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Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 5-6

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 5-6

In their efforts to catch the real culprit behind the murders, our shaman crew clashes with the police team several times before they eventually — and just a little bit forcibly — agree to (somewhat) work together.

 
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Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 5-6

Continuing right where we left off last week, Han-jun and Jae-hui report the body they found in the sewers. As the authorities secure the crime scene, Han-jun tells Su-cheol that he thinks the M.O. is nearly the same as Gopuri’s, but that the sewer was probably only a temporary storage for the body and the culprit was going to come back for it. They split up to investigate around the area.

As Han-jun grabs a car’s dashcam, Jae-hui spots him, telling him to stop interfering with the investigation. She threatens him with fines and jail time, so he’s forced to turn over the dashcam. No matter. He already saw the video clip inside, and Su-cheol has spotted a suspicious man they need to follow, so Han-jun dashes off.

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Following the suspicious man, our dynamic duo is surprised to see it’s CHOI YEONG-SEOP (Jang Hyuk-jin), the culprit from the case that got them off the police force years ago. They’re so obvious and so loud — how are they chatting so loudly and not getting caught when there are no other people on the street? K-dramaland, I guess.

At the same time, Jae-hui and her team also learn that Yeong-seop is at the scene. Han-jun calls them, trying to discourage them from going after Yeong-seop and insisting there is another culprit behind the murder. Unfortunately, Yeong-seop gets spooked by police sirens, forcing them on a street chase that ends with Yeong-seop in a car accident.

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At the hospital, Su-cheol eavesdrops on the police trying to figure out where Yeong-seop’s phone is. They can’t find it because Han-jun secretly snatched it earlier. Squatting down in a random corner, he has been trying to figure out Yeong-seop’s passcode. But they immediately get caught after Jae-hui follows Su-cheol. I knew Su-cheol’s bright orange puff jacket would get him in trouble; it’s just so eye-catching!

Han-jun and Jae-hui get into an argument about how each team got in the other’s way. After Han-jun insists that they should’ve just let Yeong-seop run away to catch the real culprit, Jae-hui gets so mad that she hits him again, even if he tries to hide behind Su-cheol. Han-jun pretends to be so injured (and even going into “shock”) to get sympathy from Jae-hui’s sunbae, Detective Jang. It doesn’t work as well as he hopes it would because Detective Jang points out that he’s holding the wrong cheek. LOL.

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Han-jun has no time to waste though, because back at the cafe, Hye-jun is panicking. The siblings’ devout Catholic and shaman-hating mother, “Deaconess Kim,” is on her way to visit. Su-cheol drives them back to the cafe as fast as possible, even nearly hitting Deaconess Kim and getting Han-jun’s face hilariously smushed into the window.

Still, their attempt to hide the truth behind their cafe business from Deaconess Kim is foiled when her friends arrive for their appointment with the infamous shaman. Han-jun tells Su-cheol they should stop lying, but what he really means is that he’s going to throw Su-cheol under the proverbial bus and get him to pretend to be the shaman. Phew, crisis averted for Han-jun, but Su-cheol is cursing him to the moon and back.

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In their fancy shaman lair, Han-jun gets Su-cheol dressed up in colorful hanbok and shoves some candies into his mouth to get him to stop hiccuping when he lies. Facing Deaconess Kim and her friends, Su-cheol acts like a child, because according to Han-jun, he got his powers from the spirit of a child. Kwak Shi-yang is so hilarious in this role, and he nailed this scene.

As the dynamic duo entertains their customers, Na-dan goes on a solo mission to investigate the abandoned van from the crime scene. He gets to grab a plastic bag full of trash just before the police arrive. After he brings it back to the cafe, the crew goes through it (with clean freak Han-jun wearing full protective gear!) and finds a receipt with an address.

