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Falling for Innocence: Episode 7

With other people pulling the strings of his own revenge, Min-ho finally has the time to sit with his emotions and begin to examine the reasons behind his literal change of heart. Not that he has to dig too much into himself since the people around him ask the critical questions for him. Still, it’s to Min-ho’s credit that he actually cares that he was once the cruelest corporate monster that walked the Earth.

Getting out of the friend zone has never been tougher than it is for Joon-hee, but if this episode is any indication, he’s finally going to act upon that decades-long crush he’s been harboring for the girl who’s been completely oblivious about it.

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EPISODE 7 RECAP

We pick back up with the street kiss, which surprises both Soon-jung and Min-ho alike. His own astonishment overpowers the resulting slap in the face as he gasps, “How could the likes of you… How could I… you…”

He isn’t even aware of an incredulous Soon-jung’s departure shortly afterward, left breathless by the revelation that he indeed has feelings for her.

Met with a surprise party at his home led by Ji-hyun and Joon-hee that evening, Min-ho doesn’t see the point in celebrating with those who went behind his back to carry out their own actions. Joon-hee defends that he felt he was following the natural order of things in revealing Chairman Kang’s terminal illness, but Min-ho counters that uncalculated risk could have brought them both down.

Ji-hyun breaks up the argument between them—despite the rushed proceedings, it’s still a time to celebrate. Everyone except Min-ho raise their glasses to the hope that Chairman Kang will forfeit his Hermia management rights before he breathing his last.

As previously planned, Ji-hyun nominates Joon-hee to fill the now-vacant Hermia CEO position at the next board of directors meeting. Enraged by the news of his dismissal, Chairman Kang marches back to headquarters in his weakened state. Seeing the faces of his betrayers himself only makes his blood boil, and vows to fire everyone who double-crossed him.

Min-ho arrives just in time to stop Chairman Kang from being manhandled out of the building. He calls his uncle into his office where he says monotonously that his appearance here won’t change anything now.

Chairman Kang roars that he won’t back down, vowing to switch out those traitorous board members for new loyal men. But Min-ho retorts that his uncle’s name is being smeared across the papers as they speak, and the legal affairs department is busy preparing cases for Chairman Kang’s dismissal instead of damage control.

Min-ho will give the dying chairman twenty-four hours to hand over his management rights and stock, lest Chairman Kang wishes to be caught up in a messy legal case at his deathbed. Min-ho doesn’t flinch when his uncle angrily grabs a fistful of his shirt, telling him to think of the family he’ll be leaving behind.

Even in his sickly state, Chairman Kang desperately holds onto his nephew, who breaks his hold and leaves the dismissed chairman on his knees. Min-ho can barely catch his breath when Soon-jung checks in, and then sends her away to attend to Chairman Kang.

Soon-jung finds Min-ho up on the roof, where he’s still struggling to collect himself. He declines the idea of seeing Doctor Jo, blaming his own weakened mental state. He doesn’t welcome Soon-jung’s genuine concern for him and downplays his momentary display of concern for his uncle earlier.

She speaks up in Chairman Kang’s defense to give the dying man a chance at a death with dignity. When Min-ho counters that sympathy won’t get him what he’s after, Soon-jung points out that he of all people understands the kind of loneliness one feels at death’s door.

Driving Chairman Kang out like this won’t make Min-ho any different than the man he’s despised for the past twenty-five years, Soon-jung continues. At Min-ho’s silence, Soon-jung takes a handkerchief to wipe the accumulating sweat on his face, worried about his health.

She doesn’t know that the close proximity makes Min-ho’s heart beat quicker and louder, and he stops her from calling the doctor. He says he’ll be fine after getting some rest, and Soon-jung leaves him with the handkerchief along with the offer to let her know if his condition worsens.

Following our periodical check-in with Ok-hyun’s detective buddy discovering a phone at Noh Young-bae’s place that could potentially be Dong-wook’s phone (which was missing at the crime scene), we flash back to the board meeting earlier that day when Ji-hyun informed the directors that Joon-hee will continue to be chairman even after Hermia is sold.

It looks like Joon-hee is more than ready to assume his new position, leaving his old office at the end of the workday. He collects Soon-jung to take her out for a nice dinner at an eatery they once visited after a school trip. He even points out the doodle Soon-jung made on this very table which reads: “Soon-jung and Soon-jung’s underling were here. May 12.”

It’s interesting that Joon-hee remembers all the memories made here down to the minute details whereas he has to Soon-jung’s memory about that time. There’s another reason why this place holds special meaning to him: it’s where he failed in confessing his feelings for her.

He saved up for a week to bring her here that day, but it wasn’t enough money for one more dish that would’ve bought him enough time for his confession. Soon-jung tries to laugh it off, but Joon-hee says he decided to become a far more successful and powerful man so that he wouldn’t feel so paltry in comparison.

And now that dream might actually come true because he may become Hermia’s newest chairman. Oh man, why do I feel like he’s jumping the gun by telling her this now? In any case, he took her out tonight to share in this moment of achievement together. She’s genuinely happy for him, and Joon-hee vows that he isn’t going to hesitate in his advances towards her.

