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Mysterious Il-seung: Episodes 15-16

I think we might finally be getting to the point where Jong-sam actually gets to pretend to be a cop and solve some crimes. The newly-formed Hidden Crimes Unit solves its first case together, while some more of the tangles that twist Jin-young and Jong-sam pasts together are unraveled.

 
EPISODE 15 RECAP

In the officers’ new basement office, Jin-young reveals to Jong-sam that she knows he is innocent of the murder of the prosecutor, because she saw him on the 18th floor of the Jinsung Group building at the time of the crime. Jong-sam asks why she didn’t tell anyone, and Jin-young says that she did in fact tell the detectives, but they didn’t believe her because Jong-sam had confessed. When Jong-sam asks what she was doing at the Jinsung Group building, Jin-young doesn’t answer and darts off.

Detective Park checks in with Chief Jang, who says that the team’s new assignment and new team member were all directives from above. The chief says that Detective Park’s team is the best place for Il-seung, so they can keep an eye on him. The detective’s protests are cut short when he gets a call from his team asking him to return.

They’ve called him back because Prosecutor Kim has dropped by. It seems that he’s been reassigned as well to the Hidden Crimes special investigations, and he’s not pleased at all to see Jong-sam in the unit. In fact, he promises to spend some time investigating Il-seung’s qualifications as a police officer.

Detective Park pulls Jong-sam aside to try to level with him. Jong-sam isn’t ready to blow his cover yet, especially as he recalls Ddakji’s final wish for him to be a real cop and punish those who had wronged them, so he confirms that he is really Il-seung, and he’s here to catch bad guys. With nothing left to do but accept what’s been given to him, Detective Park warns Jong-sam about the importance of trust and teamwork.

Prosecutor Kim exits the police station on a mission, and asks his assistant to get a list of all the unidentified corpses from the area morgues. He’s determined to find the real Il-seung.

Back in the station, Detective Park rallies the team around their new work, to solve the unsolved crimes that lack leads. He sends the crew out to gather up those crimes from area precincts, and also officially assigns Jin-young and Jong-sam as partners.

Detective Park asks Jong-sam what year he graduated from the police academy, and thankfully Jong-sam recalls that he was in 282. Dae-woong graduated in 283, leaving him still the maknae, and Min-pyo can’t resist teasing their baby officer. Jong-sam may not be the youngest, but he’s obviously the most inexperienced, as he admits that he didn’t bring street clothes to change into from his uniform.

Detective Park’s wife Cha-kyung drops by with coffee for everyone (Jong-sam has no experience with black coffee either and declines, aww), and then the detective ushers his team out. Dae-woong stops Jong-sam to give him the gossip on Detective Park’s wife, and how she used to be the detective’s partner’s girlfriend until the guy disappeared. Jong-sam doesn’t know enough to connect the dots yet though, so he just takes the info in.

In the Hidden Crimes Unit office, Detective Park plays off his nerves around his wife. Cha-kyung is as doting as always, but he can’t help but think back to his encounter with his old partner, and her former boyfriend, Detective Kang.

The league of corruption has assembled at Chairman Lee’s office when Detective Kang arrives to apologize for his lapse in judgement at the port. The chairman has no punishment to deliver, but lets Detective Kang know that if he’s going to do whatever he pleases, he’ll plan to do the same.

Lawyer Ahn steps out and then reports back that they’ve heard about Prosecutor Kim’s search for Il-seung’s body.

The men in black are going through their receipts to determine what they can write off for work reimbursement when they get the call asking them to confirm that Il-seung’s body has been cremated. Agent Kwak thinks it’s done, but Agent Ki pipes up that he never actually confirmed it and they scamper off to the morgue.

But Prosecutor Kim already has a lead from the morgue documents, specifically of a body that was left by Officer Oh Il-seung. We’ll see who gets there first.

Meanwhile, Jong-sam has stopped by Il-seung’s apartment to change into some street clothes. While he’s there, Ddakji’s phone rings with a call from Eun-bi.

And while everyone else is busy, Jin-young’s mom attempts to sell Jin-young’s necklace, the one that was her last gift from her father, at a jeweler. The store employee is good enough to call Jin-young before accepting the sale, and when Jin-young’s mom is put on the phone, she insists she wasn’t selling it, just pawning it temporarily for a little investment money. Jin-young threatens her mother with putting her on a wanted list if she doesn’t meet her at home right away.

Jong-sam meets Eun-bi at her pizza place job. He returns the phone that Eun-bi gave Ddakji, and she’s also here to return something to him. She hands over the plastic bag Jong-sam gave his friend, still full of a portion of the smuggled money.

Afterwards, Jong-sam finds himself in front of the night duty room where he last saw Ddakji before the accident. He notes the CCTV in the ceiling and knows that whoever grabbed Ddakji has to be on tape.

At Jin-young’s house, Mom is too excited about her investment plans to register the fury Jin-young directs at her. Jin-young decides that Mom can’t be trusted around her valuables and decides to wear the necklace to prevent future pawn attempts.

Jin-young asks where all Mom’s money has gone, and Mom says that she was offered a chance in on a big investment from another rich friend. The interest rates sound impossible, so Jin-young asks what kind of investment it is, and Mom throws her hands up like little antennae in response.

“Crickets,” Jin-young takes the info back to the station. Her mother has been conned into a pyramid scheme involving crickets, and Jin-young recruits her unit to help her expose the scam ring leader. Min-pyo suggests that Jin-young get her mom to introduce her to the people who made the offer so they can infiltrate.

