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Falling for Innocence: Episode 14

Soon-jung may be the only person immune to this face, and she proves it by attempting to venture out and start a new life, far away from our hero and his daily gifts of flowers, hand-written notes, and pretty much anything else he can possibly provide to make her day just a little bit cheerier. It’s time for Min-ho to return the favor and protect her, which is a calling that may yield no rewards or notoriety, but one that we know comes straight from Min-ho’s big ol’ cries-at-the-drop-of-a-Soon-jung-shaped-hat heart. And we love him for it.

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EPISODE 14 RECAP

Min-ho hasn’t been himself since Soon-jung left, as evidenced by his habit of bursting into the office hoping she’ll magically be sitting at her old desk. Secretary Oh explains to the other secretaries that he’s having a tough time moments before Min-ho runs into a door.

He’s even taken to terrorizing happy couples, something that Secretary Oh and Ok-hyun witness firsthand when Min-ho all but screams at two lovebirds: “Do you think you’ll be happy forever? Love changes, you know! Happiness passes, but sadness never will!” Hahahaha. Way to twist Dong-wook’s words of wisdom to fit your angsty mood.

Min-ho’s reputation at the office is going south ever since he’s become a crazy person, since he’s also made a habit of reciting poetry that reminds him of Soon-jung in board meetings and crying after. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a nervous breakdown be so entertaining.

Secretary Oh tries to lift Min-ho’s spirits with music, but the plan backfires when the song repeatedly uses Soon-jung’s name (since it translates to “innocence.”) Min-ho keeps having similar emotional outbursts whenever anything reminds him of Soon-jung, which are all equally hilarious.

The only explanation Secretary Oh can give is that Soon-jung was Min-ho’s first real love, which is why his reaction is so childish. Ok-hyun even pitches in to help change Min-ho’s focus onto the hit-and-run case, though soon enough Secretary Oh and Min-ho are both acting like children when they think they’ve cracked the case—they can issue Joon-hee a search warrant to find evidence!

Ok-hyun has to be the one to tell the amateur sleuths that search warrants don’t just fall out of the sky, but Min-ho can help if he gets his prosecutor buddy to press gambling charges on Noh Hyungnim. If they can get ahold of Noh, then they can mine what information he has on Joon-hee. Min-ho promises to do right by Wendy.

Joon-hee hasn’t forgotten Ji-hyun’s not-so-veiled threats against him, so he turns the tables on her by offering her a chance to be his co-conspirator one last time. After all, she can’t really think that Gold Partners would only punish him for the failure to acquire Hermia, does she?

With the looming threat of Joon-hee dragging her down with him if he were to fail, she reluctantly agrees to help him in his plan to use the law to bring down Hermia (again). Is this Operation: Hermia Takedown 4.0 now? I’ve lost count.

Soon-jung ends up dropping by the office for an employment certificate, but seems surprised when the other secretaries tell her how pitiful Min-ho’s been acting. Plus, he’s refused to hire anyone else to fill her position in the hopes that she’d return.

Min-ho ends up running into her outside the elevator, and the only reason he acts so cool is because he thinks he’s started hallucinating images of Soon-jung. But when he touches her and feels she’s real, he all but jumps out of his skin in shock.

It only gets worse when Soon-jung sits him down to explain that she plans to move far away to the country to start a new life. She can’t stay in Seoul or near the central factory where so many memories of Dong-wook remain, and wants to be free from the shackles of the past.

The only reason she’s telling him this, she adds, is so he can move on too. She means her words to be encouraging, even though Min-ho thinks they’re anything but, and wants him to succeed in spite of her absence.

Before she leaves, Min-ho clarifies something that’s been hanging over both their heads: “No matter what anyone says, I didn’t like you because of my heart, but because it’s you. I like you because you’re Kim Soon-jung. I just wanted to tell you that.”

He seems surprisingly more mature now than before, and tells her that he won’t beg her to accept his feelings—he’ll just always be grateful to her, and will express that gratitude in his own way going forward. “Let’s cheer up!” he says, chiming the words she’d said back to her. For all intents and purposes, he seems to be taking this rather coolly. Methinks that’s just a front.

Soon-jung returns home that night (after a stint at Ok-hyun’s) to find a barrage of notes Min-ho left at her door when he couldn’t get ahold of her, mostly saying he’s sorry. Min-ho returns home with plans to be strong like Soon-jung said, but gets interrupted by a sudden flash of something. Pain? Illness? Whatever it is, it’s not good.

Min-ho finds out that he had nothing to worry about with Papa Ma, since he’s not at all perturbed by the revelation that his son’s heart is now beating inside Min-ho’s body—if anything, he’s grateful.

No one brings it home in this show quite like Papa Ma, who tearfully tells Min-ho that his heart knew before he did. When Min-ho collapsed during a meeting, Papa Ma felt a pang in his heart, something telling him that he had a connection with Min-ho.

“That’s the connection between a father and son,” he adds. Min-ho wipes away a tear, touched by Papa Ma’s genuine love and understanding. But when Papa Ma attempts to explain Soon-jung’s behavior, Min-ho says he’s got it—he’s returning all the favors she gave him by helping her in her day-to-day life, even if she doesn’t know it.

He’s partnered up with Ok-hyun in order to keep tabs on Soon-jung’s eating habits (to make sure she’s not skipping meals), and he continues to leave her flowers with notes attached, replacing “Good morning” with “Soon morning,” for her name. Absolutely adorable.

