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Yong-pal: Episode 8

There’s no dearth of feelings in this episode, and jealousy is to blame as a catalyst for most of them. But everyone who formerly wanted a piece of Yeo-jin now thinks they can do without her, even our hero—though he never sacrifices who he is at her expense, and even when he tries, the results are actually pretty endearing. A hero who can commit to everything except for being a bad person is a keeper, and Yeo-jin’s certainly got enough people (even a nun!) telling her so. Some things you gotta just figure out for yourself.

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EPISODE 8 RECAP

Since Tae-hyun is still a patient in the hospital, Nurse Oh and the head nurse giggle as she tickles his nose with a lavender branch in an attempt to wake him up. Tae-hyun deadpans from his non-sleep that he’d sneeze and bust his stitches, to which Nurse Oh is all, Shut up, you’re fine.

But his team disperses when Chae-young comes to pay him a visit, and she teasingly calls him a turncoat for sending her out of the hospital that fateful night, even though it was to save her life. She recognizes that now and thanks him, but says that he now owes her for saving his life.

He doesn’t understand at first, until Chae-young points out that all this personalized medical attention he’s getting isn’t free. Tae-hyun says he’ll pay her back, prompting her to place her hand on his, flutter her eyelids, and ask how he’ll pay her back.

Tae-hyun takes his hand out of hers and jokes that it won’t be like that, but their flirty banter catches the attention of Yeo-jin. She is not happy.

Nurse Oh helps keep up the ruse that Yeo-jin is the comatose factory worker who tried to commit suicide, though she finds a difficult patient in her since Yeo-jin won’t eat or drink anything. She reports that to Tae-hyun, who rises out of bed despite his still-healing injury.

Everyone’s having Yeo-jin-based hallucinations now, since Chief Lee finds himself hearing echoes of her whispering “Murderer” at him when he goes to her room.

He pulls back the bed sheet expecting to see the dummy, but instead finds her there, staring right into his soul. But then he wakes up from his creepy dream, safe and sound in his office.

Tae-hyun goes to visit Doo-chul and his lackey, who are in full body casts after the big scuffle. It’s funny that they’re so swollen and hurt that they need subtitles when they talk, and equally so when they start crying in fear at the sight of their incompetent but well-meaning nurse.

Speaking of, Detective Lee comes to the hospital to present pictures of Doo-chul and said lackey to Head Nurse Ahjumma (I’m just calling her that because it’s ridiculous she doesn’t have a name eight episodes in), who claims she’s never seen either of them.

He keeps probing, eventually asking whether any doctors at their hospital perform house calls. Nurse Ahjumma says there’s no way, while Tae-yong interrupts to say it wouldn’t be unheard of. He grabs Detective Lee’s attention, so they go to the hospital cafe for a chat.

I’m getting Gaksital vibes (never a bad thing) watching Tae-hyun sneakily eavesdrop on their conversation, which centers around the identity of the infamous Yong-pal.

Detective Lee is sure that Yong-pal’s a doctor at this hospital, which gets Tae-yong thinking. He doesn’t say anything though, and their conversation is interrupted when the corrupt chief of security comes to shut them down. Lee calls him out for obstructing justice, at least until the chief calls his boss directly and has him chew out his subordinate.

Tae-yong passes by Tae-hyun, and it definitely seems like he suspects him of being Yong-pal by the look on his face. Afterward, the chief of security ironically asks after Tae-hyun’s health (considering he shot him), and tells him that Do-joon has invited him and Chief Lee out for dinner tonight. Declining is not an option.

Tae-hyun stops in to see Yeo-jin next, and it’s cute how he tries to make the rice water she refuses to drink sound so appetizing in the hopes that she’ll try some. She won’t, and keeps shutting down anything he has to say by telling him that she wants to be alone.

He thinks she’s mad at him because he wasn’t able to be in the surgery room like he promised, but defends that he couldn’t have known that Chief Lee would pull the stunt he did. On the bright side, she’s alive, isn’t she?

She doesn’t see that as much of a boon, and Tae-hyun’s attempts to cheer her up end with her raising her voice as she tells him to leave her alone. Then she says in a soft but firm tone that even though she knows he risked his life for her, she can’t stop hating him.

Her reasons are unclear, but she tells him all her concerns in one steady stream: she’ll never have her old life back, everything will be restructured while she’s “dead,” and even if she rises from the dead, she’ll have no power as long as President Go and Do-joon are in cahoots against her.

And if she were to come back, she’s sure that they’ll spin the media coverage so she’ll inevitably be returned to Do-joon’s custody and either end up locked away again or killed. Tae-hyun cuts right to the chase: “So are you saying that I should’ve handed you over to President Go?” Yes, basically.

Tae-hyun argues that President Go and Do-joon are both crocodiles (so, ruthless mercenaries), to which Yeo-jin replies that she’s also a crocodile who’s used to living among her kind. “But because of you, I’ve been pushed out of the water.” Jeez Yeo-jin, gratitude is a thing.

Along with Chief Lee, he’s treated to dinner that night at Do-joon’s grand estate, though Chae-young warns him beforehand that Do-joon invited him to either buy him out or threaten him. Chief Lee, meanwhile, has more Yeo-jin-based hallucinations.

So when Do-joon tells Tae-hyun that he should take his sister to the United States to get treated on his dime, Tae-hyun bows and acts thankful on the outside while on the inside he realizes that Do-joon’s taken the buyout route.

Do-joon is well aware that President Go made this same offer to Tae-hyun, but is soothed when Tae-hyun aligns himself with his offer rather than Go’s. He takes the same bribery route with Chief Lee by offering him the hospital director’s position, citing the recent stabbing incident and the director’s age as reasons he should probably retire.

The chairman skewers the bleeding steak he serves like a caveman before reminiscing about his and Chae-young’s first meeting in New York over grilled meats. It’s with bitterness that he recalls how he was just Yeo-jin’s errand boy then, and how his father sent her to study abroad but not her half-brother.

He takes subtle jabs at Chae-young throughout the one-sided conversation, venting his resentment about always being considered as beneath Yeo-jin despite the fact that he’s technically the eldest son. And, more importantly, he makes sure to mention how Chae-young must have looked down on him for his low status, which really seems to be the sticking point for him.

Despite drama laws dictating that there’s no death without a body, Do-joon seems to be operating under the assumption that his sister is a corpse as he drunkenly sighs that she’s better off this way—she’s with her fiancé in the afterlife now. He sent both of them off himself.

“You’re all my accomplices,” he all but slurs to everyone at the table. Besides, he defends without any provocation, it’s not like he personally killed anyone. That’s what Chief Lee is for, right? (Chief Lee: *gulp*)

He then instructs his secretary to kill his accomplices if something were to happen, which Chief Lee takes very seriously even though he claims he’s joking. Yeo-jin’s warning about Do-joon eventually killing him too rings through his mind.

Do-joon brags about how he’ll have his sister cremated and buried next to her fiancé, but has a slip when he adds ominously, “If he just kept his promise with me, he wouldn’t have died like that.” That’s when his secretary intervenes to take him away, because he’s getting a bit too chatty with the wine.

Tae-hyun’s left with Chae-young afterward, and he asks her honestly why she’s not nicer to her husband—he seems to be suffering from a lack of affection, he adds, which is an apt observation. She laughs the idea off, claiming she’s lacking affection too.

When Tae-hyun asks her about Yeo-jin’s fiancé, Chae-young sighs that he was a great guy who just happened to be the heir to Daejung Group. If he hadn’t been, he would’ve been perfect for Yeo-jin. Despite their backgrounds, the two of them still fell madly in love.

Flash back to when Yeo-jin had first woken after the accident, with only her stern father by her side to tell her that her fiancé didn’t make it. She just screamed and screamed from her hospital bed with grief.

“You took away the person most precious to me, Father. Watch carefully. I will take away the person most precious to you,” we hear her say in voiceover as she takes the suicidal plunge from the window that landed her in a coma in the first place.

But her father actually liked seeing her asleep, so much so that he instructed the staff to keep her in that state until the day he died. That way, she could stay as his beautiful daughter and not try to kill herself because she hates him.

In the present, Tae-hyun asks how Yeo-jin’s father knew when he would die, and Chae-young explains that he had advanced pancreatic cancer at the time. After creating a fortress for his princess to sleep in, he died six months later, though she never woke up because of Do-joon.

Chae-young believes Yeo-jin to be dead, and thinks she picks up grief from Tae-hyun’s expression, enough for her to know that he liked her. In turn, Tae-hyun asks why she doesn’t love her husband (again), noting a bit strangely that VIP floor patients like her whine more than other people. Well, duh.

Later that night, Tae-hyun injects something into Yeo-jin’s IV, presumably so that she can be safe during the car ride he takes her on. She wakes up as the sun starts to rise, and Tae-hyun’s only explanation is, “We’re escaping. Just like you wanted.”

But Yeo-jin remembers this street with horror as the one she and her fiancé drove on before their fateful crash, and the trauma from that night starts to seep into her present. Tae-hyun, ever the gentleman, stops the car and gets out so she can cry to herself inside.

She looks betrayed when he finally stops at a church, because it’s the same one she was going to get married in. He knows that, and says so as he uses a wheelchair to bring her inside.

“I thought this would be the best place to take you,” he says solemnly. “This is the end to your lost memories. Now you’re free. You can regain your strength here. Go back to the world of crocodiles. Chairman Han agreed to help treat my sister.”

What he’s actually saying registers quickly for her, and she simply answers, “Bastard.” He doesn’t refute the claim, nor does he try to defend himself when she asks if she became too burdensome for him now that he figured out how to help his sister.

“That’s right. You’re a big burden,” he says without meaning it. He puts a phone in her hand and tells her she can call either President Go or her bank in Switzerland—it’s too dangerous for him to continue keeping her at the hospital. So he’s just… leaving her here?

He makes sure to add that though no one knows her number now, the second she makes a call, the tracking process will start. He cautions her to use her one call carefully, before she asks why he’s doing this.

