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Yong-pal: Episode 10

Reality hits hard and fast for our hero this hour following his return from almost paradise. A lot may have changed during his absence, but the looming threats in the hospital still remain. Tae-hyun will stop at nothing if it means ensuring his sister’s safety, and while he’s busy risking his life, this episode is also a time of emotional healing for Yeo-jin, because sometimes hearing the simple truth is enough to cut deep into the heart.

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EPISODE 10 RECAP

Tae-hyun guns it to Hanshin Hospital, where he wheels the mother and baby into the VIP floor. Since Chae-young isn’t here tonight, he instructs the nurses to set her room up with an incubator and send doctors to see both patients immediately.

Thankfully the newborn is fine, and Tae-hyun steps outside to finally address the nurses’ questions about where he’d been for these past few days. His usual devil-may-care response is returned with the whisper that this is no time for jokes. It’s only then does he learn the shocking news of the hospital director and Nurse Hwang’s deaths.

Yeo-jin, meanwhile, continues to pray at the church. She isn’t alone, however, and steps over to the other pew so that the boy can sleep on her lap. The nurse insists that she get some shut-eye, assuring her that God will certainly answer her prayers and that Tae-hyun will return as promised.

Now that Doo-chul and his lackey have recovered enough to be understood without subtitles, Tae-hyun tells them to get discharged. Doo-chul wonders if this means goodbye for good, but I, for one, sure hope it doesn’t.

Tae-hyun’s in for more surprises this evening because he runs into his father on the VIP floor. To his surprise, he finds his sister hospitalized in a swanky room on this floor, and barely two seconds pass before getting caught up in another argument with his father. She’s supposed to be heading out to the States tomorrow, but all So-hyun and their father know is that she’s been called in to stay here.

Tae-hyun can hardly believe his ears when their once-absent father claims to take responsibility for So-hyun if anything were to happen for her. Bringing up how Dad didn’t step up when Mom died earns Tae-hyun a hard slap.

He’s told that Do-joon must’ve looked favorably on his sister’s case if she qualified for Hanshin’s welfare medical care, especially this late in the year. And if the VIP floor hasn’t done enough restructuring, Chief Lee is now gone, too.

Tae-hyun sits down with Not Chief Lee, who tells him that the Hanshin welfare foundation that was supposed to send So-hyun to the States no doesn’t have the money to do so. So not exactly on Do-joon’s dime then.

As for Chief Lee, whose moustache gives me weird I Hear Your Voice flashbacks, forks over a fat envelope of money for a fake passport.

Tae-hyun stays up in his office before heading back to So-hyun’s room. He rouses her awake and tells her to grab her things. He doesn’t say where they’re headed and tries to lead her out, only to be blocked by security at any exit.

Undeterred, Tae-hyun leads his sister down another corridor, but that’s when he receives a warning text from Do-joon’s secretary that running away will only backfire on his sister. And that reminds Tae-hyun that in this hospital, the cameras are always watching.

Unable to sleep either, Yeo-jin lights a few candles to pray once more. When she rises to blow them out, one of the glass containers crashes onto the floor. Helllooo foreshadowing.

When Nurse Ahjumma has trouble wrapping her head around why Tae-hyun would’ve returned to the minefield that is Hanshin, he says he would’ve come back anyway because So-hyun is being held hostage here.

Everyone else who was involved in caring for Yeo-jin—the hospital director, Chief Lee, and Nurse Hwang—are now gone, so Tae-hyun is positive that he’s next.

While the boy upholds his promise to Tae-hyun by taking Yeo-jin out on her daily walk, Chae-young returns to the VIP floor. She already knows about the mother and the preemie, and makes sure that they’ll be taken care of.

She and Tae-hyun sit down for a chat, and when she assures Tae-hyun that Do-joon can’t kill him while she’s still breathing, he replies that his association to her may only give Do-joon more reason to kill him. That’s where a person’s weakness comes in, she argues, but Tae-hyun is tired of playing the game.

There’s nothing that he can do on his own and neither can he run away, she counters—the safest place he can be is by her side.

Tae-hyun requests an audience with Do-joon, and immediately drops down to his knees to plead for his sister’s life. “Please at least spare her like your promised… then I will kill myself.” Do-joon laughs in return—he’ll take care of that so Tae-hyun needn’t worry.

But Do-joon does finally lose it when Tae-hyun says he’ll make Chae-young believe that he’s made a run for it. He roars that he cares nothing of the kind of relationship they share—the point is that Tae-hyun’s services are no longer needed now that Yeo-jin is dead.

Tae-hyun is escorted outside, where he’s offered a proposition by Do-joon’s secretary: He’ll send So-hyun to America if Tae-hyun goes into hiding. Tae-hyun made a critical error in provoking Do-joon, but the secretary will work to persuade his boss.

He can enact his plan to send his sister away and go into hiding after Yeo-jin’s funeral. Before they part, Tae-hyun leaves the secretary with some final words: “I hope that you have a lot of time before your expiration date. I’m talking about the day you’ll be disposed of.”

With that, Tae-hyun returns to the hospital and into Yeo-jin’s suite which houses the stand-in mannequin. He sits down at a desk and takes a deep breath before he writes a letter to Yeo-jin.

In it, he writes that the mother and baby are fine, the hospital is bustling as usual, and that the process to send So-hyun abroad is going smoothly. He promises to return to her soon… and then writes that everything he’s written up to now was a lie. To be frank, he doesn’t know if he’ll be able to go back.

Out in the lobby, Chief Shin tells his residents that he’s definitely not bitter that he wasn’t chosen to replace Chief Lee. Spotting Tae-hyun, he pulls him aside for a chat and argues about how the position should stay within the same department. Why if the hospital chooses someone from a different specialization, Tae-hyun could soon be out of the job.

Which is why Chief Shin is asking him to put in a good word with Do-joon, packaging his words as if doing so will protect Tae-hyun, too. When Tae-hyun doesn’t give an answer right away, Chief Shin tells him not to forget his roots and sweetens his offer by mentioning that there’s only one available spot for the surgical fellowship and chuckles that he’s had Tae-hyun in mind.

Chief Shin hesitates when asked why he wants to move up to the VIP floor so badly, but he brightens up again when Tae-hyun says he’ll speak with Do-joon. And Tae-yong—who has been eavesdropping on this conversation—stews in anger.

Tae-hyun heads over to the chapel to tell the priest to return to the church alone since he has unfinished business to take care of here. He hands him the letter for Yeo-jin, and instructs the priest to pick up the mother and baby once they’re discharged.

But when the priest urges him to bring them back to the church himself, Tae-hyun agrees. Just outside, Nurse Ahjumma overhears this exchange.

Thinking back to how Tae-hyun is the apple of Chief Shin’s eye, Tae-yong takes out Detective Lee’s business card.

After instructing So-hyun to get ready to leave for the States for realzies this time, Tae-hyun is wrapped up in his own thoughts in the car. When she asks what’s on his mind, he says he’s worried about how she’ll get by without him.

She tosses back that she’ll do just fine, and this playful exchange between siblings is adorable. She promises her brother that she’ll come back alive, but hearing those words doesn’t put him at ease.

When they arrive at the airport, little does Tae-hyun know that Chief Lee is also on the move. Reluctant to part ways, Tae-hyun offers his sister some last-minute advice on what to do when she lands in the U.S. She turns to leave, but Tae-hyun calls after her to give her more life advice: “You don’t live your life for someone else. Not for me, not for our father. You live for yourself, you got that?”

His eyes filling up with tears, he continues. “No matter how lonely you get or how tough things get, you must get through it. For yourself. Got that?” He adds that he’s talking about her medical treatment, but they both know what he actually means. So-hyun says she’ll do her best to get better and come back healthy.

Tae-hyun apologizes that he can’t accompany her, but So-hyun says he’ll always be with her wherever she goes. He wipes his tears, and when she promises to call when she lands, he tells her not to. Crap, something’s gonna happen to her, won’t it?

While Detective Lee arrives at the airport (presumably in response to Tae-yong’s call), Chief Lee stops short when he sees Scarface a few yards away from him. His attempt to retreat is foiled when he crashes into Tae-hyun, who is stunned to see him.

