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Suspicious Partner: Episodes 21-22

Nobody can know the future — or can they? Their latest case will test the firm’s belief in the unknown, and make them think long and hard about their own mortality and the mortality of those they love. But there’s plenty of cuteness to go around as well, as Ji-wook and Bong-hee begin to lose the battle to ignore their feelings for each other.

 
EPISODE 21 RECAP

Eun-hyuk runs into Ji-wook while they’re both out on their morning jog, and he bounces over to join him. Ji-wook speeds up and tells Eun-hyuk to get lost, so Eun-hyuk stops, looking hurt. But then he remembers when they were little and Ji-wook’s father died. Knowing that the anniversary of that day is approaching, Eun-hyuk determinedly rejoins Ji-wook whether he wants him there or not.

Bong-hee circles a day in her calendar marked “Day to see Dad.” She hears the guys coming in from their run and goes out to greet them happily, saying that it’s every woman’s fantasy to have two handsome, sweaty men in the house.

Ji-wook insists that all she needs is one man, and he tries to shove Eun-hyuk out of the house, pfft. Bong-hee invites Eun-hyuk to stay for breakfast, so Ji-wook grabs her and makes her come to the kitchen to watch him cook, glaring daggers at Eun-hyuk the entire time. Bong-hee and Eun-hyuk exchange gleeful grins — HA, they’re doing this on purpose.

Later, Ji-wook asks Chief Bang to put a hold on his investigation on Hyun-soo, telling him that Hyun-soo knows. Chief Bang promises to stop, but when he gets back to his desk, he looks at the picture of Chan-ho with two other young men with a thoughtful expression.

We see that Hyun-soo has a copy of that same photo, though the man on Chan-ho’s right has been violently scratched out of the picture. He has several more photos, all of young men with their faces obliterated. Hyun-soo takes a pen and starts to scratch out Chan-ho, but he hesitates, looking conflicted.

Bong-hee and her mother visit the vaults where her father’s ashes rest and tell her father that Bong-hee is a lawyer who represents the wrongly accused, just like Dad was. Bong-hee promises to become a good lawyer someday.

They narrowly miss Ji-wook and his family, visiting his parents’ ashes in a different room. Ji-wook’s mom cries that if “that jerk” hadn’t done what he did, they could have seen their son grow up.

As they leave, CEO Byun thinks he sees Bong-hee, but Chief Bang has him so convinced that his eyesight is declining that he questions himself.

A man sits in a coffee shop preparing to meet someone, but when another man walks in, he runs over, shoves him, and says, “Don’t do what you’re planning to do.” The second man has no idea who he is, but the first man persists, and soon they’re throwing punches and wrecking the place.

The first man, Seo Jung-ha, is charged with assault and property damage. He hires Ji-wook and Bong-hee to represent him, and they learn that he’s already on probation for similar charges in a different incident.

Oddly, Jung-ha seems very gentle, and he only offers vague answers when they ask why he’s attacking people. Frustrated, Ji-wook explains that he can’t defend him without knowing why he did it, so Jung-ha says that he can see the future. Oookay then.

He’s met with blank stares, then he suddenly says, “It’s pizza.” Not five seconds later, CEO Byun walks in with pizza for the office’s lunch. Okay, that’s freaky. As they eat, the lawyers discuss Jung-ha’s claim that when the other man walked into that coffee shop, Jung-ha foresaw him taking out a knife and stabbing one of the shop employees.

None of the CCTV footage shows the man with a weapon, so they wonder if Jung-ha is mentally ill. Ji-wook thinks he just smelled their pizza before they did and says he’s dropping the case, but Chief Bang and CEO Byun forbid it — the firm needs the money.

At the police station, CEO Bang looks over the CCTV footage of the fight, and the detective tells him that the second man did have a knife on him. It was in his jacket pocket, but nobody could have seen it in the cafe, including Jung-ha. Chief Bang reports back to the office, convinced now that Jung-ha really can see the future.

Ji-wook scoffs at him for being gullible, until CEO Bang reminds him that he believed that monk when he was a child. He starts to repeat Ji-wook’s statement that Bong-hee is the woman who was foretold to ruin his life, but Ji-wook slaps a hand over his mouth, ha.

Eun-hyuk arrives with Jung-ha, and out of nowhere, Jung-ha says to be careful with the cup. CEO Byun wanders in from the kitchen, and on the way he drops his coffee mug, which shatters. Everyone stares at Jung-ha, who just smiles and says he was too late to prevent that.

But then a strange look comes over Jung-ha’s face, and his eyes go blank and distant. In an emotionless voice, he says, “Two of the people here may die soon.” (Shiver.)

Later, Bong-hee wonders at the empty office, and Eun-hyuk says that CEO Byun is convinced he’s one of the ones who will die and went for a checkup, and Chief Bang left to get a talisman. As for Ji-wook, Eun-hyuk explains that Ji-wook’s family had been planning a picnic for the day after his parents died, so Ji-wook goes on a picnic by himself on this day every year.

Bong-hee says that she does something similar, and that to be honest, it’s very lonely. She wonders if Ji-wook secretly wants someone to join him, so she finds him having his picnic in the park and tentatively approaches.

She says that she just saw him here coincidentally, and Ji-wook invites her to join him, which makes her happy. Then he gives her literature on mental illnesses and tells her to read them for any clues as to Jung-ha’s possible issue, which makes her grimace, and he asks if she just came here to slack off, ha.

As they research, Bong-hee watches a father teaching his son to ride a bike and says that one of the few memories she has of her late father is of him promising to teach her to ride a bike just before he died. Ji-wook jumps up and offers to teach her, grabbing her wrist and pulling her along.

The rent a bike, and Bong-hee does pretty well, but she screeches to a stop when she sees a man snapping pictures of the pretty women in the park. Bong-hee recognizes him as the pervert who grabbed her butt on the subway, and the pervert sees her and tries to run.

Bong-hee gives chase and hilariously, she rides the bike just fine, making Ji-wook realize that he got duped. Bong-hee cuts off the pervert’s escape route and stops him with a jump-kick to the face and yells that he deserves to be locked up a good long while.

The pervert recalls that she’s undergone a lot of trials since their last meeting and says sympathetically that he saw all her news reports. He shudders at the memory of that apartment building, remembering that a few people were killed there before he moved out of fear.

The pervert is arrested while Ji-wook whines at Bong-hee for lying about not being able to ride a bike. She says that she taught herself after her father died, but she forgot. (Ji-wook’s angry-kitten-snarl is so cute.)

Bong-hee remembers that the pervert once said that he witnessed a murder at the apartment. At the same time, Ji-wook recalls his previous thought that perhaps Bong-hee witnessed something without knowing she witnessed it. They decide to visit her old apartment building and check out the roof.

On the way, Bong-hee recalls that the tenants of the apartment were relocated for redevelopment shortly after Hee-joon’s murder. They run into Yoo-jung and Ji-hae, and when Ji-hae snarks that she and Ji-wook are always together, Bong-hee goes at her. She backs Ji-hae into a wall, growling at her to mind her own business then crowing that Ji-hae looks scared.

Yoo-jung is annoyed by their childish antics, but Ji-wook watches Bong-hee with affection and says that it’s never boring with her around. Yoo-jung says that she thinks Ji-wook is trying to get back at her, but he just tells her to think whatever she wants and goes to collect Bong-hee.

On the roof, Ji-wook notices a horrible stench, then he sees water leaking from a rip in the water reservoir. The water has an ominous red-brown tint to it, and when the police arrive, several bodies are found in the tank.

As they watch the bodies being taken away, Bong-hee wonders out loud if she really did see something without realizing it, resulting in Hee-joon’s death and her false accusation. She says sadly that she and Hee-joon have suffered unfairly, and Ji-wook takes her hand in support.

Hyun-soo lurks nearby, and he sees the two lawyers and two prosecutors watching the ambulances. He assures himself that things will be fine, because he took care of it perfectly.

Bong-hee goes to her room as soon as they get home, but a few minutes later, Ji-wook asks if he can talk to her. He apologizes for failing to carry out his duties as prosecutor when she was on trial, feeling guilty for not having found the bodies back then.