“You belong to a different world than mine. I momentarily forgot about that. And I hate being jealous over a dead man.” Tae-hyun leaves her on that note, and she cries to herself once he’s gone.

But a passing priest mentions the car that’s parked outside the church still, and Yeo-jin knows it must be Tae-hyun’s. She uses her one precious call to speed dial Yong-pal, telling him that if he doesn’t come back in thirty seconds or less, she’ll never see him again.

He couldn’t leap any faster from that car, and runs to find her on the church grounds while yelling, “Yeo-jin-ah!” When he finds her, she asks how he could drop to such a familiar name with her in all seriousness… before breaking out into a wide smile. Aww, you two.

The priest allows them to bunk in the church’s lodging for the night, but makes sure to instruct them to make room for Jesus—as in, they’ll have very separate bedrooms. Tae-hyun wins both the nun and Yeo-jin over when he makes sure the light will stay on for her (since she’s afraid of the dark).

A crazed Nurse Hwang has been pestering Do-joon’s secretary for the last two days by calling him from a pay phone and demanding that he return her to Yeo-jin’s side or else.

She threatens to spill what she knows about the nefarious CEO, but is cut short when a truck runs her phone booth over. Aww come on, we’re lost Cynthia and now Nurse Hwang too? This is some serious restructuring.

The truck of doom seems like President Go’s doing, and when we next see Nurse Hwang, she looks pretty dead. Next to her is a picture of her and Yeo-jin together and smiling. For what it’s worth, Do-joon’s secretary had no part in her death(?), and is angry that President Go and Do-joon conspired behind his back.

Tae-hyun and Yeo-jin realize they’re just separated by a wall when they can’t sleep at night, so he knocks on it gently from his side to see if she’s there. She smiles and knocks back. So cute.

They hang out in the church proper, where Yeo-jin tells him not to hate someone who’s already dead. Tae-hyun acts like he suddenly doesn’t know what she’s talking about, but she continues, “He died because of me. Because he loved me. I still remember it so clearly.”

Three years may be enough for some people to heal from such a wound, but living in the prison of her mind made that impossible, when all she’d do was relive the memory day after day. “Can you wait for me?” she asks tentatively. “Until my scars heal.”

Tae-hyun’s silence is his assent, but at least he opens up to her about why he was keen on getting them out of the hospital—the police had tracked him (as Yong-pal) to the hospital, and her brother plans on holding her funeral soon. They can’t hide the fact that she’s alive much longer without being caught.

So if he took her out of the hospital for that reason, she wonders, what was he going to do with himself? “Me? I’m a doctor,” he says proudly. A doctor who makes good money treating gangsters in need, which he’ll go back to doing.

“But… if I didn’t call, were you really going to leave?” she ventures, getting a nervous chuckle out of Tae-hyun for her trouble. “Why did you call me then? What about all the crocodiles?” he returns. Neither of them can explain themselves.

“You said I could only make one call. The call I could only make once… that’s you,” Yeo-jin says. Tae-hyun reaches over to take her hand in his, before he leans in…

…And kisses her.

 
COMMENTS

It’s really a shame that two of this show’s most interesting characters got the boot in such a short span of time, because while I had no great love for Nurse Hwang (unlike the adoration Cynthia’s badassery inspired), I loved how completely and totally insane she was. There were a lot of layers to her, from the caring mother figure who loved Yeo-jin as a living doll to the if-I-can’t-have-you-no-one-can aspect of her that was legitimately frightening at times.

What really cemented her as someone I wanted to find out more about was when she heard what Do-joon and the hospital director were planning to do to Yeo-jin and reacted instantly, even if it drove her into a murderous frenzy. She acted to protect Yeo-jin, and it really makes me wonder what kind of relationship they once had for them to be in a picture together. And I’m worried that by (presumably) offing her, whatever secrets she held about Yeo-jin’s past might never come to light.

But that’s a topic for another day, since that kiss. I’m not quite sure how to feel about it, because while I love the two of them together, I was actually more on board with their adorable friendship and wasn’t expecting it to advance so suddenly. Though I guess it’s not that suddenly in the scheme of things, since we can point to their budding friendship as the bedrock for their romantic feelings for each other and see where small shifts occurred to lead us to this point.

And I’m sure I’ll be just as on board with them once the initial shock passes, but again, I suppose I shouldn’t be shocked when the foundation was already there. I’m also extra grateful that the show didn’t make Tae-hyun into a bad guy like he so desperately wants to be sometimes, because that’s something I definitely wouldn’t have bought. But Tae-hyun saying he’s going to look out only for himself and his sister only to instantly regret it and feel sorry for ever suggesting it? That’s our Yong-pal.

Plus, it was nice to see Yeo-jin be proactive in that moment by calling him, and there’s just something about knowing a person well enough to make an ultimatum like she did that just works. She was banking on him needing that little extra push to do what was already in his heart, and the gamble paid off in a big way—but I do wonder what Tae-hyun plans on doing about his sister. Then again, I was wondering why Do-joon’s offer was the only one available when Yeo-jin’s should’ve still been totally viable. Maybe it made his decision to abandon her only to instantly change his mind a little moot, but I guess you can’t blame the guy for shopping around.

 
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Although I saw the episode yesterday, I kept reloading the page for the recap because your recaps are so good. Loved the pace of the show and the characters.

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@ Anastasia
I am guilty of the same action. Reloading. Indeed, a wonderful recap and forum

@ headsno2
I read Headsno2 recap again and I just couldn't help adding here.
Jealousy - I almost missed your insight.

Do Joon: jealous of his sister's status and wealth.
Tae Yong: jealous of Tae Hyun/yong pal's newfound status and attentions from others
Chief Doctor: jealous of yong pal's popularity with the higher ups
Yong Pal: jealous of dead boyfriend
Yeo Jin: jealous of flirtatious attention from Chae Young to yong pal

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I think I am done. Yup. I don't think I am going to keep watching this one. Blame it on the romance in ep 7 and mainly ep 8.

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I've decided to drop Yong Pal after episode 7. Since the beginning it has had inclinations that I usually don't like, but I decided to move on because there was other really good aspects to it. The drama really puts me off with the over acting and the erratic pacing (yes, I know this is not a popular opinion).
It just has reached a point for me where I can't keep overlooking its flaws. I do think it has built a world full of complex and layered characters, but the show is just not giving what I want out of it.

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I'm going to give it at least one more week. I'm enjoying it, but it is more than a little flawed and ridiculous. It reminds me of Kill Me, Heal Me in that sense. I'm watching because I'm intrigued by Something in the story, not because of the execution of the story.

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I absolutely agree that eps 7 and 8 are not well conceived.

I'm not sure I would give up on the show quite yet, though. Apparently they've extended it to 24 episodes. For a plot driven show, that's a nightmare for the writer.

Imagine you've constructed a tight scenario with a great pace for 20 episodes. You're on top of your writing and you get to the end of week 2. Episode 3 and 4 have just aired and the actors and crew been shooting episodes 5 and 6 all week. They’re in edit now and will air next week (week 3). You’ve just completed episodes 7 and 8 for shooting next week.

All of a sudden the producer calls and says - listen - we need to extend the show my 4 episodes. After you sit there in shock, you begin to panic. How can I do that? you think. Every episode is tight - the final is the final. The show can’t continue on for another 4 episodes after the high paced resolution.

The only way to extend a plot-driven show with a big climax is to extend it in the middle. That means that all those episodes from 7 - 20 that were planned with fast pacing have to be spread to 7 - 24. And somehow a reasonable cliffhanger needs to created for each new segment.

After an expletive laden rant at your computer, you realize that you have a new problem. You’ve got to write episodes 9 and 10 on an already tight schedule AND you have to rework the entire series concept this week. Big panic! Possibly drinking.

So, what’s a writer to do? 1) Sit down with the producer and come up with solid ideas for all of the 18 episodes remaining. 2) Slow down the action for a week (eps 7 and 8) to get some breathing time to sort everything. 3) Waste 2 of the 4 episodes of the extension so that the writing task is easier. (eps 7 and 8) 4) Sigh. 5) Order delivery.

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Hi Susan
Thanks for this. It's enlightening to get a gist of the behind the scenes processes and the hive of activity that goes into giving us a live-shoot drama, especially of one like this where a major extension really throws the spanner into the works. I feel for all those involved. They are committed and they have to persevere. And they have 8 long weeks more of frenzy to work and live through.

I'd really love to watch them pull it off. I'll be so happy for them (and for us, of course!) :D

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And that's how probably the system works. Thank you! For all those who forget that entertainment biz is also a business going after profit this is very well-said. Poor writer(s)...once more! Shock and awe must be their reality on a daily basis whether ratings are sky high or extremely poor or even decent.

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Or the writer had appendicitis, was rushed to hospital, and an intern wrote these two episodes! ;-)

It's hard to know exactly what went down behind the scenes, but a writing extension is no joke. Writing, unfortunately, requires skill, technique and creativity to come together all at once. Think you can do it for 8 weeks straight? Sit down and try writing a short story today. You'll be exhausted afterward. Now try doing it every day for a week straight. Now make that 8 weeks.

Writers aren't trained seals - throw them a fish and they'll do a flip and balance a ball on their nose - you can't just say "do more" and send the a bigger check and a fruit basket. They might be able to pull it off, but there's no guarantee. Hence all the cr*ppiness that can ensue when shows get extended.

The possible plagiarism is another issue. There's another nightmare. Here's how plagiarism works. Ideas aren't IP protected. If I have a show with a fight scene in a hospital and you have a show with a fight scene in a hospital, that's nice. Lots of shows have themes in common. There's no case for IP infringement here. Where you get in trouble is in the instance . So, if your fight scene involves two or three rival groups fighting to take possession of a patient in a coma and mine involves just two rival groups fighting to take possession of a patient in suspended animation - ummmmm..... that's too close. Someone's got a plagiarism case.

So, if the writer did lift a lot of details quite strongly from another source, the show may now be trying to feverishly rework itself. And that could explain some characters being suddenly dropped etc. I don't actually know bc I'm not familiar with the manhwa that is the source of the accusations.

