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Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Episode 2

Strong Woman Do Bong-soon takes a bit of a darker turn than most of us might have imagined for a second episode. I’ll be the first to admit that I was expecting a purely light and fluffy romcom, so this criminal undertone is a bit surprising. But then, every Superman needs a Lex Luthor, and Bong-soon is certainly strong enough to warrant her own uber villain… just as long as she has her plucky CEO sidekick there to bicker with her.

 
Episode 2: “A Criminal’s Mind”

After the tragic stabbing from the night before, detective Gook-doo finds his teammates watching an old TV show, “Chief Inspector.” Gook-doo’s superior explains that this is their team’s method of preparing for a new case, adding that they’ve been assigned to the murder from last night.

We catch up to where we left off in Min-hyuk’s office when his stalker calls, and Bong-soon listens in alarm as the creepy voice threatens her boss. Min-hyuk admits that this has been going on for two months, and asks her to do her job in protecting him.

Min-hyuk breaks the serious tone by declaring that he can’t possibly do work after this, then boards his hoverboard and zooms (rolls?) out of the office. Bong-soon hurries to catch up, muttering that the rumors about his work ethic are true.

In the building’s garage, Min-hyuk hands Bong-soon the car keys to start up the car. When Bong-soon wonders why, Min-hyuk answers, “You never know, there could be a bomb.” Then he casually strolls off to hide behind the nearest pillar. PFFT.

Giving her boss a little extra stink-eye, Bong-soon starts up the car (which does not explode), and climbs back out for Min-hyuk to drive. It’s his turn to glare when Bong-soon moves to sit in the backseat and he snaps that he isn’t a taxi. I swear, these two make glaring an Olympic sport.

Bong-soon’s mom and her friends gather at the family’s walnut shop again to discuss the upcoming neighborhood redevelopment plan. It seems like after the murder from last night, Mom is starting to think a redevelopment might be a good idea to make the neighborhood safer. The friends are interrupted when Gook-doo’s mom, Mi-hwa, stops by the bakery again.

This time Mom calls Mi-hwa over, asking her to sign their petition and subtly pushing that such an important writer would help their cause get noticed. Mi-hwa is undaunted and politely refuses. The three women stare after her when she leaves, and Mom sputters that she just can’t get along with that woman. Their rant is cut short by the arrival of NA KYUNG-SHIM (Park Bo-mi), who seems to be a family friend from Busan.

Min-hyuk heads to a mall with Bong-soon accompanying/guarding him. He uses the excuse of a potential stalker watching nearby to hold her hand, claiming that it shouldn’t be obvious that she’s his bodyguard. Sadly, it doesn’t last long since Bong-soon tugs her hand away.

Min-hyuk indulges in some serious retail therapy, and piles his selections higher and higher atop the tiny — but mighty — Bong-soon. She in turn stares to see that in just one afternoon, he spent her yearly salary. After loading Bong-soon up with all his purchases, Min-hyuk has an altruistic moment and promises to get her something too. Bong-soon is shyly happy, until she realizes that her “something” is just an ice cream cone. Oh, if looks could kill.

Post-shopping, the two head to a park where Min-hyuk impresses Bong-soon with his drone piloting skills. He grins adorably whenever she cheers at a trick. Cutie.

The drone isn’t just for show however, as Min-hyuk spies his stalker off in the distance. When the man hops on a motorcycle, the gamer CEO smartly uses the drone to follow him and capture a shot of the man’s license plate. Bong-soon adorably cheers him on.

Min-hyuk drives Bong-soon home, but when they pass by the busy crime scene from last night’s murder, the mood turns somber. Seeming to want to lift her spirits, he demands they get food together, so Bong-soon directs him to her family’s walnut shop.

At the shop, Mom laments with her friends over Bong-soon’s seemingly lackadaisical way of life, wishing that her daughter would just find a crazy man with lots of money… and in walks Bong-soon, followed by Min-hyuk, her somewhat crazy, very loaded, CEO boss.

Bong-soon gives a quick shake of her head to her dad at the counter, then pretends to be just a regular customer. She gives a shushing gesture to Mom as well, but that doesn’t seem necessary when Mom and all her friends are staring, gobsmacked, at the pretty, rich-looking Min-hyuk. To his credit, he only squirms a little.

The moment Bong-soon and Min-hyuk head out, Dad, Mom, and the ladies all sprint to the window and stare after the two, twittering about the expensive car and wondering if this is Bong-soon’s boyfriend.

After work, Bong-soon runs home to greet her friend, Kyung-shim. Clearly, she is close enough to know about Bong-soon’s secret strength, as the two of them bounce in happy greeting and the house shakes from Bong-soon’s mighty steps.

The two spend some girl-bonding time talking about Bong-soon’s new job. Kyung-shim is happy to hear of her employment, but she points out some strange online postings about her boss, noting how he prefers shopping and doesn’t like the company of women. Bong-soon guess that he hired a female bodyguard to avoid a scandal, and the two seem to think that Min-hyuk must be gay.

Dinner is a happy occasion that night, but the revelry hits a snag when Mom starts grilling Bong-soon about the gorgeous boss she brought to their shop. Calling it a divine gift from heaven, Mom instructs her daughter: “Go and marry that man.”

Bong-soon gripes at her mom to stop watching dramas, then shouts out, “He’s gay!” Wind literally whistles through the silence surrounding the table, until Mom shakes it off and says that’s okay.

Mom rants, “These days there aren’t any men without a flaw like that. It’s fine. It’s fine!” Wow, desperate times…?

Gook-doo returns to the crime scene that night, flashlight in hand, to look over the evidence again. He only stays a few minutes, not seeing the sketchy figure watching from a nearby rooftop.

Oh no. Later, a young woman gets off the bus on her way home. She soon clocks that she’s being followed, and it’s a tragic repeat of the other night, with the woman running frantically through the alleys from the man chasing her. She almost makes it to her front door, but he catches her, and then all we hear are her screams.

Gook-doo’s team scrambles to action when they hear of the assault, and thankfully, this time the victim didn’t die. The hospital manages to stabilize her, but the poor woman looks completely battered.

Bong-soon and Kyung-shim are at a PC room when one of Mom’s friends runs in with the news that there’s been another attack.

Gook-doo berates himself for missing the attacker by mere minutes, and tells his superior that the attacker must have known the neighborhood well to pick a spot without any CCTV coverage.

This time there was a witness to the crime, and it was his arrival that saved the victim. The young man gives a statement to the police, describing how he was on his way home saw a man brutally beating the victim. Luckily, the attacker ran away when he saw him.

The witness is unable to describe that attacker’s face, but he did note that the man had very large feet.

Bong-soon and Kyung-shim walk home that night, both outraged that someone would attack an innocent woman like that. Kyung-shim starts to say that Bong-soon should give those people a taste of her Herculean medicine, but Bong-soon worries that if she did that, there would be negative repercussions.

The two are interrupted when they notice a gang of high school kids bullying another student, and Bong-soon gives this long-suffering sigh. Oh the woes of having superpowers.

Bong-soon approaches the group to politely tell the youngsters to head home and let the other student leave. Predictably, the kids ignore her request, so Bong-soon tells the leader of the group to come forward, only to have one of the punks kick dirt at her. Nice.

Bong-soon kneels down to tie one of the kids’ shoelaces, fussing like a disappointed noona, “You’re so busy doing bad things that your shoelaces came all undone.” Except, she suddenly pulls the laces tight, causing the student to cry out as she forces his foot into the pavement.

The now-terrified punks back away, and Bong-soon rips the top fabric off of the boy’s shoes… then rips of the top off the other shoe as well, because she wouldn’t want his shoes to be uneven or anything.

