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The Law Cafe: Episodes 7-8

This week our story is decisively split into two parts as our heroes first tackle the fallout from their lies and try to rectify their mistakes in an honorable and legal manner. But when emotions run high during a suspenseful situation, our hero steps over the line he wasn’t prepared to cross yet, and his annoyingly mixed signals leave our frustrated leading lady wanting to hurl objects at his stubborn head.

 
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The Law Cafe: Episodes 7-8

I was already a pretty big fan of Yuri, especially after her recent story arc exploring sexual harassment and consent, but I became her personal cheering squad this week when she voiced the same objections I had in the aftermath of Eun-kang’s misguided vigilante justice. At the police station, Jung-ho and Eun-kang are fully committed to their lie, but Yuri has a poker face that’s almost as bad as Park Shin-Hye’s character from Pinocchio. Her face clearly telegraphs her objections.

To make matters worse, Seo-yeon — straight off maternity leave — is the officer in charge of their case, and she’s immediately suspicious of everything coming out of their mouths. Even if you ignore the fact that Seo-yeon has known Jung-ho and Yuri forever and is familiar with all of their tells, their story reeks of bull feces. Why would good samaritans, who supposedly followed the bullies when they saw them grab Min-kyu, not try to interfere? Why stand by idly and film everything instead?

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Everyone sticks to their fabricated version of events while they’re at the police station, but after they’ve reassembled at the cafe, Yuri voices her dissent and tries to convince the others to correct their mistakes. It’s a crime for them to report a false kidnapping and frame the bullies for the arson, she reminds them, and two wrongs don’t make a right.

Thank you, I yelled at my TV screen, at least someone has some sense! I swear, the longer this show airs, the more convinced I am that Yuri is a real person that has somehow been magically transported into a K-drama, and now she’s on a mission to contradict all our trope expectations and call out the fictional characters for their idiocy.

Joon and Woo-jin — like me — agree with Yuri, and after a little more convincing, Jung-ho and Eun-kang promise to right their wrongs and recant their story. But in doing the proper thing, Jung-ho swears to punish the bullies in an honorable way. And how might he do that, you ask? Well, after Jung-ho and Eun-kang recant their previous lies and somehow go unpunished for them — yay, for convenient circumstantial loopholes! — Jung-ho, with support from the rest of the team, prepares to prove the extent of the bullies’ crimes at Min-kyu’s school violence hearing.

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At the hearing, the opposing lawyer, who’s there primarily in defense of lead bully HONG JI-HOON (Park Sang-hoon), is quick to point out that this is not a courtroom trial when Jung-ho starts using a bunch of technical jargon. Unfortunately, pointing out the distinction backfires on the lawyer, and Jung-ho takes advantage of all the ways the hearing is not an actual courtroom trial. Namely, there’s no need for his video evidence to have been obtained legally, and when the other lawyer tries to paint Min-kyu as an equally culpable delinquent because of the recent arson, Jung-ho reminds the lawyer and parents present that the fire was started by an unrelated adult who only got involved because even he — a practical stranger, no less — was appalled by the extent of the bullying.

Jung-ho turns the whole hearing into enough of a circus that the only obvious outcome is to punish the bullies, but the bullying case doesn’t end there. Seo-yeon and the police continued their own investigation into the school violence and discovered — with some additional help from Team Law Cafe, of course — that Ji-hoon’s father, the mayor, had been blackmailing the school and teachers to cover up the bullying scandal. But that isn’t even the extent of his father’s crimes. Given that Ji-hoon’s father was golfing buddies with Pyun-woong, it’s not all that surprising that he had some additional criminal skeletons in his closet.

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Even after his father’s arrest, though, Ji-hoon is primarily concerned for himself. Jung-ho had led Ji-hoon to believe he’d obtained incriminating videos of Ji-hoon and his friends from their phone, so when Ji-hoon sees Jung-ho at his house in the aftermath of his father’s arrest, he follows him and whacks him over the head with a brick.

When Jung-ho regains consciousness, he’s tied up and Ji-hoon is trying to unlock his phone in order to delete the incriminating videos he thinks are stored on there. Ji-hoon’s fellow bullies are anxious, though, and sensing the growing tension between the teenagers, Jung-ho is able to convince the other two to leave and call for help, which is how Seo-yeon and the police are able to locate him.

