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The K2: Episode 13

The success of every calculated plan depends on its execution, but gauging that success only gets harder when everyone has an ongoing scheme of their own. Je-ha will need to tread carefully if he wants to protect the lives of those he holds dear, especially when all of his enemies have cast their nets far and wide, and are eager to scoop up anything they can get their hands on.

EPISODE 13 RECAP

Yoo-jin’s tearful announcement that Anna is Se-joon’s biological daughter leaves the reporters abuzz. She faints moments later, and Se-joon wheels her inside.

Representative Park celebrates in his office while a furious Sung-won catches up to Se-joon prior to his press conference. His initial confusion turns into anger when Se-joon expresses his disappointment in him—the inmate who claimed to have been a witness to Anna’s mother’s death was an actor.

During the briefing, Se-joon recounts how he’d fallen in love with Anna’s mother back when he was a lawyer in 1993. They had plans to marry, but in the following year, he’d been arrested while running for office and Um Hye-rin had married Director Go.

Although the news had left him heartbroken, he was able to become an assemblyman two years later thanks to his current wife Yoo-jin. He goes on explaining how Um Hye-rin returned to Korea with a young Anna, and he describes the revelation that Anna was his daughter as “a nightmare.”

Anna is in disbelief at the words, but Se-joon isn’t done yet: He portrays Yoo-jin as a devoted wife who accepted his past whereas Anna’s mother had threatened to reveal the truth unless Se-joon accompanied her and Anna back to the States.

“Lies,” Anna utters at the TV. She refuses to believe the words coming out of her father’s mouth as Se-joon says he had refused to comply to Um Hye-rin’s demands. He becomes more emotional when he touches upon that fateful night Anna’s mother’s death: Like so many other times, she’d threatened to kill herself unless Se-joon went to see her.

He hadn’t believed her, and she was found dead the next day. While the death was ruled out as suicide, he feels responsible for the morbid consequence. He takes all the blame because his wife has been through enough by taking in Anna along with his painful past.

Watching her father deeply bow in apology, Anna mutters, “Wait and see. Once the witness steps forward, Choi Yoo-jin is done for.”

Speaking of whom, Yoo-jin sits in the interrogation room when the inmate is brought in. The detective grows frustrated when the man says he told Anna that he probably witnessed Yoo-jin killing Um Hye-rin, but he never actually said it was her.

The corner of Yoo-jin’s mouth curls upwards while on the other side of the glass, the police commissioner is told that this man had a solid alibi on the night of Um Hye-rin’s death. Sung-won calls Anna to inform her that they’ve been set up—they’ll be lucky if they aren’t charged for providing a false witness.

Down in the sublevel, Secretary Kim confirms that the false witness was a trap for Anna. She doesn’t feel a bit of remorse for besmirching Anna’s mother’s reputation because she was protecting her boss. She smirks when Je-ha tells her that this ploy was a mistake on her part.

Upon Yoo-jin’s release, she barely listens to the police commissioner’s apology before cutting him off and instructing him to give Representative Park her regards. She wears an apologetic mask in front of the press who ask if it’s true Um Hye-rin blackmailed them and if Anna knows about it.

In a hair salon, a pair of ajummas watch the story unfold. Not only do they buy into the story that paints Um Hye-rin in a negative light, they also pity Yoo-jin and believe that Representative Park is trying to humiliate Se-joon again.

Once Yoo-jin is whisked away, the police commissioner is left to face questions from the press. He denies that the police is currently cross-examining the supposed witness, and explains that Yoo-jin had simply participated in some questioning. Representative Park turns off his TV and chuckles that Se-joon and Yoo-jin have pulled the wool over his eyes once again.

Yoo-jin is met with public support when she’s taken into the hospital. Sung-won is already waiting in her room, and when he apologizes, she smiles. And then the camera hones in on that specialized recorder pen stuck in a potted plant.

Je-ha uses that to listen in on the conversation inside, as Yoo-jin tells Sung-won to wait until she decides what to do with him. He readily agrees to stop seeing Anna and do away with the staff assigned to Anna once she’s sent overseas.

But before Sung-won leaves, he asks if it really was Yoo-jin who killed Anna’s mother. Je-ha waits with bated breath, but Yoo-jin doesn’t take the bait, asking if Sung-won is recording their conversation.

Sung-won chuckles and leaves, though he looks plenty annoyed once he’s alone and ignores Anna’s call. Yoo-jin, however, sits alone with her thoughts and remembers how Anna’s mother had been gasping for air and reached out to her for help.

Yoo-jin had shaken her off, causing Anna’s mother and that bottle of pills to spill onto the floor. “Save me,” Um Hye-rin had faintly pleaded. Tears welling up in her eyes, Yoo-jin had replied, “I’m sorry. Love wasn’t meant to be shared.”

More tears fall from her eyes as Yoo-jin mulls over that memory now. Anna is unable to get in touch with Sung-won, and she and Je-ha head up to the roof where she apologizes for not telling him about her visit with the prison inmate.

He pulls her closer when she calls herself a fool, and he tells her not to cry because she needs her strength to fight the real battle ahead of her. He points out that her father has arrived and advises that Anna hear him out.

So Anna sits with her father, who takes a few beats before apologizing to her. He admits that everything he said at the press conference was a lie—her mother never blackmailed him but sought him out in earnest. “And… your mother didn’t commit suicide,” he adds softly.

He admits to lying to her when they were first reunited at the infirmary because Yoo-jin was watching them. He’s only telling her all this now because he’s a coward and he fears losing Anna.

Anna wipes away her tears and retorts that her father likely fears for his political career. Se-joon doesn’t deny it but explains that politics means everything to him and it’s the only way to save her and make her happy. “Do you know why [politics] is your everything?” Anna returns. “Because you threw my mother and myself away for it.”

Se-joon winces at the truth, and a tear rolls down his cheek. Anna’s voice stabilizes and she asks what he wants her to do now—stay hidden until the election is over? Do nothing to Yoo-jin, her mother’s murderer?

She rises to her feet and says her father didn’t lie to her; his words were sincere. He has nothing to fear, she adds, “because you’ve already lost your daughter.”

Je-ha spots Se-joon’s disheartened exit, and while he debates with Magic Mirror for a deeper analysis, Se-joon continues his campaign activities. Secretary Kim sees Je-ha alone in the sublevel while Anna visits her mother’s grave again. “I’m sorry, Mom. I’ve ruined everything,” she cries.

Anna isn’t alone for long, however, as Yoo-jin pulls up in her car. She sets down the bouquet of hydrangeas, saying that Anna’s mother loved them. She knows this because Se-joon once came home drunk and gave her a bouquet of these flowers.

Although hydrangeas weren’t her favorite, Yoo-jin says the gesture made her feel good… until she went to Anna’s home and saw a vase filled with them. She knows Anna despises her enough to want her dead, but she never hated Anna that much even when she considered killing her.

“Because in a way… you and I are quite similar,” Yoo-jin explains. “Like you, I didn’t have a mother when I was your age. There was a stepmother in her place who had stolen my father away. She was my father’s secretary, then his mistress, and ultimately became his wife.”

“That very woman is the mother to Sung-won, whom you call ‘uncle.’ Ironically enough, I’ve become your stepmother,” Yoo-jin continues. It’s possible that Anna’s mother could’ve gotten married without knowing that she was pregnant, then gave birth to Anna and had gotten a divorce.

She even understands the possibility that Anna’s mother would’ve returned to Korea to see Se-joon, and yet what was she supposed to do? “I threw away everything I had to choose your father.”

“So are you trying to say that was why you killed my mother?” Anna counters. Yoo-jin returns, “How nice would it have been if you were my biological daughter?”

She tells Anna that her surname will change from Go to Jang, which makes Anna her daughter by law. Because she’s childless, Anna could go on to become the president’s daughter and later own JB Group. “If you want to take revenge against me even after you’ve inherited everything I have, do it then.”

Yoo-jin turns to leave, but that’s when Anna says she doesn’t need any of that. To that, Yoo-jin marches back and tells Anna to leave and live her own life however she sees fit then, whether that’s being a model or something else.

