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Goodbye Mr. Black: Episode 4

Good news: The setup is complete and the final betrayal forces our hero to shed his innocent trust in other people. Okay, so that’s not good news for him, strictly speaking, but it IS good news for us because we say goodbye to good guy Ji-won and say hellooooo, Mr. Black. We’ve all been waiting for this moment, so let’s make it count. Let the revenge games begin!

 
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EPISODE 4 RECAP

Our good guys make the rookie mistake of leaving the bedside of the one witness who can identify Killer, which of course gives Killer just enough time to sneak into the hospital room and do his job.

Ji-won tells Swan (aka Kaya) that he might not have to be on the run anymore, and she congratulates him halfheartedly. Of course he has to eat his words when they return to the witness, and Ji-won runs after Killer just in time to catch a glimpse of his face as his car pulls away.

Swan tries to prevent Ji-won from walking into a death trap, but he takes off anyway, dropping his compass at her feet. Symbolism!

Ji-won tails Killer all the way to his meeting with Teacher Baek, who’s got his back turned so that we can’t see his face. And at the last minute, best friend Sun-jae arrives at the scene, and Ji-won’s first instinct is to call out to Sun-jae to warn him of the danger. Ack, no!

Thankfully, our helpful ally Ji-ryun is on top of it and pulls Ji-won out of sight just in time. Phew. Ji-won misses the part where Sun-jae sits down and gets a pat on the back from Teacher Baek for alerting them about the (formerly) surviving witness.

Ji-won insists on going back to save his best friend from the scary baddies, but Ji-ryun says that Sun-jae is one of them—he’d been suspicious of Sun-jae but unsure, until now. Ji-won refuses to believe it, but Ji-ryun asks him to think long and hard about his friend’s behavior since Dad’s death. Was it really all aboveboard?

Ji-won flashes back to all of Sun-jae’s questionable excuses and shifty behavior, but in the end his faith in his friend still holds strong. Ji-ryun finally has to yell at him that he’ll die if he goes out there, and reminds Ji-won that the only other witness just died, which leaves one loose end: Ji-won. Thank goodness one of us is thinking.

Sun-jae answers his phone as he arrives at the hotel, and it’s Ji-won on the other end, spying on him from the second floor balcony as they talk. That’s dangerously close, but Ji-won makes sure not to give away his location (though he does say he hasn’t crossed the border yet).

Sun-jae is eager to meet, but Ji-won tamps down tears as he says it would be too dangerous for Sun-jae if they met up. He’s about to hang up when Sun-jae baits him with: “[Little sister] Ji-soo has vanished.” So of course Ji-won is frantic with the questions, but Sun-jae just tells him to come to the hotel so they can talk in person and hangs up.

That messes with Ji-won enough that he goes running after Sun-jae, but he stops in his tracks when he spots Killer and his henchmen arrive and report directly to Sun-jae, who gives out orders to lie in wait for Ji-won.

It’s the confirmation he needed to see with his own eyes, and Ji-won finally believes that his friend has betrayed him. He sinks to the ground in tears as he watches Sun-jae prepare a trap for him.

That night Sun-jae waits in his room, gun cocked.

And back in their beach hideaway, Swan waits anxiously for Ji-won to return. She holds his compass and remembers asking him about it before, and he’d told her that because it’s broken, he couldn’t find his way back home.

Sun-jae waits and waits, and at last someone approaches stealthily. Sun-jae holds his gun at the ready… but it’s Killer, here to tell him that the sun is almost up, and Ji-won likely won’t show.

Sun-jae takes the opportunity to ask Killer what he did with Ji-soo, and Killer either doesn’t know what he’s talking about or pretends not to. Sun-jae warns him that anyone who messes with him will pay the price. Geez, you kill a few people, and the power goes straight to your head.

Ji-ryun has waited up all night outside the beach cottage, and Swan comes out to tell him that Ji-won won’t be returning. They both resign themselves to that with obvious disappointment, and Ji-ryun asks if Swan doesn’t want to come back with him to the child welfare organization. She puts on a brave face and insists that she likes it here, and now she can have all the eggs to herself.

Ji-won’s voice suddenly cuts in from the distance, “One of those is mine!” and he walks up with a big smile. Swan and Ji-ryun are even more shocked and confused when Ji-won chatters away about making breakfast stew, all sunshine and charm, like he didn’t just get his entire world turned around last night.

He shows Swan how to make the stew and says, “See, it’s easy. You can do it by yourself, right?” Ah, so he’s here to say goodbye, is he? Swan can tell as much and asks if he’s come back for his compass, but he just tells her not to sell it for gold.

Ji-won continues to ignore their stares all throughout breakfast, and just shovels his face full of food. When Swan chokes on a bite, he stops Ji-ryun from rushing to help her, insisting that Swanny isn’t a child. That just angers Swan even more and she storms out.

