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Goodbye Mr. Black: Episode 7

I do think Goodbye Mr. Black is settling into its rhythm, as the various teams (and there are many!) solidify and get to work on their various schemes and goals. Granted, that rhythm is of the awkward and uneven kind, but there’s still charm to be found amidst the jerky parts. Most of that charm involves Swan, so I’m always happy to have her onscreen more—even if I have to admit I look forward to her chemistry with a side character more than the main one. Are we doomed on the shipping front? Is there a denial strong enough to float us when things inevitably go the other way?

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EPISODE 7 RECAP

Mari makes a friendly call on Swan’s adoptive mother bearing gifts. She calls them a thank-you for being a donor to the foundation, but from the way she casually drops Swan’s name and asks about her, it seems more like Mari’s out for information. Mom explains how Ji-ryun brought Swan home from Thailand five years ago, and Mari files this away.

Swan is alarmed when the lights cut out while she’s in the parking lot, and gets pulled aside by Black, who finally shows his face to her. He quiets her while another scene unfolds nearby—Killer gets confronted by a man on a motorcycle—and Swan can’t stop herself from grabbing Black in a hug, saying she knew he’d be alive.

Black takes note of the biker-Killer fight and urges Swan to wait safely in the car, promising to come back. She’s loath to let him leave but agrees, and off he goes.

Killer somewhat comically kicks the biker off his motorcycle, but he knows his target is elsewhere and takes off for the building after Black. We see that the biker is Black’s sidekick, presumably acting as a distraction.

Inside a dark corridor, Killer calls in to Teacher Baek that he’s mid-pursuit, just as Black shows up to knock him down with a swift punch. They grapple and exchange blows, and although Black gets in several good hits, he starts to hear ringing in his head—ack, that shrapnel wound is acting up!

Even so, Black presses on and gains the upper hand, judging from how all the blood shed is Killer’s. He knocks him down demands to know who Killer’s “owner” is. Killer replies, “Your friend, Min Sun-jae.”

Black picks up the dropped phone to resume Killer’s interrupted call, asking if the other person is Sun-jae. It’s Teacher Baek, but he remains silent as Black warns that whoever he is, he’d better hide carefully if he doesn’t want to be caught.

And then, Sun-jae arrives to see Killer tied up and Black keeping watch, and the two ex-friends keep up the ruse that they’re still on the same side. Sun-jae feigns ignorance about Killer’s identity, while Black plays this like he trusts his friend more, as though it’s funny that Killer named Sun-jae his owner.

He puts a hand on Sun-jae’s shoulder and informs him that Killer works for the man who killed his father and framed him. What should they do about him? Sun-jae keeps his nerves under control and says they ought to let him go to trace him back to his real owner, and Black grins like that’s the best idea ever. He even agrees that Sun-jae was right to convince him not to turn himself in.

Swan waits for Black in her car nervously, telling herself that he promised he’d come back. So she’s relieved when he shows up at her window, all smiles, and assures her that he didn’t forget her.

Killer gets dumped before Teacher Baek, still tied up, and Sun-jae advises that Baek get rid of him now that his identity has been outed to Black.

As Swan drives with Black in the car, he quips that it’s nice to have a car for quick getaways, rather than running on foot like before. She replies that she liked when they held hands and ran, taking one hand off the steering wheel as though she wants to reach for him. Black notices, and he places his hand on top of hers… to return it to the wheel, advising her to drive safely. Aw, it’s still sweet how happy the gesture makes her, and when he nags her to look ahead instead of at him, she teasingly swerves the car.

Mari shows up at Panda’s office to speak to Swan, and ends up waiting for a while. Sitting at her desk, she spies part of a photograph, and pulls it out to see Swan and Black together, that one day in Thailand. A reporter calls it Swan’s “wedding photo,” and that gives Mari quite a shock.

Swan gets a phone call from Editor Woo-jin (“Leech” in her phone, ha) while she’s at a cafe with Black, who nags her to get back to the office. She lies about being completely free, wanting to spend more time with Black, and starts to remind him of the lantern wish they made in Thailand.