Which is probably why Soon-jung still feels a bit awkward as they walk back to the parking lot. She’s taken aback when Joon-hee unexpectedly takes her hand in his; he asks that she appeases him for a few minutes because it’s a special day for him—in exchange, she can fire away any questions she might have about his upcoming promotion.

So they walk hand-in-hand, talking about how his position will make the factory workers happy. But Joon-hee is more interested in making Soon-jung happy, words that causes her face to fall. When her attempt to free her hand of his fails, Soon-jung tells him that she’s never thought of him more than a good friend.

Joon-hee masks his hurt of being verbally friendzoned—he’s okay with that for now, but he isn’t going to wait much longer. He’s hidden his feelings for her for over twenty years because of Dong-wook, but he won’t any longer. What he wants is for her not to look at another guy and give him a fighting chance for once.

At the news that Chairman Kang’s condition has taken a turn for the worse, Ji-hyun has gone ahead to arrange with a prosecutor to restrict access to all outsiders, including family members. It’s a move to hasten getting their hands on the management rights before the man croaks any day now, and Min-ho’s sliver of sympathy has Ji-hyun wondering what’s gotten into him lately.

“You used to do even crueler things than this in the past,” she reminds him. He’d do practically anything if it endangered his money—what’s with the innocent lamb act now?

Telling him to get Chairman Kang’s seal himself tomorrow, Ji-hyun reminds him that this is the revenge he’s been preparing for over a quarter of a century.

At least Min-ho finally begins to question his motives for vengeance out loud while Secretary Oh cheerily declares that Min-ho will achieve his life goal tomorrow at last. Next thing we know, he’s waiting up for Soon-jung at the steps to her place and wondering what he’s going to say after returning her handkerchief.

Seeing Joon-hee drop Soon-jung off saddens him enough to take his leave, so his back is already turned when Soon-jung starts walking.

It should come as no surprise that the pre-paid phone found in Young-bae’s place isn’t Dong-wook’s, but its records indicate that it made calls to only one number. Furthermore, there was a call made on the day of Dong-wook’s death. That points towards the possibility of the one Young-bae reported to, and Ok-hyun’s detective buddy has done all the work by even locating what general neighborhood of the other phone number.

And instead of taking any precautions, Ok-hyun calls that number immediately. Joon-hee is on cloud nine thinking of his evening with Soon-jung when his other phone starts ringing. When he angrily picks up, Ok-hyun asks if it’s Joon-hee on the other end.

A little later, Ok-hyun’s detective buddy speaks with Joon-hee’s father, who is surprised and nervous at hearing his son is currently being investigated in regards to Dong-wook’s murder.

Ok-hyun, meanwhile, takes the helm in the interrogation room, where Joon-hee acknowledges that he was in contact with Young-bae because the tampering case would be an embarrassment to the company. When she asks if he was able to find out the person responsible for the incident, Joon-hee counters that the company sought to bury the case rather than exposing the truth.

That’s why it was necessarily to speak via pre-paid phones, Joon-hee explains, and he doesn’t see why the product tampering has anything to do with Dong-wook’s death. Ok-hyun is upfront about her suspicions, noting the coincidences that the last person Young-bae and Dong-wook saw and spoke with was Joon-hee.

Ok-hyun confirms Joon-hee’s summary of her suspicions—that he was responsible for the tampering and his friend’s murder—but that only spurs Joon-hee to point out that she’s presuming that story to be true. He pulls out his legal guns, noting that she’s accusing him without evidence, then invites her to look through all of his accounts.

He’d be a much richer man if he were the criminal mastermind behind it all, he adds. He’ll gladly hand over the documents that support his case, and advises her to gather solid evidence before accusing someone as a murderer.

It looks like Ji-hyun was able to use her prosecutor friends to obtain an arrest warrant against Chairman Kang as well, news that Soon-jung immediately blames Min-ho for when he arrives at the hospital. But he cuts her off to ask if there’s a helipad on this hospital and orders her to follow him.

He tasks her to enlist the hospital staff to transport Chairman Kang into another room before the prosecution arrives. But by the time Soon-jung heads back to collect the man, the chairman has disappeared.

The prosecution team arrives to search the room, then heads back out when Chairman Kang is nowhere to be found. Min-ho stays behind to pick up the note his aunt threw at him—it’s for him, and Chairman Kang warns that things won’t go as Min-ho planned because he won’t ever give up as Hermia’s longtime CEO.

Min-ho lets that letter sink in before exiting the room, his steps quickening with each stride. Soon-jung follows him out and into Hermia’s headquarters, where Min-ho heads straight for the chairman’s office.

And there Chairman Kang sits, or should I say slumped over at his desk. Soon-jung gasps at the sight. Min-ho walks over, calling for his uncle (rather than the usual derisive address of “chairman”). He takes his uncle’s hand off of the nameplate only for it to thud onto the desk. Oh crap, is he actually dead?

