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Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Episode 4

Thankfully, we’re starting to get a stronger dose of the light and fluffy instead the dark and creepy. Our masked kidnapper is still lurking in the background, but there’s less of an urge to watch this drama whilst hugging a pillow and telling yourself that monsters don’t exist. But don’t worry, Bong-soon still has plenty of baddies to deal with, both of her own making, and those out to harm her dashing — and sometimes frustrating — CEO.

 
EPISODE 4: “Her Identity”

After kidnapping his third victim, the Masked Man disposes of any evidence with alarming ease, destroying both the car and license plate at a scrap yard before carrying the stolen woman away.

That same night, Min-hyuk finds himself sitting on the couch that Bong-soon slept on. Smiling to himself, he remembers how she easily dragged the full-grown motorcyclist to the rooftop. He decides that this level of strength is far beyond normal.

Said abnormal girl is currently busy designing a video game character based on herself, when Gook-doo calls her to check if she staying with her boss again. Bong-soon confirms she’s at her own home, and Gook-doo immediately starts nagging advising her “as a friend” to behave more maturely (i.e. don’t stay overnight at a man’s house).

Bong-soon pouts but meekly agrees, until Gook-doo asks her to pass on his thanks to her brother for helping Hee-ji (Gook-doo’s girlfriend) at the hospital. This proves to be too much for Bong-soon, and she tells Gook-doo to say it himself. “I also know how to get upset and mad. I have a heart and that heart can get hurt as well.”

Gook-doo is stunned by her outburst but not entirely clueless, since he answers back that the two of them are just friends, and he’s just saying this for her sake. But Bong-soon’s on a roll now and yells that she knows they’re only friends before hanging up. Still mad, she thinks that this was the first time she ever hung up on Gook-doo and how it’s not just her strength but her own emotions that are getting harder to control.

With an impeccable sense of timing, Min-hyuk chooses that moment to call his bodyguard and pepper her with questions about her strength, wanting to know exactly how strong she is. Bong-soon makes a valiant effort to rein in her temper and keep things professional until Min-hyuk adds, “By chance, are you a man?”

Temper be damned, Bong-soon yells back, “Why? If I were a man, would you want to go out with me?” (Hah!) Min-hyuk remains implacably curious, saying it makes no sense for her to be that strong. He even asks if she could break a boulder with her head, but that proves to be too much. Roaring into the phone, Bong-soon warns, “You’ll find out if you try hitting your head against mine tomorrow. See if your skull breaks or not!” She hangs up, and both Min-hyuk and Bong-soon call the other crazy.

Just then, there’s a knock on Bong-soon’s bedroom door. In strolls Gook-doo, wearing his uniform and a sweet smile as he holds out his hand to her. Bong-soon gazes beatifically at her at crush and shyly reaches out to hold his hand, but just before their fingers touch, her hand is slapped away by… Min-hyuk!?

Oh. My. Gawd! Dressed in woman’s clothing and wearing a wig, a pretty Min-hyuk steps between the two. He glares at Bong-soon, then turns sexy eyes on Gook-doo. Pulling the utterly confused Gook-doo in close, Min-hyuk spins them around and slooowly slides his hands down to Gook-doo’s backside. Omo!

Giving a coquettish smile, Min-hyuk flips up the back of Gook-soo’s jacket and grabs his butt! He even gives it an extra squeeze (who can blame him?) as he tosses a territorial look at Bong-soon. She in turn gives an almighty, “Nooooo…” and flails herself awake. Mortified, Bong-soon spends a few moments tossing in her bed, ranting at her “dirty dream.”

Back in the real world, Gook-doo listens as his superior gives a pretty speech about using clues from his beloved TV show to help solve their current case. It would be fairly impressive, except his impassioned findings are soundly debunked when the solemn Gook-doo points out the TV victims and the kidnapper’s victims have nothing in common. Sorry, Sherlock.

At the walnut shop, Mom holds court with her ladies. The three are arguing because one of the women has a family connection in a company that builds shopping complexes, the very company that is fighting for the land slated to the redevelopment project. In light of this, the woman asks the others to withdraw their support of the redevelopment — and in return, she’ll use her connections to get them deals in the new shopping mall. Mom likes this idea, but maintains that they need to consult an expert.

Heh, cut to all three ladies visiting a shaman. The man doesn’t seem very legit, and amidst the waving of mystical bells and spiritual feathers, he tells the women that if they fight against the redevelopment project in favor of a shopping mall, the owner of the redevelopment will not stand for it. He advises them to “feed money to the head” (bribe the head of the development) and promises that in three years, they’ll get back four times the amount.

Mom and her ladies are ecstatic about the news, and Mom uses the chance to also ask the shaman about her daughter’s chances with her CEO. Sliding some more money across the table, she adds that she wants the two to sleep together first, since that’s the best way to speed along a relationship. Oy.

Bong-soon goes to Min-hyuk’s to start her work day, only to learn that the first thing he has scheduled is “Privacy,” which is his scheduled time to do nothing at all. While Bong-soon mutters about his easy lifestyle, Min-hyuk instructs her to make him breakfast.

When she reminds him that she’s his bodyguard, not his wife, he starts guilt-tripping her with stories of woe about his poor injured toe as he calls himself a victim. It works, and she wanders to the kitchen. She starts to take out the chopstick she bayonetted into the counter, but Min-hyuk yells at her to leave it. Heh, a souvenir, perhaps?

Bong-soon crushes some apples for fresh squeezed juice easily with her bare hands (looking like she wishes the apples were her boss’s head), but he grouches that he wants a full breakfast. She tries to give him the old “apple a day” adage, but Min-hyuk throws a mini tantrum, demanding food.

In the meantime, the shaman is telling Mom that her daughter has some very, very strong (hur) luck and will definitely marry well. Mom delicately asks if it’s ok that the man is gay, and the shaman hems and haws that, “Someone is probably going to live their life getting hit.” Mom awkwardly mutters that she doesn’t think it’ll be her daughter receiving any beatings. Pfft.

The three women leave the shaman, talking about his prediction that the redevelopment will have support from police and maybe even gangsters. Mom is more concerned about her potential son-in-law being gay, comparing him to a bright red apple that she can’t pick.

Min-hyuk finds a breakfast prepared for him and stares at the home-cooked spread, remarking that Bong-soon made the same food his mom used to cook. He slowly eats, clearly holding back tears at the familiar taste.

While her boss eats, Bong-soon waits in the car. She calls her friend, Kyung-shim, and rants about how “this person” keeps making ridiculous requests of her. She adds that he has even given her a walkie-talkie for communication, which suddenly comes to life as Min-hyuk orders her back inside.

Bong-soon heads into the gaming dungeon, only to find her face playing on all the monitors – there was a camera in the car and Min-hyuk recorded her rant against him. Hehe. Although, invasion of privacy, much?