Yoo-jin is more than willing to help her because there’s nothing here for Anna now: her mother is dead, her birth secret is now public, and her father can’t be trusted. “Do you want to keep living with a stepmother like me?”

“What if I say no? What if I said I’ll work to the end to reveal my mother’s murderer?” Anna argues. Yoo-jin answers, “Then I suppose your life will continue to be tragic. You’ll see everyone you love die.”

Everyone from the housekeeper to Mi-ran, and most importantly, Je-ha. Every life that has tried to protect her will die in the pursuit, but Anna disagrees: “No, Je-ha will kill you before that happens.”

In a taunting voice, Yoo-jin points out that Anna still doesn’t know why Je-ha is working for her. Je-ha is unable to take a life because of his PTSD, so she’s helping him complete his revenge. Je-ha is trying to avenge his deceased fiancee, and he’ll likely leave Anna once he’s seen it through.

She realizes that Anna didn’t know about any of this and scoffs that Anna should’ve asked Sung-won about it. But Anna refuses to believe it and reveals her plans to leave the country with Je-ha.

“Is that what he told you?” Yoo-jin fires back. Smiling, she asks if Anna even knows that the name Kim Je-ha is an alias. At Anna’s silence, Yoo-jin notes that Anna really does know nothing. Anna tries to argue that she already knows Je-ha is a wanted man, but that he was framed for his crimes.

“So that’s what he told you,” Yoo-jin responds without skipping a beat. “That he was framed for Rania’s murder?” Yoo-jin is amused when she realizes Anna didn’t even know the name of Je-ha’s late fiancee either, so she lays out all the cards on the table: Je-ha wasn’t framed for murder, but he’s a wanted man for killing civilians when he was a mercenary in Iraq.

Anna is free to confront Je-ha about all this, but Yoo-jin needs only one phone call to unmask his veiled identity she’s created for him and put him behind bars for the rest of his days.

Je-ha speaks with Se-joon alone after the latter completes his volunteer work. After reassuring Se-joon that Anna is holding up, he voices his opinion that he believes Se-joon is a horrible father.

But he has a proposition that could get Se-joon back into Anna’s good graces where Se-joon would win the presidential race and be freed from Yoo-jin’s clutches. What he asks for in return is for Se-joon to reveal the true murderer.

Yoo-jin is pleased when she hears that Je-ha has spent many hours speaking with her computer. “Do you know why ‘Mirror’ was given that name?” she poses. “Because one needs to show oneself before asking Mirror a question.”

So when Yoo-jin asks her computer what Je-ha has been looking into, it pulls up the search history. She wonders why Je-ha was so interested in learning about the current oil developments in Iraq and the Kumar group, and tenses when she learns that Je-ha has coined these activities as “Kumargate.”

Se-joon agrees to Je-ha’s terms, so Je-ha discloses that Representative Park is involved in a large scale corruption ring that implicates the current president. He has physical proof, which should be enough for Representative Park to back off. Not only that, it’s enough to take down Yoo-jin and JB Group.

Je-ha is offering this information because he knows Se-joon is a corrupt politician who would betray Yoo-jin if given the chance. He believes this is the way to bring Yoo-jin and Representative Park to justice while also protecting Anna and restoring her mother’s honor.

Se-joon agrees to acting like a father to Anna, and the men shake on it.

Down in Cloud Nine, Yoo-jin asks her computer if Je-ha has asked about her or Anna’s mother. She believes Je-ha is quite considerate when her computer says no, but Secretary Kim leaves open the possibility that Je-ha has found out that he cannot access information on her through the computer.

Yoo-jin says that doesn’t matter, then asks what Je-ha’s most recent search query was. Both she and Secretary Kim are puzzled when they hear he was looking into Korean civilians living in the Kumar area, and the results show a list of medical volunteers.

However one name catches Yoo-jin’s eye: neurosurgeon KIM SEOK-HAN, the president’s son. She realizes that Je-ha has drawn the same conclusion.

We know Seok-han as the doctor who introduced Sung-won and Anna to the psychiatrist. Ah, this must be why he recognized Je-ha, who we see scan the hospital’s security cameras to find the doctor in prayer in the chapel. Je-ha sits there for a minute before something dawns on him and he flies into action.

Representative Park isn’t surprised when he sees Je-ha waiting for him and perusing documents at his desk. Je-ha acts like he’s here for more money, laughing when the politician asks if he’s trying to switch sides.

With Se-joon’s popularity falling, Representative Park doesn’t have an urgent need of Je-ha’s services, but that’s when Je-ha counters that he should still be concerned about his past in Kumargate.

Representative Park freezes at the mention even though he’s likely never heard the phrase “Kumargate” before, asking how Je-ha found out about it. But Je-ha says he even knows that the politician is keeping tabs on the president’s son, Seok-han.

Yoo-jin remains calm when she hears about Je-ha’s private meeting with Representative Park. She reassures CEO Gook that it’s all part of her plan and assigns Chief Joo to support Je-ha. She tells her staff that this plan reaches further than the presidential election—it could change the fate of the country.

Seok-han is called to oversee Representative Park’s CT scan, and he sends the technician away to speak with the politician alone. When Seok-han says his visit puts him in a difficult position, Representative Park says it’s because he hasn’t been answering his calls.

He tells the doctor to keep a closer eye on the “dangerous item,” adding that Yoo-jin’s people have their eyes on it now. It’s best that the item is either moved or destroyed altogether.

Seok-han admits that he gave that idea some thought, but decided to keep whatever that item is after Representative Park used it to get rid of the presidential chief of staff. So it’s in the politician’s best interest to remember that he still holds that card in his hand.

After the exam, Seok-han says there’s no need for a follow-up. Representative Park chuckles that preventative care is always best and advises that Seok-han beef up his security lest something terrible happen to the president.

Je-ha watches Representative Park leave and notices a group of men eying an opportunity to slip through Seok-han’s security. Turns out Chief Joo is in the area too, because he calls to inform Je-ha that there even more of Representative Park’s men in the hospital.

Je-ha and Chief Joo speak alone, and Je-ha seems amused when he finds out Chief Joo is here on Yoo-jin’s orders. That means she found out about this plan thanks to her computer, so he requests that Chief Joo and the other JSS agents make it very obvious about monitoring a doctor.

Seok-han has been sitting on some important evidence which isn’t stored in his office because the hospital records show that his office was recently broken into. It’s likely the burglar was one of Representative Park’s men, but they found nothing which means that evidence is stored someplace that can’t be searched or hacked into.

Je-ha’s best guess is that Seok-han has stored the information on an external drive and keeps it close to the vest. The reason he wants to make it obvious that Seok-han is being watched is to make doctor feel so uncomfortable that he’ll store that drive somewhere else and show them the way.

Representative Park chuckles when he hears about the JSS agents at the hospital. Even though Seok-han has some security detail and could call upon the police for backup, Representative Park has the police force in his hands.

Still, Representative Park feels uneasy and orders that his men either swoop in to steal the evidence or destroy it.

Seok-han goes to pray at the chapel, and his hand nervously dips to the pew in front of him. He notices the JSS agent sitting a few feet from him and turns to leave, only to come face-to-face with Je-ha.

He passes Je-ha, who then runs over to the pew where Seok-han was sitting in. Neither of them spot anything. Seok-han, however, looks uneasy when he returns to his office. He sends his bodyguard away to make call, which goes ignored… by Sung-won.

Sung-won and his father-in-law sit in a dark conference room where the other men wonder who will end up with the memory card. His father-in-law states everyone in this room needs to decide to do away with either Representative Park or Se-joon, while Sung-won says the men in this room will likely need to side with whoever gains possession of that memory card.

One man speaks up and notes how they’ll all be at Yoo-jin’s mercy if she gets her hands on that memory card whereas nothing will change if Representative Park wins.

Back at the hospital, Seok-han is annoyed when one of the JSS agents stares directly at him and then steps back. Those agents make a show of going off-duty, and even Team Leader Seo sends him an obvious wink.