Ji-ryun asks what Ji-won is planning to do, when he knows what’s at risk. But Ji-won says his sister has gone missing, and even though it might be a trap, he has to do something about it. He shows Ji-ryun the inscription in his compass, spero spera, meaning, “While I breathe, I hope,” and assures him that he won’t die.

Ji-won finds Swan outside drawing in the sand, and he asks why she always draws elephants and why the eyes are so big. She says that mommy elephants never close their eyes until their babies are asleep, though she has no memory of where she heard that.

He throws an arm around her and holds her hand as he writes out her name in the sand, suggesting that she ought to know at least how to write her own name. She doesn’t want to learn how to write, so then he writes his name, “Black,” and tells her to learn that one. She says it’s a fake name anyway, but he shakes his head and says, “No, from now on, that’s my real name.” Okie dokie then. Black it is.

At his coaxing, Swan tries writing her name and starts getting into it, and they stay out there until the sun sets practicing her name and his in the sand. In the ensuing days, Black/Ji-won prepares to say goodbye, and Swan spends her time whittling a small piece of wood.

Black sends a letter to his girlfriend Mari and then visits Ji-ryun at his office, where he says it’s Christmas and demands a present, heh. Ji-ryun has just received someone’s last will and testament in the mail, which he hides when Black enters.

At Black’s request, Ji-ryun brings Swan a new dress and a pair of shoes and invites her to a party, where he says that Black will be waiting for her, since he’s made her wait for him so many times. Ji-ryun was given strict instructions to bring her so she wouldn’t call the police, and Swan remembers warning Black not to disappear on her without warning, or else she’d call the cops on him.

She realizes that he means to say goodbye, and refuses to go tonight. She lies down in bed like a child and says she’s not feeling well, and though she starts out saying, “It hurts!” to try and convince Ji-ryun that she’s really sick, in the end she whispers it quietly with a different meaning entirely: “If I’m hurting, will Black not go?”

Black waits that evening at a Christmas party that the welfare organization is throwing for the children, and he smiles when Swan shows up in the new dress and shoes. Aw, it’s just a sweet moment because you know she’s never been to anything like this before.

Some kids nudge them to join in with the dancing, so they comply and sway lightly on the dance floor. Swan betrays a pained look whenever her back is turned to Black, but she always puts on a big smile before facing him.

After their dance, Black gives her his Christmas present—a snow flurry overhead. Though she knows it’s fake, it makes her smile to experience snow for the first time in her life, and Ji-ryun snaps a photo. Swan says she has a present for him too, and holds out a compass that she carved out of wood. She says it’s to help him find his way back home since his compass is broken.

Swan assumes that he wished to return home when they lit their lanterns at the festival, but Black thinks to himself, “No, what I wished for was…” We don’t get to hear him finish the thought, and Swan puts the new compass in his hand.

Black sits up that night watching her sleep, and then puts his military tags back on before quietly getting up and walking out. Swan has been awake the whole time, and her heart sinks to hear him walk out the door.

She gets up to see that he left behind his old compass with a blank note for her, and she runs after him outside on the beach. She asks if he’s really going, and tearfully draws an imaginary line between them, saying, “Don’t cross over to this side again, or I’ll kill you. And take back what you said about finding me wherever I am! Take it back… so that I don’t look behind me as I walk down the street. So that I don’t wait!” Aw.

He takes it back like she asked, which of course makes her cry more. She walks right up to him and gets on her tiptoes, and kisses him softly on the lips. Swan: “If you don’t go, I’ll do it again. Go. Don’t get caught by me, or anyone. Go.” He looks at her tenderly one last time, and then walks away without looking back.

As she watches him leave, Swan thinks, “Goodbye, Black. It doesn’t mean farewell, but that I was happy to meet you. Goodbye. Goodbye, Black.”

Small-time con artist Sung-min has a meltdown when he finds that his safe full of money and gold has been robbed. The only thing left inside is a cell phone, and when it rings, he’s startled to hear Black on the other end. Sun-jae hears about it right away and rushes to act.

Meanwhile, Black calls Ji-ryun to let him know enough of his plans for Ji-ryun to freak out. Black says he has to disappear in order for his sister to be safe (presumably because that makes her the sole surviving heir, but I worry about him taking that gamble). Black asks him to look after Swan and just hangs up.

Then he literally just stands in the street and waits for truckloads of henchmen to come after him. This is your plan? This is a terrible plan.

Black takes off running, and as the camera zooms out in an aerial shot, we fade into a city map in a flashback, where Black had mapped out his route. Well, that’s something. Swan saw that map too, so when she comes upon them mid-chase, she’s able to take a shortcut and find Black first, standing on a ledge on a rooftop.

She calls out to him, and Black smiles warmly at her for a long beat. But elsewhere, the henchmen are closing in on him, and Sun-jae tells them that they can shoot to kill. Killer takes out his sniper rifle and readies his shot with Black in his sights…

The henchmen arrive on the rooftop and Black runs, but Killer fires off a shot into Black’s shoulder just as he hops over the ledge. Swan screams and she drops the compass (again?), while Black quite literally hangs on for dear life on a pole. He manages to fall the rest of the way without any further injury, though Killer cuts him off on the ground by ramming into him with a car. Ouch. Black goes tumbling but fights him off, and goes running into the forest by the river with a few more gunmen on his tail.

