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Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Episodes 7-8

With a certain stalker back and as deluded as ever, our heroine’s loved ones rally to keep each other safe. Her family may be a mess, but they’re ride or die. Our chef struggles to keep an emotional distance the more involved with our herione he gets, but his hot-and-cold act isn’t going over well. Meanwhile, long-forotten memories lead to a revelation that raises new questions about just what happened that night 18 years ago.

 
EPISODES 7-8 WEECAP

Stalker Jin-geun corners Da-hyun in a dark alley, still in his twisted fantasy that they’re dating. He has the gall to argue let bygones be bygones – he’s forgiven her, so now she just needs to apologize (!). I’m not sure whether to admire Da-hyun for her courage in aggressively rebuking him or get frustrated at the danger she’s courting by antagonizing him.

Gye-hoon finds Da-hyun and Jin-geun rankles at their obvious closeness. Only the CCTV camera stops him from attacking Gye-hoon in the street and gets him to leave for the moment. Guess we know who his next target is.

I love how Gye-hoon has become a reluctant member of Da-hyun’s family meetings, but he does draw the line at the suggestion he stay with them for safety. Da-hyun isn’t about to let Gye-hoon wander around alone, though, so she enlists Jin-hoon to help keep an eye on him.

This family is so extra that no matter what they do, it ends up looking like a Pink Panther scene. Now, they travel around in a pack, ready for battle whenever a young man who slightly resembles Jin-geun passes by.

As for Jin-geun, he’s decided that Gye-hoon is the problem in his “relationship,” which means he needs to go. He blackmails the taxi ajusshi with footage of the accident, ordering him to run over Gye-hoon if he wants to stay out of jail. Uh, that argument seems a tad flawed.

The taxi ajusshi may have tried to bury Jin-geun after he thought he killed him – is it bad I laughed at Jin-geun getting almost killed and buried twice in one night? – but he proves he’s not a murderer of innocents. He drives at Gye-hoon, but he swerves at the last minute, crashing into Bok-hee’s restaurant instead. (The neighbors are secretly overjoyed to have a break from eating her awful food for a while.)

Jin-geun is disappointed Gye-hoon isn’t dead, which he learns by going to Bok-hee’s restaurant. At first, Bok-hee and halmeoni don’t recognize the conscious version of him. When they do, they threaten him if he doesn’t leave Da-hyun alone. He shamelessly says he “sincerely loves” Da-hyun and refuses to give up on her. Gross.

Next thing you know, they’ve all drawn the weapons they’ve been concealing. Gye-hoon walks in during their standoff and confronts Jin-geun for trying to have him killed. Once again, Jin-geun backs off for the time being.

The return of Jin-geun and the danger that puts Da-hyun in has made it impossible for Gye-hoon to keep ignoring his own feelings. Ever since losing his sister, he’s tried to avoid deep connections that make him feel weak. But now, he’s in too deep to delude himself.

Da-hyun is worried now that he’s on Jin-geun’s radar – she keeps having dreams of Gye-hoon getting attacked. When she finds out that Jin-geun actually tried to hurt him, she tells Gye-hoon off for keeping it from her and cuts him off. Da-hyun doesn’t waver this time and makes good on her word, keeping their relationship professional. Although Gye-hoon isn’t happy about her pushing him away, he does mostly accept her decision. He doesn’t agree to let her quit the restaurant, though.

One thing I greatly appreciate about Da-hyun and Gye-hoon is that they don’t let things fester between them. They communicate, thank the drama gods. If only Gye-hoon could be honest about his own feelings, they’d be set.

Da-hyun has had it with Jin-geun messing with her loved ones, so she confronts him. There’s no trace of the fear she had when facing him earlier as she threatens to finish the job if he touches any of her people. Rather than be rational, Jin-geun decides that Gye-hoon has ruined his life and must pay.

