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Healer: Episode 5

I didn’t expect to love any show for a while, and not this show specifically, but I TOTALLY LOVE THIS SHOW. What a great episode for all of the things that make this show so enjoyable—the action, the intrigue, the hilarious comic relief, the budding romance, and relationship development. What’s extra exciting for me is seeing that this isn’t just a love story about a cold-hearted guy having his heart melted by a nice Candy, but that it’s more about being fundamentally human than about falling in love. You can see the Healer having moments of realization and learning, and having his eyes opened in a new way, which make this (among other things) a story of damaged people in arrested development finding ways to move past their stunted pasts, coming of age and into themselves.

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EPISODE 5 RECAP

Cornered in an alley, Young-shin is dragged off by the SS thugs who are after actress-victim-source Yeon-hee. They leave behind the beaten “Bong-soo” (Jung-hoo), and with his Healer identity at risk, he briefly considers taking the opportunity to escape and wash his hands of the matter.

But he can’t, of course, and turns back to take down the goons. He covers Young-shin’s head to block out the violence—she’s gasping for air—and keeps his face covered as he fights, displaying quite the range of acrobatic maneuvers.

The lead SS gangster snaps a photo of Jung-hoo and wonders if this is the guy his boss is itching to find. Jung-hoo blocks his face, knocks the phone out of his hand, and momentarily gets his arm entangled in a yo-yo—that’s random—which the thug uses to jerk him around.

Jung-hoo works himself free, and then the sound of police sirens in the distance puts a premature end to the brawl. The SS thugs beat a hasty retreat.

All the while, Young-shin has been trembling and wheezing for breath, catching fleeting glimpses of Healer’s half-covered face. He puts his arms around her as she’s fumbling for pills, steadying her and taking the bottle. Keeping his voice to a whisper to avoid recognition, he asks how many she needs, then puts the pills in her hand.

Young-shin whirls around to get a look at him—and for the second time, he quickly grabs her close to prevent her from seeing his face, holding her head to his chest.

Slowly, the panic drains and she starts to nod off. Jung-hoo almost pats her comfortingly, but hears the approaching sirens, which are his sign to skedaddle. When the patrol cars arrive on the scene, Young-shin is alone.

Now she remembers Bong-soo, and hurries back to the alley, worried for his safety. The cop pesters her for an explanation but she’s fixated on finding Bong-soo, concerned that he’s injured or dead somewhere. Jung-hoo watches from above the alley with some exasperation, but is in no position to stop her.

He gets a call from sidekick Dae-yong, who reports on the uneventful activities of Moon-ho, whom she followed to his brother’s estate. Dae-yong pauses to wonder how on earth a reporter could afford such a luxurious life.

Inside the house, Moon-ho lightly broaches the topic of the bygone daughter, testing Myung-hee’s reaction. Clearly they’re used to dancing around the topic, but today he mentions Ji-an directly, wondering what she’d like or do if she were alive now. Myung-hee tenses and answers tightly, while Moon-ho suggests that she’d follow in her reporter parents’ footsteps. Omg I just want him to tell her tell her tell her; I can understand that he’s trying to tread lightly, but it also seems he’s dragging it out needlessly.

Unfortunately he reads her wrongly, and Myung-hee’s resulting outburst rapidly escalates. She cries that Ji-an is dead, and that it would be the worst injustice if she were alive and her mother had blithely lived a comfortable life while the child had to grow up motherless.

Moon-ho realizes he’s miscalculated and begs her to calm down, but Myung-hee starts convulsing in a fit of rage, eyes bulging and body seizing up frighteningly. Hyung Moon-shik arrives and takes over, shooting his brother a furious glare. Moon-ho apologizes weakly for saying the wrong thing, but also shoots a resentful look back at hyung.

Outside, Dae-yong sneaks onto the property to get a closer look at Moon-ho. He’s outside thinking heavy thoughts of his encounter with Young-shin, which we see in flashback: He asks to take over her story, warning of the dangers of going it alone, which doesn’t go over well.

Young-shin is disillusioned with the request from her (former) hero, rattling off a list of important stories he broke about corrupt officials—then asks suspiciously if those were in fact his own work, and not stolen credits. Rather than launching into a defense, Moon-ho just tells her to find him if she finds that her story becomes too much to handle. She takes his card with a bittersweet laugh, saying that she’d once dreamed of receiving his card personally, shooting him a glare. But Moon-ho is just struck with Young-shin’s way of speaking and looking at him—it’s just like Myung-hee.

Moon-shik asks what he’d said to put Myung-hee into such a state. She’s been fine lately, going months without an outburst. What caused today’s incident?

Moon-ho says that he received a call two months ago about needing to move Ji-an’s grave, which has hyung tensing immediately. Ji-an’s coffin was empty, save for a few rocks, and hyung was the one responsible for Ji-an’s burial. So Moon-ho asks point-blank, “Did Ji-an really die? Or did you lie to noona that a child who’s alive was dead?”

Moon-shik doesn’t bat an eye and says that Ji-an is dead. He adds warningly that it was difficult to get Myung-hee to accept that truth, and that it would be terrible to change that: “So Ji-an cannot be alive.”