Unfortunately, there’s no time to exchange pleasantries because Scarface suddenly gives chase. Chief Lee makes a run for it, and Tae-hyun chases after Scarface while the security guards chase after him.

Scarface catches up to Chief Lee on the escalators, so Chief Lee quickly hops over to the other side. He spots Tae-hyun on the top of the stairs and runs downstairs to evade capture. Tae-hyun loses the both of them, and when the guards grab him, he tells them that he’s not trying to run away.

As for Chief Lee, he abandons his jacket and tries blending in with a group of tourists. Tae-hyun doesn’t see him, but Scarface must have, because the next thing Chief Lee knows, he’s been stabbed in the gut and now bleeding profusely.

A scream alerts Tae-hyun, who turns back and runs to Chief Lee’s side. As he tries to staunch the bleeding, Detective Lee arrives to hear Chief Lee mumble that someone just tried to kill him.

The airport’s emergency care center is ill-equipped to handle such a serious injury, but ever the resourceful one, Tae-hyun utilizes its supplies to stop the bleeding long enough so that Chief Lee can be safely transported to the hospital.

Chief Lee pleads with Tae-hyun not to be sent to Hanshin Hospital, since certain death awaits him there. Tae-hyun assures him that they’ll be heading over to a different hospital, but that’s when Detective Lee stops him because he’d like a chat with the infamous Yong-pal.

After instructing the paramedic on what to relay to the ER, Tae-hyun is led away by the detectives. Inside the ambulance, the paramedic receives a call to head for Hanshin Hospital. Oh no! Hearing that, Chief Lee begins to panic and screams in protest.

The priest delivers Tae-hyun’s letter to Yeo-jin, whom he finds praying in the church. He leaves her to read it by herself, and this letter’s contents is different from the one we saw Tae-hyun write earlier:

Tae-hyun: “Yeo-jin-ah, I have to wake up from this dream now. While you can live out a happy future if you forget your painful past, my painful past is still ongoing. As long as you’re with me, you won’t be able to escape your painful past. I realized this when I got back to the hospital: I can only be a doctor. Why I became a doctor and what it took to become one… I can’t give all that up just for you. I’m sorry, I’m not going back. You’ll be fine without me. Please be happy and take care.”

Upon hearing news that Tae-hyun is in police custody, Do-joon tears a new one into his secretary. Everything was supposed to go smoothly once Tae-hyun’s sister was sent away, wasn’t it? President Go gives an arrogant smirk, much to the secretary’s ire.

Back at the church, Nurse Ahjumma approaches Yeo-jin to introduce herself (she gives a name, but I much prefer to keep calling her Nurse Ahjumma). Yeo-jin asks if something has happened to Tae-hyun, and hangs upon the nurse’s response of “he’s safe… for now.”

Nurse Ahjumma says she was present when her father, the late chairman, passed away barely six months into Yeo-jin’s coma. Yeo-jin is in no state to hear anything about her father, but Nurse Ahjumma takes her arm—she needs to hear this.

Despite his deteriorating condition, her father refused to be operated for his illness, Nurse Ahjumma says. But when he fell unconscious, the board of directors went ahead to have the surgery done. Do-joon had cut off all lines of communication so that no one would be able to speak to the ailing chairman.

However, as the surgical nurse, Nurse Ahjumma was able to monitor him post-surgery. Moments before his passing, the chairman had briefly awoken. In his semi-conscious state, he imagined seeing Yeo-jin by his bedside and softly called out to her by that name.

He had opened his arms as if to hug his daughter, and Nurse Ahjumma had complied with the chairman’s final wish by accepting the embrace and hearing his last few words. “I’m sorry, Yeo-jin-ah,” he had said weakly, with tears in his eyes. “I love you. And… keep this to yourself.”

If the chairman had said anything following that statement, we don’t get to hear it. Still, hearing this story at all brings tears to Yeo-jin’s eyes, and at last, Nurse Ahjumma passes on her father’s final embrace which she didn’t get to receive in person.

As Yeo-jin sobs for her deceased father, Nurse Ahjumma relays her father’s words: “I love you, Yeo-jin-ah. I’m sorry, Yeo-jin-ah.” She cries that it was all her fault, and the camera pans over to convey that the message has been delivered with an image of the late chairman hugging and consoling his daughter.

Once she’s alone again, Yeo-jin looks back up at the cross. With bitter determination, she thinks, “As expected, you aren’t listening to my prayers, God.”

Tae-hyun, meanwhile, is interrogated by Detective Lee about his activities as Yong-pal. He argues that a doctor’s first priority is to treat patients, no matter where that patient may be. Furthermore, doctor-patient confidentiality forbids him from revealing his patients’ identities.

But Detective Lee won’t give up just yet—sure Tae-hyun might not be able to say anything himself, but it wouldn’t be illegal for the police to acquire that information from a third party. Namely, Tae-hyun’s loan shark Man-shik.

Detective Lee wonders why a doctor would ever consider getting a private loan—has Tae-hyun dipped into some gambling? To that, Tae-hyun honestly says it was to pay for his sister’s medical treatment, but he takes issue with how Detective Lee says he shouldn’t be selling his sister off like that.

The interrogation is cut short, however, when an officer comes in to relay that the police chief would like to see Tae-hyun. Detective Lee’s boss realizes they’re in deep trouble if this investigation has reached the police chief’s ears, and Tae-hyun calmly replies that they can arrange a separate meeting later on with Chae-young.

And with that, Tae-hyun apologizes that he inadvertently revealed one of his patient’s identities. Detective Lee can only let out an absurd laugh.

Tae-hyun is called back into the hospital by Nurse Oh, who tilts her head to Chief Lee lying in a bed nearby. His wound is only getting worse and no one is willing to operate on him, so this should qualify as an emergency x-ray, right?

It’s at that moment Tae-yong enters the ICU with the other residents. His eyes widen upon seeing Tae-hyun. But Tae-hyun has bigger fish to fry at the moment than dealing with Tae-yong because all of a sudden, a bandaged woman walks out of the supposedly unconscious factory worker’s room.

The woman turns her head—it’s Yeo-jin.

 
COMMENTS

Even though this past week’s episodes spent more of its time either on the romance or what happens to Do-joon’s hit list, I’m actually happy to see that our central characters are back in Hanshin Hospital. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed watching Tae-hyun and Yeo-jin getting some time to recuperate in a brief period of almost paradise, and yet if their escape had been the end of it, not only would it leave many a thing unresolved (such as Yeo-jin facing her enemies) but it would also cast aside our characters’ central motivations (like Tae-hyun willing to do anything to save his sister) for love. To be honest, I would’ve been okay with Tae-hyun and Yeo-jin to remain as close friends, and when the show drove their relationship into romantic overdrive, I decided to go along with the ride, because at the end of the day, they are adorable together.

So rather than the coupling itself, it was more the presentation of the last two episodes before this one that felt like a deliberate transitional shift from what we’ve come to know from this series with a narrative slow-down. It’s this hour that feels like things are revving up again, and just in time too, because there are still plenty of episodes ahead of us.

I like that Tae-hyun immediately picked up on Do-joon’s intentions to dispose of everyone and anyone connected to Yeo-jin as soon as he heard of everyone else’s deaths. And to that extent, I hope that Chief Lee pulls through for a couple of reasons, including the fact that I’d hate to see another interesting character die before any part of the revenge actually happens, and because the more we get to know Chief Lee, the more he comes across as a truly pitiful character. He’s the prime example of what happens to a man who gets pulled into Do-joon’s sphere of influence and has past the point of no return. Also, I’m going to go ahead and say it’s really weird seeing Not Chief Lee and Not Chief Hwang walkin’ around the VIP floor because they’re nowhere near as creepy or intriguing as their predecessors.

What I’ve always wanted for Yeo-jin was for her to — literally and figuratively — stand firmly on her own two feet. Even if Tae-hyun is caught up in Do-joon’s web with the deal to spare his sister in exchange for his own life, the ultimate battle is between Yeo-jin and her half-brother. I did find it a nice touch for Yeo-jin to resolve her issues with the source of her deepest resentment: her father, who initially placed under the coma. She had no idea of course, that he had only meant for her to be kept under until she could awake to a world where he no longer existed. It’s unclear whether or not she’s privy to that information now, but I’m inclined to think that there must be a reason why Yeo-jin has re-entered the battlefield of her own volition. And it’s not for a showing for The Mummy Returns, that’s for sure.

