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Falling for Innocence: Episode 10

Some life gets breathed into the murder case that started it all this hour, bringing some pretty damning revelations to light regarding the whodunit and why. Even without knowing the full truth, the impact on Soon-jung is apparent, and only our newly revamped hero seems to know what emotions she’s hiding inside—and more importantly, when she just needs a good cry. Ah, l’amour.

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EPISODE 10 RECAP

In order to get a loan to fund the development of Hermia’s new product, Min-ho has to put up most of his earthly possessions as collateral. This, Secretary Oh reminds him, means that the product has to do well, or Min-ho will lose everything.

Despite Min-ho having the sniffles from a cold, Secretary Oh suggests they do a little celebrating now that Min-ho snagged investors. What shall it be: wine or champagne?

Min-ho thinks back to Soon-jung having a grand old time when they went out with the union members and smirks when he suggests makgulli instead. But for the two of them—Secretary Oh is not invited. Aw.

Meanwhile, Ok-hyun tries and fails to get answers out of the recently awoken Noh Hyungnim, who uses his medical state as an excuse not to answer her questions.

Joon-hee catches Soon-jung at work and asks for a private chat, considering that this is his last day at Hermia. He comments about how strange it feels to be leaving everything he knows, but she tries to point out the silver lining in all this (as well as the line delineating which zone is the friend zone) by saying that he won’t have trouble finding a better job. Or a better someone.

But Joon-hee disagrees, since he hasn’t been able to find that someone in twenty years. Soon-jung sticks to her guns while remaining as polite as possible, noting that them seeing less of each other will probably be a good thing—she doesn’t want to start hating him, or feel sorry for him.

She even adds that they might be able to meet as friends again after the new product launches, which rattles Joon-hee. “Do you know what I find upsetting? Even when you’re being this cold to me, I don’t hate you at all,” he sighs. As for their possible future, he’s said it before and he’ll say it again: He doesn’t want to just be friends with her.

Now it’s Min-ho’s turn to catch Joon-hee on his way out, and he seems inordinately pleased to inform him that the man set to be his replacement is not only qualified for the job, but shorter than he is. Hah. Plus, it means he won’t have to see Joon-hee and Soon-jung together anymore.

Joon-hee challenges him on this, wondering if it’s going to be the same way outside of the office. Does Min-ho really think he can compete with their relationship of over twenty years? As if in answer, Min-ho looks at the heels of his shoes and sulks. (Aww, are the inserts not as magical as he’d hoped?)

Min-ho gets shot down in his effort to drink makgulli with Soon-jung when she mistakenly thinks he bought it only as a gift for his investors. Wamp wamp.

Then he thinks up a way they can spend more time together, though he hasn’t seemed to have thought it through—why doesn’t she take over Secretary Oh’s duties too? He makes it sound all positive, like she’s just that capable, even though he’s saddling her with all the work. “You can do it! Fighting!” he chirps.

While Soon-jung’s colleagues note that she’s acting way too okay with the extra workload because she always works hard for Min-ho, Secretary Oh sighs that Min-ho just punished her because she didn’t understand his feelings.

Min-ho adamantly denies it, citing that his only reason for saddling her with more tasks was because he wanted to see more of her. He’s worried that she only likes him because of the flashes of Dong-wook she sees in him, so Secretary Oh proposes a way to help Min-ho show off his charm in order to woo Soon-jung and make her forget about her old flame.

So Secretary Oh turns to dramas to give Min-ho an idea of what the heroes do to woo the heroines—back hugs being a big winner. Min-ho can’t understand how girls would actually like a surprise back hug (meta win), but Oh claims that it’s all the rage and totally, tooootally works.

He shows Min-ho the power of the back hug by practicing it on him, and the two start laughing like maniacs as they realize that it actually is pretty fun. Unfortunately their lesson is cut short when one of the secretaries walks in on them mid-hug, assuming that she’s seen something she wasn’t supposed to. Haha.

Min-ho saunters into Soon-jung’s office looking for an opportunity to try the back hug on her. But she catches him in the act, which he swiftly covers for by claiming he really just needed to see the file in her hand. And then he has to lamely pretend that the cafeteria menu he took from her is really important to him.

He reports his failure to Secretary Oh, who attempts to show him again how it’s done by demonstrating the back hug on him. They both start giggling like crazy, and hilariously get spotted by the same secretary as before. Good luck explaining that one, guys.

Ok-hyun heads to Hermia in a huff after finding out that Min-ho’s been digging into Dong-wook’s case, meaning that she’s already suspicious when she hears Dong-wook’s ringtone coming through Min-ho’s phone.

He doesn’t realize her ire is directed at him, and innocently wonders if she’s looking for the phone that disappeared from the crime scene. He saw someone pick it up in one of his flashback visions, but Ok-hyun’s so keyed up that she immediately grabs his throat, wondering how he knew Dong-wook’s phone was taken.

Any explanation on Min-ho’s part is useless, and he gets thrown to the ground and beaten for the trouble. When they’re eventually pulled apart, Ok-hyun demands to know why Min-ho’s been poking around the case, but doesn’t believe him when he says he’s doing it for Soon-jung. Especially not when Dong-wook died investigating Min-ho in relation to the product tampering case, she argues.

Soon-jung drags Ok-hyun away and asks her how she could just go beating people without reason (and rightfully so). Ok-hyun picks up on Soon-jung’s defensive attitude toward Min-ho and goes way out of line when she reminds Soon-jung that Dong-wook hasn’t been in the ground long enough for her to be moving on like this. Jesus, woman. You suck at policing and friendship.