With a Cheshire smile, Min-hyuk informs Bong-soon that she violated her contract terms to not slander her boss. He accuses her of calling him a bad name, and the two devolve into a bicker fight over whether or not “this person” is a slanderous thing to call someone. (In Korean, the phrase implies a strong lack of respect.) He half-chases her around the room until she reminds him of his toe, so he starts limping on purpose. Smooth.

Bong-soon continues to hold to her argument that “this person” can refer to anybody, so Min-hyuk angrily drops the subject and tells her to just stick to their schedule for the day. Then he makes her help support him as he “limps” out.

It seems revenge is a dish best served on wheels, as the day’s schedule consists of Min-hyuk rolling along on his hover board with Bong-soon running along behind him. When she falls behind, he rolls back and asks how “this person” could be so slow. She glares at his grin when he asks if she has a problem being called that. Both pretty and petty, I see.

Bong-soon collapses on the ground, refusing to go further. Suddenly, something hits the drone that Min-hyuk is flying overhead. He pinpoints the noise to a rooftop where a black-clad shooter starts firing metal pellets at him. Min-hyuk immediately grabs Bong-soon and they both take cover behind a tree as the shooter fires off more rounds.

The attacker gets off a final shot that grazes Min-hyuk’s arm, drawing blood and knocking him to the ground. Bong-soon rushes to her unconscious boss’s side. Seeing the shooter flee, the petite woman gathers the much larger man into her arms and effortlessly bridal-carries him away. The best part is that the theme song “I will Always Love You” from the classic movie Bodyguard plays as Bong-soon rescues her CEO damsel.

Min-hyuk comes to as she’s running off with him and gazes up at her as she runs in slow motion, the setting sun behind her. Hah, soon as she looks down at him though, he fakes unconsciousness again. Clearly, someone enjoys being carried.

Sadly, Min-hyuk’s princess moment is ruined when his Prince Charming dumps him into the car, slamming his head against the door in the process. She promises to take him to a doctor, but he snarls back, “What kind? Orthopedics? General? Neurologist?” as he motions to his fractured toe, grazed arm, and bumped head, respectively. His injuries do seem to be piling up.

Bong-soon is still freaking out about his bleeding arm, but Min-hyuk tells her to just take him home since his head feels like it’s splitting open. She calmly states that in her experience, skulls don’t break that easily… then she stomps on the gas and Min-hyuk’s head whips back against the seat, making him cry out all over again.

The two return to Min-hyuk Mansion, and Bong-soon dresses his wounds. There’s a charged moment when he gazes down at her as she gently blows air on his injury. He looks away when she glances up, but they both seem to notice the closeness.

Fishing for a topic, Min-hyuk brings up her strength again, noting the ease with which she carried him away. He’s starting to realize that she isn’t just abnormally strong, but supernaturally strong. Bong-soon looks nervous, until Min-hyuk asks: Is she perhaps… an alien?

Min-hyuk loses his joking façade when he gets a phone call from his stalker. The voice takes responsibility for the shooting, and warns him not to accept his father’s company, or else his AinSoft software will be released to the public. Min-hyuk isn’t cowed, but he seems worried after the stalker hangs up.

Bog-soon notices the change in her boss and offers to stay and help him, but Min-yuk tells her to go home, saying there are some things he needs to figure out himself. She leaves, muttering that he wanted them to stay together before.

Min-hyuk retreats to his closet, staring at the picture of Bong-soon his mystery girl. He thinks back to the day he left home, when he’d refused to accept his brothers’ torment any longer and decided to live life the way he wanted.

Bong-soon visits her dad at the walnut shop. He notes her depressed face and immediately asks if she got fired again. (Heh.) Dad sends her home to accept a walnut delivery, but seeing her hangdog expression, he calls her back.

Beckoning her close, he starts pulling out money from multiple hidden stashes in his apron, shirt cuff, hat, and even the toaster oven. Hah! Mom must be really thorough in her shakedowns if he’s resorting to such lengths. He tells Bong-soon to buy herself a pretty outfit, and Bong-soon stares up happily at her father. They hug, and it’s a sweet father-daughter moment.

On what feels like a side note, Hee-ji meets with Bong-soon’s brother, Bong-ki, to thank him for his help at the hospital. The two make small chat about Gook-doo, both acting very much like they’re on a date.

Bong-soon buys herself a new outfit, then gets a call from the high school gang kids that she sent out to gather trash. She meets with the kiddos and the whole group falls to their knees, asking their “Noonim” to be their leader. Awesome.

Boss Tak (the leader of the gang that Bong-soon put in the hospital) and his second in command, Jaws, visit the family walnut shop. It looks like they’re doing background research on Bong-soon as they order a few walnut pies and scope out the store.

Mom and her friends arrive as well (all three glaring at Boss Tak and Jaws for sitting at their usual table), and there’s a strange moment when Boss Tak doesn’t understand how to eat a slice of his pie. Mom has to explain that he needs to cut it first, and it actually takes a few tries. All brawn, no brains?

Bong-soon listens as her new kiddo followers pledge her their allegiance, not really knowing what to do with them. A stray soccer ball knocks into her legs, and while her wannabe underlings get up to fight the player who kicked it, Bong-soon simply turns to the ball and kicks it back. Except, her light kick catapults the ball into the stratosphere, reaffirming her new followers’ faith.

She walks away in slow motion as the kiddos all fall to their knees behind her, calling out their love for their Noonim.

Walking away from the kids, Bong-soon stops by the school and remembers when she attended it. It was during this time that she caused a number of mistakes with her strength and started trying to hide her abilities.

That desire was compounded when Gook-doo passed by her one day, saying he preferred fragile girls that he could protect. (Is he looking at her?)

Bong-soon thinks that she never cared much about studying. Still in flashback, Mom had taken her daughter to a temple and prayed for her to get into a university — any university. Instead, Bong-soon had asked the statue of Buddha, “You can do whatever you like about the college thing. But please, let me become In Gook-doo’s girlfriend.”

Bong-soon had put all her heart into the prayer, but when Gook-doo started dating the prettiest girl in school, Bong-soon had been crushed and lost her faith. The next time her mother took her to the temple, she had just glared at the uncaring figure.

After she left, a monk nearly had a heart attack to find the giant Buddha statue completely turned around so his back was facing out. Bong-soon walked away, narrating, “He was the one who’d turned his back on me first.” Pah! She’s almost as petty at Min-hyuk.

Returning to the present, Kyung-shim and Bong-soon are in her room when Gook-doo calls Bong-soon outside. He plays her a voice recording of the husband of the second victim, but she says that the voice isn’t the same as the kidnapper from the hospital. Upset, Bong-soon matters, “We need to catch them,” but Gook-doo tells her to leave it to him, adding, “There’s a lot of bad guys that bother fragile girls like you.” If only you knew.