Seok-han then runs to the chapel just as Je-ha emerges. He orders his men to take hold of Je-ha while he runs inside and tips over the chair where he’s hidden the memory card. Having seen everything because the door is open, Je-ha thinks to himself: “So that’s where it was.”

Now that the memory card is safely in his hands, Seok-han doubles back and asks, “Who are you?”

 
COMMENTS

You know, I honestly wish I knew. This episode was trying to cover so many things in one hour that it felt like we were skimming each relationship and topic and being rushed to the finish. Everything about this episode drilled in the idea that the show is in its second to last week and the plot points were presented as if there just wasn’t enough time to cover it all.

Perhaps there isn’t despite how we’re still somehow preparing for the Very Important presidential election and our characters are still using the same threats about Um Hye-rin’s death for weeks now. Even though Yoo-jin managed to use the fabricated story about Anna’s mother to her advantage, I do have to wonder if Yoo-jin had enough forethought for a long-running failsafe in the form of the inmate on the off-chance that Anna would somehow seek him out. The timeline is a bit screwy here since the rumors came out after Anna’s visit to prison, but not only has the series shown us multiple times that Yoo-jin is rarely fooled and that everything is somehow part of a plan, this episode even has her telling us that it is.

Which brings me to her allowing Je-ha to have access to her computer. It’s rather odd that Je-ha would ask Magic Mirror if he could inquire about Yoo-jin only for Yoo-jin to later learn that he didn’t ask about her, then for Secretary Kim to suggest the possibility that Je-ha wouldn’t be able to access that information. Furthermore, Yoo-jin interprets Je-ha potentially not asking about her as a courteous gesture, but then uses his search history to learn more about him and his attempts to dig into Representative Park’s activities in the Middle East.

And to that end, I’m open to the idea of Je-ha asking the right questions to gain intel on Representative Park’s corrupt activities in Kumar and to find Seok-han. Even though he has full access to Magic Mirror’s database, he’d be a fool to think that Yoo-jin wouldn’t be keeping tabs on his activities. For some reason I can’t put my finger on, I get this wriggling feeling that he knows Yoo-jin doesn’t fully trust him with the computer and he might have something else up his sleeve. But then he’s taken that same information from Magic Mirror to potentially use it against Yoo-jin by helping Se-joon become a better father in Anna’s eyes. If this whole plan doesn’t sound long-winded yet, that’s because we haven’t even touched upon the supposed importance to the memory card to the half-masked businessmen in a dark conference room… though really I think we can leave those men be since their support or opposition isn’t much of a threat.

So it’s a pity that the strongest moments of this hour threaten to be bogged down by the convoluted plan mentioned above. Yoo-jin’s exchange with Anna by her mother’s gravesite was a conversation I’d been looking forward to ever since her first confrontation with Anna upon her return to Korea. Like a personified mirror, Yoo-jin has always seen a part of herself in Anna from their similar family setups to a common hatred for the woman who interrupted their lives. Her words of concern to Anna always mask an underlying threat, which is always expertly delivered by Song Yoon-ah. There are times when I do wonder if it’s Song’s acting prowess that inserts Yoo-jin’s words with more dramatic depth, because any retort seemingly falls to the wayside. Even a simple “Is that what he told you?” sends chills down my spine.

But it’s not only the sneers and threats when Yoo-jin has my undivided attention—it’s also the moments when she has no one else but her thoughts. We still don’t know for certain if Yoo-jin was the hand that killed Anna’s mother, but either she refuses to admit it to anyone else or won’t admit it to herself.

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First time commenting. I may be a part of the minority here because I'm a male in my late 20's.
After being busy with work (I'm an architect), our family finally had time to watch dramas this Halloween. My younger sister strongly insisted to watch K2 and so we did. Even though I don't have a wide array of dramas in my belt,I know for a fact that this drama suffers from poor writing and directing. Even so, we still continued to watch until this episode.What we found strange (when I say we, I mean me and my parents excluding my sister) is that there seems to be an overhype about the actress playing Anna coz the three of us never saw the 'angelic beauty' in her. Yes, she may be good-looking but not to
the extent where anyone would be gaga over her. So there goes the time when we almost clicked the fast forward button during the 'Who's this Barcelona Angel? scenes.'
As for Je Ha, I just hoped and hoped that he just do his job and do it well. For me, he should've just befriended Anna(and not have a loveline with her) because from what I see, his love for Raniya wasn't deep enough that he would be easily swayed to have fallen for another girl in such a short time after announcing his plan for revenge. Or Maybe it's just me who doesn't fall for damsel's in distress and prefer women who can stand up on their own. Moreso, I just couldn't connect to the sudden urge of him to protect Anna of everything. If I were him, I would've just taught her of things that could help her survive on her own feet instead of just saving her from time to time.
After finishing the drama, we were amazed by the fact that we were all rooting for Yoo Jin (except my sister whose obviously watching for the romance). It might be because we're older but we find the character compelling and mesmerizing to watch. Some might disagree because they have already decided that her character is bad during the start that's why anything else she does is unjustifiable for them. For us, its been great to see a woman like her, endowed with intelligence and resources who can stand up in her own shoes in the world dominated by men and we can't wait to find her victorious in the end. I'm officially a Song Yoon Ah fanboy now.

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Welcome @ Ethan!! We're so glad you've joined us - and what I love so so so much about your complete voice of reason in cutting right to the very core of this drama is how refreshing it is to call it as you see it! I laughed all the way through your logic because you are RIGHT ON! Why on earth would Je Ha really be compelled to care about this girl? And Yoo Jin is the best and most compelling thing about The K2, hands-down. Thank you so much for jumping into DramaBeans. Please come back to comment on each episode. You are truly like a breath of fresh air!

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"I may be a part of the minority here because I’m a male in my late 20’s."

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Welcome!

And welcome to the club. I too am male and in my late twenties.

Let us go forth and contradict the stereotype that k-dramas are only for females.

Here's to breaking down gender barriers (in a sense). [raises imaginary glass]

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Male. Mid 60s. Probably even more "minority" than you kids :)

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Welcome!

You may need something stronger.

[slides you imaginary shot]

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well, someone already died scaling that K2 Second highest mount, now mid show.
who?
the humanity of Choi YJ,
how?
the producer and writer suddenly blatantly wrote her into an evil to the core 100% schemely woman,
why?
because K2 rating does not go expectedly low, and worst is seeing two ships arising, and seems the second lead symdrome is taking on momentum and they fail to expect CYJ garner such great followers that make the First Lead fans very sad and angry. that they make they suddenly turn bad.
when?
YJ turned bad suddenly by ep12, (or 11). before that she was written as a human-villain with hearts, now she is just an cold-blooded animal that ate devour anything comes into her path. if she was written such from the beginning, no one should have stand by her and rooted for her, now her YJ fans were feeling betrayed. i for one, is admiring SJA acting while i do not shout for Jeha to romance CYJ, because JH obviously already fallen deep for Anna, and Anna has done nothing wrong to deserve JH betrayal. but can’t YJ be written with some remorse and repentance at the end, and that JH will accept her as a noona friend to visit her oft in jail.. rather than now i see her impending death at ending?

(not that we do not know she was schemely, but she was once written for past 10 eps with some human feels and sympathy and emptiess mixed into her chilling hates and bitterness) hte production crew of K2 truly owe Song JunAh an apology to tricking her into acting such an amazing role with layers and depth, then killing her humanity just 4 eps before finale.

what a shame!

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Male in his twenties who loves strong female characters. Heck, My elder sister doesn't even look at these asian shows.

As for love line - This is how romance happens in kdramas. I mentioned it 2 weeks ago in the open thread. 2 episodes in, main characters start to like each other and 1 more ep in the are ready to die for each other. So i wasn't surprised to see this magical love.

Most of the audience rooted for Yoo Jin because we could sympathise,pity her and writer gave the impression of Yoo Jin being a life-long victim trying to survive. But morally Yoo Jin belonged to the same group so i want justice to be served against every evil person there including Yoo Jin. Seems like JB group will go down for sure because that's where seeds of evil sprouted.

