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Goodbye Mr. Black: Episode 8

Now that we’re in the thick of the revenge scheme, everyone’s got their hackles up and the tables get turned in hyper-speed—one day our hero is on top, the next day the baddie is on top, the next day the other baddie is on top. But the unexpected turns make Black break from his usual protocol, which means we get a little honesty from him. It’s a welcome reprieve from the cool and detached Mr. Black, and it’s a fun development.

 
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EPISODE 8 RECAP

With competitor Teacher Baek now shamed and out of the running for the big casino deal, Sun-jae convinces (er, threatens) his board to agree that Sunwoo Construction should make the deal. He struts into the meeting to meet their new investment partners at MRB…

And Black is sitting at the head of the table, wearing the best little smirk on his face. He introduces himself as the manager of the Asia Pacific branch of MRB, and begins the in-depth audit process of their new partner, Sunwoo Construction. He’s basically set himself up to get access to all the skeletons in their closet, or at least the paperwork designed to hide all their skeletons. Needless to say, Sun-jae looks pissed.

Black pointedly mentions all the records of travel to Thailand five years ago, and gets them to send over all the requested paperwork on their finances. His associates May and Sung-min are shown into the secure server room to access specific files, and they totally case it like they’re preparing for a heist.

They confer with Black over what Sun-jae’s next move will be, and Black guesses that in the face of a true enemy, Sun-jae will reach out to Teacher Baek instead of crushing him. Sure enough, Sun-jae makes a call to the prosecutor’s office on behalf of Teacher Baek, while Baek himself gets more information on Swan, the reporter who publicly brought him down.

Swan comes out of her house to find Editor Woo-jin crouching outside her front gate like a puppy that followed her home. He tries to bring up last night and Swan pretends to have had too much liquor to remember anything, but ends up yelling at him anyway: “Do you know what you did to me last night?! That was a precious memory—my first, and what might be my last!”

She’s referring to her kiss on the beach with Black, which she never says outright, but Woo-jin guesses it anyway and gets huffy that she might’ve kissed that other guy. Swan kicks him in the shins and stomps off, and Woo-jin cries after her: “Kim Swan! Bury your memories in your heart! Your reality is me!” He’s hilarious.

With Sun-jae’s help, Teacher Baek gets off scot-free, much to the horror of everyone at Panda News. Swan is upset to hear it, and then she sees on TV that Sun-jae signed a deal with MRB, whose representative looks a lot like conman Sung-min.

Black arrives for a private meeting with Sun-jae, who punches him and slams him up against a wall the second he arrives. Sun-jae seethes over being kept in the dark about Black being MRB, but Black just slams him up against a wall too and says that in order to fool your enemy, you have to fool your allies too. Black says his enemy isn’t Sun-jae, but Teacher Baek.

Speak of the devil, Teacher Baek saunters in and joins the meeting, where Black requests three times his investment returned to him, per Teacher Baek’s contract with MRB. Wow, that’s a lotta dough. Teacher Baek just smiles and asks Sun-jae to take care of it, knowing that he’s got more to lose if things go south with MRB. Black says he doesn’t care where the money comes from and makes his exit.

Teacher Baek fumes and tells Sun-jae that he has to kill Black, but Sun-jae just laughs and says that Black came back so as not to make him a murderer. You would think of it that way, wouldn’t you? Now Sun-jae gets to be the guy who failed to murder Black, while Teacher Baek is still the guy who murdered the chairman. Sun-jae suggests that Teacher Baek kill Black himself.

Swan tries to just saunter into Sunwoo Group claiming to be here for a follow-up interview, which of course doesn’t work. But Woo-jin shows up beside her, saying he got her telepathic message that their date today is at Sunwoo Group. He insists that he’s here to repay his hospital bills, and Dad’s secretary is forced to run down and deal with them.

Once they’re inside, Swan gets a convenient stomachache and they ditch the security guards and the secretary. They’re here looking for the MRB audit team, mainly to find Sung-min and find out why a conman is in business with Sunwoo, but Swan freezes when she sees Sung-min call out to Black down the hall.

She pulls Woo-jin down to hide before they’re seen, but he heard the name Black, and it makes him wonder. They’re chased off by security before he has a chance to look again, and then she slips away to find Sung-min on her own.

She corners Sung-min and asks what he’s doing with Black, and he ushers her away from the open before answering. From a distance, one of Teacher Baek’s henchmen snaps a photo of them.