There’s not a morning that passes without a flower left near her front door, and Soon-jung eventually tosses the lot of them over Min-ho’s front gate. He responds the next morning by dropping a huge armful of sunflowers at her door, but when he’s caught by an angry Soon-jung, he just turns tail and runs for it. Hah.

“This is your punishment,” one of the flower notes reads. “I’m going to send you flowers until I die!” Okay, while I don’t normally condone stalker-like behavior in dramas, Min-ho’s found a way to make this all freakishly cute. Maybe because he acts like such a lovesick schoolboy.

While Joon-hee plots and plans to bring a patent lawsuit against Hermia in order to shut down or stall their sales and induce bankruptcy, Noh Hyungnim calls to demand that he make good on the promise he made to pay for his wife’s hospital bills and find her a new kidney.

Joon-hee couldn’t really care less and demands that Noh Hyungnim bring him the black box memory card in exchange for a kidney he’s acquired. Noh knows that he’d lose what leverage he has, but Joon-hee’s all, “Fine, don’t trust me. I have nothing to lose.” Said the handsomest liar ever.

So Noh Hyungnim falls for the trap (what wait how why blergh) and agrees to exchange the memory card for a ticket to China, where his wife’s new kidney is waiting. Because that makes all the sense.

Sales are going well for the new product at Hermia, while Soon-jung finds the job market a lot tougher than she’d initially anticipated. She jumps at the first call she gets for an interview, thinking nothing of the taxi that was called to her house.

She also fails to wonder if Min-ho’s behind the job opportunity that opens up, since the interviewer mentions her experience at Hermia as a reason for hiring her. Min-ho’s also responsible for having an umbrella brought to her outside the Daeji Pharmaceuticals building so Soon-jung won’t have to walk in the rain, as he watches from a nearby car.

Noh Hyungnim goes to a deserted car graveyard where Joon-hee said he’d meet him, at night, and seems genuinely surprised when club-wielding thugs meet him instead. They beat him near the point of death, but don’t find the memory card on him.

They’re stopped from finishing the job when Ok-hyun and her detective buddy conveniently show up, since they finally got a search warrant for Noh Hyungnim’s car. And also knew exactly where to find him. What luck!

He manages to escape in his car while the thugs engage Ok-hyun and her buddy, leaving Joon-hee with no memory card and no Noh Hyungnim. He meets with his surprisingly not-arrested thugs, but makes no further plans with them for the time being to avoid suspicion.

Though the cops were able to track Noh Hyungnim down to a junkyard, they aren’t able to find him in a normal pharmacy, where he grabs for first aid items to tend to his bloody and bruised body.

Ever since her interview, Soon-jung has been happy to see the flowers at her door each morning, so she finds it odd when she doesn’t find one waiting.

It’s because Min-ho just received news that he’s being sued for the patent of his new product, and just like Joon-hee planned, all sales are on hold pending the case’s resolution. (Also likely and unfortunately important: He woke up feeling a pain roughly in his chest region.)

Min-ho knows the patent lawsuit is Joon-hee’s doing, and Joon-hee doesn’t even bother pretending like it isn’t. The years he spent living like a dog while learning the law are now being put to good use, since the important connections he made then are what’s aiding him now.

“But don’t worry,” Joon-hee adds with a smirk. “You’ll win the lawsuit… in three years, perhaps?” That’s three years Min-ho can’t sell his new product, which will cost Hermia dearly. On top of that, Min-ho’s being summoned to the prosecutor’s office on trumped-up professional negligence charges, also thanks to Joon-hee.

Soon-jung just thinks she’s had really good luck lately when the rental she’s looking at is surprisingly amenable to her new work schedule, while the person responsible for her good luck sits in an interrogation room. At least Min-ho calls the prosecutor out for being law school buddies with Joon-hee, so they both know why they’re really there.

Secretary Oh scoops Min-ho up after his hours-long interrogation with even more bad news: Gold Partners has put in some bribes at the prosecutor’s office to control them, and furthermore, Joon-hee is a lawyer that knows how to turn the system against Hermia. Min-ho won’t be cowed though, and vows to fight till the last man.

It’s cute when Soon-jung claims to feel awkward meeting Papa Ma for the first time after Min-ho’s heart revelation, only for Papa Ma to reply, “Why do you feel awkward? You’re not the one who has my son’s heart.” Truth. He’s also supportive of her move while being disappointed by it, since he doesn’t want her to run away.

She says she’s sorry that all this happened, considering that Papa Ma had given her permission to date Min-ho. But Papa Ma explains things in a way she hadn’t thought of, now that he knows she told Min-ho she wanted to protect him: “Dong-wook was someone who protected you silently. But I think Chairman Kang is someone you want to protect. What I mean is, ultimately, maybe you love both of them in different ways.”

Those words remain at the forefront of Soon-jung’s mind as she goes home that night, only to find Min-ho idling away some time on their joint stairway. He’s happy to hear that things are going so well for her (despite his heavy hand in making all that happen), but admits that he can’t stop thinking about everything he didn’t or couldn’t do for her before.

So it comes from the heart when he tells her that he wants only happiness to find her in Hwaseong, but that seeing her face was like a shot of much-needed medicine to him today. He’s the one to leave first, but Soon-jung looks more unsettled by that farewell than she lets on.