He cuts her off to ask a favor, though, asking her not to get involved in this whole Sun-jae and Teacher Baek business. She counters that she’s investigating for herself, not for him, because she know they killed someone. He starts to say with regret, “If you hadn’t met me…”

She interrupts, “I would be digging through the trash.” She explains that she knows what it is she has to do now, whereas before she didn’t have purpose to her life. “Meeting you, I started to want to live,” she tells him, adding that it just happens that her work and his goal are the same thing.

In her car, Mari keeps waiting for Swan outside the news office, rattled by that photograph. It’s another shocker to see Black arriving with her, and her gaze hardens to see Swan lingering to see him go.

Swan’s in a great mood as she gets to work, and it makes Woo-jin curious and suspicious. He tries to prod her for details on what she was doing and with whom, and if it were anybody sharper than Swan, it would be obvious that he’s (cutely) jealous. But Swan’s mostly alarmed to hear that Mari dropped by, worrying that she might have seen the “wedding” photo.

At home, Sun-jae gets restless to have Mari out so late, and when he hugs her, she jumps and disentangles herself. He asks if she was with Swan’s mother this whole time, watching carefully for her reaction as she says yes, not revealing that he’d just called and confirmed the contrary.

Then late that night, he snaps to alert when Mari slips out of bed and takes his phone to call Black, asking to meet tomorrow. She deletes the record of the call, but Sun-jae has already heard everything. I guess I could feel sorry for him, or for her, but really I think it might be more gratifying to see them shake each other down.

Swan turns in her story about Sunwoo Distribution and the illegal gambling broker, and finally gets Woo-jin’s approval to print her story. Although Woo-jin expects an immediate reaction from the company, he admits to being a bit nervous and asks Ji-ryun for any other tips. Ji-ryun informs him of an MOA signing that’ll take place between Sunwoo Distribution and MRB later in the week.

Then Ji-ryun takes a meeting with Sun-jae, who requests an extension on their debt bonds because he’s working on a deal. He doesn’t disclose what it is, but Ji-ryun has been informed by Black, who has asked him to help Sun-jae along in pursuing that casino and resort deal.

As Swan gets ready to go out, Woo-jin lurks in her doorway like a fool until her mother literally kicks him into the room, clucking at him for stealing glances. He reminds her of their office meeting today, though she points out it’s not right now, heading out first to meet somebody.

Her path takes her through a park, where she happens to spot a familiar figure lying on the grass. It’s Sung-min, who’d been out for a run with Team Black conspirator May, and now he’s collapsed from the exertion.

Swan approaches, and as he yawns awake, they recognize each other. Sung-min covers his face and tries to pretend she’s got the wrong person and runs away, but Swan isn’t having it and makes a grab for him.

When Woo-jin shows up out of the blue, she orders him to catch the con artist, and Woo-jin takes off. Sung-min gets caught up to in no time, and Swan wastes no time taking him to task for ripping her off. A few of his offhand comments make Woo-jin look up in surprise, since he didn’t know Swan used to dig through piles of trash.

Sung-min huffs that they should just go their separate ways now, then reports to Black that Swan will figure out that they’re connected and mess up their plan before it even begins. He advises Black to take care of her, and fast.

The encounter leaves Swan in a dark mood, and Woo-jin hesitantly trails after her. She figures he was following her, and he sheepishly admits that he was curious about who she was going to meet. But he sees that she’s upset and apologizes for it, and gives her an hour off on top of things.

When Swan meets Black, she warns him of her run-in with Sung-min and urges him to beware, thinking Sung-min could turn on him. Black tells her somberly that it was a mistake to show himself to her yesterday, which hurts her feelings, though she insists he take a notebook, saying it might be of help in tracking down his missing sister. She assures him that she won’t come here again, and heads off.

Swan perks up when her story pops up online, but when she clicks on the link, she gets an error page. Her co-workers make the same discovery—somehow, Sunwoo Distribution has attacked their homepage and taken down the site to prevent the story from getting out.