Bong-hee stops him, teasing him for being unable to keep his personal feelings from his work. She jokes that he’s trying to seduce her by bringing up the past, but he indignantly denies any such thing. Bong-hee says that they can’t help but let their personal feelings get involved, so she’s decided to give him an answer to his confession.

Ji-wook is suddenly all bouncy smiles, bounding over to hug Bong-hee and thank her. She pushes him away and says that she hasn’t answered yet, and he actually aegyo-wiggles at her, begging for his answer now. She says she wants to pick a day that they can be alone and she can answer him properly, suggesting the day after tomorrow.

His adorably eager face falls, and he bargains her down to tomorrow, anxious to hear her answer. He smiles like the happiest little boy ever, making Bong-hee promise repeatedly that she’ll tell him tomorrow and agreeing that they’re failing utterly at keeping their personal feelings separate. So freaking cute.

EPISODE 22 RECAP

CEO Byun sees Ji-wook leaving Bong-hee’s room, so at the next office meeting he asks if they’re dating. Bong-hee says they’re not (aww, Ji-wook looks disappointed), and CEO Byun says that he wishes they were… but only so he can oppose it. He even threatens to throw water at Bong-hee and give her money to leave, heh.

Ji-wook asks how it’s any of CEO Byun’s business, then bans him from future office meetings, blaming him for the fact that they never get any work done. They’re all so childish, I love it.

The first thought in Ji-wook’s mind the next morning is that today is the day he finally hears Bong-hee’s answer. He leaps out of bed with a giant grin, primping and posing in the mirror, wanting to look perfect for the big day. Bong-hee also spends a long time getting ready, anticipating their long-awaited happy moment.

On her way to the courthouse before meeting with Ji-wook, Bong-hee runs into Hyun-soo making a delivery. They barely have time to say hello before a scooter nearly runs Bong-hee over. Hyun-soo grabs her out of the way, scattering their belongings across the pavement.

The crouch to pick up their things, and as Bong-hee reaches for Hyun-soo’s earbuds, she recognizes the song she can hear playing from them. It’s the song the killer was whistling on the night Hee-joon was murdered, the song she’s been trying to place ever since. Hyun-soo snatches up his things, and Bong-hee somehow manages to smile and pretend that her horrified expression was just concern that his earbuds would be ruined.

As she walks away, Bong-hee thinks to her recent visit to the man who made the sign asking for information relating to Hee-joon’s murder. He hadn’t recognized a picture of Hyun-soo, but when she’d shown him a photo of Chan-ho, he’d said that this was the guy who took down her number when they put up the sign.

Bong-hee calls the sign-maker to press him for the truth, asking if the man he’d seen was actually the guy he’d seen her with recently. He just hangs up on her. In flashback, we see that Hyun-soo had visited the sign-maker before Bong-hee, threatened the man’s children, and told him to indicate Chan-ho rather than him.

Grasping at straws, Bong-hee tells herself that this doesn’t make Hyun-soo the killer, nor does listening to the same song the killer was whistling. But she can’t convince herself that it’s a coincidence as she remembers all the times that Hyun-soo behaved strangely, seeing them now in a sinister light. She tells herself to use her brain, and the truth becomes clear — Hyun-soo approached her on purpose, testing whether she recognized him from the night of Hee-joon’s murder.

Horror washes over her as she realizes that it’s her fault that a murderer went free, and that Ji-wook defended him. Nearby, Hyun-soo is still watching Bong-hee, and he sighs to himself that if she recognizes him then he’ll have to get rid of her. Interestingly, he seems pretty unhappy about it.

Ji-wook waits nervously for Bong-hee at a cafe, but it’s Yoo-jung who approaches him, having come there with Ji-hae. He’s disappointed that she’s not Bong-hee and forbids her to sit, saying that he has an important appointment.

He glances out the window to see Bong-hee standing outside, watching them. Bong-hee thinks to herself that she can use Yoo-jung as an excuse then turns away. Ji-wook runs after her, asking her not to misunderstand.

Bong-hee says that it feels bad to keep seeing him with Yoo-jung. Ji-wook promises to be more careful, but Bong-hee says that won’t be necessary because she’s changed her mind about giving him an answer today, and will continue to play hard to get.

Ji-wook is more concerned about how upset Bong-hee looks right now. He asks what happened, so she fibs that she feels pressured by his feelings and asks him to respect her decision. Ji-wook does, because he always does, though he looks miserable as he watches her walking away.

Needing to talk to someone, Bong-hee calls Eun-hyuk, who’s more than willing to listen. She tells him that she’s more scared now than she was when she was accused of Hee-joon’s murder. Back then, she only had herself to worry about, but now there are people she cares about to consider. Eun-hyuk correctly guesses that this is about Hyun-soo.

CEO Byun and Chief Bang are obsessed with Jung-ha’s predictions that two people will die, but Ji-wook just mopes at his desk, sighing heavily. He tells Chief Bang that he can’t think of a reason why Bong-hee would change her mind just because of a misunderstanding.

Bong-hee is still in her car outside the house when it begins to rain, so she decides to make a run for it. But as soon as she steps out of the car, Ji-wook is there, holding an umbrella over her head. He asks her not to reject his kindness like she rejected his feelings, so she allows him to walk her to the house.

He stops halfway to ask if she’d be interested in spending some time alone to say everything they haven’t been able to say. Bong-hee says that there’s too much on her mind right now, so they’ll talk later when her head is clearer, so Ji-wook promises to give her the time she needs.

They both stay up late, unable to sleep, and Bong-hee makes a list of the clues pointing to Hyun-soo’s guilt to distract herself. She decides to speak to the sign-maker again and rushes out, but she skids to a halt when she sees Hyun-soo standing outside the gate.

Again she manages to smile and pretend that he just startled her, and he says that he was in the area and hoped to see her. His smile turns shark-like as he steps towards her, but a voice calls out Bong-hee’s name and they turn to see Eun-hyuk approaching. Ohthankgoodness.

Eun-hyuk greets Hyun-soo cheerfully, then he tells Bong-hee not to work so late and ushers her back inside. He invites Hyun-soo in, saying that their clients are like family, but of course it’s all an act.

Once they’re safely behind the gate, Eun-hyuk agrees that Hyun-soo probably came to test what Bong-hee knows. He asks Bong-hee if she’s going to tell Ji-wook of her discovery about Hyun-soo, but she says she can’t bring herself to tell him that they probably got a killer set free.

During trial, defendant Jung-ha sits texting instead of paying attention, sending loving messages about seeing someone soon. Ji-wook states that Jung-ha partially admits to the charges against him and that everything has been settled except for the assault charges, because the man Jung-ha attacked can’t be located.

Back at the office, Chief Bang calls everyone to watch a news report about the man Jung-ha assaulted, who went back to the cafe and attacked an employee with a knife, exactly as Jung-ha said he intended to do. The whole office is shaken, thinking of his prediction of two deaths.

At the airport, a man disembarks from a flight, and he looks very much like the third man in the picture with Chan-ho. Hyun-soo lurks in a hallway, waiting until the man passes, then follows him.

In light of new information, Jung-ha is given a fine and allowed to leave. Curious, Ji-wook asks who he kept texting during the trial, and Jung-ha says that it’s his girlfriend, whom he hasn’t seen in a long time. Ji-wook asks if he can really see the future, and Jung-ha says that he sometimes he gets hunches that come true. Ji-wook asks about his prediction that two people will die, and Jung-ha says that’s true, too.

Ji-wook shakes it off doubtfully, and as they part ways at the street corner, Ji-wook hears a terrible noise behind him. As Jung-ha crosses the street, sending another text, he’s hit by a car going full speed. Time seems to slow as he flies into the air then falls to the ground, and he thinks that when he predicted two deaths, he didn’t know that his own death would be one of them.

Ji-wook rushes to Jung-ha’s broken body, then he accompanies him to the hospital. Ji-wook calls the girlfriend on Jung-ha’s phone to say that Jung-ha is refusing to get surgery before she gets there, asking her to hurry. Then he begs Jung-ha to get the surgery now, but Jung-ha knows that his chances of waking up are slim and he wants to see the person he’s been missing so badly.

