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Mad Dog: Episode 8

How can you tell who is worthy of your trust when everyone in this show is so openly duplicitous? Whether it’s Taeyang or JH Group at the forefront of the conspiracy, our heroes continue to uncover the secrets of Flight 801, but they’ll need to keep their wits about them if they want to keep themselves out of danger in the process.

 
EPISODE 8: “At a fishing spot”

In the Taeyang office, Kang-woo introduces himself as the firm’s claims examination team manager. Min-joon questions Kang-woo’s motive for returning to Taeyang, but Kang-woo assures Min-joon that his goal is to dig into Taeyang’s insurance policies more deeply.

Min-joon is skeptical that Taeyang trusts Kang-woo, and says they should do something so that he can earn their trust back. But Kang-woo warns him to stay under the radar, adding, “If you get caught again, no one can save you.” Min-joon just laughs off this warning.

In Chairman Cha’s office, Hyun-gi reveals the plan to hold his father’s funeral this week so he can finally officially take his father’s position as Chairman of JH Group.

Hyun-gi laments over how long it took for his father’s death to be made official, even though he actually collapsed in Chairman Cha’s office right after the Flight 801 crash two years ago and never regained consciousness.

Hyun-gi pivots to ask if Chairman Cha still has “that thing” regarding Flight 801, but Chairman Cha counters by asking Hyun-gi the same question. They’re both using whatever item they possess as leverage against the other, and they agree to finally exchange the items after Hyun-gi takes over JH Group.

Hyun-gi tells Chairman Cha to leave Hong-joo in the dark about their secret dealings, but jokes that he feels bad about the father and daughter having too many secrets.

Just then, Hong-joo arrives to interrupt, and Chairman Cha dismisses Hyun-gi so they can talk privately. Hong-joo wonders why her father would bring Kang-woo back, but he insists that Kang-woo came to him, and it’s good for business.

Hong-joo remains concerned though, since Kang-woo was digging in to Ms. Lee before coming back, but Chairman Cha questions whether Hong-joo’s concern about Kang-woo’s return is really because of the crash.

Chairman Cha explains his motivation for the re-hiring, “If you give Kang-woo what he wants and leave him alone, he’ll go fetch it.”

When Hong-joo asks what specifically Chairman Cha wants Kang-woo to fetch for him, he snaps that she doesn’t want to know, and tells her that she should “just get ready to capture the dog.”

As his daughter stammers in shock at the suggestion that she use Kang-woo and get rid of him, he reminds her that the chairman seat of Taeyang will soon belong to her, and she needs to stop acting like Kang-woo’s hoobae so she can take her rightful place. She in turn asks where her father will go after emptying his seat: “JH Group?”

Meanwhile in the lobby, Hyun-gi overhears some employees gossiping over Kang-woo’s return, and he realizes that Kang-woo is the person Hong-joo always goes out of her way to please. Hyun-gi clocks that Kang-woo left right after the Flight 801 incident, and he seems to realize the significance of the timing.

Kang-woo heads to Hong-joo’s office where she scolds him for keeping her out of the loop. Hong-joo asks Kang-woo to tell her why he came back, and he informs her that since Go Jin-chul is dead, he no longer needs to run Mad Dog.

The news seems to surprise Hong-joo, and Kang-woo insists that he came back because he belongs at Taeyang, promising to focus on bringing their fraud detection rate back up to par.

Back at Mad Dog HQ, the rest of the team arrive to find Min-joon waiting for them. Min-joon advises them that nobody will believe Kang-woo’s return to Taeyang is legit if Mad Dog continues to operate in the meantime, so they should close the office. Ha-ri gives a devilish smile in response.

They leave a notice on the front door announcing their closure, only to move all of their equipment upstairs into Min-joon’s apartment, much to his chagrin. Min-joon protests their intrusion, but they say he owes them their deposit for vacating the office, figuring they should charge him about 100 million won to set up a new office here.

They make themselves right at home, and Min-joon goes into a convulsive fit at the sight of Soon-jung riding his one-of-a-kind deer artwork like it’s a pony ride.

They refocus on work and discuss Hong-joo’s meeting with JH’s Lawyer Lee at the hotel. Min-joon complains about Ha-ri interfering with his attempts to eavesdrop on their targets, even if she insists it was for his safety.

Min-joon wonders if she likes him that much to be concerned about him, and she casually flirts back while Soon-jung and Noo-ri look on wide-eyed. He hands over a USB drive for the Mad Dog crew to investigate, which contains information on Reporter Bang, who was suspended after JH Group’s legal team, led by Lawyer Lee, filed a complaint.

Min-joon receives an email from Kang-woo with the files from the Flight 801 investigation, and Kang-woo reiterates his warning to Min-joon to stay under the radar.

When Min-joon listens to the recording from the cockpit during the crash, he realizes his brother’s voice is missing, and Ha-ri arrives to explain that someone deleted Beom-joon’s voice from the file to cover up his attempts to stop the crash.

Min-joon speculates that Hyun-gi would be in a position to benefit from the cover-up, and Ha-ri confirms that Hyun-gi was lauded for how he stepped in to handle the crisis in lieu of his father, earning a promotion in the immediate aftermath. It was Hyun-gi’s big reveal to the public as the group’s successor.