Joon-hee picks his father up and drives him to Seoul, explaining on the way that he’s bought an apartment for him there. His father won’t have to worry about his job anymore since his son will take care of him, even though Joon-hee says this like a lost child—he doesn’t have Hermia anymore, or Soon-jung. His father is the only thing he has left.

He finds Min-ho waiting for him at the complex, since Min-ho’s put his noggin to use and figured out that Joon-hee must’ve been behind the product tampering case. And since Ok-hyun believes that Dong-wook’s death was because of that investigation, he outright asks Joon-hee if he used Noh Hyungnim to order a hit on Dong-wook.

Of course Joon-hee doesn’t know what he’s talking about, but his father does as he eavesdrops nervously nearby. He does remind Min-ho that revealing his involvement in the product tampering scandal could send him to jail, but Min-ho is past caring at this point. He just wants the truth.

To him, it all makes sense—but would Soon-jung ever forgive Joon-hee if she found out that he murdered her fiancé and his own best friend? Joon-hee does rankle at this accusation, and tells Min-ho to watch what he blurts out. Min-ho hopes he’s wrong, only because of what it would do to Soon-jung if he isn’t.

Soon-jung takes the walk home to sort through her conflicting feelings for Min-ho, trying to discern whether she likes him as a man or just respects him as her superior. It doesn’t help that she finds Min-ho waiting outside her door with questions on his mind.

He’s trying to sort through his feelings for her, and whether she likes him for him, or because he reminds her of Dong-wook. So he asks without really asking if he reminds her of someone, only for her to answer that he looks just like CNBLUE’s Jung Yong-hwa. “Jung Yong-hwa looks like me,” he corrects her under his breath. “I’m older than he is.” Hah.

So he changes tactics and asks if he reminds her of anyone mentally, not physically. She doesn’t hesitate before she starts to say “an elementary student,” only for Min-ho to quickly cut her off. At least it gives him hope to think that she may like him just for being him.

They trade jokes over Min-ho’s more refined looks as opposed to a classically masculine visage, which she claims Dong-wook had. Then they go back and forth over whether Dong-wook was so handsome, since Min-ho is just a teensy bit jealous. That’s when Soon-jung adds that it wasn’t so much her late fiancé’s face, but his heart that appealed to her.

She remembers Dong-wook because he was always there for her when she needed him most, not just when she was happy and fine. Min-ho sighs with worry, wondering if he’ll ever be able to top the memories she shared with Dong-wook.

Joon-hee’s father visits Noh Hyungnim in the hospital that night, and while Noh can barely speak, he’s frightened to death. Joon-hee’s father threatens him to keep his mouth shut about what happened if he wants to protect his family, but as he gets up to leave, Noh begins to repeat one word over and over again: “Joon-hee… Joon-hee… Joon-hee…”

Speaking of, we find Joon-hee paying a shady dude to keep tabs on Noh Hyungnim now that he’s awake. His father calls him with something urgent to share, but when Joon-hee isn’t in the mood, his nervous father just wishes him well instead. (When in reality, he’s going back to his hometown in Icheon.)

Meanwhile, Min-ho discovers that the police couldn’t find any blood traces on Noh Hyungnim’s car, nor did they during a secret test on Joon-hee’s car. Ok-hyun gets alerted at the station when Dong-wook’s previously dormant phone pings with a nearby tower, and they triangulate its location… to Icheon. Within a one mile radius of the house Joon-hee grew up in.

Joon-hee goes to his apartment only to find his father gone and a note left in his place. In it, his father blames himself for everything, and his pure adoration of his son becomes increasingly clear as we cut to his father sitting next to Dong-wook’s phone in Icheon. He turned it on knowing what would happen.

Though he only alludes to it in writing, Joon-hee’s father adds that whatever his son did—even on that day—was a result of his bad parenting. And so, he’ll take the blame to save him.

We flash back to the night of Dong-wook’s hit-and-run through Joon-hee’s father’s perspective, since he’d followed both his son and Dong-wook and ended up eavesdropping on their heated conversations.

Joon-hee, after hearing Dong-wook threaten to arrest him should he not turn himself in, couldn’t help but think back to his tortured past as the kid who was never good enough, the one who had to claw his way up the ladder—even if it meant sacrificing his morals to do so.

Dong-wook’s threat to end everything he’d worked so hard for is what drove Joon-hee over the edge, and literally over Dong-wook’s body. Though he’d gunned it for his friend, he stumbled out of the car in shock, and Dong-wook was still alive enough to grab for his wrist and accidentally rid him of his watch. The fish design on the watch face is what Min-ho saw in his vision.

And Noh Hyungnim got involved only because he happened on the crime scene. He’d wanted to call an ambulance to help Dong-wook, but Joon-hee had threatened him against it, and promised to finance his family’s future if Noh stayed quiet.

All this his father witnessed in horror, and why he was there to pick up Dong-wook’s ringing phone. He’d heard Dong-wook’s whispered cries for help and forced himself not to heed them, only able to apologize through a muffled sob as he left him to die.

In the present, Ok-hyun and her band of detectives raid Joon-hee’s father’s house, but find him lying still (dead?), clutching a picture of his son. Joon-hee finishes reading his father’s letter, which tells only of his love and the coming sacrifice he’ll make for him.