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Heading straight to the address, Han-jun and Su-cheol go through Choi Yeong-seop’s small home, looking for clues. Han-jun figures out that Yeong-seop’s phone passcode isn’t his dead daughter’s birthday, but the date his daughter’s rapist was killed. So they finally get to open the phone. While Han-jun muses about the clues they found, Su-cheol forcibly drags him away because Jae-hui and Do-won are arriving. The Minamdang crew is always one step ahead of the police — though to the police’s credit, they are close behind every time.

In the hospital, Su-cheol “accidentally” damages the car of Jae-hui’s rookie detective teammate as a distraction. Meanwhile, Han-jun puts on his shaman act and tells the superstitious Detective Jang that he’s being haunted by spirits, even giving him actual chills thanks to Hye-jun hacking into the air-conditioning system. Convinced, Detective Jang is ready to do anything to get rid of the spirits, so he lets Han-jun into Yeong-seop’s room and leaves them to talk.

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Still putting on his shaman act, Han-jun convinces Yeong-seop that his dead daughter has warned him about her father’s actions. He gets Yeong-seop to admit that he helped Gopuri in order to exact revenge on his daughter’s rapist. However, just before Han-jun gets more information out of Yeong-seop, Jae-hui arrives to drag him away.

Confronting him outside the hospital, Jae-hui questions why he keeps on underhandedly interfering in the investigation. Han-jun admits that he did see the actual culprit before, and it’s not Yeong-seop. He just didn’t see his face — only an old burn scar on his wrist.

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In a series of flashbacks, we see what really happened years ago during the Choi Yeong-seop case. During a patrol, a rookie Jae-hui finds the burnt body of a man beside an unconscious Choi Yeong-seop, who confesses he killed the man.

HAN JAE-JEONG (cameo by Song Jae-rim), Jae-hui’s brother and the prosecutor in charge of the case, consults Han-jun about the crime. They visit the scene of the crime to investigate. Han-jun figures that Yeong-seop isn’t the actual culprit and that they’re probably dealing with a serial killer.

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They even nearly catch the culprit, but after going on a street chase, they only end up crossing shields and swords, a.k.a. Captain America Jae-jeong holding a trash can cover and Thor Han-jun wielding a kitchen tong, lol.

The chase isn’t as fruitless as it seems, as they find a witness nearby who confirms that there was another person at the crime scene on the day of the murder.

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The next day, Jae-jeong updates his sister on their new findings. Even if Jae-hui is so sure that she caught the killer on the scene, Jae-jeong tells her that he would let Yeong-seop go, because the culprit is someone else. Jae-hui questions her brother why he trusts a random profiler more than his own sister. But after she learns the profiler is her childhood crush Han-jun, her attitude takes an instant 180. She even asks Jae-jeong to set them up on a date, much to her brother’s horror.

Determined to impress her crush, Jae-hui tails Yeong-seop when he gets out of custody, following him back to the crime scene. But after telling Jae-hui that it’s her fault that her brother will die, Yeong-seop escapes with a phone containing a video clip of the murder.

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Worried, Jae-hui calls her brother — but the culprit is already at Jae-jeong’s apartment. Just outside the door, Han-jun and Su-cheol knock, but the drugged Jae-jeong is unable to reply. When they see smoke coming out of the apartment, they force the door open, but they’re too late. Jae-jeong is already burning alive. NOOOOO.

Back to the present time, Jae-hui insists Han-jun didn’t see the culprit at all, only a figure running away. Frustrated, Han-jun tells her to consider other perspectives and check her suspect’s alibi. She begrudgingly does, and the police team concludes that no, at the very least, Yeong-seop isn’t the killer behind the body in the sewer.

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Back at the cafe, Na-dan informs the duo that a dolled-up Hye-jun is out on a date. Oh no, older brother protective mode activated! Or is it? They immediately follow her, and just as her date is about to “confess,” they try to carry her away, telling her this date will just turn into a nightmare — the nightmare being an invitation to a pyramid scheme.

Hye-jun kicks her date where it hurts, cursing him to the moon and back as Han-jun and Su-cheol drag her away.

