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Happiness: Episode 3

At the idyllic apartment complex, things are not entirely what they seem. Strange noises and shifty neighbors continue to raise our leads’ suspicions, especially in the face of the growing threat of this new sickness. Our brazen police couple decides to take matters into their own hands and find out what’s really happening at the place they now call home.

 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

Yi-hyun, Tae-seok, and Jung-kook make their way to the quarantine site. Jung-kook stays outside while Tae-seok and Yi-hyun rush in with guns blazing. Out back, Sae-bom watches the soldiers struggle to close the container doors.

She suddenly rushes forward, saying she needs to get Seung-young out. Sae-bom pushes past the soldiers and Ji-soo to open the doors. She forces the zombies back with a metal bar like a badass and somehow manages to grab Seung-young in the chaos. But the zombies have a hold on them both, and she can’t break free.

Right as the soldiers close the doors of the container with Sae-bom inside, Yi-hyun appears. He throws the soldiers back and yanks the doors open. Yi-hyun grabs Sae-bom, pulling her back while she pulls Seung-young.

Once they’re out, Yi-hyun throws a flash grenade he got from a soldier into the container. The zombies fall back, letting the soldiers shut the doors.

Later, Sae-bom checks on Seung-young who’s seemingly okay. He apologizes for his recklessness and worries about his family if he turns like the others. In the hall, Sae-bom tells Ji-soo she’s disappointed in her (for letting them close the doors with Seung-young inside).

Yi-hyun is also angry at the disregard of humanity and confronts Tae-seok about keeping the zombies locked away waiting to die. Tae-seok argues they’re doing their best to help those with mild symptoms and isolate those with severe symptoms.

That’s not enough for Yi-hyun who wonders if Tae-seok could be so cruel were the patients his own family. Tae-seok is focused on the bigger picture and believes group survival is more important than an individual life.

Sae-bom joins them and demands Tae-seok disclose everything to the public and focus on developing treatment. If he doesn’t, she’ll expose this operation herself. After she marches off, Yi-hyun tells Tae-seok he hopes they won’t cross paths again. He slaps the truck and says the patients are trying to survive, too.

In the car, Sae-bom is quiet and seems to feel survivor’s guilt for being immune. Yi-hyun says it’s a relief she’s uninfected and assures her they’re sure to find a treatment soon for the others.

At the elevator, they run into Se-hoon who asks about his t-shirt. Seo-yoon is already in the elevator with her mom KANG EUN-JI (Kim Joo-yeon) and excitedly greets Sae-bom. Eun-ji thanks Sae-bom for looking out for her daughter.

Joo-hyung then enters with the woman he stashed under the bed. As Seo-yoon whispers to Sae-bom that her husband is handsome, Yi-hyun notices blood on Joon-hyung’s sleeve.

At home, Yi-hyun and Sae-bom have a video call with his mom who lives in Boston. Sae-bom was worried she wouldn’t buy their relationship, but Yi-hyun was confident no one would ever guess they got married for an apartment. Ha.

Sure enough, his mom immediately says she always knew they’d end up together. She asks for a private word with Sae-bom. Yi-hyun hesitates to leave, but then the banging noises start up again from #601, so he heads upstairs. Hae-sung is already there, asking Joo-hyung if everything is alright.

Something is most definitely off. Joo-hyung shiftily says the noises are from his sick wife Min-ji throwing things. He introduces the other woman as the manager of Min-ji’s clinic and says she stopped by to help. The manager looks suspiciously nervous and doesn’t say a word.

Yi-hyun asks if Min-ji is scratching or biting, but Joo-hyung claims she’s not. Yi-hyun again clocks the blood on Joo-hyung’s sleeve but only asks for the name of Min-ji’s clinic.

That night, Sae-bom and Yi-hyun talk about whether they should do the typical wedding and honeymoon thing. When she asks where he’d want to go, he just says wherever she wants to go.

While they sleep, Tae-seok goes back to the warehouse. On his way to retrieve the duffel bag full of pills in the car trunk, he shoots one of the men who have fully turned. He lets his soldiers handle the rest.

The next morning, Seo-yoon watches news coverage of the virus. Her parents enter the room, fighting about money and her illness. They don’t even notice when she says she’s going to visit Sae-bom and leaves.

