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Remember—Son’s War: Episode 3

I was tempted to post yet another image of Yoo Seung-ho’s gloriously tear-filled, tortured eyes up top, but opted for Namgoong Min instead since he really struck me this episode—damn if he doesn’t make for an electric, psychotic villain. I thought he was fantastic going darker for Girl Who Sees Smells earlier this year, but he dials it up a notch here with an unhinged intensity I find really gripping. Not that anybody’s chopped liver; the cast is populated by interesting characters and strong performances, which makes Remember a brisk, compelling watch so far. The ratings are ticking upward (11.7% for this episode, 12.1% or the following one) and understandably so, with plots thickening and suspense building.

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EPISODE 3 RECAP

Backing up, we revisit the scene in lawyer Dong-ho’s office, when Jin-woo barges in with his gambling winnings and begs him to take up his father’s defense. Dong-ho turns him down flat, to Jin-woo’s confusion and In-ah’s indignation.

Jin-woo doesn’t understand why Dong-ho won’t take his money when he’d previously said that that’s what he needed, but Dong-ho remains unmoved and has him tossed out, literally. Jin-woo desperately begs Dong-ho’s sidekick, but ends up trudging away heavy-hearted. In-ah asks why he’s fixated on that guy to defend his father, questioning whether he’s even a lawyer, but Jin-woo snaps at her to mind her own business.

Despite his stone face, Dong-ho mulls over the situation late into the night, struck by the parallels in his youth and Jin-woo’s situation now.

The next day, as Dad Jae-hyuk’s trial is proceeding (and rather dismally at that), Dong-ho meets with a rich client regarding the divorce case she’s fighting against her cheating husband. He gets words from his sidekick that his hunch was on the money regarding (psycho chaebol) Nam Gyu-man—and there’s a connection between Gyu-man and the victim Jung-ah, which places her at Gyu-man’s exclusive party the night before she died.

Dong-ho heads over to the courthouse and makes his grand entrance, announcing himself as Dad’s new attorney as Jin-woo looks up at him with shining eyes. Dong-ho presents Dad with the paperwork that would make his representation official. The current public defender, stuttering Lawyer Song, protests, while the judge presses Dad to confirm whether Dong-ho is his representative.

Confused, Dad looks over at Jin-woo, who gives him a hopeful nod. So Dad agrees and signs, and Lawyer Song exits huffily.

Dong-ho turns to Jin-woo in the spectator pews, and Jin-woo wonders why he decided to come when he’d said he wouldn’t. Dong-ho lowers his voice and says that there’s a hugely powerful person—”someone you can’t take on”—who’s connected to this trial. “I’ve caught the scent,” Dong-ho adds. And right away, one of the spectators sitting a few rows away slips off to make a phone call.

It goes to Crazy Chaebol’s Secretary Ahn, who informs Gyu-man that there’s been an attorney swap—and the new guy is, “of all people, that guy from that day.” Gyu-man thinks back to that smug lawyer who taunted him about CCTV videos and his face hardens.

In the courtroom, all eyes are on Dong-ho to see what his first move is… and confused murmurs break out when he requests a postponement. The judge seems to see this as a desperate ploy, but Dong-ho says firmly that a crucial witness is needed for a fair trial, and they are in the process of tracking down his/her whereabouts. He asks for one day.

Lead Prosecutor Hong, looking smug that this case is his for the winning, voices no objection. Dong-ho approaches him after court is adjourned for the day, and it’s clear the two men are familiar with each other; there’s no love lost here. Prosecutor Hong insinuates that Dong-ho’s request for a delay was a cheap gambit, thinking he doesn’t actually have a witness at all. Dong-ho tells him that they’ll find out soon whether it’s true.

In-ah leaves the courthouse wondering at Dong-ho’s change of heart, while her law school rival Yeo-kyung figures it was money—Dong-ho’s infamous for taking on any case and doing whatever it takes, as long as the client pays.

Dong-ho goes with Jin-woo to visit Dad in jail to consult on the case. It’s a rude awakening for Jin-woo, whose newfound hope gets doused with cold water when Dong-ho talks to Dad as though he did kill the girl, asking for the truth. He presents Dad with the written confession he’d signed, and Dad tells him that he was coerced.

Flashback. After Dad is taken away initially by officers in a police vehicle, the car takes a detour to an abandoned warehouse where the officers demand that he confess to his crime. Dad swears he didn’t kill the girl, but a gun is held to his temple and the lead officer insinuates that it would be very easy to make his son disappear, never to be found again.

Dad swears earnestly to Dong-ho that despite the holes in his memory, whenever he tries to think of the dead Jung-ah, his heart insists he didn’t do it. He understands that it’s frustrating that he can’t give more answers, and tells Dong-ho he doesn’t have to be his counsel.

Dong-ho sighs, silent for a long moment, then declares, “Fine. Let’s take this all the way then.” Dad and Jin-woo look at him in relief and gratitude.

Jin-woo offers Dong-ho his backpack of gambling winnings as payment, but Dong-ho makes a counteroffer: If Dong-ho gets Dad out of prison, Jin-woo will use his talents to work only for Dong-ho. With Jin-woo’s extraordinary memory, he says he could get his legal credentials much faster than it took Dong-ho, and signs on a 50,000 won bill (about fifty bucks) as their “contract.”

He advises Jin-woo to return his gambling winnings, and Jin-woo asks why Dong-ho is taking the case if not for the money. Dong-ho merely replies that it’s not for him to know.

