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Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Episodes 13-14

We already knew this neighborhood was a mess, but it’s even worse after learning exactly what secrets the residents have been harboring. Thanks to the actions of several of the adult residents, one little girl who could’ve been saved was left to fend for herself. Our tormented chef finds himself at a crossroads as he struggles under the weight of the truth about what happened to his little sister.

 
EPISODES 13-14 WEECAP

The neighborhood ajummas and ajusshis love to gossip, and Jin-geun’s death gives them a hot topic. I can’t even blame them for suspecting Da-hyun and family given both their odd behavior and the fact that they kind of did kill Jin-geun and put him in a freezer once. Gye-hoon isn’t left out, either, since everyone knows he and Da-hyun are together.

Gye-hoon, as usual, blames himself for not getting the full story about Gye-young before Jin-geun was murdered. To distract himself, Gye-hoon cooks a mini feast for the restaurant employees and Da-hyun’s family. I love that they feel the need to go around the table, each assuring the others that they didn’t kill Jin-geun.

Now that Jin-geun is dead, Eun-jung is adrift. She’d been living for revenge, and without it, she doesn’t know what to do with herself. Hopefully, with him gone, she’ll start to really live again.

On a random note, could people be less casual about their safety in this drama? Even knowing there’s a killer loose, people just go around by themselves after dark. Eun-jung and Da-hyun both go wandering around the neighborhood at night – Eun-jung is even tipsy!

Moving on, with the whole Jin-geun-dead-in-the-freezer (again) situation, Da-hyun and Gye-hoon find themselves in relationship limbo. Gye-hoon takes the initiative and says he doesn’t want to break up. He gets unusually vulnerable, admitting he was only surviving before he met Da-hyun and began to live. Gye-hoon earnestly asks her not to abandon him. Since there’s no way Da-hyun can break up with him now, they end up back together. So that breakup lasted all of a day.

Meanwhile, Won-tak gets himself into a spot of trouble. He sees Chief Seo harassing his dad again, and this time, he can’t stand by. Won-tak beats Chief Seo up, consequences be damned. He then resigns, never giving a reason for his behavior. Chief Seo heard Eui-chan call Won-tak “Se-jin,” so he puts it together.

We already knew Chief Seo is kind of awful, and he marks our first adult who didn’t help Gye-young when he had the chance. In flashback, we see that Gye-hoon had immediately gone to report his sister missing after feeling her fear, but Chief Seo literally laughed him out of the station. And then, of course, he went after the wrong man for about two decades.

In another secret reveal, we finally learn what Bok-hee has been hiding from Da-hyun all this time. Once she realized Da-hyun was missing back then, she frantically searched and found her unconscious on the street. A man was leaning over her with a weapon.

Both Jung-ho (the cop friendly with Bok-hee) and halmeoni arrived at that point. While Jung-ho was trying to hold the man off, Bok-hee hit him over the head, killing him. Rather than reporting it, Jung-ho convinced her to bury the truth to protect herself. He assured her that Gye-young’s case was totally separate because they didn’t find her after a search. That, sir, is an incredibly flimsy argument.

So now we’ve got one cop who ignored the case until it was too late and another who irresponsibly didn’t report another little girl going missing the same night. Then there’s Bok-hee who stayed silent. If only they were the only ones to play a role that night.

The most upsetting of them all, for me, was the shifty neighborhood ajusshi Dong-nam who currently lives in the house the girls were held in. After Gye-young got left behind by Da-hyun, she went up to Dong-nam on the street and asked him to save her from a bad man who was following her. Instead of helping her like a decent human, Dong-nam LEFT HER THERE. Who even does that?!

Feeling guilty, Da-hyun ends up telling Gye-hoon the truth about what her mother did. He’s stunned and for once, he can’t overlook his feelings knowing that Gye-young might’ve been saved if Bok-hee had reported the incident. When Bok-hee comes to apologize, he refuses to forgive her; he wants her to live in regret forever.

Gye-hoon is understandably exhausted and ready to leave the neighborhood (and maybe Da-hyun). I mean, it’s not like his restaurant has opened anyway. He makes a trip home to see his mom who is having a good day. She tells him not to worry about her and to contact his dad – he doesn’t need to let their fighting affect him. Gye-hoon still hasn’t told her his dad is missing, something I almost forgot about amid everything.

Meanwhile, the killer (whose name is Young-hoon) does his own reconnaissance thanks to Jin-geun trying to save his own skin by selling Da-hyun out. Young-hoon approaches her all neighborly and tries to suss out if she remembers him like Jin-geun said she probably does. Thankfully, he realizes she doesn’t fully have her memories back, and he leaves her alone for now.