Ha-ri wants to know why Min-joon gave them the data on Reporter Bang, and Min-joon cryptically answers that he wants to make a big reveal for himself as well. He enjoys it when she worries about him again, but tells her to just go back to worrying about Kang-woo.

Back at Taeyang, Kang-woo searches the company’s files for Beom-joon’s insurance policies, and lets Manager Park know about Ms. Lee’s dying words to Min-joon to find the originals.

Manager Park informs Kang-woo that Ms. Lee usually kept the original files herself, but since her presumed death years ago, he retrieved them from her.

Kang-woo asks to see the files, and he scrutinizes them with Manager Park and Professor Byeon. Kang-woo notices that the paper used for some of the files is different, which is odd since Taeyang uses a single paper supplier to supply a specific type of paper.

They take the files to be analyzed by a professional, who notes that the paper used for these policies wasn’t sold until the middle of 2010, so the policies that were supposedly signed before then can’t possibly be originals.

Kang-woo and Manager Park realize that the company policy regarding suicidal deaths changed in 2010, so they would no longer be considered accidental deaths for the purposes of paying out the insurance.

They speculate that someone changed the dates of Beom-joon’s policies so they could pay out more in case of suicide, framing Beom-joon so the public would be more likely to believe he crashed the plane on purpose.

Kang-woo knows they need more concrete evidence, and Manager Park reveals that all of the files on Flight 801 are now in the company’s basement depository, where all the classified documents from important cases are now stored. In order to get access, they’ll need to settle a big case themselves.

Meanwhile, Min-joon and Mad Dog team up to collect intel on Hyun-gi. Ha-ri joins Min-joon at the JH Group building to scout Hyun-gi’s movements, and she makes sure to physically block Lawyer Lee from seeing Min-joon when he passes by.

Min-joon teases her over her concern, half-annoyed at her constant pestering, then tells Noo-ri to inform Reporter Bang to come to the JH building the next day to meet Ha-ri.

At home, Hyun-gi harasses his secretary, who looks miserable in Hyun-gi’s presence, and then leaves to deposit some important documents in a hidden safe in his study. The secretary sees exactly where the safe is located before walking out.

Outside, Min-joon speculates that Hyun-gi must have some kind of vault for important documents inside the house, and spies the secretary leaving looking dejected.

The secretary heads to a nearby restaurant, but the meat he wants is too expensive, so he settles with just soup. He curses out Hyun-gi and promises to hand in his resignation the next day.

As he downs a shot of soju, someone places a plate of meat on his table, and we see it’s Min-joon sitting at the table next to the secretary. Min-joon lies that he ordered too much for himself and tells the secretary to eat it, who gratefully accepts.

Afterwards, Min-joon warmly sees the secretary off, and Ha-ri catches up with Min-joon to see what he learned from the secretary by offering him food. But Min-joon says that he didn’t buy the meat for the secretary to get information—he simply did it out of kindness.

Min-joon jokes that it must seem out of character for him to do something like that since she only sees him as a con man, not a person, but Ha-ri commends him for it and strokes his hair, teasing that he might actually become human.

Min-joon playfully tells her he doesn’t want to become human, since he looks forward to the day Ha-ri exposes him as a con man. She jokes back, “You’ll never become human. Once a beast, always a beast.”

Min-joon snickers back that they should party like beasts then and saunters off, leaving Ha-ri to scold herself for flirting with him again.

The next day, Soon-jung and Ha-ri scout the JH Group building, and Reporter Bang arrives soon after. He spots Ha-ri and approaches her to see why she contacted him.

Just then, Min-joon walks by them and heads straight for Lawyer Lee, who is heading through the lobby as well. As everyone else in the lobby looks on, Min-joon introduces himself as the brother of Flight 801’s co-pilot Kim Beom-joon.

Reporter Bang springs into action, taking out his phone to record Min-joon’s dramatic scene. Min-joon loudly proclaims to Lawyer Lee that he plans to hold Juhan Air responsible for his brother’s apparent suicide.

He claims that the airline caused Beom-joon’s depression and, thus, calls the crash an industrial accident. Min-joon is led inside a conference room where he secretly plants a recording device.

Ha-ri calls Min-joon as he waits, and he reveals that his goal was for Reporter Bang to record the whole scene. He tells Ha-ri to let him know when Reporter Bang uploads the video on his blog.

Lawyer Lee arrives, and he informs Min-joon that he is not entitled to Beom-joon’s pension even if the crash was an industrial accident. Min-joon, though, makes it plain that he doesn’t want the pension, he just wants to report Juhan Air for their wrongdoing.

Lawyer Lee thinks he’s bluffing, and tells Min-joon that he doubts Juhan Air would have any trouble sweeping it under the rug.

Just then, Ha-ri texts Min-joon to tell him Reporter Bang’s video is up, and Min-joon proudly shows the video to Lawyer Lee, whose face falls as he watches. Min-joon smugly tells Lawyer Lee to call him when he’s ready.

At the same time, Hyun-gi angrily calls Lawyer Lee to yell at him to get rid of the video. Hyun-gi prepares to throw his phone in anger, but his secretary stops him, not wanting Hyun-gi to make a scene in the lobby of the building.

As Hyun-gi stands with his arm aloft, Min-joon bumps right into him and his secretary. And it turns out Min-joon overheard Hyun-gi telling Lawyer Lee to make sure nothing goes wrong before next week, curious as to what he could be talking about.