Bong-soon asks after Hee-ji, and Gook-doo answers that she’s out of the city for a concert. He heads off, but Bong-soon calls after him to be careful, saying that she’s worried about him – as a friend. Aw, he gives her an understanding smile before leaving.

Bong-soon returns home in a funk and asks Kyung-shim to go out to a movie together. Bong-ki returns home and Bong-soon confirms with her brother that he met with Hee-ji earlier, grouching at the girl for lying to Gook-doo about not being in Seoul. Kyung-shim invites Bong-ki to go out with them.

Min-hyuk makes a call to the one brother he does trust: his middle brother, Dong-suk. He reveals that he’s been getting threats, and Dong-suk seems genuinely surprised and worried. Min-hyuk shares that he thinks it’s one of his other brothers threatening him, believing him to still be the weak child they tormented. He swears that if he catches them, he’ll kill them.

We flash back to when Min-hyuk was seven and his two nasty brothers locked him in the closet before Dong-suk rescued him.

Min-hyuk texts Bong-soon to chat and immediately invites himself out to watch the movie with Bong-soon, Kyung-shim, and Bong-ki, even offering to pay. As Bong-soon, her friend, and her brother head to the theater, Boss Tak and Jaws follow behind.

The group goes to see the X-Men movie Logan, but hilariously, Bong-soon sobs (loudly) through all the action scenes, probably relating with the super strong characters. She narrates that superhero movies are the saddest.

Afterwards, Kyung-shim and Bong-ki try to gloss over Bong-soon’s strange behavior as the befuddled Min-hyuk can’t figure out why she cried. To cover it up, Kyung-shim proposes they go to a club. Min-hyuk jumps on the idea, offering to pay again.

At the club, Kyung-shim is liberal with the alcohol, and Bong-soon gets drunk quickly. She and Kyung-shim head to the dance floor as Min-hyuk stares after her, worried that she’s had a lot to drink. He quickly flips from worried to starry-eyed as he watches Bong-soon dance, smiling softy to see her having fun. Boy’s got it bad.

Bong-soon decides to get her own dance pole, but when she grabs onto it, she accidentally pulls the pole out of the ceiling and floor. She then proceeds to spin around with the pole, not understanding in her drunken state why everyone is staring as they try to duck away from the swinging metal.

The next morning, a very hungover Bong-soon wakes up in her own bed, but gets whacked repeatedly by her mother for her antics last night. She groggily starts to remember what happened when Min-hyuk brought her home and flinches in horror.

Min-hyuk had helped the inebriated Bong-soon inside, then suffered through all manner of abuse, whether from Bong-soon pinching his cheeks as she called him no good, to her whisper-yelling to her mother that Min-hyuk is gay (right in front of him).

Finally, Bong-soon got right up in his face and threatened that Min-hyuk better stop flirting with her Gook-doo. “If you touch Gook-doo’s butt, I will make your butt disappear from your body.” HAHAH! Throughout all of this, Mom and Bong-ki stared at their daughter/sister as she thoroughly humiliated herself in front of her boss.

In the present, Mom tells Bong-soon to forget marrying her boss and instead just settle with keeping her job – if she can. Bong-soon slumps down in embarrassment.

Meanwhile, Gook-doo rushes to his superior with a report of another missing woman (our third victim) who fits the kidnapper’s MO. The other half of the team returns with even better news: The footprint from the crime scene comes from a one of a kind designer shoe, so they should be able to narrow down the owner.

Oh, man. We return to the dungeon prison when Masked Man’s newest victim wakes up strapped to the same bed the first woman was tied to. He drugs her to stop her screaming and tenderly caresses her as she passes out. He calls her his second bride, saying that he likes skinny girls, so she’ll only be getting one meal a day in order to fit into her wedding dress.

Even worse is that the “first bride” watches all this, helplessly chained up in one of the cells, not ten feet away. Later, the second bride screams from her own prison cell as the first bride furtively eats a scant meal.

Bong-soon engages in self-flagellating via tooth brushing as she thinks over her options for dealing with last night’s fallout: (1) Bring Min-hyuk a diagnosis from a psychiatrist stating that she occasionally goes crazy due to a mental condition, (2) admit everything in a cool manner, or (3) say that Min-hyuk was drunk too, so he couldn’t have remembered things clearly.

Kyung-shim joins her and asks if Bong-soon is sure that her boss is gay. This just gives Bong-soon another option: (4) Introduce Min-hyuk to a handsome man. Pfft.

Min-hyuk also gets ready at his place, laughing to himself as he remembers Bong-soon from last night.

Min-hyuk calls Bong-soon, who groans to see the call. She answers the phone sweetly at first, then devolves into begging him to give her one more chance. She’s completely thrown, however, when Min-hyuk doesn’t even mention last night and just calmly reminds her to come into work today. He even – almost tenderly – tells her to take her time getting in and eat a good breakfast. Bong-soon nods slowly, unable to believe her good fortune.

The two hang up, and Bong-soon practically dances around her room, smiling at her phone and deciding that her boss isn’t so bad after all. Min-hyuk also grins at his phone, calling Bong-soon “extremely cute.” He remembers her disappearing butt threat and sighs, “So original. And melodramatic. She’s sexy.” Rawr!

Kyung-shim tells Bong-soon that she doesn’t think Min-hyuk is actually gay, but Bong-soon is on cloud nine and waves it off. “Is that even important? A person’s character is important.” Pah!

Bong-soon happily heads off to work, but along the way, she bumps into a stranger. The man apologizes quickly and walks off, but she stops. Her mind goes back to when she bumped into the kidnapper at the hospital and he’d apologized – the same way that stranger had apologized. Bong-soon stands frozen in the street as she realizes that the voices are the same, which means she just passed the kidnapper.

 
COMMENTS

How cute are Bong-soon and Min-hyuk?! I don’t think either of them are really at the warm and mushy feeling stage yet, but their relationship is moving so smoothly and organically that it’s beautiful to watch. Not to mention squeal at. I especially enjoy watching Min-hyuk slowly falling for the mighty pipsqueak that is the awesome Bong-soon. He obviously finds her attractive (given his many “sexy” comments), but I don’t believe that’s what really drew him in. This episode highlighted that she is first and foremost a mystery to him, and he loves solving puzzles. He hired her because she fascinated him, not because he fell in love at first sight. I was really happy to learn that, because otherwise there’d be nowhere for him to go in the relationship if he loved her from the beginning. Now, we get to watch as he slowly softens towards her through the little things, like her cooking reminding him of his mother, or just watching her dance so freely. She’s becoming less of a source of entertainment and more of a person to him.

