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Drama “Big” Episode 1 Recap

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Drama “Big” Episode 1 Recap

GONG YOO as Seo Yoon Jae (Y)

LEE MIN JUNG asGil Da Ran (D)

BAEK SUNG HYUN as Gil Choong Sik – D’s younger brother. (CS)

SUZY as Jang Ma Ri (M)

SHIN WON HO as Kang Kyung Joon (K)
JANG HEE JIN as Lee Se Young. the female doctor who likes YJ. (S)

“Infinity Challenge”: Male K-Pop Idol Version

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“Infinity Challenge”: Male K-Pop Idol Version

“Infinity Challenge,” the representative Korean variety show currently airing, comes with an impressive history. (This year they celebrate their 10-year anniversary!) Its members are undoubtedly famous and nationally known. Of course, with 10 years of history, there have been member changes throughout time. Currently, there are five active members, but last week’s episode’s “challenge” was to find the sixth man – a permanent new member to the “Infinity Challenge” team. In honor of the current members of “Infinity Challenge” who have lasted an impressive amount of time, I present the following question and my potential candidates.

[Recap] Song Jae Rim & Kim So Eun – Please Hold My Hand Tightly In Your Hand

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[Recap] Song Jae Rim & Kim So Eun – Please Hold My Hand Tightly In Your Hand
By: Couch-kimchiBreathe, my fellow honeybee’s, JUST BREATHE! *big gulps of air*It’s been a tough few weeks for followers of our beloved SoLim couple on WGM. It’s almost to the point that I’m seeing conspiracies everywhere, like there are truly keyboard or paparazzi warriors determined to bury WGM into the ground and never let it be resurrected. That would be a shame but my reasons for not wanting that to happen or for enjoying this show might be different from other people.One of the reasons I enjoy this show is that every now and then, we see tiny glimpses of the REAL person behind these celebrities. It’s a chance for us to get to know them outside of the characters they play in dramas or their performances on stage. Oh, granted most of it is an act and they’re very aware of the cameras (who wouldn’t be) but every now and then, something true and honest slips though and it’s awesome.I’ve never hidden the reason behind my fascination with SoEun and JaRim. I love that he’s a normal guy, who likes teasing about sex, kissing, ect and can’t keep his hands off of her. He’s not pretending to be some innocent idol, who is saving himself for all the insane fangirls out there. He has no problem admitting he’s been in love before nor does he ever once give the impression he’s a never-been-kissed virgin.I also love SoEun. She’s blunt and honest and doesn’t have a problem telling him when she’s uncomfortable with certain topics. (ie – do we really have to discuss his butt burning when he eats spicy foods?) She’s a grown woman, with strong opinions that she’s going to share, whether people like it or not. I understand maintaining a certain image as a Korean celebrity but she’s made her desire to move past the innocent, angel typecast very clear.I also made it very clear in my last post that I honestly don’t care if they’re dating, not dating or dating other people secretly. It doesn’t affect my life one way or the other. Having said that, do I wish they were really dating? Sure! But who the hell am I to tell someone who they should date? LOL, that’s a bit insane – like a K-drama Mother-In-Law insisting her child go on a blind date with someone because it’s who she prefers. I don’t have that right, none of the viewers do.There’s also the idea that, since this is a variety/reality/entertainment program about a couple, as viewers, we have the right to demand that neither of these lovely people date anyone other than the person they’ve been paired up with. Well, that’s kinda…I don’t know, mean? (LOL) I’ll admit the idea that So Eun is dating this other guy and in love for the first time in her entire life crossed my mind. If that’s true, how horrible for her to be tortured and bashed when this should be a happy time in her life! And we all know Jae Rim would be the first to agree, he would be very happy for her!Maybe she wasn’t dating anyone until very recently. Maybe she just met this other guy and sparks are flying all over. Maybe he’s just a good drinking buddy and she momentarily forgot fans of WGM are stalking her every move. Having said that, from what I understand, WGM makes the participants sign a contract stating they’re not dating before they’re allowed on the show. So my final thought is the paps who took those photos and plastered them all over did so for one reason: money. It’s all about money, guys. That’s it. They’re trying to outdo Dispatch. (LOL)If I put that in perspective as a viewer from the US, it’s like the National Enquirer trying to outdo Globe or Star. All are junk tabloids who use sensational headlines to lure shoppers into buying the magazine when you’re standing in the check out line. They make me laugh but only because I don’t care who Justin Bieber is dating, what kind of underwear he wears or how many times he’s been arrested. I’m sure there are fangirls who do, I’m just not one of them. I’m not obsessed with the personal lives of celebrities, I’m too busy living my own life and trying to keep it on track! (LMAO)There are blogs and Korean news outlets that do this same thing, competing with each other to get the most lurid, sensationalistic headline out there so more people visit their site or buy their newspapers. And it works! How many times have you clicked on one of those only to discover the accompanying story is much ado about nothing? Do they get facts right every now and then? Yes, but most of the time, it’s garbage.So, back to our SoLim couple. Do you enjoy watching their interactions and listening to their silly conversations? Do they make you laugh and wish to see both these actors in other projects? If so, then WGM has fulfilled its duty since I think this is why Korean celebrities or idols go on a show like this to begin with. I know I’m looking forward to seeing Jae Rim in “Unkind Women” and I also look forward to So Eun’s next project.I love that he wavered between being jealous, protecting his own pride, being goofy and trying his best to lighten the situation by making her laugh. I love that she did laugh, it shows she’s stronger than people believe. I love that this might bring them closer as friends and colleagues. I still believe it must be incredibly lonely to be a Korean artist since you’re not allowed to even have friends, especially of the opposite sex. Horrible.“If SoEun needs protection from the storm, I will be that place”It still makes no difference in my decision to continue watching these two dorks. I’ll be there, each and every Saturday, with all my fellow honeybees to cheer this couple on and wish them both good things, wherever their future takes them. *group hug*Last thought: Did Jae Rim totally use this situation to get So Eun to finally agree to riding his motorcycle on Jeju Island? Ahahahaha, never one to miss an opportunity.