Jin-young’s already done that and they plot a way for them to impersonate interested investors, but everyone’s a little concerned that they don’t look rich enough to convince anyone. Jong-sam, they decide as he enters the office, looks especially too dull for the part.

Jin-young gets the call from Mom, and next thing you know Jin-young and Mom are at a restaurant waiting to meet Mom’s contact. Mom mentions that Jin-young knows the man who extended the invitation, but Jin-young’s still surprised to see her father’s former employee, Mr. Choi, approach the table.

Mr. Choi has heard, incorrectly from Mom, that Jin-young is a diplomat, so he doesn’t suspect that she’s here to bust him. Jin-young assures him that she got rich investing in foreign stocks while abroad, so she’s down for the cricket investment.

Before Mr. Choi can get her signature on anything, however, Jin-young peppers him with questions about the business. It turns out that Mr. Choi himself is the CEO, and he agrees to let Jin-young see the cricket farm before she signs. And it’s not just Jin-young who wants to see it—she’s invited some other investors along.

Cue Min-pyo and Dae-woong, who walk through the door decked out in their best impersonations of rich dudes, a glorious burst of stiff winter coats and purple suits.

Meanwhile, Detective Park and Jong-sam didn’t make the cut and wait to tail the car in the parking lot. Jong-sam is distracted by his earlier efforts to follow-up on the CCTV footage from the night shift room. Jong-sam hoped to find evidence of Ddakji’s abductors, but the cameras recorded no one entering or exiting the room.

Jin-young and company eventually leave for the farm, and Detective Park draws Jong-sam back from his thoughts so that they can follow the car.

While the police are busy with their new case, Prosecutor Kim requests an autopsy for the body he suspects is Il-seung. Down the hall, the men in black see the results of their misstep and decide that they’ve got to report it to the chairwoman.

At the cricket farm, Detective Park and Jong-sam listen in via phone to Mr. Choi’s sales pitch. Detective Park wants the transaction ledger and bank account documents as evidence, and Jong-sam suggests they just go through the suspect’s car. Detective Park, upright police officer that is he, can’t imagine how they could accomplish that without the car keys.

Jin-young gets a call from Mom, who hasn’t received any money yet from her investment and instead watches as all of their furniture is repossessed. Mom begs Jin-young to ask Mr. Choi to send the money that he promised.

Mr. Choi is a little preoccupied, however, pitching the plan for the crickets. HE says they will use them as high protein food products, and because they’ll be getting in just as their use is approved in Korea, they’ll profit. The room is oddly silent for a cricket farm, and the farm workers/goons make sure to pry the officers away when they try to peek under the sheets covering the containers.

Mr. Choi reaches into one container and does pull out a real, live cricket to show off. But any further attempts to see the crickets is declined with the excuse that the crickets will get stressed. All of Mr. Choi’s bluster is no match for Jin-young, however, as she bursts in after hearing just how much money Mom has invested in the bogus scheme.

Jin-young throws off the cloth to reveal nothing but empty boxes. The goons pull knives to face off with Min-pyo and Dae-woong, but they’ve made the mistake of bringing knives to a taser gun fight, and the officers easily knock them out.

While Detective Park runs to help, Jong-sam picks the car lock in search of documents. Jin-young knocks Mr. Choi to the ground to make the arrest, and Jong-sam produces the company ledgers as the final piece of the puzzle.

Meanwhile, the men in black report back to the chairwoman. They’re pretty confident that they’ve covered their tracks in terms of fingerprints and dental records, but they do have the issue of the photos on both Jong-sam and Il-seung’s records matching Jong-sam. The agents have all sorts of drama-worthy potential explanations, like a case of doppelgangers or a secret twin birth secret. The chairwoman tells the men to ready Baek Kyung, just in case.

And indeed, Prosecutor Kim’s office has managed to pull a fingerprint from the corpse. It matches Jong-sam, not Il-seung, on paper, but the paper clearly shows a photo of the Jong-sam we all know and love.

Prosecutor Kim starts to finally piece things together, and he’s got an idea. He believes that fake Il-seung can serve as their witness. As the prosecutor rushes out, his assistant makes a call to Lawyer Ahn to let him know what’s going on. Ah, so here’s our inside man who’s been leaking info to Chairman Lee’s side. And this information seems to make the chairman nervous.

The police return to the station triumphant, but Jong-sam’s victory is cut short by Prosecutor Kim, who calls out Jong-sam’s inmate identification number.

EPISODE 16 RECAP

In his office, Prosecutor Kim lays out all the options he sees for Jong-sam. Option one: Jong-sam can admit that he’s an escaped convict and serve as a witness against Chairman Lee and the NIS before returning to prison. Option two: if Jong-sam continues as Il-seung, Prosecutor Kim will use the autopsy evidence to convict him, as Il-seung, of murdering Jong-sam.

Meanwhile, Chairman Lee continues to worry over this turn of events. The chairman recognizes and even appreciates the play that Prosecutor Kim can now make. His loyal lackeys are there to advise.

Chairwoman Gook seems downright eager to just murder Prosecutor Kim, but Lawyer Ahn thinks that kind of plan would be absolutely mad.

At Jin-young’s house, she tries to deal with her mother now that the bad guys are arrested and the house has been cleaned out of its furniture. Mom just doesn’t register how foolish this whole scheme was, and now she has a massive debt that she’s coy about how she intends to pay it back.

