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Healer: Episode 16

Is that the “oh shit” face you’re wearing right now? Because it’s mountain after mountain for our Healer, whose every step forward is dogged by setbacks that land him in some new kind of peril at every turn. On the upside, the Scooby gang is solidifying and gaining members, and I absolutely love that. On the downside, all that new peril I just mentioned.

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EPISODE 16 RECAP

Young-shin gets picked up by Moon-shik, thinking he’s taking her to meet his wife for an interview. She seems uneasy, but there’s no reason for her to refuse, so off she goes.

Jung-hoo locates the home of an ex-detective, intent on tracking down what happened to his father’s missing police statement. The man seems locked inside his head as he plays cards alone, and his daughter explains that he doesn’t speak. Jung-hoo sits down anyway and tries to ask questions about the 1992 case.

He finally gets his attention by playing a turn in the card game, which gets a reaction from the ex-officer, and Jung-hoo presses him to talk about the old case. Particularly the statement he took from the suspect named Seo Joon-seok.

The officer repeats that name, then says that “we” had to quit the force because of him. The daughter confirms, remembering being evicted from home in 1992, and provides the name of the other officer who met a similar fate: Park Dong-chul.

Jung-hoo gives the name to Min-ja to track down. She grumps that she’s not a machine who just spits out answers, to which he retorts that she pretty much is. Then she spots something on her map that sets her on alert.

She calls Moon-ho just as he arrives at the newspaper and hears that Young-shin scored the interview with Myung-hee after all. Ajumma informs him that Young-shin’s cell phone is being tracked, and she’s just arrived “at a place I don’t much care for.” She decided against informing Jung-hoo first, predicting that he’d go charging in.

Moon-shik takes Young-shin to Jeil Newspaper, and his string of praise for her recent work is puzzling, since her recent work stained his name and all. She explains having an interview scheduled, but Moon-shik says that he has already informed his wife of its cancellation. Over at the house, Myung-hee prepares freshly baked cookies and deflates when her housekeeper gives her the message.

He asks Young-shin not to meet his wife just yet, and explains that he has heard that there are dangerous people in Young-shin’s orbit. Well technically that’s not a lie if he’s talking about himself, but he specifically drops the name Seo Jung-hoo. When she pretends not to understand, he muses that “maybe only Moon-ho knows the relationship.”

Moon-shik takes out that old photo and identifies himself and his wife, and watches her reaction carefully as he points out Seo Joon-seok. He also points to Teacher and says he recently died, which is enough for Young-shin to start connecting dots in her head, though she does a good job of keeping a poker face.

Moon-shik describes meeting Teacher recently, who’d said he’d turned Jung-hoo into the Healer. Teacher at least stopped at reasonable limits, but Jung-hoo, that kid… well, he’s “started to cross the line.”

Young-shin asks plainly what she’s doing here. Moon-shik replies that his brother has joined forces with the Healer to oppose him, and he’s been told that Young-shin is quite close with Moon-ho. So he asks for her help in stopping them, “before they commit even bigger crimes.”

He calls in a certain Manager Ahn to brief her, saying she has to know the full story in order to join their side. Manager Ahn handles special investigations for Jeil Newspaper and introduces her to the Healer investigation team, and while she doesn’t place a great deal of stock in their accounting of Healer’s crimes, for now she has to sit through it.

Moon-ho charges into his brother’s office and warns Moon-shik to mess with him, not the kids. Moon-shik replies that he’s going to help the kids: He’ll turn Young-shin into a good reporter, and get Jung-hoo a good lawyer so he can turn himself in and be reintroduced to society. He has the gall to say he’s doing it “because I am their fathers’ friend.” You mean like Teacher said before you had him killed?

It’s so absurd that Moon-ho can only laugh incredulously in his face.

Young-shin practically rolls her eyes while the Jeil team presents the Healer as a loose cannon and cold-blooded killer. She fidgets impatiently, knowing the full story, but her old panic response starts to kick in—her breathing grows labored and her vision blurs. Is it from seeing Jung-ho’s photograph on he board?

The Jeil team gets a phone call from the ex-officer’s daughter, reporting dutifully that somebody came by asking after Seo Joon-seok. As instructed, she supplied the name Park Dong-chul. The Jeil employee informs Manager Ahn that their bait was taken.

Young-shin approaches the board and reaches a shaking hand out to the (mostly obscured) photo of Jung-hoo. She’s still rattled when she leaves the meeting, which is when Moon-ho finds her.

As they head to the car, Young-shin fills Moon-ho in on what his brother said about Jung-hoo being the Healer and working against him. Moon-ho readily confirms that he’s working with Jung-hoo.

But the strange meeting has made her start questioning things that don’t make sense—like why such an important person as Moon-shik would personally come to give her a ride, and why Moon-ho would do the same. It’s suspicious enough that when he approaches, she involuntarily steps back. He clocks her reaction and stops, while she asks him about the piece of fingernail he hired Healer to take from her. Why?

Moon-ho sees that there’s no more delaying and says that the time has come to tell her. Without further ado, he reveals, “Your biological mother is alive.” Oh phew. I was so nervous that he’d find yet more excuses to prolong the discovery.

Her first reaction is to laugh, but it soon becomes clear that he’s not joking as he explains that Myung-hee is her birth mother. “And your name is Oh Ji-an.”

He apologizes for not saying so earlier, admitting, “I was afraid, so I kept pushing it back.”

Young-shin struggles to take this in, blinking back tears. When Moon-ho steps toward her, again she backs away instinctively.

Ajumma traces ex-cop Park Dong-chul to a seedy club, and the whole thing leaves both her and Jung-hoo with an uneasy feeling. She thinks it’s too easy, and while he agrees, he decides to see the lead through: “I’ll have to turn a trap into a road.”

Jung-hoo steps inside and asks for Park Dong-chul, which prompts the employee and the club manager to whisper and stare at Jung-hoo. She quietly makes a phone call and Jung-hoo is told to wait. This could not look more suspicious if they tried.

At home, Dad casts worried looks at Young-shin’s bedroom, not sure how to approach her. In the aftermath of all this news exploding in her face, she has retreated to a corner of her room, huddling under a curtain. She reaches for her phone.

Jung-hoo lounges around the club until two thugs arrive to take care of him. Before they can get down to it, Young-shin calls, and he carries on a normal conversation with her while taking down his two attackers, barely even paying them any heed.

At first he doesn’t catch on to her strange mood when she tells him of meeting Moon-shik, who knows he’s the Healer. But gradually he clues in that something’s wrong; her voice is dull and her gaze vacant as recounts Moon-shik’s warnings that Jung-hoo is dangerous.

Then she mentions hearing from Moon-ho about her birth mother, surprising Jung-hoo so much that a thug sneaks in a punch to the face. He tells her he’ll call back, then quickly takes down his attacker and demands Park Dong-chul’s information from the scared club manager.

Jung-hoo slips outside just before the thug’s reinforcements arrive. He sticks a tracker on the vehicle, then tells ajumma to find out who these guys are—they’re not Double S guards.

That question gets answered for us when Jeil’s Manager Ahn issues instructions to bring Jung-hoo in on the Elder’s orders.

When Jung-hoo returns Young-shin’s call, however, she ignores the phone. Slumping to the ground listlessly, she picks up a photo of herself as a child with her mother. In flashback, we see Moon-ho providing her with documents and an explanation:

In contrast with her current condition, Young-shin is brusque and calm as she listens to Moon-ho describe the accident in 1992. He hands over Myung-hee’s hospital records, which list epileptic fits, brain injury, and depression; stress is a particular trigger. Moon-ho describes possible further damage if the oxygen supply is cut off to her brain, or even death.

Despite improvements over the years, Myung-hee can’t control her reactions to mention of Ji-an: “Your death memorial and your birthday—it’s like she lives just for those two days a year.”

He asks if she remembers anything, but she says dully that the only childhood memories she has are of standing by the highway with cars whizzing by.

Moon-ho asks her to understand that he didn’t tell her because he wanted to keep her mother alive. She replies that it’s easy to understand that she can’t tell Myung-hee she’s her daughter, but asks why he didn’t at least tell her.

In the present, Dad enters Young-shin’s room and sees her lying on the ground, ignoring the phone. Locked in flashback, Young-shin asks Moon-ho why she was abandoned. He says she was lost, then supposedly dead. Then when he admits to preventing Jung-hoo from telling her, she says with a bitter smile, “He wasn’t on my side then, Seo Jung-hoo.”