Now Min-ho looks like a lost little boy as he tries to shake his uncle’s shoulder awake. He catches Chairman Kang’s lifeless body in his arms and is left in disbelief as his eyes well up in tears. “Why?!” he cries out. “What’s so special about this measly position?! Answer me!”

He asks that question over and over while crying over his uncle’s body. Not long afterwards, the employees pay their final respects to the deceased chairman.

Secretary Oh returns from Chairman Kang’s off-screen funeral to find Min-ho holed up at home. Noting some chest pains, Min-ho orders him to look into his donor on the DL, since they both know that doing so is illegal.

It’s no surprise Min-ho hasn’t been showing up to work either, which naturally means he’s unaware of some of the recent changes taking place. That includes Soon-jung getting her old job back as the chairman’s secretary now that Joon-hee is the new Hermia CEO.

Joon-hee calls Soon-jung into his new office where he has a food and magazine spread waiting for her. He encourages her to speak in banmal when they’re alone, adding that he prepared all this and blocked off a few hours so she can finally rest after taking care of the late chairman’s funeral proceedings.

When she declines, Joon-hee tells her that she’s served others her entire life, so now it’s about time someone did something for her. He pettily tells her that leaving now would only make him look silly, and that boyish attempt breaks her down.

Still, that doesn’t excuse Joon-hee from doing actual work, and Soon-jung hands over the documents before enjoying herself. Joon-hee’s new role as chairman won’t become official until after the board of directors’ meeting in a month’s time, at which point they won’t be friends anymore. So… you’re going to woo your own secretary…?

Soon-jung musters the courage to walk up to Min-ho’s home in regards to work, but chooses not to head inside. As the days progress, she sends text messages about upcoming interviews and dealings at the office while Min-ho spends his days lazing about at home without sending a reply.

Still, Soon-jung remains persistent, asking about his health and informing him about the board of directors’ meeting next week. One message includes picture of the cherry blossoms and asks him where he is, and her last one tells him that he should visit the mountains tomorrow (where his father is buried?).

She finally gets a reply while chatting with Ok-hyun at a cafe. She misinterprets Ok-hyun’s agitation about Joon-hee as interest in him and doesn’t know why his name makes her so antsy.

Anyhow, Min-ho’s text asks her to meet him at his house. She rushes over and looks relieved to finally see him. She admits that she worried that Min-ho might’ve been affected by his uncle’s death, which he denies. He was simply getting the break he never allowed himself to have.

He asks her to take him up to the mountains today because he doesn’t know where his parents’ gravesites are. Once there, Soon-jung excuses herself so that Min-ho can pay his respects to his deceased parents.

“I’m here, Mom and Dad,” Min-ho says. “It’s Min-ho.” He acknowledges that this visit is twenty-five years too late, but like a child, he looks for affirmation on a job well done. It was a long and difficult journey for him, but now that everything’s done, he’ll come to visit them every year.

Joon-hee sits down with Papa Ma and the other union leaders about the layoffs at the central factory shortly after Chairman Kang’s death. Papa Ma points out that Hermia hasn’t even declared bankruptcy yet and the only person they can turn to about the matter is Joon-hee, who promises to bring the matter to the board once he officially becomes chairman.

It’s mysteriously raining by the time Min-ho and Soon-jung travel down the mountain. Min-ho says there wasn’t much to talk about, and then jokes that it’s his first time driving in the rain before stopping suddenly just to scare her. Dude, not cool—that’s super dangerous.

He gets his instant karma seconds later though, when a tire gets caught in a ditch. Soon-jung runs out with an umbrella and offers to call a taxi while she waits here for a tow truck.

But Min-ho notices that she’s getting drenched just to keep him dry, so he pulls her close under the umbrella. He says he can’t leave her alone in the middle of nowhere and gets annoyed when she says she’s only doing her duty.

They remain within close proximity for a few moments before Soon-jung pulls back, only for Min-ho to draw her close again. Night falls as Min-ho and Soon-jung wait in the car in their wet clothes. They’re out of gas and the tow truck isn’t due to arrive for a few more hours.

The sound of Min-ho’s stomach grumbling breaks the awkward silence between them. Soon-jung smiles when Min-ho tries to cover up the sound as best he can, then suggests that they munch on the leftover food and soju that was offered to his deceased parents.

While Ok-hyun and her detective buddy tail Joon-hee’s car after work, Soon-jung strikes up a conversation while their car is towed back into town. And ha, they did break into the food and drink after all.

She asks why he lived in hiding for so long, and Min-ho acknowledges that she was right about him. He led a life that made him no different than the uncle he hated so much, consumed with revenge.

She asks if that’s why he didn’t have all that much to say in front of his parents. Min-ho says he felt ashamed in front of them, and it felt like his parents were wondering how their son turned into such a monster.

Soon-jung says today’s a strange day, and this might just be the soju talking now, but she believes his parents don’t think of him as a monster. Even if he were to kill countless numbers of people, no mother would be hateful to their child.

If Min-ho’s mother was still alive today, she’d probably tell him: “I’m sorry. I’m sorry to have left you all alone.” Min-ho meets her gaze as Soon-jung continues the words: “If you were going to hurt this much, if it was going to be this hard on you, why did you live this way?”

