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Black: Episode 14

Everybody struggles to understand their emotions this episode, particularly those who refuse to believe that they’re in love (ahem, Black). There’s also some stuff about the mysterious missing tape, as well as tracking down the culprit responsible for Scarface killing all those people. Not to mention dramatic attempts at being the Noble Idiot. Because of feeeeeeeeeelings.

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

Black suddenly jolts to consciousness in the back of an ambulance. He remembers seeing a key on the ground when he was looking for Ha-ram, and returns to that area to find an old, rusty gate in a tunnel. The gate is locked.

Shining a flashlight inside, he sees Ha-ram. He uses his supernatural strength to bend the bars of the gate so he can squeeze through. Black gently pulls Ha-ram into his arms, and, thinking she’s dead, he quietly apologizes for being too late.

He soon realizes that Ha-ram is still alive, and tries to help her regain consciousness. When she does, she shrieks at him, pushing him away and desperately pleading that he kill her and no one else. She huddles in a corner, sobbing as she repeats that the other person had nothing to do with it.

The crime lab discovers that there was actually two types of blood found where Ha-ram was stabbed, which means that the two liters of lost blood was from two different people. That other person was Man-soo, who Ha-ram protectively cradles in her arms.

A flashback reveals that just after Scarface stabbed Ha-ram, Man-soo came flying from out of nowhere to tackle Scarface. Man-soo clung to Scarface, urging Ha-ram to run away, but when she saw Scarface stab Man-soo, Ha-ram ran back to try and save Man-soo.

After knocking Scarface to the ground, Ha-ram helped Man-soo run away (or limp away) until she found the gate in the tunnel. Remembering Joon once gave her advice (that her father gave him) that the safest way to protect herself was to lock herself up so the enemy couldn’t reach her, she attempted to padlock the gate shut as Scarface approached.

 

The padlock key dropped on the Scarface’s side of the gate, but instead of unlocking it, Scarface finished locking the gate. Knowing Man-soo and Ha-ram would be unable to escape, he gleefully left them to die, tossing the key aside as he walked away.

Man-ho’s father has died, and Moo-gang’s mother sadly tells the other attending doctors to contact his sons.

Just then an ambulance arrives with Man-soo, Ha-ram, and Black. Man-soo’s in the worst condition, unconscious with stab wounds in his chest. Creepy Doc watches in astonishment as Ha-ram and Black follow Man-soo’s gurney. Creepy Doc is stunned that they’re still alive.

 

Man-soo is rushed to the operating room, and Black watches from a distance as Ha-ram kneels, sobbing. As Moo-gang’s mother prepares to enter the operating room, Ha-ram stops her, begging she save Man-soo’s life. Ha-ram blames herself for Man-soo’s injuries.

Soo-wan hurries to the hospital, relieved that Black is okay. But Black needs a favor from Soo-wan.

As Ha-ram sits outside the operation room, quietly praying that Man-soo will survive, Soo-wan approaches and gently informs Ha-ram that she knows exactly how Ha-ram is feeling. Soo-wan tells Ha-ram about a boy who liked her, and one day, he tried to save her — but he died. (The boy, of course, is Joon, although Soo-wan never mentions his name.)

 

Soo-wan confesses that she felt guilty for the boy’s death, and even tried to kill herself over it. But she realized it would only make that boy’s life meaningless. Since her life was saved at the cost of his, she shouldn’t throw away her life so easily.

Because Man-soo risked his life to save her, Ha-ram should focus on taking care of her own injuries so she can be healthy when he wakes up. Ha-ram allows Soo-wn to escort her to a doctor.

Black watches Ha-ram sleep in her hospital bed after her wounds are attended to. Soo-wan finds him and reminds him that since she did as he asked (making sure Ha-ram was taken care of), he now has to fulfill her request to make sure his own injuries are treated. Soo-wan cries as she bandages Black’s hands, wishing she hadn’t wanted him so much.

 

Ha-ram wakes up and limps out of her room only to discover her mother is at the hospital, being treated for whiplash after the bus hijacking. Mom is delighted and relieved to find Ha-ram alive, but Ha-ram blows her off, pointing out that it’s not like Mom’s ever cared about her before.

As Ha-ram continues her slow, painful way down the hall, Mom breathes a prayer of gratitude: “Ha-ram’s father, you protected her, didn’t you? Thank you.”

Kwang-kyun and the other detectives storm into Scarface’s hideout, and thanks to information from Black, Kwang-kyun knows that Leo is Scarface’s next victim. Kwang-kyun also spots the victim photo board and sees that there are two photos missing.

 

Man-soo’s surgery went well, although his condition isn’t completely stable. But at least he’s alive. Ha-ram sits by Man-soo’s bed, watching him as she recalls him asking her if she saw any Shadows around him when they were locked in the tunnel.

Ha-ram said she didn’t see any, which meant he was going to live. Man-soo reminded her that she told him she can’t see Shadows in the dark, so he knew she had to be lying.

Man-soo turned to Ha-ram and asked if she would date him — or at least be his girlfriend until he died. He didn’t want to die and become a bachelor ghost. Ha-ram told him he was speaking nonsense, but he cut her off, sincerely confessing that he likes her. Ha-ram didn’t answer and focused on making sure he was comfortable.

Leo’s drama is filming at the police station (and may I just add that Leo looks much more attractive without the green hair). Kwang-kyun asks if Leo’s ever seen Scarface, but Leo points out that he would have recognized him as Mi-so’s driver if he’d known Scarface from before.

Kwang-kyun then asks if anything strange happened while Leo was filming at Royal Hospital, and Leo mentions Missing-finger kicking him out of his napping room, but Leo says he doesn’t remember what Missing-finger looks like. Kwang-kyun asks if Leo has any connections to Mujin, and Leo says that he doesn’t — he spent his childhood in America.

After Kwang-kyun leaves, Leo’s manager wonders why Leo said that, since he thought Leo had mentioned he grew up in Mujin. Leo scoffs, insisting that he never said such a thing, but he looks suspiciously thoughtful as he flips through his drama script.

It’s Chief Bong’s turn to try and summarize everything the detectives know so far: Joon witnessed something the day Clara, Jin-sook, and Seon-young disappeared, and the next day Joon was killed in a hit-and-run accident. Scarface was hired by the man in the butterfly watch to get tapes from Clara, but instead killed her, but Scarface didn’t kill Joon. However Scarface did kill the mental health director and his sister-in-law and her husband.

But Scarface doesn’t seem to hold any grudges against Mi-so or Leo, despite sending both of them threatening anonymous letters (and ultimately killing Mi-so). The detectives theorize that since there were rumors about Man-ho being Mi-so’s sponsor, that would mean Man-ho is somehow related. But they wonder how Leo and Man-ho are connected. As do I.