Once he’s destroyed all the CCTV cameras nearby, he goes to pay Gye-hoon a visit. But both Da-hyun and Eun-jung are already there. When Eun-jung sees him, she greets him … by trying to stab him. Oho. So it turns out he’s not her little brother – he was dating her little sister who disappeared.

I totally should’ve seen that coming, but I did honestly think she was his sister. They even both have “Eun” in their names like siblings (who often share a common syllable). Then, there’s her aggressive behavior toward Da-hyun who, for some reason, she didn’t consider might be one of Jin-geun’s victims.

Now Eun-jung is out for blood, as are half of the people in the room. Everything devolves quickly, the commotion drawing Da-hyun’s family over, too. And then everyone is trying to kill Jin-geun and protect each other. It’s a complete mess of half the room attacking while the other half try to hold them back.

The police show up thanks to all the screaming and break up the fight. Da-hyun finally tells the cops that Jin-geun is a stalker, and they all lie that Eun-jung definitely didn’t try to stab Jin-geun – everyone was just protecting Da-hyun.

With the full story out, only Jin-hoon seems appropriately scared of the locals after all the violence and deception. Adding to the fun of this bonkers neighborhood, we learn that both Won-tak and Jin-geun grew up there too.

As I speculated, Won-tak is indeed the son of the suspect in Gye-young’s disappearance. And Jin-geun’s obsession with Da-hyun goes way back to childhood, apparently, although Da-hyun can’t remember him. Gye-hoon does vaguely recall him and shows Da-hyun an old school album to help jog her memory.

Da-hyun’s memories are weirdly fuzzy of that time, but she does recognize Gye-hoon as her old crush and starts to recall spending time with Gye-young. Hmmm… maybe she saw something happen to Gye-young and blocked it?

Maybe she didn’t witness anything, but it looks like Jin-geun did. Like the horrible person he is, he taunts Gye-hoon and refuses to tell him what he knows; he wants to watch him suffer and beg. Gye-hoon loses it and gets into a brawl with Jin-geun. Da-hyun arrives right after Won-tak intervenes, breaking them up. We end with all the Jihwa kids unhappily reunited.

Now that we’re at the halfway point, it looks like we’ll be focusing on the mystery of Gye-young’s disappearance. Although Jin-geun is unhinged and I wouldn’t put it past him to lie just to hurt Gye-hoon, I do think he’s telling the truth about seeing what happened to Gye-young. His amused and surprised reaction to Won-tak calling himself a murderer’s son seemed genuine.

Since everything is apparently tied together, I’m guessing Gye-hoon’s link to Da-hyun is tied to her memory loss and whatever happened to Gye-young. I don’t expect a deep exploration of their link, but I do hope we get some logical explanation of the how and why. I still find it odd that the connection only goes one way, but it appears that was the case with Gye-young too. Maybe all that repressing his own emotions has made him into a conduit for everyone else’s.

 
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is it bad I laughed at Jing-eun getting almost killed and buried twice in one night?

No, but where's "third time's the charm" when we need it?

Hmmm… maybe she saw something happen to Gye-young and blocked it?

That's essentially required by the laws of kdramaland. It's not like she would have been traumatized and blocked out the memory of some of her mom's cooking.

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oh you snarky one! has dramaland jaded you just a bit?!

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I wonder how she can stomach her mum's cooking after eating Michelin-star food?

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@ayrulent Love, pure love 😉

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"It's not like she would have been traumatized and blocked out the memory of some of her mom's cooking."
This comment! 🤣

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Hehe, this totally unconvincing play by the neighbours that they are absolutely sad not to be able to eat in mother's and grandmother's restaurant anymore made me laugh so much.

Mother and grandmother were great again. Maybe it wasn't the smartest thing to do, but I loved how they confronted and threatened the stalker directly. And on top of that, this subtle reference to the fridge while inviting him to dinner.

I hadn't counted on both the stalker and the cop growing up in the neighbourhood. With the stalker it had been hinted at during the seventh episode, but the policeman had surprised me.

