Rating:
Average user rating 4.3
144

Suspicious Partner: Episodes 37-38

I thought this show had no more surprises in store for us, but I was so wrong! Everyone is shocked when the full truth comes out, and it’s so much worse than they ever imagined. It’s not easy to outsmart a brilliant but sick mind, but if they can put aside their personal feelings and work together, Bong-hee and Ji-wook might just be able to figure out a way.

 
EPISODE 37 RECAP

Knowing that District Attorney Jang is watching, Hyun-soo taunts him by confessing to Yoo-jung that he killed Hee-joon for no good reason. Soon after, he finds himself in a car with District Attorney Jang, and he smirks to himself.

Ji-wook is informed that he’s being reinstated as a prosecutor, but before he can even enjoy the moment, Yoo-jung calls to tell him that Hyun-soo confessed to killing Hee-joon and the two bodies in the water tank. Ji-wook asks if District Attorney Jang was there for the confession, and Yoo-jung confirms it.

Sensing something off, Ji-wook asks where District Attorney Jang and Hyun-soo are now. He runs into Bong-hee on his way out, who tells him that District Attorney Jang apologized to her. They agree that it’s strange, so they leave together.

Yoo-jung discovers that District Attorney Jang took Hyun-soo, which she reports to Ji-wook. He and Bong-hee assume that District Attorney Jang is out for revenge, and Bong-hee bangs her head on the car window, claiming that it helps her think. Ji-wook isn’t so sure, and he asks if it doesn’t actually make it worse, hee.

But she gets an idea that District Attorney Jang may have gone to her old apartment where Hyun-soo killed Hee-joon, which is empty for redevelopment. Another call from Yoo-jung confirms that she’s correct, having tracked District Attorney Jang’s phone.

Sure enough, District Attorney Jang takes Hyun-soo to the very spot where he killed his son and begins beating him to a pulp. Still handcuffed, Hyun-soo can’t fight back, but he laughs when District Attorney Jang yells at him for killing his innocent son. He says that Hee-joon may have been innocent, but District Attorney Jang certainly isn’t.

His voice falters as he says that the girl So-young died, and Hyun-soo himself turned out this way because he (Jang) acquitted the scum who assaulted So-young. Hyun-soo says that killing Hee-joon really was unintentional, but that when he learned later who Hee-joon’s father was, he realized that it was only fair.

District Attorney Jang whips out a knife and stabs it at Hyun-soo, who manages to grab his hand at the last second. Crying now, Hyun-soo begs District Attorney Jang to remember what happened thirteen years ago.

He reminds him that he was the prosecutor in the case of a girl who was brutalized by a gang of boys, and that he sided with the boys, acquitting them and burying the case. District Attorney Jang roars and tries to stab Hyun-soo again, but Hyun-soo pushes Jang to the floor.

Ji-wook and Bong-hee arrive and rush up to her old apartment, but they find District Attorney Jang alone and Hyun-soo gone. Ji-wook runs back out in time to find Hyun-soo still on the stairs, and he chases him down to the parking lot.

They both stop, exhausted, and Hyun-soo asks why Ji-wook is so intent on catching him. Snapping back that it’s all his fault that Hyun-soo was acquitted in the first place, Ji-wook says that he’s trying to correct his mistake. Hyun-soo feigns concern about Ji-wook’s still-healing stab wound, but Ji-wook just laughs and asks if Hyun-soo will be okay with those cuffs still on.

Hyun-soo suddenly lunges at Ji-wook, swinging his cuffed fists wildly, but Ji-wook easily evades him and slams him against a car. Hyun-soo wrenches himself out of Ji-wook’s grip, but suddenly, Bong-hee flies at him like a valkyrie, kicking him square in the chest and knocking the wind out of him.

He falls to the ground, gasping for breath, and Bong-hee runs to Ji-wook. He starts to warn her about Hyun-soo, but then he sees him lying there unable to move, and he’s adorably embarrassed that it was Bong-hee who nailed him.

Hyun-soo is taken back into custody, and District Attorney Jang is arrested for unlawful apprehension and attempted murder. Yoo-jung takes them in, leaving Ji-wook and Bong-hee behind, and they go to the roof to talk.

Bong-hee admits that she’s been too hard on Ji-wook in regards to her father’s case, because he was just an innocent child who was brainwashed by District Attorney Jang. She apologizes for taking her anger out on him, but he tells her not to be sorry.

He says that her father saved his life and tried to save his parents, but it just didn’t work out. Bong-hee tells Ji-wook that she’s indebted to him after he lost his prosecutor’s job because of her, met Hyun-soo and got stabbed because of her, and gave her a job and a place to live. She figures that makes them even and suggests they go back to how things were when they first met, and Ji-wook agrees.

Soon after, Ji-wook returns to his old job at the prosecutor’s office. When he finds Yoo-jung and his two nasty former colleagues waiting to welcome him back, he grumbles that there’s nobody here he wants to see, ha. One of the guys asks who he wanted to see, and he says it’s a difficult decision.

Yoo-jung has handed Hyun-soo’s case over to Ji-wook, so he meets with him in the interrogation room and has his handcuffs removed. Hyun-soo mutters that Ji-wook looks happy to be prosecuting him, but that he doesn’t like it, and Ji-wook smiles and tells him to get used to experiencing things he doesn’t like.

Just to be difficult, Hyun-soo claims not to remember confessing to the murders to Yoo-jung, so Ji-wook shows him the video. Smirking, Hyun-soo guesses that his recent accident is still affecting his memory and says that he must not be of sound mind.

Ji-wook asks how he explains the fact that he’s the only one who knew the identity of the second body in the tank, but Hyun-soo just says he heard it somewhere. Ji-wook loses his temper for a second, but he collects himself and says that he has plenty of time to make Hyun-soo remember.

Over tea with Eun-hyuk, Bong-hee notices that his awkward laugh is back and guesses that he’s not doing too well. She confesses that she’s feeling “blurry” herself, and he knows that it’s because of Ji-wook, so he tells her to follow her heart.

Bong-hee asks if he’s following his heart, and he thinks of Yoo-jung. He says that he is, which is why he keeps falling in love with the same person over and over.

The next time she’s at the prosecutor’s office, Bong-hee runs into Ji-wook, and she thinks that she also keeps falling in love with him. Ji-wook asks about her case, but she says she can’t discuss it because of privacy concerns, so he just wishes her luck.

Ji-wook calls after Bong-hee to ask her to help him with Hyun-soo’s case. He says that he needs everyone’s help, so they all get together in the meeting room to discuss the case. Chief Bang announces that he’s also returning to the prosecutor’s office, then Ji-wook throws his usual temper tantrum when CEO Byun tries to scout Chief Bang back. HAHA, that never gets old.

Ji-wook tells them all that Hyun-soo has changed his confession, but because of the knife that CEO Byun planted at Hyun-soo’s home, their evidence is now tainted. Eun-hyuk points out that even with a valid confession, additional evidence is needed for a murder conviction. Going after Hyun-soo for attempted murder of Ji-wook and Chief Bang could only result in probation, so they need some solid evidence.

Ji-wook decides that they need to dig deeper into Hyun-soo’s past, and also to find the driver who hit him. Yoo-jung says she’s already identified the driver as Min Young-hoon, and that she’s close to an arrest.

After the meeting, Yoo-jung goes to the kitchen to make tea, where she’s joined by Eun-hyuk. The atmosphere is incredibly tense between them after Yoo-jung established that they’re only friends, but when they accidentally touch hands, they share an electric moment which shakes them both deeply.

