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Why Her?: Episodes 7-8

Our lawyer finds herself on the wrong side of the law this week, and our bad guys work to eliminate her as a threat so they can retrieve the files that she stole from them. Will her loyal students help clear her name, or will she go to prison for a crime she didn’t commit?

 
EPISODES 7-8 WEECAP

Not a whole lot of action this week, but we do see an attempt at some much needed character development following Soo-jae’s foolish solo trip to meet with Suk-pal. Thankfully, even though she was uncharacteristically naive to show up to the fish market without any backup, she did at least tell Mi-rim where she was headed, which helped Chan to locate her.

After witnessing the explosion and Suk-pal’s death, she’s understandably shaken, and Chan drives her back to her place and insists on staying the night. They both fall asleep on the sofa, but Soo-jae is terrorized by a nightmare where she’s trapped in Suk-pal’s car before it explodes. Chan wakes her, and she seeks a moment of privacy in her bathroom, but when Chan hears her crying through the door, he enters and comforts her.

While it’s getting a bit tiring seeing Chan play Soo-jae’s wannabe champion and personal cheer squad, this is the first exchange that made me feel like they are connecting on an intimate level. Admittedly, Chan’s words are still rife with hero worship, and he insists she will always be “cool” in his eyes, even if she cries and shows weakness. Soo-jae, however, responds by sharing her fears and vulnerability, which humanizes her just enough that I felt the emotional distance between them shrink ever so slightly.

Sadly, while Chan and Soo-jae appear to be getting closer, the gap between Chan and his almost-buddy Yoon-sang grows wider. The day after Suk-pal’s explosive death, Yoon-sang is still riding a wave of concern for Soo-jae, and when he finds out that she called Chan in her hour of need, Yoon-sang’s jealousy causes him to lash out against Chan.

Chan counters by reminding Yoon-sang that his family members are suspects in their ongoing investigation, but Yoon-sang — who doesn’t take kindly to people other than himself talking shit about his family — passionately denies that his brother and father are involved. Considering Yoon-sang spent the previous night snooping through his father’s office, though, his denial seems rooted in his desire to disagree with Chan. Any lingering faith he may still have in his family is hanging on by a thin thread of hope that his gut — and all the evidence — is wrong.

The other members of Group 8 overhear Chan and Yoon-sang’s exchange, and quick witted Se-ryun correctly deduces that Yoon-sang is Tae-kook’s son — daebak!

As we all know, Tae-kook is not the man his son wants him to be, and when he and Soo-jae have another private exchange over dinner, Tae-kook borrows Soo-jae’s metaphor about fishing to throw down the gauntlet. Since she won’t play nicely with him, he has no choice but to destroy her.

Soo-jae doesn’t have to wait long for Tae-kook’s attack, and the next day the police are waiting for her when she arrives at the law clinic. Initially, they only want to call her in for questioning as a material witness to Suk-pal’s suicide, but after receiving a phone call from the chief of police — who is in Tae-kook’s pocket — she’s arrested without a warrant, charged with inciting the murder of So-young.

The police handcuff her, but Chan covers the cuffs with his scarf to help her maintain her dignity. She uses their close proximity to cryptically tell him to please water her plants. Knowing her plants are already at death’s door due to her neglect, he correctly infers that there’s something she wants him to recover. That something is a laptop, and Chan and Mi-rim are barely quick enough to recover it before Joo-wan, who uses the fact that Soo-jae’s apartment is “company housing” as an excuse to gain entry while she’s being detained.

At the police station, while Soo-jae waits in an interrogation room, the detectives observe her from behind a two-way mirror. They’re comically unnerved by her calm demeanor, and a bit freaked out when she turns and smiles as though she can see and hear them.

When Mi-rim arrives, they jump into the interrogation, full of bravado and all too eager to show her Suk-pal’s suicide video, which identifies her — through a voice recording of an old phone conversation she had with Suk-pal — as the one who told Suk-pal to murder So-young. It is pretty damning evidence, but Soo-jae whispers to Mi-rim — so the police cannot overhear — that the most incriminating part of the recording was fabricated.

Soo-jae is transported to a detention center to wait until her pre-arrest hearing, and Mi-rim and Group 8 work to prove that the audio in the video was edited. They also have a suspicion that Suk-pal’s suicide was — more likely — a murder, and they try to determine if a third party added explosives to his car.