He closes his eyes and sees a vision of Ji-wook, screaming and crying like his heart is breaking. Growing weaker, Jung-ha whispers to Ji-wook not to cry so much, because everything will be okay.

Jung-ha’s girlfriend finally arrives, and he whispers, “You came…” then he flatlines. As he watches Jung-ha’s life end, Ji-wook thinks that in life, everyone loses someone they care about. We see Ji-hae crying for Hee-joon, Ji-wook’s adoptive mother crying for her best friend, Bong-hee greeting her father, District Attorney buying a birthday cake for his son. We even see Hyun-soo, walking past his ghost-girl in the park as she floats away.

Ji-wook calls Bong-hee to ask where she is, telling her to stay put until he gets there, then he runs all the way, searching frantically. When he finally sees her, he thinks that if life is this cruel, then during the short time he has, the only thing he can do is…

He runs to Bong-hee, pulling her into his arms and holding her tightly. Throwing his inhibitions away, he asks her, “Bong-hee-ya, please like me back now. I’m sorry I didn’t keep my promise to wait for you. Like me back now, please, Bong-hee-ya.”

COMMENTS

I’m so proud of Ji-wook! He’s spent years of his life wallowing in the past, so it’s long past time for him to realize that the present is what matters, and that being with those we love is more important than hanging onto old hurts. And while I love that he’s always respectful of Bong-hee’s wishes and gives her the space she needs, in some way he’s doing it because it’s easier to let her make all the first moves, while he gets to keep his heart safe because he’s only risking a tiny bit of it. Until I saw him drop every wall he’s built around his heart to beg her to love him back, I didn’t know how much I needed to see that to be convinced that his feelings for her are real. Hopefully, Bong-hee is convinced, too.

I had a feeling that Bong-hee would back away from Ji-wook again when she found out he’d been keeping a secret from her, that she may have helped a murderer go free. What I didn’t expect was for her to find out on her own, then take steps to distance herself from Ji-wook in an attempt to protect him. Bong-hee loves Ji-wook, but she’s not the kind of woman who will let her emotions seduce her into a situation where she has no autonomy, and she won’t get involved with Ji-wook until she’s one hundred percent sure that he’ll be safe. She’s a strong woman, so I’d expect no less from her than to walk away, even though it hurts. But it creates an interesting situation in which they’re both withholding the truth in order to protect the other, and the only way they’ll work their way past it is to sit down and talk about everything they’ve been hiding, as Ji-wook suggested.

This episode made me appreciate again what a good friend Eun-hyuk is, despite his one mistake years ago. He’s willing to set aside his own pride because he loves Ji-wook, and he’s offering that same friendship to Bong-hee, which is amazing. I’m really enjoying a second lead who isn’t after the girl, but who just wants to be her friend and help her be happy. Bong-hee may not realize it yet, but Eun-hyuk is always there whenever she could use a good supportive “fighting,” or a sympathetic ear. He may act like a goofball, but he’s the best, most loyal friend anyone could ever hope for. And I’m happy that Bong-hee thought to tell him of her fears, because Eun-hyuk wants Bong-hee and Ji-wook to be happy, and he’ll do whatever he can to help them find their way to each other.

But on a more serious note, I really need to know if Chan-ho is okay, and soon. It’s amazing how quickly he went from “probably a serial killer” to “victim in danger,” but it’s a testament to the excellent characterizations (and relative newcomer Jin Joo-young’s performance) that he became so sympathetic, so fast. Chan-ho was definitely involved in something horrific where people got hurt and killed, but somehow I can’t help but fear for him, and I hope that Hyun-soo’s hesitation to scratch him out of the picture means that he’s not dead. Speaking of Hyun-soo, I wasn’t expecting to feel my heart tug the way it did when we saw him with his ghost-girl — this writer is so brilliant at making even the villains sympathetic. If Hyun-soo is doing all of this for the sake of a lost love, then just stick a fork in me, I’m done.

But mostly, I’m scared of Jung-ha’s prediction that someone will die soon. Even if one of the deaths he predicted was his own, that still leaves one person who could fall victim to Hyun-soo. Even his final vision is less than comforting – he didn’t say that whoever Ji-wook was crying over wouldn’t die, only that everything would be okay. Every one of Jung-ha’s other predictions came true, and I don’t blame Ji-wook for panicking when he thinks that he could lose Bong-hee before he even gets the chance to love her.

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I don't know about you but I get chills everytime Hyun Soo is on the screen.
I'm worried because something will surely happen to Bong Hee or to anyone from their firm, but I hope it won't lead to death. I just love all of them and this might lead Ji Wook to build walls around him again.
This and the story of their parents kinda reminds me of Healer.
How Healer wanted to cut off everyone from his life because he thought he led them to death and how people thought their fathers hated/killed each other..
I don't know what to expect from these story lines though.. i just hope that whatever happens their love for each other will prevail.

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Yes! I'm so glad that Bong Hee isn't hurt -- but that is to be expected, she's one of the main characters AND HOW WOULD THE MAIN ROMANCE UNFOLD! But I can't see any of the other characters dying... I've grown to love all these characters equally... everyone is like one big family, and it will break my heart if anyone is gone...

Let's hope Hyun Soo doesn't do anything too drastic, and I hope there's some explanation to his drastic measures in murdering everyone -- the amnesia doesn't seem to be part of the plot... I hope more is uncovered and he doesn't act too rashly !!

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So true. Although Bong Hee isn't hurt, the show certainly hints at her or another member of the firm possibly dying. After watching this show for quite a while now, I think my heart will be shattered if any of these character dies (especially Eun Hyuk- best wingman combined with puppy ever). I'm definitely worried about Hyun Soo since it was clear that if anyone figured out his identity, he probably would kill them. Would he be connected to that vision? And honestly, I still wonder where Chan Ho is. It looked as if Hyun Soo killed him too, but why was he so hesitant when crossing his face out. There are so many questions floating around in my head, I guess I'll just have to wait for the next couple of episodes to answer them.
Also, that moment when Bong Hee was learning to ride a bike with Ji Wook's help, only to turn out that she already knew how and was chasing that criminal with the bike at the speed of light. LOL.

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I don't think its Bong Hee who's going to be hurt. I just keep feeling its either Mr. Bang or Eun Hyuk, who's the second person to be hurt...probably because Mr. Byun does pretty much nothing to put himself un danger. I am very very very scared about what's going to happen in the next episode. It's just funny how we know who the killer is, even the good guys know that and yet, so much apprehension about what's going to happen next. Good job, show!

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It's the way his smile drops from his face and that particular style of blinking that Hyun Soo does... eve this lopsided grins... it creeps me out big time, agh! And also because of the prediction that 2 people would die - one has died... who's the other? I really hope EH's not going to die at the hands of HS. It... couldn't be him, right? But if not him, I don't know who else in that room, and I don't want anyone else to die either.

I'm not a fan of the "my parent killed your parent" trope; it's probably one of my most anti-catnips. So I hope it's really more of a misunderstanding and not a conflict that they have to work through.

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The other person who could die is Chief Bang. He's also been investigating Hyun-soo and he's a resourceful member of the team...so if HS really decides to use his brain, he could go after the person who is most indispensable, professional-wise.

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It doesn't necessarily have to lead to death. The man stopped the stabbing the first time, right? Even though the bad guy went back, the attack didn't end in a stabbing either.

Personally I'm voting for Eun Huyk for a near death experience. That could be the catalyst for Ji Wook to finally forgive him. As long as he doesn't die, I'm all for it.

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I don't know about Eun Hyuk.. if Hyun Soo is the one who's going to attack, it's either Ji Wook, Bong Hee or Chief Bang.. because he knows that they know something and they've been looking for infos about him...

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I was thinking along the lines of saving someone's life, preferably Ji Wook's.

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I was looking at the prediction scene and at one point when Ji Wook looks down at whoever the victim is, it kinda looks like he's crying 'Eun-Hyuk-ah'... I will be heartbroken if he dies though :(

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I thought he might've been saying "hyung-ah"

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I think it's Eun-hyuk who's the second one in the prediction. With the vision that Ji-wook was crying so much, I think it would be because he is so sorry that he didn't forgive Eun-hyuk. Ah, Eun-hyuk... my lovable puppy :)

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Thanks for the recap! This episode felt a little slower to me, and I feel like it comes down to our characters not being honest with each other. Thankfully we have another episode left this week, so hopefully everyone will get a little kick in their rears and start communicating.

