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Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

In the finale week, our leads finally face off with the man who took so much from them, and the neighborhood comes to grips with the truth about one of their own. It’s a solid ending that ties up the loose ends and gives some closure to the past, but also leaves plenty of time to explore where this leaves everyone as they figure out how to move forward.

 
EPISODES 15-16 WEECAP

Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

After all he’s learned about what happened to his sister, Gye-hoon is back to self-blame. He struggles to cope and this time, he’s the one to suggest to Da-hyun they should break up. Da-hyun can see how much he’s struggling and agrees. I guess they are breaking up for real.

But their link is adding an extra challenge to their breakup since they can still feel each other’s feelings all the time. Try as he might, Gye-hoon can’t ignore the pang of fear he feels from Da-hyun when she runs into Young-hoon.

Young-hoon is still feeling her out to see if she remembers him – this time, she does. Da-hyun tries to act normally and politely declines his offer to give her a ride home, but she still arouses his suspicion. Da-hyun ends up running from Young-hoon who chases her down side streets.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Episodes 15-16 (Final) Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

She tries to get help from a nearby shop owner, but Young-hoon knocks the old man out. In typical hero fashion, Gye-hoon arrives just as Young-hoon is attacking Da-hyun. He and Da-hyun struggle to take Young-hoon down, but Gye-hoon does eventually manage to strangle him unconscious before the police arrive.

In the scuffle, though, Da-hyun was stabbed. The whole incident finally unlocks the rest of Da-hyun’s memory, and everything clicks into place for her. When they were held captive, Gye-young had told Da-hyun about the link she shared with Gye-hoon. She’d started crying and knew the tears were Gye-hoon’s.

Gye-young asked Da-hyun to pass her twin a message in case she didn’t make it out: “Oppa, you have to remember it’s not your fault. It’s really not your fault, so promise you’ll stop crying.” Da-hyun now realizes this is why she and Gye-hoon are linked. Sure enough, once Da-hyun passes on Gye-young’s message as she’s rushed to the hospital, the link disappears.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

I’m glad we got some explanation for the link because I wasn’t sure whether it’d fall by the wayside. I think it’s better they went with an emotional reason rather than a logical one. I don’t think there’s a way to explain it logically that wouldn’t fall apart under scrutiny.

I had a feeling it had something to do with Gye-young that night, but it was sweet that it was born of her worry that Gye-hoon would blame himself for everything. She knew him well. After all this time, the person who finally comforted and freed Gye-hoon was Gye-young.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

Young-hoon turns out to be a very ineffective serial killer because none of his three targets died. Da-hyun has to undergo minor surgery for the side wound, but she’s fine. Gye-hoon got a little banged up but had no major injuries. Even Jung-ho survived his ordeal intact.

Perhaps one of the most surprising turn of events is that Chief Seo actually participated in catching Young-hoon. After Min-jo intercedes and convinces him to let the past go, he and Won-tak sort of make up. Chief Seo promises to apologize and quit the force once Won-tak finds the real culprit. It seems he’s capable of admitting he made a mistake after all.

Chief Seo even manages to provide the missing piece in identifying Young-hoon. Won-tak knew Jin-geun had met with a man that night he called Gye-hoon, but he can’t find the man on CCTV. Chief Seo pipes up that he saw Jin-geun talking to Young-hoon that night. Look at him being all helpful.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Episodes 15-16 (Final) Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

After Young-hoon’s arrest, it’s a time of new starts as Won-tak begins reconciling with his dad, Gye-hoon is honest with his mom about his father’s likely death, and we get some relationship shakeups. Won-tak and Min-jo, no surprise, rekindle their relationship. Remember that abused woman who wanted Bok-hee and halmeoni to kill her husband? With them as backup, she demands a divorce. Even Eun-jung and Jin-hoo seem poised to date.

Meanwhile, Gye-hoon leaves town and takes some time to process. He returns a month later, having sorted out his thoughts. He realizes he still wants to be with Da-hyun, despite the trauma that links them. Da-hyun is miffed he was MIA for a month, but easily takes him back.

Now that they’re no longer linked, they’ve lost their fast pass to reading each other. They spend time getting to know each other anew, learning to connect the traditional way.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Episodes 15-16 (Final) Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

Drumroll please… Gye-hoon FINALLY opens his and Jin-hoo’s restaurant. What a saga that was. He and Jin-hoo packed up and left – can you close a restaurant before it even opens? – only to come back a month or so later. It does extremely well, which makes sense since Gye-hoon is a famous chef (a fact I totally forgot).