Jin-woo recalls Dong-ho mentioning a powerful foe who’d be too much for him to take on, and asks if he meant Jung-ah’s true killer. Dong-ho doesn’t answer that question, and instead puts Jin-woo to work remembering every last detail of the night his father didn’t come home.

Together, they start working on the case—and alone at home, In-ah begins her own one-woman investigation—and Jin-woo recalls one detail: The gun worn by the officer who arrested Dad was also at the victim’s funeral.

Dong-ho meets with his mob boss client and buddy Suk Joon-il at the sauna, and tells him that the same chaebol punk who caused trouble for Joon-il is involved in this case. Joon-il wonders if Dong-ho took the case purely because it involves “that crazy bastard,” but Dong-ho replies that it’s more for the freakishly odd talent Jin-woo has, being able to recall every single detail of everything he’s ever seen.

Dong-ho takes a trip out to the crime scene in the woods, and can see the chaebol vacation house off in the distance.

The next day when he arrives at the courthouse, In-ah blocks his path and musters up her nerve to tell him not to take advantage of that desperate kid, if he’s just looking for money. Her outburst doesn’t do much (he just heads right on into his hearing) but it does endear her to me, since she’s trying to look out for Jin-woo’s interests.

The arresting officer, Detective Kwak, is brought in to testify on the prosecution’s behalf, and we know this can’t be good, given how he forced Dad’s confession. He lies that the day Dad was found with the body, he reeked of liquor and appeared to be completely hammered, and adds that he thinks Dad is faking his memory loss.

Dong-ho surprises the court by stating that he has a witness to present as well—then points at Detective Kwak, who’s already walking away from the stand. Dong-ho sits the cop’s ass back down in the chair, reminds him of the punishment for perjury, then begins his questions. I am hoping so hard he schools him but good.

Detective Kwak readily denies that he held Dad unlawfully to force a confession out of him, and that he threatened him at gunpoint. Dong-ho confirms that the detective carries his gun with him and has it now, but before the detective pulls it out to show the court, he stops him. Dong-ho describes the gun in basic terms—and then we flash back to Jin-woo describing it to him in minute detail, all of which Dong-ho now recites to the court.

Then he asks the detective to show the gun, and there it is. Exactly as described.

Dong-ho asks the obvious question: How could he possibly know what the detective’s gun looked like? Dad told him, he says, when Detective Kwak threatened him with it, and to strike Dad’s son if he didn’t confess. Then Dong-ho turns to the jury box and tells them that confessions forced out of a concerned parent whose child’s life is being threatened are not valid, and requests that the confession be negated.

Dong-ho lights up in hope, exchanging relieved looks with his father, and in the audience, In-ah is also relieved to have her concerns put to rest.

Afterward, Dong-ho gives a statement to the press, saying that detectives should be punished for forcing confessions. He also drops the bomb that the true culprit is at large, and tells him to turn himself in: “If you don’t, I’ll find you.”

As they leave, Prosecutor Hong stops them to ask Dong-ho why he took the case when he’s famous for only going after money, genuinely curious (if still sneering) at this out-of-character move. Dong-ho tells him to laugh away since he’ll have the last laugh when he wins.

Jin-woo asks about Dong-ho lying in court, since he was the source of the gun details. Dong-ho says he just gave back what the other side gave, calling his minor truth-stretching nothing compared to them fabricating lies.

On to the chaebol mansion where, ah, it’s revealed that the know-it-all rival law student Yeo-kyung is the sister of our loose-cannon killer Gyu-man. Interestingly, Gyu-man is rather meek before his imposing father, Chairman Nam of Il-ho Group, who warns him sternly to be careful while the company is dealing with matters of the group succession.

Gyu-man’s eyes sharpen when the news report shows Dong-ho’s big moment at the courthouse, warning the real killer that he’ll come after him.

Alone with Secretary Ahn, Gyu-man wonders if Dong-ho might really be on to him. Secretary Ahn assures him that his style is to bluff, but Gyu-man doesn’t seem convinced. He warns the secretary to make sure his father doesn’t find out, since Gyu-man finds the chairman more frightening than court. Which makes me wonder how many victims the chairman has murdered, if our resident psychopath is scared of him.

Jin-woo gets the official diagnosis from the doctor: His father is suffering from Alzheimer’s. As he’s younger than the average patient, the disease may very well progress faster, and if Dad goes to prison it’s unlikely he’ll receive proper treatment.

Jin-woo visits his father in prison, trying to keep optimistic even though it breaks his heart to see his Dad drift off mid-conversation. Dad sympathizes with Jung-ah’s father even despite being attacked by him, because he’d react similarly if Jin-woo faced the same fate. Then he brightens and promises to buy Jin-woo a new phone as soon as he’s free, and Jin-woo fights not to break down.

He goes to Jung-ah’s house to try to talk to her father, who doesn’t want to hear any of Jin-woo’s promises to prove his father innocent and catch the real killer.

So Jin-woo is understandably downcast when he goes to Dong-ho’s office and tells him of his father’s diagnosis. Dong-ho is sympathetic but not surprised, and tells Jin-woo not to be too discouraged. The diagnosis could even prove advantageous in court.

He takes him out to dinner and reminds Jin-woo of their first meeting at the memorial vaults, when he’d called himself a lawyer who gets even criminals free. He poses the ethical dilemma of a killer being stabbed and needing surgery to survive. If Jin-woo were the doctor, would he perform the surgery or not?