-I will never get over how much I love BH and EH's friendship, especially when they team up on JW.
-JW teaching BH to ride a bike when she knew how all along cracked me up. I loved his excitement about teaching her, and then his annoyance when he found out was just hilarious.
-JW's response to BH's (non)answer about accepting him was so adorable, which made it even harder when BH decided to not be honest with him. Granted, he hasn't been honest with her about HS, but I was hoping we would work through that soon. I am also getting nervous about how BH's dad might've played a part in JW's parents' deaths.
-I'm also concerned now that BH knows about HS, because she's not a very good liar...

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Yes, this episode felt a bit like a filler, but it was filled with so much fan service between JW and BH that it made up for it !
They're honestly just TOO CUTE for each other -- am i the only who's literally giggling and smiling creepily at the screen when EH and BH tease JW ?? qq I just don't want to see this happy little family to end... Fingers crossed no one is hurt !

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Me too. I cant imagine one of them dead. May us rely on word "probability"? Because the client said probability 2 person will die. 1 is enough. Lets hope for the best

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Smiling at the tour bus ignorinhg stares

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i had a big NOPE after this episode. not only did it feel like filler (as said) but it just seemed to create angst. and the future predictions seemed out of. character with the rest of the show. i did like some of the interactions of our favorite lawyers (i do love them ?), but for the most part, i could've skipped this ep and been fine. hopefully the next one is back to the SP i love.

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I agree. This did feel like a filler episode, and the loveline still feels a little forced and out of character. I hate the noble idiocy, jiwook should have just told her that there's actually no conflict since jiwook already suspects... oh but bonghee also knows that he suspects, why would she hesitate in telling him that's just bad decision-making. Both leads seem to be out of character lol, bonghee is a baby-talking lawyer, while jiwook is also being weirdly immature in love. Also, I don't like the parent mystery thing. people were saying that the writing was great because of the unforeseen twist but it was unforeseen because there was no foreshadowing, which is a plot device that can be employed in good writing. The seer also felt out of place, it's like genres are mixing. I'm kinda disappointed with the current rom-coms, although the last eps of Third-rate My Way was squeal-worthy.

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I feel like this episode was a lot of noble idiocy because BH didn't want to get JW involved any more than he already was, now that she's discovered HS might actually be the murderer. The problem is, obviously JW is involved, and HS knows that JW has been checking up on him, so JW's not going to be safe either. Even if BH decides to stop associating herself with him. So I don't think her noble idiocy argument really holds, and I don't usually like noble idiocy, but at least they were quiet and mature about it. No unnecessary screaming or non-stop tears, just two adults talking it out. I just wish that instead of noble idiocy, they decided to try to crack the case together, since neither of them are safe anyway.

I'm so worried for BH too, because HS seems like he's pretty good at reading people's faces, and he definitely knows that she's on to him now.

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When I watched this episode, I didn't notice that it was slow. But now that I read this, I can totally see that it was, and I totally blame that on the angst I was feeling re: BH's noble idiocy (and JW's too)...

It's funny that our emotional impressions have such a big impact on the viewing experience. I mean, some pretty big plot developments happened in this episode (the fififi factor came back! HS is catching on and getting creepier by the minute!), and yet I came away from it mostly wringing my hands over BH's unwillingness to share her load with JW. Although kudos to her for at least sharing it with EH!

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I'm watching this while doing my paperworks. It seems Dong Ha and Choi Tae Ho are doing a better job or perhaps they hv better characters. I've seen evrything that Ji Chang Wook can do in Healer so it's alright. Our leads look good together but their lovelife is boring, tbh.

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Much as I simply love Ji Chang Wook in Healer, he shows a much wider range in his acting in Empress Ki. I'm currently rewatching it he's really amazing in it. I started rewatching it because I'm on a Ha Ji Won marathon but my attention has switched to JCW. Needless to say, the scenes they share are brilliant - they both manage to say a lot with their expressions! And they both seem to be enjoying themselves so much.

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Yes. So many problems could have been avoided if everyone just sat down and talked to each other. Ji Wook should have warned Bong hee about Hyoon Soo as soon as he figured out the Keyser Soze-like alibi, and now she is doing the same thing he did by not telling him what she knows.

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oh man, i was so nervous when the client suddenly blurted out about two person will die. and lol-ed when byun daepyo insisted so that jiwook and bonghee date so that he could oppose their love with all their might, lol.

i gasped when Songha said - 'lawyer No, dont cry too much. everything will be alright.' sigh. i have to prepare for super sad sobbing Jiwook, right? i dont know if my heart can take it.

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*Jungha. sigh me and my not typo.

adding to that, the song which was played when Jiwook was running to Bonghee is so so beautiful. it sounds like Nell's frontman, and i couldnt wait for it to be released.

and since i am on the topic, i love how Jiwook's running. it is ao attractive. *runsssss*

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his morning runs and passionate runs always a delight to watch :)

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Hehe! Even better that there was two of them running this episode, right? In Bong-hee's own words: "Surely this is a fantasy of all women...2 is better than 1!"

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I agree with you, the running scene at the end give me life.

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I'm still undecided whether I like that the they included a little fantasy element here or if I'm annoyed that they 'destroyed' the realism of the story to a certain degree. *sigh* I guess the fact that I'm uneasy with it already gives me the answer...

I always love the firm meeting scenes. The verbal sparring between CEO Byun and Bong-hee are so entertaining. I had to rewind that scene several times because it was so adorable. Is it just me or did he sort of encourage them to date?

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I actually don't mind the 'fantasy element' because I actually believe in shamanism and fortune telling (perhaps this is due to my culture). My sister got hers told and it came out true.

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for me, i dont mind because it adds to the story. i like fantasy elements in my drama, and maybe thats why.

ha, ceo byun is like encouraging them to date only to oppose them like evil parents in makjang drama. but his actions always backfired lol

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I usually like my stories with a fantasy element aswell, so I'm a bit confused why I don't like it this time around. Maybe it's because the story set up didn't include fantasy...

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It was a bit unexpected I guess so it was off for me somewhat as well. I think it's because the drama was playing on realism the whole time--except for that brief moment about JW, Monks, and his ill fated destiny with apparently Eun Bong Hee in earlier episodes. But then the foretelling was necessary to propell JW further to dropping all of his walls so I can't rule it out of the story too. Also, it added to the comic relief so in a way I learned to accept it since the drama is banking on comedy.

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I think the fantasy element served as opposition to the usual norms of the lawyers. Laywers depends on facts and evidences so what if they encounter such client who is firmly a believer of premonitions or somehow has the ability to predict future (though I don't believe in such things), how well do these lawyers will able to defend that kind of client? or How it will affect their judgement if its is something out of their beliefs.

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I was honestly a bit turned off by the sudden fantasy element, because it felt like it was coming from the left field. I don't mind fantasy in my dramas, but it just didn't sit right with me this time around since the drama has been consistent so far in terms of realism. I'm just gonna roll with it though, that's how much I love this drama. ?

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me too. I wish they had been a little more mysterious and vague with the fantasy element and left it at Ji Wook's question about whether the psychic is really psychic or just incredibly good with probability and deduction. Or make it so that he's not always so spot-on about his predictions. For example, when that monk told young Ji Wook about some woman messing up his life (Bong Hee), he didn't foresee Ji Wook finding peace with her in the midst of all that chaos. Bong Hee was ultimately a good thing that happens to JW. I hope the psychic guy's prediction will be off and that no second person has to die. I think we have enough to worry about without having to worry about one of our characters getting killed.

I can't believe they truck-of-doomed the psychic guy. Why couldn't they have given him a heart attack?
What's with all the hit-and-runs in kdramas? And is anyone going to investigate this one?