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Whoa!! I love how this show is back on track again!! Sure hope YJ's back with a plan to get back all that's hers and save her man!!!

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+1

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Yesss! that ending was perfect and I'm all excited for the next episode T_T..I hope that it will keep us on the edge of our seats like the pre episodes xD

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Yessssss. :3 We want Vengeful Yeojin back!

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@ Mary

Loved the way YJ staggered into the room. Her stare. Like "I am back".

And also loved the jaw-drop on YP's face. Got to admit the writer is genius at hooking us on the last part of each episode.

I am not sure what vengeance mode we are looking at. This is a story about Yong pal but I think we are going to see more character development on YJ's part. She claimed she is a crocodile. I doubt that. But who knows....

As an heiress, her dad might have taught her a thing or two. But is she capable of handling two alligators? Do Joon is a loose cannon but he was capable of fooling her for years. President Go is another matter.

And that brings to mind how gleeful he was that CY will find YP for him. He must be thinking this YP tricked him but hey, he can always use an intelligent man like YP. Or perhaps he wanna "off" YP ASAP but I think President Go is much more complex than that.

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And that is the end of the four episode extension. I hope. I think the writer figured she would use the four episodes to show the developing relationship between Tae-hyun and Yeojin, because sometimes, you need to slow down to give those emotions to fully blossom: case in point, I hear your voice. But now, we're back on the rollercoaster that's Yong-pal and might I say, I love it!

The cop pissed me off because, come-on! Talk about worst timing ever. Then I started wondering if it might turn out well if Tae-hyun really is in prison. Like who could kill him in prison? Then I remembered all the prison movies and series I've seen [Oz, I have my eyes on you], and thought, nah. It's best that he's outside. If he has too, he can run.

And a round of applause for Yeojin. I was a bit miffed when we went the forgiveness route last episode coz, all i could think was what sort of revenge show has the character "forgive" those who wronged her. Glad to see that's not the case. Some people must get their comeuppance and might I say, i love that Yeojin is back in the hospital. Those two {now three because I hope Chief Lee joins in} have to find a way to survive. With help from Nurse Ajumma, sweet Ajumma, our resident mob bosses and every other help Yong-pal can find, I hope Doo-jon, President Go go down squat.

P.S: Thank goodness his sister is safe and away in the USA. Let the payback begin.

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Did you catch that comment about 'selling off your sister'? It made me wonder if she's actually a lot less safe than we hope she may be.

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Nah. I didn't interpret it as that. The police officer snorted so I assumed that that was a disbelieving statement. Like: you're using your sister to lie like that? That's how I interpreted it. The police officer doesn't know about Do-joon yet, so there's no way he could have connected the dots that Tae-hyun's sister might still be in danger. At least, that's what I think.

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I hope so, because I like the sister. On the other hand, Do-Joon is a pretty dastardly fellow. I wouldn't be surprised is she's still in danger.

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Yeah. That is possible. I'm just hoping that the secretary would be the one who actually knows where the sister is and can keep an eye on her. Nothing bugs me like the thought of an unstable Do-joon knowing exactly where to find her. That guy needs help.

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Yep! He does. I was actually hoping that Chae-Young would turn out the be the real power behind everyone, but it seems my hopes are dashed so far. Do-Joon is a little too cardboard for my taste. If wish they'd develop him more. Of course, President Ko seems to be shaping up as a bit of an evil mastermind. Wonder what his motivation is.... and why Cynthia liked working with him.

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I think Cynthia already said she followed the money, and President Go was offering a lot of it. On one hand, I'm hoping the fight with President Go is handled by Chae-Yong. She still owes him for sending an assassin after her. On the other hand, I want Yeojin to be the brilliant strategist [Not necessarily evil mastermind] who would deal with those two. Honestly, they didn't even wait for her corpse to get cold. Assholes. Ugh!

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How did your comment get past the naughty word algorithm? Well done!

Basically, I want any of the ladies in this drama to step up and show us some game. So far, the only person who seems the least quick witted is TY. I'm glad he is, but it would be nice if his sparring partners were clever, not just rich and evil.

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I take that back - the two good nurses are on their game.

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Wouldn't be surprised either. I've been suspecting that going to USA may not equate to safety. Surely DJ would have his eyes on her there so he could use her later. But I still the polic officer was just pushing TH's buttons when he said that. And it wasn't funny. My non existent discontent with YP cops just went up tenfold.

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Same here. It's like his boss said. The police officer spends way too much time chasing after Yongpal instead of going after the real criminals. He's as bad as Do-joon honestly. His obsession taking him too far. I half expected him to prevent Tae-hyun from doing the emergency surgery on Dr. Lee. Thank goodness he had the common decency to at least allow him to save the man's life. Does he have the decency to not insult Tae-hyun's sister? Unfortunately, no!

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And it's a little weird, his obsession. He's upset bc this guy is treating gangsters so he can't wait around hospitals to arrest them? Does he assume that the gangsters can't find another doctor if he arrests YP?

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*he, the writer is a man.

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Oh, thanks :). I have no idea why I've always assumed the writer was a woman. Lol. Thanks for clarifying that up.

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Haha, yeah, it seems majority of the viewers assume that the writer is a woman when the romance takes the wheel in a drama. His name is Jang Hyuk Rin, I believe, and I saw his photo somewhere so I can confirm, HE is a MAN, haha. :D

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:-) LOL Yeah, men!

I have the impression that there are more male writers of Kdramas than women. Do you happen to know?

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Yes, Jang Hyuk Rin is a man. He's in the script reading video. :)

@Susan: It may not be as much as 50%, but there are a fair number of women writing dramas too.

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The return of Yeo Jin:
1. TH is gonna be hopping mad but he'd realize that Yeo Jin is risking her life to be with him. But this time fighting for the truth rather than eloping.

2. Yeo Jin never quite understood how God answers people. In a way, God had sent TH and now chief ahjumma to her... Perhaps God knows how YJ will react. She prayed for safety but God answers with silence prompting her to face the challenges ahead. For the sake of viewers who want more actions rather than kisses!!

Sorry can't help adding the last phrase.

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We can have both tho can't we? I don't think any of us would reject that idea hmm?

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Agree!

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I second that! more action scenes and kissing scenes please!

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Camille, SS, yren
Oookay hopefully we get to see lots of actions and variation of kisses. Kissing mummy, kissing forehead, kissing hands...

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Hah, I really enjoyed that last parting line in your summary!

Super glad the show is picking up speed again. Though it's good that our characters had some mental/physical rest to recuperate, the pacing had dragged a bit this week.

Very excited to see badass!Yeo-jin kick some butt!

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so happy with the turn of events here. Its more realistic now that they both know what's waiting 4 them

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I'm waiting for some vengeful Yeojin, you know, I'd die to see Kim Tae Hee in a tank top, tight black jeans and boots bringing the destruction upon the ones that incarcerated and generally did any wrong to her (and her loved ones, which now is actually only Taehyun). Drama Gods, hear me, I beg..
I couldn't be more happy with this episode. Events started happening again, not only mental, but also some physical developments occured in this episode (I'm looking at you, Chief Lee). I can't really predict where the writers will take us from here and that's what I love about this drama.
Joo Won and Kim Tae Hee have been werking that chemistry through three episodes without a break so it's actually nice to see them not appearing in any scene together, apart from that top tier cliffhanger ofc.
Looking forward to next week, as always, maybe even more.

PS. Again, Drama Gods, bless us with some badass Yeojin. We all beg of you.

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Oh yes! Yeojin kicking ass? Count me in! :D. Although I doubt if she could look as badass as Cynthia, but then again, anything can happen. Drama gods, I too beseech you. Give us some badass Yeojin.

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Well, if she ooze as much charisma as she did when she said "As expected, you aren’t listening to my prayers, God." in the church, I believe she could pull it off.
Of course not when she can't really walk or fight, and this is how the situation is for now. :D
Yeah, now that I think about it, this is a very rare of a case for drama that could actually use a time skip to speed up some developments. Yeojin being all rehabilitated, Taehyun seemingly working normally on the 12th floor while being closely monitored by Dojoon, Sohyun being treated.
Yeah, if I had to decide, I'd really go that route.

