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The Law Cafe: Episodes 9-10

To forgive or not to forgive? That’s the question on everyone’s minds this week as our leading lady struggles to accept our hero’s lies and family secrets — which have only grown more complex now that his evil uncle perceives him as a threat to his claim to the company throne.

 
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The Law Cafe: Episodes 9-10

Last week I complained that there wasn’t nearly enough Pyun-woong, and once again the drama gods listened to my prayers and delivered my request. Seriously, it’s like the writers are reading the weecaps and lurking in the comment section, because Pyun-woong returned with a vengeance — and violence. But before our villain starts creating havoc, Yuri and Jung-ho face one another in the aftermath of the breaking news report that revealed Seung-woon omitted evidence from the Dohan warehouse trial.

Yuri is understandably shocked and upset by this revelation, but it’s not Jung-ho’s maternal relatives, per se, that cause her to avoid Jung-ho and put up barriers. Instead, it’s his lying. How, she wonders, could he remain silent after seeing her grieve her father’s death and after witnessing her and her mother struggle to find a lawyer willing to petition the court to rule the fire an industrial accident? It’s hard for her to forgive and forget when all her memories are now tainted with the knowledge that he’d been keeping a massively relevant secret the whole time he’d comforted her through her pain.

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While Yuri avoids Jung-ho and distracts herself by helping the neighborhood ajummas (who have gotten themselves in a major financial pickle after investing in cryptocurrency), Jung-ho gets pulled into his maternal family’s drama. His grandfather, CHAIRMAN LEE BYUNG-WOOK (Jeon Gook-hwan), knows Jung-ho is the whistleblower that handed over the evidence that put his own father and the Dohan warehouse fire trial under investigation.

Instead of being upset, Byung-wook has a renewed interest in his grandson, and he extends an invitation — er, make that a command — for Jung-ho to come work for Dohan Construction and become the new heir apparent. But let’s be real, Byung-wook’s decision to bring Jung-ho back into the family fold has little to do with Jung-ho impressing his grandfather with his gumption and moral compass. It’s 100% because Byung-wook really, really dislikes his psychotic bastard son.

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And speaking of Pyun-woong, he has a hissy fit — like a full on rolling-on-the-ground-because-he-didn’t-get-his-way tantrum — when he finds out that Jung-ho has become the apple of Byung-wook’s eye. Even though Jung-ho wants nothing to do with his mother’s family or their company, Pyun-woong is threatened by his nephew’s claim to the throne, so he pays Yuri a calculated visit.

He’s all smiles at first, but when Yuri tells him to leave, his behavior escalates. Instead of leaving, he becomes agitated that she didn’t welcome him and cheer him up as he’d expected — a textbook stalker response when the object of his interest doesn’t respond as he’d desired. Pyun-woong crowds Yuri’s personal space, spouting creepy nonsense about liking the current look in her eyes, until she’s left with no option but to create some room for herself. She headbutts Pyun-woong, but he escalates the violence — grabbing and choking her.

Jung-ho comes to her rescue, but as Yuri calls the police and watches them wrestle, she remembers her recent encounter with the shaman who told her to avoid the two men fighting over her. One, the shaman prophesied, would bring blood, and the other would bring tears. Well, I think it’s safe to say we know which one is which, especially since Jung-ho feels compelled to explain, in the aftermath of his uncle’s visit, that he lied by omission because he loves her and feared losing her.

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Although Yuri walks away from his love confession at the moment, the encounter leaves her emotional, and she returns to the shaman and pays him to perform a ritual to drive out her bad luck. But of course, the shaman — despite his eerily accurate insights — turns out to be a fraud, so the next time Yuri faces Jung-ho, it’s embarrassingly at the police station.

But she’s not alone. See, while Yuri was swindled out of the money she paid for her bad luck exorcism, many of her neighbors were scammed out of significantly larger amounts when the shaman tricked them into investing in his shell company. After a few months, he then closed down his so-called business and ran off with their money.

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Team Law Cafe decides to take matters into their own hands, and Yuri puts her inner turmoil aside to temporarily team up with Jung-ho. She follows him to meet with CEO GIL (Shin Seung-hwan), Jung-ho’s publisher who moonlights as a computer hacker and investigator, and she realizes that Jung-ho is the one who wrote the whistleblower book that CEO Hwang gave her.

All this time, he’d been trying to undo the wrongs of his father in his own way, and even though she still isn’t able to forgive Jung-ho, she does soften as she acknowledges that her quick judgment of his character had been unfair. She only saw and believed what she wanted, and given her tunnel vision, it’s unlikely that she’d have listened if he’d said he’d been suffering silently along with her.

