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Triangle: Episode 14

Triangle may not be the flashiest show to assault your optic stems week to week, but there’s something to be said for the way it keeps building upon itself to become more than we expected, deeper than what we hoped for, and achingly human despite itself. Watching Young-dal forge a path down memory lane only to get to that so-close-yet-so-far point of no return is a treat from beginning to end this hour, even if his magic therapy fairy steps in to help one too many times for my taste. Though I guess that’s what you get with free memory regression sessions that take place in coffee shops.

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EPISODE 14 RECAP

Dong-soo watches intently as Young-dal, in his hypnotic state, recalls the events from that fateful night Dong-soo left his two little brothers. Young-dal cries as he goes deeper and deeper into his memories: “I’m scared…”

Shin-hye offers to stop the session, but Young-dal collects himself enough to continue. The flashback he enters is our first glimpse into what happened after Dong-soo left, since so far we’ve only had Dong-soo’s perspective.

Young-dal speaks of a black car and a man taking his little brother away. As he relives the memories and emotions from that night, he cries out that he was supposed to take care of his dongsaeng… but he couldn’t do as his hyung told him and failed in his duty.

It’s honestly heartbreaking to see young Young-dal sobbing as he chases the car carrying his brother before he sinks to the ground screaming. “I wasn’t even able to protect my little brother,” Young-dal continues in the present, guilt washing over him in waves of grief.

“I’m sorry, I did wrong,” Young-dal apologizes, eyes still shut tight. “I’m so sorry.” Still reliving his thought process as a child, he says aloud how he didn’t know what he would say to his hyung when he returned, because he couldn’t keep his promise. “And I’m so scared,” he repeats.

Dong-soo looks like his own heart is breaking, since the realization that this could be his long lost brother must be hitting him by now, right? He doesn’t seem to understand the process of hypnosis though, since Shin-hye has to explain it to him after bringing Young-dal back to consciousness.

Young-dal looks weary and overwhelmed as Dong-soo asks him if he remembers his brothers’ names or even his own before he became Heo Young-dal. But Young-dal can’t remember, and Shin-hye cuts the interrogation session short to send him home to rest.

Dong-soo later confesses to Shin-hye that Young-dal’s story gave him chills, since it’s so eerily similar to his own past. When asked if he thinks Young-dal could be his brother, Dong-soo admits that the thought had crossed his mind.

But knowing Young-dal as a person and how much he’s suffered, Dong-soo admits that he’d be ashamed to call himself Young-dal’s brother now. Shin-hye remains confident that they can solve this mystery by finding out where Young-dal’s memories took place, and Dong-soo seems intrigued at the idea that a second hypnotherapy session with Young-dal could reveal more details.

Jung-hee pays Young-dal a visit later that night with what she calls a sweet rice drink, but Young-dal calls it gamju, which is just another word for the drink he happens to love. He can’t remember where he ever picked up the term though. (I wonder if he’s remembering more of his past because of his hypnosis?)

And aw, Young-dal tells Jung-hee that he wants her to learn how to make some of Grandma’s favorite recipes… so that she can make them for him. Omo. He’s definitely talking about their future, which makes Jung-hee smile despite her joking warning that he’s being too forward.

He tells Jung-hee all about his hypnotherapy session and what he remembers, and it’s endearing that he feels so free to confide in her. Even though he doubts he’ll ever find his brothers with his spotty memories, Jung-hee remains optimistic and encouraging. I legitimately love this couple.

After considering Chairman Yoon’s order for him to take care of Dong-soo once and for all, Chairman Go dismisses the services of an assassin in favor of using his top minion, SOO-CHANG, to get rid of Dong-soo without killing him.

At least Chairman Go has enough sense to know that if Dong-soo turned up dead, he’d be the first name on the suspect list. But as for what he plans to do instead, only he knows.

Detective Gook stops by Boss Yang’s office to find him playing Go-Stop with Madame Jang and her minion, only he’s not there to bust them for gambling—he’s there to ask about Young-dal, because he’s been too quiet since he was released and that usually means he’s up to no good.

No one has a clear answer, though the idea is enough to put Madame Jang on high alert. Boss Yang is the only one who defends Young-dal by claiming that he hasn’t caused any new trouble because he’s trying to live honestly.

Boss Min expresses her doubts about Elder Ahn entrusting Young-dal with such a big undertaking (regarding his deal with Daejung), but Elder Ahn doesn’t budge in his decision. Because even though he owes Young-dal his life, he’s not bringing the young man in out of sentiment, since he wouldn’t have made it this far in the moneylending business if he did.

He’s putting his trust in Young-dal because Young-dal knows how to gamble big, which Elder Ahn claims is a skill that can’t be learned. Young-dal was born with that ability, even if Young-dal isn’t aware of it himself.

Dong-soo flashes back to when Young-dal revealed his grand plan to him, and I love how Young-dal was reticent at first because he knew Dong-soo would call him crazy. But at Dong-soo’s encouragement, Young-dal declared his plans to take over Daejung Casino.

And ha, the first thing that came out of Dong-soo’s mouth was: “Crazy bastard.” Young-dal: “See, what did I tell you? I knew you’d call me a crazy bastard.” And though he didn’t reveal all the details to Dong-soo, he seemed confident that the takeover was possible because of his hidden card, aka Elder Ahn.

The two meet up in the present, with Young-dal finding amusement in Dong-soo’s impatience to learn what his hidden card is. They continue to bicker like brothers, unaware that they’re being followed by Soo-chang, who reports their actions to Chairman Go.

In his quest to remain relevant, Director Hyun gives Chairman Go a bit of ammo in order to better pit him against Yang-ha by telling him that Yang-ha was actually adopted. And Director Hyun hopes that in bringing down Yang-ha, his father will realize his “son” is unfit to be heir and place him in charge instead.

Young-dal reveals his hidden card to Dong-soo by introducing him to Elder Ahn, who Dong-soo remembers Shin-hye reciting facts about like a Wikipedia article.

Though Dong-soo doesn’t quite understand how Young-dal got the backing of such an affluent man, he perks up when Young-dal reveals that Elder Ahn’s condition for lending Daejung money was that he’d be able to send one of his own people into the casino.

And that person is Dong-soo. At first Dong-soo argues that it should be Young-dal, but the younger man laughs it off that he couldn’t square off against Yang-ha when he’s never stepped foot inside a school before. Dong-soo has an education, plus he spent his prison time learning about gambling, so he’s the man for the job.

Young-dal explains his reasons for including Dong-soo to Elder Ahn by telling him about how Chairman Yoon had Chairman Go kill Dong-soo’s father, so he’s out for revenge.

Elder Ahn’s concern is that Dong-soo’s bloodlust might interfere with their plans, but Young-dal puts his mind at ease as he claims that the old Dong-soo would’ve done that, but Dong-soo’s a new man after his stint in jail.

So Elder Ahn takes Young-dal at his word and agrees to let Dong-soo in, though Boss Min isn’t so sure—why wouldn’t Young-dal just do the job himself? Young-dal tells her that no gambler leaves the game he’s good at to play the game he’s bad at, which is why Dong-soo’s better suited to infiltrate the casino than he is.

Speaking of, we find Yang-ha and Chairman Yoon discussing the unknown person Elder Ahn wants to place in their casino, with Yang-ha confident that he’ll be able to control whoever it is.