Soon-jung says it still isn’t too late for him to start leading a better life, one that isn’t disgraceful. Those words affect him, and Min-ho says there’s something he hasn’t told her yet.

His voiceover is accompanied by a shot of Joon-hee browsing engagement rings while Ok-hyun and a forensic analyst search for traces of blood on Joon-hee’s car. Something pings, and Min-ho’s voiceover narrates, “Something I mustn’t ever say. And if I do say it, I feel like it’ll mess everything up.”

Soon-jung asks what that is, and Min-ho turns to her to say, “I like you. Whenever I see you, I get nervous and feel hurt. That’s because… whenever I see you, I feel ashamed and disgraceful. Whenever I see you, I want to become a good person and a good man to you.”

He admits that today is a weird day and holds her gaze for several more moments before swooping in with a kiss, followed by another.

 
COMMENTS

Funny how two bottles of soju can act as its own truth serum when it comes to confessing one’s feelings for another. We could be here for hours comparing this closing kiss to the one from on top of the hour, but for now, my takeaway would be to acknowledge it as a progression of Min-ho’s revelation of his growing feelings, to speak the words about how that’s affected him, and finally acting upon them.

And I get that his confused emotions and continual change of heart are what the show wants us to draw from Min-ho… if only we could see much more of those introspective moments played out before our eyes and ears. We still lack much in that area—the show attempts to make up for it by having its other characters (see: Ji-hyun, Secretary Oh, and Chairman Kang) ask what should be self-reflective questions to Min-ho himself. In lieu of crucial contemplation, we get gaps in time from when Min-ho examines himself in his mutterings, to some time later when he’s made a decision we see in action but don’t fully understand where it came from. Often times, it feels like we’re watching a hero that clams up whenever we try to dig for answers.

Understanding who Min-ho was in the past, who he is now in the present, and who he’s turning into the future is of utter importance because he’s the one character that drives this series forward. He’s had his fair share of confusing moments, like his change of heart towards his uncle’s failing health. All of that questioning about why it strikes odd is still very much internal; it’s of little help when our heroine is the one alluding to his buried emotions because like Joon-hee said, we risk jumping into presumptuous territory. And that’s somewhere we never want a show to be in.

It honestly surprised me to see Chairman Kang pass away so quickly after introducing his illness. The story moved through his death, off-screen funeral, and Min-ho’s grieving period so swiftly that I can’t help but wonder if the production wanted to sweep Min-ho’s illogical revenge under the rug as quickly as possible. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were true since we’ll be hitting the halfway mark with the following episode. But if anything, it did give us a moment for Min-ho to realize that he had turned into someone that was no better than his ruthless uncle, acting on the grounds of vengeance.

But because the revenge was so central to Min-ho’s initial motivation, I do worry about where the narrative will take it from here. Losing a villain means that someone else would need to take his place, and Joon-hee would be the next prime contender. Having these two men duke it out for the company would appear to be the next step, which can only mean that Soon-jung will end up caught in the cross-fire and possibly fade into the background.

While I can understand that Min-ho needed time to sort out his feelings and where he stands in this hour, I do hope that he doesn’t stay in mopey territory for too long. He seemed to adopt a sort of defeatist attitude once the controls of his own revenge were taken out of his hands, because that’s what other people thought he wanted. Or something. The show is dropping hints to future actions, like his query about his organ donor. One can only hope that by digging into the recent past will open up the possibilities for his reason to live for the future.

 
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Love this show. Saw the actor last in Smile You.

Finally, love the ending. Wish Min Ho was not so skinny.

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I've always thought this actor was not tall, small built, and rail thin compared to other K actors. It wouldn't hurt if he were to build up some muscles, like Nam Goong Min.

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Jung Kyung-ho may be of a smaller built compared to many other 180cm-ish actors, but he has his own set of charms. Still think that his portrayal as Baksa in Heartless City is one of the coolest out there.

Another small built actor that I really like is Ryu Deok-hwan!

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lol frankly I think any male actor not up to the famous 180cm mark and still getting leading roles, is one sure sign the guy can really act.

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exactly.

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"Jung Kyung-ho...has his own set of charms...Still think that his portrayal as Baksa in Heartless City is one of the coolest out there."

I totally agree with you. To expound upon this just a tad bit more, maybe the reason Baksa Adeul is so iconic to many of us is because he's more brains than brawn. Totally playing against type of the standard Hollywood action hero. He's svelte, stylish, dashing, sexy, possesses a debonair smile; carries himself in a self-assured manner; and regardless of the situation is always poised. When you get right down to it, Baksa Adeul is a bada$$ capable of outstanding gallantry but fundamentally, a good person at heart. It's like one can never get enough of Baksa Adeul.

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I love that you guys are talking about HC, I just watched it last week and my feels are still fresh, oh so fresh,I feel like if I didn't have an outlet for it,I'd burst.
I'm watching Endless love because of Shin Hyun/baksa's son, can't get enough of him,it's like he picks roles that enhance coolness.
I've come to terms with his hairstyle and loving falling for innocence, if only subs were faster.