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CEO Gil interrupts their intimate moment with news that he’s tracked the shaman to an illegal gambling den, so Team Law Cafe and the neighborhood ajummas go undercover to win their money back. It’s all going well until the shaman catches on that Jung-ho is cheating, and that’s when things get a bit chaotic and the neighborhood good guys face off against the shaman and his goons.

It’s mostly a verbal battle until the shaman whips out a knife. Upon seeing it, Yuri reacts entirely on her true feelings for Jung-ho and protectively jumps in front of him — about ten full seconds too early. Her heroic bodyguard moment is so premature that Woo-jin has enough time to insert himself into the situation, too, and he takes the knife to his shoulder to protect Yuri. ‘Tis but a flesh wound, though, because Woo-jin seems unfazed by the injury and the blood on his shirt when he and Team Cafe are told that their unsanctioned sting operation successfully aided the police in recovering the stolen investment money.

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While they celebrate their victory, Jung-ho takes a phone call from Pyun-woong, who had just finished telling the prosecution that Byung-wook pressured Seung-woon into omitting evidence during the Dohan warehouse fire trial. Gleefully, Pyun-woong asks if this is how Jung-ho felt when he stabbed his own father in the back, unintentionally revealing that the files Jung-ho submitted to the prosecution — the evidence that implicated Seung-woon — was actually leaked by Seung-woon himself.

Jung-ho confronts his father, who admits that he gave Jung-ho the evidence (via a third party), and his confession leaves Jung-ho feeling used and betrayed. He’d spent years being weighed down by his father’s sins, feeling torn between doing the right thing and knowing the ethical choice would have a negative impact on his father. And yet, the whole time Seung-woon could have saved Jung-ho from his emotional pain if he’d just found the courage to confess. Instead, he took the coward’s way out and had Jung-ho do his dirty work.

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Stunned by his encounter with his father, Jung-ho accepts a phone call from a worried Yuri, who has been waiting for him to return to the cafe. Coincidentally, when he takes her call, they’re on opposite sides of a street, and he tearfully watches her from a distance as he apologizes through the phone for all his lies. They close the gap between them and meet in the middle of the street, which seems like a massively dangerous idea — both in the real world and in dramaland, where your chances of getting hit by a car are astronomically high.

And wouldn’t you know it, this drama actually went there. As our characters gaze longingly and emotionally at each other, a car comes careening towards them. Neither Yuri nor Jung-ho reacts — even though they have ample time to do so — and the car hits Yuri.

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She wakes up with both her arms in a cast, but thankfully Joon and Eun-kang were on the scene to make sure she didn’t have amnesia — and confirm that we weren’t dealing with any additional major tropes. Aside from minor injuries to her arms, she’s fine, but while she’s been unconscious, Jung-ho has been on a warpath, picking a fight with both the police and Pyun-woong — Jung-ho’s primary suspect — and the latter encounter results in a nasty set of bruises and the knowledge that Jung-ho — not Yuri — is Pyun-woong’s target.

But after reuniting with Yuri at the hospital, Jung-ho’s anger and fear gives way to tearful relief. Battered from his earlier encounter with Pyun-woong, Jung-ho ignores Yuri’s inquiries about his injuries and demands that she never get injured again because he thought he would die from the fear of potentially losing her.

It’s an extremely emotional moment, and I appreciated that the drama showed both the frustrated helplessness that he initially channeled as anger and violence and then his later vulnerability, once he’s seen her and been assured that she will be fine. Of course, once he’s past being deathly afraid, Jung-ho’s concern presents in a more comical overprotectiveness that frustrates Yuri and reminds her that she still needs some space to sort out her feelings and learn to forgive him for his lies.

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Jung-ho takes a reluctant step back and uses their time apart to adjust to the ongoing changes in his family. Pyun-woong’s planned take over of Dohan Construction causes Byung-wook to double down on his insistence that Jung-ho should join the family company, but Jung-ho remains disinterested. Jung-ho, however, does learn that Byung-wook once threatened to take Jung-ho and his mother away from Seung-woon, and that’s when Seung-woon began cooperating with Byung-wook.