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Agree with these comment. I dont mind with supranatural power thing, indeed i use this to warn my heart that something bad going to happen, be ready heart. Dont cry too much

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I think this little fantasy element adds more weight to how fated NJW and BH are. And I too hope that this psychic dude's prediction about two ppl dying is as open-ended as the monk's. (The fact that BH brings JW so much trouble but she's also the best thing in his life). Maybe the second person dying is just a metaphor for one of our leads letting someone go and thus they die in their hearts...? Or maybe Hyun Soo was hiding in the bathroom during this exchange and he dies at the end of the series

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hahaha LOL i love your comment about Hyunsoo hiding in their bathroom when Jungha got the premonition! let's hope that's the case :D

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The episode wrung me dry .. Os much emotions. The closing scene gets to me. That glint n gaze of NJW. His heart his love and his future has only 3 words. 1 name. Eun Bong Hee

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Ending scene hits me right in the feels too. What i love about this series is how the character learn from the case they got. Not to mention the stalker case. Its just so relatable for us viewer too.

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Please let the second one to die not be Eun-hyuk. Just the thought of it breaks my heart.

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My money is actually on CEO Bang because of that one shot where he kept glancing at that picture. I'm sure he is going to keep investigating it...

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No. Not Chief Bang. :( Ok. Not anyone from the gang. Not even the prosecutor team. Just... not the good guys. I don't even want for the bad guys as well though I want them to receive their due punishment. Now I feel so uneasy. Coming in to new episodes, I will always have this fear that we'll lose someone.

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Yes, even I'm sure that if someone has to really die then its either Bang or Byun and if someone is hurt but would still survive then its going to be Eun Hyuk.

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I found some hints if eun hyuk or mr bang die, but i really hope no one die.

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Oh no.... I can't watch any of the 5 die... They are the most adorable Petty bunch... Not the dad pls... I love how such a goofball he is

The lovers are so so cute

Its such a pleasure to watch a show where every single person is a good actor.. Everything flows so smoothly

This is such a good show.. I have zero complaints. ...

Btw did the summary not mention an amnesiac killer??? What happened to that

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the amnesiac killer thing, still mystery. But i believe there's explanation later. The writer has an eye for every little thing in this series, they wont put the summary without a reason

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Ji-wook going from excited puppy to sad puppy to worried puppy to a puppy begging for love... this man can make me swoon no matter what, haha!

I'm a little scared for Bong-hee, what with Hyun-soo lingering around her. I wish she and Ji-wook would start being honest with each other, so they can support and help one another and get through this challenge in one piece.

As for that premonition of another person dying... Why do I have a feeling it's going to be either Eun-hyuk or Chief Bang? :(

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Hyun-soo might be thinking thats its about time he goes to prison, if he doesnt stop the lawyer team. So he keep eye on them.

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BTW what is up with those shots of pictures of Bong Hee and her dad shown during the scene when Bong Hee promised to tell her answer to Ji Wook's confession?? It was like the show was banging on our heads that the couple will face more angst. It was quite distracting!

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It's foreshadowing, because her dad is the one in Ji-wooks nightmare. I assume it was also done to illustrate how close Ji-wook is to discovering who that person is because the evidence was literally everywhere around him.

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I agree. It's a foreshadowing method. I'm very curious to see the connection between both fathers.

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I have a theory! BH's dad visited JW's dad to talk about something that involves HJ's dad. Or, that HJ's dad pushed BH's dad to burn down JW's dad's documents which led to JW's dad's death(?)

This is just a guess though. I hope they unfold soon. I worry about our OTP's relationship after that, but we still have few more weeks more to go, to patch those up.

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Ahhhhhh why is this show making me fear for Eun-hyuk's life!? Ugh, why does it feel like it has to be him? My heart won't be able to take this. I love all these characters too much.

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I am worried about the same thing! Eun-hyuk better be second on Ji-Wook's people to love list! Same goes for Chan-Ho!

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Right?! I'm worried about Eun-hyuk because this episode ended with Ji-wook running for Bong-hee...but wouldn't it only make sense for the guy who runs after him each day to be the one truly in danger?

PLEASE. This time my prediction has to be wrong, Show. It's only fair. But, even then, someone still ends up dying?!

I just know this is going to break me so I'm going to have to believe in what the psychic said about JW not needing to cry too much. Surely, this can only be true if no one really dies?

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We need a miracle to save anyone whos going to die. I really hope there was only probability, not an absoultely 2 person will die.

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Me too. Honestly, other than Eun-hyuk, I'm also worried for Chief Bang since he seems to have his own drive for uncovering the truth behind the relationship of the people in the photo, especially this episode. I really hope it will just be a brush with death though.

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Some other thoughts:

I really felt for Bong-hee being alone in her revelation about Hyun-soo this episode. I've been warring with myself as to whether Ji-wook keeping things from her was necessary for her not to be in danger from Hyun-soo, but I can't help but feel she would have guarded her reaction to the revelation a lot more, had she already been prepared with the possibility of him being a murderer. Now I'm worried that HS may have been able to catch on easily because he was so aware of the slip-up that led to her realization.

I've noticed some (mostly on other sites) frustrated at Bong-hee for being a "noble idiot", but I actually feel like it's just natural that a revelation like that would supersede any sort of romantic aspirations for the time being. I can't argue that she didn't pull away slightly because she was afraid of putting him in danger, but when there's actually a murderer that you've now irreversibly connected to the life of someone you love (in this case, 4 someones!). I could see how that fear would paralyze her and make her unable decide what her next move should be.

Obviously, communication is the answer, but they are both going to have to take that step, in order for this to happen. I enjoyed that in the umbrella scene she at least conveyed her need to clear her head before they do this. I'm also glad she at least reached out to Eun-hyuk, even if that scene of JW catching her confiding in him is pretty much the saddest thing ever.

I hope BH soon understands that she can't simply distance herself now and the only choice she has in the future is to resolve to protect the people she loves. Haha, I admit, a part of me is glad for her continued hesitation, because this allowed for JW to come to this realization, himself, at the end. Not only that he needs to protect her, but that he needs to be by her side each day in the meantime! Hehehe, our boy definitely realized he's in love :)

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BH isn't the only one noble-idiot-ing, though I don't think she is being a noble idiot anyways. She already feels enough guilt. Even though she didn't kill Hee Jun, she hasn't been able to solve his death. Her notoriety attracted Hyun Soo to the firm. She feels complicit in setting free a murderer. Ji Wook has sacrificed his prosecutor career for her. Because of her, Ji Wook, who was a prosecutor who locked up criminals, ended up in a position where he has set a murderer free. And that murderer is hanging around them all the time because, from her perspective (she doesn't know that HS is suspecting JW of suspecting him), HS wants to make sure she doesn't remember- putting everyone in danger. I can see why she feels paralyzed and she needs time to digest and figure out what she should do next.

They really do need to communicate so they don't each end up being consumed by guilt.

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"I actually feel like it's just natural that a revelation like that would supersede any sort of romantic aspirations for the time being."

My thoughts too. Although I'd much prefer if they be honest with each other soon. They don't even have to be a couple now. That can be in the back-burner. They are plenty cute and sweet without being a legit couple anyway, However, I just wish they have an honest talk like what Jiwook suggested. It's better to tackle things together and with the team.

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I actually feel like this episode refutes/exposes the flaws with noble idiocy especially with Ji-wook's narration at the end. I can kind of agree that Bong-hee was falling a bit into the trappings of noble idiocy, but I think Ji-wook will pull her out of it now that he has realized life is too short and cruel to not let yourself be with the ones you love and be happy. I really loved that narration btw, it's so rare that you get that sort of message (carpe diem if you will) from kdramas, where the idea of pulling away from loved ones because of the potential of them getting hurt in the future is seen as romantic.

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Im worried for him too!! Technically speaking, the second female lead (i forgot her name) is selfish and DOES NOT deserve him. but he continues to love her. but i have a feeling they wont pair them up together cos it doesnt seem like she can truly love him. and he's alw been there for ji wook. and ji wook looked SO anguished in tht premonition. i think eun hyuk might die. but nooooooooooo. i love him too much.

also, can i just say that choi tae joon is amazing cos i hated his guts in Missing Nine and i swore i wld hate him in every drama after that but look at me now, praying for eun hyuk's safety.