With Ji-wook back working at his desk, Bong-hee finds herself staring dreamily at him. Chief Bang gets a call and announces that he found the police officer who oversaw So-young’s assault case, so he and Bong-hee go to meet with him.

They show him a photo of So-young, and he says that he remembers the case, but he refuses to help them because he’s still angry that So-young’s attackers were never even prosecuted. He tells them that District Attorney Jang was the prosecutor.

Bong-hee goes to the jail to speak to him, and she tells him to apologize to her again, sincerely this time. She also says that when she thinks of all of the bad things he’s done and lives he’s ruined, she thinks his being in jail now is much too lenient. He asks if an apology will be enough, so she mentions So-young’s case and how he let her rapists go free, and orders him to tell her about it.

 
EPISODE 38 RECAP

Ji-wook is in his office when Bong-hee finishes talking to District Attorney Jang, and Ji-wook invites her to eat jjajangmyun with him. When they finish, they’re feeling pretty comfortable, and Ji-wook nearly wipes the sauce off Bong-hee’s face for her before remembering and just handing her a tissue.

She tells him why she visited District Attorney Jang, and tells him about So-young’s rape case. She’d been assaulted in a warehouse by seven boys, several of whom came from influential families, so they convinced District Attorney Jang to bury the case and even blamed So-young for trying to ruin their sons’ futures. Soon after, So-young killed herself, and Hyun-soo has been killing the men who were never punished.

Ji-wook thinks back to the rest of his interrogation of Hyun-soo, in which he’d just sat there for hours, saying that he had plenty of time to wait for a confession. Hyun-soo continued to deny the murders, though he admitted to knowing those guys and thinking that they’re scum who shouldn’t be allowed to live nice lives. He’d added that they should be grateful to whoever killed them for doing the right thing.

In the next team meeting, Ji-wook says that he has a plan to trick Hyun-soo into confessing to the murders. When he informs Hyun-soo that he’s charging him, not with murder but with rape, Hyun-soo laughs incredulously. Ji-wook tells him that they found the hit-and-run driver and that he made a statement that Hyun-soo was one of So-young’s seven rapists.

Hyun-soo plays it cool, asking if Ji-wook paid the guy off, but once he’s alone, his face begins to twitch like he’s short-circuiting.

The trial begins, charging Hyun-soo and the one remaining attacker, Young-hoon, with the assault and rape of So-young. Young-hoon pleads guilty, but Hyun-soo pleads not guilty. Ji-wook questions Young-hoon, who lists the seven attackers: himself, the murdered chef, the man who was killed the night Chief Bang was stabbed, the two men who were found in the water tank, Chan-ho (who is still missing), and Hyun-soo.

When Hyun-soo is brought for questioning, he says that he believes the evidence against him was fabricated. Ji-wook produces a report of the assault by So-young herself, which names Hyun-soo as one of her attackers, but Hyun-soo scoffs that that could be faked, too.

Ji-wook asks if that’s what Hyun-soo wants to believe, and he reminds Hyun-soo that he was close friends with the other six attackers. Hyun-soo interrupts to say that they weren’t friends, and that he despises them.

Continuing, Ji-wook reads that Yang Jin-woo (the future chef) lured So-young to the warehouse, and interestingly, Hyun-soo corrects him that it was Lee Jae-ho. Ji-wook keeps reading the report, which says that everything was fine at first, but that Chan-ho had been drinking, and he riled up the other boys. Again Hyun-soo breaks in and says that it wasn’t Chan-ho, but Young-hoon, the man accusing him now.

He adds that Young-hoon and Jin-woo chased So-young and brought her back, and Ji-wook points out that it sounds like Hyun-soo was there. Hyun-soo starts to explain, but he suddenly grows twitchy again as he says that he heard about it later.

Ji-wook asks how many assailants there were, and Hyun-soo says there were seven. Ji-wook asks him to name them, so Hyun-soo runs through the first six names… then he locks up on the seventh name. He tries again, but again the seventh name sticks in his throat.

Ji-wook pushes Hyun-soo to name the seventh attacker, but Hyun-soo just shakes, seeming terrified. Ji-wook whispers, “It’s you,” and Hyun-soo looks like he’s having a mental breakdown. Another flashback shows the faces of the six boys we already saw terrorizing So-young, but this time a seventh face comes into focus… it’s Hyun-soo.

It was Bong-hee who discovered the truth when she got the list of assailants from the detective, and she’d confirmed it with So-young’s mother. She’d taken the information to Ji-wook that night in his office and suggested that Hyun-soo was so traumatized by what he’d done that he actually altered his own memories.

In the courtroom, Hyun-soo gets it together enough to hiss at Ji-wook, denying that it was him. At the judge’s request, Ji-wook starts to repeat his accusation out loud, but Hyun-soo suddenly screams, “I said it wasn’t me!!” He screams again when Ji-wook continues, and he has to be restrained.

Hyun-soo snarls that he’s not like those guys, that he’s their judge and executioner. He says that he killed all of them, and Ji-wook calmly asks if there’s any evidence. Hyun-soo catches onto Ji-wook’s plan, but he’s desperate to prove that he’s not a rapist. Defeated, he tells Ji-wook where to look: “The underpass in Hyunjin-dong. You’ll find all the evidence you’re after, so stop now.”

Yoo-jung and Chief Bang, who have been watching the trial, head out immediately. Ji-wook rests his case, and as he sits, he glances over to Bong-hee. She sends him a proud smile, and he ducks his head to smile shyly back at her.

A body is recovered from a culvert in Hyunjin-dong, along with a knife, a pair of muddy shoes, and an ID card. Yoo-jung checks the body then picks up the ID card, confirming that the body is that of the missing Chan-ho. With that evidence, they can finally charge Hyun-soo with murder.

In another meeting, Eun-hyuk asks if Hyun-soo was really one of the seven assailants. Bong-hee reveals that he was there that day, but that he only watched, which Ji-wook learned during Young-hoon’s confession. Young-hoon had said that Hyun-soo was a loser back then, and that they only learned later that he’d had a crush on So-young.

Chief Bang concludes that Hyun-soo was unable to protect So-young and could only watch as she was assaulted, and the trauma caused him to alter his memories and retaliate. Bong-hee says that even if he’d only killed those who participated in the assault, that would be one thing, but he also killed innocent people.

Eun-hyuk asks if they can charge Hyun-soo with Hee-joon’s murder along with the other murders. CEO Byun congratulates Bong-hee on finally being able to clear her name, and she snarls at what she thinks is sarcasm before he call her “Lawyer Eun” for the first time ever.

Eun-hyuk gets stuck with dish duty, and he complains to Bong-hee that with Ji-wook gone, he’s losing the ladder game more often lately. Bong-hee jokes that they should hire another lawyer, preferably someone young and handsome, and Eun-hyuk pouts that he should be enough, hee.

Ji-wook enters the kitchen, and Eun-hyuk quickly leans in to whisper to Bong-hee to follow her heart. Ji-wook throws Eun-hyuk some major shade, and when he turns away to reach into the fridge, Eun-hyuk urges Bong-hee to go for it. But she hesitates and loses her chance, slinking away instead, and Eun-hyuk sighs that Ji-wook is really bad at taking a hint.

Bong-hee visits the empty courtroom, and she thinks about her own wrongful murder trial and that Ji-wook nearly put her in prison. But then she remembers how he sacrificed his own career to save her by admitting that the evidence was fabricated, and that that was when she fell for him for the first time.