Shaking a damaged shoe at the miscreants, Bong-soon beckons the bullied student forward. She programs her number into his phone and tells him to call her if these guys pick on him again. Turning back to the boys, she warns them that next time she catches them, it’ll be their feet, then their legs, then, “Well, what comes next?” She winks, and the boys all flinch away (grabbing their you-know-whats) while Bong-soon strolls off like the badass she is.

In light of the recent attacks, the police install more CCTVs around the neighborhood. Meanwhile, Min-hyuk succeeds in pulling his stalker’s motorcycle license plate number from the picture his drone took.

The results from the autopsy of the first victim are out, and Gook-doo’s team gathers to analyze the injuries. The seniors conclude that there must have been two different assailants, as the first victim was stabbed with a knife, but the second was beaten with bare hands.

Gook-doo reports to the hospital to stand guard over the second victim. He uses the chance to compare her injuries to the autopsy pictures, and realizes that it was actually just one attacker who was trying to subdue the women, not kill them.

Bong-soon also arrives at the hospital to visit Secretary Gong and his broken tailbone, which happened as a result of their chicken fight. On her way in, she bumps into a doctor with glasses and a face mask. She walks on, but the doctor stares after her.

Bong-soon’s visit with poor Secretary Gong goes about as well as you could hope, which is really not very well. The unfortunate secretary spends half the time flinching away with his healing derriere up in the air as Bong-soon tries to give him well-meaning advice for healing. She actually suggests a drink called “poop liquor,” made from excrement and alcohol (Ew.)

After leaving the wailing Secretary Gong, Bong-soon spies Gook-doo as he stands guard. Cue sparkling lights and shiny love beams once again. She makes her way over to talk to him, just as a certain creepy doctor with glasses and a facemask walks straight past Gook-doo into the victim’s room.

Gook-doo thinks nothing of it as the person is a doctor, and while he chats it up with Bong-soon outside, Creepy Doctor injects the patient with some neon yellow liquid. Yikes. Also, bad Gook-doo! Worst guarding ever.

Creepy Doctor leaves the room, and while Gook-doo notices him, he doesn’t seem to suspect anything. He asks Bong-soon to watch the door for him while he uses the bathroom, warning her not to let anyone other than a doctor or nurse inside.

Immediately after he leaves, the patient starts convulsing in her room. Just as Bong-soon looks in worriedly, Creepy Doctor comes back with a gurney and Bong-soon opens the door for him. He transfers the victim and calmly instructs Bong-soon to inform the officer (Gook-doo) that she’s being taken for surgery, then wheels her away.

Creepy Doctor covers the woman in a sheet, and of course walks right past the returning Gook-doo, who doesn’t recognize that it’s his victim.

Gook-doo arrives back at the now-empty room, and Bong-soon starts to tell him about the doctor, when the patient’s actual doctor arrives looking for his patient. Bong-soon confusedly ekes out that this doctor’s voice is different from the other masked doctor, and Gook-doo flashes back to the passing gurney. Turns out he did notice Creepy Doctor going by, and had noted the cut up feet sticking out from the covering.

Gook-doo sprints through the hospital, frantically searching for his lost victim while calling in to report the kidnapping. While he runs around, Creepy Doctor wheels the woman into a side room, transfers her to a wheelchair, and changes his clothes, all the while humming softly.

It’s a spine-tingling moment as we see Gook-doo desperately searching while the kidnapper’s humming echoes eerily.

Gook-doo manages to spot the kidnapper as he pushes his victim out the front door, but by the time he catches up, all he finds is the abandoned wheelchair by the underground parking garage.

Oh god. We cut over to an empty, underground prison straight out of a horror show, complete with dripping water, female mannequins, and a weird projected image of a hand tapping against a window. The kidnapper, now wearing a flesh colored head mask, carries the still unconscious woman down into his lair.

Back at the hosptial, Gook-doo escorts Bong-soon out. It’s clear that they both feel horrible about losing the woman, but Gook-doo doesn’t blame her, saying it was his own fault for leaving his post.

Bong-soon suddenly remembers when she bumped into Creepy Doctor in the hallway earlier, and then his voice when he wheeled the patient out. She tells Gook-doo that she heard the kidnappers voice, and assures him that she could recognize it if she heard it again.

Gook-doo is happy to have a lead and starts to head to the station, but he pauses to reassure Bong-soon that this wasn’t her fault.

This is getting disturbing. At the prison lair, the kidnapper has changed the woman into a wedding dress and proceeds to slooowly inject her with more of the yellow liquid. *shudder*

Gook-doo returns to face his understandably furious team leader, while the other cops are angry at the audacity of the criminal to steal the victim right out from under them. Gook-doo interrupts to request a civilian protection detail for Bong-soon, since the kidnapper has seen her face.

That night, Bong-soon stares out at the stars and remembers the patient when she started convulsing. Her twin brother, Bong-ki, joins her, and she laments, “Even if I have strength, I can’t do anything in these situations.” Still, she wonders if there is some way she could have helped the woman.

The next morning, Bong-soon is back at work, and Min-hyuk asks after the second attack that occurred in her neighborhood. She morosely admits the victim was kidnapped. This is news to him, and Min-hyuk watches the news report, getting strangely excited to hear about it.

Like a little kid with a puzzle, Min-hyuk calls it fascinating, marveling at the suspect’s brilliance. Bong-soon points out that a person being kidnapped shouldn’t be thrilling, but Min-hyuk argues that the mystery of it is still interesting, especially the question of why they killed one victim, but kept the other alive.

Bong-soon gets drawn in as Min-hyuk does an alarmingly accurate analysis of the criminal. He deduces that he had wanted to capture the victim alive, and only used the knife when the first woman resisted, otherwise he’d have stabbed her in more fatal spots to begin with.

When Bong-soon remarks that he understands a criminal’s mind very well, he tells her that as a child, his dream was to be… a criminal.

They’re interrupted when Bong-soon gets a call from Gook-doo, who informs her that he’s assigned a protection detail for her, overriding her protests. Wait, are we getting a bodyguard for the bodyguard? Oh, I hope so.

When she hangs up, Min-hyuk guesses she has a crush on this cop. Bong-soon is shocked that he figured it out, but Min-hyuk scoffs that it’s pretty clear, calling her a very transparent person. He does compliment her taste, since Gook-doo is very good-looking, then he interrupts her to say that Gook-doo is “totally my type.” Pah!

Bong-soon tries to point out that Min-hyuk hates cops, but he waves it away. “I like the pretty cops,” he says, and wiggles his eyebrows. This is awesome.

Min-hyuk’s flirting(?) drops pretty fast when Bong-soon tells him about her new protective duty. Cut to Bong-soon standing at attention with a solemn cop standing at attention behind her, and Min-hyuk staring aghast at both of them.

Min-hyuk pulls the officer aside (calling him “Mr. Cop”) and tries to explain that Bong-soon doesn’t need protection since she’s REALLY strong. He even tries to egg him into chicken fighting with her, but Mr. Cop proves smarter than Secretary Gong and stoically maintains his post.

Frustrated, Min-hyuk goes for a drive with Bong-soon in the front seat, Mr. Cop in the back. When Mr. Cop says that he’ll be guarding Bong-soon until he receives different orders, Min-hyuk goes off on a mini rant about why he doesn’t like the police: (1) they’re slow, (2) they backstab you, (3) they do senseless things, and (4) no matter how much you warn them, they don’t listen. All the while, Bong-soon opens and closes her mouth, silently mocking his tirade. Hah.

Returning to the prison lair, the masked kidnapper (let’s go with Masked Man since he’s not dressed as a doctor anymore) meticulously washes his victim, who’s handcuffed to the bed. The woman wakes up in the middle of his ministrations and immediately starts screaming. Masked Man talks to her sweetly at first, saying he went through so much to get her back and calling her his first bride, but he grows frustrated when she continues to cry out for help.