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I think you can tell the future. I just finished the episode a few seconds ago and here is the recap. That was fast. lol

On today's episodes:
- Please, please don't kill the scooby gang. I love them individually and as a team. Hopefully the talismans paper that Chief Bang plastered around the house and office will protect them (this was shown in the epilogue).
- I can understand why BH rejected JW. She feels guilty that she made him defended a murderer and allow the murderer to walk away. And perhaps the only redeeming way to accept him with 0 guilt and conscience is to catch the killer first. I do hope in the next episode they can make up. I don't like sad JW.
- Eun Hyuk is once again the still same precious puppy as he is. I love his friendship with BH. I still want a happy ending for him.
- I'm still curious about Chan Ho.
- And the umbrella scene brings back memories of "Shopping King Louie". NJH is one lucky lady to have 2 guys bring her the umbrella on a sad, rainy day. lol.

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I really hope chan ho didnt die. As his picture still clean, no "x" mark. And about your last poin, you remind me of good old SKL day. Ahh

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The writer wrote her character so well that the fear of maybe losing one of them is so devastating *cue tears* and I just love how layered the killer too because I maybe scared and think HS is a crazy psychopath but the fact that he shows a hint of sadness on targeting BH shows a lot of his other self. Makes me really wonder what happened to him or to the girl he was talking about turning him to be a monster that he is right now. Chanho -oh- Chanho, I hope you're alive and will make a comeback..There is a lot of cute, especially at the first 5 minutes but the thought of someone around the NO-JI-BYUN-EUN-AND BANG firm is in danger or predicted to die soon took out all my energy and I can't even help but shed a tear from all the fears.

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I get a hunch that the saddest part of the drama about to begin, in tonight last scene. I'll prepare my heart, and maybe watching all their behind the scene until the next week episode to forget the sad thing

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For some reason I don't think that the 2nd person that may die is Bong-hee but Eun-hyuk, as during the beginning of the episode we see Ji-wook running and Eun-hyuk want to join him on his run and keep repeating back off, get Eun-hyuk says o want to run with you forever and Ji-wook says get lost forever. Those words made me think that JW will regret saying those words plus also JW had a bad dream where he see a man get attack and wounded .

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I was like don't say those kind of words that will make you regret forever. And I also fear that its EH and I hope I'm wrong and no one in the gang will die. Hurt maybe but not die. I don't think I can handle the pain of losing any of those petty puppy lawyers who acts like a 5 year old kids

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I hope no one dies, but my money is also on EH. He just seems too nice and bright. And he's too perceptive.

if that is so, isn't the show being too cruel to JW? He already lost his parents. He lost his lifelong friends when they cheated. And now that it looks like he's softening towards EH, is the writer seriously going to take him away?

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Yes the "gone forever" word is one hint that eun hyuk will die. Or getting hurt. I really hope he just hurt. Not die

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I feel the same way. In fact while I was watching this scene I thought, uh oh, something's going to happen to Eunhyuk, even before the future-telling guy came on.

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I am also fearing for Eun-hyuk's life. Writer-nim, you make us love this puppy so much that it would be so unkind to do this to us! Please just use his near-death to bring the ultimate reconciliation between him and Ji-wook and perhaps making Yoo-jung recognizing her love for him (although I care much less about this side plot and only if the redeemed love will make EH happy.)

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I hope not. My fave character in this show is EH, and his death would greatly diminish my enjoyment of the show. He is the light and joy to the show, and I light up every time I see him on the screen.

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They'd better not pull a King 2 Hearts thing with JW and EH.

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The death of Ernestbot is still one of the most senseless and WTF moments in Dramaland.

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On the lighter note...Chief Bang in the epilogue is just pure gold. The way he jumped from places to places to plaster those talisman hahahaha. You got me there Chief Bang! I love you so much!!!

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After so much sadness and angst, that epilogue sure did cracked me up. Chief Bang is pure awesomeness.

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That epilogue had me in laughter every time I replay it. It's just too hilarious. What does he think the talisman can do? Haha

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These two episodes were perfect! The balance of all key plotlines i.e. Jeong hyun-soo's crimes and those who accidentally witnessed them, the romance and angst, the twisty childhood parental backstories, and this random Jung-ha guy who can see the future...all that and even space for some well-timed and clever comic-relief. Also, did I mention how frkn awesome and perfect Bong-hee's character is? I was never a fan of too many plotlines in one drama since its so hard to get it right. But damn if this isn't the perfect example of a well-balanced and beautifully put-together show. So impressed. So in-love ?. And so looking forward to the next episode!

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NJH did gained so much fans lately, even knetz thanked pd for choosing her to play bong hee. Cause she nailed it. Big time

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Yess I think its totally deserved. She can play any character and make it her own!

Also, what's knetz? Can someone please explain that to me? I looked it up and could only find it in keywords in forums...

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I think so too. He seems like a person, that when something smells fishy he would try to find out why. Hope he stays safe.

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Was it really just a coincidence that Jung Ha's girlfriend happened to be on the same flight with that guy Hyun Soo was waiting for at the airport?

Scenes with Hyun Soo just give me goosebumps everytime especially when he pulls that creepy smile. It's gets creepier when he shows it to Bong Hee as he knows she probably has a clue of who he actually is.

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I swear this show is going to be the death of me - I don't think I've waited so impatiently for new episodes of a show before!

I had initial reservations like @peachnita regarding the introduction of 'premonition man' but I thought it was done tastefully enough that it added to the quirky, off-beat charm of the show. Stranger things happen in real life after all.

How much I love the OTP goes without saying, but this episode really showcased the adorable affection between BH and EH. All the cheeky grins and not-so-secret thumbs ups cracked me up, not to mention the hilarity that ensues when they tag-team to annoy JW. But I found it especially touching when BH trusted JW enough to call him for advice when she was scared - they've become true friends in their own right, and not just because they're colleagues or both care for JW.

Awesome bromances, a frustrating but satisfying OTP and now a great platonic friendship - is there anything this show doesn't have?!

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Grrr! I keep messing up acronyms of their names! I meant BH trusted EH enough to call him for advice...

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Why do I feel like EH could be the first one that HS will try to kill? EH might be wounded enough for JW to think his best friend might die, thus the sobbing. JW will be focus on keeping BH safe that HS will try to go through EH first.

On a lighter note, said BH and EH ganging up in getting JW all riled up is just so awesome!

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I love how the “teaching-girl-how-to-ride-a-bike” trope is subverted. Yes, a normal person would probably learn how to ride a bike on one’s own.

I am so happy that Ji-wook decides to seize the day and asks Bong-hee to return his feelings now. I don’t think I can handle two noble idiots who work, live, and laugh beautifully together but deny the natural progression of their relationship (however justified) for much longer.

Carpe diem Ji-wook and Bong-hee!

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The bike this made me lol. She was like "yeah, just taught myself" It's very in-line with how self-motivated BH is.

I actually don't know how to ride a bike, so JW can come teach me anytime!

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Haha, I would definitely have a Ji-wook-induced convenient case of bike riding amnesia. Smart girl, Bong-hee!

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LOL. Ji Wook just assumed it. Classic. Hahaha. For once he's wrong about his instincts and assumptions. For a guy who is so good at cracking murder cases, I like that they retained his denseness in social situations. It's so off but so funny too.

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Of course she cant say no when JW grabbed her hand to taech her riding bike. Who can?

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I'm betting on EH but I'm also betting he won't die. JW and EH needs to mend their friendship fast, and EH getting hurt is like a fast rail ticket to that.

I think EH and JW mended together will be necessary if JW and BH will again be separated by the father trope. Though, I think the show is still full of surprises on that end.

Also, with so much foreshadowing in this episode, I wouldn't be surprised if the somebody getting hurt part happens in the next immediate episode as well as jW and BH finally getting together. And if the bromance jogging scene has any purpose, it's to make a hurt Eun Hyuk hurt us viewers even harder.

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I, too, think that EH is the one to get stabbed (which JW dreamed about), but I'm hopeful based on that person's words that EH will be ok. I also think that BH's dad was falsely accused for killing JW's parents. And that the two of them will set out to prove it and find the real killer. But like you mentioned, there could be a rift initially between them.

