Unknown Women – Episodes 1-2 First Look

DRAMAFEED got fed up with the 21st century Candy offered through Eunsoo in Still Loving You, which drama boiled down to a girl can have a career and independence until she gets married.  Then, her goal should be to gain favor with her selfish and makjang in-law family. So, we jumped ship! Hello to a first look into Unknown Woman! 

THE RECAP

The scene opens up at a sentencing hearing.  The girl silently sheds tears while hugging her stomach while the presiding judge announces with his gravel that the defendant “Bulsang Kim” (literally translated into Poor Kim) is sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of Kang-In Cho.

Next thing we know, Bulsang (real name being Son Yeo-Ri) is giving birth but there are complications.  Her prisonmates help her while another guard runs for the doctor.  Yeo-Ri cries out in pain and prays to her father to help her.

At the same time, another woman (Haejoo) gets a diamond ring as a congratulatory gift from her mother for giving birth to twins.  The parents look on fondly as she reapplies her makeup before her husband (Moo-Yeol) rushes in.

We switch back to Yeo-Ri who holds a baby daughter in her hands.  She smiles and announces that the baby’s name is “Bom”, which means spring.  This surprises the other people in the room as Yeo-Ri had remained mute throughout everything so no one knew anything about her…They thought she was just medically mute.

We jump three years into the past in some art studio.  Younger Yeo-Ri is mopping the floor when Haejoo storms in.  Haejoo demands HER painting.  Yeo-Ri points to a landscape painting and refuses Haejoo’s envelope of money.  Yeo-Ri explains that she’s doing it for Haejoo’s mother (Mrs. Koo).  Mrs. Koo is frazzled all the time since her only son is critically ill, she does not need to worry about her daughter’s ability to get accepted into college.

Yeo-Ri gets a call and tells Haejoo to pick up her painting.  Yeo-Ri  steps out to take a call.  Haejoo grumbles that Yeo-Ri is tough for someone who needs to work part time for her art lessons.  Then Haejoo sees that one of the easels is covered up.  She uncovers it to find a painting of an upturned ship on the beach.  She decides to take it.

Switch to the hospital and meet our resident evil Mrs. Hong Jiwon.  She stares at her son Haesung who is unconscious.  None of the family members are a bone marrow match.  However, the doctor notes that one of the family members of an employee showed up to be a match when the hospital ran the exam across all employees and their families…

Jiwon drives over to Manager Son Juwoo.  She finds him waiting outside a hotel room as her husband is sleeping with a model.  She brings him to the cafeteria and falls on her knees.  She begs him to help since the only person who has been found to be a match is Juwoo’s daughter – Yeo-Ri.

As for the children, Yeo-Ri yells at Haejoo through the intercom for the painting back.  Haejoo sniffs that she won’t go out and there’s nothing that Yeo-Ri can do.  After all, even Haejoo’s mom knows that Yeo-Ri is ghost-painting for Haejoo.

Yeo-Ri continues to shout outside the gates of Haejoo’s house.  Then Jiwon arrives at home.  She sees Yeo-Ri and only thinks of her son.  Suddenly, Jiwon is fair.  She brings Yeo-Ri into the house and demands to know if it’s true that Haejoo took Yeo-Ri’s painting after having Yeo-Ri ghost paint for her.

Haejoo whines that her mom already knew.  Yeo-Ri is only acting like this to get more money or to submit a better painting to the colleges for her own admissions.  Jiwon snaps at Haejoo for being so rude.  She grabs the painting and gives it back to Yeo-Ri telling Haejoo to apologize.

Then, Haejoo grabs the painting and screams that if she cannot have the painting, no one can.  Yeo-Ri gasps.  Jiwon slaps her daughter for acting so rude.

Haejoo looks up at her mother in shock and storms upstairs.  Jiwon then walks Yeo-Ri outside still pretending to be the nice lady.  She tells Yeo-Ri not to worry about money for her art development and college.

Yeo-Ri takes the painting back to the studio where she tries to put it back together.  But, then Haejoo arrives and tries to take the painting on the grounds that Yeo-Ri got paid for it.  Haejoo grabs the painting and the two girls end up in a fight over the painting.

Haejoo pushes Yeo-Ri and she falls on her painting tool cutting open her hand.  Kim Moo-Yeol arrives at that moment and takes Yeo-Ri to the hospital. Afterwards, he announces to Haejoo that he’s Yeo-Ri’s boyfriend so she should leave Yeo-Ri alone.

Haejoo pauses and looks back resentfully.  A flashback at home shows that she illegally went to a club where some of the dregs tried to bug her.  Moo-Yeol arrived right on time to kick the guys away and wipe away her tears telling her not to come back until she’s older.

The next morning, Haejoo’s father’s (Do-Young) step-brother arrives in Korea (Koo Do-Chi).  He’s probably been sent abroad to avoid business politics.  But, he came back to see if he was a match for Haesung.

However, minutes after he arrived, Do-Chi gets a call. Do-Young tells Do-Chi there is no need for Do-Chi to come back to Korea since they found a donor.

Meanwhile, Juwon continues to look for Jiwon’s first baby as asked by Do-Young.  It turns out that Jiwon had been dating some rich guy.  But, then she got dumped after she got pregnant…

Jiwon freaks out after Haesung has a complication and picks up Yeo-Ri from school.  Yeo-Ri gets a call from her father but Jiwon snaps at her not to pick up.

Juwon gets freaked out from Jiwon’s frantic call about how she cannot continue to wait.  He calls Moo-Yeol only to hear that some rich lady picked her up…

Yeo-Ri is in the backseat of Jiwon’s car where Jiwon begins to explain that Juwon and Jiwon were at the same orphanage…That’s why they are like family. Jiwon takes Yeo-Ri’s hand…

Then Juwon arrives and yells at Yeo-Ri to go home first.  He tells her that he won’t be able to help her and leaves.

Juwon goes home and tells Yeo-Ri not to speak with or meet with anyone from WiDo Group.  Yeo-Ri asks if something is wrong but Juwon only yells at his daughter to understand.

Meanwhile, Jiwon walks home in a daze. Haejoo flounces down as she snuck a peck on Moo-Yeol and asks what is for dinner since she wants meat. Jiwon asks how Haejoo could be so carefree when her younger brother is about to die.

Haejoo screams back that ever since Haesung got sick, her parents only think about Haesung.  Is she not supposed to live because her brother is sick? She even adds that she cannot believe that her mother would even slap her.

Do-Young arrives to hear the last part before Haejoo storms upstairs.  He walks into his room silently with Jiwon following.  Jiwon tries to explain that she wanted to get into Yeo-Ri’s good graces so that Yeo-Ri would be Haesung’s donator.

Do-Young just answers that if Jiwon touches Haejoo once more, it’s over.  Jiwon stops Do-Young from leaving the room by asking how he can treat her like a step-mother for one slap? After her own baby died, she found Haejoo crying when she came over with some files.  She took the baby who was left behind by its own mother (who had been the daughter of a general) because Do-Young had not been the son of the first/original wife.  She knew even when he proposed that he just needed a mom for Haejoo…But, she tried her best.

Do-Young tells her to calm down as she seems overly excitable. He also asks her if her first baby really died. Jiwon answers that she would have found the baby if the baby still lived…

Meanwhile, Do-Chi is in jail for trying to run without paying after he ate.  They called Juwon so Juwon arrives to bust him out.

Juwon goes home in a better mood after seeing Do-Chi.  He asks Yeo-Ri about her hand then sighs over her scar on her shoulder…It’s a burn mark.  He tells her that they should get it removed when she gets into college.

Yeo-Ri smiles that she does not mind since it’s been there since she was little.  She asks how she got it and Juwon pauses.  He awkwardly answers that it was his fault.

We turn to Do-Chi who is having an episode in the hotel room.  He opens all of the windows before sitting on the bed clutching his heart.  Suddenly, he has a flashback of playing with an airplane when he hears Do-Young telling Do-Chi’s mother to just die…Do-Chi and his mother need to disappear for Do-Young to easily take over the company.  Do-Chi drops his toy airplane and Do-Young looks up just as his hand had been on the life support system.

Then, the life support system beeps as Do-Chi’s mom dies.  Do-Chi wets his pants.

The next day, Moo-Yeol and Yeo-Ri go shopping for her father’s gift.  Haejoo finds then outside of a shop and tries to hold onto Moo-Yeol’s arm.  Yeo-Ri accuses her of being a stalker.

So, Haejoo announces that Moo-Yeol is her boyfriend.  They even kissed! Yeo-Ri looks up and asks Moo-Yeol if it’s the truth.  He answers that it was not his fault.

So, Yeo-Ri turns to Moo-Yeol and tells him to kiss her.  He bends over and complies.

Haejoo goes home in a huff. But then she consoles herself that Moo-Yeol will come to her eventually. She counts down and the doorbell rings.

Moo-Yeol arrives as recommended by a professor to tutor Haejoo.  Jiwon coldly tells him that he’s welcome though she only agreed to hire him because Haejoo insisted.

Haejoo flounces in and greets him as her first love. But, Moo-Yeol leaves.  Haejoo follows and asks him to stay.  But, Moo-Yeol only accuses her of trying to play with his life.

Haejoo frowns and tells Moo-Yeol to stop and open his eyes. Remember who she is and remember what’s behind her. She is the only daughter of WiDo Group.  Even if people graduate at the top of their classes, they dream of getting hired by the company.  Take her hand while he can.

Moo-Yeol tells her that he is resolute and leaves.

The next day, Yeo-Ri presents Juwon with a pair of white sneakers painted by Yeo-Ri herself.  Moo-Yeol and his little sister also arrive to wish Juwon a happy birthday.  They agree to meet for dinner.

Juwon then goes to give his letter of resignation to Do-Young.  He explains that he will take Yeo-Ri and live quietly elsewhere.

Do-Young asks what can change Juwon’s mind.  Juwon answers sincerely that nothing can change his mind as Yeo-Ri is not his biological daughter.  He loves her so much but she has to suffer by meeting a father like him…He cannot ask his daughter to go through a painful operation.

Juwon promises to find Jiwon’s other biological child before leaving. Do-Young snaps that it is no longer needed. Do-Young confirmed with Jiwon that the baby died…Otherwise, they would have asked the child to get tested to see if the child is a match with Haesung.

Juwon is shocked at the cold reply and walks out. But then he gets a call with another friend of Jiwon’s from the past.  The friend confirms that Jiwon truly believed that her baby died…She cried so much after the child died just like Jiwon cried after burning the child.  She had fallen asleep and hot formula splashed on the baby.

Cue Juwon driving back to the orphanage.  He talks with the person in charge and hears that there were two babies that were given up on that day…One of the babies died…Though the head cannot remember if there was a burn mark on the dead baby…

The orphanage head is called away and Juwon falters thinking that Yeo-Ri is Jiwon’s biological daughter.

At the same time, two men in black suits and Jiwon arrive at Yeo-Ri’s house.

MY TWO CENTS

Well, it’s full of expected makjang tropes since it’s a melodrama.  However, since even the comedy light ones like Still Loving You has tons of makjang in it, I figured watching one expected the makjang will be better.  At least here, we are promised that good will triumph in the end and Jiwon’s crew will get their comeuppance.

The preview seems to imply that Juwon ends up dying and Jiwon finds out that it’s her daughter? But, who knows if Jiwon is willing to give up her cushy life for her biological daughter.  Now, if Jiwon and Do-Young “adopt” Yeo-Ri in order to foster her and get a donor for Haesung, we have the basics for a makjang melodrama. My guess is that Moo-Yeol is the father of Bom but no one knows and Yeo-Ri cannot tell everyone after Moo-Yeol chooses success/riches through marriage to Haejoo. Then, Haejoo/Jiwon will frame Yeo-Ri for the murder and we get to our first few seconds?

As for the revenge, hopefully, Do-Chi will end up falling for Yeo-Ri. Then together, they can take down Jiwon/Do-Young/Haejoo/Moo-Yeol as they take over the company and live happily ever after.

Here Comes Love Episodes 16 – 20 RECAP

THE RECAP

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Trash’s eyes bore into Haein as he does a great impression of a furious man smarting from betrayal. He icily bites out that he doesn’t need a spy from the CEO in his office and dismisses the poor girl near tears.

Haein runs out with the tears streaming just as Sunyoung walks in. Sunyoung sees Haein’s contorted face and quizzically glances at Trash asking what Haein could have done to merit such a harsh rebuke. Trash sighs that Haein is incorrigible; she spends her time spying for CEO Na instead of working.

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Meanwhile, Haein goes to meet Hansol who tells her that he found her dad.

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At the same time, things continue to fall apart for Eunhee. Word has spread that Ma Rie Wedding Dresses is going bankrupt and people are jumping to cancel their orders. The latest disgruntled customer even comes in to tell Eunhee to her face.

This lady is renown in the fashion industry as Professor Jung. She glares at Eunhee as she declares that she is never going to wear another Ma Rie dress and hopes that Eunhee will not going around talking about their relationship.

Eunhee is hurt and tries to explain that t is a misunderstanding. But, Professor Jung is affronted to be involved in a copying scandal at all. She leaves without another look back.

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Then, to add salt to the open wound, Eunhee gets a call from her fabric supplier. He cannot cancel the order that she had placed in anticipation of the Red Velvet contract. He wants her to pay up and now.

Coincidentally, Minsoo had arrived in the Ma Rie shop parking lot in time to see the bitter end with Professor Jung snubbing Eunhee and to catch the tail end of the conversation with the supplier. He tries to console Eunhee but she rebuffs him. So, he decides to help clean up the mess that his designer created by paying for the fabric on Eunhee’s behalf.

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As for the other characters, CEO Na holds a meeting with an older assemblymen where a gift may have exchanged hands. And, the exchange gets recorded by a lackey of Trash.

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Meanwhile, Sunyoung gives a presentation to investors about a new line that Papa Group wants to launch with fried chicken. In the middle of her presentation, she looks up and sees Woojoo. She pauses with surprise but he only smiles and gives her a thumbs up.

Afterwards, he explains that he got sent there by his father.

Back with Eunhee, her group finds out that their building has been sold. And, it has been bought by Hara.

Jumping to the conclusion that Hara’s raison d’etre of life is to ruin theirs, Eunhee calls Minsoo. Minsoo picks up happily and asks to meet.

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Back at Papa Group, Sunyoung tries out the chef’s latest adaptation of the chicken dish. Is this a line of make chicken at home? She’s impressed and happy about the product’s outlook.

CEO Na joins her and smiles that he hopes Sunyoung can grow the company with the values he had first established. Then he frowns and warns her to keep the new line a secret from everyone including Trash.

Sunyoung isn’t convinced that it’s the right thing to keep this project a secret from her husband. She tells her father that she hoped that she could rely on her husband as well as being his support. But, CEO Na insists that it is not yet the time. He also adds that she should learn to succeed by herself first, which is a good lesson.

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At the same time, Eunhee meets an excited Minsoo at a cafe. There, he proudly tells her his plan. He wants to create a house wedding hall in her building because of the location. (DRAMAFEED Note – in Korea, it used to be tradition that you always go to weddings that you’re invited to. There, you have to give a gift which is usually money to wish the new couple happiness. As a result, people hold lavish and large weddings knowing that all of the people for whom they attended weddings of, will return the favor. However, recently, a small niche is growing next to this tradition of smaller “house” weddings, which in Korea means anything below 150 guests for those who don’t fit the normal tradition.) He adds that he wants the Ma Rie Team to join Hara Wedding as part of the House Wedding Hall that is to be built.

Poor Minsoo is surprised when Eunhee stares at him like an idiot for thinking that she would be happy with his idea.

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Later, Eunhee goes to blow off steam at her drum lessons and meets Sunyoung. But as they walk in, Sunyoung sees a sign announcing that the night will be Lena’s last show at the restaurant. She turns to Eunhee and suggests that they see the show instead – effectively, playing hooky from their drum lessons. Eunhee worries about what Woojoo would think but agrees cautiously.

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Of course, Woojoo sees them when he goes upstairs after getting a text from Sunyoung that the two are skipping classes that day to enjoy music. However, seeing the two women enjoy themselves and laugh carelessly makes Woojoo beam like a proud husband/father and he even goes to make their sandwich order for them. He delivers it with aplomb and warns them to not ditch any other classes in the future.

At the same time, Haein meets up with Hansol in the park. He gleefully tells her that he has narrowed it down to a couple of names. He promises to continue to look into it and preens with the praise that Haein gives him – that he’s being useful.

Sunyoung also returns home and finds out that Trash isn’t home yet. Ahyoung jokingly warns her mother to be careful as her friend just found out that her dad cheated and the parents kept it a secret from their children only to divorce once they were all in college. Sunyoung laughs off the warning but when Trash gets home, she does ask about why his jacket smells like perfume.

Trash nonchalantly replies that it’s the air freshener from the car but Sunyoung muses that the smell is distinctively perfume.

The next day, Minsoo gets the initial blueprints for the Hara House Wedding Hall and runs over to Eunhee to show her. She walks away from him as she’s not interested and he follows like a puppy. But, then, a drama motorcycle passes by too close for Eunhee’s safety. Minsoo quickly pulls Eunhee into a hug away from the offending motorcycle. The motorcycle pushes them off balance and Minsoo falls, scraping his hand.

Eunhee sees the scraped hands with dismay and offers to bandaid it. But, Minsoo only wants her to promise to listen to his explanation about the blueprint.