KBS2 Drama “Blood” Episode 9 Recap

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KBS2 Drama “Blood” Episode 9 Recap
Via: DramafeverWendilynn: Damn straight. lolTaleena: I really felt like this whole episode was set up for the second half of the show being a crazy game of “Gotcha!” Yes, we get a few revelations, but this episode involved moving pieces onto either Dr. E or Ji Sang’s side of the equation.Firnlambe: I’m so glad this show’s writers didn’t decide to just give up once they reached the halfway mark.Wendilynn: Oh, no, they sure didn’t. The grease hits the fire now that Ji Sang has found the picture of his parents with Dr. Evil and Dr. Deprecation the elder. Of course, after finding out that the blood is coming from children, I’m ready to tear into Dr. Evil myself. All that BS about saving children and he’s drinking their blood?!!!!!ADVERTISEMENTTastes Great, Less FillingTaleena: Come On! You knew when Dr. E was pushing it on Ji Sang that it wasn’t really ethically sourced. Also, big Superior Race pronouncements tend to make ethics towards “inferiors” so darn pesky and unimportant!Firnlambe: Dr. Evil can burn a fiery death. Complete with brimstone trimmings.Wendilynn: I knew it wasn’t ethically sourced, I just didn’t think for one minute that a guy who became a vampire “supposedly” to save children would stoop to drinking their blood because it was like drinking from a mountain spring. I don’t care that he’s paying their families so they are no longer living on the streets or whatever desperate place he recruits them from. He’s a flipping hypocrite.Taleena: India. Well, hypocrisy is a small charge next to murder, skullduggery, and the unethical medical practices. I bet he slurps real loud and talks in the theaters too.Firnlambe: Oh he’s one of thooose people . . . . Theater talkers are always trouble.Wendilynn: ROFL!! I know you are expecting a redemption arc for Dr. Evil, but I want Ji Sang to tear him limb from limb. Bloodthirsty of me, I know, but there we go.Taleena: When they gave him a sympathetic backstory I couldn’t rule out the possibility of a redemption arc. When they gave it to Yeon Woo Jin in Arang and Magistrate, or as I like to call him, the Joseon Ripper, after sacrificing hundreds of women to a demon? Well, K dramas can give a redemption arc to anyone.Wendilynn: True. I think however, that the point of his backstory is to show how far he has fallen in his justifications and greed. We know what got him started; now we’ve seen how he has twisted all of that.Firnlambe: I don’t know . . . his backstory still seemed pretty shady to me. I’m partially convinced he just wanted the “super power” aspect of things.Taleena: I wouldn’t put it past Dr. E to be lying to himself even in his own flashbacks. Even WITH muted colors and sad piano music, because he’s evil.Wendilynn: He saw a source of power and couldn’t let it go.Hoodie Gang IS Your Life Taleena: Can we talk a little bit about our single remaining Hoodied gang member and the fact that Dr. E is A) completely threatening him and B) using him to bump off the guy that was fixing the medical records? Am I the only one that feels like Hoodie Guy may make his way to Ji Sang’s side?Wendilynn: That would be interesting. He is definitely seen as expendable to Dr. Evil. The leader of the hoodie gang is clearly a partner so he’s safe, but the minions are toast.Firnlambe: I don’t know . . . I don’t see that a real feasible option. Then again what do I know. I will admit though that I would like to see Ji Sang gain a true Vampire ally.Taleena: I think if Ji Sang is going to get a vampiric ally it is going to be one of three people. Ready? 1) Hoodie gang member, 2) Cancer Guinea Pig Guy, or 3) I want to see my daughter get married guy. I think I am going for number 1, because #2 was looking at the Nurse Gang in a very sketchy way, and #3 is going to be Ji Sang’s test of “to save or not to save” by vampiric infection.Wendilynn: I’m pretty sure Ji Sang has already run into that “save or not save” scenario many times. He’s been a doctor a while now.Taleena: Yes, but this guy has a cute daughter and is in the show.Firnlambe: That child actress is one of my favorites . . . she’s so skilled for such a small little thing. Regarding the possible Vampire buddy though, I actually kinda hope it’s 1 as well . . if only to jab the knife into Dr. Evil’s side just a little more.Making Dora the Explorer Hair AdorableWendilynn: She’s a cutie for sure. I enjoy watching her when she shows up. I don’t really see those three choices as feasible. I’m curious to see if Dr. Younger becomes an ally or an adversary. I think the only way to slow him down is to either run afoul of Dr. Evil or have Ji Sang tell him how it is. With this being his father’s research, there is no way he’s going to just let it go.Firnlambe: That’s true . . . I’m curious on when the fact that Dr. Evil hasn’t aged a day over the last 30 years from any of the photos taken with Dr. Deprecation the elder and Jason’s parents will come to light to the rest of the non-vampire community.Taleena: Eh. We began the episode with Ji Sang and Dr. Deprecation the Younger snarling over who gets the “research” and ended with them having a joint session with Rita and BFF. If Dr. the Younger goes against Ji Sang it will not be on Dr. E’s side, but as Van Helsing.Wendilynn: LOL, that would be funny if he became Van Helsing. Speaking of characters, I had wondered what Renfield’s speciality was and considering he called Dr. Elder a hero of his, I’m thinking he’s a hematologist. I should have figured this out earlier, but for some reason I never did. I always saw him as under the radar since he’s working silently with Ji Sang.Taleena: I just figured he was a hacker of some kind, with a patchwork of medical knowledge he picked up from Ji Sang.No Serious Doctor Wears a Backwards Ball CapFirnlambe: I thought he was simply a hacker as well . . . but hindsight is always 20//20 I suppose. Actually while I’m thinking about it, did anyone else get a kick that Rita just got sick while she was processing what Jason really is? Cuz I sure did.Taleena: If you are going to sit and brood in cold hospital corridors, it stands to reason you are going to get sick. I thought it was funny that the only major difference between sick Rita and well Rita is rumpled hair and lipstick.We Have All Been There Rita: Try a LatteWendilynn: Yeah, they always remove the lipstick and add foundation to the lips when they make them sick. I thought it was interesting that it was BFF who provided the last link in the chain of thought of who and what Ji Sang was. She’s much too enthusiastic for her own good in this dangerous story situation.Firnlambe: Which is something that amuses me greatly. Plus it totally make the Renfield/BFF pairing that much more plausible. She would totally be down for assisting in the supernatural.Taleena: Have you given up shipping Renfield and No Sleep with me Firnlambe?Firnlambe: Totally . . . I don’t believe Intern No Sleep would be able to handle the supernatural world.Wendilynn: I don’t know, our commenters last week were sure that it was Intern No Sleep who is the traitor Dr. Evil had in his home in episode 8. But I like the idea of Renfield and BFF hooking up.Firnlambe: Now that theory about INS is still up in the air for me. Mainly because she’s so set on going out on “dates” with Jason that I can’t see her trying to do anything to potentially harm him.Taleena: The other question I had was: had we even met INS when Ji Sang’s office was breached? It was his first day on the job. I still think it is a nurse.Wendilynn: No, she was hired later, and I agree it was probably a nurse that did the break in, but we know there are several people working under the radar for Dr. Evil. I however, want to talk about the adorable scene between Ji Sang and Rita. Their little conversation was so cute.And I've Been Drinking Nyquil. Figures.Firnlambe: //sigh// Do we haaaaave to discuss the mushy stuff?Taleena: Three cheers that we didn’t flash back to the actual Wild Dog Attack. I rather liked that conversation and BFF subsequently thinking she had Interrupted Something.Wendilynn: That was adorable, too. I loved how he corrected her exaggerations. “I jumped 5 meters, not 30. What am I, a flea?” lol I half expected him to try and wiggle out of what he said while she was loopy, so I was happy when she woke up and he made sure she knew he had been truthful.Firnlambe: Agreed!!Taleena: What I liked was not so much what was said, although him echoing their whole ‘spirit of the forest' conversation was a nice touch, but the fact that both of them managed to emote during it. I am liking this softer side of Rita.Wendilynn: It does show that the cold, detached characterizations of them in the beginning were deliberate and not just bad acting.Firnlambe: I’m glad that the acting has “improved”--though honestly, when I think it, I feel like it wasn’t theacting that was bad but the character interactions.TMZ is ON the Case! Taleena: Let’s touch real briefly on Auntie and Uncle. Auntie is doing her best to thwart Dr. E outside of the Dream Team and Uncle is still turning a blind eye because Dr. E is showing him miraculous results. I can’t wait to see what Auntie has set in motion, looks like it will hit next episode.Wendilynn: Yup, episode 10 looks to be an ugly one all around. Dr. Evil needed to show some progress to Uncle to keep his hopes alive, but you have Auntie who is going to try and stop it. This is not going to go well. 

