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Missing 9: Episode 14

We’re still uncovering the full truth of Jae-hyun’s murder, and I’m starting to wonder if we’ll ever know what really happened that night. Meanwhile CEO Hwang fights for his life, as all the survivors rally together to come up with a plan to stop Tae-ho and CEO Jang. Will they be able to outmaneuver the evil duo, now that Tae-ho knows the truth and is striking out on his own?

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

Tae-ho is treated for his stab wound, and the next day CEO Jang visits him in the hospital. He tells Tae-ho that this wouldn’t have happened if he’d just listened, but Tae-ho ignores him and asks why he killed Jae-hyun.

CEO Jang says he did it for Tae-ho, because Jae-hyun had heard everything they talked about that night while they thought he was dead. Tae-ho scoffs at the idea that killing Jae-hyun was the only option, and sarcastically sneers that he’s touched by CEO Jang’s concern for his welfare.

CEO Jang corrects Tae-ho, saying that he’s the one who killed Jae-hyun, and all CEO Jang did was clean up his mess. Tae-ho repeats that he shouldn’t have killed him, and that his life would have been very different than it is now.

On his way out, CEO Jang stops and asks what Tae-ho plans to do about So-hee’s cell phone. We see Tae-ho on the phone with Joon-oh earlier that morning, when Joon-oh had ordered Tae-ho to call off the police he’d sicced on him.

He’d warned Tae-ho that if the police found him, they’d also find So-hee’s phone, and that would be bad for both of them. Now Tae-ho tells CEO Jang that he’ll find the phone himself.

We flash back to a day soon after Jae-hyun’s death, when Tae-ho had an appearance at an event. He’d hallucinated seeing Jae-hyun standing at the back of the crowd, covered in blood and staring at him accusingly. The apparition soon disappeared, but Tae-ho had been severely rattled.

Afterward, CEO Jang had found him in the van, freaking out. Tae-ho had said he wanted to confess, and CEO Jang had slapped him and told him not to let an accident ruin his life. He tells him to keep quiet, let Joon-oh take the fall in the public’s eye, and soon it would all blow over.

Crying, Tae-ho had asked if he’s supposed to live the rest of his life feeling guilty. CEO Jang said it was too late to go back, and told Tae-ho that he’d soon discover that people can be capable of even worse things, as he hugged the terrified Tae-ho.

Later, Tae-ho had been talking to some reporters, and So-hee had walked past him with an enigmatic smile. They’d found themselves together in an elevator that same day, and So-hee had called him a murderer, and asked if he could forget.

Now Tae-ho sits alone in his hospital room, tears streaming down his face.

Ki-joon visits Ji-ah during a photo shoot, and they find a bench to sit and talk. Ki-joon apologizes for not telling her what was happening as they were looking for So-hee’s phone, and promises to be honest with her from now on.

Ji-ah suggests they they forget about all of that now, then asks if CEO Jang threatened Ki-joon because of the money her mother borrowed from the company. He pretends that she’s right, and asks if she feels that he meddles in her business.

She says no, because she knows why he does it. She adds that she also knows everything that happened between Ki-joon and her brother. They had been in the same unit in the army, where Ki-joon had been the unit’s doctor, when her brother had died in an accident. Ji-ah remembers Ki-joon crying more than anyone else at her brother’s funeral.

Ki-joon asks why she never said anything, and why she doesn’t hate him. She replies that her brother died while serving in the army, and she knows it wasn’t Ki-joon’s fault. Ki-joon feels like he killed her brother, but Ji-ah argues that he was only trying to save her brother’s life.

She also knows that Ki-joon gave up his army career and became her manager so that he could take care of her in her brother’s place. She tells him that he’s long since made up for her brother’s absence, and that’s why she forgives him.

Ji-ah tries to cheer Ki-joon out of his funk, and when it doesn’t work, she takes her coat off and drapes it over his shoulders. Awww. She heads back inside, leaving Ki-joon with his thoughts.

Joon-oh talks to someone on the phone, mentioning that Bong-hee invited him over to dinner. HA, he actually giggles, so cute. He spots a claw machine nearby with some cute stuffed critters, and decides to try for one. He wins one on the first try and gets excited, then wins another one on his second try.

Bong-hee sneaks up behind him and startles him, then decides she wants to try the game. She begs Joon-oh for some money, but though she tries several times, she never manages to win a toy.

Joon-oh gives Bong-hee both of the dolls he won, enjoying how happy it makes her. They chatter about nothing important as they walk to Bong-hee’s place, then Bong-hee calls Joon-oh “oppa” and it just about breaks his brain.

Bong-hee has invited everyone over, and Joon-oh tells them about the recording on So-hee’s phone that proves that CEO Jang killed Jae-hyun. Ji-ah asks why So-hee always blamed Joon-oh for his death, which makes everyone uncomfortable in front of Tae-young.

Tae-young says that there were a lot of things he didn’t know about his sister. He’d noticed that she was acting strange, but he didn’t want to acknowledge the change in her. Joon-oh says that they all ignored it, chalking it up to Jae-hyun’s death.

