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Hyena: Episodes 15-16 Open Thread (Final)

It’s the grand finale of Hyena, and there are a lot of moving parts that come together this week for a satisfying takedown. Our hero and heroine put everything on the line in order to win their victory, and as suspected, they’re stronger together than they ever were on their own.

 
EPISODES 15-16 WEECAP

I would be totally fine with this drama going on for another eight weeks, but I guess I shouldn’t be greedy. In order to give us a nice clean finish, Hyena did sacrifice some of the time I wish was spent with our characters instead, but I appreciate the well-paced attention that went towards to the final showdown, so I can’t be too upset with them.

But first, we get off to a hilarious start, with Geum-ja and Hee-jae investigating at the White Hotel again. They know they’re missing something important, and in order to get into the proper suites and gather the intel they need, the two basically role play the VIP clients from hell. It’s as funny as it is genius — and speaking of genius, how about Kim Hye-soo in these scenes? I was cracking up.

It is great to see our couple even just role playing a couple, though, and the subtext during in the proposal scene (that we could all feel) was especially fun. I’ve really been enjoying these two working together. While the romance and attraction took a bit of a back burner, I do like that the drama gave us time to watch these two getting to know each other (for real this time), whether that was past secrets, issues of family honor, or just how they tick as individuals.

This knowledge of each other — and closeness, really — becomes a huge asset for them in their final battle. Hee-jae and Geum-ja bring out each other’s strengths, provide cover for their weaknesses and vulnerabilities, and really, they’re just perfectly balanced. Over the course of the drama, it’s nice to see that balance become a vehicle for their success, and the future success of their new(ish) firm Choong. Among the many ways Hyena brought its plot full circle, one is definitely how instead of pitting these two “hyenas” against each other, they’re now on the same side, and fighting together.

Hyena’s final week, though, focuses more on our Choong attorneys becoming the undoing of the corrupt and vile Attorney Song. The bulk of our last episodes were spent on the investigation, as our crew does their thing, and finally secures some incriminating evidence against Song. Geum-ja likes pomp when she works, so there are some great scenes full of wit and flourish when she has Song arrested at the Issume board meeting (in the most public and humiliating forum possible), when she gives Kevin Jung a piece of her mind (yesss) — and even, at the end, when she bests Song himself during his interrogation.

The strength here is not really the story itself, but the characters. Because we’ve become so closely familiar with who Hee-jae and Geum-ja are, and know everything that’s at stake for them, these scenes become satisfying. Geum-ja outsmarts the man who thought she was an expendable lowlife. Hee-jae stands up against the mentor who used him and his family cruelly. And Hyena gives these scenes enough time that they don’t feel rushed; they have the gravity of a final battle.

Because the drama spent a lot of time taking its time this week, the final courtroom scene is actually skipped over, and we get a montage of headlines instead. I was actually fine with this, since the real meat of the battle was during all those office and interrogation conversations. Also, at this point, I was done with Attorney Song, the politics, and the courtroom — what I wanted was more of our characters!

I mentioned last week that I was really loving that the team came together at Choong. It’s as if every lawyer with substance and gumption and loyalty was drawn to our pair like a magnet. Though I wish they had a little more time to shine in this final week, I loved their esprit de corps. Even Attorney Ga managed to defect, and it was great to see him and Yumi join our crew at the end. Congregation and unity are always a great place to end a drama. We had team dinners, drinks, and confetti popping that made Hee-jae jump out of his skin — but especially heart-warming was how everyone turned up at the ER after Geum-ja’s scary assault.

Speaking of Geum-ja and her backstory, it did swing around for a final pass this week, though overall, it didn’t have as much to do with the main story as we might have expected. Instead, it served to give Geum-ja her battle scars and devil-may-care attitude.

And of course, most importantly, it created vulnerability for a character that at first seemed to have none. Heck, if the only purpose of her backstory was to create that vulnerability for Hee-jae’s benefit… I’m okay with it. It served to bring those two together on more than one occasion over the course of the drama, and when Hee-jae stays over and sleeps on the coffee table (!) to comfort her — all the crazy stepfathers, knives, and creepy church basements were worth it.