Back at Papa Group, drama coincidences align for our next generation! Hansol visits the company to update Haein during his lunch break and they run into Ahyoung who is meeting up with Joonhoon. Ahyoung sees Hansol walk off with Haein but he doesn’t see her…

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Turning back to our main couple. Eunhee is more agreeable in listening to Minsoo’s plans about creating a house wedding hall with its own inhouse design team. But she’s not ready to accept yet.

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While the cat is out, the mouse will play! Instead of working, Dahee sneaks into Minsoo’s office and rummages through everything. When she finds he blueprints, she has them photocopied and brings them straight to Trash.

Trash frowns as buying the building and the remodeling would take money that Minsoo doesn’t have. He assumes that CEO Na is playing favorites with his money again. Uh… Dude, it’s HIS money!

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Anyways, the mere thought of his father-in-law spending money on his son for the flippant use of starting a viable business triggers a flashback. Flash meets with CEO Na when he returns from the great pearly gates of Hahvahd. CEO Na asks if Trash knew about Sunyoung’s family before they started dating and Trash denies it. He promises that he only wanted to be friends with someone as he was so LONELY surrounded by thousands of other students. ^^;;; He winces to Dahee that he has a feeling CEO Na suspected the truth – he approached Sunyoung after knowing her background.

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While Trash cuddles with Dahee, Sunyoung is at an official economic event of the elite and powerful with her dad. She asks ruefully if they can bring Trash the next time but CEO Na refuses. He frowns that Trash isn’t ready.

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Coincidentally, our drum teacher/bartender is there on behalf of his father and sees Sunyoung. He goes up happy to see a familiar face and grouches that he has to take a selfie to prove to his father that he was there. Sunyoung offers to take he picture for him and he returns he favor…insisting that he takes one of her back. Oh? Do we hear the love bells ring?

One selfie naturally leads to another as we jump to the park where Ahyoung and Joonhoon are strategically taking selfies in front of different plants so that they can use the pictures from the night as proof of many dates for their parents. Then, Joonhoon has to use the restroom and Ahyoung runs into Hansol who saw the two taking selfies.

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Hansol asks if that’s her boyfriend since Ahyoung had been overly friendly to him even asking for his number. Ahyoung asks back about Haein and Hansol proudly responds that Haein is his girlfriend. So, Ahyoung tops it by saying Joonhoon is her fiancé.

Hansol scowls and asks what she’s going around asking for other guy’s numbers and Ahyoung fumes saying she doesn’t need him to tell her anyways. She can find out his number and he better answer it!

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The next day, Minsoo comes over to pick up Eunhee for a tour of the temporary studio that he wants the Ma Rie team to use while their building is being renovated. The studio is huge, clean, well light and has a great view!

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Meanwhile, Haein goes in to interview Trash. She asks about he rumors that had been circling about how Trash new that they were using inferior ingredient for the drink. Trash immediately scowls and accuses Haein of being a corporate spy for their competitor.

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Trash kicks Haein out cutting the interview short. But on her walk out, Haein sees a bound thesis from Seoul National University by Keum Bangsuk. She asks if he knew Keum Bangsuk. Trash denies it and kicks her out.

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Eunhee is moved by the new studio and the fact that Minsoo has been so thoughtful. She broaches the idea of joining Hara as their inhouse wedding dress design team with her staff. Jinho refuses off the bat but the female staffer likes it.

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At the same time, Minsoo tells Dahee that he’s going to have his other design team work on Professor Jung’s dress orders at the same time. Then they can let Professor Jung choose. Dahee fumes and rushes back to her office to order her staff to begin designing immediately!

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Then, that night, Trash waits until Haein leaves the office and goes into the team’s library. He takes all of the folders that Haein had been using as her main research.

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After, this evil deed, Trash goes home to find Minsoo drinking beer in the garden and joins. He asks Minsoo if anything happened and Minsoo smiles ruefully that he just feels that everything is complicated when it comes to this one woman… He is interested but she doesn’t return his sentiments.

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Trash laughs and encourages Minsoo to go for it. Then Sunyoung joins with wine and Minsoo excuses himself.

Cue Dahee calling because she’s bored. When she hears that Trash is drinking wine with Sunyoung in the garden, she freaks out and tries to invite herself over. Trash intercepts the call and tells Dahee in no uncertain terms that she’s not welcome and Dahee screams that she will die if Trash continues like this (basically having lovey dovey time with Sunyoung). Trash smiles and hangs up the phone unaffected. But, Sunyoung heard the end of it and questions Trash about what Dahee said since that’s not something that a cousin would usually say. Trash shrugs it off but have the tiny seeds of doubt been planted?

We turn to Minsoo who really seems to have fallen for Eunhee. He decides to call her and gets her in the middle of designing another dress. Then he offers to either play her a song or sing her one to help with the late hour.

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Eunhee laughs and opts for the sung song as a challenge to see if Minsoo will actually sing. He does and Eunhee finds herself singing along.

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Mean while, Dahee goes to Woojoo’s cafe and gets drunk staying even after closing. When Woojoo comes over to kick her out, Dahee demands that he calls her cousin to pick her up! Woojoo frowns as he knows it’s Sunyoung’s wife and refuses. Lena watches all this and gets annoyed. She marches over and throws a glass of water on Dahee. Dahee sputters awake and storms out refusing to pay when Woojoo answers that he called a substitute driver so they don’t need to call her cousin.

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Haein is also not sleeping at this time. She ponders over the bound thesis that she saw in Trash’s office. Since Trash is going by the name of Kang Sangho, she has no idea why he would have Bangsuk’s thesis… She decides to ask Eunhee about Bangsuk.

When Haein broaches the subject of a Keum Bangsuk who attended Seoul National University, Eunhee drops her cup of water. She pretends not to know but Haein notices how rattled Eunhee is…

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Eunhee goes to ask her mother what they will do now that Haein has the name. Mom frowns and tells Eunhee that they can’t stop fate; if Haein is fated to meet her father, she will even if he won’t welcome her.

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The next morning, Haein goes into work to find that all of her materials have disappeared. She runs out to Joonhoon for help and he checks the security cameras. But, there was no footage from midnight to 6am because they were resetting the system.

Trash hears the official report and calls Haein in to accuse her of being sloppy with the reports. Word also gets to CEO Na who sighs that something suspicious is happening since the materials disappeared when the security cameras were not running. He tells his secretary to open up his private library to Haein and Joonhoon.

On the side, Minsoo runs over to see Eunhee again! He hands over Professor Jung’s dress order and they have a date! It begins with lunch and even includes a walk through the park during which Minsoo declares that he wants to compensate Eunhee for all the suffering she had to go through because of him – he will help her experience all the things she forgot because she’s been busy working her whole life.

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That night Dahee and her minion decide to mix and match other people’s styles for their dress… While, Eunhee continues to work and Minsoo drops by with a variety of different cake slices to help her work.

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Haein and Joonhoon arrive at this random place where there’s a traditional wooden shelf library. CEO Na explains that only he and his secretary (Secretary Jang) know about the library. He’s kept a copy of everything and he hopes Haein and Joonhoon will review the materials in the library as well as keep its existence a secret.

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Back at home, CEO Na has fruit with Trash and Sunyoung. The housekeeper comes up to ask Sunyoung what they should do about Trash’s suit as it’s missing a button. Sunyoung frowns as she has no idea where Trash could have lost it. Trash brushes it off as probably being lost at work.

Then Secretary Jang calls and tells CEO Na that they got footage from the secret additional camera they had set up in the company library. The footage shows that the thief was Trash.

CEO Na exclaims angrily before getting up. He answers Sunyoung’s question with a more lighthearted musing that they seemed to have found the thief but it’s not certain. He’s to be told the next day.

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Trash freezes when he hears this and then throws a tantrum to Sunyoung when he goes into the room.

MY TWO CENTS

One refreshing thing about this arc is the rehabilitation of Minsoo! He still doesn’t have the squeal worthy OMG-CAN-YOU-BELIEVE characteristic but he’s in his mid forties. What he does have is that he knows he’s interested in Eunhee and he goes after it even if she is clearly not returning the interest.

Since, usually, we have to go through rounds of angst and conflict before the main male lead almost loses the girl prior to his realization that he is into the girl – this self awareness is much welcome! Now that we have one side interested, we just need him to win over Eunhee and then we can deal with the various conflicts in the background such as her having a biological child with her brother-in-law-to-be and the psychotic Dahee in the periphery. Oh, and I hope Sunyoung stays cool instead of warping into the Sister-in-Law-from-Hell.

Haein’s part of this arc was a bit more cringeworthy. It played more like a coming-of-age into the corporate world kind of story. The bright-eyed bushy-tailed girl joins a corporation and is surprised to find that management can be full of incompetent and childish idiots. She then has the naive view that she can fight such corporate injustice without a senior (and powerful champion guarding her job security) and literally attacks Trash back through her pointed interview questions as if he will happily acknowledge that he caused a big scandal in the past. While, it is understandable that Haein is just naive, I wonder if she still does not understand that she is an intern at the bottom of the totem pole and she’s making a top director her enemy… The field is stacked against her and she can’t win without powerful allies. If she doesn’t realize this soon, there are some painful learning experiences ahead.

Pulling back and reviewing the plot from a more general view, it seems solid so far. For a daily drama, this series rests more on the strength of its characters and their stories. It isn’t here to shock you into watching (other than Trash and Dahee and even they are kind of balanced out). Rather, it’s here to tell you the story of several relatable people in a changing Korean backdrop. Those who are or find themselves single at an older age. Hence a different kind of courtship and a different kind of male lead. Maybe this hints at a demographic change among the viewers?

Additionally, with the audience demographic target changing to the more younger ajummas and less of the older generation, we see the shift in the background conflict. While the older generation suffered at hands of mother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, the current generation has a higher chance of suffering at the hands of third party crazies (like Dahee or Trash) who plot around because they are incompetent at their own lives.

Finally, am I the only one that finds the nascent romance between Ahyoung and Hansol cute? There are many problems with Hansol (mom) but he is clearly a sweet kid. Also, since Ahyoung seems happy to just flit around and make sure her grandfather and parents feel loved, she would probably fit in perfectly with Hansol’s mom.

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Here Comes Love 15-20 Recap  by DRAMAFEED | Copy & Paste Guidelines – Always put a link back to the source.

HERE COMES LOVE EPISODE 11-15 RECAP

Haein begins working on wobbly baby corporate legs and gets caught in the middle of a corporate battle between CEO Na and Trash. Meanwhile, Eunhee gets cornered by Dahee  when an unlucky fall pushes the power balance in favor of Dahee…She ends up confessing to the copying that she didn’t do to get Jinho out of jail.

THE RECAP

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Haein sulks through different websites to find out that their application submission deadlines have all past.  Then, she gets a call from Papa Group.

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At the same time, a Representative of Red Velvet meets with Minsoo to discuss partnering up.  They are a famous wedding shop in China and want Hara to design their dresses.  Minsoo apologizes that he doesn’t think that their company can handle it and recommends Ma Rie.  But, Da Hee’s minion overhears everything.

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Haein goes to Papa Group and meets with CEO Na and Joonhoon.  CEO Na explains that he wants to clean up and organize Papa Group’s history before he retires.  He also wants Haein to work with Joonhoon.

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Meanwhile, Minsoo takes Eunhee out to lunch.  She’s asking if he’s apologizing but he says that he cannot officially apologize without hard proof.  Eunhee has no idea why he even called her out.  After getting their bread, Minsoo asks Eunhee to join their company as a designer.

Eunhee cuts him off and refuses.  She tells him that she doesn’t really care about becoming famous.  As long as she can pay for rent and pay her staff, she is happy.  She opened up the shop to just make a living.  Minsoo offers to hire the rest of Eunhee’s staff as well.  But, Eunhee repeats that she rejects his offer.  Rather, she would rather he help find the truth of the copying incident.

Minsoo answers that time will give them the truth.  He also adds that he won’t give up because he recognizes her talent.

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Back at the company, Joonhoon eats with Joonhoon when Sunyoung joins.  They happily discuss the cafeteria menu and Sunyoung smiles that she’s happy to have Haein join the company.

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Then the Representative of Red Velvet meets with Eunhee.  They discuss partnering up together and he promises to send her the contract through email.  They will be ordering tons of wedding dresses from Eunhee.

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While Sunyoung goes to the violin concert alone, Trash spends some quality “couples time” with Dahee. She massages his head and then even cleans his ear.  Is she his mistress or slave?

Back at the concert, the intermission occurs and Sunyoung runs into Woojoo in the lobby. They are both surprised to see the other. Woojoo explains that the violinist is his cousin and Sunyoung smiles that her company (as in the company she works for or her family’s company – the wording is unclear in Korean) sponsors a lot of talented musicians and the violinists are sponsorees. The break ends and both go back to their separate seats.

Then the lights go off in the whole building and the audience has to stumble out. Sunyoung has weak night vision and stumbles on the steps as she’s wearing heels. None of the other worried attendees stop to help. But, within minutes, Woojoo is by her side. He help her out of the building, using the flash on his phone to help guide her unconfident steps.

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Once outside, they see that she has twisted her ankle and Woojoo takes her to the nearest emergency room. Sunyoung calls Trash on the way, so he arrives in time to play the concerned and jealous husband.

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Woojoo excuses himself as soon as Trash arrives but Trash follows. Outside the doors, Trash warns Woojoo not to lurk around his Sunyoung. Woojoo reminds that Trash should spend more time with his Sunyoung instead of forcing her to go to events by herself.

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Later that night, Sunyoung also tells Trash that she’s disappointed in his inability to make time for her. She makes him promise to keep his promises with her.

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The next day, Dahee goes on the offense with the copy incident. She tells Minsoo that she will prove her innocence and then heads over to the main office of Red Velvet. There, she tells the Representative that MaRie Wedding Designs copied her design and she’s preparing a lawsuit against the company for damages. She warns him not to finalize the contract with MaRie as there will soon be bad publicity.

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At the same time, Ahyoung wanders into a noodle shop where she sees Hansol for the second time. The first time being when she ran into him at the mart and gave him the broken cup.

She wonders out loud that it’s a coincidence and joins him. She also happily declares that she was able to keep a cactus in her cup. Hansol smiles that he did the same with his and Ahyoung announces that there must be a connection between them.

But, before romantic bells can ring, Hansol gets up to leave as he’s finished his meal. Ahyoung asks him if they can trade numbers the next time that they randomly run into each other and Hansol agrees.

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Meanwhile, the Representative from Red Velvet calls Eunhee to tell her that he’s cancelling the contract as Dahee sent him the drafted lawsuit complaint she plans to file against Red Velvet if they contract with Eunhee.

Shocked at this turn of events, Eunhee rushes over to Hara Wedding Hall.

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Since Eunhee had called Minsoo about the situation, he brings in Dahee to confirm that she went corporate rogue. Dahee, however, sits across from Minsoo glaring at him and even accuses him of not doing enough for his company. She declares that she will win the large wedding dress contract from Red Velvet and clear her name in the process.

Eunhee walks into the meeting and the picture doesn’t look good. Anyone would believe that Dahee is working under Minsoo’s marching orders, if not his approval. Eunhee tells Dahee to call off her threatened lawsuit against Red Velvet. Dahee laughs back that she has nothing to lose.

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And… Minsoo regains calm in the room by ordering Dahee out. Eunhee sits down still shaking from her anger. She tells Minsoo to control his rogue designer or she will counter sue Hara Wedding Hall. Minsoo asks Eunhee to trust him a little longer as he will figure this out.

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But when Eunhee walks out, Dahee is waiting for her. Dahee sneers that someone like Eunhee in a no-name wedding dress shop should be careful where she picks fights as she will lose. Eunhee doesn’t back down as she knows Dahee is just copying her and Dahee uses her signature move – physically grabbing Eunhee to drag her out.

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At this point, Jinho arrives. He rushes to his boss’ aid but Dahee doesn’t let go even with Jinho trying to separate him. He tries harder to pull Dahee away and she stumbles and falls into one of the hallway plants, cutting into her.

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Dahee realizes that she just won the battle and begins screaming as if she’s dying from the cut into her arm. She’s taken to the emergency where the doctor takes out the glass but she moans that she still feels like she has some glass left in her.

Then when she walks out, she calls Trash and they both agree that she’s going to play it it as much as she can to get 6 weeks of necessary rehabilitation time. (In Korea, if the hurt person gets 6 weeks or more, the aggressor is jailed unless the two sides settle. Even if the alleged aggressor wants to fight it out in court, he has to wait for the trial in jail.)

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Meanwhile, Trash happily takes out his team for drinks. Then the appetizer soup comes out and Haein begins scratching while Trash coughs uncontrollably. Both realize that the soup must have used some sort of crab as they are allergic.

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Haein takes one of her allergy pills that she carries around and the symptoms disappear. When Trash can’t calm himself, she offers him one as well. It works and on his way home, he muses with Sunyoung that he needs to find out what company the pills are from.

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But then the next day, Trash calls in Haein to ask about the pills. Instead of thanking her, he angrily complains that he had an upset stomach all night long because of the side affects. Then he goes on to tell her that her proposal sucked and he is going to trash it.

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Haein walks out dejected and pauses next to the window to calm herself. At that moment, Ceo Na walks by and recognizes her as the star recruit. When he strikes up a conversation, he realizes she’s upset and nearly crying.