8 Male Actors Who Should Debut in a K-Pop Idol Group

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8 Male Actors Who Should Debut in a K-Pop Idol Group

It’s common for idols to become actors, but well-known actors are yet to make idol debuts. To make this happen, at least in the imaginary world, we decided to create a fantasy idol group composed with eight actors as its members! Depending on their personalities, looks, and talents, they were assigned to different roles in the group. Can you think of a name for the group? Who would you add on as the ninth member? Let us know through the comments!

The Variety Show Expert Choi Woo Shik

KBS2 Drama “Spy” Episode 16 (Final) Recap

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KBS2 Drama “Spy” Episode 16 (Final) Recap
It’s Ki-chul who picks up Sun-woo’s call at the veterinary clinic, and he doesn’t need to say anything for Sun-woo to confirm his location.  But when Ki-chul escorts Mom out, the scalpel on the floor is gone. Wait, does that mean she’s going to actually do something?Ki-chul and Mom find their way blocked when his lackeys line up to face them, guns raised. They take the hard drive from him, but need him to tell them the password to get on their escape boat out of the country—something he doesn’t need to do, since he never even bought them passage. That’s when the wounded lackey turns on his comrades and fires. Both he and Ki-chul manage to shoot and kill every last one of the traitors, with Ki-chul explaining that he’s loyal to him because of their time spent in a prison camp together.So much for that, though—soon enough the wounded lackey has his gun pointed at Ki-chul. He demands to know what the password is, while one lackey (who’s barely clinging to life) shakily aims his gun and fires right into the wounded lackey’s back.Ki-chul takes the opportunity to use him as a bullet shield before killing him, only to take a scalpel to the back from Mom, who proceeds to run away like the clueless girl in a slasher flick. Don’t spies know how to double tap? Yoon-jin sees Mom flee the clinic while Sun-woo goes inside, and calls him to tell him her location while she follows Mom, but doesn’t reveal her presence. While she’s on the phone with him, she hears someone step out from behind her, the click of a poison pen.She turns around just in time to get stabbed by Ki-chul, who reminds her of his warning that she’d experience the same death as Soo-yeon if she ever betrayed him.Sun-woo hears the exchange over the phone, and rushes to get the antidote kit Eun-ah had given him within the tiny three minute time frame it needs in order to be effective. He makes it just in time to shoot it into Yoon-jin’s arm and save her life. In return, she tells him which way Mom went.Ki-chul takes the opportunity to use him as a bullet shield before killing him, only to take a scalpel to the back from Mom, who proceeds to run away like a clueless girl in a slasher flick. Don’t spies know to double tap? Mom is gasping for air as she runs blindly down darkened alleys, flashing back to her despondency after having Sun-woo. “How can a woman like me become a mother?” she’d asked her husband accusingly, since he hadn’t allowed her to get rid of the baby.In the present, she can only shake her head as she breathes that this is all her fault. No doubt she blames Sun-woo’s predicament on herself, and the fact that he was even born. That’s probably the most unhelpful thing she could be thinking of right now.While Sun-woo and Ki-chul look for Mom separately, Sun-woo calls Hyun-tae to alert him to the scene in the veterinary clinic. Mom flashes back to when she first held Sun-woo in her arms and promised him she’d protect him. She’s broken from her reverie by her son’s adult voice calling out to her, bidding her to hold on just a little longer—they can arrest Ki-chul and go home soon. Mom would rather him not find her, but he sees her and starts to run toward her.…Just as Ki-chul raises his gun to shoot Sun-woo the second he rounds the corner. Mom musters all her strength, and with a cry, leaps up in time to take the bullet intended for her son.Ki-chul takes only a moment to recover from what he’s done before he shoots again, this time hitting Sun-woo in the arm. He takes the hard drive and looks condescendingly down at Mom as he asks, “Is your family that important? To the extent that you’d throw your life away?” Mom gasps desperately for breath as she ekes out that Ki-chul can’t take the hard drive, because that’s the only thing that’ll save her family now.He still tries to take it, but Sun-woo manages to bring himself to his feet, and the two exchange gunfire. Ki-chul gets away and Sun-woo doesn’t pursue, instead dropping to his knees next to Mom.Mom’s fading in and out, but musters the strength to tell her son that she was happy to have had him, and that one of her greatest joys was being able to carry him in her arms and look after him as he grew up. She tries to shoo him away toward the harbor where she knows Ki-chul will attempt his escape, but Sun-woo refuses to leave her and instead hauls her up on his back.“I was wrong,” she murmurs almost incoherently, her head hanging over his shoulder. “I was wrong.” Yoon-jin steps out to meet them, managing to convince a reluctant Sun-woo to chase after Ki-chul—she’ll get Mom to a hospital.While Sun-woo calls Eun-ah for help tracking Ki-chul’s boat down, Hyun-tae deals with the merciless Director Jung, who makes certain that Sun-woo will come through for them by taking Dad as a semi-hostage (again). Before he goes, Dad makes sure to tell Young-seo that while she may hear many things about her parents from here on out, she should remember one thing: “Mom and Dad love you very much. We will work hard to become people you won’t be ashamed of.”And more importantly, he adds, Young-seo must remember that whatever she hears about her parents, it has nothing to do with her. “You live the way you want to live with pride,” he says. They embrace tearfully.As Yoon-jin accompanies Mom to the operating room, they both think, but don’t speak, that they would have liked to have met each other under different circumstances, and in a different time.Ki-chul is suffering from a gunshot wound to the gut after his fight with Sun-woo, but still doggedly drives himself to the port where he’s to take his ship (was he driving all night or did we just get lazy with the night/day transitions?).He grabs the hard drive and staggers to the edge of the abandoned dock, leaving a trail of blood behind him as he goes. When he can go no further, he drops to his knees.Sun-woo gets Eun-ah to ensure that the boat Ki-chul is set to travel on knows he’s coming and will refuse him entry before he makes it to the dock himself. He finds Ki-chul’s crashed car before he finds the man himself… …Only to find him face down on the ground. Sun-woo is shocked as he approaches Ki-chul’s prone form, just managing to catch a glimpse of the picture of Mom Ki-chul has in his limp hand. Whoa, wait… he’s dead? Just like that?He calls Hyun-tae to tell him he’s procured the hard drive so that Hyun-tae can get Director Jung to stop the briefing, where he would’ve outed Sun-woo and his family for espionage. Now they’re safe.But Mom’s not out of danger yet, as Sun-woo and Hyun-tae gather outside the operating room where doctors are fighting to save her life. Sun-woo knows Yoon-jin must have brought her here, even though Hyun-tae claims not to have seen her. Hyun-tae delivers the hard drive to Director Jung, who hints that this isn’t all Hyun-tae will be required to do. Uh oh.While Sun-woo and his family keep vigil outside the operating room until morning, Hyun-tae can’t help but think about Chief Song’s last desperate moments while eating the kimbap Song said he could do away with if only he’d joined hands with him.And when the surgeons come out to tell the family how the surgery went, Sun-woo, Dad, and Young-seo link hands in solidarity and support.One year later. Eun-ah spills her dating woes into Sun-woo’s sympathetic ear soon before he leaves to tend to his utterly normal corporate job. He drinks with his sunbaes and takes some time to be alone, his eyes looking faraway and distant as he broods silently.He and Young-seo are back to being their normal bickering selves at home, where Dad looks on dotingly. He even comments that Sun-woo is more nagging than a wife to her husband. But where’s Mom?Sure enough, she’s safe and sound as Sun-woo finds her in her room. She’s packing their things for a move—hopefully with all of them together this time.Sun-woo may have switched to a civilian job, but Hyun-tae and Eun-ah haven’t, since they have a quibbling fight over Hyun-tae wanting her to call him the more familiar “oppa” rather than just “sunbae,” despite having received a promotion. She doesn’t give in, but jokes around with him about their dinner date at Sun-woo’s house. They arrive together bearing expensive health gifts for Mom and Dad, with Hyun-tae stopping Sun-woo specifically to give him something extra potent. Aw. I know it’s product placement, but the sentiment is sweet.Turns out Mom was packing because they’re planning to move to the suburbs after Young-seo takes her college entrance exam, and after dinner, Hyun-tae asks Sun-woo if he isn’t bored with working an ordinary job.“It’s good to be ordinary,” Sun-woo retorts with a smile, though Hyun-tae still doesn’t buy it—Sun-woo looks too comfortable and bored to be truly happy.But he gifted Sun-woo with extra-special ginseng because he wanted him to read the note inside (okay, now this is just product placement), asking him if he wants to do one last job for the NIS by meeting with a double agent who has some questions regarding the hard drive incident from the year before.He waits alone for the contact to meet him, until he hears a familiar voice yell his name……It’s Yoon-jin, looking pretty in pink. She smiles as she struts over to Sun-woo to tell him that she needs his help for something.Sun-woo just smiles, and she smiles right back.  Via: Dramabeans 