He rages that he saved her when she was hurt, and the woman subsides into terrified whimpers. Masked Man turns sickeningly sweet again, assuring her that her husband’s right here. After forcing her to smile, he takes a sick Polaroid photo and hangs it on a wall full of empty picture frames… for future brides, maybe?

Min-hyuk attends a seminar, his bodyguard and her bodyguard both standing, well, guard. Bong-soon scans the audience for the stalker, and notices a sketchy guy lingering outside the auditorium. After the seminar, both Min-hyuk and Mr. Cop go to the restroom while Bong-soon waits outside.

Bong-soon quickly wanders off when she sees the sketchy guy from before, not noticing the man who slips into the restroom. Min-hyuk exits first and calls out to Bong-soon when she isn’t outside. Thankfully, she runs over quick, describing the sketchy guy she say earlier.

Min-hyuk scoffs at that, saying that the truly bad people look completely ordina–… but then he stops to see that Mr. Cop hasn’t come out yet, and runs back in the restroom just as the man from before comes tearing out. Min-hyuk and Bong-soon find Mr. Cop on the floor, stabbed in the gut. Min-hyuk snaps at Bong-soon to call an ambulance while he applies pressure.

At the hospital (again), Min-hyuk worries that things have gotten more serious: He never expected the stalker to resort to this kind of violence. He tells Bong-soon to resign, but she refuses flat out, “It’s my job to put my client’s life above my own. Don’t fire me. I’ll protect you.” Aww.

Bong-soon asks if there’s anyone he could think of that would want to hurt him, but unfortunately there’s a long list, including even his family members.

Min-hyuk confides that he and his two brothers all have different mothers, and that his family is a mess. To avoid them, he renounced his inheritance and started his own company, AinSoft, but his success just further convinced his father that he should leave the family business to Min-hyuk. From then on, he became “Public Enemy #1.”

Bong-soon swears that no matter who the stalker is, “I am definitely going to catch them.” Min-hyuk appears moved by her earnest promise, but they’re interrupted when the doctor informs them that Mr. Cop will be fine. (Yay!)

We cut to a room where a pretty young woman is practicing cello. This is JO HEE-JI (Seol In-ah), Gook-doo’s girlfriend, and the two meet at a café. Gook-doo arrives late, and has completely forgotten it’s their 100 day anniversary. This seems normal though, and Hee-ji takes it in stride, saying that he must have been busy.

After the hospital, Min-hyuk drives Bong-soon home. He gives her a soft look and proposes, “Stay with me tonight. I’ll protect you, and you will protect me again.” Oof. It’s a nice moment, until Min-hyuk ruins it by telling her to lower her expectations, since she seems to be getting excited. Pfft.

This devolves into a bicker fight, with Bong-soon insisting that there’s no reason for her to go to his house, and Min-hyuk grouchily pointing out that she should try flirting with him more and that spending a night with him is an amazing opportunity. Hah! So then, she should get excited?

Grasping at straws, Min-hyuk cites her contract, which states that she’s supposed to do whatever’s necessary to protect the client no matter what. He even adds a meek, “I’m scared,” but to no avail.

At the café, Gook-doo is still on his date when he gets the call that Bong-soon’s bodyguard detail was stabbed on the job.

Back in the car, Min-hyuk uses the argument that her staying with him will make Gook-doo jealous, and this does seem to catch her attention. He adds a final, “I don’t want to be alone,” and Bong-soon finally caves… after insisting he pay her double since this is overtime. Girl has priorities.

The two arrive at Min-hyuk’s house, where Bong-soon gets a call from Gook-doo asking where she is.

Min-hyuk and Bong-soon share pot ramyun, and hilariously he can barely swallow it without burning his mouth, while she calmly slurps it down. (Bit of a gender swap.) Bong-soon sees the leftover walnut pie and admits that it’s her family’s bakery, leading Min-hyuk to get huffy that she used him to boost her family’s sales.

He teases her about them eating ramyun at night (a common Korean pickup line, “Want to have some ramyun with me?”), but the references goes completely over the innocent Bong-soon’s head.

Their late-night, not-naughty ramyun session is interrupted by the doorbell, and in storms a righteous Gook-doo, who glares daggers at Min-hyuk. Oh boy.

Gook-doo immediately demands to know whose house this is, and Min-hyuk nonchalantly steps up to say that Bong-soon will be staying here tonight, so he has nothing to worry about.

Unsurprisingly, Gook-doo isn’t having it and tells Bong-soon that they’re leaving, calling her crazy for recklessly staying at a man’s house. Gook-doo grabs Bong-soon’s wrist to pull her out the door, but Min-hyuk quickly grabs her other wrist and tugs her back, telling Gook-doo to let go.

Gook-doo slowly turns back and laser glares at Min-hyuk, demanding to know what he’s doing. Min-hyuk answers simply, “I need this girl right now.” Bong-soon stares back and forth between them as Gook-doo repeatedly states that he’s going to take her home, and Min-hyuk replies that he won’t allow it. They step closer and closer, both hands holding Bong-soon’s wrists, as Min-hyuk gives a final, “I said, no.”

 
COMMENTS

Oh, boys. I understand the testosterone show, but why do they always have to grab the wrist? I guess it’s some comfort that with this girl, she isn’t going anywhere she doesn’t want to go, no matter how hard you pull.

So, this episode was a bit lighter on the “light and fluffy” aspect than I was expecting (and clearly everyone sucks at guard duty), but I’m still really liking this show. The problem that’s rising from the darker tone is that there’s a dichotomy going on to the point where I feel like there are two independent shows playing at once: the cute and fluffy Bong-soon and Min-hyuk, and the creepy kidnapper and Gook-doo. Each one is interesting, and I’d say I’m almost equally invested in both, but they haven’t yet meshed into one show. It’s still way too early to judge, and right now I’m just enjoying the ride, but I can’t deny that it’s a bit jarring when the solemn tone of the kidnapper clashes with the lightheartedness of the CEO/Bodyguard relationship.

It’s also confusing because there are two different criminals to watch: the slightly bad stalker, and the really bad kidnapper. I’m worried that they’re too ambitious in adding such a strong subplot, since they have two solid storylines going on, and – judging from past dramas — this means that one will eventually get forfeited to complete the other. Especially since this is a sixteen episode drama: Eight weeks goes by real fast when you have two criminals to catch, a love triangle to complete, and a supernatural ability to figure out. I really hope they can find a way to complete each storyline, because it’d be a shame if the plot of one was sacrificed to just provide filler for the other.

But all that aside, this really is shaping up to be an interesting show, if for nothing else than to watch Bong-soon be badass and Min-hyuk to be an unabashed lover of strong women. These two have an undeniable chemistry, and I’m glad we’re already getting a few quiet moments between them. I loved when Bong-soon told Min-hyuk that she’d protect him, both because it was the first time she seemed to care about him as a person, and because it was the first time she truly seemed to want to protect someone.

I had been worrying that working as a personal bodyguard for monetary gain would fall within the “abusing power” category and that Bong-soon would end up with leprosy or month-long diarrhea. But if she decides to protect someone simply because it’s right, and she cares that evil doesn’t succeed, I can’t imagine her family’s curse will have a problem with that.

 
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Second lead syndrome, here I am coming ??

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Park HyungSik is a total player,gosh, he can't play innocent like this. Flirting is second nature, such a pro. teehee...
I'm in love with Jisoo but here comes temptation...

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The ship sailed from the get go.
Ji Soo, sorry but not again this time. Tchk.
His character has a girlfriend and he doesn't really like our heroine that way so how is this ever gonna work?!
What's with secret psycho killer plot? Oh, yeah our petite heroine's got superpowers so she's gotta hv a nemesis worthy of that. Ok, let's just go with the flow.

