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Mad Dog: Episode 12

When our bad guys come after one of the Mad Dog family, what measures will they take to enact revenge? With one of their own out of commission for the time being, they’ll need to stay sharp to avoid the various landmines set up for them as they try to find some way to crack the conspiracy wide open.

 
EPISODE 12: “Poison”

After Noo-ri casually teases that he might start calling Min-joon “hyung,” a flustered Min-joon retreats toward the restaurant. Lawyer Lee emerges from the shadows and heads straight toward Min-joon, who doesn’t notice the attacker’s approach.

Noo-ri recognizes the scarf Lawyer Lee is holding as the same one that was tied around Min-joon’s neck when they found him in the Mad Dog office, and realizes that Min-joon is in danger.

Noo-ri rushes forward and jumps in front of his hyung to protect him, and the knife meant for Min-joon plunges into Noo-ri instead. Noo-ri falls to ground in a heap, covered in blood as Min-joon cries out for help and phones Ha-ri in his distress.

The team desperately rushes Noo-ri to the hospital, and Kang-woo arrives soon after to find Ha-ri and Soon-jung there waiting to fill him in on Noo-ri’s condition.

Noticing that Min-joon isn’t with them, Kang-woo searches the hospital for him, and eventually finds Min-joon alone in a bathroom trying to wash the blood off his hands.

Kang-woo tries to comfort Min-joon, but as soon as Kang-woo touches him, Min-joon bristles. He tells Kang-woo not to touch him, and Kang-woo tells Min-joon to come out as soon as he finishes cleaning himself up.

Back outside the operating room, Kang-woo grills Min-joon to recall what happened during the stabbing, but Min-joon can’t remember anything.

Min-joon shoulders all of the blame for what happened to Noo-ri, and tearfully compares himself to Chairman Cha and Hyun-gi for his actions. He laments, “I’m no different from them. I dragged people in, put them in danger, and got them killed.”

Kang-woo sternly reminds Min-joon that nobody got killed yet, but admits that Noo-ri’s stabbing is Min-joon’s fault. Kang-woo admits too, though, that he also put innocent people in danger himself.

Kang-woo tells Min-joon that he should be afraid of what he’s gotten himself into. But Kang-woo offers one piece of advice for Min-joon, “Be hurt on the inside. Don’t curl up and tremble with fear like a fool. That’s what the people who came after you and hurt us want.”

After the surgery concludes, Nurse Oh brings the team to Noo-ri’s room and reveals the extent of the damage, and confesses they don’t know when Noo-ri will regain consciousness because he lost so much blood.

Min-joon looks sick at this news and heads out for some air, but as he does a group of doctors arrives and informs the Mad Dog team that Noo-ri is being moved to a VIP room at Chief Prosecutor Ohn’s request. Chief Prosecutor Ohn’s men insist that they leave, so Kang-woo leads them away.

Back at Mad Dog HQ, the team goes over everything they know about Lawyer Lee. They find that Lawyer Lee shares Chairman Cha’s hometown, and that Chairman Cha sponsored Lawyer Lee through college.

Min-joon casually notes that Lawyer Lee’s current obsession seems to be following him around to try to kill him, and Ha-ri warns Min-joon to forget whatever plan he must be thinking of to use himself as bait.

Min-joon promises he isn’t planning to do that, and after reassuring the rest of the team, he heads back to his apartment to wash up. Inside, Min-joon can’t help but reminisce about Noo-ri saving him, and the tears well up in his eyes again.

Kang-woo sneaks into the apartment as Min-joon washes up, and after startling Min-joon with his appearance, proceeds to show him the Flight 801 blackbox recording. The recording confirms that Beom-joon didn’t crash the plane intentionally, and Min-joon’s tears flow again as he listens.

Kang-woo offers Min-joon a beer, but this just spurs Min-joon to remember all the times his brother asked to share a drink with him, which Min-joon now regrets always turning down. He notes that he’s already had many drinks with Kang-woo.

Min-joon confesses that he’s scared of how he will remember this day in the future, and how he’ll come to cry thinking of these memories.

Kang-woo is sympathetic, and offers to help Min-joon take down Taeyang and JH Group together, just the two of them, so nobody else will get hurt on their behalf.

But just then, Ha-ri and Soon-jung barge in and chastise Kang-woo and Min-joon for excluding them from the plan.

Kang-woo explains that he would suffer if either of his teammates got hurt, but Ha-ri dishes it right back, asking how Kang-woo thinks they would feel if he or Min-joon got hurt because Kang-woo excluded them.

Ha-ri and Soon-jung both affirm their commitment to stick to the case, and Kang-woo proudly smiles at their resolve.

At JH Group, Chairman Cha visits Hyun-gi, who berates Chairman Cha for how poorly he handled Kang-woo. Chairman Cha is resolute, and tells Hyun-gi to meet with Chief Prosecutor Ohn so they can get the blackbox back.

Chairman Cha suggests that Hyun-gi admit to ordering Lawyer Lee to stab Noo-ri. Since Lawyer Lee officially works for JH Group, Chairman Cha theorizes, nobody will believe Chairman Cha is the man Lawyer Lee really works for.

Hyun-gi is amazed by Chairman Cha’s audacity and how willing he is to throw Lawyer Lee under the bus to protect himself, but Chairman Cha confesses that Lawyer Lee was the one to propose that Chairman Cha should discard him.

Later, in Noo-ri’s hospital room, Hyun-gi meets with Chief Prosecutor Ohn and bows graciously in apology. But Chief Prosecutor Ohn knows all about the relationship between Chairman Cha and Lawyer Lee, so he knows Chairman Cha is the one who really ordered the attack.

Chief Prosecutor Ohn lays out his proposal to Hyun-gi. They share a common purpose now, Chief Prosecutor Ohn says, since Chairman Cha came after his family.

He reminds Hyun-gi of his father’s collapse in Chairman Cha’s office two years ago, and says that Chairman Cha stopped Hyun-gi’s father from using his inhaler to stop an asthma attack, effectively killing him.

Rage engulfs Hyun-gi’s eyes as he hears this, and he thanks Chief Prosecutor Ohn for reporting the details to him.

Meanwhile, Chairman Cha works in his greenhouse when Hong-joo interrupts to apologize for handing over the blackbox to Kang-woo. Chairman Cha isn’t interested in her apology, and orders her to resign from the company.

When Hong-joo informs her dad that Hyun-gi and Chief Prosecutor Ohn’s meeting didn’t seem to go as he planned, Chairman Cha changes his tune. Hong-joo entices him further by promising to take down Hyun-gi without harming Taeyang, and asks for Lawyer Lee so she can carry out her plan.

At JH Group, Lawyer Lee resigns from his position, and Hyun-gi chides him for bending to Chairman Cha’s will so easily. He warns Lawyer Lee not to trust Chairman Cha, and adds, “That old man doesn’t have a heart. If you start doing everything for him, he will end up asking for your heart too.”

Mad Dog finds out about Lawyer Lee’s resignation and speculate that he intends to take them on now that he is no longer shackled to JH Group.

As they ponder the news, their intruder alarm goes off. They take up defensive positions waiting for some kind of confrontation, but the intruder turns out to be Nurse Oh.