Jung-ho isn’t so lucky. The two of them are close friends and have been for decades. After learning from Bok-hee that Da-hyun and Gye-young were kidnapped together, Jung-ho starts reinvestigating. He finally remembers that Young-hoon offered to help search that night. Specifically, he’d offered to search that house, and Jung-ho had let him.

Young-hoon realizes that Jung-ho has put two and two together, and he kidnaps him. He shares that the man Bok-hee killed was just a pawn. Young-hoon then admits that he did “hurt” Gye-young, but if Jung-ho had searched that house himself, he would have found her still alive.

Elsewhere, Dong-nam tries to ease his own guilt and rid himself of the specter of Gye-young. He tells Gye-hoon the whole story about how Gye-young had asked for his help but he left her there. His excuse? He was too tired to help someone else.

Gye-hoon is at the end of his rope, barely holding it together at this point. Da-hyun gets a ping through their link and calls him frantically. He says he misses her, so she runs to him. We end this week on them embracing. So I guess they’re not breaking up after all.

And we finally have the full story of what happened that night when all the adults refused to take responsibility, leaving a little girl to die. People can be terrible.

I had pretty much forgotten about the mystery of what the heck happened to Gye-hoon’s dad. Did the killer off him too? Maybe he got too close to the truth.

And then there’s the real mystery of the whole drama: will Gye-hoon’s restaurant ever open? Poor Jin-hoo is the only one who seems to care – after all he’s endured in this neighborhood as the only one with zero connection to what’s going on, the man deserves to open a restaurant in peace.

 
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S. Korea has pretty strict laws on use of force and "excessive" self defense, but it's hard to believe that they couldn't reveal that Bok-hee had killed a guy who had kidnapped a kid and seemed to be trying to kill a policeman. Are they exaggerating? Contorting the law to fit the needs of the drama??? Here in "Murica" she'd be a hero.

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Not exaggerating. It’s a news topic that comes up once in a while. They basically compare injuries between aggressor and victim, and if the the aggressor is hurt more than the victim, they consider it excessive force. He’s dead so there’s even no point comparing.

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It would be clearly self defense in the United States but from what I've read and heard on the more realistic legal dramas, self defense in a "murder" case has only worked like one time in South Korea. It's nuts, but I do think she would have been charged with murder.

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Awful people, but at least to an extent, I understand Da Hyun's mom's situation because she had just escaped her abusive husband and was a single mom working till late night to feed her kid. There was a possibility of her going to jail for murder because it is not exactly self defence and the custody of the kid might have gone to the abusive dad. The only alternate solution to this could have been mom claiming she found Da Hyun unconscious on the road and Jung Ho attesting to it, but the drama set up this character to be dumb and the cops to be useless. This show has been consistently doing a good job of nailing all the crimes against women and how the law is not enough to protect them, which makes me wish the episode count was trimmed down to retain some of the earlier entertainment and excitement.

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I am weirdly impressed at how the show is making some of these neighborhood people just.. small and selfish. Because that’s frequently how something terrible like this happens. A lot of people who decide to look the other way, not stir things up, keep their own counsel, just overall not expose themselves to even the smallest risk even if it could be the end of the world for someone else.

There are some incredible horror stories of children or adults who the entire community just… collectively doesn’t save. And then they collectively decide that it’s not their fault, that no one was doing anything, how would they have known. But of COURSE they knew. They just didn’t want to risk ridicule or social awkwardness, so they never said “hey, who is that kid living with you and they’re bruised all the time, and if you don’t have a FANTASTIC answer my next call is CPS”.

This is rapidly turning into a very sad show, but rightly so. There were so many chances for this not to have happened. And the adults collectively blew it.

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They really have an issue with how to handle a body.

It was completely stupid from the cop to burry the body. The guy kidnapped a girl and was trying to kill the cop, it was easy to prove it was selfdefense. But he made the mother being a murderer by hidding the truth.

I didn't feel pity for the old man who let Gye-Young alone, you don't let a child alone in the middle of the night when she asked for help...

Words are a scary weapon. Gye-Hoon's words to Bok-Hee were pretty hurtful. The poor guy, he's so frustrated by all these adults.

But in the same time he wasn't wrong, people did wrong twice. First, by acting like they did and then when they knew about Gye-Young, they kept the truth for themselves when it could have helped the investigation. The neighborhood accused Gye-Hoon because he wasn't there for his sister, they let his parents completely broken by the incident, Won-Tak being the son of a "Murderer" (I thought his ex-girlfriend knew his identity), etc.