He asks her what happened since if a new recruit is crying the first week on the job, there are serious issues. Haein tries to play it off and explains that she just got her proposal critiqued. So, Ceo Na asks for the proposal to review.

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Of course, when Ceo Na goes into his office and actually looks at the proposal, he likes it. He calls in Joonhoon and tells him to develop the proposal further.

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The next day, the cops come in to bring Jinho into custody. They tell him that he only has until the afternoon to settle the matter with the victim or he’s stuck.

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Eunhee cannot leave her friend and coworker in jail. So, she goes over to Hara Wedding Hall to meet with Dahee regarding the settlement conditions.

Dahee smirks that she will call everything off if Eunhee admits to copying her design. Eunhee is stuck as formally admitting to copying will follow her for a long time in her industry… But, the girl in front of her is obviously a crazy witch that caught them in a mistake and will use it to her advantage.

Eunhee signs the declaration with shaking hands that she copied and promises to pull the dress. Trash’s lawyer (likely the company’s) calls the police to release Jinho.

Eunhee stumbles out to find Minsoo outside. He asks if she signed the declaration to get her friend out. She stares back and asks how he can pretend to be supportive when he wont even control or stop his own designer. She’s done with him, Dahee and Hara Wedding Hall.

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Eunhee next goes to the police station to see Jinho. He’s clearly happy to be out but becomes crestfallen when he hears that Eunhee admitted to copying to get him out. He sends Eunhee on first and runs over to Hara instead.

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At Hara, Jinho goes to the office area where he screams for everyone to come out. Minsoo is first. Minsoo looks at the broken man and warns him not to do anything rash and it will not help.

Jinho grabs Minsoo by Minsoo’s collars but he knows… Anything he does now might just land him back in jail or at their mercy for another settlement.

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The insult gets worse. The next day, a client arrives who has a wedding in a couple of days. She had wanted THAT dress. They react predictably when Eunhee apologizes that they can have any dress but the dress that the bride picked out … Like three days before the wedding. Both the bride and the mom are pissed.

So, Eunhee offers a refund but that’s not enough. Understandably, the bride and her mother feel blind-sighted by the sudden change as the bride would have to find another dress days before her wedding. The mother declares that she will only accept it if Eunhee pays for the bride’s choice from a luxury dress designer.

Unable to do anything, Eunhee agrees. Then her staffer interrupts and tells the bride that they can’t provide her with the dress but she knows of a place with the exact same design – Hara Wedding Hall. Eunhee makes the call to Minsoo who promises to prepare the dress for when the client arrives.

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Meanwhile, Dahee heads over to Red Velvet with the signed declaration. The Representative is convinced by her story and agrees to contract with Hara Wedding Hall instead.

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Yet, when Dahee triumphantly brings the contract to Minsoo he frowns and refuses to sign it. He sighs that he doesn’t feel right. Dahee insists that he has to think of the company and we never hear the conclusion.

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On the side, Joonhoon has a tea break with Haein and it looks like there’s some undercurrents developing here. Then a perfectly timed scene between Trash and Sunyoung informs us that Joonhoon comes from a good family which is why Trash and Ceo Na wishes that he ends up with Ahyoung.

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Then night finally arrives and this terrible, horrible, no good day for Eunhee ends with soju in front of a convenience store. She drinks alone waiting for the alcohol to full her pain.

Instead of dullness, Minsoo arrives and joins her. Eunhee’s reaction is to bite back and order that he leave her presence. But, Minsoo doesn’t get up. He tells her that this is just part of life and it shouldn’t matter because he believes her and he will make sure that she succeeds. Hah! Throw gas on a burning building, will you?!

Eunhee isn’t convinced either and decides to head home.

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At the same time, Hansol has a breakthrough in the search for Haein’s biological father. That’s when his mother comes in to check on him and frowns when she realizes that he was working on Haein-related stuff again. Hansol answers that his mom needs to understand that in his life, its first Haein, second Haein and third Haein. His mother is fourth. His mother clucks like an angry mother hen and leaves.

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The next day, our two leading ladies Eunhee and Sunyoung end up taking their first drum lesson together. When they each arrive at the studio, some guy is enthusiastically playing the drum. He sees the two women and throws down his sticks declaring that anyone including cows and dogs are learning how to drum. And with that outburst, he leaves!

Eunhee turns to Sunyoung in surprise to confirm that the guy just called them cows and dogs. The two women are quite insulted but they bond by the shocking experience.

Then Woojoo arrives. He hands out drum sticks and announces that they go by pseudonames. He names Eunhee “Smile” so that she will smile more and Sunyoung “Future” so that she will look toward the future. Then he teaches them the basic beat and leaves after telling them to practice.

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After some time has past, Eunhee gets bored and suggests to Sunyoung that they to on the real drum set. The two cautiously walk over and begin having fun when Mr. Musician from before comes in and screams to see the two hitting the drums. He declares that drumming must come from the heart, kicks the two women off the drums, and warns them not to try drumming on real drums until Woojoo tells them that they are ready.

The rest of the lesson is uneventful and the women part having made friends in each other.

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The next day, Haein’s group has another meeting where Trash is frustrated with her ideas of investigating past crises and explaining how the company grew from their mistakes. He orders that Haein focus on research only.

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Haein heads over to the company’s library when Ceo Na appears looking for an older file. He doesn’t remember the name of the guy that he’s looking for – only that the guy created a product.

Haein happily suggests the name and pulls out the relevant file. Seeing that Haein has researched and informed herself about the company, Ceo Na gets all excited and sits down to talk.

He mentions that he wants to look into one of their bad times when he was sick and went abroad for treatment. At the time, they had a drink that was selling well. By while he was gone, bad ingredients were used and people got sick. The line had to be trashed.

Haein asks if such incidents should be swiped under the rug. Ceo Na disagrees. He tells her that he wants the truth found out and he wants to be able to tell the victims why it happened. Haein pauses as that was her idea which got tabled by Trash.

CEO Na grimaces and then calls Trash in later to declare that he is going to investigate the whole scandal further.  Trash realizes that it was Haein who told the CEO.

MY TWO CENTS

And we begin moving into the main story now that we know more about each characters.  One interesting fun subplot is the one about the Papa Group drink which sounds like “Onion Drink” when I watch the episodes but I can’t be sure.  It’s clear that TEAM CEO NA and TEAM TRASH will end up duking it out over this scandal where Trash messed up after cutting corners and it cost Papa Group a lot of goodwill.  The real question is what motivated Trash?  Did he think that he would curry favor with CEO Na by increasing the company’s revenue?

One quick observation was that it’s interesting that Haein and Eunhee are professionally developing at the same time.  Haein is stumbling over her baby corporate legs and Eunhee has run into her first corporate betrayal… Unfortunately, some may even say that for a business to grow, it has to overcome hurdles.  Dahee undercut Eunhee, which is interesting.  Eunhee’s business has been small enough that it does not trigger major competitors and she’s been safe from dealing with too many bridezillas.  Minsoo was right that Eunhee could learn and grow from the Dahee experience.  I liked the fact that there is this parallel development occurring in this series. 🙂

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Here Comes Love 11-15 Recap  by DRAMAFEED | Copy & Paste Guidelines – Always put a link back to the source.

Here Comes Love Episode 5-10 RECAP

Haein finds out about her birth secret and applies to join Papa Group.  She gets hired despite Trash.  On the other hand, Dahee’s copied design begins to muck up the waters between Minsoo and Eunhee

THE RECAP

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We begin with Minsoo having an EUREKA moment!  Eunhee needs to be scouted to lead their wedding dress team.

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Back at home, Mom beats Haein with a stick sighing that Haein doesn’t have any compassion.  In return, Haein runs out to meet Hansol… Hansol smiles as he hands over $1,000.

This changes Haein’s mood just in time for Hansol to note that as soon as he passes the CPA exam, he would be a great groom candidate.  He sighs that he dreams of getting married soon and having a family.  He even adds that his money would be Haein’s money as well as Haein’s money would be Haein’s money.

Haein sighs that she will let him know when she finds a girl who wants to get married soon.

On the side, Sunyoung’s blouse has been drycleaned.  Woojoo calls to ask if she wants to pick it up or if he should send it to her.  Sunyoung agrees to com and pick it up.

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Then Lena comes up to tease Woojoo about calling another woman.  She tells him that she hadn’t realized when they were married but now that they are divorced, she finds him much more interesting.  Woojoo cuts it off with the note that she’s always interesting in other men.

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Meanwhile, Haein prepares to draft her application for Papa Groups special recruiting that Hansol told her about.  Hitting a writer’s block, she asks her mom about her past papers that won awards since she had one about Papa Group’s cookies.

Mom directs Haein to Eunhee’s room as all of Haein’s stuff was saved by Eunhee.

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Haein goes off and happily looks through a box of Eunhee’s stuff – which is all of Haein’s old baby stuff.  Even Mom comes over to fawn over all of the baby items.  But, then Haein finds a pregnancy journal under Eunhee’s name.

Mom tries to grab it but Haein runs off as she reads it.  Mom follows and cries that the journal is actually hers…But Haein continues since the photograph is of Eunhee…The baby’s birthday matches Haein’s birthday.

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Haein turns to Mom with tears in her eyes and asks if she is Eunhee’s baby.  Mom falls and repeats that it’s all a lie.  But, Haein quickly puts everything together.  She must be Eunhee’s baby.  That explains Eunhee’s obsession with her…Eunhee had her when she was 23.  Haein breaks down screaming about the craziness of it all.

 

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At the same time, Mom has a flashback to when her husband was still alive.  As soon as Haein was born, Dad had run off to register the new baby under his family tree as HIS daughter.  They promised to tell Eunhee later…When they went in to see the new baby, Eunhee declares that she does not want to return to college so that she could take care of the baby… It had been 23 years.  (Oh! Eunhee is 46 now!)

Eunhee waits for Haein outside of her shop and looks worried when Haein arrives.  With shaking hands, she pours Haein a cup of tea and pretends that everything is normal.

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Haein jumps straight in and asks why Eunhee turned her into a horrible witch – listening to all of Haein’s accusations.  Haein accuses Eunhee of being an idiot.

Eunhee quietly answers that she doesn’t expect anything.  But, Haein continues on that she knows that she’s the reason that Eunhee had to give up everything, never dated, never married…that Eunhee’s dad passed away out of frustration and stress.

Eunhee begins to cry as well.  She confesses that she wanted to raise Haein as her legal daughter b ut when she got released from the hospital, she found out that her dad had already registered Haein under his family tree.  She had planned to tell Haein when Haein got married.

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Haein sobs that she doesn’t know what to do anymore.  And, Eunhee gently grabs Haein’s hands asking if “Mom can hug her.”  This gets answered by a shout from Haein that Eunhee is her sister not her mom!  The poor girl is completely confused.  Eunhee though is willing to do anything that would make Haein happy.

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At the same time, Sunyoung’s daughter happily dances away at a club before she gets a call from her dad.  Downing the rest of the beer bottle, she runs out to the academy where her father waits in a car to pick her up…Sunyoung had gone to the club in case that’s where they would find her.

As for Haein and Eunhee, they have made up.  Haein promises to marry a wonderful person and have an adorable kid like Eunhee.  But, she makes Eunhee promise that Eunhee would get married first.

This sweet moment gets interrupted by Trash driving like an arsehat and swerving in front of them.  =_= Irony.  He just swerved in front of his other biological daughter with his current biological daughter.  Go figure.

When Eunhee and Haein arrive at home, Haein asks Eunhee about her father.  Eunhee freezes and seems to panic.  Her eyes twitching from side to side, Eunhee answers that she has not heard from the guy in 23 years.  He had gone to the United States to study and never contacted.

Haein says exactly what we’re all feeling.  She laughs that if the guy was willing to leave a pregnant woman to further his own ambitions, there is no chance of him dying.  He will be living and clawing his way up.  She adds that he has responsibility, too and wants to see the face of such Trash.

Eunhee warns Haein that Haein will be hurt if she looks for the man…Her father might not even be repenting as they were never part of his life.  Haein frowns and declares that he will make the man kneel in front of her sister and apology.

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Meanwhile, Trash has wine with his “family.”  When Ahyoung mentions mixing a drink, Trash frowns and chides her on acting like a “black spoon” when she’s a “gold spoon.”  (In Korea, they say that the rich are born with a golden spoon in their mouth because they have tons of money and resources.  Meanwhile, the poor have to make do with blackened steel utensils.)  Sunyoung frowns that there is nothing like “black spoons” and “gold spoons” since everyone are precious spirits.   Ahyoung laughs that she understands both positions and turns their attention back to the wine at hand.

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The next day, there is a hilarious moment when Minsoo’s father shows him two pictures of pretty young girls.  Minsoo picks one assuming that his father wants to meet women again.  His father grumbles that he wants Minsoo to get married but Minsoo weasels his way out.

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Suddenly, trouble comes knocking.  Eunhee’s staff finds a wedding dress ad/ picture that looks JUST like their dresses.  The staff are convinced that the designer must have copied their design.  The other female staff muses worriedly that this was not the first time that they saw a similar design.

On the side, Haein turns in her application and happily walks out where another staff member sees her.  Trash walks out at the same time and hits her with his suit jacket, making her drop her cup.  As Haein is about to shout after him, the employee that saw her earlier saves her by stopping her.  He smiles that they will clean it up and explains that the offender is their Director and must have been busy. A love interest?

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Then Sunyoung and Trash go to Woojoo’s restaurant for dinner.  When Trash doesn’t answer, Dahee also shows up…And, of course drama-coincidences, Haein brings Eunhee to the same restaurant…

Things turn up a notch when Sunyoung goes to grab her shirt.  Dahee smiles that they can get some private time together with the help of a pill that she drops into Sunyoung’s wine glass.  Woojoo sees this in the background and frowns.

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Then as Sunyoung is about to take a sip, Woojoo pretends to trip and runs into Sunyoung so that Sunyoung drops the glass.  Awww….the chemistry that I’m not feeling from Minsoo, I’m feeling from daddy-long-legs Woojoo!  A guy should be like this…talented, sharp AND CAPABLE – someone who actually PROTECTS OTHERS.  No girl needs a useless guy who cannot even protect his woman.  If he hadn’t been divorced, he’d be perfect but since Eunhee also has a past?

Dahee and Trash are pissed off but Sunyoung smiles with understanding.  As the group is leaving, Trash stops by to warn Woojoo to be careful in the future.  Woojoo coolly answers that if Trash doesn’t like the service, he doesn’t have to come.

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Trash angrily adds that he can make it so Woojoo is unable to do business here.  Woojoo answers that he owns the building and the back parking lot.  They aren’t selling. YES! CAPABLE AND RESOURCEFUL!  Woojoo also adds that sometimes use the back parking lot for bad pranks that must be kept a secret (like when Trash and Dahee switched cars)…and he hopes that Trash won’t do so in the future.

As Trash bristles at the accusation – Sunyoung returns and pulls him off.

 

The female trash Dahee decides that she wants a chance with Trash that night.  She pretends to be knocked out and unable to walk so that Trash has to help her back to her apartment.  As soon as the elevator doors close, the two are sucking on each others’ faces like bunnies.

Meanwhile, Sunyoung has the daeri-driver (in Korea, there is a service of people who drive your car for you if you drink) park Dahee’s car.  She takes Dahee’s key up and interrupts the evil.

At the restaurant, Haein introduces Eunhee to Woojoo and asks him to teach Eunhee who to play drums.  She tells Eunhee in the car that she hopes the two would get together.

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In the morning, Ahyoung asks her family to look into her friend’s sister’s application.  Trash is willing but Grandpa cuts it off and says that everyone needs to be picked out on their merits.  Ahyoung asks if she will also have to apply for a position.  Grandpa huffs that Ahyoung needs to start as an intern at one of their stores.

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Later, Haein shops for some snacks.  When she overhears some Chinese tourists looking for chocolate potato chips, she directs them to Papa Group snacks.  Suddenly, she is explaining to a group of tourists in Chinese more about Papa Group snacks.

Ahyoung is at the same mart and sees Haein surrounded by the people.  Of course, and gets surprised to hear that Haein isn’t even an employee.

Minutes later, Haein gets a text that she passed the first stage of applications….

Back at the company, Sunyoung and Trash discuss the applications.  Trash is unimpressed by Haein’s application while Sunyoung really likes it.

At Hara Wedding, Dahee rips off a couple of pages from Eunhee’s sketchbook  to keep before tossing the rest.  But when Minsoo walks out of the bathroom, he sees the thrown away sketchbook and wonders whose it is.  He even brings it up to ask Dahee if anyone in the Design Team lossed their sketchbook.

Dahee snaps that no one in their team would draw such hick designs.  Minsoo insists that Dahee tell the others that he will hold the sketchbook in his office.

Randomly, the celebrity who was supposed to wear the designed wedding dress ends her engagement.  So, Dahee models it…The reaction is so great that they display the dress in the lobby of the wedding hall.  Some guests walking by spot it and muse that it looks exactly the same as the one in MaRie’s Wedding Dress Shop… Later, a power blogger writes a scathing post about Hara Wedding Hall copying the designs of other smaller boutiques.