They greet Nurse Oh warmly, though Min-joon’s excessive flattery irks Soon-jung, and Nurse Oh just plays along as they both toy with Soon-jung.

Nurse Oh reports on Chief Prosecutor Ohn’s secret meetings in Noo-ri’s hospital room, which he is essentially using as his own private office while his son recovers.

Given the number of high profile people, including Hyun-gi, who seem to be visiting Chief Prosecutor Ohn, Mad Dog decides that they should plant a bug in the room to eavesdrop.

Kang-woo asks Nurse Oh to help them, and argues that even though Chief Prosecutor Ohn is Noo-ri’s family, they can’t let him just continue to use his son’s attack for personal gain. Nurse Oh believes what Chief Prosecutor Ohn is doing disqualifies him from being called family, and she agrees to help.

Her only condition is that Mad Dog erases all personal medical data from the recordings, since this would violate Nurse Oh’s code of ethics, and Kang-woo gratefully accepts.

Soon-jung also asks Nurse Oh to plant Noo-ri’s cell phone under his hospital bed in case he wakes up and needs to get a hold of the team.

Soon-jung wraps the phone in some old triangle kimbap wrappings, and explains that he would always steal Noo-ri’s kimbap and hide the wrappers under his mattress, so Noo-ri will know what the wrappings mean when he finds the phone.

At the hospital, Nurse Oh enters Noo-ri’s room while Chief Prosecutor Ohn is out, and swiftly plants the bug and Noo-ri’s phone inside. Chief Prosecutor Ohn passes her in the hallway outside but she escapes undetected.

At Mad Dog HQ, the team now scours their file on Chief Prosecutor Ohn. They detail his career, from upstart prosecutor until he failed to become superintendent. His career took a nosedive until early this year when someone got him the chief prosecutor position in Seoul.

They speculate that Chairman Cha was the one responsible for Chief Prosecutor Ohn’s resurgence, and realize that now Chief Prosecutor Ohn desires even more power.

Mad Dog’s bug picks up a conversation between Chief Prosecutor Ohn and another official, who urges him to find a big case so he can make a strong impression on the citizens and use the boost in his reputation for a potential run for president.

Min-joon realizes the big case Chief Prosecutor Ohn wants is Flight 801, and Kang-woo decides that they should give the blackbox recording to Chief Prosecutor Ohn so he can pursue the case. Just then, Kang-woo’s phone rings, and it’s Chief Prosecutor Ohn on the other end.

Kang-woo meets with Chief Prosecutor Ohn at a restaurant, and Kang-woo quickly flashes the blackbox to get his attention. Kang-woo questions whether Chief Prosecutor Ohn will really reinvestigate the case, and Chief Prosecutor Ohn swears he will fulfill his duty as a prosecutor to uphold the law.

This satisfies Kang-woo, and he hands over the blackbox without any further questions. Kang-woo sees Chief Prosecutor Ohn off, but Soon-jung tails him to see where he takes the newly acquired blackbox.

Min-joon and Ha-ri track Soon-jung’s movements and discover that Chief Prosecutor Ohn is heading back to the hospital. Meanwhile, Hyun-gi arrives at the hospital himself, and Nurse Oh informs the crew of his arrival.

Hearing this, Kang-woo immediately starts to question whether Chief Prosecutor Ohn’s motives are pure.

In Noo-ri’s room, Chief Prosecutor Ohn places the blackbox in front of Hyun-gi, though he says it’s only so that Hyun-gi knows that he can cut his throat with it.

Hyun-gi doesn’t bite though, and tells Chief Prosecutor Ohn to just reinvestigate. Hyun-gi explains that even if Chief Prosecutor Ohn were to solve the case, the public wouldn’t care. Hyun-gi posits, “Most people aren’t related to those 190 victims. To them, it’s just an incident worth a line on SNS.”

Chief Ohn realizes his bluff isn’t going to work, and remarks that Hyun-gi is smarter than he thought. But Hyun-gi isn’t done, and he reveals that he found an incriminating text on his father’s phone after the funeral.

The text was from Chief Prosecutor Ohn to Hyun-gi’s father, and it revealed that the government decided to allow Juhan Airlines to offer a new route to Jeju, so the old, dysfunctional plane that was about to be discarded would need to be brought back into service for that route.

If only the government weren’t pressured into allowing the new route, Hyun-gi laments, then that plane wouldn’t have crashed two years ago.

With the tables now turned on Chief Prosecutor Ohn, Hyun-gi taunts him by suggesting that he should still reinvestigate. Suddenly, Hyun-gi snaps at Chief Prosecutor Ohn, bringing his teaspoon to his own throat and lashing out at the prosecutor for trying to control him.

The team listens to their conversation at the Mad Dog office, and Kang-woo’s face falls when he realizes that Chief Prosecutor Ohn won’t follow through on his promise to reinvestigate.

Min-joon summarizes the many layers now visible to them, “The prosecutors put pressure. The government gave authorization. The insurance company connived. The airline flew an old aircraft. Then they framed my brother for it.”

But Min-joon smiles and concedes that things aren’t all bad, since what they gave to Chief Prosecutor Ohn wasn’t the original blackbox, but just a copy.

We flash back to the call Kang-woo received from Chief Prosecutor Ohn, and though Kang-woo wanted to believe he was sincere, he still felt too wary to give up the original, so he got Min-joon to make a copy.

Soon-jung teased that Min-joon was nowhere near the tech whiz Noo-ri was, but Min-joon called himself the Christiano Ronaldo to Noo-ri’s Messi when it came to computers. Pffft.

Back in the present, the Mad Dog team resolves to make sure they expose the truth if Chief Prosecutor Ohn won’t. Ha-ri suggests that they hold a press conference and play the unaltered blackbox recording for the press.

Kang-woo likes this idea, and Min-joon plans to get even more attention by pointing out Taeyang and JH Group’s attempts to silence the family of the pilot they’re trying to pin the blame on.

To do that, they’ll need to draw out Lawyer Lee, and Min-joon volunteers to be the bait once more. Ha-ri and Soon-jung protest that Min-joon shouldn’t put himself in danger, but Min-joon fires back that he’d only be in danger if he did this alone, “But I’m not alone.”

Elsewhere, Lawyer Lee dines alone only for Min-joon to approach his table and strike up a conversation. Min-joon dives into the questions he wants to ask Lawyer Lee, like why a successful lawyer would murder so many people.

Lawyer Lee laughs at Min-joon’s question, but Min-joon asserts that Lawyer Lee killed Go Jin-chul and tried to kill Min-joon twice, and openly wonders if Lawyer Lee is a psychopath.

Lawyer Lee argues that even if he did kill people, he’d be more of a sociopath than a psychopath, but he denies that he ever murdered anyone.

Min-joon jokes that he won’t have to worry about Lawyer Lee killing him then, though Lawyer Lee suggests that if he were actually a sociopath then Min-joon’s antics right now would be incredibly foolish.

Min-joon just brushes him off and leaves Lawyer Lee to stew over his taunts. Outside, Ha-ri keeps watch on Min-joon as he leaves the restaurant, as Soon-jung and Kang-woo watch the events from Mad Dog HQ with their spy camera in Min-joon’s glasses.