Admittedly, I’m also really curious as to what Min-hyuk is doing with the whole gay thing. We obviously know that he likes women given his slow gazes at Bong-soon, though at this point, he could totally be bi given all the innuendo he’s throwing out there at Gook-doo. (Hawt.) He’s been called gay to his face and hasn’t bothered correcting anyone, so either it’s partially right, or he’s just having fun with the assumption. It could also be that he likes the idea that people can’t figure him out and just enjoys being a mystery. If you think about his life growing up, he lost his mother, had brothers that hated him and one brother that protected him, had a gangster father that doesn’t seem to care, and multiple stepmothers who are more inclined to drink than play parent. Then on top of that, he left home young, became a CEO of a large company, and spends most of his down time alone in a dungeon game room. It makes total sense that he’s a bit…eccentric. I’d be more surprised if he did have normal interactions with people after all that.

The show still hasn’t quite meshed the dark kidnapping moments with the lighter romcom, but the transitioning between the two halves of the show is getting better. In spite of the tonal dichotomy, I’m really enjoying both storylines. The Masked Man is getting creepier with each bride, to the point where I find myself flinching away from the screen whenever he shows up. It is strange though – and I’m wondering at my own sanity — I didn’t truly hate him until he told his “second bride” to lose weight to fit into her wedding dress. Apparently, in my mind, being a psycho killer/kidnapper is one thing, but ordering them to keep off the weight is a whole other kind of cruel. (There are some things you just don’t say to a girl, you big meanie!)

I’m a little worried about the sheer number of villains in this show, since they’re getting harder to keep track of. I know there are some theories that the Masked Man and Min-hyuk’s stalker are one and the same, and while that would make things easier, I’m not sure I agree with it. These have been completely different crimes thus far, and the motivations are also totally separate: one is for political reasons, the other is based on some kind of twisted bride polygamy fetish. I’m far from an expert and this is just my view so far, but being both a BB gun shooting stalker and a psycho masked kidnapper is a whole other level of multitasking that doesn’t seem possible.

I do really like how the show is turning some of the bad guys into backup for Bong-soon. The high school punks have now pretty much bound themselves to her for life, and I think Boss Tak and Jaw aren’t too far from falling for her as well. I’m hoping for a storyline where the kiddos and gangsters end up joining Bong-soon and Min-hyuk so that they can all bring down the big bad guy(s) together. Team Do Bong-soon, fighting!

 
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I love how teeny tiny Bong Soon is! And I love all the hilarious moments! But most off all, I LOVE PARK HYUNG SHIK BECAUSE HE'S ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL!

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OMG. I CAN'T STOP SCREAMING TOO. PARK HYUNG SIK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I loved him in Hwarang but I LOVE HIM EVEN MORE HERE!

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I finally understand why Park Hyung Sik is the main lead and Ji Soo, the second. Park Hyung Sik is clearly the more charismatic of the two. He is pulling off the eccentric Min Hyuk with an easy charm that few actors could emulate. I am definitely impressed.

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I love love love Hyungshik's acting. With his screen time, he has shown that he can do cute, goofy, heart fluttering, serious, melo, childish, petty, playful... and there is so much more which we have yet to see from him. His expressions are gold.

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I forgot to mention.. this boy can express sexiness like no other!

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*daydreaming* about Park Hyung Shik
He has like a million funny gestures and comedic expressions ....

The part where he woke up to find her carrying him and pretended not to, all in a split second was hilarious ...

Having said that, I love Bong Soon's mom. That she was willing to consider a gay man for her daughter (hoping he will change) was such a positive reaction...

To a certain extent he reminded me of LJS's character in W... the rich boy swagger and eccentricity... sigh I wish there's millions of Park Hyung Shiks for all the girls...

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I agree with you. Park Hyung Sik reminds me so much of Ji Sung. Park Hyung Sik has that ability Ji Sung has to express everything with his face. They can both move from comedic scene to a dramatic scene effortlessly.

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they even look alike! ^^ there are some scenes (like when he was working out punching his sandbag) where i was totally convinced he was actually jisung lol

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Wow! I totally thought he looked like Ji Sung there too! Park Hyung Sik has that 'You are the complete center of all my attention' gaze that Ji Sung can do. Wah. I think my heart just fluttered.

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To be honest I feel like the roles he's done since Angry Mom kind of demonstrate that he's not quite ready for a leading role (Moon Lovers showcased some truly terrible acting). But Park Hyung Sik! OMG. My man. Hwarang was the perfect vehicle to get you to this amazing show and leading character. Good choices.

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So true. He's so perfect playing an adorable doofus (Angry Mom & Page Turner), but not so much on other types of characters. His acting is still uneven.

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While not a particularly demanding role (well, as of yet), PHS has the perfect combination of charm and charisma for the role.

One actor who has similar attributes is Yoon Doo-joon (Let's Eat Series and SSL).

While justifiably receiving a lot of criticism for his acting, Song Seung-heon was equally charming in "My Princess" (SSH should really stick to romcoms), and of course, there's Gong Yoo and So Ji-sub.

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Are we sure Park Hyung Sik is the main lead here? (I ask anxiously.) 'Cause I try not to have my heart destroyed by second lead syndrome any more, if I can help it.

The only reason I ask is because Bong Soon has had a crush on Gook Du forever, and you know the whole first love trope in K-dramas....

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Although I love Ji soo, and I strated to watch this show because of him, oh my God.... I have to agree.
He may be lacking some acting skills in order to be a lead. But, while I wait until he developes them, I am perfectly happy watching him smile once in a while.

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I'm having a severe case of Hyungshikness!

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That particular sickness is getting more severe since Hwarang days. Now I'm in the middle of watching all his previous works. Sigh, oppa...

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I'm diagnosed with Hyungshikness

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me too, me too! and he can sing & dance too...boy's talented.

singing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdJBmWtBxoY
dancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ5B-6-HVus

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I have also caught the sickness. I can't get enough of Park Hyung Sik ❤️ these days. They have to give him more screen time so I can admire his beautiful eyes and enjoy his charms.

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+1000000000

ASDFGHJKL IS HYUNGSIK THE MOST ADORABLE THING IN THE WORLD I SWEAR

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Been waiting all day for the recap, thank you so much! I love reading your thoughts on the show. (Because I'm obsessed with it).

- I think it’s great that BS lost her temper with Gook Du because it’s probably the first time she ever really felt pissed off with him and let him know that she’s really not obliged to be nice to him or anything. (Though GD’s “You! And I! We are friends!” kind of cracked me up a little with how staunchly he was insisting it.) Side note though – I know GD sees her as a very puny, weak female (nothing sexist about this, I think, because in general, females are biologically weaker because of the way our bodies are built with less muscle mass etc.) BUT the girl’s 26, yo. Give her some credit, I’m sure she can decide whether or not she wants to stay over at another guy’s place, even if she’s of “marriageable age”!

