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Healer: Episode 6

Adorable. I feel like a giddy teenage girl watching this show, in all the best ways (squee!) minus the worst ways (you know, the mean girls and crushing insecurities and parents who just don’t get you), which makes it pretty much awesomely entertaining. I thought we’d had our story well in place, but we get a new game-changer that shifts relationships and setups around, and makes me itch to see how things will play out from here. Why are there only two episodes a week?

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EPISODE 6 RECAP

Young-shin stands up to the thoroughly repulsive President Hwang, just as Jung-hoo knocks over a beam in the greenhouse that unleashes a chain reaction of chaos. While he whimpers in a show of fear, Young-shin leads him out to safety, where they duck out of sight of pursuing thugs.

She takes control of the situation, assessing the hectic scene outside as Boss Sang-soo and his SS minions try to stop his rampaging car. I love that Sang-soo orders them not to hurt his precious car while trying to keep it from running them over. Priorities, man.

Young-shin instructs Jung-hoo to make a break for their car, and he timidly agrees. Then the instant she’s off, his wimpy act turns into cool professionalism as he calls over to Dae-yong (who’s manning the “possessed” car) and tells her to call her biker gang off. While the gangsters are distracted, they slip into their car and manage to screech off before they’re stopped.

The two detectives are still camped out in their car in front, and Detective Yoon watches with hilarious bemusement as a succession of cars comes zooming by: first it’s the rogue car, followed by Sang-soo in pursuit, followed by Young-shin and Jung-hoo making their getaway. Those two screech to a halt and Jung-hoo beelines for Detective Yoon, begging him to take them to the police to report the scary gangster men.

He doubles over with feigned gagging and takes note of the handcuffs in the detective’s back pocket, just as the SS thugs come running up, ready to beat down the escapees. They disregard the two plainclothes cops until Yo-Yo joins them, and apparently he and Detective Yoon go way back. So the detective introduces himself and is ready to hear Jung-hoo’s report—only they look around and he’s gone. His partner feels his pockets and realizes his handcuffs are missing.

Next thing we know, Jung-hoo’s racing along a rooftop in full Healer mode, leaping impressively from building to building. He directs Dae-yong to a meeting location and she, still joyriding in Sang-soo’s car, heads there while fending off Sang-soo’s enraged attempts to pull her over.

Sang-soo does succeed in forcing her to stop by intercepting her with his car, and since he’s still got his keys, he forces open the door. Dae-yong scrambles to get away, but he grabs her firmly and demands to know who she is. She keeps her face hidden while swearing at Jung-hoo for taking so long—which is his cue to come flying at them, taking over in this fight.

Jung-hoo easily gets the upper hand and then handcuffs Sang-soo to his own steering wheel, leaving him doubled over in a comically awkward position while he settles back for a little chat. Sang-soo asks about his relationship to Young-shin, and Jung-hoo says that he was using her as bait to get to Sang-soo. Aha, smart! He says he’d been watching Sang-soo and noted his interest in the reporter, and therefore figured to use her as a way to arrange this private tête-à-tête. (Sang-soo blusters, You could have just come to the office!)

Jung-hoo fishes around for Sang-soo’s cell phone (making ticklish Sang-soo giggle inadvertently) and coerces him into giving up the unlock code. Sang-soo initially refuses, but all it takes is one photo of him cuffed to his car and a threat to post it to his homepage for all his underlings to see, and he gives it up. I get a kick out of how a desperate Sang-soo takes issue to Healer’s underhanded methods of blackmail and threatening, as though he weren’t in the very same business. Hee, Sang-soo’s really growing on me.

Jung-hoo is only interested in the special VIP phone that only lists one contact (“owner”) and takes a listen to a recorded calls, wherein Moon-shik orders Sang-soo to “take care of” the Healer. He’s got a hunch who Owner is and shows a photograph of the two brothers, asking which it is. If he doesn’t spill the information willingly, well, Healer can always call Owner directly and explain the whole part where Sang-soo failed his task embarrassingly.

Meanwhile, Dad and Yeon-hee arrive at the police station, where more SS guards are stationed to await them. They call in to Moon-shik, who also arranges for a fresh wave of news to hit the internet today.

Young-shin gives her statement to Detective Yoon, explaining about her attempted kidnapping and today’s encounter with President Hwang. She names Jung-hoo as a witness, which makes the detective laugh a little since he’s such a scaredy-cat, and Young-shin admits a bit sheepishly that he has a habit of running in fear.

Detective Yoon asks if she knows who Go Sung-chul is, which is a new name to her, and also informs her that she—and her paper, and Yeon-hee—have now been hit with a lawsuit by President Hwang.

She sputters in indignation and hits the web immediately, and finds a fresh spate of smear-job articles painting Yeon-hee as a gold-digging con artist who seduces powerful people as part of her swindle.

Yeon-hee and Dad are thoroughly ignored by the police, who leave them waiting for ages. Finally one arrives to take her statement, and it’s then that they hear that there’s a warrant out for her arrest. Dad protests that they’re here as the victim, but the officer just says they’ll have to take care of that alongside the other interrogation.

Dad’s too preoccupied to take Young-shin’s call, and she briefly considers calling Moon-ho for help. She dismisses the idea, but the situation is dire and she reconsiders. Aghhh, I love the look on his face when he hears her voice on the line, like it means so much.

She asks if he’d be able to broadcast her information properly if she gave him access to all of it—Yeon-hee’s testimony, her hospital records, her text messages from President Hwang. She admits that the video she’d mentioned in her article doesn’t actually exist, and says that she has no power and her paper is tiny and weak. But he’s part of a huge outlet with lots of resources—surely he can make something of it.