But after everything, we still doesn't know if Gye-Young is dead and how. Young-hoon didn't really say anything.

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You said it. They had the nerve to attack GH for everything due to their own guilty conscience.

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Poor Gye-hoon! He didn't get the information he wanted from Jin-geun but now - suddenly! - adults who knew of what happened started telling him what happened! Of all the TMI in one night that a person could get!

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If only the adults in this village are decent people the kids wont suffering this much..
The police is the worst, making dahyun's mom a murderer, saying dahyun and gyeyoung is different case when both girls literally missing at the same time. Let other people checking the house when know damn well that there is a kidnapper out there. Maybe he is just stupid.
The thing that drive Gyehoon crazy is because there is so many what ifs. I wish he could be happy at the end of this drama

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So many have brought guilt upon themselves.

The last episode in particular was emotionally intense, because so many residents of the neighbourhood have brought guilt upon themselves and now have to live with the knowledge that they might have been able to prevent a crime if they had acted properly.
There is the mother who killed a man and was persuaded not to turn herself in. Or the policeman who made the wrong decision several times so that the crime could not be solved. If he hadn't persuaded the mother to keep quiet or searched the house himself, things would probably have turned out differently. And then there's the knowledge that he persuaded his friend to move to the area in the first place. Still, I feel enormously sorry for him, because he actually always meant well.
In contrast, I have no sympathy at all for the neighbour who didn't want to help the little girl. I could never forgive something like that.

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This has to me the most wicked neighbourhood in kdramaland right? Even the cops are not better.

I'm finally tired of unlooking Yeo Jin-Goo's style in this drama 😩after 14 episodes. Who is responsible for this? So much wasted potential.

Another week of Gyehoon not opening his restaurant... At least he's generous with the food.

Why is she always walking in dark alleys all alone? Ugh!

I hate the episode 12ish break ups in kdramas but this one makes so much sense! As if her guilt wasn't enough, her mum didn't help. How do they overcome this?
I enjoyed Gyehoon reaction towards Dahyun's mom, it felt real.

I was just reminded while watching this episodes that I really love YJG's voice.

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After all of this, can Gyehoon and Dahyun really be together?
I know that Dahyun is also a victim, she is also pretty and kind, they both care about each other, but will Gyehoon really be fine when looking at Dahyun will always remind him of what happened to his sister, especially her mother? Honestly, i don't see how they can work it out. It's a drama, i'm sure writer will find a way. But i don't think they can convince me.
I prefer Gyehoon to finish his business in that neighborhood then go far far away from that place with Jinhoo and start his own life. It'll be a long journey for him to get himself together and to finally search for happiness.

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you're gonna make me quote the thing again huh

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I can't see how GH and DH could really be together with her mom's guilt and the weight of their experiences always pressing on them, plus she's apparently too stupid to live, so I'm actually hoping for them to end up apart. GH needs to get far, far away and start over with a better wardrobe. I don't wish DH any harm - she's a victim, too - just for her to gain 20 IQ points and get a job that doesn't involve food service.

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In Da Hyun's defence, IQ is highly influenced by genetics and is improved by learnings and surroundings. So, DH is a victim right from birth

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Ahahaah XD Perfect comment!!

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What strength does Gyehoon or Dahyun find if they cannot overcome this?

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” (Neil Gaiman, Coraline) That's the purpose of fiction.

This kind of conflict, is a common narrative tool in kdramas, and although they frequently only do it to manufacture last minute drama and handle it even worse than this has so far or will next week, they also do it all the time to show that one CAN, nay even MUST overcome it.

Whether you find it convincing or not, it is better for love to overcome, than for it to not, no?

Besides, I don’t think it makes sense either thematically or character wise:

The episode ends with him crying out to her for support because he cannot bear it anymore, and because she has become his strength. Execution aside, that’s what she is supposed to represent thematically, that’s the metaphor of the Link- that was first between Gyehoon and Gyeyoung, and is now between Gyehoon and Dahyun, but not one sided this time, but mutual. To be there for each other in their weakness and their pain, and overcome it together.

(I would even argue, that although Gyeyoung as far as we know did not return the Link back to Gyehoon, such was their relationship, that although Gyehoon was the protector to her, Gyeyoung was some kind of life line and strength to him also, which along with all the neglect and blame shifting, is what left him so hollow for so many years.)