He has more to explain, but she shuts him down here, saying she’ll handle it herself. “Because you can’t trust me?” he asks. She says yes, then tells him that her name is Chae Young-shin, not that other one.

Now in her bedroom, Young-shin seems like she’s ready to burrow into bed forever, brooding—until suddenly she’s not. She shakes her head clear, gets out of bed, and starts picking up the mess. Aw, she’s back. Way to go, you.

Then one document catches her eye, and the name crashes into her brain: Oh Gil-han. The friend killed by Jung-hoo’s father. She rears back in horror.

At the bustling Someday office, the constant ringing of the phone has Reporter Yeo so on edge that he hilariously snaps that Chae Young-shin has disappeared on her beleaguered team and probably got dumped. HA. But since it was Myung-hee calling, she hangs up in disappointment.

She calls Moon-ho to ask about Young-shin, wondering about the interview. Moon-ho tamps down his own emotion as he says that Young-shin is dealing with a difficult personal issue, so asking to meet her would be “cruel.” Myung-hee scoffs at his exaggeration, but she gets the point.

Jung-hoo charges into the cafe to see Young-shin, slipping past Dad when he tries to insist on a talk. Upon his entrance, Young-shin freezes up to see him, but he just envelops her in a relieved hug, saying he was worried. She starts to return the hug, but drops her hand at the last moment.

He picks up on her strange mood, asking if she’s upset because he didn’t tell her about her mother. When she shakes her head no, he encourages her to get angry with him. She says that he did nothing wrong, which isn’t convincing to his ears, and he asks why she won’t look at him.

Then she starts crying, and he looks for something to say, mentioning how Moon-ho’s not such a bad guy for accepting the beating he delivered for lying. When he says he met Myung-hee, she asks, “She met you, and she was okay?” It’s a weird thing to say, and now Jung-hoo is sure something’s up. Grabbing the papers from her, he sees her father’s name and realizes, “It was this? It was about my father and your father?”

He admits that he knew but couldn’t tell her, “Because I was afraid you’d be like this.” She says that it doesn’t matter, but he points out that her reaction says otherwise. And when he steps toward her, she backs away. Ah, that hurts. You can see that she’s conflicted with herself for reacting this way, but she can’t help it.

He steps back to give her space and explains that he was looking for evidence to clear his father of the crime, and that he was going to tell her after he’d found it. With that, he quietly exits.

But moments later, Young-shin flies downstairs to stop him before he leaves. She entreats, “You have to find it and come back.” Oh thank goodness she isn’t giving up so easily. He nods with a small smile, “Okay.”

And then she adds, “Even if you don’t find it, come back.” He agrees.

She promises to look for that evidence too, and tells him, “You’re not a bad person.” Full of emotion, they embrace, while Dad and ajusshi drop their utensils in shock.

Jung-hoo wipes her tears from her face and leaves, since they’ve got an audience and all… and then he turns back, Dads be damned, for that goodbye kiss.

That night, Manager Ahn’s minions follow ex-detective Park Dong-chul and slip a tracker on him. The club lady provided Jung-hoo with this address, so now they’ll wait for the “target” to show up.

Thus Jung-hoo’s arrival at the scene gets spotted by the team. Thankfully he notices them, and more thankfully still, they don’t notice that he noticed. He manages to whirl Park Dong-chul into an alley unseen, and when Ahn’s team follows his tracker, they’re just led to the other half of their team, and find the tracker stuck to their car. Outsmarted!

From hacker central, Min-ja mutters at their stupidity and starts singing “I Am the Best.” Yes, we know, ajumma.

Jung-hoo takes Park Dong-chul to an empty church, and the man has already guessed that he’s Seo Joon-seok’s son, because “they” warned him that he’d come. They offered payment in exchange for being alerted to Jung-hoo’s actions.

Park Dong-chul says that it was Jung-hoo’s father’s fault that his life went down the drain. Jung-hoo remarks that all he wants is his father’s statement, but it sure is curious how violently the opposition is reacting.

He explains how the statement went missing, so he decided to track down the man who took it: Park Dong-chul.

Park scoffs that finding the statement is pointless, because it was falsified from the start: The one Dad gave is not the one that got recorded. Park Dong-chul and his colleague reported the offense internally and suffered for it. And now, I suppose it’s easier for the man to blame the dead Seo Joon-seok rather than some nameless, faceless evil.

Jung-hoo asks what his father said in his statement, and whether he admitted to killing anybody. Park realizes, “You… really don’t know anything, do you?” So tell us!

Late at the office, Moon-ho finds a pleasant surprise when Young-shin drops by bearing snacks and smiles. She admits to being unable to stay angry for long, and has a lot of things to ask him.

She starts by asking if they knew each other when she was young. I love how happy he looks as he confirms how super-tight they were, and he tells her about the parents working together and being incredibly close. Young-shin asks if she knew Jung-hoo back then, and Moon-ho says that they cried every time they met. “Because we fought?” she asks. “No,” Moon-ho answers. “Because you didn’t want to split up.”

Young-shin laughs, and decides that Jung-hoo must’ve cried first. “It’d be nice if I remembered,” she says wistfully.

She laughs more when Moon-ho informs her that Jung-hoo’s her oppa—by one month. (LOL. This was briefly mentioned before, that Jung-hoo was born in December and Ji-an in January, so technically he was a “year” older and therefore oppa, since Koreans count their age by birth year.)

Then Moon-ho tells her that her birthday is tomorrow, for which Myung-hee’s probably already busily preparing a bunch of food (which explains all the cookies and cakes). It sparks an emotional response in Young-shin, to finally know when her birthday is. Then she mentions the bad blood between Moon-ho and his brother, and his mood grows heavy as she asks why.

Back to Jung-hoo. Park Dong-chul drops a bomb when he admits to safeguarding a tape recording of Dad’s statement all these twenty years—and he told the other guys about it too, angling for a price. Jung-hoo immediately quadruples the offer, desperate to have the tape.

Park senses the chance to wring even more money out of the deal and tries to play Jung-hoo against the Elder. Jung-hoo tries to impress upon him just how very much he does not want to mess around with these bad guys, who would think nothing of killing him for it.

Jung-hoo begs the man to take his money and hand over the tape, and to save his life in the process. But Park fishes around in his pocket for something…

Moon-shik checks on Myung-hee that night, tucking her into bed before heading to his office. He smiles down at a photograph of himself and Myung-hee, not noticing that there’s a tiny device mounted to the underside.

He answers a call from Manager Ahn, who reports that the target just now turned on the cell phone. Crap, that was the thing in the pocket, wasn’t it? But on the upside, Myung-hee is totally listening to the call—she must have planted that bug! Go you, awesome lady.

Myung-hee listens to her husband ordering Ahn to mobilize everyone: “If that kid is the Healer as I suspect, he’ll be particularly skilled.” Ahn asks for a list of priorities to dictate how they respond in a worst-case scenario: Is it more important to get Seo Joon-seok’s recorded statement, or to get rid of Jung-hoo?

Myung-hee contains her gasp of shock as Moon-shik replies that the Elder cannot have such a tape leaking. At least Jung-hoo’s hit takes the backseat for now.

Moon-ho and Young-shin are heading out when he receives a call from Myung-hee, who hurriedly tips him off about Jung-hoo being in danger.

As she and Moon-ho head out, Young-shin calls Jung-hoo right away, warning him of the situation and urging him to run. Ajumma’s linked in too, issuing directions to the church and planning to send police at the right moment.

Jung-hoo turns sharp eyes on Park Dong-chul, who realizes he’s been sniffed out and tries to run. Jung-hoo grabs him, and Park makes excuses about how he had to do this. Jung-hoo turns the phone off, cutting the tracking signal, but the henchmen are already on the way.

Desperate and feeling time slipping away, Jung-hoo says that his father’s tape is the most important thing. He tries to usher Park away for the time being, but the man resists, naively thinking of all the money that’s been promised him. Jung-hoo bursts out that those thugs aren’t going to let him live, but the man doesn’t see that.

So Jung-hoo begs for just one thing, needing confirmation that his father didn’t actually kill anybody. Park Dong-chul promises to tell him when the others arrive, just as the screech of tires sounds outside. As henchmen storm the church, Jung-hoo grabs Park whether he likes it or not and pulls him along.

But Jung-hoo has to stop to fight the men who come at him, alternately running away and then running after Park to keep him from running away.