Moon-ho shares some disheartening truths about how his broadcaster just buries any story it doesn’t like, pumping out trash instead—because people enjoy trash more than truth. He asks, “Even when nobody wants to know that truth, do you still want to make it known?” She gets increasingly agitated, but he continues, asking why she doesn’t just ditch the story now.

Young-shin barks at him that she just wants to know if he will report the story or not, and that she’ll put her name on it if he doesn’t want to bear the brunt of the backlash. Moon-ho’s face takes on this interestingly twisted look—he’s excited and interested, but it’s not clear exactly what drives it.

Dad and Yeon-hee leave the station in nervous spirits, and he tries to assure her that he’ll confer with other lawyers to help them fight this. Young-shin arrives outside the station just as they’re stepping outside, about to be ambushed by the group of reporters that’s convened outside smelling a story.

But Yeon-hee is recognized and swarmed with cameras shoved in her face, looking like a deer in headlights. Reporters barrage her with questions, and Young-shin and Dad do their best to run interference while Yeon-hee looks shell-shocked.

Moon-ho arrives at his apartment to find Min-jae waiting at his door. While he puts together dinner, she tells him that the Yeon-hee story has taken a different shape—now it’s about scam artists who seduce and then blackmail their rich targets. Yeon-hee’s also accused of conspiring with a reporter to demand millions from an upstanding political figure. Guh, gag me with a spoon already.

In a tellingly casual-but-totally-probing way, Min-jae mentions “the first woman in your heart,” which he says she ought to have forgotten; he’d said them long ago, and seems sorry for hurting her with them.

She points out that no woman would forget comments like that, then reminds him that they dated starting from the time they joined the company together. She’d waited for ages and finally proposed when he never said a word… and his response was that there was a “first woman” already in his heart, and that Min-jae could only be second—could she be okay with that? She wasn’t, which explains why they’re no longer together.

They toast to his resignation, and she asks what he means to do now. Moon-ho says there’s a promising kid he’d like to develop, and he plans to teach the basics and asks if Min-jae will take her on.

Min-jae says he could just have her go through the proper channels at the station, but he points out that she refused to let him work on the Yeon-hee story, and he his protégé’s development necessitates that story. She asks why he wants her to take on the protégé later—what’ll he be doing then? He doesn’t answer, which I find unsettling.

Min-jae’s pretty sharp at reading between the lines and asks who this kid is and what she has to do with his first woman. She’s embarrassed at herself for being upset, and he tells her earnestly that he owes that girl a huge debt. Min-jae asks, “After it’s repaid, will the number one slot in your heart open up?”

He says that that’s his wish. And after the debt is clear, he means to leave far away: “Maybe Alaska, or Africa. Someplace really cold or really hot. I’ve lived too lukewarmly till now.”

A puzzled delivery boy arrives at the Healer’s abandoned building and follows a series of instructions to leave food at a drop-off point. That’s where Jung-hoo picks up his order, and something tickles his Spidey sense as he looks sharply down the empty hallway. But there’s nothing, and he continues on toward his lair…

At which point a man drops into frame from his hiding spot above, silently and stealthily. Aha, are you Old Fogey Teacher?

Jung-hoo checks his surveillance monitors and is satisfied with what he sees, then calls Min-ja, only to get her voicemail. He’s confused at her being out of touch all day, and also horrified at the super aegyo message that greets the call, which demands that her caller sign off with a cutesy I love youuuuuu~!

He leaves a message speculating that the person who ordered him killed has to be Moon-shik, which makes sense if you figure that he had Go Sung-chul hand over a file, killed him, then wanted Healer also killed to cover his tracks.

It turns out that ajumma’s right there listening to the call, purposely ignoring it while she talks to Teacher. She points out that Jung-hoo’s well on his way to finding out the truth with no help from her, and soon he’ll know that his father was friends with Moon-shik.

Teacher makes sure that Min-ja has tampered with Jung-hoo’s cameras, and we see that he’s out there in the hallway. He wonders how much Jung-hoo will find out, and she points out that it won’t take long, and that all he has to do is check the news stories to find out that his father killed his friend over money, and committed suicide when he was taken in for police interrogation.

Ah, and then he calls Min-ja “detective,” which explains a few things, like how she knows Detective Yoon and where she picked up her hacking skills (since Yoon is part of the cyber crimes department). Teacher worries about Jung-hoo’s reaction to finding out about his father, sighing over his dream to run away to a deserted island. But Min-ja points out that Jung-hoo has never once abandoned somebody—because it was always the other person abandoning him. Father, mother, grandmother, and even Teacher.

Jung-hoo’s civilian phone pings with a text from Young-shin, which he ignores. It’s followed by a swear-filled text scolding him for ignoring her, which makes him pause for a moment. Then another message comes in, and she worriedly checks to make sure that he’s okay, asking him to call her to confirm. It ends on a morose “I feel like dying right now.”

Jung-hoo doesn’t reply, but he re-reads her texts with amusement, laughing at her funny word choices. But he lingers on her last line, pondering her meaning.

Over at the Chae household, the mood is decidedly grim as Dad goes over the case. Yeon-hee’s badly shaken and Young-shin feels pretty low, as things do not look good at all for them. The stories cite Yeon-hee’s blackmail demand for 3 billion won, and Dad asks if that number ever came up. Yeon-hee recalls with a sinking heart that once the president had asked if she’d go along for 30 million won, and she’d retorted that money wasn’t the issue and sarcastically said that he should try giving her 3 billion. President Hwang must’ve recorded the conversation.

