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The Devil Judge: Episode 15

We get a lot of loneliness and brooding this hour as our young judge rediscovers his idealism and sets in motion events that could be our presiding judge’s undoing. After his shocking revelation to the public, our grieving lead focuses on solving the mystery of his best friend’s murder. Retracing her steps, he uncovers clues that point in a surprising direction and make him question everything he thought he knew.

 
EPISODE 15 RECAP

Yo-han watches Ga-on announce that The People’s Live Court is a sham. When the reporters ask if Yo-han fabricated the trials, Ga-on can’t bring himself to respond. Justice Min jumps in and accuses Yo-han of manipulating the trials to get the results he wanted, even bringing the lawyers in on it.

Again they ask Ga-on for details, but Justice Min rescues him by saying Ga-on already provided a statement to the court. A committee will investigate the situation, and all Yo-han’s trials will be retried.

Yo-han remains composed and announces that he’ll provide a statement later. He thanks the public and signs off. Jukchang cries in relief at his stay of execution and, before he’s dragged off, promises Yo-han that they’ll meet again.

The SRF crew is thrilled at this turn of events, although the chairmen exchange looks when President Heo expresses his disappointment that Jukchang didn’t die. He had no intention of following through on his promise to Jukchang to save him and, in fact, was going to turn up the voltage himself if it looked like Jukchang was going to talk.

In their office, Jin-joo is shocked to learn that Yo-han has been manipulating all the trials. Even if she was used for show, she truly believed in what Yo-han supposedly stood for.

While Ga-on struggles to write his affidavit for the investigative committee, Yo-han stands alone in his office and wonders if he’s being made into a monster again. “I just chose the fastest way for them,” he thinks to himself.

Ga-on goes to Yo-han’s office and says he realized while watching Yo-han in the courtroom that making Jukchang talk was an excuse. What Yo-han really wanted was for everyone to get blood on their hands so they’d be forced to side with him. Yo-han admits as much.

When Ga-on argues using people’s vulnerabilities like that is evil, Yo-han accuses him of being naïve. He merely chose the fastest way to victory. Ga-on says it’s human nature to hesitate and know when to stop. “Otherwise, only monsters will be left in this world. Self-pitying monsters.”

Yo-han chuckles humorlessly at this line of reasoning he’s heard all his life. Does Ga-on find him frightening too? He stalks forward and grabs Ga-on by the throat, pushing him into a wall. “You don’t want to become a monster like me, right?!” Yo-han yells.

Ga-on stares at him with his sad puppy eyes and says to go ahead and kill him if he wants to. Yo-han stares at him for a beat before letting him go. He calls Ga-on weak and tells him to get lost.

“I sincerely wish you would stop,” Ga-on says to Yo-han’s back. He bows respectfully and leaves. Yo-han keeps his eyes shut until he hears the door close.

Elsewhere, President Heo brags to his wife about his brilliant planning, including how he had Jukchang attack Justice Min and made it look like Yo-han was behind it. His wife compliments his strategizing like a mother complimenting her toddler’s fingerpainting.

When President Heo starts ranting about how there hasn’t been enough blood of his enemies, those non-patriots, his wife cautions that he’s getting a little too in character with all that “pure Koreans” stuff. She reminds him they started doing this for the money which is the only thing that matters. Aren’t they a pair?

He agrees their original intent was to turn the presidency into a business, but President Heo thinks having his name etched in history is more important than money. His wife sighs and rolls her eyes.

Meanwhile, Elijah is waiting for Yo-han when he gets home. She saw the news and asks if he’s okay. He smiles at the idea she’s worried about him, which of course she denies. Elijah jokes that if he gets arrested, this house is hers. “It’s always been yours,” Yo-han counters.

Elijah supposes Ga-on won’t be coming back. Yo-han says they’re just going back to how it has always been – the two of them. He wheels Elijah back to her room.

That night, Justice Min calls Ga-on. He still suspects that Yo-han had something to do with Soo-hyun’s death, but Ga-on argues that’s not possible. Yo-han wouldn’t have killed his brother for money and then killed Soo-hyun to cover it up.

“No matter what the world thinks of him, I know he’s someone who deserves sympathy,” Ga-on says. Justice Min comments that Ga-on simply doesn’t want to believe Yo-han did it.

Despite assuming Yo-han is no longer a threat they need to address, President Heo wants to continue with his insane virus plan. Sun-ah tries to talk sense into him, but President Heo is obsessed with this idea of making a historic name for himself.

He declares that it’s his time to take charge now and berates Sun-ah for being a woman who dares not to know her place. President Heo goes on a diatribe about ridding the populace of anyone who doesn’t “contribute” and “leeches” off the government so he can build a new country.