Joon-hee rushes to the hospital where his father has been taken, though there’s no saving him now. Joon-hee cries pitifully for his father to wake while Ok-hyun watches unmoved. Are we just going to gloss over the fact that Joon-hee’s father just willed himself to death?

She meets with Papa Ma next to give him his son’s handphone, found along with a suicide(?) note with Joon-hee’s father. In it, he claimed that he hit Dong-wook accidentally, using a truck that’s already been scrapped, and only took the phone because he didn’t want anyone passing by to see it.

Min-ho gets the same evidence but doesn’t believe it—in his vision he saw a car, not a truck. Ok-hyun isn’t quite sold on the case either, and gets called by Min-ho, referring to himself as Captain Hook since she’d compared herself to Wendy from Peter Pan.

Of course, when he tells her his “gut feeling” says that Joon-hee’s father wasn’t the perpetrator, he sounds crazy. He sounds even crazier when he grabs Ok-hyun by the shoulders and says in all seriousness, “There’s another person inside of me.”

He compares his situation to the movie Ghost before hurriedly adding that it’s not quite like that—point being, Ok-hyun has to re-investigate. I don’t know when these two turned into unwilling friends or the Comedy Hour, but I’ll take it.

A somber Soon-jung attends Joon-hee’s father’s funeral, even knowing everything she does now. When she’s alone with Joon-hee she reminisces about all the times he was there for her in the past, including him using his scholarship money to help pay for her father’s hospital bills.

Even so, she’s come to give her last farewell to both his father… and to Joon-hee. She admits that she knows it wasn’t his fault, but she’s not strong enough to overlook his father’s crime even with the twenty plus years they’ve known each other.

“You were right,” she adds. “From now on, I don’t think we can even be friends.” Joon-hee all but whispers that he wasn’t expecting the words he said to her to come back to hurt him like this, and despite everything, it’s hard not to feel for the guy. Until you remember that he’s letting his dead father take the blame for a crime he committed.

After adding that she’s thankful for everything Joon-hee did for her, she leaves, and Joon-hee’s left to sob all alone. Talk about kicking a murderer while he’s down, sheesh.

Soon-jung’s laptop is used for a presentation on the new mystery product and Ok-hyun, unable to get ahold of her by phone, sends her an instant message that shows up on the projection screen for everyone in the meeting room to see.

In it, Ok-hyun refers to Min-ho as “that crazy fool” as she talks about him, and Min-ho takes control of the laptop to type back as Soon-jung, who sings praises about how cool, handsome, and especially tall he is. But then he adds, “It’s okay to cry if it hurts too much,” so that Soon-jung can read it and understand that it is okay.

Soon-jung gets up to leave and Min-ho follows, eventually landing them on the steps outside her house. He gives her a hat to hide under when she doesn’t want to be seen crying, water if her tears dehydrate her, a shoulder to cry on, and a free piggyback ride should she pass out during her cryfest.

It’s really cute that he gives her a two hour period to just cry her eyes out, with no judgment from him. Soon-jung doesn’t know what to do with that at first since she’s still holding it together, and even at his steady, reasonable insistence, she still claims she’s fine.

She feels bad when she thinks of Ok-hyun telling her she’s moved on too quickly, but Min-ho’s embrace stops her from literally and metaphorically escaping her feelings. It’s only when Min-ho changes tactics and says he’s the one who needs to be comforted after seeing her struggle with her emotions that she finally lets go of everything and cries.

Meanwhile, Joon-hee spreads his father’s ashes as he thinks of the letter his father left behind. Min-ho dreams that night of the fish design on the watch face of the man at the crime scene…

…As Joon-hee thinks intense thoughts, eats from intense tupperware, and puts on the very same fish watch as intensely as possible.

After finding out that they’re being stonewalled by their investors pending further clinical trials of The Product, Min-ho and Secretary Oh arrange a meeting to speak with the investor personally.

And after having to wait for two hours, their previously unknown investor shows up with an all too familiar face: it’s Joon-hee. Dun dun dun.

Min-ho is less than happy to see him until he’s told to respect Joon-hee as the new chairman of Gold Partners, who recently acquired the company investing in Hermia’s product. The two adversaries lock eyes, unafraid and unimpressed.

 
COMMENTS

I’m inordinately pleased with the way Min-ho has been handling his identity crisis in the wake of finding out whose heart beats in his chest, since the premise seemed ripe for melodramatic agonizing over who he really was, why he felt the way he did for Soon-jung, whether it was truly him feeling it, so on and so forth ad infinitum.

And while that was a concern for him, it wasn’t enough to eclipse the way he’s come to feel for Soon-jung, no matter how he’s come to feel that way. The fact that he’s made that realization is kind of crazy when you consider how Min-ho was just a couple weeks ago, and though the change hasn’t been mapped out in the smoothest of ways, I can’t complain much when I appreciate the result. It’s a dramatic change for him, but he has the whole heart transplant excuse, so let’s just run with it.

The thing is, Min-ho falls into the role of nice guy so naturally that he could’ve fooled anyone who just decided to tune in as of last week, since the care and compassion he’s giving to Soon-jung goes above and beyond the usual heroic call of duty. It may be hard to believe that the same guy who had to look up what a back hug was and questioned its efficacy could also pull out all the stops when it came to getting Soon-jung to just let go, which I guess just goes to prove that good things can happen when you’re not actively gunning for them. Min-ho doesn’t need a lesson in back hugging from a wannabe heartbreaker like Secretary Oh when he need only offer his shoulder, his understanding, and a bottle of water in case of dehydration to a damsel refusing to let herself be distressed. Too cute.