Meanwhile, Sun-jae snatches the sniper rifle out of Killer’s hand and slaps him across the face. HA. Okay, that made me laugh out loud. Clearly Sun-jae has decided to take matters into his own hands, and drives off in a speedboat alone.

Black reaches a warehouse by the river, shot multiple times and pretty much cornered with nowhere to run. He drops the compass Swan gave him and makes sure to recover it even with bullets flying in his direction, and looks like he’s preparing to make his last stand.

The henchmen actually scamper off when Sun-jae arrives in his boat, because he’s pretty much firing at anything that moves. In the end it’s just Sun-jae and Black. With his tears brimming in his eyes, Black says, “I’m tired. Let’s stop this,” and there’s a moment of pause when Sun-jae peers into his scope and sees his friend staring right back at him and shedding a tear.

Sun-jae blinks away the guilt and steadies his gun, but at the last second, Black moves first and fires off a shot right into Sun-jae’s shoulder. Sun-jae misfires, straight into a barrel of gas, sending the whole warehouse up in flames. Swan looks behind her, hearing the explosion in the distance.

Once the fire dies down, Sun-jae looks through the rubble for signs of life, but all he finds is Ji-won’s military tags burned and covered in blood. It’s enough to convince him that Ji-won is dead, and he returns to Korea to give Mari the news.

Mari wails in grief, and Sun-jae pulls her into a hug. Damn, that’s cold. You killed him and you’re comforting his girl? He says it to her, but almost more to himself: “It’s all over now. It’s over.”

Swan waits on the swings, and someone finds her drawing at the cottage and finds her there. She’s disappointed to see that it’s Ji-ryun, and she asks after Black. He says that Black won’t be returning, but Swan shows him the inscription on the gold compass and says that Black can’t die. She decides that she’ll have to return the compass to him, and says that she’ll get it fixed so that it leads her to him.

Then we fast-forward to Seoul, 2016.

A nervous man leaves something in a subway station locker, and a different man comes to pick up the flash drive inside. But later that night, the same nervous man is chased through the woods, and he trips and falls and dies, and it’s Killer who catches up to him and pries a different flash drive out of his cold dead hands.

Protesters are demonstrating against Sunwoo Group’s new market development, and suddenly a reporter jumps in to interview them. It’s Swan, recording herself with a phone camera on a selfie stick, and signing off as Reporter Kim Swan. No way. Remember when you couldn’t read?

She types up her story right there in the street and sends it in to Panda Magazine, only to have her editor yell at her and demand a new story in two hours. He also returns her first story marked up with spelling mistakes, and she cringes in embarrassment.

Swan stops in the street when she sees a news broadcast about Sunwoo Group, which is how we catch up on Sun-jae’s rising success as the group’s president. Mari is by his side at a ribbon cutting ceremony, and there’s speculation about Sun-jae, head of Sunwoo Construction, joining up with Teacher Beak, who’s now head of Sunwoo Distribution. Basically, the baddies got exactly what they wanted.

Sun-jae is stopped on his way out of the office that day by the arrival of a woman named MAY (Ha Yeon-joo), who represents a company interested in investing. May seems only interested in Sun-jae, but he brushes her off and continues on his way.

May meets with Teacher Baek regarding a new casino project, and she catches him off-guard when she says the investors are interested in Sunwoo Construction—aka Sun-jae’s company. Teacher Baek insists on making the deal with his company alone, which she goes along with readily.

May leaves the meeting and tells someone over the phone that she got a signature on the deal quite easily, and teasingly threatens to walk away from the deal if he/she on the other end doesn’t show up in person.

Sun-jae arrives at the doctor’s office just in time to join Mari as she’s getting an ultrasound. Ack, you married him AND you’re having his baby? He tells her to take it easy, but she refuses to stop working on the party for the hospital that she manages. She says it’ll be helpful to him too, when the board votes on him becoming chairman, and he jokes that she’ll kick him out if he doesn’t win.

Mari says that living together must’ve made her a little like him, because now she hates the idea of being in second place. Sun-jae takes her hand and sighs contentedly, “I wish time would stop like this.” Aw, I know he’s evil but he seems so genuinely happy.

Swan hangs out at the police station and butters up every detective she knows looking for a story, and happens to catch a breaking incident—a corpse is found in the woods—which she reports right away to her editor.

The corpse turns out to be the nervous man who died while being chased by Killer, and a young man in a trenchcoat walks up to the scene and demands a status report from the uniformed cop. Uniform tells him what they know so far—only the man’s name and the fact that he worked at Sunwoo Distribution.