The chairmen and Sun-ah quietly listen to his ranting about the coming revolution, clearly unhappy with how President Heo is going off-script. Sun-ah warns that there will be strong resistance. President Heo notes that he can just use the military to get rid of any protestors.

Sun-ah has had enough of his grandiose nonsense. The chairmen watch in anticipation and glee as Sun-ah marches over to President Heo and slaps him hard in the face. Amidst his whining, she calls him a puppet and warns him not to try her patience.

President Heo looks like he’s lost his mind when he calls his assistant in and orders him to stop this “coup.” He orders him to shoot them, starting with Sun-ah. The man bows to Sun-ah and takes out his gun, training it instead on President Heo.

The chairmen laugh as President Heo falls terrified back into his seat. Sun-ah sends the assistant out and basically puts President Heo, who is now much more obedient, in time out in the corner of the room. Sun-ah sits in his chair and reminds him that it’s all business. Revolutions and history don’t make money.

In a flashback, she meets with the chairmen, and they discuss what to do about the careless President Heo. His histrionics are getting in the way of their economic plans to redevelop the nation.

The men are stunned when Sun-ah shares that President Heo wants to spread the virus, although they’re more worried about property value than lives. It’s time for a new face of the nation.

Later, Sun-ah finds Yo-han brooding in his office and remarks that he’s finally looking lonely. He says she’s brave for coming here, but she’s unworried since he’s not the type to act irrationally based on emotions.

Sun-ah crouches beside his chair and strokes his face; she’ll give him one last chance to choose the Blue House over prison. Yo-han bats her hand away and sighs at how hard she works to have what was always unattainable to her.

When he says he feels sorry for her, Sun-ah’s face crumples. She raises a hand to slap him but stops herself. Sun-ah flips over a lamp on her way out and wipes her tears as she marches down the hallway.

Yo-han fidgets in his office for a bit before making his way into the courtroom for his public statement. Yo-han doesn’t attempt to spin the story and admits all the allegations are true. He wanted to make the powerful who get away with their crimes pay, but he doesn’t feel the law can stand up to their power.

He crossed the line using his anger as an excuse. Yo-han apologizes to the public and announces he’s resigning as a judge and will accept any punishment. He dramatically ends with, “I am a criminal. Please throw stones at me.”

Outside, Yo-han is swarmed by reporters and citizens. He only pauses when Jin-joo grabs his arm with tears in her eyes. He pats her hand and thanks both her and the PD standing nearby. Yo-han drives away to yells of “Kang Yo-han for President!”

Yo-han’s popularity grows with 57% of polled citizens saying they’d support him for president. With that kind of support, the opposition party is trying to convince Yo-han to run on their ticket.

At Soo-hyun’s grave, Justice Min gives Ga-on Soo-hyun’s police notebook. In it, Ga-on finds Joseph’s photo along with where he was last seen. Justice Min supposes Soo-hyun was going to tell Ga-on something about her investigation the night she died.

Ga-on goes to meet with the elderly lady who confirms the photo is of Joseph and explains that she told Soo-hyun he was seen recently in Seoul. When the lady asks if something happened to Soo-hyun, Ga-on lies and says he’s just double-checking something.

Next, Ga-on retraces Soo-hyun’s steps to try to find Joseph. He happens upon Joseph’s house right as he’s returning home. Joseph’s face is beaten up, and his head is bandaged. Joseph recognizes Ga-on as the judge who works with Yo-han and takes off.

Ga-on doesn’t have a hard time catching up since Joseph is injured. Joseph drops to his knees and begs Ga-on to spare his life. Ga-on is thrown when Joseph asks if Yo-han sent him here to kill him.

Inside Joseph’s house, Ga-on promises that he’s not there on Yo-han’s orders. He’ll even move Joseph to a safe location with Justice Min’s help. Joseph believes him enough to start talking.

Shortly after the fire, Yo-han came to see Joseph about the CCTV footage and ordered him to keep his mouth shut and hand over the file. In exchange, Yo-han would buy him a house and give him a lump sum. Joseph agreed but secretly made a copy of the footage in hopes to siphon more off Yo-han later.

A few months ago, Joseph was tortured by a supposed subordinate of Yo-han’s. Joseph confessed to making a copy and handed over the file. Then, a few days ago, a detective came to see him. He didn’t tell her anything, but someone came to beat him up last night.

Joseph isn’t sure who the man Yo-han sent was, but he remembers he parked his car nearby. Ga-on gets a resident’s dashcam footage that clearly shows the license plate of the car. He passes it along to Justice Min who has a friend on the force.

Ga-on couldn’t get Joseph to tell him what was on the original CCTV footage since he was terrified Yo-han would kill him. Despite following this trail, Ga-on still looks like he doesn’t want to believe Yo-han was behind this.