The secretary recognizes Min-joon from the restaurant the night before, and Hyun-gi also recognizes him as Beom-joon’s brother, not sure what to make of the sudden fuss Min-joon is kicking up.

Ha-ri and Soon-jung catch up to Min-joon outside, and Min-joon reveals that by making such a public spectacle, JH Group can’t just kill him off so easily.

Soon-jung shows Min-joon some of the horrible netizen comments in response to his brazen scheme, but Min-joon just chuckles at them. Ha-ri assesses that if JH Group killed Min-joon now then it would be all over the media, and Min-joon exclaims, “That’s right, isn’t that great?” Ha.

Back at Taeyang, Kang-woo and Manager Park retrieve documents on several cases of young men in special forces claiming stress disorders recently, and find that there are over 100 cases in the past few months.

Manager Park figures that there must be at least 5 billion won worth of fraudulent claims, and Kang-woo instructs his employees to dig deeper for similar cases.

Later, Kang-woo tells Manager Park that these new cases coincide with the release from prison of a scammer that Kang-woo caught a few years ago for a similar fraud charge. Kang-woo and Manager Park resolve to use this new case as an opportunity to gain access to the basement depository.

Just then, Kang-woo receives the video of Min-joon’s outburst at JH Group, and sighs over his refusal to lay low.

At a bar, Min-joon drinks alone, only for Kang-woo to join him. Kang-woo wonders if Min-joon can handle the backlash he is facing, and worries that Min-joon might actually get himself killed. Min-joon offers him some of his ice cream, but Kang-woo refuses, saying that his son liked it.

Min-joon opens up about his past, telling Kang-woo about how his adoptive parents kicked him out when he was 17 because they finally conceived their own child. Min-joon starved for a few days after, and resorted to begging for money because the ice cream in a shop window looked so good.

When he had enough money, he went straight to the ice cream shop to buy some, but dropped the ice cream on the ground to avoid getting hit by a car. Still starving though, Min-joon picked the ice cream up off the ground and ate it.

Min-joon confides, “After eating that, I cried for the first time. I realized then that I was abandoned and alone. A piece of ice as cold as that ice cream got lodged in my heart in that moment.” Oof.

Min-joon continues, “Do you know when that piece of ice started to melt? October 11, 2015. When my brother said, ‘Next time, call me hyung, okay?'” Min-joon says he actually did plan to accept his brother when he got back from his flight, but that never happened.

Now, Min-joon wants to put those responsible for his brother’s death in jail. Then, he says, he’d be okay with dying. But Kang-woo disagrees, “Why would you die? They are the ones that have to die.”

They share a toast to that, and Kang-woo implores Min-joon to tell him what the plan is so he can help. Min-joon reveals that he planted a bug at JH Group, and they listen to a recording from earlier.

In the recording, Hyun-gi yells at Lawyer Lee over Min-joon’s shenanigans. Hyun-gi says he still believes that Lawyer Lee is loyal to Chairman Cha instead of him, and threatens that if anything goes awry before next week, Chairman Cha will never get back the thing that he wants.

Kang-woo and Min-joon don’t know what Chairman Cha is after, but they surmise that it must be important.

Kang-woo also fills Min-joon in on the fact that Beom-joon’s insurance documents were fabricated to make the accident appear to be suicide. They guess that if the files aren’t in the Taeyang depository, then perhaps they may be the documents Chairman Cha wants from Hyun-gi.

Back at Mad Dog, the team wonders where Hyun-gi would hide his important documents, and Min-joon divulges his suspicions that Hyun-gi has some kind of vault in his house.

They formulate a plan to infiltrate Hyun-gi’s house by using his taste for art, and luckily Min-joon is an art collector himself, so they can use his collection as bait.

In the meantime, Min-joon calls Lawyer Lee to set up a meeting with Hyun-gi for the next day, lying that he wants to settle their matters quietly.

Min-joon agrees to invest a painting called “At a Fishing Spot” as their bait, and the team will work together to infiltrate Hyun-gi’s house tomorrow without Kang-woo, who says he misses them. Everyone tells him not to worry, but Min-joon tells him to hurry back so that his team will move out of his apartment.

Lawyer Lee reports to Chairman Cha that Min-joon is targeting Hyun-gi. Rather than intervene, Chairman Cha tells him to let Min-joon do what he wants and see what happens.

Meanwhile, Kang-woo visits with Detective Jo and asks him to look into the con man who was responsible for the stress disorder fraud a few years ago.

Kang-woo notices Detective Jo’s demeanor is a bit off, but Detective Jo says it’s because he’s worried about Kang-woo, unsure of why Kang-woo would want to go back to Taeyang.

Kang-woo deflects and tells Detective Jo that he doesn’t need to keep chasing after Kang-woo’s leads after this. Kang-woo will do it himself since he doesn’t want Detective Jo to get hurt because of him.

At the art gallery, Soon-jung poses as a buyer and Ha-ri pretends to be a curator trying to sell him the painting Min-joon owns. Soon-jung says he’ll buy it but Ha-ri asks what company he owns, since the artist won’t sell to “just anybody.”