Minsoo gets worried and rushes over.  Eunhee runs into him at the front of her store and invites him in.  Minsoo explains that the same design was created by his team.  Eunhee laughs that she has been working on the design for a long time and she just finished it today…

Minsoo asks for proof.  So Eunhee asks her staff (Minho) to show Minsoo all of their saved drafts on the computer.  And, the shop is pretty efficient.  They had taken pictures of every single completed sketch.  The picture file on the computer even has a time and date stamp.  It was stamped as of a week ago, and Hara’s Dress Shop only just displayed their dress.

Minsoo is shocked speechless.  Minho grabs Minsoo’s collars and demands to Minsoo stop spouting nonsense.  Eunhee runs in to stop the brawl before it finishes and she offers to go see the other design.

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Eunhee rushes over to the displayed dress.  But she’s shocked as she designed the dress.  She sighs that it must be copied… Minsoo argues that if Eunhee just finished her dress yesterday, how could they have copied it?

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Eunhee notes that she lost her sketchbook on the day that she got called over to Minsoo’s office.  But when she stopped by the bathroom, someone took her sketchbook.  Minsoo pauses and takes her to his office.  But then the last page with the dress design is gone.

Minsoo wonders if it’s the truth.  Eunhee angrily answers that some other design sketches are gone as well.  She asks them to take the dress down.  Minsoo declares that the side who prove that the either copied the other will apologize.

Minsoo tries calling Dahee but she sighs that she’s in the hospital because she overexerted herself while modeling the dress.  She promises to confront the liar the next day.  Ah, how the talentless cry and lie…Eunhee gets up and refuses Minsoo’s ride, she asks him instead to look into who had her sketch book for a week because that will answer the question.

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Dahee calls Trash to cry about the situation.  He confirms that Dahee copied it but then tells her to go out STRONG.  Insist that she didn’t copy it and there will be a solution. Puke.

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Ah! Ahyoung! Heart out to you for the next scene.  Without even knowing that she’s helping her half-sister, Ahyoung tells her grandfather than Sunyoung about seeing a random girl telling all these Chinese tourists about Papa Group cookies. She tells them to watch out for a pretty young girl with black hair.

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The next day, Dahee scoffs at the accusation that she copied.  Without any proof, she goes on the offense and acts furious that Minsoo would even suspect her.  She declares that she will ruin the other designer with proof.

Ahhh! It’s time for the interview.  Haein walks in confidently only to stop when Trash looks up.  She is visibly shaken as Trash glares at her.  But, she powers through.  Trash begins by asking what Haein’s parents do because, you know, what parents do affects how well a person successfully works?  Tells much about how capable of an executive he is.

Anyways, he continues a painful interview asking if the lack of a father figure would affect Haein’s work ethic.  But Sunyoung asks if Haein was at a certain market the other day.  Haein agrees and explains that she introduced the product to Chinese tourists.

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After the interview, everyone wants to pick Haein except for Trash.  Even Sunyoung has to ask why he focused on such not-relevant questions during the interview.  Trash smiles that due to his background, he knows a lot about people like Haein who grew up in a harsh background and leaves.

Then, Trash walks into Haein who was pondering the interview in the lobby.  She asks if they can talk.  Trash announces that she was rejected from when she walked into the interview room.  Haein bitterly remarks that she wish she knew he was such an IMPORTANT person; her voice drips with sarcasm.  But, Trash laughs that it’s because she didn’t have a father to teach her.

Haein looks him straight in the eyes and announces that she will get employed by Papa Group.  And she will show him wrong.  How about we go back to Trash’s own prophecy that the two cannot live?  One has to die.

Meanwhile, Dahee’s evidence is to show HER sketchbook.  There are no dates.

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Minsoo sighs that he has already called off the magazine because it would be humiliation for them to go public with the dress and allow for the scandal.  They can just give up on one dress.  Sounds reasonable, I mean if she’s talented, she can just design another dress.  But, Dahee refuses to accept it and runs over to MaRie shop to duke it out in a civilized manner…

In other words, she barges in, pushes Minho aside and then announces that she’s the one who lost her sketchbook…She’s the original.  WITH WHAT SPECS?! YOUR FAKE EDUCATIONAL DEGREE? WITH THE JOB YOU GOT THROUGH SLEEPING WITH TRASH?  Someone stuff Dahee’s head in the toilet.

Anyways, after yelling that she’s the original, she grabs Eunhee by her hair and screams.  Very civilized.  I wish that Eunhee goes to court with this so that they can show that Eunhee had a bunch of successful designs while this is Dahee’s first…

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Minsoo apologizes on behalf of Dahee.  He states that there is not enough evidence on both sides… So, they will take a step back.  They will not display the dress and they will not publicize the dress either.

Eunhee is so frustrated tears swell up.  She tells him that she doesn’t care about his apologies if they aren’t sincere.  For it to be sincere, they need to apologize for COPYING her dress in the first time.  HEAR. HEAR.  Then she leaves.

Minsoo?  He goes off and orders that they strip the mannequin of the dress.  That’s it.

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On the side, Hansol finds Haein drinking.  He announces that he passed the accounting exam.  He even has a job so they can get married. =_= Haein tells him to looks elsewhere as she has to figure out her life.

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As Eunhee and Mom try to get over their depression over Haein not getting hired, Grandpa, Sunyoung and Ahyoung have dinner.  The topic organically turns to Haein as Ahyoung hopes that Ahyoung was hired.  Grandpa also adds that he was able to read the application essay and found it so entertaining that he hoped to speak with Haein separately.

Sunyoung answers that Haein was not hired as one of the Recruiting Committee members disapproved.  Grandpa immediately realizes that it was Trash and grumps that Trash doesn’t know how to spot a great candidate.

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Speaking of Trash.  Instead of eating dinner with his family, he’s off drinking with Dahee at her apartment.  He tells Dahee to keep fighting for innocence until everyone believes it.

Dahee smiles and asks if he will turn to her after he defeats the Na family.  Trash smiles and tells her that she is like the yolk of an egg and Sunyoung is only the empty shell – he’s so frustrated that his father-in-law (from now on CEO Na) disrespects him that he doesn’t feel anything for Sunyoung.

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The next day, Sunyoung receives great news.  One of their hired interns was simultaneously hired by another company and chose the other company.  Sunyoung gleefully runs into CEO Na’s office and tells him that this is an opportunity to hire Haein.

CEO is ecstatic.  He also pauses to tell his daughter that he heard about the inappropriate questions Trash asked during the recruiting interview.  He wanted to call Trash in and berate him but barely held himself…

Sunyoung warns Trash about it but magically phrases it as there is nothing they can do (even though she actively helped hire Haein).   ^^

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Then after a board of directors meeting, CEO Na calls Trash aside and tells him that Trash is pulled off the Recruiting Committee.  He heard about the inappropriate questions and their company does not stand by discriminating against potential recruits because the recruits come from fatherless families.  He also tells Trash that Trash will head up the logistics team under Development, which Haein is joining.  He warns that he will be watching to see how Trash treats an employee that he originally disliked

MY TWO CENTS

Ah, evil Dahee.  What is worse that most of us know someone like Dahee.  They are always aggressive and confident.  They get involved in other people’s lives without being invited…And they bluster about with puffery because they are so insecure and talentless.  They act all bossy and say preposterous things and the only thing holding you back is usually because, you, are unfortunately bound by society’s rules which the other flagrantly violates.  Usually, they have maybe one-hit wonders, if  at all…Otherwise, they have nothing under their name other than what was given to them by someone else.  What is worse?  Usually, such puffquacks interfere with the actual capable people in the world like Eunhee and make the Eunhee’s suffer for long periods without dealing with any of the emotional aftermath themselves.  Ugh, I feel your struggle.  You stepped on poop and it’s going to stink for a while.

As for Minsoo… What the HECK.  Dude, this is why even though Woojoo is older and has gone through a marriage, the girls feel their hearts moving for him.  Because HE HELPS and PROTECTS those in his life while all Minsoo does is try to move over the problem as if not publicizing the dress is a solution enough.  Would the writers PLEASE REHABILITATE OUR MAIN LEAD so that I CAN FEEL SOMETHING SQUEALWORTHY?

The one saving grace for this show was that so many characters were amazingly good; the good clearly outnumbered the bad.  For example, I love how Sunyoung and Ahyoung don’t care about Haein’s background and sincerely wish that Haein gets hired.  Additionally, who doesn’t love CEO Na?  Especially when he hears that an executive behaved out of line and promptly thereafter pulls said executive off of the recruiting team?  Can more companies in real life follow CEO Na’s example?  The Na family (including meh Minsoo) kindles my heart.

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Here Comes Love 5-10 Recap  by DRAMAFEED | Copy & Paste Guidelines – Always put a link back to the source.

Here Comes Love Episode 1-5 RECAP

Welcome to the story of Eunhee Lee, who had one night’s mistake change her life.  She raises her daughter under the guise of being her daughter’s older spinster sister…And, her life is about to change as her daughter’s biological baby daddy’s brother-in-law works in the same industry as her…And, she looks just like his dead ex.

THE RECAP

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We open up at a wedding dress fashion show.  After it ends, Lee Eunhae walks out with her coworker sighing that they have far to go.  Her coworker encourages her that her designs are just as good but she doesn’t listen and walks off to go back to work.

Meanwhile, Minsoo and Dahee walk out from the same show.  He liked the dresses but wasn’t particularly impressed.  He’s more aloof and Dahee grumbles under a smile that he hasn’t gotten over the death of his girlfriend.

As he walks into the parking lot, Eunhae calls out for help from her call.  Her sideview mirror doesn’t work.  Minsoo helps but then stares at Eunhae’s face.  He pauses as Eunhae thanks him and drives off.  After minutes pass, he remembers to run after the car but it’s gone.  All Minsoo can do is mutter to himself that it can’t be.

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Eunhee meets with a young blushing bride who happily tries on one of her dresses. As Eunhee arranges the dress around the girl, she finds out that the girl is only 20!

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The young bride-to-be loves her dress but the bride’s aunt and mother have the money talk with Eunhee…It turns out that they are only marrying the because she is pregnant. But, her father is unemployed and her mother doesn’t have any money saved up. Their budget for the dress was $200.
Eunhee balks as even the cheapest dress in her store is $500…but then the aunt complains bitterly that they should force the girl to abort the baby and push off the wedding. Suddenly, Eunhee interrupts and loudly declares that she will provide the dress at $200 if the adults will leave the girl alone and promise not to tell anyone.
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Eunhee’s employee hears this with dismay. After the women leave, he reminds her that they are not running a charity… But Eunhee is convinced that there was no other way. Her coworker? He tells her she’s more pitiful than the girl as the girl is at least engaged and begs Eunhee to date.
Since Eunhee’s mind is set, she changes the subject to the day’s wedding. It’s at some amazing wedding hall called Hara… They are so amazing that they only book one wedding per day.
Of course, Dramaland has it that Minsoo runs or owns Hara Wedding Hall. And the show hits you over the head with the fact that he’s OCD and serious about his work. First, he checks every single flower bouquet and then even checks the piano. Considering that I worked with a less detail oriented wedding planner, it’s good to know that some people care about the details in Korea. ^^
His piano playing brings back a flashback of Minsoo with his ex. They stand in front of an alter as Minsoo vows to take Hyeri (a woman that looks identical to Eunhee) as his wife and she reciprocates. After the vows, he tells her to quit her job after their wedding and only look at him. She laughs that she will since he makes enough. Ahem…as a millennial woman, I take this moment to urge all readers that this is not a healthy relationship! Your wife is not your servant. If she wants to take a break from work, so be it! But men should not coerce or try to manipulate their wives into making that decision!
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Anyways, Hyeri goes on her trip but the airplane crashes and she dies.
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Next character Lee Haein. She’s at school where she opens her lunch box packed by her sister. All of her friends gush over the cute food noting that Haein’s sister is so amazing.
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Eunhee personally delivers her dress for the bride of the day but the girl isn’t at the salon! Just as Eunhee is about to freak out the girl walks in one hour late to her appointment. (Background – in Korea, you are supposed to do hair and makeup for 2-3 hrs on your wedding day. Then you change into your wedding dress. The guy also gets his hair and makeup done as well for one hour. Basically, this girl is one hour behind schedule!)
The bride says something happened and the groom will meet them at the ceremony hall. The salon staff usher the bride to a seat where they can start their magic.
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Eunhee paces around during the makeup and hair process before she decides they don’t have any more time. She then begs the salon owner to borrow her scooter and off they go! Eunhee literally driving the bride off to the wedding by scooter! They make it minutes before the wedding is scheduled.

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And Haein sings the congratulatory song. The girl is good!
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After the wedding, Eunhee gets lost looking for the bathroom and stumbles into the video room. As she wanders, she runs into Minsoo who is not happy that someone is in the staff only area.  However, he arrogantly compliments Eunhee’s wedding dress design before insulting her by guessing that she is the helper auntie. (In Korea, the dress shop sends a helper auntie who helps the bride with everything from putting on the dress to hair and makeup touchups. These people are amazing!)
After the ceremony, the reception begins smoothly with cake cutting. They start the video to show happy pictures of the bride and groom when the video gets cut off.
Suddenly, an enraged woman comes on the screen calling the groom out for being an unforgivable arsehat that was with her even the night before. To make her point, the video turns to the two obviously playing around before hooking up… The poor bride faints.
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The groom tries to flee during the resulting chaos. Eunhee sees him run and goes after him, catching him in the hallway. She still doesn’t know how baseless he is and asks him to return to the bride.
His answer? He was never that into the bride! Omg! So, Eunhee as the representative of women everywhere starts to beat him up with her purse. The only way it could be better is if she had managed to pick up something heavy to hit this guy with.
Minsoo sees the commotion and runs to intervene. But even Minsoo’s entrance into the beating radius is not enough to cool Eunhee’s fury. She yells at Minsoo and continues to whack both of the men until the men from the bride’s side comes to mete out the beating.
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Later that evening, Minsoo’s employee reports that their security cameras have been tampered with. The spurned lover had already fled abroad and no one knows who tampered with the video.  The only footage that they have is of Eunhee wandering the hallway. Hello big misunderstanding!
Next we meet Minsoo’s sister (Sunyoung) and her useless  trash of a husband. Let’s call him Trash.
Basically, Trash is making out with Dahee when Sunyoung waits for him at home.
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Minsoo lovingly chastises his sister for not being able to sleep when her husband is not home. She, in return, smiles and tells him to get married implying that he should be focusing on another woman.

But, at the same time, Trash and Dahee cuddle together sighing that they wish they could do this all night. Dahee tells Trash that Minsoo wants to create an in-house wedding design team so that his wedding hall is a one stop wedding shop. She also laughs that she should have Minsoo in her grasps soon. Quick! Lightning strike! Alas, the dramaland gods do not strike so quickly and swiftly.

Trash drives Dahee to a parking lot where Dahee’s car is parked. Oh Woojoo sees them as he’s packing up. It’s pouring so it’s not clear if he only sees Dahee get out of someone’s car and put her hand in lovingly or if he also sees Trash.

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Trash goes up to simper to his trusting wife. And we seethe.

But wait! It’s not time for seething yet because we learn more! The lighting storm has Eunhee having a nightmare from the past…

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She’s pregnant and she’s telling trash that she wants to keep the baby. She promises to never come and ask him for help or to relate the baby to him in any way. She begs him to let her just have the baby since it’s her baby.

Trash shoves her against the wall and snarls that it was a one night stand. He reminds her that he is engaged and getting married. Then he announces that he and the baby can’t live in the same world… One must die.

Oooh! From your lips to God! A prohecy! May it come true and Haein true to her blood have enough savageness to destroy you.

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Anyways, Trash is an useless human being but he’s not a killer. When Eunhee doesn’t relent, he throws her on the ground and spits at her before stomping off in a huff.

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Eunhee wakes up and runs to Haein’s room. However, Haein just sighs that her sister must have committed a lot of wrongs since she’s so scared of storms.

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The next day, Minsoo’s family has breakfast together. The father-in-law takes this opportunity to berate Trash for his idea of producing soju through their company (Papa Group). He reminds Trash that their philosophy is to take care of the children and such a company shouldn’t be related to alcohol. He huffs that if Trash has time to research low alcohol soju, Trash should have time to look into new cheap crackers for the kids. Awwww. I like him.

Grumpy Gramps is weak to his granddaughter though. It doesn’t matter that she comes down late for breakfast or eats something different (fruit and eggs) than the rest of them. She can do no wrong.

The next morning, Eunhee gets her phone fixed. When she turns it on, she finds 12 missed calls from Minsoo!

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She calls him back and he basically orders her into his office for questioning unless she wants to deal with the police. She doesn’t tell him to go stuff himself and shows up.

Minsoo accuses her of switching the tapes and causing the wrecked wedding. Eunhee angrily shouts back that she would never do something to ruin the bride’s wedding and she also sustained damages since the evening dress was ruined… Shouldn’t the wedding hall compensate her since it was their faulty security that let this happen?

At this, Minsoo backs off but he still seems suspicious as Eunhee won’t change her mind that it’s a good thing the bride didn’t marry that cheating lying bag of potatoes. But, Eunhee has had enough and gets up to leave.

At this point, Minsoo has the gall to ask why a helper auntie is so busy. Eunhee stares at him flabbergasted before asking if he thinks that she wouldn’t be busy just because she’s a helper auntie! Go Eunhee! And then she storms out.

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But Eunhee heads over to the bathroom where she stupidly leaves her bag on the counter. Who does that these days? Anyways unbelievable plot trope later, Dahee walks out of one of the stalls while Eunhee goes in. Seeing the sketch book, Dahee randomly decides to look through it and finds sketches of wedding dresses.