That night, Ga-on pulls up to the residence where the car from the dashcam footage is parked. He slips inside the unlocked front door. Inside, he sees someone bending over a body. The assailant hops out the window before Ga-on can catch them. On the ground is the dead body of Soo-hyun’s shooter.

Ga-on takes the dead man’s phone and sees his only calls are to “YH.” Ga-on presses call and waits with bated breath. He lowers the phone in shock when Yo-han picks up. Ga-on cries and screams out his despair as he thinks of how he believed Yo-han about Soo-hyun’s death.

He recalls Yo-han saying Ga-on needed to cut Soo-hyun out of his life for the sake of the mission. Ga-on then thinks of Yo-han’s advice: to survive this hell, make those responsible pay.

Ga-on strides into the mansion and rushes Yo-han with a knife. Damn. Why is he always trying to stab people? Yo-han calmly grabs hold of the blade. “Are you sure you won’t regret it?” he asks. “I can die if that’s what you want, but you’ll regret it for the rest of your life.”

As blood drips from Yo-han’s palm, Ga-on is reminded of when Soo-hyun also caught Ga-on’s blade with her hand and begged him not to murder. Ga-on drops the knife to the ground.

“You killed Soo-hyun, didn’t you?” Ga-on asks with tears in his eyes. Yo-han tries to calm him down, saying he understands Ga-on is hurting and needs someone to blame. Ga-on tells him to shut up – he saw the evidence himself.

Yo-han counters that Ga-on knows how misleading supposed evidence can be. Ga-on fires back that he also killed his brother, didn’t he? When he mentions the CCTV footage and Joseph, Yo-han hears ringing in his ears and has a flashback to the fire.

Once he collects himself, Yo-han grabs Ga-on’s shirt and asks intently if he met with Joseph. Ga-on is startled by the desperation in his eyes. Before he can respond, Justice Min comes in with a group of police officers and orders Yo-han to let go of Ga-on.

Yo-han stares at Ga-on in betrayal as the cops arrest him for murdering Soo-hyun. He looks into Ga-on’s eyes and asks if Ga-on really believes he killed Isaac and Soo-hyun, that he used Ga-on and lied to him about everything.

Ga-on eyes are conflicted, unsure what to believe at this point. In comes Sun-ah. She claps at the moving scene and says it’s the first time she’s ever seen that look in Yo-han’s eyes. Justice Min bows and says, “Welcome, Chairwoman Jung.” I KNEW IT.

Yo-han and Ga-on both stare in astonishment. Sun-ah remarks that Ga-on looking like Isaac is a coincidence, but it’s no coincidence he ended up working with Yo-han. We flash back to Ga-on’s swearing-in as a judge and see Sun-ah in the crowd with Chairman Seo.

Sun-ah is apparently the one who got Justice Min on the Supreme Court in the first place. Justice Min tells Ga-on he made a choice for “greater justice” and that Ga-on will understand one day. I highly doubt that. Yo-han sees Ga-on’s budding panic and calls out to him.

When Ga-on tries to run out after Justice Min, Sun-ah stops him. She tells Ga-on that he’s the weakness she created for Yo-han. She walks up to Yo-han and reminds him she promised to make him lonely.

Ga-on sees Jae-hee who he recognizes as the one who killed Soo-hyun’s shooter and realizes that everything was fabricated. He tries to tell the police that Sun-ah is the real criminal, but Yo-han says it’s no use – they all work for her.

Sun-ah corrects Ga-on when he assumes that she even made Joseph lie to him. Although she’s the one who sent someone to hurt him, everything Joseph said about Yo-han threatening him is true. Yo-han shouts for her to stop as Sun-ah walks over to show Ga-on a video on her phone.

It takes three men to hold Yo-han back as he screams for Sun-ah not to play the video. Ga-on holds a hand over his mouth as he watches the CCTV footage and sees the culprit: little Elijah.

We flash back to the church on the day of the fire. Little Elijah played in a back room with her stuffed bear amidst candles on the floor. Yo-han had seen her through the window and had warned her not to catch her bear on fire.

On her way out of the room, Elijah had knocked over a candle by the door. A nearby curtain went up in flames. None the wiser, she ran to the auditorium looking for her parents.

Now, Yo-han cries on his knees for his niece. Sun-ah calls him pitiful for working so hard to protect Elijah from finding out she killed her own parents. Elijah comes out of her room, likely hearing the commotion.

She spots Ga-on and calls out to him. Yo-han begins yelling for her, struggling to throw off the men holding him down. Elijah screams Yo-han’s name and starts to rush downstairs, but Jae-hee grabs her.

Sun-ah says it’s time Elijah knows the truth. Yo-han pleads with her not to tell Elijah. Tears fall as Ga-on watches Yo-han screaming and desperately trying to protect his niece.