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wait what? i googled it and JKH is 184cm, if i'm not mistaken?

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you should check out cruel city he is really great there too

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Did anyone else notice that when they were riding in the back of the car there is a shot where the car is "moving" and no driver? lol

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What??? BRB!!!

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Because it's getting towed...

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can anyone tell me the name of the song that was playing when soon jung was in the cafe with ok hyung plz
thnxs reply to my email [email protected]

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The song is called Style by Taylor Swift.

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been refreshing DB for ages, then finally it pops up, thank you so much for the recap gummimochi ^__^

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I thought I had never seen anything that Jung Kyung Ho appeared in. Not true. After a few eps of this, I finally realised that I had actually watched him in Smile you, and also Time between Dog and Wolf. It was just that he and those performances didn't stand out for me to recall his name.
What a difference a few years make! Both his looks and his acting have changed for the better. Mostly I think this role is perfect for him. His acting is just spot on, either as the crazy, hateful director of an M&A firm, or as the 9-yr old yearning for his noona/mom's love. I can watch him all day.

The beauty of this series is in the details. A throw away line, a gesture, a boyish pout, Wow!

Sooyoung, your boyfriend is making his way to the top in this breakaway performance!

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"The beauty of this series is in the details. A throw away line, a gesture, a boyish pout, Wow!"
True! I love the attention to details. Like at the end of the episode, when he was confessing, he was a bit nervous/out of breath. I like that they showed that to us. Makes it feel real.

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I have been jung kyung ho's fan even when nobody knows him. haha. I am glad ppl are noticing his acting now!

And just as I have loved everything that he has done before (some less than the other), I am really enjoying the drama. It has a good balance of melo and comedy into it, which i think is the reason why it has drew a lot of people.

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Yoon Hyun Min is doing an excellent job too, btw.

For all these past eps, I felt that if only Joon Hee didn't feel so inadequate and inferior, he could have confessed to Soon Jung much earlier, and maybe would get a chance w her. But then his insistence in becoming a top dog before he can 'go near her' as a suitor really is more telling about his pride and ambition than about his love for her. He has little to no understanding for Soon Jung's world view or values, or consideration for what she wants in a man. So, it isn't fate that has kept them apart, but his own blind ambition.

Still I feel sorry for him, I think bcos Yoon plays the char w so much understated pathos. If his childhood wasn't so humble compared to Soon Jung's, if his pride wasn't so strong. In contrast, his young friend had such a great sense of humour and a healthy optimism, it was no wonder who SJ fell for.

I wish Yoon's hairstylist would trim those very long bangs w a flip tho. Is it bcos he is the villain that he has to be given such unflattering hair?

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Well said. One would have thought after twenty five years pining for the same girl he (JH) would know SJ well enough to understand that she is not one to be swayed by money or power. How else would she fall for an underpaid, overworked cop?

I also agree with your earlier comment that Jung Kyung Ho is making a statement in his performance here. He is impressing me as the multi-faceted MH.

I also agree with gummimochi that it seems Chairman Kang's demise seemed rather rushed. Perhaps the main conflict of this drama is between MH and JH and the triangle love affair rather than the deep seated revenge.

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While the demise of Uncle Chairman was handled real quickly, I don't think they were rushing it for production reasons. (There'd be no point in showing yet another funeral among all the funerals we've seen in KDs.) Rather, that char has already served his purpose in the narrative, and has to be killed to let the plot move on.

The chairman has become a lame duck in his old days versus the ruthless young turk, the undisputed king of M&A. Letting him live for one or more eps would be draggy. Instead, he has to die for Min Ho to face a moral choice, of whether to dismantle and sell off parts of the company for quick profit as planned or save it for his father's legacy and the workers' livelihood, and in the process, win the girl. I love the writing and the pacing.

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Totally agree with you on the pacing and the purpose of Kang's death. Plus I don't think it makes sense for his character to get the same treatment as Det. Ma did with his death, in terms of importance to the heroine and the other characters, the audience's emotional engagement, etc.

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Good pt about Chairman not deserving or needing some treatment as Det Ma did, in terms of his importance to the main chars and storyline. Det Ma is still very much a part of the story after his death, by living on inside Min Ho.

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What is it about Jung Kyung Ho and Yoon Hyun Min that they get to star in 2 series together, consecutively? I don't believe in Coincidence.

Post Healer, this is the first series that has me waiting for the following week's episodes. Love the pace, the writing and directing, and acting. I guess that's everything then.

Starting Cruel City to get more of these two guys, tho it is not my fav genre. Up to ep 2 now.

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you'll love cruel city. it wasn't my fav genre too, but it turned out to be one of my fav dramas of 2013! And probably changed your mind about saying jung kyung ho is skinny and not tall!

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Starting Cruel City?

Hope you'll enjoy it. Check out the OST, especially 'Hurt' and 'Everyday'. :-)

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I just checked it out in youtube. The OST is really good and I certainly watched Cruel City. Thanks you guys for recommendation.