Additionally, and all my other thoughts aside, which I was going to save for the finale, Gyehoon, and Gyeyoung have been repeatedly, over and over again, abandoned.
Gyehoon by his mother and his father and his neighbourhood, and then, though not by any fault of hers, was still permanently separated from Gyeyoung also, who in turn, was abandoned by the adults who should’ve, as is their duty, looked out for her, their negligence leading to the tragedy that is this drama.
If now Gyehoon and Dahyun abandon each other, what then is left? If they cannot look that fear in the face and tell it to leave, what kind of arc have you left Gyehoon with?

Sure, it might be a long road, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be one that is walked.

And so to quote The Thing, again:
“ “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves.

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I love this. I love the thoughts you wrote here, Sic. If only i could frame this to remind my future self. I guess i know so little about strength and love.

And i think i need to read The Four Loves.

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💕
Isn't that why we need stories about strength and love, to remind us?

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Well said! The scene when he going to police, going to his mom and wandering alone is actually so sad. He has nobody to talk or to be comfortable. I think both need that emotional support from each other.

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🖤 Especially after the reveal from the truck driver, he looked so stricken.

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@sicarius: So eloquently written. It made me tear up.

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Awwwww~! Thank you so much!
Here, have a tissue 🧻

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@sicarius: Toilet paper? Wasn’t there an actual tissue emoji? If I had known this, I would have just used my sleeves!🙄

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There wasn't! I'm sorry! (I was going to apologise in the original comment actually, because it looks so awkward hahaha) I looked it up just in case but emojipedia said nope! and that this could be used interchangeably! thanks emojipedia, not.
They're the softest, most fluffiest toilet tissue imaginable I promise 🤣🤣🤣
(not even a handkerchief emoji, lacking, absolutely lacking!)

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Ah, I know you’re right - and this is so insightful and beautifully expressed.

So, putting all of these much more important and central themes aside 😆, I was mostly reacting in the moment to about 5% of what’s in these episodes and am SO FRUSTRATED with Da-hyun. Even though she’s not at fault in any way and is a past and present victim, she repeatedly puts herself in danger despite knowing it’s out there. Still wandering down dark alleys late at night, head in the clouds, in episode 14? COME ON. It’s lazy writing when the writer can’t think of anything else to advance the plot.

We all have our own Least Favorite Things in drama and one of mine is a female lead who’s written to be unintelligent or to never learn. That’s how DH is set up right from the start, with her, mom, and grandma joking that they collectively don’t have three brain cells to rub together. I’m annoyed because she not only keeps making bad decisions but is getting worse as the show goes on - more childlike, more passive, and with worse judgement. That happens to the FL in far too many dramas. They start out spunky and resilient and fade into docile damsels waiting to be attacked or rescued. I acknowledge that hits a sore spot for me. I don’t truly wish for DH and GH to end up apart, because that would betray the ‘link’ theme (which I wish were explored more) and the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale narrative to no purpose other than maybe shocking for the sake of being shocking. There are ways to subvert a fairy tale ending that would also illuminate how love and good intentions can lead to irreversible wrongs, or explore the intertwined nature of good and evil, the cumulative effects of small, individual, flawed or forced decisions, and our expectations of storytelling, but this show has not set itself up to do that.

You’d never know it, but I’m really enjoying the show. Also I often just throw sh*t out here.

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And I am not without my own issues with this show also, not to worry, so I understand your frustrations, especially around "simple idiocy", such as has frequented this show.
(Although consider, the other way- if the show has never bothered to take people wandering around this neighbourhood at night alone as a giant red flag before now, it's hardly going to start at episode 14 hahaha. Alas!
Such things work better in Minamdang which takes itself less seriously.)

But yeah, thematically I have little issue with what it's trying to say (in fact, I wasn't very emotionally effected by this week, despite the subject matter, but I think I might appreciate parts of it more post this analysis of mine lmao)- any issues there are mainly just execution and/or the development of some aspects, and it's quite traditional, as you say, in its thematic approach, and there's nothing wrong with that.

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Some of her ditziness was written for laughs but I don’t think DaHyun is completely stupid- she has an emotional honesty and directness that Gyehoon, for example, lacks. Actually she had the best lines at the beginning of the drama- her telling her mom that she wasn’t born to make her proud; that the most often said lie between people is I’m ok; and her realization that she was a victim and not a perpetrator with respect to LJG. And even her interchange with Gyehoon in ep 13, probing whether he will be able to stay with her despite the painful memories was, I thought, pretty thoughtful. But yes, I do think in the later episodes she’s mostly reacting to events and her recovered memories, and it would have been nice if the writers had written some more self reflection for her. And I agree that it’s odd the two aren’t discussing more the emotional link they have with one another & her recent reciprocal link, given how central that seems to be to their relationship.