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Oh no… it's Eun-hyuk who's gonna die isn't it? He's gonna die protecting Ji-wook from dying. I so hope I'm wrong here. I'm wrong aren't I? Please tell me I'm wrong!

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This is what I kept thinking. What a dreadful thought, but then anybody dying from this cute little law company would be a tragedy.

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EH is an important character for the show. I don't think he'll die, because the see said someone "might" die "soon" Maybe he gets hurt but I really doubt he'll die because it's too early

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I thought so too! He will sacrifice himself for Ji-Wook...

But I don't want that.

Can't they just all get a happy end?

I'm faithful in the "might die" that was said and hope that person will somehow survive.

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I will cry buckets for myself and for Jiwook. Just imagine how he'll react if Eunhyuk indeed gets lost forever just like what he told him to do when they were jogging. Jiwook, despite himself and his actions, cherish his friendship with Eunhyuk which is why he cannot really let go or push him away for real. His cries will surely tear me apart.

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I also hope this show isn't such a troll as to leave us with Ji-wook crazy sobbing over whomever and then cut to the credits, to make us wait until next week for more information. Please be good to us, show!

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The show is cruel and troll I must say.

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Omg nooooooooo ㅠㅠ

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I see I'm not the only one getting more and more worried about Eun-hyuk. The only comfort I drew from this episode was that the Fairy Fortune Teller told Ji-wook that it'll be okay. I'm hanging onto that phrase.

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CEO Byun threatening to throw water at Bonghee and offering to give her money to leave is so like your typical chaebol dad who is against his precious son's relationship. That really cracked me up. I can always count on CEO Byun to be hilarious.

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I really cracked up when Bong Hee replied that she would dodge the cup of water but accept the money with great "accuracy". ?

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I cannot with that scene. It has a few of the best lines in the episode. Haha. Pure comedy gold!

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He is a wonderful comic relief character. Though I wonder why him and his wife don't get along. He seems sweet and a bit foolish at the same time.

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They get along They just bicker a lot. You can tell they really love each other, they just show it through their little bickerings. I count it as a good example for JW and BH!

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I love CEO Byun. He says all these unfriendly things like throwing water and bribing her but you just want to hug him.

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CEO Byun character is just so fun. He's not typical father that dramaland has. But he wants to be one, as he mentioned about opposing relationship, throwing water, and bribing BH. ha. you cant CEO byun, she's your "mother"

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*fingers crossed nobody actually dies* he said MIGHT die, right? Like almost dead but not really... right?
We know it's not Ji Wook, I'm thinking it might be Eun Hyuk but I hope not D;

It's interesting to me how Bong-Hee is now doing the same thing she told Ji-Wook not to do, to hide the truth. At least it means she'll be less angry at him when she finds out, as she now understands.
I am hoping the angst between the two won't hold on for too long, but I trust Ji-Wook! He already asked her to talk with him twice this episode so they could be truthful, and I trust him to continue this and not get sidetracked by dramatic misunderstandings.
Suspicious Partner has been really good at subverting classic dramatic plots, and I have faith they will keep doing so until the end.
*fingers crossed*

Also, CEO Byun is the best grumpy ahjussi ever. DATE SO I CAN OPPOSE IT. And I love how Ji-Wook just goes 'Why do you keep ruining every meeting?'

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I'm hinging my hopes on that "might" too. Hoping it's not just a subbing thing, as Lollypip has the same phrase!

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I'm in the minority here, but for me, the protagonists' relationships crossed the line from delicate to draggy these episodes.

I can understand why the writer went the rom com route after the ratings of IRY, after all, ratings sucess is a bread and butter issue for writers. The characters, villains and overall script of IRY was much tighter and well fleshed out.

I still like this drama but its lost its 'crack' factor for me.

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True. The key elements of IRY were more thought out. I'll think of IRY as the main course and this as the dessert.

However, the OTP in SP is a more fun watch. They have more focus so it's really everything that IRY couldn't be on the romance front.

But yes, IRY still rings front lines for me. SP has solid writing too. As a Romcom, it's pretty tight and more interesting.

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Thanks LollyPip! I agree that Eun Hyuk is really one of the best of friends to have ... especially to be the friend who helps to protect the girl who loves the guy who hates him (LOL!).
Thoughts and feelings:
• I felt for Eun Hyuk who was so rejected by Ji Wook, and I find it fantastic that he never says die. He found one excuse after another to keep running with Ji Wook.
• It occurred to me that when Ji Wook ordered Chief Bang to stop investigating Hyun Soo, that Bang might continue unofficially on his own. If so, he's also in a like position to be targeted to be killed.
• The shared death date of Bong Hee's mother and Ji Wook's parents suggests that their deaths are linked and so looms the drama trope of "I can't love you out of loyalty to my parents" thingy. Still if this does come up, I'm hoping for a refreshing turn in how Ji Wook and Bong Hee deal with it.
• I like that Ji Wook knows Bong Hee well enough to believe that she would not reject him out of misunderstanding his relationship with Yoo Jung. I like that he knows she's not petty and that there must be a good reason for her change of mind. I applauded his request to air all that had been left hidden between them, and his patience in agreeing to give her time. However I really wanted for him to have at least said his piece, which, when she realises is what she's thinking, would have helped her say hers.
• Poor Byun, he's the one paying the salaries, but he gets little respect, and to be banned from attending meetings because he keeps ruining them, was such a hoot!
• I loved how the thought that everyone loses someone they love included even Ji Hae, DA Jang and Hyun Soo,... continuing to humanise even them who are so flawed, sick or even evil.
• It was such a good revelation to Ji Wook, not to take time for granted, especially now with a killer on the loose and close to them. How I loved the way he decided to make and grab the opportunity to be with the one he loved, without a moment to lose. I was whooping my support for him as he threw away all thoughts of dignity, and ran around like crazy to give Bong Hee a hug and to beg her to return his feelings. Surely once he tells her why he's so desperate, she cannot still say, no?

I noticed that the airport scene showcased not only the possible guy Hyun Soo is targetting next, but also Jung Ha's girlfriend who had just arrived. This show has been good in introducing the characters we need to meet.
Wish I can catch the next episode right now, but I'll be watching it late. *sob*.

I was 'complaining' before about the past dead bodies not being resolved, and now here we have them, finally discovered. I'm so pleased that they were not just a convenient plot device to give Hyun Soo the excuse to kill Hee Jun, but that they are being worked into the plot to clear Bong Hee, once and for all.

This is a great show for avoiding a plothole mess and for making everyone relatable, even the scary, psychotic Hyun Soo!...

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This is a great show for avoiding a plothole mess and for making everyone relatable, even the scary, psychotic Hyun Soo! Wish we could get a clearer idea of what is making him tick and how he has chosen his targets. No amnesia at all as far as we can see!!!

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I thought the same at first about Chief Bang investigating Hyun Soo even when told to stop but when I saw him look at that group picture, I thought that maybe he will investigate Chan Ho instead.

Chan Ho really got ignored this episode, they can't do that forever.

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Eee! Please don't kill of any of our motley crew, I love them all! I hope the translation was correct when he said may die not will die. Please please don't kill anyone off. Their little law firm is so cute!

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BTW the actor playing ji wook's adoptive father is such a hoot. He's in best hit too, and he's amusing in real life too, he was just on happy together with the best hit cast. He seems similar to his character in this show. Amusing ahjussi.

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He is brilliant. Every scene with him cracks me up.

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Ahjussi's eyebrows make me laugh.

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This episode was a bit out there. Why bring in an element of fantasy, when you have a perfectly awesome drama without it? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the fantasy genre, but it making a cameo in a procedural show where there is no need for it seems a little strange. Sure it cranked up the worry level, but I was plenty worried already when our serial killer kept following Bong Hee and the others.
On another note Ji Wook is amazing (I wonder how often I'm gonna keep saying that). He really knows Bong Hee very well. I was worried for a second about the noble idiocy she tried to pull, but I'm fairly sure Ji Wook won't let her. Every interaction between the two let's my heart beat faster.

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Jiwook has got best leading man written all over him. Just when you think he's reached the peak of being an awesome leading man, he makes a truly heartfelt gesture or says something absolutely wonderful and you end up loving him more. I just love how well he obviously knows Bonghee. He knew something was up. He even suggested having an honest talk. He's a great guy indeed. Wish we get more like him in kdrama and in real life. hehe!