Sun-jae comes down to visit the MRB team and notes that May is a good actor because she had him fooled. Black says that he’ll find evidence of Teacher Baek’s corruption among these files, and Sun-jae says he should’ve done so years ago instead of leaving it to Black now.

Black offers to buy drinks when Sun-jae repays them for the contract breach, but Sun-jae says he’ll buy the drinks since he’s about to become Sunwoo Group’s chairman thanks to Black.

Sun-jae seems rather pleased with himself as he walks out, because we see that he’s installed a little spy camera in the wall clock. C’mon, you think Black doesn’t know that’s there? Sun-jae tells his assistant to keep tabs on them as he watches the security feed.

Sun-jae knows that it’ll be hard to find investors elsewhere because of the gambling scandal, so his plan is to make the deal with MRB, get elected chairman, and then create a new company called Sunwoo Capital and make Sunwoo Construction worthless, leaving Black with nothing.

Black and his crew return home, where Swan is waiting by the door. Sung-min scolds her for coming here when he expressly told her not to, but she just takes in the familiar faces next to Black: Sung-min, the guy on the motorcycle at the gambling ring, and even May, whom she calls by a different name. May waves and calls her Kaya, so they must’ve been part of Sung-min’s network around the same time.

Black asks everyone else to go inside, and Swan says with a shaky voice that she knows he asked her not to come here, but she could’ve used a warning that he was MRB, because Woo-jin almost caught on today. She says she was terrified that he’d be discovered when she first saw Sung-min too, and that she’s still terrified that he’ll be discovered because of her somehow.

She walks away, ignoring his request for her to wait. So he runs after her and wraps his arms around her in a backhug, saying, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry.”

Swan sits in Black’s kitchen awkwardly, while he makes dinner like nothing’s wrong. It confuses her, and she asks repeatedly why he’s being like this and if he’s going to cook for her and leave again. He makes her a fried egg like he used to and tells her to eat, and Swan says quietly that he needn’t be good to her all of a sudden because it makes her nervous.

She tells him not to lie to her anymore because she can keep a secret too, and he says that if you have a family, secrets can make your heart heavy. The mood finally lifts and they eat, and Sung-min sneaks a peek at them laughing together.

Black walks her out and Swan asks if she can see him again tomorrow, and if he’s going to disappear again all of a sudden. He promises to tell her before leaving, which makes her feel better, and she takes out his compass to say that she’ll always be able to find him with this. He congratulates her on the article she wrote and thanks her for it, and she beams proudly.

Things take a turn for the worse the next morning though, when Woo-jin busts into Swan’s room to show her an article featuring her with Sung-min, accusing MRB of paying off a reporter to falsify that story about Sunwoo Distribution. Sung-min is just as shocked and they wonder if it was Sun-jae’s doing, but Black knows he has too much to lose if MRB looks bad right now. It has to be Teacher Baek.

The MRB team is forced to halt their audit, and Sung-min worries that they haven’t even begun their work. Sun-jae calls an emergency meeting and argues that they can’t stop now, but his board members insist that it’s too dangerous to proceed with a company that may have set up Sunwoo Distribution’s scandal and profited from it. VP Seo suggests to Sun-jae that it might be time to oust Teacher Baek for good.

Teacher Baek is one step ahead and has already gotten the board members on his side, and wily VP Seo attends the secret meeting to play both sides. He tells Teacher Baek that Sun-jae plans to push him out of the company, clearly hoping that they get rid of each other, leaving him the last man standing.

Sun-jae, meanwhile, meets with the newspaper that wrote the story about Sung-min and Swan, and basically pulls enough power strings to get them to recant.

Swan tries to muscle her way into Sunwoo Group again and runs into Mari by the door. Mari apologizes for the world’s most awkward dinner the other night, and admits that she was jealous and curious about her relationship with Black.

Swan assures her that it’s not what she thinks, and that even when he was riddled with bullets and dying, Black thought only of Mari and said he had to go back to her because he promised he would. Swan admits that she was curious too, what kind of person Mari was. Mari thinks she must’ve been disappointed, but Swan says she’s the person Black likes.

Mari’s phone rings with a call from her doctor, who congratulates her on being pregnant. Wait, what? What about the part where she was already pregnant and getting an ultrasound? Was the first one a faux pregnancy, or does everyone have amnesia? I think I need wine…

Sun-jae’s dad shows up to visit Black, claiming to want to help him catch whoever did this to him. Likely story. Then Dad shows up at Sun-jae and Mari’s house with bags in hand and announces that he’s moving in as of today, and that he’ll be driving Mari and looking out for her and his grandchild on the way. Mari is surprised that Sun-jae agreed to let his father live here, and doesn’t look very enthused.

