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Hyde, Jekyll, Me: Episode 16

I like this show so much better when we focus on small character moments and growth like we do today, rather than silly plot machinations that make me question my faith in law enforcement. Now that the smoke has cleared, the more important conflict comes into play: When Hana is forced to choose between Robin and Seo-jin, where will her heart lead her?

 
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EPISODE 16 RECAP

Seo-jin asks Hana in his cautious way, “Is it okay if I love you?” Her eyes widen, and he makes it clear that he’s not asking her to love him back. He knows that being with Robin makes her happier because she’s comfortable with him… “But I want to learn how to love too.” Melt.

He says he wants to learn Hana’s warmth and asks again if he can’t live that way. After a pause, Hana says that she’s thought about it too—why she’s been helping him, and whether it’s because she has feelings or because he was Robin’s little brother.

She explains that she’s received comfort from Robin and given comfort to Seo-jin, which are separate things to her, and that she was lonely and adrift when she first came to Korea. Hana: “You can heal someone with love, but love isn’t medicine. I think you like me because I was your medicine.”

She admits that she wants someone to experience things with, laugh, and be comfortable with. Oof, a stone-cold rejection. She tells him to reconsider his feelings because they might not be love, but Seo-jin tells her not to reinterpret his feelings just to let him down easier.

He stops to remind her about taking her medicine so that she doesn’t get sick, and adds, “I’ll memorize that—someone to experience things, laugh, talk, be comfortable with.”

Hana heads to her room feeling more out of sorts than ever, and calls her friend Jin-ju to come help her move tonight. She takes out a sheet of paper to leave a letter.

Robin wakes up and has flashes of memory from Seo-jin’s night: Hana hugging Seo-jin, Hana crying and yelling at Seo-jin to hold it together, screaming that he promised her he wouldn’t hide.

Robin sees it as Hana preventing him from coming out, and gets upset. He stops in front of the mirror and tries a self-affirming, “I am Robin. I exist,” though his smiles are forced today.

He heads to Hana’s room and finds it empty, and there’s a note explaining that Tae-joo was caught, so she moved out. Robin seems pleased with that. She asks him to leave the other letter for Seo-jin, and when she explains that it’s just a thank-you, Robin stops himself from reading it.

Cousin Seung-yeon is lurking at Editor Min’s coffee shop to try and get some information on Robin, and gets to overhear a phone call. Editor Min tells Robin that he got the officetel he asked for, but is having trouble getting him a national identification number. Seung-yeon makes a terrible spy, but he’s so bumbling that he buys ten cakes just to appear less suspicious.

Hana is back at Jin-ju’s place, but she seems a little subdued. The others laugh and joke, and tease Eun-chang for overreacting and babying Woo-jung when she gets a teeny cut on her finger.

Robin calls and they go shopping for lamps for his new officetel, and he picks things that are more her taste than his. She wonders why he isn’t more curious about what happened last night, since it has to do with why Seo-jin created Robin in the first place.

But Robin says that it’s Seo-jin’s stuff, clearly wanting to distance himself from it. But he takes the opportunity to ask why she didn’t call him forth last night, since it seemed like she was in danger.

Hana’s answer surprises him. She says that it was something Seo-jin had to overcome on his own. When she first met Seo-jin, she thought he was closed off and couldn’t handle anything, but he’s endured, accepted, and overcome a lot. Robin asks if it never occurred to her that when Seo-jin does overcome everything, he’ll try to destroy Robin. It’s clear she hadn’t thought of it that way at all.

Robin takes her to the new officetel, which he calls their new workshop. He says that he’s never had anything of his own—even though he’s clearly here and living, he doesn’t have anything that’s his. But he wants something that’s theirs to share, and Hana can see how much this means to him.

She walks around to the back of his chair and puts her arms around him, and when she agrees with his plan, he beams and holds her hand like it’s a lifeline.

As they pack up his old workshop in the basement, Robin says that he’s going to buy a suit and start attending his fan meetings and giving press interviews. Hana is taken aback at the sudden coming out, and she cautiously mentions that Seo-jin has just been through a lot, and this might not be the best time.

Robin argues that he sacrificed so much for Seo-jin, agreeing to help him solve the case when he was fearful the entire time that it would lead to his destruction. He says that he’s been sacrificing and waiting enough, and challenges her to ask Seo-jin to do the same.

He says that people like Chairman Dad and Seo-jin aren’t built that way, and he’ll never sacrifice for love: “Refusing to give up a single thing—what kind of love is that?” Robin is sure that everyone will do whatever it takes to make him disappear for good, so he’s decided to protect himself, and their love.

It takes Seung-yeon this long just to sort through the clues that he’s gleaned about Robin, and he screams, “Eureka!” when he realizes that Robin is asserting his identity. All Seung-yeon has to do is help Robin along, and Seo-jin will no longer be able to keep Robin hidden, and thus drop out of the running for Wonder Group’s top position.

Hana doesn’t look very pleased with all these developments, and comes home still feeling off somehow.

Seo-jin wakes up the next morning and sighs when she finds the short letter from Hana that just informs him of the move with an “I’m sorry” and a “Thank you.” Secretary Kwon comes running in and bear-hugs him, babbling on about how awesome Seo-jin was yesterday and complaining that he only wanted to hang out with Hana. He’s jealous!

Secretary Kwon admits that Seo-jin hasn’t been the easiest of bosses to work for, and he’s wanted to quit countless times… Seo-jin finishes the sentence for him, knowing that he’s about to say that none of it compared to how much he suffered last night when he thought Seo-jin was in danger. Aw.

