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Kill Me, Heal Me: Episode 1

Hello again drama fans! This is purplecow, back after a long recapping hiatus. Kill Me, Heal Me is a “healing romance” between a third-generation chaebol with multiple personalities and the first-year resident psychiatrist who will have to deal with each and every one of them. The first episode began a little rocky but found its stride, managing a credible introduction to our characters, their relationships and the world they inhabit. So far the show seems to be striking a good balance between the real psychological trauma our hero suffers and the comedic screw-ups and hilarious misunderstandings that ensue. And while I feel for our bewildered hero, I can’t wait to see what his bad-guy alter ego will get up to next. So break out the guyliner and get ready for a good time!

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

Our story opens with a stylized flashback sequence and newspaper clippings that give us the basic outline of the chaebol family running Seungjin Group, and its string of tragedies. First, the chairman and his daughter-in-law are killed in car crash, and then his son, marked to take over, is killed in a suspicious house fire.

Thankfully, the grandson is rescued from the fire, and grows up into our hero, CHA DO-HYUN. Suspiciously, these newspaper clippings are collected, studied, and posted on a wall by an unseen figure.

We get our first glimpse of our grown-up hero (Ji Sung), who plays on an American football team while studying abroad. As his friend tells us, Do-hyun is too nice for his own good. Dozens of extracurricular groups want him to join, knowing he’s too kind to turn any of them down.

A classmate asks Do-hyun to pass some papers to another student, Jennifer, who hasn’t been to school in a few weeks. He agrees and arrives at Jennifer’s house, where he hears sounds of a disturbance. Jennifer’s father is giving her a vicious beating, and when Do-hyun intervenes, he gets beat up as well.

The shock of the assault triggers a memory of being trapped in a room when Do-hyun was younger, with a shadowy figure advancing upon him. His eyes flash violet, back in the present, but before anything happens the police arrive. They ask Jennifer who attacked her, only for her to lie that Do-hyun trespassed and her father saved her. Do-hyun is led away by the police, protesting the entire way.

When Do-hyun returns to his apartment, a close employee, Chief Ahn, calls after receiving the police report. He says that Do-hyun’s family still doesn’t know about what he’s been accused of, and that he’ll arrive shortly to sort things out.

Do-hyun is too preoccupied to answer the phone. He searches for medicine in the bathroom, but he can’t take it in time. Memories of his childhood trauma flash intermittently, his pupils dilate, and eventually his trembling ceases. His mouth curves upward into a grin that spells trouble—looks like Do-hyun’s not calling the shots anymore.

Now calm and sporting a trendier look, Do-hyun’s alter ego heads outside. He returns to Jennifer’s house and coldly, methodically beats the crap out of the abusive father. When he’s done he leans over and warns that if the man ever touches her again, he’ll come back and break every bone in his body. Jennifer catches his eye from the second floor and mouths “thank you.”

Do-hyun wakes up confused, still wearing the outfit he went out in. Chief Ahn arrives at Do-hyun’s apartment, takes in Do-hyun’s cuts, bruises, and new fashion choices, and asks what happened.

But Do-hyun can’t remember a thing. “I first realized it then,” says Do-hyun in voiceover, as we see a flashback of him choking someone we don’t recognize. “That I had a monster living inside of me.”

We see Do-hyun explaining this in a flashback to a therapy session, and he identifying each of his personas: Shin Se-gi is the violent personality, though Do-hyun is quick to reassure the nervous doctor that he only fights when he’s mad, and would never harm women or children.

Because his multiple personalities take over his mind and body, Do-hyun can never remember what happens after he loses control. In one memory we see him wake up in the middle of getting a tattoo of the Latin words for “death alone.”

Then we see Do-hyun anger a women he can’t remember meeting, because he first made her acquaintance as one of his alter egos. The woman throws water in his face, and apparently that doesn’t satisfy her because we later see her directing thugs to bind him and dunk him repeatedly in a water trough. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, I guess. Poor guy.

Do-hyun was diagnosed four years ago with dissociative identity disorder, also called multiple personality disorder, but he hasn’t found any reliable way to treat it. He doesn’t know the exact number of personalities, but in addition to the violent Se-gi there are also Perry Park and Yo-sub, the latter of whom has tried to commit suicide more than once. I was afraid of that.

Now thoroughly spooked, the psychiatrist declares that he can’t help Do-hyun. “But you said you’ve treated patients with D.I.D. before!” Do-hyun objects. “I lied,” replies the shrink. Pfft. So Do-hyun has no choice but to drive away, wondering how many personalities are hiding in his psyche, just waiting for the chance to emerge.

Back in the present, Do-hyun asks Chief Ahn why he came to the States. It turns out that Do-hyun’s grandmother wants him to return. This is a problem, because Do-hyun has yet to tell his mother and grandmother about his condition. “How can I go back in this monstrous state?” he asks.

But the next thing we know, Do-hyun opens his eyes to find himself on a plane soon to arrive at Incheon Airport. His neighbor in first class is our second lead OH RI-ON (Park Seo-joon).

On Do-hyun’s cell phone, he finds a video addressed to him, taken by his alter ego Se-gi. Se-gi suggests that it’s time for Do-hyun to make a bid to become the successor to his family’s Seungjin Group. Adding insult to injury, he tells him to change his crappy sense of style.

A car comes hurtling into the airport parking lot. The driver is OH RI-JIN (Hwang Jung-eum), who receives a phone call from a reporter who wants to know if she is the “Omega writer” (an “Omega 3 murder mystery” was mentioned in the newspaper Oh Ri-on was reading). The call sparks her temper, and she growls that she’ll put an end to this today.

Do-hyun tries to arrange for a ticket straight back to New York, but he’s intercepted by four men in suits who work for his grandmother, the current CEO of Seungjin Group. They’re about to escort him to the parking lot when a cry rings out: “YAA!” It’s Ri-jin, pointing directly at Do-hyun.

Do-hyun stiffens, thinking his alter ego has caused more trouble. But Ri-jin charges right past Do-hyun for the guy cowering behind him: Oh Ri-on.

Ri-jin shakes Ri-on by the ears, yelling about the reporters who have been flooding her phone with calls. Ri-on clings to Do-hyun, begging him for help. Do-hyun tries to get Ri-jin to calm down and talk things out, but she tells him to butt out.

“How long are you going to live off my name?” Ri-jin demands, still wailing on her brother. She says she’s going to reveal his identity right here, but Ri-on manages to clap a hand over her mouth. “My sister is very sick,” he says, pointing to her head. He starts tugging her towards the doors, while Ri-jin hilariously mimes a giant “O” and a “3” for Omega 3. Do-hyun watches, dumbfounded.

