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Mad Dog: Episode 6

The mystery deepens this hour as Min-joon and the Mad Dog team race each other to find Go Jin-chul first, even after a near-death experience. While they squabble over catching the killer, the bigger question is: Can they manage to avoid the machinations of those pulling the strings behind him?

 
EPISODE 6: “Pull Up”

Kang-woo races after Go Jin-chul’s getaway vehicle, but stops when he spots another car on fire nearby. Inside, he finds Min-joon and Ms. Lee unconscious, and he desperately tries to rescue them.

Kang-woo grabs a nearby rock and smashes out the window to pull Min-joon out to safety. Just as they reach a safe distance, the car explodes behind them, with Ms. Lee still trapped inside. Soon-jung and Ha-ri arrive seconds later, but it’s too late to save Ms. Lee.

The next morning, detectives are on scene to investigate, and Kang-woo asks to inspect Ms. Lee’s body himself… only to be rebuffed by Detective Jo. The detective questions whether Min-joon could be responsible for the fire, perhaps as revenge for Ms. Lee giving his brother the insurance policy that ultimately led to his suicide.

When Kang-woo looks unconvinced, however, Detective Jo wonders if Kang-woo trusts Min-joon’s innocence, and Kang-woo answers, “I have no idea what I should trust.”

In an ambulance, Ha-ri watches over the still unconscious Min-joon, and the paramedic assures her that “her boyfriend” will be okay, though she hastily denies this relation. Still, she tends to him with care and concern as they drive to the hospital.

Kang-woo and Detective Jo rush back to Go Jin-chul’s temporary apartment, but Soon-jung informs them that not only is all of the surveillance equipment gone, all traces of fingerprints in the place were wiped clean.

They head to Gohang Farm as well, and it’s also cleared out as though Ms. Lee and her son were never even there. As they leave the farm, Noo-ri informs Kang-woo that there is a new voicemail on Kang Eun-joo’s phone, and plays it for Kang-woo.

The message is from Ms. Lee’s son, who heartbreakingly called Kang Eun-joo to pick him up when he realized his mom was gone and not coming back.

Kang-woo goes to Kang Eun-joo’s hospital room and finds the boy there with her. Kang-woo pulls her aside to inform her that Ms. Lee is dead, and asks if Eun-joo knows Go Jin-chul.

She recognizes him as the man who found the corpse Ms. Lee used to fake her suicide. Kang-woo inquires as to why Ms. Lee faked her suicide in the first place, and all Kang Eun-joo knows is that Ms. Lee was afraid that someone wanted to kill her.

Kang Eun-joo corroborated Ms. Lee’s story, because the two of them were like family after growing up in the orphanage together, and they promised not to let Ms. Lee’s son grow up the same way they did. Kang-woo comforts her by noting that Ms. Lee’s son won’t be alone since he has Eun-joo to take care of him.

Elsewhere, Min-joon remains unconscious in his hospital room, but the doctors are unsure if he suffered any lasting damage from the encounter with Go Jin-chul, so Ha-ri continues to worry about him.

Meanwhile, inside his head, Min-joon recalls a trip to a German bar where he drinks alone. Min-joon’s brother approaches from behind and introduces himself to his long-lost brother. Beom-joon tearfully tells Min-joon he became a pilot so he could fly to Germany and look for his brother.

Min-joon dismisses him coldly, unwilling to reconcile with the brother who abandoned him. The memory switches to the last moments of consciousness during the car fire, where Min-joon imagined that his brother was the one calling for him before Kang-woo pulled him out of the vehicle.

Min-joon wakes back up soon after and tells Ha-ri not to call the doctor, since he plans to leave right away. Ha-ri argues that he should at least have some tests done, but he refuses and teases Ha-ri for worrying about him.

On their way out, Min-joon spots Ha-ri’s jacket covered in his blood and questions how that happened, but she refuses to tell him and forcefully drags him out of the hospital.

She brings Min-joon to Mad Dog headquarters, where Kang-woo interrogates Min-joon about Go Jin-chul, but Min-joon doesn’t know the name.

Min-joon does, however, recognize Go Jin-chul’s face as that of the man who attacked him at Gohang Farm, and Kang-woo explains that Go Jin-chul followed Min-joon to Ms. Lee.

Min-joon wants to know where Go Jin-chul is now, but the Mad Dog team lost him when they chose to save Min-joon instead. Min-joon, though, is nonplussed as he tells Kang-woo that he should have kept chasing the killer.

But Kang-woo disagrees: “What if I did? Do you think we can verify that Beom-joon’s crash wasn’t suicidal? Is that what you want?”

Kang-woo argues that all the evidence points to the crash being suicide, but Min-joon rebuts that Ms. Lee being alive invalidates such evidence, and he stretches to call her reappearance proof that Beom-joon didn’t crash the plane.

Kang-woo doesn’t bite though, noting that even though Ms. Lee was alive, she never said anything to confirm Min-joon’s theory.

However, Min-joon recalls that Go Jin-chul said he was offered a million dollars for Ms. Lee’s life and openly questions who could afford such a price, naming both Taeyang and Juhan Airlines as the potential backers.

Min-joon taunts Kang-woo for being too trusting, but Kang-woo barks back that Min-joon is the exact opposite, unwilling to trust anyone. Kang-woo hypothesizes that Min-joon doesn’t even want to clear his brother’s name and is only digging into the crash for himself.

Min-joon retreats to his apartment to work alone, but Ha-ri soon knocks on his door to deliver the files on the crash investigation, urging him to watch the interviews and see if he still can’t understand why the Mad Dog team believes it was suicide.

The videos show the testimony of several people all pointing the finger at Kim Beom-joon for the crash, including the pilot, who asserts that Beom-joon knocked him out so he could steer the plane into the ground. Min-joon reels from the preponderance of evidence.

In the Mad Dog office, Kang-woo watches the same interview and ponders Min-joon’s claim about Ms. Lee’s life being worth a million dollars, wondering who could be behind it.