Jin-young won’t let it go, and Mom eventually breaks down, sobbing about how she wishes she at least had money to comfort her now that her husband is gone. Without the pursuit of money, Mom believes that she has nothing left in life. Jin-young listens to this tirade in silent resignation and finally holds her sobbing mother close.

After the confrontation, Jin-young heads out into the night. The bobby pins in her car remind her of the pivotal moment in the past when she last saw Jong-sam before he was imprisoned.

That night, young Jin-young had meant to surprise her father on his birthday with her early return from school. Mr. Choi spotted her first and took care of her bags while she headed up to her father’s office.

A noise in the hallway drew Jin-young’s attention, and that was when she spotted Jong-sam lurking around her father’s office door. When Jin-young returned with the birthday cake, Jong-sam was gone and her father’s office was empty. Jin-young saw her father’s will on his desk, under the jewelry box containing Jin-young’s necklace.

The phone rang in the office, and Jin-young picked up before rushing to the window. Down below, her father’s body lay in a bloody heap. Jin-young rushed to the street in tears, as Mr. Choi held her back from her father’s body.

Back in the present, Jong-sam lingers in the dark police office. It’s both his first and last day, and his empty desk shows that he hasn’t had the chance to accomplish anything yet. Prosecutor Kim’s offer lingers in his mind.

He’s surprised to see that Jin-young has also returned to the office this late at night. Jin-young is in no mood to be judged, and instead flips the conversation by making digs at Jong-sam’s name. Jin-young lists off the various crimes Jong-sam is committing by impersonating Il-seung, and she demands that he submit a letter of resignation.

Jong-sam has some questions for Jin-young first. She says that she told the police that he was in the Jinsung Building, but how did she know he was a murder suspect, when nothing had been released in the news yet of his arrest?

Jin-young, of course, was at the police station herself, trying to convince the police that her father’s death wasn’t a suicide. And specifically, that Jong-sam was her father’s killer.

Jong-sam doesn’t deny or try to explain anything, and just assures Jin-young that he’ll be fired soon. And then he thinks back to his answer to Prosecutor Kim, when he confirmed that he’ll go the Jong-sam route.

On his walk home, Jong-sam also recalls that the prosecutor plans to have a press conference at 8 p.m., and if Jong-sam fails to show up, he’ll issue a manhunt for him instead.

But of course, the evil league rolls up to intercept Jong-sam on the street. Chairwoman Gook presents herself officially to Jong-sam for the first time, though he recognizes her as the woman who told the agents to save the money before they helped Ddakji. She lets Jong-sam know she’s heard about the press conference, and then nods to the backseat, where a banged-up Detective Kang sits between the two ex-agents.

The chairwoman asks Jong-sam to trade himself for Agent Kang, while Agent Kang wags his head no from the backseat.

The time for the press conference approaches, and a knock at the door interrupts Prosecutor Kim’s nervous pacing. But the knock isn’t from Jong-sam, because he’s tied up in a warehouse somewhere, while Agent Kang has been released.

The prosecutor’s assistant arrives to tell him that the reporters are waiting, and so Prosecutor Kim grabs the file that details the murder case of Kim Jong-sam.

An alert for the press conference pings Agent Kwak’s phone, and he offers it over to the chairwoman so that she can pull it up on the tv. The press conference starts out as expected, but then Prosecutor Kim lifts up his evidence—he’s got the money that Jong-sam had given Ddakji, and has traced it back to the former NIS director Gook.

Once that is revealed, Agent Kwak dunks Jong-sam’s head into the barrel of water that sits in front of him. Prosecutor Kim isn’t done yet though; they’ve also found Chairman Lee’s fingerprints on the money.

Released from the water, Jong-sam recalls the moment when he was able to pass the money to Agent Kang as he was released from the agents.

Agent Kwak just keeps on dunking Jong-sam, but Prosecutor Kim has one last reveal, and Jong-sam keeps his head above water for this. The prosecutor shares Il-seung’s last words to him: “If you find me dead, that means I’ve been murdered.” Well, there goes any chance of the agents killing Jong-sam and staging a suicide.

The chairman demands Jong-sam’s presence, and the chairwoman tells Jong-sam to not get too excited about his efforts to bring the chairman down. Jong-sam scoffs; he’s not excited about any of this. He’s still mourning the death of his friend, a friend who was no threat at all to all the powerful people in the room, and he cries out in anguish.

The chairman is unimpressed with Jong-sam’s emotional outburst and waves him away. But Jong-sam has one last warning as the agents drag him away: the recovery of the money is only the beginning of the chairman’s undoing.

After the press conference, Prosecutor Kim meets Agent Kang in the bathroom to confirm that he’ll postpone Jong-sam’s murder charges. Agent Kang insists that the prosecutor knows that Jong-sam is innocent, and should just close the case instead.

At the police station, Min-pyo and Dae-woong take Mr. Choi’s written statement regarding the pyramid scheme. He complies but also asks to speak with Jin-young, and they call her in.

Later, Jin-young soaks in what Mr. Choi had to say. He told Jin-young that her father fell from the roof of the building, not his office, proving that it wasn’t a suicide (and also that it wasn’t Jong-sam who killed him).

Jong-sam makes his way back to the station and stops Jin-young to talk. He wants to tell her in person that he won’t resign being an officer until he arrests Chairman Lee. And finally, he tells Jin-young that he didn’t kill her father, and she tells him that she already knows.