Ri-on drives along without a care in the world, though Ri-jin is still peevish. We learn that Ri-on is her twin brother, who gained fame and wealth as a bestselling author of those Omega 3 mysteries. He’s cultivated his own aura of mystery as a “faceless” writer, much to his sister’s dismay as the only point of contact for reporters.

An ambulance rolls up when they reach the hospital, and the EMTs start transporting a belligerent man from the vehicle to the hospital. Ri-jin adopts an upbeat, cheery voice and rushes right over.

The patient recognizes her, complaining in between bouts of yelling that he got stuck with her again. Ri-jin keeps reassuring him, only pausing to direct some employees to prepare to pump the man’s stomach. She takes off her jacket as they head off to reveal her medical coat, identifying her as an actual psychiatrist and not the mental patient she’s been acting like so far.

That patient is still causing trouble when she reaches the patients’ room. He fends off employees with an IV stand, brandishing it like a pitchfork. Ri-jin tries to talk him down, but the man jerks away and tries to grab Ri-jin, who unleashes some impressive martial arts skills as she flips him over her shoulder.

She calmly restrains him and then sedates him. Ri-on has witnessed the scene from the doorway, and he muses that his little sister is really impressive.

Outside in his car, Ri-on rummages in a bag, taking out a binder full of newspaper cutouts about the Seungjin Group and a picture of Do-hyun in his football uniform. Either he’s got a man-crush, or else the plot is thickening…

Do-hyun arrives at the family compound, where the staff has assembled to greet him. Chief Ahn is there too, with a full entourage in tow. After eleven years, the prodigal son has returned.

Do-hyun’s mother and grandmother talk in another room. Grandma Seo is also the Seungjin Group CEO, and her relationship to her daughter-in-law seems antagonistic. Mom wants to know where Grandma is hiding someone from her, moving him to a new nursing home whenever Mom finds one.

Grandma breaks her icy composure to scold that Mom has no right to act so proud. Do-hyun’s mother she may be, but she’s not officially on the family register. That’s the moment Do-hyun enters, interrupting the argument as his mother rushes over to fawn over him.

The family sits down for a luxurious yet awkward dinner. The atmosphere is charged, with Grandma reacting to Do-hyun with coldness while his mother dotes. Do-hyun’s alter ego has been busy, since Grandma has a whole list of conditions that “Do-hyun” supposedly sent her before agreeing to return. He wants to be named the successor to Seungjin Group, which she won’t do, but she agrees to give him a vice president position of a subsidiary called ID Entertainment.

Do-hyun also apparently asked for stocks, and Grandma is willing to give him 0.5% of the company stocks each year. As Grandma Seo coldly lays out the deal, Do-hyun tries to get a word in edgewise, but is unable to say a thing.

Do-hyun talks alone with Chief Ahn, who explains about the video call made by Do-hyun’s alter ego, Se-gi. Things aren’t looking particularly bright, but Chief Ahn swears that he will keep searching for a way to cure Do-hyun, no matter what. A call comes in from Do-hyun’s second cousin, CHA KI-JOON (played by Oh Min-seok).

Do-hyun takes the call, though the look he shares with Chief Ahn before picking up is intriguing. The conversation is friendly on the surface, and Ki-joon invites Do-hyun out for drinks later that night. When he hangs up, however, he laughs that Do-hyun’s as innocent and clueless as ever.

Ki-joon’s father warns Ki-joon to be on his guard. Ki-joon doesn’t view Do-hyun as a real threat, but his father orders him to find Do-hyun’s weakness anyway.

Meanwhile, Chief Ahn advises Do-hyun not to get treated for his multiple personalities at a hospital. That would expose his weakness to Ki-joon and anyone else looking to gain a hold over him. Do-hyun asks Chief Ahn to find Dr. Seok Ho-pil, who treated him in the States previously.

That’s the doctor (Go Chang-seok) who leads rounds, to whom Ri-jin reports patient statuses. Unfortunately Ri-jin’s patient has escaped, leaving a note saying she has gone to a “paradise” where she can express herself with bright lights, music, and dancing.

Ki-joon has arranged to have drinks at the Paradise Club in Gangnam. Do-hyun finds that “drinks with his cousin” actually means a night out with the ID Entertainment staff—he is introduced to his new team as their vice president, while Ki-joon’s double-layered greetings seem closer to establishing dominance than greeting a cousin.

Do-hyun asks why Ki-joon didn’t warn him in advance. Ki-joon asks if he would have come if he’d known, and says this is also a party for the newly hired director of the art team. Do-hyun recognizes her when she arrives from the powder room: This is HAN CHAE-YEON (Kim Yoo-ri), whom he clearly has feelings for.

Meanwhile Ri-jin gets her brother’s help to track her patient’s phone, but the patient is one step ahead, having taped the phone to the bottom of the hospital bed. Thankfully, a message on the phone points Ri-jin to the Paradise Club in Gangnam.

Ki-joon and Chae-yeon laugh about Do-hyun’s coldness with women, recalling how he stood up a chaebol heiress who’d begged to be set up with him. But Ki-joon also hints about Do-hyun being hung up on a woman he can neither confess to nor get over. Chae-yeon asks who that is, and Do-hyun can only look at her. Thankfully the other team members arrive just in time, pulling them out to the dance floor.

Do-hyun thinks of the past Christmas, when he was overjoyed to receive a call from Chae-yeon about meeting in the States. But while waiting to meet her, he’d encountered the woman seduced by Shin Se-gi. She threw water in his face just as Chae-yeon entered the café, and Do-hyun hid to avoid being seen. Ouch—poor guy can’t seem to catch a break.

As Do-hyun watches Chae-yun dancing, a woman approaches and says she knows how he feels: “That feeling of being alone in the world. Of having many selves living inside of you. Of not knowing when they might come out!” Ha! Sounds about right.

This is Sook-hee (a cameo by Kim Seul-gi), the patient Ri-jin is looking for. She claims to be a psychiatrist, and just as Do-hyun is about to politely get the hell out of dodge, they see Ri-jin making her way across the dance floor.

Sook-hee enlists Do-hyun’s help, lying that Ri-jin is a patient who has followed her here. We know the truth, but Ri-jin’s crazy eyes certainly don’t help the misunderstanding.

Ri-jin identifies herself as a doctor, but Do-hyun was already warned that she would say that. He also remembers her antics at the airport, when her brother announced to everyone that she was sick in the head. So he implores her to calm down, and grabs her by the hood when she shoulders past him.