Jin-woo replies that you ought to proceed because that’s what doctors do, and Dong-ho says that lawyers are like that too. He doesn’t judge his clients’ guilt, because that’s for the court to decide, and thus he never asks them for the truth. But he’d wanted to ask Dad: “Just this time, I didn’t want to defend him thinking he was guilty.”

Then he adds, “I envy you. You have a father in this world you want to protect.”

In-ah spots Jin-woo being dropped off by Dong-ho, and follows Jin-woo home to warn him not to trust the lawyer too much, because she’s asked around and has heard unsettling things. But Jin-woo declares that he’s the person he needs most right now—the man who will prove his father’s innocence.

In-ah points out that it looks bad for his father’s defense to be that he can’t remember, because people aren’t likely to believe it. Jin-woo tells her that it’s Alzheimer’s, and that Dad isn’t pretending.

Dong-ho gets a plan into motion, with his sidekick wondering if things are illegal. Dong-ho isn’t too concerned about legalities, which is probably problematic given his career choice but certainly gratifying for us. Go break some laws, dude!

Gyu-man arrives at a swank bar, where he proceeds to get drunk alone and harass the hostess girls. He dangles a set of car keys and offers them to the girl who will bark like a dog and lap liquor out of a dish, and one of the hostesses steps up to comply. He laughs up a storm when she does as he says, but denies her the prize since she wasn’t dog-like enough. The hostess glares as he kicks all the girls out… and surreptitiously fixes a cigarette box on the table, pointing a tiny camera at Gyu-man and his newly arrived buddy.

Aha, she’s Dong-ho’s girlfriend and she joins him outside in his surveillance van, pouting to “oppa” about the chaebol’s horrible behavior to her. Dong-ho promises to get him back for her, then settles in to eavesdrop on the conversation.

Luckily, they get right to the point: The friend asks why Gyu-man killed Jung-ah, pointing out that there’s an unfortunate man on the hook for his crime.

Gyu-man clarifies that she scratched him first (“Don’t you know how I get when I blow my top?”) and says airily, “How was I to know people die so easily?” He adds that it’s not his fault an innocent man is accused—it’s the other man’s fault for being poor and powerless.

The buddy looks around for a cigarette and discovers the hidden camera, and the surveillance screen goes dark. But Dong-ho’s not worried, since he got what he needed.

In-ah seeks Jin-woo out to apologize for doubting his father’s memory lapses, but he tells her he understands why people might be skeptical, although it seems excessive to jump to the conclusion that Dad’s guilty. She says she wants to know the truth for herself too.

Gyu-man arrives at Dong-ho’s office, ready to throw money at the problem. Dong-ho has expected the drop-in and shows Gyu-man a hot piece of evidence he’s preparing for court—the video from the bar where Gyu-man basically screams his own guilt.

Gyu-man offers to double what he’s being paid, which Dong-ho laughs at. He explains how he used to love gambling, but quit once he started being a lawyer—because trials are a gamble. Based on his words, somebody’s entire life is on the line—they could wind up spending their days in prison, or give up all their hard-earned wealth.

His rage triggers and Gyu-man grabs Dong-ho violently, but there’s nothing he can do and he knows it. He leaves the meeting fuming, taking out his frustration on his secretary, who promises to take care of it. Secretary Ahn assures him that he wiped his prints and has managed the situation, but Gyu-man decides he can’t trust him and needs to see for himself.

He arrives at his family’s vacation home—which is more like resort compound—just as Jin-woo and In-ah sneak onto the premises. This is where his father was last (he was the janitor while Jung-ah was here singing at the party), so they’re here for clues.

They scramble for cover when Gyu-man enters the room with his entourage, managing not to be seen behind the bar. they make their way to the dressing room lined with women’s cosmetics where Jung-ah was forced to change clothes… and Jin-woo’s memory is triggered at the dress rack. Where did he see these before?

He thinks back, and remembers Dad video-calling him that last day—he’d been preparing for the party, and a dress rack was rolled by. On it was the red dress Jung-ah was found in, which means she was here before she died.

Just then, they hear a sound and whirl around… and a lamp knocks to the floor. Out in the hallway, Gyu-man hears it.

Secretary Ahn enters to check on it, and our two intruders huddle together as he inspects for clues. He tells Gyu-man there’s nothing—did he just lie? He seems to notice the cracked-open door, which Jin-woo and In-ah had used to leave the room, he slips into a different room. He retrieves a wrapped bundle from behind a painting, and takes out a bloody switchblade. Ooh. Are you plotting something against your boss?

Jin-woo and In-ah make it out unseen and rush to Dong-ho’s office, but as he’s out, they’re left waiting. In-ah spots the case files on his desk and starts rifling through them, and recognizes Gyu-man’s photographs from the mansion they just came from. While Jin-woo’s distracted, she quietly takes the CD and plays the evidence file—and there it is, Gyu-man’s incriminating confession.

Jin-woo wells up in indignation to hear Gyu-man talking of his innocent father so cavalierly, calling it his fault for being poor. He calls Dong-ho straightaway, and asks point-blank if the true killer is Nam Gyu-man.

But Dong-ho is in an important meeting and tells him he’ll talk to him later, turning off his phone and turning to face his companion: Gyu-man’s father, Chairman Nam. The old man states, “I can help you, and you can help me.”

Dong-ho smiles.

 
COMMENTS

The show’s off to a solid start, and while there are definitely areas that could be improved on, I like the overall tone of the drama, the performances, and the pacing of the back-and-forths, the small victories and setbacks, which move us along.