She turns to see Ji-wook standing behind her, and she thinks that ever since that day, she’s fallen in love with him over and over again. She thinks, “And at this moment, again…” And without any hesitation, she runs and throws herself into his arms.

Ji-wook catches her, hugging her for a moment, then he pulls back to look into Bong-hee’s eyes. She leans forward and gives him a light, questioning kiss, then she pulls back to gauge his reaction. This time, Ji-wook initiates the kiss, and Bong-hee wraps her arms around his neck and kisses him back.

Epilogue.

We go back to the night that Bong-hee brought Ji-wook home drunk, when he’d collapsed on his bed with Bong-hee beneath him. He’d started to lean towards Bong-hee, who braced herself for a kiss, but instead, he’d just fallen asleep and rolled off her. Bong-hee had taken advantage of the rare opporuntiy to look at him all she wanted, sighing to herself, “He’s so pretty.”

 
COMMENTS

I’m in genuine shock. It never occurred to me, not once, that Hyun-soo might have been one of the seven original attackers. As much as I hate his way of meting out justice, at least all this time I’ve been able to justify my odd love for him by telling myself that he’s doing the wrong thing for the right reason, and that if the law wouldn’t hand out justice, then at least there was Hyun-soo to make sure those evil attackers paid for their crime.

So when we were told that he was one of So-young’s assailants (and even though he didn’t actually participate, he still didn’t do anything to stop it), I didn’t even know how to feel. I’ll admit that I’ve grown to love Hyun-soo in a really twisted way that I can’t even describe, and if it weren’t for his murders of innocent witnesses, I might even be defending his actions. But the truth is that his cowardice in part allowed So-young’s violation, and that his delusion caused him to go beyond simple revenge, and what he did is unforgivable.

However, I’m impressed with the skillful way Ji-wook maneuvered Hyun-soo into confessing to the murders by accusing him of being one of the very scum he’s been killing. They knew that the only “evidence” they had was the knife that CEO Byun planted, which made everything retrieved from Hyun-soo’s home inadmissible. So Ji-wook used Hyun-soo’s strong emotional investment in his persona as So-young’s heroic avenger to push him into confessing to murder in a court of law. The way he figured out how to make Hyun-soo confess was brilliant, and just more proof that Ji-wook was meant to be a prosecutor.

Speaking of which, I was glad to see Bong-hee being an active part of the investigation again. It feels like she hasn’t done much but mope since the breakup, which is understandable, but very unlike the kick-ass Bong-hee we were introduced to at the beginning of the show. I was proud of her for being the one to pursue Hyun-soo’s past and figure out that he was there when So-young was assaulted, and also for being the one who deduced that he was suffering from a dissociative disorder. Her quick mind gave Ji-wook the idea for his plan to make Hyun-soo confess, and proves yet again that the two of them work best as a team.

I’m also proud of her for apologizing for being too hard on Ji-wook when she discovered that he was the one who accused her father of killing his parents. It’s bothered me for a week that she said she would need time to forgive him, because he was a child who was brainwashed by a unscrupulous man in power. I resented her for that, so I was happy when she admitting that her reaction was unreasonable and told Ji-wook that she was sorry. I really admire people who can admit they were wrong.

I’m still not on board with Eun-hyuk and Yoo-jung getting together, but it looks like that will be happening, so I’m trying to make peace with it. Yes, they both screwed up equally and betrayed Ji-wook — and regardless of whether they actually did the deed, it’s clear that they came pretty close, so as far as I’m concerned they did cheat. But Eun-hyuk spent years repeatedly putting himself in the path of Ji-wook’s rejection, making himself vulnerable and admitting that he was wrong, while Yoo-jung just ran off and avoided the consequences. Then when she came back, she tried to pretend that what happened didn’t matter, hurting both Ji-wook and Eun-hyuk all over again. There’s just nothing about Yoo-jung that I personally find redeeming, and she’s never even apologized to either guy. I think Eun-hyuk can do much better (cough Ji-hae cough), but I guess if he loves Yoo-jung, then that’s that.

These penultimate episodes could have served as a finale, and while I usually don’t enjoy it when the main story is over an episode early, in this case I find myself looking forward to a finale potentially full of happiness and adorable office hijinks. We’ve had so few happy moments between Ji-wook and Bong-hee, so I’d love it if the last episodes are just all about them being goofy in love, bickering with the other lawyers, or maybe even permanently taking on a certain adorable little mini Ji-wook. Just this once, I give a show permission for the entire last two episodes to be made of pure fluff and love and puppies. Bring it on!

RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , , , ,

144

Required fields are marked *

Hyundai Soo even in jail is still so menacing. I'm Loving the actor and acting while being completely creeped out by the character.?

10
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

*Hyun Soo* stupid autocorrect!
Also--Yea! They are finally back together! I wish it could've happened before the last 10 seconds of the ep though. I mean I love the awkward tension before a couple has gotten together, but post-forced separation (or noble idiot separation) I just want it over ASAP. Most of the ep, I was just internally yelling "Hold hands already!" whenever Bong Hee and Ji Wook were together.

7
reply

Required fields are marked *

aww our couple is back together ~~

Am I the only one really empathising with Hyun Soo ... even though his character did wrong, the clear emotions really made me want to cry )": although it was really smart of Ji Wook to get the information out of him that way, half of me was like aww no don't break Hyun Soo's poor heart !!

9
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

All of us was going through all the phase for HS. We 're confuse, empathising, sorry for him, hate him after stab mr bang and JW, and now i dont even know how to describe my feeling for him ?

5
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think the writer of this show is a genius for making us feel so sympathetic to Hyun-soo before ripping that away from us in this huge twist right at the end. It's actually amazing how invested I've been in him getting to see justice done, and now I'm just terrified he's going to kill himself to bring about that final judgment. Don't do it, Hyun-soo!!!!!!

12
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I absolutely concur 150% about the genius that is this shows writer... I feel so much empathy for him whilst also being terrified and menaced by Hyun-Soo. Massive props!!

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

The twist completely shocked me, so agreed, props to the writer. But it's not just the writing. I've been impressed with actor Dong Ha the the whole time for being so simultaneously menacing and sympathetic, but the courtroom scene was above and beyond. It seriously gave me chills to watch his mental breakdown.

5
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm scared. Don't think of killing yourself HS. Please don't!

3
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

He might be think that way, because of that girl also killed herself, but i hope not.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think suicide has always been part of his plan, bec he did say 7 have to disappear and he's one of them. But I'd still be sad if he does :(

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'd be sad if he does, but I'd be sad if he doesn't. I can't imagine what it's like for him to know that he hates So-Young rapists with every fiber of his being and then finding out that he was complicit in her rape and in her eventual suicide. That must be torture!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

i have to say hyun-soo has become one of my favourite villains it's a shame he had to take a backseat for the past few episodes. wow dong ha's acting blew me away and for the first time i was able to pity the villain without the writer trying to redeem him for the evil actions he has done like some dramas. i was a bit upset with the pacing of the drama for a while but this was a great episode and am excited and saddened to watch the finale.

also i'm kind of upset that they played with the idea of eun-hyuk and ji-hye then went with the yoo-jung route but oh well

13
10
reply

Required fields are marked *

He was put backseat to get his gorg hair done. His new hairstyle was so hot ???
Am i the only one who think that? Ok never mind

10
9
reply

Required fields are marked *

You're not the only one... :D

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

lmao and when ji-wook mentioned it as well!

5
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

How did I miss this? In the episode? Where?
This is the problem when you get greedy about waiting for subs and overconfident about your Korean.