Dad catches Sun-jae on his way in, and he says that Black knows one thing about the man who tried to kill him—Black shot him in the arm, so he’ll have a scar. Sun-jae panics and asks Dad if he’s said any of this to Mari yet, and urges him not to. But the busybody housekeeper overhears the whole thing and files it away.

Sun-jae checks out the scar on his arm with a pensive look on his face, but Mari lifts his spirits a little when she hugs him affectionately and apologizes for the way she’s been acting lately. She agrees to a vacation so they can have some time alone, and Sun-jae looks relieved.

The Panda News office is bombarded with calls from other outlets, and Swan is surprised to see that she can’t even get to work past the crowd of reporters by the door. Someone suddenly pulls her aside so she isn’t seen, and she’s relieved to see that it’s Black. He asks how it feels to become famous overnight and suggests they leave.

Black’s team is frozen in shock when he brings Swan home with him, and Sung-min and May both pout jealously. Black leads Swan into his room and gives her the VIP list and security footage from the gambling ring, which he got from the man who was murdered in the woods. It’ll prove that her initial story was true, and Swan mutters happily that Teacher Baek is dead.

The team gets caught trying to eavesdrop on them, and Black just chuckles. Late at night, Swan comes out to find Black asleep on the couch. She reaches out to touch his face and notices that he’s clutching the compass she made for him, and it makes her smile.

Black wakes up to find a note from Swan, drawn out like in the old days, except this time she’s added words. She says she’s leaving to go work, and then we cut to her shooting a broadcast on her phone the next morning, announcing the first name on the Sunwoo Distribution gambling VVIP list. She says she’ll be announcing a new person on the list daily, and asks for people to report it if she goes missing. Ha.

So Teacher Baek is back in the doghouse, and Black’s team is amused at how the tables turn every day around here. You’re telling me. Black says they’re going ahead with their big plan for today, and prepares his team.

Mari invites Black over to the house and cooks him a meal like he asked her to, and apologizes for how she’s been. She says he’s to blame too though, and that he should’ve returned and gotten mad at her for getting married, not asked her to come with him.

Black says he meant it when he said that, and Mari finally tells him that she’s pregnant. She says she heard that the baby can hear everything and would know if she’s lying, and then she says, “Ji-won-ah, I still like you. This is what I really wanted to say. I have to tell you the truth so that I don’t have regrets. Cha Ji-won, my first love, I’ll keep that precious memory. Thank you, for loving me before I was born.”

She smiles sincerely and tears fall as she finally lets him go. Black remains stone-faced through her confession and can’t say a word.

Woo-jin tracks Swan down and tells her to return to the office instead of running around out here by herself, but she’s on a mission to clear her name. He says this all happened because she met some guy without him, and says she should get permission before meeting other men, which she’s decidedly against doing.

He tells her not to call him Editor either, pointing out his name. She scowls and walks away, and he shouts after her, “Then what, should I be Blue instead of Black? Dark Blue?” Pwahahaha. Okay, that made me laugh out loud.

The housekeeper is happy to see Mari in a great mood after Black’s visit, and she tells Mari that Black will probably be able to prove his innocence soon. She recounts what she overheard about the shooter having a bullet wound on his arm, and Mari’s blood runs cold as she thinks of the scar on Sun-jae’s arm.

Black keeps watch over Swan until it’s time for his team’s mission, and he starts to pull away when Sung-min calls. But just outside the Panda office, Swan gets cut off by a car full of henchmen and kidnapped. Black chases after them and tells Sung-min to start without him, and Woo-jin sees Black go by and recognizes his face.

Team Black begins their break-in mission to retrieve files from Sunwoo Group’s server room, and we see in flashback how they’d gathered security tags and fingerprints during the corporate audit.

Gye-dong makes his way into the server room dressed as a security guard and asks Black what he’s looking for, and Black tells him to get all the files on the Thailand gas merger from five years ago. Why on earth would you tell him this now in the middle of the heist, and not before when you were planning it? He doesn’t even know what he’s there to steal? Come on now.

Black asks them to copy the files off of Sun-jae’s computer too, but May’s already on top of it. The security around here is ridiculously lax if she can just saunter in and copy his files, though she almost gets caught when a security guard comes by to check on the office.