Breaking news about the death of Man-ho’s father interrupts the detectives speculation. Ha-ram, watching the news from the hospital, wonders how that could be when the last time she saw him, there was no Shadow. She realizes that she might have been looking at the wrong patient.

 

Moo-gang’s mother gives Kwang-kyun the key Chairman Oh was holding when he died. She didn’t want to give it to Man-ho, since she knew that Man-ho kept wanting his father to die so Man-ho could take over Royal Group. Mom then hesitantly asks if there’s a way Kwang-kyun could convince Moo-gang to leave the police force, since she doesn’t think it’s a good fit for him, but Kwang-kyun proudly tells her that Moo-gang is actually a pretty decent detective.

Ha-ram rushes to Man-soo’s side as soon as she hears he’s regained consciousness. Man-soo’s first question is if Scarface has been caught, and Ha-ram wrestles with how much she should tell him — including about his father passing away.

Black’s been lurking around Ha-ram all this time (Ha-ram’s “shadow,” if you will), and when she sees him outside Man-soo’s room, she demands to know what happened to Scarface. Black simply tells her that he died.

 

Ha-ram doesn’t believe him since Black’s been lying to her all this time about being Joon, but Black practically drags her to the morgue so she can see for herself. Kwang-kyun sees them and cautiously follows.

Ha-ram stares at Scarface’s body in anger and disbelief. She asks him why he killed her father, adding that if only people had believed her when she was child and pointed out the man with the spider tattoo, none of this might have happened.

She repeats to herself that none of this is her fault, but I’m not sure how much she believes it. Kwang-kyun, eavesdropping, is shocked to realize that Ha-ram is his old partner’s daughter.

A few days pass and Man-soo’s feeling better, although he’s still at the hospital. Ha-ram tends to him, and Man-soo inwardly cringes as he recalls asking her to be his girlfriend before he died.

Man-soo reassures Ha-ram that he’s doing much better so she doesn’t need to spend all her time caring for him. Then he awkwardly tries to bring up their conversation in the tunnel, pretending he doesn’t remember what he said. Ha-ram says she doesn’t remember what they talked about, either, much to Man-soo’s relief.

As Ha-ram leaves Man-soo’s hospital room, she sees Man-soo’s birth mother in the hallway. Man-soo’s birth mother hurries away, and Ha-ram notices the woman’s Shadow. That means Hip-hop and Joseon aren’t far behind. Aw, Hip-hop still wants to find a way to convince Ha-ram to save the birth mother.

Black walks right through the Reapers to brood outside Man-soo’s room. Black ignores them, but apparently the Hip-hop and Joseon have cause to worry as they warn Black that if he kills a human, Black will cease to exist.

Black then moves on to that most human reaction of drowning his sorrows in alcohol. When he’s nearly passed-out drunk, the food stall owner calls Soo-wan, who’s still first on Moo-gang’s speed dial. When Soo-wan gets there, she assumes Soo-wan is Ha-ram just based on the amount of times Black called out Ha-ram’s name. Black refuses Soo-wan’s help and drunkenly stumbles away.

When Black ends up falling asleep the police station, Kwang-kyun is tasked into dragging him home. Black wonders why he’s acting like this, and Kwang-kyun points out that Black climbed out of a moving car and got shot because of a girl. He wonders if Black is an idiot, stating that Black’s obviously in love.

 

Kwang-kyun laughs at Black’s bewildered reaction, wonderng if Black has ever been in love before. A flashback shows Kwang-kyun and Ha-ram’s father back in Mujin, when Ha-ram’s father asked him the same question after Kwang-kyun wondered how he felt about Clara.

Ha-ram’s father warned Kwang-kyun that the person you love might not always be there as long as you’d think, so Kwang-kyun shouldn’t over-think things or waste time worrying about it. Even though his wife left him, Ha-ram’s father never regretted loving her. In the present day, Kwang-kyun confesses to Black that he truly loved Clara and doesn’t regret loving her, no matter what kind of person she was.

It’s a crisp fall day as Ha-ram pushes Man-soo’s wheelchair around the park. She carefully makes sure he’s warm and comfortable, and Man-soo suddenly tells her that he really does like her. He admits he remembers what he told her that day in the tunnel, and that he actually meant it when he asked her to be his girlfriend.

 

Ha-ram is grateful for Man-soo saving her life, however she doesn’t feel the same way about him. Man-soo assumes its because of Black, but Ha-ram protests Black has nothing to do with it. Man-soo wonders if she liked Black because she thought he was Joon, or if she liked Black for himself. At least Man-soo takes her rejection gracefully, asking if they can be friends like they were before.

Kwang-kyun’s discovered that Chairman Oh’s key is to a VIP safety deposit box, but the bank refuses to open it unless Chairman Oh — or Man-soo, who was declared Chairman Oh’s proxy — opens it.

Kwang-kyun hurries to the hospital to ask Man-soo if he’s ever seen the butterfly watch. Man-soo stares at the photo, wondering if it’s the same butterfly watch Ha-ram had asked him about awhile ago. He tells Kwang-soo that he’s never seen it before.

 

Kwang-kyun then asks him about the safety deposit key, and Man-soo is surprised that Kwang-kyun has it, since it’s the key Man-soo’s father promised to tell him about “when the time was right.” Kwang-kyun informs Man-soo that he’s the only one who can open the safety deposit box now that Chairman Oh has passed away.

Man-soo is shocked — this is the first he’s heard about his father’s death. Man-soo wheels himself out of his room to confront Ha-ram, demanding to know why she told him that she didn’t see any Shadows on his father.

He weeps in grief as Ha-ram apologizes. She explains that she must have mistaken Sang-min’s hospital room for Chairman Oh’s, and so she checked for Shadows on the wrong person.

As Man-soo sits in front of his father’s memorial, he tells Ha-ram that he doesn’t blame her. Man-soo believes that his father died of a heart attack (according to the doctors), which would have been impossible to prevent even if Ha-ram was able to see the Shadow.

Black refuses to accept that he’s in love, reminding Hip-hop and Joseon that he’s the coldhearted 444. The idea of Black falling in love with a human is ridiculous! Hip-hop and Joseon play along, agreeing with him. Black’s suddenly determined to track down Loser again, blaming Loser for putting him in this situation in the first place.

Black continues to repeatedly and obsessively scoff at the idea he could be in love. Hip-hop stares at him like he’s gone crazy.

Man-soo opens his father’s safety deposit box — it contains a video tape. OMG, is this the tape?