Although Young-hoon is behind bars, Gye-hoon still doesn’t have closure given that they haven’t found his father’s or sister’s bodies. Jung-ho takes it upon himself to get Young-hoon to talk, and it works – he gives him a hint that the bodies are in their hometown. It takes some time and excavation, but they manage to find the bodies.

Gye-hoon and his mother are finally able to mourn and truly live. She even apologizes to him for leaving him to raise himself. Now, Gye-hoon is much lighter and more open with those around him. The whole neighborhood seems lighter, in fact. We end the series on Gye-hoon and Da-hyun sharing a happy moment together as they continue to support each other and move forward together.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

This was an unexpected drama, for me. The ride may have been a little bumpy at times, but I really enjoyed it. The balance could’ve been a bit better, but it managed to integrate its darkness and comedy reasonably well. These serial-killer romances (did I Can Hear Your Voice start this bizarre trend?) can easily devolve into a convoluted mess, but that didn’t happen here.

The mystery was straightforward yet not obvious, given all the neighbors were so suspicious that the killer could’ve been practically anyone. And I appreciated that the residents weren’t suspicious for no reason; many of them did play a role in what happened.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

That said, I do think the drama tried to do too much. We had Jin-geun, then the Gye-young mystery, and then Gye-hoon’s dad’s disappearance that I kept forgetting about. A little more focus wouldn’t have hurt. But somehow, the chaotic vibe kind of worked with our characters and world.

Da-hyun and her family were a trip, and their chaotic antics were a highlight for me. Somehow it made it even better that halmeoni was Bok-hee’s former mother-in-law who just decided to become a mother to her when she and Da-hyun needed her. I loved this intergenerational female bonding.

But Gye-hoon was the character who tugged most at my heartstrings. He was the typical tortured hero with a past, except he wasn’t a jerk. (I love dramaland’s move toward nicer heroes.) Yeo Jin-gu played Gye-hoon with a lot of restraint, the repressed emotions always visible under the surface. Both Gye-hoon and Da-hyun were easy to root for, and while I don’t know that staying in that traumatic neighborhood was the best decision, I’m glad they’ll have a strong support system as they find their way.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

 
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Just scary enough, just romantic enough, just funny enough.

I can't think too hard about it, or the killer's plotline falls apart.

My favorite scene-stealer was the dog.

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I'm very much not a dog person, but that GaeHoon the dog? adooorable! <3

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Idk if I cried more over the reveal about Bokhee and her 'mother’ or the damned restaurant finally opening 😭 It’s been one heck of a ride, and while the romance was adorable, I think the most heart touching theme of the drama for me was family. The varying relationships (most thankfully on the path of healing) between people and their families - found, made or existing - had me tearing up more than once and I'm grateful that we got to see so many different family dynamics at play.

There's a fair few things I could nitpick about plot and character but honestly it's mainly because the show built up a solid first half and just fell a little flat of the expectations it created. But still, it was an enjoyable watch and Disney+'s dubious streaming decisions aside, I'm glad I got to laugh, cry and aww along with this one with everyone else here!

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@quirkycase Thank you for a wonderful recap.

I liked the ending even though they did not reveal why Gye Young was kidnapped because reasoning and detailed validation was never the intention of the drama from the start. The show glossed over minor details like Gye Hoon's wealth, how Jin Geun lost consciousness in his initial scuffle with Da Hyun or if he really was the guy who murdered Eun Jung's sister, young lady in an apartment etc., to focus on keeping the mystery tightly under wraps and I must say, it did a good job except for a minor drag in plot from ep 11 to 13. The takeaway for me from this story was how human's react in the face of danger or conflict of interest, where logic and morale fly out of the window. For instance, Bok Hee chose murder (twice) over reporting to the police for protecting her daughter and the truck driver did not bother to help Gye Young because it was simply not his duty. Though the emotional link was cliche, I liked its closure because it was also the start of his misery and the end of his sufferings. The show's stronghold was dark comedy, twisting ordinary things into surprise elements, the bond between granma/mom/daughter trio and the fantastic acting by the leads. I don't think there is anyone who is better at crying than Yeo Jin Goo and Moon Ga Young already stamped her mark where she emoted fear in the confrontation scene with a stalker whom she thought was dead. I enjoyed the drama's journey and if not for making the FL wander alone at night, I would rate this drama more than 7.5/10.

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I forgot this is one of those rare shows where they did not make a last minute drama out of getting stabbed in the stomach😂😂😂 It is also a first where a bystander (shopkeeper) tries to help a victim.

