clatters noisily to the ground. Seok-ju makes the introductions, and explains to Jung-seon that his boss assigned Ji-yoon to him because of his amnesia. Jung-seon prepares to leave, and wishes Seok-ju a good night’s sleep.

Seok-ju reaches his apartment door while Ji-yoon is scrambling to type in her password with hands full of chicken and beer. “I didn’t know I had a fiancée either, so don’t look at me like that,” he says. Ji-yoon can’t get into her apartment and close the door fast enough.

Ji-yoon trudges into her living room with a face like a wet weekend. “I really wanted to celebrate today,” she mopes, and curls up on the couch. Then again, Seok-ju wins trials all the time so he might not attach as much significance to winning this one.

That’s not all that’s bothering Ji-yoon, though: “A fiancée? He had a woman he was going to marry, and he still went around having one-night stands?!” HA! I’d almost forgotten about that, but I’m glad Ji-yoon hasn’t. She recognizes the strangeness for her to be feeling this upset, and it only makes her madder. “Irritating,” she declares to an empty apartment.

In the next apartment over, Seok-ju looks back through his photos. He was planning to marry Jung-seon, and yet he doesn’t have a single picture of her.

Back at her home, Jung-seon finds her grandfather reading a newspaper. They talk about Seok-ju, and Chairman Gwon mentions that he’ll be a very useful son-in-law to have. He can be the company’s legal consultant, and he “has all the inside information on other firms.” That’s a red flag for Jung-seon, who asks what will happen if Seok-ju turns out to be useless to her grandfather. “Don’t you have an eye for people?” he scoffs, but it seems that Seok-ju’s amnesia may be an even bigger problem for the marriage than we originally thought.

Alone in the hall, Jung-seon takes out a well-worn picture of an older man — presumably of her father — before calling Seok-ju. She asks when would be a good time to visit his father in the hospital, but Seok-ju tells her not to bother because he’s getting discharged soon.

Seok-ju says that he’s very curious about their relationship, how they met, when he proposed, and so on. He was worried that it might have been an arranged marriage, but he doesn’t understand why her family would agree to that since he’s “just a lawyer.” Jung-seon laughs that he must not know much about his former life if he can describe himself that way. Seok-ju admits that he doesn’t much like what he’s discovered so far, and Jung-seon wonders whether he’ll also dislike the truth of their past relationship.

In a flashback, we see the first time that Seok-ju’s path crossed that of Jung-seon and the Gwon family. We’re in a courtroom, and Seok-ju is roasting Jung-seon’s uncle for taking out a high-risk loan that, thanks to some unforeseen interference from the labor union, he couldn’t pay back. Now stockholders can’t even sell their shares, and the company is suffering from its management’s incompetence.

After the embarrassing (for Jung-seon’s uncle) trial, Chairman Gwon further scolds his son for his failures and demands that Lawyer Kim Seok-ju be brought on to oversee the process of helping the company recover from its disastrous loan problems.

Another flashback shows Chairman Gwon sitting down with Jung-seon, laying out a line of mug shots for her to choose her husband from. Apparently none of the wealthy heirs of chaebol families will have anything to do with her (possibly because of the absent father we’ve heard so little about), and these are all that’s left. Her grandfather urges her to choose someone smart who can help the family, and admits that his preference is for Seok-ju. It’s certainly not the most romantic of methods to select a husband, nor did Seok-ju have the most romantic first impression, so it’s easy to see why Jung-seon has been so affected by Seok-ju’s recent behavior.

Hurrah! Finally we catch up with KHAN, Seok-ju’s terminally ill dog. The vets worry that Khan’s tumor is growing, and that they may have to operate soon. They sent a text message to Seok-ju, but he hasn’t responded. It’s unlike him, since he always contacted them in the past, even before going away on international business trips.

CEO Cha holds a meeting with his top people to determine which judge they should try to recruit for their firm, out of a lineup of judges soon to leave the courthouse behind. However, CEO Cha expresses an interest in Jeon Ji-won, even though he has expressed no intention of leaving. He’s up for a Supreme Court position down the road, but he has an equally talented classmate who may have the edge because of her gender, which CEO Cha hopes will make Ji-won more amenable to being wooed by his firm.