That’s Ri-jin’s cue for another judo throw, sending our hapless hero flying. Do-hyun hits the ground hard and Ri-jin feels guilty for a moment, but she has an escaped patient to attend to. Meanwhile Do-hyun staggers into the bathroom, trembling like mad with his pupils dilating. His medicine slips from his grasp, and then it’s too late—Shin Se-gi has joined the party.

Outside of the stall is a clubber with a studded jacket, earrings, and a year’s worth of guyliner. He yells at Se-gi for messing up his makeup. Se-gi only looks him up and down, inspects the outfit, and says: “That’s exactly my style.”

Se-gi takes to the dance floor with his new threads, walking past Ki-joon unawares. In the bathroom, the guy whose clothes Se-gi stole calls someone to bring “the boys” over, and says that there’s ecstasy in his stolen jacket. Uh-oh.

Ri-jin has successfully apprehended her patient, but her conscience reminds her of the man she roughed up in the club. She sends the ambulance ahead and goes back to check on him. As she approaches the entrance, she doesn’t notice Se-gi walking by. He grabs her by the arm.

While Ri-jin wonders why he changed his outfit, Se-gi pulls back her sleeve to show her watch. When the watch face shows the hour, Se-gi tells her to remember this time: “January 7, 2015, 10 pm. The time when I fell for you.”

Romantic music starts to play… and Ri-jin can’t control herself any more and lets out a half-laugh, half-shriek. She wonders if he’s the kind of man who’s attracted to women who rough him around. Her inner monologue thinks, He’s not going to say something cheesy like how this is the first time he’s fallen for a woman who’s treated him roughly, right?

“It’s the first time…” Se-gi begins. Ri-jin thinks: Don’t say it, don’t say it!

“…a woman treated me roughly,” he finishes. Ri-jin dissolves into involuntary shrieks of laughter, before bringing herself under control. She assures him that she’ll pretend he didn’t say anything, and that she doesn’t have the confidence to keep treating him roughly in the future. I’m dying here.

Before she can make good her escape, a bunch of guys in motorcycles arrive and surround Se-gi. Ri-jin wonders at how quickly the vibe changed from romantic comedy to action, while the leader from the bathroom walks deliberately towards Se-gi.

“Take it off!” he orders Se-gi. Ri-jin thinks, And now erotic?! HA! Se-gi retorts, “Try taking it off me.” Ri-jin: Or bromance? Ri-jin tries to talk sense into him, but he refuses and the fight begins, and Se-gi takes out eight or so thugs without even smudging his makeup.

He thrashes them handily with acrobatic kicks and the strategic application of a stolen club, then walks calmly towards Ri-jin. She screams at him to watch out, but it’s too late—the leader hits him square in the face with a two-by-four. Se-gi falls back, then we cut to the DJ who’s whipping the crowd inside on the dance floor into a frenzy. He cranks up the music… and Se-gi pops right back up, ready to finish the fight.

 
COMMENTS

What a fun first episode! I’m glad it ended so well, because I certainly wasn’t sold in the beginning. The setting in an American university gave me Heirs flashbacks (never a good thing), as did the profanity-laced scene of a white guy cruelly beating up an Asian woman. Add to that the cringe-inducing English, and I’m right back in 2013 watching all my hopes for a fantastic drama crumble in front of my eyes.

But that’s Heirs, not Kill Me, Heal Me, and thankfully I didn’t have to wait three episodes this time to get the hell out of the United States. There was only one more issue that irked me, which was the way the show handled Do-hyun’s first transformation into Shin Se-gi. It was understandable given the motivations of his alter ego that he beat the crap out of the abusive father, but what I took issue with was the daughter thanking him for what he did. Beating an abuser and threatening him is NOT the right way to ensure that he won’t hurt his victims again; in fact, it’s more likely to drive him to further violence, because of the shame of being seen as weak by the person he wants to have control over.

It felt like the show was trying to introduce us to the hero’s violent alter ego in a way that made us want to root for him, but if that’s true then the show failed. The moment that father gets over his fear or has a few too many drinks, he’s going to lash out with even more violence. And even when he regained his right mind, Do-hyun didn’t try to talk to Jennifer or help her overcome her fear so she could seek real, lasting protection. I know this is meant to be primarily a romantic comedy, but the opening to any drama is important and this one left a very bad taste in my mouth.

Moving on. Once we leave America, thankfully, I’m back on board (if only that had happened with Heirs). I loved the sequence that brought Do-hyun back to Korea, when he learns that Se-gi has his sights set on his family’s company. And once Ri-jin entered the picture, I was completely sold. Hwang Jung-eum brings a great energy to her character, emphasizing her openness but also her competence. She doesn’t hide her frustration with her brother (quite the opposite), but when it comes time to do her job, she assumes a professional demeanor and handles herself with class. Dramaland has been delivering some wonderful heroines lately, from Chun Song-yi in You From Another Star to Chae Young-shin in Healer, and I hope that Ri-jin will join their company.

I’m always happy when a leading lady can execute a good judo throw, and it was hilarious to hear her inner monologue when Shin Se-gi was delivering his cringe-worthy “I’ve fallen for you” speech. Already I think they have great chemistry, even though it’s neither bickering nor sizzling just yet.

There’s a lot we still need to learn, whether it’s about the dynamics within Do-hyun’s family, the specifics of his past traumas and his alter egos, or Ri-on’s motivations. But we’ve been given enough to be curious, and after only an hour I’m sufficiently a fan of Do-hyun and Ri-jin that I want them to overcome the obstacles they’re certainly going to face in upcoming weeks.

My favorite moment in this episode was definitely Ri-jin’s observation about the mood outside the club changing from romantic comedy to action, followed by a hint of the erotic with the whole jacket misunderstanding. It was more than a great comedic beat—it’s a statement about the potential of the show as a whole. With such distinct personalities all fighting for primacy inside of Do-hyun, we never know which genre we might enter at any moment in time.

Shin Se-gi, as we know, can turn any scene into a fight scene, and we’ve also learned that he hopes to spark a succession battle in the style of a corporate thriller. Then we have the suicidal personality, which could transition to hard-core melo at any moment, and a number of personalities we have yet to meet. Add that to the romance that seems to be shaping up already, and the potential is almost unlimited.

If Kill Me, Heal Me can play all of these genres off each other, staying ironically aware of itself the same way that Ri-jin gauges the mood before the fight, this show could turn into something great. But even if it doesn’t, I think we’re still in for a rollicking and enjoyable ride.

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omo omo omo... I've been keep refreshing the page and finally!! :D

Thanks for the recaps. I'm new fan of Ji Sung. Maybe he's the third choice, but he's the best choice..

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off to read! :)

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i agree he is the best choice for the character, he is wearing the characters so well the show has quickly become wednesday to thursday show

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And I think he's got a chemistry with Hwang Jung Eum.