At the precinct, Yi-hyun calls Min-ji’s clinic and learns she’s off for the week. He also learns that the manager’s name is WOO SANG-HEE (Moon Ye-won), and she’s currently at the clinic. After Yi-hyun hangs up, Jung-kook informs him that they’re off the case with Tae-seok.

Meanwhile, Sae-bom’s mom calls and tells her to turn on the news. They’re playing the clip Seung-young filmed from inside the container. A governmental emergency alert is sent to cell phones nationwide. At the station, Yi-hyun helps subdue a man who lies he has the virus and starts biting a cop.

Sae-bom gets home from grocery shopping and sees OH YOUNG-OK (Bae Hae-sun) putting up a flier about the stairwell door incident. Sae-bom asserts she’s the one who kicked it in and calls the blocked door a fire hazard.

Young-ok is the president of the resident association and is the type to smile politely while making not-quite-rude comments about your station. When Young-ok says a fire marshal approved the door, NA HYUN-KYUNG (Park Hee-bon) from #401 points out that marshal works for a company they hired.

Sae-bom and Young-ok end up arguing about the noises coming from #601 – Young-ok says she can’t be sure it’s the doctor couple. Elderly resident JI SUNG-SHIL (Lee Joo-shil) hands out pamphlets about Jesus’s love and encourages them to stop fighting and go to church instead.

Elsewhere, Yi-hyun approaches Sang-hee as she loads her car full of Min-ji’s things from the office and flashes his badge. While he asks her what’s going on in that apartment, Sae-bom visits #601 after hearing loud noises again. Joo-hyung opens the door, looking exhausted.

Sae-bom sees blood on his sleeve – it doesn’t look like he’s changed since yesterday – and pushes inside the apartment. He begs her not to open the bathroom door since Min-ji is prone to lunging at people. There aren’t any zombie sounds from the room, so Sae-bom carefully opens the door.

As she tries to talk to Min-ji, Joo-hyung sneaks up behind Sae-bom. The man actually pushes her inside and locks the door. What the heck?!

There are bloody handprints all over the walls, and Min-ji is looking pretty zombified. Sae-bom shuts herself inside the glass shower while Min-ji calmly stalks toward her. Min-ji is eerily silent as she presses her hands against the glass and stares into Sae-bom’s freaking soul.

Outside, Sae-bom can hear Joo-hyung calling the police to explain his wife is exhibiting symptoms of the virus and his neighbor is in danger. Sae-bom bargains with Min-ji, promising to let her out. Min-ji doesn’t attack her as she reaches out of the shower to fling open the bathroom door.

Min-ji ignores Sae-bom and goes straight for Joo-hyung. He runs downstairs to the fifth floor, past Seo-yoon standing in the hallway. Oh no. Seo-yoon turns and sees Zombie Min-ji standing there. Luckily, Sae-bom is hot on their heels. She cleverly grabbed a pillow that she uses to cover Min-ji’s face as she tackles her.

Sae-bom manages to hold Min-ji off long enough for Yi-hyun to arrive. He uses his outer shirt to cover Min-ji’s face and drag her off Sae-bom. As he handcuffs Min-ji, Sae-bom runs over to comfort the terrified Seo-yoon. Yi-hyun then walks over to where Joon-hyung is hiding and punches him in the stomach.

While the paramedics take Min-ji, Yi-hyun examines her apartment. He finds traces of blood throughout the apartment, including on a golf club that he bags for evidence. In the bathroom, he finds Next pills.

Now that the threat is real for them, the residents descend on the grocery store to begin the pandemic hoarding ritual. A couple opt for online shopping instead, but there are already delays in delivery.

Song-shil goes home to find her husband KIM HAK-JE (Hong Soon-chang) chilling on the couch. Her son KIM DONG-HYUN (Kang Han-saem) is doing a live stream and brushes her off when she tries to tell him what’s going on.

Elsewhere, Tae-seok gives a televised press briefing about the virus and its symptoms. He encourages anyone feeling symptoms or noticing them in others to call the CDCH. Sae-bom and Yi-hyun watch at home and discuss what happened with Min-ji and Joo-hyung.