Sometime later, Kang-woo meets with Professor Byeon to go over the results of Ms. Lee’s autopsy. Professor Byeon notes that they found unidentified DNA on her teeth, and it turns out that she bit Go Jin-chul during his attack. Kang-woo urges the Professor to hand the DNA sample over to him.

Min-joon studies his hidden event timeline, and we flash back to the night of the car fire, where with her last gasps, Ms. Lee had cryptically muttered, “Taeyang Insurance. Find it.”

Later, Min-joon leaves his apartment, but a robotic rat blocks the door from closing on his way out, and Min-joon leaves without noticing. Ha-ri reports his departure, and Soon-jung sneaks into the apartment to steal Min-joon’s clothes from the night of the fire.

Back in the Mad Dog lair, the team spreads Go Jin-chul’s DNA onto the clothes they stole from Min-joon, preparing their bait for the killer. Later, Kang-woo gives the clothes to Detective Jo and tells him to compare the DNA with Jin-chul’s family.

Kang-woo starts to tell Detective Jo something, but the detective cuts him off. He knows that Kang-woo doesn’t plan to use the law to punish Go Jin-chul, and the detective earnestly promises to catch the killer before Kang-woo can so that Kang-woo won’t become a murderer for revenge.

At Taeyang, Kang-woo arrives to find Manager Park combing through paperwork. Manager Park bristles at Kang-woo’s presence and demands to know why he is there, and his face darkens when Kang-woo mentions Min-joon’s name.

Kang-woo explains that Min-joon believes that his brother is not responsible for the plane crash. Not only that, he adds, but Go Jin-chul tried to kill Min-joon, and he has the DNA evidence to prove it.

Manager Park straightens up even further at this, but tells Kang-woo to stay out of it. Manager Park also remembers what happened to their rookie at Go Jin-chul’s hands two years ago and vows to catch the killer himself, legally.

However, Kang-woo says that he can’t trust Manager Park’s words and plans to do his part to catch Go Jin-chul, leaving an annoyed Manager Park to stew at his provocation.

In his office garden, Chairman Cha receives word that Go Jin-chul’s DNA was found at the scene and that Kang-woo knows about it. Chairman Cha calls Hyun-gi and orders him to take care of Jin-chul, since it was Hyun-gi who chose Jin-chul for this task.

Chairman Cha berates Go Jin-chul for not only failing to do the job, but for leaving a trace that could ultimately lead back to the chairman and Hyun-gi. Hyun-gi disdainfully holds the phone away from his face as Chairman Cha yells through it, but promises to send Jin-chul out of the country in a few hours.

Hyun-gi, however, calls Go Jin-chul to tell him to finish the job instead before leaving. Hyun-gi won’t pay Jin-chul unless he does the job right this time… by ending Min-joon’s life.

Kang-woo, meanwhile, heads up to Chairman Cha’s office and tells him about the case Mad Dog is working on. When Kang-woo doesn’t deny that Taeyang may be involved in the case, Chairman Cha offers to give Kang-woo any help he may need.

Afterward, Kang-woo joins Ha-ri in the parking lot as they stake out Min-joon’s arrival at Taeyang. Min-joon ends up running directly into the mirror of Hong-joo’s car, forcing her to get out to survey the damages.

Hong-joo accuses Min-joon of running into the car on purpose and hands over her business card, introducing herself as the executive director of Taeyang.

But Min-joon takes it all in stride, smoothly handing over his watch (which was broken long before he hit the mirror) as he tells Hong-joo to take care of it via her company before casually strolling off, leaving Hong-joo completely flustered.

Back inside the Taeyang office, Hong-joo meets an important client in her father’s office, and Hong-joo finds out that she is being put in charge of all of this client’s cases.

After the client leaves, Chairman Cha instructs Hong-joo to give the client a large sum of money when they ask for it, adding that she shouldn’t ask any questions.

Hong-joo looks miffed, so Chairman Cha adds, “Did you think you can only do clean things? You’ll have to jump into filthy water and jump into a pond of mud too.” Hong-joo relents and agrees to follow her father’s wishes.

As she leaves the office, Min-joon texts Hong-joo with his information, but Hong-joo ignores him and sends his case to the claims department to handle.

Later, Min-joon arrives back at Taeyang, this time with Ha-ri hot on his tail. But as she follows him in, Go Jin-chul arrives as well, ready to finish his assigned task of killing Min-joon.

Min-joon heads straight to Hong-joo’s office, and she hands back his watch, which the claims department found to be genuine. Min-joon takes this opportunity to claim that he wouldn’t lie, but she bites back that someone who fakes a collision shouldn’t say that.

At this, Min-joon challenges her to prove that he walked into the car on purpose. Min-joon adds, “An executive director of a huge company like Taeyang Insurance shouldn’t frame an innocent man.”

Hong-joo asks what Min-joon is really after, and he quickly answers that he wants the original documents for Kim Beom-joon’s insurance policies. We flashback to the car fire again, and this time, we see Ms. Lee explicitly telling Min-joon to find the originals before she passes out from the smoke.

Hong-joo tries to protest that Min-joon is not entitled to view the original documents, but he uses the earlier car accident as leverage, and Hong-joo eventually caves and tells her secretary to call the department in charge of the files.

Ha-ri chats with Hong-joo’s secretary as this happens, but she can’t figure out why Min-joon would need something from that department. Meanwhile, Manager Park gets word that Min-joon is asking for the original files, and he rushes off to Hong-joo’s office to see what’s going on.

Ha-ri observes Manager Park’s arrival, and when he mentions that he was the person originally in charge of the case Min-joon is asking about, Kang-woo, who’s watching from the Mad Dog base, realizes that Min-joon is after the plane crash files.

With the originals now laid out in front of Min-joon, Hong-joo asks why Min-joon wanted to see the files so badly. Min-joon confesses that he’s here for more money and tips his hand when he asks, “What if it was an accident, not suicide?”