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On yet another Minamdang scheme, the crew heads to the hospital in an attempt to catch the culprit. Su-cheol dresses up as a patient to pretend to be Yeong-seop. Except he falls asleep on the wrong bed and gets brought to another room for a colonscopy! Poor Su-cheol didn’t sign up for this.

With his partner-in-crime missing in action, Han-jun himself is forced to pretend to be Yeong-seop. Unfortunately for him, even if he tries to convince the doctors he’s there as an undercover detective, they simply conclude he’s delirious, so they give him a sedative shot — in the butt of all places! Lol, their schemes don’t always work out like they want to.

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Jae-hui quickly figures out the Minamdang crew’s schemes, so she looks for Han-jun to confront him. But our resident shaman is so doped up in drugs that they end up in an accidental kiss. Oops! An embarrassed Jae-hui immediately slaps Han-jun in the face. How many times has she hit him? Poor guy.

After a woozy Han-jun explains their plan to catch the killer, Jae-hui lets them stick to their plan, though she does make sure to get a video of the doped-up Han-jun.

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The next day, Do-won arrives to question Yeong-seop with Jae-hui. And after Su-cheol and Hye-jun tease Han-jun about the accidental kiss, the Minamdang crew listens in. Funnily enough, Jae-hui knows them well enough by now to know there’s a bug in the room, so she gives them the finger through the camera in an uncanny timing.

Jae-hui tells Yeong-seop that they know he isn’t the killer behind the sewer murder. Both Han-jun and Do-won also figure that Yeong-seop considers the culprit his savior for enacting his revenge for him. Do-won encourages him to tell the truth, but Yeong-seop only gives vague answers. So Han-jun concludes that even Yeong-seop doesn’t know why the real culprit is murdering people.

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As Jae-hui and Do-won continue to question Yeong-seop, a suspicious nurse enters the room to administer an “antibiotic.” Hacking into the CCTV, the Minamdang crew sees a burn mark on the nurse’s wrist, prompting them to give chase.

As it turns out, the antibiotic is actually a dangerous drug that gets Yeong-seop’s vitals going crazy, and the suspicious nurse tries to escape. Jae-hui, Han-jun, and Su-cheol try to run after him.

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Unfortunately, only Han-jun finds him in a dark stairwell. He gets into a scuffle with the man and confirms that he has a burn mark on his wrist. It’s Gopuri! Or is it really? Unfortunately, we end this week’s episodes with Han-jun getting his life choked out of him. I know he’s going to be okay, because you know, he’s the main character. But still, here’s a prayer — please be okay, Han-jun!

We unpacked a lot of the mystery this week, especially about the original case haunting the Minamdang crew — I honestly didn’t expect that. Since the drama has a total of 18 episodes, I thought they would be giving us information little by little each week. Now I’m a little scared we’ll find this case solved rather quickly and end up with a police/crime drama that gets formulaic with case-by-case episodes. Fingers crossed it won’t be. Please don’t fail us, Show!

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Ziggy is such a riot as Ha Jun. And you can clearly tell he's having the time of his life.
I have fun with this show because HE is.

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Hear hear!

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Yup. He’s having a blast hard-carrying this show and that’s what makes it good. Sometimes it’s just fun to watch a great actor show off how good they are and that’s how I’m viewing Minamdang for the most part.

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I feel mean for this but I kept thinking they should have made the dead prosecutor the OTP with Han-jun and done away with the stubbornly dumb sister instead. Those two had more chemistry running around than we've seen from our leads in an actual kiss.

I'm also wondering where the show is going since it seems the current Gopuri mystery might be resolved soon?

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Nope, you're not mean LOL. I completely agree with you. Calling her DUMB would be too nice. HAHAHA

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The sister is the worst. She is the WOOOOORST!!! She’s too old, which is not her fault and is miscasting, but the way she’s scripted she is dumb and stubborn in a FATAL way, which unfortunately makes her sections of the show literally hard to watch.