Teacher Baek has acted quickly, and in moments gangsters are at their door, ready to do some damage. Woo-jin throws himself at the gangsters to buy his team time to run away, getting thrown around pretty badly while the thugs destroy the office.

That lands him in the ER, where he’s visited by his disapproving father. It’s only now that the Panda team makes the father-son connection between Woo-jin and VP (formerly Director) Seo of Sunwoo Construction, and they watch as his father rips into him for daring to do something to endanger Dad’s career. Sigh, poor son.

I guess Dad isn’t entirely lacking in parental affection (just mostly), because he storms into Teacher Baek’s office, thunderous that Baek would dare mess with his son. But Baek replies that if he’d acted, Woo-jin would be dead—whoever did this must be out to ruin Baek.

We cut to Sun-jae, just in case it wasn’t clear who that could be, who is meeting with his own money-grubbing father. Dad tries to prey on Sun-jae’s insecurities in arguing against Mari’s words about returning Ji-won’s money to him. But Sun-woo cuts him short, replying that Mari is right, and they should return Ji-won’s money: “If there’s anything left to give.”

Mari gets extra pretty for her meeting with Black, only to be surprised by a house call from her doctor. Ah, Sun-jae has sent the doctor for a blood test, preventing her from going to the meeting… and then he shows up in her place, acting like it’s no big deal that he sub in for his wife. He even calls Mari to tell her to have dinner prepared, since he’ll be bringing Black with him.

Team Panda plans its next move, and Woo-jin’s got his eye on the upcoming MOA signing. The press has been invited to cover it, and although Panda is likely to be shut out of it, Woo-jin declares that there’ll be a way to get in and talk with the other outlets, spreading their story. His team thinks it’s unlikely they’ll succeed, but he reminds them of the adage that if you’re dumb, just be braver. He puts Swan on the task, who’s happy to do both those things.

Mari surprises everybody by calling Swan to the house that night, using that promised interview as her pretext, but really wanting to see Swan and Black together. It takes everyone off-guard since it’s clear she’s got something up her sleeve, though she acts like this is a pleasant dinner and nothing’s strange about this collection of people.

Swan offers to leave right away (for Black’s sake), but he tells her it’s okay, and the four sit down for the most awkward dinner ever. Mari mentions dropping by the Panda office and asking if it’s true Swan was married, which makes Black furrow his brow while Swan says that was just a joke. Then Mari offers to introduce her to dates, asking what kind of men she likes, saying pointedly that she likes honest people. Well now that’s just a lie, or highly ironic.

It’s Swan who breaks first, excusing herself and suggesting a raincheck on that interview. Mari skips the hostess pleasantries to Sun-jae hurries to see her out, explaining that Mari’s sensitive these days with pregnancy appointments and the like, and asks Swan to write an article about Sunwoo Group someday. She says pointedly that she wrote one today—didn’t he see it?

Alone together, Mari asks Black why he came back. She gets emotional as she asks if he would take her if she went to him, admitting that his words shook up her feelings. Black says with realization, “You don’t truly love me now—if you did, you wouldn’t be shaken up. You would just come to me.”

He excuses himself at that, and when Mari tries to follow him out, Sun-jae steps forward and grabs her arm. He asks harshly, “Do you think I’d let you go? After what it took for me to get you!” Aw, whatta romantic.

Black catches up to Swan outside, but before he can say anything, Swan reminds him that he’d wanted to return home and get Mari back. So go back and steal her away, she says, and offers to explain that she was only a fake wife.

That night, Black reads through her notebook of news clippings and research over the years, and finds a handwritten note using his own words, “Spero, spera” (While I breathe I hope). She’s written the encouragement that he’ll be able to find his sister.

He asks Sung-min how long he can live. Sung-min answers as though he means it rhetorically (“I don’t know, I’m not God”), but from his reaction I’m pretty sure there’s a different medical answer.

Media day arrives for the Sunwoo-MRB resort deal, and Team Panda gets ready to make a splash. But when they arrive at the meeting hall, it’s empty—the location has been changed last-minute, at Teacher Baek’s instruction.