When Team Leader Kang asks why recruiting Ji-won is so important, CEO Cha says that there’s an extremely important case that may reach the Supreme Court that needs Ji-won in particular. The CEO surprises his advisors when he determines to visit Ji-won in person, after a low-ranking employee who knows the judge offers to set up a meeting.

A woman who works with a local youth center arrives at the Cha Yeong Woo Firm in the hopes that they may represent a boy she looked after. He’s been arrested for murder, and is being investigated while in jail. Ji-yoon enters the conference room, and we find out that she knows the woman from when she also worked with the youth center.

After a short trip to the police station, where it is revealed that the victim is actually the boy’s father, Ji-yoon and the youth center employee visit the scene of the crime. Her friend is glad to see that Ji-yoon is following her dream of becoming a lawyer to defend the helpless, and Ji-yoon says that she’s trying to learn as much as she can, because good intentions are useless without ability.

The sad state of the house makes Ji-yoon fear that her firm won’t take this case. It’s clear that the boy grew up in a bad environment, and it would be risky for the pro bono team to defend him. She says they might have to go with a public defender, but she’ll try her best.

Ji-yoon tries to persuade the lawyers on the pro bono team that the accused boy deserves their help. She’s looked into the circumstances surrounding the case, and it turns out there’s much more to the story. His mother was murdered two years ago, and his father was a suspect. Based on what the neighbors say, it was also a common occurrence for the father to beat his wife, who was mentally ill. When Ji-yoon’s colleagues ask who should take the case, she says firmly and without hesitation: “Lawyer Kim Seok-ju.”

Sang-tae waltzes into Seok-ju’s office, singing a cute made-up ditty about his friend getting married. He congratulates Seok-ju on finding a fiancée with a great background and good looks, and wonders why he seems torn. Sang-tae insinuates slyly that Seok-ju must be upset, since he went home early to his apartment after reuniting with his two-months-absent fiancée.

Before he leaves, Sang-tae asks casually whether Khan has had his surgery yet. The truth FINALLY comes out, and Seok-ju learns that his dog is in the veterinary hospital and in need of treatment. The news, while sad, comes as a relief to Seok-ju, and he envelopes Sang-tae in a bromantic hug. “You are my best friend!” he declares happily.

Sang-tae confers with Seok-ju’s secretary after he’s requested a list of veterinary hospitals. According to her, Seok-ju has grown “forgetful” ever since his accident. Sang-tae looks intrigued, and calls out after his friend. He mentions rumors spreading about Yoorim Group (Chairman Gwon’s company) and potential bankruptcy, and asks if Seok-ju has a plan. Not knowing what he’s talking about, Seok-ju acts unruffled, which can only make our favorite ne’er-do-well more suspicious.

CEO Cha and his second-in-command meet with Jeon Ji-won. The CEO pitches his firm, and lays out the reasons why Ji-won should work there instead of going straight into academia.

Ji-won mentions that not everyone can succeed like Lawyer Kim Seok-ju did, even with the support and resources of such a huge law firm. CEO Cha replies that they’re actually looking for someone to surpass Seok-ju, and he believes that Ji-won can be that man. The bait is set, and we’ll have to wait to see if our handsome fish decides to bite.

Ji-yoon arrives in Seok-ju’s office with the details regarding the pro bono case, saying that he’ll need to make a decision before the end of the day. After she leaves, Seok-ju flips through the document, and the police report catches his eye. He reflects that it seems like an extremely risky case to take.

Chairman Gwon meets with his family about the company, and it seems their legal troubles are coming to a head. They plan to give up on three of their subsidiaries to stave off bankruptcy for now. Chairman Gwon prepares to pay a visit to Kim Seok-ju and CEO Cha. He also asks Jung-seon if it isn’t time to see Seok-ju, reinforcing how their relationship, in his eyes, is just one more lever to prop up the company.

Later that day, Ji-yoon follows up on the pro bono case. Her hopes are dashed, however, when Seok-ju says the case is too risky and that the pro bono team doesn’t have to take every case that comes in. He takes a call from Jung-seon just as Ji-yoon is leaving the office. She chases after him and stops him outside the elevator to ask him to reconsider, but he refuses and the elevator doors slide shut.

