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19 K-Pop Idols And Actors Who Were Born In The Year Of The Sheep

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19 K-Pop Idols And Actors Who Were Born In The Year Of The Sheep


(Photo : Hazzys F/W) CL is prepared for success in 2015. 

The Lunar New Year kicked off on February 19, with celebrants throughout the world ushering out the Year of the Horse while welcoming the Year of the Sheep.

According to the lunar calendar, the Year of the Sheep occurs during the following years: 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015. The artists born in the Year of the Sheep include KARA"s Goo Hara, Lee Hyori, and CNBLUE"s Kang Min Hyuk.

11 Hidden Talents Of Idols That You Never Knew About

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11 Hidden Talents Of Idols That You Never Knew About
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Even though all K-Pop idols are talented in their own way, some of these talents aren’t readily apparent on stage. Find out which idols have hidden talents that you may not have known about in, “11 Hidden Talents Of Idols That You Never Knew About”

1. Taeyeon
Tayeon’s voice is definitely one of the best in the industry but did you know that she also does voice acting?

She was the voice of Margo in the Korean version of “Despicable Me”!

7 Picture Perfect K-Celebrity Couples And Their Adorable Children

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7 Picture Perfect K-Celebrity Couples And Their Adorable Children
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There is an increasing interest in Korean celebrities’ families rising among viewers and fans with the rising popularity of shows like Return of Superman, Oh My Baby, and Dad, Where Are You. Check this list of 7 Picture Perfect K-Celebrity Families!

Some of the families who have attracted interest includes MMA fighters’ Choo Sung Hoon, Epik High‘s Tablo, former idol Shoo, and more!

Mnet’s Musical Drama “Persevere, Gu Hae-Ra” Episode 5 Recap

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Mnet’s Musical Drama “Persevere, Gu Hae-Ra” Episode 5 Recap
 Se-jong tells Hae-ra that she doesn’t need to explain what she does with anyone, and he won’t do that either. Hae-ra tries to grab him before he leaves, but Scarlet interferes and stops her. She calls after Se-jong with more to say, but her phone starts to vibrate. She picks reluctantly, and we see why. It’s Ray. Se-jong looks at her accusingly as she picks up and quickly ends the conversation with Ray (he’s asking about ordering pig liver with soondae), telling him she’ll call back soon. He walks away with Scarlet, leaving Hae-ra with even more misunderstandings. Yoon Sang explains to Tae-poong the circumstances around his decision. He can’t give them his song because President Hwang found out about this and threatened to take away Hwangje’s commercial bucks from his productions, which not only affects himself but all of his staff.Tae-poong fumes and sighs in understanding — President Hwang is a person who could do worse. He thought that it would all end if he left Hwangje, but people without power get treated like convicts in this industry. And he’s become one.Back at the trainee lodge, Woo-ri gasps at the amount of pig liver Ray bought without soondae. Henry says that he saw Hae-ra eat this last time and imitates her. Woo-ri scoffs at his imitation, which prompts Henry to imitate Woo-ri’s aggressive eating habits. She gets offended, and they bicker with boogers and feet smell until Ray pulls them apart. He thinks back to Hae-ra’s promise to call him back and glances at his phone, waiting.Jang Goon comes bearing bad news: Tae-poong told him that Hwangje bribed the songwriters, so it will be difficult to find someone to offer them a debut song. Tae-poong and Hae-ra return in disappointment, but on Tae-poong’s cue, Hae-ra whips out a piece of paper and tells them to pick. In a flashback, we see Tae-poong suddenly light up to a song playing in the café (It’s Roy Kim and Jung Joon-young’s remake of Kim Kwang-suk’s “Becoming Dust” from Superstar K Season 4). He and Yoon Sang exchange looks and high-five at their new idea: They can debut with a remake.They look through the list of songs — Woo-ri and Hae-ra like Sharp’s “Sweety” and sing along excitedly. But Henry thinks they should pick a stronger song with more impact, and Jung Yeon-joon’s “Pilot” seems like a stronger choice. They turn to Jang Goon, and he hesitantly argues that these are all ’90s songs that people don’t know nowadays.Henry reassures him that they’ll be fine and brings up the phrase “Legends never die.” People may not know Michael Jackson or the Beatles, but they still find their music fantastic. They can’t come to an agreement on a song, so Tae-poong decides that each team can prepare their choice and face off against each other, and they’ll pick between the two. Jang Goon, who hasn’t decided yet, is told to participate in both teams and decide afterwards.Scarlet walks into Daddy’s trophy room in a good mood and tells him that she just declined a photo request from a reporter. He asks what it was for, and she cheerily tells him about the scandal between her and Se-jong. President Hwang freaks out, but Scarlet reassures him that nothing really happened, much to her disappointment. But she seems pleased with her scandal nonetheless.President Hwang makes a call to try to clean up this mess and promises the reporter that he’ll have the two retake the pictures. Scarlet doubts that Se-jong will agree to this, and as expected he refuses to take part. But once he sees the pictures of him leaning over Scarlet when he was drunk, which look pretty convincing without any context, he has to reconsider. Team Persevere has now divided into Team Sweety and Team Pilot, with each preparing their own performance. Henry, Ray, and Jang Goon dress up in pilot gear and aviators, but Jang Goon seems more invested in Team Sweety’s preparations. He eventually changes teams, getting along perfectly with the girls. HA.Jang Goon carries Hae-ra in a demonstration of the choreography, and Woo-ri quickly asks for the same treatment. He tries really hard, but he ends up falling with Woo-ri’s awkwardly on top of him and her face in kissing proximity. She’s pleasantly surprised by this closeness, but Jang Goon politely asks her to get off and thanks her when she offers to not take part in this choreography.Se-jong and Scarlet stage their scandal pictures, walking down the street in the middle of the night while the reporters give them directions to look like they’re on a midnight date. He’s super reluctant to get anywhere near Scarlet, but she’s delighted in her own perception that Se-jong is just playing hard to get. As the reporter looks through the photos of Se-jong’s clear disinterest, she wonders if the two aren’t really dating, but they go through with the deal anyway.The teams prepare for competition, and first up is Team Sweety. Living up to the song’s title, they deliver a sweet performance, with adorable dance moves and backed up by Woo-ri’s strong vocals. We even get some hints of jealousy from Woo-ri as she sees Jang Goon carrying Hae-ra. From the audience, Henry watches with a distasteful look, but Tae-poong and Ray seem to enjoy the performance, with Ray in particular looking enamored by Hae-ra. Team Pilot delivers a more forecful performance, with some pretty sharp choreography. Henry even gets on his knees with the electric guitar, but at the end Jang Goon seems so ready to be done. He leaves as the other two hold their final pose, complaining that he doesn’t want to do this. Heh.Tae-poong expresses his enjoyment of both performances but tells them that they will leave it to a vote to decide Team Persevere’s remake debut song. The votes end up at 2-2, with one final vote deciding their debut song… and it goes to Sweety! The girls celebrate with Jang Goon.Henry calls Jang Goon a traitor, but Ray also says that he voted for Sweety. That confuses everyone, and they struggle with simple math, trying to figure out how this outcome came to be. Henry approaches the trash can to check to votes, but Woo-ri quickly snatches it before he reaches it. What’s this funny business going on?With Hae-ra’s debut right around the corner, Hae-ra’s mom looks at an old family picture and asks her husband why he left so early. She sits down gloomily next to the twins’ mom and thanks her for staying by her side all these years. They shake off the gloom by reminiscing about their popularity with the boys back in the day, and then Tae-poong walks in.Hae-ra’s mom brings up Se-jong’s dad again, calling him a traitor for running off with another woman, and Se-jong’s mom tries to quiet her. Then they’re both mesmerized by Tae-poong’s drinking-spilling of water, which is an overdramatic and impractical way to drink water, but hilarious nonetheless.Tae-poong runs into Manager Pyun, who’s convincing the Show Inki Music Camp (a mash-up name of all the live music shows) producer to drop Scarlet from their lineup, because she’s so booked with other engagements. Their short and unpleasant encounter ends with great news for Tae-poong: Since someone just dropped their spot in the lineup, they have an open spot for Team Persevere this week.Tae-poong relays this news to his kids, and they jump for joy. But since their performance is so close, they don’t have time to practice “Sweety.” Instead, they’ll got with Psy’s “Entertainer,” which they’ve already perfected (but we haven’t seen yet).The mothers watch a show counting down the top ’90s male stars, with third place going to Jung Woo-sung. Tae-poong walks in but heads straight for the shower to wash up, just as the show names him as second place, showing ’90s footage of his choco abs. Hae-ra’s mom vows to one day see those in person, ha.Se-jong’s mom gets a notification about her late monthly fees, and she tells Tae-poong that he’s late with his payment to her. He yells through the bathroom to just take the cash out of his wallet, and she discovers that his ID reveals his real name as Go Oh-hwan (gohwan = balls). The mothers get a kick out of his real name and then are mesmerized by Tae-poong’s half-naked body fresh out of the shower.After a dramatic viewing of Tae-poong’s top half, he excitedly picks up a call from the music show producer. But it’s bad news: Scarlet decided to be on the show after all, so they’re kicked out. Tae-poong jumps up and down in frustration, which inevitably leads to an explicit viewing of his bottom half, right in front of the mothers, who look back in shock. Tae-poong belatedly notices his towel-drop and quickly runs out of the room, and Hae-ra’s mom comments that he lives up to his name. HAHA.Scarlet approaches Se-jong and ignores the rest of the Impact members, asking him if he’s excited for their scandal to become public. Once it’s out, Scarlet walks away in glee as it tops headlines. The Impact members leave Se-jong with Ki-joon, who asks him for the truth. Se-jong apologizes for burdening the team with this scandal, and Ki-joon calls him a bastard for causing this mess.Tae-poong dejectedly joins the kids’ chicken feast celebrating Team Persevere’s debut performance news, and he can’t get himself to tell them that it’s cancelled. His mood gets even worse when news of Se-jong’s date scandal breaks, which only builds the misunderstandings between Se-jong and the team. Hae-ra is left speechless and shocked, a reaction observed by Ray.Woo-ri walks in with ice cream and asks Hae-ra