The talk then turns to how Chairman Yoon plans to get rid of Dong-soo, and though Yang-ha worries that his adoptive father is putting himself into a precarious position by getting Chairman Go to do the work, Chairman Yoon has a bigger plan in mind. He’ll use this opportunity to take both Chairman Go and Dong-soo down.

Yang-ha doesn’t need to hear more to know what’s up (even if I’m not quite sure what’s up), at least until his father tries to get him to go on a golfing trip with a rich chairman and his marriage-eligible daughter.

And maybe for the first time ever, a chaebol heir tells his chaebol father that he won’t go on a matchmaking date because he likes someone else… only for the sky to NOT come crashing down. Chairman Yoon doesn’t even freak out, if anything he just seems mildly confused. Granted, he doesn’t know who the girl is yet.

Shin-hye has managed to do what Dong-soo never could during his years as a detective by tracking down the former director of Dong-soo’s orphanage. However, Dong-soo seems less enthused about that than he is about following through with Young-dal’s plan.

All of Jung-hee’s fellow dealers are pissed when they find out that Jung-hee’s not only going on an all-inclusive Las Vegas trip courtesy of the company, but that she’s going with Yang-ha.

They confront her over this fact, and though Jung-hee’s confused (she didn’t get the memo when they did), she still fights back against the onslaught of bitchy girls by proclaiming that whatever they heard about her and Yang-ha isn’t true.

The female manager Director Hyun is/was having an affair with reports directly to him about Yang-ha’s dealings, and is the one to tell him that Yang-ha’s not only dating a dealer, but a dealer who was born a poor miner’s daughter. Ah ha.

Determined to stop the rumor mill at its source, Jung-hee confronts the marketing director responsible for spreading the initial talk, only to be told that she heard about the couple’s trip directly from Yang-ha himself.

So she goes directly to Yang-ha, and while he initially smiles to see her, his face falls when she maintains a formal tone and distance as she tells him that everyone’s talking about her taking the trip to Vegas with him—and if that’s his condition for taking her in the first place, then she’d rather not go.

She’s not placated when Yang-ha tells her she can go by herself then, and refuses the trip all together. But she’s not heartless, so when Yang-ha entreats her to sit down and just hear him out for a second, she does.

He starts off by saying that this isn’t how he wanted this talk to go, but he knew this was his only chance since Jung-hee would refuse to see him outside of work. “I’ll just say it now: I was planning on going to Las Vegas with you so that I could propose to you.” Omo. What?

“Because I already know you have feelings for someone else, I’m well aware that you won’t accept my proposal,” Yang-ha continues. “But I was afraid that if I waited any longer, I might lose you forever… so I decided I have to do it now. I’m not going to hesitate about the feelings I have for you anymore. I vow to take the feelings you have for Young-dal for for myself. No matter what.”

Jang-soo and Jailbreak take Jung-hee’s shy casino buddy Jun-ho for a fun night out at Madame Jang’s casino as a way of thanking him for being their informant. But their happy mood sours quickly when Madame Jang’s lackey points them in the direction of someone who’s been asking for Young-dal…

…And the man sitting at the table is none other than Manbong Hyungnim, out of jail waaaay earlier than they expected him to be. His presence is bad news bears—Young-dal still owes him a lot of cash money.

Young-dal meets Manbong at the casino after his panicked friends tell him the news, and gulps down his fear at seeing his worst nightmare walking around as a free man. So of course he has no choice but to say yes when Manbong asks if he’s ready to put his life on the line for him. (Didn’t he have a year, though?)

While Chairman Go repeats the same refrain about getting rid of Dong-soo, Jung-hee goes home to mull over the very strange proposal Yang-ha just gave her.

Along with Jailbreak, Jang-soo has resolved to take care of Young-dal’s Manbong problem without ever telling Young-dal. Since Boss Min and Top Dog are on Team Young-dal (and they’re higher on the ganster totem pole than Manbong), Jang-soo enlists them to stop Manbong from collecting his debt.

Even though Manbong claims that Young-dal made a bet with him for his life, Boss Min passes whatever little deal they might’ve made together as completely unimportant when compared to the gamble Young-dal is preparing to make. And Boss Min is going to make sure that Manbong doesn’t stand in Young-dal’s way. Go Boss Min!

Young-dal tells Dong-soo that he’ll be put into place at Daejung starting next week—and best of all will be the look on Yang-ha’s face when he sees him, since Yang-ha has no idea what’s coming.

But since Dong-soo put on his buzzkill pants today, he asks Young-dal why he’s so thrilled about this plan and what he intends to get out of it. “I know I’m doing this for revenge, but what’s your reason?” He doesn’t think that Yang-ha putting Young-dal in jail is enough of one, I suppose, and wonders if Young-dal is using his hidden card too soon.

Young-dal’s only reply is to laugh awkwardly, admitting that when Dong-soo puts it that way, he doesn’t know how to respond. “What’s your dream?” Dong-soo asks abruptly, causing Young-dal to openly confess that his dream has been constantly changing lately: At first he wanted to be the world champion at Texas Hold’em. But now…

“Now my dream is to marry this girl I know and live happily ever after with her.” Awww. “And to find my older brother and the little brother I lost. Something like that.” Gah. Stick a fork in me, I’m done.

Dong-soo worries that Young-dal might be as innocent and pure-hearted as his dreams, which would make him ill-equipped to go up against the evil they’re sure to face. He’s trying to protect Young-dal, but Young-dal doesn’t want to be protected. He’s a gambler by nature, and he won’t, can’t, pass up a gamble this big.

While Yang-ha continues to not worry about whoever it is that Elder Ahn plans to send to them and why, he has been checking up on Young-dal through Detective Gook. He’s actually mad that Young-dal has been laying so low, because he’s just itching for the opportunity to fight him.

Director Hyun takes it upon himself to confront Jung-hee about her relationship with Yang-ha, only to be politely and promptly shut down as Jung-hee asserts that there’s nothing between the two of them. So much for that trump card.

Officially fed up with all the drama surrounding Yang-ha, Jung-hee opts to take that casino job she was offered in Seoul. She offers to bring Grandma and her brothers up when she gets settled in, but Grandma doesn’t want to move. She’d rather Jung-hee take only her brothers with her.

Poor Young-dal is trying (and failing) to educate himself by reading books when Jung-hee texts him to ask how he’d feel if she moved to Seoul for work.

At first Young-dal is confused since he didn’t even know about the job offer, before he remembers that he can’t leave Sabuk with her when he’s got his own job to do. He tries to get her to stop texting and just talk to him, but she turns him down—she needs some time alone to think.

Shin-hye wants to help Young-dal recover his lost memories, and apparently the best place to do that is a cafe. I can’t even muster up the energy to be surprised with her. Of course she’d hold a therapy session in public. What could possibly be wrong with that idea.

However, instead of hypnotherapy this time, all Shin-hye has to do is ask Young-dal to think really hard about his past in order to remember. He closes his eyes and instantly remembers the night his older brother left with startling clarity—complete with names and all.

“Dong-woo,” he says once he opens his eyes. “My little brother’s name… is Dong-woo.” He knows his own was Dong-chul since that’s what his hyung called him.