CEO Cha explains to his number-two guy why it’s so crucial to recruit Ji-won and not another judge. It all hinges on which candidate is most likely to end up as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. CEO Cha believes it will be PARK YANG-TAE, a Supreme Court Justice who is currently unpopular for his stance on a controversial case, but who may receive some positive press in the future.

Jeon Ji-won was a clerk for him years ago, and the court decisions he wrote were accepted and used by Judge Park without alteration, which apparently cemented Ji-won’s reputation as a rising star. If Judge Park becomes the Chief Justice, and Ji-won comes to work for the Cha Yeong Woo firm and handles every case that goes before the Supreme Court, then their battles are already won.

As CEO Cha reveals his master plan regarding Ji-won, the camera cuts to Seok-ju’s empty office and lingers on his nameplate. The implication is clear: He’s coming for you, Seok-ju!

COMMENTS

I’d say I don’t know where to start, but I absolutely do… PUPPY! Thank heavens Sang-tae saved the day, and Seok-ju is soon to be reunited with Khan.

There was so much to love during this episode. A fiancée entering the picture immediately after Seok-ju’s first meaningful victory was an excellent way to shake things up, and the interactions between Seok-ju and Jung-seon managed to be funny, intriguing, and genuinely touching all at the same time. The dinner scene was especially good, when Seok-ju doesn’t hesitate a second before taking his fiancée’s side against a family that only sees her as a bargaining chip and baby-maker. The blink-and-you-miss-it smile he gives her at one moment was too sweet for words.

But if this show has demonstrated anything, it’s that no decision, no matter how kindly meant, is without consequences. We learned that lesson when Seok-ju finally listened to his conscience and stood up for what he believed was right, only to face pressure from his colleagues, his boss, and his clients. Now Seok-ju is trying to be a good fiancé to Jung-seon, who seems to really need someone in her corner. There’s one problem, however, and she’s sitting alone in her apartment while the fried chicken gets cold.

Seok-ju’s kindness to Jung-seon is forcing Ji-yoon to confront her feelings for Seok-ju, whatever those might be exactly. At the moment she seems to have a mixture of happiness that he’s changing, sympathy for his suffering, determination to learn from him, irritation at seeing him with another woman, and… maybe some other emotions thrown in there for good measure? Nowhere do I see romantic inclination (cross your fingers), but the stage is set for what I hope will be some very satisfying miscommunication in the future.

There’s also the question of Ji-yoon’s more straightforward attraction to the smooth-talking Judge Ji-won. Soon everyone will be together at the Cha Yeong Woo Firm, and I confidently predict shenanigans. Ji-won seems to be gunning for Seok-ju, lusting after his success and reputation for reasons of his own. Ji-yoon thinks he’s fine, but I’m guessing she’ll also side with new-and-improved Seok-ju if it comes down to a grudge match. And what will happen if Jung-seon starts to sense romantic tension between her fiancé and the girl next door? I have to say, I’ve never seen a love triangle (or square?) where the second female lead caught my interest and sympathy every bit as much as the main lead, and I have high expectations for the rest of the show.

I just hope that, even if the numerous court cases remain the main narrative tools that propel the plot forward, the burgeoning relationships stay front and center. Those are what I want to see, and thus far I’m sold. Even the interactions that don’t get much screentime are compelling. Seok-ju and his father together somehow break my heart and warm it at the same time, and Seok-ju rediscovering his bromance with Sang-tae is the best thing ever. This hug? Priceless.

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Yay! I've been waiting for this! Thank you!

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There's nothing sweeter than a gentleman lawyer putting food on your plate and smiles at you gently... without expecting a smile in return. Seok-ju, what a great lover you are. Thank goodness for amnesia!

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HA! never knew I'd love the amnesia plot this much in a kdrama. :D

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I know! It's so amazing :D

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Daebak! Go Amnesia!!!

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Even Jung Seon looks surprised! I think JS and SJ never been in lovey dovey before

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There's no doubt that they are not lovey dovey before. Just looking at fiance expression... she is shocked

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Darn! Now i'm tempted to return to watching it. If only, if only...our hero and our heroine aren't the OTP. Heroine's been crushing on cute judge and if cute judge is made to be an asshole ...just so we can get a very unlikely pairing..i will be screaming through the ether.

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Actually its the opposite the judge has been written as a good,honest man in every ep. Smart lawyer rival too.