Bong-hee tries to defend So-hee, saying that she’s sure she didn’t make the recording planning to use it for blackmail. Ji-ah asks again why So-hee seemed to blame Joon-oh, especially since she’d always respected him a lot before, and Ki-joon suddenly thinks of something.

He remembers going to visit Joon-oh once after Jae-hyun’s death, and he’d found that So-hee was already there. She’d been sitting on the floor next to Joon-oh, who’d passed out while drinking.

Ki-joon had heard So-hee tell Joon-oh that she didn’t plan to come here, and she’d apologized to him. She’d tearfully said that she knew he didn’t do anything wrong, but that if she didn’t have someone to take her anger out on, she wouldn’t be able to bear her grief.

Prosecutor Jo says that So-hee probably felt guilty for letting Tae-ho and CEO Jang buy her silence. Tae-young looks sick that his sister was going through something so terrible, and he apologizes to Joon-oh on So-hee’s behalf. Joon-oh softens towards him, and says that it’s all in the past now.

He says they need to focus on making Tae-ho and CEO Jang pay for their crimes before Tae-ho does something else to one of them. Bong-hee adds that they need to stay alert until the press conference, and Ji-ah and Ki-joon promise to tell the truth this time.

Tae-young tells of his plan to make sure CEO Jang and Tae-ho can’t escape after the press conference, warning them all to be ready for the media storm that the recording on So-hee’s phone will cause. They all toast to their anticipated success, feeling optimistic.

Joon-oh suggests they move CEO Hwang to another hospital so that CEO Jang can’t get to him. They wonder what to do about Ho-hang, who hasn’t committed to testifying for them, worried that he might tell CEO Jang where CEO Hwang is moved to.

Ho-hang is currently headed to visit CEO Hwang in the hospital, where he finds Hwang’s wife asleep at his bedside. He goes to tuck CEO Hwang’s hand under the covers, but he sees his fingers twitching and freezes. They move again when Ho-hang grabs his hand, and then CEO Hwang opens his eyes.

Ho-hang’s happy shrieks wake CEO Hwang’s wife, and the two hug and cry. Ho-hang tells CEO Hwang to blink if he recognizes him, and Hwang blinks. He’s weak and has a long way to go, but he’s still in there.

Ho-hang calls Ki-joon, sobbing, and tells him the good news. Everyone rushes to the hospital, where they all get the news that he’ll probably make a full recovery. CEO Hwang’s lips wobble and his eyes fill with tears to see everyone alive and safe – having been one of the first survivors found, he didn’t know they all made it back. Oof, he’s not the only one crying.

Ho-hang heads to the Legend building to give CEO Jang the good news, but CEO Jang gets a call from an informant at the hospital before Ho-hang arrives. Ho-hang stops at his office door when he hears CEO Jang asking if CEO Hwang can talk, adding angrily that he only let him live because he couldn’t tell anyone what he knows.

Ho-hang is horrified to hear CEO Jang say that they have to kill CEO Hwang if it looks like he’ll regain the ability to speak. Tae-ho comes up behind him and startles him, asking why Ho-hang is just standing there, and Ho-hang stammers that he was just leaving and beats a hasty retreat.

Tae-ho asks CEO Jang if it’s true that CEO Hwang is awake. CEO Jang confirms it, and says that they need to kill CEO Hwang before he tells everyone that CEO Jang killed Jae-hyun.

Tae-young takes his evidence regarding Jae-hyun’s murder to the detective, and tells him to re-open the case. Tae-young asks if he investigated So-hee’s murder really thoroughly, and when the detective insists that he did, Tae-young says that he knows the detective is aware that Joon-oh is back.

The man grows defensive, but when he says that Tae-young doesn’t even have any proof of Joon-oh’s return, Tae-young asks why he sent detectives to Bong-hee’s house to catch him. The detective stops lying, but he says that even if Joon-oh is back, he won’t have an easy time clearing his name.

Tae-young tells him to tune in to the press conference tomorrow, and everything will be revealed. He adds that he’s also learned that the person who killed Jae-hyun is the same person who tried to kill CEO Hwang, and tells the detective to choose sides wisely.

As soon as Tae-young leaves, the detective calls Chairwoman Jo and tells her that Ki-joon is changing his story about So-hee’s murder, and that Jae-hyun’s case now looks to be a murder. He’s upset that the Special Investigations Committee did such a sloppy job, but Chairwoman Jo says that her job was just to collect information.

The detective warns her not to say things like that if she wants to be re-elected, and asks how she’ll face the voters if Joon-oh holds his press conference. He reminds her that she’s obligated to help him process this situation the way he was instructed.

CEO Hwang’s hospital room is bustling, with everyone rushing around taking care of him. Ho-hang is surprised to see them all, but he’s too ashamed to join them. He walks down the hallway, and comes upon Tae-young and Prosecutor Jo.

Prosecutor Jo says that a witness saw a man messing with the construction equipment just before CEO Hwang’s accident, and he hands over a composite sketch. It matches a photo of one of CEO Jang’s men, the same guy who was following Tae-ho.