She crouches under the desk as he comes closer and closer to the open computer that’s in the middle of transferring files… But just in the nick of time Gye-dong comes in and calls the other guard away, saying the boss is looking for him. Close call.

Meanwhile, Black is still chasing the kidnapper car and asks Sung-min to look up the license plate. It’s a car that’s registered to Sunwoo Distribution (you’d use a company car to kidnap someone?) and Black panics.

Swan is led into a room where Teacher Baek is waiting for her, and he asks if she’s afraid of him. She tamps down her nerves and says no—he’s like a neighborhood grandpa. He laughs maniacally and says she must have no fear because she’s used to digging through trash, and that’s why she dared to write about him.

He wants his gambling VVIP list back, but Swan just pauses to take out her recorder and starts asking him questions, about whether he’s acknowledging that the list is his. I love her.

Black storms in and beats up all the security guards in his path, and then busts into the room and holds out his hand for Swan. Aw, like the good ol’ days. She takes his hand and rushes to his side, and Teacher Baek smiles and says the guest he was waiting for has finally arrived.

Black says through gritted teeth that their formal greetings will have to wait till next time, and leads Swan out… but not before she catches a glimpse of that elephant painting hanging on Teacher Baek’s wall.

Teacher Baek just smiles as he looks at the photograph in his hands, of Black and Swan together in Thailand. Uh-oh, he’s just confirmed that she’s his weakness, hasn’t he? His henchman gets a call and tells Teacher Baek that the present he’s been waiting for has arrived.

We don’t hear what that present is, but then we cut to a woman walking by a lake, and slowly reveal her face. It’s little sister Ji-soo!

Black and Swan both nag each other as they walk out, both more worried about each other. Swan says that Teacher Baek knows everything now, but Black says it doesn’t matter: “From now on, don’t ever leave my side. Do you know how scared I was coming here? I don’t want to lose you.”

Swan: “I won’t go. I’m not going anywhere.” She leans up and gives him a soft kiss, just like the first time. But this time he looks at her longingly and kisses her back.

Okay, but… you guys are still standing in Teacher Baek’s house! Safety first, romance later!

 
COMMENTS

I seriously don’t understand why they couldn’t have relocated before smooches, because now you’ve not only proven that you’d endanger yourself to rescue Swan, but you’re locking lips in the baddie’s lair! Probably on his security cameras! I know it’s a romantic moment, but I couldn’t focus on the kissing because I was so vexed as to why they were still standing there. It might seem like a minor directorial choice, but I feel like that scene could’ve gone differently had they been in his car. It just bugs me, because the fix is so easy.

Despite the fact that I like the development in this episode, I do feel like the romance came on a little strong and a little fast. I know that Black cares for Swan and is fiercely protective of her, but he’s always been so distant and careful with her that the sudden burst of passionate romantic love feels jarring. Don’t get me wrong—I’m actually really happy to see him break his detached façade and just go with his feelings for once. Not to mention how nice it is to see him smiley again. I just think there wasn’t enough build-up to make that moment organic. It felt like the right move with the right characters, but mistimed. I’m also confused about Mari’s sudden decision to drop her jealousy and move on, even though I liked her farewell scene with Black and thought it was their best moment together yet. It just seemed like today was the day that things were over with Mari and beginning with Swan, with no breath in between for Black to have a reaction.

Today’s heist was pretty sloppy too, partly because Sunwoo Group was so easy to break into that it was laughable. It seemed like a bizarre thing to do to take a potential investor on a tour of your server room and point out where the top-secret section is. Couldn’t they have made it a little harder to break into? I just wish Goodbye Mr. Black weren’t so sloppy about the details, because I want to maintain the belief that Team Black is super competent and way ahead of everyone else in this game. But sometimes I’m honestly not sure about that. Half of their success seems to be based on the enemy having very loose security or little forethought.

I do enjoy the dynamics of having Black reveal himself as MRB and lording control over Sunwoo Group because of his position as an investor. It opened up a lot of potential in the story to have him take on a more active role and not skulk around in the shadows (even though he was totally just visiting people in broad daylight before, but whatever). Mostly I’m glad that Swan’s finally getting what she wants, because she’s the only character I really love. She’s resourceful and brave and always thinking of Black’s safety before her own, and I’m glad for her sake that he’s expressing something in return instead of coldly sending her away all the time. I was getting tired of that. Plus, now with little sis Ji-soo back (…somewhere), Swan doesn’t have to fulfill that little sister role anymore. Though now that you’ve kissed her, there’s really no going back, is there? Thank goodness for that.