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Hehe they're friends in real life. ^^

Love these two, especially in Heartless City. It's more violent than the usual kdramas, but it was very good. Enjoyed the overall story and the character development. ^^

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Heartless City is da bomb! It's one of the few dramas that resonated with me as excellent, and I have it down as one of my favorite dramas. It isn't for everyone, but I hope you enjoy it. The OSTs are the best ever,too. Particularly 'Hurt'. Jung Kyung Ho was excellent in it, As well. He's so good, he reminds me of a Korean Edward Norton, talented, physically small and unimposing and very underrated.

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Thanks guys, for the heads up on Cruel City. It is very dark, very violent, not at all my usual cup of tea, but I'll soldier on for the sake of these two very underrated actors and the OSTs.
That's a good pt about Jung K Ho being likened to Ed Norton. His bio says he is 6'2". Doesn't look like it somehow. Hmm....

I just finished watching Jung K Ho's recent film "Fasten your Seatbelt". He is hilarious in it. It isn't a film that anyone should watch before flying tho. It is good in showing us what we are like when faced w the possibility of imminent death, and how we revert back to what we are the moment the threat is over. The message I get out of it is that we should live each day as if it were our last. Not a bad message to give packaged inside a funny little movie of a spoilt movie star trapped on a crashing flight!

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love the writer for this kdrama. The chairman death was necessary. I think he filled his purpose and we don't have to drag out that part of the storyline. under a different writer the chairman would have been near death for the entire show without resolution.

Does anyone think there is theme that rich/chaebol don't really need to pay for their crimes. Once the hero/heroine gets their revenge. They then need to take pity or we should feel sorry them and the hero should give them a break. ala bad guy baker king.

either way I can't stop watching this. Jon hee is really creepy/obsessive but I can't help but feel sorry for him. You waited 20 something years for what? It's just sad

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so well said...agreeed its just sad -__-

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The writer is going to have to do something drastic to turn joon hee into a villain. At this point he looks sadly delusional but I can't hate him. He just seems so harmless I don't even think he could have killed dong wook.

damn you yoo min hyuk for being such a good actor lol

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I'm sorry some bug bit me and I didn't feel it at all from MinHo. I have to rewatch again and figure out what went wrong. Why am I digging in JoonHee feelings more than MinHo??? I don't ship JoonHee-SoonJung but still....

Btw. Glad that chairman Kang is dead since his character overlap with chairman Hong from Angry Mom.

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I watched the episode 7 in one of the sites for K-drama. When I was enjoying the grave scene, I thought I saw a mic flashing for a second over the grave. I paused, laughed out loud, and continued watching....

As for Joon-hee, yes, I felt sorry for him....he was right thinking that he was always one step behind: when he finally managed to hold Soon-jung's hand, Min-ho had already kissed her...oh poor boy!

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To my confusion, why did Joon-hee contemplate his right hand when he used his left hand to take Soon-jung's hand in? Was it a feeling of achievement (so, no matter what hand is)?

And, I think Min-ho was actually so lucky to have people who (seemed) to care for him unconditionally: Doctor Jo and Secretary Oh....

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Oh yes! the mic. I had to re-watch to make sure it was not a branch! lol

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This show should be called Falling for Min-ho instead, because stick a fork in me, I am DONE.

On a more serious note, I think this was my favourite episode so far. I loved all the conversations between Soon-jung and Min-ho (except maybe the first one because forced kisses are really not my thing). I think what I love so much about their talks is how they always seem to be having two conversations at one, a verbal and a nonverbal one. And the latter one is just as easy to understand as the former, which is totally down to the skill of both actors.

I especially loved the scene in the back of the car, where he admits for the first time that he's ashamed of the person he is, and she tells him in that case, he can change. Not that I think it'll be that easy for him to change, but it occurred to me that I don't recall the last time I heard this kind of rich cold hero actually admit he was a bad person and he should change. They usually just bully and/or bribe their way into the heroine's affections, after which, yes, they act like lovesick fools and they change somewhat for the better, but the rarely apologize and they NEVER say that they're ashamed of what they did. As hateful as Min-ho's been since the beginning, that was the moment that made me fall for him. And you can see Soon-jung's barriers drop almost visibly at that moment. Which is why we got that delicious kiss. :)

Oh, and btw gummi, I love "Hopeless Love" and it's the PERFECT song choice for this episode! Because Joon-hee and his no-chance-in-hell. I really disliked his high-handed approach to wooing her here. The difference between how uncomfortable she feels when he touches her (that forced hand-hold) and how she reacts when Min-ho grabs her arm or holds her - the way she goes totally still and aware and stares into his eyes - speaks volumes.

I agree with you about the choice to skip over the funeral and for Min-ho to do his brooding off-screen not being an obvious one, but I actually kind of liked it. Because it's in character for Min-ho to be the kind of person who "clams up whenever we try to dig for answers." This is someone who's been alone since he was 10, probably raised in foster care because his uncle obviously didn't do it, and has no friends and no confidants except his secretary and his doctor. So it makes sense that he doesn't open up to people and he does all his difficult thinking alone. And he doesn't strike me as someone who would talk to himself, so there'd be no point in endless scenes of silent brooding. Plus it gave us a sense of how his absence affected the other characters, especially Soon-jung. But with time he's starting to share his honest feelings with her more and more, so hopefully that will be part of him becoming a less solitary and more functional social being.