Frankly, no matter what is going on over there, I think the writer is probably exhausted by now dealing with it. I hope that the show gets back on a good tack next week. I bet the aud will stay a little longer (or come back) if the tone comes back to the action and intrigue of eps 1 - 6. If that doesn't happen.... I think they'll lose audience. The beanies on the comment section are just ahead of the curve.

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That's the curse on writers working for mainstream channels. While he/she was perfectly healthy ( no "appendicitis" nor any other inflammation whatsoever ) in OCN and gave us Reset, a dark disturbing story, the "rating-voodoo" has turned him/her into a complete fool who copy others, has forgotten how to write or just lies unconscious in the post-op recovery, lol. Your depiction of writers' life is frighteningly real!

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I'm going to keep reading the recaps. But I won't watch it for a while. (I did this with Fool Hog--spelling?) So I might be back. But I just couldn't buy episodes 7 and 8. And I love the cast.
What I've decided is that we should have relief writers. You know, like relief pitchers in baseball? If a pitcher can do that whole game, then (s)he does. But if the other team starts getting hits, or there are a bunch of wild pitches thrown, the manager brings in a relief pitcher.
So if a show starts going crazy with wild, nonsensical plots, we, the viewers should be able to demand a relief writer to take over and continue the drama in a more skilled maner.

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:-) +100

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Count me in, i am dropping too

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The romance went over my head. Even if we assume time span and more interactions between the two leads that were not show still doesn't make sense. I don't buy it. I'll watch couple more before I drop this, I guess. It was always an over the top drama with a glossy surface and somewhat mediocre writing that got overshadowed by the action, humor and acting combined. But its more visible now. And sending a strong character like Cynthia away and making the mob boss a comic relief didn't help. They could've been better utilized.

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"It was always an over the top drama with a glossy surface and somewhat mediocre writing that got overshadowed by the action, humor and acting combined. But its more visible now."
My thoughts exactly. The flaws were always there, they are just more apparent now that there's little time to "beautify" the show.

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+100 everything you said.

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Blame it on the plagiarism issue..This drama is so similar to 'City Conquest' that during the time the writer stopped copying and made her own story, it came out really boring..

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@Kim:

I haven't read in its entirety the manhwa 'City Conquest' and just a synopsis online, but maybe you have so I am asking: What grounds do you have to say that Yongpal is and I quote "so similar to 'City Conquest'"? I am just curious because I found it vastly different from the synopsis.

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I read the excerpts from CITY CONQUESTS (the actual dialogue, etc.). Their synopsis may not be similar, but the dialogue, situation, etc. used in the earlier episodes are eerily similar to be just a coincidence. For example, the stuff about Yongpal getting called to treat the mob boss at an adult club, asking people about their blood type, etc. all same.

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yep, same. my faith in this show has always been shaky, but the flaws are too much for me to ignore now. :(

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Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

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I don't know what you're replying to (does it matter?), but +10000000 for quoting the Big Lebowski.

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Here's some loving for Chae Jung-Ahn who has never looked better or had a better role since her Coffee Prince days.

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Yup, this is good for her. I've never liked her better than here.

It's a bummer I'm not as in to this show anymore, because I do genuinely like the characters a lot.

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To Chae Jung-Ah! The short hairstyle she's sporting looks really cute on her. I liked her in A New Leaf and was glad she remained as the male lead's choice.

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I've never liked her more in ANY role. She seems to melt into this char.
I also like Jo Hyun Jae more either. Has his acting gotten better too, or do I just like him more as a villain, a not too smart one, with "a need for affection"?
And of course Min Jong Guk as Chief Lee. Why is Jung Woong-in always Min Jong Guk to me?
I super love the supporting cast in this drama. Too bad two of them just got off'ed. Still, super supporting cast!

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Her character is great in this and Chae Jung-ah is really charming. She's actually my favourite character here, love her dumb-but-actually-smart act.

Oh, and she has great chemistry with Joo Won, they light up the screen in their scenes together.

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They're getting rid of the supporting actors who made the hospital stuff so eerie? As usual I was into the character actors, not the leads, though I like Joo Won. I think I'll put off Ep. 8 until I know where this is going. Who cares about a romance? It doesn't hold a candle to the grim weirdness in the hospital.

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I still have hope that this drama will try to make sense out of this crazy roller coaster for the sake of the cast :( who worked hard for this show.
Also, I'm really disappointed that they had to kill one of the most interesting and entertaining characters of this show. I was literally screaming at my laptop when that truck of doom hit her! that was really scary tbh

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But isn't that what makes Yongpal exciting and unpredictable? That show can kill of a character, which the viewers find to be interesting and entertaining, especially if said character has fulfilled her part in the storyline? Unlike prolonging her presence because of viewers' approval to the detriment of the storyline?

I, too, am hoping that the next episodes would help solidify even further the love line and bring us more action and answers! It is so true how the cast and crew have worked so hard for this show. Take a look at this bts which showed how many times they needed to film a scene to give us a great one:

https://joowoncutie.wordpress.com/2015/08/30/eng-yongpal-making-01/

Also, maybe some of us here would like to send support to our Yongpal team? (Saw this food support project while looking at Yongpal BTS)

https://joowoncutie.wordpress.com/2015/08/22/event-foodsupport-yongpal/

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after reading other comments in this thread I started to understand a little bit. So, I feel a little bit better and I'm not good at analyzing a drama heheh.

Oh, I love those behind the scene videos thank you for posting those links. I saw the post about foodsupport for yongpal team project this is so sweet^^ I'd like to participate too as an Arab fan but sadly I'm broke hehe.

I'm not gonna drop this drama and I hope that it'll get better and better with each episode

Yongpalie Fighting!!!

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Yeah, after rewatching episodes 7&8 as a whole, back to back, I actually got what the writer intended on doing. If these eps were combined or even broadcasted one after another I believe the negative feedback wouldn't be as bad as it is. What I agree about though with the haters of their romance is that the viewers shouldn't be confused with a way the writer is writing his drama. You shouldn't have to watch the same episodes again just to find what he really meant and feel what he wanted us to feel. That's entirely writer's fault and I hope he won't let something like that happen again, after all it's his first romantic work so a little slip is forgivable.

From my (changed) perspective I actually can see Taehyun knowing that he cares about Yeojin very much, but still NOT knowing what to do with these feelings. As he said, he forgot that she originated from a whole different world than the one he knows, that's why he's so nervous and sad during their church trip. Everything about his affection for her is more about instinct than reason, you know, there's that spark you can't quiet pinpoint that makes you fall head over heels for someone. I believe that's the case for Taehyun.

On the Yeojin's end I feel like she clearly feels something right now, but can't name it yet. Taehyun was the first person she met after three years in darkness. He saved her from commiting suicide, opened up to her, risked his life to get her out of the 12th floor and now is helping her to get right back on track of her old life. Which girl wouldn't fall for something like that? But she can't really interpret this feeling as it is now mixed with gratitude, a lil bit of a pity, self-guilt for playing with life of his sister and deep longing for her Romeo that died. She is in a much more complicated place emotionally.

And I feel like this whole mess wouldn't escalate if the writer held back with a kiss for a little longer. I mean, for Koreans the kiss seams almost as radical as making out. I didn't mind it as I said, after rewatch and reading some other comments, but God damn, it's just a kiss, a lot of relationships start with a kiss, so what? Now I know that the writer is a man, and as a man myself, I get why Taehyun kissed her. This is what you call timing, pals, nothing to argue about. And overall this kiss is more of a seal between Yeojin and Yongpal, like he agreed he'd wait for her no matter how time she needs to recover.

And ona sidenote I don't get why Koreans like drunk kisses, half-asleep kisses or accidental kisses that happen in almost every drama. They approve of and don't critisize them even though for me it's a lot sicker than a kiss between two grown-up adults like in Yong Pal. And the same goes for childood connection, like they believe the romance if the heroine saw the hero for a second twenty years old, but don't believe when the two adults fall in love over the dramatic circumstances that brought them together. I bet...

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... that if we were shown that little Yeojin gave a penny to a crying Taehyun by a church they would be on a cloud nine and giving the writer outstanding applause for his extraordinary storytelling skills. Argh, these people.

Still loving this drama, wishing all the best to staff and eagerly waiting for a real action next week. Sorry for a long rant.

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DITTO to every word! thank you for spelling it out so clearly especially about the kiss between two decent adults.

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I agree with what you wrote. At first, I was also "what the hell is happening here?" Now, I see where they are coming from and why this progression in the romance department, and how it is not ridiculous as it first seemed.

Although I will say that I would still have preferred if they held back the kiss for a bit longer and maybe allowed the two to show their growing feelings just a bit more since the bits and pieces were there. But again, I get it.

In the end, I'll definitely take this romance over all the other ridiculous "romantic" antics/scenarios/plot devices that are rampant in kdramas. The first-meeting-during-childhood-years-thus-we-are-fated... /rolls eyes

Anyway, thanks for sharing your input on this.

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Thank you, Matt for your spot-on comments; I don't know what story others have been watching, but I've been seeing Taehyun falling in love with Yeojin this entire drama. Joowon is outstanding at expressing emotions with his eyes, a smile, a look---and it has all been there to see this whole show. So, his feelings should have come as no surprise to anyone watching. What I find more difficult to grasp, is exactly how Yeojin feels at this moment; as you said, she is in much more complex place emotionally. I totally agree with that. But I also see her not willing to lose what she has and what might be with Taehyun. Having said all the above, I was happy about the holding hands and what it conveyed, and just a moment later had a wtf moment when they kissed. Because it did seem kind of soon---but as a sealing of a promise between them, it fit when I thought about it right afterwards. As an all out passionate type kiss, like no, maybe later, not yet. Then again, think about it: if you are going to end a scene (ala cliff-hanging), which would be more impactful?---holding hands and looking longingly and lovingly at each other, or kissing each other sweetly. No contest, the kissing wins!

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I just adore you for writing this comment. You literally said everything I have been thinking! It's refreshing to come across someone who doesn't understand the confusing mentality Koreans sometimes have towards dramas.