She asks what he was doing up on the 18th floor, and he says that he was looking for her, so that he could finally tell her that he’s not some thug, he’s Kim Jong-sam, and to ask her name. But now here he is facing her at last, and his name is now Oh Il-seung. Jong-sam walks away, leaving Jin-young to watch his melancholy departure.

COMMENTS

I thought we would live to regret holding on to that small portion of the money, but instead I was never more grateful to see it reappear one last time (this is the last time, right?). Finally things came together in a way that felt like a win, instead of a scramble to just hang on.

The show took four weeks to get to its premise, and everything it did previously just made it seem an even more improbable setup. A convict escaping prison and impersonating a cop sounds like a far stretch, and when you pile on all the mishaps that have basically unmasked his secret identity to absolutely everyone, it’s hard to understand how anyone thinks it’s reasonable to put this fake Il-seung on a police squad.

But I guess that’s actually kind of the charm of the show as well. Logic doesn’t stand up well, so if you just let go and run with the action, it’s all pretty fun. I think that’s why some of the side characters, like the NIS agents and the other police officers, tend to shine, because they get to really play around in those scenes where it’s not so much plot driven as much as it is fun driven. I giggled every time I watched Min-pyo and Dae-woong strut into that restaurant in their fancy outfits because I mean, why not?

But also, what good villain puts all of his adversaries into one big unit? Doesn’t he understand that their strength will only grow? Who thinks pairing Jong-sam up with the one uncorrupt police team and the dogged prosecutor out to get him is the path to success?

And now the Hidden Crimes Unit has been tasked with gathering up all of the unsolved cases and taking a crack at them, so I’m guessing we’re heading into mystery-of-the-week territory. I’m actually kind of looking forward to it; I could use a break from Chairman Lee and his brand of evil.

I’m not sure how Jong-sam will turn out as a police officer. The man is a little dumb. And that’s not his fault. He’s been part of a society that has made sure he hasn’t had access to an education. But he did manage to pass the police exam, so will he still have some of that information tucked away from ten years ago? And how useful is that information when he’s never had the chance to actually use it in a real-life situation? I feel like practical on-the-job experience is more important than book smarts for a detective, so I’m not sure that will pan out for him. But we’ve seen that it’s his thief skills that might add a new element to the team, so perhaps everything will be fine even if he’s a bit of a bumbler.

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I'm glad we have a smart and dilligent prosecutor Kim here (he has prepared TWO different case files which is worth hundred pages of a novel book in such a short time)

And I'm excited to see how this newly formed team will work together against the big bad guys. An upright senior detective, a quick thinking prosecutor, a skillful 'thief', a strong-willed independent heroine, and two friendly coworkers are a unique combination 😊

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I'm here to see a dorky and bumbling Yoon Kyun sung ❤😊

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My main reason for not dropping the show is YKS’s awkward and dorky smile. 😆

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Yes, definitely, but he was also great in the scene where he's screaming at Chairman Lee.

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He has prove himself that he's able to pull off a comedic relief character like Moo Hyul in SFD or a little bit of Yoon Do in Doctors, and a more serious character in Pinocchio and Rebel

So far, he's good in balancing his comedic and intense moment as Jong Sam, and I hope he will continue to do well until the end of the series 😊

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Thanks for recapping, abirdword!

Thank goodness Prosecutor Kim is on the ball and retrieves the real Oh Il-seung's battered remains from the morgue before the baddies do. Even if the identity records have been doctored to the moon and back, at least the poor guy has a chance at resting in peace once the league of corruption (ROFLMAO at your term) is vanquished once and for all.

I'm so glad the money Jong-sam had slipped to Ddakji had some nice incriminating fingerprints from Director Lee and Chairwoman Gook. Manseh! It's about time. And I'm so glad that Jong-sam told Prosecutor Kim in no uncertain terms that he will never commit suicide. Way to buy yourself time, Officer Oh!

Young Jong-sam's reason for being in Jin-young's father's office building was a punch in the gut. This guy has a happy faculty for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. His alibi that he didn't kill the prosecutor was that he was busy killing her father. Such a deal. I'm glad we didn't have to wait long to hear from Mr. Choi that Jin-young's father had actually fallen from the roof, not his office window, and therefore Jong-sam had nothing to do with his death. It's about time he got a break.

Do I detect the greedy paws of Director Lee involved in Jin-young's dad's demise?

I was totally grossed out by Jin-young's mother's attempted thievery against her own daughter. One of the tropes that I absolutely detest is financially ignorant and helpless widows. Eun-chan's mom in COFFEE PRINCE

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Thanks for recapping, abirdword!

Thank goodness Prosecutor Kim is on the ball and retrieves the real Oh Il-seung's battered remains from the morgue before the baddies do. Even if the identity records have been doctored to the moon and back, at least the poor guy has a chance at resting in peace once the league of corruption (ROFLMAO at your term) is vanquished once and for all.

I'm so glad the money Jong-sam had slipped to Ddakji had some nice incriminating fingerprints from Director Lee and Chairwoman Gook. Manseh! It's about time. And I'm so glad that Jong-sam told Prosecutor Kim in no uncertain terms that he will never commit suicide. Way to buy yourself time, Officer Oh!