As for Hee-jae, he has a lot to face before our story ends, too. In a way, his was the more interesting story in that he had farther to come, and a lot of that including falling, so to speak.

He started with prestige, overconfidence, and the complacency that comes from always being on top. But, after he’s cut down to size by Geum-ja, we watch his transformation over the course of the drama, and I love the hero he becomes by the end.

Hee-jae has questioned his identity so much (with respect to his family’s honor, what is truly right, and his role as puppet for his mentor), but at the conclusion, he’s stronger than ever. Some is thanks to Geum-ja, but most of it is really him. He was never afraid to question himself or his actions, and that’s what makes Hee-jae’s happy ending all the more satisfying for me.

In the same spirit, I loved the final scene of this drama. Hee-jae and Geum-ja stand on the street corner staring up at the Song & Kim skyscraper. It’s right where the story began, and it’s perfect that it ends here, too. We learn that the building is on the same plot where Geum-ja’s orphanage once was, and it’s a nice bit of metaphor with which to wrap up the drama.

But better than that was the two of them cavorting down the street like two kids. The drama might leave us with room to fill in the blanks about their romance, but this scene was the happiest one of the drama — Hee-jae and Geum-ja are totally in sync, inseparable, and more colorful and in charge than ever.

 
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Ju Ji Hoon's intense looks are so heart-melty. . . I do not know how Geum-ja could just pass on that delicious midnight snacc!

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Thank you @missvictrix for the weecaps. I really enjoyed them over the course of the drama.

These episodes did provide a good resolution to the investigations and a satisfying final takedown of Song. I also do appreciate how the show handled the investigation across several episodes, it was indeed well paced, which made the pay off more satisfying. However, I do agree with you that I wish we had more focus on our characters, especially more moments with Jung-Yoon couple and the team at Choong. Although Hee Jae and Geum Ja really developed an understanding and camaraderie, I was still a bit greedy for a romantic development which unfortunately took a back seat. But I do appreciate that hyena showcased the small moments between our couple. Wish I could have more episodes to spend with them though, season 2 anyone?

Overall great show that really kept me excited every week.

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Season 2: yes, please!

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Firstly, Thank you @missvictrix for weecapping this show. I rush to watch the episodes but you still manage to post it a few minutes before I finish the episodes ; )

I loved loved loved this show.. to bits!! I don't remember the last time I was entertained by a drama every second of it.
I was hoping for another kiss/makeout scene, but the show instead made the emotional connect the priority, which makes sense.

I loved Geum-Ja, but its Hee-jae who stole my heart. His expressions were so on point when his hair got plucked or when there was a surprise confetti or when he worriedly tells her not to get injured anymore. He stole my heart.

Ju Ji-Hoon - need him in a drama, with those glasses and sweaters. ASAP.

Will miss this show!

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Can we start a petition for Season 2??? The focus would be on their law firm and their romance...watching the team dynamic, clients, and their love life would be priceless. Moreover, we need the same writer, and the same core team...it would be a hoot if Gi-Hyeok and Sim Yoo-Mi were married. Hee-Jae is realy sseexxy and Geum-Ja is one beautiful sexy street-smart lawyer. I did feel bad about Kevin...I do think he was sincere.

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I’ll be the first to sign it! I need more of the couple 🤗

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Yes to a season 2 petition! Aaahhh that would be a dream.

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I'll even make a few fake accounts to sign it!!!!!! I'm that desperate 😂

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For real! I think that was the one downside for me was hist final interaction with Kevin. Kevin was literally just doing his job. He didn't really do much of anything that was overly bad.... Except for some inside trading, natch!

But overall, I think he was a good guy.

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I felt he was amoral...he really didn't care his actions affected anyone's lives.

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Season 2 and more kisses!!!