Lawyer Lee leaves the restaurant soon after, fuming, and watches Min-joon getting into his car nearby. Ha-ri speculates that Lawyer Lee seems to be taking Min-joon’s bait, and Min-joon makes Ha-ri promise to keep him safe.

Min-joon drives away and sure enough, Lawyer Lee follows right behind him. Ha-ri tails Lawyer Lee from a safe distance herself as Min-joon leads them all to a closed marketplace.

Kang-woo starts to head to the site himself to back them up, but Min-joon urges Kang-woo to trust him and Ha-ri to get the job done. Kang-woo seems placated, but secretly sends Soon-jung to the site instead.

Upon arriving, Min-joon exits his car and walks through the empty marketplace with Lawyer Lee right behind him looking murderous. Ha-ri follows hot on Lawyer Lee’s heels herself as Kang-woo nervously watches live footage from Min-joon and Ha-ri’s hidden cameras.

Soon-jung reports that he is also near the scene, and Min-joon grumbles that Kang-woo couldn’t trust them after all. Kang-woo tells Min-joon he’s just being considerate as Min-joon continues to wind his way through alleyways trying to draw Lawyer Lee to him.

Kang-woo notices that the lighting is different in the two hidden camera shots that he’s viewing, with Min-joon twisting through alleys, but Ha-ri just following steadily behind Lawyer Lee.

Alarmed, Kang-woo directs Min-joon to turn around to make sure Lawyer Lee is still following him, but Lawyer Lee is nowhere in his sight.

Lawyer Lee suddenly stops moving and turns around to face Ha-ri. They’re alone, and the team only now realizes that he stopped following Min-joon and has led Ha-ri to a secluded alleyway.

The team shouts at Ha-ri to run, and she takes off as fast as she can in the other direction as Lawyer Lee sprints after her. Min-joon and Soon-jung rush to find her location first.

Ha-ri runs to a dead end and Lawyer Lee quickly catches up to her, ogling her menacingly from the other end of the alley. Ha-ri steels herself and tells the others it’s okay—she will be the bait now.

Lawyer Lee slowly approaches her, and Ha-ri doesn’t back down, matching his pace as she heads toward him as well, unafraid. As Lawyer Lee gets within reach, Min-joon tears around the corner and tries to tackle Lawyer Lee from behind.

Lawyer Lee throws Min-joon up against the wall and threatens to kill him on the spot, but Min-joon tells him to do it, and flicks his glasses to indicate that they’re recording him.

Lawyer Lee backs off as Soon-jung turns the corner with his phone in hand, and Soon-jung reports to the police that there’s an assault and attempted murder case they need to attend to. Lawyer Lee just sighs, cornered.

At the station, a detective interrogates Lawyer Lee, but he refuses to talk, and instead gives a curious smile to Min-joon who is watching with the rest of Mad Dog nearby.

Ha-ri jokes with Min-joon over how popular he seems to be, but Min-joon tells her that he’s mad at her for using herself as bait and says she shouldn’t talk to him.

Kang-woo reiterates Min-joon’s sentiments, and admonishes Ha-ri for her fearlessness. Soon-jung states his agreement with the other men and admits that he cried while he ran to find her.

The boys all stalk off to leave Ha-ri befuddled by herself, but she lets out a smile knowing that they were so worried about her. Lawyer Lee has witnessed this entire exchange though, and smirks at Ha-ri as she leaves.

Outside, Ha-ri gets called back to Mad Dog HQ, but Min-joon trudges past her so she chases after him to ask where he’s going.

Min-joon says he’s going for a walk, arguing that he feels so suffocated by their work recently that he needs to take this opportunity to clear his head, and darts off ahead of Ha-ri.

Ha-ri rushes to catch up but Min-joon suddenly turns around to face her and warns, “Jang Ha-ri, don’t ever put yourself in danger in my place.” Ha-ri argues that she couldn’t help it, but Min-joon tells her to stay out of trouble regardless.

Min-joon admits that he finally understands why Kang-woo always jumps into danger himself and leaves the others out of it: “Being left behind alone is painful.”

Min-joon says that Ha-ri still has Kang-woo and the others around her, so she’ll be fine if Min-joon is not there anymore. Ha-ri doesn’t know what to say in response.

Instead, Min-joon teases her that he feels cold, and uses this as an excuse to steal her scarf, taking it from her before she can comprehend what he’s doing.

She looks completely bewildered as Min-joon struts off, but he soon returns and wraps his jacket around her before pulling her close and giving her a cheeky smile. He marches off again and Ha-ri is officially flustered.

At the hospital, Noo-ri finally wakes up and quickly finds his phone thanks to Soon-jung’s kimbap wrappers. Meanwhile, Mad Dog browses the internet for reaction to the news about Lawyer Lee’s arrest, satisfied that the public is starting to doubt the story behind Flight 801.

Min-joon prepares for his press conference, and the Mad Dog team joyfully heads off together to watch it unfold. Meanwhile, Hong-joo arrives at Noo-ri’s hospital room to meet Chief Prosecutor Ohn, and Noo-ri pretends to be unconscious so he can eavesdrop.

Chief Prosecutor Ohn gets straight to the point and inquires about Lawyer Lee assaulting Min-joon, but Hong-joo reveals that Lawyer Lee is actually working with her, and that they planned everything to discredit Min-joon’s character.

Lawyer Lee recorded the conversation with Min-joon in the restaurant, spinning a tale that Min-joon was delusional and stalking Lawyer Lee because he thought the lawyer was responsible for his brother’s death.

Hong-joo plans to use this tale to completely tank Min-joon’s credibility, causing him to now be seen as a lunatic. Chief Prosecutor Ohn doubts this plan will be enough to sink Min-joon, but Hong-joo admits that this isn’t the full plan.

She reveals that she knows Chief Prosecutor Ohn pressured the government to allow Juhan Air the additional flight path, and offers to erase that record for him in exchange for the blackbox.

Chief Prosecutor Ohn admits that the blackbox he got was actually a copy, but Hong-joo already knows, and wants to use this to claim the recordings are fake too. All this taken together would point to Kang-woo going out of his way to falsely brigade against Taeyang and JH Group.

Behind the curtains of his bed, Noo-ri scrambles to contact the team to call off their press conference and avoid Hong-joo’s trap, but his father pulls back the curtain in time to catch him in the act.

At the press conference, Kang-woo nods his approval for Min-joon to begin, and Min-joon introduces himself as Beom-joon’s younger brother to the crowd of reporters looking on.

 
COMMENTS

The most striking part of this episode to me was Kang-woo’s extremely blunt handling of Min-joon in the immediate aftermath of Noo-ri’s stabbing. Poor Min-joon was there blaming himself for everything and Kang-woo just unrelentingly rubbed salt in Min-joon’s wounds. Can’t we give the guy a break for a bit? Min-joon finally integrated himself into the group and opened himself up to them emotionally and the first thing that happens is Noo-ri valiantly takes the figurative bullet for him while Min-joon is powerless to stop it.

So why can’t Kang-woo give Min-joon a little time to process everything before yelling at him? He was clearly struggling to process it when Kang-woo found him in the bathroom, and it seemed almost spiteful to attack Min-joon when his emotions were still so raw. What Min-joon really needed was just a little bit of comfort so he could stop beating himself up over what happened. You can still let Min-joon feel guilty for putting Noo-ri in that position, but you don’t have to crush his soul in the process.