Admittedly the crime itself feels a little slapdash as a plot driver, in that it feels very simple and straightforward—especially with the bad guy announcing his guilt so early in the game. There are a few threads that make me think of God’s Gift—14 Days (and I mean that in a positive way) where we have a team of underdogs taking on a powerful and corrupt baddie, but it lacks a sense of mystery about the murder. Not that all dramas have to be murder conspiracies; it’s just that narrative suspense is sacrificed when we know all about the crime.

But given that this drama has chosen to reveal its cards about the murder up front, I’m fine to go along with it; I anticipate that this show will provide its gratification in the battle against the powerful chaebols, with our team of heroes fighting scrappily with every tool at their disposal.

It certainly helps that the characters are all quite interesting, from the hero and his heart-tuggingly pathetic father to the villain to his allies. I like that Dong-ho is a little unpredictable, and unscrupulous—I know dramas shy away from making their heroes do illegal things (however much we want them to), so I’m tickled that we have such a cheeky lawyer working for the good guys who’s got no qualms about bending the rules and getting his hands a little dirty.

If anything, I almost crave more darkness in Dong-ho, because I want to actually feel a moment of dread when the drama hints that he may be flirting with the other side, only to pull back and assure us that nope, he’s a good guy after all. I have very little fear that he’ll actually betray Jin-woo, which is probably good for my blood pressure but not as interesting if the drama pushed that question to a further extreme. I wouldn’t mind being a little more twisted up about it, is what I’m saying.

As for other characters: I worried that In-ah would be standard plucky sidekick stuff, and while she is that, I do like her as a character. Mostly because she’s acting for Jin-woo’s behalf more than anything, and feels strongly enough about her concerns to push aside her fears to make her stance known. As I already mentioned, I find the villain super-compelling, and that’s probably more a performance thing than a writing thing—on paper, it’s interesting to make the chaebol a live-wire with anger management issues, but when you put the performance to it, he really comes alive. I love it when actors with nice-guy images make the villain turn and actually prove to be much more effective than they ever were playing good but bland characters (Jo Hyun-jae is another example), and find myself a little extra tuned into a scene when Gyu-nam is in it. Okay, and Jin-woo too. And Dong-ho. Like I said, really solid cast.

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I havent started watching this drama because of my 10th grade exams but after my boards i'm surely gonna check this one out. It has all my favourite actors, but the one i'm actually really excited about is Nam goong min. I first saw him in The Girl Who Sees Smells (i know im a little late in the game even though i've been watching kdramas since 4 years now) and i found not only his character but his acting compelling and amazing too! So yeah and ysh seems to be giving an amazing act considering that his other drama is also ongoing at the same time.......also FiRST

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Solid Cast...This show has me hooked! Namgung Min excels in a villian role and he should stick to it, oh I wonder how this show goes! I hope it stays solid in the long run (20 plus episodes) and that the ratings continue to increase!

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Is this a one time recap JB or team tag or forever??? HAHA

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Solid start to the drama but I feel that the Jin Woo-In Ha relationship is all over the place right now. They are pushing PMY to be the heroine sidekick similar to City Hunter and Healer except it doesn't really work in this drama. Where did In Ha get the courage to burst into the gambling building like that? Jumping off the top of the building would be expected from City Hunter or Healer, but Jin Woo is a baby-faced, naive high schooler, since when did he learn to be a hero? And the two of them sneaking into Gyu Man's villa?

C'mon writers...

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I partially agree, but I think it's intentional of a writer to do so.
I mean, I feel like the main part of the story will play out in a present time, 2015-2016 so my opinion is that writer is trying to make them do everything together without a romantic subplot (yet) in 2011 that when they meet in 2015(cause it's in the premise - they're supposed to 'reunite') they'll already have a history with one another and fundaments to build their 'love story'.

I'm ooking forward to see how it unfolds tho.

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I understand that there isn't any romance yet, I'm sure that'll come later in the drama. I mean, right now Jin Woo is super not into In Ha at all. I'm just a bit annoyed that Jin Woo has been alternating between crying/begging with being an action hero. Just makes no sense.

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And I think Gyu Man's younger sister will be In Ah's love rival. That girl seems to be a spoiled child, but have good nature. She may even become Jin Woo's ally in the future.

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Odd but I totally bought all that heroic stuff. High schoolers are naïve about life and death and they tend to be pretty stupid when it comes to following up on some intense obsessed idea. In Ha is also believable. We're shown that she's very apologetic about her false accusation of hero, trusts the law, pushy enough to hold an entire bus hostage for a stolen wallet. We don't know much about her background but it seems she understands poverty. And right now, she's got a noona caretaker vibe going with hero because heck he's a high-schooler. It works for me.

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my thoughts exactly

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Hi Carole,

I have a question about how IH was able to hold an entire bus hostage for her stolen wallet. Is that really possible? I know it is a drama (and so I went with it), however she wasn't holding a gun or anything, so if some people wanted to leave, or not follow her to the police station, they could, right? Could she really force people to follow her? Did the bus driver really have to abide to her demands? I was curious about that. Or could she have called the police while still in the bus, so they came and met the bus (and the people in it) at the bus stop? I was just wondering how something like that would happen...

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She called it an active crime scene.

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@ javabeans,
I see... I guess that was enough for everyone to stay put, and for the bus driver to take everyone to the police station. I am assuming that was what happened.

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The exact same thing happened to a friend of mine: he was a passenger of a bus and he had to testify against a pickpocket. As far as I remember, they had to wait for the police to come after closing the doors.