Tae-young realizes that he knows the guy too — he’s the one who blocked him from entering the hospital room in China, where he’d seen CEO Jang talking to a patient (that turned out to be Tae-ho).

Tae-young instructs Prosecutor Jo to gather these pics with the evidence that CEO Jang bribed the Chinese hospital so his guys could kill Ji-ah and Ki-joon. He plans to use them to nail CEO Jang and Tae-ho as the culprits in both murder cases.

Chairwoman Jo meets with Tae-ho and tells him about Joon-oh’s press conference, where he plans to reveal a certain recording. She asks if he can stop Joon-oh before the press conference, and Tae-ho says that he has to.

In CEO Hwang’s new room, his wife thanks everyone for being there for her husband, now and on the island. People have been saying that CEO Hwang caused the plane crash, which has caused hardship for their family, and she’s grateful to see him surrounded by people who love him.

She leaves for home, and Ho-hang shyly thanks everyone, too. Apparently he’s back on their side but he’s still embarrassed, though they say that they don’t blame him for doing what he had to do to protect CEO Hwang. Even Joon-oh says that he’s not mad, though his supportive thump on the arm is a bit aggressive, ha.

Byung-jae is called to drive Tae-ho, and Joon-oh guesses that he plans to look for So-hee’s phone again. In the van, Byung-jae listens in on Tae-ho’s phone call where he says he’s going to the press conference, and he pauses to send a text. Tae-ho sees him do it, but he doesn’t say anything.

CEO Jang’s henchman reports that they’ve found CEO Hwang’s new room. CEO Jang tells him that tomorrow before the press conference, he’s to get rid of him.

Joon-oh receives Byung-jae’s text that Tae-ho will be at the press conference tomorrow, then he tells Tae-young that all Chairwoman Jo has said is that she’ll see him there. Tae-young warns Joon-oh not to trust her, but Joon-oh is confident even if she doesn’t help them.

That night, Joon-oh paces nervously on Bong-hee’s rooftop, while she watches him from a distance. She smiles fondly, and says softly that he’ll do well tomorrow.

Tae-ho exits his building, and finds Byung-jae crouched by his van, furiously texting on his phone. He sneaks up behind him and reads over his shoulder that he’s reminding Joon-oh to bring the cell phone, and wishing him luck clearing his name. Byung-jae starts when he sees Tae-ho there, and Tae-ho says wearily that he’ll take his own car.

CEO Jang’s henchman sneaks into CEO Hwang’s room, and pulls out a syringe. He starts to inject something into CEO Hwang’s IV line, but luckily Ho-hang shows up in time to stop him. Ho-hang heroically throws himself at the henchman, trying his best to prevent the man from escaping, but he eventually gets away.

Ho-hang starts to chase him down the hall, but a whole crowd of men in black come running at him. He leaps back into CEO Hwang’s room and shuts the door, and they do their best to break the door down.

Suddenly they stop, and Tae-ho comes sauntering to the door. He tells Ho-hang that he can save him and CEO Hwang, while the men catch the henchman and bring him back.

Ho-hang slowly opens the door, and when he sees the man who tried to kill CEO Hwang, he asks what Tae-ho wants. Tae-ho just tells him to make a phone call. Ho-hang calls Joon-oh, and tells him that someone tried to kill CEO Hwang.

Ki-joon and Joon-oh turn and race to the hospital. Ho-hang lies to them, saying that CEO Hwang was taken for an exam and he panicked for no reason. Luckily he has zero poker face, and Joon-oh can tell that something is off.

Ki-joon goes to the parking garage to pull the car around, and several cars start to follow him. He pulls away from them, and they all pursue except the last car, which Tae-ho is driving. He screeches to a halt when he sees Joon-oh standing in the middle of the garage.

Joon-oh holds up So-hee’s phone, taunting him. Tae-ho aims his car at Joon-oh and chases him through the parking garage, following closely as Joon-oh weaves through the concrete pillars. Then Joon-oh miscalculates, and he rolls over Tae-ho’s hood and falls to the ground, unconscious.

Tae-young begins the press conference on time, even though Joon-oh hasn’t arrived. He announces that he’s here on Joon-oh’s behalf, to reveal the truth about a murder case from four years ago.

Tae-ho retrieves the phone from Joon-oh’s pocket, and tries to leave the parking garage. The gate is stuck so Tae-ho steps out of the car to confront the man working on it, who seems to be ignoring him. The man turns, and it’s Ki-joon, who tells Tae-ho to look behind him.

Tae-ho turns to see Joon-oh standing by his car, holding So-hee’s phone again. Ki-joon reaches up to whack Tae-ho upside the head (that never gets old!) and runs, but Tae-ho ignores him and goes after Joon-oh.

Joon-oh suddenly drops the phone and skids to a halt. Tae-ho also stops, clutching his painful stab wound site. The phone lies on the ground between them, and they eye the phone and each other, calculating who can reach it first.

But before either of them makes a move, Ki-joon drives between them in Tae-ho’s car, and runs over the phone with his wheels. The phone is completely crushed, and Joon-oh starts to scream at Ki-joon for destroying their only evidence.