Mnet’s Music Drama “Persevere, Gu Hae-ra” Episode 9 Recap

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Mnet’s Music Drama “Persevere, Gu Hae-ra” Episode 9 Recap
Ray kisses Hae-ra out on the balcony, which is seen by Se-jong on his walk home because he is destined to have the worst timing ever. His face hardens, and he keeps walking. From the living room, Henry catches a glimpse of the kiss through the window. When Woo-ri starts to go looking for the kissing couple, Henry quickly prevents her, then grins knowingly when they rejoin the group. Jang Goon asks what they were doing, and Hae-ra hastily changes the subject.There’s a whole spread laid out for Se-jong’s birthday, and they wonder what’s taking him so long. Just then, Hae-ra gets a text from him asking to see her outside, and when Ray asks about it, she tells him what it says. He sends her off with an easy smile.Before Se-jong can say anything, Hae-ra says sympathetically that he must have been gone through a lot and apologizes for her part in it, since she imposed on him with her feelings. She promises not to do that anymore and asks if they can return to being good friends, and Se-jong repeats those words with chagrin: “Back to… good friends?” It’s a bitter pill, given that he’s only now decided to be honest about his feelings, and here she is, moving on.She wishes him a happy birthday and holds out a hand to shake. He takes it and thanks her—but doesn’t let go. “I can’t agree to your request,” he says.Despite his smiling face when Ray sent Hae-ra off, he looks fidgety as he waits out on the balcony. Henry’s with him, and starts to ask a question about his “friend” who sorta-maybe unintentionally kissed this girl, and now when he sees her lips, his heart races. He’s wondering whether he likes her or if he’s just confused, and Ray suggests doing it one more time to confirm how he feels.Henry considers this, then asks if Ray and Hae-ra are officially dating. Ray answers that it’s still a secret because Hae-ra is still figuring things out, and that he intends to wait until she’s 100 percent sure. “Hae-ra needs time,” he says, “and I’m a person who can wait.”He’s there when Hae-ra steps back inside, and Se-jong arrives a few moments later, though he heads into his room quietly. Hae-ra tells Ray that she just wished Se-jong a happy birthday, and while that sounds unlikely, Ray doesn’t press. He suggests a date tomorrow, and Hae-ra agrees.She has trouble falling asleep, replaying her conversation with Se-jong in her mind, which we now see the rest of. He admits that he hasn’t been able to be honest with her, and that he thought that hurting on his own and refraining from going to her was the best he could do. “But now, I can’t do that anymore,” he says. Hae-ra wrenches her hand free of his, and he apologizes for hurting her all this while. “I want to be honest now,” he adds. “Gu Hae-ra, I…”She cuts him off, not wanting him to finish his sentence. But he blurts, “I like you. From the first day we met, and in this moment. It seems I’m too late, but I—”“That’s right,” she hastily says. “You’re too late. There was a time I really wanted to hear those words. But not now. I’ve finally just managed to sort out my feelings—don’t confuse me anymore.”He tries to protest, but she tells him she’s decided, and asks again to remain as good friends and colleagues.Se-jong also has difficulty going to sleep. Ray checks that he’s still up, then flicks on the lights (having mastered the tennis ball toss) to first apologize for hitting him first earlier, and then to warn him not to approach Hae-ra anymore.Se-jong apologizes as well, saying that he won’t hold back anymore—and even if he’s too late, he won’t turn back.At the “MBS” office, the Hwangje idols meet with the writer and director of Scarlet’s new drama. In addition to Scarlet, the cast also features Ki-joon and a third idol-actor, Robin (ha, a cameo by Baro). Writer Uhm is annoyed with the idols’ attitudes, sniffing that Scarlet got the gig through her connections and is a terrible actress. The writer’s also unhappy that the ratings aren’t rising and wants to use Scarlet’s real-life scandal to bolster interest, and one look at Se-jong’s picture online has her nodding approvingly—she’ll write him in as Scarlet’s boyfriend. Ki-joon bursts out that she can’t, and then Baro suggests a hyung he knows (namedropping Sandeul, his B1A4 teammate), and also works in a Hyde reference by quipping that he’s “the Robin who’s better-looking that Hyun Bin!” The writer marvels at the rudeness of these idols who don’t know their place.Manager Pyun tries to dissuade her from using Se-jong, but the writer envisions all the publicity that would generate from the real-life ex-couple reuniting in a drama.The writer steps out to talk with the director, and the idols all burst out into complaints about the writer behind her back. Manager Pyun has to drag them out of the room to shut them up—the writer planted a recording device in the room. Apparently this is her M.O., and every actor who was killed off in her last drama (heh, Husband’s Temptation) had been someone who badmouthed her.In the Team Persevere studio, Henry performs a jazzy rendition of Sistar’s Loving You, and the lyrics coincide with thoughts of Woo-ri: Hey, it’s really strange, I’ve never felt this before / Whenever I see you my heart pounds… Then he imagines Woo-ri next to him as he sings, and he finally realizes, “Maybe I’m in love with you…”He recalls Ray’s suggestion to confirm how he feels and looks up tips online for how to maneuver a kiss situation naturally. Say, for instance, you’re watching the world cup, and you kiss everyone on the cheek in excitement, including your girl. Or say you ease it into the context of a story. Ha, his fantasy encounters have Henry trying out his moves on Henry-in-Drag, which is hilarious.Ray and Hae-ra go on their date, and he presents her with a gift: two identical pairs of sneakers, given her habit of losing one side. She teases him about the proverb about giving a lover a gift (because they’ll run away), and Ray replies, “Don’t run away from me, run away to me.” Whenever she’s feeling down or struggling, she can come to him. She nods okay. He takes her to an amusement park, and she insists on paying for everything today, so they can go home only after her wallet is empty. She doesn’t have a ton of cash and Ray worries that the date will be short, but she’s got a free coupon, so off they start at the ice rink, where she teaches him to skate. It’s sweet that he opts for saving as much money as possible, wanting the day to stretch out for a long while.Se-jong rejects the drama offer right away and repeatedly, despite the director’s urging. Just then, he sees Ray and Hae-ra coming home from their date, and also recalls Hae-ra saying that she hopes they’ll get chances to go on air and promote their group, and he agrees to the drama. He remains subdued when Tae-poong excitedly announces to the group that they’re finally getting their shot at a television appearance—they’ve scored cameos in Scarlet’s drama. (Henry tries to kiss Tae-poong in glee to initiate his kiss-go-round plan, but is rebuffed and sighs, “Mission failed.”) Se-jong has been cast as Scarlet’s ex-boyfriend, who is the leader of a band—Team Persevere will play the band, and will even get a song on the OST. The whole Scarlet connection mutes the excitement a bit, and Tae-poong pulls Se-jong aside to talk.Ki-joon tries to win Scarlet over again, asking why she’s in love with a guy who doesn’t love her back. He adds that he knows her secret but will protect her, and moves in for a kiss. She shoves him back… and then he clutches his heart, bleeding from the nose. Oh ha, this is their drama, isn’t it? Ki-joon slumps to the ground and says he’s ill, and his last words before going limp are “I loved you a lot.” Scarlet wails onscreen (her “acting” noticeably terrible), while in real life she watches with President Hwang, who hasn’t heard the details and wonders why Ki-joon’s dying when he worked hard to package all the idols into the show. Scarlet says that Writer Uhm’s “curse” has begun (a clear reference to Writer Im of Aurora Princess and the currently airing Apgujeong Baek-ya). She worries that she’s next, while Dad assures her that the lead actress can’t die. Ha. You’d think.Manager Pyun fills President Hwang in on the full story, including the part where Team Persevere has scored themselves an appearance. President Hwang flips his lid, ordering Manager Pyun to stop it—and once again, he slips and says they have to stop Hae-ra, before correcting to say they have to stop the group. Hae-ra happens upon Se-jong studying his script in the studio, and he asks for her help running lines. In the scene, he’s pushing her away while she’s asking if he can give up so easily. It is, of course, an echo of their own situation and he says, “I can’t go to you easily—do you even understand how I feel?”It’s a charged moment for him, but Hae-ra breaks it by calling it cheesy, though she compliments his acting. Then she reads the last scene direction, which has him kissing “Bo-ri” (Scarlet). She excuses herself, and a spa coupon falls out of the script. He gives it to her, saying that as a friend, she has no reason to refuse, and he can’t make the appointment anyway.Operation: Kiss Woo-ri is still in the works, and Henry tries the funny story option. Woo-ri interrupts before he gets to the kiss punchline, and he has to sigh in defeat.Hae-ra goes to the spa to claim the massage, and while she’s shown in, the spa manager makes a call to tell someone that she just got here. HA, then Scarlet makes her appearance in the room, and both ladies look mighty sour to see each other. But Scarlet prevents Hae-ra’s departure, because they’re both public figures now and they can’t have it known that they’re on bad terms.So Hae-ra submits herself to a painful massage, though Scarlet is hasty to request a room change when Hae-ra sneezes—she can’t catch a cold before her big kiss scene. She lowers the temperature in Hae-ra’s room a few degrees just to be extra petty. In a scene for the drama, “Bo-ri” finds