It’s so sudden that even May and Sung-min aren’t aware of the change until their driver heads for a different location, and Sung-min texts Black to let him know. That means Panda is all the way across town and stuck in traffic by the time the press conference gets underway, and Swan racks her brain for a backup plan.

It becomes clear they won’t make it in time, and she makes a last-ditch effort by getting on her laptop and sending texts to the other reporters who are at the event. It’s true that they are the reporters who have been approved by Teacher Baek, but she’s pinning her hopes on the possibility that there’ll be “one human” amongst them willing to go off-script to ask one of her questions.

The MOAs get signed with big fanfare and the press is invited to ask questions, and mostly they’re safe topics with canned answers about the plans for the resort. A murmur arises when Swan’s text message barrage hits all the reporters, and finally one reporter breaks from the ranks to ask about Sunwoo Distribution’s involvement in illegal gambling.

The question goes ignored, but the reporter turns his laptop around to play Panda’s prerecorded video—it’s an interview with that guy from the last episode, gambler and company president Park Ho-shik, who reveals that Sunwoo Distribution has been deliberately setting up and entrapping various company heads in the area to seize their land, which will be where the resort gets built.

Furthermore, they’ve been caught forging contracts, dating the documents differently than when they were actually signed. Teacher Baek squirms in the hot seat, keeping his mouth shut while the room erupts into murmurs and speculation, and the MRB side walks out of the room in (feigned?) affront.

All the while, Black watches the proceedings from afar, while Sun-jae smirks in satisfaction. Meanwhile, the rogue reporter is told he’ll get his promised position at a big paper—hm, so was this not really Panda’s victory then?

Sun-jae dines with the MRB reps, aka Team Black, who act like this is a grave affront to their company. Sun-jae offers a different MOA for the resort deal, wherein MRB will join with his company instead, Sunwoo Construction. They toast.

The Panda team celebrates too, with Swan’s article still a hot search topic online. Swan’s pretty tipsy as she drinks to her success, and demands that Woo-jin start paying her (and stop firing her). When she drunkenly gets up to grab some fresh air, both Woo-jin and Ji-ryun bolt up to accompany her… and it’s Woo-jin who wins out. Hm, is that disappointment on oppa’s face? Is he destined to play third lead, the way he always steps aside? Is it creepy that he brought her home as his sister if he likes her?

Woo-jin comes up to Swan as she’s talking to Black (well, talking to her phone as though it’s Black), asking if he saw her article today. Woo-jin asks if she wants to call “the fake husband who’s in heaven” and says that he will have seen her in action today. (Wait, is he her fake dead husband? I guess that would explain why he’s not around.)

He tells her she did a good job today, and then surprises her by saying his next topic of research will be her—he’s so curious to know what’s going on in her head that he’s making it an official assignment for himself. While she’s working out what that means, he leans forward and kisses her—and she yelps, “Are you crazy?!”

Huh, and then from a distance, Black sees the exchange from his stopped motorcycle. He drives on.

Swan starts crying, which is hilarious.

The next day, Black takes care dressing up in—what else?—all black and holds Swan’s carved compass in his hand.

Sun-jae is dressed all in white, meanwhile, because Irony and Contrast, and arrives for his meeting with MRB’s team and their newly arrived auditor. And who should be sitting in that seat but Black.

Sun-jae’s eyes widen as he introduces himself, then proposes, “Shall we begin the inspection of Sunwoo Group?”

 
COMMENTS

That ending finally brings us to where I wanted this Black-Sun-jae conflict to go, so okay, you get points for that—I do think this sets us up nicely for future confrontations and butting of heads. I just can’t believe the show outed Black ages ago, had him wandering around willy-nilly in Seoul, and then pulled this kind of DUN-dun-dun reveal, because now there’s no dun. All the excitement it could have had has already dissipated—and why would you choose that? I’m honestly really confused about it.