They escape the church, and again get stopped when the men surround them and charge Jung-hoo with fists and feet flying. He holds his own despite being vastly outnumbered… and then a car pulls up and a man steps out wielding a heavy metal pipe.

Jung-hoo freezes in alarm, and watches as that pipe swings straight into the back of Park’s head.

Park starts to go down, and the world goes silent (in a frankly weird edit) as he falls in slow motion.

Jung-hoo lurches forward to catch his fall, but gets knocked aside. Park’s head slams into the sharp brick staircase with a sickening thud.

Jung-hoo stares in horror. Police sirens sound in the distance and Moon-ho’s car arrives, but the army of goons retreats swiftly. They’re gone before you know it.

Jung-hoo rushes to Park’s side and begs him to answer his question, but comes away with bloodied hands. Park makes a wheezing sound and struggles to open his eyes, not quite dead yet, and Jung-hoo leans in close to hear his words.

Young-shin runs up and takes in the scene: Jung-hoo kneeling before the man, the bloody pipe on the ground.

Jung-hoo rises to his feet and meets her eye with literal blood on his hands. Moon-ho joins her a second later, followed by police… and Jung-hoo runs.

 
COMMENTS

Ohhhh no, this doesn’t look good any way you slice it. It’s bad that he ran, but it’s also not like he should have stuck around to get arrested, especially when he’s already in murky waters with the law.

Even so, while I find this scenario itself highly angst-stirring, I’m not too worried about Young-shin’s reaction to the incriminating tableau. In a different drama I probably would be concerned, but this writer doesn’t pace her major plot points haphazardly; there’s always a certain thematic cohesion and direction, and not for nothing was this hour the Trust Episode.

For plot reasons it was important to see Young-shin’s reaction to learning the truth of her past, and I appreciated that we were shown the layers of conflict in the moment. It hurt to see her pushing both Moon-ho and Jung-hoo away, but I liked that I could see Young-shin disliking that about her own reaction—she doesn’t want to be suspicious, but she can’t just will herself into ignoring the doubts.

It was important to watch her work through her response, and I wouldn’t have wanted the drama to gloss it over—but given that it was such angsty material, I’m also relieved that this wasn’t belabored. I’ll attribute this to the writer’s skill, which isn’t in necessarily crafting wildly original stories (as we’ve noted, Healer has a lot of conventional elements, pulled from familiar stories), but in knowing what to draw out, and how much.

It’s one of those almost invisible skills, because there’s less of an obvious wow factor when your writer is gifted at finessing a scene for emotional impact and teasing out beats that make us squeal—or cry, or hurt—rather than, say, dropping amazing new twists. I think that may be part of why Healer has sparked a particularly fervent response amongst its fanbase, leaving even the fans wondering what exactly its pull is rooted in. Maybe Song Ji-nah is just a master puppeteer of heartstring-pulling. Like I said, that’s a gift.

Another thing that Song is deft at, which is something I particularly noticed and loved about Story of a Man, is the way she draws conflict out of people being weak and human, instead of purely evil. Okay, sometimes there’s pure evil in there, but many of the antagonizing forces are problems because they are weak, such as Park Dong-chul.

Granted he made me want to reach into my screen to beat some sense into him, refusing to see that he was playing with fire, but I found it so compelling the way he was half-talking to himself instead of Jung-hoo, trying to justify his reasons for betraying Jung-hoo—almost like he was asking for Jung-hoo’s understanding, or even blessing. He’d clung to his identity as a righteous cop whose life was ruined for sticking to his morals, and now he just wants to cash that in a little bit to make his difficult life a little easier. It’s too bad you can’t only sell a little bit of soul and keep the rest; it’s sort of an all-or-nothing deal when you’re talking about core integrity. That makes Park’s last-ditch effort woebegone and pathetic, and because it’s so desperate, it only deepens Jung-hoo’s own desperation.

You see this trait in other characters too, with various people creating complications because they’re just living out their own lives and doing their jobs, like Detective Yoon. I love these worlds that Writer Song creates, where everybody’s the hero of their own story, and there are lives being lived beyond the screen’s confines.

So back to the trust issue: Yes, Jung-hoo’s up a creek at the moment, but I don’t believe the writer gave us that awesome “come back to me” scene only to yank it out from under our feet in the same episode. My favorite moment was when Young-shin asked him to find the truth, and then asked him to come back even if he hadn’t found it. She trusts him anyway, and her faith isn’t contingent upon the existence of decades-old evidence. Which may in fact be just the thing Jung-hoo needs to hear, actually, if his last hope of having certainty is now dead and gone. He’s so desperate to hear the words telling him his father wasn’t a killer, even though he believes (mostly, almost entirely!) that Dad wasn’t—and maybe Young-shin’s display of faith is the example he needs to have faith himself.

(One last reminder: Please don’t live-watch the next episode in the post for a previous episode, because that makes every recap post a minefield of spoilers. I know not everybody harbors as much hatred of spoilers as I do, but those are the house rules. Don’t make me go over there and delete you!)

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My heart.. Someone save my heart.. Please, its going to explode.. Waaaaaahhhhh... Healer is the death of me.. Waaahhh *totally speechless*

Why is it not monday yet!? OMG that cliffhanger!

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Healer, we *only* have ONE heart! Please treat it well!

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oh my heart......i hate cliffhanger...i know all the sweetness going to be rip off ...
and my husband ask me why that tense look on my face lol

healer is always my reward for going thru monday blues...counting days for tuesday

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Moon-shik is the biggest hypocrite of all tge hypocrite out there.. I pretty sure agafter this episode he is UNHINGED and I wouldn't be surprised if he joins all the mentally unstable characters littering dramaland this day. Because, SERIOUSLY how can he spout all the things he's said about helping the kids and being friends with their fathers and teacher if he'snot mentally ill in any way. My insides are literally twinsting in hatred and in the absurdity of all the things he said during his conversation with Moon-ho.

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Yeah, I was actually hoping for a redemption arc for him, so that we wouldn't have to color him one color, but *sigh*

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Actually I thought they've done a pretty good job with shading Moon Shik - he's not pure villiany evil, he's really a mix. You see him being weak, selfish, and giving in to temptation...mixed in with bits of pure evil of course. So, pretty much very gray and relatable, I think. I find him self-delusional, which...y'know...happens in real life too, where some people wonder why they are so hated, and you're all like, WHY don't you know?? LOL

I'm OK if they don't put in a redemption arc for him, but I'm hoping that they balance the scales of justice somehow, because SURELY he must get SOME kind of comeuppance??

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@Rainerust

I thought he was gray too but now not so much. he seems a pretty solid color of horrible to me.

They hint towards him killing the teacher, he has no problem of getting rid of JH, he does not find his love of his life's daughter after he loses her, and they also hint towards keep said love under drugs so that SHE WON'T BE ABLE TO THINK.

That's more than 3 strikes. MS, you're out. Scale of justice? There's gonna have to be shit ton of bricks to balance his wrong doings.

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@azfih Yeah I do think he is horrible, but it's an interesting shade of horrible. It's not over the top villainy without rhyme or reason. So, yes, still a horrible human being, but I like that the writer really infused different facets of him being horrible for e.g. the way he twists reality to fit his perception (like, him being Teacher's and CYS's Dad's 'friend' and therefore wanting to 'help' the kids...by like putting them away in jail or offing them LOL). It's twisted, but...it's a relatable kind of twisted if that makes sense? Criminal but not without reason or rhyme. You can sorta see what's driving him, really.

Also, scales of justice, as in, I'm hoping at the end, he'll live a life worse than death if that makes sense (but it has to be pretty horrible, and not just being locked away in jail, but probably something like Myung Hee denouncing him publicly and maybe getting a new love or sommmmeeethinnng LOL). I feel like, at this rate, death is too cheap for him!! Make the man suffer for making our beloved CYS and JH suffer!!

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His comeuppance was already set into place when Elder mentioned his weak points: his brother, his 'wife' and the girl.

He's already lost his brother - Moon-ho said he would not call him 'hyung' anymore.

He's already lost his wife - even though he doesn't know it yet, there are fissures in their interactions & she's spying on him, obv not trusting him....

So he's already destroyed - even though the aftermath hasn't hit him yet. Maybe he subconsciously knows it, so that's why there's no more lines-in-the-sand morality for him. He's lost everything he cared about, even tho he's powerful & rich now, and there's nothing to keep him accountable to anyone - even the Elder - he's already dead inside.