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We had a satisfying ending, and I thoroughly enjoy all 16 hours of watching this amazing drama. Hyena is so far, the BEST drama of this year for me. We didn’t get a lot of fluffy domestic bliss, but I’ll just let my imagination run wild. I’ll take every light punch that GJ gives HJ as their cue for making out and I’ll just take it that the producers took the scenes out to save our sanity. We get a shot of them looking dreamily at each other before passing out, and all those sweet lingering gaze HJ gave her. I’m a happy fan.

I’ll be a dedicated fan to Joo Ji Hoon from now on and will make it my life motto to watch everything he’s in that I can get my hands on. Until the next oppa-crush comes along, cheers to JJH.

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*raises hand* I'm all in for Ju Ji Hoon too! He was also excellent in a very different role in Kingdom. Such an expressive face and so, so gifted with physical comedy.

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Yes this is the drama of the year for me too! Wish we had more romantic scenes and domestic bless but ur right one can imagine. I love JJH! liked him since Mask but he really ran with the Hee-Jae role. His facial expressions are unmatched. Amazing actor and will definitely look out for his projects.

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I have watched few of JJH's works by now and I can say that he did impress me so far. Reason being, I can differentiate and identify the characters he was, rather than him being him. That's a lot to say for an actor.

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Thank you @missvictrix for the speedy weecaps! I also wish we could have gotten a couple more episodes to wrap up the final arc. The fan in me wishes we had more romantic scenes between our pair - are they "together" or not!!! - but I reckon that working together, for them, is the real romance and it's what fires them up. After all - anyone can make out with anyone else they're attracted to but true intimacy is snoring with your legs all over the place :P

Love Hee Jae's increasingly outlandish and colourful suits. Even at the steering committee meeting at the beginning of the show he wore a brown suit in a sea of dark blue and black. It was a cool visual way to show how he stood out at S&K even then.

I don't know if it's significant but I loved that little touch with Geum Ja's rings on her left hand. They're usually on different fingers and positioned at different points but in the last couple of eps (maybe just the last?), they're stacked on her ring finger. Almost like wedding rings.

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Geum Ja’s colourful pump when they went to the hotel to investigate is so beautiful! I want!😍😍

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Those rainbow platform pumps yes? FABULOUS

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i agree!! the stylist did a great job in this drama. btw, the shoes were from aquazzura :)

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Thank you! It would have taken me ages to find that out!

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And Hee-Jae's orange soled shoes in the last scene!
Squeeeeeee 😍😍😍

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Oh my god. Those shoes confused the hell out of me. Were they formal shoes? Were they a formal shoes and sneaker fusion? I couldn't look away from them. While they were walking, all I could see were the shoes

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Same!!!!!!

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Haha same! Some unholy fusion shoes they were!

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That's a cool instagram account, thanks!

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Also noticed Heejae's increasingly colourful suits! In their last scene on the street, he's wearing shoes with red soles and a green checkered suit... Geumja's ballsy style is rubbing off on him 😂

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@flyingcolours,
Or -- we may at last have proof positive that Hee-jae is color blind. ;-)

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It looks like I'm colour blind too! Would swear the soles were red, but they're actually orange 😋

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@flyingcolours,
Cheetos orange, at that. ;-)

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His suits were great, and the "subtle" pattern mixes that shouldn't work, but on this fine man they blew my mind. From that perspective, maybe it's fine that all stores are closed at the moment so I can't run off and buy a lot of patterns to wear together (and regret it later). And a lot of track suits.

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Sooo sad it ended,kinda wanted to keep it for 2 episodes more...The meaning behind the Building was quite powerful and started in a grim manner and ended on a sunny one with our heroine sharing the side along Hee Jae in contrast with her being mostly alone seen like a ghost...Gotta love how she took Song down and even more when she told him in her style why she did it,loved it...She didn't fake or state a reason for justice or whatever,it was personal and he messed with the wrong person...Still love how adorable Hee Jae is getting jealous because Joo Ho calls her Noona...Also i must say i kinda adore the way Joo Ji Hoon articulates Yoo Hee Jae’s “I get it,i do”,it's quite unique and slightly funny yet strangly i like it jajaj... This was such an awesome drama with an amazing cast with an amazing duo played by Kim Hye Soo & Joo Ji Hoon...It goes without doubts that Kim Hye Soo's performance was the highlight and life of the show,she totally nailed Jum Geum Ja,i can't see anyone other than her playing her as she totally owned it...A delight watching a drama full of inteligent,strong,independent and witty women being the highlight...Joo Ji Hoon's Yoon Hee Jae was also a delight and a contrast to the street worn out by life Geum Ja...They constant banter and trying to win one another was so much fun...Must say that this show needs a SECOND SEASON...OST is also a stellar!
Without doubts one of my TOP favorited drama of the year!Anticipating more from the writer!