Young Jong-sam's reason for being in Jin-young's father's office building was a punch in the gut. This guy has a happy faculty for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. His alibi that he didn't kill the prosecutor was that he was busy killing her father. Such a deal. I'm glad we didn't have to wait long to hear from Mr. Choi that Jin-young's father had actually fallen from the roof, not his office window, and therefore Jong-sam had nothing to do with his death. It's about time he got a break.

Do I detect the greedy paws of Director Lee involved in Jin-young's dad's demise?

I was totally grossed out by Jin-young's mother's attempted thievery against her own daughter. One of the tropes that I absolutely detest is financially ignorant and helpless widows. Eun-chan's mom in COFFEE PRINCE was the same way, but was merely a spendthrift of her daughter's hard-earned pittance. Jin-young's mother is over the top, and I don't feel an iota of sympathy for her. What a stupid and nasty piece of work. The fact that she was taken to the cleaners with a cricket-ranching scam was kind of funny. But not funny at all when it was revealed to be run by her husband's former employee. (Really, Mr. Choi, you'd stoop that low?)

Watching agents Kwak and Ki preparing their expense reports was a hoot. I used to work as a secretary, and handled this kind of paperwork for my department. They're so scrupulously earnest about keeping track of what's reimbursable -- after doing such heinous stuff -- that I can't help but crack up.

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I have doubts about Mr. Choi myself... hm. Judging by the next episode's preview, him and Jin-young are going to have a good long time so I'm looking forward to that.
I feel like unraveling what happened in the past will have a hand in Director Lee's future demise. Just a feeling haha

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I'm glad we have Agent Kwak and Agent Ki here as a not so serious and not so genius villain (we have already had enough from the league of corruption as the real evil 😉). It's such a treat to see those two making mistakes and the best part is when they admit that they are wrong indeed (I feel sorry for them when he said, "Let's go get scolded" 😂)

And here we also have a villain that had watched too many dramas 😂

It seems like the writer does aware of her plot holes, or better, she knows what she is doing and she uses it for comedic purpose through Agent Kwak and Agent Ki

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My afore-mentioned thoughts:
1. Jong-sam's "Do you think the world ever listened to us anyway?" gave me chills. This drama is a fun ride the whole way through (along with bumps I'm willing to overlook) but I also appreciate how it takes itself seriously at times too, like this scene. In particular, I love how spot-on Jong-sam's serious moments are to his character. He may be our resident bumbling cutie but the show ain't putting a rose tint on his experiences. After all, who would listen to a pair of street kids? Even if Jong-sam insisted on telling the truth of their innocence, who would've believed him? Like Ddak-ji, they were nobodies, powerless in the face of a society where eeevil people like Director Lee would use the powerless as their scapegoats.
2. Same scene, gave me flashbacks to Gil-dong's stint as Stepstool lol. And I really loved YKS in that scene. That mix of restrained anger with sadness.... chills. Reminded me too of his hyung role in Pinocchio and the scene at the manhole. And that evil smirk? I love YKS.
3. Jong-sam's slight hesitation at telling Jin-young that he'd followed her because he wanted to know her name just screamed "he hasn't gotten over her even after 10 years!!" for me lol. I have hopes for the sailing of this ship.
4. Can't stop thinking about how funny it would be if Lee Jong-suk showed up as a prosecutor here for a cameo lol

Aaaaand a totally not serious thought:
5. A friend's question sent me into a tizzy: does YKS have a piercing in his left ear?? After re-watching and taking screenshots, I'm still not sure if he does or not. Sometimes, it looks like there /is/ a bump and sometimes it just looks like a birthmark/mole. The evidence is inconclusive.

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2.- Omo, I saw you mentioned stepstool after I posted my post, though I remembered him for a different reason. Yours have more depth,though.
4.- Yaaaaas for the LJS cameo!!
5.- Yup yup! Ear-piercings are a thing that tends to distract me most while watching a sageuk so I too noticed it right away. (Though it didn't as much as LJK's ones do, hehe.) However I was surprised to see a one on him because ummm, he doesn't look like a person who pierces his ear. I dunno the reasons that tickles guys to do them, and I don't mean he can't have one if he wants to...but oh well. Me and my closed-mindness. * goes to a corner and ponders;...He's not an idol, doesn't seem much into fashion, ....* I'm practically crazy for thinking about some guy's piercings!

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@nico8
1. The scene was great indeed ! And Yoon nailed it to the bone !

2. "And that evil smirk? I love YKS" Same here, nico.. Same here.. 😆 I want to see him in a villain role someday

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3. Our main leads are still far from romantic attraction [ while other dramas that are airing in the same batch have already got their lovey dovey scenes or even kiss-scene (!), and because different genres too ]. But I'm already happy with their little and short but meaningful conversation.

Just like when Jin Young takes the first step to ask about Jong Sam's name and even jokes about it (that Eul Sam comment made me ROFL ! 😂), or her question about "Did someone hit you?" as soon as she sees him, it shows that she cares about him after all ☺

Anyway, I'll just wait patiently for their blooming romance 😄 just don't make it too cheesy, it seems like the older I get, the least I can handle it

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@nico8 @peony
About ear piercing, I started to notice it in TTWWIL. I thought it was possible for him to get one, maybe when puberty hit him, when he came to Seoul for the first time and did modelling for a short time.. Or it might be just a birth mark/mole 😅

Any other way, he looks just fine 😆

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@keiru @peony
oh my really?? I'd never paid much attention to his earlobes before (lol) so I never noticed he'd had them for a while now. But same tho, YKS doesn't seem the type? I'd love to hear the story behind it ❤

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Good child! (For not staring at every inch of oppa's face ;-) )

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Can't believe my friend was the one who pointed it out to me lol and now we both want to see YKS wearing an earring 😂
(It's probably because I'm too busy staring at his smile ☺☺☺)
((and, as another friend pointed out to me, his really nicely shaped nose))

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So.. I'm a bad girl for noticing everything on Oppa's face 😂 The perks of falling in love, every little thing about him is interesting. I think it can be applied for any fav Oppa out there 😆

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@nico8 so you fall for his smile, I'm more into his eyes.. 😆 Hehe..