Nearby, Hyun-gi is eavesdropping on their entire conversation, and when Soon-jung storms off furiously, Ha-ri quickly reels Hyun-gi in with flattery over his renown as an art collector.

Hyun-gi agrees to purchase the painting almost immediately, and Ha-ri promises the gallery will deliver the art to his home later this afternoon. After Hyun-gi leaves, Ha-ri confirms that he took the bait, and Min-joon asks the gallery to provide Min-joon with the painting so he can take it with him.

At Taeyang, Manager Park briefs the executives on the stress disorder fraud case, and Chairman Cha praises Kang-woo for detecting such a large fraud so quickly. Chairman Cha orders Hong-joo to give Kang-woo his own key to the depository since he’ll need to visit often in the future.

Meanwhile, Ha-ri and Min-joon take the bait painting to Hyun-gi’s house while Noo-ri tracks Hyun-gi’s location from Min-joon’s apartment, and Soon-jung tails Hyun-gi’s car to make sure everything is going according to plan.

Hyun-gi calls Lawyer Lee from his car, who informs him about the meeting with Min-joon that afternoon. Hyun-gi wonders why Min-joon chose to meet him now all of the sudden, and thinks back to Ha-ri’s promise to deliver the artwork specifically that afternoon.

Hyun-gi panics as he connects the two events, and orders his secretary to drive him back to his home instead, where Ha-ri is already frantically searching for the hidden safe while Min-joon distracts the housekeeper.

Soon-jung reports that Hyun-gi is no longer heading back to the JH building, and Noo-ri realizes Hyun-gi is on his way home instead. Ha-ri finds the safe behind a painting, but they’ll need to race against time to crack it.

At Taeyang, Kang-woo makes his way into the depository, and immediately finds the files on Flight 801. He searches through them, but can’t find Beom-joon’s original policies inside, and is startled when Hong-joo asks what he’s looking for.

Back at Hyun-gi’s house, Ha-ri notices that the only digits on the keypad that are worn down are 5, 1, and 0, and Min-joon quickly figures out that the passcode is the date of the Flight 801 crash, and the safe opens with ease.

In the depository, Kang-woo asks Hong-joo where Beom-joon’s original contract is, not the fabricated one. She looks confused, and asks what Kang-woo’s grounds are for thinking the contract is doctored.

But Kang-woo still doesn’t believe Hong-joo, and asks her point-blank why she covered up the originals. Hong-joo remains resolute, completely unaware that the policies were doctored, and Kang-woo registers that she really did not know about the cover-up.

Ha-ri and Min-joon furiously scrounge through the documents in the safe, but Beom-joon’s original contracts are nowhere to be found. Min-joon then detects a hidden area above the safe, and when he reaches up, he finds the dossier containing the originals.

Hyun-gi is almost back at the house, however, and Ha-ri tells Min-joon to hurry up and leave with the files while she stays behind to clean up. But he refuses to take them, saying that he can’t take that risk when Hyun-gi knows her face.

When he does return, Hyun-gi heads straight to the study, but everything is back in its normal location, and Ha-ri is alone in the room holding the bait painting. She tells Hyun-gi that the artist requested a photo of the painting hanging up on Hyun-gi’s wall, and he tells her to hang it in another room instead.

But before she can leave, he forces her to remain still while he checks that the documents are still in the hidden compartment, and when he confirms that they are, he relaxes and leads Ha-ri to the living room.

Meanwhile, Min-joon escapes without notice from anyone inside, but immediately runs into the secretary outside. The secretary just warns Min-joon to leave before Hyun-gi comes backs out, and he safely makes his retreat.

Lawyer Lee calls Chairman Cha and informs him of Hyun-gi’s sudden change of plans. They speculate that Mad Dog must have found something, but probably couldn’t take it due to Hyun-gi’s interference.

Chairman Cha literally digs another phone out of a flower pot and cryptically tells whoever is on the other end that there is something they need to take care of.

At Mad Dog HQ, the team combs over the video they captured from their raid of Hyun-gi’s home, and confirm that the years on the original policies were changed to appear as if they were signed before 2010.

Min-joon wonders who between Chairman Cha and Hong-joo could be responsible, but Kang-woo confesses that he believes Hong-joo actually didn’t know about the changes.

Just then, an alarm goes off signaling that someone just entered the former Mad Dog office downstairs. Inside, someone searches through the dark, and Kang-woo and Min-joon sneak up behind him as the intruder searches.

They switch on the lights, and the figure turns around to face them, which causes Kang-woo to flare in anger when he sees the intruder’s face. It’s Detective Jo.

 
COMMENTS

Say it ain’t so, Detective Jo! I suppose it’s not surprising that Chairman Cha would find someone in Kang-woo’s circle of people to turn double agent given how much we learned about the power dynamic between him and Hyun-gi this hour. It seems Chairman Cha is the person who is most responsible for whatever nefarious plot is beneath the surface, and even the man responsible for cleaning up the messes in Hyun-gi’s way (Lawyer Lee) is loyal to Chairman Cha instead of Hyun-gi. Chairman Cha seems to have his finger on the pulse of everything right now, and even knew that Mad Dog was going after Hyun-gi’s documents while he got to sit back and enjoy the show.