They head out for a walk and run into Young-ok who asks them to keep today’s events quiet. Only the residents witnessed what happened, so they can keep it from leaking. “Bad rumors don’t help the price of our apartment.” Wow.

Outside, Sae-bom admits she understands where Young-ok is coming from; she’d want to keep this expensive place peaceful too. That night, Yi-hyun lies awake and ends up going out. He’s surprised to see Joo-hyung in the parking garage. Apparently, his test results were clean, so they sent him home.

When Yi-hyun threatens to put Joo-hyung in prison soon, Joo-hyung starts yelling about his special skill of filing complaints and suing people. Yi-hyun ignores him and drives over to see Tae-seok. He shows Tae-seok the pills he found at Min-ji’s and gathers that Next is the real cause of illness.

Yi-hyun observes that they took care of the dealers from the warehouse, but Tae-seok doesn’t provide any answers. Tae-seok does grant him a visit with Min-ji, though. She’s tied to a bed and still hasn’t returned to a normal state.

Ji-soo reveals Min-ji was about to die when she got the virus – it’s the only thing keeping her alive. When she returns to normal, she’ll likely die. Yi-hyun gets on eye level with Min-ji and promises to catch whoever did this to her.

While Joo-hyung cleans the blood off his bathroom walls, Tae-seok goes to meet with the dealer they’ve stashed in a refrigerated container. He asks if the dealer sold to anyone in the apartment complex, but the dealer doesn’t want to talk for nothing.

The next day, Hak-je yells at Sung-shil for having the audacity to not feel up to cooking his food. He says he’s going out and gets annoyed when Sung-shil asks for a hamburger. Isn’t he a ray of entitled sunshine?

Meanwhile, Ji-soo calls Yi-hyun to let him know Min-ji passed away. He drags Jung-kook with him to Joo-hyung’s apartment to break the news to him. He’s not exactly crushed. Yi-hyun notices how clean the apartment looks and asks if Joo-hyung cleaned his golf club too after bashing his wife’s head in with it.

Joo-hyung argues it was self-defense, but Yi-hyun has another theory. Min-ji was supposed to die after being struck but instead, she got the virus and survived. Yi-hyun holds up a forensic report as evidence. He also brings up Joo-hyung’s criminal record and revoked medical license.

Yi-hyun postulates that after being forced to hand over his clinic to Min-ji, Joo-hyung must’ve wanted to make a comeback. Joo-hyung is confident Yi-hyun can’t prove his theory … until Jung-kook brings Sang-hee in as a witness. Yi-hyun arrests Joo-hyung on the spot.

Elsewhere, Tae-seok sits by a woman’s bedside, the same zombified woman from the flashback last episode. In another flashback, he walks in and freezes in shock to see a zombie biting her neck. Tae-seok leaves her bedside and tells Ji-soo to proceed with cordoning off the building.

In a fast food restaurant, Hak-je struggles with the touch screen ordering system. He tries to get someone to help, but everyone in the line ignores him.

On the outside exercise equipment, Seo-yoon tells Sae-bom that she’s decided to get surgery. She’s more susceptible to illness, so her mom is worried about the virus spreading at the complex. They’ll leave for the hospital after her mom gets back from being tested.

When Tae-seok shows up, Sae-bom steps aside to talk to him. He shares that the dealer confessed to selling Next as a diet and concentration aid to gym members at the complex. Oh, so all the rich people are taking it.

Many more cases will soon occur, and there’s only one safety measure they can take. Sirens sound and soldiers surround the grounds of the complex. They literally wall the residents inside and block every exit.

Tae-seok claims it’s a temporary measure until they have the resources to handle things. Since Sae-bom is valuable, she’s free to leave. Sae-bom is sorry she didn’t make their secret operation public from the start and refuses to leave. Running away isn’t her style.

Hak-je returns to see all the soldiers outside. He catches Tae-seok on his way out to ask what’s going on. Tae-seok tells him he can go inside, but if he does, he can’t leave again.

In the lobby, Sae-bom calls Yi-hyun. She says she’s locked in and tells him not to fight his way inside. As she promises to protect the building, Yi-hyun walks out of the elevator with a handcuffed Joo-hyung.