You wait that long on a call to your brother to tell him a serial killer is after him? You just whimper into the phone while you hear him being throttled? You announce the secret witness relocation in an open lobby, after apparently leaving the witness alone in a single room? And then you not only DON’T immediately rip out the IV when you notice he’s being murdered, but you somehow magically manage to fail to keep a MAN BEHIND A CART from leaving through a narrow doorway?

I’d say I want someone to kill her but honestly I have no idea why she isn’t dead already of something mundane and dumb like falling asleep while straightening her hair, or tripping into a puddle. Not only is she awful, she’s dragging the show down.

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The IV scene went on for SO long it was ludicrous. It's funny to me that they've written the FL as a great cop but she can't even remember to check alibis until specifically instructed!

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She is one of the most asinine characters in dramaland. I FF when I can't stand her anymore. She's the opposite of a decent cop: joined for wrong reason, doesn't listen, doesn't learn, arrogant, rude, and dumb as a box of rocks. I'd really enjoy this drama if it wasn't for her...

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I didn't even consider this but I love the idea! You're right that their relationship is one of the most compelling of the show so far. I loved their phone conversation when Han-jun tells Jae-jeong he's definitely not coming to his house because he definitely does not care about the new developments, all the while making a u-turn. It was so sweet!

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Yes that scene was really sweet!

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It sort of feels like the mystery will be resolved soon, but if there is one thing I learned from watching Beyond Evil, it is that you can absolutely know who a serial killer is without having uncovered the whole convoluted web of crime and lies. Maybe that's the direction they're going?

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I hope so! I'm not convinced chatty prosecutor is (wholly) innocent yet so maybe that's how more threads will unravel once 'Gopuri' has been brought to justice.

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Yes. Chatty Prosecutor is still suspect for me. In episode 5 we see Chatty in the apartment with the white shoes and other evidence. He tells FL 'i think we found proof that Choi young seop was the real culprit.' Even FL queen of narrow mindedness says she's more convinced he is an accomplice. What Chatty said at that scene bothered me even more during episode 6 epilogue. He speaks to Han Jun and is told about the man with the scar. He has known all this time about the scar guy and still encouraged FL to pursue her own theory. Obviously in all this time he hasn't told FL about his talk with Han Jun at the funeral. He is either suspect or immensely incompetent. (Or badly written and im giving writer too much credit)

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Yup he definitely reinforced the FL's mistaken belief that CYS is the culprit and him not mentioning the scar is a big red flag.

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If they had kept dead prosecutor alive and made this show about prosecutor and han jun solving difficult cases together it would be nearly perfect. They could've picked up the cafe gang along the way and hired them at the DA or police office. FL could've stayed somewhere else.

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Dead prosecutor was so smart and funny. I like the show as-is too but your version sure sounds more fun!

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Your version honestly sounds like my ideal dream of what Cafe Minamdang should’ve been. Song Jae-rim and Seo In-gook would be DELIGHTFUL as co-leads.

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The two guys totally give off that c-drama BL-novel-turned-into-platonic-bromance-to-satisfy-chinese-censors vibe. The bro only has a childhood pic of his family but a current couple-y pic of him and Han-jun.

I feel bad for OYS...the FL had a great start, but is getting progressively dumber. Ep 6 Jae-hee is no longer the same Jae-hee as ep 1. By the end of the series, I would be surprised if she could spread peanut butter on toast.

This is supposedly adapted from a web novel. I wonder if the writing here is reflective of the web novel.

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Exactly that c-drama vibe is exactly what I envisioned! I'm just going to hope the FL will have a significant character transformation once Gopuri is dealt with and the second half of the show can be better.

I've been wondering about the webtoon too and how much the story adheres to it.