When Dahee hears Eunhee flushing her toilet, Dahee runs out with the sketch book to pretend that it’s hers.

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More background. Minsoo calls a meeting with the wedding dress design team which Dahee leads. They haven’t obtained much success or popularity so he asks them to work harder and be careful about copying others.

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Dahee bristles at Minsoo’s warning even though she’s pretty much a useless deadweight to the company. Then she goes out and calls Trash to complain that her boss actually had the gall to ask her to do her job! Trash tells her to be careful and appease Minsoo since if Minsoo gets angry, he could investigate her background and find out that she lied about her credentials including studying at a fashion school in New York. She even got the job through Trash being Minsoo’s brother-in-law.

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Then that evening, Trash takes Sunyoung to the live cafe for a double date with Minsoo and Dahee. Sunyoung believes that Dahee is Trash’s ignored little cousin and has no idea that they are having an affair.

It turns out that Woojoo is the owner of the live jazz bar. He recognizes Dahee and Trash when they walk in with Sunyoung.

To add to the tension, Woojoo is divorced because his ex-wife (the live signer Lena) cheated on him multiple times! But Lena still sings for the bar as she misses her husband after cheating. Another useless human being.

As the trio watch the show, Trash pretends to be lovey dovey to his wife saying he doesn’t need a private life other than her. And, Dahee gets jealous enough to kick him.

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Eunhee is having a bad day where everything doesn’t work out. Then Haein drops by because she’s meeting a friend and wanted to leave her bags.

Meanwhile at the bar, Sunyoung excuses herself for the lady’s room giving the two evil idiots time to declare their love again. Trash tells Dahee to be patient as he’s going to steal everything away from his father-in-law and boss. Then, he will marry her. Dahee laughs with glee and they toast to the horrible future as Woojoo watches with concern.

Then a drunk patron throws up on Sunyoung which Woojoo sees. He quickly goes over and offers one of the staff shirts. Then he pointedly asks about the relationship between Trash and Dahee.

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Sunyoung changes into the shirt before returning and one of Woojoo’s staff offers to comp the whole dinner for the inconvenience. When Dahee looks over and comments that Woojoo looks clean and manly, Trash bristles with jealousy and begins making a big deal about the incident.

At the same time, Minsoo finds Eunhee’s bridal shop closed. He sighs and goes to a nearby convenience store for a drink…

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Just as Eunhee makes another mistake and cuts herself. She has to run to the nearby convenience store for bandaids…

Then, as Eunhee walks back, she runs into a drunkard abusing his pregnant wife. This moves Eunhee who runs over to throw herself between the guy and his wife. The drunk doesn’t care if he beats up his wife or Eunhee but Minsoo hears the commotion and appears just in time to help out.

With Minsoo involved, the drunkard slinks off and the pregnant wife is able to go home.

Minsoo turns to Eunhee and asks if she’s a gangster always getting involved in other people’s businesses. Eunhee shouts back that everyone has a duty to protect pregnant women, which hits Minsoo with sincerity. He calms down and offers to bandaid the cut finger.

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After he helps, Minsoo tells Eunhee that they found the real culprit behind the video fiasco and apologizes. Surprisingly, Eunhee accepts his apology heartily and claims that they have settled their score with him helping her out in the most recent fight. With a lighter heart now that no one thinks she tried to ruin someone’s wedding, Eunhee returns to work surprising Minsoo that she’s still working.

When Minsoo gets home, he pauses in his room as he remembers Eunhee’s sincere empathy… The beginning of love?

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As for Eunhee, she realizes later that it’s gotten late and drops Hain’s bag. Out flows a bunch of questionable stuff including condoms, birth control pills and a man’s underwear.

She freaks out and calls her mom only to hear that Haein hasn’t come home yet…

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Eunhee rushes home and beats Haein. When Haein arrives, Eunhee immediately begins to demand to know where Haein was and with whom. The additional scrutiny irritates Haein who decides to avoid the fight by running into her room.

But Eunhee follows an demands an explanation for every single item. Haein is pissed off at this point as well…she laughs that she bought the pregnancy test to see if she was pregnant because she sleeps around and that’s what the other items are for as well. She asks if Eunhee is satisfied before screaming that Eunhee needs to leave her room that instant.

Eunhee’s mom diffuses the situation by leading Eunhee out. She promises to ask Haein in the morning calmly when Eunhee is gone and asks Eunhee to be patient.

The next morning, Eunhee’s mom follows through with her promise and we find it that the bag was actually Haein’s friend’s. The friend had gotten so drunk that Haein brought the bag for her. But then she got so annoyed by her sister’s controlling behavior that she lied that it was hers.

Mom calls Eunhee to tell her the good news. However, Eunhee then calls out the friend to meet. Handing over the bag, she tells the friend to stay away from Haein.

At that moment, Haein walks in and sees her friend scoff at Eunhee before storming out. She realizes that her sister was interfering again and screams at her sister to get out of her life. Haein then runs home to pack her bags and run out.

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Eunhee decides to enlist help in finding Haein, she goes across the street to their neighbors and friends (Mrs. Hang and her son Hansol). First thing we notice is that he’s a momma’s boy…. Haein, run away… Run far, far away for Mrs. Jang is definitely the type to make your life miserable and it’s not worth it!

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Anyways, Eunhee asks if Hansol has heard anything from Haein who has run away. Hansol drops his spoon in shock and immediately declares to go find Haein. This leaves Mrs. Jang and Eunhee alone to have a passive aggressive fight about whether Hansol likes Haein or Haein is trying to seduce Hansol…

Hence, Hansol arrives at their old band practicing studio with some kimbap. He tells Haein not to be so rash since he was shocked and his heart wrenched hearing that she ran away. Haein, in turn, thanks him for the kimbap and tells him to go back home and study for the accountant’s exam.

Hansol asks if they can’t get married after he passes the accountant’s exam. He promises to do all of the housework, give Haein nightly massages, and spend all holidays traveling so they don’t have to deal with family. Haein laughs it off and tells him to wake up – they are just friends. Poor puppy but your mother hun… You’re gonna have a hard time finding a wife other than a low rate gold digger with that kind of mom.

Even though Hansol promises not to tell anyone, he tells Eunhee and his mother. So, off Eunhee goes!

But, first, she stops by a flower shop to buy a bouquet of marigolds. She runs into Minsoo there as he’s buying up the marigolds for the reception the next day.

She asks him for just one bouquet as these are the flowers her sister loves and she has to apologize. Minsoo agrees if Eunhee can tell him the flower meaning behind marigolds. Eunhee smiles that there are two types, the first means sorrow while the second type means happiness must come.

Hence, Eunhee gets a bouquet and goes out with Minsoo following. He asks her for another favor – to meet the wedding dress shop designer as he wants to scout her.

Eunhee laughs him off and tells him to give up. Her boss has a lot of pride and she built up that small wedding dress shop, she would never give it up.

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Then Eunhee goes to meet Haein who is still furious at her older interfering unmarried sister. She has a point as she’s in college.

Haein refuses to accept any more aid from Eunhee. Eunhee looks like she wants to tell Haein the truth but stops right before she says it. Instead, she promises to leave the house if Haein returns and to stop interfering with Haein’s life.

Haein reluctantly agrees even though she seems suspicious.

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And, Eunhee goes home to pack. Mom comes in and clucks that this is not the way to raise a child but Eunhee cries that she can’t let Haein sleep outside. She asks Mom if they can’t tell Haein the truth.

Mom is resolute that they can’t because it’s better chances for Eunhee to get married as an old spinster than someone who had a child out of wedlock. She reminds Eunhee to think of Haein’s future as well. When Eunhee still hesitates, Mom brings up dead dad implying that he died from the stress of the incident of Eunhee’s pregnancy…oh dear, Trash has a LOT to answer for.

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The next day, Trash and Father-in-Law duke it out as Trash allowed a press release relating to the new soju line from Papa Group even though the Father-in-Law was pretty clear that he didn’t want that.

The Father-In-Law orders that Trash request a retraction on the first page. Trash reluctantly agrees and storms out as Sunyoung comes in.

Sunyoung asks her father to be patient with Trash as Trash is only trying to impress his former boss. But the Father-in-Law is unconvinced. He grumbles that he has to protect his company or Trash will run it into the ground.

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As for Trash, he waits until the Father-in-Law and Sunyoung leave for lunch. Then he meets up with Dahee.

At Dahee’s place, Trash goes up first while Dahee drops her car off at a car wash… Which is coincidentally the one that Haein got a part time job at.

As Trash is about to go up, he realizes that he doesn’t have his wallet and calls his secretary. The secretary confirms that he didn’t leave it at the office. So, Trash calls Dahee who is on the other line…

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Trash decides that it must still be in the car and goes back where Haein had begun spraying it. He stops her to open the door and search but doesn’t find anything. Then he decides that Haein stole it and blatantly accuses her of doing so.

Haein angrily yells back that she hasn’t even opened the door yet but Trash isn’t listening. He smirks that he can cancel the card and Haein can use the cash as allowance since she’s so pitiful.

Trash turns to walk away in his arsehat glory and Haein decides to throw her wet sponge at Trash. It hits and Trash literally roars at her for throwing a rag at him. He then commences to push Haein down, which throws her off balance and she falls against the side mirror breaking it. Trash warns Haein’s boss and friend to fix the car or else and leaves.

When Trash goes upstairs, he finds Dahee there with sushi. She also has his wallet. But Trash doesn’t repent. He has the gall to tell Dahee not to use that car wash again and to not tell the employees that they found the wallet. Of course, our ray of innocent sunshine Dahee agrees.

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We turn back to Sunyoung, Minsoo and their father who have lunch. Their father tells Sunyoung that he’s letting Minsoo build another wedding hall on their land in Paju in exchange for rent. Sunyoung smiles that it’s good for Minsoo and she doesn’t begrudge him.

At the same time, Dahee breaks the news to Trash as she saw the contracts on Minsoo’s desk. Trash jumps to the conclusion that the old man is reallocating his assets so not to give Trash any. Ya think?

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Meanwhile, Haein meets with Hansol as she has to pay $1,000 for fixing up Dahee’s car. She sighs as she doesn’t know what to do. And, Hansol jokes that this is her punishment for leaving home. He offers to let her borrow the money if she returns home.

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So, Haein returns and Eunhee gleefully goes shopping for materials to make Haein dinner.

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At the same time, Minsoo visits Eunhee’s wedding dress shop and is surprised to find out that they don’t employ any helper aunties… The employee laughs and proudly explains that their boss actually goes herself.

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While Minsoo is sorting that out, Haein wakes up from her nap to a text by Hansol asking to meet. She rushes out only to run into Eunhee. Her smile fades away as she accuses her “sister” of not keeping her promise and orders that Eunhee leaves immediately!

Eunhee agrees to leave while Mom looks on with growing anger. After Eunhee leaves, Mom turns to Haein to yell that she’s horrible for being so harsh on her sister.

Haein bites back that Mom only cares about Eunhee and muses that she must have been a foundling…found by Eunhee. In the heat of the moment, Mom agrees.

MY TWO CENTS / FIRST IMPRESSIONSFirst off, similar to Make a Woman Cry, the main character is an older woman.  Even if we assume that Eunhee got pregnant when she was younger, Haein is in college…  Hence, I think we can safely assume that Eunhee is at least 40.  As a result, I don’t think there will be as blatantly cutesy moments in this drama.

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Despite that fact, I find Eunhee highly relatable.  Yes, she made a mistake by sleeping with Trash.  However, she not only took responsibility for that action but she stood up to Trash when he used both physical and verbal abuse to deter Eunhee from giving birth to Haein.  She had Haein and seems to have done a great job raising the girl with the help of her mother.  Haein has turned into a sweet but slightly spoiled brat that is completely sheltered from the world as implied by Haein’s decision to turn down Eunhee’s financial aid and run away to the band studio.  Last but not least, though we do not know when Eunhee’s father passed away, it looks like Eunhee has been working to keep her family and her daughter afloat without having to want for anything.  From these five episodes alone, I really hope that Eunhee will get her happy ending and a great break in life.

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In contrast, Minsoo feels a bit flat in the beginning.  Yes, he is the only son of a CEO of a large company.  But, the drama made it clear that Minsoo branched off on his own unlike Trash to create Hara Wedding Hall.  So, even though Minsoo was genetically blessed through the lottery of birth, he didn’t lay on his laurels and keeps working hard to reinvest his talents.  In other words, our main character is from a great family, has a great work ethic, and has a successful career.  Great.  Yet, I don’t feel like I want to swoon when he comes on the screen.  Nor do I feel myself shyly smiling.  There is some kind of magical chemistry missing…as of the first five episodes.  Is it the hair?  Is it the clothes?  Something!  But – this is not a deal breaker.

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Turning to Trash and Dahee.  Wow!  The writer did an amazing job in creating two characters that the viewers will LOVE to hate.  First, Trash…Trash… Trash.  Wow.  So, he grew up in an orphanage and then began to work for Sunyoung’s father.  At one point, he got engaged to Sunyoung but still slept with Eunhee?  Then, when he hears that Eunhee is pregnant, he threatens her into aborting the baby?

As if that is not enough to get him a one-way ticket to drama hell, he goes on to have an affair with his friend from the orphanage while married to Sunyoung.  Yes, his comeuppance will be delicious.

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As for Dahee.  She is everything that I hate embodied into a character.  She lied about her education and credentials.  She dreams about a station far beyond what she deserves – being the wife of the CEO of Papa Group.  And, she knows that Trash is currently married but she actively engages in the affair waiting for the day that he will steal everything from Sunyoung and turn to her.

Having a Cinderella dream is fine.  Additionally, not working is wine.  But, what is up with this girl trying to ruin Minsoo’s business and coveting Sunyoung’s position?  If you want riches and success, WORK FOR IT, don’t spent all your time frolicking between the sheets with Trash (pun intended).  Create your own darn Dahee Group or something!  With all the time you spend conniving behind Minsoo’s and Sunyoung’s back, I can bet that a small company could have been created! She has greed and ambition far greater than she’s willing to put in the effort.  Sure, she goes to work only to pout at Minsoo and steal other people’s designs.  Not to mention that she’s perfectly happy wrecking another family…Where is this girl’s morals?!  This girl needs a comeuppance and fast.

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Next – Haein!  Okay, so I respect Hain first off because she doesn’t care about puppy Hansol flitting around her.  I’m not sure if she knows that marrying him would sand her with annoying mother-in-law or if she’s just not attracted to Hansol.  But, at least the girl has some sense of intuition.  Other than that, I felt that Haein had more dimension than Minsoo.

Haein’s frustration at her interfering older spinster sister is completely understandable.  The girl is a senior in college or at least 21 years old.  She is an adult.  Anyone in her shoes would feel suffocated by the attention that Eunhee gives Haein.

Additionally, I thought the last scene in Episode 5 was enlightening.  When Mom berates Haein for being harsh on Eunhee, Haein accusing Mom of not loving her.  From Haein’s standpoint, this could be how she sees it.  Mom is in the awkward position where she is “Haein’s Mom” but she also defers to her beloved daughter who is Haein’s biological mother.  As a result, Haein might have felt that Mom cares only about Eunhee and expresses less love toward her since Eunhee does enough love expressing for both Eunhee and Mom… But, in turn, this could affect Haein’s reaction toward Eunhee’s obsession.  She sees Eunhee as stealing all of Mom’s love AND interfering all the time.

So final first impressions?  I’m going to continue to watch this and continue to recap it.  The plot is obviously not the center of this series as it is more of a story about Eunhee/Minsoo and their story of achieving success and happiness.  But, the character backgrounds and the acting is strong enough to make one continue to watch it.  Each episode leaves you feeling pretty entertained and satisfied.

 

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Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deulho Episode 4 RECAP

Wednesday surprise! More recaps!  Join us as Deulho sticks it to Big Bad with the help of just your neighborhood grandma and then gets caught up in the case of a long-term friend.

THE RECAP

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The grandmother freaks out and slams open the umbrella. Deulho’s eyes focus on the tire track that has been engraved into the yellow umbrella. It states “Center of Benevolence.”

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The grandmother wildly swings the umbrella around to keep Deulho and Eunjo at bay as they brought on the nightmares from the night of the crash. Deulho tries to ask her if she got the umbrella after the accident but she only cries that it’s her umbrella. She’s inconsolable until her daughter-in-law comes out and helps her back in. Suddenly, the grandmother is back to normal and asking about what would be for dinner.

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Meanwhile, CEO Jung gloats about winning the case. But he’s not satisfied with just winning the case. He has to ask whether they shouldn’t do something about Deulho. The Chief Prosecutor laughs that Deulho is just but a street cat. CEO Jung’s response? Sometimes dangerous street cats need to be out done.

Attorney Jang and Chief Prosecutor Shin both stay quiet and Jung Junior saves them from answering. CEO Jung’s secretary has reported about the viral video of Jung Junior, naked and sleeping in the street with the declaration that Geum San stole the USB written on his back in lipstick! CEO Jung goes home to beat up his son and then orders that Geum San clean up the mess.

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Meanwhile, Deulho broods over the pictures of tire tracks from the accident before making the connection with the tracks on the yellow umbrella. Ae Ra breathlessly rushes in with news, too. She has pictures from the Center of Benevolence. One of the workers had gifted the yellow umbrella to the deceased victim, Noh Kangsoo. He had been so grateful that he took it around everywhere.