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@ jerboa83,
Oh WOW!!!! Thank you for that information. I guess that happens in real life then. I learned something new.

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That's a pretty convincing breakdown, i can def see In-ha's actions coming from a bit of youthful rashness encouraging the rashness she already has in her own personality.

But I'm more with @angel on a lot about Jin-Woo. He's SO baby faced and understandably very emotional...it does make some more action scenes feel like slapped on. Maybe if they showed more OF the scene, like show him deciding to gamble in the shady place or sneak into the villa and stuff , then we could see more into his character and understand. But they always cut to those scenes pretty close to the height of the action, so we basically have to fill in the holes of the characters ourselves.

I mean ik JW is emotional, not a coward, so it's not that it's OUT of character, but idk. More explanation of him as a kid would be good, instead of the manic switching between tearful kid and budding daredevil. (Though when I say it like that, I kinda like it lolll.)

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Yeah finals weeks are over! That means I was able to marathon a few of my bucket list dramas! I was also able to start this show thanks to Nam's Instagram!! OMG how can that man be so beautiful! Plus, I been hearing that his villain image when up a notch on this show, and I gotta say, they are right! He is soooo good! I am literally spazzing every time Mr. Baddy shows up!

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Yeah, GM is like unto Lee Soo-Hyuk's Gwi in Scholar walks the night. his wild mane, flowing flock, and oh that glare, and jeer... almost rob Lee Junki of his shine.
Nam goongmin, may needs to tone down a little of his "flashy-loud-stun" act, make him layered than just a psycho, and may just steal the shine off YSH...
hmm... hope GM don't go after IH.
definitely don't want a triangle between JW-IH-GM.
AND I DON'T WANT THAT Paris Hilton Miss Nam to be fighting for attention from JW.
like something like Healer, no triangle relationship.

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I can't stand to see NGM's eyes....it's so creepy. He don't need to say anything cuz his eyes and his face make me uncomfortable. He is a really psychopath. It's like I'm watching horror movie. Hope he will take a Rom-com and not the other serial killer.

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So on board with like half of your statements LOL, and totally opposed to the other half!

Like--NGM's eyes. For. Real. Intense barely covers it, the creep factor is off the charts in the most chilling, terrifying way. Only I can like look at them and be scared all day LOL. Seriously, like as disturbing as his performance is, the power of it is captivating.

Tbh he's really what's making me continue this show (Dong Ho's also a great character though and well acted, and I'm also really enjoying Lee Shi-un's acting in this role, which already seems layered and great).

I agree w/ JB that NGM is doing amazing in the villain/psychopath roles, and is hitting it out of the park here. But idk, this role shows how he's becoming a great actor with so much charisma. I'd totally wanna see him do romantic roles too again and see him in a variety of roles. I wonder how he'd do a lead in a light romcom now! I hope his aptitude in these roles won't pigeon-hole him.

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Love the casts esp. Namgoong min! So sexy. And so is yoo seung ho..

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I second that. For both. I never felt Seung Ho much before, but have always loved NGM.

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Namgoong Min should be contractually obligated to have a shirtless scene in every episode.

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hear, hear

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I hoped park min young(ln-ah)had more things to do than following YSH(jin-woo)around,fighting

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IH:”there definitely has to be more truth out there. I really want to believe what I saw this time. The Real truth, I want to know.”
that is IH. The heroine that should be, while some thinks she is all courage but still sidelines, cannot carry on her own. Beg to differ. When she said, the real truth that she wants to know. Its really means, she as sincereity as a personal interest, and a personal needs or burden, that she wanted to know, not as someone busybody, but someone who cares. That’s why JW smile in appreciation. Hope PMY can grow even more indepth from CityHunter, to Healer, and this Remember.
she is doing her own Nancy Drew's sleuthing already, in the comfort of her own bedroom, linking threads and pin notes on the walls, for someone that just awes her by his memory? loved the way she told of Paris Hilton Miss Nam, she do have powerful lines.
she will not delayed in apologizing for mistaken JW's dad was faking lost memory. in a way, enforcing that she do trust what he said about dad. and showforth her sympathy of his impending deepen sorrow, dad lost in Alz.

what i do like about this story, is both OTP does not "grew their love right from childhood".. hmmm... too many KD spin the OTP's loveline's root right from childhood.. kinda so predictable.
love this OTP does not really knew each other right when they are 10 ? and exchanged some kind of vow, or subjects of remembrances that can trace to each other...
nothing of this sort. so start the story from Teens, and don't stuff some love spark right in is fine also.

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I welcome many many twists, betrayals, side changes, turns and overturns.

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Tyank yo

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Thank you for Namgoong Min capture and for recap. The man stricks hard as a villain his performance is excellent!! He creeps the shit out of me thats how effin good he is. Loving the show and the plot. I can't wait for the next recap.

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It's really good storyline, i love this .

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YSH acting is really impressive and i also like him and PSW ajussi

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Yet to catch up on latest episodes. But I gotta say my heart was beating so fast when I saw NGM. ha ha ha.

I feel sorry for PMY since so far her character is not interesting, in a cruel words, she is not that relevant in this drama so far. A New Leaf was her last drama that I watched. But who knows what in the mind of the writer. Maybe her character will be more interesting later.

Anyway, i feel good to see NGM, YSH and PSW in one drama. I hope this drama stays solid until the end. ;)

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IN A is so beautiful and i think she will change in some eps

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I can not hate Nam Gyu Man, he's so sexy.

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Not sure what to say except that the case in this drama has been handled terribly.