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Seriously...I actually don't feel any chemistry between the leads. In fact, I would hope this drama's ending doesn't focus on the love triangle and instead intimately just let's the female heroine rock by herself. But that's probably not happening either. Sigh.

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I felt that too. No chemistry

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The second lead here is jisoo right? ah when will he get the girl... :(

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The answer is NEVER.

Ji Soo’s Song
(Sung to Kiss the Girl/The Little Mermaid)

There you see him (sha la la)
Striding right across the screen
He’s been in so many shows
I can’t keep track any longer
And I don't know why, but I start to cry
“You’re not gonna get the girl”

He grew sideburns
Thought they’d help him get the girl
That didn’t work out well
She expired soon after
So he’s down in the dumps
Coz he knows for sure
He’s so not gonna get the girl

Cry with me now

Boo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo why oh why
Don’t make my Ji soo cry
Ain't gonna get the girl
Woe, woe
Waaa-aa-aa-aa-aa-aa ain't it sad
Ain't it a shame, too bad
He’s gonna lose the girl

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"He grew sideburns"

I just can't... Crying reading this!

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I really sang it to the tune of 'Kiss the Girl.' :D And the 'He grew sideburns' line is HILARIOUS!!!

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you just killed me ! LOL

that said, I'm glad Gook-doo already has a girlfriend... as a matter of fact, I don't really see him with our main chick Bong-soon anyways. He's WAY to stoic.

I LOVE her with our weirdo gay-vibes CEO ! <3

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Brilliant!

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I feel you... it's sad... they have given him a girlfriend here so fans wouldn't be sorry if he doesn't get the girl lead...

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where's the breakfast scene in the beginning?

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It's supposed to be the company's (Anisoft) cafeteria, I think.

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"He's gay."

Wind blows.

"That's fine. Nobody is perfect. Its fine."

LOLOLOL

coolest mom ever

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And Mom said "It's okay!" four times. Hah.

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Haha that was my favorite part of this episode!

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I still laugh remembering that scene....hahahaha

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*Cold wind blows*

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Ohmy that was my favorite part too. It reminds me of my mom. Lols

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Who's prefect anyway. lol

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Thanks for the recap!!
I was under the impression that the kidnappings and the stalker thing were going to be related, though I don't know how. It would make it more cohesive.
I'm also happy that the editing is less snappy, as it nearly turned me off during the 1st episode

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I was thinking that too! Like maybe, the reason why Min-hyuk's pc wasn't hacked that morning was because the killer's too preoccupied with his first bride (lol we're back at searchimg for them brides again?) that the stalker forgot to threaten him? There was a creepy gif of a hand tapping a window sill in the killer's lair, after all.

But then, who stabbed Bong-soon's bodyguard? Or did he stab his self? (Yes, weird theory but it's just a theory!) Or we're dealing with more than just the killer and the stalker here? Those gangsters are still out and about too!

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If none of the baddies are pulling double duty, we might have as many as 5 separate ones

1: stalker (physical)
2: stalker (hacker / phone calls)
3: kidnapper / murderer
4: stabber
5: 7 beat-up gangsters from episode 1

Not that I think we actually have so many separate ones --- maybe stabber is cyberstalker's son and gangsters are his employees? Or something.

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I'm not sure but why do I feel that Ji Soo has something to do with the stalker. Like, I was doubting that he is actually the stalker. He looked suspicious in some scenes. I'm getting the "Oh my ghost" vibe in here. Hehe. Hoping that he's just a workaholic cop. Tehee

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I thought the cop-bodyguard may have been stabbed by a vengeful criminal who thought he was made when the cop followed Bong soon's looks at the audience. Perhaps the cop being the target had nothing to do with the stalker. I'll have to watch again (like I wasn't planning to anyway as Friday is so far away) to hear the conversation between the cop and Min Hyuk, which would have been overheard and misconstrued by the assailant hiding in the bathroom stall.

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The cop is probably a case of mistaken identity, like he's been mistaken as Min Hyuk's bodyguard. And Bong Soon is mistaken as Min Hyuk's assistant, probably why they leave her alone for now. Remember she bumped into the abductor and he was in a split second seen thinking about something. Either he recognised Bong Soon at the alley or her being the new girl next to MH.

The stabbing of the cop could be a/another warning to Min Hyuk. It is possible that Min Hyuk has been receiving threats right at the beginning when he was a student in the bus (if the burst tyre is not a coincidence).

The bad guys would probably try to implicate MH as the killer, the mention of big feet has me cold because MH has big feet, sorry I just keep seeing his big shoes.... hahaha.
Could be the good plot to kill a family member by ripping the trust his father had on him while not having him dead.

But then again, these could just be unrelated parallel stories, I'm just too excited about this show.

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if anyone remember highschooler MH riding that bus and carrying a bouquet of funeral flowers? i bet that was for his mom, and i bet that somehow the stalking and kidnapping happening today somehow relates to her death. this is pure speculation of course. but it would explain his distrust of the police force (might be he thought that his mom died of an unnatural cause and no one believed him)

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I feel bad for saying this but I'm WAYY more into the murder/mystery plot than the romance. I just want to know whats going on and why that guy is after her

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It's true that both a stalker plot and an abductor plot are a lot to juggle in a short episode run, but I think I am OK with whatever bizarre logic gets used to wrap up the murder and stalker threads as long as Min-hyuk doesn't turn out to be the abductor, creating the stalker situation to lure police away from his real activities.

I've seen weirder plot twists than that in non-Kdramas and though I'm new to Kdrama, I got the wrong kind of vibe at the part where Min-hyuk admitted to Bong-soon that as a child he wanted to be a criminal mastermind.

Add to that, Min-hyuk already possesses seemingly limitless wealth and an underground gaming lair (so theoretically if anyone in the Show's world could have a private creepy grotto it would be him), we've not been shown his whereabouts during any of the murderer/abductor's activities (though theoretically he could have been in his games room, playing), and that only the cop was stabbed at a venue where both assumed targets were present and in close proximity...

I REALLY don't want Min-hyuk to be the villain after seeing the way he crushes on Bong-soon, but I am a bit worried re: the points I mentioned above. Someone please tell me I'm wrong!!! Pretty pretty please...

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Started watching this show for JiSoo & Park Bo Young but i am totally falling for Park Hyun Shik !!! Minhyuk ah~ dont worry I could protect you too !!! This show is way too good its making my heart flutter !! Park hyung Shik has really found himself a good character !! Am really looking forward to how this show grows and i hope it never disappoints me !!

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ditto ... i have seen PHS only in hwarang but there and here, he tends to draw your attention to him

btw, can i say how awesome is MH written. usually "eccentric" is always mentioned in a character sketch of any show but the character is usually not eccentric.

but here they have got him exactly right - from obessession of feeding her, being a scared cat, imagining himself sherlock, finding her strength sexy, talking about flirting using 'tailbones' ..... H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S

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He's well written! And I cannot wait for the time that he starts to realize he has feelings for Bong-soon. That's gonna be one hell of a show!

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Tell me about it. I think I have just got a massive crush on this guy now. And it's not a sudden thing, he has caught my eye long ago in high society. His storyline was the only thing interesting about the show, and I was so surprised to see myself interested in him rather than the main couple.

And I did see Sirius on beanies recommendation, and he simply stole the scenes in first 10 mts. I was so disappointed he won't be appearing after!

Now after this drama, am just crushing on him super bad. Stalking ZE:A videos( where I got a huge shock seeing Jang Geu Rae being an idol), seeing his interviews and even rewatching his storyline in high society! I just Want MOAR Of him! ?

I really hope this drama turns out good! *prays to dramagods*

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I was surprised that Jang Geu Rae is an idol too (go Im Siwan!) ....and shocked that Park Hyungsik is in ZEA.