Seo-jin just cuts off the mush with a simple, “Thanks.” Secretary Kwon stares blankly, unsure if he just imagined that: “Huh, what? What did you say?”

Seo-jin asks after Tae-joo, and Secretary Kwon says that he’s stopped talking altogether. Seo-jin stares at a box in his closet for a long while, then goes to see Tae-joo at the station. He says that he didn’t speak for a year after the kidnapping either, because it was easier that way.

Seo-jin says that he hopes Tae-joo will find peace, because he was the only one who was blameless in their kidnapping: “I betrayed you. You never betrayed me. I’m sorry.” He slides an envelope over to Tae-joo, who opens it to find two drawings inside.

They’re drawings done by a child, and though they have Seo-jin’s name on them, he says that they belong to Tae-joo. Seo-jin reminds him that he drew them for him and Seo-jin even won a prize: “Do you not remember? You were a good artist.”

A flashback to the two boys shows Seo-jin sighing over his art homework and Tae-joo grumbling over his math homework. They get the idea to swap so that they can hurry outside to go play, and they switch places. Omg, did Seo-jin create artist Robin because he missed his best friend?

The boys quickly finish each other’s homework and run around Wonderland playing, and even though Tae-joo is terrified of the scary roller coasters, he rides them while crying and Seo-jin hugs him the whole time. Then they go to see their first grown-up movie with a kiss and everything, and the boys gape. It’s too cute.

Back in the present, Tae-joo looks like he’s remembering, and Seo-jin says that he always thought it was random that Robin was an artist. Now he wonders if he must’ve been thinking about his best friend more than he realized.

Seo-jin gets up to go, but Tae-joo finally opens his mouth and lets out a quiet, “Seo-jin-ah…” Tae-joo apologizes for his father and for the things he’s done to Seo-jin lately, then tells him not to come anymore: “Let’s let each other go now.” But Seo-jin looks him right in the eye and says, “I still don’t have any friends… except for you. I’ll be back.”

Dr. Kang looks on proudly and Detective Na is totally sniffling back tears. Seo-jin sits outside with Dr. Kang, and she jokes that he’s doing so much better without her that she feels like a terrible doctor.

She notes that it would be nice to fully treat his trauma before Robin returns, but Seo-jin says that he’s not worried about that right now. He wants to focus on himself for once and figure out what he actually wants to do in life, and says he wants to start by learning how to talk.

She’s surprised by that, but positively beams when Seo-jin explains that he’s very short with his words and doesn’t know how to listen to others or empathize with what they’re feeling, or how to express things or laugh. Dr. Kang says that he’s well on his way to getting better all on his own, and sighs that it would be nice to help Robin too. She worries that Robin is growing stronger and more independent.

Hana meets with Secretary Kwon and asks what would happen if the public found out about Robin and Seo-jin. He gasps and tells her about the Wonder Group board and how Seo-jin had to take a leave just to keep Seung-yeon from blowing his secret the last time, not to mention Chairman Dad’s reactions.

She asks if the chairman hasn’t softened a little, but Secretary Kwon knows better than to read too much into one “I’m sorry,” and says that the chairman’s first son will always be Wonderland, and Seo-jin will come second.

Seo-jin braces himself to meet with Chairman Dad, and even practices what he’ll say to his father. He thanks Dad for apologizing last night because he knows how hard that was for him to say, and Dad tells him that he did well in his terse way. Seo-jin says that he’ll remain on leave and take care of Robin on his own.

As he walks out, he lets out the breath he’s been holding the entire time, and it slowly fades into a tiny smile.

Seo-jin goes to the circus room next, and main foursome minus Hana dart up to exchange awkward small talk with him. They assume that he’s here to see Hana and offer to call her, but Seo-jin shocks them when he says matter-of-factly that he’s just here to observe talk and laughter. You did not just say that like a freak.

They stare at him like they must’ve heard wrong, but he’s dead serious and tells them to just go about their work while he sits there staring at them like a creeper. This is so funny.

At first I think he doesn’t have the social cues to know that he’s making them feel awkward, but then he says just as evenly, “You’re uncomfortable, aren’t you? I make people uncomfortable.” I love this so, so much. I kind of want to send him to kindergarten just to see how it goes.

He makes it clear that he’s not going anywhere, so Jin-ju decides to put him to use, and suddenly he’s holding up a sequined tutu dress while the others mend props and chatter on about things he doesn’t know.

Hana comes in and asks what the heck he’s doing, and even though he’s smiling pleasantly and insisting that he’s having a good time, she drags him out by the wrist. He says that he just wants to experience things and laugh and talk, and is making an effort to learn.

Seo-jin: “I’m trying to become a good person. I want to find myself. I didn’t know you’d hate it that much.” He stalks off, feeling hurt.

Hana runs after him, but just ends up walking a few paces behind. She follows him into the movie theater where he watches a movie alone, and she sits a few rows back just watching him.

Chairman Dad meets with Dr. Kang, and he seems happy about the progress that Seo-jin has made. She agrees, though when the chairman asks why Robin is still around, Dr. Kang starts to say that it might have to do with Hana. Secretary Kwon cringes, willing her not to say more, but she says that if Seo-jin loves Hana, he might be subconsciously holding on to Robin because he doesn’t want to take away the person that Hana loves.