Trenchcoat Detective seems interested in that last tidbit, but doesn’t get to follow up because the real detectives come running up shouting, “Shut your mouths!” and greet Trenchcoat as Reporter Seo, LOL.

This is SEO WOO-JIN (Song Jae-rim), Swan’s boss at Panda Magazine. He cheekily points out to Uniform that he never said he was a detective, and the real detectives are so familiar with him that it seems like part of their routine to threaten him with obstructing justice, but never do anything about it.

Swan runs up and asks excitedly if they got the exclusive and were first on the scene, but Woo-jin announces that she’s fired. He calls her stupid and says he has no use for a reporter who can’t turn in a well-written story. Swan immediately switches to banmal and calls out, “Hey, Seo Woo-jin!” She points out that he’s not her sunbae anymore if she’s out of a job, and wonders how he can fire her if he’s never paid her. She threatens to report him for violating labor laws, and then resumes work right away by claiming this story as hers. On her way down the hill, Swan trips and falls, and Woo-jin rushes down to see if she’s okay. She’s better than okay because the fall causes her to see a slip of paper—a receipt for a storage locker.

Meanwhile, Teacher Baek looks at the document that was in the dead man’s flash drive, and finds a VIP list for his company. He assumes that Sun-jae was the one trying to get his hands on this list, and sighs that another person had to die because of Sun-jae’s greed.

Swan goes to the man’s funeral to see if she can learn anything from his friends or co-workers, only to get kicked out by the grieving widow. She’s about to leave when she spots a silver-haired man who runs away at the sight of her, and she manages to catch his license plate as he drives away. She trudges home in a funk, wondering what got into her today, all because she heard that Sunwoo Group might be involved somehow. She crouches in the street and takes out Black’s compass with a sigh, remembering his promise that he’d come find her wherever she was. She says out loud, “I’m here. I’m here!”

A car pulls up just then, and it’s Ji-ryun, whom she calls oppa now. He asks what she’s doing outside, and she says that she’s waiting for Mom to go to bed so she can sneak in without getting yelled at. She has a mom now?

He asks if they should leave and come back later then, and Mom yells over the intercom for them to come in this instant. Inside, Mom yells at both son and daughter for making her lonely and never coming home. Omo, Ji-ryun got his own mother to adopt Swan? That is so cuuuuuute.

Swan does overhear Mom telling Ji-ryun that she’s okay with Swan as a daughter, but not as a daughter-in-law, which was partly why Mom adopted her. Ji-ryun laughs and assures Mom that Swan has never seen him as a man. Yeah Mom, stop making the cute thing weird.

That night Swan gets a text from an unknown source reporting that there’s a record of Black’s little sister Ji-soo at a hospital in China, but nothing after that. She has a map on her wall with pictures of Black and Ji-soo, and she apologizes for not having found his sister yet.

Mom comes in and asks Swan to go on a date with her tomorrow to go look for eligible bachelors, and hands her an invitation to a Sunwoo Group charity party at the estate, thrown by Mari.

At the party, Swan watches Mari for a long while, and Ji-ryun asks why she caved to Mom and came here. Swan says she was curious to see the house that Black grew up in, and says a little bitterly that it’s nice and she sees why Black kept wanting to go home.

Ji-ryun introduces Swan as his little sister to both Mari and Sun-jae, and she even bumps into Teacher Baek, not that they know who the other is.

The party is being spied on by someone who watches a video feed from a car. We don’t see the face, but the footage (shot by a waiter at the party) is of Sun-jae conversing with Teacher Baek about Sun-jae soon becoming chairman.

Swan wanders inside the house and gazes at the wedding photo of Mari and Sun-jae, and Mari happily agrees to an interview because she’s Ji-ryun’s sister. She asks Swan her name, and when Swan says she isn’t a swan, but an ugly duckling, Mari immediately thinks of Ji-won saying that about his little sister.

The lights start to flicker in and out at the party, and while it’s dark, someone approaches the garden…

A flashlight beam lands on Sun-jae and flickers, and then his phone rings. A familiar voice says, “It’s me.” It’s Black! Sun-jae doesn’t recognize the voice right away, so he adds, “It’s Ji-won.” Sun-jae snarls into the phone, “Cha Ji-won is dead!”

On cue, the lights flicker on, and the most handsomely dressed ghost ever walks right into the party. I love this moment. It’s Black/Ji-won, back in the flesh, and everyone’s jaws drop at the sight. Mari drops her glass and Ji-ryun stands up: “Black.”

But it’s Sun-jae that Black is fixated on, and he approaches very close to whisper, “I escaped… to kill you.” He adds a devilish smile, enjoying the moment.

Then he sees Mari and walks toward her as she cries, reaching out a hand as he says, “Mari-ya, I’ve come to get you.” Mari whispers his name through her tears like it’s a question, while Swan comes out of the house and sees Black from behind and cranes her neck to see who it is.