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Speaking of. Yes. This has always bothered me. GH told her about it (the Link) in like episode 6 or something, she didn't believe him, but it's never come up since, despite her now reciprocating it. Love the thematic weight of the Link; just wish it wasn't sidelined to almost a gimmick in its own show this much come in guys.

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thank you for your eloquent words @sicarius - I like your explanation of the link between them and it makes the rest of the story make a wee bit more sense.
Personally, I'm hoping the female cop will turn out to be Gyeyoung who somehow lost her memories.
It's hope against hope.

Also CS Lewis is a wonderful author and especially The Four Loves. I should find my old copy and read it again.

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He's great isn't he~

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2 possible things will help him overcome (I guess)

1… Dahyun will be in danger and he will realize nothing could be worse than losing her.
2… The kidnapper will tell Gyehoon his motive and he had his eyes on Gyeyoung from start to finish. Dahyun was collateral damage that was purely bad luck. Then she needn’t to feel so guilty.

Also, I don’t think Gyehoon knows the police told her mom not to confess. He didn’t listen to her explanation. The way they showed no audio during Dahyun’s confession, we don’t know how much details he was told.

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After all of this, can Gyehoon and Dahyun really be together?

I think about this a lot. Sometimes i wondering if only Gyehoon's parents taking care of their son, lift his guilt for a little bit and let their son live his own life, maybe it wont be this hurt?
Or Dahyun's mom tell her after she knows her daughter keep having this nightmare for years?
I know its hard but i think its only them who could heal each other and support each other and moving on together, so im still wish they could together at the end

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This is performance art, right? I can't define it, but I know it when I see it.

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... seeing as how I am a Jester Queen... yeah.

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more like
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the data exists, or did exist, but not here, and not right now.

Although this comment is now redundant since I was irked into creating thoughts above anyway, woops, lmao.

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Throughout my time watching this series, I was so curious as to whether they would pull a murder on the orient express and they kinda did? Who knew that all it took was for someone to say something to avoid all this carnage?

I have to agree about Jung-ho. (tbh all the cops are whack in this show, dk how they were still employed) I was so shocked to hear that that was his reasoning towards BH (fr he said law enforcement officer who? and BURIED the body) don't get me wrong, I understand BH and that it must have been such a huge inner conflict for her as she had DH and past trauma. (Being honest here, idk how GH and DH are gonna move past this together, there's too much trauma and toxicity around)

Still have NO clue who tf the culprit is that took the girls (young-hoon was it). Correct me if i'm wrong, he was the guy that Chief Seo made give a whack statement on SJ's dad? Yet he didnt have much screentime?? As someone who was the main cause of all this carnage, I would assume they'd give him more screentime or at least make him pop out of nowhere or more interactions with the cast. (were they going for the least expected route?) They focused too much on LJE only to rush out this guy's reveal, which did not leave an effect on me.(I was so happy to find out that there was an accomplice only to see that he was a complete rando god)

Finally, ladies and gents, the moment you've all been waiting for! Lets hear it for Mr Dong-nam!! Tonight, he'll be receiving the award for Most Awful Individual for leaving a literal CHILD in the middle of a dark alley at night when she was begging him for help from a scary man!
(The way I had to pause and reflect on what in gods name this man had just said)

It was truly interesting for this show take a different route in terms of the "morals of people" element as we are accustomed to seeing people in kdramas do the "right thing" whereas in here they really said every man for themselves.

also glad this show is ending soon, my anxiety can't take anymore of them running out at night in a town where literal murders and kidnappings took place with zero protection.

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He did show up in the beginning when all the villagers were acting suspicious. Like every time Gyehoon visited the market place, they showed his fish stand. When mom and grandma said “kill these 2 (fish)” and talked out loud about how to stop Gyehoon from opening the fridge, he was right next to them. Then the times when the cops walked by the market, he fed them free sashimi. He was at every police drink gathering.

After Link and Beyond Evil, I’ve come to the conclusion that people who hang around cops and feed them are potentially murderers.

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I see.. Thank you for the refresh!! So he was mostly in the background hmm alright cool cool.

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And then there’s the real mystery of the whole drama: will Gye-hoon’s restaurant ever open?

Right now, this is all I care about.