Outside, Secretary Kwon pulls Dr. Kang aside and asks how she could put Seo-jin and Hana’s relationship in jeopardy when they know how important she is to him and how wrecked he’d be if she weren’t in his life.

Dr. Kang knows all this but she argues that she’s a doctor and no matter how sweet Robin is, she has to see him as a symptom of Seo-jin’s illness, and her duty is to treat him. Hana is the trigger that brought Robin forth and she might be the reason that Seo-jin won’t let him go, which makes her an obstacle.

Chairman Dad wastes no time in calling Hana to his office, and he’s surprisingly sweet and genuine with her. He thanks her sincerely for being such a huge help to Seo-jin, and for encouraging him not to hide behind Robin. He tells her that Seo-jin is strong enough now to be without Robin, but he might be unwilling to let go because of Hana.

Of course, Chairman Dad only sees Robin as a problem that needs to go away, but Hana is thrown when she hears that Robin could disappear at a moment’s notice. She listens as Chairman Dad tells her about how much he wishes for Seo-jin to live a normal life, and then he asks her to leave so that he has a chance to heal completely.

Chairman Dad is shockingly not hateful at the moment, and doesn’t even treat her like she’s beneath him or anything. He just seems desperate for Seo-jin to get better, and now Hana is stuck between the chairman who wants Robin gone, Robin who doesn’t want to leave, and Seo-jin who wants to live a happy normal life.

Seung-yeon comes by to schmooze the circus troupe and tells Hana to come up with more performance ideas, and makes a point of telling her to ignore the chairman’s meddling. He argues that she should do what she wants, and encourages her to stay by Seo-jin/Robin’s side. Of course, he has a vested interest in keeping Robin around.

Robin comes up to her, having overheard her conversation with Seung-yeon in the hallway. She glosses over her meeting with the chairman, but Robin demands to know if he asked Hana to leave. It takes some convincing, but she lies that Seung-yeon was just guessing, and that the chairman simply thanked her for her help.

Robin tries on the new suit he bought and shows it off to Hana, and she’s startled when he tells her that he booked an interview for tomorrow. It’s hard for her to say this when he’s so clearly excited about it, but she asks carefully if he has to do the interview so soon.

When he asks why, she brings up Seo-jin and everything he’s going through, and the immense pressure he’s under to take over the company. She says that Seo-jin is just now discovering what he wants in life and Robin’s coming out will make things hard again.

Robin gets straight to the point and asks if she’s developed feelings for Seo-jin, and she says no, that this is just concern, not love. She argues that she can be concerned for someone’s life without loving him, and Robin counters, “Then what about my life?” Touché.

She says it’s just not the right time, and asks him to reconsider it. Robin stares at his new suit jacket long after Hana leaves, deflated and more conflicted than ever. He decides to cancel the interview for now, and both Editor Min and Seung-yeon are disappointed to hear about it.

Hana apologizes when Robin lets her know that he canceled, and offers to make him dinner tomorrow. Robin leaves a message for Seo-jin to check the batcave in the morning, and tells him to find out what Chairman Dad said to Hana during their private meeting because he’s worried about her.

Chairman Dad’s words about Robin not being real linger in Hana’s head, and she turns on the lamp that Robin bought because it suited her taste more than his, struggling with the two very conflicting ideas about Robin’s existence.

Seo-jin goes straight to Chairman Dad to confront him about his meeting with Hana, and this time Dad is much harsher about his intent—he wants Hana gone so that Robin disappears, and did whatever was necessary to get it.

But Seo-jin knows how to meet fire with fire, and threatens to tell the world about Robin himself so that it won’t matter if Hana stays or goes. Kinda serves you right for raising your son to be a shark.

Seo-jin: “From now on, I’m going to protect what’s mine, not what’s yours.” Closing caption: The more I try to be myself, the more selves I discover.

 
COMMENTS

I like that we’re finally focusing on Seo-jin and Robin and the identity question, because it took far too long to get us here, and I’m still amazed that Hana hasn’t come to terms with how she feels about them yet. I suppose we could just take her at face value since she swears that she likes Robin and only feels concern for Seo-jin’s well-being, but I call bullshit on that. Someone who has zero feelings doesn’t scream the way she did for Seo-jin to be strong and keep his promise, or ask her boyfriend to put what he wants on hold for Seo-jin’s sake. She has all the right reasons, but the fact is that she’s choosing to place more importance on Seo-jin’s life than Robin’s. In my mind, that means she’s already made her choice; she just doesn’t know it yet.

There’s no deying that it’s unfair to Robin, because he feels every bit as alive and independent and real as anyone else, but doesn’t get to live a full life. And now even Hana is starting to wonder if her relationship with Robin is keeping Seo-jin from becoming healthy and happy. I think there’s merit in that argument, especially when Dr. Kang argues that Seo-jin might be subconsciously unwilling to let Robin go because Hana loves him. Maybe it’s easy to root for Seo-jin because he’s fighting to earn her love while Robin is protecting the love that he has, but I can’t help but think that Hana chooses Robin because he’s safe, because Seo-jin scares her.

It kills me that Seo-jin is attempting to change everything about himself to become the man she’d want to love. It’s so sweet, even if his robotic approach to learning human interaction is primitive and socially awkward. (His deadpan self-awareness is my new favorite thing.) But Robin is clearly wrong about Seo-jin’s ability to sacrifice for love, and he’s already changed so much as a result of surviving the confrontation with Tae-joo/Soo-hyun. I was touched at how easily he forgave Tae-joo and wanted to remain a friend to him now, as if to make up for abandoning him all those years ago. It pinched my heart when we found out that Robin was made in Tae-joo’s image—Seo-jin basically made it so that he had to carry the guilt with him at all times (talk about your massive guilt complexes), and simultaneously made himself a friend to replace the one he’d lost. Is it wrong to hope that the boys will salvage their friendship, even after all the kidnappings?

