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The K2: Episode 6

New dangers are in store for Je-ha, and they’ll require the use of his heart rather than his gun. Reopening deep emotional wounds can often be an unpleasant task, but if that’s the cost of getting one step closer to the bottom of the truth, then our bodyguard is more than willing to pay that price.

EPISODE 6 RECAP

Following a lengthy series recap, we pick back up at the sub-basement where Je-ha steps into an empty corridor that leads him to a glass door that requires a two-step identification verification for entry.

Behind that door houses an expansive glass conference room, where Yoo-jin, Secretary Kim, the head of JSS, and Chief Joo are reviewing the profiles of the scholarship foundation’s board of directors who had sought after her dismissal.

Je-ha takes a seat as we zoom in on the ongoing conversation inside. Yoo-jin plans for a long, grueling legal case against one director and putting him on a recruiter’s blacklist. There’s video proof of another director getting it on with another woman, which Yoo-jin says they can expose to the world and have someone make sexual assault claims against him.

But then on second thought, Yoo-jin decides that the director’s children should see that video first. Everyone else is taken aback by those words, and she finishes Chief Joo’s sentence about the children’s reaction to seeing a sexual video of their father: “Wouldn’t they want to commit suicide?”

Or maybe not, with this video alone, she concludes. But the topic of death has been lingering in her mind—when she was faced with the rest of the family at the funeral, she had thought to herself what method of death would bring the least amount of pain?

Seeing Je-ha waiting patiently outside, her face splits into a faint smile before composing herself once more.

Anna overhears Mi-ran and gossiping about Je-ha being part of Cloud Nine downstairs. Mi-ran’s world comes crashing down when she realizes that means there’s no one on night duty tonight, and Anna looks up to the cameras.

Je-ha steps inside the glass-encased conference room once the others leave. He admits he’s impressed by this structure Yoo-jin probably spent a pretty penny to have built. Not only are they several stories underground, but it’s also soundproof, making it ideal in keeping out potential eavesdroppers.

He gets right to the point—why did she call him here? She wants to hear every bit of his life story because not everyone runs into a den of enemies with an umbrella and handkerchief these days. She’s curious about the man behind those actions, and when Je-ha asks what she really wants to hear, she raises her eyebrows in surprise. “But it’s true,” she thinks to herself.

Since she’s heard about his army days, Yoo-jin says she’d like to learn more about his time in Iraq. She tells him: “Soon we’ll begin the hunt on Park Kwan-soo. Is that enough of a reason for you?”

His eyes flicker, attentive now, as she reminds him that no one will know what they share here thanks to these soundproof walls. He asks who’s listening in on the mics in this room then, and Yoo-jin identifies the computerized voice as her Magic Mirror, like the one in Snow White.

He scoffs at that, so to prove it, Yoo-jin chants, “Mirror, mirror, who in this land is fairest of all?” Her computerized magic mirror voice answers, “Snow White.”

While Anna picks up on a news story about her father visiting a church tomorrow, Yoo-jin shares how her Magic Mirror is smarter than the other artificial intelligence systems available today.

This room acts like the brain of JSS, a hub that stores all the secrets of the world. Her Magic Mirror is a highly-advanced software whose function is to comb through all that information and give her the most accurate answers to her questions. So if Je-ha shares his story, Magic Mirror will satiate his curiosity.

“Why do you think there would be things I’m curious about?” Je-ha posits in return. Yoo-jin replies that he wouldn’t have joined the JSS if he weren’t curious. She knows he doesn’t have a comeback for that, and tells him that she’s the only one who can access the encrypted data because Magic Mirror only responds to her voice commands.

Anna sneaks downstairs into Mi-ran’s room, rummaging through her drawers for her JSS ID badge. She takes a few more items, then discovers a stash of syringes.

We cut back to the glass house where Yoo-jin asks what happened to him and why he’s after Representative Park. Je-ha sits down and breathes deeply before starting his story about Rania.

We’re taken back to the day of Representative Park’s visit to the Blackstone campsite when Je-ha had seen the secret deal go down. He had tried to grab her attention for a few moments before settling in for a nap in his car.

Representative Park had given another mercenary a nod before climbing into his car, and Je-ha had witnessed Rania being taken. We know how this story goes—a gunshot followed by him seeing her body on the ground.

But we learn something new now: someone knocks him out with a punch, and Je-ha found a gun in his hand when he’d come to. He’d thrown it aside to stagger toward Rania’s body, and was still wailing when he’d been apprehended.

He’d essentially been framed for Rania’s murder and managed to escape a week later. Representative Park had been long gone by then, and the private military company had already moved their campsite. So he traveled with a group of Syrian refugees and eventually made it to Europe.

“That’s the reason why I must kill Park Kwan-soo,” he states, his bottom lip quivering. Yoo-jin considers that a good enough reason, so she instructs her computer to answer all of Je-ha’s questions.

Per Je-ha’s request, Magic Mirror brings up Representative Park’s activities on September 15, 2015. But when he asks to learn why the politician was at the Blackstone campsite that afternoon at 15:30, the computer is unable to identify why.

Yoo-jin instructs her computer to widen its search parameters, and now Magic Mirror states there was a 53.3 percent chance the politician was in a secret meeting. When Je-ha asks with whom Representative Park was speaking with, the computer asks for a location.

He gives it, and the computer generates four names: Representative Park, Rania, an unidentified Blackstone agent, and the leader of the Kumar group Abdul Omar. He asks for the reason for their meeting, only for the computer to state that the reason is unknown.

So Je-ha asks why Representative Park had Rania killed, to which Magic Mirror says there is a 68 percent chance it was because she knew information that couldn’t be leaked. Je-ha slams his fist on the table upon seeing the results, and asks to find out what the men discussed.

But that information can’t be traced either, and Yoo-jin says it’s pointless to inquire more deeply when the data isn’t there. Then Magic Mirror states that Abdul Omar escaped the CIA’s grasp two weeks following that meeting and assembled a new military group.

Yoo-jin wonders if that means Representative Park has been supplying arms to Abdul Omar’s men.

Meanwhile, Anna sneaks outside dressed in Mi-ran’s suit after slipping some of the contents of the syringe into her mug. She jumps when the security car outside flashes its headlights, and she uses her earpiece to communicate that she’s out for an errand.

Anna climbs into a taxi by early morning and sticks her head out the window to feel the breeze. She puts on her sunglasses to protect her sensitive eyes.

Yoo-jin surmises that Je-ha must’ve loved Rania, but he isn’t sure whether he found love during the most miserable days of his life or what he felt was useless compassion. “Useless?” Yoo-jin repeats, and Je-ha explains that he was the one who introduced Rania to the Blackstone mercenaries.

Je-ha gets up to leave, but he refuses the offer to stay in the JSS residences just because he’s part of Cloud Nine now. But Yoo-jin emphasizes that she protects her inner circle including their families.

He says that sounds an awful lot like calling him her slave, and Yoo-jin says she’s never betrayed anyone who hasn’t ever betrayed her. To that, Je-ha bites back: “There’s no such thing as a master who does not betray his slave.”

He turns to leave, but then looks back at her: “There are people who don’t betray their friends, though. Isn’t that right… friend?”

Anna gets off at her old neighborhood and stands outside her childhood home. She thinks back to happier times with her mother when they would cook outside and dance together, a memory that brings tears to her eyes.

We briefly check in on Je-ha’s ride back from the JSS headquarters, where the bodyguard who drove him there believes that Je-ha had failed to be included in the elusive Cloud Nine.

Anna imagines more happier memories with Mom while she roams the streets. Seeing an old photo of her and her mother on display outside a local photo studio, she inquires about it with the owner who needs a little push to remember her.

The owner remembers Mom with fondness, sharing how the movie star once came in with Anna to have her passport photo taken before she left for the States. Evidently Mom had also wanted a family portrait as well, so the photo on display was of her, Anna, and a family friend.

He shows Anna how he folded the photo so that the third subject wouldn’t appear in the frame. Seeing the photo now, Anna remembers that there was a family friend.

So when Je-ha returns to the house to find Mi-ran asleep and Anna gone, Chief Joo calls his superior to suggest that that they search for Anna without letting Yoo-jin know. He berates Mi-ran for her ineptitude and breathes a sigh of relief when she gets transaction updates on her phone because Anna is using her credit card.

Anna takes another taxi to pay a visit to that family friend who resides at a sanatorium. She finds the woman lying in her bed, barely lucid. She calls Anna by her mother’s name Hye-rin, and asks for food.