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Oh, you mentioned Sirius.
He was really good playing the twin. He even could came up with different crack of voice tones to set apart the twin. I was impressed. That was why I felt frustrated when there was no mentioning of how brilliant PHS is in the DB review section of Sirius because he definitely set the stage with that powerful opening.

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I know right!? He was so so good. From the tone to facial expressions, all of them were so different. I just wish he played the role throughout, I have to go back and finish the drama!

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Me too! I knew him thru Sirius! Have no idea he is an idol. I really love him and the actor who played the adult twin. I mean I love them in Sirius.hehe.

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oh I absolutely ADORED him in "High Society" !!! they were the only couple I cared about !

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It also helps that Hyung-sik played Min-hyuk in a natural, non OTT way. And he can do so much with his expression and line delivery. I feel like this unique role found a right actor.

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That's exactly it - many actor play a "quirky guy", but PHS is going for the much more subtle "guy with quirks". At first glance or even third he seems pretty normal, but you spend enough time with him and he is definitely dancing to his own beat.

It helps that he is completely unfazed by Bong Soon's strength on an everyday level. There's not a hint of "alpha male" syndrome with him - that's not to say he's weak, just that he seems completely unconcerned with how others perceive him when it comes to that.

The hand-holding scene was pretty telling about Min Hyuk, I think. Any other drama, that hand-holding effort would be a first step in a romance, but Min Hyuk was totally unaffected when Bong Soon took back her hand. I think he really was trying to think of how to be inconspicuous, like he's playing a spy game but on a really idle setting.

If you crate a scale of compelling weirdos, Nam Min Goong rates very high on extroverted, demonstrative quirkiness and he's surprisingly capable of doing it without coming across as parody. PHS is on the other end of the scale - just existential quirkiness that shows up in hints and starts, just enough to make you think "wait, what?".

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Agreed with what you said.

It's also quite interesting that what makes him weird, for me, isn't those facts from online articles (about his work ethic, his zero interest in women, his love for shopping), but his reaction to those rumor. Other people would find a way to told the truth, but he choose to just play along with what people think about him. Sometimes to the point of feeding those rumors himself.

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Agree! He genuinely cares despite looking so playful outside.
When he suggested to Bong Soon to stop being his bodyguard because it is now becoming more dangerous, Min Hyuk's eyes is full of softness. You can actually tell by looking at his eyes that he's worried & trully meant what he said which have been emphasized later on at the car when he said to Bong Soon "I'll protect you and you'll protect me."

Park hyung shik is one of the few actors who can act through their eyes. It's impressive.

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I agree; this is my first time watching Park Hyun Shik (despite picking this up because of the other two leads) and there's something about him and his acting that's inherently compelling; I'd not thought much about his first appearance but his portrayal grew on me, until I was wholeheartedly enjoying (and looking forward!) to scenes with him in them by ep 2. Fighting to the three leads!! ^^

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am i the only one who thinks that jisoo's acting is kinda awkward in this show? which saddens me to no end because i reallyyyy love him. initially thought i would have major second lead syndrome because i haven't really seen park hyung shik act before, but damn, i think i don't have to worry much about having second lead syndrome this time. him and park boyoung is soooo cute!!!

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Me too, he's kinda stiff sometimes, but overall he's still good tho

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yeah, I think he's bumping up against his limits, which is that awkward-puppy wheelhouse.

As I also noted in Scarlet Heart, Ji-soo generally does better in roles/scenes that call for him to portray intense emotion (which is now he damn near killed us dead in Angry Mom and Sassy Go Go), and this role doesn't call for that. But just let him get a scene in which he has to cry.....

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I think he is a pretty good actor. He didn´t have to cry that much in Fastastic and yet, I watch that drama just solely because of him and his noona crush.
I started to watch this show also because of him, but I don´t regret liking the caracter of Min-hyuk as well... Let´s wait and see what happens.

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I honestly felt like it was a character choice. The stiffness is a result of the cop being stiff. It's part of the divide between the two stories.

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I guess i'm the minority that doesn't have any problem with it,i guess i take his stiffness as part of his character jajja

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Same, I thought the stiffness was a part of Gook-doo's character too. I don't have a problem with it, but generally Ji-soo does better when he has a little more to do.

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Yes, no problem here either. That stiffness, that brusqueness, is what I would expect of a cop, spare with his words, unable to emote, a man's man in a hard world.

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Yes! I thought the same thing! I've seen him in other stuff and never thought he was stiff but I feel like something is just awkward about him in this role. It's like he's trying too hard to come across as stern and cold that it's veering into stiff category. Let's see, hopefully he comes into his own with it.

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I personally don't think Jisoo is that good of an actor to begin with, so his awkwardness isn't a surprise to me. I especially don't care for the way he delivers his lines. He's good at vulnerable puppy, but he's needs to work on everything else.

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So glad someone thinks the same thing! I really like Ji Soo, but I think he needs to build his resume until he has the ability to carry the show as a lead. Park Hyung Sik, though, was definitely ready to be lead material with his continued build up of scene stealing characters.

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I actually liked him here. It's very different from his puppy boy damaged characters. He just seems like a very hot headed young police guy.

And I think it's too early for second lead syndrome. The story is telling us to believe its a one sided crush - we need to wait out to see how Ji Soon actually feels.

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Agree. Could it be that the role is too mature for him?

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I think its the opposite. Jisoo does well when his roles are intense and emotional. Regular everyday roles show his weaknesses.

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I think so. I like JiSoo but they should have gone for a slightly older guy.

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I think it's on purpose. He's a standout in emotional roles so that's what we remember, but here he's playing a walled-off cop. I actually think he's doing a pretty good job - there is absolutely no confusion in these first episodes that not only does he not think of Bong Soon as a woman, he kind of doesn't think of her at all. Not in a cruel way, just... not on his radar.

It would be tempting to shade the character with concern for Bong Soon that has an emotional component, so I actually think he's doing a great job of drawing that line in every aspect of their interactions.

I'm sure this will change with time, and as soon as Min Hyuk starts getting flirty with him, we're going to see a lot more of the Ji Soo side we know well.

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Not only you. Ive mentioned in ep1. I find some scenes JS tends to overact, even his hands or standing stance looked awkward. Some of the lines he delivered felt like glaringly telling me he is acting instead of being the character. This coming from me who loves Jisoo in angry mom, Page turner and Fantastic. I tries to overlook it cause some scenes he was ok. And im too invested in BS and MH
But as is from 2 ep, no 2nd lead syndrome for me at all

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That Ramyun line reminded me of Legend of the Blue Sea :D

This Gay-Not-Gay thing is the best! I love it and PHS plays it perfectly hahaha! Mom is so horrible though, her motivation that it didn't matter seemed more about his money and beauty than genuinely caring for diversity, lol.

I can't stand her and the jealous hens she has as friends, no wonder she lost her powers. She's acting like a thug all the time.

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As a side note kind of thing, I think Mom's line of "it's fine... nobody's perfect!" was meant more for a comedic effect than to show her "bad character"! Especially since she was nagging on BS to get married ASAP and she repeated it's fine numerous times. (Though of course she is portrayed as a bitter, jealous ahjumma most of the time LOL).

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She said something like"It's okey,there are no more real man out there" made it even more hilarious in front of all of them

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True. From all the characters, I actually like Mom the least. She does nothing constructive, and yet she critizises and belittles her own daughter!!!! Not nice!

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Yeah- I don't like the Mom character either. I don't understand why other people say she's the best mom. She seems more mean spirited to me and she really doesn't seem to treat Bong Soon well. Well, she did become a bully and as a result lost her powers, and she still seems to be bullying her family.