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@nico8
Oho, I see! Smiles are a fickle thing of course ;-)
@keiru
Didn't you see that I myself self-proclaimed to be bad too?

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@peony
from his pure dorky smiles, to the sunshine-like bright ones, to that evil smirk... 💘
we're all trash here gurl we gotchu haha
(DB needs to add a chatbox feature or smth, we're filling up the comments section 😅)

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What? The only thing I noticed were his contact lenses in Rebel...like, look at those anachronistic contact lenses in this Joseon era hero...There you are again blue contact lens ring in this intense scene.

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I don't remember where I read this but YKS's eyesight isn't the best, thus the contacts I guess? haha

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This drama's not even half over! Poor writer has to fill 20 hours, so the plot's a little slow, but that's good for me, as my brain is also slow. I agree with you abirdword, mystery-of-the-week would be good now. I'm really liking YKS in this, he's great. I haven't really watched him in anything except Three Meals before.

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YKS did a really nice job in REBEL, if you're into sageuks.

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Unfortunately the only "sageuks" I could make it through were Moonlight and *cough*Hwarang*cough*. I might have a go at Rebel sometime, if I'm feeling brave.

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Oh, please do try Rebel. You'll get to experience a good roller coaster feelings in a satisfying journey 😊

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About the brave part...well..yes the show has its fair share of bloodthirsty scenes that'll require a certain amount of bravery for you to go through it ;-)
Other than that, Rebel is definitely a drama that you won't ever regret watching though it has some weaknesses. It makes you feel like you can rewatch again and again too, because the drama makes sure to leave your hands full of fond memories after finishing it.

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And if you're looking for another sageuk with heart by the same author, check out THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK HYANG. The episodes are short (it's a daily drama), so even at 108 episodes, it's not bad. Terrific ensemble caste, and enough laughs and bromance to offset the evil machinations. Seo Hyun-jin is awesomely righteous.

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@pakalanapikake
It's because of your suggestions loving sprinkled throughout DB that I noticed long ago, I found the gorgeous gem of the only surviving Baekje folk song Jeongupsa , and was pleasantly surprised that Seo Hyun-jin sang it personally for the drama ost!! It was sooo soothing to listen, it also became a favorite of my mom, and now resides in my collection of the most gorgeous sageuk OSTs.
I'll definitely check out KDSBH when I've got time, of course. I was captivated by that dance and other fan made MVs.
Thank you, Pakalanapikake!!

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@peony,

I'm so glad you and your mom discovered "Jeongupsa." It is truly such a beautiful piece of modern music fitted to the ancient lyrics from Baekje. The OST is a small one, but stirring. A lot of the incidental music is just lovely.

KDSBH was my gateway sageuk, and made me a fan of Seo Hyun-jin, Jo Hyun-jae, and so many of the excellent veteran actors. I'm pretty shameless when it comes to jumping up and down about a drama that grabs my heart. Thanks for letting me know that you enjoy the music. It made my day to read your post. ;-)

Warmest aloha to you and your mom on Christmas Eve. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake
Merry Christmas to you too,dear PP!

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That last pic totally reminds me of Stepstool,hahaha!
Anyway, WHO eats CRICKETS??? Ok I know people in some countries do,but as snacks,fried,not as a high protein food!!
Was the right corner of YKS's upper lip always swollen like that? It's been like that since when I've first seen him, but it certainly doesn't look natural. Perhaps a punch he got from childhood?? However it sure helps to enhance Jong-sam's "beaten-up" look ;-)
This ep's tone is such a drastic change from last one's!!! It even had some comedic moments. I went into the drama wary that I'd start weeping over Jong-sam's lost youth even more than himself, but that person turned out to be Ddakji, not Jong-sam.
Well I do care for Js, but same as Gil-dong-ie he takes some time to completely grow on me. Until now he looked like he's indifferent towards the unjust happened to him,that is why, I guess. As it looks like now it's beginning to change I think we can safely begin to hope for more.
Bring it out,show!!! \0_0/

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I thought I'm the only one who notices it 😆

It has been like that the first time I saw him in Pinocchio too.. Like somebody has punched him or he could have had an accident and fall when he was young, and then he got a split lip but the scar stayed until now

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Also, I might be wrong but I thought I saw your username in a pann blog too (?). I was googling for Jong Hyun-related article, then I saw an article with YKS's face on it and quickly clicked the link. And I saw a username exactly the same as yours in the comment section. As far as I can remember, you had asked about who's the man in the first gif. Is that how you find out about Yoon Kyun Sang? ☺ Just curious.. Hehe..

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1.- Mackerel taste!! Seems like there's another peony out there interested in YKS! Because I can't remember as far as my my memory goes....don't you have the link? In your history maybe? Do you clean your history daily?
2.-Pardon my stupidity but...what's a pann blog?
3.- I "think" I found out about him through DB recaps of Rebel and Doctors, dunno whether by some mysterious coincidence the person you mentioned turns out to be me. If so I'd have to a memory- checkup asap! ;-)
I "saw" him first through Rebel, then Oppa's thinking clip, then 3MAD, that's for sure.