Sae-bom runs over and throws her arms around him. “I thought I was alone,” she says into his shoulder. She doesn’t let go of Yi-hyun even when Joo-hyung takes the opportunity to run out the door. It’s not like he’ll get far.

 
COMMENTS

And now they’re locked in. I didn’t realize how big that apartment complex is until that last shot. It looked like they cordoned off all the buildings, which I’m guessing means the pills were sold to rich people across the entire complex. This could get a lot bigger than I’d expected. One thing I’m not clear on is why Next wasn’t mentioned in the press briefing Tae-seok gave about the sickness. He clearly knows there’s a link, but they seem to be keeping it quiet for now. Is that his decision or the government’s?

This episode ratcheted up the intensity. That bathroom scene was deliciously creepy, and I’m hoping we get more where that came from as we move into this next phase of the plot. We don’t get many truly creepy dramas, so I’m always rooting for more in the way of horror. I’m excited to see where things go now that everyone is trapped with the soon-to-be zombified rich people. This could take class warfare to a whole new level.


Tae-seok’s wife is infected, yet she gets a special room all to herself with state-of-the-art equipment rather than a refrigerated container. Yi-hyun wasn’t off about the hypocrisy. I don’t think Tae-seok is evil or anything – callous, maybe, but in general, I think he’s doing what he believes is best. He strikes me as someone who believes the ends justify the means. He’d flip the switch in the trolley problem.

Yi-hyun and Sae-bom, on the other hand, are both idealists. They’re empathetic and have a strong sense of justice, so it’s natural they’d butt heads with someone like Tae-seok. It’s easy to see why they’re such good friends. They certainly make a badass couple. Both at the quarantine site and with Min-ji, they jumped in and handled the situation without hesitation. I love how Sae-bom leads the charge while Yi-hyun unerringly has her back.

Despite Sae-bom’s bravery, I like that she’s not this fearless superhero. She just does what she needs to do, even if it’s frightening. Sae-bom never takes the easy way out, like with the apartment. She had the chance to save herself but chose to stay because she felt it was the right thing to do. But that doesn’t mean the decision is easy. The sense of relief she felt when she saw Yi-hyun is proof of that. No matter how brave you are, it’s always comforting to have someone by your side during a zombie apocalypse.

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I really like this series. It is quirky and interesting, but I am a zombie genre fan, so take it for what you will.

There is something about the cleaner and the guy on the 16(?) floor that I think will become interesting later. They don't pay attention to such things if they aren't a setup for something to come.

I still wonder what kind of disease our FL had as a child and if it confers benefits to most people with that condition. I also wonder if it is related to the neighbor child's condition.

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Yeah. I feel the perm/T-shirt chap will play a role later. He seems to be collecting military stuff.
And yes the cleaners and the other guy.

I worry about the young girl. Hope she is ok till the end of the drama.

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Even though he's one of "rich" apt owners, I feel like he could be a decent, even helpful guy. He takes health precautions seriously. He's probably prepared for lockdowns way before this new virus happened.

I hope she'll be okay too. It would be awful to see her suffer. I'm more worried about Yi Hyun's partner Jung Kook. He's the type of side character that could get killed off and majorly affect the leads.

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I don't really care about the zombies, I still wonder how they will find a way like a treatment? Killing everybody? But I'm mainly here for Sae-bom and Yi-hyun :p

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@quirkycase Thanks for the recap. I think Tae Sook din't comment on the link between the drug and the virus because it would only create more panic among the public, as people would either flock the hospitals for test or refuse to test or flee the country.

I'm no medical expert, so I wonder how difficult it is for some researcher at the isloated military area to even think of the possibility that Sae Bom's blood might have the solution for the virus. Can't they like research on her blood, given the scene where she was donating so much blood for a periodic test.

Sae Bom's heroic saves grated on my nerves because she was possibly infecting people around her in an effort to save one person, be it Lee Seung Young or Min Ji. I liked that the drama addressed it by having Ji Soo say, Five of her comrades were infected in the process of saving Lee Seung Young.

Being empathetic, being courageous is all not fine when there is basic common sense lacking. When Min Ji ran out, she probably infected the granma too🙄🙄🙄

Apart from the above nitpicks, the plot and relationship between Sae Bom and Yi Hyun is so far interesting.