 
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GF you sure so fast! Lol.

Thanks for the recap :;)

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thanks for the great recap GF!

wow that kiss... hot!

at the same time you have a point there, sometimes the choices inthis drama just bugs me but i still like this drama.

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I'm just gonna accept that this drama isn't just gonna be what we want it to be. Let's just focus on the good part like Dark Blue Panda maybe? He's hilarious and also adorable. Is it OK mary if we find him so cute?

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For whatever reason, whenever they show him at Panda my mind goes back to Kim Seul Gi and her panda eyes in Flower Boy Next Door.

That got me thinking how much I'd love to see she and Rim paired in a rom com.

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I think sometimes this drama gives too much hope with their line, like how great, impenetrable and meticolous they are but the execution is kinda sloppy which make it doesn't feel rewarding,
but still good as overall

I still like amaze by Kim Kang-Woo acting, he just so good

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Tonight's episode lost me with the whole pregnancy thing. I couldn't concentrate on the rest because I was too busy thinking I had lost my mind remembering an ultrasound. Thanks for letting me know I wasn't crazy!

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Here's my theory, in-vitro fertilization can fail so they had to wait a certain time to see if it will be a success and it it. The ultrasound was from the planting, it doesn't have to mean positive pregnancy.

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Ahhh, okay. This makes sense.

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Lol same here !

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Maybe they should have explained in the previous episode that the result of that ultrasound would be available in the couple of days, for example. So, we wouldn't be misled into thinking that Mari knew she was pregnant right at the moment. When someone on the phone told her she was positive, I was like, what? It took time for my brain to process the information.

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She had embryo
implant

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LOL at the kissing scene, can they do that in another place, somewhere not in your enemy's den?! I know the PD want to speed up the romance part with all the viewers' demand (Not enough time screen for MCW! Let's jump to The Dark Blue ship! Oh everyone is so sensitive now day :p), but that was just so random and forced. Anyway this is the only drama that I follow regulary but need to read the recap after I watch it to understand what's going on, the choppy storyline perhaps?

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I love Black- the actor is so sexy to me, but I'm on the Dark Blue ship for now. The build up with the love story between Black and Swan is so sloppy right now. It seems like the show had to show us flash backs in the end so that we would care about their romance.

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+1 Too bad I couldn't feel romantic when I watched kiss scene. I felt more nervous thinking they should get out of there first before they get romantic.
btw I read kiss scene was requested by Moon Chae-won. They say she said that she was impressed by kiss scenes when she watched 'I need Romance' and she wanted to have those in this drama during press conference earlier.
Anyway I am upset that they messed up the kiss scene which could be wonderful dreamy scene.

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She said she wants to have a kissing scene like in 'I need Romance'. That does not mean she requested a kissing scene to happen in one particular place or time. And that's up to the writer and the PD to manage when it should happen.

It would be nice not to twist her word and make it like she requested to have the kissing scene in yesterday scene. Sorry to reply but your comment is quite misleading.

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Moon Chae Won asked for the kissing scenes? Wow...!!! She should ask for better editing first lol.

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As if she knew how the editing will like prior to the airing. Fortune teller much? Wow, indeed.

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LOL. Good one.

(I don't know why people are being so touchy about this whole thing. Must be hormonal.)

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Wrong. Moon Chae Won was simply just looking at Lee Jin Wook's previous projects to get to know him a little better just like how she always does when she gets paired up with an actor. Her brother recommended I need Romance to her and she thinks that the kissing scenes there are good and wants to have a kiss scenes similar to that drama so don't try to imply that she asked or demanded for them or for it to happen in one particular scene come on now that's silly.

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+1 Please do not twist MCW's words. Quynh is right about what MCW has said in the press conference. Anyway I liked the romantic kiss. It just shows how Black cannot hold back his love for Swan anymore because he realised he loves her and he was afraid of losing her when she was kidnapped

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I saw the post on Koala's blog about extra PPL being digitally added to the version of DotS being aired in China (basically, some Chinese beverage cartons were photoshopped into a couple of scenes), and that prompted me to imagine mary going to town with creating her own version of GMB with photoshop, inserting herself with couple's clothes next to Rim, layering her face over Swan's for the kiss, and adding her name to Rim's lines like, "I was waiting for you, mary", "This is where we're having our date, mary", and "Your reality is me, mary, and my reality is you and only you." My head's mary PPL made the ep more fun to watch.?