-And then the dream she had of MH groping GD’s butt… priceless, I swear.

-Think it’s actually pretty cute that MH stopped BS from removing the chopstick, probably because he’s reminded of her every time he looks at it?

-And ahhhh the way he ate her meal with such relish (while she was in the car bitching about him, HAH) and mentioning that it tasted like his mum’s cooking… my heart broke for the little MH. I know it’s a typical drama cliché with the rich man + his numerous sons from different wives, but my heart goes out to him all the same.

-Pretty sure I won’t ever be able to listen to “I will always love you” the same way again.

-Ok, I really, really like the moment they had on the sofa, where he’s staring at her intently, and she looks up at him completely nonchalantly before going back to his wound. It’s a moment that really (to me), signifies the beginning of MH’s feelings for BS, but also shows how indifferent she is to him right now. I think it’s adorable how he’s so smitten with her already.

-Also, gurl! Whatcha doing telling your boyfriend that you’ll be out of Seoul while you’re meeting his good friend on a secret lunch date? Hee Ji’s actions are doing nothing for her in my books, and right now she just strikes me as a rather insipid character.

-I love everything about the movie scene, the clubbing scene… and I’m pretty sure I was staring at MH the same way he was staring at her in the club. I don’t know if it’s just me but PHS really does the smitten look well. The way he was staring at her in the club just made my insides go to mush.

-Drunk scenes with the horrified mother HAVE got to be one of my favourite things to watch in dramaland. (“She was taught better manners than this!” “YAAAA YOU JERK!”)

-Overall I enjoyed E4 more than E3, and I also like how our cops have sort of some direction on the creepy bride-kidnapper now. I’m really interested in knowing what happens next!

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somehow reading your comment is like reading my own thoughts. such telepathy. hahaha... howeverwhile i do think that minhyuk kept the chopstick as a momento in his kitchen, i couldn't help but think he might want to use it to guilt-trip bong soon. he does afterall love to guilt trip her. hahahaha

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Me, too on the line of thinking telepathy! This show is great so far!

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I was thinking more how the chopsticks ruined the benchtop. Are the producers going to replace the whole thing?

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Maybe they cut it in half and glued it?

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On the Whitney Houston song "I will always love you", it changed to funny for me the moment they used it on Simpsons, this show just cemented that status.

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"and I’m pretty sure I was staring at MH the same way he was staring at her in the club."

This! I even got the whole hand on the face gesture thing down!

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Hehehe yes me too! I've also replayed that part... numerous times... ahem.

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I am IN LOVE with Ahn Minhyuk!

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Oh, can someone let Gukdoo's girlfriend disappear somewhere? LOL

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Skip her parts. That's what I did.

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Yeah, I have a feeling she's gonna be one of the creep's next "bride."

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The psycho killer/kidnapper is giving me the “Kiss the Girls” book/movie vibe…

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She is totally going to get kidnapped

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Honestly, I'm not even mad if if she gets kidnapped.

Because her personality is just so bad and both Bongki and Gookdu should have someone better.

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I am little appalled by the line of thought you guys are showing here.

Did Hee Ji lie to her boyfriend? Yes. Is she cheating on him? Possibly. We don't know very much else about her, other than the fact that she's a dedicated cellist and has a somewhat lukewarm relationship with Gook Du.
So from what we DO know, she has some questionable morals when it comes to romantic relationships.

Does this mean she deserve to be kidnapped, beaten (because that girl will definitely fight back), stripped, forced to wear some bridal dress, ordered to go on a strict diet to fit said dress, and be either bound to a bed or locked in a cell? NO
No woman, and I repeat, NO woman, deserves go through any of that, no matter how "bad" her personality may seem. My god, you guys, you are steering into rapist culture here.

I don't like Hee Ji as a character, either, and find her whole interaction with Bong Ki repulsive and unethical. They were in a doctor-patient relationship before, and just because they're no longer in one, it's still very iffy. But even if I do take my distaste for her into account, the most I want is for her to just quietly fade into the background and move on, do other things with her life and no longer get involved with our main characters. That's it.

I'm not trying to start a war online, just want to remind you all to be more mindful of your words. I could be taking your words way too seriously here, but I believe in taking responsibility for your words, whether verbal or in writing, online or offline. If we don't call out on these kinds of harmful thoughts, then we'll perpetuate a society where rapist culture is normal and acceptable. It's not.

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Have got to say, I sort of agree with Haru ^

I mean, besides the fact that she is quite possibly emotionally cheating on her boyfriend... we don't know much about her personality otherwise. GD IS a little "distant" from her, I'm sure she feels neglected with how he's always busy and has to run off halfway through their dates. I'm not trying to justify cheating, or say that it's "good character" to cheat, but well, I don't think any woman (as horrible as she could possible be) deserves to be smashed in the wrench with a head, drugged, kidnapped, or assaulted in any form, you know? I would be equally horrified if another woman (regardless of who it is) gets kidnapped by that creepy man and I think the best way for Hee Ji to disappear is to just... have an amicable breakup with GD and just... move on. (Though to be honest I think GD wouldn't be too overly beaten up over the breakup, lol).

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Oh wow! This is something you wouldn't wish even to your worst enemy...

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I just meant the character of Hee Ji is being setup to be a victim. Not passing moral judgement on her. Yeah she lied about being out of town - not great but not deserving of punishment either

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I also agree with Haru. GD's girlfriend doesn't deserve to be kidnapped or hurt.

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Wasn't expecting her character to turn out like this, tbh. I was initially looking forward to Ji-soo having a gf in the show and not having to be the lovesick puppy again, but now his gf's hitting on another guy? Not cool. I'm hopeful that Bong-soon's bro will put a stop to it if she pursues him any further.

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No, she's got to do something that will break GD's attraction to her so he can start noticing Bong Soon in a different light. As long as he still likes the GF, there will be no love triangle to ramp up the tension between our three protagonists.

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Which makes me annoyed that the writer cant be more creative about the love triangle and how it begins for Gook-du. Couldn't he just come to admit his pent-up feelings for Bong-soon without having his girlfriend cheat on him? Why can't we just have mature adults choose to break up on the basis that they don't have chemistry, instead of "omg you cheated, i hate you, let's break up"... it's a tired storyline and should be done away with, imo.

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Oh my Gosh, I have to agree with MikoDee as well. GD''s falling for BS should be more original and even great, so that it would be hard for her to choose. Man! Let's have hope.

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The description on the viki page say Gook Du has had a secret crush on Do Bong Soon for a while.... So... Pretty sure no one needs to wish death upon his neglected GF for him to realize feelings, he makes it obvious already. Her brother probably threatened him from ever acting on his feelings in the past or he feels like he can't make his on her because of him or something. We'll find out soon.