Young-shin steps aside to take a call, and is simultaneously scolding and relieved to hear Jung-hoo on the line. He explains that he felt sick earlier and vomited and fell asleep, sounding embarrassed and apologetic. Young-shin tells him matter-of-factly not to feel ashamed, and then confides that she has a similar condition where she finds it hard to breathe. But she says it’s not something to be embarrassed about—it’s only an inconvenience.

We see that he’s calling from nearby, watching her from his usual perch across the way. There’s a running joke that always makes me smile, as Jung-hoo once again forgets to talk “up” to her in jondae and Young-shin once again catches him at it. Usually he stammers an excuse or pretends she misheard him, but today he just continues in banmal and she lets it slide.

He asks about her comment about wanting to die, and she sighs that it’s a long story. He says he’s fine to hear it, and she explains about the pickle she’s gotten herself into with the article, and how the press has painted her in the bad light. As he listens, Jung-hoo leaps down from the second story and walks closer to her as she complains about Kim Moon-ho and how she had to swallow her pride to talk to him, only to have him distancing himself.

He gets close enough to see her face as she answers his questions about how famous Moon-ho is, and she admits that she’d liked Moon-ho quite a lot: “He was my idol and my first love and my longtime one-sided crush.”

She tells him about the poster she’d pinned in her room of him, and how beginning last year, she’d been “two-timing” him with another one-sided crush.

Jung-hoo asks who that other guy is, and she just says he wouldn’t know even if she told him: “He’s a nighttime errand boy.” Omo. That look on his face.

He stutters that he doesn’t know what that is, and she tells him that this guy is super famous in his world. She supposes that the rumors of his skills are probably exaggerated, “But he made my heart pound, and fantasize about him. That’s how One-Sided Crush Number 2 began.”

He already looks like his brain is going to explode trying to process this—especially when he can see just how giddy this talk makes her—but she has even more to add. She says that she figured she’d never get to meet him, but she’s pretty sure she ended up doing just that. She didn’t get to see his face, “But that feeling…”

Young-shin gets bashful and repeats, “That feeling…” And then she laughs in embarrassment and resumes her normal tone to tell him that he’s strange, and oddly comfortable to her. Oh, he smiles at that.

And then she adds, “Like… we’re sisters?” HAHAHA. He shoots her this incredulous look, sputtering after she hangs up and heads back inside the house. “Sisters?!

Moon-shik takes a secret meeting with Assemblyman Kim at a bar, but curiously, it’s the elderly bartender to whom he defers. The Bartender is clearly some high-up figure, and the whole time that he speaks pleasantries with Moon-shik, Assemblyman Kim cowers miserably, knowing he’s in the hot seat. And the Bartender’s smooth, gentle voice has an undercurrent of sternness that make him an ominous figure.

The Bartender points out that there are certain lines that must not be crossed, which Assemblyman Kim did not observe, and that a lot of people worked very hard to make him mayoral candidate. It’s quite troublesome to have all that work go down the drain over one woman, isn’t it?

Assemblyman Kim begs for another chance. The Bartender does not look particularly forgiving.

Moon-shik goes home that night and assists Myung-hee to bed, assuring her lovingly that he never gets tired of looking after her. She asks about his day, and he says that he met yet more sorry types who guard their greed like bugs and their eggs, and wondered again whether the country would be okay left in hands like those.

Myung-hee remarks on how much he’s changed since he was a timid, reticent university student. These days, he’s more like Merlin, the wise and crafty wizard behind King Arthur. She asks, “Do you perhaps want to be King Arthur rather than Merlin?” He’s grown more powerful over the past twenty years: “Do you still feel lacking?”

Moon-shik tells her that he hasn’t changed from his younger days. He may have only been the driver while the others were off in pursuit of justice, “But I still did it. Saying that what’s not right isn’t right. I still want to do that. But in order to do that, I’ve learned that I need power, that’s all.”

She accepts that and apologizes for quibbling, but he’s not offended.

The next morning, Editor Jang is a mess of nerves waiting for a call from his boss, who’d promised to send over an attorney who hasn’t arrived yet. But he’s in for a bigger shock when Moon-ho arrives at the office, and the mere sight of him has they staff speechless and star-struck.

Editor Jang guesses that he’s here to do research on the Yeon-hee story, as in interview them for his news station, but his jaw drops when Moon-ho says, “I look forward to working with you.” Ohhhh. You mean you quit your fancy job at the TV station to work here? That’s awesome.

Young-shin arrives in the lobby a few steps behind Jung-hoo and playfully sneaks up on him, then wonders at the movers who’ve just arrived. They arrive at the office just as Moon-ho is familiarizing himself with the layout while Editor Jang scratches his head in confusion. Upon Young-shin’s arrival, Moon-ho announces that he will be creating a new video department, which will require more space and crew for a camera and editing team.

He talks about buying another floor of the building like it’s nothing (to be fair, to him it IS nothing), and just as Editor Jang is trying to explain to him how they operate, he gets a call from the paper’s owner… who has just sold this building. And the paper. Heads swivel to look at Moon-ho, whose presence suddenly makes a lot more sense.

Moon-ho tells Young-shin that she’ll be very busy from here on out, rapping her on the head and telling her to call home—she won’t be there for a few days. He smiles at her, Young-shin gapes at him, and Jung-hoo… well, he does not look happy.

 
COMMENTS

Lots of layers to unpeel. Let’s start with the Kim brothers, who are both so charming and complicated, who are so in command of their outer facade that it’s difficult to know what version of them is the truth—or if we’ve even seen their truth yet. I feel like Young-shin angling to see the Healer’s face better in that one-dimensional photograph, as though by craning my neck I might catch a glimpse of these men that we’re not being given access to yet.