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OMG this comment. Mary HAS to see this!

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LOL that's crazy. I love it.

Your imaginary mary is better.

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muahahahaha would love to see this! make it happen!

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By looking how the drama progressed in the last episode, I feel like my earlier hunches were wrong. I feel it's going to be going to be Goodbye Mr Black but he may be back as CJW.

Is it going to be Black Swan? What will happen to Dark Blue? He is such a breather in the middle of all seriousness in this drama.

On the side note, it is good to see Song Jae Rim taking on a lighter character. He looks so different playing Woon in Moon Embraces the Sun. He was very skinny back then. He looks so much better now having extra meat on top of his bone.

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I still not sure the kiss because of romantic feeling or just emotional side of black after mari pregnancy news n afraid losing swan too because of the bad guy, i still haven't see black see swan as woman, his care for her still like sister to me, my worry the pd mess up in directing romantic scene like in empress ki, his previous project he fail to deliver hjw romantic feeling to jcw, till the end i only feel that he just continue to live with him but some people think the opposite, it's so unclear

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I feel like it's the latter. He always seemed like a brother to her.

Well, since the poster has been replaced from the previous one (light and sweet to dark and serious), does it tell something related to the story?

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The saddest part is when mari told his pregnancy to ji won, i cry for her

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Yeah, the timing of the kiss totally ruined it for me. A few hours earlier, it seemed like CJW would've happily taken Mari back (before he found out that she was pregnant), and then, without a hint of prior romantic interest, he decides to play tongue hockey with Swan, even though he's smart enough to know he's endangering her by doing that there? And I'm supposed to find that swoony? I really hate it when the big romantic moment is devoid of romance. They should've hired Dark Blue ? to be the writer.

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Tongue Hockey? RFLMAO!

"They should’ve hired Dark Blue ? to be the writer."
Let's toast to this! I wish I had laughed as heartily to the show as I did your comment.

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omg a panda emoji nice!

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Did he really want her back? Or was he trying to take revenge by pretending to want her back in order to break up the marriage?

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From the way Black talked to Mari so far, I feel he may not be really sincere in his attempt to win her back like what he said. He was always pushy towards Mari since the moment he appeared in the party. He kept saying he wanted her to come back to him, and somehow I do not think that is his typical way of expressing love. Surely maybe we are all being fooled by his "master" revenge plan. Anyway the way he looks at Swan is more normal and genuine. So I did not feel really surprised with his kissing her back. His reaction when hearing Mari mention her pregnancy, I guess he was just considering his revenge plan, because harming Sun-Jae also means hurting Mari and especially the unborn child.

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It has been announced that SBS and MBC will not be telecasting their 9pm dramas next Wed 13th April due to some Korean parliament elections. Instead 2 episodes will be shown on Thursday 14th April. This will affect Goodbye Mr Black and Please come back ahjussi.

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I'm unimpressed with Black & Swan's romance. Shes basically a rebound now. It disappoints me.

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Forget rebound, I keep getting brother-sister vibes from them and now they kiss out of nowhere...

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I agree with you. There seems to be no romantic chemistry between them. I am so disappointed with this drama, and I had such high expectations. Moon Chae won still shines in this drama even with that awful hair cut.

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How can a drama have so many flaws and yet make me stick to it ? Despite the plot holes (and the pregnancy mess), the actors and characters alone make me want to see more...

I agree with most of you about the bad timing of the kiss, it could have been so much better...
But I don't feel the same about the so-called feelings of Black for Mari or about Swan being a rebound. I've been thinking for a while now that even if Black loves Mari, he is no longer in love with her. She was his first love and childhood friend, and even a part of his family, so of course he still cares for her deeply. And in my opinion, when he said that he came back for her, it was more about protecting her from Sun Jae than anything else (or maybe part of his plan?). He said it himself that it doesn't matter if she is with someone else but this person can't be Sun Jae. And about her wedding, he seemed more concerned about her than mad or broken hearted, definitely not the reaction of a man in love !

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I agree about Mari being a habit and him being more interested in saving her from her husband than anything. He may not have thought of Swan as more than a dongsang, but he cared for her safety a lot and the brotherly feelings changed somewhere - look at that kiss.