Only that Ji-yoon had superficial attraction to him as a good looking man she met before she saw the new and improved Seok ju. The judge cant so far compete with the new heroic justice seeker Seok ju in the eyes of a woman whose family could have used a lawyer like the new Seok ju. Hero worship is involved.

Im worried more Ceo Cha will corrupt the judge to become a cold shark to replace the old Seok ju....

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I think you and Carole are on the same page. Your Im worried more Ceo Cha will corrupt the judge to become a cold shark seems to be the same concern she has about if cute judge is made to be an asshole-- he isn't yet, but there seem to be hints that it might go that way.

I'm with Carole that I'm not too enthused about the possibility of a loveline between Seok Ju and Ji Yoon. I would prefer if their relationship developed as one of mutual mentor-mentee/sunbae-hoobae respect. I'm going to trust the show to walk a good line in this. *fingers crossed*

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I dont mind Seok Ju and Ji-Yoon anymore as OTP because they fit better after the new smiley, better version of Seok Ju. They are an odd couple but i can see their chemistry, opposites attract kind of thing. Although i like and feel for the fiancee who is looking like she might fall for real for the new Seok Ju.

I dont agree with Carole on one thing in that Ji-Woon might become a jerk because of he might looking to take Seok place as the famous coldhearted lawyer. He is not becoming worse because he is a romantic rival.

So far he has never had a real romantic thing with Ji-Yoon. She has always been more around Seok Ju.

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Okay, I get what you're saying. I think that if Ji Won becomes a jerk, from the internal logic of the drama's world it of course wouldn't be because he's a romantic rival, his motivation would probably be career related in some way. But looking at it as an audience (or from the point of view of the writer) such a change could be seen/used as a convenient device to make him less of a romantic prospect in comparison to Seok Ju.

So far he has never had a real romantic thing with Ji-Yoon. She has always been more around Seok Ju.

True, but being around someone more doesn't equate to romance. Ji Yoon has been shown as feeling attracted to and interested in Ji Won, which is more along the lines of romance than her relationship with Seok Ju at this point. But so far neither Seok Ju nor Ji Won has had a real romantic thing with Ji Yoon, honestly, so it could go either way.

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"Jeon Ji-won was a clerk for him years ago, and the court decisions he wrote were accepted and used by Judge Park without alteration, which apparently cemented Ji-won’s reputation as a rising star. If Judge Park becomes the Chief Justice, and Ji-won comes to work for the Cha Yeong Woo firm and handles every case that goes before the Supreme Court, then their battles are already won."

This last scene of the episode had a bit more meat:

- The CHA firm currently has matters that are percolating to go all the way to the Supreme Court and so to Judge Park. Knowing that Judge Park will eventually rule on it, the lower courts will simply swallow arguments by Jeon Ji Won. This is how the South Korean judiciary operates. -

An acquaintance in Korea texted me that this last scene set the legal community in South Korea abuzz last weekend and was the only thing any attorney who's who was talking about.

By now, cops working for criminal enterprises and prosecutors in the pocket of the wealthy and powerful of South Korea are drama staples and probably overdone. Even Angel Eyes is using it for its melo effects.

But very little has been said in dramas about the Supreme Court and its judges. If Kim Myung Min's track record is any guidance, A New Leaf will do to the Korean judiciary what his past dramas did to medical profession or orchestras or drama production companies.

Really looking forward to it.

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I love to hear when TV affects the real world, whatever country. Thanks for letting us know.

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Now that the subject has come up, in all of the hundreds of k-dramas and movies I have seen, I cannot recall a single one that really dealt with the judiciary. At best they were portrayed as almost faceless entities, at worst they were presented as corrupt faceless entities.

On the same subject, one of the themes in You're All Surrounded is making the police independent from prosecutors, like it is in most countries. I was unable to find any real info about that on the internet, I suspect that anything pertinent will be in Korean.

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Aesthetics of the final scene is daebak. (The camera pans and slides through KSJ nameplate) It just cuts through. Its impact is really strong. The episode ended and I was thoroughly disturbed. Disturbed dark. Daebak! I mean the feeling lingers until now. Ha, what a cliffhanger with no actors involved.

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Thanks, this is really interesting.