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except that DJ is off his rockers and President Go is too ruthless. Their plan is to get rid of Tae Hyun right after the funeral is over.

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+100 I'd like to see her that way, too!

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Matt, your description immediately brought to mind images of KTH in Iris when she was the lone agent stalking the terrorists who had infiltrated HQ.

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I believe the writer inserted the notion loving-your-enemies as a spin or twist to a typical revenge plot. If Yeo Jin returned to hospital to retaliate and kill her brother then it's totally vengeance. But going back to confront the truth and saving her "man" is loving your neighbors as yourself. And she can still choose to forgive her brother and at the same time allows him to face justice.

Yeo Jin thought God didn't answer her prayers. But in the first place she tried to take her own life. And that's a no no. But God kept her alive for three years. The truth is that her suicidal attempt compounded the whole mess. But for now, she will need to focus on saving TH coz ultimately she is a woman who prioritize love above everything else.

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Yeah, they're going to have to find a way to reconcile those things - the love vs. revenge stuff from the talk with the priest. Somehow she must get a revenge of sorts (or we won't be satisfied), but it may not be quite in the "kill everyone" way that she originally planned.

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Yes, I believe that it would not end up with Yeo Jin actually killing her brother. He will be brought to justice as would President Go and the rest of their minions. But these people could end up killing each other before they end up in the hands of law.

True about YJ prioritizing love above everything else.
YJ and TH are compatible in the sense that both of them are willing to give up everything for their love ones. But I wonder if their love can survive the big obstacle, that YJ was the VVIP on the night of TH's mom's death.

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Actually, im starting to suspect that the VVIP that night was YJ's father since the board ordered it, therefore vetoing any other say as the stakeholders, and we are shown the father being wheeled into the operating room.

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I don't think so. But if it's YJ's Dad, it should be easier. I am so tired of 'your Dad killed my Dad' type of stumbling blocks. But if it's Yeo Jin, i think it is understandable that it is something very difficult to get over. TH might overcome it but I am not sure about Yeo Jin

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I think it would be good if it was the father since it would give YJ more of a drive to get revenge on those people who are lording their power over the company and dictating people's lives. TH is too smart to blame YJ since she was in a coma. I think it would also motivate him to help YJ in her quest for revenge. Plus, wouldn't the father being that VVIP be so much more unexpected as a twist? We'll just have to see @SS.

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You could be right! As the CEO he would have been "the highest" possible.

Also, I'm considering the possibility that Yeo Jin's brother is ... maybe not her brother. There was some final secret his father only gave up on his deathbed. The brother was the child of a mistress right? Maybe he's not actually the CEO's son but he took him in for the sake of the mistress but just didn't plan to let him inherit the whole company.

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SS,

The VVIP was Yeo Jin or her dad? Sorry I didn't watch that particular episode properly...

Wow. Regardless, that would make Yeo Jin very miserable to know that. Well...we do know TH has a big heart ....

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They never show. Working backwards on the timeline both are possible. I am more inclined to think it's Yeo Jin because it fits in the 3 yrs nicely whereas Dad died 6 mths after YJ'suicide attempt. Besides, in the scene where the Chief Surgeon was called away from TH's mom, it seemed to be an emergency or something unexpected. YJ Dad's surgery was planned.

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Rewatching ep 2 where TH's mom died 3 years ago, so I'll bet it was YJ the VVIP who came in. That would make a huge angst in the future when he realizes that, though it wasn't her fault. Glad others noticed the parallel.

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There are no coincidences in storylines.

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True. Let's see if it will go as we expect it to or maybe the writer will do something different to surprise us.

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I hope Tae-Yong ends up realizing how useless he's been compared to Tae-Hyun and gets off his high horse.

This entire time he's been thinking about how noble he's been, but in reality has accomplished nothing because he is so stuck following hospital rules, thinking that is the way for his fellowship. (I.e. not wanting to transfer that one nearly dying patient, because he doesn't realize the real world that the patient would get better care at the other place because of poverty and not getting the medication needed).

Whereas, Yong-pal / Tae-Hyun has cured numerous people by going outside of the system.

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I gotta wonder what Kim Tae Hee was thinking when she decided to take this role. She's literally either been sleeping in bed or sitting and staring at a wall for this entire series. I don't care how much money they would pay me; if I were an actress, I would find this kind of role incredibly unfulfilling and embarrassing on a professional level.

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I disagree with that though. Acting is not all about hopping around and doing stuff. The best actors also know how to convey entire conversations with their eyes and subtle nuances in their body language. I won't say Kim Tae Hee is one of the best actresses out there, but her role has not just been sleeping in a bed and sitting or staring at a wall. Even when she was in a coma and managing to convey distress in her subconscious state, she still acted. It's like people saying modeling is not work until they have to be suspended mid air and told to hold that poses, several time in the space of 10 to 12 hours. Some things are not so easy.

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@ itenoria

I agree she deserves her paycheck. It's not easy to lie down for hours.

But let's not forget her bonus: carried (and piggy back rides), kissed, massaged and hugged by Joo Won..

Yeah she is overpaid! I wished I could be in her shoes.

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Rofl. Same here. Honestly, she gets to look at Joo won, kiss Joo Won, be carried by Joo Won, get a pedicure from Joo Won. That's a lot. But when we consider that she's dating Rain, well the girl's probably used to the royal treatment and wants to be paid in cash. Lol. And I think she's earned it.

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Joo Won's bonus as well. get to do all that to KTH. lol

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I finally saw the BTS kissing in church. Joo Won blushed.

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They paid her a boatload of money because she's Kim Tae Hee. She's as close to celebrity royalty as you can get in S. Korea.

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@ aigoooo, itenoria
Yes pretty subjective. Kim tae hee is actually not that well paid @ 40 million won per ep. Other actresses are getting better paid until 100 million won per ep. And Joo Won gets 50 million won per ep.

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This is what I love about kdramas as opposed to my American shows - entire conversations with eyes and nuances in body language. Amazing acting and directing. Thanks for bringing out this point.

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She acted in a few scenes but those scenes are few and far between. I would guess her acting scenes so far are about 1/20 the amount of Joo Won's acting scenes. Her role is probably the smallest and worst female leading role I have ever seen in a kdrama. Can anyone say she was written with any kind of personality at all? She's just...there. Comotose girl needs to be helped/protected/saved by a man over and over. Yawn. People complained about the female lead in Hyde Jekyll being a tree personality wise, but at least she was not physically a log like Yeo Jin has been for almost half the series.

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There's not been a lot of character development across the board in this show. I see flashes of potential with her character - my hope is that it will be realized in the coming episodes.

Are you aware of the Madonna - Whore Complex in writing? http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MadonnaWhoreComplex

I started to think about it as I began to notice the overt symbolism of Yeo Jin with long hair, in a white dress, fragile, in a church, and bereft of the power to alter her situation.

To me, the characters in YP seem almost like archetypes you find in comics - conflicted hero, Madonna, kind nurse, evil businessman, obsessive fan, goodhearted gangster, etc etc. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. In an action driven production this can be really satisfying.

I think that if there hadn't been an extension to 24 episodes and the episodes 6 - 9 hadn't happened, that we would have had a more seamless transition of YJ from victim to revenge-driven hero. Of course I'm guessing a little here - it's my assumption that the rest of the series will pick up with the action and politically-driven plot that the first 6 eps had. We'll see how that bears out.

I am hoping to see more of what Kim Tae Hee can do with her role as she gets juicier scenes in the future. I have a feeling there's a lot of good acting just waiting to happen there.

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I think roles that require little moving around or have less lines are really challenging because they give an actor much less to work with. I actually think, even if her acting isn't top notch, Kim tae Hee has the screen presence (not merely looks, but the way she carries herself) to pull this off, at least so far. And actress that didn't would have become lost in the background long ago.

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On that, I agree with you as well @Dama del Puente.