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I hope Bong KI will end up with Bong Soon BF, they interaction kinda cute and casual, remind me with Reply 1997 ganks.

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I've been shipping them since the day she showed up. I just hope she doesn't die... i admit i get nervous for her welfare since she's the bff of the heroine, and might be a pivotal cause for how Bongsoon gets actively involved in finding the creeper bride guy.

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Weell..she did bring fish cakes from Busan that Bong Ki likes so much. Probably it's just them being so close like a family, but perhaps it's something else.

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The look that he has when she was at the pole? *swoons*

It isn't only Ahn Minhyuk who got it bad!

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Too many things to say, but first. CUTE! Hyung Sik's eyes are just mesmerizing! How can those lashes be that loooongg??

Okay, back to the Show. I'm loving it. I didn't mind the two plot-lines compared to the first two eps. I'm starting to feel that Fate is trying to make BS the superhero of her own with some cutie minions and an eccentric guy that thinks strong woman are sexy and not someone that makes him less of a man.

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That should be true in people's daily love too; to look for the person who accepts them as a whole person... their strength, weaknesses, eccentricities, etc.

I like how the writers of the story made the lead guy like the main lead girl for her "strength" and that he finds it "sexy." He's clearly made for her and her for him. =D

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I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade, but does he really see her as sexy? I personally feel that most of the time his comments are sarcastic, and shouldn't be taken seriously. I feel that he sees her as something very intriguing and interesting in a weird way. However he is starting to really like her cuteness too, when she was drunk I could see his gaze become gentle for the first time.

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I also don't think he means that sexy, like what you said he finds her intriguing and interesting. Maybe he's at loss of what to describe her or something. I do that a lot too.

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I think he does. One thing I really appreciate about his character is that he's so open and accepting of his emotions. We don't have any awkward hero denial stage because it never occurs to him. Instead, he's just like 'I never thought I'd be into this (cute girls with super strength), but it turns out I'm into this." And embraces it. The first time he says it, its after the gang fight in the beginning. The second time he says it, he pauses for just long enough to make it clear that he's off on some (r-rated? X-rated?) daydream. This is as opposed to Guk-doo, who has obviously internalized some unhealthy attitudes towards attraction. Protagonists with healthy sexuality, fighting!

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I think he meant it as "sexy." Maybe not necessarily the most common definition of "sexy" (such as oozing with sex appeal, voluptuousness, toned legs, big breasts, toned abs, ample butt etc.).

I think he finds her abnormal strength along with her cuteness... appealing. Just as I find a man's hands with veins sexy. He finds her strength sexy.

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Aweee you just made me love the drama even more! I just cannot wait for him to fall hard and then her too.

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Min Hyuk was a bullied child who always felt insecure in the home he grew up in so natural that he is attracted to her strength and sassy attitude. People are attracted to characteristics in others that they think lacking in themselves. While he has plenty of attitude, he is uncomfortable with and afraid of confrontation and he doesn't like that about himself.

Fighting it out in video games or planning scenarios to capture your own stalker are not the same thing as messy real life confrontations that cause all kinds of negative emotions like fear,panic and pain. For all his talk that he would be the one to "torture" answers out of the motorcycle guy, during the whole encounter he was timid and unsure what to do especially with Bong So's blunders escalating things.

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Well said; I (obviously) agree.

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Exactly my thoughts! His eyes ar so captivating... I could look at him all day! I swear he's damn pretty

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I love this show to bits. BS has been spending years trying to convince GD that she's a delicate girl he needs to protect, but now she meets a guy who thinks she's sexy with her super strength. Awww..I can't wait 'till they both come to love each other. And the height difference will make a great kiss scene.. *dreamy eyes* <3<3

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Man, Seoul is small. What are the chances Bongsoon would bump into Creepy Kidnapper TWICE?

If only Aro had Jinheung there to tell her, when people start shooting things at you, get behind a tree! Good for you, Hyungshik, you've learned from the last drama.

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Lol, nice meta..

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THIS. I laughed too much from this ><

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well it was implied that the killer knew the dobong-dong area well so he might be a resident in that area.. it makes sense that a specific area would have few train stations and/or a big hospital around

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Yes. It was implied that it's within Dobong-dong area. Thus, same hospital and ajumma's redevelopment meetings.

That's why i am liking this show. Rare "coincidence" between the leads. Whenever they're together it's because AMH constatntly contacts DBS and ask what her plans are. Haha!

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yup, rare coincidences are the best. i mean fate brought them together at the first place. but then it was minhyuk who works to continue their meetings and such.

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instead she got sunwoo as her tree.

i'd like to console myself with jinheung was reincarnated as ahn minhyuk (ughh same bad luck with family) and his fated one is here~~~ sexy bong soon. hahahaha.... his own happy ending.

ps: i prefer bongsoon over aro anyway. so it works well for me.

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Me too. I have never felt like Jin Heung and Aro are compatible together but Ahn Min Hyuk and Do Bong Soon are just a perfect fit. Also I like the head canon that he reincarnated and finally meet the woman meant for him... Jin Heung would so totally find Do Bong Soon sexy too ?

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When that creepy kidnapper might be her brother?

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I don't think the kidnapper is her brother, for a few reasons:

1. Bong-soon has heard the kidnapper's voice. If it were her brother, she would have recognized that right away.

2. In the scene leading up to the kidnapping of the second victim, we see simultaneous shots of Bong-soon's family -- including her brother -- eating fried chicken together.

3. Bong-ki and the kidnapper have difference body types and haircuts. The kidnapper is tall and thin with longer hair and a thin face. Bong-ki is average height and build with a round face and shorter hair.

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Also, his job precludes him from having the time to do what the kidnapper is doing--taking "care" of his victims, stalking them (probably), etc. We've seen too much of Bong-ki at home, the hospital, having lunch, etc. If it turns out that he's the kidnapper then I'll be really disappointed because it will mean a huge suspension of disbelief, and I hate that.

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Nope. Creepy kidnapper is the first guy they interviewed in the police station. And Min-hyuk's stalker is his middle brother.

(Just the vibe I'm getting from the show.)

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Episode 2, about 24 minutes in. The guy who happened upon her getting hurt and stopped the killer. HE'S the one I think is the killer. He didn't happen upon it. He wants to be thought of as a good guy so that nobody suspects him. That's my guess. And I haven't read the webtoon--if there even is a webtoon. So this isn't a spoiler, but a wild guess. : )

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Omgosh I think the witness is the kidnapper too. The kidnapper tells the victim do you know how hard I tried to save you. I think this was do to the fact that because the first women died he had to call for the 2nd one to be taken to the hospital and saved and once she was stabilized but still in a weakened state he went to the hospital to get her back all this would be considered hard work too keep her alive. He couldn't wait tI'll someone happened upon her to save her so he himself had to make the call and he couldn't call and leave cause that would make it suspicious. So the kidnapper is hiding in plain sight. Plus the body building and eyes and lips as well as the voice match.