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JI sUNG CAN'TDO NO WRONG COZ HE IS SIMPLY jI sUNG, the great! just saying... lots of familiar faces from Park seo joon (witch's romance), Kim Seul gi ( in another minor role,pfft) to that guy from Misaeng, that guy from modern farmer and hello there,Kim yoo Ri, long time no see sincethe master's Sun, it's like you just took a vacation from the Master's Sun set and landed here. but we love that haircut so ,it's ok. Who would she steal a kiss from this time/ park seo joon maybe or that guy from misaeng? that guy from misaeng, definitely, she has a weakness for those hard-to-get guys (read: Kang Woo)

i'm feelin this kdrama more than Heart to Heart, i like Choi kang hee but her partner is only so-so. well, maybe in time.. but this one is definitely in on my list.

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i really really reaaaaalllly love shin se gi. badass guy with awesome eyeliner (lol), a total differ character from the original do hyun.

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He actually looks good in that much guy liner n a motorcycle jacket! Ha.

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I think so, too :-)

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I think so, three.

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Ji Sung is great.
But this is about men scheming and fighting over the Sa Jang position of a chaebol. Again.
This must be the 50th time we see this plot. Didn't we just finish that story in Birth of a Beauty, which ended its run like 2 days ago?

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And Lord of the Rings is about a guy who throws jewelry into a volcano.

When you distil plots down to their lowest common denominator most all dramas are similar. (And not very interesting.) It isn't that the chaebols are fighting for power--is the acting and writing powerful enough to make us care--again?

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geesh, typos are going to KILL me! Last phrase should be, "--it IS if the acting and writing are powerful to make us care--again."

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To be fair, I don't know of any other story that has a guy throwing jewellery into a volcano....

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@ alua

lol, good point!
but I'm sure at this moment some dramaland person had an epiphany xD

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I love Shin Se Gi. It's the backgd of board meetings and manoeuvrings that I find a bit less excited about.

After you've seen 50 films about sb's quest to throw a ring into a volcano, we can talk again.

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He does look good. ^^ Actually, dressed like that plus the guyliner, he looks like Gackt (a Japanese singer).

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Nice

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These leads work together so well -- and I think I'm all in because -- just like in Secret -- they seem to be totally committed to going to whatever crazy place this script takes them. Like the supporting cast a lot too -- first two episodes flew by.

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That opening sequence could have been awesome if only they had money to spend on CGI. Cringe-worthy American college scenes aside (Korean drama industry should really start considering international audience ), I thought episode one was pretty good. Both Ji Sung and Hwang Jung-eum are doing great, but Ri-jin's screaming needs to be toned down.

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Sour Grapes -

I'm hoping the shrieking stops once she's no longer startled by the appearance of the different personalities. I hope I hope I hope.

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Omg can someone please tell me the songs from this drama??

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OMO. Yes. the OST come out when it is Shin Se-gi appearance. the rap and the song just a good combine together when Se-gi appear, is the OST not released yet ? I am dying to hear the full song.

Have been watching Ji Sung on Protect the Boss and Secret, variety shows like Running Man and Happy Together, and random interview with him. I love Ji Sung in his own way and I love him more because he loves to brag about Lee Boyoung on his interview cause LBY is my favourite actress too.

As for Hwang Jungeum, I've seen her act since Full House 2, Incarnation of Money and Secret, so all I can say is I am ready with my heart to hear her scream. hahahaa.

yaa ! this is a reunion of Secret OTP + 7 Ji Sung(s) + Park Seojoon. what is there to make me to not watch this show. :D

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@Jwspazz
I love Ji Sung, too. You can see My P.S. Partner movie.

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Cheetah, you and I are must be on the same wavelength. I watched that movie this weekend.
Yes, Ji Sung is a good actor, we all know that. I hadn't realized just how nice a body he's been hiding. And he shows so much of it. That movie is H.O.T.!
Thank you Korean movies for being so much more sexual than dramas will ever be.

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I really like the OST in this drama.

I think it's a new song(s), not officially release yet.
Are the rap and the female song is the same song or 2 different song?
I got Lim Kim vibe from the female singer.

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Not spoiling it or anything, but having seen both episode one and two, I must say, I officially LOVE this show. It did not start great, as we all know, but as purplecow so aptly observed, (and much like all dramas) as soon as we got back to Korea it changed into something much better.

My problem is that I really like Se Gi more than Do Hyun at this point and I'm probably not supposed to like him at all.

Anyway, in any character, Ji Sung has great chemistry with Hwang Jung Eum and they are just wonderful here. I really can't imagine anyone else being able to pull off all these personalities so well and I can't wait to see what's in store next week!

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I'm 100% with you, I like Shin Se Gi character more than Do Hyun. Ji Sung is killing it with all his character portrayals. Cannot wait to see where this drama takes the story.

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I'm so impressed by Ji Sung. There's such a clear distinction between the personalities that we've seen so far!

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Well -- I think it likely that all the personalities are elements of Do Hyun -- whose caution seems natural given how he's having to deal all the time with events and people he doesn't remember. I think/hope we'll still see a little Shin Se Gi even after Do Hyun recovers.

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OMG me too in definitely keeping up with this show. As usual Ji sung and Hwang Jung-eum are a combo that works wonderfully together. Yet I'm more intrigued by Park Seo-joon character, the supporting cast is great I'm so happy to see seulgi again.
And yes I'm conflicted too I love Se Gi way to much already. And I literally feel of my chair at the end of ep 2. This drama is so worth watching.

Thank you for the recap!

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*fell of my chair

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Ji sung is beautiful...omo seo joon too...seul gi too...and HJE....i hv loved the leads since Secret...i love this!

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I've watched Ji Sung since New Heart-Kim Soo Ro-Royal Family-Protect the Boss... currently marathoning Secret.

And u can tell that his acting range is tremendous. He has nailed CDH's personalities in many ways.

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My sister's a psychologist so I live-texted her the entire time I watched the first two episodes of this. I'm sure she's very grateful. ;-)

Xerox eyes, spontaneous markings? or tattoos? suddenly appearing on the patient's skin (show, that isn't DID, it's *demon possession* or something equally missing from the DSM), and an affinity for kohl all of a sudden become diagnostic criteria for DID. Kudos, writer-nim, for not prioritizing petty things like accuracy over your desire to tell the story in your head. Authenticity in terms of details is clearly not a thing here, but at least no one's pretending this is going to be a big breakthrough in the depiction of mental illness so I'm in it till the--almost certain to be insane--end. (As long as they don't go off the rails and actually start integrating some realism, because then I'm out. STICK TO WHAT YOU'VE PROMISED, DRAMA.)