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I will have to rewatch that scene.. but I dont think that the soldier was saying that her comrades were infected during that incident alone. Yes, total 5 were infected but she was saying it in defense to SaeBom’s disappointment that she was complicit in hauling all the infected in trucks just because they are running out of rooms, and that she was actually sealed in that truck. Same context of the conversation between YiHyun and Taesok.. albeit much calmer. In that truck scene, no soldier had appeared ro be harmed, as they were all armed with that electric thingy, and only yihyun went after sae bom, as the soldiers even tried to close the truck door on her.

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This is my understanding too since, as far as I remember, none of the soldiers went inside the truck and they were quick to overpower Saebom’s partner after they got out. Same thought that Jisoo just meant that so far 5 of her colleagues have been infected but not from that one specific incident.

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My bad. I agree that the colleagues were not infected while Sae Bom tried to save Lee Seung Young, but I still stand with my statement of Sae Bom's reckless attitude. In the next episode, the grandma is confirmed as infected.

Her attitude is close to people in real life who were lethargic of covid before witnessing the deaths of a large number of people. She is putting other people in harm's way.

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I think the Next pill might not be the only thing. Maybe there is another catalyst?

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I love this drama to bits! It might not be a novel story but I really like how it’s directed. It’s gripping and they have some interesting characters. And our OTP is 😍

Yes, why can’t they announce About next so people will stop eating these pills. It’s a pill that was pulled out of the market anyway?

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Zombies are not my genre, I started watching this for Park Hyung-sik, and now I am hooked. They had me in the first five minutes of the show, at the rooftop scene. I love how everything in their relationship is understated. Hope they get a happy ending, and none of them gets zombified.
The show is gripping, and feels very real in our world of pandemic and lockdowns.
About the disease, I am not a scientist, but if something is triggered by drugs, how can it be transmitted by biting or scratching? It would make sense only if the pills contain the virus. So did someone on purpose contaminate Next with a virus? If the disease is the side-effect of the drug, affecting brain, nervous system, causing hallucinations, thirst and aggression, it can not be spread by biting. I'm curious how they explain it, but it’s not ruining my enjoyment of the show. Not watching it for science ;)

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A question for someone familiar with Korean ways. Is sleeping in day clothes really a thing in Korea? Yi-Hyun goes to bed in his day clothes, and then just gets up from the bed and goes out in the same clothes. I’ve seen it many times in dramas, and it always throws me out from the story for a moment.

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I have the same curiosity kkk There are the inevitable sweatshirts too. They don't have any pretty, comfy clothes to wear inside the house. Everyone is either in social attire or in ugly sweatshirt outfit.

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It's funny. They can't wear shoes inside even if there is someone on the ground dying slowly, the person will take off his shoes before. But sleeping with their day clothers, no issue with that :p

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Or the one with you can't have the shoes inside on the floor but it's ok to have them on the table of the living room type...

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I can only speak for our house, but the boyfriend definitely has pajamas. (잠 옷)

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I really like them as a couple. They’re just so weird, not in exactly the same way but on a very similar wavelength. And both of them have a casual efficiency streak that’s really appealing.

Sae Bom seems to grasp the social dynamics of things, and Yi Hyun is more puzzle-solving. Sae Bom might be a little more on the analytical side, nonchalantly probing and observing as she figures out what’s going on, and Yi Hyun appears to be more on the prep side, both noting anomalies and acting on it like it’s foreshadowing. And then there’s the fact that he apparently will back Sae Bom up as reflexively (and unobtrusively) as breathing.

It’s a really quirky pair, I like this a lot. And now they’re trapped inside one of their training exercises.

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I think it’s also great how YH just goes with the flow with SB and doesn’t question her actions. He doesn’t yell at her for going in to rescue her friend alone or even question her motives. Instead he just focuses on making sure she’s ok and being glad he was there. He just lets her be her own bada$$ self. That’s a keeper!

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I second your comments! I think it’s cute when he agrees with everything she wants for the house (curtains, kitchen top…) and where she wants to go for honeymoon. This couple is so adorable!

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Me too, I really like that he does not question her or yells at her as if he knows better, but lets her be herself and has her back, without pomp. And agreeing to her interior choices is so cute.

