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Again My Life: Episodes 13-14

So far, our hero has only faced minor inconveniences and setbacks in his quest for revenge, but he’s getting too close to his arch nemesis and can no longer continue flying under the radar. As our bad guy begins to question his motives, some of our hero’s carefully constructed alliances begin to crumble.

 
EPISODES 13-14 WEECAP

This week’s opening fight scene was entertaining, but it comes as no surprise that it was not the final showdown between Hee-woo and Tae-sub’s hitman. They duke it out, and while Hee-woo’s extra training has clearly paid off, he still manages to be shocked that the unscrupulous hired killer would use cheap tricks and throw dirt in his eyes as a means of gaining the upper hand. Thankfully, the sound of police sirens in the distance scares our hitman away before he gets the chance to kill Seung-hyuk or Hee-woo (again).

Following the encounter, Hee-woo cleverly meets with Tae-sub and preemptively reveals that he’s the one who fought off the hitman. He lies that he’d followed Seung-hyuk to try and convince him and Gyu-ri to drop the case against JQ Construction, but then the hitman showed up. After rescuing Seung-hyuk, Hee-woo claims he’s convinced his colleagues to stop their investigation, but now, he wonders aloud, “Should I pursue the monster that attacked Seung-hyuk… or should I leave the monster alone?” It’s a subtle way of Hee-woo saying he suspects that the hitman was sent by Tae-sub and is deferring to Tae-sub for how he should proceed.

Tae-sub is impressed with Hee-woo’s intelligence and likes that he doesn’t whine or beg like the other people who align themselves with him, but he also finds it suspicious that Hee-woo never asks for anything in return. Someone as young and talented as Hee-woo should have ambition, and the absence of it prompts Tae-sub to dig deeper into Hee-woo’s background. He instructs his people to find someone within the prosecutor’s office who can keep a subtle eye on Hee-woo. That someone is Min-soo, but more on that later.

Hee-woo may have told Tae-sub that Gyu-ri and her team have dropped the JQ Construction case, but that doesn’t mean Hee-woo has abandoned his quest to bring down Seok-hoon. He only publicly placed it on the back burner. Behind the scenes, Hee-woo has Jin-yong stoke the political fires, but Jin-yong fears Hee-woo may have crossed a line when he discovers that Hee-woo’s intent was to position Jin-yong to be the next in line as leader of his political party. At the same time, Hee-woo and Sang-man team up with Hee-ah, who has been buying up JQ Construction stock under her bodyguard’s name.

Seok-hoon is appointed the next prosecutor general, and on the day of his confirmation hearing, Seok-kyu simultaneously holds a press conference and announces an investigation into JQ Construction’s wrongdoings. At Seok-hoon’s hearing, Jin-yong receives a notification on his phone, and he interrupts to tell everyone to tune into the breaking news report concerning the JQ Construction investigation.

As expected, Seok-hoon’s reputation takes a dive because of his family’s crimes, but it’s not completely irreparable — not yet, at least. Tae-sub advises Seok-hoon to arrest his own son (to demonstrate he will uphold the law even if his own family members are the criminals) and to shift the public’s attention to another scandal involving one of Jin-yong’s political rivals, which — consequently and according to Hee-woo’s plan — sets Jin-yong to be the next leader of his political party.

And Tae-sub’s scheme might have worked… had Hee-woo’s allies not systemically exposed Seok-hoon’s corruption and ties to various crimes. Han-mi even held a press conference and announced that she is Seok-hoon’s illegitimate daughter. His public image hits rock bottom, and there’s no way of recovering from it. So when Hee-woo sits across from Seok-hoon in the interrogation room, lays out the evidence against him, and reveals that he is Han-mi’s friend — the one who rescued her all those years ago — Seok-hoon resigns himself to his fate and confesses to his crimes.

Unfortunately, with Seok-hoon behind bars, Hee-woo loses an ally: Min-soo, who made a deal with Tae-sub. In exchange for being able to arrest the CEO of Mirae Electronics (the man who framed Min-woo’s father) Min-soo agreed to keep a watchful eye on Hee-woo. In the interest of fairness, though, Min-soo not only warned Hee-woo that he’d defected, but he also declared a truce until Seok-hoon was arrested.

So now Min-soo is supposedly Hee-woo’s rival, but… I’m not so sure about that. Yes, the drama has shown that Min-soo is intelligent and the only person who can potentially outwit Hee-woo. And yes, meaningful camera angles and shifty eyes have suggested Min-soo has ulterior motives. But, is he really willing to overlook Tae-sub’s — maybe unintentional — negligence in his father’s case just because Tae-sub handed him the Mirae CEO on a platter? Surely he’s more filial than that, and I’m inclined to believe that Min-soo will double-cross Tae-sub next week.

I don’t hate the idea of Min-soo becoming Hee-woo’s rival. In fact, I find it quite interesting compared to a lot of the other plot elements that have been thrown at us. However, if that’s the direction the story is taking, I wished it had gone there earlier.

In the meantime, Hee-woo and Hee-ah continue forward with their collaborative buyout of JQ Construction, which Tae-sub wants to own so he and his people can leverage it to buy a controlling portion of Chunha Group (or something like that). Sang-man — under Hee-woo’s instructions — approaches JQ Construction as a potential buyer, but Tae-sub’s lackey dips into his Bando Bank connections to borrow more money and drives up the offering price.

Instead of proposing a higher counter offer, though, Hee-woo corners the director of the Financial Supervisory Service and convinces — blackmails — him to place sanctions on Bando Bank so that they maintain the equity-to-asset ratio, limiting the amount of money that Tae-sub’s man can borrow to try and purchase JQ Construction.