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

If im not mistaken JW mentioned about HS hair when they first met in the investigation room, after JW work as prosecutor again.

2

Yes, when Ji Wook is questioning him he says his hair is pretty. I thought it must be a mistranslation. Hahaha!

0

HAHAHA, ikr?! That was hilarious. The production team has to know how much we love their hair like that, lol.

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

During wrap up party we can spot JCW talking very friendly to Dong Ha, so I think his line in that scene was true, he really is fond of HS hairstyle ????. And really want to talk about that

1

if its hot enough to be mentioned by Ji Changwook himself, it must be something :)

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I couldn't stop staring at his hair.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I loved all the character in the show but my fav is villain hyunsoo. He is so complicated and pitiful. When you thought he was in love with that girl was avenging her , writer drops the bomb that he is one of the accomplice who wasn't involved but was bystander who was too scared to stop those monsters. Hands down hyunsoo is my fav character in the show. Actor playing him is freaking brilliant. His blank face in jail gave me goosebumps.

7
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I feel uncomfortable with how things went down with Hyun Soo. I've been rooting for him all along as someone bringing justice to the girl.
Now, that his involvement in the rape comes to light, I'm angry.
Don't get me wrong, it's an excellent plot line, shocking. But I loved Dong Ha's portrayal so much, I still find it hard not to care for Hyun Soo.

7
7
reply

Required fields are marked *

He was not one of them. He just saw what happened and was so coward he couldnt stop it. I wouldnt judge him so quickly. He was a teenager most likely, and scared and being bullied before maybe... we dont know. But for sure his psichological state was so messed up he couldnt do anything to protect her and then, the guilt so big, he created this disorder. Now imagine she even killed herself.... what a horrendous impact could that have made in him. So Bad he became a murder, just living for revenge! It is deeply sad. Very sad.

4
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don't see it that way. To me he's pretty much just the same as the other rapists. He didn't try and stop it, he didn't even run away, presumably he didn't really cooperate with the police later either, he just stood there and watched, so I imagine he must have gotten some sick pleasure out of watching. If they threatened to kill him for running away, then I would think if he really didn't want any part he would just shut his eyes and not watch and probably be deeply traumatized and have a tough time remembering the details of what happened, but when he seems to remember them pretty well once he gets over his delusions. Also I find it weird that he's on an obsessive revenge quest for a girl who seemed to be not that close with him. I could feel more for him if it was his girlfriend or sister, but this just makes him seem like a stalker who probably deep down got some enjoyment watching his friends rape her.

5
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I disagree with you
The guilt he faced was excessive to the point he distorted his memories to survive.
There's no way he could have taken sick pleasure.
He probably was too scared to do anything and held himself responsible for it.
Why do u think he called himself the 7th rapist

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree with you. All of this about him being bullied or whatever is a fanwank--pure and simple. He was friends with those guys. He hung out with them all of the time. The other rapist (OTHER rapist because he did rape her) said that he was a loser and a coward and weak. He didn't say that they bullied him. It seems that a boy that they bullied would be the LAST person that they would want around when they are doing something as despicable as abusing a person. The person bullied could take that as an opportunity to break free and get them in trouble. Hyun Soo didn't do that. And the victim herself named Hyun Soo as one of her violators. She didn't say the kind boy on the side with his eyes closed. She didn't say the coward or the innocent and petrified bystander. He was named by the victim as a rapist. You can feel sorry for him all you want--for my part, screw him. He's a rapist.

I say that he's still raping her. He's doing all of this in her name? To avenge her death? No. She's an object to him. Something that he thinks he has some right to. He doesn't.

He felt guilty? His guilt was so excessive? So. The F. What. She's dead.

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ji-wook told him he was a rapist in court, but he said later that he actually was only a spectator. He accused him just to get him riled up.

Bullying doesn't really work that way. If you are actually being bullied by a group of people consistently, you don't simply turn around and walk away with hopes of turning them in for something. The victim is often silenced because they already know the adults (parents/teachers/government) aren't going to do anything (which they obviously didn't do in this case) and they are often emotionally damaged to the point that they can't even contemplating going against their bullies. It's basically like they are in a hostage situation. The victim may technically have a means to get out, but the fear immobilizes them. Now I guess you can argue whether he was actually bullied or not in the first place. I would admit that that part isn't very clear.

All that to say that I don't completely disagree with you because what he did (or didn't do) is still wrong and horrific, but I think the show is indicating that he didn't actual rape her himself.

4

While he didn't physically rape her, him being there and being a part of the group that did rape her - just by being an extra person, aided the rapists. Isn't that how toxic pack mentality goes? He was one of the faces hovering over and intimidating SY before she was raped. He wasn't just standing in some far corner rolled up into a ball out of fear. With 6-to-1, it was unlikely he was going to actually stop the rape and was likely to get himself hurt. But if he had done something - shouted at the guys to stop- I don't think SY would have named him as one of the perpetrators.

He could have helped her in the aftermath when she was accused of being a liar and trying to ruin the rapists. He could have testified against the other rapists, but he didn't.

I think the only reason why I can't bring myself to completely wish that HS gets torn from limb to limb is because he was being punished by his conscience for 14 years and now he realizes that he helped contribute to SY's rape and suicide. He will be living in the hell of his own making. At least he truly understands what he did was truly heinous, which you can't say for like 99% of rapists out there.

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

But he killed chief prosecutor's son just for being in Bong Hee's apartment. He tried to kill Bang, Ji Wook and Bong Hee. He would kill anyone he thought was in his way. His actions weren't justified even if he hadn't been a bystander of So's attack. I can see wanting him to go to a mental institution for the rest of his life, but not getting away with it. He needs to be punished too, and I think he knows that. What an interesting villain he is.

5
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

3
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

why are you commenting on the 38th episode.. if you dropped at 4 :O

and what potential did you see at 4 that was ruined only in 38th (which you did not watch)

6
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Its okay, you can do anything you want. Everybody has their own taste.
I almost drop this drama after ep 35-36. But im quite statisfied for ep 37-38. And here im now ?

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don't know what's left for me to watch for the finale as everything seemed to be revealed on this episode. I feel a bit pity for Hyung Soo, he's been living with his guilt being the spectator of a gang-raped, and that girl is his crush. Though killing is wrong and he has to pay for his crime, I'd like to see that one survivor guy who's also one of the attackers suffer as well. He pleads guilty, but he doesn't show any remorse IMO and I hate him for that.
As for our attorney Ji, *sigh* I was hoping for him to move on, but I guess he really loves Yoo Jung. I want to disagree with his decision, but well...he knows whats best for him.

8
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

"I feel a bit pity for Hyung Soo, he's been living with his guilt being the spectator of a gang-raped"

Didn't he just found out that he was the spectator only in this episode, when Ji-wook provoked him?
All this long, he has been sure that he seek justice for So-young by killing those who raped her, not because he feels guilty he was there when that happen, but because he is sure that is what he must do. Or maybe the amnesiac Hyun-soo didn't even know why he kill those bastards while actually that was his guilty conscience that he suppress deep down of his mind.

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think the reason why his memory is distorted from the truth is because of his guilt. So he's been living the life he thought he's living by bringing "justice" when he's just as guilty as they are.