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After your comment about the restaurant getting closed because of the destruction reminded me of how brilliant the entire sequence was. From the camera focusing on the car accelerating to hit Gye Hoon to it finally being shown crashed in front of the Stew place was brilliant! The neighbours reaction was priceless.

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@nefret I am glad that the mom and grandma showed that they weren't going to allow him to get away with threatening Da-hyun.

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is it bad I laughed at Jing-eun getting almost killed and buried twice in one night?

@quirkycase You are not the only one. Even the ruckus that happened in Gye Hoon's restuarant was so funny🤣🤣🤣 This is exactly what you call as dark comedy and given the ratings not many people enjoy it, which is sad.

Da Hyun's "bring it on" confrontation near the cross walk with Ji Geun was brilliant. I'm glad the drama chose to show the trauma and the subsequent act of courage which is necessary for victims to heal.

I also did not expect to be hit with childhood connection at the end of ep 8, because I suddenly felt a teeny bit sorry for Ji Geun to turn out the way he is when the other three kids are still sane, but I do not want the story to given him a redemption arc especially after stalking and attempting to murder Da Hyun. He deserves jail time. I, however, think he might not be the muderer of the girl in the white curtained room because it is pretty obvious and the show so far likes to surprise us. I maybe wrong though!

The actor playing Ji Hoon was already good in another Kdrama "Hometown Cha Cha Cha", but here his acting is exceptionally well. The scene where he stood behind a pillar and looked back and forth between an angry Gye Hoon and Da Hyun slipping into the hands of the young cop was hilarious😂😂😂

The dog too was so cute and as always Gye Hoon and Da Hyun are adorbs ❤ I love their banters

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I need some of Jing-eun's resillience tbh 😂

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omg me too how is he THIS persistent my god

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I don't think Jingeun killed Dahyun's sister. He is mad and totally capable of hurting someone but not killing. Maybe all he did was stealing her belongings... I might be wrong.

Maybe Jingeun has been obsessed to Dahyun since he was a child? Maybe he used to follow her wherever, Gyeyoung noticed it, and that was how repeated fight scene happened.
And maybe that's how Jingeun and Dahyun became witness to whatever happened to Gyeyoung?

Also maybe these people, the nosy neighborhood, are protecting someone "innocent" whom they believe is responsible to what happened to Gyeyoung... just like at the restaurant when they protected each other (or more like Eunjung)?

What if, they all believe Dahyun was responsible(?) for whatever happened to Gyeyoung (thus they have been protecting her all along) and turns out Dahyun was just so unfortunately involved to a sad accident which planned by this bad bad guy 18 years ago

Did i just write something from another drama here?
Maybe i did😅

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Oops, i mean "i don't think Jingeun killed Eunjung's sister"

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I think there's some truth in what you said about the town's people trying to protect DaHyun but ofcourse that is not what happened and someone else was involved.

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You have brought up an interesting possibility with the townsfolk. They could very well be protecting someone.

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I was thinking in ep7 DaHyun needs some female friends as we really didn't see her interact with any (the college friend doesn't seem that close to her) and I'm glad she now has JingEun and the Policewoman besides her mother and grandmother. And it does seem she shared at least some of happened with the female officer (need to find out her name)

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Note that LJE said Gye-young was injured, and he saw who dragged her away.

I'm glad the piano teacher was innocent. I hope Won-tak is able to reconcile with his father now.

I feel like the drama was sending signals through the changes in the way Gye-hoon treated the dog. He told it to get lost, then he fed it. Then later, he apparently bought a dog bed for it. Then, finally, he moved the bed indoors at night. I think his relationship with Da-hyun has been taking a similar trajectory. He was rude to her in the beginning. Then he started to feed her at night. Then he gave her a job, and started to let her get closer to him. Now she's the one cutting him off, but that's pretty clearly not what he wants anymore.

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That fight scene in the restaurant segued from super intense to slapstick so well! I love the way the show does this. I’m also intrigued to find out who the other dead woman is - and why she was left in Jin-geun’s room instead of being buried….
I might give other comments a miss, though, as some pretty accurate theories made the reveal less of a shock. :) you guys are just too good!