I guess this is one case where I can see a clear reason for Hana to leave, if she thinks that sacrificing her relationship with Robin will let Seo-jin heal. But I’m glad that Seo-jin isn’t going to let her be a noble idiot, and that he’s quick to make sure that Chairman Dad stays out of his love life. He could still have to let her go, but I’m with Secretary Kwon on this one—Seo-jin is better when Hana is around, and there has to be a way for him to be strong and heal without her leaving the country, right? I don’t want to see the end of smiley, socially awkward, I’m-going-to-find-myself, hippie new-age Seo-jin. He’s too cute, and he needs to stay for good.

 
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Girlfriday is the MOST optimistic Hyde Jacklyll and me recapper on the Internet. I mean the whole thing. XD

For that I give her a thump up for positive attitude. Fighting!!!

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Yes, I agree. Is there a way to up vote this?

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Well both JB and GF have dropped recapping dramas previously when those turned into utter nonsense right? So, as much as I find it almost impossible to believe, GF probably really is enjoying it like she expresses in the recaps.Well its just a matter of taste I guess and I respect difference of opinion though for me it's the first time I've so completely disagreed with everything written in the recaps of her.

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I completely agree. Every week, after having watched the show, I come here with sad thoughts to read the recaps - and finally see the silver lining.

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INR!
Literally everyone is talking about how much disappointing this drama is...and continues to get worse...but you can't know that from reading Dramabeans recaps ;)

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Thank you for the awesome recap as always!

They really need to deal with Hana's feelings because there aren't too many episodes left for her to convincingly say that she loves Seojin (assuming they are paired up). I really wish to avoid the situation of a rushed job in this regard.

Hana also needs to deal with whether or not she sees Robin and Seojin as one person with different sides to him or as two different people.

Then Seojin and Robin have to reach an agreement on how to co-exist. I suppose it will lead to some form of melding between the two given that Robin sometimes wakes up with Seojin's memories?

Please do a good job Ms Writer!

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HaNa should not choose between them two. Seojin needs to heal so HaNa has to go. With the way SeoJin is changing for her he might just give up his existence to Robin to keep her happy. And if HaNa is not selfish then she would do the right thing and leave.

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Thank you recapnim for recapping this drama you're doing a fabulous Job making this drama seem somewhat appealing
Does everyone else feel like its lacking in the plotline? :( and Hana has somewhat reclined into a convoluted heap of a sentimental being
I feel like the main pro of this drama is the aesthetics especially the night scenes at the funpark and the leads

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I can't help but watch this show and think about how good it could have been. Is it just me, or has Hana been uncharacteristicly listless the last few episodes? I want the fiery Hana back. This one is just blah no matter who she's with.

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I decided that it's because she's just plain worn out. When does she sleep? She's up all day with SJ and then up all night with Robin, right? :)

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I've also noticed Hana's has been looking tired for the past few weeks. I wonder if she was required to appear troubled or conflicted ever since the DID was disclosed. Surely the director would not approve scenes with her looking what she shouldn't. I mean, they are particular with minor details, so what more important ones in the main character's portrayal, right? In the BTS videos, including the more recent episodes, she's actually very casual and even playful with Hyun Bin and staff. When she is not in front of the main camera, she speaks faster and shows various emotions that are quite endearing. I wish the writer just based Hana's personality on Han Ji Min's. Anyway, all I can do now is hope the remaining scenes with her will require a livelier personality.

I'm enjoying this show mainly because it's Han Ji Min and Hyun Bin's first romcom together. But I'm with you entirely in thinking this show could have been so much better. It has so much potential with its cast and plot. Who knows? Maybe a miracle will happen in the last 4 episodes :)

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Thanks for the recap!
I agree that this could have been much better. Hyun Bin and Sung Joon are the only reasons I am watching this drama. Story could have been better yes, but it is what it is and we are now on episode 16 so I'm not hoping for a grand twist to the story. Perhaps a bromance between the old friends could develop? I'm disappointed with the flatness of the romance between the leads i think a relationship developing between the two old friends will liven up this drama. I'm happy for HaNa to leave so Seojin can realize he can be a better person even without her. Maybe he can hire a body guard stunt woman and fall inlove with her. That sounds more fun.

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LOL! That does sound more fun! XD

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I agree with all the good points in your recap.
Seojin is the key reason why I'm still on this drama and he's the only one making sense.

I really like the part why Robin is made in TJ image. It was sweet and I didn't expect this from the writer since let's be honest most of the plot have been crap.

I can see why you recap like that and not negative like others. All in all the drama has its good moments and they are ALL things seojin. You need to be a true hyun bin liker to get past all the crap and fall for seojin.
The force is great with Girlfriday on this!
Similar for me: for seojin I'll take all those crappy moments for those moments of his character growth.

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Ive been wanting to hug Seojin since he realized he loves HaNa. He's so adorable now that he's trying so hard to be someone she could love or at least be comfortable with (Hyun Bin's awkward smile on SeoJin is so sexy).

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thankyou Girlfriday, i love u and love u more because this recap...:p

no matter how bad respons to this show out there, you keep recaping and i'm enjoying your every words, makes this drama worth watching. We always have choice, to enjoy it...