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Good news comes in pairs! Daesoo and his minions have even found one of the car tires to use as a sample! Deulho and Ae Ra pull it off and begin painting it to get samples.

They have a clear match with the umbrella!

At the same time, Eunjo thinks about Deulho and how Deulho is planning to use the grandmother as a witness. Her senior associate comes in with a small divorce case for her to handle since she has tons of time according to the firm. But Eunjo? She declines! A first year newbie less than a month in basically just tells her senior that she’s planning to take the rest of the day off and runs off.

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Eunjo joins Deulho and Ae Ra playing go stop with the grandmother. As she has tons of fun, Deulho invites the grandmother to a game room to play more go stop. He also tells her to bring the umbrella since it will be raining.

And… The grandmother accepts!

As the grandmother arrives, Eunjo is with her mom at her mom’s work. Omg! Hello Malsook from Heaven’s Promise. Eunjo’s mom encourages her to wear eye cream and they end up talking about Eunjo’s grandmother who also had dementia. Eunjo asks her mother about when her grandmother was more clear minded. Her mom answers that it was when Eunjo was around because the grandmother loved her so much!

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At the trial, Deulho gets the grandmother to discuss the car accident that she saw. What Kangsoo was wearing and the car. Then Deulho pulls up Jishik’s own testimony to show how similar they are.

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Then Prosecutor Shin gets up and aggravates the grandmother by bringing up her own son’s car accident. As Deulho tries to stop it, Prosecutor Shin explains that he just wants to make a point that the witness’ dementia colors her testimony and continues describing the horrible scene of the grandmother’s own son’s car accident which she witnessed.

The grandmother quickly gets agitated and ends up hugging herself on the court room floor. Deulho rushes over to help her but it’s the entrance of her daughter-in-law that calms the grandmother down.

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Prosecutor Shin makes a move that the witness is uncredible but the grandmother cuts in. She yells at Prosecutor Shin that her son had broad shoulders because he did judo. Even if she has dementia, she wouldn’t confuse her son with the victim.

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Prosecutor Shin then asks the grandmother to pick out Kangsoo from a bunch if pictures. The grandmother gets up and correctly picks out the two pictures.

Prosecutor Shin accuses Deulho of planning this with the grandmother. So, she snaps back that Kangsoo would often buy soju at her marker but not pay the full price and run off. Prosecutor Shin then announces that the grandmother is just assuming that the car accident victim is the same man.

Deulho gets up and agrees that mistakes can happen. But, he pulls up the pictures of Kangsoo. You see, Kangsoo always carried a yellow umbrella.

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He then asks the grandmother when she got her umbrella. She remembers the scene and stutters that she picked it up on the night of the accident. To make his point, Deulho opens the umbrella and everyone sees how there’s tire tracks and the umbrella is stamped with the mark of the homeless shelter.

Deulho smiles and the grandmother laughs that it’s pretty.

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The trial ends and Deulho giddily jokes with the grandmother and that he loves her. The grandmother puts the two lawyers’ hands together and blesses them to live long together and have tons of kids together. The daughter in law knows that this is not true and quickly pulls the grandmother away with the excuse that she needs to take medicine.

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Then it’s sentencing! The judge announces that there was enough doubt to find Jishik innocent.

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Prosecutor Shin throws a tantrum in his office that he can win after appealing the decision. His father answers that this why Shin Junior lost. He assumed that he would win while Deulho ran around looking for evidence to win. He tells Shin Junior to let the case alone.

Chief Prosecutor calls CEO Jung and explains the situation. He notes that it will be difficult to win on appeal and promises to take care of Deulho so he doesn’t go around trying to put Jung Junior in jail.

His plan? To go meet with Deulho. On the way there, we see how the Chief Prosecutor had seen the potential in Deulho and offered his support. When the other waste-of-air / clearly cannot spot talent if it hit them on the head/ insecure peers of Deulho made him a loner (how dare you make PSY a loner?!) because Deulho was poor, had no backing supporters and due to his background took a exam instead of going through college… The Chief sat with Deulho and openly promised to back him.

So set Deulho on his path. He would go out and go after the criminals together. He would even crack the hardest criminals creatively by starving them and eating in front of them… Psychological attacks! The Chief had watched Deulho grow like a proud daddy.

The Chief visits Deulho in his office and asks if this was what Deulho wanted when Deulho betrayed him. Interesting choice of words. Deulho replies that he wanted to do what is right.

Prosecutor Shin sighs and warns Deulho that he cannot protect Deulho any longer. He tells Deulho to be careful if he wants to see Soobin grow old.

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Next thing we know, Deulho brings a bottle of soju back to the tunnel where he lived as a beggar. He broods about how it was his fault for covering up the crime in the first place that his friend died and Jishik was accused of murder. He reminds himself that the real culprit is living happily and leaves the soju and walks off.

The next day, Deulho goes back to the office where Daesoo had put the title “Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deulho” on the windows. Daesoo repeatedly calls Deulho “Attorney” in a respective tone oozing with ulterior motive and happily hand over a bill for using the office and staff as support. Deulho barely gets out of signing when Jishik shows up with his son. He and his son even bow down to the ground in gratitude and Deulho & crew fall to the floor in a responsive answer.

Jishik also presents a new suit for Deulho as he assumed Deulho wouldn’t accept monetary payment…and, Deulho seemed to only wear one suit. Daesoo pipes up that Deulho is broke and would accept money, too, but Deulho overrides him. He accepts the suit and Jishik promises to live his life fully!

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The crew goes to a gamjatang soup place that Deulho loves. Except, it’s empty. Within minutes of sitting down, the landlord strides in kicking boxes and announcing that Goh (the owner) needs to leave since they are redeveloping the neighborhood. Goh yells back that the landlord is not welcome since they have five years left on the lease. The landlord repeats that there is a redevelopment planned, so the lease doesn’t govern anymore.

Finally, Deulho gets up and asks if Goh received any compensation for the updates that he made to the restaurant. He didn’t. The landlord isn’t offering any compensation for breaking the lease early either. Deulho muses that there should be compensation and the landlord leaves.

But then the landlord goes outside to call someone. Suddenly, a bunch of thugs arrive and start dusting off their gloved on the dishes which Deulho and crew were eating from. Deulho sighs that the landlord is cheating and gets up to ask the thugs to leave. They refuse so Deulho sicks Daesoo and the rest on them…

The thugs get beaten up and everyone gets arrested! Ae Ra tries to get Officer Choi to let them go but he sighs that even though she is his sunbae, he can’t let them go…

The crew yells that the thugs came in looking for a fight first! But, the officer remains stubborn that it’s an issue between the landlord and tenant. Finally, Deulho announces that he was there as Goh’s (first name Byunsoo) lawyer. They get set free.

As Deulho leaves with his group, Byunsoo runs over and falls to his feet in gratitude. Officer Choi had called him to let him know that Deulho was taking on his case. Deulho and the group cannot tell Byunsoo the truth…

Meanwhile, Shin Junior receives a new report and supporting documents. Jung Junior is involved in some money laundering through a charity front and it needs to be investigated. He goes to his father for a warrant but his father reminds him to stay out unless he wants to end up like Deulho.

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The landlord also reports in to Jung Junior that the tenant doesn’t want to leave. Jung Junior snaps that he will let the law firm handle it and yells at the landlord to fix it immediately!

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Next thing we know, people from a construction company arrive at the gamjatang place to start breaking down the place at night. But, before they can smash a thing, Deulho waltzes by with chains. He chains himself to the doors and laughs that the workers cannot break any of the restaurant property while he’s camping there.

MY TWO CENTS

Jishik won! Wow. I usually don’t like episodic dramas because the episode I too short for me to really get to know a character. But, taking around 3.5 episodes really hit the spot.

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Additionally, I loved the fact that Deulho used the testimony of two people who are usually dismissed by society to win the case against the large law firm defending CEO Jang. It’s true that separately, the beggar’s testimony as an eye witness and a woman with dementia would be dismissed. But when you put it together and add the evidence like the umbrella, there is enough doubt. And, in a way, Deulho empowered both Jishik and the grandmother. Because, they had the high and mighty judges of the appeals court as well as everyone else watching the trial listen. That. Is. Amazing.

The other thing that felt true to the story was how Deulho kind of fell into his next case. He goes to a restaurant that he loves and finds it fighting another lopsided battle. He doesn’t want get involved and doesn’t offer to represent Byunsoo or anything. He just eats his potato stew with the others…

But, when the thugs come in to literally throw dirt on their food. It becomes personal. Now, it’s not just about helping someone, it’s about teaching some arsehats that sometimes victims fight back. Then, it was even more unbelievably believeable that Deulho would squeak out that he represents Byunsoo so that his group can get out of jail instead of dealing with the hassles of an investigation of an incident of joint battery and dealing with the resulting settlement issues. Rather, as the lawyer, suddenly Deulho has a reason to be there and to be protecting Byunsoo’s restaurant…

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But, all of these out of his control circumstances just tells us that Deulho is not a young sapling with a messiah complex. In fact, the scene where he goes back to the tunnel with a drink was quite poignant. Everyone has moments of self doubt. It doesn’t even have to be when things are going wrong but when there’s an onslaught of the imposter syndrome.  He won but if he really thinks about it… He caused it.  So, does he have the right to receive Jishik’s gratitude? Deulho manifested that self doubt and imposter syndrome amazingly. And, it makes me invested in the story even more.

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Pied Piper Episode 7 RECAP

Is Heesung the Pied Piper? Is he not?!

THE RECAP

Dun. Dun. Dun. Joon recognizes Heesung and laughs that it makes sense… Someone high inside would know about the confidential papers in the podcast. Heesung asks why Joon wants to help. Joon answers that Heesung should know… Then Joon notes that he has to be sure. He asks Heesung what the username NoName316 means. Heesung pauses.

Joon growls that Heesung isn’t the Pied Piper and storms off. Myungha goes after Joon and Sungchan walks after Heesung.

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Sungchan walks in front of Heejung’s car as it drives alway. Heesung angrily walks out and yells that Sungchan is stalking him… Sungchan yells back the question why Heesung is there. Heesung sighs that the broadcasting chief is angry at him for helping Sungchan… To survive, he has to find someone good.

Heesung shares the information about the time left on the time relating back to the New Town Redevelopment Crisis.

At the same time Myungha confronts Joon. He sighs that Heesung isn’t the Pied Piper. Myungha asks why he wants to help someone who is using innocent people in dangerous crises and appears to be after CEO Suh. Joon responds back that if his father did something wrong, he wants to know… The Pied Piper might be creating chaos but he’s helping powerless people fight back. Myungha snaps that the Pied Piper is only manipulating people. Why? Because no one truly wants to die.

Back to Heesung and Sungchan. They accuse each other of being similar to the Pied Piper. Hah!

Then Sungchan goes to Myungha’s house to go through Team Leader Oh’s possession. They need to find out how the Piper knew about the voice recording on the pen. Team Leader Oh had to know the Piper somehow.

Sungchan asks if Team Leader Oh had been involved in the New Town Development Incident. Myungha snaps that he wasn’t. But when they look through Team Leader’s stuff, they see a burnt copy of the Pied Piper. It was the same copy that Myungha had been reading when she was a child… Sungchan surmises that the Pied Piper must have been born through that incident… And attempted to contact Team Leader Oh.

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Later, Assemblyman Jung meets with Sungchan in the parking lot. He tells Sungchan that Reporter Noh is a longterm friend and is not the type of to create terror… But, Sungchan seems uninterested.

At the same time, the CEO tells his son not to be weak… To step on everyone below them.

The next day, the Team Leader roars at his team for looking into the Pied Piper without filling him in. Sungchan interrupts to explain that he asked Myungha not to tell anyone since someone had to erase the pen recorder recording. The Team Leader asks each of the other two officers if he’s a mole and both deny it. With a smile, the Team Leader decides that the team is trustworthy.

They go to the whiteboard and organize all of the survivors of the New Town Redevelopment Incident. They divide and separate.

The mole? He’s the youngest one on the team and he immediately tattles to the Police Chief.

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Sungchan goes to his friend who had been in charge of investigating the residents of New Town…His friend is still at the company and sighs that this incident has always weighed on his heart. They all just followed orders but each order built up to the chaos that killed people. He also wonders if he should have given the information over to the reporter back then… Yoon Heesung.

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Team Leader and Mole go to Jung Sukyung (a survivor’s) old boxing gym. The boxing trainer first denies knowing Sukyung before sighing that Sukyung fell into gambling. Then, Sukyung lost all of his money at the casino that they built over the New Town Redevelopment lot.

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The team goes to stake out the casino until Sukyung literally drunkenly bumps into Officer Choi. Everyone runs after Sukyung on a merry chase through the neighborhood until he’s cornered.

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Sukyung explains that he had to give up boxing when he got hurt in the New Town Redevelopment Incident. He tried to take other jobs but they were all physical and didn’t lead to anything.

Sungchan asks if anyone weird called Sukyung and whistled.

Sukyung answers that he did get a call like that. The caller asked if Sukyung wanted revenge but Sukyung had replied that making money to eat was his top priority. He also adds that it sounded like Shin Kyungman.

The police chief stutters in disbelief as Kyungman had died…

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Back in the station, the team debrief. Kyungman’s corpse had been too burnt to properly ID it. The criminal profile of the Pied Piper is someone smart in his 30s…and pretty good at getting the other person’s trust.

The Team Leader guesses Sungchan. Sungchan laughs back that it’s more likely Heesung and the team bursts out laughing. Except, Sungchan doesn’t laugh with the others.

Time for everyone to go meet with the other survivors. Most of the survivors bitterly refuse to answer any questions. Myungha ends up eating lunch at one of the auntie’s restaurant.

The auntie reassures Myungha that she’s fine and even ended up with a restaurant. Sungchan silently gulps rice down in guilt until Myungha reminds him to eat some of the side dishes with the rice. After the meal, the auntie refuses to accept their pay on the grounds that she’s giving Myungha and her boyfriend a meal.

As they leave, the auntie sighs that she didn’t want to tell them at first. But she knows where Kyungman’s father is. He was taken to a hospital when the past hospital kicked him out for being unable to pay his bills.

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Kyungman’s father is paralyzed and cannot speak. He mainly communicates through blinking. Sungchan begins to ask if anyone visits the grandfather and the nurse quickly interrupts. She tells the two to leave so that the grandfather can stay stable and refuses to divulge the identity of the legal guardian of Mr. Shin.

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The two leave, Myungha having grabbed some hair for a DNA test against the corpse… But Sungchan runs back to the hospital room. When he had asked Mr. Shin of anyone else visited, Mr. Shin had looked towards the television. Sungchan turns on the television and sees Heesung on the news.  Suddenly all of the weird clues flash through Sungchan’s mind…including how the criminal profile of the Pied Piper would fit Heesung and how Heesung had tried to look into the New Town Redevelopment Crisis as a young reporter… the dude is no naive little Pollyana.  He saunters over and pulls the finger heart beat monitor from the grandfather’s finger.  Then he walks out as the nurses run in.

One nurse calls Mr. Shin’s legal guardian and Sungchan snatches the phone from her.  He holds it to his ear and hears Heesung’s voice.  Sungchan’s expression freezes and it looks like he might have a seizure himself as he asks Heesung why Heesung is Mr. Shin’s legal guardian.  Heesung snaps back that he wanted to give back to the New Town Redevelopment survivors and Mr. Shin seemed like the right person who needed his sponsorship – it’s nothing more.  Sungchan isn’t convinced and neither am I… But, we need proof.

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Next thing we know, the news broadcast is covering Sungchan’s father’s newly published book.  He declares on air that society is falling apart due to corruption and that the people are bursting because of their frustrations.  Such frustrations are being let out through the Pied Piper…

As Sungchan bursts into Heesung’s recording backstage, Sukyung rides an elevator up an adjacent building to the interview stage.  He trains his rifle at the book and shoots.  Then he shoots at some other books and decorations as the assemblyman takes cover.  The gun gets trained on the young reporter who had been asking questions and she recognizes the red light.

The young reporter slowly stands up with her hands up.  Then Heesung gets a call from the Pied Piper and he answers it and puts it on speaker… It broadcasts the Pied Piper’s melody as the broadcasting station’s chief storms toward the camera room to cut the broadcast and the police drive toward the station.

At the station, Sungchan leads Heesung into conversing with the Pied Piper.  Heesung carefully asks if the caller is really the Pied Piper.  The caller confirms.  Heesung asks why the Pied Piper stays in the shadows and manipulates people.  The caller answers that he was just giving weak people a chance to speak…When the government controls all aspects of communication, the powerless people have no way to speak and he’s only helped such people.

Sungchan directs Heesung to ask the Pied Piper who is his final target.  The Pied Piper answers that it’s everyone…including the people who are watching the broadcast.  It’s everyone who knows the truth and ignores it or tries to hide it.

Back at the main scene, the police and Crisis Negotiations Team arrive.  They get the assemblyman out as he had stayed at the scene watching.  Myunga goes toward Reporter Yong who is shaking.  She yells out that they will get the Pied Piper.  Reporter Yong sniffs and nods.

Turning to the broadcast, Heesung asks if there is anything the Pied Piper wants to know.  The Pied Piper replies that they should know better than him.  He directs Heesung to confess to everything.  Heesung begins to confess about the news articles that they covered up… But, the Pied Piper snaps that the people don’t want to hear this.