And who better to comfort Min-joon than Ha-ri? Min-joon just completely toys with her whenever he gets a chance and it’s adorable. It’s like everything he says to her when they’re alone flusters her to no end and she always comes out of their encounters scratching her head in bewilderment. She can’t even seem to form sentences in his presence anymore, which just adds to their cuteness together. Hurry up and get closer to each other for everyone’s sake!

The knot of bad guys at the center of this conspiracy continues to become more and more of a tangled mess despite how close we are to the end of the show. Everyone is out for themselves, sure, but what’s most impressive is how they each manage to stay afloat in the constant battle of one-upsmanship they’re all participating in. And their complicated schemes allow the suspense to permeate through every pore of the show as we and the Mad Dog team try to keep up with them. It’ll be interesting to see which string Mad Dog can find to finally unravel everything.

My hope is that the string comes from Hyun-gi, though not necessarily because I think he deserves the harshest treatment of all the baddies. Rather, he’s so captivating to watch that I find myself wanting to see him onscreen more and more. Min-joon called Lawyer Lee the sociopath, but I think Hyun-gi fits the bill a lot better. Hyun-gi’s presence seems to engulf the entire room wherever he is, commanding attention in every scene. Importantly, he doesn’t come across as cartoonish, because the character certainly could be portrayed that way by a lesser actor (I mean seriously, look at how he wears those ties!), but Choi Won-young manages to pull it off with aplomb.

But even though Mad Dog keeps running themselves into the traps their opponents keep laying, it really is only a matter of time before things come crashing down for JH Group and Taeyang. I wonder how much their fall can actually damage Chief Prosecutor Ohn, because while his pressuring of the government to benefit JH Group is obviously corruption and probably means an end to his political aspirations if exposed, his contribution to this conspiracy is definitely not on the same level as knowingly operating a dangerous aircraft or fabricating the evidence to make it appear the crash was suicide. But with everybody intent to sell out everyone else involved if necessary, I doubt he, or anyone else, can escape completely unscathed.

 
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"Hurry up and get closer to each other for everyone’s sake!"

THIS. Am I the only one watching for this??

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Definitely not alone.

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Uh, obviously not.
Girl these two have been my reason for watching since like... episode 6 (or earlier- I forget)

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Haha probably earlier @sico;D

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Well I mean, they weren't the sole reason for my watching for at least 4 episodes in, but they slowly took over any other reason I was watching...

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Of course not! I tried so hard not to ship them since Ep 2,but threw caution to the wind,anyway

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I'm pretty sure I actually started shipping them right from Episode 1, just that the show gave me explicit permission to do so from perhaps Episode 3 or 4 :P

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You mean that cockroach scene? I swear I love that scene 😂😂

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Yes. The cockroach scene. :P That was when the ship started to edge out from the dock for me hehehehe

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I didn't ship them in the beginning. In the first few episodes I got impression that Ha-ri had a crush on Mr. Choi. I was not the only one, even Min-joon thought that way, LOL. That was my favorite interaction between Min-joon and Ha-ri, when min-joon need assurance that there is nothing going on between Ha-ri and Mr. Choi. Please give us more jealous Min-joon writer-nim...

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There was a brief moment when I thought the loveline would be between Hari and Kang Woo. Good thing it didn't happen, I'm personally not a fan of huge age gaps.

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Big NO. It's not only the huge age gap, but also Kang woo is Hari's superior both in Taeyang and Mad Dog. I hate Goblin for this reason alone. I don't want any drama try to emulate Goblin's couple dynamic.

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I am fully committed to going down with this ship all the way. And I'm happy seeing so many others on the ship too :)

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Can't believe it took this long for the group to come together it literally felt like they were playing the push and pull game for several episodes. It was so surprising to see min joon who always puts up a front with his cheeky nature to break down and blame himself for the trouble the team went through hopefully we get more team shenanigans if they can survive next episode 😶

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Didn’t surprise me. He clearly blames himself over his brother. The cheekiness is a wall he puts up so he doesn’t get hurt. Mad dog has already cracked that wall tho, so I’m not surprised he blamed himself, especially after what ha ri said and since noo ri did take his knife.

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*NOW KISS*
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*no?*
*why nooot*

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Such a bittersweet moment it was lol. The scene was soooo goooood and then they didn't kiss and it made me sad 😂

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Every time you think he's gonna make a move, he's says something silly or falls asleep. (I wanna say he's scared of it tbh, making a step) and that "You'll be fine without me" PFFFFFFFT WAT NO, NO SHE WON'T DON'T SAY THAT.

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I felt like punching his face when he said hari would be fine without him , good thing I wasn't standing there instead of hari 😂 but lol seriously he always does something stupid but cute in those moments you think he is making a move , *sigh* Kim Minjoon shi stop torturing us and hari and confess already

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And she totally looked like she was gonna say something important as well!
Poor girl must be like 'BOI STOP PULLING ME EVERY WHICH WAY I SWEAR'
The coat move was hot though...

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@sicarius so hot I had to stop the drama to avoid heartattack

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Okay. I wanted to comment about the problem in the dramas itself, but i just can’t think of anything right now besides Min Joon - Ha Ri 😅

Have i express how much i love them two?! Love how they relationship progress, eventho it’s so slow but the progression is there. I noticed how they always stand besides each other now, the subtle gestures that made me cray. And this is the first time i felt that the “wrapping the jacket around her & pull her closer” is sexier than the direct kiss.

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Me every episode :) ...
"So we could pull this apart, but um... these two are much more fun"

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Sorry for the grammar tho. Too excited about this recap.

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(I barely even noticed hahaha you're fine)

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Oh I agree completely! When he wrapped her in his jacket and smiled, I stopped breathing. There was so much chemistry in that scene. I was blushing while watching them!!

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My breathe heart everything stopped 😭

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Yes! I look forward to seeing their romantic development every week <3

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Everyone is out for themselves, sure, but what’s most impressive is how they each manage to stay afloat in the constant battle of one-upsmanship they’re all participating in.

As much as I hate our bad guys and have complained one too many times how this conspiracy,connivance plot has tread,I still look forward how things will unfold later on.

It both frustrates and excites me how MinJoon and HaRi just keeps trying to pull the other's string and keep flirting away.Please let this ship sail, we need to see their smart,cheeky babies!

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Daebak!!! Hong Joo is she really cunning?? Ah.. I See her tricks wherever we turn.. Its getting quite interesting..
Ah here i'm with "Hurry up and get closer to each other for everyone's sake!", though i guess with the pace it goes there wont be any kiss scene between the leads.. I'm ok with it, if it has Season 2.. But i doubt..

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I have a feeling they won't either...but come on *all the Beanies are cheering for Min-Ha couple* Even Soon Jung is playing cupid...

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I agree to disagree with Regals. Kang Woo wasn't heartless when he rebuked Min Joon at the hospital. Consider Min Joon's characters and their kind of business, it really needs steel hearts to dig deeper and find the truth. Most of the times, not sometimes, truth are harsher and harder to handle. Kang Woo was right, who wouldn't be afraid to be kill, to be hurt, physically and emotionally, and lost everything in a snap? People tend to avoid confrontation, hurt and lost by retreating and disappear or dismiss the main problem, it's easier and less painful. Even Kang Woo felt afraid too, that was why he offered Min Joon to not include Ha Ri and Cheetah, before Ha Ri butted in, yay.... for Ha Ri.