As for the big reveal, I’ll admit I was mildly surprised, though maybe that’s because I just really, really didn’t want Joon-hee to be the murderer. Not out of any sort of loyalty or likability of the actor, but because the development would need to make sense, and it doesn’t. While we could point to his father as the weak-willed one more likely to act before he thinks, Joon-hee couldn’t have gotten this far if he was such a power hungry and impatient maniac, so it casts his characterization into question. It’s fine to paint a person as so villainously amoral that they’d kill their best friend of over twenty years over some potentially damning information, but when you don’t spend any time with that person’s feelings, then you risk losing any sympathy and understanding for them. Again, it’s not an uncommon practice for dramas to do with their generic villains, but it’s just such a waste in this case.

So even if we bought the idea that Joon-hee went temporarily crazy at the thought of losing everything he’d worked for and did something he never would have done otherwise, showing him after as having little to no remorse for what he did puts him firmly in irredeemable territory and has the effect of making him a sort of tacked on addition to the emotional undercurrent being played out with Soon-jung and Min-ho. Meaning that he’s just the villain now, and not a romantic contender for Soon-jung’s heart—though that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been watching the show. And now that he’s wearing the watch his dying friend tore off his arm for literally no reason other than convenient future recognition on Min-ho’s part, Joon-hee can add being a complete sociopath right under being a second lead to his list of more unfortunate qualities.

 
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Junhee.. i got speechless. at first, i guessed, he was the one who killed our innocence dongwook, but the story turned us to think other way, and NOW.. what the heck happen hereee??? his 20 something friendship???? i hate him even more now.. i actually like the way he loves SJ, but now.. i totally hate him. he doesnt deserve soonjung's love. nope, feeling. ugh.. and his daddy also..

fighting minho yaaa...!!!

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well for me I can kind of understand why he killed his friend, well other than someone HAD to after all for there to be a drama lol, but there he was all his plans layed down just about to come together and make his dream [obsession] come true and then comes dongwook wanting him to throw it all away? And why..becasue is was the right thing to do....after years of living doing dirty deals he some how going to give up everything beacuse it the right thing to do..yeah right...So he panics and something..maybe that little something that made doogwook and soonjung love him all those years snaps, and he makes the choise and put his foot down on the gas...end of 20 years of friendship.

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agree with some comments here, he never think of dongwook as his friend. i called it frenemy. it's like 'clap with one hand' friendship. watching this episode for 2nd time, i could understand him now, but still.. he's the worse. he just lost everyone who cherished him.. and now he's surrounding by bad guys, he deserves it, hehe..

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Omg, really like this drama. KANG MINHO!

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This is pretty random since I've already dropped this show but I think jung kyung ho and yoo hyun min look quite good together (omg watching the lovers has officially ruined me y'all I can only ship yaoi pairings now)..Plus already seen them in cruel city and they have good chemistry together..I hope they do a BL movie together :D

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Oh man, i love the last screencap! ???
laughing my head off.

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"As Joon-hee thinks intense thoughts, eats from intense tupperware, and puts on the very same fish watch as intensely as possible."- HAHAHA. That was funny.

I'm liking the romance aspect of this show the murder mystery...meh... the mystery is gone now and I really would have preferred the dad being the real killer. That would have added a layer of complexity the show.There were so many possibilities that could have spun out from there complicating Joon-hee, Sung Joona nd Min-ho's relationships in a less obvious way, and now as you quite rightly said Heads all we have is a villain for villainy's sake...sigh.

I know I'm not supposed to but i totally love Ji-hyun. She's just the HBIC in this boys club. Looking fabulous while being ruthless, she has no time for pangs of conscience. I do three snaps in a Z formation every time she confronts Min-ho with her entourage in tow... LOVE IT.

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I love this show for giving me new chars and new pairings to love all the time. In this ep, it is Wendy, Wendy + Captain Hook! Ha ha ha.

And Joon Hee's father. How can you not admire the way he trembles, and bring alive a timid humble father who feels too inferior to deserve his brilliant son? Like I said, I think it was this actor who portrayed a gay old man in Queen's Classroom; it was a minor char, but he made it a memorable performance.

Most Korean actors are good, very good, so when the writing is up to par, they can do their job properly, and we get the benefits.

I never doubted JH was the killer, cos Min Ho kept asking rhetorically: Why do I feel so mad I moment I see his face? Of course the answer was that Donk Wook saw JH's face at the time of the murder, and now MH feels those feelings of disgust.

I've always wondered why Pride was one of the 7 deathly sins, and JH helps me understand why. With too much pride, or with it being an overriding concern, one can commit foul foul sins.

JH is obviously without a conscience and delusional: How could he possibly think he could win SJ's hand after offing her fiancé? I'd say it makes him psycho. Yoon Hyun Min's portrayal of JH makes him look less evil than he is, which is even scarier, isn't it? He'll get more scary yet. He is very lonely while eating that porridge his father left for him, and he's gonna pay the world back for having ever teased, ignored or insulted him. I appreciate the writing for showing his hurt.

Kim So Yeon is really pretty.

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ikr. Wendy and Cap.Hook.. LMAO..

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Obviously KMH has dramatic flair. The way he called up all secret code names was hilarious and adorable. I hope they become friends. Maybe then I could start liking "Wendy." Right now she just bothers me.

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No kidding. The way she makes Soon Jung feel guilty about Min Ho was NOT COOL. Seriously, what kind of friend brings up their friend's dead fiancé to make her feel bad?! I was so mad at her!

