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SBS Drama “Punch” Episode 8 Recap

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SBS Drama “Punch” Episode 8 Recap
By: Dramabeans After Prosecutor Jung stands up for Ha-kyung against Minister Yoon, Hyun-sun calls Ha-kyung to tell her that prosecutors are currently raiding Jung-hwan’s room… on Minister Yoon’s orders. In the process, they come across his (technically illegal) stash of Demerol. The disgust on Ha-kyung’s face is apparent, especially when Minister Yoon informs them that Kang-jae will be taking over Jung-hwan’s prosecution, despite them all knowing what a snake he is.When Minister Yoon receives the speech she’s to give to the new prosecutors about to be sworn in, Ha-kyung tells her bitingly that she should change its contents: instead of pursuing the truth, they should only follow orders from the Blue House, just like Minister Yoon. Prosecutor Jung attempts to help Minister Yoon work through whatever problem she’s facing just like they would in the past, but Yoon counters that she’d consult him if she thought he’d be of any help. Okay. Message received.Minister Yoon then turns to Ha-kyung to ask who she is, and Ha-kyung affirms that she’s the woman who stepped down from her position as Chief Prosecutor in protest once. Yoon calls upon that faith Ha-kyung has in her to trust her just this once, to trust that she has areason…But Ha-kyung says she trusts the oath she took when she became a prosecutor—the oath to end injustice and follow the path of righteousness and truth. “I am a prosecutor,” Ha-kyung reminds her, “and I swore that oath.”Outside, Ha-kyung confers with Prosecutor Jung on how they can stop Kang-jae from taking Jung-hwan’s case. Jung seems to breathe a sigh of relief as he tells Ha-kyung that he’ll stand by her side as long as she sticks to the prosecutors’ oath.Since Minister Yoon handed the case over to the anti-corruption division, Kang-jae gets to gleefully gloat that he’s been officially named as Jung-hwan’s prosecutor when the two meet in the interrogation room.He’s only too happy to tell Jung-hwan that he won’t be getting any help from Minister Yoon this time either, since she’s now firmly under Tae-joon’s control. With no resources left to him, Kang-jae slides a confession form across the table, promising sardonically that Jung-hwan will have time to write his will if he hurries up and writes the confession first.After hearing from Detective Oh that Demerol was found in Jung-hwan’s room, Ha-kyung is quick to dismiss it as leftover medicine from before his surgery—but Oh notes that the ampoules had been used recently. Not to mention that Doctor Jang’s charges have disappeared now that Kang-jae’s taken the case.Ha-kyung is quick to want to dismiss what all these pieces could add up to, but she can’t help but think back to all the cryptically morbid things Jung-hwan’s been saying since he was supposedly cured. The realization seems to dawn on her that Jung-hwan may have been lying.But in order to make sure, she pays a visit to Kang-jae and feigns like she already knows the truth due to Doctor Jang’s loose lips. Kang-jae falls for it, toying with one of the ampoules as he asks if she’s come to fetch it to ease her dying ex-husband’s agony. She tries appealing to Kang-jae’s humanity, which is a big mistake when he has none, so she switches tactics to outrage when Kang-jae threatens to break the ampoule in his hand and threatens to take legal action against him for tampering with evidence.At least the sight of Kang-jae’s sneering face is enough to remind her of Jung-hwan saying in the interrogation room, “That’s how I lived my life. I should be punished. But, Ha-kyung… why do I have to be punished alone?” Methinks she’s going to make sure he isn’t now.Ha-kyung and Detective Oh work together to buy some time in the interrogation room while they remove their stuff, with Ha-kyung using the time afforded by an “accidental” paper spill to talk to Jung-hwan. She mentions the expensive Gangnam apartment he sold, as well as the retirement fund he secured for Mom. But her real gambit comes when she mentions (for Kang-jae to overhear) that Chairman Kim’s link to the prosecutor’s office, and thus Tae-joon, will be included in Jung-hwan’s report.If she’s lying, Jung-hwan catches on fast and plays along, much to Kang-jae’s dissatisfaction. Ha-kyung vows to get Jung-hwan out of there before she asks him to teach her how things are done in his world, using his methods.Kang-jae’s had enough, and barks at Ha-kyung in banmal as he tries to pull her to stand. Jung-hwan issues a stern warning from across the table for Kang-jae to let her go, and to speak to her more formally.To add insult to Kang-jae’s well-deserved injury, Jung-hwan tells his ex-wife to prepare a press conference for the evening news. She’ll find the copy of Chairman Kim’s confession in his safety deposit box. As for the code, Jung-hwan says, “It’s the day I saw our Ye-rin for the first time.”Minister Yoon has to endure a dinner date with Tae-joon, along with all his requests for her to put the people he wants in positions of power. When she claims that she’ll resign next year, Tae-joon tells her that she’ll be able to keep her status and respect in retirement if, and only if, she helps him take control of Ocean Capital.It’s a personal vendetta for him, since his late brother slaved away for Chairman Kim and Ocean Capital his whole life after the Sejin Auto collapse. He wants to be able to get enough to give to Tae-sub’s family, but Minister Yoon cuts in to meekly say that she can’tcommit any more crimes.But Tae-joon’s got a safeguard to keep her in check, and that’s by blackmailing her with her son—he evaded his mandatory military service and is studying to be a judge on top of an impending wedding. Would she like to hear her son’s wedding speech or hear a judge hand out his sentence? Their phones ring at the same time with the same news: Kang-jae tells Tae-joon that Jung-hwan kept a copy of Chairman Kim’s confession, while Ho-sung informs Minister Yoon of the same, and that Ha-kyung’s on her way to get it. (Side note: Huzzah! Ho-sung shaved!)Now that Minister Yoon no longer has to stomach the symbolic skate fish Tae-joon has been making her eat, she removes it from her plate with a victory smirk.While Tae-joon and Kang-jae go into crisis mode over how to stop the release of the confession (since it’ll land the both of them in jail), Ha-kyung successfully enters the code for the safety deposit box. Kang-jae already attempted to use Ye-rin’s birthday, but the first day Jung-hwan saw Ye-rin was the day Ha-kyung showed him the sonogram picture. Aww.Inside, she doesn’t find Chairman Kim’s confession, but instead reads something that causes her to sob instantly. Is it Jung-hwan’s will? Why am I crying when I don’t even know what she’s looking at?Now that they’re alone, Kang-jae puts Jung-hwan on the line with Tae-joon, who’s all but shaking with rage that Jung-hwan dared to make a copy of the confession. Jung-hwan, as cool a cucumber as ever, defends his actions by claiming he did it for the same reason people get insurance—better to be safe than sorry.Tae-joon growls at him to cancel the press conference, though he knows he’d have to make a deal to get Jung-hwan out for that to happen. Jung-hwan mentions how impressed he was by the sound of Tae-joon breaking all his Demerol ampoules that he’s prepared a response… …And sets his watch right by the phone so that Tae-joon can hear the sound of his own time running out. YES. These are the kinds of burns only Punch can deliver. *slow clap*Ha-kyung now knows that Minister Yoon is trying to stop Tae-joon from using a long-ago enlistment case for his own personal gain, though she doesn’t know the extra personal stake Yoon has in it with her son.But Minister Yoon is desperate as she claims she just wants to stop Tae-joon from seizing control of the prosecutor’s office, and grabs for the folder she thinks contains Chairman Kim’s statement… only to look at the same documents Ha-kyung found. It’s not the confession, Ha-kyung tells her. Jung-hwan made no copies. Instead, she muses on how he’s been using what little time he has left to buy a lasting family plot in Paju, likely because he lived most of his life paying monthly rent and wanted to make sure he’d have a secure final resting place.“Jung-hwan doesn’t have much time left,” she admits to Minister Yoon. “But Lee Tae-joon is trying to unload his baggage onto Jung-hwan. He’s been weighed down all his life. I want to help ease his burden before he goes.”In a surprise twist, Ha-kyung proves she doesn’t know the truth about Minister Yoon’s involvement in the enlistment case by telling her idol/mentor to follow the “order” she received from the Blue House. She’ll continue to investigate Tae-joon and take the fall for disobeying Yoon. Two minutes left. “Do you remember what I said before?” Jung-hwan tells Tae-joon over the line. “I may be going to hell first, but before that, we’ll go to court together.”Minister Yoon has impeccable timing, and calls Tae-joon just then to tell him that there is no statement. Tae-joon’s first instinct is not to believe her, since he’d rather play it safe by letting Jung-hwan out so that statement doesn’t get released.He becomes more convinced of Minister Yoon’s authenticity when she says that it’d be bad for both of them (ruh roh) if Jung-hwan were to get out and start investigating alongside Ha-kyung. She swears on her position as Minister of Justice that no copy of the confession exists. Tae-joon gets back on the line and asks Kang-jae if he saw any records of Jung-hwan buying insurance, coolly throwing Jung-hwan’s earlier bluff back at him now that heknows it’s a bluff.And with that, Tae-joon orders Kang-jae to arrest Jung-hwan. You know what he could’ve used right now? Insurance.Prosecutor Jung pulls Ha-kyung aside with some sobering news: There was no order from the Blue House. Though he argues that Tae-joon likely has some dirt on Minister Yoon that’s causing her to behave out of sorts, Ha-kyung stubbornly clings to the notion that Yoon would never stoop so low. Though doing so goes against Yeon-jin’s personal desires when it comes to Jung-hwan, she dutifully fetches Ha-kyung for him when he asks her. There’s a way for her to see her ex-husband, even though the interrogation room is limited strictly to prosecutors from the anti-corruption division…Hence the loophole Yeon-jin’s found, as Ha-kyung goes to visit Jung-hwan at night, when he’s put into a temporary holding cell.She slides over the last ampoule of Demerol he had (the one Kang-jae was playing with), and the moment of realization between them is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it affair.They both know that she knows, but Jung-hwan won’t let either of them dwell on his impending death for more than a second as he tells her that he’ll give her some tips now, since it’ll be hard for her to raise Ye-rin without him. Aw.But sentimentality is for the weak, and at the moment they’ve got bigger fish to fry. Most notably, how did Minister Yoon find out about Chairman Kim’s confession?He dissects every scene from the investigation room until only the obvious remains: Ho-sung was the only one who could have told Minister Yoon about the confession, and Minister Yoon was the one who told Tae-joon. Which means they’re all in cahoots, confirming Prosecutor Jung’s assumption and Ha-kyung’s worst nightmare. Ho-sung is dodgy when Ha-kyung pays him a visit later that night, but gives himself away the second she says she’s no longer investigating Tae-joon… because she’s going after Minister Yoon now.He flips, telling her that Minister Yoon has so much good left to do that requires her to stay in her position, but Ha-kyung is unmoved. She doesn’t look at the person behind the crimes, only the crimes themselves—and if Ho-sung wants to atone, he can start by helping her investigation.With Yeon-jin, Detective Oh, and Jung-hwan now on her team, Ha-kyung manages to get past Tae-joon’s secretary to wait for him in his office. Per Jung-hwan’s plan, she turns on Tae-joon’s hidden video camera feed playing just in time for Minister Yoon and Ho-sung to hold a not-so-private meeting. Ha-kyung is able to overhear Minister Yoon telling Ho-sung that she wants to strip Ha-kyung’s right to investigate away by any means possible, prompting him to start shakily listing reasons why she can’t—like how she’d have to get past Prosecutor Jung, Ha-kyung’s loyal watchdog, first.Minister Yoon isn’t cowed, unafraid to say aloud that she can’t have Ha-kyung digging around when Tae-joon still has the enlistment broker in his armory.Ho-sung just can’t take it anymore, and says he regrets the day he ever covered up her son’s enlistment fraud. She’d made so many promises then she couldn’t keep, like how she’d oust Tae-joon and Kang-jae from the prosecutor’s office, how she wouldn’t let Jung-hwan get hurt… …But seven years ago, she was the one who used the information Ho-sung gave her to have Jung-hwan arrested in order to save her own behind. (Remember, this is all being spelled out so that Ha-kyung can hear and put the pieces together.)Minister Yoon futilely claims that Jung-hwan’s ambition is what forced her hand all those years ago, and that now she wants Ho-sung to help Ha-kyung out so he can report everything back to her. Sacrifices must be made if they want to create a just society, and Yoon vows to make Ha-kyung and Jung-hwan’s sacrifices mean something.Tears spring to Ho-sung’s eyes when Minister Yoon presents him with the same choice as always: the lesser of two evils. Ha-kyung isn’t dry-eyed herself as she calls Minister Yoon herself to ask why she told Tae-joon that there was no statement from Chairman Kim. They both know the jig is up. It’s more than difficult for Ha-kyung to wrench out the words she says next, that she knows Minister Yoon used Jung-hwan to cover up her own son’s enlistment fraud. “Please get Jung-hwan out,” she breathes, before adding, “Yes, Minister, this is a threat.” (I love you, Punch.)No sooner does she hang up that she calls Minister Yoon back, because Tae-joon’s approaching his office, unaware she’s inside. For being new to this whole dark side business, Ha-kyung effectively threatens Yoon into calling Tae-joon right now, or else her son will pay the price.It’s Ha-kyung’s way of getting Tae-joon out of the office so she can make her escape, having just barely evaded notice by hiding beneath his desk. At their usual restaurant, Minister Yoon offers Tae-joon her proposal: if he lets Jung-hwan go, she’ll make sure the late Tae-sub gets ownership of the trillion-dollar Ocean Capital rather than Chairman Kim.Even Tae-joon is shocked at how rapidly and easily Minister Yoon changed, though he can’t help but laugh at how things have turned out between them.Looks like Tae-joon caved to the deal, since Jung-hwan is released from prison. Ha-kyung urges him to go home and rest while she takes care of things, but Jung-hwan can’t get to the phone fast enough to call their daughter. The graduation hall has long emptied, but that’s where Jung-hwan takes Ye-rin and Ha-kyung so that way they can hold a private graduation ceremony for their little one.Awwwwwwwww.After enough encouragement from her parents, Ye-rin takes to the stage to do her song and dance routine all by herself. Jung-hwan is overwhelmed with a father’s pride, flashing back an infant Ye-rin in their happy little home saying her first word: “Dad.”Jung-hwan’s tearful expression is heartbreaking, because he knows that this is the last major milestone of his daughter’s that he’ll be alive for. (Gah, now I actually want him to live. Thanks for crushing my soul in advance, Punch.) In order to pursue the case, Ha-kyung knows that Prosecutor Jung will be put in a tough spot by both Minister Yoon and Tae-joon. But he’s the epitome of a good sport, and thanks Ha-kyung for giving him a place to go down fighting, like a soldier thanking his general before battle.While Ha-kyung discovers that Tae-joon has been hiding the broker in his vacation home on Anmyeon Island, Jung-hwan rushes to Doctor Jang’s office after he’s called…Only to find Kang-jae there waiting for him. It was the only way he could reach the perpetually unavailable dying man, though the small stash of Demerol they have doesn’t come free—Jung-hwan has to silence his wife if he wants to ease his pain. Thankfully, Jung-hwan’s back to his old self as he forwards the damning video evidence of Doctor Jang’s gambling (that’s it?) to Yeon-jin, despite the doctor’s warnings that his pain will grow infinitely worse without the much-needed drug.“What I find painful is that people like you will be alive even after I die,” Jung-hwan grits out, leaving the two men dumbfounded in his wake.Memories of Minister Yoon’s past hypocrisies feed Jung-hwan’s seething rage as he bursts into her office seeking answers. Why did she choose to throw him to the wolves when she should’ve stepped down from office seven years ago? He doesn’t need her to remind him that partnering with Tae-joon was his choice, as he quickly fires back, “I’ll take responsibility for my choices. It’s time you take responsibility for yours.”Meanwhile, Ha-kyung and Detective Oh’s team of officers arrive at the gate to Tae-joon’s vacation home. As to how they’ll get inside, Ha-kyung makes a bogus 911 call to get an ambulance to open the gate for them. Man, she’s getting pretty good at this devious stuff.As for Jung-hwan, he’s just there to notify Minister Yoon that her days of breathing free air are numbered—he’ll make sure she’s in prison by the time he’s in a coffin.“The law is equal, to me… and to you,” he says, parroting the sanctimonious lecture she gave him seven years ago right back at her.  