The question, then, is will Mad Dog be able to find concrete evidence which points to Chairman Cha’s misdeeds? They already know Taeyang must be complicit in the Beom-joon cover-up, and Kang-woo’s interrogation of Hong-joo should make it clear that she doesn’t know anything about the conspiracy. It’s interesting, though, knowing that Kang-woo and Chairman Cha do not trust each other, that they choose to dance around under the pretense that they actually do. It sets up an interesting dynamic for the foreseeable future where each man will undoubtedly try to outfox the other while struggling to hide their true intentions.

Their previous relationship, as Chairman Cha noted himself, was like that of a father and son, but that seems irreparably fractured at this point. For Kang-woo in particular, I’m sure this comes as a tough pill to swallow. After all, he wanted to blame both Juhan Airlines and even Hong-joo before finally leaving Chairman Cha as his main suspect. I wonder if Kang-woo is even ready to accept Chairman Cha as the mastermind at this point given how reluctant he seems to be to point the finger at him thus far. Does he still foster some sort of lingering affection for the chairman?

That said, Min-joon is certainly going to be key to pushing Kang-woo in the right direction. He doesn’t share the same personal connections to anyone involved in the cover-up. He just wants to find the truth, whatever it may be, and expose it so he can clear his brother’s name. It’s heartbreaking that Min-joon doesn’t even care if he ends up dead as a result, as long as it means his brother is no longer considered a monster.

Maybe he just needs a little bit of love from anyone in his life, especially since his brother was the only person to ever show him any sort of affection. And Ha-ri seems poised to be the one who provides it for him. Hilariously, she can’t even stop herself from flirting with him whenever they’re together, even if her colleagues are right next to them, and Min-joon seems to be the only person who can break through her unflappable persona. It’s a cute little touch of romance (if you can even call it that) in a show that is otherwise brimming with intensity at all times, so it provides a much-needed break every once in a while from the rapid-fire action.

But now that Mad Dog is closing in on the truth, I doubt we can expect the pace to slow down for very long. It’s only a matter of time before they’re digging deep enough into what transpired two years ago that Hyun-gi and Chairman Cha will both want to intervene. Given how thin their loyalty to each other seems to be, though, will they manage to keep each other afloat, or will they race to sell each other out as soon as their business relationship starts to fall apart? I’d bet on the latter, and with Kang-woo barking at their doors, I’d bet it’s coming a lot sooner than either of them originally planned for.

 
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Lemme be that earphone for Kang-woo and Min-joon lol

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It wasn't until this episode that I even realized that Min-joon lived in the same building as the Mad Dog office. I was wondering how they got there so fast when Detective Jo broke in. Anyway... I love this show. Especially Min-joon and Ha-ri; I could watch them flirt back and forth all day. But when she patted his head, it really affected him. He probably didn't get very much affection from anyone other than his brother and he is sorely in need of a connection to someone and I've got some people in mind 😉. Now we know his story about sleeping in a bathroom or on a train were true, which I kind of already suspected. Min-joon learned long ago not to trust and now Kang-woo is about to learn a similar lesson 😭.
On a side note, Min-joon nearly having a heart attack over the statue was pure gold. Loved it.

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i'm really loving their connection because it actually works well with their given characters and its somewhat refreshing to see a flirty relationship that may become deeper. I'm really interested to know Ha-ri's backstory though.

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@mysterious,

It wasn't until this episode that I even realized that Min-joon lived in the same building as the Mad Dog office.

I didn't realize that, either. But now that I think of it, didn't Min-joon inform Mad Dog that he'd bought the building and was now their landlord? It would make sense that he owned the building he lived in -- so that he could have his secret lair. And by living upstairs from MAD DOG, he could keep an eye on them in the time-honored tradition of keeping one's friends close, and one's enemies closer.

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Haha.... I knew the header picture would be from that scene with the earphones.

I love this episode on so many levels !

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I really am in this for the Min Joon/Ha Ri exchanges. It's nice that it doesn't seem to be the same sort of attraction you usually see in dramas, they just ENJOY each other. He likes teasing her and she likes playing along, but both of them also seem to be aware that it's a bit of a game between the two of them. It's like any sort of two-person activity, it's only fun if you find someone who's either just as good as you or who finds it entertaining to be your straight man.

I think that's it: this doesn't feel like "the conversation we're having in the lead up to kissing". That intensity isn't there. It's certainly a conversation that COULD end up with kissing, but it's just as possible Min Joon lands a zinger and skips off, or Ha Ri dryly puts him down and moves on to talk to the rest of the team. He's charming and basically a scamp, and she's cool and collected, but they play together well. They just seem to be having fun, it's really nice.

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I wouldn't mind if their relationship stayed as it is a quiet ill be there for you when you need me with all the flirting and push and pull between the 2 of them

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Oh he's so much of a scamp. I think that's why I love him hehe

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As long as this show doesn't pull a Lookout ending on me, I'll be fine.
I don't THINK it will... but I also don't trust drama writers haha

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Early on,Detective Jo already had me on alert something's definitely off him,it's just heartbreaking that someone as close to KW as him ends up being a double agent.And it makes for a possible glimpse of how KW might react when he finds out Chairman Cha's involvement in the crash.

Minjoon,please stop talking about how you're okay with dying.You are not dying,you'll keep flirting with Ha-Ri,sweep her off her feet & have smart bad a** kids.

More back story for Ha-Ri,I hope. And I'm so glad she can't help but flirt back at MJ.