 
COMMENTS

Hm, on the one hand, I really love the party moment because it’s such a big reveal, and it turns everyone’s world upside-down to have Black/Ji-won return from the dead like this. Plus, I love the theatricality of it, and the way he really builds up his own grand entrance. It’s a very swoony entrance. The more of that we get, the better. I already like the character loads more now that he’s returned with a revenge mission, because the earnest Ji-won was nice and good and all, but smart, worldly Mr. Black who’s going to take his time to make his move? That’s exciting.

But on the other hand, I do feel like I was left out of the loop on some key parts in his development, like what on earth Black was thinking when he made that last stand against Killer and Sun-jae—because if it was to stage his own death, it should’ve come across in the execution. There was just a lot left to be desired in the whole sequence of events when he fights that final battle, because the way it played out, it seems like he just kind of lucked out and walked away with his life. The only conclusion I can come to is that he knew dying would be his only way out and he planned it that way, but honestly Ji-won’s character as a whole hasn’t given me the confidence to trust that what he did was intentional.

Upside is, I am definitely ready to put that trust in Mr. Black now that he’s come back from the dead and spent his time formulating a revenge plan—I have hopes that he’s now going to stay one step ahead of the audience in a good way, and really work the mysterious debonair charm to its full potential. I’m confused about him very plainly outing himself as Cha Ji-won though, so that’s a hurdle that’ll be interesting to watch him jump over. Will Ji-won be declared un-dead, or will he just move about his old world as Mr. Black, and what does that mean for his family’s company?

I was surprised that Swan got left behind too, because I expected her to be a part of his revenge. Right now she’s somewhere in the middle, and it feels a little strange for him to have two past lives in limbo—one with Mari, and one with Swan. I suppose in exchange we do get some development for Swan’s character independent of Black, which is a pretty nice bonus. And I kind of love that she didn’t just go from illiterate to sudden genius, and that she’s a reporter who can’t spell for an internet magazine that may or may not pay its employees. I already really like her scenes with Woo-jin, and can’t wait to see more of her work life with him. Plus, Ji-ryun becoming her real oppa is my favorite thing in the show so far. I really hope he stays a good guy for the whole drama. Please, I beg of you. Just this once!

For the first time, I’m dying to see the next episode to find out how everyone reacts to Mr. Black crashing the party. It’s a good place to be, especially when the first three episodes didn’t exactly leave me on pins and needles. But now the revenge begins in earnest, right? And Mr. Black keeps wearing those suits? ‘Cause if your goal for crashing the party was to make your ex regret leaving you, I think you got the job done.

 
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Loving this episode, i'm surprise he reveal himself as ji won to sun jae n mari, i thought i will see he pretending as someone else in front of his enemy but i'm sure he will not reveal he's cha ji won in public because he known as criminal, i like that hes not with swan all this years, it will adding more conflict in the story

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Please someone explain how old is Swan suppose to be? How much time did we jump ahead?

The end gave me the impression that Black did not know Ma Ri was married to the bad way, and it makes no sense, I would think he would have them monitored. ?

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I guess she's 18 plus 5 years time jump, cha ji won know mary maried sun jae

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2011 in thai n jump to 2016 in Seoul

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Really impatient for the next episode, swan goodbye words to black is touching n i like that our hero prepare his death himself not because he's accidentally survive, i'm sure we could see how he's survive in later episode

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Well hello there Mr. Black. Damn, he really wears that suit nicely. Very nice. I'm liking SJR in this so far and I'm excited for next week!!

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first? ㅋㅋ

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Nope. ㅋㅋㅋ. At least you tried :D

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Try again next week, my dear

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I really love the first appearance of Song Jae Rim here, he so cool and funny and so far i love his interactions with Swan. My heart really aches for both Swan and Mari during the party. I know it was very painful for Mari to see Ji Won is alive and I know it will be painful for Swan too,all this time she just thinking about Ji won and even trying to find Ji Soo but it seems that Ji Won is still longing for Ma Ri.

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Whoaaaaaaa. Goodbye Mister Black just got real good, real fast! I love how quickly the story moves! There aren't filler scenes and everything is just falling into place nicely. I don't know why, but I thought Ji Won's grand entrance was just perfect. I mean, we all knew he would come back. But, I didn't know it was going to be THIS soon! I anticipated his return a bit later, but when he showed up, he executed it wonderfully.

I cannot wait for the next episodes!!!!

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The scene which Ji Won finds out that his best friend has betrayed him was so heart wrenching. Lee Jin Wook is really good.

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And I do agree with you, girlfriday. Ji Won is one sexy ghost!

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He is! He's looking good, while they gave Swan the most aweful haircut ever.
Love both the characters though.

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This recap is totally on point. When he was being chased and shot up, I had this confused/exasperated face... Like that was seriously your big plan? To get shot again, in the shoulder again and by the same bad guy?

I loved all scenes with Swan, she's awesome and scrappy but still vulnerable. She sold the learning to write scene. I feel like actress is the heart of the show for me.