With tears in her eyes, Sun-ah says the only thing she’s wanted is to see this look in Yo-han’s eyes. He roars at her before the cops drag him away.

In the silence that follows, Sun-ah leans against the wall for support and Ga-on remains kneeling on the floor. Silent tears course down Ga-on’s devastated face. “That was the moment,” he narrates, “I decided to die.”

 
COMMENTS

Whoa. I knew Sun-ah had planned well, but she’s been preparing this for years. I can’t believe she even orchestrated Ga-on becoming a judge, knowing he’d have a strong effect on Yo-han. She was miles ahead of even Yo-han from the start. But I knew something was up with Justice Min! I always found him shady, but I didn’t expect his betrayal to go that deep. He’s been Team Sun-ah for much longer than I thought and has spent years manipulating Ga-on. Has Justice Min been on her side since before he met Ga-on, or did Sun-ah take advantage of his and Ga-on’s existing relationship? Once again, I can’t help but respect Sun-ah’s skill even though she’s terrible.

Sun-ah quite literally brought Yo-han to his knees with his two weaknesses: Ga-on and Elijah. I never believed that Yo-han had anything to do with the fire, but I always had the sense he was hiding something about that incident. No wonder he’s been so ambiguous about it all and allowed even the household to believe he killed Isaac – it’s better they suspect him than Elijah. If Elijah learns the truth, it’ll likely break her. Not only will she have to live with the fact that she caused the fire that killed her parents, but also that she has been accusing Yo-han all these years while he’s been protecting her. Speaking of Elijah’s parents, I keep forgetting that her mom died in that fire too because all they talk about is Isaac; even Elijah never mentions her mom. I feel kind of sorry for the woman.

Yo-han has been put through it lately in large part due to Ga-on acting stupid. I’m finding it hard to feel sorry for Ga-on right now (although the Justice Min betrayal is pretty bad) since he played right into Sun-ah’s hands with his self-righteousness and impulsivity. Given all he’s seen working side-by-side with Yo-han, you’d think Ga-on would be smarter than that. First, he betrayed Yo-han by announcing The People’s Live Court was all a sham. I don’t have an issue with Ga-on having lines he won’t cross and wanting to stop the execution, but he didn’t have to throw Yo-han under the bus like that. He’s known what Yo-han is all about from day one and still decided to join him, so his self-righteousness after the fact is irritating. I think my main frustration with Ga-on’s character is that he ends up remaining “good” mostly because everyone else shields him or takes care of things while he gets to passively stand in judgment. He never seems fully committed to anything, so his switching sides (again) felt inevitable.

Beyond the annoying flip-flopping, Ga-on made me mad for how he hurt Yo-han. Only he and Elijah even have the power to hurt Yo-han, so it makes it that much worse. He not only threw Yo-han under the bus for a scheme he’s been an active part of but even got Yo-han freaking arrested for murder based on circumstantial evidence. I understand why he thought Yo-han killed Soo-hyun, and with Soo-hyun’s death being so recent, it makes sense that he’d be overly emotional. But he tried to stab Yo-han without even having hard evidence that he killed her! Being emotional is even more reason to take a beat before acting. If Ga-on had just taken a step back, he could’ve seen how suspicious it was that everything pointed so perfectly to Yo-han being the murderer. Instead, he charged ahead with a knife which concerningly seems to be his go-to move. How does he have the audacity to moralize when he’s the one who gets all stabby every time he thinks someone hurt his family? Ga-on is one of those people who seems to always bring the drama. Now he’s talking about dying … In this drama, no character’s death would surprise me. Whatever happens, I imagine not everyone will be making it out of this fight.

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This episode marks the lowest point for Yo-han and Ga-on. I find it hard to imagine how things could be turned around in the remaining episode. Like you @quirkycase I'm prepared for anyone to die, and I'm also almost convinced the bad guys will survive anything. It was so interesting to see Sun-ah crumble before Yoh-an's pity, especially after she'd cowered the President so efficiently. Ga-on has lost it now he's lost Soo-hyun. She was more like a mother to him (and that's why the romance was unconvincing). She grounded him. Now she's gone, he is lashing out, much to his regret before too long. There's lots of ground to cover before we can put this drama to bed. I'm still wondering about where we are going to be left with the idea of justice.

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Soo-hyun told Ga-on to be suspicious if all the pieces of case fit too perfectly. So, was Ga-on suspicious when the case against Yo-Han came together perfectly? Nope.

This drama turned Ga-on into a moron for a bit. Sigh.

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Ga On is a bit too naive and emotive and believes things way too fast or once he sees it,he should know better by now that what he sees/hears might not be really the truth...Sadly it also shows how little trust has in Yo Han after all they spent till now if he takes it for granted,i know his grief played a big part but he still always given Yo Han little faith...

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True.