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Thanks for the recap! I do enjoy this drama and appreciate the aesthetic quality, acting and many parts of the show do have interesting scenes and dialog as well as ideas that give me something to ponder about.

I feel that maybe the air of negativity about this drama is feeding itself so that the comments about the show is worst than what it deserve. The show does have lots of flaws but it also have its moments and I am certainly not bored by it.

Glad that we have a recapped who is focusing on the merits of the show rather than joining the choir of people who are bashing it

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And this,in my opinion,is one of the reasons for fewer comments on this thread-only merits,if there is any at all,are acceptable and ANY kind of criticism gets labeled as bashing automatically.

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Absolutely, any criticism that this show is getting is rightfully deserved. Is it because of HB that ppl are willing to bend over backward trying to find redeeming qualities and defend it? This show is a disappointment plain and simple and as such the audience reaction is the same. Btw this isn't directed at GF (or her recaps) but rather some comments from fans on various sites.

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The show deserve the critiscm but there are parts that are nice hence the merits
And yes, I supposed mood HB I'll bend my back to find those merits.
Not only because he's hot (that's a bonus) but if you take out all elements and leave only his performance, it is one piece of work. For him to disregard the bad writing and make the character his own and got me to root for him despite all the other crap, it's a good darn piece of work as an actor.

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I was actually referring to some recaps and resulting comments from other sites that bash the show and denied the show having any merits other than it's lead actor.

Wasn't expecting such a strong reaction.

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Thanks for the recap, GF! =)

I loved the scenes with Seojin today, from his sincerity to social awkwardness!! Totally LOLed when he chose to stay and observe the Wonder Circus staff knowing that he's making them uncomfortable. XD And there's just something so endearing to want to learn about love and how to interact with people.

It was touching to see Seojin reaching out to Taejoo as a friend and learning that Robin took on characteristics of Taejoo. *sniffles*

I think it's definitely clear to us that Hana knows she'll have to let Robin go eventually since Seojin is the real person. She's considering what's important to Seojin (more than to Robin) and wants him to lead a healthy life, not losing or suffering anything more. She just can't admit it to herself yet, and that's why she tells Robin she's just concerned and it's not that she's got feelings for Seojin.

The Chairman's way of confronting Hana was done with honesty and sincere thanks. I prefer this rather than forcing her to leave through threats or throwing money at her, which would be the usual way of getting rid of someone. I think she's carefully contemplating this in order to restore Seojin's life to normalcy and I can see her willingly making this sacrifice.

So happy to see Seojin standing up for himself and protecting what matters to him at the end.

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A huge bow n big *claps* to girlfriday! ! Thank you for the recaps! Fighting!

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Okay, it's me @Aurea. i just changed my username 'coz i felt that @KDFANatic defines me much better.
okay, back to the point...
yes, this episode is much better than what we've all been watching so far..
but somehow, i'm just feeling that the cast is too, yunno, lonely kind-of-thing.
i mean, looking at it, u basically find none other than Seojin, Hana, Robin (coz he too is a character), Sec Kwon, Evil Dad, Taejoo, and sometimes Dr. Kang.
Leaving all that aside, one can't deny the quality of the show, no doubt about that.
But, somehow, i can't help but draw parallels with another mindblowing show which concentrated on Multiple personality dissorder - Kill Me, Heal Me.
Now, KMHM is a simply wonderful show where the protagonist suffers child abuse. and considering the way how in both KMHM and HJM, the heroes develop multiple personalities to avoid their guilt or whatsoever, you simply can't help but see the similarities....
but, whatever, coz making me root for a show is a VERY big thing to achieve, and HJM has managed to do that...
to be honest, i'm a big shipper of Seojin-Hana...

Anybody else also rooting for our Seojin-Hana couple?

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Yes I am too! But I think it's because of the hair. Yeah so I am shallow...

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Wow, I can't believe this drama is already on episode 16!!! Well, I have to admit although the story IS going slow, I have to say time flew cause we are almost finished with this drama and KMHM is over. NOOOO!!!!!!! :(:(:(
Yes Hana needs to realise that even though Robin was fun at first, Seo-Jin is the best! He just has this way of confessing and willingness to be better that is so sweet!
But yes, Ms. Writer don't disappoint us with the ending!!
Great job, GF as usual on your recaps, you always manage to make something sound so much better than when I go watch it myself, that it makes me see it in a new light.
Fighting! :D

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Logic in the plot may be crap but the character development in the drama (especially seo-jin and tae-joo) is amazing that made me come back for more.

The recaps made it more emotionally appealing too omg, even though I watched the episode already- I just had to come back here for more recaps T_T

I really hope the ending has scenes where Seo-Jin and Tae-Joo are still great friends together :c

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What happened to Terry?

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I know right? What's the point of bringing Terry in for less than a minute?? I would prefer if the writer either didn't mention Terry at all or develop a bit more at Terry. I was super excited when another personality came out but super disappointed when he came out for only a few seconds

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People said Terry was real, the secret to the title Hyde, Jekyll and Me. I was skeptical, I thought he was the writer's last ditch effort to go up against a certain other drama. I won't doubt my instincts again.

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thanks for girlfriday for pointed what is positive about the show

but I myself have total diff reaction that this recap (can't agree with the review)
feedback about the bad things can make it more balance for me

there's not so much in this ep and thanks
just finished watching since I wanted to really know why some said the are disappointed
and now, I became one with them

but your recap is good

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This is why I keep coming back to this site, because of the wonderfully written recaps.
Thank you Girlfriday for bringing a breath of fresh air into the whole viewing experience of HaJiNa.