Shin-hye hears these names and knows instantly that Young-dal is Dong-soo’s brother, because she remembers Dong-soo listing off his brothers’ names. Even though Young-dal can’t remember his hyung’s name, Shin-hye takes him with her to the orphanage where Dong-soo came from. Where she knows he came from now, too.

We find Dong-soo meeting with Detective Tak in town, and it looks like Chairman Go hired that scarred assassin to take care of Dong-soo after all. (For being supposedly skilled with a knife, you’d think he wouldn’t look like he has butter fingers when it comes to handling sharp objects near his face.)

At the orphanage, Young-dal is flooded with memories of his younger self and his two brothers. He asks how Shin-hye knew to bring him here. “Young-dal…I mean, Dong-chul… Your hyung’s name is Jang Dong-soo.”

Young-dal reacts with disbelief. Does she mean Detective Jang? She nods, and reaffirms that the Dong-soo he knows is truly his hyung. Young-dal hears this and goes speechless as tears roll down his cheeks.

It takes Dong-soo a while to answer the phone since he’s too busy vowing to take revenge for his father, but he finally picks up when Young-dal calls. He can’t get signal in the restaurant and goes outside to take the call… oh no. Don’t do it! The Scarred Man is out there!

Drunk but happy, Dong-soo doesn’t catch the serious tone in Young-dal’s voice and invites him out for a drink…

…Only for the Scarred Man to stab him in the gut, twist the knife, and leave him bleeding out on the street. Damn it, show!

Young-dal knows something has gone terribly wrong when he hears Dong-soo groaning in pain as well as the startled cries of people nearby. He yells and yells into the phone, but receives no answer.

 
COMMENTS

Of course. Of course Dong-soo would get stabbed right then, right when it mattered most for him to hear what Young-dal had to say. Right when a reunion was within arm’s reach. I can’t blame Triangle for making good use of dramatic timing, but if that dramatic timing were a person, I’d totally punch it in the face right now.

When I saw the assassin stalking Dong-soo, my first thought was that I must’ve missed Chairman Go’s moment of decision somewhere. Toward the beginning of the hour, Chairman Go spelled out his argument on why he couldn’t have Dong-soo killed, and even though I find his character despicable and a bit of a snooze, I had to hand it to him—he’s absolutely right that he’d be the first person suspected of killing Dong-soo.

But lest we think that he had some other plan, even if he led us to believe he had some other plan, maybe stabbing and incapacitating Dong-soo was it all along. At least we know Dong-soo will live considering the episode count, so as long as he’s not struck with amnesia, I’m willing to take this new plot development in stride. But if at this point next week Dong-soo is either an amnesiac or in a coma, then I’ll have quite the bone to pick with this show.

Aside from that, I love the way Young-dal and Jung-hee are progressing, if only because their love line is so sweet and grounded. She’s not his first love or an unrequited love vying for his attention—she’s just an average girl with good taste. The fact that he turns into a different and much shyer person around her is beyond adorable no matter how many times it happens, and simple things like him trying to educate himself or him dreaming of a happy marriage continue to make Young-dal a very endearing character who’s easy to root for in spite of all his mistakes and shortcomings.

That’s why it’s easy to root for Jung-hee by association, because she’s been proving herself as a free-thinking individual for longer than I was initially willing to give her credit for. She’s not the hapless heroine in some high school drama (you know who you are) getting tugged around by two men, because she’s made her choice and is perfectly capable of standing up for herself when necessary. Come to think of it, my appreciation for her quiet yet no-nonsense demeanor has really been growing lately, especially with all the crap she has to put up with that she never even asked for. I wish I felt more sympathy for Yang-ha though, I really do.

I couldn’t have been more pleased with Young-dal’s moment of realization, even though I have to shut my eyes, spit, and spin around three times every time Shin-hye ruins a scene. There could’ve been so many overwrought ways to play the scene where Young-dal reconciles his past and the fact that Dong-soo is his long lost brother, but instead we got a beautifully realistic and poignant portrayal by Jaejoong, who has really come into his own as an actor over the course of this series. Don’t take the promise of a family and happiness away from him, Triangle. You leave Young-dal alone.

 
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Thanks for the recap! Why so slow show? Please have 3 brothers reunited already!

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With apologies to fan:

Hi, HeadsNo2, I hate to bother you, but any chance you might be able to check the "download" link? According to 4shared.com, the link is not "valid." It will be much appreciated. Always a pleasure to try new music.

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I had the same problem, but I downloaded the mp3 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArClpSYTuYg

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Perhaps Fate has been so cruel to them for a happy ending to be considered well deserved? I hope they all live. Although Yang Ha has some major therapy and soul-searching to do.

As for Shin Hye, as nice and smart as the lady is, she is being treated like a plot device. Her sole purpose to reveal information and provide help for the things the brothers needs to do. She is their maid, as far as the writing goes.

But at least they have another ally who can get things done. It's something.

Now let's give the guys some proper stuff to work their feels with. Bring on the bromance and brongst.

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I'm looking forward to a lot of bromance too. These brothers have suffered long enough.

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I was SUPER unhappy when Dongsoo got stabbed...like WTF?

And all those bystanders...someone pick up his phone inform them what happened while calling the ambulance and getting his personal info...sheesh

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thanks for the recap, jaejoong did a good job with hypnotherapy scene.

i'm curious too, what will happen with dong soo...after young dal know about his brother and the story about his family and his bro revenge...now this young guy dream will be change...that innocent dream...but i hope he's not gonna lose junghee because of this...

and please have a scene in vegas too lol

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the hypnotherapy scene got me in tears...
I love the way young YangHa lean on young YoungDal's back.. aww~ so sad and cute at the same time. T_T

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That baby is very cute - in fact, both the kids in that scene are very cute, which somehow makes it even sadder.

And knowing that youngest bro (now Yang-ha) was taken away from Dong-chul's care by force and that's why he ran away out of guilt over not being able to protect his brother......it is heartbreaking to sense that guilt in a child so young, through his adult self. Poor Young-dal.

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The hypnosis scene was so sad. I cried. Literally.
It's really too much even for a grown up man to experience such thing, it must been worse for a kid at such a young age. :(

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“There could’ve been so many overwrought ways to play the scene where Young-dal reconciles his past and the fact that Dong-soo is his long lost brother, but instead we got a beautifully realistic and poignant portrayal by Jaejoong, who has really come into his own as an actor over the course of this series. ”
This my grown-up Young-dal who learnt to control himself and take time to win real happiness.This is my grown-up Jajoong as a real actor.
I'm proud of them both.
Though there would be more adversities and dilemmas in the corner,I believe they will harvest what they have wished for.

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I was about to quote this part too. Jaejoong has been doing a very good job until now, but this scene was beyond good. He literally made me cry.

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Me,too.I didn't cry at the hypnosis scene,but this part immersed me in sadness the moment Young-dal got out of the car.And I found my eyes teared with Young-dal as he knew his brother was Dong-soo.

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Jaejoong fans totally have a right to be proud over his performance in Triangle, it is legitimately good and doesn't need defending by saying 'but he's young!' 'but he doesn't have any experience!' 'but he's too busy to learn to act well!' etc.