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The drama is kind of interesting but the FL is rather unlikable. She is arrogant and self centered, choosing to do what she wants despite the consequence for anyone. If this was something the show itself was using as part of the plot it would be much better but instead she is being shown as the hero. The government guy and the cop make up for her though, this could use more nice side characters instead of romance.

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Sae Bom is certainly self-sufficient, but I haven’t really seen her decisions have drastic consequences for anyone. Her self-confidence means she does stuff like dive into a fridge truck, but… she was also right, there WAS a way to extricate her partner, and she mostly only put herself in danger. When she loosed the zombie wife, the only person at immediate risk was the guy who literally pushed her into the bathroom - he’s the one who then sprinted through the building. She was ready to convince Yi Hyun to marry her (but didn’t have to) and she’s been very affectionate to that little girl.

She’s not polite and she’s not self-sacrificing (well, other than zombie partner rescue), but she is definitely someone you want around during the zombie apocalypse and probably at non-zombie times too. If she turns cruel my view might change, but right now? She’s okay in my book.

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The soldier told her 5 soldiers got it because of her stupid and selfish decision to go inside that truck. In order to liberate her friend, whom she knew had already changed, she risked the whole city. The same way she risked the whole building just to open that door despite knowing the woman inside was also changed. The reason her actions don't have even more terrible consequences is because someone has been saving her every time, the soldiers at the truck and the cop inside the building, both contained situations that she created doing crazy actions. If drama was being more realistic her bad choices would have even more consequences.

She was wrong, she killed 5 soldiers to get her partner whom she knew was already lost. When she opened that door from the corridor the woman was locked, she knew there was a chance the woman would escape and that's what happened, she could have killed the child and the blame would be hers as much as the husband. I would not want her around me because she would put anyone at risk without a second thought.

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Rewatched this scene per an earlier commenter.. and yes, no soldier went in to help Saebom. They even closed the door on her. Only Yihyun went in to help her. And that female soldier even pulled her gun on her. The confrontation scene started with Saebom telling the female soldier : "I was disappointed in you". and the soldier said : "5 of her comrades got infected while taking care of "them". to justify her and their actions in sealing the infected in a truck and treating them as not humans anymore. Plus of course, sealing Saebom in the truck.

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Thanks @jingbee I rewatched that moment and you are right, it wasn't at that confrontation. The drama really doesn't allow her reckless actions to have real consequences. Does it make any difference though? If someone does something irresponsible it doesn't become responsible just because nobody paid the price for it.

It's a common kdrama flaw, the ML is allowed to have issues but the FL is rarely shown as being wrong, as if people could not tolerate a real, selfish, impulsive woman as the lead. I would like her a lot more if drama was brave and used her real personality traits as part of the plot.

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Besides, they did not go in to help her but the people inside should have easily been able to escape, which makes the decision irresponsible.

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and if I was pushed to be zombie food, I will also do everything to escape and get that guy who pushed me as the new zombie food instead. =)

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No, I meant the first time she opened the door, before she was pushed. I didn't blame her for doing anything to escape but I don't think a responsible person, let alone a trained soldier, would have opened that door with no backup or plan.

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I think that’s the point of her being counterterrorism - they’re a little over the top. She listened, she applied what she knew (that quiet means deactivated) and was cautious opening that door - until she got pushed in, at which point she wasted NO time with foolishness and just dealt calmly with the matter at hand.

It worked for me.

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@Miranda, the zombies are not bombs kkk
She has seen one of them go from quiet to crazy in seconds, so what would be the purpose of going in there? With no backup. No gun, no plan. The way she did dealt with the situation once she was pushed was very good though, I agree there.

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Counterterrorism teams don’t just deal with bombs - there are bomb disposal teams for that. Counterterrorism is different because it’s all about untangling the process and intent of someone (or a cell of someones) who have an overarching motivation to cause widespread terror. And in some cases, that means encountering a vague situation and having to take a risk to assess what’s actually happening.

Sae Bom thought (but didn’t know) the wife was a zombie. She was cautious, but she also knows she could likely partially restrain a calm zombie. After all, calling for help just means calling in more people with Sae Bom’s skillset, and she knows their hands are full.