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I don't think she is the best Mom, but I don't think she is that horrible either. She is blunt and brash, but not mean-spirited. While she nagged Bong-soon a lot, I think it was mostly because she was worried since her daughter had a hard time finding a job, not to mention she also needs to concealed her super-strength. And also, since the drama showed her harsh attitude in a more comedic tone, it's easier to tolerate her.

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Thanks for the recap candidclown!

I know a lot of people said they found this episode less fun but I enjoyed it all the same. Guess that's why I can watch Voice and lighter fare like Moonlight/SKKS and enjoy both- my taste runs both ways!

But I definitely didn't expect evil kidnapper to be quite so creepy- he gave me Voldemort vibes with that freaky mask!

Still I'm enjoying the banter between Bong Soon and Min Hyuk and for me it balances out the slightly freaky side plot such that I don't take it too seriously and think too much about plot holes or realism. I'm here for the hijinks, shaking house sound effects when Bong Soon jumps or falls and the awesomensss of having a tiny girl kick some serious ass. ?

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So am not the only one who got Voldemort vibes! The mask seriously looked like it has no nose.

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My 1st thought was Voldemort.
Then im thinkin is that a mask sheet. Would have made a good PPL. When they finally revealed the culprit with supple and well moisturised face..a hoot imagining that

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We're the same! I enjoyed creepy/thrilling dramas & equally enjoyed fluffy & light one. That's why I'm very ecstatic about this show because it gives me both vibes

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I was like voldemort?! Wat r u doin' here???!! No wonder bong soon have super power.

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Has anyone else noticed how freakin' HUGE the villain's hands are?? it's weird.

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Park Hyun Sik!!!! I love you ???
I will definitely not fall for 2nd lead syndrome...
(praying for god to stop my 99% possibilities for SLS almost in every kdramas) coz I can't betray my love ?

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That serial killer is inspired by voldemort or something, seriously he creeps me out, I hope the theory about the killer being Bong Soon's twin brother is false hopefully

I like all of the three leads, especially Bong Soon and Min Hyuk's interaction, when he's asking why Bong Soon doesn't try to flirt with him in the car it made me admire his character more lol, he's really cheeky

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More likely it's the dude who pretended to save the victim...Looks the same as the one who kidnapped her at the hospital along with the voice
The mix is beteween Frankenstian and Phantom of the Opera as theme of his for real

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I was thinking the same thing. The 'witness' is the killer.

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The way the witness behaved during his testimony seemed highly suspicious to me. I feel like this show is leaving clues out in the open for us-- like when Min-hyuk said that the only one of his (half-)brothers he can trust is his second oldest brother (which means he's the one I'll trust the least).

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Yes, the witness seemed a little suspicious to me.

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Yes, I was wondering why the police were so trusting of the witness...I mean its quite an obvious place to start investigating. Then again, the police aren't coming across as particularly bright here... :/

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And the 'witness' said the guy has big feet and the detective also said the 1st killer has big feet. Notice how big Min Hyuk's feet are, just saying...

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So, it seems like the killer tried to specifically frame Min-hyuk? I wonder if he is also the one who harassed our CEO via phone call and hacking these past two months. Or is he a different person who just in cahoots with the terror caller?

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Yes, that's what I thought too. And the lead about the perpetrator having big feet is to mislead the police because:
(1) they’re slow, (2) they backstab you, (3) they do senseless things, and (4) no matter how much you warn them, they don’t listen.

Min-hyuk you've nailed most of drama-land's police force!

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This drama is definitely odd, like I said before it is like two dramas mixed into one. However I continue to find it intriguing, and the characters are interesting (specifically the main characters).

Bong Soon is a sweet and super-cute everyday girl, just because she has a super-strength doesn't change that fact. She gets scared and nervous (like when she saw the cop stabbed), mixes up her non-k-words shown in her funny conversations with the male lead (stop motions=stock options, femme omtale=femme fatale lol), and isn't the brightest crayon in the box. However I like that she is not perfect, it makes her more likable and endearing.

Min Hyuk on the other hand seems to be a more layered and mysterious character than I had anticipated. On one hand he seems like a super-cool and super-smart young CEO with a sarcastic and cold attitude. On the other hand he seems to have a darker side, like when he told BS that his "dream was to become a criminal"...unless that was his morbid humor, it did feel like the show was trying to cast the male lead also in a suspicious light.

Gook Doo seems like the hardworking cop/detective who is a bit rude and dry in his attitude. He's not very smart but he's not stupid either. However although he seems careless towards DS, he really cares. He just seems like the type of man who doesn't show his emotions.

As for the killer plot, like I said before I really didn't expect this drama to have such a disturbing major subplot that will most probably run through the drama. My theories about the killer/unhinged-kidnapper are limited so far, but I think he might not be working alone.

The editing in this drama is choppy at times, which makes me wonder if that is deliberate or if those are advertisement breaks, or if the editing is just simply bad?

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No, I feel editing is something they really have to work on. It just doesn't fit. They have multiple genres here - they just can't take and fit it wherever they like. Its alright now, but am afraid future live shoot might affect it more.

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I actually liked that beside the fun we have some substance here. Reminded me of Buffy, the series which managed a
'monster of the week' subplot for each episode while maintaining the general storyline, romance, laughs and plenty of character development for all the scoobies.
But then Joss Whedon is a genius.
This drama may be a bit ambitious and maybe they bit off more than they can chew, but at least it's not repetative with the plot moving with the speed of an aging snail like many of the others I'd watched this season.

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It's odd to me that the killer plot is actually really disturbing, almost Silence of the Lambs disturbing. It makes me uneasy. It almost seems wrong to juxtapose it with light rom-com in other scenes. I'm not squeamish, I like thrillers and serial murder stuff too, but it almost makes light of the victim's pain when the audience has to adjust from disturbing scene anxiety to light-hearted amusement.

I'll give this show a chance but I think I was expecting more Weightlifting Fairy than Voice, or some weird combination of the two. Aside from that, the girl hasn't won me over yet, though the guy lead is intriguing. But I am premature perhaps and will give the show a chance to win me over.

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I expected the murdery storyline, but I was expecting something more straightforward deaths like Bones or Castle or even Tae Oh from Missing 9, but the violence seem more like Criminal Minds. Like that poor victim is getting tortured. Which is a step too far for me.

I love any scene of Bong soon using her powers! I'm hoping we can see more of that instead of being focused on the serial killer storyline.

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It was like a piece of criminal minds episode, the torturing part. Maybe the writer is a fan? Since it's also on jisoo's line.

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Exactly. The torturing and creepiness is a step too far from the rest of the storyline.

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I agree with you, Barbrey. I had the same objection to "Descended from the Sun."

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Never watched DotS because it kind of bored me, but if thats the case even more glad I stopped watching.

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I'm actually digging the creep factor in this drama because I love dark dramas but I always have to take a breather in between episodes and heal through some other fluffy material.

However, this drama lets me flip back and forth between the genres like a game of whack-a-mole. It's great.

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I like it! But then I like dark and twisty, so I'm enjoying (for certain values of "enjoy") the kidnapper stuff. He's super creepy. And Bong-soon and Min-hyuk's sarcastic banter kills me.

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Indeed this episode felt "darker" than the first one. At a certain point I thought I was watching "Voice". Still, lovely show, lovely OTP, can't wait for the weekend to come.
Thanks for the recap!

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I seriously thought he was going to say that he wanted to become a DETECTIVE when he was young. And so when he blurted out that he always wanted to become a criminal instead, I bursted laughing so hard and cracked my face mask.

Park Hyung Sik is love. The role is charming enough but he took it to another level. I am so glad that I discovered in Hwarang and he is the one who brought me here. Hyungsikness is a major syndrome.

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Hyungshikness ! I didn't know we had a term for it! Count me in ! ?