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This drama contains kidnapping, murder, murderer, stalking but it's kinda my happy pill of the week. It mixed so well so humor like Da-Hyun's mother letting slip they won't break his door a third time.

Jing-Eun accusing Gye-Young to be guilty because he didn't help his sister... I mean people aren't tired by this stupid idea? An adult let her alone, Jing-Eun was there or at least knows things but never talked about it, he's the one who made Won-Tak's father a suspect by saying nothing.

Both Da-Hyung and Gye-Young are cute, they both are scared that something will happen and try to protect each other.

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I don't think I ever thought I would say this, but damn, unexpected childhood connection. I cried so hard with Eunjung, especially when I realized it was her sister. So soul crushing. Finally Gye Hoon realized he liked her, sir it obvious to everyone except you. smh

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The real question is will Gyehoon's restaurant ever open? At first I liked seeing how the renovations progressed each episode but it's laughable how the glass keeps getting smashed (they should have just gone with brick walls, would have been better for privacy with all the stalkers around too 😂).

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😂😂😂😂😂

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Also, who is eating all that food they're constantly prepping and then preparing?

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Only Dahyun 😂

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Eun Jung made me cry this week, I really hope she can find happiness again :(

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This family is so extra that no matter what they do, it ends up looking like a Pink Panther scene.

This is the most accurate sentence about these women I’ve read so far. This show is a gem and I find myself laughing at the darkest moments. I still have to catch up, but couldn’t pass up commenting about that great metaphor. 😂

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The last few minutes of episode eight had me ping-ponging like crazy to conclusions about who was really behind the sister mystery and also screaming at the screen for them to stop throwing punches and just tell us 😭 but I really hope DH wasn’t instrumental, accidentally or not, in the disappearance.

This week’s recipe for the audience seemed to be ‘laugh, cry, be scared’ rinse and repeat 😂 😢 😟. Just nailing all the tones it’s setting out to achieve honestly. Grandma with her rolling pin is genuinely an icon, also the friend’s reaction to finding out the entire town was full of basically almost murderers was hilarious. Standout scene has to be the confrontation at GH’s restaurant with Baseball Bat Mum going wild with her swings.

Excited to see the Link become mutual next week (based on the ep 8 preview) and hopefully get closer to uncovering what on earth happened in this town all those years ago.

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"Her family may be a mess, but they’re ride or die" perfectly sums up DaHyun and her mother and grandma! They are their own living sitcom, as Eun-jung (who turns out not to be a pyscho) laughingly points out. They protect each other, and when one goes off with a hammer or baseball bat, another is sure to follow. Da-Hyun is also getting braver facing her fears and telling off her stalker, which I admire even if it’s reckless (he’s clearly not above attempted murder, after all, and all signs point to him having murdered at least one woman, or possibly two. But could this be a red herring and he’s just a witness, the way he apparently witnessed Gye-Young’s abduction?) The revelations are coming fast and furious but there’s still plenty to puzzle over. Could Gye-young’s father have been involved in her disappearance as some have suggested? I loved the last scene of Episode 8 where the adults slowly look at each other in a circle and recognize their younger selves (the child actors are all phenomenal, by the way). I do wish the two love birds would get on with it (the breaking up when they aren’t even really together is getting a bit too drawn out for me), but I suppose it makes sense that both have intimacy problems given their pasts.
I saw an interesting tweet about Link that I thought I would share: the writer says “link talks about various serious topics that need to be addressed like domestic abuse, and how hard it is to talk about it; the victim would rather kill her abuser instead of trusting the law…making the ml feel the emotions of the female victim was so needed because he felt how horrible, traumatizing this experience is. It makes him more conscious about this issue and how women never feel safe when they’re out alone.” Full thread here: https://twitter.com/dramaoutro/status/1542266569is350332418?s=10&t=tt1hbIO69UGq1uiFzFEEgQ
It makes me sad that the ratings are so low in Korea; one article said that Link was expected to be a “sweet romance” but suddenly viewers were forced into thriller elements like “stalking and corpse abandonment.” Perhaps it should have been marketed more as a mystery/thriller than a romance so that viewers had a better idea of what to expect; with the dark comedy is mixed some very serious themes. But honestly the fact that it doesn’t fit easily into one genre is what I most appreciate about it. I really hope Disney will release it to a wider international audience soon.