Do I believe Moon-shik? It’s tough to decide, because I don’t think he’s a flattened villain who just wants power for power’s sake. Even if he goes off the deep end, I can believe that he believes he has noble intentions underneath it all, although I’m still wondering whether he means what he told Myung-hee or whether he’s just really good at telling her convincing lies.

But ultimately, Moon-shik is less of a cipher than Moon-ho, because even if he’s a multi-faceted human, I know how I feel about him and his place in the story. Whatever his motivations, he’s adopted the Machiavellian approach to realizing his goals, and clearly crossed the line into abusing power. Moon-ho, on the other hand… he fascinates me because even when we know he’s not being open about something, you can see his underlying earnestness. Yet he strikes me as a tragic figure, and I have this niggling sense of unease about where he may end up.

His conversation with Min-jae was illuminating, and I felt for Min-jae as the woman who loves him in an uncomplicated way, only to have him return the feeling all twisted up with baggage. I admire her for walking away from a doomed relationship, but also feel for her frustration now, especially with Moon-ho being so exasperatingly flippant. He’s manipulative and shrewd, and although I don’t mean that in an evil sense, he’s not so different from his brother. What will determine his character is what he decides to do with his resources, because it’s not so much about what you’re capable of doing as it is what you actually choose to act on.

I wasn’t sure if we were actually going to get a standard love triangle including Moon-ho, because I could see the guilt angle being quite enough to carry his character without the romance. And I wouldn’t have minded if we left him out of the romance angle, although on the upside, this is one way to get jealous Healer, and c’mon, who isn’t looking forward to that? If we must do the first loves angle, which is never my favorite thing, I do suppose this is a nice way to handle it, because basically we’re doing the opposite of convention here—Moon-ho and Young-shin are each other’s first loves, but they’re not our OTP. And at least it’s not a great big coincidence throwing them all together twenty years later, since this is a story where their childhood connection is actually a reason for their adult connection, not just a coincidental byproduct.

But really, we want to squee about Young-shin and Jung-hoo, right? Her admission took me completely by surprise, so I feel like we were right there in Healer’s shoes when he realized who she was talking about, all stunned and giddy and incredulous. Now it makes sense that she was so drawn to mention of the Healer in the first episode, because she’d already known about him, albeit as something of an untouchable myth.

That “sisters” line was the perfect way to undercut the gooeyness of the moment (although really, I was fine with the goo), and also perfect for their dynamic. I laugh every time Young-shin calls him Bong-sook, which she took to doing early on despite his attempts to correct her. Bong-sook is a girly version of Bong-soo, which isn’t to say she’s calling him a girl—she isn’t saying he’s a sissy, but now it makes a lot of sense in light of her calling him a sister. Bong-sook-ah rather rolls off the tongue more than Bong-soo-ya, plus she’s the sunbae in the relationship so it makes sense that she sees him as this neutered, cute kiddo.

It’s one of my favorite dynamics of the whole Clark Kent–Lois Lane relationship, so I get a kick out of this dichotomy she describes, where Healer is all strength and mystery and unfinishable sentences, and Bong-sook-ah is the kid sister she takes care of. (Not even an unni! Oh the crushing indignity.) I suppose it would be fun to see Young-shin split between two virile hotties, but this way is hilarious in its own way, opening us up for more possibilities. Like the moment when Bong-sook goes from sexless to a sexy challenger to rival the Healer himself. What, like we can’t have our cake and eat it too?

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Thank you so much for the recap! Happy Holidays everyone!

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Thanks JB for the fast recap.

And Hi Ivoire and Happy Holidays to You too!

I was just thinking that this is going to be the most interesting love quadrangle made of 3 persons LOL!

Moon Ho's caring for Young Shin might be transference from how he liked and still admires her mum, Myung Hee, and laced with lots of guilt. He's more like a protective presence but I find it hard to see him ever as a serious candidate, except that Young Shin used to idolise him. But that seems to be in the past for her as she now wonders more about Healer.

All knew each other as kids but seem to have been long separated and at least Young Shin and Jung Hoo have forgotten or are not aware of the links between their parents.

So would Young Shin have been Moon Ho's first love (or might that have been her mum) but might Jung Hoo have been Young Shin's first love when they were children? This looks (I hope it does) to be on its way to be played out as a parallel theme to the investigation of political criminal shenanigans.

It's going to be fun watching Healer/Bong Sook-ie develop in relationship, which seems alien to him, as he moves from being stupefied (by YS), intrigued and perplexed to genuinely caring. He'll have to figure out his priorities. Keep himself safe (hide Healer) vs keep YS safe (likely to reveal Healer)? Keep his distance as is more comfortable to him, or become part of that quirky family. :)

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I do believe when Moon-ho is talking about the first woman in his heart, he is talking about Myung-hee

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That was my impression as well.

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Yup, agree

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Me too, to be honest!

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"Adorable. I feel like a giddy teenage girl watching this show"

Dang... I feel like I need to watch this show now, javabeans!!

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"Why are there only two episodes a week?"

I was wondering the SAME thing!!!

I'm on vacation and why isn't next Monday here already?!

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follow up: I STARTED WATCHING AND IT'S SO GOOD.

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where can i watch this episode subbed? :(

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Episode 5 is already subbed, ep 6 maybe by tomorrow. DF already announced that they will release the subs on Tuesday and Wednesday (New York time). You can also watch on KBS World, but it's late by two weeks.
I actually pray for fansubbers to release the subs as soon as possible so I can understand the story.