Although the revelation adds a new complexity to his understanding of his father’s situation, it’s Jung-ho’s relationship with his mother that takes the spotlight this week. She left Seung-woon and moved in with Jung-ho, but her relocation is not entirely a reflection of her choosing her son over her husband. No, she cannot stand Seung-woon’s actions, but she also admits to harboring a bit of resentment towards Jung-ho for shattering the peacefulness of their family. With time, though, she apologies to her son for having to struggle by himself for so long. Not to mention, beneath his mother’s calm, raised-in-a-chaebol-household demeanor, there is a (more benign) feistiness that mirrors her half-brother’s chaotic energy.

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Meanwhile, Yuri has a conversation with her own mother that finally puts her on the path to forgiving Jung-ho. Mom tells Yuri that she would be happy if Yuri and Jung-ho began dating, which shocks Yuri, but Mom explains that Yuri’s father would not have wanted his death to leave behind unhappiness. The conversation with her mother, coupled with the passing of her newest client’s father, cause Yuri to consider the legacy her own father’s death left behind.

And so, Yuri meets with Seung-woon, realizing her anger has been misplaced. When she tells Seung-woon that Jung-ho has been receiving the punishment that Seung-woon has been avoiding, she’s not only referring to Jung-ho’s self-imposed martyrdom. She’s also reflecting on how she’s been rejecting Jung-ho and pushing him away, and so her conversation with Seung-woon is her first step towards directing her emotions towards the appropriate parties and allowing herself to embrace the person who makes her happy.

Following her dialogue with Seung-woon, Yuri meets with Jung-ho. She explains that she doesn’t want to be unhappy. She wants to let go of the sense of unfairness that has lingered with her since her father’s death, and she encourages him to let go of his guilt, too. She extends her hand and invites him to shed his negative emotions with her — together. He takes her hand, and we end on a hopeful note that our couple have now overcome their hurdle and will continue on side-by-side.

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While I appreciate the emotional journey that both our characters have taken this week, I’ve got to say I’m a bit disappointed with the drawn-out execution. It makes sense that Yuri would be angry that Jung-ho lied to her all these years, but I don’t think she would have wallowed in her gut reaction for so long. She’s always been a logical and metacognitive character — albeit extremely passionate and trigger happy with her reactions, too — so it seems odd that she wouldn’t eventually pause to try and see things from Jung-ho’s perspective. I’m not saying he should have been given a free pass, of course, but after she took off her blinders at CEO Gil’s office and realized that Jung-ho had been suffering and secretly trying to make amends in his own way, that should have pretty much been the end of it.

But no, we had to have a car of doom shake things up and delay their emotional progress for another hour. Did I enjoy seeing Jung-ho go a bit crazy in the aftermath of the accident as he struggled to harness his fear? Absolutely. Was it funny seeing Jung-ho hover around the broken-armed Yuri like an overly helpful mosquito? You betcha! But was it really the best timing for this particular trope? Nah, but I guess one could argue that there’s never a good time for a truck of doom. But, hey, at least they didn’t give Yuri amnesia… yet.

The Law Cafe: Episodes 9-10

 
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From the moment they met in the middle of the street, it was obvious how that scene would end.

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Exactly. But even so, was a Sedan of Doom really necessary?

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Truck of Doom has now upgraded to Sedan of Doom! Now with Netflix coming more into the fold, does this mean we're going to get Helicopter of Doom now?!

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The Helicopter of Doom has appeared in US dramas, so it's only a matter of time before it flies over to Korea!

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I saw it in a K-film Carter, lmao.

Oh god, that's going to be so cheesy and cinematic :D .

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I've just noticed that my current beanie level is "noble idiot". Maybe that's why I like this drama, although noble idiocy plays an important role, so much.

I didn't really mind the truck of doom, it was just another game with tropes.

After these episodes, it's clear that Yu-ri doesn't have to worry that her possible mother-in-law won't accept her. Rather, Jung-ho will probably find that his mother will take Yu-ri's side even more often. That stunned look on his face. 🤣

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How do you find your beanie level?

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If you click on your picture you can go to your fan wall and your beanie level is written under your cover picture on the same line as your followers, comments and likes.

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Yours is candy where everyone starts.

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I came to see how people are reacting to the truck of doom. Haha. Nevertheless, I appreciate the growth that happened with our two leads this week tho I agree with daebakgrits it's drawn out a little too long. I guess they wanted to fill the 2 episodes with this arc. Still growth is always good.

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So Jung-Ho could take over the familial business and revenge her father...

Honestly, I was happy she didn't forgive him right away, for me he could have waited way more longer!