(And give me more guyliner, because Ji Sung's really working that look.)

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Everything! Everything you said! LOL! Love it! I had the same thoughts.

"Xerox eyes, spontaneous markings? or tattoos? suddenly appearing on the patient’s skin (show, that isn’t DID, it’s *demon possession* or something equally missing from the DSM), and an affinity for kohl" hee hee!
That was perfect.

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Hee. I am EXCITED about this one, no lie. :-)

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All the things that you mentioned are the reasons keeping me away from this show. When I was in college one of my research papers had to do with multiple personalities. So I'll probably be gagging throughout the whole show. I rather watch Pinocchio, with a made up ailment, than another show that depicts a real mental disorder in a false light. Plus curing this disorder takes years of therapy (if it can ever be cured at all), not 16-20 episodes.

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Plus the sad part is we'd all be rooting for Shin Se Gi, and 'healing' Do Hyun means all those other characters go away, either by integrating parts of them into the dominant personality or by resolving the guest's particular concern.

If this show gives us Do Hyun at work and Shin Se Gi in bed..hmm.

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I am not giving up hope!
Maybe the integrated DH will keep SK's fashion sense and guyliner! It is going to be a running joke throughout.

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I have probably unjustified and doomed to disappointment hopes on that front, that Se Gi will end up being the authentic personality and Do Hyun will end up being a meek alter who took over after the trauma of his childhood. No, that's not how DID works, but anyone watching this show knows that TOTALLY doesn't matter.

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If you watch Korean dramas for fun then you should be past the point of getting upset or being puzzled by their silly depictions of mental health or just health in general. When was the last time you passed out from having a cold? In real life Koreans have universal health care so all of these shows that depict people desperate to get the money for their sisters/brothers/mother/father's life saving operation are bogus from the beginning. It's not necessary to visit your local gangster to pay for your mother's brain surgery. If I can suspend my "western" values to watch another "wrist grab" or another parental stalking or even kidnapping and imprisonment of their offspring then I can surely forget that Korea has no concept of mental health issues. Oh well that's just me.

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I actually did a few papers on the same topic in undergrad, sue, so I get that. I guess I feel like because they're making no pretensions to accuracy, I can enjoy the show more than if it were something pretending to be a realistic medical drama. It's like I told my sister--it's not as if US shows actually get this stuff right, for the most part, but we lack *flair* about it. :-D

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Please enlighten us of your knowledge on DID?

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I kind of like Ji Sung rocking the "idol look"...."affinity for kohl" that is a good one...since when are Korean dramas actually accurate about much of anything....according to Koreans they often aren't even accurate about Korea or being Korean!

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US shows aren't accurate about many things; it's the fact that they fake realism more intently that tricks us into thinking they are (sometimes--but then suddenly you realize that men do not in fact have to be throwing a football or hanging out at batting cages to discuss their feelings and then it's like I'VE BEEN LIED TO MY WHOLE LIFE).

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Thank you, I don't get why we demand realism from KDramas when there is not a lot of it in US shows. It's not like I'm going to do a paper on mental health based on a TV show.

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Here is a link for papers on DID, separating myths from facts:
http://www.personalityresearch.org/papers/cherry2.html

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Hello, MeraNaamJoker,

With regards to sudden body marks and changing eye colors:

I believe that the changing eye colors are meant to signify the appearance of Dohyun’s alters. I do not think that color changes are meant to be taken literally (which would probably add another genre to this already multi-genre show, lol). I'm also thinking along the same lines with regards to the sudden appearance of tattoos on Segi’s body. That’s how Segi may see himself. Tattoos would be part of his look.

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Hi Peridot! (That's my birthstone!) I didn't really take the Xerox eyes as literal--I've had a longstanding love affair with an entertainment industry that depicts two people falling in love by actually transporting their characters to mountaintops in Switzerland, so I'm totally on board with the symbolism. It hadn't occurred to me that the tattoos might be only in Se Gi's head--they could've done a better job of depicting that if so, like having him see them in the mirror while the camera shows they're not really there. It's a legit possibility though. I guess we won't know unless/until someone else comments on them.

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We share our birth month! And yay for Bollywood and its magical locations :). By the way, I also like your Dramabeans ID :).

I think that your thoughts on how the reality vs. perception problem (with regards to his tattoo) could have been handled are good ones. I saw comments elsewhere that suggested that people were taking the transformations literally, so I apologize for misunderstanding. "Xerox eyes," lol!

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It's symbolic or delusions observable only to the main lead and the viewer.

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I asked my Twitter friends why bad guys look so awesome in guyliner (looking at you Bad Guys. The thoughts were.

a) A sense of purpose gives you a steady hand
b) No heart means your hands won't shake with emotion
LOL 8-)

We already get to see what I'm sure is the dominant alter-personality of our hero, and the idea that he falls in love with Ri-jin is both amusing and scary.
Because if it is some type of affection, having him follow you around is bound to end badly.
The scary thought is that he's chosen her because he knows that a point of violence can release him, as she did in the club. So he might just want to keep her near his body to trigger another episode.

As for the rest, the teaser trailer gives a glimpse into the other personalities: a child, what looks like a girl, a geeky-looking fisherman, and a masked man swirling a glass of red wine. What can wrong with any of them? :-)

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"The scary thought is that he’s chosen her because he knows that a point of violence can release him, as she did in the club. So he might just want to keep her near his body to trigger another episode." Hunh! I never thought of that! I took what he said at face value but that's a brilliant theory/observation, in which case if that turns out to be true Se Gi is seriously one crafty character...

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OMG, you are prolly right!

First girl to treat him roughly, though? That was disproven already with the cafe slap and follow up torture. I wonder why they have him deliver that line, except for the joke of it.

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The thing is all those were inflicted to Do Hyun, not to Se Gi himself. Like DH doesn't remember what happens when his alter egos take control, maybe when he's in possession of his own body, the other personalities don't feel like it happens to them.

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The judo throw was inflicted to Do Hyun too; Se Gi manifested after and as a result of the throw. So I think jomo is right, the line and Ri Jin's comeback were good for comedic effect, but not really accurate.

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I think it was a great way to show off HJE's acting. I loved how she had the conversation in her head and giggled and such. Definitely for comedic effect.

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Interesting. It reminds me of Book "The Minds of Billy Milligan" (24 personalities) and "Sybil" (16 personalities).

I think, I'll borrow the books from my friend.

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I watched the first 2 eps today and am intrigued. It seemed like an interesting enough premise, having followed DB articles through the pre-production phase. So far so good.