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Look .. I think some people just want to prove their point of view for this drama , so they coming in every recaps
to say It's boring or It's crap ! just why you still watch it ?
and If you stop from ep 4 why you still come here to say the same bad things about this drama ? yes, the first time was your opinion but now It's not . If you can see, here the recap for US who Enjoy HJM , and I don't see GF recap anything but expressing the same interest I have and others have for this drama ... I watched KMHM and I think it's masterpiece drama and I know very well ( I think All of us Know too) that HJM it's a Different Drama from KMHM and It's has some problems .. but It's not The worst drama out there and It's not bad .. I'm never bored or get angry about the silly stuff that happened in it .. I can see the good things and moments and I enjoy it very much .. It's good drama , I can see they are trying hard to make it better every episode .
I love love love Seo jin Scene with circus team !

I'm sorry , I didn't want to say anything about the repeated Negative comments here , but we reach ep 16 now so you can rest and stop bothering yourself about HJM ^_^

Thank you GF , Fighting.

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*Slow clap.standing ovaction*
Thank you beanie for your necessary words.

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Ovation. Damn autocorrect.

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Those of us who are still watching it are probably watching for a particular feature we enjoy, like HB. That doesn't mean we're blinded to the flaws, which are irritating when someone you like is doing a good job and seems to be let down by many other parts of the production.

It's just plain weird to me that anyone thinks there's a time limit on bring irritated by commenters mentioning flaws in a drama, and it's also not much fun to feel like the comments are being policed to prevent anyone from talking about the (pretty obvious) flaws the drama still has.

If you like the show, great, talk about that that - there are plenty of others who will join in that conversation. But others also want to talk about bits that frustrate them, sometimes hoping to get an explanation for something that makes absolutely no sense, and that's not comfortable to do when in almost every episode comment section someone posts a screed about how people thinking negative thoughts about the show should just leave already and stop posting.

Talk about what you want to talk about with others who also are interested in that subject. I'm happy to talk about how I think HB's doing a really good job with his split characters, but I also want to talk about how Terry feels like the most random piece of bad scripting. And how Hana looks lobotomized. And how I STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT THE CIRCUS DOES. They have a gorilla, people who blow bubbles, and a high school cheerleader. We are on episode 16, and at this point I also would have fired the entire circus.

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Seo Jin hair is looking better this episode....hehehe.

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It's already episode no 16 and still, I say it again, the pendulum still towards Hana&Robin not in amount of balance with Hana&Seojin. I think I'm gonna feel weird if in the last four episodes suddenly Hana heads over heel Seojin. I am Seojin's Team since beginning, and resuming all Hana's interaction towards Seojin, I guess she needs more effort to deserve Seojin. Seojin wants to chang for the better and yet it still doesnt satisfied her a bit. I'm so sad watching Seojin like this. TT.TT

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I know, right? I was upset with Hana when she dragged Seo-jin out of the circus team like he was a kid causing trouble. What was she thinking??? And, what were you thinking director???

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Thanks for recap. GirlFriday's comments are the best. No bias.

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What is the song they play at the end of the episode?

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Wow. I liked this episode. It was relaxing and the feelings of our main characters are finally made relatable. Finally I've gotten a better understanding of Hana's feelings. She thinks that Seo-jin is mistaking gratitude for love. I'd assume the same if I were in her shoes. But that doesn't mean Seo-jin won't ever come to truly love her, and this is the part that I hope the last four episodes will focus on.

It's so easy to love every Hana and Robin interaction. At least for me, anyway. She's more alive and caring and fun when he's around because he's such a sweetheart who still needs guidance. I have to applaud Hana for being the ideal, supportive girlfriend for this kind of personality. He isn't real; that's the main problem. And yet it doesn't stop her from being loyal to him and giving him the guidance he needs instead of treating him like an undesirable illness. I really sympathize and admire Hana for this. Robin is well aware he's lucky to have Hana, too. Despite his unreasonable desire to create a life of his own, he valued Hana's opinion enough to cancel the interview. I also appreciate the fact that Robin makes good use of his intelligence. He's the one who figured out Tae-joo's real identity, and now he's the one who suspects Dad's plan of separating Hana from his and Seo-jin's lives.

The scene with Tae-joo and Seo-jin made me smile. That was real sweet. Looking forward to them regaining their lost friendship. Thank goodness Seo-jin is immune to hypnosis; otherwise, having a buddy like Tae-joo will be dangerous.

It's nice to see Dad with more lines... agreeable lines at that. It's also nice for a change that the rich dad isn't against the girl because of social status or the usual problems with rich guy, poor girl.

It's more apparent than ever that Robin is just an illness, nothing more. No matter how sad this is, it's reality, and Hana is realizing this. It's almost certain that Robin will disappear (gah... I'm going to cry when that moment arrives), and so I'm hoping for Hana's sake (as well as mine, heh) that the next episodes will give me reasons to look forward to her future with Seo-jin instead of Robin. Right now, she seems to genuinely care for Seo-jin as much as any other individual who needs compassion because that's her nature. I want her to see him in a romantic light. And I want him to give her reasons to do so.

Girlfriday, thank you very much for recapping Hyde, Jekyll, and Me. Your recaps on this show are so optimistic and insightful. You make the viewing pleasure more enjoyable with your great sense of humor and objectivity. And for this I am truly grateful. I hope we'll all enjoy the last four episodes!