Meanwhile, one of Soo-jae’s own contingency plans goes into effect. See, even before she had dinner with Tae-kook, Soo-jae sensed that the shiitake mushrooms were about to hit the fan. She preemptively met with YOON SE-PIL (Choi Young-joon), the CEO of SP Partners, and warned him that something might happen to her. After her arrest, Se-pil halted the buyout of Hansu Bio, citing the clause in their contract that stipulated SP Partners would only proceed if Soo-jae was handling the deal.

This news frustrates Sung-beom and In-soo, and both men call Tae-kook to complain. He assures them that the buyout will move forward, but he’s annoyed by their sniveling demands. They think Tae-kook is their faithful dog, but he — like Soo-jae — has his own agenda. He isn’t going to remain loyal forever, and with the flash drive back in his possession, he has the upper hand.

Back in jail, Soo-jae’s deductive reasoning skills kick into overdrive, and she tries to figure out which of our three evil men orchestrated So-young’s murder and then implicated Soo-jae as part of the cover up. The culprit has to be someone who knew that So-young would be at TK Law Firm the night of her death, and he would also have to be aware that Soo-jae planned to meet with Suk-pal. Of the three suspects, Tae-kook is the only one that fits both requirements.

Group 8, on the other hand, keeps encountering dead ends in their investigation, but then Chan’s hyungs notice that Suk-pal appears to be signaling something with his hand in his suicide video. That something — make that someone — is HA IL-GOO (Jeon Jin-ki), Tae-kook’s chief secretary and loyal lapdog.

After figuring out Il-goo was the one who coerced Suk-pal into filming a suicide video, Yoon-sang lures Il-goo out for soju. Once Il-goo is thoroughly wasted and on the verge of passing out at the table, Young-sang and Chan break into his office and steal the original audio file, which their expert witness proves has been altered.

At Soo-jae’s pre-arrest hearing, the prosecution fights to prohibit the new evidence from being presented, but the police (who are miffed that the prosecution strong-armed the case away from them) and the judge (perverted Joon-myung’s wife) want to see it. In addition to proving that the audio was fabricated, one of Soo-jae’s freelance associates was able to obtain video proof that someone put explosives inside Tae-kook’s car.

The evidence clears Soo-jae’s name, but it turns out to be completely unnecessary because there’s a breaking news report: Gi-tak confessed to aiding in Suk-pal’s suicide. Supposedly, Suk-pal resented Soo-jae for causing his business to fail, so he recruited Gi-tak aid in his revenge. Gi-tak put the explosives in Suk-pal’s car, and Suk-pal lied in his suicide video that Soo-jae ordered him to kill So-young.

The reality, however, is that Tae-kook and Il-goo promised Suk-pal that they would help him fake his death as part of their plan to frame Soo-jae. Instead, they secretly had Gi-tak add the explosives to Suk-pal’s car and kill him. Tae-kook then had Gi-tak admit to aiding in Suk-pal’s suicide attempt and cleared Soo-jae’s name.

And why did Tae-kook help release Soo-jae? Well, his motives appear to be three-fold. For one, the Hansu Bio deal can move forward. For another, Tae-kook secretly disdains his business partners, and Gi-tak’s arrest moves Tae-kook’s private agenda forward. Finally, Yoon-sang agreed to work for Tae-kook if he promised to save Soo-jae.

It seems that Yoon-sang is Tae-kook’s favorite son, and Tae-kook has high hopes that his dirty dealings will benefit his progeny. Not only does he help release Soo-jae, but he agrees to Yoon-sang’s other demand: to be Soo-jae’s intern. Yoon-sang claims he wants to be the mediator between them — simultaneously her protector and Tae-kook’s informant — and in exchange, he will work towards being a better lawyer and successor than his older brother.

It’s fairly obvious that Yoon-sang’s true loyalties are still with Soo-jae, though, and I doubt Tae-kook naively believes his son’s words. This makes me extremely anxious for Yoon-sang’s future. Best case scenario, he will have to live with the guilt that he helped bring about his family’s downfall, but I fear his ending will be more tragic, especially now that he’s literally and figuratively inserted himself between Tae-kook and Soo-jae. Sadly, while Yoon-sang gallantly makes a deal with the devil, the woman he’s protecting seeks comfort in another man’s arms.

Soo-jae is released from prison, and Chan is waiting outside her apartment when she arrives home. He sees his scarf in her hands, and comments that he would have worn a nicer one if he’d known he’d be giving it to her. He then tells her to come to his place for the night because her apartment isn’t safe. Instead of politely ignoring and rebuffing his flirtations, like she’s done in the past, she approaches him and rests her head on his shoulder. We end with them embracing.