Anna bends down again and identifies herself. This time the woman repeats her name correctly, then rises from her bed in alarm, calling Anna by her mother’s name again. “Hurry and run away! Go to America with Anna!”

“Choi Yoo-jin has found out everything! Run away!” the woman cries. “That person will kill you and Anna! You must hurry!” Anna is taken aback by the woman, but now she has confirmation that Yoo-jin wanted her and her mother dead. She tries prying for more information, but the woman has slipped back to her babblings.

Thanks to her stolen earpiece, Anna finds out that the JSS agents have arrived at the sanatorium. Mi-ran checks the patient’s room but Anna is nowhere to be found. Je-ha isn’t surprised that the news of Anna’s disappearance has reached Se-joon’s ears when he calls Chief Joo, though Se-joon has instructed that Anna doesn’t show up at his scheduled church appearance today.

Just then, someone walks out the door behind them—it’s Anna, disguised as a nun and telling herself that her father is under Yoo-jin’s influence.

Yoo-jin and Se-joon look like saints when they help an elderly woman up the hill to the church. Conversely, Representative Park’s car obnoxiously honks its horn to make way, much to the attendees’ chagrin.

Se-joon and Yoo-jin help the elderly woman to the pew, then nervously look around hoping that Anna isn’t around. Representative Park loudly insists that they join him in the front pew, and sees the couple modestly accept seats next to the old woman.

Once Mass begins, Anna enters the church with a group of nuns. She sees her father in the pews and utters, “Dad.” Se-joon narrows his eyes to get a closer look, then looks away.

Anna sees her father quietly grab Yoo-jin’s attention, and Yoo-jin turns from surprise to bewilderment once she sees Anna. She texts a clue to Chief Joo, who then relays the intel to the rest of the team.

The priest stops the JSS agents from interrupting the service to apprehend Anna. She remains standing even after the song ends, her tear-filled eyes fixed on her father. Je-ha internally tells Anna not to expose herself and calls off the order to move in.

The priest says there’s another song, and Anna opens her mouth to sing “Amazing Grace.” Her angelic voice carries throughout the chapel, and the other nuns join in on the next verse.

Tears roll down Anna’s cheeks and drop from nearly every eye of the attendees, including angry ones from Yoo-jin. Once the song is over, Je-ha takes a few steps toward her and stops, trying to communicate to her with his eyes: “Don’t do it, Anna-yah. You can’t.”

Anna stands for a few more moments then walks off to the side. She turns to get one last glimpse of her father and Yoo-jin’s scowl. Je-ha tries catching up to the nuns to find Anna, but she’s already gone.

One nun hands him a note, though, and he delivers that to Se-joon. In it, Anna writes that she must’ve lost her way. She asks that her father come and get her: “You know where that is, don’t you?”

Se-joon is well aware that everything will come crashing down if Anna’s identity is exposed to the world now. What he wants to know is how Anna was treated that she would resort to such extreme measures, but Yoo-jin will have none of it today and tells him to figure out the location in Anna’s note.

When he says he doesn’t know, which Yoo-jin finds hard to believe. Even she’s saddened by how Anna is convinced that a father like him would come and find her. She instructs Chief Joo to leave, and now that they’re alone, she reminds him of the last breakfast she ever made for him fourteen years ago.

She wouldn’t have despised Se-joon as much as she does now if he had just left her that day. That was the day the news of Anna’s mother’s supposed suicide hit the front page, and Se-joon had dropped a cup in shock.

Before he could storm out, Yoo-jin had threatened him that Anna would die if he left now. Back in the present, Se-joon asks, “Should I have left Anna to die in your hands then?”

“You murderer,” he sighs. Yoo-jin had shared a similar thought—that Se-joon was trying to protect Anna from her, but now they both know the real reason why Anna was kept hidden from the world: “You were afraid that Anna would be an obstacle to your ambition!”

Whereas the JSS is nowhere near cracking Anna’s code, we see Anna sitting alone on a park bench. She remembers the day she went to the amusement park with her parents, who did their best to make sure she had a good time.

When the speakers made an announcement about a missing child, Se-joon had asked young Anna what to do if she ever lost her way. He was impressed when she chirped that she’d take a taxi, then asked what she’d do if she were abroad.

“I’d have to hurry and find you,” she’d answered. Se-joon had bent down to meet her eye level and explained how it’d be impossible for him to find her if she kept running around. Instead, she should stay put at the exact location where they lost one another.

“No matter how scared you get, you must endure and wait,” he’d instructed. “Then I’ll come find you where you are.” Young Anna had told him that he had to promise to come and get her.

So that park bench must be where Anna and her father had lost one another. A pair of girls stop to take a selca, unaware that Anna is in the background.

But that photo pops up on the JSS’ systems, and the agents are sent to her location. In the car, Je-ha asks Team Leader Seo for a favor.

Anna prays in earnest, and when she opens her eyes, she sees her father walking towards her with a big smile and an ice cream in each hand. She smiles, and the camera pans behind her to reveal that it’s actually Je-ha.

She looks crestfallen, and Je-ha tells her that her father was busy, so he sent him. He takes a seat next to her and says she put up a strong front back at the church. But she’s still fixated on her father’s reaction to her sudden appearance. Was he mad?

Je-ha says somewhat unconvincingly that her father was worried about her, and offers up the ice cream, telling her that her father wanted her to have it. She accepts it, since it’s from Dad after all.

While Team Leader Seo and the other JSS keep watch from a distance, Anna shares how this park used to be an amusement park called Dreamland. She describes that it was also her own sort of “dream world”, a phrase she says in Spanish.

She was so happy that she got to spend time with her father back then, because that gave her something to brag about. He empathizes with the joyful childhood memory, but her breathing becomes increasingly shallow as she says she couldn’t brag because no one was supposed to find out who her father was.

She struggles to breathe as she shares how her mother told her that her father was a powerful man, and bad people will come and harass him if they ever found out about them. She didn’t know what that meant at a young age, and she gasps to say the next few words: “But I was afraid… of the bad people… harassing my father… so I think I held it in.”

She’s gasping now, and Je-ha places a hand on her arm, asking if she’s okay. She utters in Spanish: “Wishful thinking.” Fighting for breath now, Anna says she realized that she was that very bad person all along.

With that, Anna faints in his arms. Je-ha calls for an ambulance while Chief Joo learns that Anna has a severe strawberry allergy.

Je-ha reports that Anna has a faint pulse, and he’s instructed to make sure that Anna keeps breathing. So he starts mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and screams at her to wake up. She opens her eyes for a brief moment before slipping into unconsciousness once more.

 
COMMENTS

As much as I’d been looking forward to Anna’s re-emergence into the world, I have to say watching her behaviors and actions in this episode was disorienting. Gone is the girl holed up in her room and avoiding strangers, because now she’s been replaced by a girl able to both initiate conversations with strangers and is surprisingly okay with personal space.

Sure Je-ha isn’t exactly a stranger to Anna, but their interactions have been limited and short in duration so far, save for the two nights he was on night duty. But it’s strange to watch Anna act as if her social phobia was a thing of the past now that she’s thrust into the real world. What’s even more astounding is that she can even correct people and clarify what she actually means, which begs the question—if she’s been kept hidden for so long, where did she learn these communication skills from?

Her proactive decision to sneak out and find her father is less surprising, since we’ve been told that was her primary reason for escape. Once she learned that her father was in Madrid, she ran out of the monastery with purpose, even if it meant running barefoot. We saw some progression when she had cleverly used a thermal blanket as a cover, but that simple trick suddenly evolved into a much more complex level of foresight in her latest escape and a master of disguise. So while I’m glad that we are seeing Anna has a sense of agency when there is a motivation, the leap was so great that I’m not sure what the requirements are for Anna to have a sense of agency—access to resources? A familiar environment? Superpowered ramyun?

Or perhaps it’s because the writing would like to push the reminder that this story contains some fairytale influences from Snow White. Yoo-jin would be the evil stepmother seeking to rule a kingdom while trying to do away with the fairest in all the land, Anna. And who should she send but her own huntsman Je-ha. If we’re following the fairytale now, many of us will know that the Huntsman shows compassion to Snow White, which is similar to how Je-ha sees Anna at present.

Even though Je-ha had lied about acting under her worried father’s commands, I still found it a bit strange how she opened up to him so quickly. It seems that night in Spain when he left her to her captors is a long lost memory in Anna’s mind because there isn’t an ounce of resentment in her voice when she’s speaking to him. Bringing it up now makes it seem like I’m the one holding a personal grudge in her stead, but surely that moment of abandonment in her greatest time of need would bring with it some relational consequences?