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

One sentence : Utterly impressed with Hyun soo's acting

19
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Couldnt agree more

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the recap! I feel like every comment I make is basically me just gushing over how fascinating and compelling of a villain HS is, and how great of an actor DH is...and today won't be any different! I liked where we went today with his character - I was starting to feel like HS was almost too sympathetic as a villain, but today showed that he was complicit in what happened to SY and turned out the way he did because of his subsequent guilt. I find this to be a really fascinating place for HS to be as a character, because it addresses issues such as whether or not guilt and revenge can exonerate someone for their part in a crime. I firmly believe they do not, but I certainly was still affected to see the extent of HS's brokenness over what he did (or rather, didn't do). His entire persona and revenge plan was built upon being a sort of righteous crusader for SY (essentially what he wasn't in the moment it counted), and to find that he was also responsible was a turn I wasn't expecting. I feel like that's what makes a truly great villain - where you know what they did was wrong, and really want them to be punished accordingly, but there's still some part of you, however small, that sympathizes with them and wants to understand why they did what they did.

Other brief points:
-Thank god DA Jang was arrested, because a simple apology was never going to be enough for me.
-Hallelujah at the return of JW's prosecutor hair. Oh, and yunno, our main couple finally being open and honest and moving past their angst.

8
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

THEY'RE BACK TOGETHEEEER ? I'm so happy!
And that revelation about Hyun Soo's story shocked me! But I was so happy that this writer has managed to reveal something that we didn't think of yet! Great job! Great job!
Why do all good dramas have to end together? ??

6
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I haven´t watched the full ep yet cause I have a frenzy here at work, but Bong Hee´s kick. Such Flying Squirrel memories.

I am already depressed that there will be no Crazy Lawyer Meeting next week. What will I do? That bunch became my habit. Can we just have a sketch show spin-off with them?

9
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Now we need the office/family drama where they all raise tiny K-Harry-Potter together.

14
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

lol.. i know.. the little boy.. he is such a picture perfect harry potter

I remember years ago, a competition was run globally..

if you look like harry potter, there was some prize.. thsi kid would have won hands down.. he also reminds me of Thomas Sangster in the feather boy.. cutiepie .. adorbs

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ahh the flying squirrel! I almost forgot :D Nam Ji Hyun should have flying kicks and tackles in every one of her shows.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

When Ji Wook went back to work as a prosecutor, I almost started crying because I don't want our lawyer family to break up. I am holding out hope that after Hyun Soo and Chief Prosecutor's cases are done, he will return to his law firm.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I got chills when Hyunsoo was naming the attackers and couldn't remember that he was #7. That was the 'amnesia' that the writer was referring to from the beginning. Brilliant. Dong Ha outdid himself this episode.

22
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, kudos to the writer. What an amazing play on the concept of memory, how it moulds and shapes the person and his relationships (Ji Wook, Eun Hyuk, Hyun Soo), how what is forgotten is as important as what is remembered, how delicate it is that it can be manipulated and how false memories can or do ruin lives.

5
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh. Nice twist. I didn't see that coming, though in retrospect the theme has been about false memory. Thanks for the speedy recap Lollypip! Dong Ha has been so good in this show that I found myself caring about Hyun-soo even when I didn't know his full story.

11
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes the hidden "amnesia-thing" was revealed unexpectedly, i almost thougt the one who have amnesia was JW ?????

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

really the "amnesiac" part is awesome. i just realized it after reading your comment. ??

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think they still need to clear Bong hee's dad's name but let's settle that as quick as possible cause I need rainbows and butterflies. Ji Chang wook is enlisting next month so we don't get to see them together this year-end award ?.
Also looking forward to seeing more of Dong ha. Him with his hair up is quite a lovely sight. I love that most of the characters in this drama had hairstyles that didn't completely cover their foreheads. LOL out of nowhere.
This drama is very sticky and making me clingy.

8
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I need more mushy stuff too. Ji Wook and Bong Hee have such great chemistry that even with little build up after they have been fairly distant with each other, their kisses make me very happy. They have worked hard for their happiness.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I love how this episode slowly wrapped everything up - which means the last episodes would be about what happens to the couples. I, too, don't like Eun-hyuk to be with Yoo-jung. However, I also don't like him to be with Ji-hae. I remember how Ji-hae stole Bong-hee's man so, SORRY Ji-hae - no dice! Eun-hyuk better find somebody more worthy of him than these 2.

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wow, only one more episode!
I also have to agree that Hyun-soo is one of the fewest criminals i have loved-hated in my history watching dramas. He is fascinating and smart, self righteous and cruel at the same time. When the DA tried to kill him i actually almost cried. It was sooo well acted! I feel sorry for him... i feel sorry what his own mind made to him.
This girl also had a mother and sure other family members, yet none of them became murders because of what happened to her.
Anyway... the most guilty one is th DA. Really... he is responsible for Hyun soo becoming a murder.

6
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I might be in the minority, but I actually really like Yoo-jung, and I'm super excited to see her getting back with Eun-hyuk. She may still have issues, but it's clear she's been suffering (we just haven't seen as much of that as we've seen of Eun-hyuk's pain) and still loves EH a ton. Plus, she's a fabulous prosecutor and a fun friend, when she's not being mopey!! I can't wait to see them finally make up in the finale so the team can expand to include her, too!

6
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I like Yoo Jung as well too. She's my favorite character after Bong hee, Eun Hyuk and Hyun Soo. It's wonderful how the "bad guys" are layered so you really can't hate them when you see where they're coming from, and how realistically their flaws and good qualities are blended.The only flat character is the evil Chief Prosecutor.

I want Eun Hyuk and Yoo Jung to end up happily. They've both suffered enough. It's amazing that Yoo Jung gets all the hate comments and Eun Hyuk all the sympathy when they're both guilty of the same thing. Smh.

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think the actor who played the Chief Prosecutor did as much as he could with the role that doesn't have much of a backstory except that he loved his son. It is amazing that he gained such a high office when he was such a crappy lawyer in every case he touched.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Me too!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

You are not alone. I love Yoo-jung, and I think the two of them are a fantastic couple. Ji-wook has found his real soulmate now, and he needs to let go and give his blessing to his friends' happiness.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hyun-soo wrenches himself out of Ji-wook’s grip, but suddenly, Bong-hee flies at him like a valkyrie, kicking him square in the chest and knocking the wind out of him

Loving that description, especially given the kiai she threw in with the move.

This show really did do a good job of the courtroom scenes. The quasi-catch-22, Hyun-soo's choice between murder and rape, was pretty dang clever. The dissociative amnesia made me chuckle a bit given how everybody was looking for it the entire show and it turns out that it happened twice.

I too am looking forward to a happy final episode, but are we going to get a bit more closure on POS District Attorney Jang? I know Bong-hee got it, but what about Ji-wook?! To me he was the actually final bad guy boss in the show.

Lastly, I don't have much of an issue with Eun-hyuk and Yoo-jung getting together. Sure, Yoo-jung isn't relationship goals, but I wouldn't consider her toxic. Poor Eun-hyuk has been hopelessly and torturously in love with her for a long time, and Ji-wook has someone new, so why not. TBH, I would much rather see Eun-hyuk with Yoo-jung than with Ji-hae.

6
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh finally, LollyPip. Thank you so much. Been waiting for this recap since I havent watched the full episode, but the spoilers were all on instagram and make me so damn curious.
I have to say that Jung Hyun Soo was getting more attention than anyone in this episode. Dong Ha did a really good job portraying him. Finally all the dots are connected (I actually got goosebumps at the "gang rapist" scene. They sure walked like zombies). That, for sure, was the best way to catch him, but I still feel bad that he really thought himself as one of the rapist. I hope he remembered what really happen.
I still dont know who Bonghee's second father is. Maybe it's not so important, but I'm still curious. Also, if Jiwook stays as Prosecutor, he will meet Bonghee or Eunhyuk in the future and that, for sure, will cause tension and another problem between them. But I have to agree with you. He fits more being prosecutor than lawyer.