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Yesssss!!!!!
My neighbors are getting an earful of me singing soprano range rock!
And they can't even leave 😂

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You give them Free delight in this grey days,they should be happy! jajjja

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I'm not that good. It sounds like a dying cat.

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Damn that was a tease.... I wanted a epilogue with a kiss... But still has a finale it was awsome..... Loved this series.. And the actors...

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Loved the show. Standing ovation for the entire cast but out OTP hit this one out of the park. Great chemistry, comedy, teamwork and this writer had all of us writing the love scenes!!!! I’ll miss this show. I thoroughly enjoyed the “free publicity” stunt they pulled off! Totally took over the influencer’s show😂😂😂😂 That was awesome and again did a lot to show how in-sync these two are. Their ‘skin ship’ at the end conveyed their ease, familiarity and trust with each other. These episodes showed that JGJ has opened up to YHJ and is committed to him in her own way. I’m satisfied and plan on rewatching this show during future drama slumps. What’s next for us beanies?

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In my mind they’ve moved in together. They are on their way to his place where he’ll make something delicious then they’ll cuddle on the couch. Occasionally they sleep in the office and YHJ stays right there protecting his first love. After that bootie bump, there’s no way you can tell me they don’t live together.

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I think they end up splitting time between their places (there is no way she gives up her place; I think he'd be secretly open to giving up his but he'll want to argue about it first - ultimately Geum Ja will want him to keep his place for the kitchen at the very least). Everything about your comment made me want to squee into my blankets and dream about their lives together!

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and... nope. No, these last 2 episodes did not bring me the satisfaction I'd been hoping for. It's as if there was a Korean TV Committee that watched the sizzling sexual tension of the 1st half and insisted that it was too much, and then we the viewers got less and less of the romance, and more and more of the (great) lawyer camaraderie. which is unfortunate, because after their kiss in the office, there was little else on my mind when I saw those two on screen. and the drama essentially refused to deliver more than that. No one will ever know why. and it sucks.

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It definitely seemed like they dialled way back on the sexual tension there. Sad because it could have coexisted with the work chemistry (and did in the D&T eps).

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This is my Fav drama of this year so far, and Geum-Ja will be my fav female lead forever.
Was hoping for at least one "set the world on fire" kind of kiss tho.
Who knew the unapologetic bitch trope was my kryptonite?

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Thanks missvictrix for the weecap. Truly satisfying. Never enjoyed a drama this way (eager anticipation, can't wait for the morning, rewatch) in a relatively long while. KHS owned Jung geum ja. Superb actor. Jjh, what can I say? He just gets finer and better with age. Netflix King! Thanks DB community, you complete the kdrama experience for me.

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From the first episode to the finale Hyena delivered! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
I started watching it because I'm a fan of badass Kim Hye-soo and she did not disappoint! Joo Ji-hoon was an awesome new find for me.

Some of my favorite moments were definitely the team coming together at Choong!

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Guys this drama was everything. We even saw Lawyer Na mature as a professional when he went out saying he was going to do some field work. That team dinner in the end was so hilarious. I couldn't stop laughing at that scene. Yumi is love. Also I may.be a minority but Kevin Jung is so cute. Like his smile just melts me. Also Prosecutor Kwon was really cool in the end. I hope the poor guy finds someone who loves him

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There's something about Kevin... I'm hoping for a season 2 with him as the antagonist 😊

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Cheers to Prosecutor Kwon finding love!

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I think Prosecutor Kwon and Lawyer Boo would make a great couple!