Speaking of relationships, I thoroughly enjoy watching Je-ha and Yoo-jin electrifying interactions onscreen. Not only is Yoo-jin genuinely interested in Je-ha’s backstory, she also knows she has something to gain (bringing down Representative Park) if she can help Je-ha exact his revenge. I’m relieved that Cloud Nine is a possible outlet for him to vent, and this fancy software will hopefully be a helpful way to acquire more information later on. What’s important is that Je-ha is part of Yoo-jin’s inner circle now, and he’s right to take her word of trust with a grain of salt because you could work for years to build her trust, but it takes just one moment to destroy it.

 
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So it turns out that they spent so much money building mommy dearest a dungeon that they don't have enough left over to buy an epi-pen (yes, I saw the House Oversight Committee Hearings on the rise of epi-pen costs and they really are that expensive)

But seriously, these bodyguards who are supposed to protect her life can track her whereabouts based on a twitter picture of some random stranger's but they don't know the person they are guarding has a life threatening allergy to strawberries...my mind can not suspend disbelief that much!!

On another note, too bad they couldn't get in another Subway PPL had K2 brought her a sandwich and she was allergic to tomatoes instead of the ice cream!

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I know. First question is always: Any allergies?

That info would have been in her file at the top, and if it weren't, it should be something JH asked.
The cook would have told him, too. Not to bring any strawberries into the house.

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Ok, the plot may be a bit tad unbelievable in terms of Anna's enhanced social skills, but since the show seems to want us to get that she's really really smart, whatever. Besides that though, I did buy her interactions with Je-Ha, partially because we know she knows him as the guy who brought her ramyun, and that bit of kindness may lead into trust. Also, the actress playing Anna is really good! People seem to attribute Yoo-Jin as the master actress here so Anna is at a disadvantage because she's had less screen time, but dang, the last scene though. You could just catch barest traces of her knowing that it was all a lie, and her poisonous stares in other parts of the episode were killer.

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"[T]he actress playing Anna is really good!"

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I'm glad you are enjoying her acting. I too think Yoona is doing a wonderful job.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the show!

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Ha ha.. it would have been hilarious if she had been allergic to tomatoes while eating a sub. But, I don't think it would have been good PPL, people may not want to eat subs if they think it could be deadly ;)

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I would have died laughing if Je-ha responded to his Team Leader by saying, "Sorry. I didn't get the memo."

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Did you notice J4 had an upset stomach after eating Subway? It's why Anna was able to sneak out. :D lol

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I noticed this and I had to pause and laugh at the bad PPL. how this could be approved, I don't get it lmao

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She ate TWO though ^_^

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Alessar, I agree! Hahaha ok J4 really ate too much...
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Overall, I think the writing/directing lacks finesse:
- I am not so convinced about the love story between JH and Rania. It seemed to be a little bit rushed. Were they even dating before he kissed her?
- Seriously, both ramen scenes were rather long and his longing gazes and gleeful gestures at her were rather corny...
- Regarding Anna's latest interactions and street smart attempts to leave, I agree that it was a big leap from her desperate barefooted escape in Spain. Here, she was more very much calmer and inventive.

However pertaining her social phobia, I think that was invented as an excuse to keep her a prisoner in the convent. I don't think she was a total recluse until she couldn't form proper communication. I believe she was given proper education and had acquired plenty of knowledge from her daily TV viewing. She must have spent at least 16 hours a day watching everything from news to dramas. I just wish some part of that could be written in to humor the viewers.

And I think it seemed perfectly alright for her to trust JH. Even though he didn't rescue her at the end, he did fight off several people in the beginning for her. I think she is mature enough to recognise that he did try at the very least. And he certainly had no obligation to do that for her so I don't think she held any grudges against him. And who knows, she might be a bit grateful for that brief moment of help and hope he gave her. Also, she may have warmed up to him knowing he prepared the ramen cooking tools for her.

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"If it's from dad then I have to eat it."

She knew she's allergic to strawberry but chose to eat it because it's from dad. That was a strong message because as long as it's from dad, anything will do.

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Yes, Anna would have known about her allergies, and would have figured her dad would know. So when she heard that he sent her the strawberry ice cream she would have thought her father was telling her to die. If you are looking for a way to make a sad story even sadder, that should do it.

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that's what i took from it, too. dad was telling her he won't be coming, why won't she die already? and she was thinking she was that bad person anyway - it's heartbreaking.

of course, je ha couldn't have known she is allergic, he didn't get any info, and i wonder if anyone actually knows, home team aside. je ha is new in their outfit and he joined for a different reason than to guard her. maybe they didn't give him any of her files.

or maybe yoo jin doesn't care enough to make sure anna doesn't die from it - it would totally be an accident. except the part where she's needed to control dad. i guess it's an accident all the way around - except for anna, who now thinks dad too wants her to die.

as for her social phobia - she was raised by nuns, not in a cave. she escaped numerous times. she would have had to interact with lots of people over the years, learn a lot of sneaky ways to get away, etc. i don't think she's phobic - maybe she has PTSD too because of the flashes - but the social phobia is such a nice explanation on why she has to stay hidden and away from everyone.

yoo jin is the evil queen, je ha is the hunter... oh no... i don't want another man to play the prince!!

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I want to add something about social phobia: it's not debilitating. Having it doesn't mean you can't communicate with people or any of the things Anna did in this episode..it shouldn't be surprising that she did all that.
I have had social phobia and social anxiety for years, and I can still interact with people to a degree and get things done.English isn't my first language,sorry.
Anyway, my point is that social phobia manifests differently for different people.I can still sometimes attend school or go out, it's just really hard.
Kpop idol Suga has rapped about his social phobia too, and he has to perform on stage despite it, so please don't be so surprised by Anna. It wasn't all that unrealistic actually.

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You are right that Anna was raised by nuns, not in a cave. It's just that she was prevented to go out of the monastery. She even speaks well Spanish, and still keeps speaking Korean well after years in Spain. Totally agreed with you that social phobia is an excuse for people (in this case, staffs beside the housekeeper and J4) not to approach.

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I don't know much about social phobia, but Anna REALLY looks like a normal person when she wanders around the town and talks to people, which seems unbelievable IMHO.
I saw some pics from the filming site before I watched this episode. I totally thought the cause of her getting a CPR from Je-ha was her problem with the sunlight or social phobia, but it turned out completely different, so ... :|

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Has it ever been shown that she had social phobia or did the JSS agents just say she had it? Because everything the JSS agents said, I took with a grain of salt. I think they've been lied to or they lied to Je-ha so that their imprisonment of her doesn't sound so bad.

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I use to be very social (years ago) but after going through a few things, I'm actually very anti-social and have anxiety now. Of course, I'm still able to talk to the clerk at the store, the stranger complimenting my hair, and my coworkers. BUT of course, keeping things to a minimum and keeping my distance. I'm also very self aware, cautious, and watch my actions as well as theirs at all times.

"Social Phobia" is described as someone who has a fear of social interactions b/c it causes anxiety, embarrassment, or self-consciousness. I don't know much about this condition but I would assume that Anna's condition is something else. I'm just assuming here - maybe she's able to communicate with strangers but not comfortably or fully. When she's confronted by Yoo Jin, JSS guards, or people that she feels might harm her, she acts out with panic. I would assume social phobia to be similar to social anxiety or just anxiety in general. I'm not sure though since we haven't seen much of her. I need to see more before I can conclude my observations.

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She knows Jae Ha is lying to her since Daddy dearest knows she's allergic to strawberry and won't ever give her strawberry ice cream.

She tries so hard to antagonize Yoo Jin to justify her Daddy's absence and lack of interest in her. But now, after the church incidence and how her Dad didn't come to pick her up, it's hard for her to come back to her constant state of denial. She gotta face the harsh truth that her Daddy, even though he loves her, sees her as a potential threat to his ambition.

So she probably wants to die and eat that strawberry ice cream anyway.

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I totally agree with your comment. I think she ate that because she wanted to die since she has already concluded (as everyone in this episode) that her father's ambition comes first before her and not just because of Yoo Jin.

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I hope she gets that message, that her father has no interest in her... because i am getting tired of her believing her father is Saint Se Joon who is being held captive by the evil witch Yoo Jin.

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Oh, I forgot to add how it irk me when people do CPR just for the sake of it. There's steps and rules on proper CPR, not just blowing air into someone's lung.

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Not to mention that rescue breathing when her throat closes up doesn't help!

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"they don’t have enough left over to buy an epi-pen"

Or an asthma inhaler. They are cheaper and her symptoms looked more like allergies than asthma to me. I'd expect Anna to have one of her own, for that matter, although I'm not sure she'd use it in that situation.