Tae-ho thoroughly enjoys the show as Ki-joon and Joon-oh yell back and forth, knowing that he’s free and clear now that the phone — and the recording of Jae-hyun’s murder — has been obliterated.

Joon-oh wails in frustration, wondering what he’s going to do now, then he pulls his phone out and places a call. His voice and expression go eerily calm as he tells someone to turn on the radio broadcast of the press conference. The garage speakers fire up, and Tae-ho listens to Tae-young’s voice say that Shin Jae-hyun’s death was not a suicide, but a murder.

Tae-ho goes from amused to horrified, as it dawns on him that he’s been duped. At the press conference, Tae-young plays the salvaged audio file of CEO Jang and Tae-ho, and Jae-hyun begging for his life.

Another flashback to that night reveals what happened a few minutes before Jae-hyun’s murder. Tae-ho had accidentally knocked Jae-hyun to the ground and split his head open, then called CEO Jang for help. CEO Jang had checked Jae-hyun and felt a pulse, but he’d let Tae-ho think he was already dead.

CEO Jang’s assistant runs in with a tablet tuned to the press conference, and CEO Jang watches it, incredulous. He barely has time to process what’s happening before two detectives walk into this office and present him with a warrant for his arrest.

We get to see how Joon-oh planned this whole bait-and-switch — with everyone gathered in CEO Hwang’s hospital room, he’d told them that Tae-ho planned to steal So-hee’s phone from them. He’d moved the audio file to Bong-hee’s phone, and came up with a plan to lure Tae-ho away from the press conference.

It had taken him a few hilarious tries to get everyone to follow along, as each time he explained it, someone had gotten confused. Finally he told them all to just follow his orders, heh. It had been Byung-jae’s job to make sure Tae-ho knew Joon-oh had the phone, and as it turns out, he’d deliberately let Tae-ho read his text message over his shoulder.

Bong-he’s only responsibility was to keep the file safe on her phone. Tae-young had assured everyone that if they can prove that Tae-ho was an accomplice in Jae-hyun’s murder, it will be easy to make his other crimes stick.

Tae-ho stands in the parking garage, appalled to have been tricked this way. He jumps in the car and Joon-oh and Ki-joon let him drive away, even giving him cheery little waves goodbye. Joon-oh calls someone and tells them that Tae-ho is leaving the garage, and he and Ki-joon link arms and happily skip away.

COMMENTS

I LOVE IT. Tae-ho totally got played, and it was so perfect of Joon-oh and Ki-joon to distract him from the press conference so that Tae-young could do his job uninterrupted. I adore watching Joon-oh use everyone’s assumptions that he’s not that smart or clever to trick them into doing what he wants, and seeing him and Ki-joon working together, looking like buffoons while having the situation completely under control, is just beautiful.

I really appreciate how Missing 9 has consistently been such a well-thought-out story, with no stone left unturned and no detail left behind. Even small moments that happened in the first episode are all getting their explanations, and often, seemingly innocuous events turn out to be crucial to the story. It’s such a pleasure to remember something I thought I’d forgotten, and know that there was a reason we saw that happen or that that character said that strange thing. Even things that seemed like plot holes before, such as So-hee blaming Joon-oh for Jae-hyun’s death when she knew he wasn’t guilty, are being explained in ways that make complete sense. Sadly, dramas this well thought out can be rare, so I’ve very much enjoyed being able to sit back and trust in the story, knowing that everything happens for a reason. It’s a shame that it’s flying so low under the radar, because aside from some jarring tonal issues in a few later episodes (like slapstick scenes in places where they don’t feel organic), the show has really been very well done in all aspects.

Not to excuse Tae-ho’s actions, but I do believe that if Jae-hyun hadn’t died and Tae-ho hadn’t thought he was the killer, he never would have turned to the dark side as he’s done. It’s CEO Jang who’s the Big Bad Evil here, and yet I’m somehow still shocked when we discover some new and horrific thing he’s done. As bad as seeing him kill Jae-hyun was, it was even worse knowing that he knew Jae-hyun was alive the whole time, and that he sent Tae-ho out deliberately so that he could kill Jae-hyun and use the situation to control Tae-ho. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that CEO Jang somehow arranged for their plane to crash — after all, it would have gotten rid of every single person standing in his way of having unfettered control over the company. I’m thinking that he planned for CEO Hwang, Tae-ho, Joon-oh, and So-hee to all die in that crash, clearing the way for CEO Jang to take over and make a whole new start.

But CEO Jang didn’t count on them all coming back alive, much less for Tae-ho to break loose of his control and go rogue on him. I’m almost rooting for Tae-ho to take him down hard, because CEO Jang has got to go — jail is too good for him. And right now Tae-ho is the only one with a hard enough skin, not to mention a pretty damn good motive, to do it. I think Tae-ho still needs to pay for his crimes, for killing three, maybe four people (I refuse to give up hope that Yeol may still be alive, as we’ve never gotten conclusive evidence of his death) on the island, and trying to kill several more. But what I’m hoping to see is for Tae-ho get the chance to make CEO Jang pay for ruining his life, maybe even working with the others to make that happen, then turning himself in voluntarily and repenting his past actions.