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Thanks! 'Twas an excellent episode and it seems like things can only get more interesting from here.
I wonder how often chicken and beer will become a drama land meal I'm this post You who came from the stars world.

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This is a great recap, amazingly well written, and I agree with each and every point of yours.Call me sadistic, but I actually lookedd forward to more confusion with his fiancee . Also, that hug and his smushed cheek Hahahaha. Hilarious. What I really dont understand is- what does Ceo cha gain from getting someone better that Seik ju into the firm??
Thanks Purplecow ♥

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Gain? of course he gets a new shark top lawyer to replace KSJ. he has lost his superstar lawyer that is so great billion dollar companies hires the firm only for his sake. Chaebol families gives him their daughters like he is a prince. kim seok ju new better morals took away big part of the firms fame. He is leaving.

I doubt Cha thinks Ji-won is as great as Seok ju but he can use him for political cases for his connection to the new supreme judge.

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It never occurred to me before, but maybe you're right! CYW knows that Ji-won is not as good as Seok-ju, but knows just how much influence Ji-won holds in the Supreme Court. He can greatly use him indeed!!!

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Plus he needs a new young lawyer with potential to groom like he did with Seok Ju.

Seok Ju dont even listen to him anymore while earlier he was really a younger copy of Cha in personality, coldhearted lawyer that had the same views on politics, do anything to work for their rich corrupt clients.

It was telling in this ep Cha wanted Seok Ju to not tell the amnesia truth to his fiancee but he didnt even listen to him for a second while before he looked at Cha like he listened to every order like a good soldier.

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Yes, Cha Young-woo knew that his grip towards Seok-ju has loosened up. He has Sj's conscience to battle with. At the same time, Cha knew the harm in telling the truth to the fianceé. See what happened now? Yoo now knows that Kim has amnesia and knows nothing regarding companies and trade secrets. Whatever bullet Yoo's grandpa has planned, it will not only destroy SJ, but CYW firm as well.

Cha wants to get rid of Kim before anything happens. Kim is not necessarily useless. He just poses no threat externally. Cha needs a strong man, and being threat-less seems weak to him.

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Read the response from Lord Byron and others.

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Daebak comment from Lord Byron! Such an impact made to the Korean Legal Community. Thank you so much Lord Byron for providing such factual information. They're now affected by a fictional work 'A New Leaf' how priceless is that! :-)

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Thank you so much for the recap. This show keeps getting better and better with each episode.

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I think this was the best episode yet (and we finally found the dog).

It seems to me that Yoo Jung-seon is not all that happy about her situation, and I think that when we find out why they decided to get married a lot more will come out. I suspect that in part at least that she is being cheated by her "loving" family. I strongly suspect that the whole situation with her "shut up and make babies" family will lead to some very interesting scenes soon.

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Is it weird that I'm so fixated at how the dog is doing? I'm seriously hoping he pulls through!

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I'm fixated too. If the dog dies, I quit!

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at the very end:
CEO Cha: "Now do you see why we need to recruit Jeon Ji-won?"
Me: "Uh, nope."

When they do their lawyer/politics talk I hear the words but it makes no sense to me. I don't know who to blame, the subtitles, or the writer or myself...
Thanks for the recap, it made some things a bit clearer!

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Kim Seok Joo continues his hilarious transformation as a new lawyer. When he's all lovey dovey with Jung Seon, even wants to take paternity leave, I couldn't help but smile all the time....

So Ji Won the genius judge will be recruited to Cha Law Firm? It will makes interesting conflict with Seok Joo. I think it's only CYW way to cast aside Seok Joo since he can't find SJ useful again. So he needs new brilliant lawyer like Ji Won.

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This one has been an awesome episode. It covered many scenes but didn't feel rushed at all. The pace of the drama is quite poignant and still there is a sense of immediacy and each episode finishes what it started with well without leaving us viewers high and dry. Great narration, great direction and great acting.
Finally Khan! <3

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BROMANCE!!!

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Seoksang Couple lol not bad

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Khan is a cute dog. More screentime for Khan next episode hopefully.

This show is smart and I like that.

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I want the Thoven screentime seriously.

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I love to see Ji Yoon and Seok joo together.but he's refusing to take the boys murder case as Ji yoon ask him.,might change their relationship in the next ep.plus he got a fiancee now.
I hope Ji Yoon could turn to another hero*Ji Won* for the time being.maybe he can solve the murder case.and Jy might get more close with him and make Seok joo jealous!he..he.. ;-)

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I want the jealousy arc to come out ASAP!