From the very first decision, mistakes have been flying left and right. Why choose a trial by jury when there's so much circumstancial evidence but absolutely no hard evidence? Why choose people who are swayed by their emotions rather than a person trained to look at hard facts with respect to the laws to judge in this case?

And Dad's previous laywer is a laughing stock. He has no business whatsoever being in court. Has he never sat in on another trial?
That excuse he gave was just deplorable. This is your job, not your school assignment.
Even if no one wanted to take the case, he was doing too bad a job.

Let's see what DongHo is up to now.

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to get the case closed down fast and get over with it,those prosecutors weren't there to find out the true killer to begin with,with a jury emotions were flying there so easier to be sweyed with emotion and impactful words

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Exactly. But I was referring to JinWoo's father's side. How the heck did his first lawyer allow for a trial by jury without protest? This case is actually very simple and JinWoo's father should have been declared not guilty from the moment his confession was revealed to be forced and fake and therefore inadmissible. That first incompetent lawyer really did him a disservice.

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hey there! :D
random question but are you a law student by any chance?

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Heck, no. I'm just an arm-chair lawyer, ha ha.

But anyone with internet and access to books knows that much. And this might be a result of my paranoia because I swear not to be completely helpless in such cases so I read up quite a bit... especially with Oscar Pistorius' famous trial... people should know about these things and not get screwed over (so easily).

In JinWoo's father's case, assuming there's no corruption, he should have been acquitted quickly and at that time, the heavy hand of corruption hadn't landed yet. But now with corruption... damned if he does, damned if he doesn't... Which is why I said that first lawyer really did him a disservice. He really got off to a bad start which is going on to affect the rest of his trial negatively.

Also... this is after 2000... where is the DNA test... if they claimed she was raped...

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But, where is the drama in that? That is the whole plot of the drama that the father went to jail for a crime he did not do and they will race against time to get him out...So, if he is not pronounced guilty and not given death penalty, we do not have this drama.. So, we kind of have to flow with that and throw things at our screen for the incompetency etc. but go with it because that is the plot.

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Exactly. But the story and legal research are handled in such a way that it is so hard to go along with it. There are so many pot holes, no, sink holes along the ride.

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Dongho?
let me predict.
he must be using his chip to buy into the inner circle of President Nam (Elderly Dark Lord Baddies behind junior hunk-baddies), to break into that Force that is within.

DH, will show that he has not claim by the Dark Side.
he might be using this, to spur JW to study well, use his gift, (in his own words, use the shortest possible timing to pass the Bar Exam, and use the only Sword to put the Nams behind bars.

DH, and JW:
"May the Force be with you"

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The case is extrematelly frustrating. Of the top of my head:

-The dress. That dress is for clubbing or dating, and expensive.
They made zero effort to track the timeline of the victim.

-The confession. They took him to a warehouse? since when is that allowed?.
With no recording of the event? No lawer present?. Without the "gun description" is already invalid.

-If you don't remember doesn't matter. The prosecutor has to prove without doubt that he is the killer.

-The ADN was discarted based on the theory of using a profilactic,(the prosecutor said so), but I don't buy that there were no other transfer of sweat or hair.
And the killer WAS scrached by the victim, so under the nails should be something.

The trial is such a sham that the suspension of disbelief nedeed doesen't let me enjoy the performances.

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Like every part of the show in the courtroom is tough to swallow, but that first lawyer... It was almost comical, which is unfortunate cos I don't think the show was actually going for comic relief. I mean they could've done an incompetent lawyer without making him like 100% useless right?? Or better yet, they could've given him like a more middling attorney who can't navigate this tough case well. Then Dong-Ho's swooping in could be more impressive too.

At least the judge recognized how insane it was to have that lawyer in the courtroom, that helped my blood pressure. The guy was like unforgivable.

But I'm with PPasun here for like all the courtroom aspects of this show. Like ik standards are expected to be low for the uh procedural parts of any procedural drama (lol), but its really asking for a lot of adjustment. This show is great in a lot of ways but it's not lacking at all in being idiotic & obvious about it in every scene with a gavel.

It doesn't have to be like 100% accurate, but it should try harder to convince us...I mean I love Dong-Ho in all his scenes, but when he's doing his thing in this episode, I wanted to be more impressed by his kick-ass-ery than I was. Like PPsaun said, I want to go with Dong-Ho's image but the show's own faults in this area interrupt me.

I get what dramafan100's saying, it's obviously about the drama, and we have to blind-eye this stuff (which basically we're all trying, just some of us resentfully). But a lot of the stuff they could do in a better way. Like an innocent man going to prison, can easily be written in a more believable way.

If they really can't, then maybe they should just back away from the courtroom setting when they can.

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I'm not sold yet but I love creepy villains. And he is one creeeepy villain.

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What I don't get is that with so much evidence, how did he lose the case in the first place? Because Jin Woo's father has been languishing in prison for the last 4 years as we saw in episode 1. During which time, Jin Woo has become a lawyer and is handling his father's appeal. Did Dong Ho go bad?

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the answer for your questions are in episode 4 ;) I reeeeaaalllly want to tell you the answer, but I hate it when someone give me spoiler without warning, so I won't act as one lol

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Yeah, the languishing part is what is really upsetting. Dad is so pathetic. It's sad to even think about.

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Believe me... In Ah character will grow...

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i believe she can fly also, like Louisa Johnson.. (LOL)
PMY is capable now, she has found her Force within her, since her Healer outbreak.

am anticipating.