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I honestly appreciate that they didn’t delve into why Gye Young was kidnapped, because really - that place would be EXTREMELY dark and we have too many shows and books that focus on killers and their motives. This show focused on the victim and the family left behind and held that focus. I am okay not knowing exactly what the murderer did or why - once you’ve kidnapped a child and killed her, the rationale and in-between are just layers of horror.

And frankly it’s also realistic - few people kill a child because of some huge convoluted backstory. Most just want to hurt something helpless and trusting, and want to see if they can get away with it. And that also was a point in the drama’s favor: once the murderer started killing again, he knew he was going to get caught and accelerated. No master plan, just the knowledge that he was running out of time to do a fun thing he likes so he’d better speed it up.

For a drama with a child murder at its center, the show did a great job of avoiding exploitative scenes. Lots of existential dread, but watching neighborhood people be individually selfish and clannish was more effective than lingering over the night of the murder.

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I'm impressed. The show ended well: not too perfectly, and with a realistic number of loose ends just like life, and maintained its high level of interest and suspense throughout. I would have liked more of the dark humor, but I accept that it would have been difficult to work that in once the dreadful past really started to come to light, especially in episodes 14 and 15. The major negative element for me was Da-hyun fading out as a character and becoming so blank and passive in later episodes. Why does this happen in so many dramas? YGH was heartbreakingly good and appealing as Gye-hoon. I kind of loved that we could forget he’s a wealthy, famous chef because he never made any mention of it, just kept buying expensive seafood and feeding his friends. And damn, that food looked good. The “eat” part of the title really shone.

Jing-eun was a mystery and the show didn’t quite do him justice. He was a monster, but a monster needs help to become one. A young child like 10-year-old Jing-eun couldn’t actually be guilty of crimes - stalking, murder, kidnapping - in any legal or moral sense, since he would not have the cognitive development for the necessary intent and understanding to be present. That wouldn’t keep him from feeling guilty. Did some fundamental flaw plus shame plus possible abuse make him what he was? When did he move from compulsion to choice? We’ll never know.

Fridge remains my favorite character, and I wish she’d at least had a cameo at the end.

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*YJG - Yeo Jin-goo, not Gye-hoon. Conflating character and actor, ugh.

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... *sigh*

Viva la Fridge.

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Did not like its ending or you missed the cameo of non-living things?

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tldr: ... both.

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It would have been fitting for the fridge to have had a final cameo- maybe in a landfill, with the sun shining into its opened interior, illuminating the still visible blood stains from Lee Jin-Geun's corpse. And then maybe crushed by a bulldozer? Lol

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Noooooo why would you fridge the Fridge like that!!!!! She was the star of the show! She did nothing wrong!

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Ha, I thought it would frame the series nicely since the beginning scene started out with a bundle of fridges in a landfill being bulldozed (try as I could to discern, I don’t think our fridge was in there, at least not obviously.). But yes, alternatively, the ending credit still could have been la Fridge washed up of all the prior stains and shined up to her original glory….

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... and retired as a nice Kimchi Fridge somewhere, yis yis

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Thank you, @quirkycase, for the weecap! That's it! It's done and I still want to know more. I know grandma accompanied Bokhee and Jungho to the police station, implying that they confessed to their crime of killing a man. I would have loved to see them on probation instead of go to jail. I pity Jin-geun who started as Da-hyun's boss but was given no other personal information like family and job after he moved back to Jinhwadong. But, I love YJG and MGY!

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Personally, this show was ok, would take it as a show I watched to kill time.
I started it due to the mystery element but I'm still salty that I did not feel an ounce of shock at the killer reveal (I was like ?)

YJG & MGY acting was phenomenal (so were the rest of the cast) esp with the way they handled their emotions. It's insane how they can just cry on the spot. However their romance wasn't it for me, I couldn't feel anything from them.

Only thing I was pissed off by was DH's grandmother's backstory. I wasn't expecting anything from her and would've been ok if they said that BH was adopted. but no. The fact that she knew her son would not treat BH well yet she didnt say/advice or at least warn her. Or even advice her son. Like BH is someone's daughter omg how could you.
Who knew it took one episode to make me change my entire view of her?

Finally my anxiety can rest at the thought that I won't be seeing anymore idiots run out on the street with zero protection in the middle of the night in a neighborhood where kidnappings & murder are strong.