I love it when actors previously thought of as awful unlock their potential and deliver performances that are unquestionably good. Like Lee Yeon-hee in Miss Korea last year and Jaejoong now. It's obviously the result of hard work and unlocking something inside themselves - they are not resting on their looks for these roles.

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has Jaejoong ever seen as an "awful" actor? ._. I saw his performance in his debut? drama Protect the boss and he was already quite good and believable there. He is of course better now of course, but I have never perceived him as an awful actor...

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I've never seen any of his previous work but there was a lot of scepticism when he was cast in this - he may have been one of those cases where he had the aptitude for acting but didn't work hard enough on it until now (as opposed to cases who don't have any aptitude for acting at all eg his ex bandmate).

Obviously his fans may think differently but the impression I got was that his previous work was only tolerable and he was a typical 'idol actor'. He's proven himself deserving to shed that label with Triangle.

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@pogo
I saw his previous work and though he wasn't perfect, he's always been natural and believable enough (despite his short experience: Triangle is only his third k-drama after all). About people's perception, I think that they used to perceive him and his work as they perceive any other idol actor out there, but he's always been in the 'good' group in most of people eyes if I'm not wrong.
The thing about Jaejoong is that he has the ability to catch people's eyes and make the characters he portrays more attractive. He knows how to exploit his characters to their maximum point. I saw him for the first time in Dr Jin and though the drama was a mess, he never gave up. We used to make fun of the drama and most of the characters, but there was respect towards KyungTak (Jaejoong's character). In the end, most of the serious discussion here was about KyungTak.
I presume that the initial reaction about his casting was because either they never saw him before and only alienated him to his idol status or they knew him and thought that he wouldn't be able to pull of this kind of character. I had my doubts too, but he proved us all wrong. He is doing great.

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I'm too chicken to waste any time of my life on Dr Jin because I've read the stories of its messiness, but if he did well even in that, that is praiseworthy.

As for what he's bringing to the role here....he's obviously a very attractive young man, but he's also 100 percent committed to the role, and he first impressed me when he went all in to show how much of a scumbag Young-dal could be in the early episodes, as well as how he could still be really charming and vulnerable and likable at the same time. To actually succeed at portraying those facets of such a character and not holding back for his image, is quite something.

(and lest anyone think I am biased, the above goes for Im Si-wan too, though he is more polished as an actor and a natural - Yang-ha should be and mostly is awful, and I cannot get behind his obsessive behaviour with Jung-hee or his villainousness, but he still keeps me interested in the character)

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This episode has both made me cry and dumbly smile at the same time.

The hypnosis scene was a memorable one. It strikes right in the face how much difficult was for these brothers when they were still so young. It was a time in which they had to experience the difficult feeling of being incapable of doing something... They couldn't do anything to prevent their faith.

Oh~ but the DalHee scenes are still so sweet. Youngdal become the cutest when he is around Junghee. Way to go DalHee :)

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Thanks for the recaps Head. I very much coincide with all your points in the commentary part.

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Jaejoong has been doing a good job, but his scenes in this episode continue to surprise me of his acting skill. The scene where young dal finally know that dong soo is his brother made me cry.
Such perfect dramatic timing with dong soo getting stabbed, although i'm not really surprised seeing how chairman go seems to be in a rush to take care of dong soo. This accident will force young dal to take dong soo's place as elders man's man in daejung and we will get the two younger brothers showdown XD

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This show is the only one I look forward to watching on Mondays and Tuesdays now. It's the most sensible show airing at that time slot currently. I love the build up, though slow progression, it's consistent and carries the viewer along with the story.

Now I can't wait to see if Dong Soo survives this (of course he does!) but it would mean that the plans will need to change and Young dal will work at the casino. May not be a bad thing if it brings him head to head with his youngest bro. Maybe their interactions will trigger up some more memories in both of them... and that song... that their father used to sing when he was drunk may come in handy.

As much as I dislike Mondays, I can't help wishing it were her sooner! More Young-dal and Jung-hee scenes please. They are too cute for words and as a couple, quite adorable.

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gah..its gonna be so crazy with yang ha if young dal work in the casino. i think yang ha is to young to remember his past before he got adopted and untill the hyung the one who know first or suddenly yang ha wanna know about his past then yang ha will be act like a psyco everytime he meet young dal..its gonna bad...

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THAT CLIFFHANGER. STILL NOT OVER IT. BUT YOUNGDAL WOW JUNGHEE DON'T LEAVE.
YES DONGSOO AND YOUNGDAL THOUGH
THEIR BROTHER REUNION BETTER NOT BE PUSHED BACK BECAUSE DONGSOO IS IN A COMA OR SOMETHING

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I have been away for the past few weeks due to family engagements. The last week of May and the first two weeks of June are always insane what with multiple birthdays, anniversaries etc plus this year my cousin's wedding and the birth of my sister's baby. So I was really looking forward to marathoning Triangle and catching up on my new favourite show.

Well, I am at a loss for words which is a rare occurrence for me. I was completely loving this but now, not so much. I thought some of the characters might be secret agents or undercover cops which is obviously not the case. I don't mind that as I have about a zero percent success rate with my predictions. If a show can surprise me, I love it. But Triangle has become dull, dull, dull.

I still like the three brothers taking different paths in life set up. And the acting is still good. Jaejoong, especially, is very well used as Young-dal. He has a sweet, vulnerable quality which really adds nuance to the kind of man he has been forced to become as an abandoned, abused and ill-used former street urchin. I like the love triangle between Young-dal, Jung-hee and Yang-ha. I even accept the profiler's very questionable professional practices because this is a show about revenge and gambling, not psychiatry.

The problem for me is that the characters seem to be spending a lot of time sitting and talking about what they are planning to do, have just done or might want to do in the future instead of actually doing it. And it's scene after scene of this. The show seems to have devolved into maximum exposition and minimum action. A certain amount of exposition is necessary but there are ways, which I won't get into, to make even this interesting. Big Man, which kind of snuck up on me and I ended up loving, has lots of people in rooms talking as well but it's never dull because the characters are doing things as they talk. In Triangle they are just sitting on their keisters with only their mouths moving. Talking head after talking head.

I can't fault the actors, they are doing their best with what they are given. And I don't mind the cliche'd plot as there are also ways of making it interesting. But this is boring filmmaking and unimaginative writing at its worst. Triangle has become kind of a textbook example of what not to do for me and this is about the only thing that remains interesting to me. I will watch the final 6 episodes and I do hope for an improvement as I am an optimist. But more action and less chitchat please.

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WOW You speak out my problem with this EP.Can't agree more about that talk after talk thing.I was bored to death watching the live broadcast most of time cos I didn't understand a single word they said without subs.
I feel much better after watching the subed version,but it's still a slow EP ,filled with a lot of meetings and discussions,without any action of their revenge plan,which I suppose will be taken out next week.
I am annoyed by the writer's hasty writing of some important action scenes,like how Dong-soo carried Lee Young-geun out of Daejung Group building without being noticed,how he found the location of important files of crime records,and so on.The convenient hypnosis trick to bring the reunion of two brother is disappointing,too.
Anyway,I'm completely satisfied with Young-dal's progress in this EP,so I'm OK with EP 14, but I hope the writer can work harder to improve rather than go the easy way.