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Finally caught up with this. The whole fight scene with the shaman was simply hilarious. The accident part was questionable. I know k dramas like the accidents very much, but still making the leads walk towards the middle of the street gazing at each other until the car hits FL, that’s some lazy writing. While the over protective JH was entertaining, it did drag a little bit. I loved how they concluded the couch session; I was anticipating a kiss but got something more intimate and I just loved it. The way JH looks at Yu ri is so sweet and warm. The previews seem even more interesting

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Ah you're probably right that there was a bit of padding in these two episodes but in the grand scheme of things I wasn't that bothered.
Actually I think the order of events for these two is kind of interesting and helps this particular development from feeling too long or draggy.
She confessed in EP 4/5.
He confessed in 5/6 (I forgot which)
But they have to wait -
That's fine but they both know they like each other already.
There's a kiss in 7 but it's from pent up tension more than anything.
And THEN they have to deal with the main obstacle between the two of them whilst at the same time they both know they're extremely attracted to each other AND she already knows he not just likes but loves her.
Was this noble idiocy so much them both needing to talk out their issues and wrestle with their weaknesses before even getting together properly?
That's miles better than getting together, lying to each other, and then breaking up momentarily for dumb reasons INSTEAD of communicating lmao.
These two might fight and bicker and yell there way through it all but at least there's a natural progression arc of communication there 😂
Now they get to spend the next 6 episodes trying to keep their hands off each other whilst working together having overcome this obstacle at the 9/10 mark instead of at the end.
Idk it's kind of refreshing haha.
I just take this shows ridiculous plot as it comes (by zoning out mostly) and watch for our two leading characters and the surprising amount of genuine char work that goes on between everything lol. (Oh and their adopted family rolling their eyes at mum and dad fighting again heh)
The show will be more dumb if it throws in something at the end to contrive it all up again for no reason.

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I definitely thought Yu Ri could have held out forgiving JH a little longer. I'm cold though 😁. The Car of Doom was ridiculous. I was pleading with the show not to do it and then it did. They had time to knit a jumper and still avoid it, sigh.
Loved the scene on the couch too. Agree it was much better than a kiss. JHs smile! It lit up the episode for me, once when YuRi was drinking with the ajumma, and then on the couch. Wow.🥰
Great episodes for me overall.

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Oh boy, I don't even know where to start haha

Well, as always I loved Yuri. I've seen complaints about how she's loud and obnoxious and I guess that's a perspective thing because I think she's awesome. She's "loud" because she needs to be and I think that's been shown a few times where there's been men who are dismissive of her, objectify her or try to display dominance over her and she cuts them to the quick by being loud and assertive. Plus it's obviously a trait she got from her mom and it just tickles me to see the actors (or the writer with the script) having touches like that. I know there are portrayals out there of female characters who can be fiercely assertive and menacing without even raising their voices and that's cool too but that's not Yuri who is just big fire and passion and I personally think it works for her.

I absolutely love how she stands up for herself especially when it's against Jung Ho. Their clashes are so cool to me because even though they never seem to agree, there's always a level of respect and/or care behind their actions (especially on Jung Ho's side)

I didn't mind how long it took for her to get to a place where she could redirect her anger, resentment, and hurt away from Jung Ho back to his father, grandfather, and uncle because people are complicated. That's what came to mind when reading the weecap and it said "She’s always been a logical and metacognitive character — albeit extremely passionate and trigger happy with her reactions, too — so it seems odd that she wouldn’t eventually pause to try and see things from Jung-ho’s perspective." While that could certainly be true and it would've/could've made sense if that happened, she was also feeling alot of mixed feelings. Even though she knew it in her head, she even said something to that effect when she was at the publisher/hacker's place, the feelings are different. Seeing him with this new information about him is different and all it was doing was reminding her of all the hurt she felt. She needed more than just her rational thinking such as talking with her mom or the experience of seeing her client with her father in his final moments to finally give her enough perspective to come up with decision and I think it's fair.

This probably isn't the greatest comparison but it reminds me of Jung Ho distancing himself from her. He was full of mixed feelings for her (he liked her, he felt guilty to her, etc) but then he got to a point where it just hurt to see her because all the bad stuff overshadowed the good, rational parts. I think that's why he broke up with her but stayed in her life as friends and then eventually even that was too painful for him.

I'm just glad that now that everything is out in the open, they both can find a way of letting go of their painful pasts and move forward.

Speaking of moving forward, I throughly enjoyed the real introduction of his mom. I liked how even she had mixed feelings about...

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...the situation and eventually came to a point where she was sorry that he had to carry all of that alone for so long. I look forward to see them together more.

