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Are You Human Too: Episodes 19-20

This episode gives us a lot to think about, as the people around Nam Shin-III start to wonder what it means to be human. Does it mean having emotions? Does having a computer instead of a brain mean that he’s not “real?” To some, Nam Shin-III is a tool to be used then thrown away, while others feel that he has value just because he’s himself. But the most important person — Nam Shin-III himself — still doesn’t know if he’s a person, and it will be up to him not only to come to that conclusion himself, but to convince the unbelievers.

 
EPISODE 19 RECAP

Jong-gil and Toady trick So-bong into showing up in Ro-ra’s office, where Snake attacks her and forces her to his car. He shoves her into the trunk and she panics, holding onto her mother’s locket and thinking about how she pushed Nam Shin-III away yet again. She wonders why he looked at her so sadly, and why she’s thinking of him now.

Just as the wedding is about to start, Nam Shin-III notices that Ro-ra isn’t at her seat. He pulls her phone from her purse and retrieves the deleted text Toady sent to So-bong asking her to go to Ro-ra’s office. He removes the battery pack that allows Ro-ra to control him remotely, and follows So-bong’s phone signal to the parking garage, where he stops Snake’s car with his bare hands and slams it into a concrete pillar.

From inside the trunk, So-bong despairs, assuming that Nam Shin-III won’t rescue her because she told him to leave again. She cringes when the trunk opens, but it’s Nam Shin-III, there to save her after all. He gives her that big, happy smile, and she bursts into tears.

Right there, Nam Shin-III takes her into his arms to hug her tears away. He tells her, “I’m here now. I’m soy I’m so late.”

Snake sees Nam Shin-III sitting on the back of his car and makes a run for it. So-bong notices that he’s taking the car’s black box recorder with him. Seeing the damage to the car, she woies that Nam Shin-III is on film displaying decidedly non-human strength. She’s hurt her ankle, so she tells Nam Shin-III to catch Snake, but he’s more woied about her injury. Still, he’s no match for her pleading, so he obeys her wishes.

Snake jumps into a taxi and calls Toady to tell him that there’s no way “Shin” is human. Nam Shin-III goes after him on a motorcycle, and Snake panics and gets out of the taxi, running right into traffic in his eagerness to flee. Toady waits for Snake nearby in his car, so he has a front-row seat when Snake is hit by a van.

Toady watches as Nam Shin-III stops and calls for an ambulance then crouches next to Snake, then Toady slowly drives away. Badly injured, Snake croaks to Nam Shin-III, “What kind of bastard are you?” but he dies without an answer. Nam Shin-III reaches out to gently close his eyes, then takes the black box camera from his hand before leaving.

“Shin’s” absence has caused the wedding to be canceled, and Chairman Nam makes an announcement that it will be postponed. He apologizes to Ye-na for his grandson’s bad behavior, but she says that she’s waited this long, so the actual wedding date doesn’t matter.

Jong-gil eyes her curiously, obviously having expected her to be much more upset. He grows even more suspicious when Ye-na tells that she won’t say anything stupid to him and that she’ll always be on Shin’s side. Ye-na tells her dad that by “anything stupid” she meant like refusing to marry Shin, but he doesn’t look convinced.

When Nam Shin-III gets back to the office building, So-bong is waiting for him near Snake’s car. They leave on his motorcycle, and So-bong worries that Snake will tell someone that Nam Shin-III took the black box camera, but Nam Shin-III tells her that he can’t say anything anymore. She asks if he threatened Snake, but he doesn’t answer.

Ro-ra and Young-hoon assume that Nam Shin-III and So-bong are together when they can’t reach either of them. Ro-ra is also upset that Nam Shin-III removed his manual control device, but David reassures her that he’s not capable of developing his own wants. HA, little you know…

Young-hoon is glad that they’ve avoided the wedding that would have tied them to Jong-gil. Nam Shin-III walks in unexpectedly, and Ro-ra asks why he took off his manual control device. He says apologetically that he couldn’t obey her this time, and confirms that he was with So-bong after she was attacked because of him.

Ro-ra asks if he’s really the son she created, and Nam Shin-III asks, “Am I not your son if I don’t act like the human Nam Shin? Can a robot not be your real son?” Oof.

He hacks images of Snake onto the television, from their first meeting back in the Czech Republic, telling the group that he’s Jong-gil’s man and that he died in an accident. Ro-ra reels at the proof that Jong-gil tried to kill Shin, but Young-hoon says it’s not enough and wants to monitor Jong-gil. He thanks Nam Shin-III for obtaining such important information.

The doctor interrupts, so Ro-ra goes to Shin’s side, and Nam Shin-III tells David that he’s going to the hospital to see So-bong. After he’s gone, the doctor tells them that he thinks they should stop the ultrasound treatment on Shin, because it’s not going to work, and may even be making Shin worse.

Toady tells Jong-gil about Snake’s call just before his death, where he said “Shin” was recorded on the black box and wasn’t human. He wonders if “Shin” knows that he was the same man who tried to kill him in the Czech Republic, and whether he took the black box to look for a connection to Jong-gil. Jong-gil warns him to be careful what he says, but it’s too late — Ye-na heard everything.

The driver that hit Snake turns himself in, but Jong-gil is skeptical that it was an innocent hit-and-run. He’s also curious about So-bong, because oddly, all of the security cameras were dead at the time of her attack.

Snake had told Toady that the M-car attacked him on its own, so Toady checked, but the M-car was in the office like it was supposed to be, and Snake’s smashed car was no longer in the parking garage. Jong-gil decides that Snake’s accident was no accident.

David lets himself into a room containing some pretty high-tech looking machinery, where he meets with Chairman Nam. He asks if Chairman Nam killed a person, and Chairman Nam says that if he hadn’t, the fact that Nam Shin-III’s data center is in his building would have been discovered, and even Ro-ra would have found out. Wait, what??

David defends Ro-ra, saying that she only created Nam Shin-III because she missed her son, but Chairman Nam says that it would be too shocking if she learned that he’s her sponsor. He asks about Shin’s progress and learns that he probably won’t wake up.

He tells David to keep Nam Shin-III’s attachment to So-bong under control, because the robot is a product and he doesn’t need problematic defects. David says he didn’t accept Chairman Nam’s money to create a simple product, and that Nam Shin-III is adapting to the human world like a real person. Looking around, Chairman Nam says that this room is Nam Shin-III’s brain, and the future of his company.

Nam Shin-III arrives at So-bong’s hospital room, and she asks if his mother was mad about the wedding. He flashes a mischievous smile, so she tells him to apologize to Young-hoon and blame her so he’s not in trouble, She says that he can’t get out of control, but Nam Shin-III asks why not.

She doesn’t want to tell him about the kill switch, so So-bong just snaps at him to do as he’s told. He does, and she half-pouts that that was a bit too easy. She tries to sleep, but nightmares of Snake shoving her into the car trunk haunt her dreams.

A hand caresses her cheek, and we see that Nam Shin-III came back. He sits by her bedside, patting her softly until she wakes again, and he asks her why she pretends to be so tough. So-bong insists she is tough and fusses at him for not leaving, but when he starts to go, she stops him and grumps, “How could you leave just because I said so?”

He smiles and stays, and apologizes for only being able to say he’s thankful to her without feeling it. He promises to stay with her all night, and when So-bong says she’s nobody, Nam Shin-III disagrees. He says that she’s an incredible person, and that he even ignored traffic rules and broke a car because of her: “You make me break existing rules, and create new rules that didn’t exist.”

So-bong mutters that that’s oddly persuasive, then her stomach grumbles hungrily. Nam Shin-III leans closer to listen, fascinated, then takes her downstairs to the commissary. He buys her a mountain of convenience food, and while she eats, So-bong asks him to bring her the black box camera so she can see if anyone else saw him.

Nam Shin-III points out how much food she’s consumed, so So-bong snaps at him to push her wheelchair so she can digest, and when he complies, she smiles happily to herself. He pushes her around at top speed, then suddenly lets go, only to pop up in time to catch her.

He crouches and smiles, reminding So-bong of his dramatic rescue earlier, and how he’d smiled and hugged her. On the defensive again, she snaps, “What am I, your friend?” Nam Shin-III says that he’s never had a real friend, so So-bong asks if he’d like to be friends with her.

He looks surprised, but agrees to be friends and drops to banmal, and she can’t resist teasing him for it before saying that it’s fine. She says they’re the first robot and human to be friends, and they decide that’s pretty cool.

So-bong asks, as a friend, if Nam Shin-III will keep pretending to be Shin, and when he asks her what he should do, she says that she won’t tell him what to do anymore but that she’ll support his decision. Later, So-bong wakes to find Nam Shin-III gone, and a note saying “I’m on my way to answer your question.”

Jong-gil learns that Ye-na left without a word overnight, supposedly on a trip. Ye-na shows up at Ro-ra’s hideout with her suitcase, saying that she wants to stay near Shin. Ro-ra asks if she still thinks she knows her father, reminding Ye-na of her previous defense of him.

David steps in and stops Ro-ra before she starts ranting, and he tells Ye-na that Ro-ra is just sensitive and sends her to Shin’s room. Ro-ra grumbles that just looking at Ye-na makes her sick, but David says that angering her won’t do any good. Ro-ra forbids him to tell Ye-na that they stopped Shin’s ultrasound treatment, determined that he’ll wake up anyway.

When she sees Shin still in his coma, Ye-na sobs, and apologizes over and over that she didn’t know her father was capable of murder.

Jong-gil arrives at work to find Ro-ra waiting for him. He smirks that she must feel bad about the wedding, but she says it wasn’t going to happen anyway, since only one person wanted it.

Jong-gil wants an apology for his daughter getting hurt, so Ro-ra says, “I’m sorry… but I have no intention of apologizing. Listen well, Seo Jong-gil. If you make my child cry, I will make your child cry tears of blood. If you touch my son again, I’ll do the same to your daughter.” After she’s gone, Jong-gil mutters that Ro-ra must know the truth about the accident in the Czech Republic.

Young-hoon and Ro-ra find Nam Shin-III at the office, and Ro-ra snaps that he should have stayed at the hospital. Nam Shin-III says that So-bong is his friend, so he needs to ensure that she isn’t hurt again because of him. He tells Ro-ra that she’s also important to him, so he’ll continue to protect Shin’s position, but from now on he’ll do it his way.

He promises to do the job well, but Ro-ra says she doesn’t need a Shin who does his job well, she needs the real Shin and storms out. Nam Shin-III’s phone lights up with a call from Jong-gil, and his expression goes cold.

 
EPISODE 20 RECAP

Young-hoon follows Ro-ra, who says that it’s too hard to be around Nam Shin-III because he no longer listens to her. She says she needs to change her perspective, but she doesn’t explain what she means.

Nam Shin-III meets Jong-gil at a bar, where Jong-gil asks why Nam Shin-III hurt Ye-na by not showing up at the wedding. Nam Shin-III says that Jong-gil hurt her more with what he did to the man Ye-na loves. Jong-gil pretends confusion, calling this a misunderstanding.

Nam Shin-III asks if Snake would agree after trying to kill him, then getting killed himself trying to abduct So-bong. Jong-gil claims to be offended that Nam Shin-III thinks he tried to kill him. Nam Shin-III says he has proof, though he doesn’t plan to use it yet, but he warns that if Jong-gil harms anyone he cares about, he’ll do the exact same thing to him.

Seething, Jong-gil recalls Snake saying that “Shin” can’t be human, and he asks, “Who are you? What are you?!” NC3 looks him right in the eye and asks calmly, “Who do you think I am? Believe as you see and wish. I am just me.”

Bored silly, So-bong calls Joint to bring her some of her things without letting Dad know. A cute little robot walks into her hospital room and introduces itself as Maibo, followed by Nam Shin-III. He offers to teach So-bong how to use Maibo so she’s not bored when he can’t be there, and helps her back into bed.

She holds up his note saying he was fixing the problem, and he says that he told Ro-ra that he’ll keep acting like Shin. He tells her that the CCTV videos of the incident were deleted, and when So-bong shivers that that’s scary, he suddenly grows very concerned and starts making a bed on the floor to sleep next to her tonight.

So-bong tells him no, pointing out that he doesn’t sleep anyway, and tells him to go since Joint will be there son with her laptop. Nam Shin-III produces the USB file of Snake’s car’s black box, but So-bong says she’ll watch it alone.

She walks him to the elevator and waves goodbye, but he opens the doors again to ask if a guy and a girl can be friends. He says he saw in a matchmaking survey that most women think they can’t, and he wants to know where So-bong falls on the issue. She tells him to quit being dumb as the elevator doors close again.

David finds So-bong and takes her downstairs to talk. He says that Ro-ra is very upset that Nam Shin-III is rebelling by insisting on being Shin in his own way, and that she told him she needs her real son, none of which Nam Shin-III mentioned to So-bong when she asked. Since Nam Shin-III listens to her, David asks So-bong to tell him not to anger Ro-ra any further in case she takes extreme measures.

When So-bong asks what he means, he just says he misspoke. He asks if Nam Shin-III really considers her a friend, saying that he’s really grown up and that even though he made him, he’s really curious about him. He jokes that if Nam Shin-III gets a girlfriend, he’ll be perfect.

Meanwhile, skeptical of So-bong’s cover story, Reporter Jo shows up at So-bong’s VIP suite to deliver So-bong’s things. She confirms that So-bong is the patient, not visiting a friend. She finds the USB So-bong left on the bed and grows curious. Why is So-bong this boundary-stomping, intrusive person’s friend again??

So-bong arrives at her room to find her things there, and the deliverer gone. She asks Maibo if by “extreme measures, “ David meant Nam Shin-III’s kill switch, and in response, Maibo does a little dance to a song that goes, “Yeah yeah yeah.” Eek.

Nam Shin-III calls to ask So-bong if she wants to be his bodyguard again, just in case. She says no, aware that people will conflate her return with his canceled wedding and might get the wrong idea (or is it the right idea?). She asks if he lied to her today, and he says that he didn’t.

He asks again whether she thinks men and women can be friends. She barks that she does, since she’s even open-minded enough to be friends with a robot. After they hang up, she asks Maibo why Nam Shin-III didn’t tell her about Ro-ra saying she needs her real son, worried that he was hurt by the words.

Nam Shin-III sits by the pool, smiling at the projection of So-bong sitting next to him. So-bong fades and Nam Shin-III sees Young-hoon standing there with a six-pack, wanting to talk. He’s haunted by So-bong’s words that she’s getting emotionally involved after spending time with Nam Shin-III, and her asking him if he’s ever felt the same.

Working his way through the beers, he tells Nam Shin-III that he feels like he’s being punished for thinking that Nam Shin-III seems like a person. He reveals that he played dumb when So-bong said it, but that he also feels that way sometimes.

Nam Shin-III asks why that should be punished. Young-hoon confesses that he sometimes thinks things that would make the human Shin angry, like that he wishes Shin were more like Nam Shin-III, or that he likes Nam Shin-III because he’s not emotional or cynical. Nam Shin-III says he just lacks emotions and ambition, and Young-hoon says that because of that, Nam Shin-III can make the decisions from now on, even if Ro-ra disagrees.

He says he’s fine with it as long as it helps Shin, even if Shin never wakes up, or even if he wakes up and can never forgive him. Nam Shin-III asks why he’d go so far for Shin, wanting to understand which part of the brain Young-hoon is using, but Young-hoon doesn’t know. He says that Shin is just a habit he unknowingly developed.

Shin’s doctor prepares to end the ultrasound treatments, but Ro-ra stops him. She says that if Shin is going to die, it won’t matter if he dies while continuing the ultrasound. She forbids the doctor to touch Shin, saying that she’ll take full responsibility.

She remembers Nam Shin-III asking if a robot can’t be her real son, then saying that he’d do things his own way from now on. She opens a safe to find Nam Shin-III’s kill switch inside, but memories of Nam Shin-III hugging her when she cried make her pause just long enough for David to find her.

He asks if she plans to kill Nam Shin-III, and when she says that he’s getting strange, David yells, “He’s not getting strange, he’s progressing! Why, are you afraid he’ll progress even more and hurt your son? How could you even imagine something so insane? You’re no scientist, just a bad mother.”

In the morning, Young-hoon finds a note from Nam Shin-III and a whole tray of anti-hangover food. How is this robot so unbearably squishy and sweet? Nam Shin-III sends So-bong a message through Maibo that he’ll visit her after work, but she’s already next to him, reminding him that he asked her to be his bodyguard again.

They can hear employees already gossiping about whether he canceled his wedding for So-bong. Ignoring them, So-bong says that she doesn’t like how the building’s security tapes were erased, sure that Jong-gil was somehow involved. Nam Shin-III says cheekily, “You can just admit you were worried about me.”

He meets with Chairman Nam to tell him that he can’t marry Ye-na. Chairman Nam asks what he’ll do about Jong-gil, and Nam Shin-III says vaguely that Jong-gil can’t do anything to him. He says he doesn’t fear Jong-gil, and Chairman Nam murmurs, “Learn one more thing and you’re complete.”

Nam Shin-III doesn’t miss the odd comment, but Chairman Nam continues, telling him not to forgive anyone who gets in the way of his decision, not even Ro-ra. He says, “Your enemy is not always your enemy, and your ally isn’t always your ally. If you can understand that, I’ll let you take my place.” Nam Shin-III thanks Chairman Nam, then invites So-bong into the room. He announces that his decision is that So-bong will be his bodyguard again, and Chairman Nam laughs.

Back in the lobby, Nam Shin-III tells So-bong to ignore the gossips talking about them, and she says she envies his lack of emotions. He asks if she’s hungry and she requests sandwiches at a park.

Ro-ra passes them, stopping only for an instant before walking on wordlessly. So-bong excuses herself and follows Ro-ra, and says in a shaky voice, “He calls you ‘mom.’ He said his mom was his creator, family, and friend. If you’re his mom, treat him that way.”

Ro-ra starts to walk away in disgust, but So-bong calls after her, “You can’t kill your own son!” She says she knows about the kill switch, and that to Nam Shin-III, it means death. Ro-ra asks anxiously if Nam Shin-III knows about it, but So-bong says he wouldn’t have just smiled at her if he did. She begs Ro-ra, if she’s truly his mother, to get rid of the kill switch.

So-bong finds Nam Shin-III waiting for her in the park and people-watching. She notices that he got food for two people, and he says he’ll eat with her since they’re friends.

After eating, So-bong catches Nam Shin-III staring at the people around them, and he says he’s trying to understand them. She says that he’s surrounded by such terrible people and asks if he’s not sick of them, but he says, “I want to understand you more. I need to know more about you, Kang So-bong.”

So-bong thinks to herself, “At that moment, I thought for the first time that I wished the one in front of me wasn’t a robot. I wished he was a person like me.”

Meanwhile, David stands watch over Shin, wondering who he should pity more, Shin or Nam Shin-III. He leaves with a sigh, and seconds later, Shin’s monitor registers brain activity and his fingers begin to move.

 
COMMENTS

I was genuinely surprised to learn that not only has Chairman Nam known about Nam Shin-III all along, but that he’s been Ro-ra’s sponsor from the very beginning. I figured that he might have known Nam Shin-III’s secret after he revealed that he never had dementia, but I never guessed that he was actually bankrolling Ro-ra’s development of Nam Shin-III. I do find it hard to believe that if Nam Shin-III’s “brain” requires so much physical space, that Ro-ra never saw where it was located and apparently hasn’t ever been curious about it, but I guess I’ll have to go with it for story’s sake.

Here’s what i really don’t understand: Why was anyone surprised that “Shin” didn’t show up for the wedding? The real Shin actively hates Ye-na and never would have agreed to marry her, and Nam Shin-III has barely tolerated her. Did they really think that just planning a wedding would change his mind about marrying her? And what did the people who know about Nam Shin-III think would happen when Shin wakes and learns that while he was in a coma fighting for his life, he was married by proxy to a girl he despises and into a family he considers the enemy? The whole thing was just a terrible, badly thought-out plan from the beginning, so I’m glad it didn’t happen.

It’s interesting to watch Nam Shin-III’s evolution from a simple android to something much more human, because it so closely mirrors how a child grows up. First he was entirely dependent on his mother for everything — safety, companionship, even his very existence. Then he entered the big world and began to see that there was more out there, and began pulling away from his mother and seeking out relationships elsewhere. He learned to take guidance from Young-hoon, and protection, then caring, and now friendship from So-bong. He still cares for Ro-ra, but he no longer needs her in the same way, and I think that’s why she’s so angry with the changes in him.

She created him expecting him to be dependent on her forever, and to be a replacement for her human son, but Nam Shin-III is becoming his own person independent of her. She may not like it, but the moment Ro-ra pushed Nam Shin-III into the world then essentially abandoned him, she lost control of the direction he evolved in, and rightfully so. I think David nailed it when he said she’s a bad mother, at least to Nam Shin-III. I can understand why she’s upset and wants her biological son back, but she’s spent twenty years lovingly creating and living with Nam Shin-III, so I don’t get how she can just toss him away so casually. But now that she seems to have done that, I hope that Nam Shin-III is able to keep growing and flourishing with So-bong, who only wants him to be himself.

I love So-bong and Nam Shin-III’s new friendship — they’re so cute now that So-bong isn’t fighting the fact that she actually likes the adorable Shinbot. I was feeling weird about her anger and denial that Nam Shin-III seems like a real person (and Young-hoon’s too, for that matter), because it’s not a moral failing to feel kinship and compassion towards something that seems so human. I mean, people do it with pets all the time, so why would it be bad to feel friendly towards something that looks, acts, and sounds like an actual human being? Nam Shin-III was created to fool people into thinking he’s a real person, so it’s no surprise that even people who know he isn’t would develop emotional attachments to him. It’s literally what he was made for — to give Ro-ra somewhere to direct all of her maternal love after her son was taken from her. But then, I also appreciate that both So-bong and Young-hoon aren’t entering into relationships with Nam Shin-III lightly the same way Ro-ra did, but are making sure that they’re not misdirecting their energy futilely. They are the ones who will still be Nam Shin-III’s friends after everything blows up, because they really see him as an independent entity, while Ro-ra only ever saw him as an extension of herself. I’d much rather see Nam Shin-III with the people who appreciate and love him for who he is, not something to be disposed of once it’s no longer convenient.

 
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Cannot wait to see the developments once Nam Shin awakes.

Or.. can I?

On the one hand, it’ll really kickstart the plot, the questions, and the meaty hurdles our dear protagonists will have to jump in order to live, and live happily...

But another part of me just doesn’t want to see Shinnamon have to face anything. Maybe I’m a bad mom, too. He’s a big kid now.. Be free, be independent, be sassy, my child. Make friends, hug your darlings.. Just don’t die, ok?

I’ll be waiting with open arms, blankets, and cocoa, even if you don’t need them. :)

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You wrote a massive book about this!!

May I give you a hug? My brain isn't functioning enough right now to give a smart, coherent reply, but I LOVE how you broke this down. Honestly, I could rattle on and on about this drama, even though I rarely put my analytic thoughts on because by the time the recap goes up, I'm just, "HNNNNG I JUST WANT MY KIDS TO BE HAPPY AND SAFE."

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I like your point about the chairman. Usually the old chaebol guys are concerned with blood ties, but the chairman is ruthlessly pragmatic. When he pitted his son against Jong-gil, he accepted the outcome of his son losing. Little Shin was a chess piece he held to keep Jong-gil in line. Shin never out-grew his emotional rebellion, which made his a poor check against Jong-gil. Shin III is proving to be a more worthy adversary to Jong-gil. I agree that the chairman does not have tender, familiar feelings, though he does recognizes that those can be a motivating factor for other people. It is about who is the most worthy chess piece for his game.

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David being Jung Woo also crossed my mind too! Like seriously, the mystery surrounding Shin's father's death is so suspicious! I think it's definitely going to get answer, I just don't know when and how at this point.

I want to believe that human Shin will help and save RoboShin just because I think human Shin will actually be the one to understand RoboShin the most. I mean both are getting cornered by adults close to them... They better pair up or else...:(

As for Chairman...I think I have him figured out. He doesn't trust people and he decieves them, haha. His biggest deception will be putting a robot in charge of a company! Lets see if his plan will follow through...lol

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idk if you remember but the chairman referred to NSIII as a 'product' - stating that NSIII should be 'kept in check' and that he doesn't need a 'defect that causes problems', which shows that he only cares about the fame and fortune that NSIII could bring him. For the chairman, NSIII is potentially the prototype for a product that could earn him billion.

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omg, this episode had so much going on...it gave me so many feels on so many levels! Ah, they know how to mess with my emotions... T^T

And finally, I have waited so long to see human Shin wake up and it's almost here! I am so excited to see next week's episodes!!!

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Will be interesting to see how this plays out as it appears that Chairman Nam only cares about the company and now seems on-board with Shim III being the best "person" to lead it forward, while Ro-ra only cares about her human son and appears to have no problem with destroying Shim III if she feels he in any way threatens human Shim.

Unless the drama is able to convince me otherwise, as of right now, I only care about Shim III and want him to survive and be happy (or a happy as a robot can be - hehehe).

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OMG YASS!!!! Like I can’t wait to see what type of person Nam Shin really is. Well yes, in the first episode we did get like a sneak peak of his character but I feel like there’s more to him than just that. OMG and I’m so excited to see how he responds to all of this , cuz like they’ve all been acting in what they believe is best for him. But then again I’m kinda afraid of what might happen to Nam Shin 3 after Nam Shin wakes up cuz like there’s rora who’s planning to kill him and we don’t exactly know what the chairman’s planning.

But even with all that I just reallllllly hope Nam Shin 3 and Kang so bong find their happy ending.

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The only thing I can say is, they couldn't have cast NS3 any more perfectly... SKJ's face in that last screen cap!! *devolves into wordless gibberish*

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Last few weeks episodes are been very good and I'm now fully on-board with the OTP of So-bong/Shim III.

I also don't understand how Ro-ra can so easily consider using the kill-switch on Shim III. Even if he was built as a stand-in for her real son, it's hard to believe she didn't develop any attachment or affection for him. It also appears that Chairman Nam's only attachment is to his company and who can best manage it in the future.

So far, this drama seems to be getting better as it goes. Let's hope that continues till the end.

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maybe Ro-ra is threatened of Shin III's existence. since he is smart and all.. he is growing so fast that i dunno maybe learn so much that he would rebel up to the point he would be uncontrollable. Mothers are always afraid of children going to the path the mothers do not expect. I can't understand her at all
i am trying hard to understand her XD

i agree this drama is getting better and better so i hope the rating would improve.. lastly have you guys noticed the I <3 you sign on meibo's chest? that is truly adorable

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I have never felt as much satisfaction as I did when David ripped Ro-ra a new asshole, she really deserved to be called a bad mother and I cheered so loudly lol

The thing about the server, it is natural that an AI of his capacities would require an immense amount of server space. That being said it isn't necessary for Ro-ra to ever have the need to see the server space since her job in creating NSIII was more about the coding and biotech that she created for him, as long as she knew where the server was and that it was functional, she really doesn't have a need to physically see it. "a server is a computer program or a device that provides functionality for other programs or devices" from Google. A server is just space to create, Ro-ra knew her benefactor provided the servers, so she just went ahead and started coding. She could see it was located in Seoul but if her benefactor asked to be anonymous then she probably didn't pry into its exact location. Just some insight to make things more clear.

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Truly, truly glorious when David told her she was a bad man. I have never cheered so viscerally before!

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want to echo what you said about servers. developers usually don't know or care where servers are located, so long as it's assured they are secure and backed up for data loss prevention. at most, they might know which country/region/timezone the servers are in, but their job responsibilities really doesn't call for needing any more information.

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Those servers...Okay that brings up some questions...

Isn't RoboShin's body basically a shell then? If his mind is actually located elsewhere, damages to his body doesn't affect his mind, right? That explains why he could be so careless physically (I mean look at the fire and car scene) and still be okay "mentally" - no malfunction in memory or memory processes (except for disaster mode?). It also explains a lot when he says that he can't die.

I guess the better analogy would be RoboShin's mind is like Siri on the iphone and the iphone will be like RoboShin's body (or think of Alexa on Amazon devices). Siri can only work if there is access to the Internet because Siri's own programming and AI exists elsewhere outside of the iphone device. However in this case, RoboShin's own "mind" (those servers and that data center) is more advanced than Siri, to the point that it controls the device (ie his body) to do things. So even if the device breaks, Siri doesn't because its own processing exists outside of the device. You can still get another iphone and Siri will still be there. I hope that clarifies my point.

I guess with that analogy it also explains disaster mode and his ability to override certain rules. For disaster mode, it could be that even tho Ro Ra might have taken it out from his body's internal AI (think the ios software on iphone), his mind still took it to effect (think Siri installed it back into the ios system). It could also explain why rules got rewritten (think Siri reprogramming your ios system). And also explains why he can access the IoT networks and control other smart devices because his mind like Super Saiyan Siri lol.

Now another question is, who programmed what? There are two scientists... Was David in charge of the ones at the data center (Siri) and Ro Ra the one is in body (ios on iphone)?

And that kill switch..is it an explosive? Does that mean in order to truly kill him, Ro Ra needs to find the data center and blow it up? Is that also a reason why David finally spoke out against Ro Ra being a bad mom because well...he'll get found out too?

Sorry, this episode brought up loads of questions about RoboShin and maybe I just over analyzed all of it like usual..haha

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Those servers and that kill switch is interesting. I thought it would a bit of code (like a virus) that erased his mind in some way but now we know that the mind/brain part is in the data centre and mum doesn't have access to that.

So it had to be something that kills the physical form on Shin, not the mental part, which - seeing as how indestructible he seems to be - brings up a whole set of new questions.

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I really like Nam Shin III but I'm not sure that I want his technology to be in the hands of the grandfather or Mr Seo. It's the issue with robot, they do good when they are given good "orders" but in this opposite case, a robot that looks perfectly human can be very dangerous. David is a idealist scientific, I'm not sure that he's seeing the risks of his work. He seems to care a lot of Nam Shin III but as a scientific, it's not like So Bong and Young Hoon.

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I screamed internally (and maybe externally) when Chairman appeared. It was dangerous with the kill switch and because Ro-Ra treats RoboShin as a fake son, but now it seems that Grandpa viewed him as a "product" all the time. "One more thing and you'll be complete?" WHAT? I got chills. What do you have in mind old man???

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I dunno but if his final lesson actually was that you sometimes have to overrule your allies and cut deals with your enemies because it's what YOU think needs to be done, well, he's already done that.

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Rewatching really helps hahaha

But I noticed that the Shin the Grandpa sees is the Shin that RoboShin portrays and not necessarily the RoboShin, you and I and So Bong really knows. Basically with his limited interactions, Grandpa thinks this "product" is an upgraded version of his grandson...but we know that's not RoboShin.

When the Grandpa said that line, I thought the one thing RoboShin needed to learn was how to read people's ulterior motives. So Bong mentioned it saying even "Humans don't show their real selves" and maybe it's this ability to see people's real selves that Grandpa wants him to learn. Cuz that's the only way to separate enemies and allies in a coporate world. If he can't, then he'll mess up business deals and whatnot and get his position overthrown and well..the company will fall which will be a big loss to Grandpa which isn't what he want. On the contrary, Grandpa wants his company to continue thriving and apparently will take any means to maintain that.

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Well I can't believe Grandpa has already know RoboShin is not a human Nam Shin. He even know Human NS is in a coma. The sign he is already know was there. Like he ever mutter "Human rarely change in a short period of time", but strangely not even questioning his grandson has been different and more competent. He look satisfied instead questioning it. When he said, NS change once he met her mother, it might be refering to all NS3 has spent most of his life with his mother in cesc. I actually like the way grandpa look everytime he please with NS3, it look so warm and he treat him like his grandson. I was wrong after all... It break my heart he only sEe NS3 as a product. Awchhhh... But it makes sense though. It will be interesting once human NS wake up. He will, right? Because His grandpa seems to predict human NS will never recover. Does the accident is his planning too? If Human NS exist, what the purpose of funding to create NS3?

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Girl, what are you talking about? That was the first time?! I've been wishing Nam Shin III were human since episode 1! Look at Maibo's LED display: He ❤ U!! Be his girlfriend, so he can be perfect like David said. (Not that our Shinnamon roll was ever not perfect.) Nam Shin III was flirting all over the place today. "55 or 45?" 55! I can't be friends with you! I cry every time he says, "I'm sorry I can't feel it (thankful)." Because his "errors" prove that he can.

Mom is fricking heartless. Never mind killing your own son, how can you tell him you only care about your real son to his face and ignore him when he preciously smiles at you? I wish David would adopt Nam Shin III... until we found out that he was working for Chairman Nam. What a step up from M-car. PK Group is trying to take over the world with robots. Not only did Chairman Nam kill Snake (good riddance), clearly, he was the one who erased the CCTV and hid Snake's smashed car. And now we have to deal with Reporter Jo possibly outing our Shinnamon roll?

Omg, can Seo Kang Joon be any prettier? 😵 A big thanks for your recap, @LollyPip!

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I'll be on the edge of my seat next week. I just KNEW that Reporter Jo was trouble... ugh, why do people leave crucial USBs lying around?

I feel a bit mean mean for saying this, but it's poetic justice that Snake got taken out by a (Not)Car of Doom.

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I don't know why people are shocked by Reporter Jo and So-Bong being friends. They are two sides of the same coin and Jo is not looking to be anything but who she is.

So-bong was stupid enough to call home and ask Joint to bring her some things. Things that SNIII or even Young-hoon could have gotten for her with no problem whatsoever. That was stupid on her part and she still has not and will not learn.

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I'm not shocked. I think it's stupid of So Bong's part to continue inviting this dangerous "friend" into her already complicated life. Unless we are shown some flashback where Reporter saved So Bong's life or was her only friend through high school or something, she cannot be redeemed in my eyes.

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Though to be fair she did ask "Joint" to bring her stuff. I think that's one of the gym guys? Or is it Reporter?

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This episode just had me psyched for the next, which can only be a good sign.

What i find interesting about Ro-ra is that she built NSIII as a permanent replacement for Shin for herself - as in, she never intended to let me go outside and live his own life. He was like her own therapy doll to help ease the pain of the loss of her son, doting completely and utterly on her.
But the very first time she let him go outside, that all changes once Human Shin entered the frame.
She's weird. She has clearly shown us the audience as well as the people in the show that she priorities Shin over NSIII, but she still expects NSIII to do exactly as she says, because...he always has done? Someone described NSIII as a child, whereas she's an overbearing, manipulative and controlling parent...you know the kind:

"You were so good as a baby/child...what happened?"
"Ever since you turned (insert age), you've been different..."
"It's the influence of that So-Bong girl that's made you crazy!"

He's made some great decisions and has explained them to her but all she sees is that he doesn't obey her. Rather than accepting her child is growing, developing and needing her less, she decides her 'object' is broken and needs destruction. Um, most normal parents just disown their kids, not try to destroy their brains!? Ugh. What is she going to do when the Human Shin wakes up? He was cheeky and rebellious as a kid and is downright mardy as an adult - their reunion, though sweet, is not going to give her back her lost time with her son or allow her to control him the way she used to (and wishes she still could) control NSIII. I doubt it would occur to her to kill Human Shin, but she's perfectly alright with doing it to NSIII. No wonder David shouted her down and told her about herself.

Plus, NSIII is clearly hella expensive....destroying millions of pounds worth of technology as well as the developing, learning brain of an AI has to be some kind of destructive crime in Korea, right??

I'm basically so excited now there's the possibility Human Shin will wake ujp and Ro-ra will realise how wrooooong she is!

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I can't wait yo see human shin wake up too.. So excited.

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Cmon Coma Shin!!! Two Seo Kang Joon's on our screen? Wohooooo!
Seriously. Human Shin is going to make everyone's lives and feelings even more "complicated". I'm glad we got that confession from Young Hoon that he'll support RoboShin... Just in time!

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I got chills imagining of two Kang Joon in one frame, face to face, see the opening trailer of this drama lol.

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It's funny that the mother- son interactions are mirroring the cringy and makjang dramas of my country where the main conflict arises when the son doesn't remain at the beck and call of his mother after his marriage and the poor daughter-in-law has to suffer the machinations of her jealous mother-in-law
But here it is oddly persuasive and hilarious (for me)

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Nam Shin didn't hate Ye Na and I'm not sure where this assertion comes from. Young Hoon clearly said when coaching NS3 that he treats her like a little sister. He doesn't like her romantically but she's been in his life as a friend or at least a pestering young sister at least in Nam Shin's head. As of last episode we know she's been in his life for 20 years too not just recently. He was ENGAGED to her already, everyone knew, and she said he agreed to it himself and he promised episodes ago before she knew it was NS3 she was talking to. We have zero idea WHY, what the terms and conditions were for that and why he agreed at all and how much he was pressured by grandpa, but it wasn't that she popped in randomly and declared that she was going to marry this man unprompted. She obviously assumed she would take the initiative and just get the wedding done with until he wakes up so he couldn't keep putting it off like he has been for who knows how long (because he isn't romantically interested and probably because he hates Jong Gil). That's why everyone was going along with it. It was still a bad plan, because Nam Shin isn't awake and in general all these decisions being made on his behalf aren't right. The decision to keep with the corporate politics even though he ran far far away from them and wasn't interested is another one of them.

Now that he's waking up next week I'm sure he's going to have some unkind words about everything and everyone making these decisions for him "in his best interests".

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I truly think the wedding was a test for not only NSIII but to also mess with Jong-Il by Chairman Nam. I really don't think he would have allowed the wedding to go forward since he knew that Ye-na knew that Shin was in a coma.

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I didn't even think about that! Yeah it might be a test, considering everything he's been doing basically has been a test for NS3 up to this point.

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Thank you for this everyone just seems to wamt to witch hunt the poor child...

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I'm not Ye Na's biggest fan either, since I don't understand why Shin HAS to be it for her she really just confuses me. She just seems like a standard rich girl second lead character in dramas and not much else. But we DO know that she loves him a lot and they have some sort of positive relationship. That's been clear from the start. She's a minor annoyance at her worst and I've been ignoring the vitriol that's way out of proportion to how much trouble she's causing. But now pretending her relationship with Nam Shin was awful and she's just some crazy girl who they just decided to let marry Shin for no reason is just too much. It's just 100% not true at all.

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she may be hated a bit too much, but you have to admit pushing forward with the wedding while human shin is in a coma is extremely abhorrent behavior. plus, she pushes affection onto people who aren't totally receptive of it and is downright awful to people she doesn't like. i think disliking her is pretty easy. her loving shin doesn't really justify her behavior to me.

she may not be the worst character in the show, but she's generally unlikable and it probably has to do with her spoiled upbringing (so it kind of makes sense lol).

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She's confusing and in the narrative she's been a minor annoyance like I said. The show makes it easy to not be a fan of the character, people are free to not like her for things that happen in the show which is why I said I've been saying nothing this entire time even if I think it's too extreme. That wasn't the issue I was talking about though. I wasn't talking about justifying her behavior, or whether her trying to marry Shin while he's in a coma is okay. I was talking about my issues with people, taking that hatred and now using it to create issues that don't exist and ignore things that are actually canon. Shin does not hate her. She was already engaged to him. She's known him and been in his life a long time. We know this. People have convinced themselves she's some outside interloper who Shin hates and has nothing to do with anything BECAUSE they don't like her. That was my whole point lol.

I have to bring up that I personally think people are hating her more than warranted because I think it's the reason for the issues I'm talking about. I've noticed multiple people doing it on here and on soompi. But everytime I even say offhand that I think people are being a bit too extreme and trying to give some explanation for all this, it's enough for people to switch topics and not really engage with what I'm trying to say. And then suddenly the conversation is about whether it's okay to not like her or not. It's a bit frustrating if I'm being honest. I can have that discussion, I have had that discussion, and I'll be fine having it again if you want ^^ based on what you said I agree with you 100%. But I don't really want to talk about that in this thread about people saying things that aren't true.

Sorry if this comes off as harsh but I've been on soompi all day having this exact conversation lol so I'm a bit frustrated.

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I agree with you about Yena! She is confusing but I think that could just be her character overall - a very confused girl. Like she's confused throughout the whole series! First she's confused why Shin isn't acting like Shin. Then she's confused as to why her Dad would murder Shin. And she's confused as to why she's jealous So Bong is close to Shin when it's not even her Shin. Like if she was level headed, the interactions between RoboShin and So Bong wouldn't bother her because technically he's not human Shin but it does bother her. She's a very confused child indeed!

And I agree it's sad that she's getting a lot of hate for being misunderstood for this confused character. :(

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That's actually the ending I'm hoping for!

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Fingers crossed

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The reason why people aren't reacting positively to Ye Na is because what you're saying (that they have a positive relationship, or that she's been in his life as a friend/sister) isn't exactly proven to be true either.

First of all, when Lollypip said that Shin hates Ye Na I assumed that she was basing it on what the media and Shin's friends were saying about the two's relationship, and on how Nam Shin III was acting when he was acting as Shin - which maybe wasn't exactly hate per se, but which hardly looked like someone who enjoyed Ye Na's company. We don't know the details of their relationship, and what Shin really thought of her, since at the moment he's stuck in a coma. However I think it says a lot that Ye Na didn't even realise that the Shin she was seeing wasn't the human Shin - in all their interactions Nam Shin III was always avoiding any physical contact (removing her hand with as much thought as if he was swatting a fly away) and/or just completely ignoring her. And every time he did it, Ye Na would complain that he was too consistent, so obviously this was behaviour that human Shin habitually exhibited.

The only times she thought that "Shin" was acting bizarrely was when she saw Nam Shin III acting kindly and playfully with So Bong - which to me suggests that she only ever saw him being cold and distant to others and probably to herself as well. When Young Hoon said that Shin treats Ye Na "like a sister" he only said it to explain to Nam Shin III why he shouldn't kiss her - but we don't know how true that statement is and what that even means. There are different kinds of sibling relationships, ranging from loving and caring all the way to being at each other's throats. What Young Hoon said and what Ye Na says can't really be taken as a definite "truth" about their relationship because first, we don't have a clear idea of what "treating her like a sister" means and second, her interactions with Nam Shin III as "Shin" hardly seem to indicate "some sort of positive relationship", as you put it. (I would call it neutral at best).

The way Nam Shin III was playing Shin was like someone who couldn't care less about Ye Na even if she was in his vicinity and basically didn't listen or respond to anything she was said (the way someone would ignore another person's "yapping"). And none of this seemed surprising to either his aunt, Mr. Seo, Grandpa, Young Hoon or even Ye Na herself. Not to mention that human Shin was constantly cheating on (or pretending to cheat on) Ye Na, which obviously hurt Ye Na but which she took pretty graciously. If he cared for Ye Na at all, I don't understand why he'd hurt her like that. She already knew that he didn't like her romantically - he didn't have to hammer the point home like that. To me, that implies that he simply didn't care about her at all (or not enough to not use her as collateral in his game of rebellion).

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...people dislike the fact that she was about to marry Shin while he was in a coma, and may consider the wedding "unprompted" in a sense - yes, human Shin may have agreed to marry her (and like you said, we don't know how or why or what they agreed to exactly or how much of it was because of Grandpa) but the fact that he'd put it off for so long shows just how much he *didn't* want to marry her. Because of that, it does feel like she's using this opportunity to marry Shin without the hassle it'd take to convince him to actually go ahead with the wedding if he was awake. Honestly, if she really respected and valued Shin's say in the matter, why not wait until Shin wakes up to marry him? Especially since if he never wakes up, she'll have simply married the robot. To me marrying him while he's in a coma isn't taking initiative, that's taking advantage of someone who's lying on a hospital bed and who can't object to getting married earlier than he'd planned.

Which is why I really want Shin to wake up as soon as possible, because he's the only one that can set things straight. So far we don't really know who he was or what his relationships with others were really like. So yes, maybe they did have a "positive" relationship, but since we haven't really seen much to imply that, and won't know if that's true until Shin wakes up, I can understand why people dislike what Ye Na is doing, because so far from what we've seen of their relationship it seems plausible that he'd probably never even really considered marrying her. His goal was always to find his mum - he basically went off the grid to find her, seemingly with the intention of not going back to all the corporate politics he left behind in Korea, so it's not a stretch to think that maybe he'd never even planned to actually marry Ye Na in the first place, and only agreed to being engaged so he could placate Ye Na and Grandpa. Again, that's why I'm looking forward to having Shin wake up soon, so we can finally have an idea of what his thoughts were/are on all of this.

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after having him wake up, the weirdness of their relationship with no clarifying flashbacks, etc etc...all I can say is we really don't have any more of an idea of what they were and why than we did before lol. At least for me I have more of an idea of how Shin's relationship with her works now with him feeling cornered and hurting people. Not so much what it was before. But it was a good discussion regardless. I'm really late responding but I hadn't been on db in weeks.

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I wish there was an 'edit' button: I meant "didn't listen or respond to anything she was saying".

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If I were a super-smart robot, whose number one rule is to protect So-bong, this is what I'd do:

I would be quite concerned after she’d been kidnapped and the kidnapper escaped. I would want to make sure he didn’t come back. The easiest way to do that is to monitor her. I’d remember that she once monitored me by putting a camera inside a small robot. This is clearly a good idea. I’d grab a robot, turn one of its eyes into a camera and give it to her as a present. I might even hint that this small robot is capable of a lot.

Then I would just low-level check out what happens in that room. I would of course see what her journo friend gets up to with that car black box camera. But I would also overhear So-bong mutter about a Kill Switch? Then I’d run some internal diagnostics on myself, find it and disable it. Phew, that’s better.

But as I’m not a super-smart robot, I’m of course not sure at all if this is what RoboShin did. He might have come up with something even better…

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Last week we were asking to know more David, and we got it! Not what I expected, wow. I don't know if I feel relieved that Grandpa probably knows about the kill switch and could disable it if necessary, or more worried because he actually holds Robo Shin's brain/life in his hands.

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We also asked for ComaShin to wake up and we kind of got that too?

Clearly we have to be very careful what we wish for...

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YES! You predicted that. Nice call :)

I am still wishing for Reporter Jo to go away, but so far I haven't got that... she's just an annoying plot device. If she outs Robo Shin I hope So Bong cuts her out of her life forever, once and for all.

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I'm trying to remember anything positive that Reporter Jo has done so far but failed.

From setting So Bong up in the very first episode and making her lose her job, she's been a terrible friend...

Maybe she'll do something good like... nope, can't think of anything

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"Reporter Jo...she's just an annoying plot device" - right?

Now she better spill the beans so our plot gets moving fast and have human Shin wake up soon hahaha

Oops, I better be careful in what I wish for... :X

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I reckon he could control it. He'd tell himself he can't feel any heartbreak anyway and flash his smile at Rora, knowing that it would keep her suspicions at bay...

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I can't help but think that's the purpose of Maibot - to be RoboShin's external ears and eyes....

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What I appreciate that the show's been making clear ever since So Bong and Young Hoon have gotten close to Nam Shin 3 is that they're more uncomfortable with seeing him as a person because of what it means for them. There's no moral failings the show is trying to present about So Bong being friends with him, or Nam Shin having a clear robot crush on her, or Young Hoon wanting to crack open some beers and talk to Nam Shin about how he's feeling and struggling. That's silly and also way too simple. The people who think it's an issue are the antagonists.

Initially it's weird because they're still operating with him under the assumption that he's not really his own person so they wonder just what they're doing right now treating him like a person and it's weird for them. Not wrong or bad but it makes them wonder. The drama then tell you that the REAL problem comes in when they accept that he's really his own person because of what it means for them individually moving forward. If So Bong likes Nam Shin 3 as a friend and he's always under threat of kill switch or caught up in some corporate drama should she put herself through caring about him? If she likes him romantically how can she build a life with him? How can she be with him? Nam Shin loves her but what future can he have at all and with her specifically? The problem comes in for Young Hoon because there's this robot who looks like a man he knows and has known for years and he wonders what that means for him and Nam Shin that he likes Nam Shin 3 more sometimes. What does that say about his relationship with human Nam Shin that he views him strictly by how useful he is? Why does he do so much for him if that's how he feels in the first place? That's the real conflict: how do we overcome the differences. The problem isn't that they engage with him as his own person it's that their feelings while being with him reflect on their wants and desires.

Young Hoon wants more from human Nam Shin. So Bong NOW might want more from Nam Shin 3 than he can give. All his love and devotion and she wants that but we can assume she also wants to grow old with her partner. Have kids with them. Share pain. What future can they even have? (I want one for them so badly). Is it even fair that she wants him to be human, when that's just not what he is? He's his own new type of being. Is SHE being fair?

The show wants us to be thinking about that, not that 'weird that they care about the robot man right?' and that's it. That's why I like the show so much!

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So Bong has been considerate to NSIII feelings lately. She was worried that Oh Ro Ra hurt NSIII's feelings by telling him she wanted human Shin and not him. I think she knows that it would be unfair to communicate her desire about NSIII being human and that it would cause him pain. I don't know how things will progress but I expect her to express full acceptance of NSIII being a robot and still wanting him by her side.
But yeah, this is all unchartered territory for the humans and also the robot, so I guess some confusion and pain has to be accepted for their relationship to progress to whatever it will be in the end.

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She's super considerate of him lately because she accepted that he's his own type of person. He's kind and in a position where he can be used and hurt and she sympathizes with that. But friend Nam Shin 3 is different than romantic life partner Nam Shin 3 in implications for her. Uncharted territory she probably doesn't want to go down. But because he's a sweetheart and her friend we're not getting anymore of her leaving him instead of trying to work it out. She did that already lol. Regardless of what she chooses to do she wants him by her side and she wants to protect him however she can.

I'm suuuper interested in what they progress into, if anything. It better be something you hear me drama?

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Nam Shin 3 is adorable I so want the romance to be real. But since i have the maturity of a teenager, the question is “Did Mom make Nam Shin 3 to be a real boy?” Your girl has needs. I’m not saying its the only thing, but it’s something.

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Well said 😊 I like this show as well because it shows all these conflicts 😊

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This is perfect. 100% agree.

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I really loved how So Bong cry in relief when she saw Nam Shin III and when he hugged her.. Awww.. I just loved the whole Operation: Rescue So Bong scene. Looking forward to next episodes~ For the meantime, I'll go looking for my heart...

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That was one of the most satisfying hugs in the story of hugs if you ask me 😊 The whole scene was so well done, and seen from So Bong perspective so we could understand how she felt when the trunk opened and the smiling face of NSIII was there.

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My heart also melted when he caught her wheelchair and knelt in front of her. And when he told Sobong how incredible she is as she makes him break rules and create new ones. And that he wants to know more about her. I could go on and on. Why are these two so adorable? 😍

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First of all, I darn near clapped when David called Ro-ra a bad mom because frankly she is. But I don't know if I trust David knowing he's been in cahoots with Gramps (who has known everything all along; I didn't see that coming!).

It'll be quite interesting to see how things get shaken up when Shin wakes up. I almost want him to be an ass to Ro-ra so she can see that just because he's her biological son, doesn't make him a better son to her. And I'm glad NS3 noticed Grandpa's words about being complete. Let's see if he figures out that Grandpa knows who and what he is.

As for our couple, they are just too cute. But I can understand So-bong's dilemma because he isn't human. But just because he isn't human doesn't mean he isn't a person, because I think he has proven that he is an individual in his own right.

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Me tooooo (or III?) on the being awful to her when she wakes up - is blood thicker than whatever runs through NSIII's exoskeleton? I feel she deserves that wake up call about biological not always being better....

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I melted in Kang-Joon's beautiful eyes this episode. It's a feeling of great comfort and joy; one of the most exquisite experiences.

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I just want to point out the use of trope #106 (or whatever it was on that list): walking around everywhere hooked up to IV and in hospital PJs.
It was the most adorable use of the trope I've ever seen.

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I cheered and clapped when David called out Ro-ra for being a bad mom. She does not just deserve a scolding but a greater punishment too. Shin asking Ro-ra if he can't be her son was heart-wrenching. I don't believe that So Bong wished he was human in this episode. I think she has been subconsciously wishing this for a really long time. I actually felt sorry for Ye Na in this episode David in cahoots with Grandpa seems more like a compromise he made for science rather than any selfish gains. I can now firmly say that I will never be able to get enough of Seo Kang Joon's face. Ever.

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"Chairman Nam says that this room is Nam Shin-III’s brain, and the future of his company". Now it feels that the two Shins have much more in common than I thought at the beginning. Grandpa has plans for the two of them and won't leave them alone, they are trapped. They should join forces and fight together for their freedom. Also, both have issues to solve with Mom. I'd like to see them working together, and also being friends...although not sure that's possible. Nam Shin had his room full of robot toys though, I wonder if this has any meaning, about his possible sympathy for NSIII. Glad he's finally waking up because the story will get even more interesting.

And I love that So Bong already declared herself a friend to NSIII. These two are so cute, I melted into a puddle of goo during the hospital scenes. I have no words for the sweetness that was NSIII watching over So Bong's sleep. 😻 And how cute was NSIII bringing Maibo the mini-robot to So Bong? he even comes with the message I❤️U, ahhh, you sneaky robot know how to pamper a girl. Anyway, can't wait to see what happens next. I just want my babies to be happy and I'll riot if anyone dares to separate them. 🔥

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We see the change in our heroine at the start of the episode! Last time in the fire she reproached herself for saving people and told herself she deserved to die for being a fool. This time she thought of him, and hoped to be saved.

Unhand the kill switch woman, he’s doing great! And being very loving when he agrees to still be NS—what would they do without him exactly? But David has some nerve reproaching Ro Ra when he’s conspiring with the dude who kidnapped her little child. David flirts with her! Oh David. Only NS 3 can be trusted! And So Bong and Young Hoon who love him. Human NS be good to Young Hoon, I principally want you to wake up for him. As for So Bong, does she realize she’s in love? Is NS 3 just going to robot sidle his way into dating without admitting to himself he has feelings? She knows he does, she’s constantly concerned about them—and he’s moved from wondering why she looks worried to knowing it’s for him—but knowing he has feelings FOR HER is different and difficult even for humans!

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"robot sidle his way into dating" oh my god Im stealing this

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Thanks for the recap .... this episode was full of cute/ sexy/ important moments: Nam shin staying with So bong in the hospital waking her from her nightmare, the discussion in the elevator about men and women being just friends and so on. Oh, and aren't we glad the wedding got cancelled!?

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Thank you for this recap, @lollypip.
"I’m here now. I’m soy I’m so late.” is honestly one of the cutest blunders I've read. If joyful laughter extends life, this was worth few hours.

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I dont like pointing our spelling mistakes but my brain decoded this sentence as "Im a soy latte" and I loled as well

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Easy connection, yup.

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That tiny typo just made Nam Shin 3 even more adorable, like "he’s more woied about her injury."

Thank you so much for the lightning-fast recaps @lollypip!

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This was probably the best episode of this drama. It had a little of everything, lots of emotion, action, a big twist, a more than expected surprise ending, and everything was done right.

I still would like to know how can Shin3 behave like a human boy, developing his programs to have what more and more resembles real emotion. It is not enough to just say he is evolving adapting, he is still a machine. How can he change priority? How can he make moral judgement or have likes and dislikes? Why does he want independence? Or a friend?

I thought he was linked to Maibo and he would hear everything SoBong told the little guy. Maybe he did?

I loved grandpa's twist.

Is it just me or YJ seems to like old Shin in a more intense way? I know, they would not go...there.

Let me just say again how much I love this girl, So Bong is just so relatable! She is practical and realistic and she begins to like the robot for all valid reasons, I wish all female leads were as complex as her and all romances took their time to grow like this did.

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It's not only you.... I saw a coment that said YJ was obviously in love with shin and in today's episode that got me thinking.... Cause I can see it...

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When grandpa was revealed as the master puppeteer behind Shin's creation I got this sinking feeling in my stomach, the oh-boy-this-is-going-to-hurt feeling.

Mum is an irrational control freak but at least there are people around her who can stop her should she go off the rails. Gramps on the other hand is a true super-villain. He'll never let Shin be his own person and will have no qualms whatsoever getting rid of SB should their relationship get in the way of what he wants. With him controlling Shin's data storage facility there is no way to win against him at the moment. Even running away together to a deserted island somewhere is not an option.

That said - the writer does a wonderful job keeping me on my toes; I love that I have no idea what's going to happen next.

Lastly, the obvious: ShinnaBong make the cutest couple ever; that hospital scene melts my heart each time (rewatched it so often that I can probably recite the full dialogue from memory, and still can't get enough of it). I only wish that they could get a happy ending against all odds.

*I'm calling RoboShin just Shin because he is the real Shin in my books.
** Also it's curious that his names means "god" (well either that or "sin"- another interesting quirk of Kr language to wonder about...)

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I had the same feeling when Chairman was revealed to have the ultimate power over Robo Shin's fate. That throws his dementia act into a new light, as if it was a test for Nam Shin.

In the original news posts the main character's name was "Swindler God" hehe http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/04/go-ara-up-to-romance-robot-seo-kang-joon-in-kbss-are-you-human-too/

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I don't see this romantic loveline between Young Hoon and human Shin either.

However what I do see is that Young Hoon wants to be love by Shin, but I took it as familial/sibling love thing and not romantic. When he mentioned the habit part...it reminded me of my own siblings. You just get used to them like habit cuz you grew up together, and so you don't truly think about your relationship with them or question it at all, well, because they're your siblings, but when they're gone, you realized the impact that they had on you. I think this is what Young Hoon realizes now in human Shin's absence but he's scared to admit because when you let someone in close to your heart like that and you lose them, it's very painful.

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The absolutely most important reveal was Chairman Nam's exposing NamIII brain in that huge room. The only way NamIII can survive is if the human Nam Shin dies and they need III to carry on. Poor robot. He never will have true willpower, he will always be tied to that room. Unless some miracle happens that the writers know about. This puts a whole new spin on the drama.

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"Toady waits for Snake nearby in his car, so he has a front-row seat when Snake is hit by a van." Good riddance Snake!

Also, Maibo is so cute!

Ok bye.

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As Shin III repeatedly says, “I don’t have feelings.”, I have started to think about what exactly is a feeling? We say that what makes us higher life forms is our ability to reason and feel emotions. If our brains are bio-electric, hypothetically, can’t that be reproduced with circuits and electricity? Is a feeling a complex processing of various forms of data (memories, perceptions of people and situations, associated judgements, physical stimuli, etc.) to reach a conclusion about an interaction or is it the sensation of the neurotransmitters guiding our autonomic responses? Shin III lacks that flood of neurotransmitters that comes after the brain assesses a situation so he says he doesn’t feel fear or distress. We don’t say a starfish reacting to touch is emotionally motivated when it reacts. It it the attactment of complex thoughts to the autonomic responses that we label as feelings. We feel afraid of the dark alley because of all the stored information we rapidly process when we see it. If Shin III can independently process information and reach a conclusion to make a plan for action that satisfies himself, isn’t what humans do?

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I actually wonder if the chairman is a clinical psychopath...as in he is unable to actually feel emotions: he just seems to be that level of calculating...and his is very convincing...

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I am so curious about how they will end this.
Either Robot Shin dies and So bong ends up with human shin? Surely that can'ttttt happen.
Something happens to human shin and robot shin's brain is implanted into his body and that way So bon can be with him. In some ways this is the best out come but I don't want it to happen. I want the human and robot to remain separate entities
Robot Shin remain a robot and So bong and him are friends forever cause they I don't think they will show they both them together as human and robot. Even if they are together, how would that relationship work?
So excited to see what happens next and how it all resolved. I really hope somehow our robot and former wrestler end up together.

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I remember reading some comment in early episode about how the dramas themes was not explored enough. but to me it seems like the writer wanted us to first get to know our girl and cute NS3 before starting to dwell on the themes and philosophical questions. without us understanding characters motives and thought it would not have the same impact as it has now. I like how the writer have taken time to show NS3 development and how he is evolving. also SB have got her time to change from our first time meeting her! without this we would not have started to think about those philosophical question as voiced by SB and YH. As we dig deeper I think episodes get better and better.

Wonder how NS gonna impact the story. He is the wild card as we don´t know him enough to judge how his reaction gonna be when he wakes up. My dream scenario is him and NS3 teaming up together to save each other from grandfathers claws. Also why to I get the feeling that SB gonna end up with NS... her thinking that she wished that NS3 was a human i feel is a foreshadow to what to come.... but a part of me would be heartbroken if that happens... can´t see our cinnamon roll getting the short end of the stick. But first I want to see who NS is as a person.

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I agree with you 100000%% lol

At first I was a little impatient in terms of plot, but having rewatched it so many times due to the FIFA World Cup, I came to the same conclusion as you. I'm glad that the writers and directors went at the pace that they did because that did help character development. And I too am very curious to see human Shin. I want to see if he's like how I speculated.

Oh hurry up already Monday and Tuesday! lol

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I was surprised that nobody mentioned the wedding last week. It made no sense to me. None.
Just ignoring that Shin would wake up and find himself married to a woman he had zero interest in, wasn't the entire plan to stop the wedding because it could blow their cover.
Who organises weddings this quickly anyway?

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He's a robot so I understand why she wants to throw him away although it's not casually. Humans have a kill switch we have a time to be born and a time to die she'll be a fool not to have a kill switch for a robot. It's a thoughtful robot but a robot just the same. I'm not sure why people's emotions sway them from good solid cognitive thinking. She's a doggone good mother because at the end of the day she birth her biological son the sitting in the bed, toast and she has every right to have the fears she has concerning a robot she created the extreme from the path of its original creation. The fact that the writer suggest what she suggesting at the end of the last paragraph is absolutely awful but it is an indicator of the current generation's emotional reactive thinking.

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I don't think the chairman sees Shin 3 as anything more than a product. He tells david as much when it's revealed that he financed shin 3's creation. He wants to sell him and make more like him. As for encouraging shin3 to set his own rules, I feel that he wants to show potential buyers what an AI like shin3 is capable of while messing with everyone who thinks they fooled him namely rora and jong gil. The chairman is playing all of them just like he did years ago with his own son.

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OMG I’m so exited for tmrws episode!!!!! The preview hinted at Nam Shin finally waking up OMGOM!!!!! I agree in that I hope Nam Shin and Nam Shin 3 team up. That would just be soo badass. OMG AND WHEN DAVID TOLD RORA SHE WAS A HORRIBLE MOM!!!! omg that was just... mic drop. I was waiting for that moment. Now the only thing that needs to happen is Nam Shin has to wake up and set rora straight. AND THE OSTS!!!!!! This drama is just too perfect. SEO KANG JOON AND GONG SEUNG YEON!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!! THEYRE SO PERFECT TOO!!!! NAM SHIN 3 is such a precious cinnamon roll that must be protected!!
Lol this has just been really random but this is such a great drama

This was just such a great episode!!!!!! And I just love how Seo Kang- Joon portrays Nam Shin 3. Like recently I went back and rewatched all the trailers for this drama for like the 10th time lol, but it really feels like Nam Shin 3 has grown a lot. This character development has got to be one of the best I’ve seen in the kdramas I’ve watched. Like at the beginning Nam Shin 3 was just like its a rule to hug someone who’s crying and now he’s breaking traffic light rules. OMGOMG HES GROWN SO MUCH!!!!!!! I just love how Nam Shin 3 has developed!!!! OMG and Kang so bong and young hoon are slowly accepting Nam Shin 3 to the point that Kang so bong is wishing that he’s human and young hoon is having inner conflicts over this. I just really love how this drama addresses these issues like it doesn’t gloss over it and it doesn’t go to deep into the drama either. It’s just right. I can’t wait to see these cinnamon rolls continue to develop!!!!!!

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Thanks for recapping, LollyPip.

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Okay. I'm saying it. I think Young Hoon is in love with Nam Shin.

I cannot be the only one thinking it. Or what? Am I delusional?
He obviously cares so deeply about him.

There are so many telling scenes. The "he's a habit", the looks towards both real Shin in the hospital bed and NamShin3, the confused feelings towards both of them. He's fiercely protective of him and obviously misses him, and he feels conflicted because of NamShin3. It doesn't feel like friendship to me, even if Young Hoon himself isn't totally aware yet of what he feels and why he stayed with Shin for so long.

I totally think he loves him.

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From your lips to God's ear. I thought the same—Young Hoon's feelings seem pretty intense.

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Edit: Also the purposely drawn parallels between the relationship between him and Nam Shin and then NamShin3 and So Bong. Shin 3 mentions it himself in the next episode, something like "to you, human Nam Shin is a friend you want to protect, just like I want to protect So Bong as my friend", and Young Hoon stays silent. There's so obviously something unsaid there that Young Hoon maybe realizes but that Shin 3 doesn't, because Shin 3 doesn't yet know that he has feelings and thus doesn't know that he's in love with So Bong.

Knowing South Korea and Kdramas, none of this will probably ever turn into more than suggestion, but the suggestion is so obviously there now that I can't ignore it and it's obviously on purpose.

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it crossed my mind too o.o but dismissed it quickly because this is a kdrama

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oh honey, join our club. our dreamboat cruises the denial river all day every day.

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You and me both. In fact, I'll go further: The long relationship between the human Nam Shin and Young Hoon (including Shin's rebelliousness and refusal to get involved with women - per flashback in episodes 9/10 -
as well as Young Hoon's tangled feelings) makes a lot more sense if the two of them were hung up on each other OR long-time, closeted lovers.

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