I was an EMT, so I guess I look at some of these situations with the same lens. Calculated risk-taking by someone who knows what they’re doing sometimes just saves a lot of time and trouble. Sae Bom doesn’t call backup unless it’s absolutely needed, but she’s also capable enough to handle a lot of these situations solo. Her risk tolerance is just way higher than most (and probably higher than Yi Hyun’s, but he has total confidence in her.

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I know it's not just about bombs kk, you're the one that compared a "quiet" zombie to a deactivated bomb. The thing is, she was barely able to escape that first soldier zombie, she got out because she had a gun and her friend also helped, so she knew not to make that call, and to prove that, when she did face the woman alone, again her skills did not matter, she was saved by the cop.

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I didn't compare a zombie to a deactivated bomb. That was all you. I just used the word "deactivated", which... isn't a word exclusive to explosives. It just means made inactive.

I won't continue going round with you on Sae Bom's behavior; we probably just have different risk tolerances.

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The little girl’s life was endangered though, she got there in time to save her but what about the trauma she’s going to end up with, especially now that they’re all being locked in with an unknown number of infected people.

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That's a lot of blame to lay on a law enforcement officer who, from the looks of it, just wanted to peek in at a bathroom prisoner to confirm whether or not she was actually a zombie before formulating a next step.

Maybe we should be blaming the guy who killed his wife, shoved a cop into a room with a zombie, then ran through an apartment building full of people with the zombie in hot pursuit? Perhaps?

Also, why are people assuming that it would have been the better/safer idea for Sae Bom to leave a bloodied guy in full charge of a possible zombie who's not exactly secured in the bathroom? Or that there would've been cops available to handle a possible-but-not-known zombie situation reported by Sae Bom?

Her decision-making capabilities are pretty sound, in my opinion. The fallout is generally pretty limited, and I'm not of the opinion that doing nothing or waiting for reinforcements was the better route here.

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She knew, the husband told her. She did not know if the wife was "hungry" or not, she decided to take a chance.
Nobody said the husband wasn't to blame, he's very guilty, much more than Sae Bom, which doesn't make her choice any better. I think she could have easily called the gov guy and waited for reinforcements.

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Finally someone calling her out!! She’s making bad decisions all throughout and I cannot with her!! She’s endangered not only herself but so many other people but still has the audacity to criticize the government guy that’s trying to control the situation.

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I just watched the scene where she releases the wife from the bathroom and I'm soooo irritated!! I'm so mad, that I paused and came here to the comments, hoping for validation that I can't be the only one who finds her actions particularly reckless and selfish! Sure, the upstairs neighbour/husband pushed her into the bathroom (what a douchebag!!) but why release his wife? Retaliation? Is that really what a national security office should do? What the hell???
And now she's fighting the zombie wide with a pillow... Really?? When you could have left her in the bathroom all along?!?

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I knew that there's a fictional disease called mad person disease. I could said that no need to call 1639 because 1639 was a fictional emergency hotline for fictional mad person disease symptoms. (...but in real life, I think there's 911).

For more info about the real emergency numbers aside from 911, see:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_telephone_number

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I'm really enjoying this show! The main trio and plot is interesting. Excited to see how things play out. Hope more people watch it.

Sae Bom can be brave and scared. Thanks for bringing that up. She followed her instincts and investigated when she noticed the small blood stain on the sleeve. She looked a bit reckless (not having a weapon or back-up), but she wasn't a regular citizen. She is trained and can put up a fight if needed. Joo Hyung withheld info about his wife's status and he unexpectedly pushed Sae Bom into the bathroom wtf.

Even though there were serious and tense scenes in this episode, it still managed to make me laugh. Sae Bom's nonchalant comment about runaway Joo Hyung not getting far cracked me up.

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Really like our leads especially Yi-hyun...He is so calm and collected while going with the flow in terms of his relationship with Sae-bom,the guy really is a keeper...Don't know about others but I actually like Tae Seok a lot and think he is perfect for his hard job even more considering they are in a situation were they don't have a cure or close to it while showing us glimses of some personal side with his pregnant wife...
Really hope Yi-hyun convicts in the end that Husband for what he did to his poor wife...
Also like the T shirt dude even if we got very few on him for the moment,giggled at Yi-hyun side eyeing Sae-bom when they met at the elevator...