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I enjoyed this drama so much. The corporate shenanigans were not as interesting and I am not entirely sure if I understood all of them but I stayed for the actors and vaguely for them to win. I was glad that they won.

However, I wanted a little more sizzle. Like, could they have not ended this drama with some passionate kissing and some raunchy stuff? The leads had so much chemistry, everytime, they came together, i was like "Now Kiss, now make out". Sigh. anyways, drama was satisfying.

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Thanks for the weecaps @missvictrix!

Awesome drama from start to finish! Totally enjoyed every episode of it. I'm all up for season 2 so long as we have the same team. Need to see those kisses more!

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Hi. It's been years since a post a comment on Dramabeans. I took time away from kdramas, like 3 years, maybe more. I watched "Because this is my first life" an "Her private life" in the meantime, but this year i was browsing Netflix and I saw Hyun Bin in a thing called "Crash landing on you" and I thought "why not"...aaaand here I am, again in Dramaland. I watched Sky Castle and Im watching hotel del luna and hospital playlist, and although netflix insisted on put hyena on my radar, it was after reading here that it was good that I gave it a chance.

And THANK GOD I DID. This drama was awesome. I was so happy every time they won. I developed a woman-crush on Geum-ja. She was fatastic and strong...maybe too strong some times, so it was nice to se some vulneravility towards the end.
And Hee-jae...that mas has layers. I mean, all the characters in this drama have them, but for me, he was different from what i expected and as missvictrix said, he grew a lot and it was awesome to see.

I thought I would be more disapointed with the lack of romantic development since those two have awesomw chemestry, but surprisingly im not. The drama gave us hints that they were a copuple or they are goig to be one. In episode sixteen when she asked why he stayed and he says "to do this" and he was huging her...that was so sweet. And their work relationship is exceptional, so im cool.

I am so happy i gave this drama a chance. Since I came back I've been watching really good dramas, but this one had me cheering, gasping, clapping and swooning and I cant ask for more.

By the way, I LOOOOOVED the outfit of both in the final scene. Not every one can rock a blue suit.

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Welcome back!👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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I am gonna miss this series. Thanks JJH and KHS for giving life to the awesome and unforgettable characters that are YJH and JGJ!
Kim Hye-soo's well-cast as Geum-Ja and I couldnt think of any other who could play the bad-a** character any better.
Joo Ji-Hoon reinforced his multifaceted talents by tapping into the serious yet smart-alecky persona of Yoon Hee-Jae.
The ending was satisfactory; though I wish to see them (and their gang of bandits) move into their own swanky law office called Yoon and Jung (or Jung & Yoon) in that highly coveted office building :)

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So, I couldn't concentrate on the story much in the last episode because similar to what @dramafan100 earlier commented, my mind was also fixated on "when, oh when will they make out again? time is running out!"
But in the end, I take away the beautiful scene of them sleeping side by side (or rather sprawled out all over the sofa and coffee table and each other), thinking about who is snoring and realizing they both are, being comfortable with each other, her sharing a little bit of her vulnerability without giving up any of her strength and confidence, him enjoying just being there, totally in sync as @missvictrix so beautifully put it. Thank you so much for your weecaps!

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Oh yea at around way mark.. I remember thinking... 'Allright...Wrap this up in next 20 mins so we can have 10 mins on make out session' then I laughed at myself😅😅

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Halfway mark

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Thanks so much for recapping this show @missvictrix
Saturday just won't be the same without Hee-Jae and Geum-ja on my screen. I'm going to miss seeing our team of hyenas, I loved that they will be working together and the next case will be getting Issume to the chairman's daughter.
I'm very glad that Geum Ja's detective didn't kill her father, I thought the writers were setting it up to end like that.
I did think that the vital evidence they found, the cctv was very convenient. I just struggle to believe that Song who went to the trouble of using another vehicle, wouldn't have made sure there was a cctv camera. It is disgusting to shave at your desk, he couldn't have gone to the bathroom?