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more like ASTHMA than ALLERGIES :(

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One of the possible severe allergic reactions is the throat swelling up inside. Meaning you can't breathe and end up dead if you don't get a shot/antihistamine. Asthma meds works in a completely different way and would not be of any help.

Asthma isn't triggered by a specific food source. Though the two diagnoses often go hand in hand, they're very different from each other - different reasons and different meds.

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Well, *my* asthma is triggered by foods -- lots of them. Corn, tomatoes, bananas, some preservatives, avocados, cinnamon, walnuts, etc, etc, etc. I have to be super careful what I eat, and I never go anywhere without my inhaler.

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Huh, interesting. I've dealt a lot with both diagnoses and that's the first time I've heard of something like that. Usually it's called allergy, not asthma, when triggered by food, but maybe there's differing opinions within different countries' medical worlds?

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I get different symptoms from different foods. The allergist I saw after it all started suddenly a few years ago said "asthma".
At that time my main symptom was extreme shortness of breath -- eat the wrong thing and spend the next 40 minutes panting and feeling too weak to move -- sounds like classic asthma from what I have read.
Later I found that other foods cause coughing fits, tears in my eyes, etc. More like what I think of as allergies.
Just one time - eating cinnamon-flavored applesauce - I felt my throat tightening up and felt like I needed the rescue inhaler *right now*. Not sure if you call that asthma or allergies. Inhaler helped that time, which was I'd reach for a rescue inhaler if I saw anybody with Anna-like symptoms.
FWIW, standard allergy tests and even a blood test were worthless. I find out what foods are a problem the hard way.
You may have heard that some people blame increased use of antibiotics for increases in asthma & allergies. I'm like the poster child for that -- a *brilliant* doctor misdiagnosed me and prescribed antibiotics for something I didn't have.

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"On another note, too bad they couldn’t get in another Subway PPL had K2 brought her a sandwich and she was allergic to tomatoes instead of the ice cream!"

Subway's PPL contract implicitly states: (assumingly)

Our sandwiches and the Subway brand should in no way be portrayed as a cause of any health related issues. Subject to this agreement, Subway and any of its brand affliates will conform to the usage of its products and store locations primarily for the network and the shows visual content. Violation of the said agreement will void and terminate the contract, subject to monetary fines or legal persuance.
Subway, the brand, will provide unlimited resources from its wide array of Deli selections that should be shown in at least half of the shows slated episodes. Subway, the brand, should always be used as a positive visual aid in the shows storyline together with its characters. Subway, the brand, should have exclusivity in regards with the food options used and shown on all agreed PPL episodes. Subway, the brand, will not be liable for any damages concerned while our products are consumed within a shows location.

Subway, the brand you can trust.

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Addendum:

Subway must be portrayed in a positive light at all times. For instance, as a yummy device for the main leads to fall in love, or as a strategic location for star-crossed lovers to meet. The sandwiches must NEVER be used, under any circumstances, as a break-up sandwich, a leftover post-break-up sandwich, and the like.

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This time that contract was breached. The Subway infection finally stroke. J4 ate the sandwich, got the stomach issues (from the aforementioned sandwich) and made Anna's escape possible. Clearly a breach of contract. But man, Subway pus exploded!

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to be fair, yoona already has the giant Subway PPL in Prime Minister and I,

wait . . . Yoona destined to have some link with politic

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Just waiting for a Subway-ad-covered Truck of Doom....

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I think maybe she didn't have an epi-pen with her because it's fairly easy to avoid strawberry so she didn't think of it and an epi-pen is rather big, so the suit pocket would probably be too small to comfortably hold it.

That said, the medical inaccuracies in this episode made me roll my eyes so many times!
1) Ain't no CPR gonna do any good if you have a severe allergic reaction. It seems most likely that her throat was swelling up on the inside and if anything mouth to mouth would make it worse because he's also just had strawberry lol. (Reminded me of the Drinking Solo ep where Ha Na fainted and supposedly it was an anaphylactic shock, yet nothing much happened and she didn't even have to get a shot. Like whaaaattt????)
2) If Je Ha really had PTSD he most likely wouldn't be able to sit there and so eloquently and calmly talk to her about the trauma that led him to have that diagnosis. That's just too unbelievable.
3) Agree with the recap - where did Anna's social anxiety go? It's like it suddenly vanished. In reality she probably would've been discovered the second that security guy talked to her when she left the house, because "omg someone's talking to me, what to do, what to do" -> stuttering, flustered reply. And then she had to take a taxi, talk to the woman in the nursing home, the old woman etc etc. Yet at no point did she seem uncomfortable or insecure? How is that possible?

Conclusion? Stop giving characters diagnosis if you can't even be bothered to do a few minutes' worth of googling to get your facts straight!
(Goes for the entirety of dramaland, not just this show, although this was just a crazy amount of different inaccuracies in one episode!)

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100% agree about the three points, even the conclusion :))

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And we understand that having social phobia, doesn't mean that one person can't interact at all with surrounding when they have to. Especially with Anna's case, she has a purpose, that's why she need to beat her phobia, it just that there's no indication that she's having trouble coping it, it really is just seems vanished. Voila.. They can't do that..

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Agreed, I'd be fine with her actually being able to do those things as long as they showed her having some difficulties doing them.

Of course, if, as many have suggested, it turns out that they were lying about her social anxiety, then I think that'd be a decent explanation. But so far, I'll say it's a medical inaccuracy. If not, then they need to hurry up and let the viewers know that she's not actually suffering from social anxiety.

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Maybe she doesn't actually have social anxiety and it's just an excuse made up by Yoo Jin to keep her locked up. In the first episode she had no problem running up to Je Ha and talking to him though the circumstances were a little different sense she was being chased and needed help.

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Thought about this too as Anna seemed very smart and capable in this episode. Maybe they were just drugging her all along?

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@Bogummy'sWife (LOL)
If they at some point tell us that they were lying all along, I'd be good with that, they just have to actually say it though :) I think it would be a really logical explanation to something that currently seems like a big fat mistake lol.

@DoubleFault
Ha, don't think they were drugging her, but wouldn't that be something? She seems lucid enough throughout everything, although kind of lunatic (when she suddenly becomes Princess Ramyun Twirl) and kind of clinically depressed. Seems to me the drugs are only for "emergencies" and "relocations" (lovely people, huh).

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So another episode. I loved it. For all those (few?) who were eagerly awaiting more development of Anna's character, today's episode is for you (I include myself in this group. You know me, crazed Yoona fan and all). For those who find Anna's character and scenes a low point, well... you may have to muddle through. ;)

Today's theme: heartbreaking realizations.

Okay, Let's hit the highlights.

First, the mysterious Cloud Nine. I have to be honest the whole Cloud Nine business is a little too stylized for my personal taste. I like a little more utility and a little less Hollywood style in my nefarious organizations. The A.I. scene in particular hit wrong for me. The idea of utilizing artificial intelligence in decision making and analysis is in of itself perfectly plausible. A.I. is in fact used in for that reason in reality. However, the execution in the show was a little too "futuristic movie tech" for me. That said, the scene was important in that it revealed to Yoo-jin Je-ha's troubled past and confirmed what she already suspected, that Je-ha intends to use Yoo-jin and her JSS organization in the pursuit of his revenge. It also set the stage for a possible friendship (sexual relationship?) of some sort between Yoo-jin and Je-ha. As he exits the sound-proof meeting room he tells Yoo-jin that how she's framed their relationship sounds an awful lot like a master-slave relationship and that masters always betray their slaves. He declines her characterization, suggesting instead that friends exist who don't betray one another, asking her "Isn't that right? Friend?" I eagerly await more of this tense dance between Je-ha and Yoo-jin

Second, Anna's escape from the captive house, and her subsequent excursion through the city to find her father. Some have previously suggested that Anna was some kind of invalid and perhaps lacking in intellect. I've disagreed with this assessment, and today's events prove that conclusion incorrect, I think. Anna may exhibit some peculiarities and lack of immediate understanding of seemingly simple tasks, but this is as a result of her isolation and captivity. Her efforts to escape and evade capture show real intelligence. I think we can safely put the "stupid" Anna trope to bed.

(Cont'd Below)

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Third, the church performance. This scene was beautifully done. It functioned as a pivotal scene for Anna's development in regards to her realization that her father was denying her out of his own volition. The look in Anna eyes at her being denied by her father as he won't make eye contact is heartbreaking. To Anna, his leaning and whispering into Yoo-jin's ear was a clear betrayal and denial of her in favor of Yoo-jin. Aware of Yoona's virginal attractiveness, the DP shoots Yoona's distressed doe-eyed face, framed by the white habit, like she's the virgin mother herself. Yoona's feminine vulnerability and pure, delicate, child-like beauty is reverently highlighted as she tearfully gives a heartbreaking rendition of Amazing Grace. I can't suppress my inner fanboy. God I loved this scene. So. Much. Pretty.