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Yes, I delete my history daily, but I search for the blog again using my blur memory and after almost 1 hour, ta daa~~ I found it ! (I really am curious about it 😆) See the comment section and tell me if you remember anything about it 😉 or it might be just your doppelganger..

https://pannative.blogspot.co.id/2017/06/the-type-of-faces-that-unexpectedly-are.html?m=1

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That GIF from Pinocchio tho aaaaa my heart 💘 Pinocchio was how I got to know YKS and from his first scene I was just "ooooo the big brother is handsome too!" and then I fell in love (/≧▽≦)/

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For some reason, my phone only shows me the comments, without the usernames of the commenters. Do you mean this one ?
"Who is the actor in the first gif..? I think I've found my ideal type.."
If so...that's def not me, because I never did,does and most likely never will post phrases like "I think I've found my ideal type.." .
Now,don't be offended if you do, I'm all praises for people who openly voice their heart, it's just me being shy and me being me. Even if my closest friends ask me "Who's your fav actor?" , I always find a roundabout way to escape as in " Well...it's difficult..everybody has their own merits...."
You'll only be able to guess by keeping tabs on whom I always rave/ramble about.
Now..If you want to know *wink wink*..Kyung-sang oppa isn't my most favorite (truthfully) but he has a top spot among my "Most adored" for the obvious reasons hahaha!
Now, as that blog post title says, I'm pleasantly surprised to discover that he's categorised on the top "The type of faces that unexpectedly are famous among women"
That's unexpected of course...and not really believable(??) YKS is not "that" famous (yet) right?
However,as one commenter there says..he sure looks trustworthy and reliable hehe. For Ga-ryung, protective-looking 6feet hulk with an adorable face instead of an expected hulk-face as an orabeoni must've been more than enough!!! ;-)

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Ooh.. I think you read the netizen's comments @peony , that one has no name on it. The one with username was in the comment below them. And the one that I read with the username was : "-Who is the actor in the first gif?- I'm curious too.. Who is he?"

And no, I didn't try to do anything else other than asking out of curiousity, we are all have our own favorite and it's fine ☺

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Mmhm,no comments. There're few without usernames,then the blog ends.
If THAT'S the sentence, mmm it neither sounds like my writing style. I'll just ask "Who's the actor in 1st gif? I'm curious." Other than "I'm curious too.. Who is he?"
Doppelganger,it seems like ;-)

Haha,did it sound like I'm offended? I never thought you're being invasive or anything. What lead you to think something like that?
I'm not laconic though I desperately want to be...that's why I wrote such a long essay with unnecessary things for your simple question. But I never sounded like I'm offended???

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@peony I'm sorry, it's just me and my introvertness 😆 I tend to overthinking things.. "Do my words hurt anyone? Is it okay to say it like this? How should I answer it?"

I'm glad if you are okay with it though.. 😊

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@keiru
It's more than okay!!
As an introvert myself,I'm overjoyed that you are talking with me to this "length". Gasp!! And now you feel like an old friend!
It's a good thing that DB doesn't close its old threads,heh.

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I read some articles within the past couple of years about raising insects to be dried and ground up into high-protein powder. It would supposedly be more efficient and less polluting than fattening cattle in feedlots. However, the keratin in the exoskeletons of crickets would make up a lot of the mass. It's the same stuff that makes up horn, hooves, and hair. YUM! Cricket shake, anyone?!

It's ironic to me that the US Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 was legislated to prevent adulteration of food and medicine. The resulting Food and Drug Administration established "standards of identity" for all foods, and specified the precise number of insect parts per unit legally-acceptable to federal food inspectors. I kid you not. Upton Sinclair's 1906 muck-raking novel The Jungle that described the hideously filthy and unsafe working conditions in Chicago stockyards and slaughterhouses raised a ruckus that was partially responsible for passage of the act.

Now we get to turn back the clock more than a century to "enjoy" (for a premium price, no doubt) the tidbits our great-grandparents didn't know they were ingesting. ;-) *headdesk*

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Oh man, no I don't want keratin-shake thank you so much! (Even though when mom sometimes find an accidental hair in a dish I prepared, I'd go all "Mom! It's protein yunno" Jokingly of course ;-) )
Now I guess others who'll visit this page in the future will shrink back in horror and disgust,hahaha. The things I say in the name of Kdramas!
You're so amazingly armed with information as always,PP (on almost "all" topics) And that's ment as a huge compliment ok?

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I take it as a compliment, @peony. ;-)

Being a compulsive reader turned me into Miss Know It All. ;-)

For years I've been joking about protein enhancement when I find creepy crawlies in food, which isn't often, thank goodness. I get more grossed out by hairs, especially if they're not my own. ;-)

I read The Jungle when I was in high school, and it made a big impression on me. That was in the 1970s, around the time that cyclamate sweeteners came under fire. The fact that the testing methods were bogus added to the controversy.

For decades the FDA and various other federal agencies such as the Department of Agriculture have had a revolving door with food industry heavyweights, which (along with liberal greasing of palms) explains the approval of crops designed to survive repeated application of pesticides. If it kills insects, weeds, fungi, etc., what is it doing to us when we eat it?! -- All I can think is that Upton Sinclair is probably spinning at high RPM in his grave.