if the scandal about Se-jong and Scarlet is real. But she’s too deep in her own thoughts to register the question and proposes that they talk about something else. Hae-ra asks if Woo-ri like Jang Goon, which flusters her and causes her to start putting ice cream instead of lotion onto her face. She asks if it was that obvious.In the boys’ room, Henry says that it was obvious about how Ray only had eyes for Hae-ra all day long. Ray says that he can see why Se-chan liked Hae-ra but denies that he likes her himself. On the girls’ side, Woo-ri confesses to voting for Team Pilot (which explains the vote count) because she was jealous seeing Jang Goon only dancing with Hae-ra. Hae-ra promises to help Woo-ri along, and they decide that this is their secret, promising their loyalty. Tae-poong and Jang Goon are roommates, which is fitting and adorable. Tae-poong pulls up the covers for Jang Goon, who’s muttering for his father in his sleep. Tae-poong shudders when he thinks of being rejected for the broadcast, deciding to tell the kids tomorrow.On broadcast day, Scarlet revels in her expectation to win the triple crown, but Manager Pyun cautiously warns her that she won’t win because of Impact’s popularity and her scandal — and she’ll probably only net a single-digit score. Embarrassed, she whines that she wants to leave. Ki-joon tries to ameliorate the situation by apologizing, but Se-jong interrupts by asking why they should apologize — they’re winning fair and square. He walks out with Scarlet trailing and accusing him of being too harsh, considering their relationship. Se-jong clarifies what their relationship is, and she dejectedly calls him hoobae and herself sunbae. He nods in agreement and goes on his way. Manager Pyun tries to calm her down, but her patience (or lack thereof) has run out, and she decides that she won’t perform today.Just then, a reporter approaches her and asks a loaded question about her and Se-jong still dating. After a moment to set her brat level to full throttle, she lies that they are currently dating. Manager Pyun tries to deny this while chasing after Scarlet, but the reporter already got his desired answer.The music show producer gets word of Scarlet’s sudden exit and curses performers who take advantage of their popularity. He remembers Team Persevere and orders his team to call them up. Cue: Hae-ra’s mom in van ajumma mode, navigating the roads at dangerously high speeds. The team finishes last-minute preparations in the car, and Ray notices Hae-ra’s fearful reaction to the aggressive driving.Hae-ra’s mom comes to a sudden stop, her road rage accented by loud saturi, but she stops herself when she realizes that Tae-poong is in the car. Ray holds Hae-ra’s hands to calm her fears, and when she tries to pull away, he says that he needs it to calm himself. Aw. But once they arrive, they’re left on standby for over two hours. While Tae-poong and Henry admire Crayon Pop’s “Bar Bar Bar” rehearsal, Woo-ri reads up on the follow-up scandal that says Se-jong and Scarlet are currently dating. Hae-ra’s noticeably shaken by the news, as she thinks back to her last interaction with Se-jong, which included an overprotective Scarlet.Se-jong gets a text from Tae-poong telling him that Team Persevere’s debut performance is today — now he can put down the burden he carries, always feeling sorry to them. But he sees the new scandal that Scarlet just caused, and it doesn’t seem like he’ll be any less burdened.Hwangje is exploding with calls regarding this new scandal, and Scarlet is nowhere to be found. President Hwang scolds Manager Pyun for being so incompetent and causing this headache.Crayon Pop comes down after their performance and bows to their sunbae Taepoong, but Henry cuts into express his enjoyment of their performance. He compliments them on their cuteness and vows to be an eternal fan. Next up for rehearsal is Team Persevere, and Tae-poong does a last cheer with them before he heads off to check their schedule.Onstage, Team Persevere attempts to introduce themselves, “Though we fall seven times, we get up for the eighth: Perseve–” They’re cut off by the staff and then scolded for not wearing name tags. A staff member quickly scribbles their misspelled names on paper, and they’re ordered to their places to start their rehearsal without a mic check.But Team Persevere isn’t one to disappoint, as they fill up the stage with their performance. In true Team Persevere fashion, they perform the song as if they’re performing a mini-musical while Se-jong watches with his Impact members by the stage. He smiles as he watches his old teammates, though his expression betrays a hint of jealousy when he sees Ray catching Hae-ra as she slips.The staff seem impressed but quickly move on to the next rehearsal, since Impact has been standing by for a whole ten minutes. As Team Persevere exit the stage, they’re met with Impact, and Ki-joon greets Jang Goon with a mocking smile. Jang Goon gets a flashback to his middle school day, and haughty Ki-joon insults them as dogs and pigs making their debut. Hae-ra calls him out for his harsh words, but Ki-joon counters that he’s their sunbae and walks onstage.Hae-ra tries to follow them, but Se-jong stops her, advising her to not listen their pointless words. He asks about her ankle and gives her some spray to put on her shoes. Speaking stiffly, she thanks him for the concern but advises him to take care of his personal life first. He grabs her and clarifies that it’s all a misunderstanding — it’s not what she thinks it is. Hae-ra thinks back to Se-jong’s response when she tried to clear up their misunderstanding and repeats his exact words to him: “Whatever you do, whoever you do it with — there’s no reason to tell me.” Ouch, but also touché.Ray steps in, which earns him a glare from Se-jong and a warning to stay out of this. But Se-jong is called away for his rehearsal, leaving another misunderstanding unresolved. Scarlet justifies her actions to Daddy in his office (decorated with awards for his parodied idol groups: CARA, 6PM, and Boy’s Generation among them), explaining that she was angry that she wasn’t going to win the triple crown, frustrated with Se-jong, and annoyed by the reporter. But she quickly apologizes to Daddy when she realizes how mad he’s become.He orders her to return to the music show, and when she refuses, he explains it in a way that makes sense to her level of intelligence. If they let Team Persevere perform, Woo-ri, the girl who’s the voice of Scarlet, is going to debut. At this news, Scarlet rushes out, and President Hwang shakes his head in embarrassment.As Team Persevere wait for the live broadcast, they eat take-out Chinese and Tae-poong promises to buy them extra food next time. Just as the reality of their debut starts to hit them, Tae-poong is called over by a staff member with bad news. Scarlet is back to take their place, so they won’t be performing for their debut stage today.Angered and disappointed by their lost opportunity because of Scarlet, Woo-ri cries loudly in the bathroom. Of course, Scarlet enters the bathroom and makes belittling comments about their reunion. Woo-ri criticizes her selfishness, and Scarlet notes that she’s different than them — she can do whatever she wants, whenever she wants.Hae-ra enters the bathroom as the argument continues. Woo-ri asks if performing is a joke to her, and Scarlet replies that it is. She didn’t feel like performing before, but now she does. So she will. Seeing Hae-ra, she extends her hand in greeting, but Hae-ra ignores her and escorts Woo-ri out.Scarlet yells at Hae-ra as they leave, warning her not to approach her boyfriend. Ray and Henry find them, which causes Scarlet to quickly turn around to hide her face. She knows the boys from somewhere and doesn’t want to be recognized. The final broadcast schedule is delivered to Impact, and Ki-joon sneers that dogs and pigs weren’t allowed to perform. Se-jong looks through the list (containing more parodied idol groups: VAXX, OAO, Girls Week, Got6, A1B4, and Hae Shabet) and runs out to find Hae-ra (as Noel’s “Fate” plays in the background). He asks what happened, and she tells him that he should know better himself. She reminds him to mind his own business and walks away.Impact performs as Team Persevere watch from below. Ray tries to comfort Hae-ra, though he refrains from actually making contact when he moves to pat her back. The mothers watch from home on the TV, and although Hae-ra’s mom points out Se-jong’s handsome looks on camera, Se-jong’s mom seems more concerned about Team Persevere’s appearance.The MC (cameo by fellow Super Junior member Leeteuk) counts down the votes for the number one performance, which goes to Impact in a landslide victory. Leader Ki-joon expresses his gratitude towards “Father Hwang,” and Scarlet congratulates her hoobaes like a good sunbae should.Leeteuk then asks Se-jong for some words regarding his scandal with Scarlet. Looking at Team Persevere, he takes the mic to apologize to those who are having a difficult time because of their company. Then he thanks Tae-poong for always being there for him. Yay for public humiliation and gratitude, but I fear for his fate under President Hwang.The mothers watch the ending in disappointment, wondering what happened to the kids’ debut, and Hae-ra’s mom congratulates Se-jong’s mom for her son’s win. They’re both hurt for the kids’ sake, and Se-jong’s mom assures her that there will be another opportunity. When Hae-ra calls, Mom pretends that she was too busy and forgot to watch the live broadcast, which breaks my heart.As expected, President Hwang loses it. He bursts into Impact’s waiting room and slaps Se-jong. After Manager Pyun shuts the door, he slaps him again. When Se-jong remains silent and doesn’t apologize, President Hwang takes off his watch, ready to do more damage. Thankfully, Ki-joon enters the room, and President Hwang leaves before more witnesses arrive. Ki-joon reminds Se-jong about his warning to not act up and hands him a handkerchief to clean up his busted lip. There are people around, and he should avoid making a scene.Deflated Team Persevere returns in the van as Hae-ra narrates their feelings:Hae-ra: Once you fight a cold, you develop an immunity to it. But if you keep catching the cold, you begin to fall. When my father suddenly passed away on my birthday, when we got dropped from Super Week, and even our failed debut today. Because of the malicious cold that comes at every happy moment, I’m hurting.A mysterious person uploads the rehearsal footage of Team Persevere onto Youtube, and by the next morning, it’s become a viral hit. At their respective jobs, the mothers are shown the footage, which puts smiles on their faces. Team Persevere gathers to watch the video and wonder who uploaded their rehearsal, since it wasn’t Tae-poong.Then Tae-poong gets a casting call, which grabs the attention of the team. He agrees to take the offer and smiles in amusement as the team worries if their debut will be for real this time. And it is! Only, it’s at a Buddhist monk’s radio. HA. But Team Persevere is happy to finally make their debut, and Hae-ra narrates, “Even without a large stage or a cheering crowd, we were able to make a successful debut. And like that, we fought off another cold.”But it’s a different story one month later. Se-jong narrates that he’s in the midst of struggling with an ordeal of a different kind, and we see him approach the police station, swarmed by reporters. He ignores them as they take pictures, and continues inside. 