Kwang-kyun watches the tape, but all we can see on screen is a woman’s figure (fully clothed, thankfully). Kwang-kyun stares the the TV in disbelief: “It wasn’t Man-ho?”

Kwang-kyun takes the tape to Congressman Kim, who confesses that he was the one who originally filmed the interview, back when he worked on an investigative reporter TV show. He’d gone to Clara’s bar because there had been reports of a prostitution ring, and found Seon-young in a back room.

 

Seon-young was scared of the sex traffickers, who’d already threatened her before. Congressman Kim told Seon-young that if she confessed everything she knew, he’d make sure the prostitution ring would be destroyed and they wouldn’t bother her again. He promised to disguise her voice and make sure her face wasn’t visible so no one would recognize or harm her, especially since she was the only witness.

Congressman Kim interviewed her using the bar’s camera, worried that Seon-young would change her mind about the interview if he went to get his own camera. As he filmed, a terrified Seon-young confessed that Chairman Oh was the person behind the prostitution ring, although Byung-shik was the one who funded it.

Kwang-kyun can’t believe that Congressman Kim didn’t go public with the tape, and Congressman Kim admits that as he was going through the tape in the office, the report of the Mujin mall collapse caused all the investigative reporters to hurry to the site of the mall. When Congressman Kim returned, the original tape had disappeared from his desk.

 

Congressman Kim assumed Seon-young, scared, had confessed that she’d done an interview, so Chairman Oh then had someone steal the tape. Congressman Kim tried to find Seon-young again, but she’d disappeared. No one investigated the sex trafficking because there was no longer any proof.

Kwang-kyun realizes that Chairman Oh was bribed by Byung-shik to insure Mujin mall by providing him a way to have sex with minors. Kwang-kyun wonders if Chairman Oh was really the one behind it all, even though he couldn’t have been the one to kill Jin-sook since the chairman was bedridden at that time.

Congressman Kim then shares a voicemail that he received from Commissioner Song just before the commissioner met his fate with the Truck of Doom. Congressman Kim assumed it was an accident, but now he wonders if Commissioner Song’s death was intentional, since the commissioner had planned to talk to him about Man-ho.

That’s enough evidence for Kwang-kyun, who orders another search-and-seizure warrant against Man-ho. But Royal Group’s influence and power manages to get the request denied. Kwang-kyun goes all “Crazy Dog” as he insists that all the clues point to Man-ho being the culprit. Chief Bong argues that they still need more evidence — such as proof that Man-ho has the butterfly watch.

Man-soo shuffles into the police station with the box of 1997 files. He’s also included a photo of one of the selfies he took while in his brother’s closet months ago — which includes a photo of Man-ho’s watch collection, and the butterfly watch is clearly visible. Yes!

Man-ho speaks to Royal Group’s board of directors, promising to make Royal Group the number one company in the world — starting with the Royal Group mall in Mujin. Kwang-kyun barges in with his arrest warrant and escorts Man-ho out in handcuffs. Double yes!

 

In the interrogation room, Man-ho insists it’s ridiculous to suggest that he killed Jin-sook, a person he didn’t even know. But Kwang-kyun’s asks if it was Man-ho or Chairman Oh who hired Scarface to kill Clara and then got Scarface locked up in the mental hospital.

Kwang-kyun continues to poke the bear by asking about his relationship with Mi-so. Man-ho denies that Mi-so was his mistress and instead his interactions with her were purely business related.

Kwang-kyun shows him the picture of the man with the butterfly watch who met with Jin-sook the night she died, and Man-ho protests that he was elsewhere then.

 

Except Man-ho’s driver testifies that Man-ho paid him to take the night off so Man-ho could personally drive the car. Later, the driver found a receipt from Mujin’s tollgate in the car. Man-ho’s ready to throttle his driver, but it’s enough proof for the detectives to be satisfied that Man-ho is the culprit.

So-tae wonders, though, how Man-ho is connected to Leo (tell me about it!), and Chief Bong says they’ll figure it out eventually. Sigh.

Soo-wan visits Ha-ram, confessing that Black didn’t lie to Ha-ram about being Joon so he could use her. He’d only found out recently and wanted to tell her, but couldn’t figure out the right time. Soo-wan surmises that Black must have been afraid to tell her for fear of losing Ha-ram.

 

Soo-wan admits that her relationship with Moo-gang wasn’t the greatest before his accident, but when she found out he lost his memory, she pretended everything was going well to convince him to stay with her. Soo-wan asks Ha-ram to stay by his side so he won’t get hurt any more — and because Ha-ram seems to be the only thing that makes him happy.

As Soo-wan sits in her car outside Ha-ram’s apartment, she wishes Moo-gang will be happy with Ha-ram, vowing to protect him at any cost. With a determined look on her face, she drives away.

During a celebratory work dinner (the misfit backup detective team is now promoted to a Violent Crimes Unit!), Kwang-kyun drunkenly staggers to the bathroom, accidentally knocking into a group of women. As he apologizes and picks up their belongings for them, he sees a cartoon bunny head attached to one of their purses. That makes him realize something and he hurries out of the restaurant.

 

Hip-hop makes up a cute rap complimenting Black on his stylish outfit, asking if he’s going to see Ha-ram and confess he’s in love with her. But Black’s actually going to say goodbye. Hip-hop wonders if this means Black will leave Moo-gang’s body, and Black retorts they should just call the Death Squad now. He’d rather be a three-headed dog than have someone think he’s in love with a human.

Hip-hop asks Joseon if this means Black will leave without finding his true body, and Joseon sighs that some things are just meant to be.

 

Tiffany and Hyo-jin visit Man-soo, who despondently ignores Tiffany’s attempts to cheer him up. Hyo-jin plays the video she took of Black jumping onto the bus, demanding that Scarface tell him where Ha-ram is. Man-soo watches it, his eyes growing wide with shock.

Kwang-kyun tries to call Chief Bong, but he’s too drunk to answer, and the dirty detective answers instead. So-tae is annoyed that Kwang-kyun isn’t answering his phone, and So-tae tries to find him since Kwang-kyun said he’d pay for the detectives’ meal.

Kwang-kyun, bloody and injured, crawls out of his overturned car that’s been run off the road into a steep ditch. A man dangles the butterfly watch in front of Kwang-kyun’s face.

Despite knowing that this will mean he’s giving up any hope to be with Ha-ram, Man-soo sends Ha-ram a copy of the video of Black clinging to the bus, demanding Scarface tell him where Ha-ram was.

Black arrives at Ha-ram’s place to tell her that he’s planning on leaving, and simply wanted to say “goodbye.” Ha-ram suddenly grabs him in a back-hug, confessing that even though she thought she liked him because he was Joon, she’s realized that she actually likes him for him.