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Your point about rethinking marketing is such an important one as there are a few thrillers being touted as rom coms and it’s a completely different audience so they will miss a lot of their intended audience who don’t like rom coms. It’s a shame for all concerned when the ratings are low and drop further when the ‘wrong’ audience leave feeling disappointed.

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Even when marketed right, if the story isn't meeting their standards or capturing their attention people drop out unless it is some big star with millions of followers, where the audience watch till the end for their "oppa" or "unni". That was the case with "Tomorrow" drama with Kim Hee Sun and Lee Soo Hyuk. It was billed as a story dealing with suicide and the ratings plummeted with each episode. So, if you ask me this drama was mentioned as fantasy romance melodrama, so I don't understand why the audience preceived it to be a sweet rom-com, plus as I mentioned in my earlier comment dark comedy is not right up everyone's alley. One needs to enjoy the light heartedness in a dangerous or painful situation without finding it offensive.

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It’s true dark humour is hard to pitch right but when it is on point it can shift the perspective. Fantasy and melodrama would not have forewarned me as I would have expected something like Hi bye Mama. It's the thriller/scary elements which I avoid at all costs so once I knew it had bodies in it I did not start it. I am surprised that there isn’t a bigger audience as it seems to have add some depth to the topics covered and the acting sounds like it is working. It will probably be one that people watch after airing and it will get recognised at that point.

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@reply1988 I do hope you try it at some point, as there are some very funny and moving scenes that really make this drama a gem…maybe it helps that the corpse isn’t really a corpse? Or you can make judicious use of fast forward. I am watching Stranger Things with my kids so this is comparatively mild…

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I think the posters, previews and even the pre-release activities with the actors tended to emphasize the “Eat Love” part over the “Kill”. The posters kind of gave a more light hearted rom com feeling, and people ignored or didn’t see the seemingly dead hand poking out of the fridge. And even from the comments here on episode 1 & 2, several people mentioned they were expecting something different and had to adjust their thinking. So probably it could have been promoted differently to get the right target audience.

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Also I wasn’t expecting how important the themes of domestic violence and harassment against women would be in this drama…really liking Noh DaHyun’s character development as she overcomes her fear and nightmares and realizes she is a victim and confronts her harasser…I guess this would not be something emphasized in promotions since I understand “feminist” is rather a controversial word in Korea (and elsewhere)

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I KNEW IT I KNEW EUN-JUNG WASNT RELATED TO JIN-GEUN gosh that felt so GOOD.

Ahem sorry anways! This week's ep felt really draggy and I really just wanted them to get on with the mystery. I did not see won-tak's reveal coming as I kinda forgot about that kid so that was insane for me, that everyone is connected in a way. The dynamic of them using their childhood relations was actually not bad and a little sad to see as they all had a shared trauma.

(The actor portraying Jin-Geun is doing an incredible job, he needs an award or smth STAT)

The fight between GH & JG was, im sorry, so painful and bad to watch. The awkward silence and won-tak (a cop) just stood there and went "hey don't do that" made me abit ???

But I'm looking forward to the upcoming episodes, hopefully we could get more clues on what really went down all those years ago.

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The fight was weird and awkward and it dragged a bit I wasn't sure what to feel exactly like should I laugh or take it seriously.

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I loved the scene in Bok-hee’s restaurant. I appreciated that the mom was not backing down and giving in to Jing-eun's antagonistic remarks. I could feel the mom's frustration and anger in that moment.

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