I really like this episode, except the cliff-hanger, which means I have to wait another week to know if Mad Dogs fall to the trap or not. I also glad that the villains are clever. Maybe I just tired with other k-drama with all their makjangs and stupid birth secrets, so I cheer for villains that really clever and able to turn the table by playing the opponent's strategies.

All the stars play their parts really well, if the plot isn't that obvious, I may couldn't know who's bad, in this drama who's really bad. Everyone used everyone and manipulated everything to get what they want.

My heart goes to Hong Joo actually. She started as a good person, got close with Kang Woo and his family, even Kang Woo was her first (or last or whatever) love and her mentor. She suddenly found her world collapsed and all not roses and rainbow anymore. All around her just want something from her.

As for Noo Ri's anger, from the last episode, I thought he was just lost it. First, it was just an act to distract the security and got him out of the hospital. Noo Ri saw Cheetah when he signaled 2 & 1 (21pm). But he got carried away by the act and something inside him just exploded. When you are too long under bullying / oppression, your mind just can hold you for so long. Cheetah has to shout and brought him back because basically Noo Ri was just a clever kind kid. He just wanted to be left alone, be accepted and be appreciated for what he did best. This he got from Mad Dogs, not from his family nor friends.

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I agree with your argument regarding Choi's treatment of Min Joon. He needed tough love right there -- the fact that he didn't remember anything of the assailant is pretty sad. He acts all cool but then breaks down when the stakes are too high?

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The kind who acts tough and cool with 'I dont care' attitude and then break down at 2 in the midnight. Minjoon really needs to trust someone enough to let them show his true personality, and I m glad he is opening up to kangwoo alot

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Strangely, I think I am more invested in the Ha Ri / Min Joon pairing because this is a non-romantic show.

With a romantic show, I know there will be romance so my heart is happy to watch and be fed with cute moments. But because this is a crime drama, I am actively searching for those romantic moments between them. My brain will wonder about all the potential moments (99% of which I will never get) and I savour every scene that does show their chemistry. This show does a great job of giving us romantic moments that are also great character moments.

In the previous episode, Min Joon's drunk declaration that Ha Ri cannot be hurt (and his reaction when Noo Ri is stabbed) shows us that Min Joon is opening himself up. While he still wants his revenge, he doesn't want it at the cost of all of their lives. This is reinforced with his desperate run towards her when she declared that she would be bait in this episode. So, I wasn't surprised to see him pulling away from her afterwards. It was true to his character but he always pulls away when someone gets too close to his heart. Growing up with limited love, it's not surprising he runs from it. He's more comfortable with harsh words.

Which is why I am (heartbroken) okay with Kang Woo's reaction to Min Joon's breakdown after Noo Ri's stabbing. At first, I was like Regals. Give the boy a break please. I also wanted Ha Ri to comfort him because he did reiterate her heated words. But I realized later that Min Joon would have never believed Ha Ri if she tried to go back on her words. She meant those words when she said it to him so she couldn't give him comfort.

But Kang Woo, who is in the same position as Min Joon, can. He did try to comfort him in the bathroom but Min Joon wouldn't handle it (literally flinched from his touch). He couldn't handle a warm hug of forgiveness. But he could handle TOUGH love. Kang Woo was truthful when he told Min Joon that he's responsible for the danger. Without Min Joon, they might have never realized that there was a coverup. But Kang Woo also pointed out that he too is asking innocent people to put themselves in danger. Those words that he said to Min Joon are probably the same words he says to himself. I think that's why it comforted Min Joon (after crying it out, he was emotionally sorted to continue with their plan - so I'm pretty sure he was comforted).

Min Joon's not ready for a hug yet. But when he is, there's a whole bunch of dogs ready for cuddles.

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Also, did Noo Ri manage to send the text message? his finger was on send, but did he click it? He did, right?

NURSE OH! I love her. She's so tough but warm. I always loved her but this episode gave me more of her. She was so cool, planting that bug and the cellphone for Noo Ri. I can see why Cheetah is smitten! Please end up together in the show!

Also, Cheetah - I do not give him enough love. The tough guy with a heart of gold. The captain of my OTP ship! I'm constantly blown away by this actor's performances.

Finally, Kang Woo. He was so steady in these past couple of episodes. He's a natural leader and it makes sense that everyone gravitates towards him. Even Min Joon, despite occasionally going rogue and still creating plans, respects him as a leader because he'll turn to him and trust that his decision will be the right one. It's a far improvement from the constant doubt he had in Kang Woo earlier. I love this actor too!

The cast is amazing in this show. I love everyone! Even the baddies are captivating. I agree with Regals though - Hyun-gi's prescene is so large on screen. I hope we get to see him more and lose his finely controlled cool.

Oh, I forgot to ask this but did we find out what Hyun-gi asked Ha Ri in the last episode?

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He wanted the team to find Noo-ri for him.

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completely agree with everything that you've said! really took the words right out of my mouth. It's so great to come to dramabeans and find out there are more people who think like you LOL

As much as i desperately want someone to hug Min Joon when he's in those situations (bc i can't) you're completely right. He's not ready. Even i flinched when he told Kang Woo not to touch him, he's really not ready nor does he want that kind of comfort.

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Yes, I get what you mean about it being a non-romantic show. It makes these romantic scenes spicier ;)

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I like this show, but really surprised at Min Joon's panic when Pentium was stabbed. I can't believe he would freak out like that when he's so calm most of the time. I also am surprised that they think they are totally safe walking around the city late at night when they are doing all sorts of shady stuff themselves. Still don't like Kim Min Joon -- not the actor, just his character. I also don't recognize his German most of the time.

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Why shouldn’t he panic? His character loses everything that he loves and Noo Ri was stabbed for him. He blames himself. I liked the freak out because it shows he cares and he feels a sense of guilt and responsibility towards them. If he didn’t have that panic, I would have been disappointed in him.

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I guess you still think he is the cold hearted ass person he showed himself to be at the start of drama. For me his character development or should I say how they revealed his true character was quite satisfying? Like mad dog team slowly brought out the emotions and trust he has concealed for so long. He may act tough on the outside but he still a human and has emotions who can't stand anyone getting killed because of him.

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I was maybe surprised with his initial panic, but not his panic in the hospital. I mean he acted similarly towards his brother. He built a wall around himself. Does that in the hospital. He doesnt want to hurt anyone else, and later tries to separate himself from team. Also when he’s washing his hands it almost looks like he’s trying to build a wall, and when Kang Woo touches him, that wall cracks and he doesn’t want that. Also he blames himself, he did that then too. He felt so guilty that he didn’t accept his brothers love. He blames himself here to, since he dragged them all into this. I felt his reaction was very true to his character. Now if he started smashing walls and was sobbing the whole episode, then I would agree, but how he grieved was a very Min Joon way.