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I think because Wendy respect dong wook a lot so she feel how could dong wook's lover can turn or forget his love so fast..they had been together since small and their love had a lot of memories..that's way she said that to soon jung.I think because Wendy said soon jung can think twice harder and then realise she love minho..hehehe...

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Thanks for helping me understand Pride in a new light, Im starting to understand it.
Captain hook is a riot, I couldn't believe he actually called himself that.

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JH did not see DW as a friend of over 20 years, and that's why..

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I agree. I think JH has always seen DW as rival for the last 20 years, their friendship were not really real.
The only person JH cares about all along is just SJ.

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Exactly, DW is the guy who takes his love.

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Totally agree on this. JH only tolerated DW because of SJ.

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+1xinfinity!!

I never saw him as Dong Wook's friend, even from the first episode. He didn't have a choice but to befriend the guy his crush loved. So, I don't flinch or bemoan this reveal because I wondered at how quickly he chose to pursue Soonjung and stake his claim as "her man". It gives me chills just thinking about how insistent his approach of her was so soon after her fiance's death. No true friend would move on so quickly.

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JH, DW and SJ went to the same school. Their fathers all worked at the same factory. They lived in the same small community. For 24 years, they've known each other and met often.
But we've never been shown any scene where JH and DW spent time together as Friends. The only time we saw them alone together was on that fateful night.
I think it is safe to assume that DW and JH weren't friends, at least not to JH.

JH had to off DW cos he had come so close to realising his goal, of being chairman of Hermia, and here came DW threatening to expose his dirty deed, and derail his plan and destroy his life. Friend or no friend, I don't think it'd have made a difference. I think he could kill his own father if it were his father who threatened to expose him.

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I think there's another factor: the time jump. It was really glossed over but there was at least a full month and maybe almost 2 after the deaths. The story resumes when KMH is about to be discharged after his post-surgery recuperation. So, any grieving that JH did, and any signs of personal remorse, would have likely happened in that window.

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also while DW looked and thinked of his as his friend more tha sure JH hated and envied him for just as much years because he could do all the things he was too ashamed to do and was always one step ahead...

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Couldn't agree more!

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I'd like to play devil's advocate here. Not that I'm condoning JH murdering his best friend of 20 years in a murderous rage...

But when it comes to friendship, I feel Dong Wook stepped away from the friendship first. He cornered Joon Hee and threatened to out him to the authorities. Granted that what JH did was despicable, but what kind of friend threatens you without giving a thought to your point of view?

I've often felt that Dong Wook's problem is that he saw everything in terms of just black and white and no shades of gray. Yes, he should have told the authorities, but I felt he could have handled it in a more compassionate manner, seeing that Joon Hee is the friend he grew up with and had known for 20 years. Maybe, Joon Hee would have felt less cornered and angry if Dong Wook had handled it better.

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I was a little disappointed when they made joon hee the killer. As heads said, it puts him squarely in the villain category; completely irredeemable and hence as a character I care very little about his development. Nothing can bring him back.
The thing that surprised me the most about soon Jung today was that she has immense pots filled with patience, empathy and understanding. She did not cut off her relationship with joon hee even after he sent the goons to the factory. So her not being with him at this moment of shared grief felt a little out of character. She doesn't know what joon hee did, so technically here is her friend who lost his dad and at the same time found out that his dad killed his best friend. The soon Jung we have been shown would be there for him and not cut him off. Not that i am complaining cause joon hee a sick cold blooded killer. It's just a thought..

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from what i understood, she cannot be with him primarily because of what happened, of joon hee being the son of the man who killed her dong wook, but maybe i am wrong.

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@nonski

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It will take a superwoman to completely forgive the man who (supposedly) murdered her fiance, and to stay friends with his son, who has repeatedly said unpleasant things to her and done a horrible thing without remorse (the violence against the factory workers).

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I honestly think it's more out of shock that of this ahjussi that she knew to be meek and kind could kill her beloved fiance, what else isn't she seeing? The sight of Joon-hee in light of his other nefarious actions that she does know, probably has her worrying if she know this guy at all. If my best friend who has been acting shady lately and not letting me grieve in peace is now revealed as the son of my fiance's murderer, I'd need some space too. Even if it's just for a while.
She also hadn't grieved properly and doing that with Joonhee who hasn't been exactly encouraging in that department isn't an option for her... hence the reason she lets herself go with Minho. He's safer in that regard than Joonhee.

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i just drools when Min Ho is on screen and believe it's not only when he is a goodie-goody but when he was a baddie!

oh and how i love soon jung, she is such a great character.

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Well, JH is the antagonist in this show and in dramaland this means they have to pile on SEVERAL reasons as to why we have to hate him. Ambition can drive people to do strange things though and you'd be surprised how these things actually do happen in real life. It's not confined to dramas.

I think the drama will take the path where MH will be stripped of everything that he is familiar with, money, power, people and get back to being a decent human being sans these things (that's why the baddies are a step ahead of him). Of course, you could still be a decent human being WITH these things but it's highly unlikely to remain untainted when you have superpowers. I suppose dramaland can ignore this basic law and show a decent rich man but we'd have to suspend our rationale to swallow that. It will be interesting to see what outcome the writer has in mind.

My fav moments in this episode has GOT to be Wendy and Captain Hook. Too cute! That and Heads's recap on the intense-ness of JH's post funeral actions, it was a tad overdone, including the part where he "intensely" buttoned his jacket, LOL!