1. Ji-yoon ALREADY got jealous of Seok-joo and Jung-sun. Check! (She realizes the feelings and found it annoying) She pulled out the One Night Stand Card. And still holds on that she had an intimate moment with Kim Seok-ju. "I'm just an intern you know! How lucky I am to spend a night with the Kim Seok-ju, the greatest lawyer of Daehanminguk!"

2. Pending: Seok-joo must get jealous of Ji-yoon and Ji-won. I'm waiting that he finds having a fiancee a sad reality, and he has hopes to get out of it. And the feeling just grows and grows! (I'm reminded of Jo Gook in City Hall)

Ship this couple hard! Seok-joo Ji-yoon fighting!

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Check! :-D

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1. I'm glad particularly when Ji-yoon approached Ji-won. This time it's more on Ji-won being impresed with Ji-yoon, especially she's part (the right hand yeah) of Seok-joo's high team.

2. The two talk about Seok-ju briefly. It is apparent that Judge Jeon is thoroughly and consistently impressed with Seok-ju. It couldn't be hidden the way he talks about Seok-ju in front of Ji-yoon. Unknown to both of them, Ji-won is actually building up Kim Seok-ju to Ji-yoon. How adorable.

3. Ji-yoon has moved. There's a possibility that she will return to her neighborhood, once Cha pulls out all financial support from Seok-ju. Ji-yoon is only there for Seok-ju. Maybe Seok-ju will live near her, or maybe Fianceé Jung-sun will provide for him. Dang!

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God i hope you are wrong about fiancee comparison to City Hall. Because even though Seok Ju might go to Ji-Yoon later i like it very much seeing how cute, good he is to his fiancee. He is nice to her naturally even though he suspects its an arranged marriege because of her family.

I also like how moved she is by the new, better version of Seok Ju. She must have disliked the cold version of him.

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Haha! Yeah, me shippin SJ with Ji-yoon. Hihi. Tho being with fianceé is not bad either bcuz I see his naturally sweetypie side with Yoo, I am with the Intern Romance Ship so I remind myself of City Hall. ♥ i'm in the minority lol but that's fine. :) I enjoy this drama so much bcuz I learn a lot and my critical mind's at work.

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Gathering thoughts! This drama stimulates my mind to think. Lol, this drama is a smart drama; legal AND smart. I've watched other courtroom dramas, but this one teaches me to read between the lines.

Cha wants to find an "alternative". Apparently he is the epitome of corruption, though not intentional. CYW firm got its prestige from people/companies who have money. It can be through a form of manipulation or just MONEY!!! Yeah!

It explains why Seok-joo is a civil lawyer (not a criminal lawyer) because he defends the stocks, the partnerships-- basically human rights. Only coming from large people of large groups.

Seok-ju turned out to be COLD not because it's his nature... DUH?! Who else saw how puppy-eyed and naive he was in front of his father?? That's his TRUE character that cannot be shaken. But because of the pressure Cha Young-woo puts on him... BY FULLY HAVING THE DEPENDENCE of the law firm on Seok-ju's hands, there he was.

It's not a secret information... even Jeon Ji-won knew that Cha Young-woo firm... and Kim Seok-ju takes cases that "Shake the foundation of politics and economy of the country"... which means it can form INFLUENCE and PUBLIC OPINION.

And now Ji-yoon wants "LAWYER KIM SEOK-JU" to take a pro bono case that apparently is NOT
1. A civil case. It's a criminal case;
2. Shaking the foundation of politics and economy. It's just Lee Ji-yoon who wants him to take the case.

This is interesting really.

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I don't think he should take the criminal case, the young man seemed to have a dark side in one quick scene I saw. I ship Kim Seok-Ju love the character no matter who he ends up with, just let him make up with his father, and save his dog..LOL thanks for the recaps off to watch episode 9

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What is the breed of khan?

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Why does president cha want jeong ji won i know that he is promising and is going to be a supreme judge but what are the benefits?? And the part where they showed ksj name tag is president cha thinking of replacing him?? But even if he bring ji won in they can both work in the same firm rite?

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