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Imagine that u need to play an emotion while lying down. it looks easy but in actual not

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Whatever you're thinking is just your opinion, and mine is that now I can't imagine any other Korean actress that would be able to play Yeojin, the Sleeping Beauty other than Kim Tae Hee.
I was initially hesitant about her acting, because I simply feared for her - I didn't want a female lead who gets overshadowed by Joo Won in their scenes together.
As it turned out, luckily, you can argue about her acting abilities (which I don't mind, since she carries her role almost perfectly till now), but what you cannot argue is that she has the screen presence and charisma that makes up for any of her potential lacks.
She and Joo Won are so far my favourite leading couple this year.

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Absolutely right Matt,

KTH has the sweet and likable look to draw viewers' sympathy towards her plight. She even cries so prettily. Besides the presence, they need someone who can match joo won in terms of looks. They are adorable on screen.

And I think they made the right casting. Well somebody has got to play the part of sleeping beauty and I can't think of someone else who could pull off that very well. The other actresses are stellar in acting but I don't think they look as vulnerable and as lost or trapped in a glass castle.

Maybe kim so eun? But she is in a drama now...

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in my opinion, so far, Joowon's best partner is Kim Tae Hee.

i hope there will be a drama with Joo Won n Kim So Eun as a pair in the future. i think they match in the look, and acting ability, even KSE is quite underrated

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I have been thinking about that and waiting for that to happen! I hope Joo Won and Kim So Eun get to act together in a drama in the near future - preferably a sageuk please!

Going back to Yongpal,

Kim Tae Hee is doing a fine job, for me. She cries wholeheartedly and very prettily at that, but I am more excited for the tough/vengeful Yeo Jin! I really loved the scene from an older episode (5 I think) where she and Tae Hyun where talking in the VVIP room (the one with the cellphone and the one with the boat vs luxury ship) and I like how Kim Tae Hee portrayed Yeo Jin there - kind of like this Ice Queen or something. And I felt that with the crocodile speech and then now in this episode, when she said that as she suspects God is not answering her prayers! I just got chills! Bring it on Yeo Jin!

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@mah

Agree, sageuk will be the best choice. Opps, i dunno if JW had any sageuk role before? but it wud be great if JW play sageuk role in the future. we need to see him in traditional costume too. :)

I will add Yoo Ah In and Kim So Eun pairing as well. They have acted together before, but i would like to see them in heavy type drama and sageuk. Hopefully it will happen!

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I agree that the casting is spot on. KTH does look like a princess. So far, she has played vulnerability, petulance, icy and even vengeful very well. There's also a mature vibe about her which always scores with me. I have low tolerance of cute or fake aegyo unless it's absolutely called for.

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Sera, mah, SS
They have baby face looks. So far they have paired off baby face looking actresses with him...
Does joo won have such good chemistry with all his leading ladies?

Would love to see KTH bring on some edgy acting soon. I can understand it's not possible for KTH to pull off something different while sleeping. And even the role of heiress is pretty "standard" - she performed as what her role required so far. But I hope the writer will add in some interesting elements to her character.

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@Shuerei

Does Joo Won have a baby face? Actually, he looks more mature than his peers. I think he can carry 30ish roles. Just don't look at his real self. He's got that drama switch like what jb or was it gf who said it.

As for chemistry with his leading ladies, I think Uee and JW in Ojakgyo Brothers was really good. In Baker King, he had better chemistry with Eugene than YSY. In Gaksital, I can only remember JW and PKW, oh the bromance! I mean Kangto and Mokdan's love was beautiful but Shunji and Kangto, the feels...arrrgh. In Good Doctor, I would like to see more of MCW and JW but they didn't focus a lot on the romance, it was incredibly sweet though.

This is my first time watching KTH, I heard she always has good chemistry with her co-stars.

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@ SS

Yes Joo won has a mature vibe and that makes him chameleon enough to take on a variety of roles. It's also good that he want look much younger than his noona costars.

I recall his tragic bromance with PKW. He can really blend into a role so well that it's hard to see whether he is acting. That's talent.

I am just wondering whether he has "extra" chemistry with KTH? No? Yes? *Grin*

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@Shuerei and @SS

in my opinion, one of the factors that actually saved KTH in her previous drama before was her great chemistry with her partner. She has been criticised for poor acting skill, but mostly agreed on her great chemistry with her co-star even they are lot younger than her, for example Yoo Ah In in Jang Ok Jung. Chemistry between the lead actually play a contributing factor to attract viewers.

But i think KTH is actually improved a lot in the recent years. Maybe she study a lot about acting while not filming any drama. i hope they will make her character more interesting. We know her character is smart, so we need to see her plays active role in the future.

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@Sera
Actually the reason I am watching this show is because of KTH. I didn't watch Ok Jang so I thought I just wanna see how she fare in this.

Agreed, she has screen presence and chemistry with her leading men. But for now, I am happy to see her with Joo Won. I thought he looks dashing here. At least the hair looks decent. I have not seen level 7 civil servant. Was he good in it?

Let's hope KTH can bring something new to her character. Is she gonna be a mummy for a while? If yes, that's gonna be a tough thing to pull off especially acting requires facial expression etc.

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Both YJ and TH are alike in many ways but they both approach challenges differently. What I admire about TH is that despite his traumatic experiences with rather despicable characters (doctor who abandoned his mom, colleagues who made fun of him), he never once thought about retaliation or revenge. He was always very focused. On saving lives.

This is where YJ differs. No doubt she's been betrayed and held captive against her will, and her wrongdoers should be executed, but I think TH's qualities are gonna influence her and she would find herself ascribing to the same values.

At the same time she may also impart something to Yong pal - that poverty does not makes a man weak and pathetic, it's the lack of faith, hope and love that starve a human soul.

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Dear Sherei, you did hit the nail on the head. Here we have a filthy rich brother who has gotten all he have with underhanded methods, but deeply insecure and void. He possesses things (like his wife), but he can't conquer hearts. He doesn't have the courage to get something without his money's power. The scene with him threathening his wife about killing him and her answer that if he were capable, she would have had a chance to fall in love with him is pathetic at best (as a description of his character, not as a badly constructed scene).

TH on the other hand has gotten not only YJ's heart, but also Cynthia's, the Mob's, and the good Nurse's. A capable, reliable and hard-working person who has your best interests at heart is always a good companion, and one you feel inclined to respond in kind.

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Hi FGB4877

YP vs DJ. Interesting topic you have bought out.

Charred by years of suppressed ambitions and non-acceptance, a half sibling not entitled to the throne, DJ is indeed a pitiful man. You are right - DJ is a green-eyed monster, an insecure man with lots of anger management issues.

I dunno what compelled CY to marry him aside from the revelation that he begged her father. Did he threaten her father's life? The fact that he wanted her so much without her reciprocation made it impossible for her to love him. If he had been able to do without her, he might earn her respect which is equivalent to love in her eyes.

YP is a scarred man too. Traumatized by guilt and deprived by poverty, he could have ended up bitter and ruthless like DJ. Both men had love and adoration from their sisters. DJ's dad was harsh and demanding but YP's father was far more abusive and irresponsible. To escape their past, both desired to be rich and powerful. But YP turned out surprisingly strong and steady. Why?

As you pointed out, people are drawn to kindness and selfless deeds. YP didn't go out seeking people's love and respect but by responding to his duties and priorities, he won their favors. It's sad how people can misunderstand even his best intentions. Yet he doesn't allow hatred to take root in his heart and mind. His singularly focus has always the well-being of others. He protected himself within a closed wall but guarded it with kindness.

As for DJ, he let the devil in to have a foothold in his life. And once that festered, hatred binds him and kept him bondage to evil doings.

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I forgot to add. Now I see what the writer was angling for in establishing love sequence at this stage - it was not meant as a catalyst for tae hyun to continue risking his life for her but rather as an impetus for her to return as a mummy. Ok I mean return to her baby:man tae hyun.

Now she has a compelling reason to go back. Whether tae hyun like it or not, he is going to thank God that she could do what he can't. Turn the tables on the scoundrels and return to her palace and rightful place. Restoring the balance is the only way to catch the crocodiles....