I had the dumbest smiles on my face whenever people were reacting to Jung Ho's overprotective, koala bear antics haha
The scene in the car was the one of the best scenes to me haha
The way the barista and the part timer looked like kids having to endure their parents bickering on a car ride home made me smile so much haha especially because Barista looked like a surly teen while Joon looked so wholesome and giddy at Jung Ho saying he'd do his best to wash her haha

The look on Jung Ho's face when he said that was so funny to me haha
It was like he was just being objectively resolute about doing a technical action haha

I liked the drunken scene with his mom and Yuri. The way his mom rolled up her sleeves as she got ready to defend her "little sister" and all he could say omma! Haha
Even telling Yuri not to be with a guy like him haha

I liked Yuri and his mom's dynamic. It's been cool seeing the dynamics between the kids and the parents and the future partners.

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I was surprised by how menacing and creepy the uncle could actually be but I liked it.
I said before that I thought he could be a formidable antagonist and I think this week confirmed that.

It made laugh how he said "she hit me and he slapped me". The way he delievered the lines and gender flip just tickled me. Plus the way Jung Ho & Pyun Woong were hitting each other with the slipper was pretty ridiculously funny haha
Actually, that's kinda how Yuri looked when she was watching them, as if that was the most ridiculous or at least one of the most ridiculous and surreal moments she'd ever experienced.

Another funny moment was when Jung Ho was scolding everyone about dealing with the scammer but when Se Yeon scolded Yuri, he quickly changed his tune and said they should be consoling them haha

A part of me feels like Se Yeon's presence in the back half of the season is to be someone who is all blunt honesty while Jung Ho shifts into simp mode haha
(I swear a part of me wants to see what Seyeon & Jung Ho were like in school. It seems like they would've clashed even more than him & Yuri but in a different way).

I liked all the women supporting the client. It was kinda heartbreaking to see how she was treated just because she was a woman and she was the daughter. I really hope she gets a satisfactory resolution though I'm nervous since the brothers found the safe.

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I really enjoy these two episodes. Even with the big tropey moments, the drama still is fun, funny (loved the whole fallout from the spiked rice cakes!), and touching. I wasn't surprised at all that Yuri shut out Jeonho after the big reveal about his father; she has been so totally open and vulnerable and patient with him regarding their mutual feelings, so it must have really stung that he kept the truth from her for so long *and* let that truth implode their relationship 17 years ago. He deserved to be shut out, at least for a little while.

There was a lot of great humor in these episodes, too--the uncle is a surprisingly entertaining and goofy villain.

As always, the chemistry between the leads is the main draw for me, but I also continue to like how all the relationships and supporting characters develop.

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Standing in the middle of the street was so foolish, like come on guys, move when the car was, I don't know 5 feet away??

That said, it was a plot device to move our couple together. This show gets right the affection of love; I'm talking about natural intimacy. They don't have to kiss, but we know they love each other. Between the consent episode and the couch episode, in another rom-com, he would've kissed her (like You Drive Me Crazy), but I liked that he said he would wait until it was right.

Another romantic moment was when he told her he had no right to love her, and I could feel the emotions. The plot is standard, but the cases are good, and I like that they tie into our characters. As for Yu-ri's back and forth, I think she's going through the motions and re-assessing as we, the audience, are. I hope to gain more insight into her side at the latter end. The couple is excellent; they run a full spectrum of emotions from first love, school sweethearts, bickering, and fighting, to sweet and love.

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Love the couple. The last two episodes really showcased their deep emotional bond with each other. Yuri surprised me with her insight into JH like knowing how to comfort him when he was in distress about her getting hurt. Another scene is when she told JH’s father how much JH was suffering because of his family. That scene was so emotional and satisfying because it showed her deep understanding of all JH has done for her. As a viewer we now know she loves him as much as he loves her. Not just the usual I developed feelings for my friend trope which is where I thought Yuri was.
This show does a great job of blending in funny, thrills, and romance.

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Yu-ri and Jung-ho are soulmates! I love seeing more of those instead of tacked-on romances just for the sake of it. It also helps that there is a central couple with no love triangle.

I come for our couple, and they don't disappoint. I love how they resolve their trauma/issues this week, it feels like it could've been dragged to Ep 14, but I'm glad they have drawn it out to Ep 10. I want to see them finally date for real, and I relish seeing our hot badass lawyer duo fighting crime together! Props to the writer/actors (LSG/LSY have said they improvised/added more context to scenes) b/c their monologues were terrific b/c they provided more insight into their inner emotions. Ditto on the last point! I think it's done an excellent job thus far!

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