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Suspicious Partner: Episodes 3-4

The story gets well underway in the next installment of Suspicious Partner, setting Bong-hee and Ji-wook on opposite sides of a conflict that carries dire consequences for the loser. Bong-hee is in a pretty bad position, made even worse by the fact that the one person she can count on is actively working against her. And Ji-wook will have to face down a lot of his own fears, torn between his personal demons and doing what’s right.

 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

Nearing the end of her internship with Ji-wook, Bong-hee sits to write him a letter, but everything nice that she writes sounds like lies. She flips through her diary, which is full of notes like, “Noh Ji-wook was annoying today.” But she remembers how he helped her save face in front of Hee-joon, so she adds, “…but he was cool, too.”

She realizes what she wrote and laughs herself out of her chair, which jostles a memory loose from the night they drank together. Bong-hee had pushed him down on the couch and climbed on top of him, and Ji-wook had taken her face in his hands to pull her closer…

The memory ends there, and Bong-hee can’t remember more no matter how she tries. She goes to the balcony for some fresh air, and with her glasses off, she doesn’t see the man on the roof of the building across from hers dragging something large and bulky. But he definitely sees Bong-hee. He quickly lifts his burden and tosses it into a water reservoir.

While Bong-hee goes out for some beer, her ex-boyfriend Hee-joon lets himself into her apartment, assuming that her oversight in changing her passcode means that she subconsciously wants him back. But a gloved hand stops the door from closing behind him, and he turns around in surprise.

As Bong-hee skips home, a masked man on a bike passes by her, whistling an eerie tune. They both stop, and the biker turns back to look at Bong-hee, but when she turns around, he’s on his way again.

Bong-hee goes home and trips over Hee-joon’s body, and when she reaches out to him, her hands come back covered in his blood. The power is back on by the time the paramedics arrive, revealing Hee-joon dead on Bong-hee’s floor and Bong-hee nearly catatonic with shock.

Bong-hee is taken to the police station where she sits transfixed by Hee-joon’s blood still on her hands. She tells herself that her behavior makes an impression, so she slaps herself, alarming the detectives. When she’s coherent again, she clarifies that she’s just a witness, not a suspect.

Bong-hee nervously says that of course she looks like a suspect, since Hee-joon was killed in her home and the murderer is often the person who found the body. The detectives think that sounds like a confession, but Bong-hee warns them not to accuse an innocent person or it will make a mess of the investigation and give the real killer time to cover his tracks.

Hee-joon’s new girlfriend, Ji-hae, bursts into the station to confront Bong-hee, accusing her of killing Hee-joon because he dumped her. Bong-hee denies it, even when Ji-hae reminds her that she kept singing that curse and saying she’d kill him.

Ji-hae grabs Bong-hee and shakes her, demanding she bring Hee-joon back, and she has to be dragged out. As she’s being removed, she screams that she’ll kill Bong-hee for this. Ji-hae’s accusations give the detectives reason to arrest Bong-hee and charge her with murder. She narrates from the future that if she could give her past self any advice, she’d tell her to be careful of men, who bring nothing but trouble.

A trip to prosecutor Ji-wook’s past shows him getting the same advice in reverse from a monk, who tells him that the wrong woman can ruin a man’s life. The monk had predicted that there would be one woman like that in Ji-wook’s life.

In the present, Ji-wook opens his eyes in his office, and his coworker, Section Chief BANG GYE-JANG, quips that his war isn’t against the clients, but against his insomnia. Ji-wook mutters that he’d give his body and soul to the person who can get him a good night’s sleep.

He tells Section Chief Bang about the fake monk he knew as a child, and that he just remembered something the monk once told him about a woman he shouldn’t meet. With perfect timing, he gets a call from Bong-hee, who tells him hesitantly that she’s been arrested for murder.

Ji-wook laughs like this is the funniest thing he’s ever heard, then nearly bursts into tears. He goes to the station to yell at Bong-hee, furiously snatching at her through the bars of her cell then escaping the detective’s grip to rush inside and scream wordlessly at her.

He regains a bit of his composure when she cringes and says that she knows something went horribly wrong, but she didn’t do anything. Ji-wook orders her to look at him, and though she’s terrified, she meets his eyes. She says that it’s her fault somehow that they’re here right now, but that she didn’t kill Hee-joon.

In a shaky voice, she tells Ji-wook that she’s terrified, but he’s the only person she can count on. He snaps at her not to count on him, but Bong-hee says firmly that she will, because he’s the only person she knows who has power under the law. Ji-wook tells her to get cleaned up and that he’ll send Section Chief Bang with more clothes for her.

Bong-hee finally gets a chance to take a shower and wash Hee-joon’s blood off her hands. As she washes herself clean, the finality of Hee-joon’s death hits her, and she cries in huge, wracking sobs. She writes from the future that even though he hurt and betrayed her, she did care for him and never wished him harm.

Then her narration turns indignant, asking why on earth he had to die in her home. She wonders what she ever did to deserve this, and wonders if he was trying to ruin her life, ha.

In a further stroke of bad luck for Bong-hee, Ji-wook’s boss, District Attorney JANG MOO-YOUNG, also happens to be Hee-joon’s father. Ji-wook watches the news with growing trepidation, listening to the rumors that Bong-hee killed Hee-joon out of jealousy. He’s called to the DA’s office, where he’s assigned to Bong-hee’s case based on his reputation of being the “worst” prosecutor.

When Bong-hee is transferred for questioning, she’s met by an army of reporters, all calling for a statement. Someone knocks her glasses off, then another person rips off her mask, revealing her face to their cameras. In the confusion, someone steps on Bong-hee’s glasses and crushes them.

Ji-wook can’t imagine a worse situation, but he’s been threatened with being fired if Bong-hee isn’t convicted of murder. He reads her rights and tells her that due to the blackouts that night, there’s no evidence proving that she was out when Hee-joon was killed.

Bong-hee complains that her glasses were broken so she can’t see, and when she can’t see, she can’t seem to hear well, either. She continues that when she can’t see his expressions, she can’t tell what he’s feeling.

Ji-wook sits just inches from Bong-hee so she can see him properly, and he goes into “smarmy prosecutor” mode, sympathizing with her and saying that he understands why she felt betrayed by Hee-joon. But Bong-hee says this won’t work on her, since she’s already seen him interrogate people and knows his tactics.