For once, their intimacy feels natural. It makes sense that she would seek comfort after her recent ordeal, and because Chan’s already witnessed her vulnerability, there’s no reason for her to hold back. It also feels more natural because there wasn’t a kiss, but does this mean I’m on board with the romance? Ehhhhh… not there yet, but I might be coming around.

In general, this week’s episodes were very Tae-kook centric. A part of me appreciates this because I think we needed more clarity on how he fit into the trio with Sung-beom and In-soo, and his relationship with them drew some nice parallels with Soo-jae. It’s no wonder that he seems hesitant to fully break her. She’s not just useful; she’s a lot like him.

Unfortunately, while Tae-kook was prominently featured, most of our secondary characters got shafted — again. Group 8’s sole purpose in this drama is to move the plot forward when it’s convenient, and even then, their investigations prove pointless. Either Soo-jae has already figured out everything on her own or — as was the case this week — Tae-kook makes a move that renders all of their hard work unnessary.

And let’s not forget the little mystery going on with Se-pil, Seojung University Law School Director BAEK JIN-KI (Kim Chang-wan), and the girl with neurological damage that Jin-ki seems to have hidden away at some nursing home facility. Could she be Chan’s missing (and presumed dead) step-sister? Or is she someone else, meaning there’s not one but two side plots that have been mostly ignored for the last eight episodes? Yeah, there’s a lot of unanswered questions here, so I’m going to need the drama to cut back on the number of Group 8 scenes. Kthxbai.

 
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Thanks for a great recap as always. There were so many things that annoyed me this episode but the biggest one has been consistent through all the episodes. How many times will they show the girl dying it’s just ridiculous it is clearly for shock and awe purposes.

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And each time they show the fall, its scary. I agree that it is for shocking the viewers, but that scene nicely emphasizes on the lives that were lost infront of Soo Jae's own eyes. That must be devastating for her.

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I didn't like how they made Soo-Jae looked so pale when she was in prison like she was weak. I mean it was so the opposite of her personality, it didn't make any sense.

The whole plan to kill Suk-pal was so twisted...

I'm not convinced by our 2 puppie's actions. They're so naive. The students were in the first year of studies and they never study.

Baek Jin-Ki and Yoon Se-Pil are hidding the girl. Clearly, Se-Pil knows what happened and who did this. So it would mean that he's connected to the girl and Chan? It seems weird.

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My inkling was the girl was someone close to Se Pil (Lover? Classmate?) and she got into an accident involving one of the evil trio and their cronies. Perhaps Joo Wan. As it was also mentioned that he got into an incident so big that his mom died from the shock a few days after. But yeah. She could also really be Chan's stepsister. But then, how and why are Se-pil and Director Baek involved? 🤔

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She was sexually abused before her accident, so I think the evil trio is connected to this part. Maybe she tried to run away.

Chan's story is kinda weird because between the moment he found her and then when they found him, the scene was completely different.

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They could have been transported to the beach to destroy evidence..

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It was such a relief to see that she had atleast told Mi-ram where she was headed although it was still stupid.

Did our FL really need to be stuck in a love triangle with 2 guys who behave like prepuberscent teens? 😑

I agree that the interactions between Soo-jae and Chan felt more natural this week but I'm unfortunately not swooning when I know I'm meant to be.

More of Se-pil (and Soo-jae) please 😆.

Yoon-sang was all sorts of annoying this week and his plan made no sense to me because he could have gone into Chief Ha's office alone and his dad wouldn't have had any leverage. Did he need Chan to look through a few drawers?
It was funny to see Chief Ha genuinely hurt because of Yoon-sang; I guess he has a little heart in there somewhere.

I hope the show strikes a good balance because Tae-kook seems all too powerful for my liking.

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I get tired of love triangles, but at least in other dramas, I will root for one of the MLs in a triangle and feel sorry for the SML during such confrontations, but here Yoon Sang and Chan's arguement was boring. Neither of these characters have anything going on for them to make us ship the FL with them and the whole scene felt like they were rehearing lines from similar love triangle dramas. Even the dialogue was lame, I mean Yoon Sang's dialogue would have worked if the ML was a jerk who left the FL in the rain, in the middle of the road, but here his jealousy made no sense.

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Yes! the whole thing felt forced

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Yes! And they're not even giving us enough flashback footage to support the SMLs supposed affections. Which just makes the jealousy both flimsy and childish.