Most of the time in kdramas Main Male character takes over storyline and title loses the value and here exactly opposite has happened. Yoo Jin is the force of the show and Je Ha is a side character gaining importance because of Yoo Jin.

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Also...

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"[T]here seems to be an overhype about the actress playing Anna coz the three of us never saw the ‘angelic beauty’ in her. Yes, she may be good-looking but not to
the extent where anyone would be gaga over her."

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It would seem we haven't met.

Hi!

I'm the resident Yoona fanboy.

I'll be annoying the sh-t out of you for the duration of your stay. (Not actually. Well, at least... not intentionally)

I look forward to respectfully disagreeing with you on all things Yoona!

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Welcome @Ethan
Hopefully you'll try few good dramas after this and don't feel sad or regret over watching this drama.
Well said.. and from your perspective as a man, I can understand it all and appreciate your thoughts. Well if you don't know, Anna is played by Yoona, one of the most popular idols from the most popular girl group in Korea, and she's repeatedly been named as Korea's Top Visual (although I won't call her angelic beauty either). And in Korean dramas, most of the time female leads are portrayed as if an angel, pure, innocent, virgin with unmatched beauty.

For Je Ha, I think he is indeed fall in love too fast with Anna. He only knows and meets her once in Spain, then back in Korea and bam! "I fall in love with you". It just doesn't compute and his reactions to Anna are also a bit out of character. I think their romance is too romcom-y for my taste. It would be good if they build slow-burn romance, melodrama, if possible and just write the most melodramatic romance of all. I want to root for my OTP and keep them happy, but please build proper romance first before I root for them! That's what I want for JeHanna.

And don't worry I (and many others) also root for Choi Yoo Jin. There's something magnetic, something sexy about a woman who can use her brain properly in dramaland without constantly being saved by men. Well, Choi Yoo Jin could even rule over all men in The K2 universe and if she's running for president I bet she'll be more capable and competent than Se Joon and Kwan Soo.

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Agree. Yoo jin is the only character that is written well in this drama, all other characters are underdeveloped. But, I am not sure whether even yoo jin's character was written well or is it because of song yoo na's acting do I feel that way.

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I think both. Seems like only her character is developing well, and in the hand of Song Yoon Ah, the character becomes much more interesting.

I don't know about anyone else, but Ill be looking forward to see this writer's next drama just because to see the badass female lead. Maybe this writer is fanboy of SYA and previously in Yong Pal, he is a fanboy to Kim Tae Hee. LOL

Now let us start thinking who is the next female lead for his next project. Maybe Kim Hyun Joo?

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Ha ha.. after fantastic, I would love to see how Kim hyun joo does a badass role!

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She did already. First as a sister to Lee Min Ho in BOF (she is the coolest noona in drmaland). She also played evil concubine in sageuk Cruel Palace (main character) and smart, cool and bad woman too in I Have A Lover ( she played twin role with different character, among her best role so far). Her role in Fantastic actually was just too easy for her imo. ?

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i think it's just that the writer's gave the most character development to yoo jin. imo, that wasn't a good decision for the show because it basically created a drama where a good portion of viewers only care for one character. i guess i can't expect too much from this writer, though. in this and yong pal, he created one or two good characters at the expense of ruining or not developing others. lame.

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I guess she was written well at the beginning, until PD discovered they didn't generate the miracle of one Ship sailing as King of the Sea at Descendent of the Son, and instead repeated the 2 ships wars at Reply88 ... So something has to be done to curb the expected wars and displeasure of fans, so SOMEONE characters will need to be toned down and written evil ,. So she was written well until the last few eps. Even at the end where witnesses husband SJ cowardly rejected Anna plead knowing she was watching and later off sent JH off knowing he might not returned safe. .. That eps were more than fine,it like almost her at her Best.. Until PD deciders suddenly she is an animal beyond redemption. In "sins should be punish as God Is real and withhold wrath until HIS timing cometh" concept, JY must be punished because God is Real. But when we look at her as a woman lackin in warm parental love, sibbling love, hubby love, without any issues borne , no real friendship love, th only truful one seems like a lesbian.. She has no ordinary love relationship to rely on... So she bulldozed her way onward toward hellish wrath upon all. Pathetic character. Like someone say, yet we hope she will exited with a bang. We can only hope her Sad Ending be peaceful.

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Awesome sir.... Your poured my thoughts right here.... I can relate to every word you said..... I too dont understand the romance between jeha and anna.... Its useless and unnecessary.....
But Yoojin rocks..... I am hanging on just for here.... Song Yoon Ah is awseome and I love her....

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Couldn't have said it better Ethan. Totally agree. And I think many k-viewers feel the same.

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Welcome sir!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts because I also agree to each and every word you said. It's always nice to know someone's opinion especially on the male side of the equation. I hope everyone doesn't take the comments to heart and just enjoy to agree and disagree in a nice way.

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Welcome on board Ethan. :)

Your sister must be a fangirl of Yoona (Anna the Angel) so that's why she is looking for more romance. But seems wrong drama because romance is never the main plot here.

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not all people who like the romance fangirl or fanboy yoona lol. i defend her a lot bc i don't think her acting is as bad as people keep saying, but i'm not a fangirl at all and girl's generation is one of the girl groups i've never been able to like (i say this as someone who likes a lot of girl groups).

i do fangirl JCW a little bit tho

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I read most people dislike Anna the character, not Yoona herself. I don't know about fansite, dramasite but at least that's not the main case here. Although Yoona is not the favourite here, but that's the Anna that people dislike more and with Yoona playing Anna, it made it double.

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Hi! Mid-30s, female, mom of 3, 1.5 years into kdrama

i agree with you RE Yoona, i don't find her particularly very pretty but I'm just going with the character that the story is portraying her. (sorry @emanresu).. There are actors/actresses who strike me as pretty (pretty boy/pretty girl) initially but there are others who grow pretty as you you watch their other dramas and stalk them on the net. As you get to know them through write ups, interviews, concerts/fanmeet and past dramas you suddenly find yourself drawn to them. Such is the case of Kdrama that's why it's so addicting. In the end it's all about preference i guess... because honestly to this day I can not understand the popularity of Suzy. (no offence to those people who love her, please don't hate me)

oh and welcome I hope to see you around more!

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"RE Yoona, i don’t find her particularly very pretty [...] (sorry @emanresu)"

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No worries! :)

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Welcome to the club, Ethan. I totally agree with you. I only got attached to this drama because of SYA. She's magnificent.

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Hear! Hear!
Sorry for voicing out my opinion however repetitive it may have been for others because let's face it, it's the writer's, director's and the team's job to make a good drama and if they don't wan't to be criticized, they should do their job well to at least lessen those who feel that they are lacking. I still like this show so far and although I'm not buying the romance, I like the mature side of this drama.

By the way, I may be the only one but I laughed at the part where all the bad guys in the half-brother team were sitting in a dim room while talking with each other. I know it is maybe for the effect of the darker side characters but they made it literal..hahahaha..LOL

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SAME.

This is a political drama with a slice of action and that's what I am tuning in for.

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Hello, fellow architect!

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I couldn't agree more with your comment! The part about the hype about Yoona angelic beauty down to the Choi Yoo Jin part that represents a strong and intelligent modern woman. I like that Yoo Jin is the highlight of the show, that she took charge of almost everything in the drama, the political scheming down to the family business take-over plan. This show is about song yun ah, rather than ji chang wook and Yoona. Most of my fan-girl friends disagree with me and they claimed that I'm rooting for a villain. Honestly because they are too immature and shallow (sorry, can't resist saying this) they failed to see the pain and suffering behind her every action. SYA did a good job portraying her character that I feel hate and sympathy all at the same time. Yes, I'm a female but I find myself having a girl-crush on her, which is a first for me considering that I was here for Ji chang wook in the first place.

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i feel like it's unfair to insinuate that people who like the romance or don't root for yoo jin are shallow, immature fangirls.

many of us understand yoo jin and her character but just cannot root for her in good conscience because she is not someone we would want to succeed or govern a country. would i want her to be happy someday? sure, she's a tragic character who has been hardened and corrupted by people and events in her life. would i want her to be president or come out on top? absolutely not. her pain cannot justify all the bad things she has done or considered doing to people, some of whom were completely innocent.