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I was saying the same thing to my friend XD

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As much as I really enjoyed the comedic elements and romance, if this is the direction they always intended for the story, a part of me wonders if it would've been better off as a gritty & dark drama. It's just too big a tragedy to balance the rom-com elements this show was laying out earlier, honestly the more I think about what happened to GY the more my heart really hurts. She was a tiny kid for god's sake, and most of the adults who stayed mum were parents themselves.

I also lowkey would rather GY and DH not to end up together & for both of them to get fresh starts away from everything. As romantic as it would be to have a love triumphs all situation, how can GY not be reminded of the everything when he's with DH/especially considering what he knows now about her mother's role in this? I totally understand DH is a victim herself and Bokhee was in a really tough place of her own, so I'm not trying to make her out to be the devil or blame DH in any way either, but it's not a small accident that GH could just sweep under the blanket. And vice versa for DH too. I think the way they took the story went past the point of return for a convincing happily ever after for those two imo.

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I mean yes it would be a kind of "romantic love triumphs", but it would also be triumphing over their trauma and the tragedy in general, alongside and apart from, their romance as well.

Plus, it's literally written into the thematic fabric of the show for them to be Linked to each other and overcome their past trauma together. It's right there in the title.
I can understand not finding that as convincing as it could or should be (indeed, I think there has been too little use of and exploration of the Link), but I think fully denying that would actually be to betray the themes of the show.

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I can see where you're coming from there with the overcoming trauma together! I'll fully acknowledge that I'm also like in a whirlwind of emotion after this week's episodes so that's probably also heavily skewing how I feel - I wonder (and it's happened heaps before) if I'll feel less convinced about a happily ever after my emotions settle because I do love MGY/YJG's chemistry together and their relationship up till this point was really cute.

Either way I hope they wrap it up next week nicely with our main couple (I highly doubt the leads won't end up together, given the tones of this drama) and wishful thinking maybe but it'd be really cool if they show both of them also looking into the idea of therapy etc to help them heal individually, and consequently together, from all the trauma of their past.

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Aw thanks for such a reply! It was definitely a thematically heavy two episodes that's for sure; lots to process, narratively and as a viewer. It certainly wasn't a very NICE week.

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Each new reveal in these two episodes was like a fresh knife wound, both for myself as a viewer and for Gyehoon and Dahyun's relationship. It seemed at the point Gyehoon had finally reconciled himself to the fact that Dahyun had made it out but without Gyeyoung, and had expressed to Dahyun how lonely he had been over the years and how much he needed her, he was faced with more and more evidence that Gyeyoung could have been saved, but for the idiocy and selfishness of the adults. Honestly it felt like he was being slowly tortured in these two episodes (YJG, why must you always take on these roles?). The two most innocent people in all this, Gyehoon and Dahyun, have suffered the most, and yet they are the continuing victims of adults seeking to unburden themselves of their own guilt through their confessions (I'm thinking of the construction worker mostly, but even DaHyun's mom seeking out Gyehoon to apologize seemed to me, as it did to Gyehoon, to smack more of a guilty conscience). The only benefit for Gyehoon is the realization that it's not his fault that Gyeyoung disappeared (which should have been made clear to him from the start, except for the constant guilt the adults around him laid on him, including his parents and Chief Seo).
The emotional relationship that Gyehoon and Dahyun have developed, even without the link that first brought Gyehoon to Dahyun, is real and beautifully portrayed by the actors. When you think about how damaged they were as individuals in the beginning of the drama, and how much they have grown together since then, I do feel they are meant to be together, because I can't imagine how they could develop a relationship with anyone else given their scars. DaHyun's loss of memory protected her initially and gave her a brightness despite her misfortunes that provided some levity at the beginning of their relationship. It will take some time for her to recover her natural optimism but I hope she does for the sake of both of them. Their relationship with Dahyun's mom will be strained and difficult but not, I think, insurmountable with the passage of time.
And I hope they do get to sing karaoke, play tag by the ocean, go to an amusement park, and play arcade games together because God knows, they deserve to. (And also, yes, please open the restaurant together -but not in Jihwadong...)

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I don't think the mom should feel guilty. Frankly, I don't think the cop should either. It is neither of their faults except for trusting your friend too much. The only person whose guilt I agree with is the guy who left a child asking for help on the street. It is no one's else's fault except the murderer that she died. Still pretty sad all around.

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Oh wow I completely disagree. Even if we buy that she and the cop (for crying out loud!) didn't realise that two girls disappearing on the same night was linked, in the present she definitely knew Da-hyun's disappearance was linked to Gye-young's.