Min-joon reveals that in case of accident, he would be entitled to even more money than if Beom-joon’s death was a suicide. He asks for copies of the original files, and Hong-joo agrees to allow it in spite of Manager Park’s protests.

Back at Mad Dog, the team looks through those same files, which Ha-ri obtained by simply asking the secretary to make extra copies for her.

As they’re considering why Min-joon was after the originals, Noo-ri interrupts to reveal that he found Go Jin-chul. He shows the rest of the team the footage of Jin-chul following Min-joon earlier in the day.

Min-joon, meanwhile, gets a text from Manager Park asking him to meet up in a remote location to discuss the insurance policies. (That sounds sketchy.) Min-joon heads out to meet Manager Park, and Go Jin-chul follows closely behind him.

Min-joon arrives at an abandoned building, and a figure emerges from the shadows inside. It’s Go Jin-chul, and he raises a pipe to strike the defenseless Min-joon.

Just then, several lights flash in Go Jin-chul’s face, and the entire Mad Dog team pops out from hiding as Kang-woo greets Jin-chul for the first time in years.

Kang-woo explains that when he realized that Go Jin-chul was still following Min-joon, Mad Dog set up Min-joon as bait by sending the text to Min-joon (pretending that it was from Manager Park).

Go Jin-chul finally recognizes Kang-woo from two years ago and taunts him over the rookie’s death. But Kang-woo is here for more important matters—namely, to find out who offered a million dollars to kill Ms. Lee.

Go Jin-chul denies his involvement, but Kang-woo reveals that he knows Jin-chul’s DNA was found on Ms. Lee’s teeth, and Kang-woo spread that information around so that Jin-chul wouldn’t try to flee to another country.

Kang-woo explains that Go Jin-chul now has two choices: die by Kang-woo’s hand, or give up his backer and go to prison alive. Jin-chul, though, offers a third option, and he takes out his own phone and calls the police himself to tell them that he killed someone.

Kang-woo grows angry and moves toward Go Jin-chul to attack him, but Min-joon steps in to stop him, saying that Jin-chul is of no use to them dead.

In his office, Hyun-gi receives a call from his lawyer and cheerily answers by ordering that his father’s obituary be released as soon as Taeyang pays the insurance out. His smile drops at what he hears in response, however, as he receives a recording of his earlier order for Go Jin-chul to kill Min-joon.

The lawyer, now counseling Go Jin-chul in police custody, tells Jin-chul to claim that the recording was a false confession and just admit to assaulting Min-joon. Jin-chul’s DNA problem will be taken care of by the lawyers, and Jin-chul agrees to follow the lawyer’s plan.

As the lawyer leaves the interrogation room, a detective hands him Go Jin-chul’s bagged phone, which the lawyer confiscates.

Meanwhile, the detective leads Go Jin-chul to the bathroom, and not long after, the lawyer follows them inside. The detective leaves Jin-chul alone with the lawyer, who quietly sneaks up behind Jin-chul with a cloth in his hands, ready to strangle him.

The security cameras within the facility all stop recording as the lawyer exits the premises, then turn back on again as soon as he is out of sight.

In the station, an officer questions the Mad Dog crew about the incident with Go Jin-chul, but in the middle of questioning, another officer reveals that Go Jin-chul hanged himself in the bathroom to the shock of everyone in the room.

Sure enough, the body is found in the bathroom stall, hanged by a makeshift toilet paper noose. Kang-woo finds the paramedics escorting the corpse out of the building and tears back the sheet to confirm that Go Jin-chul is indeed the victim, and another round of disbelief courses through the Mad Dog team.

Back in the Mad Dog office, the team stews over what to do now that Go Jin-chul is dead, and Noo-ri and Soon-jung debate whether they should really be digging into this case when everyone involved keeps dying.

Min-joon stews in his own apartment before getting a text message with a photo from a hospital where the pilot from Flight 801 is apparently a patient. Kang-woo gets the same message simultaneously, and the two of them sprint off to find the pilot. The rest of the Mad Dog team tracks Kang-woo via GPS after he leaves.

At the hospital, Kang-woo barges in to the pilot’s room, and he finds Manager Park standing over the pilot’s bed. Turns out that it was Manager Park who sent the text message, and Kang-woo wants to know what Manager Park is up to.

Manager Park also wonders what exactly he has done before revealing that the pilot was an alcoholic for at least a year prior to the crash. Min-joon arrives just in time to hear this, and he realizes that this means that the pilot’s testimony about Beom-joon intentionally crashing the plane is not reliable.

Manager Park can only offer a solemn stare in response, so Kang-woo tries to wake the catatonic pilot from his stupor. Min-joon, meanwhile, studies the several scattered drawings the pilot has strewn across the room and realizes that they are in the shape of the flight controls in an airplane.

The pilot notices Min-joon standing there and mistakes him for Beom-joon. This seems to knock him out of the stupor, and when he notices Manager Park also in the room, he recalls the interview Manager Park conducted two years ago about the crash.

The pilot remembers Manager Park asking about Beom-joon crashing the plane, but this time, the pilot insists that Beom-joon pulled the wheel up, not down. The pilot lied back then, he says, and claims now that Beom-joon was trying to fly the plane back up.

Both Kang-woo and Min-joon now realize that Beom-joon wasn’t at fault, and they both hold back tears.

Back at the Mad Dog office, the SIM card they recovered after Min-joon threw away his phone is finally unlocked, and they see a history of text messages from Beom-joon to his younger brother.

The texts show Beom-joon happily trying to regain his brother’s affection as he tried to convince Min-joon to move back to Korea. The final message from the day of the crash strikes a particular chord: “The sky looks so nice today. Shall we go on a trip together after my flight duty this time? Min-joon, I love you very much, brother.”

In the hospital room, Min-joon finally breaks down, overcome with emotion.