P.S: I miss our little Jae Hoong... He's like their vitamin. I hope he'll appear in the last episode, but apparently that wont happen.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Someone on Instagram once said that BH's second dad might be related to Jiwook's, cause in earlier episode, you know, back to when BH's accused being HJ's killer, and when Mr Bang and JW were searching in her house, JW saw photo of little BH and felt that she was familiar. But I think, it's just because she looks like her father so that JW thought she's familiar. Well I hope we'll find out about her second dad in the last episode.
As for JW being prosecutor, I don't think it'll be problem in the future. We know that JW was a prosecutor and EH was a lawyer back then, so I think they'll be fine. As for BH, I think she could keep up her professional work. You can see it in this episode when she declined JW's help considering he's a prosecutor now. So they'll also be fine, I think

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Self disgust is a powerful motivator. I still feel sorry for Hyun Soo who could do nothing to save the girl he loved, so he turns his rage upon himself and the other perpetrators. I wish he didn't take his rage out on innocent bystanders, though he really shouldn't have taken his rage out on anyone. It doesn't help that the very Prosecutor who should enforce the punishment perverted justice. Smh.

The actor deserves an award for his nuanced but exciting performance as a serial killer. He was simply brilliant in this episode! I'm gonna keep my eye out for his future projects.??

8
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

How about we give Dong Ha "the best villain" award of this year. He make the villain character in a whole new different level. I mostly skipped all the villain scene in previous drama i watches, but i cant do that to HS. there is alwayd new thing, new plot we discovered when it comes to his scene.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have admired this writer from the get-go, but much more so now. This set of episodes took the plot from good to fiendishly brilliant.

(I'm 110% on board with Eun-hyuk and Yoo-jung. I think she's one of the cooler 2nd lead females I've seen, and I don't think one [actually rather minor, technically] mistake should permanently keep her from enjoying happiness with the love of her life. Ji-wook had a right to be upset at first, but he doesn't have a right to play judge, jury, and executioner over his friends' lives forever because he was hurt once. I admire Eun-hyuk for sticking around through it, but he didn't have to either.]

8
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Fantastic twist!!!
This episode belonged to dong ha-- the second he realizes he was one of the perpetrators was so well done! I have seen him in 3 shows till date-- last, mr kim and SP..n he has such good range in his acting. Looking forward to see what he chooses as his next project.
So glad our couple is together again, looking forward to some more kisses in the last episode:)
Also JCW n that prosecutor hair❤❤❤

5
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

For a moment, you feel for Hyun Soo - that he believed what he was doing was somehow right - and then see him slapped in the face as he's told he's just as low as those he killed. The actor portrayed all those emotions so well. Villains with a story are always so interesting to me. Speaking of which, do we ever get to know why Jang Moo Young is the way he is??? Because I hate him and I want to know if there's anything more to him being corrupt lol. All the mess in their lives began with him covering up his mistakes. Glad he's in jail.

Hehe so we can focus on the couple being a happy couple again!! Lol who lights these kisses, why must they always kiss against a big bright light hahaha I mean I like it, it's kind of artistic I guess and hooray for well lit kisses?? Haha but the light is so distracting, it's obviously there hahahaha

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I yelled, "Get that light off of them!" Haha!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

" It never occurred to me, not once, that Hyun-soo might have been one of the seven original attackers. " Me too omg!! he stood and did nothing?! the backstory case is seriously traumatizing. Poor so young. I don't feel sorry for hyun soo anymore, previously he seemed like a creepy dude out for revenge, now he's a creepy psycho dude out for revenge.

And BH & JW finally got back together, hopefully the last episode will be all about them only.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I would feel more sorry if it was murder cause I would think he feared for his life. They also didn't threaten him apparently to not do anything or else. I can't feel sorry for a person who witnesses but ignores a rape situatsion.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ep. 33-34: Too. Many. Flashbacks.
Ep. 35-36: Why is BH being cruel and judgmental to JW? BH is not perfect (mild stalker tendencies, questionable hygiene, can't take her to noraebang). But she is not cruel.
This ep.: Loved it!

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Same with me. This episode brought us a surprise plot twist i guess.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

am planning on writing a novel which is set in feudal England a time when there were serfs and pheasants.

The heroine lets call her Em belongs to a rich influential family In addition she has 5 brothers. She thinks the world of them. In this setting there also happens to be an atrractive young women Maria who is also a serf.

On Em's 18th birthday she happens to witness her beloved brothers gang raping Maria just like Jung hyun soo. She doesnt stop them because she is absolutely tertified.  They cover up the  crime by killing the woman and disposing the body.

She stays silent because she knows just speaking up won't change anything . Her brothers are too powerful  to get away with it. In those days serfs didn't have rights. Plus we didn't have anything like human rights back then. Also she has a dilemma whether to say anything to Maria's family. In the end she does nothing

Witnessing this event traumatises her She spent two years abroad in isolation recovering.

At the end of which she decides to bring her brothers down like Jang do han of Look out

My Question is just like lawyer eunhyuk said jung hyun sook does not deserve pity for being a spectator. And lollypip said it happened in part because of his cowardice.

Does my heroine deserved to be labelled a coward?  Would you blame her for not stopping the crime?

For not speaking up ?

 Does she deserve self loathing and guilt she is feeling ?

Is there a way for her to forgive herself.  Would some one be understanding & tell her it's not her fault.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Didn't Bong-hee's mom say her husband was bed-ridden/sick or something like that and that's why she has to work so hard? It was in the early episodes, but I don't remember when, probably about when she starts her new job. I might be completely wrong though idk.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Sorry that comment was meant for replying @ariesgirls since she's the first pointed out about BH's dad. I didnt know why I ended up making my own comment. I deleted this comment, tried three times to reply again, and it's still didnt work. I ended up making three-times duplicate comment -_-
And yeah, I also saw the episode. But we havent seen her second dad until know. Not ever once. Just her mom alone all this time. It's probably not so important so they didnt bring it up again, but why bother talked about it in the first place? Why she said "I'll tell you my story (about my two fathers) next time." We already know Jiwook's adoptee parents, but not Bonghee's. But I also dont mind we still dont know about him in the last episode. I can assume it's not that important

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

OK, so I know this may sound prideful, but rarely does a drama surprise me. I mean those moments when you are yelling are your screen "WHAT THE ....? NO WAY!"

I mean it takes a lot for me to REWIND a COURT SCENE to rewatch, but that performance and writing was so good. I love Ji Chang-wook to pieces , but Dong Ha as Hyun-soo ... I couldn't take my eyes off him in that court scene.

Bravo drama, every time I expected you to stall, you suddenly got moving again with a new twist or secret. Some were expected, but definitely not all.

Now I just want a lot of fluffy lovey-dovey scenes and a handsome man for Ji-hae! ;)

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Chan Ho huhuhu he was really dead I miss his face HAHAHA

4
7
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hello again! At least now we know what happen to him, its not like we left hanging with "gone missing" thing for Chan Ho. Even though i want to see a bit flashback of them, about that night after HS catched him when Chan Ho out from the river

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh, yes, definitely. I would have been kinda mad if Chan Ho ended up a loose end in this drama. At least we now know it. And it makes sense narrative-wise too that Hyun Soo kept his body hidden.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I was holding out hope, but he's dead.
He makes an interesting character though, helping Hyunsoo out of guilt for what he did, considering he was one of the seven rapist too. I wanted more of his character, but after realizing he's a rapist... maybe it's better he's dead.

