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Hyena: Episodes 5-6 Open Thread

Is it too early to vote for best drama couple of 2020? Now that our leads are both working at the same law firm — and are forced on the same high profile case — tension (and discomfiture) reaches an all-new high. And it’s fantastic to watch.

  
EPISODES 5-6 WEECAP

Another week, another two episodes to be impressed with how well-written and conceived this drama is. The characterization continues to be so good, and the drama has really been consistent with its unique balance of sparring and shenanigans, with moments/montages of contemplation and thought that add a really nice depth. I’ve yet to be disappointed by a thing this drama does.

As we saw last week, Geum-ja has finally gotten her foot in the door of the firm (and skyscraper) that she has so long been gawking at — or is that drooling over? And she’s got more than her foot in the door. She’s not only a partner at Song & Kim now, with the salary, gorgeous office, luxury car, and sweet compensation package that that entails, but she’s put on a pretty important case by Attorney Song himself.

Something I like about Geum-ja, and that I think serves her well, is that she’s actually pretty grounded. While she’s wowed by the prestigious world around her (and that mythical quest-like music that played when she entered the building was spot-on!), she’s also pretty practical about it.

She knows they chose her for a reason, she knows they’ll use her and lose her — and now we know she’s also got a past to protect. Attorney Song has some documentation on her past that she’s dying to keep a secret; it becomes an important bargaining chip.

Meanwhile, Hee-jae continues to be a punching bag — and it turns out the person who is hardest on him is himself. There’s a fantastic scene where he has lunch with his father (who’s just become a Supreme Court Justice). They talk about how his father pushed him to do/become his best as an attorney, and we hear how Hee-jae is currently faltering, after making “a mistake even a third-rate attorney wouldn’t make” (aww).

Not only do I love his honesty with his father here, but I love the advice he receives: mistakes happen for a reason. Rather than protect his pride, he should make right decisions. It’s moments like this that make Hyena so strong and well-rounded. It’s not just about the shenanigans and head-butting, but about character and integrity, too.

As if being in the same firm (and a glass wall apart) wasn’t bad enough, Geum-ja is assigned to a case that Hee-jae and his “Team H” have been on for six months already. They’ve been diligently preparing for the IPO of a fintech company known as D&T, but things have suddenly turned south, and that’s why Attorney Song hired Geum-ja: things are about to get dirty.

D&T is being investigated for leaking the personal information of their clients, using it to upload pornography on a high-profile portal, and making a killing in cryptocurrency. Ewww. Even though Song & Kim needs D&T to go public successfully, they also need to get to the bottom of the case — hence the need for Geum-ja and her not-so-legal tactics. But it’s also hinted to us that there’s more at stake than just the IPO. I’m not exactly sure what’s what yet, but scapegoats are most certainly a part of it.

At the end of this week’s episodes, the D&T case proves deeper than it looked at first glance. When we leave off, things are pitched as a battle of wits that just might put Geum-ja and Hee-jae on the same side as they deal with the CEO and CFO of D&T. Even though they hate it, I have a feeling Hee-jae and Geum-ja are going to make a pretty good pair professionally. They do things in a completely different manner, but perhaps that’s the balance they both need?

But of course the real highlight scene of the week was the hilarity (and heart!) around a certain supply closet scene. Geum-ja tries to hide from their classmate Yu-mi, and launches herself into a nearby supply closet, tearing into Hee-jae on her way. Next thing you know they are holed up in there together — and far too close for comfort.

Hee-jae’s indignation is about as entertaining as Geum-ja’s nonchalance, and so if their silent fight, but are either of those emotions really honest? That chemistry is hard to keep at bay, especially when Hee-jae continues to confront her about their past. To her annoyed/sarcastic question to him, “What exactly were we?!” he answers: “Two people in love.” Gah!

Their acting is just so great, no matter what sort of scene they’re handling. The drama was already really well-crafted, but these two take it up a notch. In fact, it’s hard to compare the energy of this drama to any other recent ones, especially lawyer dramas, as they often get muddled and slow.