I don’t necessarily think we had to cut from Episode 4 to Episode 7, because there were events in between that were fine—I enjoyed catching up five years later and easing into this contract war with a few side missions first. But… the choice to have Black show up early and loiter around his old friends’ lives isn’t just bad because of the anticlimax it brings now, but also because it makes Black seem rather aimless as a character. Swan is running around industriously and Sun-jae’s busy trying to take over everything, and Black… mysteriously has a plan that entails him hanging around idly for a while, looking cryptic.

That’s part of the reason I find the lead romance a little flat, which is too bad because I don’t necessarily think it’s a matter of chemistry or even story. When we get reminders of Black’s brain injury, I can see why he may be reluctant to commit to anything other than his revenge plan—plus, that kind of uncertain prognosis actually works well with his character, in that it can lend him a recklessness that could be very compelling to watch. He could be stronger, fiercer, and less concerned with self-preservation if he suspects he may go down in the end too. Wouldn’t that be exciting?

I don’t think I’m reading too much into the show to see those elements, but I also don’t think the show is doing much to work that angle either. Alas, I think the writing is doing a lot of surface-level work without getting too deep underneath, but since the cast is generally strong, we’re getting good things out of the characters anyway.

An example of that kind of surface writing is the press day plan, which turns out to be really quite simple—Woo-jin called it dumb meaning brute-force and simple, but I still thought it should be more clever. I didn’t want a rip-off of that great storyline in Healer, but I couldn’t help but wish for something clever like that, that showcased our team’s resourcefulness and wasn’t entirely dependent on the kindness of strangers. (Although I am intrigued about that reporter—was he paid off by someone else? Sun-jae, who looked so smug? Or Black?)

For me, the shining moments are turning out to be the Panda team in action, largely because it puts Song Jae-rim and Moon Chae-won together with their odd-couple dynamic. I love how dense she is about his interest, although poor guy, that interest is so unreciprocated it actually is funny. I mean, you’re very cute, Woo-jin, but is that the body language of a girl who sees you romantically? Either way you answer, you’re kind of doomed. Poor panda.

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Brain problem..don't worry, Kang Ma-ru survived it and I'm sure Black gonna survive it too.

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HAHAHA. You made my day!!!

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Thanks for the recap! I enjoy watching the show, but not without some frustrations.

I so agree that the reveal at the end of the episode lost most of its oomph by having Black wander around for so long beforehand. There was no surprise factor at all when I would have 100% been cheering if this had happened earlier.

I also don't understand how a simple name change and spiffy black clothes keeps people from recognizing who Black really is and why he isn't immediately detained for the murder of which he is accused. All of this is happening in his family's business and lots of people should be perfectly aware of who he is. It is a real head scratcher to me.

Are we going to end up with Swan and Black actually pretending to be married? I thought that was how this was going to go. Think how great that would've been - Black's team of characters setting the plan in motion and then Black showing himself with Swan as his fake wife lending his disguise a little more credibility.

Oh well, I'm still watching despite these frustrations. I like the characters and want to see how everything is resolved. I just have to say Goodbye My Brain each time I turn on the show.

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I find this drama pretty confusing. I still like it, just am a little lost in the machinations. However..... LJW is so insanely dreamy that I really don't need to understand, only to absorb the pretty. Let's get to the kissing.

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I know right. I was too busy swooning over him on ep 7. That black leather jacket kills me!

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I liked him best in his Island Resort wear!! Lol!! Then there is the all black suit look, jeans and leather (yes!yes!), clothes Ma Ri picked out...okay, everything, every scene...I die.

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I love everything he wears too. haha

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and his smile......

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Poor panda indeed! I've only been reading the recaps so far but I'm rooting for the moon/song ship. How are they so cute?! And this is from someone who loves Lee Jin Wook

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I know right!! They are so adorable and I love their dynamic. Aww poor Panda.

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Me too, love ljw but in this drama i wanna see swan n jaerim together n i wanna see black really cruel in this revenge, i want him snatch mari from sunjae, i love seeing this conflict, i'd like to see this show really make unpredictable ending, not like many drama, actually i'm not too interested with the premise "love grow in the fake marriage" it'so old, i want something new, but i still love drama, i never ship anyone when watching drama, i don't care who end up with who

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I think it is going to be Goodbye Mr Black and Swan will end up with Woo Jin in the end.