MBC Drama “Kill Me, Heal Me” Episode 10 Recap

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MBC Drama “Kill Me, Heal Me” Episode 10 Recap
By: DramabeansIn Do-hyun’s dream, his child-self huddles in the basement playroom, but he smiles when a hand reaches towards him. Adult Do-hyun realizes that someone else was in the basement with him, and asks who it is. Child Do-hyun grips the hand and beseeches the figure not to go, to stay and play with him. They fall asleep together, hands clasped.In the present, mirroring his dream, sleeping Do-hyun grips Ri-jin’s hand, and murmurs the same words.They wake up facing each other, and Ri-jin asks him if he’s okay. Then her eyes widen, and she asks, “Shin Se-gi?” In a moment, he’s on top of her, demanding to know why she’s in Do-hyun’s bedroom. Trapped beneath him, she tells him about becoming Do-hyun’s secret doctor. Se-gi jumps to the conclusion that her job is to get rid of him. He drags her out by the wrist, determined not to leave her at Do-hyun’s side, but she argues that she’s here as an arbiter so he and Do-hyun can work things out. Temper flaring, he says that this can only end if one of them disappears, and she can’t choose them both. “Would you like me to disappear?” he asks her. Cupping her hands over his, she says it’s not her choice to make.“You’ve completely fallen for Cha Do-hyun,” he says. Does she really believe his intentions are innocent? Se-gi leaves her with the laptop containing his video message to Do-hyun.She follows Se-gi instead, and he tells her that since Do-hyun broke the “rule,” he’ll have to punish him. He explains that Ri-jin is Do-hyun’s hostage, so he can both protect his woman, and threaten Se-gi. It’s funny that he’s not exactly wrong.He sweeps out and Ri-jin chases him down and slips. On her knees, she begs him to tell her what he’s planning. He cryptically replies that he’s going to ruin Do-hyun’s world — so much that he can never clean it up: “So that he’ll hide and never come back, I’m thinking of punishing him thoroughly.”He turns away, and Ri-jin clutches him in a hug. “Let’s go together,” she tries. He breaks out of her grip. “If you’re not going to have me, don’t touch me,” he tells her. He locks her in and leaves in the red Ferrari.Ri-jin returns to the laptop, and gasps at the video of Se-gi warning Do-hyun not to mess with his woman. Ri-jin looks up Chae-yeon’s address, and Chief Ahn arrives. Ri-jin assigns the chief to stay at the apartment in case of Se-gi’s return. She takes to the road, with a good idea of where he went. Chae-yeon’s reception of her engagement ring from Ki-joon is subdued. He sweetly apologizes for his reaction to the rumors, and for putting his reputation before her feelings. He puts the ring on her finger with a happy smile.Later, she walks Ki-joon to his car. He spots the red Ferrari but doesn’t see Se-gi. Immersed in the shadows, Se-gi watches Chae-yeon go inside.Chae-yeon’s phone rings, and she eventually answers what she thinks is Do-hyun’s call. She tells him she’s engaged to Ki-joon and he shouldn’t call again. Undeterred, Se-gi pulls her strings, telling her he misses her and wants to meet. She continues to be brusque, but is freaked out when he notes that she’s alone, since Ki-joon just left. Her doorbell rings and Se-gi goads her to open it — it might be Ki-joon. Although she can’t see anyone, she opens the door anyway, only to be greeted by Se-gi. Note to readers: Don’t try this at home, seriously.She tells him to leave, and reminds him of his (i.e. Do-hyun’s) warning to avoid him if he crossed the line. Se-gi is mildly impressed by Do-hyun’s forethought. Seeing her engagement ring, he muses that he wanted to put it on her, and Chae-yeon wears a caught expression.He barges his way in in the name of wine, and the door clicks shut behind them.Ri-jin parks up behind Se-gi’s car, and catches him coming out of Chae-yeon’s house. He doesn’t tell her what happened. Shrugging off her grip again, he heads to his car. She points him to her car — no, not the driver’s seat — and he complies with the enthusiasm of a sullen teenager.She demands to know what happened with Chae-yeon. His answer, to use her imagination according to how much she trusts him, frustrates her. But he’s made his point. He tells her that the mad curiosity she feels about not knowing what he’s been doing is exactly how he feels about her and Do-hyun. And she betrayed his trust, he adds. I just noticed how much lower Se-gi’s voice is than Do-hyun’s.Ri-jin is tired of his games, and asks him what it will take him to stop. Looking her in the eye, he says, “Instead of me, kill Cha Do-hyun.” She doesn’t even have that level of ability, she replies. They’re met at home by an anxious Chief Ahn, and Se-gi chides him for not recognizing him. Chief Ahn suggests Ri-jin stay elsewhere for the night, but she declines — she and Se-gi have things to talk about.Pouring himself some wine, Se-gi tells her that if she stayed in the hope of Do-hyun returning, she’ll be disappointed. “That jerk is never coming back. The seal to his memory has been broken,” he elaborates. Ri-jin asks if he knows about the year’s worth of missing memory. “Of course,” he replies, “because I was born to cope with them.”Following a hunch, she asks if she is in them. He promises to tell her only if she chooses him. Ri-jin explodes. Is he stupid? She already told him she doesn’t have that ability, but he replies that the longer she delays in choosing him, the more he will ravage Do-hyun’s world. She sleeps on Do-hyun’s couch, and a blanket is drawn over her. She opens her eyes, and asks, “Cha-gun?” He responds, “Yes, I’m Cha Do-hyun.” Oh no, this is too suspicious. That look in his eyes is too calculating. She was worried he was gone, and she tells him she can’t handle Se-gi. He thanks her for what she’s done so far.The next morning, Se-gi pulls up at Chae-yeon’s house as she comes out. She’s startled by his full Se-gi glory, all sharp wardrobe and styled hair. But he’s only here to collect his car, and tells her he’ll be back tomorrow for the other one. At the company, Ki-joon is disturbed to see Se-gi come out of the same car he saw outside Chae-yeon’s house the night before.Se-gi’s edgy look turns heads all morning, and he plucks hearts left and right, while captions (“an uncommonly handsome man”) follow him. Hahahaha. He makes himself comfortable in Grandma Seo’s office, and greets dead Grandpa’s portrait from her chair, a cynical smile on his face.Secretary Ri-jin and Chief Ahn scour the company looking for Do-hyun. A run-in with Ki-joon’s secretary makes them realize that it’s Se-gi in the driver’s seat, not Do-hyun.Se-gi flips boredly through a presentation, legs resting on the table…in the middle of a staff meeting. Lol. Ri-jin and Chief Ahn burst in, and since Se-gi won’t leave quietly, they end up wheeling the recalcitrant VP out by the chair.In the corridor, Se-gi fumes. He throws off Ri-jin’s arms, telling her not to touch him. Annoyed with his repeated anti-touch tirades, she puts her hands aaalllll over him while he flails, but Chief Ahn restrains her with the reminder that they’re at the office.This puts Se-gi back in control. He points out that here, he is VP Cha Do-hyun, and he has a meeting to attend. He wheels himself back in. He’s such a teenager, ha. Chief Ahn tells her Se-gi’s right — the meeting is mandatory so he has to attend. He’s interrupted by a call from Do-hyun’s mom, inquiring after Ri-jin. The staff meeting is properly under way, headed by Ki-joon. Se-gi is so focused on making notes that he doesn’t notice Ki-joon addressing him. Chief Ahn, hovering nearby, looks over Se-gi’s shoulder, and LOL his “notes” are variations on “Oh Ri-jin ♥ Shin Se-gi" and cusses against his cousin. Hahaha. Chief Ahn hurriedly disposes of it.Ki-joon asks Se-gi if he's found Omega. Se-gi has no idea what that means ("Do I even have to catch tuna for you now?"), but Chief Ahn interjects that the film rights have been secured, and signed off on by the mystery writer himself.Ki-joon grudgingly acknowledges his efforts, but tells him the production will now be turned over to someone else. “How cheap,” Se-gi shoots. He accuses Ki-joon of using him, and asks if he isn't ashamed to openly cast him off like this, now that he's got what he wants. The rest of the employees gape, but Ki-joon doesn’t rise to it. He simply repeats that the other manager will now head the production. But Chief Ahn reports that Omega’s contract condition was that Do-hyun remain in charge of it.But in his office later, Ki-joon loses his temper with his secretary (who’s impressed by Do-hyun’s puppy-to-hyena transformation) and has a fit of fury on his own.Se-gi wonders to Chief Ahn how Do-hyun can be such a fool as to take being put down all the time. Chief Ahn schools him on “responsibility” — unlike him, Do-hyun endures what he must to take care of what he has to protect. Se-gi snarks that the chief and Do-hyun sure are a match made in heaven, but it’s a shame since Do-hyun’s never coming back. Se-gi notes that he hasn’t seen Ri-jin for a while, and Chief Ahn says she’s meeting with his mom. The news causes Se-gi to seize the chief by the lapels, furiously demanding to know where she is and what the hell he was thinking in putting them together. He storms away after her.At a restaurant, Do-hyun’s mom gifts Ri-jin a handbag. Although she doesn’t want to accept it, Mom makes her snip the label off and forces her to keep it. She admits it was a bribe, and asks after her son.Remembering Do-hyun’s nightmares, Ri-jin asks Mom about his year of missing memories, and whether anything bad happened to him then. Mom shifts in her seat and says nothing happened. Ri-jin then asks if he had a close friend his age when he was younger, and now Mom isreally rattled. But she’s saved (or not) by Se-gi’s arrival. He barks at Ri-jin to get up, and before he drags her out, turns to Mom in warning, “Don’t call her out again.” After he leaves, Mom panics at the thought that he might have remembered everything.Se-gi deposits Ri-jin in his car. She can’t understand why he’s so angry, and tells him his mom must be lonely and in pain. Se-gi, his voice rough with his own pain, spits back, “In pain? Lonely?” Should he take off her mask, he asks, and reveal what kind of woman she is?“At the scene of abuse, where a person’s soul was being fragmented, there are three types of people. Victim, assailant…and bystander. If just one of those three were absent, the bad thing wouldn’t have happened.” Ri-jin processes the confession of abuse with horror, while Se-gi continues. “That woman was a bystander. Using that [knowledge] as a weapon, she has survived in Seungjin. Even now, she orders them around under its threat. But could I love that woman?” he asks Ri-jin, struggling to contain his feelings.Ri-on does some indoor rock-climbing with his editor, but his mind is elsewhere. He puts together all the pieces of his research, along with his encounters with Do-hyun and his various alters, until he figures something out. Ri-jin echoes in his head: “What if it happens against his will?” Her connection to Do-hyun, her job as his private doctor…a man she likes — it all resolves into a picture he doesn’t like at all.Se-gi and Ri-jin arrive back at his apartment, and he orders her to pack up — they’re leaving. But she asks him why he keeps quiet, when he knows what the missing memories are. He’s slow to answer, and without meeting her eyes, he says, “That bastard can’t handle it.”Ri-jin disagrees — Do-hyun can handle it. “Then we will die!” Se-gi shouts, “We were made to take his pain for him. If his pain goes away, all of us die.” His ultimatum to Ri-jin finally makes sense: Either Do-hyun carries on living like he has been, or Se-gi lives instead of him. It can only be one or the other.She repeats her earlier question to him. The memories which he has, that Do-hyun doesn’t — is she in them? He doesn’t answer.The doorbell rings, and Ri-jin is surprised that it’s Ri-on. Taking her by the hand, he tells her they’re going home. Ignoring her objections, he sticks her into his car and threatens to tell everyone at ID Entertainment that Do-hyun has DID if she leaves it. She’s shocked that he knows. He tells her that now he knows about the dangerous situation, he can’t leave her there, so she should just do as she’s told. “Are you even her real brother?” Se-gi asks, arriving on the scene. “Cha Do-hyun?” Ri-on asks. The two men face off, and Ri-on clocks that this isn’t Do-hyun. Se-gi wonders how many people have caught on to their secret.Ri-on informs him that he’s taking his sister back, but Se-gi demands to know on what authority he’s doing so. “As her brother,” he replies. Se-gi threatens to take his eyes out if he carries on claiming a brother’s rights while looking at her with the eyes of a man. Ri-on remains unruffled. He tells Se-gi that he has even less right. In his ear, he finishes, “Because you are Seungjin Group’s son.”His words root Se-gi to the spot. As they drive away, his eyes well up and his face contorts with pain.In the car, Ri-jin asks what he said to Se-gi to make him look so sad. Ri-on is too angry to engage in their usual camaraderie. Arriving home, he instructs his sister to ask their parents’ forgiveness. He also tells her not to mention either Do-hyun’s name or Seungjin’s.The family have company already. Dr. Seok regales the parents with proud stories of their daughter, who comes in right on cue.After her confession, Ri-jin is all contrition. But her parents are still disappointed that she lied to them (and Mom tries to beat her with a pineapple, LOL), and even more shocked to find that Dr. Seok also knew. They deplore her for not trusting them, but Dr. Seok explains that it was because she had to keep the patient’s secret. He tells them that he’s ashamed of trying to dissuade her, when she followed her conscience as a doctor, and asks them to forgive her this time.Ri-on burns the midnight oil looking through his Cha family scrapbook. He sighs that Do-hyun hasn’t, in fact, been living happily all this time, “Seeing how your heart has been broken to pieces.”Ri-jin joins Dr. Seok for late-night snacks and thanks him for his support earlier. He asks about Do-hyun not coming back. She tells him that Se-gi said he went into hiding when the seal to his memory broke, but Dr. Seok doesn’t know what it means either. Ri-jin thinks the key to the memory is in the last nightmare he had.She worries that he really might not return. Dr. Seok thinks there’s a possibility that when the seal broke, there was some kind of exchange between them. Either Do-hyun will come back stronger, or Se-gi will overpower him and stay in control.Se-gi watches himself in the mirror, and Dr. Seok continues in voiceover: The most important thing for Do-hyun is how he’ll deal with the pain of his memories. “All we can do is trust him and wait,” he finishes.“Are you there, Cha Do-hyun?” Se-gi asks his reflection. It’s time to deal with the past, he tells him. The people who made him into a monster can’t be let off. “Shall I do it, or will you? If you want to do it, come out. You can’t?” This scene is cut so hauntingly. If he can’t, then he should just stay crumpled up and never come back, he tells his distorted image. But a tear rolls out, belying his angry words.He leaves the bathroom, and all that remains is an empty reflection.Grandma Seo enters her dark office and is shocked by Se-gi’s presence. Se-gi tells her he was only doing what she said, “Like a night robber, making no sound. Living quietly as if I didn’t exist.” She’s suddenly fearful, and with that sharp smile, he asks if she remembers. He muses that everyone thinks he’s lost his memories — as if they hoped for it.She asks him what he wants. Seungjin Group, he says. “Give it to me, Grandmother.” He tells her that waiting for her son to wake up is futile, and picks up his portrait. Grandma is frantic to retrieve her precious picture from him and they scuffle.He purposely drops it, and to her distress, it shatters. Her usual ire returns and she raises her hand to hit him, but he blocks her easily. Se-gi offers to end her lingering attachment for her, and fear fills her face. Se-gi drives furiously, and arrives at his father’s bedside. All we can see is Se-gi’s twisted reflection until he settles by his father.Stroking his face, he tells him he shouldn’t have saved him back then, seeing how he’s in a coma now. “I became a monster because of you, father. Should I…let you rest peacefully?” His hand moves ominously towards a valve.From deep inside, a disembodied voice asks why he’s being disturbed: “I’ve suffered so much.” Is Do-hyun back? With tears on his face, his hand touches his father’s cheek. “Father…” he sighs.COMMENTSWas seeing his assailant’s face the trigger Do-hyun needed to wake up?