SBS Drama “Pinocchio” Episode 19 Recap

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SBS Drama “Pinocchio” Episode 19 Recap
By: Dramabeans Following Song Cha-ok’s police interrogation, YGN breaks the story about her involvement in fourteen years of media cover-ups, implicating her MSC director and Chaebol Mommy as the puppetmaster behind every move.Dal-po gives the field report detailing the long relationship backed up by the text messages, and finally gets to tell the right version of Firefighter Dad’s story on the air. Gyo-dong silently puts a hand on his shoulder for a job well done.MSC is in an uproar, though a few people like Princess and their lead cameraman are rather proud of Song Cha-ok’s confession, noting that she seems like a real reporter again. The reception is coldest where it hurts the most: Beom-jo, who waits on pins and needles to know what happens to his mother, and Chaebol Mommy, who watches the report and lets out a little, “Damn it.”In-ha and Mom watch the report from MSC, and In-ha asks carefully if she’s okay. Mom replies calmly that she is not okay, and then launches into a list of things that Dal-po did wrong, making his report lacking for impact. In-ha looks at Mom like she’s nuts, and then breaks into a laugh to realize that she’s perfectly fine. Princess joins them, and they both coach In-ha on what to do next.As expected, Chaebol Mommy simply calls her team of lawyers to fix the problem, and they request an extension for her police interview with the lie that she’s out of the country on a business trip. They arrange for her to rest quietly in a villa until this blows over.But that’s exactly what Song Cha-ok guesses she’ll do, down to which house she’ll stay at. In-ha conveys this to Dal-po (writing notes for him because he’s still got a bum arm), and Gyo-dong is shocked to hear that he’s getting information sourced from Song Cha-ok herself. Obviously she means business.In no time, YGN puts up footage of Chaebol Mommy casually walking her dog on the nightly news, which is pretty awesomely embarrassing for her. Another subpoena for questioning gets issued immediately, and more calls from worried politicians arrive. She fumes that one minute on the news can derail the time and money she’s spent putting cops and prosecutors in her pocket, and looks ready to take someone’s head off.Song Cha-ok knows that Chaebol Mommy will arrange to go to the police station at the crack of dawn on a quiet weekend to avoid reporters, and so everyone camps out underground in the parking garage, per Song Cha-ok’s orders. And like clockwork, Chaebol Mommy arrives. They flood her with questions, which she manages to ignore, but then Dal-po gets the better of her by saying that all the politicians she backs will be watching this report anxiously, so does she have anything to say to them? Ha. She snaps at that, and whirls around to scream, “SHUT UP!”She says nothing else, but it’s a pretty great moment, and Dal-po purposely holds the elevator door open so that everyone can keep filming.In-ha tells Dal-po that at this point, Chaebol Mommy will find another story to bury hers—some celebrity scandal to turn heads while her case blows over. It’s sad how easily and how often this happens in real life. And again on cue, Chaebol Mommy’s team tells her that they can play up a story about an idol abusing Propofol. She likes that idea, so immediately MSC reports the big scandal of an idol-actor being investigated for Propofol abuse, and LOL—it’s Lee Joon (doing a special cameo for the PD, who directed Gap-dong).Yoo-rae’s jaw drops and she yells back at the screen that it’s a blatant lie, and she’s among the crowd of reporters waiting to get a statement from the idol the next morning. Everyone throws out questions, except for Yoo-rae who listens to his defense with tears in her eyes and replies on camera, “I believe you, oppa! I’ll protect you, oppa!” Pffft.This time her faith in oppa pays off, and she happily reports that he’s been declared innocent, complete with an interview from his doctor. Chaebol Mommy finally blows a gasket and fumes at every move being thwarted by Song Cha-ok and YGN. Her staff suggests trying to bribe Chan-soo, since the whole case would disappear if he dropped the charges, and Mom anticipates this move as well and asks In-ha if Chan-soo is susceptible to bribery. In-ha says he isn’t, but hiccups. She admits sheepishly that she isn’t sure since he has three kids.She and Dal-po have lunch with Chan-soo, and he swears on his conscience that he would never accept a bribe. He says that he’s doing this for Dal-po because he feels bad about starting those rumors back in high school; besides, he knows what this case means to Dal-po on a personal level.In-ha looks relieved and says that she knew he wouldn’t be so easily bought, and promptly hiccups. I love the sideways glance from Dal-po. He totally hangs her out to dry and says that he trusted Chan-soo completely, heh. Conscience aside, Chan-soo isn’t above shamelessness, and invites them over for a housewarming party this weekend, gifts mandatory. They remind him that he’s been living in that place for three years, but he counters that they haven’t been over.Dal-po and In-ha head home, and Grandpa tells Dal-po that he brought over some more of his clothes from his apartment. In-ha runs in to help Dal-po get set up to brush his teeth, but then the second she leaves the bathroom, he switches to his right hand. Omo, lying liar!In-ha steps back in to say something and catches him red-handed, looking totally guilty with his toothbrush hanging out of his mouth and his arm barely in the sling. She asks him why he lied—was he afraid that they’d ask him to leave if he got all better? Please don’t say that’s the reason! That would make me cry. In-ha asks knowingly if it isn’t better here, with Dad and Grandpa and her.She wonders if he still feels guilty towards Hyung, but he says that isn’t the reason… though he doesn’t tell her why he’s hesitating either. In-ha throws his sling in the trash and tells him to just stay so that she doesn’t have to worry about him eating sad breakfasts alone anymore, and he lets out a little sigh, contemplating the family photo on his nightstand.Chan-soo and his wife go slackjawed at the mountain of gifts from Chaebol Mommy, along with the massively thick envelope of money she’s offering him. He starts to waver, but Dal-po made sure to send Hyun-kyu to the scene with a camera, and when push comes to shove, Chan-soo rejects the bribe and declares that he’s a police officer and won’t be bought. Chaebol Mommy has another fit, and this time she decides she’s done playing nice. She says it’s time to do things her way, and from the ominous look she gives, I’m thinking her way involves scorched earth. Beom-jo listens to all of this outside her door with tears streaming down his face, and whimpers alone, “Please, mother… stop…”Song Cha-ok gets fired from MSC entirely, but she doesn’t seem all that fazed by the news. In-ha finds her sleeping at the office, and Mom just says that she never slept properly for fifteen years and suddenly all she wants to do is sleep.When In-ha starts to go, Mom grabs her hand and asks her to stay for just a little longer to block the sun from her eyes, and In-ha stays. Mom never once opens her eyes the whole time, but she squeezes In-ha’s hand silently.Dal-po finds In-ha lost in thought at the precinct, and asks if she’s okay. She says she is but lets out a little hiccup, realizing that she isn’t.Dal-po hugs her tight, and In-ha says through tears, “I should’ve hugged you like this back then. Even when you told me not to worry or comfort your or do anything. I still should’ve hugged you.” YES. YES YOU SHOULD HAVE. Okay, I don’t know about you guys, but I feel better now that she said that. Later that night at the station, Dal-po asks if Yoo-rae wants to carpool to Chan-soo’s housewarming party, but she gets all huffy wondering why she should ride with him and his girlfriend. She quickly says she’s going with her sidekick, who says he’s busy, and then in a moment of desperation, she asks Gyo-dong if he wants to go.He shocks them both by saying yes, and they just stare and stare, wondering why on earth he’d go to their friend’s housewarming party. Dal-po looks back and forth between them and asks why she invited him, and she admits that she never thought he’d say yes.It’s even more awkward when they get there, and In-ha whispers to ask why Dal-po brought his boss while Gyo-dong stuffs his face with meat. Chan-soo tells them about rejecting the bribe and notes that Dal-po’s gift is awfully modest, though he adds that it’s better than some people, who came empty-handed. Oh no, Cap, you didn’t! In-ha asks out of the corner of her mouth, “I thought you said your cap was totally cool!” and Dal-po buries his head in shame.After dinner, Gyo-dong can’t take his eyes off of Yoo-rae as she takes cute selcas with Chan-soo’s son. Meanwhile In-ha and Dal-po are watching the baby and marvel at Chan-soo’s family picture, wondering how they made such a big family at their age.Chan-soo’s wife snaps pictures of them holding the baby and tells them they can do it too. Yes, please, with many great-grandchildren for Grandpa! For their after-dinner entertainment, Chan-soo cues up the tape of their old quiz show competition, and Yoo-rae’s jaw drops to see Dal-po looking so homely. Dal-po wails in protest, but they insist on watching it.Beom-jo arrives outside Chan-soo’s house, but when he sees that everyone is over and having a great time, he turns back to leave. Dal-po happens to see him outside the window and makes a beer run to catch him before he’s gone.Beom-jo admits that he came by to ask Chan-soo to forgive his mother, but he didn’t realize everyone else would be here. He’s stuck because there isn’t much he can do—he knows that his mother won’t apologize or feel remorse, but then he doesn’t have the courage to turn in his own family like Dal-po did. Dal-po says he has no intention of convincing Beom-jo to turn on his family, because he knows better than anyone how difficult that is. He says it’s been a while since he let go of revenge and hate.Naturally Beom-jo thinks he’s just saying that to make him feel better, but Dal-po suddenly takes a step closer and grabs Beom-jo by the shoulders and says, “Seo Beom-jo, I like you.” Beom-jo shrugs him off and Dal-po laughs, “And I like In-ha more. So much that every second of every minute that passes by is precious.”Beom-jo scoffs that he’s confessing that to the wrong person, but Dal-po finishes his sentence: “Because that time is precious, I let it go.” He says that he’s done wasting time on revenge and hate, and just wants to be a reporter who can say good is good and bad is bad. Good for you. He goes to visit Hyung in jail and says the same thing, and says he’s sorry for forgiving and letting go so easily. But he could feel himself becoming like Song Cha-ok, and doesn’t want to lose sight of the things that matter in his life.Hyung tells him that Dal-po doesn’t need permission to let go, and says that he lost the right to hate or forgive anyone when he became a killer. He reminds Dal-po never to lose that right, and Dal-po nods quietly.Beom-jo gets all dressed up for the big groundbreaking ceremony for the new shopping mall that Chaebol Mommy is building, and finds her practicing her speech. He’s somber today and tells his mother that he never knew how tirelessly she worked to provide everything that he enjoyed in life. He hugs her, and she tells him sincerely that he doesn’t need to know those things, and he can just go on enjoying that life. All he says in response is, “I’m sorry, mother.”Yoo-rae shows her sidekick the pictures from the housewarming party, and they find Gyo-dong in the background staring at her in more than a few of the shots. So busted, dude. They wonder what’s going on with him, and Yoo-rae agrees that he’s being weird lately.Beom-jo goes to the prison to visit Motorcycle Boy (who attacked the news stations with a nail gun), and introduces himself. Curiously he just conveys the message that he’s doing well, and not to worry about what was promised to him. What are you up to, Beom-jo? In-ha is surprised when Dal-po tells her about Beom-jo only pretending to return to his mother’s side and having a hard time, and she realizes that she misunderstood him. They both get assigned to cover Chaebol Mommy’s groundbreaking ceremony today, though for entirely different purposes.Dal-po gets told to get interviews with as many conspiring politicians as he can, while In-ha is instructed to do a fluff promotional piece. She wallows that her job is a big fake, and wonders if she should quit. Dal-po reminds her that she’s supposed to endure, and she yanks at his cheeks in frustration, since it’s easy for him to say when he works for YGN. Touché.Beom-jo walks into the police precinct and smiles wistfully to see a pair of rookie reporters sitting on the steps just like he and In-ha used to. Aw, you guys were so cute back then. He runs into In-ha on her way out and gives her a big smile, and she wonders if she worried for nothing because he looks happy. He tells her that he’s not going to his mother’s ceremony today, and says that if she happens to interview his mother, to convey a message from him. We don’t hear the message, but the next thing we know, Beom-jo walks up to the detective chief and says that he’s here to confess his crimes. What. Omg, is this how you’re going to draw your mother out?Yoo-rae listens in as Beom-jo confesses to ordering Motorcycle Boy’s attacks on YGN and MSC. He repeats the things he overheard his mother saying, and it all fits, including his visit to the prison, which confirms that they made contact.One by one, the politicians who are on their way to support Chaebol Mommy get word that Beom-jo just turned himself in for attempted murder, and they all turn their cars around to get the hell out of dodge. The groundbreaking ceremony gets delayed, and everyone wonders where all the guests are. Chaebol Mommy’s secretary runs up to the stage to whisper the news about Beom-jo in her ear, and then a second later, Dal-po gets a call from Gyo-dong that Beom-jo turned himself in. Cell phones go off all around them, and In-ha can’t believe it when Dal-po tells her.It dawns on her now that Beom-jo’s strange request to pass along a message was because he was preparing for this. Reporters crowd Chaebol Mommy and she just walks numbly ahead without registering any of them, that is until In-ha pipes up to tell her that she has a message from Beom-jo.We see Beom-jo as he gives In-ha the message earlier that day, as In-ha conveys it now to his mother: “That I will take responsibility with my mother for everything I have enjoyed in life and will enjoy in the future. That I’m sorry I didn’t know, and left her all alone. And that from now on, I will always be with my mother.” Tears fill his mother’s eyes, and cameras go off all around them as the other reporters wonder if that means she’s in on it too, and if what In-ha is saying is true. Her colleague from another station tells everyone that she’s a Pinocchio—it’s all true. Beom-jo’s mother just asks where her son is before being ushered away in her car.In-ha sighs at the microphone in her hand, knowing that her interview will never make it on the air at MSC. But Dal-po looks around and tells her not to worry because all the other stations will air it.He seems calm until Beom-jo finally finishes his confession and calls him back, and Dal-po rails at him for being crazy. Beom-jo says this will be his last call before going to jail, and Dal-po tells him to hurry up and take it all back.Beom-jo says this is the only way, and starts to cry as he tells Dal-po that he should’ve pressured him to turn his mother in: “You should’ve said you were mad, that you hated me.” He says that if Dal-po had, it might’ve been easier to ignore his conscience and endure a little longer.Beom-jo says he doesn’t have any other reason—he just wants to tell the truth, and say good is good, and bad is bad, like Dal-po wants to do. “I know it was just for a short while, but I was a reporter too.”Dal-po’s eyes fill with tears, and he asks why Beom-jo is going this far. Beom-jo: “I told you before, that I’m on your side. How much would I be on your side to go this far?” He adds half-jokingly, “Do you believe me now?”Dal-po: “I believed you the first time, you crazy bastard.” 

8 Non-Idols who Shined on Immortal Songs 2

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8 Non-Idols who Shined on Immortal Songs 2
8 Non-Idols who Shined on Immortal Songs 2 Written by Thuy On January 14, 2015

There is no doubt that Immortal Songs 2 has really brought back the legends to life. The program is even more significant to international fans like us in the sense that we get to know more about other breath-taking Korean artists beyond the realm of idols. Today on Seoulbeats, we present to you what we think are the best performances by non-idol singers in the program. The only criteria for judging is that the performer must be able to make the audience go “woah” after watching them on the stage.

KBS2 Drama “Healer” Episode 11 Recap

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KBS2 Drama “Healer” Episode 11 Recap
By: Dramabeans Moon-ho returns home to find his chest of mementos open in plain sight, which puts him on alert. A call arrives from an unknown number, the voice digitally altered: the Healer. Moon-ho knows the Healer doesn’t do phone calls, but the Healer says he’s making an exception to ask a pressing question, “when I can see your face like this.” Eek, shivers.The lights flick off, and a shadowy figure steps into view. In his normal voice, Jung-hoo asks about the photo of the five friends, and what happened in February 1992. What payment will he require of the Healer in exchange for this information?Moon-ho answers, “Will you show me your face?” Healer starts to reject that request, but Moon-ho holds up Young-shin’s busted cell phone and says, “Park Bong-soo.” O.M.G. He explains finding the phone in Bong-soo’s coat and links it to the elevator accident. Is the jig up?Moon-ho now calls him Bong-soo and requests to see his face—that’s his condition for answering the question.So Healer sighs, steps into the open, and turns on the light. He walks up to Moon-ho, takes off his glasses, and looks him straight in the eye. Aieeeeeee.Moon-ho holds up the photograph and asks which friend he’s interested in. At Jung-hoo’s indication, Moon-ho seems to confirm a hunch and names the friend as Seo Joon-seok. Then he asks if Jung-hoo knows what “Morumoru Island” is, so-called because nobody knows where it is (mo-reu = unknown).Itching for information, Jung-hoo impatiently replies that he’s quite serious, just as a memory hits him. He hears giggling children and a little girl’s voice asking, “Do you know what Morumoru Island is?” But he doesn’t quite know what to do with the recollection, and prompts Moon-ho to continue talking.Moon-ho explains his noona recently telling him about a burglar whose face was strikingly similar to an old friend’s. Now Moon-ho also sees the resemblance, and has deduced why the Healer, whose existence requires such secrecy, might reveal himself to know this information.“You, with eyes so similar to his,” he notes. “Are you Jung-hoo?”Oof, so many emotions. Jung-hoo struggles to process, and then the girl’s voice rings in his ear again, calling out, “Jung-hoo-ya! Play with me!” The memory is visual this time: Ji-an chases Jung-hoo around a room while Teenage Moon-ho builds a fort with furniture. Ji-an declares, “It’s Morumoru Island!”Moon-ho lets the kiddos inside and tells them to play quietly or risk pirate attack (ha, clever). In the present, Jung-hoo’s chilliness prompts Moon-ho to sigh, “You guys used to be quite close to me.” Jung-hoo picks up on the plural and asks what happened to the girl. Moon-ho replies, “She died. In 1992.”Jung-hoo has only now recalled Ji-an but it’s a shock to hear of her death. He turns back to the question of his father, and the person he killed. Moon-ho identifies Gil-han—the man next to him in the photo.Jung-hoo reels, stammering, “H-he… killed his f-friend?” But Moon-ho tells him that he asked the wrong question: “Your father was a murdersuspect, not a murderer.” He died before he could clear his name, and Moon-ho asks if Jung-hoo came to him because he wants to prove his innocence.So Moon-ho suggests working together toward that goal, and to continue his Bong-soo act at Someday to facilitate contact. Hearing of this later, Ajumma reiterates her opposition: She doesn’t like Moon-ho because he’s a facile liar. Plus, why does Jung-hoo want to clear his father’s name now, at this late date?His answer makes her gape: “Because I want to tell her. Chae Young-shin.” He’s willing to admit to his thieving Healer duties, but not so comfortable with the my-dad-was-a-killer part.Jung-hoo supposes that Young-shin will probably want to beat him up for lying at first, “But she’ll get over it right away, because she’s that kind of person.”He guesses that ajumma’s ready to replace the Healer now, but asks her to hold off until he can clear Dad’s name. He has an uneasy feeling, and asks her to have his back for just a while longer. Ajumma just stares at her computer screen—and the new email that’s arrived from Young-shin. To tell or not to tell?Young-shin arrives to a bustling office in the morning, busy in the wake of President Hwang’s suicide. Moon-ho directs his employees, sending reporters out on assignment and dealing with server problems; they’ll have to move overseas to skirt interference. Young-shin asks Jung-hoo for the skinny, but curiously he just ignores her, leaving her hanging. Aw, is he playing the part of spurned suitor? When Moon-ho sends Young-shin on assignment, she automatically calls for Bong-soo to assist, but he ignores her again. To her confusion, he then jumps up to tag along with Moon-ho today, leaving her wondering at the sudden shift in dynamics.Young-shin asks Bong-soo if he’s avoiding her because of their rooftop talk. He just says evasively, “Um… can you… step aside?” When she asks point-blank if he dislikes talking with her, he replies, “Yes.” HAHA. She’s so confused and disappointed at the sight of Bong-soo walking off chummily with Moon-ho, like the two have become best friends overnight. This is so great. But the air is strained once they’re alone, as Moon-ho reminisces and Jung-hoo listens in annoyance. Moon-ho says he should’ve guessed his identity sooner, to which Jung-hoo snaps, “That would never have happened.” He bristles at Moon-ho’s familiarity and asks, “Are you going to keep doing that? Acting friendly?”Moon-ho eyes him with sympathy as he asks how he ended up as the Healer, but Jung-hoo remains aloof and pointedly calls him Boss. Moon-ho reminds him that he used to call him Uncle.They arrive at Moon-ho’s family junkyard, which he describes as home base for the friends and their pirate broadcasting activities. We see the flashback through his perspective, playing near his father while the friends worked and goofed off together. Moon-ho recalls, “The scenes in my memory are all like that—they’re laughing, caring, and warm.”Jung-hoo cuts him short every time Moon-ho’s nostalgia gets too long-winded for him, and when Moon-ho mentions feeling glad to reunite with an old acquaintance, Jung-hoo says curtly that he doesn’t need to know that feeling.Moon-ho asks kindly, “Do you have any friends? And do you have anyone to ask whether you have friends?”Jung-hoo can’t meet his eye, and fidgets uncomfortably before putting up his bravado again, saying that he doesn’t trust Boss yet. He points out Moon-ho’s extensive investigation of Young-shin, while acting none the wiser to her face. He advises Moon-ho to drop the interest in him.Moon-ho returns to his recounting, arriving at that day in 1992. In flashback, we see Gil-han and Joon-seok arriving together to see Moon-shik. Established as a hit reporter-photographer duo, they’re working on a new story and ask Moon-shik to borrow a car. Slush funds are being transferred tomorrow, and they want to follow; they even enlist Moon-shik as driver, like old times, so he can be in on the action.Moon-ho recalls how the three friends headed out the next morning… and then Gil-han was dead, and Joon-seok arrested for killing him. And Moon-shik was the witness.Moon-ho arrives at the point at hand: They need to get to the police records of Joon-seok’s interrogation when he was arrested. Moon-ho has been blocked at every turn, and he hands over a package containing all his research. He admits that he couldn’t trust the Healer either, and that he tipped off the police that the Healer would be lurking near Young-shin. Annoyed, Jung-hoo excuses himself and heads off. Watching his exit, Moon-ho envisions Joon-seok walking next to Jung-hoo, as father and son display the exact same mannerisms. It brings a tear to his eye.Detective Yoon and his partner find it suspicious how quickly the Hwang suicide is being wrapped up. Hwang’s suicide note is awfully convenient and informative, naming several names of important politicians as bribe-takers.Thus Detective Yoon concludes that the Healer has aligned himself with powerful people, because they’ve managed to free him from murder suspicions very easily. Ack, a shrewd inference, except it’s wrong! Detective Yoon is just smart enough to be a royal pain in the ass—he knows enough to cause trouble, but not to solve it.Thankfully, ajumma’s faster than Detective Yoon and hacks into the database to doctor Bong-soo’s driver’s license. An officer had pulled it up previously when it bore the original face, but he’d been distracted before showing it to Detective Yoon.Anticipating the media furor, the Chaes arrange to have Yeon-hee moved to another location, with the family of a former client that Dad defended pro bono. Dad and Young-shin both awkwardly decline drawn-out goodbyes, only to have Yeon-hee ignore them and give her heartfelt thanks anyway.Detective Yoon drops by the cafe looking for Young-shin, and takes a look around her father’s office. He asks if her father is in the habit of recording his consultations, and as she’s replying no, Detective Yoon spots a recording device tucked into a planter. And another one in the bookcase. Ack! Young-shin is totally stunned, but plays it cool as the detective asks if she knows the Healer. He notes the interesting timing of events—Healer steals a video from Hwang, that video ends up in Someday’s hands, Hwang dies.Young-shin replies that the Healer is known for not killing people, but the detective merely says that info must be out-of-date, since he is currently suspected for two murder cases. He implies that Healer forced Hwang to write his suicide note, or forged it.Young-shin holds her shock in and feigns indifference to all this news, slapping on a smile.Jung-hoo settles back in his Healer pad to start reading Moon-ho’s research, while Min-ja gets ready to open a can of worms. She’s finally decided to alert him to Young-shin’s email, admitting that it took her some time to think over how to handle this.Listening only with half his attention, he tells her to read it aloud, but the moment she reads the subject line (“I am Chae Young-shin”), he jumps up and orders her to stop. Ajumma forwards it, and then hilariously starts singing along to “Some”—you know, that song about the ambiguousness of the dating game: It feels like you are, but you’re not, but kind of are mine / It feels like I am, but am not, but kind of am yours…Jung-hoo reads the email, rapt. (And trips over his own feet.)Young-shin: “I am Chae Young-shin. I must meet you, Healer-nim. If you don’t want me to see you, I will cover my eyes again. If you tell me not to say anything, I won’t make a sound… To have you comply and come to me, and watch from somewhere behind me—that’s all I want. That’s enough. And so, this is also a request for a date. Will you accept?”At home, Young-shin gets dressed with anticipation. Jung-hoo heads for his closet too, disregarding ajumma’s continued warnings against it. She hits where it hurts, though, pointing out that Young-shin has a pretty good life, and can expect to meet a respectable young man with a stable career, who would give her every security in life. Jung-hoo, on the other hand, has never shown his face to her, can’t even tell her his name, and has nothing to offer but random talk about an island.Jung-hoo feels those words, but counters, “Then… I can just show her. My face.”Min-ja retorts that revealing himself to her makes Young-shin an accomplice to his accused crimes in the eyes of the law. And that makes Jung-hoo reconsider. Min-ja urges him to leave Young-shin alone, and he sighs that he should at least reply to her question.All dolled up, Young-shin heads out for her date, pausing briefly to recall Detective Yoon’s warnings about Healer being dangerous. She shakes aside the thought, and spots the cops stationed outside to monitor her safety. Good thing for her, they’re not too attentive.As she sneaks out, her voice narrates the rest of her email, which informs the Healer how the date ought go to. First, they’d start by walking together, just talking and laughing. She notes the happy couples doing just that as she walks on alone, arriving at the next date stop, a food stand. She eats alone while wistfully watching other couples doing as she describes, bickering about what to order.Then, time for a movie. She goes to the cinema alone, saying that they don’t have to sit together, that it’s enough that they both see the same thing. She promises to wait for him there, and asks, “How long should I wait?”She waits in the lobby for hours until she’s kicked out at closing time. She leaves the building in disappointment, shoulders slumping—until suddenly, the revolving doors start to spin, as though inviting her back inside.She wanders into the lobby until she comes upon a hallway, and it’s lit with candles. Oh, Jung-hoo, you’re such a romantic it kind of hurts. Heart lifting, Young-shin follows the lit path through doors that open automatically for her. Inside an empty theater, a spot has been prepared for her. She takes a seat just as something dings, and the stuffed rabbit on the table plays a recorded message (in ajumma’s voice, lol), asking what kind of movie she likes. She decides to go with whichever movie is longest—and then, the sound of footsteps makes her freeze. Omg omg. I can’t handle this. I need a higher-pitched word than squee.Young-shin tenses in anticipation, and Jung-hoo takes a seat in the back row; his face is uncovered, but she doesn’t turn to look. Then the lights dim. The movie plays (it’s Lee Seung-gi and Moon Chae-won’s Today’s Love), and Jung-hoo spends much of the time just watching Young-shin. By degrees they both settle in and start enjoying the movie, and then it ends.The lights come back on. Young-shin gets up to find the theater empty, her mood now sinking with the return of reality. Jung-hoo watches from around the corner as she slowly heads for the exit, both of them feeling heavy-hearted.And then, his hand shoots out and grabs her arm. She stops there in the open doorway, and they stand there facing opposite directions while being inches apart. Appropriately, she’s in the light while he hangs back in the darkness.His hand reaches down to hers, fingers intertwining, holding tight. The moment stretches out as they both drink it in, and you can read on their faces how momentous this contact is. Finally he has to let go, but it’s with a smile that she can walk on.Outside, she finds a car waiting for her, its driver holding up a matching stuffed doll to signal that he’s Healer-sent. Jung-hoo watches her leave with those sad eyes. Moon-shik receives an angry visit from Assemblyman Kim, who accuses Moon-shik of masterminding his downfall. We know that Kim dug his own grave, but he accuses Moon-shik of engineering this to usurp Kim’s position as future Seoul mayor.Ever unflappable, Moon-shik has Kim escorted out. He receives the latest message from the Healer, who has agreed to discard that video (the one that involves the Elder, which he’d used to threaten him with) now that the Hwang case is no longer a threat. Moon-shik chuckles and decides, “I want to have the Healer.”Secretary Oh points out that it’ll be difficult since they tried to pin him for murder and all, but Moon-shik tells him to proceed in their usual way—either bring the desired person onboard, or get rid of him. Secretary Oh also worries about Myung-hee’s outing today, because she has gone to meet Joon-seok’s widow (Jung-hoo’s mother). Moon-shik acts like he’s calm about it, but for once he’s visibly upset.Myung-hee meets Jung-hoo’s mother in a cafe, and the latter is too burdened with the past to even look her in the eye. Myung-hee assures her that she’s never believed Joon-seok was guilty, but Jung-hoo’s mother says that in the eyes of the world, her husband killed Myung-hee’s husband.Myung-hee reaches for her hand, but she draws back. But Mom finally looks up at mention of the young man Myung-hee saw recently who reminded her of Joon-seok. Myung-hee says she knows why Mom left Jung-hoo—to protect him from the world’s censure, because staying would mean he’d be marked by his father’s stigma. “I’ve lost a child too,” Myung-hee reminds her. “I wanted to meet you and hold hands. We used to be close.”But Mom contradicts her. Yes, she didn’t want Jung-hoo hearing “murderer’s son” his whole life, but she had another reason. She’d done anything and everything trying to clear her husband’s name, until she was told to quit and remain quiet if she wanted to make sure Jung-hoo was safe.Myung-hee sits up in alarm—who said that? Mom looks at her in genuine surprise. “You live with him,” she says. “I thought you had to know.” Ooh. That’s got to put a crack in that trust. Young-shin practically dances into the office the next morning, feeling great. But “everyone” is gone, and she asks where “they all” went, though by “everyone” she really means Bong-soo, who is out on the boss’s secret orders. She sputters in indignation, wondering why those two are suddenly so tight: “Why are they so friendly? Why?!”She marches up to Moon-ho’s window, and he smiles widely at her while closing the blinds shut in her face. HAHA.It’s because he’s on the phone with Jung-hoo, informing him about the police records pertaining to his father. Jung-hoo’s on his way to the station now, and Moon-ho suggests that he wait until nighttime. But that means increased security, so Jung-hoo takes a different approach, dressing as a salaryman while Min-ja works her hacker mojo.Jung-hoo enters a restaurant frequented by office employees at lunch, and scopes out the faces until he finds a target. He strategically trips near him, dropping food down the man’s front, and then smoothly swipes the man’s ID badge when he washes up in the bathroom. That allows him to pass through security, his head bowed to avoid the cameras.Once inside, he accidentally-on-purpose drops some files being transported by a file clerk, and helps him pick them up. Striking up friendly conversation as they walk to the records room, Jung-hoo is allowed easy entry, and from there he tracks down the appropriate section.He finds his father’s filebox… which is empty, all its pages replaced by blank sheets. Moon-ho isn’t surprised but is still dismayed, and while he has a few guesses as to who’s responsible, he’s not certain.Jung-hoo merely replies that they’ll have to find out, then. Connecting next with Min-ja, he informs her of his plan: Direct family members are allowed access to those reports. Min-ja balks: “Are you crazy? Yes, you’re crazy.”Crazy or not, Jung-hoo presents his ID card with the request form at the front desk. This time he’s dressed as something of a slacker/party boy, looking empty-headed and chewing gum carelessly. The clerk inputs the request, which pulls up a warning that the file is restricted. Furthermore, this pings an alert to Moon-shik, informing him that somebody is requesting access to the file. It’s the son.Moon-shik delegates the matter to someone else, since he has another destination today. He arrives at the Someday office just as Young-shin is leaving, and calls her by name, introducing himself. She’s happy to shake the hand of the important media mogul.Looking utterly unconcerned, Jung-hoo waits at the station, where he’s detained by officers. He maintains a cheerfully blank facade as he’s led into an interrogation room, looking around idly and waiting to see how he’s treated.

Arang and the Magistrate Episode 10 Recap by Softy

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Arang and the Magistrate Episode 10 Recap by Softy

My character list cuz I have to type fast during live recaps

Arang – A

bang wool -B

Eun Oh -E

Dol Swe – D

Joowal -J

Lord Choi – Choi

3 Bangs

E’s mom – lady Seo – Seo

her reaper – MR (short for E’s “mom’s reaper”)

Jade Emperor – Jade

Hades

Mu Young -M (his sister’s name is Mu Yeon so it’s really hard to hear the difference)

LSR -arang’s real name

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Ji Sung looks like a rocker idol in new stills of drama “Kill Me, Heal Me”

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Ji Sung looks like a rocker idol in new stills of drama “Kill Me, Heal Me”

Stills for the upcoming MBC drama Kill Me, Heal Me have been released, giving anticipated viewers a peek into what’s to come.

The romantic-comedy drama features Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum as the two main leads of the drama, along with Park Seo Joon, Oh Min Suk, and Kim Yoo Ri. 

Ji Sung plays a third generation chaebol who suffers from disassociative identity disorder, also known as multiple personalities, and is known to have seven different personalities lying within him.

KBS Drama “Healer” Episode 6 Recap

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KBS Drama “Healer” Episode 6 Recap
By: DramabeansYoung shin finally can gather his confidence to stand up to the powerful President Hwang. Meanwhile, Jung-hoo knocks over a beam in the greenhouse that unleashes a chain reaction of chaos. While he whimpers in a show of fear, Young-shin leads him out to safety, where they duck out of sight of pursuing thugs.She takes control of the situation, assessing the hectic scene outside as Boss Sang-soo and his SS minions try to stop his rampaging car. I love that Sang-soo orders them not to hurt his precious car while trying to keep it from running them over. Priorities, man.Young-shin instructs Jung-hoo to make a break for their car, and he timidly agrees. Then the instant she’s off, his wimpy act turns into cool professionalism as he calls over to Dae-yong (who’s manning the “possessed” car) and tells her to call her biker gang off. While the gangsters are distracted, they slip into their car and manage to screech off before they’re stopped. The two detectives are still camped out in their car in front, and Detective Yoon watches with hilarious bemusement as a succession of cars comes zooming by: first it’s the rogue car, followed by Sang-soo in pursuit, followed by Young-shin and Jung-hoo making their getaway. Those two screech to a halt and Jung-hoo beelines for Detective Yoon, begging him to take them to the police to report the scary gangster men.He doubles over with feigned gagging and takes note of the handcuffs in the detective’s back pocket, just as the SS thugs come running up, ready to beat down the escapees. They disregard the two plainclothes cops until Yo-Yo joins them, and apparently he and Detective Yoon go way back. So the detective introduces himself and is ready to hear Jung-hoo’s report—only they look around and he’s gone. His partner feels his pockets and realizes his handcuffs are missing. Next thing we know, Jung-hoo’s racing along a rooftop in full Healer mode, leaping impressively from building to building. He directs Dae-yong to a meeting location and she, still joyriding in Sang-soo’s car, heads there while fending off Sang-soo’s enraged attempts to pull her over.Sang-soo does succeed in forcing her to stop by intercepting her with his car, and since he’s still got his keys, he forces open the door. Dae-yong scrambles to get away, but he grabs her firmly and demands to know who she is. She keeps her face hidden while swearing at Jung-hoo for taking so long—which is his cue to come flying at them, taking over in this fight.Jung-hoo easily gets the upper hand and then handcuffs Sang-soo to his own steering wheel, leaving him doubled over in a comically awkward position while he settles back for a little chat. Sang-soo asks about his relationship to Young-shin, and Jung-hoo says that he was using her as bait to get to Sang-soo. Aha, smart! He says he’d been watching Sang-soo and noted his interest in the reporter, and therefore figured to use her as a way to arrange this private tête-à-tête. (Sang-soo blusters, You could have just come to the office!)Jung-hoo fishes around for Sang-soo’s cell phone (making ticklish Sang-soo giggle inadvertently) and coerces him into giving up the unlock code. Sang-soo initially refuses, but all it takes is one photo of him cuffed to his car and a threat to post it to his homepage for all his underlings to see, and he gives it up. I get a kick out of how a desperate Sang-soo takes issue to Healer’s underhanded methods of blackmail and threatening, as though he weren’t in the very same business. Hee, Sang-soo’s really growing on me.Jung-hoo is only interested in the special VIP phone that only lists one contact (“owner”) and takes a listen to a recorded calls, wherein Moon-shik orders Sang-soo to “take care of” the Healer. He’s got a hunch who Owner is and shows a photograph of the two brothers, asking which it is. If he doesn’t spill the information willingly, well, Healer can always call Owner directly and explain the whole part where Sang-soo failed his task embarrassingly.Meanwhile, Dad and Yeon-hee arrive at the police station, where more SS guards are stationed to await them. They call in to Moon-shik, who also arranges for a fresh wave of news to hit the internet today. Young-shin gives her statement to Detective Yoon, explaining about her attempted kidnapping and today’s encounter with President Hwang. She names Jung-hoo as a witness, which makes the detective laugh a little since he’s such a scaredy-cat, and Young-shin admits a bit sheepishly that he has a habit of running in fear.Detective Yoon asks if she knows who Go Sung-chul is, which is a new name to her, and also informs her that she—and her paper, and Yeon-hee—have now been hit with a lawsuit by President Hwang.She sputters in indignation and hits the web immediately, and finds a fresh spate of smear-job articles painting Yeon-hee as a gold-digging con artist who seduces powerful people as part of her swindle. Yeon-hee and Dad are thoroughly ignored by the police, who leave them waiting for ages. Finally one arrives to take her statement, and it’s then that they hear that there’s a warrant out for her arrest. Dad protests that they’re here as the victim, but the officer just says they’ll have to take care of that alongside the other interrogation.Dad’s too preoccupied to take Young-shin’s call, and she briefly considers calling Moon-ho for help. She dismisses the idea, but the situation is dire and she reconsiders. Aghhh, I love the look on his face when he hears her voice on the line, like it means so much.She asks if he’d be able to broadcast her information properly if she gave him access to all of it—Yeon-hee’s testimony, her hospital records, her text messages from President Hwang. She admits that the video she’d mentioned in her article doesn’t actually exist, and says that she has no power and her paper is tiny and weak. But he’s part of a huge outlet with lots of resources—surely he can make something of it. Moon-ho shares some disheartening truths about how his broadcaster just buries any story it doesn’t like, pumping out trash instead—because people enjoy trash more than truth. He asks, “Even when nobody wants to know that truth, do you still want to make it known?” She gets increasingly agitated, but he continues, asking why she doesn’t just ditch the story now.Young-shin barks at him that she just wants to know if he will report the story or not, and that she’ll put her name on it if he doesn’t want to bear the brunt of the backlash. Moon-ho’s face takes on this interestingly twisted look—he’s excited and interested, but it’s not clear exactly what drives it.Dad and Yeon-hee leave the station in nervous spirits, and he tries to assure her that he’ll confer with other lawyers to help them fight this. Young-shin arrives outside the station just as they’re stepping outside, about to be ambushed by the group of reporters that’s convened outside smelling a story.But Yeon-hee is recognized and swarmed with cameras shoved in her face, looking like a deer in headlights. Reporters barrage her with questions, and Young-shin and Dad do their best to run interference while Yeon-hee looks shell-shocked.Moon-ho arrives at his apartment to find Min-jae waiting at his door. While he puts together dinner, she tells him that the Yeon-hee story has taken a different shape—now it’s about scam artists who seduce and then blackmail their rich targets. Yeon-hee’s also accused of conspiring with a reporter to demand millions from an upstanding political figure. Guh, gag me with a spoon already.In a tellingly casual-but-totally-probing way, Min-jae mentions “the first woman in your heart,” which he says she ought to have forgotten; he’d said them long ago, and seems sorry for hurting her with them.She points out that no woman would forget comments like that, then reminds him that they dated starting from the time they joined the company together. She’d waited for ages and finally proposed when he never said a word… and his response was that there was a “first woman” already in his heart, and that Min-jae could only be second—could she be okay with that? She wasn’t, which explains why they’re no longer together.They toast to his resignation, and she asks what he means to do now. Moon-ho says there’s a promising kid he’d like to develop, and he plans to teach the basics and asks if Min-jae will take her on. Min-jae says he could just have her go through the proper channels at the station, but he points out that she refused to let him work on the Yeon-hee story, and he his protégé’s development necessitates that story. She asks why he wants her to take on the protégé later—what’ll he be doing then? He doesn’t answer, which I find unsettling.Min-jae’s pretty sharp at reading between the lines and asks who this kid is and what she has to do with his first woman. She’s embarrassed at herself for being upset, and he tells her earnestly that he owes that girl a huge debt. Min-jae asks, “After it’s repaid, will the number one slot in your heart open up?”He says that that’s his wish. And after the debt is clear, he means to leave far away: “Maybe Alaska, or Africa. Someplace really cold or really hot. I’ve lived too lukewarmly till now.” A puzzled delivery boy arrives at the Healer’s abandoned building and follows a series of instructions to leave food at a drop-off point. That’s where Jung-hoo picks up his order, and something tickles his Spidey sense as he looks sharply down the empty hallway. But there’s nothing, and he continues on toward his lair…At which point a man drops into frame from his hiding spot above, silently and stealthily. Aha, are you Old Fogey Teacher?Jung-hoo checks his surveillance monitors and is satisfied with what he sees, then calls Min-ja, only to get her voicemail. He’s confused at her being out of touch all day, and also horrified at the super aegyo message that greets the call, which demands that her caller sign off with a cutesy I love youuuuuu~!He leaves a message speculating that the person who ordered him killed has to be Moon-shik, which makes sense if you figure that he had Go Sung-chul hand over a file, killed him, then wanted Healer also killed to cover his tracks.It turns out that ajumma’s right there listening to the call, purposely ignoring it while she talks to Teacher. She points out that Jung-hoo’s well on his way to finding out the truth with no help from her, and soon he’ll know that his father was friends with Moon-shik.Teacher makes sure that Min-ja has tampered with Jung-hoo’s cameras, and we see that he’s out there in the hallway. He wonders how much Jung-hoo will find out, and she points out that it won’t take long, and that all he has to do is check the news stories to find out that his father killed his friend over money, and committed suicide when he was taken in for police interrogation. Ah, and then he calls Min-ja “detective,” which explains a few things, like how she knows Detective Yoon and where she picked up her hacking skills (since Yoon is part of the cyber crimes department). Teacher worries about Jung-hoo’s reaction to finding out about his father, sighing over his dream to run away to a deserted island. But Min-ja points out that Jung-hoo has never once abandoned somebody—because it was always the other person abandoning him. Father, mother, grandmother, and even Teacher.Jung-hoo’s civilian phone pings with a text from Young-shin, which he ignores. It’s followed by a swear-filled text scolding him for ignoring her, which makes him pause for a moment before running away earlier and then ignoring her. Then another message comes in, and she worriedly checks to make sure that he’s okay, asking him to call her to confirm. It ends on a morose “I feel like dying right now.”Jung-hoo doesn’t reply, but he re-reads her texts with amusement, laughing at her funny word choices. But he lingers on her last line, pondering her meaning.Over at the Chae household, the mood is decidedly grim as Dad goes over the case. Yeon-hee’s badly shaken and Young-shin feels pretty low, as things do not look good at all for them. The stories cite Yeon-hee’s blackmail demand for 3 billion won, and Dad asks if that number ever came up. Yeon-hee recalls with a sinking heart that once the president had asked if she’d go along for 30 million won, and she’d retorted that money wasn’t the issue and sarcastically said that he should try giving her 3 billion. President Hwang must’ve recorded the conversation.Young-shin steps aside to take a call, and is simultaneously scolding and relieved to hear Jung-hoo on the line. He explains that he felt sick earlier and vomited and fell asleep, sounding embarrassed and apologetic. Young-shin tells him matter-of-factly not to feel ashamed, and then confides that she has a similar condition where she finds it hard to breathe. But she says it’s not something to be embarrassed about—it’s only an inconvenience.We see that he’s calling from nearby, watching her from his usual perch across the way. There’s a running joke that always makes me smile, as Jung-hoo once again forgets to talk “up” to her in jondae and Young-shin once again catches him at it. Usually he stammers an excuse or pretends she misheard him, but today he just continues in banmal and she lets it slide. He asks about her comment about wanting to die, and she sighs that it’s a long story. He says he’s fine to hear it, and she explains about the pickle she’s gotten herself into with the article, and how the press has painted her in the bad light. As he listens, Jung-hoo leaps down from the second story and walks closer to her as she complains about Kim Moon-ho and how she had to swallow her pride to talk to him, only to have him distancing himself.He gets close enough to see her face as she answers his questions about how famous Moon-ho is, and she admits that she’d liked Moon-ho quite a lot: “He was my idol and my first love and my longtime one-sided crush.”She tells him about the poster she’d pinned in her room of him, and how beginning last year, she’d been “two-timing” him with another one-sided crush.Jung-hoo asks who that other guy is, and she just says he wouldn’t know even if she told him: “He’s a nighttime errand boy.” Omo. That look on his face.He stutters that he doesn’t know what that is, and she tells him that this guy is super famous in his world. She supposes that the rumors of his skills are probably exaggerated, “But he made my heart pound, and fantasize about him. That’s how One-Sided Crush Number 2 began.”He already looks like his brain is going to explode trying to process this—especially when he can see just how giddy this talk makes her—but she has even more to add. She says that she figured she’d never get to meet him, but she’s pretty sure she ended up doing just that. She didn’t get to see his face, “But that feeling…”Young-shin gets bashful and repeats, “That feeling…” And then she laughs in embarrassment and resumes her normal tone to tell him that he’s strange, and oddly comfortable to her. Oh, he smiles at that.And then she adds, “Like… we’re sisters?” HAHAHA. He shoots her this incredulous look, sputtering after she hangs up and heads back inside the house. “Sisters?!” Moon-shik takes a secret meeting with Assemblyman Kim at a bar, but curiously, it’s the elderly bartender to whom he defers. The Bartender is clearly some high-up figure, and the whole time that he speaks pleasantries with Moon-shik, Assemblyman Kim cowers miserably, knowing he’s in the hot seat. And the Bartender’s smooth, gentle voice has an undercurrent of sternness that make him an ominous figure.The Bartender points out that there are certain lines that must not be crossed, which Assemblyman Kim did not observe, and that a lot of people worked very hard to make him mayoral candidate. It’s quite troublesome to have all that work go down the drain over one woman, isn’t it?Assemblyman Kim begs for another chance. The Bartender does not look particularly forgiving.Moon-shik goes home that night and assists Myung-hee to bed, assuring her lovingly that he never gets tired of looking after her. She asks about his day, and he says that he met yet more sorry types who guard their greed like bugs and their eggs, and wondered again whether the country would be okay left in hands like those.Myung-hee remarks on how much he’s changed since he was a timid, reticent university student. These days, he’s more like Merlin, the wise and crafty wizard behind King Arthur. She asks, “Do you perhaps want to be King Arthur rather than Merlin?” He’s grown more powerful over the past twenty years: “Do you still feel lacking?” Moon-shik tells her that he hasn’t changed from his younger days. He may have only been the driver while the others were off in pursuit of justice, “But I still did it. Saying that what’s not right isn’t right. I still want to do that. But in order to do that, I’ve learned that I need power, that’s all.”She accepts that and apologizes for quibbling, but he’s not offended.The next morning, Editor Jang is a mess of nerves waiting for a call from his boss, who’d promised to send over an attorney who hasn’t arrived yet. But he’s in for a bigger shock when Moon-ho arrives at the office, and the mere sight of him has they staff speechless and star-struck.Editor Jang guesses that he’s here to do research on the Yeon-hee story, as in interview them for his news station, but his jaw drops when Moon-ho says, “I look forward to working with you.” Ohhhh. You mean you quit your fancy job at the TV station to workhere? That’s awesome.Young-shin arrives in the lobby a few steps behind Jung-hoo and playfully sneaks up on him, then wonders at the movers who’ve just arrived. They arrive at the office just as Moon-ho is familiarizing himself with the layout while Editor Jang scratches his head in confusion. Upon Young-shin’s arrival, Moon-ho announces that he will be creating a new video department, which will require more space and crew for a camera and editing team.He talks about buying another floor of the building like it’s nothing (to be fair, to him it IS nothing), and just as Editor Jang is trying to explain to him how they operate, he gets a call from the paper’s owner… who has just sold this building. And the paper. Heads swivel to look at Moon-ho, whose presence suddenly makes a lot more sense.Moon-ho tells Young-shin that she’ll be very busy from here on out, rapping her on the head and telling her to call home—she won’t be there for a few days. He smiles at her, Young-shin gapes at him, and Jung-hoo… well, he does not look happy. 

10 popular fancams of idols” incidents and reactions

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10 popular fancams of idols” incidents and reactions

If you"re a diehard K-Pop fan, you"re probably familiar with the term "fancam." You could even say it"s part of your regular YouTube search vocabulary.




Fancams are clips of idols recorded by fans. Fans record and share these amazingly high quality videos to capture their idols" hard work and charm for the internet to ogle--but some fancams are ogled much more than others.


Last time, we showed you some of the most popular performance fancams. Now, here are some fancams that gained attention not necessarily for the idols" performance, but for other reasons. Ranked by YouTube views from least to most, here are some of the most popular non-performance fancams ranging from cute, amusing, to simply shocking. Check them out!

10 crazy popular fancams of idol performances

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10 crazy popular fancams of idol performances

If you"re a diehard K-Pop fan, you"re probably familiar with the term "fancam." You could even say it"s part of your regular YouTube search vocabulary.

Fancams are clips of idol performances recorded by fans. Sometimes the videos focus on just one member of the group, so that they can share what the broadcasting cameras might miss during shot changes. Fans record and share these amazingly high quality videos to capture their idols" hard work and charm for the internet to ogle--but some fancams are ogled much more than others.

[Recap] “Running Man Race Start Season 2 in Singapore” – A Night of Pure Fun

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[Recap] “Running Man Race Start Season 2 in Singapore” – A Night of Pure Fun

After last year’s successful sold-out fan meeting in Singapore, five of the “Running Man” casts, Ji Suk Jin, Kim Jong Kook, Song Ji Hyo, Lee Kwang Soo and Haha returned on November 29 for yet another successful fan meeting at The Star Performing Arts Centre. With Singapore being the final stop for the Race Start Season 2 tour, the 5″ “Running Man”” members gave their best during the nearly 2.5 hour long show. Last year, they were dressed up as casts from Boys Over Flower. This year, they came back with a hilarious cover of “My Destiny” from the popular series, “My Love From The Star.” Never mind that most of them sang out of tune, fans were simply overjoyed to see their favorite stars back on the little red dot (an epithet for Singapore).The members gave a brief introduction of themselves before the Q&A segment where each member was being interviewed by the night’s host, Danny Yeo. Among the trio betrayers (Ji Suk Jin, Lee Kwang Soo, and Haha), Ji Suk Jin was asked to pick only one if he has to. He diplomatically replied that though he can’t trust any of them, all three of them are still one. However, when both Lee Kwang Soo and Haha were immediately asked the same, both lived up to the name of a betrayer when Lee Kwang Soo answered that his choice is Haha, while Haha’s choice is Ji Suk Jin. Suk Jin was then asked the same question again, this time, he picked Yoon Jae Suk who couldn’t be at the fan meeting. Haha was asked what his strength is in “Running Man”. He thinks that being the betrayer is not his, but Lee Kwang Soo’s strength. He replied that he is good at making Kim Jong Kook the bad guy by being out of the game early. Instead of working together, the betrayers betray each other. Song Ji Hyo was asked about her secret to winning Kim Jong Kook. To the delight of Monday Couple fans, she was quick to give credit to Gary for helping her win over Kim Jong Kook in the recent alien episode, and thanked Gary saying “Oppa, gomawo yo”, meaning “Brother, thank you.” Fans were not convinced when Kim Jong Kook voiced out that he isn’t the strongest nor the scariest member in the show. He thinks that Lee Kwang Soo is in fact very strong while he is weak. He also thinks that when the Monday Couple is together, they make a very strong team.With Kim Jong Kook’s strong command of English, Lee Kwang Soo had the fans burst out laughing when he honestly declared that he couldn’t understand Kim Jong Kook’s replies and preferred him to speak in Korean. Lee Kwang Soo was once again being teased and asked about being the “Asia Prince” and was asked if he is living up to the name. With the house chanting his name, he shyly gave credit to the rest of the casts for his “Asia Prince” title. The game segments followed, giving fans the chance to be up close and personal with the members. These lucky winners took home signed posters and polaroid pictures with their idols. Three games were selected through a Monopoly-like game board. The first game saw fans being split into two teams for a relay game which included moving beans with chopsticks, doing 50 sit-ups, playing Ddakji, popping a balloon, and playing Jegichagi. It was puzzling that Song Ji Hyo was tasked to do 50 sit-ups with fans instead of strong man Kim Jong Kook. However, after doing more than 60 sit ups between the 2 fan teams, she showed fans that she certainly deserves to be called Ace.Before Game 2, the dice rolled on the Monopoly Game Board and Ji Seok Jin has to do a penalty of Pepero with a selected fan. The “lucky fan” turned out to be a 14-year-old boy. The remaining members were quick to comfort the poor boy who sportingly completed the penalty with Ji Suk Jin.For Game 2, the members had to piggyback a fan to a bar with hanging onion rings for them to bite and be piggybacked to the starting line. A “Running Man” game is only complete with some form of cheating. Betrayer Lee Kwang Soo was quick to ensure that Kim Jong Kook could not win the game and indirectly helped Song Ji Hyo emerge as the winner. It was a two-team game again for Game 3 in a charade relay. Team A was flashed pictures of sports while pictures of animals were shown for Team B who won the game.A “mini-concert” was up next. Prior to the fan meet, I had never heard Ji Suk Jin sing. But I was impressed with his rendition of “Just The Way You Are.” Lee Kwang Soo has some trouble hitting the high notes in “Bogoshipda.” But with an armful of roses, he showed his sincerity by coming down the stage to be closer to fans. He didn’t forget fans on higher level and attempted throwing the roses up. Unfortunately, his mission failed. Song Ji Hyo sang “Emergency Couple’s” theme song, “Scent of A Flower,” followed by Leessang’s “Turned Off The TV.” Though Gary was not present, wearing a Gary face mask, Haha and Kim Jong Kook joined Song Ji Hyo on stage for an entertaining performance.Ji Suk Jin and Lee Kwang Soo brought the house down with their “Troublemaker” and was easily the highlight of the night. Ji Suk Jin looked slimmer in the outfit, while Lee Kwang Soo was simply comedic. At the end of the song, instead of earning a good lip to lip kiss, Suk Jin received a tight slap from Lee Kwang Soo! Kim Jong Kook endured a flu to show his best and serenaded his fans with “One Man,” plus the upbeat English number, “Sunday Morning.” Next up, Haha was joined by Skull in a medley of “Story of a Little Kid,” “You Are My Fate,” and “Rosa.” Haha also sang “From Fool to Fool.” All the members then regrouped on stage for “Twist King.”Unknown to the casts, a surprise segment was planned by fans. While the casts got ready for a photo with the audiences, lights suddenly went off, fans turned on their light sticks and mobile phones and sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” followed by shouting “Gomawo, Saranghae” (meaning Thank You, I Love You). A lovely cake was then presented to the cast and Song Ji Hyo couldn’t hold back her tears any longer. The night ended with all five of them doing Kim Jong Kook’s classic “You’re Lovable,” Skull and Haha’s “Busan Vacance,” and 2PM’s “Hands Up.” These three numbers had the audience all hyped up. But the night came to a final end with Turbo’s “December.” Unwillingly, the casts finally bid farewell and good bye to their fans. For more of the “Running Man,” continue to catch new episodes of the show which premiere in Singapore on Fridays at 11.45 p.m. first and exclusively on ONE. Repeats air on the following Friday at 7.40 p.m., as well as on Saturdays and Sundays at 11.15 p.m. This article is contributed by ds dreamer. Special thanks to ONE for inviting Soompi to cover the fan meeting. Photo credit : ONE

Korean tvN Drama Misaeng Episode 13 Recap

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Korean tvN Drama Misaeng Episode 13 Recap
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While this episode is about the big sales pitch by Sales Team 3, the real stars of this episode are the newbies, who are slowly becoming a cohesive unit. Newbie huddles are becoming more regular, as more workplace shit hits the fan and as more achievements come and go. They find their way, still get lost, and get criticized, but at least now they know that they’re not the only ones.EPISODE 13 RECAP As One International executives approach the meeting room, Seok-yul sees them pass by and gapes at this new gossip fodder. Chief Oh greets the executive director, and the meeting commences.Geu-rae watches the executive team look through the presentation notes expecting the same old, tried-and-true format and observes how many of them are already marking up the notes with criticisms — some may have even prepared counterarguments beforehand. Some even voice their criticisms, bringing up Chief Park and questioning whether Sales Team 3 is ignorant or brave.The door suddenly opens, and the CEO walks in to watch the presentation, as he had extra time in his schedule. With the extra top dog, the mood in the room further tenses. Geu-rae turns off the lights, and Chief Oh takes a deep breath before starting his presentation. Korean tvN Drama Misaeng Episode 13 Recap and ScreenshotsMeanwhile, at the resources team, Assistant Manager Ha gets approval from Chief Jung on the final Russia business exchange. Chief Jung comments that Young-yi does pretty good work, and Assistant Manager Ha agrees in silent acquiescence. Chief Jung assigns her as the lead on the trading contract, and she looks back in shock but seems grateful for gradual acceptance in the team. Then Seok-yul rushes over to Young-yi and starts blabbering about what he just saw: the group of cold executives chillingly walking through the corridors.Getting back to Chief Oh’s presentation, the room remains at a painful silence before the start of the presentation, and Geu-rae keeps questioning what mess he’s caused. Chief Oh finally begins the presentation with a detailed history of corruption in the company, eliciting an expected outrage from the executives. But he follows up with accurate estimates of the company’s loss in profits that they could’ve gained if they hadn’t swept those deals tainted by corruption under the rug. Korean tvN Drama Misaeng Episode 13 RecapChief Oh continues with reports on the companies that did those deals in One International’s place, and the results are all the same — other companies profited because they didn’t want to face their mistakes. Geu-rae makes an analogy: “In baduk, when your opponent bites off more than they can chew or tries to spare themselves from the important effort, they try to keep it that way until the very end.”The vice president in Jordan (who’s dressed in a suit on top with his hidden bottom half in boxers, ha) and his assistant watch the intense meeting from a live stream waiting for their cue and note that if they don’t stay on top of their game, they might lose it for the whole team. Now that Chief Oh has grabbed the executives’ attention by addressing their main counter, he proceeds to the regular familiar presentation that One International is used to. The presentation goes smoothly, and the vice president in Jordan manages to persuade the room with his data of positive responses by locals to this business proposal. After the presentation ends, another painful silence ensues. But thankfully, the first voiced response is positive, and the executives discuss the feasibility of this business plan. The CEO even nods in approval.The executive director speaks up about the difficulty in restarting this business proposal after the unfortunate leave of their former team member, and the CEO follows up with the question on who proposed revamping this project. Chief Oh names their newbie, and Geu-rae cautiously stands up to introduce himself. After a few obligatory puns on his name, he’s asked why he decided to bring up this project again, and Geu-rae replies, “Because it’s our company.” Korean tvN Drama Misaeng Episode 13 Recap It’s a simple response, but that’s enough for the CEO and much of the executives in the room. They nod in solidarity, and the CEO has the last word: He hopes that the Jordan used-car business will succeed. With that, the executives applaud in approval and congratulations, and the meeting is adjourned.On the way out, the CEO makes a call to reschedule his golf game so that he can spend more time in “our company.” The other executives walk out in a good mood as well, praising the presentation for manifesting the spirit of the salaryman. Sales Team 3 bows as the executive director leaves, and Chief Oh turns around to thank his minions for the hard work. He pats Geu-rae’s arm, and Geu-rae immediately falls down as his legs give out from the relief. Haha.Chief Oh thanks Chief Chun for sticking with the project even with his political struggles within the company, and Chief Chun replies that it felt good to be a part of it. Dong-shik returns without Geu-rae, and he explains that he sent their newbie out for fresh air since he still seemed out of it. Geu-rae checks to see if his paper stuck in the pillar is still there and looks at the company building in reflection.Geu-rae gets dragged by Seok-yul to their newbie circle and gets congratulated on his achievement. Baek-ki extends his hand as a sign of acknowledgement, and Geu-rae shakes it with gratitude. Young-yi also gives him a quick congratulatory word, leaving Geu-rae to fend off Seok-yul’s attempts to give him a big hug. Heh. Korean tvN Drama Misaeng Episode 13 ScreenshotsYoung-yi glances at Baek-ki in the elevator and says that he should lower his ambitions. She tells him not to compare himself to Geu-rae who’s proving himself after starting with nothing, and tries to give him perspective on how Sales Team 3 also has a history of mistakes. She says that their job is to be steady and not make mistakes in the first place.Though the elevator talk alleviates some of Baek-ki’s anxieties, they come right back when he starts back with his work. He looks around for Assistant Manager Kang, and Baek-ki desperately wants to ask him for a drink after work but hesitates and ultimately can’t get himself to ask.After work, Sales Team 3 heads out for a team dinner, and Chief Oh gives Baek-ki some words of wisdom when he runs into him heading out from work. Baek-ki looks at the team longingly as they leave and flips through his contacts for anyone he could de-stress with. Just then, Assistant Manager Kang passes through the lobby and curtly tells Baek-ki that he’ll see him tomorrow. Baek-ki lets the chance pass by him again.Chief Oh pours his team members a drink and advises them not to drink excessively on a day like this. In response, Dong-shik orders another bottle of soju (heh), and the rest of the team enjoy their celebratory dinner. Meanwhile, Baek-ki drinks alone, drowning in his misery as he thinks back to all the times he dismissed Geu-rae for his lack of work experience or knowledge.The next morning, Baek-ki jerks awake and immediately drops his head when he realizes that he’s late. He quickly puts on his glasses and hops around to get his clothes on. Running out to the street with his clothes and sanity barely intact, he thinks back to Assistant Manager Kang’s warning that their boss despises tardiness.Seok-yul beatboxes as he makes himself coffee, and Geu-rae walks in noting that he must be in a good mood. He’s in more of a carefree mood, and Seok-yul grabs his hand and puts it on his chest, saying that he has a resignation letter in his heart. Geu-rae pulls his hands away with a distasteful look, and Seok-yul gets a call from Baek-ki asking for a favor. Seok-yul agrees to the request and keeps his secret. Slyly walking through the office, Seok-yul takes off his suit jacket, hangs it on Baek-ki’s chair, and turns on his laptop. Baek-ki rushes into the building with his hair at less than its usual perfection, and Seok-yul greets him in the elevator.On the way up, Seok-yul asks why he didn’t just ask Assistant Manager Kang for the favor, but Baek-ki says that he still feels awkward around his senior. Seok-yul shakes his head and laments his own situation along with Baek-ki’s. He starts advising Baek-ki about getting closer with your senior, and he tells him not to ever go to the sauna together until they’re super close — it’s the most awkward situation to get into.Then the elevator doors open, and the perfect crime is disrupted by Assistant Manager Kang catching the two red-handed. Baek-ki isn’t given any pardon and gets a lecture from their boss for being late. Baek-ki glares at Assistant Manager Kang while their boss makes a call (requesting that he push back the time of a meeting because he’ll be late, ironically).Chief Oh introduces the team to Department Manager Lee, who will be leading their sales department. Manager Ma passes by looking bitter, and especially when Geu-rae gives him a quick greeting as he runs off to get coffee. He runs into Young-yi, who’s also making coffee, and they discuss how well Sales Team 3 is doing. She even suggests that Chief Oh could get promoted again soon, but unfortunately this gets overheard by Manager Ma.Manager Ma looks at the two accusingly, and the tension accumulates when the rest of the resource team enters the room looking for Young-yi to go into the meeting. Manager Ma asks Chief Jung why Young-yi would be participating in the meeting requests that Chief Jung make the trading contract report himself. Young-yi looks deflated, and Chief Jung gives her an apologetic pat on the back. Geu-rae tries to talk about it, but Young-yi claims that she’s grown immune to the insults and disapproval. She stays optimistic and reminds Geu-rae to tell Sales Team 3 that she made the coffee for them as a congratulatory gesture.Seok-yul returns to Assistant Manager Sung being scolded for incompetent work by their boss. Assistant Manager Sung implies that it’s Seok-yul’s fault, causing Seok-yul to think back to his outburst on their power dynamic. He defends himself to their boss that he was given the wrong directions by Assistant Manager Sung, which results in their boss walking away, dissatisfied with the lack of responsibility. Assistant Manager Sung insists that it’s a team effort and a team responsibility, but Seok-yul argues that he should start taking more responsibility for his own faults. Assistant Manager Sung approaches him in a threatening manner and asks if he would like to know what real responsibility looks like. Ahh, the tension.Dong-shik leaves some papers for Geu-rae to send to Jordan, but as soon as Chief Oh and Chief Chun are back from their meeting, they’re called into another one, requesting Geu-rae to join them. Chief Oh lightly teases Geu-rae for becoming so popular and a celebrity at work, which causes Geu-rae to make a face. When they run into Young-yi by the elevators, Chief Oh thanks her for the coffee and asks her to just make his coffee next time. He jokes around that Geu-rae is in high demand even though he doesn’t know how to do anything, but Chief Chun comes to his defense, saying that he’s meticulous with the meeting minutes (aw). Young-yi smiles at the team camaraderie and returns to her desk.Manager Ma comes in raging and yelling for Young-yi, and when the team gathers, he starts off by getting mad at Young-yi for not wearing stocking socks with her heels. Then he gets into her report and criticizes her for having Chief Jung contact people for her, even though she wasn’t familiar with any of them. Chief Jung tries to step in to defend her, but Manager Ma doesn’t give him a chance to. Manager Ma blames Young-yi for not understanding their line of work and condescendingly pushes her forehead with his finger. He yells at the whole team for their incompetence, and by this point, the whole office has their eyes on the resource team.The newbies go to their usual meeting bench outside and ask if Young-yi is okay. She gives them an unconvincing nod, and their conversation is interrupted by their workplace seniors passing by. They stop to talk to Geu-rae and asks him for his sense of what the business in Iran is like, and want to know his gut feeling about about a deal they’re working on. He doesn’t know what to say, but his fellow newbies are surprised and jealous that he’s even asked for advice on such important matters. Baek-ki excuses himself to do more work, but as he organizes the steel samples, he’s still clearly irritated with Geu-rae’s advancement. His boss drops by the storage area to check on Baek-ki and gives him some money to go to the sauna after work, since he’s working hard and sweating.As Baek-ki undresses and gets ready for the sauna, he thinks back to Young-yi’s advice but still worries that he’s the only one not making any advancements, just walking in place. He closes his locker, only to see none other than Assistant Manager Kang, naked and ready for the sauna. Aaawkward. Now it’s time for Seok-yul’s advice to come floating back, and everything is true. Neither one of them can get out of the sauna tub first, and Baek-ki is especially antsy, not knowing when to leave or how to respond. As they wash up, he doesn’t know what stall to use, as in what distance is appropriate for their relationship. And when Assistant Manager Kang is about to leave, Baek-ki notices a strip of soap left on his back but can’t say anything because then it would seem like he was staring at his boss’s naked body the whole time. So Baek-ki goes to the closest stall and “accidentally” sprays water on his back to wash off the soap. HA.They finish off their awkward sauna adventure as they dry their hair, and Assistant Manager Kang tells him that he always finishes his week off with a sauna. Baek-ki explains that he got dust all over himself while cleaning the steel storage, and with that, his boss starts to leave. But Baek-ki calls out to him and asks to get a drink. Yes, finally! With beers in hand, Baek-ki tells Assistant Manager Kang his worries: him walking in place while his colleagues make advances. Assistant Manager Kang asks if he’s jealous of Geu-rae, and Baek-ki replies that it’s not really jealousy but self-anger.His boss reminds him that he’s part of the steel team. By nature, steel is a long-term business that requires constant management and care. “What you show to others is not important. Even if it’s not flashy work, it’s necessary work. They might not see it, but you cannot think that our work is nonexistent. There are people who risk their lives based on the numbers we crunch. If you can’t find self-fulfillment in your work, it’ll be hard to endure.”Assistant Manager Kang leaves it at that, but that’s enough advice for Baek-ki to find some resolve. He walks away from the conversation with a relieved smile.The holiday season is here, and the streets and buildings are decorated with lights and ornaments. Seok-yul gathers all the newbies as they arrive for work that morning and asks about their holiday plans. When Baek-ki says that he’ll be hitting the slopes, Seok-yul assumes that he doesn’t have a girlfriend. He then asks Geu-rae, and he says that he doesn’t have a girlfriend either.Geu-rae gets a tweet notification and ignores it, but Seok-yul doesn’t let that slide. He sees that it’s a girl and asks who she is, since he claimed that he didn’t have a girlfriend. Young-yi recognizes her as the kindergarten teacher who likes him, and Geu-rae wonders how she found him. Not one to lose this sort of opportunity, Seok-yul grabs Geu-rae’s phone and tweets her, much to Young-yi and Baek-ki’s amusement. She eventually tells him to buy her a drink sometime, so Seok-yul rubs it in by wishing him good luck with a heart as the elevator doors close. Ha, I love him. Geu-rae greets his team loudly and does errands as usual. He runs off to get coffee for his team but doesn’t hear Chief Oh’s request for water, so he goes himself. As Geu-rae starts making coffee, he overhears the conversation that two female employees are having. They note that Geu-rae is only a contract employee, so he’ll start applying elsewhere soon. Chief Oh also overhears this, so he yells loudly in the area to break up the conversation. As he finishes up, Geu-rae realizes how foolish he was to take all of this for granted. He decides that it’s too soon to be content here.Chief Oh seems a little bothered when he returns to the team and starts writing Christmas cards with Chief Chun and Dong-shik to send out to their business workers and providers. Geu-rae returns with coffee and is assigned to address all the envelopes with the mindset of gratitude, as these people are the ones who allow for salarymen to make a living. Chief Oh calls Geu-rae over and hands him a card — the first Christmas card from him is for Geu-rae. Awww. Geu-rae takes the stairs up to the roof of brooding with the Christmas card in hand. He opens the card, which reads: “Jang Geu-rae, you couldn’t have done any better. YES!” He imagines the card flying out of his hands and floating through a montage of what he’s been through up until now, from his young baduk days to his current struggles in the office.Geu-rae: Be drunk. You must always be drunk. Everything lies in that; it is the only problem. To avoid the detestable weight of time that makes your shoulders give and makes you fall to the ground, you must be incessantly drunk. Whether it be on alcohol, poetry, or virtue, be drunk. Wherever you are, wake up from the hindering loneliness. If you get lost, just ask — the wind, water, stars, birds, time, everything that passes, everything that feels sadness, everything that runs, everything that sings, everything that talks — what time it is. They will reply. Now, it’s time to be drunk.Baek-ki hands in a report with a Christmas card and gift for Assistant Manager Kang, Young-yi enjoys a glass of wine in her furnished apartment, and Seok-yul wraps stacks of gifts for his nieces and nephews. It’s another wrap on a long day at work.COMMENTSWhat a heartwarming episode. These newbies are slowly getting a handle on their work, again except for Seok-yul. But what he can’t seem to accomplish with his actual work, he seems to make up through workplace savviness and gossip. I do hope he finds some common ground with his boss soon, as we can see how important and uplifting it is for our other newbies. In the face of adversity, there’s nothing like a supportive team or boss to pull you through.Sales Team 3 coming through with the Jordan used-car proposal is a testament to the power of a team. I thought Geu-rae’s strategy to remind the executives of previous corruption scandals was a risky yet necessary move, especially since most of them were ready to rip apart their proposal in that excruciating silence of uncertainty. It got rid of the elephant in the room, and with that settled, the team was able to change the executives’ biased perspectives into more professional objective business ones. The team’s dedication and trust in Chief Oh despite this enormous risk just comes to show how cohesive they are. It helps (or doesn’t) that Chief Oh always gravitates towards difficult projects; they’re forced to bond and work together in order to endure the difficulties.I’m sad that we’re constantly reminded of the inequality towards women in the workplace, but it’s a realistic struggle that I appreciate seeing evolve through Young-yi’s perseverance. Young-yi’s difficulties are slowly being relieved through her team’s recognition. She no longer receives unfair mistreatment from her team members, and in fact, when Manager Ma tries to criticize the life out of her, they come to her defense. You can see that they’re no longer on Manager Ma’s side because they’ve seen how capable she is. Someone’s going to need to convert Manager Man soon, or else he’ll have no friends or end up being dismissed. Not that I wouldn’t like both to happen.This was Baek-ki’s episode, as we saw him climb slowly back up from his low point. My heart broke a little when he couldn’t get himself to ask to get drinks with his boss or call anyone else out. He needed a wake-up call (literally, in this episode), but I wish he could open up to his newbie colleagues to share his inner struggles. He’s so by the book and prides himself in his competence, but he’s his biggest critic. Being his perfectionist self, he’s always so full of anxiety and ambition to make sure he’ll succeed. And he doesn’t want to show any sign of weakness to his colleagues, who he assumes are way ahead of him. I love how he finally got to let out his worries through a hilarious turn of events that led him to grab a beer with his senior. It was like the universe giving him this one last opportunity to make it happen, just through the most awkward way possible.Geu-rae articulates his epiphany quite well, with the metaphor of being drunk. He was lost in a state of indifference for so long because he had lost that passion, that ability to become drunk. He convinced himself that he was no longer committed to baduk, and that state of soberness had quickly turned into cynicism and loneliness. We don’t want to promote perpetual drunkenness or alcoholism here, but I can see how soberness can be detrimental in this context. Without this drunken state, you lose drive, motivation, and any will to do anything. He may be drunk on work now, but you could make the case that he’s still drunk on baduk — the game that allows him to be so passionate about work and life in general.I love how the newbies are starting to find solace in each other through turbulent times. They’ve started to hear each other out, give each other advice, and give unwanted congratulatory hugs. I’m loving the camaraderie from this group, and I’m hoping these reluctant friends will soon become definite homies.

Korean Drama Pinocchio Episode 4 Recap

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Korean Drama Pinocchio Episode 4 Recap
By: Dramabeans We rewind a little to see that Dad finds the kids on the rooftop and hides out of sight, just in time to watch Dal-po try to stop In-ha’s day-long bout of hiccups, over having to lie that things went great with Mom and she’s totally fine giving up on journalism altogether. In-ha knows that Dal-po gave up college for her, and says she can’t live off of his taxi-driving income forever.But Dal-po stops her from burning all her books by declaring that he needs them now, because he’s going to become a reporter too. Just like that, her hiccups stop, and fireworks explode in the distance.As they head back down with her suitcase full of books, In-ha offers to give Dal-po her precious notes that she spent three years compiling. She worries about Grandpa finding out that Dal-po isn’t dumb, but he’s not concerned at all, since he plans to keep his cabbie job and just study intermittently because he’s positive he won’t be hired. Ah, okay, this helps me understand your whim a little better. He says there’s a zero-percent chance that a taxi driver will get hired as a reporter, and she corrects him that their chances are the same: fifty-fifty, pass or fail. For her sake, he agrees. At home, Grandpa helps them put her books back, and In-ha’s already on edge just dreading the inevitable blowup with Dad over her breaking their contract. Grandpa wisely tells them that there’s no forcing someone to think your thoughts, parents and children alike.When Dad comes home In-ha rushes out to greet him, but just as she draws in a big breath to blurt it out (while hiding behind Dal-po, heh), Dad cuts in to ask Dal-po for a chat. They leave In-ha and Grandpa behind, wondering why she’s being left out of a conversation about her career.Outside, Dal-po starts to try and sway Dad on In-ha’s behalf (and when they’re alone, he’s back to calling him Ajusshi). He says that In-ha can’t give up on her dream, and haltingly quotes Grandpa’s advice about not being able to control your kids and all that. But Dad isn’t here to talk about journalism—he confesses that he saw them up on the roof earlier, and Dal-po immediately tenses up. This is a conversation about that other thing. Dad’s a straight-shooter as always, and asks Dal-po if he has feelings for In-ha, or if he has the wrong idea yet again. This time Dal-po doesn’t bother trying to deny it, and admits that he does. He says he doesn’t know since when: “Just that it’s been a long time.”Dad doesn’t raise his voice or show any signs of anger, and just explains honestly that In-ha is his only daughter, so to him, she’s the most beautiful and precious girl in the world, and no man will ever be good enough for her. Dal-po cuts in to say it himself—that he’s severely lacking, and that he knows he overstepped. Ugh, I love them both, so this conversation hurts no matter which way you look at it.Dal-po assures Dad that he’s never once been greedy about his feelings and won’t be in the future either. Dad keeps trying to interject but Dal-po doesn’t let him, and I’m dying to know what he would say if given a chance. Dal-po: “The thing you’re worried about won’t happen—to me, this family comes first. I won’t ever do anything to break that.” He says he’ll clean up his feelings, and Dad thanks him. When they get back home, In-ha runs out of the bathroom mid-toothbrushing, and spits out her prepared speech at Dad while foaming at the mouth. Dad has this hilarious moment where he stands there looking at In-ha while hearing his own words playing back in his head, about how she’s the prettiest girl in the world and needs to be protected.He shoves her back into the bathroom and calls her embarrassing, and he’s so focused on that that when she asks in between if she can stick with journalism, he tells her to do whatever she wants. I love that he can’t even look Dal-po in the eye, he’s so embarrassed of her.Hyung’s supervisor at work takes pictures of his dented bumper and tells him to get some money out of the other guy to fix it. Hyung just says that bumpers are meant to be bumped, and asks again for the supervisor to help him get a side job on the crew that’s demolishing a nearby factory. Oh, is this the factory Firefighter Dad died in? The man asks if he isn’t afraid, since the factory is rumored to have ghosts, and Hyung just thinks to himself that even in ghost form, he’d like to see him. In-ha shows Dal-po the open call auditions for one last network this season: YGN. Woot! She says they actually have a shot at this network, since they’re only looking at skills and not education, and plans to keep her Pinocchio syndrome hidden this time, unless asked directly.She gives Dal-po a stack of books to start with, and figures it’ll take him a month to study them. He scans the stack and says he’ll be done in a week, and reminds her of his crazy speed-reading and memorization skills. Dal-po seems much more guarded around In-ha now, gently extracting himself if she links arms, or catching himself staring at her and shaking the thoughts away.He sits down at his desk and begins to study, and wakes up at the crack of dawn to go around the apartment complex and read the neighbors’ papers and take notes. He has to hide when Grandpa comes by, but doesn’t notice when Grandpa comes back out to peek at him. As suspected, he seems to have known all this time that Dal-po isn’t a dummy, and he smiles to himself to see Dal-po hard at work.In-ha and Dal-po spend their days at the library (where he sits by the window just to keep the sun out of her eyes), and she coaches him on his enunciation, which is so frustrating that she resorts to stretching his mouth sideways just to get the right sounds, heh.Grandpa sneaks into Dal-po’s room late at night while he’s slumped over at his desk, and opens up all his comic books to find their guts replaced with journalism books. Funny how most kids spend high school doing the reverse.Grandpa pets him sweetly, and seems to make up his mind about something. The next morning, he’s a man on a mission, and goes to the bookstore to buy the latest hip men’s magazine. The bookstore clerk tries to tell him that’s for the young’uns, and Gramps is like, Yeah duh. He calls Dal-po out and drags him kicking and screaming into a beauty salon, where he whips out his magazine and starts quoting verbatim the “dandy block haircut” in “ash brown” that he wants. Hahaha. I love it—we get a makeover, and it’s forced on him by Gramps.Dal-po just squirms and asks why they’re not at the barbershop like always, and Grandpa just shushes him. Next they go shopping, and again Grandpa quotes the F/W trends right out of his magazine, and demands a “charcoal gray minimalist two-button suit.” He waits in anticipation as Dal-po tries it on, and we finally get the big reveal…*WHISTLES*Okay, that was worth waiting four episodes for. So pretty. Even Grandpa is shocked, and he grins from ear to ear: “Who are you?” Dal-po feels so awkward that Grandpa has to coax him to smile while he takes pictures for his resume, but eventually he loosens up.As they head toward the bus stop, Dal-po stops to look at his reflection and asks, “Father, are you okay? Looking like this… it feels like I’m not your son.” But Grandpa just laughs at him and says, “You are my son. See, you look just like me!”Grandpa takes the opportunity to tell Dal-po that he doesn’t have to keep lying for his sake, and Dal-po looks over at him in alarm as Grandpa finally admits, “I know that you kept yourself hidden for my sake, to be my son.” Dal-po hurries after him onto the bus and kneels by his seat, fraught with worry and eyes filling with tears. Grandpa tells him that he knew after only one year together, but kept it hidden because he thought that In-ha’s dad would kick him out if he let on that he knew the truth.Dal-po’s tears spill out, and Grandpa says that at first he did it because he felt bad for Dal-po, “But now it’s because of me, because I want to keep you by my side.” Could there be anything more heartwarming? Great, now I’m crying.Grandpa tells him to stop hiding himself from now on, and to live as impressively as he was meant to. He pats Dal-po on the head and tells him that he’s okay now. All Dal-po can manage to say the whole time is, “Father…” and he just buries his face on Grandpa’s shoulder to cry. Grandpa hugs him close: “I’m sorry, Dal-po. Thank you, Dal-po.” When they get home, Dad comes to greet them with a quizzical look on his face: “Who…?” HA, he actually has no idea that it’s Dal-po. Dad still doesn’t believe it when Grandpa tells him it’s his hyung, but In-ha recognizes him right away and run up with her jaw on the floor.Grandpa says Dal-po is smart and handsome because he takes after his father, and winks at Dal-po to play along. Dad is doubly floored, especially when he sees that his “precious beautiful” daughter is standing there wearing her hoodie backwards (to use the hood as a snack pouch—genius!), looking like a complete slob next to shiny new Dal-po.He yells at her to throw away those ugly rotten sweats, and she counters that Dad’s the one who bought them for her. “Yeah, but I didn’t know you’d wear them for a thousand days!” She reminds him that he told her she was prettier than Miss Korea, and Dad says he must’ve been drunk. I love these two. Dad’s logic is hilariously backwards, and he argues that if she keeps looking like a slob, Dal-po will think he has a shot with her. (Right, because if she’s pretty all the time, that’s going to stop him from crushing on her?) In-ha finds the whole thing ridiculous anyway, and says that Dal-po’s never once seen her as a woman, and she’s never once seen him as a man.She means it too, since she doesn’t hiccup afterwards, and Dal-po listens from his room with a long face. Aw. But he doesn’t overhear the last part, where she turns back around to get one thing straight with Dad: Dal-po isn’t just someone he can belittle, because no matter how much it aggravates her, he’s smart enough to do in one month what she couldn’t in three years.She says he’s got everything—looks, brains, and personality—though of course she’s quick to add that she does too. Dal-po takes the false comic book covers off of his books and gets back to studying, and In-ha goes to her room wondering why it’s suddenly so hot in here, blaming Dad for saying crazy things. One month later. YGN’s “blind” auditions for broadcast news reporters gets underway, and our future rookie foursome assembles for the first time among the hopefuls. (Yoo-rae we met while she was auditioning over at MSC, so it’s natural she’d also apply here, while chaebol Beom-jo is probably here for the sole purpose of finding his Pinocchio, I’d wager.)As the audition process gets reported as a special news feature, the staff over at MSC calls it a cheap ploy to get ratings… but then wonders what they can do to out-maneuver them. Mom notices In-ha among the group and takes it in with silent disapproval.As they wait for the camera test portion, Dal-po asks In-ha to sell his dream back to him and return the button necklace, since it was bad luck on her last audition. But she counters that it also led to them passing the written rounds and getting this far together, and refuses to give it back. They get called in for their camera test in a group of five, and both Yoo-rae and Beom-jo are in their group. Yoo-rae recognizes In-ha as that weirdo she ran into at MSC, while In-ha doesn’t remember her at all.The more disconcerting thing is the way Beom-jo keeps looking over at her and smiling, and Dal-po is the first to notice and find it uncomfortable. Has he already found Pinocchio?We go back to earlier that morning, when Beom-jo heads out for his audition and Chaebol Mommy calls to check on him and worries that he won’t be able to find Pinocchio this way. He assures her that he’ll recognize her in a heartbeat (since In-ha texted “Mom” pictures of herself over the years). Mommy asks if he wants her to check if she passed the written test and will be among the final applicants, since otherwise he needn’t bother trying to become a reporter. What? These two are so weird; it’s a wonder that a mama’s boy like this even became a functioning adult, though I guess that part remains to be seen.He agrees, until he stops at a red light and notices In-ha on the bus and recognizes her right away. He opens his convertible top to try and get her attention, and Dal-po asks if it’s someone she knows because he keeps staring at her. She has no idea who he is, and when Beom-jo winks at her, Dal-po scootches her behind him like a guard dog.Back at the audition, Dal-po doesn’t like the way Beom-jo keeps looking at In-ha and steps in between them. Beom-jo remains sunny and clueless, and the lineup gets reordered so that he gets to stand next to In-ha. The judges arrive, and YGN’s reporter-turned-PD-turned-section-chief Gyo-dong is among them. His bosses Director Lee (the same principled boss who argued against jumping to conclusions about Firefighter Dad back in the day) and Editor Jo nag him to shave once in a while, though they figure it’s a victory that he even managed to put on a suit.Dal-po recognizes him on sight, and mutters under his breath, “Of all the people…” Gyo-dong doesn’t even look up at them initially, but once he finally does, a flicker of recognition crosses over his face. Does he recognize Dal-po?The camera test begins, and the five reporters are shown a clip of an event that they are to report on the fly. The fact that it’s the same clip five times does give the last person a huge advantage over the first person, and Dal-po happens to be first. It’s a clip of a bird attacking a cat and getting killed in the process, and Dal-po gives the dry, facts-only version of the events. Yoo-rae goes next and adds more color, including some interpretation of the cat and bird’s behaviors, and an adage that it reminds her of. The third guy changes it up dramatically with a sympathetic angle, and says that the reason for the bird’s attack was in defense of its nest, and the mother bird died protecting its young. In-ha’s turn is next, and everyone expects her to build on the last guy’s report. But to their surprise, she reverts back to Dal-po’s dry facts-only version.She looks disappointed, and Gyo-dong asks why she chose to report it that way, and she says that she thought the last report was a very good one, but she couldn’t repeat it because she can’t lie. They ask why she can’t lie, and both Dal-po and Beom-jo chirp in unison, “Because we’re reporters!”Dal-po speaks up and says that they’re supposed to report the truth, and based on the video clip, they can’t know what the bird or cat was thinking, or whether or not there’s a nest offscreen that motivated the attack. In-ha finds her confidence and chimes in to say that a reporter’s job is to only report confirmed facts. Director Lee presses, “Even if it leads to a broadcast accident?” She deflates and lets out a small, “Yes…” Last up is Beom-jo, and he goes even further to say that he won’t give a report at all, because he deems the clip inconclusive and therefore not newsworthy. He says he agrees with In-ha that a broadcast accident is better than reporting something false.The judges go over the applications after the camera test, and express frustration at the blind part of the process (background, education). They heard that there’s a taxi driver and even a saseng fan (someone who stalks idols) among the hopefuls, and wonder if they were eliminated in early rounds.They shrink back when Yoo-rae presses up against the glass wall behind them, stalker that she is, desperate to listen in. Editor Jo laughs that it reminds him of Gyo-dong back in his rookie days, and Gyo-dong coughs awkwardly. Dal-po and In-ha wait on pins and needles for the announcement to be made, and In-ha worries that she’ll have brought Dal-po down with her. He says that’s better, since he only wants to make it if they both do, but she argues that at least one of them should go on, whichever one of them it is.He takes issue with her wording, implying that she’d be fine to continue on without him, and traps her against the wall so she can’t scurry away. She artfully tries to backpedal but knows she’s been caught, but I can hardly process what she’s saying because it looks like he’s going to kiss her.She sinks to the ground and he slides all the way down the wall with her, and tells her that at least for him, it doesn’t work that way—if she doesn’t make it, he’ll drop out too. There’s a long moment where they just stare, and she finally looks away and wonders why it’s so hot in here.Beom-jo comes up and pouts to see them looking cozy, and shouts as loud as possible that the results of the camera test are up. They all run over to the screen, and of course the four characters we care about have all made it to the final round.Grandpa is delighted to get the news, while Dad tenses up to realize that In-ha and Dal-po could be hired at the same station and go to work together every day. It’s funny that it hadn’t occurred to him until now, and he starts to imagine the kids getting ready for work in the morning like a couple.Dal-po makes sure that In-ha eats breakfast, and In-ha pops a wedge of toast in her mouth as she fixes Dal-po’s tie. Dad starts to sputter in protest, as Dal-po says coyly that he finds tie-tying such difficult work, and leans in to take a bite of her toast with it still hanging in her mouth.Whoa. How come I never knew toast was sexy until now? Thanks for the visual, Dad. He gets so worked up that he hurls a pillow at his own waking nightmare, only to hit Grandpa upside the head. Pffft. Gramps gives him a pillow beating in return.The final test at YGN is a survival roundtable debate, and the director turns on a news broadcast of their topic for discussion. Dal-po is in good spirits… until he turns to face the screen and sees the report of the fire that tore his family apart thirteen years ago. Gack, of all the topics.It’s a reel of the various outlets’ reports, including footage of In-ha’s mom at MSC. Dal-po can barely hide his anger, and swallows back his tears. Director Lee says that it’s an old case but one that remains controversial especially in how it was presented in the media, and asks the group to discuss how they would report it today. As they begin the debate, Yoo-rae raises her hand to ask what happened to the missing firefighter—is he still missing? Gyo-dong finally looks up for the first time, and says that Firefighter Dad’s skeletal remains were just discovered a few days ago. Omg. This is how Dal-po finds out his father is dead? Yikes. We go back to the plant demolition a few days back, where Firefighter Dad’s remains are dug up in the process. Hyung is there on site, and breaks down when he sees the final confirmation that his father has been dead all these years.The debate begins, and Dal-po looks like he’s having a panic attack, and loosens his tie to just keep breathing. Yoo-rae argues that the press handled the story badly, while Beom-jo counters that they only reported what the police determined to be true. Yoo-rae thinks that a good reporter should dig for the answers herself instead of relying on secondhand information.In-ha says that the Pinocchio witness is the key to this tragedy, and that it’s because the reporters and police all believed the Pinocchio’s statement. She argues that they had no choice but to believe him though, since there is no testimony as certain as one from a person who can’t lie. She says it’s a tragedy that the firefighter died, but calls it simply a case of bad luck. Dal-po’s blood boils as she speaks, and he can’t help but see flashes of her mother as she talks—the same confidence behind her words, convinced that she’s right. He finally speaks up to ask her directly if she really thinks that there’s no one responsible for this, and gives her an ice-cold stare.He says that people believe that Pinocchios and reporters only tell the truth, and Pinocchio and reporter alike should have known that—the weight of their words, accepted as truth. He explodes as he shouts that it’s their mistake for not being careful with their words: “That carelessness destroyed one family! And they should be held responsible.”She fights back and says that the Pinocchio witness only told what he believed to be true. Dal-po calms down and says coldly, “I see now why a Pinocchio can never be a reporter.” Ouuuuch. He continues, “How dangerous it is for a person who disregards the fact that they could be wrong to become a reporter, how scary it is to talk carelessly without knowing the weight of your own words—I get that now.”In-ha grits her teeth and tries not to betray how hurt she is, as she asks if he’s saying this to her. He doesn’t look away and says yes. The panel catches on and they ask her directly if she’s a Pinocchio, and she has to answer yes. She starts to cry and gets up to run away, but can’t manage to open the door. Beom-jo stands up to say that he’s leaving too, and opens the door to walk out with her. Aw, is she giving up?It’s only after this that Gyo-dong places Dal-po’s face as the quiz show kid who railed at him eight years ago. Director Lee asks if he’s left an impression on him too, and Gyo-dong says it’s not that—he’s met that kid before.Beom-jo just silently follows In-ha into the elevator, and then asks if she’s upset because that guy betrayed her. She says no, since it was a debate and Dal-po is totally free to have a contrary opinion. It’s just… she knows it’s irrational but she just wanted Dal-po to take her side, because he’s Dal-po. That alone makes her angry at herself, and she wonders why she’s being like this.He asks if she likes this Dal-po guy, and she says indignantly, “No, not all!” *HICCUP* Eeee! She’s more shocked than he is, and thinks she’s crazy. She swears it isn’t true, but just keeps hiccupping.Dal-po throws up in the restroom and heads outside for some air, but just falls to his knees in tears, crying for his father and pounding his chest in agony.In-ha is still hiccupping when she gets to the lobby, and whirls around to say that this can’t be happening—Dal-po is her uncle, and he even has a girlfriend. She starts pounding her chest too, and says, “That’s not it. It can’t be. It can’t be! If it is…”

Recap for SBS Drama Pinocchio Episode 4

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Recap for SBS Drama Pinocchio Episode 4

Okay, I seriously love this episode. I swear it’s not even because our hero finally gets a makeover (even though that’s worth a round of applause in and of itself—fare thee well, Mop of Shame!), but because the family stuff hits all the right chords. It’s an episode about fathers, and the kind of love that’s so steadfast that sometimes a reminder is a shock to the system—a poignant, tear-filled, affectionate shock.by DramabeansTiger J.K – “첫사랑” (First Love) for the Pinocchio OST

Michael Jackson: K-Pop’s Biggest Idol?

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Michael Jackson: K-Pop’s Biggest Idol?
Michael Jackson: K-Pop’s Biggest Idol? Written by Laura On November 16, 2014

When newly-minted international superstar Psy was asked by The Hollywood Reporter in 2012 what he deemed to be the USA’s greatest export, he answered:

“First of all, the English language. And also pop music. A song like Michael Jackson["s] ‘Billie Jean,’ it’s like the world’s biggest, most universal language.”

Now, the answers he chose (language & pop music) might not be surprising. But the fact that he chose Michael Jackson as an example is notable, and, as this article will convey, in no way a coincidence.

When Idols Show their True Colours: The Dangers of Racial Stereotyping

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When Idols Show their True Colours: The Dangers of Racial Stereotyping
When Idols Show their True Colours: The Dangers of Racial Stereotyping Written by Sidrah On November 13, 2014

On the November 1st broadcast of C-Radio Idol True Colours, Red Velvet member Wendy revealed a rather controversial personal ‘talent’ that left many people — particularly international fans — somewhat less than amused. During a segment of the show, she felt it was appropriate to perform a few questionable impersonations of both Black Americans and White Americans, male and female, to the absolute delight and encouragement of her peers. Unfortunately for her, they also inevitably fell under the incredibly sensitive topic of racial stereotyping, which presumably resulted in a majority of negative responses and backlash within a sea of fairly mixed comments.

Korean KBS Drama Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 10 Recap and Screencaps

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Korean KBS Drama Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 10 Recap and Screencaps
by Dramabeans: Audition hall. After arriving to an empty auditorium, the judges receive word that there are students prepared to audition after all. Teacher Ahn is pleased at this sign that the boycott issue was resolved, while Teacher Do sniffs that an S Orchestra student is still going to fail, considering that judging will purely be based on ability.Yoo-jin and Nae-il arrive just in time for the first solo, recognizing Il-lac immediately. While he plays, Il-lac’s mind is full of Nae-il’s earlier reminder of everything Yoo-jin had done for them. In this case, Yoo-jin’s actions speak louder than his words (in that he offered no words). As Yoo-jin watches anxiously, Nae-il reaches out and takes his hand in a reassuring gesture. Korean KBS Drama Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 10 Recap and ScreencapsThe A Orchestra members are also alerted to the end of the boycott, but Shi-won is confused to see that many are skipping auditions anyway. The others say that they got what they needed out of the orchestra—namely, the ability to put it on their credentials—and now they’re all going to focus on their soloist ambitions.It’s kind of sweet to think that Shi-won naively gave them more credit than that, but now she realizes that Yoo-jin had a point about the orchestra just being boxes to tick off on their resumés. Well, it won’t stop her from going to the auditions.Teacher Do wrestles with conflicting thoughts as he listens to the auditions. He clearly recognizes who’s playing, which makes me wonder what the point is of making this “blind” when the blindness is ineffectual. Ah, well, let’s go with it. Korean KBS Drama Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 10 Recap In any case, Teacher Do doesn’t understand the difference between his expectations and the reality sitting in front of him (psst, the word you’re looking for is prejudice), while Teacher Ahn notes that they’ve all undergone tremendous improvement. Having performed twice now, he says, their skills have grown by leaps and bounds.Teacher Do may be prejudiced and haughty, but I’m relieved to see that when confronted with the actual music, he can give due credit. For instance, A Orchestra trumpeter Jae-yong puts in a competent audition, but Teacher Do hears that he’s mimicking his teacher’s style to a tee: “There’s no growth, and no future hope. He’ll probably perform his whole life the way he plays in his lessons.”Yoo-jin joins a pensive Teacher Do afterward, who asks whether Yoo-jin’s purpose in creating the new orchestra was to chase away A Orchestra applicants who’d be too prideful to stay. Yoo-jin says no—his motive was to get Teacher Do to actually listen to the S Orchestra players. He adds that Dean Mina had been the one to suggest him as a judge, having full faith in his judgment in scoring. So Yoo-jin in turn trusted that Teacher Do would be fair once he listened.The members of both orchestras line up and eye each other tensely as they await the results. Okay, now the Romeo & Juliet music cracks me up, given Il-lac’s dramatics about being star-crossed across orchestra lines. When the list is posted, students rush to check for their names, and our S Orchestra members squeal wildly to find that they’ve all made it. Korean KBS Drama Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 10 ScreencapsIl-lac is immediately humbled to recall Yoo-jin’s words about believing in them, and he’s moved to tears.The list includes a fair number of former A Orchestra members, although making the cut doesn’t make them much happier. Trumpet player Jae-yong sniffs that he’ll just “half-ass” things till he goes abroad… until he registers that he’s second chair. His jaw drops. Muahaha, that feels good.The school board chairwoman is furious that several prominent students were cut, and expresses her disappointment in Teacher Do. He replies that he was fair, however, and that he would have cut S Orchestra members if they’d performed poorly. He declares, “I am a teacher. I don’t play around with scores.” It doesn’t endear him to the chairwoman, and he sighs that his hopes of being made university dean just went poof. But at least you have your soul! Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 10 Recap Yoo-jin smiles at a text from Nae-il asking if she can join him to eat, although his response is a customarily gruff “Don’t bug me” text. But never say he doesn’t learn from past mistakes, because he catches himself and reconsiders, changing his response to a simple okay. Nae-il lights up to read it.Il-lac joins him in the lounge, a little tentative as he speaks up: “Tell me. Say that this time and last time, you were acting for our sake. That you weren’t ditching us for being bottom-rate. Then I’ll believe you.”Yoo-jin says, “I’m sorry. Back then, I should have had faith in you guys and gone with you. I tried to solve it on my own.”Well, that’s all it takes, and Il-lac scoots close and throws an arm around Yoo-jin’s shoulder, declaring, “Let’s never be apart again.” I love him so much. And even that’s not fervent enough for him, because he thinks of a stronger way to prove his friendship and suggests a blood pledge. While Il-lac looks around for a needle or sharp stabby object, Yoo-jin hurriedly packs up his things and escapes, telling Il-lac to get bloody on his own.Nae-il arrives outside Yoo-jin’s door and has to calm herself down from the excitement, telling herself that it’s “only food.” There’s no answer and she can’t let herself in because he changed his door code, which makes her wistful for the days when they had the same code and it felt like they were spouses living in the same space. But wouldn’tcha know, the old number she punches in idly actually opens the door, because Yoo-jin the huge marshmallow (in armadillo disguise) changed it back. Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 10 ScreencapsInside, Nae-il finds all her old things back where she’d left them, and we see that Yoo-jin had gone around putting her belongings back in their places. Ah, so that’s what he meant last time when he tried to explain what he’d done with her things and she assumed he’d thrown them out. Of course Yoo-jin downplays this now, but Nae-il knows what’s up, and that’s what I care about.Yoo-jin’s mother gets a call that first makes her scoff, and then raises her hackles in alarm. So now the absentee father wants to come back and roleplay Dad? Getting very serious, Mom tells him strongly not to do “that.” Filling in the blank spots for us is a flashback to Yoo-jin’s childhood, when he’d excitedly told his father about a competition he was going out for. Icy Dad (Jung Bo-seok) had barely spared him a glance, saying that there was no value in him watching his son play anywhere but the best stage. This turns out to be a memory that Yoo-jin dreams, and he awakens wondering at the sudden thoughts of his father, with whom he’s been estranged for years.He arrives at the rehearsal room to a happier surprise, with the new members assembled and ready to work. Il-lac presents the name they’ve dubbed themselves, the Rising Star Orchestra, and the ex-S Orchestra members are particularly happy to be back, suggesting a celebratory party afterward. The A members are a bit sour, but at least they’re here. For now, at least, because they have lessons and other commitments that require them to cut out early. Yoo-jin explains that it’s a little early to be naming themselves anything since they are still awaiting official school approval, but agrees that they’ll have to pick a piece for their first performance, which Dean Mina will be lining up.Nae-il is drags Yoo-jin to the restaurant afterward, insisting that Yoo-jin come to a welcome-back party and telling him that Il-lac has gifted him with a lifetime coupon to eat for free. Things get immediately awkward when he sees that Yoon-hoo is there with his friends, however, and it makes him stiff(er than usual). Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 10  ScreenshotsIt’s amusing because Yoon-hoo knows it’s awkward but he feigns complete ignorance to Yoo-jin’s grumpiness, saying cheerfully that he’s got a lifetime coupon too. Yoo-jin gripes that Il-lac must be giving those away like candy. Su-min starts to chime in, but gets shut down by Il-lac, who insists that only two people in the world have them: his bestest bestie Yoo-jin, and his good friend Yoon-hoo.I actually love this interchange because Yoon-hoo is totally aware, and his friendliness only makes Yoo-jin crankier. So Yoo-jin excuses himself from the party, which causes Nae-il to hurry after him, and of course Yoon-hoo follows suit.And so, the trio walks home too—ha, Yoo-jin can’t even storm off in peace. Yoon-hoo keeps up his cheerful face until he gets home, where he sighs, “I thought I was almost there, but now things are back to the beginning.” Then he grips his injured hand tightly, his face crumpling in pain. Nae-il encourages Yoo-jin to be nicer to Yoon-hoo, who was really good to their crew while he was apart from the orchestra. Miffed, Yoo-jin asks jealously whose side she’d take in a fight, and immediately realizes how petty that sounds and cancels the question. But Nae-il answers anyway, “I’d take your side,” and he smiles.Yoo-jin picks out a song to show her, and they sit there listening to Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. (Aieeeeee, they’re doing it after all!) Yoo-jin muses on what it would be like to have Nae-il perform it, liking the idea of them performing it together. (Aieeeee!)She likes the idea, and he says that if she gets more serious about her playing, they could do it sometime. They sit there smiling at each other for a few moments, until the intimacy spooks her and she hurriedly takes her leave. But she pauses outside his door, hand to fluttering heart, thrilling at the moment.Streseman calls again to remind Yoo-jin of his promise to talk to Mina for him, put out that it’s taking so long. He’s glad that his contract is coming to an end soon, after which he can come back and work his way into her good graces.Streseman hears the Rachmaninoff playing in the background and asks if it’s his selection, and whether he’s got a pianist yet. He tells Yoo-jin to go ahead with this concerto and offers up a pianist for the part—one who’ll be equally difficult for the chairwoman to accept or reject.Which explains the new character we next meet, a sharply dressed and scary-looking young lady heading to the Haneum campus in taxi. She’s reading a classical music magazine and takes particular note of the story on Yoo-jin, highlighting his distinction as Streseman’s sole pupil.Busy in study mode, Yoo-jin reviews the score and muses to Nae-il that it’ll be difficult getting the A and S members to work together, because their styles are so different. Nae-il offers up advice from a book she’s reading, saying that first they have to define the relationships, and Yoo-jin agrees. HA. The book is You Can Date Too, and she’s having a different conversation.Nae-il explains that they’ve passed through Steps 1 and 2 (green light, flirting) and are now ready for Step 3: Dating. Yoo-jin snatches the book away and tosses it, telling her to study music instead of books like this. But then Nae-il orders him to retrieve the book for her and he does, which pretty much tells you all about their relationship, doesn’t it?Nae-il is insistent on doing as the book tells her, and directs Yoo-jin to change her name in his phone from Flutterfeet to Fluttering ♥. (Both are puns on her name, since Seol Nae-il sounds like seol-le-im.) First of all, I love that he’s actually trying instead of shutting her down, and secondly, that they’re following an advice book that’s meant to help a single person start dating, not a couple who can just bypass the book entirely and just, you know, date.Yoo-jin cringes at the Fluttering ♥, but she wheedles until he complies. You’d think she’d asked him to cut off a finger from the way he struggles to type in the letters, and he can’t bring himself to add the heart. So Nae-il snatches the phone away to add the hearts herself and requests twice-daily calls, “to build up affection.” So saith the book.The scary new girl arrives on campus, and Nae-il recognizes her as a famous pianist, Sohn Su-ji (Bebop idol Ahyeon). She interrupts a meeting between Dean Mina and the angry chairwoman (who’s refusing to approve the new orchestra), and Su-ji has enough name recognition that the chairwoman is immediately deferential.Su-ji announces that she was brought here by Streseman’s personal request and has a reporter in tow, who asks for a photograph with Su-jin and the maestro. But Su-ji realizes that Streseman brought her here under false assurances, and just as quickly storms out.The chairwoman envisions the possibilities flashing before her with such a famous musician in their midst and scrambles to prevent her departure. So she blurts out the promise to bring Streseman right away, placating Su-ji. Thus Streseman returns to campus, and the green light is given to the orchestra to perform with Su-ji. Yoo-jin makes the announcement to his orchestra, who greet the news with excitement. (Is that a flicker of jealousy from Shi-won when Il-lac fanboys over Su-ji’s arrival?) He reminds them that they’ll have to prepare well because Su-ji’s presence will bring media attention.Nae-il dodges more lessons with Teacher Do, who is still valiantly trying to get her back into the practice studio. She manages to run away yet again, and Teacher Do sighs that at this rate she’ll miss all the competitions this year. Which is her intention, I’m sure. Nae-il meets Yoon-hoo for their practice, and he asks her to sign a form—he wants them to play their duet along with the orchestra in the next performance. Nae-il immediately declines, falling back on her defense of playing only for fun in practices, to which he says disappointedly that he wants to play for other people. What’s the point in a performance without an audience?He hides his painkiller prescription from Nae-il, but afterward in the bathroom he fights back cries of agony, clutching his hand.Su-ji meets with Streseman and makes it clear that she agreed to the performance only because it was his request. She has her eye on someone else to conduct, however, and asks about Yoo-jin. Yoo-jin is called to join them, and Su-ji gives him the once-over and says haughtily that he’s a square—a type she dislikes. He returns simply, “You’re not a type I like either.”Streseman suggests that they do a preliminary run-through, so Su-ji plays while Yoo-jin studies her performance. That’s how Nae-il finds them, the sight of their collaboration making her heart sink. She recalls Yoo-jin wanting to perform this piece with her—and how “if you get more serious about your playing,” it might happen in the future. “That’s my spot,” she thinks, watching Su-ji play. It also makes her think back to Streseman’s warning that neither time nor Yoo-jin would wait for her, and Nae-il feels that keenly now. So she agrees to perform with Yoon-hoo after all, promising to work hard and thinking hopefully that she won’t tremble onstage the way she did as a child. Yoon-hoo says encouragingly, “Of course, you’re an adult now.”In orchestra rehearsal, Yoo-jin goes over notes with Shi-won, and the disgruntled A Orchestra guys use that to pick a fight with Yoo-jin, complaining that he’s wasting their rehearsal time on private coaching. Jae-yong takes a swipe at the bottom-rate S Orchestra, firing up Il-lac, who argues right back. Yoo-jin has no patience for the quibbling and tells them all that they can practice once the fighting is done. Until then, there will be no orchestra practices.The chairwoman, who is frankly getting a whole lotta screentime for someone who doesn’t even have a name, is still intent on bringing down the orchestra, though she’s employing a different strategy this time. She smirks that hothouse plants will feel the bite of the wind once they lose their hothouse, and says, “We’ll wait… until they fall on their own.”Thus comes the decision not to give the Rising Stars any school funding, which means they’ll be forced to cancel the performance. This is a big deal to Shi-won and her friends, who can’t fathom how to function without support, while the S Orchestra kids just shrug that it’s not like they ever got any money. Il-lac suggests handling things themselves, and his buddies cheerily agree to figure out costumes, food, and performance details on their own.Shi-won and her A Orchestra friends hesitantly go along with the plan, but they’re thrown by every obstacle that crops up. For instance, because the Rising Stars haven’t gotten official approval yet, their performance won’t get them excused from classes or exams, so they’re still on the hook for full coursework. And that cuts into all their time, leaving no time to practice.I love that the S Orchestra’s response is basically, “Uh, you can just do it, you know.” The A Orchestra is lost without the coddling they used to get, but the S kids didn’t even know that those exemptions existed. They shrug that they can juggle their responsibilities as before and just sleep in classes. Ha. Once again, Shi-won & Co. find themselves agreeing, more because of the S crew’s confidence than anything. And Yoo-jin observes with a smile as they work things out together. Nae-il and Yoon-hoo work hard on their duet as well, although Yoon-hoo starts getting pretty intense in practices. Nae-il remains cheerful and is happy about their fast progress, but Yoon-hoo curtly asks them to focus on their playing and doesn’t even realize that they’ve been at it for hours.It’s Yoo-jin who interrupts, pointing out that he’s been overworking Nae-ilduet work. It’s a reversal of their dynamic, where now it’s Yoo-jin reminding Yoon-hoo to treat her thoughtfully instead of the other way around. When Yoo-jin asks why she went along with Yoon-hoo’s demanding practices, she answers that she wants to work hard and perform properly—without a mask or costume this time. She says, “If I just don’t tremble, I can do a good job.”He looks encouraged, but I’m unsettled at Nae-il’s need to assure herself repeatedly that she’ll be fine. “It’ll be okay. Because it’s not a competition. It’s just a festival, so I can enjoy myself.”Everyone pours in the hours into their practices, Yoo-jin and the orchestra on the Rachmaninoff concerto, and Nae-il on her duet. Finally, performance day arrives, and Yoo-jin and Nae-il meet outside their doors to head out together.He notes that she looks confident, and she jokes that he’s blindingly beautiful. Then she grabs his hand and asks, “We’re standing together on the same stage today, aren’t we?” He replies, “Yes, even if it’s separately.”She says, “Next time, we’ll be able to stand together.” He agrees that if she does well, people will remember her name.But it’s not looking good for poor Yoon-hoo, who finds an empty room to duck into, clutching his hand in pain. “Hang in there, just for today,” he tells himself. “For today. No, just half the day. I only need four hours.”As Nae-il gets ready, Min-hee encourages her to crush Su-ji’s performance. They cheer each other on, and then Nae-il’s excitement turns into anxiousness. No, don’t get nervous now! I’m getting a sinking feeling about this…Dean Mina is more nervous about the Rising Stars than Yoo-jin, alternately trying not to pressure him while also impressing upon him how important this performance is in getting the group approved. Thank goodness Yoo-jin is calmer, and he assures Mina that they’ll do a good job. He transfers that sense of calm to his excited orchestra, who note how extra-confident he seems today. “Of course,” he replies. “I’m confident in my instruments.” Pause to awww.His words give everyone an extra surge of positive vibes, and they declare that they don’t need to worry as long as they follow Yoo-jin.The nerves are mounting for Nae-il, who tells herself in her mirror, “It’s okay, that was when you were young—now, it’ll be okay.” She’s working too hard to work to convince herself that this isn’t terrifying for her, and it doesn’t look like the pep talks are doing their job.And then, one more wrench gets thrown into the works. Mom receives word that her husband is coming to see Yoo-jin perform, but rather than being cause for optimism, this is a Very Bad Thing for him. She explains to Mina that Dad bears the blame for making Yoo-jin’s plane and sea phobias worse, damn him and his exacting perfectionism.His presence could really do a number on Yoo-jin’s state of mind, so Mom heads out determined to block him. But Dad is already on the way, as Yoo-jin prepares to take the stage…  

Recap: “Old Goodbye,” MBC’s Drama Festival Special

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Recap: “Old Goodbye,” MBC’s Drama Festival Special

I was one of the many who immediately jumped on the “Old Goodbye” bandwagon when news first broke out that it was due to air this November. Not only was the time travel, fantasy plot interesting, but this drama special is, quite possibly, the only chance we’d ever get to see a true “Fated to Love You” reunion. The staff of “Old Goodbye” involves not only Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara, but also Im Hyung Joon, who portrayed half of the Hamo-Hamo duo, Mr. Choi, and Kim Hee Won, the director for “Fated to Love You.”

10 Hunky Model-Turned-Actors

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10 Hunky Model-Turned-Actors

Tis the year of model-turned-actors! They have been popping up everywhere, dominating our world on-and-off screen with their perfectly structured visuals, slim figures, and fantasy-boyfriend image! These model-turned-actors have achieved the trifecta of becoming the perfect celebrity.


We love them in pictorials and we love them even more on-screen playing our favorite characters. Here are 10 notable model-turned-actors!



Five Reasons Big Bang T.O.P Is One Of The Most Awesome K-Pop Idols

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Five Reasons Big Bang T.O.P Is One Of The Most Awesome K-Pop Idols

 

(Photo : YG Entertainment ) T.O.P celebrates his birthday on November 4.

 

T.O.P (Choi Seung Hyun) of YG Entertainment’s male group Big Bang was born on November 4, 1987. T.O.P has captured the hearts of K-Pop fans throughout the world with his penetrating stare and deep timbre which is often duplicated by up-and-coming idols. He has developed into a strong actor with his recent film “Tazza: The Hidden Card” demonstrating the range of his acting ability and showing off his well-hidden abs.

Recap: “We Got Married” Episode 243 – The Ice Man, the Cheese Ball, and the Husband

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Recap: “We Got Married” Episode 243 – The Ice Man, the Cheese Ball, and the Husband

The SoompiWe Got Married” recaps are back! It’s been many months since the last recap, but let’s jump right in. We have three couples: Actor Hong Jong Hyun and Girl’s Day‘s Yura, actors Song Jae Rim and Kim So Eun, actor Min Nam Gong and Trot singer Hong Jin Young. To get a better understanding of the couples, let’s take a closer look at the husbands.