But then I remember how clever and resourceful Joon-oh can be when the pressure is on, and I think it might be even more fun to see our survivors come up with one final plan to take down Tae-ho for good. It’s so entertaining to see events unfold, then later see them again from a different angle, and realize just how many things that seemed random — or even bad for our guys — were actually planned in advance. I would love to see one last scheme involving all of the good survivors (yes, even Ho-hang, I need him to be redeemed!) leading Tae-ho to think he has the upper hand, only to slam him back to reality at the last second. But whatever ending we get next week, there’s no doubt it’s going to be a wild and crazy ride.

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The thing I don't understand is if Tae Ho thought he had killed Jae-hyun and Jae-hyun was lying dead up in the apartment, how could he believe that Jae-hyun just got up off the floor and threw himself off the balcony? This hasn't made sense from the beginning. Tae Ho would have realized from the beginning that Jang threw him off the balcony. For me, the plot holes and continuity throughout so many scenes (blood on the hands and then suddenly not, etc.) have been murky throughout the story. Maybe it's just me...but it is bothersome.

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Tae Ho thought Jae Hyun was dead. He was scared so he called the vice president. He wanted to confess but the vice president pursuit Tae Ho to make it like an accident. Of course Tae Ho knew the vice president push Jae Hyun body. But in Tae Ho mind, he thought he killed Jae Hyun. He did everything to cover it up.

If Tae Ho knew Jae Hyun was alive. He would call the hospital.

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To answer your question I think he was told by new CEO Jang that that was the best option to make it seem like a suicide. He knew that t would be a murder disguised as a suicide. He knew all along that the new CEO threwJae hyun off the balcony what he didn't know was that he didn't actually kill him, he was still alive and breathing just unconscious at the time Tae Ho knocked his head on the brief case. He didn't know that the CEO was the real killer and he lied to him making him think he had killed him If that makes sense.
Tae Ho doesn't find out that the CEO actually killed Jae Hyun until he hears the recordings on the cell phone like everyone else.

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Whats worse being revealed in this episode was, CEO Jang was aware and completely knew that jae-hyun was alive all the time, when he arrive and check his pulse..

But he pretended not to know and act to tae-ho that the best option is to make it seem like a suicide and he would "help him" with it..(i was still pretty frustrated the last ep, where jae-hyun was revealed to be alive all the time and why, not one but two person failed to detect that.. after today ep it sort of cleared up that.. ceo jang was pretending not to know and tae-ho did check for breathing, i suppose the nervous and panic got over him, so he didnt manage to do a correct check the first time)

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Tae Ho knew that CEO Jang would throw Jae Hyun's body from the balcony though to mask it as suicide, that's the plan they came up with after he decided he wouldn't turn himself in. So no, he never thought that Jae Hyun threw himself out of the balcony, and that Jae Hyun died in the apartment, it was all planned by CEO Jang.

I must say, it feels like more and more of the original plot holes gets filled in the longer the shows go on, quite clever in my opinion. While frustrating then, I don't feel the same now and it's so fun discovering those few moments. I can certainly see how this was made/supervised by the same person who did Bad Guys and Task force 38, they have the same strengths and weaknesses.

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Tae Ho knew that Jang threw him off the balcony...he thought Jang was doing that to save Tae Ho....basically, making Jae Hyun's death look like suicide for the public.

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I agree with you. I feel like too much credit was given to the plot or writing in terms of intelligence. For instance, the beige outfits that everyone wore on the island, I think there was no hidden meaning behind as everyone theorized before (it was attributed to being representative of Bong Hee's lost or unclear memories), personally after looking at all the other plot holes, I feel it was just bad styling. Even, CEO Jang's motivations to kill Jae-hyun for Tae-Ho's sake seems kinda lame (unless the real reason is something else and yet to be revealed). But despite this, I think the show has managed to be funny, and has definitely tied some of the major plot threads so it's not the worst I have seen so far.

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Truestory, I wish I could hug the first part of your comment because I feel the same way. Especially with the beige outfits, seriously. I thought it had some significance. Unfortunately the writer appears too ambitious. I do not feel that So-hee blaming Joon-oh was well explained. It seems like an afterthought. I always find it amusing when characters remember crucial things at convenient points in the story (I.e the convenient memory of Soo-hee choosing to take her anger out on Joon-oh, when she could have at the very least in memory of her lover acted more aggressively towards his actual killers)

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I know right! I rolled my eyes when they showed So Hee secretly expressing guilt for behaving the worst with Joon Ho. That didn't make sense at all considering her past behaviour. Smh, seriously!

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I feel there's something more to CEO Jang too, on why is he so willing to really "kill" jae-hyun off.. lets see if there's anymore story..

To gain control and trust over tae-ho doesnt really make any sense (he's the vice president and tae-ho is just an actor..).. they are not related by blood or anything and its not like he's the only cash cow left in the agency or his contract is almost up where he need to gain control over him to keep him in the agency..

he doesnt really have a sound reason (as of now) to do the dirty work.. unless he also wants to finish off jae-hyun.. and this is a perfect chance for him to do so..