Mnet Drama “Persevere, Gu Hae-ra” Episode 4 Recap

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Mnet Drama “Persevere, Gu Hae-ra” Episode 4 Recap
 By: DramabeansSe-jong walks home at night. As soon as he steps inside the door, he sees Hae-ra throwing her arms around the new guy who bears his twin’s face, and the two guys catch each other’s eyes in a mini-stare-down.  Then we’re back at the fight in the alley, where Se-chan’s doppelganger is knocked out by pickpockets. All goes black, and sometime later they’re at the police station, where the moms arrive and fuss over Hae-ra. Jaws drop when the new guy turns to greet them, introducing himself as Ray Kim Hanson.They take Ray home to hear the story, and he explains that when Henry sent him that photo of Se-chan three years ago from the Superstar K auditions, he was so shocked that he had to come to Korea.Mom seems to understand immediately what’s going on, and her mind flashes back to December of 1989: She’s very pregnant when she arrives at the single mothers’ center, and gives birth to Se-jong. An employee brings another baby to her for help nursing it, because while his elder twin was adopted to the U.S. right away, the younger twin wasn’t taken because he fell ill. His birth mother died soon after childbirth, and so Mom took in Se-chan as her own.Ray is saddened to have come too late to meet his brother, and Mom assures him that Se-chan grew up well. She treats Ray with cool civility, telling him to go back home; I guess it must be too painful having him around. But Ray heard about Se-chan’s bucket list from Henry and wants to see it. Since he has no place to go, Mom agrees to put him up until he returns to the States. The Impact idols practice hard, and are peeved when Se-jong says he has to miss rehearsal tomorrow for a personal reason. Their reaction doesn’t change his mind, though, and he promises to get his part down perfect for the next rehearsal.Hae-ra gets a temporary gig playing music at a dance studio, and the dancers ask her to play anything while they warm up. (They’re dancers from Mnet’s dancing survival showDancing 9, Choi Soo-jin and Lee Seon-tae.) Hae-ra picks Lim Ki-hoon’s “The Day We Met,” a song she used to sing with Se-chan; it’s also the song that Ray watches his twin singing in one of the video clips Se-chan recorded. The two scenes form a sort of duet-from-the-beyond, separate but together, and Hae-ra cries a little as she finishes. The next day is Se-jong’s birthday, and Hae-ra helps his mother prepare dinner. He exchanges a shy greeting with Hae-ra, then notices his mother setting an extra place at the table. Who’s coming?Mom and Hae-ra exchange looks before they bring out the visitor. Gah, you couldn’t give a guy a little warning? Se-jong looks up in astonishment at Ray, and struggles to process as his mother tells him that Se-chan is still her son and his brother—but he’s also Ray’s brother. Se-jong says bitterly, “So I’m not his real brother, and he is?” Hae-ra explains that Ray came all this way to see that bucket list, and that just adds to the hurt. “That bucket list—I was the only one who didn’t know,” Se-jong says. He excuses himself angrily.Ray just sits there quietly, and Mom asks him to understand Se-jong’s shock. When she asks when he’s flying back to the U.S., he asks for a favor—there’s something he wants to do for Se-chan first.Hae-ra chases Se-jong out, and he turns on her angrily. How could she keep the bucket list from him? “I’m his brother!” he says, not some stranger who comes out of nowhere. If anybody had the right to know about Se-chan’s list or to do anything about it, it was him. “You lied to me,” he accuses.Hae-ra turns that right around on him—he lied to her about taking Se-chan’s place in the idol contract. He’s stunned that she knows, while she exclaims that she could have hated him her whole life because of it. “Was your reply to my confession also a lie?” she adds.He avoids a direct answer, saying just that it’s not important right now, and that he wouldn’t have accepted her confession in any case. He would have cared for her, “but not as a woman.” He says firmly, almost meanly, that she is only a friend and should get rid of any lingering feelings.That night Hae-ra sobs to herself on her balcony, and Ray overhears from his own. Se-jong drinks heavily at a pojangmacha, and just as I’m about to retort that he earnedthis pain on his own, we get another set of flashbacks to illuminate his behavior. After getting thwacked by their teacher for ditching school to go to the Panic concert, Se-chan injured his ear. He’d told his hyung to repay him with a wish later, and then called in that favor during Super Week. He’d admitted that he thought Hae-ra liked Se-jong, and said, “My wish… is Hae-ra.”Oof. Amazing how one flashback can turn my feelings right around. As he drinks, Se-jong pulls out an old note and re-reads it. In the form of their balcony whiteboard, it’s a song request: To Se-jong, from Hae-ra, Toy’s “Good Person” (“Kang Se-jong is always a good person to me”). He gets completely drunk, and Scarlet finds him slumped on the front steps of the agency. She joins him and asks why, and Se-jong talks to her like she’s Hae-ra, slurring that he refuses to accept that other guy as Se-chan’s hyung. With tears in his eyes, he says miserably, “Gu Hae-ra, you shouldn’t do that. You’re the girl my only brother liked. You know what Se-chan’s last wish was? It was you, Gu Hae-ra. How could I like you then?”Just then, President Hwang and a producer step outside within earshot. Knowing that a drunk trainee would be in dire trouble, Scarlet pulls Se-jong around the corner, where he pitches forward, half-conscious. Her heart starts to pound as he leans into her, and combined with those vulnerable tears, she’s smitten.Ray comes along to rehearsal to ask permission to join them, and Team Persevere gapes in surprise, marveling at how identical he is to Se-chan. Tae-poong first requires a test of his singing ability, and Ray picks Lee Jang-woo’s “Since We Met” because he’d seen it in Se-chan’s videos.It’s another painfully familiar song for Hae-ra, and when Tae-poong indicates that she should join in the duet, she drags her feet. But despite her reluctance, they have musical rapport right from the start, and her mind flashes back to singing this with Se-chan. It makes her teary as she looks at Ray—the mindfuckery inherent in this setup is definitely understandable. Tae-poong delivers the verdict: Ray has a great voice, but needs practice. So get crackin’.Se-jong requests a release from his contract, promising to pay back the contract breach fee and all the costs sunk into his training. President Hwang says there’s no way he could repay everything, and ominously insinuates that he’d ruin Se-jong and his family if he doesn’t do as he’s ordered.And thus, the Impact debut continues as planned. They’re a smash from the start, shooting up the charts and amassing tremendous popularity from Day 1. It’s a different story for Tae-poong, who staggers out of the bank looking at his empty account. His father only offers a contrite, “I’m sorry. I meant to not touch your money again…” He returns to the studio with heavy heart, because that money was meant to provide for the kids’ lodging and training.He finds the kids at Se-jong’s place, where the moms are treating them to a barbecue party. Woo-ri sighs that it must be great fun for the boys to bunk together, and it turns out that Jang Goon is also crashing here. He says uneasily that his father allowed it, but his unsettled expression tells us that’s not the full story. Sure enough, we jump over to his father, who has gone to his study house lodgings only to find that Jang Goon isn’t here anymore. He’s furious and demands that his daughter ‘fess up where her kid brother went.At the barbecue party, the two moms sigh wistfully that it would be nice to share a house since they’re so close anyway, though one apartment is too small for all of them. Tae-poong starts to get an idea and makes a proposal to the moms, piling on the flattery by calling them noonim. He even throws in some aegyo, which looks both hilarious and wrong, coming from him. (Tae-poong is adorable. He’s fast becoming a favorite.) And so, in the name of trainee lodging, Tae-poong tears down the wall dividing the two homes, enlisting the team in the remodeling process. As they work, Henry starts riffing on the piano and tells them all to have fun while they do it, singing to Yoon Sang’s “One More Step”: Even though we’re one step slower, it doesn’t make us that much later…That evening, Hae-ra falls asleep on the couch and dreams of riding in a taxi. She’s with Ray instead of Se-chan, but the scene unfolds the same way and a truck barrels toward them. She wakes with a start, and when she sees Ray standing there, she grabs him in a bear hug, sobbing, “Oh thank god, I thought you died…” That’s the scene Se-jong walks in on (and immediately out of), and Hae-ra realizes she’d confused the situation. She quickly steps back and apologizes to Ray, then hurries off. Ray finds the CD Se-jong dropped off: Impact’s debut, for his mother.Aw, and as he walks away, Se-jong pulls out a second CD that he didn’t leave behind, for “Peanut.” Welling up with frustration, he starts running, running, running until he can’t run anymore.Meanwhile, both Ray and Hae-ra lie awake in bed that night, thinking of what happened earlier.The combined households now make up a bona fide boardinghouse, and everybody sits down to breakfast together, which shines a light on a few sticky points. First, there’s Jang Goon, who can’t share family-style dishes without twitching, and then Henry reinforces his pervert image by mishearing Korean words for more salacious interpretations. (For instance, he mishears salted roe (myeong-ran-jeot) for Hae-ra’s mom’s boobs (Myeong-ran’s jeot). Pwahaha.)I love how the moms, who were happy to treat their kids’ friends, aren’t going to turn themselves into the wait staff. Se-jong’s mom lays down the rules, essentially making everything self-serve. And self-clean.Hae-ra and Ray lose the “not me” game and get stuck dishwashing, and she apologizes for yesterday. He’s guessed that she mistook him for his brother, and asks what Se-chan was like. She describes him as always smiling no matter what and supposes Ray is curious about him. He says yes, and adds that he’s also curious about her, since she figures so largely in the diary.A knock at the door sounds the arrival of an unexpected guest: Jang Goon’s father, who is spitting mad that his son ran away and has quit his university prep classes. Jang Goon hangs his head apologetically but displays a bit of spine when he refuses to go with Dad, saying that he understands that his father’s wish is for him to fulfill Dad’s and noona’s unfulfilled education hopes: “But what about me? What about what I want?” Jang Goon apologizes for being such a son, but asks his father not to come looking for him again and walks out. The moms invite Dad for sympathy drinks, listening as he airs his grievances. He describes what it feels like to be good at nothing but making noodles, and how you can’t do anything without a college degree in this world. His one dream is for Jang Goon to go to university and get a stable job.Later as Dad leaves the building, Jang Goon watches him leave, feeling torn. Tae-poong is proud to announce to the team that he’s found an in-demand songwriter to write their debut song. He leads them in the choreography as they rehearse (g.o.d’s“Where You Should Be”), and Ray’s first rehearsal is a success. The team welcomes him with cake (and then assaults him with cake).Tae-poong has been consistently been annoyed with Henry’s informal behavior (which feels disrespectful to him), and decides to speed his acclimation to Korean society. His solution: the bathhouse, which he insists is a key part of life and bonding for the Korean male. Henry goes along with it despite finding it odd, and then the boys compliment each other’s junk, because of course they do.That night, Hae-ra calls Se-jong (his number still unsaved in her phone), feeling nostalgic in the wake of Team Persevere’s reunion. Getting no answer, she sighs aloud, which prompts Ray to comment from his balcony. He asks about their school, wanting to visit it.Se-jong thinks to the embrace he witnessed, and flashes back to a scene from his high school days, when he and Hae-ra had been studying together. She’d nodded off, and he’d cupped her head to prevent it from banging into the desk, then gently nudged it onto his shoulder. And with their faces inches apart, he’d leaned in closer… closer…He shakes aside the memory. Then he checks his phone and sees the missed call from Hae-ra, finger itching to hit the call button. But it doesn’t.Hae-ra takes Ray to school that night, and is surprised when he knows all of Se-chan’s sayings and reactions. He tells her that the diary is half about her, and half about Se-jong, and asks what kind of person Se-jong is.They sit down on the bleachers outside and she describes Se-jong—he may be smart, but she finds him frustrating because he never talks. (Tell me about it.) He’s got a lot of secrets, and she doesn’t understand why. She looks momentarily excited when her phone starts ringing, but is disappointed when it’s just Mom—a reaction Ray notices.Jang Goon’s phone alerts him that today is his father’s birthday. Over at Dad’s restaurant, Dad drinks with his buddies, who take turns bragging about their kids—salaried, educated, prosperous all. That’s when Jang Goon enters, and when the friends ask what he’s up to these days, Dad quickly blurts that he’s preparing to study abroad. The ajusshis applaud his wise decision to quit that music nonsense, but put in a song request on Dad’s behalf.Dad sits there awash in shame while Jang Goon plays his guitar, singing to the classic Lee Seung-hwan ballad “Family.” Great, I’m crying two bars in already, and that’s before he gets to the part about juggling expectations and disappointment: How can I please my parents’ hearts? / I don’t know / I want to say what my loving heart feels / But it only feels awkward…Then when the friends tell Jang Goon to hurry up and get settled so his father doesn’t have to keep working, Dad can’t hold back anymore and lashes out at them. What do they care what his son does? Have their kids ever sung them songs? He breaks up the party and kicks his astonished friends out, while Jang Goon feels terrible knowing he’s the source.Gruffly, Dad tells him he liked the song: “But I wish you would come to your senses and return to your place.”Time for another cameo: It’s songwriter Yoon Sang, hosting his radio show, and the Hwangje idols are his guests of the day—Se-jong, Ki-joon, and Scarlet. Turns out Yoon Sang is the songwriter who promised Team Persevere a song, so Tae-poong arrives at the station with Hae-ra in tow. Se-jong, Hae-ra, and Tae-poong stiffen upon seeing each other while the interview continues. Scarlet is asked why she picked Se-jong as her ideal type, and Ki-joon cuts in to say that Se-jong is full of aegyo. Ha, that’s actually funny. DJ Yoon Sang requests a demonstration, putting him on the spot, and Se-jong uneasily musters a half-hearted “puing-puing.” HAHA. (At least he returns the favor by saying Ki-joon also likes aegyo, forcing him to join in.)A listener requests a demonstration of Scarlet’s awesome vocals, and she coughs an excuse about her voice not being up to it. Yoon Sang presses for a short display, and Scarlet can’t reasonably refuse, so she starts singing a few measures before coughing up a fit. I’m pretty sure Se-jong notices something’s off with her voice (and Ki-joon already knows she’s a fraud), but Se-jong swoops in to the rescue to pick up the song, salvaging the moment. Afterward, Tae-poong greets Yoon-sang, and Hae-ra tells him enthusiastically how thrilled she is to get to sing his song. That makes Yoon Sang fidget and request to speak to Tae-poong alone, which can’t be a good sign.Sure enough, once they’re alone Yoon Sang breaks the bad news—he won’t be able to give him a song after all. He adds the caution that those kids aren’t likely to get a song from any other songwriters, either. Hm, is that just friendly concern, or does he mean somebody’s interfering? As the idols leave, Scarlet asks Se-jong suggestively if his radio show rescue was a bit of flirting. At least he tells her flatly that he’s never responded to her flirting, though she’s not the type to let that stop her.Just then, Hae-ra charges up to him asking to speak. Scarlet tries to fob her off, thinking her some random fan, but Se-jong identifies her as a friend and grabs her arm, pulling her aside. Now Scarlet really racks her brains (a task, that!) to place why Hae-ra’s name sounds so familiar.And then it hits—his drunken, tearful confession. Se-jong pulls Hae-ra aside and pretends that he didn’t see her call last night. Hae-ra beats around the bush, making small talk that’s obviously not her real reason for wanting to talk, and he impatiently tells her to get to the point.Hae-ra says that her hug with Ray was a misunderstanding. He replies that there’s nothing to misunderstand because it doesn’t concern him. To really get the message across, he repeats it harshly: “Whatever you do, whomever you do it with—there’s no reason to tell me. I won’t do that either.”Hae-ra grabs his arm as he turns away—and then Scarlet darts in and grabs her arm, warning her to back off.