I'm off to finish episode 8 now, with copious squeeing breaks. ;) Thanks for the recap!

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"This show should be called Falling for Min Ho instead".
Or it could be called "Falling for Kyung Ho" ?

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+ 10000000000

for both

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Both. Either. Yes. *flail*

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amen.

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I've been calling this show "Falling for Jung Kyungho" ever since I...well, fall for him in this drama. "Falling for Minho" sounds great though. XD

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Haha fair enough. I had fallen for JKH within about 5 min of episode one though, so the process of falling in love applies more to Minho for me. This is the episode when he finally won me over. (And 8 just killed me dead, various high-pitched noises included.)

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@Laica

I wanted to comment on your "Falling for Kyun-ho" post but I posted it somewhere under your "Joon-hee is creepy" one".

If you do have time, please read it (maybe I'm just as mad for liking him, or maybe we both are).

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@Laica

I wanted to comment on your "Falling for Kyun-ho" post but I posted it somewhere under your "Joon-hee is creepy" one.

If you do have time, please read it (maybe I'm just as mad for liking him, or maybe we both are).

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@Laica

I wanted to comment on your "Falling for Kyun-ho" post but I posted it somewhere under your "Joon-hee is creepy" one.

If you do have time, please read it (maybe I'm just crazy for liking him, or maybe we both are).

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@gammiron

Count me in to rename this drama, too!

Only maybe I can still accept the real title because I like the OTP hahaha.

Miss you at Soompi.

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“……. because stick a fork in me, I am DONE.”

Oh my, you cracked me up here! Loved it! :-D :-D :-D

And yes, this is my favourite episode, so far, too. I like that the Min Ho – Soon Jung love-line is progressing very nicely. Liked the fact that Min Ho didn’t keep his growing feelings for Soon Jung under wraps for too long and whilst sudden, she didn’t reject him outright either – proven by the second kiss at the very tail-end of the ep. :-)

As for Joon-Hee and his no-chance-in-hell wooing of Soon Jung, he’s starting to creep me out here, forcing her to do things or into situations which were clearly uncomfortable to her. Poor guy’s been friend-zoned and he’s having a difficult time getting out of it. Kind of feel sorry for him, always a step too late. I wonder if Joon Hee will go berserk when Soon Jung says no to his advances, and turn into a guy far worse than Min Ho was (or is?) during his bad-guy heydays?

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Heh, thanks.

I agree, the way they are slowly and without fanfare moving closer to each other, without coyness or subterfuge, is one of my favourite things about this show.

And YES, Joon-hee is becoming creepy! Let's hope he doesn't become a 2D crazy villain, that would be a waste of Yoon Hyun-min. Though I can see the possibility for it.

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@Laica

LOL yeah you're right! Min-ho completely got me at Taylor Swift's "Style". At the exact moment when that song played (in the scene when Soon-jung received his text)!

Not quite a Swift fan myself, but when the PD chose to turn the volume up at this chorus:

"You got that James Dean daydream look in your eyes... And I got that red lip classic thing that you like..."

...suddenly I got this weird idea that the drama's stylist probably wants Jung Kyung-ho to channel his inner James Dean (Chuck Taylor converse, white T shirt, jacket, loafers and all).

Plus, the song itself is about a man and a woman's long drive at night, where they talked their hearts out and (maybe) kissed and so on.

So yeah. Now I get it. Min-ho is James Dean.

That, or I'm nuts (which is more likely)

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Hahaha I totally missed the Taylor Swift song, maybe because I was watching it at night when my family was sleeping so I had the volume low. But I definitely love what the his stylist is doing with him... those suits with the sweaters underneath and no tie, and the way he walks around with his hands in his pockets. Yum.

I'm pretty sure JKH is driving us all crazy, you're not alone. ;)

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Totally agree with you on the music playlist selected on the show is subliminal. From Coldplay to Taylor Swift to Natalie La Rose, I just am in heaven watching this one.

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Sorry, maybe just only his crazy fan girls think like that

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@WOOF

LOL, then I guess I'm one of those crazy fangirls. Anyway, I won't be chasing him or screaming or anything so maybe there are degrees of madness. *wink*

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"Falling for Min-ho" WIN.

Somebody get Jung Kyung-ho and Yoon Hyun-min a ham. Each.

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Heh. :D

I know. Especially JKH. I mean I know he's supposed to be a recovering patient, but he looks so fragile I get nervous whenever he runs somewhere.

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I keep wondering if he's gonna fall face down on the pavement each time he runs after Soon Jung. However, I don't find JKH to be overacting, nor Yoon Hyun Min.

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And my love for this drama continues to solidify.

That ending scene just made me swoon. It was so romantic and sweet. And I never expected those words coming from Minho so soon. I'm excited to see how their relationship is going to process, because I can see that Soon Jung is beginning to find him attractive.