 
COMMENTS

Interesting. I went back and rewatched the original crash scene to see if Beom-joon was actually pulling up the plane the whole time and we just interpreted it incorrectly, but no, we definitely saw Beom-joon steering the plane downward then. So it looks like they were just intentionally misleading us by showing an inaccurate depiction of the events so that they could then reveal the true account later. For some shows (Forest of Secrets being the prime example), this can be a neat trick that enhances the overall storytelling, but here, I think, it feels cheap.

Mad Dog hasn’t really established that we shouldn’t necessarily trust what they’re presenting as absolute truth. So I was ready to consider that the crash might not be entirely motivated by Beom-joon wanting to kill himself, and that it was maybe instead part of a larger conspiracy. I wasn’t ready, though, to completely absolve him and treat him as the apparent hero that he was by steering a malfunctioning plane into a landing which didn’t catastrophically kill everyone on board as it probably should have. He essentially saved dozens of lives.

I’m intrigued by Manager Park’s role in this apparent conspiracy. He is openly antagonistic to the Mad Dog team at almost all times, so it was somewhat of a shock that he suddenly decided to reveal the pilot’s location to Kang-woo and Min-joon. Perhaps he simply took it upon himself to reinvestigate when Min-joon brought up the possibility that the crash was an accident, and the sudden re-emergence and untimely death of Go Jin-chul pushed him to question the conclusions of his original investigation.

He certainly seemed shocked when the pilot changed his testimony to reveal that Beom-joon was actually trying to stop the plane’s descent, so I wonder if that revelation will stir Manager Park to dig even deeper, and maybe even consider helping the Mad Dog team from the inside. But maybe I’m just being too trusting, since I want to believe so desperately that Manager Park is one of the good guys.

Meanwhile, Chairman Cha is now openly discussing some probably illegal financial dealings with Hong-joo, who seems destined at this point to be dragged down into whatever horrible evil he is plotting. While we got confirmation that both Chairman Cha and Hyun-gi were complicit in Go Jin-chul’s crimes, I wonder how involved they both are in the plane crash itself.

Normally, it would be reasonable to give them the benefit of the doubt that it was actually just an accident and that they decided to use Beom-joon as a scapegoat instead of making the airline take responsibility themselves. That would certainly fit Hyun-gi’s flippant persona, but there seems to be more to it than just a simple accident, and I wonder what kind of scheme they could even be pulling here. What could they gain from intentionally forcing a plane crash? Money? Something more politically motivated? Their motive is a bit of a mystery to me.

That said, we’re effectively set up for Mad Dog to start investigating both Taeyang and Juhan Airlines more thoroughly, and it’s about time for Min-joon to stop lone-wolfing his way through life and realize that Mad Dog shares a common goal with him: to get to the bottom of the Flight 801 crash by any means necessary. Were it not for Mad Dog’s intervention, Go Jin-chul would almost certainly succeed in killing Min-joon. Well, okay, maybe Min-joon wouldn’t be in that position in the first place if not for Mad Dog, but Go Jin-chul was going to find Min-joon eventually regardless.

The point remains that Mad Dog offers Min-joon some extra security, because if there’s one thing Min-joon is bad at, it’s spotting someone blatantly tailing him. At least with Mad Dog, he could stop getting himself caught in so many traps. Min-joon’s past experience makes him loath to trust anyone, but he’s going to need to start somewhere if he wants to remain alive long enough to find out what really happened.

 
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I love this twisted plot!

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I'm wondering if the plane crashed due to a malfunction. If that's the case, then the insurance company would need to dole out a lot more money and the airplane company would have a much bigger problem than just a rouge pilot. So blaming it on the pilot would be the easiest for them.

I just love MJ and HR's scenes in this one. Min Joon is certainly affected by realizing that HR somehow got his blood on her. And later, the way he turned to look at her when he was saying that he didn't trust anyone was very telling. It was almost like he was reminding himself that he can't trust her.

I'm just a little taken aback by Moo Shin though. His change of loyalty or whatever seems too sudden. But anyway, I can't wait for the next episode.

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Oops. Rogue not rouge.

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But immediately after the crash, Hyun-gi told Hong Jae to pay off generously without question. Something already smelt there.

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i agree with you about him reminding himself not to trust her. i just hope we see them progress as a couple by the end of the drama cuz i'm sick of 'all time teasing and no action' kind of couples, especially after watching Age of Youth 2 -__-

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I thought it was pretty apparent the flashback we saw of beomjoon crashing the plane was from kangwoos imagination. Kangwoo and the other family of those who perished in the crash were fed the information that the depressed pilot committed suicide and took a down a whole plane with him. In kangwoos mind if he reimagined the crash, that's how he saw it and since we were being told the story from kangwoos perspective in episode 2 it made sense that that's how it was shown in screen. So I really don't see this reveal as cheap at all. I guess it's just perspective.

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Same here! I was looking back at the scenes whenever they show the plane crashing and I wondered why the plane lasts minute levelled. If the pilot was descending super fast, wouldn't the nose of the plane crash first? But if you look at the clips of it, I think Min-Joon's brother did pull up because the middle of the plane was the one that got ripped apart.

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Exactly. Also since we have established the other pilot was drunk i think its pretty apparent bumjoon didn't even knock him out and he probably was just intoxicated. So bumjoon had to try and save the plane all by himself.

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Yeah same here. When I was watching the crash, I remember thinking how come it didn't crash nose first when Beom Joon supposedly descendant at a sudden dive. Also now I'm wondering, how come the assistant pilot is so badly burnt when the pilot isn't when they were just next to each other? Maybe the pilot was rescued faster or is there something else at play here hmm? Or am I thinking too much into this ....

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*descended oops haha

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Yeah! thats a good point. Why was only one pilot so badly burnt? Did this other pilot leave the cockpit when the plane was crashing?

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I've wondered about the co-pilot's injuries (and the pilot's apparent lack of them) myself. Beom-joon was seated on the port side -- the same side that struck the ground first. We didn't see if the nose of the plane crashed into something as it skidded down the runway. Both pilots were strapped into their seats -- or should have been -- so it's not obvious to me why it would have taken two days to locate Beom-joon's body. Unless hanky panky were involved.