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*if they're not my own. ;-)*
Wink wink.

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This drama is all over the place, Jong Sam has been through so much just for figuring out the prison getaway manhole thingy.

Those 2 NIS agents, discussing claimable items, so mundane yet funny, in all their run ins, expenses go up and should have reimbursements. Lol.

Jong Sam, really had a hard life, I do hope at the end of the series he is cleared of his death row charges and given good compensation and able to live out live as himself, Kim JongSam.

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1. I’m really glad that Jin-young being an alibi for Jong-sam waaay back when wasn’t construed in a way where she could have been the lynchpin to save him, but didn’t do anything about it. She did, but Jong-sam confessed which made her testimony moot. It’s just so painful for Jong-sam to know that he had an out…that Ddak-ji too had an out, but because he confessed, it made everything Jin-young said useless. They were kids who were powerless in the face of corruption who were taken advantage of by adults who should have protected them. This is definitely one of the problems with a justice system that values confessions over evidence…

2. It’s pretty obvious why Chief Jang assigned Jong-sam to Detective Park’s team…he wants to keep an eye on him and also mitigate any actions he might take to undermine Director Lee. Put him on the stupid, ineffective team and watch them fumble lulz. Pretty sure he’s gonna rue the day he put this team together.

3. I’m at the point where I really just want Prosecutor Kim and Jong-sam to work together. I’m glad that’s how the episode leaned…but Prosecutor Kim is another figure that Jong-sam can’t fully trust and we as the audience can’t fully trust. I don’t know if Prosecutor Kim is the kind who will do whatever it takes to take down someone or if he’s just another shade of grey but has his own moral code…

4. I really want Detective Park to become a totally unfettered source of support for Jong-sam who is just actually on his side. I do like that Detective Park plays by the book and just cares about whether or not Jong-sam can do the job.

5. This episode is really putting all the procedural punches on the table with Jong-sam and Jin-young becoming partners and I have to say that I am ready for the real show to start after all the buildup and backstory has been completed.

6. Jong-sam was *this* close to getting his cover blown if Dae-woong was in the same class. I still think someone has got to have the grad photos and be able to figure this out.

7. Sometimes I wish Jong-sam would just connect the dots…I mean, surely, he’s seen this lady before…but I guess too much time has passed for him to recognize the love connections.

8. I’m still surprised no one has thought to track down Il-sung’s body yet. Or that Jong-sam didn’t hide it in a more covert way…

9. Yes, smuggled money with the tags! I was wondering when you’d show up again and put our baddies in hot water! It’s also horrendous that it’s this money that basically caused Ddak-ji to die and Jong-sam to get in a situation where he could have been on a slave ship for 10 years.

10. Jin-young’s mom’s desire to have the life she had before is really sad. She’s just completely unable to accept her reality and the fact that things have changed. It’s part of why she says that Jin-young is a diplomat instead of a cop. It’s the life they probably would have had.

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11. I find it hilarious that they think Jong-sam looks the least possible to be a rich investor because he’s so bumbly…because Yoon Kyun-sang is so tall that you could just put him in nice clothes and people would think he’s a model/rich anyway lol. OTOH, the way Min-pyo and Dae-woong burst in with their rich outfits was hilarious.

12. LOL, you can’t get a ledger or bankbook without keys…Lucky for you Detective Park, because you have Jong-sam, lock picker extraordinaire!

13. That cricket pyramid is seriously ridiculous and Mr. Choi is definitely preying on Jin-young’s mom knowing exactly how vulnerable she is to this given her desire for past wealth.

14. I loved how Jin-young got angry and just took down Mr. Choi…I feel like her story with Mr. Choi kinda mirrors Jong-sam’s with Detective Kang. They’re these trusted childhood figures that ended up having a much more nefarious or grey influence in their lives.

15. The scene when Jong-sam got the ledger and the bankbooks was hilarious. I love how Detective Park basically became his fanboy.

16. I kinda died when the MIB were like…we can blame doppelgangers, secret twins or birth secrets for the identical people! I almost feel like it’s a meta reference to k-dramas in general and how things can sometimes get fast and loose lol.

17. Boo…I wish there wasn’t a mole in Prosecutor Kim’s midst. I’m kinda annoyed that Prosecutor Kim is basically blackmailing Jong-sam into helping him take down Director Lee…or just playing the plea bargain game. I just wish Jong-sam could let him know that he’s a completely innocent pawn in everything and that he’s not even supposed to be a convict.

18. I LOOOOOOOVED when Jong-sam finally got one over the baddies with the cash and getting it delivered via Detective Kang to Prosecutor Kim. It was masterstroke especially since he snatched victory from the villains when they were moustache twirling and gloating. It was so satisfying. It was an expert touch to have the Prosecutor ask everyone to keep an eye out for Jong-sam since he said that he’d never commit suicide and if he dies, it’s a murder by Director Lee.

19. Man, the ultimate sad with that ending…All Jong-sam had wanted to tell Jin-young was that he’d turned his life around and instead…it ended up so much worse in the past…for both of them. It was the night that changed both their lives forever.

20. I just want people on Jong-sam’s side unequivocally. C’mon, show!

21. I think Jong-sam’s blundering comes from a place of naivete rather than a lack of intelligence. He’s never sort of really matured or grown up from being a teenager because prison was a sort of purgatory. And despite everything that’s happened to him, he’s retained a childlike innocence in some ways. He wants to trust.

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