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First, thanks for wee cap @meryl! I've been waiting for this thread to rant ... er, unpack my thoughts LOL

✔️ I'm still enjoying the show because of the Cafe Minamdang team - especially Han-jun and Su-cheol. Their quirks combined are so adorkable together. Also, I've only seen Kwak Si-yang in angsty villain roles, so I'm so happy to see him in this role!
✔️ I hope mom has more scenes! I loved her in the few minutes she was in, way better than many of Jae-hui's scenes 😫
✖️ Speaking of Jae-hui ... I can't really root for her. I wish they wrote her differently. She was introduced as this badass, quick-as-the-wind police officer, then showed us how narrow-minded, selfish, biased, and physically abusive she is. I'm glad her colleagues called her out for it. I was disappointed that scene only lasted a few seconds!
✖️ The backstory. GAWD. How can Jae-hui pin the blame on Han-joon? It's not like his brother couldn't think for himself, having decided to release Yeong-seop. UGH. 🤦 I eye-rolled so many times I lost count.
✖️ Jae-hui didn't even have an ounce of guilt over her brother's death. Like GIRL, Yeong-seop did warn you that because of your interference, your brother would die. We didn't see that she carried this guilt AT ALL. It feels more like her current motivations are to: (1) find Yeong-seop, prove that he's guilty of her brother's death, (2) make Han-jun's life miserable, (3) go on with her life in all her narrow-mindedness glory.
✖️ How many times must Jae-hui physically assault Han-jun? If the roles were reversed, there'd be an outrage. 👺
✖️ In the flashback, she pursued Yeong-seop not because she's doing her job BUT BECAUSE she wanted to score brownie points for her crush. LIKE WTH.
✖️ The kiss was probably one of the cringiest ones in the history of k-dramaland. Why are they even pushing for the OTP? Run Han-jun, run!

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X point 3- better writing would be to make it obvious that her own guilt manifests as just projecting onto and blaming Ha Jun instead. But yeah.

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That's what I immediately thought after watching the flashback. I hope they go that route because it adds more nuance and shows why she doesn't even want to entertain that SHE and her interference was the reason, not the poor guy that even got a prison sentence.
And it looks like Su-Cheol was planted at the crime scene on purpose. According to him, he got a call from the higher ups to come there.
So the killer must have connection with the police. My bet is that the prosecutor knows more than he lets on. His eerie and blank observant looks and the way they shoot his shots as a third party- those things can't be for nothing. I think there may be more than one gopuri.

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Hum... The ML was cleary the main reason why the prosecutor died. He was the one who told him that there was an other killer. The prosecutor believed him and searched for the connection between the raper, the father and the killer and found it.

She was clearly handling things over her head and she didn't help with anything.

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I mean ... well... no... the serial killer is the main reason he died lmao.

The (Dead) Prosecutor doesn't seem the type to want to overlook a case simply because it has risks; rather the type that knows the dangers of his work and isn't afraid to pursue the truth anyway- blaming it mainly on Ha Jun seems a bit reductionist lol.
It's not really a situation where either HJ or JJ *isn't* going to investigate farther into what actually happened.
They're not going to just NOT do their jobs- the prosecutor himself came to HJ to ask him about the suspect because he himself was suspicious of the case.
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(They (the leads) can both feel guilty about it, and it makes sense for them to do so, and that they'd seek something to blame- but if they dwell on it, that's an unhelpful and misplaced guilt imo.
I should've reworded below- to add less annoyingness and more nuance to her character, making her project her guilt instead is an obvious direction.
I don't really agree with blaming either of them primarily for his death as viewers either tbh.)

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@sicarius Yes, of course, they're not guilty. Neither of them should feel like that. But contrary to what the bad guy said, it wasn't her interference but the ML who convinced the prosecutor.

The ML feels guilty because he didn't catch the murderer and not because of his actions, it seems fair.

She doesn't feel guilty but just angry, too angry to think.

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Of course she isn't at fault for her brother's death. That's on the killer. But to not show any form of guilt or, more appropriately, projecting the animosity to others without trying to understand is on her. Her narrow-mindedness is actually what puts me off more.

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It would be the most obvious direction to take her development.

I think it was established during the first 4 episodes that the killer is related to the police, and the higher ups, and also the preliminary Minamdang cases, yeah.
The Prosecutor is hella sus, and is superfluous if he ISN'T, so 🤣

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SIG in this role reminds me his role in Remember You but instead of his serious behavior and his creepy family in this one, he's completely goofy and has a crazy family.