Some things that stood out for me:

-intro threw me off a little with the quick-as-a-flash scenes introducing the past
-cringeworthy english and a strange way to portray dealing with domestic violence
-really liked the subtleties with which Ji Sung played his alter-egos. Being the first time I've seen or heard of this actor, I like what I see so far

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Ji Sung deos sexy crazy like no one else. Go team!

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This is one of those shows where the premise is cheesy and more than slightly absurd, but the actors sell the hell out of it and it becomes a pure joy to watch. I have watched the first two episodes and am addicted. Hopefully, the energy and pace will be sustained.

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thanks for the recap!
usually I ony read the comment at the end but this time I really needed the recap because the subtitles are incomplete and missing important parts
having seen both episodes I'm also already loving this show quite a lot! I'm just worried that we might not get to see that much of Se Gi and Do Hyun because they have to share screen time with their other five alter egos...

should we have a bet about how many personalities are going to seperatly fall in love with Ri Jin?

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Welcome back, purplecow! You did an awesome job recapping before, so I'm really happy that you're back. Thanks for taking this on!

I haven't watched this yet but I'll definitely check it out. I think it was fortuitous that Ji Sung ended up with this role.

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I can't find the episodes online, does anyone know of a site to watch them?

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dramacool.com
dramafire.com
myasiantv.com

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Viki.com is showing this. It's also advertised on Soompi.com and Dramafever, but I suspect that they may have licensing issues.

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Viki has it listed as a Viki exclusive, so it probably won't be showing up on Soompi or DF any time soon.

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I was a little iffy at first, but by the end of the first episode, I was sold :) I really like Hwang Jung-eum in comedy and have been wanting to watch Ji-sung in a drama for a long time (only movies so far). The distinction you discussed here is definitely helping me to enjoy the drama more than I expected:

"If Kill Me, Heal Me can play all of these genres off each other, staying ironically aware of itself the same way that Ri-jin gauges the mood before the fight, this show could turn into something great."

Thanks for the recap!

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Just 2 episodes in and I'm already embarrassingly in love with this show! The opening was by far the worst I have seen in a while (Oh God, not "America" again) and I was all set to write this off as a complete flop... until Ri-jin and Ri-on's entrance had me laughing out loud- and it just went up from there. The show is still shaky in parts and as purplecow noted the clashing of so many personalities and genres has the potential to throw the whole thing off balance, but so far the combination of hilarity, pathos, and Ji Sung has me SOLD.

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I hated the opening too and pretty much agreed with everything in the first paragraph of the summary. I completely had a flashback to Heirs, and was super annoyed at the stereotype of the American white guy beating up the Asian woman. Just ugh. So unnecessary. Why shoot at all in another country if it's just going to be this kind of crap.

At least things improved once he arrived in Korea. Sigh.

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There was a lot going through my mind when I watched this but I think it can be summed up thusly: So I'm thinkin' maybe this will be the new Blade Man (minus World's Best Secretary).

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It felt very Blade Man to me as well, but not in a good way. I think I mustn't be in the right mood for this, the family/corporate setup feels so tired, the sets look like they escaped from the 80s and I'm frustrated to see yet more inept psychiatry in Korea. Another stake in the heart of Korean mental health practices! Sigh. I love Park Seo Joon so much though.

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Mian chingu ya, I didn't see your point :D I've watched Blade Man as well, and the first 2 eps of KMHM throughly. It was different in many ways.

Have you watched the shows throughly, hmm...?

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The research the writer has done for DID is pretty real though.

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So far the way our lead actress has been acting...that's very much not accurate or appropriate for a psychiatrist. She even gives meds to the alcoholic patient that (at least in the US) would pretty much never be given because it's side effects are tremendously horrible and there are better safer options. So I'm not sure how much research the writer really did. Perhaps just research trying to figure out how to write our lead, but it doesn't seem like much on psych as a whole.

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Haha xD ...Well, it's just a drama! The point is to entertain. :) If we saw another serious doctor, it wouldn't be as fun.

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I am also tired of the competition to be the next in line for leading the company storyline. The only thing that makes it more interesting here is the difference of opinion between Se Gi and o Hyun

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Yay, this is being recapped! Excellent! Thank you, Purplecow. This episode is hilarious! Ji Sung really rocks!

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I was going crazy waiting for Healer, had nothing better to do so checked it out. During the first 15 minutes, I almost gave up. Then Ri-Jin entered and I got hooked. I am glad that I did. The opening sucked but overall execution for the first 2 episodes were quite good. Its hard to properly mix humor and seriousness especially when dealing with mental illness in a TV show. But so far, they have done a great job. I must give credit to the cast especially Ji Sung, the transitions were subtle but effortless. Wrong cast and this show could have been a disaster with the poor opening that they had but Ji Sung, Jung-Eum.....they make it work. Although too early to say anything but this show has the potential to be a really great drama with the right amount of darkness and light humor. I am gonna stick to it and keeping my fingers crossed that it will continue to be good.

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You don't have a problem with all the high pitched screaming from the woman....the first two episodes were nothing but her screaming at the top of her lungs about pretty much everything....

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Thanks for the recap!

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Besides the beginning, this show is really turning out amazing.

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The premise of this kdrama is complex, but I get a good feeling after ep 1 that it will deliver. I think I am going to love Ri-jin and Ri-on as much as I do the actor/actress who play the siblings. The quick pass through America - yeah, hello and good riddance.

Do hyun is going to have a hard time, poor dude, with all the voices in his head. Guyliner and leather, normally I can do that. but perhaps not under the circumstances that create the monster that Do hyun says lives inside of him.

Throw in Ms Husky, and we've got a wild bunch. I[m up for it. Thanks, purplecow~

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Great cast. Great look and feel with the photography, editing, etc. But it's hitting some wrong buttons for me. I'm exhausted by the idea of more chaebol mommies/grandmas. I'm gun shy of more bad psychiatric plots (d'ya hear me It's Okay, It's Love?) And more inter-familial corporate battles?

I'll have to wait and see. I am open, too early to tell.

Of the 2 new shows I've watched tonight, I give the nod to Heart to Heart. Shows a lot of promise.

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Okay. I like ep 2 better.

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LOL!

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Thank you for finally recapping this! I've been waiting for it. I really like Se Gi right now and as for Ri Jin, she is super funny when she was talking to herself. Hahah definitely a highlight for me.
Ji sung is doing a great job!

Look forward to episode 2!

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I love dramabeans once again after seeing the recaps of heart to heart and spy and no kill me heal me I thought db hated me. Thank you so much db, purplecow may God bless u and ur families, may not lack anything u need in Allah's name. I got a lot of prayers for u but its too much to write down so I will continue to pray for u in spirit

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Yeay! Thanks for the recap! So far I'm enjoying the show! But I think ji sung is way too old for paling his high school parts, oh anyway! I hope it's getting better and better!