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I really loved this episode, even if I was really anxious during the second half, and how at ease I became when they revealed it was all according to plan. Before the reveal I was practically screaming at the screen that they better have made a copy, and that they couldn't be so stupid to overlook something that important.

I'm continuing my love-hate for Tae Ho, on one hand I resent him for all the bad stuff he's done, but at the same time I do feel sorry for him and believe everything might have ended slightly different if CEO Jang hadn't gotten involved. Too bad we'll never know, now I just hope they'll get the justice they deserve.

I'm seriously can't wait to see what they'll throw into the mix in the last 2 episodes, it feels like there's almost nothing left of the story, a few loose ends that seems like they could be wrapped up quite quickly.

As one of those who ferociously deny that Yeol is dead I sincerely hope he'll come back, otherwise I'll feel just as cheated of his death as I did of Hansung's in Hwarang. If you're going to kill of a character with that much importance, at least give it some story afterwards like they did with So Hee.

Another thing I would totally wanna see is Bong Hee and Joon Oh getting together lol, just too cute. Though I do hope they won't show too much. I think they've managed it to keep it at a suitable level all this time.

I'm looking forward to seeing the conclusion next week.

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I disagree with you @lunatic4KD, this is one well written show. I don't see any loop-holes, just like everyone is saying, Tae Ho knew everything, except the fact that Jae Hyun was still alive when he left him with the then vice president.

I know i'll be very disappointed when things turn out otherwise, but iam still hoping for Yeol to turn up alive. You can't deny us this little favour now, can you Drama gods? :o

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Why cant Tae-ho recognize Ki Joon's green socks!!!?????

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Same! When I saw the security guard wearing green socks, I was like Kijoon-ssi!

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We still have the drunk car accident to discover. Of course Joon Oh didnt do anything, he was again a victim.

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we've already seen it actually ..it's true JoonOh did drink ..but he didnot drive ..Tae ho drove him and then stopped the car in the middle of the highway ..put Joon oh in the driver seat and called the police

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I hoped that Tae ho would change but I'm really disappointed on how he turned evil again. I appreciate on Joon oh's planning and looking forward to Ceo Jang and Tae ho to pay for their crimes

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wow. just wow.we are finally entering finale week.
who else is loving the cooperation btw joon oh and ki joon?i know i am. and they played tae ho. real bad. i LOVED it. well played all. well played

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I do agree that just maybe Yeol is still alive. He died almost exactly the same way that Jae Hyun did and he was only unconscious as we found out earlier. It feels like a little clue that Yeol may just have been unconscious too and could still be alive somewhere.
As for our ship, they BETTER have something more to that in the last episodes. I will be so disappointed if they leave us guessing what their relationship is. She called him Oppa but I just don't know what to make of that. They are clearly trying to imply there is more to those two than just best friends. GIVE US MORE PLEASE lol! They're so cute with each other both emotionally and physically. They're quite compatible and I can watch them all day bickering! Get Married already! lol

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Love your analysis on possibility of CEO Jang planned all along the plane crash. I'm not surpise if he did. I rembember back in episode 1, CEO Hwang has reminded him not to embezzle company's money while he's gone. From that scene, we've already known that CEP Jang had "a motive" to get rid of all people and take over the company. And I love the way the island's survivors teaming up to take down CEO Jang and Tae-ho. I'm happy that now they're on the same side. Love Prosecutor Yoon as well. He worked so hard to reveal the truth!

I'm sure there's gonna be so much things will happen next week since we still have two more epsiodes left.

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I don't hold out much hope that Yeol's alive.

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I don't think he is alive either. Even of he was still alive after hitting his head, Tae Ho pushed him into the water face down. His body floated away while face down as well. ...but does anyone really, actually drown there?....

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Me neither. Yeol could have been alive when he was smashed into a rock, but Tae Ho let him float out into the sea face flat in the water. I doubt anyone could survive that.

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First time commenting and all that!

So yeah, I absolutely loved this episode. The pace has really picked up and it is satisfying to watch.

Tae-ho is still an absolutely terrible person but watching him grapple with the fact that he could have gone down on different path is interesting. I could finally see a few vestiges of humanity in him. Yes, he is a selfish person & cowardly as well ( not to mention murderous!) but it was hard not to feel sorry for him. I think Choi Tae Joon is doing a great job as Tae-ho. He was absolutely chilling on the island and he's a shadow of his former self, not know that he knows that he got used as collateral by CEO Jang.

I love how the group set up shop in CEO Hwang's room and basically made a plan. Or rather Joon Oh brainstormed and people just followed! The ending especially was so satisfying. Joon-oh and Ki-joon teaming up and being bros! I was taken back when I saw the phone being crushed, but Joon-oh was one step ahead and that was an amazing twist!