OOHHHHH like the contrast with Healer - who had no reason to live before but now has reason to live (to find evidence, to live with Young-shin), now Moon-shik had reason to live (to pay hospital bills & save Myung-hee's life) but no longer.

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RE: MOONSHIK
a tragedy but inexcusable.
many sins generate from mainly that few : namely MONEY, LUST, FAME (SELF)
it takes one of those mentioned above to push one to the Dark Side.
with moon shik, he succumb to all three. he desire the sky beyond the heaps of junk cars at his junkyard, secretly worried by staying long, he will become those spare parts also..
he lust after flesh, flesh in sense of money.
he sees the love of his love, becoming some body wife, and he should have stop there, no, he goes on in secret again, wanting that which belongs to another, he lust after what his eyes sees, also another aspect of flesh.
then he believe he should be driven around by chauffeur in Ferrari kinda branded, he is gems in the making, he should soar beyond that sunset which he watches with Myunghee... why should he looks at sunset, he should become that Sunrise tomorrow.
he succumb to the pride of LIFE, PRIDE OF SELF.
we are tempted day in day out like him, but the differences is, whether we succumb or fight against.

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With Writer Song , we may just expect the unexpected, that she may allow Junghoo to prove h us father innocent without carry out justice on his own and crossed over that unpardonable line. He might just become the real HEALER in integrity and greatness . He will forgive but hand MS over to detective Yoon. May even visit him in prison .

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Actually I think Moon Shik is a well written study of a sociopathic personality. If you look at the traits he matches closely: charming, highly manipulative, sequential liar, who can believe all his lies are truth, preys on the weak and has a need for total control (look how he treats his wife!). Sadly I believe these types are nearly impossible to treat so no redemption arc likely?

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I see where you come from, but I up the ante with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Moon Shik doesn't lack empathy, but he uses what can "read" from people to manipulate them.
One of his core motivations is his dread of rejection by his wife and the fear of not becoming the most improtant thing for her made him "lose" Young-shin as a child.
He is Anakin, so in the dark side, but still making up excuses to keep Padme.
http://www.psychologyinaction.org/2013/10/31/personality-disorders-in-the-media/

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@ lucy
I love your Star Wars analogy - yes moon shin has gone over to the dark side.
I do not understand how he could abandon and pretend that missing little Ji An was dead. It's cruel and whatever he is doing to SJH is totally despicable.
I believe that evil people justify their evil deeds. That's how they convinced themselves to commit crimes and injustice. They believe they have an inherent right to own something that belongs to other people. The enemy steals, kills and destroys.

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@Lucy , Shuerei.
don't know about such medical terms. but i do know of quite a handful of such people living real lives around me. yeah, they don't kill or rob, don't even scheme to kill or rob... but they are always the top people, like the mafia boss ... the "forefathers of past era" "PATRIARCH" of some golden ages, and descendents from that era... much "worshipped" (I REALLY MEAN WORSHIP) by a branch of people from all over the world, because of their work planting people all over world, they do have great followers... and only the Secretary OH people directly around the PATRIARCH FAMILY will known their dirty deeds... huh, there are such people really around, not just in godfather triology.
they don't kill, rob, rape... but they scheme to overthrow, frame, remove from power, destroy a person reputation, and many just blindly believe. and these Heads seriously think they are innocent, and they are doing the society a great favour, educating the young, the "wrong and wayward" according to their eyes.
there are too many moonsik around us, really "have clear conscience" that they are "wronged" by many, and they are victimized by critics who try to find out their dirty deeds.
generations after generations, their next generations garner new followers....
these does happens in real raw reality around us.
moon shik is real.

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In Scifi ages of Avengers , Transformers, Superman, even HARRY potter .... spiced up with their alien villains, evil super bots, Devil himself..... that's elements of what blockbusters made of. .. ELDER fix into those cheap sense of GREAT EVIL
Great that this drama don't fall cheap into Deep Dark Black in ELDER. but created the more subtle but real in everyday life's different shades of Grey, and this grey was tranformed from some tainted white in the beginning. Diff between junghoo and this Grey Shade is a thin line, both not starved of people who stayed exist in living them, both still craved for love and be loved. Junghoo was in spite of love rejected/deserted, still end up willing to be hurt and restraint and sacrifice. The love of MS possessed, drowning in his pride of how great his own love for MH,.his own "sacrifice" for MH, his indulgence in his process n depth of his "loving" become greater than that OBJECT of his love, mainly MYUNG HEE.
In real lives,.real villains do love also, but they end up loving themselves , their SELF more than the object of their love. That was the crossing over from white to grey to black process.

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@ Mary of Bethany
Oh yes! Your analysis is really deep. The deliberate sin - sin of commission is grave. When moon shik fails to do what he should do or ignore /prevent crime - he was committing sin of omission. Sin nevertheless. Crime indeed. There are lots of people who feel they are doing good eg they took money from people for charity and then they never put it to good use. So the money is parked in the bank. Is that justice?

Then like u said some folks are powerful and elite. And they maneuver politics and circumstances for the general good and yet their policies and actions caused marginalization of the poor, the innocent ...

And some built schools, orphanages and yet they treat women like second class citizens .. They appear to be benevolent yet they are not righteous

Mary you have a very deep insight. Wow

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I know exactly how you feel.... it drives me nuts every time i have to wait for an another episode.....
But i really feel sad for them because inspite of such a good drama the ratings are soo low.... What kind of drama does the korean citizens like if not this...

Anyways monday please please come fast...

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Koreans definitely have different taste in drama. This isn't the first time a good show has few followers in Korea. I'm sure many beanies here can name a few...

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I think the ratings are low because it had a slow start. The show has definitely gotten better and better. Also, this drama lacks star power, which Shine or Go Crazy has. I'm sure many followers of Pride and Prejudice just continued to watch the same channel and not just start watching Healer. Unlike Punch, this drama doesn't seem to appeal to the older audiences. Then again, my parents are following it though.

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@ RR94

It beats me too...

Korean drama viewers' taste.

I hope they will be able to sell Healer overseas and make profit...and I hope it boost JCW's popularity overseas by the millions!

There...I said it...

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yes, yes agree....the cliffhanger...what will happen to our adorable couple...

strangely, it's so strange that only 1 portal carries this drama - dramafever - with subs.... so sad...

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HI Capricorn, I have watched it on myasiantv.com. dramacool.tv, dramanice.com and dramafire.com all with eng sub. so it is not only dramafever that has this drama

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Oh! really good news!

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Dani...thanks so much for the info!!!

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you can also watch in gooddrama.net and dramago.com

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Kate...thank you too!

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That was so depressing, my heart fell when young shin saw junghoo with blood on his hands, and his face showed fear that she might misunderstand him. :(

Sooooooo in love with this show even though this episode wasn't high on romance, but so many things were unraveled which was great for the plot.

Addicted and can't wait until next episode.

jung hoo fighting

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I've just read SJN Q&As. She said ep16 was the most difficult one to write.

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YAY!!!!!

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Jung-Hoo’s reaction to Young-Shin pulling away from him was heart breaking to watch. The pain in his eyes just wrenched my gut. I am just an average k-drama viewer and probably not able to articulate this well. However, JCW’s acting is so subtle and nuanced. He doesn’t use overly exaggerated expressions to emote. A great example is the morgue scene from last week. I think in lesser hands there could have been loud wailing and screaming. Instead, his shock, his denial, his utter disbelief at his loss was portrayed with such control. It was powerful but controlled. The way his voice broke saying, “Enough” was so palpable. His eyes are intense and “say” so much without any dialogue. Healer is my introduction to JWC. Prior to this drama I only saw him on Running Man where he seemed so innocent and adorably awkward when he tried to lie about the number tiles. The biggest compliment I can pay him is to say when I am watching him, I do not see JCW acting as Jung-Hoo. I simply see Jung-Hoo.

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Oh halo120... so true. This is my first meeting with JCW too - this amazingly wonderful, talented actor! (Where has he been? and what have I been watching?) His looks, his expressive eyes and sweet smile are just added bonus.

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Its the same for me. The man AND the show - a total relevation!

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I hope CYS will do the right thing. Trust in out SJH all the way. Don't trust what you see but what you sense.....

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Thank you JB for this very quick recap, again! Love reading your insights....

@halo120

Oh wow you said EXACTLY what I wanted to say!

JCW can emote so well with just his eyes, without saying anything or doing any moves.