The FL is badly written and the acting doesn't help, it's frustrating because she has many scenes and there is no chemistry with SIG.

The ML is a fake shaman, so exeggerated acting is normal, but she's real a cop but looks like a parodie.

For the rest of the drama, there is still the mystery about the ML ending in prison.

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IKR, and the Cafe Minamdang team work more efficiently than the police officers 🤣

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They don't really follow the law to get their informations, it's easier :p

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Hmmm now that you mention it, maybe the parody is intentional, especially given how she was introduced in episode 1.

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Our resident shaman high as a kite is hilarious. I actually loved the scene where he got in her space and was briefly serious. Yummm.

I think their chemistry is actually fine, it isn't super intense, but it is fine. I don't think it helps that Oh Yeon Seo was badly miscast here. However, I don't see the utter lack of chemistry that most of the other beanies see.

At least we now know it isn't our chatty prosecutor unless it is a misdirect. So for now he is simply the 3rd in an unnecessary triangle.

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It seemed like the show knew we were all thinking he was the real murderer! They were veeeery careful to make sure we saw him and the other wrist in the same frame together. I still think he's a bit suspicious. He could be being used, which seems likely to me at this point, but I think he'll be at least a misguided cog in a corrupted wheel rather than merely the third point on the love triangle that no one asked for. Here's hoping anyway.

I agree about the OTP. I don't think their chemistry is nonexistent, I just think they're a bit hard to cheer for as a couple when the pairing seems so out of balance.

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They're sort of fun to watch but the characters don't really engage with each other in a satisfactory way. Instead of progressing to a partnership as would make narrative sense, they are just retreading the same Tom and Jerry moves.

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I think they have a cute/comedic chemistry, though it sort of pales a bit compared to her Han-jun and Prosecutor bro's unintended sultry chemistry. I think OYS excels in the comedic/cute and i think the grumpy vs smiley troublemaker dynamic. But goodness, the writing for the female lead here is terrible. She is young (late 20s), but supposedly smart enough to go from beat neighborhood cop to legendary detective to team leader in 3 years, but she acts like a cop almost fresh out of the police academy.

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Episode 5 was the first one where I started to agree with everyone else about the FL (which I’m calling her to avoid confusion with her switched names). If this show was Psych, she is definitely leaning more Lassie than Jules. I want to root for her, but Han-jun’s words from last week about her not being qualified to be a detective because of her prejudice keep echoing in my head. He’s so right! At least in ep 6 those words seem to be getting to her too. I understand that this is a personal case for her, and it’s much more difficult to stay objective, but that’s why she would not be allowed to work the case if anyone knew her true identity/we weren’t in dramaland. I’m still here for the eventual team-up, I just hope she has a little character growth before/as we get there. It’s early days.

Loving that we got a lot more of the backstory in Ep 6 – it goes a long way to clarifying why FL believes she knows who the culprit is and why Han-jun thinks differently. These were slightly heavier episodes than we’ve had so far. It was so heartbreaking to watch Han-jun blame himself for his friend’s death.

Random aside: every time I see Su-cheol in something other than his puffy jacket and bowl cut, I think how much more attractive he is than I realized! But then the next scene he’s back in his 90s-dad-on-vacation look and I completely forget again.

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Maybe that's why I can't hate her, because I know that at the end I'm gonna love her. Just like with Lassie...

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I don't hate her either, but ep 5 did test my patience with her. I hope she has a Lassie-like arc! I can see Han-jun pairing well with a stickler for the rules who reins him in, while he gets her to think more creatively - I just want to see more of that soonish! I still have faith and I think the team-up is coming soon, though I know previews are never to be believed.

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I think the team up will happen in episode 8-9. It seems like that's going to be the charm of the second half -and the only way the story can move along-.
I think is gonna be fun. I don't know if Shawn-Lassie kind of fun tho. :(

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Haha, I think under the right circumstances it could have been! And I'm hoping to avoid all the angst that happened in Psych when Jules found out Shawn wasn't really psychic. If FL can just keep believing Han-jun is really a fraud, I think we'll be better off.