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I'm really enjoying this series so far and the character analysis you've written up. This is probably a cliched and millennial thing to do but I've been thinking all 3 leads are all representative of a Hogwarts house lol

Yoon Sae-Bom is a Gryffindor -- she's brave and courageous and daring to the point of being reckless sometimes, and she's got a strong moral compass.

Jung Yi-hyun is a Ravenclaw I'm thinking because he's observant, intelligent and logical, and idealistic.

I think Han Tae-suk is a Slytherin -- he's realistic, strategic, and intelligent, and he has "ends justify the means" reasoning.

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Love it! Harry Potter reference. I totally dig it. I would add maybe JYH's cop partner is a Hufflepuff too then?

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Only 1 thing I remember from this episode : Awww, she hugged him! It was a long day, a hard decision to make, and thankfully Sae Bom has strong supportive understanding Yi Hyun by her side, who is actually arresting the evil husband of Park Min Ji.

Sae Bom refusing to let go her hug makes me smile all the way. So sweet!!

I'm thankful that this show is giving Yi Hyun more role to play rather than just supporting Sae Bom. Or maybe because I want to see Park Hyung Sik more in action. Haha.

I don't blame Tae Sok. I'm not sure if I want to hate him or root for him. It's a tough desicion for him to make. Do anyone have any other better solution than what they already doing?

Of course it's not humane. I hate that they put the patients in the cold truck, but what other options that they have. At least they don't burn the patients alive...

Which we learn about this later, about Tae Sok's wife... This is so sad... My heart asking, please God, how do we handle this situation...

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Now let's see what we know about this virus - 1) A person can get infected by taking the Next pill, or if you get scratched or bitten 2) Early symptoms - wound not healing, extreme thirst, fatigue 3) Extreme thirst makes one mad , for blood, eyes turn white during rage periods, does not feel pain 4) however, it is temporary and there are quiet periods - and it seems to maintain quiet period, must be kept in cold temp (4 degrees below), had to have some supplements (IV) to keep them alive . 5) if the person dies (hunger, sickness,blood loss or getting murdered (as park min ki ) , the virus keeps them zombified (but clearly no longer human). Bottomline, they are still human unless they just go on killing? Can they turn on each other then? So when is the infected considered unredeemable? questions..questions..

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I am normally shy away from zombie genre but Sae Bom and Yi Hyun reel me in. I'm curious to find more about their relationship, especially how Sae Bom feels about Yi Hyun. Clearly Yi Hyun has feelings for her since the high school days and Sae Bom likes Yi Hyun's company. People surround them were not surprised to hear that they got married but not sure how they can go on about being just friends all the years.

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Agree about being curious about their relationship. It seems like YH's partner makes some reference to the fact that he didn't think YH would get here this way when he gave him the picture. I interpreted that as that he knew YH has had a crush for a long time on SB. Somehow YH seems to be in pretty close contact with SB's mom so they must have become close friends, although weirdly he asked SB if the single room living condition was during high school. So maybe they become close in the police academy?

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Half way through ep3 and this show still lacks the urgency that makes me want to know more. There is a similarity with "Sweet Home" in its plot (quarantine, flesh-eating monsters, brave survivors), which is what attracted me to it, but somehow, the way things here in "Happiness" are not quite as enthralling, for me. 😕

I'm a big fan of Park Hyung Sik😍, but sadly don't find him compelling or convincing in his role as detective Jung Yi Hyun (for now?)😣. Han Hyo Joo is a good actress but her character Yoon Sae Bom had been making reckless irrational choices😡🙄🙄 in the name of curiosity and somewhat self-righteousness over treating zombie-like people more humanly than the special military folks.

Their living-together slow-budding romance — while refreshing in how quickly it happened, with both parties happy, consenting and thriving — does not feel real. It's like, "meh. Ok. They're roommates. So what?😐".

I'll even add that the sudden change of tone from "Sae Bom, the reckless badass who absolutely wants to save her friend in the freezer truck" to "Detective effortlessly pulling her out and giving her a tender look-over to make sure she's ok" — with both of them looking clean as a whistle, not a drop of blood or sweat — was jarring 😑.
I'll give it till the end of ep4.
I want to like this show so much but...😵😕

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