It's why she kept dissuading Da-hyun from dating Gye-hoon with a lot "you can NEVER be with HIM" messaging. The fact that they still didn't tell Gye-hoon anything despite his very obvious pain and misery is absolutely on her. They covered their own asses while leaving Gye-young's family to a life of hell.

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Fair point about the present. I'll grant you she should have told Gye Hoon about the night. However, that night when she just saw her daughter almost kidnapped and had just murdered a man, even if she kept trying to confess. She wasn't in her right mind. I just don't feel that she should feel guilty about his sister's death in that instance. Your mind is thinking about a lot of things. As for the cop, you are right.

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Disagree.

She knew the police was looking for Gyeyoung. Even if she didn't know the girls were locked up together, reporting that Dahyun was once kidnapped will help police focus on searching that area, instead of police spreading its resources to blindly search everywhere (and letting the kidnapper use that excuse to help).

She already saved Dahyun. So at the point she got dissuaded to confess, her motive was saving herself. Maybe even if she reported it, Gyeyoung still wouldn't be alive, but at least they could have found her body 18 years ago. She's not the worst of the bystanders but Gyehoon and his family has every right to stay mad.

That police did worse. Yes, he meant well. That doesn’t mean he’s not responsible for obstruction of investigation. He ain’t no investigator, just a police station trooper. Who was he to conclude that the 2 cases are unrelated? I doubt he did a thorough job checking the dead guy’s background. Then he skipped corners in combing the area. Illegal disposal of dead body and obstruction of investigation was enough to get him fired. And remember, he had the audacity to threaten Gyehoon when he was mad at the piano teacher, like he’s some upright authority. He was nothing but self righteous, self deemed loyal friend with no moral boundaries.

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I understand your points, but I'll reiterate what i said above. She was thinking about her daughter and the fact that she had just murdered a man. There was no correlation to the sister because that wasn't her focus. Even when she thought about confessing it was to assuage her guilt about killing the man, it still had nothing to do with the sister. So it may have helped, but she didn't have that mindset. She was only thinking of her child. So for me that sole focus on your child, even of she is saved, especially when she didn't realize she was missing, doesn't add up to guilt for the sister dying.

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If she hadn’t felt guilty towards her sister in the last 18 years, then Gyehoon has no reason to accept her apology. She SHOULD feel bad about it for the rest of her life. She could certainly live on with out any guilt, except then her daughter will probably feel worse and more guilt towards Gyeyoung.

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The mom, I slightly understand. It sounds like Korean law very well could have resulted in her going to jail for killing a guy actively attacking a cop after menacing her daughter with a chisel (wtf). And frankly if cop buddy doesn’t say where the body is, then that’s it’s own problem. But she never told the police WHERE she found her daughter which I can only assume would’ve helped narrow down abduction locations. She didn’t get any testimony from DH at all. And she knew, at that time, that she should’ve said something.

The cop I do not have any sympathy for at all. He was searching houses AS A COP, it was his job. You can’t delegate vital tasks to a hometown buddy. He intimidated a witness (Bok Hee) repeatedly, going so far as to manhandle her out of the station. He also managed to allow his boss to persecute an innocent man for decades. The cop doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

If your friend is suggesting that you should hide evidence of a child abduction, that is a bad friend and you should feel bad about trusting them. And if you delegate a task that has the life of a child riding on it to a friend, a task that’s your literal job - yeah, similarly guilt forever. It’s not like the kid was found, even if speed was key, did he never re-canvass the ground his friend searched? He just… let it go?

The handyman is a clear jerk and deserves to be haunted but you know - his wife gets a portion of scrutiny too. Because she KNEW his alibi was a lie, and not only never told the cops, she never even questioned him.

All of these people are awful, and most of them absolutely deserve the guilt for 1. not acting and 2. not admitting what had happened when it became devastatingly clear that a kid was missing or dead and they had a piece of the puzzle. No one here is just coincidentally and innocently recalling something - they all KNOW it had a part in a kid’s murder. And they just saved themselves.

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With two episodes remaining I wonder if we will learn why Gye-young was abducted in the first place. Yes, Da-hyun was also taken but I believe it was because she had stumbled upon Gye-young and the kidnappers did not want to risk exposure. Was the motivation behind the kidnapping to extort money from Gye-young's family? Or was it more sinister? Also, what happened to Gye-young and Gye-hoon's father? Are we to assume that he also fell victim to the kidnapper?