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'To fill an hunger that cannot be filled, to want something you cannot dare to have'.

That was a powerful summation of Sunah's Achilles. It broke her well. I felt for her at that moment.

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Yes. She was cut off at the knees in that moment

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Late comment! But IA, I still have up till here 1 more left and done. I do notice the finale is longer, & I've heard rumblings that it was a solid one. When I hear other shows getting S2, I wonder for this show that could be a possibility. As you said, there's still more stuff to cover, but I suspect the bad guys here will go down in flames before that occurs. I digress a bit lol, I do wonder people who have finished the show when it aired, feel about the overall show now? I wonder if any of the reviewers here opinion went up, down, or stayed the same if they were asked right now?

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Interesting you ask. There's still an ongoing debate. Some think it failed. I think it made some pertinent points about what happens when judgement gets handed over to the people when the justice system fails to deliver. Judgement of The Devil Judge is mixed. The jury's out.

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Oh hey! Thanks for answering! I think in my view, its more interesting to see/read reviews on what people say after a show long concludes, & if their views changed too. It's been a month since it finished. I hope to conclude this show today, so I'll let you know my thoughts! I'll be interested in hearing more on your thoughts!

I've seen some stills, but nothing too big to spoil. I guess the mixed response is quite intriguing, usually endings for K-dramas lately have been more feel good/happy. But a divisive one not as often (that I'm aware of lol).

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@leetennant and @imperialtitus and I have agreed to disagree. Let me know when you finish.

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Ga-on is such a pill when he gets self-righteous. I hadn't thought about it but he is stabby while Yo-han likes to choke people. What a pair.

I love Sun-ah. I could watch her slapping President Heo and sending him to cower by the flag over and over again. He was so scared of her lol.

I knew as soon as I heard Yo-han’s speech that it would make the public love him more. He's crafty.

So Elijah started the fire. Poor Elijah. Poor Yo-han.

You all were right about Justice Min. I do understand why Ga-on would trust his long-time mentor over Yo-han, but still, he’s dumb. That evidence was so obviously planted. Yo-han wouldn’t have been that messy. Ga-on’s been emotional, reactionary and unable to judge situations critically since the beginning so it’s not like it’s OOC but those certainly are concerning traits for a judge. I did enjoy watching him realize how stupid he'd been but to quote Yo-han "You're a weak loser. Get lost."

Sun-ah was really playing the long game, sending Isaac’s doppelganger Yo-han’s way, knowing he’d be Yo-han’s weakness.

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Sun-ah was the most interesting character in many ways.

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Kim Min Jung is incredible here. Ngl, when she was first introduced, I was unsure if she could pull of this femme fatale/Joker like role. And honestly, I can't believe I even doubted that she could pull it off. Sun-ah is a compelling character. She creates chaos, she makes things happen, & she's not afraid to back down. It's rare to see female villains presented in K-dramas, esp. as a main lead.

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For me what was the worst was Ga On tendency to believe at the first minute everything bad about Yo Han even after knowing him more...Also,Yo Han is a genius,if indeed was the one who did it he wouldn't be sooo sloopy nor would people still be alive yet out of the blue all this info kept hidden 10 years appears and fits like a puzzle and he never questions it...Sun Ah really is another genius mastermind as she predicted Ga On would be his Achilles' heel becaus eif he didn't have that face doubt Yo Han would be soo forgiven so many times after so many betrayers...

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I think yohan knew very well that gaon was planted..

Their first meeting, and he kinds of smiks saying something to effect of that resemblance is uncanny..and he also realized that gaon was snooping on him and wanted to stay at his place

And, i don't think yohan is not aware of Min's character (he may not have known that Min is with Sunah, but am sure he guaged Min as a pretentious character and would have forever been wary of him .. so when Gaon came along, moreover sent by Min, and we know early on Yohan is aware that Gaon has been sent to spy .. )..

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I think Yohan knew he was planted by Justice Min to spy on him. He didn’t care about that. What he didn’t know was that Justice Min worked for sunAh.

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i said the same thing, he probably didn't know min worked with Sunah.. But he knew Min is not any great moral justice either..

He has an astute sense of people and their behavior, so quite sure he had his doubts

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Arghhhhhhh!

Of all the people, of all the people Ga-On did not trust Yo-Han. Even if he had the doubt he should have doubted it and questioned him. Not come to stab him. More than anyone he has had a peek into YoHan and who he really is as a person. Yo Han let him be part of the family. His methods are sketchy wnd he would be ok with collateral damage (like the old man) but he wouldn’t go kill someone, especially knowing how much she meant to Ga On.
The hurt in His eyes when he realized GaOn too thinks he is a monster 😥

Gosh. Those twists and turns. Sun Ah clearly is too shrewd. I didn’t see that coming.