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You said everything that was on my mind, ccut. Thank you. And, thank you Girlfriday!!! :)

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This show isn't the best I've seen, but it's not the worst either. It's a real easy watch, and kinda cute. Idon't get where all the hate is coming from. Sometimes you want steak, sometimes cotton candy. This show is totally cotton candy.

I will say Hana is frustratibg me. She is so robotic.

Sung joon is handsome like always. I want Moar sung joon in lead roles please dramaland.

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after seeing him here, I think he deserve more challenging role other than being sweet guy, he is showing potential that i didn't see in his previous role
i don't think he is brilliant enough here, but I see the potential and I feel he can

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I have liked him in all his lead roles. He walks that line between manly/pretty, and I like that.

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100% agree. This show isnt as great as expected, but the bash out there is just overwhelming. I've defntly seen more kdramas that were worse than this.
Last 4episodes i wish to see more emotion in HaNa character too.. Come onnn..React, Girl!

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Seriously. She is acting like a cardboard cut out! If I were her, i would be losing my mind in that situation!

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Finally we get an episode that focuses on the real conflict in this drama! The love triangle is so complex because even if Hana ultimately chooses Robin over Seo-Jin she can't have one without the other. Robin in all honesty is not a real person - he has his own personality but not a real identity. I think Seo-Jin needs time to find himself first before even contemplating making Hana his whole world. We still have 4 episodes left so hopefully the writers will end this drama on a high. They wasted so much time at the start so a satisfying ending is their only redemption.

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I love the way GF makes this drama looks fun and worth reading with her recaps. seo jin better not mess up and let hana leave unless he's dead meat. well its hyun bin choice its the script writer so we are depending on you. to make the last four episode. worth watching
thanks GF for all the recaps........

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I teared up when Seo Jin said to Soo Hyun, "I don't have any other friends but you, so I'll be back to visit." He was adorable trying to make new friends all while knowing he was making them uncomfortable. It made me want to tell him, "Try watching how people socialize on TV instead of people-watching in real life." I loved when he smiled at Woo Jung for not understanding the topic of their conversation. Look, he's enjoying himself!

Like Dr. Kang says, I know no matter how sweet Robin is, he's still not real, but I can't help but feel Hana is being selfish in making Robin give up his dreams. It's just extra sad when Editor Min and Woo Jung seem to support him more than his girlfriend does. How did Seung Yeon not see Robin standing right behind him at the circus?

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As much as Robin has been helpful, I want him to go away already. Frankly he is starting to scare me,by exposing himself publicly, he's putting Seo jin up for ridicule and exposing him as mentally ill.I feel like some one should just tell him,Robin that is not your body,you can not do as you please,in Dr.kangs words you are a tumor that needs to be cut off.And to Hana, break up with Robin, his a tumor that your helping to grow. harsh but it's the fact.She should use the 'its not you, it's me ' line to break up, coz it's totally her.Lol.
Dad told Hana to leave in the gentlest of ways, opposed to how I pictured him doing it.I can't believe a day has come where I think of dad in a positive light.small miracle.
Yay for Seo jins progress and akward cuteness.
Down with the roach like cousin and his minion.
Thanks G.F for the recap.

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Thanks for the wonderful recap Girlfriday. They are always a joy to read.

I also love the small character moments and signs of growth especially in Seojin. Seojin's scenes have become my favorite in the drama, and I look forward to them.

It was nice to finally see the friendship between Seo-jin and Tae-joo. They always spoke about being friends but I never really saw it. Showing their younger versions was really adorable and showed the stark contrast between their happier younger selves versus adults seating across from each other with one in prison. It helped reinforce how heartbreaking their lives turned out. It was also an unexpected nice touch to add Robin was created with Tae-joo in mind. Previously I had assumed Robin was just everything opposite to Seo-jin i.e. Seo-jin can't draw so Robin can.

Hoping next week we get some more great moments of awkward smiley Seo-jin.

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I'm glad no one walked into my room while I was watching this episode or they would have seen me grinning like a fool. It's amazing how much you can appreciate the little things when you're used to much less. In this case it was Seo Jin's smile. I swear I wanted to give him a mental hug (is that possible with a fictional character?) throughout most of the show. I used to wish that Seo Jin had more of an emotional range, but now I see how much better it is that he didn't earlier on because it makes each and every small moment even richer now. I don't know how ill feel if and when we lose our akward Seo Jin to a more confident melding of he and Robin. I will miss him.

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As always, thank you girlfriday.

Despite all the issues I have with this drama thus far, I am still extremely curious as to how the writer is going to ultimately solve the issue between SJ and Robin. It would have been nice if they focused on this core conflict instead of wasting time with ...everything else. But really, will I be happy with the outcome? I've messed around with different scenarios in my head, but nothing rings true or gives me those butterflies I'm desperately addicted to. Does anyone have any thoughts on how they might resolve this issue without taking a shortcut or being absolutely ridiculous? I feel like a time jump will probably be a part of the formula, considering SJ is moving at a glacial pace despite his honest efforts. Or perhaps they'll try a melding of sorts? Or will they go with absolute heartbreak with Robin being ultimately denied by the one he loves? Or...

Hmm...

All I know for sure is...unintentionally-creepy-robot-SJ trying to learn emotions is absolutely adorable and squee-worthy. Restricted affect has never been this awesome.