out that her father isn’t her bio-dad, and a woman looking identical her (but for the extra mole on her face—ha, another Wife’s Temptationreference) shows up at the bar and announces, “That’s right! I am your s—” and then the episode ends. Tune in next time!Watching at home, the moms grumble at the terrible makjang story (while watching every episode, no doubt), but they change their tune immediately when Tae-poong informs them that the kids are going to be in that very show. He credits Se-jong for securing the opportunity, while Hae-ra’s mother worries that she’s coming down with something.The cold seems worse when the kids arrive at the set on shooting day. Ha, then Baro (er, “Robin”) comes by and lights up to see his hyung while Ray looks blankly at him. Robin mistakes him for the leader of “the totally hot idol group B3A4″ and Ray has to correct him. Se-jong checks on Hae-ra in concern, but she shrugs off his arm and tells him he doesn’t have to look after her anymore. She lets Ray take her aside, and he worries about the slight fever. She tells him it’s not that bad, and he quickly kisses her on the lips: “I just took away your cold.” He heads off to buy some medicine, and finds Se-jong standing around the corner with medicine in his hand.It’s only now that Se-jong realizes that Ray is officially Hae-ra’s boyfriend, and he asks when that happened. Ray tells him this is what he meant when he’d warned Se-jong off, then heads inside to start the shoot. The scene takes place in a bar, where Se-jong’s character (“Min-hyuk”) drinks broodingly while Team Persevere performs (a moodier version of Cool’s sunny Aloha“).Bo-ri confronts Min-hyuk, and the drama-within-the-drama story is that they’re ex-lovers, but now she’s engaged to his older brother. (Scarlet’s acting is hilariously bad, especially since we saw Hae-ra doing a much better job just a few minutes ago.) Se-jong keeps his eye on Hae-ra while delivering his lines, and Hae-ra understands that he’s speaking to her when he says that he kept silent about loving her “because the words were too difficult to say. I love you.” Then he grabs her for a kiss, and Hae-ra looks away.Ray notices, and once the director calls cut and praises Se-jong effusively, she immediately leaves the set. Ray follows, and Se-jong tries to as well. Hae-ra apologizes to Ray, but he recognizes that he rushed her before her feelings were ready, and promises to try hard and love her while he waits.The director is so pleased with Se-jong that he refuses to keep this to a cameo, which has President Hwang in a fit. He bellows at Manager Pyun to do whatever it takes to stop it.Lunch break. Tae-poong adorably buys his kids lunch rather than eat from Scarlet’s food truck (“You’d probably get indigestion”) and cheers them on. Then he gets the call that a last-minute rewrite calls for the next scene to use only the guys, and they head off right away. Hae-ra coughs again, and both Ray and Se-jong remove their jackets for her, though Ray’s quicker. Then Henry clocks the scene, takes his jacket off, and puts it on Woo-ri’s shoulders, to her bemusement. Manager Pyun resorts to sabotage, slipping someone cash and a drink bottle. The woman introduces herself as the floor director and insists on taking Hae-ra to the hospital, giving her the drink. Hae-ra tries calling Ray, then tells Woo-ri that she’s on her way to the hospital with the FD.The drink makes Hae-ra sleepy as the supposed FD drives her away. When the boys finish their next shoot (singing another song while Bo-ri dances a sexy Latin number), Ray sees her text and calls back, but she’s asleep by then. The FD shuts the phone off. Se-jong overhears Ray checking in with Woo-ri. Meanwhile, the FD pulls up to a location and wakes Hae-ra, saying that the shoot got moved up. She tells Hae-ra to head inside while she parks… and then just ditches her at the side of the road.The team is in a panic when they realize that the story doesn’t match up, and they can’t get a hold of Hae-ra. Woo-ri racks her memory for the name Hae-ra gave her, and they confirm that it’s not on the staff roster. None of the crew knows who she is, either.Cold, sick, and stranded, Hae-ra wanders half-dazed, her attempts to flag down help going ignored. She finds a pay phone, and when a phone buzzes, everyone on the team reaches for their phones. It’s Se-jong who answers—aw, I knew holding on to those old cell phone numbers would play out someday. Crying, she gives him the address on the phone booth. Se-jong tears out of there with Tae-poong’s car keys, and Ray chases after him trying to get a cab. It’s Baro/Robin who stops and offers him his car, since he reminds him of the hyung he’s so fond of.Both boys drive furiously, and this time it’s Ray who gets caught one step (or stoplight) behind Se-jong.Se-jong arrives at the phone booth just as the van sputters to a stop. He runs out to find Hae-ra crouched in the dark booth and carries her on his back, urging her to hang in there while he tries to flag down a passing car. She mumbles that she could only remember his number, and he cries that he’s sorry and begs her to stay awake. Ray finds them and pulls over, and escorts her into the car. Se-jong can only stand there as Ray drives off.She gets taken to the hospital, and while the kidnapper was apprehended, she isn’t saying a word. Tae-poong suspects a tie to Hwangje Entertainment, however, since she once worked for a subsidiary, and that name has Hae-ra’s mother bolting up in a fury: “Messing with my husband wasn’t enough, and now you’re going after my daughter? I won’t let you get away with it, you bastard piece of trash Hwang Je-guk!”Ray sits by Hae-ra’s bedside as she sleeps, reliving the moment when Se-jong’s phone rang and his didn’t. Se-jong, on the other hand, can only watch from outside the door and then leave, alone. Hae-ra finally wakes, to Ray’s relief, and looks for her mother. But Mom’s not around, because she goes storming in to the Hwangje office threatening to sue if President Hwang doesn’t meet with her, and gives her husband’s name.He feigns ignorance while Hae-ra’s mother faces him in a fury, and declares that she’ll claim her revenge now, fifteen years after her husband died wrongfully. President Hwang scoffs that Mom’s partially responsible, urging her to think hard about that night: “Does your precious daughter know? She won’t, because you couldn’t tell her.” The reminder shuts Mom up, replacing her anger with worry. Writer Uhm is in a fit over the chop job the director did to her script. The director protests that it was all President Hwang’s doing, and he was forced to make the edits.In the end, it’s President Hwang who sits back in satisfaction, assuring Scarlet that she doesn’t have to worry about those kids, and that she got the OST song. She’s thrilled, and Dad says he bought a new machine to take care of the little problem with her inability to sing.We hear the melodious ballad being sung as Scarlet’s voice is processed through the machine… then hear her on her side of the recording glass, wailing like a drowned cat. Okay, if you can make a machine that magical, all of music is doomed to our autotune robot overlords. Hae-ra’s much better by the time she joins her friends at the bar for broadcast night of their episode. Oh noes, this can’t end well. They’re excited as the episode begins… but confused when the song they recorded, with their voices, is “sung” by Bo-ri instead. It’s completely nonsensical, because Bo-ri’s singing all the different parts, and everyone (Hwang included) stares agape at the screen—this has to be a broadcast accident. And when they try to contact the producers, they get radio silence. Muahaha! Please tell me this is their planned revenge!That puts Scarlet at the top of the search engine results… paired with words like “lip synching” and “foot acting.” Furthermore, Team Persevere lands a spot on the list since it’s still their song—not a complete victory, but not a complete setback either.Then Se-jong’s kiss scene comes on, and Hae-ra slumps and walks away. In another scene, Jang Goon and Woo-ri are clearly scene in the background as they sing a song… from the neck down. They try to console themselves with hearing their voices, but the screen glitches, cutting to the full shot of their faces. Aw, it really is a lovely triumphant moment, and the search engines light up.Thrilled, Henry grabs Woo-ri for a smack on the lips. He says he just got excited, but totally smiles to himself. Woo-ri looks stunned, though more confused than unhappy about things. (Yay!)Jang Goon notes the netizen comments comparing Woo-ri’s voice to Scarlet. Woo-ri looks a little shifty at this, but surely the secret’s going to come out soon enough. Se-jong walks alone down the street, having declined to join the group for the broadcast viewing. Hae-ra walks as well, with Ray following at a bit of a distance. But he’s too far to follow her onto a bus, and he loses track of her.Hae-ra and Se-jong come face to face in the street just as it starts to rain, and they duck under a roof overhang. Se-jong offers her his jacket, but she pushes it back at him and starts to leave.He grabs her arm. She tells him to stop acting like this with her, because she went through a lot of pain because of him. He tells her that he did too, and while we know that’s true, it’s news to her when finally confesses the full truth. “I was first. I liked you before Se-chan did. And I couldn’t tell you that I was caught up in a fake scandal with Scarlet, who I feel nothing for. The car accident wasn’t me, either. I came to you with more difficulty than you know.”Hae-ra is genuinely stunned to hear all this. He continues, “Because I wanted to return to you, because I wanted to make Se-chan’s bucket list come true, I said that I did it.” He tells her of the secret contract he signed and the orders he had to follow. She starts to cry, asking why he’s saying this only now, and he adds, “Having someone else next to you—I can’t watch it anymore. Because I’ve decided to be honest to you.”Slowly, he takes her face in his hands. “I love you,” he tells her. And then he kisses her. Via: Dramabeans