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Yes! Although I wonder if Yeojin will turn into her own version of a crocodile to mete justice to those deserving. Because I want to see the Yeojin with backbone, the one who was regal sitting up with no movement in her legs [Yeojin from when she first met Tae-hyun]. That woman was kick-ass even without rising from her bed.

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That (the crocodile thing) was my first thought when they go back to her in the church after Nurse Aujumma had left. The part about "God not answering prayers" seemed the writers way of telling us that she was ready to go to war.

Given the fact that someone on TH's side heard her father's final words and was able to find her and tell them to her, it also seemed a really odd (wrong) place to put in a statement about God not answering prayers. A more reasonable thing to say to show she wasn't going to go the godly route of forgiveness would've been something about vengeance being hers, but...

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@ cooler, itenoria

Insightful. People prayed with hate and God answered with love. Now what if God is silent, should she wait and hope? In her bedroom scene, she lighted the candles and prayed. The moment she blotted out the lights, the glass bowl fell and shattered. Was God alerting her to something dreadful about to happen?

Yes it's an odd thing for her to say. By being alive and having people saving her is already a miracle. But that's Yeo Jin or Sophia, impulsive and reactive. I would say her prayers are primarily to keep Yong Pal safe and that he returns to her. Now knowing Yong pal is in danger, she felt God didn't answer her prayers.

But who can possibly fathom God's mind and plans? Perhaps God is using Yong Pal as the central piece to root out evil? And Yeo Jin as the catalyst?

Since the writer has boldly provided this premise, we gonna see very exciting things ahead.

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I think I'm probably in the minority when I say I totally get the necessity for the so-called slow-down scenes which preceded the current return to action one. I do not regard the romance/rehab scenario as a departure from the action drama vibe; it was all necessary for YJ's delayed growth and development, for it helped to crystallize for her what in her life is worth fighting for and why. Now she just has to figure out the "how" and I think Nurse Ajumma gave her the key in the last words she repeated from YJ's father.
I do somehow worry though at this point and hope that TH's sister is really off the battlefield, so to speak, and that she doesn't feature in a continuing plot development to bring TH down. I truly loved the parting scene between brother and sister at the airport and cherish the hopefulness TH was trying to give his sister even in the depths of his despair over what might happen to him.
And I especially appreciate the fact that I don't know what's going to happen next in this drama; I admire the plot handling and character development very much. I like that the show is not predictable. And the tension generated in episode 10 was palpable; I don't mind being put on tenterhooks from scene to scene by a good drama---keep it up Show and you've got most of us in till the final showdown.

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If only I could like this comment a hundred times! This is my point exactly! those 3 episodes were necessary to the development of the story line! Not everything is all about action scenes! Those episodes made the connection of th and yj deeper to make it believable for her to protect him in the upcoming episodes! If 7,8 k9 hadn't happened yj will have no reason other than revenge to put down her enemies, which for me is quite boring! Now she has another reason to bring her enemies to justice; to protect the man she loves..and those 3 eps was necessary to build this kind of anticipation for ep 11! And I am also happy that she already forgave her father so now she can focus on DJ and his cronies! So up to now I am happy with the way things are!

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I never thought those last eps were unnecessary, quite the contrary. The only ep that i wasn't totally connected to was ep 8 but i got over it. I just wanted the pace to pick up although when you think about it, things were still developing at a considerable pace as i would say that much transpired in the otp's absence.

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What I like about your recaps and comments are sometimes they are slightly different from my subtitles and that adds an added depth to what I have to read. Love this show, though I've absolutely no idea where it's going.

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Oops, I forgot to say that don't worry, Chief Lee's picture is on the title, so he's one of the main characters. Doesn't that mean he'll be there til the end?

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Actually, Jung Woong In blurt out a spoiler in the press conference. We haven't seen it come to pass so I am sure we are going to see him around for a while.

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"His eyes filling up with tears, he continues. “No matter how lonely you get or how tough things get, you must get through it. For yourself. Got that?” He adds that he’s talking about her medical treatment, but they both know what he actually means. So-hyun says she’ll do her best to get better and come back healthy."

actually, I don't think So Hyun knows what Tae Hyun really means. Tae Hyun has kept her lagerly in the dark about all his illegal activities and all his dealings with Doo Jon and company, to protect her and not have her worry about him. Tae Hyun is basically saying goodbye to his sister because he thinks he's going to either die or have to go into hiding for a long time and he won't be able to see her again, maybe ever. Whereas So Hyun thinks he's just worried she won't make it through the treatment or that she'd give up on it if he's not there to pull her through (he's worried about that as well, but I think at this point, he's starting to think that he really may not survive to see if So Hyun makes it through at all and wants to make sure she'll be ok without him). And when he asks her not to call him, it's also so that she won't worry about him and not to mixed her up in whatever uglyness is to come for him. That's why he also tells her he won't call her either, because he really doesn't think he'll be able to. He's basically telling her, 'Even if dad is an idiot, and even if I die, you have to go on living'. At least, that's what I thought. It totally broke my heart, too.

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I don't think she knows what he means either. Or at least would have absolutely no clue why he would be hinting that he might not be around. I don't think she knows all at what he's been up to all these years trying to pay for her treatments, much less the mess he's in now.

She might get it in a general sense. Mom died; he may too. Also in the literal sense that he won't be in the US with her, even if he is still alive. But that would be it.

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Agreed. How would she have known anyway? And i'm sure he would never have her know how much danger he's put himself in in order to save her life.

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Just noticed from the English translation of Episode 9:

"A truck ran her over in a phone booth!"

"And was the truck caught?"

"No."

No one ever catches the Truck of Doom!

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Are there even still phone booths in S. Korea? When is this drama set, in the 90s? lol

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I think phone booths are deeply ingrained in the hearts of older script writers, and so that's why they keep popping up here and there in dramaland.

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She dropped her phone in episode 6, when she got all stabby with the director, remember? So there's a reason why she's without a phone, anyway.

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I'm shocked! Here was an opportunity for Samsung or LG to get a CF with her picking out her new mobile!! How did they miss it??! :-) LOLZ

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Yeah she did. Have people forgotten that she lost phone? Although, couldn't she have just bought another one?...I didn't even think of that 'til now haha.

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True fact: the business where I work in beautiful Illinois, United States consolidated from two manufacturing plants into one this summer. Back in April, someone walked in the door and asked if he could do a maintenance check on the pay phone at the old plant. I asked all the managers who was responsible for the pay phone being removed when the building closed down. No one had any idea. It had just been there for the use of the workers since the 1990s, before the age of the cell phone, and no one knew who contracted for it.

As far as I know, that maintenance guy will knock on the door of that building next spring and the new tenant will be just as surprised as I was to find out pay phones still exist.

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There are still phone booths in the States, but I don't think I've seen one with a working phone in it in the past decade. I heard the only reason they're still around is that the phone companies make money off of the advertisements on the sides (and once I started paying attention, I realized those DO still change every few months, so maybe it's the correct reason?)

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Not sure if they still do. Maybe they have to keep these remaining phone booths in Korea until kdramas find a new vehicle of Doom.

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yes there still are phonebooths in Korea. in Seoul even. well, at least that was about a year ago. It was located right at the exit of a subway station. I know since I used them.

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hahahaha. in my country there were still phone booths, but it got old now and many ppl no longer use it.

but i think the reason she used public phone was because she doesnt want ppl to detect where she is. but unfortunately, they are too smart, for not to make her followed.

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I've seen the Truck of Doom in several dramas. I bet it's the same phone booth, too - it's hard to find locations that meet your shooting requirements! :-)

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Someone in S. Korea should crunch some numbers and see how many characters have been killed by the White Truck of Doom in all of Kdrama history. That would be quite a funny trivia.

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The truck of doom was even in Mask although that scene was a nightmare.

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My favorite scene was Tae Hyun's interrogation. The bravado and quick thinking? Totally hot. And when the detective accused him of selling out his sister, the menace in Tae Hyun's voice and expression was palpable. It made his victory sneer towards the detective that much more enjoyable.

I actually LOVED Joowon in Tomorrow's Cantabile (as well as his man-child self in 1D2N), but playing a dark bad ass really, really suits him.

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I loved him in Tomorrow's Cantabile as well. He really is a great actor. I'm always impressed with his roles since Good Doctor tho i haven't seen King of Baking nor 7th Level Civil Servant.