And finally, I loved the little glimpse of how much Joon-oh and Bong-hee's relationship has grown. She called him Oppa and it seems like he was so stunned, like he never even expected it but pleased about it as well. :D

And last but not the least, the Cutest Person Award should go to Byung-jae! Poor fellow is always falling asleep and being absolutely adorable no matter what he does.

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P.S - I forgot to mention this in my main comment. I love the OST for the show! It really helps set the mood. The instrumental music in this episode was great, especially the one during the chase sequence in the parking lot!

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i felt like skipping along with joon oh at the end there~ this episode was great!!

because this show has given us so many twists, i spent the whole ending theorizing what was really happening because i refused to believe the story as presented.

at first i thought joon oh actually convinced tae ho to help them (after he brought him to the hospital & knew how CEO jang screwed him, i thought the phone call between him & joon oh would be ~more~ later... tae ho seemed strange to me when he met with chairwoman jo...)

then i thought they must have gotten a fake phone to distract tae ho (but transferring video files is way easier... & after establishing how old & hard to find the phone was, dunno why i thought that LOL)

i'm pretty surprised that chairwoman jo AND CEO jang didn't do more to stop this?? just letting tae ho take care of this doesn't seem at all like either of them...

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Share your surprise at the inaction of Jo & Jang.

Re transferring the file to another phone: Just ONE other phone????!?

As a computer person, the FIRST thing I would do with any important file is back it up two AT LEAST two separate devices and store them in different locations so no single fire, hardware failure, burglary, hacker or other plot twist could take out them all. Even if I didn't have a serial killer and a CEO after me :)

Has any kdrama Korean ever done that? Ever?

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LOL you're too right!! unfortunately i think "logic" & "kdrama logic" are mutually exclusive a majority of the time >__<

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I can tell you the number of people who don't backup their files. The large majority of people I work with don't and it's panic stations when their USB drive goes missing or gets corrupted.
I do... especially almost losing an entire dissertation over 20 years ago but you'd be surprised that most people in RL don't.

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I got trolled for most of this episode!

I was saying " What - did you all drink too much rotten coconut water and bring back a brain dead disease that spreads to those in close contact? For the love of !!! Please tell me you've watched enough dramas to make a copy of that voice file or a fake case! Are you all really that trusting and stupid?!"

I'm so happy!

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Man when they broke the phone i died that was really funny hahaha yeah trollss everywhere this episode xD

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Im glad how the story goes for the 2 episodes. Im quite worried at first that any plan that Joon Oh try to execute will go vain since it seem fits his personality haha.. Im glad that the writer had portrayed Joon Oh being clever under the duress. I now believe why he is the leader of Dreamer.
For ep13 im happy that Joon Oh and Ki Joon are the obe that helping injured Tae Ho. I thought it will be the right time for Tae Ho to pay for his wrongdoing. The remorseful tears actually make me sad. How a stupid decision leads to another stupid decisions. But it cannot justified that he had killed So Hee, reporter kim, the pilot and Yeol (wish he still alive).
For the last 2episodes next week I hope all the bad people get their karma and nothing bad will happen to any of the character.
I agreed with you that this drama actualy have a good storyline and i also wonder why the rating so low. I like every detail of the drama and how we been informed to what had happen on each scene.Every character had their own significant to each other and how they connected. Byung Joo always crack me up hahaha
Hope for the best next week??

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Old (mostly solved) mysteries: Who survives? Who killed who? etc, etc

Old unsolved mysteries:
Why didn't they try to keep a signal fire going on the beach for the whole 4 months?
Why didn't dyed hair get dark roots?
Yeol?
Why did the plane crash? (I think we know, but they haven't made it official)

New mysteries:
Who was in all the other cars that followed Ki-joon in the garage, and where did they go?
How did Tae-ho get all those other guys to grab CEO Jang's henchman? Weren't they Jang's men too?
How will they fill the final two episodes when they resolved so much in ep 14 ?

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hopefully more moments between JO and BH cmonnn they need to kiss already and moar.....

also more KJ slapping TH that never gets old hahaha

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i totally agree on most of your questions but as for how they'll fill the episodes... they only provided evidence of tae ho & CEO jang's part in jae hyun's murder. they didnt clear joon oh's name at all (after being accused of murder) & they may or may not address his false drunk driving charge too. i think that's more than enough to fill the last 2 episodes, but i hope it's satisfying!

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Great episode.

The plan scene and the ending were brilliant haha espescially the JO and KJ skipping part, when KJ broke the phone and when KJ threw himself on JO because he thought that TH would be attacking him hahaha. Team effort guys nice teamwork finallyy.

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What?? Something GOOD happened in a parking garage??

Just goes to show what a great leader Joon-oh really is, and how much Tae-ho underestimates him.

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I will forgive all the plot holes, silly costumes, gaffes in continuity and downright unrealistic scenes on the island if they will just bring back my baby Yeol!!!! Chanyeol MUST be alive. There are so many other ridiculous and unbelievable twists of fate that the writer might as well go all out and have a true resurrection. Come on, give it to us. We deserve it!