Although Hee-woo has seemingly taken a giant leap forward in blocking Tae-sub from encroaching on Hee-ah’s company, Tae-sub has not been idle. For one, he recruits an attractive, successful, and arrogant woman JUNG SEO-YEON (Lee Yeon-doo) to honey trap Hee-woo as part of some yet-to-be-seen-plan to “leash” Hee-woo. And second, Tae-sub convinces Seok-kyu to be the next chief prosecutor, but is Seok-kyu really on Tae-sub’s side, or is he just working his own angle to take down Tae-sub?

I guess we will find out next week when this show finally comes to an end and puts me out of my misery. Again My Life continues to do well in ratings, but my attention has been steadily decreasing as Hee-woo’s revenge tactics become more and more entrenched in the corporate and political worlds. With only one week left, I should be eagerly anticipating our villain’s impending downfall. Instead, I’m apathetic, and the only thing inciting my curiosity is a desire to find out Min-soo and Seok-kyu’s true alliances.

 
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OMG @daebakgrits me too, lol, my apathy for this show is so high, it is just so meh. The characters that should be most entertaining are the blanket. Sigh.

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Absolutely right, DaebakGrits. "When this show finally comes to an end." I enjoyed it so much in the beginning, but my interest is "steadily decreasing." It would have been a better short drama. Or tighter writing, with emphasis on the female characters, I guess.

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So, despite alllllll those years of training Hee-Woo almost died again at the hands of the same man? Sigh

Sang Man as a CEO was a nice touch and his crush on Hee A is cute. I'm actually shipping Hee A with her bodyguard; he's such an eye candy.

Hee-Woo's excess confidence will obviously finally tip off Cho Tae-sub because it's suspicious that he never asks questions and always turns downs Tae-sub's offers to grant him a wish.

I had some kind of doubts about Min-soo but as @daebakgrits said it's a little too late to make him an antagonist. So, I'm not really buying his new "allegiance" to Cho Tae-sub and I also think that Seok-kyu is trying to make a move on his own.

There will definitely be casualties next week in Hee-Woo's camp...i wonder who it will be

They really wasted the Grim reaper/Director Han story. We should have already had more information on her motives.

My excitement over this show has waned these past week. I used to watch both episodes as soon as the second aired on Saturday but I now watch them on Sunday afternoon before my other weekend dramas

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Re Grim reaper/Director Han and her unknown motives - they only have 2 more days to figure her out and kill her off so she can become a Reaper and arrange for Hee-woo to avenge her.

Or has she been a secret Reaper all along? I don't think so, but it's the only other theory I can think of, and according to Tomorrow, Reapers can take go undercover and take jobs to fulfill their mission.

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It would be really wild if they say she was a reaper all along 😆, but yeah, they 2 episodes seems short to start her story/finish it along with the 3245 other characters

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@daebakgrits, that’s exactly how I feel. At this point I’m only continuing the show because I already invested so many hours. Apathy is the best way to put it. There was no need to stretch this out to 16 episodes. I just don’t care anymore.

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It feels like this drama needs to have an extension to finish the story, BUT I also don't want this show to be dragged out further. Can't believe they will wrap everything up in the last two episodes. Hee Woo has had to get past so many layers before reaching Tae Sub. Like the top of a corrupt pyramid.

My interest was starting to decline last week, but gonna finish this show mainly due to being a fan of Lee Jun Ki and it's only two more episodes. -sighs- I wish it had been better. Glad the ratings were good though. I'm curious about Min Soo's and Seok Kyu's plans too. I had expected Min Soo to be more than he appeared, but I was a little surprised about Seok Kyu. Does he have some greed he decided to act on? Seems too late in the show for this new reveal.

There's no way Hee Woo will fall for that woman. He looked more curious and maybe suspicious than attracted.

The preview for next week looks the most interesting and dramatic for our main character.

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The show really should have had better use of the female lead and supporting characters, but other than that, this show did what it was suppose to do.

Some of y'all are so use to Lee Jun ki just doing action scenes and not much else, but now that he is acting with few and far between scenes, you are complaining. The supporting cast and the addition of Lee Kyung Young as the co lead, it should have given you a pretty good idea of the direction the show was going to take.

Jun ki has shown he has range as an actor in this series, but that is not what y'all want or expect from him.

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This show is being true with the source (web novel)
And actually they give more screentime for female lead than the novel. Some FL scenes from this drama weren't in the novel. Everyone who read the novel/webtoon know about it.
Well, despite all your complaints, korean viewers and most international fans (especially those who read the original sources) love it so...

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What are you talking about, 'despite all of your complaints'.

That is not what I said.

I said what I said. Read it again and then move on. I am not the one. Stop thinking you are a gatekeeper.

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sorry, i mean the complaints from comments above you.

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i am having fun with the show, as it is complicated plot, but not too complicated for me to stay with. And its not very dark, yet, although the teaser made me think Sang Man is going to bite it. everybody is so calm when double crossing each other and bowing as someone kicks them in the teeth!!
Our hero warned us that he would have to become a monster, so i don't know where the end is leading us.

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Yes @daebakgrits I am with you. I am a Lee Joon-gi fan and am hanging in there but at this stage for the bean.
I think LAWLESS LAWYER was a much more interesting drama. I am sorry but Lee Geung-young as baddie does not compare with LL’s two top notch villains in Lee Hye-young and Choi Min-Soo.
It is not a good sign that in episode 14 I am still referring to AsianWiki to figure out who the characters are.
LJG’s physicality has been outstanding but in the later episodes it almost disappeared. The idea of Hee-woo falling into a honey trap is absurd. The guy has been a monk for 14 episodes.

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