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He's calm when he's in control of the plan, or when his brain is in action mode. But this came out of the blue as far as he's concerned, he was not prepared AT ALL for one of his team to get stabbed in front of him, even though he himself probably wouldn't have panicked if he'd been stabbed - his brain would have flipped into bait mode and he would've just gone "ach, I'm an idiot, of course they'd stab me now..."

I do think Min Joon's freak-out over Pentium probably shows the genuine emotional reaction when his brother died. He deals really badly when people who get close to him die or get hurt. His history is pretty clear why that would be the case.

As for his German - ha, I've given up on actors speaking other languages correctly, and honestly it's a steep order. In this case being adopted at 8 and turfed at 17 might be an excuse for mangled German, but it's a stretch.

But that makes it all the more delightful when an actor suddenly cracks out an almost-flawless string of pronunciation. "20th Century Boy and Girl" have a pair of leads whose English is absolutely legit - I'm not sure if they're both fluent, or if one of them is just a phonetic mimic with an excellent ear, but it's impressive.

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I agree with your assessment of Min-joon's reaction to Noo-ri's stabbing, especially your comment on how he would have reacted if he had been stabbed himself.

Re: foreign languages spoken in Kdramas, you're right. Tossing in that kind of local color is asking a lot of the actors. Which is what makes it all the more impressive when they are able to pull it off.

As for 20TH CENTURY BOY AND GIRL, Han Ye-seul was born in Los Angeles, so she's a native speaker. Kim ji-suk attended middle school and high school in England, and majored in German. He's qualified to teach both languages at the secondary level. One of the highlights of OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN was his character's manic parlesvous-ing (and dancing) with Ye Ji-Won's character, his buddy Do-kyung's heartbroken noona. I don't speak French, but it surely sounded impressive. I'm willing to bet that he picked up an ear for French because English and German both have many French loan words. If you haven't seen those scenes, they are definitely worth it. There are also some touchingly non-comedic French interludes, too.

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Can I just say I love everyone who comments on these recaps?
*Sic is in a good mood* *she made cake* *and painted* *that's all*

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Can I have some 🍰?

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*sends you cake via airmail*

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*received*
*this rhubarb cake is delish*
*thanks Sic*

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*you're welcome* *hahaha*

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Did sic wrote minjoon ❤ hari on cake? 😂😂

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Hahahahaha I'm not THAT much of a crazy fan...
no it was just a rhubarb cake. :P

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She didn't. But I did. I wrote that on the cake she sent me. Lol! And then I ate it! 😜

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Would have done the same 😂

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Us "crazy" fans think alike. *laughing*

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In this episode we finally heard Minjoon say that he trusts Hari and that he's not alone (because he knows Mad Dog will back him up). And he finally let himself be vulnerable and emotional in front of them. I just love seeing the developments between him and the Mad Dog team.

I love the shot of Woo Dohwan when they were rushing Noori to the surgery room and he stopped on his tracks and just stood there, crying. He did a good job in delivering the emotions needed for the scene.

Hyun-gi amuses me. Or the actor playing the role, to be specific. This happens to me a lot of times, I end up enjoying the scenes of a character I'm supposed to dislike because the actor is doing so good in his portrayal of the role.

Just one quick Woo Dohwan appreciation: I love it everytime he wears those reading glasses. Ahhh he just looks good in everything. *insert heart eyes emoji*

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I love seeing him in glasses!! 😍😍

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At this point the bad guys are too clever for them to beat..or Mad Dog are just too dumb, sorry but that's what I get from this episode.

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Neither of them are dumb, both the teams are extremely intelligent and that's why the ball goes in mad do court and sometimes in baddies team court is going on, I liked how the baddies cornered mad dog because mad dog was appearing to be more intelligent tbh, I wanted equal match between them

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Aw they are not dumb. Mad Dod are smart but so are our baddies which makes the show fun to watch. Besides we can’t let the team win everytime because that would be boring to watch.

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this drama is so addictive

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I have to admit, Woo Do-hwan is more handsome with glasses! Not only in "Mad Dog", but in "Save Me" too!

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Yesss me too. I loved his "good boy/church boy" style with eyeglasses when he was infiltrating the cult. I still rewatch Save Me scenes just to see him.

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Kinda deprived from my dose of minjoon hari in this episode but gotta say the chase and jacket pulling scene made up for it somehow. Hongjoo oh hongjoo I swear both the ceo kids are smart ass. Hongjoo literally turned the game around. What kind of trouble did minjoon create in German?
I praying so hard that the mad dog team somehow stopped the press conference, it would be a disaster if they didn't.
Anyone wana disscuss ep 13 preview? My poor baby in jail and at home crying. Guess ep 13 is mostly foucsed on baddies and they are turning against each other, yes please do so so that mad dog doesn't have to work so hard. Also is kangwoo talking about closing mad dog office?

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And you can not edit your comment here? 😓

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Not at the moment. I believe that function is currently out of order.

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Too bad because of all the mistakes I make because I m working and fangirling at the same time

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He made Ha-ri speachless in that scarf and jacket scene. <3

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He made us all speechless tbh 😂

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I don’t think Kang-woo was being harsh on Min-joon when he was yelling at him. He tried comforting him (maybe give him a hug) in the bathroom but Min-joon pushed him away. He must have thought that the only way to comfort him was to give him tough love instead and it worked. Or maybe Min-joon just wanted the hug to come from Ha-ri. *there goes my shipper self again. Lol

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I still remember asking myself "oooohhh would they make a loveline between these two?" when the cockroach scene happened. And I loved that after that scene, Hari refers to Minjoon as "바퀴벌레/bakwibeolle" (cockroach) everytime he sees him.

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*she
(I wish there was an edit option here huhu)

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I'm thinking that there's a possibility that they have already heard Chief On and Hongjoo's conversation through the bug they planted in the hospital room before the press con, that's why the camera focused when Minjoon took out his phone, maybe he will play the recorded conversation? I don't know. We'll see. I'm just thinking of possible ways that they won't actually fall into Hong Joo's trap because I don't want to see Minjoon lose his credibility in the public's eyes.

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Oooh this could happen as well, as both the events are not taking place in parallel. I hope your theory is right, the bug should serve some big purpose. But looking at preview of ep 13 both teams are looking unhappy as hell

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But recording of conversation alone won't do anything they will have to play both the conversation and black box recordings. But seeing how nurse oh saw hongjoo going she must have called mad dog team

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Yes I forgot to mention that Nurse Oh surely has informed the Mad Dog team that Hongjoo went to the hospital. And omg thanks for mentioning the ep 13 preview, I didn't know it's already out. Now gotta go and look for it on youtube.

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Hahaha no problem, go go go watch 😀

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I'm with you, had forgotten about the bug, but judging by their faces when the presscon started, I can't help but feel they laid a trap for the baddies this time. Otherwise the plot would simply be too stupid, because Min Joon's talk with Chief On and their subsequent filming of him proves absolutely nothing and could be interpreted in a lot of different ways and I'm pretty sure they'd know that themselves.

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I almost forgot about the bug. They did not show it during the conversation between HJ & Chief Ohn and Noo-ri doesn’t know about it.