While the police struggle to gain entry to the house, Yuri shows up, and she isn’t about to waste time when her man is in danger. She hops behind the wheel of her SUV and drives it through the garage door — reckless, but very effective. Can’t argue with those results.

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The police swoop in and detain Ji-hoon, and Yuri frets over Jung-ho’s wounds. She’s overcome by emotion as her fear and adrenaline collide, but even when she’s shaking and crying, she still has it in her to give Jung-ho shit for getting kidnapped by a middle schooler. To calm her down and show her that he’s all right, Jung-ho does the only logical thing: he kisses her. And then he promptly runs away — literally.

Welp, there it is folks, the prophesied kiss-and-run. Sure, it’s two episodes later than we were expecting, but it’s not terribly surprising that Jung-ho would default back to his previous cowardice when gut-punched by his ongoing internal conflict. Jung-ho may have taken a step towards Yuri last week, but he’s still got that ugly, unpruned side of his family tree to contend with before he’s ready to approach her romantically. Plus, when he finally did get around to wooing her, he wanted to do it the proper, romantic way.

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Jung-ho goes to great lengths to avoid Yuri — much to her confusion and frustration. But after meeting with a trusted sunbae and handing over proof that his father omitted key evidence during the trial for the Dohan warehouse fire, Jung-ho resolves to tell Yuri the truth. But then he finds out that Woo-jin has invited Yuri and her staff to join him on his travels to a small rural island where he regularly provides free medical checkups for the locals. Now that he plans to tell her the truth, he can’t let her travel — with his cousin, no less — without him.

Jung-ho unexpectedly beats the cafe crew to the island, and he’s waiting for them when they arrive. Yuri is not amused with his cavalier and unannounced reintroduction to her daily life after his unexplained absence, and so the two resume their usual bickering. This leads to them both separately offering free legal advice to the locals. Inadvertently, they take opposing sides on their next case, which is actually a not-so-subtle allegory for their relationship.

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On the surface, their case is about PARK WOL-SUN (cameo by Kim Young-ok) and NA MAK-RYE (Kim Ja-young), two friends who have neighboring properties. The catch is that Wol-sun’s property can only be accessed via a road that cuts through Mak-rye’s land. The two women have lived harmoniously for years with this arrangement, but then Wol-sun started behaving oddly. She wouldn’t let Mak-rye cut across her property to gain access to the mountain to collect herbs, and she was also inexplicably stingy with her mugwort rice cakes. In retaliation, Mak-rye blocked Wol-sun from using the only road leading to her property.

As Jung-ho and Yuri argue in defense of their clients in front of the town council, their words become overly passionate and personal. Yuri sympathizes with Mak-rye, who doesn’t understand why her friend has suddenly become secretive and mean, but Jung-ho can relate to Wol-sun’s desire for privacy. She’ll share her problems on her own time. Ultimately, both sets of friends tentatively reconcile, with Yuri and Mak-rye both deciding to be more patient and understanding of their friends who are very clearly dealing with something they aren’t ready to talk about.

And what exactly is Wol-sun going through? Well, after Yuri sneaks a few bites of Wol-sun’s mugwort rice cakes, just to see what all the fuss is about, Wol-sun’s secret — make that her secret ingredient — is exposed. She’s been growing marijuana! Initially, she started harvesting and consuming the plants she’d found growing in the wild for medicinal purposes, but then her son found out about her weed plants and began to grow and sell the marijuana.

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While Yuri sleeps off her high, Wol-sun and her son are arrested. Jung-ho accompanies Wol-sun to the station and assures her that as a first time offender, she will likely be let out with a warning. (Just for the record, I feel all sorts of conflicted seeing actress Kim Young-ok — everyone’s favorite halmoni — behind bars for cooking up edibles. It’s an odd combination of depressing and amusing.) Her son, on the other hand, will get a stiffer punishment. After reflecting on her current situation, Wol-sun offers Jung-ho some sage advice: don’t waste time pushing away and hurting the people you care about.

With Wol-sun’s words in mind, Jung-ho runs back to tell Yuri the truth, but it’s too late. She’s already seen the breaking news report exposing his father’s corruption and connection to Dohan Group. Yuri tearfully looks at him and admits that she’s starting to hate him, just as he’d predicted and feared. This time, though, Jung-ho seems to have found the courage to hold on. He tells her that she can hate him, but he begs her not to leave him.