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Agreed! And I kept finding it weird that this entire time, it was shown that Bum Joon steered the plane down, BUT every time it showed the plane actually crashing, someone was clearly pulling up since instead of crashing head on, the plane slid on the runway. I always thought it was weird how the plane went up before crashing.

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Agreed. Also how it broke in the middle. It should have just nosedived had it been bumjoon crashing it.

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Being quite familiar with the aviation world I have a problem with the crash scenario as it's unfolding. SOMEONE was making the plane steer down to begin with because if the rapid descent had been due to a mechanical malfunction to that extreme, neither pilot could have steered the plane to even get remotely close to the airport, let alone line up with the runway. A rapid descent malfunction like that would have likely disabled the auto-pilot too...so who was controlling the yoke for the majority of that descent? And why did the pilot lie? Someone else in line for that insurance payoff? I'm liking this drama a lot.

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@lunatic4kd,

What is your opinion on the possibility that Flight 801's fly-by-wire was hacked or otherwise sabotaged? Any ideas as to how it could have been done, and what evidence investigators would look for? Thanks! ;-)

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Hi lunatic4kd. You make good points. Re-watching the crash several times, as we all have, the plane appears to me to be leveling off as it hits the runway. That is probably the main reason there were survivors. Why one pilot survived and the other did not is still a mystery.
Looking at the crash as a special effect, I think the MD production people did a good job.
An aside. As far as plane crashes go for special effects I think Martin Scorsese's The Aviator (2004) had a couple of the best.

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To be honest I feel that Min-joon needs an apology from Mad Dog. Mad Dog persecuted him for having a "lunatic" older brother and then called him a scammer (whether that was due to having an older brother committing suicide or Min-joon's actions in the first episode; maybe both?) for committing illegal acts when Mad Dog were doing the same thing. But it's good that they've realised that Kang-woo isn't the only victim in this disaster which is a possible bridge of trust.

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I was not surprise by the innocence of the brother. He was a orphan who became pilot (not an easy thing to do) and he took KMJ in his home, and he would like to die ?

For KMJ, he was an orphan and was abandonned twice. When he has a family finaly, his brother died killing hundred passengers with him. And everybody are angry against him when he did nothing wrong... (except taking the money, but I'm not sure how it would have changed things, if he didn't...)

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I feel like he took the money but didn't spend any of it at all. In the preview for Ep 7 Kang-woo said something along the lines of 'why did Min-joon want more money?' I have a theory that Min-joon is going to give it to the orphanage that he was raised from or donate it to the victims of the crash. I mean it won't be surprising considering he gave that money to that child and his injured mother in the first episode.

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He bought the building that he lives and they work in. Where did he get the money for that if not from the insurance money?

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That's true, I didn't consider that. But in my opinion, Min-joon seemed pretty well-off even before he reunited with his older brother. There are hints that he slept in unideal conditions when he was abandoned by his German foster family, but before meeting his brother he was dressed in nice clothes, drunk beer and flirted with girls (possibly due to a steady income via a job?). So I take back my previous statement; maybe he used some money to prove the innocence of his brother but I think its a minuscule amount in the grand scheme of 3.4 billion won he received due to Beom-joons death.

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Wait hold up wasn't Min-joons brother a pilot? Don't they earn a lot of money? And when a family member dies do all of their belongings and money go to their relatives? (Considering that Min-joon was a blood relative of Beom-joon or would it go to Beom-joons aunt??)

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My heart felt for Kim Minjoon the most during that last scene. I bet deep down he knows his brother was innocence, and yet every single things/persons he met pointed out that his brother might not be and he was stuck with this mindset too. The same thing goes to Kang woo, he was so sure that Beom Joon's the killer.
Yes, Minjoon was being a jerk to start with, but it doesn't make the Mad Dog any better cos they were equally mean to him as well. Now that, they know Beom Joon might not be the one who cause the crash, I hope that they would learn to work together!

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I think the reason MJ didn't buy that his brother committed suicide was because of the texts. Why would his brother make plans about going on a trip if he planned to kill himself?

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I don't understand why Min-joon tossed his cellphone with his brother's text messages. Wouldn't pulling the SIM card be enough to disable it/prevent it from being tracked?

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Stop. There are no "buts." Min-joon was an is being a jerk. This isn't two wrongs don't make a right. Someone drags you and the people who care about you into delving into something involving the most painful incident in your life, and you're going to be kind to that person? And you're going to work with that person. Even when that person is still lying and hiding stuff from you? No way.

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You have a good point. But I think you gotta take into consideration that they held him personally responsible for the victims death even though he didn't crash the plane himself. And not only did he suffer because of the 'responsibility' of the deaths he was painted as a con artist, lost his brother and was perceived to value money over Boom-joons death. But I do agree that two wrongs don't make a right, Min-joon made mistakes too. His deceiving actions, personality and his ability to hit where it hurts is uncalled for and very very rude to the victims. It also makes it harder to Mad Dog to like him and trust him because of it. Mad Dog and Min-joon lashed out to each other due to grief and I think it's about time that they both apologised for their actions.

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"For some shows (Forest of Secrets being the prime example), this can be a neat trick that enhances the overall storytelling, but here, I think, it feels cheap."

I totally agreed with you.

On the other hand, if the crash is deliberated and not suicidal, I very much believe that there was someone on that plane that needed to be killed off and I won't be surprised if it tied to the appointment of Chief Prosecutor Oh.

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Oh, that's an interesting theory. Crashing to kill someone. I haven't thought of that.

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What a thrilling episode! Finally it is cleared that the brother of Kim min joon wasnt the person who crashed the plane. Phew!I knew that he is innocent,because from the flashbacks he really was a nice person. Now i really want to see a better teamwork between Mad dog team and Kim min joon. They really should share things they know rather than hiding, because this is going to bring out lot of dirt.