I too have been reading comments and it saddened me that so many were negative. I feel like people don't understand that it's logical (at least for me) for them to develop romantic feelings towards each other. Especially Yeo-jin. He is literally the guy who woke her up from a coma and agreed to protect her. Though I am a little surprised, because I thought Tae-hyun's actions were motivated by friendship and doctor-patient concern. I feel like the writer wasn't very clear when trying to depict his emotions and motivations... Here's to hoping he'll figure out how to translate to screen what he wants to say because until this episode, I had /no/ idea that Tae-hyun was romantic about Yeo-jin.

Also, you make a good point with the childhood connection thing. I feel like that is such an overused plot point, but people seem to like it... no matter how improbable and unrealistic it sometimes is.

Anyway... I apologise for the rant, I just had to get it out :)

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MAY BE WHO KNOWS TAE HYUN KNOWS YEO JIN BEFORE MEETING IN THE HOSPITAL .............
THE NURSE MIGHT COME FOR REVENGE TOO SINCE NO OFFICAL ABT BHER DEAD YET

YEO JIN SAYS SHE NEED SOME TIME TO SORT OUT MAY BE SHE DEPENDS ON TAE HYUN AFTER

IF IT WAS 16 EP DRAMA MANY COMMENTS WONT BE LIKE THAT IT WAS FACED PLACE

I BELIEVE ITS AA 20 EP DRAMA INC EXTENSION

WHO KNOWS CYNTILA MAy comer back
so crticlizing a drama just bec you didnt expect the flow of story is rude.......
writer shouldnt be presurred on his writing due to netizens comments

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I agree that criticizing something because something went over your head is rude. In no way am I doing it; I love this drama as much as the next person, no matter which direction it takes..

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It could be the writer was trying to create that perception of love during that dream he had with Yeo Jin smiling at him? I had that sense he came to realise he had some feelings for her. I can be wrong though. :)

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Your long rant makes sense to me. :)

I think somehow the romance was too subtle for some people. I don't see why a kiss is such a problem here either. I was really disappointed by the sappy, fake (to me) romance scenes in 7, but 8 made perfect sense to me. But it was only after watching 8 that I realized that 7 disappointed me so much because I actually was already on board with the romance. I got the hints in the previous episodes, I guess, without consciously realizing it. I got that he had started to care for her, and she already was letting her guard down around him, and they were showing some vulnerability that was really touching. That came to fruition in 8 quite nicely, and all that dream sequence crap in 7 wasn't necessary at all. So I get it.

They're trying to do something different in this drama, and I think people just missed some stuff. Viewers are trained to expect one thing, and they got something quite different. I like it, but obviously not everyone does. (And please don't give anyone ideas about a scene where they meet as children. I will curl up and die if that's in there somewhere. I will give up on life. Ugh)

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Same here. I so hate the child connection.

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I think for me it "came too soon" because it is unclear how long she has been out of her coma and they've been interacting. One week? Two weeks at most? I saw them as becoming friends with chemistry for whom it would make sense for them to consider deeper feelings for. So the actual LOVE stuff seemed too soon.

YP has been SO focused on doing things for his sister (risking himself in crazy ways) that I find it hard to believe that in a week or two he would have switched from his diehard focus on her to falling for someone. Throw in all the stress from the plotting, blackmail, risk of exposure, etc and I'm just not buying that he's in the frame of mind for Meaningful Love. Liking her, sure. Real love? Not so much. Why hasn't he demanded the passcode to the money?

For her, I can totally see her latching on to him as her lifeline. She's starved for conversation. She's desperate to trust someone. But she's also still in mourning for a whole slew of reasons. The kiss just seemed oddly timed for me, because she's all like, "will you wait for me?" and he's like "Yes, I will wait for you...about 30 seconds!" and kisses her.

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I think what many of us have been trying to say is - why does it have to be "love"? Why can they not be mutually attracted to each other, acknowledge that, kiss, and move on from there? It's true that dramas usually use a kiss to signal some sort of eternal commitment or something, but why does that have to be the case?

Short answer: it doesn't. And it remains to be seen if that's where the drama is going or not. She already said that she needs some time before she can fully commit, so I really don't think this kiss means "love" quite yet. I like the fact that they actually seem to be communicating like adults instead of dragging it out and going through a million misunderstandings because no one will say how they feel about the other.

As for him "switching" or whatever: the drama has dropped all sorts of hints that he likes her and genuinely cares about her. I don't see any need for him to "switch" from any one thing to another. It's all his life, and truthfully, the sister drama is already entangled with Yeo Jin, since that's how he got involved in this whole thing anyway.

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Totally agree with what you said. But I also wondered if YJ is feeling the Nightingale syndrome, we'll have to see.

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OMO! This is what I was saying too. If episodes 7 & 8 were combined, how great would it have been! I think the writer's intentions would have been translated better had they not split the two. Perhaps it was done to give our lead a rest? He really needed it since the shooting schedule is no joke. And I agree with you that viewers shouldn't have to re-watch and psychoanalyze the characters to get what the writer wants to convey. I shouldn't have to use my brain to feel the romance. Because truth be told, the viewer wants to feel like he/she is falling too. But perhaps the writer's strong point isn't romance so I can't shoot him/her. What the writer does well is the action and high stakes. Hence I'm looking forward to next week.

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Right on! :)

I was lost after watching those 2 episodes.

Thanks for bring up the perceptions of Korean kisses, I wondered if it's part of their culture or just kdrama stereotypes because sometimes you'd see in certain dramas that even a simple kiss on the forehead means a great deal too.

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@ Matt
Totally agree with you.

At first the kiss caught me by surprise. Without the usual angst, delay and deliberation in KDramas, the KISS happened. But upon reflection, the church scene was a life-death to their true motives. Earlier, both established their "needs". His sister. Her escape and revenge. They had no other choices. She was his only hope and he was the only boat she has.

But now at the crossroad (coincidentally at the church), they faced the truth of the matter. That he doesn't need her help to cure his sister and that he had rescued her even though he had alternative offers. As a doctor, he could hand her over to President Go but he kept her by his side, certainly going beyond his professional care to keep her alive.

Without burdening her with his own feelings, he drove home the point that he wants to save her. He did play a noble idiot for a while but when confronted by her, he acknowledged: I don't want to be jealous of a dead person.

After the revelation from Cynthia and now added with the offer from Do Joon, she realized he saved her not out his need but because of his feelings for her.

Maybe it's just a metaphor but he played fair, giving her two offers: president Go and Switzerland. Yeo Jin responded likewise, she called him not out of need this time but because she wanted to.

Yes, he was rather subtle, but I think two points pushed him to acknowledge his feelings for her. Hearing Do Joon and Chae Young talking about love and position made him realized he had loved her even though he was in a different world from her.

But the most defining point was the late Soon Hoon. Earlier, his reaction was lukewarm to Cynthia's Romeo and Juliet's rendition. But this time, Chae Young's story was no different and yet it took on an entirely different meaning for him after saving Yeo Jin at the risk of his own life. Now he truly felt for Yeo Jin's attempted suicide - though foolish, she did it because she couldn't live on without her loved one. And perhaps it occurred to him that his "suicidal bullet wound" desperation to resuscitate her was also love as hinted by his junior surgeon. And love is also the reason that he was indeed jealous of the dead boyfriend.

And Yeo Jin also finally came to terms with her own feelings. Without saying So Hoon was reckless, she acknowledged he died because of her and her guilt bears scars that would take time to heal. Yong Pal was no less sacrificial perhaps even more so, coz he took a higher risk than So Hoon. And he almost died for her. I think that had moved her ever since she woke up from her surgery...

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Matt and Shuerei,

Thank you. I don't understand why the others are complaining about the romance being too sudden, the buildup was subtle, but it is there, and in good taste.

I love the church scene where he first left her. In his own way, Tae Hyun is putting them on equal grounds. From that point onwards, any decision that Yeo Jin makes is her choice, not because she needs him or he owes her.

Tae Hyun probably realised that he had feelings for her, but practical as he is, I bet he is also hesitating to make the big leap with Yeo Jin without knowing how she feels. Afterall, he is still responsible for his sister (which could still account for why he risked his life to save Yeo Jin in ep 7)

The fact that she calls him is a confirmation for Tae Hyun, and how the plot continues does not feel forced nor rushed at all.

Unless one prefers to stare and linger for episodes like in Heirs (as Peacegee nicely pointed out) ... #roll eyes# or having 40 yr olds running around acting like 20 yr olds (actually, more like 15 yr olds) ...

Looking forward to the next episodes. Yong Pal hwighting!

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@ Yongpalyi
*wave* I like your "name"

I am on board with you. I think the heart-stopping intrigues and the dark heroic pace escalated a lot of emotions for our leads and it's not surprising that they connected romantically on a fast track.

Everyone around him could see how he has been nurturing something for Yeo Jin. Finally, it took the wine, urgency (funeral) and interaction with Chae Young to cross the line. Yes, both of them made a deal but it's obvious he suggested friendship coz didn't want the "relationship" to end after the rescue.

Also, he never view her first as a patient and second as a woman. To him, Yeo Jin has always been an enigma. Also, Yeo Jin was not a patient. She was a "prisoner". Though he ended up as a reluctant "warden", the fact is he never sign up for that. He had thought this Young Ae was perhaps sickly.

In other words, Yong Pal has fallen for her while she was sleeping. Since he has always been fascinated about Young Ae, the moment he met the sleeping heiress and found her awake, he already crossed that line. From fascination to love. And Chae Young was right. “Star-crossed lovers always seem to find one another and fall in love; The kind of love nobody dreams of.”

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thank you so much for this...people have been going on and on about how it seemed abrupt and all...the kiss was too much too soon too blah blah....dude for once its an adult love story...without all the stereotyped childhood love and other stupid thing!!