LJW fighting! I love MCW and Jae Rim too.

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"If you're dumb, just be braver"

Love this Panda.

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Seems like I'm the only one who like this plot. It's so humanic I think. Meeting people who first is the lover, bestfriend, friend and like-family, before start turnover the table to make everything is about revenge.
I didn't want to watch ep5 and 6 at first, because it's not what I imagined before. But I'm glad my stubbornness to watched it. I love it... the plot that the hero will not has to have new identity entirely, because it means he still him untill the end.
And about the shipping... my heart flutter saw Swan and Black. but Woo Jin and Swan is too cute. SWJ is adorably dumb in love.
After all, the power of this drama is characters and the story. MCW, LJW, SJR, and KKW make those Swan, Black, Woo Jin and Min Jae so real. The story itself so interesting for me.
I'm glad this drama has decent rating. It's the rating from the viewer who really loyal and stay interest in how the revenge make its journey.

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I don't watch DOTS because I'm not in the mood of watching it. I'm searching what drama that should be watched by me? then my friend told me to watch Goodbye Mr. Black. I doubt first because I have to run watch ep1 till ep 6 because I left behind. Phiuh. After I've watched the drama, wow! I love it! So, I always wait for your recap dramabeans! Bravo!

PS: I watch Miss Temper and Nam Jung Gi too. That's very hilarious. So refreshing :)

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Ms Temper is so refreshing. A show that I cannot wait for every week.

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The last scene... Finally I can see how Black gonna fight with Sun Jae.

I cannot say I like or dislike this drama, yet. But I love all characters. Yoo In Young is so gorgeous, I just love her so much.

I don't know, but if I watch a melodrama, I will skip / not care on cute and funny scenes, even with MCW & SJR in there.

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Don't think they're going with the usual melodrama as seen in most of Kdramas? it's like.. lighter than expected.
But will enjoy it as something different than the usual ones

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Me too didn't really care about funny n cute moment, i'm not that excited about kissing scene too, more dark is better for melodrama, even when the lead die or the main couple doesn't end up together

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I too thought that black's comeback will be with a fake marriage with swan and will be partners in crime but when I watched I was like what are doing it wasn't supposed to be that way but so far its good to catch viewers off guard...

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I ship Swan with Black !

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every time I watch this drama, I find Song Jae Rim character really charming then I remember that I should think about Black too
*I still think they should pronounce "black" clearly, cause the "bulack" things doesn't really sounds good, no offense but it just one word, please

I have my frustration but we have tonight ep, I am willing to wait

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I feel the same way. I find Woo Jin very charming, though, the affection maybe one sided for now, but I do think he suits Swan.

I really do think Black will die at the end as the title of the drama suggests. I would probably cry a river if that happens but at the same time preparing myself in case that happens. I think Black would be in peace after he successfully deliver his sweetest revenge to Sun Jae and all the bad guys.

I love this drama. Great casts. I love them from LJW and MCW to KKW. SJR is also adorable and wish him to be on leading role on his next drama.

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Although Kim Kang Woo is a villain, I still wish him end up witj his beloved wife, Ma Ri.
And Black with Swan , that is the way should be :-)
Enjoy watching Goodbye Mr.Black!

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I'm minority here, i like the idea that black get his first love mari, it will be cruel n unexpected

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Sure you are not alone or belongs to the minority.

I'm also hoping thatthe writer will twist it and surprise us with the ending. I'm shipping Swan and Woo-jin, so make Black to end with Mari would be perfect. lol.

Although the chance pretty small, but hey.. who knows.

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This drama is proving to have a more substantive plot than its competitor, and yes, I am talking about DoTS. I love how richly layered the characters have become now that the drama has hit its stride. I am grateful for one thing, this drama has made me a Moon Chae Won fan. I couldn't stand her in previous dramas due to some unexplained aversion, but now she's grown on me, and I quite like her in this role. And I am loving her pixie haircut too. It suits her face.