Mnet Musical Drama “Persevere, Gu Hae-ra” Episode 3 Recap

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Mnet Musical Drama “Persevere, Gu Hae-ra” Episode 3 Recap
A brief opening scene shows Hae-ra running down a street until she comes upon a fight in the alley. One of the guys looks just like Se-chan… but it can’t be him. Can it? A montage reminds us that Se-chan just died (omg he diiiiiied), and we hear his dying words: “I’m okay. Help Hae-ra first. Please.”After the funeral, Hae-ra catches a glimpse of the passing stranger with Se-chan’s face. But when she runs after him to make sure, she finds nobody there. That night, Se-jong returns to the bedroom the twins shared, his mind flashing back to all their times together. The Panic CD was a particular link between them (playing is the song the brothers used to sing together, “Station”)—a scene from high school shows Se-jong, the perfect student, cutting school to see their concert. When a teacher catches them, Se-chan takes the blame and gets thwacked for it.Then there are more recent memories, like the harsh words he’d said the last time they saw each other. Se-jong sobs in the empty room, and the only thing he can say over and over is “I’m so sorry.”Hae-ra applies for a leave of absence from school. A teacher urges her to reconsider, understanding that she’s affected by Se-chan’s death but wanting her to finish school. She passes her old Superstar K teammate Woo-ri in the hall but doesn’t even register her. Woo-ri also applies for a leave of absence, but for a different reason: She gets a job working for Hwangje Entertainment. Her employment is a secret, however, because she’ll be ghosting the vocals for Scarlet. (Guh, so she’s spoiled and untalented?) Woo-ri promises to keep her mouth shut about their arrangement and signs the contract.In the aftermath of his fight with the trainee bully, Se-jong’s solo debut gets yanked and he’s demoted to backup dancer and trainee. Back to square one for him.Hae-ra narrates that they’re all people who sometimes make mistakes, and how sometimes the decision you thought was right ends up hurting you. And sometimes you lose something precious and only realize its meaning after it’s gone. That hits home when she leaves her job as it’s raining and remembers how Se-chan used to pick her up with an umbrella. She crouches right there and bawls her heart out, thinking, “The friend who was the most precious, the life goal that was the most meaningful. In this present where those have disappeared, that realization is the loneliest.”Then, we’re three years later. November 2013.Scarlet is the top idol of the day, and Se-jong is a part of her backup entourage. Mom texts in concern, wanting to see him, and suggests that he drop by to see Hae-ra since she’s worried about her. Scarlet is surprised to see him using an old flip phone and offers to buy him a smartphone, which we know he doesn’t want. Hae-ra fields the same question, but she doesn’t want to upgrade her phone or her number either. Her friend asks if she’s waiting for a certain call.Scarlet’s van drives past the convenience store where Hae-ra works, and Se-jong asks to stop by. He walks in all full of purpose, but before he can say anything to Hae-ra, Scarlet joins him and links arms. Hae-ra excuses herself.Se-jong follows her out, but she dismisses his show of concern, saying he’s never worried about other people. She asks accusingly, “Do you even know that tomorrow is Se-chan’s memorial day? You’re selfish down to the bone.” He says she’s going too far, but she says she could say worse: “Now I can’t even stand the sight of you.” That night, Se-chan’s mother decides to heed the advice of Hae-ra’s mother and let go of Se-chan, rather than living in perpetual grief. She starts putting away his things and tells his photo that she won’t cry for him anymore. That’s when she comes upon his diary, and one entry catches her by surprise.The next day, Hae-ra and her mother come over and find her sobbing over that diary. Hae-ra reads to see what has her so distraught, and sees the last entry is his bucket list (spurred by hyung’s lighthearted suggestion that he figure out what to do with his life). 1. Make it as a singer and take care of Mom2. Realize Hae-ra’s wish, make her father’s song number 13. Clear up hyung’s misunderstanding4. Like hyung, be a son Mom can be proud of5. Make one of hyung’s wishes come true6. Someday, reunite with the Persevere team friends and become famous as superstarsHae-ra promises to make his wish come true, and at least there’s one she can get to work on right away. So she goes to Tae-poong and asks him to accept the Persevere team. He almost lets it slip that Se-chan’s contract ruined Super Week for them, but catches himself before outing Se-jong’s secret. He’s skeptical that the teammates will even want to reunite, but Hae-ra promises to do her best, and flatters Tae-poong to convince him, saying that he’s the only one who can take their talents and make them into something good. Hae-ra’s not sure whether Woo-ri will take her call, so Tae-poong makes the call instead—and gets hung up on because Woo-ri thinks it’s a prank. So he starts singing one of his hits from right there in the cafe, hahaha.Woo-ri meets them and bawls upon hearing about Se-chan. She says she wishes she could help, but can’t because she’s started working. She does have a lead on tracking down Jang Goon, though, and says they can find him via Huh Gak.LOL, that turns out to be the name of a restaurant, not the Superstar K2 winner. Jang Goon turns down the suggestion, saying that when they were cut from the show, he cleanly cut his singing dreams from his life. He’s going to pursue reality now. He drives off on a delivery… and the sight of Tae-poong strutting by has him so in awe that he drives into a pole. HA.Hearing that “Tae-poong hyung” will work with them, Jang Goon offers to think about it. Jang Goon even gets past his germophobia to shake on it—aha, he was a huuuuge Storm fan back in the day.In a flashback to 2001, we see Storm making a visit to a middle school for a special event. Omg, I love ’90s Tae-poong. Jang Goon gets up for his turn, and performs an angry rendition of a Storm song directed at his bully, who’s known as “Little Tae-poong” because he imitates the star. (Hilariously, the song is a Seo Taiji ripoff; we do know Storm was all about the knock-offs. Doubly hilarious, the bully’s name, Sa Ki-joon, also means Fraud Joon.) Jang Goon stands up to Little Fraud for being a bully, which turns him into a target. Then after his performance, Tae-poong tells Young Jang Goon that he’s got courage and a great voice. “When you become a famous singer, let’s meet onstage,” Tae-poong tells him.At Hwangje Entertainment, the trainees are told they will compete against each other for the debut slot: It’ll go to either Se-jong or his antagonizers in the group Impact. Great, as if Se-jong needed more hate directed at him. They have eight hours to prepare. Omo omo! It turns out that Sa Ki-joon is actually Impact’s leader, which makes perfect sense and is also a hilarious way to tie in what I thought was a throwaway joke. Ki-joon is furious to even have to consider Se-jong a rival, while President Hwang finds sadistic pleasure in pitting his kids against each other to draw out their best efforts. That’s smart, but kinda sadistic.In the recording studio, Woo-ri sings her heart out, only to have Scarlet cut her off and toss out insults about how she isn’t trying hard enough, and that this is why she’s relegated to singing for other people. Furious, Woo-ri lets Scarlet have it too, calling her a fake who has to buy her voice—and this gets overheard by Sa Ki-joon from the hallway. Scarlet huffs that Woo-ri’s vocals are a dime a dozen and demands her contract from the manager. Oh please tell me she rips it up herself. That would be too good.Jang Goon accepts the offer to rejoin Team Persevere, and has also managed to locate Henry via his SNS account. But his latest posting is a “Goodbye Korea” message on his way to the airport, so they race to intercept his exit.Scarlet fires Woo-ri, yessss. I’m doing a little dance right now. She is so her own worst enemy, it’s not even worth hating her.Still, it’s crushing to Woo-ri, who just loved having a chance to sing, and she cries as she picks up the ripped contract. The sympathetic producer gives her encouraging words and tells her to finish up the song she was in the middle of recording, so Woo-ri gets back into the booth for a spine-tingling rendition of “Jasmine” (Yoo Sung-eun’s own track from the OST), singing about getting to a point of despair but finding the strength to go on.Then she gets a text from Hae-ra saying that Jang Goon is onboard and they’re going after Henry, asking Woo-ri again to join. So she takes her taped-together contract to Scarlet, who’s done with her tantrum and ready to take her back. Woo-ri just rips it up again and thanks her for dissolving the contract, stalking off feeling great. Henry’s mood is (hilariously, dramatically) sad as he heads to the airport, resigning himself to giving up on his dream and going back to being a chef. His taxi driver notices that they’ve picked up a tail, and Tae-poong manages to get him to pull over.Henry turns them down, saying that all he’s got are emotional scars. Furthermore, he has no friends here and his mother needs him, so he’s going to return to his hometown. Henry continues to the airport, where he takes a seat next to another traveler—it’s variety star Sam Hammington, and they’re both heading to Shanghai. Henry offers to put some of Sam’s excess luggage in his bag, then takes a call from his mother, who’s surprised at his sudden decision to return. Henry explains wanting to take care of Mom now, and while she’s touched at his maturity, she tells him lovingly to pursue his dreams. If she had the last ten years to do over again, she’d want them to happen the same way for his sake. Henry tells Mom he loves her and hangs up feeling freed.He assaults Sam in a bro-hug and wishes him a good trip, totally forgetting he has Sam’s stuff in his bag.Se-jong and the idol trainees perform for the bosses, and Impact is named the winner of the showdown. But President Hwang adds, “You’re Impact, but you have no impact. So Kang Se-jong will be joining Impact.” That was totally your plan from the start, wasn’t it?Ki-joon wonders cynically if Se-jong made a play for this, or maybe he just has rotten good luck. Se-jong agrees that it sure is rotten.Team Persevere heads to Twins’ Chicken and Beer, where they toast to their mission. They drink and catch up on each other’s lives, and when drinks spill on Henry and he asks for something from his suitcase, Woo-ri finds Sam’s stash inside—porn. HAHA. Henry’s “That’s not mine” protest is about as convincing as it sounds. Henry asks what happened to traitor Se-jong, and Woo-ri replies that he’s a trainee preparing for his solo debut. Tae-poong steps out to make a call, and Hae-ra follows him out to return a card he dropped. So she overhears when Tae-poong hears from Se-jong about being forced into Impact.Tae-poong says he met the Persevere friends today, but doesn’t share the information about Se-chan’s bucket list (Hae-ra requested it be kept a secret from Se-jong, because his mother wanted to spare him the pain of knowing). Hae-ra overhears Tae-poong asking, “How long are you going to let the Persevere kids treat you like a criminal?” He suggests that Se-jong clear the air, and that Se-chan would have wanted that—especially since hyung only did it to take his place. Oh thank god she finally knows. She’s in a daze as the friends head out for the night, and she reads over the bucket list again. The little things click into place now, including the thing Se-chan wanted to tell her that last day.Out on the balcony, she sees Se-jong arriving late that night, and ducks when he looks up and sees her. Moments later, he joins her on his adjoining balcony and tosses her his jacket because it’s cold. Her attitude is a lot less hostile now, and she apologizes for speaking harshly the last time. He sees the diary, which she hurriedly hides and says is nothing, and he tells her not to lie because she’s terrible at it.She returns, “Don’t you have something to tell me? Like a secret?” He says he’s got a lot, but declines to share any. It’s sweet to see their old rapport creep back as he worries about her not eating, then covers up the concern by quipping that skinny girls aren’t attractive and she’s ugly enough already. Okay, put in those words it doesn’t sound sweet, but since we know what he means, his intention comes through.Se-jong tells her to sleep well and not be sick. She starts to say something, but he’s already gone. Henry’s currently homeless and penniless, so Hae-ra asks ajumma to put him up temporarily. Once there, he looks around and realizes it’s Se-chan’s old room.Hae-ra types Se-jong’s number back into her phone, deliberating whether or not to store it. And when she knocks her head against it in frustration, it starts calling, to her alarm. She hangs up in a hurry, only to have Se-jong call right back. It’s adorable how she answers calmly while dying of mortification inside, and she fumbles for an excuse. She seizes on his sweatshirt, grumbling for him to take it back.I notice she puts on a pretty coat and lipstick to meet him in the street… and then she totally forgets to even bring the sweatshirt with her. Hee. As they head back home to get it (to Sung Shi-kyung’s “Two People”), Hae-ra is keenly aware of their hands being inches apart, then asks him frankly if he’s using the sweatshirt as an excuse to take her home. He turns that around on her, asking if she used it as an excuse to see him, and when she immediately denies it, he says the same for himself. They tuck their hands into their respective pockets, aw boo.Then Hae-ra stops in the road and faces him, asking if he remembers the drama Autumn Fairy Tale, and that one particular scene. She rises on her tiptoes to place a hand on his shoulder and quotes the line, “Your sin is pardoned.” She tells him that from this day on she’ll forgive everything, so he doesn’t have to feel sorry to her anymore. She doesn’t explain the reasons, just saying that when you hate someone else, you end up hating yourself. She he should just accept her forgiveness, and forgive her for the mean things she said.Confused, he feels her forehead for fever. But he doesn’t question it, and they continue walking. She makes sure he’ll come home for his birthday and sends him off with his sweater.When she returns to her room, she notices the diary is missing and becomes frantic looking for it. She tears apart her room, and then her mom’s van, and sits back in despair for losing it. “Se-chan-ah, I’m sorry,” she thinks. “I must be forgetting you gradually.”She sits in the car crying to herself, the scene fading into stark black and white while the song playing (Hwayobi’s “How Does It Feel?”) narrates her sadness: How does it feel, after you’ve left my side / Is your beautiful appearance still the same? / Still, the thought of forgetting you / or sending you to the other side of memory / is too painful…Team Persevere prepares a song and performs it for Tae-poong (Big Mama’s I-will-survive anthem “Rejection”), who imagines adding musicians to fill out the instrumentation. Guitars, strings, brass… and Se-chan, who takes a mic and joins the vocals to sing, “It’s not over yet…” I love the crash of reality when Tae-poong snaps out of his imagined production to hear what’s actually being produced, which is screechy and raw. Yes, the kids have talent, but they don’t exactly know how to use it yet.Tae-poong points out that they’re all totally different and they’re lacking a unifying voice. Jang Goon blurts that that was Se-chan’s role before cutting himself off.As they’re leaving, Henry gets a call to meet a friend and heads off, leaving Hae-ra to continue on her own… where she crosses paths with a familiar face. It’s Se-chan’s doppelganger, who gets pickpocketed in broad daylight by two tough-looking guys. He starts chasing once he realizes he’s been targeted. The chase zooms by Hae-ra on the street, and she gets a brief glimpse of his face. Stunned, she has to follow.The doppelganger corners one thief in the street, and a fistfight breaks out. He’s got some impressive moves and pretty easily takes down both thieves. But when he crouches over one to get his wallet back, the other one gets up and starts to attack from behind.Hae-ra screams out a warning, but the thief goes for his head with a brick. Thud. EPILOGUE1989. The twins are babies, and their mother coos over them from her room in a center for single mothers. Another woman asks for their names, and then, “Which is your birth son?” Mom looks down at her babies and says, “This one!” 