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I think the middle brother is suspicious as well. He's either the kidnapper or stalker or both!

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the stalker could be the middle brother, but another potential suspect is the stepmother. i mean if she had a son/ daughter, she probably want her child to inherit the husband fortune.

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@Wag_a_Muffin, I got the same vibes as you ie Kidnapper is the witness and Middle bro is the stalker.
I also think the kidnapper may be a crazy otaku and kidnapping girls who fit some computer game characters (maybe game by Ainsoft just to make everything related to the main characters of the series). Anyway, just a wild guess.

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LOL, yes! Good job with learning from past mistakes! ????

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The drunk antics is so hilarious; have actually heard the "logout as a gay" joke before, but then they have to play the windows shut down sound, omg, it's been more than 24 hours but am still cracking up everytime I remember that scene!
Didn't expect Min-hyuk to fall so fast tho, maybe he actually realised that Bong-soon is the mysterious hoodie girl? Since he is supposed to be smart and all that. A bit annoyed that Gook-do's girlfriend is pictured as such, guess they are really going to up the ante of love triangle.

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Same here, I can't forget the logout joke. This episode is absolutely hilarious, i almost choked on my own laugh when hyungshik buttgrabing Gookdo

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And then Mom said, Log IN! xD

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i really don't get the logout joke, can you explain it to me?

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I think she means come out. She is not good with words :D

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Oh dang I totally didn't get the joke until yall explained it!

I just died laughing at the windows sound effect. xD

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i honestly thought itwas my computer making the sound xD

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ah sorry, i didn't see Chis comment!

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Lawl! That's it!? I thought I was missing something more... I didn't get it, either. Bong-soon, that girl!

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Actually, I think Bong-Soon meant "log out" as in "stop being gay" so he wouldn't "like" Gook-Do! She doesn't like the type of attention that Min-Hyuk gives to Gook-Do so that made more sense to me :)

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I didn't get it either, so thanks to @Chi and @mushmush for explaining!

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Oh, the added computer sound bites are genius! Comedy gold right there. Have I mentioned that I love this show? I'm stuck on repeat, I think.

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"Stop Motion" (Stock Options), "Etude" (Attitude), Femhomme fatale (femme fatale) and Log Out (Come Out).

Is it bad that i find this mistakes laughable? I just love how DBS is confident on saying these things.

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It's her non-reaction to being corrected that has me in stitches.

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I like that she doesn't get defensive or be in denial over her mistakes. She just accepts them gracefully and hopefully, remembers not to mix up her words again. I am not interested to waste five minutes over them bickering about whether it should be called stop motions or stock options.

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LOL this is list is going to keep growing I'm sure of it haha

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I also find it totally funny. She is such a character!

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I don't want to believe it for MinHyuk's sake, but does anybody else fear that the trusted brother, DongSuk, might be behind the threats to MinHyuk? I hope not, but it seems too simple for it to be one or both of the mean ones.

Just lovin HyungSik, hope he sings an OST!

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Drama Trope # 4189465: If a character is too good to be true, they're secretly a villain. If you think they're bad, trust your instinct because they sure will turn out bad.

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I recently had to remind myself of this because a bad guy snuck up on me. I had assumed this one dude in a show was a throwaway character to get main lead triggered by his presence around the leading girl. He was presented as an all around good dude with shitty timing when it came to confessing to her. He got called away to Russia for a week and during that time the main lead finally sacked up and got his lady.
I thought when he came back it was just this sad loss of a second lead. Nah. He turned out to be EVIL AF. I should have known. I'm a *seasoned drama veteran*!!!

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See? Drama Instincts; it seldom leads us astray.

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It's always the nice guy that the hero trust the most that is the backstabber per drama rules

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Yup, I totally agree!

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The brothers were so dull that I though none of them had anything to do with anything. Red herrings, they are.

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Yeah. I'd rather the villain be someone different.

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Oh I didn't like that rat from the first moment he spoke after the CEO heir announcement. Acting all nice and soothing without voicing your actual opinion when controversial news drops is the biggest red flag for me - it's a classic method to make yourself out to be 'the nice, unbiased, trustworthy guy'. I know a LOT of people like that, so his behaviour immediately raised my hackles.

And the childhood flashback here only further cemented my opinion. I'd bet my drama collection that the 'nice' hyung was the one to egg on the other two brothers by casually mentioning he saw the little brother in their rooms (how else would they know, and how else could he time his rescue so well?). This way, he gets to use his two less intelligent and more impulsive/emotional siblings as a way to vent out his aggression towards the younger sibling, all while painting himself as the virtuous one who also gains the vulnerable younger sibling's trust. (Like I said, I unfortunately know a lot of people like this...)

But, while I'm 100% sure he's a two-faced manipulative rat, I'm not entirely convinced that he's the one behind the attacks - directly, at least. They seem a bit too clumsy and childish, and the attacker too invested in making Min Hyuk feel something, as if they feel inferior to him.

Tbh I personally think there's a...

-40% chance it's a childhood repeat of the 'nice' one egging on the other two who're actually behind the attacks.

- 40% chance it's really nice hyung behind everything and he's making the attacks look clumsy on purpose so Min Hyuk will blame his other two brothers; this way he gets rid of all 3 of them by pitting them against each other.

- 10% chance it's really his dad making intentionally clumsy attacks because he wants to test that Min Hyuk has a strong resolve as well as good management skills, but doesn't want to actually hurt him.

- 10% chance it's someone totally unrelated to the family who just wants to make Min Hyuk's life miserable.

Lol, speculations aside I think this comment of mine just illustrates how pissed off fake nice people make me... x'D

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– 10% chance it’s really his dad making intentionally clumsy attacks because he wants to test that Min Hyuk has a strong resolve as well as good management skills, but doesn’t want to actually hurt him.

A cruel way of testing his heirs makes narrative sense.
Right now I lean on the Dad as the stalker master.

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I actually was thinking of this last night before I slept! I was racking my brain thinking about who MH's stalker might be and then I suddenly thought that it could very possibly be a screwed up thought that the dad had - hey, why don't I test my son by sending a stalker to threaten him and ask him not to accept the company? If he gives in, then perhaps he's not as good as I'd thought.

Though to be honest if it were really the dad it would make for a little of a boring reveal haha!

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I think he did sing an OST. The voice singing at the background (when Minhyuk called Bongsoon the day after she got drunk) is his. That is if I'm not mistaken. Lol. Anyways, I hope they release that OST already!

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Unfortunately, that voice does not belong to Hyungsik. Hyungsik's voice is thinner and higher in pitch. (I've been following ZE:A for quite some time, so I'm almost very certain of this).