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Agree with Se-pil and Soo-jae. They only have a few scenes together but man, they have chemistry! Although the actor playing Se-pil do have chemistry with anyone he shares the screen with. I remember him from Vincenzo. Even when he was getting pathetic, I still liked his rapport with Joong-Ki.
Sorry, In-youp. I like you but better luck next time. 😅

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Meanwhile, the budding romance bothers me so much that I'm on the verge of not watching any more, should the authors fail to convince with the rest of the story.
Apart from the fact that Chan would literally throw himself under a bus for Soo-jae, he otherwise comes across as bland and boring. His motionless expression doesn't help either. Why Soo-jae would fall in love with him and not just seek a friendship is beyond me.

Last week I had hoped that the search for his sister's real murderer would make his story and character more interesting, but unfortunately that plot line was not followed up for the time being.

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I've been married to one person for 41 years (she asked me to marry her) and I like how some of the romances proceed. This one in particular is slow burn and not forced, like "I'll Go to You When the Weather is Nice". Mutual respect and patience actually does build a great relationship.

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Hallelujah, CEO Yoon is on the good side! Sorry, Director Baek, for misunderstanding you. Now Soo-jae just needs to join hands with them to get revenge against the axis of evil and leave these babies behind.

I wanted to poke my eyes out when Yoon-sang lashed out against Chan about whom Soo-jae should've called. I screamed, "Who cares when she doesn't even like you?!" I judge Joon-hee and Mi-rim so hard for encouraging Soo-jae to date a student. Thank goodness "water my plant" was code for her laptop hiding place because it'd be so inappropriate for Chan to have access to her house.

How disloyal of Boss Ko for ditching Soo-jae. I don't buy his coward excuse, so I suspect that Secretary Ha paid him off. Lmao at the police for trying to do the right thing in Soo-jae's favor after the prosecutor took the case away from them.

I'm scared to find out who mystery girl Kang Eun-seo is because I don't want my CEO ship to sink. She can't be CEO Yoon's sister since she has a different last name, so is she his girlfriend?

Many thanks for the weecap, @DaebakGrits!

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I actually thought that the prosecution was on Soo-jae's side and was trying to prevent the police from pinning everything on her when they "stole" the case😅, so I was happy when the cop decided to do the right thing.

Meanwhile, I was intrigued by the judge, I thought she was going to try to get back at Soo-jae

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I laugh because the cops are such hypocrites. They had no problem arresting Soo-jae without a warrant, yet now want a proper investigation as a grudge against the prosecution.

I was also hopeful the prosecutor would not be corrupt, but fortunately, the judge did her job impartially.

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Is anyone else getting the Godfather vibe from Taekook? His cold detached ability to eat while people are sentenced to death etc. is getting old very quickly. Unfortunately, this show prevents the use of fast forwarding to bypass anyone because it packs so much into each scene that you miss too much.

The other pressing issue for me is who Yoonsang will pledge loyalty to when facing a tough spot? He knows his dad is out of order having grown up in that household, it sounds like he left the family home to get away from the toxic environment. His brother, although the oldest and the one groomed for the business take over, is scared of their dad and has issues with friendships and substance misuse so why does Yoonsang act like he will be able to take the dad on. I fear once he realises that Soojae has assigned him lifetime membership in the dongsaeng zone he will start showing the bitter second lead trope and being his father’s son it ain’t gonna be pretty. I think he will take down group 8 as they are the ones most likely to destroy his family. I also think he will be the one to stumble into the room with all Chan’s case info, work out Chan’s secret identity and use the reveal to try to ruin the relationship between Chan and Soojae.

The best outcome would be for the evil set up to be destroyed the relevant people go to prison and lose access to their assets and powerful positions. Soojae then heads up a new board with more women and staff of all ages and stages of career. Yoonsang with his ethical thinking becomes the lead family member in the firm. They use some of the profits from the big business work to take on pro bono work for specific kinds of cases where poverty and lack of power means the victims are unlikely to get access to the types of lawyers that can get them justice.

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Writer-nim, you have already wrapped up the drama 😆😅.

I think that when push comes to shove Yoon-sang will choose his family given how much of in denial he still seems to be about how evil his dad truly is.
I really hope I'm wrong and that we will skip the bitter second lead trope

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🤣 I am struggling with the weekly watching because I am so impatient to know outcomes hence the make my own version!

Like you, I want to avoid bitter and twisted but I think it’s 99.9% guaranteed going to happen based on his moodiness and unreasonable behaviour at just the hint of a possible relationship.

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Yeah, there’s a lot of unanswered questions here, so I’m going to need the drama to cut back on the number of Group 8 scenes. Kthxbai.