It is high time Ga On stops being a coward and picks a side. Sticks to it. And does something to get YoHan out of the jail. Come on Ga On, you have been with him for months. Didn’t you learn a trick or two? Use it. Now. Stop talking about dying. You made this mess, so you better fix this one.

Can they send Elijah to US to some other country until all this is resolved? I am too worried for her.

President - that slap was everything. Someone had to shut him up.

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Same sentiments. Yohan had always been so honest with Gaon, he doesn't pretend that his ways are right nor try to justify them. HE COULD HAVE ASKED YOHAN DIRECTLY. That's why I've always find Gaon to be annoying, so wishy washy and self righteous. Ugh.

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No fool like a self righteous fool.

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Can you do that if you are in his position? Remember that he completely broke down just after Yohan picked up the call. Can you be completely sober when there is this perfect evidence laid before your eyes that someone you really trust (he will not break down that bad if he didn't trust Yohan so much) actually had a hand in the death of your beloved? And even so, he actually stopped when Yohan tried to reason with him. And don't worry, when he said he decided to die he just mean that he will do anything, at any cost including his life, to save Yohan because at that moment, he probably thinking that his own life is not important anymore

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I empathize with him. I feel for him but doesn’t mean I am not upset. Especially since he defended YoHan so many times to others.
I am just upset that he returned to his same past behavior once she died. It just felt like he learnt nothing and didn’t grow.
And in the last few months he has seen the dark and ugly side of the world. He ain’t the naive person anymore. So even if he doubted YoHan his behavior should have been different.

Of course, this is a drama so I know Ga On will redeem himself and fix all this. :)

P.s I never hope I am in any position like that in real life :)

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Soo-hyun warned him explicitly to be suspicious when all the pieces fit so perfectly.

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Thank you for the recap @quirkycase. The ending scene with Yo Han pleading with Sun-ah not to reveal the truth about what happened all those years ago was heartbreaking to watch. At this moment, Yo Han is truly at his most vulnerable, both physically and emotionally. The "reveal" about Justice Min did not come as a surprise since I mistrusted that snake a few episodes back. Lastly, I would like to say that Jin-young was incredible in this episode.

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Jin-young is one to watch. He's an idol, or was? But acting suits him, I've seen him a bit in When My Love Blooms (Connection hello lol!), and he had a good impression. On top of being handsome, he has good acting chops. While his character can be a bit passive at times, I do think his character brought light to Yo-han/Elijah's world. The dinner table scenes were my favorite part in this show, & his character was a reason why. He'll probably nab a Best New Actor nom or win at the Baeksangs next year (esp. now that he's in a big agency : BH). I foresee him growing more as an actor in the future! A future Yoon Kye Sang in the making?!

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I really really hate Ga-On in this episode.

I was quite amazed with Jung Sun Ah planting Ga-On via Judge Min since the beginning. But it was a very cheap trick for her to use the CCTV of Elijah's.

I cried watching this scene... It was very unexpected.. If I was to be Ga On, I'd be speechless, blank...

I felt very very very sorry for Elijah. Please delete the video and its copies. Don't let Elijah know...😢

Although it looks like it's a 'checkmate' for Kang Yo Han, this makes me really look forward for the next episode.

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literally make an account just for commenting here (silent reader before) because I was kinda shocked how you, dear TDJ reviewer, of all people can misunderstand Gaon's action this far.
His so-called "betrayal" is never about throwing Yohan under the bus. I actually wrote this in the end ep 14 somewhere else, but let's me copy it here:

Does anyone think about how dangerous it would be if Gaon didn't stop that death sentence carried by the hands of more than 1 million people? People will never be the same after killing a person. And the power he gives to the mass. It will be out of control, it will only bring chaos. It will be democracy at its worst.

And Gaon is already trying to explain it to Yohan, to talk him out of it, to stop him going too far to the point of no return. He just didn't listen. So he pulled the stop the way he knew. The last resort to stop the trial. There is probably another way. If that's Yohan, he probably can think of another way to stop it. But Gaon is not Yohan, he is not the smartest person in the room. He is not a genius hero. Since the beginning his strength has always been the empathy to balance Yohan's apathy.

And episode 15 actually proved that it was indeed his reason. When he talked about monster, he didn't mean that he see Yohan as a monster. He means that he wants to stop Yohan from becoming that monster. That why the pained expression. That why he didn't even trying to struggle when Yohan strangle him.