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Also it seems strange that Jin Woo and In Ah waltzed in a tightly guarded villa with seemingly no difficulty. Also strange that they wouldn't have waited for the villain to leave before trespassing in broad daylight- even burglars usually wait for nightfall or when people are out much less these amateurs.

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Now, there was this article in which Nam Goong Min said that he really felt like he was becoming a bad guy after this show.

That pushed me to watch this.

Park Min Young is cute.... but not that cute to make me chase week after week.

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Hope pmy will develop in dis series.....and dong ho cant be predicted i hope is good, bad and then good......

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Gyu Man is such a disgusting person,really hope Jinwoo would take him down big time along his father than looks even a more evil dude,curious what his sister is made of,i see they tolerate themselves at most yet she is also a bit full of herself....I understand why Nam Goong Min said taht with thsi character he wants to get to relax and get out of it as he is already stressed and influenced by it in his non life while in Girl that smells wasn't afecting him at all...Yoo Seung Ho performance is amazing along his beautiful heartbreaking crying scenes also i love,love Dong Ho

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I like Dong Ho as a character..will be waiting why would Yong Ho replaced him as his father's lawyer back in 2015. I hope it's for good and not hoping something bad will happen to him.

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namgoong min was sooo pitiful in Unemployed Romance, and now he's the complete opposite!!! psychotic and dangerous.

not only does he look great, i'm also enjoying him in this role...
in a creepy way. or is it sick?

super good villain....

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So far I like it but I'm still waiting for it to really grab me idk

NGM is a terrifying villain and his scenes are some of the most compelling.

I really wish In Ha had more to do instead of just running after Jin Woo, their scenes together are pretty bland for me so far.

At the moment, it's really the Dong Ho show so far. He's a very intriguing character and I find myself more interested in the Dong Ho - Gyu Man showdown than Jin Woo and his father. But it's interesting enough to keep watching!

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I agree that it appears more like the Park Dong-ho show than Jin-woo's, but when the show jumps back to the present, the focus will probably change. Since Lawyer Park has a more active role than Jin-woo in this current case, the showdown concentrates more on Lawyer Park and Nam Gyu-man. Also in a similar vein, In-ha will hopefully take on a more proactive role once she becomes a lawyer, but I agree that her role right now mostly consists of running after Jin-woo and trying to be there for him. However, she really doesn't have any power or skills right now to do anything besides that.

I, on the other hand, will probably miss the "Park Dong-ho Show" once the drama shifts.

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I get seriously stressed whenever I have to click on the newest episode of this drama. Framed Dad is just so heart-breaking, and I keep fearing the ringer he -- and we-- will have to go through. For me, it's good that we already know who the murderer is. I couldn't take any more suspense. Right now, am just loving everyone's performance and being more touched by a murder mystery than I have been in years. (Sorry Achiara) The injustice of the situation, plus Dad having Alzheimer's, the cynical cruelty of a justice system that willfully frames the poor, and the sorrows of the poor...it's a seriously hard watch for me. Thanks for the recap.

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I just don't get the reaction from people in the neighborhood. Instead of be sympathy toward s Jin woo, they attacked him, blame him. Even if they don't come and take a look at the teenage boy living alone and going through hardship, I thought at least they dont care. Does it really happen in Korea or other parts in this world?

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The value of their houses went down. What did you expect?

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“Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
(Mat 10:26-28)

DongHo aptly reminded from the God’s Word that, fear not the darker power that is from without, behind Richie Rich & Dad. For nothing covered or hid that shalt be forever, that God has no power thereof to unveil. No Darkness too wormhole that can swallow up light / truth forever, no evidence are lost forever, not even age can washed away memories, nor witnesses’ death nor characters changed, nothing can be hid forever when God’s timing is up, time’s to reveal the Crystal Truth.

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Was glad God is mentioned few times already right at first few ep. First when Mom told JW, that God is the One who bestowed this gift of photographic memory, thus use it for good of mankind. That JW has to go beyond vengeances in his own terms. But instead he has to use the Truth within God’s accepted boundaries, to hold Richie Rich & Dad accountable. God in His Timing will unearth the truth, never appeared before witness may surface, lost evidence be found, cowardice character repented thus comeforth, lost memory returns.
But I only worry about one thing, amid all these, let JW not wander from one extreme to another, to realm of Alzheimer’s, and thus forget his loved ones, namely dad or IH. Hmm… that’s the darkness that I plead Writer tread not.

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Truth is a sword, the light shone brightness when it stand alone boldly. Fearing not the power without that may kill the body, but fearing the soul that give in and be lost. Like what dad said, “What remains in life, is not money, not your name, it will be memory”, truth that remain in memories.
“All is not lost, the unconquerable will, and study of revenge, immortal hate, and the courage never to submit or yield.” ― John Milton, Paradise Lost
I add on to Milton, … “faith in truth, that the Just God of Truth exist.”

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"really solid cast", awesome Javabean wrote.
was hoping JB jump into this wagon for PMY sake, since u be interested in seeing what can PMY pull into IH's role. to see what diff can she make, since she started to soar by Youngshin-ya.
yes, while i can almost vow to boycott this show because "youngshin-ya" image is in it. i must say, after 3 ep flew past, the Casting is excellent.
yes, "really solid cast."
i believe, with 24 ep to roll out the character and layered them, hope Writer no just concentrate on plots and suspence, but also on character building, and superb lines. what Healer charm lies on the excellent lines and touching dialogues that OTP spoken.
Hope Writernim develop the characters JW, IH, DH well, and one key person that can easily be given cheap loud-treatment is villain GM.
Writernim, indulge us.