Next he tries the “angry scary prosecutor” tactic, but that doesn’t work, either. He’s forced to be honest, telling Bong-hee that her innocence doesn’t matter when all the evidence points to her. Internally he thinks that the only way he can save his career is by getting her the maximum sentence.

Bong-hee confuses him by saying that she trusts that he’s on her side, and that he’s her only hope. He thinks about that fake monk who’d told him to avoid the troublesome woman at all costs or his life will be destroyed. He’d said Ji-wook would recognize her when he met her, and now he says ruefully that it’s Bong-hee.

CEO Byun — who is actually trying to hire Ji-wook for his law firm — and Eun-hyuk discuss Bong-hee, sure that no lawyer has taken her case since the victim was the DA’s son. Eun-hyuk suddenly stares at his phone, shocked and thrilled to see that Ji-wook is calling him (HA, he’s saved on Eun-hyuk’s phone as “My Ji-wookie”).

On his end, Ji-wook calmly asks for a favor, but when he hangs up, he does this hilarious full-body flail, grossed out by having had to talk to Eun-hyuk. He gathers his composure as Section Chief Bang looks on sympathetically, then they head out.

Bong-hee’s mom brings her an old pair of glasses so she can see, and she tells her daughter not to worry about her since this isn’t her first time doing this. She starts to mention Bong-hee’s father but stops herself, and it looks like it’s getting harder for her to keep smiling.

She asks if Bong-hee’s being bullied, but Bong-hee says that as the only murder suspect, she’s automatically the cell jjang (leader). Their time is up, and Mom does a cute little cheer-up dance for Bong-hee. But once the door closes between them, she breaks down.

Eun-hyuk waits for Bong-hee in the interrogation room — aww, Ji-wook’s request must have been for him to represent her. Eun-hyuk puts his ear to the door and gets another thwack to the head when Bong-hee enters. He laughs affably and says that he’s smart enough to spare a few brain cells.

Eun-hyuk tries to explain that he’s going to be Bong-hee’s lawyer, but he keeps giggling at her horrendous glasses. He thanks her for being the catalyst to Ji-wook’s calling him and asks what kind of relationship she has with him beyond the professional.

Bong-hee redirects him to her actual case, and his eyes sharpen as he asks bluntly if she killed Hee-joon. She says no, and he says that’s all he needs to know, laughing that weird laugh again. (Seriously, what is up with that laugh?)

Ji-wook and Section Chief Bang go to look at the murder scene and discuss the fact that the murder weapon hasn’t been found. They both agree that it would be great if Bong-hee is as innocent as she claims.

There’s nothing outwardly remarkable about Bong-hee’s apartment, and Ji-wook recalls her testimony that she wasn’t wearing her glasses and couldn’t see much when she stood on her balcony. He thinks that she may have witnessed something, but she’s unaware of it because she couldn’t see.

Section Chief Bang complaints that it feels intrusive to inspect the house of someone they know, even as he’s flipping through Bong-hee’s diary, ha. He sees all of her notes about Ji-wook and hides the diary behind his back, reluctant to show Ji-wook.

Ji-wook takes the diary anyway and flips through it, his face carefully neutral. They get a call that the murder weapon was found not far from here, and at the same time, Ji-wook finds a bloody knife underneath Bong-hee’s fridge.

 
EPISODE 4 RECAP

Remembering that District Attorney Jang had been strangely sure of the fact that the murder weapon would turn up soon, Ji-wook thinks it’s odd that he’s finding this knife now, after the apartment has already been searched several times. He takes both knives to have the blood on them forensically tested.

Bong-hee asks Eun-hyuk his IQ, which he says proudly is 143, but he doesn’t ask hers until prompted. She tells him that she passed the bar exam with an IQ of only 101, because she worked as hard as she could so that she could get a good job and give her mother a better life. She asks him not to treat her defense as a joke, because her whole life depends on this.

Eun-hyuk calls Ji-wook to talk, but Ji-wook will only meet with him in a restaurant, sitting at separate tables, with his back to Eun-hyuk. Eun-hyuk says that he’s only helping Bong-hee because Ji-wook asked, and he promises to do his best to beat Ji-wook.

Ji-wook gets up to leave with Eun-hyuk right on his heels asking him to stay for a drink, but Ji-wook reminds him that he can’t stand him. Eun-hyuk says that he’ll just keep begging for forgiveness until Ji-wook grants it, saying that Ji-wook is the most precious person in his life and calling a cheerful, “I love you!” at Ji-wook’s back.

Ji-wook bursts into Bong-hee’s interrogation room bellowing that he had to see someone he hates because of her, which startles and confuses her. She asks if she did something wrong or made a mistake, and he yells that everything she does is wrong and a mistake. She turns the saddest puppy-dog eyes on him, and he makes an effort to tamp down on his fury.

Ji-wook watches Bong-hee eat her jjajangmyun like she’s starving, thinking that if the blood on both knives belongs to Hee-joon, then it means she’s innocent. He tells her that this is the last time he’ll interrogate her, tipping her off that she’ll soon be on trial for Hee-joon’s murder.

Bong-hee says again that she trusts him, and she trusts that he believes her. She thinks to herself that she has to, because she has no other choice.

Bong-hee’s trial begins, and Ji-wook only looks at her once before starting his arguments. His official theory is that she lured Hee-joon to her apartment in order to kill him, jealous that he’d cheated on her (and we also learn that this all happened two years ago).

Ji-hae is called to the stand where she testifies that she heard Bong-hee threaten to kill Hee-joon many times. Eun-hyuk argues that saying “I’ll kill you” is just a figure of speech, and he reminds Ji-hae that she even said it to Bong-hee at the police station. Point to Eun-hyuk.

Bong-hee’s classmate Hee-kyu testifies about the curse song she used to sing to Hee-joon, which ended with a death threat. Eun-hyuk asks if it’s true that after Bong-hee and Hee-joon broke up, Hee-kyu asked Bong-hee out and was turned down several times. He points out that Hee-kyu must not have really believed Bong-hee was homicidal, since he wanted to date her. Another point to Eun-hyuk.

When Bong-hee takes the stand, she confesses that she did say she would kill Hee-joon, but she clarifies that if she really intended to kill him, she wouldn’t have been so vocal about it. Growing emotional, she says that a lot of women have probably wanted to kill their boyfriends or husbands at times, and the whole room cringes.

Reporters interpret that statement as Bong-hee saying that killing Hee-joon wasn’t such a bad thing. Things look pretty bad for Bong-hee, though her cellmates give her a round of applause, heh.