Noh Hyungnim confronts Joon-hee at work, where he figures he’s less likely to be attacked by thugs. It’s the same ol’ argument: Joon-hee wants the black box memory card and promises nothing in return. Noh knows now that Joon-hee never intended to find a kidney for his wife, and Joon-hee doesn’t deny it.

Joon-hee feels secure in threatening and daring Noh Hyungnim because they’re partners-in-crime at this point, so Noh would lose out by turning the black box evidence over to the police. At the same time, he claims he’ll help pay for Noh’s wife’s funeral if he hands over the memory card now… but he’d have to be really stupid to trust Joon-hee again, right?

To make matters worse, Noh Hyungnim’s dying wife tells him that there wouldn’t be any hope for her even if they could find a kidney—her heart as it is now would make surgery impossible. Even on her deathbed, she implores him not to commit any crimes or wrongdoings on her behalf.

Min-ho and Joon-hee have a tense meeting now that they know the shareholders are getting together to discuss dismissing Min-ho as chairman. Joon-hee is counting on them to choose him instead, but Min-ho takes heart in knowing that everything bad Joon-hee’s done and will do will come back to bite him.

Joon-hee doesn’t think so, since that only happens to sentimental saps like Min-ho. Either way, total war is declared between them. The only advantage Min-ho has now is Soon-jung’s words of support, which help him to keep a cheery disposition despite the dreary proceedings.

Soon-jung, meanwhile, finds out the hard way that Min-ho’s been helping her from afar after she accidentally walks in on her realtor conspiring with Min-ho’s side over the phone. While Soon-jung had thought she’d just found the perfect place at the perfect price, now she finds out that she’s been fooled—Min-ho was going to pay the difference so that the price stayed reasonable for her.

Noh Hyungnim approaches Min-ho now that he knows he and Joon-hee don’t have the best of relationships, even though Min-ho has suspected his involvement in the product tampering case since day one. He doesn’t deny it, but admits he has the black box recording from the crime scene.

He’ll give it to Min-ho only if Min-ho gives his children enough money to live on comfortably, since Noh Hyungnim knows that revealing the black box will land him in jail and make him unable to support them. But if the recorded information is enough to take Joon-hee and Gold Partners down, wouldn’t that make it worth it for Min-ho?

Soon-jung finds out from her realtor that Min-ho had wanted to buy a house for her, and afterward goes to her employer to hear the same story—they’re an affiliate company of Hermia’s, and Min-ho had asked him to hire her.

Now Soon-jung realizes all the helping hands she’s been getting haven’t been so coincidental after all, and that it was Min-ho all along. I can’t tell whether she’s happy, sad, angry, or all of the above.

Joon-hee gets a call from Noh Hyungnim outside the police station, where he plans to turn himself in to Ok-hyun. He adds that the black box is with Min-ho now, and that the media will soon be all over Joon-hee’s involvement in the product tampering case as well as the murder of Ma Dong-wook.

Now Joon-hee’s taking him seriously, but it’s too late. Noh Hyungnim won’t take any offers from him and walks himself into the station to confess to Ok-hyun that he witnessed Joon-hee murder Dong-wook with his car. Though the black box, of course, isn’t with him.

It’s with Min-ho, who’s juuuust about to walk into a newspaper office when Soon-jung calls. He’s so excited to answer that he practices moderating his voice before pressing the button, and misinterprets Soon-jung saying she’s going to meet him where he is as being a good sign. Aww. She’s going to kill his spirit, isn’t she?

Or Joon-hee’s thugs will do the job—Joon-hee puts in an emergency call for them to take care of Min-ho, and fast. He sends them Min-ho’s exact location. (Does everyone have GPS capabilities now?)

Soon-jung gets dropped off across the street from Min-ho, and he doesn’t seem to pick up from her expression that she’s upset(?) with him. Instead, he’s over the moon as he walks to the nearest crossing. Even she can’t help but smile at his silly antics, so maybe she isn’t so cross after all.

She only notices the black-clad motorcycle driver gunning for him when it’s too late, and just as Min-ho makes a step to cross, the man pulls out a club…

…And bludgeons Min-ho over the head with it while driving full speed. The motorcycle is already gone by the time Min-ho falls to the ground. Soon-jung screams.

 
COMMENTS

Really, Joon-hee? Really. Even if we pretended that you weren’t leaving enough criminal breadcrumbs around to feed the world’s pigeon population for the next decade, have you truly learned nothing from all this back and forth with Noh Hyungnim? Your failure to acquire the one thing that could totally and completely ruin you (again, if we’re in an alternate reality where that memory card is the only thing police could use against you) is what caused this mess—now you can’t even order a proper hit? What kind of villain are you?

The whole point here shouldn’t be to kill the messenger, it should be to steal the message. Clubbing Min-ho over the head while he’s still in possession of the card accomplishes nothing more than to just delay its exposure, which Joon-hee still has no control over. And in all actuality, it’s just going to incriminate Joon-hee further if Ok-hyun looks into the case, realizes that Min-ho was attacked while on his way to expose Joon-hee’s crimes, and finds the memory card that’ll explain everything. Joon-hee can dig himself as deep a grave as he wants at this point, but it’s only fun for us if he at least tries to claw his way out.