3
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I did think that he was really one of the rapists, even before the penultimate episode. Because Hyun Soo mentioned something about Chan Ho being guilty and Hyun Soo wanting to kill Chan Ho too made me assume that.

Chan Ho was definitely better dead. I just miss seeing Jin Ju Hyeong. Haha! *just had to clarify that*

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, HS was mentioned that he will keep chan ho live after he done the jobs for HS and kill him, because chan ho also 1 of the target

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don't think chan ho helped hyunsoo out of guilt. He saw part of his gang being murdered. He's afraid for his life!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh, maybe it's more like that, yeah. Because he was also ready to tell on Hyun Soo. And he wouldn't do that if he felt guilty and thought he deserved Hyun Soo's punishment to them.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

TT_TT Can't believe this is the last week. I'm not ready to move on. I still haven't watch last week episodes because I still just cannot let this drama go. Yes, there were hiccups and some minor complaints I have but it's still my baby and I still love it oh so lovely. I'm really going to miss everyone once I concluded the drama.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yaaaaaaay, JiBong is back with full force and their through-the-roof level of cuteness!

These penultimate episodes could have served as a finale, and while I usually don’t enjoy it when the main story is over an episode early, in this case I find myself looking forward to a finale potentially full of happiness and adorable office hijinks.

Exactly what I was thinking too, LollyPip! I was like, "What, this feels too much like a finale, except that there's still tomorrow's episode(s), right?" But I guess since the crime matters are resolved now, the final hour can be focused in untangling their personal matters. I mean, Ji-wook and Eun-hyuk still need to have the talk, it's way past due!

And is it only me or what? I know it's inappropriate to have Jae-hong in the room as the gang is discussing such bleak matters (like Hyun-soo witnessing some guys assaulting the girl that he likes), but I miss that pumpkin and the way he clings to Ji-wook.

And that preview. "I've told you that you're still pretty even when you're dirty!" HAHAHA I love all of these throwback!

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

in the court scene, i was thinking jiwook is killing two birds with one shot. i thought he will have Hyun soo and the scumbag confess their crime but that was unthinkable. the fb of girl running in field had me thinking but not even once did i think during this show that hyunsoo might be involved. i was swept off my feet, and cursed first thing in the morning when i realized who was the seventh. he seems much more creepier now than ever. how could he just watch something like that?? how sick minded he is to come out as a hero. i dont have any pity for him. people like him shouldn't be living. he is more dangerous than actual rapists. the way they looked at her was so unsettling. generally in rape scene culprit would enjoy tormenting but here they just watched her. the actress in that short time too was impressive.

saving some for the last??

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, that flashback of Hyun Soo's where he saw it from the perpetrator's point of view had me troubled last week. I did think that he'd never have been able to see So Young's frightened face running away in front of him, unless he'd been running after her, which would mean that she was afraid of him as well.

Kudos to the show that gave us this clue and kept the coherence in point of view and the truth.

4
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Great point @growingbeautifully. She was running from Hyun Soo. She was looking at Hyun Soo because she was scared of Hyun Soo. It stinks for people (like me) who were fans of Hyun Soo from the beginning that he's a rapist murderer. But thats what he is.

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

My commiserations.

I think I always found him kind of scary-creepy, especially how he punctuated what he said with his laugh. It's like there was a double meaning and he laughed it off to disarm suspicion, but I always got more suspicious when he laughed. ?

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Me too...

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

My issue with EH/YJ and indirectly JW/BH…
For me it’s never been about EH/YJ getting together, it’s always been irrelevant. My problem has always been with the writer trying to integrate them back into JW’s life ignoring the elephant in the room… I personally would have wished for them to both vanish somewhere else, instead of putting them all together and having everyone buddy buddy at the end.
Story-wise I didn’t like the writer omitting the build up to “nothing happened”, especially on YJ’s behalf, as it meant I never had the full story and could only form an opinion based on the small tidbits of information they gave. This was made worse when they backtracked and threw a scene like “nothing happened”, which goes completely against the original portrayal of the cheating incident, which sadly results in me forming the conclusion EH/YJ must be pathologically liars.
At the end of the day, I guess I just have a different POV of how I would have handled the cheating incident so I could never relate to JW’s wishy-washy ways. Plus, why BH would want to talk about her relationship problems with the two people who broke her crushes/boyfriends trust, out of all the people in the world, I could also never fully grasp.
If only people had the ability to make new friends in dramas… That way I wouldn’t have to try and understand why the four of them would even want to be friends.
On a random side note, JH literally did the same thing as EH… It just made me laugh those who used that as a reason why she wasn’t “worthy”. If anything, YJ is probably the worst because she had a SO at the time, then EH due to the nature of his friendship with JW, followed by JH who wasn’t exactly besties with BH.

2
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

OMG you just expressed my point and more. Commented something similar last week too. I mean can't they break this sick cycle they are so many other people to be friends with and date. Even bong hee and hi hae has been a No given their history *them crying together was cute emotional and funny though*.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I get where you're coming from, but I disagree. The thing is that EH, YJ, and JW aren't just friends, they were family to each other from the time that they were children. Yes, there was a betrayal, but I think it's pretty realistic that despite that, they aren't able to cut each other out. I've had things done and said to me by family that if it had come from any one else would have ended the relationship. But because it's family, I try my best to forgive it and move on. I meant to comment on this earlier, but honestly, I wish something *had* happened between EH & YJ. It seemed like such a cop out to say that "nothing happened". Maybe because of my own experiences, I find stories of actual betrayal and forgiveness so much more compelling and realistic.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think there's just nothing left to say between YJ/EH and JW, and time is all they needed for their wounds to heal. They were like family to eachother and clearly still care for eachother, something like a romantic betrayal might not be enough for them to want to cut ties forever.

I liked how their relationship just warmed over time, as they had time to process it. Yes, they did something awful to Ji Wook, but it would probably hurt him more in the long run to live without them being angry. He just needs time to forgive them, and in the end they are still the same people who he loved.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wow, just wow that twist just wrenched a knife into my heart ? I felt betrayed by Hyun soo when I was empathizing with him but him being a part of the rape group even with no participation just kills me. He does deserve to get his sentence whatever it may be.
I am now a fan of Dong ha, the emotions he was able to portray as the killer was just outstanding.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

His acting during the court scene was really great.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

When I think back to the potential Yoo Jung showed when we first met her *sigh*

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Honestly, despite whatever potential she had, I always felt the chemistry between her and Bong-hee in those initial scenes felt kind of forced, so I'm not as disappointed as the rest. She doesn't really bother me, but if she ends up getting EH, I'll be bummed.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I dont know how much the writer involve in casting but PBG was amazing in IRY now Dong Ha.. if this role doesnt put Dong Ha in the map I dont know what is. In Chief Kim he was a guy doing a good job but in here, he's killing it. The role is very complex but Dong Ha expression put the character in another level. His role make other role pale in comparison. I dont want to comment much about Hyun Soo but Dong Ha is just soooo goood

5
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

When you write the major twist of the drama in the plot synopsis everyone reads and then write the drama so well that most people don't see it until your big reveal. Not easy. Writer-nim did a great job! *slow clap*

8
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I know in some countries like Japan for instance defense attorneys don't have access (or didn't, I'm not up to date) to the police's and the prosecutor's investigation files. Therefore they have to carry out their own investigation to obtain evidence. I don't know what it's like in Korea, but if they don't have complete access or even if they only get access during the trial, then it makes sense that the lawyers would seem a bit like PI's too to be able to make a case.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have to hand it to the writer. We were all convinced she gave us the amnesia in the last minute. I even liked how that was set up back then, but felt like, with him waking up just last week, we weren't given that much time to explore that phase. But now that I know he's had a dissociative disorder from the start that caused him to believe himself a blameless avenger, I'm very impressed. The thought crossed my mind last week, but I admit, I was so tied to my belief in his motivations (even as a hated many of the things he did) that I couldn't allow myself to entertain it. All this time we thought he had a relationship with her, but he was probably always in the background and had to disturbingly romanticize their connection to protect himself from the guilt.