SBS Entertainment Show “Running Man” Episode 236 Recap

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SBS Entertainment Show “Running Man” Episode 236 Recap
 We begin with an introduction of our three teams in this Manly Man Race: our residentRunning Man guys versus Shinhwa (Eric, Min-woo, Jun Jin, Dong-wan, Hye-sung, and Andy) versus ZE:A (Lee Hoo (aka Moon Jun-young), Hwang Kwang-hee, Kim Tae-heon, Kim Dong-joon, Jung Hee-chul, Park Hyung-shik).Even though the group has been in the biz for 17 years now, the Shinhwa boys can still bust a move. Jun Jin is as hilarious as ever, as evidenced by his suave moment in the sun turned awkward when he discovers that he’s the only one dancing. Hee. Dong-wan outs himself as the black hole of the group, promising to deliver today anyway. And ha, the cast tries to pull Kwang-hee towards them saying that he belongs with them, the entertainers. When Kwang-soo brings up Hyung-shik’s recently ended drama What’s With This Family, Haha quips (to Kwang-soo), “You ended things with a woman too.”Aha, so Tae-heon is also a mixed martial arts fighter (but also lost his debut match with a fractured nose, ow), and it takes a minute before the cast realizes that Jun-young is the same idol who took to Twitter to speak about unfair treatment from his agency. (In short, the series of tweets back in September quickly spiraled into a hot-button issue that has since been put to rest.) Shinhwa’s cool “Sniper” outfits aren’t quite practical as Shinhwa members left and right get tangled up in their own buttons. Then it’s time to hear the rules: our teams will face off in a series of games and try to win the most amount of points by rolling different dice.Depending on the outcome, it’s possible for the first and second place teams (as well as second and third) to roll the same number. So not only will our teams need to try their best, some of it is up to luck as well. Today’s MC is none other than our beloved Miss Mung, who directs the teams to their cars before realizing she needs to hitch a ride, too. When the Running Man boys leave her high and dry, she runs to join the ZE:A boys, who are more than happy to have noona riding with them.And then her former teammate Dong-joon tells the guys to listen up, “All of you be quiet because noona’s going to fall asleep [in the car] soon.” Ahahaha.The ZE:A boys are the last to arrive at their first mission location and hurriedly get ready in front of their sunbaes. Kwang-hee gets called out for tossing in his shoe lift into his rubber boot before putting it on. Hehe. Now shivering around the mud pit, our teams will split into three pairs based on ability level (high, mid, and low). Last pair standing wins a point for their team, and the first team to grab two points wins the first mission. The others get upset when Shinhwa places their strongest, Min-woo and Andy, as their “weakest” members, though if you think about it, it’s a pretty strategic choice.The mid-level pairs are called out first, and Min-woo tells the ZE:A boys to go easy on their sunbaes. But with contenders like Gary, Jae-suk, and Hye-sung, I’m pretty sure the idols will have to be the ones to be careful.Sure enough, the boys split and the other two teams jump on the opportunity. Jun-young gets pushed out of the pit, and so does Hyung-shik a few moments later. Jae-suk is left outnumbered 2:1 after Gary gets pushed out, and then scares off his pursuers by splashing his own face with muddy water. As a result, Dong-wan jumps out of the pit, and Hye-sung runs before getting pushed out by a muddy Jae-suk. Kwang-soo jumping into the pit face first doesn’t quite result in the scary mudman effect, but this next battle ought to be good anyway.I love how Eric oh-so-quietly steps away from the main brawl, then both Dong-joon and Tae-heon hoists Jong-kook up in the air together. Next thing we know, Jong-kook whirls back around to take the boys on, and Kwang-soo is the first one rolled out of the pit.The remaining four all grab one of Jong-kook’s limbs, but Jong-kook manages to hold his ground. Min-woo steps in as a reporter covering this unbelievable event, and when they all take a quick timeout, Jae-suk says it’s faster to start eliminating each other than Jong-kook. Jong-kook manages to convince his hoobaes to take the Shinhwa members out first, so while the boys take on Jun Jin, Jong-kook deals with Eric. And then Hye-sung calls out from the sidelines that Jong-kook and Eric should eliminate the young’uns instead. Exhausted, Jong-kook yells, “Are you guys going to keep using me [like this]?”Desperate, Dong-joon yells, “Hyung, this is the first time [our members] have appeared on variety!” Aw, Eric forms a heart over his head. And Jong-kook decides to sit this one again. So does Eric. Hahaha.We skip ahead to after Jun Jin is pushed out, and Jong-kook and the ZE:A boys take a breather, completely exhausted. Since this battle is going nowhere, Taek PD issues a two-minute time limit. If both Tae-heon and Dong-joon are left standing afterwards, the win will go to ZE:A. Oh man, even the cheerleading squad from the sidelines (with chants of “Turbo! Turbo!” and lyrics from ZE:A’s single “Aftermath”) is funny-sad. Soon there’s only 30 seconds remaining and Jong-kook hoists Dong-joon up in the air. But it isn’t enough, and ZE:A picks up the hard-earned point.After Shinhwa earns another point, the teams are tied at one point each. Eric asks what they gain by winning this game, and when he’s told that they get the best die, he asks again, “Is [winning] that die that great?”They decide on one final match between two random members from each team: Min-woo and Dong-wan vs. Hyung-shik and Jun-young vs. Haha and Suk-jin. Jae-suk: “We’re done for!” The Running Man and ZE:A teams form an alliance to take on Shinhwa, and it’s Hyung-shik who makes the first strike at Min-woo. The ZE:A boys work together to push Dong-wan out, then during their attempt to push Min-woo out of the pit, it’s Suk-jin who gets eliminated.Hyung-shik gets worked up when Haha switches allies, then ultimately chooses to work alone. Watching Haha tackle Jun-young finally makes Hyung-shik yell at his former ally: “Hyung! You can’t be doing that right now!” Omg, the poor kid looks like he’s going to break down in tears at any moment. Eventually only Haha, Min-woo, and Hyung-shik are left, and they’re so tired that they all