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Honestly, at this point Gye-Young could be alive. The guy never told that he actually killed her. Or he killed both daughter and father.

I wonder why when she was so scared, the link with her brother didn't work anymore.

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Gye-hoon says to himself at some point, "I was just 10 years old, but I could tell ... that Gye-young died." It reminds me of ‘The End Of The Party,’ a short horror story by Graham Greene about young twins who share a psychic link. (I recommend it if you want to not sleep at night for a while.) But yes, it's significant that we still haven't heard anyone confess to actually killing her or seeing her dead. Maybe she's alive, lost and with amnesia; I doubt it, but two themes of this show are incomplete childhood memories and the incompetence of the police and other adults in finding missing kids. More likely it's that fishmonger ahjussi didn't actually kill her himself and there's more mystery and malice out there.

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Yes, I distinctly also noted the deliberate lack of an outright confession of Evil Fish Guy killing her and suspect there is still a couple more links to the mystery.

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@kurama I thought that he had confessed to killing her? If that isn't the case, then I do hope that Gye-young and Gye-hoon will be reunited.

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When the cop asked if he harmed her, he didn't answer but kinda nodded his head and when the cop asked if he went into the house himself, could he have saved her, the guy just said she was alive. Neither of his answers were straight.

So he never confessed that he killed her.

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@kurama Ah, ok. Thank you.

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Not to get massively dark here, but I absolutely cannot think of a scenario where two young adult men bribe a boy to bring an elementary school aged girl to an abandoned house that then results in the girl surviving.

This is the true crime area that usually leads to pedophiles and psychopaths who’ve gotten bored killing local pets, unfortunately.

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This show is way darker and sadder than I thought it would be, but also better.

I thought I was going to watch a somewhat silly romcom with a few serious moments here and there, but instead, this is a crime drama set in a highly dysfunctional small town that breaks up the depressing backstory with some sweet romantic moments here and there. It makes the most of its ensemble cast, too, which I also wasn't expecting.

All that said, I am still watching and enjoying the story, although I'm not sure I buy yet that the connection between the leads is strong enough to overcome their shared childhood trauma. I'm not saying love can't find a way, but that I haven't yet seen a bond between them that suggests they need to be together to fully heal. Then again, it's impossible for me to imagine either one with someone else, even if that would be easier on their psyches. Their pasts are so intertwined and they both want to see the other safe and happy, so I guess it's somewhat believable that they could stay together and have a strong relationship.

But they need to move back to Seoul ASAP. Or anywhere that is not this creepy town full of people who simultaneously look the other way and then judge each other harshly.

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I have stumbled this drama and I know it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The writing is not that solid and there are some loopholes but what I appreciate about the drama is how it portrays the dark side of human nature.

Many viewers may not like how the adults had behaved such as Dahyun’s mom and the cop and that neighbour who could help the child and prevented the murder but in reality, crimes are sometimes not solved or committed because people are selfish, look at the other way and make wrong choices. I think that’s what the writer want to convey, that as people, we also have responsibility not only to ourselves and our family but also to others. When we feel others are victimised, we should always do the right thing but alas easier said than done.

Just recently, I saw a news about a child who was beaten to death and the teacher and some neighbors had seen his bruises but no one came forward until his death. Then you question what if I just intervene, so many what ifs but sadly it’s already late. I think that’s what the show wanted also to convey that if we love someone, we should tell that person today as it maybe too late. Same with the Eun gyoon to his sister and his dad.

Above all, I also want to commend the writer for writing a topic about stalking, women abuse and how women would rather become murderers since the law is lenient on this crimes. Also, with the self defense that could lead to murder if the perpetrator died. I think SK need to examine their laws about this because I know it’s not strong, there is even a rapist who rape an 8 yr old girl and severely damage the victim’s body. However, he was only sentenced 12 yrs because he was drunk when he committee the crime so it was argued that he was not in sound mind when he did it. SK is still a patriarchal society and some crimes against women was not being taken seriously.

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Thanks for raising these issues. The laws pertaining to crimes against women and children are weak and ineffective across the globe. Women receive harsher penalties for minor crimes and first offences, mother’s are separated from their children due to these lesser crimes leading to significant long term effects for the children and their mothers. People with mental health conditions, and people who have been in care, are more likely to be imprisoned and let’s not even begin to discuss racism and the criminal justice system.

It is important to raise awareness about these injustices in a way that encourages people to help change the system rather than see it as just ‘entertainment’ and move on to the next programme. I like the films like Rabbit proof fence that give some context to the issues that have been raised.

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