Finally, a shout-out to some of the details in the drama this week that I’ve been enjoying: Hee-jae’s tone-on-tone suits. Aunt Annie’s PPL. The awesome use of music in this drama so far (everything from the Giriboy rap to the Paganini concerto have been used so perfectly). Hee-jae horrified by Geum-ja’s attempts to pronounce “Foxer.” And finally, the “my home grrrrroooound!” roar from Hee-jae. I rewinded that a few times.

 
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I screamed at the screen watching the end of ep 5. "Two people in love"
Then the camera moved towards Geum Ja slightly wavering eyes. Tell him you love him too!
Slightly devastated that the answer to that at the beginning of ep 6 was not what I expected. Anyway, Hyena remains an amazing drama and the 2 hours felt short. I am a bit happier that now they see each other more often, although they bicker a lot, and hopefully fall in love again, for real this time.

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And the writer did give us glimpses onto GJ's heart.The fact that she didn't throw HJ's limited edition CD earlier,like what she did to the storybook tells us something.

Another giveaway was when HJ's favourite song is in her new car's playlist...Gotcha!

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And Hee Jae's look when he heard that concerto in the car. He was amused beyond belief. His smirk said everything

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I loved this moment, and how he started to work with Geum- ja after that.

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In Ep 6 where they were in the car bickering (as always), what did HJ meant when he said 'Well, this is a first for us'. First of what?

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It was their first honest conversation. It was the first time she said something about herself that it was not a lie.

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I see...that's deep...

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I cannot imagine two actors being as magnetic on the screen as KHS and JJH. That was some inspired casting.

Like @missvictrix, I love how they're using clothes in this drama. Geum-ja's outfits are so on point. From her dressed in red & pink to shake up the corporate boringness of Song & Kim (in contrast to his all-brown), to her more muted blues towards the end. Plus her phone as a necklace accessory cracks me up! (another part of me thinks it's so practical not to have to search for your phone in your handbag...)

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I love her phone bag and her gold chain and gold ring!! is she so extra and I love it! and her heels, the mile-high heels!

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Their chemistry is electric. I think working at the same place is really going to hell them evolve as professionals. Also Ms Boo's face when she sees them leave the supply closet was hilarious. That part Guem Jaa tells Her Jae that his eyes are about to pop out is just so telling. You can feel their energy oozing out. One of the main reasons this show does so is because of such strong actors. They're killing it.

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And the dialog in the supply room
‘You pushed into me first’
‘No, you’ve gained weight’
Lol. That line cracked me up.
Electric chemistry.

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Judging by the way Hee Jae was exercising in the gym, he just gained muscle mass

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Anger-sicing.
If that’s the way Show wants to show us JJH’s hot bod instead of the typical shower scene, bring them more. 😝

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I also find I prefer workout scenes to shower angst scenes ;) At least they make sense and are a little more organic!

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Yes I think we need more angry workout scenes

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I m fan girling this show so bad! I love everything aboutit and I love how well the characters are written. This the only show i m watching now and I was dying waiting for giriboy's rap, Hyena.

Bring more on show, I m excited!!!

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I truly did not expect to enjoy this show when I watched the trailers, and didn't watch it at all for that reason. Idle curiosity eventually got to me, and whoa!, what an awesome surprise! The energy and pace of this show is just killing, and these two as main leads are uh-mazing. Were they cast as a pair, or is the chemistry so awesome just because they're such good actors?

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Is the writer-nim reading DB comments.... How come I got my wish of these two in a room together.. With barriers (almost) down so soon..... 🤩🤩🤩🍿🍿🍿

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So damn curious who owns that big building Geum Ja wants so badly to buy and without doubts about her past and what shaped her to be the women she is in the present,curious what they did to her and her family...Looks like her Intel guy must be a detective/cop...The show is such a crack,the hour goes way too fast and 2 episodes it's just not enough!!!!