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Then, Reporter Yong falters and stumbles.  Myungha jumps to cover Reporter Yong with her own body and becomes the target of the rifle.

Sungchan orders that Heesung tells about their covered up confession…How Sungchan had only gone with the ransom money for one hostage and covered it up… The television channel’s chief yells at everyone to cut the broadcast but Sungchan repeats for Heesung to continue or Myungha will die.

Heesung continues and speeds through how the hostage holder had killed one of the hostages in anger so Sungchan negotiated a story that only four hostages survived…Then the story was killed.  The Pied Piper approves of the story and accuses both Heesung and Sungchan of benefiting from the suffering of the powerless.

But then, Myungha shouts out that the Pied Piper as no different.  He’s using the helpless to make his point and she asks why he has to do this when he should know what it feels like to suffer…When he’s also a survivor of New Town Redevelopment.  Heesung looks up in shock as well.

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The Pied Piper? He continues that it does not change anything.  The only thing that has changed from when he first addressed the broadcast was which target would die first if they did not acquiesce to his request and confess to everything that they covered up.  He begins to count down and Heesung quickly tries to confess everything that he can think of. Sungchan screams into his microphone for Myungha to run…Everything goes black and a shot rings out.

MY TWO CENTS

What a tense last ten minutes.  Something about putting Myungha into danger now that we are all attached to her made the difference.

As for the plot, I can’t tell if I am convinced that Heesung is the Pied Piper or note.  All of the clues point toward him but the latest attack seems nearly impossible unless Heesung is a REALLY great schemer. Plus, Heesung has to be a bit heartless to put Reporter Yong back into such a traumatic experience after she was in the hostage situation at the bank.  Hence… end conclusion? I’m CONFUSED!

On a final ending note to my commentary about this episode, which was another fun episode to watch over a meal – definitely thinking that Myungha’s new hairstyle suits her a lot better.  I don’t want to trap Myungha into only keeping her hair in a ponytail but if she doesn’t do the ponytail, she needs a more styled hairdo not the normal straight middle length hair which does not flatter her face shape.

Ciao!

Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deulho Episode 3 RECAP

Deulho suffers the handicaps of representing a powerless man as the baddies have the law and more on their side. But, wait, is there another way?

THE RECAP

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Jishik’s outburst really hits home for Eunjo. She stumbles around in a daze when she runs into the Prosecutor (Jiwook). He asks her what is wrong and she laments that she should have believed in her client but she didn’t. She declares that she believes him now.

At the same time, Deulho plays with a cup of water and a cup of soju. He gulps down the shot of soju each time until Daesoo comes in and intervenes. Daesoo tells Deulho to drink water instead. Yet, Deulho is too far gone. He mumbles repeatedly that Jishik thanked him for believing but it’s not fair that Jishik has to sleep in jail when he’s innocent. Daesoo sighs that it seems Deulho needs alcohol and joins instead.

Deulho suddenly wakes up and he’s back in Daesoo’s office. He gazes on a photograph of Soobin and remembers how Soobin had been reading about daddy penguins taking care of their babies… Deulho promised to take her to see penguins and the next thing we see is Deulho racing to the airport in a penguin costume. He dances around in the background as Soobin gets ready to go through security. Soobin sees him and smiles dancing back. The two dance together as Soobin realizes with a sad smile that it’s her father.

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Meanwhile, Eunjo just realizes that Jishik’s son must have set fire to the first restaurant. She goes to ask him to testify but the son is adamant. He doesn’t care about his father who left the family with debt.

Deulho swoops in and drags Eunjo off. As they go up the stairs, he pauses and notes that the only reason Jishik is maintaining his innocence is to keep his son from being the child of a felon. So, the son can do whatever he wants.

Then Deulho gets a text from ex-officer Kim. As directed, Deulho goes to wait in a cafe but no one approaches. Finally, Deulho decides that he has waited enough and leaves. But, just as he gets up Kim calls and walks by… Slipping Deulho the USB in a folded paper.

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Deulho goes home and views the security camera footage in the dark of Daesoo’s office. It clearly shows Jung’s son dragging a corpse into the empty building. As Deulho broods, Daesoo comes in and Deulho hides the USB and takes Daesoo off for dinner.

Gasp! They are all related! The next day, Jiwook comes to pick up Deulho’s ex-wife and she excitedly calls him uncle! That usually means brother of one’s mother – in this case, we will go with that he’s Soobin’s mom’s friend.

Time for the next trial. Deulho confidently requests that the judge allow him to submit the USB as evidence. The judge cautiously accepts over Jiwook’s protest. But, everyone is surprised when the file is just pictures and videos of Deulho going into the seedy motel to stake out Kim.

Deulho runs over to stop the projection. He also looks up and sees Taejung smirking as he saunters out. Deulho shouts at Taejung and runs after him. But, Taejung leaves and Deulho runs into Jishik’s son.

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Deulho gets Jishik’s son admitted as a new witness. Eunjo gets up to question him but he keeps his mouth shut.

So, Deulho gets up. He announces that he was sent to the orphanage when he was five. He used to hate his father but now he just wants to see his father. He notes that Jishik might be imprisoned for years and asks if the son doesn’t have anything to say to his father.

The son frowns and lifts up his hand. He declares that the burn scar is from five years ago when he set his father’s restaurant on fire. He had been furious that his father wasn’t even fighting the landlord who was kicking them out.

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Then the prosecutor gets up. He tells the son that the son should be very careful. If he lied, it’s perjury. If it’s the truth, he’s guilty of arson.

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Eunjo protests on the grounds that the prosecutor is threatening the witness. But, the damage is done. Jishik jumps up and repeats that his son is lying… He set the restaurant aflame and his son is completely innocent.  You can literally hear hearts breaking as Jishik repeatedly bows…It’s almost as if it’s a kindness to pretend to believe his lie so that he can save his son from jail-time.

The trial closes a mess. The son stalks out with Eunjo on his heels. She asks him to see his father before he goes but he doesn’t want to…

Meanwhile, Deulho promises to appeal the case. But, Jishik asks Deulho to stop. Grasping Deulho’s hands, Jishik cries that the thing he wants to avoid most in the world is his son becoming a criminal…

Deulho leaves with Eunjo running after him. He finally turns around and accuses her of either being a sly accomplice of the thief who stole the USB or stupid. Eunjo responds by looking at him in confusion and insists that she doesn’t know what he’s talking about. This is not good enough for Deulho who snaps that she can just stay out of his sight then.

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Deulho strikes back. He watches the security camera footage in the loan shark office with Daesoo and Ae-Ra. They see the sneak waiting as Deulho watched the video and then break inside to steal the USB.

Deulho takes a maximized screen capture of the thief, borrows Daesoo’s sunglasses and goes to battle. His first battle is with Eunjo’s senior attorney who denies knowing the person in the picture. Deulho’s response? A punch in the face! Yesssss.

Then Deulho goes up to the floor where daddy-in-law Jang is. He gets through useless security guards falling them one by one. Oh my! A lawyer that can fight? Totally hot!!

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Deulho storms into Attorney Jang’s office and demands his USB back. Attorney Jang responds by accusing Deulho of being stubbornly stupid. But, Deulho answers that they have to correct the wrongs….

Attorney Jang snipes that Deulho should think about his own life… Or how will he face Soobin. The attack hits home and Deulho begins to pant with frustration. He does grit out that wearing sunglasses is blinding him from practicality just as his father-in-law must be blinded to cheat… Deulho throws down the printed screen capture and warns his father-in-law that he’s not going to follow the rules either now. And, adds that his father in law better use less incompetent underlings for his dirty work.

At the same time, Eunjo is act the copy machine when she overhears her senior attorney scream into his cell phone for getting caught… I see her brain working…

Meanwhile, the Jiwook  gloats about Deulho’s mistake at the trial. Then he asks about Deulho’s USB… Deulho isn’t the type to peacock around without real evidence. He asks if Deulho is right and Geum San took the USB. He also offers to look into it. But, the Chief Prosecutor cuts him off and instructs Jiwook to close the case fast.

Later, Eunjo is in the parking lot when she sees her senior associate meet up with the thief. And, a white envelope is handed over. Eunjo runs over to awkwardly ask if they weren’t involved in the pictures in the swapped USB since it was all places Eunjo had reported back to the senior attorney about. The senior attorney snaps back that the law firm isn’t a gang and orders Eunjo back to work.

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We turn to Deulho! He swaps places with a younger guy and pretends to be the called driver for Jung Junior. He then continues to drive recklessly so that Jung Junior gets more nauseous… The next morning, a video goes viral. It’s of Jung Junior in his boxers with his chest colored in with lipstick and an announcement on his back with lipstick that Geum San took the USB.

Meanwhile, Eunjo tries calling Deulho and growls that Deulho is ignoring her calls. Deulho’s ex-wife hears her mention Deulho’s name and frowns…

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Hye Kyung calls Eunjo over to her office and instructs that Eunjo leave the case if they lose the first trial. Eunjo frowns and tries to reason that the defendant is innocent. Hye Kyung firmly repeats thay the firm only pursues cases that they win or make a profit from. The issue is closed.

In the countryside, Deulho and Daesoo look around the scene of where the original car accident supposedly occurred. Deulho lays down on the street from all angles to see what might have seen the accident… He spots an old grandmother sitting in front of a neighborhood market.

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They walk over and hear that she’s always sitting there watching the street. Deulho thinks that she might be a great witness until… The grandmother asks about the news of the world Cup being held in Korea in 2002. She has dementia.

The two decide to go home and Deulho finds Jishik’s son. He invites the son to Jishik’s sentencing trial and reminds him that if he doesn’t do everything he can, he will always live with guilt.

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The next day, the judge finds Jishik guilty and sentences him of eight years in prison. The courtroom is silent except for Jishik’s heaving… Deulho finds Jishik’s son outside in the hall and invites him to see his father. But the son only hands over a box of dumplings for Jishik and walks off.

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Jishik receives the box of dumplings back in prison and tears up again. Even though Deulho encourages Jishik to appeal the case, Jishik refuses. So, Deulho promises to not use Jishik’s son as a witness again and explains that the dumplings are from his son.

Jishik gazes at the dumpling with tears and stuffs one into his mouth before sharing it with Deulho and Eunjo…

Deulho goes back to his office where Ae-Ra has news. There was a witness to the car accident – a woman named Malsook Lee. Except, the police didn’t go to investigate because the grandmother has dementia.

Deulho rushes back to the grandmother. He approaches her by asking the price for a bottle of makgeulli. She remembers Deulho and he sits down to talk with her.

Then after paying for the alcohol, he starts pouring it on the street where the accident was. Malsook runs over and yells at him for wasting good drink. But, Deulho calms her down by explaining that it’s an offering for the deceased.

The conversation goes naturally to the accident. Malsook saw it all right. She saw the sports car hit a man… A young man and a young woman come out to take the corpse into the car… Suddenly, there’s buzzing as Malsook remembers the blood. Her eyes unfocus and she opens her yellow umbrella, swinging it at Deulho as she yells at him not to get close. The music begins as Deulho recognizes the car tracks on the umbrella.

MY TWO CENTS

Ah, Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deulho is settling nicely into its groove with this episode. We can see that it veers slightly off the path of a purely episodic crime drama where a crime is solved in every episode a la Vampire Detective or Pied Piper. Each legal case looks like they will span two or more episodes, which is refreshing.

It’s always easier to frame the drama in each episode. To draw out the storyline for one case over more than one episode means that the writer has to develop subplots while not losing sight of the overall plot. Here, the drama does it well. We see Deulho trying different things. Turning Jishik into a witness wasn’t enough, Jishik’s son as a witness wasn’t enough and the USB ended up being a dud. Suddenly, there’s this hairy possibility of a grandmother with dementia. But, problems still remain. How is he going to make the grandmother care enough to testify? What about making a case that her testimony is worth it when she has dementia? The writer gives us keys that are all short to open the lock, but may when combined with the other keys be enough.

The best part of the journey as we find each key, we learn a little more about the characters such as the defendant Jishik and this new grandmother Malsook. Each character is not merely a side character but has enough screen time and subplot to establish his or her persona and drag you in before you know it. It’s these details which makes Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deulho so enjoyable for me.

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Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deulho Episode 2 RECAP

Attorney Jo wins his first battle for the underdog!  The baddies learn that Deulho is back and with a vengeance.  What is the scariest thing in the world for the corrupt bid baddies? Someone who is intelligent and has nothing to lose.

THE RECAP

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Deulho’s entrance ratters all of them but the defendant (Jishik) has given consent and Deulho had filed his appearance. They can’t do anything but let Deulho in. The prosecutor accuses Jishik of setting fire to the construction site drunkenly. Deulho and Eunjo both respond that they deny the charge.

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First attack. The prosecutor brings up an expert to opine on Jishik’s burn wound after the accident. It was on his back and Jishik had said he was asleep upstairs… Then, he couldn’t have gotten hit from the top.

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Deulho gets up and decides to go with the strategy of banging on the table! He asks if the expert woke up in a burning building, he would immediately jump out of the second story window… The expert stutters that he doesn’t know so Deulho continues. If it were Deulho, he would try to find another way and walk around in shock before turning to jump out. He asks the expert what ten people would do in the situation… Would they all jump?

The expert answers that unless it was clearly an emergency with no other way out, most people would try to find an alternative to jumping from the second floor. So, Deulho continues that it could be possible that Jishik woke up and went downstairs to check on the situation before running back upstairs… During which he got the wound on his back. The expert concedes. Yay for the pound the desk strategy!

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Next the prosecutor brings up another homeless guy. He testifies that Jishik had been bullied by the deceased several times. He also overhead Jishik drunkenly declare that he would kill the deceased…

The prosecutor then announces that this has happened in the past. Jishik had started a profitable restaurant but the landlord had kicked him out after a couple of months. Then Jishik had set the whole restaurant on fire.

The flow is disadvantageous for Jishik… Ae-Ra signals for Deulho to cut it off. Deulho quickly asks for a time out to use the restroom as it’s an emergency. He explains the same to Eunjo before meeting the prosecutor in the bathroom. They have a who’s manlihood is bigger type of fight and Deulho leaves after wiping his hands dry on the prosecutor’s robes.

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Then it’s Eunjo’s turn to cross the witness. She starts to focus the witness on Jishik’s usually calm temperament and turns to Jishik’s drinking. Deulho interrupts to stop Eunjo. He yells at her for trying to go with the strategy of it was manslaughter due to alcohol and… The judge basically adjourns for the day as the two defending lawyers have not even settled on their strategy.

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Deulho and Eunjo fight in front of Jishik. Deulho asks Jishik if he got drunk and accidentally set the fire in his drunken state. Jishik denies it. So Deulho harrumph and walks out after warning Jishik not to trust Eunjo.

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They walk out to a bunch of reporters… It looks like Deulho planned it. Ae-Ra comes out to ask in broken Korean if Deulho is confident about the case since he was in charge of the case originally. Deulho agrees loudly that he’s confident and also introduces Eunjo as a lawyer from the top law firm.

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CEO Jung and the Chief Prosecutor watch it together. The CEO is pissed that Deulho is basically sending a warning to him and the Chief Prosecutor promises to take care of it…He calls his son in and warns him not to take Deulho lightly. Deulho had a perfect record. The Chief Prosecutor offers to help but his son refuses it.

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CEO Jung then calls Attorney Jang into his office. He asks Attorney Jang to lose the case in exchange for representing the company in an upcoming sale.

We then turn to Deulho who is meeting with Jishik. He asks about the past fire. Jishik stutters at first… But, then he confidently announces that he was pissed and drunk when he set fire to the restaurant before. Deulho muses that they need to differentiate this case from the restaurant case and wonders if they should contact Jishik’s family. Jishik reacts strongly against it.

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Meanwhile, Eunjo gets called in by her superior who was ordered by Attorney Jang to take care of the case. He tells Eunjo to report on all of Deulho’s activities.

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Deulho? He’s busy! Busy moving his office into Daesoo’s office. Ae-Ra helps by womanhandling Daesoo over his protests over his office getting taken over.

Night falls. Deulho finds no silver bullet in the case files and his mind wanders back to Ilkook. In the ambulance, Ilkook had handed over a key on a chain before passing on…

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Deulho decides that when the papers don’t help even though he knows the true story, he has to go back to the scene of the crime. He walks through the warehouse, narrating how the real killer brought the corpse in his sports car and then set the fire… He walks around thinking about what Jishik could have done. He also remembers that there were supposedly six security cameras around the spot but only five tapes were produced.

Then Ae-Ra calls to tell him that the police officer in charge of the case, Officer Kim suspiciously retired and started a restaurant in Kangnam.

The next day, Eunjo visits the new office to tail Deulho. She offers to drive him and he sees the sticker on the back window that announces to the world that a beginner driver is at the wheel. Eunjo drives slowly and gets into several near accidents… By the time that they pause to the side, Deulho jumps out.

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Their first stop? To see Jishik’s son. Byun Junior is a prickly brat. He yells at them both about his father being too weak and causing him and his mother trouble. He reaches up to wipe his forehead and we see a burn scar on his hand… Hmmm… Maybe the first fire was Byun Junior’s act and not Jishik’s.