I think we could have done with another episode to focus on Geum ja's and Hee-Jae's relationship.After everything they gone through together, I have faith they will be living happily together. I'm pretty sure Hee-Jae will be moving into the Choong office with his coffee machine, but couldn't the writers had shown us that? 30 minutes extra would have been fine.

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What I found harder to believe was that he used his sick wife's account to pay the cop.... Like that's a direct link.... To u.... Being a well known lawyer u never heard of shell or dummy accounts??

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I would rather have Geum Ja move in to his place. At least dude got a bed and a fancy coffee machine!
In my head, they moved in together and go to office together. They have wine one day and soju another day..
She picks out his clothes (or her secretary does for both) and hence the flashy suits.
Like someone said, we need fan fiction on this couple.

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Favorite scenes:
(1) the fake proposal - I loved that YHJ looked quite sincere when he asked the question, and JGJ's little throwback to episode 1 when she kissed the ring.

(2) Give it your best shot. ;) Love the mutual respect between JGJ and Atty. Boo.

(3) YHJ: Why don't we talk on the phone until you get here?
JGJ: *hangs up* 😂😂

(4) The coming together of three badass women: JGJ, Kim Min Joo, and Ha Hye Won

(5) Basically all of YHJ and JGJ interactions but particularly: I told them I loved you + Hee Jae trying to contain how stupid happy he is with a smirk

(6) That heartbreaking scene between Hee Jae and his dad

(7) Hee Jae being worried AF about Geum Ja heading to her father's place

(8) But I don't want you to get hurt anymore. 😭

(9) So I could do this. So I could be with you like this. (Gahd, I died a little bit)

(10) The sleeping together on the makeshift couch×coffee table bed. That could not have been comfortable, but their vulnerable bedtime talk made me feel all sorts of warm and fuzzy. Also Geum Ja having her limbs all over Hee Jae later on is such a married couple thing. 😂

(11) The 'finale' that Geum Ja prepared for Atty. Song.

(12) The interrogation room scenes with Atty. Song vs. Geum Ja and Chairman Son with Hee Jae. I thought the flow and content was impeccable that I no longer needed a final courtroom showdown. I may have done a little fist pump when Geum Ja told Atty. Song exactly why she was taking it this far in the most badass Geum Ja way possible. The montage of headlines was such a tasteful, satisfying closure to this particular story arc.

(13) The fitting final full circle scene about the building she wants to buy and our couple looking hot AF and holding hands and having their arms over the other's shoulder and just being as they are together. 😍

Needless to say, I enjoyed this week's episodes as I practically mentioned majority of the scenes in them. The only thing this finale didn't fulfill was my critical need for another episode 8-level kiss between these two leads. Though I don't know where else they could have squeezed that in. Haha.

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10) was expecting the "oh my God they did it in the office" discovery by the rest of the gang.....

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Yes! Ji eun walking and trying to back out quickly after taking a few fangirl pics of course. Then running into the other team members at the door!!

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SAME! Hahahaha

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@missvictrix, thank you for your insights! This is such a fun drama and running here to read your recaps and Beanies comments just made it twice as fun 💚💚💚

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Also, I really liked how you observed Heejae's groth as a character. Jung Geumja is amazing, but Heejae is the one who grows and becomes more interesting as the show advances. Lastly: buh to Heejae's Dad! That hurt, but it actually felt true to life, it's a sign of Heejae's growth that he can separate his moral compass from the family's professional prestige.

This was a fun drama! I would also have enjoyed more episodes, and would be totally in for a season 2... It was a shame that we didn't get to see more of the Choong team in action, but the pace of the show felt quick, Geumja and Heejae's relationship felt organic and the decision to solve the conflict in the interregotion room was smart and original (I really didn't need more courtroom scenes) .

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Can I just point out that this drama has the most amazing interior design and costume design? It's not always pretty, neither is it the point... but it's always on-point and interesting.

Already talked a lot about costume design in this... but I didn't show enough love for the most eye-popping sets:

-Choong's office,
-Song and Kim's lobby, blue deer and all
-Song's and Kim's offices (great colour stories and contrast between those two),
-the hotel room,
-Heejae's home...
All these places are distinct, eye-catching, and tell something about the people in them, well done!