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LOL!
Captain hook and Wendy - hilarious.

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I think Jung Kyung Ho looks more like Kim Hyun Joong

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I Think look like Kim Jin Woo, member of Winner

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Omg!! Me too thought KMH looks like Jinwoo Winner..i told this to my friend before but she can't see it so i thought maybe it's only me..the resemblance is too much but KMH is a bit thinner than Jinwoo

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I gotta give it to Spinach, he is a brave actor, willing to go from the hilariously insightful character loved by everyone to a darker character we would come to despise for his shadiness and delusional obsession. quite the leap. yet, he manages to make you feel a little regretful towards him. what is the message here? That once your life path starts to tilt, some people cannot straighten it? Or that in the end, you are unhappy because of your own actions, that you make your life?

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"what is the message here? That once your life path starts to tilt, some people cannot straighten it? Or that in the end, you are unhappy because of your own actions, that you make your life?"

I would say a case can be made for both.

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this episode is just amazing like before....my fav scene will talking on the stair between MH and SJ...its sooo cute when they argue back and forth about whose more handsome...and all the conversation its soo funny and make me laugh unconciously......this show is lurve....

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"my fav scene will talking on the stair between MH and SJ"

Yes, its my fave scene too.

I laugh so hard, when Sung-Joon said that Min-Ho mentally look like “an elementary student”

What make the scene more funny is that Sung-Joon said it like she meant it, so innocently. Hahahaha

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Lol...I'm sorry, I see nothing but that last pic and all I can do is LMAO... I'll come back when I can breathe again....

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My poor squashed Spinach... can't help feeling sorry for him cos I like the actor, but the character better start showing some more Brain or some more Heart soon - I don't care which.

Min Ho and Secretary Oh - my new fave bromance!

Captain Hook and Wendy... LOL!

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Thanks for the recaps Heads and Gummi! I don't write often but I read every single word.

One thing I really liked in the episode that didn't make it to the recap is Soon Jung questioning her feelings for Min Ho by asking the other secretary how to distinguish between the esteem you feel for your boss and liking him as a man. The girl said something along the lines of "I will only cry in front of my man". Soon Jung crying in Min Ho's arms after that is quite the confession to herself even if the poor bloke is not yet aware of it. I love how is interest in her is not selfish (except when he thoughtlessly overworks her!)

I didn't have time to write yesterday but I agree with Gummi that I totally fell for Min Ho. From the synopsis with the death of the fiance and cellular memory I did not expect such a funny show but Min Ho's antics, conversations with himself, his relationship with secretary Oh (and Oh's terrible dating advice), his new antagonistic relationship with "Wendy" just crack me up.

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Agreed. Despite the heart thing, I truly believe that Soon Jung sees Dong Wook and Min Ho as two entirely separate people. I don't think she's falling for Min Ho because he reminds her of Dong Wook, but because of who Min Ho is as a person.

I mean, who else would have seen that she never had a chance to grow up so she is a "child-adult", always having to stifle her emotions to meet her responsibilities. That kind of insight cannot come to one who has known her all her life but to a person who has the perspective of distance, who is just coming to know her as a person, as an adult. Hats off to Min Ho in this episode. His self deprecating humor is off-the-wall hilarious!

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I think Kim So Yeon did really great job in that heartbreaking crying scene.
Lets give her a big round of applause. ^^
Her wonderful acting really blow me away.

Won't miss EP11 :)

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Phew, this episode took me on a rollercoaster. From hysterical laughter to downright anger. The rapid descent of Joon-hee from questionable bestie to outright michun-namja was a little hard for me. I mean I didn't really like the guy to begin with but yikes, that full play of him hitting Dong Wook was hard to swallow. Even if he had ulterior reasons for having a friendship with his crush's love, this right here was a bit much. I almost wished his dad did the killing so that homeboy could be redeemable at the end... but there's no turning back. He's the ultimate villain with jihyun as the devil on his shoulder, whispering sweet evil to invoke his bad side.

Minho, as usual, has my heart. Him accepting his feelings for Soonjung and yet giving her space to figure out hers warmed my heart. Letting, forcing her to cry at the end was such a good scene because of how we were set up for Soonjung's begrudging acceptance that she couldn't control her grief or her heart from feeling. More than her conflicted feelings for Minho, I'm relieved that she finally allowed herself to mourn properly. Fighting Soonjung!

I think it's necessary for Min-ho to lose everything as Joon-hee and Ji-hyun have alluded to in this episode. A measure of a man is when he had lost everything and has to start again. Will Min-ho show everyone and himself that he's a changed man?

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I think that making Joon Hee the murderer was just a huge misstep on the part of the writer. There is NO reason for it. The father being the murderer was actually much better writing and allowed Joon Hee to stay in the gray area instead of going full evil. And it even let you feel a tinge of sadness for the pitiful father. Now it's just evil Joon Hee for no narrative purpose. The dad still could have killed himself after confessing just to keep the cops from digging any further into Joon Hee and the bad ingredient sabotage thing as a motive. It all still worked. Shame, shame on you writer-nim. But at least we have Min Ho. :)

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No, not Joon Hee! I was so hoping there'll be a twist that make him not the murderer. Now every time I see that awkward blue suit, I'll think of evil Yoon Hyun Min...

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@mk, little-muffin, Chiper, Small Birdy, and MikoD: I agree with you guys. JH didn't consider DW as a friend...from the very start (remember when he recalled the on-the-bus memory when young SJ fell asleep on his shoulder? Look at JH's expression when DW came and moved SJ's head to his shoulder. DW's expression itself was totally innocent. He might never thought that he had hurt JH's feeling).