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I enjoyed reading this weecap a lot @missvictrix. Thanks a lot!
Her suits scream her personality - add to them some serious gold accessories! And its such a contrast to the browns/grey's that Hae-Jee wears (though I prefer his gym clothes, or lack of, when he is angry working out!! LOL)

I love these two! I initially was a little disappointed that she moved to Song & Kim so quickly. I will miss her old office - somehow the decor matched her so well. But, I do not see her stay in S&K for the rest of the drama. Something is bound to happen.
So, for now, am glad to see these two in the same space fighting and bickering and desperate to win.

Until these two episodes, I thought Hee-jae was just angry and hurt that he was used. But now that I see his cracks, I do feel sorry for him. He was sincere. He was truly in love and saw a future with her. And he is not able to move past his love and betrayal. That scene in the supply room and the car stakeout showed how much these 'genuine' interactions mean to him. Even if its a one-liner, the sincerity in their words mean a lot.

Bring it on show!! Please don't lose this pace and tone.. please!

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Can't wait for the jealousy scenes between HJ and GJ that I foresee coming from Ms Boo's legal issues with ceo of 'we wire money'. That ceo is a skirt chaser, so said GJ to her assistant in one episode earlier. It's gonna be lit if my prediction is true !

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I agree about Geum-ja's old office! That had its charm, and went with her zany character. I do hope they bring it back. It will also be such a waste of art direction if they don't!

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Also the gold is in sync with her present name i must say...Stuff will heat up as Attorney Song sister in law will return and looks like it's an ungoing war between them not to mention the look into our heroine grim past and who caused it,guess will be the final case or tying it up with CEO Song...Curious if Kim is his wife or who is the other part of the Song & Kim,must mention it but i overlook it...

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I'm finally caught up and can scream about this couple in the comments.

KYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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Welcome to the club

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I wanna squee about everything from the way Geum-ja wiped off her hands with the squiggly-wiggles on his shirt to Hee-jae's slight smirk when he turned on her car's music.

There's only one ship and we're all gonna die from the chemistry.

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I just saw a promotional video on SBS YT from two weeks ago and in the end there was a glimpse of not yet aired kiss scene and I have replayed the last 10 sec like over 10 times. I am just jumping on my chair from since then. Their chemistry is all what I live for these days.

Let me join you in squealing over JGJ, she is gonna be my fav female character ever, I love everything about her, if I met her in real life, I would probably try to steal her from YHJ. LOL!

I loved how flustered she became when he turned on the car music player, oh my god!

Also her cellphone style is awesome!

And the female secretary, she I so adorbs ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️.

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I hope they give the secretary a proper story and character arc in the show. She really deserves it. Just like they're doing with YHJ's associate/sidekick.

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That upcoming kiss is fire,like they will shake the office,god they will shake that whole bulding!!!

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we might need a fan club name

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Hyenanas?
Homegrrrrrrounds?

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+100 for Homegrrrounds!

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Homegrrrrrounds!! XD

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Homegrrrrrrounds for sure.
Gosh, that scene was 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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@mary finallllyyyyyyyy!!! join us!!!

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Welcome to obsession. Is it Friday yet?

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Friday come fast! I need to see them more! I am super excited about them working together!

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Please no spoilers of upcoming scenes/eps, my friends!!! I selfishly want to enjoy this drama without even a hint of knowing what's coming — even if it's good ;)

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I binged the show this week and I simply adore it. It's been months since I've watched an exciting, funny legal drama and I can't help but feel mesmerised by their acting! The back and forth banter is so well done and I can never really be sure if they are talking about the legal issues or their past relationship. It is clear that Hee-Jae is captivated by Geum-ja and he has these moments of vulnerablity that is devastating to watch. I also love the minute gestures, the arch of an eyebrow, how each episode has a charged staring contest between Geum-ja and Hee-jae ( I don't know how else to put it !).

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