(totally throwing caution to the wind,not stopping myself anymore in shipping these two)

half way through the drama,and my early worries that this might end up as too similar to Task Force 38 is so out.And I've never been happier.

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Omo Imagine their kids O.o WAKIMARY WHY. WHY'D YOU SAY THAT. I'M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE IMAGINING FUTURE HARIXMINJOO SCENARIOS! It's... uhm... bad for my health *coughs*

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but but how awesome their future kids would be you know?! Ha-Ri's street smarts plus Minjoon's intelligence and c'mon that gene pool should definitely not go to waste😊

Told you,totally throwing caution to the winds with these whole shipping 😂

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They would be soooo smart! Snarky! And Smart! And also gorgeous!

Gah, if we get burnt we just have to laugh it off cos it's our own fault

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well at least we're in these ship together.gotta have company when we get burned hahaha

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This is so far my favorite episode.
has anyone noticed how minjoon just smiles whenever he sees hari. that little smile gets me every time

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Yes! The way his face lit up when Hari showed up at the hotel in episode 7 was so cute

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That smile has me trapped with the ship! If the ship goes down, it is because of that smile that I will cry!

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but I would mind. the writer needs to give them a love line ASAP! I'm too far gone in this ship to turn back now.

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This was supposed to be a reply to @hiheel's comment but it somehow ended up here and I'm having trouble deleting it. :(

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Just roll with it ;) Call it artistic licence or something :P

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He may come off as arrogant most of the time but I honestly pity Kim Minjoon. I think that's just his defense mechanism because he doesn't wanna seem weak or vulnerable and doesn't wanna get hurt anymore. Poor boy has been through lonely and painful times growing up, always being abandoned by the people in his life. That bar scene where he was drinking together with Kang Woo was touching, the fact that he's opened up his story to him is a sign that he's starting to trust him, even if he himself doesn't recognize it yet. Kang Woo could be the brother (or even father) that he never had. I'm really anticipating the progress of their relationship. In this episode it was evident that the Mad Dog team is slowly accepting him as part of them. Seeing them work together with being less angsty to each other like in the previous episodes is a good progress. In one scene when he said "What would Mad Dog do without me" or something like that, the team just all smiled/smirked, and accepted it as a joke or like a remark that's something they're already used to, but in the past they would have responded negatively if he said that. I also love how they just come in and out of his house just like that, asking no permissions first. Haha. But it must feel new to him, being with people in his own home. Jang Hari the tsundere is also obviously starting to care for him, that scene where she patted his head, his face was kinda showing that he's not used to someone showing him affection. I really hope he also gets together with Hari at the end and that the writer wouldn't leave us disappointed.

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I think Chairman Cha is keeping Hong Joo away from the conspiracy because he knows she can’t handle it. Hong Joo is essentially an honest person and a straight shooter. So he keeps his daughter in the dark about his nefarious manipulations and uses HK Juhan Airlines to do his dirty deeds, while keeping his own hands “clean”, since he doesn’t directly get involved in all the illegal actions, there’s little to no smoking gun that can point back to him. Poor Hong Joo is left playing catch-up. It’s unfortunate that her efforts to uncover the truth were misinterpreted by Mad dog.

I’m betting that Hong Joo is entirely accurate when she said her father was gunning for the position of Chairman of Juhan Airlines. He may even have engineered the crash and killed off his best friend, HK’s dad. HK certainly seems to think so. I think Chairman Cha is planning to dispose of HK when he’s no longer useful to him. (Pardon all the ‘gun’ references).

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Chairman cha definitely wants to take over JH group and that's when hyungki and cha will turn against each other and that would help mad dog. I m looking forward to Hong joo's character. She doesn't know about insurance policy of bum joon being fabricated BUT she obviously knows her father's involvement in plane crash along with Lee Mi Ran (she actually starts shaking whenever she is mentioned :/) so for now I can't decide is she pure evil or just pure or something in between. Right now all she wants is knowledge of what's happening in the company

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When Hari and Minjoon were talking in front of the restaurant, there was a moment when she suddenly switched to banmal (informal speech) out of sudden outburst/frustration and it was cute because for that brief moment it felt like they were close friends who could talk to each other like that. I find that little moment significant because they are always talking so formally with each other. One of the progress I want them to have someday is them dropping off the formalities and just speak casually/comfortably with each other.

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The progress I want between them is to date and make beautiful smart babies

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Ditto. ^^

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Thank you for your recap and comments, Regals. ;-)

LOL that the painting Min-joo uses to bait Hyun-gi is entitled “At a Fishing Spot.” How apropos for the Mad Dog fishing expedition.

I had not realized that Hyun-gi's father had actually keeled over in Chairman Cha's office. How much do you want to bet that his old buddy slipped some weedkiller into his tea?

Did anyone else notice how Lawyer Lee fingered his Tie of Doom just before Min-joo showed him the video of their impromptu meeting in the lobby that Reporter Bang had uploaded? He looked really peeved that he wasn't going to get to strangle the young wiseguy on the spot.

I was as surprised and dismayed as Kang-woo when he caught Detective Jo red-handed in the old Mad Dog HQ. I hesitate to assume that the call Chairman Cha made was to the detective, but the guy seems to have tentacles reaching everywhere. Or maybe he put in a call to Ko Jin-chul's understudy...