Black slowly turns around and Ha-ram says that the person she likes is him, Moo-gang. She pulls him close and kisses him. Black’s eyes open wide in surprise.

 
COMMENTS

Awwwwww. On the one hand, it’s really sweet that Ha-ram realized that she likes Black not because she thinks he’s her childhood sweetheart, but because of what she’s known about him since they’ve started working together. On the other hand, she now thinks she’s in love with Moo-gang, which — while closer to the truth — still isn’t the whole truth. And if we’re correct in our theory that Black’s true spirit is Joon, then poor Ha-ram’s mind is going to be blown even more: “I’m in love with Joon, but now I realize it’s really Moo-gang, but he’s actually Joon’s spirit in Moo-gang’s body.” Which might be a pretty sweet deal, all things considered (hey, we don’t know what Joon would have looked like all grown up!). I definitely loved watching Black quietly find ways to stay in Ha-ram’s orbit. It was clear that he respected her boundaries, but still wanted to make sure she was safe, especially since she nearly died because he wasn’t by her side. Also the way he kept tabs on her reminded me of the way Reapers patiently follow their assignments until it’s time to reap a soul.

I feel slightly vindicated that everyone else in this show is just as mystified as I am about how Man-ho and Leo are connected. If they even are connected. I’d already suspected that Man-ho, that evil dog-killer, might actually a red herring to distract us from the mysterious man who’s truly been calling the shots. There’s definitely someone else out there, because it couldn’t have been Man-ho who ran Kwang-kyun off the road since Man-ho is (presumably) in jail. That means there’s another Big Bad out there (and I reaaaalllly hope the watch he showed Kwang-kyun was Man-ho’s, because I think I’ll tear my hair out if it’s revealed that this “one of a kind” designer watch has yet another copy out there).

I also had a sudden suspicion that maybe Leo did die that day in the hotel and Loser stole his body instead of Creepy Doc (but Creepy Doc definitely has some Reaper in him because how else can he see the Reapers at the hospital or know about the capsule?). It kinda made sense, for a hot feverish minute, until I realized that Ha-ram would have noticed the Shadow in Leo, and it doesn’t explain why Creepy Doc wants to kill Leo. Then I put on my conspiracy sunglasses and decided that, if it’s true that Ha-ram can’t see her own Shadow/Reaper, then maybe she can’t see Loser because if he and Black were partners, then technically they should be reaping Ha-ram’s soul together. Unless it’s not a hard-and-fast rule that Reapers work in pairs. After all, when Ha-ram’s mother and father got into that accident on their wedding day, it looked like there was only one Reaper in the backseat. Or maybe the underworld decided to learn from experience and realized working in pairs means a Reaper is less likely to make a run for it, like Ha-ram’s father did. Or maybe I’m overthinking the logistics of Reaperdom. Maybe I should just take Chief Bong’s advice and wait for the show to explain it to me.

At least we’ve finally found the tape! I think. Because if Man-ho really was the one who tried to hush everything up by hiring Scarface to find the tape (even though he wasn’t able to), then you think Man-ho would have discussed it with his father, who might have told him “Hey, I actually have that really incriminating tape locked up in my secret safe deposit box.” If nothing else, a few lives would have been saved. I’m torn about Chairman Oh. He’s obviously done some serious misdeeds in his life (how timely and enraging it is to think about a powerful older man coercing an underage girl to have sex with him). But I just can’t peg him as being truly evil for some reason. There seemed like a resigned acceptance of his fate — like he knew he needed to pay for his crimes.

I hate the fact that Man-soo will eventually have to see his father, who he idolized, in such a terrible light. There are so few people in Man-soo’s life that he can trust and respect — and love — that to have his memories of his father tainted by the actions of the past will likely destroy him. Man-soo’s such a squishy marshmallow that I want to protect him from enduring anything horrible ever again. Although, I have a lot of respect for the way he handled Ha-ram’s rejection, especially now it means I can impatiently wait to see how long it takes for Man-soo to realize how awesome Tiffany is and that he might make a pretty cool stepdad. I’m just sayin’.

I also have some grudging respect for Soo-wan confessing that she lied about Black pretending to be Joon just to use Ha-ram. But now I’m worried that Soo-wan will do something dumb and dangerous — well, not like that would be anything new for her, but she certainly seems to be giving off the vibe of “I have nothing else to lose so I might as well take down everyone I can or die trying.” Considering she’s still the only living witness of the teenage prostitution ring, she actually holds some power if she decides to reveal what really happened in Mujin — and hopefully take down even more powerful and corrupt people while she’s at it.

 
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Wait i am confuse. Ha ram's mum and dad got into an accident on their wedding day and there was a reaper? So who died... i thought her dad died much later..and her mum is still alive.

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I’m wondering about that as well. Ha-ram does go to that stretch of road when she is thinking about her father, though he died at the building site.
What was the story about a reaper should not looking into the eyes of a dying person in love? Do they feel compelled to enter the body to protect that love? Is that how a reaper entered her future father’s body? When her mother realized that he was really not her husband, is that why she tried to kill Ha ram and herself and then left?

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The Ha-ram's-dad-was-a-Grim-Reaper theory is a compelling one. Thx to the clever conspiracists at s**m!, the basic argument follows:
1) The bride looks like Ha-Ram's mom (per photo from Dad's wallet)
2) Ha-Ram's mother left her family (and we learned recently, she even tried to kill her daughter)
3) Dad believed HR and supported her
4) Ha-Ram's mom didn't pursue the tip that her husband had been murdered. As she explained to her daughter, (paraphrased): "Everything was a mistake. My marriage was a mistake. You were a mistake."

To answer @kbaswithneko question, I hope we'll get a flashback illustrating how she learned of her husband's true nature.

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The groom died in that accident and his reaper possessed his body because he fell in love with Ha Ram's mother (the bride survived and was not meant to die on that day). So Ha Ram's father is a grim reaper who lost his powers and was later killer by Scarface.

What I find interesting is that Ha Ram's grim reaper father was named 001 and it seems like the 00 numbers are another category of reapers since that number cannot be a date like it is with missing person reapers.

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But you see... young Haram never see any shadow in her father's body.
Can't be he was also wearing black all the time? (Wait.....Was he?)

That really bugs me A LOT.

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Does 001 have Haram's father's face? 'Cause if he does then he is not really the soul who raised Haram since that is some other reaper who possessed his body. What I mean is the owner of that body possibly became a reaper after he died but his body had been possessed by another reaper who had a different face. So the one we saw queing in the first episodes could technically be Haram's father but not really the guy who raised Haram. That is if the theories about Dad being a reaper turns out to be right. But I don't think I'm making any sense. This show is messing with my brain.