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Love JS charactes of cuz but whats the deal with twin bro? Intrigued. And I could totally do without the corporate machinations, cant we just have a cute bromance between the cousins-all the ingredients are there ;)

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why does ki joon's father look so white in the face too much make up? He looks like a ghost, maybe the make-up artist doesn't like him

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Well, I don't like him, either.

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I was wondering if this show would be recapped here. Thanks Purplecow. I love Ji Sung and I love his chemistry with Hwang Jung-eum.

I hated the US scenes (not only for the reasons you counted but also for how fake they looked) but waited for the good staff. I was not disappointed. As interesting as the bad boy persona Shin Se Gi is I feel so sorry for the poor tortured soul that is Cha Do Hyun.

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I usually drop a drama with a messy plot even when my fave actor/actress as a main lead.

but i can't do that with Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum on the table. I think i'll able to stand a drama just like i do with secrets.

Ofcourse, i cringe to watch US scene, but the moment Do Hyun on the plane, i am glad i endure that scene.

I am ready to hear HJE screams through out the drama and also a makjang type of story. hahaha..
Just know Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum has a crazy chemistry.

just seeing them both is such a pleasure that i totally forgot i root for park seo joon in witch's romance and Oh Min Seok in Misaeng.

Having Kim Seul Gi as cameo doesn't hurt too, in fact i need more of her :D

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Hurray for the cast!

Wow, Kim Seul Gi cameo! Pleasant surprise!

Not quite loving Park Seo Joon's hairstyle though. (But I guess it's ok or else I'll keep thinking of Yoon Dong Ha :))
But for him to be Hwang Jung Eum's oppa seems to be a bit off.

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thank you for the recap :) I really am enjoying this drama

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Ji Sung! Ji Sung! Ji Sung!
Just love his stuff.

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i'm completely sold in 1st ep already!
Jisung nail the characters perfectly.. i'm so excited to see other character come out.. especially Nana, i think it's gonna be damn hilarious..
HJE is such an amazing actress.. i really miss to see her in spunky character like this..
just hoping they wont go thaaaat melo with her and PSJ's character..
i still cant believe how they make PSJ is the 2nd lead love interest coz RiOn+RiJin interaction are so damn adorable so far, that i want them so stay like this forever..
cant wait for ep 3..

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Thank you Purplecow for the recap~! I've been waiting for this.

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those foreign actors caused me a trauma, but I liked the ep 1 & 2 and am curious, very very....curious. I think I am going to like seeing all the personalities. perhaps Se Gi was in fact original and Do hyun is a dominant who pushed the rocker-seducer aside? well, interesting and acted better than I imagined it could be. that´s a lot to juggle with.

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wow @redfox that's such a brilliant theory I never thought of that

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yeah, I mean we cannot be sure if the chaebol is indeed the dominant or is it just a sedated version of someone else. he only exists if he takes pills but what if the pills just put his original character to sleep?

we dont really know.

my bet is he is an incomplete character and all these personalities have to become one, cause even the nice chaebol is not a "normal" one. he is a "non-person" if anything, and he lets other people "take over" just as much as the characters inside him. no ego whatsoever. past trauma made his "self" kinda separate into parts I think. he is actually a combination of them all.

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@redfox am in awe if u right now, are u a psychologist or a psychiatrist, and are u male or female so I can know if I should call u unni or oppa

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well thank you, I am female, 33 and a textile artist / writer / art teacher / museum guide / researcher / baker LOL

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goddamn that sounds like I also have multiple personalitites and thats why I can relate.

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@redfox: "goddamn that sounds like I also have multiple personalitites and thats why I can relate."

*BSHWAhahaha!!" That was the sound of me spitting out my tea laughing :) At least all your selves are aware of each other (or am I assuming too much?) Plus, I think you may have some shipmates on that boat!

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wow @redfox unni I want to be like u when I grow up and about u also having multiple personalities well I think it happens to all of us. cos I want to be a musician/writer/director/psychologist/fashion designer/make up artist/journalist/police officer.

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Redfox, I think you really hit the nail on the head.
DH really has no personality. He's just a "non-person" as you've said. Aside from the fear of his other personalities taking over and doing horrible things, he has no strong emotions.
Even when he sees his cousin with his first-love, there is ..... nothing. Maybe a little sadness. He's managed to compartmentalize his emotions to the point that there is nothing left for his dominant personality.
Have you noticed that of the six personalities, three of them are children? Even SG is very child-like in his base emotions, lack of thought for consequence and need for instant gratification.

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I don't think that's right. I'm not an expert of DID but, at least originally, research suggested that your main personality doesn't remember the other personalities. It's the one with the time gaps. Se Gi is clearly aware of the Do Hyun, and Do Hyun only knows about Se Gi because others have told him...but no memory of it.

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but it could be he doesnt remember cause he is sedated? it is like his REAL person is the dormant one why? cause he has no personality. his own personality still needs to wake up. he has to find himself. cause Do hyun is nowhere near a "personality"

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About SG beating up that man in america and not actually helping the girl is quite understandable cos SG is unstable, doesn't think of consequences, violent, thinks of himself as a hero when is not even supposed to exist but he exists due to DH's disorder and I think the show is trying to make us see how serious the disorder is and not particularly for us to like him but that could also be it.

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I completely agree.
I also find it interesting that SG is set up to be the sexy second lead we are going to cheer for and yet to DH he is terrifying.
We, the audience see the sexy, guyliner rockin', cheesy pickup line giving, dominant and brawling.... did I mention sexy.. man.
And yet from DH's perspective... Could you imagine the feeling of waking up covered in blood, knowing you have phycically harmed unknown someone - to what extent you don't know - and having no memory of the event.
I'm not even going to start on how frightening it must be to have yet another personality who is bent of committing suicide.

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Happy new year, purplecow, and happy to see you on recap duties again!

Thanks also for everyone's first impressions - been wondering whether to take this up or not. (Not sold on yet another chaebol family succession battle either)

Love Ji Sung - he's got this James Dean chameleon vibe about him, and he's got great comedic timing! If it's Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum, they'll be able to pull off both the cute and the chemistry, I hope!

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I knew it. I watched the first two episodes actually hoping that I would be able to tolerate watching Hwang Jung eum for another 16 episodes just so I can see two of my favorite male actors....it's not looking good. I'm going to give it one more episode but I don't think I can handle listening to that woman scream at the top of her lungs through another episode. I don't know why the director thinks that loud screaming every time something funny is supposed to be happening passes as acting.

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Thank you for the recap and the commitment to writing all of the recaps! I appreciate your take on the show, too.