grab each other’s faces to remind the other of the alliance they once made. But Hyung-shik gets pushed out anyway.As Haha gets pushed up into the wall, he uses the momentum to kick off and twirl around to pin Min-woo down. That was cool. Haha then pushes Min-woo out of the pit, giving him and his team the win.Each team throws their respective dice, and the current scores are as follows: Running Man (100), Shinhwa (70), and ZE:A (50). Our three teams gather together again at Ewha Women’s University to face off in a test of manners. Each team’s black holes (Kwang-hee, Dong-wan, and Kwang-soo) engage in a round of rock-paper-scissors, and thanks to Kwang-soo, the Running Man Team advances automatically.In this game of dodgeball, the men must protect their respective queens (a randomly chosen Ewha student) to the end. It’s cute how Shinhwa comes up with their own little cheer for their queen, and Dong-wan explains the rules of the game to her in English. Assuming that the members can take it from here, MC Mung moves on. Ha. As Shinhwa and ZE:A get ready for their first match, Kwang-hee tells his teammates that they have to protect his face. Min-woo is eliminated in the first few seconds, but then gets hold of the ball from the other side of the court when Hye-sung’s attack falls short.Distracted by Eric, who makes even the small things look cool, ZE:A’s queen gets hit by the ball, thus ending the match. And then Hee-chul gets scolded for trying to avoid the ball instead of protecting his team’s lady. Jae-suk: “You waited 6 years to be on variety, but you couldn’t last for one second?” So we head straight for the finals with the Running Man Team vs. Shinhwa. Dong-wan grabs for the ball first, which gets passed around between the members before Andy throws… and it bounces over the line.Haha grabs at the opportunity to attack Jun Jin, who catches the ball that gets thrown right back at the Running Man Team. But seeing as the Running Man members are doing a good job in protecting their lady, the Shinhwa boys pass around the ball in order to confuse their opponents.It works, and Jae-suk is eliminated. Kwang-soo tries confusing the Shinhwa team on his own, but eventually the ball finds its way into Jun Jin’s hands. He shoots… and it flies past Suk-jin’s head, taking his hat off with it. Moments later, the ball rolls out of the court and into Jae-suk’s hands. He eliminates Jun Jin, who immediately gets a chance to attack the Running Man team from the other side of the court. He misses, and a few more throws and eliminations later, Gary goes straight to attack Eric…… who catches the ball. Nice. Only Gary and Kwang-soo are left to protect their team’s lady, and Jun Jin makes a throw that narrowly avoids the Running Man’s lady but sends a camera to the ground. Whoops.Jong-kook eliminates Eric, then Andy is taken out not long afterwards. Min-woo and Dong-wan remain to protect their queen, and then a minute later, another one of Jun Jin’s shots hits yet another camera.Eliminating Dong-wan leaves Min-woo as the lone bodyguard twirling around as the ball flies in different directions. But then Gary catches the ball, leaving his team’s lady in the line of fire. Min-woo extends a hand, but it’s too late.The ladies throw the dice for their teams, and then it’s time for another score check-in: Running Man (190), Shinhwa (140), and ZE:A (100). It’s nighttime by the time the teams pull up near the Han River in this last game that will test their loyalty. The rules are simple: the first team to climb up the incline will win, but they’ll need to climb over each other’s shoulders to reach the top.The teams split and strategize, though it helps little in practice: Kwang-hee yelps in pain when Hyung-shik tries to climb over him, then crumbles before slipping down the slope. It turns out that even if one leans against the incline, the weight can sometimes be too much to bear. Like it is for Suk-jin, whom the team decides wouldn’t be fit for the second to lowest spot. Then it’s time for the Human Ladder game to begin, and everyone has their game faces on. Each team get three men each on the board rather swiftly, but it isn’t until the fourth climbs up that the ones on the bottom can start to feel the weight.While the fifth member is still climbing, Dong-joon runs up. But uh oh—the added pressure causes the ladder to crumble, and all the ZE:A boys slide off.Jun Jin realizes that this gives his team a prime chance to win, so he runs up… but then a weak link in his team’s ladder causes him to slide back down. Unable to hold the weight any longer, the Running Man team slide off, too. So it’s back to square one for everyone, and the teams work speedily to get four men each on the board. It really does look painful, and soon afterwards, it’s up to Jun Jin, Kwang-hee, and Haha to run up and ring that bell for their teams.It’s Jun Jin who climbs up the ledge and rings that bell first, but Kwang-hee doesn’t give up, peeling off his gloves and socks to get a better grip. He rings the bell for the ZE:A team whereas the Running Man boys all slide back to the bottom.Despite coming in last, the Running Man team has still got luck on their side in rolling a 60. ZE:A and Shinhwa both roll decent numbers of 70 and 90 respectively. But this isn’t the end—our three teams climb onto platforms to await a fate left in Lady Luck’s hands: Ji-hyo’s. Aha, so the third game’s score will either be added or subtracted from the teams’ combined score from the first two games.Nervous, Haha asks if they can press pause so he can face the possible water punishment in commando. Jun Jin: “Rocks won’t come falling out of this, right?”Ji-hyo chooses a scroll for each team, and then it’s time to hear the results: ZE:A ends up with a total score of 170, giving them a chance to win if the other two teams are stuck with minus signs. But the Shinhwa gets their scores added too with a plus sign, leaving them with a score of 230. And now the fate of the Running Man team can go either way.Taek PD unravels the white scroll Haha didn’t have a good feeling about… which reveals a plus sign, bringing up the winning Running Man Team’s total to 250. Our other two teams receive their watery punishment as the victors revel in their gold.And aww, everyone celebrates Suk-jin, Gary, and Eric’s birthdays in February, wrapping up this manly man race on a sweet note.Via : Dramabeans