And yes, having Noh Hyungnim beaten could be called trying, but Joon-hee certainly didn’t seem to be in a rush even though he had weeks to take action. It puts Joon-hee constantly behind the game, since he’s not smart enough to get himself ahead of it by more than a half-step at a time, if that. Min-ho getting clubbed over the head could be considered that half-step, but again, it’s certainly no permanent solution. Joon-hee doesn’t seem to realize how much he’s scrambling at this point, but I hope when the truth does hit him, it hits him like a high-speed blow to the head.

I have faith that Min-ho will pull through this, if only because dramaverse laws dictate that there’s another week left and Min-ho can’t spend it dead or in a coma. But this cliffhanger also gives me a vague sort of hope that the moments of inexplicable illness Min-ho experienced this hour might’ve just been red herrings, and that they weren’t hinting at the possibility of some life-threatening illness that’ll rear its ugly head in the eleventh hour, because nothing would be worse than ending the show on that note. (Please, please don’t make me eat those words.)

As for Soon-jung, I’m more curious to know what she was planning to say to Min-ho after finding out that he’d been acting as her fairy godfather this whole time. Min-ho has been such a treat to watch since his attitude adjustment, and his childlike innocence really helped sell his actions toward Soon-jung as being those of a pure soul and an even purer heart. He had no intention of her finding out how much he was helping her outside of her daily flower delivery, which is both selfless and a little bit sad—she’d basically told him there was no hope for them, and he still wanted to see her happy, even if that meant taking himself out of the picture romantically.

So with any hope it’s that earnestness that Soon-jung thought of once she realized what he was up to, but even if she saw his actions as unwelcome and patronizing, she can’t very well stay mad at a soon-to-be blunt force trauma patient who loves her with all his heart, can she?

 
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If you watch the street crossing scene carefully, you can see a man in a cap dressed all in black standing behind Min Ho. When Min Ho hits the ground, a person with black pants swoops in to be next to Min Ho. I'm guessing he is an accomplice there to take the chip. I could be wrong, but that's the vibe I get. If he does get the chip, my only guess about how they will catch Joon Hee is he doesn't destroy the chip (which is typical of stupid drama thieves) and the police retrieve it later. Or, the lady cop does find the car that Joon Hee disposed of.

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I have another theory tho. WHAT IF Minho pretends that he have the chip but he actually doesn't? because we got a cut when Ok Hyun ask Noh about it. They just want to divert Joon Hee's attention elsewhere.

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That's a good theory too. But it seems to me that logically they wouldn't intentionally divert Joon Hee's attention. (I know like drama characters always act logically). But, they could have unintentionally diverted him. Like, Min Ho actually had the copy of the chip to give to the newspaper and funny secretary man is on his way with the original to the police station. Anyway, it will be fun trying to come up with scenarios how Joon Hee is actually going to bite the dust.

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Yeah, Noh didn't bring the chip or whatever it was with him to the police station because he wanted to make sure that his child(ren)--anyway, I've never seen them. In what episode?--wouldn't suffer when he finally had to be sentenced. So, Noh gave it to MH. When he called JH telling about the stuff, it would be ridiculous, of course, because it means he wanted MH (who would take care of his children) get caught by JH except Noh was totally dumb. Thus, I have to agree that it's just to divert JH's attention... Let's just hope...

As for our evil JH, hmm.... he loses everything he has and his mental health. Locking him up in jail, in my opinion, wouldn't treat his crazy evil behavior. Let him either go crazy or find death (suicide?)...

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considering The girl the see smells, the cops here are up there with sherlock holmes. so I didnt even think on the plot holes that they use so they can 'catch' the bad guy in the last episode..lol

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LOL.
To be fair, the cops here actually has been on JH's tail; it's just that they haven't been able to find any Evidence against him. And as smart as we are in the audience, we don't have a way to prove JH guilty either, i.e. Until the last mins. of this ep.

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Compared to girl who sees the smell, cops are much more smart and don't do stupid mistake such as not figure out that as simple ax they could reach to oh cho rim school friends, the murderer could do that. I found many more holes in girls who see smells plots than this one

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but one is a police based drama the other it is just part of the story line, so plot holes stand out so much more in Smells than here, at lest for me.

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I got that vibe also.

What I am curious about is why there weren't copies made, as insurance policy.

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so true your expectation Orsie!! it makes me crazy watching currently ep15 and tonight the final ep..it break my heart watching the preview for tonight ep..i'm going seriously crazy and seriously mad if it ending like that..T0T please2 have happy ending both of u....T0T T0T T0T T0T

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thankyou for the recap! ^^

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How can a person hate Kang Minho? No one can hate Kang Minho. NO ONE. He's too adorable to be hated on.

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ikr.
but there's Junhee! he hates him for many reasons.. but the most acceptable reason is he hates minho because he hates himself.. sigh..

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I don't hate him, but I dislike "him". As in: I dislike the character, because the character is used for framing "stalking is love". And not just any stalking, pretty horrible "I won't let you cope with your lover's death"-stalking.

Of course, that's mostly because I want to give the show credit for the almost realistic portrayal of SJ's attempts to cope with the situation.

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He is spoiled and verbally abusive, and has always been. He's just a more sensitive jerk.

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love this show... hate to see it end....

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Like I said : Obviously everybody is different.