Finally, the ice cream scene. This scene furthers our awareness of Je-ha's affection or at least consideration of Anna as more than his obligation. More than being concerned with just securing her physically, he shows concern for her emotional well-being as exhibited by his requesting he be allowed to approach her himself, alone, rather than have her jarringly captured by a whole group of guards. The giving of ice cream to Anna was extremely important due to how Anna views the offering. Asking Je-ha if her father sent the treat, she pauses when Je-ha lies that it was. She seems to accept something unknown to us, and then resigns, "If it's from Father I should eat it, right?" Unknown to us until we learn at the end of her strawberry allergy, she eats the ice cream knowing it will most likely kill her, thinking it's what her father wants. Heartbreaking.

Well that's all for today. I'm loving the development of Anna's character and look forward to more of her as well as more Yoo-jin (always a treat). Je-ha too... You know, main character and all. ;)

See you next week!

(P.S. A Fanboy Minute. Doe-eyed Yoona + Virginal Habit + Tearfully Sung Amazing Grace = Wounded Fawn Perfection. This scene just strengthened my conviction that Yoona is the most beautiful woman in the world. Okay, end breathless confession.)

FIN

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The choice of Amazing Grace was pretty spot on, especially when it came to the lyrics: “I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.”
It’s a sad parallel to Anna's note to her father, asking him to come find her, because that’s all she wants: for her father to come to her. She has always been the one running after him and failing to catch him, but now that he knows where she is, she has given the power to him to prove himself to her. Anna has always blindly held on to the faith that her father still wanted her and this whole mess was Yoo Jin’s fault, but she’s beginning to see that perhaps her father won’t be as enthusiastic to see her when she asks Jeha if her father was mad that she appeared out of nowhere.

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OT but man Amazing Grace has such a beautiful and haunting melody any rendition of it just sends shivers down my spine, even tho i'm not christian so it holds no religious overtones to me.. it's just such a universally beautiful song

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I just wanted to say I enjoy your comments every week!

We need more fanboys around Dramabeans !!!

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Thank you. I appreciate your kind words.

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Have you ever heard of NSA's Data Center?

http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/07/18831205-nsas-massive-new-data-center-in-utah

I love how this writer's constantly poking fun at American politics right now; Snowden affair (NSA), Hillary Clinton...etc....

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this drama doesn't know subtlety. it's almost amazing.

I'll keep watching because ji chang wook is so good, but I lost the count of how many times I roll my eyes watching an episode lol

"superpowered ramyun" LOL I think this is the answer to everything.

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"this drama doesn’t know subtlety"

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Neither action thrillers nor melodramas are particularly known for their subtlety.

Just saying.

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there's no such rules. good ones will be able to. but i suppose i shouldn't fight any further with the power of a fanboy.
just saying.

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"good ones will be able to"

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Melodrama by definition is the opposite of subtle.

Action, while not incapable of being considered subtle, is largely explicit and overt.

Thrillers, ditto.

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"but i suppose i shouldn’t fight any further with the power of a fanboy."

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Mind if I ask where the hostility comes from?

All I did was disagree with the commenter above.

I'm curious what I did to piss you off.

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You are too biased @Emanresu. Why can't you accept criticism?

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"You are too biased @Emanresu. Why can’t you accept criticism?"

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I am perfectly fine with individuals disagreeing with me. Thinking I'm totally nuts. Offering their reasons why I'm wrong.

I don't know why you would think otherwise?

Because faced with a refutation of my position I do not just submit and instead offer a rebuttal?

If you somehow equate defending one's position as not being able to accept criticism, then I don't know what to say to you.

Besides, I get it. I'm pro-Yoona. Many here don't like her as an actress that much. And yes I do not hide my bias for her. And I get it that some may think that makes my judgement suspect
And that's fine. I'm cool with that.

That said, I have no idea what that has do with this exchange here.

We're discussing the show's lack of subtlety. I disagreed with an individual above. Then @abc chimed in with not only a disagreement with my position, but an attack against me personally. I defended @abc's attack against my argument, then in a separate comment addressed his attack on me.

How is this anything other than reasonable behavior.

Do tell.

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Let me make an observation.

I find it curious. I’ve browsed this site for several years, commenting from time to time. In that time, I’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of individuals (presumably female) gushing and praising and otherwise fangirling their favorite bias (male).

“OMG Ji Chang-wook’s chocolate abs!”

“Ji Chang-wook is the best actor. He’s so talented!”

“I’m just here for the skinship. Song Joong Ki is so fine.”

Etc., etc.

Commenters by and large seem to respond with indifference to these comments, or actively respond positively and in support. I can’t remember a time when I saw hostility directed towards them.

I find it curious that when I make similar pro stances for Yoona, some respond very negatively.

Is it because they think she’s unworthy of praise? And resent anyone giving what they see as undue adulation? Or is because I’m admittedly male and the target of my praise is female (and this is a largely female dominated site)? Or is it because I actively attempt to write in a breathless and poetic tone regarding her and this rubs people wrong?

I haven’t the answers.

Anyway, just an observation.

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@Emanresu I personally think you should just fanboy to your heart's content. I think waxing lyrical about virginal purity as a feminine ideal is probably going to get some side eye from any predominantly female community like Dramabeans. But if that's what floats your boat, then that's completely fine and you should be able to express it! What else is the kdrama fandom if not any ode to attractive actors and swoon worthy leads anyway?

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"I think waxing lyrical about virginal purity as a feminine ideal is probably going to get some side eye from any predominantly female community like Dramabeans."

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Okay I see how that might ruffle a few feathers.

I honestly don't intend to offend anyone with my appraisals of Yoona.

And I certainly don't intend my comments to be taken as some condemnation of other expressions of femininity or female sexual promiscuity.

My descriptions of Yoona come from my view that she definitely fits a particular type of feminine ideal (not the only one mind you). She has a pure, innocent image that I find very attractive.

I apologize if some take my comments as some indirect attack on alternate views of femininity. I certainly don't intend them as such.

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Just to clarify, my statement wasn't intended as a criticism or a judgment. It was more along the lines we should welcome diverse opinions, there's no need for apologies.

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Us females fangirls to our hearts content so i dont understand why people judge you if you do the same lol
Btw,i love reading your comments.

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I am pro Yoo jin...totally biased. I want to see if this writer can pretzel her/his way to connect her with je ha romantically....looks like not so dropping the drama soon. Can't stand damsel in distress storyline

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Oh dang, where did all of these trash commenters come from? DramaBeans, control your freaks better.

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Reminder to please stay civil even when you're disagreeing with someone else's opinion.

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Mary, come play. :-) I have things to tell you.

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I think it's more with the script and how they're unfolding the story than with the genre itself? I feel like the comedy inside JJS is so over the top and in your face. they could do a better job with that, even if they wanna that group of characters to be a comic relief.

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this is action melodrama ala East of Eden imo and it always messy, but I like the punch

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@Emanresu I enjoy your comments on this site, and I think you shouldn't be judged for being a 'fanboy', I mean, what's wrong with that?

I completely agree with what you said above how people comment on how handsome the male lead is, and I think that you should be able to do the same.

People need to be more civil and open-minded!

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There is nothing wrong be a fangirl or fanboy here, as long as everyone stay civil, and do not giving any nasty comments. I don't know why some made attacks on him.

I am not a fangirl of Ji Chang Wook , seeing how much his fangirls here i just scroll down without care to leave any reply. We all have our own biases, and this is dramasite, not some fansite. Although he has many fans here, I still give my critics on him whenever I feel like I need to.

Don't worry @Emanresu, although Yoona is not everyone's favorite here, you are free to fanboying here. And do know as well, I am girl but I am fangirling mostly on actress. All my biases are actresses except one or two actor :P (i am perfectly fine girl) LOL :P just saying. ;)

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I see so many flaws with this series but Im still hooked and really enjoying it, and those flaws are becoming meh to me, which is weird because I usually just drop a series I find really really flawed by the 5th ep.

I theorize it may be 1) Ji Chang Wook - by default or 2) Damned Ramyun CFs.

... Yep, it's definitely the superpowered ramyun. Imma go eat now.

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I agree there are flaws but I just take it in stride I say it's definitely ji chang wook and the kittens ?

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I know what you mean and how you feel. That's exactly what I felt for another drama and wrote roughly the same comment like yours. Strange we are addicted and that addiction is bigger than the flaws that we notice. We are still tuning in week after week.

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Thanks for the recap!!

I want to like YJ. I want to believe that she never really threatened to kill Anna. I want her to be in league with her husband's daughter not against her. I want them to bond and be friends. Then she goes and suggests they show the children of the sex-tape guy his video so they might commit suicide, and makes that horrible reaction face at the church to seeing Anna, and I don't like her at all.

JH is compassionate. How could he ever work for her if he saw that side? Not just an ambitious woman he can admire, she's without a heart.

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isn't yoo-jin going after the people who betrayed her and tried to oust her from her own scholarship foundation? she tells je-ha later that she's never yet betrayed anyone who has been faithful to her. telling her minions to show the kids of one of her betrayers the sexually graphic video of their father is definitely harsh and makes even her minions balk, but she's got her own reasoning. she doesn't do anything just for kicks. this woman is all about an eye for an eye.

in that scene, she doesn't intend for the KIDS to commit suicide; she only wants their father to FEEL like dying when he learns that his kids have seen his explicit video. she wants him to feel exactly what she felt when she nearly had her foundation taken from her. she said she had wondered in that moment how she could die painlessly. she does wonder whether or not he would or wouldn't commit suicide after his kids see the video, but suicide is not something she's actively plotting in that scene.

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I agree with you. I think YJ is a victim of circumstances and the circumstances has lead her to be this. I am not justifying her actions but I think she is not bad just for the sake of being bad. She has her reasons like not getting the JG group, her husband having a mistress, etc.

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That makes me feel slightly better!
I really thought she was talking about the KID's killing themselves!

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@saranga, Dada, jpmo
I am very sad when I read your guys' comments above. My hands raised up: so where should the justice be?
Agreed that YJ is victim of her circumstances but she also herself made the circumstances happened, don't you see? Her husband cheated her to have affair. But she made herself into a murderer by pushing Anna's into death. You said YJ only betrayed the ones betrayed her. But let see the method she used to pay revenge: show her enemy's kids the dirty film of their own father and wonder about what pain the kids would feel. Even her underlings who might did bad things as her request still were taken aback. So, I am sad you didn't feel despaired at this character at all.
If people who did committed crimes also cover their guilt by using the excuse "victim of circumstances", then where is the justice, where is the value of living honourably.
Actually, I feel scared when nowadays many and more people show their empathy toward the guilty in the way that they unintentionally damage the society. I don't mean that not every person who committed crimes is not worth our empathy for them. But, oh where is the "but"?

I don't want to offend you guys, just wanted to voice my concern.

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I didn't think that far like you did, but now I have the same sentiment with you. Esp with this "I feel scared when nowadays many and more people show their empathy toward the guilty in the way that they unintentionally damage the society" I feel scared too!

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Just because some ppl find the reasoning of her actions, does not mean these ppl show more empathy towards the guilty ones. I feel like you wrongly interpreted what ppl's saying and conclude with your own opinion. OF COURSE we always and must sympathize with the victim, but we cannot punish the wrongdoer without knowing the reasons. This is why there is a law. Before law is used to punish ppl, the reasons / causes must always being known first.

For example, I want to understand the criminal's action for commited the murder. Finding the reasons do not mean we agree with the crime, and let him away with it. In fact the wrong doer shall be punished accordingly but it does not mean we cannot sympathize with him.

I feel like you probably weighing on victim's side too much which I don't blame at all, because it is normal situation, but I feel it is little too much that you are sad because of the comments above. Trying to find the rationale behind every actions whether good or bad is never wrong. No one will be able to seek the justice without weighing all reasons behind the action.

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Hi H4, thanks for your comment. I'm not offended. Although just to clarify, I'm not justifying YJ's actions. My comments are entirely on her character development, because at least there is a background to why she turned bad unlike villains in other dramas where they are just bad without any depth at all.

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Until this episode I thought that maybe YJ had not killed Anna's mother. That the father had done it (he had more to lose.)
Then I was, "Oh she did it". And then again, I thought, ok the father did not kill his mistress, but does it means that YJ did it ? She could have taken advantage of the situation and threatened Anna without actually being the murderer.

Ok, I maybe reaching here, but I want to be able to like her. I like that YJ is unapologetically bad, when everyone around her is worse but hiding it. And I'm sad for the little girl, the loving wife she was once.

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@h4:

no worries, not offended at all. i totally understand where you're coming from, and i think it's an important point you bring up. it's something that crosses my mind every time i "defend" yoo-jin, because i do feel incredible sympathy for her and yet at the same time i am hyper aware that this is a woman who is capable of ordering killings without batting an eye.

i think because this is television, and because we are privy to yoo-jin's innermost thoughts and emotions, it's much easier to "justify" her actions, for lack of a better term, whereas in real life it'd be more black and white. here, in the drama, we see what drives yoo-jin, her motivations—that she doesn't kill or attack for pure kicks, malice, or greed. she's driven by some very human emotions and hurt that have warped themselves into some very twisted actions. i think the drama tries to show us that, the psychology behind her actions.

i don't condone her killings of innocent people. that is evil. she would have done away with that elderly couple who had harbored je-ha, and who knows how many more such prior instances there had been? showing her betrayer's children their father's sex video, on the other hand, is cruel and lesser than evil. a terrible thing to do, but not necessarily evil.

as for anna's mother, i can't help but wonder if there won't be a twist of some sort later on. it hasn't really been confirmed that yoo-jin ordered her to be killed. anna's dad did seethe at his wife, calling her a murderer, but it's possible that yoo-jin had a different plan and that plan had simply gone awry. if that were the case, i think yoo-jin is the type who would probably rather die than to explain herself to her husband, who it appears automatically believed his wife had something to do with anna's mother's death. yoo-jin is too proud to try and essentially beg for her husband's understanding.

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"How could he ever work for her if he saw that side?"

He HAS seen that side. In their first meeting, she explicitly ordered the murder of the elderly couple he was protecting, and she also ordered his murder, both as a move to protect her husband's reputation, i.e., her own ambitions. In their second meeting he saw the desperate and scared girl he met in Spain, in her house, hysterically screaming at him that he kill her, and he no doubt put two and two together that she was in a bad situation because of YJ. He knew ALL of this. And yet he STILL chose to ally himself to YJ for his own revenge-fueled reasons. How is that many are so quick to label YJ "evil" (as if it's so black/white, please) but JH is compassionate and "good" b/c he feeds kittens and helps old people? Yet, when he allies himself with someone like YJ, despite all the evil~ things she's done/capable of, no one holds that against him, and instead claim that he has the moral high ground. So you really think he'd suddenly break off their deal if he learned about something like the sex tape? Nope. He already knows EXACTLY what she's capable of. And he STILL sides with her b/c she can help him get what he wants: revenge against their common enemy. By extension, he sides with her in keeping Anna hidden against her will. He sides with her against her hyena-like business family. He sides with her against her husband. And it doesn't even start or end there, because even before Park and their mutually beneficent agreement, there was pity. I'm referring to their first meeting, when he saved her from a burning car, risking his own life to do so. I repeat, he does this knowing just how "evil" she is. But he had also just witnessed first hand how hated by others this woman was, how much others wanted her dead. He saw her ambition her cruelty her fear her rage and her tears, all in the span of one night, and I think he understood that there was something pitiful and very human about her, something relate-able. Fast forward to his employment as her bodyguard, to the reading-of-the-will incident. His duty as her bodyguard was met when he successfully got into the room. All he HAD to do was escort her back outside. That's what any other JSS agent would have done. But he went beyond that and did several things that were completely unnecessary and served to cement the existence of a very strong connection between them. He saw her there, drenched and shaken and vulnerable; what did he do next? He sheltered her. He consoled her (the handkerchief, the small but genuine smile). He guided her and counseled her (hand on her back, "straighten your back, your enemies are watching"), showing his implicit understanding of her and surprising YJ with his foresight and insight (and skinship). One just can't claim at this point that, in this ostensible deal-with-the-devil relationship of theirs, he does not or cannot come to care about her or connect with her (he already does!) b/c he is...

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...b/c he is "good" and she is "bad." There's already a very real sense of /loyalty/ developing between them, and /friendship/. Again, I stress, this is a connection that was created and is growing with Jeha's full knowledge and awareness of the kind of person YJ is -- all the black, all the grey, and all the gold.

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Such a superb description of yoo jin and je ha's relationship. Everything I've ever felt when watching their interactions so clearly outlined. I do enjoy their time onscreen together.