The time jump was somewhat disorienting to me, it was actually kinda hilarious. "She's a reporter? What the shit? Now she's a chaebol daughter going to matchmaking events... And who is mom?" I understood it in the end but it almost felt like a different show for a few minutes there.

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Totally agree about that chased scene (I thought he had some plan), and time jump. I have so many questions on this episode. So weird. And big reveal at the end - already? Just like that? We are only episode 4 right? Hope show makes sense later somehow.

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btw Thanks for speedy recap! I watch this one first among 3 W-TR dramas because I know this will be recapped first. lol

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That is exatcly what I am thinking too regarding his big plan. I am still confuse on what his big plan. I mean, is his plan to lure his enemies to the ware house? And does he already calculated that his enemies will blow the warehouse so that he can pretend to die by leaving his name tag in that warehouse?

And I cant wait for the next episode. His bald moves to declare his true identity in the beginning make me curious how he will play his revenge plan. This is so different from all of revenge dramas I have ever watched ala Mounte Cristo.

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Swan was adopted by Kim Ji Ryoon's mom,the guy who helped Swan and Black in Thailand. Their family is also very rich, i think they also sent Swan to school and Ji Ryoon also helped her enter in "Panda News"

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OMG RIM IS HERE HIS ROLE IS SO FUNNY I CAN'T STOP GIGGLING WHAT A DOOFUS XDDDDD

*calms down*

Okay but Rim aside, this is the ep I've been waiting for too. The bad guy is finally on top so it's time to tear down his castle brick by brick. >:D

I'm surprised Black reintroduced himself as Ji-won though. I thought he would Temptation-of-Wife his way back into everyone's lives and be all, "Ji-won who? I just happen to look as good as that guy." What kind of revenge is it if you declare who you are right from the start? Did they make him a little less smart so the bad guys can keep winning for 12 more episodes???

(PS thanks so much for the recap!)

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Mary is that really you

Also hi I'm lurking for Kim Taewoo lol that's all

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Ish me. Hai. :D

I did notice Roach Bro in previous eps and thought of you. So glad he isn't a shady guy. Yet. (If he stays a nice oppa, he'll probably die as a sacrifice or smthng though. Sorry poli. :P)

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Don't 'yet' me my smol tadpole heart cannot take this form of playing

(and possible death NO)

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Just want to say, Hello Mary :P

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Hallo! :D

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I agree I am kind of disappointed that he outed himself right away I was expecting the usual story of Count of Montecristo, were he acts as a different person while he plans his revenge and takes down the bad guys one by one. I was also expecting for him and Kaya to make a grand entrance as husband and wife. It would have been interesting if her character had hated him for some reason and was helping him for her own reasons, and if that hate had slowly turned into love. Oh well we will just have to wait and see where the story leads to. Thanks for the recap Girlfriday :)

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Goodbye Mister Black is seriously such an underrated drama. :( I really really enjoy it.

I can't wait to see what revenge goodies Ji Won has up his sleeves!

It's going to be one hell of a ride!

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I agree with some of the comments here. As much as I loved the grand entrance and how it played out, I was a bit taken aback with the big reveal so early on! I really wished he would have started his revenge in secrecy and reveal himself later, but what is done is done already. I have hope that everything will turn out well! Excited to see what happens next!

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This is one of the things about working with MCW--she can easily steal the spotlight from her male co-star. Even when the drams are male-centered (like the majority of her dramas have been.)

In Princess Man she totally stole the show from PSH; she was damn kickass & so intense. & the same can be said in this drama, the heart and emotion she brings to her scenes are so strong that she easily overshadows LJW. Sure he's doing fine on his end but the fact that she nails her scenes everytime really highlights that "oomph" factor that she has and he unfortunately, just doesn't.

However, JW overshadowed her in Good Doctor but I am inclined to say it was because they didn't even give her the chance to shine. It was so focused on the male lead. The only drama I feel the male lead was at her level was Nice Guy with SJK. Their chemistry, intensity, emotion & ability to connect and deliver to the audience was so spot on I can't even. It was beautiful. I hope for a MCW x SJK reunion in the future. If not, then pair her up with someone who can hold his own against her (e: so ji sub, ji sung, kimm soo hyun, park hae jin)

#teamchaeki till I die, tho lol

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I have to agree here. LJW is doing fine and he brings some good intensity along with being hot. But you know the MCW is killing it when my first thought is "I wonder how this party reveal will impact Swan emotionally. Gosh, I hope she isn't hurt during his run through town in a hail of bullets".

Total aside, we camped on the Thai island for part of my honeymoon. I was shaking my husband in disbelief when Ko Hong showed up in ep 3.

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If she were cast opposite So Ji Sub, I could totally spend 16 hours with them.

You are picking all my absolute favorite intense male actors. I wonder how a pairing of her with Gong Yoo would be? He's had some awesome chemistry with leading ladies and I think has the oomph factor.

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dunno about you guys but JB and GF once mentioned MCW potentially pairing up with Park Hae-jin in a podcast* and I nearly died of wanting it SO BAD.