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The show came to an end and most of the protagonists were more or less able to make their peace and find closure. I found much of it understandable, but some of it was glossed over too much. Indeed, I was not at all satisfied with the fact that the neighbour who had ignored Gye-young's desperate pleas and simply left her standing doesn't really seem to be haunted by a guilty conscience anymore (at least he doesn't see Gye-young anymore).

Of course, I wonder how and why Gye-young had to die. But the show probably didn't want to go into those gruesome details so that the balance between mystery and whimsical humour wouldn't tip too much.

The series managed to captivate me all through the episodes. At the beginning it was mainly the bizarre characters, later the question of who was actually the murderer. But I have to admit that I liked the first two thirds best.
As I mentioned before, I would have had no problem at all if there had been no love story at all. Gye-hoon and Da-hyun are a cute couple, but I wouldn't have been too sad if they hadn't gotten back together for understandable reasons.

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they really handled Gyehoon x Dahyun romance so so well. they almost immediately going back together in the beginning eps 16 after having time to think alone and decide that they are the happiest when with each other and I think that scene was so beautiful.
no unnecessary drama, not eventful fate bullshit, just 2 grown-ups decide to stay together. and after that Gyehoon and Dahyun never have to be alone again. when gyehoon finds the rest of his family, when (if) dahyun's mom surrender to the police they have each other.
I think thats what the writer wanna tell.

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I enjoyed this show very much: it had an interesting blend of genres (thriller, mystery, romance), stellar acting, truly heartrending stories mixed in with a good dose of dark humor, and some social commentary on domestic abuse and violence against women woven in. There was also a fantasy element that was intriguing especially in the beginning though it turned out to be less important to the plot than expected. I feel like based on the first eight episodes or so it could have been a masterpiece and didn't quite live up to its potential, but it's still something I would watch again (and maybe binge-watching it instead of two episodes at a time might give me a better perspective of the drama as a whole). I think the kidnapping/murder reveals could have been condensed and the extra time used to more fully flesh out the backgrounds of some of the peripheral characters (Bokhee's relationship with her mil, Jin-hoo's and Eun-jeong's growing closeness, even the relationship between the murderer and Jung-ho), all of which was kind of squeezed into the last episodes.
The link phenomena turned out not to be a grand symbol of romantic and emotional connection between the two leads but more tied into the mystery of Gye-young's disappearance. The "Link" in the title ultimately refers to the interrelated relationships between all the different characters in this run down (and it was interesting how so many were involved and culpable in the crimes).
I personally found Gye-Hyoon and DaHyun learning how to date and understand each other, without the link, funny and sweet and realistic as well. With all the tragedy in the storyline, I'm glad it didn't end on a sad note. Yeo Jingoo and Moon Ga Young were perfectly paired; even their emotional acting seemed similar and complementary. You could really feel their closeness and love for one another, despite the obstacles to their relationship. In her farewell behind the scenes speech, Moon Ga Young said she would like to reunite with Yeo Jingoo after another 13 years, when she is 40, and I would love to see that as well.
The writers and director tried to do something different with Link, and it seems TVN didn't quite know how to market it (initially it seemed more like a melodrama, then the advertising focused more on the romance aspect). I worry that the low ratings for the show will mean producers will stick to genre formulas which can be rewarding if done well but can also be repetitive. The show deserved more love and viewership than it received.
And thank you, @quirkycase, for the weekly recaps and the thoughtful and balanced analysis.

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Also- I thought Yeo Jingoo looked particularly good in the last episodes, maybe because he was in his chefs uniform more instead of the oversized sweatshirts. And seeing the cooking and food prep scenes and busy restaurant full of customers just warmed my heart.

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Yeo Jingoo and Moon Gayoung's performance really shined in this drama. I'm going to miss seeing them on my screen each week. I also really enjoyed the writing and directing. I appreciate that the writer knew what they were doing and liked that the story wasn't super messy and confusing. Also, listening to the actor playing Gyeyoung sing the OST 'Your river in me' was such a sad but nice little touch in the finale.

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when her voice came in with the OST for that final moment was such a nice touch. I was indifferent to the whole story but that moment made me emotional.

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I liked it. I liked the ending. I was happy YJG and MGY had chemistry. It was a sweet show.

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the best thing of the show was the acting for me. strong performance with what they were given. no weak link, adult and kids all delivered.

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@quirkycase Thank you for this weecap! While there are elements of the plot that I felt could've been handled better, I still enjoyed this drama, and felt that the cast did an incredible job.

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Enjoyed the show overall despite some drag in the later episodes before the end. Happy with the finale. They really did save the restaurant opening until the end lmao! I didn't need to see a last minute pairing between Jin Hoo and Eun Jung though. That came out of nowhere.