Couldn't stop laughing at the hilarious scenes when Yoo-mi caught Sec Oh and MH enjoying hugging-from-the-back practice. TWICE!

@Moonbean: Yes, that line. I think, if it is referred to what Yoo-mi said, SJ had already worked sooooo hard for MH (is it also an excuse? as Ok-hyun once told her? I don't know) which means she respected him as her superior and finally she showed her tears in front of him which means she (might) started to like him as a namja ( I find this Korean term for 'man' sexy, dunno why...sigh, lol).

And for JH, oh man... In drama world, I still 'tolerate' those who are rich and powerful committing sins, but people coming from lower social classes doing such thing is just disgusting...sorry...

After his father's sacrifice, JH might conclude that it's a point of no return for him. He would do ANYTHING to climb higher and be on top. It's just like walking across the river: it's all wet, rather than you step back, go ahead. So that what his father had done for him wouldn't be in vain...

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Was i the only one dissapointed with how soon jung handled herself with joon hee during the funeral, let's look at it from her perspective, even though we viewers know Joon Hee is the bad guy, she doesn't. Yes he's father killed your boyfriend but it's not him that did it,it's his dad, don't 20years of friendship mean anything, you are going to throw him away because he's father sinned against you,yet he has practically been family to you,come on and my heart is breaking your going to dump him during the funeral, hey wound, here is some acid.
Also maybe a time jump would have been good before Soon jung developed feelings for min ho.
Falling for min ho continues to be awesome and cute AND hilarious.

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Hmm...it's too fast I think, I mean...she was supposed to do that after finding him as her fiance's murderer...

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No. She was already distancing herself from him. 1) He persuaded her repeatedly when she rejected him. 2) He hurt her friends in the factory. 3) And most importantly his father killed her fiancée. She expressed her gratitude for him being there for her whenever she needed someone, but there's a line in friendship and Joon-hee has crossed it.

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I think what Soon-joong did was understandable. Joon-hee's dad did not kill just any guy, he killed her fiancee. It must hurt a lot but she still went to the funeral to pay her respect.

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Hi fab, Giegie, klava,
I agree w klava here. She has been distancing herself from JH. Yet as she lists all the times that JH has helped her in her times of trouble, it was really harsh to officially severe their friendship at his father's lonely funeral, which no one else turned up for. There is an incongruence in saying that "I think back to the times when my house was flooded, and u were the first one to show up, etc. etc." and "This is the last time I'll see you".

I consider this a slip on the writer's part; it's just a ploy to turn Joon Hee into sb outright horrible, pulling out all stops. As someone said yesterday: They were disappointed at the writer making JH the murderer. The father could have been the one who drove the car after hearing that convo. This is in the same vain. I can see the rush to push JH into a corner, so that he'd be totally desperate and crazed, a Total villain, thus depriving him and the show of that layer of subtlety.

Hey @fab,
What is "hilleo"?

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@KDaddict?JCW

"hilleo" is Healer, hangul-version. (I'm sorry I stole your thunder, @fab)

I was spoiled about Yoon Hyun-min's scene so I was not surprised at all that Joon-hee is a bad seed through and through.

However, I don't think there is such a contrast in Joon-hee's portrayal between the good best friend he seemed to be on the outside and the power-crazed man he is, and always has been, on the inside. From the first episode when he threw Soon-jung's medicine in the dustbin, to his dry greeting after Dong-wook's proposal, he always comes across as an insincere character.

Strangely enough, no matter how hard the flashbacks try to justify his actions (by illustrating his decades-long inferiority complex), they don't help his case...at least in my eyes. He never shows any remorse from the start, not just in this episode, but throughout the drama.

I see nothing wrong with remorseless killers because they exist. In my country--and perhaps this is related to Asian culture, since I'm Asian--, these people can appear very charming and helpful to their unfortunate neighbors and friends. They're not estranged or live outside the city, they live in a fully peopled neighborhood. And yet somewhere some corpses are buried deeply, and they were the ones who buried the corpses. They have stable jobs (contrary to the usual psychopath theories), they even build families, they are really nice, but they kill.

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@Selenette,
Thanks for explaining what "hilleo" is. I totally should know. Shame face.

You are right that remorseless killers exist in real life, and they could also be charming on the surface, more like Chef Kwon (in Smelly Girl), unlike Min Joon Guk (in I can Hear your voice). As I noted b4, the seemingly gentle type is even more scary.

It's just that for discussion purposes, we can imagine a diff scenario: the narrative would take on more intricacy by making Joon Hee less evil. If the writer Were to go in the direction of making JH forgivable, imagine how torn we'd be over being mad at his not too bad bad deeds vs wanting to kiss his boo-boos. Ah well, that's not the writer's intention. So, it's only some of us who have sympathised w JH up till now, having a friendly idle chat. ?

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It's ok. You seem to love Ji Chang-wook much. Hilleo will forgive you (and me). ;)

I like Joon-hee as a villain. So can I still join the chat? :)

Maybe I should've added that as a man who kept about 6 or so burn phones in a drawer, Joon-hee doesn't come across as a trustworthy character to me. Unless he's a secret agent, an undercover detective, a night courier (obviously it would be really normal for Healer to keep so many burn phones), or... a cheating husband/boyfriend/fiance. Since Joon-hee is neither any of these people, then he must be a criminal/criminal mastermind.