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Ok, so this ep sort of shed some light or literally explain the unreasonableness with so-hee reaction towards joon-oh all the time even on the island.. im glad we finally got an answer, though im not sure if it could be done in a better way.. rather than letting us scratched our head on her actions since the early episodes.. now it does makes all sense..

She's been feeling so bad that she's bought over by the bad guys, sort of betrayed his boyfriend jae-hyun by keeping silence over the truth, which indirectly resulted in joon-oh taking the spotlight scapegoat blame while the real killer are out there living a fulfilling life..

and to ease her guilt, making herself feel better and so she wouldnt feel that much grief, she went to let off all her frustrations and guilt to the poor joon-oh, she's probably used to this channel and whenever she wants to escape from anything emotionally, she would just use that to escape from the reality..

after knowing more about her, yes i do sympathize with her but then, its her choice and she's clearly using it and benefiting from the blackmail.. so shes not really in a position to feel unfair anyway.. though joon-oh was made the scapegoat not because of her, but she definitely did add on to the burden that poor joon-oh had to carry and made him guilty with constantly reminding..

I was still pretty face-palmed when basically everyone that should know and should not know (eg, detective/prosecutor, chairwoman, tae-ho, ceo jang), now knows of the press conference, and it would definitely turn their tables around with the phone recording evidence, evidence of ceo hwang accident, survivors changing their stand and joon-oh return.. and yet bong hee and joon-oh went back to their old house.. or is this the famous saying, the most dangerous place is the safest? i really wonder where they got their confidence from and are they actually doing anything to prevent or anticipate possible happenings.. so i was quite pleased with the twist at the end.. (yea they are using their brains after all!!..)

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Two possible endings:

Ending A
Yeol dramatically appears at a press conference.

He can't remember a thing, having been rock-robbed of his memories.

Joon-ah grabs him and kisses him passionately.

Yeol's memories come flooding back, just like that.

Yeol and Joon-oh walk off into the sunset together, hand in hand.

Bong-hee whispers, "Oppa..." at Joon-oh's retreating back.

Ending B
Yeol dramatically appears at a press conference.

He remembers EVERYTHING.

Joon-oh hugs him, and Yeol hugs him back, calling him tearfully, "Hyung!"

Joon-oh turns to Bong-hee.

"Oppa!" she smiles tearfully.

They kiss, right there and then, in front of everyone.

The end.

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If Yeol is still alive, to me the most logical thing seems to be that Joon-oh must already know. Like maybe he is recovering somewhere and he's the person that Joon-oh was talking to on the phone? I mean if he is alive, he must have been helped by someone.

Then again I'm not even watching this so I might be completely wrong.

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Why does no one talk about Yeol... Like at all!??! All the other characters keep being mention but this character seems to get the attention they deserve but Yeol legit was not mentioned at all. Like can we take a moment and think about how no one at all has mentioned Yeol since they got back to the mainland? Like really apart from the start?

I love all the characters and I love seeing them change and evolve as time goes on but I dont understand the need for Yeol to be there if he wasnt going to help with the plot at all?? I am honestly hoping for him to somehow magically pop up and appear (although I know that is so highly unlikely that it isn't even funny) But I really loved his honest character and such but like all the other characters had a purpose what about Yeol???

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Right? The others kept forgetting about him on the island, too. He'd go missing -- literally fall into a hole in the ground, get attacked and wash out to sea -- and it would take them HOURS to even notice he was gone... Like, did he just have a tendency to disappear in normal life before the accident, too?

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Highly enjoyable episodes this week.

Glad that we finally see the good guys get a jump on the baddies. The problem with Terminator Tae Ho is that he was so fixated with getting his grubby paws on the phone that he had forgotten that the phone is just a phone without the audio file. That's just like him isn't it? So single-minded about his own survival that he doesn't see things from the perspective of others. Still, to a large degree he is the monster that Dr Jang Do Pal "Frankenstein" created.

I never really thought that what Soo Hee said and did on the island was all that incomprehensible. She had the upperhand while they were in the Big Smoke but when they got to the island, without the "encumbrance" of law enforcement hanging over their heads... with the trappings of civilization at her beck and call, she could manipulate things for her own benefit. In the island it was the law of the jungle and survival of the fittest. Trying to play the same game with the same rules under different circumstances was tantamount to suicide but it was consistent with her modus operandi.

Being adaptable is what keeps people alive in this show. Those who can do, those who can't are on a path to self-destruction.

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+1!

Yesss you're right.

So Hee was too overconfident and careless with Tae Ho on the island. Back then, I had wondered why she thought she could try to threaten him. Now it makes sense.

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About time the good guys get their victory. They trolled me good too. :P

Until the very moment the So Hee's recording started playing on the radio, I was frustrated at how they were too calm and slow about protecting CEO Hwang and the recording. I prayed for back-up files, haha. I was anxious about CEO Hwang's safety and I was upset about Ho Hang withholding critical info too.

Well, now I'm glad they wrapped up this part of the story.

By the end of this episode, I am definitely reminded of PU38, but PU38 never really had me fooled. I think I was too prepared for their twists.

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Do they not have icloud in Korea? Why not just upload the audio file and then it won't matter who has it?

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