I too, see only Jung Hoo.

I too, don't see JCW here at all.

Love it!

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folks,great news.
JCW is recording an OST for Healer.

http://www.getitk.com/debuts-as-singer-healers-ji-chang-wook-caught-in-recording-studio/?lang=en

am thrilled.
had always known he can sing.
many can look cannot sing nor act, always known that e can sing, many who sings cannot act, those who act cannot sing.

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Great analysis and insight, @halo120! ;)

I cannot agree with you more!

JCW has shown in many dramas how he can act,
how immensely talented an actor he is,
with his pitch-perfect delivery
enabling the viewers to be completely mesmerised by his acting.

Do look our for him in his other dramas that I have watched :

Smile, Dong Hae
Warrior Baek Dong Soo
Empress Ki

You will not be disappointed! ;)

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Add Bachelor Vegetable Store too! ^^

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Yes, @Jen! I watched him in that too but I prefer him in the other dramas. ;)

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@koreandramalover/kay

Just popping in to ask...what about Fiver Fingers?

I've watched Smile Donghae, currently on WBDS, and will go to EK next. Still not sure about BVS since the review was really awful on DB. I would just be fast forwarding to only his scenes lol.

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@goo

JCW was good in BVS but because of the story, or the directing or the editing or all of them, to me JCW did not get to shine in that role.

In fact, I remember him looking gaunt, weak, washed-out and like a shadow of his awesome self in that drama. I guess it was because of his character but still...the drama itself was a disappointment.

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Five Fingers he portrayed a negative role :P (I heard only) and the drama was not soo good , but his acting was well . I dont want to watch him as villain do I did not.

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I personally feel that JCWookie is the best in 'Healer' and 'Empress Ki' ...the other dramas he's in are just okay, but he's put forth a lot of effort to improve in his acting ability and it has really paid off in the above 2 dramas...I've seen all of his dramas except for 'Bachelor Vegetable Shop' and 'Five Fingers' ... by taking the challenge of different roles, it's given his acting breadth and depth

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Hi there, @goo! ;)

I didn't watch him in Five Fingers because he was not the lead. Hehehe...I am biased in that way.

I also heard that he was an antagonist in that drama, which made me thankful I didn't watch him there because I don't like him playing a bad person. ;)

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actually, through the end JCW character in Five Fingers turn better. He is not totally villain there. I like that he can play villain role well. An i found first his talented aura first when he play villain T-ara MV Cry Cry. I think that's why JCW that we saw today are really good actor. Practice make perfect. And i love his honest real life persona. I also already watch his guest starring in Running Man. He is so cutely honest and i like that rather than actor that keep being cool.

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re: 5 fingers.
Actually his role in above mentioned drama , not as the core baddies, his mom used him as her weapon to get even with her jealousy over the husband, her ambitious to defeat the Princess Hour 1 's Prince, so much so she implant jealousy, injustice, pride, status threatened, , anger in JCW ,.. to make him even envy of her attention shared and given to the half brother. It's disastrous bringing up, or should I say purposeful negligence that mould Jcw role into scheming to excel at all cost. She even encourage and cover up for JCW even . When add to JCW antagonizing realisation is, not just the heir to music Empire was threatened, he got to share mom whom he loved dearly, and the love of JCW life belongs to P. Hours' Prince. Last blow was, the Prince was actually the real son of his beloved mom... So just pit him deeper into the abyss... thanks goodness , all is not lost, he redeemed himself at the end. Actually I think the five finger analogy should be him actually.
He carries the baddies role well in h us own unique way.
But only with healer , finally he peaked.

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i'm watching warrior baek dongsoo atm and JCW was good in it as always (tho i think his growth as an actor was most prominently shown in Empress Ki). but the wooden heroine and the rather boring story kinda ruined my enjoyment of it. i just don't get the gist of the plot at all tbh

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I agree that the lead actress was a bit wooden but I'm not sure if it's because of the way she is as a person, or because of the way the writer wants her to act in that role or both. Hehehe!

But my focus was on JCW and so I was happy just focusing on him. As for the plot, it's a historical depiction of that era, not sure if the writer wanted it to be a fictional depiction or a true depiction of history but once again I just focused on JCW. I guess I'm just biased in that way. hehehe...

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@kay

I think Baek Dong Soo's leading female role was acted very well by the younger version, and for that matter, JCW's younger version by Yeo Jin Goo was fabulous too!

So to me, its not the role that requires the female lead to be so wooden and expressionless and emotionless. Its because she is a rookie and CAN'T act at all.

@goo

I didn't watch Five Fingers too coz I don't like makjang and melo storylilne and all the other actors/actresses inside EXCEPT for JCW are not my cup of tea.

But do give BVS a chance. Even if DB didn't like it, I did although I have to say that most of it was because JCW portrayed his role really well and I didn't mind the other bachelors in the store lol. The only part you need to probably skip or ignore is the mother-daughter part. You'll know what I mean when you watch it kekeke. JCW did a wonderful job here!

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So good did he immersed into FIVE FINGERS , till he makes you hate him that. The hunk there was then that Princess Hour 1 's Prince, JCW can carry the weight of a wounded baddies well. This is called professionalism. Actually he stole the shine from that Prince ... but back then , he has not " becoming" yet. So I dint really bothered much about him, just knowing this guy not just "super junior faces" only.

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I love how we all talk about JCW not from a subjective point of view like we do other actors. When I am reading all these comments, I see that we are admiring him as an actor and that's what draws us in. It isn't like others where we base it on looks and overlook their acting and become biased. I can see that we all genuinely love JCWs acting and that's where we become bias, this is a great thing. Witnessing it for the first time for me that I've felt this way about an actor...and might I add, actress.

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The acting is so strong from the leads to the supporting cast, no weak link at all. I was a little late finding Healer but am so glad to discover not only JCW but also YJT.

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@JCWlove

of course we admire his acting skills and if you want to know how we admire his looks then you should go back to ep 10 comments ;)

For me it is JCW's look what caught my attention, to be honest I did not really like or dislike the 1st ep, It was just okay. The 1st words I said after watching him is "oooohhh he is handsome" , after that I wanted to know if the guy can act or not and continue to watch ep 2 and so on....

I really admire his acting skills but it is also true I never admire any K actors for his looks before him

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38 episodes in on Empress Ki. You probably already noted that both Teacher and the client in Ep 1 of Healer were both in Empress Ki. Small world.

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I rewatched Always(2011) recently and teacher/ajhumma appeared both together as a nurse and a patient. It just made me rewatch healer from the first episode ^^.

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Is that the So Ji Sub movie where he was a boxer? If so I watched it last year and totally unable to remember Ahjumma and Teacher in it. Now I may have to go look for that scene.

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Thank you all for your comments and suggestions! You're all the best!

I will probably go through all of them since I'm so captivated by JCW's acting.

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ugh true, JCW is a gem.

But the one that wowed me the most would be YJT. Damn, his eyes. They're so full of emotions. Damn.

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Yes, Yoo Ji Tae too! Again, never seen him before but am totally impressed with his acting in this show. He is so charismatic and nails the nuances so effortlessly. And then I googled him and he is equally impressive as a humanitarian. I think he might be Christian. If so, big yey!

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Yes big yay! I just read on wiki that he works with World Vision and Compassion International among many other charities. Our family has sponsored children through Compassion. Yoo Ji Tae is also the other stand out for me in this drama. As javabeans wrote many times, his "gravitas" in this role makes me feel his burden, guilt, and anger. The way he delivers his lines, so often through gritted teeth as he's tamping down his emotions and that quiet fury he has. Again, no over-acting.

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@wits

Yes, JYT is a Christian, and currently doing graduate studies in social work at the Catholic University of Korea.

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seriously!
jyt a christian. WOW... NICE!
catholic studies? catholic studies will end up monk?why not protestant Bible College?

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Isn't it nice? A man so talented, tall, good looking and buff, has a BIG heart and active faith too! Great package!

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Yes Yoo Ji Tae wowed me from the beginning!

Just read something from koala and she was talking about how she feels when veteran actors are put as 2nd leads to younger actors these days and 1 of her examples was Healer, Yoo Ji Tae/Ji Chang Wook. She sounded like the veterans are put to waste in such roles since they are capable of much bigger/better skills in lead roles.

To me, it is a natural way in any job. The younger ones, especially those with talents, need to get groomed and trained to takeover the younger roles. The veterans need to be ready for older roles etc. And to viewers like me, to have BOTH talented actors (young and hyung-levels) in ONE production is a gem! We should be thankful and enjoy that while we can.