Ji-wook gets the forensic reports back on the two bloody knives. On the second day of Bong-hee’s trial, he asks to submit one knife as extra evidence, stating that it was found at Bong-hee’s home several days after the murder.

Eun-hyuk objects on the grounds that the apartment was searched several times and no knife was found, making this “evidence” suspect. The knife is accepted into evidence on the condition that a forensic expert is brought in to testify.

Ji-wook confirms with the expert that the knife matches the wound on Hee-joon’s body. Eun-hyuk still thinks it’s strange that the knife showed up after several searches found nothing, and he asks if it could have been planted there by someone with access to Hee-joon’s blood. The expert can’t say if it’s possible, but he can’t say it’s impossible, either.

When it comes time for his closing arguments, Ji-wook looks as though he’s really struggling. He thinks about his father, who had lost his only sister to a murderer. He’d been a prosecutor who only took criminal cases, and who always held himself apart from corrupt prosecutors.

Little Ji-wook had idolized his father, who was also murdered when Ji-wook was still very young. Ji-wook devoted his life to the same causes his father fought for, wanting nothing more than to be like his hero.

Ji-wook makes his planned closing statements, accusing Bong-hee of murder and asking for the maximum penalty of fifteen years in prison. He can barely look Bong-hee in the eye, and when he does, she looks back at him with an expression of disappointment and utter betrayal.

In the space of a few seconds, his boss’s threat to have him fired and blackballed if he loses this case wars with Bong-hee’s statement of complete trust in him. Suddenly, right in the middle of Eun-hyuk’s closing arguments, Ji-wook stands and says that he has more evidence.

He tells the court that a second knife was found, and that Hee-joon’s blood was on both weapons. Revealing the second knife was found several miles from Bong-hee’s apartment, Ji-wook says that it’s impossible for her to have taken the knife and dropped it there, then gotten back to her place in time to meet the paramedics.

The judge asks why Ji-wook is presenting this evidence when the trial is almost over, and Ji-wook confesses that he excluded this evidence on purpose, because winning the trial was more important than the truth. But he adds that two weapons with the victim’s blood on them means that one is a fake, rendering them both inadmissible as evidence.

With that, he officially dismisses all charges against Bong-hee.

Bong-hee’s confused mother turns to CEO Byun for answers. He says, a bit proudly, that Ji-wook just torpedoed his own case and that Bong-hee is free. Ji-wook doesn’t look at Bong-hee in the courtroom, and as she leaves the building, she sees him walking away without a backward glance.

Then a sound catches her attention, and she freezes — it’s the sound of someone whistling, sounding very much like the whistle she heard from the man on the bike on the night of Hee-joon’s murder. She looks around but all she sees are clamoring reporters.

Ji-wook stands still as District Attorney Jang punches him viciously over and over. He goes out for drinks with CEO Byun, still a bit stunned at the way he destroyed his entire career. CEO Byun asks why Ji-wook did that for Bong-hee, but all Ji-wook will say is, “It’s fate.”

Bong-hee’s mom stays the night at Bong-hee’s place. They lie in bed holding hands, with Bong-hee reassuring her mom that the prosecution can’t come after her again unless they find another piece of evidence. She says with awe that the prosecutor made a big sacrifice for her today.

Unable to sleep, Bong-hee gets up and flips through her diary. She finds that on the days where she made negative notes about Ji-wook, he’d gone in and written “likewise” on each one. Awww.

Ji-wook is fired and packs up his office. Section Chief Bang pouts that he’s disappointed that Ji-wook let his conscience get in the way of doing his job, and Ji-wook agrees that he let himself down, too. He takes one last look around the office, then he goes.

Bong-hee resumes her life, happy to have found someone who restores her trust in people — Ji-wook. She spots him leaving his building and her face lights up, but he doesn’t look at all glad to see her.

Bong-hee approaches Ji-wook, and he says that he thinks they met because of fate. Bong-hee smiles and starts to say that she thinks he’s her destiny, but Ji-wook interrupts that it was an ill-fated encounter. Bong-hee’s face falls as he adds, “So let’s never cross paths again.”

 
COMMENTS

These episodes were much more clear and cohesive than the premiere, and I now have a much better grasp of the show and what it wants to be. I actually like the juxtaposition of dark drama and light humor, and I feel that the funny moments compliment the more serious parts of the show very well. The writer’s past drama, I Remember You, did this very well too, and it’s one of my favorite dramas of all time. So I have a lot of faith that the humor will never overshadow the more serious primary story of the search for a serial killer, and that it will always be in good taste.

I expected Bong-hee’s murder trial to go on a bit longer, though I’m glad it’s over so soon so that we can move on to the “partner” part of Suspicious Partner. I really felt for Ji-wook, torn between his lifelong goal to be like his father, but also believing that Bong-hee is innocent and wanting to do the right thing for her. Until now his life has always been black and white — criminals go to jail, end of story, and if evidence has to be hidden in order to make that happen, then it’s just the price of justice. But Bong-hee taught him that not everyone accused of a crime is guilty, and it’s caused him to have a crisis of spirit. I don’t even blame him for not wanting to see her again, because it would only remind him of how he’s been doing the wrong things for the right reasons all of his life.

I’m very curious about Ji-wook’s angry outbursts, because it sometimes looks like it’s a struggle for him to keep from becoming violent. It’s very shocking every time it happens, because it’s so opposite to his regular mild personality, which makes me suspect that what we see isn’t the real Ji-wook. His outbursts are always triggered by some danger to Bong-hee, and the romantic in me wants to explain them by saying that he’s just that worried about her. But I don’t actually think their feelings run quite so deep at this point in their relationship, so I think there must be another reason why he lashes out that way.

I’m starting to think that I misjudged Eun-hyuk, who seemed a lot more friendly and personable in this episode. I think that some of that is an act, mostly by the way his whole demeanor changed for just a second when he asked Bong-hee if she was guilty. I think he’s a lot smarter than he likes to let on, because being underestimated can be useful to a defense lawyer. I also believe now that his affection for Ji-wook is genuine, and that he regrets whatever he did to upset Ji-wook so badly (my theory is still that he’s the one who slept with Ji-wook’s girlfriend). I confess that I want Eun-hyuk to be a good guy just so we can get some awesome bromance between him and Ji-wook later.