Poor Swan has two men in love with her, though she's in love with Mr. Black who is in love with Ma ri, who also loves him back, but her husband Sung jae is in love with her, too. Musical chairs or revolving door, anyone?

Ji ryun is the most pathetic character in the whole show, he's been in love with Swan for years, but can do nothing about it, what, with her entire existence devoted to Black, and Woo jin taking whatever little attention she's got left.

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I really have to said that, DoTS strength character rise and solve in a week so plot doesn't seem to its strength cause it doesn't stretch the plot for long episode.
It has good character development too,

I like this show and DoTS, but please don't compare it since this show is pretty much plot and backstory driven which make it nothing without the plot, so ofc they need the plot,

I don't like how people complaint about another drama that has nothing to do with another drama to bring one looked like has more valued, GMA has increasing in rating since premier,
it gets people attention, and DoTS will over next week, come on

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+1 DoTS plot solve in small number ep,
and GMB plot has to be thicken every ep,

no need to compare

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I can compare both, since they are both dramas that are competing in the same time slot. My criticism of DoTS does not take away from its being a megahit, or a very beautiful drama with a more or less, fairly original plot. It's just that all dramas have their strengths and weaknesses, and for DoTS, overall plot development is not one of its strengths. Just because I compare both does not mean I dislike either drama.

I will agree to respect your opinion, if you can extend me the same courtesy. This is a forum where various view points and different perspectives are discussed, is it not?

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Just to chime in...I have always appreciated the general tone of open-mindedness and civility on Dramabeans. There is no need to censure one another.

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I originally thought the conflict of the day was odd because it was so different for Kdramas. But I started to see how, in reality, it followed the format most US shows use successfully.

For example, a lot in the last episode reminded me of the setups delivered by the old mega-hit show "ER" (it had an amazingly successful, 15 year run). Maybe they're testing the format to see how the Korean audience responds.

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Agree that Ji Ryun is pitiful. Seems like a really nice guy who brought Swan home to give her a better life...and he hoped to marry her. But mom short-circuited that by adopting her. Now mom is trying to put a complete end to the possibility by pushing her toward a relationship with Woo Jin.

(And what's the connection there? Mom and WJ seemed suddenly and unexpectedly familiar. Isn't his father a baddie? I thought they had implied that she was wealthy but her wealth had suddenly grown. Thought it might have come from Black. Not so? )

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how lucky Swan to have so many men loving her around?Ji Ryun who is like her oppa, Woo Jin and Black, wooowwwww!

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Mari is even luckier, she is deeply loved by those two gorgeous men , Cha Ji Won & his best friend ;-)

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I suddenly have a feeling that Black will die in the end of d story , ohhhh writer nim,, please do not make him die, he deserves to be the happy one at the end because he has been in deep grief because of his best fren's betrayal, and I really hate tragic ending ~~o(>_<)o ~~

If Black is not dead, and he is with Swan at the end if the story, then what about Ma Ri??
And if Black end up with his 1st love Ma Ri, then how about Swan?
It is impossible for the writer to make Swan end up with Woo Jin, because the main characters are Black and Swan.

Ohhh ... , I juat hope it has a happy ending, pls ...

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The main charracter doesn't always end up together, like in baker king kim takgo or many hollywood movie, esp when drama isn't about romance

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Thanks for the recap Javabeans. Love it when you analyze the way the story is being told.

Maybe someone can help me with some additional insight. The way I've seen it, Black hasn't been simply wandering around. They've been slowly revealing his network of accomplices. And they've shown how he's been setting up all the baddies for a fall; either by suckering them into bad business deals or setting the stage for relationships to be torn apart.

That said, how they've shown it still lacks punch. What could they have done differently? Would it have helped to have shown how he was setting them up - and had the suspense be whether or not they would take the bait - or would that have just created different problems for the storytelling?

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So I was not imagining the ringing head part during the fight at the beginning. But why did they brush it off? Would love to see Black showing some pain there!

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