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Dang... now you Got me there about the original face of haram's dad that we saw queuing not the Reaper dad that possessed the body.

Aargh... more brain juice fried!

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Your comment, "So the one we saw queing in the first episodes could technically be Haram's father but not really the guy who raised Haram".

I dont recall this scene. Which part is it? Can you enlighten me? Thanks in advance

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I am really loving this show! Thanks for another excellent recap Odilettante.
One minor frustration, and I’ve seen it in other dramas.
As Moo-gang’s mother prepares to enter the operating room, Ha-ram stops her, begging she save Man-soo’s life.
Seriously, your special someone is a hair’s breath away from DYING, so why??? Why do you delay the surgeon to sobbingly beg they save your loved one, and in doing so waste vital seconds that could be the difference between life and death? Why?

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I totally agree with you. ..I got irritated seeing that...The best you can do is stay out of everyone's way, do what they tell you to do and wait patiently

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One day I want the surgeon to say “you know, I think I will give 100% this time! If you hadn’t begged me, I was only going to put in a 60% effort. Good on you, you weird sobbing clingy person! Fighting!”

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Ditto! I'm really annoyed at HaRam every time she gets this way. It is not just this instance. It's every freaking time there's an emergency she gets in people's way.

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I know what you mean. I really don't like her when she's getting into her freak-out-mode and just begins to act in a panic-stricken reckless behaviour. I wish she would be a little more calmer so that she would at least consider some of the consequences to her acts before they actually take place. *sigh*

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Was the guitar case a red herring? That’s were I thought the tape would be. Big Baddie is on that tape and he thought it was passed to Joon, which was why he was run over.

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The guitar case did seem like a significant detail. And the time capsule they've yet to unearth. Maybe these will be hints about Joon's past and death for Black to find out who he is? We'll just have to wait and see, I guess.

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The guitar case had the card with a plastic guitar pick inside. A fingerprint was obtained from the pick -- even after 20 years.

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Thank you so much for the recap Odilettante! I was really looking forward to it.

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I enjoyed this episode so much. Black in denial about his feelings was definitely fun to watch, and the end was so satisfying with Ha Ram acknowledging that she likes him. Now I'm dying to see how he will react to the kiss. :)
Regarding the ongoing mysteries, I like that it seems that the main villain is still hidden.
It's a good thing that the drama got an extension. There are many pending issues here, catching the baddies, finding out what happened to Joon, dealing with Ha Ram's possible death, will Black catch that Loser reaper?...and what will happen with the couple?? I'm shipping them lately, they have been cute in their denial, and I want to see them dating, haha!! 😄 Although it's going to be difficult for them to have a normal relationship...

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Yes, i’m excited to see how this conundrum will be resolved. Who/how will Ha Ram love her man/reaper at the end of the show?

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BTS photos suggest they will be really cute as a couple on a date. All with matching pink mouse headbands eating icecream at a fanfair. And even in partnerlook as Ha Ram wears all black to match Black. :)

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Thanks for the recap odilettante!

I like this show so much, though sometimes I have mixed feelings. The show focus a lot on the plot but not so much on the characters. I still feel I know nothing about Ha-Ram. What does she do? What does she like? Does she have a sense of humour? Her dream is to have "a long life"... but... doing what exactly? I can't like her and I can't understand why Black likes her, because I don't see what they have in common.
Black, on the other hand, is such a complex character and I enjoy learning about him and his past and hearing what he thinks. I hope he will find out who he really is soon!

I'm looking forward to discovering who the bad guy really is. And I hope they won't kill Kwang-kyun. He's my second favourite character after Black :-(

I'm ready for tomorrow's episode!

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Could Moogang's Mom and Legislator Kim be working for the Big Baddie? The way Mom took it into her own hands to give the key to Mad Dog and not to Man-ho, the real family, just looks suspicious. Looks as if she is deliberately pointing Mad Dog down the road of catching Man-ho. So is Legislator Kim. Looks way too nice to be believable. All he did was also to point fingers at Man-ho. It seems as if the Big Baddie has decided that Man-ho has to go and be an easy target by this stage.

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Was thinking about Man-ho's being taken down by someone too, because his driver is suspiciously very calm and collected when testifying against his extra-violent boss...

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I totally agree with you. What defines Ha Ram in this drama except for how she can see shadows of death? That's what is lacking in this drama.

After she last seen Joon 20 years ago at his house probably, she saw Joon recording a birthday wish using tape for Sun young. Then she stole it because she was jealous. Then she never meet him until he dies.
The question is, probably because of her dad is dead too at that time, maybe she lose her attention on Joon.
But I keep asking myself, what does Ha Ram do after that? Doesn't she remember Joon anymore? Or is it that because she was sulking and never wanted to meet Joon again?

What about all those years after her father died? Doesn't she try to find Joon again? Does she completely forget about Joon even before meeting his ex-boyfriend that dumped her (he died on episode 1). This stuff is messing with my head. Lol

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I loved this episode so much. Black trying to convince himself that he isn't in love with Ha-ram was the most precious thing ever. Just admit it already, won't you? Literally died at the last scene, I love them so much

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He shed two drops of blood when shaving. One more evidence of his growing humanity as he shed only one drop when shaving in an earlier episode.

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Wow, that's an interesting way to decipher the scene

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Not sure just "who" Ha-ram is in love with but I do know what she loves about Black and it's the same reason I fell for his character too.

He's just really cool and so protective even beneath is harshness. I'm really impressed with Song Seung Heon for pulling off this character.

The only other actor who got away with this kind of role was So Ji Sub in Master's Sun. He was totally mean to the heroine through most of the drama but we still felt won over by him from the start and it's the same with Black. This really is a well done drama and a rare find in this day and age.

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What do you guys think the toy bunny that Kwang-kyun saw means? I’ve been driving myself crazy trying to figure out what the bunny reminded Kwang-kyun of! Gahh!!

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In the preview for episode 15 you can see a young Mad Dog finding a similar bunny toy in a yellow phone booth (at least it looks like a phone booth). So my guess is the police found a body near that toy or someone (most probably a young girl) disappeared from there and he made the connection between the Clara-Scarface-tape case to the real Big Bad (who is not Man-ho). I suspect the senator, who is a candidate for president, that was mentioned by the dirty detective.

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Eh, I actully liked your post and about to commend on sharp eyes then realised you are talking about next ep preview. Can you please refrain from doing that, since it is considered spoiler...