This couple have been through a lot...have we seen tae hyun like this with any other female...no...i so loved when u said that for him it was more instinct than anything else...tae hyun is the first guy in three years who is truly good to her who actually give a damn about her....hell he saw her dead...couldnt revive her...in that moment when he was crying he must have realised how much she means to him...i bet the others would have preferred tae hyun denying his feelings for next two episodes and then having a epiphany that yay i love her....
he just accepted that he cares about her...thats an adult thing to do..

n yes i hate drunken kiss,accidental kiss,or wide eyed surprise kiss or the i will be all macho and grab you kiss....

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i could understand it but still.. IM GONNA MISS THEIR ADORABLE FRIENDSHIP!!!!! sigh

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I'm going to drop this drama. As much as I love romance... this was so unexpected and way too early. And also why getting rid of the interesting characters?! O.o I don't understand.

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The romance actually took me by surprise. Either the clues were too subtle for me, we are supposed to assume it happened off screen, or someone fudged up the writing. I kept asking out loud, "What is going on?" At no point did I feel like TH had time to develop feelings for YJ. And in what world would someone who has been asleep for 3 years tell a near-stranger, "Wait for me," as if she thinks there is a possibility she could get over the guy she is still obviously mourning. I am sorry, Show, but I don't buy it. Not this early. Also seemed OOC for TH to kiss her. :/ Somebody help me understand what I missed!

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I don't think you missed anything. I'm not appalled by the kiss and as Matt mentioned it's a better option than a drunk or accidental kiss... when you watch Kdramas for a while that does get old.

But I totally agree with you, I think it's too early, and also said out loud "wait, what? This seems too early." I have just not seen the progression of this relationship in the supposed 'long conversations' they've had while she's on the 12th floor. And your point about her asking him to wait for her after literally just waking up with the memory of the accident and her love seems very implausible.

Obviously this is working for a lot of the Korean viewing public but I have recently seen some really outstanding dramas and this doesn't compare for me.

I'll keep watching to see what they do, but with less anticipation than I had a few episodes ago.

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I think it is just bad writing. I like it when a drama fleshes out the romantic development of its leads, but this one had me scratching my head too. I just don't get it, I guess the production team intended for us to be blown away by the sappy "Angel" song and the dream sequence of them frollicking in the garden in episode 7.

I guess they're working with a korean drama timeline where, "the first kiss has to happen by episode 8!!!" in most cases. It doesn't work for me in this story. Would have liked to see more character development, especially considering how Yeo-jin was blaming him for making her lose her identity just the day before.:/

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same i love more fleshed out romance, the ones where you get so hooked and you can feel it in your soul and your totally at the edge of the seat and not confused about what is even happening right now lol. at least its like that for me, so im not rally gonna be its cool about the romance that happened here, its disappointing. but each to their own

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Warning loooong post! :)
Hey people don't give up on that drama just yet, let's wait and see how all of this is going to fit into the picture ;) Even though i myself am not a fan on how this romance developed, i don't think it is going to turn sappy from here.
In my opinion this is a mind romance and not a heart romance for the viewer, meaning that we don't see/feel the emotions in scenes that much but rather have to think/ interpret what the emotions behind actions could be.
Also there is a limit to what they can do while hiding and playing dead inside a hospital.
Imho, a 'wait for me' plus a hug would have sealed the deal better than the kiss, but well, guess they are in a situation where they have to go 'all or nothing' lol
As i said I'm not happy about it myself, but they might still surprise me, I'm willing to check it out :)

@Emmy i also was shocked at first that she was blaming him instead of thanking him, especially after she heard all the good stuff from Cynthia... and than suddenly the call and the kiss?... nope, now i think differently. I think that she momentarily also forgot all the troubles on the rooftop but Cynthia put her back into reality with stating that he risked so much 'just because of a woman'. I guess that it scared her that he might get harmed because of her and so she tried to put an emotional distance by being bitchy towards him. The thing I'm not sure about is, if he suspected it or not... maybe he intended to test her with this 'one call'.. don#t know my brain bursts from thinking :)

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@Shiria

It's interesting that you read it that way. My interpretation of it was that she was legitimately pissed to "lose power" in the sense that she was now Kim Young-mi instead of the rich heiress Han Yeo-jin.

I thought her talk with Cynthia made her aware that Han Yeo-jin was legitimately dead, and her being with Tae-hyun was her best (and only) bet because she is no longer in a powerful position and all her revenge plans have been for nought. So I felt she was really blaming him for botching up her carefully planned operation with Chairman Go.

I guess we'll tune in next week for more clarification! I'm definitely going to continue watching eps 9&10 while hoping that we will be back to the awesomeness that kickstarted this drama.

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Shiria,
Very astute observation about Yeo Jin.
Both yong pal and her are the same. By bitchy she hopes to keep him away from harm and probably added by both jealousy at seeing Chae Young flirting with Yong Pal while she is too helpless to do anything for him.
And he being a noble idiot telling her that he is ready to abandon her so that she could freely make the decision she wanted. Or so he thought.

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hey Shuerei and Emmy :)

I first tended towards Emmy's observations, but something kept bothering me.. Yeo-jin's different behaviours somehow didn't match up, so i went looking for stuff i might have overlooked. That sudden good girl-bad girl-good girl or call it love-hate-love switch was a bit too extreme to be convincing for my taste. Such as 'aaww nice rooftop' then the realization 'what have i done' followed by the sudden switch towards 'you ruined my life' and then back to 'don't leave me' mode..hmm..
Also to be honest, i plainly just HOPE my second idea is right because i am bad at handling spoiled rich girls as main characters LOL :) If she really ends up being just a spoiled mean psycho rat, then my affection for this drama will be in danger. As you said, we will have to watch and see what comes next ;)

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I really hope it's exactly as Shuerei says, two complicated noble idiots as it should be in drama- land, I'd like that, a little pink in their dark worlds :D
Maybe he realized her 'masked worry' when he was threatened as he suddenly remembered her words about him getting hurt the most.. hmm..

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hi shiria,

i think most likely your hunch is correct.

i believe the switch to being spoilt brat and claiming herself as a crocodile is really out of her concern for him and probably a bit annoyed at the "flirting" from chae young.

if she was truly angry at him, she would have been ranting at him at the rooftop.

he probably could see that she was being a noble idiot but may not know exactly what made her bitchy. regardless, he certainly wanted to set her on a correct path ...because i don't think he believed for a second that she is a crocodile...maybe a tiny one...

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Oh, thank God, the recap is here! I've been refreshing non-stop... SO THANK YOU.

These last two episodes were a little slow, I'll admit, but I think that's because the writer wanted to focus on relationships between the characters rather than plot progress... which I'm totally fine with, as long as we get some action in the next episode(s).

Yeo-jin and Tae-hyun continue to be a joy to watch, at least for me. I gaped at my screen when he kissed her, I honestly didn't expect it so soon. I hoped for it, but I didn't think it would actually happen. When I think about it, maybe it isn't too early for a kiss, considering we've almost reached the halfway point. I hope their friendship remains unchanged, though, because I really loved watching them interact with each other.

I think Yeo-jin's boyfriend wasn't as good and nice as Chae-young and everyone else made him out to be. I was suspicious before, but that little slip by Do-joon solidified my opinion that he had some ulterior motives.

As for Nurse Hwang... *sigh* the kdrama Truck of Doom strikes once again. She seemed like a very interesting character, and I was even more disappointed she was killed off when I saw that picture of her and Yeo-jin. There's a story there, I just know it!

All in all, I think it was a solid episode with (albeit a little rushed) character development. Hopefully, we'll get more Yong-pal action and much-needed answers next week. Until then! :D

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I'll keep watching, but with a lot less enthusiasm because I no longer trust the writer. I hate it when they skip the most delicious part of a romance, and when they eject the most interesting side characters. At least we still have Chae-young. Fingers crossed that there's no "strike three!".

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Yeah, I knew from the beginning the writer couldn't do subtlety, but that was ok for me cos the action was so darn good. This week was just... meh.

Also, they threw out the super cool Stephanie!:( Chae-young and Tae-hyun are my favourite characters, I hope Chae-young will get more screen time. I think if they throw her out of the drama I would stop watching.

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Funny how we get a couple slow episodes and people are quick to bailout. Sure the romance aspect seems a little rushed, but I'm still sticking around. Dramas all have its flaws...

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I love that these two actually talk to each other. None of this romance is a surprise to me, as HeadsNo2 said, there's a foundation in the friendship they built. You can see that TH was liking her more and more as he learned how smart and strong-willed she was. and that she was drawn to someone she could trust and who challenged her as an equal, and who didn't bend to her like a sniveling yes-man.

I don't take what happened as them thinking that they have a mythical-type love already. I think they just both owned up to liking each other as more than friends. YJ even said she needs time. TH, being the straight shooter he is, just capped off the moment with a(n appropriately chaste and sweet) kiss.

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@ Amelia
I like the way you described his character: straight shooter. Yes that's way different and realistic than most KDrama leads. And I like how leads like Yong Pal and Healer are written. It's refreshing that a sensible, mature and decisive guy like Yong Pal would take the tender initiative at the right place and right time rather than hold back for another 8 episodes.

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This is so weird, most people love it when a romance comes quicker than expected . . .

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i personally, not really like it.. in my head, love needs process and the process in this drama seems too fast & furious, lols..

i was surprised that the writer gave us a kiss scene. i thought, they would started as friend.. then.. you know, realized their feeling to each other.. typical drama-like..

i mean, i like the romance in Healer, Kill Me Heal Me and Falling for innocence.. while in this drama, emm.. let's see.. i still trust the writernim.. and respects his imagination.. :)

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I also like that this drama is acknowledging the romance early, instead of stringing us along with bickering and misunderstandings, before officially getting the couple together in the last or second-to-last episode (which happens too much in the dramas I've watched). It'd be nice to see a couple established and then see the challenges that still come.

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I agree! It will be interesting to see how they will be tackling the challenges ahead of them and how those will affect their relationship.