Deulho then lies that hr has to go to a funeral and goes to a hotel instead. Eunjo follows and sees him go into a room with Ae-Ra. They watch from the top window for Officer Kim to arrive. Office Kim finally does, but he just grabs money from the register and leaves to go gambling again. Turns out that Officer Kim got addicted to gambling and lost all his money.

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That night CEO Jung meets with the Prosecutor Chief and his son. The CEO asks prosecutor junior what he thinks about the case. Prosecutor junior answers confidently that the defendant is guilty.

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Then junior walks out to take a call. The CEO sighs that it’s a shame that Deulho didn’t join them when Deulho was so good at his job. He also asks if Prosecutor Shin will be able to win. The Chiefs Prosecutor answers that he also agrees that Deulho was different; he was a natural. But, he will help his son win… All of which junior overhears.

At the same time Deulho asks Officer Kim for a copy of the security tape. Officer Kim denies knowing it. So, Deulho reminds him that CEO Jung knows he has the tape… It’s better to help Deulho win or risk disappearing when the CEO decides he’s too much of a risk.

Eunjo goes to her mom’s home for dinner where she eats with her mom. Mom asks Eunjo to move in but Eunjo doesn’t want to since Mom is living with her step dad.

Meanwhile, Deulho gets a breakthrough! They do have pictures from the scene showing the tire tracks and Jung Junior had driven a rare imported sports car. The tire tracks would be unique.

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The next day, Deulho tells Jishik to remember carefully. Jishik has to turn into a witness to stop being an defendant. Jishik stutters that he doesn’t remember.

Deulho tells him to focus and begins…Jishik was sleeping when he smelled something weird and woke up. He went to the window to get fresh air and saw a sports car driving away. There was a young twenties-something driving away.

At that moment, Eunjo arrives and accuses Deulho of making Jishik lie on the stand. Deulho replies back that no one knows it’s a lie and he knows for a fact that Jishik didn’t do the crime.

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The trial begins and Jishik awkwardly repeats the story. He doesn’t seem confident and no one looks convinced. But, Deulho continues. He shows the pictures of the tire tracks and announces that they can find the real perpetrator if they listen to Jishik’s witness testimony and investigate carefully.

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The Prosecutor then gets up. He slinks up to Jishik and wonders why Jishik suddenly remembered everything. Cue creepy smile. Jishik stutters because the poor guy is too honest. Deulho tries to come to his rescue by objecting to the Prosecutor’s leading question.

Then the Prosecutor announces that Deulho probably instructed Jishik to lie. He turns to Deulho and asks if he thinks he’s a lawyer.

Suddenly, Jishik stands up and announces in a convicted voice. He shouts that he is telling the truth. He told everyone the truth about what he saw from the beginning. But no one listened and started to intimidate him… Then everyone accused him of being the murderer and only Attorney Jo listened to him…. Only Attorney Jo believed in him. He thanks Deulho in front of everyone.

MY TWO CENTS

Do you feel that? That warmth spreading inside of you and the tears that threaten to leak out because finally! Good won over evil even if it was just one battle among the many in the war. Yes, Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deulho did it. It just emotionally moved me and made me feel vicarious catharsis. Because who doesn’t enjoy seeing the underdog good win over corrupt big bad?

First off, the cons. Because no drama is perfect even though I love this drama. This episode focused on establishing Deulho as the quirky dork but brilliant lawyer who does anything to save his client. The problem? Some of the amazing discoveries were really just meh and the critical side of me wondered why the investigators didn’t pick up on the obvious evidence during the first round of investigation… I mean tire tracks? Completely circumstantial and useless unless you can prove that the car was at the scene on or around the time of the accident. Of course, all Deulho is trying to do is provide enough doubt that his client isn’t adjudicated as guilty, but still…

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This is called a failed stakeout…yo.

Now on to what the drama does well. It toes the line of humor right on the edge of the ice. It’s like just an inch more and I’d be rolling my eyes. But, Park Shin Yang does an amazing job of becoming Deulho that I’m not second guessing every gag. Deulho is so cheap he washes up in Daesoo’s bathroom. Hmmm Shin Yang seems so serious, I guess it can happen. Deulho’s shakeout location is a seedy motel during the day. Well Shin Yang looked so naturally awkward when he was being pulled in, I couldn’t help but laugh. In conclusion, Park Shin Yang carried another episode and I ate it all up.

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I put on lens-less glasses and look tired and voila! Empathy!

Finally, our Eunjo. She was a little more likeable in this episode as we could see that she really cares about the case and doing well. Sure, she has no idea what she’s doing and she has no experience. But, she’s trying her darnest! Also, she’s true to her naive character that I can’t blame her for not realizing that the firm is setting her up to take a fall. Instead, I feel little seeds of empathy growing inside me.

 

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Pied Piper Episode 6 RECAP

Myungha goes through a spiral of questioning her role in life and Sungchan reluctantly gets involved in defending a date rape victim to help Myungha.

THE RECAP

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Myungha runs up the stairs and opens the door to the roof. It’s the same rioting scene from before where the police subdued the protesters about the New Town Development. Myungha pauses and then sees the younger version of herself staring back accusingly. She looks down and she’s in full Korean SWAT gear… Chills and Myungha wakes up.

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The doctor smiles that it’s been a while since Myungha had a nightmare…Is it because she’s dealing with all these crisis situations? Or is it because Sungchan is involved and he was involved with the New Town Development case?

Myungha mutters that it’s not. She used to think that Sungchan had a bad view on their work but now she’s doubting herself. The doctor continues in her reassuring tone that what Myungha is doubting is her core personality. She is the type that will try to understand the other side…Even becoming part of the organization that was involved with her parents’ deaths to understand. It’s her unique characteristic that is also her strength.

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At the same time, Kyungsa confesses to the Crisis Negotiations Team Leader that he is the Pied Piper. No matter how much Sungchan tries to rile Kyungsa up, Kyungsa does not revoke his confession. Instead, Kyungsa tells the story of cooking frogs…If you slowly increase the temperature, they cook without even realizing it…He adds that it’s just like the Koreans in Seoul

Sungchan smirks that its too bad that the Pied Piper has always failed in each crisis. But then Kyungsa laughs…What if failure was part of the plan?

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Cue a meeting with Hessung to brainstorm the connecting factors between all of the crises other than K Group and failures. They decide that there is probably another copy of the recording from the pen just like there are original copies of the broadcasting channel’s files.

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Then the next crisis hits! It’s a possible double suicide. Inside a small apartment, a guy (Deokman) struggles to breathe while a girl (Jinhee) tells him that they can die together. She puts a bottle up to her mouth…She ignores the first demands from the police to open up but pauses when she hears Myungha’s female voice. Jinhee tells Myungha to leave as they just want to sleep.

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Myungha asks if Deokman is fine and if she can hear Deokman’s voice. Jinhee screams out that everyone only cares about the arsehat and not her…even though she was the one who got hurt. And, at the same time, Myungha’s colleagues share information about Jinhee’s file…She was date raped by Deokman. Deokman was jailed but he got out early because of the circumstances….He’s been stalking her and sexually harassing her ever since.

Jinhee screams that no one cares about her and that Myungha should leave…Myungha wasn’t there when Jinhee needed her. Myungha stutters that she is there and cannot leave because she wants to help Jinhee. She feels so frustrated because she cannot do anything.

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Jinhee whimpers that she wants to die because she hates Deokman so much…She wants Deokman to die and she will die with him. Myungha notes that life must have been so difficult for Jinhee. The kind words get to Jinhee and she walks over to the door and opens it a crack. Myungha looks through and tells Jinhee sincerely that she hopes Jinhee will choose to live.

Sungchan? He arrived in the middle of the negotiations but let Myungha handle it because the situation seemed under control.

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Jinhee walks out and Myungha helps her to the car. When a reporter asks why Jinhee tried to kill Deokman, Myungha snaps at the reporter to get her facts straight – Jinhee is a victim too.

Return to the conspiracy. Mr. Lee meets with the CEO and reassures the CEO that soft copies of all of the evidence are still on the servers. Meanwhile, the brother-in-law (Hongsuk) meets with the police chief as they discuss the likelihood of other copies and whether Kyungsa is really the Pied Piper.

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As for Myungha, she is walking through the station when she hears a commotion. She runs in to find Jinhee trying to commit suicide by biting her own tongue. Myungha immediately puts her fingers in Jinhee’s mouth to stop her and it takes Jinhee a couple more minutes before she realizes that she’s about to bite through Myungha’s fingers…The realization calms her down for now…Later, Myungha hears that Jinhee’s lawyer visited and told Jinhee that her case is a difficult one to prove.

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On the side, Sungchan and Officer Choi realize that the timer on the Underground Forum has stopped at 3 hours, 1 minute and 25 seconds. Additionally, the background is of a burning building similar to the New Town Development. Sungchan asks the colleague to investigate.

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The Crisis Negotiations Team goes for team bonding drinks where Myungha drinks herself drunk. Sungchan follows Myungha out when she’s puking and Myungha demands to know if Sungchan is trying to get something from her…He’s only nice when he wants something.

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Sungchan brings up the Pied Piper and Myungha turns around in disgust. She asks what is the point of catching the Pied Piper when there is always another crisis… They are not fixing the problem but dealing with the symptoms. Sungchan yells at Myungha to stop being a child as this is what she signed up for, to diffuse the situation…If she wanted to change things,s he should have gone into politics.

Myungha snaps back that Kyungsa was right…Because of her, Jinhee is now going to be tried as the aggressor and not the victor. She begins to cry.

At the CEO’s house (Gun-Il), his son Joon looks through his father’s things…

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The next day, we’re at trial. In the beginning, the trial goes badly for Jinhee as her lawyer is incompetent and the prosecutor is an arsehat. Their position is that Deokman never raped Jinhee as Deokman and Jinhee were in a loving relationship. Randomly, Jinhee just went crazy and tried to kill him. His supporting argument? If Jinhee hadn’t consented, there would be no possible way for Deokman to have sex with her. (Yeah, try not to puke here…)

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Myungha goes on the witness stand on behalf of Jinhee to explain that it was not an attempted murder but a double suicide. She testifies that Jinhee was severely depressed and scared. However, the prosector focuses on the fact that Jinhee had still been alive while Deokman was unconscious at the time that Myungha arrived.

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At the same time, Sungchan meets with Myungha’s doctor who was friends with Team Leader Oh. He tries to ask her about what could have been on the recorder. The doctor responds that she does not know what could have been on the recorder, she just knew that Team Leader Oh was a nice person who couldn’t stand injustice…She also does not know why Team Leader Oh switched from the SWAT to the Crisis Negotiations Team.

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The doctor suggests that they walk around. Outside, she explains that Team Leader Oh switched at the same he adopted Myungha… Myungha had been a bright child who had been deeply scarred. She couldn’t help Myungha as much as Team Leader Oh had. He had focused to try to help Myungha heal.

The doctor begins to discuss Myungha’s troubled youth when Sungchan cuts her off with a question about timing instead. The doctor glares and asks if Sungchan is only pretending to listen…Otherwise, why would he cut her off right when she’s about to go into depth about Myungha?

Sungcha stutters and cannot answer confidently as usual. The doctor goes on to guess that Sungchan is avoiding getting involved in Myungha…as if he did not receive a satisfactory amount of love from his parents. She asks if his relationship with his ex had also been at a distance. At this point, Sungchan decides that he has had enough and turns to leave.

Heesung calls Sungchan to let him know that Myungha is at Jinhee’s trial and the trial isn’t going well. Sungchan snaps that this does not concern him. Heesung smiles that he heard that Myungha seems to be doubting her own job and might quit after this trial…

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Next thing we know, we are at the end of Jinhee’s trial. The prosecutor had suggested 8 years. Myungha interrupts but she has no right to interrupt and the trial is about to close but Sungchan blasts in. He asks to be a witness and the defending attorney asks to add a witness but the prosecutor refuses.

So, Sungchan decides to make an appeal to everyone directly. He notes that he used to only jump into fights that he can win. However, things changed when he joined the Crisis Negotiations Team. He asks for a chance to testify on behalf of Jinhee and the judge allows it.

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Sungchan goes on the stand explains that he is not there to say that Jinhee is innocent. He just wants to explain how much Jinhee had been traumatized by her prior accident and Deokman’s accident. The prosecutor continues to be a jerk that needs to be reamed into a wall saying that he knows date rape. He makes a crude example of asking Deokman to put a pencil in a bottle that he shakes…like if the woman refuses – the guy can’t rape her. HAH! SOMEONE SEND THIS FUDGING IDIOT BACK TO LAW FREAKING SCHOOL BEFORE I TOSS HIM INTO THE WALL. OR BETTER YET, LET ME AT HIM WITH THAT SODA BOTTLE.

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Sungchan is equally angry. When the prosector asks Sungchan to do the same thing – put the pencil into the bottle, Sungchan asks for the bottle. He walks over to Deokman and slams the bottle and the bottle into the wooden barrier. He glares out that this is what Deokman did by date raping Jinhee…It’s the ultimate betrayal and it tore Jinhee apart.

Then Sungchan goes off on an oral argument, because the public defender obviously doesn’t know what his job is and somehow cross examination turned into a melee…And the judge allows the witness to do more than just answer questions even though the prosector objects. Woops! Don’t mind me, I’m not that familiar with Korean law and let’s just say this is artistic license.

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Anyways, Sungchan tells everyone the basic fact of how a girl friend would know a boy friend much better than a stranger…Even a look or expression can alert her to whether or not he’s angry or can get violent. When she was so raped and the system did not punish the perpetrator as it should have, Jinhee turned to the only answer she could think of.

Deokman is stupid and knows no court rules as well. He interrupts to ask if Sungchan can prove that Deokman raped Jinhee. Wheeeee legal free for all where the lawyers and judges are just there for show~~~~

Sungchan invites Deokman into the court area. Despite his attorney telling Deokman to sit back down, Deokman confidently walks in. Sungchan turns Deokman over and pushes his face into Jinhee. Jinhee screams and hides behind her desk. Finally, the judge tells everyone to go back to their seats.

The result? The jury has decided that Jinhee will go to jail for one year and be on probation for one year because she is guilty but there are mitigating circumstances. Jinhee cries a tear of joy and people clap.

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As for Myungha and Sungchan? They are at the hospital getting Sungchan taken care of. He asks if she’s still questioning her role and tells her that she might not save the world, but she saved one person today. Myungha sighs that he seems to be right and asks about Kyungsa’s confession to be the Pied Piper.

Sungchan smiles that he found something out. All of the incidents are connected to the New Town Redevelopment incident. Team Leader Oh was not involved with the New Town Redevelopment Incident but he was close to Police Chief Yang…who was in charge of the police sent to the New Town Redevelopment scene. And, the Pied Piper is not done.

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Myungha looks at the pictures that Sungchan kept in the file…They are the same pictures that came up when the Pied Piper took over the news broadcasting monitors. Myungha realizes that the timer time – 3 hours 1 minute 25 seconds represents 2003, January 25…The date of the New Town Redevelopment Project.

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Sungchan and Myungha go back to Officer Choi to ask about tracing the timer. He gets a program and hacks into the forum…They find out that the person who posted the timer posted another post…It is not the Pied Piper. Rather it’s a poster (who runs the Underground Forum) who wants to help the Pied Piper.

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Sungchan recognizes the name and decides to stake out the meeting. Joon sits on a park bench by himself when another figure walks over. The man turns his head and it… Heesung?!

MY TWO CENTS

Ahem…So I know the general consensus is that artistic license abounds in Korean drama. But man, Ryu Yong Jae, you really took the cake here. Why the HECK is a witness off making an argument to the jury while the lawyers sit mute? Additionally, what kind of idiot judge would sit to let his courtroom turn into a freaking circus? There’s procedural rules to a trial people! And one of the most simple ones is that a witness is limited to answering the questions asked during a direct or a cross.  The judge has to accept objections by either lawyer when procedural rules are broken!

Okay, now that the random rant is out of my system. Pied Piper thank you! You returned to the feelsy drama that hooked me in the beginning episodes. Yes, we wandered a bit from the actual Pied Piper because now it’s clear that the writer wants to develop some kind of relationship between Myungha and Sungchan. But, regardless of the ulterior motive, and how Sungchan (Shin Ha Kyun) who was born in May 1974 is much older than Myungha (Jo Yoonhee) who was born in October 1982 (12 years difference)…The images don’t quite align yet for a a perfect romantic ship between Sungchan and Myungha.  Sungchan just looks too old and jagged compared to Myungha’s youthful babyface…Maybe if her makeup was changed and her clothing to change her general atmosphere to be more tough and less young girl…There might be a chance. However, I don’t think the drama writers should do it since that would change Myungha’s whole character… Episode 6 was all about Myungha having a personal identity crisis on whether she did the right thing joining the Crisis Negotiations Team! She’s not some veteran here… Maybe it would be best if Pied Piper goes the way of Resetwhere they just left it as a hint of romance and more of a mentorship between the main leads.

Finally, as for the episode itself, it was pretty good.  Other than the random nits about it being overly exaggerated and unrealistic. It was still like watching a young adult novel.  I’m here gasping at how gross and insufferable the lawyer and the Deokman is.  I’m annoyed but I’m cheering when Sungchan breaks the bottle in front of Deokman’s face and when he appeals to the jury with the truth.  At the end of the episode, I’m emotionally tired because I feel like I’ve been on a rollercoaster…but, I’m happy because the good guys won out. All in all, a good episode!

 

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