Moon-ho gets a wild look in his eyes as he presses, “If that girl were alive, are you saying you’d kill her? Is that what you did twenty-three years ago? And is that how you took care of Gil-han hyung [Ji-an’s father] too?”

Moon-ho asks if the “accident” was really an accident, and Moon-shik replies, “What would you do if you knew the truth? Would anything change if you went from not knowing to finding out? There’s nothing you can do.”

Moon-ho slams his hand down on the desk. “What did you do to those people?” he growls. Moon-shik replies calmly, “Exactly what you think.”

Moon-shik then goes over to the bookcase and pulls out a familiar volume—the one Moon-ho snuck a spycam into. Ah, crap, he knows. Hyung admits readily that Moon-know is aware of everything that transpired in this office. “But you’ve done nothing about it,” he says. “Nor have you ever stopped me. Or reported me to the police. Or reported it in your news.”

Moon-ho says it’s because it wouldn’t have made a difference, but his brother points out, “That means you’re on the same side as me.” Oh no, you’re pointing out his fatal flaw: the crime of complicity. “Both you and I, from 1992 till now, are on the same side. Are you still unable to acknowledge that?”

Ajumma Min-ja hacks into the Healer’s system, as per usual, and suggests a chat to go over their current circumstances. The SS guards have likely guessed that the Healer was at the scene, and their boss, Sang-soo, is probably figuring out what to do with his link to Young-shin.

Jung-hoo admits that he was crazy for getting involved. The question at hand: What will Sang-soo do next?

At the SS headquarters, things unfold as predicted: Sang-soo hears that the Healer’s relationship to Young-shin looked “special,” and is intrigued to hear that she’s the reporter who wrote that article. They’ll have to investigate her more thoroughly.

Min-ja decides that the best course of action is for Jung-hoo to stay far, far away from Young-shin. Is she stating the obvious or working some reverse psychology? Because I’m pretty sure every time she’s come to a conclusion, Jung-hoo has done the exact opposite. Min-ja argues that he shouldn’t so much as look in Young-shin’s direction with SS bound to be digging deep into her background.

Jung-hoo asks if SS has an ethical line in carrying out their jobs, wondering if they go so far as to torture, for instance, in fulfilling a task. He says “totally hypothetically” (ha) that if he stays away and they never see the Healer around Young-shin, they’ll get more aggressive in pressing her for information. They wouldn’t kidnap or torture her… would they?

Min-ja’s jaw drops open as she picks up on the words that aren’t said, and asks, “Healer-ya, is she that pretty to you?” He chokes on his beer, but I notice he’s not exactly hopping with defenses, and she just barks at him to not do anything.

But her reaction has him thinking, and Jung-hoo tries to pinpoint what it is about Young-shin. He explains that most people see animals as animals—not as things to be thought of as pretty or not. And that’s how he sees all people: “They’re all the same to me. But… among all those people who look the same, she’s a little different.”

He likens her to a leopard he’d seen in a documentary once, which came upon a pack of hyenas while its leg was broken. It was obvious it would lose the fight, but the leopard had attacked first and refused to back off.

He thinks of Young-shin fighting him in the bathroom, and how she’d told him to run away from the gangsters while she stayed. “It’s not that she was ignorant of fear,” he muses. “She was brave even though she knew how scared she was.” (Haha, and then he admits that the leopard documentary made him bawl, and that “even thinking of it now makes me well up.”)

But in any case, he says that running or hiding isn’t his style either. He notes that when wild animals face off, the one who shows its fear first loses. “So if there’s somebody out to get me, I should attack first, before my weak side is revealed. That’s how you survive in the animal kingdom.”

Meanwhile, the cyber crimes cops are also on the case: Detective Yoon and his cop buddy stake out the SS headquarters and note the various characters hanging around the joint, which includes right-hand man Yo-Yo, which apparently is actually his nickname. I enjoy the fact that Detective Yoon projects this air of being the know-it-all veteran who’s been tracking them for years, which his partner takes down with one pithy observation about how he hasn’t gotten very far at all.

Sang-soo informs Moon-shik about the connection between the reporter and the Healer, feeling quite proud of himself for the breakthrough. But Moon-shik tells him not to worry about making any decisions of his own. Sang-soo promises to take care of the Healer quickly, having fixed on a way to draw him out.

Moon-shik’s secretary says that they’ve taken the steps to cover up the assemblyman-prostitution story, but there’s no way of getting it perfectly covered up. Moon-shik isn’t worried, though, because the adversaries are small and powerless, incapable of banding together and actually doing anything effective against him.

Then Moon-shik chuckles over the name Healer, calling it quite familiar… “from way back.” Ohhh. Is Jung-hoo not the original Healer?

Young-shin is pretty sure that her mysterious rescuer was the Healer, and eyes the photo on her wall from all angles, as though she might get a better view of his face. But she doesn’t know why he’d help her.

Yeon-hee informs her that somebody’s waiting for her outside… and we cut outside to the park bench, where Jung-hoo (er, “Bong-soo”) is curled up sleeping like a homeless person. Aw. Pickpocket Ajusshi finds him and brings him inside, and Jung-hoo whimpers to Young-shin that he’s sorry for running away first.

Which explains why Dad’s glaring at him with arms crossed while Jung-hoo admits to being scared and helpless. At least Young-shin described him as getting absolutely thrashed, which earns him a few sympathy points.

Contrary to being angry at him for ditching her, Young-shin is so grateful that he called the cops and is safe that she swoops him up in a bear hug, even saying that she’s proud of him. The three men’s reactions are pretty priceless. Then she tends to his scraped hand, and Dad complains that she’s fussing over him for much longer than seemly, which is adorable.

He’s invited to breakfast, and Jung-hoo pauses to note the potato dish on the table—it’s one of three things Young-shin can cook, and it’s also the favorite dish his mother prepared before abandoning him. You get the sense it’s been ages since he’s eaten with company, and he’s rather awkward about it, in a heart-pinching way.

At the ABS offices, Moon-ho directs his team into finding out more about the assemblyman story, starting with the angle of President Hwang (aka our pimp). But he’s once again flouting his boss, and Min-jae informs him that a different team has been assigned this story. She assigns him to a different one which’ll conveniently require him to travel out of the country, a distraction tactic so transparent that he calls her on it.

He explains that his noona always decorates her dinners with extra touches—flowers and garnishes—and asks her to consider his contribution as those decorations. All the stations will be sending out similar reports, so his will add a different angle. Can’t she do that?

Min-jae remains firm, so Moon-ho takes the sleeve from her coffee cup and starts to write something on it. He slides over the sleeve to her, and only after he’s gone does she read what he’s scrawled on it—his resignation.

At the Someday News office, Young-shin swears to her peeved editor never to go rogue again. Editor Jang snaps at her, pointing out that her article has disappeared from the search engine lists—if she writes a story that nobody cares about, it’s not a news exclusive, it’s just trash. Furthermore, they’ve been served with a notice of lawsuit for defamation by the offices of Assemblyman Kim.

Editor Jang gives her two options. Young-shin says she can’t resign, so he tells her to do the other one: “Do a proper job of it.”

Everyone gapes at him in shock, and he adds, “Either write articles, or find evidence to put forth at the trial. Dig and find something really solid. That’s how we can survive.” Awww, righteous reporter man isn’t entirely dead!

From the copy room, Jung-hoo tries to get pissy ajumma to talk to him, pouring on the aegyo—he calls her noona, then Min-ja sshi, and finally, yeobo. It’s pretty awesome, and at least that gets her to talk, even if only to call him a loon. Grumpy Min-ja warns him that she’s going to abandon him the instant he’s caught by police or sent to prison.

She asks if he means to keep up the Superman act, and he actually wonders which hero Superman was, being famously out of touch with the world. (“There are lots of -men! Which -man was he?”)

Jung-hoo tells Min-ja about a photograph he sent her, and describes two of the 1980 friends as “my father and Teacher.” He asks her to find out who the other three are, because while it would be easiest to just ask Teacher, “that old fogey” is out of contact.

Young-shin bursts in, interrupting his call, and drags him off on assignment.

Min-ja sends that photo on to that Old Fogey Teacher, who turns out to be the motorcycle-riding friend of the 1980 quintet. Min-ja explains that “your student” is starting to ask about Teacher’s friends—what should she do?

Furthermore, she warns that the student doesn’t seem aware of it yet, but his work and life are about to be confused because of a woman… and that if he can’t pull himself together soon, a “change” may be in order. Does Teacher have any kids in training who could take over as Healer?

Young-shin tasks Jung-hoo with playing chauffeur and spends the car ride singing (Tashannie’s “Haru Haru“), to his discomfort. He asks about her singing habit, and she explains that she doesn’t sing any song, but only classics. This is a song she sings on certain occasions, like when she’s super happy… or nervous and restless, like now.

They’re on their way to meet President Hwang, albeit without a clear plan on how to actually get to him. You get the sense she’s winging this, and she’s tamping down visible nerves at the thought.

As they drive up toward President Hwang’s place, Jung-hoo notices the cop car that’s on stakeout nearby, and then they spot the whole army of SS guards standing watch in front of the house. Panicky Young-shin issues a series of contradictory orders—drive past, no stop here, no turn around to strategize…

The choice is taken away when boss-man Sang-soo drives up and cuts off their path, and the rest of the SS guards swarm around the car, blocking them in. So they’re “escorted” in to meet President Hwang in his greenhouse, and Young-shin is introduced as that reporter who’d made life troublesome for him.

President Hwang leers at her mockingly, saying that he likes her spunk and would be happy to manage her as one of his “talents.” Young-shin admirably puts on a brave front despite obviously being terrified, while Jung-hoo wrestles with his need to maintain his cowardly image while wanting to step in and do something. I love the moment when you can see him decide to hell with it and step close to get Hwang to back off, but Young-shin beats him to it and manages fine on her own, shaking off his unwelcome arm.

President Hwang is seething underneath the laughing exterior, though, and refers to the accusations Yeon-hee leveled against him, like forcing her into prostitution and beating her. He grabs some branches out of a case and whirls on his female companion, thrashing her with it and then kicking her repeatedly, demanding, “You mean beating like this, huh?!”

Young-shin seizes up in shock and Jung-hoo quickly blocks her view, but we can hear the sickening thuds as Hwang continues his assault while the woman screams from the ground. Playing the part of the scared rookie, Jung-hoo pleads with Young-shin to run away because he’s scared, but she’s already starting to retreat into her mind—and we see glimpses of her childhood trauma flashing before her eyes, interspersing with Hwang’s violence.

Hwang throws his actress on the ground by her hair, and Young-shin sees her childhood self being flung to a bed. He grabs a golf club and starts smashing vases; Young-shin sees her attacker slamming a metal pole into the door. Child Young-shin walks down a highway at night crying for her mother, which must be the time she’d attempted suicide, which really doesn’t bode well for her state of mind in the present.

So Jung-hoo draws Young-shin close and whispers into his watch transmitter—he gives Dae-yong the signal to do “it” now. Despite protesting that there are way too many baddies around, she complies and sets the plan into motion.

Moments later, a gang of bikers zoom up to wreak havoc on the SS guards outside, pelting them with water guns and flour bombs and generally being a menace with petty vandalism. In the chaos, Dae-yong leaps into Sang-soo’s car, hooks it up to her phone, and has ajumma hack her way into the car’s system. Ha, the thugs can’t see her inside the car and freak out, thinking the car is haunted, and put in a panicked call to the boss inside about his car being possessed by ghosts. LOL.

It gets Sang-soo to leave the greenhouse with most of his guards (what does it say that Hwang is so brutal that even Sang-soo looks put off by the violence?), and Jung-hoo quickly sizes up the situation. He’s not wearing his super-spiffy Healer glasses but he eyes the props around the greenhouse with the same kind of analytical precision, biding his time to unleash some havoc of his own.

Young-shin’s mental state is veering into a precarious state, and then Hwang shoves Jung-hoo aside to kneel before her. He laughs that a reporter should only write about things she’s experienced firsthand, and taunts her to say something.

Despite the trembling and the traumatic flashbacks, Young-shin musters her nerve and stutters at him with full disdain, “Y-you’re t-trash, not even worthy of r-recycling. Utter trash.”

That spikes Hwang’s rage, and that’s Jung-hoo’s cue to act: He kicks over a beam, which knocks down a shelf, which sends vases crashing in succession like dominoes… Powder goes flying everywhere, acting as a cloud cover, and everyone scrambles to grab their bearings.

Young-shin finds Jung-hoo and checks that he’s okay. He feigns cowardice and begs her to save him, and she takes command of the situation, telling him to follow her.

She grabs his hand and leads him out of the greenhouse, and as they run, Jung-hoo sneaks a look at her and smiles.

 
COMMENTS

So many things to enjoy about this episode! I’m a little nervous about getting my hopes up so high for this show because I’m always so disappointed when things falter (I never learn, honestly)—but on the other hand, I shouldn’t hold a drama’s goodness against it just because I’m scared it might not stay good, right? Why go courting trouble?

First off, the mystery thickens: There are many Healers? Innnnteresting. How many have there been, and how many are being groomed for the job? It makes sense from a business standpoint to have someone always in the role, so that your business model isn’t dependent upon one person, and given the mercenary nature of their relationships, it feels logical. It’s just interestingly cold for ajumma to be so ready to ditch the Healer—and yes, she’s always threatening that and Jung-hoo expects that of her, but we have this drama convention where people talk gruffly and are actually more emotionally invested than they let on. So it’s an intriguing dynamic to reveal, reminding us that there’s more to this operation than just three misfits who crack wise at each other.

Moon-ho fascinates me as well, and Yoo Ji-tae is so awesome at showing all of his complexity, making him both very relatable and yet giving him this opaqueness that keeps us guessing. You think you know what drives him and what he’s thinking, but he’s not a simple archetype, and he’s not a straightforward good guy, either. At first I wondered if his guilt was overblown (because he was such a nice guy that he took responsibility for something out of his power, for instance), but the more we see of him, the more I feel like there’s a twisted corner of him that hates to acknowledge that he’s more like his brother than he wants to be.

He’s not his brother in that he clearly struggles (Moon-shik seems quite content with the pieces of his soul that he’s sold) and wants to break free of that guilt that binds them together… but Moon-shik is so infuriatingly right about him being complicit. Moon-ho is no powerless child, and he’s not a victim—so in not fighting against Moon-shik all these years, he’s essentially chosen to let him off the hook. And Moon-ho knows it, which is why he’s so brimming with conflicting emotions, with his self-loathing just as palpable as the outward loathing he exhibits toward his brother.

On the other end of the spectrum we have Young-shin, who’s totally winning me over with her spunk—and spunk isn’t something dramas tend to get right. I find her trauma credible (as in, I don’t feel that it makes her weak or reduces her to a damsel in distress), but I admit having the vague worry that I didn’t want her to always be in need of Jung-hoo’s intervention. And I was afraid that we were going to get a repetitive episode when Young-shin had another breakdown and he stepped in to mitigate things.

Which is why I love that the end of this episode mirrors the end of the previous one, except for the key point where she stands up to the villain and saves herself—and saves him, even if he didn’t expressly need it. Jung-hoo’s exactly right in pinpointing what makes her so appealing, and it’s not that she’s totally brave or that she’s totally weak, but that one doesn’t preclude the other. She can be both, and being brave in the midst of your fear is actually more powerful than if she’d just flipped a switch and challenged him without fear.

That may be the difference between them, in that that’s the sort of reaction I expect of Jung-hoo. He doesn’t feel fear for his physical safety, and he’s so competent that he would just jump right in and fight, and probably win. So it’s a novel experience for him to register that she’s completely not like that, but being afraid for her physical safety doesn’t change anything about her moral convictions. It’s quite inspiring, which is why that little look at the end of the episode feels completely genuine to the moment—like he’s amazed and awed and maybe even proud.

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This Ep really ROCK mwahaha.. i love this ep even i watch without sub.. OMG.. Plot, cast, Ost all of them so fucking Good for me.. I like your recap too ^^

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haha.. me too.. i watched it without engsub .. agree with your comment!

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they are totally owesome..i love this recap..

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:DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

My cheeks hurt from grinning too much at that final scene.

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besides that, i love how almost all (or every) arm grab was done by the female lead. it feels so fresh and adorable. It's not everyday you seee that in Kdramaworld! *^*

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I love when I can tell that you guys actually love a drama. Ha. Tooootally gotta catch up on this one now that I'm on break.

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I love it when a recapper loves the show they're recapping, too~ but it's especially delightful when JB's the one jumping up and down with excitement since it doesn't happen that often. It's so much fun to all be giddy together!

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Oh yeah... Fangirling with JB is really cool!! Hahah

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@anotheraddict

I totally, absolutely agree with you!!

Javabeans only get excited over the dramas that are REALLY deserving of her jumping up and down with happiness, excitement and LOVE as she said!

And so when it happens, it is all the more awesome because it is reflected in her recaps!

So much fun to read her recaps because her recaps are much more fun that just watching the drama!! ;)

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" So much fun to read her recaps because her recaps
are much more fun that just watching the drama!!"

Like this :-)

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@pastmidnite

Thank you!! ;)

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that right..reading recap make it more fun than just watch it in tv..we can know about other people think about this drama..

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It's some kind of validation... ;-)
Thanks for the recaps DB!

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OMO SO F**KING AMAZORABLE.

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Omg, love that word. It pretty much describes this drama perfectly!!!

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Yes, yes, yes!!! Totally agree with @happymess!
Wish DB had a "like"button for recaps n the comments section!

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Ahjumma FTW!!!!

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Show how do I love thee?! Let me count the ways... Raw, half-subbed, full subs, I end up watching each ep 3 times and I've never done that before. I think it's bordering on obsession and it's all JCW's fault! (I've always been fond of PMY since SKKS-one of my all time favorites.) So thanks, for the great sub java beans! I'm watching raw right now so it's nice to know what's going on... I've really got to learn the language.

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I absolutely LOOVE JCS's knowing smile at the end of the episode!

*swooon*

Thank you so much for the super-swift and hilarious recap, Javabeans! You are so awesomely reliable!!

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Oooops typo! JCW's smile

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That smile is everything! :)

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You said it, Tatiania!! The smile IS everything!!

Ji Chang Wook can reeeally smile that can melt hearts!! ;)

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OMGGGGGGGG i love the otp so much. so. adorable.

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Awesome episode!!!
Thank you for the recap!

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I love this show so much !!
Joung Hoo's smile at the end completly made me giggle, it makes my day !
I also loved how exasperated he was at the beginning of the episode when, after the fight, she went looking after Bong Su worried for his safety (ah ! maybe he is a little jealous of how she cares of his Bong Su persona - please let him be jealous of himself !).
Thank you for the Christmas present KBS!

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Thanks JB!! Awesome recap as always!
Love love this episode!
LOL at SJH calls ahjumma as noona, Min Ja ssi and yeobo..
Giddy when seeing SJH/PBS hugs CYS... :)
I love that this ep has so much to tell without feeling overwhelming :)

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Shooooow, what are you doing to me? I literally cannot do anything productive because of you (but that's totally my fault lol). Why must you be so engrossing?

This is kinda scary. Healer is getting so darn good at such a short time that I fear the excitement might fizzle out later on (DON'T HAPPEN PLS!) We've still got 15 eps left, after all.

But I'm with you on this one, JB: "On the other hand, I shouldn’t hold a drama’s goodness against it just because I’m scared it might not stay good, right? Why go courting trouble?" I won't worry my head off about something that hasn't even happened yet. Right now, I'll enjoy Healer in all its amazingballs-ness.

Lotsa thanks again JB for recapping!

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Also, I LOL'ed at the part with JCW using aegyo. "Noona, Minja-sshi, yeobo..." Just priceless.

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"...I fear the excitement might fizzle out later on (DON’T HAPPEN PLS!)"

Oh my you just echoed my thoughts! I hope it doesn't pull a _GG-14days_ on us

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Okay I guess the _ doesn't work here, stupid me.

*God's Gift 14 days"

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Why are you saying that Danielle? Take it back!

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OMG his smile at the end tho. [email protected]^%[email protected]#&)!_*^#!

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OMG!!!
Ending was awsome...loving every bit of this show..though i am wondering.. is it too early to say that??

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Thanks JB for recapping this show so fast.

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Love this show !!!!! I have never watched a show in Raw and i kept checking for this one whole night yesterday....geez i think i have to know what happens next :O

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Also can i add another point to what you said JB ? i think JH admires CYS for another reason - JH has always worked solo so he would not reach the same way as she does..the whole time he has worked as a team with her it is her who keeps looking out for him even though she is scared...hence it might be that her fear coupled with bravery to save someone who depends on her is quite a unique trait and he finds that special.

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I agree with what they said, fangirling is fun with JB.

So, is this the new crack drama?

But seriously, the subs for this one is so slow oh my goodness.

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I was wondering about the delay too. What's keeping it from being subbed as fast as the other dramas? How frustrating is thy wait. D:

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awesome ! i love the smile of the healer at the end ; Thanks for the recap !!

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i knew there was something special about this drama since ji chang wook took it up after the success for empress ki but to have javabeans love it is the best endorsement that this drama IS indeed special. the script is good, we havent seen something so different in the cast interlinkage and blend of various genres for awhile, yet it has all the familiar drama elements all there:birth secret, undiscovered love.

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Good to see that there is another show I can add to my list. First, finish Misaeng. Marathon Bad Guys. Then I'll start on this.

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Thank you for that awesome recap.

I wish this drama would get better ratings so as to encourage the team to go as per their plan and not change things midway.

Treading with caution with regard to Young Shin, but I hope her character remains this interesting throughout the run of the drama. What I loved about the fight scene in episode 4 was how even when scared witless, she was brave enough to let PBS make a run for it and stand on her own against the goons.

Loved this: "it’s not that she’s totally brave or that she’s totally weak, but that one doesn’t preclude the other. She can be both, and being brave in the midst of your fear is actually more powerful than if she’d just flipped a switch and challenged him without fear."

Still, I hope the writer doesn't prolong the damsel-in-distress trope beyond a point. If CYS wants to become a more serious reporter, she will have to deal with situations of violence on a daily basis. Hope the drama shows her reaching that point where she can confront her past and move beyond it with courage. Have a feeling the writer is doing that by giving her people she thinks she needs to protect by rising above her own fears, whether it be the actress or Park Bong Soo. Hope, the whole process takes her to a better place emotionally.

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Crack of the year for me

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Not only of the year. But the only crack I will ever need ;)

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The show is great, but I haven't completely warmed up to park minyoungs acting yet. her skills are serviceable but I wish they were more than that. For me, I know that the character is full of potential technically, I see braveness and goodness, but I don't feel for the character yet. I hope she will step it up :)

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Thanks JB, great recap.

Like everyone else, i love this show. all aspect of this drama and the characters are what makes it sooo good.

Healer is discovering that he can depend on another person, because young Shin will never leave him behind or abandon him, he can choose to be close to her without fear of being hurt (because his mum abandon him, so he prefers to close himself off, rather than trust his emotion to another).
Young Shin is brave and she will always protect those that are weaker.
I just love the way in which healer is slowly sucked into CYS reporting world.
I can't wait to see all of dads criminal friends come out on mass to help protect CYS.
Healers teacher must have known that one day healer would be curious about the people in the photo, betya that teacher is the original healer and he knows what went on in 1992.
Healer along with CYS will uncover the truth and Moo Ho will stop being silent. chemistry between the OTP is awesome. like how protective dad is.

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@ Minihaha
That is a thought! It would be so heartwarming to see all those ex-convict and cop ahjusshis coming around to protect Young Shin if ever they found out how much in danger she is.

Healer's teacher and Ahjumma - teacher supplies her with prospective Healers? Interesting. If they go back a long way, might ahjumma also know a thing or two about Healer's past?

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@Growingbeautifully
I totally agree with you, it would be so over the top awesome and fun if all the ex-cons and cop ahjusshis show up, tricky for healer to hide is identity, but fun to watch how everyone will rally round Young shin (because she is special to them all).

My thoughts are that ahjumma may know a little, but not enough to enlighten current healer. original teacher healer, is biding his time before he comes out from being a recluse and payback Moon shik for his evil deeds.

There's too much good stuff to anticipate in this drama along with the budding romance.

Moon Ho won't stay silent now, if his brother goes after young shin.

I dread the day moon shik finds out that JI Han is alive, that's when healer's identity will most probably be outed, because he won't care about his cover being blown, his priority by then will be young shin safety, you can see it happening already, even though he doesn't know that she has his heart.

great to share thoughts with you. ;)

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Thanks Minihaha, same here.

I believe you have a pretty good handle on how it will turn out. Your scenario leading to Healer's identity reveal sounds entirely plausible. :)

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Thanks, JB!!

Omg, what is this love I'm feeling? Ugh, I'd forgotten what it's like to be so excited for a drama (ok, MnD, but that was a different kind of excitement). You guys, I'm so happy right now, I don't even feel like writing anymore. I'd rather go to sleep already so that I can wake up already and watch the next episode raw. Lol.

But first. "Contrary to being angry at him for ditching her, Young-shin is so grateful that he called the cops and is safe that she swoops him up in a bear hug, even saying that she’s proud of him." - I already knew I loved Young-shin. But this is quite possibly the moment when it hit me that she could actually be a contender for Best Female Character of the Year for me...and it's been a pretty good year for that so I'm very impressed. Good job, PMY. I'll be honest, I did not expect it.

You also described her perfectly (and all the characters, really) at the end. I especially love this: "It’s quite inspiring, which is why that little look at the end of the episode feels completely genuine to the moment—like he’s amazed and awed and maybe even proud." - Thaaaat smileeeeeee. Omg, that's it. I'm done. The sooner I end this comment, and go to sleep, the sooner I get to watch more!

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Most that sure the original is his dad...even MoonHo ha steh script with the logo and name Healer on that old case of his along with the whole archive of the radio casettes

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I agree with every thing you said javabeans! Esp about him being proud of her at the end. I think he is probably proud of her for not betraying his expectations as much as for her not backing down even though she is so terrified.

Also I'm in agreement that the show gives us such plausible reasons for the characters reactions. It doesn't just give us "they are this way because that's just the way they are." excuses like so many dramas do. For me the best thing a drama can give me is rich and complex and believable characters! And with this drama we are only just starting to scratch the surface of who they really are!

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Thanks JB! Your recap really helped me appreciate the un-subbed show.

WRT to that ending look and smile which I too absolutely love, I felt that there was an added factor. He gave her that look and smile because she who prided herself on being an observant reporter, had once again totally missed noticing that it was he who had caused the diversion, coupled with the added irony that she thought that she was in charge of the situation now and should take care of him. All this and the admiration over how she was able to get herself together and give priority to his safety seems to be wrapped up in that look and smile.

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My favourite scenes were of super hacker ahjumma, dressed in country bumpkin pants, knitting like a little old granny and later, using both her feet (planted on table top with matching socks, might I add!!!) to hold up her yarn while she rolled it, was just too cute!!! :D

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I meant socks that matched her pants! LOL!

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Yes! Ahjumma's just damn awesome like that

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This show is awesome. I like that they shoot the action scenes in a serious tone vs the comical you sometimes see. The chemistry is there with the leads.

So refreshing this drama is bringing it all together.

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I only have one word for Healer. And that's: Addictive!

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@@Giegie addictive and obsessive are the best descriptions lol ;)

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I love your Recaps and your Way of writing and seeing it. Only one thing - I don´t think her Memory when she was alone at the big Street was the Moment she tries to kill herself. She was wearing fine clothes back than - I think it was the Moment after the Accident coused by Moon Shik. The Moment she got lost.

Love to read a lot more from you!!!!

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Waiting for this drama to get subbed is torture. And is it just me or is dramafire not working?

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Yeah. Try it on Dramabay. They are also fast when it comes to sub.

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Not too sure if i'm allowed to mention the below streaming sites!

Subs are out about 90% on viki.com depending where you are, or try koreandrama.com which as the viki version
Dramacool will have it subbed later tonight or tomorrow morning.

its taking longer to sub, but its worth the wait.

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It just got subbed, thanks guys! Found it on the sites you mentioned

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I really, REALLY loved this episode. It gave off "City Hunter" + Story of a Man"'s vibes, and they are two of my absolute favs! Let's hope it keeps the pace of the 5th episode and stays on track! I have Faith (pun intended) in Song Jina jakka-nim! ^.^

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Lol! Now I'm feeling the Faith-feels :-)

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The way he looks at her at the end of the episode... argh! be still my heart!

Loving this drama.

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My late year surprise :)

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This drama is so amazing, i cant even wait for subs i just watch it without and when subs are out i watch it again XD Amazing cast and amazing story hope it continues like this. <3 Love it

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Yes it's that amazing, and I've never done that before. Watch a show without even understanding it, but that's what healer fires to you :)

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oh dang! Now I'm thinking i should watch this. That first episode with the coincidences and the lost children unknown parentage thing just turned me off. My bugaboos alas. But maybe i can force myself. Since everyone's totally loving this.

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Yeah, it's tough call sometimes for me when starting out. I'm having that problem with Punch at the moment. Episode 1 didn't grab me, and I'm having a hard time buckling down to watch Ep 2. Everyone is raving about it so I think I should give it a try. I've been wrong before.

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Oh, please DO, force yourself! You should give this show a chance. I did, and so far I haven't regretted it. At first, I didn't even read the highlights of the preview posts on Healer, maybe coz I had no idea who the hell Ji Chang wook is (yeah, I know, where have I been??), and I'm not too crazy about PMY either. And a story about somebody leaping across rooftops doing errands really didn't excite me, at first. But THEN, JB put a closeup of JCW in the first episode's recap, and that's it. I went onboard the Healers ship. :-)

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@@pastmidnite and lol the rest was history huh? ;) but same for me, fell in love with healer from the screen shots of him❤ ❥ ♡ ♥

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Give it a shot. The coincidences annoy me too but at least it's more just for the set up....now it's just about letting things play out.

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I will keep saying this JCW smile is heart melting

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Yes and not only his Smile, just this aura that surrounds him, makes him really stands out :)

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This episode reminded me of the taiwanese drama "Love me, love me not"........love JCW, but not so much this show!

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I love this drama and its not funny. Why this drama only have 2episode per week? Love everything and I can use a proper word to describe it. You describe it all.thanks

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I honestly did not expect this show to be so adorable. It was not at all the tone I thought they would go with and I am so happy to be wrong. I hope they keep this nice balance of dark and light moments.

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4D I'm glad this show stayed consistent throughout its run, and became a masterpiece here on DB :)

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Not that much the first 4 episode is really great but they killed it with cheesiness of the end of ep 4. That was ridiculous for him to do that and let CH identity and his identity be at risk. For a cautious and meticulous plus a very secretive identity to do that is a very bad writing in the script. It kill all the fun I had earlier for this drama.