Love Yoo Ji Tae's eyes too. Very expressive!
*and of coz he's gorgeous to look at too ^^

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I think YJT has not been "put to waste" in his role as Moon-ho. He is perfect for that role! Can't think of any other "older" actor who can have that bearing, that presence, that gravitas, as well as the ability to show the different layers of emotions required by the role.

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Exactly! No one would have been more perfect for this role. After reading what koala wrote about yoo ji tae, I felt a little sad. The ratings have been low too and he'll probably not pick another drama after this. But, I can't imagine any one else playing this character so well. They need some one who connects both generations.

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Agree!

Koala also cited Empress Ki as another example of casting veteran leading man as 2nd lead against Ji Chang Wook. She can't see WHY everyone is shipping whinny Ta Hwan with Sng Niang (hope I remember her name correctly?) and hence couldn't stand Ji Chang Wook then until Healer.
(well, I'm glad she likes Healer)

I think she missed out the point about ACTING capabilities of these so-called younger leading men and that this capability plays a HUGE part in any drama, as lead or 2nd lead. It is precisely the acting capability of JCW in Empress Ki that got us all shipping for Ta Hwan with the female lead. If I remember correctly Ta Hwan was not supposed to be the lead initially and yet his performance as Ta Hwan made him seemed like the lead (and eventually the writer probably MADE him the lead)

It is also his acting capability that made us head over heels in love with Jung Hoo. In fact, its a pleasure watching Jung Hoo's scenes with Moon Ho, so preciously few still, because BOTH are so charismatic and BOTH can act so well (especially with their eyes!).

So YEAH to Yoo Ji Tae as 2nd lead because he certainly stole all the scenes he is in so far. He is absolutley NOT a waste!

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You are so right Jen!

I mean I watched Empress Ki because of Healer and I needed my JCW fix for the week. So I understood me supporting him despite the character being such a wuss.
But with every passing episode, I could clearly see why there was so much shipping war during that drama. His eyes are his biggest asset!

And yeah about YJT, I have never cared much about him in this drama, for all the hiding he did initially. I came around to him only when he started being as uncle to Jung Hoo and caring about him. But this episode, when he started laughing at his brother's belief that he is a friend of the kids dad, Man, he stole that scene!!!

And also the scene where he picked up Myung Hee's call about Young Shin! What a refreshing feeling to have a second lead with so much stuff and so real.

Just like what JB said, each characters are heroes of their own story!!!! I had been struggling to point on why am this into the drama and that is one more reason.

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@Jen. I don't know, JCW was solid in Empress Ki, but he wasn't so impressive that he was blowing Joo Jin-mo out of the water or anything, and the character wasn't all that great; it's not a stretch to assume that it was fan service. I'm not trying to knock JCW, but Ta-hwan was no Spike. Or, to use a better example in case you aren't a rabid Buffy fan like me--Ta-hwan in Empress Ki didn't come close to, say, what happened with Bidam in Queen Seon Deok, where the character ran away with the show's heart and soul and Kim Nam-gil gave the performance of his life.

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I am YJT fans as well. I always think he is so smexy with this tight tshirt that shows his nice body. Jaysus, did I just objectify him? His eyes, and his uneven teeth is really so cute. I love when he smiles.

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I just checked they have Oldboy on Netflix US. with lots of praised, I don't really like crime movies, but I might try to watch it. He had some sexy scene on Secret Love, double YJT there!

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Thanks for the recap as always you worked hard!

@halo
So true that deep expressive eyes of JCW speaks volume and the layers of emotions he is showing in every scene separates him from average actors of his generation

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His eyes remind me of Chun Ho Jin, the veteran actor who played the President in City Hunter. Your comment regarding "separates him from average actors of his generation" makes me wonder why he hasn't quite achieved A-list status yet. He's been the lead in high rating shows like Smile Donghae and Empress Ki. Yet he doesn't seemed to have broken out like a Lee Min Ho or Kim Soo Hyun. Any thoughts on that?

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i think that accounts to his choices of projects so far- daily dramas, sageuk, makjang, doesn't really resonate with the young and trendy, more towards the older generations. most people nowadays dont have the time to watch dramas or sageuks with that many episodes without an A-lister cast in it

and the fact that he rarely have an entertainment program appearance also doesnt help. empress ki did go a long way to make his name more recognizable tho

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Recently read an article stating going on more variety shows might help propel him. However Lee Min Ho has not and does not do variety as far as I know yet he's wildly popular. I think Kim Soo Hyun did a few episodes of Running Man. I keep mentioning those 2 actors since they came off successful drama runs. I am not sure who else is considered an A-lister in their age group. I thought JCW was sweet and affable on Running Man but also uncomfortable. Cannot verify, but one commenter (not sure where, don't think it was on this site) noted that Lee Min Ho had some 30 CFs compared to JWC 5. JWC's acting has been so amazing in Healer that it would be a shame if does not garner him lots more attention.

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even though most of JCW dramas have high ratings they were not that popular to the general public and have a huge following, unlike LMH and KSH's breakthrough dramas (LMH with Boys before flowers, and KSH with the moon embrace the sun and recently YFAS)

he is starting to get a lot more popular since Empress Ki tho

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I think what makes an actor "A-list" are the "Prince Charming" roles....

Where you either are a chaebol, great at fighting, or have superpowers... and you fall in love with that ONE GIRL. And love her so much you would die for her.

These are the roles that made Lee Min Ho, Lee Seung Gi, Kim Soo Hyun, and Robert Pattinson (from Twilight which I didn't watch) who they are now, adored by fangirls.

Ji Chang Wook hasn't had a "Prince Charming" role yet and this is his first. Which also probably explains why this is the first time many of us have even noticed him.

I have heard of his other dramas like Smile, Donghae, Empress Ki, Five Fingers, etc. But the plotlines just did not attract me enough to watch them.

Unfortunately, I pretty much only watch dramas where romance is involved and where I like both lead's faces.... *ashamed to be so shallow but it's the truth*

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hi halo120, in my opinion, his acting abilities and talents the way he embraced those different roles in all his shows and the hardwork (based on the many articles i have read about him) he puts before and during a project makes him apart from his contemporaries. Yes Lmh and ksh can act but it is not as deep and as committed as when Jcw does. dont get me wrong i respect LMH and KSH on how and where are they now and and with their statuses as celebrities. everytime i watch jcw i always get the feeling of fulfilment and completeness because JCW has done what is expected of him which i dont usually get with not just LMH or KSH or the other younger actors. i do not know if i am making sense here ( not a usual commenter pls forgive me:(

With regards to being yet an A-list status, that's also a question in my mind, maybe he is just a"late bloomer" and that this Healer will soon sealed him that status. let us pray it will happen because i think JCW deserves it now! perhaps he needs to be more visible in many social gathering so that it will boost more his confidence. i read somewhere and even in his many interviews that he is qiuet shy in person. omo now i am sad if this frantic accollades he is now receiving will get higher notches in the top actor listing!

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To me, JCW is admirable because I can really feel his passion for acting, and how he immerses himself in his roles....

And he gives me this feeling that he is in this industry to because he loves acting and, and not doing it to seek fame/money/etc.... though of course those are great perks.

But now that JCW is on my radar, I'll follow his shows to the end.

All the way until he takes on Grandpa roles.... because d'awwww.

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Agree...I think he's a somewhat late bloomer and as commented above, he's really worked on becoming an great actor by taking chances ie complicated (Empress Ki), even villainous roles (Five Fingers), and doing musicals. I think when you've reached super star status, like LMH and KSH, it is hard to take unattactive or villanous roles, because it will put a dent into your popularity and things are going so well with so many CF's ...

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I so much agree with you. I believe JCW is so absorbed in his character as JungHoo. The way he looks at her, those looks in his eyes are filled with so much love I really find it hard to believe he is acting. And not only his eyes, like in episode 14, the part when she wiped away his tears, even his lips were shaking, that's some raw acting out there.
I just finished watching Empress Ki also, and despite how much i dislike his character there, his acting was phenomenal. The way he portrayed Tahwan was so real and professional, which made him not get overshadowed by veteran actors like Jo Ji Mo and Ha Ji Won.

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Yes, I watched Empress Ki too, and JCW's acting is one of the things that pull me 2 it. Even though Ha Ji Won (as a veteran) was awesome in it, as a new actor he felt equal to her in every sense.