Nevertheless, I do hope that he blesses us with one!

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D'awww this drama is my new omgfave ♡♡

The OTP just clicks for me. You know, despite all the cliches and double wrist grabs, one thing that kdramas does well is the allowing the concept of family to permeate into the romance itself. Western mores categorically and absolutely reject any suggestions of filial affection as "see a shrink before you date; you just need mothering" or "you clearly have daddy issues; stop replacing your father with another authority figure" or "hon, just dump his ass, you don't need to be looking after him". I mean obviously it's all a spectrum-- straying too deep into either end is toxic and unhealthy. But in the moderate, healthy middle ground, I think it's perfectly lovely to view a potential other-half as family. Because ... well, duh, a husband or wife is eventually, you know, family. I remember feeling moved in MDBC during the bridge scene when Ra-on saw her mother coming towards her, and it was totally the consummation of all her heart's hopes, and then having that figure transmute into Yeong.

In the case of Strong Woman, tempering Min-hyuk's attraction to Bong Soon and his finding her sexy with seeing bits of his mother in her cooking really rounds out the romance for me. It basically adds a layer of emotional anchoring to the chemistry, and convinces me that the romance is deeper than just "hot rich CEO finds a girl sexy; would like to jump her pants" ... because the latter is kinda disposable and replaceable, doomed to repeat with different partners etc.

Min-hyuk's characterization is also really working for me this episode. I don't know ... he is admittedly a laundry-list of kdrama hero cliches: tortured/traumatic past, daddy issues, rich but toxic family, shitty dynastic inheritance struggles, unsympathetic stepmother, tall hot handsome, CEO of company + (sort of gangster) chaebol, etc etc etc.
But I'm really liking Min-hyuk, and find the execution of these stock archetypes really well done. There's a kind of logical sincerity to his behavior that I really appreciate-- like he's not a "Byronic hero" for the sake of being a Byronic hero; some of these kdrama hero cliches are being used cleverly as a nexus into deeper and more nuanced characterizations:

- It's poetic and lovely that the most powerful figure of his life *was* his violent bullfrog of a gangster father, and how Bong Soon now becomes the most powerful figure (lol literally) of his life. Except in the swapping process, what used to be a source of trauma is now a winsome heroine. Narratively, it's the best kind of healing and exorcism. Evil old man --> cute Bong Doonie. Abuser --> protector.

- Kdramas loooove to pitch a tortured hero that needs emotional "saving" by the heroine. But in this case I like that Min Hyuk, to his best extent, has saved himself. He extracted himself from his family, built up his own financial support and defenses, and to his best ability has devised tools and mechanisms to keep...

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[...] his traumatic past at a distance. With Ainsoft and his fortune, he's literally become the king of his own little kingdom. So then Bong Soon is really fulfilling the role of the king's champion. I don't know if I'm making sense here, but I do see a difference between "saving" vs "championing", and I like that so far Min Hyuk is pretty fabulous in his own right, and Bong Soon is more of his (albeit badly needed) trusty right-hand woman. A fight-ready Watson-esque champion to his Sherlock. Sort of.

- I like that Min Hyuk is more than just a "spoiled CEO/Chaebol who does want he wants when he wants." After this episode, his behavior now makes so much sense: after years of emotional deprivation and suppression in his father's household, it makes sense that his new modus operandi is to live however he wants without having to bow or cow to anyone. If that means looking like a dumbass on that hoverboard and chasing his missed childhood by making games and playing with drones in a park, then you know what, good for him; he's earned the money and means to do what he wishes. Besides, he could be acting out in far worse ways than looking like a goofy kid who never goes to work.

- Also, Min Hyuk is actually really .. sweet? Mild tempered? He doesn't get mad at Bong Soon over anything really. Not even when she fractured his toe lmao. It's like his tolerance for strange behavior is really, really high. I suspect it's from growing up in a family where everyone else is foul tempered, horrible, and/or violent. So maybe that's why he's not even freaked out by Bong Soon (when normal guys would have ran at the first sign of her strength), because in his eyes that she has good intentions at heart makes her so much more lovable than anyone else he's known.

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dumb-ass on that hover-board - yes!!!
Amazed that he can simultaneously look that hot and that stupid - lol

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i always worry he'll fall flat on his face

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I actually think he looks cool and now want a hoverboard, but there is a 102% chance that I will fall flat on my face, or fall the other way and break my tailbone in 3 places. ?

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Totally love your analysis. Agree 100%!

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That's right, Min-hyuk surprisingly has a very high tolerance for strange behaviour. He is also quite open minded and just like someone said in the previous recaps, he definitely has his own moral code and doesn't care much about what people think as right. He is petty and mostly see people as interesting puzzle he wanted to observe and solve, but at the same time he treat them better than other kdrama chaebol who view them as people. I love the fact that he doesn't feel the need to treat other people like a crap just to feel better about himself.

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not to mention him calling out other people for their strange behavior would be like the kettle calling the pot black lol.. he has a few screws loose himself

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Yes! I find his tolerance for strange behavior really high. HAHAHA. He was not even scared when Bong Soon put a chopstick through his kitchen top. I would be really scared!! What if she kills you by accident! And his broken toe! x'D He is just so chill about it. It made me giggle.

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+100
Yes!! It didn't occur to me the adjective to use to describe MH but he's really is very sweet. Even after she fractured his toe he just used it as a way to guilt trip her. Ok granted it was really a teeny tiny fracture but I'm pretty sure I would have strangled the person who did that to me, LOL. Even the whole drunk scene and all that... he just laughed it off and called her cute and didn't even scold her the next morning. He's just so lovable, ugh.

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I like that so far Min Hyuk is pretty fabulous in his own right, and Bong Soon is more of his (albeit badly needed) trusty right-hand woman.

I would love it if Min-hyuk turned out to actually be gay, and he & Bong-Soon just became BFFs, bonding over their mutual unrequited crush on Gook-doo.

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they'd be savagely devastated each time Gook-doo gets a new (hot) girlfriend

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On a scale of Min-hyuk to Bong-Soon, how petty are you? Though I'm sure that both are on the extreme level of the scale. And can you imagine how the shoot went during that butt-grabbing scene? I don't think that they have a double for Ji-Soo because that reaction is too real to be acted lmao. It's too awesome to be fake. Call me out if there a behind-the-scene footages of it. PLEASE.

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Don't know if you can access Viki, but they have the special ep that aired before the drama started, where there are lots of BTS including that scene. That really was Jisoo, lol.

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there is actually XD i didn't find the specific cut for that part yet but there is the special ep that showed the behind of that specific scene XD i'll put it here if i find that specific cut of the special cut

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I clicked to fast but I'm not ashamed. THANK YOU.

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This clip is GOLD!