@daebakgrits 😂😂😂 Yes! This is one drama where the supporting cast members on the good side are very lacking that it makes me want to skip their parts. Even Soo Jae's secretary has become annoying. She has worked so long with Soo Jae, but she isn't shown to be more capable than the new students and doubts Soo Jae's actions.🙄 All these people make me so irritated that I'm actually starting to get invested in the characters on the bad side like Joo Wan, Il Goo etc.

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Her lawyer’s behaviour was ridiculous anyone else would have read the room and known that it was an unsecured room. She could have used the client/lawyer confidentiality rule to pause the interview and request access to a private room.

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I could only roll my eyes at this scene.

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It's extra frustrating because the whole demoted-to-a-professor plot is now superfluous, and it was supposed to be a major part of the story. What's the payoff of her becoming a professor if she keeps her job at the law firm and hardly ever teaches or interacts with her students?

And I'm with you on the villains, too. That scene last week where Tae-kook met with his lackies while taking a bath and sipping on strawberry milk was great at subtly demonstrating how he can command power over others, even in situations that might make others appear vulnerable or emasculated.

Seo Hyun-jin and Heo Jun-ho really are carrying this drama.

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That was subtle? It seemed straight out of every mafia movie I've ever seen. I watched 1-4 in one go and then the rest over the past couple of days, but I felt like we watched him treat people like dogs in a couple of episodes. You would see him give lackeys something (always something inconsequential) and you would watch the lackeys treat it like it was gold. It's fun to watch this actor chew the scenery though.

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I thought Mi-rim suspecting Soo-jae and asking leading questions in the interrogation room where she knew the police were watching was a ploy, but no, she is genuinely that dumb.

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First off. This is the first time I'm seeing an actor's character match Heo Jun-ho's character villainry. Kim Hyun-joo tried in Undercover but couldn't maintain it but Seo Hyun-Jin is doing a way better job, if not to perfection. This is the main reason that's keeping me watching Why Her?

I can't help but feel sorry for Ju-wan. Receiving and hearing such condescending comments about him being 2nd if not 3rd fiddle to Soojae from his father consistently has broken him already. He's trying, but he just can't get it right. At this point he's a ticking problem if he can't deal with his self esteem issues. I wonder though how he doesn't have the leverage his younger brother has over thier father. Gi-taek must have crushed him at the very core.

Well, save for the romance Why Her? is another good legal drama. They should have just pursued a mentor-mentee/protege relationship as that would save one from the whining of two men and focus instead on thier advancements as future attorneys. And from the looks of things, you do not have to be a lead in Why Her? to function as a romantic interest.

The death fall shakes me everytime it is replayed. The griping effects is there.

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Not enough Soo Jae this week.

Yoon Sang annoys me. I wonder if he's going to do a decent job at being a double agent. If he's going to be convincing to anyone.

I like the Chan's restaurant buddies more than Group 8.

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I agree that the restaurant buddies are interesting characters loyal and street smart. I like that dramas are showing that people who go to prison are not one dimensional evil/bad people but that bad choices and unfortunate circumstances can lead to bad outcomes for otherwise good people. Prison Playbook was good for this as well.

My worry is Yoonsang will get lulled into a false sense of security thinking he is getting back at his dad when actually his dad will pull out the trump card when needed and he will realise too late he has been played and has led to the downfall of the woman he thinks he is in love with. Thankfully Soojae has always known who he is and will have realised that he is no longer a cute kind young man but a mini me of his dad. It wouldn’t surprise me if he ‘let’ Chan go with him to the office so he could frame him later.

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Why is nobody talking about how this show is pulling a Kill Bill and that daughter of elder son is going to be the baby that OSJ lost? Is it just me seeing that?

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I think it was in last week’s comments that a number of people started to suspect that Soojae was told it was a still birth but it wasn’t.

It is definitely playing out like a mafia plot line with Taeguk on a mission to have control of key legal, economic and political arenas so that he can achieve his goals with minimal interference. Because, most people are not registering the bigger picture he is building up quite an empire and the best bit is that the puppets think they are running the show and don’t even realise he is the one pulling their strings. It’s only because Soojae has served a purpose and incompetent people have messed up that he has allowed her to live this long.

The two young men who think they are helping her out are just as likely to mess things up and add to her already full workload. I like that Soojae asks them to do things to help open their eyes to the undercurrents so they will do well in their professional lives and not be considered weak like she was when she first started out.

I have just read the story to Kill Bill …wow! Anyway, you are so right there are threads of that story running through this one and it will be interesting to see what happens in terms of Soojae and the child. Will they end up living a quiet life in a fishing village!

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I have just re looked at the poster for the show and didn’t register it before but the four key players are clearly identified. We need to watch out for Yoonsang🫢

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