Soon Jung reacts to the news of Min Ho getting DW's heart in one way; DW's father reacts to the same news in a totally different way. He is happy that his son's heart saves Min Ho's life (who is now doing his dam nest best to save the company) and grateful tot Min Ho for keeping part of his son alive. IMO, that's a much more positive way to look at it. Positive is always better than negative.

Of course she needs more time to sort out her feelings, otherwise we wouldn't have 16 eps., but only 14 or 15.

I really admire the gambler hyung. He manages to be a total loser to the end. That's consistency. Yes, threaten him, get beaten to a pulp, then tell him you are in front of the police station, and tell him the where-abouts of the disk, that way he can hurry up and sabotage or retrieve it by hurting or killing Min Ho whom you are relying on for the Big reveal, instead of quietly going about his own plan to expose him. Good job, Loser.

Whatever those dizzy spells mean, I wish Dong Wook would hurry up and help Min Ho survive, so that there is sb to take care of his beloved SJ, and do sthg to help Wendy nail the murderer.

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I agree with you, on the loser guy and everything else. So frustrating. :( I guess it's too much to ask that the problems be solved because of the competence of the good guys, rather than the blunders of the bad guys.

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It's very tiring that the bad guys are smarter and craftier than the good guys until the very last minute. For once, I'd like to see some realistic tug of war between good and bad. Maybe alternating episodes where both good and bad characters outsmart each other, instead of the bad guys going unchecked until the very last episode.
Joon-hee is almost invincible, he's got an unlimited bank of resources, he's got criminals at his disposal and by gosh, he's way craftier than Minho who at some point had a reputation for slaying competition... before he found love and became so "good" that now he's lost his crafty, business sense? Does love need such a drastic turnaround? What message is this sending? That all good guys can't be crafty even dealing with opposition or that those in love are too distracted to outsmart their foes?
Seems a little unbalanced to me..

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"It's very tiring that bad guys are smarter and craftier than good guys..."

I know where you are coming from, but the truth is:
1. Bad guys are in the shadows, while good guys stand in the light in the open.
2. Bad guys plot and scheme on how to trap and hurt good guys, while good guys are busy going about legitimate stuff.
3. Bad guys have no qualms about being immoral or illegal, while good guys don't do anything unconscionable.
So it is Not a level playing field. Good guy definitely are at a disadvantage.

Why do "bad guys go unchecked until the very last ep"? Becos it takes a while for the chickens come home to roost; the house of cards come tumbling down.
"Joon Hee is almost invincible."
Not true. He just has goons, whom he has paid and used for years while dealing w the dead CEO's dirty deeds.

Minho lost his crafty business sense? Minho hasn't lost his crafty business sense. If he had, he wouldn't be able to see thru the setup in the Vietnamese deal, and turn the table on JH, but getting a 20% down payment on that fake order.

The current lawsuit is just something dreamed up by JH to tie up sales at Hermia. JH is a lawyer by training, so he knows that bringing a suit and getting the right judges on his side can bring things to a halt at Hermia, even if the lawsuit has no credit. It'll take years to sort out in court. It has nothing to do w MH's business acumen.

What I think MH lacks is a sense of urgency regarding the disk. I'd make sure I make MULTIPLE copies, sent out to MULTIPLE media outlets with the 3 trusted secretaries Before I attend to any other matter, even if it's w ladylove!

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I can agree with what you're saying... I just think the amount of times the bad guys win is a bit too exaggerated. It seems like a lot of surprise attacks on our good guys, making me and maybe some others here believe that something isn't balanced.
For example, the thugs hired by Joonhee aren't remanded, making they get to live to hurt someone another day. I know it's for the drama but honestly, no one thought to trace a call, a car, anything to link them back to Joonhee. It's not Falling for Innocence per day, a lot of dramas have the hero/heroine falling in demise until the very triumphant end.

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See Punch. Although it's bad guys vs not so bad guys rather than good guys.

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I did like that constant tug of war. Thanks for the reference.

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"It’s very tiring that the bad guys are smarter and craftier than the good guys until the very last minute. For once, I’d like to see some realistic tug of war between good and bad. Maybe alternating episodes where both good and bad characters outsmart each other, instead of the bad guys going unchecked until the very last episode."

@ MikoD
Kim's recommendation of Punch — I second the motion. The 2013 kdrama Incarnation of Money is another drama to add to the mix that did a pretty good job of fulfilling your wish list for an equally crafty protagonist and antagonist. They constantly checkmated each other in the story/throughout the course of the series...Incarnation of Money — Money, Justice, and Battle of the Brains done right.

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Dramas can't be logical most of the time in order to last.

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Why the hell would JH know Min Ho's exact location at that exact moment just after Hyung called? Did he install a Spyware or location trekker in MH's phone? How did the thug(s) get there in 2 mins. flat?

OK OK, it's a drama, we need to make believe that a little bird told him.

LOVE Jung Kyung Ho in this show. Can't wait to see him in another one. Yoon Hyun Min has done a spectacular job as the baddie too. Of course Kim So Yeon we already know can be counted on to deliver.

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The thugs didn't get there in 2 mins flat. Soon Jung called to say that she would be there in 20 minutes so MH was waiting there for 20 mins before those thugs arrived I guess. As to his location, maybe the gambler hyung told JH but it had been conveniently cut from the scene. Ahhh, the things we viewers do to try and make sense out of those warped drama logic. Whatever! I'm still enjoying the show immensely, warped logic and all, haha.