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The deer. The deer. And did you notice, Hee-jae had a black deer with silver antlers of his very own on his bookshelf at home?

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@pickleddragon, saw it, but didn't SEE it until you pointed it out! 😮 But what's the meaning of the deer? I'm a bit lost with all the deers in this drama...

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I don't know if there's any meaning to the deer at all. Haha. I just found them really awesome!

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Having said that, do hyenas prey on deer? Could that be the reference? There were three deer I spotted in total - one in the lobby, one in Song's room, and one in Hee-jae's home.

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According this, deers symbolize longevity and friendship http://www.lifeinkorea.com/culture/patterns/patterns.cfm?Subject=Animals
But I like your theory better! 😉

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As much as I enjoyed this show, I must admit that eps 15 and 16 did not give me the same cracktastic feeling as the rest of the show did.

I thought KHSS/Geum-ja's fake hotel visit was OTT and unbearably cringe-y (yes, yes, it was intentional, but a couple of notches less would have worked just as well, IMO). I also thought the resolution was too contrived.

The coincidences and the coming together of all the corporate shenanigans was too predictable. (Although I didn't see the orphanage angle coming. I totally misread that, and had expected her to buy out S&K's building by the end!)

Also, throughout the influencers' epilogue, I thought that the Choong team had set up the scene deliberately as a promo stunt! The last hop-skip-and-jump dialogue was when I realized that they had hijacked it without meaning to. :p

For the rest, I agree with all of you. More of JJH in glasses, KHS in outrageous suits, ditzy Yu-mi, Kevin Jung's smile - that would be fun!

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The fake hotel visit brought back awful memories of GJ in that short skirt running across the S&K hallway and dragging HJ into a supply closet. A little bit too slapsticky.

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thanks for the recaps:-) i almost dropped this show couple of weeks back but i picked it up this weekend and now get to watch all episodes:-)

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Haven't posted (or even logged in in a while), but I absolutely had to come and post some love on this show. It's very rare for me to sit through a drama nowadays (I'm burnt out on rom-coms), so this was a welcome. It was less rommy and more commy and I loved sticking with them til the end.

Worth a watch!!!

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I love how our rookie writernim produced such rounded plot and character developments as what has been mentioned here few times. Perhaps my fellow beanies can add on more events based on these idiomatic categorisations

1) What goes around comes around
a) YHJ stole Hachunho divorce case right under Attorney Ma's nose in ep 1 by acting competent and haughty in front of the client for which I suspect is cleverly planned in advance. Obviously, he knows how important is Issume's account to S&K. All acted out for the sake of his ambitious plan to be a rep lawyer. Fast forward to ep 14, we now see Att Ga took over Hachunho's murder case from YHJ and interestingly, his decision is based on his promotion to be a partner.
b) YHJ acted condescendingly towards JGJ's shabby office in ep 1 where he later found himself operating from there.

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2) You reap what you sow
a) JGJ's decision to masquerade as the feminine, elegant and poised Kim Hee Sun in order to win the custody right for her client has cost her legal license which might further derail her plan to buy that imposing building. PLUS the collateral damage of losing her heart to YHJ ( Not that I'm complaining. In hindsight, I suspect JGJ really enjoyed those moments for which I wish directornim could give us some regretful and self-reflection scenes, rather than some forlorn looks from JGJ whenever YHJ or the words betrayal were mentioned by Jieun.)
b) The death of Seo jung hwa all because of JGJ's advice to stay in the abusive relationship and gradually untangle herself from relationships with both brothers. YHJ pointed this fatal mistake out to JGJ, though she was consoled later by Jieun for which we confirmed her true feelings and guilts when she expressed this to ParkJuHoo.