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It's kinda weird to read the recaps before the subs are out. Javabeans is so fast and the subs for this show seem rather slow :/

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you can watch it here it's hd :) with eng subs http://myasiantv.com/drama/healer/episode-7/

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When Youngshin said if she has one-sided-crush with Healer.. my heart so beating loudly and blushing.. really >< that scene so romantic.. the backsound and Junghoo's ekspression so aaaaawww. Day by day i become addicted with this drama.. so the love triangle will be between Bongsoo-Youngshin-Healer(Junghoo) right? I just can't imagine how can Bongsoo will get jealous for himself? Lol.. this drama really fun and good.. really good. And how about using Moonho for make Junghoo more and more jealousy.. i think not bad for it haha

Hahhhh.. waiting for monday again.. i really hate this feel.

Nice recap!

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It's kind of funny when the love triangle is among Healer-CYS-PBS.. I thought KMH would be one half of the love triangle... CYS and PBS gels so well. Their interaction is really adorable!!! Oh goodness and now I have to wait for one week! :(

Thanks so much for the recap, JB!

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God i love this show!!!!

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This show just gives me feels. Just the otp xD.

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Ji Chang Wook is perfect as Healer/Seo Jung Hoo/Park Bong Soo!
How can a man be the adorable one with his sunbae and the sexy messenger in the night? I fall in love with him again. As if I haven't fallen in love already :)

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Thanks for the recap.
I'm giddy to see the dynamic between Healer and Young-Shin. The 'kid sister' also gives a diffent touch than the usual Clark-Louis line. Cannot wait the time when Young shin finds that Bong-sook is sexy.
Happy holiday everyone!!!

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i feel so addicted to this drama !!

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Me too!

JCW and PMY are burning the screen with their chemistry.

I think on episode 5, when she was about to hyperventilate, and she held on to him and he hid her face in his chest...gosh ...that was hot...

Imagine when they will kiss.... I feel like a pervert saying this... but I cannot wait for that moment.

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You and me both, my friend. You and me both.

I will probably explode into a cloud of rainbow-colored glitter. Hehe.

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Sisters. HAHAHAHA.

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I am hoping this drama will fill the void left in my life by Misaeng. But the writer being SJN, I better not hold my breath. Her works always start strong only to expire with a wimper IMHO.

I wonder why PMY's character is named Chae Youngsin by the way. To Korean viewers, that name cannot fail to conjure up the name sake from the Korean classic novel Evergreen Tree and her beau Park Dong Hyuk.

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I just started watching Healer today and I'm on ep 5 already. It's definitely filling the void after Misaeng.

I LOVE it!

It goes without saying that Yoo Ji-Tae is great, but I'm surprised at how much I'm loving Ji Chang-Wook. I remember him in The Sons of Sol Pharmacy House, but he's so awesome in this role.

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I would love to hear more about this literary reference in the story!

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The other Chae Youngshin was based on a real life educator/patriot/pioneer Choi Yongshin who dedicated her very short life (died in her late 20's, I believe) to educating the deprived Korean populace during the Japanese occupation and an imagined romance between her and another educator who worked to modernize Korean farming technology. This book, Evergreen Tree, is a mandatory reading for Korean middle/high schoolers. So when someone says Chae Youngshin, Koreans will immediately think of the book.

Considering what kind of person YS's adoptive father is, I can see him naming his daughter this.

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Thanks! That definitely enriches one's understanding of her character.

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wow..seriously never knew this before..thanx a lot for your info..i think i need to rewatch this drama again

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Love love love and its painfull to wait new episode because I want it now! Thank you for recaps.love it.

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Oh I dunno... Dong-soo-yah used to roll off my tongue quite well back in the day... :P

To My Precious... words fail me to describe how utterly AWESOME you are by nailing this role. Keep it up, stay warm, and put some arnica gel on those bruises. :)

Great episode, but I found myself making use of the fast-forward button when Moon-ho and Min-jae were in deep conversation. Maybe because I'm still not connecting with her character? Time will tell, I guess.

Another frustrating watch was the whole police station scene. COME ON Young-shin Appa! Find those Lawyer Balls and use them, dammit!!! You need me to fly over there to kick some corrupt political asses? Pencil me in for a meeting next week, arraso?

P.S. *squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee* :D

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Ah.. I thought I always heard wrongly, that Young Shin calling Bong Soo as Boon SooK-ya. Now I know why!

Hilarious that she feels comfortable with him because his is like a sister to her.

Healer's reaction is really O_O.

I also like that she is so accommodating, never once was she angry that BongSoo flee without her. And even worry about him. Even between sunbae and hoobae, that's normal?

Guess she is so caught up with her 2-timing crushes on KMH and Healer that she didn't realised exactly why she is comfortable with BongSoo.

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"I laugh every time Young-shin calls him Bong-sook, which she took to doing early on despite his attempts to correct her. Bong-sook is a girly version of Bong-soo, which isn’t to say she’s calling him a girl—she isn’t saying he’s a sissy, but now it makes a lot of sense in light of her calling him a sister."

Ohh, so that's what's going on. The DF subs totally ignore this, so Young-shin's like "Bong-soo" and Bong-soo's like "My name isn't Bong-soo" and I'm like "What the huh?"

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Same here. I'll have to check viki to see whether their subbers pick up this nuance.

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Yeah that! It's subbed as Bong-soo while YS clearly calls him Bong-sook(a). And during that phone conversation, subs said she said "we are like brother and sister..." but she actually said they're ''like sisters''. Which is undoubtedly way funnier.

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I just started watching this show and really like it! I think the Bong-sook "joke" is hilarious. I think part of the joke with the name is that "Bong-sook-ie" (or "Bong-sook-ah") is a song by a band called Rose Motel.