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All right, but really only my first sentence was based on the preview. Everything else is just my speculation which would be the same even without it after seeing Mad Dog looking at the bunny in 14 and then ending up bleeding in front of the Big Bad taunting him with the gold butterfly watch.

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Actually it wasn't just you, in fact last episode recap was chock full of spoiler and made me feel quite uncomfortable. Thanks for your response :)

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I love last week's episodes! The things Black went through just to find Haram..

It's saturday today!! Finally. I'm waiting for OCN Naver blog's still cuts preview for the episode tonight.

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I am so curious about how Black will react to this sudden kiss by Haram? Please do not go down the predictable, cliche road of closing his eyes too and getting lovey-dovey. At least not at first. Give us something hilarious and awkward first, Black. You are, after all, Black.

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Also, I really feel for Soo-wan. Poor girl really has a soft and troubled heart despite all her self-preserving concerns. Her silence and complicity have been the cause of many deaths, but she is really a victim and she really, really loves Moogang. I love Lee-El for giving so much heart and sadness to this role. The day comes when she has to die, oh yes I feel she definitely would have to die, very likely for Moogang, I would shed tears for her.

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Oh are we sure that the little boy Soo-wan remembers seeing lying dead on the road was Joon? the fact that she didn't mention his name is suspicious.

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I don’t believe the boy on the road was Joon because of the scene from episode 1 where Black jumps into the ocean to find the submerged car with the body inside. Black questioned if the body was his true self (presumably Joon).

If Joon died on the roadside, how’d he end up in a car on the ocean floor?

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I'm also having doubts about that body being Joon's. In the flashbacks, when his body was found, they only showed his hand and I don't remember seeing any scars. My wild guess is that Joon didn't really die that day. Maybe he escaped or maybe he'd been abducted or whatever. And again, this is just a wild guess, but I really think that Joon grew up to become a Hallyu star. Yeah, I think Joon and Leo are the same person because when I think about it, there's just something quite similar about them. And maybe that explains why Haram is so obsessed with Leo because she reminds him of someone. So that's what I think.

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Plus he obviously lied about living in Moojin when he was young.

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Good point... that's why they have to kill Leo since he's Joon and therefore a witness.

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If Joon did indeed grow up to be Leo, there should be some family resemblance with his half-brother. Put Leo and Moo-gang side by side. Hmmm. I could see it. ;-)

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Joon and Moo Gang never resembled each other. You could compare Leo to Joon and see some resemblance there. But I could be really wrong due to overanalyzing . This show is messing with my brain big time.

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@gashina,

My brains are fried as well. BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST has consumed much of my bandwidth since it ended. ;-)

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I feel for Soo-wan too. Soo-wan did some shady things, but i think she tried to make what she thought was the best choice to fix things. I really hope she won't die. I feel like it would just be such a sad life. She was orphaned, then became a victim of sex trafficking, and after some additional horror she witnessed, she finally got out and became a doctor and fell in love. Only for Moo-gang to die (though in her eyes, it just looks like MG fell for Haram). And then there was that whole bit of her getting tortured so much that Black recognized the signs of torture. I want her to live a long life and fall in love again. Maybe take back her name.

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Ugh, not me. I still really cannot warm to that character at all. I am not sure why because there have been shows where I eventually did like a crappy but tragic character, but for soem reason she just irks me so so much.

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It's so sweet that in the end all she wants was for Moo-gang/Black to be happy, I wish she can know that it was Black, and not Moo-gang, who fell out of love with her. Am wondering whether she is off to confront Joon's killer as the last desperate attempt to make it up to Moo-gang/Black over hiding the facts about Joon...

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In contrast to how you feel, I don't feel bad for her at all :/ her constant need to keep her secret safe, as well as hiding the identity of the real baddie just got annoying. She manipulated Black, which, thankfully, she stopped now in this episode. I didn't care at all when missing finger kidnapped her..

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Yuuuuup! Exactly my thoughts.

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What does it mean when Haram's mom thanked Haram's father for protecting Haram? Earlier at the police station she swore that no grim reaper would be able to take away Haram's life for she was special. Does that mean Haram is actually immortal? She has survived serious wounds, and even the Creepy Doctor is astonished at her quick recovery. And all this crystal ball countdown does not seem to apply to her. Hum, beats me.

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I also found the mother’s comment about how no grim reaper could take her daughter away to be significant.

Foreshadowing?

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Maybe Ha-ram is already deceased, just like Eun-oh in ARANG AND THE MAGISTRATE.

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I have decided to just watch the show and stop wrecking my brain juices. LOL

So many why's.
So many how's.
So many what if.

I just hope Black and Haram have their happily ever after that no Death do them apart till old age.

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If we're going with a theory that Ha Ram's father is actually a grim reaper (which would explain why Ha Ram is able to see grim reapers since she's half-grim reaper), but what about the fact that moments before her dad got killed, Ha Ram saw a shadow behind his back? Why would a grim reaper is reaping out another grim reaper inside a dead body?

Also, people should not go somewhere alone and try to figure things out by themselves please. Look at michingae! Now we're at the bay of losing that one important link he just figured out hzzzshzhshshshshsh

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I think grim reapers can't see grim reapers possessing a human body. That is why Black needed Haram's eyes to find Loser Reaper. But like someone else mentioned above, would Haram be able to see a shadow sitting within her father?

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Yeah, that makes sense. I also don't think it would be possible for reapers to be reaped since they're technically dead. Maybe he could see shadows too like Haram and that's why he gave her sunglasses to wear but that was never implied in the story.

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Remember that 007 told Black that he has to get out of the human body if he wants to stay a reaper? With time he will loose more and more of his reaper powers and become more and more human. It seems like reapers can technically become humans when they stay too long in a human body, therefore they will eventually die again someday. I guess Ha-Rams dad was too long in the human body, causing him to loose all his reaper powers and turning into a human being.

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Noooo, don't kill Kwang-kyun, you mean show! If Ha-ram can survive two episodes almost dead, I'll be very mad if Crazy Dog can't T_T
Watched this episode's preview at the end of ep 13, and feels like suddenly show turns to a melodrama o_O Even weirder when both of the second lead actually ships the OTP...
And finally, THE tape! Is it really the one that everybody's been looking for? Or is there another tape? Coz I remember Soo-wan said that even she doesn't want the tape to be revealed, yet the just found tape doesn't seem to have anything incriminating on her, in fact the previous tape seems to be more jeopardising for her. And yeah, Man-ho chasing and killing such a load of people for something that his father has is kinda stupid.
Hats off for @odilettante theory of Loser is actually in Leo's body! It's actually more plausible for Loser, since he must be more familiar with Leo's habit and stuff than how to operate on people... Black should just really go to Loser's sister and ask her to identify the kind ajusshi giving her money to solve this mystery ASAP.