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Love the Psych reference, since I was a fan of the show and also totally thought she was a Lassie to Han-jun's Shawn. I don't have enough trust in the writer to give her a solid Lassie arc though. I know she's a stickler and she doesn't have all the info that Team Shaman has...I was pretty annoyed at how much of a rookie they made her even though she's supposed to be experienced enough to head her own team.

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lesson in internet security dont use overdramatic dates for passcodes you are being way obvious.

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+1 LOL

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Positives: The zany Minamdang crew! Hilarious with each individual member bringing something to the table. SIG is awesome going from clown to serious in a second and still being believable. I wish Deaconess Kim keeps making an appearance. 🤣😝

I like the police officers at the station. They seem like a warm bunch who are competent and want to do a good job.

I like the chatty prosecutor and want him to team up with the Minamdang crew. His vibe is more in line with them than the Fl unless of course he’s the villain.

Neagative: The Female Lead. I was hoping the FL would get better but sigh she seems to be getting more annoying. She doesn’t listen, acts self righteously and and she has too high an opinion of herself. Her brother told her his opinion as a prosecutor and her response as a police officer is “you believe someone other than me!”🤦🏽‍♀️
Her motivation for following the suspect is to impress her crush 🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️
She didn’t apologize to her colleagues who she belittled. 😣
I also don’t get how NHJ and the Minamdang crew don’t know she’s the murdered procecutor’s sister, especially NHJ.
I’m hoping there is no romance at all between them. She needs to resign and do something else.
Both the writing and the acting seems to be the problem. Sigh! 😔

The show is still interesting and I will continue to watch for all the other characters.

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I loved SIG acting high. He does comedy so well.
This episode has convinced me that while I'm not a fan of the actress its the way FL is written. No actress could make this abusive arrogant character likeable for me. At this point I'd rather almost divorced VP woman got with SIGs character if they must put him with someone.
I also wasn't happy with their kiss. She doesn't deserve even an accidental lip smash from him.

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I love the GP divorcee from other dramas. She’s always a third-rung character and she ALWAYS draws my
eye. She’s got a way with small gestures a sort of bizarre intensity that makes me giggle every time she’s on.

I want her to become a weird backup player for the cafe team honestly. She just seems like she’d get totally wrapped up in it.

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SIG is really hard carrying this drama.
the female lead has no gravitas to her at all. she's badly written and badly acted lol if the drama tries to push the enemy to lovers trope here, good luck bcs there's not chemistry. and this is something considering SIG usually have good chemistry no matter the role/partner. for now, hanjun has more chemistry with that hotel vice-president than the female lead lol

this drama is entertaining in its nonsensical way, but when it tries to be a bit more serious, it's just not it. the police is ridiculously dumb, the woman is supposedly a super competent detective but this is not what's being shown at all. its frustrating to watch. not to mention the whole age thing that doesnt make any sense with the casting.

I will keep watching bcs I like seo inguk in almost anything he does. maybe a shaman case per episode with the police trying to take him down and all shenanigans would be more interesting than this serious murder thing going on.

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That sedative shot as not sedating at all. The doctors in that hospital are terrible! Poor Sucheol with the unwanted colonopscopy. Don't you usually have to flush out your intestines the day before?

The writing is all over the place this week trying too hard to generate a few seconds of humor. This is based on a web novel, and i'm curious if it's the web novel that is messy, or if the adaptation changed thing. I did like how Su-cheol is catching feelings for hacker sister.

That said, annoyances aside, this drama is still fun to watch and seems like a good "watch while folding laundry" sort of watch. There isn't a big mystery. They're trying to catch a bad dude with a scar and works in a high level position in the government. Now we just watch them all run around like chickens with their heads cut off. Please let them properly team up.

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There is something out the name “Cafe Minamdang” which draws me to it. I have no idea what the storyline is.
Can’t wait to begin Cafe Minamdang.

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