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Finally the secret is out! If they’d dragged it out one more week, I would have found a way to tell Yuri myself — a la W: Two Worlds style. As funny as it was to see Jung-ho run away from his most recent kiss with Yuri, the back and forth of Jung-ho’s commitment was emotionally exhausting, and I half-wished the brick to the head would have knocked some sense into him. Alas, the brick didn’t help, but a poorly timed news report did.

And funnily enough, we can thank our villain Pyun-woong for finally exposing the dark family secret that has been keeping our lead couple apart. He didn’t get a lot of airtime this week, but I found myself missing his chaotic evil. The more he’s on screen, the more I want to try and figure him out.

How much of his behavior is calculated? And is it all an intentional ruse to remain unpredictable and unassuming, or is he just acting like a man-child because he knows it pisses off his father? Probably both, but what I wasn’t expecting was for him to expose — rather than bury — the scandal about Dohan Group’s influence over Jung-ho’s father and other prosecutors. Does he really hate his father so much that he’s willing to self-sabotage if he can bring his ungrateful bio-dad down with him? It certainly seems that way, It makes me curious to see what he does next.

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Hello kiss😍.

I laughed really hard when Jung Ho didn't realize she was high as a kite. That being said she was far too animated and not nearly hungry enough to have ingested Mary Jane. It was still funny though.

I too am glad the secret was out. I also don't feel bad for Jung Ho, he should have told her from the beginning. She may have disliked him initially but she is the type to get over it.

Pyun Woong is hilarious because he actually does whatever is convenient for him and to hell with the consequences. He is a fun villain.

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I don't think Yu-ri is distancing herself from Jung-ho because he is his father's son. Rather, I think she is mainly disappointed that he kept what he knew about his father from her for so long. But she'll get over it quickly.

At the beginning the kiss was a bit awkward and clumsy. It seems that 17 years of yearning have piled up quite a bit.
When Jung-ho then fled up the stairs, I could literally see the dust cloud behind him.

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I agree!!

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I felt bad. When I see the badass entry of KSG, I thougth "Oh cool, KSG is doing a cameo in this drama 😍". Then, I remembered she was actually in the original casting of this drama.

Was Jung-Ho really a good prosecutor? He missed a bullied kid, he can't recognized someone completely high, he was kidnapped by a kid...

At least, the truth is out but after every occasion Jung-Ho had, it's sad she learned about it in the news.

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I think Jung-ho is a good lawyer, but his interpersonal skills are crap. lol

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I’ll give him a pass for being kidnapped by a kid, because who really expects a brick to the head 😅 but should really be able to piece together “she seems high - she has been eating mugwort rice cakes - mugwort smells like cannabis - maybe it’s not mugwort”

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Haha. I laughed because it was such a Jung-ho thing to do. Over-react, and that he did. But I find it cute because he thought she would die and how worried he was.

Also, the brick helped him gain consciousness in Yu-ri, so there's that.

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Sorry to be all over this post! But I recall Yu-ri even telling Jung-ho, "How stupid are you to be kidnapped by a child?" So at least there somewhat self-aware of the absurdity.

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how does Lee Seung Gi never age...

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He looks better now than in his 20s. Dare I say he makes Jung-ho pop? Sexy hehe.

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I think during his 20s, he had a cute/adorableness to him and it's like "aww my oppa is so cute😊" and now he's got a charming manly vibe and it's like "I want to do things to you 😏". Like the scene when Jung Ho first shows up in the suit and when he went to the publisher friend while in the suit just screams *boss* to me. Like he just runs things and people better take note.

I laughed as I was writing this because I thought of Yuri saying "I have indecent desires toward you" haha
That once again could be so accurate when referring to Seung Gi (for some)

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Someone said "He has a manly aura" that's why he fits in well with his FL's lol. Yeah, he def. honed in on that guy next door vibes in his 20s. Vagabond I know ha, but I think starting from then he became hotter. Haha, love the "I want to do things to you" comment. When he in his low baritone voice said "Stop, it hurts" it was so hot. I feel like that's LSG in rl lol?

The dude aged well, and he's still got that charming look in his eyes/smile. He needs to work with LSY again!!

The PD of this show said Jung-ho is LSG. So I guess judging by how many times she's said indecent desires, are we getting that steamy night? Reminds me of when SMA in Oh My Venus kept talking about that, and it finally happened OMG?!