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Looks like I was wrong in my theory. I just watched the ep 13 preview, the team got in trouble and landed in a police station, with Minjoon saying to the police that everything was his fault/he did everything by himself. And did he also got jailed? I think I saw him behind the bars. And he's crying again in the last scene of the preview. We're seeing a crying Minjoon a lot recently.. Can I just say that I like Woo Dohwan's crying scenes. He's good in dramatic scenes. Not awkward and not cringy.

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I found his crying scene a bit cringy in ep 2 where he was standing infront of his bro's dead body, the rest is fine. But I still think they already knew about hongjoo's plan, it doesn't make sense now that both events aren't taking place in parallel and nurse oh saw hongjoo going and the bug is also installed there and on top of everything noori texted as well (I personally believe he did hit the send button). Minjoon would be behind the bars most probably because of black box? Hyungi took it back at the station. And oh baby don't cry with a bottle of soju, bro's pic and laptop, hopefully this time hari will come and console him 😀

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Me too, I think Noori was able to send the text. And I just realized now that maybe they knew all along that the black box could get them in trouble. They're smart afterall. Surely they have carefully thought about their plan and considered all the possible outcomes. Haha I didn't notice he had a bottle of soju during that crying scene. Looks like he's starting to get used to the strong taste

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He had a green bottle with him so I think it's soju (his beer bottle is brown), guess drunk minjoon is coming soon 😂

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@crazyyo drunk Minjoon with the pink blush on haha

@giegie he was refusing to drink it the first time Hari introduced the soju to him but now he drinks it even when he's alone haha

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If you meant to tag me then yup, you tagged the wrong person. :D

Let’s just hope Ha-ri joins him and helps him finish the soju. ^_^

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He is starting to change his preference from beer to soju since Ha-ri loves soju. He’s whipped. 😍

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It's weird how that scarf and jacket pulling scene for Min Joon/Ha Ri, makes me more fluttery inside than full minute long kissing/romance scenes in some actual romance dramas. I just feel like that denial stage is so sexy.

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Thank you for your recap and comments, Regals. I turned in for the night and awoke to a huge load of comments. The Mad Doggers have been busy fangirling. ;-)

Despite his drawing closer and beginning to open up emotionally to the Mad Dogs, Min-joon's retreat back into guilt-induced isolation following Noo-ri's stabbing is understandable. The way he flinches when Kang-woo tries to comfort him is further proof of his self-recrimination. When Kang-woo switches to tough love, I see the two of them as chips off the same block, and his words meant for both of them. They are in a dangerous business with ruthless opponents.

I had to watch Noo-ri's being driven off to the sanitarium three times before first hearing, and then seeing, that his father's henchman tossed it out the window of the moving car. I'll assume that Cheetah used the tracker to retrieve it for him.

I loved Cheetah's little snit over the disclosure of Noo-ri's father, after the kid had said nothing about it for two whole years. Then he turned around and gave Nurse Oh his secret Bat Signal for his sidekick: used tuna gimbap wrappers. Nothing says "I've got your back, kid," like strategically-placed litter. The fastest cat in this pack of mad dogs is an endearing mush.

I'd advise Min-joon to "Say It With Flowers" to Ha-ri. ;-)

It's not clear to me whether Chief Prosecutor On was merely the messenger who conveyed news of the approval of the new airline route to Jejudo, or whether he was currying favor with Juhan Air on his own.

As other Beanies have pointed out, Noo-ri's attempt to keep the Mad Dogs from falling into a trap at the press conference may be unnecessary, although he has no way of knowing that. Nurse On installed the bug. Maybe we'll see in a flashback that it has already been discovered by On or his legion of henchmen -- or maybe he just assumes that the room is bugged by someone. He might have found it when he bugged the room himself. Hyun-gi is so crafty I assume that he automatically considers the room to be bugged.

It's also possible that we're being trolled. Mad Dog may have already heard about the trap, and are going through with their plan to make it look as if they don't know they're being played. (On the other hand, it doesn't look as if anyone has been monitoring the bug in real time because they are in transit.) I admit I have no idea how they're going to salvage Min-joon's being smeared as a crazed stalker.

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I had to watch Noo-ri's being driven off to the sanitarium three times before first hearing, and then seeing, that his father's henchman tossed his phone out the window of the moving car. I'll assume that Cheetah used the tracker to retrieve it for him.

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Finally we got to see the circumstances of Hyun-gi's father's death in Chairman Cha's greenhouse: an asthma attack that went unmedicated. (My theory that he was poisoned by Chairman Lucretia Borgia Cha has been blown out of the water. Ha!) Shouldn't that have showed up in the autopsy results? Why the mystery? I cannot believe the deceased would have gone anywhere without an inhaler. So why weren't these questions raised earlier?

Is there even more to that story that is yet to be revealed?

I can see it all now: back in the day, Chairman Cha had a fling with his friend's wife, and Hyun-gi is actually his son, who went off the deep end when he found out. I don't know if it accounts for his bizarre fashion sense (Those neckties! That horseblanket plaid suit!), but it might give some insight into his loathing for Chairman Cha. ;-)

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Chairman Lucretia Borgia Cha 😂

Hyun-gi did mention how his father sometimes forgot his inhaler, and it’s only Chairman Cha and his father in that greenhouse when the incident happened so no one except Chairman Char know the truth. Hyun-gi is suspicious (as seen in the previous episodes) but he doesn’t have evidence. Question is how did Chief Ohn know the details of Hyun-gi’s father’s death.

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@Giegie,

I didn't realize that Hyungi had stated that his father sometimes forgot his inhaler. Thanks for pointing it out. I guess he didn't have a minion dedicated to carrying it around for him. ;-)

Good question as to how Chief Ohn knew what really happened. He might have a mole of his own at Taeyang.

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It appears as though I spoke too soon in regards to Noo Ri's father... Dang, I hate red herrings (and the way he just held business meetings while Noo Ri, his SON (just in case you all forgot like he did), was in a coma). On the upside, I'm glad to see Nurse Oh FINALLY working with the team and helping them out (and favoring Min Joon over Cheetah *adorable*).
I hate to say this, but I really am amazed at Hyun Ki. I agree that he seems more of a sociopath than Lawyer Lee. Hong Joo and her father seem more of back-up villains compared to him.
While everyone on this cast is doing wonderfully, Woo Do Hwan manages to take the cake for me every single episode. The level of raw emotion he brings into Kim Min Joon is astonishing, ranging from the intense guilt he felt after Noo Ri was stabbed to the mischievous smirk he gets whenever he teases Ha Ri (seriously, if the show doesn't have them kiss, I'm giving up on humanity). As much as I love seeing sad, lonely, and teary Min Joon for Kang Woo and the Mad Dog team to pick up, let's not have anymore of our hero's get hurt, die, or betrayed so that Min Joon can smile a bit more.

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Min joon’s got the moves
Min joon’s got the moves
Min joon’s got the moves
Min joon’s got the moves

... the moves with the scarf and coat.... so suave

Just kiss her already, we all know you both want to... tease!

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That smile of Min Joon after he gave her his coat. Gosh! Also I have never seen a video in a drama recap post before. So thank you so much for sharing the 🔥🔥🔥video of the Hari x Minjoon scene!