SBS’s Entertainment “Running Man” Episode 232 Recap

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SBS’s Entertainment “Running Man” Episode 232 Recap
 By: DramabeansWe start off today’s Best Friends Race with an introduction of our cast’s real-life friends in the biz. First up is Jong-kook’s buddy, singer Hong Kyung-min who recently got married in November.  Suk-jin is quick to point out that Jae-suk didn’t attend (due to a scheduling conflict), but Jae-suk says he gave a larger monetary gift to the newlyweds (a customary practice in Korea, though the amount usually depends on how close one is to the family or signifies greater social status. In this case, Jae-suk would be joking about boasting a fatter wallet, and in the end, likely gave more in apology for not being able to attend).Anyhow, Jong-kook has some famous friends (Jang Hyuk, Cha Tae-hyun, and Jo Sung-mo, to name a few), and Kyung-min says while the viewers could anticipate that he and Jong-kook are buddies, he honestly had a hard time trying to place everyone else’s guests, all, “Who are you here for?” Ha. Ji-hyo’s friend is actress Kim Ji-soo (Warm Words), who have known each other for the past decade as they once belonged to the same agency. They became friends over drinks, and Jong-kook remembers that Ji-soo used to be an MC back in his Turbo days.Jae-suk busts a gut to see singer Kim Won-jun, who’s also a college classmate. Suk-jin also happens to be a mutual friend too, though he’s pulled back every time he tries to brag about their singing days.Suk-jin’s “friend” is more like a former colleague in actress Oh Hyun-kyung (Legendary Witch) back when they were paired as MCs two decades ago. Hyun-kyung and Ji-soo hail from the same high school (Kaywon High School of Arts) — a name Jae-suk recognizes because he couldn’t snag a group blind date in his day with those students. Hyun-kyung also knows Kwang-soo (they were former co-stars in the sitcom High Kick Through the Roof), which supports Suk-jin’s earlier statement of: “It seems like all of you are closer to her than I am!”Brown Eyed Girl’s rapper Miryo is here as Gary’s friend, and Kwang-soo momentarily chokes to see his friend, actress Shin Da-eun (Rascal Sons). She speaks openly, mentioning that Kwang-soo seemed to think there was something going on between them in the past.That opens a can of worms, and then she adds, “You confessed your feelings to me once.” Oho, did he now? He can’t brings himself to verbally admit it, but concedes a nod as his answer. Aww. Lastly, Haha’s friend is MC Park Ji-yoon, to whom he refers to as “friend-sshi.” I remember the days when she was an MC with Suk-jin on Star Golden Bell, which spurs the question that Ji-yoon should’ve been paired with him instead. Hyun-kyung (to Kwang-soo): “Then YOU should have been the one to invite me!”Today’s race is to find the bag that contains a golden key by acquiring hints after completing their mini missions. Ji-soo lights up at the thought of money and gold. Ha, just like Ji-hyo would.Newlywed Kyung-min urges his friend Jong-kook to hurry up and get married already. When Jong-kook says he still has to focus on work, Kyung-min doesn’t buy it: “You’ve been working for the past twenty years.”In their car, Won-jun and Jae-suk reminisce about eating street food during their school days. Won-jun admits that he auditioned to be a comedian the same year Jae-suk did; he failed the first round, but recalled seeing that Jae-suk had passed. Jae-suk remembers how over-confident he was back then, bringing up a story of how he picked his ear when receiving his participation award.But Won-jun sweetly says even that contributed to Jae-suk’s fame now, adding that he’s the friend all their fellow classmates brag about. He’s their biggest star, Won-jun notes. Awww.Suk-jin and Hyun-kyung arrive at the snack food restaurant first, and their politeness towards one another only solidifies how awkward they feel around each other. That’s how Won-jun and Jae-suk finds them, and everyone’s a little wary about being allowed to eat before being told what their mission is. Comparing each other’s zodiac signs has Hyun-kyung jump to say that she and Suk-jin’s signs are compatible. Using jargon like zodiac signs and compatibility dates herself, though she also says that Suk-jin’s the only one born in the ’60s.Both teams finish their food, only to learn that they must perform the right action while sharing their food in order to succeed. Hyun-kyung wonders if they’re supposed to share the ddukbokki à la Pepero Game style, and then immediately puts the rice cake in her mouth. And Jae-suk has to stop Suk-jin from biting the other end.Ha, it’s pretty great how proactive and shameless Hyun-kyung is, biting into half a kimbap and immediately feeding Suk-jin the other half. Meanwhile, Kwang-soo and Da-eun get scared by a pigeon, then sit down for some bbopki (a traditional candy of caramelized sugar and baking soda).Whereas Kwang-soo tries to set the semi-romantic mood of cutting out the shape without breaking it, Da-eun is busy at work. He says there should be a hint of nervousness and butterflies in stomach feeling in this activity, to which Da-eun basically says she feels pretty comfortable with him. LOL. Ji-hyo and Ji-soo are surprised to receive sodas instead of the juices they ordered. Ji-hyo has to remind her unni friend not to show her back to the cameras, and tries to decipher the name of the game for clues. The Year of the Dragon ’76 friends Jong-kook and Kyung-min arrive just then, but their cups aren’t as filled as the ladies’.They’re told to drink first, and I have a feeling that this game involves not burping for a full minute afterwards or something. But no, they’re told to order again.The guys do a love shot upstairs, and then the ladies’ hear cackling from the first floor. Could they have gotten it right on the first try? They did, and Kyung-min can’t help but laugh at his own genius whereas Jong-kook thinks it’s because his friend drinks too much. Elsewhere, Haha and Ji-yoon look at old photos of veteran actors, including Lee Kye-in, Shin Gu halbae, and Lee Deok-hwa. The two take a series of adorable photos together, but none are the pose they need to succeed. When their human pyramid pose doesn’t work, Haha jokes that she should be on the bottom this time.He guesses it might be a piggyback ride, and immediately Ji-yoon offers to carry him. It turns out to be right, and omg, they look so cute. The pair receive their one character hint too and head out.Gary and Mi-ryo stop at a stationery store and take a stab at the coin-operated toy vending machines inside. Miryo worries about using up all their cash here, but Gary says it’s too early to get truly annoyed on this show yet. But a series of capsule duds later, Miryo jokes to Gary: “Is your life a dud?” They give up on the machines, then Gary realizes that the keyword is highlighted. Turns out finding a highlighter is the correct answer, and he and Miryo leave with a hint card.Back at the restaurant, Jae-suk and Won-jun watch as Suk-jin and Hyun-kyung feed one another until Suk-jin concedes the last piece to his friend. That happens to be the right thing to do, and so Jae-suk and Won-jun follow suit. Then Jae-suk has to flag down Suk-jin to pay for the bill.Meanwhile, Kyung-min guesses correctly again when he climbs onto Jong-kook’s back for a photo. Da-eun oh-so-casually completes the mission at the stationery store on her own, and by the river, Jae-suk and Won-jun along with Ji-hyo and Ji-so try their hands at bbopki. Each pair keeps cracking their designs, and Ji-soo keeps cracking hers either with the first attempt or even before she starts. They all know that licking the sweet helps, though there is a slightly disgusting quality to it. When Ji-soo points out as much, Jae-suk says they’re freezing out here—one has to do what they must.Won-jun is so close to cutting out his heart shape, and when Ji-soo says he won’t succeed, he asks that she set him up with someone if he does. That spurs a small exchange about whether Ji-soo doesn’t want to meet up with Won-jun sometime. She’s game and Won-jun shyly hides beneath his hood.Won-jun succeeds anyway, and with some encouragement, he hands the candied heart to Ji-soo. And then Jae-suk breaks it in half, saying that they can put it together when they meet up next time. Aw, you just (literally) broke Won-jun’s heart! Jae-suk and Won-jun stick around until Ji-soo completes her heart. She gives it to Won-jun in the same manner. In the car, Ji-hyo asks if Ji-soo isn’t interested in the ageless singer, and the latter does seem interested.The other teams continue to complete their missions, and Haha and Ji-yoon realizes that the hints add up to Yeouido Park. The others pick up on the same, but Won-jun points out that the bag they’re looking for could be anywhere in the vast park.Jong-kook and Kyung-min are the first ones to discover the bags that await them in the park, and as a reward for arriving first, are told that Bag Number 2 contains the golden key. They have the choice of either defending that bag or try and steal it away later. Jong-kook feels that it’s better to keep the truth to themselves and chooses a different bag, so that another team can believe that they came across the real one by pure luck.And that’s exactly how Gary and Miryo react to the bag containing the golden key. Gary says they have to keep cool—and this coming from the man whose face cannot hide the truth on his face?On the bus, the group teases Won-jun and Ji-soo for their blossoming loveline. Haha adds fuel to the fire, saying that Hyun-kyung had mentioned that a woman needs a man. The conversation turns to Kyung-min’s blissful married life, though Jae-suk outs him by saying that the new husband asked if they don’t have a team dinner after filming wraps. Haha turns to the camera and addresses to Kyung-min’s wife that there is no dinner, hence there will be no reason for him to stay out late. Suk-jin shushes Jong-kook for mentioning that his wife still doesn’t know what time he gets off work. Suk-jin: “I filmRunning Man for four days out of the week.”Gary and Miryo have been trying to act cool during this entire exchange. But the others are quick to notice that they haven’t said a word. Whoops.So everyone knows who’s in possession of the golden key by the time they reach their final mission location. Jae-suk says it definitely isn’t Ji-hyo, since she made him carry her bag. Hahaha. Here, the bags will rotate in whichever direction the winners from each game chooses. Once the three-hour time limit is up, the teams will check their bags, and the team in possession of the golden key will become today’s victors.First, the teams are sent out to retrieve two towels. Kwang-soo finds two right away, and then runs back with Da-eun to receive their first mission: one member will keep their head submerged underwater while the other runs up to tear off the tape from three balloons (carefully!) and run back.Da-eun volunteers to hold her breath while Kwang-soo runs. The other teams’ remarks on how Kwang-soo is and the sound of balloons popping makes her give up. When it’s Jae-suk and Won-jun’s turn, the others worry that Won-jun’s larger lung capacity as a singer gives him an advantage. Won-jun admits outright that there’s aheodang quality to him, then submerges his face into the water.But then Won-jun pops right out even before Jae-suk gets to the balloons. Haha keeps popping all of the balloons he comes in contact with while Ji-yoon stays submerged. But she can hear the popping sound and then pops out herself, enraged.Jae-suk attempts to be a source of distraction to Jong-kook, only to find him with his eyes firmly shut. Kyung-min slowly but surely gets all three balloons, then runs back down. Panicked, the others try to block him, but Kyung-min touches his teammate for the win. Everyone else complains that the swift win denies them of the opportunity to see other actresses get a little wet. Hyun-kyung jokes that she was looking forward to showing the world her bare face, but the two winners denied her of that chance.The staff takes their time to set up the exchange while the clock ticks away. Jong-kook and Kyung-min choose to move the bags just once over, which means Ji-hyo and Ji-soo now have the golden key.There’s still a little less than two and a half hours remaining for their following game: Trampoline Karaoke. Jae-suk and Won-jun steal Suk-jin and Hyun-kyung’s song choice and start whooping as soon as the song starts. Everyone gets into the song, singing and dancing together. It’s a quick win, too, as Jae-suk and Won-jun win with a 92 on their first try. Jae-suk climbs onto the railing in victory, and the Easy Brothers each pull down on his leg to bring him back to Earth. Owwww.I certainly hope the staff has enough games lined up if the teams will succeed this easily, and Jae-suk chooses to move the bags five times so that he and Won-jun have the golden key. Now four teams know exactly who has the bag, and Won-jun has to bite down on his excitement.We skip ahead to the two and a half hour mark, after Jae-suk and Won-jun win the third game (which honestly looks like it’d be fun). Another transfer would mean that Jong-kook would have possession of the key, which would have to be transferred again regardless of whether Jong-kook would win the next game or not. Or that’s Jae-suk’s strategy anyway. Ji-yoon has to leave early for another schedule, and now there’s less than 25 minutes on the clock. Their next game involves jumping on that dreaded acupuncture mat to stick a hat onto the ceiling. Haha has to stick two on his own, and our guests get their first taste of the prickliness under their feet.Won-jun thinks of jumping off the table to help him reach the ceiling. It almost works… and then he lands on the mat. Hard. Oww. The other guys follow suit, but then Gary slams his head onto the ceiling instead. Owwwwwww.Suk-jin and Hyun-kyung end up winning the fourth game, and with fifteen minutes left, they all hurry to make another switcharoo. The bags get moved once, and they move on. There’s just ten minutes remaining for their next game, which involves catching at least ten hula hoops by the neck from the second story within thirty seconds. Just like before, Kyung-min stays calm as he catches each hoop, but the others can’t afford to let this team win that easily, lest it gives the strongmen the opportunity to take the golden key for themselves.Thankfully for them, the whistle blows and Kyung-min fails to catch the last hoop. At first, Hyun-kyung takes her time tossing the hula hoops, then throws them in quick succession. It’s hard to tell whether Suk-jin is trying to catch any or avoid them all, and needless to say they don’t succeed. Suk-jin yells to his teammate that they only need to bear through three more minutes in order to win (since they have the golden key). Not if the others can help it, as they hurry to complete the game.With one minute remaining, victory is within arm’s reach for Suk-jin. Kwang-soo and Da-eun fail, and Kyung-min and Jong-kook are ready to use those final thirty seconds to their advantage.One by one, Kyung-min catches all ten hula hoops. But as it turns out, Jong-kook celebrated just a few seconds too early. Which means Suk-jin and Hyun-kyung snag the win and come out on top with a golden friendship.

MBC Drama “Kill Me, Heal Me” Episode 8 Recap

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MBC Drama “Kill Me, Heal Me” Episode 8 Recap
By: DramabeansDo-hyun struggles in Ri-jin’s grip. He forcefully frees himself, which surprises Ri-jin and Chief Ahn. They simultaneously exclaim, “Shin Se-gi?!” “I’m Cha Do-hyun!” he yells at them. They’re not used to seeing gentle Do-hyun mad. As if he isn’t there, Ri-jin and Chief Ahn discuss him, worried his fit of temper might provoke a switch. He insists that he’s not annoyed, but when Ri-jin encourages him to express his feelings, he bellows at her. Ri-jin and Chief Ahn reel and ask again, “Shin Se-gi?!” Hahaha.Do-hyun drops a ton of reading in front of Ri-jin, and enjoys her dismay. They include his patient histories from Dr. Seok, detailed profiles on each alter, and his personal diaries from the last eleven years. Ri-jin asks where she’ll be living — is it somewhere nearby? She hasn’t looked at the contract yet, so they explain that since she needs to keep an eye on Do-hyun 24/7, she has to live with him. She has a little meltdown.Composed again, she asks what they’ll do about when he’s at the office. Chief Ahn cryptically mentions a disguise while Do-hyun is a picture of innocence. Haha, he’s relishing this so much. It must be the first fun he’s had for years.Outside, the chief asks Do-hyun what’ll happen if she turns it down. He repeats Do-hyun’s earlier words about not letting her get close to him, and notes how Do-hyun contains his own emotions so strongly — but for the first time in eleven years, Chief Ahn saw him get annoyed because someone got past his walls. (Do-hyun: “I didn’t get annoyed!”) His parting advice to Do-hyun is, “Don’t lose her.”Do-hyun catches Ri-jin trying to sneak away, but he pulls her back by the collar. Ri-jin: “Shin Se-gi?!”“I’m Cha Do-hyun,” he says, and marches her back in.She complains about the “slave contract” (apparently the disguise is to be his “secretary”) and he says it’s her fault for not reading it first. He tells her to check her account, and the amount deposited makes her eyes pop.If she takes the secretary-guise, he offers to double it. She laughs in his face and even refuses triple (though it clearly pains her) and tries to run. He holds her back again, and reminds her that they agreed that she can’t turn back, and he can’t send her away.Maybe she’s looking for a way to stay now, because she’s grinning madly at him the whole time, no longer refusing. She feigns a leg cramp as an excuse, and he goes along with it. He kneels at her feet to massage it out, and they share a sweet moment.Chief Ahn brings Grandma Seo up to speed on Do-hyun’s trustworthy new doctor. She orders him to investigate her background anyway. Before leaving, he asks if she actually knows what ails Do-hyun. Instead of answering, she tells him his discretion was a big part of why she employed him and saw to his education. Hm, so she owns him? She warns him not to hold hands with the other side, and to stay with Do-hyun. Ki-joon’s interview with Dr. Seok proved unfruitful. He had tried to probe for information on Do-hyun’s condition, having noted his strange behavior. Ki-joon’s guess is drugs or alcohol, and he pleads worry about his cousin. Dr. Seok merely explains Do-hyun away as one of his many students — a scenario Ki-joon doesn’t buy. He thinks Do-hyun is trying to outmaneuver him for control of the company.He’s surprised to receive a call from Do-hyun’s blind date, Ji-sun, who asks after his and Chae-yeon’s relationship.He looks for Chae-yeon, and orders her to apologize to Ji-sun, so as to quell the rumors going around about her. He censures her for making a scene at Do-hyun’s blind date, despite her engagement to him. The juicy story causes people to question her motives, especially since Do-hyun emerged as the prime successor to the company.Livid, she says she did it for Ji-sun’s sake, because she couldn’t stand Do-hyun coveting her friend’s stocks. Ki-joon wants to cut off the rumors by getting engaged already, but his mode of proposal upsets her. He shouts that she’s the one showing him up and making a making a mess of his engagement. Oh you two are as bad as each other.Chae-yeon flips out and tells him she’s not getting engaged until after the shareholder meeting.Meanwhile, Do-hyun tutors Ri-jin on the alters’ personalities, and she’s particularly interested in the two she hasn’t met, Nana and Yo-na. He also familiarizes her with the people he needs to hide his illness from at all costs, including Grandma and Ki-joon’s dad. He authorizes her to use any means necessary to keep the alters in line. She meets the instruction with a cute salute, distracting him into a warm smile. It brings Chief Ahn’s question back to his mind, whether he’s confident about keeping her at a measured distance.The next slide is Ki-joon and Chae-yeon, whom she teases him about — she’s so pretty, he must have like-liked her. The doorbell saves him from responding.It’s Chae-yeon. Upset, she beats on him for making her into the “protagonist of a makjang drama” — isn’t she his first love? Who is really in his heart — is it that woman, Oh Ri-jin? Inside, Ri-jin has her ear to the door and listens in shock. In answer, he calls Ri-jin to come out. Ooo. Reluctantly, she complies, and he makes a show for Chae-yeon…who answers him with a slap. Ri-jin tries to explain, but Do-hyun wordlessly holds her back while the other woman leaves.Examining his face, Ri-jin offers to be his drinking buddy if he’s not okay. He just tells her their lessons are over for the day.At the Oh house, Mom and Dad mope and pick at their breakfast, worrying about Ri-jin. Ri-on, on the other hand, is all appetite and scolds his parents for their over-concern — that’s why Ri jin is all messed up inside, he says, taking on everyone else’s pain as well as her own. He leaves the table.Instead of working, Ri-on looks through old photos on his computer and each photo brings up a memory. A childhood snap takes us to little Ri-jin and Ri-on. Mom urges them to smile — they’re oppa and dongsaeng now. Awww Mom, I love you.Dad joins their hands and Ri-jin smiles shyly at her new brother. But he throws her to the ground with a glower, so she launches herself at him in a retaliatory headbutt, as the parents try to break it up.The memory makes Ri-on smile. Next is high school, where their fighting relationship continues, although it’s now full of affection (sort of), as Ri-jin grabs him by the throat for stealing her homework. The arrival of her crush saves him, as she goes all googly-eyed. But later, Ri-on catches the guy getting kissy with another girl, and protects his sister from seeing it. Mom bursts into his room and he slams the laptop shut. She confronts him about his nekky posters and grabs the computer out of his hands. She’s subdued when she sees what he’s really been looking at. He totally plays it up and runs off wailing like a toddler. Lol.Dad starts to ask Mom something to do with the twins, mumbling something cryptic about rumors abounding about “that family,” but she shuts him up.Chief Ahn updates Do-hyun about the Omega fan club reading, which is today. Ri-jin pops in to make coffee, and her ears prick up when she hears her brother’s name. Chief Ahn hasn’t been able to procure a photo of the elusive author, but shares the rumors he heard (from Ri-on, ha) of Omega’s “Won Bin-level looks.” Ri-jin sprays her coffee all over Do-hyun in incredulity. HAHAHA, say it, don’t spray it!Do-hyun maintains his careful indifference to her and suggests to Chief Ahn that they head out for the event. But Chief Ahn has an unavoidable appointment and excuses himself, so both men turn to Ri-jin, who wails at her bad luck. Lol, Chief Ahn just appointed himself Chief Wingman.Chief Ahn recites Rule 2 of the contract that stipulates that she has to be by Do-hyun’s side 24/7. She counters with Rule 4: Except while they are secretary and VP, she and Do-hyun have equal standing. So her condition for going along today is that she gets an hour of counseling with him each day. Not for treatment, she tells him: “Let’s be friends.” She badgers him until he finally agrees.Chief Ahn’s appointment is with Do-hyun’s mom. She doesn’t mince her words and asks him whose side he’s on — is he Grandma’s spy, or is he faithful to Do-hyun? She warns him that he’d better not backstab Do-hyun. Ri-on’s mom watches him from afar with concern. He wishes his sister had stayed after all, chaebol doctor or not. His editor calls to tell him his fan club reading is on. But he has a bad feeling about it and warns Ri-on not to go, since it might risk his cover. ID Entertainment is going all-out to try and secure the film rights for his books, he adds. Ri-on casually confirms that that’s a Seungjin subsidiary.The reading is atmospheric and lively. Among the audience, Do-hyun is on the edge of his seat, caught up in the mood. Aww, that unguarded laugh. It concludes, and Do-hyun turns to Ri-jin to share his excitement…HAHA WHAT. He wonders if being all covered up isn’t more noticeable, and she warily unwraps — just as Ri-on bounds in. She panics, almost spilling his secret identity to Do-hyun.She makes a save by saying her brother is Omega’s fan — but she can’t be seen by him because he thinks she’s in the U.S. Do-hyun catches her panic now, too, and helps bundle her out.Ri-on spots Do-hyun and calls out, “Perry!” The two escapees freeze, and Do-hyun tells her to run while Ri-on pounces on him.Do-hyun distracts him from Ri-jin by grabbing his ears in greeting. HAHA. Ri-on squirms in his clutches and points at all the people. Once he’s sure Ri-jin got out safely, Do-hyun lets his ears go with an apologetic laugh.Away from the hubbub, they have a quiet conversation. Do-hyun tells Ri-on that he came looking for Omega, and is surprised to find him a fan. Ri-on mentions two books in particular. One is the “Switched-twin Murder Case,” and the other is “The Child in the Basement.” Those happen to be the only ones Do-hyun hasn’t read.Ri-on outlines the plot of the latter: A boy and a girl became like siblings after an accident. It then sounds like the story Ri-jin told Do-hyun about herself — a girl who is afraid of basements, whose parents send her there on chores to cure her of her fear.Ri-on adds more, and we’re given a flashback with little Ri-jin and Ri-on. Every time she had to go down there, she took him, too — and he would go, despite his own fear. But eventually, he began to question why he was afraid. Although he discovered the reason, the girl never remembered. The boy, Ri-on says, made it his mission to find her lost memories. Do-hyun becomes increasingly agitated by the story, and relives his fragmented memories of his own nightmare-basement. He nearly collapses, and Ri-on runs to get him water.Sweat beads on his face, and Do-hyun struggles to stay conscious. Then, a hand takes his — it’s Ri-jin.Ri-on returns to an empty room, and he goes out just in time to see her get Do-hyun into his car. He frowns, “Ri-jin?” He runs after the departing car, but it’s already out of his reach. In the car, she tells Do-hyun to hang in there. He clutches his head, and she keeps up a stream of reassurance. She’s worried when he knocks out, and keeps calling his name.His head snaps up, and…it ain’t Do-hyun anymore. With a head-toss and a ton of attitude, this has got to be Yo-sub’s twin, Yo-na. S/he orders Ri-jin to stop the car, and complains, “Girl, you’re so noisy! Stop talking! Close your mouth!” The bossy alpha-teen girl-talk coming out of Ji Sung’s mouth is…omg I’m dying — I don’t know what’s funnier, Yo-na’s scolding or Ri-jin’s startled compliance.Ri-jin recalls what she knows about Yo-na. Dr. Seok nicknamed her the “manager of suffering.” When Do-hyun is extremely distressed but needs to keep his head down, she absorbs it. Do-hyun considers her the most dangerous — a boy-crazy, idol-chasingsasaeng fan. It’s hilarious how outraged he is by her behavior. Yo-na filches Ri-jin’s hair clip, and we see her as she sees herself, in pink lipstick and a pink school uniform blazer. She agonizes over her ajusshi face. Ri-jin is speechless.Suddenly spotting an idol-oppa, she’s out of the car in a flash. Oh man, that flaily, girly running. HAHA. Ri-jin gives chase.There’s a fanmeet for idol group “Rocking” (special appearance by LU:KUS), and they explain how their edgier music attracts more male fans — and look, here’s one of them now! Yo-na pushes her way to the front, squealing for her oppas…except to the rest of the world, she still looks like Do-hyun. She nearly dies when she’s invited on to the stage. Her moment is interrupted by Ri-jin, who gets her with a missile to the head. Oh no, now it’s on: It’s a catfight, with hair-pulling and screaming. A crowd surrounds them, filming and snapping photos (not good!), shocked that a guy is beating on a girl.Yo-na gets out of Ri-jin’s grip and runs for it — thwack into a post.On a subway station bench, Do-hyun comes to. With tissue-plugs in their noses, he struggles with the hair clip while she explains the situation. The car got towed, it was cold, she couldn’t take him to hospital…so here they are. He apologizes, the weight of the world back on his shoulders.Ri-jin asks what his extreme suffering was that brought Yo-na out. Was it something Ri-on said? Or Chae-yeon? But then she cancels her questions, since they’re not friends, and he doesn’t answer them anyway — she’ll settle for being rich. Or asking Se-gi, because at least he talks to her, “Although the problem is that he says what he wants.”She’s ready to go, but he catches her arm. Sitting back down, he hesitantly asks if she wants to go for a drink, and reminds her of her offer to be his drinking friend. She replies that he doesn’t like drinking or friends. Still faltering, he says they could start those counseling sessions.Ri-jin is impressed by how much alcohol Do-hyun can put away for someone who doesn’t drink, but figures that Se-gi and Perry must have done his body’s share. He tells her they’re in session and she can ask him questions — but first he apologizes for the night before. That friend, Chae-yeon, was his cousin’s fiancée, and he confirms she was his first love. But when he found out she was being nice to him in order to get closer to Ki-joon, he was hurt, and moved on. Ri-jin observes that he didn’t look like he was over it. But he explains that he’s never taken anyone into his heart since his diagnosis, afraid of putting them in danger. But when he sees Chae-yeon, he remembers the time when he was able to love someone freely — maybe it’s really the freedom to love that he loves. That actually explains a lot. He asks if that answers her question. Ri-jin: “I…didn’t ask.” HA. Way to undercut the deep moment, lol.Do-hyun marks that they’re halfway through their session, but Ri-jin objects — that was just a conversation, not a consultation. If he wants counselling, they can start now.He reaches for her wrist and, tapping her watch, tells her to take note. “January 29, 2015,” he notes as he waits for it to strike the hour exactly. “10 o’clock. First consultation… commence.”The echo of Se-gi is not lost on Ri-jin. “Shin Se-gi?” she asks him. His exasperation is never going to get old: “I’m Cha Do-hyun!” He wonders if she’s secretly hoping for Se-gi to appear, and she teases him for being all jealous of himself. Flustered, he denies it.They walk home, and Do-hyun asks her why she stayed by his side. “Was it pity? Or so you could meet Se-gi through me?” She thinks about it, and gives two reasons. Firstly, Yo-sub. His “Kill me” message seemed to her like a call for help. Secondly, Do-hyun himself. When he told her he wouldn’t return the ball that went over his castle walls, it made her realize how much he needed her.He asks if she isn’t afraid of all the people living inside him. She’s not — she wants to be close with all of them, and she has things to say to them. “From now on, instead of ‘kill me,’ ask, ‘heal me,'” she tells him. Being healed doesn’t mean they’ll die, she says. Rather, they’ll carry on living in him — she points to his heart. But instead of being scattered fragments, they’ll be a connected puzzle, fitting together to make a wonderful picture. “With the name of Cha Do-hyun, you guys will become an even more wonderful person,” she finishes.He stares at her, heart in his eyes. Clasping the hand she’s pointing at him, he leans in and kisses her. When he pulls back, she searches his eyes. He smiles at her and says unasked, “I’m Cha Do-hyun.”He draws her close again, this time slow and deliberate. She closes her eyes — and Se-gi’s threats about messing with his woman rise in Do-hyun’s mind. He pauses, but looking into Ri-jin’s eyes, he kisses her again anyway.