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"Honestly because they are too immature and shallow [...]"

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I love how you characterize those who disagree with you as shallow and immature. Lol.

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we're on the same boat. i'm also rooting for Choi Yoo Jin. This show will be boring, if not nothing, without her.

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"What we found strange (when I say we, I mean me and my parents excluding my sister) is that there seems to be an overhype about the actress playing Anna coz the three of us never saw the 'angelic beauty' in her. Yes, she may be good-looking but not to
the extent where anyone would be gaga over her. So there goes the time when we almost clicked the fast forward button during the 'Who's this Barcelona Angel? scenes.' "

Why did I die laughing at this? I'm a little late to the party, but I honestly share your sentiment- including what you say in the rest of your review. 100%

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I resorted to just reading recaps and skim watching... I didn't want to. But alas, my low expectations at the beginning, while briefly outweighed by the excitement of a new JCW drama have apparently been met...
I still feel like nobody is doing anything in this drama. We went from 4 action scenes an episode to nothing happening for an entire hour? Je Ha, I thought you were smarter than this.

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I should rephrase part of that. Things are finally happening in this episode, BUT it took 13 episodes for anything TO happen at all regarding Je Ha's story line, and we don't even get most of it on screen. Is he really he main character in this drama?

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Gummimochi, I truly agree with what you said about skimming every relationship and I was puzzled they felt they needed to throw in yet another scandal of Kumar-gate when the show already has so many storylines that are hanging - most important of all being the murder of Anna's mum. Have shared more of my thoughts on this episode here

http://wp.me/p7U37n-6L

@Ethan - agreed that we are all following now because of Yoo Jin. SYA rocks!

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To be fair, I think the Kumargate scandal was probably planned from the beginning, (whether or not WHAT it was was planned or not is not known) it's just taken this long to bring anything about it to light because it was too focused on Anna's story. There wasn't enough balance or integrations between all the storylines, so you had some people's getting a lot of screen time, and some, like Je Ha's, getting none at all, even though he's supposed to be one of the main characters.

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"Like a personified mirror, Yoo-jin has always seen a part of herself in Anna from their similar family setups to a common hatred for the woman who interrupted their lives. Her words of concern to Anna always mask an underlying threat, which is always expertly delivered by Song Yoon-ah. There are times when I do wonder if it’s Song’s acting prowess that inserts Yoo-jin’s words with more dramatic depth, because any retort seemingly falls to the wayside. Even a simple “Is that what he told you?” sends chills down my spine.

But it’s not only the sneers and threats when Yoo-jin has my undivided attention—it’s also the moments when she has no one else but her thoughts. We still don’t know for certain if Yoo-jin was the hand that killed Anna’s mother, but either she refuses to admit it to anyone else or won’t admit it to herself."

I agree. Choi Yoo Jin's character which has so much potential, so much variation and so much complexity is able to keep us hooked to our screens until this moment. I honestly want her to have a memorable ending.

Let me just repeat what someone has said before.
"Even if she might be ruined at the end, it should be with style. She deserves that...Song Yoon Ah deserves to exit with a bang."
-tera

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At last we're one week to the end. We'll soon know the true culprit behind UHR's death and the much awaited presidential election's victor. I', curious as to how the writer will wrap up the characters too especially SYA. I wouldn't care less to her brother in law and husband. To each his own.

P.S. thank you gummi for staying in the positive light with your reactions ever since the start of the show. Let's all hang on until the end.

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Well said about a memorable ending for Yoo Jin she is a compelling character.

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Today’s episode was sort of The K2: The Empire Strikes Back. I thought is was a great episode for the most part. Although maybe a little lacking in Anna/Je-ha action for my tastes (we did have a solitary rooftop scene), but that may actually be a good thing in the eyes of most who haunt this board lol. ;)

Yoo-jin was revealed to have orchestrated the events prior, and reasserts herself as evil queen. She reprimands her brother and others, like a master reigning in a misbehaving dog. Se-joon is forced to submit to her will, publicly setting up the narrative that frames Yoo-jin as victim. The public sees her as loving wife who has persevered through the tragedy of blackmail by her husband’s ex-lover and who has selflessly acted as mother to the offspring of that union (Anna).

I’ll be honest and admit I’m not quite sure of what exactly is supposed to have occurred the night of Anna’s mother’s death. We come in only just as Anna’s mother is gasping her last breathe and are not privy to the what transpired immediately before leading to her death. Did Yoo-jin come to confront Anna’s mother, only to find her dying of an overdose, and simply allow her to die? Or is it as it appears, and Yoo-jin killed her through some kind of poisoning? I may have missed something in my viewing. Perhaps others have a better take on it. I’ll be interested to hear.

(Cont’d Below)

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We also get a wonderful scene between Anna and her father, Se-joon. After having denounced Anna’s mother (and by extension Anna) publicly, Se-joon attempts to justify his actions to Anna. Anna, in a show of growth, rejects her father’s rationalizations. Finally letting go of the fantasy she had built of her father, she sees him as the man he truly is. A man who has abandoned his own daughter and her mother not simply out of cowardice, but also in pursuit of his own lust for power. The latter is a realization that, I think, that Se-joon himself has been reluctant to accept. Anna forces him to come to terms with his own desires, and what he’s willing to give up to fulfill them.

Finally, as an offering to the 3 (count ‘em!) OTP fans still standing, we did get some Je-ha and Anna action on the rooftop. Anna is down after being played by Yoo-jin, and Je-ha comforts her, attempting to reassure her. Anna, feeling humiliated and vulnerable, exclaims that she must really be an idiot, her voice cracking as she struggles to hold back tears. Fanboy interjection! Gawd… I want to hug her. I really do. The big puppy eyes. The tears. The quivering pout. The cracking voice almost pleading for reassurance. I’m gonna be a goner if I have a daughter. She’ll have me hook, line and sinker. Okay, I’m done. Composure resumed. Honest. ;)

That’s all for today! I’m looking forward to see how the show tackles the remaining episodes. Being the sentimental sap that I am, I’m hoping for a wonderful, romantic and happy (key) ending for our OTP. We’ll see if that’s possible given the sinister and cynical forces working against our heroes. This viewer, for one, is defiantly optimistic (but has his fingers crossed and tissue ready, just in case)!

For more a more in-depth take and more The K2 mutterings, please visit my blog (http://emanresukdrama.wordpress.com) I know, I’m absolutely shameless. Bear with me. ;)

See you next episode!

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*like a master reining in a misbehaving dog

*Anna's mother is gasping her last breath

*The latter is a realization that, I think, Se-joon

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Sorry for the spelling and other errors above.

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Wait, so Yoo Jin didn't kill Anna's mom??? Wasn't she the one who stabbed the needle into the woman's neck? Sorry I need to clarify this because this ep makes my head hurts a bit because everything is so confusing. EVERYTHING IS LINKED so it made me want to think deeper...

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I believe, and someone will correct me if I'm wrong I'm sure, that the previous episode where we saw the needle scene, was just Anna imagining it or thinking she saw it happen, rather than reality. You know how dramas like to show us false scenes of whatifs to keep you thinking? I think it was one of those. Although I guess we'll find out won't we.

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To me, Anna's mother was a third party to the marriage of SJ and YJ. She was no innocent angel . Just a marriage wrecker.

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I agree. A woman like UHM, whatever she is as a person has done something really bad. If only she just took care of Anna in the States, all these things wouldn't have happened.

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"homewrecker" or not, she didn't deserve to be murdered (if that was actually what happened). are we really gonna go back and say it was her fault for dying because she was "the other woman" or something.. really

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Yoo Jin is awesome for thinking far ahead of everyone else; the whole "witness" thing and controlling the narrative about how Se Joon gets outed? She's an evil genius! It has and will continue to be the Song Yoon Ah show.
https://thedramafilesblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/05/file-no-the-k2-ep-13/

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I admit to being kind of confused by this episode. So was yoo jin the one who killed hye rin? Also, the whole kumar gate thing went over my head. So, I was eagerly anticipating your recap to clear things for me. So, thanks, gummimochi. I think this is one drama where we should sit back and let it take us wherever it goes because it doesn't have a structured flow.