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I think there are 2 tapes.. one is where Soo Wan unbuttoning her shirt with Clara behind the cam.. the other one is Soo Wan with the reporter...but it was mentioned that time by the reporter that he used the same tape readily available on the cam before Soo Wan change her mind and back out from the interview.

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*before Soo Wan COULD change her mind and back out from the interview

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Am thinking there might be 3 tapes, with the last tape actually containing the big bad's face...

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Agree. Three tapes at least.

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yeah the tape thing was a letdown for me, I was like that's it? I was expecting something more shocking since everyone's making a big deal about it o_O

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Btw..
I thought the revelation of THE tape is pretty anticlimatic because it is just so blah..
Why? It just mentioned 2 names.
Nothing sinister about it that so many lives were at stake.
And I don't understand why drugs had to be planted in Joon's bag?
To send Joon or the mother away to lure So wan into prostitution or to get Joon's heart?
Remember black once had a conversation with 007 and Hip Hop that they can leave the body they possess at Will?
What about Haram's dad? We saw him calling for Haram's name while being dragged by Scarface.. did he leave the body?
But then.. we did catch a glimpse of Haram's dad looking so dazed at the amusement park.
And so many more questions... aargh

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I must had missed something.. Where does this Haram's father was a reaper theory comes from?

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In episode 2, there was a scene of a young newlywed couple driving in a car with a reaper sitting in the back seat. The couple then gets into an accident. The wife was able to call out to her husband, but her husband was unconscious - presumably dead. At that moment, the reaper looked into the bride's eyes and the lore is that something tragic will happen when you look into the eyes of a woman in love. So despite there being a reaper, there was no death from that accident. The explanation would be that the reaper went into the groom's corpse.

Later, Haram comes across a picture of her parents with her as a baby. Her mom looks just like the young bride. We also know that her mom left her dad. And we knew that her mom feared Haram when she was a child and tried to kill her.

The theory is that the mom thought her husband was alive, but at some point realized that her husband wasn't really her husband and that's why left.

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@odilettante , thank you for the recap. the episodes are so densely packed with information, I'm impressed at how you're able to recap the drama so coherently!

Just when we saved Haram and Man-soo, Crazy Dog's in danger. Show, please show, don't kill him!! Also, we need him for the investigation. We need Man-soo, Black, Haram, and Crazy Dog to form some sort of team. Crazy Dog already knows that Moo-gang was pretty ahead of them in tracking all this info about Mujin. He knows Haram's is the daughter of his partner (also when they were in Mujin). And he knows that the Oh family is involved in this Mujin matter. So now he needs to corral everyone together!

I think it's such a nice connection that if Black was really Joon, Haram's father's partner ended up taking over mentoring him. And Joon who really wanted to become a cop, really did end up becoming a cop (but while borrowing Moo-gang's body).

Haram is so fiercely protective and Man-soo is such a sweetheart and I'm glad to see Haram and Mansoo risk their lives for each other. I really like their friendship.

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What drives me crazy about this show is what exactly is Leo's part in all of this? Scarface wanted to kill him because he was important to the big boss but I don't think he's Manho's child since he's already in his 40s and Manho's probably early to mid-50s. I've racked my brain trying to connect the dots but there aren't really any dots to connect.

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I'm loving this show (still not happy with their choice of female lead but the rest of the show make up for it), especially Song Seung Heon. I never really liked him in anything before (I liked him a little in My Princess) but he managed to reel me in with Black. Hes just so damn sexy! Watched his other works and I'm obsessed after I saw Obsessed! Plus he's doing a marvellous job with Black. The role suits him perfectly. 😍

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I totally agree with the sexy part 😍

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Wow, As an SSH fan i love your comment!! I feel you girl!!! AMEN!!!!👍 only thing wrong with this show is that they didn't even give us an SSH shirtless scene taken from the front! i mean, come on guys, after all the information overload you put us through we at least deserve a "treat" right?!

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I thought we had one at the end do episode one, right?

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But it was taken from the back...😑

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AAAHHHH!! He’s singing and playing the guitar!!! Swoons

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Cong Kim is the mastermind. The chief of police died after he called the congressman and crazy dog is in an accident after he visited him about the tape. Plus he was scar face's target in the fire. Now we just need to decipher how Leo is connected to all these. Maybe he's the congressman's son?

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It would be really sad if Black gets killed in the next episodes because that means he would lose his memories. Remember, if the body a reaper inhabits dies twice, the reaper would lose all of the memories he had while living in that body. And when the time comes for him to reap Ha Ram, he wouldn't be able remember her at all and Ha Ram wouldn't be able to recognize him at all because he had a different face. I hope his immortality doesn't wear off.

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BLack's case is different for he has Joan's heart inside him so he is not inhabiting someone else's body technically. That is why he couldn't leave that body. All other rules seem to not apply here.

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nice theory, I like that

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I dont want Crazy Dog to die.. He is one of the characters that add spices to the show.. Anyway, If a reaper possessed Haram's father body.. did he all forget those things that happened while he is inside Haram's dad and after he left his body..? that's what Black told the other reaper that day when he is looking for Loser. That when a Reaper possessed a body who died 2 times, all the memories of the Reaper while inside that body will get erased. And if Haram's dad is really a Reaper and not invinsible in the face of death, How come Black who also just possessed Moogang's body had some kind of immortality and cannot die even if murdered for how many times? How come he cannot leave Moogang's body at will?

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I'm still in denial that Black is joon. It hasn't been established yet.. the 4 remaining ep will explore ha ram's true origins, joon's fate and loser's recapture. There will be a second season that will explore Black's life story. lol. Let me daydream

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Yeah. I agree with you that this show needs more seasons. I also can't wrap my head around all these theories about Black being Joon. How awkward would that be when he gets found and turns into a grade schooler. My guess is that (if the body he found in episode 1 was really him) he was the one who ran Joon over and then probably lost his breaks and drove right over the cliff. It probably wasn't suicide since he can't remember anything from his past life.

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Both Black and Ha Ram will appear in Original Sin. So maybe we will find out more about Black there.

http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/11/ocns-villains-and-heroes-come-together-in-webtoon-original-sin/

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Thanks, Mary. I somehow missed this.

I put in a belated bid for them to send in the Clones from DUEL. ;-)

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I am currently finding nice OST of Black.
Im so obssessed with this drama I want to keep some of its nice soundtracts in my phone to play but how come there isnt so plenty of it. Like u know not like Goblin.. every episode has different OST.. just feel sad.. now its ending soon I want to keep as much OST for keepsake.