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another satisfying episode. i just super sad by the fact that at the end it isnt really going to be a happy ending for our hero and his dad. both end up with alzheimer's . Sad sighh---

Saw the preview for next episode and ahhhhh it doesnt look very good for our jinwoo team but then again that just means more interesting episode for us! We're in for a rollercoaster ride! Bring it on team Remember!!

p.s: writernim please just don't make me cry my eyes out , i have exams coming up so i dont want headaches while sitting my exam.

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NGM is so off the wall I think I'll revisit Unemployed Romance to watch him play a man in full blown puppy love. I always remember how sweet he was in that drama. This drama will probably leave me traumatized.

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I haven't watched this drama... yet... But I have to say, Namgoong Min with short hair and out of his face is the absolute business! Man, that is a good look for him.

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Woah, so many recappers on Remember! It would actually be kind of fun to see a recap series on dramabeans where everyone pitched in on one or two episodes. It would be interesting to see how the recapping of a drama changes from writer to writer and compare which aspects everyone tends to focus on.

Just a side note (sorry for pointing out a minor typo) but you added an "n" to Boss Suk Joo-il's name.

About the show, my main take-away is always that Dong-ho is amazing. It's been a while since Park Sung-woong has had a good drama character.

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I am so in like with the character of Dong-ho and the actor playing him (name escapes me right now?). He seems to have so many sides to him, and just love his wardrobe, which arrives very vocally before he does! It is nice to see the actor in this character portrayal, the fluidity of his facial and emotional swings. In the past his characters always seemed so stern and serious in the face. Here he has smiled, winked, and even chuckled and danced into, or down a hall. Nice change, and he seems to be having fun!

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I have finished watching ep4 and couldn't help crying when Jin Woo bursted into tears wile being dragged away from his father after the final adjudgment - sentence to death. It was a heartbreaking moment to me.

His eyes wrer filled with tears and sorrow. I can feel it too. Yoo Seung Ho, how could he make it?!

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I am so looking forward to this show. Solid.

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Dong-ho Ajusshi jang!!

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I'm onto Episode 4 already and while the drama is really interesting, I'm kind of afraid to watch it at the same time because it's so sad how humans can be so selfish. Those who have watched Episode 4 will know what I mean. I really hope that this drama has a happy ending :(

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Remeber the Kdrama you would not want to forget. From the cast to the director crew ad staff. They are working so hard to create and provide such a wonderful and masterpiece entertainment for viewers over Asia and hopefully will be anticipated world wide. Park Min Young is Superb in her craft portraying her every role excellently. Indeed she's a one of a kind having beauty inside and out plus a talent behind compare. Support Remember ..

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Without any pretension, this is for sure a well remembered Kdrama again since the plot has been doing well so far so good. Min young park is awesome she's incredibly great performance aspect. Love this Remember as Healer and all of her kdramas.

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Loving this drama. I so like the lead stars park min yeong is amazing she suit best for any of her leading men. Her character is un-questionable for she she did perfectly in her previous roles. Hope this Remember will be another hit dor her so as the whole cast and staff and crew members.

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I hope this won't be another Yong Pal direction.... That's how SBS works.... And I just hope romance between PMY and the SSH, they don't have the chemistry....

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i was thinking too, if [email protected] handle this may actually work better. KBS2 has many awesome works under her belt, like King of Baking, Bridal Mash, Healer, I Remember you... etc. KBS2 good in thriller well. KBS2 really make stars out of some actor that were originally not well known.

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Dong-ho is so awesome! :D And what is that important meeting in the end, huh? So intriguing.

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I can't se any chemistry bwtween Jin Woo and In Ah at the moment, because they are just not in the mood. But their interactions will become the background for the love that will bud in the future.

By the way, In Ah is supposed to be 3 ~ 5 years older than Jin Woo, so although Park Min Young looks older than Yoo Seung Ho, it really works here. I don't mind a bitter sweet noona love here.

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I wouldn’t understand why there are people who think that IA was weak, and that her character basically just follow
behind JW . just because some people hope that IA will always be paired with some young sweet things, but truth is, sometimes most of the sweet young pretty things cannot act that well, and cannot portrays depths in traumatized indepth characters. I believed once, some producer explained, (might be the one behind I Remember You, not very sure any way), that why casting groups liked to choose older actress sometimes to paired with the younger Male Lead, because the one the Casting Team liked happened to be older but more promising in matured layered acting.
and boy do we really adored all these Noonas romance, some noonas pairing are awesome match.
PMY definitely look her part , and stand on her own well, beside YSH, she just looked a little older that’s all. In real life, we do have a lot of real life couple around us, having the wife a little or much older than the husband, all both live happily ever after. PMY and YSH is fine, so far. (of cause, I still preferred PMY and JCW, smile smile…. Healerya.)

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camvan, like you, at anytime i always welcome a good pairing in noonas romance. i rather PMY, then SBS go pulling in any Young hot pretty thing from any girl-band group and rob in to carry the weigh of IA, which is a layered role. PMY will be fine.
Both YSH and PMY have many years of acting, they can carry the passionate scene well, its a 24 eps (Healer only 20 ep). Both YSH and PMY eyes can emo well, both eyes can cry tears of joy or tears of agony. so, trust them!

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goosh... i was dying waiting for ep 4 recap...
so restless.
may just break the button on my keyboard, punching in desperation... LOL.

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Is Kim Young Woong the Detective? I can't find who is playing this part.

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