Also, when anna told se joon that he didn't lie for yoo jin's sake but that's how he must really feel, I thought she is finally starting to understand the world around her and I am glad about it. But, I am frustrated on how this drama doesn't follow up with scenes. Like when yoo jin told anna about je ha why didn't it follow up with anna confronting je ha about it? It would have given us some more history about je ha by himself without a need for exposition like master song. Its like the show itself doesn't care about their relationship except for including romance. Speaking of master song, what did he mean last episode to yoo jin, it felt like he knows something about her that we don't. Hope that gets addressed.

Atleast, whatever secretary kim and yoo jin were planning behind je ha's back was revealed to be this trap. So, you do know how to follow up with things, show, so does that mean you choose to ignore it in other cases?

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i'm getting the impression that yoo jin didn't kill anna's mother, but i guess we won't know for certain until the show tells us? seems like she went there when anna's mom was already dying. she didn't help a dying woman, which can maybe be considered killing her, but idk if she did much other than that.

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I just don't know what to think of every time they bring up "Who killed Uhm Hye Rin?' scenario. I feel tired of it.

Sometimes I just want the real killer to turn out to be Anna. And that's why Yoo Jin locked the girl up to Spain. A kid killing her own mom and repressing those memories would be a dark yet awesome story line.

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OOOOOOH that'd be awesome. I'm quite sure Yoo Jin didn't actually kill her. She's not the kind to get her own hands dirty and also doesn't seem like she would commit a crime of passion.

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Omaigod this! If it turn out to be this plot, how awesome it will be.

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O______________O

I like it.

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Choi Yoo Jin is a scary and effective villain! I applaud her for her evilness and at the same time sympathizes with her.
Well, I mean in such kind of situation, when your husband had an affair and the mistress came and brought your husband's child, just how many of us can forgive and forget everything? And you know your husband never love you and only use you for his ambition?
I think what Yoo Jin had done (whether she killed Um Hye Rin or not) is a realistic and rational choice for her. She sent Anna to Spain and threatened Jang Se Joon is also a way to gain control and assert that she wields power above them (whether you like it or not).

Se Joon on the other hand just a spineless husband and useless father. I really despise his character. He doesn't want to be under Yoo Jin, yet he hasn't done anything to protect Anna or accumulate power to defeat Yoo Jin. He can even choose to divorce her and if he's smart politician he'll be okay with or without powerful wife. A politician in my country, an ex-presidential candidate also divorced his own powerful and rich wife but he could stand on his own and build his own party.
So back to Sejoon, if it's not for Jeha to propose a way out, he wouldn't even think about it. Probably he thinks he'll be President soon and break free of Yoo Jin's clutches, but I bet Yoo Jin already prepare so many plans in case Se Joon does something against her. He's really terrible father, husband and human being.

Regarding Anna, girl, you're too naive.. Just too immature and innocent in a world full of deceit and lies. Did she not spend her time in Spain reading books or novels or anything else that actually teach her about real life? Did the nuns only teach her to pray and do nothing else? Good thing you meet Je Ha who truly loves you, can't imagine if she meet some bad guy that only deceive her.

Regarding Je Ha, I want the writer to actually write a backstory about him!! Is it hard enough for you, writernim?? I want to know who is his family, his parents, friends, how did he get involved with Blackstone in Irak, how did he actually come to Spain and then back in Korea without ID???
So many questions about him, yet we only know him from the surface, Kim Je Ha, and it's even only an alias for him. It's only 3 episodes left and literally we know nothing about our hero other than he's good at fighting, can use his brain and loves Anna forever.

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i just don't get why they DIDN'T develop je ha more. you'd think someone with a backstory of being a mercenary traveling around the world would get some more development. there's so much we could've gotten about him, but the writers just.. didn't do anything. they put all their effort into yoo jin but left the other characters half developed. doesn't make sense at all lol

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To be fair, we knew from the beginning that there is some scandal related to everyone that concerns Jeha time in Iraq.

And Assemblyman Park have something to be able to control that Seoul Police and various politicians since the beginning.

We just didn't know what it was until today. The biggest reveal for me was that Chairman Choi actually very much involved and in that also JB Group, so it is very interesting and to Jeha's advantage, be able to kill to birds with one stone.

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Re. Kumargate. We did yes, and it's something I've been wanting to come to the fore front for a while.
Alas, the knitting together of stories in this drama is almost non existent so we're only just hearing about it now.

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i definitely used to be irritated by the kind of "false narration" that has gone on in this drama often... because generally in dramas, if a character tells a lie (or lies) we are privy to the truth! i have grown to accept & like it as a different type of storytelling, but ONLY if the end explains what is true & what is not. i don't really have much faith that will happen so i'm sure i'll end up frustrated in the end >___<

but i definitely can't stand the artistic choice for the unstabilized camera. i get that especially in dramatic scenes it is MEANT to be disorienting but i don't want to feel dizzy from watching a drama...

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Hi paramount! I feel you...
I also struggle to make sense and sort out which one is true and is not. Anna's memory doesn't help us, it only confuses us more. And no one.. I mean NO ONE, Se Joon, Yoo Jin, Sung Won or even Chief Kim who might know who killed Um Hye Rin could be trusted for their words. Adds in few evil politicians, chaebols and corrupt Police Chief and you'd wonder which narrative is closer to reality. That's why I don't have high hopes they will tell us who killed Um Hye Rin and how. It seems now they only interested to make Jeha-Anna relationship works and brings down the evil, that is Yoo Jin (and maybe PKS and his cronies).

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hi! thanks for understanding where i'm coming from~
i'm just at a loss for why they marketed this drama as a "revenge thriller" because that hasn't been the main plot at all!
i didn't have high hopes for this writer because of yong pal but was giving him a second chance. don't know if it was worth it...

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I agree that this is like Empire Strikes Back and loved it!! Yoo Jin is evil, but so our her opponents, so I loved how she attacked.

Also, I liked how Jeha knows to focus on the right think about Mirror because it is kind of obvious that Yoo Jin gave him access to test him, and got a bonus with his work, which Jeha knew she would do and left her bread crumbs.

In the end, this drama is very compelling. There are characters that are interesting and you want to know what happens, so although there are plot holes (like all dramas to be fair), I enjoy the viewing experiences and all the actors do a great job in their role.

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"I agree that this is like Empire Strikes Back and loved it!!"

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Are you talking to me?

It would seem the comments are finicky today. I saw another's (@Martin J Simwaba below) comment was seemingly in reply to @Ethan's way at the top, but was posted as a single comment way down here.

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Hello, Ethan? My name is Martin, am also new here, i started comenting on this site not so long ago but i know a thing or two about Im Yoona. I may not know the defination of "angelic" but i m telling you Yoona is an Angel.
It may be because of what you described as 'poor script writting' and 'poor directing', why you're thinking of her poorly. For the character Anna, she has the looks, so why not be the angel cause lets face it she's the only character innocent in the drama only the part where she wants Yoojin to pay for her mother's death atleast thats i think. So Ethan you're not the only male on this site (which i'd like to call kdrama fanclub) and who's on late 20s on top of that cause as far as i know, am also on those so called late 20s.

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Am I the only one who is tired of reading comments on K2?it is always the same type of comments-----''i love Yoo jin" I am watching for Yoo jin"
its tiring reading the same kinds of comments on every K2 recap.We have heard already.This episode is the best so far but people are blinded by their unnecessary hatred for this drama that they can't see a little goodness in it.
yes,this drama may have flaws but it doesn't make me fall asleep.I keep coming back for more.

This drama is not the worst I have seen but the prople here are behaving as if it is.I have seen worse.
Song yoona is trying and so is Ji chang wook and other casts.
Calling a drama "stupid" without appreciating the hard work of the cast is very rude yes,I have read comments here calling the drama stupid.
Even the writer,being not perfect put an effort in writing this script. Don't expect every drama to be to your taste.