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i thought he turned very sexy in King 2 Hearts... surprised me, but he has very nice forearms and hands. i recall beanies having a conversation about these and LSG....
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Oh yeah, I saw that pic recently, lol. I guess he still had that boyish quality, and now that he's shed that. It's like, "Wow, am I seeing what everyone else is seeing?" I may need to go back to King 2 Hearts post, and it seems like this was the CLOY that went under-appreciated.

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I really loved him in that role, but the one where I think I first thought of him as sexy and not merely cute/handsome is him playing the Monkey King in Korean Odyssey.

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I legit laughed out loud when Jungho ran away from the kiss. Also his explanation when he’s standing there like a chastised child 😂

I’m glad the secret’s out too; I think Yuri will be fine with it again soon because she seems to be the type of character who gets mad fast but also calms down fast.

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This show is my happy place rn. I think it's just got that special magic for me, I can't explain it, but I look forward to watching this week after week.

The arson case, while it wasn't the most ideal in the context of our show, did help Jung-ho grow as a character. He realized that there are things the law can't fix, and some cases shouldn't be looked at in a solely stagnant and fixed position. It also conveyed that multiple people listening to your concerns and caring is better than none. I died when she bit the bully in retaliation for Jung-ho. Can we say she did the saving this episode?

Also, that kiss scene was expert-level. Not just two lips, but their body movements esp. from Jung-ho. He waited 17 years and devoured her. I will say I did read some that her reaction to is was a surprise, and I think it was actually because she wasn't used to this Jung-ho who was forward. I think she'll pay back with a kiss again. Also, him running away after the kiss was hilarious.

Pyun Woong isn't intimidating, but he's giving manic vibes mixed in with clown. He's not accepted as family, and as a result, he wants to take it out on lesser people. Psycho is all I can say. I did laugh when he watched the TV with the bully's father and didn't help and only laughed at his face. Few lines, but "I'm her biggest fan" was creepy.

That weed scene, if you watched the bts clip, you know LSG had a very hard time keeping it in.

I think we were due to our pair going through the rough patches. I much prefer it now, and I think it was needed because Jung-ho couldn't hold that in longer. While it's unfortunate when he wanted to tell her, it had to be told this way. But I think its a needed moment for both; she needs to give him his space, and he also needs to learn to trust her.

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I've seen somewhere the show or Yuri and Jung Ho are called chaotic and that is so accutate. I've seen people say that Yuri is a typical male lead while Jung Ho is a typical female lead and that is so accurate! Haha
Those are the things that came to mind this week, just how chaotic and atypical this show or these characters can be.

Every week Yuri becomes my favorite drama character more and more. I think the actress, Lee Se Young, is doing an awesome job of portraying Yuri's passion and her vulnerability.

Another thing that came to mind was Jung Ho was right when he said it's better for people if he doesn't get involved in things because man oh man, when he sets his mind to something, he can set fire to everything.
He came up with noise complaint band, he was able to deal with the bullies AND brought down the bullies' parents, and he found the evidence to bring down his dad as well as hit the company. All of this in like a month's (maybe less) time after like 3 years of flying under the radar, minding his business and playing in his kiddie pool haha

The uncle is so unpredictable and ridiculous haha
I kinda do want more of him
I love how he said "I tried to stop it but it was too much of a hassle so whatever" haha
I don't know if he was being that way to stick it to his bio dad or Jung Ho but he's truly not one to put in a box haha

Same with how he was "helping" the mayor just because it amused him to mess with Yuri and then as soon as team law cafe outmanuvered and exposed the mayor, he immediately withdrew any interest in helping haha
Everything is a weird game to him which makes him frustating yet interesting haha
I want to see him vs Jung Ho again. I want to see him vs Yuri.

Jung Ho's reaction to high Yuri and Yuri's reaction to being high was just hilarious to me. "She's about to die! She's close to dying!" meanwhile all the elders are like " she just looks drunk, it's not that serious" haha
Yuri really looked like she was on [mu]shrooms instead of weed haha

The doctor saying "but you can get addicted and it will do stuff to your brain!" just reminded me so much of afterschool specials haha
And the lady saying "but it cures my body aches!"
That whole situation was crazy haha

I know that we all knew he would avoid her but to actually run away from her after the kiss or run away, leaving his slippers behind was not something I imagined haha
Oh he's so ridiculous!