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Thank you for the recap, HeadsNo2. I was waiting for it, to see if what I understood while watching the drama was really so. Some of those things are: 1-so CY is really hitting on TH (and I am glad he rejected her), 2-YJ WAS jealous, when she saw TH and CY talk and laugh together (I personally liked that), 3-and I wondered why CY told TH that he now owed her, when I assumed that they would be equals now. Since TH saved her life earlier, and she provided extra care for him, why does he still owe her? That didn’t make sense to me. I am curious about the beanies’ thoughts on that.

I was also wondering, is that OK for TH to be drinking some wine so soon after his surgery? And also, does anyone know what church TH took YJ to? I was wondering if I could look it up online (as in see more pictures and get more info about it).

I am one of those who was a little surprised by the romance this early, I didn’t expect it this soon, especially since I assumed that the show would be extended to 24 episodes. Isn’t that a confirmed fact? I did like the friendship as well, and I was hoping to see the romance being (more) slowly built up and developed. Now I am curious about the kinds of obstacles the writer will incorporate, to fill in the episodes. And we will have to have some angst as well. Having said what I said earlier, I think I can be OK with the romance (this early), it is the kiss I didn’t quite expect in this ep. I am not totally sure why, though I have seen kisses in Kdramas as early as in ep.2 (City Hunter comes to mind), and some kisses before the 8th ep. (YFAS, Healer, etc...)

I can’t help but wonder how long DJ and CY have been married, and if CY married DJ only so she could have access to YJ (so she could help her dad?). Did DJ already know (back then), that CY did not love him? (And hoped that would change?) I also don’t feel like DJ loves his wife, to be honest. He says he does, however I don’t see it, and I don’t feel it, which leaves me curious. I also wonder how long it will take for Detective Lee to reach or catch YP/TH. He has good instincts, and he doesn’t seem to want to let go of YP, so hum… I am also curious about what is going on with TH’s sister. I hope she is OK. Who takes her to her dialysis appointments? Her dad seemed to not always be there.

I liked the comments Heads made about nurse Hwang. It would have been interesting to find out how much she knew about DJ and YJ, alas… I don’t know what to expect from next week’s episodes, and I will be patiently waiting.

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Hi Ivoire
I have a feeling that you'll be happy with the characters and knowing their motivations in the other show, Twenty Again, more than in Yong Pal. The characters there are more fully realised and we can understand where they are coming from.

Your questions here are totally relevant... the thing is that Yong Pal is not much into character development, (it was more plot driven) so all the questions we ask about the motivations of the characters, we have not been shown or told, therefore we have to guess.

If we guess correctly, we are pleased with ourselves and the show. If we guessed wrongly, we are less happy or we feel we've been 'misled'.

If the plot manages to tighten up again and some investment is made into showing us more of the workings of the minds of our characters, I'll be a happier camper. :)

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Growingbeautifully
Your assessment explains a lot. Thanks!
I must admit that writer Song Ji Nah was more meticulous in her writing for the Healer. Unlike yong pal, the Healer leads expressed their thoughts verbally so visually we just can accept the outcome much easily.

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RIP nurse Hwang. You will be missed though I laughed at the truck of doom scene. It was so sudden and ridiculous but it still works.

I was initially disappointed with this ep but all things considered it wasn't that bad. We got great insight into Do Joon's character. I'm just looking forward to next week. Things should pick up then. The show does have more to offer aside from the romance.

Although I would have preferred to see a budding romance between the leads, its okay. This is after all only the beginning. The relationship didn't start and end here. If the writer can present a good romance in the future i'll be on board. Aren't I already?

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Agree with Matt and AmeliaBedelia ALOT!!

I appreciate the show for being real and just sincere, genuine on the 'romance' between two strong, adorable adults....

And who wouldn't accept that sweet kiss from Yong Pal??? That guy who risked his life for you, and same guy you thought you lost because he got shot and he "left" you by yourself in that church... Damn, if I was the girl, I'm sure I would have some feelings towards Yong Pal by now too.

Like I mentioned, Yong Pal and our Young Ae deserved that kiss <3 ^_^

Looking forward to next week's eps!! Action, comedy with the gansta boss, romance... yep, Yong Pal, fighting!!!

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Same here I can't wait to watch the next epis.. Already excited haha

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love your positive comments among the majority of negative ones...

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@ninibae and @peacegee

Oh, I'm not just positive, I'm really excited about this show! Hope you guys too!

When, YJ said, "You said I could make only one phone call with this cell, a call of a lifetime… that’s you.” What is the best answer to those words but a gentle sweet kiss??? Damn, indirect confession, still an honest communication is daebak!!!

^___^ 'til next week, everyone!

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@Ivoire

"3-and I wondered why CY told TH that he now owed her, when I assumed that they would be equals now. Since TH saved her life earlier, and she provided extra care for him, why does he still owe her? That didn’t make sense to me. I am curious about the beanies’ thoughts on that."

As I understand it, CY said that TH saving her life cancels out his betrayal of her (siding with Do Joon). The fact that he betrayed her to save her life makes them "even." So her saving HIS life is a fresh debt to be repaid.

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unfortunately I am really confused after watching ep 7&8.
I feel like it's scattered all over the place and there is no string attached to anything.....
was really loving it up until now. It's not that bad, and ofcourse when it's moon jo won, everything is just so adorable. But wish it was better.
It almost feels as if each episode is being written by a different writer and none have watched the previous episode :(

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So.. they skirted the most exciting part about the romance and magically had them like each other without us even being shown the whys and hows. and now somehow their entire relationship seems so shallow now. Did they bring in a new writer ? im so confused, this show went from a 9 straight down to a 2

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I think Stephanie Lee is leaving Yong Pal maybe because she have things to do?? I don't know whether her departure was planned in advance or is the result of a decision reached while filming the drama. But her management company said that it will not affect the plot if she leaves the drama. And Stephanie Lee is a top model so maybe that's one of the reason too.. Please correct me if there's something wrong with my grammar..

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There's something about a guy in a crisp long sleeved white shirt and black pants...and when that guy is Joowonnie, even better ;)

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I laughed at the Truck of doom. I mean it is the most cliche way of dying.

There are many ways to kill someone, and the writer decides to pick the most cliche thing in kdrama!! Really?!

I do agree. I dont know what is happening to this drama, and it is not good.

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i don't mind the romance actually. people don't have to be head over heels in love to make an action and thats what yongpal did. In real life you can ask ppl out after knowing them a short while. that's why he was able to leave her and see. basically it's " i am interested in you, but are you?"

i do have issues with the plot though.the running awa wasn't thiught through properly and they did no planningafter.

surely he doesnt think he just runs away but Chairman will take care of sis?

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I agree with your opinion and going to drop this too. Nothing significant really happened this past episodes and I kept fast forwarding through the epsiode until it is over. I find it interesting that most shows that are popular and have high rating I actually don't like

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Did anyone else catch the quip/wisecrack Han Do-Joon made about Chae-Young to his secretary? He couldn't believe she received an education from an all women's school/college.

To that I say...The predominance of male leadership is a reality for you but don't be so quick to easily shrug off your "ditzy" wife Chae-Young.

The value of and the benefits from all-girls schools: they teach and create a culture of female leadership, the value of girl power, and other characteristics that girls will need to be leaders in a world that often takes exception to and doubts their capabilities.

Dismiss single-gender education and/or spurn the courage, confidence, grit, and humor of a girl/woman at your own peril.

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I thought he meant the opposite of this. It seemed like he was questioning how she could have gone to a school like that--as in a good one--and still be so stupid.
That he tells that she can "keep pretending to be an idiot" would imply that he knows she isn't.

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DJ knows she is pretending to be annairhead and pretending to love him. But for whatever reason, he is choosing to allow everyone to keep thinking her act is real, including his trusted secretary. I'm assuming that reason will play out in the future.

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@amelia
You are spot on. He must have known her pretense all along so he gets his secretary to spy on her. Either out of jealousy or suspicion. Both I would say.
I am uncertain about two things;
He knows she didn't love him and yet why she was willing to marry him?
Another thing is that prior to the accident, he told Yeo Jin that he has to marry the woman that dad would select for him. Was she already selected to marry him?
I am not sure the timing and motives involved here...at least for Chae young.

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@Cooler, @AmeliaBedelia, & Shuerei

It certainly makes their interactions and storyline more of an interesting watch.

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I wonder what was the "promise" between evil bro and sung hoon?

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+1! what promise?

looking forward to the back story!

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So many negative comments...common. No one is super perfect in this world.. Why so much hate? .. It's made for entertainment purpose.. Learn to enjoy it without being too critical about it ?? if u keep finding flaws then am afraid you will forget how to enjoy a drama fully .. But then everyone is entitled to their opinion so yeah I enjoyed reading the comments...
For me this drama is good. The romance bit that everyone is talking about is fine for me. they are two young adults who have no close friends . They both needed love care and company in their lives. So it's obvious that they fell in love in a very short period of time. ... I prefer this kind of romance over Kim Tans. . Just saying ....

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+1 they are mature lonely adults. that is to happen and yes, the over staring and draggy plot in Heirs was far more unbearable. This is more realistic...

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Haha I did get a bit of goosebumps at the overstaring in Heirs. But in Yong Pal, I finally see why people raved about Joo Won. He was able to convey so much in an effortless manner.

He gave away many hints with his gazes and smiles. But looking back, when he was blabbing at the non existent stars, it was obvious that he was already crushing on her big time. I almost missed that...

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Call me macabre, if you will, but the scene where Nurse Hwang gets run off by the truck of doom was one of the most surprising in this episode. I had to watch it multiple times, I couldn't believe my eyes. President Go really does things with flair, doesn't he?

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As much as it upset me that we'll not get to see she and her madness back in action again, the thrill of the surprise of her death is probably where the episode peaked for me!

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Me too! Though it struck me as more comedic than anything else.

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Haha @Adal yes! I laughed.

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The first few comments I saw some people said they weren't going to watch anymore. I was fully expecting a romance anyway, so am pleased it's moving quickly. I've watched a few dramas that didn't get going until after episode 10, so this is nice. Some of the characters we'll miss, but maybe we'll either see them in flashbacks or they'll be back. It's really good when the writers can make you care about a character in so few scenes. I don't mind when they jump forward and don't spend precious film time showing hours of physical therapy, stuff like that slows down the story, so just use your imagination to fill in the blanks. I'm new to kdramas, and love them so much more than American tv, which I grew up on. Now when I watch my American tv it seems so sterile, no depth to the characters at all. I love how in the kdramas there is more acting with the eyes.