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"But it’s strange to watch Anna act as if her social phobia was a thing of the past now that she’s thrust into the real world."

We didn't actually see her social phobia though, I can't remeber instances from the drama (correct me if I'm wrong). And I think it was just assumed by the people around her since she wasn't actually going out. Not going out =/= social phobia. Maybe if J4 and the ajmumma of the house approched her like a normal person, I think she's gonna be fine.

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Anna hardly trust people since all she has in spain in yoo jin's people and she is abroad.
When she is in Korea, she can trust people cause she understand that she meets the real people and not just yoo jin's people.

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I think that too, maybe anna's social phobia is a lie. To trick people away from her who may even become curious (among the people who are appointed to protect her) about her and try to help her. If it is not a lie, then I am just going to believe it is. :p

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Agree with you. We only "knew" that she has social phobia through the character's description and through J4's words, just as how we "knew" that Yoo-jin is an evil villainous person.

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I thought this too!

There's also the possibility that, while she does have social problems, they aren't as severe as we've been told. Clearly she was psychologically affected by everything she has gone through, but she's capable of doing a little investigative work, so she's not helpless. Could she be playing it up in order to get to the bottom of what happened?

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Maybe when they were explaining about her to K2 they wanted to spin it to downplay their harsh treatment of her.

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100% agree with you. Her social phobia is a lie. When J4 and ajumma are narrating to Je Ha the things about Anna, the show constantly shows different things J4 and ajumma are doing like when J4 said she is available to answer any call 24/7 and it showed in reality that she just sleeps through it, I think the rest of what they said are also untrue.

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Now that explanation I would buy! Then it'd at least be one less medical inaccuracy in this episode lol.

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I agree. I don't think she had a social phobia at all. She is being locked all her life. That is just an excuse for the people around.

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Oh wow that's clever!

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I agree. I always thought her social phobia was made up. She obviously would like to interact with other people. She spies on them and listens to them. However, none of them try to approach her as a normal person. More than social phobia I think she is needy for attention and interactions.

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honestly, the people around her are the last ones who would know how she really is. they are the ones she wants to be away from, fears, etc. how she acts around them is different from how she may react around a mom watching her kids at the park, or a person manning a checkout counter, or someone walking down the street.

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"Gone is the girl holed up in her room and avoiding strangers, because now she’s been replaced by a girl able to both initiate conversations with strangers and is surprisingly okay with personal space."

I don't see in last five episode, where she had any of those fears of world i.e Social Phobia. It is other People, guards and those who want her hidden, who tell us that she has a lot of social problems.

She never said she has and the only scene (in 1st episode) she was away from guards, she was running from her captors. She even properly talked to Je-Ha (a complete stranger) for the first time she had met and asked for help.

Also, Where did she learn? TV probably and she remembers almost everything from her childhood then she must have been a normal child before her mother was killed?

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Exactly my thoughts.. so far the only ppl Anna has been with are all Yoo jin's lackey.. how is she supposed to interact with them..she could've been avoiding them on purpose and everyone just assumed that she's socio phobic..and also to suggest that Anna should be angry at Jeha for abandoning her is strange... she knows that she was a total stranger to him at that time to.. and he atleast tried to help her..and he did so twice.. he only left when it was impossible to help her...
Anyway i am very Happy with Anna's development and hoping to see more from her character..

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Yep, now that you pointed that out, in ep 1, Anna even tried to persuade Jeha to help her to meet her father in Madrid and promised that Jeha would be compensated well. So she clearly can interact with other people when she wants to.
However her escape in Spain and in Korea is totally different. Is it because in Spain she was locked up far from the city, and she did not have access to anything or anyone? Maybe she is inept in a foreign country, but not in Korea? (Although she lived in Spain for 14 years, she never really got the chance to integrate herself into the society).

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AGREE.

And also this: " It seems that night in Spain when he left her to her captors is a long lost memory in Anna’s mind because there isn’t an ounce of resentment in her voice when she’s speaking to him. Bringing it up now makes it seem like I’m the one holding a personal grudge in her stead, but surely that moment of abandonment in her greatest time of need would bring with it some relational consequences?"

Anna doesn't even feel an ounce of resentment for her father who has been ignoring her all these years, how much more for Jeha? That is just Anna's character so I didnt see anything wrong with that.

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This episode solidified to me what I already knew, the creepy undertones will continue with Anna's character wrt the romance but hopefully to a lesser extent. Hopefully they'll die out almost completely. She's finally been used as her own character and not the romantic object for Je-ha to focus on or a block in the road for Yee-jin for the first time I feel like.

She was the weepy eyed "delicate" wounded fawn, as our resident guy described up above, who Je-ha gets to spy on and feel obligated to protect, and that morphs into love and it's all unbalanced and weird. And it made me very very uncomfortable with her place in the story.

BUT in this episode it's not just that she's functioning as an adult who's been sheltered all her life and is missing some key development skills, as opposed to a literal 11 year old in an adult woman's body, but she's functioning as her own character. SUCCESSFULLY functioning, no failed escape attempts, to telling people to shoot and then disappearing upstairs. And I'm very happy with the development, incoherent as it may feel for some. I feel like it was more a fault with the episodes prior focusing so heavily on making sure the audience *cough the men* know she is innocent and pure and virginal enough that she can save Je-ha emotionally and be a suitable partner to him.

But this episode was mostly just for her, and it was a marked difference and I want it to continue. More of this episode please. I'm looking forward to seeing how she grapples with her father not caring about her at all and being honestly a horrible father. I want her to go on her own revenge binge, she's certainly got the potential to be capable. I want her to be allowed to be angry about the betrayal and not have to be forgiving because she's the "Snow White" of the tale. I want this drama to give a genuine twist on the tale, because honestly the Snow White tale is played out and tired. That's what we were getting in these first episodes with respect to her and for the first time they showed signs of being able to break the mold.

Less of her eating strawberries because she thinks her dad wants her dead, and more proactive work from her is basically what I want. And no I don't want her to be an action girl,punching and kicking and fighting. That's not her thing and that doesn't make a well rounded female character alone. But I want her to be making active decisions and REAL decisions and be a real player in the story like the synopsis said. HER not Je-ha acting for her and assuming he knows what she wants to hear.

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Also I obviously love Yoo-jin and I think she's the strongest and most interesting character in this drama by far. I look forward to more with her, and I look forward to more of her interactions with Je-ha. The scene's are loaded, precisely because he's nearly impossible to control and Yoo-jin is all about control. Them in the room just talking was my favorite part of the episode for that reason. Friends, will they really be friends moving forward? What will that mean for them both? I'm excited thinking about it. How they'll push each other more and how they'll change (hopefully) from these interactions is something I'm looking forward to seeing.

And I want to know how Anna will factor into this interaction, how she and Yoo-jin will push one another (and hopefully how she'll push Je-ha if the show allows it).

If the show just goes full Snow White I might have to tune out. Harpy evil older woman who's mad that the younger woman gets what she wants is not what I'm here for and is, as I've said, tired and played out. Especially with the nuance we've gotten for her so far. Out of everything I have the most hopes for her character being a stand out when this show is over and I hope they keep it up. And i hope they write stuff that's fitting of Song Yoon Ah's talents, as they have been so far.

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That's interesting this episode had the opposite effect on me, it actually cemented to me that Anna is a child, albeit as other people have mentioned, a smart one. The glare to Mi-ran like she a kid who was sabotaging her babysitter, waiting on the bench like she was instructed to do if she ever got lost, not asking "Hey, are you sure this is from my Dad? I'm allergic to strawberries," all this indicated to me that she's sadly emotionally and maybe mentally stunted. There was even a flashback of kid Anna telling her Dad that she knows how to catch cabs as if we needed any further confirmation that what she was doing now was within the capacity of her 8 year old self.

Some people view Anna's unwavering faith in her Dad as a sign of strength and will, for me it's more or an indication of an extremely simplistic and naive worldview where everything is black and white, no one goes back on their word and dad is beyond reprehension. To put it bluntly, she conceptually still sees the world like an 8 year old.

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Hello! Thank you for the recap!

There are a lot of things to love about this episode, which made it easy for me to forgive the flaws that I'm sure will be pointed out by many. ☺

I'm glad that we are finally moving forward and the thicker plot lines are slowly being revealed. I'm optimistic that the "inconsistencies" both in the narrative and characterization will be addressed in future episodes. *crossing fingers*

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Also, I just want to add, there are still many things we don't know. I want to believe that they are trying to drop hints here and there, which seem disconnected to us right now.

I was not a fan of the ramen dances before today. But with this episode, I understand it now. Those specific dance moves were taught to Anna by her mother while they were cooking together.