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Have you watched Gaksital/Bridal Mask? There was also an interrogation scene in there and Joo Won was so fantastic in it. He's really cut out for darker roles.

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I kinda miss Nurse Hwang. She could have been a great side story. I could see her finding out that Yeo Jin is still alive and becoming her protector or sidekick. Her crazy obsession with Yeo Jin can go into many directions. They could have even made her into comedy relief.

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Me, too. Waste of a great character. But maybe the producers and writer had no idea what a great job the actress was going to do with the role.

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I still have hope that there's backstory coming with more of her. I miss her too, and I'm curious about that photo, and what she was like before she became Nurse Hwang. I don't think she's done. She's almost certainly dead, but there's past stuff to be explored.

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Yes, I agree. They wouldn't place that photo right next to her face if they don't have a backstory to show.

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Yes, the photo was bizarre. She was around when Yeo Jin was awake? Fingers crossed she survived somehow.

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I don't know. I think that she won't be appearing again for her backstory. I interpret is as that the picture was her backstory - that she was not this crazy, creepy, obsessed nurse to begin with; that she was, at one point, know Yeo Jin and was close to her (probably Nurse Hwang has been her nurse in the past when she was admitted or had an executive check-up); that she was assigned to her because of that previous connection, which probably then led to her being obsessed with her. I really believe that her role in moving the plot was already done and that is was just that - one fun, creepy and crazy ride.

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@ aigooo
Fear not. Probably she will reappear from a TV screen or a well... Or another phone booth ...

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Shouldnt the cops be a little more concerned about finding the guy who shanked Chief Lee, considering it happened literally two minutes before they arrived to found him bleeding out at the airport. Tunnel vision is a helluva thing in dramaland.

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@amelia

Couldn't agree more. The detective is frustrated at Yong pal for all the gangsters' getaway. Each time he was about to catch the bad guys, YP rescued them and his efforts went fruitless.

Naturally, he blamed YP coz it hurts his pride and track record making him look bad in front of his boss. However his boss is correct, he is focusing on the wrong targets.

Don't worry we will fix up chief nurse with him.... Like in the Healer...

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That Cop reminds me of Inspector Javert from "les miserables" too obsessed with his hunt for YP to see beyond the big picture.

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It is such a great thing that Kim Tae Hee makes frog toes look beautiful. It probably improves the self-image of so many girls.

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Although it's hard to replace Nurse Hwang, does anyone else think that the new nurse looks crazier? I was laughing at Chief Lee who's getting major creeps from her stares. He must be half anticipating that she will take out a knife and stab him.

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I really enjoyed the dialogue between DJ and TH

TH: Please spare my sister
DJ: Did anyone say to kill his sister?
(I can see that even Secretary is so disgusted with DJ :D )
TH: ….then I will kill myself
DJ: No, you don’t need to do that. I will take care of that.
TH fires the last salvo: I’ll make your wife believe that I ran away in secret.

Way to go, TH. He is smart and knows when to play his card. Although he told CY he doesn’t appreciate her efforts, he doesn’t hesitate to use his lifeline when there’s a need. There is actually no need to mention CY here but TH is indirectly telling DJ that CY has her eyes on TH and will not let DJ go scot free if TH suddenly disappears.

TH also reminds Secretary that his turn will come soon after TH’s. He sarcastically wishes him a long time before his expiry date. The date when he outlives his usefulness. Secretary laughs but knows deep down inside that it’s true.

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I love your comments, SS. I had a different take on why Tae-hyun mentioned Chaa-yong to Do-joon.

I really love how smart Tae-hyun is.

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What was it @Athena? Please do share. :)

I think Tae Hyun was just being honest in the hopes that it would make Do Joon reconsider getting him killed. But being the prideful person that he is, Do Joon takes that into offense and that exchange just intensified his desire to kill him. He even mentions how Tae Hyun is also no longer of use to his wife as well, this one I think to convince himself (Do Joon) more, that Chae Young does not really care about Tae Hyun.

That line though with the expiration date was daebak. It mirrors what Yeo Jin said to Chief Lee just before he tried to 'kill' her. And I am hoping it's enough to make Secretary jump ship!

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Love it too that we're back on a good pace! This episode is making me nervous.

I wonder - if TH hadn't said anything about CY to DJ, would DJ have gotten that angry still? Why did TH decide to see DJ of his own accord? He could well have stayed under CY's wing for protection for now to buy some time for his next course of action.

And the Secretary - he's so "grey" now... I wonder whose side he'll eventually swing to.

AND that letter he wrote! The two different letters! Ah! My heart ached when YJ read the stoic letter instead of the original heartfelt one of loss and sadness. Do you think she knew he was lying about the reasons for not returning?

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TH saw DJ because his sister needs to go to the States as soon as possible. He tried to escape with her but it didn't work. So, he figured the best way was to be upfront with DJ and get his sister safely out and to the US first. If he had stayed under CY's wings, he might be safe for a while but his sister would have run out of time.

As in my comment above, I believe TH mentioned CY with a purpose. It's not to make DJ angry but to let him know that TH will tell CY and CY will come after DJ.

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@ mesmerized

Very likely she realized his true intentions coz YP tried to leave her at church the first time by pretending she was a burden. Likewise, this time he tried to excuse himself again, quoting his supposed priorities.

I like the way this drama differs from others. Long winded misunderstanding over goodbye letters and noble idiocy. Here, we have intelligent people who are able to figure things out.

I like how you put it - a stoic letter - written in a cold manner. He probably knew she might not believe him but he just couldn't afford her rushing to his side

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@Shuerei

I'm just wondering how she actually responded to the letter when she first read it. She looked crushed rather than worried, like her first response was to take it fully at first value, until Nurse Ajumma came and told her TaeHyun is *still* alright. Then we skip to the scene after Nurse Ajumma relays her father's last words to her and how she is still holding onto TaeHyun's letter, but this time with anger (directed at God) in her eyes... His letter wasn't quite so easy to read actually. I think he's not saying he does not love her, or that he's woken up from an infatuation, but even in stating he has realised his "priorities" as a doctor - what was he actually pointing to? That he wanted to "gain power" still, like he claimed was his intention? Or that he's returning to being a humanitarian doctor, saving lives other than his sister's, now that his sister is supposedly taken care of? I'm just thinking, if I were YeoJin, how am I supposed to read the note? He doesn't love me (pretending)? He's warning me (my past is catching up with me - my past which includes you, so yes, I am sorry I didn't take heed to your warning, but it is dangerous now that I have returned)?

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I just took it that YJ perceived TH to be in danger right after reading that letter. I think she's intelligent enough to figure it out. Actually I was wondering why did he write a letter instead of sending her a text :D but I guess old fashion method has a nicer effect.

TH could have written 3 versions of the letter:

1) It would be like the first one he wrote - Tell YJ that all is well, he just needs to settle some stuff and be back once he's done.

2) This would be the one YJ read.

3) Tell her the truth and warn her not to look for him.

I think he could really have done version 1) but he was worried that YJ might not wait too long before she starts looking for him in Hanshin Hospital.

He couldn't do number 3) because she might just do the opposite and look for him.

So, he chose number 2) well aware that she might not believe him, but he took the chance anyway. He hoped that she would be hurt by his words and give up on him. I think he doesn't know yet how much she loves him. He may have thought she wouldn't risk coming back to Hanshin and suffer the consequences. Well, now he knows.

Can you think of other ways TH could have written that letter? I would like to know too.

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@Mesmerized, SS

Love both your thoughts on the letter. Most likely, Yeo Jin had a mixture of feelings:
- perplexed
(what is YP trying to say?)
- crushed and disappointed (what is truly stopping him from coming back to me?)
- anxious
(please tell me he is ok)
- disbelief
(is his work truly more important or is he trying to hide something)
- depressed
(is he really gonna abandon me?)
- devastated
(is he gonna suffer any consequences because of me?)
- bewildered
(what am I supposed to do?)

At first I was a bit disappointed that YP wrote the letter as if he had given up hope. But on second thought, I think he just wanted to prepare for the worst case scenario. He knew she had a history of suicide so he didn't want to think he died because of her. That would be a double blow to her.