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You r right. I didn't get the part when she said she'd be there in 20 mins.
In that case MH is an idiot for not using those 20 mins. to finish his most impt business inside the newspaper office, and just stand there at the curb waiting…...

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Maybe the director should have had the scene to support its logic: JH had had a team or bribed authorities to track MH's phone. I mean, the latter makes sense if you have a connection with authorities...

Sad it's a week left. I've been trying to find another worth-watching drama...

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Try Orange M? I'm liking it based on the 2eps that I've seen. Hope it stays good. Nothing else excites me out there. :(

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still considering...sigh, maybe because I was kind of disappointed by the ending of a drama--the same vampire thing--just before I found this FFI...

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Plus, is tracking someone's phone without his/her consent is legal in Korea? In some countries, it is considered illegal... Did JH had previously installed something on MH's phone? I don't think so... Or maybe JH just paid service provider (I think service provider is a more sensible one than the term authorities I used before) to track MH's location, but it would take time...

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:) sorry for the grammatical error in "Did JH had" :)

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me too! Cant get enough of jkh, and the dramas out there now are like meh...

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Maybe we should wait for the next JTBC drama: My Love Eun Dong starring Joo Jin Mo and Kim Sa Rang. I haven't decided to watch it though because it sounds like melodrama and I'm not in the mood to watch something too heavy right now...

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I find it interesting that they plan to wrap this up in two more episodes. There is easily enough material for a 20 episode run.

I would rather have a satisfying ending for the business drama and then a separate resolution for the romance than a hurried overall resolution. I would also like to see the Red Bean Soup lady and the ghosts of loved ones a little more.

It has been such a lovely drama, I think it could have taken its time to conclude.

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Yeah. Even if the crime-solving department frustrates me, i am so happy with the OTP. I love secretary Oh and Papa Ma, and their relationships with MinHo.

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I don't know about 20 episodes.

16 is nice, my heart can't take any more corporate twists, bankruptcy, injured heads, bandage face, coma, kidney failures or transplants. Thank you.

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:-) That's just normal life in Korean drama land!

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I dont mind 20 eps. Just finish JH and the gank in ep 15, and continue with adorkable cute MH for remaining 5 eps.

I finished 14 eps in marathon mode, and now I cant wait for saturday.

Gonna miss this show when it ends..

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New to kdramas, I've been trying to figure out if there were more than 14 episodes and if so when? Thank you for this post which finally contains the answers to my two questions: two more number 15 and 16 and Saturday is when it will air. So then how long before we can see it? This medium is so entertaining and fun. I stumbled onto Autumns Concerto then bam! I was hooked. What are your top 5 favorites?

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Thanks for the recap!
I love this episode. MinHo's nervous breakdown moments so adorable. And then when he said,"shet!" after accidentally dropping his phone- priceless!

I hope the last scene was a catalyst to get SJ to realize she loves MinHo and that MinHo survives it with just a scratch. Hopefully the last 2 episodes will give us good closure to JoonHee's evil and a good ending for the OTP.

I've seen JHK in anything before FFI so he was off my radar - but having seen him here and now Smile You, I'm not getting enough of him. Too bad he doesn't have more romantic comedies in his drama list.

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More JHK? Try Heartless City - JHK + YHM. They're on the same side in this one. Not a rom-com though but a gritty undercover cop/gangster show. And it's GOOD........especially the bromance and OST.

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Yes Patinalee, the bromance was awesome. Althought the content is very different theis time around, the two actors still create sparks in the scenes that they share.

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The bromance in that one blew the romance off the screen.

My problem with this show, other than the really terrible title, is the demureness of the heroine (I'm only up through 13 I think so maybe she toughens up in later episodes) and the fact that the bad guy here is so much more compelling and multi-dimensional than the good guy.

But everyone looks GREAT.

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He is a LOT more handsome and captivating here than in Smile you. I wonder if it has anything to do with that horrid track suit that they made him wear thru out the length of Smile you. We can see that KDs has changed a lot in just the last few years. They've gotten more sophisticated, maybe not writing-wise, but definitely in the peripherals.

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Smile You was a very specific genre of family comedy. The handsome but humble son is a motif of the genre.

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I was so excited to see Noh Young Bae finally reaching out to Min Ho about the evidence against Joon Hee, but it was so freaking stupid that NYB called Joon Hee and gave him a heads up! His desire to be all smug will ruin everything.

It was really predictable in the final scene.... I was half-dreading and half-groaning during every second of it.

I had forgotten that this show's finale is this weekend! I feel like there's more I still want to see happen. Or maybe I'm mostly enjoying the drama and I'm not feeling like it should end just yet.... I want to see actual romantic scenes between Min Ho and Soon Jung where they're both enthusiastic and committed to being in a relationship.

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I totally fell more in love with Minho in this episode. And the part where he thinks Soon Jung is an hallucination is hilarious. I mean just look at that reaction! I totally hope they give us a nice, warm and fuzzy ending. ♥

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You don't think they're going to pull the amnesia card on us do you..? I mean that would mean Min Ho would forget about Soon Jung and Dong Wook which would give him a clean slate to like her. I really hope they don't do that...