Bong-hee didn’t have much to do in this episode, but I love that she took away from the experience a renewed trust in others. It’s going to be sad to watch as her gratitude is rebuffed by Ji-wook, but it’s also going to be fun to see them forced to work together against this murderer and struggle to find a balance between their different viewpoints. Ji-wook and Bong-hee’s complicated relationship is definitely the best part of this show, and I’m very eager to see a lot more of them.

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Thank you for the recap!!

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I’m loving Eunhyuk in this episode! Episode 1 didn’t show much of him, but with this episode, he’s totally stealing the scenes. When Jiwook called EH, he was in so much disbelief. The cute little throat clearing with the deep voice almost made me squeal in it’s cuteness. The change totally confused CEO Byun. He’s totally in love with JW. And the repeat of the door slamming into his head? Gold.

That scene where Bonghee schooled EH to not take defending her as a joke was great. I think until BH said that, EH was kind of taking defending her lightly, or only because of JW, so I’m glad BH said what she said.

When BH’s mom visited BH in jail, it broke my heart how the two were trying to keep themselves together for each other. I’m loving this mother-daughter relationship. I love Mr. Bang’s relationship with JW too. He’s so supportive of JW and so playful with him.

So the DA planted the knife in BH’s house…I get that he wants the person who murdered his son to serve time, but shouldn’t he be more invested in finding the real murderer instead of framing BH? Also, that whistling of the murderer creeped me out. How was he able to get so close to BH after the trial.

One thing that bothered me quite a bit was when the journalists pulled off Bonghee’s glasses and mask. What were the guards doing?

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It made me so angry when they broke her glasses! Also I didn't understand why BH left behind her glasses when she went to go to the store. It's dark and at night - why didn't she take them with her?

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Exactly, for a person who can't see well it's hard to walk outside without them on, I wear glasses I don't see well like her, I can't hear I can't walk i can't do anything without them, the first thing i do when I wake up is grab my glasses wear them then get up.

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Hearing also involves unconscious lipreading. I find without my glasses that I tend to have fuzzier hearing too. But then, like ladyjaye said, why would she leave her glasses behind?

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I wear glasses, and I can't see well without them (myopia). But at night, if I don't have too far a distance to go and I'm in familiar surroundings, I leave them behind. I can relate.

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Same here. Unless I do groceries (which requires me to read labels and stuff), I don't wear my glasses when I just need to grab something at a convenience store nearby. The neighborhood is familiar, heck, I can even remember where the craters and potholes are on the street. lol

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Did she really take them off? i think she took them off when she opened he window but she wore them when she went out for a walk (recheck video).

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She did wear her glasses to store that night. She just didn't wear them when she's looking out the window which when the muderer saw her.

And yes, what are the guard doing? They should stop the reporters from harrasing her! Grrrr!!

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BH did take her glasses to the store but the part-timer at the convenience store was so fixated on his phone that he never took a glance at BH. She only took them off when she opened the window for some fresh air and that's when the killer noticed her and thus proceeded to murder HJ.

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Seems like that murderer has bad eyesight too if he's confusing BH for HJ. :P

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True ?

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Thats my question too. Why kill HJ and not BH

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Perhaps the murderer just saw "a person" but couldn't make out any details of what they looked like?

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Given that the trial was supposed to be a railroad, I wouldn't be surprised if the assault by the journalists wan't arranged to expose and ruin her even before the trial began.

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Wait, but she was wearing her glasses when she went to the store. She had taken them off when she opened her window at her house. Right?

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I was so angry when the journalists pulled off her glasses and mask too. Criminals deserve to be treated like humans (and she wasn't even a criminal, argh) and it was just completely unacceptable of the journalists. I don't know, calling it "rude" seems too light a word for me, but I can't find another way to describe it.

I guess the DA didn't really care. He just wanted someone to pay for the murder of his son, regardless of who it was. Just find a scapegoat, frame the scapegoat and be done with the matter. He seems like the unscrupulous sort.

I actually gained a lot of respect when BH schooled EH to not take defending her as a joke. I think he also gained respect for her then, if I read his face correctly.

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Argh, I meant *she gained a lot of my respect. It's so hard to correct typos on phone screens.

Also, I wanna add that EH seems like a pretty decent lawyer in court too, there's this mixture of mischief and yet intelligence that's really, really attractive to me. Especially in a suit. Ahem.

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This trial and the reaction by the public/journalists etc. reminded me a lot about Pinocchio.

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I thought the same thing about the journalists and guards. Those guards were horrible. They definitely didn't do their job right.

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So far I really like these 3 characters: BH's mom, CEO Byun, and of course Eunhyuk

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I am really liking bong hee and the way nam ji hyun is potraying her. The way she is level headed at times of crisis is admirable. Like how she made herself come out of the numbness she was in after witnessing the murder and started making the police see that she could not be the murderer until her classmate came along. and Like you told, schooling Eun hyuk. Also, that trial and the media attention would have been surreal but she came out of it OK.

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Bong Hee is admirable?

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And when she broke down in the shower. It was so sad and real. Nam Ji Hyun has slowly been growing on me through every drama.

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Nam Jihyun is playing Bonghee so damn perfectly. She's natural and she weaves through different emotions very well. I've never had a jarring feeling when she was being shrewd or vulnerable or cute... I am liking her character. I hope to love Bonghee more in the upcoming epiosdes.

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True. And she's so dang beautiful. I'm developing a crush on the girl! I'm pleasantly surprised by the depth of her acting. Though not really that surprised because her consistency at Shopping King Louie showed true promise.

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I love the second episode. Thrilling element is bonus. Hope they maintain this pace neither the story i's going too fast nor too slow Loving the chemistry between wook and jihyun. About eun hyuk I agree I think he is the one who slept with his girlfriend but didn't knew that she was ji wook girlfriend. Now eagerly waiting for bromance. Overall better episode than first one every body is doing great job. But my fav is nam jihyun she is nailing her role.

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But, it seemed like ji wook was pretty serious about his ex-girlfriend. And if Eun hyuk was his best friend, then I don't see how he couldn't have known that she was ji wook's girlfriend. I hope the drama has a different story for their enstrangement and suprise us.

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Maybe eun hyuk knew she was cheating and didn't tell ji wook......for some reason...

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How can I forget that the writer is the same from IRY?! Thanks @lollypip!

Those previews were way misleading than any previews I've seen! How can you let me judge Bong-Sook ah, I mean, Ji wook!

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I didn't know either, I've now started IRY because I'm loving the style of SP so far and I can watch it as a filler lol

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Lucky you. It's an awesome drama. And I miss that pink sweater.

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I'm on the 2nd episode so far so I've not seen the pink sweater just yet but if I take a wild guess, is it PBG?

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No :) But you will now it when you see it (I think).

There might or might not have been some drooling involved in the comments section, when the episode aired. And it came up a few times since.

And just in case you miss it:

http://www.dramabeans.com/2015/07/i-remember-you-episode-11/

The pictures doesn't do him justice ;)

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Hahaha, 'there might have been some drooling involved'

Dayum, I think I know why you miss it now - looking forward to seeing it on my screen (I've now progressed to ep 3 so I've got a way to go sigh)

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But all sweaters aside, it's a really smart drama and has a strong female. It might take a few episodes to develop, but it's worth it. And yes, Seo In Gut was wonderfully styled.

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I'm liking it so far, we've just been introduced to PBG who is throwing me some creepy vibes.

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I've learnt pretty quickly to not trust the previews because sometimes they show things from two + eps away, and they're cleverly edited to make it seem like they're showing you an ultimatum when they're not. So my rule of thumb is NEVER TRUST THE PREVIEWS. haha

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“So let’s never cross paths again.” - Lol! Uh-huh. Good luck with that, pal.

Something tells me there's no escaping her now ;)

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It was also a heartbreaking moment on Bonghee's side. She was so happy to see him, and had what looked like a present for him, and then he said those words to her.

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Yeah, the moment was actually really hard to watch. In fact, because I've watched enough kdrama to know what he said, I didn't even watch the ending with the subs when I got them.

The thought of how wrong he is though...that's divine!

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He can run, but he can't hide.
There's no stopping her now...
But I love to see him tormented inwardly for a little while. ^^

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He should believe that fake monk, really. She's gonna mess up his whole life and he won't be able to escape (;

To be fair though @daydee I kind of felt bad for him, not her. I can imagine what it's like to wake up everyday knowing that you're living your goal of fighting crime, and one day a random girl walks into your life... and bam. There it goes. He could very well have just sent her straight into jail but he didn't, at the cost of his job. And while that makes him a really, really, great person, I'm sure a little greedy voice in his head is telling him that he should have just gone down the selfish route. He might not regret what he did, but he'd probably felt like he was at his lowest then.

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Well there are repercussion of against your own morality. Perhaps he knew he won't be able to live with that, and knowing BH is indeed innocent.

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Yeah, you can never really live with the fact that you sent an innocent person to jail. It does not work with your conscience and they both have history together as well. I think he does not regret what he did, it's more of giving up his dream of being a prosecutor for the rest of his life and it was not even his fault. It all due to his superiors.

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Oh for sure. But that still doesn't mean that he should take out his frustrations on her.

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I agree with you. However, I understand his reaction to her. His career just crumbled (though not Bonghee's fault but those darn superiors who cornered him) because he crossed paths with Bonghee. I admire him for taking the higher road and standing up to principles. It will probably take time, but he'll come around.

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I just hope that this upcoming push-pull dynamic doesn't run for too long.

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I hope it doesn't either otherwise it draaaags but at the same time it's always fun (to a certain extent) seeing the hero deny his growing feelings and doing things that he doesn't usually do

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I don't mind it at least until approximately the 7th hr/episode. Then we can get down to business. Please, ta, thank you, show.

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My wish too. It's fun for a while, but it gets old and annoying if it goes beyond that imaginary borderline.

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I enjoyed these episodes too. I am not a fan of Eun-hyuk, mainly because I think he is the one who slept with Ji Wook's ex-girlfriend and that is just wrong. But I am curious about him. I really like Ji Wook, he seems complex for all the right reasons. I find both him and Bong Hee very relatable and easy to like. I see why Ji Wook thinks it is an ill fated encounter since he has only lost things thanks to her. Now, I see why the original title was Beware of This Woman and I think it would have fit the drama better, however without watching the drama it was hard to understand. Can't wait for next week.

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Maybe I am in the minority here, but I am a fan of EH. He is simply adorable, constantly angling for the bromance with JW. I love all his endearing interactions with the frosty JW. I wonder why JW hates him so much. I suspect he might have slept with his girlfriend. I can't come up with other reasons for the hate.

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but that is reason enough. I wouldnt want someone who betrayed me like that around me, much less lie about the fact that he cares about me. You cant care about someone and betray them like that. I am hopeful his character proves me wrong, but I dont find him amusing as of now.

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Hehe, I'm a fan too. I keep wanting to hope that he didn't sleep with her, but the whole "I don't even want to look at you" thing happening on Ji-wook's side definitely means that something that serious had to have happened.

Maybe he somehow didn't know it was his girlfriend? Though, if both relationships were so important to Ji-wook, that's rather hard to believe. We'll just have to wait and see. It's really hard not to love him in the meantime though!

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Here's a theory... what if it has to do with his dad? Idk why I'm theorizing this early on NO STOP SIC YOU ONLY HAVE 2HRS OF INFO

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i like EH too! i'm struggling with that because i also think he must've slept with JW's girlfriend, but i can't figure out why he's not more repentant. but someone up above said maybe EH slept with her w/o knowing she was JW's girl...that makes sense to me, makes things plausible. i hope it's smthg like that because i really do like EH. he's a hoot.

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I LOVE EUN HYUK TOO! The way I see it Ji Wook is not really hating him for bad reasons but more on petty reasons. But I dont know.

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Story wise, I haven't found anything new here, yet. But the characters are interesting. Also I love NJH here! What a lovely and adorable woman she is.
It's difficult to not fangirl over JCW with white shirt and glasses, and knowing we'll going to see that for weeks ahead makes me feel blessed lol.

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White shirt, glasses and 3-piece suit. mmm

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Frankly, I thought the story ended faster than it began. I felt a bit disconnected to the episode as compared to the first because everything just seemed to zoom past me in a flash. The first episode ended with her finding her murdered ex, the next saw the charges dropped. I thought the murder arc is going to take a few episodes to resolve, but boy, was I wrong.

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The way the writer wrote her murder charges plot was like playing in the court. -like when law students do mock trial in law school. Not something to be taken very seriously.

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I felt the same way, on the hand I´m super happy that they didn´t drag it out for so long, on the other hand I feel like they mist a lot of emotional drama which could have pulled the viewer in even more and which would have given us a much better pay off. I mean they just practically ignored the fact, that somebody was manipulating evidence. No one is asking the right questions. If it wasn´t her who killed him, who else could it have been? They obviously will address these questions later in the show, but shouldn´t that have come up in a murder trial?

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This is the first time I'm watching JCW and I gotta agree, he's a total eyecandy. Especially with those suits and glasses!

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Well... when you are done here, do a healer marathon and you will love him to bits like crazy.

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For me, it's this drama that is making me like (almost love) JCW. I watched Healer when it came out, but I never came out of it as a certified JCW fan. I think I like him more in romcom than in action.

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Wow, E3-4 was a rollercoaster of emotions for me. There was less humour, which strangely, I preferred. Or at least, I didn't laugh that much this episode, but I still liked it more than E1-2. (It's so weird to call episodes 1-2, 3-4, I can't get used to it!)

On Ji Wook: The fact that he gave up his childhood dream of being a prosecutor til the day he died, just so he could bring the real truth to light and clear her charges? It hurt especially more so because his dad had died because of a crime, and he'd dedicated his whole life to fighting crime hence. I already thought that in E1 he was a really decent guy but this episode made me 100% on his side. He knew his job was on the line, and yet he did it because he knew she was innocent. Agh. My heart.

On Eun Hyuk: His awkward laughter is strangely adorable. I really like Taejoon from Hello Counselor and I might have SLS in this show if he continues to be so endearingly puppy like, especially with JW.

Do you guys think EH is the guy that JW's girlfriend cheated on him with? They never showed the man in E1. I wonder what else could make JW hate him so much, especially when EH saves his name as "Our JW" in his phone. And JW seems to treat EH as somebody that he can't seem to really hate, no matter how much he tries.

On Bong Hee: She grows on me more and more. In E3-4, I really saw another side of her that was quieter, and yet she felt... so strong. It was a quiet kind of strength in the face of being accused of a murder she had not done that made me really respect her.

So far, so good. I'm pretty hyped for the next episode!

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I was very impressed with BH and her mother's strength this episode.

And as someone on the fan posts suggested, it would be better drama if EH and BH competed for JW's attention, instead of EH->BH->JW love triangle

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Can we make a petition to remove the second female lead? Or is it too late? LOL.

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I´m totally for that ;)

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I think it's kind of already happening. It's been (2) episodes, and we've only had about a minute, maxium two, of Nara

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JW grows more and more on me with every passing episode. I love how faithful he is to the idea of justice and innocence that he is willing to sacrifice his career for it despite all odds. Thumbs up. I can't wait to see how he will recover from his slump in the future episodes.

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..He's annoying..
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..But he's cool..
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Aww, sweet.

But then, we're entering angstville at the end when he told her not to cross path again. Duh. *grumbles*

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It's so cool and tense. I like the jail scene when she couldn't see and he had to go closer? plus he looked so cool in the court room but the finale was quite heartbreaking?

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I'm pretty sure JiWook was the one that broke BongHee's glasses... And I thought he covered her handcuffed hands in the preview. Will that be something we see later as a flashback or no?

Also the bromance is cracking me up. The trial really didn't feel like any major life/death moment, but I'm somewhat happy it didn't get dragged on too long since we all know she didn't do it (and the DA was super shady in trying to fabricate evidence - is that corruption something they're just going to skate over?) I'm curious where the writer will take this drama next!

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Chinese subbed version has her saying some crazy journalist stepped on them. So no it was definitely not JW. Doesn't make sense either cos he wasn't anywhere near her then.

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So far I'm loving this show though it's too early to tell if this is gonna be an awesome drama. But I'm really interested with the way this show is going and Ji Chang Wook's hotness is just soooo undeniable in this one!!! I'll put my hopes high and will stick with this drama!!!!!!

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I'm really liking the drama so far. I have faith in the writer and JCW and NJH are playing their characters really well. I tend to delay judgement on whether something is awesome because I've seen a lot of dramas get totally derailed in the final stretch or even in that final minute. It ain't over till it's over is my motto in dramaland. hehe! But for SP, so far so good. I'll check out next week's episodes.

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Lol because in dramaland one can simply "stop seeing someone"... I liked this episode (episodes?) a lot because it did a very good job balancing the humor and the seriousness of being a suspect murder. I came to the show knowing little of the plot so I though since it is described as a Rom Com that maybe he pretended to be dead to play a prank on her or something but no, hes really dead dead.... Now moving forward I see everybody remembering her as "that suspect murderer" and calling her names just because. At least we know shes not the type to stay silent, as long as she doesn't sing about it.

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Lol. Don't they know that's just not possible?

I saw a few comments questioning the balance between the humor and the heavier moments, but I agree with you. While the show can still improve in that area, I actually thought this episode was pretty good at it considering the seriousness of what was going on. Nam Ji-hyun was so good when she broke down in the shower that I was genuinely getting caught up in her emotions, but then her voice over suddenly segued into lamenting why he had to die in her apartment of all places and, I don't know why, I just found this so hilarious.

And, omg, when her coworker re-performed her whole song in the courtroom, I was dying. So funny.

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Omgg, the co-worker re-enacting her song was freaking hilarious! I died. It was like he was auditioning for a talent show.
And BH's ruminating over why her bf had to die in her apartment got me good too. One moment I was heartbroken, then I was laughing.

I really do feel like the balancing of the tone is going in the right direction. Duh, he wrote I Remember You... I'll cling to that if I lose hope (which I hope never happens.)

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I am bit sad that we won't be seeing Jin Wook's colleague anymore because he makes the funniest faces!

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I was also skeptical about the switch between humor and heavier moments, but I can say by now that the humor seems to me like dark humor. Not to the extreme, but there are some hilarious moments which are not laugh out loud, and people would only get it, if they resonate with the thought, like how bong hee made that comment on the courtroom, about out of impulse,thinking about killing boyfriend or husband. Or that time, when she asks the lawyer, what's his iq, and if he's going to ask hers too. I felt the dialogue is quite clever, when she alluded to how people make general conversations like hi hello, and ask the same questions to each other. So, the dialogues are coming from a writer who has a clear mindset, and definitely have unique opinion about everything, that's what I got. So obviously much better than your usual k-romcoms. I am happy and I have high hope for writer-nim. Hope she doesn't disappoint!

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Thanks for speedy recaps @lollypip!

I have just finished watching this episode and thinking "ugh I meed to contain my comments till the recap is up". Whaddaya know its up!!

It happen two years back! No wonder we have time jump during the 2/3months of internship. I felt like damn, they waste the time to make out OTP bonds (I expect "cliche drama scene" cute bickering and fall in love before the trial). But at the end of the ep I am glad it happen two years back, because then we can steer from the usual "fateful" meetup- bickering- unconsciously fall in love-problems arises- because of love they survived the trial.

I was on my toes the whole time during the trial. It was so intense and it does light a new perception towards EH.

This ep does help to shed CTJ antagonistic persona from M9 and he is soo cuteee. Cant wait for cute bromace between him and JW. But i still keep my guard up as yes he seems like hiding something from that cute face. please make him good!

Cant wait to next ep! Hopefully next ep is in the present time!

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Yes! CTJ is so different from his previous character in M9. I was surprised he left no trace of the cold blooded murderer that he was in M9, and showed off his easy going adorable demeanor in this show. I am loving how he is handling the character. It's so cute!

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Honestly, he never really got the most interesting roles in the family dramas I've seen him in so I'm glad to see him getting more chances lately. He's great in comedy. His awkward laugh may have been my favorite thing this episode!

I've had a soft-spot for him since Ugly Alert, actually, because his character was adorable with Shin So-yul's. But he was still pretty stiff there so it's been rewarding to see him growing as an actor.

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I've liked Choi Tae Joon since he did Padam Padam as Jung Woo Sung's "son". and I enjoyed watching him in Ugly Alert too he's a cutie <3

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THAT'S the other drama I know him from! I loved him there also.

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I wonder why would someone let anyone slap him even if he's his superior, that scene when JW got slapped 3 times was so hard and uncomfortable to watch.

The drama is not what i expected it to be but it's not bad, specially NJH she's truly a good actress, so I'll be watching for now.

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I see those slapping scenes in k-dramas SO often that I wonder if it really happens that way. In most countries after the 2nd slap the victim would probably knock him on his butt.

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Not in most countries outside the West era hemisphere (and even there, in some instances too, people won't react). It's The politics of absolute power and those who wield it over others. When you're just an ordinary employee with no connections, and your more powerful boss can end you with just a few well-placed phone calls, well, there's a lot of abuse people end up taking.

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It was four times. I counted. One slap, then 3 consecutively. :( Why you gotta hurt oppa?

I think JW was already expecting it, so he took it

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It was hard to watch for me, too. But, in Korean society, it would be fairly unheard of to object to an elder especially in age but also in the work hierarchy.

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Apparently workplace and "abuse by bosses" is a lot more common in Korea than Korea would like to admit. Google "gap-jil" for some of the stories.

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I am not surprised. I think that is why all these workplace dramas depicting corruption and violence has been more prominent in the last few years (Misaeng, Chief Kim, Awl, Introverted Boss, etc.). It's a way to bring issues to light without the consequences of confronting the actual people abusing their power.

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Slapping scenes are very common in kdramas that I wonder if they are as common in real life. The people seem not to think twice before venting their anger on others by slapping them. I wonder if anyone ever fights back on the second strike. It's terribly hard to watch, especially when JW is slapped especially hard across the cheeks so many times.

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I know it's common it it's very disturbing and he's been slapped many times, i think it's really happening in korea because we've seen it a lot in dramas, but I find it so weird that people get slapped by strangers and just stand there without doing anything, that doesn't make sense to me.

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Such a fantastic premiere week...Like i expected i'm in love with the story,with the complex and layerd characters that have deep and the mistery of the criminal just as much...Curious if he will end up interacting with our main players as a normal person as well,is he amnesic in the past aka 2015 when he was killing people or does he waltz himself with the truck of Doom and gets an amnesia as side effect now in present timeline or how does this plot device play into the genera story...Curius why he kills people and how come they aren't reported missing...So scary thinking those poor souls are lying in those water tanks for years...Quite curious how will Bong Hee will made the dots between what that pervert told her with her own case...

What i love about this writer is that she always writes compelling heroines,that are smart,professional and don't need a hero a la damsel in distress to help them all the time,that can stand on the same level as the hero,that usually gets all the good qualities and here we see people actually being good at their jobs,being smart and hardworking...

Why do i feel that Eun Hyuk was the guy Wook ex cheated with,if so that's a very very bad move on his friend and no wonder he hates him so much...That's something,even more a friend shouldn't do...

Ah,my Wed/Thurs. are amazing again between this and Ruler...

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The murdered are thrown into water tanks right? Why doesn't anyone complain about the state of their water? Where does the water in the water tanks flow to? Don't they flow to the different households in the block?

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I liked this episode very much. It was way better than the previous one. NJH over-acted a bit in episode 1, but this episode she was perfect. She was so endearing in those huge specs, and I love her relationship with her mum. Almost teared at the jail part and how they were trying to be strong for each other. It was so sad how she kept turning to wave goodbye to her mum, and Mum almost crumbles the moment the door closes...that was such an emotional scene.

I laughed at the laughing scenes - the one where the prosecutor bursts into laughter, and she joins him!!! HAHAHAHA And when ET keeps laughing at her specs, I was giggling as well. I love CTJ's comic turn here...he's so eager and so happy to be on talking terms with his ex-best friend, listed as MY Ji-Wook on his phone LOL. And the way he ran after him and said he loved him on the stairs hahaha. I was worried he'd be the psychopath again like in MIssing 9, so happy he's not. He is so funny and so cheerful he lights up the scenes. I was totally expecting a dark mean jealous character...should have guessed he wasn't from the eavesdropping door scene last episode and again in this one.

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I'm really liking EH so far, he's so adorable but I feel like he probably puts on this persona to protect himself.

The scene between BH and her mum was so heartbreaking bc they were both being strong for each other, if BH saw her mum upset she would be upset too and vice versa.

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I thought he was the killer in this drama , too because I watched Missing 9 and he was the psycho path there, and the figure in black, his height, his physique, the way he moves reminded me so much of his role in Missing 9. Then I watched episode 2 and I was so happy to find he's a nice guy here. Loving him n this role.

I think he slept with the ex but his reason will be, they were drunk, they didn't know what they were doing, an echo of the one-night stand between JW and BH.

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Hahaha, Eun-hyuk's 'saranghae!' cracked me up.

I didn't expect Ji-wook to do that to his career, I guess that means he'll end up working for CEO Byun?

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He's been blacklisted from all law firms I think he'll have no choice but to end up working in the same firm as EH.

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Ji Chang Wook Oppa in glasses is something to die for.... I loved him in this episode whenever he was at war with himself and losing badly at that.....
EunHyuk is also an interesting character.... He is too friendly with NJW to ignore... When he went " Wook ah... Saranghae"... I lost it!!!! So cuteeeee that scene was.....

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I love that saranghae scene too. CTJ nailed it with his lovable character in that scene. I hope JW can patch up with EH soon, and let the bromance commence. Their interactions just light up the screen, and that says very much because they don't often have scenes directly interacting with each other.

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I wonder why he never thought that his cheating girlfriend was the one who the monk referred to. I mean if he had a girlfriend who scarred him for life by cheating on him, you would think that she could be the woman who ruined his life..

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I thought the same, why wouldn't it he think it's his ex who's screwed life, but his life wasn't bad after her he was a decent prosecutor but then BH came and he has to be fired and she turned his life upside down, but then again it might not be a bad thing as he thinks or the monk said more but he can't remember there's always more in k-drama than it seems to be.

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I was thinking this too. Knowing I Remember You, it's not unlikely that the main characters have been connected to each other since they were children.

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Besides, he said he was a fake monk, so it's not like he completely believes what he said, it's prob just for a laugh.

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The monk said you'll know her when you meet her. I am assuming his ex-girlfriend didn't accuse hi of being a pervert the moment he met her.

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I have the same thoughts. The monk was probably referring to his ex-cheatin'-GF. But for whatever reason, JW is linking the monk's premonition to his present/future life. Perhaps he IS aware of his growing feelings for her and how his life has been turned upside down since he met her; making BH the automatic curse of his life. Thus his drive to never see her again. All I can say is...good luck with that JW (another failure to be added to your list).

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I didn't catch the two years back when I watched it, since it wasn't fully subbed yet. I'm confused on how he just received the dna results if it has been two years. It does not take that long (I don't think?). It would make sense for it to take two years for the trial to start, though.

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I didn't catch the two years either. Maybe there was a mistake in the time frame, or maybe it's been two years since Heejoon broke up with Bonghee.

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I'm reading through the comments now and I'm also wondering where the two year bit came up? Idk if I just missed a crucial part in the episodes, or if there was something lacking in the Eng sub.

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I just got it from the recap where the trial starts. I'm going to have to rewatch that scene to see what lollypip is referring to...

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All of the trial dates were in 2015 .... so Lollypip is making the assumption that the rest of the drama is set in the present, 2017, two years after the trial.

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LOL totally did not notice that! Thanks for the tip, I'll have to go back and rewatch to really appreciate that 2 year bit.

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That means this whole time, the happenings in the drama has been in 2015.

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Oooo! I'm so exited for the villain revelation! The director's previous drama "I remember you" gave one of the greatest villains and character of K-drama.(I personally believe so. I don't know if its biased.) Choi Won-Young nailed the role of the cold blooded psychopath forensic specialist.
I wonder who could it be? I don't think we have any leads yet. Do we?

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The villain could be the amnesiac murder and I think it will Dong Ha. If you watched Chief Kim, he played Myung Suk.

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Really? Wow! Now that would be an amazing transition for the actor. From the hilarious goofball to a psychopath murderer. It will be interesting!!!

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I shouldnt crack up during a serious cross examination in court over a mirder case but boy did i laugh when 2nd victim sang the curse song. Its odd but the drama has managed to balance the silly with some humour. The seriousness of life, justice, injustice, thriller and romance. Its always a tricky mix and nice to see the drama n ep3,4 is staying afloat. Overall i did enjoy ep 1,2 a tad more. But ep3n4 really show me the essence of NJW. This guy hes just so upright. This drama.. Im so hooked

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I laughed at the countdown "and 5, 6, 7, 8..."

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This show is still making me scratch my head. Clearly, I shouldn't be watching for the legal stuff, because the whole case was fiber-thin and made literally no sense. Building their case on the lover's flimsy-thin testimony when she even happened to have been a part of the rumor-mill against the suspect, is just insane. And how did the police not figure out that the guy was stabbed from the outside, the size the culprit must have been etc?

I loved Eunhyuk with his bubbly love for Ji Wook, that was pretty adorable. But other than that I was rather bored. It feels like all the elements in this show are ones that have been used a million times before and I'm not convinced it won't become one big cliche. I do see traces of IRY, like the dialogue, but I haven't been wowed yet.

My main beef with this show is that I still think they don't blend the genres well. I've said it before, but... I don't want salad first and then strawberries - I want strawberry salad!

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I learned a long time ago to not watch legal k-dramas thinking the legal part is going to make sense.

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Probably very wise!

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LOL ?
but not only the legal ones, medical dramas too... I have heard, and in some cases I have seen, even though I am not a doctor, that the medical parts don't make sense either. People dying with cancer and they never try the Gerson therapy?

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In beautiful mind the male lead was able to count down the seconds to exactly when the aneurysm would burst, then the patient fell to the ground obviously looking like something is terribly wrong with him and then in the next scene the guy was sitting and talking again and they were discussing what to do with his aneurysm like nothing happened.......

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Totally with you about the head scratching over the case, it seemed like the world believe she is guilty just because. And Ji-wook clearly doesn't believe she is guilty. Am finding it weird that he blamed her because she made him do the right thing. And the whole "make his father proud" is weird too, won't he be prouder knowing his son is an upright person?
Am feeling the base of the OTP's discord is somewhat forced...

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I am not sure if he thinks that way. To him, his whole life is about catching criminals. Like his father. So he became a prosecutor. And all he wants to is keep catching criminals. One after another. We see how easily he dismisses human rights argument.

And now he no longer can be a prosecutor. He could have just submitted both evidences and make the judge pass judgement as not guilty. But he moved to dismiss of all charges, which he need not have. I saw it as him being angry at himself over how far he went to save her.

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That is what is weird, he KNEW she wasn't criminal so why was he supposed to catch her?

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could be wrong but i had the feeling the dilemma was that he could either save this girl who's not the criminal and therefore ruin his career/chances to catch more criminals, or he could let her go to prison and keep going on with his job. imo it wasn't that he needed to catch her specifically but that not catching her would put a wrench in his career.

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I can see this explanation that he was angry at himself, but only after reading other opinions. I don't think the drama did a good job showing this tbh. esp because he just ended the episode basically putting all the blame on her for their "ill fate". I read that as "damn you for beign innocent, making me do the right thing, end my career and realize that I was not doing things right" lol

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