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I totally understand what you guys are saying, Yes their relationship had to end, was coming to an end , but I wish she had done it later, a day or a week later just not at his father's funeral.

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I'm sooooo falling for Min-Ho!!

Min-ho and Sec. Oh are Daebak! They are hilarious.

This week episodes make me pity Sung Joon more and more, unlike Min-Ho, Sung-Joon seem so lonely, she alone! She doesn't have anyone to turn to, JH is out of question, in-front of DW's father, she must be the brave with a smile and Wendy don't do any good either, in fact she judge her, telling her, that she move on to fast, yes DW just die, but do you expect Sung Joon to moping around forever?

At least Min-Ho in a good hands, he got Sec.Oh, whom he can talk to, share his problem with, people that you can turn to for help, Sung-Joon doesn't have that.

The hug and crying Scene was so good, i cried for Sung-Joon, Min-Ho is awesome, he's giving a solid statement there, that he can be a supportive and reliable to.

Kim so-yeon really do well at "i will not crying easily in-front of you" scene hehehehe i love her!

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Joon Hee sure does have an irrational insecurity problem. He is handsome, intelligent, and even had a high ranking job. What's his problem? Answer:mental. Just like any drama villain. Haha!

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His problem? He grew up with an inferiority complex and never had a chance to out grow it. Even with the love of his life, he was second. So his complex grew.

I am truly disappointed with the writer for turning him into a cold blooded killer, which just seems so left field, after making us like him and root for him. Why humanize him, if you were going to make him irredeemable? smh

If Joon Hee had someone he loved, who loved him in return, maybe a part of his complex would have healed. He would've still had it though, just not to this extent. I can't bring myself to hate Joon Hee. I just truly feel very sorry for him. His father cowering around him also didn't help him any. Even if his dad was just a security guard, it was his dad's responsibility to instill a sense of pride and self worth into his son, as all parents should do.

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I am in love with this show after healer this is the drama I am investing my time. Min ho is great his expressions are awesome he he the story line is totally captivating. Wish this drama gets the viewers rating it deserves. I just realized that Joon hee and min ho shared the screen in cruel city. They made a awesome pair there. Fighting Innocence team. Dramabeans loving the recap but just wish you give us little early.

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Cray, still Wednesday, when is the weekend coming?!?

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Crap , still Wednesday, when is the weekend coming?!?

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I'm neither surprised, nor disappointed, by the way Joon Hee is being treated as a character, for the simple reason that I never thought of him as a positive character.

His so called friendship with Dong Wook was never worth of the name: the rivalry was there from the very beginning and despite all repeated evidence to the contrary, Joon Hee has kept on believing the only way in this life is to reach the top by any possible means, which doomed him from day 1.
He was ashamed of his father and his social status, but instead of fighting a correct battle he ended up licking the boots of every powerful chief who ordered him to play dirty.

Even his "love" for Sung Joon - which I'd rather call an obsession - is built upon this twisted belief that he would get her once he's got the money and the power, when, in fact, he should have understood very early on that she would be content with a shared jacket as a shelter from the rain. Quite a few hints of his true nature has been given to us very early on, so that the "revelation" of him being the killer of his "friend" didn't come as a huge surprise.
After all, Min Ho's heart has truly worked as a "feeling" radar, instinctively recognizing the people his previous owner loved and rejecting everybody else.

I believe this to be the main difference between Joon Hee and Min Ho, who's been a cold-blooded bastard most of his life, but has the decency to admit it himself, not find excuses like "oh poor me, I was born without money". I'm ready to bet Min Ho would have pondered about the meaning of his horrid life even without the heart transplant, once the revenge plot was over, because, ironically, he was not after the money or even the power.

The way I see it, the message this drama is trying to send is not "rich people are all corrupted bastards and you become a good man only when you lose the power", but whether it is possible to be satisfied and happy without wealth and power, or with a lot less of it, at least. You reap what you sow.
I suppose this is what we shall discover in the next episodes.

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The actor for Min Ho does his role so well! I'm not familiar with the actor but now I would not want to see anyone else in this role at all. And the pairing of the actors for Sec Oh and Min Ho make such an entertaining duo. The comedy in this show is done really well. I can also tell that some of their scenes were ad lib. Those are truly the most fun.

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All the points you made are valid. It seems like a character transplant to have JH be the killer. Its kinda weird too cuz the show was acting as if it was convincing us that Joon-hee wasn't so bad. I wanted to have faith in him and now they took that away, I feel no remorse now. It would've been good to let it be JH's father but from hw he was acting I doubted it. I did feel for JH's character but now, not so much. *Sigh* JH seemed like such a good guy. Even though he did some bad stuff I didn't think he was capable of murder.

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Yay for CNBLUE's Blind Love being chosen =)

I'm loving Kang Min Ho's development. It seems that only now the "growing up" button was switched on again. He's such a child at heart. His antics with Wendy are also great lol.

I agree about Joon Hee. He feels like such a stereotypical/caricature-like villain... It bugs me that I can't understand how someone can switch so suddenly like he did, when for 20 years he was a dependable friend. He must've been a nice person, otherwise two good-hearted people like Soon Jung and Dong Wook wouldn't have been so close to him.
So the only way this makes sense is if he really lost his mind and cracked. I mean, I know he had his own ghosts building up for years (with the pseudo-bullying at school and the witnessing and being ordered to cover up all the terrible things happening in Hermia and their investors), but still... Now it's like he's 100% devoid of conscience and humanity.

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