*NOT as an actual prospect, more like wishful thinking? I'd have died even more if they were actually potential costars and then it fell through :/

Also agreed that Song Joong-ki was her best match onscreen, their chemistry in Nice Guy.... PHWOARRR.

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I don' t think so, this drama has many interesting , stole the spotlight couldn't applied to this drama, it depend on your preference of some cast or how the charracter written, i watch many mcw drama i though her charracter could be said stole the show in shining inheritance, in princess man the second female lead stand out the most, nice guy it's equal n good doctor it's joo won.it's depend on the writing n the acting, i like her in shining inheritance n this drama, so far in this drama 4 charracter shining equally

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Idk who to reply to so I'll just put it here lol (@eny, sera & lollypop)

I am a MCW fan so sure, I'm a bit biased but I don't think this has anything to do with my opinion that she outshines LJW in this drama. I openly admit that JW outshone her in GD and I am not a fan of JW, just like I am not a fan of LJW. However, JW does have better acting abilities than LJW.

Like I said, LJW is carrying his own in this drama but I still stand by my statement: MCW outshines him because she simply emotes better. Personally, I judge this based on who I feel for more. LJW acts fine but I am not emotionally as invested in him as I am in MCW and this is why I say she outshines him. I think actors are on equal footing when I (the viewer) connect and care for what is at stake for both characters equally. At this point, although the story is driven by LJW's arc, I think the fact that I equally (or even more, perhaps) care for MCW's character speaks volumes about her ability to emote and deliver. Since her character is nothing but an extension of Mr. Black, I think it would be easy for a less talented actress to be JUST that--a plot device.

However, this is not the case for MCW (despite how her character is written) and this is why I believe she outshines LJW, considering what she is given to work with.

Overall, this is all my opinion and ya'll have your opinions which are all valid.

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You might be a huge fan of MCW which I don't find any wrong with it. I like MCW especially on Princess Man. She really owned that drama.

But have to disagree here that she steal the spotlight from her co-star. All characters deliver so far,and it is unfair to say MCW steal the spotlight from her co-star when in fact LJW also really delivers, and on par with her acting.

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MCW's fan myself and I agree with you. Everyone is doing great in this drama. No one outshine the other.

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Yes, everyone is on par in their acting. I don't find anyone outshine the other in which I find it is really good.

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Hear, hear. That's what makes drama good. Good acting from all cast :)

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I totally agree with you. I haven't watched it yet but from the reviews and recaps Moon Chae Won really shines in almost every role. Though I love Good Doctor. It okay that it's more focused on Joo Won's character. I'm team Chaeki all the way. I mean even not as a couple but on screen. They really bring out the best in each other a brilliant actors.

Thank you so much for the recaps dramabeans. :)

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Omg! Jae Rim oppa! Finally! I've been looking forward to seeing him! His character is hilarious. He's dorky and funny. I really like his character so far and his cute interactions with Swan. They are adorable to watch!

Can't wait for Mister Black's revenge!

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“I escaped… to kill you.” MUHAHAHA

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Badass line !!! Can't wait for his revenge.

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Thanks so much for the recap. I've been reading your recaps for a couple years and it's my first time posting.

I'm so impressed with MCW, I'm with her in every scene. She does yearning so wordlessly well.

Looking forward to them getting the revenge plot going.

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ㅋㅋㅋㅋ welcome to the commenter's club

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Loved this episode! What a great entrance, but didn't he give the game away too soon?

Even though this leaves Swan for Mr. Black I have to say I really feel bad for Mari. On top of being already married, she's pregnant and doesn't have a clue as to what her husband has done. When she finds out the whole truth later she is going to feel... well probably like throwing up. Ugh.

Do we really have to wait a week!?

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I love Kim Kang Woo. I wish they would have paired him up with MCW, instead. He's an amazing actor. LJW is okay, I find him lacking.

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Honest opinion this drama could be more solid if the editing done more smoothly...
Maybe this is just my problem, I mean, it takes like 5 hours form SK to Thailand right? Last episode I keep thinking how in the world Sunjae who's driving in SK suddenly be in Thailand in an instant...

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Totally agree.

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yeah it's super silly, I didn't expect the editing to be this amateur. It's one of the reasons I'm reluctant to keep watching, the show could be so good and the cast is so on point (especially Moon Chae-won and Kim Kang-woo) but the directing/editing keeps letting them down.

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What I find odd are his words to Ma-ri. I can buy him not knowing about the baby as that information might be only between Ma-ri and Sung-jae so far. However, he MUST know Ma-ri is now married to Sung-jae and that she does not know about Sung-jae's involvement in all those crimes. And yet he just waltzes in after several years being like "girrrrl, I know you thought me dead but hey, I'm here now so let's get outta here, am I right???"