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However, what impressed me most was the romance development based on various remarks and hints for the lingering issues by the characters.
3) Love me, love my dog kinda relationship development
a) It all started with (sexual?) attraction, mysterious persona gameplan and honeymoon phase before progressing to love-hate rship which actually means acceptance of your partner's flaws and lastly commitment and comfort. Isn't this what a healthy relationship normally looks like? PLUS
b) YHJ's remarks it was his right to understand and forgive JGJ in ep 1 and further digging in ep 8 was addressed by writernim towards the end of ep 8. Remember that infamous kiss scene?
c) JGJ's remarks on wine not being her favourite in ep 5 was addressed by YHJ throughout later episodes by attempting to enjoy soju.
d) YHJ as the drunk, whiny and 'hungry ex-boyfriend' in ep 12 was treated with lunchpack by JGJ in ep 14
E) JGJ's nonchalance and cavalier attidude towards YHJ has all changed shown by her worry and concerns started with his entanglement on Inheritance Act.
e) Their fake dating period was addressed by the drama epilogue on influencers case, whereby their own experience could act as precedent case 🤭.

Having saying these, I was a bit......just a bit, dissapointend by reappearance of breitling watch and classical music that could give stronger hints on romantic development of their relationship. Well, consoling my poor heart here, I shall safely assume they still keep it.Though, I might need some hints on JGJ staying overnight at YHJ's loft after all those lengthy legal and medical discussions ;)

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Unfortunately, I can't stand the lead actress....never liked her in any of her roles....she is just one of those actresses who I have an utter antipathy towards...so that was a constant grating for me in this excellent drama. I wish someone else was cast in her role. She just makes me cringe all the time. She seems to have a low soul. Loved the drama otherwise, but she was a real downer for me.

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Thanks for the weecap.

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But yet...no conclusion on what happen to Song's comatose wife.

Leaving that open ended bothered me.

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Yeah, I wanted to know for sure what happened to his wife. He must have used the same tactics he used to handle Seo Jung hwa's death with the cleaning team. Now that he is in prison and his influence is gone, the prosecutors could find out who was investigating the case originally. I think they have a warrant to search his office and home, they could find his files.

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Thank you for your recap. I love this show and while I wanted more time w/ our leads, they tied up everything in a way that was so satisfying that i can't really complain. Also, i love that they ended with that scene, with these two together and happy. These two more than deserve it. ❤️

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Thank god Song Hye Kyo passed on the female lead role. She would have pulled back from showing the dynamic nature that Kim Hye Soo showed in this role!

Glad that the ratings for this were good too. Although, I feel like this show was a bit underrated by international fans? It's hard to make a good romance show period, but the show had tight writing, charismatic and strong leads, and a rag group of likable and interesting people!

Kim Hye Soo better be nominated for the Daesang later this year!!

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Why was Seo Jeong Hwa killed by Chairman Song again? What was this ‘blackmail’ Chairman Song mentioned about?

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Sorry to put in a dissenting note here when everyone seemed to like it. While I'm not a fan of the old helpless 'candy'girls from years back...I also find it sad that in order to be considered 'strong', the writer chose to update the korean heroine by creating a character that always has to have the last word, tells people what to do constantly, or win EVERY battle she enters, even if she has to use threats, lies or tricks. I know this is the armour she developed to hide her 'wounds', but she really did exhibit the arrogant smugness & authoritative ruthlessness we used to see in the male chaebols that we all use to love to hate at the beginning of a kdrama. That is, before those beasts were 'tamed' by the love of a good woman. So then I guess our dear 'hyena-beastess' was softened a bit by the handsome lawyer-prince at the end...but if all we're planning on doing to create new heroines now is to exchange places with the liuys, then there's not too much to applaud here for me when it comes to freshness. Women have so many other strengths to bring to the table...I look forward to seeing some of those qualities shown in the next wave of female-centric dramas. No disrespect at all to these amazing power-house actors, but even after seeing all the 'fun' they were having...this series missed the mark for me. Clearly just one opinion in a standing-room only crowd.

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I see your point. But unlike the chaebol types, JGJ was always humane, fighting for underdogs and the bullied, upending the caste system. She treated her staff (even those gigolos) well, buying them dinner and drinks, engendering an unusually fierce loyalty from people as different as Yumi and Boo.

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