I don't feel that the drama isn't showing us enough of what minho thinks, for me it is clear that he doesn't know what to think and is just struggling with his heart and mind at the moment. He is clearly completely bewildered. I think him looking for the donor is an attempt to find reason in his bizarre behaviour.

Joon hee frustrates me. Last episode I was still finding him completely cute and relatable, but this episode made me wonder how can he still not know Soon Jung's priorities after 2 decades of friendship? If she knew that him becoming chairman was the result of conniving and manipulation, she would be horrified. I think his is really a case of too little too late, because who knows what would have happened when he confessed while he was still a poor student?

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Thanks for recaps.i've been waiting for ages

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I like all scences between kang min ho n kim soon jung so much...
i love scene when kang min ho hides and soon jung always sends messages for him...
this drama makes me watch again and again and impatiently wait for next episode...

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I am eagerly waiting for the episodes for this drama each weekend. It just keeps getting better, how funny was the scene where he punched WS in the stomach and he looked at him unfazed.

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"I am eagerly waiting for the episodes for this drama each weekend. It just keeps getting better..."

Me too and yes it is!

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Min-ho and Woo-shik are SO funny together. More so with each episode as Mi-ho relaxes more and shows more affection. Plus I love how he always asks him for advice.

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oh nooo..what should i do to my poor heart...i'm falling so hard to kang gun..and have to wait for a week to see ep 9...

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His voice....the guy has one of the sexiest voices I've ever heard...

I thought that the scene at the back of the car was both romantic and sexually charged with tension and it gave me goosebumps it was that intense.

Jung Kyung Ho is an actor who deserves a primetime weekday drama with the big 3...I hope he gets acknowledged soon.

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+1 :)

Agreed! His voice is like that of someone who just woke up.

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I love this drama.

Jung Kyung-ho is a compelling actor.

If you watched him in Smile You, you would know that he is not skinny, he has sinewy muscles. (his character cutely defends himself against comments that his body is parchment on bones.)

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Is it only me who loves when Min-ho said, "...a little..." with such expression, gesture, style? Well, it led me considering this one becoming his "trademark" for this show...

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Thanks very much, Gummimochi, for your thorough and in-depth recap! :)

I am enjoying this drama sooooo much!!

Jung Kyung-ho is awesome and quite dynamic in this role...I've become a fan! He's been "under my radar" so far, but with this show, he's emerged very impressively.

After reading all the positive and complimentary comments regarding his drama Heartless City, I'm going to have a go and start watching it. Thanks to all who've recommended it!

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I really like the actor playing Joon Hee, but the actual character is so frustrating. I was feeling sympathetic towards him at first, but it's changing to annoyance. Soon Jung straight up told him that they are just friends, but he didn't accept it. Going to the point of getting an engagement ring is insane when she clearly doesn't love him in that way and they haven't even officially dated.

It looks like Joon Hee will become the new bad guy after Chairman Kang. I still don't want him to be Dong Wook's murderer though. Hoping there won't be evidence on his car.

Min Ho's confession felt realistic and sweet. I enjoyed how the whole scene went. I wanted to see Soon Jung kiss him back though! ;]

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I'm glad everyone is enjoying the show too,do you know how good it feels to like a drama and other guys love it too.bliss.
Heartless city too, even though the genre isn't my usual, after watching it,I'm a convert,words cannot describe how much I loved it.
JBTC has good dramas, I keep loving all their work and how awesome is falling for innocence Ost,heartless city too I especially like Hurt.

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when will we get the recap for ep8 of falling for innocence? can't you write it quickl?

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I love this guy , he is like a onion layers and layers of depth, wow this guy knows his job. His smile is adorable so has his expressions he he ... I saw in cruel city and was bowled over ... man those intense expressions no one ever can do it. He is one of my fav guys who I have been keeping a eye ... saw "Smile you " and "endless love" coz of him .. Please continue the great work !!!

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How can I hate and love both of the male leads at the same time? Usually its one or the other. In that way the show has been successful in presenting complex enough male leads.

And I really do like Joon Hee. I have to be fighting not to get 2nd lead syndrome, which I have sworn to avoid for my heart's sake. JH is so misguided and blind. He could have stolen SJ heart a long time ago but he has such a strong inferiority complex. I could see them as great friends but JH stumbles because what SJ needed was sum1 to bring her out of her shell not to keep her in it. They're kinda alike in that they're really introverts.

Really enjoying this show. Its just wat I need after KMHM. Everyone is raving about The Girl Who Sees Smells but this show is what I really anticipate each wk. Love both shows but Falling For Innocence gets me excited.

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I'm also looking forward to seeing Soon-Jung come out a little stronger. Her character seems so passive now, contrary to what we saw in the first ep. Her character really took a step back. So here's another show that puts our heroine into the backseat. Not fun.

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I think Soon-jung is still active within the storyline, she's still her efficient self when she handles the sickness of the Chairman's and the protection of his children.

But I do wish we could hear more of her narrative aside from that one when she laments for Dong-wook. I want to know what she's been thinking about both Min-ho and Joon-hee after Dong wook's death.

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