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She wasn't actually pregnant in the first round. She was there for the implantation. Remember she said maybe this one will take. She kept having blood work to check to see if she was pregnant. I still love the show plot holes and all. To me Black always had some emotion for Swan. After all those years he still held on to that compass. I can see Swan holding in to his, but for him to still have hers is interesting.

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Yoo In Young has the weirdest typecasting ever: You will be the significant other of the main villain. You will do petty, but not necessarily evil things. You will be loyal to your partner despite warning signs, but your morality will ultimately win over love.

So strange. Who chose this for her? I want more. Make her full villain at least.

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Ending Scenario 1: SJ and Teacher Baek pointed a gun at each other before shooting each other down. Both of them died. Mari hysterically cried finding her husband's body. Two years later, Black was walking with Mari and a little girl in a park. They met Swan and WJ, smiling watching them still bantering as always.

Ending Scenario 2: Swan learned that Black was in serious illness, but she couldn't stop him from taking his revenge. Both Black and SJ finally met in a duel and none was survived. Mari, still torn between two people she loved--her own husband and JW--fell in depression and lost her baby. Swan was saved by WJ while trying to stop the duel. Realizing that Black had gone, Swan couldn't stop her tears and WJ held her tight trying to console her.

I'm sorry. I hope this time the second lead gets the girl. They look cute together.

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(Admin, please remove my comment. I tried to post it individually, but it failed after I tried three times. I thought it wouldn't show up so that I kept my comment and put it in ep 9 recap. Thank you)

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Lol. Ikr? Her character here is pretty similar to her characters in Mask, and Oh My Venus, and even the Three Musketeers. The Sympathetic, Not Quite Villian.

Come to think of it, she also played against LJW in The Three Musketeers. Of all the ironies. Lol.

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Don't forget My Love From Another Star where she played Secret Girlfriend of the Main Villain!

I like her so much, and I just want some variety in her roles.

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She is good girl here , why do you think she's bad girl???? She just keep move on after find out his lover death, nothing wrong with that, she move on even in her heart she still love her boyfriend n choose her friend which he thought good with her, with swan she just outburst n she realize her mistake by apologize to her, her reaction is normal

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I don't think she's bad, and that's the problem I have with her character here, and the ones she's played in her last five dramas. She's lukewarm all the time, and her proximity to evil is either tied to or overshadowed by a man all the time.

I want her to be something other than Not Quite the Villain. If she were the villain, I'd like it even better.

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In the first episode SJ asked, if neither he or Black had money (they were financial equals) who would she choose. She said if neither had money she wouldn't be interested in either of them.

He could have said, if they were both rich who would she choose. The way it was handled made me think the writer was trying to establish her as a fickle gold digger.

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Honestly, I'm a little confused of what Black really feel, it seems like he still like Mari but also like Swan, when did he like her? way back in thailand he always think of Mari and Swan is like a dongsaeng to him (but unfortunately, she falls on him), then when he comeback he said that he will get Mari back, so when did he like her? I'm sorry, but I feel like something is lacking on how he shows he's feelings on Swan, just my opinion, but I'm enjoying the series, I'm just really shock by the kiss in the enemy's place, when I watch that scene I just say "what the hell are they doing?!" O_o

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good that many share the same feelings as me when I saw the hug-from-the-back and the out of the blue (duh) kiss. I suspect it's added in to push up the poor ratings of this drama compared to DOTS (not sure where the title came from and what it means). painfully following this because of LJW but a bit disappointed that this drama should be a lot more exciting with his fighting potential in previous dramas and that romantic guy in The Time We were not in Love. He was such a charm in that drama, with his lovey dovey eyes and love for HJW for 17 years. It's probably one of his best romance dramas.

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His drama with HJW is the worst of all

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Another amazing episode ^_*:)) Hwaiting Mr Black!!!

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Wasn't the kiss too sudden and out of place, though? Not too long ago Black was singing the tune that he wanted to take Mari back, and in the same episode he's kissing Swan like there's no tomorrow?. Did I miss an episode somewhere when he started getting attracted to Swan, or is he on the rebound?

And could they at least wait until they are out of danger before making out like crazy? I am a little peeved at this latest development, it doesn't feel cohesive with the rest of the plot. I feel like the producers are trying too hard to right the wrong of trying to take a married woman away from her husband, they are throwing in a romance 180 degrees in another direction. I would much rather see Swan with Ji ryun or Woo jin to be honest.

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I feel like Black had already given up on Mari when they had their little lunch, at least that's the way I interpreted it at the time. So when he decided to follow Swan and even kiss her didn't come as a surprise. That he did it in the hallway of his enemies house was a bit odd but the kiss wasn't unexpected. it was time.