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OTP kiss in ep 8? I'd usually be throwing confetti, so why did this one not work for me?
THs Meadow rendezvous dream didn't help IMO. That was probably supposed show progress in the romance - that scene a) came somewhat out of nowhere and b) didn't actually happen. Then we have this scene where TH plays music from his phone for her - about someone who died (erm, okay?) - rooftop - no thanks for saving me - drug/kidnap - drive - chapel - bam!
I guess we're lucky they didn't get married then and there, but the day is still young...
let's just say it makes sense for the characters to move fast, what with all the death threats and all.
Inspite of this little damper I'm really curious how the story continues *crosses fingers*

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I am not bailing. I love this show so much, and even more after ep 7 & 8. It is about time they upgrade their friendship into romance, because, you know, after this episode, all hell's may break loose with the two crocodiles scheming and onto killing spree, and (except the two male crocodiles), most people dont have clear clue on what the future is gonna be.

Although i suspect next week is going to be darker in tone, it is going to be exciting, i bet! Tae hyun's confession and that kiss, and with few things yet to be unearthed (that photo, sunghoon's secret,...) I am so on board. Bring it on.

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HeadsNo2, Tae Hyun can't simply turn down Do Joon's offer to help send his sister without looking suspicious. Tae Hyun is smart, he knows he has to accept it because they know his sister is dying and she's Tae Hyun's motive. At this moment TH has to play along and let DJ think he's on their side. Whether or not he takes DJ money, DJ will not let him or Chief Lee go easily. TH has to win against DJ or run away to survive.

I do not think Tae Hyun meant to issue ultimatum to Yeo Jin and leave. It is not so much of him making up his mind but Yeo Jin's.
After YJ’s outburst and his conversation with Chae Young, Tae Hyun realizes that he must help YJ get up on her feet figuratively as soon as possible. He knows Do Joon and President Go plan to stage her funeral soon so time is running out. To start the process, he has to force her to face her past.

Just as important is she has to make a decision whether to go to President Go or give her trust to Tae Hyun. Just as Tae Hyun said, there was no more reason why he should help her. However in his heart he wants to but he needs her to be totally on board. Hence, he laid down the facts before her and gave her the ultimatum. I think he could not resist the parting shot that he didn’t want to be jealous of her dead fiancé. That was the first quasi confession he made of his feelings towards her.

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His approach; leading her to the church and being deliberately cruel to her may seem unnecessary. But he needed her to make the right decision without filtered perceptions and emotional baggages.

He probably didn't intend to reveal his feelings so I like the way you put it - that he couldn't resist the parting shot and the quasi confession.

Yeo Jin may be a bit naive but she is no fool either. He appeared to be cruel and while she appeared to accepthis "ultimatum" grudgingly, her instinct made her question his true reasons.

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I feel uneasy with all thus developments .... not only about the romance part... the writer can write off characters easily ... he doesn't care about how the viewers recieve the characters ... even they have posistive feedbacks .... he can kill them or make them go away... and with the romance development I got the feeling that at the end of this show the otp wont be together ....

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As long as the writer knows what he's doing and we can't pass judgement yet, isn't it a good thing that he is not writing things to pander to viewers or fans? I don't know where Yong Pal will end up but I am glad that the writer is willing to take risks like killing off popular characters to move the plot.

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its okay to kill characters as long as the writers dont kill the romance of my otpppppppp or even the literally kill them.... Im gonna flip!

I'm being paranoid because with episode 7 and 8 all impossible things happened and this isssss just a bad signnnn for me .... this romance is too early ... they are giving early happiness to the viewers and its tooo suspicious ... if this will be tragic ending! its better if they say it now!

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You can't choreograph a fight sequence like the one in Ep 6 and not have to slow it down afterwards, so the pacing seems reasonable from a production standpoint.

From a story standpoint, the pacing seems reasonable as well. All sides just made major moves. It makes sense from a character standpoint that after all of that--Nurse Hwang knifing the director, mob scene on the VIP floor, doctor shot in the hospital, stock moves, and Yeo Jin's "death" that all players would have to stop and examine their position.

The romance makes sense to me from a story standpoint and a human standpoint. Their growing friendship and all the action we've watched play out was the "romance." Both of them nearly died. They can really only talk about their situation to one another... makes sense to me. Add to that, he's guy. Even in Kdramas, the guys that end up in the friendship zone are the ones that missed an earlier chance to make a move.
Personally, I'd rather be romanced with Tae hyun's acts of loyalty, devotion, friendship, and sacrifice, but, that's just me (and anyone else who has some sense.) For those who value hallmark romance higher, they threw that in as well:
1. He held her when she found out they were planning to kill her.
2. He showed up in her room with the lavendar flower, having deduced from her phone call that she must like that flower.
3. He played her a song that made her cry.
4. He showed her the outside world for the first time in 3 freaking years.

With that said... I am not pleased to hear about this episode extension. I wish they would throw in some extra "good times" or comedy in these extensions, but Koreans love to cry, so *sigh)

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+1000 agreed on: I’d rather be romanced with Tae hyun’s acts of loyalty, devotion, friendship, and sacrifice, but, that’s just me (and anyone else who has some sense.) ---nope, it's not only you!! ^_^

Again, like what many positive peeps have mentioned above, establishing the "romance" or "feelings" of both are relevant at this point of the story.

I salute this writer for being consistent in showing us the urgency of our OTP's situation in this week's episode even without translating it into fight scenes. After the action, I'm glad, and it is necessary to have this slow down before everything picks up again. It's like our heartbeats and life in general, the ups and the downs. It is setting and preparing the stage for the comeback of Young Ae.

Here, we find that Yong Pal stands by his decision to not give Yeo Jin to any crocodile, but he also finds middle ground by allowing and taking into consideration Yeo Jin's own feelings and opinion on the matter.

Like what HeadsNo2, I appreciate that Yeo Jin was proactive and had time by herself to think all of this through.

I like that Yong Pal took this chance to confess about his growing feelings, and that Young Ae also became honest with her situation and "feelings" for him. Nothing like a mature, honest, thinking, but not missing-the-chance kind of couple for us! ^_^

And come on, let's all be honest, when YJ said "You said I could make only one phone call with this cell, a call of a lifetime... that's you." What is the best answer to those words but a gentle sweet kiss??? Damn, indirect and honest confession/communication is daebak!!!

And don't you think it's amazing the Yong Pal can hold YJ's hand and straightforwardly reject another woman's hand, and aint that drinking rice water bottle and offering it to your lady love (possible indirect kiss) a subtle prelude to an amazing kiss??

Sorry, I'm not sorry, this love completely works for me!!!

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LOL...
Ok the rice milk thingy was a giveaway too. Gee! I had thought "hey why was he drinking her milk with the same straw:something like that"...

Who wouldn't dream of kissing the beautiful princess? Come on people, let the Prince Charming kiss her. After all, missed his chance while she was sleeping...

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+1 Romance makes sense to me too:)

Who wouldn't fall for a hero that saves you, and i nice looking one on top of that? And she has all the time in the world daydreaming about him. He was the only person she met and actually was talking to. He made her smile, her made her cry, he touched her (with good intentions), he gave her hope.... in a short time after a looon looong time...come on guys...her emotions should be exploding right now.

The same for him. She is THE princess everyone 'knows' and talks about - makes him curious who she is. He meets her - she is really pretty (and finds out she is the suicide girl - adds to curiosity). She might not be what the surrounding makes him to believe - that makes her misterious. She is not supposed to live - which can trigger Yong Pal's instinct for saving people. Material for his daydreaming too;)

This is just my perception and was just pointing out romance material (next tothat works for me and off course there were other motives from both sides next to all these.

To me it is also satisfying if it's just a physical lust that may trigger the beginning of this romance. We don't know what will happen next, maybe both of them will realise that love can't happen and that the actions where rushed ... so maybe it is supposed to be rushed (for those who think it is).

There isn't even a typical love triangle, off course anything can happen. Thanks to Jesus and their weak physical condition or something more than a kiss would happen...it was already implyed...they don't have time for romance development...straight for actions (duh, they are not 16)... time for a revenge plot is comming...Ok, sorry, i should stop, now i am imagining too much;)

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I love joowon to death but seriously this show has slowly lost it's steam. I really don't care about the kissing, even if they've made love already I don't care, but the fact they killed some of the best characters that made me mad.... and the extension...wtf! we are getting greedier aren't we?
I'll be still watching for jw, I dropped cantabile halfway coz I can't stand the female character. Hopefully this one will prevail.

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If it makes you feel better, I think it's fairly likely that Nurse Hwang might make another appearance in flashback form. That photo of her with Yeo Jin means something, and they had better explain what it is because now I'm really curious. :)

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I'm guessing (hoping) that her video recordings come to play at some point. Crazy people with purpose seem to plan for worse case scenarios pretty well.

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Yeah, I didn't think about that. But if she and Yeo Jin had a past, then maybe she had some larger purpose too. I just wonder how they knew each other before. Another family member, or close friend/associate? Nanny/housekeeper/employee, or something of that nature?

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First, when a person says they are disappointed in a drama because it isn't making sense, that is not "hate speech."
I can choose to watch a drama or not watch it. And if I really REALLY liked a show at first, and then (for multiple reasons) decide to drop it (for at least a while) why is that hate?
Too many times shows have started off SO promisingly -- and then gone off to crazyville. (The prime minister & I--wow, I loved that show until his ex-"I thought she was dead" wife came back. Also, Mi-Raw's Choice, SUCH A PROMISING super beginning, and "Girl who sees smells," "Liposuctioned beauty--I can't remember the real title, and too many other shows to mention. I drop shows when I don't enjoy watching them any longer. When it is more painful to watch, or when scenes I know are added to make me cry, make me snort and chortle instead.