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To me the true test of good filmmaking is "Can you watch it with the sound off and still get some idea of what is happening?" Obviously the words are important but it's the action and what the characters are doing as opposed to saying that gives a plot its forward momentum. Action is what makes a viewer want to keep on watching scene by scene. But when, as in Triangle, the "action" mainly consists of people sitting in rooms with only their mouths moving, there is zero forward momentum and it's hard to care about the characters. It's the same set up and the same reaction shots over and over ad nauseam.

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well, that would knock out some fantastic films that just happen to be dialogue-heavy (see Before Sunrise, Before Sunset etc for examples of that) but I'd still take talk of a consistent future plan over crazy action that makes no sense (Dr Stranger gives me no idea of what is going on even with the sound, so...)

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And a classic example of a film where the dialogue is all important (and one of my personal favourites) is My Dinner with Andre which is basically two men having dinner together and talking. They discuss their lives, philosophies, ideas, emotions and so forth. I do get your point because two men just talking but while the action of a restaurant takes place around them is absolutely compelling. But Triangle is not really about things like philosophies or ideas. It's an action drama about revenge which takes place in a gambling milieu. And the action seems to be mainly people talking about action rather than taking action.

You are comparing apples and oranges here when you bring up a film like Before Sunrise. In films like My Dinner with Andre the momentum of the film is carried exclusively by the actors' skill and the brilliant dialogue exposing the character's inner lives. It is really a masterpiece of acting, writing and direction, never static and well worth a viewing.

There is no momentum in the dialogue scenes in Triangle because it's almost exclusively exposition about action rather than us seeing the action. And this is what I mean about watching good film making as a silent film. Obviously dialogue is important but when an action drama like Triangle has very little actual action, it's bad writing and bad direction that is at fault. I can't remember exactly which episode it was, maybe 11, but the whole hour was almost exclusively moving from room to room with the same set up, actors just sitting and talking and nothing actually happening. This is the very definition of dullness to me.

Once again I am not faulting the actors at all but they are being very poorly served by the direction and writing because they are all doing a good job and are the reason I am still watching this drama. I liked Triangle a lot when it began, especially the gritty working class city of Sabuk and it's people, but there is none of that now. I'm not watching Dr Stranger so I can't comment on the non-sensical action sequences in it.

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oh I definitely agree that we could do with a lot less of side characters sitting around yakking and making enquiries about people. The show improves by 50% when it has things actually happen, or has the brothers interact with each other or Jung-hee. Most of the other gangland characters at this point are just fluff.

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I know!! Where are Young-dal's kindergarten gangsters? I miss Fruitfly! The scenes where he tries to turn them into big boys are fun and hilarious and action-packed. And what of all the poor citizens of Sabuk who have lost their jobs, families and lives because of an addiction to gambling. These things added richness and texture to Triangle and, for me, were almost the best things about the show.

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haha the Noble Thug Olympics was pointless (how exactly was he planning to 'take over' Sabuk with them anyway? With no knives allowed?) but it was fun and I guess it showed us Young-dal at least trying to lead a group of people.

As long as we don't have too many card games/loan sharks sitting around talking, I'm fine though.

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Unfortunately that's pretty much been the theme from the start of the show. Other than a few fighting scenes and some very poorly written gambling scenarios, it's all just talking. And in the same boring sets. Like to the point where I've noticed that boss min's set is exactly setup in the same way as the daejung group's set. 3 chairs lined up on either side of 1 chair and a desk behind them.

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Agreed with your assessment. The issue here is, it looked like the source material was promising, but then the series feels empty. Like they have the story (two stories, at that) to a 10-episode drama and trying to stretch it to 24, by having people sit around and talk about that magical moment in the future when they will actually do something. This is not paced writing, since it does not fill that time with rich world and character building moments. It's just filling up space until the often rushed important parts do come by.

For all the little bright moments and interesting takes on cliche concepts (rich "perfect men", nature vs. nurture, Candy romances etc), the writing is just so very uninspired. Perhaps the original plans were changed too much and Choi just can't cope with it, given he usually has more time and a bigger scope in his series, from what I understand.

The character dynamics are interesting, the actors are doing their best, but it's just a slow trickle of mostly boredom, lit up by occasional great scenes and fresh concepts, which are really the only reason to stick around for (assuming the time and patience are there), since they are not often found in dramas. But while fresh ideas are great, they can't expect viewers to just ignore the gaping plot holes and empty space around them.

Perhaps this would have been better with an assistant writer, or by having someone else write the actual episode scripts using the nice concept and good ideas Choi did manage to create. But let's see if they can manage to bring it all together by the end. I won't hold my breath for it, but I've seen plenty of odd things happen.

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Youngdal and Junghee are soooo cute together!!!!! gah, i love them more and more. their love story is so grounded, nothing flashy and simply normal. i hope nothing happen to their relationship if Junghee decides to go to Seoul.

Jaejoong is soooo good in those hypnosis scene. he was able to potray the pain and guilt of losing his brothers so well. maybe his real life experience help him in preparing for the scene because in real life, he was actually adopted too.

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I really like the couple too! I remember noting that the actors had a sweet chemistry between them that was quite different from the more conflict-filled, sexier chemistry between Im Siwan and Baek Jin-hee but in recent episodes that sexy chemistry seems to have died a little while Jung-hee's feelings for Young-dal become stronger and more openly expressed. That's good acting there, to be able to turn it off.

And I had no idea Jaejoong was adopted in real life. That's quite a direct experience to draw from, if that is what he's doing.

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It could also be possible that the one who ordered the stabbing was Chairman Yoon, since he mentioned to Yangha some plan about taking both DongSoo and Chairman Go down. Kill Dongsoo and put Chairman Go on the suspect list. That's probably the bigger plan he was talking about. I could be mistaken though.
And I love DalHee couple too, I can't help but smile when they are together. ^^
Thanks for the recap HeadsNo2. :)

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I also thought it odd that Scarface was the one to stab DongSoo - and that Chairman Yoon may be behind it. We'll see. The Show is not too smart so maybe it is Chairman Go.

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I think you are right. I also thik it wasnt GBT who requested DS to get killed but Chairman Yoon then frame GBT and take him to jail

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Thank you very much for the recap. I've watched the streaming show and also eng sub, but I love to read the recap to esp in dramabeans because I could read the comments, critics and suggestions from the others who love drama and not jaejoong fans so I can open my mind about jaejoong objectively, not cause I'm his fans. And I so proud to be jae's fans because he got some positive comments for his act beside his sing skill.
I always hate monday but because this drama now I really wait to monday...hahahahaha anyway this eps so amazing!!!! curious bout next eps! ^^ wait for dalhee and dalsoo...

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The moment dong soo had to take young dal's call outside, I was going "no....no nonononoNO". It's like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and the light turns out to be a runaway train. You can see it coming, but can't hope to get out of the way. Chalk it up to kdrama's inevitable unfortunate timing.

OTOH, I'm really curious on how warped a guy has to be to consider proposing to a girl he's never even been on a date with (well maybe that casino retreat if you count forced encounters and abductions as dates)

Nice to see the plot starting to resemble something. Now we can kinda piece together the double and triple backstab between GBT and Yoon. I wonder how much more elaborate this plan can get, when you consider madam Jang and her underground casino, YD's sugar momma, poop pants, and chairman lim, there are a lot of chess pieces for young dal to play with.

Off topic: but can Jaejoong actually cry on cue? I noticed this at the end of last episode and this week during the big reveal scene with shin hye, you can literally see his eyes redden up before tears come out. If that's the case, *slow clap*. Usually the best I hope from most kdrama actors is a blank look with a eyedropper down the side of the face

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He did cry on cue.And he did that in Dr.Jin once,too.

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Yes, Jaejoong can do that. I guess is because JJ had a difficult life to some extend and he uses his raw emotions and past experiences to give life his characters.
Furthermore it seem that Jaejoong in the scene of hypnosis couldn´t stop crying because the emotions were so intense.
Really, Jaejoong is the best when it comes to crying scenes and I´m so sad for this because I know he is using his own sad experiences and it makes me think how much this guy had to enduring in life :(

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It's a bit scary because it seems that he can control his eyes in three phases: 1. red eyes 2. teary eyes 3. crying eyes .___.

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Oh, and yes.....if done soo ends up with amnesia, I could seriously throw a brick through my screen. That would absolutely kill all the momentum of the last couple weeks. Coma and incapacitated for one episode? I can see. Amnesia? No.

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Thanks for the fantastic recap :)
Now, I literally loled with the session in the coffe shop.. like seriously? I have always disliked that woman xDD
It was a good episode, specially the scenes of YD remembering his past. I just hope that DS don´t die.
pd. I really love YD´s new dream, JH really makes YD a better man. Go my OTP! <3

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The secret is out! The secret is out! Now one brother knows about his relationship with one of the others.....finally!!! This is not to say that it was a happy-making moment, it was bittersweet and spoke a lot to the relationship Dong-soo and Young-dal had already developed, that Young-dal felt that way (and Jaejoong is the reason that scene hit as hard as it did, we will not talk about the plot device who got him there).

But now that Dong-soo's been stabbed (and again, that drunk/happy scene was perfectly played by LBS, I know some say his acting bothers them but somehow in scenes with Young-dal he's at his most natural, both actors play really well off each other), I REALLY hope we don't have him get amnesia. I can't even imagine what it's going to be like when they realise Yang-ha is the missing baby Dong-chul (who btw is really cute).

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The reason their scenes are good is because Dong Soo is given human emotional interactions and allowed to be chill for a few moments when they are together.

Most of this has been written as "Dong Soo is angry/frustrated/intense and giving/receiving information". He's probably been in every coffee house in Sabuk and Seoul, spreading exposition to delay his actions, and his relationships with people around were pretty much abandoned.

So it's very nice that the brothers are finally getting more buddy-buddy, since that is the only time they actually write him as more than a revenge-bot and a revenge-bot is not what people signed up to see. They came for bromance.

Too bad he had to get stabbed to delay said bromance, but I guess they need to play on Yeong Dal's man-pain of hiding it before we get a reunion and then address the elephant in the room. That would be the psychotic young'un. :P

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Why does everyone fear for amnesia? That's not even remotely possible from a stomach wound, which only calls for some skilled general surgeons doing their usual patching and intestine untwisting, unless while doing so the surgeons also unleash a legion of herpes virus. Is this another k-drama logic that I need to be aware of in order to familiarize myself with k-drama world? So far, the reality in Triangle (aside from Shin-hye and her practice) hasn't bugged me much and I hope it won't in the future episodes.

Little Dong-chul and baby Dong-woo are both so cute I just want to hug them and make their tears go away.

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Amnesia is a very convenient "clean slate" plot device that many a drama fall victim to when they cannot find another way to delay things.

Even good dramas sometimes use it, cheapening the whole thing, as it is mostly done due to lack of time and capacity to write the progression in other ways.

In 'Triangle' and with Dong Soo, amnesia does not really help much though. It would "help" if Yeong Dal and Shin Hye somehow got it, but Dong Soo forgetting would not really change much at this point.

Yeong Dal is still on board with the revenge and there are plenty of people around to give him the information he needs.

It's not a romance that needs a reboot to last until the end and he does not possess any important information the exposure of which needs to be delayed. So there is actually no plot-serving reason to have it here.

However, a mini-coma is likely. Mostly because they need to find a way to make Yeong Dal the main man of the revenge plot, since he is the main character and leaving that to Dong Soo would mean Yeong Dal would basically be useless at this point, apart from his connections.

That's the price of having two plots divided by the characters that move them here. They need to find a way to bring those characters into each other's plot. I just hope they won't now make Dong Soo useless, since he pretty much has nothing else but a revenge tag on his forehead in terms of his importance in the big picture.

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@Orion: Thank you for your take on the possibility of amnesia here. Now I don't have to worry about my adaption to this specific drama environment.

I would hate it if they make Dongsoo just lying there and breathily cheer for Youngdal. From what I gather LBS is a respectable actor and to reduce his character to make the main brother more important is just unfair for actor LBS and might even cripple the story in some ways. A joint mission where both Youngdal and Dongsoo play important and irreplaceable roles would be much more interesting than making one brother fade into the background in favor of the other.

Youngdal is growing his wit and patience with Elder Ahn as a mentor. He even thinks it's best to let the more educated Dongsoo handle the office work, which I agree wholeheartedly. Even if the writer shows Youngdal tries to do some homeschooling (and fails shortly after), I just won't buy it if Youngdal can out-manage Yangha in business. Youngdal is strong with connections (getting the big bosses like Elder Ahn and Boss Min to look after him, and Jangsoo and Jerry to run his errands with absolute loyalty). I can see him as a behind-the-scene person who is bringing in needed resources, placing his chess pieces at the right positions, and concurrently dancing smugly in front of Yangha until the mentally compromised brat blows up in eternal hatred flame. Dongsoo can be the frontier soldier who delivers the vengeance punches since it's been his quest all along.

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A drama where the amnesia of the lead character is integral to the plot and not just a cheap device to pump up the angst is Time Between Dog & Wolf. With some very subtle changes, Lee Jun-ki makes amnesiac Kay a completely different person from fully compos mentis Kay. It's a stellar piece of acting by LJK. Also in Haeundae Lovers where it's played entirely for laughs. Both conditions seem to involve ridiculously extended periods of time spent underwater like Koreans have learned the secret of breathing underwater and are not sharing it with the rest of the world.

An amnesiac Dong-soo would be bizarre and just extremely weird though. I actually thought as I watched the bar scene with the fellow cop that they might really kill him off. Please tell me it ain't so but often when you see a character waxing positive about life with a big grin on his face, death must be lurking around the corner at least in drama land.

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Oh yes, amnesia in itself is not a bad element, if it is a main part of the plot and used for mystery or character exploration. It can be done well when the focus, but it's just an easy solution most of the time in Korean drama.

As for dying, side characters do get killed after a "I'm retiring in 2 days" speech of extreme joy, but that is not the treatment a writer can give a main character. Main characters die heroically or have a very tragic and fancy presentation of their death scenes.

Given this was just a very sudden and lacking in "draamaaa" attack, that Dong Soo is a main character and that it happened so far from the ending episodes, I never thought they would kill him at this point. He might die by the end, but it would happen with much more drama and meaning and probably within the last two episodes.

However, another time jump and/or coma situation is something I fear they may go for. I doubt they will, since it's not smart to incapacitate one main character just as audiences finally started paying attention due to the reunion, but they've pulled plenty of other not-so-smart moves here so far, so I can't say I trust them with this too much.

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Perhaps Lee Bum-soo is concerned about his hemorrhoids acting up what with all the sitting he has been required to do and has asked to be written out. Seriously though, the whole drama suddenly seems to have a curiously depopulated feel to it. Young-dal's goofball gang squad, Dong-soo's adoptive father and his cop buddies, Jung-hee's other brother, etc all seemed to have vanished. Budget cuts maybe?

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Dramas love disappearing acts. I think they just had other plans about the plot, but when audiences didn't bite, they had to get rid of many things and focus on what they think would sell. Revenge, romance, Jae Joong.

The thing is, with such lacking writing inspiration, they should not have added a million characters and subplots in the first place. They spent so much time trying to make those work and then just cleared the board, meanwhile taking time away from the people we actually did want to see more of, the three brothers.

I'm surprised Jung Hee's workplace and bully trio are still around, but maybe those were smart enough to make better contracts. Or then it's because bullying sells in kdrama. Nothing makes people feel sorry for the poor hardworking orphan more and seeing bullies and then having them punished is probably something that offers a relief to many viewers, considering how big an issue it seems to be in Korean education and the workplace.

As long as they don't start adding more characters now or replacing main ones with sock puppets, it's still watchable, even if uncomfortable. As for Lee, part of me is wishing he'll remain until the end so I can hang on here and part of me wants to put him out of his and our misery. At least the man is getting paid. And hopefully not developing hemorrhoids.

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@Lindy A lot of the extended cast was was horribly used/miscast imo. YD's goofball gang squad was introduced in episode 5 and did absolutely nothing. Part of it is the unfocused direction/writing, because they were supposed to help YD to reach the "top" (the top of what? we'll never know) until YD joined up GBT. I think they were supposed to represent a light hearted humorous side of YD, but their schtick wasn't funny.

Dong Soo's adoptive father was the biggest eyesore I might've ever seen. They introduced him as shin hye's father and police chief, and I thought maybe had good potential as a corrupt member of Chairman Yoon's circle, so it could set up an interesting dichotomy between DS and his adoptive father/Shin Hye, but that never came to fruition. Mostly because the actor playing the father actually looked YOUNGER than his character's supposed daughter (Shin Hye) and DS and I couldn't take any of his scenes seriously.

Jung Hee had another brother? Maybe the fatty brother ate him.

IIRC, they kept one or two of DS cop buddies but only for recon purposes. The notable omission is the other female cop who was supposed to vie for Dong Soo's affections has kind of disappeared into thin air along with any depth to Dong Soo's character. Disappointing, because she actually had more expression as character in her limited screen time than Shin Hye.

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Whoops, I forgot to add: The fact that so many side characters have disappeared speaks to the inconsistency of the direction of the plot. Like they couldn't really figure out which way they wanted to go in. (or maybe ratings were so bad that the network forced them to accelerate the story and leave out a lot of those characters and side stories in the process)

To illustrate: they even semi-acknowledged that this week when Dong soo asked YD what his dream was and he replied that it had changed from wanting to be world poker champion (to wanting to work under GBT and get to the 'top') to now wanting to marry Jung Hee.

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@Haren - personally, I'm glad the Gangster Boot Camp gang has disappeared, it actually makes sense that they'd disperse after their leader and his main assistants went to jail. Though they were pretty unnecessary to begin with. The drama is still flawed and has way too many people sitting around talking but the gang absence is something I won't be sad about, if anything we need more brother scenes not side characters mucking around.

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First some of you complain about the slow development and too many side roles now you begin to ask why they disappeared recently.

Does it have to be so complex?They are side roles.If the story doesn't need them to go on,then leave them.They will come back whenever necessary.

Though this drama might suffer from low rating,I still think the writer doesn't lose his big frame,just some minor trims and plot accelerations.

I'm very glad that the Yeongdal's gangster group didn't appear at the moment and they reduce Jangsoo and Jailbreak's appearances to necessary plot connections.Also Lady Kim didn't appear in this EP.If the drama has to keep every role's line without break,it'll become more lagging and boring.

On the contrary,I think the writer keeps his consistence on the plot development.Every meeting gave further clue to what will happen next.

Chairman YTJ intended to get rid of GBT ,so the scarface man most probably was sent by him.Dong-soo was stabed outside of the restaurant so that his fellow detective would send him to hospital soon.The scene of Dong-soo falling down was shown in slow motion to render dramatic feelings,but it happened just in seconds.

It gave a good cliffhanger to get Dong-soo stabbed but I think the major intention was to put Youngdal to the front in this revenge game.Elder Ahn's talk with Boss Min implied that Youngdal was qualified to be the man into Daejung Group but he himself wasn't aware of that(like some of you here).Youngdal can play with big money,he doesn't need to be a professional manager to win this game against Daejung Group in a short time.And I believe he will soon get new alliance there.
Let's see what will happen next week.

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I agree with you that the side characters appearing and vanishing doesn't feel bizarre. In real life we also meet random people who don't mean much to us nor play any roles in our life. Although I don't know the deal with Shin-hye's father, as I FF his part together with Shin-hye.

However, I'm very curious about what makes you think "Youngdal can play with big money,he doesn’t need to be a professional manager to win this game against Daejung Group"? Even if business management is downplayed to a very simple task in dramaland, Youngdal, never been schooled before, can no way step into this business battle with ease. All a he is depicted to have so far is a nice heart, a somewhat determination to embarrass Yangha, an admirable (?) risk-taking ability, and a lot of luck in Baccarat and in meeting rich but nice people. Yangha, on the other hand, seems to understand marketing and all (his previous comment on how Youngdal's record winning will only bring more business to the casino).

Still, now that Dong-soo is not likely to take the position, Youngdal would step up. If his plan is only to bankrupt Daejung then never mind. But if he wants to take over and continue the business, he really needs some intensive lectures from Elder Ahn.

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@IVY

Your last assumption is exactly what's Youngdal's plan as much as I'm informed.His dream is to marry JH and find his brother,not becoming some big boss like Elder Ahn though he probably will be in his later age which I think is beyond the scope of this drama.Right now,Youngdal's plan is to bring down Daejung Group and pay his debt.I don't think he wanted to be the manager of this casino in the short run.His first goal was to win,then to manage.He could hire sb more professional to take his duty if he won the casino.

I get this feeling that he will redraw with Junghee to live a ordinary life after all these fightings come to an end.He will give up gambling in the end like the hero in All in.

That's just my speculation.The end is in the hands of our writer.

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@IVY
I dont really know where YD wants to take the Daejung casino, but just because he hasnt been to school and everything regarding his education doesnt make him necessary unfit.
There are plenty of successful business men who didnt have much education yet they became extremely successful, and many of the have to thank that to their... guts?
The ability to know when to risk, and that and gamble are very much alike, reason why YD would (if needed) be good.
He doesnt know about marketing, but he knows about casinos (more than DS). He also is street smart who makes him good with people when he wants. Another plus.

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Also, this:
That’s why it’s easy to root for Jung-hee by association, because she’s been proving herself as a free-thinking individual for longer than I was initially willing to give her credit for.

As for Jung-hee......her initial classic Candy character profile and limited screen time would have put me off if it wasn't for Baek Jin-hee's own abilities and the fact that she has good chemistry with both Jaejoong and Siwan.

But I love that we get a character who in her own low-key way is no prude (suggesting the stripping to Yang-ha out of anger, being direct about her feelings with Young-dal and Yang-ha, and hell even telling Young-dal she has an ex-boyfriend - a young kdrama heroine who's dated before?! Colour me amazed) and genuinely brings out the good in Young-dal. DalHee are a very cute couple, that sense of normalcy and cuteness between them are totally underrated. She's also got a spine, which I like, even if it's not expressed in the classic 'be really obnoxious' fashion.

Though with Young-dal's messy life it makes sense he'd be attracted to the nice girl and want to clean up his act to live normally - it's really sweet that his dream changed to basically such simple things as having a family again. I hope Jung-hee's job offer and Dong-soo's stabbing don't ruin the potential of that.

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With Jang-soo stabbed, now Young-dal will have to enter the casino in his place; even though he doesn't think he is qualified to go up against Yang-ha. I can't wait to see him navigate the corporate world using nothing more than his street smarts.

And they can't CAN'T kill off Jang-soo before all brothers are reunited. They can't kill him off at all (or any of the brothers for that matter!). But I look forward to see where the rest of the story takes us. After finally finding his hyung, and almost losing him, will Young-dal give up his innocent dreams (for the time being) and go toward revenge like Jang-soo? Now THAT would be interesting. And Jaejoong has some great intensity, so he would do the revenge scenario really well.

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HeadsNo2

I just wanted to let you know that I have ALWAYS enjoyed your thoroughness, but best of all your wit and humor as you write your recaps. You never fail to effectively describe a scene, but then your style keeps me coming back for more.

Thank you so much!

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Thanks for the lovely recaps.

Since Chairman Yoon wanted to take both Dong-soo and Chairmain Go out, he might be the one behind the stabbing. As Go said, if Dong-soo died, Go would be no.1 on police's suspect list. Yoon also knew this and thus planted Scarred-fae as a double agent so that he could get evidences about Scarred-face's association with Go to the polices later. Scarred-face could just be someone who went to prison for money or was totally clueless about Yoon's scheme. This is just my hopeless attempt to cover dumb-action-following-dull-conversation by Go.

Anyway, I like this week's episodes. Youngdal's hypnotherapy scenes are both heartbreaking and heartwarming (thanks to Jaejoong and no thanks to the incarnation of unprofessionalism whom writer-nim names Shin-hye). Youngdal feels so guilty about baby bro that I wonder what would happen when he finds out about Yangha, especially now that little Dong-woo grows up to be all twisted and miserable because of his unfortunate upbringing.

Lastly, Elder Ahn is officially my favorite side character (sorry Grandma and Jerry and boss Min). Please sir, push Youngdal to work and study harder because it's sexy when a man focuses (and not slap-punches his books angrily 5 seconds later).

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Grandma lost some brownie points for me when she tried to steer Jung Hee away from Young Dal. She was acting all nice to his face but secretly disapproves of him?

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“Now my dream is to marry this girl I know and live happily ever after with her.”

asdfghjklk Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh just get married already!! what are you waiting for?! Your revenge can wait! Oh. my DalHee feels!!

I swear that if this couple doesn't get their happy ending, I will lose hope in humanity and love and in just everything.

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I never thought I'd be into a kdrama couple whose main point is that they are just so totally normal - there's none of the compulsory bickering, falling on top of each other or other contrived stuff dramas resort to to establish 'chemistry'. They have it without needing any of those devices.

(and I do hope his dream comes true. And also can we get a kiss at some point, that would be nice. It's not fair to give an OTP no kiss while having him get all the action with random girls and women in early episodes lol)

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Goes to show how much he's changed no? From groping left and right to thinking and thinking before holding Junghee's hand! Gah just kill me now Dong Chul-ah ^^~

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This drama isn't what I expected, but I really like it. The actors are amazing, but I wish the writer would catch up to them a bit. Triangle hwaiting!

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I really, really hope no one dies at the end of this drama.

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headsno2..i really really like your recap for this episode...

dong soo get stabbed..and i dont think there will be amnesia at all..perhaps it will magically heal like what happen to young dal before..and he 'll gonna show his face in dae jung casino...if not young dal has to take his place for a while..but it is not a good decision though since youngdal himself said that he'll gonna leave the game he's bad at..but the scene where he is trying to educate himself was adorable(eventhough he fail)..he really started to do some good thing in his life..
ah~i wish we can get more dalhee scene..everytime they appear together i started to smile unconsciously...
i really like that when it is revealed that dongsoo bro,youngdal takes the matter calmly that i'm not sure the same thing will happen to yangha..maybe he'll go berserk and will not believe that yd and ds are his bros..
can wait for next epi...

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Heads, you really have a way with words, love how you always infuse humor with insight. Thank you for yet another delicious recap =D

"There could’ve been so many overwrought ways to play the scene where Young-dal reconciles his past and the fact that Dong-soo is his long lost brother, but instead we got a beautifully realistic and poignant portrayal by Jaejoong, who has really come into his own as an actor over the course of this series."

This is what impressed me the most about Jaejoong's acting. The guy's just so genuine that his emotions are always heart-felt. It wouldn't have been at all unexpected for him to have gone with a more dramatic expression, yet what he did end up doing, was retrained and yet so convincing.

I am both looking forward to and dreading Monday right now, as on one hand there is Triangle, and on the other a project deadline waiting for me. Gah!

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great jaejoong !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! really proud of your acting!!!

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The last 2 episodes have been really interesting!
Aside from Jaejoong outstanding performance I also like the whole drama set.
I agree with everyone who is rooting for DalHee because really,this is the most realistic couple I have seen in a drama (not that I have seen many)

Reading the comments some people seem to think than YD going to the casino was not the best direction the drama can take and I sort of disagree.

The whole plan was YD plan, not DS, the resources as well came from YD and everyone in the drama are surprised that he isnt (wasnt?) the one who actually execute the plan, Mr Ahn see him fit to play that role and as an elder who is also very sucessful I think he has good perceptions of people.Not to mention president Min has previousy shared how she thinks YD has a lot of potential.

My complain with the drama is more about the elements they have there but never really used (like the conflict with Mambong, the kidnap of Mr Lee, JH younger brother and his possible gang association etc), and also the fact that they dont seem to know what they want to do to DS . DS was a police officer, then he was a security manager, now... I dont even know.
also, we will ever know who is the casino owner?

Since the preview is out and we know bits of what is about to happen I just pray they dont go with a amnesia latter on

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Okay, first off I love this Drama, and, Yeong-Dol in particular, is my favorite character.
However, this one thing had confused me. In this episode he said he couldn't read anything on the book page.
Assuming he is illiterate, how the hell can he read Jung-Hee's text messages and respond to them, but not understand what's been written in the book?

I mean maybe he picked up basic reading and writing skills along the way but this utterly baffles me.

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Young Dal can read, but he just couldn't bring himself to study. In that scene he is reading a hefty book which just adds to him not wanting to continue. He hasn't even been to elementary school after all.

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Oh! Thanks!! That was bugging me!!! For some reason I thought he flat out said he couldn't read.

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No worries, the translation can be done in a vague way :)

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