And the second letter was not unlike what her dad had done
- a desperate measure to keep her alive even at his own expense
- both making themselves unworthy so that she could live on without regrets.
They just loved her so much, it's really heartbreaking.

Oh yeah, he probably didn't want to text her coz he is afraid they might track his calls and messages...

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@SS @Shuerei

I too thought about why he didn't just text her, but like @Shuerei, I believe once he returned to the hospital, he realised he was being tracked through all electronic means (talk about the Panopticon and surveillance, yo!). Don't forget DoJoon and all his lackeys know that TaeHyun=YongPal and *both* his phones are being tracked. That's how they knew of his tiniest movements even through corridors that possibly had no CCTV cameras. A hand delivered letter through the one and only person he could trust at that point - the priest - would have been his best bet.

I am also leaning towards @Shuerei's reading of the letters. A multitude of feelings must have come over her. What I found interesting was how the letter was split into two parts:
(a) his assurance that the time he spent with her was precious to him (it was a lovely dream, a utopia he would have wanted to remain in)
(b) he needs to come back to reality: he cannot escape his past and compromise the effort it took to help her regain her freedom. So he implores her to in effect forget him (because he would at this point be part of her "painful past" as well) and forget everything else that had dragged her down before and move ahead, i.e. don't even return to your own past (think: swiss bank account, enough to start a brand new life).
And this is where I feel I need to think through what we know about these two characters thus far and if all this is in keeping with
(1) what we know about them
(2) what they know about each other

TaeHyun loves her. Loves her enough to know all the compromises he's made in his life for the sake of his sister would eventually catch up on them as a couple. Even if he does not die, he will be connected to her brother and sister-in-law. He also knows how much this freedom now means to her, and it's likely she told him about the confessional as well, that's why I think he is encouraging her to move ahead without him. But did he not remember how cold and hard she could be (cf. her remark to him about being a crocodile too), and that this might exactly now spur her on to save him this time?

YeoJin might have been all soft, gentle and damsely in the time they were at the church, but she is by no means someone who can be trampled on. She's stored up enough pain in the last 3 years to fuel some potentially dangerous anger. TaeHyun must know that. So does he hope against her "better sense" to forget him? He probably does. But will she - we've seen she won't. But how will she read that letter? Will she indeed move on and forget their relationship because like he who has discovered "I can only be a doctor", she too "can only be a crocodile" and will move on in her own manner? Is she back for him or for herself? Aiyo - I wonder what will be of their relationship now.

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As for the letter and how it could have been, which it should have been, I actually wish he had the strength to just give her the original + actual reasons for why being able to return soon would be a lie (i.e. combine your 1+3). I believe he knows he will be on the run, even if DoJoon's secretary hadn't told him to do so, which is why he told her his past is catching up on him and why he hinted to DooChul and lackey that he would be returning to making house calls. He is YongPal, and by his own YongPal code, he will survive. But it has to be a lonely existence - his only motivation for survival would simply be the belief that his sister and YeoJin are living well.

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@Shuerei and @mesmerised, excellent points about the phone. Nothing like an old fashion letter delivered by a trustworthy person :D

I think TH had thought he could pull it off. That is to bring YJ to safety, send his sister off to US, get his underworld friends to get YJ a new identity, find a place where he and YJ can live happily ever after. He can find a job in another hospital and/or continue to do his house calls(he actually told Doo Chul that before he realize the danger he was in). That's why he confessed his love to YJ and allowed her to see a future of them together. It's easy to forget the grim reality when you are in such a beautiful place with the person you love.

However, he was firmly brought back to reality the moment he reached Hanshin Hospital. His sister was held hostage and he was ordered to kill himself. Like you said, I don't think he ever thought of killing himself without trying to escape. But it's a life he wouldn't want YJ to be part of. As of now, DJ and President Go do not know YJ is alive. Even if they find out before the funeral preparations, YJ may be still able to hide safely in the church. So, he must have thought by writing her that letter, she would be devastated by still accept it.

Either he miscalculated the extent YJ can sacrifice for love or he underestimated the place he holds in her heart.

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@ mersmerized, SS
I am enjoying this discussion so much.

Normally, in a typical kdrama letter scene, the actress (or actor) wails and walks away dejectedly only to return years later and find out the truth. Perhaps in real life people do that too. In Yong Pal, a stunned YJ looked as if she is determining on something amidst all her emotional turmoils.

@mersmerized decoded his letter very well.
Precious memories. Past baggages. Present reality. It's as if he couldn't bear the abrupt abandonment (to keep her safe) that he had to add in some indications that he cared.

Fear not, I believe that she goes back for him rather than for herself. Initially unaware of his feelings at the rooftop, she has learned to trust beyond what she sees when YP illuminated her to the invisible stars and Cynthia highlighted his sacrifices. Now she has to believe what is not shown. Precious yongpal is a keeper. Past to be resolved. Present task awaits her.

But she might cause him some angst with "So you are a doctor" and "I am a crocodile" to get back at his noble idiocy and to keep herself close to him. I remember how she told him to be there in 30 seconds or she would disappear. Thats her way of telling him, "don't be stupid and don't assume that I don't care".

@SS is right.
YP has a tendency to camouflage his words with jokes or light discussions, hiding his true intentions. Maybe that's how he operates to keep things in balance...

While she had confessed her fear of losing him, yongpal is actually terrified of losing her: either rejected (at the church) or murdered. And even after a romantic interlude, like you sagely pointed out, he probably underestimated his place in her heart.

Again, that's Yongpal's naive but charming blind spot. He is really an awesome guy that others could see except himself.

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I'm guessing we are in for another rollercoaster ride in the coming episodes with that cliffhanger. I have no idea what Yeo Jin has planned, or if she does have one, but I'm excited that she's back to claim her throne and now an active player in the revenge plot. I'm just afraid if it will be more dangerous for Tae Hyun (Do Joon would of course assume that she had help) or if it will be more beneficial for him since the heiress is up, could they (dir Go, Do Joon and Secretary) now do anything to harm her and those who side with her?

Maybe we'll finally get to see what Chae Young's plan or at least what she's thinking now with Yeo Jin back at Hanshin and ready to fight back. What could have been Yeo Jin's father's last words????

And speaking of Chae Young, do you guys really think that Chae Young has feelings for Yongpal or is she just using him for her own plans - either to be free from Do Joon, to help Yeo Jin or an altogether different plan that I could not deduce or think of?

Tae Hyun's line regarding the Secretary's expiration date was gold! It mirrors Yeo Jin's 'last words' to Chief Lee and we see that those words really got to him. And that police interrogation exchange, loved the nonchalant Yongpal answering or finding a way not to answer the detective. And if stares could really kill, Detective would have been dead on the spot the moment he said that Tae Hyun was "selling his sister off" and using her as an excuse. The intensity in Joo Won's eyes!!! Soooo good!!! ^^

I hope Tae Hyun contacted or contacts Cynthia soon to watch over his sister in the US! Their airport goodbye is heartwrenching! Please do come back strong and healthy So Hyun! It will break my heart so much to see a devastated Tae Hyun if ever that happens.

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I think DJ secretary will jump ship to YJG as otherwise where will she get help on the corporate takeover side? TH telling sec abt his expiration date was a foreshadowing of this.

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I think so too. Do-joon does not inspire loyalty and he keeps on agreeing with Director Go instead of the Secretary.

I think Tae-hyun will perform emergency x-ray/ operation on Chief Lee who will then be on their side.

I hope Tae-yong does not try to do anything else to harm Tae-hyun.

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I think Do Joon is really dense in this sense. How can he expect loyalty when he keeps threatening to kill his own people? Shouldn't he at least pretend to have some use for them and make them think that they have to keep their worth before taking them by surprise?

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There's people ruling entire countries solely through fear and force. I can't see why it wouldn't work for a really rich man in a country that values the very rich. It really be a fantasy show if it didn't work in dramaland considering how well it works in real life.

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That's true except that he doesn't really have that much power or support. But I guess it's irrelevant because it's what he thinks that matters.

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Honestly, at this point i can't anticipate how things will play out at all. This show is very unpredictable but that isn't such a bad thing. It make things exciting.

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