Why do i feel that , that there really was malfunction in that plane which led to the crash, but JH doesnt want to take the blame,and Taeyang wants to avoid paying more compensation? All of this somehow feels really related to some political reason. A slush fund maybe?

Can i really say that i love the friendship between the police guy and Kang Woo. They have such good rapport, and they care for each other's family so much. It is nice to see that Kang Woo has a good team a great friend by his side.

I love the chemistry between Min joon and Ha Ri, but i dont think there is going to be that much romance between them. They might give us a subtle hint, but not more than that.

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but they're both too hot to just have a hint of romance lol. i want them to go all out haha

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i also want it very much, but i just have that feeling that they wont,, since this drama gives vibes of Lookout, in that also there wasnt anything romantic, but did have that great chemistry between the leads to make us feel like we could get real romance.

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Thanks for your recap and comments, Regals!

I was an airplane nut in my younger days, and that extended to reading about forensic investigations of air crashes. (I know, I was a weird kid. Still am.) Determination of pilot error was always a major aspect of investigations. Sometimes what initially appeared to be pilot error was actually a reasonable response to what ultimately turned out to be a previously-undocumented failure mode. Sometimes it was a subtle design flaw that only revealed itself in highly-specific circumstances. Sometimes it was a maintenance issue that was virtually impossible to spot per standard operating procedures. Once in a blue moon it was a freak confluence of events/conditions.

While repeatedly watching the later crash footage, it was apparent to me that the port wingtip barely grazed the runway. A skosh more aileron tweaking and Boem-joon would have cleared the ground in a hair-raising touch-and-go. The engines were apparently at full power and could have pulled the plane out of the dive if one of the pilots had succeeded in leveling off just above the ground. At least that's how it appeared to me.

That look on Boem-joon's face as the plane dove towards the ground was one of intense concentration, not suicidal frenzy. There were beads of sweat on the side of his face as he wrestled the control yoke to pull out of the dive.

Right now we only have the alcoholic pilot's new statement that Boem-joon was attempting to pull up at the time of the crash. So does that mean that the co-pilot did NOT hit him in the head with the fire extinguisher? Were both pilots pulling up on the control yokes? Now the crash investigation will have to be reopened to determine the reason for the dive.

I find it interesting that the pilot survived the crash, but co-pilot Boem-joon did not. IIRC, it also allegedly took two days to find Boem-joon's body. Was cause of death ever revealed? With the latest revelations of skullduggery at Juhan Air and Taeyang Insurance, I can't help but wonder if Boem-joon were “helped” to croak. What does the retired medical examiner have to say?

Also, Juhan Air will have a mess on its hands if it is revealed that the senior pilot was an alcoholic.

The big question in my mind is still why the flight crashed at all. If I look at it objectively, it may actually have been an accident which the baddies exploited. I have a sense, however, that it was not an accident, but the result of sabotage, mainly because of the creeps running the airline and insurance company.

It may not have been Kang-woo who was targeted after all. I wonder if someone else were aboard that flight whose demise would have been sufficient to shock Juhan Air's chairman into unconsciousness. Or maybe the simple fact that one of his planes crashed was enough to put him over the edge. I wonder if someone had privately threatened him with retribution if he didn't tow the line, and this was the outcome when he did not.

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You were an airplane nut? That's so cool! I don't think it's weird at all. I was a space nut in my younger days.
Anyway.. Do you think if there's an airplane crash the pilot always will be the first one to blame? Because I watched a movie called Sully with Tom Hanks. It's about an airplane that malfunction halfway through the journey and the pilot makes an emergency landing. All of the passenger survives, but when the investigation begin the company really really want the pilot to take the blame. I wonder if it's the same case here. Unfortunately Bum Joon died so he can't defend himself. Maybe if the airplane malfunctioned they have to pay a bigger insurance?

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Hi, @vamvinco!

I'm still an airplane nut. My Mom served as a commissioned officer in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Dad got his pilot's license when he went to college after WWII. They took my siblings and I to airshows, local airports, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in New York State (home of rebuilt and replica WWI and inter-war aircraft) and the Smithsonian and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base air museums, to name a few of our aviation destinations. ;-)

A couple of years ago Dad and I got to crawl through two of the Collings Foundation's airworthy warbirds -- a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-24 Liberator. It was amazing to see these aircraft up close, touch the rivets, and hear and feel their thundering radial engines and prop wash. Seeing them fly was a total thrill after reading about them in history books. ;-)

One of my girlfriends was a space nut and science fiction fan. I read my share of Isaac Asimov's Lucky Starr juvenile fiction, and later graduated to Robert Heinlein at her urging. ;-)

I live in New Jersey, and well remember how Captain Sullenberger's perfect water landing positively thrilled the tri-state area. IIRC, a flock of Canada geese struck the plane and got sucked into both engines. Alas, there have been numerous crashes at New York area airports over the years because of bird strikes. Some of the controversy, IIRC, had to do with ditching in the Hudson, but I don't recall the details. The aircraft didn't have enough altitude to glide all the way back to Laguardia out on Long Island, and apparently couldn't make it safely to Kennedy or even Newark, either. I haven't seen the movie in question, so I don't know how accurate it is. Could airline criticism have been overdone just to ramp up the drama? Given the density of buildings throughout the area, I think ditching in the Hudson was his best choice because there was plenty of open space. What was he supposed to do, land on the New Jersey Turnpike or Interstate 78?!

Re: pilot error in plane crashes. I would like to think that airlines would make no comment until at least a preliminary investigation was completed. It's bad enough to be tried in the court of public opinion, but to have your employer throw you under the bus is the pits. From the airline's standpoint, pinning the blame on the pilot would be preferable to the disclosure that the plane was poorly maintained, or worse: sabotaged.

I have to admit that nowadays with so many motor vehicle and train accidents caused by distracted drivers fooling around with their smartphones, I automatically wonder if someone was updating their FaceBook when they crashed.