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I first liked Hungsik in Nine: Nine times travel. Then briefly in Heirs. He has great charisma but he really looked so young then. I am glad that now he is the lead male because he really deserves it. Watch what happens to my family, he was also great in that drama.

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I first saw him in High Society. I wanted to watch it because of Sung Joon but ended up watching it for Park Hyungsik and Lim Ji Yeon. To this day, they are still the best couple to me! They were the best thing in that drama, I mean, the only good thing! I actually think his chemistry with Lim Ji Yeon was so much more than with Park Bo Young here... And I watched Hwarang for Park Hyungsik and ended up falling in love with Park Seo Joon! I guess maybe I'll end up falling for Jisoo here! But Park Hyungsik will always have a special place in my heart! Glad you got to see him here! He really is an amazing actor!

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That killer is one deranged psycho!!!
On a light note,look at Minhyuk wanting her so badly to seduce him and even using her crush as tool to make her stay by his side...The guy is totally into her and giving all this obvious hints

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Agree! He genuinely cares despite looking so playful outside.
When he suggested to Bong Soon to stop being his bodyguard because it is now becoming more dangerous, Min Hyuk's eyes is full of softness. You can actually tell by looking at his eyes that he's worried & trully meant what he said which have been emphasized later on at the car when he said to Bong Soon "I'll protect you and you'll protect me."

Park hyung shik is one of the few actors who can act through their eyes. It's impressive.

We're the same! I enjoyed creepy/thrilling dramas & equally enjoyed fluffy & light one. That's why I'm very ecstatic about this show because it gives me both vibes

as long as Min Hyuk is consistent

He is so into her but he is yet to realized it. & when he realized it, I want Min Hyuk to go all out & give us a swoony romance because it is the reason why I'm here but ofcourse I need to mention the one sided bromance (LOL because I think Gook Doo is too serious to be playful & sweet towards Min Hyuk) which is on its way based on the preview

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Park Bo Young is such a squirt next to the two boys it just makes her cuter than possible.... ㅠㅠㅠㅠ

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I mean.... I find it hilarious that they have to cut part the boys' heads sometimes to fit Boyoung AND the boys.... XDD

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And for the poster shoot, she actually had to stand on a stool.

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I did not know I liked height differences until JS had to bend down so he could look PBY in the eye. I died. The boys are a full foot taller than her - and they call her noona on set. This is way too adorable.

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I didn't realize how short Park Bo young was until I saw the height difference between Cop/Bodyguard and Hyung Sik. He dwarfed Hyung Sik by many inches and Hyung Sik in turn dwarfs Bo young. Talk about petite!

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LOL at the scene when Min Hyuk said "is it pyramid selling?" he is talking about the she-guards-me-you-guards-her set up but when Min Hyuk stands up, it seems like it is literally a "Pyramid" because of their height differences

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AAAAAAGH THAT KILLER, I needed three episodes of My Little Pony to go to sleep after watching that

I know everyone's finding it a tad weird that this fluffy romcom has a serial killer in the middle, but I remember another drama that did the exact same thing (had a serial killer plot that forced the OTP to live together for protection) and I remember that turning out just fine.

(that other serial-killer-romcom was none other than I Hear Your Voice)

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Totally true. Best drama ever.
Let´s wait this drama is at least the half of good IHYV was!

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I feel like this drama is trying to do what I Hear Your Voice did so well, which was to mix comedic, romantic, and supernatural elements with some thriller stuff thrown in, but it just doesn't flow that well here. Not to say that I'm not enjoying this drama so far, just that I wish the editing/flow was better, since this drama has so much potential!

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The editing is certainly choppy, the beginning of the episode had me mildly confused. I really hope they get a handle on that, because it would be a shame if the show was let down.

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LOL, I love the idea of using MLP as brain bleach. I'll have to try that!

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Hahaha, MLP isn't exactly bright & sunny, it has its dark side too..

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From King, to CEO....woowwww love it!?

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BTW, our 'bodyguard' is not much of a bodyguard ... so i'm loving that he still hired her just because he is so damn curious. like she is a puzzle he wants to figure out.

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This is exactly what I felt about MH hiring her :D

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Have felt that he secretly has the same thing in mind with Bong-soon, which is to create a game where the heroine is a "super strong woman" :D

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I looove this show so far... Although the creepy criminals scare me to death.
Now, I really wonder who will get the girl. Because she has a crush with Gook-doo since ages. That must count. I want her to be with him! Although I like Min-hyuk as well... He is soooo funny!
I hope the love triangle remain unclear for a while, for a long while...

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Despite that creepy kidnapper, I'm loving the chemistry between the main leads!

Since Friday is way too far, I had to watch their presscon and some clips on youtube to keep me sane. And the chemistry is there, even the BTS! I ship Bong-soon and Min-hyuk BUT I'm shipping PBY and PHS more!

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The Behind-The-Scenes of this show makes my heart flutter 100x faster than when I'm watching the drama itself. Bo Young & Hyung Shik still have the oozing chemistry even off the cam. Which is good because it reflects unto our screen.

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I know! That presscon was just! The way he touched her hair, she didn't even notice it was him HAHAHA Tooo cute!

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I am so hyped for the next few episodes of this show!

- Think PHS does best in these kind of cheeky roles that have an unexpected softer, serious side to them (especially after seeing previews for E3) (btw this isn't a spoiler, right, since I didn't mention anything in the preview? Just in case). His character here reminds me a little of Jinheung in Hwarang. I feel like he was wasted in that show (so much bromance potential that could have been unlocked between him and fake-SunWoo!), so I hope this show is going to be much better in that department.

- I love Jisoo and all, but so far his very, (VERY) upright and stiff character feels a little flat to me. Hope to see more out of him in the upcoming episodes!

- I died when the masked man appeared... he looks horrific in that mask. T_T

- While a double wrist grab may seem "meh" in terms of the gender equality/gender-role swap messages this show intends to portray... I actually kind of enjoy all the things Min Hyuk says that sound horribly like a double innuendo (especially how he says it with such a straight face).

- I can't even decide whether I want her to leave, or to stay in the house with him that night. Hmmm. (Please let next week come soon!)

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park hyung sik!!! i cannot stop swooning over him! is it just me or does he really kind of looks like a young Ji Sung.

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yeah, he looks like a young Ji Sung...he also looks like a young Lee Ki-woo (of Flower Boy Ramyun Shop drama)

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yes. I had always in my mind that he looks like Ji sung. Finally, someone said what i had in my mind. haha

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He looks exactly like a baby Ji-sung!

I remember seeing a screencap of him in Hwarang beside a screencap of Ji-sung in Defendant and for a second I actually thought they were the same person.

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Yup! I think he look most like Ji Sung during Ji Sung's role in Protect the Boss.

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I think he looks more like Miura Haruma from a few years ago myself...

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I just had this crazy realization that the witness is the culprit! It totally makes sense, as he was the only one who was at the scene so we only have his words to go by, and most importantly why did the attacker run away when he could have threatened the witness too , also the witness guy looks shady too.

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Agree. But what's the comment about the big feet? I feel like that's an important clue.

We need Louis to come lay down a trap with his lightsaber and coffee so we can figure this out...

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HAHAHA, I thought the same thing at the mention of big feet; where is Louie-ya when you need coffee grounds and powders on the floor so you can ID the brand of shoes via tread prints? Mack-shim coffee to the rescue!

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Honestly I'm already worried about how well the drama will gel two very different genres together. We'll see but it became less of a must watch drama after the 2nd episode for me.

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Well that escalated quickly. Two attacks in one episode! One would expect this momentum around the middle to the final quarter of the story! Hey don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, just wondering if they're this stab happy two episodes in, by the time we're at the halfway mark will we be on a constant stab- head to hospital carousel?