[HanCinema”s Film Review] “Villain and Widow”

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[HanCinema”s Film Review] “Villain and Widow”

It is difficult to assign "Villain and Widow" just one genre. Black comedy comes pretty close, but the film is also a caper story and involves a romance, even if not exactly a typical kind. For most movies, this would be too much to handle and just create a mess, but it is the finely kept balance and wittiness of this one which keep it from becoming convoluted. The characters have simple goals and struggles which are used for comedic effect plenty, but are also explored for their dramatic value on a rudimentary level. This is where the masterfully compiled cast really shows its strength.

EXO’s Chanyeol Offers Adorable Charm In New Trailer For ‘Grandpas Over Flowers’ Adaptation ‘Last First Love’

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EXO’s Chanyeol Offers Adorable Charm In New Trailer For ‘Grandpas Over Flowers’ Adaptation ‘Last First Love’


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One of the intersections of the "Hallyu Wave" of South Korean media is the increasing presence of K-pop idols in Korean blockbuster films.

No one can blame companies for bringing in idols, as it often attracts younger fans who may not otherwise be interested in a film that doesn"t involve super heroes.

Nevertheless, "Last First Love" now has a new trailer featuring increasingly popular member of SM Entertainment group EXO, Chanyeol. The realtively new idol shows off some adorable charm as a student character in the "Grandpas Over Flowers" spinoff film.

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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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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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.