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Just realized that the comment kind of sounded like I was rooting for amnesia... I'm not..... I think they should work through their problems without completely dodging them using amnesia

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There's no reason for MH to forget SJ and start over when it's him as himself that has fallen for her. It's SJ that has to forget DW, to really let him go. And as it was not SJ who was bludgeoned over the head, it's highly unlikely that the Show's going to pull the amnesia card on us! So, cheers? :-D

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Is the scene at the end of the credits a preview for ep 15? Not sure how it fits

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Nope... it's a deleted scene for a previous ep. This scene should be after MH meeting JH in the washroom where he found out that JH was DW's killer. It was deleted from the actual screening because they ran short of time.

But I think a lot of fans complained and so the PD decided to put it in.

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Min Ho's body is rejecting the heart, he's gonna need a new heart. Soon Jung is devastated and accompanies him at the hospital while thinking through her love for him. At the hospital while treating him, the doctor finds out about this condition and tells MH about it, telling him he only has a month to live.

MH decided to ignore it and spend the remainder of his life taking Joon Hee down to protect the company and his loved ones. He tells the doctor not to tell anyone about it.

After some struggles, SJ made her choice and decides that she will love MH even with the heart. JH is brought down, MH collapses. SJ regrets.

Time jump

a few months later a man's silhouette on the screen, SJ looks up and smiles at MH with a new heart now. They still love each other.

This is not a spoiler, but judging by how K-dramas go...there is more likely to be direct parallels and reversals of situations. Eg. MH using his life to protect now rather than destroy, and MH ending up with a new heart.

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Mmmm nice try~~

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Was thinking along the same line about the body rejecting the heart. But getting a new heart seems a bit far-fetched? Since he had already used up the 1% chance when he received DW's heart. Another 1% chance?? That seems a bit too much even in drama logic. But whatever, I'm eagerly waiting to see how the ending will be.

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On "eagerly waiting to see how the ending will be":

I'm half afraid to watch the eps next week. Almost want to wait to see what comments say about the ending first. If it's a bad ending, I'd rather stop here and make-up a HEA in my head.

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Ha ha ha...a fan-fic HEA! :-D

Keeping my fingers crossed that the show doesn't do a 'The Spring Days of My Life' ending on us, what with the body rejecting the heart and all ...... Let the symptoms be what Heads wished them to be - red herrings.

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The [email protected]$$y Days of My Life ending must get buried and never seen again till the end of time! So the recipient of an organ transplant has an expiration date of about 5 years...Wow! The bottom line of this particular drama was so absurd and I really really hope this pretty little drama never get insane and infuriating. May DW's huge heart save Min Ho ( even if he ends up in a comatose state after the attempt against him) along with the rest of us...I want a beautiful scene between the two of them filled with tears, farewells, blessings on the blooming relationship, the ring DW bought...well, you get the point: I want all my cliches in full glory for this one!!

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@kale,

I've been thinking about the Spring Days of my life for the last few weeks. I've been hoping that just cos JKH's gf starred in that one w that ending, he won't have to star in one that has the same ending. But I was too afraid to spit it out. Let keep our fingers and toes crossed. I really suffered after the ending of [email protected]$$y Days of My Life!

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Wow! Such vitriol over the ending of My Spring Days! :-P You must have loved that show for it to elicit such a reaction over its ending. I know I did (love it).

Jomo recapped the whole series over at koalasplayground dot com. Her beautifully penned perspective for the final episode makes MSD’s ending somewhat forgivable.

Here’s the link if you’re up to it: http://koalasplayground.com/2014/11/02/my-spring-days-episodes-15-and-16-recap/

But I STILL won’t forgive writer-nim if FFI ends the same way as MSD did! MH and SJ still have a ramyun-eating night fishing date to keep! :-D

p.s. Revisited the recap and found there’s a Soon Jung in MSD too! :-)

(Sorry if this is a double post. Glitch).

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Oh, dear @patinalee! MSD crossed over any drama's line. Organ transplant is quite the controversial issue to begin with. Doctors' have a difficult task anyway! We don't need someone's imagination making things worse. The failing of a transplanted organ is NOT -I repeat, is NOT- going to happen within 5 years. It might happen sooner (e.g. right after the operation, in less than 6 months etc.) or it might happen way later (or never!). It depends on the case and the patient...trust me on that. I wonder if the scriptwriter had ever asked an M.D. of the field!
PS. I did read the recap on koalasplayground. I still have my doubts about it, though...Sorry, guys!

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I'll still go ahead and watch the ending even if it turns out to be bad. I must know the ending!! But I'll be sniffing away and cussing the writer for playing with my feelings. Arrghh. And woe to anyone who walked in and interrupted me at that moment. #dontdisturbthecrazydramaaddict

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"And woe to anyone who walked in and interrupted me at that moment." Now ain't that the thrush! I hate it if my husband talks to me while I'm watching KD. He has now learned not to, cos at best it earns him a glare for an answer.

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Girls, you should send bfs or hubbies out for a football or any other sports game...it works wonders . They keep being fit while we keep watching our dramas.
At least for a drama finale is a must...LOL

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I could be wrong but the drama does not point towards an ending like MSD.

For one the narrative weight in this drama is on MH. He is the one with the moral plot point -- to live a life fully and to be a compassionate person like his dad. SJ was already living a fulfilled life prior to meeting MH, so if we are talking purely in terms of story and character development, she would have nothing to gain/learn from MH's death other than regret coming too late.