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@Gg

As someone who is very much enjoying the show and is an admitted Yoona fan, I can understand your frustration.

It is sometimes infuriating when others trash something you enjoy.

That said, you’ll have to accept that you will not always agree with others’ assessment of a given show (or person). And recognize that they are just as entitled to their disapproval of it as you are entitled to your approval.

As, of course, they are all opinions in the end.

The best advice I can give you is to learn to enjoy the disagreement. It gives you opportunity to argue your case and exposes you to (and allows you to consider) points of view you may not have otherwise considered.

Best of luck!

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I couldn't agree with this comment more if i tried. I actually have to thank you for the first bit of your comment because that is the reason why it has become hard for me to come to the comment section of the recaps. I hate how people are so blinded by the acting abilities of yoojin that they actually jsut loove her even though she is almost psychopathic. And their blinf hatred for Anna, like they forget that she wasn't allowed any human contact for 15+ years and was extremly traumatised with her mother's death at age 7 as if she could help it. They hate that she is naive and fragile but seriously? what do they expect with her background? Idk it's just become kinda toxic so your comment was like a breath of clean, fresh air.

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I wouldn't trust these fangirls to understand what's going on.

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lol who's fangirls?

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Sigh...This episode sucked the energy out of me. The last two episodes, I was so excited because I really believed that despite how manipulative and evil Yoojin was portrayed, that there was some redeeming quality about her. I hoped that she really didn't kill Anna's mother because that would make her more than a victim-turned-psychopath bent to inflict pain on others as a means to lessen her own. Did she really kill Um Hyerin? I'm starting to think so, even though we're still left with some seeds of doubt. Occam's Razor... usually the simplest answer is correct, right? Forget my theory about the late Chairman or her aunt murdering Hyerin... Why bother looking for a different result when with 2 episodes left, there's so many plot points unresolved that really, it's just better if Yoojin did kill her so we can JUST GET ON WITH IT already.

I know there's a lot here who still love Yoojin, and that's fair. Purely from a literary standpoint, Yoojin makes for an incredibly complex and intriguing character. If this wasn't a Korean drama then I would probably love her to death. Except Korean dramas usually punish the bad guys and leave the good guys with a happy ending. (Or the drama atomic bombs everything and finishes with everyone unsatisfied- Moon Lovers, anyone?) The point is I want my k-drama happy ending. And I used to think that was possible to have PLUS Yoojin having some sort of redemption at the end. Not anymore.

The scene that clinched it was when Yoojin and Anna were talking at the gravesite. That was her point of no return for me. She says she wishes Anna were her biological daughter... and then proceeds to humiliate Anna by showing her just how little Anna knows or has control over. Then right after, Yoojin says she'll help Anna and give her anything she wants if Anna gives up her revenge.

Giving up on revenge is one thing but can you imagine becoming the daughter of the woman who killed your own mother?? Taking money from her and living off of her support? The idea of that is so revolting and twisted... And then other scenes in episode 14 make this even worse. If that's what Yoojin wanted all along, for Anna to be powerless and in her control, then she should have just brainwashed Anna and made her into her "daughter" from the beginning, when Anna was young enough to have her mind messed with. But no--she offers this now, because Anna does know better and yet has little choice. It just made me realize that for Yoojin, inflicting pain on others isn't enough. She wants to make sure they are aware of the full extent of the pain, AND then--she wants to possess them too.

Actually, I never realized how possessive Yoojin was until this ep.

Anyways, I'm done with sympathizing with Yoojin. She's still interesting to watch, but that's about it for me.

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I agree with you. I'm interested in YJ and I can say that without her the drama would be a lot more boring, but I don't symphatize with her.
That's weird though as usually I'm the kind of person who will unabashedly root for compelling villains but as much as I enjoy YooJin and SYA's fantastic acting, I think she's a desplicable person and that's all to be said for me.

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Yoo Jin may be Queen Yoo reincarnated; both are willing to devour their children or the children of other wives of their husbands (be they kings or assemblymen) for their own greedy ends. Cuz showing up to spit out poison at your stepdaughter at the site of her mother's grave is evil enough to match any queen's plot from the Goryeo days gone by to usurp the throne by getting rid of an unfavorable son and placing a favorable son on it. Multiple times, if necessary.

I was sure that being given access to Mirror certainly would have strings attached.

I agree, gummimochi, that there may be too much going on to cover effectively and like Moon Lovers, we may have a rushed and unsatisfactory ending (hope not)

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I see Yoo Jin as Joo Da hae 2.0 (Queen of Ambition) and both are protrayed very well that you both love and hate them.

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I don't feel that Anna loves Jeha, because there is no chemistry between them, and when the general public don't feel it and this is 1/2 the show, then ratings start dropping.

I feel sad for JCW as the ratings were climbing rapidly and everyone was excited about the k2, and then it all unravelled when the otp loveline started.

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Hmm, I don't know... From the translations I've been reading of Korean netizen comments, it sounds like the Korean audience loves the chemistry been Jeha-Anna and highly approve of it. Whether an international audience feels the same way is a different story... but since this drama was primarily created with Korean viewers in mind, I think I have to disagree when you say the general public isn't into the romance.

To be honest, I think its the romance part that appeal to the Korean viewers and the political plot that has them shying away, causing the ratings drop. There's a big scandal imvolving the current Korean president right now so I'd say that has more to do with fading ratings than the loveline.

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"[T]he ratings were climbing rapidly and everyone was excited about the k2, and then it all unravelled when the otp loveline started."

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This statement is misleading.

Why?

Your statement makes it seem as if there was some kind of steady increase followed by a drastic plummet. This is not quite the case.

Nielsen ratings (Nationwide, ROK) have The K2 debuting at 3.2% for Ep. 1 and trending upward within a range of 3.4-4.6% until Ep. 6, where ratings spiked to a 6.6% peak. Ep. 7 saw ratings drop back to 5%, from which point they have subsequently trended down slightly within the 4.5-5.7% range, ending at 4.6% for Ep 14.

The peak in Ep. 6 was somewhat of an outlier in that it was substantially higher than almost all other episodes, including those episodes aired prior to it. So then, let's exclude it and use it as a divider separating prior episode and subsequent episodes. Eps. 1-5 ranged from 3.2-4.6%. Eps. 7-14 ranged from 4.5-5.7%. What do you see? The later ratings range is actually more favorable than the former. The ratings dropped from the peak, but they remained above the level experienced before the spike.

You are correct in the sense that the ratings have trended downward following Ep. 6. But the assertion that the show was somehow doing well until it suddenly "unraveled" is not reflected in the ratings, in my assessment.

(Note: If you use Nielsen ratings only for the Seoul National Capital Area the spike is even more of an outlier.)

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And take note they have been continuously no.1 against their competitors..

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I just have a wish for this writer that I truly,madly,deeply want to come true.

Please don't kill Choi Yoo Jin.

I feel so depressed now. I finished watching Mama two days ago where Song Yoon Ah's character died. This morning, I finished watching Wedding dress where she died again. I was buying time watching her works while waiting for K2 but I feel that I can't watch the end if the writer kill's of a character of her again because I think I won't be able to take seeing Song Yoon Ah die three times in just a span of a week. Oh help me.

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I think you're going to have to not watch until K2 is over so you can find out if she dies or not before you put yourself through watching it! Mama was very sad, indeed.

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That must've been depressing consecutive watches. (Haven't seen Mama yet but Wedding Dress was one of those movies I go back to when I'm in dire need of a good cry.) And I am holding out hope, too, that wriernim would do us at least one last kindness and not revert to the lazy af trope of offing the antagonist because the drama is ending. A fitting comeuppance, I wish, since Choi Yoojin deserves more than that.

As for anyone looking a tons better Song Yoonah show than K2, I raise you Assembly. It's a 20-episoder political drama from KBS but it's worth your every second. :)

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Am i the only one who think that Seok- Han (the President's son) looks like Kang Ha Neul?

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I don't know how kang ha neul looks like because I have not seen any of his dramas and until I see more of a person (like in a drama or a movie) its hard for me to register their face. But I thought seok han looked quite sharp and good looking.

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He is Prince Wook in Scarlet Heart. ?

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Thank you, Sera. :)
Omg! They do look similar.

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He has a Kang Ha Neul vibe especially during the time when he was inside the car. There's a certain angle that I thought to myself that he had that vibe.

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Ikr! He he glad that I'm not alone ?

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Hello, can you tell me more about this hot doctor. I did some googling and can't seem to find him.

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This is NOT another rant about K2.

I love JCW as an actor and as an artist. The guy is truly amazing. I had high expectations with this because this is his last drama before his MS. But I am so disappointed because I want this drama to work... I want this drama to be good but alas it's failing me miserably. Which leads me to ask

Why? Why? Why can't Kdramas sustain the intensity from their pilot episode until the end? It doesn't have to be action packed in each episode, a compelling story will do. They started strong but now it's wishy washy... Kdrama stamina... you think we could call it that?

Anyway I'm just watching this for JCW and that fact that I'm slightly OCD. Gotta finish what i started.

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Either the writers and PDs have a problems with strong women or just have warped sense of women, Yoo Jin is an example of a woman who is twisted and warped.

WHY does she need to goad and emotionally and verbally torture Anna EACH AND EVERY TIME she is face to face with Anna??!!

Her EVERY word drips with venom and spite!!

Goading Anna with what she knows about Je Ha when Anna is in the dark.

Her eyes look like they are ready to burst out their sockets when they stare at Anna while spouting venomous words at Anna!!

How does one become so twisted and warped that one enjoys talking so spitefully at another person and at a young woman at that, young enough to be her daughter??!!

Anna is the daughter of the womanising husband and another woman so she cannot get back at the woman, she tries at every opportunity to get back at Anna!!

It gets worse in ep 14!!

I turn away from looking at Yoo Jin each time she is face to face and spitting pure venom at Anna!

She is truly the epitome of a woman scorned!!!

After each scene where she spat venom at Anna, I feel like taking a shower to wash myself off the venomous and spiteful words she threw Anna's way!!

*shivers*

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100% agree with this. It started getting bad in this ep and by ep14 I just couldn't stand Yoojin's twisted words and expressions anymore.

There's no honour in kicking your enemy when they're already down. And can we really say Anna is an enemy to Yoojin? I mean, what can she really do at this point? In previous eps, when Anna could do something to hurt Yoojin, I get why Yoojin would come off so strong against her. But now Anna can't do much and all she has is Jeha and still Yoojin can't leave her alone? I think she went too far, especially in the next ep.

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@may2day

I absolutely agree with your opinion!

You are so right about what can Anna to Yoo Jin such that Yoo Jin needs to be so mean and bitchy?

I will elaborate on how Yoo Jin acted in the ep 14 recap by highlighting how tiring and repetitive Yoo Jin's facial expressions and verbal attack of Anna has become.

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#STOPshakycameraguy2016

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True!
I felt dizzy during the time Je Ha was inside the car with other JSS men after he was shot.

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Oh yeah!

Why am I so slow??

Yoo Jin sees Anna as competition for Je Ha!!

Because she knows Je Ha likes Anna!!

THAT IS WHY Yoo Jin likes torturing Anna!

First, her husband likes Anna's mother.

Then Je Ha, the guy Yoo Jin is remotely interested in likes Anna, not her!

No wonder!!

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recently,I feel like a real oddball whenever I come here, even though I've had my times of spazzing along or going against, it's the first time a drama I really like is soooo much hated and even ridiculed here..but anyways...on to the episode:
I found the three way relationship between YJ,JH and the mirror very appealing in execution..i had never seen JH and YJ's relationship as one based on trust, but one based on mutual understanding of each other's dark spots, in that they know exactly when to trust or distrust each other, which made it interesting..ofcourse, with YJ going down more and more in her muddling fondness for JH, she might be in disadvantage against him, even though she's the smarter( and more capable in terms of being destructive) party
(I also like JH's interactions with PKS, JCW kinda nails them with the angst and disgust masked behind nonchalance)
also, about the romance..it seems a looooot of people don't get why JH fell for Anna so quickly, I actually know of a quite similar real world story, may be that's why I never saw their romance as rushed or a "why would he even fall for her" kinda thing, it's just that guys with dark,destructive and tiring pasts who live their every second feeling guilty over each and every sin they commited( the conscience still alive by nature) tend to yearn for a childish comfort, peace and innocence..which is usually not found in great amounts in the circle of people around them, and JH is someone who lives to protect, we've seen many times how he's not one to be controlled by his counterparts, but he does let that guard off in front of sincerity and innocence( with Anna), and it warms his heart when an innocent soul like Anna is willing to own up his pain..sorry if I bored any of u just tried to make it a little easier to watch for those who are finding it hard to feel , if possible..

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Thank you for your insight about Anna and JH; that makes sense to me. And I agree about JH, Yoo Jin, and the Mirror. They do understand the darkness in each other even when JH is frustrated/furious at her actions towards Anna.

As a side note, I'm really curious about who created this AI for Yoo Jin and how much of her is actually reflected in it.

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Who created Mirror? Bill Gates+Mark Zuckerberg+Steve Jobs it seems...

Well of course the writer won't ever disclose this or even bring this plot point. So you just have to have pretty good imagination and imagine the three men above doing a favour for Yoo Jin when she's studying in the US.

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Now wouldn't that make an interesting drama! Steve Jobs as Yoo Jin's first love... :-) It could explain sooooo much!

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I got your point.. That you don't find the romance so rush.. But in the drama, they did really accelerate it.. Not even just a lil bit on intro... A whilwhind romance, perhaps... Love at first sight??.. duhhh...
Then it is not a real love, if psychological disablity is involved..

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I found it interesting that the flashback about Anna's mother just showed the part where YJ tells her about love that cannot be shared. We missed out on the important bit: who did kill the woman? As JH is always saying YJ is not the type of person to dirty her hands with anything. I still believe the secretary was the one offering to do the deed for her and she was there to see it happen.

About JH's access to the Mirror...YJ knows that he is a smart guy and presented with all available information he could find the link between the assemblyman and Iraq as he in fact did. But he did not search for info about YJ probably because he knows it would not be there. She told him that bad guys always keep receipts but he is not a fool in thinking she would give him access to that as well.

About the meeting of those business men...having light in the room would be that bad? Common! They all know each other...why are they sitting there in darkness like that? xD

About the fake witness :) I did guess it right that it was all a plan orchestrated by YJ. Her brother was quite a fool to not realise that his noona is a pro player in this game. It was a daring plan but it turned out perfect and even boosted YJ popularity. Clap, clap...well done! I do hope Anna will learn something out of this...like stopping to believe uncle for once would be a step in the right direction. But since there are only 3 episodes left I doubt we will see Anna progress in becoming a bad ass...I was really hoping she would turn out to be an equal contender to YJ but I guess the writers are not going in that direction.

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whahaha.I'm glad I'm not the only one bothered by the 'meeting in the darkness' scenario. I mean we all agree that these men are on the dark side but why do they have to make it literal? Is it a post-halloween joke?

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This drama "jumped the shark".

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On October 30th, 2016 at 8:09 PM, @aranea said:

"This show has 'jumped the shark'."

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You just deja vu-ed the ---- out of me! :)

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Discovered dramabeans when i started watching Marriage, Not Dating and since then i always come here after ever kdrama episode to enjoy the scenery and get some PhD level understanding of what I'm watching . I love your recaps and in depth analysis...God bless Dramabeans!!

Until the past few episodes this drama should have been called Chemistry for all the sparks that fly when Yoo Jin and K2 are in a scene; it kind of died down now. The show itself keeps going round and round in circles but as a political thriller its a BEAST! I mean Madam Choi is one calculating booby trap setter!! I just hope with three episodes left, she has enough time to close all the loops since she seems to be in charge of every direction of the story anyways. Will there even be an election at this point?

I hope this show doesn't disappoint, at least not to the level of Cinderella and the 4 Knights

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