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No, Kang-Woo was exactly right to be tough on Min-Joon. This is how some tough men are brought to step forward through their pain and also feel vulnerable in the moment. Because of the tender times they've already shared (LOVED last episode in Kang-Woo's kitchen - wow!) Min-Joon knows that Kang-Woo really cares about him and the tough words can be translated to mean, "Pull yourself together, we need you and you need you for your own sake. It's kind of man-talk but it works. Think if you were on a lifeboat with six people...everyone with an important job. You couldn't afford for one member of the team to collapse in fear and self-pity beyond the first, valid reaction. Coddling has its place but not on the Mad Dog team.

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Thank you!! Like eventually I think he needs a hug. But he needs tough love too. At that moment tough love was what was needed. He tried to comfort him, Min Joon didn't want it. If he gets comforted tho, I think it needs to be from noo ri or ha ri (since she planted that idea in his mind)

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So. Seems like some people are confused on Min Joon's reaction, and feel it's out of character. I hope I can provide some perspective on this, since I am a lot like Min Joon. I have mixed feelings on whether him freaking out seeing Noo Ri stabbed was in or out of character, but I can assure you the hospital scene and on is definitely in character. First we see him running with the gurny, and falls behind. This is in character, because he's hesitantly a part of the group anyways, and feels guilty/needs time to process on his own. He heads to the bathroom where Kang Woo then finds him. He is almost calmly washing his hands, when KW reaches out to touch him, and he bristles. It's almost like he's trying to build a wall around himself, and Kang Woo's touch breaks that, hence the bristle. Then when he comes out, he gives his speech on why it's all his fault. Later on, we see that Kang Woo and Min Joon almost decide to leave the team, thankfully ha ri and cheetah stop them.

Let's break this down, on why it's in character.
Falling behind: I already explained this, but he already feels only sorta part of the group, he's almost there but not fully. If he feels guilty, of course he's going to revert to falling behind. We also see, that he prefers to work alone, so why wouldn't he process alone too?
Almost calmly washing his hands: As I said, it almost looks like he's trying to put a wall around himself. Do I need to explain how that's true to character lol. He surrounds himself with walls. Whether it is his smart alec attitude, cheekiness, silly, playing dumb, this guy is made of walls.
Bristling at Kang Woo's touch: Back to the walls, when Kang Woo touches him, it cracks the wall he's trying to build around himself. In that moment, he's trying to keep his cool while washing his hands, and if Kang Woo touches him, he can't do that, hence the bristle.
Blaming himself: I feel like this is where people are like "waaaht he wouldn't do that" yes. yes he would. When his hyung died, while he didn't blame himself for the death (that would be impossible to do), he does highly regret that he didn't accept his brother's affection. It's not new for Min Joon to blame himself, and since he likes to ride alone, it means he's more likely to take responsibility and blame himself for things.
Wanting to leave the group: Again, he likes to work alone. He has trust issues due to being abandoned as a child. If he sees his friends getting hurt, then he's naturally wanna going to go alone.

I am honestly so impressed with Do Hwan's acting in episode 12. He not only grieved for Noo Ri, but did it in a very min joon way. The actor didn't just resort to angst, he showed his emotions in a way that Min Joon would be likely to. Which also. He has emotions. Just like a well-guarded city is still a city, a well-guarded heart is still a heart. Hope that clears things up for people!

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@Katy,

"...a well-guarded heart is still a heart."

Nicely said!

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Thanks ^_^
Seems like some people on here, still assume he doesn't have emotions, or he's always got to keep his cool. Just because he puts up a lot of walls, doesn't mean he doesn't have feelings. It's because he has feelings he puts up those walls. People don't protect nonexistent hearts, just like how people don't protect nonexistent cities.
Personalities like Min Joon are hard to understand tho, so I help my comment helped cleared things up, since we're so alike and I can understand him lol.

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THANK YOU! It pains me to see people misinterpreting minjoon's character and saying they still don't like his character. He doesn't have a shitty personality (please stop saying this people there are alot of people who put up walls around their hearts for whatever reason and that DOESN'T mean they don't feel a thing :(. ). 'A well guarded heart is still a heart' sums it up perfectly 👍

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Min-joon is reminiscent of Prosecutor Jang Do-han in LOOKOUT, who initially appeared to be an obnoxious creep of the first order. Deep down, he was a soul tortured by the destruction of his family -- and guilt over failing to prevent a murder. As such, he was a classic antihero. Ditto for Lee Joon-gi's character in TWO WEEKS. With such characters (or even with Kdramas in general), you have to have patience as the character's true nature develops or is gradually revealed.

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@crazyyo right? It kills me too. Like putting up walls doesn’t mean you’re a crappy person. Especially in new situations, I put up walls all the time. Am I a crappy person no. And what really kills me is mad dog weren’t innocent angels to him in the beginning either. They both could be rude to each other, in fact imo it’s Min Joon doing the most change. So I really don’t get peoples problems with him.
@pakalanepikake I haven’t seen either of those dramas. But I totally get what you mean. Y’all just need to be patient and wait for the character to reveal himself lol. I actually prefer characters like Min Joon for two reasons. A. I can relate. B. They are so much fun to unravel. I just love figuring them out.
Anyway, I hope after reading this thread people realize Min Joon isn’t a terrible guy.

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Lol jang do han appeared as a villian at start and I was like wow the drama is based on a villian and not hero lol.
@Katy and no one talked about what kangwoo did, why did he go after the brother of co pilot and that too to germany? Like why would you go after a man who did nothing wrong? :/ anyway I like kangwoo so I will let it slide he like a big bro to our minjoonie now 😀

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As always these comments are so much fun to read! Loved this episode and as always the acting of this cast blows me away. That ending left me so nervous for ep 13, I really hope Mad Dog step it up and stop underestimating their enemy.

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Wow. 98 comments for Mad Dog ? I'll make 2 comments to make it an even 100. :D

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I think Hyun-gi knows Chairman Cha has a hand in his father death. But, he also wants JH Group for himself and being the sociopath that he is, he has no qualms of staying silent and make the most out of it (by cooperating with his murderer).

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Hyun-gi let Chairman Cha do the heavy lifting. ;-)

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but is Hyun-gi really that bad, remind me, does he have blood on his hands? i thought all the murders and attempts where done by Chairman cha and his spwan of satan daughter? Sure the guy is no saint but that scene in the hospital really made me see him in a different light. Before his father died no one really knew about him, everyone also assumes he had a bad realtionship with his father. But what if that was not the case? That hospital scene made it imply he loved his dad and is hellbent on getting revenge even if that means plotting along with his enemy. if all of what he does/did was to trap Chairman cha and his minions, and then in one swoop take down EVERYONE that was involved in his father's death and the planbe crash. After all, he only came onto the scen afer is father's death so he is not reasônsible for the crash and i think neither is his father, i think it was all Cha his doing. I guess he is a bit like min joon, playing games to find the thruth, but he just goes about it a different way. What a plot twist it would be if he became the savior of team mad dog. Imagine that.Suddenly the character of Hyun-gibecame a lot more interresting. I just can't get over the Mr Spock haircut :(

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Wow we reached one hundred comments.. Hello to everyone in our Mad Dog community here. *waves hand*

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*waves back* so happy to see comment section booming with my mad dog community 😀

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You know in Episode 12 around 12:40 minutes in, anyone know the instrumental song in the background?

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