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Creepy Kidnapper is scarier than No-Face. Darn it. Now I have to watch all remaining episodes with one hand on my monitor power switch, and be ready to scroll quickly past scary screenshots on recaps. I wish that wasn't the case, but oh well. The rest of the drama makes up for it. Thanks for the recap, Candid Clown!

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Yeah I love this show completely! It's so weird with the different tones from light hearted to dark but it actually meshes well to me. Sometimes the dark scenes with the kidnapper borders on ridiculous and I think that's part of the reason I like it. And of course every hero needs her villain!

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I should hve something constructive to say but all I cn think of is Ji soo' s thighs, like tht hallway scene at the hospital hd me going like HOLY THIGHS!!! Will it be too bad if I wish for more full body shots of Ji soo in tight, tight jeans (thank you skinny jeans) ?

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YES! Someone else noticed! Are you also wiping drool off your computer screen right now, or is that just me?

Part of me was caught up in the drama of the moment as Ji-soo was searching frantically in the hospital, but the other part of me was like "Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn boy, you make those jeans look goooooooood...".

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And I keep looking at Ji Soo's thighs thinking about the scary bone illness and surgery he had on his leg in the middle of Fantastic . I sure hope he's out of pain.

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Park Shin Hyuk looks so damn gorgeous. He is a such a scene steal-er with his beautiful face plus his acting which is calm , charming and not OTT..

For me, Min hyuk really is very mysterious more than what he actually shows to be. I got a bit of shock when he said ' i wanted to be a culprit for once' . I know he is not the killer, but he seems to know A LOT more than a even a police officer knows. I am curious as to why he wants to be different,to be a culprit not a hero. Also , i need answers why he actually never asked questions as how a tiny person like Bong Soon was able to beat-to-death the gangsters. He really is hiding something big, and also the real reason he is keeping Bong Soon by his side.

I think Gook Du really doesnt have a girlfriend, either maybe she is his friend, or somewhat related, but not on the boyfriend-girlfriend level. He really cares for Bong Soon, even though he dismisses her calls easily, without listening much to her blabbers.

The murder-kidnapping, and all of these crime related aspects kind of feels like, i am watching some other drama, which does not fully connect with me. .

And since i am watching VOICE at the same time,the darker creepier parts feel like i am watching a part of Voice drama, not Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. it is as if Moo Jin Huk and Kwon Joo migh pop up and solve the case.

So i wish, it kind of lightens up this crime thriller parts and bring more fluff and cuteness, because that is what i truly came for.

On the killer part, i think the killer is 99% the witness who gave the statement to the police. His hair, and his eyes match that witness guy so much.

I love both Ji Soo and PSH, but i wish this time PSH gets the girl. I am rooting for the main lead. Hwarang was too much to bear.

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"I am curious as to why he wants to be different,to be a culprit not a hero" - Because bad guys get to have all the fun. No really, 'crime doe not pay' is a naive belief. Life as a bad guy only sucks for you if you get caught, as long as you're smart enough to cover your tracks and not get caught, you can do pretty much what you want. Min-Hyuk isn't a complete jerk, so he's not exactly in favour of the kidnapper, or bad guys in general but he's smart enough and maybe has always been to understand this. Also I agree with you, there is a lot he's not telling, and a lot he is actively hiding. He uses his carefree shallow attitude to cover it beautifully. I have to say I'm loving the character and the way he's being played. Usually when we see characters like him, who use jerk behaviour as a shield, the narrative tries too hard to show both sides of their personality. So the jerk ego is a HUGE ass, so entitles he doesn;t know how to deal with people normally, but the soft ego is absolute marshmallow. It's hard to believe the world thinks of this person as a jerk when half the time you see them wearing their hearts on their sleeves.
With Min Hyuk I'm seeing a change though. He wears his jerk shield beautifully, which seems natural for someone who's probably borne it all his life. So he can be a jerk, still behave relatively normally with people around him, and when his nice guy side slips out it doesn't look like a complete aberration. I'm not a big fan of the show. I don't hate it or anything, but it's not my usual cup of tea, but I'd watch it for him.

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"So he can be a jerk, still behave relatively normally with people around him, and when his nice guy side slips out it doesn’t look like a complete aberration."

Completely agree with this. It reminds me of the walnut cafe scene, where Mom and her friends ogled him. I thought he would turned his nose up and acting all haughty, but he only gave them small bow with neutral (albeit squirming a bit) expression. And at that moment Mom was a complete stranger for him, since he didn't know that she is Bong-soon's mother.

And rather than acting like a jerk, he is more like someone who calmly observe the world revolves with amusement and detachment. A bit like someone who played a certain game for the first time and took their time to take notes of all the situations before doing something fun for their own gain.

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I have to mention again the scene where he genuinely asked Bong Soon to stop protecting him because it is getting too dangerous & when Bong soon declines, He then mentioned in the car that he'll protect her & she'll protect him. It not only show Min Hyuk's soft side but also emphasize gender issues where everyone, whether male or female can protect each other in anyway that they can. (I'm not taking Bong Soon's super strength here. Instead, trying to delv deeper into what the show wanted to relay to its audience)

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Agreed. I'd also like to add that it also shows how he doesn't think of her as less than him simply because she's ostensibly his body guard, or at least his employee. So I loved how he moment shit got real for him, he immediately tried to fire her to keep her safe. Not I think because he's got feelings for her, (If he does they're probably quite nascent at this time) but because he's genuinely a decent enough person who does not want to involve her in a problem that has nothing to do with her.
Carrying forward that theme, when she insists she'll stay, 1. he respects her decision and moves to the next step without trying to change her opinion, 2. immediately moves on to that invitation to stay together, like he was saying okay we're in this together? then lets do this together.
Yeah he kinda ruined that by the 'don't get excited' comment but I can't hate him too much for that either; we've seen situations like this play out before and I always HATE the usual exchange of dialogues. Here though it came across like he was genuinely lightening the situation and not being an obnoxious ass. More importantly he didn't in any way imply she was safe from him because he didn't find her attractive. I appreciated his honesty and straightforwardness and I have a feeling once he does fall for her properly he'll go about that honestly as well as openly too.

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i like your gamer analogy. he does think of life as one big game (methinks it's a way of self defense against some inner pain he's hiding). i don't feel like he's a 'regular' jerk or an intentional one like so many leads in other dramas, but more like a detached observer of his surroundings, which could make him less able to connect emotionally to other people.

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I know it's a bit random but I love the jumper Bong Soon is wearing in the last scene ? Does anyone happen to know the brand of it? ?

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This recap came very late I've been refreshing this site as if my finals depends on it..so can you move your recap date up a little... pretty please..
sorry for complaining..i know you have a lot on your plate.

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Is poop wine really a thing?

I guess it could have some use as a kind of "get well soon or else" threatmedicine.

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According to Wikipedia, yes. (ew ew ew)

"Ttongsul, or feces wine, is an alcoholic drink made from feces and was introduced to the public by Vice Japan's reporter Yuka Uchida in 2013. She found Dr. Lee Chang Soo, who makes this apparently traditional Korean drink.

Ttongsul may be produced in either of two ways. The more time-consuming involves submerging a bamboo stick in a chamber pot which contains feces and alcohol. It is left there for several months as it ferments, and the ttongsul is extracted from the bamboo. A more rapid method, which may produce less favorable results, simply involves mixing alcohol and feces directly for several days.

Medicinal compounds produced from feces have a long history in China, Korea, and Japan. As long ago as the Tang Dynasty, chicken manure was used this way. Other types of feces were historically used in medicines, including that of flying squirrels, bats, hares, and sparrows and silkworms. In Japan, equine feces have been believed to have medicinal efficacy and have been traditionally used as a therapy since the Sengoku period. Equine feces is said to be especially effective in treating gunshot wounds by direct application to the area, or via consumption by mouth or in an aqueous mixture."

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