I can't be the only one who enjoyed the shrieking, can I?
She was right in everything she complained about, and had to appear irrational enough that DH thought she was the patient. I lol'ed, too, at her inner dialog about SK's cheesy confession of falling (literally) for her.

A coupla things:
When Orion was driving Origin home, he tells the story of how royal twins were separated at birth to maintain a clean line of descent. One was sent into exile. I am guessing that either DH's twin is Orion, or the writers are trying to lead us down that false path. THIS is why he followed him to the US and stalked him, THIS is why he came back with him.
And, I am also betting that Orion knows SK well enough to sit next to him on the plane, they may even be friends.

DH's father is still alive. The people that offed the grandpa, sis-in-law and who hurt then removed DH know that. Could Gramma know who they are and fear them?

Ji Sung is sexy in everything he does. His voice, the way he moves, his eyes. I almost died watching him walk about in those skin tight pants. Cheesus, I will be enjoying the visual in this show.

Let's hope he does another OST song like he did in Secret. I listen to that at least once a day still.

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Don't worry! I loved it when she was screaming too. She's just the over the top heroine I need right now!

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Yohoo she's so delightful. Not only the hero but the heroine and her twin also multifaceted. Seeing a hilarious, messy, and frontal girl like her one may think she's also empty-headed but that's not the case (hence the deliberately misleading conversation of her twin want to take her to the mental hospital), turns out she's a psychiatrist, and a smart dedicated one at that. And her demeanor change once she's in hosital, completely poised and convincing.

HJE also portray her character with such vigor and natural lack of self-awareness it's entertaining.

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I liked this, I am glad Ji Sung took the role, he is one of the few leading guys in dramaland that gets my respect for the acting alone.

I did have a few problems with the story.

- Why does HJG screams so much? Others have talked about this and I know it's supposedly funny but it was too jarring and didn't fit for me. She is a doctor! She can't scream just because a guy is naked, just don't show.

- Why does he get instant makeover and flash tattoos? Ji Sung doesn't need this, he changes completely, I love guyliner but I wish it to either be a more realistic transition or to go to fantasy land completely.

- Stop with the company politics if you are just going to show us the exact same boring stuff, every other kdrama has already been there.

- Not even going to talk about the American part, it's forgotten.

*SPOILER*

Not a complaint just want to list my favorite scene of the first 2 eps.

- I like Se Gi because he brings real danger to the situations, he is uncontrollable, I was really surprised when he tried to choke the doc and couldn't so DH came back. Maybe killing someone would be going too far, even choking him, I got the feeling was the worse thing SG had ever done so he ended up loosing control of DH's. I don't really understand when people say they like LIKE Se Gi. :) I also loved the fact that he might be thinking about using the Ri Jin as a way to get rid of the others, or was that just DH's assumption? SG did fall for her even before he knew she was a doctor.

Ok, I so did not expect to like this much the new shows!

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I've been thinking about the makeovers and flash tatoos.
In the Paradise Club he stole the biker's cloths and was pretty matter-of-fact about it. I would assume he also used the biker's eyeliner to complete the look. I'm sure this isn't the first time he's done this.
In episode 2 when he is searching through his closet, I noticed a lot of coloured clothing when all we've seen DH wear is black and dark sweaters and white shirts.
Also when he viewed the video message, the personality said he'd sent HIS stuff over making me think that personality had his own wardrobe.
The flash tatoo, I think it's more of an attitude thing. In SG's mind he has the tatto that flows into the black one he actually had inked onto his shoulder. I think it's also a visual clue for the audience as is the eye colour flash when personalities change. We now know violet belongs to SG, dark silver/blue belongs to DH and dark amber belongs to Perry Park (after episode 2).

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Yes, I thought that stealing the biker’s outfit and using his makeup was a really nice touch, in fact the eyeliner had an explanation so it didn’t bother me as much, I think it just disappeared when he changed back to DH in the doctors office but maybe he had time to clean it up and we didn’t get the scene, I can imagine that.

You think maybe the tattoo is only in his mind? That would be interesting. One thing I wish they had done is that SG had managed to get a real tattoo, didn’t understand why DH came back before he could finish in that flashback.

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Hi, Shaynanigans,

I was similarly thinking that the changing eye colors were meant to signify the appearance of Dohyun's alters. I do not think that color changes were meant to be taken literally (which would probably add another genre to this already multi-genre show, lol). I was thinking along the same lines with regards to the sudden appearance of tattoos on Segi's body. That's how Segi may see himself.

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Yes, I thought that stealing the biker's outfit and using his makeup was a really nice touch, in fact the eyeliner had an explanation so it didn't bother me as much, I think it just disappeared when he changed back to DH in the doctors office but maybe he had time to clean it up and we didn't get the scene, I can imagine that.

You think maybe the tattoo is only in his mind? That would be interesting. One thing I wish they had done is that SG had managed to get a real tattoo, didn't understand why DH came back before he could finish in that flashback.

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*Episode 2 Spoiler Alert*

I think he cleaned it off to trick the doctor. It's clear that the doctor is aware of Se-Gi and would be on guard immediately if the eyeliner was still on.

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I totally think it's in his mind. The other thing I like is that when SG is pretending to be DH (on the phone and in the doctor's office) he faces that side away from the camera to "hide" the tattoo.
Yes, I do think he went and washed up before visiting the doctor as he intended to fool him into thinking he was DH.

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Hmm, wasn't aware DB was taking this drama on but glad they are.
Ah, Ji Sung... so glad he took on this role. Who else could play this so flawlessly? Though Se-Gi is set up as this bloodthirsty, power-hungry, domineering alter personality, I still see the heart there as it is in Do-Hyun. Se-Gi seems more dimensional than his host, but it's just the first two episodes.
I get this Incredible Hulk vibe when Do-Hyun "transforms." It's intriguing, exciting and scary all at the same time. Since one of my favorite superheroes is Dr. Banner and his hulking green alter ego, I'm excited for this drama. And with Ji Sung headlining, I'm already in live.

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im liking the drama so far but i wont get my hopes high.To be honest it doesnt really matter how it turns out as i ll love ji sung anyways because hes just so lovable.And after all the past months of yearning,i finally get to see him again so im definitely gonna hold on to it till the end.

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The start was really awkward and cringe-inducing. I hate it when dramas use the "studying in America" tact cos it feels so contrived. I seldom feel the actors actually belong in *wherever*. And the butchered English. CRINGE. I muted most of the parts in America.

I like Ji Sung in this though. Though he has lots of wind up between personalities so there's ample time for him to switch around. I was kinda expecting him to carry multiple personalities on the go -that would be so tough- but this is fine too.

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Somebody PLEASE tell me this drama is not 20 episodes!!

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