Then about Gaon trying to stab Yohan. This is just double standard at its finest. How many times did Yohan actually try to strangle him to death? And remember that episode when Yohan stabbed that scissor just an inch from his head just because he hit him in the face? Yes, that so not dangerous at all because it's Yohan. But, that boy dared to bring a knife to stab Yohan because he was manipulated by his father figure and a woman clever enough to put him as Yohan's weakness? Nope. Unforgettable. Let's just forget that he repeatedly told his father figure that no, he didn't believe Yohan had something to do with Soohyun's death and Yohan was actually a poor man before he broke down completely when the evidence was laid before his eyes so perfectly. And even after that, before Sunah came in and crushed his whole belief, he was actually already doubting his own judgement after Yohan tried to talk to him.

You guys didn't understand why he decided to die? Really? After what happened to him just because of his face? After all his loss of people important to him? After he realizes that he is only a tool to bring one person he cares about?

It's just so sad that when Gaon is told to open his eyes in this chaos, it turns out it's not only viewers in that world that got blinded, but viewers in the real world too that are ready to curse at Gaon for his action without even trying to understand the reason.

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Truth be told I was very sad for Ga On at one point. When everything dawned on him. One cannot hit a further low at this point.

Thanks for this write up.

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I defended Ga-on for stopping the trial in Episode 14. I understand that he was too broken up over Soo-hyun's death to be objective, to consider the evidence with detached eyes. But he's always been emotional and quick to react, so while I do feel for him, he frustrates me too.

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He stopping the execution was a wise choice, duly applauded. The monster he did not want Yo Han to become was the exact thing he did. I hope he comes to that realization. Yo Han was becoming a monster due to his being blinded by undelivered justice, Ga-On was becoming or became a monster due to his being blinded by grief, leading to his manipulation. They both have now crossed lines.

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No no no, the reviewer is right in that all of this is technically Gaon's fault. He is an adult, he is supposed to think like an adult. Gaon literally have seen the dark side of the nation, and has committed himself to get rid of that dark side, yet he backtracks himself yet again all in the name of self morality.

You think tyranny can be defeated with pretty words and being righteous? No, it is all paid with blood and corpses. We literally live in times where military coups happened all the time in every single corner of the world. You think Myanmar junta can be defeated with just pretty words and moral high ground? You think African dictators were defeated through being lawful? How do you think many countries get their independence? You can't fight evil with good in real life. Sometimes you have to respond murder with murder.

The fact is telling that the good side is literally one step away from defeat here, and why? Because Gaon decides that being self righteous is the better choice in this situation. It's the fact that caused all of this. Because he can't think rationally enough and decide that mere righteousness is enough to bring the good guys victory. News flash, bad guys are usually the ones who keep winning in real life.

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I’m with you on this, was replying before but dont know why my comment wasnt uploaded (dramabeans?)

Anyway, on point with the double standard thing, lmao, it REALLY frustrates me how so many people seems to ignored Gaon’s feelings & story. They really used the words “betrayal”, “throw Yohan under the bus”, “selling out Yohan based on hunch” (when it was actually a FACT in his pov, “backstabbing him at the first opportunity”, etc. This got me laughing in pain how they dont want to understand Gaon’s context, while his context mostly obviously explained before and after his actions.

This really make me think, maybe thats what the writer wanted to prove? that people are so bias and they are so ready to eliminates everything that is not fit well with their own narratives.

But whats funny is, seems like the domestic viewers (SK people) understand Gaon and can sympatize with his story, unlike the international viewers. So idk anymore to be honest. People not understanding Gaon is very confusing to me. It does makes me think about how bad our humanity is in general.

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He has flaws, many, of course, i never said Gaon is perfect. He is a human, the most humane character in this drama in my opinion. We can’t see a person as a black & white only, and thats exactly how Gaon is. He considers information he got from all sides + his own feelings & emotions, thats how human is.

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Thanks for the recap @quirkycase. You're totally spot on with Ga-on's character hahaha. I have already suspected Justice Min when he seems so hell bent on getting to Yo-han and true enough that's what happened in the episode. Ga-on is merely a puppet all along and his constant indecisiveness plus self professed righteousness throughout the story really irked me.
I need to repeat this as well, does carrying a knife everywhere with the intent to kill someone after getting an 'Aha' moment normal in kdramas? These type of lazy dramatic flair is really getting annoying....

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Why did I even go and read this recap? Oh, right because you @quirkycase seems neutral before this, that I have a hope that you of all the people will not misunderstood and will have sympathy to Gaon too, not only for Yohan and Elijah (because damn it, that 10 last minutes is broke my heart) Now I will start questioning about humanity again....and probably back to my slump, especially after that bittersweet.... whatever. I just hope that one day, probably if or when Gaon's actor becomes more famous so people will have more sympathy for his character, people can watch this drama with more neutral eyes. That they will have more sympathy for a flawed, kind, soft hearted, selfless human being character.

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I too am surprised about how every one just seems to blindly supor YH and seem to go "the audacity 😱" when Ga On doesn't...