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My main problem with the kiss (besides the location) was that it didn't feel earned. It felt like the writers just threw it in there to get us past the will-they, won't-they love triangle that was Black/Mari/Swan.

To be fair to the drama, there were little moments where it told us that Black's feelings for Swan were profound, but those feelings never felt romantic to me. More brotherly.

The drama also did a bad job of showing us that he was over Mari. I can extrapolate from watching that his feelings for Mari were more muscle memory than urgent desire--mostly from the fact that he immediately goes from asking her to be with him to kissing another woman--but I wish I didn't have to do as much work as the writers are making me do to connect the dots.

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So I checked some articles on IVF process & it seems it does include abdominal ultrasound scans before pregnancy is confirmed. Hope that’s what really happens cos Show can’t be reckless about too many details right?

Agree that there wasn’t enough build up for the romance between the leads, although I still ship them. I wish there were more scenes where Black could see Swan and Woo jin or Swan and Ji ryun and really felt jealous. LOL. I don’t know if that’s necessary but I wanna see that he really cares for her, not as a sister or because it’s over now between him and Mari.

Swan touching Black’s face when he’s asleep was a nice detail. It’s unlike in many drama scenes where someone would stop mid way despite their yearning for the tiniest contact with the other person. Swan has been direct and clear about what she wants or aims at, Black-related or not, and that’s why I luv her.

I yelled at my computer screen when the kissing-in-enemy’s-den scene happened. Hope the kiss wasn’t more out of frustration after that “tense” rescue moment.

Thanks GF for recapping!

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I think Black already starts loving Swan when we saw how much he preciously keeps the compass Swan gave him 5 years ago. He even holds it when he sleeps, same for Swan with Black's gold compass. And we know that Black requests his friend (the motorcyclist) to always have an eye on her. He just can't hold himself to open his heart when Swan was kidnapped and the idea of losing her

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I want to watch this just for SJR but I'm afraid not.

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the kiss scene was so sweet but too earlier , i prefer to watch they kiss at about 15th eps or the finale eps, it would be more touchy and sweeter :-)

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yes, I also feel they both are just too quick too kiss,it is only eps 8 , it ruined the build romance, and do they have to kiss at their enemy's place ?

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Tq dramabeans

DRAMA DIRECTORS if you wants actors to do a realistic bàck hug please dont let them carry heavy stuffs behind their backs it is not romantic at all ! No true feelings shown to their professional acting

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spinoff of of dark blue literally called Dark blue: all the amazing characters like Cynthia from young pal Seung Jae from come back ahjusii, any awesome female lawyer character and a magician played by a wonderful funny guy i want to be namedVal they are a "leverage" type of team(old show) they are hired by the poor masses who have been taken advantage of by the rich and do elaborate heists and schemes all under the tullage of the mysterious maya played by Han Go Eun who is a bored dumb fashion obsessed rich houswife to the world but actually has other plans and.... okay going to stop now and go back to lurking last post ever... i hope

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sorry tutelage not tullage okay bye second and last comment ever.

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Loved the comment about safety before romance. I find this a common pattern in kdrama. They forget to get out of there before they romance or they talk too much after untying a captive which allows them to get clubbed over the head. LOL!

Yeah, this isn't as compelling as it could be, but I got to love the actors. Great acting all around, especially by the 2 male leads. They are just fun to watch.

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And oh yeah.... do we have to have another drama where the lead has some incurable disease that will kill him just after he accomplishes his mission?

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and I want more hot kisses between the leads. Is it me or LJW was like biting MCW's lips?

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i find myself gradually like this drama. but i cant say that i do agree that the story is indeed sloppy. alot of scenes are confused n not well-making. i only love MCW's role int his drama. but, well, i will keep following it. hope next eps more logical.

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I adore Moon Chae Won and have been eagerly waiting for this come back revenge series of hers. However, maybe my expectations were much too high, but I cannot help but compare this drama with Innocent Guy, where her character had such an amazing (is it hot in here) chemistry with the leading man that it actually started dating rumors. In GMB, there is no chemistry at all. It's like a brother and sister kind of feel with them. In Innocent Guy, most viewers were literally nail- biting hooked to each episode and each scene with MCW and SJK together was so emotionally felt. But in this drama all seems to be the complete opposite. Come on writers, you can do better...( Crossing fingers.)

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