As for Boem-joon, he died and couldn't defend himself. But wait! Shouldn't there be a black box and a cockpit voice recorder? It appeared that he didn't respond verbally to the control tower. Because he was too preoccupied? Or maybe we haven't seen all the evidence yet?

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I've also been wondering about the black box! There's certainly been no mention of it. The thing is, if someone working for whoever is behind this (assuming that's the case, of course), and he/she got to it first, it will be difficult to see that evidence unfortunately.

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This was really interesting to read. In my opinion i believed that the events shown to us in Ep 2 were Kangwoos retelling of the events and not actually how they happened.

However if the events shown are actually real then that does beg the question why exactly bumjoon hit the other pilot? Maybe the other pilot was being more a menace than help in his state of inebriation so thats why bumjoon had to knock him out.

Also the point of it being a very deliberate attempt to kill someone on board could be also a very plausible.

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After the very political episode 5, I had no idea what kinda roller coaster they were going to take us on for episode 6.
I have been loving how they have been portraying Kim Min Joon. I wonder if now that most of his cards are on the table, he will play better with the Mad Dog team.
I’m actually kinda surprised that already all the suspects that Mad Dog was pursuing have all been taken out and silenced. I wasn’t expecting them to clear Kim Min Joon’s brother so early in the show ...

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But Beom-joon did take the tranquilizer meds and he flew the plane down?? Isn't he still somewhat responsible??

Or did that never happen. I'm so confused 🤷🏾‍♀️

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Someone probably switched his medicines

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I also want to believe that Manager Park is one of the good guys. I'm also curious how Hong-joo would end up. I won't envy the coming dilemma she'd face. I think she potentially has a great storyline.

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Someone give Kim Min Joon a hug! poor guy almost died and had this massive truth revealed in the same ep. I hope that now, FINALLY, Min Joon and the Mad Dog team can work together.

I loved the twist in this episode, and I agree with the other commenters that we only ever saw the plane crash from the interpretation and perspective of other characters, not the true events of what happened. So for me it wasn't cheap but brilliant! We were led to believe one thing because the characters also believed it, then when the characters find out, we find out. It really keeps me on the edge of my seat with this drama.

I loved Hari and Min Joon's scenes. They're both concerned about each other, and in my opinion, in the most adorable way. The pure confusion on Min Joon's face as to why his blood would be on Hari's jacket was too cute. And it's also telling of how alone he's been all his life. It's weird for him to even consider someone else cares for him.

My heart broke for Min Joon so many times this episode. The fact that he never called Bum Joon "hyung" while he was alive, but did to his hallucination, him telling Hari the feeling of someone worrying about him actually felt really nice (because the korean dialogue to me felt like he was talking about a distant feeling, someone worrying about him was something he doesn't associate with himself often), when he saw the interviews about his brother, and most of all that ending... when he himself finds out the truth and with the voiceover of his brother's messages... that was too much for me.

With this truth I really hope Kang Woo and Min Joon's relationship improves. (is it too much to hope for a hyung/dongsaeng relationship? hahaha i can dream) All in all I absolutely LOVED last week's episodes. Every episode reveals more twists and truths and I'm here for it.

Btw, thanks for the recap and the comments! I love coming to the comments section of Mad Dog because there are so many interesting theories to read!

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I just want someone to tell me they cried as much as I did at the end of this ep, omg. Poor Min Joon-ah just wants to be sure his hyung didn't abandon him. I don't even think it's about clearing his name. I wonder if this is the first time he got to cry like that for his brother since he died? Like if hyung killed himself, Min Joon wants to protect himself by pretending not to care. But now he knows hyung didn't leave him again on purpose, Min Joon can finally mourn him for real. Ugh, it's so sad ;~~;

I hope the team is nicer to him now! Omg when Kang Woo "deduced" that Min Joon only wants to prove hyung innocent for a bigger insurance payout bc "he never even called him hyung" my heart broke for him. Like I know that's actually a really reasonable assumption, but ooof that had to hit hard. I'm sure Min Joon really regrets that too.. ;(

My heart just really hurts for Min Joon-ah, okk?? I hope the team apologizes to him somehow. I really don't get the hate for him.

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Totally. And he plays up the part of a money hungry conman to his advantage. He went to taehyang insurance and blatantly admitted that he's there for the money -- which helped him get the originals of the statement. Though, we as viewers know that he's not after the money.

And, yes, he did drag Kang Woo into reliving his painful past, but he had no other choice. He needed someone to help him get evidence against the lafora guy so he can coax Eun Ji to give up her secrets on the insurance agent.

He's never asked for help from anyone, mainly because he has never received any help when he needed it the most as a child. So why would he ask for help from Kang Woo knowing that Kang Woo hates him?

I think he's built a wall around himself and guards it with his conman appearance, because he doesn't want to get hurt anymore.

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My heart absolutely broke for him at the end of the episode. He's been through so much... I completely agree with what you said about him grieving for his brother. I hope the Mad Dog team acknowledges and considers what this truth means for Min Joon and treats him better. But I also hope Min Joon acknowledges what this means whole thing means for Kang Woo and stops acting like an ass to elicit his anger. It takes two to tango and Min Joon and Kang Woo both need to work this out.

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It's not like Kang Woo didn't do the same thing to Min Joon (just maybe less successfully) when he tried to track him down immediately after the crash, even flying out to Germany and trying to break down the door where Min Joon was IDing his brother's body.

They've both just been completely focused on their own pain and lashing out at each other, making it worse. Though, Min Joon seems to acknowledge this and doesn't care, while Kang Woo doesn't really notice.

Hopefully now that they have a common goal, they can get a little better at working together. New ep comes out today!

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Min-joon is still an ass.

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LOL agreed.

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There's so much plot happening but literally the only thing I care about is the chemistry between Woo Do-hwan and Ryu Hwa-young haha...

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I continue to be intrigued by this show, but at the same time I continue to dislike Min Joon a lot. If he wasn't beaten near to death I would have liked to have Ha-ri or Kang Woo beat him half to death. The actor is great with those snarky looks, which actually provoke me as well, LOL.