What's great about this twist is that a villain suffering from dissociative episodes is much more interesting that one that just loses his memory in an accident right towards the end. It also makes a lot of sense given how unpredictable and unnerving Hyun-soo has been since the beginning. I still feel like the show could have explored this more, but I get why they simply couldn't without shaking the audience's care in him. I mean, think about it. The writer wanted us to start feeling as gratified by the justice he brought down on those assaulters, so gratified that we'd forgive him repeatedly for stabbing other great characters we care about it. Well, maybe we don't forgive those actions, but they weren't enough to shake our care for the hardships that drove him to this point. So imagine what he must be experiencing, realizing that his justification for his killing is riddled with his own guilt for not putting a stop to her suffering. I felt this great loss with this discovery that I knew he experienced on an even greater scale. A true loss of identity, because this role as avenger has defined him his whole life.

This was really hard for me because I've been through something like So-young and can only consider myself lucky that it probably didn't go as far. Part of the reason I couldn't help but root for Hyun-soo is because he meted out the kind of justice that I never got. This revelation obviously shakes my regard for him down to the core, and yet, I'm fascinated to find that I still can't help but pity him. Anyone who's been through what I have without getting justice or even knowing who to direct that justice at, understands that the most sickening thing is thinking of them living guilt-free lives and experiencing no setbacks to their futures. When I think of how irrevocably their actions changed my life and how hard I've had to fight just to get my life back on track after...the thought that they go on living like normal day after day just destroys me.

So while I was very conflicted by this twist, for taking away the more sympathetic Hyun-soo, that I imagined always looking out for that girl from his past, I find that I'm surprisingly gratified despite...

4
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Cont.

...despite everything. Maybe because he almost seemed too good to be true (lol, yes, even with the murdering), given that I didn't have someone like that at that time. The revelation that he was part of the group and was too much of a coward to stop it actually ended up offering me more, by giving me a perpetrator of assault (however passive his role) that felt so destroyed by the aftermath that his life from that point revolved around punishing all the others.

For that alone, Hyun-soo sticks with me, as someone who's life was completely destroyed by the consequences of those kinds of evils,
consequences so often felt only by the victim. It doesn't mean I can forgive him for his cowardice or completely stomach his twisted nature, but it means that I'll always feel impacted by the story of his pitiable character.

4
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks Chandler for sharing. It must be so difficult to relive or remember and to keep going on 'as normal'. I hope you found the resolution in this show, cathartic in a sense, since you say it offered you a villain destroyed by guilt and shame.

Love reading you. Take care! ?

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Shoutout to the No and Byun and Ji and Bang and Eun and Cha Team . with all the emotions from last weeks episode this weeks giving clarity to their stories was nice. I really enjoyed hyun soo's bickering and argument with ji wook. I mean it was brilliant that Hyun soo's good memory and his thing for accuracy was what made it easy to get him to confess. I really liked Hyun Soo as a villain. I wish Eun Hyuk will just date someone else I mean Yoo Jung is a bit of a Bi***h. I was Soooo proud of Bong Hee this episode. I just wish Bong Hee and Ji wook will just have a short getaway for the weekend and be alone for a while in the next episode.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Some people say Hyun soo deserved Pity but A question that has been on my mind is Did Hyun Soo not also rape her only because he liked her and did he really avenge her because something that sick was done to her as a helpless girl or only because he had feelings for her?

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks LollyPip! You're so right about the surprises!

This is the episode of episodes to make me happier than ever! It got back it's good pace, remained as smart and consistent as ever, gave us meaningful conversations, and a fitting and satisfactory resolution to ending Hyun Soo's getting away with murder.

What made me happiest was that the Scooby gang was still together although Ji Wook is a Prosecutor, with even Yoo Jung in attendance at one of their crazy meetings (my wish came true) ... I felt it was a pity that little Jae Hong was missing. If he'd made an appearance, it would have put the cherry on top!

But I really love that EVERYBODY (except Ji Hae) worked together finally to bring Hyun Soo down, and that it was the once lonely, brooding Ji Wook who was the one to bring them all together.

I truly enjoyed the kickass, 'full-of-strategy' courtroom scene... and especially seeing Ji Wook in robes again and slick backed hair. He was really in his element. I wonder why he couldn't keep his cool hair-style even as a lawyer.

Other great scenes:
- Another comfortable Eun Hyuk and Bong Hee private chat. I didn't realise how much I missed them, until I saw them confiding in each other again.
- The acknowledgement and respect of Byun for Bong Hee as Attorney Eun at last, and her impending being cleared of all suspicion.
- Of course the honest conversation between Ji Wook and Bong Hee and their starting again, and ending the episode with those kisses.

Thoughts on a couple of questions - why did Hyun Soo not kill Jang and why did Young Hoon admit to his culpability so readily? Maybe in the latter case, he was afraid he'd be the next to die. In the former, it's unusual that Hyun Soo, given the upper hand and a knife, would not just have killed Jang.

Now I look forward to the last episode, which should be all sweetness, cuteness and roses with at least one established couple (and their parents) being properly acknowledged. Show won't still give us yet another surprise, now, will it... it won't, right? ? ? ?

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh and the other thing I really liked... the fact that Bong Hee did not forget that she's a Tae Kwon Do expert, and practically knocked out Hyun Soo, ... unlike in other shows when the girl suddenly loses her self-defense skills when the male lead is around. LOL!

5
reply

Required fields are marked *

Really? The sentence for attempted murder twice over in South Korea is probation? How is that less serious than smoking pot?

5
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Aww, that makes me sad. Honestly, Hyun Soo was my favorite character. I kind of feel like the writers made him in charge of such a heinous crime so the audience wasn't as upset at his punishment. It avoids the issue that Bong Hee and the gang were going after someone who wasn't so much in the wrong. Regardless, like the Dramabean writers, I'm pretty conflicted now. :-(

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I admit that I also have a twisted affection for Hyun-Soo, but throughout the entire show I could never even imagine justifying his actions. No single human has the right to control or dictate someone else's life or death, no matter how heinous a crime they may have committed. Those six attackers were lower than trash, but Hyun-Soo had no right to end their lives, no matter how confused and unstable he was. Those attackers should have rot for the rest of their lives and suffered under the stigma of the label "rapists". That being said, Hyun-Soo was still my favorite character. It's pretty messed up, I know, but true nonetheless.

4
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

This is the first drama where I was rooting for the bad guy instead of the good guys.. I felt personally insulted when Ji Wook convicted Hyun Soo of rape. But, the truth has me shocked. Hyun Soo is as guilty as the rest and I dunno how I am going to console myself for siding with a coward..*drama dilemmas*

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Still, what an amazing character! Kudos to the actor who portrayed Hyun Soo with such depth and vulnerabilty!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *