Are You Human Too: Episodes 29-30
The more everyone tries to placate Shin regarding the robot who temporarily lived his life, the more volatile Shin becomes. He’s finding new and creative ways to make everyone around him pay for daring to like Nam Shin-III better than him, and unfortunately, he’s discovered a path to revenge that could do some serious damage. Unfortunately, the one person who may have a shred of hope in stopping Shin is the one person who can’t seem to take a stand against him, but soon he may have no choice.
EPISODE 29 RECAP
When Shin was younger, he’d gotten in some trouble, only for Young-hoon to take Chairman Nam’s punishment in his place. Shin had smashed several pictures in fury and screamed at Chairman Nam not to touch Young-hoon again. Young-hoon had watched Shin’s outburst and thought to himself, “I know. I know what you’re really like.”
Shin had brought Young-hoon an ice pack for his face, but Young-hoon had told him not to make him feel bad, knowing he’d badly cut his hand on the glass he broke. The first aid kit he’d had out was for Shin, and as they fixed themselves up, Young-hoon had apologized to Shin.
So in the present, when Chairman Nam asks Young-hoon if he agrees that the robot is better than humans, he wishes he could respond that he hasn’t, and that the question itself is offensive. He fantasizes threatening to quit if Chairman Nam doesn’t trust Shin with the business, wishing he’d taken Shin’s side.
Nam Shin-III tells David that Chairman Nam has known all along that he’s a robot. Shin accidentally overhears them, and he follows Nam Shin-III to his date with So-bong, sneering at So-bong’s happiness to see Nam Shin-III.
Young-hoon is still trying to find the owner of the phone number that he found on the back of the long-term care hospital business card. The hospital staff insist that nobody currently working there owns the number, or they do, but changed their number.
Young-hoon hands out his PK Group business card, one employee remembers that twenty years ago, a director from PK Group committed suicide here.
On their movie date, Nam Shin-III steps out to get napkins for So-bong. He runs into Shin on his way back in, who says that Young-hoon wants to see him. He leads Nam Shin-III to the parking garage, then before Nam Shin-III can react, he snatches the battery watch off his wrist. In seconds, Nam Shin-III shuts down.
Young-hoon arrives as Shin is changing into Nam Shin-III’s jacket. Shin tells him that Chairman Nam knows Nam Shin-III is a robot, and that he cares more about Nam Shin-III than whether Shin lives or dies. He declares that he’s going to prove to his grandfather what’s real and what’s fake.
Young-hoon says that this isn’t the right way to do this, but Shin defiantly drops the battery watch and crushes it under his shoe. He tells Young-hoon that if he stops him, he’s the same as Chairman Nam, so he should act like he’s on his side.
Shin goes into the theater to sit with So-bong, but she knows something is wrong when “Nam Shin-III” tears up at the sad movie. Shin reminds her that she said she’d never confuse them, and So-bong jumps up without a word. She calls Young-hoon, who has Nam Shin-III’s lifeless body in his car, but he doesn’t answer her call.
So-bong runs down to check Nam Shin-III’s car and finds it empty. She confronts Shin, asking if he’s really this happy to be doing this after Nam Shin-III worked so hard to pretend to be him and protect his place. Shin says he doesn’t like that Nam Shin-III did that, but trying it out himself, he’s decided it’s fun.
She tells him to do what he wants, but that a jerk like him will never compare to Nam Shin-III. Shin insists that he’s real and Nam Shin-III is fake, and that So-bong’s rudeness just makes him want to get rid of Nam Shin-III even more.
So-bong isn’t intimidated, and just tells him that, real or not, she’ll make him pay. She leaves, and Shin goes to Young-hoon’s car. He answers So-bong’s call as if he’s Nam Shin-III, saying that he’s with Young-hoon heading back to the office to check on a problem with the Medicar.
Young-hoon has enough and takes the phone, telling So-bong that he’ll send Nam Shin-III home safely. He accuses Shin of acting like a child, but Shin just says that if he’s a child, then Young-hoon can do everything for him.
They take Nam Shin-III to Ro-ra’s hideout, where they tell her that Chairman Nam knows about Nam Shin-III, and that David is involved. She orders David to say it’s not true, but he only promises to explain everything. She slaps him, horrified that she trusted him for twenty years.
Young-hoon takes David aside and says that he was shocked, too, so Ro-ra must be traumatized. He says they shouldn’t tell Chairman Nam that Shin knows, and David agrees, saying that he didn’t take the chairman’s money because he agreed with him.
Shin just watches everything, completely unaffected by the hurt he’s caused. He sneers to Ro-ra that Chairman Nam has fooled her for over a decade, but she snaps that she’s in no mood for his attitude. He asks if there’s any way to get rid of Nam Shin-III, but Ro-ra accuses him of making unfunny jokes. So he says that if he can’t destroy Nam Shin-III, then to tell him how to control him in manual mode, and show Chairman Nam that he’s just a robot.
Ro-ra objects, but Shin says that if Nam Shin-III is truly just a robot to her, then she won’t care what happens to him. He asks if she likes Nam Shin-III better, too, after living with him for so many years.
Young-hoon interrupts, and he admits that he and Ro-ra are partly responsible for hurting Shin, even though their intent was to protect him. He tells Shin to go ahead if this will make Shin feel better, then to go ahead, but in return he asks for Shin’s promise never to hurt anyone else. Shin promises, a bit too easily.
Missing Nam Shin-III, So-bong tries to call him again, and this time her call is answered. Nam Shin-III says he can’t come to her dad’s tonight, then tells her to turn around before going inside, surprising her by standing behind her.
She hugs him, then they go in, where Robocop and Joint are almost as happy as So-bong to see Nam Shin-III. Robocop grabs his wrist happily, and suddenly, Nam Shin-III twists Robocop’s arm behind his back.
We see that when Shin reactivated him, he gave him a command not to let anyone touch his battery watch. Nam Shin-III lets go of Robocop and apologizes, saying that he couldn’t control his strength. Robocop and Joint seem flustered but fine, but Dad looks worried.
As Nam Shin-III leaves, he scans his battery watch, but he’s denied access. He goes home and find Young-hoon by the pool, and tells him that he just experienced manual mode. He suspects that Young-hoon knew about it beforehand, and guesses that Shin is taking out his anger at his grandfather on Nam Shin-III.
He asks Young-hoon, what if Shin makes him do something against his rules, or hurts someone. Young-hoon says that Shin promised not to, and if he does, they’ll turn off manual mode. Nam Shin-III says that he trusts Young-hoon, but he’s not sure about Shin.
Shin is, at this very moment, listening to their conversation and watching through Nam Shin-III’s eyes. When Ye-na asks if this is really necessary, he asserts that he’ll show them how dangerous a robot can be. Ye-na reminds him that that robot has his face and suggests he just show Chairman Nam that he’s competent, stating bravely that he’s starting to seem obsessed.
Nam Shin-III sees his server room for the first time when Chairman Nam has him meet him there. He asks why his servers are in the PK building, so Chairman Nam tells him that many corporations are interested in merging living things and artificial intelligence, and that the Medicar is Chairman Nam’s dream in that area.
He says that Nam Shin-III will make that happen, and the company will become like an immortal city controlled by AI, which he calls M City — his final dream. As Shin watches through Nam Shin-III’s eyes, Chairman Nam says that only Nam Shin-III can make that dream come true.
Nam Shin-III finds So-bong and they share an elevator upstairs. She asks why Chairman Nam told Nam Shin-III about his dream and not Shin, then says she’d trust Nam Shin-III more, too. Still watching, Shin scoffs and, remembering So-bong daring him to try impersonating Nam Shin-III, decides it’s time for her to pay.
Nam Shin-III’s smiling expression goes blank as his manual mode kicks on. He shoves So-bong against the elevator wall, squeezing her neck with one hand as she pleads with him to recognize her. Nam Shin-III regains control of himself and lets her go just in time.
The doors open and Nam Shin-III runs, with So-bong on his heels. She catches him and asks why he keeps losing control, then grabs his wrist to look at his battery watch.
He jerks his arm away, but not before she realizes that he’s not wearing one of his usual battery watches. She guesses that Shin did something to him, but he just says again to stay away so he can’t hurt her.
She goes to Young-hoon and asks what really happened yesterday when they supposedly took Nam Shin-III for a company matter. Young-hoon confesses that they switched Nam Shin-III to manual mode, apologizing that So-bong got hurt and saying weakly that Shin promised not to hurt anyone.
But So-bong is more concerned about how Nam Shin-III feels after attacking her against his will. Young-hoon says he’ll make sure this never happens again and asks her to calm down, but she spits that the person who protects a criminal is worse than the criminal himself.
After she leaves, Young-hoon calls Shin, who lies that what happened was a complete accident. When Young-hoon calls out the lie, Shin says he only wanted to scare So-bong but NC3 was more aggressive than he expected.
David and Ro-ra hear what happened, and David tells Ro-ra that wanting to believe her son doesn’t mean that she should. He says he knows she’s nervous about what Shin may do to Nam Shin-III, and that she’s angry that he took money from Chairman Nam, but that he wanted to help her make Nam Shin-III and didn’t have enough, and only found out later who the funds came from.
He insists that he didn’t help her for personal gain, but because he genuinely likes Nam Shin-III, and her. He says he’ll protect Nam Shin-III until the very end, “And if you want, I’ll protect you, too.”
Ro-ra starts to walk out, but she stops to listen to David’s side of a phone call with So-bong and hears that neither of them have seen him since he ran away. He’s gone straight to Young-hoon and points to Young-hoon’s phone, where words appear on the screen (so Shin can’t listen in): “I have a favor to ask.”
Ye-na drops Shin off to meet with Young-hoon, and as soon as Shin arrives on the rooftop, Nam Shin-III joins them. Nam Shin-III admits that he had Young-hoon call Shin here, and when Shin asks whose assistant Young-hoon thinks he is, Young-hoon glares at him accusingly and says they’ll talk later about what he did.
He leaves, and Nam Shin-III stops Shin from following him. Shin calls Nam Shin-III a fake, but Nam Shin-III says, “I’m real. Just like you’re real.” Shin asks gleefully how it felt throwing So-bong against that wall, whether it broke Nam Shin-III’s heart or made him want to die.
He says that’s just the beginning of the things Nam Shin-III will do as his slave. But Nam Shin-III tells him to solve his problems himself, and to fight his grandfather directly. He asks why Shin keeps using him to torment people, and Shin says it’s more fun playing with Nam Shin-III than fighting Chairman Nam.
Nam Shin-III looks Shin dead in the eye and asks, “Do I scare you? I scare you. That’s why you’re trying to destroy me. I won’t compete against you. I have no desire to take what’s yours, so relax and go back to your place.” Shin snarls that Nam Shin-III is only a machine, a doll that would even kill So-bong if he told it to.
Nam Shin-III counters that he doesn’t want to hurt So-bong, and asks what Shin wants from him. Shin says it disgusts him to see Nam Shin-III wearing his face and screams at him disappear, so Nam Shin-III walks to the building’s edge.
Realizing that Nam Shin-III intends to jump, Shin immediately looks frightened and orders him to stop. Nam Shin-III says he would rather disappear than hurt humans, and steps onto the building’s ledge.
EPISODE 30 RECAP
Nam Shin-III stands on the ledge, intending to jump, but Shin quickly logs into his manual mode. He makes Nam Shin-III come down, then snarls in his face that he doesn’t have the right to disappear. Nam Shin-III agrees that he’s nothing but a machine, and guesses that in this situation, humans would feel helpless.
Shin storms off and finds So-bong standing by his car, and as soon as she sees him, she punches him dead in the face. Awesome. She says that she pitied him when he asked how she would feel if someone took over her life, but now she thinks he deserves this. She orders Shin to put Nam Shin-III back to normal, or she’ll really kill him.
Ye-na tells Chairman Nam that Shin knows that he was aware Shin was replaced by a robot. Chairman Nam just smiles and says that he had to find out eventually, making Ye-na call him a monster. She tells him that Shin is fine, and says that if he cares for Shin at all, now is his last chance to show it.
She runs into her father on her way out, and he shows her the CCTV recording of Nam Shin-III attacking So-bong in the elevator and says that he plans to tell the chairman everything. To buy his silence, Ye-na tells him the details of Shin using Nam Shin-III to lash out in anger at Chairman Nam.
Jong-gil chuckles that Shin has a right to be angry, and he tells Ye-na to tell Shin that he’s on his side. She says she doesn’t trust him, and suggests they live separate lives.
Later, Young-hoon finds Shin in his room. He tells him that he knows the attack on So-bong was no error, and asks him to keep his promise to disable Nam Shin-III’s manual mode if he hurt anyone. Shin refuses, saying that this is making him want to do it even more, and thanks Young-hoon for stopping him from softening.
Young-hoon hands Shin the nursing home’s card and tells him that he learned Shin’s father didn’t commit suicide. He correctly guesses that Shin also found out, and that’s what made him travel to the Czech Republic. Shin snaps at him to stay out of his business, but Young-hoon counters that he has to pry to know what Shin is thinking.
He tells Shin to either disable Nam Shin-III’s manual mode, or make him understand why not. Shin refuses to do either, so Young-hoon warns him one final time not to hurt people, or he’ll never speak to him again. Almost impressed, Shin marvels that Young-hoon has never said anything like that to him before.
Shin gets a text from Jong-gil, and they meet at Jung-woo’s final resting place, where Jong-gil claims to be mourning his old friend. He says that he knows Shin thinks he killed his father, and says that isn’t entirely wrong, since he was the one who carried out Chairman Nam’s orders to have Jung-woo sent to the nursing home.
Shin guesses that Chairman Nam also ordered Jong-gil to say his father committed suicide. Agreeing, Jong-gil explains that Jung-woo died from a fall while trying to escape and reunite with his wife and child. Shin asks what they were hiding by saying that his father killed himself, so Jong-gil hands him a recorder that holds Jung-woo and Chairman Nam’s final conversation at the nursing home.
He says he’s afraid Shin will end up like his father, who forced him and Jung-woo to compete until only one survived. He tells Shin that when Chairman Nam decides Nam Shin-III is more beneficial to the company, he’ll get rid of Shin like he did his father.
Shin listens to the recording the moment Jong-gil leaves. He hears Chairman Nam promise to let Jung-woo out of the home if he stops whistleblowing, but Jung-woo insists that his father’s wrong methods be exposed. Chairman Nam threatens to make Shin pay for Jung-woo’s decision, yelling that his company is more important to him than blood. When he hears that, Shin smashes the recorder to the floor, destroying it.
Outside the columbarium, Toady and Jong-gil gloat over what Shin must be going through, hearing that recording. Jong-gil says that this was his final play, and that he expects Shin to take out Chairman Nam, then he can take out Shin.
That night, Shin enters Chairman Nam’s bedroom and asks the chairman if he knows who he is, human or robot. Chairman Nam says that only a human would ask that question. Shin demands, “Give me the company,” but Chairman Nam replies that all he can give is one more chance, and the result is up to Shin.
Nam Shin-III stands on an overpass, projecting a hologram of So-bong beside him. He reaches out to touch her face, but his fingers pass through the hologram. He touches her locket that he still wears and lets the hologram fade.
So-bong leaves Nam Shin-III a message saying that she was afraid of him when he attacked her, because for that instant, he seemed like a robot instead of a person. She asks if he’s not coming to see her because she thought something bad, and asks for his forgiveness.
She sobs that she misses him and threatens to cry until he comes to hug her. Nam Shin-III listens and can’t resist, and it’s as if his feet act on their own, taking him to So-bong. As soon as she sees him, So-bong snaps at him for taking so long. She reminds him that she’s crying, and Nam Shin-III goes to her.
But just as he reaches her, something flashes in his eyes, and they go dead. He keeps walking right past So-bong, so she grabs his arm and asks what’s wrong. Nam Shin-III looks at her blankly and asks, “Who are you?” Oof.
He shakes off her arm, but So-bong grabs hold again. He breaks free and gets in a car that pulls up with Shin behind the wheel. Nam Shin-III looks at So-bong running behind the car and says he doesn’t know her, because his entire memory has been blocked except for his memories of Shin.
In the morning, Chairman Nam arrives at work and tells Young-hoon to call Jong-gil. They meet on the roof, where Chairman Nam asks if Jong-gil talked to Shin about his father. He growls that if Shin learns anything, he’ll personally silence Jong-gil for good.
Nam Shin-III joins them, and Chairman Nam sees the battery watch set to manual mode. He says that’s not Shin, just as Nam Shin-III locks onto him and grabs him by the throat. He pushes Chairman Nam backwards towards the roof edge, and from a safe distance, Shin sneers and tells Nam Shin-III, “What are you doing? Finish him.”
Jong-gil seems almost excited to see Nam Shin-III in action, and he quietly slinks away when So-bong shows up and screams at Nam Shin-III to stop. She begs Nam Shin-III to remember who he is, but he violently tosses her aside then suddenly targets her.
He slowly advances on So-bong, but she refuses to run from him, even when he clutches her throat. So-bong keeps telling Nam Shin-III that she’s not scared of him, bravely looking him straight in the eye as he lifts her off her feet. She begs him, “Please, come back,” as a single tear rolls down her face.
The tear drops onto Nam Shin-III’s hand, and he suddenly remembers Rule Number One: hug someone who is crying. It reminds him of all the times he and So-bong have hugged, and how she told him she would always be on his side.
As So-bong starts to lose consciousness, Nam Shin-III overrides his own manual mode, and he drops So-bong into his arms. He holds her and says, “I’m sorry for finally hugging you now.”
Okay, I’m definitely not a fan of this whole manual mode thing, which is allowing Shin to break Nam Shin-III and So-bong’s hearts without even being in the same room. Nam Shin-III is smart to keep away from So-bong, because if Shin decides to truly do some damage, he could easily kill So-bong in a matter of seconds. They’ve been lucky that Shin has backed off just in time so far, but he’s getting more and more out of control, and I don’t trust him not to go off in a rage and use Shin to actually kill someone. Hopefully though, Nam Shin-III has figured out how to override manual mode now.
It’s not like I thought that Shin would be happy to wake from his coma and discover that a robot has been living his life, but I never anticipated this overwhelming hatred and determination to destroy Nam Shin-III no matter what. He’s so blinded by his years of mistreatment at Chairman Nam’s hands, and what he sees as his mother’s abandonment, to even be happy that Nam Shin-III was only acting as a bookmark to stop his life from imploding while he was unconscious. Shin seems like emotionally, he’s stuck at the age where his father died and his mother disappeared from his life — he reminds me of a selfish child who would rather see a beloved toy (his life) destroyed than let another kid play with it. I think that, in Shin’s mind, just the fact that Nam Shin-III lived his life for even a short time is an act that deserves punishment, and he’d genuinely rather have lost everything than have a robot take his place, even temporarily. It makes no logical sense, but Shin’s never been an emotionally stable person or made rational decisions, so this one-track-minded resolve to see Nam Shin-III destroyed is definitely in-character for him.
Shin’s problem is that by going around accusing everyone of liking Nam Shin-III better than him, and acting like such an immature loose cannon, he’s creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. He wasn’t that delightful of a person before, but now he’s making a real nightmare of himself, while Nam Shin-III is sweet and loving even as he’s learning to assert himself. Of course everyone likes Nam Shin-III better, and of course Chairman Nam thinks he’d make a better successor, because Shin is doing everything in his power to prove that he’s a nasty, vengeful, hate-filled person who’s more interested in tearing down the company than doing something useful with it. Normally I wouldn’t agree with giving everything to a robot over his human counterpart, but let’s face it — Nam Shin-III would be a wonderful caretaker of PK Group, while Shin is an unpredictable horror of a person who has admitted that he’d only sell it off in pieces.
I feel like Young-hoon is experiencing a version of Stockholm syndrome, where a victim of abuse develops a sort of codependent attachment to their abuser as a survival mechanism. His life and livelihood have been so entwined with Shin’s for so long, he can’t seem to get free even when he knows that Shin is doing horrible things to good people who don’t deserve it. Young-hoon just stands back while Shin runs rampant, manipulating and physically assaulting people, either directly or through Nam Shin-III — and that’s not including how he’s violating Nam Shin-III’s free will. But while Young-hoon knows it’s wrong, and even admits it to Shin’s victims, he does nothing to stop Shin and even helps him carry out his plans. As So-bong pointed out, Young-hoon is dangerously close to becoming an accomplice to Shin’s increasingly violent behavior. I think that the turning point in Nam Shin-III’s favor will be when Young-hoon finally breaks free of Shin’s influence and begins to act on his own conscience… and I hope it’s soon, because Nam Shin-III really needs the help.
I’ll confess, while I feel that the plot of Are You Human Too is pretty solid and has relatively few holes (you know, for a drama about a robot who’s developing human emotions), I still don’t understand why Shin and Nam Shin-III can’t exist at the same time — why does everyone act like there can be only one? If having them both around is such a problem, which I can get, seeing as how famous Shin is, it seems so simple to just tell the world that the chairman had an advanced AI robot built and designed him to look like his grandson. Or send Nam Shin-III to live in another country, seeing as how he apparently speaks a zillion languages perfectly. Or even easier, just change Nam Shin-III’s face. But everyone acts like it’s just obvious that one of them has to die, and nobody will explain why. It’s forcing me to suspend my disbelief, which bothers me in a show that’s otherwise pretty tight, plot-wise.
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