Now that everything's out in the open, I wonder what that means for his character in the future; one of the biggest things about him is him running away from his feelings and trying to distance himself and now he's no longer doing that. I wonder where the tension is going to come from now even though I'm happy/satisfied that things are now revealed.

I liked how no nonsense the cop friend is and how she instantly knew things were suspicious (and her entrance into the station was badass haha). I can see why these...

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...I can see why these characters would be friends and I could so see/imagine the clashes amongst them in their youth. I liked how she asked if Yuri & Jung Ho agreed and when Yuri affirms, that's when the friend knew she was lying because they never agree on things haha
Oh that's such a history among friends moment and I love it haha

Jung Ho really does know Yuri because he feared she would hate him and that's exactly what happened. I think it's often easy to watch the characters and get frustrated that they just can't say things and make life easier for themselves but in the episode, I really did kinda feel for the secret keepers. It can be incredibly hard to say something to someone whose opinions and feelings matter to you and the prospect of them seeing you differently or hating you.

I thought one of the most touching moments was how much of a staunch defender Yuri's client was of her friend. She is such a ride or die friend and I felt for her because not only were her feelings hurt but then everyone else sided against her, compounding that hurt and yet once she reconciled with her friend, she was just as protective and caring, with no animosity to be seen.

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I love this comment, haha. You vividly encapsulated EP 7-8; I'm picturing those scenes/their reactions while reading this, lol.

These characters were adapted from a webtoon, which explains their extreme behavior. LSY is so expressive, and she also knows when to tone it down as well. But I love how her heart is open, and how she's not afraid to show her emotions. Loud characters often get the brunt of the stick, but maybe being a fan of LSY helps here because I just find her crazy but lovable. Its chaotic good. Whereas, LSG is more chaotic neutral.

She does the chasing, and he runs away which is the reverse in other dramas. But after this week, I suspect he'll now do the chasing and she the running lol. Now, that's going to shift their dynamic but also keep things from getting stale.

A good point about Jung-ho's capabilities. Him not noticing the kid, I'll chalk it up to how he was more intuned with the bullies to not register the kid. When he puts his mind to it, he produces results. Also, notice how it took Yu-ri to come back to his life for him to find his passion and strengths again!! He even saved the suicidal attempt. That said, Yu-ri has also done her fair share, she's the one to help smooth things over (lawyer) and Jung-ho is the one to administrate that (prosecutor). That's why their tandem works so well, she's the Yin to his Yang. He helps ground her, and she lights his fire.

The uncle is hilarious, he's kooky. The actor plays villains with goofy traits, which works well in this show. He's like Moriarty from Sherlock, always causing a scene and laughing like a crazy nut job. For me, I want to see Yu-ri battle it out with him more than Jung-ho, who has already. I want to see her take him down too.

They showed the case of medicinal weed lol, yeah the doctor said that was to not rock the boat. But weed is legal in Korea for serious medical purposes. Kudos to LSY's brave comic show.

He's such a nerd, I can't believe he ran from her?! In the BTS clip, Jung-ho or LSG smiled as he ran off lol. He knows it's ridiculous too. But for the show, it's funny.

I like how the characters here actually grow, and learn from their mistakes aside from their dating. They'll still bicker/fight lol, but this time I think it'll be from other things not from the dad's case I hope. I think after Ep 9-10, we can see their relationship finally begin and deepen. The cop friend is spunky, & she helped with the bully case. Liked how Yu-ri couldn't lie to her ha. I know her friend/her hubby in webtoon does a makeover scene, wonder if we'll see that here?

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I found myself swearing at the TV when JH did his kiss and ditch this time. The secret needed to come out as I was all for Yuri dumping him this time around. She's way too good for that behaviour!
I loved KYOs cameo. I cheered when she came onscreen. And it was obvious a mile away what was behind the house.
Yuri's scene after the cookies was so funny. A big contrast with the day after. I probably wouldn't blame her for ditching JH at this point, outside of a kdrama, many would. He should have come clean a lot sooner.

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OK u are good, keep it up

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I forgot to ask/mention: did the old lady make a reference to squid game? When she was yelling for everyone to stop saying they would destory themselves or something like that?

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Ooh, I think you could be right!

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