And two, visions of dead loved ones: usually meant to point the way forward in the story. Also a very good indicator of the ending. Dong Wook showed up to tell her it's ok to move on. MH's appa came and told him to drink more in order to live, and to go outside and play, and MH asked, "you'll come again right?"

I suspect appa will indeed come again and MH will be happy to tell him he is living well now, maybe on some sunny day when he and SJ are fishing.

Even DW's appa had showed up to tell SJ to move on. This sentimental (but effective) hammering of the message, kinda points towards a HEA.

Plus there is also an antagonist on which all the karma the drama Gods wish to inflict can go to --Joon Hee, he's the sacrifice the story will make in order to justify a HEA.
Plus there are many dramatic reversals in the story, so I don't think we'll get a bad, sad ending. Although I wouldn't put it past writers to come up with an ambiguous ending. Dislike that one if it isn't done well. Writers of this drama have some shining moments, philosophically and emotionally, though not enough to pull of a plot-twisty ending worthy of applause. The writers have not been so bad and illogical to write a completely horrifying ending either.

So I'm putting my bet between a sappy HEA and a sweet ambiguous ending.

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If I simply look at the story, this show is actually pretty ridiculous.. and there are lots of things that don't make sense. Some parts are made so conveniently just to propel the story forward. The villain is definitely disappointing.

BUT for all the cuteness that Min-ho shows, his journey and his growth, I'm really enjoying this show. Jung Kyung-ho is fantastic! Please let the final week be good....

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If the episode 13 is completely a melodrama, this episode 14 is totally a romcom. From the hilarious scenes so far, it's kind of a waste to finish it with a sad ending. But, I'm kind of worried how MH found his sight blur while looking at the lamps and , yes--as written in the recap--when he got up there's pain(?) in his left chest. Those two should lead to something, right? Sigh, with only two episodes left, however, there shouldn't be more problems added; just bringing JH to jail, saving Hermia, and resolving SJ-MH relationship...

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Thanks Head for the recap, coz I really love all the main characters in this show, but the plot does have a lot to snark about. Thanks very much for not letting me enjoy the smiley cuteness of Min Ho about to cross to meet Soon Jung, coz we all know, we so know that the thug is going to strike at just that moment, grr...
Hopefully the last two episodes can wrap it up in a happy, unweird ending.

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oww....min ho....i don't know there if there is another character like kang min ho i've ever seen...he is sooo hilarious...interesting..funny...adorable...
..softhearted even when he through brokenheart moment....i luv him...i swear several minutes in the beginning is a gold moment...so far..i don't mind with the plot..so many insightful moment in this episode....luv FFI soo much ...i'll gonna miss it badly...min ho soon jung fighting..

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Will the writer do something on the relationship between Sec Oh and Det Ok for the rest two episodes?

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I'm really glad I decided to watch this show in "real time" rather than binge later. I don't mind there are plot holes a mile wide. It's felt very well-plotted overall and the quality has remained consistent.

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Yay for Papa Ma this episode.The voice of sense and reason to all angst. Yayyy.

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I wonder how long Min Ho is going to stay alive in this drama. It really would be tragic if Soon Jung lost both of her loves. But what else could his dizzy spells mean? And then he is hit on the head.

I understand that they need to drag the drama for 2 more episodes before they close, but honestly, I wish the drama didn't go that route (hitting him on the head). I also wish it wasn't a tragedy but just a realization of her love for Min Ho that drives Soon Jung back into Min Ho's arms.

Big sigh. Jung Kyung ho is really killing this drama. I feel that most times when he's playing up the comedy, he's actually laughing at himself and the "crappy" script. He's absolutely brilliant! I didn't care much for the premise of the show, which logically, is quite ridiculous, but I would watch anything with him in it and he doesn't disappoint.

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It got very predictable towards the end of thr episode but strangely I didn't mind because of President Crazy. The most hilarious post-breakup emotional period in a drama lead ever.

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Those first 10 mins. are comedy gold. The writer pulls out the stops and Jung Kyung Ho delivers. Can't wait to see him in another comedy.

SK needs another comedian after Chae Tae Hyn.

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Awwww. Min-ho!!! Why are you so funny and adorable??

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And thanks for the recap! :)

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Min ho don't die or get Amnesia.
Our Min ho has me watching Ja myung go now,I've had the Dvds for a year or two and never went past the 5 episode,since yesterday I'm up to episode 15,what o thought was a boring sageuk is very interesting actually, our min ho looks very young,more handsome because of his awesome mane of glory.

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Ahahaha it was Heartless/Cruel City for me!

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i feel like he might get another heart transplant..thanks for the recap!

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WOW, i really hope there's no sad ending. Kim So Yeon best acting like always. I have notice you now Jung Kyung-ho... :-)

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okay this drama is hilarious. not many shows make me literally laugh out loud. i dropped this show initially after the first 4 eps, but decided to pick it up again because of the comments here on DB, and i'm so glad i did. up to date now and this show is becoming one of my favorites!

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It's usually the part of a drama that I hate the most. You know when they like eachother but sadisticly choose to separate and get depressed. It's usually the part that makes me drop a drama because I really can stand the breakdown of the heroes.

And here comes Kang Min ho or the hilarious breakdonw of a cute puppy. So refreshing !

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