When Young-shin introduces the Bong-soo to her dad when she's drunk (ep. 5?), she calls him Bong-sook-ie (I think for the first time), and she says something like, "I know, I was thinking [of that song], too." And she sings a few bars of the Rose Motel song. The song itself is really funny. It seems to be about a guy who is out drinking with a girl named Bong-sook, and he's kind of trying to get her to go to a hotel with him, in a typical slightly-drunk-guy-hoping-to-get-lucky kind of way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOeezdUn3WM

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OMG WHAT AHAHHAHAHHAHA After moer than a year, I only knew this now =))))

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Yay JB, thanks for the fast recap again! You're my hope for understanding this drama because the subs always take forever.

This episode took it a bit slooow, but Young Shin's confession put me on such a giddy mood ever since last night that I don't really mind. How adorable can this otp be, really? <3

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Wait! Isn't Young-Shin Moon-Ho's niece or she Myung-Hee's daughter but not Moon-Shik's?

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They're not related. Young-shin (Ji-an) was born to Myung-hee and her reporter husband (Gil-han) before he died in an accident. Moon-shik married her afterward.

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Thank you very much for your reply, JB. Moon-ho potentially falling for Young-Shin makes much sense to me now. :) And while I am at it, Best Wishes for this Holiday Season and New Year.

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-grimaces- wait so does that mean that she has a crush on her step dad?? Talk about GROSS..... >.<

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No, Moon Shik (not Moon Ho) is her step father.

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it only makes sense that they are not blood related! but i'm still confused ! if they are not related then how did the DNA test showed that they are ?

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by they i mean ( moon-ho and young-shik )

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it only makes sense that they are not blood related! but i’m still confused ! if they are not related then how did the DNA test showed that they are ?

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She's Myung Hee's daughter from another man, her late husband, Gil Han. So Moon Ho and Young Shin technically aren't related by blood.

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JB beat me to the punch lol. Thanks JB! :)

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It's weird and impossible, because it almost seemed like a fatherly thing that Moon Ho seemed to feel towards Young Shin. There no way, right?

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Right now, I say their relationship is fairly platonic. Young Shin admires Moon Ho as an idol reporter, while Moon Ho cares for Young Shin in a brotherly way. That may or may not develop into something more in the future. Who knows. Personally though, I would much rather prefer if they keep their sibling-like relationship. :)

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That makes sense. A big brother could also feel protective and sorry towards his little sister.

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Thank you so much for the recap. I keep waiting for the subs, and I've watched episode 6 a lot of times since last night.

I love the way she revealed that she has a crush on Healer as well. I was like SQUEEEEEEE!!!

Can't get enough of them. Thanks a lot again!

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omg i can't. Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young... alskdjlfksjdlkfjkdjf;

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Every Monday and Tuesday I watch the new episode of this drama like ten times each without subs and understand as much as my years of watching Kdramas allows but thankfully you always faithfully recap for me at the end of the day and for that I sincerely say Thank You and Have a great Christmas and New Years!!!

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Healer - Young-shin - Bong-sookie ----> This really is the main love triangle in this drama.

Gaaaah. This drama's so good it hurts, in the best way possible.

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O.M.G. This. Great recap, JB, as always. I feel all giddy & fuzzy inside just by reading this. Oh I wish I could have a one-sided crush to someone and confess to a person that turned out to be noneother than THAT someone wooohoooo my teenage self wanted to return so badly lol

So the subs are slow huh?well, I never depend on subs, not because I understand the language, but because I have Dramabeans! I'm so addicted to this site that every time I connect to the internet, even if its for work or leisure, I always check on DB first. I even thought about asking JB if she ever wanted her blog to be translated into my language, and if yes, I would happily do it for her, for free! lol

And Ji Chang wook...that does it. I'm officially your fan.

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I really wonder what angle they'll take with Young-shin's and Jung-hoo's dads' deaths. If I understood it correctly, it seems like they pinned Young-shin's dad's death on Jung-hoo's dad, but that seems almost definitely to be Moon-shik's work.

At first, I thought they were overdoing it with the old family relationships carrying over twenty years later and aligning so much, but they're doing a great job making it a believable and deliberate part of the storyline. I'm very excited to see the main three characters connect over uncovering the past and avenging those injustices. I also think that will add an even deeper dynamic to Young-shin and Jung-hoo's relationship which will be really great to watch!

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When there are more than the usual coincidences or connections, the question that pops to my mind always is, was it deliberate? I've been thinking that Healer's Teacher has a hand not only in making Jung Hoo the Healer, but perhaps also in linking him up with Moon Ho or Moon Shik. He might be hoping that the truth behind the 'deaths' of Gil Han, Jung Hoo's father and Ji An be uncovered in the process of Healer's normal errands.

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Man this giddiness I feel. I'm in love! This is the most perfect thing to come across this year. It's a story I believe in, villians who seem real. And a love story which is sweeping me off my feet. Did I mention I'm in love?

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Ooh and I call dibs on Bong-Sook ah!

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Get in line!

Though I have to say after this episode I am totally floored by Kim Moon-ho. THAT SMILE! Dibs.

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Yes, you did :-) So am I. And almost all (or all) the commenters here LOL

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I just watched this great interview with JCW. He is so, so natural and reasonable and looks so good in it....aahh!

Enjoy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by8ytj7hwdE

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love this.. thank you.. i watched without engsub so your recap helps me a lot.. thank you once again :)

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Ok, I know this is totally backwards. But I'm actually really happy Christmas is here...so it can distract me from the excruciating wait for this drama.

I LOOOOOVE it, guys. I know I keep saying it, but I don't know how to not say it.