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I suspect that BLACK didn't have much of a budget for the OST.

THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK HYANG did not have an extensive OST, either. But what it had was lovely. MBC must have blown the budget on EMPRESS KI. ;-)

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"hey, we don’t know what Joon would have looked like all grown up!" Loved that!

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This made me think, so at the finale, will Black be using his true face and therefore, no Song Seung-heon..? Wah wah!

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I find myself silently rooting for..... the misfit backup detectives team!!! From ‘perverted’ short legged grandpa.. to crazy dog.. to Detective Oh (who helped Black to track some car that had Haram in the boot).. to the detective who taught Black how to use SNS even when things were chaotic at the station. Hoping and praying that Crazy Dog isn’t dead 😔

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I love the third-string team, too. Jung Suk-yong (Short-legged Grandpa aka Captain Bong) has been one of my fave ahjussis since my second Kdrama. He played a crooked cop in LOOKOUT, the king's Eunuch Hong-rim in THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK HYANG, and the heroic locomotive driver in TRAIN TO BUSAN. Kim Won-hae is so doggone versatile. I loved him as Chief Kim's housemate, and admire his "dogged" flatfoot Kwang-kyun in this show.
Lee Cheol-min (So-tae) was terrific as the hostage taker in the Doldam OR in ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM.

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Hi people. I know who is the bad one is the *Congressman Kim*. He accomplance of lover.and his dad. He is leo father. He is mi su(the die girl) lover.And he try gain vote when fake the fire with childreen to be the hero, but scarface try in this opportunity kill he. I think too that leo kill joon and put the blame in the boy (son of man so's mother). And Congressman Kim kill man so brother and put that boy body in the river .and this is the same "loser".

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Corretion: He is accomplance of man ho and is dad.😀

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I think I said this too in a previous recap, a somewhat similar contradiction to the whole 'ha ram's dad is a reaper inhabiting her mom' s dead groom'. If ha ram's dad is a dead reaper, why didn't haram see a shadow surrounding him even before her vision of his death. She only saw the shadow when he waz scheduled to die..

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As i pointed out in an earlier post. 007 tells Black after he possessed Moo-gangs body that he has to leave the body if he wants to stay a grim reaper because if he stays too long in a human body he will loose more and more of his reaper powers turning more and more human until he completely turns into a human again. Considering that Black already expierienced loosing some of his powers (can't teleport as much as he likes) it seems like reapers can't really stay that long in a human body. Maybe just a couple of month?! I guess that Ha-Rams dad stayed too long in a human body, therefore lost all his reaper powers and turned into a full human being. So Ha-Ram could only see the shadow that told her dads dying because at that time he was already a full human being.

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This is completely unrelated to the recap but I would really like to know more about Jeoson. He seems to know a lot.

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Joseon like the Sphinx -- he speaks in riddles. I wonder if he went down in a turtle ship during the Imjin War? That would make him a missing person. He was present when Admiral Yi Sun-shin died, so he was already a reaper -- but for how long?

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I love how Ha-ram told Black off for grabbing her injured wrist and pulling her to go somewhere with him.
(I intensely dislike wrist grabs)
Ha-ram is an awesome heroine. I am loving this series so dark and funny at the same time.

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Where was Joon "supposed" to be murdered? was it Seoul or Mujin? from what I know, Joon left young Haram and entrusted his guitar to her and moved to Seoul to be with his Dad. (but Moogang's mother told in another episode their dad died of heart problem many years ago so it was really contradicting >_<) Then after a few days Joon was killed. But it seems like Joon was murdered in Mujin after trying to save Soo wan? Soo Wan also is in Mujin when Clara is demanding her to give her the tape. So many loopholes.

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Yes, Joon moved to Seoul and His dad eventually died in a heart condition. According to the mom she had to attend this medical conference in Moojin and she took the 2 boys with her so they can at least have a vacation. That didn't happen though, because the Moojin Time Mart incident happened and she had to help out in the hospital because they didn't have enough staff to attend to the victims. She then got a call informing her of Joon's accident. Joon must have taken the opportunity to visit Soo Wan while in Moojin and that's where the incident with Scarface happened..

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thank u Angie..! sometimes i thought i was paying enough attention to details.. guess I am not..most of the time! 😅

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Joon is black and who kill Joon is the Han Moo-Gang's Mom. You remember that Han Moo-Gang take the medicine and when Han Moo-Gang die the mom said "After everything I've done for he live...". Han Moo-Gang have heart problem and need a new heart compatible aka Joon heart. The mother kill Joon take the heart and put the body in ocean this is where black find the body. the creep doctor help the mother. I don't know who rit and run the "false joon" boy body. Maybe the creep doctor!?

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almost forget it is because Han Moo-Gang body have the heart of joon that black can't came out of the body. Because is he "almost alive".

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The moment I realized a selfie saved the day XD

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i have this weird feeling that Black is the spirit of the who kill Joon (if joon’s ash in his urn is not his maybe he is joon) because in the pilot episode we saw that black is under the water and asking if he is really the dead corpse inside the car.right?

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This drama drives me nuts, istg because (I just finished episode 16... no spoilers) I thought I knew what I know, but I don't actually know? That ending just left me screaming.

Also how is SSH 41????? So dreamy.

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Thanks, odilettante, for recapping and lamenting the trickiness of the plot, which still stymies me. Writer-nim just keeps on inundating us with data.

Kwang-kyun truly has been (mad) dogged in chasing down clues in this episode. But it was the off-duty side of him that shone through. I loved how he broke the news to Black that his symptoms indicate that he is in love. But what really got me was the flashback to his partner, Ha-ram's father, informing Kwang-kyun that he was in love all those years ago. When he tells Black that he loved Clara and he didn't care what kind of person she was, it was another "I don't care if you're a man or an alien" moment straight out of COFFEE PRINCE. I wasn't expecting that twist. Mad Dog is a truly interesting guy.

I had to laugh at the chase scene -- with a shuttle bus, of all things. Scarface really knew how to pick 'em when it came to stealing a getaway car. LOL.

Man-soo's sudden flying leap to rescue Ha-ram came completely out of left field. But I was tearing my hair out as Ha-ram, once again, ran the wrong way. I understand that she was trying to save her rescuer -- but she was doing the same thing she did to get herself stabbed in the first place. She barges into dangerous situations without a plan, or any skills even if she had one. It is so frustrating to watch, especially when it predictably goes south.

Thank you, odilettante, for identifying Leo's former hair color. Instead of green, it always looked kind of lavender-ish to me. ;-)

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@odilettante or anybody... who is the actress that plays younger version of HaRam’s mother?

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