I never trusted YH still don't trust him... Its a game of thrones there can only be winners and losers... He was fighting fire with fire,and he is burning the same way he has burnt others... 🤷‍♀️

To me YH is a perfect example of a Donald trump in making...

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Guess my theory voiced in previous week was right about Elijah starting the fire and why Yo Han never mentioning the prime one in this whole tragedy,even more knowing his character while letting Elijah believe all this time he was the responsable for her parents death...
My heart really ached for Yo Han as this truly came to be his lowest point after the death of his Hyung...
Rightous Min still remains the worst even more than the bad guys because at least those know what they are or do while he still continue to yell about justice and what is right being a hypocrite not even accepting it because he is too absorbed in his own bubble...
Can't say i feel too bad for Ga On as he is also naive and rightous,a pupil almost worthy of So Called Justice Min mainly because he believes everything he sees especially in terms of Yo Han,fastly accepting the worse of him even after all they spent together and backstabbing him at the first opportunity...

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The moment Justice Min began pressuring Ga On on completely finishing up Yo-han, I knew he was a villain. So was I surprised, no. But was I pained, down to the bones. The level of anger I haven't felt towards a character since Oh Yoon Hee died in PentHouse. Justice Min was a righteous fool who always stood on the sidelines so as not to get burnt,and had actually crossed the line of morality, in and of itself, that he actually preached about, a 'righteous' self serving hypocrite.

No amount of redemption acts and arcs of Ga-On is putting him on my good side. Despite taking his hurt into consideration, he selling out Yo-Han just like that, all based on mere false hunches was at its best under the best, and at its worst stupidly naive for his level of authority. It one thing to go overboard with your head intact, he becoming so irrational with a culprit in mind made him a puppet-like ticking bomb.
Thumbs up to Ji Sung, he conveyed Yo-Hans overlapping emotions to its fullest, I felt it.

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To all who preach democracy is supposed to be pure and wholesome and shit, give French Revolution and Bolshevik Revolution a read. Our so called democracy comes to exist because we literally kill everyone who opposes us. Natives, children, women, old people, those who have different ideology were killed. Gaon literally realises he is the one solely in the wrong this time, and that's enough for me since he realises his sins. He has just handed the nation to a bunch of self-serving greedy bastards. And for what? For righteousness. If being righteous means to keep one's hands clean from dirt and blood, then we might as well live as cattle where absolute obedience is the ultimate law and justice. Absolutely sickening.

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Someone said Gaon doesnt have character development because he was trying to stab Yohan in ep 14.

Really?? 😅

In the past when he punched Yohan because he believed it was Yohan who hurt Soohyun, that was when he acted out of emotion & impulsiveness, true, that time he reached conclusion just based on what Yohan (yes Yohan, he clearly threaten to hurt her in front of Gaon), Prof Min, & Soohyun said to him. But that one in episode 14, how many times he defended Yohan EVERY time the Prof pushed the “Yohan killed Soohyun” agenda?? The Prof even said “its because you DONT WANT to believe it”, this clearly shows how his view towards Yohan has changed, no? Still no character development?

And then someone said he stupidly fell for the trick because apparently he himself always doubted Yohan at his first chance. Lol, are we seeing the same drama? Didnt you see how he still didnt want to believe it right until he heard Yohan’s voice on the killer’s phone? Didnt you see how broken he was after that? Trying to block all informations rushing in, even his own memories. It was a perfect emotional trap, same like how Gaon is planted as Yohan’s weakness. May i remind you that it was Joseph who blurted out Yohan’s name out of nowhere, which added to Gaon’s suspicion. It wasn’t Gaon who asked about Yohan to him. You all give credit on how great Sunah’s plan is as a villain, but Gaon, the victim, is unforgivable? Y’all gotta be kidding me. 😅

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Hmm...I'm not sure how to feel about Elijah's reveal in the CCTV video to be the one that brought this whole ordeal to light? Or am I missing something? Nonetheless, the rope between good/evil is a tight one that Ga-on much to our annoyances at times runs on. Its a tight rope, but I believe his role is our viewer's eyes (and someone else said, what this writer who was a former judge's moral viewpoint). The 2nd half of this show became more gripping for me, but the reveal of the church fire scene makes me go huh ok?! I also viewed this as Yo-han trying to not to lose his loved one, so he hid the truth about the case to not hurt her.

Ahn Nae Sang (busy man!) is such a rascal, he knew/planned/joined hands w/ the very 'demon' he despised. Sun-ah is such a mischievous character, she hates to be reminded of her past, & instead tries to bury it by using her power to do bad things. Ultimately, what I got from this show is when absolute power is given to someone whose views are dangerous and jingoistic running the world. The very laws that are we are suppose to abide by and found help in is the very laws that are hypocritical and dangerous. Even if this is set in the future, very much of the issues/scenes presented here are of this moment.

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