Well, ok, maybe he didn't mean it that literally, I don't know. But it still baffles me. Ma-ri has moved on - she HAD to move on - so she's not in the same spot with Ji-won anymore while he is still clearly there. She might love him still, of course, but she has a husband and a baby on the way now, a family. It's not like she can just walk away from that. And thing is, by destroying Sung-jae, Ji-won will also destroy Ma-ri's new life. While she will most likely hate Sung-jae for what he has done once she'll find out, I don't think she will thank Ji-won either. At least I wouldn't.

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Totally agree. If I understand the time jump right it's been 5 years. I'll take an excuse on stopping the marriage (coma, stuck in the middle of no where, lack of wifi) because I'm not sure when they got married. However, there is no way during this amount of set up he couldn't find someone to pass a note. (Ji Won - dead -yes no x)

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May I know about the gap between current situation where Black reveal himself and SJ thought he is dead?

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I have feeling that that evil man mr baek eun do is swan real father ?

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I think he did something to her and her family and the typhoon actually saved her.

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Maybe he is her grandfather. he is too old to be her father, I think. Anyway, there must be some relationship between them.

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Thanks for the recaps :)) I always enjoyed reading your posts especially Goodbye Mr Black!!! Wow..wow.Love love the great entrance of Mr Black..yeah!..MCW & LJW chemistry is so amazing and I lup lup seeing them together n all their scenes^_*:) AWESOME...Wednesday come quickly

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this is the most interesting drama for me among DOTS and CBM!

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Are we sure Swan and Black are the OTP?

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Yes. They're the OTP. I suppose, he'll come to love her later on. We'll just have to wait and see how the story unfold

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The most unfortunate character here is Ma-ri. She had no idea Ji-won was still alive, she married Sun-jae and had his baby. It must be indescribably painful. Once she knew that her husband was not that good, she might either kill herself or go crazy taking her husband's side.

I'm not a fan of both leads, especially the male. I don't know why. I don't think I have a logical reason. But, I give this drama a try and I think I like both LJW and MCW here.

And, I love the fact that it has two languages in it: Korean and Thai... I actually wish MCW spoke Thai more other than 'Sawadikap' since she lived there for long enough.

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Yoo In Young is the perfect actress to play MaRi. I already can imagine how I will sympathize with her in this drama. I don't know how Mari will turn to later, like you said she might go crazy..

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if only the editing of the drama is better. sigh..

I love this drama so far..just hope the plot will be good until the end. please don't waste a very good casts here.

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I don't think he's hit bottom yet. Loving the fast paced action.

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I kept thinking "wow, the guy who plays Ji-Ryun REALLY looks like Kim Taehoon...."

.... Because they're brothers! *slaps forehead*

This episode was definitely an improvement, despite its warts. Looking forward to more, and thank you for the recap!

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FINALLY SONG JAE RIM APPEARED! wasn't he the second lead?? He only appeared very briefly :(
Shipping him and Swan already :D

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He was a side character, I think. Kim Kangwoo is second lead. (But Rim is first in my heart.)

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Honestly speaking, I won't mind if the writer want to make Black to end up with Mari. And Swan and end up with Seo Woo Jin aka JR lol. Don't mind if it's that way. not at all :)

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Same here!

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I think the next four episodes will fill in the missing years between the explosion and the party, just as the very first scenes in ep one were his running til the explosion and then the events that led up to that. Was that a bit of parkour?

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Okay, Song Jae Rim though. I had no idea who he was, but after just few minutes of screen time I already love the guy. Him and Swan have such an awesome relationship. Can't wait for the next week!

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Hi there guys. Sorry, my wife and i got confused while watching episode 4, where it says it fast forwarded to 2016. I tried to check on the recaps to see what year the story started but to no avail. Can someone clarify when exactly did the story start?

Thank you.

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On the "big plan" part, I do think he had a BIG PLAN. But unfortunately, that failed big time, too. Still letting my questions wait in my head because for sure, future episodes will have them answered. Though I'm super excited for episode 5. And CONGRATULATIONS because of the great increase in the rating! (Though I don't mind that a lot, just that it will motivate the actors and the production more. ♥)

Super love Moon Chae Won, like forever. Can't question my queen. Lee Jin Wook, I mean wth dude?! You're on revenge and you look like a prince, your enemies would fall in love with you! And I just love that the reveal is unique in a way that it happened earlier than usual, seems like there's a lot lot more to this. Song Jae Rim is bomb! Was wondering if his role would be painful to watch, painful like Siwon in She Was Pretty, no director Han Hui please, don't make us grieve for days. And Mari and Seon Jae are both pitiful characters, in different ways. AND I LOVE ALL THE SIDE CHARACTERS. I can see the light!

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Sorry ^ that one wasn't supposed to be a reply, but anyway, to answer your question, it started in 2011. :)

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Thank you. :)

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The story started in November 2011 as you can see from the picture taken of Black and Swan by the CCTV. There are also some other hints from the document the killer took in ep. 1, the paper signed by Jiwon's sister etc. All happened from Nov to Dec 2011.

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How do you guys know that the Thailand days were in 2011? Did I miss something??

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