We've seen major cover ups all before, where people with money/power are able to do things that should be impossible. What seems to intrigue me the most is why. It seems that both Chairman Cha and nonchalant Hyun gi are in it together, but I'm not really sure what they could gain from all this. They seem to be paying out a lot more than they are getting in money, influence, or power. I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

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finally minjoons arc wrapped up with reveal of the lie, and here's to hoping the next arc picks up the story, and kangwoo and minjoon stop playing hard to get, especially minjoon now that his vulnerable side is exposed which is much appreciated than his usual cheeky persona.

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Question (Dunno if it'll get answered or not or if it already has and I missed it): BUT UHM Why is KMJ's appartment suddenly magically furnished again with all his secret stuff as well, after him leaving last episode to find Mi Ran??? Do you have random ninja movers who do stuff for you when you're unconscious with a head wound, KMJ? Also shouldn't you have a bloody concussion from that and not be driving? (not that you'd listen anyway)

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I had the same thought! Like, how did he get the stuff out without them noticing? And then to get it all back in a matter of... hours? As for the head wound, I am going with the logic of: as a lead character, his injuries are only serious when convenient for the plot! lol

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RIGHT>?!?! AND ALL IN THE SAME PLACE? Like all his notes and snooping stuff? Like, wtf? Did the production just forget that they shifted everything out in the first place???
Yeah well, I've never found injuries in any TV show, Korean or otherwise, to be particularly accurate or authentic so it doesn't bother me so much as other things but I just thought it was funny haha.
(On that note, I'm gonna rant more (since I'm finally catching up with this show)
1) I'm ok with KMJ not noticing he was being followed the first time, even if it is convenient cos you can pass it off as his follower being as good as him and him being distracted by the Live Mi Ran
2) BUT I can't pass off the whole "there's not a motorbike following me to an abandoned warehouse at all" OR:
3) Did Pregnant Orphan Lady Just forget she had a baby?
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4) Jin Chul was killed by a lawyer in a bathroom without a fight? Get out. *plot device*
5) Why is KMJ suddenly acting less smart?
*sighs* *writing a crime show problems* *why do they all have plot consistency issues?*
Otherwise I'm enjoying the show for what it is... but not as much as I could be I guess. )

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Yeah, this show has a lot of loose threads, I am mostly just half-watching because I like it a lot more if I don't think about it.
BUT! #4!
I was expecting for that to go sideways, and for Jin Chul to be the one to walk out of the bathroom because the show has set him up to be a semi-competent baddie. Just imagine- He defeats the lawyer dude, and just leaves the police station while the cameras are conveniently off (intended for his death). He goes on to seek revenge on both the Mad Dog team, and the Taeyang baddies, and possibly anyone else who crosses his path because he has well and truly gone psychopathic?!
How awesome would that play out for a third-act plot-line crescendo, before Mad Dog goes against Taeyang?! Honestly, I feel like they took an established character out too soon, and are now going to have to fill that void in the story. Especially since the lawyer character had zero set-up for us to expect him to have any skills. And if they were gonna use him, they could have at least used him as Jin Chul's replacement and portrayed him as a smarter baddie (I mean, he seemed familiar with the law while he acted as a lawyer).
There are already so many characters, motives, schemes, and guesses for the audience to follow, the show is kinda turning into plot-line soup. But not a very tasty soup, the cook seems new and still learning, some of the elements are underdone.

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Yes! Same! If I don't think to hard, then it's just a fun ride haha.
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YES! Like, he was creepy and good at what he did, seems like a waste of a character for me. Cos he really is a psycho. I was actually disappointed that they killed him off so easily. I felt it was super unfair (even if he is a serial killer). Especially to die so unrealistically.
Yeah, fill that void with a boring lawyer character who doesn't really have give for me at all. To use an example- the Henchman in Healer was done so much better. Here there are almost too many henchman.
"There are already so many characters, motives, schemes, and guesses for the audience to follow, the show is kinda turning into plot-line soup. But not a very tasty soup, the cook seems new and still learning, some of the elements are underdone."<
Hahaha beautiful description, my friend! Spot on! And then you get the odd mouthful of goodness and you're like ooooooh haha

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So I gotta disagree this isn't sloppy. I mean, the memory could've always been fake. We were shown what Kang Woo knew, which could've been wrong. I mean what is the show gonna do? Show us a different story, contrary what every character is saying, better to find out when the other characters find out. Or maybe they weren't supposed to tell us what happened at all? Ummm...then we would all be confused on to why Mad Dog and Min Joon are trying to find the culprit. Now not devote literally all of episode 2 to the backstory, maybe. Like that was a tad bit excessive, but other than that I don't see what's sloppy. I mean there are clues all over that the co pilot didn't crash the plane. From the very first episode, Min Joon proves Kang Woo wrong, and in each episode further we see he's one step ahead of the game. It would be natural to assume, he was right in this area too. Secondly, we see that Min Joon's hyung is a rather sweet guy. You telling me that this sweetie, is gonna fricking crash a whole plane just to kill himself?? Yah. I don't think so. We also see MJ's hyung desperately wants to be close with him again (now maybe he would've killed himself, because there's no hope for that, but you could also say he'd never because he refuses to give up). And then there's the insurance. We know that 2 people on the plane had insurance from Mi Ran, and the plane crashed. A guy who is committing suicide, won't have the big picture of getting those people's insurance in mind. He's just thinking "I want to die. Get me the hell out of here" Especially, since he also had insurance from Mi Ran. And maybe like the show said, he crashed the plane to give his brother all that money, but again, he really doesn't seem like the type. And,we see that Mi Ran was the one who changed the insurance, not hyung. So with that in mind, she could've easily framed him. And lastly, the actual footage of the plane, looks like someone is trying but failing to steer up, not pressing nose downward like claimed. I really don't see how anyone is confused by this plot twist or thinks it sloppy, because I thought it was hinted to be something like this since the beginning.

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