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Hmm on the contrary, we got to see a glimpse of a man who was willing to risk being found out to save someone's life. And he isn't even telling himself he loves her yet. He found a reason to want to protect someone, and that happened because of his new emotions towards her, that he himself is unaware of :)❤ ❥ ♡ ♥

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I finally sat down yesterday and marathoned the 1st 4 eps of Healer after seeing so many positive recaps and comments from fellow beanies. I'm blown away!

The show certainly has a CH-esque feel to it and im loving it! Really enjoying the contrasting reactions between Healer & YS when it comes to dangerous situations and this ep had just enough of the serious stuff to move the plot/story along while also having its lighthearted moments.

Loving the Monday-Thursday timeslots currently with Healer, Pride & Prejudice, and Pinocchio. 3 must-sees for me.

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I'm watching the same 3 dramas although am less invested in Pride & Prejudice. So far, so good!

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Only HEALER for me, for some odd reasons once I started Healer, I found myself not invested in anything not healer related lol, it's an OBSESSION:)

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So started this drama yesterday and am 5 episodes in. Loving it so far especially the shenanigans Healer has to go through hahaha.

I feel ashamed that Im excited about this but I also have the same tupperware as Myunghee and that made really happy lol.

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Lol that is so cool, so I guess you must also adore your kitchen :)

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I loved the look he gave her at the end - he was totally respecting her!

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Trying to take advantage of the holidays to catch up on all the Healer episodes to see what all the excitement is about. Almost there...just 3 more episodes to go.

"Moments later, a gang of bikers zoom up to wreak havoc on the SS guards outside, pelting them with water guns and flour bombs and generally being a menace with petty vandalism." — Javabeans

I thought the bikers were pelted them with paintball guns/markers the 1st time around.

"I find her trauma credible (as in, I don’t feel that it makes her weak or reduces her to a damsel in distress), but I admit having the vague worry that I didn’t want her to always be in need of Jung-hoo’s intervention. And I was afraid that we were going to get a repetitive episode when Young-shin had another breakdown and he stepped in to mitigate things." — Javabeans

Yeah, I agree with you that her trauma is credible. However, damsel in distress is the exact description/impression that I had for Chae Young-Shin. Up until now, it has felt like she was simply another female lead in an action drama in need of the male lead's (Seo Jung-Hoo) intervention/rescue.

I'm watching but I'm just not feeling all the adoration and awe right now like so many here. Is it the Misaeng effect? The bar was raised and set so high that it's harder to connect now like I probably would have in the past?

But hey, I try to give a drama at least 6 episodes to fully reel me in.

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August, you're right young shin seems like a damsel in distress here, which makes her human. Humans do fear at certain points in their lives, even if they lead a strong life. And I think given her background, it makes sense that in this instance she would need to be rescued.

Unlike other kdrama heroines, she actually saves bongsooki several times, even though she is in fear.:)

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Thank you for your recaps. I started watching this drama after hearing you talk about it on your podcast and I am really enjoying the show. The smile at the end is truly good.

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I'm so I'm love with this show, the greatest kdrama I've ever watched, definitely the most addicting :)

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Thank you for the recap!
I started marathoning this drama ytd and already I love it so much. It has many good things about it - humor, action, cuteness, etc. Great storyline and the flow of the drama just works.

First time watching Ji Chang Wook and Yoo Ji Tae - they are both awesome! YJT nails the emotional, sad eyes look so well.

I can barely remember any details from City Hunter. Park Min Young's CH character wasn't memorable for me. But I'm loving her spunky, sweet character here.

The ending scene with Jung Hoo's smile was perfection!!

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Totally agree with you. Although I loved city hunter to pieces but her character doesn't stand out like her character in healer. She got spunk and spazz, and definitely the otp here is wayyyyyy better than CH :)❤ ❥ ♡ ♥

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Because waiting for Monday is sheer torture, I am re-watching all Healer episodes today beginning at episode 1. And now, I'm at 5, and I know now THIS is where I fell head over heels in love with this show. Everything about this drama is lovely, especially our OTP. I love Chae Young-Shin and Park Bong-Soo / Healer. I think these two will go down as two of my favourite heroes and heroines in my whole dramaverse. I adore them individually but together they are just so awesomely winning!

DB, thank you for your usual high quality recaps. They are my lifeline when I am struggling to survive the days-of-the-week-that-is-not-Monday. Thanks for the fix!

I am one of your silent readers who Healer has caused to de-lurk. But you, GF and your other writers should know, we always appreciate you (especially today). Thank you *bows You're the best!

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The whole rewatching does not end just there. Throughout the whole run of the show, I found myself unable to do anything else but watch previous episodes until the new one airs. It's so addicting :)

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It officially happened. I rewound more than 20 times AND took a million screen caps of THAT SMILE. That's a first for me. This drama is amazing. Here's hoping I can get caught up to all of you who are on e13 soon!!!!

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Yes that smile is what really sealed the deal for me. Made me a die hard fan of this actor❤

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I agree with your point about Chaeyoung's panic attacks and Junghoo running to save her.. Subtly and slowly, Chaeyoung fights back her trauma...

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