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Can we talk about that outfit at the end of the episode? A turtleneck under a button up under a jacket blazer? Appa Goo's right. Even if your on leave, please wear a suit!

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I just remembered who seo jin reminds me of.

Guys. He's basically that kid in Shut Up Flower Boy Band. The one that always talked about the dolphins.

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And where is Perry *cough* I mean Terry?LOL

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Sigh... I want to rewatch parts of this drama for Seo Jin scenes (and Secretary Kwon!!!-- actually I like all the supporting characters minus the cops), but I don't know if I have the patience. Seo Jin is awesome though-- go Binnie! How much do you love Seo Jin's handling of his feelings for Ha Na? He's upfront and movingly honest/vulnerable one moment, and composed and totally confident the next. For instance, he once again confesses without any pretense, gets turned down pretty much flat plus she moves out without a word, yet when Secretary Kwon asks him about it there is no melodrama, moping or meltdown. Seo Jin basically says, "Yeah," and moves on with the rest of his day. It's as if he knows exactly how this is going to play out and he just keeps at it. I think someone here mentioned his "long game" before. And why shouldn't he be confident: Ha Na, Ha Na, my dear, trailing someone around town during the middle of the day and actually buying a ticket to lurk behind them in a movie theater is not evidence of mere concern!

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What happened to terry?
Writer nim I may have the patience to tolerate all the ridiculousness but do not conveniently forget when you introduced a new character

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Terry isn't a new character or a new personality
he is a Dark side of robin personality . I think
he will come back again if ha na go for seo jin
in the end .. I hope not :(

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Thanks for the recap! I love this drama!

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I am so glad you saw the things I did in episode 16. So nicely done. It is true the overall show has its issues but I found the pacing in this episode to be quite realistic. I read that DID personalities can be integrated when ALL of the personalities feel safe enough to agree to it. With all the "bleeding" of memories been SJ and Robin and both their love for HJN I expect it to happen soon. Despite her own PTSD from the attack and spun around by the SJ/Robin twin story, she has been exceedingly steadfast in her support to both of them, if not necessarily in a lovey dove way. She's not brilliant but she is the Rock of Gibraltar, not to mention their 15 year history. Thank you for saying kind things about this story with a sadly problematic arc.

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I also think that there will be some type of blending between SJ and Robin, at the end. Maybe, it will be SJ with Robin's memories, thus he can love and interact with Hana the way that Robin does. Hana will cautiously accept SJ because inside of him is her first love, Robin. Plus, she has also fallen for SJ too. If this does happen. And, if they acted and directed these scenes well enough, then it will be a touching and bittersweet ending. Fantasizing about this makes me feel like crying already :(

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I'm really disappointed in how montone this drama is! I keep watching because I love both actors because they are usually SO GOOD! But, this show is draggy and the way Jang Hana reacts to every thing in her monotone manner just makes me want to shut the drama off...but, I keep coming back because I don't want to give up on two of my favorite actors!!!!Ugh!

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Oh gosh, I just talked in a circle, but I think some of you beanies understand my frustration.

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Noted that most people who watch the drama concluded that the plot is boring... mainly because they don't understand what the whole story is all about.

Seriously, it was not just a cutesy romantic drama. How many people are there in the whole world is knowledgeable with the D.I.D. illness? the story is an eye opener. I get the feeling why the characters of Ha Na got to be gloomy and confused. No one would be able to tell themselves "I'm a lively person! this is okay." after all the troubles she had gone through, from the stress she dealt because of her attacker and now knowing that Robin and Seo Jin is the same person all along. Come on man! Just think, this story do happen in real time. (i mean with the illness and what would normal people would feel if they were in this situation)

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So you're saying Hyde, Jekyll, Me should be given a pass just because it deals with a real-life mental illness and as such rises above all criticism as a piece of fiction? I'm sorry, but that makes no sense and just serves as an excuse to paper over HJM's obvious flaws.

I was drawn to this show BECAUSE of it's D.I.D. premise, not despite of it (I'm absolutely fed up with romance focus of K-dramas by now). I'm invested in mental health issues and how they are portrayed by the popular culture and as such I have quite a wide field of comparison when it comes to the topic, if I may say so myself.

There are plenty of fictional works which deal with mental health problems in an engaging, thoughtful way with fully fleshed out complex characters who make you care about their plight. They would put HJM to shame and automatically question the assumption you're making about its inherent worth just because it deals with such a topic.

(Off the top of my head I would recommend you watch for comparison - out of K-dramas* - 'It's Okay, That's Love' (schizophrena and other psychological issues); American movies - Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind" (again schizophrenia), "Girl, Interrupted" with Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder, "Silver Linings Playbook" with Jennifer Lawrence or an episode of the British sci-fi series "Doctor Who - "Vincent and the Doctor" (5x10) which was nominated for a British Mind Mental Health Media Award for its portrayal of depression. Or just google "best movies/TV shows/dramas dealing with mental issues" and see how it can be done without boring the viewer to death with bland paper-thin characters and terrible, terrible dialogue. There's a reason this drama is tanking horribly in the ratings, because viewers usually won't watch crap even if it deals with an important social issue. The trick is to present said social issue in an engaging wrapping paper so to speak. Which can, was, is and will be done by creative people who actually know what they're doing.

* I'm a bit hesitant to recommend "Kill Me, Heal Me", because even though I really enjoyed it, it could veer into a too comedic and light treatment of this real-life affliction (D. I. D.) at times.

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I think Dr. Kang is better than our heroine, Hana

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