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My thoughts exactly Mint, I really wonder how PMY feels ~ she really must be immune to those stares,lips,hands... To not feel anything at all. Lucky her, would love to be in her shoes for just 1 day... ☺️

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Gosh!!!! I agree with you!!!

I have never really watch JCW drama but now I'm a fan!! His acting is so good that I am with him all the way.

I was bawling when he lost his Teacher, the sadness and subsequent depression is so real. This episode shows again how good his acting is.
His pain and heartbreak is palpable.

Healer is so awesome. Everyone is firing on all cylinder I can't enjoy it more ^-^

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He actually predicted that she would treat him that way when she found about her father and his. I thought she wouldn't care, her not knowing the parents much and all, and I was hoping that she won't let the parents history to taint her view of JH, and even though I know it didn't do much damage, it planted a seed of doubt in her about JH, which is what makes me sad.

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Hey Azfih,
Good to see you here!!

And yeah that made me sad. The first time I watched the episode, I didnt get angry at Young Shin but I felt mildly bothered on her reacting so strongly.
Then while watching again, I get it. Her reaction is exactly what it needed to be.
If we had just glossed over the fact, then Young Shin wouldnt be the awesome character she is!

I got to say PMY did a awesome job. She made me invest in the struggle she is faced with!

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Heeeeey Divyrus :D was wondering why I didn't see you last night.

I feel like it fit the character role quite well too actually and makes the story more realistic, as she believed in Healer being a good guy because of a few instances of kindness and she fell in love quite quickly. Because we know JH we root for their love, but it is only understandable that she doubts him, as she just found out his name the last episode!

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Hey Azfih!

Yep I had SO SO much to catch up on work in last couple of days(Its work hours for me when recap comes up). I have been quite distracted with Healer that I have been putting off so much work, delaying them :P

Then it came to such a point that it cant be ignored anymore :D

And yeah, I am still not able to comprehend her sleeping together with him without knowing his name! It totally made sense and both were in right place but still , not even knowing name! Proves how deep their love and connection is, in a way even they dont understand!!!

Keeping in sync with how much she has followed her feelings, getting that seed of doubt felt totally realistic!
Even though she trusts him, I am sure there is a load of angst on next episode!

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Totally agree with you there! I watched this episode raw without any subtitles and I could tell exactly what he was thinking in this scene even without the subs!! His acting is very well controlled and not over the top, it's actually very natural...and those eyes oh god those eyes that speak a thousand words!!!

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@primadonna. healer was the one and only drama, i watched raw without subtitle on youtube, and the one and only one i bothered to wait for the exact timing and watch LIVE. never watch LIVE on any drama.. wouldn't be bother. never bother sign up and log on twitter, tumblr, instagram, only for HEALER, then do i bothered to log on.. i basically sign account and let it go inactive in past.....
healer - give us many 'FIRST TIME".

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Yes!!! really the most expressive eyes....

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Halo120

Totally agree with you. Jcw I also never heard of him before healer. And I remember here on Db them talking about this show when it was about to air, and with a few teasers, I thought I might check it out when I'm bored.

Little did I know that I would be this obsessed and possessed by this incredibly written and well acted show.

Ji Chang wook saranghee :)

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Similar situation, saw the write ups before the premiere and thought it sounded a little hokey. Saw that the writer was Song Ji Na, who I only knew from Faith which was a bit disappointing, so I didn't plan on watching Healer. I cannot recall why I bothered to read the recaps or at what point I picked up the show (it was already several episodes in). The high comment count probably piqued my interest. Whatever the case I am now hooked on the show and as I've written so immensely impressed with JCW and YJT's embodiments of their characters.

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I totally agree with you. JCW is "simply Jung-hoo."

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loved his spirit, he don't wallow in self pity and grief, he worked hard toward gathering evidence, not just for himself, so that his heartstring (YS) will not get her heart shattered by him too. he fight on for her, prove his father's innocent for her too. if it is for himself, he will just drop all and go some Europe Island (aka moro island) and live on, find or no find evidence. it for YS that he must find evidence. beautiful JH.

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Thank you!

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Sub-thread: INTERNATIONAL FANS PROJECT

URGENT and IMPORTANT!!
Please reply to this Comment and indicate here Want To Send Video if you want to make your own video for this DB project,
AND send you video to @ Rainerust at email: [email protected]. She will do her best to splice and edit to make 1 DB Fans' vid of the acceptable length.

"Send in your videos or Dropbox links (if you upload your vid to Dropbox) to the above link – try to keep your slice within 20 to 25 secs or less; I might cut as needed if it’s longer though. Send in the following:
– Parodies (dances e.g. CYS or Ahjumma dancing)
– Favourite scene takes (e.g. Coffee Ahjusshi + Ahjumma?? the rooftop kiss, if you can coerce your other half into doing the scarf/hat thing with you LOL)
– Your love messages for the Healer team (production or otherwise)
– …and if you want (and are brave enough) bloopers are OK too. I like including bloopers at the back of all my videos LOL.

Can folks please send in your stuff/slices by 1 Feb 2015 6 pm my time (which would be GMT+8) – I’ll need some time to edit it, and am hoping to put up the link for y’all in the Ep 17 recap AND send it in to the Soompi Forum (deadline is 10 Feb so it’s fairly tight).

For info, the link to the fan project that Soompi is running is here: http://forums.soompi.com/en/discussion/2025904/healer-international-fan-project "

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BACKGROUND to the project

Repost from Ep 15 Recap (Comment 17 n following)
After much debate and as we did not get that much response, we seem to have decided to jump on the Soompi Fan Project bandwagon instead of doing something on our own. The Soompi project is to send Email to the Healer Team which is organised under different Chapters. Read more about it below…. Among the things we can send are fan-made videos, memes, jpegs, fan fic,…

From comment Ep 14 Recap Comment 31.5 Bojana suggested: “Well I think that making a fan video is the best idea!!! Sending food needs a lot of coordination and work, I don’t think there is so much time left to do it. But a video made by fans could get their attention and at least make them laugh :D.”

And from comment Ep 14 Recap Comment 31.6.1.2 millionstars: “okay guys since we wanted to do a project as dramabeans’ healer fans but since we’re doing it through the soompi project, here’s what i propose: According to the Int’l fan project info page, one of the thing we can send in the email is a 5 min(max) fan video, so why don’t we put together videos from all the beanies here and send it as ONE video? ? ? how does that sound?”

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To: SINGAPORE Beanies - latest update

We have confirmed a meet up for this project at a place called Miam Miam.

Date (tomorrow): Friday 30 Jan 2015

Time: 6pm-8pm +++

Address: Miam Miam
#02-14, Bugis Junction
200 Victoria Street

Come with your thinking caps on!!! :D

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Hi SIN beanies . Huh. Plead your forgiveness , really couldn't come . Few reasons, minor one is I have meeting every Friday. Major reason I just couldn't "show faces lah, just take one person to recognise me and I die already. . "
But was thinking can I suggest some fun things for you girl to experience, maybe you can bring a white stuff bunny as signal, or some small candle light, or clothed in hoodie leather jacket. ..then take a photo together and add in... fun huh? Enjoy have a healing time tonite.
Please please plead forgive me not coming. I may write something n send you gals after finish .

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@ Mary Bethany

Sure thing! I was thinking maybe a short poem or whatever you feel comfortable writing. Something we can read aloud maybe? Read you later!! :)

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not good in poem.
writing some "thoughts".

did some stars.. but really sucks.

so howdy the meeting last night? did you gals brought bunny rabbit to meet? (i was having meeting till late myself. )

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@ Mary of Bethany

For your answer please see what I wrote to @KDaddict under Comments 235 and following. But I'll update here under 5.2 if there's anything to update.... or maybe in the next recap. We will need time to edit the video clip that we want to do. :)

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Another Update from Singapore Beanies

Good news! we met today for 4+ hours again and it was a fun time well spent and lots of hard work LOL! .... we had dinner .... discussion ... review of the scene we wanted to shoot (it's a secret for now :D ) ... timing for each take ... check on angles and going for it with minimal rehearsal. I am so impressed by our 'professionalism' LOLOL!

Guess which scene we shot! :)

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Further Update from Singapore Beanies

Wow! one of our team spent hours yesterday and actually managed to complete the first rough cut of the video! It's still not quite ready to be presented to the world but it's a great piece of editing work, all things considered. So in the plan are better versions of the video that will be re-edited perhaps, and we'll let you know about them and when or where they may be 'released' in future Recap threads! :)

Good job! and Much thanks!! to the Singapore Healer Lovers DB Team!!! We had a super fun, great time! :D

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So envious of you all's dedication and creativity. Looking forward to your creation.

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I'm so, so excited! ?can't wait for what ever you guys are preparing.

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@ Emi757 and Saema

Awww, thanks so much for your kind words and 'envy' LOL!

We certainly have something in store ... but hey, no one has tried guessing which scene we took to shoot / parody yet. It was supposed to be a simple scene but it took 3+ hours Hehehe!

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Calling SINGAPORE BEANIES!!!
We are getting together to make our video. If you’d like to join in and don’t mind leaving me your contact details (email and mobile number), please email to [email protected]. So far preferred day is Friday night/s and location in town. :)

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Awesome! I don't live here anymore but nice to know that you and others are hailing from here.... Feels like family!

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@ gilamonsterya

Going away does not actually make you less of family. By all means, do consider yourself part of the Singapore Beanies gang! :)

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Dropped you an email, hope it went to the right place.

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Okie @ Rainerust. I just replied to your email. :)

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I knew it was coming. Our OTP had to face some challenges, to their love, their faith and their commitment to each other. But the ending was still hard to take. It looks baaadddd for Jung Hoo. CYS needs to muster everything she has, that fortitude and strength of character, to go beyond what she think might have happened, to seek the truth of what really happened.
I love that in every episode, the writer does not fail in giving us such sweet OTP confessions that get immediately tested. Just earlier in the episode, CYS affirmed her belief that JH is a good person, that he will not do anything bad. And then she sees this... a man dead, seemingly bludgeoned with a steel pipe, and his blood on JH’s face and hands, and body.
She also declared that whether or not his father killed her father, is of no consequence to her, because they are different persons. I bet you that belief will also be tested in the next episode before it gets resolved.
Writer-nim, thank you for finally revealing the big secrets to CYS. Now she’s on board. Our three leads can now work together as a team, to rescue Myung Hee from the big bad wolf and out of that lair she is trapped in; bring down the wolf and the biggest nemesis of all - the Elder.
We are close to the end, I am looking forward to finally discover the big picture. It’s like a tapestry. We began with the corners, and little by little, the image is exposed, but we have yet to see who or what caused the tragedy we have seen in this part of the picture. That over there is where we know someone brought down the gauntlet that killed two of the friends, maimed the other one, and conquered the soul of the last one. Why? How? We have yet to see.

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So glad that YS is in the know now! Team Healer unite!!

Although my heart broke for JH, I'm glad YS stepped it up to reaffirm her love and faith in him. Let's hope those remain firm next episode because this is a test to their relationship indeed, but once they pass, I think it'll be smooth sailing on the trust department. I totally believe that YS will figure out on her own that JH didn't murder the man since she's smart and can put the pieces together that there must have been thugs there (b/c isn't that why she and MH were rushing to JH in the first place?)

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This writer has been fast in resolving misunderstandings so far. There is hope that she'll keep it that way.

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And I love her so much for it. Writer Song jjang!! <3

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Why do I keep feeling like Jung Hoo is about to be branded as murder suspect even though everyone around knows he didn't kill him just like his dad ?

I have a bad feeling as if history is repeating itself !!! It worked once, there is no reason it won't work again !

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Heart meet hammer.

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but the last scene has been set up in such a way that Young Shin is logically expected to spark a new flame of doubt for Jung Hoo (remember how in the first parts of the episode, Young Shin keeps encountering unfavorable facts about Jung Hoo), putting her "trust" further to the edge, which I think may be difficult to recover. Unless, of course, if she will be able to see things in a larger perspective or in the light of past accidents -- that someone is behind every tragic death and that the truth is bent in such a way that justice loses its way back. this, I think, is where the story will come to a full circle -- returning to the past to understand the present. good lord, this drama is killing me.

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@wits, Tapestry--that's a lovely metaphor.

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Agree with you! This is a true test of their love for each other. I'm hoping we're steering away from noble idiocy here. My heart sank at that last scene when Yong Shin and Jung Hoo were looking at each other. Nooooo please survive through this and work together to defeat Elder! Please don't let this be a repeat of history when the wrong person was framed...gah!

P.S. I love how Yoo Ji Tae fills up the screen with his presence every time he's on. It's like you're sucked into his performance. Really mesmerizing.

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Thanks for the recap Javabeans. I have only watched the episode raw so far so my understanding is limited but I still already have a few things to say.

I'm the kind of person who feels the reverse of Shakespeare's words: all that ends bad is bad. An unpleasant ending can ruin what was otherwise a very pleasant experience to me. That's sort of how I feel about the ending of episode 16. It made me already forget all the cute in episode 15 and the awesomeness of Young Shin earlier in the episode.

I know how shocking these revelations must be for Young Shin. To a certain point I can understand her wavering or doubting a bit. It's only human. However, she is smart enough to know that Healer cut her nail for a DNA test. Knowing she is adopted, she guessed rightly that it was for a paternity test. She even questioned Healer on whether he was her father or brother. Then she learned that Moon Ho had hired Healer for this task. With all this information, shouldn't she be already suspecting that they know things she doesn't? Nothing really surprising there. In fact she should have been pestering them to get that information.

As for whether Jung Hoo is a bad person or not: This is the guy who tried to push her away from him just to protect her in spite of how much he wanted to be with her. These are all facts. He told her he could hurt her. He told her there are many things he was hiding from her. She said she doesn't care. After he gave in, she saw what she means to him. Before she ever met him she had a respect for his ethic of not killing. As to the whole your father killed mine story, it should have no bearing on their lives even if it is true. Now with all this information and her love for Jung Hoo in spite of all this she ran after him once she saw how her reaction to him hurt him. I am just hoping she can maintain that in spite of what she saw at the end. She should know he doesn't kill. And a bit of thinking should make it clear that he has nothing to gain by killing that person in particular.

As for Jung Hoo, once he heard she learned about her mother and realized how distressed she was, added to that Moon Shik's claim that he was a bad guy, he ran to her to comfort her, ease her worries. As he kept doing in his house he kept wanting to hug her and touch her but when she didn't respond, avoided his eyes and even backed away from him he saw the beautiful dream slipping though his fingers. He has more reason to hate Moon Shik than anyone else. From Myung Hee he stole her daughter, from Young Shin her mother, from Moon Ho a clear conscious and the ability to see his loved ones happy. But from Jung Hoo he stole his father, his father's good name, his mother, his Teacher (someone wrote recently that Jung Hoo was orphaned three times by Moon Shik), tried to frame him as a murderer. If all that wasn't enough now he is trying to take away the most important person to him. If Jung Hoo didn't kill Moon Shik, he wouldn't kill anybody...

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...else either.
I want to go back to Jung Hoo's attempt at finding the real him. I hope he wasn't talking about discovering the truth about the crime his father was accused of because that in no way has impact on who he is. Parents have an influence on a child if they raise him. Furthermore, Jung Hoo didn't grow up labelled as a murderer's son, so he wasn't affected that way either.

The problem with these kinds of cliffhangers to me is that they don't cause excitement, curiosity or impatience for the next episode. They cause me anxiety and annoyance. Now who watches a show for those? If anything, this dampens my excitement so I can get back to real life.

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Just read the recap. So the episode is called Trust and Young Shin told Jung Hoo to come back even if he does not find evidence. That is beyond awesome and makes me feel much better.

We haven't been shown explicitly but with the past he has Jung Hoo must have abandonment issues and Young Shin sticking with him through thick and thin based on her faith in him alone would mean a lot to him.

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One more thing: Jung Hoo made himself totally vulnerable to Young Shin. She knows where he lives, he told her his real name. She even has seen ajumma's face. If he was trying to use her for anything (I cannot imagine what) he wouldn't have opened himself up so much. Young Shin must be aware of this. Frankly, there is still enough conflict to drive the remaining 4 episodes what with clearing Jung Hoo's father's name, discovering the truth behind those events, defeating Moon Shik and the elder, reuniting Young Shin with her mum, finding Healer a new job and finding ajumma a new Healer, finding some sort of happiness for Moon Ho... So there is no need for Young Shin to believe or suspect the worst.

Do I sound like I am trying to convince myself?

I am not worried about things getting sorted in the long run but I just don't enjoy this brand of angst.

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