We got a bit more background on Min-joo's tragic earlier life. Still waiting to hear the back stories of Noo-ri and Ha-ri.

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Yup, I think Chairman Cha totally offed his own friend. He lacks morals, and I think his observatory of plants is a metaphor for all the secrets he has buried.
I got nervous when the Tie of Doom was focused on. But I still have a hard time buying that Lawyer Lee is both a lawyer and a killer.

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@rinny,

I like your idea that the greenhouse is a metaphor for Chairman Cha's buried secrets. (It lends new meaning to the phrase "knowing where the bodies are buried.") I wonder if it's where he's hiding whatever it is that Hyun-gi wants. Hmmm.

In LEGEND OF THE BLUE SEA, Joon-jae's homicidal step-mother had a conservatory full of monkshood (genus Aconitum). It wouldn't surprise me if Chairman Cha has some poisonous specimens as well. None have popped out at me as they aren't blooming the way the monkshood was. I'll have to keep my eye out and see if he's got any angel's trumpet or oleander in his collection.

Now that I think of it, he could very well have slipped something in his friend's tea, which could well have been a cumulative toxin.

One look at Lawyer Lee's eyes (which emit all the cuddly warmth of a shark) and I have no problem accepting that he's a killer as well as corporate legal counsel. He probably only kills in highly specific cases in which his masters also have colluding minions who enable the coverup.

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Tbh it was a really good episode, there wasn't much development in plane crash investigation but definitely a good development between minjoon's and mad dog's relation. BUT they really need to work TOGETHER yes they are working together right now but there is no plan choi says one things and minjoon just goes against it (revealing himself to public, not that I m against this idea but it's better if the whole team agrees at one point). This can cost them a lot anyway building complete trust may take some time I assume. Also are there any good fanfiction of minjoon and hari 😂😂 my thirst for this ship is not satisfied by them just talking and flirting 😂

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Min-joon and Ha-ri flirting with each other is my favorite in the show. They are just so fun to watch that I find myself replaying their scenes again and again. <3

I am really suspicious of Hong-joo lately. I think she knows more about the plane crash than she lets on. I hope I am wrong though, because it would be another blow to Kang-woo specially after what his close friend did.

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On the lighter side of things.. I can't help but notice that Woo Dohwan looks good in everything he wears. Whether it be a suit and tie, casual clothes, delivery staff uniform, nerdy look, etc. Every outfit looks good on him. Not sure if it's because he has good proportions, or if he just carries himself really well, or if he's just goodlooking and sexy like that, or all of the above.

About Noori, I searched up Kim Hyesung and was surprised that he was the child actor who played Juno in the movie Jenny, Juno in 2005. That's why he looked familiar to me but I just couldn't remember where I've seen him before. I also thought he was at least a 95'er but to my surprise he was actually born in 1988, he looks so young!!

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I think it's all of the above. The great proportions, knowing how to carry himself well, and just being generally good looking and therefore distracting haha.

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I was also surprised to find out that the actor Kim Hye-sung
(Nu-ri) is 29 years old.
Also in a drama like this where the subject matter is so heavy and emotional (plane crash, death of family members) it is necessary I think for the writer to find a way to lighten things up from time to time. I think some of the scenes with Min-joon and Ha-ri serve this. Also some of the interactions between Soon-jung and Nu-ri (Cheetah's hug of the sitting Pentium) also serve this purpose.

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Kim Hye-sung played the doomed fourth son of King Yu-ri in KINGDOM OF THE WINDS, which is where I first saw him. He was also in the film 71: INTO THE FIRE. I didn't recognize him in that when I finally got around to watching it this summer.

I'm really glad to see him in MAD DOG.

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Gawd, did I love this episode. Though both Min Joon and Kang Woo aren't quite on the same team, it's still great to see them going in the same direction. I nearly cried when Min Joon opened up to Kang Woo about his sucky past (gawd, I felt so bad for him because his adoptive parents did that to him *throws fist into the air*). I'm getting the vibe that Min Joon is seeing Bum Joon in Kang Woo (the scene where Min Joon saw Bum Joon even though it was Kang Woo saving him really hit home for me) and he's trying to redeem himself (of sorts) for not calling Bum Joon "hyung" before he died. I'm also thrilled that Hyun Ki's secretary helped out Min Joon, though I'm not sure if he's going to be on the team. It would be great if they had someone on the inside in Juhan Air since they now have two inside of Taeyang Insurance.
And OMG, the flirting going on between Min Joon and Ha Ri is wonderful. I love that she's just so attuned to Min Joon's feelings and is comfortable enough to throw back the flirts he gives her (even though she doesn't want to). I laughed out loud when she asked herself what she was doing with Min Joon, and my heart skipped a few beats when she shoved Min Joon against the wall in the previous episode (*screams*).
Now that we're seeing the team's bond grow bit by bit, I'm thrilled to see how they'll handle the coming battle with Taeyang Insurance and Juhan Air. But, I'm more worried about how Kang Woo is going to take Detective Jo's betrayal since he's already gone through so much already.

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I'm really linking this show, maybe because I love caper/heist films and this has a little of that same feel. It's one of the first Korean dramas I've watched. Can anyone recommend me something in the same style? You know, slick characters, a bit of mystery but also playfulness, not overly dramatic nor romantic...