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"Those specific dance moves were taught to Anna by her mother while they were cooking together."

I don't know how but I totally missed this connection between her mother and her ramen dancing.

Thank you for pointing that out!

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Thank you! I actually said "Ahhhh that's why she danced like that" out loud to my tv.

Also, I can't remember - have we actually had Yoo-Jin tied to Anna's mom's death? Because, given Yoo-Jin's initial response when Anna's dad called Yoo-Jin a murderer, it made me think she really wasn't involved and possibly Yoo-Jin's cautioning about Anna's potential death in the flashback was just an observation of a possibility, not a threat.

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She probably didn't involve directly in causing Anna's mother death. Or maybe did not involve at all. Based on what I see in Yoo Jin so far, she probably made any deal and as a result Anna voluntarily caused her death on her own.

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I missed it too! Now I understand.

You know this drama is not as bad as people making it out to be. I thought JCW and kitty scene was just a filler but then they bring it back with Yoona doing the same. And now with the ramyun dance and now they show its what she did with her mother! Scenes seem to have a purpose but the editing style gives a sub standard end product I feel !

If they could cut all 6 episodes into 40-45 mts max, we would have a amazing drama in our hands !

Is there anywhere else where concerns about editing is raised? And with scenes being extra long? I wish the notice it and fix it in future episodes.

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Yes, I feel like the transitions aren't smooth? I don't think I've realised this before in dramas, but I find that there's really abrupt cuts. Anyone feel the same way?

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I think the most revealing part of this episode, for me, was when it was suggested that Jeha holds himself responsible (at least partly) for Raniya's death. He can do the whole 'revenge on the congressman' thing, but he needs to come to terms with himself first - his abilities and his past actions.

And I think that was highlighted in that ending scene, where he is freaking out over Anna and her allergic reaction. It's a parallel to what happened with Raniya - another innocent hurt on his watch, in part because of him. I'm curious to see how this will play out in the next episode. Will he brood over it and go further down the path of darkness? Or will we get more choir music and Anna in a white dress leading him toward redemption?

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Hi, Jora!

Another situation that could play out is for Je Ha to become more protective of Anna. I think that would make more sense rather than him being infatuated

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Yup. I don't think he has feelings for her yet, it's his compassion kicking in. It doesn't hurt that he always seems to encounter her when she needs help.
Which brings us back to that last scene. I think his reaction is not feelings of like/love as much as it is protectiveness and deja vu.

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it kinda like cruel fate that Jeha little kindness is what will kill Anna, had he just brings her without any ice cream or approached her, she'll not gonna be in critical condition

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Don't worry.

I'm sure she'll pull through. We've still got 10 more episodes to get to.

Can't have one of our leads dying on us now can we?

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After watching this episode, I can't help but feel sympathetic to anna's plight. Its obvious she is longing for some love and a sense of belonging. Maybe, If she had been allowed to have a normal childhood even after her traumatic experience, she might have got and accepted that from another person. But, since she was sent to a foreign country fully believing that she was the reason for her mother's death, where she had no way of coping with it because she was completely isolated, the language barrier and also because the people appointed to protect her only saw her as a job.

So, I understand why she desperately wants to be with her father and why she stubbornly believes that yoo jin is the one holding him back from her (not even slightly doubting her father). Because, the only time she ever felt happy and safe should have been when she was with her parents. Now she no longer has a mother, so she has deluded herself into thinking (for which no one can blame her) that to be happy and safe again, she needs to be with her father. And to do that, in her view, she needs to get rid of yoo jin. When the truth her father is refusing to meet her halfway which makes her plight even more sad and futile.

So, I have a feeling that she will play a vital role in bringing the downfall of yoo jin (if that ever happens). Also, I think je ha will have a conflict of choosing sides between them. Or these are the things that I hope the drama showcases as it seems to follow snow white.

Also, did yoona herself sing that song or was it dubbed over? It was good.

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"did yoona herself sing that song or was it dubbed over? It was good."

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I don't know. But that was my favorite scene in the episode. Yoona's vulnerable beauty really helped sell the scene (and song).

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She sang that song. It was her voice. :)

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Thanks sweetstar. :)

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It does appear to be Yoona's voice. I compared it to her singing voice from the song, Deoksugung Wall, and it's very similar.

I know that this could appear shallow or tacky to some but it would be great to get a duet between her and JCW for the OST, since JCW can also sing.

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After going back and listening to it again, I'm fairly certain Yoona sang the song herself. It sounds to me like her voice.

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Oh. Thank you for clarifying.

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It would have been -- gee, just a little bit -- lame if they had to dub over a kpop starlet.

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Ya, I guess. The song was in english and the pronounciation was good. I am not familiar with yoona as an actress as well as an idol. So, I had to ask.

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@Emanresu, Let me make make a little bit fun of you, like between fanboys and beans-chingu ;) :))

At the level you're fanboying Yoona, it would be no wonder anything would sound to you like her voice =)))

Don't get me wrong, I'm with you on this, it should be her voice, it would look weird another way around, since she's an established singer, though it's sound amusing coming from you, since I've read lots of your comments where your shouting to the world your love for her.

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Uh, didn't see my editing wasn't complete.

Sorry about punctuation, grammar. My bad.

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"At the level you’re fanboying Yoona, it would be no wonder anything would sound to you like her voice"

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Haha. Yea, maybe you're right. But I swear it sounds like her! ;)

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Let me make an observation though. And this isn't directed at you, more just prompted by your comment.

I find it curious. I've browsed this site for several years, commenting from time to time. In that time, I've seen hundreds and hundreds of individuals (presumably female) gushing and praising and otherwise fangirling their favorite bias (male).

"OMG Ji Chang-wook's chocolate abs!"

"Ji Chang-wook is the best actor. He's so talented!"

"I'm just here for the skinship. Song Joong Ki is so fine."

Etc., etc.

Commenters by and large seem to respond with indifference to these comments, or actively respond positively and in support. I can't remember a time when I saw hostility directed towards them.

I find it curious that when I make similar pro stances for Yoona, some respond very negatively (again not you).

Is it because they think she's unworthy of praise? And resent anyone giving what they see as undue adulation? Or is because I'm admittedly male and the target of my praise is female (and this is a largely female dominated site)? Or is it because I actively attempt to write in a breathless and poetic tone regarding her and this rubs people wrong?

I haven't the answers.

Anyway, just an observation.

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I'm really happy to see male commentators on the board, fan boys or not. Its like getting into somebody else's head...like does boys also watch dramas...oh they are more into action dramas...and the like

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@amy

I'm glad you feel that way.

This boy watches the whole gamut. Everything from Moonlight Drawn by Clouds (sageuk romance), to That Winter the Wind Blows (romantic melodrama, personal favorite), to Signal (procedural/suspense), to Coffee Prince (gender-bender rom-com) and Delightful Girl Choon Hyang (rom-com/melo), to name only a few.

I too really enjoy seeing the perspectives shown by the opposite gender. Sometimes I don't quite agree. But sometimes it shows a given scenario to me in a whole new light, one that I otherwise wouldn't have considered.

I appreciate being exposed to alternate views than my own. The discussions, camaraderie, (and disagreements) are what make commenting here so fun.

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I'm 100% sure that's Yoona's voice.

I like the girl from Monstar version better though.

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Can we end this story in Maleficent style where The Evil Yoo Jin is misunderstood and not as bad as we think... that she actually tries to protect Anna all this time... that she sees Anna as a daughter she never had... in the end Anna and Yoo Jin is gonna team up to kick evil daddy's butt... and Prince Charming a.k.a. K2 is not needed after all since the girls can save themselves. LOL.

No. I'm serious.

I just can't buy any potential romance in this show.

I never had any trouble with noona romance, but the fact that Yoo Jin is married really disturbs me and I don't think Yoo Jin has any plan to divorce her husband. So I don't think I can root for Jae Ha and Yoo Jin to happen.

And I really want to save Anna from Jae Ha when he's watching her from cctv. Dude, there's a reason why she covers that camera. It means she needs some privacy and you should respect that. Duh!

I know Jae Ha is hot, but I think he's kinda a bit annoying as a lover or a man in love. I really want to give him a good hit on his head when he's calling Raniya in one of flashback scene "Raniya... Raniya... Saranghae... Saranghae". I mean... dude... Can't you see she's seriously working with clients there? Stop disturbing her! Rrrrggh...

Sorry but this writer is suck at building romance and I end up wanting no romance at all.

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Yep! I am also thinking about this possibility, and it will be fantastic if the show could really end like that!

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