SBS Drama “Punch” Episode 12 Recap

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SBS Drama “Punch” Episode 12 Recap
By: DramabeansHo-sung thinks he has big news for Jung-hwan when he reveals that he’s been suspended from looking into Professor Noh Young-jin’s accounts, only for Jung-hwan to admit that hecalled it off.Our novice prosecutor doesn’t understand, especially since Tae-joon is out there actively winning over the media to prevent them from thinking he had political motives in targeting the Chief of Staff. Their goal should be to make Noh Young-jin’s word untrustworthy……But Jung-hwan tells him to cool his heels, since they’ll wait to pull out the big guns and get them all in one fell swoop. This sort of cavalier attitude unnerves Ho-sung, and he finally asks what card Jung-hwan is hiding that’s putting him so at ease. Jung-hwan puts him in his place by mentioning that the last time he did that with the enlistment fraud case seven years ago, Ho-sung betrayed him by ratting him out to Minister Yoon. He won’t make the same mistake again, so it’s up to Ho-sung to choose whether to trust his plan or not.After Jung-hwan listens in on Tae-joon’s plans to officially summon the Chief of Staff as a witness (thanks to Yeon-jin), he gives Minister Yoon a call, since she’s already heard about the plan as well as the public’s response—which can best be summed up as sharks who’ve smelled blood in the water.He wants her to arrange a meeting between him and the Chief of Staff, which she says will be difficult given the constant media presence around his case right now.But she’s forced to acquiesce when he insinuates that by helping him, she’ll also be helping the Chief of Staff, which is in her best interests right now.The arrangement is brilliant—while the president takes a media tour through a shantytown for the elderly, the Chief of Staff ducks into a home to find Jung-hwan sitting with an old woman whose broken hearing aid renders her completely deaf to their conversation. (Don’t worry, he’s getting her a new one.)The first thing the Chief of Staff does is ask whether Jung-hwan has something to discredit Noh Young-jin, since he’s the chief witness being used against his daughter’s case. Jung-hwan holds up a folder, but in return, he wants the Chief of Staff to use the legal power he has to force Tae-joon to resign.He agrees, on the condition that Jung-hwan provide not only the evidence against Noh Young-jin, but also evidence that Tae-joon was the one forcing Noh to talk. Jung-hwan smiles as he hands the folder over, which contains testimonies from women at the university claiming that Noh sexually assaulted them. Coincidentally, Tae-joon finds out about these allegations breaking in the media while meeting with women’s rights groups about enacting harsher punishments for sex offenders. Awkward.When Yeon-jin brings up how the story is being spun—that Noh Young-jin spoke out against the Chief of Staff’s daughter to cover up his own crimes—she also mentions that there are articles tangentially tying him and Noh together. “Noh Young-jin?” Tae-joon replies nonchalantly. “Who is he?”Jung-hwan enters at just that moment to remind Tae-joon that he and Noh Young-jin were high school classmates, and hands over a resignation speech he’s already prepared. Tae-joon doesn’t seem to take him seriously until the Chief of Staff calls to tell him to prepare for his resignation. It’s also what the President himself wants.Next thing we know, Jung-hwan is confronting Tae-joon with a warrant for his arrest, on charges of taking bribes while serving his term. In shock, Tae-joon shakily asserts, “I am the Prosecutor General.”Jung-hwan looks over to his official portrait hanging on the wall, then back at him. “Youwere at one point in time,” he replies through a giant grin. Tae-joon’s bloodshot eyes stare him down as his portrait goes crashing to the ground. Waitaminute… Tae-joon suddenly wakes in his car—it was all a dream. It’s only then that Yeon-jin tells him that the politician they were on the way to meet has just cancelled their appointment.He can’t help but think about how many people he saved in situations like this, and how there’s no one there to help him now that he needs the same favor. When Yeon-jin interrupts to ask where they should drive now, Tae-joon muses with this lost look in his eye, “There’s nowhere to go.”Dinner at Jung-hwan’s house is a sad affair, since little Ye-rin is the only one who doesn’t know about her father and everyone’s trying to keep it that way for now. But that doesn’t stop Mom and Hyun-sun from not looking like they’re already at a funeral. But Jung-hwan’s plan has already been set in motion, or it’s just coincidence when LEE SANG-YOON, Minister Yoon’s son and a Central Court District Judge, tells her that he’s been assigned to oversee the enlistment fraud case.Since he dodged his service he wants to dodge the case since he has no right to lead it, still possessing some sense of moral integrity, but it’s his mother that convinces him otherwise. It’ll be too suspicious if he doesn’t take on the case, she argues, so he must do it and follow the law to the letter.He raises an exception to this since it’d call for him to become the very definition of a hypocrite, but Minister Yoon convinces him that he can pay back this itsy bitsy infraction now by spending the rest of his life and tenure as a judge fighting for the oppressed… just as long as he doesn’t join them.Feeling lonely, Tae-joon pays a visit to Kang-jae in prison, admitting that he can’t forget their twenty years of friendship despite hating him for trying to betray him. He even apologizes after Kang-jae does, adding that he won’t be able to take care of his family like he promised now that Jung-hwan’s caught him in a trap.Even after everything, Kang-jae offers advice by telling Tae-joon to go to Minister Yoon for help. Tae-joon knows that she would rather see him fall than help him up because he’s competition, to which Kang-jae says for him to cede that competition to her. Let her fulfill his dream of becoming president.Tae-joon finds the idea of serving under Minister Yoon distasteful, but Kang-jae assures him that it won’t last forever—if an opportunity doesn’t present itself, he’ll make sure one does. Shocked, Tae-joon asks, “Don’t you hate me?”“I do,” Kang-jae admits. “But I’ve shared too many meals, drinks, and dreams with you for twenty years.” A long moment passes between them, and Tae-joon can’t help the tears that fall from his eyes. He’s that touched. Aw. (I can’t help it!)Tae-joon manages to catch Minister Yoon just minutes before she’s set to leave for the Blue House, where she plans to discuss her recommendations for the prosecutor general seat. Tae-joon is there to recommend himself for the office, or rather to stay in office, explaining that he bit off more than he could chew when he tried to take on the administration. Pulling out the NIS chip that’s their mutually assured destruction insurance certainly catches Minister Yoon’s attention, since she thinks he’s threatening her with exposing what’s on it. But it’s quite the opposite, as Tae-joon makes his offer to help Yoon on her way to the Blue House, even though he’d once dreamed that she was the one to escort him there.To prove his point, Tae-joon fills a glass with hydrochloric acid as he tells her he’ll give all he’s accomplished over the years to her and clear the way……Before he drops the chip into the acid. As it fizzles into nothingness, Tae-joon locks eyes with Minister Yoon as he gives her his solemn vow to become as loyal as a dog to her. Now that he’s given up the dirt he could use to bury her with, he’s given her his leash. Ho-sung’s heart breaks when Minister Yoon suddenly loses interest in forcing Tae-joon to resign, even though that’s what he thought they were both in this for. “What would change just because Lee Tae-joon steps down?” she asks candidly, singing a whole new tune.But she’s back to justifying her actions for the greater good, since she’s able to excuse leaving Tae-joon alone since it’ll help put her in the Blue House where she’ll really be able to enact some change and help the people. She’ll just pay this little indiscretion forward.As for convincing the Chief of Staff to call off the President’s order regarding Tae-joon’s resignation, Minister Yoon has a way with sweetening the pot: Now that Tae-joon lost to him in their little spat, he’ll be under his thumb, which means the Chief of Staff can use him to control the prosecutor’s office. All of the bigwigs in the supreme prosecutor’s office, which includes Jung-hwan and Ho-sung, are called to a meeting between the Chief of Staff, Minister Yoon, and Tae-joon.There, Tae-joon apologizes demurely for causing the Blue House trouble while the Chief of Staff waves it off as him just doing his job. He also dispels the rumors that Tae-joon will be resigning, citing the two-year term of office mandated by law. (But one they were totally willing to bypass when it suited them.)Ho-sung just looks at Minister Yoon with a mixture of sadness and disgust, knowing full well what had to go on behind the scenes for this little dog and pony show to happen.Jung-hwan just keeps his poker face on as the Chief of Staff and Tae-joon officially make up, leading Tae-joon to eagerly bow and shake the man’s hand in gratitude for allowing him to keep his job… but there’s more than that in his expression, which he hides from everyone else.A separate office meeting is immediately called by Jung-hwan, where he instructs the prosecutors to start over with the investigation into the Chief of Staff’s daughter. Ho-sung stands up to contradict that order and close the case—this coming from Minister Yoon and Tae-joon. Once all the others have scurried out, Jung-hwan asks Ho-sung how many times he’s heard Minister Yoon’s excuses, since he’s clearly back on her team despite the about-face she did with Tae-joon.Ho-sung compares his situation now with the one Jung-hwan faced seven years ago, when he took Tae-joon’s hand: “I’m going to the end with Minister Yoon Ji-sook.”Jung-hwan responds by punching Ho-sung square in the face—and Ho-sung, in keeping with his personality, just takes it.Yeon-jin knows what a blow this has all been to Jung-hwan, and has to be the bearer of bad news when she shoots down every avenue he brings up to possibly take Tae-joon down, since those in power have already predicted his moves and taken care of things.They’re out of clues to investigate Tae-joon and/or Minister Yoon, she says. “If it were anyone else, I would have told them to give up. But I know you,” she adds.Even though she’s never seen him blocked in like this, she’ll wait for his call when he figures out a way like she knows he will. But before she leaves, she has one more thing to say: “Happy birthday.” It’s his birthday? Ha-kyung hasn’t forgotten, she’s just trying to prepare the enlistment fraud case for Jung-hwan as a birthday present. Meanwhile, Ye-rin presents her dad with a birthday cake while offhandedly mentioning how many vitamins her grandmother bought because she wants to live a hundred years.This brings tears to Jung-hwan’s eyes, since he’d told Mom to live that long so she could witness Ye-rin’s life and relate it to him in the afterworld. “You have to live to be one hundred too,” Ye-rin adds. Sadface.But when she bids her father to blow out the candles, he asks if they can watch them burn for just a little longer. This is the last birthday cake he’ll ever see, after all. Ha-kyung presents her gift to him in the form of a presentation showcasing Minister Yoon’s son, and his being assigned to the enlistment fraud case. Jung-hwan may be feeling defeated but she won’t let him linger there, knowing that this is their only way to get to Minister Yoon now.Contrary to what he thinks, she wants to take her former idol and Tae-joon down for herself—because after Minister Yoon had Jung-hwan arrested seven years ago, Ha-kyung had tried pleading her husband’s case to her only to be reminded that the law gives no special treatment. Now that she knows Minister Yoon said that through a hypocrite’s mouth even then, she’s determined to sink the metaphorical ship Minister Yoon is now sailing on. And because Tae-joon boarded with her, he’ll go down too.“I want to show that to you before you leave this world,” Ha-kyung says. “That’s my gift to you.”Jung-hwan is interrupted when Yeon-jin calls from a meeting between Tae-joon and Minister Yoon so he can listen in. There, she tells Tae-joon of her plans to show the people her leadership skills by becoming the prime minister, which she can then use as a jumping-off point to become president.He still doesn’t see where Ha-kyung can go with the investigation since the broker is long gone, but she’s found the connection that ties them all together—the doctor the broker used to write men out of military service.There’s just one problem: he’s suffering from late-stage dementia and has only days to live. Jung-hwan visits in the hopes that he’ll be able to catch him in that brief period of lucidity dementia patients can have before their hour is up, but notices something much more troubling when he glances at the doctor’s family portrait… …He’s Dr. Mechanic’s father. Jung-hwan pays him a visit not to talk about his involvement with his sister (which has ceased since their last chat), but because he knows now that Dr. Mechanic stepped down in the face of a malpractice suit so as not to become like his father.That certainly makes Dr. Mechanic’s sacrifice that much more admirable, and Jung-hwan calls on that trait within him when he gives him his card—if his father regains consciousness enough to speak, he wants to be notified.Now that the prime minister’s seat is open thanks to a debilitating illness, Minister Yoon throws her hat into the list of nominees, and is among the final three to be presented to the president. She’s just waiting for the phone to ring appointing her to the position, but another nominee is called instead… and Tae-joon is there when he receives the call. Is he screwing her over?!No, as it turns out—he’s helping her by coercing the nominee into declining the position. But he doesn’t have to like it, as evidenced later by his violent outburst on an unsuspecting plant.After taking a look at Jung-hwan’s most recent medical report, Hyun-sun all but begs her brother to consider hospitalization, that way he has a fighting chance of at least making it to Ye-rin’s first day of school. But as usual, he refuses to lie in a bed until he shuffles off this mortal coil, though he fully plans to tough it out long enough to see his daughter’s first school day.He then asks Hyun-sun about the seon (marriage date) he set her up on, adding, “I hope you can stand in a place where others can’t dismiss you, and live your life without dismissing other people. You and Ye-rin both.”Minister Yoon takes Tae-joon to task when the only other nominee gets featured in the press, and is further incensed when he’s already considering the race lost on her end. She has to remind him that he still has his title because of her, and wants him to take the nominee down by exposing his son for enlistment fraud. Even Tae-joon has some scruples with sending the man’s son to be tried by her son when he committed the same exact crime.Plus, the nominee helped him when he was running for office, and he doesn’t want to rock that boat. But he’s not given much of a choice when Minister Yoon makes it an order.Tae-joon relates this whole exchange to Kang-jae in prison cordially, but his true feelings become known after he mentions Minister Yoon’s long and impressive lineage of lawmakers and politicians: “I didn’t live my life to become a butler for a rich family’s daughter.” He takes Kang-jae’s advice against making a rash move on Minister Yoon while simultaneously reminding him of the promise he once made that he’d forgive him once if Kang-jae ever betrayed him.Now he wants Kang-jae to keep his promise to create an opportunity for him to bite back at Minister Yoon, but knows that he has to be a free man in order to do it. He’ll have him out in less than a week.Because of Tae-joon’s intervention with the other nominee, Minister Yoon finally gets the call asking if she accepts the official nomination to become prime minister. She plays the innocent and overcome flower by asking for some time to think about it all while grinning madly to herself. Just when they’re about to give up on their near-comatose break in the case, Dr. Mechanic calls Jung-hwan to tell him that his father’s regained consciousness and has less than an hour left. He wants his father to repent before he dies.Unaware that Ho-sung has followed him to the hospital, Jung-hwan heads for their room, only for an ill-timed and piercing headache to bring him to his knees. That’s some Dr. Jinbrain fetus-esque timing right there.The doctor, knowing he’s running out of time, expresses his hope that the prosecutor comes in time for him to confess his sins……But he dies ten minutes before Jung-hwan regains consciousness in another hospital room. Ho-sung, meanwhile, pieces together what Jung-hwan was hoping to accomplish.Jung-hwan escorts himself out of the hospital, and in doing so passes by a television blaring news about Minister Yoon accepting the position of Prime Minister. He responds by punching(!) the screen.  

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

E10

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