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No, you're right. Discussing why you dislike a drama is not "hate speech". I think I missed something. Where did anyone accuse anyone else of that?

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No one said hate "speech." I exaggerated. but some commenters have accused those of us considering dropping the show as "hating."
I don't hate this show. I want it to do well. I want the writing to be good. I can overlook tons of plot holes, but this show (for me) went from, "wow! I can't wait until next week" to "????"
I still enjoy the recap, but it's kind of telling when I find myself thinking, "I wish headsno.2 was Young-pal's writer."

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I agree. People critique things out of love, not hate. Sure, it can be fun to rag on terrible shows, and I for one am very guilty of that...but even our desire to nitpick is born of the fact that we care about Kdrama and its future. Kdrama doesn't have to settle for being entertainment; it can, and should, aspire to being art. And the moment you think criticism has become irrelevant to any art form, that means you've given up on it. This kind of attitude is all the more important given how much the industry has been backsliding in the last 10-15 years.

tl;dr: rock on, Wag_a_Muffin!

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@juniper Totally agree with you as well as with @Wag_a_Muffin too.
Though sometime your comment makes me sighing, but still, I always anticipate to read comments from someone like you, alua, misterX, etc. :D

Criticize doesnt mean hate, but it's actually because we care. But again, there is some people bashing a show or an artist mainly just because their hatred. I wish people can differentiate which one is a critic and which one is an hatred, and dont be narrow minded.

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Yeah, I criticize the dramas I actually watch, because I love good dramas, and it is disappointing to see perfectly good dramas turn into crap because of bad pacing, writing, external network issues etc. (You're spot on with PM& I, the first half was rom-com perfection, and the second half was just really bad, don't get me started on the ending:( ) If I didn't care about a drama I would just drop it completely, without bothering to make any comments.

I think some people just get so attached to a drama, they feel mad and defensive when other people start picking on its flaws. I just ignore them, I think dramabeans is a site where we can openly discuss the good and bad points of a drama without worrying about offending the megafans.

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This comment should be on top of every drama recaps.

Thank you Wag_a_Muffin!

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Could Nurse Hwang have known Yeojin since her Seunghoon days? Was Nurse Hwang related to Seunghoon in some ways? Coz that smile looks genuine.

Not dropping this show for sure. For all we know the my-mom-cant-be-saved-because-you-arrived scenario three years ago will come to light, and that will be a true testament to their \yongpal's\ feelings no? Oh, and as much as I love his sister, I have the feeling tht she's going to die. But hopefully not, cause I'd love for her and yeojin to meet.

Excuse my grammar lol.

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I'm still loving the drama though yeah I agree that the romance came pretty quickly but I was still swooning over those scenes. They are just so cute! And Tae Hyun is such a gentlemen. I need a yongpal in my life seriously.

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WELL SAID!! spot on..

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Many people complained that the love is too rushed. I would like to ask

- What reasons must Tae Hyun have to fall in love with Yeo Jin?

- When can Tae Hyun be allowed to fall in love with Yeo Jin?

Notice that I mentioned Tae Hyun only because he was obviously attracted to her and likes her. For Yeo Jin, it’s more complicated because of her crisis and her past love. She could also be confused if she is feeling gratitude or love. But she definitely feels more for him than just a mere friend.

Their conversations in the VVIP suite count for something and they connected well too.Having to face the crisis together and depend on each other further sealed the bond. Not to mention Tae Hyun risked his life to save her. These to me are better reasons to fall in love than most other drama couples have.

The argument that they were just friends not too long ago does not stand either. Who dictates that a couple must remain in friendship stage for a certain period of time before they can start to fall in love? I know of people who fall in love on their first date. How deep or lasting is that love is immaterial

A frequent complain is that we, the viewers didn't get to see the steps, the build up or excitement. That is only a popular or method drama uses to show love.

Guy staring at girl for protracted length of time. Jerks or cold guy who realize they can't live without the girl and suddenly goes moping like a sick puppy.

Fist grab, shin kick, falling asleep on the guy's shoulder, drunk on piggy back, silly misunderstandings must ensue.

We complain about drama tropes and yet fail to realize that we have been conditioned to accept a certain method and process of how falling in love must be shown.

You can say the romance didn't give you the flutters or fireworks but please don't say it is unbelievable and illogical.

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He risked everything for her. And she tells him that he alone is the only person in the world that she could and wanted to call. And people are surprised they kissed.

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@ SS

Exactly. Love is not a logical path.

All the while, it was pretty clear they had a lot in common; loneliness, missing their mothers, desperate for help...But I think it finally dawned upon him something deeper that they have in common; watching death of a loved one in a tragic manner.

In her case, her love and grief drove her to her suicide attempt. That's the part he may not relate to but it was enough to made him yearn for that sort of love. Losing oneself that kind of thing. If we could recall he was going nuts over losing her. And realizing that, he was able to acknowledge his feelings for her.

I believed she meant that her scars were mainly guilt. Thus, it's realistic for time to heal the scars and for her to accept yong pal's feelings at the same time.

Fundamentally, both of them are trusting and simple individuals who give more than to receive...and maybe love is really that simple. Two star-crossed individuals who found each other unexpectedly and sealed that gratefully with a kiss.

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+1,000,000 on everything, Shuerei!!! Love your 'mini-analysis' on their feelings and actions after! ^_^

Damn, yeah, he really was going nuts thinking he lost her while doing that CPR!!! I cried over that scene!

I hope they win best kiss award somewhere!!

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Gosh! I got to watch that scene again. I don't think a "promise alone" would drive a surgeon crying buckets and pumping madly over her heart. Yes it was very touching and dramatic.

Like gummi stated, we see the shifts as being gradual. Being male, the writer expresses more with actions than words. So, I think in the first place it has always been love.

He has always given her special treatment...
Like you noted, he took a sip at her milk bottle but he just placed the coffee on the table for the nurses....
He insisted on massaging her feet whereas in the case of Chae Young he was very reluctant to do anything.
He gave her where-did-that-come-from flowers or did he buy her prior to the incident...
He showed her the stars that's not even there like a schoolboy having his first crush
He asked what she would like to eat whereas he brushed aside the attention and invitation from other nurse(s).
He requested to be friends with her and he never bothered to do the same with others.
He was leaning very close to her coz-she-would-be-mad-if-he-took-it-away but I think yong pal just wanna be close to her.
He held her hands several times in the past, hugged her too (oh he did hug Stephanie) and we never see him doing that with others...

So I think he may have wanted to kiss her all along. Who doesn't want to kiss the most beautiful and brainy celebrity on South Korea?

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sorry the above message was a reply to ohonodaisuki...
happy watching upcoming episodes!

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I know that people are entitled to their own opinion and I respect that. But sometimes I think that it's too much. (not pointing to any specific comments here) The way they downgrade the whole show just because of 2 'slower' episodes just makes me go 'uhmm...I still love Yongpal though, do I have no taste in KDrama?'

It's the whole sushi thing again. Okay, I get it, you don't like to eat sushi because the fish is raw but you don't have to make that infamous puking face of yours when I'm eating sushi or sashimi or even wasabi.

And the kiss? I have the feeling he's gonna get away with it. After all, Ji an did in IRY, and we had all of that grocery shopping afterwards so yay! Don't know why but I'd love for Yeojin to follow Taehyun around when he does his errands. Again, she's still sick, needs a wheelchair but hey, a girl (me) and a fan (me) can dream. Hee

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I agree. I still love the show, more so after Episodes 7 and 8. I can believe why Tae-hyun acted the way he did and why he kissed her.

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+1

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Thanks for the recap HeadsNo2! Awesome as always!

Initially, I, too, felt that the kiss happened earlier than we'd expect, but not totally random as we have seen the progress of their relationship. But then I thought, maybe it is not the "I REALLY LOVE YOU" type of kiss, but just a grateful kiss shared by two persons who are starting to fall in love with each other and who have just been through a lot. A kiss to start their budding romance and not really a culmination of their love. Some kdrama relationships even start with an accidental kiss or a forced one, so why can't we accept a kiss shared by these two (initiated by TH and reciprocated by YJ), done after they evaluate their relationship together?

Maybe we have just been used to and conditioned by a lot of Kdramas to have THE KISS as the endpoint or payout after so many bickerings, noble idiocy scenes, etc and make it as the FINALE of sort of their relationship. Kind of like the "and they lived happily ever after" part in a fairytale. And since our OTP have not yet been through so much (yeah because almost dying is not yet SO MUCH by kdrama standards) and we have not scene all those cutesy scenes or those long, loving (borderline creepy) stares, maybe that's why some felt it was rushed.

But what if, we'd get to see them develop their feelings more in the coming episodes? And maybe even have more kisses as their romance further blossoms?

And I liked that they have established their feelings earlier instead of wasting a few more episodes denying it or being noble idiots or what not. Now we can move on to the revenge plot with romance on the side and some more dealings with the VIP and gangster clients. And we'd then get to see the AFTER in their "happily ever after" as they together face the crocodiles in their way - Do Joon, President Go and even that detective who was after Yongpal.

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I agree with everything you said! It is refreshing to see a kiss that means something quite different from what we're all used to seeing.

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yay!!!

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Totally agree with you regarding the kiss not equalling the end game. It's the beginning of their fledgling relationship. They like each other, but I think they both know there are a lot of issues to work out (e.g., past loves, dying sisters, police, murderous adversaries) before they can think of what happily ever after could look like.

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I quite like your idea. It would be really nice to see their romance play out during everything.

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Yes @ mah

The kiss From yong pal:
- thanks for being alive
- thanks for giving me a chance
- you are the only friend I have
- you are beautiful

Yeo Jin accepted the kiss coz:
- thank you for saving my life
- thanks for being alive
- you are a great guy
- please be there for me, always

The kiss hols more promises to come....
It's just the beginning

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My only hope is they don't get rid off Doochul and his fellow Gangstah~. They have a good chemistry with Tae hyun. so cute and funny, would be so boring without them~. bye Cynthia, her badass style is superb!

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