I mean, that OTP. I just can't get enough of their dynamic. I'm actually really enjoying a lot other than that about this drama, but, like I said, that OT-freaking-P.

That confession! Gah, they own me heart and soul. There's just so many layers of goodness in that confession. Because, like you said, we get to experience the surprise of her crush on Healer right alongside him, AND, at the same time, we're seeing her confide this in her Bong-sook in complete and total comfort (and, yes, as a 'sister' haha). This progression feels so strangely satisfying. What I enjoy the most about this dynamic? Looking at the future Young-shin's reaction to allllll this, when she finds out her so-called 'sister' is the sexy Healer she's been crushing on. That said, I don't need that reveal to happen any time soon. I'm enjoying this too much!

"I feel like a giddy teenage girl watching this show" - You're not the only one! Thanks so much for the recap :)

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Thanks for the recap javabeans :)

I love, love this show!! Words can't describe. The actors, story, action and music. Love it all so far. Cross fingers it lasts.

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Guys, that look in his eyes that ji Changwook have park min young during the phone conversation scene is what makes me swoon. I swear, I noticed his ability to successfully give off the romantic longing stare way before I even watched him in any of his works. It was when I was checking out K.will's mv for "I Need You", so much JCW eye candy. Literally, like, his eyes, so expressive.

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Thanks for the tip. I just checked out the video. He certainly has mastered the whole "loving" and "longing" set of facial expressions! Do actors have to practice these expressions in the mirror? Seriously, do they?

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Replayed that video 97321908 times. *swoons* Can't get enough of JCW's perfect stares.

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Why, Omomo, your comments always crack me up :D

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This is the first time I've watched a drama raw. I watch a scene, read the recap, watch a scene,read the recap of the scene.
Thanks javabeans, you're all kinds of awesome.
Peya,
I'm glad you got another good drama, you're killing it, now i'm totally over Goryeo 's Wang Yu.nae ma eum ui mo duen dang sin eur
Saranghpnida oppa *cough* Peya.

Yours Sunyang.

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More than sure that when Young Shin meets Healer again she will ask him to help her find her family,she said it herself in ep 1 i think that she wants to pay/ask him for that help...For me MoonHo has this twisted part in him made by his guilt he carried with him all this time over what he knows from back then,hmmm.the story about JungHoo dad killing Young Shin Dad because of money and killing himself sounds too simple and fishy,the involvment of MoonShik must be in there working for the old man Boss,curious what info did this Reporter got on him back then he felt teh need to get rid of all of them...For me when MoonHo was talking with Young Shin he had that twisted,perverse part to make her be direct with what she wants while making him boiled in already decision,aka the question if she wants to make the truth known even if nobody cares,he already had planed to come to her but he needed that perverse way,harsh to make him make teh plan roll...I'm sure now Healer thinks MoonHo came closer to Young Shin to use her to get to him as he doens't know his intention and with Min Ja telling him in the preview the customer aka MH wants him to take care of YS very well sounds even more suspicious....
This drama became already one of my favorite from the run shows because it is complex and with lots of story and intertsing characters,hope the rating will go up but with the strong competition don't hope too much
When Young SHin said she feels that comfortable vibe with Healer i was thinking about her and Joon Ho when little,he was her oppa so to say and was the comfortable by her side so maybe without knowing from there is hinted...Man,curious if Young SHin will become to fell in love/like with time both Healer and Boong Suk ah,it would be hilarious...like the story playes with Superman here...and of course who doens't want JungHoo to feel and understand jelousy,priceless...even more when eh is a fake,curious how much can eh keep the stunt going with MoonHo there who might read his act..curious if he will keep him there working by Young SHin along

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What is going to be certain is that now that Healer has become aware of Young Shin's 2 crushes and has become invested in keeping her safe as well as had twinges of jealousy, he'll have to continue as Bong Soo(kie) much longer than originally planned, just to keep sticking around Young Shin and Moon Ho.

I'm looking forward to lots more of Bong Sook and how he continuallly vacillates between personae without anyone finding out! Love the Superman motif!

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Happy Holidays everyone!

Thanks for the recap JB!

I am loving this drama so much. I guess everyone's favourite moment this episode must have been the telephone call where Young-shin was confessing to Bong-soo about her crushon Healer! *Squee*

I am really impressed with Ji Chang-wook's acting here. A lot of times, the best moments aren't from the dialogue, but the way he expresses his emotions with facial expressions and through his eyes. The look of surprise when Young-shin was confessing,and that look of jealousy and challenge when Moon-ho announced he was taking over "Someday News"/

All in all, I am so impressed with this drama and can scarcely wait for more!

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Thanks for the recap, javabeans!

I wonder why my heart is fluttering when watching this drama. What is this crazy feeling,aigoo~ (>_<)

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This is my new crack!
And yes it does gives the city hunter vibe...which makes me super excited that it "might" be as good!
Btw I'm liking park min young character a lot. She's improved and acting it well. Thumbs up!

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I actually thought that Jung Hoo would fall for Young shin first, but now after her confession, I am so looking forward to JH's reaction whenever she mentions her crush Healer. ^^
Happy Holidays everyone. Thank you JB for the recap. :)

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JB thanks for the recap.i cant wait to read from u soo..love it...

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JB thanks for the recap.i enjoy it.i cant wait to read from u soon..love it...

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I'm still waiting for english sub for episode 6, but I suspect Jung-hoo's dad was a healer and Moon-shik killed him, maybe knowing that?

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No, after consideration, I take it back.

If JH's dad was a healer (which I hope so! It totally makes sense and would be so so AWESOME!), Moon-shik wouldn't have known.