Yeo Jin Gu and Moon Ga Young were a great match! Acting and chemistry wise. :)

Just want to say, I appreciate that the writer provided the reasoning behind the Link phenomenon. (I was reminded of Again My Life and how its fantasy element was never, ever explained. -_-)

Also, throughout this drama, I kept thinking that Kim Chan Hyung (Jung Ho) and Lee Ji Hoon look similar, they could play siblings~

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It was a nice drama!

The humor and the romance were really good.

The plot was kinda disapointing because I would have liked to know Young-hoon's motives. No girls disapeared after that, but he still killed Gye-Hoon's father because I guess he found the truth (I'm not sure what Gye-Hoon's father death brought to the story...). So he just kidnapped a little girl and killed her and then nothing for 20 years? It's weird...

For the end, I'm not a big fan when people who did bad things are just forgiven easily. But it was nice to see the couple learning about each other without any link helping them. They were cute.

YJG and MGY did really well. They cried a lot but as they're good this kind of scenes, it didn't feel cringey. They had a great chemistry.

I really liked the OST too! I think I will listen some songs for a long time.

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What great last 2 episodes.
But first, let me record my entries into my yet-to-be-written book of scenes that shift me to another realm:
-ppl for make-up when our power trio are on their way to the police?
-do you really go down a dark alley when you know a murderer is on your trail? (this one applies to just about every scary/horror tale)
-our hero is banged up and battered after rescuing our heroine, yet he is left alone on the side of the road?
-and what about our kindly shopkeeper who got beat up? Was he ok?

But seriously, this was a great drama that kept its dark humour and heart and managed to keep me on the edge of my seat. I never was quite sure what was going to happen, and in the end, I was really glad I didn't have to cry over more murders.

The little sister, and actually both little girls, were so brave!! What a message to leave her brother!

Actually, all of our leading ladies were brave. Our heroine kept it together to not let on or give into her stalkers. Grandma and Mom patrolling the neighborhood with household weapons. Our knife-wielding lady chef. Even our lady cop who managed to hold her own in that police station.

The loose ends were tied up tightly. I loved the mother-in-law twist at the end with Mom waiting anxiously at the bus stop for her 'Mom' to come back. The tenacious cops. The restaurant finally opening after 'closing for no reason at all' (our hero's best friend chef had the best, most pointed irony). The lady cop embracing both her man and his dad. And, our hapless hero being teased mercilessly by our heroine.

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there's the scene showing the kindly shopkeeper was taken to hospital in the ambulance, I assume he was okay.
I love that this drama didn't miraculously forgot some char, so that scene of the shopkeeper on a strecher made me appreciate this show more :)

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I missed that. I agree, that detail makes me appreciate the shoe even more!

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I love the ending <3

this drama is one of the most enjoyable shows this year, while watching it i don't remember ever using FF button :))

agree with what @quirkycase 's has said in this final recap, all of it, that's how i think of the good and not so good about this drama.

I would also say that i was surprised with what I've got in its first 2weeks, but (a good) mystery is a genre that always love in a drama so I felt that I enjoyed this throughout its run more than i've expected, lucky me ;)
so, to sum up: a mystery drama with adorable leads, and with one of the rare endings in kdramaland where i felt the story has a good closure and come as a full circle.

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and just to clarify, when I said "adorable leads" , yes that means YJG + MGY + GaeHoon the dog

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And the dog!!!

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My takeaway from this show:

The first half was seriously a masterclass in acting, writing, directing, subtlety, comedy, characterization.

Then it bacame flat, then frustrating, and then infuriating. And the final reaveal and confrontation was exceptionally bad too. Shame. I might rewatch the first half maybe some day. But definitely not the rest of it.

I have apparently seen Song Duk Ho recently in Hospital Playlist? Did he talk at all there?? His voice had me transfixed with every word here. Wow... It is so so deep, and I guess the fact that he barely moves his lips while speaking made it a lot more striking. His acting was very good too. Loved all of his scenes.

Shout out to the four other side characters which were fantastic. The mom, the grandma, the unnie, and the friend. The two other nice cops were great too.

I have seen YJG's wardrobe mentioned a lot. I absolutely loved the tops and coats and sweaters. They felt very warm and cozy. But the pants. Yes, those were a crime.

And lastly, was Kim Myung Soo aka L supposed to be the male lead before YJG?? Why is he on the poster?? It is weird and doesn't look like YJG at all.

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