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I've loving this move towards more considerate leading men in kdramas. The kind of leading men that you would realistically want to marry. Sure I'd love sit-up kisses from the hero in Secret Garden, but I'd be most happy living with someone like Ji Wook.

I loved how freaking considerate he is in this episode and how he can tell BH is keeping something in that is upsetting her and he tries to provide a space and an opportunity for her to let it all out.

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How funny that you mentioned Secret Garden here! I'm trying to rewatch the show while I exercise, but I'm frustrated with Hyun Bin's role in SG. This is my third or fourth time watching the series, and the first time I've ever been reallyly angry with the characters. Mind you, it's been a few years since watching SG. I like to think my tastes have evolved!

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The evolution of more caring and considerate leading men feels like we are still getting our wealthy Mr. Darcy with the dashing good look but without the hurtful pride so we can bypass the misunderstanding. Arn't we really getting our cake and eat it to our hearts' content?

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this writer is so cruel, how can they write such amazing characters that i've become so attached to just to reveal that one of them is going to die? i bawled my eyes out when it showed a flash of jiwook crying in the future, i'm not prepared for any of them to die...

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The fantasy part was just a method/trigger to encourage jiwookie to accelerate on his emotions.. (isn't that what everyone watching is silently and not so silently screaming for ?)..
it moves the story and characters along i dun see why it is awkward, as it is we already have a future-predicting monk as a setup from the start ??

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"I’m really enjoying a second lead who isn’t after the girl, but who just wants to be her friend and help her be happy."

A million times YES to this! OMG And if I may add, a second lead who is not after the female lead, but after the male lead's love and affection. Eunhyuk is so set on bringing that old lovin' feelin' with his BFF and it's as good as your good ol' love story for me. I feel the love. I can only wish that it will not be too late for Jiwook to open his heart. I'm really scared for the gang, especially for Eunhyuk after this episode.

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Gahhhhhh!! Nobody at the firm gets hurt or there will be a riot!! *anxiously waits for next episode* ?

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Lets hope for a plot twist, in a very good way.
Nobody die. Please

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I really hope Chief Bang gets a romantic happy ending, he is such a cute character.
When he said that he is single but has 4 children, that had to be foreshawdoing right?
Is it already shipping if there is no partner yet? Chief Bang, fighting!

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..In life, everyone loses someone they care about..

My heart twisted when I watched this part. So true, when we least expected, we lose. Life is cruel, yet beautiful, yet painful, yet worth living. So does love.

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Me toooo. Thank you for write that down here. Its just so sad

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I really want to ask is that the writing or the acting? Is just impossible to not love Bong Hee.

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both, for sure.

On the other hand, Yoo Jung is growing more and more insignificant. Has anybody noticed how JW and YJ looked at each other in that far shot where JW was holding BH's hand? HS was watching them from afar then.

I think maybe part of me wants to see EH hurt too just to see how YJ will react to it. I do wonder whether that arc will take a more forward role in the plot or maybe the writer has completely shelved it. Seriously YJ is stuck as a character for now.

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It's strange how BH's enemy JH is more interesting than YJ and even more in line with the tone of the drama. Like I can see BH and JH end up being begrudging friends or frenemies in the future. The writer needs to do something with YJ. But it could be too late. She has no comic side. She could have been given a funny running gag - like beating up jerks at cafes so much that she gets banned from them. But instead her shtick is just her moping in her anemic way and JH going like "so embarrassed"

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Right? Bonghee is amazing! That scene of her standing and trying to get things straight in her head after hearing the music and giving herself a pep talk. "Bonghee, you have a brain. Use it." You go girl!

At the same time, Bonghee isn't made of steel. She's vulnerable as well and I'm happy that she finds strength in confiding with a friend like Eunhyuk and she admits how scared she is.

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The ending scene of JW beseeching BH to like him back now - *swoons*. Fight My Way and Suspicious Partner are killing it with the episode endings this week. They're better than kisses. And I thought it was great that when they flashed back to everyone's losses, Hyun Soo was included. I was losing the smidgen of sympathy I had for him, but the reminder that he's probably doing this because he's lost someone, makes me want to hear him out.

I am a little concerned that we're hearing more of these poignant voiceovers from JW. I love JW, but it would be nice to have BH make similar reflections. I notice in dramas sometimes that the heroine serves as our gateway into the story and then the voice and story of the hero take priority later on.

I hope JW and BH will be honest with each other in the next episode. They really need to work together in order to protect everyone at the firm and to figure out what to do about a murderer they've helped exonerate. Or maybe plan to do nothing at all and just be careful, like how JW so smartly halted the investigation since HS was onto him.

Lollypip, I agree with you on needing to know if Chan Ho is okay. I'm surprised at how much of an impression he has made with barely any screen time (and half of that time was him acting suspicious and creepy) that we're all like "I hope he's okay!".

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I'm pretty sure we won't have to worry about Bong Hee, the worst that could happen to her is that she "dies" and they manage to resuscitate her. She is still the female lead after all. I'm more worried about the rest of the firm....prophecies are usually an unwritten law in kdrama. So we can be pretty sure that it will happen, just in what way is uncertain. Right now I'm concerned that someone will almost die but survive and they will think the danger is over and then later in the drama someone else or the same person will actually die and truly fulfill this vision. Or they are just blatantly going to kill one of our lovely little lawyer family members off. I don't like either option. Show, please don't do that to me.

I'm also really sad about our soothsayer....we didn't get to see much of him but what we saw I liked so I'm rather depressed about this episode.
And last but not least, I continue to worry about the forensic dude. It didn't look good for him and I was really rooting for him as well...(after I found out that he wasn't the killer that is)
All in all you could say that this episode gave me a nice bit of anxiety that I will now have to carry around with me until this show ends and all the cards have fallen, so to speak.

(Let's also not forget the damocles sword that is floating over Bong Hee and Ji Wook in form of their fathers' connection in the past.....)

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I keep worrying about Eun-hyuk's well-being. He's such a great friend, and I think that he'll lay his own life on the line for Ji-wook or even Bong-hee now. I am so worried that Ji-wook is crying over Eun-hyuk's body. Remember that flash we saw of Ji-wook'em nightmare? Someone was stabbed, and it looked an awful lot like a man's suit. Then again, Bong-hee also wears a lot of suits... Either way, I'm scared for all three of them, but most of allfor Eun-hyuk.

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*Ji-wook's nightmare.

I have no idea why my phone autocorrected that way! Gah.

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Everybody keep talking about EH will be dead. Okay, lets prepare for the worst, even if EH die, he'll be happy, because at least he know that JW is really care and love him. Buuuuuut i really hope, he/ anyone that meant to be dead, just hurt a little and wont die

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Oh yeah, I'm pretty sure I heard Nell at the end while Ji-wook was running! I need this song in my life now.

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Watched the 23-24 ep just now. I hope to see you guys in the next recap. I won't be saying anything because spoiler is not allowed so let's just meet there if everyone are still breathing.

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Omo Omo Omo, I realized I was so invested in this drama when I was beating my heart about who was going to die next, even if it's not our main leads. My heart will break if anyone from our law firm dies ?? and why am I getting the feeling that this can be Eun hyuk? as I think this will be the way that Jin wook can forgive him totally, I hope he just gets hurt but don't die okay? (writer-nim, please don't break my heart)

I also get why Bong Hee postponed their possible relationship because she blames herself for getting Ji Wook into these situations, I hope she realizes that they're better together! Ji wook's plea at the end was all heart ???

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I really hope that Bong-hee's dad and Ji-wook's parents dying on the same day (possibly same year, based on little Ji-wook in flashbacks and Bong-hee saying it was around when she would have learned to ride a bike) doesn't foretell some tragic past of a Love That Cannot Be. Because obviously they love each other and make each other happy.

So loving this show! Thanks for the recap, LollyPip!

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I love this show but i get so tried of -the pull away from the one love to protect them chivalry act. Girl the boy is a KILLER how you going to protect yourself ?! everyone needs to sit down and tell the damn truth and be on guard 24/7. ok end of my rant lol

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