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Hi Nareshkendel. Welcome to the kdrama world. Your request is a tough one. I am sure there are plenty of dramas with those criteria but my taste tends to mystery, crime, cops, prosecutors and that type of thing. I finally plunked down $70 for a yearly subscription to Kocowa in the US so I could watch Mad Dog and Witch's Court. I am annoyed that Kocowa is not yet streaming on Roku where I now stream Viki and Drama Fever.
Anyway I can always recommend Healer (2014-2015) with
Ji Chang-wook. That was my first kdrama and got me hooked.
For me I think 2017 has been a good year for kdramas.
Some of the completed dramas I have enjoyed this year in the order of broadcast (I think) are: Voice, Defendant, Tunnel, Whisper, Chicago Typewriter, Secret Forest, Duel and Falsify.
They are all in the mystery and crime genres.
Sorry for the long reply without really answering your request.

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Hello, Nareshkendel. ;-)

LOOKOUT is intense, but I'll warn you to beware of the ending. The cast is great, with Kim Young-kwang turning in a memorably badass performance as an antiheroic prosecutor. Shin Dong-wook makes his acting comeback as the enigmatic brother of Prosecutor Jang. Kim Tae Hoon portrays a straight-arrow prosecutor who disapproves of Jang's methods, but ends up collaborating with him when the extent of corruption becomes too great to ignore.

The team Prosecutor Jang assembles on the side is reminiscent of the investigators in MAD DOG. Lee Si Young is totally kickass as female detective Jo Soo-ji. Kim Seul-gi is memorable as the agoraphobic queen of CCTV surveillance. Key provides adorkable hacking chops and gofer services.

Kim Young-kwang and Woo Do-hwan were in SWEET STRANGER AND ME a year ago. As Ko Nan-gil, the former owns and operates a mandoo shop in the sticks, and is a gentle, soft-spoken farmer. As kids, Nan-gil and Kim Wan-shik end up in the same orphanage and are among a crew adopted by a loan shark who brutalizes them into acting as his enforcers. The two have a nice bromance going until Nan-gil takes the fall for their adoptive father. He later returns to civilian life after jail and reunites with a volunteer at the orphanage.

Alas, the show lost its direction, but the beginning half or so was good. Even though Woo Do-hwan had a small part as Kim Wan-shik, Nan-gil's first mate and later successor among the loan shark muscle, he made the most of it. Which is why I'm watching him in MAD DOG now.

There is comic relief in both shows. In LOOKOUT, there's a cute romance between two of the team members. In SWEET STRANGER AND ME, the kitchen crew at the dumpling parlor, aka the ManDoods, are fun to watch. Various other strange characters float in and out of the nearby Robot Museum. Just ignore the romances of the female lead and the second-lead fiance-filching flight attendant frenemy, which was ultra-annoyingly portrayed by Jo Bo-ah. There are some truly warm and poignant interludes in this show, so it isn't a total loss.

Take everything with a grain of salt. Your mileage may vary. ;-)

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Thanks! I'll check out the dramas you recommended :)

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I'm kind of all over the place with Hong-joo. I either think she'll end up being in danger because Hyun-gi will use her to threaten Chairman Cha, or she'll be sacrificed by her father to get whatever it is that he wants, or she'll have some sort of fall from grace as she attempts to save Kang-woo if he runs into trouble. Then again, you kind of get the feeling that she knows more than she pretends to and is hiding a thing or two.

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Now that you mention it, Hong-joo may have something up her sleeve besides her arm.

Wouldn't it be cool if she were wise to the hanky panky, and had loyal minions of her own who spirited away the injured co-pilot and substituted another body -- whose identity was covered up by her friendly sunbae, the medical examiner. Just as Ms. Lee's death was faked, maybe the good guys will have succeed at faking one to protect the witness, and Kim Min-joon will get a second chance to call his brother "hyung."

I'd like a twist like that. ;-)

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Poor Hong Ju. I think among all characters, she is the one who has zero idea of what is going on. I hope after she finds out, she will choose the right side tho.

And oh God, i’m all in for Min Joon & Ha Ri scenes. Their chemistry is no joke & always sizzling hot. Did anyone notice nearing end of ep 8, when they are found out about the original policy & Ha Ri insisted that Min Joon should took it, ran away and she will finished up the mess, Min Joon strongly opposed the idea. The atmosphere was different than the usual flirtation, there’s something more in Min Joon’s eyes for sure.

Phew, turns out it really hard to write comment. Kudos to all Beanies who could pour their thoughts out easily.

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@xinjaejin,

My compliments to you, especially if English is not your native language. You brought up some good points. Thanks for your post! ;-)

Did anyone notice nearing end of ep 8, when they are found out about the original policy & Ha Ri insisted that Min Joon should took it, ran away and she will finished up the mess, Min Joon strongly opposed the idea.

You're darn tootin' I noticed it. Min-joon told Ha-ri that Hyun-gi would hunt her for the rest of her life -- implying that it might not last all that long. I got the distinct impression that he didn't want to have to hotfoot it all over creation with her with hitmen on their tail. ;-)

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dear @sicarius
here I am! I listened to your recommendation and I'm not 9 episodes deep and LOVING it! I even dragged my boyfriend to watch along and he likes it too!
yay!

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