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Ah the episodes seem to get shorter (not really, just seems that way)..

Telling BSS that Young Shin was 'bait', was really smart ^_^

I wonder if the other 'healer' was the teacher or Jung Hoo's dad. It could be what the teacher called himself when he tried to distract the police for his friends.

Bong Soo vs Jung Hoo love triangle reminds me a bit of Fall In Love With Me. The girl fell in love with 'the other version of him'.

I realllllyyyy like this drama :D I like the way we slowly learn more about our characters and the events. Not too fast, not too slow. In a good pace.Thanks for the recap!

Merry Christmas everybody!

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The plots are just perfect. Very thoughtful! I love how each episode opens a new secret. I can't wait until ep7.

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I am loving this series. Haven't seen ep 6 but read the recap and I hope to watch it later tonight (I have a turkey to prep for tomorrow soooo)

Here's my theory:
-Moon Ho's guilt: he probably saw something and said nothing or outright lied about something. Probably what got Gil Han into trouble. Moon Shik is holding it over him out of familial loyalty.

Man, the actors in this are so good. You can totally see the envy and bitterness in young MS all throughout the flashback scenes with the pick-up, the hospital etc.

I think the Healer activities started during the dictatorship hence that ref in Ep 5 about MS knowing the name from long ago.

My guess is Original Healer was either the guy on the motorcycle or a collective persona played by all the pirate radio guys in turn.

- Healer has now become a job with various people playing the part over time. Like Dread Pirate Roberts in the Princess Bride? I agree that Original Healer chose Jung Ho as a trainee BECAUSE he's been wanting to give Moon Shik his comeuppance for that dirty trick he pulled to "kill" Gil Han and take his family.

I even think MS is the reason Ji An was "abandoned" in the first place. MS didn't exactly have a look of love at the hospital meeting the baby.

- I'm curious to know if Myung Hee (sp? the hemiplegic, JA's mother) and Gil Han remained journalists after the end of the dictatorship or not? Maybe GH cottoned to MS turn to the dark side and confronted him? Though MS seems devious and driven enough to have played things quiet until the time to strike.

My wish is for this drama to remain very good, interesting, entertaining with nuanced characters. I may start a novena.

Lastly, though physically, neither PMY nor JCW do anyting for me but I am LOVING both of them in their respective roles! Lovin Lawyer Dad, he's got that Football Coach face idk, and Matante's turn as Hacker Ahjumma. Loved her as the aunt in Master's Sun but she is equally great here!!!

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"My guess is Original Healer was either the guy on the motorcycle or a collective persona played by all the pirate radio guys in turn." - Ooooo. I never thought of that. But that would be so cool!!! (Although, I admit, I kinda don't expect that to be the case :/)

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Did I totally see this wrong or maybe I missed a previous reveal? "Teacher" is Editor Jang is motorcycle-riding dude from the original gang?

I mean, it totally makes sense now that I think about past episodes and JA's questions about his earlier reporter days....
When MH first came into the office at the end, you could totally see Editor Jang waiting to be recognized.

But wouldn't JH have recognized him if he lived with him as mentioned in this episode?

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I re-watched to be sure ... no confusion Teacher and Editor Jang are two different people. Moon Ho has not reason to know Editor Jang unless it is on a reporter-to-reporter basis. :)

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Haha yayyy I was not the only one who thought they were the same person. They DO look alike so no one can blame us :p I was like heyy teacher is editor jang and my sister was like no he is in ha's father in Pinocchio. Both were wrong lol

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aaah so she says they're like sisters!
in the DF subs they translated it as 'siblings' which doesn't quite explain Hilleo-ya's incredulous stare

man I love this show! I know I do when I find myself sitting in my room squealing and laughing like a maniac punchin my pillows etc.

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"Hilleo-ya's"!!! LOLOL! Yah that's what it sounds like.

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this drama totally rocks for me!!!!!!!!!!! every1 carries ds charisma i cnt place ma hands on!!!!! pmy n jcw!! thumbs up...yjt s totally diggn it...
n so far i'm so impressed wit ds piece of work

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i am so into this healer drama right now,,everything is blended so well for me as from the cast,acting,song choice and even their outfits.
i guess 2014 had so much awesome dramaland to offer including this drama as well, as it it a perfect closing for this year.
Gosh i am addicted much that i couldn't wait to watch next episode, all i can say is the story gets more promising week by week.

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I'm not sure I'm convinced that KMH and CYS are each other's first loves??? I mean, yes on Young Shin's side but I always thought that Myung Hee was Moon Ho's first love, or at least that's what I'm reading from the drama...

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watch my video about this amazing drama and beautiful OST :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70o1JpXP6rs

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@ xxzanabaexx
Thanks. That's a real nice collection of scenes for the video and of course such a nice song! Would you happen to know the name of the other piece of music in the OST, it's just instrumental. That piece I want to download and play over and over again. :)

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I just discovered this drama and it's great. My eyes hurt from all the watching but I don't mind. :)

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Would anyone know what song was played at the end of ep 6? sounds like K. Will, but that's just my guess.

Thanks & happy new year!

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It was performed by Tei (테이) and a part of Healer's OST as the 3rd track, which I'm guessing will be released next week or the week after that.

Although I agree he does sound a bit like K.Will. :)

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Not exactly related to the recap but does anyone know what phone they are using? The sliding one, its so adorable would love to know what that phone is!!! Thank you any kind souls out there :D

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After some digging around (because I'm curious as well), I finally found it on a post for this drama's soompi thread.

LG Model AKA
Launched in Korea in Nov 2014

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*on Nov 2014

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they are using the lg g3 i believe

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